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Asteroid Ostara 343   Leave a comment

Asteroid Ostara is conjunct my natal Merlin and this asteroid shares a lot of similarities.  Merlin is full of myths that have no historical foundation but were used to prop up contemporary beliefs of the day and give them a ‘historical’ pedigree of being ‘the truth’.

Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated “Paschal month”, and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance.

Ostara is based on this quotation from Bede, an English monk who lived in the 6th century.  Bede is unaware that Eosturmonath – Easter month is an English term not used by other Christian Nationalities and that it was widely referred to as Paschal month else where in europe except perhaps Germany.  This is the only historic mention of a Goddess name Eostre or Eastre.

Jacob Grimm in the 1800’s used Bede’s account to create a potential German Goddess.

We Germans to this day call April ostermonat, and ôstarmânoth is found as early as Eginhart. The great Christian festival, which usually falls in April or the end of March, bears in the oldest of Old Higher German remains the name ôstarâ … it is mostly found in the plural, because two days … were kept at Easter. This Ostarâ, like the [Anglo-Saxon] Eástre, must in heathen religion have denoted a higher being, whose worship was so firmly rooted, that the Christian teachers tolerated the name, and applied it to one of their own grandest anniversaries.

Grimm to also appears to be unaware that the term Easter was not used on the continent nor did the church use this term and assumes Bede’s assertion to be factual.  The facts became more confused due to the King James Translation of the Bible which as an English translation does use the word Easter but that word did not appear in any of the previous translations.

Then to add further confusion we have the Austriahenae affect –

Haeustero, our particular interest here is in the Germanic forms. In Anglo-Saxon England she was known as Eostra and in Saxony (in Germany) she was personified as the Goddess Ostara (properly Ôstarâ), while in Old Norse, (s)he was known as the dwarf Austri, a masculine form of the name. In addition, the Austriahenae are Goddesses who are invoked on votive altars found at one site in northern Germany but little is known about them.

This is taken from a blog Austriahenae is reportedly a Goddess whose votive remains have been found in Morten Harff Bergheim near Bonn.  The only problem with this is that Bergheim is 337 miles from Bonn there is no record of any Morten Harff in Bergheim or surrounding areas.  Bergheim was the site of Roman occupation but there seems to be no mention of these finds anywhere in their archeological records.  There also appears to be a complete lack of any photographic evidence of these votive and the archeologists responsible for these discoveries are not mentioned possibly because they do not exist.

Ostara therefore can be said to represent dawn or the east as a root meaning of the word, dawning of new myths and stories for our times whether they be scientific or religious.  Ostara in the natal chart then relates to understanding myths as not literal truths but interpretations that suit our development and needs at a particular point as such Ostara is relevant to understanding we all have our own myths none of which are true but are a means of understanding ourselves.

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Posted April 21, 2014 by neptune's Aura Astrology in asteroids

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