Easter – Festivals to Celebrate the Goddess
Thursday, 5th April
The Spring Equinox – that was celebrated on the 21st-23rd March – is represented by Oestre, the goddess of fertility and balance. The Christian festival of Easter has evolved from this pagan celebration of Oestre. Her name is the root of the word Oestrogen, the hormone that stimulates ovulation and female fecundity. It is also interesting to note that the Christian festival of Easter (a derivative of Oestre) and its symbols, the Easter Bunny and the Easter egg, evolved from this ancient festival.
These symbols represent fertility and new beginnings. The idea that the Earth was hatched from an egg is widespread throughout the world representing regeneration. The Easter bunny represents the symbol of the rabbit – honoured in celtic tradition as a natural symbol of fertility due to their prolific reproduction. They also represent a deep connection with the Earth because of their underground burrows. Traditionally, rabbits are linked to the moon and therefore the goddess.
The other festival that honours the great mother of the gods is the festival of MEGALESIA in honour of the Goddess Cybele. Cybele is the patron of caverns and mountains, walls and fortresses and nature. She is also the protector/ruler of animals especially lions and bees. This seven day festival has been celebrated since 191 BC when her temple in Rome was completed. It was celebrated with wild dancing, feasting and rejoicing.
Cybele is a life-death-rebirth goddess and this is a good time to rejoice in the magic and new beginnings that are happening in your lives. Connect and express the wild side within you. Go into nature with a drum, cymbals, and/or other percussion and rhythmic instruments to release any stress or pent up energy you are feeling.
Take some time out for yourself to just BE and enjoy this wonderful planet. As you release the restraints of winter, let go of the sensible adult and run wild like a child. Smell the roses, take pleasure in the blossom and hug a tree; become aware of the natural world awakening around you.
This is the time to go through the fear and just live your dreams.
Love and Blessings