First of all, a big loving welcome to my newest followers! I’ve surpassed the 100 mark (by 1 hehe, still counts!) and I’m over the moon about it – thank you so much! As always, if you have any recommendations or requests, I am more than open to them. In fact, I adore them.
Secondly, HAPPY FIRST DAY OF SPRING!!! Yes, that is today — so excitedddd. Fun fact: the meteorological spring actually began on March 1, though I saw no signs of that. I’m watching the weather currently and today is going to be beautiful, getting up to 55; unfortunately, it’s not going to last -_- at least in Rhode Island; we’ll be getting back down to the 30s at least until next Wednesday. Meh, let’s not dwell on that.. for now, think Spring! If you can, go outside today and absorb some much needed Vitamin D. Soon enough, my dears, our days will be getting longer and warmer.
Perhaps you’re curious to know as to why today is considered the first day of Spring? Well, March 20th marks the Spring, or Vernal Equinox. An equinox occurs twice a year, and it is when the plane of Earth’s equator passes the center of the Sun.
The word “equinox” comes from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night), and on the Equinox, day and night are both approximately 12 hours each. At this time, the tilt of the Earth’s axis is inclined neither away from nor towards the Sun, but after today, the sun’s direct rays shift into the Northern Hemisphere for the next six months. That means that we will receive more direct sunlight, hence the warmer temperatures.
Certain celebrations around the world like Nowruz (the Persian New Year), Easter and Passover are marked by the Equinox, and the great Sphinx actually points toward the rising sun on the date of the Spring Equinox – as usual, our ancients were on point.
In other news, I wanted to share this video. The woman here is amazing, and it makes my heart swell a bit to know that there are beautiful people like this out there willing to take charge for the greater good.