Here comes a holy day this Sunday, Easter. I have some Easter stories for you to ponder that may be fascinating.
But first, let's start with key basics. It's time to rise again. Resurrecting oneself can be done in any moment, on any day, actually. All sacred day symbolism reminds us that it is important.
Consider, the New Year is also a time of rising again. We make resolutions to be better; let olde acquaintance be forgot. Both Rosh Hashana, the Hebrew New Year, and its Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, (at one-ment) remind us to pray for forgiveness and remember to be one, again, with God. I could go on, and you could name more noteworthy days with the same intention.
We just had the spring equinox. New beginnings. That occurs every year on the day, and at the exact moment the Sun goes into Aries, the first sign of the zodiac. It is, by the way, the Astrological New Year, which also begins the moment the Sun goes into Aries. You call it the vernal equinox. I say happy new year!
Every morning the Sun rises, is a new opportunity of beginning again. They say, you learn something new every day. We are told new things, yet it is up to us to research and decide for ourselves. The 12-step programs of resurrection remind us to, ‘take what you like/want/need, and leave the rest.’
Ishtar, the Assyrian and Babylonian Goddess of love, sex and fertility, was represented by eggs and bunnies. Her name was pronounced Easter/Ishtar. Ponder and research this story more, if you feel inclined.
Christmas is the story of the birth of the Son of God, as most reference the date of December 25. My own father was born on December 25 and what a humble, funny, loving, caring, hard-working man dedicated to raising his children.
I believe I wrote more about the significance of December 25th and the 12 days in total, of that sacred time of year, in a story, last holiday season.All of the above, are stories passed down to us.Here is another story.
In Egyptian mythology Horus is referred to as the Sky God. The sky contains the Sun. He is also referred to as God of the Sun; one who is above, over, the Egyptian solar diety. Horus was considered the Savior of mankind. He was their avenger against the powers of darkness; he was the light of the world.
Mother, Isis seems to have been a virgin goddess, and in the later period of Egyptian religion, the birthday of Horus was annually celebrated December 25th, in the temples.
I read that as both Macrobius and the Christian writer [of the "Paschal Chronicle"] say, “a figure of Horus as a baby was laid in a manger, in a scenic reconstruction of a stable, and a statue of Isis was placed beside it.” His birth festival was before the Jew, Jesus'; Christ being the word for christed consciousness; the anointed of God. Horus, Isis and Osiris were considered the trinity.
In establishing Easter, the Christian authors naturally discussed astronomy/astrology, since such is the basis of the spring celebration, a pre-Christian festival founded upon the vernal equinox, or spring, when the "SUn of God" is resurrected in full from his winter death. Hence, Easter is the resurrection of the SUn.
Across the lands, for time immorial, a cross within a circle showed up everywhere. That is the basis for an astrological horoscope (Horus scope). On the East (easter/eastern) side of the horoscope circle, where the horizontal (Horus onto) line touches the circle, it is referred to as the Rising Sign. It is also called the East location. Horus Rising. The Sun Rising. Easter.
Horus.Horus Rising.Horizon. The SUn Rising. East(er). Resurrection of the SUn. This, at the moment the SUn goes into the first sign of the zodiac, rising to spring, aliveness again with blooms of new life to prove it, from the darkness of winter, the death of the land.
There are 12 hours (horus) that rise, in the day light of consciousness, and 12 hours (horus) of dark night of our subconscious. We rise and shine in the day hours, and surrender with lights out, in the dark of night, to have our hidden subconscious beliefs revealed through dreams, intended to put light on our perceived fears, blames, shames, and with symbolic stories to self-interpret, as opportunities to choose new perceptions, that we can act out in the light of day, with others our mirrors.
The eye of Horus is in the top of the Egyptian pyramid on our One dollar bill, surrounded by radiating light, which looks like the SUn. Perhaps a reminder that we are seen from the light that sees and protects all, surrounded and enveloped by light.
When we tell stories to children, from books, they are all meant to Symbolize how to take the highest meaning, and store it in their own hearts, to act in the highest ways when faced with similar situations.
At this time of rising again, being reborn into light, even from darkness that may effect your terrestrial life, may we newly reserve judgment and self-righteousness of one story being better than another story, and open our hearts to those of all religions; having new eyes to see, and ears to hear.
Don’t wait for death’s door to see everyone in new light of appreciation for having been representations for us, to see through the darkness of our own projections and perceptions.
May your light shine so brightly that we can see You as sons and daughters of the light, through the darkness. The Dalai Lama says that we are all the same person. Maya Angelou wrote, I rise.
Love from Rachel Star of Sedona
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