- Religion and Philosophy
Solar Mythology - The Origin of Christmas and Easter
Jesus’s Sun God Traits
“The light of the world.”
“The Risen Savior.”
“He comes on clouds, and every eye shall see him.”
12 disciples who represent the 12 signs of the zodiac / 12 months of the year. (This can be traced back to the 12 sons of Jacob in the Hebrew Bible. Jacob's son Joseph had a dream that his 11 brother's were stars (the zodiac) and his father and mother were the sun and moon. When Jacob blesses his sons on his death bed he gives them symbolic animal attributes. The 12 tribes of Israel and the 12 disciples of Jesus are based off of this.)
Christians traditionally worship their ‘risen savior’ on SUNday. (This practice; along with others, developed later on to try and convert sun worshippers to their new religion.)
Astrological Symbolism in the Bible
Early Christian churches used the symbol of the fish to represent the age of Pisces (The age they were living in). The New Testament itself is full of references to fish symbology which represent the age of Pisces, “fishers of men”, “Jesus fed the masses with two fish”, etc. The New Testament often talks about the “end of the age”. The age that they were referring to was the age of Pisces. The next will be the age of Aquarius.
Aquarius is symbolized by Luke 22:7-22:12: “Then came the day of Unleavened Bread on which the Passover lamb had to be sacrificed. Jesus sent Peter and John, saying, “Go and make preparations for us to eat the Passover.” “Where do you want us to prepare for it?” they asked. He replied, “As you enter the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you. Follow him to the house that he enters, and say to the owner of the house, ‘The Teacher asks: Where is the guest room, where I may eat the Passover with my disciples?’ He will show you a large room upstairs, all furnished. Make preparations there.”
The ‘house’ refers to the house of the zodiac, the man carrying a jar of water is Aquarius.
The early Christians believed that the age of Aquarius would be when the ‘Kingdom of Heaven’ would become the new earth. They thought that the end times would occur during the age of Aquarius. It was believed that this was when Jesus would return to the earth.
Another example of astrology in the Bible is Jesus’s birth story in Matthew,
Matthew 2:9–2:11: “After this interview the Magi (royal astrologers) went their way. And the star they had seen in the east guided them to Bethlehem. It went ahead of them and stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were filled with joy! They entered the house and saw the child with his mother, Mary, and they bowed down and worshiped him. Then they opened their treasure chests and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”
This passage describes what happens to the constellations in the sky during the Winter Solstice (Christmas) on the evening of 24th December / morning of 25th December. The magi who bring three gifts are the three stars of orion's belt and the star in the east is the brightest star in the sky: Sirius. Sirius points to where the sun rises over the horizon. (The birth of the sun) This was used as the inspiration for Jesus’s birth story in Matthew.
The middle of winter has long been a time of celebration around the world. Centuries before the arrival of Christianity, early Europeans celebrated light and birth in the darkest days of winter. Many peoples rejoiced during the winter solstice, when the worst of the winter was behind them and they could look forward to longer days and extended hours of sunlight.
The ancient Nordic peoples celebrated Yule from December 21, the winter solstice, through January. People honored the god Oden during the mid-winter holiday. Germans were terrified of Oden, as they believed he made nocturnal flights through the sky to observe his people, and then decide who would prosper or perish. Because of his presence, many people chose to stay inside.
As the solstice approached, they noticed that the days were gradually getting shorter; many feared that the sun would eventually disappear forever, and everyone would freeze in the dark, and starve to death because of the failure of next-year's crop. But, even though deciduous trees, bushes, and crops died or hibernated for the winter, the evergreen trees remained green. They seemed to have magical powers that enabled them to withstand the rigors of winter. This is where the ‘Christmas tree’ comes from.
During the winter solstice, The Sun stops moving toward the south. For three days, December 22nd, 23rd, and 24th, the Sun rises on the same degree. On the morning of December 25th, the sun moves one degree to the north. Ancient people thought that anything that was in motion all year long that suddenly stops moving for three days must have died. So the sun god was dead for three days and then moves one-degree to the north on December 25th. The Sun is symbolically resurrected / born again. This is where Christianity (and other mythologies) got the idea for a savior figure being dead for three days and then resurrecting.
This is what Christ’s three-day death and resurrection represents. It’s a mythic representation of the sun during the winter solstice. The same is true of the Old Testament character Jonah. Jonah was swallowed by a ‘great fish’ and stayed in its belly for three days and three nights, only to be spewed out the next day after praying to God. Like Jesus’s death and resurrection, this too is a metaphor of the sun ‘standing still’ for three days during the winter solstice. And sure enough, Jesus compares his ‘miracle’ to that of Jonah in Matthew 12:38-12:40: “Then some of the Pharisees and teachers of the law said to him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign from you.” He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.”
Easter is the Christian Spring festival and it was named after the goddess Eostre. Christians celebrate ‘the resurrection’ in spring with a “Sun rise service”. The date of Easter was always determined by taking into account the same lunisolar cycles. Easter was based off of the celebration of the 'resurrection' or 'raising up' of the sun god into his new life in spring. During spring, the sunlight has become stronger and the plants and animals become revitalized. The rabbits and eggs of Easter tradition are a symbol of fertility and new life.
Early Christians wanted to convert people to their new religion by changing the European customs and holidays into their new Christianized versions.
© 2015 Kevin Porter