On my kitchen window sill sit four glasses rooting onions, celery and a carrot. The essence of life remains in the ends I cut off while preparing a roast. Life - do no harm - death-rebirth.
Old English Ēostre (also Ēastre) and Old High German Ôstarâ are the names of a putative Germanic goddess whose name gives rise to the festival of Easter. The Ēostur-monath was the equivalent to the month of April.
Meditate. Feel. Reach. Love.
In Northern Europe, Easter imagery often involves hares and rabbits. In his late 19th century study of the hare in folk custom and mythology, Charles J. Billson cites numerous incidents of folk custom involving the hare around the period of Easter in Northern Europe. Billson says that "whether there was a goddess named Eostre, or not, and whatever connection the hare may have had with the ritual of Saxon or British worship, there are good grounds for believing that the sacredness of this animal reaches back into an age still more remote, where it is probably a very important part of the great Spring Festival of the prehistoric inhabitants of this island."
Customs and imagery involving hares to Ēostre and the Norse goddess Freyja where scholoars write that
"Little else [...] is known about [Ēostre], but it has been suggested that her lights, as goddess of the dawn, were carried by hares. And she certainly represented spring fecundity, and love and carnal pleasure that leads to fecundity."
Boyle writes of Freyja that "her carriage, we are told by Snorri, was drawn by a pair of cats — animals, it is true, which like hares were the familiars of witches, with whom Freyja seems to have much in common." However, Boyle adds that "on the other hand, when the authors speak of the hare as the 'companion of Aphrodite and of satyrs and cupids' and point out that 'in the Middle Ages it appears beside the figure of Luxuria', they are on much surer ground and can adduce the evidence of their illustrations."[
It is the life force, the animating principle, that is rejuvenated in the spring. The desire to mate, the fecundity of the land, and the emergence of bright blades of green lead to a season of abundance. The egg, the principle of self-contained individual life, must also be broken free to experience life within this plane.
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