Eostre – A Strange Visitation

ostara-helena-nelson-reedIn modern times we attribute the Easter season to the resurrection of Christ, but the tradition goes back much further than Christianity. Eostre was a festival our pagan ancestors dedicated to Ostara, an ancient goddess who represents the revitalisation of the Sun and its effect on Nature.

Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian’s God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy … Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing … here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, are suggestive of the ancient goddess – Jacob Grimm ”

Your writing prompt: It’s good Friday and you’re planning an easter get together.  A knock at the door. A woman claiming to be Ostara stands there. What does she want? What does she look like? A girl in jeans and t-shirt or a wise old woman with flowers in her hair and is she genuine or just crazy?


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