Monday, September 1, 2008

Secular Seasons

It's Labor Day in the U.S., the last day of summer in our culture. Oh, I know, the last day of summer - according to the position of Brother Sun on the ecliptic - is right around the 20th of September, give or take a day. But the equinoxes and solstices are more conceptual for us Americans than our secular holidays. Kind of funny, kind of sad, thinking that our wheel of the year is not based so much on natural rhythms as on the needs of our industrialized, corporatized, fully scheduled society.

No matter. Sometime this afternoon, people will begin flooding back into the city, gearing up for the beginning of the next Congressional session. Tomorrow, school starts, the new fiscal year will kick into gear. From next week onwards to November 4, DC will be all about the presidential campaign.

September 21 will come and go. Only the weather people are likely to acknowledge it as autumn's first day.

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em. Welcome, secular autumn!


Adrianne said...

It's so weird -- since I've moved to DC, one of the hubs of our full-scheduled society -- I've felt more in tune than ever with equinoxes, solstices, and natural rhythms. Maybe that's 'cause now I hang out with the cool people! (: )

Ernest de Cugnac said...

Still enjoying a bit of summer here, but it was late in coming. At least our winter doesn't try quite so hard to kill us.

tut-tut said...

Oh, it's definitely not autumn here, in any physical sense either. But in New England . . . that first leaf that floats down, changed in color, and someone is sure to say, "Won't be long, now . . ." no matter what the date.

Steve said...

I was able to go all weekend without my air conditioner. It won't be long now, indeed!

lettuce said...

Sept. 21st is also a big day for us as its LG's birthday.


14!! :-/