Christ Myth: Jesus Zodiac (9)
Before King Herod tried to find and kill the infant Christ, who was smuggled safely into Egypt, a Pharaoh tried to kill the infant Moses, who also survived. Both returned to triumph over their adversaries. Before either of them came Horus and many others, all based on the sun myth. In the most recent adaptation of this story, the infant Harry Potter survived an attack from his enemy Voldemort, went into hiding, and likewise came back to challenge his would-be murderer.
The miraculous circumstances surrounding Jesus’ birth are entirely based on Pagan mythology – in fact you could take the lyrics of all the Christmas carols together, singing about a divine child, stars, wise men and angels, and apply it to dozens of pre-Christian stories. Only two of the four gospels even give a birth story, and there are few scholars today who would argue that they weren’t copied from Pagan mythology. However, there is much more to say about Jesus than his miraculous birth. In this article, I’ll explain how all of the details in the gospel account of Jesus’ ministry are based on observations from the sun, and also how specific symbols identified with the Christian movement, like the crucifixion, the lamb and the fish, all came from astrology.
After the infant sun ran away from the powerful ruler (Saturn), we hear nothing about him until he is thirty years old. Jesus also leaps from a child to a 30 year old man in the gospels, apparently because there is nothing worth mentioning during the early part of his life. Many authors have written about where Jesus might have spent these years, failing to appreciate the nature of mythological literature. (Incidentally, the very best ever fictional account of the early years of Jesus Christ is “The Gospel according to Biff”.) When specific numbers are used in mythology, they are rarely random; instead they help preserve astronomical trivia and are a way of passing on wisdom to those who could decode their meaning. In the sun myth, the number 30 has an astrological significance.
There are 360 degrees in the zodiac wheel, giving each of the 12 signs exactly 30 degrees. Saturn’s reign is finished at the end of Capricorn, which means that after 30 degrees the sun can come out of hiding. For a real man, 30 years is a long time, but for the sun myth, the number 30 only represents the degrees of Capricorn and is just 1/12th of the distance he will have to go. This is the reason why the first 30 years of the sun savior are only the very beginning of the story.
By the end of January, the sun has escaped the persecution of Saturn, but he is still weak and the weather is cold. Climbing up to the celestial equator, and defeating his enemies by crossing over it and ending winter, will be his final struggle and challenge. This process is often tied to the number forty, which like the years of the sun’s age, has an astrological significance. The winter solstice in the sign of Capricorn lies 16 degrees below the celestial equator. The spring equinox in the sign of Aries, where the sun will triumph over darkness, is at 24 degrees above the celestial equator. Starting from his birth in Capricorn, the sun must climb a total of 40 degrees before he escapes from the clutches of winter. (16+24=40).
“This term forty represents the struggle of the sun in the wilderness, climbing toward salvation. With Israel, it was forty years in the wilderness, and with Noah, it was forty days of torrential rain, but regardless, the symbolism is the same; the plight of the young sun in the valley of Amenta, the Nether World, fighting his way to cross the forsaken territory between the zodiacal sign of the winter solstice and the spring equinox.” Malik H. Jabber, The Astrological Foundation of the Christ Myth
Jesus begins his ministry by spending 40 days in the desert being tested by the devil. Like the sun, he then needs passes through Aquarius (baptism) and Pisces (calling his “fishers of men”) before he can be exalted at the spring equinox in the beginning of Aries (as the crucified lamb of God.) After climbing these 40 degrees, the sun is finally strong enough to defeat the darkness that has plagued him since birth. The length of days and nights on the spring equinox are exactly equal, but after the long battle that marks this day, the sun will be the victor. Crossing the celestial equator on the spring equinox was seen as the sun’s definitive triumph over evil, but it was also viewed as a kind of perpetual suffering.
Every year the sun had to face the same enemies, suffer defeat, and fight to regain his kingdom. Many myths illustrate the idea of the sun leading a life of toil for mankind, who brought light and life to the world at great personal cost. Tragic figures like Sisyphus, who was forced to push a boulder up a hill and then let it roll back again for eternity, or Prometheus, bound to a rock so his liver could be eaten every day, may represent the perpetual toil of the sun. Although climbing over the celestial equator is just one piece of the sun’s never-ending torment, it became a symbol for his great sacrifice.
