The Astrological Miracle of Easter

“At the cross, at the cross, where I first saw the light…”—traditional spiritual hymn

It’s Easter—time for chocolate, Easter eggs, and adults to dress in Bunny outfits and set-up scavenger hunts that seem more for the adults than the kids. However, beyond the commercialism that’s associated with Easter, there is something more powerful about the time and the story behind the time. This is the time when we celebrate the story of a Divine being who chooses to give up his life and then rise from the dead. Although Christianity has become mostly identified with this story through the story of Jesus of Nazareth, it is a powerful enough story to be found throughout human history and nature.

Often, these stories prominently feature men, and in particular, the father-son relationship. Among the oldest renditions of this story is the one from Ancient Kemet (or Egypt): the story of Asr (Osiris) and his son, Heru (Horus). Asr, a god king, was betrayed by his brother, Set, and murdered. In short, his son avenges his father’s untimely demise at his uncle’s hand and comes back with the keys of the underworld kingdom. He now has the power of his Father and has redeemed the world. Sound familiar? Hold on there’s more. There are other modern manifestations of this story.

For instance, Disney’s The Lion King, with father-king Mufasa and son, Simba, and the story of Superman, with father Jor-el sending his only son, Kal-el, to save it, are re-tellings of the same myth. Nonetheless, the most popular of these foundational myths is the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the widely acclaimed son of God and the ancestral heir to King,David’s throne, for the redemption of human sin and suffering. According to the New Testament, after Jesus is slain, he rises again after three days to proclaim victory over death and the glory of his heavenly father.

It’s too bad that the popular retelling of these myths don’t address the import of the feminine or Mother in all of this, as it’s crucial to the original template for all of these stories. The original template is, of course, from Mother Nature. Let’s look at astrology, the study of nature’s cycles for meaning and direction for a clue. Ever wonder why Easter is never the same date from year to year? Why it’s not celebrated each year at the same time when Jews all over the world actually celebrate Passover, the time actual time when Christ was crucified?

For an answer, let’s start with winter to understand what happens at  Easter. At the start of winter, on December 22, the Sun’s power of light diminishes for three days. There is more darkness, literally, than there is light; the days are shorter while the nights are longer. Then on December 25, the third day, the Sun begins a four-month rise to spring back to life, back to being exalted in the sky! Sound familiar again, right? I hope so. Once we get to spring, the time of year when the Sun, in astrological terms, is considered exalted, the Sun will be resurrected in the sign of Aries. However, despite what’s happened in modern culture, the story of the Sun’s resurrection is incomplete without the feminine symbol of the Moon.

Easter Sunday can only happen after the first full moon in spring. Spring, of course, means that the Sun rises at the equator, creating more equal days and night. Once the Sun is at the equator, the Earth’s equator is between four points—a cross: Aries, its opposite sign, Libra, Cancer and its opposite sign, Capricorn. At the first full moon in spring, this means that the Moon is in the sign of the Sun’s Fall, Libra, and the Sun is in its glory of exaltation in the opposite sign, Aries. Above the equator is Cancer and below the equator is Capricorn. In this powerful story of the Sun/Son at Easter, what’s come to pass is what’s above the equator in Cancer and what’s to come is in Capricorn.

According to the New Testament, a week before Jesus was crucified, he rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. Just before the full moon in Libra, a week before, the moon is in the sign of Cancer. Check this out: two of the key stars in the constellation of Cancer are called the Northern and Southern Asses (Asellus Borealis and Asellus Australis). Jesus rides into Jerusalem triumphantly and hailed as King.

This also matches how the Sun moves from Cancer into Leo, the sign of the King. Then, when the moon goes into Libra, we have the full moon. However, after the first full moon of Spring, the moon goes into Scorpio, a sign associated with the sting of the Scorpion. This is the betrayal that Jesus experiences from one of his own, Judas. By the time the Moon journeys into Capricorn, we are at the final point of the cross. One of the symbols of Capricorn is the mountain. Of course, the key mountain that Jesus must climb is Golgotha, the pile of skulls, toward his death and the cross, just as the Sun (or Son) “dies” in Capricorn. It’s also powerful to see Capricorn as a symbol of ambition and the crowning glory of human achievement. This suggests that Jesus had to die as “King of the Jews” to become the King of Humanity as the Sun (or Son) of God. So it was no accident there was a crown of thorns on Jesus’s head as well. So once the Moon moves through Capricorn, it re-captures the moment when the Sun dies in winter with the hope of resurrecting three days later. Of course, this is exactly what happens, according to the New Testament.

