I posted a page on the previous version of this website years ago titled, Mary Christ-Mass where I borrowed heavily from Alexander Hislop’s The Two Babylons, and Manly P. Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages. While these books do have their flaws, they are nevertheless insightful and clearly the product of exhaustive research by their authors. As I was re-reading that old blog post I became dissatisfied with it as I only addressed the exoteric side of the winter solstice traditions.
Anyone can read about the exoteric doctrines online simply by Googling the pagan roots of Christmas. Page after page of search results will link you to blogs describing the debauchery of the Roman Saturnalia orgies, or Babylonian sun god worship, et al. After years of sounding like a broken record to people in my life regarding this time of year, I’ve found that many Christians just don’t care about the pagan roots of Christmas, and they are content in keeping their traditions.
I have a sneaking suspicion this is true of some because they have only learned of the exoteric doctrines, and none of the esoteric. The esoteric doctrines of the winter solstice celebrations are a labyrinth far too complex to cover in a single blog post, so my holy day post this year will be about only one symbol: the solstice tree. The symbol of the solstice tree tells us when and where this holy day was born, as its origin is concealed in its ritual.
The tree that is selected for the solstice ritual must be either a fir tree, or a palm tree, depending on the climate. Of course this is only logical, as any other choice could leave you with a leafless twig to decorate, but the fact that the fir and the palm do not shed their leaves is an important trait which makes these trees mystically associated with the promise of immortality. The tree and this symbol only have the appearance of life everlasting. Contrary to popular belief, this is not a reference to the tree of life.
Genesis chapter three tells the familiar story of the serpent deceiving Eve in the garden, but some may not realize Eve was not talking to a snake, or any member of the animal kingdom. The word that was translated to serpent in the Genesis account, is nachash. Nachash can be used as a verb, a noun, or an adjective and all three of these uses have a distinct meaning. When used as a noun, nachash would be properly translated as serpent. The verb use of nachash means to deceive or to divine (divination), and the adjective use means bright (brazen) shine.
All three of the meanings for this word nachash are characteristics of that serpent that tempted Eve in the garden: an illuminated divine serpentine being. All three of these are also represented in the solstice tree. That divine being is adorned at the top of the tree with a bright angelic image, or a star. Its serpentine body is coiled around from top to bottom with illuminated decor. Finally the tree is ornamented with its fruit and when you step back and look at it in the dark – with all the gifts for the family tucked underneath – it truly is a sight to see. But what you are seeing in that warm and fuzzy moment in the middle of the darkest time of our year, is a memorial of what Eve saw.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. -Genesis 3:6
Traditionally, the ritual concludes the morning of December 25th, once everyone’s eyes have opened, the gifts can be distributed from the tree to each member of the family. The solstice tree is, mystically, the tree of knowledge of good and evil, memorialized in ritual. If this observance is meant to commemorate the birth of anything at all, it is the birth of death.
For the Christians who say they are content in keeping these traditions, please understand this solstice tree ritual is demonstrably in violation of Yahuah’s second commandment. (Personally, I believe the first commandment is trampled upon here as well.) If I may now humbly offer a suggestion in the spirit: rather than commemorate the fall and death of Yahuah’s beloved year after year, instead try something we’ve been told from the very beginning:
And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. -Genesis 1:3,4
Yahuah divided the light from the darkness on Day One and He has subsequently commanded His children to emulate that separation.