“Why seek ye the living amongst the dead?” the angel asks Mary Magdalene and her posse on the first Easter morning. Painting by John Roddam Stanhope, 1886.
Did you ever wonder why Christmas falls on the same day of the year but Easter doesn’t?
Why does Easter have bunnies delivering eggs? Bunnies don’t lay eggs….do they?
What’s with all the pastels?
Why is lamb eaten at Easter and not rabbit?
In every sect of Christianity, the most important day of the year just happens to be Easter, not Christmas. Easter is considered the day that Christians believe Jesus, be He myth to some or flesh and blood to others, was resurrected or in other miraculous words, rose from the dead.
– This factor is what separates Christians from Jews, since Jesus’ rising from the dead officially meant that He was the 2nd coming of the Messiah, which the Jewish faith believes still has yet to occur.
– This factor is what separates Christians from Muslims, since the miracle of returning to the living elevates Jesus to the status of the Son of God, and not just a Prophet, as the Islamic faith believes Jesus to be. (FYI – Christmas, or the Birth of Christ, is in the Koran)
Although Easter’s significance spans a vast range from being one of the most important holidays to one of the most silly complete with walking, talking, giant rabbits leaving items that aren’t even within their capability to create (hint: eggs), the fact remains this springtime celebration is based in a foundation that is thoroughly astrological.
December 25th Versus April…Or Is it March….?
The official date for Easter? Well it’s gotta be April. No wait! I KNOW I remember it taking place in March a few years back? Hold it!
That reply is both right and wrong: Despite its occurrence usually taking place during the month of April, Easter has also been known to fall in the month of March as well BUT even so, the holiday has no “official” date. Why?
Blame it on the Moon
Unlike Christmas, which falls on the 25th of every December, Easter’s date of celebration changes with each passing year and the reason is completely astrological. Get ready for the your Easter egg shells to spontaneously combust, here’s how the date for the Easter holiday is determined for each year:
Easter is officially determined to be the first Sunday after the first Full Moon which occurs following the Spring Equinox.
Swear to Bugs Bunny! I couldn’t make that up even if I tried. Let’s break that all down, shall we?
– Taking the official Easter formula, the Spring Equinox falls on March the 20th.
– The Spring Equinox is the “New Year’s Day” of Astrology, since it is the first day of the first sign of the Zodiac, Aries.
– The Moon is considered Full, or viewed as completely round in the evening sky when it is in the polar opposite sign of wherever the Sun is placed with the Full Moon occurring once every month.
– Since Easter is the Sunday AFTER the Spring Equinox, or after the official start of Aries, that would mean the Full Moon would be in the sign of Libra, the polar opposite sign of Aries.
– Easter is the first Sunday AFTER the first Full Moon AFTER the Spring Equinox
– In 2017, the Moon will be Full, or in the sign of Libra, after the Spring Equinox on Monday, April 10th through Wednesday April 12th. The Sunday following the Full Moon this year takes place on the 16th of April.
Easter 2017 = April 16th.
By the way, Egg Day’s official date can fall anywhere between March 20th and April 25th.
No hopping away thinking you’ve Easter-aced all there is to know about this high holy day that’s associated with both bunnies and eggs. The Moon isn’t the only astrological aspect associated with Easter.
As we shall see in Part II, Astrology is intimately involved with many more aspects behind this very unique holiday.
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