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The Vernal Equinox
March, 2005

This year on March 20th, at 4:34am Pacific Standard Time for those interested in the exact moment, we celebrate the Vernal Equinox.  Day and night are equal. The Spring Equinox celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere is sacred to dawn, and youth, the morning star and the east. It is the time of new life. It is the start of the new year in many traditions and is the beginning of the Astrological cycle as the sun moves from Pisces, the last sign of the zodiac, into the first sign of Aries. The Greek god Ares is equivalent to the Roman Mars for whom the month of March is named. Demeter is reunited with her daughter, Kore (the essence of Spring) who has been in the underwold for six months and the earth once again teems with life. The month of March contains holidays dedicated to the great mother goddesses: Astarte, Isis, and Aphrodite. It is a time of planting seeds, rejoicing in the blossoms and leaves appearing once again on the trees, and the feeling of renewal.

Please join in this virtual circle of celebration on March 20th. There will be others around our planet honoring this day, one of the four great solar festivals of the year.

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