Welcome to the first day of spring!
The vernal equinox occurred this morning (in case you felt something unusual happening…)
It’s the moment when the earth’s axis is not turned toward the sun (summer, for those of us in the Northern Hemisphere), or away from it (winter), but is aligned with the center of the sun.
The word equinox comes from Latin: aequus means equal, level, or calm; nox means night, or darkness. The equinox, in spring or fall, is a time when the day and night are as close to equal as they ever are, and when the hours of night are exactly equal for people living equidistant from the equator either north or south.
It also marks the date when gardeners begin their work for the growing season. Margaret Atwood wrote:
“Gardening is not a rational act. What matters is the immersion of the hands in the earth…
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