HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!

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HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!

Post by Ben » Sat Mar 30, 2013 10:41 pm

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by Michael Leunig, in The Age Sat 30th March, www.theage.com.au

Whatever you are doing this autumn/spring solstice, I wish you and your families good health and happiness.
with metta,

Ben
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Re: HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!

Post by tiltbillings » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:04 pm

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Re: HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!

Post by Ben » Sat Mar 30, 2013 11:11 pm

Ah yes, the good ol' were-rabbit. Demon of my greyhounds' nightmares.
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Post by manas » Sun Mar 31, 2013 12:55 am

Oestre/Easter

Although the Christian festival of Easter celebrates the torture and death of Jesus on a cross and, especially, his alleged resurrection, and has links to the Jewish Passover, most people, including Christians, unknowingly celebrate its pagan influences, including the bunny, a symbol of fertility, and colored eggs, representing the sunlight of spring.

It took over 300 years before Christians established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon following the March Equinox at the First Council of Nicaea in 325 C.E. The pagan Easter, however, was celebrated long before Christianity (although the festival went by many names).

In the 8th century, Christian scholar Bede claimed in his book, De temporum ratione, (The Reckoning of Time) that Easter derived from the Saxon Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). The ancient Saxons in Northern Europe worshiped the Goddess Oestre at the time of the Spring Equinox. The Goddess Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility, the renewal of life.

Pagan Anglo-Saxons made offerings of colored eggs to her at the Vernal Equinox. They placed them at graves especially, probably as a charm of rebirth. (Egyptians and Greeks were also known to place eggs at gravesites).

Only later did the Christians pilfer the name for themselves and graft their religion onto a pagan celebration.

http://www.nobeliefs.com/easter.htm
May all our friends in the Northern Hemisphere enjoy the return of Spring, now that the light has overcome the dark (days are now longer than nights again).

So yeah a happy Ishtar to y'all. (Oops I meant Easter. Wouldn't want to be Pagan now, would we?) :P

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Post by James the Giant » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:26 am

Yum yum, chocolate-marshmallow pagan fertility symbols!
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Post by Cittasanto » Sun Mar 31, 2013 7:46 am

Shortly after the spring equinox it snowed here and many farm animals have died! my bird feeder was destroyed and even though it hasn't snowed in about 4days there is still snow in the fields, and my back garden. There were people stranded and helicopters were needed to take food to certain areas, and one woman was airlifted to hospital to give birth.

YAY for spring.
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Re: HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!

Post by Ron-The-Elder » Sun Mar 31, 2013 9:56 pm

Re: HAPPY ISHTAR (Easter)!!!
by Cittasanto » Sun Mar 31, 2013 3:46 am

Shortly after the spring equinox it snowed here and many farm animals have died! my bird feeder was destroyed and even though it hasn't snowed in about 4days there is still snow in the fields, and my back garden. There were people stranded and helicopters were needed to take food to certain areas, and one woman was airlifted to hospital to give birth.

YAY for spring.
Greetings, Cittasanto. Sorry to read about your animals and bird feeder.

We too have had considerable snow over the last few weeks, but this week has been grand. My wife and I have been walking with just light jackets on for the last few days. We have been enjoying the sun and the occassional cold breeze, which whips up over the lingering snow mounds in our yards and fields. For some reason the birds aren't too visible as yet, but you can hear them in concert early in the morning.

Hope things get better for you over the next few weeks. :coffee:
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