What we know from myth, history, and inspiration
Bạn đang xem: Ostara: who is ostara?She is only mentioned once in scholarly writings of the period - Bede the monk states that during Eostremonath (the old Anglo-Saxon names for April), the pagan Anglo-Saxons help festivals in her honor. (Two hundred years later in Germany, in his Life of Charlemagne, a monk named Einhard gives the old name for April as Ostaramonath.) She is also mentioned in a number of inscriptions in Germany, & the modern holiday of Easter - originally the name for the spring Equinox, but later subsumed to lớn the Paschal calendar for the Christian resurrection holiday - is named for her. The name "Eostre" (Old Germanic "Ostara"), is related lớn that of Eos, the Greek goddess of dawn, & both can be traced back lớn a Proto-Indo-European goddess of dawn.
Her material is so scant that some scholars have sầu speculated that she was not a goddess at all, but simply an invention of Bede, but it is unlikely that someone as heathen-phobic as Bede would have sầu gone about inventing goddesses; he seems lớn have preferred lớn keep all things pagan at arm"s length. Some scholars have sầu also decided, rather randomly & on scant information, that Ostara is a form of Freya. Others believe sầu that she is actually Iduna, or Walburga. Some modern Heathens and Norse Pagans have experienced personal gnosis of Ostara/Eostre being a Vanic goddess, or at least very cthua thảm to lớn the Vanir, which is why we menu her in this section ... but again, there is no evidence and Ostara"s origins continue to remain a mystery.
Her true mystery, however, is evident every year. She is the first warm spring winds, the birds that return, the trees that bud and curl forth leaves and flowers.
Ostara is usually experienced as a young maiden - as Ember Cooke writes, "...old enough to bear children, but not a mother." She is wreathed in flowers or new greenery, và often dances. She is often joyous, but can just as easily turn suddenly solemn, like the spring weather that can quickly turn to rain. Like Spring itself, she is capricious, innocent and knowing by turns.
Hail to the Maiden of Spring, the dawning of the year! Bring freshness into lớn all our lives.