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Winter Solstice, Xmas and all that Jazz

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“Around the 21st of December, the winter solstice occurs. This event is placed under the influence of Gabriel, the archangel of Yesod, the sephirah of the Moon. Gabriel means ‘God is my strength.’ A few days later, on 25 December, we celebrate Christmas, the birth of Christ. The archangel Gabriel commands the forces whose role is to condense matter, which is why symbolically he presides over childbirth. For what is a birth? It is the passage from the invisible to the visible, from the ethereal to the physical. And the Moon, the feminine principle par excellence, has an essential role to play in all forms of incarnation, on the physical plane as well as on the spiritual plane. During winter, when the nights are longest and the life of nature slows down, conditions are less favorable for outward manifestation and more favorable for turning inward. People are naturally drawn then to go within, to prepare for the birth of the child of light, who in certain traditions is symbolized by a pearl. Pearls come from the sea and, like the sea, are connected to the moon.”

– Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov

This year the winter solstice occurs on Tuesday December 22nd at 04:49 GMT (Universal time). For my Pagan and Wicca readers, who celebrate Yule, or those of you in the UK who can make it to Stonehenge (one of these days, I swear I’m gonna join you) the sun will rise over Stonehenge at exactly 08:04am GMT.

Winter full moon

Winter full moon. Always remember its good luck to first see the full moon through the branches of trees and bad luck to see it first through a  window.

This year’s Christmas also coincides with a very powerful full moon. The last time there was a full moon on Christmas was back in 1977 and the next one isn’t until 2034. In other words, they don’t happen often. So for those of you who prefer a more meditative and serene Christmas instead of one involving messy wrapping paper, loud kids, crappy gifts and obnoxious relatives, it’s the perfect time to do some serious, interior spiritual work.

No. Just NO.

No. Just NO.

Personally, I love Henry Rollins’ idea of Christmas, of cursing the Darkness. (And yeah, he DOES sound flippin’ Biblical…I’d curse the Darkness by his side any day…)

As I’ve written in previous blog posts, I’m not crazy about the holidays, particularly the crass, commercial side of it. I enjoy the time off to read books,

"The Sacred History" by Mark Booth. Booth is also very close friends with noted angelogist and modern-day mystic Lorna Byrne. I'm reading this.

“The Sacred History” by Mark Booth. Booth is also very close friends with noted angelologist and modern-day mystic Lorna Byrne. I’m reading this for the holidays.

Catch up on movies,

Invite friends over for dinner,

Fondue party!

Fondue party!

And maybe take a small day trip or two, out of town, to spas or tiny villages with cool mystical names. It’s hard to catch the mystical flavor of the season when its nothing but “Jingle Bells”, garish tinsel decorations everywhere and red, green, reindeer, Santa Clauses, and snowmen on every TV commercial, flyer in your mailbox or webpage you visit urging you to buy stuff you don’t really need. I don’t understand how people can go into debt because of Christmas. That totally defeats the purpose of Christmas IMHO. I’d rather invite a buddy or two over, make a few epic batches of chocolate chip cookies while drinking eggnog and listening to Def Leppard, AC/DC or Van Halen, package them into several ribboned Mason jars and then gift them to my neighbors and then use whatever leftover eggnog there is to make Eggnog French toast the next day.

I'll take this any day over a gift card to a store I never go to.

I’ll take this any day over a gift card to a store I never go to.

Like most metropolitan cities in the world these days, Montreal really is bereft of mystical, spiritual hot spots which can help you “get into the zone”, the spiritual zone. Most of those kinds of pure places are out in the wild now. The few spots there are, are increasingly being outfitted with Coke machines and gift shops but one place I will try to head out to is St. Joseph’s Oratory, the resting place of St. Brother Andre.

Underneath the dome of St. Joseph's

Underneath the dome of St. Joseph’s

I had a chat once with a German ex-patriot, a follower of Rudolph Steiner’s. He told me there was an energy vortex underneath the dome which he had experienced altered states under. Ed and Lorraine Warren, two world famous exorcists and demonologists and who were featured in the Hollywood film “The Conjuring”, had also made pilgrimages to the Oratory in the past. Ed Warren actually experienced a healing there, for his mother. Twice in the past, I’ve experienced very powerful but benevolent Presences beside me. It never hurts to try again.

Happy Holidays Everyone, in whatever form, shape or way you decide to celebrate it.

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The Invisible Side to Christmas

I’ve posted this before already, but I’m not a big fan of the Christmas holiday season.

I could go on ad nauseam about why I don’t like the holidays, the over-commercialization, the playing overandoverandover again of the same five Christmas songs in every mall, restaurant and elevator you walk into, the obnoxious ads assaulting you from all direction at all times to buy buy buy and let’s not forget the uncomfortable office parties where you have to endure watching your hopelessly out-of-rhythm co-workers dance.
Happy young couple with champagne glasses dancing at christmas
I don’t even like tinsel and to be perfectly frank, find many of the decorations to be just garish looking to my minimalist sensibilities (BTW, who’s the flippin’ idiot who came up with inflatable snowman which every second yard now seems to have and how can you have a mega-store for Christmas?) . After you watch this video, you’ll also understand why I think Santa Claus is just shy of this side of creepy.
Why???????

