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Background of Holy Mountain Myths

Posted in Astronomy, Atheist, belief, Christianity, faith, freethought, Hebrew scripture, prehistory, religion with tags , , , , , , on September 23, 2013 by chouck017894

In planet Earth’s distant past, which we casually dismiss as prehistory, the heavens presented a constant awe-inspiring panorama for our ancestors. Prehistory lessons of Creation and life were once given using imagined figures across the skies and these are known to us today primarily from the zodiac. In those ancient lessons the North Pole Star was considered to hold the summary position from which all lessons of cosmology and life-meaning could be observed in their entirety. This gave rise to later notions which linked the Pole Star with the tip of “holy mountains.” Ancient Sumerian inscriptions spoke of a great peak in the north as “the mountain of the word,” which was thought to be the home of the gods and which was regarded as the supporting pillar of heaven. As noted in the book The Celestial Scriptures, the man-made temple “mountains” of Sumer and Babylonia (ziggurats), the pyramids of Egypt, the pyramid temples of Central America, and the “cosmic mountain” temples of India, to mention a few, all have intimate connection to the Pole Star. The Canaanite god, Baal, as another example, was said to have his palace in the “farthest north,” meaning the Pole Star. The Hebrew “God” could not be allowed to have anything less, and so the same was claimed for him.

The North Pole Star was referred to in ancient China as “The Cosmic Mountain,” and as “The Axis of the Universe.” In eastern cultures of the ancient world this concept inspired the understanding of the “Wheel of Life” and the “Wheel of Law.” And this observable rotation of Earth upon the apparent celestial hub inspired belief in karma. The Pole Star thus epitomized the center of creative action from which birth and death was initiated. Because of the Pole Star’s position as a “fixed star,” meaning that it is constant in one fixed point, it has to be ranked as one of the most celebrated stars in our skies. It is the permanence and dependability that the Pole Star presented to travelers that it came to represent to them a divine love that never misleads—if you pay attention.

In every populated region of the world seekers and believers always regarded the loftiest mountain within their locality to be the symbol of God’s abode. Since the North Pole Star seemed to seekers to be the highest advantage, it was regarded in many cultures as being “the throne of the most high.” Thus all the “sacred mountains” of various cultures such as Mt. Parnassus of the Greeks; Mt. Meru (or Sumeru) of Hindu and Buddhist lore; the heavenly mountain of Tien Shan; the Paradise of Taoist immortals; or the Mount Zion of the Hebrews symbolized the throne of God. Consequently all “holy mountains” signified the highest purpose of Creation. Thus in the book of Isaiah 14:13 it refers to “…the mount of congregation, in the uttermost North.” It was also understood by these ancient ones that these sacred “mounts” also symbolized mental acuity, which awakens scholarly seekers to a far deeper meaning as to why scriptural characters such as Moses had to go climb a mountain to receive laws and instruction from God.

There is only one constellation which seems to pivot around the North Pole Star (Polaris) and keeps a tight revolving motion around it–the constellation Ursa Minor, which is erroneously known as the Little Bear. (No bears have ever had long tails.) Only this constellation revolves around the North Pole Star without any apparent shift in its relative position to that star. In addition, there is the curious positioning of constellation Cepheus in connection with the Pole Star. Cepheus has been pictured since extremely ancient times as the Crowned King, and in the star outline of this figure he is shown as standing with his left foot poised above the Pole Star. The brightest star in constellation Cepheus is known to us today as Alderamin, meaning “the right forearm,” and it is this arm which holds aloft the royal scepter. This star is distinguished by its unusually rapid rotation, and it also holds the distinction of being located near the path which is followed by the Earth’s axis in space throughout the precession of the equinox cycles through 25,800 years. There is thus a strong correlation with the Hebrew verses, for the right arm is held toward the grand orbit of Earth’s movement through the universe!

In the New Testament book of Hebrews 12:22 (which was written after Revelation c. 137-140 CE) it states: “But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable host of angels..” (a reference to the star cluster of Ursa Minor). This is a sly connection to a verse in Psalms (48:2) which reads, “Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole Earth is Mount Zion (North Pole Star), on the sides of the north, the city of the great King (as King Cepheus). The mention of Mount Zion in both these accounts, like all other mount myths, represents the highest point from which all activity concerning Earth-life may be viewed by Creation powers (God).

The “heavenly Jerusalem” of the Revelation text is a play upon the meaning of that troublesome city’s name–which means light and peace–but has absolutely nothing to do with the earthly city by that name. As noted, the “innumerable host of angels” of the quoted verse actually refers to the stars of Ursa Minor around the North Pole Star, which to prehistory cultures symbolized the innumerable emanations of Creative Consciousness made manifest with matter-life consciousness. This brushes admirably close to possible spiritual instruction: sadly, however, this was quickly negated in the final chapter 13 where there is then listed various things that concern only the church, and offers nothing for personal enlightenment of seekers. Instead, in the closing verses we are treated with an admonishment about listening to “strange doctrines,” the designated way of worship for Christians, the obedience and sacrifice for the church, and concludes with an uninspiring benediction.

