Is Easter Related to Astrology?
Astrology and Easter seem like an unlikely pair. However, did you know that Easter Sunday falls on a different date each year? And have you ever wondered how that date is determined? It’s because of the lunar calendar.
The date of Easter is decided by the first full moon to occur after March 21st, the date the Catholic church has set for the first day of spring.
The first day of spring is usually determined by the Vernal Equinox, which is the moment when the Sun passes directly above the equator. Because the Sun doesn’t take exactly 365 days to reach the same place every year (it takes 365.25 days), the precise date varies between March 19, 20, and 21.
But, the Catholic church did not want to leave the calculation of Easter Sunday up to chance.
So, the church set the date in their calendars at March 21st every year, regardless of the actual equinox. This means that the first full moon to fall after March 21st is considered the Pashcal Full Moon, and Easter will take place the following Sunday.
So, if you find yourself in a debate this Easter on the origins of the holiday, lunar astrology has got your back.