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The autumn equinox that will end summer and start fall is here. If you are living in the Northern Hemisphere, the sun is rising later, nightfall comes sooner, and you are probably thinking “Wait, I am not ready!”

True, fall is beautiful with its cooler, clear days, with nature changing its colors to prepare for winter, birds migrating, apple picking, wine making, climbing, hiking, etc, etc., but you can’t help feeling that it is the end of the year growth-cycle, one last burst of nature before winter.

The ancient Romans celebrated the Fall Equinox with a festival dedicated to Pomona, goddess of fruit trees, garden, and orchards. Her name comes from the Latin word pomum, "fruit," specifically orchard fruit.

In case you feel cheated because you had no vacation time or very little time to enjoy the fair weather, don’t worry: south of the equator, spring begins.