Before I get into the Matriarchal explanation of Easter (Ishtare), I thought that since Friday was the Christian celebration of Good Friday, I might also show its roots as both "Friday" and "Good" before it became Christianized.
Christianity is a noted Hodge-podge of revised Matriarchal traditions and "Goddess Friday" (latter revised to "God Friday" and then "Good Friday") began as a pagan day of celebration. Friday began as "Freya's day"; Freya being the Norse Goddess of Creation. Once, Freya was the Great Goddess of Northern Europe's early history 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. Also, in Qabalistic Gematria, 13= 1+3=4; 4 is the Sacred number of Tetragramaton (Secret name of God) and the number of form: Form being woman's creation.
The Roman's named the day of "Goddess-Friday" 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, which today is 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), a revision of the "Dying god" tradition. 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 Patriarch religiously sponsored traditional insistence in eradicating any knowledge of Matriarch, 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 Qabalah, the belief in the Dual Divine Creative (Female/Male), (Were the Three wise men of Nativity tradition, got their degrees as Persian Magi/astrologers), 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 among scholars, that the "Myths of the Dying God" which all included resurrection,(Dionysus, Osiris, Odin, Mithra, Mazda, Christ, Shiva 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, especially Matriarchal ones, 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. For example: the Springtime sacrificial celebration named for the Saxon Goddess Eostre, or Ostara, a Northern form of Astarte-Ishtar whose sacred month was Eastre-monath, the Moon of Esotre. Truth be told, Ishtar is pronounced, Easter.
The Thoth Tarot card of the Princess of Disks best represents this Goddess of Spring, who is Persephone to the Greeks.
The 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. ]
The 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.
Despite being one of the Churches "movable feasts", Easter/Ishtar 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 traditional 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. In the past, the Russian's 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.
With 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 that I call, "The womb with a view", The Moon Goddess, is my Soul's Lady Love who is 4: Maid, Mother, Crone and the Scarlet Woman/Babylon/Whore,
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/fire), She is Mother- Form (Graäl/water). Now, because we have physical bodies, spirit is both "Force and Form" and the Human is the divinity of the "dying god", manifested; the Son of such a Mother. Therefore, we have the traditional Six, a union of trinities; Son, Father, Grandfather and Maid, Mother and Crone. Of such miracles, we are (7 is the mysterious number of the Babylon).
Instead of myth-theology, we now describe these metaphors as "Theoretical Physics" and/or "the sciences". No matter how you celebrate it, celebrating the rebirth of life after winter's 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 ourselves.
Besides, Life as "alive" should be celebrated, so Celebrate Spring as Goddess Day! Honoring the Great Creatrix-Binah who is the Qabalistic "Will to Form".
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