The Astrology of Easter – Part II
A 1920’s flapper prepares herself for Egg Day….and so should you.
In Part I of this series we saw how the changing date for when Easter occurs is determined by the most astrological of ways. But as we now shall see, Astrology plays a much bigger role with this holiday beyond just its yearly changing date.
Eggs are a big part of Easter but in more ways than just a basket full of brightly colored yolk coverings. Returning once more to the astrological foundation as to when the holiday occurs, we now add the concept of the egg in all of its archetypal glory. The Easter Egg’s symbolism and meaning is far more further reaching and ancient than the Easter Bunny, himself.
So why does a non-oviparous (aka anti-egg laying) animal like a bunny rabbit come bearing eggs at Easter?
The easiest answer: To make up for lost time.
Silly Rabbit! Bunnies aren’t oviparous!
The Easter Bunny was introduced to the United States by German immigrants in the Pennsylvania Dutch country during the 18th century which some say originated in southern Germany during the early 17th. In Germanic fact, the word “Easter” was first referenced around the year 700 when the Christian scholar, The Venerable Bede noted in observation a pagan festival the Saxons celebrated honoring Springtime and their Earth Mother goddess, “Eostre“, whose patron animal was the hare. Although the rabbit and the hare are creatures known for procreating quite profusely, especially during springtime, the association of the Egg with the Rites of Spring is far older and reaches back to ancient times.
Which came first – the holiday or the egg? The first colored eggs were made 2,500 years ago when the ancient Zoroastrians painted eggs red and green for their Spring New Year Holiday – Nowrooz.
2,500 years ago, the ancient Zoroastrians painted eggs for “Nowrooz“, their New Year celebration which happened to fall on the Spring Equinox (Remember Spring Equinox = Astrological New Year’s Day). Pagan cultures and religions throughout the centuries incorporated the egg with their spring rituals since it not only was edible but symbolized nonew life (especially after a long, hard winter season) and the womb itself, from which all human life emerges from.
Fish Friday = The Eggs of Venus
The egg is a symbol of fertility which can be traced back to its association with Venus, the ancient goddess of Love. Venus is the planetary ruler of the sign which causes the Full Moon that determines Easter’s changing yearly date, Libra, as well as the sign which comes after Egg Day, Taurus, all of which can be seen in the picture above. Add the goddess’ influence of color to the Easter holiday and what do you get? PASTELS!
Did you know the days of the week’s names are astrological? For example, Monday is the Moon’s Day, Saturday is Saturn’s Day, Sunday is the Sun’s Day, etc. In the Romance languages, Friday is the day associated with the Roman goddess of Love and Fertility, Venus, “Dies Veneris” (Spanish – Viernes, Italian – Venerdi, French – Vendredi, Romanian – Vineri).
As time progressed, the egg became associated with the love goddess for its obvious association with fertility. In the 4 weeks preceeding Easter (otherwise known as Lent), Christian tradition decreed that only fish could be eaten on the Fridays during the Lenten Season. Fish are animals which humans readily eat that have the potential of laying the most eggs all at once. Therefore it should be of no surprise during the weeks leading to the Big Egg Day we commemorate the egg in its most multitudinous form by eating fish on the day of the week associated with the Egg Goddess, herself. Besides her eggy association, Venus astrologically rules over the sign which determines Easter’s Full Moon, Libra, as well as the sign which follows Easter, when springtime is at the height of its blooming abilities, Taurus.
Color Me Venus?
In Astrology, every sign has a ruling planet and every planet is associated with particular colors. Easter takes place during the astrological time of Aries, the sign ruled by the Red Planet, Mars. The first Easter Egg colors came in 2 variations: Red & Green. The color Green symbolized new life and the growing Earth. The color Red was used to symbolize Christ’s blood, but from an even more astrologically ancient perspective, Easter takes place during Mars’ Time, the god and planet whose color is Blood Red.
Easter wouldn’t be the color extravaganza it is today if the holiday was comprised of baskets filled with merely red & green eggs alone (sounds more like a never ending Pizza commercial). Pastels are the predominant and favorite choices of colors used for the most eye catching of Easter eggs and anything Pastel is associated with the Egg Goddess herself, Venus, and the signs which she rules over, Libra and Taurus.
Why isn’t it Rabbit with Mint Sauce?
Although a myriad of foodstuffs form the modern smorgasbord which comprise the range of eclectic meals for any given holiday these days, the dish d’Easter jour, or Egg Day Dish was traditionally Lamb. The reason for this is both religious and astrological.
Easter is the glorious end of a mystical journey filled with violence, betrayal, and devastating loss. In order for the Messiah to be resurrected, it was foretold that He had to sacrifice his own life for his people.
And his death would not be in any way average or typical for the year 33 A.D.
As a matter of ghoulish fact, if the average person living in the year 33 A.D. saw the numerous functions the image of the crucifix served in the modern day such as jewelry, building ornamentations, roof fixtures, and wall hangings, etc., they would have thought they had died and went straight to Hell itself. It would be comparable to being projected into the distant future to behold people wearing necklaces of lethal injection or the tops of congregational buildings being ornamented with electric chairs.
Crucifixion was the Romans’ most effective and favorite form of capital punishment for their conquered territories in the first century, and even there, Christ’s untimely end was not your average crucifixion….it was far, far worse.
