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Ostara, {Morning-Star}.
Alternate meanings:Sunrise, Dawn, From-the-East.
[to Whom the twentieth day of November, day 324, is dedicated]

Geography/Culture: Anglo Saxon. {even this is uncertain}.
Linguistic Note: see Eostre Linguistic Note.
Description: Goddess.

Source: Kaster PCMD 55, 126.
Eostre, {She-of-the-East}.

Geography/Culture: Celtic{?}. English Anglo Saxon. There is a reference by Bede, 673-735 CE.
Linguistic Note: Eostre is from the same root as English East. Cognate with Dutch oost; Icelandic austr; Danish öst; Swedish östan; German ost, 'east'. Cognate with Latin aurora, 'east, dawn'; Greek eta-omega-sigma, (eos), 'dawn'; Sanskrit usas, 'dawn'. Related English words: east (and its derivitives), Easter, Essex (East Saxon).
Description: Goddess of dawn, spring and the earth's burgeoning fertility; She Who is associated with the increasing light and warmth of the spring season; She from Whose name and rites the festival of Easter is derived; Nature in Her young and vernal dress.
To Whom Sacred: the direction east; the northward equinox; the fourth month of the Saxon year which was called Easter-monath, after Her (approximately April -- it must have begun at the Equinox since their year began December 25).
Festival: The festival of Easter, which is named after Ostara, {Morning-Star}, was originally a spring festival in honor of Her, held in April. It was adapted to, and adopted by Christianity.

Source: LGE 52, 128; Kaster PCMD 55, 126; Skeat EDEL 187.
On-Niona, ----.

Geography/Culture: Celtic: Gauls.
Linguistic Note: Her name is compounded of the Beth-Luis-Nion letters Onn, 'furze', plus Nion, 'ash'.
Description: Goddess.
To Whom Sacred: ash-groves (in which She was worshipped); furze, also called gorse, (which with its golden flowers and prickles typifies the young Sun at the northward equinox).
Festival: Northward Equinox. Graves surmises this from Her name Onn signifying the Equinox, at the end of the Nion month (February 18 to March 17).

Source: Graves WG 192.
worked on: October, June 1995; August 1991. printed July 1990
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