The Vernal Equinox takes place every Spring when the Sun crosses the apparent Equator, making the day and the night equal. Ditto for the Autumnal Equinox, six months earlier/later (depending on how you look at it). Once Europeans had started going south of the Equator for long enough that they knew the seasons were reversed, did they come up with a more generic term for the equinoxes that didn't involve the words "vernal" or "autumnal" to refer to a specific equinox? Was there a general term for "The thing that happens in March that's not tied to a particuolar season"? .....and how long did it take them to realize that the seasons were reversed, anyway? Alban, staying up way too late to write messages that are way too weird.