Sunday, December 7, 2014

Christmas & the Esoteric

With the holiday season upon us I thought it would be a good time to explore the importance of the Christmas holiday and a few of its hidden relationships to the Esoteric.

The time of Christmas is very important to the followers of the Esoteric and I think it could be argued that it might be the most important time of year for them, even more so than most. The reason for this is because the followers of the Esoteric have a totally different viewpoint of what this time of year represents and what event(s) it is actually remembering and celebrating.

As with everything with the Esoteric, the true secret is hidden within the symbols that they use. But before we can begin, we need to back up for a moment and take a quick look at the Christmas we know today. 

Most are already familiar with the general history of Christmas and that its true roots lie in the ancient pagan world of Europe and is related to the winter festivals around the time of the winter solstice. These festivals were typically interwoven with the winter harvest with the entire community participating in preparing for the long cold winter ahead. Almost every single modern tradition and idea we have about Christmas comes from these winter festivals, people helping each other, giving gifts, family and community coming together, decorating trees with ornaments and lights, and even the idea of ‘Santa Claus’ come from these ‘old world’ traditions.