Saturday, 22 March 2008


Its Easter the time when the Christian church would have you believe Christ was resurrected from the dead on the third day after his crucifixion. Strange thing is how this "rebirth" celebration should fall at the same time as the Pagan Spring Equinox which marks one of the points in the year when hours of light and darkness are equal. A time when the earth is reborn and comes alive again after the lifelessness of the winter months, a time of rebirth symbolised by the hare or the rabbit which in many traditions were archetypal symbols of femininity, associated with the lunar cycle, fertility, longevity, and rebirth and the egg which is also a symbol of rebirth. Today since the church has managed to place one of its festivals over a pagan festival the hare, rabbit and eggs symbology has been demeaned and lessened, the hare has been replaced by the Easter bunny and dressed in fancy and frills and the egg has been decorated and made of chocolate, their original significance lost.

Even the name Easter came from Eostre who was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of the dawn as the fertility goddess of the Northern European . Also the goddess Ostara, the maiden, in German mythology, celebrated when the nights and days are equal. Interestingly, the word "estrus" an animal in heat is also derived from Eostra as her consort was a rabbit with an extraordinarily high libido, again the rabbit link with rebirth and reproduction. Easter is not the only pagan festival to be taken over by the Christian church, YULE (Winter Solstice, December 20-23), CANDLEMAS (Brigid's Day, February 2nd), EOSTAR Ritual (Spring Equinox, March 20-23), BELTANE (May Eve, April 30th-May 1st), LITHA (Summer Solstice, June 20-23), LUGHNASAD (August 1st), MABON (Autumn Equinox, Sept. 20-23), SAMHAIN (Halloween Oct 31st) all meeting the same fate.

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