All things being equal

Happy Efnniht! Or should I say Happy Alban Elfed? No? Ok, then happy Autumnal Equinox! Today’s celestially auspicious event comes with roughly 12 hours of day and night. The name, from the Latin æquus and nox, literally means equal night. In the wheel of the year, the spring and autumn equinoxes fall between the summer and winter solstices.
For as long as mankind has watched the heavens and kept track of celestial constants, these four events were considered important because they marked the cross quarters and the turning of the seasons. To beings dependent on animal migrations and eventually on the particulars of agriculture, knowing when to hunt and when to plant/harvest was a matter of survival.

Before long, their importance as time-keepers inspired rituals and customs to spring up across cultures around the world. Two off the top of my head –dousing fires and symbolically relighting them on the winter solstice, and running cattle through the Beltane fires.

Some of the more remarkable ways man has paid homage to the cross quarters have been through stone and wood structures built in such a way as to capture a moment in time. We know about the great monoliths of the ancients such as Stonehenge and Brittany’s Carnac, but there were other important timepieces too. Again, off the top of my head, there’s a spiral cut in stone that is pierced by a shaft of light in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon. Ireland’s New Grange is a tunnel built into an earthwork that captures the rising or setting sunlight on one day a year. There are also astronomical observatories subtly positioned as avenues, such as the Temple of Karnac in Egypt or the solar alignment of New York’s Manhattan.

Here’s one of my favorites for marking the spring equinox. This is the ancient step pyramid of El Castillo in Chichen Itza. The sun casts a moving body of light on the stone serpent head at the bottom of the pyramid. Amazing.


What an interesting day to contemplate a life in balance– A good day to accept we are at once both light and shadow. Take writing. By the very nature of what it is, writing fiction is a very introspective craft. Other writers reading my blog today will understand what it is I am saying. Our craft pulls from every imaginable corner of our psyche. Every once in a while a wisp of darkness curls into my light and when I’m done composing it, I’ll sit back from my keyboard fairly stunned by what just poured out of my imagination.

On a theme, my latest tiptoe into the shadows is now in print. This will be my third  murder anthology with authors Paul DeLancey and Candace Bowen.  If you click on the Look Inside feature on the cover of each on Amazon, you see my stories come after the fun introductions.

Tasteful Murders

More darkness in past anthologies~ Look Inside to read mine

The Darwin Murders


murder3Bump Of Your Enemies. I came late to this one and didn’t quite understand the theme, but they took my bit anyway.


Perhaps not in equal measure for the equinox, but I’m also in these lighter collections…

eq-coverThe free Exquisite Quills Holiday Anthology Vol 1. My offering is based upon the true history of rural electrification in the house next door to me.


indexAnd then there’s Bake, Love, Write  ~ a light-hearted recipe collection where authors shared a dessert recipe and their perspectives on love and the writing craft. (more info below) Author Kaye Spencer made this little book trailer for our cookbook. Very cute!


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I’m participating in Fall Into Romance — a month-long event hosted by The Romance Reviews. Hundreds of authors and industry people are participating and that means hundreds of prizes. Find my bit on my satellite blog:



For 100 days, I’ll post something from my chosen topic: Clichés.
There are 34 entries to come.

Here’s a cliché for today:
All things being equal


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About ~RoseAnderson

Rose Anderson is an award-winning author and dilettante who loves great conversation and delights in discovering interesting things to weave into stories. Rose also writes under the pen name Madeline Archer.
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8 Responses to All things being equal

  1. treknray says:

    Great blog worth keeping. Great picture. I saw a demonstration of this particular site on TV not too long ago.

  2. Enjoying the balancing act of reflecting upon the Equinox here as well, Rose. Very important point you mention ~ that we embrace all of ourselves ~ the dark and the light. I visited some of the sites you wrote about years ago. Nothing gets my inner child jumping for joy quite like a sacred site! Congratulations on your participation in the new projects you show above. Looks like fun.

    • Thanks! Mine too. 🙂 I’m trying to get the various aspects of my writing out there. I’m sitting on around 18 partially completed books right now and really need to do something about that. I’m hoping the muse hangs around long enough to get me writing the magnum opus again.

  3. melissakeir says:

    I love when the Earth is in balance. Today is a wonderful day… yet it also signals the coming winter and the shrinking days. (sad) But I know that on this next quarter, I will be looking toward the coming summer and celebrating spring!

  4. rosgemmell says:

    Another interesting post, Rose – I love the balance of time and seasons. Well done on your latest publishing venture.

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