Taurus 9: A Christmas tree decorated

T h e w o r d C h r i s t ma s d e s c e n d s f r o m t w o I n d o - E u r o p e a n ( I E ) r o o t s, t h e fi r st o f w h i c h i s gh r e i - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o rub.” Its p a r o n ym s include grisly, c h r i s m , c r e a m , g r i m e , C hr i s t ia n , a n d K r i s s K r i n gl e . 1 T h e s e c o n d r o o t i s ma g which means “to knead, fashion, fit .” Its paronyms make, include ma s o n , the mass, words ma t ch , magma,

m o n gr e l , a n d m in g l e . 2 T h e w o r d t r e e d e sc e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o o t d e r u - w h i c h m e a n s “ t o b e f i r m s o l i d , s t e a d fa s t . ” I t s p a r on y m s i n c l u d e b e t r o t h , e n du r e , d r u i d, d u r a bl e , s he l t e r , t r a y , t r i m , t r u ce , t r u e , a n d t r y st . 3 F i n a l l y , t he w o r d d e c o r a t e d i s d e s c e n d s f r o m t h e I E r o ot d e k - 1, “ t o t a k e , a c c e p t . ” 4 A m o n g i t s p a r o n y m s a re d a in t y , d e ce n t , d ig n i f y , d i s c i p l e , d o c t o r , do c t r i n e , d o c u me n t , d o g ma , a n d o r t h o do x . THEMES: T h e re a r e a t l e a s t f ou r R E L I G IO U S AN D S P I R I T U A L T R A D I T I O N S i n c l ud e d a m o n g t h e k e y w o r d s , r o o t s , a n d p a r o n y m s - - t h e m a n y b r a n c h e s o f t h e C h r i st i a n C hu r c h , F r e e Ma s o n r y , t he E a s t e r n or G r e e k O r t h o d o x C hu r c h , a n d D r u i d i s m . 5 A s e c o n d a n d r e l a t e d t h e m e c o n ce r n s t h e n a t u re o f T R U T H a n d i t s a p p r o xi m a t i o n s. R e c a l l t h a t t w o o f t h e p a r o n y m s o f t r e e a r e t r u e a n d t r u t h . P a r o n y m s o f d e c o ra t ed i n c l u d e t h r e e s yn o n y m s o f t r u t h - - do c t r i n e , o r t h o d o x y , a n d d o gm a . 6

1 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, 2 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Her itage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, 3 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, 4 Watkins, C. (2000), The American Heritage Dictionary of Indo European Roots, 5 http://www.orthodox.net/ecumenism/free-masonry-vs-christianity.html 6 http://thesaurus.com/browse/dogma Starling Hunter © 2011 1

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A third theme concerns that which is CLEAN, CHOICE, or FINE and that which is not. Recall that two of the paronyms of Christmas are g r i m y a n d g r i sl y w h i l e t h e p a r o n ym s o f d e c o ra t ed i n c l u d e d i s c i p l in e d , dainty, decent and dainty. Among the many phrases that can be formed from the above keywords a n d t h e i r p a r o n y ms a r e t h e se : t h e t ru e d i s c i p le s o f t h e m a t c h l e s s C h r i st , t h e C h r i s t i a n , M a so n i c a n d D r u i d i c d o c t r i n e s, C h r i s t i a n t r u t h , M a s on i c d o g m a , M a s o n i c t ru t h , a n d C h r i s t i a n d o g m a .

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