Happy Easter! Before there were Jews or Christians or Buddha or Muslims, there was the earth and the ancient earth-based religions which celebrated the seasons. Our modern celebrations of Easter still preserve some vestiges of the original meaning of the pagan lunar holiday Oestara, which celebrated the Germanic lunar goddess Eostre (pronounced Esther) – from whose name we get the words East (where the sun dawns) and estrogen (feminine hormone). An earlier predecessor would be the Babylonian goddess Ishtar – goddess of fertility. To this day, Easter always occurs on the Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox. Passover occurs the evening after the first full moon following the Spring Equinox. Esther’s cohort was the hare – ancient peoples believed they saw a hare in the full moon. And the celebration of the fertility of spring has us decorating (honoring) eggs – the symbol of life. Blessings to you, however you wish to celebrate this wholi-day! It is all about life, the day becoming longer than the night, and resurrection from the cold of winter bursting forth into the lush blossoming of spring. May you experience a glorious re-birth of your own at this time!