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The Origins of Easter

Easter is a christian festival that celebrates the mythical resurrection of the faith’s prophet, the christ. The holiday was blended with early pagan celebrations whose roots are deeply Pagan, and earth/sun worship reaching as far back as Mesopotamian goddess Inanna. Myths about the goddess Inanna talk about her 6 months descent into the underworld and a resurrection after three days of death, bringing rain, spring, fertility back to earth. Our most recent connection to pagan origins of easter comes from German immigrants who brought their own celebrations of spring involving stories of male hares (rabbits) who lay colorful eggs for good children. The hare being a revered symbol of fertility and life. The early history of the christian church is replete with its use of cultural appropriation to subsume local pagan traditions into christian observances. So since christ is said to have been resurrected the sunday after passover, this piece off early christian mythology could not have possibly avoided being conflated with other local pagan traditions of newly converted cultures such as those of northern Europe, like the Saxons, later to become Germany. As christianity spread, many other local and pagan traditions were to be folded in to the calendar of christian festivals. It was a successful PR and marketing approach. So here we are celebrating a so-called christian holiday right at the beginning of Spring, with the symbols of a rabbit & chicks & flowers (fertility, fertility, the genitals of plants), eggs (fertility, new life) made of candy (plenty). Clearly the essence of this is all about the energy of Spring, the rebirth of the entire Northern Hemisphere, budding and flowering of plant life, animals mating and making new life, crops being planted, and hope (we’ve made it through the winter and the Earth is making food in earnest again, whew!). In celebration of this blessing that happens to us unasked and undeserved every year i invite you to observe the holiday in a pagan way. Come visit with me and treat yourself to a surfeit of pleasure and a luxurious sense of plenty. Heaven on earth is a real thing and it is a lived experience.