Europeans Told Truth about The Sun God Afrikan Heru at Saturnalia – Macrobius (395–423 AD/CE)
Ambrosius Theodosius Macrobius (fl. 400 AD/CE)Confirming the contentions in the Chronicon, ancient Latin writer Macrobius (Saturnalia, I, XVIII:10) also reported on the annual Egyptian “Christmas” celebration, specifying the time as the winter solstice or “December 25th”: …at the winter solstice the sun would seem to be a little child, like that which the Egyptians bring forth from a shrine on an appointed day, since the day is then at its shortest and the god is accordingly shown as a tiny infant.
Plutarch (46-120 AD/CE)
Heru as the sun bursting forth from the lotus flower (Maspero’s As concerns Horus in particular serving as the “light god,” it should be noted that he was syncretized often with the sun god Ra as “Ra-Horakhty” or “Horus of the Two Horizons,” representing the rising and setting sun. This “Horus the Child” was also known to the Greeks as Harpocrates. In this form, Horus thus is born daily, including and especially at the winter solstice.
In this same passage, we learn further from Plutarch that the Egyptians “observe the festival of her child-birth after the vernal equinox.” This mythical motif of the two births of Horus at these times of the winter solstice and vernal equinox makes sense when one considers that we are discussing nature and solar deities. The astrotheological meaning of these two solar “births” connotes the increasing light after the solstice and the final triumph of day over night at the vernal equinox, after which the days begin to become longer than the night.
Other indications of the Egyptian observation of the winter solstice can be found in hieroglyphs, as I relate in Christ in Egypt (94): As Egyptologist Dr. Heinrich Brugsch explains, the Egyptians not only abundantly recorded and revered the time of the winter solstice, they also created a number of hieroglyphs to depict it, including and image of the goddess-sisters Isis and Nephthys with the solar disc floating above their hands over a lifegiving ankh – the looped Egyptian cross – as the sun’s rays extend down to the cross.
Isis and Nephthys holding the baby sun
over the life-giving ankh,
representing the winter solstice
This image of the sun between Isis and Nephthys, which is sometimes depicted without the ankh, is described in an inscription at Edfu regarding Ptolemy VII (fl. 145 BCE?) and applied to the winter solstice, translated as: “The sun coming out of the sky-ocean into the hands of the siblings Isis and Nephthys.” This image very much looks like the sun being born, which is sensible, since, again, Horus the Child or Harpocrates, the morning sun, was born every day, including at the winter solstice.
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