An aspect tenderly illumed,
The gentlest look of spring;
That calls from yonder leafy shade
Unfaded, yet prepared to fade,
A timely carolling.
- William Wordsworth, September
The morrow was a bright September morn;
The earth was beautiful as if newborn;
There was nameless splendor everywhere,
That wild exhilaration in the air,
Which makes the passers in the city street
Congratulate each other as they meet."
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"'Tis the last rose of summer,
Left blooming alone;
All her lovely companions
Are faded and gone."
- Thomas Moore, The Last Rose of Summer, 1830
September is a month that has inspired- and still inspires the artistic and restless minds.Poems have been written about it, like the ones above, by William Wordsworth and Thomas Moore.Many others ,like Henry James,Emily Dickinson,T.S.Elliot,Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and countless more have contributed their verses to pay tribute to autumn.Beautiful verses,songs,movies that praise the many virtues of September.Likewise,there is a very upbeat song by Earth,Wind and Fire (a group the younger ones will probably not have heard of, but to my generation they were plain awesome.September can be a very happy month with this tune dancing in your head! A couple of decades later,Jason Donovan sang a re-make of the 1972 song by Bobby Vinton "Sealed with a Kiss",dedicated to summer loves that ended sadly in September....
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On a more factual basis,September is quite an intriguing month.After having done some research,I was astonished when I found out that the word September actually comes from the Latin root Septem-which means seven.So, in Roman times September was the seventh,not the ninth month of the year.That was the case until 45 B.C. when Julius Caesar introduced the Julian Calendar and the year grew by two more months,placing September in the ninth place.It's a bit weird,isn't it?Being the seventh month but ending up in the ninth place.Whatever.Who are we to question the almighty Caesar?
Another fact I discovered is that the birthstone for September is the sapphire.It is associated with the virtues of sincerity,truth and constancy.It is reputed to have healing properties and banish evil thoughts.There's a lovely poem, which does it great justice.
"A maiden born when autumn leaves
Are rustling in September's breeze,
A Sapphire on her brow should bind;
To bring her joy and peace of mind."
Numerologically speaking,September is 9 month..Therefore it is associated with patience, harmony, inspiration and perfection of already existing ideas.It also symbolises creation and life.The 9 is a number of finalisation and endings, coming full circle.Considered to be a sacred number in ancient Egypt and Greece.All in all,it is a favourable number,associated with eternity.
The Harvest moon happens on the night of 27/28 September,which is also a super moon.It's called Harvest moon because it is the full moon nearest the autumnal equinox, which this year is on the 22nd of September.I found another rather cuddly verse for this very special autumn full moon.Who knew people were so romantic in the 1900s?
Shine On Harvest Moon
By Nora Bayes and Jack Norworth (1903)
Shine on, shine on harvest moon
Up in the sky,
I ain’t had no lovin’
Since January, February, June or July
Snow time ain’t no time to stay
Outdoors and spoon,
So shine on, shine on harvest moon,
For me and my gal.
September is the month of harvest,when farmers gather the crops fromthe fields and prepare for the cold winter months.Again,many poems were written to commemorate this very special time of the year.
"The Moon festival (also called the Mooncake or Mid-Autumn festival) falls on September 18th in the year 2005. What is the Moon festival? Every year on the fifteenth day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar, when the moon is at its maximum brightness for the entire year, the Chinese celebrate "zhong qui jie." Children are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon's shadowed surface. The legend surrounding the "lady living in the moon" dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer, Hou Yi, to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, the Goddess of the Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife, Chang Er, found the pill, took it, because Hou Yi was a tyrant, and was banished to the moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival. Today, Chinese people celebrate the Mid-Autumn festival with dances, feasting and moon gazing. Not to mention mooncakes. While baked goods are a common feature at most Chinese celebrations, mooncakes are inextricably linked with the Moon festival. Roughly the size of a human palm, these mooncakes are quite filling, meant to be cut diagonally in quarters and passed around."
"In that open field
If you do not come too close, if you do not come too close,
On a summer midnight, you can hear the music
Of the weak pipe and the little drum
And see them dancing around the bonfire
The association of man and woman
In daunsinge, signifying matrimonie--
A dignified and commodiois sacrament.
Two and two, necessarye coniunction,
Holding eche other by the hand or the arm
Whiche betokeneth concorde. Round and round the fire
Leaping through the flames, or joined in circles,
Rustically solemn or in rustic laughter
Lifting heavy feet in clumsy shoes,
Earth feet, loam feet, lifted in country mirth
Mirth of those long since under earth
Nourishing the corn. Keeping time,
Keeping the rhythm in their dancing
As in their living in the living seasons
The time of the seasons and the constellations
The time of milking and the time of harvest
The time of the coupling of man and woman
And that of beasts. Feet rising and falling.
Eating and drinking. Dung and death.
Dawn points, and another day
Prepares for heat and silence. Out at sea the dawn wind
Wrinkles and slides. I am here
Or there, or elsewhere. In my beginning."
- T. S. Eliot, Four Quartets, East Coker No. 2, 1, 1940
"The definition of a Harvest Moon is: the full moon closest to the fall equinox. The Harvest Moon was thus named because it rises within a half-hour of when the sun sets. In early days, when farmers had no tractors, it was essential that they work by the light of the moon to bring in the harvest. This moon is the fullest moon of the year. When you gaze at it, it looks very large and gives a lot of light throughout the entire night. No other lunar spectacle is as awesome as the Harvest Moon."
September may signify the end of summer and all it stands for-the sun, the sea,relaxation and fun with friends on the beach,no school, no work, no worries.Still, it marks the beginning of a new season, no less beautiful.It abounds in color,scents and it is a prelude for the winter and more cosiness,coming closer to each other.I am fondest of spring, but there is a melancholic quality to autumn I wouldn't change for the world.
I hope you enjoy this article as much as I enjoyed writing it.Send me your comments,I look forward to reading them!
Check out this song list.Ideal for autumn contempation and chilling with a cup of scented tea.https://play.spotify.com/track/1gACqHYVgtrriUlnSkePhv
With love, light and the sound of crisp,crackling leaves beneath your feet,