Tilly and I are off now for the long holiday weekend; I'll be back in the office (and back online) on Tuesday. I'm looking forward to spending time with family and friends, working in the garden, and getting my painting studio up and running again (at long last). Wherever you are and whatever you're doing to celebrate the Easter/Eostre/Passover/Spring holiday, I hope the weekend is a peaceful and magical one.
To the right is my favorite image for this time of year: "Eostre" by my friend and village neighbor Danielle Barlow. (There are prints for sale in her Esty shop...along with many other beautiful, magical paintings.) The painting below is my own version of Eostre, titled "Mother Nature." (Click on the image for a clearer version of the painting.) I hope to have prints of her soon.
Eostre is an Anglo-Saxon mother goddess of the spring, associated with the growing light of the season, holy water in the form of morning dew, hares (her totem, from which we get the Easter Bunny), and new-laid eggs (symbol of fertility). Ceremonies dedicated to Eostre celebrate this season as a time of rebirth, renewal, and sacred transition: from winter to spring, from dark to light, from periods of our lives that have come to an end to those that are just beginning.
"April hath put a spirit of youth in everything." - William Shakespeare