Be sure to go to the end of the post for our Eostre Rabbit Embroidery Pattern.
Eostra (sometimes Eostre) is often better known in to some as Ostara, the holiday to celebrate the Spring Equinox.
Eostra is the Anglo-Saxon form of the word and the one most used in Heathenry, though Ostara’s origins come from High German. The Anglo-Saxon variation is what eventually turned into Easter, the holiday celebrated by Christianity at a similar time of the year.
Eostra is said to be a spring Goddess, the Goddess of Dawn, who was worshiped specifically in the months of April. She represents fertility and new beginnings.
There is doubt amongst some to her actual historical existence.
Though the Grimm Brother’s wrote of the Goddess Ostara as a form of oral tradition in Germany there is actually no mention of her in any of the existing Norse Sagas. There is mention of a dwarf by the name of Austri but in the context of the the Poetic Edda it means just East. I wonder why it is she disappeared from written records with her only major written record being from Bede’s De Temporum Ratione, written in ~700AD.
Linguistics have looked further back and found the root of Eostre’s name in Proto-Indo-European. She relates back to Aeusos who manifests in Greek as Hestia, Latin as Vesta and Sanskrit as Vastu.
I think that really leaves it to each individual to look into themselves for where they stand in this discussion. It is definitely one I find fascinating.
This week I didn’t want to just talk about Eostre. I also wanted to do a simple craft. I made up a very simple embroidery pattern that is done with a straight stitch, satin stitch and a french knot for the eye. The PDF pattern can be downloaded Here.
I hope to see a herd of little embroidery bunnies running around. If you have any questions leave one in the comments. I always answer.
I hope you all enjoy!
 Eostra, A Germanic Goddess, Piereligion, Retrieved on March 1, 2012 from http://piereligion.org/easter.html
 Eostre, Reconnect with your inner Goddess, Retrieved March 1, 2012 from http://www.goddess.com.au/goddesses/Eostre.htm
 Wigington,P., (N.A.) Eostre – Teutonic Goddess or NeoPagan Fancy?, About.com Paganism/Wicca, Retrieved on March 1, 2012 from http://paganwiccan.about.com/od/ostarathespringequinox/qt/Eostre.htm