The Mind Blowing Cosmic Egg Mythology

Egg Symbolism is amazing. Check this out for some mind-blowing mythology around the Cosmic Egg.

Learn about the egg and cut it with a flaming sword. In our world there is a bird more sublime than all others. To search for his egg be thy only concern. The egg of alchemy is a symbol for magical realisation.” Michael Maier – German Alchemist 1687

It is, of course, Easter – always scheduled by even the apparently super-Muggle Vatican to be from the first Friday (day of Venus) after the Full Moon in Libra (the sign of Venus.)  It is the Christian commemoration of Jesus – his demise and resurrection. But the rabbits associated with this time hark back to the Norse Ostara/or Oestre – a Goddess of the Dawn and of fertility, a variant of Venus, basically.

But really, this is an eerie and amazing remnant of the once-upon-a-time practice of honoring the so-called Cosmic Egg. Also known as the Mundane* Egg, the Orphic Egg, and the World Egg, this is referring to how multiple ancient cultures thought the world came from this primal egg.  *Mundane means worldly, not as in the more recent interpretation of it as ‘dull.’  Anima Mundi = World Soul, another very old belief.

The Cosmic Egg Is Also Called The World Egg

This concept spans Sanskrit, the Ancient Greeks, Phoenicians and Egyptians, Chinese, Finnish and Polynesian cultures. It is even a Gnostic belief a la Herman Hesse;

“The bird fights its way out of the egg. The egg is the world. Who would be born must first destroy a world. The bird flies to God. That God’s name is Abraxas.”  Herman Hesse

So as you ponder whether or not to go there with the more contemporary chocolate aspect of this festival (and indeed the old Pagan traditions of Gods dying to ‘save’ the people/help the harvest etc), think on the Cosmic Egg. This is one of the most – if not THE MOST – ancient vibes of all and it’s still here, just like how the old Gods and Goddesses show up in the very days of our week, not to mention our dreams.

Easter is, among the modern meanings built over it, a primal moment of conception, instinct-driven change, and rebirth. The Cosmic Egg is also linked to the Phoenix, the ultimate in magical birds. This year’s Easter astrology supports this; something great is conceived already, growing and getting ready to hatch.

There Is No Man In The Moon – It Is A Hare

Below are some rad Cosmic Egg depictions…Thoughts?  And what are you incubating/hatching over Easter?  And while we are at it, the image we can see in the Full Moon is not a “man in the moon” – it is a Hare…aka more magical Rabbit and companion animal to Ostara.

Images:
Ernest Fuchs
Jacob Byrant’s Orphic Egg – 1774
Vishnu Within The Cosmic Egg
Emil Bisttram
Wolfmother – Cosmic Egg
Danae Laz – Orphic Egg
Vladimir Kush
Hildegard Von Bingen

 

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Kim S
Kim S
April 13, 2017 5:17 am

my check-out chick’s name today was Gaia–and i thought this must be a sign, i am on the gaian way–the beautiful thing either way sign or not

Aphra
Aphra
April 12, 2017 9:40 pm

I love the post MM. Thank you for the info on the cosmic egg and the beautiful images. After almost a decade of living in the Northern Hemisphere, I find it hard wrapping my head around celebrating rebirth in Autumn now I’m back in the Southern Henisphere.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
April 12, 2017 8:42 pm

I loooove posts like this. LOVE them.

surlatable
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surlatable
April 12, 2017 7:29 pm

The pressure in my neck has been building up for 9 months. It feels like one of those choke chains fighting dogs lunge with anyway.

This is labor.

Full progressed moon on algol, sure, yeah, of course. This weekend a Pegasus with all these stories will find a writing partner?

surlatable
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surlatable
April 12, 2017 7:31 pm
Reply to  surlatable

Birdstargirl’s egg is cracked. So crackef.

