Do you really know what you are celebrating, or are you just following the crowd?
Late December, the time of the Winter Solstice (in the Northern Hemisphere, the shortest day and longest night of the year), is full of native Pagan celebrations.
The festival of ‘dies natalis solis invicti’, ‘birthday of the Unconquered Sun’ took part on 25 December. This was a Roman civil holiday honouring the worship of Sol Invictus.
The Roman winter festival of the Saturnalia (in honour of the god Saturn) was the forerunner of Christmas. Most contemporary Xmas tradition originated from this ancient Pagan festival. It was held on 17 December of the Julian calendar and later extended with festivities through to 23 December.
Sol Invictus certainly has resemblances to the worship of the fictitious Jesus personage. Sol's worship was introduced into the empire in AD 274 by Emperor Aurelian (214-275), who officially made it a state religion, putting its emblem on Roman coins. Sol was also the patron deity of soldiers.
Even the gospels failed to record the alleged birth date of the fictional Jesus figure. The Bible does not give a specific date for the birth of Jesus Christ. This is not surprising because this figure was a mythical hodgepodge of involuted urban legend and accumulated chatter, passed down from deluded camel drivers and early rabbis who were simply regurgitating earlier heathen Sun God myths.
What the Church had tried to do was convert the Sun god into the Son of God in order to win over the hearts and minds of the populace. In fact many Pagan deities with solar attributes were thought to have been born of a virgin at this time of year, because the allegory equated with the birth of that thing in the sky that we call the SUN!
Incidentally, Emperor Constantine proclaimed himself to be a Christian; however after the reign of Diocletian he maintained the title “Pontifex Maximus” the high priest of Paganism. His coins were inscribed: “Sol Invicto Comiti” (to my companion the invincible sun).
There is of course nothing new under the sun yet we do know that our life – giving sun is ‘born again’ at this dark time of year, regardless of all the misleading hidden Church agenda and evangelical 'Christ - Mass' fable behind it.
The natural Pagan agricultural calendar gives us the vital clues to the truth behind, man-made, Church propaganda regarding all our modern celebrations.
What many celebrate today on 25th December is in fact a hidden indication of the great storehouse of our native Pagan spiritual inheritance that links us intimately to ourselves, the planet and beyond…
A happy Saturnalia and to all and Hail Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun…
Pat Regan ©