Behind the Myth
sky maps from around the world and through history
Stories that we are told of great figures have a common background.
When we delve into history, we learn that things were either far different than we have been told, or at the very least there are more versions than the one we have been taught. For instance, we are told that Jesus Christ is an actual historical figure, yet the historians of the day do not note Jesus in any great detail despite the fact that he did noteworthy things like raise the dead, resurrect himself, walk on water and even attempted an insurrection against imperialist Rome. It is understandable that his miracles may have been overlooked outside of ancient Israel. However, to overlook an attempted insurrection against Rome would be out of place in the historical account. In fact, the records written by Caesar Claudius tell us that it was King Herod that attempted an insurrection. Aside from later added remarks attributed to Josephus and Herodotus, no other contemporary historian mentions him included the chief of all historians of the era; Pliny the Elder. Admittedly, Pliny the Elder was not contemporary to Jesus by the time he was an adult, but he lived to see the fall of Israel a generation after Jesus' death and resurrection. Pliny died during the eruption of Vesuvius, which gives us an exact time to pin to his histories by back calculating from the eruption of Aug. 79 AD. Pliny the Elder did comment on History of the recent past of his era. He was also a naturalist and lawyer and had close contact with the powerful and elite of Roman society. We also have another source of information on Israel, being Caesar Claudius, who was contemporary with Jesus and certainly Herod whom he mentions often by name. History as we have had it handed down, is a mix of the real and of the mythos.
Claudius commented on the Roman palace intrigues including the lives of Tiberius, Nero and Caligula, two of whom he succeeded as a Caesar. Nero succeeded Claudius who managed to rule for 13 years. We use his accounts to understand the Roman way of life, the circuses and the concerns of state at the time. We know from his account the Herod was the one who led the insurrection as opposed to Jesus. According to Claudius, it is Herod, the king of Israel that was seen as the Messiah by his people as he attempted to liberate them from under the Roman yoke. We know that the Roman's suffered a major defeat at the hands of the Israelis and they later took a heavy vengeance. The Roman's did not want to appear weak in the eyes of other states such as Carthage to the south and the Persians to the East. They had to respond with massive terror to spare their reputation in the face of a pipsqueak state that had virtually no navy and a tiny force compared to the mighty legions of the Roman army. Rome, after all, had conquered much of the civilized world at that time.
Some of the accounts are detailed in the New Testament books that made it into our contemporary Bible. The fact of the regional taxation is true as Rome lived on tribute and was a slave driven economy. In exchanger, Rome offered protection from other enemies, and of course from their own abuses as a protection racket. But where was Jesus in all of this? Jesus is one of a line of crucified saviors that begins in the dawn of history and can be found in diverse places such as Egypt, Persia, India and even China. There is a remarkable identity between Jesus. Krishna, Horus, Ahuru Mazda and a host of others. These are all reflection of the cosmogonies of various civilizations and peoples in ancient history, so we should look to their skies that is the common sky of all of us. The common themes among them all are;
A celestial sign preceded his birth.
He was born of a virgin in humble circumstances.
He received gifts from three wise men of the east.
Had to flee from home due to the infanticide launched by the king or ruler.
Separated from parents at 12 years old and started a ministry at 30.
Had 12 or 108 followers
Performed miracles like walking on water, raising the dead, healing the sick. Feeding the masses.
Was wise beyond the wisdom of the day
He preached for justice and righteousness.
Turned water into wine
Was tried by the authorities
Betrayed by a close confidant
Was crucified after a mock trial
Soldiers gambled for his clothes.
Was buried in a sealed grave.
Raised from the dead.
All had an adversary in the form of an anti-god, demon or competitor.
All of the foregoing are hints of annual celestial events. Ancients always saw portents in the sky and many people still do. One of the latest portents occurred on Feb. 1962 that caused the Hindus to bathe en-masse in the Ganges River fearing that the world would come to an end at that time. Several months later that year, it very nearly did under the Cuban Missile Crisis half a world away. The current concern as of 2009, is the end of the Mayan long count that closes on or about the winter solstice of 2012. Around 6 BCE, a massive stellium of almost all the visible planets, except for Mars, lined up in Pisces. Pisces was considered important as the vernal equinox passed from Aries (the lamb) to Pisces (the fishes) around that time. Thus the stellium held particular significance for the peoples of that time as one astrological age was ending and a new one was starting with all the hope attended there too. The new age literally was “The Lamb of God slain before the foundation of the Aeon;” the age of Pisces that would see the rise of the fisher of men. According to some, Jesus was born anywhere from 6 BCE to the year 0. We measure our calendar count from this incident, but there is controversy that affects our calendar to this day.
