Ostara, Eostre and Hewsos
We’re coming up on the time of year where another of the age-old arguments between hard recons and well… everyone else begin once again to crop up. The most frequent argument boils down to the fact that Ostara was included in the Wiccan Wheel of the Year. That in itself, does not say much at all. Wicca is by it’s nature highly eclectic, and borrowed elements from many different cultural traditions, Heathenry included. For the purposes of the remainder of this argument, I’ll once again reiterate my definition of Heathenry (which may nor may not be the same as yours), based on the most widely academically accepted historical etymologies of the word (you can find a fuller explanation of this particular argument in the section ‘What does Heathen Mean’). However, for the purposes of this writing, I’m defining “Heathen” as describing the Pre-Abrahamic religious practices of Indo-European peoples, and their descendant traditions. So that said, let’s get into who and what Ostara actually is.