Sindy over at Blue Butterflies and Me had the lovely idea to gather together other blogging butterflies to collaboratively put together 12 reflective and insightful posts for the 12 days leading up to Christmas. I chose today, December 24th, because Christmas Eve is the day daylight time becomes visibly longer (Northern Hemisphere), thus the birth of the new year, and this day also marks the celebration of the birth of a great spiritual teacher, Jesus Christ.
The Winter Solstice is the longest night of the year. This extended time of darkness and cold is a time of death, when few crops grow and many animals are hibernating. In Ancient Greek mythology this death of Mother Earth was symbolically represented by the myth of Persephone, goddess of vegetation and spring, who was abducted by Hades, the god of the Underworld, to be his bride. Due to the cries of the hungry people and the lamenting of Persephone’s mother Demeter, goddess of grains and harvest, Zeus persuaded Hades to return Persephone to her mother. However, since she had eaten some pomegranate seeds, the food of the Underworld, she had to spend the winter months with Hades, but would return each Spring bringing new life and a re-birthing to Mother Earth.
On about the third day after the Winter Solstice, the days start to become visibly longer, slowly but surely bringing more light and energy to the planet. Many theorize this is why the night of December 24th was chosen as the time to celebrate Christ’s birth, and what better day to choose to celebrate the birth of an enlightened vessel of God’s Divine Love than the day the planet begins its new beginnings and rebirths itself for the new year!
The word birth means a beginning or start. As we come out of the darkness of the ending of one year, let’s all emerge fresh from our burial shroud-like cocoons like a butterfly, or fly out of our funeral pyres like a phoenix, and begin the next stage of our lives with the eyes of a wee newborn barn, by taking everything in with a beginner’s mind, by having gratitude for all that had come and does come our way, and by radiating the light of Divine Love, of Christ Consciousness, of All that is within each and every one of us.
Tomorrow begins the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas, which lead up to the Epiphany on January 6th. The Epiphany is the day the three Magi (wise men or astrologers), who after studying the heavens and following a specific star, visited the newborn baby Jesus. This star became known as the Star of Bethlehem. Like the Magi, let us all follow our inner star, the light of God within us, and may it guide us all to many new and wondrous things in the new year!
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
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