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 of course 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 considered the origin of our world/galaxy to be from this primal egg. *Mundane meaning worldly, not as in the more recent meaning of ‘dull.’ Anima Mundi = World Soul, another very very old belief.
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.
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.
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