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What is the meaning of Easter?
by Moe | Apr 5, 2015 | Gods & Goddesses, History of the Brotherhood, Irish History | 0 comments

"Easter is actually an ancient pagan celebration that is centered on a fertility
goddess cult. This time of year represents both the astrological events of the
spring equinox, and also the
harvesting of the eggs with
the golden seed that this
goddess hides around the
world, and that we now
celebrate today as a
Christian Holiday." - Moe
Bedard
"The children gather wood,
the fathers kindle the fire,
and the women knead their
dough, to make cakes to the
queen of heaven" (Jer. vii.
18.)
Not many people are aware
that in Christianity the
holiday that we celebrate as
Easter which represents the
allegorical resurrection of
Jesus Christ, had actually
been derived from an
ancient fertility cult that had
been centered on the
astrological events of the
spring equinox. These springtime celebrations had occurred for thousands of

ishtaritum and sacred “prostitution” was part of this religion or cult and their temples served as houses of prostitution. she was called by the Sumerian Inanna and later the Akkadian Ishtar. to the Phoenicians. The English word Easter is derived from an Old English or Anglo-Saxon word Ēastre or Ēostre (or Estarte/Astarte). Before the Anglo-Saxons had worshiped Estarte. She was also the Babylonian Venus or Goddess of love and the consort of the pagan Fire God. offspring of the adulterer and the harlot. Of whom 'are you making sport? Against whom make ye a wide mouth. beauty. It would officially become a Christian Holiday and would be assigned in the bible of the New Testament to the day of Christ's resurrection and thereafter was called Easter.spring equinox.  pleasure. and her counterpart is the Roman Venus. sexual rapture. slaying the children in the valleys under the cleft of the rocks?" During the fourth century BC. In the East. . draw near hither. Isaiah 57:3-5:"But you. who was an ancient fertility Goddess that various Anglo-Saxon Tribes worshiped during the start of this Sixth Age when they had celebrated this time of year as the suns Passover time. a seed of falsehood? Inflaming yourself with idols under every green tree. Canaanites and Babylonians she was the Goddess that was known as Astoreth or Ishtar. and draw out the tongue? Are ye not children of transgression. whose temple priestesses were the "women of Ishtar". and to whom sacrifices were annually offered. in Greek mythology she is called Aphrodite who is the goddess of love. in which the priestesses were prostitutes. These springtime celebrations had occurred for thousands of years long before Christ had been born or the stories of his allegorical death were told. sons of the sorceress. Baal. It was during the 6th-7th centuries AD when this original pagan holiday was incorporated into Christianity and the Catholic Church. and procreation.

On the monuments of the Assyrians they had called her Ishtar and they had worshiped her as the "Queen of Heaven with Crescent Horns. revealing a warrior's kilt indicating her warrior aspect. where she bears the child or carries the ear of corn in her hand. . dated 883-612 BCE." On an impression of a Neo-Assyrian seal. Spica.The connection of Ishtar (Estarte) and Easter is in the AS ABOVE with Venus and the zodiacal sign of Virgo. she is called Ishtar-ofthe-Stars with her striding left leg protruding from a overskirt. "ear" (of corn) is the brightest star in Virgo.

The gods. we find that Venus. is said to have been hatched by doves from a wondrous egg that fell from heaven into the Euphrates River and was rolled ashore by fishes. realizing that the loss of Ishtar is disorganizing all Nature. queen of the earth. Belita is Tamti. an infernal goddess. "Sovereign goddess. therefore.. or the sea.' "Ishtar represents the spirit of fertility. p. the mother of the city of Erech. in 'The Druids' wrote. or Astarte. 208) . whence proceeded all.. P.As the primordial humidity. Blavatsky in 'Isis Unveiled' had said. queen of fecundity. In the world of stars and planets she is known as Ishtar or Astoreth. The ancient Druids bore an egg as the sacred emblem of their order.Manly P. send a messenger to the underworld and demand her release. lady of the nether abyss. and M. mother of gods.. Hall had written in 'The Secret Teachings of All Ages. "As Easter is associated with eggs." (Davies' Druids." Author Edward Davies. her loss prevents the ripening of the crops and the maturing of all life upon the earth.

