Equinox comes from a Latin word which means evening.  Of course, in relation to the Sun that means the most evening of day and night.  The spring equinox for the Northern Hemisphere in 2020 will be Thursday, March 19 at 11:50 p.m.  Thinking about this day is quite amazing, it is the day on which our sun will be directly over the equator of our planet.  So, as we spin on our axis at approximately 1,000 MPH, with our planet tilted at 23-½ degrees, you will see the most even day and night of the year.

Of course, this does not apply as you enter the Arctic; our spring equinox will be the first sunrise on the North Pole in six months.  On the South Pole, our spring equinox will be their fall equinox, and will be their first sunset in six months.  If we try to imagine the extreme differences between the poles, we can start to understand how our planet splits the seasons at the equator -- with the extremes of those changes growing, the closer you get to either the North or South Poles.

Six of the ancient monuments that were built to honor the spring solstice are: El Castillo Chichen Itza, Mnadjra, Angkor Wat, Hovenweep Castle, Basilica San Petronio, and probably the most famous of all is Stonehenge.  It would take a book to describe these monuments to any detail that would attempt to do them justice.  So, I recommend you research them on your own.  They are absolutely amazing in their own individual ways.

God bless you all,

--RHM