What is real and what is not - the child knows but she forgot

Coca Cola's version of the historical character

Old St. Nick is a very Traditional fellow

Do you still believe in Santa?

There are many 'olde' traditions that got lumped together to create the customs that we see in various cultures of the world today.  The ways of the elders was  usually lost, and often destroyed in conquest, so that while the meanings of the symbols may have been forgotten, the actions and the customs remain to be displayed, often within yearly fits of merchandise or consumption. So it is with most of the major 'holidays' including Christmas.  The tale I tell to you here of Christmas, is one that is only being rediscovered today by leading cultural researchers and Astro-mythologists, like James Arthur,  Andrew Rutajit and Jahn Irving.

The full picture becomes clear when you suspend limited belief and look at the larger picture of our place as humans in the cosmos.  We come from nature, it has gotten us to the point today where we take it for granted but our connection to the land is becoming renewed as it is also with knowledge of the traditions like we see symbolized here. 

To understand the origin of this story we have to travel back into the tales of olde, the legends of the gods and their meanings.  To understand that our modern traditions are borrowed from much older customs is the key to understanding humans as we are today.  Because history is told by the victors, the true meanings have been lost along the way but rediscovering this knowledge is the key to our survival as a species and as caretakers on this earth. 

Across the world, modern culture recognizes Santa Claus as a magical figure that travels the globe this special night to give presents to the good children, often entering the house through the chimney, leaving presents under the Christmas tree which is usually a pine tree or another coniferous tree.

We often think that Santa was conceived to wear a red cap and suit with a white fringe, a modern version, represented by Coca-Cola advertisements of the early 1900’s.

When we look further into these traditions we find a surprising picture.   Santa Claus, or St. Nick as he is sometimes called, has the characteristics and features of many of the Norse tradition Gods that would fly throughout the sky and often times on chariots led by reindeer or horses.  The Norse and Germanic gods Odin, Wotan, Wodinin and others all have the same abilities and traits in the story of the holiday, as does the ice queen, or snow goddess long ago referred to as Isis.  What is rarely mentioned is the spirit of mother Christmas.  Mother Christmas is the Sun Goddess, led by the female reindeer, antlers proud, soaring in the winter moonlight, the goddess in her chariot traversing the globe in a single night.

The similarities are striking when we start to consider the symbols.  Often we find presents under our trees, similar to how the healer or medicine woman would find the sacred mushroom under the pine trees, or as we call them this time of year Christmas Trees.  Consider how Santa Claus is well known for coming through the roof.  In the Norse tradition this is the story of the Shaman, the medicine person, sometimes known as the wise man or wise woman, coming into the yurt or the home, through the smoke hole in the roof because the doors were often covered in snow.  This person would often be traveling by sleigh and would be carrying special gifts when they arrived on the 'holy day'.  The gifts were often stockings full of sacred mushrooms that would be dried over the fire or hung on the tree to dry.

Shaman Woman with sacred mushroom Amanita MuscariaThis Shaman is dressed in Santa colors with a gift from under a pine tree

No one can forget that 'The Old Saint' would be on Flying Reindeer, the irony being that reindeer love to eat these sacred mushrooms.  Even though everyone knows reindeer can't fly, while gliding on the snow in the north winter night, it can seem that the sleigh is floating on air, the reindeer move gracefully and the sleigh rises and falls on the glades of snow.  In the soft light of the winter moon reflecting on the drifts and rolling hills, the image of a figure behind a sleigh upon the heights, is one of wispy legend in this day and age. Only a flying reindeer could make it all the way around the globe in a single night right?

Reindeer checking out an Anamita Muscaria mushroomReindeer love mushrooms

The sacred mushroom analogy does not stop there in our celebration, for this time of year is one of deep reflection that points to a subconscious purpose of our time here on the 'mama gaia'.  Mushrooms were often hung on the tree to dry, symbolically next to the pine cones that grow on the trees themselves.  The pine cone happens to have deep religious significance.  These pine cones are representative of the pineal gland in the human brain which is 'activated' when these mushrooms are ingested.  It has been stated by more than one criticized researcher that all the major religions and their associated prophets are a result of an activated pineal gland and the symbol of the pine cone is central to the traditions of the world's major religions, including in Catholicism where we see this tradition of Christmas continue.


The origin goes much deeper as we will discover, it relates to our place in the cosmos, here on our planet, and it's movement through the galaxy during the Procession of the Equinoxes. 

The story of santa holds a deeper meaning still, in the symbology of the heavens during this winter night, and points to a deeper tradition handed down by the elders.  During this time of year, the planet experiences the winter solstice, the point at which our globe begins to tilt back toward the sun in the northern latitudes, it rises back from the equator bringing the summer along with it.  Being a northern latitude tradition, we see the sun hold for a few days, without movement on the horizon as it rises, and then begin to make a return to the north after nearly three days.  This is the re-birth of the sun king, or goddess, as celebrated by the earth religions of old like the pagans, and the customs of the early agrarian societies.  

The sleigh that Santa is upon is traditionally known as 'The Chariot', the seven stars of the big dipper.  Traditionally, the god Osiris would ride around the globe in a night, as the big dipper encompasses the north star in a night.  The people of the high northern latitudes especially, would experience the dim light and witness the event as it unfolded in the long night.

The re-discovery of this ancient knowledge has been popularized by leading Astro-mythologist James Arthur who gives a lengthy interview to KPFK radio in LA in 2003 with Evan of 'Something's Happening', and byJahn Irving and Andrew Rutajit in their seminal work, "Astro-theology and Shamanism". 

'Even though  mushrooms are at the base of all the major religions, their meaning has been stolen and usurped'- James Arthur

Mushrooms and Mankind - by James Arthur

James Arthur - Hidden Meanings of ChristmasSacred Mushrooms have a hidden history!

 In fact, when you go back far enough, we find that there are many similarities between the gods of old and the God-Man that is worshipped commonly today.  Consider these similarities among the two historical figures Jesus and Horus.

Jesus and Horus, sometimes known as OsirusYea, Horus and Jesus have similar background stories, what ya gonna do about it?

The fact that they are so similar should make anyone reconsider the temporal aspects of religion, and attempt to re-discover the sacred aspect of life in all times among all people.  Let it be said that the spirit of christmas is universal, and that shining your light during the darkest time of year is a tradition that lives on through the ages.

I still believe.


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Joe Rogan -  on mushrooms and christmas