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December 21, 2010
Gates of the Solstice
Human souls entered and exited life through the Gates of the Solstice. Philosophers named these “ Portals of the Sun”because the solstice lies athwart the sun's path on either side. Souls are believed to pass through these portals when going from the sky to earth and returning from the earth to sky. For this reason one is called the portal of men (Summer Solstice) and the other called the portal of the gods (Winter Solstice).
Capricorn, the winter solstice, admits the soul into life and then allows it to return to it's former god like stake. This was also a time when the gods and goddesses became incarnate as mortals, and they too are said to have journeyed through the gates of the solstice.
The Winter Solstice has been celebrated in cultures the world over for thousands of years. This is the start of the solar new year, the return of light and the rebirth of the sun. Most customs, lores and rituals associated with Christmas are actually Winter Solstice celebrations of ancient pagan cultures.
The ancient festival from which we derive many of the traditional celebrations associated with midwinter is the Roman Saturnalia. The rituals of midwinter were an assemblage of fun,laughter and gift giving. This was the festival that we receive the idea of giving gifts at Christmas and not the gifts from the magi as commonly supposed.
Although we have come a long way in time since the ancient farmers looked into the heavens for answers to their need for continuance, for the return of the sun, it is really no distance at all to a time and a place where the gates of the solstice opened upon all the immensity of the soul's great journey.
At the Solstice tide the gods were close, and the wheel of the year turned once more. Portents of new blessings were everywhere, and all around the word was whispered of the coming new wonders, the return of the Sun, (Son).
The Winter Solstice