Are you ready for Saturnalia? The Winter Solstice? Christmas?
Saturnalia is an ancient Roman festival and holiday in honor of the god Saturn, held December 17th in the Julian calendar and later expanded with festivities through to December 23rd. By the fourth century A.D., Western Christian churches settled on celebrating Christmas on December 25th, which allowed them to incorporate the holiday with Saturnalia and other pagan midwinter traditions.
There is not a single passage in Bible where God tells people to celebrate Christmas.
It is my opinion that, Christmas is purely a Pagan holiday, but anyone can celebrate it. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not. It seems that marketing has well taken over the holiday anyhow. From my perspective, a holiday becomes truly Christian if you subscribe to that religion and honor its deity, attend church, etc., as part of your celebration. A holiday celebrated in this present day will take on a Pagan or modern Pagan tone when one subscribes to anything falling under that umbrella and celebrates the holiday in their way in accord with their beliefs, in their heart. If you don’t subscribe to any religious or spiritual views, you still can celebrate in whatever way you see fit. What matters is that you are happy and that you enjoy yourself. This holiday season holds the spirit of joy. It is joy, happiness, celebration, and giving; that feeds the egregore of this season in general.
On the flip side of this holiday season, compared to the rest of the year, I feel a darker force present. Nothing negative but darker, something sinister, maybe? There is definitely, a darker magical current. The darkness I speak of is not that of black/baneful magick or ill intention, but rather the dark energy that rules this dark half of the year, It certainly is at its core power; as we come to the year’s end. For me, this certainly is the Devil’s holiday. Maybe even more so than Halloween. Halloween feeds our desire for dark fun, paranormal activity, and something spooky. Halloween awakens our inner curiosity about what lies beyond the veil. It is a common belief that Halloween is the time to commune with the dead and for some to honor their ancestors. But it is; the ancient current of Saturnalia, the astrological power of the Winter Solstice, and the pure magic of Christmas where those sensitive to natural energies; can really, feel the Devil’s current. His presence can be felt dominantly now.
And. speaking of paranormal activity, this might be a fascination throughout October and what Halloween is marketed, however, now is the high time for action in this department, especially on Christmas Eve and Christmas. Did you know that most paranormal activity is recorded and reported during this time?
*The attached art image: “Winder Solstice or the Holly King” by Michael Ker.
By Kindra Ravenmoon