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The History of the Vernal Equinox

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Forget January 1. The real new year is March 20 -- the Spring Equinox and astrological new year -- when the Sun charges into fiery Aries to banish winter's chill. Aries is the sign of the Ram and also the first sign of the zodiac, associated with the energy of youth. Now we throw off the shackles of winter, break any chains that have hindered our growth and get ready to pursue some exciting new goals.
During the Spring (or Vernal) Equinox, we in the Northern Hemisphere catch "spring fever," as plants and trees sprout new leaves and begin bearing fruit (in the Southern Hemisphere, the same date marks the Fall Equinox). Love is in the air -- ancient Celtic and Mediterranean peoples celebrated the Spring Equinox as a sacred marriage between God and Goddess. This was symbolized by the custom of hand-fasting, a form of betrothal. Thus, it's a wonderful time of the year to begin or revive a romantic relationship, or to initiate new endeavors of all kinds.

The early Egyptians recognized the Sun's passage into Aries as a sacred turning point of the year, and built the Great Sphinx so that it points directly toward the rising Sun on the day of the Spring Equinox. For our ancestors, the birth of spring meant that winter's cold was ebbing, dwindling food supplies would soon be replenished and bellies would be full once again -- certainly a cause for celebration. And party they did, for days on end, as bonfires raged to help rekindle the light and warmth.

Equinox literally means "equal night." At the Spring Equinox, day and night are the same length, with light ascending. Hence the theme of rebirth or resurrection, which is echoed in the Christian tradition of Easter -- celebrated soon after the Sun moves into Aries. The symbols of Easter bunny rabbits and eggs have their roots in pagan traditions that honored nature's fertility. Ironically, the name "Easter" was taken from a Teutonic lunar goddess, Eostre, whose holiday was held on the Full Moon nearest the Vernal Equinox. Since the church does not celebrate Full Moons, they designated Easter to be celebrated the Sunday following the first Full Moon after the Equinox.

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KACAR51 4/27/2013 6:42PM

    Cool Post! Thanks!

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CHATTIEGIRL 6/8/2011 10:36PM

    Hi Robin:

Would like to see a new blog but since ther isn't. I will just check in on this. Hope you are continuing with you healthy life style. Take care and God bless you. Have a great week.


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LILYBELLE8 5/17/2011 10:04PM

    Wow - what a nice history lesson. Thanks!!!

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CHATTIEGIRL 5/17/2011 9:59PM

    Hi TheSKINNY100;

I try and learn something new each day and this has done it, thank you. Stay true to your healthy life style in eating and exercise. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.


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BELLE0308 3/22/2011 7:21PM

    Very interesting!! Thank you so much!! emoticon

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HARISHABAD 3/22/2011 3:09PM

    Great! Thank you!

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    I love O/easter... it is the perfect coming together of Pagan & Christian. It is celebrated on the coming together of the solar & lunar calendars. It is all about balance, give & take, light & dark, fat & thin, active & inactive, male & female, snow & sunshine... it is oh so too, too perfect in and of itself.

Blessed & Balanced Be!

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HIPPICHICK1 3/22/2011 1:27PM

    I love history!!
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New Year...New "Tude" 2011 is a good number!

Sunday, January 02, 2011

Thoughts and dreams, holding on tight,

No matter how hard, donít give up the fight.

The tears start to fall with pressure and pain,

Keep pressing on and get rid of that shame.

Smile for you and keep yourself strong,

Things will work out, youíre not always wrong.

Wipe those eyes and pick up your head,

The worldís still turning and you are not dead.

Believe in your heart, keep your spirits alive,

Donít doubt yourself, you will survive.

You are loved even if you donít see,

Keep your personality, that is the key.

Be yourself, do what you do,

Maybe people will get the clue.

Ignore those put-downs no matter how hard,

Forgive your enemies, send them a card.

Encourage others, be a good friend,

In doing good things, there is no end.

Things can go wrong and make you feel low,

Itís good not to dwell, you can let it go.

Say you can do it and not that you canít,

You could be famous and people could chant.

You could go to the moon and fly past the stars,

You could get your famous name driving race cars.

You could act on a stage or do ballet,

You could be a mother to say ďIt will be OKĒ.

You could fight fires or work in a zoo,

You can follow your dreams, itís all up to you.

Pain and fear is all part of life every day,

You can do it if you want and you say.

Every problem will pass, keep holding on,

The scars from the past will soon be gone.

Love who you are and keep your chin up,

One day you will really know the meaning

of a golden prize cup.

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CHATTIEGIRL 3/6/2011 7:21PM

    Hi THESKINNY100;

That was so meaningful and I thank you. I hope you are staying focused on your healthy living with your eating and exercises. May God bless you always. Learn from Spark people every day.


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SAMI199 1/2/2011 9:49PM

    So good to see you back-love,love,love your blog!!!!!!1

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CAMROLA 1/2/2011 9:44PM

    Love it! Thank you for sharing, and happy new year!!!

