On balance…

Mar 20, 2012 | 0 comments

     Today is the vernal equinox, better known as the first day of spring here in the northern hemisphere.  It’s the day when you can easily balance a raw egg on its pointy end or get a broom to stand up all by itself – or so some believe.  In reality, with enough patience either of those tricks can be done any day of the year.
     The equinox is the day when the tilt of the Earth’ axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, the center of the Sun being in the same plane as the Earth’s equator.  It will happen again in the fall at the time of the autumnal equinox.  And, according to popular belief, it’s only on those two days that the length of day and night are equal.
     For reasons I don’t pretend to understand, the closest to equal that our days and nights have been so far this year was on Saint Patrick’s Day when sunrise was at 7:17 a.m. and sunset was at 7:19 p.m. giving us twelve hours, one minute and twenty-nine seconds of daylight.  Since then, each day has been a wee bit longer and night a wee bit shorter.  WHOO HOO!
     And, of course that’s what it’s all about.  Now daylight will again outlast darkness for a few months.  It’s the time for trees to unfurl their new leaves, for buds to burst into flower, for baby animals to be born or hatched. It’s the time of year that our spirits lift and we celebrate rebirth and renewal.  And do our spring cleaning.
      Often it is the egg, a universal symbol of fertility, that is the center of spring festivities.  Through the ages eggs have been broken, buried, decorated, read (as in divination) and hidden during spring celebrations.  In our culture we dye eggs and hide them for Easter egg hunts, or at the very least, succumb to the temptation of a chocolate egg or two.
     So, today it’s Happy Spring and good luck with your balancing acts.  (I wonder if I’ll have any luck with my budget…)

 

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