Recently on Facebook astrologer William Stickevers posted a chart for the first recorded celebration of Christmas. According to William:
“When was Christmas first celebrated? In an old list of Roman bishops, compiled in A.D. 354 these words appear for A.D. 336: “25 Dec.: natus Christus in Betleem Judeae.” December 25th, Christ born in Bethlehem, Judea. This day, December 25, 336, is the first recorded celebration of Christmas.”
William also posted a chart cast with Placidus houses for sunrise on the day of the celebration. Since Placidus would not be born for several centuries, I have recast the chart with Whole Sign Houses which were more commonly used in Hellenistic times. Here is the chart cast for Rome at sunrise on the first recorded celebration of Christmas.
First recorded Christmas, Whole Sign Houses, Sunrise in Rome.
Does this chart presage the modern celebrations of Christmas in the West? Perhaps Saturn ruling the Ascendant and the 2nd house of money and possessions foreshadows the crass commercialism of the holiday, especially with Saturn as the most elevated planet rising toward the MC in Scorpio.
Neptune in Sagittarius in the spiritual 12th conjunct the North Lunar Node characterizes the sacrificial quality of the new religious with its message of universal love and the value of suffering.
Mars in Sagittarius, closely conjunct the ASC, well describes Christian proselytizing as well as the propensity of the Church to torture and murder non-believers, as it did during the Inquisition, the Crusades and the conquest of the Americas.
Uranus in Aries at the start of the 4th house is a marker of the radical break with tradition, which the new religion represented.
Perhaps Moon conjunct Pluto in Pisces in the 3rd house of communication signifies the powerful message of the new religion along with the tendency to use such power to manipulate and control the masses.