This is an article I wrote last year regarding the pagan roots of Easter Sunday, or Ishtar.
Today, Christians across the world will be celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter. Many people will be attending a sunrise church service, maybe painting a few eggs with their children and later having an Easter egg hunt around the yard or local park. Many children will wake up to find that the Easter bunny left them a basket full of goodies. It was a tradition that I grew up with and I have fond memories of spending Easter with my family painting eggs and going out of town to meet up with other family members to have an Easter egg hunt and a great Easter dinner. I’m sure many Americans had similar experiences growing up and may still practice these traditions with their family today. Most everybody does it every year without question or knowing the roots of these traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
I want to say right off the bat that I am NOT attacking anyone’s religion or traditions, nor am I trying to tell anybody that their traditions or religion is wrong. I believe in freedom and what you believe and practice is solely up to you and your family. I simply want to bring to light some of the truths that have been buried over the centuries that people may not realize about the traditions and symbols surrounding Easter. During the latter days of Rome, Emperor Constantine was in a great dilemma on how he was going to preserve a declining Empire. For the last few centuries, Christians in the Empire were heavily persecuted. Jesus warned His disciples of the tribulation that would follow after his ascension into heaven. Christians all across the land were rounded up by the Romans and thrown into the coliseums and arenas across the Empire to be shredded by the lions and wild beasts as entertainment to the degenerate population. But for every Christian killed, more would rise up in their place. The Christian faith was spreading and it was said that Christian blood was like seed upon a fertile ground. Emperor Constantine knew this and realized that the days of the Empire were numbered. The religion of the Empire was an extension of an ancient religion that originated in Babylon known over the ages and in the Bible as Mystery Babylon. The deity that they worshipped was the Sun. I will get into the esoteric symbolism on what the sun really represents in a later post, for there are still those who worship this deity in secret across the world today. Though the Roman’s main deity was the sun, or Jupiter/Apollo, their religion was a pantheistic religion with many gods and goddesses that were worshipped all the same.
Many historical accounts that have been written over the centuries reveal that Constantine saw a vision of a cross in a dream and was ordered by God to inscribe crosses on the shields of his army. In the book “Pagans and Christians” by Robin Lane Fox, it is documented that he claimed that he and his army saw a vision of a cross in the noonday sky inscribed with the words “By this, conquer”. Thus, Constantine converted to Christianity, or so most people thought. He knew that he couldn’t neutralize the Christians that were spreading throughout the Empire, so instead of destroying them, he joined them and shrewdly combined Christianity with the pantheistic pagan religion of Rome. Rome became the Holy Roman Empire. As time went on and as paganism continued to intertwine with the Christian religion, the Holy Roman Empire became what is known today as the Roman Catholic Church. Rome became the Vatican and the Emperor became the Pope. The pantheon of old Roman gods became the pantheon of saints. The original Sabbath day which was the last day of the week (Saturday) according to the Lord in the Book of Genesis became Sunday, or the Day of the Sun and that is why almost all Christians worship on Sunday. Any person with a basic understanding of the symbols of the Mystery Religion can go to the Vatican and see the obelisk with the cross at the top and St. Peter’s Square laid out as an ancient temple of the sun. With the merging religions and symbols came a merging of customs and traditions. Easter is one those traditions.
The name Easter comes from a name of an ancient Assyrian goddess Ishtar or Astarte. Ishtar is just another name of the goddess that was originally worshipped in Babylon whose real name was Semiramis, wife of Nimrod. As the Mystery Religion of Babylon spread throughout the Middle East, the names of Nimrod and Semiramis changed. In Egypt they were known as Ra (Osirus) and Isis. In Phoenicia, Bel (Baal) and Astarte. In Greece, Zeus and Aphrodite. Rome, Jupiter and Venus. Ishtar was known to the ancients as the goddess of fertility. The Rites of Ishtar and Beltane became a traditional ritual and celebration during the spring time when it was believed that Ishtar fertilized the land after the dead of winter and thus new life sprang out of a fertile ground. The Easter or Ishtar egg is a symbol of fertility as well as the rabbit. These symbols come directly out of the ancient pagan religion and have nothing to do with the resurrection of Christ.
