By Ishtar Babilu Dingir
The original, pre-Christian name for Easter was Oestre, named after the goddess of the Spring Equinox, when painted eggs would be left as offerings to her in her serpent form, at her shrines. Oestre’s festival of healing and regeneration was always on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
The Christian church, more interested in solar iconography than lunar, adapted this date to the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
It was the Christian church that also, unfortunately, demonised the wise serpent in order to establish its own more solar religion, and in doing so, the root of the cognitive framework for mind-body-spirit healing vanished from our stories that we pass down over generations, and thus from our collective consensual consciousness.
In recent years, though, there has been a resurgence in the practice of spiritual healing. This, despite more scientifically-inclined…
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