also known as "Christianity steals Pagan holiday ... AGAIN". In the northern hemisphere, where Judeo-Christian "civilization" began, Nature initiates "resurrection" of her plant and animal populations in the springtime of March-April (plus or minus a couple of months, depending on location). What better time to choose for the RC church's new holiday than when the heathens are already celebrating a "rising from the dead"?
If i really gave a damn, i'd look up and report who decided that moving the official New Year to January 1 was a good idea, but that would just be icing. Esoterically, it was a really stupid move. Start anew in the middle of Capricorn's time? Capricorn is all about maintaining the status quo! How in the name of all the gods can one expect personal and societal improvement under such circumstances?
OH WAIT -- the "powers that be" which make decisions, like when the new year starts, DON'T WANT ANY CHANGES TO THE STATUS QUO! Of course, when they decide that public health stats are dragging down the societies they rule, they want YOU to make changes....
NOW is the time to make them, not January 1! Ever wonder why the "first sign" of the zodiac is Aries, which began with the vernal equinox? Ever wonder why the date of Easter is not a regular thing, but the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox? NOW the inner-planes conditions have settled in and calmed down to produce a consistent and positive environment for change and "growth."
I put the word "growth" in quotes very consciously; what we're looking for is growth of good habits after all. Growth of our knowledge and wisdom. Growth of our characters -- personal evolution. ...Not growth of our waistlines as might be expected with all our friends who are having lamb-shaped cakes instead of cake-shaped LAMB today. ;-)