By Annie Dieu-Le-Veut
The original, pre-Christian name for Easter was Oestre, named after the goddess of the Spring Equinox, when painted eggs would be left as offerings to her in her serpent form, at her shrines. Oestre’s festival of healing and regeneration was always on the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
The Christian church, more interested in solar iconography than lunar, adapted this date to the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox.
It was the Christian church that also, unfortunately, demonised the wise serpent in order to establish its own more solar religion, and in doing so, the root of the cognitive framework for mind-body-spirit healing vanished from our stories that we pass down over generations, and thus from our collective consensual consciousness.
In recent years, though, there has been a resurgence in the practice of spiritual healing. This, despite more scientifically-inclined medicos insisting that it must be some kind of ‘woo woo’ which can’t really work. They think it couldn’t possibly work because the rationale for why it should work has been lost. Modern Western material science has given orthodox medicine a framework from which they cannot stray to find out what is possible, and it doesn’t recognise anything which falls outside of that purview.
So to give a rationale for spiritual healing, we need to go back before the days of Western science to find the older shamanic science which is at its root, to examine the cognitive framework upon which it was built, and that’s what this article will be about.