28 Apr 2018 @ 4:22 PM 

 

 

The manuscript that appears to bear the sci-fi character’s image is also known as the ‘Decretals of Gregory IX with gloss of Bernard of Parma’ and was painstakingly written and illustrated in France between 1300 and 1340.

The biblical character, or ‘Yoda’ made his appearance in a collection of papal letters and church decrees in the precious volume, which can be viewed in its entirety online. See it here. It bears more than a little resemblance to Yoda from the Star Wars films, but is in fact a part of a strange representation of the Biblical story of Samson.
The name “Samson” is derived from the Hebrew word šemeš, which means “Sun”, so that Samson bore the name of God, who is called “a Sun and Shield” in Psalms 84:11

 

 

Samson (/ˈsæmsən/; שִׁמְשׁוֹן‬, Shimshon, “man of the sun”) was the last of the judges of the ancient Israelites mentioned in the Book of Judges in the Hebrew Bible (chapters 13 to 16) and one of the last of the leaders who “judged” Israel before the institution of the monarchy. He is sometimes considered to be an Israelite version of the popular Near Eastern folk hero also embodied by the Sumerian Enkidu and the Greek Heracles.

 

The biblical account states that Samson was a Nazirite, and that he was given immense strength to aid him against his enemies and allow him to perform superhuman feats, including slaying a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines using only the jawbone of a donkey. However, if Samson’s long hair was cut, then his Nazirite vow would be violated and he would lose his strength.

 

Samson was betrayed by his lover Delilah, who ordered a servant to cut his hair while he was sleeping and turned him over to his Philistine enemies, who gouged out his eyes and forced him to grind grain in a mill at Gaza. When the Philistines took Samson into their temple of Dagon, Samson asked to rest against one of the support pillars; after being granted permission, he prayed to God and miraculously recovered his strength, allowing him to grasp hold of the columns and tear them down, killing himself and all the Philistines with him. In some Jewish traditions, Samson is believed to have been buried in Tel Tzora in Israel overlooking the Sorek valley.

 

Going back to the manuscript, it also includes an image of a rabbit shooting a leaping dog with a bow and arrow. Whats curious about this is it`s allegorical meaning, symbolism, and presence in mythology and astrology in relation to Orion and Sirius.

 

One of the more obscure constellations visible to Northern Hemisphere stargazers during winter months is known as Lepus, the hare. Look for this tiny star grouping just below brilliant Orion, the hunter, and just west of the sparkling “dog star” Sirius. Several cultures also associated the star with a bow and arrows. The ancient Chinese visualized a large bow and arrow across the southern sky, formed by the constellations of Puppis and Canis Major. In this, the arrow tip is pointed at the wolf Sirius. A similar association is depicted at the Temple of Hathor in Dendera, where the goddess Satet has drawn her arrow at Hathor (Sirius). Known as “Tir”, the star was portrayed as the arrow itself in later Persian culture.

There are also Striking similarities btwn Yoda and Hathor:

 

 

 

“Luke: I’m looking for a great warrior. Yoda: Oh, great warrior. Wars not make one great. To understand Yoda, it’s equally important to understand his antithesis Darth Vader. Specifically, how they both use language. Although they are fictional characters in a surreal sci-fi world dreamt up by the unbridled imagination of its creator, George Lucas, the way these two characters use language provides a legitimate and brilliant perspective on how grammar can impact cognition and as a result self-image. Take Darth Vader, he acts as commander in chief of the Imperial army, the backbone of a Sith ruled dictatorship. His position in the Imperial Army acts as a perfect representation of a broken man`s insatiable hunger for power. Instead of using the Force to spread egalitarian ideals, he uses it to gain control. He tempts his son Luke into joining his quest for world domination with a seductive description of the dark side, and the alluring promises of the unknown. “Darth Vader: If you only knew the power of the dark side.” This famous line from The Empire Strikes Back is a good example to show the fundamental difference between the grammar and psyche of darth vader and yoda.

 

 

If you only knew is an optative construction. There’s the present counterfactual clause if, the particle only, with the past tense verb knew. The present counterfactual optative construction ‘if you only” in combination with the past tense verb “knew” expresses a condition in the subjunctive mood. Optative constructions in the optative mood indicate a wish or hope, while the subjunctive expresses a state of being or act that is either distantly possible, contingent on certain conditions, or totally hypothetical. There’s no arguing that the overall tone of this grammatical construct is seductive and enticing. This contrasts greatly with Yoda who uses broken English that avoids grammatical moods expressing fantasy or desire. “Luke: All right I’ll give it a try. Yoda: No. try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Do or do not is a blunt command in the imperative mood.

 

The imperative is a mood in verb form that makes a command or request. The verb try in there is no try is expressed in the indicative mood. A verb in the indicative mood is used to make a straightforward statement expressing certainty and actuality. Both the indicative and the imperatives act as dramatical constructs based in reality, opposed to the subjunctive which describes fantasies and unreal situations. The Jedi are people of action who don’t dwell on fear or potential outcomes. “Luke: I don’t believe it. Yoda: That is why you fail.” Where the sith draw much of their power from fear and hypotheticals-which explains one of the reasons Anakin Skywalker turned to the dark side in the first place.

 

His fear of losing those he loved and their inevitable deaths. “Yoda: Afraid to lose her I think mm-hmm. Anakin: What does that got to do with anything. Yoda: Everything! Fear is a path to the dark side. Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” So when the going gets tough take advice from Yoda. Don’t think about failure and what ifs. Instead, take action and embrace the raw veracity of the indicative..
“I am ready! I can be a Jedi! “Ben tell him I’m ready” These days many thousands of people claim they’re converting to Jediism as their real-life religion. But before we had Jedi Churches, George Lucas created the idea of the Force to speak about what spirituality and faith really are, when they’re taken out of the structure of organized religion. “I put the Force into the movies in order to try to awaken a certain kind of spirituality in young people. More a belief in God, than a belief in any particular religious system.” “Star Wars” strips away cultural context to get at something universal about spirituality. Instead of using words like good and evil, we can talk about the Light and Dark Sides of the Force.

