Easter will be here in a week and a half. Do you ever wonder why sometimes it’s so late in the year? The date of Easter is cosmically based: it varies year to year since it’s scheduled for the first Sunday after the first full moon on or after the Vernal Equinox. Sounds a little “pagan”, doesn’t it? While it is celebrated today in the Christian community and culturally, it is based on many old traditions including those of Inanna, Ishtar, Horus, Dionysus and Mithras. The symbolism of eggs and rabbits on Easter refers to fertility, and Spring is when the natural world is at its most fertile.
Stay in keeping with the season, and celebrate and appreciate Spring using natural materials to dye your Easter eggs.
The blue eggs above were dyed with cabbage, the yellow with turmeric. The pinkish one is beet—you can try it—but it takes a while and it not very colorfast. Onion skins will create a dark orange color. You will be able to eat your eggs if you like, without worrying about unnatural dye bleeding into them.
BLUE: Chop up the cabbage and heat it in one of the pots. You can add a bit of vinegar; it might make the dye more pinkish. Let everything simmer with the eggs.
DARK ORANGE: Take the onion skins off the onions and heat them in the second pot. You can add a bit of vinegar here also. Let them simmer with the eggs.
YELLOW: Add turmeric to the third pot. It stains, so take care not to get it on the counter or anything that you don’t want to be yellow. Even a wooden spoon will be dyed yellow. You can add some vinegar to this one too. Let it all simmer with the eggs.
GREEN: First dye an egg with turmeric, let it dry, then add it to the cabbage pot to overdye into green.
1) Take a frozen blueberry and make patterns or drawings on the egg.
2) Wrap the eggs with rubber bands to make white stripes like the one on the lower right.
I suggest that you do some kind of treatment to the onion skin eggs, like wrap them with rubber bands or fabric to create patterns, or they sometimes end up just looking like dark brown eggs.
Have fun! With just these few things, you can make beautiful eggs and celebrate Spring naturally.