Thursday, April 5, 2012

My Oestre Sermon

The first full Moon after Spring Equinox is, in nature, one big, fertility fest. To symbolize the cycle of life, death and rebirth, the fertility Goddess (Venus, Astarte or Ostara, where we get oyster, Easter and estrogen from) ritually 'eats' her son/the Sun, swallowing the 'little fish' with her vagina dentata and giving rebirth to him three days later (in utero, that is - he isn't actually 'born' until Winter Solstice, 9 months later).

There are many variations on this theme - some bloodier than others - but essentially consort and offspring are one, mother is also 'whore' (well, it's how you get to be a mother). Ovulation and full Moon last three days, then, voila, our sacrificial hero is given new life. Pagan and Christian, same product but with re-packaging.
It's not just about life cycles on this planet, either; the whole universe supposedly began as a cosmic egg. I was just thinking this as I cracked one open yesterday, admiring the perfect microcosmos in my frying pan.
During Springtime in the western hemisphere, this first full Moon is in Libra (Venus), opposite the Aries (Mars) Sun. Besides being ovarian, the scales are also a reminder of karma, the reason we keep coming back into a body. And of course Aries/Mars is our brave inner soldier that keeps taking on the task. Jesus giving up the holy ghost on a hot cross bun is the dramatic conclusion of spirit being trapped in a material body, but like the clever bunny, Jesus was a trickster who understood death wasn't the end. In fact, he was such a good trickster, he knew how to make a myth out of himself. 

Hermes: good shepherd, thief in the night, inventor of sacrifice
and protector of sacrificial animals, overseer of transformation
through reconciliation of opposites

A 'myth' is not an un-truth, it's a metaphor, the soul's version of history. Religion is adaptation of myth, which has it's roots in nature. So this Easter, when you are biting into a lamb chop, remember that not only was Jesus the mythical "lamb of God," but that the babe on your plate is a real "lamb of God," worthy of the same veneration.

Happy Easter !


  1. Such an interesting article. I love finding out the etmology of words. The fertility goddess Astarte or Ostara biths the words estrogen, Easter, oyster. Thanks for the post, always sparks a little light in me.

  2. Yes, there are many variations, perhaps not immediately related, but certainly similar enough to suggest etymology was passed down via contact between cultures, from Mesopotamia to the west; Eostre, Oestara, Astara, Tara, Astarte, Ishtar...

  3. i have always loved etymology. My middle birth name was Esther, which i know is a Sanskrit root from Sitara or Tara Goddess of the stars. Yes I feel astarte, Tara, Oestra, Eostre, Ishtar are all related goddesses.The mythic Archetypes never die, they cannot die they just morph from culture to culture.

    1. Yes, Goddess Tara, tis true.
      I just wrote an updated piece, with more about this topic !