Santa Claus, an Esoteric interpretation.
All down the ages there have been stories of fairies,
gnomes, mermaids, naiads and fabled characters galore.
The ancient Norsemen, Dutch, Huns and all the
oriental races possess literature prolific with allegories,
parables and fables built around the wonders and physical
and chemical operations of the human body.
The birth of the monthly seed is the basis of the
Mother Goose Stories and similar tales in all lands.
Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, the patron saint of seafarers,
virgins and children, is the bearer of gifts to children on Christmas eve.
Of all festivals celebrated all over the known world,
that held in honor of Santa Claus ranks as first in the
hearts of all humanity, old as well as young. This in
itself is a most significant fact.
It is time that the truth in regard to this age long
custom be made known to the world, time that its real
and true significance be understood. Then will it be truly
celebrated, for it will have become an inward process, as
well as an outward observation.
Parents, from time immemorial, have explained to
their children that the presents which they found in their
stockings, when they jumped eagerly from their beds in
the morning, were placed there by a mysterious person
called “Santa Claus.” No one saw him come, no one
saw him leave, but he left unmistakable evidence of his
Some children ask many questions in regard to this
mysterious “person,” and when they become too insistent
the ingenuity of parents is sorely taxed to give satisfactory
answers. There comes a time, however, when they must
have the Santa Claus “myth” explained to them, and it is
then that their deep childlike trust and confidence in their
parents receives its first shock. Thereafter they commence
to doubt their parents, to question their veracity,
and many tears have been shed, because, after all Santa
was not a “really, truly person.”
THERE IS A SANTA CLAUS, IT IS A PHYSIOLOGICAL FACT,
and IT does “SECRETE” the most
“holy and wonderful gift” or substance in the body of
every individual. Those who understand it who receive
it in the right spirit have “Become as little children.”
“As above, so below.” As in the Macrocosm the
universe, so in the microcosm-man.
Can anyone think for one moment that the parables,
fables, allegories and myths that have come down to us
through the ages have no basic foundation? They, as
well as the fast days and feast days are founded on great
esoteric truths. Otherwise they would have ceased to be.
The Great Hierarchy that rules the Universe see to
it that nothing is forgotten that needs to be remembered.
Santa Claus, or Saint Claus, is derived from the same
root word as “claustrum,” from which “cloister” is also
derived. Claustrum means a barrier, a covered place, seclusion.
Cloister is referred to as a place of seclusion,
and more especially as a place of seclusion for something
holy, something dedicated to divinity.
There is a Saint Claus, or Claustrum within the cerebrum,
and whoever gave it that name knew why they did so.
The suture of the skull is the point where the bones
meet. We can very easily see this place on the head of
infants, as the sections are not then drawn closely together,
and the vibrations of the brain can be both seen and felt.
In Sanscrit this is called “The Door of Brahm,” for
it is the apperture through which the Ego, or Spirit
leaves the body. It is also the chimney of Santa Claus.
The vertebrae as a whole is called the “stick of Brahm.”
Directly underneath the “door of Brahm” is a triangular
shaped body named in physiology the “Island of
Reil.” This is the place where “John” was when “he”
looked back and saw the wonderful vision of the regenerated
man in the “Isle of Patmos” This island is the
central lobe of the cerebrum, and is also called the Pole;
hence, the Island of Reil is the North Pole of the body,
and is, as we well know, the imperishable, sacred land.
In Santee’s anatomy of the brain and spinal cord, we
find that this island is “situated in the medial wall of
the lateral fissure of the cerebrum, between the frontal,
parietal and temporal lobes, whose growth, after the fifth
month in utero, gradually covers it over. At the end of
the first year of extrauterine life, it is entirely concealed
by temporal, parietal and frontal parts of the operculum”
cover or lid. Thus we see that Mother Nature has
taken great pains to conceal this sacred center.
Underneath this island, and directly in a line with the
Optic Thalamus lies the Claustrum, but separated from it
by yet three other bodies.
