Spring Blogfest: Gini Rifkin

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Bunnies, and Springtime, and Colored eggs, oh my

Spring, the very word means jump, and that is what is happening all around us. The Johnny Jump-up flowers are poking their heads up out of the earth, robin redbreasts are hopping about, and cottontail rabbits are leaping in the air—now Mad as a March hare is beginning to make sense. And speaking of rabbits, how did they come to deliver those brightly colored eggs?

Gini moon bunny 7According to the Venerable Bede, Eostre was the Saxon version of the Germanic Goddess Ostara. Her feast day was held on the full moon following the Vernal Equinox—almost the identical calculation as for the Christian Easter in the west.

One popular legend states the Goddess found a bird, wounded on the ground late in winter. To save its life, she transformed it into a hare. But the transformation was not complete. The bird took the appearance of a hare, but retained the ability to lay eggs…the hare would decorate these eggs and leave them as gifts to Ostara.

Another myth proclaims that one day, while sitting in a garden with her young entourage, a lovely songbird fluttered down to sit on Ostara’s hand. She whispered a few words, and the bird was transformed into her favorite animal, the rabbit.

This delighted the children, until they noticed that the rabbit was trembling with fear and anguish. That’s when everyone realized how unhappy the rabbit was at this transformation as it could no longer sing nor soar into the sky.

The children begged Ostara to reverse the spell, but having broken the “as ye harm none, do as ye will” rule, she found her power diminished to a point where she was no longer able to do so. The former bird must remain a rabbit for most of the year except at the onset of spring, when the power of the Goddess is at its height. Then the rabbit can return to its bird-form for a short while and lay its eggs. In celebration of its brief freedom and to reward the children who asked Ostara to undo the spell, the rabbit carries its eggs to children throughout the world.

To honor the creature she had wronged, Ostara etched the outline of a rabbit into the full moon, where you can see it facing left. Thus it soars safely against the sky, far removed from the perils that threaten it down here on Earth.

Wherever you are when you look up, may you find magic in the Moon, and new beginnings in the Spring.

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Colorado, 1880

When East End London meets the Wild West, sparks fly.

Kicked out of England for offending the Royal Family, Britania Rule heads for Leadville, in the Colorado backcountry. Passing herself off as a highborn lady, she pursues her dream of opening a parlor of spiritual enlightenment.

Cody James, her guide, thinks he must be half-crazy to hire-out to a female. But his luck at the gaming tables has run dry, and she’s his meal-ticket out of town. Betrayed by the only woman he ever loved, and shot and left for dead by a man he once called friend, Cody declares himself a loner.

Traveling side by side, they deny their desire for one another, but the Tarot cards say otherwise—and their hot night of passion confirms the prediction. Will love be waiting at the end of the trail? Or could Cody’s past destroy their future?

About the Author: Gini Rifkin lives near the foothills of the Rocky Mountains where she takes in abandoned farm animals. When not rounding up donkeys or chasing goats, she enjoys growing veggies and reading. Her friends and family are her greatest treasure. Her animals and writing her greatest joy.

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  1. Very interesting post today. Thanks for the giveaway too.

  2. Great post, Gini. You know I’m going to study the full moon this Friday night to find the rabbit! 🙂

  3. Rita Wray says:

    Great post, I enjoyed reading it.

  4. momjane says:

    Really enjoyed the story of how the easter bunny can lay eggs. Loved your post.

  5. Salisa Waheed says:

    I love reading about Myths, Legends and all. It is uplifting and a little bit refreshing.

  6. Very interesting post, enjoyed reading it

  7. Neva Brown says:

    I’m gathering lots of research on Easter–so many things I didn’t know.

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  8. Gini, I loved your post. I’ll have to look at the next full moon and see if I can find the rabbit.

  9. Tara Woods says:

    Wow… what a fascinating tale. I haven’t read about this before.

  10. intriguing info

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  11. Nikolina says:

    Enjoyed this post, thank you!!! 🙂

  12. Kristine says:

    Thank you for this very enjoyable post!

  13. Your post was very interesting and informative. First time that I’ve heard about these legends about the bird and rabbit etc.

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