In what could have been an effective lesson on empathy and accepting differences, first-grade classrooms in North Carolina have instead been barred from reading Jacob’s New Dress, a book about a little boy who wears a dress to school. The book was supposed to be taught as part of Child Abuse Prevention Month. Instead, the North Carolina Values Coalition, a conservative group, complained and began to organize a petition — then, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools pulled the book. The coalition released a statement claiming… Read more

A New Myth Shattering Documentary on Pocahontas Airs Tonight

By Miriam Mosher  In TV  On Mar 27, 2017

“Hers is a story we tell ourselves about America—a founding mother who still defines us.” Most American children grow up watching Disney’s Pocahontas and associate Pocahontas with the love story depicted between her and John Smith. This fictionalized story has captivated our collective imagination since the very founding of this country — her saving of John Smith is quite literally depicted in a frieze inside the dome of the Capitol Rotunda, the very heart of American democracy. But who was she really and why do we put… Read more
On Sunday, Fox News tweeted the below "news alert," notifying the general public that President Trump spent his weekend "working at the White House." Twitter/@FoxNews Apparently, it has now become national news when the president (allegedly) does his job. This alert, however, turned out to be incredibly false, as Trump was spotted spending the weekend at his golf course in Virginia. With Trump and other Republicans so quick to criticize Obama's golfing in the past, the irony has sparked a beautiful Twitter firestorm.… Read more

8 Natural Beauty Products To Show Off Your Glow

By Brianna Kirkham  In Living  On Mar 27, 2017

Give the gift of all-natural beautification to your pals, and treat yourself while you’re at it! These products are made with all-natural and/or vegan ingredients. Check these awesome vendors out at BUST’s Craftacular's PRIMPED Edition on Saturday, April, 1 at Brooklyn EXPO Center. Or if you can't make it, shop the creators’ websites or Etsy pages. 1. Supernova Multi-Dimensional Mascara from Lash Star Beauty 2. Hemp and Matcha Green Tea from Floss Gloss 3. Eco-chic nail polish from D.I.D. Nail Paint 4. Ylang Ylang Body… Read more

4 Notes From A Muslim Feminist

By JooJoo Azad  In Feminism  On Mar 27, 2017

Is it possible to be a Muslim Feminist? How do these beliefs fit together? Well, as a Muslim Feminist,Let.Me.Tell.You. ~ TO: Those trying to liberate me from my headscarf. Those who place borders around their solidarity work. Those who are single-issue activists. Those who think Muslims can't be feminists. 1. You're probably referring to the fact that I cover my hair. (Which is apparently somehow oppressive now.) Not respecting MY CHOICE to dress as I wish is succumbing to the same patriarchal rhetoric that the… Read more
For many women, it is extremely frustrating how few affordable options there are for underpinnings in colors other than pinky beige. Enter Target’s New Nudes — a collection of bras, underwear, and tights in a range of skin tones, with more shades and products to come! “At Target, we know that women come in all shapes, sizes, and ethnicities and our assortment needs to reflect their outfitting needs,” said Michelle Wlazlo, senior vice president of apparel and accessories at Target. “As part of our continued commitment… Read more
Our favorite celeb couple tied the knot in a way on they could. Samira Wiley (Poussey Washington in Orange is the New Black) and Lauren Morelli (writer for Orange is the New Black) said their vows on March 25th in Palm Springs. The couple met while working together on Orange is the New Black and got engaged a year ago. Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli's engagement photo. Via Instagram/whododatlikedat According to Martha Stewart Weddings, the couple had a “colorful, confetti themed celebration,” for their love of… Read more

12 Marilyn Minter Artworks that Will Change How You See Beauty

By BUST Magazine  In Arts  On Mar 27, 2017

Artist Marilyn Minter's work finds the line between gorgeous and unsettling — and stays there, making for a fascinating experience. In the first retrospective of her work, titled Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty, the Brooklyn Museum shows over four decades' worth of Minter's work. Their description puts it best: Marilyn Minter’s sensual paintings, photographs, and videos vividly explore complex and contradictory emotions around beauty and the feminine body in American culture. She trains a critical eye on the power of… Read more

