According to the Venerable Bede, this day was the Proto-Indo-European celebration of the Goddess of the Dawn and the Daughter of Heaven who was worshipped for bringing light and life into the spring of the Northern Hemisphere. For the apparently ubiquity of celebrations of this goddess – Eostre – the Christian church decided to name one of their most important holidays after her. About 3,300 years ago on this day, the Hebrews were spending the 18th day of the month of Nisan free from captivity in Egypt. While the precise date for the Passover or Pesach is not entirely known, the persistence of the lunar cycle helps confirm the approximate date for the persistent veneration of life and liberty. For the past 1,824 years the precise significance of this day has been the subject of controversy. Thankfully, 1,700 years ago the Council of Arles decided that the Bishop of Rome should just make up his mind and lock in a date for the celebration of the resurrection. Regardless of the lineage to which you affiliate, allow me to offer the following diversion from the typical Inverted Alchemy post:
Opulent flora linking soil to sun
Another year we’ll toil and trade the fruit of this mystery
I am a steward giving thanks!
Here’s to Life.