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Christmas?  The Reason for the Season? 
I Don’t Think So
As TV and radio are blathering on about the birth of Jesus and people are posting “The reason for the season”, and putting “Christ back in Christmas“, I would like to suggest that the more than 70% of the U.S. who call themselves Christian stop for a moment and take a really good look at what they are promoting.  
Firstly, let us take a look at the ‘birthday of Jesus’.  
The Bible says when Jesus was born, the shepherds were in the field with their flocks (Luke 2:8).  This means he could have been born no later than October, so the date is wrong.  Further, the Bible teaches to note the day of death, not of birth (Ecclesiastes 7).  
So what DID happen on that date?  The old Pagans welcomed back the SUN, which reaches the lowest point at the Winter Solstice (Dec 21) ‘dying‘ on a constellation called the Southern Cross, is dead for three days (Dec 22, 23, 24) and begins to rise (or is born) on Dec 25.  Doesn’t it make more sense that this date was chosen to persuade the Pagans to worship the new god in conjunction with the days they were already accustomed to?   
How about the tree?  Everyone loves the pretty tree, right?  Well, the Bible says not to cut down the tree and bring it into the home and fix it to the floor and deck it with gold and silver and even goes on to say don’t use the most popular colors of that season.  All of this, it says, is the work of Pagans and the followers of the god of Abraham are NOT to have anything to do with it (Jeremiah 10).  This was, in fact, the celebration of the return of the Sun for the Norse and of Saturnalia (the celebration of the god Saturn) for the Romans.  And the pretty lights?  Well, that was a way of bringing in the Roman new year.  
Well, you can at least enjoy the gifts to remember the Wise Men bringing them to the baby Jesus… or can you?   Sorry, this was handed down by the Romans during Saturnalia long before the Wise Men brought any gifts… But those wise men at least help make the nativity scene look good, except for the fact that the Bible doesn’t say they were even there, let alone that there were three of them.  Today, we even see them with three different races (talk about creative liberties).   In fact, the wise men don’t show up until Jesus is about two years old and the Bible never says how many there were, and don‘t get me started on the likelihood of there being three races of wise men in the group.  
What about the food and drink… Christmas HAM anyone?  You know, the ham the god of Abraham forbids you to eat?  Have a beer and watch the game?... But remember that eating too much and getting drunk is also forbidden by that god.  And don’t forget to keep score on that game of war so we know how much money we won in our gambling.  
How about that Jolly Fat Guy?  Can a Christian leave out some cookies for him?  Well, if you leave out a Coke as well, but he is still a bunch of Pagan fragments put together by the Coca-Cola company and blown up to be life size in order to make a sale.  And for all the fuss about him being White: sorry but he always was, like it or not.  The man himself is the god Odin.  And his eight little reindeer helpers?  They morphed from Sleipnir, Odin’s flying eight-legged horse.  Then, of course, we have Rudolf, who is the simple product of a song that quickly became part of the tradition.  And don’t overlook the fact that the song was written by a Jew, the very people who deny the divinity of Jesus.  
It’s just tradition, isn’t it; just Family time?  I mean you have the people who don’t even believe in Jesus, or Abraham’s god or any god at all and yet they are celebrating Christmas.  Some of them would rather call it Xmas or Yule but take part just the same.  Well, maybe if your tradition only goes back about 100 years.  Before that time, what everyone assumes has always been was never done.  In fact, at the beginning of what is now the U.S., Christmas was banned as a Pagan day.  The Bible even teaches not only that you can NOT do all this Pagan stuff, but that if you find it being done, you are to utterly destroy it (Deut 12:2).  
Then of course there are my favorite partakers of this day, the Pagans who say they do it for any reason from “It’s for the children, or old people, or family“ to “It‘s the one time of year we can give and get gifts“ (I‘m sorry, I thought that was what birthdays where for.  Of course that is also a Pagan day, but that‘s another story).  Some Pagans choose to call it Yule as if to separate themselves from the Christians, but Yule was a Germanic feast: no gifts, and not anyone’s birthday.  It is not mentioned outside of that until the 800’s CE, long after Christians began to rule, and was later engulfed by Christianity as part of Christmas.  The Neo-Pagans have claimed this Norse Pagan name of Yule but kept all the other elements of Christmas as a way of continuing to practice Christianity in a Pagan setting.  There has even come about some great stories of how the gifts are from or to the Earth and the whole thing is a calibration of Nature.  Frankly, I have more respect for a Pagan who just admits they can’t let go of that part of Christianity.  
That brings us to the Eclectic Neo-Pagan who just goes around taking bits of what he likes from each path, including Christianity.  This person truly believes in nothing and in everything at the same time.  They would make great politicians as they simply adapt to whatever is popular and suits them at the moment.  
There is ONE group of people who have every reason to promote and love Christmas: the Merchants.  The very people who complain about the rich don’t seem to mind making them richer this time of year, going into debt that will take them the next year to pay off… if they pay it off at all.  The Merchants bring in more money this month then the rest of the year combined.  They like this day so much that it has been expanded to before Thanksgiving and to after New Years and even has a cameo in July.  Yes, people of Earth, there truly is a Reason for the Season and it is Cold Hard CASH.  
And so, perhaps alone, I watch the Sun die on Dec 21 and I welcome it back on Dec 25 and I try my very best to ignore the many add-ons to this time of year and remember what the true reason for the season is: The Return of the Life-Giving SUN.  
Something to Think about, 
from the priest of Seekers Temple 

