Hark everybody! I know I speculated that Santa is a Sagittarius but I legit think something more sinister is going on.
Here we have Capricorn season, a time when many people want to be temperate and goals-focussed.
But no, a strange spectre haunts public spaces across many cities and towns. I’d say wraith but Santa Claus – an archetypal patriarch – is ‘designed’ to take up space.
He is imposing, portrayed as a senior (with the wise elder white beard part of the get-up) and has free licence to hug women and children in public. Supposedly, he is the arbiter of ‘good’ and ‘bad.’
Santa Claus classically laughs – “ho, ho, ho” – is this the laughter of fake bonhomie that masks denial or being cut off from your root emotions? Entitlement?
And he walks around ringing a bell. Marching people through cities for penance was common in the medieval era, and yes they rang a bell. Cersei Lannister’s “shame” walk in Game Of Thrones happened all the time.
It seems inappropriate and, if we have to have a ritual patriarchal figure each Saturnalia, why not an interesting one? Merlin? Odin? Horus? The Yule Goat?
“The Druids taught their disciples many things about nature and the perfections of God, and that, there was only one God, the Creator of heaven and earth. One name, under which they worshiped him, was Esus or Hesus (“He,” in Celtic meaning, “Lord”) or Harits which is their name for Horus…”
~Julius Caesar from [Signs and Symbols of Primordial Man, by Albert Churchward circa 1912] [Page 186]