There are 2 equinoxes every year – in September and March – when the sun shines directly on the equator and the length of day and night is nearly equal.
“Seasons are opposite on either side of the Equator, so the equinox in September is also known as the Autumnal (fall) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere.”
“The September equinox occurs the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s Equator – from north to south. This happens either on September 22, 23, or 24 every year.”
“Earth’s axis is tilted at an angle of about 23.4° in relation to the ecliptic, the imaginary plane created by Earth’s path around the Sun.”
“On any other day of the year, either the southern hemisphere or the Northern Hemisphere tilts a little towards the Sun. But on the 2 equinoxes, the tilt of Earth’s axis is perpendicular to the Sun’s rays, like the illustrations show.”
“On the equinox, night and day are nearly exactly the same length – 12 hours – all over the world. This is the reason it’s called an “equinox”, derived from Latin, meaning “equal night”. However, even if this is widely accepted, it isn’t entirely true. In reality equinoxes don’t have exactly 12 hours of daylight.”
Calico Squash Casserole
It’s September and fall is finally here. Even if it still feels like summer here in Florida. But a way you can feel more like fall is here, cook yourself a casserole. My favorite is squash casserole. Hands down! This Calico Squash Casserole is very close to what I make for Thanksgiving. But fall is the season of casseroles. So make one tonight or soon for you and your family!
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
- 2 cups sliced yellow summer squash (1/4 inch thick)
- 1 cup sliced zucchini (1/4 inch thick)
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1 cup water
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 2 cups crushed butter-flavored crackers
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- 1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
- 1 can (8 ounces) sliced water chestnuts, drained
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 jar (2 ounces) diced pimientos, drained
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
- 1/2 teaspoon white pepper
- 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded sharp cheddar cheese
Source: Calico Squash Casserole
Why does the ninth month come from the word seven?
For the most part, September means the end of summer, the beginning of autumn, and the start of a new school year. Out of all months, September remains the beginning of the months with less onomastically exciting names that convey nothing other than their numerical locations in the year.
September comes from the Latin root-septem, meaning 7.
In the original Roman Republic calendar, September was the seventh month, not the ninth. The Roman calendar was originally only 10 months long and included the following months- Martius, Aprilis, Maius, Junius, Quintilis, Sextilis, September, October, November, and December.
Here is a later used calendar with 12 months.
The strangeness of calling the “ninth” month the “seventh” month didn’t seem to bother old English speakers. Had the Romans gotten their way, we might now be calling September Tiberius, or Antonius, after two Roman emperors.
My sister sent me this birthday card last week, with one of the most accurate and thoughtful Virgo poems I had ever seen. I knew that I had to share it with the world. So all you Virgos out there, if this reminds you of yourself,
please like or comment back. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say!
September brings Bright Planets
“Venus, Mars and Saturn light up the evening sky throughout September, 2016. Later this month, Mercury puts on a good show for northern observers before sunrise.”
“All five bright planets start out as evening objects in September 2016, but two are hard to see. Mercury and Jupiter are quickly fading into the glare of sunset, and will move into the morning sky later this month. Venus, Mars and Saturn adorn the evening sky all through September. Venus is up just after sunset (setting before nightfall at northerly latitudes or shortly after dark in the Southern Hemisphere). The other two evening planets – Mars and Saturn – stay out until late evening at mid-northern latitudes (or until midnight or beyond as seen from the Southern Hemisphere). Mars is still bright, forming a noticeable triangle on the sky’s dome with Saturn and the bright star Antares. Follow the links below to learn more about September planets in 2016.”
Virgo September Monthly Horoscope
“Independence and freedom of both thought and movement and your right to express yourself is vehemently defended in September 2016.”
“The tempo of life’s events is fast and furious in September 2016, you will not be able to sit back and relax as things will be happening, the phone will be ringing, and life can take some surprising turns. It is an exciting time of much communication and interaction with others. You will have to be adaptable and able to respond to changing situations quickly. This is a time of surprise, and you can be jolted out of your comfort zone, but this is a good thing as often the comfort zone is the biggest block to potential. In September 2016 is a chance to take a new and stimulating view of life and to renew your thinking on many issues. Experimentation with new activities, ideas, people and places is likely – you are spontaneous and may surprise others with your actions at times.”
“Events can be hard to keep track of with so much going on, so do be sure to keep a diary so that you do not overlook important dates and deadlines. September 2016 is also a month of little sleep and minimal time to relax as even if you are off from work, you are bound to be travelling, organizing or busy with a hectic home life. Make sure you do fit in some time when the phone goes off along with the internet connection, so you have a clear head space to center yourself.”
“The biggest threat in September 2016 is that you lose your way due to a commotion in your life; you may become so involved in so many things that it all becomes a chaotic and unproductive cacophony. Keep focus by sticking to an overall plan, and even if it is impossible to stick to that plan, at least do not lose sight of it.”