Are You On The Right Path?


Each one of us is on a journey as we travel through life.  Whether religious or not, we travel a spiritual path.  Every day we make choices that affect the direction in which we are headed.  Some people think that the paths we travel are many.  In some sense that may be true as there are all kinds of religions.  But in another sense, there are really only two paths.  Each with its own beginning and each with its own end.  One is heavily populated and the other is traveled by a very few.  Which path are you on?  Is it the right one?  Do you even know for sure?  



On this journey we call life, there are two ways to go.  One is the way of the flow and will lead us to wherever the masses end up.  This way represents an easy drifting down the stream with no guidance, no ambition, and no effort.  It does not require giving up anything nor restricting oneself in any way.  One is allowed to bring along whatever baggage or habits they desire and to believe whatever one wants to believe, without reason nor proof.  It is therefore chosen by most people for there are no restrictions concerning belief and behavior.  It is called the “Path of least resistance”.  People who follow this way think they are “free” and “open-minded” and view themselves as “tolerant of others”.  


The other way is the dedicated path.  This way requires self-denial and motivation.  It requires a self-discipline that exceeds that of most religious people.  It requires a change in our natural behavior.  To follow this way, we must resist our desire to murder when our natural behavior calls for anger and revenge.  This way requires that we be faithful and overcome our natural behavior of mass breeding for pleasure.  This way requires that we communicate peacefully with our spouse and do our utmost best to keep our family together.  This way requires our word to be truthful and trustworthy and our promises to be kept.  It calls for us to be fair in what we give and what we take.  


These two paths create two groups of people:  The Many who like the “Come as you are” feel that requires no changes and allows one to just make their own rules, believing in and doing whatever feels good at the moment.  These are the people who are not willing to do the work.  And the Few who follow the stricter path of life, proven so often to be the more difficult path by far.  The path that can only be found through the effort of striving for it.  


There are two destinations at the end of these paths:  One of Destruction of the body that has not been cared for, Destruction of the mind that has not been kept in focus, Destruction of the relationship with others for lack of trust and Destruction of any future for your family.  The other is a destination of Peace in the body kept healthy, Peace of the mind kept in focus, Peace of relationships and family who can trust what you say and do and Peace of a secure future.  


And so we find the two paths, the two ways, the two groups, and the two destinations being truly a choice that we all must make.  We find that all paths do not lead to the same place and it is, in fact, our choices in life that will determine to which place our path will lead.  We find that no matter what religious path a person chooses, the path of life is truly what will make the differences.  


Are you on the right path?  Are you headed in the direction you want to be?  Will you be floating with the masses?  Or will you take charge of your direction?  

Something to Think about,  
from the priest of Seekers Temple 

The New York Times called me to get my opinion, as a Pagan Priest, on the goings on with the Supreme Court.
I don't mind saying that as much as I lean Right, I don't want it to go too far Right. My fear is that if the court gets too far Right, and takes away any and all power of the Left to pull it back to the middle, the Christian element will become a danger to the Pagan Community.
Our courts should be based solely on the Constitution, but we all know they are not. The seats are filled with people who, like it or not, have Personal views. Too much, either way, is a very dangerous thing.
I have said for many years that all we need to bring back the Burning Times is ONE good speaker. With the firing up of the Right that has been seen because of President Trump, that speaker is just under the surface, and that is where he must stay. If he ever reaches the surface, we will see the Christians unbridled, and trust me when I say that they can be every bit as violent as the Communist Left.
Is there a balance? Yes, there is. And our founders gave it to us in the form of our Constitution. If only we will bother reading it.

Are We Allowed to Judge?

