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Van Gogh - Branches Of An Almond Tree In Blossom

As Earth awakens from Winter’s long slumber, she does it in gentle – yet spectacular – fashion. Long associated with the cycle of life, birth/rebirth, and renewal/resurrection, the Vernal Equinox – Spring - signifies a time when light and darkness carry equal weight, creeping towards the Summer Solstice when the sun holds sway, extending the light of day. In ancient times, the dawn goddess Eostre (from whom the words “East” and “Easter” are derived) symbolized new light. The Vernal Equinox was hers – the time of new light, a new day, a new beginning. In many cultures, this began their New Year. For the ancient Romans, who followed a lunar calendar, the year commenced in March. The Ides of March - beginning on March 15 – were sacred to many of the Roman gods and goddesses. Unfortunately for Caesar, the old, accepted beginning of the New Year ended in death – his (but eerily symbolic of the old making way for the new). Ironically, it was Caesar who implemented calendar reform to begin the New Year in January. The Ides celebration also coincided with the Festival of Anna Perenna – a celebration in a Bacchanalian tradition with reversal of gender roles, followed by...