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Christianity has Deep Roots in Astrology and Paganism
“And when he [the devil] brings forward AEsculapius as the raiser of the dead and healer of all diseases, may I not say in this matter likewise he has imitated the prophecies about Christ? ... And when I hear that Perseus was begotten of a virgin, I understand that the deceiving serpent counterfeited this also." (Dial. with Trypho, ch. lxix; ANF. i, 233
This is one of many instances where 2nd century Church father and Christian apologist, Justin Martyr tries to explain away the embarrassing extent to which Christianity borrowed from other religions in the Mediterranean region. Like so many so-called pagan religions, Christianity is deeply rooted in astrology, so much so that the Son of God is actually the Sun of God.
Suns of God in History
“Have I not said ‘You are all gods. You are all sons of the Most High.’”
Horus – known to the ancient Kamau (Egyptians) as Heru.
Amun, Ra and Ptah – one of the Egyptian Trinities
Anu (Heaven), Enil (Earth) and Enki (Water) – ancient Sumerian Trinity
Mithra - Persian god imported into the Mediterranean region
Hindu Buddhists – after the Cali Yug period a divine child was to be born.
Krishna (could very easily be Chrishna) - birth attended by angels, shepherds and prophets bearing gold, frankincense and myrrh. The Church would like to leave us with the impression that Krishna was one of the false Christs Jesus said would come after him. The problem is Krishna was worshipped by the Hindu 3,000 years before Jesus.
Pythagoras – Samoan (Greek island of Samos) philosopher who brought Egyptian knowledge, science and morals back to the Greeks. For this he was elevated to divine status in the sixth century B.C.E. by early biographers who depicted him as the offspring of his mother and a ghost of the god Apollo
Zoroaster – immaculately conceived by a Ray from the Divine Reason
Quexalcote – from the Codex Vaticanus. Immaculately conceived, crucified and resurrected Mexican Savior
Xaca – Chinese savior who was conceived by his mother, in her sleep, seeing a white elephant
Confucius – birth attended by angels and magi
Alcides – also known as Hercules. Son of the god Zeus and a human mother Alcmena the wife of Amphitryon.
Dionysus – son of Zeus and his human mother Semele. Also known by his Roman name Bacchus. Although Dionysus is more readily identified as the god of wine and drama; in Grecian esoteric circles, he is also known as a solar resurrected god who atones for sins. It is beyond
What’s behind the ubiquity of the immaculately conceived, crucified sun god? We can accept Justin Martyr’s explanation of devilish “pre-mimicry” or we can look at the natural phenomenon that was visible to all these cultures—the solar system—as the inspiration for an almost monolithic mythology. The doings and undoings of the Suns of God are representations of the Earth’s annual trek around the sun as seen by earthbound eyes.
The ecumenical councils of the fourth century toiled under the Roman emperor Constantine to produce what came to be known as The Holy Bible. Christians believe the book they produced is based on loose manuscripts the early Church accepted as holy scripture. That is as may be. The original manuscripts no longer exist, so we have to take their word for it. Since the job of these councils was to integrate Christianity into the Roman mind so it would be more readily accepted as the state religion to save the crumbling Roman Empire, it is small wonder that Jesus finds his place among the Mediterranean pantheon and so much of what we believe about him has astrological significance.
In this article, I will examine Christianity’s roots in astrology as revealed in two of the Church’s most important holidays: Easter and Christmas. Then I will present Jesus as the Sun of God.
The Astrology of Easter
Truth is, the early Church (first and second centuries) did not celebrate Easter. They observed the Passover as Jesus told them to do in Like 22. The Romans desiring to separate Christianity from its Jewish roots, switched the Church from the observance of Passover to the veneration of the fertility goddess, O/Eastre.
As a fertility goddess, O/Eastre was celebrated at the vernal equinox, which marks the beginning of spring. The vernal equinox also ushers in the sign of Aries, the ram, also known in astrological circles as the sacrificial sign. Christians recognize the ram that Abraham sacrificed in lieu of his son, Isaac as a foreshadowing of the substitution sacrifice of Jesus some 2000 years later. What they don’t know is that Abraham lived during the zodiac age of the ram (2339 BCE - 179 BCE). Small wonder that the Church celebrates the crucifixion of Jesus when the sun is in the house of Aries. Nor is it an accident that Easter is not on a fixed date, but the Nicene Council ordained in 325 that Easter be held on the first Sunday after the full moon occurring on or after the vernal equinox. It may be of some significance that the moon is female in aspect and when it is full it is in direct opposition to the sun. The date of Easter is loosely based on the date of the Jewish Passover. In both cases determining the date involves complex calculations in which the differences between the solar and lunar cycle, the astronomical and ecclesiastic full moon, the Western Catholic and Eastern Orthodox calendars and even the Julian and Gregorian calendars are taken into consideration. It is beyond the scope of this article to get bogged down in all these calculations and counter-calculations. The bottom line is that the date of Easter has always been determined based on astronomic events rather than on historic event such as a crucifixion or resurrection.
The cross - The word cross comes from the Norse word for that symbol, kros. This symbol is ubiquitous among ancient religions dating back to the dawn of history. It is ever-present because it represents the sun. The solstices and equinoxes in astrological terms describe a cross. In northern Europe, the cross represents the sun god Odin and is called Odin’s Cross. The Celtic Christians borrowed the Taranis Cross. There are many others because the cross pattern of the sun is recognized all over the world.
