|Click HERE for a scholarly article explaining
the Origins of this Holiday (by Mike Nichols)
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|~~ The Vernal (Spring) Equinox ~~-
Ostara ~~ Eostre
~~ the origin of Easter ~~
|Eggs and Rabbits -- Symbols of Spring (rebirth) and Fertility
sacred to the Goddess Eostre (Ostara)
|How the Bunny got to be the Bearer of the Egg
(The Legend of Eostre)
|Click HERE for egg decorating ideas and
instructions for using natural dyes
(courtesy of the American Egg Board)
|The celebration of Spring, the Goddess Iduna (Norse) and her lifegiving mead; the Goddess Ostara (Teutonic), Patron of Fruitfulness and Desire, as reflected in the things that are sacred to her, the Egg (rebirth) and the Rabbit (fertility). It is the celebration of the union between the young Goddess and the God; the Goddess conceives and in nine month will turn into the Great Mother (symbolic of the time of sowing to the time of reaping).|
|Click HERE for Starhawk's retelling of
"The Descent of the Goddess"
|Click on the Enchanted Hollow Pixie to
return to the Sabbats Page
|Colours: Green, Brown, White, Yellow, Pink, Red.
Herbs & Flowers: Iris, Narcissus, Daffodils (really any spring flower), also Acorn, Celandine, Cinquefoil, Dandelion, Dogwood, Honeysuckle, Jasmine, Lilly, Rose, Pansy, Violet.
Incense: Patchouli, Strawberry, the scent of fresh flowers (especially Lavender, Verbainum).
|The Valkyrie Egg :-)
MICE???? Oh, it's a looong story *LOL*
|Click HERE for my Easter Buns Recipe
(a British Easter Tradition)
|Click the Pansies for my "Spring" page with a little gift for you|
|The Goddess Eostre had a special fondness for children. They followed her wherever she went, as she loved to sing and entertain them with magic. One day, while sitting in a garden with her young entourage, a lovely songbird fluttered down to sit on her hand. She whispered a few words, and the bird was transformed into her favorite animal, the rabbit. This delighted the children, until they noticed that the rabbit was trembling with fear and anguish. That's when everyone realized how unhappy the rabbit was at this transformation, as it could no longer sing nor soar into the sky. Instead, it had been changed into a mute, defenseless, unhappy creature, unable to defend itself against predators, be they animal or human. The children
begged Eostre to reverse the spell, but having broken the "as ye harm none, do
as ye will" rule, she found her power diminished to a point where she was no
longer able to do so. Thus the former bird must remain a rabbit for the most part
of the year. Except at the onset of spring, when Eostre's power is at its height,
then the rabbit can return to its bird-form for a short while and lay its eggs. In
celebration of its brief freedom and to reward the children who asked the Goddess
to undo the spell, Eostre's rabbit carries its eggs to children throughout the world.
To remind the world of her folly, Eostre herself etched the outline of a rabbit into
the face of the full moon, where you can see it facing left with its ears going back
to the right. Thus it soars safely against the sky, far removed from the perils that
threaten it down here on Earth.
|Click HERE for Spring/Eostre Rituals|
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