The Easter Bee?

Easter was originally a pagan festival dedicated to the goddess variously named as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.”  Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.”  It was essentially a festival of fertility and renewal, hence the eggs and the very fecund bunnies!  The Christian church took this festival over too, and replaced the symbology with the death and resurrection of Christ.  His willingness to die for mankind’s sins was seen as the ultimate expression of love. 

I have a friend who is a keen keeper of bees and I was contemplating her hive yesterday.  The bees are the ultimate expression of selflessness, constantly working for the good of the hive, and when required, laying down their lives to protect it from attack.  It occurred to me that they were perhaps a perfect symbol of Easter.  Natures most prolific little fertilisers and a perfect expression of ‘Christian’ love in one small colony.

Do you think the Easter Bee will catch on?

“No bees, no honey; no work, no money”  Proverb

“For so work the honey-bees, creatures that by a rule in nature teach the act of order to a peopled kingdom.”  Shakespeare

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