Sunday, March 23, 2008

Bunnies, Eggs and Mythical Creatures

Happy Easter! The origins of the word Easter are found in the ancient Saxon Lunar Goddess known as Eostre and Norse Goddess Ostara. In both these traditions, as well as those of the Greeks and Egyptians we find the symbolic use of eggs and bunnies. These images, along those of flowers, birds and resurrection are all pagan references to the advent of Spring and rebirth.

We took a walk up the street and into the mountains yesterday afternoon. I was curious to see what plants are currently flowering in the Chaparral. The Oaks have just finished flowering and are now quite green and robust. Many little baby oaks are sprouting in the queerest of places, thanks to the oak fairies, aka squirrels. I encountered a plethora of blue ceanothus in a front garden. The sage has not started blooming, yet looks poised to do so. During our walk, on a whim, we decided to take a different trail from the norm. To our great surprise we came to a fenced clearing that had about ten goats! We are assuming they are their as natural land mowers to clear brush in the Park land. As we approached they all rushed over, greeting us with their merry bleats. It felt appropriate to come across the lovely family of goats at the Vernal Equinox when we bow to the splendor of nature. Pan is the Greek God of the woods and fields, as well as flocks. He is depicted as half man half goat and considered the personification of nature. I am especially found of the portrayal of Mr. Tumnus, by James McEvoy, in the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia. McEvoy is so great at expressing deep emotion, most especially in the film Atonement.

I’m off to work in the garden, followed by another walk in the woods at sunset today with some friends. Perhaps today we will spot some of our local bunnies and quails.

Images: The two engravings are from old books which I've cleaned up and put on parchment. The photo of the goat was taken yesterday when we came across the flock here in our mountains.

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