Our long-ago ancestors knew the night skies much more intimately than most of us do today. If we think of the visible heavens at all, it is most likely in terms of science fiction or religiosity, not from any personal familiarity with the awe-inspiring celestial grandeur of which our world is merely a speck of dust. In our pursuit of taking dominion over all Earth life, as is encouraged in priest-written sacred texts, we now dominate the planet through human indulgence in over breeding and industrial pollution. Today, eight billion persons strong, we humans congregate mainly in cities and suck the vital essences of nature into them and exercise our “dominion” through the habit of commercial greed. Unfortunately, greed always pollutes. We rarely see any holy mountains clearly anymore through the heavy veils of greenhouse gasses. And within the cities we have obscured the night skies with heavy pollution of artificial light. So there are few persons any longer who could find the North Pole Star even if they tried. They might, however, know the “revealed truth” about some perfect Heavenly “kingdom” from their faith system texts, but their only awareness with the actual patterns of the dimly seen stars of the heavens is from glancing at their horoscope.

Sacred Mountains in Religious Myths

Posted in Astronomy, Atheist, prehistory, random, religion with tags , , , , on June 21, 2012 by chouck017894

In planet Earth’s distant past, which we dismiss as prehistory, the uncluttered heavens presented a constant awe-inspiring panorama.  When systems of writing were not yet invented, the patterns perceived to be outlined in the countless stars became the focal points to stimulate people’s imagination and served to illustrate lessons of Creation and life purpose.

In those ancient lessons given with the imagined figures of the zodiac, the North Pole Star was held to be in a summary position by prehistory teachers, by which they meant that it is from this star’s position that all lessons of Creation and lessons of life’s purpose could be observed in their entirety.  And since the North Pole Star (Polaris, today) seemed to them to be the highest advantage position, it was regarded in many cultures as “the throne of the most high.”  This gave rise to later notions that linked the Pole Star with the tip of a regional mountain, which caused it to be thought of as a “holy mountain.”  Ancient Sumerian inscriptions, for example, spoke of a great mountain peak in the north as “the mountain of the world,” and it was regarded as the home of the gods.  The lofty home of the gods was therefore thought to support the pillars of heaven.  In later times the temple “mountains” built in Sumer and Babylon (ziggurats), the pyramids of Egypt, the pyramid temples of Central America, and the “cosmic mountain” temples of India, to mention a few, all have intimate connection to the Pole Star.  The Canaanite god Ba’al, for example, was said to have his palace in the “farthest north,” which meant the Pole Star.  The Hebrew god Yahweh, of course, could not be allowed to have less.

In every populated region of the ancient world, seekers and believers always regarded the loftiest mountain within their locality to be the symbol of god’s abode.  Thus all the “sacred mountains” of various cultures, such as Mount Parnassus of the Greeks; Mount Meru (or Sumeru) of Jain, Hindu and Buddhist cosmology; the heavenly mountain of Tien Shan; the Paradise of Taoist immortals; or Mount Zion of the Hebrew/Jews.  For each of these earliest cosmology/theology systems the “holy” mountain represented the highest purpose of Creation.  In the Old Testament book of Isaiah 14:13 this understanding is expressed as “…the mount of congregation, in the uttermost North.”  Psalms 125 opens, “They that trust in the Lord shall be as Mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.”  And in Psalms 48:2 it says, “Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”

When it is understood that these “sacred Mounts” also symbolized mental insight for the ancient cultures, a deeper meaning is opened to the in-crowd as to why scriptural characters, such as Moses, always had to go climb a mountain to receive instructions  from god.

Because of the Pole Star’s position is regarded as a “fixed star”—meaning that it seems to be in a constant position in relation to Earth—it has to be one of the most celebrated stars in the sky.  It was the permanence and dependability that the Pole Star presented to travelers in ancient times as a  positional marker that it came to represent for them a divine love which never misleads—if you pay attention.

The North Pole Star was spoken of as “The Axis of the Universe” and as “The Cosmic Mountain” in texts of ancient China.  In eastern cultures of the ancient world the knowledge that the Pole Star aligned with this planet’s axis inspired the understanding of “The Wheel of Life” and “The Wheel of Law,” and so represented the center of creative action from which birth and rebirth issued.  And the awe of this repeating celestial rotation upon the celestial hub evolved into the belief in karma.

