Such a simple, benign looking thing. So unassuming. Sure, it’s the ‘incredible edible egg’, but the egg is also incredibly symbolic. Consider: All life comes from some kind of egg, whether in the form of seed underground, or a vessel within the womb.
As Easter is fast approaching, I thought it might be cool to talk about symbolic egg meaning on a broader scale.
This being the month of April, it’s noteworthy that the full moon of this month is called the Egg Moon. This is according to Native American Iroquois tradition. This full moon prompts us to celebrate the explosion of bright beauty surging forth by the prompting of the Egg Moon. This Native American moon signifies the birth and creation of new life across the land. Furthermore, the Native belief is this moon actually lures the life out of the ground, encouraging sprouts to spring to life. Learn more about meaning of Native American Moon Names here.
Also this time of year, the egg is used in Christianity as a symbol of the resurrection of Christ. In essence, the egg is a metaphor for Christ breaking the for from the tomb of death just as new life cracks out of the casing of an egg. This comparison is featured during springtime festivals like Easter which deals with Christ’s spiritual ascendance and resurgence, as well as the celebrating the return of spring.
On the whole, egg meaning deals with fertility and creation. Countless creation myths begin with a grandiose, cosmic egg. Upon breaking open, the contents ooze out and begin forming the universe as it is known in whatever culture telling the story.
In Alchemy, the yellow yolk is symbolic of gold, and the sun. This yolk stands for vibrant goodies like: Life, Vitality, Light and Truth. The albumen (that white slimy stuff) signifies silver and the moon. The albumen is symbolic of neat things like: Support, Purification, Clarification, Nourishment.
Alchemists have fascinating beliefs about the egg as the origin of all life. This is shown in intricate illustrations of a serpent wrapped around the cosmic egg. This serpent is often called a uroboros…it is the serpent that eats its own tail. This is symbolic of always coming back full circle. The uroboros hugging the egg of the universe is symbolic of the ever recycling nature of life. There is no end or beginning, always a return to the source. That’s pretty heavy, I know, but there isn’t much in Alchemy that’s sweet and simple. In short, the serpent wrapped around the cosmic egg is symbolic of: Beginnings, Renewal, Infinite Potenential.
The egg is also a universal symbol of promise and potential. Within any egg, at any given time, there rests dormant the possibility of life Within that possibility of life infinite diversity. What I mean is, the egg prompts questions of potential like: How will this life manifest? Green eyes or blue? Prince or pauper? Rooster or hen? Fuzzy or silky? Genius or diabolic? In this sense, egg meaning also reminds us of the delicate balance of duality. In a way, the egg is a yin yang symbol. There is no such thing as all good or all bad. There is always a mix. But there is always a higher probability for certain traits.
If you’ve been following my work for any length of time, you might notice I get jazzed about snakes. For a myriad of reasons, snakes have always been my source of inspiration and wisdom. Perhaps it has to do with their symbolism of duality. A staggering collection of cultural myths consider the serpent a symbol of contradiction like: light vs. dark, creation vs. destruction, good vs. evil, etc. I dig that.
The simple answer to ‘what is a naga?’ is this : It is a serpent. Yep, naga meaning translates to ‘snake’. But that’s where simplicity ends. Various forms of nagas are found all across Asia and India. Each naga tells a different tale according to its location.
In India, snakes have been honored for centuries. To prove my point about duality, Hindu belief identifies the snake as having two distinct personalities. In this culture, nagas are both holy and maniacal, divine and devilish.
But in cultural symbolism, there is a reason for this two-faced aspect. Almost universally, snakes are typically feared or revered. They are the epitome of mystery. The serpent has wrapped its tail around countless legends throughout human history. Inevitably, there is a silver lining to a snake’s evil action. Vice versa, there is a consequence to a serpent’s good deed. Let’s break it down…
The Dark Side of Naga Meaning
To understand the dark side of naga meaning, we have to understand their behavior is not random. If a serpent lashes out, there is almost always a cause.
