a cache of usenet and other text files pertaining
to occult, mystical, and spiritual subjects.



Subject: Christianity/mithras.egg
Date: Wed, 29 Jan 1997 13:34:49 -0800 (PST)
From: (nagasiva)

#The idea of Chrismas celebrated near the winter solstice is indeed of fairly 
#late provenance. Originally Christians celebrated the BAPTISM of Jesus on 6th 
#January. Later, for political/religious reasons this was changed to his birth, 
#it being deemed that his Baptism being symbolic of his rebirth it was one and 
#the same. In the Fourth century it was shifted back to 25th December, the 
#feast of the Birth of Mithras. This Persian and Anatolian "god" was really 
#more like an archangel in their religious tradition. Zoroaster (or 
#Zarathustra) was a great Persian prophet who probably lived in the 6th century 
#BC, around the time of Buddha and Pythagoras.(There are indeed traditions that 
#Pythagoras met Zoroaster after the former was taken captive to Babylon by 
#Cambyses the Persian king.Mithraism as such probably predates Zoroastrianism 
#by many centuries. The god Mithras was summoned as a witness to trial by fire 
#and was therefore, like ST, Michael, associated with justice.
#  Astrologically Mithras represents on the one hand the reborn sun at the 
#winter solstice and on the other the constellation of Orion. This can be most 
#clearly seen in the famous bull-slaying sculptures where Mithras (Orion) is 
#seen seizing Taurus. Attending are a dog (Canis Major) and two acolytes (the 
#Gemini). Thjere is very very much to this symbolism and some of its meaning 
#has indeed passed into Christianity.
#  The real birthdate of Jesus, I am convinced, is 29th July 7 BC. On this date 
#there was a very special arrangement of the stars and planets portending to 
#the birth of a king in both the Egyptian and Persian traditions. The star of 
#the Magi was a very close conjunction of the planets Jupiter and Saturn.
#  If you would like to see more on this, then please visit my website at:
#It shows the layout of the stars and how these have been for centuries 
#represented in Christian iconography.
#Adrian G. Gilbert.    

The Arcane Archive is copyright by the authors cited.
Send comments to the Arcane Archivist:

Did you like what you read here? Find it useful?
Then please click on the Paypal Secure Server logo and make a small
donation to the site maintainer for the creation and upkeep of this site.

The ARCANE ARCHIVE is a large domain,
organized into a number of sub-directories,
each dealing with a different branch of
religion, mysticism, occultism, or esoteric knowledge.
Here are the major ARCANE ARCHIVE directories you can visit:
interdisciplinary: geometry, natural proportion, ratio, archaeoastronomy
mysticism: enlightenment, self-realization, trance, meditation, consciousness
occultism: divination, hermeticism, amulets, sigils, magick, witchcraft, spells
religion: buddhism, christianity, hinduism, islam, judaism, taoism, wicca, voodoo
societies and fraternal orders: freemasonry, golden dawn, rosicrucians, etc.


There are thousands of web pages at the ARCANE ARCHIVE. You can use ATOMZ.COM
to search for a single word (like witchcraft, hoodoo, pagan, or magic) or an
exact phrase (like Kwan Yin, golden ratio, or book of shadows):

Search For:
Match:  Any word All words Exact phrase


Southern Spirits: 19th and 20th century accounts of hoodoo, including slave narratives & interviews
Hoodoo in Theory and Practice by cat yronwode: an introduction to African-American rootwork
Lucky W Amulet Archive by cat yronwode: an online museum of worldwide talismans and charms
Sacred Sex: essays and articles on tantra yoga, neo-tantra, karezza, sex magic, and sex worship
Sacred Landscape: essays and articles on archaeoastronomy, sacred architecture, and sacred geometry
Lucky Mojo Forum: practitioners answer queries on conjure; sponsored by the Lucky Mojo Curio Co.
Herb Magic: illustrated descriptions of magic herbs with free spells, recipes, and an ordering option
Association of Independent Readers and Rootworkers: ethical diviners and hoodoo spell-casters
Freemasonry for Women by cat yronwode: a history of mixed-gender Freemasonic lodges
Missionary Independent Spiritual Church: spirit-led, inter-faith, the Smallest Church in the World
Satan Service Org: an archive presenting the theory, practice, and history of Satanism and Satanists
Gospel of Satan: the story of Jesus and the angels, from the perspective of the God of this World
Lucky Mojo Usenet FAQ Archive: FAQs and REFs for occult and magical usenet newsgroups
Candles and Curios: essays and articles on traditional African American conjure and folk magic
Aleister Crowley Text Archive: a multitude of texts by an early 20th century ceremonial occultist
Spiritual Spells: lessons in folk magic and spell casting from an eclectic Wiccan perspective
The Mystic Tea Room: divination by reading tea-leaves, with a museum of antique fortune telling cups
Yronwode Institution for the Preservation and Popularization of Indigenous Ethnomagicology
Yronwode Home: personal pages of catherine yronwode and nagasiva yronwode, magical archivists
Lucky Mojo Magic Spells Archives: love spells, money spells, luck spells, protection spells, etc.
      Free Love Spell Archive: love spells, attraction spells, sex magick, romance spells, and lust spells
      Free Money Spell Archive: money spells, prosperity spells, and wealth spells for job and business
      Free Protection Spell Archive: protection spells against witchcraft, jinxes, hexes, and the evil eye
      Free Gambling Luck Spell Archive: lucky gambling spells for the lottery, casinos, and races