THE MORNING STAR -JESUS OR LUCIFER?

lucifer lucifer000000In response to the question, “Is Jesus the ‘Bright Morning Star’, or is ‘Lucifer’? I have always thought “Lucifer” was the devil, but now I am confused because I see the term also used of Christ?” by Dean VanDruff.
The Bright Morning Star goes to the misnomer of “Lucifer”, which is an incorrect title for Satan or the Devil taken from the King James Version of Isaiah 14:12. Were it not for this odd transliteration, “Lucifer” would not exist as a term in English, and there would be no confusion on the matter. As it is, we need to be careful, I would suggest, in using the term to describe who the Bible calls “Satan” or “the Devil”. Most Christians are onto this, yet still the term “Lucifer” persists. In any case, the “morning star” is the title of Christ throughout the rest of Scripture.
2Pet 1:19 (NIV) And we have the word of the prophets made more certain, and you will do well to pay attention to it, as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.
Rev 2:28 (NIV) I will also give him the morning star.

Rev 22:16 (NIV) “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the bright Morning Star.”

Since it is clear that Jesus is the “Bright Morning Star” (even said so Himself) then how should we understand Isaiah 14:12?
Isa 14:12-15 (NIV) How you have fallen from heaven, O morning star, son of the dawn! You have been cast down to the earth, you who once laid low the nations! You said in your heart, “I will ascend to heaven; I will raise my throne above the stars of God; I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly, on the utmost heights of the sacred mountain. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.” But you are brought down to the grave, to the depths of the pit.
This should be understood as a sardonic title for the “anti-christ” or beast. He claims to be “christ”, right? He claims to be Messiah, and has his moment under the sun, but comes to be brought low ultimately. Contrast the real Bright Morning Star: He lives humbly, does not boast, is not arrogant, is submissive to the Father… even unto death. Then the Father raises Him to the highest place; in the morning so to speak.
Mat 23:12 “For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.”
Jesus lives out the gospel: death first, resurrection second. Satan wants it all now, and will go down ultimately. Satan looks good at night, but goes down in flames in the morning. Jesus is in the tomb, but arises in the morning. Do you see the pattern? Who is your life most like? What are we encouraging in others, to follow Christ in the gospel, or to grab all you can now? The difference is as wide as Jesus and Satan.
In any case, “Lucifer” means “morning star”, so it should not be used to describe Satan. Jesus is The Morning Star. Satan tries to look like Jesus and supplant Him sometime in the future, perhaps very near future, even claming to be Him. But let us understand the deception and that the true “Morning Star” told us this in advance through His Apostles and Prophets; and told us to “watch out”.

2Th 2:3-5 (NAS) Let no one in any way deceive you, for it will not come unless the apostasy comes first, and the man of lawlessness is revealed, the son of destruction, who opposes and exalts himself above every so-called god or object of worship, so that he takes his seat in the temple of God, displaying himself as being God. Do you not remember that while I was still with you, I was telling you these things?
A few more verses on the Morning Star, our Jesus Christ:
Nu 24:17 (NIV) “I see him, but not now; I behold him, but not near. A star will come out of Jacob; a sceptre will rise out of Israel…”
Mt 2:2 (NIV) and asked, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? We saw his star in the east and have come to worship him.”

Mt 2:7-10 (NIV) Then Herod called the Magi secretly and found out from them the exact time the star had appeared. He sent them to Bethlehem and said, “Go and make a careful search for the child. As soon as you find him, report to me, so that I too may go and worship him.” After they had heard the king, they went on their way, and the star they had seen in the east went ahead of them until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw the star, they were overjoyed.

Lu 1:76-79 (NIV) [Zechariah concerning John:] “And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the Most High; for you will go on before the Lord to prepare the way for him, to give his people the knowledge of salvation through the forgiveness of their sins, because of the tender mercy of our God, by which the rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the path of peace.”

John 1:7-9 (NIV) He [John] came as a witness to testify concerning that light, so that through him all men might believe. He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light. The true light that gives light to every man was coming into the world.

Isa 9:2 (NIV) The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.

Mt 4:16 (NIV) “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.”

Isa 60:1-2 (NIV) “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.”

John 8:12 (NIV) Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

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ZODIACAL STORY OF CHRIST

 

 

 

 

The Christian religion is a parody on the worship of the Sun,
in which they put a man whom they call Christ, in the place of the Sun,
and pay him the same adoration which was originally paid to the Sun.
-Thomas Paine

If Jesus was an historical character, he was one of a number of cultists who at that time were preaching Armageddon. The spin meisters who wrote the Gospels had no information on him except what grew to legendary proportions after several decades of oral story telling. The man, if he existed, was a nobody. It’s what was written about him, combined with the brutal efforts of Church fabricators that made him so famous.

Fortunately, centuries of Christian book burning cannot erase the stars. By looking at the Gospels through the eyes of an astrologer, we can understand why the Gospels follow the same story outline. The tale of Jesus takes place within one Zodiac year. By breaking down the Gospels according to each of the twelve Zodiac constellations, we can track Jesus along the sun’s ecliptic through references to each motif that the constellations correspond to.

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Astrological timetables are enumerated into twelve ages based on a great cycle spanning almost 26,000 years. The age of Pisces began around 6 BCE, which is why the latter parts of the Gospels refer often to fish. Approximately in 2012 we enter the Age of Aquarius. Christians have been waiting for Jesus immediate return for 2,000 years. Luke gives hope that he might return in the Age of Aquarius.

I’ve used Matthew as the primary Gospel because it is the most complete. The other two synoptic gospels, Mark and Luke, are variations of Matthew. The Book of John has a twist that deserves separate treatment.

Capricorn, the Sea Goat, December 22-January 19

The sun’s position starts at lowest point in horizon and ascends upward as the days get longer. Goats are known to habitat rocky mountains which stand higher than the sun on the horizon at this time of the year. Rocks symbolize barrenness and goats can be associated with dark places like mangers, where they are kept. This is a time of darkness when evil forces are in control.
1.The goat half of Capricorn has a symbolic reference to the scapegoat used to carry away the sins of the people of the wilderness (Lev. 16:8, 10). The fish half alludes to water, chaos and birth as in Genesis 1:2.
2.Matt. 1:18-2:23 tells us when Jesus was born; Herod tried to have him killed.
3.Luke 2:12 refers to Capricorn when he tells us the baby was born in a manger. Mangers can be seen as dark places where there is no lighting.
4.The sun is not born until December 25 when days start to grow noticeably longer.
5.It’s a new sun in its virgin stage. This is similar to the term, new moon, which survived from the days of ancient moon worshipers.
6.Since the entire sky can be seen as God’s universe, the sun of God is referred to as the son of God.
7.The three magi in (Matt. 2:1) symbolize the three stars forming a waist belt in the winter constellation of Orion.
8.The star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:2) is symbolized by the brightest star in the winter sky, Sirius, in the constellation, Canis Major. To Egyptian astronomers, Sirius’ rising marked the beginning of their new year.
9.The three stars in Orion’s belt are aligned along a southeast direction, pointing towards Sirius. Since stars, like the sun, always rise from the east, it would appear as three stars were following one bright star. Or as the star of Bethlehem guiding the magi.
Ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising (Matt. 2:10).
10.If the magi were on land, they couldn’t come from the east and follow a star from the east. But if both are in the sky, it makes sense.
11.The constellations would appear to stop when they are directly overhead. The magi entered the “house” [of Capricorn] (Matt. 2:10).
12.In the first twelfth of the cycle, he was a child prodigy at twelve years old (Luke 2:42-47). Jesus tells his parents, Did you not know that I must be in my Father’s house? (Luke 2:49). In other words, he must enter each house of the zodiac.
13.As constellations, the magi could not return to Herod. They had to continue west.
14.Capricorn covers Matt. 1:18-2:23

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Aquarius, the Water Bearer, January 20-February 18

Water and light is the essence of all life (Gen 1:2-3). The sun needs water to bring new life into the world.
1.30 degrees on the Zodiac.
30Jesus is 30 years old when he begins his mission. (Luke 3:23).
2.Jesus is baptized by John the Baptist (Matt. 3:13-17). John can be seen in the constellation Aquarius. See John the Baptist’s Stars.
3.Jesus temptation in the wilderness Matt. 4:1-11. The sun is too weak to overpower Satan, but it hasn’t reversed into darkness.
4.Aquarius covers Matt. 3:1-4:11

Pisces the Fishes, February 19-March 20

The sun needs food to sustain it on its journey. There are no grains or meat at this time.
1.The sun is rising on the horizon, but there is still more darkness.
2.Jesus collects his disciples. The first are fishermen. Matt. 4:18-22
3.Pisces covers Matt. 4:12-4:22

Aries, the Ram/Lamb, March 21-April 19

Starts with the spring or vernal equinox, when days and nights are equal. This is when the sun’s strength starts to become apparent.
1.Time of year when lambs are born. The flock begins to increase.
2.Sermon on mount (Matt. 5:1-7:29). His spiritual guidebook.
3.Jesus attracts followers by performing miracles (Matt. 8:1-9:38).
4.He’s gathered as many followers as he could by himself.
37Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few;
38pray therefore the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” Matt. 9:37-38).
5.Aries covers Matt. 4:23-9:38.

