THIS is an EVENING event to see our SUNSET ALIGNMENT (there is a separate event for morning to see our sunrise alignment).
Spring Equinox is one of those astronomically significant solar events when the sun is midpoint in its journey between the Summer and Winter Solstices. It is traditionally seen as a time of balance. The light of day and the dark of night are equal. It is a time for new beginnings, growth, and seeking the joy of the light. At Kinstone we have a unique ALIGNMENT between the setting sun and the stones known as Atlas and Lancelot that is visible during the SUNSET on Equinox. Come and see!
Join us to celebrate the passing of the seasons from Winter to Spring. Celebrate the warming of the Earth and the long awaited time for putting out new growth from the long winter’s root work that has been underway. We will celebrate together at sunset!
SPECIAL CELESTIAL EVENT in 2019: There is a FULL MOON on the same day as the Vernal Equinox!! Weather permitting, we will see a marvelous moonrise as well as a wonderful sunset this evening!
COST: Free, No Registration Required
Date: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 6:45pm – 7:45pm
Come experience the Vernal Equinox sunset (and MOONRISE!) as we gather near the stones known as Lancelot and Atlas for a short opening rite and reading. Given fair weather and clear skies as the sun sets in the West, we will witness the light as it passes through the “Wise One” (Lancelot) and enlightens the “World” (Atlas). If the sun light is strong enough and unobstructed by clouds on the horizon, we will see a line of polka-dots on Atlas and a select few folks may be able to “catch the sun” as it aligns with the perforations in Lancelot. We will begin watching for opportunities to Catch the Sun at 7:00pm!
Given cloudy or rainy weather, we will not see the moonrise or the sunset or the alignment, but will greet these celestial events ceremoniously regardless! This will be a quiet, meditative event with a short opening rite and reading. After our readings, if the sun is visible, participants may wish to try to “catch the sun”, take photos, and watch the sun go down as we welcome Spring. This year, (again, weather permitting) we will have the special treat of seeing a VERY FULL moon rising in the east as the sun sets in the west. We will witness the arrival of Spring and send Winter on its way with our blessings.
This gathering will last about an hour. Actual moonrise is at 7:00pm and actual sunset is at 7:29pm. However, with the topography specific to Kinstone, the times we witness these is always somewhat different.
If you wish to be given a chance to “catch the sun”, please Contact Us to sign up by sending an email stating “I want to catch the sun” and include your full name and email address with the subject “Catch the sun”. During this event, guests who have signed up will be invited, in order of sign-up time, to catch the sun as and if weather and sunlight conditions permit. As many as we can get through will be given a chance to be photographed with their hands catching the sun – only if weather and sunset conditions permit the phenomenon to occur!
This event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. Again, please note that we will not see the moonrise, sunset, or the alignment if it is cloudy or if the horizon is obstructed by mist, fog or clouds. If it is raining, we will gather indoors in the Kinstone Education Center. Cancellation will occur in case of a major storm. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear, scarves, hats and gloves if chilly! Be prepared for it to be breezy and cooler than expected up here on the ridge!
Interesting facts: The exact time of the astronomical Vernal Equinox is Wednesday, March 20, 2019, at 4:58pm CDT. The exact time of the Full Moon on the same day is 8:42pm.