The stage is thus set for the virgin, the three wise men and the helical rising of the water born savior who will water and feed the masses. This hails back to the annual passage of life on the Nile River in Egypt. The three stars of Orion that make up the belt are copied on the ground in the form of the pyramid of Giza and the two close by pyramids of that complex that includes the sphinx man-lion. These three stars of Orion form a pointer that shows the way to Sirius, the brightest star in the heavens. Sirius is important in Egyptian culture and myth as at a certain day every year at its helical rising just before sunrise, predicted the flooding of the Nile and renewing the land for another year. With the flood came fish and when the waters abated, came the wheat, rye and bread. Each stage of the year was marked by events that were projected to the sky to form the foundation of the modern zodiac. Thus the annunciator of the arriving god and Savior-king, came with the couplet of Sirius and the Sun. The three wise “kings” or mystics rose in the east, proceeded west and pointed to the couplet of Sirius and the Sun on the crucial day of birth of the new year for Egypt. Today, for different reasons, we do the same with Christmas, but this has nothing to do with the helical rising of Sirius and everything to do with the sun, our real material savior.
The gifts of Frankincense, Myrrh and Gold are gifts reserved for royalty because of their rarity and so was the annunciation of the God King for the new age, occurring only once every 2,160 years. No real Frankenstein, Myrrh and Gold were used and are symbolic of a deeper meaning. One has to do with wealth and power, another for healing and one is a perfume of rarity. The symbolic offering of gold to the sun, is done because gold is identified as the sun's metal by myth. Myrrh is identified with the sun for its healing properties. Frankincense is emblematic of flowers and sweet fruits, that we carry over in our Christmas celebration. So the three wise men of the east, point to the virgin birth as Virgo was on the western horizon as Pisces rose in the East. For much of the world, spring announced the annual sprouting of the years crops.
But almost as soon as the savior is born, he has to flee or be devoured either by a dragon or a jealous rival who wants him dead. This is the passage of the sun over the heavens and it's climb northward toward the summer months. In the Bible, Jesus is taken to Egypt, the actual birth place of the myth that was adopted by the Jews during their involvement in Egypt as traders and slaves, for thousands of years prior to the Biblical account.
Our attention is then taken to the age of 12 symbolizing the 12 signs of the zodiac and links to the 12 year cycle that is still used by various astrologers. The 12 year cycle links closely to Jupiter when its cycle is rounded off. At 12, the God-king breaks from the family and is found debating philosophers, lawyers, priests and wise men. From here to 30, little is stated, other than the fact that a living was made either as a carpenter or a mason. The later consideration is important on account that masons were responsible for the wondrous temple complexes and pyramids of Egypt and later in Israel. A mere carpenter seems puny in comparison. The masonic link is made when Jesus announces that he can rebuild the temple in three days if it is torn down. The temple complex in Jerusalem was a recapitulation of the marvels of Egypt and served the same functions esoterically and esoterically. The temple was built largely during Herod's time and rivaled the pyramids of Egypt in size and volume. At 30 he abandons his stone cutting and building or carpentry for a life of miracle making, teaching, lecturing and ministering. He recruits 12 followers and they travel the country, as the recapitulation of the sun traveling through the 12 signs. In some versions, he gains the services of 108 females, but the import and meaning is the same as two different astrologies are involved. We are told in the Psalms that the stars are for enlightenment and knowledge.
“The heavens declare the glory of God: and the firmament showeth his handiwork Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. Psalm 19:1 – 8
This and other sources tell us the real import behind the scriptures. Then there is the other main thesis of the scriptures and that is justice and righteousness. This is not the same justice and righteousness that we have been brought up to accept as “God's own truth” that more often is an assemblage of personal prejudices and xenophobia that make up modern religious practice. A guide to the real kind of justice and righteousness is found in the terse comment attributed to Jesus, but predates this era by millennia.