Taurus, the Bull, April 20-May 20

Bulls are needed for plowing and tilling the fields. The bulls are his disciples.
1.Sermon on Mission (Matt. 10:1-42). Jesus tells his disciples what they need to do to add followers.

2.The disciples go out to their cities to preach the message (Matt. 11:1).
3.John the Baptist is a bull of a different breed (Matt.11:2-19).
4.Jesus reproaches unrepentant towns (Matt.11:20-24).
5.There is still much work to be done. It’s time to take the yoke off and rest.
28Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matt.11:28-30).
6.Taurus covers Matt. 10:1-11:30.

Gemini, the Twins, May 21-June 21

A time of increasing or doubling as the sun reaches its zenith. It ends on the Summer solstice when days are the longest and nights the shortest. The sun is at the peak of its strength.
1.Season noted in Matt.12:1 when Jesus and his disciples go through grain fields plucking heads of grain to eat.

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2.Shows strength in Lord of the Sabbath parable in Matt.12:1-8.
8For the Son of Man is the lord of the sabbath.
3.Shows unbeatable power over demons. Cures man with withered hand at Matt.12:9-14. Cures a man who is blind and mute (Matt. 12:22).
4.At its zenith, the sun straddles over its descent into darkness. The Pharisees are made to call him the prince of demons.
24But when the Pharisees heard it they said, “It is only by Beelzebul, the prince of demons, that this man casts out demons.” (Matt. 12:24)
5.Gemini covers Matt. 12:1-24

Cancer, the Crab, June 22-July 22

The sun has crossed a major divide; darkness starts to increase. Crabs walk in a zigzag path, sideways and backwards at the same time in a kind of a backsliding movement. This is a time for assessment and division.
1.In a parable, Matt. 12:25-37, Jesus talks of division:
2. And of assessment: for by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.
3.In “The Sign of Jonah” parable, Matt. 12:28-45. The people of Nineveh listened to Jonah and were saved because they repented. But those who did not listen will not be saved.
4.Jesus has to depart from his family because he can’t take them with him, Matt. 12:46-50
5.Covers Matt. 12:25-50

Leo, the Lion, July 23-August 22

This is a time of strength when the sun goes to the end of the growing season to the time of harvest. At the end of the growing season, food is plentiful, and seeds have to be stored for the next season.
1.In a sermon on establishing God’s kingdom, Matt. 13:1-23, Jesus talks of it as a place where the harvest will be stored.

2.The season is noted by the “Weeds Among the Wheat” parable, Matt. 13:24-30.
30Let both grow together until the harvest; and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.
3.In the “Parable of the Mustard Seed”, Matt. 13:31-33.
33The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed that someone took and sowed in his field.
4.40Just as the weeds are collected and burned up with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.

5.Covers Matt. 13:1-53.

Virgo, the Virgin, August 22-September 21

Virgo is depicted as a woman with grain stalks in her hand. This is when the harvest is turned into food. As the sun descends below its peak, this is also a time when troubles start to emerge.
1.The people in his home town of Nazareth were suspicious of his wisdom and power (Matt. 13:54-58).
57Prophets are not without honor except in their own country and in their own house.
2.John the Baptist’s life ends with his head being cut off. When Jesus crosses the equinox (Matt. 14:1-12), the head of Aquarius rises without its body.
3.Jesus feeds five thousand with five loaves and two fish. (Matt. 14:13-21). Virgo was known as the house of bread and the two fish represent Pisces. In the zodiac wheel below, Virgo and Pisces are separated by five houses.
4.Jesus walks on water (Matt. 14:22-33). With the harvesting complete, the water has completed its life giving miracle. This is the first time his ghost appears. See Jesus’ Ghost.
5.In the “Tradition of the Elders” parable, Jesus explains his reason for not washing before eating (Matt. 15:1-19).
6.Feeds four thousand with seven loaves and a few fish. (Matt. 15:32-39) In the zodiac wheel below, there are five houses between Virgo and Pisces, and two more when we count Virgo and Pisces.
7.In the “Sign of Jonah” parable: The sky is threatening. There will be no sign except the sign of Jonah (Matt. 16:4). The sign won’t appear until the sun stays at its lowest time of descent for three days as Jonah was three days in the fish’s belly.
8.Virgo covers Matt. 13:54-16:4

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Libra, the Balance, September 23-October 23

The balance symbolizes the fall equinox when days and nights are equal. It is a time for settling debts by weighing the good against the bad.
1.They have left the House of Bread in Virgo. There is no bread. Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. (Matt. 16:5-12)
2.In Peter’s “Confession about Jesus” (Matt. 16:13-28), Jesus talks about settling debts:
27For the Son of man is to come with his angels in the glory of his Father, and then he will repay every man for what he has done.

3.When Peter and Jesus talk about the temple tax, Jesus asks:
25What do you think, Simon? From whom do kings of the earth take toll or tribute? From their sons or from others?”
26When Peter said, “From others, Jesus said to him, “Then the children are free.” (Matt. 17:24-27)
4.In the “Sermon on Life in the Kingdom of God”, Matt. 18:1-35, Jesus talks about the price of getting into the kingdom of heaven.
23″Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
5.When it comes to settling debts, money issues can’t be left out. In the parable of “The Rich Young Man”, Matt. 19:16-30, Jesus tells the man:
21″If you would be perfect, go, sell what you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow me.”
6.The “Workers in the Vineyard” parable, Matt. 20:1-16, is another parable about wages and compensation.
7.Jesus heads towards Jerusalem starting with Matt. 20:17 and enters the city at v10. He knew he would meet his demise (Matt. 20:18-19).
8.Jesus drives the moneychangers out of the temple, Matt. 21:12-17.
9.It’s in the fall when figs have no fruit. Jesus’ curses a fig tree for not bearing fruit, Matt. 21:18-22.
10.In the “Parable of the Tenants”, Matt. 21:33-46, Jesus’ parables are getting more violent. For example:
39And they took him and cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him.
11.More talk of violence in the “Parable of the Wedding Feast”, Matt. 22:1-14.
7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
12.Jesus denounces the scribes and the Pharisees, Matt. 23:1-39. He is angry.
33You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to hell?
13.In the Sermon on Mt. Olive, Matt. 24, 25, Jesus talks about tribulation.
7For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places:
8all this is but the beginning of the birth-pangs.
14.Libra covers Matt. 16:5-25:46.

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Scorpio, the Scorpion, October 24-November 21

The sun is getting weaker and the air is cold, remindful of a scorpion’s sting. Scorpions are seen as crawling creatures who frequent cracks, holes and other secluded spots, so they are associated with acts of secrecy and evil. This is a time of argument and conflict.
1.Judas plots to betray Jesus, Matt. 26:14-16. When the sun crosses the equinox, it is allegorized as being arrested or betrayed by the dark forces.
2.The time of the year is marked by the name, Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36), which means oil press or olive press. Olives used for oil are harvested late winter when the fruit is at its ripest.
3.At Gethsemane (Matt. 26:36-46), Jesus talks about his death
38″I am deeply grieved, even to death; remain here, and stay awake with me.”
4.Jesus is betrayed by Judas and arrested, Matt. 26:47-56.
5.Judas kisses Jesus when Scorpio kisses the sun as it passes through.
48Now the betrayer had given them a sign, saying, “The one I shall kiss is the man; seize him.” (Matt. 26:48)
6.Ends with Jesus’ arrest, Matt. 26:55-56.
7.Scorpio covers Matt. 26:1-26:56.

