Friday, December 24, 2004

Mercurial Saturnalianism???

So we're seeing all sorts of comments about Mercury and Saturn in the Comments posting and also in the Mailbag. Where did this come from? I don't remember any mention of these two fellas in previous years.

Is there some sort of Christmas-is-a-Pagan-Conspiracy potboiler out there this year or something?


At 10:08 AM, November 25, 2005, Anonymous Anarcissie said...

Not Saturn, _Satan_. However, the date chosen for Christmas, Dec. 25th, was the date of the winter solstice in Roman times and therefore the time of the Saturnalia festival, which included New Year's celebration and gift-giving, so there is some connection with Saturn there.

Saturn wasn't all bad: he ate his children.

Mercury, the god of speed, money, communication, thieves and lies -- and thus of Christmas shopping -- is an avatar of Satan. Another version/avatar is Santa Claus.

At 9:58 AM, December 24, 2005, Anonymous Yoel Ben David said...

Well Actually just because you haven't heard it before doesn't mean it hasn't been mentioned... the problem is, no one wants to hear the truth and the truth is, the Romans did worship Saturn during their Saturnalia holidays which is also known as Hercules birthday to the greeks and the Yule Tides or whatever to the Norse and the Ashteroth worship to the Babylonians... You can find a definitive work by Alexandar Hislop in an online format or for purchase, the book was written in the 1800's so you can't say he's a "modern" anti christmas man but does the most in depth study i've seen on pagan "holy days" which the americans have all adopted... the book is called The Two Babylons. Hope that helps ya some :)


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