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all they soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it. Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the laws and the prophets.” Matthew 22:37-40; 1 Deuteronomy 6:5; Leviticus 19:9-18; Timothy 1:5; Galatians 5:14
We are shown the dual commandment in Matthew, but it is predated in the Old Testament or Pentateuch in two locations, thousands of years earlier. What we have hear is commons sense for co-existing in peace and harmony that has been elevated to high wisdom in order to promote the idea of the mythological god-king as a real historical figure. The two commands are based on the ten of Moses, the father of the Aries age and these came from an earlier source; the Code of Hammurabi that history sources to Babylon of old.
We now go to the mock trial by the authorities that is a mythos detailing the weakening sun as it sinks toward winter in the northern hemisphere. The death of the sun occurs on the 21st of December at the winter solstice. Darkness is upon the Earth and the crucified god-man is “buried”. He rises from the dead on the third day, Dec. 25Th, Christmas Day, on the first day that is noticeably longer than the previous days all the way to the solstice. From here, the hopes of the new year are pinned where life is renewed. This is recapitulated during the spring equinox when new life abounds.
The crucifixion comes from a curious source that is as old as civilization itself. It is displayed at special times when ice crystals in the stratosphere near dawn or dusk scatter sunlight to create a halo around the sun and two false suns called sun dogs. Further, intersecting the halo are four rays that produce a cross; the origin of the circle cross symbol displayed over the steeples of many churches. Indeed, there are often three crosses; one that centers on the real sun and the other two, left and right, on the false suns. Sun dogs are best seen in winter, but can occur any time of the year if conditions are right. In the heavens id depicted the scene described in the Gospels as the scene on Golgotha. Every pictorial depiction of the Christ has a halo displayed around his head and a prominent cross in the halo. Saints also are depicted with halos, but without the distinctive cross. We are told that the two crosses that were on the left and right of the god-man, were thieves and that the one on the left was condemned and the one on the right received salvation. All of this has symbolic meaning tied to the physical heavens and natural phenomena. The garment without seam is the sky all around, specifically the zodiacal belt, wherein resides the true Lord of all.
Many mythologies around the world have an underworld of the dead, of demons and the condemned that are sealed therein. The Maya have an underworld of nine levels, somewhat like Dante's inferno, but with differences where demons are creatures like the blood gatherer, the decapitator and the plague bringer. The traveling soul, or Ra form Egypt, or the Christ of our myth have to navigate this treacherous underworld before rising from the dead in order to save humanity once again.
Astrologers acknowledge the underworld in the horoscope as all that which is below the east and west horizons that we cannot see after the sun, moon, planets and stars set and before the rise again. They always arise out of “hell” or the underworld, day by day and they also have an annual cycle. The stars are for prognostication-prophecy and are related to the sun. Each pattern has a specific meaning that we derive primarily from Egypt Babylon and Greece. We can chart the “history” of any myth if we understand what each moment of the sun's life is through the annual cycle and the longer ones as dictated by the planets and their relationships by sign and angle to one another.
We turn our attention to the anti-god or anti-Christ. For the purposes of our own mythos, this is Lucifer, Satan, the devil, the Serpent, the great Dragon and the great deceiver and murderer. The great downfall of Lucifer is described as pride when he desired to be like the most high, supplant the sun in glory and was cast down to earth as punishment along with one third of all the stars-angels. Lucifer has been identified as the morning star Venus when it is going toward its greatest elongation from the sun and applying toward superior conjunction. In Mayan culture, Venus was regarded as the god of war. In our culture, sexually transmitted disease was once call venereal disease after Venus, the goddess of love. There is a constant struggle between the god-man and the anti-god. Sometimes, the anti-god precedes the sun in the sky at sunrise and sometimes he lags behind at sunset. In the latter case, Satan has gotten behind the Christ. In other considerations, Satan is regarded as Draco the dragon, the grand serpent constellation of the sky that literally contains a third of the stars in his train. During part of the year, these are “cast down to the earth” to cause misery to humanity. Over the Aeons, Satan is locked up in Hades; the underworld, or he is released from the pit in cyclic fashion in a repeating myth. In its own strange way, this myth clings and changes with humanity and represents the working of the dialectic in mythology. Whenever you hear a preposterous story that is more to do with irrational logic than real material truth, look to the sky and chart the annual progress of the sun and the Aeons of passage with the precession of the Sidereal Vernal Point. Examine what occurs in nature in sync with the changing seasonal sky patterns and you will find the truth and that will set you free from the fetters of superstition.