In Scandinavia they don’t call it Christmas (Christ-Mass), instead they still retain the old pagan name for the Yuletide celebrations which they call Jul (pronounced Yule).
Yule was a pagan festival that followed the midwinter solstice (usually around 21st December) and celebrated the return of the sun as the days slowly started to get longer again. The festivities, which involved lots of drinking and consuming of slaughtered animals, lasted up to 12 days, hence the 12 days of Christmas.
In Scandinavia it is still traditional to leave food out (usually porridge with butter) for the little red-capped tomte or nisse (household spirits or house elves) and thus we have the tradition of leaving food (usually cookies) out for Father Christmas, who in Sweden is called the Jul Tomte (the Yule Elf).
Another tradition in Scandinavia is that of the Christmas goat, whose origins are lost in the mists of time. The Jul Bok (Yule goat) is nowadays usually made from straw, which indicates that it was probably once an offering from the last harvest (like the British corn dollies), but other traditions have a man dressing up as goat at Yuletide, which could be distant memory of a pagan fertility ritual, or even be connected to the two goats who pulled Thor’s chariot in Norse mythology.
Yule is the turning of the year when, as the days slowly start to get longer, the Nordic peoples celebrated the end of the year and the return of the sun, the completion of the another yearly cycle of life, death and rebirth.
The winter solstice was a particularly inauspicious the night when Odin was said to ride through the skies with the Wild Hunt collecting the souls of the dead. So everyone stayed indoors feasting, afraid to go outside lest they be caught out alone and abducted by the Wild Hunt.
The Modern English word Yule comes down to us via the Middle English yol from the Anglo-Saxon Geol, though nowadays it is more commonly known as Christmastide or the 12 Days of Christmas. However in Scandinavia they still call it jul (pronounced yule) or jol. One of the many names of Odin recorded in the Icelandic sources is Jolnir, which means The Yule One. Though this name probably refers to his role as leader of the Wild Hunt at Yule, rather than to a jolly giver of gifts! (I can find no evidence for the claim on Wikipedia that Odin was known as Jolfaðr, the Yule Father).
So how did Yule become Christmas? King Hakon of Norway, who was a Christian, passed a law that the Christian Christmas Day and the Pagan Yuletide celebrations were to be henceforth celebrated at the same time. While this only impacted the Norwegian territories it illustrates how these festivals were intentionally combined into one celebration.
We do know that the celebration of Yule wasn’t always twelve days long. The Norse text ‘Heimskringla: The Saga of Hakon the Good’ talks about it lasting for three days, or as long as the ale continued. The night it began was known as slaughter night, where animals would be ritually slain and their blood collected in bowls to be splattered over the wooden idols of the gods and over the participants using a bunch of twigs. The animals’ meat was then consumed in a feast which was known at the julblot
Other sources tell of the burning of a Yule log, the ashen remains of which were used to ward off evil spirits and other misfortunes, before being ignited again the following year to start the subsequent Yule fire. Also there was the eating of a Yule boar in honour of Freyr, a god associated with the harvest and fertility, who in Christian times became associated with St Stephen and his feast day of 26th December.
More variations can be found in ‘Gulathingslog 7’, where Yule was celebrated ‘for a fertile and peaceful season,’ we also see in the ‘Saga of Hakon the Good’ that Odin was hailed at this time as the bringer of victory, while Njord and Freyr were hailed for peace and fertility. Grimm’s Teutonic Mythology speaks of how Frau Holle’s annual wagon toured the countryside during the Yuletide season for blessings of a fruitful year ahead. Deities associated with winters, like the winter hunters Ullr and Skadhi, were also sometimes hailed. Since this is the day of darkest night, Nott (Goddess of Night), as well as silver-gleaming Mani (God of the Moon), may be honored. Some will also honor Dagr (God of Day) and Sunna (Goddess of the Sun) as she will only grow in prominence in the months ahead.
