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Celebrating Christmas with Traditional Carols

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Adoration of the shepherds by Gerard van Honthorst (1592–1656). [Public domain image]

With Christmas approaching in the Northern Hemisphere, and as it is a time of rejoicing, celebration, and singing, we’ve added a Christmas carols section to the traditional music library.

In addition to the solstices and equinoxes, Christmas is another holy day within the Religion of the Sun, which corresponds to the birth of the manifestation of the spiritual within — the birth of the Spiritual Son and divine savior within a person.

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A scene of adoration of baby Krishna, born at the winter solstice in a prison at a time of tyranny and persecution to bring light and relief to the oppressed. Painting by Raja Ravi Varma (1888). [Public domain image]

Christmas is celebrated three days after the winter solstice. The winter solstice corresponds to the time of the birth of the sun and the turning point in the year from which the light of the sun begins to increase from out of the darkness of the preceding months. At the solstice the sun is at a standstill, however, and it isn’t until three days after the winter solstice that the sun begins to visibly ascend in the sky, corresponding with Christmas and the birth of the Spiritual Son.1

Christmas is also a celebration of the birth of the divine savior within humanity, who is born as a world teacher,2 and many Christ figures from different traditions, such as Jesus, Krishna, Horus, Mithras, and Dionysus are said to have been born on the 25th of December (Christmas in the Northern Hemisphere).3 The stories of their birth and the events of their lives, passed down through thousands of years from generation to generation, encode a symbolic message of spiritual transformation.4

Celebrating Christmas with Traditional Carols

Christmas is a time of joy and merriment that can be passed with candle light, song, and time with friends and loved ones as these activities celebrate the hope, happiness, and the spiritual gifts that the Spiritual Son brings into the world.5

Many traditional Christmas carols reflect the symbolic events surrounding the birth of the divine savior,6 and capture the feeling of the longing for the spiritual and the joy and peace that the Spiritual Son brings with his birth into a person.

Below is a gallery we’ve started with some examples of carols that can be sung at Christmas time. Feel free to also add your favorites in the forums here or in the comments below.

  1. Belsebuub and Lara Atwood, The Path of the Spiritual Sun: Celebrating the Solstices and Equinoxes (Mystical Life Publications, revised second edition, July 2017), p. 116 

  2. Ibid., p. 106 

  3. Ibid., p. 122 

  4. Ibid., p.87 

  5. More ideas for how to celebrate the Midnight Mass and Christmas day can be found on p. 394-395 of The Path of the Spiritual Sun 

  6. A detailed explanation of the symbolism surrounding the birth of the Jesus can be found in The Path of the Spiritual Sun, p. 120 

About the author

Jenny Belikov

Jenny Belikov is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun and the Managing Editor for The Spiritual Sun, where she also researches and writes about ancient sacred sites; spiritual texts and practices; the latest discoveries in archeology, archeoastronomy, and related sciences; as well as the exploration of various facets of the lost civilization of the sun.


  • Even though I’m in the Southern hemisphere and it isn’t Christmas here now (in the true astrological sense) it certainly is nice to hear the Christmas carols playing when I’ve been out and about. It’s about the only time of year I hear spiritually themed music in everyday public places, like shopping centres. I always loved singing them when i was a kid too, at carol by candlelight concerts. Carols are a lovely addition to the site and bring back some memories too 🙂

  • Thank you for adding this section. Those songs are really beautiful, and it’s also fun to reflect upon their meaning…

    It may be that the original authors of those carols knew about the inner work (probably not, but maybe I’m just pessimistic), but through the beauty of the music and the symbolism that has been preserved in Christianity over the years, the carols still deeply uplifting and inspiring, still bringing a relevant message.

    • No worries, Richard. By the time Christmas comes around down there you’ll have a whole library of carols waiting for you 🙂

  • This is great Jenny, thanks for putting this together! I’m happy to have some new songs to listen to and sing around this time of year. 🙂

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