The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice

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This article is an extract taken from the eBook called The Path of the Spiritual Sun, which you can download free here.

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Newgrange

The ancient neolithic temple of Newgrange in Ireland, which has an inner chamber in the shape of a cruciform that aligns to sunrise on the winter solstice, thousands of years before the birth of Jesus (photo copyright wiki user Shira, 2006)

The birth of a divine child and savior at the winter solstice has formed a central part of spiritual beliefs throughout the world since the beginning of history—in ancient Egypt as the birth of Horus, the birth of Mithras in Persia, the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the birth of the divine son at Alban Arthan of the Druids, etc. These celebrations are evidence of how people separated by vast distances and time have tapped into a universal spiritual principle that is just as relevant now as it was then.

They speak to us of a mysterious and universal understanding of spiritual transformation. All things which come into being must first be born. Even as creation was borne by the great Mother of the universe, so too must we be born of the spirit to become spirit. The winter solstice is a celebration of being “born again”—not of flesh, but of the spirit. It’s a celebration of the birth of the spiritual Son, the Christ, within a person’s consciousness in the process of awakening.

Symbolized as a child just as the winter sun is at its weakest, it will grow until reaching its full strength at the summer solstice—just as the spirit grows within a prepared individual to transform them completely from inner darkness into light.

The Birth of the Sun

Christ as the sun

The meaning of the winter solstice operates on a number of levels. At its core is the birth of the sun—both universally and personally.

The rising of the sun on the winter solstice, out of the darkest day of the year, echoes the birth of the light from the dark void on the first day of creation.

“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.”
~ Genesis 1:1-5, The Bible

The connection between the winter solstice and the birth of the sun at the dawning of creation is why the ancient Egyptians aligned their Temple of Karnak, the largest temple in the world, to the winter solstice sunrise and dedicated it to their supreme creator god Amun. This temple was devoted to creation, and was even expanded upon according to the Fibonacci sequence, which is a mathematical principle found in the growth and expansion of life.

The sun that exists in the physical world as the fire we see in the sky also exists in the higher dimensions as a spiritual fire, as the spiritual source of all creation. This is why there is an overlap in the creation story in Genesis between natural and supernatural phenomenon, and in many accounts of creation in spiritual cultures. The natural phenomenon is the physical, tangible manifestation of the supernatural phenomenon. This is why many spiritual cultures throughout the world venerated the sun—they knew of its supreme, spiritual side.

The spiritual sun is a living and divine fire, and the highest source of all creation, as explained in ancient sacred texts from around the world. However, as creation follows universal principles, the birth of the sun also represents the birth of the spiritual sun within an individual in the process of enlightenment. It is born into the time of most darkness—the physical sun gives life to the external world; the spiritual sun gives spiritual life to the individual.

The birth of the son/sun is a profoundly significant event explained in How Enlightenment is the Process of Creation in the Universe in Reverse.

The Birth of the Divine Savior

The divine son as Horus

The divine Son as Horus (photo copyright Wiki user Rama).

Every spiritual teaching throughout the world had some word for attaining enlightenment, whether it was awakening, self-realization, salvation, imperishability, or immortality, etc. Most still have remnants of a divine savior associated with the sun, and many associated the birth of this savior with the winter solstice. This divine savior always taught humanity how to achieve enlightenment, to become a “son of God.”

Although Christmas is now largely a corporate money making scheme and time of selfish indulgence, the birth of the savior was intended to bring to earth a profound spiritual message for the whole of humankind. This message was continually brought to earth anew as previous teachings became old, obscure, and locked within religious dogma. These teachings often became seen as the “exclusive property” of a certain group who then fought to wipe out “competing religions,” when really they were just the same universal teaching given in different times and circumstances.

For those who are working toward enlightenment now and have done throughout history, the teaching of these divine saviors had a dual aspect—they taught the work to enlightenment in what they said, but also in the events of their lives.

