What’s With the Reindeer?

REINDEER AND CHRISTMAS WHAT IS THE CONNECTION

Reindeer and Christmas
What is The Connection ?

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“Santa’s reindeer are associated with
the “Horned God” of the pagans.”
-Celtic Attic
Christmas Traditions

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“Although reindeer have been extinct in the
British Isles since the 12th Century, the Horned God
continued to be commemorated. Ceremonies using the
reindeer antlers were often performed at Yuletide,
during the twelve days of Christmas.”
-Sacred Sexuality;  pg. 150
By A. T. Mann, Jane Lyle
Sterling Publishing Co.; 2003
ISBN 1843335832, 9781843335832

“Santa’s reindeer evolved from the Celtic
Horned God.  Eight reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh,
representative of the eight solar sabbats.
From their late Autumn dramatic rutting displays,
stags represented strength, sexuality and
fertility.”
-The Holly King and Other Lore
Yule- the Winter Solstice
“Reindeer”

PAGANS IN GERMANIC COUNTRIES USED REINDEER AS A SYMBOL OF THE HORNED GOD THAT THEY WORSHIPPED

“The Celtic god Cernunnos (Herne, ‘the horned one’)
bears the antlers of a deer. Santa Claus who evokes
the memory of the northern gods Odin and Thor, is
transported in a sleigh drawn by reindeer.”
– Wilson’s Almanac on Christian saints,
Horned God, sacred stag, unicorn
The Horned God and Christianity
By Pip Wilson

“In Britain, the “Horn Dance”
(in honor of the horned god)-
is performed to drive out the winter.”
-Exploring the Sabbats
by Elizabeth Barrette

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The Antler Dance
of the Horned God
at Christmas – Yuletide

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THE ANTLER DANCE OF THE HORNED GOD WAS DANCE ON YULETIDE AFTER HOLY COMMUNION AT ST NICHOLAS CHURCH

“The Antler Dance of the horned god was
danced during the Yuletide at Abbots Bromley,
Staffordshire, England. Six male dancers held
white and brown-painted (formerly red and white)
genuine reindeer antlers on wooden poles.
The antlers were obtained from reindeer that
were castrated.”
– Wilson’s Almanac on Christian saints,
Horned God, sacred stag, unicorn
The Horned God and Christianity
By Pip Wilson
“The dance starts at 7 am with a service
of Holy Communion in St Nicholas Church,
where the horns are housed. The dance begins
on the village green, then passes out of the
village to Blithfield Hall, currently owned
by Lady Bagot.”
– Wilson’s Almanac on Christian saints,
Horned God, sacred stag, unicorn
The Horned God and Christianity
By Pip Wilson
“The dancers hold the antlers to their heads
as they dance. They go round neighbouring farms
before the event (a distance of about 16 kilometres,
or ten miles), which is possibly left over from
a more ancient fertility dance. At the end of the
day, the antlers are returned to the church.
The Horn Dancers comprise six ‘Deer-men’,
a Fool, Hobby Horse, Bowman (Robin Hood)
and Maid Marion, performing their dance
to a traditional tune provided by a
melodion player.”
– Wilson’s Almanac on Christian saints,
Horned God, sacred stag, unicorn
The Horned God and Christianity
By Pip Wilson

“Although reindeer have been extinct in the
British Isles since the 12th Century, the Horned God
continued to be commemorated. Ceremonies using the
reindeer antlers were often performed at Yuletide,
during the twelve days of Christmas.”
-Sacred Sexuality;  pg. 150
By A. T. Mann, Jane Lyle
Sterling Publishing Co.; 2003
ISBN 1843335832, 9781843335832

THE REINDEER OF THE COLD NORTH ARE PART OF THE MYTHOLOGY OF YULETIDE PAGANISM

“Reindeer are horned animals representing
the “horned-god” or the “stag-god” of pagan
religion! Santa’s traditional number of reindeer
in his team is eight (8); in Satanic gematria,
eight is the number of “new beginnings”, or the
cycle of reincarnation.”
-OCCULT HOLIDAYS AND HOW AMERICA
HAS COPIED MANY OF THEM!
“The Cutting Edge” -25 Nov 2004

“In the Norse tradition, the reindeer
also represented an ancient horned god.”
-The Reason For The Season
by Tédd St. Rain

“The priests of Baal were the Chaldaeans
or Babylonians and wore red clothes.
Baal was a horned god that was mainly
worshipped in the form of a bull and
was a fertility god. His worship in the
guise of the bull has also been reported
in the Bible in the form of the golden calf.”
-Enzyklopädie der Religionen,” © 1990
Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri Bompiani
Sonzogno Etas S.p.A.

