Goddess Ostara is the master of beginnings. She is the patron of spring and brings forth the newness of life with great joy and deep love. The aspect of newness has come in many different forms through time but all bring forth the beauty off life and new beginnings.
Ostara is the german aspect of beginnings, the seeder of life. This energy was also recognized as Ishtar another aspect far older and recognized in a different human cultures. Goddess Innana is another ancient Goddess of fertility and procreation whom appears in many of the earliest written text of knowledge. She has been revered and praised amongst the early Gods that humans paid homage to. There were many temples and chapels devoted to her and through time further awareness of her brought forth more wisdom of who and what she represents as a mother goddess. This energy is known as that of the queen of heaven.
The aforementioned Goddesses are the ancient prototypes that have been acknowledged through time and represent the processes of life. Ostara’s name originally was Eostre or Eastre and prior to that Ishtar which in divine language meant radiant dawn of up springing light. The ancients celebrated her bring forth new life and rebirthing the land which they lived.
Ostara duties are to resurrect and restore all things to change the earth and its inhabitants from death of winter to the spring of life. She was and is still honored for this through the celebratory festivals we know now as Easter, her nme sake. The symbolism we have come to associate her with has deep meanings also. The connection of the egg is the representation of the cycle of life. All living things begin as an egg of some form. In a cosmic instance, the egg is where the spirit of life is fostered, molded and inserted into this plain of existence. The history of decoration of eggs represents the many variations that life takes form and the honor of differentiations therein.
The symbol of the rabbit with Ostara is similar to that of the groundhog. It represents the entrance of the season of spring. A rabbit is a hibernation animal and naturally during this time of escape a lot of mating takes place. When spring arrives, it is generally just at the point they come out of hiding and springs forth with their newest lineages along with them…. lots of baby bunnies.
The festival of Easter represents many many things depending on who you speak with or read from but no matter what it is that you encounter on the subject, it is most important to remember that a firm perspective of the Mother Goddess energy does indeed exist within it. Keeping this as the focus allows us to remain in thanks for the newness that she gifts us with in this part of the year.
Ostara prefers that she be remembered and revered joyously and vibrantly during her festivities & celebrations. So, may you dance, sing and be full of gratitude for the gifts of life and the season and “may the fire of the spring sun bring forth growth and harmony into your life.”
All my love to you goddess,
Ostara’s name originally was Eostre or Eastre and prior to that Ishtar which in divine language meant radiant dawn of up springing light. A woman’s hormone estrogen also is derived from this name. The ancients celebrated her bring forth new life and rebirthing the land which they lived. Ostara resurrects and restores all things changing the earth and its inhabitants from death of winter to spring of life. She was and is still honored for this through the celebratory festivals we know now as easter, hence her name.