THE GODDESS PROJECT: Made in Her Image
There was once a celebrated Easter Goddess, Oestre! For MUCH longer than 2,000 years, painting Easter eggs, bunny decor and wearing pastel colors have been a tradition in the Springtime. Europeans once held yearly festivals to Oestre (pronounced “Easter”) at dawn on the Vernal Equinox, which is where they got the name “Easter”. This Saxon Spring Goddess’ name means DAWN, as in the SUN RISES IN THE EAST. Oestre, also called Ostara, is the Goddess of fertility, new life, flowering plants, the birth of both human and animal babies, bringing lighter and longer days. Fertility is partly why the rapidly reproducing rabbit is Her mascot. Easter baskets were originally woven to symbolize birds’ nests. Easter lilies were a Celtic triple Goddess yoni symbol. Pastels were worn as the in-between colors between the muted winter whites and greys and the bright, vibrant colors of summer. Meals were shared, including hot-cross buns that represented the 4 seasons and 4 phases of the moon that these ancient people’s livelihood depended on.
But Oestre was deleted from all written history except for one monk’s journal in the 6th century. This figure of the FEMALE DIVINE, providing and rebirthing was all but lost. We reclaim Her now.
Special thanks again to David Clanton of davidclanton.com, for photography and digital enhancements.