Sunday, March 23, 2008

Happy Ishtar!

The Teletubbies- Anglo/Celtic Druid Fertility Religion for Beginners. The perfect companion to this Anglo/Celtic Druid Fertility holiday. And so close to St. Osiris' Day...

Easter has deep roots in the mythic past. Long before it was imported into the Christian tradition, the Spring festival honored the goddess Eostre or Eastre. The name is pronounced Easter. She was the ancient Anglo Saxon goddess of the dawn and the Vernal Equinox. Her name venerates the sun rising in the east. Easter Sunday sunrise services continue the sun-worship aspect of the holiday. The equinox is when the days begin growing into the long sunlight that will be Summer. This increase of daylight makes crops possible, hence the theme of fertility.

The annual event in honor of Eastre celebrated new life and renewal. The superstition about wearing new clothes came later, but echoed the commemoration of the new. Eastre is in the lineage of Ishtar, the Babylonian goddess of love and fertility. Other names for this archetype include Inanna, Aphrodite, Diana, Isis, Venus, Astarte, Demeter, Esther, and Freya. Freya is specifically honored on Good Friday, the day named for her.

The Easter Bunny is a continuation of the reverence shown during the spring rites to the rabbit as a symbol of abundance. The honoring of such emblems of fertility extended to eggs. The egg serves as a representation of new life.

Jonathan Young, Vision Magazine

Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain, along with the Druids, "the priests of the groves." Some have imagined that the Druidical worship was first introduced by the Phoenicians, who, centuries before the Christian era, traded to the tin-mines of Cornwall. But the unequivocal traces of that worship are found in regions of the British islands where the Phoenicians never penetrated, and it has everywhere left indelible marks of the strong hold which it must have had on the early British mind. From Bel, the 1st of May is still called Beltane in the Almanac; and we have customs still lingering at this day among us, which prove how exactly the worship of Bel or Moloch (for both titles belonged to the same god) had been observed even in the northern parts of this island. "The late Lady Baird, of Fern Tower, in Perthshire," says a writer in "Notes and Queries," thoroughly versed in British antiquities, "told me, that every year, at Beltane (or the 1st of May), a number of men and women assemble at an ancient Druidical circle of stones on her property near Crieff. They light a fire in the centre, each person puts a bit of oat-cake in a shepherd's bonnet; they all sit down, and draw blindfold a piece from the bonnet. One piece has been previously blackened, and whoever gets that piece has to jump through the fire in the centre of the circle, and pay a forfeit. This is, in fact, a part of the ancient worship of Baal, and the person on whom the lot fell was previously burnt as a sacrifice. Now, the passing through the fire represents that, and the payment of the forfeit redeems the victim." If Baal was thus worshipped in Britain, it will not be difficult to believe that his consort Astarte was also adored by our ancestors, and that from Astarte, whose name in Nineveh was Ishtar, the religious solemnities of April, as now practised, are called by the name of Easter--that month, among our Pagan ancestors, having been called Easter-monath.

Alexander Hislop- The Two Babylons


  1. How much sun symbolism can you cram into one tele-tubbies video.

    thanks for the easter/ostara info.


  2. Just pointing out that 'Easter' and thus 'Eostre' has nothing to do with Druids or Celts in general for that matter. She was an Anglo-Saxon (a combination of the Germanic tribes: Saxons, Angles and Jutes, along with members of the other Germanic tribes such as Frisians, Geats and Franks) goddess derived from the same Germanic root as 'Ostara' in Germany.

    So it's not Celtic really but Germanic.

  3. I think if you look at Anglo-Saxon culture there is a great deal of crossover with Celtic themes.I think the tribal divisions that later developed grew out of a much earlier, more homogenous population. People were not as isolated as we like to think, and people tend to overlook how cosmopolitan Roman Britain and Germany had become. Anglo-Saxon art and Celtic art, for instance, are very similar in many important ways. For instance, we now know because of modern DNA testing that all of the major population groups in Britain share a common ancestry. Easter arose a distinct holiday in early medieval Britain, which was very much a hybridized Celtic/Germanic population. I personally believe a lot of the distinctions made today between Northern European peoples such as the Anglo-Saxons and the Celts are essentially political constructs.

  4. Happy Ishtar everyone! xxx