Mundane Astrology
The Knepf's Snake-eye

Earth Day, Easter
and the Exaltations of the Luminaries

Part 1

Tuesday, April 22, 2003, was th 34th "official" Earth Day, the result of efforts by environmental activists and the late US Senator Gaylord Nelson.

Why the Earth gets only one day instead of all of them is unfortunate, but not so if we see it in the milieu of Masonic astrological tradition, and the exaltations of the luminaries. To see how this evolved, we must look at the controversy surrounding the different people who claimed to have founded "Earth Day" in the late 1960's.

The Earth Day Controversy -- Dates, Designs, Deceptions.

Activists in California who had floated the idea for an "earth day" in the late 1960's had unofficially elected the date of the Vernal Equinox for the holiday. Yet, Gaylord Nelson moved to codify the obscure date of "April 22" as an official act of the Federal Government. This has, over the years, been a huge bone of contention between the environmental purists and the Nelsonites, as the purists feel that Nelson hijacked their cause and stole the spotlight (and thus the issue soapbox) from the grass-roots:


April 22 is not the authentic Earth Day but a power play to supplant the original Earth Day and use the event for political purposes.

It is well documented that John McConnell originated the name, idea and date of Earth Day. His purpose was to use the powerful imagery and history of the March Equinox as an annual event that would increase global commitment to the stewardship of earth. The first Earth Day was March 21, 1970 - celebrated with citywide participation in the City of San Francisco.

Later in 1970, he obtained the strong support of UN Secretary General U Thant. Sen. Gaylord Nelson's office then tried to have U Thant change the date to April 22. U Thant rejected the idea, saying John McConnell's Earth Day on the first day of Spring was a much better idea.

While promoting environmental action, the April 22 organizers were politically motivated and devious in their methods. When they heard plans for Earth Day at the 1969 UNESCO Conference in San Francisco, they changed their initial name --"Environmental Teach-In" to Earth Day and with their money and political clout got national attention for their competing April 22 Earth Day.

In their efforts they never mention the original Earth Day was on March 21, 1970 (the First Day of Spring) and is the Earth Day celebrated every year at the United Nations.

According to George Gallup and other world information authorities, the March Earth Day has made a major contribution to peace, justice and the care of Earth.

If people want to celebrate April 22 in promotion of environmental action -- that's fine. But let them use a name that doesn't infringe on the authentic, original Earth Day. There are many good names they could use. How about Eco Day, Environment Day or their original name, Environmental Teach-In. It damages Earth Day when they call April 22 by that name; just as it would damage Christmas to call April 22 "Christmas" and give it a different meaning than the real Christmas.

In today's society too many people ignore the importance of telling the truth. (Satan in the garden of Eden told Eve she could benefit by using deception) The April 22 Earth Day organizations never mention the true Earth Day -- but pretend it doesn't exist. They have stated that Margaret Mead was a strong supporter of the April 22 Earth Day (which is not true). Let them post what she said in the March 1978 EPA Journal:

by Margaret Mead

EPA Journal March 1978

Earth Day is the first holy day which transcends all national borders, yet preserves all geographical integrities, spans mountains and oceans and time belts, and yet brings people all over the world into one resonating accord, is devoted to the preservation of the harmony in nature and yet draws upon the triumphs of technology – the measurement of time and instantaneous communication through space.

Earth Day draws on astronomical phenomena in a new way; using the vernal equinox, the time when the Sun crosses the equator making night an day of equal length in all parts of the Earth. To this point in the annual calendar, EARTH DAY attaches no local or divisive set of symbols, no statement of the truth or superiority of one way of life over another.

But the selection of the March equinox makes planetary observance of a shared event possible, and a flag which shows the Earth as seen from space appropriate. The choice has been made of one of two equinoxes, the springtime of one hemisphere, the autumn of the other, making the rhythmic relationship between the two capable of being shared by all the peoples of the Earth, translated into any language, marked on any calendar, destroying no historical calendar, yet transcending them all. Where men have fought over calendrical differences in the past and invested particular days like May Day or Christmas with desperate partisanship, invoking their God with enthusiasms which excluded others, the prayers for EARTH DAY are silence – where there is no confusion of tongues – and the peal of the peace bell ringing around the Earth, as now satellites transform distance into communication.

EARTH DAY celebrates the interdependence within the natural world of all living things, humanity’s utter dependence upon Earth – man’s only home – and in turn the vulnerability of this Earth of ours to the ravages of irresponsible technological exploitation. It celebrates our long past in which we have learned so much of the ways of the universe, and our long future, if only we apply what we know responsibly and wisely. It celebrates the importance of the air and the oceans to life and to peace. On the blue and white wastes of the picture of Earth from space, there are no boundary lines except those made by water and mountains. Yet in this picture of the Earth, the harsh impersonal structures of world politik disappear; there are no zones of influences, political satellites, international blocs, only people who live in lands, on land, that they cherish.

