Spirituality behind the Winter Solstice
Around the world, there are many sacred ancient sites aligned to some special times of the year – winter and summer solstices. Some of those sites are Stonehenge and Glastonbury in England, Chichen Itza in Mexico, Temple of Karnak in Egypt, Newgrange in Ireland, statues on the Eastern Island (Rapa Nui) and many other sites around the world. It’s interesting that the ancients saw a big significance in it and have had a special ceremonies and celebrations during the four times of the year – winter solstice, spring equinox, summer solstice and autumn equinox.
According to the esoteric teachings, winter solstice represents the birh of the Second Logos within. During the winter solstice, in the northern hemisphere it is the shortest day and the longest night of the year, but from that point onwards days starts to grow longer while nights are getting shorter. Esoterically, physical sun represents the Second Logos, the Second part of the Trinity, the spiritual sun, Christ, which is incarnated in an individual that has reached a significant stage on the esoteric path.
The sun/Christ is born at the winter solstice at the point of darkest night. It’s interesting that some of the main religious figures, such as Krishna, Jesus, Mithras etc., were born around/on Winter solstice, and their physical birth actually represents the birth of the spiritual sun, Christ, which apparently all of them had incarnated within. The sun/Christ grows and develops, until it reaches resurrection, physically represented during spring equinox.
Samael Aun Weor, the founder of modern gnosticism, has written the following about it:
“The solar myth has two aspects. The first represents the cosmic activity of the Second Logos at the dawn of each new world born from the womb of the Great Mother. The second aspect is a summary of the life of every holy individual who becomes an incarnation of the Second Logos, the Cosmic Christ
“The hem of the solar myth has always been represented at all times as a god-man, and his life has developed and unfolded according to the course of the sun, which is the cosmic vehicle of the Solar Logos.
In the past, in ancient times, the birth of Mithras was always celebrated with great rejoicing during the winter solstice. In the ancient Egypt of the Pharaohs, Horns, Divine Spirit, son of Isis and Osiris, was also born at the winter solstice.”
Solstices and equinoxes are still celebrated today and people are using it to get deeper understanding of the mystery of life.