Friday, March 2, 2012

Eostra: A Goddess & A Holiday Plus a Free Embroidery Pattern


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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[1] 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[2], 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[3]. 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[1].

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.


IMG_1090This 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!

 

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References

[1] Eostra, A Germanic Goddess,  Piereligion, Retrieved on March 1, 2012 from http://piereligion.org/easter.html

[2] Eostre, Reconnect with your inner Goddess, Retrieved March 1, 2012 from http://www.goddess.com.au/goddesses/Eostre.htm

[3] 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

9 comments:

  1. I love Ostara, and your little bunny is so sweet!

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    1. Thank you, we're going to be doing a lot around here for Ostara. It's a favorite holiday of the little munchkins.

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  2. Awesome post as always Velody! Your blog is an inspiration to me. How long have you be a practicing heathen? You seem to know so much! :)

    Brenda Lee
    www.paganinme.com

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    1. Thank you Brenda. I first began practicing about 9 years ago but to be honest I've been really very inactive both in my faith and community for about 4 1/2 years now. I'm attempting to rectify that.

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  3. I love your bunny pattern, but I can't stitch for the life of me :-(

    I find the connection of Eostre to Hestia an interesting one. Since I'm not very familiar with the Greek and Roman pantheons apart from the general and obvious facts, are there any connections between Eostre and Hestia apart from a common root of their names?

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    1. To my knowledge there is not. So little is known about Eostre currently that in the past there could have been a lot of similarities, they have just haven't survived the test of time.

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  4. Such a sweet little rabbit. Thank you :) While much has been lost within the Norse spiritual frame, that much more has been lost within the Germanic!

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    1. Yes so true! I think a lot of what we know is from the Grimm brothers actually.

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  5. What a great post! I love the info and such a cute bunny ^_^ Thank you for sharing.

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