The March equinox (March 20 in 2011)
marks the beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere and fall (Autumn) in the southern hemisphere.
The word "Equinox" derives from the Latin words meaning "equal night" and refers to the time when the sun crosses the equator.
At such times, day and night are everywhere of nearly equal length everywhere in the world.
Marking the end of Winter and the first day of Spring.
The Earth is becoming green and birds are beginning to sing, Trees are in bud, foals and calves are being born, and early summer crops are sprouting or ready to be planted...
Some Pagans now call this first day of Spring, this Vernal Equinox, Ostara.
It is a day for all to celebrate longer daylight hours, returning warmth and the start of planting.
Ostara is sacred to Eostre, the Ancient Goddess of fertility,
(from whence we get the word estrogen)
Her two symbols were the Cosmic Egg and the Mad March Hare, latterly abducted and morphed into the Easter rabbit.
The myth of the Mad, Moon Gazing Hare reflects ancient beliefs that seeing a moon gazing hare would bring growth, re-birth, abundance, new-beginnings and good fortune.
The Hare however, as the symbol of Eostre, also represents fertility and fecundity.
In other words, the hare is the symbol of the rebirth of life under the new Spring.
The Egg is also the most basic symbol of rebirth, renewal, and new growth.
Happy Eostre to You ~
Very grateful thanks to Lisa Thiel for personally granting me permission to use this beautiful song for this machinima film,
Ostara Song (c) 2005 Lisa Thiel via Sacred Dream .com
( sacreddream.com/ )
& David Macvittie on Bouzouki, Anna Schaad on violin.
Original poem c. Celestial Elf 2011.
( celestialelfdanceoflife.blogspot.com/2011/02/happy-eostre.html )
Eostre; Daryion Reinard,
The Two Maidens; Scarlettt Underwood, Brooke Barran
The Horned Man; Celestial Elf,
The Villagers; Yani Joiscz, Cisko Vandeverre, FreeSky Republic,
Mad March Hare, Puck, Snake, Fox and Dragonfly, FreeSky Republic.
Filmed on location at The Druid's Grove, Maya/Landsort, courtesy of Conjunctio Magic.
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