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The Theft of the Winter Solstice

As the days shorten and the night lengthens, the wheel of time keeps turning and turning; ever revealing mysteries, but only for the one-eyed and one-legged mystics.

 

Eventually the time arrives as we experience the day of the least light and the night of the greatest darkness—the Winter Solstice. It is a time when the sun stands still for three days. Silence reigns supreme. And then….

 

Will the light return? Or are we destined to live in a world of darkness? These questions are put to the seekers of truth.

 

And they reply: ‘it may and… no, but it may not and… yes; it all depends on you.’ JC

This short passage reveals the inner truth of the winter solstice. It reveals that inwardly we each are a reflection of nature. We are not made in the image of God but we, as are all things, a reflection of God—Creation.

There are many mysteries of life revealed at this time of mid-winter? We will explore them shortly, but first we need to investigate the theft by Christianity of the winter solstice turning it into the birth of Christ. The tragic truth is that the theft has left Western Civilization with nothing but a broken vessel where once celebration, power and love reigned supreme.  

However, I will give credit where credit is due; in my opinion, one of the gifts, which has come out of Christmas, is Handel’s Messiah. It is such an awe-inspiring piece of music. And other musical themes have most assuredly impacted each of our hearts such as Tchaikovsky’s ‘The Nutcracker,’ ‘Silent Night, Holy Night’ and ‘I Dream of a White Christmas.’

Now please do not get me wrong as I believe that there are many other joyous things about the celebration of Christmas, which with close scrutiny will reveal that the various trappings of the season are metaphoric symbols of the winter solstice.

The problem that I have with the religious meaning of Christmas is that it is another lie of Christianity, not the greatest lie but still a lie. One that is based on a theft from a competing religion—Mithraicism: 

… there can be no doubt that the Mithraic religion proved a formidable rival to Christianity, combining as it did a solemn ritual with aspirations after moral purity and a hope of immortality. Indeed the issue of the conflict between the two faiths appears for a time to have hung in the balance. An instructive relic of the long struggle is preserved in our festival of Christmas, which the Church seems to have borrowed directly from its heathen rival. In the Julian calendar the twenty-fifth of December was reckoned the winter solstice, and it was regarded as the Nativity of the Sun, because the day begins to lengthen and the power of the sun to increase from that turning-point of the year…. The Gospels say nothing as to the day of Christ’s birth, and accordingly the early Church did not celebrate it….

 

The heathen origin of Christmas is plainly hinted at, if not tacitly admitted, by Augustine when he exhorts his Christian brethren not to celebrate that solemn day like the heathen on account of the sun, but on account of him who made the sun….

 

Thus it appears that the Christian Church chose to celebrate the birthday of its Founder on the twenty-fifth of December in order to transfer the devotion of the heathen from the Sun to him who was called the Sun of Righteousness.[i]

 

This lie combined with the greed of Capitalism has turned a joyous spiritual celebration, the ‘return of light,’ into a shame of materialism, consumerism and duplicity. The lie furthers the separation of people; whereas the honoring and the celebration of the winter solstice would provide a vehicle of unity as it may be experienced by all faiths and all persuasions.

The season of the winter solstice is a very special and spiritually significant time of the year. It is a time when the ancestral cultures of the past honored the darkness but gave cheer and thanks for the return of light, the returning sun, and all that it meant spiritually, metaphorical and symbolically.  For example, the ancient Druids celebrated Alban Arthuran (Winter Solstice) as a time when the sun god went into the underworld for three days to learn the secrets of life and death, and to bring out the souls to be reincarnated. The Holly King and the Oak King battle at the solstices. At Winter Solstice, the Holly King dies, and the Oak King is reborn.

To focus on a sham birth is to blind and deafen people to the spiritual truths and the meanings of this very important season. It is a great injustice. It does not contribute to the greater good of the world. It separates instead of uniting. And combined with the sirens song of capitalism, the lie binds people in ever tightening chains of consumption and spiritually implosive behavior.

Even if they chose to, the church could not keep the original meaning and significance of the winter solstice, unless, they did away with their ‘greatest lie’:

The historic record of the birth of Christ can be found in Matthew 1:18 – 25 and Luke 2:1 – 20. 

 

Unlike any other baby, the one born that night in Bethlehem was unique in all of history. He was not created by a human father and mother. He had a heavenly pre-existence (John 1:1 – 3, 14). He is God, the Son—Creator of the universe (Philippians 2:5 – 11). This is why Christmas is called the incarnation, a word which means “in the flesh.” In the birth of Jesus, the eternal, all-powerful and all-knowing Creator came to earth in the flesh.

 

Why would God do such a thing? Why would he come as a baby, instead of appearing in power and majesty? Why make himself a true man and live among us, when he knew full well how terribly he would be treated?

 

It was LOVE! It was necessary, if you are to be saved![ii]  

The irony of Christianity’s theft of the winter solstice is that the solstice does indeed honor the symbolic birth of the ‘light-bringers,’ such as Jesus. These are the messengers of love and light—the hero-shamans that first brought the knowledge of the fire of the heavens, the knowledge of the light in the darkness, to all of humanity.

These heroic messengers of light are born of the Virgin—the constellation Virgo. In the heavens Virgo is a Y-shaped group of stars resembling a cup that just happens to rise in the Eastern sky at this most spiritual time of the year. This is the mythic Holy Grail, the Cup of Light, the Bowl of Love that is Light—all the key to the metaphoric message of these virgin light-bringers—that the sun, the spiritual sun, is contained within all beings and all living things.

This is the message that Christianity does not want humanity to hear: that each one of us, like the light-bringers, is also a virginal vessel of love and light. No inborn sin here, just intrinsic love and light.



[i] James George Frazer, The Golden Bough, pp. 358 – 359

[ii] http://www.christiananswers.net/christmas/home.html

 


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