A favorite saying of many people is “Judge not, that ye be not judged”.  It is frequently quoted as a deflection when a person's faults are in question.  The impression is that we should never make judgments of what we see in others.  But is that true?  Should we simply ignore what we see?  Are we never to make judgments?  If we see something harmful to others, can we never point it out?  Is this the way, or is it simply a convenient saying that is being used in order to not face our problems?  I am persuaded that this statement is often misused.  That there are times when we must judge.  That there are times when it is appropriate to point out the faults in others and to have them pointed out in ourselves.  
Exercising discipline of any sort requires judging others.  Since such judgment is involved, some feel that we should rule out any sort of discipline.  They feel that people should just do what feels good to them at the time.  We are even told that judging and disciplining our own children is child abuse and that we should just let them make up their own minds as to their religion or sexual orientation or even what they want to watch, ware or eat.  Imagine the world we would have where there was no discipline and we all just do what we like with no consequence.  Sounds fun for a moment, but the end result is chaos as you can not truly understand.   
Correcting errors in teaching requires judging others.  Judgment is required to consider whether someone is teaching in error or indeed is teaching complete lies.  Since such judgment is involved, some feel that we should not speak out against those who teach error.  Imagine the world we would have were people taught complete lies and misunderstandings.  The end result is a world where truth does not live and where trust is a concept none can understand.  
To Judge Or Not To Judge, that is the question before us.  Perhaps the answer can be found in the very quote used for such a defense: “Judge not, that ye be not judged”.  They get this little saying from the Bible in Matthew 7 which reads “Judge not, that ye be not judged.  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”  
This saying is not meant to be a defense against guidance.  It is only the beginning of a good life lesson.  When they stop at “Judge not, that ye be not judged”, they miss the meaning of the very quote they are calling on.  The rest of it is the balance that teaches the very important lesson of taking a good look at yourself before you can see others clearly.  When we have done so, we are then able to judge and be of help to others who are overtaken by their faults.  
Remember the saying that transcends all religion:  “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.  This applies to judging someone as much as it applies anywhere.  Before we can say to someone “There is a better path”, we should be on that path so that we know it is truly better;  Before we can say “Let me show you the way”, we should know what that way is.  
Many parents will instruct their children with “Do as I say and not as I do”.  That child learns by watching far more than they learn by instruction.  They will do as you do because you are their guide in life.  When people around you see how you live your life and what the result is, they will judge whether or not they want to end up where you are.  
On the flip side, think of this: If someone sees you doing something which could harm you, wouldn’t you want them to make that judgment and show you a better way?  But if you look at them, you want to also see they are on the path to which they are leading you and that it is a good path to be on.  You wouldn’t want to take advice about life from someone who seems to be in misery with their own life.  
So, as it turns out, we are not only allowed to judge others, but it is necessary to do so in order to keep ourselves honest about who we are.  Judging is not a destructive thing, but rather a tool that helps a community remain civil and honest.  Judging, when done with care and respect, can help people look out for each other and learn from each other.  It is a supportive way to give others and ourselves a life tune-up and keep us going smoothly down our path.  
I would offer one word of caution here: Giving advise, according to your judgment, does not mean forcing what you believe onto another person.  If a person will not hear you, then you have done your part and that choice is up to them to make.  
Something to Think about, 
from the priest of Seekers Temple  