Sagittarius, the Archer, November 22-December 21

At the Winter solstice on December 21, the sun enters the lowest point on the horizon. The next three days are the darkest days of the year. The scorpion’s stings turn into the archer’s arrows. The weakened sun is going to die a violent death on the solstice.
1.He’s put on trial by the Jewish high council, Matt. 26:57-67.
2.Trial again before the Roman governor, Pilate, Matt. 27:11-26.
3.Crucified in Matt. 27:32-56. His pierced body is symbolized by the archer’s arrows.
4.Sagittarius covers Matt. 26:57-28:20

December 22-25
1.The three days following December 21 remain perceptibly the darkest days of the year. Jesus dies and remains unseen for three days.
2.The first day when daylight gets noticeably longer. The sun is seen to come back to life. Three days have passed and Jesus is seen again (Matt. 28).
3.His Resurrection starts in the spring during the solar equinox. In biblespeak, the sun has conquered darkness.

The Age of Pisces 6 BCE TO 2012 CE
1.Before the sun entered Pisces Jesus was the Lamb of God in Aries. See When Was Jesus Born.
29The next day he saw Jesus coming toward him, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world! (John 1:29)
2.After his resurrection, he entered Pisces the fish.
42They gave him a piece of broiled fish,
43and he took it and ate before them. (Luke 24:42-43).
3.The Age of Pisces ends approximately in 2012 CE. This is when Jesus’ time ends.
20″I am with you always to the end of the age.” (Matt. 28:20).

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1.Jesus is referred to as carpenter in Mark 6:3. Carpenters build houses.
2.The number seventy is rounded off from the zodiacal seventy-two. 72 * 360 = 2590, the number of years in a Zodiac Great Year.
1After this the Lord appointed seventy others, and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to come. (Luke 10:1).
3.Room and house are synonymous with house of the Zodiac. The man carrying a jar of water describes Aquarius. Aquarius is a large constellation which Luke describes as a large upper room.
10He said to them, “Behold, when you have entered the city, a man carrying a jar of water will meet you; follow him into the house which he enters,
11and tell the householder, ‘The Teacher says to you, Where is the guest room, where I am to eat the Passover with my disciples?’
12And he will show you a large upper room furnished; there make ready.” (Luke 22:10-12).
4.The place of their last supper symbolizes the Age of Aquarius, the time of his return.
5.15And he said to them, “I have earnestly desired to eat this passover with you before I suffer;
16for I tell you I shall not eat it until it is fulfilled in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 22:15-16)
2In my Father’s house are many rooms. (John 14:2)

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6.The two heavy lines form the cross of the Zodiac on which the sun dies. The Christian cross represents the length of days at each cardinal point: The short leg represents the winter solstice, the long leg the summer solstice and the two equal legs represent the spring and fall solstices. Thus, the sun dies on the cross.
7.At sunrise and sunset the sun’s rays have to pass through a much greater thickness of atmosphere. As a result, nearly all the blue light is scattered out by the particles in the air. This is what causes red sunrises and sunsets. As the season approaches the winter solstice, the sun sinks lower towards its lowest position on December 22. At lower angles the sun has more atmosphere to punch through, so red sunrises and sunsets appear with increasing frequency.
Ancients saw these natural events as their sun god weakening as it was falling and bleeding.
“This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many. (Mark 14:24)
In the photograph below, the reflection of the suns rays was allegorized as Jesus walking on water. See Jesus’ Ghost

8.I am the light of the world.
12.”I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)
5As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world.” (John 9:5)
9.Jesus crown of thorns symbolizes the sun’s corona. Pictures of a halo around his head have the same significance.
17And they clothed him in a purple cloak, and plaiting a crown of thorns they put it on him. (Mark 15:17)

Pagan Parallels

The breakdown of the Gospels into twelve zodiacal motifs is not a coincidence. It was the way myths were written in biblical days. To make my point, there is a popular myth called “The Twelve Labors of Hercules”. It serves to show how these ancient stories were patterned after the astrological patterns of the stars. Watch how the sun, personified as Hercules, goes through each of his twelve labors.

1. In Leo, Hercules first labor was to slay the Nermean lion. After killing the lion, the hero flayed the beast and used its skin as a shield. The leonine skin may be compared to the brownish clouds trailed by the sun in fighting its way through the atmospheric vapors, which are eventually conquered. The constellation, Orion, is often depicted with Orion holding up an animal skin as a shield.

2. When the sun entered Virgo, the constellation of Hydra was setting, and, thus, the second labor of Hercules was to kill the Lernean Hydra. The monster had several head, one being immortal, and as he raised them to attack Hercules, the hero burned off the mortal heads and buried the immortal one under a stone. The heads are allegorized as the clouds being burned up by the suns rays.

3. When the sun enters Libra, the constellation of the Centaur rose above the horizon, so Hercules in hit third labor was entertained by a centaur and soon afterwards he slew a group of centaurs in a fight over a cask of wine. In Libra, there is a star group called the Boar appearing in the evening sky. So after killing the centaurs, Hercules met the Erymanthian boar and engaged him in mortal combat.

4. As the sun moved into Scorpio, Cassiopeia, more anciently known as the Stag, Rose into view, and the fourth labor was the capture of a stag with golden horns and brazen feet.

5. As the sun passed into Sagittarius, three constellations named after birds followed, and these were the Vulture, the Swan and the Eagle. In his fifth labor, Hercules killed the three birds with arrows.

6. The constellation of Capricorn was also called the Stable of Augeas, and the sixth labor was the cleaning out of the Augean Stable. This is why, when Jesus was born in Capricorn, he is depicted as being born in a manger.

7. While the sun was in Aquarius, the Lyre, or celestial Vulture, proceeded to set. Prometheus at the time was also setting, while the Bull of Europa was on the meridian. In his seventh labor, Hercules slew the vulture which had preyed on the live of Prometheus and captured a wild bull engaged in laying waste the island of Crete.

8. While the sun was going through Pisces, Pegasus the celestial horse, rose in the east, so for his eighth labor, Hercules escaped with the horses of Diomede.

9. As the sun enters Aries (the Ram of the Golden Fleece), the ship Argo was rising in the evening sky and Andromeda was setting. On of the stars of Andromeda was called her girdle. In his ninth labor, Hercules sailed in the ship Argo in search of the Golden Fleece; he also fought the Amazons and captured the girdle of Hippolyte, their queen, and then rescued Hesione from a sea monster. The constellation Argo, by the way, makes its appearance in the Bible as Noah’s ark.

10. As the sun passed into the Bull, the Pleiades rose and Orion set, and for his tenth labor, Hercules labor was to restore the seven kidnapped Pleiades sisters to their father after killing their abductor, King Busiris (Orion). Then our hero traveled to Spain and appropriated the oxen of Geryon.

11. When the sun entered Gemini, Sirius (the Dog Star) was rising, and for his eleventh labor Hercules overcame Cerberus, the guardian dog of Hades. In the Bible, Sirius is recognized as the star of Bethlehem; it is the brightest star next to the sun. Orion has three stars at its belt that point that follow Sirius as the three wise men.

12. As the sun entered the constellation Cancer, the River and the Centaur were setting in the western sky. The constellation Hercules also descended toward the west followed by Draco (the Dragon of the North Pole) a guardian of the Golden Apples of the Hesperides. In the star atlases Hercules had been pictured as crushing the head of the dragon with one of his feet. Genesis 3:15 doesn’t makes sense until you see Hercules’ foot on top of the serpent’s head.

15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.” (Gen. 3:15)

In the twelfth and final labor, Hercules journeys to the Hesperides in quest of the Golden Apples of that region. Afterwards he donned a robe, which was soaked in the blood of a centaur slain by him at the rive crossing. The robe mysteriously caught fire, and Hercules perished in the flames.