Why???????

Now, I don’t want to come across as a total Grinch. There are some pluses to the holiday season.
There are the new breed of subversive anti-Christmas and Orphan Christmas get-togethers, like the Ugly Christmas Sweater/Jumper parties which are now a bona fide scene in themselves.
Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are "de rigeur" on the East Coast the last few years. Ebay has been selling out of these types of sweaters for years now.

Ugly Christmas Sweater parties are “de rigeur” on the East Coast the last few years. Ebay has been selling out of these types of sweaters for years now.

There are the hidden-jewels of less well-known but equally awesome holiday songs. There’s the time off, to just decompress, chill out, sleep in with your cozy flannel pyjamas in cozy flannel bed sheets…
Yes!

Yes!

Drink lots of warm chai ( the secret ingredient to a stellar chai tea is using Carnation’s Evaporated Milk or condensed milk, like the chai wallahs in India or Malaysia use)…
These chai wallah , tea vendors in the streets of Asia will make the BEST tea you'll ever have in your life. Guaranteed.

These chai wallahs , tea vendors in the streets of Asia will make the BEST tea you’ll ever have in your life. Guaranteed.

Catching up on reading and catching up with films at the cinema…
There is the Winter Solstice and the knowledge that now days will start to get longer. There’s also seeing friends and of course, New Year’s Eve, which for some reason, always resonated more with me.
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The one motif of Christmas I do like is the one of angels. I don’t mean the small, chubby kids in long nightgowns and trumpets in hand or what organized religion tells us about them. I mean the idea of these beings/entities who actually like us human beings, like watching out over us, like helping us out.
Poster of Wim Wenders' film, "Far Away, So Close!" about angels watching humans.

Poster of Wim Wenders’ film, “Faraway, So Close!” about angels watching humans.

The idea of guardian spirits and helpers is as old as humanity itself, probably because by all accounts, they are far older than us as well. I’m not going to go over what the Abrahamic religions tell us about angels or what Buddhists and Hindus say about their equivalent in the form of bodhisattvas either. What intrigues me the most is that, I think they really are, in essence, lifeforms and life energies which exist on a far higher frequency, beyond our reality hack, which if we’re lucky, we can be blessed to tune into or bump into sometime.
Seated Bodhisattva

Seated Bodhisattva

It’s not unheard of. I mean many, many sources call angels nothing less than pure beings of light. When the Prophet Ezekiel was taken up to the heavens in a vehicle described as “wheels within wheels”, that could just as easily be benevolent aliens for all we really know. (If you get the chance, check out the Nicholas Cage film “Knowing”. Garbage movie but some of the sequences involving these angels/aliens/being of light are pretty cool).
Many, many others have had experiences where messages and information were given to them under extraordinary circumstances.
The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) receiving the revelations of the Koran from the Angel Gabriel.

The Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) receiving the revelations of the Koran from the Angel Gabriel.

There is a softer energy during that week between Christmas and New Year’s. Maybe these angels have something to do with it, I don’t know. Some people will be celebrating Kwanzaa during that time. Other people just call it Holy Week, and others, like your’s truly just try to feel it and soak it in.
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Something or someone has hurt you, and you are walking along the street feeling discouraged and overwhelmed. But then you come across a face, a look, of such beauty you go home feeling comforted, released. Heaven has just sent you someone to give you courage again. Don’t be taken in: if you chance upon such a look, it is not that person who has given it to you but an entity, which for a moment entered that person in order to help you.
Such experiences make you realize you are constantly in touch with thousands of benevolent entities. They come and seek you out; you are never abandoned. Why do you not sense that? Why add to the real sufferings you experience by believing you are alone, deprived of all help? For a while you were feeling crushed, and then suddenly you regained strength and courage. So, thank all the beings that came to you. The more aware and grateful you are, the more you will attract them to you.
Between man and God there exist spiritual beings, which the Christian tradition, inspired by the Jewish tradition, refers to as the angelic orders. The word ‘order’ implies there is a difference in level between these entities. In descending order, their names are: Seraphs, Cherubim, Thrones, Dominations, Powers, Virtues, Principalities, Archangels and Angels. The angels, in other words, are closest to human beings and this is why they have been charged with watching over us. The Seraphs and Cherubim at the top of the hierarchy on the other hand are not even aware that people inhabit earth and will never be given the task of staying with us. They concern themselves with solar systems and galaxies and very rarely does one of them go to meet a human being. A Seraph travels through space at the speed of lightning. If you happen to be in the right place, vigilant and ready to seize some of its celestial radiations, you will be so enlightened, bedazzled, that the effects will persist for the rest of your life. But you will never stop him; he will continue his journey through the infinite space. 
– Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
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