 

“I see ‘Star Wars’ as taking all of the issues that religion represents and trying to distill them down into a more modern and more easily accessible construct that people can grab onto to accept the fact that there is a greater mystery out there.” So what are some of the spiritual lessons “Star Wars” preaches about how we might live our lives a little more like the wise master Yoda? “When 900 years old, you reach…Look as good, you will not.” Many of us forget to ask the simple but important question of what faith really is. Not the question of whether we believe a particular religious event or figure.

 

But on the deepest level, what does it mean to have faith, and what is it we’re really believing in? “The Force is what gives the Jedi his power. It’s an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us. It penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together.” In “Star Wars,” having faith is being Force-sensitive , feeling a big, wise, powerful cosmic presence within us and listening to its mysterious spiritual language. Most religions tend to call this Force God. Even the iconic “May the Force Be With you” stands in for the parting phrase, “May God Be With You.” But it can also be likened to a voice inside us. Think of a voice inside Moana that drives her to the ocean. “But the voice inside sings a different song / What is wrong with me?” In “Star Wars,” the “voice” inside is often projected in a vision of someone we’ve loved and lost. “You will go to the Dagobah system.” So our direction comes to us through an inner compass, at the times when we feel most lost. It’s notable that the inner voice of the Force doesn’t make things easy for us.

 

It often points us toward what we really don’t want to do, or what we fear the most. “I can’t do it.” “You cannot escape your destiny.” Our inner guide pushes us to confront the hard battles in life. In everyday practice, this means that if we’re scared of or avoiding something, that’s a sign that we should do that thing. “You must confront Vader. Then, only then, a Jedi will you be.” The thinking and judging ego in us is loud and thinks it’s very smart.
But the voice of the Force is quiet and slow. To practice faith is to learn humility, to trust in the wisdom of the cosmos, not doubting and arguing with it, and stop assuming our striving, clever minds always know better. “I’m a Jedi. I know I’m better than this.” One surprising spiritual lesson in “Star Wars” is that “feeling” intensely isn’t necessarily the path to being good. We should be distrustful of our sudden, strong emotions, they can be dangerous and lead us the wrong way, to the Dark Side. Instead, we should learn to practice emptiness. Zen and Taoist thought emphasize the wisdom of emptying ourselves. Take this passage from the “Tao Te Ching:” “Mold clay into a bowl.” The empty space makes it useful. Cut out doors and windows for the house. The holes make it useful. Therefore, the value comes from what is there, but the use comes from what is not there.” We often tend to think that a happy life is about fullness and feeling passionately.”

 

But in “Star Wars,” it’s the Dark Side that’s about fullness and emotion. “Much anger in him like his father.” If we let our emotions take control, the negative ones, fear, anger and hatred actually emerge stronger at first. “Anger, fear, aggression; the dark side of the Force are they. Easily they flow.” Luke falls for Darth Vader’s trap when he gives in to his emotions. That doesn’t mean the Light Side doesn’t consist of feeling, as we can see Luke cares more for his friends than anything. But this Light Side feeling is quieter and subtler, and ultimately it’s realer and more long-lasting than stormy, dramatic emotion. When we become detached sometimes we have the insight that the best thing to do isn’t always what our emotions immediately want us to do. “If you choose the quick and easy path, as Vader did, you become an agent of darkness.” “Patience and sacrifice.” The weak mind is clouded by emotions, busy with distractions and shaped by common assumptions.

 

 

And that’s why the Jedi mind tricks can manipulate it. “The force can have a strong influence on the weak-minded.” But the Jedi mind has emptied itself of all of those things, and so it sees clearly “How am I to know the good side from the bad?” “You will know when you are calm at peace.” We all remember one of the most iconic lessons Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker: “Try not. Do or do not. There is no try.” Having faith lets us do what seems impossible, both physically and mentally. Harnessing the Force can even allow you to break the laws of physics as we know them. According to Yoda, if we throw out our assumptions of possible and impossible, we’re capable of miracles.
What’s really standing in our way is our own mind telling us what can’t be done. “We’ll never get it out.” “Always with you what cannot be done.” In our daily lives the things we think we can’t do are probably a lot less daunting than pulling a spaceship out of a swamp with our minds. But we’ve been conditioned to doubt, to see unlikelihood. “You must unlearn what you have learned.” So we have to remove our self-imposed limitations to unlock the power we’re truly capable of. “I don’t believe it.” “That is why you fail.” One fundamental lesson of the Force is that everything is connected. “You must feel the force around you. Between you, me, the rock, everywhere.” But we get so hung up on our personal cares that we forget this. It can feel like all that matters is me. People even feel so disconnected from each other they become capable of mass murder.

 

But if like the Jedi we believe in the interconnection of all things and beings, we know that by destroying any other life, we’re killing part of ourselves. The ego is dangerous because it seduces us into thinking we’re responsible for our own power and success, when really our strength is channeling something greater than us. “Remember. A Jedi’s strength flows from the Force.” The more powerful we are, the more tempting it is to use our power for our personal gain or glory. Yet “Star Wars” teaches that serving the ego will make us unhappy.

 

“Is the dark side stronger?” No! The only thing that will make us happy is staying close to the Force, which means remembering the bonds between all things and creatures. The most comforting thing about believing we’re all linked through the Force is that if this is true, we don’t need to fear anything that can come to us, not even death, because the most important thing wouldn’t die. “The Force is with me, and I am with the Force. And I fear nothing. All is as the Force wills it.” None of the Jedi in “Star Wars” ever really go away. Luke can still talk to the deceased, Obi-Wan or Yoda, and even to Anakin once he returns to the Light Side. Droids can’t sense the Force but every naturally created thing has a connection to it. “Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter.” One of the deep symbolism`s of the Force is there’s something sacred within us and within nature, something mysterious about life itself, that can’t be replicated by our clever machines.

