Last night’s full lunar eclipse was the first winter solstice full lunar eclipse since 1638.
Because they are seasonally linked as well as tied in with the natural relationships with the earth and the sun I sort of like pagan placement of holidays.
What better things to celebrate than the turning of the seasons?
But back to the Winter Solstice and pagan cultures.
Christmas, despite Christian arguments to the contrary is a stolen holiday repurposed to suit the aims of an imperialistic blood thirsty, genocidal religion.
Indeed Wikipedia gives a list of all sorts of different culture’s solstice fests and celebrations: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Winter_solstice
Even many of the things most commonly associated with the Christian solstice celebration have origins in cultures they destroyed.
As has been pointed out by many the entire actual history of the life of Jesus is sketchy at best and events attributed to his birth and time of birth are far more difficult to locate.
But there is general agreement among many scholars that given other events supposedly taking place the likelihood of Jesus being born on December 25 is very slim.
But there is a near universal celebration of the Winter Solstice, as the most important day of the year as it marked (at least in the northern hemisphere) the shortest day of the year. End of the old and start of the new.
So important that the newly emerging Christianity had to appropriate and repurpose it while incorporating the elements of the European cultures they were destroying.
And for the Wiccans and Pagans