Winter Solstice 2013
From Diwali (which comes early on November 3), to Hanukkah, to the Solstice, to Christmas, to Kwanzaa and all the festivals of light that come in between…
As I was cleaning the house and the shrines for the Solstice I began grumbling about the snarky versions of Christmas carols being played on the radio but then I had to stop and think who am I to decide how a Christmas carol should be sung. I was becoming as petty as those who complain that we are taking their Christ out of Christmas; we are substituting the word X-mass instead of the Christ mass; and we are turning the Christmas tree into the secular holiday tree, as if this time of year belongs to them alone.
Does anyone remember that this was once our tree? There were no images of Christmas trees in Bethlehem. This was a northern symbol built out of the fierceness of Odin when the return of the sun was the last hope in that terrible, winter darkness. The Christmas tree is the Tree of Life, Yggdrasil, whose roots bind the worlds and whose branches cradle the stars, and whose first decoration is the span of the Milky Way. On the Winter Solstice we sacrifice a token branch of Yggdrasil in the ritual of the Yule fire that is built on hilltops and in open hearths to burn back the darkness and bring forth the sun.
But, again, it is also the Christ tree, the birth of the K`ristos, the “anointed one”. And when we all take part we become the K`ristos and become one with the highest glory of humankind.
Those things belong to all of us however we choose to see or sing them.
This is a time pungent with magic and potential for everything between mania and sorrow. It is a time of giving and a time of being just a little beyond the safe envelope we think we can be.
The word X-mass does not demean this sacred time. The Christ mass is the X-mass. It is the mass at the spiritual crossroads, the turning point for humankind when we are all reborn out of winter’s darkness through the Christos, through the son of the goddess or the god, to a higher, more profound awareness. Whether we choose to take that path, or not, is within in each of us. And at this time of the longest northern night and the rebirth of the sun and the Son, it is for each of us to reflect upon and to make that choice anew.
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