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Christianity has Deep Roots in Astrology and Paganism

Updated on August 31, 2012
Egyptian Nativity Scene & The Constellation Virgo
Egyptian Nativity Scene & The Constellation Virgo

“And when he [the devil] brings forward AEsculapius as the raiser of the dead and healer of all diseases, may I not say in this matter likewise he has imitated the prophecies about Christ? ... And when I hear that Perseus was begotten of a virgin, I understand that the deceiving serpent counterfeited this also." (Dial. with Trypho, ch. lxix; ANF. i, 233

This is one of many instances where 2nd century Church father and Christian apologist, Justin Martyr tries to explain away the embarrassing extent to which Christianity borrowed from other religions in the Mediterranean region. Like so many so-called pagan religions, Christianity is deeply rooted in astrology, so much so that the Son of God is actually the Sun of God.

Suns of God in History

“Have I not said ‘You are all gods. You are all sons of the Most High.’”
Psalm 82:6

Horus – known to the ancient Kamau (Egyptians) as Heru.
Amun, Ra and Ptah – one of the Egyptian Trinities
Anu (Heaven), Enil (Earth) and Enki (Water) – ancient Sumerian Trinity
Mithra - Persian god imported into the Mediterranean region
Hindu Buddhists – after the Cali Yug period a divine child was to be born.
Krishna (could very easily be Chrishna) - birth attended by angels, shepherds and prophets bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Church would like to leave us with the impression that Krishna was one of the false Christs Jesus said would come after him. The problem is Krishna was worshipped by the Hindu 3,000 years before Jesus.
Pythagoras – Samoan (Greek island of Samos) philosopher who brought Egyptian knowledge, science and morals back to the Greeks. For this he was elevated to divine status in the sixth century B.C.E. by early biographers who depicted him as the offspring of his mother and a ghost of the god Apollo
Zoroaster – immaculately conceived by a Ray from the Divine Reason
Quexalcote – from the Codex Vaticanus. Immaculately conceived, crucified and resurrected Mexican Savior
Xaca – Chinese savior who was conceived by his mother, in her sleep, seeing a white elephant
Confucius – birth attended by angels and magi
Alcides – also known as Hercules. Son of the god Zeus and a human mother Alcmena the wife of Amphitryon.
Dionysus – son of Zeus and his human mother Semele. Also known by his Roman name Bacchus. Although Dionysus is more readily identified as the god of wine and drama; in Grecian esoteric circles, he is also known as a solar resurrected god who atones for sins. It is beyond

What’s behind the ubiquity of the immaculately conceived, crucified sun god? We can accept Justin Martyr’s explanation of devilish “pre-mimicry” or we can look at the natural phenomenon that was visible to all these cultures—the solar system—as the inspiration for an almost monolithic mythology. The doings and undoings of the Suns of God are representations of the Earth’s annual trek around the sun as seen by earthbound eyes.

The ecumenical councils of the fourth century toiled under the Roman emperor Constantine to produce what came to be known as The Holy Bible. Christians believe the book they produced is based on loose manuscripts the early Church accepted as holy scripture. That is as may be. The original manuscripts no longer exist, so we have to take their word for it. Since the job of these councils was to integrate Christianity into the Roman mind so it would be more readily accepted as the state religion to save the crumbling Roman Empire, it is small wonder that Jesus finds his place among the Mediterranean pantheon and so much of what we believe about him has astrological significance.

In this article, I will examine Christianity’s roots in astrology as revealed in two of the Church’s most important holidays: Easter and Christmas. Then I will present Jesus as the Sun of God.

The Astrology of Easter

Truth is, the early Church (first and second centuries) did not celebrate Easter. They observed the Passover as Jesus told them to do in Like 22. The Romans desiring to separate Christianity from its Jewish roots, switched the Church from the observance of Passover to the veneration of the fertility goddess, O/Eastre.