A study of the events of the lives of the divine savior in different times and cultures, such as Jesus (esoteric Christian), Mithras (Persian), Hu/Hesus (Druid), Horus (Egyptian), etc., reveal that the events of their lives match the progress of the sun throughout the year, and the zodiac.

Many theorize that this happened because the different religions borrowed from one another. Others point to the fact that each of these deities was closely associated with the sun, and therefore were merely representing the astrological worship of the sun to simple-minded sun worshipers, waiting for their crops to grow, etc.

But there is another explanation for this incredible similarity. Often this explanation was only known by the initiates of esoteric schools who encoded the knowledge of it in the symbols of sacred sites. To the public these often complex symbols look obscure and even nonsensical, therefore protecting the knowledge from those who would deride and destroy it. This mechanism has helped to preserve much of the knowledge found in sacred sites up until this day.

Each of these deities was known as a savior of mankind, and a beloved and sacred divine child. Each of these deities was associated with the sun, and all of them born at the winter solstice in a miraculous virgin birth. The lives and stories of these deities tells us of a great mystery, which in the case of Jesus, he came to earth with a mission to reveal both in the events of his life and his teachings.

The Potential of Consciousness

Isis/Hathor nursing Horus

A ancient depiction of the Madonna and child in Egypt, with Isis/Hathor the divine mother, nursing her son Horus.

Every human being is a latent spiritual potential that lies dormant like a seed. We live asleep to the greater realities of existence, but whether we choose to realize it or not, each of us has the potential to become an awakened spiritual being. This is why sacred texts from ancient times and still today, always point toward enlightenment as the ultimate goal of life.

Literally, the work of enlightenment is found written in the cosmos in the movement of the sun and stars, which is why so many ancient spiritual cultures incorporated celestial movements into their spiritual monuments and sacred texts. This is what life is created for, so no wonder we find it reflected to us from the heavens, and intrinsic to everything around us. This is so we can always discover our true purpose for being here and realize our own spiritual potential—when we choose to search for it.

The creative process which gives birth to the universe also gives birth to the spiritual within a human. Thus the divine savior is not just born into the world, they can be born within us—into the symbolic stables, prison, or cave, which is the spirit entering into the humble and limited fleshly vehicle of the body.

“When you come to know yourselves, then you will become known, and you will realize that it is you who are the sons of the living father. But if you will not know yourself, you dwell in poverty and it is you who are that poverty.”
~ Jesus, The Book of Thomas the Contender

Nativity scene at Luxor Temple in Egypt

The scene of the annunciation and birth of the ‘king of heaven’ at the Luxor Temple in Egypt (also called the Temple of Man as it is laid out in the shape of a human body, thus the divine king is born into a person). Firstly the female goddess Neith (the primordial waters) is told by Thoth that she will become pregnant with Ra (the King of Heaven who later became known as the god Horus). Kneph and Hathor impregnate Neith via the ankh, the key of life, and thus Neith remains “ever virgin.” The birth occurs over a birthing brick, and praise is given by the gods to the divine newborn son.

Copyright © Belsebuub & Angela Pritchard 2011

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This is about 1/4 of the article on the meaning of the winter solstice. Keep reading in the free eBook The Path of the Spiritual Sun.

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More on the solstice and equinox

General
The Significance of the Solstice and Equinox in Spirituality
A Guide to Celebrating the Solstice and Equinox

Winter Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of the Winter Solstice
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Winter Solstice
Mantras to Celebrate the Winter Solstice
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Winter Solstice

Spring Equinox
The Spiritual Meaning of the Spring Equinox
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Spring Equinox
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Spring Equinox

Summer Solstice
The Spiritual Meaning of the Summer Solstice
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Summer Solstice
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Summer Solstice

Autumn Equinox
The Spiritual Meaning of the Autumn Equinox
Ancient Sacred Sites Aligned to the Autumn Equinox
A Ceremony to Celebrate the Autumn Equinox

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