Christmas – its original meaning

winter solstice

Today, 22 Dec. 2015, we have the Northern Hemisphere Winter Solstice. From now on the days are getting longer again. What more and more people begin to acknowledge is, that this is the original reason for festivities in December. Yes, Christmas is the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus or the rise of Christ consciousness, but there is more to it.

While Christians seem to claim ownership of the winter solstice festivities, it is time to realise that there has always been something spiritual about this time of year that precedes the Christian era by thousands of years. In fact in various cultures across the planet there are many traditions and ceremonies linked to the turning of the sun, the return to life or resurrection from the death of winter.

So Christmas actually represents a tradition of worshipping the “Sun of God” as the day begins to become longer than the night, and the reborn Sun soars higher and higher, allowing the days to be warmer and the leaves to spring forth again.

Many holidays we celebrate are based on the solar cycle, ancient lunar and astrological calendar. The relationship between nature and our present holidays lies in the mystical beliefs of our pagan / shamanic past. When Christianity was introduced into the indigenous Germanic and Celtic areas of Europe, the missionaries were not able to suppress the deep-rooted traditions that had shaped the lives of people. Therefore they tried to fill the old traditions with the Christian belief system and the church stipulated to synchronize the pagan holidays with the Christian ones. 

For example, Easter is calculated as the first Sunday after the full moon after the Spring Equinox. Originally Easter is the celebration dedicated to the goddess of spring, Ēostre or Ostara, and the positive power of new beginnings and the awakening of life after the winter season. And the pagan Scandinavian and Germanic people of northern Europe for example celebrated a twelve-day midwinter (winter solstice) holiday called Yule or Jul, predating the Christian era.

Happy Winter Solstice!
I wish you peace, vibrant good health, prosperity, love, truth,
ease, joy and jubilance.
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Related keywords: Brumalia, Saturnalia, Mithraism, The Lost Books of the Bible,
Dead Sea Scrolls, Ancient Essene Teachings

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