As a fertility goddess, O/Eastre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. The vernal equinox also ushers in the sign of Aries, the ram, also known in astrological circles as the sacrificial sign. Christians recognize the ram that Abraham sacrificed in lieu of his son, Isaac as a foreshadowing of the substitution sacrifice of Jesus some 2000 years later. What they don’t know is that Abraham lived during the zodiac age of the ram (2339 BCE - 179 BCE). Small wonder that the Church celebrates the crucifixion of Jesus when the sun is in the house of Aries. Nor is it an accident that Easter is not on a fixed date, but the Nicene Council ordained in 325 that Easter be held on the first Sunday after the full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. It may be of some significance that the moon is female in aspect and when it is full it is in direct opposition to the sun. The date of Easter is loosely based on the date of the Jewish Passover. In both cases determining the date involves complex calculations in which the differences between the solar and lunar cycle, the astronomical and ecclesiastic full moon, the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox calendars and even the Julian and Gregorian calendars are taken into consideration. It is beyond the scope of this article to get bogged down in all these calculations and counter-calculations. The bottom line is that the date of Easter has always been determined based on astronomic events rather than on historic event such as a crucifixion or resurrection.

Easter Symbolism

The cross - The word cross comes from the Norse word for that symbol, kros. This symbol is ubiquitous among ancient religions dating back to the dawn of history. It is ever-present because it represents the sun. The solstices and equinoxes in astrological terms describe a cross. In northern Europe, the cross represents the sun god Odin and is called Odin’s Cross. The Celtic Christians borrowed the Taranis Cross. There are many others because the cross pattern of the sun is recognized all over the world.

The cross can also be linked to the Egyptian ankh. The ankh is the symbol of life and consists of three parts: the circle, which represents the feminine aspect and eternity; the cross, which represents the male aspect and time; and the union, which represents life. The Church adopted the cross minus its feminine aspect. It may be that since the male aspect alone cannot produce life, in Christianity salvation comes through death.
Palm Sunday - Arbor Intrat (Entry of the Tree). March 22. Part of the ancient Roman festival, Magna Mater (Great Mother Cybele) Priestesses of one of the goddesses carried pine or palm trees around the city to the temple of Cybele.
Palm Branch - Egyptian symbol of time. Its leaves represent the vernal equinox.
Good Friday - Dies Sanguinis (Day of Blood). March 24. Ancient Roman holiday to venerate the goddess Cybele. Priests cut themselves and spun around to sprinkle her statue with blood.
Easter Bunny - The rabbit is the earthly symbol of the fertility goddess, O/Eastre
Easter Egg -Symbol of rebirth. The shell represents the universe. The golden yolk represents the sun god. The white represents O/Eastre.

Astrology of Christmas

As with Easter, the early Christians did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the first Christmas was celebrated in Rome in the fourth century. It’s not surprising, then, that everything surrounding Christmas has its roots in paganism and astrology.

The list of sun gods throughout history is very long. The list above is hardly exhaustive. Why were all these sun gods born on December 25 after an immaculate conception? Again, we must look to an astronomic phenomenon as an explanation. December 25 is the winter solstice (see note about the calendar change below). The winter solstice is the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Invincible Sun). During the winter solstice, the, the sun remains at 23 degrees/27 minutes from the South Pole. Because the North Pole is facing away from the sun, it takes six months for full day light to reach it. Yet, it takes three days and three nights for the southern tip of the Earth to pass the sun and move toward the vernal equinox. To Earthbound eyes peering at the sky from the northern hemisphere, it seems as if the sun is dead because even at its zenith, it is very low and the days are very short and dark. This is what the women were weeping over in the Bible (Ezekiel 8:14-15), the death of Tammuz, a Babylonian/Sumerian/Mesopotamian sun god. After three days the sun begins to rise higher in the sky each day. At that time, the constellation Virgo (not to be confused with the sign Virgo) is at its brightest, so the sun appears to be born from a virgin. See the similarities between the Egyptian nativity scene and the constellation. This constellation was seen all over the world and is the reason why so many sun gods are born of a virgin.

