Thursday, March 20, 2008

Happy Spring Equinox



The Spring Equinox is associated with, or known as: Alban Eilir, Eostar, Eostre, Feast of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Festival of Trees, Lady Day, NawRuz, No Ruz, Ostara, Ostra, Rites of Spring, and the Vernal Equinox.

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The spring equinox:

There are two days each year when the daytime and nighttime hours are approximately equal -- each being 12 hours long. One occurs between March 19 and 21 and is called the Spring or Vernal Equinox. The other happens in September. These dates have strong ties to religious celebrations, both ancient and modern.


Non-religious beliefs related to the equinox


Overview, timing, & history


Eostre (pronounced E-ostra)

Eostre is the Pagan holiday that celebrates the return of spring and the balance between light and dark on, or around, the Spring Equinox. Eostre was the Pagan goddess of dawn, fertility and new beginnings. The Christian celebration of Christ's rebirth, Easter, is also celebrated around this time and got its name from Eostre.

Myths

It has been said that on the exact hour that winter turns to spring (around noon on the Spring Equinox), you are able to stand on an egg that is end-on-end without breaking it. Think that's crazy? Truth is, if you've got the balance and a flat enough surface, you can stand on an egg (end-on-end) any time of the year (just don't be surprised if it doesn't work the first time)!

Did U Know?

  • Eostre gave a rabbit friend the power to lay eggs once a year - on the Spring Equinox. The eggs symbolized new beginnings and the rabbit symbolized fertility.
  • In modern Russia, eggs are still given as presents on the graves of ancestors in spring, at the start of farming season.
  • Today we all look to the good ol' Easter Bunny to bring us colored eggs and, more importantly, chocolate ones

  • link to webpage

    Lore and Rituals by Selena Fox
    Spring Equinox

    2 comments:

    Amy said...

    oh i had forgotten all about standing the egg on end. :)

    Ginny said...

    Me too! By the time I was looking up info it was already evening. Will have to try to remember for Fall.

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