As Mars moved earlier this year in to my sign Aries, symbolised by the Ram, the first sign of the zodiac, a powerful transition occurred for me. After months of physical problems & uncertainty, my subconscious literally gave me a mental slap & energised me to revitalise my life. Exercise is on my mind to blow away the cobwebs & lose the winter coat, a spiritual cleanse & a sense of ritual always comes on my radar at this amazingly envigorating time of year.
As the Spring Equinox approaches & I know this will be a catalyst for many people (regardless of their astrology) as the official end of winter always puts a spring in ones step.
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The Equinox on the 20th March will be a powerful transition that will lend energy and vitality to the world at large, but what exactly is the meaning of the Equinox ?.
Equinoxes happen twice a year in the months of September and March. This is when the night and day last for about the same amount of time during the day and the equator directly has the sun. Since the seasons are in the opposite on the different sides of the equator, the spring equinox is in the September in the southern hemisphere and in March in the north.
March Equinox on 20, March 2013, 11:02am (or UTC)
Where Does the Name Equinox Come From?
The length of the night and day are almost the same during the equinox – 12 hours each. The word equinox comes from the Latin for “equal night”.
However, the equinox does not necessarily have 12 hours of day time in reality.
When the sun passes the celestial equator, the March equinox happens. The celestial equator is the invisible line directly above the equator of the Earth in the sky. This can occur anywhere between the 19th and 21st March each year. On other days of the year, the axis of the Earth tilts either towards or away from the sun. During the equinox, the axis will be straight.
A Time to Celebrate a New Start
The March-time equinox in the north is the start of spring, which is a time for rebirth and a new start. There are many cultures and religions that celebrate festivities around this time, including Passover and Easter. Many of my pagan friends become extremely excited around this time of year as it really is the time to release the past, move out of the darkeness & embrace positivity & opportunity.
The Importance in Culture
Cultures around the world celebrate equinoxes and solstices and have done so throughout history. Just one happens in Chichen Itza, Mexico at the main pyramid and is the sacrificial ritual of the Mayans.
The Sunlight Snake
Mexico’s main pyramid, the El Castillo, has four staircases on each side of the faces, running from the bottom to the top of each one. There have been many notorious human sacrifices on these steps.
Each of the steps have been built so that they look like the sunlight snake is slithering down – done by a play on the angles – while the equinox happens.
The Mayans – and the people who came after them – developed the ability to create calendars that were dependable based on the equinoxes and solstices.
The most famous Mayan calendar of all is the one that would end on the December Solstice in 2012 at precisely 11:11 UTC. The Mayan calendar was always exact in that respect. Many people thought that this indicated the end of our world as we know it, as we are still here I sincerely hope that the spring Equinox heralds a fantastically successful & transformative year for you.