Eostre, the Goddess of New Beginnings

A Beautiful Goddess, Fertile from the Blood which brings forth New Beginnings
Art by Karol Bak

So little is actually written about the Goddess Eostre, and I wonder why that was. Over time it is true that we have the lost old traditions of story-telling, and along with it, as generations have passed, many of those mythical tales that used to fill our lives of wonder and mystery.

The little I managed to discover about Eostre links her to the much celebrated festival of Easter. Although in Western Society, Easter is much about chocolate eggs and hot cross buns, the Easter bunny, and the celebration of new life as we move into Spring, however when we look deeper into the origins of Easter, and the symbolism behind our celebrations, the true significance of this tradition comes to light.

Eostre is also known as Ostara, the Teutonic Goddess of Fertility, Rebirth, Dawn and Spring. It is said that the Hare is sacred to her, and this is quite significant as the Hare is believed to be connected to the Moon, a symbol of femininity and fertility. Just like the Moon, the nocturnal hare burrows into the darkness each day and emerges again at night.

Eostre’s eggs are also a sacred symbol of new beginnings. Each egg has a yolk and a white, and many have compared these characteristics represents the Sun God enfolded by the White Goddess, and as such, perfect balance.

The cross on the hot cross buns meanwhile, signify the separation of the seasons, and interestingly, Easter takes place on the first Sunday after the Full Moon of the Spring/Vernal Equinox, linking the Goddess to the Moon and lunar cycles. This is certainly in alignment with what we know from the Goddess symbol, and if we consider further that Eostre is the Goddess of Fertility, it would appear that she is the one who may in fact influence our menstrual cycles, menopause, and related hormones. This brings me to another point – that Oestrogen appears to have been named after Eostre!

The Uterus & the Moon
Art by Arsenia Calvillo (La Morse)

The female cycle is today still taboo in many parts of the world, and become a source of much ignorance, shame and embarrassment to many women. As such it is no wonder that Eostre has not been honoured as she should have been, and her lessons have become forgotten.

Incidentally I wonder, how many of us have suffered immense pain during our menstruation? How many of us have suffered complications during pregnancy? How many of us are drugged on contraceptives, causing our hormones to be out of sync with nature, and the moon? How many of us have suffered the waves of painful release during menopause? I wonder if the fact that we have been disconnected from our bodies, our true nature and the lessons of Eostre could be the cause of so much suffering?

Did you know that a woman was already born with all her eggs? The egg (and all seeds) contains ‘all potential’, full of promise and new life, they symbolise the rebirth of nature, the fertility of the Earth and all creation

So – do you feel that you have honoured the releasing of each of your eggs? In order to honour the releasing of our eggs, or new beginnings into the world, it is important to heal old wounds that may have become trapped in our bodies, manifested through harmful thoughts, beliefs and sometimes even inherited through generations of family history.

During the next New Moon, why not consider honouring the Goddess Eostre, and honouring yourself?

If you feel a calling to try this little ritual below, let me know how it goes.

After washing, put on some light clean clothes, light a candle and close your eyes. Imagine the Goddess is there with you, tell her what you want to release, open up to her and don’t hold back. Ask her for healing. Put one hand over your womb/uterus, and one hand over your heart. Breathe in love, and breathe out to release your old wounds. Ask your body for forgiveness. Ask Eostre for forgiveness. Breathe in love, and once again, breathe out to release. Finally, ask Eostre for her blessing, for yourself, and for the women in your life, all who have come before you, and for the future generations of women yet to be born.

From my heart to yours x

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