 

When we focus too much on our grand technology, we lose sight of the ultimate mysteries of nature and life which we should respect. “Get out of this slimy mudhole.” “Mudhole? Slimy? My home this is.” There’s a reason Yoda’s planet is only nature. I’m not picking up any cities or technology. Massive life forms readings though. There’s something alive down there. Interestingly, those on the Dark Side also revere the natural, sacred power of the Force. “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” Darth Vader himself warns that our technology is no match for the Force. “Don’t be too proud of this technological terror you’ve constructed. The ability to destroy a planet is insignificant next to the power of the Force.” Still, Vader has tried to make himself into an impenetrable machine, and he’s given too much of himself to the machine. When we glimpse the man under the mask, we see that the human in him is frail, unable to live without the technology. One of the reasons that Yoda doesn’t want to train Luke at first is because Luke is bad at being present in the moment.

 

“All his life has he looked away to the future, to the horizon, never his mind on where he was, what he was doing.” We spend a lot of our time dwelling in the past, in anger, and regret, and thinking about the future, due to anticipation and ambition, our fears and anxiety. “Always emotions is the future.” The Jedi learns to discipline his wandering mind. Self-Control. “You must learn control.” which means not letting his thoughts carry him away with their own agenda. “Clear your mind of questions.” Being close to the Force lets the Jedi see deeply into reality, even far beyond what’s in front of our eyes. “Through the Force, things you will see other places.” This teaches us that if we’re unbiased by our own egos and desires, we see the truth clearly. And the Jedi trusts in the truth. Meanwhile, the Dark Side is more about building grandiose success through lies. But the story shows us while deception can be successful for a very long time, lying only works for so long.

 

So if we want to be more like Jedi, we should think of the truth as our friend and try to stay close it, just as Yoda always stays close to the Force. When he first meets Yoda, Luke can’t see that this is the great Jedi master he seeks “I’m looking for a great warrior.” Luke is expecting someone impressive and grand, maybe someone like Darth Vader. But Yoda is small, silly and unassuming — this is what wisdom really looks like. “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you?” Society teaches us to respect what is large, wealthy, technologically advanced. But Yoda is none of these things. It’s as if tiny Yoda is almost nothing else besides closeness to the Force. His life is so simple because he has eliminated all the clutter that would separate him from the Force. So again we see in this belief system how emptiness and not having loads of stuff getting in our way can be a source of power. “For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is.” So to sum up, if we want to take a leaf out of Yoda’s forest, we can listen to the Force speaking within us, practice emptiness, do what we think is impossible, know everything is connected, respect nature, stay in the now, trust in the truth, and never underestimate the small in stature.

 

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 15 Feb 2018 @ 6:05 PM 

 

Initiation is meant to be a spiritual and painful bodily process. When I did my initiation ceremonies in the 1st and 2nd degrees, I noticed the toll it took on my back after standing for lengthy periods of time, and going through all the motions. It was when I volunteered to be an ea candidate on two separate nights, for 2 weeks, back to back, on practice nights for an exemplification of a first degree, and by the end of each night my back was in a state of agony, and I was left with a feeling of gruelling back pain. Then upon researching Sirius, I came across the djed pillar and ceremony of raising/erection of the pillar, and how it was related to the kundalini, and activation of chakras within the spinal column of  the back. Then it dawned on me how the first two degrees relate to the left and right
pillars at the entrance to Solomon`s Temple, and the third, Osirius, and it hit me like a lighting flash from heaven! Everything came together.

 

 

The word djed means “stable” and so Egyptologist have established that the Djed Column or Djed Pillar is a symbol of stability and strength. According to Josephus in Antiquities of the Jews, Boaz (Hebrew בֹּעַז bōʿaz “In him/it [is] strength”) stood on the left when entering Solomon’s Temple, while Jachin (Tiberian Hebrew יָכִין yāḵîn “He/it will establish”) stood on the right.

 

 

 

When the Orion constellation first appears on the horizon, Osiris seems to be on his back, with Isis-Sopdet rising beneath Him. As the night passes and the constellation rises higher into the sky, He “stands up,” with Isis at His back all the while, pushing upward until the God is raised. Even more so than the myth of Isis following Osiris to pick up the pieces (as dismembered by Set) , we can see the rising of Orion and Sirius as Isis raising Osiris from the dead, the stellar model of the ritual of Raising the Djed Column, which the pharaoh, with the help of Isis, performed on earth.

The word djed means “stable” and so Egyptologists have established that the Djed Column or Djed Pillar, is a symbol of stability and strength.

According to Egyptologist Sir Alfred Ernest Wallis Budge, the Djed, tet, tat, didu, ta-wer (where we possibly derive the word ‘Tower’), symbolised the body of Osiris and more specifically his backbone or spine.

See Osiris and the Egyptian Resurrection, Vol 1, by Sir Alfred Ernest Thompson Wallis Budge.
(Dover Books, 1973; originally published in 1911 by The Medici Society Ltd).

The ancient Egyptian ceremony known as the “Raising of the Djed Pillar”, in which the reigning Pharaoh took part during the Heb Sed Festival, which was held around the time of the Autumn Equinox – Choiak – the fourth month of the innundation season of the Nile known as Akhet – has long been considered a ritual associated with fertility, rebirth, resurrection and renewal.

There is no doubt that the Djed pillar itself was a symbol of strength, stability and power, but there has been much debate about what it truly symbolised as well as its symbolic or practical function.

