Spring Blessings!

Spring Blessings!

♥ Happy Loving Fertile Vernal Equinox! ♥

Normally around the 21st of March. Nature starts the season of Spring, a favorite time for lots of us. Also known simply as Spring, the Rites of Spring, and Eostra’s Day. The celebration of the Spring Equinox is for the daylight overcoming the night and the return of warmth to the Earth. Night and Day are equals on this day as well as Mabon, Around Sept 21.

The Goddess, having finished recovering from the Gods birth, she covers the Earth in fertility. The God has grown to manhood and they both encourage all creatures of the world to reproduce. Fertility is important for this celebration, and for the coming of Beltane as well. It is the season of planting, symbolically of starting anew or of re-birth, the crops that will be harvested in the fall celebrations.

Eostre is the Anglo-Saxon\Norse Goddess of Spring and of the East. The new Christian religion took the name and direction to make their holiday of Easter. As with many a God and Goddess, she has a special time, Dawn. “The dawning of a new spring day” is a saying that incorporates the Goddess’s time with the reason for the celebration, anew and rebirth. Her symbol is the Egg and her favorite animal is the Hare.

Eggs are scared to the Goddess and they are the mainstay of all morning Ostara celebrations, along with cakes and breads. The tradition of coloring eggs started with her celebrations in pre-Christian Europe, along with inscribing the Solar Cross on cakes and breads. The story goes (paraphrasing here) that a rabbit so loved the Goddess that he collected, dyed, and elaborately decorated a basket of eggs for her. When he presented the basket to her, she was so over whelmed by the gift, she made him immortal, so he could give the world his wonderful gifts of colored eggs. Eggs being a symbol of rebirth also played many parts in pre-Christian cultures. Some areas and cultures would include the egg in the burial rites, so that the dead could be reborn into the afterlife. Anglo-Saxon, Egyptian, Druids, Norse, Greek, Hungary, and Ukrainian to name a few.

The Anglo-Saxon and later the Celtics would draw or carve solar crosses on the cakes and breads. The cross was an important symbol as it connected the four points of the seasons (along with Direction, Elements, and Time of day) in a circle of the round cake-bread. Celtics that were converted to Christianity latter would use the symbol, but just extend the southern line down more into the new faiths style. Some Wiccans use the Celtic cross as a symbol they can wear out and not get bashed for it the way they would for the Pentacle.

Spring is finally here, so lets all enJoy it for what it means to us personally.

Shared with lots of Spring vibes and Blessings,

Wild Woman Sisterhood

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Source Blog: blog.chron.com

~ by Sable Aradia on March 20, 2013.

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