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PJGABRIEL 1/2/2011 4:58PM

    Beautiful Poem, and very motivating. Thanks for sharing.

Happy New Year!

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    Thank you for sharing this poem. It is inspirational and very touching.


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2WHEELEDSHARON 1/2/2011 1:21PM

    I'm tearing up. This is beautiful, thank you so much!

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Sunday, November 21, 2010

. Who used to be your superhero when you were a child? I loved Nancy Drew and I read all of the books that came out. I wish I still had them so I could pass them down!

2. Most hated chore on the chore list? Dishes and still is!

3. If you were to start your own restaurant, what would it be called?
Soups' On!!

4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
My new Thanksgiving cactus has pink blooms!

5. If you had to only eat three things for the rest of your life, day in and day out, what would they be?
Berries, pasta and tomatoes

6. What are you listening to right now? Criminal Minds on TV

7. What's the last sporting event you watched? NONE of any kind ever!

8. When was the last time you drove out of town? I went to Willimantic CT a couple weeks ago

9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days? Couple weeks ago to see "The Other Guys"

10. What was the last thing you had to drink? Water

11. Last food that you ate?
Homemade Chicken A La King on whole wheat toast

12. If you were a time traveler and could only go back in time or forward in time, which would you choose?

13. If you could tell your best friend one thing that you canít stand about him/her what would it be?
That they are are too laidback and need to say NO sometimes...but not to me!

14. If you were to be famous what would you like to be known for? Giving and helping others who are less fortunate.

15. What does your last text message say? I DON"t text and never will!

16. How early do you start holiday shopping?
The day after Christmas till the day before Christmas. I will lose by the time the holidays roll around..

17. If you wrote a movie, what would the title be?
A Wild Tale

18. When did you first realize you needed to change your lifestyle food-wise?
From the time I was 12 yrs old and was over-weight.

19. What color ink do you prefer to write with?
I like blue, but use black more

20. What was your favorite toy as a child? My 72 Pack Crayola Crayons with sharpener and my Color by Number artists color book. I would color for hours!

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MTULLY 11/27/2010 6:10PM

    I loved Nancy Drew when I was a kid as well! What a great series!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 11/22/2010 3:41PM

    Cool info, loved #13, what a riot!

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METALLICAT1 11/21/2010 11:23AM

  Awesome questions you should post them. As far as #12 - Back gotta change a few things.

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LADYDI2049 11/21/2010 10:43AM

    Those are a lot of good questions to really think about. You can even learn more about yourself by them some thought.


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14. To protect those who can't themselves and making people laugh.

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HEARTSTOPPER 11/21/2010 12:30AM

19. I like black ink:)

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Everyone deserves to be loved

Thursday, October 28, 2010

A Senior Dogís Poem

One by One, they pass by my cage,
Too old, too worn, too broken, no way.
Way past his time, he can't run and play.
Then they shake their heads slowly and go on their way

A little old man, arthritic and sore,
It seems I am not wanted anymore.
I once had a home, I once had a bed,
A place that was warm, and where I was fed.

Now my muzzle is grey, and my eyes slowly fail.
Who wants a dog so old and so frail?
My family decided I didn't belong,
I got in their way, my attitude was wrong.

Whatever excuse they made in their head,
Can't justify how they left me for dead.
Now I sit in this cage, where day after day,
The younger dogs get adopted and driven away.

When I had almost come to the end of my rope,
You saw my face, and I finally had hope.
You saw thru the grey, and the legs bent with age,
And felt I still had life beyond this cage.

You took me home, gave me food and a bed,
And shared your own pillow with my poor tired head.
We snuggle and play, and you talk to me low,
You love me so dearly, you want me to know.

I may have lived most of my life with another,
But you outshine them with a love so much stronger.
And I promise to return all the love I can give,
To you, my dear person, as long as I live.

I may be with you for a week, or for years,
We will share many smiles, you will no doubt shed tears.
And when the time comes that God deems I must leave,
I know you will cry and your heart, it will grieve.

And when I arrive at the Bridge, all brand new,
My thoughts and my heart will still be with you.
And I will brag to all who will hear,
Of the person who made my last days so dear

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-FAIRYDANCER 12/6/2010 11:53PM

    Beautiful Poem! It made me think of our dog, Nanook, who died in July at the age of 10 of cancer. Thanks for sharing it!

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SIMPLE_TAILOR 11/19/2010 10:14AM

    my heart is warmer for this.

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CHATTIEGIRL 11/18/2010 9:03PM

    Hi THESKINNY100;

That is so beautiful and life is like that for animals and people. When you get old people seem to forget you, your friends pass away and you can be left alone. But if you are able you can join clubs, sports and make new friends and enjoy life. My dogs are 11 and 9 and the 1 is getting gray but still runs and plays life she is 2. People and animals are so close in makeup and life.

