The Feast of Saint Lucy – Giving the Holiday Phrase “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” A Whole New Meaning

The Feast of Saint Lucy: Giving the Holiday Phrase “You’ll Shoot Your Eye Out” A Whole New Meaning by Brad Kronen   December 13th marks the feast day of St. Lucy and it’s on days like this that your author  marvels at how mired in blood and gore his religion of Catholicism truly is. In […]

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Brad Kronen’s Book “Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius” Uncovers the Origins of Both Santa Claus & Jolly St. Nick!

In his book entitled “Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius”, Brad traces the origins of Santa Claus through various astrological, religious, and historic sources. The book’s culmination is when Brad makes a first of its kind astrological discovery about the life of the actual man whose numerous good deeds Santa’s essence is modeled after – a 3rd century Turkish bishop named Nicholas of Myrna.

The book also displays Saint Nicholas’ many acts of generosity through paintings made during the Middle Ages and Renaissance that unto themselves may convince even the staunchest of Scrooges that Yes, Virginia! There IS a Santa Claus.

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Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius – Part IV

Over the course of this series, we have observed how the themes of generosity and goodwill displayed by a man living in 3rd century Asia Minor have progressed through the centuries via the oral traditions of story telling and legend. The generous acts made by this one individual would eventually in turn be elevated to reflect the deeds of a venerated Saint.

Astoundingly, the final factor which transforms a Turkish bishop named Nicholas from a saint to the timeless icon of holiday cheer known today as Santa Claus is the archetype-like astrological symbolism associated with his good deeds and generous nature.

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Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius – Part III

Unlike the traditional development of those placed under the category of “Savior” where their time on earth begins in a state of humble poverty, Nicholas’ beginning is a proper reflection befitting a son of Jupiter by being born into a family of extreme wealth. This inherited wealth would be the main source behind the bishop’s benevolent reputation by Nicholas having the capability to bestow financial blessings on those around him and usually in their hour of desperate need. Along with his traditional depiction of red bishop’s robes and snow white hair, the predominant imagery associated with the saint is of him holding small satchels of gold. Even with that said, whenever the saint spread his wealth to help others, he did so with anonymity and usually in as furtive a manner possible, such as during the wee hours of night.

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Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius – Part II

As stated in Part I, the time of year associated mainly with both Christmas and Santa Claus falls within the Zodiacal period allotted to the sign of Sagittarius, whose planetary ruler is the Head Honcho of all heavenly bodies that orbit around our Sun, mighty Jupiter. Astrologically, the largest planet of our Solar System is also known as “The Great Benefic” due to Jupiter literally shielding Earth from a constant barrage of exploding asteroids and disintegrating comets on a regular basis with its massive magnetic belt.

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Santa Claus, Saints, & Sagittarius – Part I

As with anything considered mythological, legendary, or even universal, historical fact is transcended in order to create an overall essence that can be readily embraced by all. The essence of the legend of St. Nicholas is based on the benevolent deeds of a man known to have existed in Asia Minor roughly between the years of 270 – 330 A.D. The fact this one individual has transformed into the universal icon of goodwill for most of the world’s population today is nothing short of a divine decree, since the life of Nicholas the man along with anything associated with the universal Santa Claus are all housed beneath a single astrological concept: the sign of Sagittarius and its planetary ruler, Jupiter.

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