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Summer Equinox

Summer Equinox

by Nana Latsi

“Happy Autumn” officially from today 23 September, with the entrance of the Autumn Equinox.

This phenomenon occurs twice a year (Autumn and Spring) and as can be seen from the word itself it states that day and night have exactly the same duration.

“The phenomenon of the autumnal equinox marks the official beginning of autumn, when the nights begin to last longer than the days culminating in the winter solstice on December 21st, when the night will be at its zenith.

For ancient Greece the autumnal equinox was one of the four natural feasts, rooted in the Orphic Mysteries and the beliefs of Pythagoreans.
The ceremonies of the Orphics were dedicated to the god Hephaestus, the god who bears the light and the glow of fire, during the month of Bohemian, corresponding to our September.
During the same month, the Great or Major Eleusinian Mysteries were held, held in the Temple of Demeter (after the small or minor ones that were the preparation for the Great) of the most respected and important ceremonies of ancient Greek Culture, which lasted nine days, as long as the days of wandering demeter.
Fiction states that at that time nature ceased to comfort and produce, since the sad goddess was looking for Persephone’s daughter.
Before leaving for Olympus, the Goddess established Eleusis and taught the lords of Eleusis Triptolema, Diocles, Eumoppo and Keleus, the Eleusinian mysteries in memory of the search and recovery of Persephone’s daughter. Dimitra taught Triptolemus the cultivation of wheat, entrusting him with the mission to spread it to all the people of the Earth.


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