On this Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016, it seemed appropriate to me that I write a short statement about the true nature of the Easter holiday. Easter really has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the supposed resurrection of Jesus although that is just about all one will hear from anyone else due to Christian influence over the centuries. It has about as much to do with Jesus and his supposed resurrection as Sunday has to do with the idea (as some posit) that this day was named after Jesus because it is the “Lord’s day”. The truth is that Easter is actually named after an ancient Germanic goddess known as Eostre or Ostara (who can successfully be synchronized with the ancient goddesses Ishtar and Astarte among others) just as Sunday is actually named for “The Unconquerable Sun” or Apollon-Helios.
Thus, the true meaning of Easter is NOT the physical resurrection of Jesus from the grave for it really has absolutely nothing to do with this. Those within Christianity wish for it to be seen in this way but the truth is that this is one so-called “Christian” holiday that has been all but completely usurped by Paganism.
See, the symbols of Eostre/Ostara were the rabbit and the egg, neither of which has anything whatsoever to do with Jesus or even Christianity. So one has to ask, then, why these symbols have been allowed to become such an important part of Christian Easter celebrations. Some will tell you that the egg, especially, symbolizes new life, equating it with the resurrection of Jesus. The rabbit, they are not so sure about.
The real truth, however, is that they symbolize fertility and reproduction along with reincarnation/rejuvenation. This is how the ancient Germanic peoples would have seen these items. In other words, the bunny rabbit was seen as a very fertile and rapidly reproducing animal and the egg was seen as a beginning, as something that appeared dead (or that had to die) from which life sprang, like a seed planted into the ground. For even Jesus said that unless the seed is planted into the ground and dies it cannot spring forth and produce fruit. So the egg was like a seed in their minds since it appeared dead but produced life while the rabbit symbolically kept the cycle going.
So the Christian concept of the physical resurrection of the dead has actually been usurped by these ancient symbols associated with an ancient Germanic goddess. Thus the feminine is actually predominate in the Easter holiday. The rabbit and the egg together represented eternal life, not by way of physical resurrection, but by way of the eternal repetition of the life-cycle. Her worship taught exactly the same types of things that the ancient Egyptian, Greek and Roman Sacred Mysteries taught, the importance of the life-cycle of death, birth and life. By way of these Sacred Mysteries the ancients understood that it was from death that life actually sprang and that death was not an evil, but was instead a good. For without death, life could not be.
Thus, death was symbolized by the egg (equated with the seed), birth was life emanating from the egg (death), and life itself, along with fertility so that the life-cycle would continue, was symbolized by the rabbit. It was that simple.