The Christian "Persuasion"
From the mouths of preachers, followers, and pamphlets left on your doorknob alike; we are exposed to the "Word of God" in which they inform you of the following...
1. If you have not found god, you must and you will burn if you do not.
2. If you have found god, you must obey his rule or you will burn.
It can get pretty annoying to those of us who have made it clear we are not one of them. Unfortunately, since its conception, Christianity has been focused on growing their religion without much regard for others around them. Many a pagan have fell victim to the all too common tactics used by modern Christians that haven't really changed much over the past 2000 years. Some Pagans even leave the religion and find themselves right back where they started. Historically speaking, Christians have been doing the same things for quite awhile.
The first is the most popular... extortion. Extortion is the act of obtaining something through means of force and threats. For a historical example, look no further than the Christianization of Iceland. Beginning in 980 AD, Iceland was sent several missionaries who sought to spread the declared word of god among the Norse Pagans who occupied the large island. After extremely unsuccessful attempts, the new Christian Norwegian King "Olaf Tryggvason" sent a Christian by the name of Stefnir back to his homeland of Iceland to convert them, in which he was accounted to have destroyed sanctuaries of "heathen gods" and became an outlaw under the eyes of angered Pagans. After this unsuccessful attempt, he sent Thangbrand who also reported his failure to convert. Aggression building, Olaf then began cutting all trade with Iceland (halting their economy), taking Icelanders living in Norway hostage(whom of which he threatened to kill if they didn't convert) and sent more missionaries. Eventually, a priest named Thorgeir Thorkelsson was given the responsibility to decide if Iceland should convert. After contemplating, he decided that Iceland would become Christian under conditions that private worship would still be allowed (which was later banned by the church). Through this measure, means of weakening economy and threats of war brought more faith than the words of Christ ever could.
The second is by mass promotion and peer pressure. Apostle Paul is extremely noted for starting this, especially in areas like Greece. Under his travels, he preached an all-inclusive religion that attracted many lower class people like criminals, slaves, peasants, etc. "So in Christ Jesus, you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26-28" Considering also, many of these slaves and low-class people were under the rule of Pagan leaders. With a large percentage making up that category, this allowed the ability to put pressure on leaders and rulers alike. Once Christianity was accepted, fury and aggression could be displayed upon Pagans and effectively be purged by the massive population who were now bearing the cross.
The third is by subterfuge. In regions like that of Germania, kings, and rulers often bore the responsibility of being the medium between the people and the gods (Also by means of priests and priestesses). Knowing this, missionaries and the like often misrepresented Christ and often had him added among pantheons (evidenced by Thor's hammer with crosses found by archaeologists) by kings and nobles who would then push it on the common folk. Through this, Christianity was made palatable to people by drawing similarities. Jesus was formed to resemble a warrior who approached his death both eagerly and fearlessly. Similarities were drawn between Woden and Christ. Pagans, unlike Christians, had no reason to exclude a god and in doing so had Christianity become the dominant religion under their noses who had no qualms about banning their cultural gods once in power.
So, how do these historical examples apply to us today?
We still see extortion. After all, one major bargaining chip for Christians is the promise of eternal damnation if you do not accept their god. We may also see this in our own families who would be/are angered by the thought of us being Pagan and may look down or even disown us. Their religion does not allow for other gods besides their one and although the modern law does not allow them to kill us anymore, we can still see their barbarity practiced in places like Africa today. Public aggression is still the norm, like churches targeting temples or posting hateful bible quotes on their social media to incite hate. Politicians still campaign to keep their cities, counties, and towns Christian by means of discrimination.
We still see mass promotion and peer pressure. This has a lot to do with friends, neighbors, and family who are eager to spread their message and hope to get it to someone. Saying no to the church member who rang your doorbell may earn you a door-step choir next time. The "Christian nation" folk stands at the ready to inform you how many people are Christian and "how could it be wrong if the majority of your country hears the word of god". Without trying to get EVERYONE to be them, how would they have gotten this far? "Be it rapist, murderer, mechanic, doctor, are all equal under God, come to us!"...HOGWASH! Many people who have low self-esteem will be attracted to this measure with a need to fit in.
We still see subterfuge.
"Just because you're Pagan doesn't mean you cant celebrate Christmas" they will say, who WANT you to be part of their celebration towards their god, rather you know it or not.
"You can still worship Jesus" they exclaim, knowing full well you will have to make the choice between him or them one day. Maybe if they can get you to hold onto him a little longer, you'll change your mind.
"We are friends/family and I just want you at church, you don't have to be there for religion" they whisper, but for some reason never come when you ask them to see your place of worship. They will be busy or not have time.
Still true today, the Christian "Persuasion" looms over our heads as they did in days of old.
Will you be steadfast? Or will you fall victim to the very things our ancestors did?
Something to Think about,
from Justin C,
student of Seekers Temple.

The Slow Decline and Discrimination of Pagan Religions: 
A Brief History
By Justin C, 
Student of Seekers Temple

To begin this journey, we begin in 306 AD Rome when Constantine began his reign. Until Constantine, Rome was almost entirely Pagan having many temples, altars, and other sanctuaries dedicated to Pagan gods across the city. Baptized on his deathbed, Constantine not only became the first Christian emperor, but he also decriminalized Christianity. Unfortunately, it was also he who put into place some laws like prohibiting the construction of new Pagan temples and later ordered the destruction and plundering of some(Most notably the Temple of Aphrodite in Lebanon, and the murder of Eunech priests in Egypt). Very little pressure was placed on individual Pagans at this time. Paganism itself was not illegal but was slowly being shown regulation handed down by an Emperor.

