There appear to be six memory banks of the human psyche. These are the unconscious, subconscious and conscious realms, each divided into individual and collective. Unconscious content is information that has never been conscious, subconscious was conscious, but is forgotten in the now, and conscious content is information the collective or individual is currently aware of.

The possession of ten toes (or less) was subconscious content untill the reading of those words, just now, brought forth both the words and the meaning behind them to the conscious state, except in the unlikely chance one happened to be thinking of them already. The number of hairs on your head were, are now, and will always be unconscious information, unless one happens to count (have counted) them someday. If two or more individuals are reading this together, then we are speaking of a collective psyche, otherwise it is an individual psyche. 

The vast majority of the world’s population is unconscious of what is being celebrated in traditions other than their own, on and around December 25. As to their own traditions, the majority have in mind (consciousness) only meanings limited to a modern perspective. They do not know the historical meanings of the symbolism in their traditions therefore that knowledge is unconscious to them. Often times they admit that they do not understand their traditions and they know that many of those traditions come from outside of their belief system or worldview, yet they passively practice them none the less. The meanings of the Traditions may have been changed or forgotten on the collective conscious level -whether by gradual, word of mouth bastardization or through intentional missdirection- but the original meanings seem remain either in the subconscious or unconscious mind for descendants of those whose held that content consciously. There may or may not be a timeless collective where all past and present information rests, a God consciousnes one may say, which is often believed in and referred to as the Akashic records. Although, if it exists, it is not likely mankind will ever find a way to prove it so.

The Christian believer will often call the Christmas Tree a “Pagan” symbol. But we ought keep in mind that “pagan” is an antonym to “religious”, when we also claim to have a personal relationship with God that is not reliant on and often independent of a church or religion. By definition, we are calling ourselves pagan. Technically the symbolism that is employed by the great religious systems of the world are not pagan, they are sanctioned by the systems in power. If one titles a hexagram as the “Star of David”, wittingly or not, one is using sanctioned terminology. The “Star of David” is a symplified, Hindu canonized Shri Yantra.  

Further more, an atheist who fully participates in the Christmas traditions of the day, often believes in a materialistic consumerism, that may as well be a religion. Especially if that atheist also teaches children to believe in Santa and flying reindeer. At the very least, they follow what is canonized by the state, which quite often sanctions belief in god. Even the dollar, being a fiat currency of no true value, is an article of faith by the printed proclamation “In God We Trust” and a belief in its value. Here patriotism can be seen as synonymous with piety. What is religious vs what is pagan is quite a grey matter surrounded by a haze of semantics. 

 What are the world’s winter hollyday symbols about? Do they all have one meaning in common? Is there anything reall, tangible or interesting to cellebrate for one who just doesn’t believe? Or is the nonbeliever destined to juggle the bennefits of the season with the pretense to reason for the season? Is there something all religious and nonbelieving folk alike can embrace about the holiday? Something that can unite the people in truth’ symbolism and tradition?

Well here we go. This is where the author is supposed to tell you,

“YES! There is! 

Its an exciting truth that can change the world.”

Although it would not be a dishonest statement, as there is certainly quite a bit of potential in what will follow, the author lacks any authority or desire to persuade. 

The details disclosed here have been easy to obtain for quite some time. Any one could have laid the entire alignment of the winter solstice out in public view from day one of recorded history, as it has been part of the annual cycle for long over 5k years. The writers of our ancient myths seem to have known of it. Although, instead of laying it out, the great traditions of the world that seem to have known of the alignment have only alluded to its parts through scriptures, traditions and symbolism. The only attempts there have been to illuminate the truth of the winter solstice alignment have still left out the most important part.

So few care to learn the truth. Even fewer care to publish it and of them fewer care to face the shadow head on.

It may or may not be time for the collective conscious to develop a passion for truth and unity, but this author is a reallist, looking at all signs pointing down the same old path of human ignorance. So there is only a desire to be heard by those who can and will have an ear. No expectations of results. Any future is possible. The direction of collective consciousness will determine the impact of any given idea on consciousness. 

