By: Nuta Moses Amen-Ra (C) 2010
|Scarab Beetle (khepera) (Scarabaeus sacer)|
Although every morning the sun "Ra" rises in the east, Easter occurs after the Vernal Equinox event on the 1st Sunday after the full moon.
In Ancient African Societies, The pregnant mothers were thought to have conceived their Children from Ra the Sun. Goddess Auset was the first Queen Mother to experience immaculate conception. Her husband was killed by his jealous Brother, so she had to resurrect her husband's energy after his death. Her Son- Heru was also considered the Rising Sun and the Son of the Sun (Nsdbity).
Watching the cycles of Nature one sees that Ra the sun, Tefnut- air, atmosphere, and Nu- rain brings life to Geb- Earth, so ancient cultures saw, Nut as Heaven, and Ma as Earth Mother.
Nut the Celestial sky goddess, swallows Ra the sun at dusk and gives birth to the sun at dawn daily. Throughout the night there is a battle between Heru and his infamous Uncle Set or Sebek for the conquest of Light and Enlightenment. Every morning Heru-(Later known as Horus or Hero- and even later forms of KRST throughout the world) Becomes the victor to raise the sun with the help of Tehuti, Auset and Ausar!
There is a whole pantheon of stories related to the Celestial and seasonal events. The Spring is one of these joyous occasions.
Earth has been referred to as Mother since ancient times as “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.”
Another symbol of spring and renewal, was the Scarab Beetle (khepera) (Scarabaeus sacer). This beetle was famous for his habit of rolling balls of dung along the ground and depositing them in its burrows. First, the female would lay her eggs in the ball of dung. When they hatched, the larvae would use the ball for food. When the dung was consumed the young beetles would emerge from the hole.
It seemed that the young scarab beetles emerged spontaneously from the burrow where they were born. Therefore they were worshiped as "Khepera", "he who came forth." This creative aspect of the scarab was associated with the creator god Atum. Millions of amulets and stamp seals of stone, ceramic or other materials, were fashioned in the depiction of the scarab beetle.
The ray-like antenna on the beetle's head and its practice of dung-rolling caused the beetle to also carry solar symbolism. The scarab-beetle god Khepera was believed to push the setting sun along the sky in the same manner as the beetle with his ball of dung. In many artifacts, the scarab is depicted pushing the sun along its course in the sky.
During and following the New Kingdom, scarab amulets were often placed over the heart of the mummified deceased. These "heart scarabs" (such as the one pictured above) were meant to be weighed against the feather of truth during the final judgment. The amulets were often inscribed with a spell from the Book of the Dead which entreated the heart to, "do not stand as a witness against me."
The union of the Sun-Ra and Auset brought forth a son Heru symbolic of abundant crops, as the rains from the sky met the welcoming earth. Festivals like “The Marriage Feast of Canaan” were Spring fertility rites in ancient times which celebrated Pregnancy, the dawn of spring and fertility. The dawn of the Sun Star was in the east, so Sunrise celebrations centered on growth and renewal were celebrated. Growers celebrated to petition for abundant crops, and eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans.
Easter is exceptional depending on where you live in proximity to the Equator. There are only 3 seasons, instead of 4 for those living near the equator.
The Rite of Spring,
Het-Heru (Neb-Het/ Hathor)~ KMT (Egypt)
Ishtar ~ Assyria
Remember that many people were killed or executed by lynching at that same site; Golgotha or Calvary, and on that same day, he didn't die alone. This was a ritual site for human sacrifice. Many people have been and are still being terminated even though they are innocent of any crime. They become martyrs for a cause. Lynching is crucifixion. Public Execution is now done by the officers of another unjust system who choose to also act as judge and jury and their method of choice is a gun.
Easter was originally (and still is) a celebration of the fertility of the earth, renewed each springtime. The egg, the chick, the rabbit, the flowers, are all fertility symbols (and much older than this latest Christian symbol). Its celebration has often been marked by sexual exuberance, pregnancy and new birth, as is still prominent in the pre-Lenten Carnivals and Mardi Gras festivals and the phallic symbolism of the May pole and the cross. Easter was celebrated as a time of new life, Beauty, sunshine, and birth. So Jesus (in the Christian version of the myth) is just the latest in a long line of gods to symbolize new life through resurrection.
The specific day on which the resurrection should be celebrated became a major point of contention within the church.
If his resurrection symbolizes the eternal life that is granted to all who believe in Him, when was he crucified- To rise again in three days? Did he rise on the Sabbath or the first day of the week?
It is the central tenet of Christian faith and theology and part of the Nicene Creed: "On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures.” The resurrection of Jesus Christ is the centerpiece of the Christian faith, according to the Apostle Paul, who even says that if Jesus Christ has not been resurrected then the Christian faith is worthless and futile (1 Cor. 15:14-17). Therefore, without Easter there is no Christianity.
Historically, the Christian church, because it could not eradicate the celebration of what was considered a Pagan festival, reinterpreted it and assigned to it a new meaning, but was unable to erase completely its original significance. The egg and the rabbit, and the phallic pole, has persisted to be loved and celebrated as the new life which the spring brings.
At Amen Par Ankh We celebrate The Vernal Equinox as the ending of winter. Now the Days will be longer and the nights will grow shorter until the Summer Solstice. We begin planting during the First New Moon. This is a time when we Glean new life and Ground from the soft land, Sprout fresh seeds for planting and sun-gaze to reset our 3rd eye from the winter.
- Enjoy a Seed festival and Seed Blessing
- Decorate your home with Spring flowers; crocuses, daffodils, violets, lilac, lilies, roses, iris
- Add something green: a plant, candles, soap to represent growth and expansion
- Work on projects and ideas initiated around Winter Solstice -Envisioning Boards
- Dogwood Flower: 4 petals symbolize 4 directions
- Iris: Purity, wisdom, faith, birth blessing, life and resurrection
- Honeysuckle: Rebirth, renewal, spiritual sight, versatile mind
- Jasmine: Lunar, psychic, spiritual love
- Lily: Strong associations with fertility, purity, rebirth
- Rose: True love, joy, yellow roses for Eastre
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