In the ancient Egyptian myths, the god Osiris was murdered by his evil brother Set (or Seth) and made “god of the Underworld”.

Osiris was also the god of vegetation, grain and wheat, for it was believed that the winter season, when everything died and stopped growing, was associated with the death of Osiris.

So to bring balance and stability to the Earth and ensure the harvest, it was believed that Osiris be brought back to life; resurrected, and this was ritualised by the Djed pillar being raised up straight – his backbone represented by the Djed.

The phallic connotations associated with fertility and the creation and abundance of life are also obvious here, but there is more to the Djed than the mere display of male potency and power.

The Djed pillar, symbolised not only the human (backbone) axis, but also the shamanic axis mundi (World Tree or Cosmic Axis), as reflected in the natural meridian of the River Nile to which the Giza Meridian is aligned and which passes through the Great Pyramid of Giza.

 

 

It is believed by many researchers, that the Giza Meridian was the world’s first Zero Prime Meridian in ancient times.

The Zero Prime Meridian could be considered an abstract projection of the central Earth’s axis onto the surface of the Earth with both being tilted at 23.5 degrees in respect of the Ecliptic Plane of the Sun.

 

 

The primary means of orientation on planet earth is to acknowledge the Djed Pillar of Osiris. That pillar includes for planes (disks) unified on a single axis. The axis is spiritual and implies Synchronicity. The four planes are the local horizon, the earth equator, the ecliptic path, and the galactic equator. Awareness of these four will provide the orientaion needed to avoid becoming lost in a disoriented wilderness. (Obliquity of the Ecliptic)

 

In the Temple of Abydos, there are reliefs dating from 1300 BCE, of the Djed being raised up straight from a tilted position.

In the first relief (figure 1, below) we see Pharoah Seti I raising the Djed Column (symbolic of the backbone or spine of the god Osiris) assisted by the sister and consort of Osiris, the goddess Isis.

What is interesting, is that the tilt angle of the Djed is very close to 23º – close enough to the earth’s axis obliquity angle of of 23.5º – and so appears to be a very early reference to the tilt angle of the Earth and the obliquity of its celestial pole or axis.

There are also numerous Djed images at the Temple of Hathor at Dendera, south of Abydos, many of which are leaning at the angle of 23 degrees.

 

Website Figure 1

 

In the next image in the Abydos relief sequence, we see the same Djed standing up straight . . . erect.

 

Website Figure 1 Djed straight.

Figure 1: Ancient Egyptian wall relief from the Temple at Abydos. c. 1300 BC.
Here we see Pharoah Seti I raising the Djed Column (symbolic of the backbone or spine of the god Osiris) assisted by the sister and consort of Osiris, the goddess Isis. The angle of the Djed is very close to 23º.(The 23º line overlaid in this image is exactly at the angles referenced and I found that this is the most direct and simple way to show that an object or feature is at that angle.)
In the next image in the sequence, the Djed is standing up straight, erect.

When the Djed Pillar stands upright, it symbolises life, balance, centredness, and one’s triumph over the death and decay associated with inequity, entropy and chaos.

The Hindus had their own version of the Djed. “The Hindu priests anciently made a circle round the udambara sacrificial post, and touched it muttering the mantra: “Here is stability, here is our own stability”.
The Night of the Gods by John O’Neill, 1893, p. 214.

As we know standing up straight and keeping a straight back while sitting, conveys confidence, good health and a better quality of life.

With its symbolic connection to the shamanic ‘World Tree’ (axis mundi), as reflected in the Earth’s central celestial axis and the natural meridian of the River Nile, the Djed pillar connected the Earth to the heavens, which is why the upright Djed represents stability, continuity and regeneration and why it also represented the backbone (spinal-axis) of the ancient Egyptian god Osiris.

In turn, the backbone of Osiris was seen to be reflected in the River Nile – its yearly flooding or innundation from its source in the South, symbolising the resurrection of Osiris – his body regenerated and nourished by the flood waters like the Kundalini serpent energy which rushes up the spine during mystical enlightenment.

“The Nile and all kinds of moisture are called the “efflux of Osiris”.” A. E. Wallis Budge.

In esoteric literature, Efflux, which also contains the Latin word Lux for “Light”, is considered to be an outward flow of light energy.

 

 

In any case, these beliefs based on the yearly innundation of the Nile are encapsulated in the Egyptian myth of Osiris to explain it.

In the myth, the god Set (brother of Osiris) hacked Osiris’ body into pieces and scattered them all over Egypt.
Every year following this act, Set’s burning hatred of Osiris scorches the dry land. The tears of the goddess Isis who weeps for her dead husband and brother, then causes the Nile to swell and flood so as to quench the parched Earth, and so Osiris comes to life again – resurrected, reborn.

Only recently has this connection been stated in Wikipedia on the subject of Osiris and the Djed Pillar:

The River Nile (from the French word Nil – meaning ‘null’ and ‘zero’), like all rivers, resembles a serpentine serpent or snake.

 

 

However, the Nile has an added symbolic property, in that it is capped with a ‘V’-shaped Delta – the Nile Delta – which causes it to resemble an open Lotus Flower when observed from high altitudes.

Its a remarkable fact that the River Nile and Nile Delta resembles not only a blossoming Lotus flower, but also a tree as well as the human brain and spinal cord.

The Lotus has long been regarded as a symbol of the Hindu Chakras and for the ancient Egyptians it was one of the symbols for ‘Life’, so my theory that the River Nile and the Giza Meridian that passes through it once represented the prana (zero-point) life energy associated with the spine, and more specifically the neutral sushumna of the physio-kundalini-chakra system, and that the ancient esoteric initiates or adepts were well aware of this, is only now being investigated by some researchers; like Michael Seabrook for example, with whom I have corresponded in the past and who is now writing about ancient ‘Chakra Trails’.

