The images below are for theEaster 2015 Orphic Essay-with-Soundtrack,
"The ManyEasters/Eostres: A Choice of Rebirth Hallelujahs"
Eostre-Ostara with egg of rebirth
Mary Magdalene with egg of rebirth
Thematic Images of Eostre-Ostara, Pagan Hares and Eggs
Most scholars believe that Easter gets its name from Ēostre or Ôstara, a Germanic/Anglo-Saxon pagan goddess. However, in neo-pagan terms, Ēostre's festival falls on the March Vernal Equinox because this marks beginning of Spring in the northern hemisphere. Some neo-pagans, such as Wiccans, now call this first day of Spring, on the Vernal Equinox, Ôstara (or "Lady Day"). This Goddess of Easter represents the sunrise, spring-time and fertility, the renewal of life. Ēostre’s two symbols were the Cosmic Egg and the March Hare. The Egg is the most basic symbol of rebirth, renewal, and new growth. The Hare, as the symbol of Ēostre, also represents fertility and fecundity, and as such is also a symbol of rebirth. This sacred Egg and Hare, with the coming of Christianity, morphed into Easter Eggs and the Easter Bunny.
The Moon Hare was sacred to the Goddess in both eastern and western nations. Relying on the myths of Hathor-Astarte, who laid the Golden Egg of the sun, Germans used to say the Hare would lay eggs for good children on Easter Eve. Thus, in German folklore, the goddess Ôstara, the Spring Equinox festival goddess, was always accompanied by a fabled Hare.
Explanations of the Pagan Origins of Easter
Thematic Images of Pre-Christian Goddesss & Gods Behind Easter
Thematic Images for the Resurrection Theme Before, During, and After Christianity
Calendar of the Soul - Easter Mood (First Week) SPRING
When out of world-wide spaces The sun speaks to the human mind, And gladness from the depths of soul Becomes, in seeing, one with light, Then rising from the sheath of self, Thoughts soar to distances of space And dimly bind The human being to the spirit’s life.
For a detailed account of the Church's Easter dating controversy ("The Easter Dating Controversy"), see the GS's text:
From the GS's Introduction to the musical essay, "The Many Easters/Eostres: A Choice of Rebirth Hallelujahs," a paragraph on theproblem Easter presents for Christians.
… there are probably an increasing number of Christian families today who spend more time doing the Easter Egg and Bunny celebration for the kids than they do in church. Or, to put it another way, people who identify as “Christians” and mark the holy day on Easter may go through the motions of honoring the event of the Resurrected Christ, but have a limited understanding of the significance and meaning of the event and thus a harder time seeing how it connects with their secular lives. (Indeed, statistics show that a growing number of Christians have a hard time believing in the literal truth of their savior’s Resurrection.)