Monday, April 14, 2014

Easter and East Star the Festival of Renewal


Easter Eastre the Festival of Renewal

 The Holy day of East Star was originally a celebration of renewal and rebirth for original people. Celebrating the return of early spring, it honors the Mother Nature goddess known in many cultures as Eostra, Oestera, Eastre(Esther), Ishtar, Auset, Het-Heru, Hathor, Aurora, or Adonis...




Earth has been referred to as Mother since ancient times as “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.” 

Watching the cycles of Nature one sees that Ra the sun and  Nu- rain brings life to Earth, so ancient cultures saw, Nut as Heaven, and Earth as Mother. Nut the sky goddess, swallows the sun at dusk and gives birth to the sun at dawn daily.

The union of the Sun-Ra and Auset brought forth a son Heru symbolic of abundant crops, as the rains from the sky met the welcoming earth. Festivals like “The Marriage Feast of Canaan” were Spring fertility rites in ancient times which celebrated Pregnancy, the dawn of spring and fertility. The dawn of the Sun Star was in the east, so Sunrise celebrations centered on growth and renewal were celebrated. Growers celebrated to petition for abundant crops, and eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans. 



 Easter is exceptional depending on where you live in proximity to the Equator. There are only 3 seasons, instead of 4 for those living near the equator.

Other Names of Spring Goddess:

With brightening and longer days after vernal equinox, Eastre is full of growth and passion of new life. Eastre was known as the Great Mother Goddess of Northern Europe. She is a goddess of dawn and spring, and her name derives from dawn, the light arising from East. The word, East and the female hormone, estrogen is related to her. 

The Rite of Spring,

Eastre’s male consort was the Sun god, and rites of spring were celebrated in her honor on the first day of spring. Celebrations were on the first full moon following vernal equinox. The full moon represents a “pregnant” phase of Eastre, passing into fertility to give birth to the Sun’s offspring.

“Eastre” is derived from the direction East, and the Spring Goddess is associated with dawn. Eastre is related to the Indo-European Hausos, Goddess of dawn, and the Roman and Greek Goddesses, Aurora and Eos. In German Austron means dawn, derived from Aus, “to shine.” The ancient word for Spring was Eastre, and Goddesses in many cultures are celebrated as the bearer of springtime.

Aphrodite ~ Cyprus

Ashtoreth ~ Israel

Astarte ~ Greece

Demeter ~ Mycenae

Auset ~ Het-Heru (Hathor) ~ Kemet (Egypt)

Ishtar ~ Assyria

Kali ~ India

Ostara ~ Norse Goddess of fertility

The Middle East celebrates many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zorostrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismalili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shamm’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.

Rabbits & Eggs

Eastre represents renewal and fertility, and eggs and rabbits were sacred to her. Rabbits are potent symbol of fertility, as a female rabbit can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with the first! The markings of the full moon were believed by some Eastern cultures to be an image of a rabbit pounding a mortar.

The Earth in Spring is filled with fertility and awakening, many people get married during this season and many children are born during this time. The egg is an obvious symbol, and it has been a symbol of rebirth since ancient times. The hare was sacred animal of the Spring Moon. At vernal equinox an egg, is the symbol of New Life.

Our Mother Earth

Earth is referred to as Mother since ancient times: “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.” Watching the cycles of Nature one sees that rain falling brings life to Earth, so ancient cultures saw Father as Heaven, and Earth as Mother.

The union of the Sun-Ra and Auset brought forth the immaculate conception of a son Heru symbolic of abundant crops, as the rains from the sky met the welcoming earth. Festivals like “The Marriage Feast of Canaan” were Spring fertility rites in ancient times which celebrated Pregnancy. Many families would marry during this celebration.

Sunrise celebrations centered on growth and renewal. Growers celebrated to petition for abundant crops, and eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans.

The middle east celebrates many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zorostrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismalili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shamm’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.

So essentially Easter is the celebration of the fertile womb and the lunar menstrual cycle. Easter was not always celebrated as the Ascension Christ from the dead; the meaning of Easter was quite different from what Christians celebrate today. Long before the name of Jesus, many peoples associated this festival with the coming back to life of the god of the earth Ta-mmuz (see Ezek 8:14,) also known as Geb, Ausar, Adonis Orpheus or Perseus, who had been dead in the underworld during the winter to rise in the spring. The name by which Christians still celebrate the festival is the name of the ancient fertility goddess Eastre, Ishtar, Auset, or Ashtoreth (whose name also survives in the name of one of the books of the Old Testament, the only Bible book that contains no reference to God - the Book of Esther).

Ausar is the god who conquered the underworld. Easter was celebrated as a time of new life, Beauty, sunshine, and birth. Jesus (in the Christian version of the myth) is just the latest in a long line of gods to symbolize new life through resurrection. Easter was originally (and still is) a celebration of the fertility of the earth, renewed each springtime. The egg, the chick, the rabbit, the flowers, are all fertility symbols (and much older than this latest Christian symbol of the resurrected god). Its celebration has often been marked by sexual exuberance, pregnancy and new birth, as is still prominent in the pre-Lenten Carnivals and Mardi Gras festivals and the phallic symbolism of the May pole and the cross.

The precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.


The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March. Easter is a movable feast, meaning it is not fixed in relation to the civil calendar.  The date of Easter therefore varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. churches in and around Rome observed the practice of celebrating Easter on the following Sunday calling it “the day of the resurrection of our Savior.”

Western Christianity, using the Gregorian calendar, Easter always falls on a Sunday between 22 March and 25 April inclusive, whereas Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May. Initially, in the early days,

 The specific day on which the resurrection should be celebrated became a major point of contention within the church.

 If his resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him, when was he crucified- To rise again in three days? Did he rise on the Sabbath or the first day of the week?

 However, some New Testament Scholars and Biblical scholars such E P Sanders, have questioned the historicity of the resurrection story for centuries. They dismissed resurrection narratives as legendary accounts derived from the experiences of Jesus' followers.

 It is the central tenet of Christian faith and theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of the Christian faith, according to the Apostle Paul, who even says that if Jesus Christ has not been resurrected then the Christian faith is worthless and futile (1 Cor. 15:14-17). Therefore, without Easter there is no Christianity.

 Historically, the Christian church, because it could not eradicate the celebration of this popular festival, reinterpreted it and assigned to it a new meaning, but was unable to erase completely its original significance. The egg and the rabbit, the phallic pole or cross (the real symbols of this festival) will continue to be loved and celebrated as long as we can marvel at the new life which the spring brings.

Things to Energize You!

  • Decorate your home with Spring flowers; crocuses, daffodils, violets, lilac, lilies, roses, iris
  • Add something green: a plant, candles, soap to represent growth and expansion
  • Work on projects and ideas initiated around Winter Solstice
Here are some favorite Spring Flower symbols. Add some to your home!

  • Dogwood Flower: 4 petals symbolize 4 directions
  • Iris: Purity, wisdom, faith, birth blessing, life and resurrection
  • Honeysuckle: Rebirth, renewal, spiritual sight, versatile mind
  • Jasmine: Lunar, psychic, spiritual love
  • Lily: Strong associations with fertility, purity, rebirth
  • Rose: True love, joy, yellow roses for Eastre

The soil is prepared, planting season has begun, so sow your seeds and hard work will bring you full bloom!

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