Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Easter The Real Meaning of the Festival of Spring


Easter- The East-Star Festival of Renewal



By: Nuta Moses Amen-Ra (C) 2010
Scarab Beetle (khepera) (Scarabaeus sacer) 
The Holy day of the East-Star was originally a celebration of renewal and rebirth for original people and ancient Ancestors. We are The Children of the Sun, the burnt skinned people known as KMT. As with most of our holidays, the celebration of life  is prominent. Our ancestors Were Agriculturalist, Builders, Hunters, Explorers, Merchants, Spiritual Travelers and stewards of the planet. Celebrating the return of early spring, honors the Mother Nature goddess known in many cultures as Ast or Auset(Isis) Ma, Eostra, Oestera, Eastre(Esther), Ishtar, Oshun, Yemaya, Het-Heru, Hathor, Aurora, or Adonis... 

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.


Other Names of Spring Goddess:


With brightening and longer days after vernal equinox,  was known as the Great Mother Goddess of the North in Europe. She is a goddess of dawn and spring, and her name derives from dawn, the light arising from East. The word, East and the female hormone, estrogen is related to her.

The Rite of Spring,


Eastre’s male consort was Ra (the Sun god), and rites of spring were celebrated in her honor on the first day of spring. Celebrations were on the first full moon following vernal equinox. The full moon represents a “pregnant” phase of Eastre, passing into fertility to give birth to the Sun’s offspring.

“Eastre” is derived from the direction East, and the Spring Goddess is associated with dawn. Eastre is related to the Indo-European Hausos, Goddess of dawn, and the Roman and Greek Goddesses, Aurora and Eos. In German Austron means dawn, derived from Aus, “to shine.” The ancient word for Spring was Eastre, and Goddesses in many cultures are celebrated as the bearer of springtime. Many Goddesses and Gods are represented as spring deities:

Aphrodite ~ Cyprus

Ashtoreth ~ Israel

Astarte ~ Greece


Auset/Ast and Heru ~ Kemet (Egypt)

Demeter ~ Mycenae
Het-Heru (Neb-Het/ Hathor)~ KMT (Egypt)
Ishtar ~ Assyria

Kali ~ India

Ostara ~ Norse Goddess of fertility


The Middle East celebrate many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zoroastrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismaili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shaam’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.


Rabbits & Eggs

Easter represents renewal and fertility. Eggs and rabbits were considered sacred. Rabbits are potent symbol of fertility, as a female rabbit can conceive a second litter while still pregnant with the first! 

The Earth in Spring is filled with fertility and awakening. Many people Bless their homes, Newborn Babies and get married during this season and many children are born during this time. The egg is an obvious symbol, of rebirth since ancient times. The hare was a sacred animal of the Spring Moon. At vernal equinox an egg, is the symbol of New Life.

In current times Easter is just another re-enactment ritual for the massacre of our Sacred Indigo Queen Mother Womb- of Mankind and our Black Indigo KRSTal Children in Europe! This is why they "hunt" for Chocolate and "Colored" Eggs! This is the REAL anti-KRST who has come onto the world to steal from our Ancient civilizations and replace our spirituality with their religions, then to destroy our way of life and finally to kill our Heru KRSTs who are rising or resurrecting in the world! http://amen-parankh.blogspot.com/2014/07/black-male-youth-are-krst.html 
The 3 day Je-w+Zeus death/ crucifixion and resurrection reenactment was thrown in to exacerbate the ongoing lynching of people of color and to promote the inception of terror to maintain the status quo of slavery.

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.






Our Mother Earth

Earth is referred to as Mother since ancient times: “Mother Earth” and “Mother Nature.” Watching the cycles of Nature one sees that rain falling brings life to Earth, so ancient cultures saw Father as Heaven, and Earth as Mother.

The union of the Sun-Ra and Auset brought forth the immaculate conception of 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. Many families would marry during this celebration.

Sunrise celebrations centered on growth and renewal. Growers celebrated to petition for abundant crops, and eggs were eaten and exchanged as talismans.

The middle east celebrates many Spring festivals, including the Iranian Nowruz, ascension of the mythological king of Persia. Commemorated by Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India, Turkey, Zanzibar, Albania, Kurds, and central Asia, it is a Zoroastrian holiday, and celebrated by Baha’i’ and Nizari Ismaili Muslims.

Sham El Nessim has been celebrated since 2700 B.C. the ancients celebrated this creation story with a feast at the Great Pyramid. The feast of Shemu, means ‘renewal of life’ later changed to Shu/‘shaam’ (smelling or breathing) and ‘nessim’ (breeze). Sham El Nessim is celebrated as a national holiday, and is celebrated by Christians and Muslims as “Easter Monday”.
 