Let’s take the tales of nagas poisoning people. In almost all cases, these powerful serpents are not spewing venom for the fun of it. Nope. More often than not, the recipient of naga poison committed some kind of crime or misdeed. This scenario serves as a great moral in children’s fables. It’s a great teaching method encouraging children to be good – or else the naga will unleash their deadly spit. Yikes!
Nagas have an obsession with glittery goodies like gems, gold and other treasure. Woe be to anyone who came close to their hoard of sparkly collection of precious bits. Naga’s were known to squeeze the bejeebers out of anyone who attempted to go near its treasure. Who can blame the serpent for that? I’d be pretty cranky if someone tried to steal my vintage-mint-in-box Pee Wee Herman doll. lol.
Okay, I confess, I’m an advocate of serpents. Snakes, including nagas are often villainized. It just seem unfair. It’s true, most times serpents of legend have a reason to be nasty. But I must say…sometimes a wicked naga is just plain wicked. For whatever reason, naga’s are known to seduce an unsuspecting folks. Once lured in, the naga struck, killing the poor being who crossed the serpent’s path. Some naga’s are just bad eggs, I guess.
The Light Side of Naga Meaning
Now for the good stuff. The symbolic meaning of serpents (and the naga) often revolves around renewal and regeneration. In the case of Hindu naga lore, the serpent represents infinity and creation. This has to do with the snake’s ability to shed it’s skin. Out with the old, in with the new. After shedding, the snake is shiny and reborn. This theme is seen in many legends in Indo-Asia.
Another redeeming quality of the naga is protection. Extreme protection. As mentioned, you don’t mess with naga treasure. Often myth depicts the naga protecting booty not for themselves, but for the royalty of the land. If you ever tour around Asia or India, take a look at the temples. Odds are, you will find carvings of serpents wrapped around stairs and columns. This reinforces the aspect of fierce protection the naga provides.
Nagas are also associated with water and the underworld in Hindu belief. As such, they influence behavior of rainfall, rivers, and lakes. Not only is this vital in hot climates, it is essential for successful agriculture. In this sense, the naga is a positive symbol of provision, generosity and fertility.
There is another Hindu legend that states the naga showed kindness to Buddha. One day while Buddha was meditating, a torrential storm blew in, pummeling the Buddha with wind and rain. The nagas saw this and came to the Buddha’s aid. They used their hoods (similar to cobra hoods) like an umbrella to protect Buddha from the rain. Then they wrapped their bodies around Buddha to keep him warm from the chilly wind.
Closing Thoughts on Naga Meaning
See, so the serpent naga is not all that bad. I think the symbolic lesson here is this: If something seems scary or intimidating, there might be a positive side too. I’ll admit, snakes aren’t everybody’s favorite creature, but when we take a look at serpents through the eyes of different cultures – it gives us insight into new perspectives.
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Setting the Record Straight on Gorgon Meaning and Medusa
Did you ever see the 1981 version of Clash of the Titans? I did, and you know what? It wasn’t the Kraken that rang my bells. It wasn’t the Minotaur that made me go bonkers. Nope. It was Medusa. That scene with her luminous eyes and slithery snakes left me breathless. To me, she was majestic . Forget Marilyn Monroe – for me, Medusa was the ‘it’ girl.
Maybe that makes me a sicko. I mean, the term gorgon in Greek translates to ‘dreadful’ or ‘beastly.’ But in my defense, I happened to have some background history on gorgon meaning and Medusa before seeing the movie.
Did you know Medusa was once a breathtaking, bombshell of a woman? Yep, her beauty was legendary. That is, until one day Athena turned her into a gorgon.
Picture it, ancient Greece, a lusty Poseidon lays eyes on the ravishing Medusa. Unable to contain his libido in the presence of such loveliness, Poseidon makes a move on Medusa. She refuses his advances. She was quite chaste. As a matter of fact, her name Medusa means ‘to protect’ – and legend states she was quite protective of her purity.