As we already know from Justin Martyr, Jesus wasn’t the first to be crucified; nearly all sun saviors met their deaths on a cross of some kind, or else hung from trees or were nailed to boulders. (Osiris was locked in a coffin that got stuck inside the trunk of a tree that was later used as a temple pillar.) While these grim endings may appear dissimilar, drawings or representations of these saviors usually show them in an X or cross-shaped position. Although the cross has always been a symbol of the sun – the very first cave drawings include the “solar cross”, which is thought to represent the sun’s rays – the motif of the crucifixion comes from astronomy. The sun’s apparent path around the earth, called an ecliptic, crosses over the celestial equator at an angle, making the shape of an X. Plato, in his dialog, “Timaeus”, said that when the Creator of the universe first formed the cosmos, He shaped its substance in the form of the letter X: the intersection between the sun’s apparent path and the celestial equator. Many heroes met their fate with this cross, including the Greek King Sixion and St. Andrew, to show divine status.
Here someone might interject that Jesus was crucified on a vertical cross, like the one worn by modern Christians; but there is no evidence for this. More likely, Romans would have used a T-bar shaped cross because they were easier to build. And besides, some early versions of the gospels say Jesus was “hung on a tree”, not crucified. However, we don’t believe Jesus Christ was crucified any more than we believe Dionysus was ripped apart and eaten by his followers. The vertical cross is a spiritual symbol referring to a specific restorative salvation, not a historical souvenir. (But there is much more to the crucifixion story than the shape of the cross, and we will look at it in the next article.)
The sun continues upwards until he reaches his northern-most peak at the beginning of summer. The summer solstice is the height of the sun’s glory and the beginning of his reign, but he has also reached the end of his path and will begin to regress. He may warn that his enemies will overthrow him, or that he has to leave but will return again. On the fall equinox, when the night is again longer than the day, the sun is weakened, captured, and taunted.
Just as the sun had to wait 30 degrees after his birth before beginning his mission, he also has to pass through the last 30 degrees which lead to his death. After passing through the twelve signs, he is delivered to his death at the beginning of Capricorn by the sign Sagittarius. For each degree that Sagittarius gains, the sun is closer to his death, leading to the idea of a betrayer who gets paid off to lure the sun to his death. In the gospels this is Judas, who sold Jesus to his enemies for thirty pieces of silver. Some scholars argue that Judas represented the sign of Scorpio, who is lord of the fall equinox. In this case, Judas leads Christ to his enemies in the fall, where he is tormented and afflicted for three months until his death at the hands of Sagittarius on the winter solstice. Either way, the motif of the 30 pieces of silver is a reference to degrees of the zodiac.
When the sun reaches the winter solstice and holds still for three days, he has died and been buried in the tomb or cave where he began. He will remain in the underworld, in the land of the dead, or in the tomb, for three days, until he begins his return. While maintaining the three day hiatus, the sun myth placed the death and resurrection together in the spring in order to tie it into the great victory reached when the sun crosses over the celestial equator.
Jesus has been so far removed from his roots that identifying him with a Pagan sun cult may seem blasphemous even for non-Christians. For the early church however, it was all too easy to assign qualities of the sun myth to the Jesus story. In fact, at least one of the four gospels included in the Bible’s New Testament was purposely written to emulate the sun myth.
Jesus Through the Zodiac
Stories about the sun often include zodiac animals in the course of the hero’s quest; as the sun carved its path through the twelve zodiac signs, the hero would encounter or challenge the symbols which represented that sign. Krishna, for example, was chased by a snake and kills both a bull and a lion. Hercules, often portrayed wearing a lion skin, is most famous for his twelve labors, which correlate to the twelve signs of the zodiac.
In Ovid’s Phaeton, the Greek sun god Helios promises his mortal son a gift, because he feels guilty for never spending time with him. The boy begs for a chance to drive his father’s golden chariot, which races across the sky bringing light to the world. Helios, knowing that only he can control the powerful horses, tries to dissuade his son.
“Are you fancying that there are all sorts of wonders up there, cities full of Gods and beautiful things? Nothing of the kind. You will have to pass beasts, fierce beasts of prey, and they are all that you will see. The Bull, the Lion, the Scorpion, and the great Crab, and all will try to harm you.” Ovid, Metamorphoses II, Phaethon
Of the four gospels in the New Testament, Matthew, Mark and Luke largely share the same stories and parables, but the order varies with each one. In Matthew’s version of events, the parables and imagery are arranged to match the progression of the sun through the zodiac.
