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Happy Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

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 Happy Spring!

Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

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!

Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

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!

Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

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!

I scream, you scream… Ice cream!

Soft ice cream
Soft ice cream (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here, in honor of ice cream season, are two pieces of ice cream trivia for you:

  1. The first ice cream parlor opened in 1776 in NYC.
  2. 98% of all US household’s buy ice cream each year.

98! isn’t that amazing? My mom was a serious ice cream nut. A day was not complete without a bowl of ice cream. She liked those boozy Baskin Robbins’ flavors like, Apricot Brandy, Daiquiri Ice, and Rum Raisin. Grandma always had simpler stuff, one of those rectangular boxes of Neapolitan in the freezer. Remember that? One stripe each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry, like ice cream for those who can’t commit to a whole carton of a single flavor. I remember carefully scooping out all the chocolate one time, to her dismay.

I admit I am a chocolate fan rather than an ice cream fan, so even in ice cream I tend toward flavors like mud slide and triple chocolate brownie. I tend to skip the dairy altogether and go straight to the Trader Joe’s Bittersweet with Almonds. Unless we are camping in Tillamook, where the high point of every day is going to the dairy for ice cream.

For non-dairy folk, check out the Yonanas machine. I have one and it is really a fun thing. It takes frozen bananas and makes soft serve out of them. I know you are going to tell me your Vitamix does that but no, the Vitamix doesn’t do that, it makes smoothies. The texture is totally different. Come on over, try them both and see! Anyway, I had a bowl of yonanas with chocolate chips for dinner all last Summer and it was wonderful. Regardless of whatever hype you may hear on the review sites, if you don’t like bananas, you won’t like it – because it tastes like… big surprise here, BANANAS, not ice cream. There are some hysterical reviews on Amazon where people bought the thing thinking it would make frozen bananas taste like vanilla ice cream, but the texture is right so it is a good substitute as long as you aren’t a banana-phobe or something like that.

Welcome Spring!

The Equinox Tradition:

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!

YUM!

I made this yesterday from one of my favorite blogs: Chocolate Covered Katie. Here is the complete recipe: The Ultimate Chocolate Fudge Pie. It fit all my criteria for a Saturday evening dessert: gluten-free, dairy free, low-sugar, low-calorie, quick, zap it in the food processor & no-bake. Wow! We both loved it. A long, long time ago Scott used to make tofu cheesecake for potlucks with his dive-buddies and he wouldn’t tell anyone what was in it until it was all gone. I don’t eat soy very often but when I do, this will be at the top of my list!

Welcome Spring!

The Spring Equinox 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!

Welcome Spring!

The Spring Equinox 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.

A creature associate of Ostara’s  is the hare, AKA the Easter bunny. Several websites tell me that she is said to have transformed a bird into a rabbit in order to amuse the children who follow her everywhere, and even though the bird is now a hare, she still lays eggs, only now they are brightly colored eggs. Sound silly? It does to me too and the fact that multiple sources are repeating it probably means that they are just copying one from another since I can’t find any mythological rationale. The connection is probably far more likely that Spring is when the baby animals are born. Rabbits, baby chicks and lambs are indicative of  fertility and fertility with Spring. The tropical zodiac is based on the seasons, in contrast to the sidereal zodiac, which is based on the constellations themselves. The sign corresponding to the Vernal Equinox is Aries, the ram.

There are many holidays and customs associated with March besides Easter. Click here to peruse a few.

Ostara’s place in the The Wheel of the Year.

Click these links to learn more about Spring and Equinoxes:  Rites of Spring or March Equinox Explained.

I love this kind of thing, here is a site that discusses all the things that are wrong with Easter for Christians.

Animal Aid carries vegan chocolate bunnies and cream eggs.

Healthy Indulgences has a recipe for healthy creme eggs.

Happy Spring! Vernal Equinox 2010

The Spring Equinox is the dawn of the new zodiacal year in the Northern Hemisphere. 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 Happy Spring! Vernal Equinox 2010