The claustrum is a thin sheet of isolated gray matter,
found just medial to the Island of Reil. Santee says it
“is a sheet of peculiar gray substance, and is made up of
fusiform (spindle shaped) cell-bodies.” It is from this
claustrum that contains yellow substance within its outer
grayish exterior, that the wonderful, priceless OIL is
formed that flows down into the olivary fasciculus, “descending
with the rubrospinal tract through the reticular
formation in the pons and medulla to the lateral column
of the spinal cord. It terminates in the gray matter of
the spinal cord, probably giving off collaterals to corresponding
nuclei in the brain stem.” Santee. This is
the OIL, the precious gift of which the Bible speaks,
“Thou anointest my head with oil.”
And not only is there oil manufactured within this
special laboratory of the brain, but there is actually an
olive tree, which bears actual olives so named in any
anatomy. The two olives are two infinitesimal eminences
on either side of the medulla, with the Pyramid between.
They are one-half inch in length. It is found well developed
only in the higher mammals. They are RELAY
(Santee) stations between the cerebrum and the cerebellum
and between the spinal cord and the cerebellum.
This oil is the most sacred substance in the body it
is the quintessence of gold the “Gold of Ophir” most
truly a rare gift. Globules of oil are found in the vital
fluid, the semen, and when the prodigal son has wasted
his substance, he finds that it takes a long time to replace
the deficiency and make good the looted bank account.
This wonderful oil is the secret work of the immaculate
Virgin, Mary (or Mare) “represented by the sign Virgo.
In chemistry we find that sulphate of potassium is the
mineral salt, which, uniting with sulphur and oxygen,
manufactures the oil. We find that this salt also crystallizes
out from the mother-liquors of sea water and salt
springs. People born under the sign Virgo, if they have
become deficient in this salt suffer from dryness of the
skin, and baldness. We can also understand why draining
of the vital fluid - living in excesses, will also produce
baldness. If there were no oil in the body, the skin would
become harsh and dry.
The story of the wise virgins who had their lamps
trimmed and filled with oil is given to emphasize the
necessity for the presence of oil in the body, for they
cannot go out to meet the “bridegroom” unless their
lamps are burning. “The lamb is the lamp thereof.”
The olives, which contain the oil, are the reservoirs
the relay stations, of course, which furnish the oil for the
lamp, the pineal gland, at the top of which is the flame or
eye. When the Kundalini, the serpent fire that lies concealed
within the sacral plexus is awakened, burns up the
dross within the spinal cord, and reaches the conarium,
it sets fire to this oil and thus lights the “perpetual lamp,”
which “Gives the light to the whole house.”
Santa Claus is thus the giver of the supreme gift in
the human body, the oil for the perpetual lamp the gold
of Ophir, the quintessence of richness.
A total lack of oil in the body will, in itself, cause
Santa Claus brings his gifts when the Christ-mass is
The Greek characters that stand for Christ are X P I,
and the word itself (Christ) means oil, in Greek. The
seed is the bread of life, and when anointed with oil
(Christed and crucified) become the Christ-mass the
bread, eaten in the Father’s Kingdom.
Thus we now clearly understand the meaning of Santa
Claus and his Christmas visit with gifts to the children.
The exact date of Jesus’s birth is a matter of debate, but it is generally acknowledged that it was not December 25. That date was adopted most likely in the fourth century CE (Christian or Common Era). That date was chosen, according to Gibbon (Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire), by early Christians because it coincided with the culmination of the Roman festival of Brumalia, celebrating the birth of Bacchus (Dionysus). Bruma is an ancient Latin name for the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice, which the Julian calendar fixed on December 25. It was also the traditional date of the birth of Mithra, the Invincible Sun. In either case, it enabled Christians to avoid attracting unwanted attention to themselves and consequently persecution. Not all early Christian communities adopted that date; one historian is quoted by Annie Besant (Esoteric Christianity, p. 110) as re¬porting that “one hundred and thirty-six different dates” were “fixed on by different Christian sects”. Leadbeater suggests that the actual date may have been “sometime in the spring” (Inner Side, p. 9).
