Here we are....Friday again! I think :) I hope you've all had a good a week as you can, with the social distancing and staying indoors, although those with gardens have probably lived in them this week!
Well Easter is upon us. It will be an odd time this year with families unable to go and visit each other, but hopefully it will be an enjoyable weekend in whatever way you want to celebrate it.
This is the time of eggs, new life and new beginnings and at this moment this couldn't have more meaning. The egg (and all seeds) contains 'all potential', full of promise and new life.It symbolises the rebirth of nature, the fertility of the Earth and all creation. In many traditions the egg is a symbol for the whole universe.
Now I've got the time to do some research, here is a story from the West Country to explain about the connection between the hare (another Easter symbol) and the egg. I hope you enjoy....
Once upon a time the Animal Kingdom gathered together for a meeting in a flurry of great excitement. There was to be a Very Special Party and a Very Special Guest was coming to visit them. The Very Special Guest was none other than the Goddess herself, and every creature wanted to give her a Very Special Gift.
Now some of the animals were very rich and some were very poor but off they went to prepare their gifts, for only the very very best would do for the Goddess. Hare was very very excited, he dearly loved the Goddess and although he was very poor he had a big generous heart - he was going to give her the very finest gift he could find!
Hare rushed home to see what he could find to give to the Goddess - he looked everywhere, in the cupboards and under the bed but there was nothing, even the larder was empty, he had absolutely nothing to give Her. Except for one thing. On the shelf in the larder was a single egg. And that was it. It was the only thing he had left. Hare gently took the egg out of the larder and lovingly decorated it and took it to the party.
Hare was very worried, all the other animals gave their gifts of gold and silver and precious jewels and all Hare had was the egg. Eventually all the gifts had been given and Hare was the very very last. Hare very shyly presented the Goddess with the egg. She took it and looked at him and saw the true spirit of Hare. And there and then the Goddess appointed Hare as her Very Special Animal - because Hare had given away everything he had.......
Once told, this is a story you will have to repeat over and over again - be warned!
A lovely story to end this week. Maybe that is also where the tradition of the Easter Bunny came from, you never know. Have a lovely Easter weekend. Take care of yourselves and until next week........stay safe.