PSA: You Can Now Send Your Congresspeople Faxes Via Text

By Rafaella Gunz  In Feminism  On Mar 24, 2017

You can now text your senators and representatives any message you have for them! Started by a group of activists, Resistbot is “an experiment in daily civic engagement” that looks to “faithfully deliver the voice of the grassroots to Congress.” All you have to do is text “RESIST” to 504-09. The Bot will then ask for your name and zip code, and from there you can type any message you want to tell Congress. This is a great way for those who can’t physically call their congress people every day to still get their voices… Read more
In August of 1987 the International Conference on Latin American Women’s Literature was held in Santiago de Chile providing a generation of women writers and academics with a common language, capable of reading literary production across borders and censors, particularly those of the Chilean military dictatorship. Now, 30 years after, AFEST, a gathering of Latin American Authors in New York, arrives as an homage and reinterpretation of the Chilean’s conference and also as a cognition of a long tradition of feminist… Read more
Some people trade baseball cards, and others obsess over The Bachelor. There are people losing their shit over March Madness right now, and some who spend the rest of the year playing fantasy football. Then there are people who prefer a different kind of spectator sport — something more performative. And gay. RuPaul’s Drag Race has come a long way since its debut on Logo TV in 2009, now freshly into its ninth season the show moved to Friday nights and is airing on VH1 for the first time. Its growth speaks to the show’s… Read more

Learn the Facts About Plan B With This Helpful Video

By Samantha Mercado  In Feminism  On Mar 24, 2017

Ever hear someone refer to Plan B as “the abortion pill”? It’s frustrating with so much false information going around — especially when that information prevents people from using this really helpful pill. Lady Parts Justice League has once again put an end to the nonsense and giving us the straight facts about Plan B. Contrary to popular belief, Plan B is not an abortion pill but rather a birth control pill. LPJL explains in their hilarious video how the Plan B pill simply blocks a fertilized egg from implanting… Read more
It's been 63 days since Trump took office, the apocolypse began, and "the [American] people became the rulers of this nation again." For Trump's administration, yesterday was supposed to be a defining moment of progress. On the seventh anniversary of Obamacare's passage into law, Republicans prepared to take their first solid step towards its repeal and replacement with the AHCA. Instead, yesterday was an embarrassing demonstration of Republican legislators' failure to get their shit together, and Trump closed the day… Read more

The Handmaid's Tale Full Trailer was Released And It's Chilling

By Samantha Mercado  In TV  On Mar 24, 2017

As if there were anything that could make us more excited about Hulu’s new series The Handmaid’s Tale, the full trailer was just released and it is bone chillingly good. Based on Margaret Atwood’s dystopian novel, the series takes place in a future where women are subject to brutal oppression under a strict religious regime. The trailer consists of a series of flashbacks that give context as to how things got so bad. The main character Offred, played by Elizabeth Moss, explains how she was “asleep before” as scenes… Read more

Same-Sex Wedding Etiquette 101

By Laura Leigh Abby  In Living  On Mar 24, 2017

*Tear this page out and give it to an Aunt who doesn’t “get it,” or a friend whose boyfriend “doesn’t really know any lesbians.” Great news! Same-sex wedding etiquette differs very little from wedding etiquette in general.I’m not someone who is easily offended, especially by people who are enthusiastic and supportive.Example: “I am so excited to go to a lesbian wedding!”This phrase was something I heard many times while wedding planning. Rather than try to correct every offender, I focused instead on the positive side… Read more

