The birth of the Christ-principle
"The Star of Bethlehem",
Edward Burne-Jones (1890)
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'Every year, at midnight on December 25th, the constellation of Virgo rises over the horizon (this is why Jesus is said to have been born of a virgin). On the opposite horizon can be seen Pisces, and in mid-heaven the magnificent constellation of Orion is visible, with the three brilliant stars of the ‘sword belt’ which, in popular tradition, represent the three kings or magi. Whether or not Jesus really was born on December 25th at midnight is not particularly important. What is important, however, is that this is the moment at which the Christ-principle, the light and warmth that is destined to transform all creatures, is born in nature, and that at this moment heaven itself is celebrating the festival of the nativity. All the choirs of angels sing their joy, and all the saints, great Masters and initiates rejoice together, praying and giving glory to the Almighty, as the Christ is born in the universe...'
Extract from 'Christmas and Easter in the Initiatic Tradition'
(Chapter 1 - The Feast of the Nativity
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