Esoteric knowledge, part 1: The metaphysical significance of the birthday cake

Those close to me will know my respect for the old ways and my appreciation for accumulating ancient lore. For those who don’t know me too well, my mission in life is to attempt as best I can to learn about the ways of and to embody the pagan, pre-Christian spirit and to bring its all but extinct ideas back into application now they are most needed.

The interesting thing about European religion, or “paganism” as it can also be called, is that paganism is prevalent within white culture even when we don’t realise it. When Europe was “Christianized”, which it never really was fully, the native Europeans kept most of their religous traditions as a force of habit and converted to Christianity in name only. Protestantism represents a more “pure” form of Christianity, with Catholicism being almost entirely pagan.

Behind me you may notice a small shrine to the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus who is adored by Catholics equally as much as Christ. This is because Mary fulfills, in a Christianized sense, the role of the pagan mother Goddess.

The Virgin Mary
(on the bottom right of the frame)
 is essentially a replacement of the
pagan mother Goddess

Another case of paganism in unexpected places is the birthday cake. If you’re a white European, you will have had one at some point. On the person’s birthday, they are presented (traditionally) a round cake with a candle/candles on top, which are then lit and after making a wish, they are then ritually extinguished by the person who’s birthday ceremony is taking place.

The tradition of birthday cakes in Europe goes back into prehistory, with the earliest historical source being ancient Greece. However, when they were first used, they were made to honour days that had special significance to the Gods and Goddesses, such as one made on the 6th day of every month in honour of Artemis. However, after Christianity was enforced, people kept this tradition under an excuse that wouldn’t result in them being punished, thus maintaining the intent of the tradition but losing the meaning.

Even after Christianity took root, the ritual was still prevalently used, in medieval Germany children’s birthday parties were referred to as Kinderfeste.

The cake is round because it originally signified the full moon, the convergence of which was believed to embody an apex of spiritual power, and the candles extending from the cake represent the mind, Oðinn or Oð, extending from this causal spiritual power. The candle is set alight to symbolise the vitality of the mind. Every year, another candle is added onto the cake to symbolise the increasing knowledge and vitality within the spirit, and a crowd gathered around the person blowing out the candles to symbolise the pagan belief that on one’s birthday they were visited by metaphysical forces.

These traditions, however, were merely a rehash of much older, even more forgotten customs. In ancient Europe, as Marie Cachet writes in her book The Secret of the She Bear, the primary role of most religous ceremonies had a purpose concern reproduction and fertility, with common symbols such as the “tree of life” or the “world tree” representing the female placenta, which had ritual significance and was often used to assess the future health of newborn children and was also eaten. The invention of the birthday cake, it is hypothesised, represents the symbolic eating of the placenta that had fallen out of common practice by the time of Christ, which would of course have been eaten on the day the child was born. The candle, it is thought, represents the umbilical chord extending from the placenta, which is cut (IE its fire/life extinguished) at birth.

Kinderfeste by Ludwig Knaus

Knowledge of this sort, concerning who we are and where we come from, and why these things are important are being deliberately suppressed and our heritage stolen from us. The top 5 pages when Googling “birthday cake paganism” are thus:

  • Paganism and the Celebration of “Birthdays” – Mission Islam
  • Did Early Christians Celebrate Birthdays? – ChildofGodwriter
  • Are Birthday Celebrations Christian? –
  • The Pagan Origins of Birthday Celebrations | Islam Reigns

For these to be the top 5 results, someone must really want to suppress European identity and, whilst birthdays seem a trivial issue, it is indicative of a cumulative degredation of our culture implemented by hostile, Judeo-Christian forces, plain and simple. If a religion is that demented it views celebrating one’s birthday as evil, it deserves to perish.

I will start a series summarising how these fundamental and almost subconscious aspects of our culture have ancient roots and significance, other items, customs and events include Christmas trees, the horse meat tabboo, throwing coins into a well, the tooth fairy, the Easter bunny, Rumpelstiltskin, halloween masks, good luck charms and more.

Health and happiness!

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