Odin, in his aspect as the God of Death and Transition, is almost always honored at this time. The Wild Hunt rages over the whole world seeking out and sweeping up the dead, ushering out the dead old year itself. It’s also common to honor Freyr and an envisioned new year of growth and promise. Also, Thor is honored for driving back the Frost Giants.
It was customary that no work was to be done during Yuletide. From Germanic sources we see stories of the Goddess Berchta visiting peoples houses and punishing those who had been spinning during Yule. In the Icelandic ‘Svarfdæla Saga’, we see a warrior who postpones a fight until after the Yuletide, and ‘The Saga of Hakon the Good’ also says that Yule was to be kept holy.
Modern Heathens opt to celebrate this time as the Twelve Days of Yule, with the last day culminating on 12th Night. Ancient calendars followed a different method of time, the solstice celebrations, as well as later Christmas observances, can vary from place to place as to when they occur. Today, most Pagans and Heathens celebrate the Yuletide as running from approximately December 20 – December 31.
Some Heathen groups opt to conduct no business matters during the time of Yule. Some practitioners of the Northern Tradition will even choose to completely withdraw and go secluded from online mailing lists, bulletin boards, and social media outlets like Facebook so they can stay focused on spending the Yuletide with friends and family. While it’s not always an option for everyone, there are those who choose to use vacation time from work so they can have the entire Yuletide off as well.
Yuletide was perhaps the greatest of all Heathen holidays. It was a time of celebration and close family contact that lasted twelve days and nights; each of which can be viewed as a month of the preceding year in miniature. Many of the customs associated with Christmas may have begun from Heathen Yule rites and customs. Many Gods and Goddesses are honored during Yuletide, and most followers of Asatru believe that the gods, as well as the spirits of the earth and the ancestors, join us for the celebrations at this time of year.
Many traditions and practices are traditional to the month of Yule the most well known is, of course, the 12 Days of Yule. Some Heathens may bookend Yule with Mother’s Night and Twelfth Night and not have specific observances in-between those days, and some other Heathens have taken things a step further. Pulling inspiration from the Nine Noble Virtues, and combining it with candle-lighting celebrations like Chanukah or Kwanzaa, they have come up with a reason to light a candle every night during the Yuletide.
The alter on Yule should face north, the area is decorated with holly and mistletoe and dried leaves and fruit such as hips and haw. A chalice of appropriate wine, mead or cider. The oak or pine log with up to 13 green, white and red candles decorated with carvings, runes or symbols is placed centrally on the altar. The appropriate fragranced incense burning and scenting the air, e.g., bay, juniper, cedar, pine or rosemary is pretty good for this.
There are several versions and variations to the 12 days of Yule. I like to call it the Twelve Nights of Yule since I usually hold the honor at night and it is the darkest time of the year. The version below is a combination with the most common points. Each night starts with the main focus followed by a reading and closed with a virtue meditation. Alternatively, a month is offered each night as a reflection.
The 12 Nights of Yule – Viking Dragon Blogs
~The first night of Yule – Mother Night (Módraniht)
Sacred to Frigg, Freya, and the Disir
~Second night of Yule – The Wild Hunt
Sacred to Odin and Ancestors
~Third night of Yule
Sacred to Mani and Darkness
~Fourth night of Yule
Sacred to Aegir, Njord, and Freyr
~Fifth night of Yule
Sacred to Community
~Sixth night of Yule
Sacred to Eir and Healing
~Seventh night of Yule
Sacred to Thor and Children
~Eighth night of Yule
Sacred to Skadi and Ullr
~Ninth night of Yule
Sacred to Odin and Fathers
~Tenth night of Yule
Sacred to Sunna and Light
~Eleventh night of Yule
Sacred to the Valkyries and Warriors
~Twelfth night of Yule – Wassail
Sacred to all Divine Friends and Oath Night
Glad Yuletide to Everyone. Hail!
Most of my life I believed I had no power over my choices because of so much subconscious programming that I acted out of reaction, but now I can see that I have power not only over my choices but over my mind, over my words, and over my deeds. I am a new me and I have power over this mind and I can now see the path to the mind brain connection The path to the heart and the path to freedom
WATCH OUT WORLD!!!!
