Friday, March 20, 2009
Blessed Easter, Happy Spring!
(spring pentacle by Jane Brideson )
As a Pagan family, Alex and I made the decision years ago to honor our spiritual path and celebrate the Vernal Equinox by welcoming back the Hare, the goddess Eostre and all life renewed. It never made sense to us to celebrate the Christian interpretation of Easter, wrought with pagan symbolism--eggs, bunnies, lambs, flowers--when we aren't Christian. It seemed inauthentic to us to adhere to a moveable date, that Christians aren't even agreed to and that is centered on an assassination, hmm. So, instead we celebrate during the vernal equinox, March 21. We have a tradition of welcoming the Hare (for an interesting look at the symbolism of the Hare, look here ), who leaves baskets for Olivia and Adam. Then the kids go searching for painted eggs, hidden outside if the weather is nice or in, if it is not, as so often is the case in mid-March, ie, mud season, in Maine. I decorate our mantle (our altar) with painted eggs, vintage Easter cards and fresh flowers.
For us, Easter is a celebration or new life, color, spring's renewal, equal days and nights and fertility of the body and mind. Welcome Spring, Blessed Easter!
(Ostara artist unknown)
(from the Bradstreet vintage Easter card collection)