Wednesday, September 20, 2006

International Banana Festival, Autumnal Equinox, September 21st

International Banana Festival

Okay, I don't wanna talk about it. Yes, there are no bananas on this website.

Autumnal Equinox

We are two days away from the Autumnal Equinox. Check this site for a countdown to all the upcoming Equinoxes, Solstices & Cross-Quarters. (And pay no attention to the fact that I missed blogging about Lughnasad.)

First, one might ask, what is an equinox? They are the half-way points between the solstices. They occur in the fall and spring. During an equinox the sun rises exactly in the east, travels through the sky for 12 hours, and sets exactly in the west and everywhere on earth experiences close to 12 hours of daylight, and 12 hours of nighttime.

So, what are we supposed to do for an equinox celebration?

  • Some believe that during the spring and fall equinoxes one can balance an egg on one end
  • As it is a time of balancing-- eggs, light--it is a good day to balance your accounts, renew leases, and for renewing and setting balancing life goals
  • Also it is perfectly okay to burn a straw man in effigy-- Apparently, it's cleansing!
  • Make a dream pillow in preparation of the long nights ahead. Fill the pillow with your favorite combination of herbs lavender, rosemary, catnip, sage, and vanilla beans, to encourage good dreams
  • As it is the time of harvest, and the land is giving many gifts to us, remember also to give back to the land, plant a tree, de-litter a park, ride your bike to work instead of driving. Celebrate your own thanksgiving.
  • Take a walk and listen to the leaves turn color... I promise, if you listen closely, you will hear them!
  • Cuddle up with someone, its the perfect time of year for it.
  • Or you can cuddle up with a book, if your someone is not cuddly, or if there is not a someone to cuddle with, because it's Read A New Book Month, and next week is Banned Books Week. I put my complete faith and trust that Edgy will blog about Banned Books Week, or all my hope for banned books will be lost.


edgy killer bunny said...

Ooh. So guess who bought not one but two trees last night. And guess who is going to plant those trees on Saturday. And guess whose kids are going to do yardwork this weekend. Oh yeah . . . We're all set.

And I guess someone should blog about Banned Books Week. Maybe someone should just provide a link to last year's post about it . . . Eww. Someone just looked at that post, and there's some yellow text because apparently that worked with the design someone had going last year and it's rather vile looking now. Damn. I guess that means that someone has to do a new post.

Briam said...

AMS, do you often hear leaves talking to you? Anything else that speaks to you? Toasters, Post-It Notes, tax returns? LL, what's the psycological differential diagnosis for hearing leaves talking? Not that I'm saying you're crazy, AMS, I would never say that.

Absent-minded Secretary said...

Edgy: Congratulations! I belive it is always nice to invite a dryad or two onto the property.

Of course, with the kids doing all the work planting... someone will have time to update their blog about banned books!

Briam: Trees always communicate something to me. I miss the big trees of Oregon, they were my friends. And to try to sustain that friendship I never rent an apartment unless it has a tree outside my bedroom window so I can hear it talking to me at night. (Complete truth, I swear it.)

About those other objects, the only one that makes perceviable intonations are tax returns: they sing.

We probably have to wait for LL's diagnosis soon. And hopefully she won't be signing any pink slips for me.

BTW, Briam, we need to get you blogging again too!

Briam said...

Yeah, work's been hectic, and my lunch hour, my blogging time, has been seriously hindered as of late. the situation will improve, I'm sure.