As the Moon, symbolic of our human nature, arcs back toward the sign of Aries, we come toward a New Moon, when the moon rises with the exalted Sun. This is the essence of Easter. Easter Sunday is not only when we can literally celebrate the mythic resurrection of Jesus as the Christ, a savior. It is the mythic celebration of the Earth’s literal new dawn and new year. (Perhaps you already know that the New Year is and was more widely celebrated in the Spring. Hence, April Fool’s Day.) Regardless, the fact that we can celebrate a new beginning each year with our ancient myths and modern stories is nothing short of a miracle—a miracle of light and renewal. Happy  Easter, regardless of your faith and tradition. The Sun shines on us all!


5 Responses to “The Astrological Miracle of Easter”

  1. Tupacamaru Tiwoni Says:

    Thanks for Resurrecting the ~Sacred Feminine~

  2. Daniel Ortiz Says:

    Hi, I’m just skimming the internet and found your blog on astrology. I’m just wondering if you know the information you presented is factually wrong. Whether you believe Jesus existed or not, there is a lot of historical evidence he did. But the points you made about alleged parallels are just factually wrong, and any surface level study, even google, will show that.

    You talk about december 25th and easter as a root to the “myth.” It sounds like you may have seen zeightgeist, which has been refuted for a number of years. Its not a secret that when Rome’s religion was changed to Christianity that they changed the pagan holidays to Christian ones. This is why they fall on seemingly important astrological dates. In fact it was a jewish calendar in which these days matter, which is lunar based. If Jesus did anything significant on a calendar, it would be a jewish one which is why we see important dates on jewish holidays and not solar astrological times. There is in fact no reference to a birth date, and he was crucified on the jewish passover. As far as the SUN and SON parallel, any logic will require you to take note these words are only homophones in english. There is no mistake that in the greek language, and every other that i can think of, the words are nothing alike. Therefore any alleged parallel would be laughed off by any early christian or early pagan. In fact the idea of a God raising and dying was foolishness to the Greek/Roman. To the Greek the flesh was tainted, therefore raising in one was absurd.

    I am interested in hearing your response, and thank you for your time.

    • return2thesource Says:

      Thanks for writing, Daniel. Actually, I think it’s a stretch to say that there’s “a lot” of historical evidence to say that Jesus existed. For such an important man, there’s actually very little.

      There are some things you are right about, though. In truth, there is no direct linguistic parallel between “sun” and “son” English, but there are historical parallels between the veneration of the Sun in cultures and the Christ myth. That’s not just a matter of linguistics, but documented in many myths from Heru (Horus), to Mithras, to Dionysus, to many others. That information I didn’t get from Zeitgeist (the movie) as the source materials for the movie including work from Gerald Massey, John H. Jackson and others. I’ve been tracking that information for 24 years.

      As for the calendrical information, whether you want to call those holy days pagan or not, they’re part of the Christian calendar. No one has cared about the early Christians for a long time (and no one should), because they didn’t expect to be around long enough to celebrate any holidays at all. They expected the imminent return of Christ. Obviously, they were sadly disappointed and the rest has become history.

      For the record, passover is ultimately time-kept on a soli-lunar calendar. In fact, here’s when passover happens according to wiki: “Passover is a spring festival, so the 14th day of Nisan begins on the night of a full moon after the vernal equinox.” The lunar cycle is a triad between Earth, the Sun and the moon. So it’s lunar and solar. Regardless, even the idea of passover is based in myth as there’s no historical record, even much less than Jesus, of Jews in Egypt, a mass exodus from Egypt or any the plagues or miracles that are purported to have existed. Again, it has an astrological function, not a historical one. Passover is now a historical event, but not based on one. Just like the “pagan” holidays that are now part of Christendom.

      So linguistically I agree with you about the homonym accident in English between “Sun” and “Son,” but everything else I’ve talked about is as I explained it. Again, thanks for your comments.

      • Daniel Ortiz Says:

        To say that there is little evidence for Jesus is also something brought up in the movie. And the fact is that if you would doubt the existence of Jesus based of “lack of evidence,” then you cannot believe anything in history. Not even talking about the bible, which has the richest history and transmission of any book of antiquity, the external accounts themselves leave no doubt to scholars. Tacitus tells of Nero’s persecution and names Christ, and then names the man who put him to death. This is something a secular Roman Historian would have no reason to mention if it didn’t happen . Josephus mentions Jesus twice, Suetonius, and Pliny the younger Mention events about Christians and Christ.