Pegasus
Pegasus
April 13, 2017 3:06 am
Reply to  surlatable

Neck discomfort is a bitch that is sending messages, none of which are welcome.
Can be arthritis if an elder, strain from reading writing, concentrating, a ‘spur’ on vertebrae, tension of day to day living or something nastier that a cranial adjuster /chiropractor is needed for.
Heat in the form of tiger balm, heated wheat pad, self massage,volcanic hot stone placement,rotation excercises from Physio and memory foam pillows especially ease it.
After 9 months a referral to a neurologist maybe the call.
Pain? I say replace it with Pleasure 🙂

Jokerman
Jokerman
April 13, 2017 3:48 am
Reply to  Pegasus

And there is fine line between surf fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot…

Hang on…I meant to say there’s a fine line between pleasure and pain

I got my Chrissie’s and Steve’s mixed up.

LiberatingVenus
LiberatingVenus
April 13, 2017 6:28 am
Reply to  surlatable

From an energetic POV, neck, throat, mouth, or thyroid issues all tend to point to imbalance in the Throat Chakra. Are you holding back words, my love, and perhaps not expressing your Truth? I know you have expressed feeling like you have difficulty with communication in general, but might it be just a matter of connecting to people who speak your language? FWIW, I hear you loud and clear <3 Blocked or overactive, imbalance can go either way. On the other end of the spectrum, I knew a woman with thyroid problems and such severe neck issues she was actually… Read more »

Randy Eady
Randy Eady
April 5, 2021 4:04 am

This last point (neck problems & checking the eyes) is incredibly important. Astonishingly, vestibular damage can also cause memory problems (as it fatigues neck and eye muscles) as his been uncovered with people going on ocean cruises and returning w/a condition called Mal de “Dis-embark”ment. When studying biological events, it’s important to reflect on how many different involuntary bodily functions we humans take advantage of every day. The benefits the vestibular system provides are of no exception. Not surprisingly, the vestibular system senses gravity, along with straight and curved movement, which helps to regulate balance. The ears and eyes must… Read more »

Sam
Sam
April 13, 2017 4:11 am
Reply to  surlatable

I hear sometimes has nothing to do with neck but can be a hip alignment thing or even a foot or ankle injury that we never quite re-adjusted our settings from.

surlatable
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surlatable
April 13, 2017 7:19 pm
Reply to  surlatable

These are all amazing and I ironically can’t respond atm, but all duly noted, will type response soon. Lovelies.

surlatable
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surlatable
April 17, 2017 1:53 pm
Reply to  surlatable

actually i can’t form a response. i’ve thought about it a lot, and my voice is unable to tell the truth because the whole truth isn’t short and all the words in the world don’t convey it anyway.

its all just a hot mess. chakras, vertebrae, all out of my hands. silence in an echo chamber, in real life. thank you, always, for being real where you are and i’m sorry i can’t figure out how to real on here.

fishgirl
fishgirl
April 12, 2017 7:20 pm

Love this, thanks Mystic. Particularly your line: “Easter is… a primal moment of conception, instinct driven change and rebirth.” It has always felt so fertile to me. So feminine and fertile. Like a new beginning – more so than Xmas/New Year…
Happy Oestre and egg-hatching everyone!

Pegasus
Pegasus
April 12, 2017 6:32 pm

O just read all of the post, doubling up on what Myst wrote. Fab pictures. Wonder if Pinterest has a board of egg depictions? Must look.
A heated egg (wrapped in cloth not direct) is good for swollen eyelids if an infection is present. Sides of neck for stiffness also.

Pegasus
Pegasus
April 12, 2017 6:27 pm

Surrounded by eggs (not easter chocolat) of quartz, fluorite, rose quartz, coloured paper mache from Kashmir, even dove’s eggs she tossed from her nest. Carlos Castenada, Tahitian creation myths and many other cultures mention the cosmic eggs and the energy one that envelopes us. Really have a thing for eggs, such a soothing shape that symbolizes Life. As for easter and christmas, couldn’t care less, don’t celebrate it not even acknowledge it as part of my reality. Years ago maybe 20 told people of their benefits as a new age sex accessory, NOW it’s hit the media as such for… Read more »

Cat
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Cat
April 12, 2017 4:22 pm

I have always been comfortable celebrating easter, at the same time felt it odd to celebrate fertility in autumn. I’ve also been drawn to the cosmic egg but didn’t know a lot about it. THANK YOU MYSTIC for tying it all together for me. Now my vibes make total sense.

