Spring is the dawn of the new zodiacal year in the Northern Hemisphere. Don’t you just love the word “equinox?” I have to decide each time whether to say it with a short or long “e”. The equinoxes are the two times during the year when the dark of night and the light of day are in balance or equal. Another name for the Vernal Equinox is Ostara, from the name of a German Goddess of fertility, Oestarae.
She is the deific equivalent of the Greco-Roman goddess, Aurora, the personification of the sunrise. Consider that the Sun rises in the East and her name is where East and Easter both come from. The Christian Easter date was decided by the Council of Nicaea to fall the first Sunday after the first full Moon occurring on or after the March Equinox. This effectively removed its observance from conflicts with either Ostara or Passover. Continue reading Welcome Spring!→
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RIP Sue Grafton and condolences to your family. Wow, I’ve been reading this series since I was 20, really my entire adult life. I’ll miss them and I’ll miss waiting for each new one to arrive every couple of years. This reminds me of Master and Commander ending with the unfinished 21, published as Patrick O’Brian left it at his death. Tony Hillerman’s series ended on a satisfying note as did Terry Pratchett’s, but the Alphabet mysteries will end on “Y”, always leaving me to wonder what “Z” would have brought. Sue, thank you for 25 entertaining books.
No melting clocks, but click the link below to see large-size pictures of Dali’s Zodiacal signs. These were created in 1947 and still look fresh and modern. His color choices and spare line work give a different interpretation to some of the signs than you may be accustomed to.
We had snow on Christmas eve and it stuck around today. I thought this was pretty unusual and then this morning I saw a news story about it, this is supposed to be our third White Christmas in the last 100 years. The bird bath was icy until afternoon so the chickadees, sparrows and juncos were squawking until it softened up. The hummingbird feeder didn’t freeze at all so I still had customers there. The sheltered spot on the porch and amount of sugar in the mix must combine to keep it from freezing.