This death ended his mortal career, but later on he resumed his youth in Heaven, and there became immortal. His death scene can be compared to the description of a beautiful sunset.

Final thought

It would be more accurate to think of Jesus as the sun of God rather than the son of God.

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The Three Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem

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THE POWER OF EIGHT

Eight-Ball-306x2438 is the number of POWER. It teaches us that power, in any form, cannot be maintained without BALANCE, and that balance cannot hold without accurate understanding. 8 is associated with money, business, competition, and the incorporation of anything that is useful to it. It is widely believed that those are the principle means of gaining personal power in the world, and the belief that ‘money is power’ sprang from this rather shortsighted point of view.

Yes, 8 is the number of power on the material plane but, in the context of true balance and accurate understanding, it is more precise to say that knowledge is power. But when knowledge is manipulated in order to gain power, true balance and understanding are lost. The real purpose of 8 is not to exploit the material plane, but to keep the material plane alive!

8 is the symbol of infinity. The constant flow of energy. Perpetual motion. The continuance of life. Our lack of understanding has thrown life on Earth, and the planet itself, so far out of balance that the continuance of life as we know it is seriously threatened.

We are experiencing the rebalancing of power in all worldly matters, including the money-driven corruption in politics, science, business and the media. While greed fights on for what it believes is its right to take everything, we can expect a rough ride for some time to come. But what so few seem to notice, or remember, is that there is nothing as unstoppable and immeasurable as the power of Mother Nature. We ignore her at our peril.

Without an understanding of the vital role that balance plays in holding the world ‘together’, the 8 influence translates as greed and ignorance. By its nature, greed ignores any reality that does not feed its hunger for “more”! Greed must also convince others to deny reality so that it’s power-seeking mission can continue unobstructed. Greed must control, manipulate the truth, and capitalize on anything that suits its purpose, even if it stands to destroy other aspects of life.

Power-hungry people distort the truth by making it appear that they have more power than they actually have, using the natural emotion of fear as a weapon with which to overpower. Underdeveloped 8 energy is the energy of bullies who deny their enormous insecurity by projecting their fears onto others. Genuinely powerful people rarely have to assert themselves in an intimidating way.

“The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it,
ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is.”
Winston Churchill

Denial of reality has been the main cause of the great imbalance we are now waking up to on Earth, environmentally, economically, politically, and in almost every other way. However, (combined with the 2 energy of the 2000s which signifies balance through connection, cooperation and diplomacy) the 8 energy can help us to end our own denials which will, hopefully, produce an evolutionary movement away from the edge of self-destruction, onto safer ground.

The imbalance is being perpetuated by those who stand to lose what they’ve got should the playing fields of life be more even, and by those who are still mistaking their denials for reality. They even deny the existence of evolution. Of course, there is imbalance on the other side of the creation/evolution argument, too. Those who believe that everything stems from evolution are denying the fact that everything on Earth, even an atmosphere, is created – and it evolves. A more balanced look at this shows us that life is an evolving creation.

“We lie the loudest when we lie to ourselves.”
Eric Hoffer

It is important to understand what denial is because it exists in all of us whether we deny it or not. Denial’s mission is to capture truth and prevent it from reaching consciousness. Although truth can remain hidden for what seems like an eternity, truth cannot be totally destroyed. The mission of denied truth is to seek conscious acceptance. Its magnetism draws attention to situations which, when enough dots are connected, sheds light on the denial until we ‘sense’ that there must be more to the situation than meets the eye or ear. Truth then reaches consciousness in a roundabout way – through ‘gut’ feelings. Now, truth is breaking out all over the place, only to be denied again and again by those whose purposes are served by keeping the truth locked away, and by those who are too afraid to face and feel what the truth may reveal.

The 8 energy has the firm INTENT to be fully aware. It thrives on truth, and much of that energy is making its way into the hearts and minds of individuals all over the world, with the understanding that everyone is evolving differently, in their own way and at their own pace.

Wherever there is a “war” for the hearts and minds of people, you can be sure it is an attempt to control those hearts and minds with an agenda-driven concentration of misinformation. That tactic has not worked because the more you try to control people, the more tolerance they develop for their own feelings, and the more able they become to feel and sense the truth – even if those feelings take generations to finally express themselves.

“Reexamine all you have been told,
Dismiss what insults your soul.”
Walt Witman

The 2 energy is teaching us how much more can be achieved when empowered individuals join together for a common cause. In the 2000s, truth is finding its way into consciousness through 2′s intuitive and sensitive passageways. We are growing more adept at feeling and sensing the truth, rather than depending on others for information.

Denial does one thing only. It denies. It even denies that it is denial, and that it is denying. We can now see this quite plainly in many people who hold powerful positions.

It is often said that the ‘media’ has a left or right wing bias, but the real imbalance in the media is created by greed for money and power. These money-making and power-seeking organizations will ignore any reality that does not suit their goals, or the goals of those who pay them (their advertisers/sponsors), and their views swing in whichever direction best suits them at the time. Instead of being the carriers of truth, they select and manipulate the truth which, of course, is another form of denial. Not reporting something can be as manipulative as reporting something incorrectly, or over-reporting. Some things are reported but relevant details are omitted which makes all the difference to one’s understanding of the truth. By reporting one thing while something else goes unreported, the media provides distraction. The practice of repeating stories over and over again is a form of mind control. When a person hears something often enough, it can be taken in by the mind as fact. And, ironically, as they continue to mislead, the media insists that it is being, open, fair, balanced, honest and accurate.

One of the most positive things we can do for ourselves, no matter where in the world we live, is to turn off the TV and give our tired receptive centers a complete break from the non-stop rush of information, misinformation and mindless entertainment that is designed to manipulate our fears and dumb us down. The ‘mainstream news’ is no longer the true media. In many cases, it is a circus, run by clowns. The real media – those whose intent is to report accurate information to the populace – are springing up elsewhere and, for as long as that is their intent, they’ll have the power of 8 on their side. Truth is the only thing that can lead us out of our present circumstances.

“When an old culture is dying, the new is created,
by a few people who are not afraid to be insecure.”
Rudolf Bahro

Denial has taken such a hold on Earth that we have had to bring ourselves to the edge of extinction in order to realize how ignorant and misinformed we have been about so many things. 8 is the most powerful energy we have when it comes to discovering the truth and taking appropriate action. The overall understanding of humanity is increasing now. A massive shift in consciousness is occurring, visibly and measurably, one individual at a time. This is personal – and if you’re not denying, you can certainly FEEL the winds of change howling through the world right now. But this time, change really does mean change – a completely new way of life that is almost impossible for people to imagine at this stage – a way of life that enables us to evolve out of denial, to face reality no matter how dreadful it happens to be, and find ways to reclaim our Free Will.

Power seeking people gain power by overpowering others. They have learned that this is easily done by controlling our emotions, especially the emotion of fear. That is why 8 is often called the number of the bully. When people are emotionally confused, they do not know what to think, and then look to others to inform them. By keeping people afraid, you can mold them like putty.

The 2 energy of the 2000s is helping us to gain awareness of our emotional power – our sensitivity to reality – so that we can decide everything for ourselves, including what is true and what is not. Many of us experience this as ‘gut feelings’ or instinct, but what we have to learn now is to combine that power with the power of our minds. This means that our minds must begin the often difficult process of accepting our feelings, no matter what form they take. Our feminine energy (emotion) is every bit as sacred as our masculine Spirit, but acceptance of this does appear to be where Spirit has encountered its own limits. This is changing now, slowly, but surely. If we don’t like the way a feeling feels, we must find out what caused it, and deal with that instead of denying the feeling.

Denial comes in many guises including a belief that we should focus only on the positive and ignore what is labeled ‘negative’, or anything that doesn’t feel ‘nice’. But, surely, to be truly positive is to be truly aware. Therefore, the focus needs to be on reality, not just those parts of reality which don’t threaten or disturb our so-called ‘peacefulness’. It is amazing how many people are in shock at what is happening in the world, as if it just started yesterday. We must be careful not to use positive thinking as a form of denial. Reality has always been plain to see, but we wouldn’t look at it. We need to start looking at things as they really are, and make a conscious effort to notice what we previously ignored.

