The Easter we celebrate today is a curious blend of the religious and the secular of Christianity, Paganism and Judaism. Easter is a time of rebirth, renewal and physical/spiritual transformation. But also because (in the northern hemisphere) it’s the early days of Spring following the spring equinox, and the setting for many festivals celebrating the return of the sun, with longer days, warmer temperatures, blooming flowers. It’s a time for renewal as well as miracles.
Easter, for instance, is celebrated near the Spring Equinox of Northern Hemisphere, and near the Autumn Equinox in the Southern Hemisphere. At this time of the year, day and night have the same duration. After Easter, the balance between light and shadow is broken in favor of the sunlight in the Northern hemisphere. For this reason, Easter is traditionally seen as the moment of a new beginning and as something that gives way to the reappearance of life in every dimension of Nature.Easter themes of death and resurrection echo nature’s seasons and cycles.
So it’s not surprising to learn that there were quite a few myths and festivals marking that sacred cycle in the ancient world, featuring Gods such as Attis, Mithra, Osiris, wild-eyed Dionysus and Jesus. They die, or are sacrificed – and then they are restored to life – just as the trees and plants each spring put out new leaves and blossoms.The flower most represented with Easter is the White lily. The Easter lily is representative in many cultures like the Ancient Greeks and in Greek mythology The white lily is created from the breast milk of Hera, wife of Zeus.Assyrians and Babylonians associated lilies with the Goddess Ishtar and the The Egyptians with Isis. In Christianity the white lily symbolizes the resurrection of Christ, the Easter lily stands for purity, hope and innocence and new life of spring. Easter Lily is the traditional flower of Easter and is highly regarded as a joyful symbol of elegance, royalty, beauty, spirituality, enlightenment, hope, and peace. People always regard the white lily as the pure flower.
Understanding Easter from a Christian perspective. The central message of Easter is that we can achieve that same unity with our Higher Self, that same conscious Christhood. Jesus proved that the human body can triumph over what we call physical death which is the transition from our flesh and bloodness to our spiritual light body. He proved that our physical bodies, once fully Spiritualized and Ascended we are no longer subject to physical limitations. The Kingdom of God Is Within You.The legend of the Phoenix dates back to the ancient times.
The Phoenix is the symbol of resurrection and immortality. This magical bird, radiant and shimmering, which lives for several hundred to thousands of years before it dies by bursting into flames. It is then reborn from the ashes, to start a new, long life. The mythical phoenix has been incorporated into many religions, signifying eternal life, destruction, creation, and fresh beginnings. Due to the themes of death and resurrection, it was also adopted a symbol in early Christianity, as an analogy of Christ’s death and three days later his resurrection.
The image became a popular symbol on early Christian tombstones.Easter is can aslo be derived from the word ‘east’, and therefore probably from dawn. Easter is steeped in the symbolism of cycle of the sun, which rises in the East, and which in spring fondles the natural world to life. Some say the word Easter is derived from Eostre (also known as Ostara), an ancient Anglo-Saxon Goddess. She symbolized the rebirth of the day at dawn and the rebirth of life in the spring.Because Eostre was the Goddess of spring and her symbolism dealt with renewal and rebirth. Eostre is a dawn Goddess – representing the birth of the Sun, light, and life every morning.
Eostre aslo can been seen as a moon Goddess. She’s related to Eos in ancient Greece, the ancient Roman dawn Goddess Aurora, Egyptian Hathor, and Middle Eastern Astarte. In heathen tradition, we see Eostre as a joyful Goddess associated with spring and new growth. Eostre was Worshipped as the Northern aspect of ‘The Great Mother Goddess.The egg and hare(bunny) were symbols of Ostara representing fertility and new life in the Spring. In Celtic tradition, the hare is sacred to the Goddess and is the totem animal of lunar Goddesses such as Hecate, Freyja and Holda – the hare is a symbol for the moon. The Goddess most closely associated with the Hare is Eostre, or Ostara.
Since ancient times many cultures have associated eggs with the Universe and the birth of life. They’ve been dyed, decorated and painted by the Romans, Gaul’s, Persians and the Chinese. They were used in ancient spring festivals to represent the rebirth of life. Dyed eggs also formed part of the rituals of the Babylonian mystery religions and in Egypt they were hung in temples as symbol of regenerative life. The Easter egg symbolizes our ability to break out of the hardened, protective shell we’ve surrounded ourselves with.In many traditions the egg is a symbol for the whole universe. The ‘cosmic’ egg contains a balance of male and female, light and dark, in the egg yolk and egg white. The golden orb of the yolk represents the Sun God enfolded by the White Goddess, perfect balance, so it is particularly appropriate to Ostara and the Spring Equinox when all is in balance for just a moment, although the underlying energy is one of growth and expansion.
To the esoteric philosophy, the humanization and personalization of cosmic intelligences is a way of producing metaphors or symbolical images. The whole universe is an unlimited, intelligent ecosystem. Easter, therefore, corresponds to the spiritual rebirth of all beings as part of the annual cycle of life. The true Easter takes place in the world of the soul, and in order to experience it one must abandon all search for personal benefits, material or subtle. Easter celebrates the inner rebirth which comes after the lower self decided to stop behaving as if it were the only center of the universe.
And this occurs because it discovered the eternal blessings that are beyond short term personal illusions.Children are associated to Easter because they are undisputable symbols of life as it starts again. The soul of every human being is like a child until the end of his existence, for there is always something essential in him that is being reborn. When an individual becomes aware of this, he experiences in a more direct way the permanent spring hidden in each one of the four yearly seasons. He can better distinguish then also the longer cycle of four ages that will make his lifetime complete.Easter comes we begin to feel invigorated – full of energy. It is our most productive time.
If we can develop new ideas at this time it is more likely they will grow to fruition than any other. Easter demonstrates the cyclic nature of physical reality. What goes around, comes around. There is no end, and no beginning. Merely and endless cycle of improvement and growth. Easter is the demonstration of God that life is essentially spiritual and timeless. Life had a rhythm, one that constantly reminded our ancestors they were part of a never-ending cycle of life that inevitably involved birth, death, and rebirth.The true meaning of Easter? Find it within and celebrate it. Celebrate all expressions of joy however they manifest.
Even if Easter has no meaning to you at all– just another day. Another day is the most beautiful of miracles. Celebrate every minute of it however you feel called to, and allow and rejoice in others however they feel called to celebrate theirs. Make the next step you take be toward building transformative spiritual practices into your life. Let every step you take be toward your health, your wholeness, your happiness, your abundance, your alignment with your Higher Self and your Rebirth of The Extraordinary You!!!