Happy Ostara! Happy Easter!
Easter Sunday is always held on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox (last Sunday) and is also celebrated as Ostara. Named after the Goddess Ostara, the Goddess of renewal, fertility and rebirth It is said that it’s after a version of this Goddesses name Esotara that the modern name for Easter came from.
Ostara, just like the Spring Equinox celebrates springs life force and the renewal and abundant energy of the earth. It is an amazing time to think about renewal in your own life and abundance and fertility in all things – whether that’s birthing new life or new projects, ideas and dreams.
Ostara was also known as the Goddess of Light and the Goddess of Dawn, symbolising new beginnings and the return of the light. You know the energy of sunrise, where everything feels fresh and new and like anything is possible? That’s what the energy of this time of year is all about. Begin each day feeling as though anything at all is possible, that everything is possible, because it truly is. Open your heart to the abundance, growth and fertility that’s surrounding you…
If while you’re enjoying your eggs today ; ) you’d like to know more about why eggs were the symbol of Ostara and then easter and a lovely story about the symbols of the year (the easter bunny/hare and the egg) then here you go…
Eggs were the symbol of Ostara and also now of easter. I know we all love to indulge in the chocolate at this time of year but did you know that the eggs came as a symbol of the rebirth and fertility of the time of year. The egg is seen to be full of potential and promise and is also the symbol for the whole universe. People decorated eggs with bright colours symbolising their wish for the prosperity and abundance of the year to come.
Folklore has it that the traditional easter egg hunt came from Europe during the times when the rise of Christianity led to the shunning and persecution of the followers of the “Old Ways” and so instead of giving the eggs as gifts the adults made a game of hiding them, gathering the children together and encouraging them to find the eggs.
And where did the Easter bunny come from? What is the association of the hare and the egg? This beautiful fairytale from the West Country is one I love to believe…
Once upon a time the Animal Kingdom gathered together for a meeting in a flurry of great excitement. There was to be a very special party and a very special guest was coming to visit them. The very special guest was none other than the Goddess herself, and every creature wanted to give her a very special gift.
Now some of the animals were very rich and some were very poor but off they went to prepare their gifts, for only the very very best would do for the Goddess.
Hare was very, very excited, he dearly loved the Goddess and although he was very poor he had a big generous heart – he was going to give her the very finest gift he could find!
Hare rushed home to see what he could find to give to the Goddess – he looked everywhere, in the cupboards and under the bed but there was nothing, even the larder was empty, he had absolutely nothing to give Her. Except for one thing. On the shelf in the larder was a single egg. And that was it. It was the only thing he had left. Hare gently took the egg out of the larder and lovingly decorated it and took it to the party.
Hare was very worried, all the other animals gave their gifts of gold and silver and precious jewels and all Hare had was the egg. Eventually all the gifts had been given and Hare was the very very last. Hare very shyly presented the Goddess with the egg. She took it and looked at him and saw the true spirit of Hare. And there and then the Goddess appointed Hare as her very special animal – because Hare had given away everything he had…
Thank you Goddess and Green Man for the story