The brutal imagery associated with crucifixion scared people into obeying Rome’s edicts, no matter which conquered territory they belonged to, as well as made the populace think twice about committing a crime. Especially if the last person caught for that crime was now a carcass left rotting on a cross on display for all the public to see.
With Jesus it was different.
The Romans feared Him. This wasn’t your typical trouble maker, sociopathic loner, or suicidal Zionist, this man was far more dangerous with his public promotions of such mentally unstable things as “Peace” and “Turning the other cheek”. Even worse, this advocate of non violence had vast numbers of supporters; from the highest of High Priests to the prostitutes and the possessed. If the followers of this man from Nazareth joined forces and decided to say, boycott paying taxes to the Emperor, Rome would inevitably be destroyed in a sweeping wave of chaos, considering mass revolts would soon follow like wildfire to the furthest outreaches of the Empire.
An example needed to be made of this Jesus.
The Romans not only reinforced non-imitation through Jesus’ death, the intent behind the manner of his execution would also instill the idea that even being associated with the Nazarene could prove to be fatal. They did this by making His public execution even more gruesome than usual. The average crucifixion involved tying a person to a cross with ropes where they would eventually die from a combination of slow suffocation and exposure to the elements. Jesus wouldn’t be conscious or left alive nearly as long but the added element of excruciating pain along with the sheer visual horror of His execution would make even the most faithful of His followers run in terror.
Instead of ropes, nails were used.
Rather than suspension coming from the upper arms being tied into place, Jesus’ impaled wrists and ankles would be the focal points of support for His body to stay upheld for all to see and horrifyingly remember.
As an added nightmarish touch to reinforce their specialized version of behavior modification, the Romans placed above this so called Messiah’s blood spewing body a scrawling of letters “INRI”, short for Iesus Nazarenus Rex Iudaeorum, meaning “Jesus of Nazareth, King of the Jews”.
By thinking they had snuffed all of their projected worries, the Romans didn’t realize their inhuman methods for quelling any signs of civil revolt or disobedience were actually giving the prophecies of ancient Scripture an unfolding reality, eventually creating that ever-growing movement of Christ followers they secretly feared. By implementing an execution that was more bloody and pain-racked than usual for this mocked King of Jews whom everyone betrayed, the Romans fulfilled Jesus’ destiny of being He who would rise from the dead on the third day.
The ancient animal of purified sacrificial offering was the Lamb, such as when God told Abraham in the Bible’s Old Testament to kill a lamb instead of his only son, Isaac. When lambs weren’t available, rams were used as a suitable sacrificial substitute. Christians believe Christ’s death occurred for the salvation of Mankind – Past, Present, and Future; therefore it is only proper to have the symbolism of both the Lamb and the Ram mark the momentous significance the Son of God’s sacrifice has made for all humanity. How wondrous it is that the holiday which marks Christ’s victory over a death so viciously awful where Lamb is traditionally eaten takes place during the Season known for birth, growth, and renewal, which also is the time allocated to the Zodiacal Ram, Aries.
“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches, and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing.” – Revelation 5:12
Whether you enjoy this unique holiday with its astrological foundation for its colors, eggs, bunnies, or high religious significance:
Happy Easter, Everyone!
A Truly Egg-ceptional Easter Slideshow
The hotbed of tension on the globe today, otherwise known as the Ukraine is famous for something else besides being usurped by former Communist super powers – Easter Eggs.
Speaking of Ukranian Easter Eggs, the largest one in all the world is located in, you guessed it, Vegreville Canada.
In 1996, nearly every Faberge Easter Egg ever made was put on display at NYC’s Metropolitan Museum of Art. Brad went to see this once in a lifetime collection on the Saturday before Easter that year and still has the scars to prove it.
During the Easter holiday of 1898, Peter Carl Faberge presented to the Tsarina of Russia, a gift from her husband, Tsar Nicholas II, the famous Lilies of the Valley Easter Egg.
When the Tsarina pressed a pearl button on the side of the Lillies of the Valley Egg, 3 diamond framed miniature portraits emerged of Tsar Nicholas and the Grand Duchesses, Olga and Tatiana.
Carl Faberge would come to make 50 Easter Eggs for the Tsar and the Romanov family until the Bolshevik Revolution took place in 1917, when soldiers ransacked the Royal Family’s palace and looted every item of worth. Throughout the decades many of the Faberge Imperial Eggs were recovered with the exception of 8…until recently. In 2014 a scrap metal dealer who has chosen to remain anonymous came across the above masterpiece at a garage sale in Texas. He bought the egg with the intent of melting its gold down in the hopes of making roughly $500. Turns out the scrap dealer ended up with one of the eight missing Faberge eggs known as “The Third Imperial Egg” which has set the record for the most money paid for a Faberge Easter Egg – 33 million dollars. No matter how you see it, that’s a lot of karats/carrots.
Easter Eggs made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2007 when Germany’s Rostock Zoo broke the record for most Easter Eggs in one place – 76,596! The Eggs hearkened back to a Saxon pagan ritual honoring their Earth Mother goddess “Eostre” known as “the egg tree”.
So THAT’S how Bunnies get the eggs – Chick Slave Labor.
Egg Lady would like to remind everyone this year as with every year to wear their Easter bonnet with pride.
*Brad Kronen’s book “Love in the Stars” published by Llewellyn Worldwide, Inc. is available for purchase at your local book seller or online at amazon.com at the link listed below.