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People of the pagan tag, this is going to blow all of your little minds. Christmas trees are—get this—Christian.
Now, to be fair, the use of a tree in winter solstice festivals is pagan, and is older than Christianity. However, it is not a “Yule tree.” It is a Saturnalia tree. And literally the only thing about a Saturnalia tree that is explicitly traditional apart from the whole decorating thing is that it was never an evergreen tree. Which, if you hadn’t noticed, is the exact opposite of what a Christmas tree is.
Now, apparently, people have taken the statement that the Christmas tree originated in Germany and fucking run with it. It is still not pagan. It originated in the sixteenth century. Do you know how many pagans there were in Germany in the sixteenth century? Not a single one. The whole of Europe had long ago been Catholicized. Which means, incidentally, that the people who thought up the idea for the Christmas tree were, now this is the really mind-blowing part, fucking Christians.
There is not only a cultural, but a religious and a temporal gap as well, between the only full-tree-covered-with-stuff in any pagan tradition ever and the Christmas tree. In short, there is no way of looking at this in which the Christmas tree was “stolen” from anywhere.
Now, then. More broadly, in terms of any religious practice that has been adopted from pagan traditions into Christianity, such as the times of year that they take place, it doesn’t matter.
The meaning of a religious symbol pertains only to the religion in which it is found. For instance, a common Christian symbol is the Ichthys. You know, the fish thing. It’s an acronym. Now, I am a Celtic Polytheist, and if I were to use the symbol of a fish, it would be to represent wisdom. Neither one of these uses negates the validity of the other, and claiming that it does would be ridiculous. That would be like saying that, I don’t know, because the Bible is a book, all books are symbols of Christianity, or something. Absurd.
Now, I know that that isn’t quite the same as one religion adopting another religion’s elements. But that never happened with Christianity and paganism. See, it wasn’t like there were the pagans and the Christians and all of a sudden everyone who had been a pagan was swept off the face of the earth and replaced with a Christian. It was not one religion stealing from the other, because you forget all of the people in between. A religion is nothing without people, obviously, and Europe became Christian, over several generations. The traditions that carried over, therefore, were not carried over because of their religious meaning, but because of their cultural significance. When the traditions themselves transitioned into Christianity, (and very few of them actually did, by the way), they were stripped of any meaning they may have had in terms of pagan faith and, over time, gained new meaning as far as their significance to Christianity. And, that is, if they even had any meaning to the pagans. Hell, a lot of things were more than likely not religious at all until they became traditions of the people who converted to Catholicism. Pagans invented soap. That doesn’t make soap pagan.
Tarot readers dont predict the future…
*gasp* *things breaking* *wailing* *society crumbles*
What we do tell you is the break down of the situation you most need to pay attention to now, through interpreting the cards, then based on that information tell you how the situation will play itself out statistically based on your choices thus far.
THANK YOU SOMEONE ELSE GETS THE UTTER PSYCHOLOGY BEHIND IT.