A Light Unto Christmas

19 12 2007

By Derek Beres

No tradition is created in a vacuum. As we approach the Christmas holiday, it is always good to reflect upon the roots of that tradition, to better understand the symbols behind the figures involved—the process, and not only the form that the process takes. Christianity, likes its “pagan” ancestors, is based on agricultural mythology, something rarely recognized when the media focuses solely on the economics of the holiday, and political leaders throw the name of Christ around as if his importance lied in his actual human form, and not the process that he represented.

It begins in translation. As Richard Dawkins pointed out in The Selfish Gene, the translation from Hebrew to Greek rendered “young woman” as “virgin,” and hence a disastrous series of biologically impossible misinterpretations ensued. Yet the virgin motif is not new; the Buddha too was born of a virgin in some stories. Recognizing the feat as symbolic in the Christian world, Mary was an updated equivalent of the Egyptian goddess Isis, who, as Manly P. Hall wrote, “although she gave birth to all living things—chief among them the Sun—still remained a virgin.” If we treat the word virginal as meaning purity, which would move us into the realm of ethics and away from biology, then the birth of her gifted son (sun) was due to her positive nature: she was pure at heart.

More to the point, however, was Mary’s virginity representing the unplowed soil. Her son was born at midnight on the winter solstice, the time of year when the sun is furthest away from the planet. This would correlate her as a lunar deity giving birth to the sun, a very old story indeed. At the point of total and complete darkness a light is born. This is why he is destined to be a “light unto all nations,” for the star that beams into every nook of this planet, as well as what gives life to this planet, is the Sun—the Son, “light bearer,” Christ. If there were any actual creator of life on this planet, this would most certainly be the source.

The Bible is ecologically inclined in numerous ways. Not only is it a tale of the barren soil (a motif fitting for Sarah as well as Mary), it is a folklore that begins, and ends, with trees. Trees are necessary for human existence: they provide oxygen for us to breathe; they attract and retain moisture, helping to prevent dehydration of soil; they provide shade, fruit and medicines; they are, quite literally, what civilization is built by, in the ways of ships, houses and buildings, as well as assisting us in the transition from single-text doctrines on clay and papyrus to the mass production of books, so the most sacred aspect of existence—the Word—could be passed down for thousands of years. The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil was the trigger of duality, and when mankind ate of this tree consciousness came to be. This is the same tree that Christ was crucified on, completing a very important cycle: the tree, in Adam’s time, who sinned upon earth (sin=ignorance), served as the same instrument by which Christ, the redeemer, was enlightened upon. Man’s descent into darkness and his subsequent rebirthing is told through the ecology of trees.

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