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The Easter Date Calculation

Ecclesiatical vs. Celestial Methods

“We know that Easter is determined by a cosmic alignment of Sun, Moon & Earth. First the Sun must come into its place of balance at the Vernal Equinox, then the Sun waits for the Moon to come into fullness, so that the rays of the Springtime Sun can be reflected to us on Earth. The Moveable Feast of Easter then arrives on the first Sun-day after, which brings earthly humanity into connection with the Sun-forces.

“This year, the Spring Equinox is at 5:58 pm EDT on March 20th. The Full Moon also comes on March 20th, about 4 hours later, at 9:43 pm. By these calculations, the first Sunday after this is March 24th. So this, my friends, is the celestial date of Easter Sunday for 2019.

“But if you look on the internet or on the “Official” Church Calendar, it says Easter is April 21st 2019! This is probably due to the Vernal Equinox and a Full Moon occuring on the same day, the day before the ecclesiastical calendar has set the date of the Equinox: March 21st.

“In 1943, Easter fell shortly after the equinox, on March 28th. The Church authorities in England had ruled that the Easter Full Moon should be considered to be a month later & that the festival should be celebrated on April 25th 1943, even though the Royal Astronomer maintained that the earlier date was correct.

“Lili Kolisko discovered through her experiments the reality. Every day she repeated her experiments. She showed that one can obtain a picture of life-force activity with solutions of minerals representing key planetary forces, such as Silver Nitrate, Iron Sulphate or Gold Chloride, displaying colors and forms which reveal the invisible etheric forces working on earth or in plants in specific ways and at specific times. On Sunday March 28th 1943, an enhanced form and color appeared. On the Church authorities' preferred date of April 25th there was no difference from the pattern of any other day.”

(The above quoted text is an edited and reformatted version of an alert posted by the Rudolf Steiner Branch (Chicago) of the Anthroposophical Society in America, where Hazel Archer-Ginsberg is the Program Coordinator. She is also the founder of Reverse Ritual).

Here is a link to the full documented research by Lili Kolisko: (Thanks to Patricia Kaminski for sharing this link)

And a quote by Rudolf Steiner:

“The Easter festival, on the other hand, is intended to remind us of an event whose significance lies, not merely within the course of earth-evolution, but within the whole world-order into which man has been placed. Therefore the time of the Easter festival must not be determined by ordinary earthly conditions; it is a time that can be ascertained only when man turns his thoughts to the worlds beyond the earth. ...” — Rudolf Steiner

It should be noted that if you look at Rudolf Steiner's activity at Easter 1924, the last Easter he was alive, and a year in which this very thing happened (that Equinox was on March 20, followed a few hours later by a Full Moon, but church used the next Full moon to date Easter), you will find that he gave his Easter lecture at the ecclesiastical date, not the astronomical date. See specifically this lecture: Easter and the Evolution of the Mysteries

The following links are to a Webinar and a Podcast featuring Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, that explains this incongruency (thank you to the Anthroposophical Society in America for allowing us to post these important media events):

And this link is to an essay by the same Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, expanding on this research opportunity we are given. It details a plan for studying Rudolf Steiner's Calendar of the Soul verses (CoTS verses), that will enliven our minds and our souls. For those researchers who subscribe to the CoTS mailing list, they will be receiving verses for both the Eccliastical- and Celestial-calculated methods. Ecclesiastical Moons 2019