Christians celebrate December 25, as the actual birth of Jesus Christ. To many others, it is simply a time to share in Christmas cheer with family, friends and, of course, Santa Claus. But did you know that the origins of this time-honored holiday are more than the birth of the renowned spiritual ﬁgure and savior to many, Christ?
The diversely celebrated time of year is all related to the process.
First, however, let us look at why the December 25 date came to represent the birth of Christ. The Roman holiday “Saturnalia,” a week-long observance of the winter solstice, allowed for seven days of lawlessness. From December 17 to December 25 Saturn was honored during which no punishments would apply for breaking the laws. Saturnalia did not follow Christian principles, so in 4 A.D. Christianity set December 25 as the birth of Jesus hoping to convert Pagans to Christianity.
The date of December 25 was picked because the days leading up to it marks the winter solstice, the longest night and shortest day of the year. Late dawns, early sunsets, short days, and long nights are what we in the Northern Hemisphere will experience. Meanwhile, on the day of the December solstice, the Southern Hemisphere has its longest day and shortest night.
Many people view the spring and fall equinoxes, as well as the summer and winter solstices, as the sun’s cycle or Mother Earth’s promise to her children that we will always be cared for. Mother Earth’s never-ending cycle also has come to represent our soul’s growth in awareness along with our continual search for illumination.
Imagine, if you will, that in the spring as the sun moves closer to warm the earth allowing for the newness and reawakening of the Earth that your soul is also being reawakened or born. Having enjoyed spring’s rebirth and summer’s long, productive days, the sun and your Soul begins its slow descent into the next season, fall.
As the days start to get shorter, the decrease in sunlight helps the Earth prepare to rest as does our soul. Trees drop their leaves, plants rest, animals hibernate, and seeds take to the ground, waiting for the cycle of rebirth to begin again. Your soul takes this same journey as it releases its physical presence and makes its ascension back to Source to start its renewal cycle over and over again.
The winter solstice is a very spiritual time as the Earth readies for its rebirth, so it represents our rebirth out of darkness. For three days, the Sun seems to stand still in the skies, which symbolizes the sacred number three. As it begins to move again, the light starts to shine brighter, bringing with it the promise of renewal, more glorious days and a time to create.
The sun delivers the light to create the warmth of sexual energy, birth, resurrection. The birth of Christ brings with it the promise of the golden light of creation, a passion for life and all others. Mainly, it brings a time for personal transformation. Adepts of mystery schools and practitioners of the occult sciences can also attest to the cosmic currents and life force of each season. The following excerpt from Esoteric (Soul) Astrology best explains this process:
Winter Solstice occurs on December 21, the same time that the planetary keynote changes from Sagittarius to Capricorn. On the date of the Winter Solstice, the light currents submerged within the core of the Earth reverse and change course, just like the Sun, which is changing its southward course and turning northward.
A reverse movement of any planetary body creates a powerful force until the new motion or path stabilizes. Therefore, from December 21 to midnight on the morning of December 25th, there is a powerful force ﬁeld of light and radiation enveloping the Earth. We can minister to our own personal psychology if we attune ourselves to the inﬂuences of the different radiances of light falling to Earth each month and during the solstices and equinoxes.
Light waves descending to, and ascending outward from, Earth are an occult fact, meaning an inner reality not seen by most. Those of us desiring a more complete communion with spiritual forces must come to intelligent terms with this reality, for it is the movement of these everchanging currents of light poured upon Earth that provide our evolutionary growth.