But why Easter Eggs? Guest Post and Ostara Story

Ostara EostreAncient History of Easter

The word Easter comes from the Norsemen’s Eustur, Eastar, Ostara and Ostar, and the Pagan Goddess Eostre. These names relate to the season of the growing sun and new birth.
Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Phoenicians and Hindus all believed the world began with an enormous egg.

The egg as a symbol of new life, and the ancient names relating to Spring, the sun growing warmer and encouraging the growth of flower, fauna and humanity; would all account for the Easter period being celebrated, and Easter eggs given as gifts.

By Mummaz

Legend of the Easter Egg

The modern belief that eggs are delivered by a rabbit, comes from the legend of the Goddess Eostre. Eostre was walking one fine Spring day and came upon a beautiful little bird. The poor bird’s wing was badly injured and Eostre, feeling great compassion for the little creature, wanted to heal it. But the little bird’ wing was so badly damaged that Eostre knew it would never be able to fly again even after She healed it. So, Eostre decided to help the bird by healing it in a way that would give it mobility and a little something more… She turned it into a rabbit!

During the transformation, the rabbit retained the ability to lay eggs. The rabbit was so grateful to Eostre for saving its life that it laid a sacred egg in Her honor, joyously decorated it and then humbly presented it to the Goddess. She was so pleased and so touched by the rabbit’s thoughtful gift that She wished all humankind to share in her joy. In honoring her wishes, the rabbit went all over the world distributing these beautifully decorated little gifts of life and continues to do so even today.

Ostara EggFrom Kat’s Book of Shadows, Ostara
and Celtic Myth Podshow, How the Easter Egg Came to Be
Also on Easter’s origins: Saymber, Friday 29 March 2013 – Happy Ostara (Easter)
EagleEyes, Spiritual Rebirth and Renewal
Alpha Alchemy Happy Easter!


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9 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. gita4elamats
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 01:21:08

    Thanks, what a lovely story! 🙂



  2. Jon Hickery
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 10:15:51

    A beautiful Legend of the Easter Egg! Thank you Jas!



  3. saymber
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 14:12:10

    My blog today had a reference to the Pagan origins of Easter too — guess we are on the same sheet here! It’s surprising how many Christians don’t know the whole “back story” on their holiday(s).



    • Jas Baku
      Mar 30, 2013 @ 15:34:12

      Thanks 🙂 I’ve added a link to that post now.
      I suppose Christianity is still the dominant religion for both the US and the UK, and they aren’t interested in promoting a spiritual path they already steamrollered?



  4. Jinxy
    Mar 29, 2013 @ 21:45:10

    Those extracts show how we’ve got our priorities all wrong today. I mean, the Phoenicians were successful traders weren’t they? But do they even exist as a culture anymore?
    The sociopaths controlling the money markets, and the traders peddaling chocolate eggs to obese kids would do well to remember that wealth ≠ longevity or long term success.



    • Jas Baku
      Mar 30, 2013 @ 15:06:29

      You’re right Jinxy. Modern society seems to have very little idea of what’s important. I doubt they care about anything beyond their tiny range of experience or lifespan.



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