By John Miller
Tuesday the 31st of October, 2017
Nobody thinks much about Mithraism these days, but in the early days of Christianity, it took every bit of a Mother’s loving admonition from Saint Helen to ween young Constantine off it. Before he became Great, and Made Rome Great Again, his very soul and the fate of Europe hung together in the balance.
300 or so years after the Resurrection of Christ, Christianity was making good progress in the Roman Empire, but it had many pagan rivals. Not least of these was Mithraism, the cult of the Invincible Sun god. It was a sort of a bastardised cult of the Persian Sun god, Mithra, who had been around in one form or another in the Middle East since the advent of Sumerian religion.
The best-known sun god today is that of the ancient Egyptians. Those pagans saw their Solar deity as a warlike Falcon, whose father was murdered by his uncle, and whose Mother goddess took him away to hide in the Nile Delta until he was strong enough to avenge his father. He was of no interest to manly Romans, and never gave us any candy, so forget about Horus.
Mithra was the alternate sun God, whose cult thrived amongst Amorites, Assyrians, Arabs, and Persians. A bearded man, or sometimes a bull, and usually the son of the Moon god.
In Zoroastrianism, the cult of the Persian Empire, the rest of the demonic pantheon was ditched. Divine Wisdom was worshipped foremost, but Mithra kept his divine status, and they were opposed by the Darkness. This Luciferian Persian cult was rejected by the Church as the heresy of Manicheism.
Nobody seems to know these days why we dress up as ghosts, not even the cool hipsters who like to deride every Christian holiday with their Wikipedia facts about Easter and Christmas, but I’ll share the truth with you, if you promise not to tell anybody.
The Romans once used a lunar calendar, until Julius Caesar converted the Roman Republic to a solar calendar. They copied the Parthians, who were their only real imperial rivals, and had inherited the Persian Empire after it was smashed by Alexander the Great, with a short interregnum by the Seleucid Greeks.
The Parthians were notorious for defeating Roman legions that went too far east to try their luck, and Mithraism caught on in Rome amongst the officer class. October was then the eighth month of the Roman calendar, which began in March, for Mars, who before he became a chocolate bar was the Roman god of war.
The Romans were quite good at war, and so were the Parthians, whose New Year began with the month of Dathuso, sacred to Ahura Mazda (Divine Wisdom). As it turned out, this month synced up with October in the Julian calendar. The secret Mithraic societies observed October as sacred to Mithra, their Invincible Sun god.
Mithraism was not the sort of religion that anyone could join. It was by invitation only.
One such devotee of Mithra was Constantius the Pale, the father of Constantine the Great and husband of Saint Helen, before he put her aside for a marriage of convenience to the emperor’s daughter. Constantine the Great was also almost put aside by the Byzantine court, but he decided to fight for his father’s title as Western Caesar. The legions of Constantius the Pale, in true Roman fashion, were easy prey for a sad tale by a young prince down on his luck. Outraged, they followed Constantine to Rome, and glory.
At Milvan Bridge Constantine utterly routed Maxentius, an old school pagan and supporter of the persecution of the Church.
Constantine was no ordinary follower of Christ, he was the archetype of the militant Christian. His Christians were not to be pushed around, but do the pushing.
Christian kings and presidents owe Constantine their debt of gratitude. The Church of Catholic knights and Protestant Red-coats may not be much in vogue today, but without Christian soldiers none of the nice things that pansy Liberals enjoy about the West would even exist.
The followers of Constantine were not universally Christian, despite his best efforts. Amongst his leadership group was many a Praepositus or Praefectus who had come up through the ranks of both the legions and the Mithraic cult.
The leaders of the smaller units of the legion were likewise commanded by Centurions who had their own idea about what the first day of October meant, and what Mithra had done to bring the New Year. Mithraism is a Luciferian cult at heart, and it is hardly surprising that All Saints Eve continued to be celebrated mostly by the type of low information pagans who go for witchcraft. Grrrl power, muh feminazis.
What is the big deal about sweets though? Not even the Persians remember any more. After 1400 hundred years of Arab cosplay, and being almost raped and pillaged out of existence by the Mongols, the old pagan harvest feast day of Mehregan attached to the ancient Mithra festival of the first of October has lost all of its meaning for them.
One clue. Persians have been rotting their teeth on Indian sugar since the conquest of the subcontinent five centuries before the birth of our Lord, and they are the masters of sweets since antiquity.
Sugar never made its way to Rome in any appreciable quantity before the Crusader Kingdoms got it from their Arab Neighbours, 1500 or so years later.
The Christian heroes of Milvan Bridge, and Charlemagne and his good Catholic Frankish knights who smashed the Moors knew no tooth decay.
Rather this was foisted upon us by the unscrupulous Saracens, who introduced the Devil’s food into our Christian diet via the Templars.
Halloween then is the Devil’s holiday, and a Templar plot against oral hygiene.
There are enough fat children in the world, so perhaps an apple instead for Halloween?
Or maybe oranges. Vitamin C never ruined anything.