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"At Ostara, we ask for the blessings of fertility, we gather to celebrate the renewal of life and at the same time, we remember those who have passed in the dark of the year," explains John Mainer, president or freyr of the Heathen Freehold, a confederation dedicated Michael Kors Purse Ebay

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For pagans, it is a time to honour the goddess of fertility and springtime, Eastre or Ostara, whose companion animal is the rabbit or the Easter bunny.

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It's a day celebrated much like the Christian Easter. There's Michael Kors Jet Set Chain an easter egg hunt, a blessing, a feast.

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A seaxe, a traditional sacrificial knife, and bottle of honey mead rest in front as the Heathen Freehold Society, friends and family gather to celebrate Easter, on March 20.

Eggs are offered because they hold the promise of life.

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symbolizes an exchange of gifts.

Mainer asked for the blessing of fertility when he put his egg at the altar, a wish for someone in his family who is trying to get pregnant.

Easter is the only Christian holiday that still has a pagan title and beautifully blends both traditions.

´╗┐Have a blessed Ostara

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the contemporary revival of the culture and religion of ancient Germanic, Teutonic and Nordic tribes.

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"We heathens like to joke that we do the same thing as everybody else does, we just happen to remember why," Mainer adds.

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On the skin of a white rabbit, the Norse goddess Ostara is surrounded by brightly decorated eggs each marked with a rune or wish waiting for a blessing, while spring breaks through the clouds.

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"As we offer eggs to Ostara, she in turn offers eggs to the children.

John Mainer of the Heathen Freehold Society places an egg at the altar marked with a rune for fertility. It is a wish placed for a family member who is trying to get pregnant.

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