Posts Tagged ‘Easter’

The Easter Bee?

Sunday, April 8th, 2012

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

Easter: a time for new beginnings

Friday, April 10th, 2009

Easter is a Christian celebration of the resurrection of Christ, but it is based on much older pagan celebrations of similar festivals.  One theory links the name to Eastre, an ancient word for spring.  It also coincides with the vernal or spring equinox which is the beginning of the season of new growth.  I have heard various ‘experts’ pronounce that they can see the first green shoots of regrowth in the current global crisis.  Whether they can or not, now is certainly the time to be planting the seeds of Change.

If you want to harvest something better tomorrow, you need to sow something new today… I wonder what that will be?