 

 

Is this theory and these correlations worthy of further study? I would have to say Yes.

Author and friend Gary David, who lives in Arizona and has written at great length about the Hopi Indians of the region in his book The Orion Zone (2006), also considers these ideas. Gary’s term is “chakra line”, which he says aligns almost a dozen Hopi ruin and village sites in the Four Corners region of the U.S. Gary writes that the chakra concept is surprisingly a part of the Hopi belief system, at least according to Frank Waters – author of Book of the Hopi, (1978).

 

Nile

Figure 2: Centre: NASA satellite photos of the River Nile and the Nile Delta in Egypt. Right: A Lotus Flower.

Below: Human Brain and Spinal Cord. The Fayoum Oasis even resembles a leaf of this “Lotus flower”.

spinal cord sat
“The djed, a type of pillar, was usually understood as the backbone of Osiris, and, at the same time, as the Nile, the backbone of Egypt.”

 

 

“The Nile river, as we know, is serpentine in that it winds back and forth like a snake. The sacred mounds and temples which were built along the river would also correspond to the chakras which align the spinal column. If so, the the Nile Delta would be the crown chakra. It is curious that Behdet, the Delta city that was a regional capital of Egypt in predynastic times and is located on the meridian of the Nile, means ‘Crown’.”
The Shining Ones, (Watkins Books, 2006).
(The source for the information about Behdet is
The Pyramid of Egypt by Prof. Livio C. Stecchini).

Once these connections have been acknowledged by someone with some pattern-recognition ability – especially someone who has some understanding of the Kundalini phenomenon and the Hindu physio-kundalini-chakra system – the correspondences then come quick and fast . . .

Having the insight or idea is one thing and one only needs to use imagination to see these things initially, but then trying to find evidence and even proof that the ancients also saw these things that way, and even utilised them symbolically is another thing.

But having said this, there is a great deal of evidence which tells us that people throughout history have indeed been aware of these connections and also utilised them graphically in their constructions – much like the Freemasons who planned and designed the geometric features, avenues and landmarks of Washington D.C. (See here) – using the same symbolic archetypes mentioned – i.e., the pyramid (world mountain), the meridian (world tree), and/or tree of life with its seven chakra levels.

One will find the same chakra-system-related symbolism in the mythical descriptions of Atlantis and also the legends surrounding Glastonbury Tor, which tells us that man has always seen these things reflected in the natural features around him and had also enhanced what he saw by literally carving these symbolic features into the landscape.

Interesting is the fact that the Hebrew and Aramaic word, Ah-TsH, is the word for both “tree” and “spine”.

It is said that if the shaman, while in trance, reaches the trunk of the ‘World Tree’ and/or the central axis of this ‘World Mountain’ and climbs it then he will reach the higher planes where a powerful mystical experience will result.

Some research into our esoteric traditions tells us that this “climbing of the trunk of a tree” – also described by the shaman as a “sky ladder”, “rope ladder”, “vine” or even a “spiral staircase” as well as “Jacob’s Ladder” (the latter two also featuring in Freemasonry symbolism), is a metaphor which reflects an internal process associated with the spinal column and skull of the shaman himself, again, an experience also described in many people’s accounts of a “Kundalini Awakening.”

Both the tree and the mountain are climbed, and through the imagery of both an analogy was made with one’s own ‘inner ascension’ through the chakra energy levels of the human body that the mystical traditions tell us begins at the base of the spine and end just above the head.

There are 33 skeletal vertebrae within the human spinal column, and the 33rd Degree is the highest level reached in Freemasonry.

We are told that the ancient Egyptians believed that salvation or enlightenment was again attained through ascending the spine, the vertebrae being used as the “rungs of a ladder.”

For example, in the ancient Egyptian texts, Osiris ascends to heaven on a ladder (maqet) over the spinal column of his mother, the sky goddess Nut.*
*Thespis: Ritual, Myth and Drama in the Ancient Near East by Theodor Gaster,
(New York: Harper & Row, Harper Torchbooks, 1950), 396.

Again these beliefs are clearly shamanic in origin.

In ascending the chakra levels along the human spinal axis to the highest chakra, it was believed that one was also ascending the Earth’s axis towards heaven, the light of the Polestar representing the abode of the gods and the point of enlightenment.

These human axis/Earth axis connections clearly fall into place in the following taken from The Book of the Hopi by Frank Waters:

“The living body of man and the living body of the earth were constructed in the same way. Through each ran an axis . . . along this axis were several vibratory centers . . . ” 

The “several vibratory centres” is obviously a direct reference to the seven chakras.

In his dictionary, Egyptian Grammar, Sir Alan Gardiner also gives the phonetic value psd (pesed) for the back and backbone.

Egyptian Grammar (Dictionary) by Sir Alan Henderson Gardiner, (1927.)

In their book The Quick and the Dead: Biomedical Theory In Ancient Egypt, authors Andrew Hunt Gordon and Calvin W. Schwabe associate the spine with “magical powers” and give another determinative for psd (backbone), meaning “to give light”, “to gleam”, “to shine”* – which brings to mind the connection the chakras have with the bright and colourful, shining Aura that surrounds the body and said to be visible only to those with psychic abilities, such as shamans, mystics and modern-day clairvoyants.

*Quick and the Dead, The: Biomedical Theory in Ancient Egypt (Egyptological Memoirs,)
by Adrian Gordon and C.W. Schwabe, (Brill, 2004.)

 

 

Interesting is the fact that these same hieroglyphs and determinatives were already presented in An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by Sir Ernest Wallis Budge in 1920, associated with word pestch.

The Backbone of Osiris

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Figure 3: The pestch hieroglyphs from An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by A. E. Wallis Budge. p. 250.

Note the Cobra, known as the “serpent at rest” hieroglyph (Gardiner No. I10). Phonetic: dj (djet).

