10:30PM tonight in Medicine Hat marks the vernal equinox . At this time, the sun will cross the equator and shed equal amounts of light on each hemisphere. All over the world, day and night will be balanced to about 12 hours for each. However, nothing stays balanced forever and after this time, we in the Northern Hemisphere will begin our journey towards the light.
The vernal or spring equinox is also known here in the North as the official beginning of spring. Sunrises begin to get earlier, sunsets begin to come later and temperatures begin to rise. Energetically, this is a time of new life, new beginnings, optimism and hope. To add to the celebration, this year will be the earliest arrival of spring (or the earliest spring equinox) since 1896! Looking for ways to mark this special occasion? Here's three suggestions: