The Easter Connection
I have often wondered why it is that Christians feel fine to dismiss other religions as false, and our stories as myths but they are totally accepting of the link between Jesus, eggs, the bunny and the resurrection …
Personally all religions can believe what they want but do not do so at the expense of mocking others – faith is a matter of belief despite what others may throw your way. I am happy for Christians to try and link Jesus and eggs together, but when a Pagan tries to inform them of what they personally believe to be the “true” origins of Easter they become ridiculed.
On that note I shall tell you the story of Easter and why in the Pagan calendar it is a fixed point.
The Spring equinox is held on 21st/22nd March each year. This is our “Easter”. The time when day and night are of equal lengths. All is in balance.
Incense: Jasmine, Rose
Decorations: Yellow Discs / Wheel, Coloured Egg’s, Hare Decorations, Spring Flowers
We celebrate the coming of Spring through the Goddess Ostara (Ēostre). This is her story:
Feeling guilty for arriving late one spring, the Goddess Ostara was shocked when the first thing she encountered was a little bird who lay dying on the forest floor, his wings frozen by the snow.
Filled with compassion, Ostara took him her lover. She breathed life into his helpless form and feeling sorry that the poor wingless bird could no longer take flight, she turned him into a snow hare and gave him the ability to run rapidly so he could evade all hunters.
Honouring his earlier life as a bird, she also gave him the ability to lay eggs in all the colors of the rainbow.
Whatever could the goddess Ostara been thinking when she turned him into a randy rabbit? Eventually the decision backfired when the goddess became enraged with his numerous affairs.
In a fit of anger, she threw him into the skies where he unfortunately landed under the feet of the feet of the constellation Orion (the Hunter). He remains there to this day, and is known to us the constellation Lepus (The Hare).
Softening her attitude a bit, Ostara allowed the hare to return to earth once each year to give away his colored eggs to the children attending the Ostara festivals that were held each spring.
The tradition of the Easter Bunny had thus begun.
I believe this is a lovely story of fertility of Spring, the shaping of the stars and a connection between resurrection, eggs and bunnies xxx All it takes is belief xxx
Other interesting bunny facts:
Medieval Christians thought the rabbit was an evil omen, believing that witches transformed themselves into hares so they could sneak into the fields to suck the cows dry of their milk. It was claimed that such a witch appearing as a hare could only be killed by a silver crucifix or a bullet.
Much later, depictions of a white Hare sitting at the feet of the Virgin Mary, was signified Christianity’s triumph over lust or the flesh. The speed displayed by a rabbit symbolized the need to flee from sin and temptation and a reminder of the rapid passage of life.