When used in various hieroglyphic, composition blocks for relief scenes, the djet gives the Pharaoh life, power, dominion, making him “forever Ra-like”, and means “eternal continuity”.”

Again, both the djet serpent and the djed pillar or column were associated with the ‘resurrection god’ Osiris, who ruled the Underworld.

The fact that the djet serpent is present in these pestch hieroglyphs along with the backbone, also known as the djed – the backbone of Osiris (pest-t)  associated with “magical powers” and with the meanings “to shine” and “to illumine” – can again only mean one thing . . . the enlightenment experience known by the Hindus as kundalinī.

 

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Figure 4: The pest-t hieroglyph, including the djed (backbone of Osiris).
From An Egyptian Hieroglyphic Dictionary by A. E. Wallis Budge. p. 249.

 

According to author/researcher Vincent Bridges, again the Djed is directly associated with the kundalinī processes in man that centre on the spine and cerebrospinal nervous system.

Referring to the pest-t hieroglyph above, Vincent Bridges writes:

‘The name, “backbone of Osiris,” is written as a djed pillar with a sperm-like tear drop shape moving upward toward an hemi-sphere. We can see this as emblematic of the sexual force, the sperm, moving upward to the dome of the cranium, the rise of the force of kundalini’.

The Path of Ausar and the Mysteries of Resurrection, by Vincent Bridges, 1995.

What we see in this simple Djed hieroglyph reflects the same “serpent-spine-marrow-seed-soul”beliefs expressed in the ancient Greek writings; evidence that the ancient Egyptians had knowledge of the same internal processes we find described in the Hindu Tantric tradition, in which the ascending serpent prana (sekhem) energy of the Kundalini has always been compared to semen or sperm rising up through the central sushumna nerve channel within the spinal cord, just like the semen rising up through the phallus so as to seed one’s consciousness with new and profound knowledge and wisdom – creating a rebirth in the individual.

“There would seem to be some connection between the Indian and the Greek doctrines of the identity of spinal fluid, brain fluid, and sperm, the spinal channel connecting the brain and the penis, the surrounding channels that cross one another, the cakras where they cross, the value judgement that prefers the highest cakra as the location of the sperm-marrow-soul, the association of the marrow with a serpent, and so on.”
The Spinal Serpent by Thomas McEvilly, Chapter 6 from The Roots of Tantra. 
(Suny Series in Tantric Studies) by Katherine Anne Harper (Editor),
Robert L. Brown (Editor), State University of New York Press, 2002. p. 95.

 

ROSTAU: The “Jewel in the Crown”

 

 

This ascended seed within the highest Crown Chakra is also known as the ‘Jewel in the Crown’, being the dewdrop essence of the Rose – also the ‘Ros’ or ‘moon dew’ of the alchemists.

According to the Hindu tradition, the Ros or dew of the rose is also the Om Mani Padme Hum, which translates as ‘Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus’.

Again, flowers, and in particular the Rose, the Lily, and the Lotus – are not only symbolic of the female yoni-vagina, but are also symbolic of the Hindu chakra vortices, each depicted as lotus flowers with petals. And since the flower is located at the top of the stem, the blooming flower represents the radiations of light from the bindu centre above the head, at the top of the spine (stem).

This is basically the secret behind the Secret of the Golden Flower – a Chinese Taoist book based on meditation and breathing techniques. See here:

This ancient book is really about controlling the qi or C’hi energy, which is the Chinese name for the Hindu prana energy, and arousing the “spirit fire”, “serpent fire”, “liquid fire” – again, the Kundalini energy that ascends through each of the chakra levels from the coccyx at the base of the spine.

The “Golden Flower” then is a metaphor for the spinal cord, and the “opening of the flower”, is one’s enlightened consciousness.

“The Golden Flower” method is said to be the safest way to arouse the Kundalini.
See My Kundalini Experience by J. J. Semple.
See also: Carl Jung and the Kundalini by John Henshaw. Knowledge of Reality Magazine, Issue 12.

In any case, from what we can gather based on the symbolic imagery that surrounds the Djed, it appears that what is really inferred in the Djed symbolism, is that both the Meridian/Nile of Egypt, which is the axis mundi that reflects the Earth’s axis as well as the human spinal axis, should have a direct vertical connection – a vertical line or path of energy that connects us and the Earth with the spiritual Source-Centre, represented by the still point (ecliptic centre) in heaven, around which the stars in the Northern sky were seen to move and revolve as a result of the Earth’s tilted axis.

This is possibly why we have the ritual of the tilted Djed being pushed, pulled or lifted to a vertical position as this vertical placement symbolised the ideal upright connection that each of us has with the Source of Creation – a connection that seems to have been severed in the past, again, as reflected in the Earth’s tilted axis of 23.5 degrees.

The Ros known as the Jewel in the Heart of the Lotus, and the Jewel in the Crown, appears to have some connection with Giza, and possibly the Great Pyramid.

The ancient name for Giza was ROSTAU (R’-sTA.w), which the Rosicrucian Order adopted as their name the Order of the Rose Cross – ROS being the Rose, and TAU being the Cross.

Other versions of the ancient name for Giza are Rustau and Rasetjau.

Some researchers or scholars have even spelled it as ‘Rosetau’  not realising, or for some reason not expressing or publishing, the obvious connection this name has with the Rose Croix (Rose Cross) of the Rosicrucians.

The Tau is a very ancient ‘T’-shaped cross, evident in the ancient Egyptian Ankh symbol.

The Ankh, the Crux Ansata was also known as the “key of life”, and the “Key of the Nile“.

The oval at the top of the Ankh is basically the Ru hieroglyph – associated with the Ros of ROS-TAU.

In effect, the Ankh symbol is a symbolic image of the human body or spine (Tau) with the head (Ros or Ru).

