Happy Easter! Easter is a wonderful time of year. It’s the beginning of spring – the energy of renewal, birth and beginnings. Usually around Easter time there is a media bombardment of eggs – coloured eggs, speckled eggs, confetti filled eggs, cream filled eggs – every edible and plastic glitter egg you can think of. In the spirit of birth and beginnings, the egg is the perfect symbol. It represents purity, strength, protection, and unlimited potential. The egg can be anything or it can be nothing (empty). Also it’s the prefix to a plethora of puns – egg-acxtly!
As a food source – the egg is close to perfect. It can be made in a multitude of ways either simply or complexly. In baking and cooking it’s an integral ingredient, providing the “glue” binding the individual constituents into one solid item or “dough”. Eggs are one of the only foods that contain all essential amino – the building blocks for our body’s proteins. Eggs may get a bad rap sometimes because they contain cholesterol, yet cholesterol is necessary for making hormones and repairing blood vessels. When it’s ingested in excess then it can be an issue, as can most things.
Metaphysically the egg has powerful properties. It’s fragile and can crack easily, yet in the proper position you can balance a book on a geometric array of eggs. Cracks can appear in the shell yet the pliable skin underneath keeps the egg together despite of the cracks. Analogous to a metaphor, you can have cracks on the surface yet still remain together and untouched at your core. Many metaphors are made about the strength yet fragility of the shell. Hard on the outside and soft and gooey on the inside. A hard shell develops to the protect the defenseless valuable center. Calcium carbonate, a commonly used homeopathic derived from egg shell, has a personality trait of a overly sensitive and emotional person whom overcompensates with a tough impermeable attitude as an unhealthy defense mechanism.
Eggshell is ironically not impermeable, even though it may appear to be so. Eggs can be dyed, holding the colour in their shell, and water can penetrate the egg to boil or cook the inside. Hence, the shell is porous and penetrable, along with being strong and protective. The same is true with someone using a tough and armoured exterior – they are soft on the inside and things do penetrate through, affecting their internal composure and emotional self. Comments do not bounce off of them and the hurtful words they speak are more indicative of how they feel about themselves. Retorting with hurt back is not a defense. Treat them with compassion as a way to display how they should be treating themselves – with positivity and love. Love is always the retort, as it is the answer and treatment for hurt and pain. Comfort and compassion.
Medically the egg is integral in hormone balancing and fertility. Eggs contain the potential for life – a complete set of our chromosomal genetic makeup. Women are born with their eggs – this potential to create a new life (which can produce a strong longing in those with a “mother” instinct). If the egg itself is dysfunctional and doesn’t properly divide then it affects hormone secretion and balance, affecting the entire individual’s mood and physicality. Infertility is now a common occurrence in our North American society. The prime reason an egg does not implant into the uterus after fertilization is due to chromosomal abnormalities – the egg quality is not optimal and the egg has the autonomic intelligence to terminate itself if it’s not adequate for surviving. Even in the simplest form the egg has complex capabilities.
The above image is incredibly fitting for this blog post. Not only does it show the beauty of eggs, it also displays the importance of the nest in supporting and nourishing the egg. The same is true for fertility – egg health is just as important as the health of the environment that supports it. That could be the physical health of the woman and her uterine lining, her mental-emotional health and stress levels, and/or how she feels supported in the world and her social support network. All factors are important in ensuring the egg will flourish in life.
The egg can be anything. In it’s simplest biochemical microscopic form it provides nutritional building blocks, amino acids, that are essential for life. In it’s most complex macroscopic form it has the ability to fertilize and grow into a human life. Hence, the egg is a perfect symbol for birth and beginnings.