Happy First Sunday After the Full Moon After the Vernal Equinox Day!

Celestial indeed!  Today is that special day set aside to celebrate the first Sunday that comes after the first appearance of the full moon in the sky that rises after the first day of the Vernal equinox. How’s that for watchful heavenly movements?

Luckily we are not in a country with majority orthodox Christians because, if we were, then there is one more caveat.  Orthodox Christians believe that they cannot celebrate Easter until the Jewish Passover has been completed, and so  their date is fixed after all of the above celestial requirements have occurred plus that being after Passover.

Thus, in 2013 the so-called Gregorian Easter is on March 31, but the Orthodox Easter is not until May 5. That occurs again three years later, which means that all of the bunnies and plastic eggs are off of the store shelves by that later date, mandating that parents buy their goodies ahead.

As Christmas on 25 December was chosen because. at that time of the year, the winter Solstice was widely celebrated in the ‘pagan’ world, so too Easter. The modern English term Easter from the Old English word Ēostur . The name refers to Eostur-monath, a month of the Germanic calendar attested by Bede as named after the goddess Ēostre of Anglo-Saxon paganism. Bede notes that Eostur-monath was the equivalent to the month of April, and that feasts held in her honor during Ēostur-monath had died out by the time of his writing. Germanic tribes celebrated the coming of the goddess Ostara.

Thus this Easter celebration originally honored the Goddess Ēostre, the goddess who brought the warm temperatures and high-sun to the land, along with the birds and the new litters of bunnies and other animals. Is it not interesting that the goddess was replaced by the man-god in the Christian mythology? Male dominance- and the current trouble in the church because of it.

Happy Ēostre, my friends.

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7 thoughts on “Happy First Sunday After the Full Moon After the Vernal Equinox Day!

  1. The lunar date I pay attention to here is called La Lune Rousse…it is this year, the period from the 14th of April until the 13th of May. Traditionally, a period of clear cool nights when new plants could suffer from a frost.
    Then we have the Saints de Glace, the 13, 14, and 15th of May, when it is safe to plant anything even tomatoes, peppers and eggplants….
    La Lune Rousse is named so because of the angle of the moon when it is so low on the horizon causes it to look reddish, because of the atmospheric distortion.
    I suppose the opposite is the classic harvest moon when the atmospheric distortion mnakes it look yellow and magnified in the fall.
    I really pay attention to La Lune Rousse!

  2. But, we have to pass through 2012 to reach 2013, M_R… With all the recent earthquake activity, is the earth beginning to show pre-2012 changes?

  3. La Lune Rousse, as you probably know from your time here in Toledo, is not experienced.
    The specific weather characteristics of your La Lune Rousse doesn’t happen as our situation near Lake Erie modifies those Spring extremes. Luckily for the past 2 weeks we have experienced a WSW wind that has brought our temperatures into the high 70’s and low 80’s. We went from piles of dirty ice where they were plowed to summer in one week- the last week of March. In fact, when the snow finally melted from our property about St. Patrick’s day, the chrysanthemums were already up and fully-leaved. They did not die back this winter.

    So much for those cement-heads who scoff at climate change. I’ll bet that any Limbaugh ditto-heads from Rhode Island have changed their minds on that tired red herring as they pump out their basements and stack their belongings on the curb for the trash truck.

  4. UptFlag- What are your Southern Baptists NOW predicting will be the date of Armageddon? I know that we’ve missed several lift-offs of Rapture, but surely they now have a more exact date, don’t they?

  5. At our age, M_R, the worry of when Armageddon may occur is not on my list of high concerns, lol. I believe “Armageddon” has been on the table since the writting of Revelations in what, about 60AD? My “end-time” is just around the corner, so to speak. As educated individuals, we have all had our trial and errors along the way, which is approaching seven decades for me, and we are survivors to this point.
    My medical panel today consists of an internist, an oncologist, a cariologist, and an urologist. The internist is like the chairmen of the panel,as he collects the tests and thoughts of the others and gives me an overview of their thinking and recommendations. We meet every four months to access my health requirements. My internist told me last week, as I had a question over a prostate exam, that in respect to his colleagues reports not to worry about what they say, because he knows the “lingo” and can read between the lines of their test results. I am very pro-active in my medical
    health, and formed this panel with the internists assistance. OMG, did I say a “panel”? And I’m a senior citizen? ROFL!!! Can you believe they haven’t pulled the plug on this old grand-dad? These doctors are using their collective knowledge and effort of preserving
    and extending my life time, not hastening my “end time.” After 45 years of Medicare, it is beyond me how these reactionary politicians can convince people that senior health care is composed of “death panels.” Maybe it is part of the religious fanaticism that they have to extend the Armageddon myth found in Revelations to our health care. You know, M_R, maybe these fundies are the real merchants of death, do you think? Something along the line that to “merit rature” the person has to die and health care prevents that, therefore they oppose improved health care on “religious grounds.” To be sure, not said, but understood..It’s something like the commercial on TV, the one with the “800 pound gorilla in the room.” Could religion be the obstacle to all these social, and even foreign, reforms?

  6. it is beyond me how these reactionary politicians can convince people that senior health care is composed of “death panels.”

    Does the phrase, ‘dumbed-down Americans’ help answer this? And propaganda? Pinch of fear and a sprinkle of racism.

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