AND I THOUGHT VERNAL EQUINOX HAD TO DO WITH HORSE RACING…
At my old job, a work memo discussed mercury going into retrograde and how attention to detail must be increased during this time. I never understood how dropping temperatures negatively impacted our accuracy. Another worldly event I lacked clarity on was vernal equinox, which I guessed announced a special spring running of the horses, like at the Derby, only not in Kentucky.
Before you write me off as a complete ninnyhammer, I’m smart enough to recognize people’s facial expressions when I might be slightly off the mark. As usual, I researched. Since tonight (starting at 1:14am EST Tuesday/11:15pm PST Monday) signifies the start of the Vernal Equinox, I wanted to know its significance, what holidays originate from it, and how we celebrate it?
YOU may know, astrology.com defines Vernal Equinox as Spring Vernal Equal Equi Night nox. It’s the most balanced day of the year comparing the length of the day and night.
Technically, it kicks off the Spring, but I already can’t wait for the glorious summer days to grow longer so the vibrant sunsets wait until after I’ve gotten home, grabbed a picnic, and hit the beach!
At work, a professor told me his culture celebrated its New Year tonight! Many celebrate new starts, or fertility leading to new life! Easter and Passover celebrate being born again and new starts. One Mayan Equinox celebration shared on timeanddate.com that I’d love to witness (depending on the accuracy of their calendar) occurs when the incredibly specific construction of the Mayan Pyramid – El Castillo “releases” a large serpent of sunshine descending the stairs.
I decided to celebrate the most-balanced day with my first at-home yoga experience. I will report tomorrow on whether my findings support the theories of increased balance or the experts, who disagree. LA Times suggested additional tests.
It’s True! You CAN balance an egg on its end during the Vernal Equinox!
It’s True! I CAN’T verify that it wasn’t possible before tonight until after it’s over.
It’s True! A broom stands alone! If only I could get it to retrieve water from the well!
Bottom line, Spring has Sprung! What will you do to celebrate? What new start do you have planned?
Very interesting and lovely post. Here it’s our “autumnal (fall) equinox”. 🙂
This was the original reason I was visiting your site tonight, I just got distracted by the eyes staring at me! That is awesome too! I love the crisper weather and such!
LOL! Yes, eyes do have a way to distract someone hey? And I also got distracted by the weather and wanted to also tell you that I love the photo of the horse! He is gorgeous! I love Autumn the best. 🙂
I’ve nominated you for a Versatile Blogger award (looks like you already have been nominated too!). Hope you enjoy 🙂 http://caitlingath.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/vba-a-thank-you/
Thank you Caitlin! I truly appreciate it! Seconds are even more delicious than firsts! Can’t wait to check out your site too!