So essentially Easter is the celebration of the fertile womb and the lunar menstrual cycle. Easter was not always celebrated as the Ascension Christ from the dead; the meaning of Easter was quite different from what Christians celebrate today. Long before the name of Jesus, many peoples associated this festival with the coming back to life of the god of the earth Ta-mmuz (see Ezek 8:14,) also known as Geb, Ausar, Adonis Orpheus or Perseus, who had been dead in the underworld during the winter to rise in the spring. The name by which Christians still celebrate the festival is the name of the ancient fertility goddess Eastre, Ishtar, Auset, or Ashtoreth (whose name also survives in the name of one of the books of the Old Testament, the only Bible book that contains no reference to God - the Book of Esther).


Ausar is considered the god who conquered the underworld. Heru, the first to be born by Immaculate conception from Auset, Is considered to be the reborn sun in the east. 

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 precise date of Easter has at times been a matter for contention. By the later 2nd century, it was accepted that the celebration of the holiday was a practice of the disciples and an undisputed tradition.


The First Council of Nicaea (325) established the date of Easter as the first Sunday after the full moon (the Paschal Full Moon) following the March equinox. Ecclesiastically, the equinox is reckoned to be on 21 March. So Easter is a movable feast, meaning it is not fixed on the calendar.  In Western Christianity, he date of Easter varies from 22 March to 25 April inclusive. churches in and around Rome observed the practice of celebrating Easter on the following Sunday calling it “the day of the resurrection of our Savior.”

 Eastern Christianity bases its calculations on the Julian calendar, whose 21 March corresponds, during the 21st century, to 3 April in the Gregorian calendar, and in which therefore the celebration of Easter varies between 4 April and 8 May. Initially, in the early days,

 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.


Energize You!

  • 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
Here are some favorite Spring Flower symbols. Add some to your home!

  • 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

The soil is prepared, planting season has begun, so sow your seeds and hard work will bring you full bloom!
  
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Monday, March 15, 2010

KMT Prayers to MA


 PRAYERS FOR MA






Nuta Beqsu, is a Kandki Ma of many Suns, Daughters, Grand Princesses and Princes, living in the urban Kansas City Area. With a Mission to provide solutions to the cycles of violence, health disparities, poverty, and inequalities in wealth, she opened the Amen Par Ankh, a Natural Life Center, and Amen Ankh Academy and Homeschool network of Industrial arts. This is a green space for Home Scholars, an Independent Library and Home Blessings and Notions. She presently available for Consultations, Workshops Edutainment and lectures. currently working with grief counseling making Dolls for mothers who have suffered loss of their children. A Teacher, Priestess, Minister, Life coach, blogger and respected public speaker and educator who has conducted several workshops at various organizations, served as a panelist and as keynote speaker at regional meetings. She has a monthly call-in or listen online- Radio show http://www.blogtalkradio.com/amencommunications Nuta Beqsu means (heaven gives me balance) This is an ancient KMT language that is still in practice today. Nu, Nut, & Ta are Elemental powers of the Heavens: Nu is Moisture, and Water. Nut is the Celestial Sky goddess. She represents the cosmos and the universe. The Universe is always giving birth to new solar systems and stars. Ta is the original word for land and Queendoms of our ancient Matriarchal societies. Our land is our home, and the place for the empirical existence where we learn form our experiences. She seeks to live in balance between the planetary and heavenly existences. We are all connected to the land, trees, microcosm and macrocosm, Inner verse and universe. Nuta Beqsu (heaven gives me balance) will be programmed into conscious spirit, to produce thought sequences to direct a course of action as way to achieve successfulness in life. Visualization is thought converted into a pleasurable visual image(s) to achieve a goal and/or purpose. We connect with Divine Power to guide and direct our pathways. As a divine name is spoken the receiver has unity of direction in life. Her name reflects her Destiny. So, the sight Sound, vision, smells and colors associated with a divine name will give guidance in her pathway. As a Minister and Director at Amen Par Ankh and Ankh Amen Ankh Akademy, we offer Ancestor Libation Ceremony, Consultations and Life Coaching for Destiny, Name, Health, Career and Relationships. Afrikan Wedding planning and officiate services, Home and Business Blessings, Naming, Birth Blessings, Domestic Engineering, Home going Ascension services, Lectures, and edutainment- Storytelling, Music, Dance, Youth Outreach and economic Literacy, Travel agency, Insurance Referrals and STEMM(science technology engineering mathematics medicine) Career introduction called You GROWW Girls- Teach a Girl, Heal a Nation GROWW means (Gaining, Resilience, Opportunity, Wellness and Wealth) Call for your appointment: 816-839-7945 Feel free to Contact the Amen Ankh Urban Farm... amen.ankh@live.com or amen.parankh@gmail.com Please like our facebook pages: https://www.facebook.com/Green.Griot https://www.facebook.com/PARANKH , https://www.facebook.com/Amen.Ankh.Farm , https://www.facebook.com/Adenike.Art , https://www.facebook.com/pages/Ankh-The-Way-of-Life-Communities/140162689375565