and a tribe known today as the Anglo-Saxons. Easter is linked to the Passover and Exodus from Egypt recorded in the Old Testament through the Last Supper and crucifixion that preceded the resurrection. Bede had written. This was the time that the Celtic Druid Church had merged with the Roman Church to then form the Universal (Catholic) Church of the East.It was the descendants of the Canaanites. Easter Day could not be observed later than the 21st of April. They were the priests who introduced this Goddess to the West and into the folds of Christianity during the 5th-10th centuries. the West. "The . Gaul and Britain. Kohanim or Cohen) who had brought these teachings from the East. one of the issues in uniting the Brotherhood was the Easter dating controversy. and the Romans would celebrate as late as the 25th of April. The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. When the early Church was first forming. The modern Jewish Passover and Feast of Unleavened Bread is seven days. Scotland. According to the Celtic Church rule. These Phoenician priests would become known as the ancient Druids of Ireland. In 725. Babylonians and the Phoenician Bards (Cohanim.

that I will for ever observe this time of Easter. Aldfridus. and carefully interpreted into his own language by those who could understand it. and calculated the Easter date for ninety-five years. insomuch that. His calculations and writings helped establish unity amongst the various tribes at the time. that I seem in all points to have known but little before concerning these matters. Saint Bede had attributed the eventual agreement for the Easter date to the great work of a fellow Celtic Culdee Monk from Iona named Adamnan (Adomnán). he knelt on the ground. he is said to have much rejoiced at the exhortation thereof. a cousin of Saint Columba and the ancestor. together with all my nation." he quotes King Aldfrid acceptance to the dating of the true celebration of Easter. that this was the true celebration of Easter. but now I so fully learn the reason for observing this time." The Venerable Bede had helped formulate the date of Easter by instead of calculating it from the year of the building of Rome (A. or Flann Fína mac Ossu) to agree to this dating of Easter. rising from among his nobles that sat about him. Aldfrid (Aldfrid. Bede had written. and I do decree that this tonsure. of the kings of Cenél Conaill.).In 725. "The Sunday following the full Moon which falls on or after the equinox will give the lawful Easter. In Bede's. to help form the Anglo-Saxons. who had helped persuade the king of Northumbria. Adamnan was a descendant of Colmán mac Sétna. through his son Ainmire. from 531 to 626. giving thanks to God that he had been found worthy to receive such a gift from the land of the English." And indeed. 753 or 754. He also helped establish the foundation of the early history of England in regards to the Church and the State. "Ecclesiastical History of England." he said. "I knew before. he had figured the dating from the beginning year of the birth of Christ. Therefore I publicly declare and protest to you that are here present. For converting King Aldfrid and several others to Christianity. Adamnan would become a Saint in the Catholic Church. which we have heard to be .C.U. "This letter having been read in the presence of King Naiton and many learned men.

thus finished. in memory of the same resurrection of our Lord. by the instruction of Egbercht. and being willingly heard by all. but not according to knowledge. a priest named Egbercht would help convert his fellow Druid-Culdee monks on the Island of Iona (Isle of Hii). adopted the catholic rites. In the year of our Lord's incarnation 729. and restoring it to the unity of ecclesiastical discipine. beloved of God. that the same nation which had willingly. and the right mode of tonsure. shall be received by all clerks in my kingdom. Bede again writes about the events at this time. and Coenred took upon him the government of the kingdom of the Northumbrians. and keep the solemnity of Christ without the society of the Church. under Abbot Dunchad. communicated to the English people the knowledge of the true Deity. Nor long after. whom we have often mentioned before. was joyfully and honourably received. of whom may be said those words of the apostle. he performed the solemnity of the mass." He taught them to perform the principal solemnity after the catholic and apostolic manner. as has been said. and dying that same day. now. the apostles. be brought where they were defective to the true rule of life. when the English people enjoy the true faith. continue inveterate in their errors.nation. For in the year after the incarnation of our Lord 716. But it was a wonderful dispensation of the Divine Providence. or rather never ceases to celebrate. which he had begun with the brethren. and without envy. who lived in the isle of Hii. about eighty years after they had sent Aidan to preach to the English nation. those monks also of the Scottish nation. the Britons. which he had thus consecrated again to Christ. that greatest festival. and I do decree that this tonsure. remained thirteen years in the aforesaid island. Egbercht. and devout in practicing those things which he taught. which we have heard to be reasonable. The monks of Hii. with the other monasteries that were subject to them. expose their heads without a crown. Soon after the conversion of the king of Northrumbia. coming among them. were by the assistance of our Lord brought to the canonical observation of Easter. and worthy to be named with all honour. which appears to have been accomplished by a wonderful dispensation of the Divine goodness. Being a most agreeable teacher. and are thoroughly instructed in its rules. on the contrary. to the end. who would not acquaint the English with the knowledge of the Christian faith. Even as. whom he had converted to the unity of grace. Egbercht. THE MONKS OF HH AND THE MONASTERIES SUBJECT TO THEM BEGIN TO CELEBRATE THE CANONICAL EASTER AT THE PREACHING OF EGBERCHT. "That they had the zeal of God. he. under the figure of a perpetual circle. by his pious and frequent exhortations." Without delay he accomplished by his royal authority what he had said. in which the Easter of our Lord was celebrated on the eighth day of the kalends of May. the holy father and priest. converted them from that inveterate tradition of their ancestors. with our Lord. This man of God. by kindling in it a new ray of Divine grace. when Osfred was slain. that the venerable man . and the other citizens of heaven. by means of the English nation. should afterwards.

