Astrology and Christmas: All Posts Midwinter Festival

(Astrology Explored) Our ancestors watched the sun, moon and stars to determine the passing of time. Of particular importance, besides the full moon, were the solstices and equinoxes. The theme of both solstices and equinoxes was the interplay of the light and the dark, both being essential to the balance of the Universe. Winter Solstice stories revolved on the death of the old year, the old sun, and the birth of the new. In the middle to the cold and the dark was the hope that the sun would once again warm the earth. Over the years I’ve written a number of pieces about this time of the year, so I thought I’d share them with you once again.

The Astrology of Christmas Myths–Holiday Sales Will Save Us

The Astrology of Zodiac Ages: Christmas and the Next Two Thousand Years

The Astrology and Astronomy of the Star of Bethlehem

Astrology, History and the Winter Solstice: Our Christmas Traditions

Astrology and Mythology: Saturn’s Story and Saturnalia

The Astrology of Christmas: Winter Solstice Traditions

The Astrology of Christmas: Dickens and Scrooge

The Astrology of Christmas: History, Prophecy and Bad Uses of Astrology

Happy Holidays!

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The Astrology of Zodiac Ages: Christmas and the Next Two Thousand Years

Christ is born in a manger(Note: Click on YouTube video on bottom to listen as you read)

“So this is Christmas.
And what have we done?
Another year over,
And a new one begun”

–John Lennon

Much of the world marks the birth of Christ on December 25 even though many of us know darn well that the chances of Christ being born on this actual day is pretty close to nil.

No matter.

He was the herald of the Age of Pisces, a symbol of man’s potential to rise beyond the limitations of our body so that we can reach out to the heavens.

We are young species compared to others on this planet. Our baser natures can drive us to murder our own kind, a rarity in the animal world. Yet we are a cooperative species, in which we will send aid and comfort to those who are nameless and faceless, yet whose plight move us to compassion. In our species toolbox is insatiable curiosity, and the opposable thumb. We have the capacity to reason and with this reason see beyond ourselves, to other dimensions that exist in the Universe.

Yet for all our incredible abilities and what we’ve accomplished, many of us still fail to grasp the lesson the herald of the Age of Pisces tried to tell us— Continue reading

The Astrology of Christmas: Winter Solstice Traditions

Christmans Tree(Astrology Explored) Our Christmas traditions, the Christmas Tree and Mistletoe go back our ancient roots as a species. Wikipedia reports the Christmas Tree was a tradition tied to the Winter Solistice as far back as the Chaldean culture.

From Wikipedia:

“In the Chaldean custom, Tammuz, son of the sun god Nimrod and the virgin mother Semiramus, was known as Zero-Ashta, “The seed of the woman,” and also Ignigena, or “born of the fire”. At the time of the winter solstice, the past sun god would die, his branches stripped from him – and one piece, the seed, would enter the fire on “Mother-night” as a log. The next morning, the new triumphant sun god was born from the fire as a tree, the “Branch of God”, who was celebrated for bringing divine gifts to men.

In the Bible, Jeremiah the prophet admonishes those who dare to erect such a pagan artifact: “Thus saith the Lord, learn not the way of the heathen…For the customs of the people are vain; for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe. They deck it with silver and gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers, that it move not.” (Jeremiah 10:2-6)”

Egyptians carried through the same tradition by bringing in fronds of palm trees into their homes and the Romans set up fir trees and decorated them with pieces of metal.

Ancient Celts would decorate with greenery from evergreen trees and burn a log on the solstice, celebrating the perpetual cycle of life, the death of the old Sun god and the birth of the new on the Solstice.

From Wikipedia

“The fir tree has a long association with Christianity, it began in Germany almost 1,000 years ago when St Boniface, who converted the German people to Christianity, was said to have come across a group of pagans worshipping an oak tree. In anger, St Boniface is said to have cut down the oak tree and to his amazement a young fir tree sprung up from the roots of the oak tree. St Boniface took this as a sign of the Christian faith.”

While we might be amazed that a fir tree sprang up from the destruction of an oak tree, Celtic “pagans” would not. They observed a similar thing in nature. Mistletoe is a partly parasitical plant that would spring up on woodland trees, sprouting from the seeds consumed and excreted by the bird called the mistle who found the berries of the mistletoe especially tasty. While the Celts didn’t understand the full mechanics of the parasite, they considered it to be “the soul of the tree”. Druids especially revered the Mistletoe gathered from their sacred oaks. Most likely, because Druids were prone to do this with all manner of herbs, barks and berries, they made a wine from the berries for use during Solstice rituals. Though we do not know the particulars of these rituals it isn’t a stretch to imagine why the tradition of kissing under the mistletoe became a holiday favorite.

Happy Holidays!

Other posts on Christmas Traditions:

Astrology, History and Bad Uses of Prophecy

The Astrology of Christmas: Dickens and Scrooge

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Weekly Astrology Forecast: Time Is Of The Essence

christmas-clockThe Sun is in Sagittarius, Mars is in Leo and everyone is rushing around trying to tie up holiday and non-holiday issues. “Time is of the essence” cites one mailing I received yesterday, and indeed it it is. So in the spirit of that, here is a very, very quick weekly forecast, before this astrologer rushes off to fulfill the latest task on my daily 2002 Things To Do List.

Aries, Leo and Sagittarius—The planet of actions, Mars, continues to spur you in frenetic spurts of activity. Though you love a fast pace, you must take care to keep within the speed limits, both on the road and within your own circle of friends.

Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn—Maybe you are expecting too much of yourself. You are feeling you can not do everything you should, not having the resources at hand to lavish on your nearest and dearest. Everyone is having a difficult time financially and there is only so much to go around.

Gemini, Libra and Aquarius—You push yourselves to the limit trying to accomplish the enormous crush of responsibilities that have suddenly fallen into your lap. It seems that all you can do is whip out your secret weapon the ability to create plans B and C at a drop of the hat. Carry a flash drive, Tylenol and some Kleenex. You’ll need them.

Cancer, Scorpio, Pisces—You better not shout, you better not cry, you better not pout, I’m telling you why. No one’s listening! Everyone is far too busy to deal with your holiday angst, so get over it. Geez, I’m sorry. Please stop crying.

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