Posted on 03/15/2008

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Season of Passion

Season of Passion
When is a bunny not a rabbit?

Welcome, Eostre!

Springtime sacrificial festival named for the Saxon Goddess Eostre, or Ostara, a northern form of Astarte. Her sacred month was Eastre-monath, the Moon of Eostre.

Astarte, the Lady of Babylon, is one of the oldest forms of the Great Goddess in the Middle East,identified with Egypt's Hathor, Mycenae's Demeter, Cyprus' Aphrodite. she was the same creating-preserving-and-destroying Goddess worshiped by all the Indo-European cultures, and still typified by Kali as the symbol of Nature. Astarte was the "true sovereign of the world," tirelessly creating and destroying, eliminating the old and generating the new. Sidonian kings could not rule without her permission. Each king styled himself first and foremost "Priest of Astarte."

Saxon poets apparently knew Eostre was the same Goddess as India's Great Mother Kali. Beowulf spoke of "ganger' waters, whose flood waves ride down into an unknown sea near Eostre's far home.

The Easter Bunny was older than Christianity; it was the Moon-hare sacred to the Goddess in both eastern and western nations. Recalling the myths of Hathor-Astarte who laid the Golden Egg of the sun, Germans used to say the heare would lay eggs for good children on Easter Eve.

Like all the church's "movable feasts," Easter shows its pagan origin in a dating system based on the old lunar calendar. It is fixed as the first Sunday after the first full moon after the spring equinox, formerly the "pregnant phase of Eostre passing into the fertile season.

from Women's Dictionary of Myths and Secrets by Barbara Walker

My Awake Gottica (m.a.g), iggy, Maya Eidolon, Elbertinum and 3 other people have particularly liked this photo

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mo |
mo |
mmm ... the colours ! i'll be back later
10 years ago.
Shi* has replied to mo |
passion8 hey? :)
10 years ago.
mo | has replied to Shi*
for you always ; )
and for some others too ...

again : i'll be back
10 years ago.
Thanks, Kathy ... enjoy the Spring!
10 years ago.
My Awake Gottica (m.a.g)
My Awake Gottica (m.…
A treasure !!!
6 years ago.