For centuries the winter season, in the Northern Hemisphere, has been inaugurated by the winter solstice, which occurs on or about December 21 and is the longest night of the year. At this time the light of the sun is at its lowest point on the southern horizon. The light available now must shine from deep within each of us. The outer darkness allows us to focus on an inner spiritual journey that can give rise to our own Divine Light.
At the time of Christmas, from the position of the Earth, the sun in the constellation Sagittarius appears to be moving through the great heart of our galaxy. It is in this heart or glowing core of the galaxy where the greatest concentration of stars ~ and matter ~ exists. From this heart in the eastern sky issues humanity's dawning enlightenment. The Christ is also said to appear in the east with myriads of angels.
Christmas occurs with the sun in the sign of Capricorn. For ages Capricorn has been associated with two different energies: that of the valley or hell, and that of the mountaintop ~ heaven. In this sign, through struggle with darkness, the valley ~ our material nature ~ can rise above itself and aspire to spiritual heights. Now our materialistic side expresses itself through buying and getting of things, and giving them out as gifts.
On Christmas eve, the Kings or Three Wise Men can be seen if one looks at the three bright stars that make up Orion's belt. These beautiful white stars form a straight line pointing to the nearby star of the Christ, Sirius. The Three Wise Men also represent our three lower energy centers: the will to be or survive, the creative generative center, and our emotional-desire center. These centers, when dedicated to spiritual aspiration, become as wise men: and give up or surrender themselves to the heart center or the Christ energy. They give the best of who they are. They embody the devotional energies of these lower centers rising up to the heart.
The gifts the three wise men offered are also symbolic. Gold represents the material nature, consecrated to the service of God and humanity. Frankincense symbolizes the emotional nature ~ its aspirations, wishes and longings, and this aspiration must rise as incense to the feet of God. Incense is also a symbol of purification, of that burning which removes all dross and leaving only the essence for the blessing of God.
Myrrh or bitterness relates to the mind. It is through the mind that we suffer as human beings. As we progresses, the more the mind develops, greater is the capacity for suffering. Suffering seen in its true light , dedicated to divinity, can be used as an instrument of approach nearer to God. We can offer to God the rare and wonderful gift of a mind made wise through pain, and a heart made kind through distress and difficulty overcome.
As we study the meaning of these three gifts brought by the disciples of old to the infant Jesus, and as we see their meaning as it applies to our individual situation, it becomes equally apparent that today humanity, as a race, stands before the infant Jesus at the end of a long journey, and can now offer, if it so will, the gifts of material life, of purification through the fires of adversity, and of the suffering to which it has been subjected.
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This cone-shaped tail of helium reflects light along its length because it is composed of gas and dust spread out in the vacuum of space. This light is seen as a spike or spear of light which we call the zodiacal light, and is seen in the springtime right after the sun sets in the west, or in autumn in the east just before daybreak. We are able to see this heavenly light show during these seasons because the Earth is positioned at the sides of the sun, rather than in the front, therefore allowing the view of the cone.
At the winter solstice, the Earth enters the solar tail; here we are unable to see the zodiacal light as we are in the helium cone part of the tail, totally surrounded by it. The amount of helium cone produced is dependent on how active the sun is and how thick the hydrogen cloud is in front of the sun. At Christmas, the cone extends well beyond the orbit of the Earth; perhaps our many religious and joyous celebrations at this time are related to the lightness and openness of helium, which is enveloping us as our Earth passes through it.
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The unicorn is a fabulous animal whose spinal cord is presumed to extend beyond the medulla oblongata, through the pituitary gland and out between the eyes, after which it becomes hardened into a horn. The horn, emerging from the brain, indicates expression of the creative power, for the unicorn or horned horse is a symbol for the sublimated creative force in humanity.
In this sense the unicorn (a person's conjoined mind, emotion, vitality and physical body) is willing to serve. The horned animal (controlled personality) is to be trusted, it is also mighty in strength. The owner can believe in this unicorn / controlled personality, knowing it will "bring home the seed (the procreative power) and gather it into the barn" (the brain and the soul body).
The candidate for initiation must tame the previously wild donkey, so that thereafter, as a docile quaternary, it may bear the threefold personality onward to its goal, just as the ass bore the Holy Family and the Christ in triumph out of Egypt (the sanctuary of the greater mysteries) to Jerusalem (a higher state of consciousness).
The human quaternary presently finds its vestigial horn reappearing at the surface of the forehead, not as hardened tissue but as whirling creative fire. And as a symbol, the white and gleaming unicorn again roams the mountain sides. The Cyclopes are here on earth again, but no longer one-eyed. Rather they are endowed with three organs of vision, two physical and one super-physical. They are partly represented by the men and women of today who are already possessed of these intuitional faculties, which will be natural to later races.
Monoceros lies in the Milky Way, separating Orion's two dogs Canis Major and Canis Minor. Since it contains no prominent, named stars, it is not shown on many star maps. [ 1 ]
depiction of the Unicorn is associated as the evolved symbol of the
sign during which Christmas occurs ~ Capricorn, otherwise regarded as
In winter we set goals for ourselves ~ New Year's resolutions. Deep within, we create a new seed. Coming out of the darkness into the light of spring, we stop talking and start acting. In the springtime we firmly plant and nourish this seed. We develop an environment in which our goals can actualize.
In summer we find time to relax and shine the light of who we are. There's some nurturing, yet mostly an allowing to just be. In autumn comes our harvest. We reflect to see if we've achieved our goals and begin anew to reflect inward. Again in the winter, we decide what worked and didn't. We go deeper within, make new goals and create new seeds for the grand cycle ahead.[ return to top ]
It's a Heavenly Christmas and Everyone's Invited!
images except for navigation map, Auriga, Monoceros and Helium Cone