Wanting to keep her virginity, Medusa resists Poseidon as best she can. As a last resort, she runs to Athena’s temple (who happened to be the virgin goddess who held purity in the highest regard). Poseidon eventually wore down Medusa, and forced himself upon her. Athena witnessed the tail end of the violation – not knowing Medusa was a victim. Instead, Athena assumed Poseidon and Medusa laid together in mutual consent, which was certainly not the case.
It was a slap in Athena’s face to see the two together within her temple of virginal purity. Enraged and insulted (not to mention quick to judge), Athena smote Medusa with the curse that made her into the so-called monster we see today.
The big crime here is that before Medusa’s gorgon days, she was quite a sweet girl. She was said to be generous, thoughtful, bright and beautiful. Sometimes nice girls just can’t catch a break. But the irony is, Medusa became quite a bad as* while living as a gorgon and even after her death.
Vengeance, Defense and Gorgon Meaning
Understandably, Medusa became pretty bitter about the whole turning into a monster thing. Part of gorgon meaning deals with a certain kind of seduction with the result being the death of whomever she woos. A gorgon was able to pluck a viper from her coiffure and command it to do her bidding. Sometimes this meant a killing strike upon an unsuspecting passerby. Was she playing dirty pool? Maybe, but maybe she had her reasons.
Another fact of gorgon meaning deals with the whole turning folks into stone bit. Rather than seeing stars, looking into Medusa’s eyes made a body see granite. Yep, meeting Medusa’s gaze turned a body into a boulder.
If you ask me, these are the most epic defense systems a beautiful woman scorned could have. But alas, poor Medusa met her fate when Perseus beheaded her. He did so by seeing her through the reflection of his shield, thus avoiding becoming a rigid rock.
The Legacy of Medusa – Gorgon Meaning That Won’t Quit
Okay, so Medusa’s plight continues to become more tragic after her death. Interestingly, death doesn’t staunch Medusa’s core spirit of generosity. Beneath that gorgon exterior, Medusa was still a giving being.
Even through an incredible, unwanted assault, Poseidon’s attack upon Medusa wasn’t entirely disastrous. Their union caused Medusa to become pregnant. Immediately after Perseus murdered Medusa, she gave birth to Pegasus, the magical winged horse who contributed much to Greek myth.
But that’s not Medusa’s only contributions after death. Here are a few contributions credited to Medusa, even after her beheading.
♦ A grand coral reef was said to be created in the Red Sea when Medusa’s blood trickled into the waters after Perseus set her head down on the shore.
♦ Medusa thwarted an unwanted marriage between Perseus’ mother and Polydectes when Perseus revealed Medusa’s gaze upon Polydectes, turning him to stone.
♦ Medusa had a part in creating the Atlas mountains. While traveling through Africa, Perseus was attacked by a Titan. After revealing Medusa’s stony stare, the Titan was transformed into the Atlas mountain range.
♦ To this day, Greek art depicts the image of Medusa. These pieces are thought to be protection against enemies and bad energy.
Pretty interesting that Medusa’s name means ‘to protect’ – she seemed to do a lot of that after her death.
Closing Thoughts on Gorgon Meaning and Medusa
In the end, I think the moral of Medusa’s story is this: Even the most awful so-called ‘monsters’ serve unexpected purposes. Therefore, it might be a good idea to think twice about the ugly, cranky, outcasts in our lives. I think gorgon meaning is intended to make us reconsider that which is ‘abnormal’ or ‘freakish.’
Look at all Medusa accomplished. Unfortunately, her path was a tragic one, and her greatest hits were celebrated after her death. Nevertheless, her legacy lives forever.
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If pressed to make a choice, I’d say Odin is one of my favorite ancient gods. Why? Because he’s old school. While Zeus was out playing pranks and scheming for more power – Odin had other motives.