THE TRUE ME IS HERE
“If you have woken up and see how others sleep around you, then walk in pointers, respect your dream and discover the perfection of your own times, just as your own were perfect.”
When they open their eyes, the flash of your shine will help them to wake up without having to do anything.
If you’re still sleeping, relax and enjoy your sleep, you’re being curled up and taken care of.
Waking up is not an act of magic, although your life is full of magic.
Waking up has nothing to do with your outer world, although everything around you seems to have a new glow.
Waking up doesn’t change your life, although you feel like everything has changed.
Waking up doesn’t erase your past, but looking back you perceive it as the story of someone very dear who learned a lot, but you feel that someone is no longer you.
Waking up doesn’t wake up your loved ones, but they look more divine before your eyes.
Waking up doesn’t heal all your wounds, but they stop ruling you.
Waking up doesn’t fix your financial situation, but you feel like a millionaire.
Waking up doesn’t make you more popular, but you don’t feel lonely anymore.
Waking up doesn’t make you beautiful in the eyes of others, but it makes you perfect in front of your own eyes.
Waking up doesn’t give you more power, but you discover the power you have.
Awakening may not dissolve the bars in your prisons, but it gives you the freedom to be yourself.
Waking up won’t change the world, it will change you.
Waking up doesn’t take away responsibility, on the contrary it makes you aware of the consequences of your actions and choices.
Waking up doesn’t always make you right, rather you don’t feel the desire to have it anymore.
Waking up doesn’t bring waves of Love into your life, you discover that that candle dwells in you.
Waking up has little to do with what you imagine and has everything to do with Love.
Awakening is loving yourself, with your limits and with your experiences, is loving the other as part of your being and is loving your existence…
Yes, loving this beautiful life so amazing and varied in all its shades.
Allow yourself to enjoy the experience of being the wonderful Being that you already are.
Your life is a Holy Act for it is the creation of God that is in you, which is You.
Greetings to your beautiful soul…
When we break free from the Matrix illusion and awaken to the horrors that befall our planet, our natural human instinct is to want to help others, by imparting this truth upon them. Unfortunately these best of intentions can cause more problems than they solve.
Those who are deeply rooted in the programme must overcome several barriers before they are ready to awaken. There are layers upon layers of conditioning that must first be unravelled. Most people are nowhere near open-minded enough to question the entirety of their deeply rooted belief system, which has been firmly grafted upon them since birth.
Those who are the most invested in the illusion will be the least receptive to anyone or anything that challenges it. The ego will always seek to maintain its identity and will respond quickly and sharply to anything that threatens it.
If we attempt to awaken others prematurely, we will most likely find ourselves on the back end of a defensive knee-jerk response and will almost invariably be met with hostility. If we take this personally, we can feel a deep sense of betrayal from those we were merely trying to help.
If we don’t reconcile with these feelings, then this betrayal can quickly turn into resentment, anger and even hatred. This downward spiral can become increasingly difficult to turn around from, especially when we consider that these negative emotions usually breed more of the same. Before we know it, we can find ourselves consumed by a raging vendetta against humanity. This is how a good-hearted and well-intentioned individual can turn bitter and revengeful, becoming almost unrecognizable to their former self.
There’s a fine line between good and evil. No matter how well-intentioned someone believes themselves to be, or indeed used to be, this can be easily corrupted if one does not keep a check on themselves.
Everyday I witness disparaging attitudes from so-called awakened souls towards those who are deemed ‘asleep’ or ‘unevolved’. Of course it can be frustrating when others can’t see what is glaringly obvious to us, especially when we give up our time and energy to help open their eyes, only to have this thrown back in our face. Nonetheless, we must try and be as understanding as we can, otherwise we will be plagued by constant resentment and animosity which will blacken our heart and turn us into the very thing which we seek to oppose.
Each and every one of us has the potential for darkness. In the murky depths of our shadow sleeps a raging monster which can be awoken at any time, given the right conditions. If we were to come face to face with this darker aspect of ourselves, it would be sure to horrify us. This is why we project our darkness outward onto others, seeing in others what we refuse to acknowledge within ourselves.
