Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter and the Promise of Spring

Regardless of what we call them, the holidays of springtime are all about the same thing; the promise that life is eternal and survives behind and beneath even that thing we call death.

We see it in Nature. During winter, life is hushed, dormant, buried, often beneath mountains of snow. But in spring, we see that life didn't end. It only slowed and rested, and now it's busting out all over again. It was there the whole time. 

We see in the story of Jesus' death and resurrection. That same message that life is more powerful, and that it doesn't end when these physical bodies do. 

We see it in the old Pagan tales of how the sun ages and apparently dies as winter rages, but is reborn in spring, young and new again. In summer the Sun God mates with the Earth Goddess, and the abundance of the harvest is their offspring. 

We even see it reflected in the phases of the moon, ever waxing, swelling to fullness, then waning until she disappears entirely–but is never truly gone, as we see when that first silver sliver of the new moon appears. 


All of these messages are, at their heart, the same. No matter how dark things may seem, no matter how permanent and final death itself might feel, that is just an illusion. Light and Life do not, cannot, and will not end. No matter what.


Embrace the season by embracing life. Think about the ways we celebrate this time of year. Eggs: symbols of fertility, wombs of new life. Bunnies: symbols of fertility, known for their ability to reproduce new lives. Lilies: symbols of fertility and of the moon, which itself is a symbol of the endless cycle of life. Baby animals like chicks and lambs: new life personified. 

Plant some seeds today. Maybe actual ones: I'm planting tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower among others. Maybe too, plant the seeds of new beginnings in your life: I'm planting those today as well, making some plans for the coming months and laying the groundwork for hatching them.

May the blessings of the light be yours, today and always. 
Happy Easter!




2 comments:

  1. Thank you and I hope your Spring is filled with the blessings of life, joy and freedom!

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  2. I wish the same for you! Freedom is the best feeling there is. Well, after love. :)

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