What sets Odin apart from most gods in most cultures is that he was for the people. While many gods in cultures around the world were fixated on self preservation, Odin made great sacrifices to give humans the gifts they needed to survive in a harsh world. He was a true benefactor to the human race.
Here are a few reasons Odin makes my top 5 list of favorite deities:
He was a humanitarian
He was an animal lover
He had a great appreciation for art and poetry
He was a fearless warrior
He respected his comrades in arms
His thirst for knowledge was unquenchable
He never gave up, even when he knew fate suggested he should
He didn’t say much, but what he did say was profound
He understood great sacrifice is required for great gain
He was a pretty good-lookin’ dude from what I can tell ;)
Odin The Norse God and the Nitty Gritty of Creation
Odin is a father-god as well as a sun god. His association with the sun makes him a light-bringer, a creator, a passionate leader whose destiny simply must shine brightly. Indeed he was bright, and he did a crackerjack job and creating stuff.
Well, sure, there’s that little detail of Odin almost killing his father Ymir which isn’t a very creator-type thing to do. However, by slaying Ymir, Odin (and his brothers Vili and Ve) created middle earth. You see, Ymir was the first giant. After he was sacrificed, his blood became our oceans, his bones became our mountains, his flesh became our land, and his hair became our vegetation. To his credit, Odin didn’t entirely off his dad. Ymir still lives, although in a subdued state. You know Ymir is still alive and kickin’ when earthquakes happen, that’s Ymir shifting his body.
After middle earth was created, Odin got the bright idea to populate the place. So he took an ash tree and crafted the first man. From the elm tree, he sculpted the first woman. I’d say he did a pretty fine job on both physiques.
Odin was an industrious dude because he didn’t stop at creating the earth or humans. He also separated day from night. Quite a neat trick if you ask me. The ever-savvy Odin figured all this stuff needed a bit of organization, so he established Midgard (middle earth) for humans, then Asgard – the home of the gods.
The Secret Life of Odin – The Personality Behind the God
Within the god neighborhood of Asgard, there was a great hall called Valhalla. That’s where Odin chose to spend his days and nights. Interesting, the term Val means ‘death’ or ‘slain’ and halla means ‘hall.’ So essentially, Odin’s address was ‘the hall of death.’ But it’s not as macabre as you might think. This was a place of warriors who died bravely in battle, fighting for the cause.
Valkyries (which means ‘choosers of the slain’) also lived in Valhalla. These were lovely, strong women who at Odin’s bidding, brought the bravest fallen warriors back to Valhalla. This wasn’t a gloomy glum place to pass your time in the afterlife. Nope. Big feasts were thrown every day and night. Sometimes warriors had friendly tests of strengths against each other. Wild boar was served every night, and the mead (beer) flowed like waterfalls.
You’d think Odin would be whooping it up with his warriors and Valkyries, but hid didn’t. He never ate. Rather, he gave his meat to his two wolves, Geri and Freki. But boy-howdy he drank mead like a fish. A god after my own heart. Odin also preferred to be alone rather than join the antics. He was a deep thinker. I suppose the alone time allowed him focus and the concentration he needed to protect, organize and enhance his kingdom.
Odin had an inside edge when it came to wisdom. He had two ravens (sometimes crows, depending on the literature you’re consulting). Their names were Hugin, which means ‘thought’ and Munin which means ‘memory.’ Every day Hugin and Munin would fly throughout the land gaining information. They would return at dusk and report all the going’s on they observed to Odin.
As far as Geri and Freki – these weren’t any ordinary wolves. They were supernatural. These were warrior wolves gifted with super-canine strength. They adored Odin, and never left his side. So loyal, they would protect Odin with their lives. Woe to the fellow who went up against those hell hounds. Mangle-mania! Oy!
