A festival marking the transformation of life to death.- the end of the agricultural year, departure of migrating and hibernating animals, and decay and death of vegetal and animal life. Observed by remembering departed ancestors and contemplating one's own mortality. Traditions connected with the holiday include building private altars honoring the deceased using sugar skulls, marigolds, and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed, and visiting graves with these as gifts.
First day of Fall in the northern hemisphere, and first day of Spring in the southern. In the northern hemisphere, it is observed as Mabon, celebrating the harvest, the time when the work of the summer has resulted in an abundance of the fruits of the earth. Happy Autumn!
Click on the picture below to learn more from the Farmer's Almanac about what to see in the September night sky. This month brings us a full Corn Moon (the Harvest Moon will come next month), planet pairings, and, of course, the Autumnal Equinox on September 22nd, marking the beginning of Fall in the Northern Hemisphere and Spring in the Southern Hemisphere. Enjoy the first days of a new season, and, as always, don't forget to look up!
(Picture is from the Farmer's Almanac website)
Have you enjoyed some of the wonders of Nature right outside your door or window today? It could be a little hummingbird, colorful summer flowers, fluffy white clouds, or maybe a thunderstorm...so many to choose from...every day.
(from the Saganism Facebook page)
A little late, but here's what's happening in the night skies this month:
Don't forget to look up!
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