The parables of Jesus’ life are grouped into themes which match either the symbol or the influence of the signs. The imagery changes with the seasons and completes exactly a one year cycle, from December to December. Either the actual zodiac animal or the traits of the zodiac sign is used to keep the order. In some cases only a hint of the weather gives us an indication of the time of year, as if the author was trying to leave subtle clues. Notice the chronological order of the verse numbers.
Aquarius, the Water Bearer – Matthew 3:13 (January) Although modern astrology begins with Aries, the first sign the sun encounters after his birth in Capricorn is Aquarius. This constellation is shown as a solitary figure with long hair, living in the wilderness of winter, pouring water from a vase. Jesus begins his ministry with his baptism at the hands of John, who is often portrayed standing in a river with long hair, pouring water out of a vase. John also lives alone in the wilderness, like Aquarius. Many scholars have questioned, why does Jesus, who is free from sin, need to be baptized?
Pisces, the Fish – Matthew 4:18 (February) Jesus calls his first disciples. They are fisherman, mending nets and fishing boats. Jesus tells them they will now be fishers of men.
Aries, the Ram – Matthew 5-11 (March) Aries is ruled by Mars, the Roman god of aggression and war. Jesus asserts his growing power and gives his first sermon, the Sermon on the Mount. He pities the crowd of people, calling them sheep without a shepherd. Jesus cautions against pride and anger, (both traits of Aries) but also admits that he came not to bring peace, but the sword. Jesus also asks us to look at the birds of the sky and think of the flowers in the field, demonstrating that it is spring.
Taurus, the Bull – Matthew 11:28 (April) “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened, and I will give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble of heart, and will find rest for your souls. Yes, my yoke is easy and my burden light.” This curious metaphor is wedged into the story abruptly, and has no parallels in the other gospels, nor anywhere else in the Bible, although it is similar to bull-centered cults like that of Attis and Mithras. Its inclusion at just this point, rather than anywhere else, is necessary to preserve the zodiacal order.
Gemini, the Twins – Matthew 12:1 (May) This is a sign of restlessness, communication, and inconsistency. The Pharisees began to plot against Jesus, trying to trap him with loaded questions about Jewish law. Jesus says, “Everyone who is not with me is against me.” His disciples pick ears of corn from the stalks, showing it is early summer and the harvest has not yet begun.
Cancer, the Crab – Matthew 12:25 (June) Cancer is a water sign and represents domestic life. Jesus uses three parables here. The first is a reference to Jonah and the whale. The next two concern the home and family, both within the influence of Cancer.
Leo, the Lion – Matthew 13:1 (July) It’s late summer now, and time for the harvest. Jesus speaks about “reaping the rewards of what you sow”. His parables are about the sower, the darnel, the mustard seed, and the yeast.
Virgo, the Virgin – Matthew 13:53 (August) Virgo is concerned with order, cleanliness and purity. Jesus argues with scribes over purity laws, saying, “What goes into the mouth does not make anyone unclean; it is what comes out of the mouth that makes someone unclean.” This section also begins a new chapter, called “First Fruits of the Kingdom”. The harvest is over and it’s time to prepare for winter. Two separate miracles of loaves are here. People are hungry and Jesus produces bread for them.
Libra, the Scales – Matthew 16:13 (September) Libra’s focus is on equality and justice. Jesus discusses heavenly rewards, rules and laws, judgment and financial matters. Topics include the danger of riches, the reward of renunciation, and the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. The themes of judgment and retribution come up frequently. This is also where Jesus casts the money changers, along with their fancy scales, out of the temple.
Scorpio, the Scorpion – Matthew 21:18 (October) This section begins with the story of a barren fig tree. Often used to demonstrate the power of faith, it is also another indication of the season. There is no fruit on the tree because it is fall. Scorpio is the sign of union and marriage, so it is not surprising we find the entire collection of wedding parables here. Jesus talks about the bride, the bridegroom and the Wedding Chamber. There is a feeling of urgency, as Jesus warns that the end is very near and we must be careful not to be locked out in the cold. He tells us that when he is gone, we need to help those who thirst, are hungry, sick or without clothes. Winter is coming.
Sagittarius, the Archer – Matthew 26:36 (November) Many sun gods, although crucified, were actually killed on the cross (or under a tree, like Krishna and Attis) by an arrow; symbolically combining the betrayer Sagittarius at the beginning of December with the cross of the celestial equator. Jesus is betrayed by one of the twelve disciple for thirty pieces of silver. When confronted by a group of armed men he asks, “Am I such a bandit that you had to set out to capture me with swords and clubs?” Jesus was not killed by the cross, but by the soldier who stuck a lance, or in some translations an arrow, into his side.
