This is not going to be a historical tome on Eostre and Easter and where the two divide and meet. I can’t take much of that outside of a classroom. What I am most intrigued with isn’t historical mumbo jumbo, its these fierce women all around me. First, let me tell you all that I wasn’t too clear I like the word “fierce.” Then, all of a sudden, in this push onward to holy week and the cross, it is all I can see.
Fierce Women Inspiration!
- Lagertha Lothbrok: . I am obsessed with Vikings. Lagertha is incredible. Look at her. She is a warrior and she deals with all sorts of man-bullshit and she rises above it all. She rises above adultery. She rises above beatings. She rises above being taunted. She proves herself the most awesomely fierce women ever. I can’t get enough of her. If you haven’t watched this History Channel show, don’t miss it. Ragnor isn’t half bad either. I even took a stab at her hair. Now, looking at it, I need much more height.
This inspiration seems sort of pedestrian, I know. But watching these incredible Viking Pagan woman really reinforced a connection with spring and fertility and the full spectrum of what a woman has to bring to the table. The season is replete with pagan fertility symbols…eggs, rabbits, flowers….spring is in the air. Freyja and Iðunn blessed be!
- Mary1: Rev. Nadia Bolz-Weber wrote this book called Pastrix, I need to get it TODAY! That is an entirely different matter. I am behind in all my reading. At any rate Rev. Bolz-Weber gives an incredible sermon on fierce women too. Watch it now if you want.What is intriguing was how she posited Mary as so dang fierce. I will give you a synopsis, just in case. Mary is visited by Gabriel and told she is going to become pregnant, through the Holy Spirit. She accepts the call. We have her acceptance speech called the Magnificat:
My soul doth magnify the Lord : and my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Savior. For behold, from henceforth: all generations shall call me blessed. For he that is mighty hath magnified me : and holy is his name, and his mercy is on them that fear him: throughout all generations. He hath shewed strength with his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. He hath put down the mighty from their seat: and hath exalted the humble and meek. He hath filled the hungry with good things: and the rich he hath sent empty away. He remembering his mercy hath holpen his servant Israel: as he promised to our forefathers, Abraham and his seed forever.
Here she says she is blessed to accept this honor. Rev. Bolz-Weber, enumerates the ways in which Mary’s “blessing” really kind of sucked. She was a single woman at a time when she could have been stoned for that. She was blessed to lose her son in the temple when he was 12. She was blessed to watch her son tortured and killed. She says yes! She is blessed. The real answer here is that she is FIERCE! She was there till the end. She was at the cross. She was fierce no matter what!
- Mary2: Mary Magdalene was the other Fierce piece to this Easter story. Mary was there too, at the cross. Mary watched in horror as they took her beloved and put nails through his hands and feet and hung him to a cross. Isn’t that the fiercest place to be. They didn’t run or hide or shut their eyes. They were the only ones there. Mary Magdalene may be one of the only people to get what was really going to happen. If it was she that anointed Jesus with nard and mourned as she wiped his feet with her hair, she undoubtedly understood the plight of Jesus of Nazareth. There is other evidence that Mary Magdalene was entirely different than the accounts we get from our patriarchal forefathers. There are theories Mary and Jesus were married. There are theories that Mary was a temple worker at the temple in Magdala that worshipped Mari-Anna-Ishtar. The union of Mary and Jesus takes on some pretty exciting implications in that light. Then, and the best part, is that the Risen Jesus appears to Mary Magdalene first. What a statement about who is important at this season. What a statement about his view of women. Mary Magdalene, the Goddess temple working consort of Jesus Christ is effin’ Fierce!
This is the season for us to honor our own fierceness. These women…along with thousands more I don’t have time to mention, let us know that there are different models of sexiness and completeness and spirituality. Our society doesn’t like a fierce women. Screw em’ all and be fierce anyway. The Easter Season is all about the sexy, fierce woman. Channel them!