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'Tis de Season

December 21, 2010

Father & Child Print Copyright 2010 by Ken Yahw McCalla of Yahw Arts


A magical season is upon us.  It is a time when we some of us will discover the mystery of God. Cultures from all over the world have celebrated this same magical event because they could not accurately express the spiritual truths they were experiencing into words.  When the early Christians first came upon this discovery their lack of words to explain the divine mystery that they were experiencing left them with no other choice but to weave their experience into myth. Others upon discovering the mystery of God followed the same suit and created their own traditions like El Dia de Los Reyes or Three Kings Day.

Today, there are a growing number of people devoted to understanding the astrological significance of winter solstice renamed as Christmas, I believe because they discovered that Santa Claus was not physically real.  But I believe unless people are an astrologer and/or astronomer these people are missing the point, because no matter the mathematical calculations and scientific explanations that you have found. It still does not explain how and why rebirth occurs and in the end these individuals miss their blessings.

The truth is that something remarkable occurs during the 21 and 25 of December and it is celebrated by cultures either around or after this time. Depending of what cultural traditions you follow or your understanding of this event you can call it the return of Amateras from the cave or the moment Bodhidharma emerged after his nine-year silent meditation.  You can choose to observe it as the rededication of the Holy Temples as in Hanukah, the time when St. Nicholas rewards good children with toys, the birth of a savior, or as El Dia de los Reyes Magos (Three Kings Day) in Puerto Rico, Jankunu in Belize or Kwanza here in the States. It doesn’t matter how you choose to celebrate and recognize it, so long as you don’t lose the magic and understand the invisible, spiritual truth behind all of these practices is that it marks the rebirth of you.

So take advantage of the time and make this a special moment for you and especially your children to enjoy. If you know the truth and can’t explain it to a child or simplify it into spiritual terms, now is the time to learn how to create rituals and traditions to empower you and your loved ones.

For instance, I am inspired by the Kamitic tradition, so my nativity scene has a missing infant on it. It is only on the 25th of December that my wife places the little infant Hru in the manger.

Be careful, stay safe, don't go into debt  and God bless you.


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