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The Magic of Easter Eggs

This article was written by Janina Renée
posted under Pagan

Throughout the Old World, Easter eggs have been used as potent charms and for attracting luck and warding off troubles. Easter eggs are also among the most charming and meaningful Pagan symbols, named as they are for the Goddess Eostre or Ostara, who presides over the Eastern Quarter, the Dawn, and the resurgence of life in Spring. Following are some thoughts on how we can take greater pleasure in the seasonal tradition of decorating eggs.

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