Pussy Riot's Nadya On How To Resist Trump: BUST Interview

By BUST Magazine  In Feminism  On Mar 24, 2017

Five years ago, Nadya Tolokno and members of the punk band Pussy Riot were sent to prison for public acts of feminist activism. Today, she’s free and louder than ever. Here, she talks about rising up, getting rowdy, and pissing off repressive presidentsBy Erika W. SmithPhotos by Jeaneen Lund // Styling by Kime Buzelli // Makeup by Will Lemon Outfitted in colorful dresses, tights, and—most importantly—balaclavas that hid their faces, a group of fierce young women became activist icons overnight when they were arrested… Read more
Donald Trump’s latest target is a 17-year-old who created the website, KittenFeed.com. Originally called TrumpScratch.com, the site features kitten paws that you can move around to scratch images of the president’s face. Instead of running the country, Trump has decided his priority is sending cease-and-desist letters to high school girls for making funny websites. “I was going to just let this go, but I think it’s, pardon my French, fucking outrageous that the president of the United States has his team scouring the… Read more
Once again, Republican men are saying horrific things about rape. Yesterday, Oklahoma state representative George Faught shared his terrifying beliefs about women’s bodies, women's rights to control their own bodies, and the violence done against women's bodies. Faught is the author of a bill that would make it illegal in Oklahoma to pursue an abortion in the case of a genetic abnormality in the fetus. The proposed bill currently makes no exceptions for rape and incest. When asked by fellow state representative Cory… Read more
So, are you totes obsessed with Feud on FX? Yeah, us too. Watching Susan Sarandon embody Hollywood legend Bette Davis so masterfully makes us adore her even more. It also inspired us to revisit this rad cover story we did with her for our Oct/Nov 2005 issue. Enjoy this Flashback Friday reprint of that epic chat. Then plan a rampaging road trip with your bestie à la Thelma & Louise. Sue’s The Boss Super-smart, politically savvy, and strikingly sexy, Susan Sarandon is an icon of individuality in an industry fixated on… Read more

These Girls Are Missing In D.C. And No One Is Talking About It

By Olivia Loperfido  In Living  On Mar 23, 2017

As of today, over a dozen D.C. teenagers between the ages of 14 and 18 are missing. According to Crime Online, reports on the exact number of missing persons vary. The Huffington Post reports that since January 37 missing persons cases remain unsolved in the District; these cases involve both boys and girls, all of whom are black or Latinx. On March 14, the Washington Post reported that 10 teen girls, all black and Latinx, remain missing in the D.C. area. This week, NBC Washington published an interactive map which… Read more
These days, it seems as though there aren't enough curse words to accurately express your neverending frustration. That is why we at BUST searched high and low to bring you the seven best profane items and accessories (including one handmade ceramic "Fuck Trump" flask). You can find the below merchandise (and more) at the BUST Craftacular Primped on April 1st in Brooklyn. 1. Bad Bitch Earrings from Modern Girl Blitz 2. Give No Fucks Ribbon from Nasty Ribbons 3. Do Epic Shit Candle from The 125 Collection 4. Dear… Read more
Next week, Mike Pence will receive the “Working for Women” award from the Independent Women’s Forum, a conservative non-profit organization. The award is given to “an individual who values free markets, works to create a more dynamic and innovative work world, and celebrates the valuable contributions women make to society,” according to an IWF press release. So how, exactly, does this apply to Mike Pence? To state it simply, it doesn’t. Pence has an impressive track-record of actively working against the… Read more
“Wow, what a week for our poor president. He’s been bombing harder than Mike Huckabee at open mic night.” On Wednesday, Samantha Bee deservedly denounced President Trump’s recent budget proposal while also comparing it to the male genitalia. The "hard power budget" features federal cuts to the Environmental Protection Agency, non-defense spending at the State Department, Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development. The plan, however, does propose a $54 billion increase in defense… Read more
When she’s not playing hilarious businesswoman Brianna Hanson on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie, June Diane Raphael is focused on activism, creating art about outrageous, incredible women, and fostering an empowering community for women at her local JCC. Last week, I talked to Raphael about Brianna’s upcoming arc in Grace and Frankie, her new movie The Disaster Artist, and actions she’s taken as an intersectional feminist post-election. You play Grace’s daughter, Brianna, on Netflix’s Grace and Frankie. What draws you to… Read more

Becky G Plays First Gay Superhero In New Power Rangers Movie

By Laura McMahon  In Movies  On Mar 23, 2017

Another year, another superhero movie revamp — this time with a major difference. The new Power Rangers movie, opening this week, integrates the first LGBTQ leading character in a superhero blockbuster of its kind. The Yellow Ranger, Trini, played by Becky G, deals with “girlfriend problems” and is perceived to be questioning her sexual orientation throughout the Hollywood remake.Becky G says this should not be a big deal. The singer turned actress spoke to TMZ on Wednesday about all the fuss over her role at a… Read more

