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"And the stars are projectors, yeah, projecting our lives down to this planet Earth." - Modest Mouse


3.19.2004

Happy Spring Equinox! 

Ahh, the garden is in bloom, the trees are covered in buds, and the warm breeze carries the sweet flavor of flowers through the Felton streets. Like Nature's own death & resurrection show, today marks the end of Winter and the first day of Spring. Day & Night will be of equal duration as the Sun passes through the celestial equator moving in to Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. Fire is returned to the Kingdom enkindling life and setting light to the darkness. This day marks the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin when the angels announced Mary's conception. Nine months later Jesus the Christ was born on the Winter Equinox. The first full moon after this Vernal Equinox marks the pagan Eostre (the celebration of the Teutoic lunar goddess), later becoming the Catholic Easter. The Catholics wouldn't celebrate on a full moon so Easter is always the first Sunday after the Vernal Equinox full moon (ever wonder why Easter moves around each year? Wouldn't the ressurection of Christ have been on a specific day?). Again the season is marked by death and resurrection - the waning of the lunar influence and the waxing of the solar. It is a time of conception and growth, and the rise of new kings.



For a nice pagan write-up of the vernal equinox season check out this site on Welsh witchcraft.

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