An essay donated by Charles Alban:
Links between astronomy, the
life stories of
Yeshua of Nazareth
(a.k.a. Jesus Christ) and other deities.
Quotation by Carl Sagan from Cosmos, a thirteen-part television series (1980):
"Those with the courage to explore the weave and structure of the Cosmos, even where it differs profoundly from their wishes and prejudices, will penetrate its deepest mysteries."
Gods and the Sun:
The fundamental point to bear in mind when comparing gods is that ultimately they all resolve into the Sun. They're all in essence "emblems" of the Sun. If that is kept in mind all the time, then apparent dissimilarities can often be resolved.
If you understand that the entire Jesus story is solar allegory, then it all becomes clear. Born of a virgin at the time of the winter solstice and crucified between two thieves at the vernal equinox is a description of the sun's passage through the zodiac.
The "crucifixion" is the key point. This refers to the "plane of the ecliptic", that is, the path traced out by the sun through the zodiac, crossing the equator (passing over...passover) at the vernal equinox. Old star charts showed the ecliptic as two semi circles either side of the equator (we show it as a sine curve now):
At the crossing from one side to the other at the equinox, it once was believed to form a 90 deg cross. This is the "crucifixion" and is the origin of the universal cross-in-a-circle motif.
The Roman Army's patron was Sol Invictus -- the Unconquered Sun. He was depicted as a man on a cross. Among the Aztecs in Mexico, Quetzalcoatl was also born of a virgin at the winter solstice and shown on a cross between two thieves at the vernal equinox. There are surviving pictures of this. The Spanish friars were horrified when they discovered this and went to great lengths to destroy all of the evidence. Christians have been very thorough at destroying evidence of crucified deities around the world in order to maintain Christ's exclusivity. Protection of brand image, you could say.
This is known as the "Mosaic mythos" (from Moses) and is universal to all mankind.
The two thieves are star constellations...probably Sagittarius and Scorpio...that are chased away into the night like thieves by the risen sun/son.
Everything is "astrotheological."
What does John 1:29 mean?
"The lamb that taketh away the sins of the world."
The "lamb" is the sun rising in Aries (Aries the ram, lamb, or sheep). the "Sins of the world" are the cold dark days of winter that are swept away by the lengthening days and the approach of summer.
One has to bear in mind that this mythos was developed during the last ice age 10 or 15 millennia years ago. The winters in the Northern Hemisphere would have been brutal. The vernal equinox is the most important day of the year. It was a matter of life and death for agricultural societies to know when the days are now longer than the nights and the earth will begin to warm ready for planting. This is completely lost on modern people because geography is not taught in schools anymore.
If you read Godfrey Higgins' books The Celtic Druids 1 and Anacalypsis, 2 he goes into great detail explaining this mythos, and how it was transmitted to the West from India by way of Babylon.
As far as Krishna is concerned, the point made by Higgins and others is that the Indian Brahmins have lost the mythos. That's why Krishna's "birthday" is not at the winter solstice, but is held in August. They lost the connection a long time ago, so none of the Krishna stories seem to support the mythos. The necessary corrections between the lunar and solar calendars have not been made, so the date drifted over the centuries. There are apparently villages in India where it is celebrated in December.
If you read the account of Krishna's last days, it is a crazy mishmash of unrelated ideas, and it is not all clear what finally happens to him. There is reference to a tree, and an arrow, which could conceivably have impaled Krishna on the tree and thus "crucified" him. There is no clear idea of when this happened. His "disappearance" day is supposed to be sometime in February, which is not too far from the vernal equinox. However, it is not celebrated as Christ's "disappearance day" is celebrated. Clearly, those who transmitted this story did not understand it.
What is celebrated at this time of the year is "Holi," or the Festival of Colors. This is just described as a "spring festival," with an obscure legend attached to it concerning:
- Holika, a demoness in Hindu Vedic scriptures, and
- Prahlad Maharaj, devotee of Lord Narasimha.
Interestingly, Holi is celebrated with much fervor over a period of 16 days in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh, India, in:
- Mathura, which was Krishna's birthplace, and
- Vrindavan which was the town where Krishna is said to have spent his childhood.
