Autumn officially starts at the beginning of September, but the autumn equinox really heralds the start of this season of ‘Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness’ as Keats once said.
It’s the point in the year when there are exactly 12 hours of daylight and darkness – measured at the equator – so if you live further south or north as we do on the Fylde Coast, you’ll actually see a little bit more or less.
The Autumn Equinox in 2012 is on 22nd September.
The days are shortening and will continue to do so until the Winter Solstice and the shortest day in December, when we start the climb out of winter and back into sunshine and spring.
As with many of the notable points in the calendar, the Autumn Equinox was a time to celebrate pagan rituals, including the celebration of the birth of Mabon, the son of Mordon, the Goddess of the earth.
We are lucky to live in a country which changes throughout the year, with each season bringing its own feeling, sights and sounds. Autumn is a lovely season in its own right, with trees ablaze with colour and fields being harvested, plus of course the spectacle of Halloween and Bonfire night to come.
It’s also a time of year when you’ll see spectacular sunsets across the water from any of the beaches along the Fylde Coast. So wrap up warm and enjoy the view.
Fabulous autumn sunsets from the Fylde Coast