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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

September morn


Grey clouds in the sky, muggy, breezy, cumulus building in the humid sky, sun in and out.


Ninth month...but Septimus means seventh in Latin and September was the seventh month of the year until 153 BC when the Romans changed it around, moving first month March into third place and January to first month.


Uh oh. Does that mean all those predicting the end of the world are three months off? And what time zone are we going by?  And what calendar?


Proving the point, autumn has arrived:  In the Northern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological autumn is 1 September. In the Southern hemisphere, the beginning of the meteorological spring is 1 September.
So the idea of equinoxes  is just another man-made measurement.. And September marks the beginning of the ecclesiastical year in the Eastern Orthodox Church.

Something I didn't know: September begins on the same day of the week as December every year, because there are 91 days separating them, which is a multiple of seven (the number of days in the week).
Ah, but here in the heat, autumn is only hinting, teasing. Further north, it's here already. You can tell it by the air, the leaves, the measurements that we all went by before there were calendars...like the other animals.




1 comment:

  1. September, October, and November are my favorite Oklahoma months.

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