I can but trust that good shall fall at last–far off– at last, to all and every winter change to spring.
I was raised in a country setting, in a small town in Southern Indiana by a devout, if not fanatical, hell-fire and brimstone fear mongering man. His highest praise for me was that I had perfect attendance in 13 years of Bible School by the age of 12. But I fell far from his definition of grace. In fact, I learned that he spoke often about what he perceived were my many sins, including that he believed I practiced witchcraft.
It’s not that I am not “religious” per se, but rather I am “spiritual.” I do not condemn anyone for their beliefs, we each must follow our own path. We cannot always agree about everything, with everyone, everywhere, but we can be tolerant and accept the fact that we have no dominion over anyone but ourselves. Self-mastery is the true purpose.
If I were to describe my religion, it would more closely resemble Buddhism, however, I am not Buddhist. To be more accurate, I simply state that I am spiritual, I am the sacred nation of I am, a divine union of three great kingdoms – body, mind, spirit.
So, for this day, I offer blessings of rebirth and renewal to all living things — I offer my wish of perfect peace, love and joy to all beings.
Scroll on down for a playlist of Easter related videos, and a little history/edutainment.
The name “Easter” originated with the names of an ancient Goddess and God. The Venerable Bede, (672-735 CE), a Christian scholar, first asserted in his book De Ratione Temporum that Easter was named after Eostre (a.k.a. Eastre). She was the Great Mother Goddess of the Saxon people in Northern Europe. Similarly, the “Teutonic dawn goddess of fertility [was] known variously as Ostare, Ostara, Ostern, Eostra, Eostre, Eostur, Eastra, Eastur, Austron and Ausos.” 1 Her name was derived from the ancient word for spring: “eastre.” Similar Goddesses were known by other names in ancient cultures around the Mediterranean, and were celebrated in the springtime.
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By Kathleen Halloran
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