Capricorn, the Goat – Matthew 26:57 (December) Jesus is scourged, tried and crucified at “Golgotha”, which means the place of the skull, and is linked linguistically with the word “Capricorn”. The sun has reached its farthest, weakest point. There is an emphasis on darkness. “From the sixth hour there was darkness all over the land until the ninth hour”, showing that it is December 21st, the darkest day of the year. Jesus is buried in a tomb, which is found empty three days later. He has been resurrected, and will come again in power.
Even if we ignore the astrological associations and only look at the seasonal clues, it is clear that the ministry of Jesus lasted for one year and ended in December. But why, if Matthew shows his death in winter, do Christians celebrate Easter during the spring? Actually, many early Christians were also confused by this issue. Enough of them, in fact, to make church fathers commit the heresy to ink and lasting memory.
“They endeavor, for instance, to demonstrate that passion which, they say, happened in the case of the twelfth Aeon, from this fact, that the passion of the Savior was brought about by the twelfth apostle, and happened in the twelfth month. For they hold that He preached only for one year after His baptism.” Ireneaus, Against the Heresies
In thousands of cathedrals across Europe and Africa, the center dome is decorated with a giant zodiac wheel, with Jesus in the center radiating light and his twelve apostles surrounding him in even sections. Even the “12 stations of the cross”, which Christians believe represent 12 specific events during the Passion of Jesus, may be a residual influence of the beliefs of early Christian communities who saw Jesus as the sun of God passing through the 12 signs of the zodiac.
The Lamb of God
Besides the lion, the animal most often associated with Jesus is the lamb. The choice of this animal, along with nearly all other Christian symbolism, comes from constellation mythology. Jesus’ role as the sacrificial lamb is linked to an astrological phenomenon known as the precession of the equinoxes. As the sun passes through the twelve zodiac signs, the four signs that govern the four cardinal events in the sun’s journey are the most significant. Of supreme importance is the sign under which the sun crosses the celestial equator on the spring equinox.
Astrological ages are named after this sign; today we are somewhere at the end of the age of Pisces, because Pisces is the sign behind the sun when it crosses its midway point in the spring. Due to a slight imbalance in the earth’s wobble, these four signs change roughly every 2,200 years, in a gradual process called the precession of the equinoxes. It takes an entire 26,000 years for all twelve signs of the zodiac to pass behind the place where the sun crosses the celestial equator during the spring equinox. Every 72 years we slip backwards 1 degree of the zodiac, meaning that soon we will be entering the age of Aquarius.
Before the present age of Pisces was the age of Aries from about 2400 to 200BC, and before that was the age of Taurus from 4600 to 2400BC. During that period, the spring equinox was in Taurus, the summer solstice in Leo, the winter solstice in Aquarius, and the fall equinox in Scorpio. Although Scorpio is today represented by the Scorpion, that part of the sky used to be represented by another constellation, the Eagle or Phoenix. The symbols which represent these signs, the Lion, Eagle, Bull and Man, are often found in religious and mythological texts which developed during the age of Taurus.
Fall Equinox: Scorpio
Summer Solstice: Leo
Winter Solstice: Aquarius
Spring Equinox: Taurus
There are several references to these four animals in the Old Testament, which were later copied into the New Testament book of Revelations. These four symbols, which represented the four seasons and the four elements, were later assigned to four specific apostles whose names were given to the four books of the gospels. (Matthew=Human, Mark=Lion, Luke=Ox, John=Eagle.)
“The first living creature was like a lion, the second like a bull, the third living creature had a human face, and the fourth living creature was like a flying eagle.” Rev. 4:7
The four elements, (fire, earth, water, air), were seen as the basic substance upholding the physical universe, and are often put into the corners of religious iconography. Among other things, they correlate to the four houses at Hogwarts, the four children of Narnia, the four horsemen of the apocalypse, and the four suits of a deck of poker cards. During times of persecution, some societies developed a non-verbal language of symbols to preserve ancient wisdom. The same four animals from the book of revelations are also shown in the esoteric Tarot tradition of A.E. Waite, a mystic who developed illustrations for his Tarot deck based on the writings of 19th century occultist, Eliphas Levi. In the “Wheel of Fortune” card, the Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion surround a wheel, which is ruled over by another lion with a sword that represents the sun controlling the universe. The dog-headed man is the constellation Orion, who has ties to the Egyptian god Osiris. The three stars of Orion’s belt point to and follow the bright star Sirius, which is found in Canis Major, or the “big dog” constellation. The snake is Hydra, which appears to chase Orion around the world.