EARTH DAY is a great idea, well founded in our present scientific knowledge, tied specifically to our solar universe. But the protection of the Earth is also a matter of day-to-day decisions, of how a field is to be fertilized, a dam built, a crop planted, how some technical process is to be used to enrich or deplete the soil. It is a matter of whether the conveniences of the moment are to override provision for our children’s future. All this involves decisions, some taken by individuals, some by national governments, some by multinational corporations, and some by the United Nations. Planetary housekeeping is not – as men’s work has been said to be – just from sun to sun, but, as has been said, like women’s work that is never done. Earth Day lends itself to ceremony, to purple passages of glowing rhetoric, to a catch in the throat and a tear in the eye, easily evoked, but also too easily wiped away.

EARTH DAY uses one of humanity’s great discoveries, the discovery of anniversaries by which, throughout time, human beings have kept their sorrows and their joys, their victories, their revelations and their obligations alive, for re-celebration and re-dedication another year, another decade, another century another aeon. But the noblest anniversary, devoted to the vastest enterprise now in our power, the presrvation of this planet could easily become an empty observance if our hearts are not in it. EARTH DAY reminds the people of the world of the continuing care which is vital to Earth’s safety.

And, indeed, some of the original Earth Day organizers have complained that the "arbitrary" date of April 22nd was foisted upon the public by some folks with political connections, and no really good reasoning behind the date, other than simple political hubris. Here is the founder of the original concept, John McConnel:

This [the UN adhering to the March 21st date] happened in spite of repeated efforts by April 22 organizers to replace the original Earth Day with their arbitrary date. Their first Earth Day was also in 1970 -- one month after the first Earth Day. They neglect to mention that the name "Earth Day" was never used by them until after the March 21 announcement at the UNESCO National Conference on the Environment in San Francisco in November, 1969. Before that, it was called, "Environmental Teach-In." The April 22 organizers had political and business connections -- and massive funding. The public's eager endorsement of the ideals suggested by a day called "Earth Day" attracted the vested interests of politicians and big business -- who saw it as a way to capitalize on public empathy. Their backing and the numerous advertisements and editorials in newspapers, including the New York Times, repeatedly ignored the authentic Earth Day and promoted the April 22 imposter. The New York Times then acted as if Earth Day were April 22 -- even though their biggest front page story and photo of Earth Day celebration was on March 21, 1971!

See also:

So, what gives?

Easter Island

First, location. What point on the globe would be most akin to the pureness of "earth," or the Earth's state of innocence, to which the environmentalists would like to preserve? This must be Easter Island, the "navel" of Gaia:

27*04'47" S
109*19'47" W

And, indeed if we do up a Sun-on-the-MC chart for this locale, we find that as Sol culminates over this locale, we have a string of celestial bodies at +33* and rising:

Orion's belt;
the Pleiades;
Alpha Triangulum;
iota Aquarii (setting)

Easter Island at high noon on the first Earth Day
 Figure 1-1  High Noon at Easter Island, April 22, 1970. Seven prominent Masonic stars are at the ritual altitude of 33°.

Second, Lunation. If we look to the sunset on April 21st, which would have heralded the new day in the older traditions, we find that an exact full moon (conjunct Jupiter) rises over Giza @ 1*09' Taurus/Scorpio:

Full moon rising over Giza on the eve of the first Earth Day
 Figure 1-2  A full moon rises over Giza on April 21, 1970, on the eve of the first Earth Day.

Relocate the original Sun=MC chart for Easter Island to Giza, and we find Sol at -33*.

Third, location and lunation. The 33rd Earth Day, on April 22, 2002, saw an exact Sun/Moon trine (120/360 = .3333....) over the locus of Easter island:

Sun:      2 TAU 29
Moon:   2 VIR 13

I recall a discussion some months ago about an "Astrology Day" to be celebrated on the equinox as well, and that this notion was met with much hand-wringing by some of our esteemed colleagues. After all, EVERY day should be Earth Day, and every day should be Astrology Day, right? Still, the fact is that the "official" Earth Day that has been shoved down our throat by the elitists is not part of the original movement in San Francisco or the United Nations. Given the case that Richard Hoagland and myself have made for the obsession of 33s by certain realms connected to certain secret societies, it seems but a small step to find the imeptus for the "Earth Day Deception."

Nevertheless, the Easter in Easter Island brought me to thinking about exaltations, and how Easter and exaltations are tied closely together astrologically.

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