This balance between light and dark is a central theme in the Star Wars films, where we see the internal battle of good and evil between certain characters. This same dualistic battle is something we all wrestle with on a daily basis, whether we are consciously aware of it or not.
To stay anchored in the light, we must seek to retain compassion and empathy, which separate us from the psychopathic ruling forces, who are incapable of feeling a shred of remorse or accountability for the vile atrocities that they endlessly commit.
It is only through a forgiving, understanding and loving heart where we retain our humanity and keep ourselves operating from the benevolent spark endowed upon us by our creator.
Where did he come from and what is his STORY? Why do religions consider him this demonic being that haunts us and wants us evil? Mentioned since the night of times in the sacred texts of all great religions and civilizations, Lucifer constitutes one of the greatest mysteries of esoteric science. However, THIS KNOWLEDGE WAS STOLEN FROM US thousands of years ago.
Many are the writings and myths that the Ancients have conveyed to us about the role and importance of Lucifer, as well as the artifacts and statues erected in his name: he is the Seth of the Egyptians, brother of Osiris; he is Satan who tempted Jesus in the Desert; he is the God Majishasura of Hindus who was rejected from Heaven; he is the rival of Rama who removed his wife Sita; he is the Christian Angel who rebelled against God; he is the Mara Demon who tempted the Master Buddha; he is the Xotolt of Aztecs it is, twin brother of Christ Quetzalcoatl; he is the dragon of the Temples conquered by Angel Michael; he is Promised among the Greeks who stole the Fire from the Gods to give it to humans, etc.
When we study the Latin name of Lucifer, it consists of the word ”luxury”, light, and the word ”hell”, the bearer. So who is this famous Lucifer, Light Bearer, that religions have been condemned for too long as being the Demon guilty of all our evils?
Acquiring knowledge about the real identity of Lucifer is a true grace for our Path.
The Greek myth of Thesis and the Minotaur, reveals to us mysteries about the true role of Lucifer Particulier.
The labyrinth in which Thesis enters to free the people from this terrible beast that steals their riches, their wives and children, is the image of human psychology. With the ego embodied in the Three Brains, our psychology looks like a library of thousands of volumes. Every night, unconsciously, we wander into our own psychological city without even knowing where we are heading. When Thesis enters the maze, so as not to get lost, Princess Ariane offers her a thread so that on the way home, she knows how to get out.
While the Minotaure here represents the intelligence of the Ego, the Inner Beast we must fight against, Ariane, she symbolizes the Divine Mother who accompanies and helps her son on the Path of Awakening. However, the thread Ariane provides to Thesis, refers to this Supra-Divine part of our own Deep Inner Being, which, on the Way, helps us find the exit of the labyrinth of our egoistic and conditioned psychology: it’s him Light Maker, this Lucifer Particular who helps us to find the Path of Liberation.
Truth is, everyone has his own Lucifer. He acts within us as a spiritual guide so that we discover who we really are. He is the one who, on the path of Awakening, helps us get rid of this legion of egos that characterizes us. But through existence and reincarnations, Lucifer has lost the divine glow of this Light that ignites him and has become black as coal. Swindled and clothed with our worst psychological aggregates, we have begun to name him Satan. But beneath the thick layers of Egos that he carries on him, his Divine Essence shines.
Lucifer’s Sacrifice is immense and even though he suffers from the role he has been given, he knows that the work he does is completely Christian and revolutionary. Because the responsibilities that he has in this difficult task are necessary for the well-being of the one he tries but also for the God he serves.
It is through the identification of the pleasures of the senses, inside our relationships with others and facing the trials we live on the path, but also through sexuality, that Lucifer tests our psychology so that we can Let’s learn to Die to our desires, to our attachments, To our fears and judgments.
In an old Latin manuscript it says “DAEMONIUM IS CHRIST INVERSE”. Despite his reputation, the ancients had enough Wisdom to understand that “Lucifer is the Reverse Christ” that resides in the deepest of our Soul.