“Our complex global economy is built upon millions of small,
private acts of psycholigical surrender, the willingness of people
to acquiesce in playing their assigned parts as cogs in the great
social machine that encompasses all other machines.
The capacity for self-enslavement must be broken.”
Theodore Roszak, The Voice Of The Earth

8 is the number of SATISFACTION – knowing when enough is enough. But when 8 is abused and misunderstood, greed takes control, and greed is the opposite of satisfaction. It can never get enough – even when it appears to have it all – because it is SO afraid of losing what it already has! It needs to control everything, including people’s personal lives, thoughts, feelings and needs! It tells us that we must do what it says or some terrible fate will befall us. It tells us we cannot expect privacy. It tells us that, in such a dangerous world, we have no rights at all. To have no rights is to be enslaved. In an atmosphere of greed, human rights violations are seen as something the ‘markets’ will sort out. But, the markets are the system. The system is greed. And, as far as greed is concerned, if such violations produce more money and power, then that should be the way of the world!

“If you can find money to kill people,
you can find money to help people.”
Tony Benn

Denial is starting to bend under the weight of truth. and the lost power of the oppressed is very slowly rising through the genuine desire for real and meaningful change. It would take a lot for me to have faith in any politician, but I must say that Barack Obama is the only one I have ever heard talking about “maintaining the balance”, which seems to be the true evolved role of government. If government were to evolve into a balanced body of intelligence and compassion which exists solely to maintain the balance points of life so that all people, in our great diversity, can live freely, without the fear of being overpowered by others, then the role of government would be an awesome one indeed! The power involved is almost unimaginable because we have never been able to imagine government as using its power for the good of all, not just the few.

8 may well be the number of power on the material plane, but when our practices stand to destroy the material plane itself, the 8 energy produces reflections of ourselves and what we are doing, and we can see that we will destroy ourselves if we do not make the right changes. There are many out there who would rather die than face their own denials, and some of them do have the appearance of having more power than everyone else. That is an illusion, of course, because self destruction is the opposite of power.

8 offers correct understanding of the role BALANCE plays in holding physical life together. Our day to day lives have become increasingly dramatic, traumatic and emotional, for everyone, not just the most vulnerable. It is important to recognize just how widespread this reflection is, because it is showing us where we all are, where humanity is in our evolutionary journey. We are at the extremes of life.

The environmental condition of earth is a huge reflection of just how dumbed down we became, and how those we looked to for information have covered up the truth. They are still doing so. In terms of balance, how can any intelligent being suggest that now that the polar ice caps are melting, we should drill for oil in the two most important and sensitive balance points on the planet. The Arctic Circle and Antarctica. The North and South Poles are Earth’s electro-magnetic connection. Greed wants to drill into them in its relentless and mindless search for more oil while, clearly, alternative sources of energy which do not threaten Earth can be developed. If the poles collapse, as their ice caps are currently doing, there is every likelihood that the very axis of Earth will collapse along with it. The poles are what enable a planet to be a planet and not just a collection of rocks and dust.

In her effort to survive, Mother Earth is begging us to stop what we’re doing to her not because she will die, but because WE will. She is our first and foremost connection to the material realms of life. She is the physical manifestation of mother energy. She will survive because survival is the very nature of the feminine. We inherit our survival instinct from her. But the fact that the majority of people are still denying these survival warnings is a startling reflection of just how denied feminine energy has been in general. Survival is the most basic instinct we have. Yes, 8 is the number of power, and Mother Nature will continue to remind us, brutally if necessary, with what we still like to call ‘natural’ disasters, until we reach the necessary understanding, that SHE wields the greatest power of all on the material plane.

Strong feelings are bound to arise as the journey continues. Let them. And take full responsibility for them. There is never a need to hurt yourself or anyone else when expressing your feelings. As we continue to evolve emotionally, many of us will become much stronger for the experience. But many others will not understand what’s happening and we are likely to see people’s suppressed emotion’s exploding out of them in dangerous ways. A reflection of this comes in the form of the ‘suicide bomber’, the disgruntled employee, the rejected lover, or the crazed teenager, whose pain, anger and hatred have been held down for so long that it has to burst out in any way it can in order to express itself. It is important to understand that it is up to each of us to find ways to express our feelings safely, and preferably privately, until a deeper understanding of the emotional healing process is reached. There is a lot of information on the creativenumerology.com website, and in my book LIFE CYCLES Your Emotional Journey To Freedom and Happiness which, in Part Three, discusses in more detail the emotional healing process and its undeniable connection to Free Will.

When 8 energy is exaggerated or manipulated, it’s natural desire for correct understanding and balance gets crushed by greed – the urge to attain and amass. Concentrated 8 energy often results in inaccurate assessments and wrong diagnoses, misunderstandings, underhandedness, falsifying the truth, the manipulation of rules, winning at any cost, ruthlessness, bullying and, of course, denial, denial, denial.

Another thing to remember is that panic is the denial of what fear has to teach. Panic is a dreadful experience in which you cannot see any way out of a situation. You believe that no alternative exists. It is the feeling of being trapped and simultaneously judged against. It is usually you doing the judging but there is no way to realize that while the feeling of fear is so concentrated and indescribably intense, and while your denial is pushing its message away. You feel like you’re going to die. And yet the moment you realize that a panic attack is what you’re having, it subsides – immediately. At that point, you need to realize that you are NOT stuck in fear. On the contrary, you just let fear pass through you and out of you – and you are so much stronger as a result. If you are able to relate to this material, you are at a stage of emotional, intellectual and physical evolvement which will enable you to develop the antidote to paralyzing fear – genuine COURAGE.

We must help the process along by lifting ourselves out of our own denials, no matter how unfamiliar the concept feels, no matter how strange it sounds, and no matter how much emotion we have to let ourselves feel in the process. While it is true to say that denial of reality caused most of this imbalance, it is also true that emotion is the reality that was most heavily denied. For instance, people see some awful thing happening in the world and they ask, ‘where is the outrage? Doesn’t anybody care?’ But then, when people do get angry, they are told that anger is ‘bad’ and that we must ‘control’ this natural emotion. Consequently, nothing gets changed. How can there be outrage if rage is not allowed out?

There is nothing wrong with anger provided it is allowed to express itself. That is why loving intent is so necessary – but we must also be aware of when we are denying our true feelings in favor of the appearance of loving intent. We need a more accurate understanding of the positive power and purpose of emotion, as well as HOW to express emotion so that healing, not harm, occurs.

What makes its so hard for people to embrace their own feelings is that, in the course of a lifetime, or many lifetimes, denial has created an enormous buildup of emotional energy which must also be released from the body so that balance between our masculine and feminine can be achieved within the body. These feelings are OLD feelings. But, no matter how old and bitter they happen to be, they need acceptance in order to heal. This form of healing is going to be a massive task – impossible for some. Nonetheless, we all embarked upon that leg of the human journey in which emotional healing must take place when the numbers changed from 1999 to 2000. We must now learn how the energetic imbalance in individuals is directly connected to the planet. There are so many experiences that we have not yet had, individually and collectively, which will help us to gain deeper understanding and, perhaps, bring a sense of excitement and adventure back into our lives, and break those chains of rigid conformity that have placed such awful restrictions on our natural creativity.

“The quest for certainty blocks the search
for meaning. Uncertainty is the very condition
which impels people to unfold their powers.”
Eric Fromm

8 energy helps us to see through the illusions that we mistook for life, and to look at reality head-on. The more we see things as they really are, the more emotional our lives become, the more intelligence we gain, and the more determined we are to be honest with ourselves and each other about our problems, our blessings, and our potential to change the habits and patterns of generations.

We appear to be involved in a very slow process. But in the context of time/space, rather than the linear time we are accustomed to on Earth, these changes are occurring more rapidly than we realize. Linear time denotes the amount of time it takes for an effect to occur, step by step, once a cause has been triggered, as opposed to the ‘instant’ result we could achieve if we were not so densely clogged up with unexpressed emotion and therefore lacking in understanding of how to change things. The rapid pace of life being experienced now is an illusion. We are actually evolving in slow motion.

