2009-09-22

Happy September Equinox 2009

Bas-relief in Persepolis. On the day of an equinox, the power of an eternally fighting bull (personifying the Earth) and that of a lion (personifying the Sun) are equal. The September equinox marks the first day of Mehr or Libra in the Persian calendar. Photo: Anatoly Terentiev


The September equinox (autumnal in the northern hemisphere, vernal in the southern) occurs today, September 22, at 21:18 UTC. Daylight Savings Time puts me at UTC-4, so 17:18, or 5:18pm, local time.

Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the day of an equinox
Illumination of the Earth by the Sun on the day of an equinox
Persephone with her pomegranate. Dante Gabriel Rossetti - Proserpine (Oil on canvas, 1874) - Tate Gallery, London

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Links

Wikipedia:Equinox

2 comments:

Brenda from Flatbush said...

I love how the Persian sculptor captured the "biting-cat nose wrinkle." (Our guys get it when they chew corn cobs--how the mighty have fallen.) I also love Persephone; she must've had her hair dryer set to "pre-Raphaelitize."

Xris (Flatbush Gardener) said...

I wish I could find some good images of Demeter, aka Ceres in Roman mythology, and many other names.