Saxon Goddess of the Dawn and Spring
Ostara, the Germanic Goddess of Dawn who
was responsible for bringing spring each year, was
feeling horribly guilty about arriving so late one year.
To make matters even worse, the first thing she saw when
she arrived was a pitiful little bird who lay dying, his
wings frozen by the snow.
Lovingly, Ostara cradled the shivering
creature and saved his life.
Legend has it that she then made him her
pet or, in the adult-rated versions, her passionate
lover. Filled with compassion for him since he could no
longer fly because of his wings had been so damaged by
the frost, the goddess Ostara turned him into a rabbit,
a snow hare. She named him Lepus.
She also gave him the wonderful gift of
being able to run with such astonishing speed that he
could easily evade all the hunters. And to honor
his earlier incarnation as a bird, she also gave him the
ability to lay eggs (in all the colors of the rainbow,
no less). He was, however, only allowed to lay eggs on
one day out of each year.
But all good things must come to an end.
Eventually Ostara lost her temper with
Lepus (some say the raunchy rabbit was involved with
another woman), and she flung him into the skies where
he would remain for eternity as the constellation Lepus
(The Hare), forever positioned under the feet of the
constellation Orion (the Hunter).
But later, remembering all the good
times they had enjoyed together, the goddess Ostara
softened a bit and allowed the hare to return to earth
once each year, but only to give away his eggs to the
children attending the Ostara festivals that were held