Happy Yule

The Winter Solstice for this year has passed and the one for 2012 is less than three years away.

This is the time of year when the days are shortest – the sun having reached its furthest travel to the South and starts moving northward once more.

I read one author surmise that the Jesus story became attached to the Winter Solstice and December 25th because of the old pagan worship of the shortest day of the year. Plus the fact that the Sun’s return northward was not noticeable for three days (hence the three days for Jesus’ resurrection). So they worshiped that resurrection on the third day, Christmas.

I never quite understood that as the three days until the resurrection were connected with Easter and not his birth at Christmas. (Not to mention that Christmas is four days after the solstice rather than three.)

Anyway, the Yule was an important celebration in the pagan societies.

Mnay historians attach the construction at Stonehenge to this holiday.

A recent investigation in the Wiltshire plain uncovered a village near to Stonehenge which they now assume to be the home of those that built the stone circle.

This was covered in a television special on National Geographic channel and showed reenactments of the construction by the primitives.

One scene in particular I found very interesting. The cross-members that sat atop the ring of upright stones had pits dug into their undersides to fit snugly on stone pegs on the top of the uprights.

The narrator explained that the primitives spent months or years grinding out the indentations by rubbing another stone against the lentil until the pit was big enough. Researchers had found one lentil with a pit cut into the top section as well as the two on the underside.

Naturally, the moderns assumed some incompetent primitive had erroneously ground the hole in the wrong side. The program showed a scene of some workers laughing at the fellow grinding in the wrong place and then motioning to the other side. The worker laughed, chagrined at his foolhardy mistake.

I suppose it seemed logical for the historians to write in off in this manner but I wonder… If it took a year to grind out the pit, why didn’t the other workers notice a little bit sooner that their co-worker was grinding the wrong side? Was the guy working all alone on it for those many months?

Or, a better interpretation might be: why did they require such a socket on the upper side of the lintel? Was there something that went on top of Stonehenge that we can no longer see?

These are the kinds of questions that drive me nuts. Why do the modern researchers jump to the conclusion that the ancients were incompetent rather than stretch their own brains for a minute to try and understand what they are seeing?

I mention this because I think it parallels the modern attitude in the researches into the Mayan End-Date.

So perhaps both subjects need to be re-examined.

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