For a very long time Lucifer was venomized by the first Christians, they called him the Daemon. The gnostics of the time of Jesus, sometimes called the Sethians as mentioned in the Pistis Sophia (teachings Jesus gave to his best disciples after his Resurrection), knew the importance of his role for the seeker moving forward in the Path of Holiness and Perfection. They understood that without him we would be lost, because hypnotized by the states of souls that make us live in the Egos, it would be impossible for us to discover ourselves.
Unfortunately, over the centuries, the knowledge and understanding we had of Lucifer began to fade away, to be distorted to eventually be completely altered. Some priests and religious people, identifying their weaknesses with Lucifer, have begun to hate him and defame his reputation in the Church.
Of course, if Lucifer is a part of our Deep Inner Being, it is also “a ladder to go up or down”, because by the way we act in the face of the temptations that he presents us, we become an Angel or a Demon.
*You will feel pain.
- You will doubt yourself a thousand times.
- They’ll tell you you’re going crazy.
- You will lose friends.
*Your family sometimes won’t understand you.
*People will hate you for no reason.
You will develop weird habits.
You will fight your monsters (fear, ego)
*You won’t care what they think of you.
*You will feel unfit in this world.
You’ll become terribly selective.
- And you’ll slowly be left alone.
“But it will all be worth it… No one lights up
fantasizing figures of light, but making
aware of the darkness around us and the
that dwells within us.”
True spiritual awakening is not a caress, but rather a bucket of cold water.
What would it serve you, that caress your ego, with whispers, fantasies or yearnings. When all you need is a strong shake, for you to truly assume what life is.
True SPIRITUAL AWAKENING is a process of destruction.
“It’s the crumble of everything that YOU ARE NOT. “
It is the function of the Mysteries to enable each individual admitted to their teaching to attain the highest degree of development of which he is capable. In the Lesser Mysteries are unfolded the latent capacities of man; but in the Greater Mysteries are unfolded the hidden capacities of nature. The Lesser Mysteries deal with the subjective sphere, the Greater Mysteries with the objective sphere, and the one is the essential preliminary to the other.
It is not possible for a man to command the elemental essences of nature unless he is master of the elemental aspects of his own nature, for the powers within, if rebellious, will betray him to the powers without. Discipline must precede dominion. We operate upon that which is without by the corresponding aspect that is within. If the nature be not purified, it will make a mixed contact when it touches the Unseen.
The operations of occultism are based upon the powers of the will and the imagination; both blind forces. Unless they are controlled and directed by a motive which has relation to the universe as a whole, no ultimate synthesis is possible. The personality must be universalized by the ideal at which it aims in order that it may function as an organized part of the cosmic whole. It is this urge towards universalization which is the ultimate hunger of the soul; the lesser self seeks to achieve it by drawing all things into itself in a rage of possession; the greater self seeks to achieve it by transcending the bounds of self and becoming one with the universe.
The microcosm–macrocosm analogy (or, equivalently, macrocosm–microcosm analogy) refers to a historical view which posited a structural similarity between the human being (the microcosm, i.e., the small order or the small universe) and the cosmos as a whole. Truths about the nature of the cosmos as a whole may be inferred from truths about human nature, and vice versa.
One important corollary of this view is that the cosmos as a whole may be considered to be alive, and thus to have a mind or soul (the world soul), a position advanced by Plato in his Timaeus. Moreover, this cosmic mind or soul was often thought to be divine, most notably by the Stoics and those who were influenced by them, such as the authors of the Hermetica. Hence, it was sometimes inferred that the human mind or soul too was divine in nature.
The view itself is ancient, and may be found in many philosophical systems world-wide, such as for example in ancient Mesopotamia, in ancient Iran, or in ancient Chinese philosophy. However, the terms microcosm and macrocosm refer more specifically to the analogy as it was developed in ancient Greek philosophy and its medieval and early modern descendants.
In contemporary usage, the terms microcosm and macrocosm are also employed to refer to any smaller system that is representative of a larger one, and vice versa.