Autumnal Equinox
J. Dianne Dotson – Science Fiction and Fantasy Writer – Autumnal Equinox


Today marks the autumnal (fall) equinox for the Northern Hemisphere, whereas it is the first day of spring in the Southern Hemisphere. I decided to commemorate the occasion with a watercolor representing both.

On this day, when the sun crosses the equator, the entire world experiences an equal length of day and night, hence the name, equinox (equi for day, nox for night, based on Medieval Latin).

Since I live in the Northern Hemisphere, I celebrate the first day of autumn today. And it heralds my most favorite time of the year. To me, autumn represents celebration of the year to this point; what I have achieved, what I have yet to complete. Autumn celebrates the harvest. It is a time for personal reflection and anticipation of the winter holidays. Never a fan of much heat, I also welcome the longer nights, and the trappings that come along with cooler weather: a mug of spiced cider, wool socks, baking, etc. I enjoy the slanting light, and feel reinvigorated as I see leaves change and fruits ripen. I become more creative this time of year as well.

For me, this year has indeed been fruitful, with the completion of my novel and its subsequent edits, and the new connections and opportunities that arose from that. Sharing the journey has surprised me. I think back with gratitude on the support I’ve received, and the encouragement to keep going. As we all move around the sun, it is good to think back with gratitude on the year. We are tucking the days away with woodsmoke and spices and knits, so that we can rest and be ready for a new year in just over three months. For now, we pause and realize every one of us on this blue world shares a moment of balance.