Happy Ostara to all my fellow Heathens and Pagans today!
Ostara is the name of the pagan Germanic goddess,
Ostara or Eustre is the namesake of the festival of Easter that ushers in spring and fertility.
In ancient times, Eosturmonap or the month of April Eustre or Ostara feasts were held in her honor by pagan Anglo-Saxons.
The Christian Paschal month usurped Ostara and changed it to Easter to celebrate the ficticious Christ resurrection. During the Christian takeover of pagan Europe from the 7th to 15th centuries. Pagans and Heathens were persecuted, burned at the stake and forced into Christianity.
Many brave pagans didn’t turn on their ancestoral nature religions and went underground to prevent more deaths and persecution of their people and to protect their culture.
Today more and more Pagans and Heathens have returned to their ancestoral, nature religions that embrace the rule of natural law such as Odinism, Norse Asatru and Wicca that are sustainable and compliments our mother earth.
So raise the horn of mead or glass of wine and Hail Ostara our blessed spring goddess!