By Ellen Zucker | March 29, 2010
The timing of many holidays is tied into astrology. And astrology is intimately tied to the passage of the seasons.
This week two major religious holidays of spring are observed. Christians celebrate Easter and Jews celebrate Passover. Both holidays address themes of transformation and change although in very different ways yet both honor the transformation that marks the passage of winter into spring.
During winter, the surface looks dormant. The bare winter landscape is noted for the remains of once thriving plants, trees and grasses. Most of those are not dead, but their life force is not apparent–it is, as anyone who has ever grown perennials knows, underground.
But as the days gradually lengthen and temperatures begin to rise, green shoots force their way out of the ground and trees begin to sport blossoms, then leaves. This is the time of the Vernal Equinox when the Sun takes on the raw force of Aries and our blood runs quicker.
The feeling of renewal is universal. It supplies an underlying metaphor for the celebration of Easter. You can see it in the Easter eggs and flowers associated with the holiday. It reminds us to honor and pay attention to the world of nature and the senses, a theme of the following sign, Taurus. And this year, right on cue, Venus and Mercury will have just entered Taurus reminding us to literally smell the roses.
Passover celebrates the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt, a theme that resonates with anyone who has experienced oppression and hardship. It teaches us that miracles do happen and we can all be free.
But it isn’t enough to walk away from chains. Freedom begs the question, what will you do with it? If you have been enslaved you have to learn how to handle freedom. That is why the Hebrews had to wander in the desert for 40 years. The old generation had to die out–including Moses–so it could be replaced by one only knowing freedom.
The wild, free energy of Aries has to channeled and grounded. That is why Aries is followed by Taurus.
The personal message here is to celebrate the renewal brought by the new spring season. The message of spring is that the apparent death of winter is followed by rebirth and new life. That when everything looks bleakest, new life–new possibility awaits. Aries always follows Pisces. And Taurus always follows Aries.
But you have to be ready.