Vernal Equinox


The moment the sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator is the Equinox, from the Latin “equal night.”  In the northern hemisphere, it’s called the Vernal Equinox. In the southern hemisphere, this is the moment of the Autumnal Equinox. This day is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. The ancient Egyptians pointed the Great Sphinx directly toward the rising sun on the day of the Vernal Equinox. Every Equinox celebrates the “official” change of seasons, which makes them so special. Naturally, spring is my favorite season, especially here in the American deep South. While I don’t have any particular rituals for the coming of spring, I do take a moment to read my favorite bit of spring poetry, William Wordsworth’s The Daffodils.

Wordsworth was overtaken by the sight of ten thousand daffodils “tossing their heads in sprightly dance” in a field by the bay. Celebrate the seasons in your life, and live your life in color!

Michele Sig NEW


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