What is our modern connection with the “coming of the light” in the Persian night? The ancient Persian priests watching the night sky were the first humans to realize that the planets moved in mathematical order. They aligned their temples, civilization, and God with this higher order. Zarathustra conceived of a cosmos that was a battle between Light and Darkness, and we still see the universe as a battle between Good and Evil.
But there is a difference between the ancient Persian universe and the modern world that is a mix of science and religious world views. The Persian Cosmos was impersonal, like the planets, and their sun/God is impersonal. You either get in alignment or not; the universe doesn’t care. The sun shines whether you are in a shadow or not. It’s up to you. Baby.
But the Hebrew view of the Cosmos—and the Hebrews spent years in Persian captivity soaking up this Persian world view—added a personal God. Yahweh. Now the universe is personal, and a personal angry God will punish you if you didn’t get in alignment with—not the cosmos—but with God laws for correct behavior in the Hebrew society. Yahweh was the God of a Tribe, not the impersonal cosmos. It wasn’t until the awakening of science in the West that the laws of the cosmos became once again impersonal.
Then Christianity came along, and revised the Persian impersonal Cosmos once more, this time making the Hebrew God available for gentiles, not just the Jews. This was Judaism for export. Yahweh once more became unobtainable…unless you went through the Son as the mediator. Jesus was God’s Chief of Staff. You had to go through his office to get a request on the desk of the Boss.
Jesus Christ, ironically, is still in alignment with the Persian cosmos and the “coming of the light” at the three day winter solstice, The big difference is that the Christian frames this cosmic event in the personal story of Jesus. Once again through story, the higher order becomes personal, but wait, there is more.
When Jesus dies and spend three days in the tomb, that is equivalent to the Moon’s death and rebirth as the new moon: the dying and resurrected Light, not of the Sun but of the Moon is not the key player. The Father of the moon/son’s light is the eternal Sun. The three cosmic players are the Sun (the Father) the Earth (the mother) and the moon (the son).
So you see the mythological shift here? The Persians worshipped the dying and resurrected Sun, and got ritually in alignment with that impersonal order, and the Christian worships the dying and resurrected Moon/son of the earth mother.
Here’s the irony. In Christianity God is the Sun/Father, but Jesus is the moon/son—the moon is the dying and resurrected son of the earth/mother, or Mother Mary. Just as with the Greeks, the gods have human form.
The moon/son orbits around his mother the Earth, longing for the light of his Father the sun. But the moon/sun cannot find his source, the father of his light, as long as he orbits around his mother, waxing and waning. Ahah….Jesus has an Oedipus Complex.
The son must leave the mother/womb in order to become the father, and say, as Jesus did: I and the Father (Sun) are One (light.) What is the Mother but Form and the Pairs-of-opposites that form as which form is perceived. The Son must give up attachments to the forms of the mother, which comes to us our culture.
The “coming of the light” is Insight, and it is through Insight that we are free from the winter solstice.