March 21st

Rightly or not I have always thought of March 21st as the beginning of spring. My brief internet research tells me otherwise:

Spring 2021
in Northern Hemisphere began on
March 20

and ends on
June 20
All dates are in Eastern Time.

Where the mystique surrounding March 21st originated I do not know though I suspect years ago it may indeed have been the first day of spring. Once again Mr. Google provides this insight:

The astronomical start of spring can fall on March 19, 20 or 21, although we won’t see another March 21 equinox in the continental U.S. until 2101. Because of that variation, meteorologists view the first day of spring every year as March 1.

I’m sticking with March 21st.  For me it has as much appeal as December 25th for Christmas or July 1st for Dominion Day. March 21st has for me an indescribable allure. I won’t be so dogmatic to insist it is the first day of spring. I can see others being attracted to March 19th or 20th for example; or, what is more probable, few others give a damn! And therein lies the real difference; namely, that March 21st has for me some unique significance and enchantment.

Numerology is any belief in the divine or mystical relationship between a number and one or more coinciding events. It is also the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names, and ideas. It is often associated with the paranormal, alongside astrology and similar divinatory arts.

Though I do not normally consider myself particularly superstitious – I mean, who would admit they do – the truth is that I have often ascribed special meaning to numbers. This predilection is all the more amusing because it occurs unwittingly. For instance I was born on December 11th.  As a result I regularly infuse the number 11 with cryptic order. I know it is perfectly silly to do so but that’s part of the fun of groundless assertion. I do at least embrace the theorist’s dedication to explore and conduct an inquiry into the possibilities.

Pythagoras and other philosophers of the time believed that because mathematical concepts were more “practical” (easier to regulate and classify) than physical ones, they had greater actuality. St. Augustine of Hippo (AD 354–430), wrote: “Numbers are the Universal language offered by the deity to humans as confirmation of the truth.” Similar to Pythagoras, he too believed that everything had numerical relationships and it was up to the mind to seek and investigate the secrets of these relationships or have them revealed by divine grace.

Returning for the moment to the specific significance of March 21st, I discovered the following rendition of the number 21 in particular. I should add that the gravity lies in the number not the month:

Like The World card, the number 21 is symbolic of success, completion and the fulfillment of desires. When the number 21 appears in your Numerology chart as your birth number, there are no negative connotations. It promises a life of fulfillment, triumph and victory.

It helps in this idle rumination that today is splendid – temperatures approaching well above average, clear blue dome above and naturally dazzling sunshine. Given that there remains traces of snow about, today very nearly qualifies as what one would imagine to be the first day of spring. So let’s just call it poetic licence, shall we?

noun: poetic licence
  1. the freedom to depart from the facts of a matter or from the conventional rules of language when speaking or writing in order to create an effect.
    “he used a little poetic license to embroider a good tale”