Spring Equinox with an Ancient Herb: Epazote


Today marks the Spring Equinox, and the ancient herb epazote comes to light.

My encounter with epazote was on the Mayan trail from Mexico to Central America. While in Mexico, I witnessed the equinox at the pyramid dedicated to Kukulcán. That late afternoon, as I savored a much-needed protein packed “mole de epazote” a rich stew made from goat meat; I observed the sun creating the illusion of a snake creeping slowly down the northern staircase. Symbolically, the feathered serpent joins the heavens, earth, and the underworld, day and night.