In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at September 22 Sat 6:54 PM PT
The EQUILUX occurs on Sep 26 - Wednesday ALL DAY with midday at 12:31 PM PT
In Las Vegas the EQUINOX is at Sep 22 7:21 AM PDT
The Equilux occurs on Sep 25 - ALL DAY with midday at 12:32 PM
The equinox is not really when the day and night are equal. We know that "equinox" derives from the Latin: aequinoctium - "aequi" or "equi" + noct (nox) or night or "equal night"... but No, not equal by a few minutes of the day
At the precise moment of the equinox there are three things happening:
1.) the sun is at zenith over the equator
2.) where the sun rises, it does so exactly in the east and where it sets it does so exactly in the west and
3.) both northern & southern hemispheres are EQUALLY illuminated on the side of the planet that the sun is shining on.
For us, here in Las Vegas, the EXACT moment of the equinox happened at 1:22 AM, earlier today. That's it. That one precise moment in time at 1:22 AM was the equinox.
Here in Las Vegas, dawn was at 6:29 AM and sunset was at 6:36 PM; giving us 12 hours and 6 minutes of daylight. Not equal. (But it's only six minutes... you can't forgive 6 minutes?!) No.
There are two reasons for this inequality: First, the sun is not a point in the sky. It is a disk. The apparent size of the sun (it's BIG & CLOSE) matters. Second, the atmospheric refraction of the sunlight in relation to the ltitude of your loction. The erth's atmosphere bends the light adding or subtracting how much actual daylight you have. Check this site for a more thorough explanationL Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? By Bruce McClure)
Somewhere in the early 2000's, someone (probably my soul twin), usurped the word "Equilux" to mean 'equal day and night'... taken from a lighting term meaning 'equal illumination' or 'equal light'.
The equilux for Las Vegas will occur on September 26.... and guess what? It's the whole day!
But despite that most don't exactly know the astronomical details, the Autumnal Equinox is a time to give "Thanks" for the success of our harvests, whether literal or metaphorically, and to prepare and look to the future return of that bounty.
We pay respects to the coming forces of night and Winter and learn from them as we ourselves prepare for the dark season ahead. The night starts waxing and the day begins waning and we are reminded that nothing ever remains without change.
The Inner Circle Sanctuary celebrates all these aspects of the Autumn Equinox in it's ritual. We honor the Old Ones and pay respects to our ancestors by doing as they did in this season; by giving offerings from the harvest back to Mother Earth and to mark the season.
We hope your Autumnal Equinox was filled with love, laughter, family, and friendship... and a deep and loving connection with all that envelops us.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150922-equinox-autumn-seasons-sun-moon-space-science/ >> Great movie here 2:44 min
Why aren't there exactly 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness on the fall equinox? http://www.almanac.com/content/first-day-fall-autumnal-equinox
Day and night exactly equal at equinoxes? By Bruce McClure http://earthsky.org/astronomy-essentials/why-arent-day-and-night-equal-on-the-day-of-the-equinox
The Witches Bible by Janet and Stewart Farrar
ICS Sabbat packet
Autumn Equinox / Mabon Sabbat 2015
High Priestess: Lady Grayce High Priest: Lord Lyghtbrynger
Lots of people we haven't seen for a while... Welcome back to all of them. We missed Our Lady Morgana but she was in our thoughts throughout. New students abounded and quickly proved their worth with their aptitude, energy, and willingness to do just about...... well, everything. The night was beautiful and the company even better!
Even if you are not a follower or believer in astrology you may still take note when that spunky little planet Mercury starts appearing to move backward in the sky. The awareness has even made its way in to somewhat main stream media. One of the articles I used for this post came from the Huffington Post. Haha. How cool is that?
What is Mercury Retrograde? Mercury Retrograde is when the planet Mercury APPEARS to be moving backward in the sky. This is an optical illusion created by the varying speeds of the planets as they travel around the sun.
From Earth it looks like Mercury travels the route shown above during a retrograde period. Follow the arrows as Mercury appears to be moving forward, then stops at the red dot (which is called stationing), appears to move backward, then stops again at the brown dot, and then continues forward on its usual course.
Now, many posts and people will tell you that the Mercury Retrograde starts and ends at the stationing points. And when considering the actual position of the planet, technically that is correct. For the purposes of understanding the INFLUENCE on the Earth and its people then we need to look a little deeper.
The influence of a Mercury Retrograde cycle actually begins slightly at or slightly before the blue dot on the graphic above, identified as when Mercury enters the pre-shadow. This is because the influence of Mercury on Earth will not return to “normal” until the planet travels through its retrograde phase, stations and then has continued to move forward again on what appears to be its usual course.
See how the brown dot indicating Mercury Direct Station lines up with the blue dot indicating Mercury Retrograde enters Pre-Shadow? When Mercury gets back to where it “went off track” and resumes its normal course and “duties,” that is when the positive guidance of Mercury has resumed.
Mercury, the deity, was said to watch over and essentially bless and help the mortals with activities involving communication, technology, travel, commerce, financial gain, eloquence and trickery & thieves. So when Mercury is in retrograde those things that He helped with are left without that positive guidance. Therefore, it has been noted that when Mercury is Retrograde all kinds of chaos ensues in all of those areas. It doesn’t end there! The Sun sign in which Mercury goes retrograde does add an additional influence to what may be affected.
Usually, Mercury goes retrograde in one sign (let’s say Leo) and then goes direct in another sign (let’s say Virgo). For those who don’t know, Leo is associated with Fire and Virgo is associated with Earth. Meaning that the focus of Mercury’s ill effects is a bit spread around, lessening the load so to speak. This cycle however is fairly unique. Mercury goes retrograde in Libra and direct also in Libra, which is an Air sign. This is the third cycle this year where Mercury has been retrograde in only the Air element.
Mercury going retrograde and direct in the same sign is a powerful combination which intensifies the focus of ill effects. This happens about once every seven years or so. Let’s take a look back. The last time Mercury went Retrograde and Direct in only the Air sign three times was in 2008. Anyone remember the financial disaster of that year? And then seven years before that in 2001 when the dot com bubble burst. So this Mercury Retrograde cycle comes with some pretty dire predictions.
All we can really do is be aware, prepare, research, refrain and be confident. Being aware is easily done by finding a reliable astrological calendar that will tell you when Mercury enters the pre-shadow phase. Because remember that is when we start feeling that influence! If you wait to action until Mercury is actually Retrograde, chances are you are feeling late.
Research! Before making any decisions regarding financial gain, commerce, travel, etc, make sure to research thoroughly. There may be dangers, setbacks, important information that is currently hidden from you or other hiccups that could be avoided if you just refrain from taking action until the Mercury Retrograde phase has passed. Be confident! Just remember that you are a powerful being.
Just because Mercury has gone on a bit of a vacation does not mean that you cannot safely succeed in all endeavors.
When something sounds wrong to you, simply investigate. Forgive lovers and coworkers because their communication skills are being messed with too. Be kind. Give the benefit of the doubt to those you love. Take extra time to maintain your vehicles and other technology. And just know that this too shall pass.
I highly recommend reading the following articles. Much of my information comes from these sources and I left out A LOT of really good stuff! Inner Circle Sanctuary does teach a simple candle spell to its students to help reverse away the negative effects of Mercury Retrograde. If you haven’t received it yet, please ask your instructor.
Please feel free to add insights in the comments and ask questions. If you have corrections, I would love to see them! Be safe and be well!
Huffington Post article on Mercury Retrograde
The Mercury Retrograde Calendar
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