From the Wise Master (September, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:04 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:04 PM ]
September – month of the autumnal (fall) equinox. The word equinox  comes from the Latin words “aequus” (equal) and “nox” (night), literally meaning that day and night are equal. While the vernal (spring) equinox is associated with rebirth, the autumn equinox is associated with old age, but also with harvest & preparation for the winter. 
It has been suggested that the autumnal equinox is the point in the circle of a masonic symbol that can be sometimes be found in or even on masonic buildings, such as in Pacific Grove. (See photo on right)
The two lines on the side of the circle are said to represent the Solstices, dedicated to the holy Saints John, with Saint  John the Baptist being represented by the Summer Solstice (parallel line left of the circle), and Saint John the Evangelist being represented by the parallel line at the Winter Solstice (right side of the circle).  As such, as the two equinoxes are time-wise in between the solstices, given the order, in a two-dimensional representation of the celestial globe. The point in the circle would be the autumnal equinox, and the vernal equinox would be hidden behind it as it would be on the backside of the globe. An interesting interpretation of that symbol, with the equinox alluding again to the need for balance and equality.
For the farmer this is time for harvesting the fruits of the hard labor in spring. Hopefully the crop turned out well. For California wineries, it is expected to be a good year. Dry farmed vines concentrate the flavor of the grapes, so many are hopeful for a great vintage 2014. While labors continue in the wineries, some offer some insights into their work, so this is a great time to explore on your own as larger groups can usually not be accommodated due to the ongoing work. It is time for me though to remind you of our next wine tasting event: Our next Passport Day will be on November 15th and we are looking at the Saratoga wineries, specifically Savannah-Chanelle, Cinnabar and Cooper-Garrod. Please call me at (408) 505-1822 in case of questions, and see for information about the passport events.

Wolfgang Lochner 
Wise Master