The True Meaning of Easter
Easter is such a fun time of year! Ever since I was little, I've loved Easter. I've always felt this connection to the symbols of the hare, being out in nature, and felt refreshed after the holiday is over. Since ancient times, the practice of Easter celebrations has been constant. We may have forgotten consciously what these were, but within we all know on some level that these celebrations were sacred.
The Energy of Easter
I've never really felt a deep connection with goddesses like Ostara that have been mentioned at the Easter goddess. This is probably because in mesolithic times, the people of Briton were animistic. While they did believe in spirits and energy, they saw this energy embodied by animals, plants, and the natural elements. To see Easter as the ancients saw it, its better to look at the symbology of the animals that were ritualised during this time.
Hares were the symbol of this time of the year, because of their association with fertility. Ancient cultures were animistic - they were in tune with the patterns of nature, allowing them to appreciate the sacred cycles of the year. Fertility was seen in the land, as the soil was full of nutrients again during its sleep over winter. Shoots sprouted from the earth, bringing the abundance of the summer harvest. Our ancestors saw this, and found the hare to be the best symbol of this pattern. Hares are, in a sense, the energy underpinning Easter.
The Sacred Mother
Later on in history, around the time of the Neolithic age, people around the world began to see these energies as deities, including goddesses. When I began researching my first book, I found that the Welsh, Breton and Cornish mythology had the best records of Brythonic goddesses. As there were no written accounts left by the mainland Briton people, these other accounts are the best we have. These goddesses encapsulate the energy of these holidays exactly, which can help all of us to read the energy of this time accurately, and create change easily.
In Welsh mythology, the goddess Olwen was the goddess of spring. It was said that wherever she walked, white lilies would grow in her footsteps. White lilies are symbolic of hope, fertility, divine femininity, birth and purity. To me, Olwen is the original Bythonic goddess of the Easter period. Historians today consider her the original solar goddess - connecting her with spring, as the days grow longer and hotter into summer.
She is a maiden goddess, symbolic of purity, innocence, unlimited potential, and anticipation. Her colour is white, which helps the aura to grow and expand, just like a plant does when it grows into spring. Maiden energy reminds us to believe in miracles, expand our minds to possibilities, and trust in life. In medieval times, this energy was symbolised by the bride - pure, full of possibility, and trusting in her betrothed. Her main message is; 'believe in yourself'.
In the Southern Hemisphere, we are stepping into autumn during the Easter period. The period of transition into winter relates to the Wise Woman aspect. The Wise Woman is an archetype used in folklore to describe an elderly woman who has a deep knowledge and understanding of the natural world. There is more historical evidence now to say that these Wise Women, were in fact Shamans. In Germany, Wise Women were called Weiss Frauen, or White Women, indicating that they used their knowledge and power for good, helping those in their tribe. They are the keepers of sacred knowledge.
Cerridwen is the goddess of knowledge - a Welsh Wise Woman. In recorded Welsh mythology texts, she works with a cauldron to cure people of ailments, has the ability to shift into animals, and is able to create children from magic. She is symbolic of the moon, specifically the new moon, symbolic of divine feminine power and mystery. Over time, Cerridwen was associated with darkness, and as a result in medieval times, witch hunts swept through Europe. In reality, she is a White Woman, using her divine magic to heal, protect, and take care of others Cerridwen is the keeper of knowledge, ancient wisdom, and divine power. Her main message is; 'it is okay to be powerful'.
A New Type of Easter Celebration
We can use the symbol of these goddesses in our own lives over Easter, creating positive change throughout our lives.
If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, the energy of the goddess Olwen can be harnessed to help your finances grow, sew your seeds of intention for the coming summer, bring the light of truth into your life, and wash yourself in a pure white light to clean away negativity. Olwen is a maiden goddess, which can help you to believe in your own power. Imagine you are a new shoot of spring, pure and innocent in all ways. Believe in your own purity.
In the Southern Hemisphere, the energy of the goddess Cerridwen is dominant. This energy can be harnessed to improve your connection to your own inner wisdom, access the mysteries of life, expand your intuition, heal on all levels, and create your own magic in your life. Whatever obstacles you face, believe that they can be healed as you heal. Inside you is an infinite well of power, which you can access at any time. Be your own healer.
I wish all of you a Happy Easter! Take some time to be slow, enjoy the company of your friends and family, reflect on where you are in life and where you want to be, then go for it! Comment how the information above helped you.