Ostara, Eostra,Esther and many, many other names.
However you spell it or say it She is the Goddess of spring, The names are may be originaly derived from Ishtar. She is often pictured with flowers in Her hair, holding eggs with bunnys happily hopping around her feet. I will get more to Her and the God at the vernal equinox later but for now I want to meditate on what she teaches us about layers
This is a lesson about human development and human spirit and the human experience. Names change as people move and take their cultures or as new cultures come and conquer the existing one. The simple passing of time also changes names. Themes and symbolism change as well but it seems to me to be slower of a change, With much of it overlapping. In Spring there are themes in many cultures and many religions about renewal and rebirth. For apparent reasons, eggs and bunnies are fertility symbols. To some extent it doesn’t matter in what way you frame the renewal of life but that humanity as a group feels it stir in them as the quite and stillness of winter give way to the jubilant feelings of spring.
While we may get caught up in who’s frame is the best, I think it is important to look beyond that. I like to think about the human spirit that feels things in a deep manner, and regardless of frame has a lot in common with other humans. You have heard of me talk about this before in terms of being out of the broom closet or not. I sometimes have a hard time understanding why someone couldn’t practice even if they are not out, because so much of our practice overlaps other religions and other people will just think you are doing what they are doing. I understand that this is not the complete case but in many instances it works.
As we look at these layers, in this time of renewal, it is a good time to start paying attention to what we have in common. When we focus on what is similar as opposed to what makes us special more understanding can happen. As we look back through the layers we can see there is a common thread that is connecting us all. We can also realize that this is a moment in time and years from now, more layers will have been added.