4/5/09

Goddess of the Week: Eostre wishes you a happy Easter

How are eggs coming along?  Are they boiled and dyed?  How about the jelly beans and the chocolate bunnies?  Admit it, have you been nibbling your way through them?  Will there be any left on Easter morning?  None at all!!  Well then you're worst than me and that is just sad.  Alas, you will simply have to run to the store on Easter Eve to get everything you need to fill your baskets.  

No matter.  When it comes to chocolate it is always appropriate to dig right in.  So let us give thanks to Eostre, the English goddess of spring and the dawn.  Actually, some people will have you believe that there never was an Eostre, but if that is the case than go ahead and thank Ostara, the Germanic goddess of spring and the dawn. 

It really doesn't matter which of them you thank as you nosh on that colored egg.  Both goddesses are associated with springtime fertility.  Ostara carried around an egg. Eostre had crazy baby-bunny-making hares pull her chariot across the sky (she may also have had the head of a hare, but goddesses can be particular about their ears so let's not get personal.)  The main point is that, whether you prefer Easter baskets or Easter bonnets, you have a goddess to thank.  (And that's a good thing because those early popes really excelled at taking the fun out of everything).  

So welcome spring, welcome sun, welcome chocolate bunnies and marshmallow peeps of all shapes and sizes, welcome boiled eggs and plastic eggs and chocolate eggs both hidden and in baskets, welcome scary giant bunnies and cute baby chicks, welcome Easter, welcome Eostre, welcome Ostara.  And to all a good night.  

Channel this goddess: Channel this goddess when eating hot cross buns or feeling the strange urge to frolic in meadows, plant gardens, fill baskets with candy, hide eggs, or simply celebrate the arrival of a glorious spring.  

15 comments:

Desiree said...

The Restless Chef has ordered in ostrich eggs, and three months ago began the time consuming but soul-satisfying task of dying them with the colorful herbs from her garden. She just now realized she should have picked up Dove bars and relaxed

pasadenapio said...

Peeps! Sure they spike our sugar levels, but they're hard to resist! Hey, it's just once a year.

Cafe Pasadena said...

I like the taste of this Goddess.

Suddenly, outta no where, I have the urge for some chocolate.

Lynne said...

Kate and I already broke into the Easter Peeps ages ago. Peanut Butter M&M's are made slightly bigger and egg shaped for easter which makes them way better. Thank you Eostre!

Margaret said...

Dez: Did you really? You're pulling my leg, aren't you.

PPIO and Lynne: Those peeps are hard to resist, but (like you, Lynne) the real danger for me is an open bag of M&Ms.

Pup: Go get your chocolate! Now!

Linda Dove said...

Hmmmm...the strange urge to frolic in meadows. :-)

Linda Dove said...

Actually, I realize that my comment there is probably not as interesting as it ended up sounding. Ahem.

Shell Sherree said...

I love imagining "crazy baby-bunny-making hares" pulling a chariot for a hare-headed goddess across the sky! Thank you, Margaret, for enlightening me and making me curious to know what in the heck 'peeps' are...

pasadenaadjacent.com said...

Wasn't Ostara the same stuff they put in potato chips to block fat absorption? bty; peeps are available year round at the 99 cent store (without Ostara)

altadenahiker said...

No, I think Ostara sounds like a car -- maybe a hybrid.

Margaret said...

Shell: peeps are marshmallows shaped like baby chick or bunnies. They are often neon yellow or pink, and for an added kick, they have sugar on the outside. Yum!

PA: If Ostara has been reduced to fake sugar I feel sorry for her.

AH: You're right. She does sound like a car. (Email GM; they could use the help.)

Petrea said...

For me, spring is a time for caffeine and peeps and meadow-frolicking. The rest of the year, it's just caffeine and peeps.

Shell Sherree said...

Oh, a whole new lolly {candy} world! Cute! We don't have them here, or not that I've ever seen. Mind you, chocolate keeps me occupied enough.

Laurie said...

I've always been partial to the story of Ostara.

J&D said...



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