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

The Magic of March…

I took this picture in San Francisco and asked these ladies where they were from, with a cute Irish accent they said” Ireland of course.” Funny, I should have guessed. Why ? look at how red their hair is, and how sweet they look. I love the Irish, and I feel bad for all their tragedies, and how bad they had it when they frist came over to America.  I think these people have a spirit that keeps them going in the hardest of times. They always believed in luck, and a pot of gold at the end of a rainbow.

 I would love to chase rainbows when my kids were young. My children think I am idealistic, with both feet firmy planted in mid-air. There were  large mushrooms going in our yard when the kids were young, and only in our yard. All the kids in the neighborhood would come over to see them and ask me why only our house had these  mushrooms. I told them leprechauns lived in our yard and the mushrooms were their home, because we believe in them  and they brought  us  good luck ! And after the lawn was cut, the mushrooms would grow back, larger than before.

   A certain wistfulness occurs when some people use the phrase the luck of the Irish.  It could just as easily be said that the luck of the Irish relates to poor fortune, bad times, and centuries of losses. A look into Irish poetry or writing always focuses on tragedy. In fact, in some writings, it is these multiple tragedies that are held close to the heart and become an essential part of being Irish. So these people know how to endure and carry on. They had to believe in good luck ! 

 I was in Ireland in 1990 and I loved the green rolling hills, and their hearty food (corn beef, cabbage and red potatoes, the best meal of all times ), and of course their beer !  I think it’s uplifting to believe in good luck, to chase  the end of a rainbow, and to believe in the  luck of a four-leaf clover. I remember looking for four-leaf covers when I was young(long ago), and never finding one. But for those hours and hours of looking ( I was young and  idealistic) I would think to myself, when I do find my four-leaf cover I am going to get a million dollars, or that pot of gold. I was happy for hours ! Don’t you feel happy when you see a rainbow ? When we drove to Arizona there was the most beautiful rainbow I ever saw, we could see it from end to end. We  were so thrilled  at that moment, and Leo loved it !  

 When was the last time you kissed a frog  that turned into a prince, or  danced to celtic music and kicked up your heels ? Or weep tears into the  sea of life,or looked under a mushroom growing in your yard ? Maybe it’s time we all started to believe in just a little bit of  magic…for the month of March and for this magical year of 2011. Find me an Irish to kiss !

                                                                 And have a magical  St. Patrick’s Day !