Vernal Point

In the night following March the 25th John C. Wright was asking himself why so many good news were announced in a single day:

“Why today? Could it be a particular benevolent conjunction of stars? No, for astrology is bunk. What then?
There is a heaven higher than what stargazers see, one that delights in feasts days and fast days.
Look at the calendar. It is the Feast of the Annunciation. March 25.
Lady’s Day.

You may, if you wish, explain the glad coincidence of so much winning news on one day with other explanations. I know which one suits me.”

My comment on the title post (slightly edited):

“…astrology is bunk”

Absolutely, but astronomy, which was separated from astrology precisely at Christ’s birth, Christ being the real star of the Magi, is not.

March the 25th is close to the vernal point, the beginning of the sidereal year. It is certainly fit that the new Creation would begin on the inception of earth’s year.

March the 25th is then the wedding of the Holy Virgin to the Holy Spirit, to bring about the Incarnation of the New Adam, which is the beginning of the new Creation.

Following an ancient tradition, it is also on March 25th that Christ’s blood was shed on Calvary, to give birth to Holy Mother Church.(1)(2) At the same time, the Motherhood of the Blessed Virgin was proclaimed – “Woman, behold your son,” and to the disciple, “Behold your mother”. Mary is the New Eve, mother of all who receive supernatural life, and that motherhood is born with the Church from the side of the New Adam.

This is why Tolkien, incidentally, put the consummation of the mission of Frodo and the fall of Sauron on March 25th. (Cf. Joseph Pearce’s books, interviews, conferences or videos, on the Catholicism of Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings.)

At the present time where there are great changes in many places in the world, it may rightly seem to some that the hundred years of great suffering and upheaval announced to Pope Leo XIII to begin sometime in the 20th century are up since, say, 2017. Praise St Michael the Archangel, the Holy Queen and our merciful Lord who answered the prayers of the faithful.

However, we must expect that prudence and strength are required more than ever for the scouring of the Shire, to use another metaphor from The Lord of the Rings. That will take some time – or rather a long time, especially with so many Saruman’s followers in Mother Church – but it looks like it had a start in the last two years.

(1) Modern calculations following historic dates gathered from the Gospel give April 3rd for Holy Friday, hence 10 days later than March 25th. The traditional date was calculated in 527 by the monk Dionysius Exiguus for his reform of the calendar. In addition to separating the Christian era from the previous era with Christ’s birth year, this reform also placed New Year’s Day on March 25th. A subsequent reform reverted to the Julian calendar New Year’s Day, January 1st.

(2) Dionysius Exiguus’ calculations corresponded with a previous tradition attested more than a century before. Quotes from Andrew McGowan:

This idea appears in an anonymous Christian treatise titled On Solstices and Equinoxes (De solstitia et aequinoctia conceptionis et nativitatis Domini Nostri Iesu Christi et Iohannis Baptistae), which appears to come from fourth-century North Africa. The treatise states: “Therefore our Lord was conceived on the eighth of the kalends of April in the month of March [March 25], which is the day of the passion of the Lord and of his conception. For on that day he was conceived on the same he suffered.” Based on this, the treatise dates Jesus’ birth to the winter solstice.

Augustine, too, was familiar with this association. In On the Trinity (c. 399–419) he writes: “For he [Jesus] is believed to have been conceived on the 25th of March, upon which day also he suffered; so the womb of the Virgin, in which he was conceived, where no one of mortals was begotten, corresponds to the new grave in which he was buried, wherein was never man laid, neither before him nor since. But he was born, according to tradition, upon December the 25th.” (Augustine, Sermon 202)