Be critical, skeptical, open and even agreeable, but please. Please Don’t believe as you read. Question and examine. Be mindful. Your conclusions are yours.

And now weigh the evidence, provided hereafter, for The Asto- Nativity Alignment of the New Year.

NEN

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Nen is the Egyptian word for Winter Solstice.

Note.  The E in NEN is not only an interpretation of vowels, but the application of assumed vowels, where there are no symbols representing vowels in the script, alphabet or hieroglyph. 

Just as I will inform hereafter, it is in this way that the word “nen” relates us to the fish symbolism via the Hebrew letter Nun. There are many places in SOLSTICE SHADOWS, where we will find direct references to the fish subject, although I will withhold discussing them, for the most part, leaving the subject of their commonalities  to a blog series of its own eventually.

That said, the letter nun in Hebrew and Arabic has also no vowel, but we know the phonetic sound is noon for both. As you likely know, nun is fish in Hebrew. So from the beginning we find a solid root common to both works, namely ICHTHYOS & SOLSTICE SHADOWS. But now we focus on the Winter Solstice.

The concept of the winter solstice is about marking a beginning and end of the annual cycle. Something that has no actual beginning or end. Therefore this idea is in contradiction with actuality. Humans though, have a universal need to force a beginning an end into cycles.

The simple explanation for this is that humans need a common frame of reference. They want to gather and celebrate the cycles of life and they need a common method of determining when to do so. It is not unlike the celebration of a birthday and the mourning of death by one who believes that the human soul is an eternal being. Eternal identifies with the cycle; there can be no actual beginning nor end for either. Birth and death from that perspective should be seen as mundane and redundant as sleeping, eating, drinking and defecating. Though the human being, being the being of opposition the being is always being, celebrates birth, mourns and fears death as much as the observer who views the soul as linear, mortal, and temporary.

The fact that we know not the size of our universe leaves us with no center by which to draw a factual frame of reference. Fear of the unknown being the prevailing mindset, from ancient times on, man has felt need to fabricate a center and soothe his yellow soul with an imaginary frame of reference; until recently man made believe that the center was Earth. In the same way that he evaded his fear of non-existence by imagining his soul to be immortal.

To question the accepted dogma, even a single minute detail in an unattended, dark corner of a belief system, is to risk the collapse of the entire fabrication. A threat more grave than one on the level of national security, call it Empirical security. This is why the Catholic Church resisted changing their view when its members began to discover that the Earth was not the center of the universe, nor is it flat, as they claimed God had told them it was.

Man is so afraid of the unknown that he often cannot admit, even to himself, that he does not know and he will kill to keep his lack of knowledge hidden in dark shadows.

Although, to digress,  a frame of reference is a byproduct of perception, and a means to survive. It cannot be avoided. Therefore No harm no foul in the draughting of imaginary lines and placemarks for measuring (judging) time and space.

Astronomy and Astrology are two methods of studying, measuring and judging the character and motion of objects in the sky and documenting there place in the common framework of human perception. The difference between them, which was clear untill quantum physics piped in, was that Astrology viewed the dance of these objects as a mirror to the state of the Earth and psyche of men. “As above, so below.” While astronomy,  to this day, predominantly views the cosmos above to be of little relation to the dynamics “below”, other than the laws that govern and atoms that form them. Although, as alluded to above, Quantum Physics has begun to question the assumptions of its Newtonian predecessor. Man now has an aggregate of evidence pointing to links between atoms other than by time and space.

Now the fact of the matter, regardless of any differences, is that both schools of thought are drawing imaginary lines in order to understand the universe and working mostly with cycles, as the vast majority of objects in the sky are caught, bound or possessed in orbit around, and by the gravity of some larger or more massive object. Not one known orbit forms a perfect circle. Instead they are oblong ellipses (ovals). Ovals when observed by themselves, like circles or anything cyclical is eternal and, as previously established, has no actual beginning or end. 