Always the animal lover, Odin also had a horse. But not just any horse. His name was Sleipnir, and he had eight legs. His name means “slippery” – I suppose he would be a slippery one to catch, having eight legs! Sleipnir was as devoted to Odin as Geri, Freki, Hugin and Munin. This horse was also endowed the gift to travel between dimensions. In essence, no place was off limits to Odin as long as he had his noble steed.
An Ode to Odin Meaning and Accomplishments
Odin had a phenomenal reputation for tending to the needs of the other gods in Asgard. He also paid special attention to his warriors. They were his pride. He took great care in their training and well-being.
Odin was always thinking of better ways to protect his people from the evil giants always wanting to pick a fight with Asgardians. So intent upon providing a peaceful, long-lasting existence for his people of Asgard, he made a gruesome sacrifice.
One day, Odin decided he needed more insight as to how to guard his people. So he went to the Well of Wisdom, which was guarded by Mimir. Odin asked for a drink from the well, but Mimir said there must be a price to be paid for such knowledge (there’s always a price, ugh). In Odin’s case, he had to pluck out his eyeball. Why Mimir wanted a slimy eyeball, I have no idea – but he got what he wanted, and Odin did too.
Ironically, with only one eye, Odin lost half his sight as well as his depth perception. But he gained ‘second sight’ or ‘otherworldly’ sight from the wisdom juice. From this ‘second sight’ he could see into the future, and what he saw was not good. He saw the ultimate demise of Asgard. But even after seeing this, he never gave up trying to find solutions to prevent its eventual end.
As mentioned, Odin also had a soft-spot for humans. None of the other Norse gods could really figure out what his fascination with us was, but Odin didn’t care – he kept looking out for us all the same.
He made yet another great sacrifice, this time on behalf of humanity. He wanted to obtain the powerful gift of Runes to give to humans. Runes are magical inscriptions that can be engraved on wood, stone, whatever. These inscriptions are a language that can guide people and also offer protection. They can’t necessarily tell the future, but the inscriptions can reveal certain potentialities that offer forewarning. The runes can also offer advice and solutions for various tribulations.
In order to get this gift for the humans, Odin hung himself from a wind-rocked tree for nine whole nights while being impaled with a spear. Ouch! But he won the right to have the Runes, and gave them to humans. Humans used them to help predict weather, crop behavior, oncoming threats, solutions to family squabbles, and much more.
Closing Thoughts on Old School Odin Meaning
In summary, it should be clear Odin was one bad as* when it came to protecting his soldiers, his Asgardians as well as human kind. It should also be evident that Odin was outrageously determined to think his way through any problem. He was rabid about finding solutions – even if it meant self-sacrifice.
Odin also stood up for his beliefs. Even when the other gods were questioning his motive for fiddling with us humans – Odin still provided regardless. He provided a home and happiness to his warriors even in the afterlife. He created an almost Utopian place to live where all kind could live in harmony – at least for a time. I’d say that’s pretty epic. And it’s pretty old school to have a vision and hammer down on it, no matter what.
I hope you enjoyed this article on various thoughts on Odin meaning as a wicked-awesome Norse god. Of course there is tons more to Odin, so don’t stop here. Keep researching. You’ll find out about his lovely wife Frigg, his buff son Thor, and his emo son Loki. Keep diving into the fascinating saga of Odin, and you won’t be disappointed.
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I realize bugs aren’t everybody’s best friend. That’s okay. You don’t have to get all cuddly-wuddly with bugs to gain good luck from them.
A lot of symbolic meaning of good luck bugs comes from cultural perception. For example, the spider might not seem a likely candidate for luck. In fact, they are villainized in some cultures. But spider’s were high-fortune bearers in Greco-Roman, Native American, African and other cultures.
Even if we leave cultural opinion out of the lucky mix, most bugs provide good luck simply by existing. Bugs like butterflies and bees pollinate thousands of flowers. Dung beetles help cattle by removing feces, making things more hygienic. Earthworms aerate the soil, making it more viable for good things to grow.
