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Celebrating the Spring Equinox 2015, with its Pagan traditions

Sunrise behind the standing stone. Knockmealdown Mountains. County Waterford. Irish landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

Sunrise behind the standing stone.
Knockmealdown Mountains.
County Waterford.
Irish landscape Photography : Nigel Borrington

The Spring equinox 2015 celebrating

Today marks the arrival of spring, the date of the vernal equinox, or spring equinox as it is known in the northern hemisphere. Spring equinox. During an equinox, the Earth’s North and South poles are not tilted toward or away from the sun. (Ref :Wikipedia)

The oldest footprints in the world 2

This means the sun will rise exactly in the east and travel through the sky for 12 hours before setting in the exactly west.An equinox happens twice a year around March 20 and September 22 when the Earth’s equator passes through the centre of the sun.

For those in the southern hemisphere, this time is the autumnal equinox that is taking people into their winter.

In English there is open access to Stonehenge tomorrow. Access will be from 05:45am until 08:30am.

Druids and Pagans like to gather at Stonehenge early in the morning to mark the Spring Equinox, to see the sunrise above the stones.

Knockroe pasage tomb 4

The Pagans consider this is the time of the ancient Saxon goddess, Eostre, who stands for new beginnings and fertility. This is why she is symbolized by eggs (new life) and rabbits/hares (fertility). Her name is also where we get the female hormone, oestrogen.

From Eostre also come the names “Easter” and “Esther” the Queen of the Jews, heroine of the annual celebration of Purim which was held on March 15. At Easter, Christians rejoice over the resurrection of Jesus after his death, mimicking the rebirth of nature in spring after the long death of winter.

It is also a time to cleanse your immune system with natural remedies. In Wiltshire and other parts of rural Britain it used to be tradition to drink dandelion and burdock cordials as the herbs help to cleanse the blood and are a good tonic for the body after a harsh winter.

The Equinox of the sun : Gallery

Slievenamon 13 11 2013

Yesterdays Sun 1

Sigma SD15 Kilkenny sunset 1

That sun on Midwinters day 2013

9 responses

  1. Very fitting on the day of the eclipse! Great shots.

    March 20, 2015 at 9:03 am

    • Hello Joan πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you , we have heavy cloud here in kilkenny but maybe we we see something before its over πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Hope you get to see some of it anyway πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 20, 2015 at 9:08 am

  2. Happy Spring, Nigel!

    Lovely, lovely shots. πŸ™‚

    March 20, 2015 at 11:41 am

    • Hello Sharon πŸ™‚

      Thank you , Happy spring back to you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 20, 2015 at 12:19 pm

  3. Beautiful, Nigel.

    March 20, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    • Hello Elen πŸ™‚

      Thank you πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ I hope you have a great weekend πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

  4. Wow Nigel – Happy Spring to you!!

    March 20, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    • Hello Mary πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      Thank you and the same to you , have a great weekend ahead πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

      March 21, 2015 at 12:01 pm

      • Happy weekend to you and your Nigel!

        March 21, 2015 at 11:13 pm

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