"O L-RD, Who are my power and my strength and my refuge in the day of trouble, to You nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, 'Only lies have our fathers handed down to us, emptiness in which there is nothing of any avail! Can a man make gods for himself, and they are no gods? 'Therefore, behold I let them know; at this time I will let them know My power and My might, and they shall know that My Name is the L-RD".
Jeremiah 16:19-21

Happy Easter: Celebration of the Spring Equinox

by Jim Walker

Oestre/Easter

The name Easter derived from the Saxon Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). The ancient Saxons in Northern Europe worshiped the Goddess Oestre at the time of the Spring Equinox. The Goddess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility, the renewal of life.

Pagan Anglo-Saxons made offerings of colored eggs to her at the Vernal Equinox. They placed them at graves especially, probably as a charm of rebirth. (Egyptians and Greeks were also known to place eggs at gravesites).

Only later did the Christians pilfer the name for themselves and graft their religion onto a pagan celebration.

Vernal Equinox

The early Romans used a lunar calendar in which months alternated between 29 and 30 days. The calender produced inaccuracies because it gradually fell out of step with the seasons. Julius Caesar reformed the calendar by switching its base from lunar to solar. The Romans established the day on which the vernal equinox occurred as March 25th.

The length of the year got fixed at 365 days, with an additional leap-year day added every fourth year. This made the average length of a year equal to 365.25 days, which came fairly close to the actual value of 365.2422 days.

The astronomical vernal equinox occurs when night and day appear nearly the same length at around March 21 and establishes the first day of spring (in the northern hemisphere). The moment the Sun crosses directly over the Earth’s equator marks the vernal equinox (in the southern hemisphere, the moment equals the autumnal equinox).

Translated literally, vernal means “spring” and equinox means “equal night” because the sun sits above the equator and day & night appears equal in length.

Your Choice

 

 

The pagans of Easter celebrations did just that: celebrate. They produced an atmosphere of giving and happiness, a renewal of life. A time of sex and love. They had fun!

Good Friday and the Christian Easter, on the other hand, represents a time of morbid suffering, their minds filled with the horror of a tortured man dying on lumber for the selfish purpose of getting you into heaven, as long as you flatter God with your own insignificance and suffering. If you don’t accept their beliefs, well, sorry, you go to Hell, a place of eternal torment.

The pagan Easter celebrates happiness and life. The Christian Easter consecrates suffering and death.

The pagan Easter celebrates a birthday. The Christian Easter solemnizes a funeral.

The pagans gave. The Christians sacrificed.

Fortunately Freethinkers have a choice of what to celebrate, believers don’t.

choose to celebrate the first day of spring on the day of the actual equinox, thank you.

Sources

“Eostre” from The Goddess Oracle by Marashinsky and Janto
The Rite of Spring
How the Christians stole the Easter holiday, by Jim Walker

 


 

 

 

 

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