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Ostara, a poem

Updated on March 8, 2016
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Pagan Poetry is a specialty of mine - I have a website called TheGypsyThread with more of my work.

Welcome the dawn

New light

Rebirth

Time to plant

Eostra

Embrace the fertility

The seam visible

Half darkness

Half light

Equinoctial point

A balance restored

Drink deeply

The water of life

New growth

Thank the land

New fire burns

White rabbit

Feel the energy

Go forth

Confidence

Good fortune

Healthy

Perfect harmony

History

Ostara is a pagan festival which celebrates the spring equinox, the time when the physical day and night are equal. Ostara derives from Saxon and Celtic spring holiday celebrations which later evolved in what Christians call Easter. Ostara, or Eostra, is an Anglo-Saxon goddess who represents dawn. It's easy to see how Eostra became Easter by the spelling. Symbolically white rabbits, eggs, and spring flowers surrounded Ostara. The egg has long been seen as a symbol of fertility and rebirth and some ancient pagans believed the earth itself was hatched from an egg.

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    Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Happy Ostara everyone

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    manatita44 20 months ago from london

    True. Nothing is new. But we must not fret. In this ladder of life, we are all at different stages/levels. Otherwise this beautiful Divine game won't work. Hey he. Have a great day, Bro.

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    Ralph Schwartz 20 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

    Thanks for reading - it's amazing at just how many ancient pagan festivals were adopted by Christianity and changed just enough to make them look original.

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    manatita44 20 months ago from london

    Dawn! So meaningful to us esoteric poets. We use it a lot. A very positive word. Nice poem.

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    Shaloo Walia 20 months ago

    Thanks for sharing the brief history of Ostara! Beautiful lines and lovely pics.

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    breakfastpop 20 months ago

    I love this!