Spring, otherwise known as the Vernal Equinox, arrived today at 7:02 a.m. EDT. Every year, I post in honor of the arrival of Spring, and every year I learn something new.
The word Equinox comes from the Latin words "aequus" meaning equal and "nox" meaning night. This means that the day and night are of equal length everywhere, and that the sun rises due East and sets due West.
There is a bit of folklore that says that on the Equinox you can set a raw egg on its end and it will stay upright. Some folks performed experiment, and they were successful, but when they repeated it 3 days later, the results were the same. Perhaps the days immediately surrounding the Equinox work equally as well. So, having a dozen eggs in the fridge, I decided to give it a try. Well guess what? All my eggs fell over onto their little white faces. Not one would stand up and salute Spring.
What are some of the signs that Spring has sprung, well besides the daffodils and tiny red buds on the maple trees, that is? This is when the worms come forth from the ground, and ladybugs are seen on the fresh new sprouts. The birds are gathering bits of straw, string and whatever looks like good nest building materials to create homes for their new families.
Yes, Spring is a time of rebirth and renewal of life. Although depending on your location, Nature and the calendar may not always be in agreement.