Mysteria Misc. Maxima is a weekly feature which brings together links on religion and esotericism from around the internet.
- If you’re reading this, either the world didn’t end today or the apocalypse hasn’t reached your time zone yet. Nonetheless, one astrologer weighs in on why the whole 2012 thing was totally bunk. (Kim Falconer via @MysticMedusa)
- Move over Halloween, here’s a story on how pagans celebrate the Winter Solstice. (NorthJersey.com)
- That X in X-Mas is actually more Christian than you think, but still a total grammatical disaster. (The Magickal Universe)
- Those of you who have nightmares dancing in your heads instead of sugar plums may want to take a look at this Ancient Egyptian remedy involving beer and Isis. (Demon Things)
- If you’re suffering from Christmas music overload, why not try some holiday carols in Latin? (Bestiaria Latina)
- Good news for magi bearing gifts: New methods of frankincense harvesting may preserve the endangered trees that provide the sweet incense-y resin. (Science Daily)
- Also bearing gifts are Muslims who celebrate Christmas. (Guardian)
- Those whining about the “War on Christmas” need to keep in mind the pagan origins of many Christian holidays. (Religion New Service)
- Pagan origins like Saturnalia! Because nothing—Nothing!—says “party hard” like the God of time, old age and responsibility. (History of the Ancient World)
- Drunk relatives ruin your Festivus dinner? Perhaps these ancient curse tablets will provide some much needed post-holiday hexing…I mean, uh, relief. (ArtInfo.com via @DanielHarms1)
- Finally, here are some fugly nativity sets, including one made out of bacon. Because if there’s one thing the baby Jesus loved it’s bacon. Wait a sec…wasn’t Jesus Jewish? Oh, that’s awkward. Why not just throw a slice of cheese on that manger and totally make it delicious, I mean, sacrilegious. Oh God, so wrong. So very, very wrong. (Why is Marko?)
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