It’s the Christian Easter Sunday today, which has borrowed some of it’s origins and symbols from our pagan past. The hare has always been associated with the Goddess and brings luck, fertility, transformation and healing. Although under Christianity it was given a bad press becoming associated with witches and ill luck.
Eostre is a Saxon Goddess, whose sacred animal is the hare, and from whom we derive the word Easter. The hare sleeps above ground in grass ‘forms’ which look remarkably like the nests of lapwings, and at this time of the year when the birds are laying their eggs it seems as if the hares have magically produced them as gifts, thus hares, ‘bunnies’ and eggs became the symbol of new life, rebirth and fertility.
This egg is my last bit of chocolate before the oath taking tomorrow … in which I shall be giving up cake, chocolate and biscuits for a length of time, and also committing to a healthier and more balanced life. I am hoping that the hare, which in Druid tradition is associated with the equinoxes, a time of balance and the end of cycles, will give me his support and blessings.