Easter Sunday is one of the most important festivals in the Christian calendar. It celebrates Christ coming back from the dead after his crucifixion. Its date is variable, falling on the first Sunday after the first Full Moon after the Spring Equinox. Although Easter is central to Christian worship, it also has pagan undertones. This can be a good thing because all faiths are about spiritual awareness and the central message of Easter – that death is not the end – is vital to every religion.
Although Jesus was treated as a common criminal and suffered a horrible and humiliating death, his resurrection is a reminder that death is only a passage into another state of being. After darkness comes light, after despair comes hope, and what is good can never be destroyed – it simply goes on in another form. Although many Christians do not believe in reincarnation, Jesus rising from the dead, in his human body, is taken by some to mean that physical life does repeat. There are many lessons to learn, many experiences to be had and much awareness to be discovered, in successive lives.
‘Easter’ was named after the Teutonic goddess Eostre. She was the ‘Maiden’ aspect of the Earth Mother, coming to life in the Spring. In her honour eggs were hidden in the earth, as part of fertility rites.
After giving up enjoyable things in Lent (see THE MEANINGS OF LENT), Easter Eggs, on Easter Sunday, are a special treat. Egg-hunts are great fun, but they have deeper meanings. The eggs are a symbol of the fertility that is returning to the land, and of the generous harvest that is – hopefully – to come. In many mythologies, the Universe was believed to have hatched from the World Egg, so eggs mean life at its most pure. At Easter, think what you want to ‘hatch’ in the coming months. Maybe you can:
• Plan a creative venture.
• Start something you’ve been reflecting on for some while.
• Give someone a special gift.
• Plant flowers.
• Develop a talent, such as music, painting or cookery.
• Start a course.
The tradition of the Easter bonnet is simply what remains of the old custom of wearing new clothes for Easter – following the themes of renewal and salvation. It used to be considered unlucky not to greet Easter with a new outfit, because it could mean you were not taking advantage of the blessing available. Your Easter ‘bonnet’ can be a refreshing statement of ‘where you’re at’. An Easter makeover can help you discover new sides to yourself, and feel powerful and energised.
Observing traditional festivals can increase your spirituality and help you learn more about yourself. However, you may well want more specific guidance. More detailed and exact advice is readily available to you. Monthly horoscopes are there for you. Get free horoscopes and psychic insight at The Circle. If you want to know more about yourself and your path in life, call one of our expert readers at The Circle without delay.
PUBLISHED: 2 April 2015