However, the Ru, does not directly relate to the head, but instead it relates directly to something inside the head.

In fact according to the most reliable and respected esoteric sources, the Ru symbolises the Thalamus at the centre of the brain, the real ‘Third Eye’, and in the Ankh this would be the centre of the Ru oval, as we will see later.

The Ru is shaped like an eye, but because it is up-ended (vertically placed) it also represents the female vagina – again symbolised by the Rose, Lilly and Lotus flowers.

The point where the Tau meets the Ru, is where we find the the cross bar of the Tau – as if marking the fine demarcation line between the obvious binary male and female opposites of I and O . . . being the fusion point between the two and where both are united.

We see this same feature in the ancient Egyptian Shen Ring as also carried by Mesopotamian deities, again, the point where the I (male part) is bound or knotted to the O (female part).

Now if the River Nile like the Tau of the Ankh (“Key of Life” and “Key of the Nile”) also represents the spine of the body, with the Nile Delta representing the brain, then the point where the River Nile meets the Nile Delta represents the fusion of male and female principles – and therefore it is the “gateway” into the spiritual realm, the Underworld or Otherworld – represented by the Ru of the Ankh which symbolises the Thalamic ‘Third Eye’ at the centre of the brain – the brain represented by the Nile Delta.

 

Rose cross

Figure 5: The Rose Croix symbol of the Rosicrucian Order.
Illustration from The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall. (1928).

 

Ankh

Figure 6: The ancient Egyptian Ankh – with the RU (oval) and TAU Cross combined.

 

Shen ring

Figure 7: The ancient Egyptian Shen Ring – with the I (male) and O (female) combined.

 

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Nile

Giza
Zero Prime
Meridian

 

Figure 8: Left: The Ru and Tau of the Ankh, in the traditional esoteric Triad colours of Red, White and Black, superimposed over the satellite image of the River Nile and Nile Delta. As we can see, the Tau of the Ankh (World Tree, axis mundi) represents the Giza Zero Prime Meridian – also symbolising the central sushumna channel in the body. The meeting point of all three components of the Ankh is where we find the location of Giza . . . ROSTAU. This is also the location of the ROSE in the Rosicrucian Rose-Croix symbol – see figure 5.
Right: The River Nile and Nile Delta superimposed over my diagram of the physio-kundalini-chakra system. Note that the location of Giza and the Great Pyramid are where the Third Eye Ajna Chakra is located on the brow. The Hindu glyph for the Ajna chakra actually has a triangle (pyramid) inside a circle, signifying the Triad of the central Thalamus (Neutral) and the Pingala (male) and Pituitary (female) glands in the brain associated with the Third Eye.

This point where the River Nile meets the Nile Delta is where we also find the location of Giza and the Great Pyramid.

 

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Figure 9: Great Pyramid at the Apex of the Nile Delta.

The corners of the Great Pyramid defines the natural boundary edges of the Delta and all within a perfect quadrant of 90º.
The city of Busiris, centre of the Nile Delta and on the Giza Meridian was the birthplace of Osiris, Osiris of Busiris.

Therefore, Giza, and especially the Great Pyramid, is the “gateway” into the Duat (Tuat) Underworld, associated with the ‘Third Eye’.

Giza
Zero Prime
Meridian

 

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Figure 10: A stylised Ankh (Power of Life), combining the Djed (Backbone-Spine) of Osiris, with the Was Scepter (Power over Death) of Set.
Again, the Djed is also a symbol of the shamanic Axis Mundi World Tree as represented by the Giza Zero Prime Meridian aligned with the natural meridian of the River Nile. There is evidence to suggest that the Was Scepter actually symbolises the central Sushumna channel, rooted in the coccyx at the base of the spine. See here:
Note the small figure inside the Ru of the Ankh, holding what looks like two opposite staffs or serpents – meaning “Gateway” as signified by his spine, the central sushumna.

The correlations we have looked at exist in the world and were likely known about and utilised religiously, and this is supported by the ancient symbolism and texts of numerous cultures around the world all of which appear to have their origins further back in time and before recorded history.

However, there have always been a small group of people throughout history who have understood these things, and remarkably they have made their mark on the world and have had great influence, albeit in a secret way; in that these people have ‘encoded’ this knowledge in many different sources throughout time.

The mystical or religious symbolism we find in many cultures also attests to this fact, and when one picks it apart one finds that in one way or another, the symbolism always alludes to the Kundalini phenomenon and the enlightenment experience which is universal and has been behind the religious impulse of man throughout history.

There is no doubt in my mind that to these people who understood these things (never the majority of people who think too rationally and are blind to the deeper meaning of life; of the world) – the river Nile represented the mystical, central sushumna within the human spine, as did the River Ganges for the ancient Hindus, and its possible there are other rivers around the world that symbolised the same.

In a sense the River Nile through which it is believed the original zero prime meridian ran, was again seen as the axis mundi; a projection of the Earth’s central axis held in place by a mountain – the shamanic world mountain, which is the Great Pyramid.

The River Nile was also the spine of god . . . for the ancient Egyptians, the god Osiris.

These are really shamanic conceptions based on shamanic experience, ultimately the phenomenon and experience I am focusing on in these presentations. I have found that the gods of various religions or cults are really based on this god whose own death and resurrection was associated with man’s wish to see the tilted Earth’s axis raised “back” to its upright BALANCED position.

 

 

As we find even today the majority of people are blissfully unaware of these things, especially what was once a closely guarded secret about the human body or system only revealed directly through one having had this enlightenment experience and either through chance – i.e., spontaneously, accidentally, so it would seem, or brought on through various ways or techniques learned. But there are and have always been the few who do understand and really because they have had this experience and/or were initiated into the knowledge of it.

In the past these people had power, and it were they who expressed this knowledge and communicated to each other by creating much of the ancient symbolism many of us use today, and in the relatively recent past, have misinterpreted.

