Christmas is one of the most important festivities in the world and Christians reclaim the absolute copyright on it based on the fact they think that Christianity is the real true religion but what if I tell you that the origins of the nativity are everything but divine.
Since the beginning of human civilization, we have tried to explain what was around us with stories and myths and the most important figure in the sky was the Sun.
It was a god in the very sense of the term, it used to dictate days, seasons, and years and we weren’t able to understand his real nature so we create stories of heroes and legends but how does nativity play a role?
Earth revolves around the Sun at 30 km/s with 23 degrees on its axes and this gives the perfect environment for solstices and equinoxes and today we speak about solstices.
Being the orbit of the planet elliptical instead of circular, when it reaches the periapsis (the closest to the sun) it needs time to invert its orbital momentum and so, for the total length of three days, the Sun is unmoving declination wise, the most important God died for that span of time.
But then, on the third day, it started moving again toward spring, warmer and longer days suitable for new life and agriculture.
And here the only the first part of the Nativity (the God part).
We even need to take into consideration that the Sun is not the only star out there, there are a million thousand more and lots of them in the course of History had been the center of myths and legends.
The four most important stars for the story of the nativity are the Orion constellation and Sirius and this was something known since the early ages of ancient Egypt way before Christianity.
On December 24th, the everlasting alignment between the three stars of the Orion belt and Sirius makes a further alignment with the place of the sunrise hours after.
So, in a nutshell, you have three stars that altogether have been called the “Three Kings” that follow the brighter star in the sky toward a newborn god.
The stars had been the center of religions for generations and this is just Christmas explained.
Happy Sol Invictus to all of you!
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