Happy Yule and Christmas to my dear readers!

A portion of this article was originally posted in 2011. Anyone who has read this blog for more than five minutes will know that I am rather skeptical not only of Christianity but of any organized religion.  Still, I love the Christmas season, with its pagan-derived trappings of pine trees decorated with colorful balls and lights, songs of celebration, and the sharing of food and sweets with family and friends.  After all, the week of the Winter Solstice has been celebrated for thousands of years as Yule.  And even if it’s only for a week, it’s lovely to hear people of all religions talk about peace on earth and goodwill to men.

The timing of the celebration of the birth of the Christ on December 25th likely comes from the pre-Christian Roman holiday Sol Invictus celebrating the invincible Sun and the patron saint of Rome and her soldiers which was established in 274 ce.  Christianity was established  as the official religion in Rome in the mid 300s.

Around this time of year people always ask about the astrological meaning of the Star of Bethlehem, and an MSNBC article presents a compelling case for the actual birthdate of Jesus based upon the astronomical Star of Bethlehem:
Historical records and modern-day computer simulations indicate that there was a rare series of planetary groupings, also known as conjunctions, during the years 3 B.C. and 2 B.C.
The show started on the morning of June 12 in 3 B.C., when Venus could be sighted very close to Saturn in the eastern sky. Then there was a spectacular pairing of Venus and Jupiter on Aug. 12 in the constellation Leo, which ancient astrologers associated with the destiny of the Jews.
Between September of 3 B.C. and June of 2 B.C., Jupiter passed by the star Regulus in Leo, reversed itself and passed it again, then turned back and passed the star a third time. This was another remarkable event, since astrologers considered Jupiter the kingly planet and regarded Regulus as the “king star.”
The crowning touch came on June 17, when Jupiter seemed to approach so close to Venus that, without binoculars, they would have looked like a single star.  The whole sequence of events could have been enough for at least three astrologers to go to Jerusalem and ask Herod: “Where is he that is born King of the Jews, for we have seen his star in the east and are come to worship him.”

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In any case, this is a magical time of renewal as we come through the darkest part of the year and move into the light after the Solstice.  So greetings to all of my beloved readers, and the most beautiful blessings for the celebration season!
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By | 2017-12-25T08:07:46+00:00 December 25th, 2017|Holidays|1 Comment

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  1. Dr. Deb December 26, 2017 at 11:44 am - Reply

    Thank you Lynn for this recap.

    December is the month that many groups in past celebrated for various reasons.
    December is magical.
    Today December festivities:
    Hogmanay
    New Year’s Eve
    Kwanzaa
    Christmas
    HumanLight
    Solstice
    Las Posadas
    Hanukkah
    Bodhi Day
    Feast of St. Nicholas
    Mawlid
    This is a time for Love, Sharing, Uniting, and Giving across the globe.
    Happy Yule and Christmas

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