Easter is nearly upon us and what better time to celebrate the season of spring, fertility and longer lighter days? The season that is full of promise of a fruitful year to come; for this is the real meaning of Easter..
This blog is not meant to give offence to anyone. Any path is real and valid if it leads to enlightenment and greater meaning for that individual.
There are as many paths as there are people and no one path is better, greater or carries more gravitas than any other. For in the end we are spiritual beings – individually and collectively – each on our own journey. It is only important that we allow each other the respect and freedom to walk our own paths without judgement or hindrance.
The facts (not opinions) about Easter:
1. The date of Easter has always fluctuated, changing from year to year. This is entirely due to the factuality that Easter Sunday takes place on the first Sunday that falls on or after the vernal (spring) equinox. Wow, you might say, why on Earth would a Christian festival be based on the cycles of the Moon? Because it is actually a Pagan festival!
2. The Romans sought to control the lands they conquered through unifying their religions and eradicating existing belief systems. In 325CE, the Council of Nicaea decided to hold Easter at this time. Was this significant for the existing Pagan faiths? Yes, of course it was, as the intention was to usurp all pagan holidays and make them Christian ones. This is not a slur on present day Christians, it is simply historically accurate.
3. The very name of Easter is a derivative of the sun Goddess Eástre or Eostré, who was worshipped by the European pagan ancestors. She is the Goddess of growing light and of Spring, her holy days are celebrated on or around the Spring Equinox. The Goddess’ symbols are the hare and the egg. It is also loosely linked to the Babylonian and Assyrian Goddess, Ishtar (often pronounced Easter – the two words being homophones with different meanings).
4. Death of a son and rebirth are common themes that have occurred in various religions for tens of thousands of years. To be brief:
- Dionysus, the son of an unfaithful Zeus and a mortal woman, was thrown to the Titans to be killed by the very jealous Hera (wife of Zeus). He was resurrected by his grandmother Rhea, and then became a symbol of new life after bringing his mother Semele back to life.
- Ishtar, the Babylonian Goddess, was stripped naked and hung from a tree to die. She rose from the underworld.
- Osiris was an ancient Egyptian god, the consort of Isis and father of Horus, and his legend has death, resurrection and also the theme of good overcoming evil. The Eye of Horus is a common symbol of protection against evil, even to this day.
Within paganism, death and resurrection are thematic as life ebbs and flows in cycles. There are times for death, hibernation and dormancy. Then seasons change, bringing new flowers, awakening sleeping trees and generally birthing new life in plants and animals alike. Life, Mother Earth, and everything she sustains is cyclical, as we ourselves, the sentient beings upon this great planet, are the same.
So the real history behind Easter is fairly obvious, after all, what has eggs and bunnies to do with the death of Jesus? Well, pretty much nothing. It does however, have everything to do with the sabbat Ostara, the Goddess Eostre, the coming of spring, and the celebration of new life. That said, it is also a beautiful symbolism for Christians to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.
The drive to remove pagans from society by overtaking all of their sabbats with Christian ones has begun to come full circle, with greater tolerance now than there has been in a long time, increasing numbers of pagans are more openly happy to reclaim their festivals.
There are small pockets of insanity that still seek to persecute and deliberately misunderstand Paganism, (which is entirely peaceful and has never sought to retaliate against the vilifying and ostracising of their beliefs). Indeed our actions for many many generations speaks volumes.
Don’t forget that this is the case for most Christian celebrations, for example Christmas/Yule, Halloween/All Saints and May as the month of Mary/Beltane which is the beginning of Earth Mother’s rule.
Whichever spiritual path calls to you, however you choose to connect with your higher being, always remember that there is no one way, and there is no right way. There are as many paths as there are people. Ultimately tolerance is the only way forward.
In humility I wish you much joy on your journey to connect with spirit and awaken to enlightenment & understanding. 🙏🏽
Peace & light to you 🌟ૐ )0(