“In fields where they lay keeping their sheep on a cold winter‘s night that was so deep.” (from The First Noel)

Just about every nativity seen in the western world gives us the picture of a cold and snowy night. Try to imagine shepherds tending their sheep in deep snow and things kind of fall apart. But hey, God can do anything. As a historical figure, the story of Jesus makes little sense. By placing the birth of Jesus on December 25, the ecumenical councils have placed Jesus among the ranks of the Suns of God, whose birth was attended by shepherds, wise men and announced by angels. Mithra, Horus and Dionysus come readily to mind.

Christian apologist try to say that since Mithraism and Christianity developed at the same time it is likely Mithraism copied off Christianity. That simply is not true. Mithraism may have been imported to the Mediterranean around the same time as Christianity, but Mithra has existed in the Persian pantheon for thousands of years.

Christmas Symbolism
Virgin Birth - Represents the apparent birth of the sun from the constellation Virgo

Jesus as a Sun of God

Numbers 24:17
There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel and smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Seth.

Christians take this passage as a prophesy that Jesus is the Messiah. It is no such thing. if it were, then Sleeping Beauty must be true because the beautiful princess really did prick her finger and fall asleep for 100 years just like the good fairy said she would. But no book can credibly fulfill its own prophecies. The story of Jesus is the story of the stars, no matter that the Church would like it to be the other way around. The Star of Jacob, also known as Spica (Alpha Virginis), is the luminary of the constellation Virgo. In the Syrian, Arabian and Persian systems of astronomy it was known as Messaeil (Messiah El—Son of God). If anything, this passage evinces the fact that even the concept of a Messiah was borrowed. There is something to be said about condemning and setting one’s god against the very cultures from which that god came.

According to the ecumenical councils who gave us our Bible, Jesus was born under the sign Capricorn. (December 22 - January 19). Capricorn is a very faint constellation, with only one star above 3 magnitude. For the 30 days the sun is in the house of Capricorn, the constellation is obscure. Likewise the first thirty years of Jesus life are shrouded in obscurity.

When the sun leaves the house of Capricorn, it enters the house of Aquarius, the water bearer. Likewise Jesus first act was to enter the house of John the Baptist.

What Jesus and the Sun Have in Common

The sun:
is the “Light of the World.”
comes on clouds and shall be seen by every eye.
by its light and warmth, is the “Savior of mankind.”
wears a corona, “crown of thorns” where the rays of the sun were seen as thorns.
walks on water when it shines on a body of water as it appears to move across the sky.
has 12 disciples: the 12 signs of the zodiac or constellations.
is hung on a cross, is buried (during the winter solstice) and is resurrected on Dies Natalis Solis Invicti

Note: Before 1582, the western world used the Julian calendar, which placed the winter solstice on December 25. By the 16 century, the Julian calendar was off the solar calendar by 10 days. So in 1582 Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar. Under the Gregorian calendar the winter solstice is on December 20-23. However, Christmas was already established and no one thought to switch it to the new date of the solstice. If anything, they were glad that unsavory connection had been severed. But changing the calendar did not change the historically pagan origins of Christianity.


