Ancient Source of Savior Birth Myths

Teachings from prehistory times, as often noted in these postings, once actually taught scientific principles regarding how creative energies involve and amass to manifest as matter and life. These ancient lessons were presented using the panoramic stellar universe itself to illustrate the lessons, and this practice was the origin of identifying select groups of starts (constellations) with names which suggested some imaginary figure which is outlined with those stars. Unlike faith systems teaching methods of today that manner of instruction encouraged an active imagination and a questioning mind.

Even into Roman Empire times there were those among the aristocrats and literati who still had access to fragments of those teachings and which were regarded as ancient even then. Virgil, the Roman poet (70-19 BCE), for example, knew of those ancient teachings, and his mysterious work the Cumaean Prophecy, his pastoral poems completed in 37 BCE. drew upon that knowledge. For example, a line within this literary work has puzzled scholars for generations, and some imaginative Christians have even suggested that it foretold the birth of Jesus. The line from Virgil’s Fourth Eclogue of the Cumaean Prophecy reads: “Now a new race descends from the celestial realm…” More inventive scholars today have even dared to suggest that it indicates that unethical extraterrestrials had imposed physical and mental alteration upon an unwary virgin Jewish female. Virgil’s famous Fourth Eclogue did indeed happen to celebrate the birth of a child who was destined to usher in a new Golden Age. But that portrayal was inspired from the four ancient lessons which were once given with constellation Cancer, and those lessons referred to that energy involvement as Astral Matter.

The ancient lessons drawn upon by Virgil, which utilized constellations as illustrations, had taught a scientific explanation of energy developmental processes which involve/evolve as Creation. Out of these self-generating energies (out of the quantum or virginal void) there is created the energy-identities which progressively assume matter form. Thus Virgil’s refered to line states that such an identity “…descends from the celestial realm” is an acknowledgement to those ancient teachings. It is at this point of energy development which is amassing as a matter form that the responsibility for refinement of those creative energies is taken up by each matter form. The evolutionary potential is thus held within each energy form which involves with self-aware consciousness, and this is the factor that can, and eventually will usher in the “New Golden Age.” All this is mentioned here to show the influence which ancient star lore contributed to the rise of all the “savior” gods of various faith systems such as Mithras (Persian), Tammuz (Babylonian), Attis (Phrygian), Odin (Norse), Krishna (Hindu), Indra (Hindu), Jesus (Christian), and others.

Other story features which always accompany the savior myths of those various faith systems were also presented in Virgil’ Eclogues, for they all portray a “divine” being entering, or passing over into the matter plane from the same primordial conditions which had been taught with the four lessons once given with constellation Cancer. In those prehistory times astrological (celestial) lore was always a passion of shepherds for the simple reason that shepherds spent so many long nights beneath the celestial canopy, and so it is valid that shepherds always served as the heralding elements in the many myths which tell of guiding stars, angels and savior births. The features in all these various savior birth myths were therefore constructed upon pastoral conventions, and because of this the myths focused on shepherds, their good-natured banter, love songs, dirges, and singing matches.

One of the galactic clusters (constellations) within the Cancer grouping of stars which were known to the ancients is today listed in astronomy texts by the name Praesepe, from the Latin pra, meaning “before”, and sepire, meaning “to fence” (fence in), and this came to be misleadingly translated into “manger.” It is because there are so many small clustered stars in this celestial location that this group was known in ancient times as the Manger. From this we have the story feature that Jesus was born in a manger. Two nearby stars are also associated with the Manger, which are often used to mark the eye of the Crab, symbol of Cancer, and these stars are known among astronomy buffs as the donkeys. This comes from the ancient reference to these stars as the Celestial Asses or later known as the Ascelli Asses. In prehistory times the lessons given with the Celestial Asses symbolized the involvement of primal energies upon which self-aware consciousness is carried–or passes over–into this limited energy plane of visible matter life forms.

All the varied faith system myths concerning savior birth are based upon those prehistory cosmological/creation lessons. As an example, the ancient Egyptian myth makers fashioned the red-haired, ass-eared god Set, brother and opponent of Osiris (who symbolized self-renewing energies) upon this star-illustrated lesson. Roman myths tell of Bacchus, god of grape growing, and Vulcan, god of fire, riding upon an ass to their destiny. Orphic myth tells of Dionysus, god of wine and fertility, riding to his matter-fate upon an ass. Indeed, all prehistory Pagan cultures had stories of gods, demigods or saviors in which they were portrayed as riding upon an ass to meet their matter-destiny. Not so coincidently, Jesus is also pictured as riding into Jerusalem upon an ass on his way to his higher transformation.

Other star groups which were interconnected in these ancient lessons given with constellation Cancer concerned energy involving as matter are known to us today as Ursa Major and Ursa Minor, commonly referred to as the Great and Small Dippers. In those prehistory lessons these two constellations were known as the Greater Sheepfold and the Lesser Sheepfold–a fold referred to a pen or enclosure in which young sheep were confined to await their release into the pastures of life.

So the Pagans were not exactly the dunces as organized faith systems have chosen to systematically malign them. No, those Pagans who are routinely looked down upon were not Jews or Christians or Muslims. But they were exceptionally spiritual and recognized that the spirit of Creation was active not only within themselves but within every defined thing within the visible universe. They, not us, had the benefit of the unknown sages who had taught our ancestors with the use of star patterns the scientific principles which encode the Life Principle and which is within all life forms. And drawing upon the twelve major constellations and their three neighboring constellations as illustrations (forty-eight in all) the entire spectrum of Creation and humankind’s higher potential had been more inspirational and scientifically explained to them. How unlike today’s cult-like by-the-book faith systems which choose to obsess over petty differences.

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