Sunday, April 12, 2020

πŸ‡Why Eggs and Bunnies are used to Celebrate Easter - Ostara πŸ‡


Well well well, can you believe it? Easter doesn’t orginate from Catholicism! Wow! Shock!

Easter is actually derived from a Wiccan holiday called Ostara and it has to do with astrology. The more I’ve learned about religion and the origin of holidays the more I've come to find that it all comes back to astrology. But I’m saving that for a whole special article, this article is going to be about why we use eggs and bunnies to celebrate easter.

Almost all (if not all) Catholic or Christian holidays are mixed with pagan beginnings and astrology. Various religions tend to get blurred together because they are all celebrated around the same time, during celestial events. Throughout the centuries and because of colonization and mixing of people. Religious symbolism and rituals get mixed and then created into a whole new thing. This is why Easter, which is the catholic holiday to celebrate the re-birth of Christ, has pagan symbolism associated with it.

The name Easter is actually a derivation of the Goddess’s name Eostre. She is a germanic goddess of spring and dawn and she is celebrated at this time during the spring equinox and the wiccan/pagan sabbat. A sabbat is a season festival observed by many modern wiccans or pagans. Ostara is celebrated in the Northern Hemisphere and is the official start of spring. The time when light and darkness are equal. There are many different names for this sabbat. For pagans/wiccans currently the most popular name is Ostara but there are other names associated with this time. Such as Eostre, Easter, Spring Equinox, Spring break, etc.

According to Wiccan tradition this is the time of year when the horned god approaches the maiden goddess and an act of love will ensue. This when all the beautiful themes of love, renewal, and rebirth take place.

Some sacred symbols for the Sabbat are, the egg, a symbol of fertility, renewal, possibility and potential. The Hare, a sacred totem animal and symbol for the goddesses Ostara, Hecate, Freya and Holga. They represent, sex, fertility, lust and beauty. Flowers are also a sacred symbol. They represent the cycle of creation.

Sabbat rituals consist of planting seeds, going on a nature walk, spending time outdoors, decorating your altar with colored eggs, glass eggs, flowers, wreaths, feathers, incense like jasmine, rose, and orchids. Spring cleaning, making floral wreaths, having a laugh fest, and giving honorings for the sun. It's a time to celebrate spring and laughter. It's all about new beginnings, rebirth, love, and fertility. A time to focus on your goals and starting something new with your life.

Gemstones that are associated are clear quartz (the mother of all gemstones it can be charged to act like any other gemstone), citrine (associated with creativity and manifestation, it motivates you to do the work you were always meant to do), amazonite, ocean jasper (otherwise known as the atlantis stone).

All of these stones are manifestation stones. They help to actualize all of the plans and projects you want to do. They assist in manifesting your dreams/goals into existance.

So if you were ever wondering where the hell we got eggs and bunnies from Christ's rebirth. It has its roots in Pagan rituals. I hope this article was enlightening. I personally adhere to Wiccan tradition and I love passing the knowledge along. This is the time to start something new so if you were waiting for a sign to start something, this is it. πŸ’›Katie

 

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