Spring Equinox (Eostar) March 20-23
Spring Equinox is the time when day and night are equal, when plants begin to burst forth from the earth, leaves appear on the trees, and insects begin to move once again. Spring is the time when Persephone returns from the underworld as a young girl and she and her mother, Demeter, Goddess of the Grain, giver of the crops, play together in the fields and usher in new growth. The celebration of Easter occurs close to the time of this equinox. Oestre or Eostar was a feast of the Goddess Ishtar/Astarte/Esther and celebrated her rebirth. The egg was used as a symbol for Eostar as it represented the birth of the Goddess and all of nature.
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