The Spirit of Spring Journal 3
3/21/08 Good Friday Full Moon
And on the first full day of spring there was sun. And a fierce northwest wind and accompanying temps in the low thirties. There was also a Full Moon a little after two in the afternoon, creating this interesting fact of calendar. Because it's celebrated on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, Easter this year will be March 23, "the second-earliest date ever. The earliest Easter can be observed is March 22, which last occurred in 1818. The next time Easter will be this early will be in 2228."
It's an interesting concatenation of astrological and calendrical events, like the human being itself. Now Easter celebrates a particular religious belief. But belief is besides the point here. It's the knowing that the true essence of Easter carries with it. Belief is thought and thought is a process of duality that can never approach the unity of essence. It can point the way though. Easter points the way to consciousness never really dying but resurrecting to some other form.
I always like to think of that boiling pot of water. The water takes on that form of a bubble, pops, and reunites with the water, only to take on another bubble, and so on, and so on. In such a way, the equinox bubbles, winter pops, spring emerges, the full moon comes around again, and we capture it all in our calendar, the form of our days. It might be the earliest Easter our human form has ever seen, but to our consciousness, it's neither earliest nor latest. The resurrection is always now.
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