While no connection is made with the equinox, or any "crucifixion", I note that in early paintings of this event from the 16th century CE, the colors that are being thrown are only red. Nowadays all colors are used. This suggests, and I saw this somewhere, that this is the "blood of the lamb," i.e. the Sun in Aries.
Higgins says that Krishna was the "presiding genius" for the age of Aries. Similarly, Buddha holds the same position for the age of Taurus. This is why Buddha frequently appears with bulls.
The mythos has been preserved by Christianity, more by accident than design, since the Christians simply pasted their festivals onto the pre-existing pagan festivals. likr"
Saturnalia, the ancient Roman festival of Saturn in December after the Winter Solstice that was transformed into Christmas, in spite of references in the Bible to Christ's birth being in the Fall;
- The pagan festival of Eostre or Ostara, the great northern Goddess whose symbol was a rabbit or hare from whom we inherited the Easter bunny;
These were at the correct times of the year because the pagans had not forgotten the ultimate meaning of the mythos.
All religions have two components...the exoteric, outward literal meaning intended for the "rabble" or "vulgar" people, as Higgins describes them, and an esoteric, hidden inner secret meaning (sacred means secret), only known to the initiated priests and Brahmins. Consider Gnosticism, the Kaballah, Masonry, etc.
These are the allegories: Higgins concludes that the entire Jesus story is solar allegory, that all of Genesis is allegory, and that the story of Noah's Flood is allegory. As time passed, the Priests and Brahmins lost the keys to the allegories, and became ignorant and deceitful. When they didn't understand the complex allegories, they made stuff up, which is why Hinduism is such a confusing mixture of beliefs.
The great Max Muller, the renowned Sanskritist at Oxford University during the 19th century, said the westerners are doing the Hindus a favor by making sense out of their degenerated religion.
Why does all this matter? here's why: In my humble opinion. At the moment humanity is doing a good job of trashing the planet...global climate change, environmental destruction, species extinction, you name it.
The reason for this is that we have disconnected our gods from their origins in the natural world, and most particularly, the Sun. We worship gods as though they are independent "beings" that inhabit some perfect world uncontaminated by the material world. We come to actively despise the "material " world, regarding it as a place of misery that we need to abandon as soon as possible, so who cares if it's trashed. You will find very few religious people who could be described as environmentalists, because they regard that as akin to "Paganism," or worshiping nature instead of the "true god" -- because, of course, it is.
All Pagan religions were practiced in natural locations...groves of trees, mountain tops, springs, rivers, lakes, caves and so forth. All these were sacred places to the ancients. The builders of Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain in Southern England did not build a temple to Krishna or any other all-powerful deity. They built a solar observatory, and went to a great deal of effort to do so. The 60-ton megaliths were hauled from over 200 miles away. The quarry from whence they came was recently discovered.
This demonstrates the importance they attached to these solar events. All neolithic passage tombs, such as Newgrange -- just to the north of Dublin in Ireland, are aligned on the winter solstice, and a single shaft of sunlight will penetrate right to the back of the tomb on that day (if the sky is clear!).
This disconnect is the source of our misery. We need to restore the solar connection to all our deities, and acknowledge the solstices and equinoxes as our forefathers did in days of yore. We need to remember that all our deities are nothing but emblems of the Sun, from whence cometh all life.
As Carl Sagan said:
"The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff."
All the higher elements, of which we and all life are composed, were created in the explosions of supernovae, blasting out across the universe. The ancients intuitively understood that, and worshipped the "heavens" accordingly.
The following books were referred to in the above essay. The hyperlinks are not necessarily still active today.
"The Celtic Druids," by Godfrey Higgins. Cosimo Classics (2007). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Also available on Google Books.
"Anacalypsis - The Saitic Isis: Languages Nations and Religions" (Vol. 1 & 2) by Godfrey Higgins. EWorld Inc. (2016). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Also available on Google Books.
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Original posting: 2016-AUG-24.
Latest update : 2016-AUG-25.
Author: Charles Alban