Today we cross the threshold of light and step into darkness.
This statement sounds somewhat ominous, and it truly is in some way. The autumnal equinox is upon us and as it evens out our nights and days, it also signifies that we are entering the time of twilight.
By each week, by each day, minutes of precious sunlight will be taken from us. Already, our sunsets occur about four hours earlier then around summer solstice in June.
As I will watch the evening sun on its travel across the horizon, from the true west to the far southwest, my heart will grow heavy by each sunset. The golden disc will move slowly at first, setting in its true cardinal direction for a few more days. Soon, this journey will speed up, until one day in late October the sun will disappear all together from my view, to be gone for months at a time during the dark Scandinavian winter months.
As much as vernal equinox brings me joy, the autumnal holds so much more sadness.
Yet, it signifies the onset of time of tranquility.
A time of rest and a time of gentle contemplation, filled with recollection of what was... Soon the cold easterly winds will bring a sense of sharp freshness, as they instigate the pleasure of long walks on misty days, while fallen leaves rustle under our feet and the air becomes scented with the smoke of wood burning fires and rich cuisine.
Autumn has arrived.