Can You Stand an Egg on End During the Spring Equinox

Is it true that you can stand an egg on end during the Spring Equinox?

The answer is YES.

I  heard this legend several years ago and couldn’t wait to try it
out. Hurrying home from work on the 21st of March, I couldn’t wait to
stand an egg on end. (I was leading a rather boring life at the time.)
An idle mind is a terrible thing.

Rushing to the refrigerator , I only had a few minutes until the exact minute when the sun would pass over the equator on it’s way north.

Finding a perfect egg, I hurriedly placed it on my end table, after
several tries, and just as the spring equinox began the egg balanced
itself on its end, it worked. Amazed, I watched it for several minutes
before resuming my action filled life .

Some people think the egg can only stand on end because of some gravitational force from the sun
being aligned with the earth as the it passes over the equator. The
moon, however, exerts more influence and gravitational pull than the
sun. The moon dominates the ebb and flow of our ocean’s tides, and it’s
gravitational pull is different at the equinoxes. If any celestial body
would be able to exert enough influence to cause an egg to stand on end
it would be the moon.

Only years later would I be crushed when I found out the truth about the EGG. (no yoke intended.)

Who was the first person to do this and why?

This amazing legend originated with the Chinese. According to
Chinese legend  standing an egg on end can only occur when spring
begins. The only problem with this is that the Chinese calendar had
this transition occurring at various times each year. Being determined
in part by the Chinese lunar month which was normally in February,
their first day of spring didn’t occur during the actual equinox.

This myth pops up regular as rain every spring. I myself believed it
for many years.The truth is, with a large amount of patience, you can
stand an egg on end any day of the year.

The most dominant force of gravity is the one between the earth and
the egg itself, the sun or moon have no effect on the egg whatsoever.
To prove it to yourself , take a large uncooked egg from the
refrigerator and hold it resting the end on a counter top or table, let
the fluid content settle and gently find the balance point of the egg.
It takes some practice and a steady hand but it can be accomplished.
Once the egg is balanced and undisturbed, it is not uncommon for the
egg to remain in this position for days.

Try this at different times of the year, just to confirm to yourself that the moon or sun have no effect on the end result. There are many things in our life that the sun and moon affect, balancing eggs on end just isn’t one of them.

Follow my many travel adventures on Kindle.


The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,

Your comments welcome

baby boomers

Each generation from the beginning of our country has contributed to what our country has become. By the same token, no one is perfect. Consequently, each generation has done and will continue to perform acts that it would have been better if some other course of action was taken.
The baby boomers have contributed much and have been blamed for the decline of America. What is the true story?




Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.