Thursday, February 12, 2015

The Vernal Equinox

As I sat down to read blog posts this morning with my first cup of coffee, I realized that the days are indeed getting longer here in the Northern Hemisphere. We've had a few  cloudless days so last night I could see that it was light outside as I began to prepare dinner around 6 pm, and this morning I got up at 7 am and it was getting light outside.  I was reminded that the Spring or Vernal Equinox is not far off.  
I enjoy reading Barbara's blog from the Three Cats Ranch in Oregon and today, she took a walk around her garden and posted pictures of all the things that were coming to life, like daffodils, irises, flowering trees, and so forth. You can read the post for yourself if you go here.
Then, I went online to see what I could find about the Vernal Equinox and discovered this picture from Spring Daughter and had to share it with you.  In my part of the world, we have about a foot of snow on the ground and somewhat cold temps--right now it's -4F and we are expecting a high temp of 14F--so thinking about the soon-to-arrive change of seasons is one of my favorite things to do at this time of the year.
"This is a rendition of Ostara, sometimes spelled Oestre or Eastre, a Germanic goddess of spring.
The Christian holiday of Easter stems from this goddess, and we can see some archetypal symbols of the spring equinox that represent the rebirth of the world, such as rabbits, eggs, and flowers."
If you live in the winter half of the globe, take heart--Spring will be here very soon.

1 comment:

  1. Summer seems to have just started here . Mother Nature has kept it very mild until this week . I sit here today though staring down the barrel of a 110F day . My point is - we would like to keep the sun just a wee bit longer if you dont mind. Autumn officially starts here in 15 days but warm weather through until April would be lovely!