By Steven Speers

Ostara

Ostara is the celebration modern Easter traditions are based upon. The Easter Bunny, Easter Eggs, the feasting and all of it are taken directly from our ancient history and were things our Ancestors refused to forsake. And now that Folkish Heathenry is being revitalized we can again recognize the true purpose and meanings of these facets of our spirituality and history.

The story begins with Ostara as a woman who traveled from village to village within her realm of jurisdiction. She would do what she could as a healer, a match maker, a mediator, a counselor, a comforter, a friendly ear, or whatever manner of service was needed in the communities she would visit. And the children all loved her. They would rush to her excitedly as she would walk and surrounding her ask to see tricks and magic, for she was wise in the esoteric arts as well.

One day in a particular village, a small child cried out, “Ostara! Ostara! Show us a new trick, something we have never seen before!!”

And at that, Ostara held her hand out and whistled a melodic chirping birdcall. At that, a robin flies from the edge of the square and lands in her palm. She placed the bird in her cloak and when she pulled her hand back out, she now held a hare! Upon releasing it, the hare hopped about the square and “laid” several brightly speckled eggs, as per it’s true form as a robin. The hare then hopped away around a corner and the children saw a robin fly up and away where they would have expected the hare to have emerged!

It didn’t take long before a tradition took hold where the children would decorate eggs and place them about the square to Honor Ostara when she was due to visit their village. Feasts to celebrate the warmth and brightness of the season.  Once Ostara was no longer in physical form, it was up to the Folk to carry on as they saw best.

Ostara’s Hare became the Easter Bunny. The Feasts to Honor and welcome Ostara became Easter Dinner. As a gift calls for a gift, we reinforce the reciprocal nature of exchange by placing candies and trinkets and coins inside brightly colored eggs.

The manner and degree in which these traditions are maintained vary from Hearth to Hearth, but have overlaid the very fabric of society. This, to me, is a shining example of the Glory of Ostara. Her kindness and generous Nature has seen her traditions endure and spread far beyond the collection of villages she saw to in her life.

Hail Ostara!

Hail the Folk!

1 Comment

  1. Travis G. Hurless

    Hey brother just wanted to let you know that I have been reading and appreciating every Blog, sorry I haven’t commented until now, I have been running myself ragged trying to get this site going. But I had to take a minute to let you know that every one of your blogs is a blessing and a lesson. Thank you for sharing truth about our ways and traditions. Always your friend and brother,
    Travis.

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