March Equinox 2012

The March equinox 2012: March 20, at 05:14 UTC (or 5:14am).

The March equinox occurs the moment the sun crosses the celestial equator – the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator – from south to north. This happens either on March 19, 20 or 21 every year. On any other day of the year, the Earth’s axis tilts a little away from or towards the Sun. But on the two equinoxes, the Earth’s axis neither tilts away from nor towards the Sun.

One of the most famous ancient Spring equinox celebrations was the Mayan sacrificial ritual by the main pyramid in Chichen Itza, Mexico. The main pyramid – also known as El Castillo – has four staircases running from the top to the bottom of the pyramid’s faces, notorious for the bloody human sacrifices that used to take place here. Knowledge of the equinoxes and solstices is also crucial in developing dependable calendars, another thing the Mayans and their predecessors clearly had gotten the hang of .The Mayan calendar was very precise in this respect, but today the Mayan calendar is most famous for ending exactly on the December solstice: 21 December 2012, at 11:11 UTC.

All information and photo from .timeanddate.com/calendar/march-equinox.

Light a spring green candle and give thanks to the beautiful day,  and please have a great day…xoxo

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3 thoughts on “March Equinox 2012

  1. I love going that part of mexico , I should be going back in a few weeks. the pictures you have up make me want to go over there even more

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