The Fall Equinox or Autumnal Equinox is the day each year when the sun is exactly above the equator and night and day are of almost equal length. This year, it falls on Monday, September 23 for the Northern Hemisphere. September is also World Candle Month and we celebrate this unique time with innovative autumn scents - Driftwood + Sage, Rosemary Ivy, Sweet Sandalwood, Tobacco + Cardamom, Cinnamon Bark, Pumpkin Shortbread, and Bayberry + Fir.
Historically, the Fall Equinox has been marked by ancient civilizations around the globe who built structures devoted to this day, and some of those structures still stand today.
One of the most remarkable is Chichen Itza in Mexico. Ancient Mayans designed the Castle of Kukulcán pyramid to line up with the sun on Autumn Equinox or Equinoccio de Otoño. On this day, the stone serpent on the structure is no longer just decorative, instead it appears to move or dance as the sun travels across the sky.
Ireland is home to megalithic cairns, prehistoric stone monuments on Caillaigh Hills at Loughcrew. Dating back nearly 5,000 years, the most notable cairn is Cairn T, home to a wall of ancient carvings inside the chamber, which the sun perfectly illuminates during the Autumnal Equinox sunrise.
While England celebrates the Autumnal Equinox annually at Stonehenge, historians and archeologists haven’t reach a consensus on why this unique rock formation was built.
The world honors the annual pilgrimage of light on the Fall Equinox and we’re joining in with 10% off M Baker fall scents from September 23 to October 4th.
Here’s to another lap around the powerful and inspiring sun. Happy fall y’all!