Thursday, December 24, 2015

648. Borrowing Winter Solstice

     Humans have been celebrating the winter solstice for thousands of years. The movement of the earth and the heavens has been noted by even the most primitive of human cultures, as those changes are of critical importance to life on earth.
     It's also well known that religions have been trying to explain life in the universe for thousands of years. New religions, needing to establish themselves, commonly borrow symbols from older and better known cultures. Christianity supposedly borrowed the winter solstice festivals from the "pagan" cultures that preceded it, and established Christmas as a major religious festival. We celebrate that festival this week, along with similar festivals in other religions.
     Symbols are also meaningful to people, especially circles. People gather in circles on many occasions; they seem to like that 'what goes around, comes around' feeling. So, from the Circle of Stonehenge to the Circle of Indianapolis, I wish you happiness as you celebrate the Winter Solstice in its many disguises, hopefully in the Circle of Your Family.

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