(Secret) Season's Greetings

Here's an interesting selection of images of Christmas going out on the news wires today:

Rockefeller Plaza, seen from space. Note alignment of tree and 30 Rock obelisk.

The Vatican, facing the obelisk in St. Peter's Square.

Here the tree on the mall faces the Washington Monument obelisk.

And, of course, a mall in Dubai decked out with five-pointed stars.


Here's hoping you and yours have had a wonderful holiday, no matter how you celebrate it. What we should all keep in mind is that the holiday is a celebration of new life in the midst of death, of the Sun returning to strength and promising new life in the spring. This is universal, and based in an appreciation of the cycles of life and nature, no matter how you choose to relate to them. It's a very powerful and very primal moment for everyone on the planet, and needn't be politicized with religious dogma, or commercialized to the point of tedium.

8 comments:

  1. And a very merry Xmas to you too Chris.
    I don't know if you or any of your readers have recently watched the film Ghostbusters, but I highly recommend it. I hadn't seen it since my childhood, but to say I was blown away by the overt occult symbolism in that film would be an understatement.
    The story of the return of the Sumerian gods? Check. Secret society formed to call down the ancient gods? Check. Masonic buildings designed to act as psychic batteries and receptors? Check. All in all an occult symbolism must see.

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  2. I hope you had a Merry Christmas Chris!

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  3. Thanks,guys. I need to recover now. Maybe I will watch Ghostbusters, Astrie. Written by my main man Dan Aykroyd, who I wouldn't be surprised if shows up on this blog. Aykroyd has long be into the kinds of topics we look at around here, and since it's been ages since I've seen that film it will be fun to see how well he did putting it all in.

    XF tie-in- Aykroyd was in House of Mirth with Gilly...

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  4. Good stuff Chris. Also-- where have I seen that pope hat before?

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  5. Happy holidays, CK.

    I'd second the recommendation for Ghostbusters, both for the content and because it's hard to overemphasize how damned funny it is...

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  6. does anyone else find it odd that there is a christmas tree in dubai??

    happy holidays :)

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  7. Sigourney Weaver's character's first name makes this all even stranger.

    And then there are all those Alien movies...

    Jason

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  8. Re:
    "What we should all keep in mind is that the holiday is a celebration of new life in the midst of death, of the Sun returning to strength and promising new life in the spring. This is universal, and based in an appreciation of the cycles of life and nature, no matter how you choose to relate to them."

    Except for us Southern Hemisphere dwellers,that is.
    In Australia it's the middle of summer,almost,so our sun is winding down,until September.
    All the seasonal holidays down here are on the flip-side to whatever season you guys are celebrating at the so called "top end" of the world.-)

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