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Resurrecting the Divine Feminine

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As a child I was taught that Easter was a Pagan holiday and therefore an evil holiday.

We believed that Jesus was born on April 6th. That he died on his 33rd birthday, followed three days later with his mysterious resurrection. Rather than an Easter celebration we had a birthday celebration, with birthday cake and all. It was a celebration of Jesus in his physical life and his promise of eternal life.

Slowly the eggs, bunnies and other “worldly” aspects of Easter sneaked their way into our secluded community. For many years I felt very confused about what bunnies and eggs had to do with The Christ’s resurrection. Long after many families in the community gave up the strictness surrounding the celebration of Pagan holidays, my father was a stickler about it. My first official Easter egg hunt didn’t come until I had kids of my own and a real reason to celebrate. Until recently I did not understand what father meant by “Pagan” and now I finally do.

Knowing what I now know, Easter has a whole new meaning. For me it is a celebration of resurrecting the Divine Feminine.

There is nothing bad or evil about Paganism. What could be so wrong with celebrating our Mother? Why did we feel it so necessary at one point in our human evolution to belittle the Divine Feminine and reduce Her to nothing more than dirt? In reducing Her and all of Her qualities we have nearly destroyed our home. As we created the belief that the God is only masculine, we forgot about our feminine. As we forgot about our Mother we deprived ourselves of really knowing Her unconditional love, compassion and support. And yet, even without Her acknowledgement, She has continued to support us, feed us, clothe us, heal us and love us. She has continued to shower us with Her abundance, even as we bleed Her dry and abuse Her. That is unconditional love of a mother. Unconditional love is not the narcissistic and egotistic love of the Divine Masculine I was raised with.

We now live in an amazing time of our human evolution, when more and more of us are waking up from our dark slumber and rising above our fear-based beliefs.

This is the time of the great resurrection and ascension that has been foretold. It simply doesn’t look the way so many expect it to look. It is the resurrection of the Christ Consciousness. It is the resurrection of unconditional love, that energy that is at the heart of the Divine Feminine. We are restoring the Divine Feminine to Her rightful place in balance and equality with the Divine Masculine, as we now understand that both masculine and feminine are necessary for all creation. As humanity comes together as one family we now see the true value of feminine qualities and propensities. After thousands of years of being put down and treated with worthlessness, true feminine qualities are being restored to their true power. Reminding us that love really is the most powerful force in the universe.

In resurrection the Divine Feminine and Her love-based energies we are restoring balance to the planet. With Her comes the much needed love, compassion, healing, communication, creativity and abundance that is needed to mend and re-create our world.

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Jesus, Bunnies and Eggs…Oh My

In the commune we did not celebrate the death of Jesus; but his birth, his life, his purpose, and his ascension. As a little girl we celebrated the birth of Christ on April 6th and his resurrection on the Sunday immediately following. It was common knowledge that Jesus was born in the spring; it was the time when nature gave birth to lambs and so it was also with the Lamb of God. As the daughter of a bookkeeper I knew that taxes were due in April, and that Jesus was born during tax season, and so it made perfect sense that we celebrate Jesus birthday that time of year.  We celebrated his birth with the gusto of every family member’s birth, with birthday cake and all.

When it came to celebrating the resurrection of Christ it was a reverent and quiet retrospection of his life and his purpose. The dogma in my community surrounding the birth and death of Christ was a belief that both were at the same time of year. We were taught that his death was on his 33rd birthday and his resurrection occurred three days later. And so his birth and his resurrection were celebrated at the same time each spring, as close to the actual date as possible.

It was not until new and more worldly members moved into the commune that I even knew Easter existed. There was no discussion whether this, the most Pagan holiday of all, would even be considered. There was no denying the paganism of Easter, the only thing Christian about it was the remembrance of the resurrection of Christ, which had absolutely nothing to do with bunnies and eggs. And so sweeping it under the rug and pretending it did not exist was simple enough for the leaders of our community.  Eventually the desires of the people overturned the rulings of the leaders and Easter became a recognized tradition, albeit without the eggs and bunnies.  It was more for the convenience of coordinating spring break from school so that members could leave the community and join their friends and family in the real world celebration of Easter.

When I got older and went in search of the real meaning behind Easter I was surprised to discover just how accurate my father and the leaders of my community were.  Easter is indeed among the most Pagan of all the Christian celebrations.  The date in itself follows the stages of the sun and the moon, creating very inconsistent timing each year.  Easter Sunday is the first Sunday after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. It is a celebration of the Pagan Gods of fertility. It is the celebration of new life and a time when the earth gives birth to all new things.  It is a collection of Pagan beliefs and traditions all wrapped up into one convenient package.

So, how did Jesus end up getting involved with bunnies and eggs?  It is simple, when the emperor Constantine saw the opportunity in becoming Christian he needed to mold his new religion around the existing Roman culture in order to make it more palatable to his people, yet still meet the customs of the underlying Jewish traditions of the Christians. As the Catholic Church engulfed the planet it allowed the traditions of the cultures it assimilated to be included into its structure. We ended up with a blend of traditions that appear to have no correlation yet are all based in ancient paganism.

For more information on the history of Easter visit www.history.com