Do You Eat the Ears or Tail First?

Posted by Candace Cable in Life After Paralysis on April 12, 2017 # Events

Easter celebrations, our celebrations in the west, the one’s we’ve come to enjoy with special foods for feasting, Easter lilies for decorations, baskets filled with colored eggs and chocolate rabbits, how did these come to be? Well it’s not total disconnected consumerism that steered us here, it’s the ancient Goddesses and Gods that preceded Jesus that heavily influeced and connected our current Easter celebrations in a very universal way.

To begin, there’s this one well known definition of Easter; it’s a Christian feasting day to commemorate the Resurrection of Jesus and this day, Easter, is always the first Sunday following the full moon that occurs on or after the Vernal Equinox. The Vernal Equinox is one of the four highly celebrated illuminating solar events and is also known as the first day of spring. Just for word clarity and I’ll do this word clarity thing though out this blog, the word Equinox is derived from the Latin words aequus (equal) and nox (night) meaning equal parts day and night or directly inline with the Equator. You’ll see Easter is so simple and lovely the way the two different traditions blend as one.

I’ll continue on my path of illumination with the English word "Easter." It's derived from the Saxon dawn Goddess, Eostre, whose name is what the direction East comes from and means, “to shine” as in, the sun rising. The Goddess Eostre, like the Roman dawn Goddess Aurora and the Greek dawn Goddess Eos had their festivals celebrated on Vernal (Spring) Equinox. As I stated earlier, the date of Easter continues to be determined by the moon cycles used by the ancients during the time of Eostre.

Now let’s speak of those Easter rabbits, do you first bite the ears or the tail on the chocolate bunny? And how about the Easter basket and brightly colored egg hunt, where does this hail from? Well, these rabbits, not the chocolate ones, and eggs are from the legend of our dawn Goddess, Eostre’s transformative abilities, as winter is transformed into spring.

The story, of bunnies and eggs, goes this way. Our goddess Eostre found a wounded bird on the ground in late winter and to save its life, she transformed it into a rabbit (thus the chocolate rabbit I enjoy eating the ears first). But "the transformation” of the bird to a rabbit was not a complete one. The bird sure looked like a rabbit but kept its ability to lay eggs.

Out of gratitude to Eostre for saving its life, the rabbit would decorate the eggs and leave them as gifts for her. Schweet, that’s the brightly colored egg and rabbit tradition but where did the chocolate come from?
I say Mad Men twentieth century marketing did it to keep the rabbit in the tale.

The Goddess, Eostre’s festival includes yummy Easter food, because all festivals have food and her feasts began with bread, a small-spiced bun, marked with a cross, the Hot Cross Buns of today. This cross mark was meant to symbolized the four quarters of the moon meaning birth and rebirth.

Bun baking and their offerings have gone as far back as the Egyptians offering small round cakes to their Goddess of the moon, Isis and each bun held her mark, the symbol of the horns of an ox, a cross or x. Also in ancient Greece, their sacred bread had the name, bous, meaning “ox.” It’s believed, bous morphed into the word bun, then the cross, the ox and I say, hot cross buns anyone?

Then I got to thinking in the direction of religion and two individuals got me wondering about the resurrection story. I offer you the Roman God Mithras and Jesus Christ; their similarities are remarkable to me. Both have:

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Virgin birth

  • Had Twelve followers

  • Killed and resurrected
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Made Miracles happen
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  • Born on December 25
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  • They were mortal
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  • Mankind's savior

  • Known as the Light of the World.
  • And lastly flowers grew where Jesus’s sweat dropped to the earth and the blood of the bull that Mithras stabbed, and that flower was the Lily. I say this is the ever-evolving story of personal resurrections being retold over and over, using different characters.

I hope that you enjoyed these findings of how our world continues to celebrate the old ways and the new beginning possibilities of spring. How our inner light shines and illuminates our inner possibilities of resurrection and connection to our communities. Blessings to all and I hope you had a Hoppy Easter!