Even though the Sun crossing the Vernal (Spring) Equinox by entering the masculine, solar sign of Aries heralds the end of winter, spring is not fully celebrated until Easter. The astrological basis for this tradition is that the solar, masculine sign of Aries is not alone capable of regenerating the earth because regeneration requires both masculine and feminine forces. Therefore, Easter occurs on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox when the Sun enters the lunar, feminine sign of Taurus. Therefore, the bull, Taurus, is the astrological sign associated with fertility, flowers and the greening of the earth, which stretches from the last week of April through the first three weeks of May. The name Easter is derived from the Teutonic goddess of Spring and the Dawn, Ostara, who was always associated with rabbits and eggs, symbols of fertility. Many other pagan traditions around the world and throughout history have honored spring with a goddess, dawn rituals, periods of lent, and symbols of fertility. Earth Day is celebrated on April 22nd.
Remember the nursery rhyme The Cat and the Fiddle?
“Hey diddle diddle, the cat and the fiddle
The cow jumped over the moon,
The little dog laughed to see such a sight,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.”
Here’s the astrological breakdown: the cat is Leo; the fiddle is the constellation, Lyra; the cow is Taurus; the moon is, of course, the moon; the little dog is Canis Minor; the dish, the constellation, Crater, which is shaped like a disc; and the spoon is Ursa Major, better known as the Big Dipper. It just so happens that April is the only month when all of these constellations can be seen in the night sky, and this was a signal to the early Europeans, mainly the English, that it was time to plant the crops.