Whatever the reason for choosing December 25, that date is
esoterically appropriate. For one thing, associating the birth of a
world teacher with the rebirth of the Sun (symbolic of our spiritual
Self) relates Christianity to the esoteric doctrine of the descent of
the second person of the Trinity into matter to begin the long
evolutionary journey of unfolding consciousness in ever more
sophisticated forms. It is also claimed by some psychics, such as Dora
van Gelder [Kunz] (The Christmas of the Angels) that there is a special
outpouring of energy upon the world at this time.
further states that the story of wise men being guided to the birthplace
by a star is symbolic of an event in the expansion of consciousness
called the First Initiation, when humans begin to develop their inherent
spiritual powers. It is said that a star appears in the psychic realm
over the initiate’s head at that time. The Magi may represent either the
acknowledgment of the new initiate by other initiates or, considering
the traditional gifts of the Magi, the purification of the vehicles of
the initiate’s personal consciousness: myrrh for physical, frankincense
for emotional, gold for mental. Many people experience Christmas as a
greater feeling of brotherhood, peace, and love (Leadbeater, Inner Side,
Sir James George Frazer, in his Golden Bough, suggests that Christmas
was borrowed directly from Mithraism and points out that many pagan
cultures in the northern hemisphere celebrated festivals at this time of
year. It was close to the longest night of the year, and for agrarian
societies the approaching lengthening of daylight was important for
growing crops, thus for sustaining life. Various tribes then engaged in
rituals to ensure fecundity. The association of the rebirth of the sun
with the astrological sign of Capricorn at that time of year reinforces
the association with fecundity.
The traditional Christmas story
of the Nativity derives mostly from Matthew’s Gospel; only Luke makes
any other mention of it, adding some extra events, such as the
Magnificat, Mary’s song about her soul praising the Lord. Because the
account in Matthew is very dramatic, one would expect the other Gospels
to have included it, especially the slaughter of all new-born Jewish
males. Since no contemporary historian, such as Josephus, mentions that
event, it must be of esoteric, not historical, significance. A possible
interpretation is that Herod represents our habitual consciousness,
which seeks to retain its control over the expanded consciousness of the
initiate by trying to destroy the new spiritual influences.
According to some Theosophical writers, the historical Jesus was born
by the normal means of conception about 105 years BCE (before the
Common Era). His parents, poor, but well-born and spiritually developed,
belonged to one of the mystery schools of the time. His Jewish name
would have been Jeshua, later Romanized as Jesus. A somewhat different
account of his birth is given in Talmudic sources, especially the
medieval Toledot Yeshu, quoted as historically accurate by H. P.
Blavatsky in her various writings, although seriously questioned by some
noted scholars. This account is also repeated by G. R. S. Mead in his
book Did Jesus Live 100 B.C.? (1903). HPB gives Jesus’ name variously as
Jehoshua ben Pandira (CW 8:189, 204, 380) or Jeshu ben-Panthera (CW
4:361), his birthplace as Lud or Lydda (CW 8:189), his mother’s name as
“Stada (alias Miriam),” and his father’s name as Panthera, “a Roman
soldier” (CW 4:362). Hence, she states, he “was not of pure Jewish
blood, and thus recognized no Jehovah” (SD 1:578). HPB states that he
lived from 120 to 70 BCE (CW 4:362) and was a disciple of Rabbi Jehoshua
ben Perahiah, his granduncle and fifth president of the Jewish
Sanhedrin after Ezra, with whom he fled to Alexandria, Egypt, during the
persecution of Jews under Alexander Janneaus (the Maccabean King 106-79
BCE). She adds that it was there that Jesus was initiated into the
mystery school which caused him to be charged with “heresy and sorcery”
upon his return to Palestine (CW 4:362), stoned to death (CW 8:189), and
his body hung upon a tree outside the city of Lud (CW 4:362).
There are, then, inconsistencies both within and between the two main Theosophical accounts of the birth and life of Jesus. But however one attempts to reconcile them, it is evident that both the historical account and the esoteric interpretation of the Biblical story of Christmas in Theosophical writings, are at considerable variance with orthodox Christian theology. And whatever the actual facts may have been, they do not minimize the importance of that story both as wonderfully inspiring, as full of rich symbolism, and as a model for our own spiritual development, the awakening to the power of universal love in our hearts.