What Is Easter Really About?

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I hope you found time to relax over the Easter break.

We all need time to rest and recharge. Or, just to get away and do something different from the usual workday routine.

Did you note or hear any remarks about how Easter seemed to come late this year?

When you start to look into it, the celebration of Easter is curious to say the least.

The fact that the Easter date moves around, might tip you off to perhaps a deeper meaning.

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Why does the Easter date move around so much?

And what is Easter really about?

Well, here’s why the Easter date can fall anywhere between 22 March and 25 April.

And remember, what follows is written from a northern hemisphere perspective. That’s because it’s where civilisation mainly grew out from.

Around 21 March, the sun enters into Aries. That marks the equinox. It marks the time when the amount of daylight finally starts to exceed the time of darkness. It marks the strengthening of the sun and the blossoming of spring.

So along with remembering the historical ‘crucifixion’, there is at the same time the annual ‘crossification’ of the sun through the equator. After this crossing, the ancients saw the ‘sun’ as ‘resurrected’.

And whilst the sun is in Aries marking the renewal of life, the moon in its monthly orbit around the Earth will form a full moon sometime between 21 March and 25 April.

That’s why Easter Sunday moves around. It marks the first Sunday after the full moon in Aries.

In short, Easter celebrates the first full moon after the equinox.

Easter is asking you to look above.

And to note the movements of the Earth around the sun. And also to note the phases of the moon.

Although Easter is a Christian festival, coincidently, Easter holiday traditions and activities can be traced back to pagan times.

The ancients revered this life-renewing time of the year, when winter had passed and the ‘sun’ was born again.

Further coincidence can be found in the word ‘Easter’ itself. It sounds very similar to the Pagan god named Eastre or Eostre. She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring, ‘Eastre’.

All that might all be interesting, but what does any of this have to do with trading markets?

Stay with me on this.

How does this relate to stocks?

When you bring up a company’s stock chart, you’ll find it has two axes. The Y-axis and the X-axis.

And everyone without exception does the same thing. They spend all their time studying the Y-axis. In other words, they study the price of the company.

That’s all everyone does.

Well, I invite you to spend the same amount of time studying the X-axis.

Study time.

Take heed of the message the ancients are really asking you to do at Easter.

Study the movements of the Earth and the moon.

And prove to yourself, if it has any effect on the stock charts.

As above, so below.

There are some analysts who think stock charts are just a bunch of squiggles.

I don’t try and convince them otherwise. The more people that think that way the better.

But in my journey trading markets, I’ve come to find stock market movements are not random.

That past action sets up future action.

I’m not out to convince you of this. It’s just something you may care to study for yourself.

Now you can apply this to your own life. This is why it’s so important to be aware of the inner talk going on inside your head. Your inner conversations don’t recede into the past, but rather, confront you in the future.

That the past sets up the future is not something you have to believe in. You get to see this almost every day in the stock charts.


Terence Duffy,
Chartist, Phil Anderson’s Time Trader

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About Terence Duffy

Terence Duffy is an analyst and chartist, specialising in researching economic trends and cycles.  His primary focus is housing and land affordability. But you can also depend on him to offer his unique analysis of stock market charts. As Terence will show you, the charts often forecast, well in advance,…

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