made it as far west as the
British Isles with his legions before returning to Rome, and
power to become the first Roman Emperor.
Caesar was a Pagan, and saw several of
Roman Gods and Goddesses in
the Deities that were worshipped in Britain.
Because the Romans were able to see the
similarities between their Gods
and those worshipped in the areas they conquered, they had no problem
letting those peoples continue to worship as they wished.
the centuries that followed,
the Christian Church gained status in Rome.
No longer were Christians thrown to the
for public amusement. When
the Roman Emperor Constantine, converted
to Christianity in 312 C.E. the Christian Church jumped in status to
official religion of the Empire, and gained political power.
Archbishop of Rome was
elevated to the
title of Pope, and became the sole leader of Christians everywhere in
world. This held
true until 1014, when
the Eastern Orthodox Church, split irrevocably from the Roman Catholic
the 164 years between the Conversion
of Constantine, and the fall of Rome (476 C.E.) the Christian Church
solidifying its hold on all the peoples of the Empire. In the beginning, the
Christian Church was
relatively tolerant of other Spiritual Paths. There are texts by
Missionaries from Rome, which speak of discussions, respect, and even
friendships between the Missionaries and the Druids of England. The Missionaries for the
most part, seemed to
look at the Druids and other native clergies as equals.
the Druids were
massacred by the Roman Legions for sowing the seeds of rebellion among
peoples they guided. Rome
been a harsh mistress, but as the Roman Emperors grew weak or
Church grew in power. It
became more and
more important to the Church that everyone be Converted to Christianity. Religious zeal, coupled
with political power
created the atmosphere for a once peaceful, oppressed religion, to
the power of the Church grew,
it attracted men who were much more ambitious than pious. There were also the men
who in their zealous
piety, had the power to make others bend to their will.
In either case, the old saying about
power, applies very well. This
didn’t happen overnight. Rome wasn’t built in a day, nor did it fall in
or even a single pillaging by the Barbarian Hordes.
There were actually three.
Rome did finally fall, and
cease to be a political power, the Christian Church had been sending
Missionaries for over a century and a half.
These monks had gone into the wilds of
Frontier to seek out those
they could Convert to the Christian Faith.
Progress was slow, each group of
worked separately, but
thanks to the roads built by their ancestors, they had relatively fast
access to the central authority in Rome.
All roads truly did lead to Rome.
the fall of Rome, the
Christian Church had set up an entire network throughout Europe. When Missionaries
discovered better ways to
convert people, they sent word to Rome, which then passed it on to all
other Christian outposts.
most effective ways to convert people, was to use their own culture to
Christianity. This is how the three leaf clover became a symbol for the
in Ireland. This
worked so well that the
Pope sent down official edicts to build churches in places already
the native peoples.
Rome fell, the only vestige
left of the Old Empire, was the Christian Church. Nature abhors a
the only entity capable of filling it, was the Church.
So the Christian Church became the main
political force in all of Europe, and parts of the Middle East.
each new Convert, the
Church grew. The
Church spent a lot of time and effort in
Converting the leaders and Chieftains of the various tribes throughout
Converting the leaders to
Christianity, the Church also gained the people who followed them.
Converted sincerely, others
did not. To some,
this new religion made
a lot of sense, when explained in terms they were familiar with. Others simply saw
political advantage in
aligning themselves with such a powerful entity, but continued to
they always had, in secret. Christian
Churches were built in Sacred Groves.
was easier to get people to go to church if they were going to these
thing the Christian
Church did, was change its Holy Days so that they were celebrated on
days that native peoples celebrated.
This is why the Bible states that when
was born, the lambs were in
the fields, indicating spring time, yet his birth is celebrated at the
Holy Days such as
Easter, even get their name from the original Pagan holiday Ostara,
celebrates the rebirth of the land, and the animals on it.
is a fertility
celebration, which is why we still use rabbits and eggs in Easter
are both symbols of
fertility. The egg is obvious, but March is when rabbits mate, and
behavior becomes quite odd. You’ve
the saying ‘Mad as a March Hare’?
reference to the rabbit’s behavior during mating season.
were other advantages to
joining the Christian Church. Churches
and Monasteries were places of learning.
They were in fact the only places that
could get an academic
were not allowed, being
populations multiplied, and
tribes became nations, the Church gained power.
Chieftains became Kings, and villages
cities. Each city had a
church at its center, and soon cities were trying to outdo each other
title of having the grandest church.
who lived in the cities
were, publicly at least, Christian.
Those who lived out in the countryside
retained their link to the
Old Ways. This is
in fact where we get
the term Pagan. Those
who lived out in
the country were called pagans.
time, the fact that they also
followed the Old Ways came to be synonymous with the word used to
most part, the
Christians and the Pagans lived together peacefully.
The only times they really interacted
market days, or festivals.
were other groups not
living in the cities. In the south of England, those who lived on the
were called Heathens. That
came to describe the fact that they were not Christian.
were the people who still
the Mother Earth, and the Horned God of the Hunt.
City dwellers had been Christian for
generations now. They had no living memory of the Old Gods their
worshipped before Christianity came.
fact, they were taught that Christianity had always been. They had the story of Adam
and Eve as proof.
Church saw the Pagans and Heathens
as a problem though. They
were not under
the control of the Church, and that meant the Church did not have total
control. So they
devised a way to
Convert those people, or turn them into the enemy.
While the Bible states that Lucifer was
fairest of the Angels, the Church decided that when he was cast into
his form must have changed. After
he had been removed from the glory of God, so his outward appearance
changed to mirror His inner evil.