Sunday, December 20, 2009

HAPPY WINTER SOLSTICE TO YOU!


The days have been getting shorter and shorter and now Mother Earth is tilting into the blessed sunlight again. Our days will begin to grow longer. Our ancestors came together in mid-December to celebrate the sun. We have all become so civilized that some of us have forgotten our roots.
It's not an either or celebration that occurs in December.
In our ancient times the solstice was celebrated as the birth day of various pagan sun gods. It was also the celebration of the more LIGHT and LIGHT meant LIFE.
Ancient cultures hauled giant stones over great distances to align them with the solstice sunset. Why? Most likely to celebrate the winter day on which the LIGHT returns.

I find it sad that the early PR team of the church, during the time of the Roman Empire, felt it had to choose December 25 as the day of Christ's birth, in order to compete with the Roman celebration of the solstice. The solstice, at that time was called SOL Invictus, the Invincible Sun. The day that Mithra, a Persian God of Light, Truth and Goodness, was born. I feel it's sad that they felt they had to compete with early images, from pre-Christian times of the Queen of Heaven holding an infant son god.

Christianity would have stood on it's own, celebrating the birth of Jesus, in Autumn (the actual time of Roman taxation or Spring, when shepherds would have been watching over their folks.
It would have been better for all of us, IN MY OPINION, if we had kept the message of Jesus and the message of the Solstice. Why? Because, too many of us have distanced ourselves from the Earth and her needs, her care. We have forgotten how much we owe our existence to her support system. We forget, that we are like fleas on the back of a giant dog. Not to mention how many of us have forgotten the FEW WORDS, that are attributed to Jesus, that he actually had to say to humankind.

The Julian calendar, introduced in 45 BC placed the shortest day of the year as December 25th, the turning point, from darkness to light. It wasn't until the Gregorian calendar came along and 16th century humans understood astronomy that December 25th was separated from the true date of the solstice.

I wish I could say that Christianity was linked to the Solstice because of humanities desire to celebrate the coming of LIGHT and LOVE. I wish that the Solstice was as ingrained as our other celebrations because perhaps if it was, we would take seriously the care taking of our planet.
We wouldn't debate whether there was global warming but make a commitment NOT to pollute our planet, because it's our home. That we would respect the land, that feeds us, the air and water, that we NEED to survive.

So, while we are celebrating our religious holidays could we spare a little thankfulness for the earth continuing to turn, the sun continuing to warm and light our lives and a planet, of which our physical bodies are made up of, for providing for us.

Happy Winter Solstice to you all.

:)Bea Create because you can.

8 comments:

  1. Thanks for a very informative post. I particularly like the notion that it is not an either or celebration.

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  2. Thank you. It makes me sad that our children today don't even understand this change in the light. :)Bea

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  3. Loved your post. I agree. So many people celebrate things and don't really know why they are celebrating it. All they know is that they have time off from work or school. They don't know the history of all these special days.

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  4. right, Yvonne, and some don't want to know anything. They want to even reinvent stuff. Some children from inner cities don't even know what the night sky really looks like. They are so disconnected from the earth no wonder they don't care about her. :)Bea

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  5. I think next year I will make it a point to celebrate the solstice in my new world order--more than many other things, the presence of light in my life is of enormous importance.

    I wish you light and warmth and time, dear friend.

    xxoo d

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  6. Excellent! And, the same back at ya, with love. :)Bea

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  7. Super and informative post Bea. Jim and I were talking about the shortest day yesterday. The sun is so low in the sky but it's all down hill to Summer now! I love love our planet and try so hard to do the right things, but sometimes it's difficult. At least we stuck with our pellet boiler, although it takes some work to maintain.

    Please don't move Christmas to the 21st, I'm not ready yet!!

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  8. Nah, I don't have much of a say about moving anything except my art stuff and fabric stash. You're save.
    :)Bea

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