I really love learning about the roots and astrology of common festivals/celebrations. I’m interested to know more. It resonates so deeply.

baristagem
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baristagem
April 12, 2017 4:06 pm

My Piscean dad told me it was a hare in the full moon. When I was older and someone said look it’s the man in the moon I would always think to myself – oh, you don’t know, it’s really a hare.

Always love your Easter posts MM! xxx

Alouetta
Alouetta
April 12, 2017 4:46 pm
Reply to  baristagem

Love that.

Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
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Lux Interior Is My Co-Pilot
April 12, 2017 8:42 pm
Reply to  Alouetta

And the hare is associated with Diana…moon goddess.

Monique
Monique
April 12, 2017 3:27 pm

I love Easter for celebrating my homey Jesus in my voodoo practice . I really connect with the concept of resurrection/rebirth, and the compassion and how to extend that to myself as well as others especially as I go through few psycho spiritual dark periods throughout the year.

Alouetta
Alouetta
April 12, 2017 1:55 pm

Love the images and I didn’t know other people saw the rabbit in the moon! I’ve seen it as that since I did a road trip across Australia and one night, as my friend drove, I watched the rabbit moon racing over the midnight fields to keep up with us.

And I love this idea of a cosmic egg. Over easter I’m hatching new ideas that I want to research and hopefully a better relationship with my loved one. This Venus retrograde has been intense and some Chironic doctoring will be welcome.

Caroline B
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Caroline B
April 12, 2017 1:19 pm

Love that Wolfmother album cover. And the broken egg shell with the sun/moon yolk. Great pics.

marsbar
marsbar
April 12, 2017 12:48 pm

Who or what is Abraxas again?

Cat
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Cat
April 12, 2017 4:18 pm
Reply to  marsbar

My thought was that it was another name for Abraham. I think it can also relate to Osiris.
(I’m not 100% certain on either, sorry.)

marsbar
marsbar
April 13, 2017 4:41 am
Reply to  Cat

Thanks! I tried looking at wikipedia and was confounded. Growing up my best friend’s older half brother had a pet cat named Abraxas but i cant tell if it was named after a demon or some music thing.

Corey
Corey
April 13, 2017 3:33 pm
Reply to  marsbar

I’m reading Jung’s Archetypes of the Collective Unconscious (picked it up to read today – full of cosmic eggs !). Abraxas is named as the ‘dominus mundi’ or Lord of the World

marsbar
marsbar
April 16, 2017 6:33 pm
Reply to  Corey

Fascinating! Thank you!

milleunanotte
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milleunanotte
April 13, 2017 10:28 pm
Reply to  marsbar

A union of opposites that remain powerful because they are separate and each calls into being the other, demon and angel, classical masculine and classical feminine (in a way that has always influenced my view of Libra), dark stars and sun face. Full exploration of one bringing full experience of the other (in a way that brought me understanding of Scorpio extremes). Power and complete rulership. Greek or pre-Greek in antiquity. Herman Hesse’s “Demian” brings Max Demian to this foundation lord, or rather primal archetype. I was a girl when i read it. I only remember a profound awakening to… Read more »

marsbar
marsbar
April 16, 2017 6:35 pm
Reply to  milleunanotte

Like yin and yang or more like peanut butter and jelly?

I will look into Hesse when i get a chance. Thanks!

toroloco
toroloco
April 12, 2017 11:17 am

Once I found out Easter has origins in pagan fertility festivals, it became my favorite thing. We should be mating and baby-making, not worshiping a zombie Jesus.

Jokerman
Jokerman
April 12, 2017 10:57 am

For many years l could only ever see the ‘rabbit making chocolate eggs’ until my daughter explained look at Gorbachev and then look at the moon. Voila!

marsbar
marsbar
April 12, 2017 12:49 pm
Reply to  Jokerman

I like looking at the rabbit on the moon instead of the man on the moon or the woman. Rabbit so much cuter!

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix
April 12, 2017 8:35 pm
Reply to  marsbar

And soooo much more obvious

Year of the Phoenix
Year of the Phoenix
April 12, 2017 8:35 pm
Reply to  marsbar

And soooo much more obvious

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