Ever wonder why we have Easter egg hunts and the Easter Bunny in the same day we celebrate Christ’s Death and Resurrection? Here’s why:
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Whether you are celebrating Easter or not, ultimately there is a united stream and theme that transcends any religion or dogma during this period of time.
Spring or Fall Equinox is all about what is dying away to create new growth. It is a time of transition, a time of death and rebirth.
According to the British historian Bede (673-735 CE) the word “Easter” comes from the name of a Germanic fertility goddess named Eostre, whose name was given to an entire month “Eostur-month,” and then eventually to one specific holiday occurring in that month, the one we now call Easter. Her annual arrival in spring is heralded by the flowering of trees and plants and the arrival of babies, both animal and human.
Her name shares a linguistic origin with that of various Indo-European goddesses of the dawn (like the Greek Eos for example). The questions then becomes whether the dawn was named after the deities in question, or if the deities were named after the rising sun. The word Easter then could be linked directly to a pagan goddess, or simply mean beginnings.
Easter eggs and the Easter Bunny both featured largely in the spring festivals of the goddess Ostara. The rabbit (famous for its skill at rapid reproduction) was her sacred animal and brightly colored eggs, chicks, and bunnies were all used at festival time to honor this goddess of fertility and abundance.
Rabbits have been associated with fertility from pagan times into the present. Like the saying goes “they go at it like rabbits” when discussing the sexual habits of others. It seems likely that the Easter Bunny is an ancient pagan tradition but the first references to the Easter Bunny only date back to the 1500′s. That doesn’t mean the Easter Bunny before those first references to the Germanic Oschter Haws (or Osterhase), it just hasn’t been documented.
In Ancient Babylonian times we see deities like Ishtar, the goddess of fertility yielding and transforming physical reality in her cosmic womb and the legends of the mystical egg, where all creation comes and return to again. We see this mythology and ethos around the symbolic egg in almost every culture around the world since the beginning of time!.
Even in religions that would seem to be opposing one another completely in history, seemingly enemies of one another, thread together the same story themes.
We see this similar story with the transformative and consciousness raising energy of Christ transcending death. Jesus passing into death and resurrection is a two thousand year old tradition, there’s no question of its connection to ancient antiquity.
This time is about how we can use the power of the mind to shift our physical reality or birth new paradigms of self into being.
That is exactly what I celebrated over this weekend, with the full moon rising; I sat by a fire in ceremony with close friends and verbally poured into a smudge stick of rose petals, rosemary and lavender everything that I wanted to become crucified, sanctified and rebirthed before throwing it into the fire to be transformed.
Human beings have a natural tendency to be drawn to things in the natural world that correlate to what is going on in their own environments. Tapping into the natural rhythms of the Earth, everyone then becomes united in history of the celebration from death (Winter) to life (Spring). Let us join hands in unity!
What would you like to see fall away?
What would you like to rise into being at this time?
Hello Beautiful! My name is Jocelyn, I am a ceremonialist, forever child at heart and transformational coach! I help people find their center, flow with nature and reconnect to the heart of the child within you!
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