I don’t know about you, but Spring is my favourite time of the year. I love the colours, the smells, the air, and the hopefulness it conveys.
Eostre, the Germanic goddess of spring and dawn, is one of the most well known symbols of the season and is known by many names: Eastre, Ostara, but most now know her as Easter.
Easter is a holiday we generally associate with Christianity; however, its origins can be traced to the Anglo-Saxon Pagan festival held in Eostremonath (or April), which was held in Eostre’s honour. Eostre would bring with her the migratory birds and the soft winds, she would awaken the trees and flowers from their slumber, and she would encourage the chickens to begin laying their golden protein-rich eggs by comforting them with longer days and warmer light. Today, we honour her with our chocolate eggs, floral garlands, and rabbit symbology. While our traditions have changed over the years, the one constant is our celebration of the new life Spring gifts us.
For this issue, I will be looking for tales that are fresh, hopeful, and bright. I want to read stories that make me want to celebrate life in all its glorious colours.