Saturday, March 30, 2013

ASTARA the ancient Goddess of Easter - by Vijaya Schartz

The 8th century British writer Bede, mentions that the name for Easter is derived from a Pagan spring festival of the goddess ASTARA. Revered by the Babylonians, Sumerians, Persians, this goddess derived from ASTRA and OSTARA the Greek goddess of spring and fertility. The name means STAR and she is sometimes referred to as the Star Goddess.

She is said to be the last Pagan goddess to leave Earth, bound for the stars, during the Bronze Age, and was worshiped throughout the civilized world of that time, even in Asia (under the name of Kali). Ancient Alien theorists will tell you that she must have been an alien visitor, who remained on Earth to teach the populations of the time, then flew back to the heavens.

The familiar Easter bunny and the multicolored eggs (both symbols of fertility) come not from the Christian or the Jewish Passover traditions, but straight from the Pagan festival of ASTARA.  Since this was a spring festival, around the same time as the Jewish Passover that marked the resurrection of Christ, the early Church made both events coincide, and blended the traditions.

In other words, if you cannot prevent the Pagans from celebrating their festivals, join them and call it a Christian holiday. This technique worked well for early Christian rulers, and helped impose Christianity in many Pagan societies.

Even the last supper and the modern communion was a tradition from ancient Egypt, where the priests and priestesses symbolically partook of the body of Osiris during religious rituals.

Now that we have forgotten the origins of our festivals, we take for granted that Christian or Jewish holidays include only Christian and Jewish traditions, but the deeper roots of these traditions go far back into our ancient past. It seems that religions evolve, but somehow, the traditions remain. 

Learn more about ancient traditions by reading THE CURSE OF THE LOST ISLE, a Medieval series based on authentic Celtic legends. Find these books on my Amazon page HERE.

Vijaya Schartz
Swords, Blasters, Romance with a Kick


  1. Vijaya, you make a powerful point about the common roots of major religious traditions going much further back than many think. Thanks for your Easter post.

  2. Looks good but Jesus parallels debunked. Besides this Osiris and Egypt were clearly beat in the Exodus account. It was not until a full 1000 years after Exodus that Manetho produced the Egyptian account of Moses leaving Egypt and even then he made them lepers. Neither are any of these replucant pagan deities linked to anything prophetic for depth and volume beyond their original concoction like the Bible. Repentance is a must, Christ died for Jew and Gentile, Innana, Ishtar, Ashtoreth, Aset/Isis, Asherah, Tammuz and Osiris made no suc h claims for all humanity.The Bible said in Hebrews 9 v 27, it is appointed to die once and then comes the judgement, Jesus is the lamb that takes away the sin of the world and he was foreshadowed as The Passover lamb, which beat Osiris and The gods of Egypt.