a juxtaposition that was not lost on the Savior since he clearly chose the time and the place of his own expiation. Seen from the catastrophist’s point of view. WERE AND ARE TO COME Copyright © 2002 Anthony E. like the rest of Christianity. What most do not understand are the deep roots both holidays have in paganism and Saturnian symbolism.THINGS AS THEY ARE. However. This concept is at the heart of our religion. see the holiday as a time to remember and reverence that most sacred and remarkable event in all of history. but the entire planet from planetary catastrophe. The Passover connection Easter’s connection with the Passover stems from the fact that the Savior’s crucifixion and resurrection in Jerusalem took place during the annual Jewish Passover celebration. Mormons. Christ being the first fruits. Christianity — and by inference. The entire philosophy of Christianity hinges on the resurrection. the Passover was a celebration of Israelite deliverance — not just from Egyptian bondage. Passover was . such knowledge serves to explain much of the tradition and ritual surrounding this Christian holiday. A Christian holiday E aster celebrates the death and resurrection of the Savior in the meridian of time. Larson Easter Most Christians vaguely grasp the connections between Easter and Passover. Mormonism as well — is just another religious philosophy among many. With the resurrection comes the promise that all will rise from the grave. Without it.

it may be noteworthy. Both Easter and Passover involve the consumption of a ritual meal in remembrance of their deliverance. it is well known that certain types of yeast (Candida albicans. the instructions to eat bread without yeast (unleavened) may have been designed to help the Israelites better cope physically with the temporarily hostile environment created by the extraterrestrial pollutants — eminently practical advice given through revelation from God to Moses. a philosophy that has been at the heart of herbal use and practices since time immemorial. for example) in the gut can release toxins that can severely debilitate the immune system. causing sickness and death in animals and humans. Earth’s atmosphere was supercharged with elements from the tail of the passing comet Venus.) They do so to remember how they were saved from the plague that took so many Egyptians during the Exodus. then the basic. So. in passing Incidentally. in passing. that there may have been a very practical purpose for the consumption of the Passover meal. . as this author suggests. If. 20. according to Velikovsky. but also the entire world. as Velikovsky suggests. hence the term “pass over. Additionally. then eating bread without yeast and bitter herbs may have served to offset the debilitating physical effects on the human body of those pollutants. in Christian eyes. Easter is a celebration of the deliverance of the human race from the bonds of death.3 the moment of closest approach between Earth and the comet Venus.) A note. The idea of food as medicine is one that modern science has recently come to recognize. too. the compounds that turned the water red in Egypt were acidic. In this instance. Other types of yeast produce compounds that can cause humans to hallucinate. (Exodus 12:8-10. The Christian sacrament reflects Christ’s instruction that they partake of bread and wine to remember him and the deliverance from death he has provided.” It was the culmination of a series of plagues that afflicted not only Egypt. alkaline nature of bitter herbs would serve to chemically offset the elevated levels of acid in the body (acidosis). (Luke 22:19. If. unleavened bread and bitter herbs. The Jewish Seder reflects the Lord’s directive that the Israelites eat roast lamb.

Hot cross buns Just such a ritual meal is connected with the Christian’s celebration of Easter. the cruciform symbol for the Queen of Heaven. They consumed bread and drink in honor of the goddess. Rather. Goddess of the hunt (known as Diana to the Romans). the Eucharist and the Sacrament are also practiced in most pagan cultures. Our modern. or the cross. Christ. It was a ritual meal. from consumption of simple foods to cannibalism on the other extreme. Most animal sacrifice did not consist of cremation. next time you throw something on the ‘barbie. So remember. the crescent symbol for ancient Saturn. They range.” (Jeremiah 7:18. but well established part of this holiday that. that they may provoke me to anger. ancient practice in the Hebrew culture as the basis for his new eating ritual. have their origins in pagan antiquity. seemingly innocuous and strictly culinary practice of barbequing actually has its roots in cultural traditions of sacrifice. on the eve of his crucifixion. a ritual method of cooking and preparing the animal for eating. Astarte or Venus. and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods.’ you are practicing the time-honored. the Sacrament. The ancient Greeks also consumed these types of buns in their celebrations of Artemis. obviously turned to a well-established. it was. in most cases. These backsliding Israelites prepared cakes and drink to honor their pagan gods. Such similarities are not coincidental. Later. too. adopted pagan eating rituals. Recidivist Israelites. Hot cross buns are a lesser. doubtlessly. as most moderns believe.4 Eating is a religious experience? Such ritual meals as Seder. just as we take bread and water today. ritualistic tradition of sacrifice with its roots deep in antiquity. to make cakes to the queen of heaven. Saxons ate buns that . These loaves were originally marked with horns. And the Egyptians ate a similar cake in their worship of the Goddess Isis. and the fathers kindle the fire. on one end of the spectrum.) Note the similarity between the elements of this ritual and the Christian sacrament. “The children gather wood. and the women knead their dough.

