The 2017 spring
equinox in the northern hemisphere occurs
Monday, March 20, at 03:29am PDT
when the Sun enters Aries.
is one of the two days of the year that the Sun moves across the celestial
equator, the imaginary line among the stars that lies directly
above the Earth's equator circling from east to west. The Sun's crossing
of the celestial equator occurs one other time, on the autumn equinox.
Both times this crossing occurs, the Sun rises exactly due east and
sets exactly due west.
spring the Sun springs up above the celestial equator moving toward
the northernmost position of the summer solstice Sun; in the fall
celestial equator moving toward the southernmost position of the
winter solstice Sun.
Sphere ~ Key Concepts
Sun crosses the celestial equator at both equinoxes.
The Sun is ascending "springing" in March,
and descending "falling" in September.
March equinox signals the beginning of spring in the Northern Hemisphere
and autumn in the Southern Hemisphere. On this day, the sun rises
due east and sets due west ... Now think about what an equinox
is. It’s an event that happens on the imaginary dome of Earth’s
sky. It marks that special moment when the sun crosses the celestial
equator going from south to north. And it also, of course, represents
a point on Earth’s orbit ... EarthSky.org
Sun crosses the equator from south to north for both hemispheres
at the March equinox, however the daily path of the noonday Sun
continues to "spring
up" toward the north for the Northern Hemisphere's springtime
and continues to "fall" toward
the south for the Southern Hemisphere's fall or autumn. AstroViewer the
interactive sky map is helpful in seeing this. (Select "Trust" to
run applet. Give map time to load in, about 30 seconds. I never found
the applet blocked by security settings.)
both equinoxes the noonday Sun shines overhead at the equator.
the Equinox, the Earth and Sun are in perfect balance and harmony,
as the sun is centered between the Northern and Southern
Hemispheres, and centered between earth and sky. This creates a sacred
cross of balancing energy that naturally harmonizes the planet and
A new healing balance comes into play.
your friends with these equinox facts:
every equinox the day is really longer than the night!
The word "equinox" means "equal
night," and it refers to a time when the period of daylight and the
period of darkness are equal, amounting to 12 hours each. In reality
it refers to an instant in time at which the Earth is tilted neither
toward nor away from the Sun. Since the Earth's tilt relative to
the Sun is constantly changing, the 12-hour symmetry can be only
approximately true anywhere. However, if you look at the sunrise
sunset times for your location, you find that it is several minutes
off on this date! The date on which there is closest to 12 hours
of daytime and 12 hours of dark is several days earlier ... Why?
It's because the refracting or bending effects of the Earth's atmosphere
alters the observed time of sunrise and
sunset. The Sun rises a little earlier and sets a little later due
to this effect, causing the observed equinox to precede the true
equinox by a few days in Spring. In the fall it follows by a few
Sessions for Space.com in
on the equinox does the Sun move in a perfectly straight line across
exposure any other day reveals the Sun on a curving path that's concave
toward the north during the warm half of the year, and toward the
south during the cold months. But on March 2O the solar track is
laser-straight. Bob Berman at Astronomy
can use this day to "orient yourself."
calibrate your sundial, that chore you've been putting off for so
long. You can orient yourself and figure out which windows of your
house face where. The term "orient yourself" originally arose because
if you knew which way the Orient lay, you could correctly point east.
It's true, scout's honor. Bob
Berman at Astronomy
Sun's crossing the celestial equator, rising exactly due east and
setting due west, has a "driving" significance in your everyday
driving to work at sunrise and traveling east on a due east highway
you will actually see the Sun rise directly over the yellow line
in the middle of the road. And conversely if you're driving west
on a due west highway at sunset you will see the Sun set directly
over the yellow line in the middle of the road. In fact I would venture
to say that there will be more sun visors down on the first day of
spring and the first day of autumn than on any other days of the
spring equinox will start to occur in Aquarius in 2597.
the Sun occupies at the equinox creeps westward among the stars.
Two millennia ago it was in the constellation Aries, and the equinoctial
spot is sometimes still called "the first point of Aries." In the
year 69 B.C., however, it moved into Pisces, where it's been ever
since. The 25,780 year precessional wobble in our axis is the culprit.
We have another 600 years before the true age of harmony and understanding,
when telephone solicitors will stop calling on weekends and supermarkets
will again stock tasty tomatoes. Bob
Berman at Astronomy
Is Spring Called Spring ...
... and what does this have to do with our founding fathers?
enjoy this cartoon!
Has the Date Changed for Start of Spring?
The first day of spring used to be
March 21. It
is now March 20.
experiences it's last March 21
equinox in 2007, and not again until 2102.
spring equinox facts from The
Seasons by the Astronomy Club of Tulsa:
direct rays (of the Sun) are at the equator
months of daylight begins at the North Pole
months of darkness begins at the South Pole
is the longest day of the year on the equator (autumn equinox
is the longest day, again)
sun rises due east and sets due west
begins in the Northern Hemisphere
begins in the Southern Hemisphere
Meditations ~ March Equinox
are a variety of equinox global meditations occurring at various times
during the day. Participate in one or more of these meditations to
strengthen the Light Grid of planet Earth. Those living in both the
Northern and Southern Hemispheres are participating in the March
Exact: Monday, March 20, 2017
PDT (10:29 UT)
Equinox Meditation - March 20, 2017
Begins 15 mins. before the exact equinox.
Choose a time that suits you.
30-min. recording of music and simple
thoughts is designed to begin 15 mins.
before the peak equinox time. After
30 minutes of meditation jot down
your impressions and guidance.
With this equinox we are contributing to
both individual and global enlightenment.
We are also joining our spiritual energies
to activate the self-healing mechanisms of
Terra Gaia to whom we are deeply connected.
We tap into our own spiritual guidance
and meditation experience, to achieve
the common aims recommended on the
provided soundtrack suggested for our
global meditations this coming year.
Each of us has a key role to play.
Love, no matter what.
"We co-create together to launch the Era
of Illumination, which is dawning on Earth."
Hour Spring Equinox
March 20, 2017
24-hour Internet Marathon joins citizens
globally to pray any time during the equinox.
Prayers for Peace occur every 30 minutes.
A visual and audio World Peace Prayer
Ceremony can be accessed online.
Equinox ~ Original Earth Day!
about St. Francis
and the birth of Earth Day.
Take a moment to say the St. Francis Prayer.
the St.Francis Prayer
March 20, 2017
Your Local Sunset Time
a worldwide link-up of people supporting
environmental and personal awareness.
It is held on the equinoxes and solstices.
Starting at sunset participants are asked to
play or listen to meditative music
(preferably didgeridoos) for 45 minutes
and then sit silently for 15 minutes.
(Be with us in spirit as much as you can
during that hour beginning at sunset.)
This wave meditation starts in New Zealand,
is followed by Australia, Asia, Arab countries,
Israel, Africa, Europe, with America,
Canada, Middle and South America
completing the world wide circle.
Sunrse Sunset Times
Our Oceans ~
8:00pm Your Time
This "Wave" meditation
directs healing and loving
energies to the oceans of the world and will circle
the planet during this 24-hour period.
Gather for "Healing the Oceans of the World"
at a body of water or a sacred site.
The following link is related ...
Water Activation Meditation
Merge with dolphin and whale consciousness.
and Ongoing Global Meditations
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