Thursday, December 09, 2004

Waiting for the light

With winter solstice coming up on the 21st, one's thoughts naturally turn to the celebration of the birth of Mithra, lord of truth and light, enemy of error, guarantor of oaths, born of the virgin Anahita. Except, for most of us, they don't. Ever since Julius I's letter to Cyril of Jerusalem in 349, our thoughts turn instead to that other guy. No hard feelings. (Just to clear something up, despite the "s", this blog is named in honor of the Persian deity, not the Roman Johnny-come-lately, who was much less likeable in my opinion.) Anyway, here's to turning the corner on wintry darkness, whether you celebrate stars in the East, miraculous oil, burning yule logs, or installing batteries. Browsing holy texts over lunch is a good habit, by the way. I recommend it.


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