In a later monograph. history. who knew her as Eastre. These customs of creating a ceremonial bread or loaf. A Christian or pagan holiday? Returning to our Easter theme. Her Syro-Phoenician counterpart was the goddess Ashtoreth.5 were marked with a cross in honor of Eastre (Astarte). for instance. from whence we get the name Easter today. Easter is a corruption of the name of the goddess who leant her name to the holiday. The Saturn connection Surely these ancient goddesses from a variety of ancient cultures all had their origins in the planet Venus that once stood near the Earth in the Polar Configuration because they all share common attributes. that the very name of the holiday has its roots in idolatry. We discover. She was also the great mother goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. smaller satellites. Such universal practices beg the question. Aster or Astarte. marking it with the symbol of the goddess. The Babylonians called her Ishtar and the Romans called her Venus. and iconography. it seems rather ironic that this ostensibly Christian holiday is burdened with much of the celebration and ceremony that once attached itself to the ancient cults that worshipped astral goddesses. as the Greeks knew her. we will discuss more about sacrificial rituals around the world and the events and beliefs that may have inspired the practice. where did the human race get the idea that eating something was a sacred practice? The idea that eating should be part of religious ritual may have begun in Earth’s ancient heavens when one planet ‘consumed’ other. then eating it as part of a festival in honor of that same goddess is an echo of the Israelite practice of making cakes to their Queen of Heaven. Talbott wrote: Wherever you find the Universal Monarch (Saturn) you will find close at hand the ancient mother goddess — the goddess .

it demands it. was closely related to the eye symbol — both symbols of this mother goddess. in our culture. 8. Only the theory of the Polar Configuration satisfactorily explains their symbolic ligature. in the Polar Configuration. It is for this reason that the favored decoration for Easter eggs anciently was a star. now a cultural symbol of Easter. and the Babylonians Ishtar. and the Egyptians Isis. The star and the egg were two primary aspects or phases in the development of ancient Venus while in the Polar Configuration at the dawn of time. Indeed. the Queen of Heaven. equally prominent figure.’ Yet. and the mother of another. Venus’ transformation into the prototypical star — the archetype of all radiant star symbols — began when it took on an ovoid shape. Indeed. Hathor. Like so much in mythology. came to mean ‘star. this goddess of fertility anciently. thus forever connecting the goddess with the egg. . Mythical traditions say that she was born as/or in a celestial egg.) So. (Thoth. the very name of this goddess in several cultures. The Mother Goddess is the planet Venus. central orb seen squarely in the center of Saturn and from which radiating streams of material course outward. it not only explains it. as well as our own. The Easter egg Originally. the luminous. the egg. Yet. and Sekhmet. Indeed. 2. we see that the true origins of this most Christian of holidays actually owes its existence to events that transpired in Earth ancient heavens. No. stars and the eggs have no discernable relationship.6 whom the Sumerians called Inanna. each with numerous counterparts in their own and in other lands. Vol. and virtually all of them viewed symbolically as daughter or spouse of the creator-king. the connection seems absurd to the modern mind. in ancient myth and tradition they are intimately connected.