11 Adorable Puppy Gifs to Celebrate National Puppy Day

By Elissa Sanci  In Living  On Mar 23, 2017

Today is one of the greatest days of the year — National Puppy Day. Far superior to National Boyfriend Day, National Puppy Day celebrates the small, furry companions that would never betray, cheat on or leave us. In fact, I don't think it's a far stretch to argue that puppies are better than people. Puppies, pure and precious, are the universe's way to apologize for all the bad in the world. In our hearts, every day is National Puppy Day, but today is extra special. So, without further ado, here are eleven adorable… Read more
Brie Larson has a knack for playing complex female characters — from the rebellious teen daughter of a woman with dissociative identity disorder in United States of Tara, to a supervisor at a home for troubled teens in Short Term 12, to a woman escaping 12 years of captivity in Room, to a superhero in the upcoming Captain Marvel. Now, she’s adding a new character to that list: Victoria Woodhull, the first-ever woman to run for president. Woodhull was a suffragist who ran for president in 1872 — more than 40 years… Read more

Ass Play 101: A How-To Guide

By BUST Magazine  In Sex  On Mar 23, 2017

Q: My cis-dude enjoys ass play, and I enjoy playing with his ass. However, I also enjoy having long fingernails. What’s the best way to make prostate play safe and painless for him without forgoing my manicure? And how can I make it work while still staying in the moment? –Fingernail Femme Sexologist Carol Queen: Ahh, I dream that in the future, all the cis-dudes will have made friends with their asses, and we will have world peace. Thank you for getting us started on this important project! We definitely don’t want to… Read more

4 New Graphic Memoirs By Women You Need To Read Right Now

By BUST Magazine  In Books  On Mar 23, 2017

Graphic novels can be a lot more complex than Archie. And in the vein of Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi and Fun Home by Alison Bechdel, these four new graphic memoirs and graphic novels by women get deep. They tackle topics including Amy Kurzweil's grandmother's Holocaust survival story in Flying Couch; to what it was like for Cristy C. Road to grow up, as the subtitle says, "queer, Cuban, and punk in Miami" in Indestructible; to sexual violence in the '70s in Una's Becoming Unbecoming. Last but certainly not least, Dame… Read more
GQ has been plugging their new cover star, “the greatest tennis player of all time,” on Twitter this week. But a number of tennis fans are not having it. Serena Williams has won more Grand Slam singles titles than any other player (23, to Federer’s 18) but as experts point out, there is no one concrete way to determine the greatest tennis player of all time, especially across both men's and women's tennis. Should it be based on singles titles? Prize money? Time spent at No. 1? Fox Sports' Chris Chase had this to say… Read more

The Pretenders Are Killing It On Tour

By Michael Levine  In Music  On Mar 22, 2017

Chrissie Hynde is back on the chain gang, so to speak. Well, back on the road, to be exact. She and her band the Pretenders are touring in support of their cracklin’ new album Alone (reviewed in BUST's December/January 2017 issue, here). If you haven’t caught the Pretenders live yet, there are still upcoming dates for shows, including some featuring everyone's favorite gothic white witch, the legendary Stevie Nicks, before the Pretenders head off to Europe. If you've never seen the great Pretender herself (and Co.)… Read more

Alice Neel's Paintings Show The Diversity Of New York

By Erika W. Smith  In Arts  On Mar 22, 2017

If you haven't studied art, you may not have heard of Alice Neel. Now's your time to catch up. Born in 1900, Neel moved to New York with her husband, Cuban painter Carlos Enriquez, in the late 1920s and lived there for most of the rest of her life, until her death at age 84. Neel was known for her portraits of family, friends, writers, poets, artists, and everyday people, and her art often engaged with social and political issues. Now, a new exhibit and book bring together her a selection of her work as a celebration… Read more

Jenny Slate Has The Best Advice About Recovering From A Breakup

By Miriam Mosher  In Living  On Mar 22, 2017

Jenny Slate is a force to be reckoned with. With two new films, a new home and a new life chapter as a single woman, she is truly living in the eye of the hurricane. Never one to shy away from emotional honesty, Slate talked to New York Magazine about being newly single and what that means after years of being part of a duo, most recently a highly publicized relationship with Captain America (Chris Evans). “The way I feel now is I’ve stepped out of the woods and I’m a forest animal and I’m standing on the lawn,” she… Read more