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      William Bullard 

      5 months ago

      I believe this article is referencing Roman Catholicism which has its roots in paganism. There are many ways one can tell the difference but a couple of the main ones are that almost every other religion is polytheistic while Christianity was the first monotheistic religion in history, " thou shalt have no other gods before me." Exodus 20:2 and Deuteronomy 5:6. Another way to distinguish paganism from Christianity is any religion who worships a father god, mother god and a son of god. Many religions have this same pattern but it all stems from the bloodline of Ham, a son of Noah. Ham gave birth to Cush, who was disobedient to the God of Noah. Cush, after bringing others under his rule in opposition to God, is the one who started construction of the tower of Babel, if you read the bible, you understand how that ended for them. Afterwards Cush gave birth to Nimrod who became the leader of the Assyrian/Babylonian empire. The roots of paganism start with him. Nimrod started the first world government where the people all followed one religion and were governed under him. He was worshipped as a god because he outright disobeyed God. If you study the occult, bloodlines are important and it always leads back to Nimrod. However Nimrod was killed by his grandfather Shem, another son of Noah, to show his followers that he was not a god and that they should follow the one true god of Noah. With Nimrod dead, his followers didnt know what to do. Their answer though came from a woman, the first wife of Cush in fact. Her name was Semiramis, she was also the Mother of Nimrod. She told everyone she was divinely born to gain power over the people. When Cush was killed by Shem, like Nimrod would be, to stay in power Semiramis married her son Nimrod. After Nimrod was killed though she had become pregnant and in order to stay in power she told the people that it was the spirit of Nimrod that impregnated her, thus claiming to fulfill the virgin birth prophesy of Jesus in Genesis 3:15. This was the start of father god and mother god worship. She also convinced her followers that Nimrod did not die, but in fact ascended to the sun and that the suns rays are what impregnated her. Nimrod was further known as Baal, the Sun-god. She also convinced those who followed her that she was divinely created and that she had traveled from the moon to the Euphrates in an egg and thus she became known as the moon-goddess, also known as Ishtar; also pronounced Easter. Her moon egg became known as Ishtar's egg and where we get modern day Easter tradition from. Her son, who was dubbed the son of God, was named Tammuz and was believed to be the sun-god reborn. He was born on the winter solstice. The Madonna portraits are derived from the mother god holding the son of god. Tammuz was killed by a wild pig and Semiramis, or Ishtar, said that he ascended to the sun as well and was reunited with his father. This is where the origin of the polytheism and paganism come from, these people channelled spirits and made human sacrifices but because of Shem's watch and constant defeat by God, they no longer did their rituals in public, but in the dark only revealing it to those who are worthy; the high priest and priestesses. This is the beginning of the mystery religion of Babylon which spread to Egypt, Persia, Greece, and Rome. This is paganism at its purest; the names may change but they are all based on the same infrastructure, father-god/sun god, mother-god/moon goddess and the son of god or the sun-god reborn. Their names differ between cultures but they all represent the same people. Roman Catholicism is where trouble in Christianity sprouts, however when studied Roman Catholicism is polytheistic because they worship the virgin mary thus not making it Christianity, but paganism. Any religion with a masculine and feminine god is a pagan religion. There were many other gods in these belief systems but these three are at the top of the hierarchy. Israelites were the only people to challenge this belief system stating that there is only one true God. At this point the battle between monotheism and polytheism became in full effect. Another similarity in paganism is that all these sun-gods and moon-goddesses were born from one father god who claims to be the creator and the one who holds light and knowledge. He goes by many different names, Baal, ra, zues, Jupiter, insta, molech, but they all stand for one person..Satan. Satan is depicted to have both masculine and feminine properties, the one true God does not. All these religions strive to accomplish one thing, rebellion against God. This is why the new world order is being pushed on civilization making way for the antichrist, or the sun-god reborn. Be blessed and please be vigilant to this. It's all in plain sight, find out for yourselves..

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      5 months ago

      What are the origin of the star signs?

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      Andy Ramjohn 

      5 years ago from Canada

      Hi Rhonda - well written Hub. However, there is much incorrect information. Not on your part, I'm sure. It is more due to the amount of 'mis-information' there is out there in the world. The truth about the stars, star signs and the Zodiac can be found in a book called "Sting of the Scorpion" by Jonathan Gray. Let me know if you are interested and I can get you a free electronic version ;) Also, you mention that the promise of a messiah and the worship of 'Chrishna' dates back 3000 years before Christ. However, this does not contradict the Bible, as the promise of a Messiah dates back to the creation, which was 4000 years before Christ and 'false-worship' started long before Christ as well. But the main idea is to start with the truth. Read the book I've mentioned, then go from there :) Thanks and have a great day!

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      Rhonda D Johnson 

      5 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      I look forward to looking at more of your paintings. For now, good night.

