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Presidents Letter

By William (Bill) Levacy

September 2011

SummerOn September 23 in the northern hemisphere, night and day will be nearly of the same length. The Sun will cross the celestial equator moving southward (in the northern hemisphere). As you look out now each day at the horizon, either to the East in the morning or to the West in the afternoon, you will see the Sun rise and set a little bit more to the south each day, until it reaches its southernmost point on the horizon, appears to stop and turn and then proceeds moving north again. If you have the time and a clear view of the horizon, it is a fun and educational exercise to watch how the Sun moves each day to the south. This is what the ancient star gazers did.

Of course in the northern hemisphere, Autumn symbolizes the return of
bounty and rich harvest. These are fantastic ideas to take into our personal lives at this time and to use the energy of the equinox to create a new rhythm for ourselves in the months ahead.

In the southern hemisphere, the autumnal equinox corresponds to the center of the Sun crossing the celestial equator moving northward and occurs on the date of the northern vernal equinox. The autumnal equinox marks the first day of the season of autumn.

One of the important celebrations during this season, in the Indian tradition, is the festival of lights called Diwali. The Indian subcontinent is renewing from the challenges of the monsoons. The floods and bugs have settled down, and the sadhus are leaving the shelter of the ashram to begin walking around again. Indians around the world are inspired to celebrate and invoke the blessing of goddess Lakshmi for a prosperous year ahead.

Some helpful astronomy sites on the equinox

http://www.knology.net/~blackjack52/images/ecliptic_plane.jpg

Onward and upward,

William (Bill) Levacy

President,

The American College of Vedic Astrology (ACVA)


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