daughter of the Moon-god San. I will raise the dead to be the devourers of the living! The dead shall prey upon the living!" . on which it had never been wont to be kept in those parts. the dust lies undisturbed on the door and gate posts. the story of the descent of Ishtar into Hades and her return to the world of the living. The brethren rejoiced in the certain and catholic knowledge of the time of Easter. departed to our Lord. and rejoiced in the protection of their father. that the venerable man not only passed out of this world to the Father. rejoiced to see the day of our Lord. the dwelling of the god Irkalla. Feast of feasts. Ishtar. I will break down the gate. and he saw it and was glad. but cannot return. He also congratulated his being so long continued in the flesh till he saw his followers admit.wonderful dispensation of the Divine Providence. they dwell in darkness. The Sovereign and Lady of days. Easter is the fundamental and most important festival of the Eastern and Oriental Orthodox Churches: This is the Expected and Holy Day. I will split open the portals. but also when Easter was celebrated on that day. clay their nourishment. I will assault the door. Celebration of celebrations. to the house which men enter. When Ishtar arrived at the gate of Hades she spoke to the keeper of the gate: "O keeper! Open thy gate! Open thy gate! I say. and celebrate with him. The One among the Sabbaths. the region of her desire. On which we praise Christ for all eternity! In the British Museum there can be found on an ancient tablet. I will attack the entrance. Thus the most reverend father being assured of their standing corrected. by whom they had been converted. in Easter. turned her mind to the land of Hades. No light is there seen. flutter their wings. There ghosts. In that abode of darkness and famine earth is their food. that I may enter! If thou openest not thy gate. that as Easter day which they had ever before avoided. like birds. but cannot depart from. She determined to go to the house where all meet. to the road men go.

. at the third gate the necklace from her neck. Quabbalistic & Rosicrucian Symbolical Philosophy. 33 Degree Freemason Manly P. we find the story of the king whom Ishtar changed into a leopard. whose deformity was hidden by a curtain.dead to be the devourers of the living! The dead shall prey upon the living!" In the book. at the fifth gate the girdle from her waist. and at the seventh gate the covering cloak of her body. fell upon him and tore him to pieces. was one of the "Seven Wonders of the World. the Mistress of Hades inflicts upon her all manner of disease and imprisons her in the underworld. the hero who offended the goddess Diana. and she retains the characteristics of her mother by appearing as the goddess of the moon. 'Persian literature. there is a good description of what her name changes and her rites were at the time. realizing that the loss of Ishtar is disorganizing all Nature. at the sixth gate the bracelets from her hands and feet. ancient and modern. whom he offended by allowing his eyes to rest upon her rich beauty. attribute the fate of Actaeon to the vengeance of the strong and graceful Diana. Hermetic." but the hideous idol within it was roughly carved of wood. Her temple at Ephesus. at the fourth gate the ornaments from her breast. As Ishtar represents the spirit of fertility. Enraged upon beholding Ishtar. with its hundred and twenty-seven columns of Parian marble.' by Elizabeth Armstrong Reed.. not as a beautiful huntress. Ishtar remonstrates as each successive article of apparel is taken from her. her loss prevents the ripening of the crops and the maturing of all life upon the earth. Diana is sometimes identified with Hecate. the daughter of Asteria or Ishtar. when she revenged herself by changing him into a deer. . however. In column II of the tablet under consideration. Hall said this in the encyclopedia outline "Masonic. send a messenger to the underworld and demand her release. but the guardian tells her that this is the experience of all who enter the somber domain of death. but as an Egyptian monster.The gods." No one can doubt that we see here the original of the Greek fable of Actaeon." At the first gate the great crown is removed from her head. while the tablet ascribes the fate of the king to the wanton cruelty of Ishtar. at the second gate the earrings from her ears.1 The classic authors of Greece and Home. "and his own dogs bit him to pieces. and his dogs no longer knowing their master.

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