December, lucky last month of the year, the name still signifying when it was the tenth month in the old Roman calendar. The first month of Summer for folk under the Southern Cross while Winter brings the cold for the North.
It’s hard to escape Christmas during the month of December, so had to include some holly and it has had an impact on this time of the year for thousands of years. Originally a time to greet the Solstice and light the Yule Log it became the time of Jesus’ birthday, a time of celebration and gift giving.
Santa, in fact, has an ancient history and started off quite different. You really can find Santa in Lapland, along with his elves and many other strange characters of the Saami’s ancient folklore. Be warned, reindeer slaughter and skull crushing wildmen might scare you off Christmas forever more…check it out, if you dare HERE – Lapp of the Gods
December, a time of the Archer, a Centaur archer, in the Heavens, guiding us with his arrows to the new year. Sagittarius is said to be Chiron, the wisest of the Centaurs. Like the satyrs, centaurs were notorious for being wild and lusty, overly indulgent drinkers and carousers, given to violence when intoxicated, and generally uncultured delinquents.
Chiron, by contrast, was intelligent, civilized and kind. He was known for his knowledge and skill with medicine. According to an archaic myth he was sired by Kronos (Cronus) when he had taken the form of a horse and impregnated the nymph Philyra, Chiron’s lineage was different from other centaurs, who were born of sun and raincloud, rendered by Greeks of the Classic period as from the union of the king Ixion, consigned to a fiery wheel, and Nephele (“cloud”), which in the Olympian telling Zeus invented to look like Hera. Myths in the Olympian tradition attributed Chiron’s uniquely peaceful character and intelligence to teaching by Apollo and Artemis in his younger days.
Chiron’s haunts were on Mount Pelion; there he married the nymph Chariclo who bore him three daughters, Hippe (with a daughter Melanippe, the “Black Mare” or Euippe, “truly a mare”), Endeis, and Ocyrhoe, and one son Carystus.
A great healer, astrologer, and respected oracle, Chiron was said to be the first among centaurs and highly revered as a teacher and tutor. Among his pupils were many culture heroes: Asclepius, Aristaeus, Ajax, Aeneas, Actaeon, Caeneus, Theseus, Achilles, Jason, Peleus, Telamon, sometimes Heracles, Oileus, Phoenix, and in one Byzantine tradition, even Dionysus: according to Ptolemaeus Chennus of Alexandria, “Dionysius was loved by Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances, the bacchic rites and initiations.”
The centaurs are a part of the ancient landscape and realms of the days of Gods, by classical Greek times they were described as Celtic men on horseback who washed their long wild hair in limewater then threw it back so it resembled a thick, white horse name, wild as they came and barbarians of the worst kind. Tiny terracotta statues of centaurs have been found in Mycenaean ruins and they also feature on the Greek Parthenon in Athens from scenes called the Battle of the Lapinths. This war was a fight against the ways of the uncivilized and uncultured ways of old and it is on the Parthenon as a reminder of what the Athenians bought to the world.
December, the last month of the year, itself divided into 12 pieces, each representing a special part of the Universe, the Heavens, our earth and us. The month of December is a time of celebration and giving, of spiritual growth and imagination, to travel and to indulge…as the goat swims into sight before you know it, the Yule, the Solstice, the presents, the Carols, the tree, the baby Jesus, the Christmas Cake are all gone, until next year, when December with it’s Centaur Archer in tow, gallops into place again…
Chiron info from Wiki
Thanks to LinzStock for Daven and centaur body stock and Wyldraven for background.