A Vedic Eoster Egg

"I learned that the egg was, in fact, an ancient fertility symbol commonly associated with Venus and that the tradition of coloring and hiding Easter eggs actually originated in the fertility rites associated with many Venusian goddesses.

For instance, the egg symbol was sacred to the Babylonians. They believed that a Cosmic Egg of wondrous size fell from the heavens into the Euphrates river. From this marvelous egg, the goddess Ishtar (another Venusian goddess) was hatched. For this reason, the egg came to symbolize the spring celebration of Austrõn, Ôstarâ, Ä’oster or Eástre, a later Saxon goddess descended from Ishtar.

In time the Cosmic Egg story migrated to many other parts of the world. In Rome a representation of it preceded processions in honor of the Mother Goddess Roman. The egg was also part of the sacred ceremonies of the Mysteries of Bacchus, who incidentally is associated with the Green Man carved throughout Rosslyn chapel. The Druids used the egg as their sacred emblem, and in Northern Europe, China, and Japan, eggs were colored for their sacred festivals. Yet the egg as a fertility symbol has an even more ancient origin.

The Sanskrit term for the Cosmic Egg is Brahmanda, Brahm meaning “cosmos” and Anda meaning “egg.” In the Vedic Upanishads (appendices to the Vedas), the Hiranyagarbha or “golden fetus” was believed to have floated around in emptiness for a while before breaking in half to form the Dyaus (Heaven) and Prithvi (Earth). In this way, the egg represented celestial fertility and was associated with the feminine planet Venus. Together, the Cosmic Egg and Venus symbolized renewal and everlasting life at the top of the World Mountain of Meru.

For these reasons, I finally accepted the composite Venus Blueprint symbol as the most likely geometry and meaning behind the tower etching in Rosslyn’s sacristy. It seemed to me to be etched directly across from the now-sealed entrance of the crypt as a kind of fertility blessing into the afterlife for the Rosslyn barons. It was also an obscure invocation of Venus that the Church Fathers would not recognize."