During the age of Taurus, (4600BC to 2400BC), bulls were sacred animals that figured prominently in religious worship and mythology. Sumerians regarded a bull as the bringer of spring, and the bull cult of Minoan Crete arose during this time. For Egyptians this was the period of Montu,
Bull, and it was also the time of the biblical golden calf. Taurus is a feminine earth sign, ruled over by the planet Venus, and goddess-centered religions flourished during this period. The oldest structures on earth are the fertility goddess temples on the island of Malta, which were built and used doing the age of Taurus. (Megaliths of this type were built for the purpose of making exact astronomical observations.) The symbolism in Tarot cards is based on ancient wisdom. When the sun rose in Taurus during the spring equinox, the bull became a symbol for the sun and shared his fate. Both were crucified on the celestial cross, sacrificing themselves to renew the earth. The blood of the bull became a sacrificial atonement for sins.
During this period the sun was also transformed into many bull-slaying deities like Mithras, whose great victory during the spring equinox depended on him defeating or passing through the bull. In ancient murals and sculptures, Mithras was often shown driving his sword deep into a bull, clenching it like a massive lever, surrounded by the zodiac wheel. It is possible that besides representing the sun meeting the celestial cross under the sign of Taurus, Mithras was also seen as the divine force causing the precession of the equinoxes. His great act of slaying the bull would then also include ending the age of Taurus and rotating the zodiac wheel into the next sign. Mithras slew the bull with a sword, and it was this symbol, identical to an upright cross, that his followers imprinted on the round buns they used for their communion. To further clarify matters, sometimes the sword symbol was combined with an X shaped figure to show the cross of the celestial equator and ecliptic. Symbolically, the act of slaying a bull with a sword is identical to crucifying it on a cross.
The age of Taurus was followed by the age of Aries, the Ram. Most of the symbols used in bull cults were adapted to reflect this shift. The lamb became a holy animal, identified with the sun and his celestial triumph. Like the bull, it died on the cross with the sun, and was considered a restorative offering. In ancient Egypt, lambs were sacred during this period, and sacrificed to the sun during the spring equinox. Linked to the sun’s resurrection, the lamb was regarded as having regenerative powers. In Egypt the lamb-sun god was called Amun, and many enormous temple complexes were built, with exact celestial precision, in honor of him. Pharaohs like Tut-ankh-Amun were named after this god to give them supernatural status.
Many of the psalms in the Old Testament bear uncanny resemblance to Egyptian prayers to Amun, and it is possible that Christians to this day invoke this Egyptian god’s name at the end of their prayers by saying “Amen”. This word is commonly associated with truth, and used to mean “truly” or “verily”. This is because when the Old Testament was translated into English, the word “Amen” became “truth”.
“That he who blesseth himself in the earth shall bless himself in the God of truth, and he that sweareth in the earth shall swear by the God of truth, because the former troubles are forgotten, and because they are hid from mine eyes.” Isaiah 65:16
The Jewish communities spent a long time in Egypt, and some of their religious ideas may have been taken from Egyptian practices. If you replace the original “Amen” into this passage and read it as a name, it can be seen as a psalm to the God of Amun, the lamb-headed sun god of Egypt. Even the concept of Israel in the Old Testament, made up of 12 tribes, shares remarkable similarity with the sun myth. The founder of the covenant, Abraham, was given a test to prove his obedience to God – he was asked to sacrifice his first and only son Isaac. At the last minute God intervened and provided a ram to use instead. This story may be an astrological myth about how Aries came to be stuck on the celestial cross. (Genesis 22:1) In an interesting reversal of the Abraham tale, Yahweh later rescued Israel out of Egypt by killing all of the first born among the Egyptians. Israelites were told to mark their doorways with the blood of a specifically prepared sacrificial lamb, so that Yahweh could take note of which homes to pass over during his ethnic cleansing. (Exodus 12:1)
Fall Equinox: Libra
Summer Solstice: Cancer
Winter Solstice: Capricorn
Spring Equinox: Aries
The Passover Lamb became an integral feature of Judaism, and many Jews along with Orthodox Christians in Italy and Greece, continue to slaughter a lamb every year. Muslims follow similar procedures to prepare lambs for their own festival of sacrifice, Eidul-Adha, which is a commemoration of Abraham and Isaac. In fact, despite passages in the Old Testament that claim God does not need or want burnt offerings, tens of millions of lambs are sacrificed to him every year. The lamb had to be carefully prepared. It was placed on a cross-shaped spit made by the intersection of two sticks. Early Christians continued this practice, as recorded in the following passage by Justin Martyr.
