Today I selected a photo of an Equinox driving through a lovely setting in New Zealand to illustrate the blog. This is to commemorate the September equinox and to represent change. The particular vehicle was manufactured by Holden largely for the Australia and New Zealand market. The same basic vehicle was manufactured elsewhere as the Chevrolet Equinox.
The Holden division of General Motors was shuttered last year and apparently the market segment will be served by the Chevrolet Division of G.M. This was a major corporate change. I’m not very familiar with the Australian/New Zealand automobile market, so if you live in that part of the world, perhaps you can help me with more information about the former Holden company.
Anyway, with the photographic pun out of the way, it is time to commemorate the September equinox today. I love the fact that today is the first day of spring south of the Equator and that today is the first day of autumn north of the Equator. This delights me to no end.
“Oh, what a catastrophe for man when he cut himself off from the rhythm of the year, from his unison with the Sun and the Earth. Oh, what a catastrophe, what a maiming of love when it was a personal, merely personal feeling, taken away from the rising and the setting of the Sun, and cut off from the magic connection of the solstice and the equinox!”–D. H. Lawrence
The word “equinox” is derived from the Latin words aequus for equal and nox for night. The meteorological parameter for an equinox is that the Sun is directly overhead of the Equator at noon at that time. The word “approximately” is used because the Sun will be below or above the horizon according to light and dark conditions at various locations on the globe when the precise event occurs.
Today is the second of two equinoxes of 2021. During this brief time period, the Earth’s rotational axis is neither tilted away from nor towards the Sun. This results in approximately equal daytime and nighttime within each latitude. Astronomers have calculated that at the time of the equinox and a few days before and afterwards, the length of the day at the Equator is just over twelve hours (12:06:30). The length of the day at 30-degrees latitude is 12:08:30 and the length at 60-degrees latitude is 12:16:00.
During the next few months, we humans will experience either spring or fall, depending upon where we live. I hope the seasons will be auspicious for all.
The Blue Jay of Happiness quotes 20th century French editor, novelist and surrealist poet, Louis Aragon. “And there are loners in rural communities who, at the equinox, are said to don new garments and stroll down to the cities, where great beasts await them, fat and docile.”