Saturday, May 12, 2007

In The Very Merry Month Of May ...

... on the 20th day, in the 28th year of Augustus, the Savior was believed -by Alexandrian astrologers- to have been born to the Virgin Mary, so Clement of Alexandria, in his around 200 AD written Stromata, informs us. This was due to their believing that the terminal month of the Virgin’s pregnancy coincided with the ninth of their own calendar, calculating the date thusly to have fallen on the 25th day of Pachon. I thought I'll mention this, since my last name's meaning is Christmas, this also being my first-born blog-entry, posted in the afore-said month. But let this miscellaneous announce not confound You, dear reader, for -so I've been warned-
[It] has [been] shown that there is no month in the year to which respectable authorities have not assigned Christ's birth.
Its pagan origins, I hope, are clear to just about anyone and everyone ... 'clear', I say, for they most clearly are a myth :-) Which only leads us to our main subject; and namely, the topic just under discussion: mystification -- what is it? how, when & where, and by whom did it originate? and how does it make itself manifest (in our lives and everywhere in the world around us) ?

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