THIS is a MORNING event to see our SUNRISE ALIGNMENT (there is a separate event for evening to see our sunset 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 through the Equinox Window in The Three Witnesses sculpture that is visible during the sunrise 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 at sunrise on the Vernal Equinox as we look to see the equinox sunrise alignment between sun and stone here at Kinstone!
SPECIAL CELESTIAL EVENT in 2019: There is a FULL MOON on the same day as the Vernal Equinox!! Weather permitting, we will see a magnificent moonset as well as the glorious sunrise on this morning!
COST: Free, No Registration Required
Date: Wednesday, March 20 Time: 6:30am – 7:45am
Come experience the Vernal Equinox sunrise (and MOONSET!) as we gather in the center of The Three Witnesses sculpture at Kinstone. Given fair weather and clear skies, we will watch the nearly Full Moon set in the west and then also watch the morning sun as it crests the ridge and beams through the Equinox Window to light up the heart of the middle “witness”. Given cloudy or rainy weather, we will not see the moonset or the sunrise, 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 look at the alignment through the Equinox Window, see the heart highlighted in the center stone Witness, sit in the light of the sun, take photos, and greet the sunrise. We will witness the arrival of Spring and send Winter on its way with our blessings. This gathering will last about an hour and fifteen minutes. Actual moonset is at 7:19am and actual sunrise is at 7:21am. However, with the topography specific to Kinstone, the times we witness these is always somewhat different.
This event is outdoors and will be held rain or shine. Please note that we will not see the moonset, sunrise, and the alignment if it is cloudy or if the horizon is obstructed by early morning 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 cool 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.