I had considered writing a nice Ostara post last week about creating a fertility spell with Scotch eggs, but I spent my time instead drinking Scotch and watching Justified. So, here we are. When I was a Christian, the Maundy Thursday (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maundy_Thursday) service was one of my favorites. First of all, there was no preaching (Presbyterians don’t preach unless there’s a cause to). Second of all, we got to eat Jesus. Third of all, the Maundy Thursday service is extremely creepy and unsettling if done properly. Our church organist would make these horrendous, blood curdling sounds come from her organ when the scripture about the earth quake was read and the whole sanctuary was pitched into darkness.
While there are many popular traditions with Pagan roots that have been adopted by or continued by Christians, the Eucharist is probably the most hard-core. I’ve often wondered if Jesus knew about things like Dionysian myths when he was setting the scene for the Last Supper. Pagans seem to have all different views about Jesus from he was completely fictional to he is just another name for the God. Personally, I think Jesus was a real man with real followers and real problems but that he was no more the Son of God than I am a daughter of God. Yes, as we all know from the chant, we all come from the Goddess, but we’re not Messiahs. I think he talked a really good talk and created a religion just like Gerald Gardner did based on what people wanted to believe in a repressed society.
The following link got passed along to me: http://cavalorn.livejournal.com/585924.html
He has some interesting points, but like a lot of people, he misses the greater point. The point is not whether modern Pagans erroneously attribute universal fertility symbols to a little known or completely fabricated goddess, the point is that all the things that make Easter “fun” are Pagan. There may not be an unbroken lineage, but Jesus didn’t miraculous turn into a rabbit once he was crucified. So, if it’s not in the Bible it must be Pagan (or so they want us to believe). The egg, however, could be argued not to be Pagan. A Jewish Sadar is the type of meal that was served to Jesus and his apostles at the Last Supper. I wonder why artistic depictions never show matzoh being served and why there is never an empty seat for Elijah?
The sadar egg doesn’t represent fertility. Instead it represents its opposite–destruction–which is vital for balance.
I hope everyone sent Tucker and Tammy an awesome Ostara symbol. As promised, I went the cheap and easy route and mailed them plastic eggs. There were no bow ties, however, because it turns out I’m not that crafty!
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