7 Hippie-Inspired Gifts For The Boho Babe in your Life

By Samantha Mercado  In Living  On Mar 22, 2017

From luxurious colors to complex patterns, boho style is always unique and the perfect gift for that hippie love child in your life. Get all your shopping done at the BUST Craftacular PRIMPED edition in Brooklyn on April 1st. Everything from bags to jewels to skirts will be available for that boho babe in your life (especially if it's yourself). Here’s a little sneak peak at some of the hippy inspired shops that will be featured: 1. Elegant African High-low Skirt from Kwabs Couture, $79.99 2. Real flowers bracelets… Read more
What is your usual impression of a pregnant woman on film? Glowing, happy; maybe dealing with a complicated paternity situation, a la Bridget Jones' Baby or Knocked Up? How about... murdering people? That's exactly what you'll get in Prevenge, a new British horror-comedy about a woman being induced to lure and kill unsuspecting victims by her unborn child. BUST spoke to Prevenge star, writer and director Alice Lowe about her new film, and the portrayal of pregnancy on film. You wrote and directed and acted in this film… Read more
When it comes to teenagers and their attitude toward cunnilingus, there’s a substantial divide between real-life and fiction. This is real life:“He doesn’t go down on me...He doesn’t want to. And I’ve never asked.”This is fiction:“‘When I lick you,’ he said, ‘I want you splayed out on a table like my own personal feast.’”Real teenage girls voiced their experiences with sex in Peggy Orenstein’s 2015 New York Times bestseller, Girls & Sex — and according to the book, their voices weren’t being heard anywhere else. These… Read more
Andrew Lloyd Webber’s 1981 musical Cats was not the first production to feature a cast of dancers dressed in cat costumes. Nearly one hundred years earlier, a ballet called Katrina made its debut at the Empire Theatre in London. Arranged by choreographer Kattie Lanner and set to music by composer Leopold Wenzel, it featured two intertwined stories. The first concerned the love affairs of a young student. The second — and far more interesting — took place in the Kingdom of Cats. Katrina starred Miss Ada Vincent as… Read more
Boss Hog’s fierce frontwoman shares her Trump-era must-haves In 1989, Boss Hog took the stage of CBGB’s with their sexy-dirty brand of bluesy punk, leaving a sweaty, immutable mark on the New York underground that has had fans clamoring for more ever since. The band, founded by husband-and-wife duo Cristina Martinez and Jon Spencer, is releasing Brood X in March, just when the world needs driving, scuzzy anthems for sweating it out. Their first album in 16 years, this is music for rising up. We asked Martinez for her… Read more

6 Pieces of Feminist Swag To Keep You Motivated

By Rachel Withers  In Style  On Mar 22, 2017

The BUST Craftacular is back! Join us in Brooklyn on Saturday April 1st for BUST Craftacular's Primped, as we bring together our gorgeous craft, jewelry, indie fashion, beauty, and vintage vendors for one awesome day out. There will be so much free stuff, from goodie bags to selfie booths to our braid, nail, and lash bars. Feel like you need some extra feminist swag? Or maybe you want to surprise the fabulous gal pals in your life? There will be plenty of badass feminist pins, tees, cards, and pillows for sale at… Read more
In BUST’s April/May 2017 cover story, Solange talks with Jamia Wilson about her upbringing in her mom’s salon, her womanist awakening, her experiences as a black woman in the music industry, and of course, her incredible album A Seat At The Table. Take a sneak peek here, and make sure to subscribe to BUST or buy BUST on newsstands beginning next Tuesday, March 28th to see the whole eight-page feature. On growing up in a house full of women: "I grew up in a house with five women. My mother, my sister B [Beyoncé], Kelly… Read more

My Rape Is Not A Cautionary Tale

By Dena Landon  In Feminism  On Mar 21, 2017

Viewing this past election year through the lens of a survivor of sexual assault was extremely difficult. With the release of the now-infamous video where Trump bragged about sexually assaulting women our bodies, our stories, and our right to consent were thrust front and center. Many chose to tweet about their assaults with the hashtag #NotOkay. Others of us, already massively triggered by his attitudes and words about women, chose to stay silent. As a survivor, I think that both are valid reactions to a man who talks… Read more

