“Yes, Virigina, there is a Santa Claus…”
But its not the red and white clad portly gentleman portrayed by the Coca-Cola bottling company. That particular image has only been with us for about a century. It certainly has nothing to do with Saint Nicholas delivering toys to good Christian girls and boys either.
So, where did all of this Christmas season tomfoolery actually begin?
As some people are actually aware — regarding Christmas, holly and ivy, mistletoe and the decorative evergreen tree — the common traditions and customs of the Christmas “Yuletide” holiday season all originate with the ancient system of the Celtic Druids!
For deeper insights into these mysteries, it is efficient and effective to turn to the ARCANUM work by Joshua Free.
“Emerging from the mists of pagan Europe is the face of a man, a forest spirit, only slightly distinguishable from the surrounding foliage. The Green Man is not really a single entity, but a composite archetypal energy that appears in many Celtic deities such as Cernunnos (or Kernunnos), the Dagda, Gwyn ap Nudd and Herne the Hunter.
“The name may have come familiarized as a result of the “Green Men,” a forest-based secret society involving such legendary characters as Robin Hood. The Green Man figure is sometimes horned or antlered revealing his position as “Lord of the Forest” and in some interpretations, “Lord of the Earth.” The Green Man establishes his position by grasping the serpent in one hand and the bull’s “torc” in the other.
“In Edaphic lore, the dualistic fight for supremacy or Enlil-ship is ritually recognized each year by the metaphorical battle between the “light” Oak-King and the “dark” Holly-King. In the summer he is called the “Jack-in-the-Green,” and in the winter “Jack Frost.” In all cases, the anthropomorphic symbol of the Green Man represents the connection between mankind and the planet.
“The Green Man is sometimes equated with Oberon, the “King of the Elves,” though Oberon was really only one of many Dragon Kings. In Celtic mythology, one of his guises is “Gwyn ap Nudd” or “Gwaine, son of Nuada,” called “Lord of the Mounds.” Nuada is one of the Tuatha d’Anu, the famous faerie descendents of the Anunnaki in the Western European and Danubian interpretation. As “Lord of the Hunt,” Herne appears with the Elven hunting dogs, the cooshie.
“In some older European cathedrals the face of the Green Man can still be found lurking in corners, a reminder put in place by the architects and masons hired by the Church that Nature could never be truly forgotten.” — from ARCANUM by Joshua Free
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