You get my drift. Whether good luck bugs get their rap by nature, superstition or culture – they are indeed capable of being very lucky for humans. The following are six examples of good luck bugs…
These babies are so pretty, you can feel lucky just seeing one! As a matter of fact, in Christian lore, the butterfly is considered a blessing because it represents freedom of the flesh and opening to the spirit. This is symbolically demonstrated by the butterfly emerging from its cocoon.
In Japanese culture, the butterfly is considered lucky in love. Butterflies are embroidered on matrimonial garments as a benediction for a long and happy marriage.
The Native American Hopi considered the butterfly to be one of the beings who created the world. I suppose this is very lucky, because without a world, none of us would be here!
The Maori of New Zealand believe the butterfly is good luck for a healthy, long life…even immortality. It was also considered a symbol of freedom and lucky for advancing ourselves into better places in life.
You wouldn’t think this little guy would be among the good luck bugs, but you might be surprised. Case in point, both Chinese and Mediterranean cultures believed the cricket to be extremely lucky. It was thought their chirping was a song of blessing upon good crops, and protection of the home.
In early Europe, crickets were considered good omens, and protectors or hearth and home. It was considered bad luck to kill one when found in the home or garden. In England there is a belief that crickets are a kind of guardian and watched over the family within the home, protecting them from evil spirits.
Some Native American legends honor the cricket because they are mostly nocturnal. As such, their chirping is a loving song that protects the people of the tribe against bad dreams.
By far, the ladybug is the luckiest in the garden. Not only do they pollinate, they also gobble up 100’s of aphids a day and those suckers can be disastrous to plants and crops.
In America, the common cultural consensus about the ladybug is lucky. If one lands on you, it’s considered very fortuitous, and killing one is considered bad luck. Making a wish on a ladybug in your hand will come true when the ladybug flies away. According to lucky superstition, counting the spots on a ladybug indicates your lucky month. For example, if ladybug has four spots, in four months, expect a windfall of good luck (according to superstition that is).
There is an ancient Chinese legend that links the ladybug with luck in love. The story goes that when a ladybug comes to call, it is a sign that true love will also pay us a visit. Further renditions of the legend state the number of spots on the ladybug indicate the amount of months that will pass until we are united with our true love.
These guys can win any bug-eating competition hands-down. That makes them very good luck bugs in the garden.
Shaolin monks in Asia closely observed the mantis, and revered it for its elegant movements. From this intense observation, the monks created a meditative form of martial arts similar to Tai Chi. This makes the mantis lucky in balancing peace with defense. Kung Fu is also based on the mantis movements. The Chinese believed the mantis was lucky in achieving peace and resolving problems without violence, which is ironic, for sure. But these fighting styles were created more for reverence and inner development than defense.
In Africa the mantis is lucky in dreams. When we dream of a mantis, it is almost always followed with a solution to a problem we are struggling with. It is believed the praying mantis whispers an answer to a conflict while we sleep. Upon waking up we must remember the message and that will help us through our troubles.
Caterpillar: The caterpillar is good luck in old England if one pitter patters across your garden. In this case, it’s tradition to gently take the caterpillar and toss it over your shoulder to solidify that good luck. I’m not sure how lucky it is for the caterpillar to be flung about, but there you go. Another English tradition is to take a caterpillar, put it in a bag, and if worn around the neck it can prevent respiratory ailments like whooping cough. Again, maybe not so lucky for the caterpillar. Oh, and consult your physician before tying caterpillars around your neck.
The Indian Upanishads indicate the caterpillar among good luck bugs because of the way they progress through life. There is philosophical appreciation for the way the caterpillar gracefully moves from leaf to leaf – this is considered lucky in travel and moving forward in life. Then, due to it’s transition from larva, chrysalis to butterfly it is thought to be lucky in transitions. Whether changing jobs or moving into a new home, the caterpillar is believed to be an omen for luck in any change in life.
