A LOOK AT THE ANCIENT SPRING/VERNAL EQUINOX
By Cherie De Sues
ANCIENT IRELAND: Look inside a megalithic cairn, on a hill at Loughcrew, 55 miles Northwest of Dublin. Ancient Celts designed a dome-shaped house, so that light from the Vernal Equinox and Summer Solstice would penetrates a long corridor to illuminate a backstone. This backstone is decorated with astronomical symbols to celebrate life renewed each year.
ANCIENT MAYANS: The Vernal Equinox setting sun shines on the great ceremonial pyramid, in El Castillo, Mexico. The entire West side of the pyramid glows with late afternoon sunlight. The shadow appears as a diamond-back snake as it descends the pyramid. This is called "The Return of the Sun Serpent".
ANCIENT GREEKS: Dionysos was a god of the spring rites, and great celebrations were held when the flowering plants and fruitful vines reappeared every year.
ANCIENT PERSIA: Ancient civilizations (Mesopotamia, Sumeria, Babylonia, Elam) circa 3000 to 2000 celebrated the Vernal equinox and now, No RuzIt is celebrated in Albania, Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, many countries in Central Asia, etc. as a secular holiday on the day before or after the equinox.
ANCIENT ROMANS: Around 200 B.C., a mystery cult called Cybele in Greece held a Vernal equinox festival on Black Friday after three days of rejoicing over the resurrection of Attis. Attis was said to have been born of a virgin named Nana. The story says the man became a sacrificial victim and Savior to Greece, then slain to bring salvation to men 200 years before Jesus in Christianity.
ANCIENT SAXONS: Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic lunar goddess Ostara. Her name is used for the Christian Easter and to the female hormone estrogen. The Ostara feast day was held on the full moon following the Vernal equinox.
Please watch this You Tube video of 1 minute 44 seconds of the vernal equinox in Ireland inside an ancient cairn.
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Chérie De Sues is a "critically acclaimed" and "award winning" author of thrillers, paranormal and contemporary suspense romances from sensual to sizzling heat levels. When Chérie takes a break from writing novels, you can find her at book signings, online, or traveling to research her next novel. She shares her home in San Diego, California, with her Irish terrier, Reilly. You can find her author website at www.cheriedesues2.com and her blog at www.cheriedesues.com