“Spring adds new life and new beauty to all that is.”
— Jessica Harrelson
It’s the most wonderful time of the year! You know the one – where flowers are blooming again, the air has finally warmed up, and the sun shines just a little bit longer. Unpopular opinion? Either way, let’s get down to some facts. If you’re as calendar obsessed as we are here at Beacon, you may have noticed something strange about this year’s spring equinox, aka the first day of spring. If you felt like it was earlier than usual, you were right. In fact, it is the earliest spring we have seen in our lives so far! For reference, the last time a spring arrived this early was 124 years ago, in 1896!
If you’re wondering what “equinox” means, exactly, you’re not alone. Interestingly enough, the word equinox comes from the Latin words for “equal night”–aequus (equal) and nox (night). On the equinox, the length of day and night is nearly equal across all parts of the world. The best part? We get to enjoy an increase in sunlight hours, with earlier dawns and later sunsets! This is what is popularly known as “daylight savings” and is commonly looked forward to around this time of year.
Understanding what happens on the March equinox is complicated, but not impossible. On the March equinox, the Sun crosses the celestial equator from south to north. Equinoxes are the only two times a year that the Sun rises due east and sets due west for all of us on Earth! After the spring equinox, the Northern Hemisphere tilts toward the Sun, which is why we begin getting longer, sunnier days. (Thank God.)
Spring is a chance to look at the bright side of things. (Literally!) We encourage you to utilize the time in this season to observe all of the renewal around you! Here at Beacon, we fill the hours of our days building relationships, developing strategies, and growing businesses from the ground up. We’re honored to work with so many amazing clients, and we’re thankful for extra hours of sunlight to spend doing what we love most. Look around! You’re in the sunshine with us, too.