A Pagan Celebrating Easter

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Easter is the Western World’s “Spring Festival du jour,” its popularity in the United States most likely connected to how little Jesus actually remains within it. Certainly Jesus is a big deal in churches, but the trappings of the holiday are about the Earth’s rebirth and fertility.
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Looking For the Goddess of Ostara/Easter

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Was there actually a goddess named Eostre? I believe so, but she might have been very different from how she’s often perceived today. I’ve also experienced Eostre, and it was one of the most memorable and breath-taking events of my life. [Read more...]

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Easter Myths

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Easter was not named after Ishtar, and the goddess Eostre wasn’t friends with a giant anthropomorphic rabbit. Misinformation abounds at Easter and might be more abundant than chocolate bunnies and jellybeans. [Read more...]

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Jesus and the Pagan Gods

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Jesus is often said to be a “dying and resurrecting god,” but is such a statement accurate? If Jesus is not a dying and resurrecting god is he still related to the pagan deities of antiquity? Easter-season provides a great backdrop for exploring those questions and more. [Read more...]

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Hot-Cross Buns (A Recipe, Yes a Recipe)

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I bake but once a year, and it’s always in the Spring. Hot-cross buns are a traditional Spring time goodie, perfect for cakes and ale, and celebrating the Equinox (or even Beltane!). [Read more...]

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Eostre, Easter, Ostara, Eggs, and Bunnies

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I kind of celebrate Easter. If you grew up with Easter egg hunts, baskets full of jelly beans, and huge ham dinners it’s hard to leave all of that behind. Much like Christmas, the trappings of the Easter Holiday aren’t Biblical, they are a hodgepodge of Christian, pagan, culture, and circumstance. [Read more...]

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Culturally Christian

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Some holidays are just impossible to escape from. Celebrating Easter doesn’t make anyone less of a Pagan, sometimes it’s just something expected of you. Along with religious obligations there are sometimes family obligations too. [Read more...]

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The Eight Great American Sabbats

Unknown to most Americans, the country celebrates Eight Great American Sabbats. All of these sabbats represent the transition from season to another, even when they come dressed up in patriotic or religious clothing. See how many of the Great American Sabbats you already celebrate. [Read more...]

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