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December 20, 2013

The true meaning of 25th December

by eirenehogan

In late Roman times the 25th December was the festival of Dies Natalis Solis Invicti – the day of the symbolic rebirth of the Unconquerable Sun. He was worshipped in Roman times up to at least 387AD, and in parts up to at least the 5th century AD.

 

The day of his festival (25th December) is just after the winter solstice, the longest night of the year (which is the 22nd December).  His rebirth meant winter would end and the warmth of the sun would bring back life in the world.  If the sun never returned the world would die.

 

Such a rebirth can also be symbolic of the renewal of society and of the individual, who will resolve to live a better and more ethical life in the new year.

 

The emperor Constantine was a worshipper of Sol Invictus before he took up Christianity.

 

In Australia, of course, his day comes just after the Summer solstice – the longest day.  It seems fitting that Sol Invictus could be recognised here, when he is at his height of power in mid-summer.

 

Sol Invictus is the true meaning for the season.

 

Sol Invictus, is the unconquerable son sun.

His symbolic rebirth, the– was celebrated on 25th December.

 

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