Over at Attempts at Rational Behavior, Julie tore into a tweeter who erroneously tweets about all kinds of subjects, but lately about Christmas. Julie reams the guy for the far-from-intellectual use of dragging Hitler’s name into all things atheist. Yawn.
I remember being affected by this kind of propaganda growing up. Hearing about the war on Christmas got my ire up. Thankfully, I grew out of that nonsense, because the more I researched the whole shenanigan of Christmas, the more I learned it’s not a war, it’s a lot of hooey that a lot of people don’t take time to research.
When I was in junior high, the church youth group I went to changed its name to “Icthys”, named after the little ubiquitous vesica piscis symbol for Christ that has been stuck on the back of many cars in the United States. Ichthys is an acronym for the Greek lettering that made up the words, “Jesus Christ, God’s Son, Savior.” In Greek, it’s: “Ἰησοῦς Χριστός, Θεοῦ ͑Υιός, Σωτήρ”, Iēsous Christos Theou Huios, Sōtēr.
The Greek word for “Christ” starts with X. And as Julie points out in her post, it’s where the abbreviation of “Xmas” comes from.
Julie mentioned the date of December 25th being close to the winter solstice, and Christians ripped the date off from pagan celebrations.
Added to her point, over 2,000 years ago astrology permeated the culture. Before electricity and buildings soaking up more energy than the sun, the stars seemed much brighter, and constellations were mysterious and “godly”.
In those days, everyone knew that from year zero give or take a few years back 2,000 years was considered the age of the Virgo (VIRGIN). The Virgo constellation was prominent for 2,000 years, and then Virgo gave birth to the next constellation which was Pisces (the fish). We just left the age of the fish, and now we are in the age of Aquarius.
Try and get the song “Age of Aquarious” out of your head now.
When your world is wrapped up in this kind of religious woo woo, you start integrating it into your writing. When you’re translating Hebrew words for young girl into Greek when talking about the new savior for a new millennium, you write a “virgin” gave way to the new god of the fish. You LOVE using the word “Virgo” any chance you get. Everyone is using it. In your writing, you say, “The mysterious moving star goddess of the past two thousand years will give birth to Pisces, let’s give the fish a name. Okay, Yeshua works. No that’s too Hebrew. Let’s go with Iēsous. He’ll rule for 2,000 years. Then after 2,000 years, Aquarius will take over. Let’s call that guy, ‘Nice Peter‘.” Done and done.
No sane person believes in Astrology anymore, and despite that astrology still exist in “newspapers”, if you believe them, you’re nuts. But then again, most people have forgotten where these terms come from, so Virgo and Pisces aren’t going to clash with your current religious proclivities.
But if you lived back then, Jesus Christ the Fish Man ruled the Earth and –this is very important — the heavens. Pisces lived in the Heavens, also known as the mysterious realm in the sky where “heaven” existed.” Those people literally thought gods or angels were up there wondering around with torches.
So when you’re writing the bible in the age of Pisces, you start integrating fish lore into your stories. If you’re worldly smart as John was when writing about the big fish (aka Yeshua) and how he told the frustrated disciples to throw their empty nets to the other side of the boat, you’ll write something as bizarre as, “The disciples pulled in a catch of 153 fish.” (John 21).
“Matthew, stop fucking around. I’m trying to count the fish. Now I gotta start all over. 1, 2, 3 …”
Do you really think they counted up 153 fish? They told you in Sunday School that they did, I’m sure. Or do you think the writer of the book of John reached into his (hers — if you love Dan Brown) bag of popular culture?
Pythagoras was a wacky mathematician who lived 500 years before Yeshua. He came up with geometry we still use today. At the time it is said that he came up with a formula based on the square root of 3. Doing this math formula, you came up with two circles that intertwined at a certain point. The ratio was 265:153. See that? “153″. To get a fish to appear from nowhere, do this equation and it’s like a biblical miracle (if you’re ignorant of mathematics).
The formula renders the magic number 153. The symbol to religious people became vesica piscis. Look at the space in the middle, that’s the fish body, and the lob off most of the rest except two little tail things. See first graphic above. Voila.
If the idiots living 2,000 years ago had cars, 100% of those bad boys would be sporting a vesica piscis, and it may or may not have symbolized Jesus. It would have meant a lot to the prevailing thought leaders, those damn Romans. The fertile crescent kids loved that shit. I mean, their diet consisted of fish, what with the Mediterranean so close to the west and the various lakes to the east. Their “savior” was a fish symbol, life giving, abundant. He was a tasty fish man who lived in the heavens with all their other gods. It wasn’t another 400 years before the execution symbol of the cross became the choice representation for old Yeshua.
But none of that have anything to do with Christmas, does it?
No, probably not.