Holidays and the Case of Halloween

When one understands that Christmas is especially derived from the Saturnalia, a reference to the Jewish God overthrown by Jupiter, and Easter is a reference to the subversive figures of Ishtar and Esther, particularly as mothers or sacred whores of a Jewish God, they may, initially, grow irritated. I will say two things on this point.

First, Holidays are first and foremost celebrations of the seasons. As this study explicates, we desire our race to be immortal, to stand especially against time and the seasons, elements embodied by the Jewish God Saturn. Hence we understand ourselves above seasons. Thus also in this way above “Holidays.” This is not to argue, of course, that Holidays are to be discarded, even if they are to be redeveloped into salubrious forms with a clear understanding of symbol.

For instance, while Easter, which is discussed elsewhere, should be wholly discarded for the Thargelia, the Saturnalia should be first and foremost a celebration of Jupiter’s victory over Saturn, while usefully reminding us of an initial period of struggle. The once minor Holiday of Halloween presents similar opportunities.

Formerly a children’s holiday, at least in the modern world, Halloween tellingly seems to enlarge in importance, especially among increasingly childlike adults, as the civilization declines. The name Halloween is Christian, ultimately, meaning “All Saints Day.”  Its Celtic origin is thought to be Samhain, a festival celebrating the commencement of the “darker half” of the year, after the harvest. In a Greco-Roman understanding this Semitic Bacchus’ time.

While the problematic nature of Celtic Mythology and symbol is dealt with elsewhere in this study, the problems with Samhain are plain even outside of this context.  Samhain was focused on the craven, propitiation of Chthonic and ultimately Semitic spirits, so as not to suffer their punishment. In this way is not different from Christian ceremony.

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While the problematic nature of Celtic Mythology and symbol is dealt with elsewhere in this study, the problems with Samhain are plain even outside of this context.  Samhain was focused on the craven, propitiation of Chthonic and ultimately Semitic spirits, so as not to suffer their punishment. In this way is not different from Christian ceremony.

Indeed, another possible origin of Halloween, according to folklorists, is the similar Holiday of Parentalia where the charming, blood sucking Manes of Greco-Roman myth are honored.  While this Holiday may have included some salubrious aspects in its private component, particularly so far as it called Romans to honor its familial ancestors, its public aspects are revealing. On the Ides of February, a Vestal conducted a ceremony to honor the collective di parentes at the Tomb of Tarpeia.

The cult of Vesta is almost certainly Semitic in its origin. Vesta is a concubine of the Semitic God Vulcan, represented by the sacred fire she protects and by which she is impregnated.  The Vestal virgins as well, clear forerunners of the Christian nuns, with both attendants ultimately of the Jewish Fire God.  She, alongside figures like Trivia, represents one of the models of the European witch archetype.

That this Vestal virgin is honoring the collective di parentes, as opposed the ruling celestial Aryan Gods who are themselves idealized embodiments of one’s race, smacks of a kind antagonistic democratic spirit especially in context. Here though, as well, we perceive a precedent to “All Saints day,” a day when a host of potentially malevolent spirits return.

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The cult of Vesta is almost certainly Semitic in its origin. Vesta is a concubine of the Semitic God Vulcan, represented by the sacred fire she protects and by which she is impregnated. The Vestal virgins as well, clear forerunners of the Christian nuns, with both attendants ultimately of the Jewish Fire God. She, alongside figures like Trivia, represents one of the models of the European witch archetype.

Indeed, Tarpeia was a Vestal virgin famous for her treachery toward Rome.  She becomes in a sense, a synonym of treachery toward Rome in the ancient context. According to the legend, Tarpeia, offered the Sabines entry into the Roman citadel Spurius Tarpeius. For her crime she is crushed to death. In a manner she is not wholly dissimilar from the treacherous Jewesses that appear in Biblical work, whether Queen Esther, Judith of the Book of Judith or Delilah, whether explicitly indicated, venerated or otherwise.  Yet they succeeded, she failed.

Her closest analog may appear in the modern world with Ethel Rosenberg, a Jewess convicted with her husband to death in 1953 for the crime of selling nuclear secrets to the Soviets. Further, it seems unlikely Tarpeia is made a tragic warning during this festival designed to honor the collective di parentes. And if she is, how deeply inappropriate.  Hence vengeance against an evidently overly tolerant Rome, as in the Bacchanalia, seethes as a subtext here.  Is this Tarpeia, or the Vestal virgin that represents here, the founding witch of the Halloween cult?

Some folklorist derive Halloween from the Roman festival Pomona and here things get even more Proto-Jewish, if this is even possible. Pomona was a wood nymph whose name means “fruit,” which suggests her strongly as Aryan. In a story bearing important similarities to Eve’s seduction by the Serpent, Pomona is seduced by the clear Semitic figure of Vertumnus, a god akin to the Semitic Saturn in that he is a God of seasons and change.

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Tarpeia’s closest analog may appear in the modern world with Ethel Rosenberg, a Jewess convicted with her husband to death in 1953 for the crime of selling nuclear secrets to the Soviets. Further, it seems unlikely Tarpeia is made a tragic warning during this festival designed to honor the collective di parentes. And if she is, how deeply inappropriate.  Hence vengeance against an evidently overly tolerant Rome, as in the Bacchanalia, seethes as a subtext here.

There the proto-Jewish, crypto-alpha God shamelessly reduces himself to assuming the form of an old woman to gain access to Pomona’s garden, then, characteristically, seduces her with a parable about the dangers of rejecting lovers.  This study discusses how the Serpent in Garden also represents a magician like Vertumnus.  Varro tells us that Vertumnus was a major Etruscan God.

His name most likely derives from the Voltumna, the Chthonic chieftain God of the Etruscans, a group evidently dominated by proto-Jews or crypto-Jews as this study discusses.  His cult arrived in Rome in 300 BC.  This is around the time, as far as anyone can tell, the first rune stones started to appear in Europe, in which Norse myth will be rendered.  Both are “Etruscan” in origin.

In any case, Halloween, to the extent it is retained and intelligently developed, should be followed by some September 1st, morning or diurnal vanquishing of Trivia or Vesta-like witches and Chthonic beings. Here children may be given presents for their symbolic deeds.  They may be told, “winter does not mean the end of day.  The sun, he rules, undying, above, unaffected by all. In fact he is closer in the winter.” After all, as with Art and Religion generally, Holidays are especially useful propaganda vis-à-vis women and children.  And no one needs to be told that this is more salubrious propaganda toward the child’s mind than the Mercurial and knavish “trick or treat” threat.

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Here the proto-Jewish, crypto-alpha God, Vertumnus, shamelessly reduces himself to assuming the form of an old woman to gain access to Pomona’s garden, then, characteristically, seduces her with a parable about the dangers of rejecting lovers.  This study discusses how the Serpent in Garden also represents a magician like Vertumnus.  Varro tells us that Vertumnus was a major Etruscan God.

It is true, a man may deserve a break once in a while so needn’t be ashamed to enjoy Holidays or at least those developed as AIM. Yet there is something overly Epicurean, feminine and childish in believing Holidays like Art and Religion more generally are somehow for oneself.

We are neither against Stoicism or Epicureanism, except to the extent such obvious, “un-Religious” or deracinated concepts are understood as one’s “life philosophy.” Truly, one may easily avoid both being a degenerate and being an unappealing stick in the mud without feeling like a camel passing through a needle’s eye. This isn’t rocket science, except to “philosophers.” But yes, Santa does not exist. Hate me for this knowledge if you must.

Or grow up. And if you like your Holidays, take them back.

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