Easter was derived from the German Eostre, the goddess of the dawn—a bringer of light. English and German are in the minority of languages that use a form of the word Easter to mark the holiday. Elsewhere, the observance is framed in Latin pascha, which in turn is derived from the Hebrew pesach, meaning of or associated with Passover.
Ostara/Eostre was an old Germanic (Pagan) goddess who was worshipped by the Anglo-Saxons and other northern tribes. Ostara is linked in origin to the proto-Germanic goddess Hausos who is a manifestation of the light of dawn. The old pagan celebration of Eostre was celebrated in the month of April; her name continued in Old English as Eostre (Easter) and represented the dawn. The 8th Century Christian Monk Bede in his “De temporum ratione” presents the worship of the goddess. The name of the goddess is attested in 2nd Century (Common Era) personal names and locations in England.
Thomas Grimm, the 19th Century Historian (one of the Brothers’ Grimm) described Easter in the following:
“Ostara, Eástre seems therefore to have been the divinity of the radiant dawn, of upspringing light, a spectacle that brings joy and blessing, whose meaning could be easily adapted by the resurrection-day of the Christian's God. Bonfires were lighted at Easter and according to popular belief of long standing, the moment the sun rises on Easter Sunday morning, he gives three joyful leaps, he dances for joy ... Water drawn on the Easter morning is, like that at Christmas, holy and healing ... here also heathen notions seems to have grafted themselves on great Christian festivals. Maidens clothed in white, who at Easter, at the season of returning spring, show themselves in clefts of the rock and on mountains, and are suggestive of the ancient goddess.”
The early Christians assimilated Easter as the time of the resurrection of their savior Jesus Christ to align itself with the idea of light resurrected. In the 2nd Century, Pascha (Easter) became an early Christian holiday and its origins having nothing to do with Jesus Christ. Luciferians may celebrate Easter as a time of the awakening time of Spring: new ideas, possibilities and the fertility of the mind. Ishtar, the Goddess of Love and War (associated with Venus, the Morning Star) ascends in the raging storms and growth of new life in nature.
Written by Michael W. Ford for the Luciferian Apotheca
- March 30, 2018
- Michael Ford