Once Upon a Time….

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Thank you Colleen and I wish all the Sisters of the Fey, a very happy Spring Equinox! Karen 🙂

The Sisters of the Fey

The second celebration on the Pagan Wheel of the Year is the Spring Equinox, also called Ostara, which is named after the Germanic goddess, Eostre, of Norse origin. Her name was also the inspiration for the Christian name, “Easter,” and for the name, “Ostara.”

Eostre is the goddess of springtime and is always represented with blooming flowers. She is often depicted carrying a hare, which symbolized fertility.

Eostre, via MyGodPictures.com

Eostre’s first appearance in primary sources in when the Venerable Bede tells us that April is known as Eostremonath, named for a goddess that the Anglo-Saxons honored in the spring. 

Thoughtco.com

I found it interesting that the goddess Eostre doesn’t appear in Germanic mythology. It is thought that she was a Norse deity but she doesn’t show up in the poetic or prose Eddas either. (Thoughtco.com)

It is possible that Eostre was a tribal goddess…

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7 thoughts on “The Goddesses Eostre & Vesna; Celebrating Ostara & the Spring Equinox, by Colleen M. Chesebro

  1. Sure ready to celebrate something! Thank you for the reminder that it is soon to be colorful Spring!

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  2. Thanks so much for sharing, Karen. I’m so excited about my long distance gardening with my daughter. Great fun. ❤

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    1. Colleen…what a great idea. That sound like so much fun. Karen 🙂

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      1. I’m loving the Spring! ❤️

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      2. We are still waiting for springtime…soon, I hope…soon. Right now, it is cold, and the wind is blowing like is no tomorrow. Karen 🙂

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      3. Oh no! We’ve been told that we will hear thunder and have rain. We still have snow on the ground in place. Yikes. Stay warm. ❤

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      4. Colleen…take heart…Spring will come…it must. Karen 🙂

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