It's all getting a little chilly over here! We've gone from summer dresses and sunnies to woolies and boots as we begin our journey from Summer to Winter. At 2.21 this afternoon the Autumn Equinox arrived, meaning the sun is rested adjacent to the celestrial equator, marking the beginning of Autumn in the Northern Hemisphere (and Spring in the Southern!). Got your slippers and hot chocolates ready?
During the year we have two equinoxes, which mark the beginning of Autumn and Spring. On these days, the sunlight hours are equal to the sundown hours (hello darkness, my old friend). We also have two Solstices. The Summer Solstice which marks the longest amount of sunlight (party!!!), and the Winter Solstice, which marks the least (pyjama party?). The word equinox comes from Latin and means 'equal night'. Solstice is from Latin too and means 'sun still'.
The Autumn Equinox marks the sun entering Libra, the sign of balance, and is supposed to be a time of rest, reflection, and preparation for the long cold winter. It's a time to treat yourself to hot cooked dinners, lots of cups of tea, whack out your journal and get your thoughts out there!
Other planets experience equinox too, thought at different paces depending on their orbit and axis. Uranus is tipped on its side which gives at a 42 year winter as it travels round the sun. Uranus' last equinox was in 1965 and the next one will not be until 2049. Oof!!
If you're into it (we're into it) then have a look at our Equinox necklace. It's a druzy quartz crystal half dipped in gold for day and night, and can be worn over ANY kind of jumper (so far as we know), AND it's 30% off today at £16.80.