As far as most humans are concerned, there is no first and no last object to travel across the sky every 24 hours. Nor is there a first or last day, or point on the horizon from which an object can rise or set respectively, throughout the 365 days of orbit or the 24 hour rotation to signify a start or finish. The concept would not even exist if not for the eye of the beholder, who perceives the numbers of 24 hours and 365 days. None the less, the observer did not invent the numbers of Days in a year, it is a natural fact that any observer will conclude to upon measurement. When an observer puts into perspective the various objects at his judgemental disposal, an order and pattern is unveiled, with perceivable points of start and completion for a cycle. The 24 hour cycle is perceived, by the majority, to begin at first light, sunrise. Although some cultures have viewed sunset as its beginning. It is the two polorized, transitional points, from light to dark and dark to light, existing independent of and a prior to man in a pattern of space and time that obligates hint to give it name and numbers and wonder of its meaning. 

The year’s cosmic dance of the Sun and stars is attributed an end and beginning according to the pattern it repeats each time around. The end of a cycle will always be the beginning of the next. The Winter Solstice is the end and beginning of years, celebrated as Christmas or Yule or Hannuka etc. The reasons for all the various names are all the various geographic and cultural perspectives. The more various the perspectives the more various the metaphorical descriptions.  An observer on the moon would see the Cycle as a totally different pattern from that of the view from the ground we stand on, just as observers from differing latitudes, landscapes and pre-concieved ideas form different methods for measuring and celebrating the passage of time. While the day is undeniably beginning for one seeing the sun rise, it is undeniably ending for one who simultaneously watches a sunset.

The annual pattern is an orbit of the Earth around the Sun and, whether they know that or not, every observer on Earth has always placed the Sun at the focal point of the mathematical pattern or allegorical story. And although the moon orbits the Earth about once a month and is used by every culture to measure 12 months a year, it is the Sun’s annual relationship to Earth that defines a year as 12 rotations of the moon. Another important note is that 12 lunar cycles do not equal a close enough approximation to a full year for an accurate calandar, there is always a remainder, a fraction of a thirteenth month till the Earth has completed its annual voyage. The planets all wander about far from any annual rhythm, so the stars, being the only observably “fixed” bodies in the sky, give context to the Sun’s yearly motion. Further, being that the Stars can only be viewed at night after sun set, a description of the winter solstice pattern will begin with Sun rise and set, then move through the constellations.

The pattern of the major stars of the winter Solstice runs as follows: Sun rise and set, Orion’s rising, Canis Major, Argo. Orion’s setting, Canis Major, Argo, Sun. On a daiy timeline, because of our planet’s eastward rotation, the Earths eastern horizon is a place mark for rising elements, birth. Earths western horizon is a place mark for a setting body, death. When repeatedly viewed from one location the fixed stars will always rise at the same place in the east and, likewise, set in the west in the same places. As long as one is standing on the same spot.

Depending on the time of year; if an observer Stands in the same spot every day plotting the locations on the Eastern horizon where the Sun is observed rising and the western horizon where the Sun sets, it appears to be moving, each day, North or South along the Eastern horizon and set in oposistion South to North upon setting. 

In mid June, the Sun is as far north as it goes along the horizon of the East. This is where we have the longest day, known as the summer solstice. It is the longest period of light in the 24 hour period we call a “day”, out of 365 “days” in the year and the shortest night. From there it begins moving south, reaching as far south as it will rise on December 20th/21st; beginning the three shortest days of the year. From this day toDecember 23rd/24th the Sun appears to stand still as it rises each morning for roughly three days in the same spot; a three day limbo between yearly cycles. 

In the following animation each frame is a new day and a view of the Sun rising from December 18th to the 26th.

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From here the focus will be on where the Sun Rises in the East from the perspective of the Northern hemisphere, during the Winter Solstice.

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