Category Archives: Natural World

Caturday Thoughts: Grain Rain gǔ yǔ 谷雨 Apr 20th

The traditional East Asian calendars divide a year into 24 solar terms. Gǔyǔ, Kokuu, Gogu, or Cốc vũ is the 6th solar term. It begins when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 30° and ends when it reaches the … Continue reading

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Taurus Apr 20th 8:56 AM (edit)

Taurus (Latin for “the Bull“) is one of the constellations of the zodiac, which means it is crossed by the plane of the ecliptic. Taurus is a large and prominent constellation in the northern hemisphere‘s winter sky. It is one … Continue reading

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Aries Mar 20th 9:58 PM

Aries is one of the constellations of the zodiac. It is located in the northern celestial hemisphere between Pisces to the west and Taurus to the east. The name Aries is Latin for ram, and its symbol is (Unicode ♈), … Continue reading

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Vernal Equinox chūn fēn 春分 Mar 20th

Tomorrow is the vernal equinox. It was forecast to be a very warm sunny day here and without much wind, which has been unusual lately. Everyone seemed very happy to celebrate the first day of spring, including yours truly. In … Continue reading

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Insects Awaken 驚蟄 Jīngzhé Mar 6th

In the traditional Chinese calendar, a solar year is the time from the winter solstice to the next winter solstice. Jīngzhé is the 3rd of the solar term and comes in the climate term of Mǎo (卯) or Mid Spring.  It … Continue reading

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World Wildlife Day

Today is World Wildlife Day. According to it’s official UN website: “On 20 December 2013, at its 68th session, the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) proclaimed 3 March, the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered … Continue reading

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Pisces February 18th 11:04 PM

The word Pisces comes from the Indo-European root *peisk– ‘Fish’ but this  does not offer any clues to related words. It has been suggested that there must be a relationship between the word Pisces and Latin pes, foot? Latin pes, … Continue reading

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