For three days, December 22nd, 23rd, & 24th, The sun reaches its southernmost point, where it appears to remain without movement in our sky. The ancients experienced this to be the death of the Sun/Son. On December 25th, the sun moves one degree northward to begin its journey back into the Northern Hemisphere, ultimately bringing our Spring & Summer. This may be experienced and celebrated as the birth of the Sun/Son.
Manly P Hall explains it beautifully..., "CHiram is termed 'dead' because in the average individual the cosmic creative forces are limited in their manifestation to purely physical--and correspondingly materialistic--expression. Obsessed by his belief and permanence of physical existence, man does not correlate the material universe with the blank north wall of the temple. As the solar light symbolically is said to die as it approaches the winter solstice, so the physical world may be termed the winter solstice of the spirit. Reaching the winter solstice, the sun apparently stands still for three days (entombed) and then, rolling away the stone of winter, begins its triumphant march north (birth of the son/sun on Dec. 25th) towards the summer solstice. The condition of ignorance may be likened to the winter solstice; spiritual understanding to the summer solstice. From this point of view, initiation into the Mysteries becomes the vernal equinox of the spirit, at which time the CHiram in man crosses from the realm of mortality into that of eternal life. The autumnal equinox is analogous to the mythological 'fall' of man, at which time the human spirit descended into the realms of Hades by being immersed in the illusion of terrestrial existence." -- The Secret Teachings of All Ages by #ManlyPHall
This is an incredibly magical & spiritually significant time to be human!
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