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Mar 21 2019

Happy Easter!

Published by under Anglo-Saxon,Calendars

Well, in my reckoning it is Easter at any rate – it’s the churches that have got it wrong. Even their own rule states that Easter should be the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the northern spring equinox, which is taken as being the fixed date of the 21st March. And the full moon is today, the 21st March, so Easter should be this Sunday, the 24th March.

However, the churches don’t use the actual date of the full moon and instead use a calculation called Computus to work out when the Easter full moon occurs, and this obviously puts the date of this particular full moon as the 20th March. Consequently, by this method of calculation, the Easter full moon is instead deemed to be the one that occurs on 19th April, thus pushing Easter back to Sunday the 21st April this year.

My calendar, however, follows the moon and the seasons, and today’s full moon is the first one following the northern spring equinox, which occurred yesterday. And even my own version of computus puts the date of the full moon as the 21st March, so today’s full moon is my Easter Full Moon, or Ostara, or the Egg Moon. So, Happy Easter from me. Cheers!

16 Uarain / 1 Eostremonath

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