“For the lamb, which is roasted, is roasted and dressed up in the form of the cross. For one spit is transfixed right through from the lower parts up to the head, and one across the back, to which are attached the legs of the lamb.” Justin Martyr, Dialog with Trypho, 11
Jesus was identified with the sacrificial lamb of Passover. Like the sign of Aries on the ecliptic and the Passover Lamb on the spit, Jesus makes his great restoration on a cross. Like the lamb, his death was a great sacrifice, and his blood washed away sin. The details recorded in the gospels about his crucifixion were written in order to clearly bring out this identification. Jesus had to die on the cross, for example, without having any of his bones broken, because God commanded that the Passover Lamb be without blemish or broken bones. However, it is difficult to crucify a man’s body to a cross in such a way that the nails support his weight without breaking his bones, and it isn’t likely that the Roman soldiers would have been extra careful with Jesus in order to fulfill Jewish prophecy. The gospel writers were more concerned with spiritual allegory than actual circumstances, and took liberties with their version of events.
Early Christian catacombs, although sparsely decorated, identify Jesus as the sun god tied to the precession of the equinoxes rather than a historical victim of crucifixion. One of the symbols used was the Chi-Rho, also called the “Monogram of Christ” because it is made up of the first two letters in the Greek word “Christos”. Although Christians claim that this symbol is unique to them, it was used for centuries before the Christian era as symbol for luck and fortune. It was also a solar symbol, and includes the X shaped cross as a symbol of the sun’s triumph at the Vernal Equinox. Instead of a crucified savior, the image of Christ often found in the catacombs is that of the good shepherd, carrying a lamb over his shoulders, identifying him as a Lamb-God like Amun. Statues of other sun-saviors, carrying lambs to link them with the sign of Aries, have been found to predate Christianity by centuries. A contemporary of Jesus, the Gnostic god Abraxas, was drawn with the age of Aries at his head and the age of Pisces at his feet. Some statues, like the one below made in Athens around 570BC, shows the Good Shepherd with a calf, a remnant of age Taurus. Incidentally, the Egyptian god Osiris was called “The Good Shepherd” long before Jesus. He is always shown with the Crook and Flail, shepherd’s tools that became symbols of leadership carried by Pharoahs.
Jesus became not only the Good Shepherd, but also the sacrificial lamb itself. As the sun, he shared the fate of Aries when it met the celestial cross. His suffering there was an act of restoration, and Christians refer to being washed in the blood of the lamb for the forgiveness of sins, just as Mithra’s followers were previously washed in the blood of the bull. After the lamb, the next most popular symbol found in Christian catacombs is the fish – specifically, two fish swimming in opposite directions, or the zodiac glyph of Pisces. Early Christians identified themselves with this sign more than all others, calling each other “little fishes” and using symbols of fish to identify each other. As the mover of the equinoxes, it was Jesus’ role to end the Age of Aries and begin the age of Pisces.
Although Christianity has tried to separate itself from its Pagan beginnings, some customs have proved difficult to suppress. After nearly 2,000 years, we still use trees and wreaths, and give gifts during the “Dies Natilis Invictus Solis”, the birthday of the unconquered sun. And while many profess to worship the birth of Jesus on December 25th, it is not hard to compare the most popular Christmas icon, Santa Claus, flying around the world in one night on a magical flying sled bringing presents and good cheer, with Sol Invictus and his golden Chariot. (Actually, Santa Claus, with his lamp and white beard, is just copy of “father time”, a direct descendant of Saturn and Chronos.)
If constellations and the movements of the sun are the foundation for the biographical framework of the sun myth, how can we explain the similarities between the gospel stories and myths about the other sun-saviors? Can we expand the idea of diabolical mimicry, put forth by the church fathers, to say that Satan put the sun and the planets in orbit in just such a way as to cast suspicion on the later ministry of Jesus Christ? Is Satan then, the real creator of the universe?
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