        Since we understand the difference between Sun and Son, the fact that pagans worshipped the sun is in no way parallel to the Son of God. Cats were also worshipped and so was water, it is irrelevant to the fact of Jesus living and having the title “Son of God.” And I’m quite surprised that you mentioned those names, as they are sources for zeightgeist and have been discredited for a long time now. The propagation of these as “parallels” is simply misleading. As a matter of fact the alleged parallels as talked about in the video from those source are time and time again proven to be flat out lies, or an extremely loose and often baseless correlation. The closest “parallel” if you can call it that is Mithras being referred to as “the Truth” or the “light.” However, since Mithraism as a mystery religion is dated somewhere between 90ad to mid second century, scholars believe they copied Christianity, not the other way around.

        I’m not sure what you mean when you refer to “Christian calendar.” The “Christian calendar” was what the Jews followed. It wasn’t until much later that the 25th became relevant for Christians, or that a day named Easter would be Celebrated as the resurrection. I’m also not sure what you mean by:
        “No one has cared about the early Christians for a long time (and no one should), because they didn’t expect to be around long enough to celebrate any holidays at all.”

        There is reference of the apostles observing Jewish holidays, as well as the Lord’s day, as far as them observing holidays. Also, that no one should care about them because they didn’t expect to be there is off-putting. Christians around the world await the return of Christ, does that mean they should not be cared about? The new testaments presents Christians to be ready for the return of Christ, but that the return will happen at an unknown time, and therefore presents to Christians guidelines on daily life. I see no reason to write so much about daily living, and perseverance, and a future hope, if they didn’t understand that.

        Since you seem to believe that passover has no historical significance and is only a astrological theme, then I would ask Where you received that information from, and is that source more reliable that the biblical documents to give us a history of the Jewish people.

        I love these types of conversations and await your response



      • return2thesource Says:

        Well, I don’t confuse the Bible with history although I think it’s correct to say that much of history is contestable. So again I agree that my suspicions of the Bible as history leave me vulnerable to admit that much of history is suspect. The only thing that makes history legit are witnesses, documents, likely sequence of events based on documented other events like it, monuments, and corroboration from other sources. So, as for the historicity of Christ, I didn’t say there were NO sources for the Christ myth. Just very few. You pretty much listed the large number of source materials, besides the Bible and other extra-canonical gospels, for Yeshua ben Maryam and Yusuf and those source materials are skimpy at best.

        As for your understanding of the myths I mentioned, I’m not so sure considering very few cultures worshipped objects as you suggest them. They saw them as representations of gods and forces, not as forces themselves. It’s commonly believed that Egyptians worshipped cats as gods, but there’s little documented evidence of that. Instead cats were seen as living avatars or embodiments of several gods and goddesses. Just as you believe in Christ as the incarnation of God, they saw cats in much the same way for particular deities called ntrs or neters. This was also true for the Sun. The Egyptians did not feel the need to make a careful distinction between symbol and object as we seem to do. However, that doesn’t mean that the symbol was not separated from an Idea or archetype that we associate with a god or goddess.

        Likewise, so many traditions, including the myth of Heru, document the birth of god w/o a father (or a dead father), from a woman, who must face an evil foe, go to the underworld and save humanity. Again, before there was Zeitgeist (the movie), there was Joseph Campbell’s “The Hero with a Thousand Faces.”

        I’m very familiar with the slow inclusion of putatively pagan holidays into the Christian calendar. When and how that happened isn’t relevant to me. The majority of Christians now honor these holidays. That’s what I refer to now as the Christian calendar.

        As for the early Christians, there’s much that documents how early Christians were expecting Christ to return quickly. So there wouldn’t have been too much emphasis on holidays beyond those who were traditionally Jewish. These Christians only began to proscribe “daily living” once it became apparent that Christ was not returning soon as we understand soon. Personally, I don’t believe in the literal return of Christ and I think Christians would save themselves immense embarrassment by not attempting to talk about the end times…at all. So on some level, I always care about people and thus people who are Christians. But I don’t care about the promise of the return of Christ as there’s been NO indication of that happening as its purported to be from Christians themselves. Thankfully, the Bible is vague enough that it could be any particular time in human history..or no time in history but more in the realm of myth and astrological significance, which is how I see it. For instance, I think the seven churches of Revelation are describing the seven traditional planets. They are not literal…at all. If so, then they are woefully absent from the scope of human history.

        Lastly, I think the burden of proof is on you there, Daniel. I don’t need to cite any sources as there are nearly no sources, apart from the Bible, that document ANY of the events of Exodus except the mentioning of a Pharaoh. We’re not even sure of a name. The only people who might resemble these putative Hebrews in Ancient Egypt would be the Hyksos and none of the records of Egypt or ANY OTHER NEIGHBORING COUNTRY document any of the events of the Pentateuch. So show me anything that testifies tot that and you’ll give me pause…again besides what’s listed in the Bible or the Talmud.

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