were ideal occasions for women. whose name was clearly a derivative of Aster or Astarte. originally colored to match the turquoise color of ancient Venus. The variety of colors we see today was a natural. They played an integral part of the religious ceremonies in Egypt and the Orient. hair dress or crown worn by the goddess in heaven. also a feature of the ancient sky goddess. to adorn themselves as the goddess herself. The bonnet worn today is a distant replication of the hat. usually white. assumed an egg shape that seemed to house the child. Easter bonnets and finery Festivals that celebrated the ancient star goddess. more customary variants of the bonnet draped a veil across the face. This connection was a later one. artistic elaboration of the original idea. Older. Dyed eggs were hung in Egyptian temples. Mars (Horus) and then appeared to give birth to Mars. The Easter rabbit In addition to the egg symbol. The dress. the Norse goddess of fertility. Such colorfully dyed and decorated eggs were considered sacred because of their symbolic representation of the ancient goddess/planet Venus. Venus. was connected to the hare. lds temple-goers will recognize the validity of this tradition and its connection to temple ritual and furnishings. which probably stems from the well-known fecundity of rabbits. who sought to emulate the goddess. The egg was regarded as the emblem of regenerative life proceeding from the mouth of the great Egyptian god Atum because the actual planet Venus so presented itself in the Polar Configuration. unique to the Norse culture.7 Dyed eggs. were part of the rituals enacted in the Babylonian mystery religions. Ostara. Venus (Hathor) was centered on Saturn (Atum). was designed with . Three other seemingly disconnected traditions of Easter further connect the holiday to pagan practices and ultimately to the Polar Configuration: the woman’s Easter bonnet and special holiday dress as well as the Easter parade.

Thus.8 symbolic significance relevant to the ancient appearance of Venus and her role as a fertility goddess. Yet. It is the image of the god or goddess. it is the reason the term “ark” was applied to the most sacred object in Judaism. It was applied to the conveyance that bore tablets containing the Ten Commandments and other artifacts of the Exodus. sitting in a celestial boat. the more elaborate. a practice that had deep religious significance in antiquity has come to be a mere fashion statement today. Such is the dilution of the original concepts and practices over time. Thus. the Easter parade is a modern counterpart of this ancient practice. stout poles that could be borne by several carriers. The Easter parade Parading up and down the streets. the ancients moved from one strategically sited temple location to another to re-enact the mythical movements of their deity in the heavens anciently. outliving. carrying an effigy of the god or goddess upon their shoulders. the themes persist in our cultural traditions. It is for this reason that we apply the term “float” to our modern version of these icons that move along city streets in modern parades. anything that enhanced the gender specific attributes of a woman was employed to demonstrate her procreative role. Once again. yet accurate. the Ark of the Covenant. . the knowledge and understanding they were meant to convey. Thus. imitating her essential aspects. that we commonly see in ancient Egyptian art. Indeed. Additionally. our culture maintains the practices or traditions instigated in Earth’s ancient skies with no concept or grasp of their origins or original meanings. They were originally boats. so calling them floats is natural. by far. the duplication of the symbols/appearance — because the symbols of the goddess were representations of what she looked like in Earth’s ancient heavens — the greater the identification of the individual with the mother goddess. carried on long. In many cultures — especially the Egyptian — these portable shrines were set in replicas of boats.

Sadly. our temples and our scriptures are filled with the evidence from the past of their true cosmological nature. too. Yet. who seem so determined to avoid any suggestion of paganism or cultism in their religions. yet it should not be so. fail to recognize the astral traditions in our culture and religion.com .com/ For online classes. our traditions. have enthusiastically embraced the paganism of Easter. Joseph Smith and the prophets that succeeded him sought to connect us to our ancient past and the traditions handed down through cultural transmission. videos. modern Christians. we Saints discarded our understanding of these things in favor of the Christianized customs and practices of the American culture. Latter-day Saints.com/ Your questions or comments are welcome: anthonyelarson@gmail. like our Christian cousins. newsletters and published books exploring this material in depth: http://www. who vociferously denounce the paganism of Christmas and Mormons as cultists.blogspot. For more essays from this series: http://mormonprophecy.9 Christian hypocrisy Ironically.mormonprophecy.