Messages from the CELESTIALS


Ex-Prime Minister


7th April, 2007

through Marjorie

Pierre Elliott Trudeau as Russian peasant, by Marjorie M: I welcome you this morning, Pierre Trudeau, and wish you a very happy Easter. (He is hopping around the room.) Just what are you doing?

P: I am hiding Easter eggs ..... now why do you suppose the bunny hides his eggs?

M: Don't know.

P: Because he doesn't want people to know he's been messing with the chickens!

M: That is cute, and why are eggs and the hot cross buns applicable to Easter?

P: A lot of the traditions that we now associate with Easter occurred far before Christianity. Today's commercialization of every holiday has turned into a spending frenzy. With the advent of TV, the TV moguls and advertising people had to think of ways to make the people spend massive amounts of money. Ukrainian and Russian women prepared to celebrate the art of painting eggs to celebrate the Resurrection, and rebirth of spring with an art-form that predates Christianity. Easter eggs, once limited to the steppes and forests of southwestern Russia, (were) produced in patterns that were handed down from mother to daughter for centuries. These patterns are phenomenal and there are eggs in museums and private collections that are treasures. The egg itself was very significant. To the pagans it symbolized the primeval world egg, from which all of creation was hatched. Broken open it revealed the golden yolk like the brilliant Sun God, who was reborn each Spring to rescue the world from the dark grip of winter. And, like the quickening Earth, the egg could bring forth new Life.

Ukrainian Easter Egg at Vegreville, Alberta. Copyright Milson Macleod, August 1999 It is small wonder that it was venerated and became the basis for this sacred art. After Christianity came to this part of the World, those ancient symbols were converted into Christian meanings.

Hot cross buns also had pagan origins. It predates to pre-Christian England, where the bun was baked in honor of the Anglo Saxon Goddess 'Eastre', on her spring name day.

M: Gosh I remember my Mom and Dad, who came from Europe, celebrating 'name days'. That was a more important day than our birthday. Gifts were always exchanged on 'name day'. Because she gave me an English name that she could never pronounce, I didn't have a name day but my sister did and I was always jealous of that!

P: Yes, it was important and Eastre's name day was in the spring, and with the rise of Christianity the custom of serving the fragrant spicy buns transferred from pagan beginnings to Easter.

M: That explains why you're dressed like a Russian peasant today, and the outfit does become you.

P: I will tell you a little story about Russia a very long time ago. In the early 1900s Russia was ruled by Nicholas II, whose reign was momentous. He was destined to be the last of the Romanov dynasty and his Empire was destined to go down. His strongest props went over to the side of the peoples and Nicholas II was forced to abdicate. One of his prominent leaders at the time remarked "History does not know of another Government, so stupid, so dishonest, so cowardly, corrupt and treacherous, as this Government that we have just overthrown." Sound familiar? The more things change, the more they stay the same.

M: My Dad was in the war when Finland gained its independence between 1914 and 1917. He came to Canada in 1927. There was much hatred towards Russia especially by my Mother who referred to Russia as 'a Godless country'.

P: Yes the Churches were stripped of all their wealth and power, and religion as such was forced to go underground. The peasants kept their faith, and I'd say only about l0% of the population forgot their spiritual roots, and the rest quietly practiced their faiths. The Church has been re-established choice. Greek Orthodox is once again the predominant Church in Russia, however the young people are leaving traditional churches exploring Eastern religions and revel in the freedoms that were suppressed for so many years.

M: Are the people a lot better off since the overthrow of Communism?

P: Not really. At least under Communist rule no one starved, and now like all democratic countries, there are homeless, starving, poor and downtrodden. There is no middle class, it is quickly being annihilated sad to say but that's another story. I wish you and yours a safe, happy, healthy and productive holiday.

M: Thank you, and thank you for giving me a beautiful explanation of my European roots. I loved that.

P: You're welcome.

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