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      VC L Veasey 

      5 years ago from Detroit,MI

      I agree I'm not trying convince anyone or argue with anyone

      I'm just an artist painting a picture for them to look at

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      Rhonda D Johnson 

      5 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Hi Weasey,

      Yes, I've gotten my share of flack. I welcome it because it betrays what their beliefs are based on, or rather not based on.

      I was a Christian for 25 years and I know that nothing I am saying now could have shaken my faith during the time I had an emotional need for it. But you know, things tend to accumulate and the last straw is not necessarily the heaviest straw. That slowly increasing sense of cognitive dissonance came to a head at a time when I was ready to be emotionally free. So here I am.

      I'm not out to convince anyone to let go of their life raft if they are not ready to do so. Neither will I let the Church have the microphone all to themselves.

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      VC L Veasey 

      5 years ago from Detroit,MI

      Rhonda D Johnson

      Good thorough hub

      Now you know, you were gonna get flak from those who've been fed on belief so long, that they can't stand the taste of truth, because it tastes to bitter (the bitter truth)

      Because they are much do addicted to the sweet, syrupy taste of their beliefs.

      Their beliefs are like a life raft that they hang on to for dear life, to keep themselves from falling into, the deep waters of the ocean of truth.

      But carry on just as I do

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      Rhonda D Johnson 

      6 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Larry, my hub is not a duplicate. Of course, you will find the information elsewhere, for I did not make it up.

      Are you trying to say that the Catholic Church originated the immaculate conception concept?

      In the Bible, when Jesus called himself the son of God and the Jews interpreted this as claiming equality with God, Jesus quoted the Psalm "Is it not written in your law, 'Have I not said, you are gods. You are all children of the Most High.'" So according to Jesus and God himself, Jesus was the son of God in the same way we all are. If this were not so, he would not have answered with that quote.

      I will not look up the chapter and verse because I have done so before, yet you continue to ignore what the Bible says in favor of what the Church says.

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      Ante Rajic 

      6 years ago from Croatia

      Very interesting article, maybe it'll be better if you put more pictures. :)

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      Larry Wall 

      6 years ago

      You did a lot of work, I am not sure why and some considerable cutting and pasting, because there are duplications.

      However you are wrong. I am only going to cite a couple of examples.

      You stated: Zoroaster – immaculately conceived by a Ray from the Divine Reason.

      The doctrine of immaculate conception is a doctrine established by the Catholic Church that Mary was conceived without the stain of original sin. The term immaculate conception does not apply to Jesus but is often misused. The conception of Jesus was divine.

      Here is the official church language (first paragraph only) regarding the doctrine of the Immaculate Conception.

      In the Constitution Ineffabilis Deus of 8 December, 1854, Pius IX pronounced and defined that the Blessed Virgin Mary "in the first instance of her conception, by a singular privilege and grace granted by God, in view of the merits of Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the human race, was preserved exempt from all stain of original sin."

      The Son of God was Jesus, who walked the earth as a Human and not as a ball of burning gases, who was crucified and made the promise of everlasting life to all who believed in him.

      The Easter Bunny has nothing to do with Christian or Catholic Doctrine. It is just a fun thing for children. The Easter Egg can represent the beginning of life.

      There are other faults in your Hub, but your immaculate conception comment discredit anything you might say, since that term is not used in the Bible to refer to the Birth of Jesus.

      The concept of the Immaculate Conception of Mary is a doctrine of the Catholic Church. It is not accepted by many other Christian faiths because they misunderstand it the same way you did.

      You can believe in your false gods if you want and try to rewrite scriptures to support your claims, but you are just wrong.

      As far as the cold winters night, well it does it cold in the desert at night. There probably was no snow. Snow added to pictures and songs are done by people and are not mentioned in the scriptures.

      The Christian church had a lot to overcome during its early days. There was confusion. But Jesus was the Son of God--no question and the Immaculate Conception had nothing to do with your false gods.


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