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Eostara – A Wiccan Holiday

by Whitney on 03/18/2011

By Rev. Whitney Wyckoff

 

Wiccan mythology: Sexual union of the Goddess and God.
Eostara is a celebration of planting, fertility, conception and regeneration as the earth recovers from winter and begins to bloom (at lower altitudes!). It is also a triumph of light over dark as from now until Litha (Summer Solstice) days will be longer than the nights with the end of winter and the beginning of spring.

Eostara is a time of sowing and planting, putting plans into motion, sowing the seeds of ideas that may not reach fruition for many months.

The union of Goddess and God varies by tradition, yet, Eostara has the benefit of being 9 months prior to Yule, when the Goddess gives birth. In the Celtic traditions we perform rituals associated with fertility and rebirth, rabbits and decorated eggs are traditional Celtic symbols of this that survive into this modern era. In Wales, rituals on this Great Day are followed by the ceremonial planting of seeds. In the Celtic story of Tarvos, the Spring Equinox represents the time when the Golden Bull is reborn after his winter’s sleep. To people who rely on the cultivation of crops, this is seen as another specific turning point in the Grand Cycle.  Mother Goddess displays her face of fertility in the Spring, symbolizing the re-emergence of life from its winter sleep.

Mankind may consider going through a short fasting period, where one refrains from consuming questionable ‘foods’ that are imbibed in by many Americans. Give your body a break! Contemplate the value in purification of the mind and a good ‘spring cleaning’ of the physical. Detoxification after a long winter of rich foods rids one of the build-up of unwanted toxins. The simplest detox is drinking unfiltered not-from-concentrate apple juice with distilled water (yes, I said it, distilled; only to be drunk during a short detox period of not more than 3 days and no more than 1 gallon max). Added to this can be herbal teas, fresh produce, raw nuts and fresh homemade juices from organic produce. Talk to your Naturopath or Nutritional consultant for individual personal recommendations. You will surely have more energy to do the work of spring, and certainly feel lighter!

Color and decorate hard-boiled or raw eggs with symbols representing your dreams and goals for the next 3 months. Roll your eggs down a hill to see which dream will come true first (when the egg stops rolling, the symbol that is up-right) and/or bury the egg under a special tree with the intent of those ‘seeds’ of your mind being planted and sprouting into existence!

EOSTARA Song (author unknown)

CHORUS: Praise to the spring praise to all living things

Praise to the Maiden and the joy that she brings

Praise to the Earth Let all her creatures now sing

Hope is renewed with the coming of the spring

We turn from the darkness and the Wise Crone within,

We turn to the maiden and Creation begins.

It’s the time for things growing and a time now for sowing,

Time now for sowing the seeds of your dream

 

CHORUS:

So, Praise to the spring praise to all living things

Praise to the Maiden and the joy that she brings

Praise to the Earth Let all her creatures now sing

Hope is renewed with the coming of the spring

The hearth fires are stirring with the new life returning. It’s time now for learning what rebirth truly means. And we honor ourselves and all the Fairies and Elves. May we dance and ring bells for the coming of the spring!

CHORUS

So open your Heart to Nature’s wondrous art

It’s time now to start the healing of the green.

Young rabbits abound and there’s flowers all around

The air is filled with the sound of the coming of the Spring!

CHORUS

So open your heart to nature’s wondrous art

It’s time now to start the healing of the green

Young rabbits abound and there’s flowers all around The air is filled with the sound of the coming of the Spring!

 

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