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Happy Eostre! April 3, 2012

Filed under: Celtic Spirituaity,Humor,Spiritual Ecopsychology — BrujaHa @ 11:01 pm
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Easter, according to De Ratione Temporum by the Christian scholar known as “the venerable Bede” (672-735 C.E.), was named after Eostre, the Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility – in other words, the spiritual embodiment of Spring.

The Teutons lived in what now is central Europe – Germany, Austria and the like. The word for Easter in modern German is Ostern, which likely stems from Ost, meaning “East.” The sun rises in the east, and of course we in the Northern hemisphere, particularly places that have recently experienced long and bitter snows, are all celebrating the sun’s return as winter passes and the days grow longer and warmer.

This is the heart of the death and resurrection story later grafted onto the holy man Jesus – the return of life to soil, plants, birds, bugs, plants, animals, and us all. Young animals are born, their mothers’ milk flows, and from the bare branches of winter, sweet-smelling flowers and life-giving fruit now return. For one more year, we know now we will likely live.

Plus now we also get chocolate bunnies.

May your own season of rebirth go much more easily!


(Image Note: I don’t know who drew this great bunny cartoon. If you do, please tell me and I’ll be delighted to give credit.)


11 Responses to “Happy Eostre!”

  1. Patrick H. Wynne (facebook link) Says:

    You’d think the predominance of pagan fertility symbols such as rabbits and eggs around Eastertime would be enough to tip people off

  2. Steve Gaddis (facebook link) Says:

    People don’t even think about the symbolism in their own religions, where they came from, the connection with other religions and what the symbols imply.

  3. Steve Gaddis (facebook link) Says:

    Keep Eostre in Easter!

  4. Michaele Stephens Scott (facebook link) Says:

    Love this…especially the cartoon!

  5. Patrick H. Wynne (facebook link) Says:

    Get off your keostre and celebrate Eostre!

  6. timlavalli Says:

    Great historical perspective Tina, here is a slightly different viewpoint

  7. Tim Lavalli Says:

    and for a slightly stranger look at easter eggs –

  8. Rex R. Pierce Says:

    When K’un reaches maximum all of the light principle of Yang has been lost, except one might say in the light eye of the full Moon. Yet the solar Yang of the sun which is associated with great goodness and without which life on earth would be impossible begins to return at this dark time in Fu, the hexagram representing the winter solstice.

  9. […] PS – Just remembered that I posted on Easter last year too. For more: […]

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