Whispers from the Well – Fall 2019

Blessings of Change, as we embrace the . . .

Autumn Equinox

The Autumnal Equinox, this year, is in the first few minutes of Monday, September 23, in Libra, and officially marks the beginning of the fall season in the northern hemisphere. The name ‘equinox’ comes from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox(night), referring to the 12-hour long day and night that occurs only twice a year, when the tilt of the Earth’s axis and Earth’s orbit around the sun combine in such a way that the axis is inclined neither away from nor toward the sun. And it is only on the spring and autumnal equinoxes that the Sun rises due east and sets due west. But, since Earth never stops moving around the sun, these days of equal sunlight and night will change quickly.
      The earliest humans spent more time outside than we do. They used the sky as both clock and calendar. They could easily see that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shift in a regular way throughout the year.
      Our ancestors built the first observatories to track the sun’s progress. One example is at Machu Picchu in Peru, where the Intihuatana stone has been shown to be a precise indicator of the date of the two equinoxes and other significant celestial periods. The word Intihuatana, by the way, literally means for tying the sun. Today, we know each equinox and solstice is an astronomical event, caused by Earth’s tilt on its axis and ceaseless orbit around the sun.
      Astronomically speaking, the September equinox marks one of the four major turning points in the cycle of seasons. In many regions of North America, the landscape silently explodes with vibrant colors of red, yellow, and orange. The harvest baskets are full of our summer’s work. The leaves begin to drop off the trees, providing endless hours of jumping into leaf piles for kids and raking them back up for parents! Temperatures begin to drop, nights begin to get longer, and all the woodland critters are storing up for the long haul of winter. 

Little Leaves
Little leaves fall softly down
Red and yellow, orange and brown
Whirling, twirling round and round
Falling softly to the ground
Little leaves fall softly down
To make a carpet on the ground.
Then, swish, the wind
comes whistling by
And sends them
dancing to the sky.

— Author Unknown 




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— Thich Nhat Hanh


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The ‘Well’ Spotlight… 

Our Massage Practitioner… Amy Katz

Amy values listening to the wisdom of the body to return to a natural state of ease. She practices Swedish Massage, Reflexology, and Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapy. Amy began massage school after receiving bodywork at the Santa Barbara Body Therapy Institute in 2008. She loved the way it connected her back to her body, the present moment, and a more essential part of herself. She soon became a therapist working at the Body Therapy Institute, and opened a private practice. Her interest in natural healing led her to attend The Israel School of Herbal Medicine. Crafting botanical medicines and herbal infused skincare products then became an integrated part of her work. By the end of October, Amy will also be offering skin and body care treatments at ‘The Well’.  Amy rounds out her personal grounding practices through singing, painting, and time in nature.