Before I get into the Matriarchal explanation of Easter, I thought that since Today is the Christian celebration of Good Friday, I might also show its roots as both "Friday" and "Good" before it became Christianized.
As all Christian revised Matriarchal traditions, Friday is called a pagan day of celebration. Friday began as "Freya's day"; Freya being the Norse Goddess of Creation. Freya was the Great Goddess of Northern Europe and was known as the leader of the "primal Matriarchs" called Afliae ("powerful ones"), or Disir ("divine grandmothers"). In Hindu tradition, these "primal Matriarchs" were called matrikadevis or mother goddesses. Freya was seen as the Vanadis, the ruling ancestress (dis) of the Elder gods called Vanir, who ruled before the arrival of Odin and the patriarchal Aesir ("Asians") from the East. The Norse Myths stated that Odin learned everything he knew about magic and divine power from Freya.
Therefore, Friday began as the Day of the Goddess Freya
, that was called unlucky by the Christian monks because their original misogynistic theology demanded that everything associated with female divinity was "evil". For example, Friday the 13th, was said to be especially unlucky because it combined Freya's sacred day with her sacred number,13, that was drawn from the months of the pagan/matriarchal lunar calendar.
The Roman's named the day dies Veneris, after their own version of Freya, the Goddess Venus. ( Friday is still called by the French- vendredi and the Italian-Venerdi).
Friday used to be the 7th day of the week. It was the original Sabbath of the Jewish lunar calendar and is still the Sabbath of Islam.
Fish were traditionally eaten on Friday, as fertility charms, in honor of Venus or Freya, whose totems were the fish symbol, commonly sported on the cars of many Christians. Thus the past Catholic tradition of eating fish on Friday, was totally of pagan origin.
During the time of the Middle Ages, when pagan votaries of Freya continued to celebrate her rites on Friday, churchmen designated her day as the day of "devil worship".
Good Friday, is a Christian religious holiday commemorating the crucifixion of Jesus Christ (Zeus Christos). Good Friday (at first "God Friday" when the patriarchal votaries revised "Goddess Friday"), is celebrated during Holy Week, as part of the Paschal Triduum on the Friday preceding Easter Sunday, and may coincide with the Jewish observance of Passover. Good Friday is also known as Holy Friday, Great Friday, Black Friday or Easter Friday.
What I find most interesting about this Patriarch tradition, is that Jesus reportedly suffered on the Cross for six hours before he died. The number six is the number of the Sun (Son of God) and that of the Qabalistic Sephiroth Tiphareth/ Beauty, the Christ/Buddha Consciousness. Before Christianity, there was the Qaballah, the belief in the Dual Divine Creative (Female/Male), (Were the Three wise men of Nativity tradition, got their degrees as Magi), and the common depiction of the Qabalistic Tree of Life displayed the image of Adam Khadmon, as if crucified on this Tree of Creation. Adam Khadmon represented the "Ascended Man".
It is well known amongst scholars, that the "Myths of the Dying God" which all included resurrection,(Dionysus, Osiris, Odin, Mithra, Azura Mazda, Christ, etc.) were just revised to create the Christian doctrine, so this Adam Khadmon/Christ similarity shouldn't be a surprise.
As most of us know, the Early Christian Church
vilified pagan religions by calling their gods, both male and female, demons or canonized them as Christian saints while at the same
time claiming the Pagan sacred days as their own.
the Springtime sacrificial celebration named for the Saxon Goddess
Eostre, or Ostara, a Northern form of Astarte whose sacred month was
Eastre-monath, the Moon of Esotre.
The Thoth Tarot card of the Princess of Disks best represents this Goddess of Spring, who is Persephone to the Greeks.
Great Mother Kali of India seems to be the same as Eostre of the
Saxons, as the Saxon poets mentioned Eostre in the epic poem of Beowulf;
" Ganges' waters, whose flood waves ride down into an unknown sea near
Eostre's far home."[Goodrich,18. ]
Moon-Hare sacred to the Goddess in both eastern and western nations, is
a far older symbol of the "Easter Bunny", recalling the myths of
Hathor-Astarte who laid the Golden Egg of the Sun. The Germans who
often say that the hare would lay eggs for good children on Easter Eve.
one of the Churches "movable feasts", Easter displays its pagan roots
in a dating system based on the old lunar calendar (Menstrual calendar) and is fixed for the
first Sunday, after the full moon, after the equinox, and was formerly the pregnant
phase of Eostre passing into the fertile season. This is Shown in the
Thoth Deck Tarot by the Pregnant Princess of Disks ; However after the
Roman calendar was imposed on them in 632 A.D. Eoster was given a new
date. The Christian festival wasn't called Easter until the Goddess's
name was given to it in the late Middle Ages.
Eggs where always
a symbol of rebirth thus the oddity of the Moon hare laying colored
eggs. At first the colored eggs were always dyed red which is the Life
color to the eastern Europeans. The Russian used to lay red eggs on
graves to serve as resurrection charms.
In Bohemia, Christ was honored on Easter Sunday and the Goddess on Easter Monday, which was the Moon-day as opposed to the Sun-day.
much research the seeker of knowledge/Gnosis will find many references to the
Goddess of Regeneration and Resurrection through the period in history
before the Romans conquered Europe. As in most religions, literal
meanings are superfluous as this is knowledge through metaphor; people
attempting to describe the invisible forces at work in their world. As far as I am concerned, this Intelligence, "the womb with a view", The Moon Goddess, is my Lady Love as Crone, Daughter and Mother, and I shall always be her Husband as the Anglo-Saxons knew that title to be ("...keeper of her property"). I am Father Force (Spirit), She is Mother- Form (Graäl). Now, spirit is both "Force and Form" and Human is the divinity manifested, the Son of such a Mother. Therefore we have the Six, a union of trinities; Son, Father, Grandfather and Maid, Mother and Crone. Of such miracles, we are.
Instead of myth-theology,
we now describe these metaphors as "Theoretical Physics". No matter
how you celebrate it, celebrating the rebirth of life after winters'
destruction is a fine idea---and fun to! Besides giving us a good
feeling as we bloom in the sun again. it helps us realize the miracles of
the Sun's/Son's beautiful resurrection all around us and it's rejuvenating power within
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