Since the spring equinox is almost upon us, I will post a little quiz to see how much you know about European pagan (nature spirit worshoper) holidays. You may be surprised at how much you know. 1. Pagans, such as the Druids, had no calenders, so they used astronomical events, such as the equinoxes and solstices to schedule major rituals. When is the spring equinox? A. Beginning of March. B. February 2 C. Beginning of April, usually first week D. End of April 2. At the Spring Equinox, they held fertility rites. The fertility symbols consisted of: A. Flowers B. Rabbits C. Eggs D. All of the above 3. The winter solstice occurs when? A. Middle of November B. The 4th week in December C. January first D. February second 4. During the winter solstice, the strong winter nature spirits were honored, exemplified by plants that were still green, while other plants seemed dead. The plants with strong spirits were: A. Holly B. Evergreen trees C. Mistletoe D. All of the Above 5. Druids would typically leave offerings to the spirits where? A. Under a rock B. Under a Pine tree C. At Church D. All of the above I hope this provoked some thought. BTW, for those who are confused, the equinoxes are the two times of the year when day and night are the same length. The summer solstice is the longest day of the year, and the winter solstice is the shortest day of the year.