The cross can also be linked to the Egyptian ankh. The ankh is the symbol of life and consists of three parts: the circle, which represents the feminine aspect and eternity; the cross, which represents the male aspect and time; and the union, which represents life. The Church adopted the cross minus its feminine aspect. It may be that since the male aspect alone cannot produce life, in Christianity salvation comes through death.
Palm Sunday - Arbor Intrat (Entry of the Tree). March 22. Part of the ancient Roman festival, Magna Mater (Great Mother Cybele) Priestesses of one of the goddesses carried pine or palm trees around the city to the temple of Cybele.
Palm Branch - Egyptian symbol of time. Its leaves represent the vernal equinox.
Good Friday - Dies Sanguinis (Day of Blood). March 24. Ancient Roman holiday to venerate the goddess Cybele. Priests cut themselves and spun around to sprinkle her statue with blood.
Easter Bunny - The rabbit is the earthly symbol of the fertility goddess, O/Eastre
Easter Egg -Symbol of rebirth. The shell represents the universe. The golden yolk represents the sun god. The white represents O/Eastre.
Astrology of Christmas
As with Easter, the early Christians did not celebrate Christmas. In fact, the first Christmas was celebrated in Rome in the fourth century. It’s not surprising, then, that everything surrounding Christmas has its roots in paganism and astrology.
The list of sun gods throughout history is very long. The list above is hardly exhaustive. Why were all these sun gods born on December 25 after an immaculate conception? Again, we must look to an astronomic phenomenon as an explanation. December 25 is the winter solstice (see note about the calendar change below). The winter solstice is the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti (Birthday of the Invincible Sun). During the winter solstice, the, the sun remains at 23 degrees/27 minutes from the South Pole. Because the North Pole is facing away from the sun, it takes six months for full day light to reach it. Yet, it takes three days and three nights for the southern tip of the Earth to pass the sun and move toward the vernal equinox. To Earthbound eyes peering at the sky from the northern hemisphere, it seems as if the sun is dead because even at its zenith, it is very low and the days are very short and dark. This is what the women were weeping over in the Bible (Ezekiel 8:14-15), the death of Tammuz, a Babylonian/Sumerian/Mesopotamian sun god. After three days the sun begins to rise higher in the sky each day. At that time, the constellation Virgo (not to be confused with the sign Virgo) is at its brightest, so the sun appears to be born from a virgin. See the similarities between the Egyptian nativity scene and the constellation. This constellation was seen all over the world and is the reason why so many sun gods are born of a virgin.
“In fields where they lay keeping their sheep on a cold winter‘s night that was so deep.” (from The First Noel)
Just about every nativity seen in the western world gives us the picture of a cold and snowy night. Try to imagine shepherds tending their sheep in deep snow and things kind of fall apart. But hey, God can do anything. As a historical figure, the story of Jesus makes little sense. By placing the birth of Jesus on December 25, the ecumenical councils have placed Jesus among the ranks of the Suns of God, whose birth was attended by shepherds, wise men and announced by angels. Mithra, Horus and Dionysus come readily to mind.
Christian apologist try to say that since Mithraism and Christianity developed at the same time it is likely Mithraism copied off Christianity. That simply is not true. Mithraism may have been imported to the Mediterranean around the same time as Christianity, but Mithra has existed in the Persian pantheon for thousands of years.
Virgin Birth - Represents the apparent birth of the sun from the constellation Virgo
Jesus as a Sun of God
There shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall rise out of Israel and smite the corners of Moab and destroy all the children of Seth.
Christians take this passage as a prophesy that Jesus is the Messiah. It is no such thing. if it were, then Sleeping Beauty must be true because the beautiful princess really did prick her finger and fall asleep for 100 years just like the good fairy said she would. But no book can credibly fulfill its own prophecies. The story of Jesus is the story of the stars, no matter that the Church would like it to be the other way around. The Star of Jacob, also known as Spica (Alpha Virginis), is the luminary of the constellation Virgo. In the Syrian, Arabian and Persian systems of astronomy it was known as Messaeil (Messiah El—Son of God). If anything, this passage evinces the fact that even the concept of a Messiah was borrowed. There is something to be said about condemning and setting one’s god against the very cultures from which that god came.
According to the ecumenical councils who gave us our Bible, Jesus was born under the sign Capricorn. (December 22 - January 19). Capricorn is a very faint constellation, with only one star above 3 magnitude. For the 30 days the sun is in the house of Capricorn, the constellation is obscure. Likewise the first thirty years of Jesus life are shrouded in obscurity.
When the sun leaves the house of Capricorn, it enters the house of Aquarius, the water bearer. Likewise Jesus first act was to enter the house of John the Baptist.
What Jesus and the Sun Have in Common
is the “Light of the World.”
comes on clouds and shall be seen by every eye.
by its light and warmth, is the “Savior of mankind.”
wears a corona, “crown of thorns” where the rays of the sun were seen as thorns.
walks on water when it shines on a body of water as it appears to move across the sky.
has 12 disciples: the 12 signs of the zodiac or constellations.
is hung on a cross, is buried (during the winter solstice) and is resurrected on Dies Natalis Solis Invicti
Note: Before 1582, the western world used the Julian calendar, which placed the winter solstice on December 25. By the 16 century, the Julian calendar was off the solar calendar by 10 days. So in 1582 Pope Gregory introduced a new calendar. Under the Gregorian calendar the winter solstice is on December 20-23. However, Christmas was already established and no one thought to switch it to the new date of the solstice. If anything, they were glad that unsavory connection had been severed. But changing the calendar did not change the historically pagan origins of Christianity.