In Native American tradition, the caterpillar is believed to be lucky in love. This is especially true with sex. Yep, you read that right. The caterpillar is considered a lucky charm for good sex and also successful conception of a child.
Bees: In nature, bees are obviously top on the good luck bugs list. They pollinate at mind-blowing rates. They insure the continuation of countless plants and flowers. Then there is their byproduct – honey. If you ask me and Pooh bear, we’re lucky just to have a pot of honey!
In ancient Egypt, the bee was a lucky emblem because it was believed to be the giver of life. It represented life, birth, death and resurrection. It was also a lucky symbol of strength and power. Apparently the Egyptians associated the bee with lightning and the sun. Bees were said to be born from the tears of the sun god Ra. This made encounters with bees a lucky sign of gaining strength and winning battles.
In Greek and Roman myth the bee is lucky in business. You’ve heard the term ‘busy as a bee.’ Well, the Greco-Roman’s observed their industriousness and considered the bee as a symbol of success when hard work is applied to any endeavor.
I hope you enjoyed this article on good luck bugs. I further hope these insights might help bring about more acceptance of bugs for those of you who might be creeped out by them.
These are certainly not all the good luck bugs in the world. There are tons of bugs, so there are tons of them that are considered highly fortuitous. I’d encourage you to do further research on this topic, and embrace the lucky potential of the insect world. Get buggy!
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Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “Carrying Away of Death”
I adore this holiday. It’s all about celebrating life, renewal and rebirth. This is an ancient German celebration practiced by the Pagans. Now please don’t let the term ‘Pagan’ freak you out. That word has been so maligned by media and religious zealots; the meaning has spun into a dark place. What is the true meaning of Pagan? It means ‘country folk.‘ That’s it. Not as scary as some might have you believe.
But I digress. Today’s holiday meaning celebrates the return of warmth, and the abatement of the cold. The celebration is called “Carrying Away of Death.” For Pagans, winter was symbolic of a time of darkness, and the return of spring meant the return of life from the grips of death.
The ritual of celebrating the Carrying Away of Death is symbolic and elegant. The Pagans made little dolls made of straw. These are symbolic of death and winter. These little figurines also represented the challenges faced over the harsh months of intense cold.
After the straw figures were made, a tremendous bonfire was lit. The bigger the fire the better! Once the fire got stoked to a ferocious peak, the Pagans tossed their little straw effigies into the fire. It’s important to note, fire is symbolic of transformation, energy and inspiration. Tossing the dolls into the fire, it was believed, transformed energy from dark to light.
Essentially, this act abolished all the experiences, energies and spirits that plagued the people through the winter. It was a symbolic act of saying goodbye to death and welcoming the return of life. This ritual was a physical demonstration of annihilating unwanted evil and tribulation. It was also a ritual of welcoming life, hope and the promise of warmer, better days to come.
Today’s Holiday Meaning – April 2nd “International Children’s Book Day”
Today’s holiday meaning advocates children reading books. It is also the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. He is most remembered by his enchanting fairy tales beloved by children all over the world.
This holiday was founded by The International Board on Books for Young People. Various countries celebrate this day in different ways. In Greece, a common tradition is for children to draw pictures of characters from their favorite books. In Denmark, there is a festival Hans Christian Andersen’s hometown. There, his books are celebrated, and read aloud to children. In parts of America, awards are given to children who have read the most books. Awards are also given to notable authors of children’s books on this day.
In closing, I hope you enjoyed this article on today’s holiday meaning (April 2nd). These two holiday’s are not the only ones occurring on this day – so do some research and see if you can find a perfect symbolic holiday that suits you!
The take-away point to this post, I think, is this: This is a day to celebrate potential. It is a day to embrace imagination. This day resonates with the promise of hope and new adventure. Why? Because between the Pagan Carrying Away of Death, and the recognition of igniting children’s imagination with books – we have a strong combo for awesome, limitless possibilities!
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