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Summer Solstice and Religious Myths

Posted in agnoticism, Astronomy, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, humanity, life, prehistory, random, religion, science, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , , on May 8, 2010 by chouck017894

At noon each year on or about June 21-22 the Sun reaches its highest position in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere, and this recurring event is known as the Summer Solstice.  When this occurrence takes place the Sun is in its zenith at the Tropic of Cancer, and from the most ancient times the constellation of Cancer has always been known as “The Northern Gate,” or as “The Gate of Men.”

For three days during the solstice period there seems to be no movement of the Sun in relation to Earth, and then the minutes of daylight slowly begin to shorten—an initial decrease of light.  It is not coincidence that one of the two Johns in Christian legends is honored at this time.  Thus in Christian gospel John the Baptist is portrayed as having said, “He must increase and I must decrease.”  We should remember here that the other John, “Saint John”, is feasted on December 27th, right after the winter solstice, and represents the cycle of increasing light in the Northern Hemisphere.  It was an open secret among the Pagans that the name John when used in gospel accounts always personified some aspect of  light.  Indeed the Pagans through the Dark Ages guardedly spoke of the year as being divided between the two Johns rather than openly acknowledge the periodic occurrence of the solstices.  The reason for this was that the church considered such wisdom of nature to be “blasphemous” and would retaliated with brutal severity.

John, as the baptizer, is subtly associated with water which is the traditional symbol of life’s flow in nearly all cultures.  In prehistory times and prominent in Pagan background, the understanding of baptize was to be dipped under the waters of the world: meaning a commitment by each self-aware consciousness to take up its experience in physical-matter life.  By the gospel account of John baptizing Jesus it is obvious that baptismal rites were very ancient and had long been practiced in Pagan tradition.  From deliberate misinterpretation of the Pagan understanding that each self emerges out of the creative process as honored with the Pagan rite of baptism there arose the Christian practice where the recipient is alleged to be cleansed of original sin, given a name, and admitted into a specific system of belief.

As constellation Cancer assumes it periodic dominance in the skies, there always arises with it the constellation of considerable length known as Hydra, which Pagan cultures regarded as symbolizing desire and greed that accompanies life forms.  Baptismal rites in Pagan cultures therefore sought to cleanse, or at least dilute, these negative traits from contaminating one’s matter-borne spirit.  The gods of ancient Egypt, Greece, India, etc. were all portrayed as being baptized: indeed, John’s role as baptizer is a reflection of Egyptian myth in which the god Anap was the baptizer of the gods.  In all the Pagan myths the baptismal episode was always ornamented with supernatural phenomena.  So it is recorded in Luke 3:21 that “…Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, (22) And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.”  The same type of ornamentation is even found in the account of the call to duty of Mohammed in which it is declared, “Celestial regions were shaken by the tumult in the prophet’s soul.”  Then it is claimed that stars fell from heaven and frightened jinn fled in terror.  After this the angel Gabriel allegedly brought Allah’s direct command to Mohammed.

John the Baptist is honored during the dominance of the sign of Cancer.  He is presented in gospel as being somewhat older than Jesus, and the honor of John taking place in June thus established that he would be six months older.  The story incident of John leaping in Elisabeth’s womb when she and pregnant Mary met in quiet jubilation is an allusion to the time of the Autumnal Equinox, the halfway or adjustment period which heralds the Winter Solstice. 

John is said to have preached “in the wilderness” (Matthew 3:1), and in sacred language code “wilderness” always refers to pre-physical conditions that are active in the early involvement of Creation energies.  Also, John is portrayed as a “wild man” who was not especially capable of much love or patience for the primal conditions around him.  Because John the Baptist personifies first light emanation that accompanies creation, Jesus is depicted as saying that no one born of woman is higher than John the Baptist (Matthew 11:11).

The NT account of Jesus’ baptism by John is a most picturesque and dramatic presentation of transformation, and it is identical in meaning as OT stories where transformation of character is portrayed: i.e. Abram becoming Abraham, and Jacob becoming Israel.  The hidden meaning in these tales is the physical life that is taken up and made manifest is where qualification of primal energies embodied in each matter-form are to be utilized for advanced manifestation.

