Easter, Ostara, and the Easter Bunny
Here's our annual Spring issue wishing you a wonderful Easter as we ready
the arrival of the
goddess Ostara (the German Goddess of the Dawn, and of Easter). Oestre
(and Estre) are two of her other goddess names. Estrogen, the girly-girl,
feel good and like to cuddle (or something more) hormone, is
actually named after her!
another year of mostly being housebound with my back problems, and I'm as ready to break out
of confinement as a chick coming out of its shell.
Thanks to some really fine 'stuff' that's come into my life,
I AM emerging from captivity, making a gentle, but nonetheless exciting,
comeback. And I'm enjoying every new sunrise and all that's blossoming in
my yard and in my life.
Even the dandelions. Especially the dandelions.
Hope you're experiencing the same sense of new life and
renewal. It's a very special gift, the one Ostara is famous for!
And, to my way of thinking there is no holiday more graceful
than Easter, a celebration where pagan and Christian traditions are so
beautifully interwoven to call our attention to the eternal cycle of rebirth and
the need for renewal in our lives.
The Goddess Ostara
The Saxon goddess of the dawn, Ostara, arrived each year to bring
spring to the earth. It was her divine responsibility.
One year she overslept. Arriving late, she found a poor little bird
shivering with the cold and about to die. Feeling a little guilty about
his predicament (OK, so maybe she felt a lot guilty), she turned
him into a snow hare since so he'd be able to survive next year's snow.
As he scampered around, leaping gleefully in the snow, Ostara
couldn't help but fall in love with the little guy.
To find out why, just read the story of
The Goddess Ostara and the Easter Bunny.
So if you're curious about the pagan origins of our Easter traditions, here's where you can get the answers to those burning questions that keep
you tossing and turning at night . . .