There is only one constellation that seems to pivot on the North Pole Star and keeps a tight revolving motion around it—constellation Ursa Minor, which is erroneously known to us as the Little Bear.  It is only this constellation that revolves tightly around the Pole Star without any apparent drift in its relative position to that star.  There is also a curious positioning of constellation Cepheus in connection with the North Pole Star.  Remember, these constellation figures predate all organized religions of today.  Cepheus is depicted as the Crowned King, and in the outline of stars associated with the zodiac, this figure stands with his left foot poised above the Pole Star.  The brightest star in Cepheus is known to us today as Alderamin, meaning “the right arm,” and it is this arm that holds aloft the royal scepter.  This third magnitude star is distinguished by it unusually rapid rotation, and it also holds the distinction of also being located near the path that is followed by the Earth’s axis of rotation during the entire precession cycle of 25,800 Earth years around the center of our galaxy.  There is thus a strong correlation with OT verses, for the right arm is held to point toward the grand orbit of Earth’s movement through the universe!  This bit of scientific truth was known to the prehistory teachers, but not fully understood by the authors of “holy writ.”

In the New Testament book of Hebrews, 12;22 (which was written after the book of Revelation), it states, “But ye are come unto Mount Zion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable host of angels.”  This is a sly connection to a verse in Psalms (48:2) which reads, “Beautiful in elevation, the joy of the whole Earth is Mount Zion (North Pole Star), on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.”   The mention of Mount Zion in both of these accounts, like the holy mounts in all myths, stands for the highest point from which Earth was thought to be viewed in its entirety by the personified creative source.  The “heavenly Jerusalem” spoken of in the NT book of Hebrews is a play upon the meaning in the name Jerusalem—“light and peace”—and that reference was meant by the Roman author to imply the spiritual failure of the troublesome town in the empire by that name.  The “innumerable host of angels” of the verse pointedly refers to the many stars that revolve about the North Pole as symbolic of the innumerable and diverse emanations of creative energy which are made manifest as life.   This brushes admirably close to scientific instruction!  But that scientific potential is then quickly negated in the final chapter 13 where there is then listed various things that concern the corporate-style Christian churches, but are things that do little for inspiring an actual method for teaching individuals how they may personally attain genuine spiritual enlightenment.  In the closing verses of Hebrews we are treated instead with instructions about not listening to “strange doctrines,” suggestions on the acceptable methods of worship among Christians, the obedience and sacrifice requirements expected of believers and priests, and concludes with an uninspiring benediction.

Guiding Star

Posted in Astronomy, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 7, 2009 by chouck017894

From the most remote recorded times the North Pole Star has been regarded as the guide star of the heavens because it seemed to be the constant, dependable pivotal point of Earth’s motion. The sense of permanence and dependability that the Pole Star presented travelers through the millennia was therefore thought to represent the “throne” or the highest seat of wisdom–or seat of godhood. In antiquity the North Pole Star was regarded as symbolic of divine love which never misleads–if you pay attention.

 
The northern circle of the sky, or Pole Star region was of prime importance in the religious beliefs of the earliest recorded peoples because the star represented the supreme position. Part of the divine mystery, however, is that the same star has not always served as Earth’s Pole Star!

 
The Great Pyramid of Egypt, for example, was constructed with important features focused upon the Pole Star–which in the time of its construction was the star Thuban in constellation Draco, the great dragon of the heavens. Indeed a diminutive shaft rose from the so-called King’s Chamber which was precisely inclined so it focused on the star Thuban. In addition a similar diminutive shaft rose from the so-called Queen’s Chamber to focus upon the region of Ursa Minor which contains four stars which are in close association with the Pole Star of our age. All these northern circumpolar stars were addressed in ancient Egyptian texts as “the Indestructible Ones” or “the Imperishable Ones.” However, around 10,000 years ago the star Vega in constellation Lyra had marked the North Celestial Pole. Oddly, this prior time was spoken of in ancient Egypt as “the First Time of Osiris”–a phrase that has always puzzled historians and astronomers.

 
The most famous star in the heavens is Polaris, Earth’s present Pole Star, which ranks as only the 49th in brightness among all the stars. Ancient cultures believed that where and how the Pole Star was viewed from Earth served as an indicator of the spiritual needs on Earth. This gives reason to pause for thought: in a very few hundred years the star Polaris will no longer mark the Earth’s celestial pole. After that time, due to precession of equinoxes, there will be no distinct pole star for reference until around 23,000 CE!

 
As Polaris withdraws as Earth’s guide star, will the world at last stand upon the threshold of cosmic comprehension–or does it indicate something more sinister? Can the human species finally become compassionate and responsible enough in the next few hundred years to enter the window of opportunity and achieve genuine moral principles?

 

Pole Star information is summarized from The Celestial Scriptures: Keys to the Suppressed Wisdom of the Ancients, ISBN: 0-595-20913-0–interrelated information to Time Frames and Taboo Data.