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Spring Equinox

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Spring Equinox

cait y. // the willow field

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Happy Spring Equinox, friends!

At 2:58 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, March 20 the Sun crosses the celestial equator, the imaginary line in the sky above Earth’s equator, from south to north.

This moment is known as the spring (vernal) equinox in the Northern Hemisphere and begins the spring season.   For the Southern Hemisphere, this is the moment of the autumnal equinox, and begins the fall season. 

This year a full moon coincides with the spring equinox in North America. This only happens about three times a century. Enjoy the extra-bright equinox full moon Wednesday night!  Also, the moonrise will be at the same time as sunset, both hovering opposite each other.  On this day the sun rises precisely due east and sets due west.  

It is a moment of equilibrium in the year. Translated literally, equinox means "equal night".  On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal in all parts of the world. Twelve hours of each, because the Sun is positioned above the equator.

 The spring equinox signifies a rebirth. The duration of light is about to overtake the darkness.  After the spring equinox, the days become longer and the air warmer. The soil becomes fertile and all hibernating life is re-animated.  It is a time to plant seeds of growth.

The spring equinox is a time of renewal - in nature, the home, and in us. More than just physical activity, "spring cleaning" removes any negative energy accumulated over the dark winter months and resonates with the positive growing energy of spring and summer.

The spring equinox is a time where there is a special quality of energy - to plant, grow and renew our lives. Energy is emerging from the ground where it has been dormant in the earth since the winter solstice.

Let us be present, have open hearts and go with the flow.

XO, Cait