Happy Vernal Equinox 2023

Hello. My name is Punxsutawney Phil. Today, at 5:24 PM EDT, the Vernal Equinox occurred … marking the beginning of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere.

Forty-six days ago, I predicted that there would be 6 more weeks of Winter. (OK, I was off by 4 days. If a bunch of clowns in top hats were to drag you out of bed early in the morning on February 2nd, you’d be a little off too.)

Anyway, I wanted to tell you about three events provided by ancient humans to mark this time each year.

You’re probably familiar with Stonehenge, England. This is how it looked when the Sun rose today.

At Angkor Wat in Cambodia, the sun rose directly over the central lotus tower for anyone standing at the western entrance to the complex.

Here on our side of the world, at Chichen Itza, Mexico, shadows formed the body of the serpent god, Kukulkan, descending the side of his temple at the time of the equinox.

Ancient humans (or maybe ancient aliens) devised some really clever ways to mark Astronomical Spring. The megaliths they built have existed for centuries … and make a lot more sense than waking some poor rodent in the middle of Winter.