Spring Equinox

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Yesterday,  March 20 was Spring Equinox, (or Vernal Equinox as it is sometimes called) where the sun passed directly over the earth’s equator and spring was official here in the Northern Hemisphere at 12:57 pm. ‘Down under’ they were having Fall Equinox. The word Equinox means ‘equal nights’ which translates to equal days and equal nights. It’s the first day of Spring.  Many past people have celebrated spring equinox as they knew that soon their food sources would be renewed. Here’s one more interesting fact: The early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx pointing directly towards the rising morning sun on the day of the vernal equinox. Pretty cool.

What a beautiful day it was – unlike the day before with cold temperatures and cold winds.  Thanks you universe for that!

First Day of Spring!

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, it is the first day of spring and Spring Equinox. Today is the day where the hours of daylight and hours of nightlight are of equal duration. The Spring Equinox or Vernal Equinox as it is sometimes called is of particular importance to pagans where activities such as egg hunting, egg races and egg eating are done. Hey, isn’t that Easter? Oh yea, the Christians borrowed a few pagan rituals along the way-how else could they get converts in Constantinople’s day? No one wants to give up the Easter Egg hunt. Blasphemy! Nevertheless this means tomorrow, the days will start getting longer as we head towards summer and gardening. YEA!

Of course with spring, comes spring winds in Santa Fe (which I hate). Elodie once said the reason the wind blows in the spring is to wake up the trees which have been sleeping all winter. I like that and it makes it more bearable, if just a little. Today is cold and windy. Double jeopardy.

If I could go away for one season here in Santa Fe, it would be in spring because of those winds. Of course I’d miss starting my vegetable and giant pumpkin seeds early and marveling at all the beautiful blossoms that will start shortly. I probably would have to start a late garden. Ooooo!

So what would I do? Maybe go fly fishing in New Zealand, Chile or Argentina where all those BIG brown trout are starting to spawn as it is fall in the Southern Hemisphere or I could go to Hawaii. There I could go snorkling, swimming in warm water, drinking a Mai Tai, and doing the hula dance (after the Mai Tai) Ah, but I’d have to be rich to do those things.

Think I’ll stay inside instead today, besides the juniper pollen is out in full force. Triple jeopardy. At least I’m rich in my mind with these fantasies!

Spring Equinox-First day of Spring in Santa Fe-69°F Today!

Spring Equinox-equal length of day and night-courtesy of http://www.timeanddate.com

Spring Equinox-The word “equinox” derives from the Latin word meaning “equal night” and refers to the time when the sun crosses the equator and day and night are equal length everywhere in the world-12 hours of each. We are all experiencing the same thing on earth except in the northern hemisphere we are experiencing spring and in the southern hemisphere they are going in to fall-but still 12 hours of day and night for everyone. Yea for us here in the northern hemisphere-we’ve all been through it this year with our winters!

The last few days have been warm and breezy and everything is ready to just bust out garden wise! Wow, I think I’m going to relegate the inside firewood to the wood pile outside. Oh and take that bag of clay kitty litter sitting on the deck that I use to deice icy steps to the shed.  And put the snow shovel away. And put the snow boots and heavy winter jackets back in the hall closet. And put my awl back in the garden shed-no more splitting wood here! Of course as soon as I do this it will snow but who cares?! Time is on our side as gardeners now-literally from tomorrow on the days will be getting longer and longer until we hit the longest day on June 21 (Summer Solstice), then they get shorter again. So let’s enjoy these days and get outside in our gardens and get your hands in your soil. Dig it!