“One day it will have to be officially admitted,
that what we have christened reality is an even,
greater illusion than the world of dreams.”
Salvador Dali.

8 tells us to look at what we’ve got and appreciate it. To appreciate means to understand the value or magnitude of something. And what we’ve got is this monotonous cradle-to-the-grave-cookie-cutter existence which cannot possibly be what life is all about. We haven’t even begun to recognize our own powers as human beings, let alone tap into them. We have been asleep to our own personal power because we’ve been so tied up in this feelingless system in which we give our power to others for the sake of what we are told is our own security. Compared with what we could be if we were more able to think and act for ourselves, we are only half present in our own lives. We use such a small part of our physical, emotional and mental capabilities, that we have not learned to test our limits, striving occasionally to think ‘outside the box’, only to find more boxes on the other side. We have all kinds of powers and can sometimes imagine them in detail. But we fail to use them because we have been conditioned to believe that we cannot.

The 8 energy has a love of high quality. It tells us that we can – and must – evolve into higher versions of ourselves if we are to survive the changes, build a balanced new reality that is based on Love, and then thrive in it. It must also be remembered that 8 is just one number – one form of energy that really does need the unique powers, vibrations and qualities of all the other numbers. Only together do they add up to balance.

“We are all inventors, each sailing out on a voyage of discovery, each guided by a private chart, of which there is no duplicate.
The world is all gates, all opportunities.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