In the book “The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop, he states:
“Then look at Easter. What means the term Easter itself? It is not a Christian name. It bears its Chaldean origin on its very forehead. Easter is nothing else than Astarte, one of the titles of Beltis, the queen of heaven, whose name, as pronounced by the people Nineveh, was evidently identical with that now in common use in this country. That name, as found by Layard on the Assyrian monuments, is Ishtar. The worship of Bel and Astarte was very early introduced into Britain, along with the Druids, “the priests of the groves.” Some have imagined that the Druidical worship was first introduced by the Phoenicians, who, centuries before the Christian era, traded to the tin-mines of Cornwall. But the unequivocal traces of that worship are found in regions of the British islands where the Phoenicians never penetrated, and it has everywhere left indelible marks of the strong hold which it must have had on the early British mind. From Bel, the 1st of May is still called Beltane in the Almanac; and we have customs still lingering at this day among us, which prove how exactly the worship of Bel or Moloch (for both titles belonged to the same god) had been observed even in the northern parts of this island. “The late Lady Baird, of Fern Tower, in Perthshire,” says a writer in “Notes and Queries,” thoroughly versed in British antiquities, “told me, that every year, at Beltane (or the 1st of May), a number of men and women assemble at an ancient Druidical circle of stones on her property near Crieff. They light a fire in the centre, each person puts a bit of oat-cake in a shepherd’s bonnet; they all sit down, and draw blindfold a piece from the bonnet. One piece has been previously blackened, and whoever gets that piece has to jump through the fire in the centre of the circle, and pay a forfeit. This is, in fact, a part of the ancient worship of Baal, and the person on whom the lot fell was previously burnt as a sacrifice. Now, the passing through the fire represents that, and the payment of the forfeit redeems the victim.” If Baal was thus worshipped in Britain, it will not be difficult to believe that his consort Astarte was also adored by our ancestors, and that from Astarte, whose name in Nineveh was Ishtar, the religious solemnities of April, as now practiced, are called by the name of Easter–that month, among our Pagan ancestors, having been called Easter-monath. The festival, of which we read in Church history, under the name of Easter, in the third or fourth centuries, was quite a different festival from that now observed in the Romish Church, and at that time was not known by any such name as Easter. It was called Pasch, or the Passover, and though not of Apostolic institution, was very early observed by many professing Christians, in commemoration of the death and resurrection of Christ.”
It is worth noting that the Puritans and the Pilgrims both did not celebrate Easter nor Christmas when they colonized the New World. They understood the roots of such celebrations thus it was banned. Christmas also has its roots in the Mystery Religion, for it was called Saturnalia in Rome until paganism and Christianity were merged. I will get into some of the traditions of Christmas and their pagan roots in December.
Again, I want to make it clear that this is not an attack upon anyone’s personal belief system. I believe in the freedom guaranteed by the 1st Amendment of the Constitution and would fight and die for any person’s right to worship any deity or deities in any way they see fit. I just wanted to shed light on some things that you may have not have heard before. Most people grow up, live their life doing things then later dying without ever questioning anything that has been passed down through the generations. This blog is about the truth and the truth must be found by each and every individual. We must stop blindly believing what has been told to us by our parents, our siblings, our teachers, our preachers, our media, and especially our politicians. For the priests that practice the arcane Mystery Religion behind the closed doors of their temples and lodges still exist and are still in control today, and like Constantine who manipulated the Christian population to forsake the real teachings of Jesus and adopt pagan traditions, they are still manipulating the population of the whole world to further their own ends.
For more information on Easter and the Mystery Religion I recommend reading:
“The Two Babylons” by Alexander Hislop, published in 1853. This is an excellent resource written about how the traditions of paganism intertwine with Christianity.
“Pagans and Christians” by Robin Lane Fox, Published by Harper & Row, 1986.
I also recommend researching the Scriptures for yourself instead of believing what your preacher or priest says.
Druidic Spring Equinox and Beltane Festivals: