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William Edelen: Christmas Myth, Legend and Folklore

In William Edelen Blog - The Contrary Minister on December 16, 2012 at 9:58 am

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From WILLIAM EDELEN
The Contrary Minister

We are buried this time of year in mythology, legend and folklore. It’s good to get it all in perspective by rediscovering a few historical facts.

I have lost count of the thousands of time that we have been told that Christmas celebrates the origin of Christianity — which, of course, is false. Christmas was around for eons before Jesus was born.

The winter solstice comes from two ancient words, sol, the name of a sun god, and stice, meaning still, or the day that the sun stands still, the shortest day of the year.

Since all cultures have been so dependent upon the seasons, the four major festivals centered on the summer and winter solstices and the spring the autumn equinoxes. An equinox — equi, meaning equal, and nox, meaning nights, or equal nights — occurs midway between the winter and summer solstice, when days and nights are equal in length.

Those are the four corners of the celestial year. But with the return of the sun to once again warm the earth and bring forth a resurrection of life, the winter solstice became the greatest of all the festivals.

The ancient festival in Rome was known as the Saturnalia. The emperor Aurelian established an official holiday called “Sol Invecti,” meaning “unconquered sun” in honor of the sun god, Sol. It was held Dec. 24 and 25 and established Dec. 25 as the official solstice. All the other religions that worshiped sun gods also took Dec. 25 as their fixed date for their festivals.More...

A major one was in honor of the Egyptian divine mother, Isis. Early Christians used to worship in front of statues of Isis suckling her divine child, Horus, the babe that she had conceived miraculously. In 350, Pope Julius I decreed that the birth of Jesus would be celebrated on the same day as all the other sun gods, Dec. 25.

One of the more interesting myths — obviously related to the Christian myth — is that of Mithra. Mithra went to heaven until he returned a savior for all mankind. A star fell from the sky when Mithra was born, shepherds witnessed the birth and Zoroastrian priests, called “Magi,” followed the star to worship him. They brought golden crowns to their newborn “King of Kings.” His birth was celebrated on Dec. 25. It was called the Mithrakana.

Now, when someone tels you that we just have to get back to the true meaning of Christmas, remember that the true meaning of Christmas is a celebration of nature, the sun and a return of the sun to warm the earth for resurrection and new growth. This has been the major festival in the life of human beings for at least 6,000 years — and quite possibly the last 15,000 to 20,000 years.

Christmas started at the formation of our solar system with our little planet — the third one out from a minor star named Sol — spinning on an axis that is tilted at a slight angle to its orbital path around the sun.

I like knowing where our celebrations fit into the large picture of our human family.

It relates me to “time past and time future… where past and future are gathered … pointing to one end… which is always present.” (T.S Eliot).
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  1. In Prehistoric Lunar Astronomy, Indian scholar Dr. S.B. Roy remarks:
    To the ancients…heaven was the land of gods and mystery. The sky…was itself living. The stars were the abode of the gods. The shining stars were indeed themselves luminous gods. Astronomy was the knowledge not of heavenly bodies, but of heavenly beings: It was the heavenly, celestial cosmic or divine knowledge—knowledge of devas—the bright luminous gods.7

    The selection of the twenty-fifth of December as [Jesus‘s] birthday…having been from time immemorial dedicated to the Sun, the inference is that the Son of God and the Sun of heaven enjoying the same birthday, were at one time identical beings. The fact that Jesus‘ death was accompanied with the darkening of the Sun, and that the date of his resurrection is also associated with the position of the Sun at the time of the vernal equinox, is a further intimation that we have in the story of the birth, death, and resurrection of Jesus, an ancient and nearly universal Sun-myth, instead of verifiable historical events.

    ***

    “Were you aware that there were fifteen major religions that had the same identical teachings of Christianity? Most people aren’t. And I’m very suspect of a sixteenth religion which is copied off of fifteen previous religions, and I am told that this one is the truth.”
    Jordan Maxwell, “Matrix of Power”

    All the following pre-Christian deities shared the myth of a virgin birth on December 25th, crucifixion and resurrection:
    Chrishna of Hindostand, Budha Sakia of India, Salivahana of Bermuda, Zulis and Osiris of Egypt, Odin of the Scandinavians, Crite of Chaldea, Zoroaster and Mithra of Persia, Baal and Taut of Phoenecia, Indra of Tibet, Bali of Afghanistan, Jao of Nepal, Wittoba of the Bilingonese, Thammuz of Syria, Atys of Phrygia, Xamolxis of Thrace, Zoar of the Bonzes, Adad of Assyria, Deva Tat and Sammonocadam of Siam, Alcides of Thebes, Mikado of the Sintoos, Beddru of Japan, Hesus, Eros, and Bremrillah of the Druids, Thor of the Gauls, Cadmus of Greece, Hill and Feta of the Mandaites, Gentaut and Quexalcote of Mexico, Universal Monarch of the Sibyls, Ischy of the island of Formosa, Divine Teacher of Plato, Holy One of Xaca, Fohi and Tien of China, Adonis of Greece, Prometheus of Caucasus, and Ixion and Quirinus of Rome.
    (For more info read: “The World’s Sixteen Crucified Saviors – Christianity Before Christ” by Kersey Graves)

    Sirius, the brightest star in the night sky, is the star in the East. On Dec. 24th it aligns with the three brightest stars in Orion’s belt which are called (and have been called since ancient times) the “three kings.”

    The three kings line up perfectly with Sirius pointing to the exact spot in which the Sun will rise the next morning. The larger constellation in which this takes place was known to the ancients as the “manger” or the “cradle” which is visible just before dawn on Dec. 25th . So the three kings or three magi effectually “follow” the star in the East to the manger, the birthplace of God’s Sun at the Winter Solstice. “Easter” also derives from the Eastern Star Sirius.

    The three gifts of the magi are Frankincense, Myrrh, and Gold. Frankincense is an amber resin that was burned at solar temples, Myrrh was known as “tears of the Sun,” and Gold too long represented the Sun in the ancient world.

    The recurrent “virgin” theme represents the constellation Virgo, which is Latin for virgin. “The ancient glyph for Virgo looks like an M which explains the M names of “virgin mothers” like Jesus’ mother Mary, Adonis’ mother Myrra, Buddha’s mother Maya, and Horus’ mother IsisMeri. Virgo is also called the House of Bread and the zodiacal symbol shows a woman holding a chaff of wheat, representing the August/September time of harvest.

    Bethlehem also means “House of Bread” and is a reference to the constellation Virgo, not a place on Earth. At its lowest point the sky on Dec. 22nd the Sun resides in the Southern Cross or the Crux, a cross formed by stars symbolizing the crucifixion.

    After steadily traveling downward since the last solstice, the Sun stops movement at the Southern Crux for 3 days then rises again the Son dies on the cross and after 3 days is resurrected.

    No people of the ancient world believed the Sun to be God. That belongs in the disinformation file. In point of fact, every ancient culture and nation on Earth have all used the Sun as the most logically appropriate symbol to represent the glory of the unseen Creator of the heavens.

    zeitgiest; religion

    http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/zeitgeistsourcebook.pdf

  2. Very informative. See, also, the work of D. M. Murdock who writes under the pen name Acharya S. Keep the William Edelen coming. His writing is quite lucid.

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