THE BAPHOMET

the baphometThe Baphomet is an imagined pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pagans), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism. Often mistaken for Satan, it represents the duality of male and female, as well as Heaven and Hell or night and day signified by the raising of one arm and the downward gesture of the other. It can be taken in fact, to represent any of the major harmonious dichotomies of the cosmos. It first appeared in 11th and 12th century Latin and ProvenЌal as a corruption of “Mahomet”, the Latinisation of “Muhammad”, but later it appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century. The name first came into popular English-speaking consciousness in the 19th century, with debate and speculation on the reasons for the suppression of the Templars. Since 1855, the name Baphomet has been associated with a “Sabbatic Goat” image drawn by Eliphas Levi. Central to the accusations brought against the Knights Templar, was the accusation that, they worshipped an idol named Baphomet, which is said to have taken the form of a head or sometimes a Black Cat. The truth behind this mythos varies with various scholars. The Baphomet is one aspect of the Templars mythos, could generate so many theories as to its true origins is amazing. The interest in the Baphomet has survived over 600 years and taken many forms. The opinions on the Baphomet vary greatly from scholar to scholar and mystic path to mystic path. The purpose of this section is to shed some light on some of the theories and the connection, if any, to the Knights Templar. Mistakingly some describe the Templars as Devil worshipping Occultists, while historians of the twentieth century were of the belief that the Templars were party to the machinations of a corrupt government and church. It remains to be seen what the common consensus of this century will be regarding the order. Twentieth century historians may have believed in innocence, the Baphomet mythos did survive as is indicated by the following dictionary definition: “Baphomet was the deity worshipped by the Knights Templar, and in Black Magic as the source and creator of evil; the Satanic goat of the witches’ Sabbath and one of the names adopted by Aleister Crowley.” The image of the Baphomet is as varied as the explanations as to its etymology. A listing of some of the more common descriptions of it. An idol with a human skull Ahead with two faces With a beard – Without a beard With the heads of a cockerel With the head of a man With the head of a goat and the body of a man Wings and cloven feet The upper body of a woman (maternity) A candle on its head – a symbol of revelation combining male sexual potency with the four elements and intelligence Theories on the etymology of the Baphomet are many. To some it is believed to be a corruption of the Moslem prophet “Mahomet” or in English Mohammed. The Templars fought along side Moslem Assassins during their time and it is held that they may have adopted Islamic beliefs. This doesn’t really hold water to anyone familiar with Islam as the religion forbids all forms of idolatry. Another train of thought is that Baphomet is really a joining of two Greek words meaning absorption into wisdom. In either case the fact remains that the Templars were accused of practicing their initiations and rituals in front of a large idol of the demon Baphomet. How did this belief come to be? Since King Philip of France sought to own the vast Templar wealth, he along with his puppet Pope Clement V had the Templars captured and tortured. During these tortures they made many confessions, among these, the disclosure that they had worshipped an idol said to be the Baphomet. Were these claims true? Perhaps we’ll never know. Jacques de Molay, who had earlier confessed his and the Templars guilt slowly burned at the stake insisting the order was innocent of all but one offence, that of allowing torture to cause them to lie and confess untruths. Schonfield showed that by applying the Hebrew Atbash code to the name Baphomet, the name Sophia [Shvpia], female wisdom, is revealed. Sophia is equated with Isis by Plutarch. The number 58 is less puzzling if one remembers that five (5) is the number of the pentagram and eight (8) is indicative of Isis. We may now complete the simple equation which exposes her secret number: 5 X 8 = 40 = 58 – 18 ISIS The numbers 5 and 8 are also exhibited in the beliefs of the ‘Brothers of the Rose Cross’, where the rose is constructed with a centre of five petals, surrounded by eight petals. – David Wood, Genisis Isis’ magic was allied to the wisdom of the Egyptian god Thoth. His wife or consort, Nehemaut, was known to the Gnostics as Sophia. By this analysis, therefore, when the Templars worshipped Baphomet what they were really doing was worshipping the principle of Wisdom. – Graham Hancock, The Sign and the Seal Public indignation was aroused by charges of worshipping the devil in the form of an idol called Baphomet. Baphomet was the Templar symbol of Gnostic rites based on phallic worship and the power of directed will. The androgynous figure with a goat’s beard and cloven hooves is linked to the horned god of antiquity, the goat of Mendes. – Peter Tompkins, The Magic of Obelisks Some confessed that they had also worshipped an idol in the form of a cat, witch was red, or gray, or black, or mottled. Sometimes the idol worship required kissing the cat below the tail. Sometimes the cat was greased with the fat from roasted babies. The Templars were forced to eat food that contained the ashes of dead Templars, a form of witchcraft that passed on the courage of the fallen knights.” – John J. Robinson, Dungeon, Fire and Sword They bestowed worship in their chapter on a heathen idol, variously described as to its physical characteristics, but known as a ‘Baphomet’, which etymologically was the same word [in Old French] as ‘Mohammed’. [Once or twice the form Mahomet is actually used by witnesses in the trial.] Like so many persecuted heretical groups of the past, they were said to hold their chapters only secretly and at night. It was impossible for the Templars to have ‘picked up in the East’ the practice of worshipping an idol bearing the name of the Prophet Mohammed, since no such idol existed anywhere in the Levant, even among breakaway sects such as the Ismailis or the Druse. The idea that Muslims were idolaters was itself a part of another system of ‘smears’, the pejorative representation of the oriental world by western Christians.” – Peter Partner, The Murdered Magicians Probably relying upon contemporary Eastern sources, Western scholars have recently supposed that ‘Bafomet’ has no connection with Mohammed, but could well be a corruption of the Arabic abufihamat (pronounced in the Moorish Spanish something like bufihimat). The word means ‘father of understanding.’ In Arabic, ‘father’ is taken to mean ‘source, chief seat of,’ and so on. In Sufi terminology, ras el-fahmat (head of knowledge) means the mentation of man after undergoing refinement – the transmuted consciousness. – Idries Shah, The Sufis During the Inquisition evidence there are several references to members of the order receiving on initiation a little cord that had been in contact with the ‘head’. Based upon the idol’s description as a “demon” having “very fierce-looking face and beard”, the idol very likely could have been Asmodeus, the “daemon guardian” who helped Solomon build his Temple. A statue of the demon guards the door of the parish church at Rennes-le-Ch‰teau. “The Templars’ stronghold in Jerusalem, the site of their foundation, was finally overrun by the Moslems in 1244. Thirty-three years later the victorious sultan, Baibars, inspected their castle and is recorded to have discovered inside the tower ‘a great idol, in whose protection the castle had been placed: according to the Frank who had given it its name [this is an unreadable word, made in diacritic letters]. He ordered this to be destroyed and a mihrab [Moslem prayer niche] constructed in its place.” – Ian Wilson, The Shroud of Turin – The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ During The Trial of the Templars in 1307 Brother Jean Taillefer of Genay gave evidence. He “was received into the order at Mormant, one of the three perceptories under the jurisdiction of the Grand Priory of Champagne at Voulaine. He said at his initiation ‘an idol representing a human face’ was placed on the altar before him. Hughes de Bure, another Burgundian from a daughter house of Voulaine, described how the ‘head’ was taken out of a cupboard, or aumbry, in the chapel, and that it seemed to him to be of gold or silver, and to represent the head of a man with a long beard. Brother Pierre d’Arbley suspected that the ‘idol’ had two faces, and his kinsman Guillaume d’Arbley made the point that the ‘idol’ itself, as distinct from copies, was exhibited at general chapters, implying that it was only shown to senior members of the order on special occasions. The treasurer of the Paris temple, Jean de Turn, spoke of a painted head in the form of a picture, which he had adored at one of these chapters. Nearly all the brethren agreed that the head was bearded and had long hair, and the Templars, like the majority of their contemporaries, regarded long hair as effeminate, so the length of the ‘idol’s hair was remarkable for this, if for no other reason. – Noel Currer-Briggs, The Shroud and the Grail It is possible that the head idol was intended to represent the severed head of John the Baptist, based on allegations that he was revered by the Order. The Templars took part in the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade in 1203-4. Robert de Clari described the opulence and numerous relics at the sacred chapel of the Boucoleon Palace, amongst them supposedly the head of John the Baptist. An egregore is a magical entity that is artificially created by the focused thoughts and desires of a medium (analogous in many ways to Tibetan tulpas.) Supposedly a medium or statue could then serve as a tenant for the egregore, nourished by the sexual life-powers of the members. “The Egregora does exist in the so-called ‘astral plane’ and it is a demon, that is to say, an illusory entity. It is not a true Microcosm, but a gestalt of vitalized shells, a focus for everything that is negative, defeatist, maudlin, bigoted, introverted in human nature – a morass completely hostile to progress and to the spiritual evolution of mankind. The representation of the egregore as bust recalls the ancient literary tradition of animated statues or Salome, who wanted the head of John the Baptist, probably to master his visionary powers. The classic prototype of such an egregore is Baphomet, the alleged egregore of the Templars, who was (as the Roman Emperor of the Gods) likewise worshipped in the form of a bust. In the secret statutes of the Templars, Baphomet was besought with the introduction to the Qu’ran and dismissed with the 24th chapter of the Book of Sirach. – P. R. Koenig, Too Hot to Handle Another possibility as to the identity of the Baphomet may lie with Nicodemus, who in the Gospel of John who brought spices for Christ’s burial. He is also mentioned in the apocryphal Evangelium Nicodemi (4th C.) as a ruler of the Jews who testified in Christ’s favor. The Interpolation in the First Continuation of ChrЋtien’s Perceval (12??) tells of the flight of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea to England and includes the following intriguing passage: Another possibility for the origin of the Head relates to the imagery on the first Grand Master’s shield, which consisted of three black heads on a gold field. After about two hundred years, it is plausible that this head imagery could have worked itself into the legend of the Baphomet. According to more than one account, the Head was the actual skull of Hugues de Payen, which was preserved as an object of veneration. – Forrest Jackson, The Baphomet in History and Symbolism We found indisputable evidence for the charge of secret ceremonies involving a head of some kind. Indeed the existence of such a head proved to be one of the dominant themes running through the Inquisition records. Among the confiscated goods of the Paris preceptory a reliquary in the shape of a woman’s head was found. It was hinged on top, and contained what appeared to have been relics of a peculiar kind.” – Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail Herodotus (4:26) speaks of the practice in the obscure Issedones of gilding a head and sacrificing to it. Cleomenes of Sparta is said to have preserved the head of Archonides in honey and consulted it before undertaking an important task. Several vases of the fourth century BC in Etruria depict scenes of persons interrogating oracular heads. And the severed head of the rustic Carians which continues to ‘speak’ is mentioned derisively by Aristotle.” – The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown ofthe Bicameral Mind A similar tradition could be found in the Celtic cult of the severed head which figured predominently in Peredur, a Welsh romance about the Holy Grail. A great lady of Maraclea was loved by a Templar, a Lord of Sidon; but she died in her youth, and on the night of her burial, this wicked lover crept to the grave, dug up her body and violated it. Then a voice from the void bade him return in nine months time for he would find a son. He obeyed the injunction and at the appointed time he opened the grave again and found a head on the leg bones of the skeleton (skull and crossbones). The same voice bade him ‘guard it well, for it would be the giver of all good things’, and so he carried it away with him. – Ward, Freemasonry and the