Saint Lucia’s day was a couple of days ago December 13th. Saint Lucia was allegedly a Sicilian girl who lived around 300 AD. For some reason though, her day is celebrated especially here in Finland and in Sweden around Christmas time. Blonde girls wear a wreath on their heads with burning candles on it and sing about Saint Lucia. This is something you’re forced to experience every year at school if you’re a child in Finland, and presumably Sweden (although maybe today it’s considered racist).
My wife, who is Asian, experienced her first Saint Lucia song experience the other day and told me about. It got me thinking about it again with my symbolically aware conspiracy nut mind that I lacked as a child. The first thing that comes to mind is that Lucia sounds a lot like Lucifer. It’s not the first time that Lucifer would be rendered into a more simplified form for public consumption. See Lucifer Trust becoming Lucis Trust. Moreover the whole Lucia celebration is about bringing light into darkness.
Another reason why the existence of this tradition in Finland and Sweden perplexes me is that Saint Lucia was a saint canonized by the Catholic church, and apparently revered by the Orthodox church as well according to Wikipedia, yet Finland and Sweden are Lutheran countries. Lutherans aren’t supposed to give a damn about saints. What is the point with this tradition?
I was reading the lyrics to the Saint Lucia song with my wife. The Finnish lyrics start off with “Taivaalla tähtivyö kirkkaana loistaa”. It means in the sky the star belt shines bright. Star belt? That is obviously Orion. Although I don’t think the Swedish version of the song mentions the belt. Nevertheless this isn’t the only connection between Orion and Lucia.
Wikipedia mentions that the winter solstice was on December 13th in the Julian calendar. In the Middle-Ages the solstice co-incided with Lucia’s day. Orion starts to become visible in the night sky in November and December. Acharya S writes that in ancient Egypt the Nile flooded in the summer around the beginning of the summer solstice when Sirius was rising, and the flooding began to stop as Orion was rising around winter solstice. I also saw this picture on Wikipedia from the Lucia’s day in Sweden. Notice the boys behind the girl with the burning head wearing KKK-style wizard hats with three stars. Another Orion connection?
Mythological Collection with Orion
There’s more evidence linking Orion to Saint Lucia. Wikipedia has this picture of Saint Lucia with her eyes on the platter. The Finnish language article explains that Lucia is the saint of the blind and visually impaired. It also tells a short story of a young man who would harass Lucia, because he had fallen in love with her beautiful eyes. Therefore she ripped out her eyes and gave them to him on a platter. When Virgin Mary saw her strong faith she gave Lucia new, even more beautiful eyes.
In Greek myth Orion was blinded by king Oenopion. The blind Orion met Hephaistos (known as Vulcan by the Romans, and as Tubal-Cain by Freemasons) who was lame. The smith Hephaistos felt pity for him and ordered his servant, Cedalion, to help Orion. Eventually the sun god Helios healed the sight of Orion.
Although the details differ between Saint Lucia and Orion, but both became blind, but their sight was eventually restored. Some researchers also associate the constellation Orion with Osiris. In Star Trek, the Orions are a race of green-skinned slave traders. Osiris was known as the green god, but I don’t want this train to get off the rails, so I’ll just end this by stating that Lucia’s day has something to do with the bringing of the light (to put it in an Italian way), and is connected to Orion. Religion and the occult is still going strong in northern Europe even if most people aren’t aware of it.
Saint Lucia (in Finnish): https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pyh%C3%A4_Lucia
Lucia’s day (in Finnish): https://fi.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucian_p%C3%A4iv%C3%A4
Saint Lucy: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Lucy
Lucia song lyrics in Finnish: http://lyricsfi.com/joululaulu/pyha-lucia
Orion the Hunter now easy to view: http://earthsky.org/tonight/orion-rises-in-the-east-at-mid-evening
The Star in the East and Three Kings: http://www.stellarhousepublishing.com/star-east-three-kings.html