Stopped by because you are 1 of my Spark friends and I wanted to see how you are doing. You have lost some weight and are determine to do more, so good. Stay true to yourself in your healthy eating, routine exercises to reach your final goals.
Love the Spark people, friends, teams and learn from them. God bless you always.

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WENDYSPARKS 11/17/2010 4:45PM

    Love this blog!!

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A10TIVTRTL 11/7/2010 2:38PM

    So poignant - makes me remember my sweet old Veronica, who lived to be 17 wonderful years old. Old dogs are precious, just like old people. It's easy to love puppies and babies, but those who look past appearances and get to know the elderly are often surprised by the loyalty, wisdom and depth of connection an older friend, (animal or human) has to offer.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/28/2010 8:38PM

    cute blog!

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*SUNSHINEDAYZ* 10/28/2010 7:54PM

    (((hugs))) this makes me think of my cat Sammy who spent months at the humane society before we adopted him. He died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve 2002... almost 9 years after we adopted him. All those people who passed him by as being "too old" missed out on 8+ wonderful years!

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LOOSEINGIT 10/28/2010 7:22PM

I found my dog Sam by the side of the road
after his family was done with him.
He was just aout a month old then, I've had
him 3 yrs now. He tells me he's my buddy
everyday, he goes to the bedroom and gets my
house shoes, one by one. The smartest little
mutt, did I say mutt, he doe'nt even know he's a dog.

Thank's for sharing,
Sorry for your loss.
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SAMI199 10/28/2010 6:22PM

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I miss my dog,too,She was such a good girl! emoticon

If i had the right place I would start a Doggie Nursing Home-
maybe someday...
Awesome blog!!!!

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LLDURADO 10/28/2010 6:19PM

    How touching. My Aunt recently lost her dog after having her for several years.
So My Aunt went to our local shelter and just adopted a senior dog that probably had no hope of another loving home.
Years ago my husband and I adopted a senior cat who lived another 4 years with us before he passed.Best pets ever.!

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I DO love Me! I just wish it were easier!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

This is hard for me, and that is the reason I need to give myself a treat...Because I AM WORTHY of receiving something that I have worked so hard to for!!! It is so difficult to say and it is even harder to BELIEVE . How come I have taken the abusive attitude of my parents towards myself??? I wish that I could just tear it away and appreciate who I have become unconditionally. I always get out of bed in the morning with good intentions, and I practise positive self-affirming statements, BUT! There it is...the ever present "BUT". It's automatic, it doesn't require ANY extra energy! It is ingrained into my soul and I want it to go away. That is why I HAVE to be here on this team, and that is why I will give myself a reward, some kind of treat to remind myself that I MATTER and that I CARE that I have achieved some positive results on my healthy life-style journey. I am tearing at the destructiveness of my past loathing to my SELF. I want to learn to not use food as a way of emotional sabotage so I don't have to own my feelings of unworthiness. I love others better and with more commitment than I do myself. And this has to change so I can become the thinner, well-adjusted woman I know that I really am, deep down, under all this outer layering that keeps me from my REAL life. I will give myself LOVE, by way of loosing the anger and hopelessness I feel so easily. I will do it by measuring my progress honestly, and accurately, with self-pride. I will give myself something that other friends and family already give me... an open heart and a smile when I feel good about my accomplishments!! I deserve to feel good about who I am and what my future holds. I will give myself the gift of LOVE I have to learn to give myself something as beautiful as I feel for all the hard work! I have to tend my own garden with all the love and caring I would if it were my child! And I have to like what I have created, that no one can ever destroy!!! ME!!!!!

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A10TIVTRTL 11/7/2010 2:34PM

    Nice to see your smiling face! You deserve love. You deserve all good things. You deserve health, prosperity, and peaceful and supportive relationships. Self-love is the basis, the key to it all. You and I are working on the same issues, so this really speaks to me. Let's rock!

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BABYFACE26 10/27/2010 12:05AM

    You are so right. Many of us are hard-wired to be self-critical because of our childhood experiences. I am also learning to love myself. Just remember, the more love we give ourselves, the easier everything gets. You already are a beautiful Soul.
Every time we do something that's non-habitual, that's scary we need to give ourselves some credit!!! Hang in there, darlin. We're in it together, right? emoticon

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CHATTIEGIRL 8/11/2010 8:09PM

    Hi THESKINNY100;

You cost my path months ago as 1 of my first friends and I am so glad I started to look up all my friends. I loved what you had to say because we are all worth everything in life. Where you are tall, short, fat skinny, beautiful, plain, black, white, yellow, red. God made all of us and we are all beautiful in his eyes. If each one of us could give a person a smile, how are you today that can roll along around the world and everything would be beautiful. I always give a smile to everyone and some smile back and I have had people on the phone say I smile through the phone and had turned a terrible day to a bright one. We all can do it and you are worth a million and never forget it. Stay true to your goals and reach the finish. Drop by now and then. God bless you.

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DEVETT 6/5/2010 12:52AM

    I really enjoyed reading this!

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    Good for you! A wonderful Blog!

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