12 hours each, that is.
March 20 = Vernal Equinox
- Vernal = of, in, or appropriate to spring.
- Equi = equal
- Nox = night
- Equinox = day equals night
Vernal Equinox means the cold is leaving, warmth is coming, and hopefully the crops will grow! No more eating veggies from the root cellar! Hurrah! Throw a holiday.
Some Spring holidays:
I love the image of the earth exactly half dark and light, instead of slanted line of dark and night.
At the solstice, on the other hand, the earth is at it’s strongest slant.
- Summer solstice: longest day, shortest night
- Winter solstice: longest night, shortest day.
Equinox vs Solstice
Today we have computers to measure the angle of earth-to-sun and we have pre-printed calendars to let us know when Equinox will arrive, and let’s not even mention Google & Siri helping us find everything from the date to the weather.
Once upon a time people did the math by hand, figured out the calendar, and built enormous stone circles like Stonehenge to mark the calendar. On the Equinox, the sun shines directly through the archway.
Siri is definitely easier to fit into your pocket.