“Gospel scholars indicated that Yeshua
was probably born in the fall, but
December 25th was chosen because the
date was already recognized throughout
the Roman Empire as the birthday of
various Pagan gods.”
-The Season of Expectation:
Origins of Solstice Celebrations
Solstice — a world celebration,
both ancient and modern.
by H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik
“This assimilation of existing spiritual
practice, was the path that brought many
of ancient traditions of the Druids, Wiccans
and Pagans forward to our modern celebrations
of the winter holiday season.”
-The Season of Expectation:
Origins of Solstice Celebrations
Solstice — a world celebration,
both ancient and modern.
by H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik
“Many of our most-loved “Christmas Holiday”
traditions, symbols and practices are of Druid
and Pagan origin. Holly, ivy, mistletoe,
the Yule log, gift giving, and decorated
evergreen trees, even Father Christmas has
mystical Celtic roots. His “elves” are the
modernization of the ‘Nature folk’ (demon-gods)
of the old religion, and his magical reindeer
are associated with the ‘Horned God’, a Pagan
deity.”
-The Season of Expectation:
Origins of Solstice Celebrations
Solstice — a world celebration,
both ancient and modern.
by H. Sandra Chevalier-Batik

“Clearly the Pagan spirit of the Saturnalia
has never died. It remains alive and well
beneath the Christian veneer of Christmas.”
-Some Old Wisdom from a Unitarian Sermon
by Gregory Mott

“The male gender betokens winter, and is
represented as a zoomorphic deity with antlers
or horns, variously known as the Lord of the
Animals, Cernunnos the horned god.  Thus,
Lucifer came to be depicted as horned.
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]
“An incongruous figure has become known
as the Dancing Sorcerer. He is enveloped
in an animal skin and has stag antlers…”
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]
“There is also evidence that the stag
was a cult animal of Anglo-Saxon kingships.
In the Sutton Hoo ship burial commemorating
the death of an East Anglian king, an iron
standard was found, topped by a bronze stag
with widespread antlers. The names of Celtic
deities have also survived on inscribed stone
altars that became popular during Roman times,
and they include an inscription to Cernunnos,
the horned god, as well as various depictions
of horned deities.”
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]
“The terms in which the newly converted
Anglo-Saxons interpreted the Christian
religion were shaped by the tribal culture
impregnated by the pagan beliefs of the
old religion.”
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]
“During the sixth century Pope Gregory
sent Saint Augustine to England to establish
a church on the continental model. To facilitate
the conversion, an attempt was made to reconcile
the incoming doctrine with customs already in
existence. Any pagan symbolism that did not
positively clash with Christian doctrine
was incorporated into the new faith.”
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]
“Pope Gregory advised that Christian holy days
should be near in date to the replaced pagan
festivals. This mingling of Christianity and
paganism is the reason why Easter is named
after Eostra, an Anglo-Saxon fertility goddess
of the dawn, and why Christ’s birthday is
celebrated on December 25—the date of the
old midwinter festival commemorating the
rebirth of the sun-gods.”
-Stag and Earth Mother:
Pagan Beliefs in Ancient Britain
by Robert W. Nicholls; Howard University
[The World And I (New York), December, 1988]

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Eight (8) Reindeer –
What is the Significance ?

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SANTAS EIGHT REINDEER REPRESENT THE HORNED GODS OF THE 8 SABBATS OF THE PAGAN YEAR

“Santa’s reindeer evolved from the Celtic
Horned God.  Eight reindeer pull Santa’s sleigh,
representative of the eight solar sabbats.
From their late Autumn dramatic rutting displays,
stags represented strength, sexuality and
fertility.”
-The Holly King and Other Lore
Yule- the Winter Solstice
“Reindeer”

“Santa Claus drives a team of eight reindeer,
an animal that was sacred to the Celtic gods.
The pagan year had a total of eight sabbats.”
-Yule Lore; What is Yule ?
researched and compiled by Storm Wing

“The sabbats are the eight high holy days
of the pagan calendar.  In Britain, the
“Horn Dance” (in honor of the horned god)-
is performed to drive out the winter.”
-Exploring the Sabbats
by Elizabeth Barrette

“Gifts are given by the departing Holly King
as he rides his solar sleigh, pulled by the
eight Sabbats personified as reindeer,
through the sky at Yule Eve. He was called
Old Nick by the Pagan Norse, was usurped by
Christianity and is recognized today as
Santa Claus – while “Old Nick” became a name
for the Christian deity of evil.”
-Wiccan Holy Days; Yule
Religion and Magick

“The use of reindeers: are leftover symbols
of the horned god, presented in a palatable
form.  St. Nick is one of the few magical beings
of a non-angelic species accepted by Christians
and promoted to their children. Santa is a micro
version of Jehovah, complete with the white beard,
who doles out rewards to the faithful – toys
instead of paradise – and punishment to the wicked
– a coal in your stocking rather than a lake
of fire.”
-Yule Joy
by Harley Hashman

“Today, almost the only Christian sect to oppose
celebrating Christmas is the Jehovah’s Witnesses,
who rightly recognize that the traditions carried
out are totally Pagan in their origin. Especially
so is the Christmas tree, with its garland, lights,
and ornaments; it has its roots in the Druid worship
of the Trees.”
-Yule, A European Tradition
Rob Roy MacGregor
by April Gaede

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