Constantius II, continuing the works of Constantine, began enacting numerous anti-Pagan laws that included up to the death penalty for things like attending sacrifices and worshipping idols. Firmicus Maternus, a convert to Christianity, urged to the Emperor, "Paganism, most holy emperors, must be utterly destroyed and blotted out, and disciplined by the severest enactments of your edicts, lest the deadly delusion of the presumption continues to stain the Roman world" and "How fortunate you are that God, whose agents you are, has reserved for you the destruction of idolatry and the ruin of profane temples." Christians, although still outnumbered, began vandalizing, destroying, defacing, defiling, and pillaging ancient Pagan temple, tombs, and monuments. Although he encountered some resistance from governors and magistrates, it was mostly passive. However, he did not do away with some Pagan things like the College of Vestal Virgins(The group who cared for the sacred, ever burning fire of Rome), and he himself was deified by the Roman Senate after death.
Julian, educated by Hellenists and co-emperor since 355, ruled from 361-363 AD. A true pagan Emperor, he witnessed the assassination of his father, brother, and other family members by guards of the Imperial Palace under Constantius. Under his rule, he allowed religious freedom and attempted to restore Roman Religion as the driving force of the Empire. Other notable actions include the reinstallment of the Altar of Victory. Julian, as told by Sozomen, did not allow any injustice or insult done unto Christians. However, Christians were not allowed to study ancient authors. "Let them keep to Luke and Matthew, Julian was quoted. Julian himself saw Christianity as completely incompatible with syncretic Paganism and made the implication very clear that the partnership between Rome and Christian Bishops was now at an end. He was thought to have been killed in battle by a spear, to which Christianity developed a myth stating Saint Mercurius killed Julian in later years. 
Fast forward to 382. Emperor Gratian began reinstating anti-Pagan laws (most likely influenced by Ambrose, Bishop of Milan). He ordered the confiscation of possessions from priestly colleges and ordered the Altar of Victory to be removed once again. He also declared all temples and shrines to be taken by the government and their revenue to be directed towards the Royal Treasury. 
Valentinian II, continued anti-Pagan laws and also added to them things like prohibiting Pagans from visiting temples, denied the request to restore the Altar of Victory, and refused to restore income to the Priestly Colleges.

Theodosius, beginning in 381, presented the harshest Pagan laws compared to his predecessors. He criminalized magistrates who refused to enforce anti-Pagan laws and destroyed some Pagan temples. The infamous "Theodosian Decree" forbade once again the visiting of Pagan temples, abolished remaining Pagan holidays, extinguished the sacred fire of Rome, and disbanded the Vestal Virgins. When he became emperor of the whole empire in 392, he ordered the killing of Pagan priests and the destruction of any idol, object, or place of reverence for Pagans. This became an official war on any traditional religious practice, and anyone caught was put to death and their property confiscated (Even for small familial rites). It is thought he also banned the Olympic Games, considering the last recorded one was in 393.
Theodosius's policies were proceeded by emperors like Arcadius, Honorius, Theodosius II, Marcian, and Leo I. They continued to increase penalties against Pagans due to Pagan support being among Roman nobles, senators, magistrates, imperial palace officers, and other officials. This implies that Paganism still had many followers. Paganism continued to be carried out in secret, as implied by the existence of Theodosian Code 16.10.24 (Which outlines the recognition that some people were just pretending to be Christian). Some Christians even converted back to Paganism, with even more laws being enacted upon apostasy. By this time, Pagans began voicing their resentment (Ex, Eunapius, and Olympiodorus), to the point that they blamed the Sack of Rome in 410 to the empire being under Christian governance. Non-Christian writings found themselves in bonfires, with Christians threatening to cut off the hands of anyone who dare copy them. Saint Augustine of Hippo used his congregation in Carthage to smash all symbols of Paganism they could lay their hands on.

In 476, after the fall of the Western Empire, Pagans attempted to revive the old rites. Magister Orientem Illus, revolted against Eastern Emperor Zeno and raised his own candidate named Leontius to the throne. With hopes to restore temples and ancient ceremonies, many Pagans joined in the revolt against Zeno. Zeno captured both of them 488 and had them executed. Following, Zeno instituted many more anti-Pagan laws. Many Pagans, disillusioned by the failed revolt, became Christian or pretended to be, to avoid persecution. 
Under Pope Gregory, I, the holy sites and places once used to worship Pagan gods were now appropriated by Christianity. "Let altars be built and relics placed there so that the Pagans have to change from the worship of demons to that of the true god".
As far as the ancient Roman Empire goes, the line stops here as no more laws and regulations could be enacted because the ultimate punishment for a Pagan would be death. From here on, the virus of Christianity would continue to spread through Europe, and eventually the rest of the world to which Pagans would be placed under the same persecution.
May we learn from this, and may it never happen again.
May the gods bless us all.


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