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Why Eggs & The Easter Rabbit?

Happy Ostara Everybody!

Ostara, ca. March 21, is a pagan holiday celebrating the Spring Equinox. When Christianity was imposed across the world, Ostara was replaced by what the secular and christian world now celebrates as Easter.

Ostara, or the Spring Equinox, is an enchanted borderland time outside of time where a magickal seam joins dark and light. From this moment on, the Sun God begins his seminal journey across the sky. His light and warmth overtake the darkness of Winter until his power peaks at Summer Solstice in June.

Ostara is a time of new fire. The light and dark are in perfect balance, but the light is growing and the Sun is about to burst forth with new energy. It is a season of fertility and growth.

Eostre or Ostara is the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring to whom offerings of cakes and colored eggs were made at the Vernal Equinox. Rabbits were sacred to her, especially white rabbits, and she was believed to take the form of a rabbit.

There you go! It explains perfectly how Easter is simply the replacement holiday meant to divert pagans into celebrating a slightly different concept. :)

To learn more about Ostara and how to celebrate it, visit http://www.earthwitchery.com/ostara.html.

PS: did you know? on the day of the Vernal or Autumnal Equinox, just a few moments before the exact moment of the equinox, go outside with a raw egg. Find a reasonably level place on the sidewalk or driveway. For a few moments just before and just after the equinox, you can balance the egg upright (wider end down) by simply setting it down on the ground. It will stand up all by itself.

For a full essay on Eostre VS Easter, read this Witchvox article here.

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