Ancient Gods The Baphomet is an imagined pagan deity (i.e., a product of Christian folklore concerning pagans), revived in the 19th century as a figure of occultism and Satanism. Often mistaken for Satan, it represents the duality of male and female, as well as Heaven and Hell or night and day signified by the raising of one arm and the downward gesture of the other. It can be taken in fact, to represent any of the major harmonious dichotomies of the cosmos. It first appeared in 11th and 12th century Latin and ProvenЌal as a corruption of “Mahomet”, the Latinisation of “Muhammad”, but later it appeared as a term for a pagan idol in trial transcripts of the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 14th century. The name first came into popular English-speaking consciousness in the 19th century, with debate and speculation on the reasons for the suppression of the Templars. Since 1855, the name Baphomet has been associated with a “Sabbatic Goat” image drawn by Eliphas Levi. Central to the accusations brought against the Knights Templar, was the accusation that, they worshipped an idol named Baphomet, which is said to have taken the form of a head or sometimes a Black Cat. The truth behind this mythos varies with various scholars. The Baphomet is one aspect of the Templars mythos, could generate so many theories as to its true origins is amazing. The interest in the Baphomet has survived over 600 years and taken many forms. The opinions on the Baphomet vary greatly from scholar to scholar and mystic path to mystic path. The purpose of this section is to shed some light on some of the theories and the connection, if any, to the Knights Templar. Mistakingly some describe the Templars as Devil worshipping Occultists, while historians of the twentieth century were of the belief that the Templars were party to the machinations of a corrupt government and church. It remains to be seen what the common consensus of this century will be regarding the order. Twentieth century historians may have believed in innocence, the Baphomet mythos did survive as is indicated by the following dictionary definition: “Baphomet was the deity worshipped by the Knights Templar, and in Black Magic as the source and creator of evil; the Satanic goat of the witches’ Sabbath and one of the names adopted by Aleister Crowley.” The image of the Baphomet is as varied as the explanations as to its etymology. A listing of some of the more common descriptions of it. An idol with a human skull Ahead with two faces With a beard – Without a beard With the heads of a cockerel With the head of a man With the head of a goat and the body of a man Wings and cloven feet The upper body of a woman (maternity) A candle on its head – a symbol of revelation combining male sexual potency with the four elements and intelligence Theories on the etymology of the Baphomet are many. To some it is believed to be a corruption of the Moslem prophet “Mahomet” or in English Mohammed. The Templars fought along side Moslem Assassins during their time and it is held that they may have adopted Islamic beliefs. This doesn’t really hold water to anyone familiar with Islam as the religion forbids all forms of idolatry. Another train of thought is that Baphomet is really a joining of two Greek words meaning absorption into wisdom. In either case the fact remains that the Templars were accused of practicing their initiations and rituals in front of a large idol of the demon Baphomet. How did this belief come to be? Since King Philip of France sought to own the vast Templar wealth, he along with his puppet Pope Clement V had the Templars captured and tortured. During these tortures they made many confessions, among these, the disclosure that they had worshipped an idol said to be the Baphomet. Were these claims true? Perhaps we’ll never know. Jacques de Molay, who had earlier confessed his and the Templars guilt slowly burned at the stake insisting the order was innocent of all but one offence, that of allowing torture to cause them to lie and confess untruths. Schonfield showed that by applying the Hebrew Atbash code to the name Baphomet, the name Sophia [Shvpia], female wisdom, is revealed. Sophia is equated with Isis by Plutarch. The number 58 is less puzzling if one remembers that five (5) is the number of the pentagram and eight (8) is indicative of Isis. We may now complete the simple equation which exposes her secret number: 5 X 8 = 40 = 58 – 18 ISIS The numbers 5 and 8 are also exhibited in the beliefs of the ‘Brothers of the Rose Cross’, where the rose is constructed with a centre of five petals, surrounded by eight petals. – David Wood, Genisis Isis’ magic was allied to the wisdom of the Egyptian god Thoth. His wife or consort, Nehemaut, was known to the Gnostics as Sophia. By this analysis, therefore, when the Templars worshipped Baphomet what they were really doing was worshipping the principle of Wisdom. – Graham Hancock, The Sign and the Seal Public indignation was aroused by charges of worshipping the devil in the form of an idol called Baphomet. Baphomet was the Templar symbol of Gnostic rites based on phallic worship and the power of directed will. The androgynous figure with a goat’s beard and cloven hooves is linked to the horned god of antiquity, the goat of Mendes. – Peter Tompkins, The Magic of Obelisks Some confessed that they had also worshipped an idol in the form of a cat, witch was red, or gray, or black, or mottled. Sometimes the idol worship required kissing the cat below the tail. Sometimes the cat was greased with the fat from roasted babies. The Templars were forced to eat food that contained the ashes of dead Templars, a form of witchcraft that passed on the courage of the fallen knights.” – John J. Robinson, Dungeon, Fire and Sword They bestowed worship in their chapter on a heathen idol, variously described as to its physical characteristics, but known as a ‘Baphomet’, which etymologically was the same word [in Old French] as ‘Mohammed’. [Once or twice the form Mahomet is actually used by witnesses in the trial.] Like so many persecuted heretical groups of the past, they were said to hold their chapters only secretly and at night. It was impossible for the Templars to have ‘picked up in the East’ the practice of worshipping an idol bearing the name of the Prophet Mohammed, since no such idol existed anywhere in the Levant, even among breakaway sects such as the Ismailis or the Druse. The idea that Muslims were idolaters was itself a part of another system of ‘smears’, the pejorative representation of the oriental world by western Christians.” – Peter Partner, The Murdered Magicians Probably relying upon contemporary Eastern sources, Western scholars have recently supposed that ‘Bafomet’ has no connection with Mohammed, but could well be a corruption of the Arabic abufihamat (pronounced in the Moorish Spanish something like bufihimat). The word means ‘father of understanding.’ In Arabic, ‘father’ is taken to mean ‘source, chief seat of,’ and so on. In Sufi terminology, ras el-fahmat (head of knowledge) means the mentation of man after undergoing refinement – the transmuted consciousness. – Idries Shah, The Sufis During the Inquisition evidence there are several references to members of the order receiving on initiation a little cord that had been in contact with the ‘head’. Based upon the idol’s description as a “demon” having “very fierce-looking face and beard”, the idol very likely could have been Asmodeus, the “daemon guardian” who helped Solomon build his Temple. A statue of the demon guards the door of the parish church at Rennes-le-Ch‰teau. “The Templars’ stronghold in Jerusalem, the site of their foundation, was finally overrun by the Moslems in 1244. Thirty-three years later the victorious sultan, Baibars, inspected their castle and is recorded to have discovered inside the tower ‘a great idol, in whose protection the castle had been placed: according to the Frank who had given it its name [this is an unreadable word, made in diacritic letters]. He ordered this to be destroyed and a mihrab [Moslem prayer niche] constructed in its place.” – Ian Wilson, The Shroud of Turin – The Burial Cloth of Jesus Christ During The Trial of the Templars in 1307 Brother Jean Taillefer of Genay gave evidence. He “was received into the order at Mormant, one of the three perceptories under the jurisdiction of the Grand Priory of Champagne at Voulaine. He said at his initiation ‘an idol representing a human face’ was placed on the altar before him. Hughes de Bure, another Burgundian from a daughter house of Voulaine, described how the ‘head’ was taken out of a cupboard, or aumbry, in the chapel, and that it seemed to him to be of gold or silver, and to represent the head of a man with a long beard. Brother Pierre d’Arbley suspected that the ‘idol’ had two faces, and his kinsman Guillaume d’Arbley made the point that the ‘idol’ itself, as distinct from copies, was exhibited at general chapters, implying that it was only shown to senior members of the order on special occasions. The treasurer of the Paris temple, Jean de Turn, spoke of a painted head in the form of a picture, which he had adored at one of these chapters. Nearly all the brethren agreed that the head was bearded and had long hair, and the Templars, like the majority of their contemporaries, regarded long hair as effeminate, so the length of the ‘idol’s hair was remarkable for this, if for no other reason. – Noel Currer-Briggs, The Shroud and the Grail It is possible that the head idol was intended to represent the severed head of John the Baptist, based on allegations that he was revered by the Order. The Templars took part in the sack of Constantinople during the Fourth Crusade in 1203-4. Robert de Clari described the opulence and numerous relics at the sacred chapel of the Boucoleon Palace, amongst them supposedly the head of John the Baptist. An egregore is a magical entity that is artificially created by the focused thoughts and desires of a medium (analogous in many ways to Tibetan tulpas.) Supposedly a medium or statue could then serve as a tenant for the egregore, nourished by the sexual life-powers of the members. “The Egregora does exist in the so-called ‘astral plane’ and it is a demon, that is to say, an illusory entity. It is not a true Microcosm, but a gestalt of vitalized shells, a focus for everything that is negative, defeatist, maudlin, bigoted, introverted in human nature – a morass completely hostile to progress and to the spiritual evolution of mankind. The representation of the egregore as bust recalls the ancient literary tradition of animated statues or Salome, who wanted the head of John the Baptist, probably to master his visionary powers. The classic prototype of such an egregore is Baphomet, the alleged egregore of the Templars, who was (as the Roman Emperor of the Gods) likewise worshipped in the form of a bust. In the secret statutes of the Templars, Baphomet was besought with the introduction to the Qu’ran and dismissed with the 24th chapter of the Book of Sirach. – P. R. Koenig, Too Hot to Handle Another possibility as to the identity of the Baphomet may lie with Nicodemus, who in the Gospel of John who brought spices for Christ’s burial. He is also mentioned in the apocryphal Evangelium Nicodemi (4th C.) as a ruler of the Jews who testified in Christ’s favor. The Interpolation in the First Continuation of ChrЋtien’s Perceval (12??) tells of the flight of Nicodemus and Joseph of Arimathea to England and includes the following intriguing passage: Another possibility for the origin of the Head relates to the imagery on the first Grand Master’s shield, which consisted of three black heads on a gold field. After about two hundred years, it is plausible that this head imagery could have worked itself into the legend of the Baphomet. According to more than one account, the Head was the actual skull of Hugues de Payen, which was preserved as an object of veneration. – Forrest Jackson, The Baphomet in History and Symbolism We found indisputable evidence for the charge of secret ceremonies involving a head of some kind. Indeed the existence of such a head proved to be one of the dominant themes running through the Inquisition records. Among the confiscated goods of the Paris preceptory a reliquary in the shape of a woman’s head was found. It was hinged on top, and contained what appeared to have been relics of a peculiar kind.” – Baigent, Leigh & Lincoln, The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail Herodotus (4:26) speaks of the practice in the obscure Issedones of gilding a head and sacrificing to it. Cleomenes of Sparta is said to have preserved the head of Archonides in honey and consulted it before undertaking an important task. Several vases of the fourth century BC in Etruria depict scenes of persons interrogating oracular heads. And the severed head of the rustic Carians which continues to ‘speak’ is mentioned derisively by Aristotle.” – The Origin of Consciousness in the Breakdown ofthe Bicameral Mind A similar tradition could be found in the Celtic cult of the severed head which figured predominently in Peredur, a Welsh romance about the Holy Grail. A great lady of Maraclea was loved by a Templar, a Lord of Sidon; but she died in her youth, and on the night of her burial, this wicked lover crept to the grave, dug up her body and violated it. Then a voice from the void bade him return in nine months time for he would find a son. He obeyed the injunction and at the appointed time he opened the grave again and found a head on the leg bones of the skeleton (skull and crossbones). The same voice bade him ‘guard it well, for it would be the giver of all good things’, and so he carried it away with him.