Eostre, "goddess of Dawn" According to Bede (c. 672 - 735), "Eosturmonath has a name which is now translated "Paschal month", and which was once called after a goddess of theirs named Eostre, in whose honour feasts were celebrated in that month. Now they designate that Paschal season by her name, calling the joys of the new rite by the time-honoured name of the old observance." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eostre Another symbol sacred to Eostre is the Hare, which eventually became the Easter bunny of today. In the cult of Eostre, the hare was a symbol of fertility, a common tradition amongst Anglo-Saxon speakers. The Christian church eventually took over the festival of Eostre, incorporating ancient customs into early Christianity. As the festival of Eostre was about celebrating life and re-birth, the Christians found it easy and convenient to exchange Eostre for their own symbol of re-birth, the resurrected Christ, while retaining the name Eostre or Easter. http://myths.allinfoabout.com/feature64.html Eostre worship consisted of: Ostern Hare, Ostara eggs, the Ostara sword, and hilltop ceremonies at dawn. ----------------- What the early Church fathers accomplished by inserting the spring equinox into the calculation of the date of pascha was to cut the Passover loose from its moorings in Scripture and move it to the date of pagan Eastre. Whether accidently or by intent, you decide.