Monday, March 20, 2006

Vernal Equinox

Spring officially comes today at 18:26 UT (measured at Greenwich, England) which is 1:26 p.m. EST and 11:26 a.m. PST. In case you were wondering. At this time, the sun will pass directly over the Equator. Equinox means “equal night” because day and night are equal all over the world.

The date is fraught with rituals and traditions as people welcome Spring into their lives [or Autumn for those living in the southern hemisphere]. It is a time of rejuvenation and rebirth and of the blossoming of hope.

The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. In 2006, the full moon will be on April 13th and therefore Easter will be on Sunday, April 16th. April 13th is also the beginning of Passover in the Jewish calendar.

A common old wives’ tale is that this is the one day you can balance an egg on end. [If you want to, but why would you?] Anyway…if you have a spare dozen or are fixing an omelet or baking a cake, go ahead and try it.

This is a time to put some equal balance in your own life. What goals or projects have you left undone or never gotten around to? Time to recommit to those (or maybe scratch) and consider what goals or wishes you would like to achieve or have happen over the next year. This ritual assists in the balancing of it all.

Take a moment and enjoy this day of new beginnings.


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