And the reason for the alleged beheading of John is identical in meaning as the “first-born” being slain in the myths of Exodus. Sacred language is used in both story renditions to disguise a scientific principle active in the Creation process.  That principle involves the heaviest elements in the atomic table. The heaviest elements are the first to be affected with dissolution and radiation.  It is the process of disintegration and radiation that creative elements are made free to create biologic forms, and atomic energy is converted into biotic energy.  Thus is all matter-life baptized in the waters of Creation.

Thoughts on Evangelical Proselytism

Posted in Astronomy, Atheism, Atheist, belief, Bible, Christianity, culture, faith, freethought, history, humanism, humanity, life, random, religion, thoughts, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on October 1, 2009 by chouck017894

The word evangelical was derived from the Greek eu, meaning “good,” and angelos, meaning “messenger.”  The early Christian cult movement that developed in Rome thus assimilated the Greek-flavored euangelos to mean one who is sent out to bring good news.  The characters associated with the books of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were awarded that distinction by the corporate-minded organizers of the “faith” cult in 382 as evangelists, the messengers of “Gospel,” or the bearers of good news.  Until that time a considerable number of literary works had been used in various outlying cult groups, so for the sake of uniformity the Council of Rome accepted only these four named books as coming closest to Paul’s theory and doctrines to be followed in Peter’s church.  All other literary works were then rejected as not sufficiently supportive of the plotted church corporation structure.

The term “evangelist” was used in the late books of the New Testament–Ephesians 4:11, written c. 94-100; Acts 21:8, written c. 84-90; and 2 Timothy, written c. 103-105.  The term was used in these books to designate those auxiliary workers in the Christian cult movement who traveled to distant places to announce the “Gospels” orally to thus prepare the way for future extensive missionary forays in order to establish churches.

As presented in the Christian movement prior to the fourth century Council of Rome manipulation, evangelical pertained to or was based upon only the earliest literature and properly focused upon the spirit of the teachings attributed to Jesus, not upon the manner or alleged “salvation” reason for his death.  Unfortunately, as the cult moved to take on worldly power, the teachings became secondary as the hierarchical system became gradually imposed upon the followers and the doctrine was hammered out for catholic (wide-ranging) control.

 Around the fourth century the term evangelistary (from Greek evangelistarion) became employed meaning the lectionary or service book containing the church-approved “Gospel” passages assigned to be read at Mass on each day of the liturgical year.  Such service-book manuscripts dating from the sixth century have been valuable in textural criticism of the Bible.

Curiosity hovers over the evangelists’ emblematic figures used to represent the alleged writers of the four accepted “Gospels,” which are claimed to have been derived from the “prophetic” visions of Ezekiel and which were utilized in the Apocalypse of “St” John.  After much shuffling of Gospel story elements, the church “fathers” revealed that Matthew was to be represented with a human head because he started his book’s narrative with the genealogy of Jesus.  Mark was to be represented with the emblem of the lion, for Mark had begun his Gospel account with the mission of John the Baptist, and the lion was the dominant inhabitant of the desert.  The  book of Luke began with the story of the priest Zachary, and so it was deemed appropriate that Luke should be represented with the sacrificial ox.  And finally, “St” John, who began his text with the words, “In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God…” was given the attribute of an eagle, for eagles were widely accepted as symbolic of the higher God in Heaven.

All this required a great deal of reshuffling of more ancient presentations in order to thus emblemize the saintly wordsmiths, for the emblems were actually “borrowed” from figures used from time out of mind to define the four quarters of the charted heavens.  Cult frenzy, in  thus decreeing the emblem for Matthew to be Man, had appropriated the emblem from the constellation Aquarius.  Mark became symbolized with the figure of the lion, which, not so coincidently, everyone knows to be the symbol for the constellation Leo.  Luke is passed off as being represented by the ox, a subtle disguise of Taurus the Bull constellation.  And “St” John was given the representation of the eagle, which in Hebrew astronomy charts represented the constellation Scorpius.

Today in the United States much dispute has grown over hard-pressure (radical) evangelical faith groups seeking to forcefully impose their version of religious doctrine into government policies.  Perhaps they would better serve themselves and Heaven if they would take time out to study how the teacher’s words became so perverted with materialism.