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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Of Equinox and Eclipse: Danette Wilson

An equinox is an astronomical event in which the plane of Earth's equator passes through the center of the Sun, which occurs twice each year, around 20 March and 23 September. On an equinox, day and night are of approximately equal duration, light and darkness are equal.

The equinoxes, along with solstices, are directly related to the seasons of the year. In the northern hemisphere, the vernal equinox (March) conventionally marks the beginning of spring

Modern astronomy aside, people have recognized the vernal equinox for thousands of years. There is no shortage of rituals and traditions surrounding the coming of spring. Many early peoples celebrated for the basic reason that their food supplies would soon be restored. The date is significant in Christianity because Easter always falls on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the vernal equinox. It is also probably no coincidence that early Egyptians built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the vernal equinox.

You’ve likely been noticing the earlier dawns and later sunsets for some weeks now. Fresh rain breaks over the greening earth, and the earth swells with new life. At the Spring Equinox the God and Goddess are now equals, and they dance together across the Earth.

Also notice the arc of the sun across the sky each day. You’ll find it’s shifting toward the north. Birds and butterflies are migrating back northward, too, along with the path of the sun.

The longer days bring with them warmer weather. People are leaving their winter coats at home. Trees are budding, and plants are beginning a new cycle of growth. In many places, spring flowers are beginning to bloom.

In Ireland, the spring equinox was calculated and celebrated long before the arrival of the Celtic tribes in one of the best known of the ancient Irish stone Cairn temples - Knowth. Knowth is near to Newgrange (BrĂș na Boinne) and it has a 100-foot long passage that accepts the Sun on the mornings of the Spring and Autumn Equinox. The precision engineering feat of building a temple out of crude stone with a 100-foot long passage to allow the Light to enter fully to the end of the passage only when the day and night are of equal length is truly awesome.

Many modern Pagans celebrate Ostara as a time of renewal and rebirth. Take some time to celebrate the new life that surrounds you in nature -- walk in park, lay in the grass, hike through a forest. As you do so, observe all the new things beginning around you -- plants, flowers, insects, birds. Meditate upon the ever-moving Wheel of the Year, and celebrate the change of seasons.

We can plan which seeds to plant and begin to make any dreams reality. It is time to take all that was incubating over winter, a spirit seed, a piece of comfort in the cold, barren times and really give it life.

While the Equinox provides us with a time 'between the worlds'…. The Eclipse is a time of stillness, hesitation and power as the Earth is between Sun and Moon also occurring on a Full Moon.

The Lunar Eclipse, Wednesday will feel like a micro month. Of waxing, waning as the moon is full, hidden, then visible again. Within minutes, you have a full cycle. This is a great time to work on psychic skills and…

as wanes=focus on ridding of any blocks or negatives

as waxes=focus on increasing your psychic skills and anything else you want to goal.

The Full Moon is the most magical night of the month! It's energy can be used for love, knowledge, protection, prosperity, divination and numerous other goals.