As a child I enjoyed getting an Easter basket filled with candy and eggs from the Easter Bunny. I always had to hunt for and for the jelly beans that were hidden around the house. I helped my mother color the eggs. My favorite aunt always gave me a stuffed rabbit as a gift. It never occurred to me that these symbols had nothing to do with the religious story of Jesus rising from the dead on Easter morning.
In 2008, after I had been a practicing Wiccan for over ten years, I was inspired to write about the origins of the Easter traditions; the pagan festival of Ostara. I was trying to think of a catchy phrase tp describe the concepts I had written. A little voice whispered in my ear, “Ostara is the Sabbat with the Rabbit.”
It struck me as so appropriate that it became the title for the article. I spent hours doing research on the origins of these traditions. Ostara, also known as Eostre, is both the name of the holiday and of a goddess. It is an amazing folklore story that celebrates the return of spring and the renewal of rebirth of nature itself.
“Ostara: The Sabbat with the Rabbit” was published on two different writing platforms, both of which have been discontinued. So, as we approach the season of Ostara in the Northern Hemisphere (in the Southern Hemisphere is occurs in September), I was eager to bring it out, dust it off, and invite my readers to enjoy the story.
If you haven't read it yet, I encourage you to take a moment to read the article, Then please return here to leave a comment. I would love to hear your thoughts on the subject.
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I first began thinking about the article “It Is What It Is – Just a Cliche?” after my mother's memorial service in 2009. I had been stressing over what date we should have it on so that family could attend. When none of the dates seemed to work for everyone, my sister told me “It Is What It Is.” Phew, I was off the hook.
As I started thinking and reading about it, I soon realized that there is a lot more to those few words than just something thrown out when you can't think of anything else to say. A deeper, spiritual meaning starts to emerge when one meditates on what the words actually mean.
It took me many months to actually write the article, which was hosted at Squidoo.com at first. After that site sunk into the sea of oblivion, "It Is What Is" hung out with other deleted articles, until I decided that its time had come to share it again. It has found a new home among the Scrolls of Enlightenment in the Alchemist's Workshop.
These are all part of the imaginary world I have been creating at the Crossroads. Although I am recreating the original writing, I am also adding or deleting sections that I intuitively feel need to be changed. I am also immersing myself once again in the concepts of Be Here Now, because it is so easy to wander away from mindfulness, becoming stuck in the day to day drama of life.
This is the place to leave a comment if you feel called to do so. I haven't yet figured out why Weebly doesn't allow comments on the page itself but that's okay because guess what? It is what it is.
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I am a storyteller. I like to wrap inspirational messages inside little vignettes of my life or the lives of others. I grew up in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, have lived in an RV, and am now living in a senior apartment. Everything I've experienced in my 68 years in this incarnation is fair game to be written about.