Thursday, September 22, 2016

Autumn Equinox

The birds doth fly
And the fish dew swim
As I go about my chores

How beautifully leaves grow old. 
 How full of light and color are their last days
 - John Burroughs

Autumn Equinox

The painting symbolizes the equal hours of day and night before night gains the upper hand and the days become shorter, hence the moon above the sun. Wiltshire corn figurines indicate the end of harvest when these were traditionally woven from the last stands of corn. As the last of the corn, this material seems to have been believed to contain the ‘spirit of the corn’ and carefully preserved from harvest to harvest. Local toadstools herald autumn and late
dandelions are going to seed while a phantom megalithic avenue extends into twilight on the horizon.

The nearest traditional name for the autumn equinox is Michaelmas. ‘Mabon’ as a feast day name appears to be entirely modern. Alexander Thom has proposed a sixteen month calendar for the Neolithic period in Europe, but by the time of the historical Iron Age the solar year was largely perceived as summer and winter marked by major festivals at Beltane and Samhain.

Autumn Equinox by Ric Kemp
Oil on Canvas - 610x915mm (24"x36")

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