The Christmas Mystery

First, a brief, personal note.

Some weeks ago a little illness – nothing serious – interrupted the regular weekly flow of this website.

By the Spring at the latest, this regular flow should resume.

The illness has led me into a period of fallowness – at least regarding this site – which feels as though it will be most productive in time.

Interior processes which personally feel very creative are leading to a much sharper, clearer sense of what this project needs to accomplish.

As opposed to the situation with the site, a major injection of new material into my book manuscript has happened. Two years ago, I thought this book might be out – a little volume of maybe 150 pages. Now it may be 400 …

I have also been very, very slow with personal correspondence. I hope to rectify this soon.

This fallow period is not a time for words from myself. So I will just say that Kim and I greet you during this Holy Time and I will leave you with words which are not my own – but words which speak to Kim and myself profoundly at this time. They concern His Most Sacred Heart – Hearts of all hearts – and Christmas.

They are taken from Meditations on the Tarot, pgs 531-533.

The author’s original emphasis is in bold. Here and there I have italicised what seems to us most striking during these Holy days and nights to come …

The “star” which Hermeticists follow leads them to the manger— to the centre of history … to the Heart which is at the centre of all hearts. For there is a centre of gravitation of hearts, just as there is a centre of gravitation of the planets. Like the latter, it causes the “seasons” of the life of the soul.

This is why it is not without reason that the manger is venerated by the Church each year and that a unique light is lit in the world each Christmas.

What I want to say is that Christmas is not only the festival dedicated to the memory of the historical nativity of Christ but that it is in addition the event of the nativity which is repeated each year, where Christ becomes Child anew and where the history of mankind becomes the manger.

Then all that which is in us of the nature of the shepherds of Bethlehem and all that which is in us of the nature of the mages from the East responds as in the past.

That which is in us of the nature of the mages from the East is enamoured of the “star” and sets out en route with the little incense, myrrh and gold gathered during the year which is drawing to an end; and that which is in us of the shepherds of Bethlehem kneels down before the Child whose reality and presence is revealed from above.

The annual repetition of the nativity of Christ as a real event on the spiritual plane —like those of his miracles, his passion, his resurrection and ascension — means to say that just as the external sun eternally repeats springtime, summer, autumn and winter, so does the spiritual sun reveal his eternal springtime aspect — his infancy—at Christmas, his eternal summer aspect —his miracles, his eternal autumnal aspect —his passion and resurrection, and his eternal wintet aspect — the ascension. This means to say, again, that the ages are eternal —that infancy, youth, middle age and old age are eternal. The Christ is eternally Child, Master, Crucified and Resurrected. …

The liturgical year of the Church …  is simply the yearly endeavour of human memory to unite itself with divine memory so as to realise resurrection, i.e. to make the past live in the present.

The words of consecration, “This is my body, which is given for you; do this in memory of me,” is the key to the liturgical year.

One does these things in memory of him, his mother, the apostles, saints and martyrs —and he, his mother, the apostles, saints and martyrs are present and living and acting in the present. The whole liturgical year says to us: do not forget.

Remember, for it is through memory that resurrection is accomplished.

All the festivals of the year aim at resurrection. And that of Christmas is the resurrection of the Child who was worshipped by the shepherds of Bethlehem and the mages of the Orient.

But it is at the same time the festival of the resurrection of the shepherds and mages also, i.e. the time of the magical evocation of the spiritual and psychic forces made use of by revelation and gnosis.

For just as the Child is present at Christmas, so also there is an awakening and activation at Christmas of forces (including individual souls) capable of receiving His revelation, be it from Angels or from the stars.

It is thus that it happens that Hermeticism also undergoes each year the rejuvenating and inspiring effect of Christmas, and that Hermeticists —often without being aware of it —receive vivifying impulses and illuminating inspirarions for their efforts.

From Amazon USA:

Here are some important inspirations for this website. Each title also has a review at our site – the links are below. These books can also be found in our Amazon UK Store here.

Links to each Review here: (Heart of the Redeemer) (Meditations on the Tarot), (Puritan’s Empire), (Life of St Margaret Mary Alacoque), (This is the Faith), (Marian Apparitions), (The Secret of the Rosary), (France and the Cult of the Sacred Heart) (The Power and the Glory).

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  1. Billy Bishop
    Posted 1 January 2012 at 09:07 | Permalink

    This year I learned about Advent. Probably not enough. From what I see, Advent is true. Even in this secular culture, it is observed, though the time of watchfulness is transformed into a deadline and a “to do” list. The purpose of this time is to buy presents? That’s the form of it but the Life and Light of it are not there, or at least I’ve had a hard time seeing it, until the Church helped give me some context.

    If the Nativity is eternally true, so must be our longing for it.

    • Posted 9 March 2012 at 15:44 | Permalink

      Indeed yes, Billy. And I am sorry for so belatedly acknowledging your testimony here, both to the tragedy of our age and to the fact that the Church is helping you address that tragedy in your own life, at least. I do appreciate your thoughts very much and am too slowly catching up on backlog.

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