On Navigating Privilege And Marginalization

By Jacy Topps  In Living  On Mar 21, 2017

As a black woman married to a white woman, privilege is a subject that comes up often in my household. Usually, white privilege is what we’re discussing and in that context, I'm the person who's marginalized. What we rarely discuss are the ways in which I'm privileged. Yes, even as a black gay woman, who comes from a lower-income family, there are times when I walk in privilege. Sometimes those who are marginalized are so concerned with how society is treating them — with valid reason — that we fail to see how our own… Read more
Poor Elmo. Sesame Street's most naive and trusting character has been laid off in a video taking aim at Donald Trump's military-heavy, culture-light budget, which proposes slashing funding to a number of community and cultural agencies, including the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting allocates its funding amongst public broadcasters nationwide, including PBS, NPR, as well as local broadcasters across the country. Although Sesame Street has actually now moved to HBO, PBS is… Read more
Earlier this month, we got chills when women dressed up as Handmaids from The Handmaid’s Tale took over SXSW to promote the upcoming Hulu series. Now, a group of women have used similar costumes for a much more important reason: to protest Texas’ proposed abortion restrictions. Yesterday, a group of women dressed up as Handmaids and went to the Texas Senate as a means of protest. According to the Huffington Post, the Texas Senate was considering several bills that would restrict abortion, including Senate Bill 415,… Read more

"Be My Rachel Maddow" Is The Song We All Needed

By Miriam Mosher  In Entertainment  On Mar 21, 2017

Renaissance woman Lane Moore — the ukulele-slinging musician, comedian and sex writer — is back with a new video entitled “Be My Rachel Maddow.” You may know her from the queer shot-by-shot remake of Fiona Apple’s "Criminal" or from her stand-up, but either way, get excited. Dressed in teenybopper style — pigtails, bright purple eye shadow, and a bold lip — she croons, “Be my Rachel Maddow.” Saying you could be a boy or a girl, so long as you resemble Rachel and talk politics to her, she outlines Rachel's many… Read more

Target’s New Swimwear Campaign Is Unretouched And Gorgeous

By Erika W. Smith  In Style  On Mar 21, 2017

Our new favorite swimwear campaign is coming from a potentially unexpected source: Target. The retailer’s new swimwear campaign is unretouched and features four women of different sizes and races chilling in cute and colorful swimwear. You can see stretch marks and cellulite, because most women have stretch marks and cellulite and there's no reason to hide them. The photos were first released a few weeks ago but are making headlines now. It’s refreshing to see this campaign presented with so little fanfare by such a… Read more

BUST's Travel Guide To The Weird And Wonderful Austin, Texas

By BUST Magazine  In Living  On Mar 21, 2017

Austin SkylinePhotographed by Stuart Seeger This Southwest capital is weird and wonderful Not only is Austin a progressive haven in the red-state of Texas, but it’s also an eclectic and vibrant enclave for music, art, and eats, with mouth-watering barbecue and Tex-Mex joints around every corner. “Keep Austin Weird” is the local mantra, and this offbeat city’s managed to do just that while also preserving its Southern warmth. SHOPPING, ARTS, & CULTURE
BookWoman (5501 N. Lamar Blvd.) is a local feminist bookstore that… Read more
It’s 2017, and we still can’t buy birth control without a prescription. Almost half a decade ago, the top doctors in the U.S. released a statement promoting over-the-counter birth control pills, and now more evidence has been found to help back this argument up. Research published in the Journal of Adolescent Health shows it’s completely safe for teenagers to take oral contraception. In fact, it’s even safer for teens to take the pill than adult women, because they have a lower risk of developing blood clots. Of… Read more
After going to police expressing worry about her obsessive ex-boyfriend, UK teen Shana Grice was told she was “wasting police time” and made to pay a fine. Months later, Shana was found dead in her apartment with her throat slit- her ex-boyfriend was later cuffed and in police custody. After breaking things off with her on again off again ex-boyfriend, 27-year-old Michael Lane, 19-year-old Shana Grice noticed his behavior turn obsessive and violent. He began stalking Shana after he heard she got back together with a… Read more

Happy Ostara, Thank Goddess It's Spring!

By Miriam Mosher  In Living  On Mar 20, 2017

It’s that time of year. Allergies are flaring up and winter coats are tentatively being stored. After months of hunkering down for winter, there is a palpable excitement in the air, because today, March 20, 2017, is the Spring Equinox. Thank Goddess! The Vernal Equinox, known among neopagans and Wiccans as Ostara, marks the time when the sun passes over the celestial equator. The Equinox, which translates from Latin as "equal night," is a time of perfect balance; the day is equally split between darkness and light. This… Read more