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Saturday, April 23, 2011

HAVE A SPLENDID EASTER SEASON FROM THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

DISCOVERING OUR VALLEY        2011
Easter Greetings - Historic postcard - Gift to The Museum of the San Fernando Valley from Gerald Fecht 2010. (click on image to enlarge)

Magical symbols abound on this little card, printed in Germany at the turn of the 20th century. The child holds a wand of white flowers sacred to the ancient Goddess Easter (Oestre or Eostre). She or he is wearing a red Persian hat. The chick looks a lot like a crowing rooster, but since there is abundance of eggs may be a hen. 
Eggs since the dawn of recorded history have been symbolic of the resurrection of life in Spring. The Hare is the consort of Lady Easter and is related to the Indo-European God Hari. The Hare is the consort of the Goddess of Spring. The child plays the shepherd's Pan pipe yet another sign of Spring and the return of flocks to mountain meadows.
Christians, at the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, adopted the ancient feast of the Goddess of the Moon and the Dawn as the time to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus.

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