Now we find that the correct interpretations are slowly coming to light and being revealed openly for the first time, and really because today we have quick access to more information than ever before and are able to cross-reference the data and note the connections in a very short space of time, and indeed the ‘bigger picture’ – this deep secret about ourselves, a realisation of the divinity within us to which we are all linked, a connection that has remained hidden for so long and is now slowly emerging is quite shocking for many people.

Its still going to take a long time before the majority of people will understand and accept these connections.

 

 

The Great Pyramid is itself a model of the cosmos. The body of Osiris super-imposed onto the chambers of the pyramid with the crown chakra at the capstone and the root center at the base of the pyramid, places the King’s Chamber at the heart center and the Queen’s Chamber at the solar plexus. This shows the relationship of the microcosm to the macrocosm.

EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES INTRODUCTION

 

Looking at ancient Egypt as the source and foundation of western mysticism, her vast symbolic library of sacred teaching in her architecture and writing, there must be one that sticks out as representing the higher dimensions. We find it in the form of the Djed Pillar. In the Djed Pillar we have a representation of the body, specifically the spinal column, of Osiris, the resurrected or Perfected One. He is the divine aspect or neter of resurrection and return to our origin in the stars, thus the axis mundi of the world. It was thus the World Tree, the support of the universe. Known even today as the mystery of mysteries, Osiris himself represented the Path of Return as well as the guide, the ruler of the ”duat”, the area of the night sky, or underworld, home of the imperishable stars (never setting) that encircle the pole star. Upon death we each become Osiris, returning to the stars. The Djed was the ”stairway to heaven”…connecting heaven and earth. As such it is the model of the Kingdom, i.e. of multi-dimensional reality itself.
Traveling the dimensions requires the initiate to achieve a higher state of consciousness and to build a vehicle, a light body, to travel in. The solar boat is that vehicle in the Egyptian mysteries. It is called the “ship of eternity”, the “ark of a million years”…that sails on the waters of the Milky Way…the Duat. William Henry has proposed that the design of the solar boat is similar to a quantum wormhole, a stargate, with lotus vortex openings front and aft. The ascended one is the “feathered“ being-Osiris who sits on the solar boat on the (feathered) Throne in the form of the Cube of Space, which is also an ascension vehicle.

Djed Pillar as the mystical subtle body of Osiris has realigned chakras, nine in total, the number of energy bodies (see diagram). The upper four column capitals stand for the four higher chakras or energy centers of the body, realigned vertically as wheels on the axis of the world, from heart to crown of the ascending being. It is the light body of the ascended being. The dung beetle, Kepher, in the mantle pushes the sun ahead of it, thus is the symbol of RA, the rising sun. But also is the symbol of the ascending being rising sin the Djed column of light. Gatekeepers: Isis & Nepthys. These two neters, who enfold the pharaoh in his sarcophagus and stand as the columns at the entry pylon to the Temple, produce the geometry of the stargate with their wings. The initiates of this mystery were known as the Djedi Brotherhood, the stable ones, Pillars of the World, who served the planet and the plan at the end of the world age and who guarded and transmitted the secrets of the teaching. Thus, in this time of world change. it is time for the Djed to be raised in all of us again.

“The Djed is the supreme unifying symbol of all polarities, connecting us to the transcendent reality of the whole, the One. It symbolises the macro and microcosmic “axis.” As the cosmic axis the Djed is the “cylinder,” the column of light linking the Earth to the pole star. It represents stability because it aligns the North Pole of Earth with the still-point of the revolving “dome” of the heavens-the pole star.“

“From the geodetic and astronomic perspective, the raised Djed is the fixed reference point which makes firm the bond between Heaven and Earth, evoking geophysical stability at a time of increased potential for Earth changes.” According to the texts of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the Djed served its greatest purpose and revealed its greatest mystery at the ending of one world age and the beginning of another.

 The djed column and its rituals represent one of the deepest mysteries of ancient Egypt dating back to pre-dynastic times as does the Egyptian Book of the Dead which identifies it the Djed as the backbone/spine of Osiris, thus stability, regeneration and continuity, but moreover it was the axis of the world, the djed was the World Tree the support of the universe. (i.e. giving structure to the cosmos). Intiates of the Djed mysteries were known as the Djedi, the stable ones, pillars of the world. The Djedi was the enlightened man, the light body of the divine being represented by the Osiris.

According to legend, the first Djed was raised by Nun as a conduit for the neters between heaven and earth, thus a series of inter-dimensional portals. Each level had is pair of gatekeepers: Shu /Tefnut, Geb/Nut, Osiris/Isis and Set/Nepthys.. Altogether they were organized as the First and Second Companies of neters positioned on either side of the pillar into the first Tree of Life. In the central axis were placed first Atum, then RA/Thoth/Ptah and Amon, the creators, Horus, The Pharaoh and Mankind, ascending, evolving back to Source up the stages of the pillar. Raising the Djed was celebrated by the pharaoh annually at the winter solstice and at times of crisis or change, to re-establish order and maintain stability of earth and its energy grids. But the secret of the Djed is that it symbolized the resurrection of Osiris, representing the resurrection of the fragmented spiritual self, a rebirth in Light, in Wisdom and Spirit, was to re-establish the Path of Return. It symbolized the victory of order over chaos and evil… of Osiris over Set.

The legend tells us that jealous Set killed Osiris cutting him up into 14 pieces…the fifteenth being his genitals.  Through magic, Isis reassembles Osiris‘ body in order to conceive Horus.  The magic square of Saturn having three rows and columns of the primary integers all sum to 15.  Connecting the numbers in order produces the geometry of the stargate centred on the number 5, of perfected being.
With Horus, the neters make ten, the sephiroth of the Tree of Life.  Horus represents the destiny of Man becoming divine following the path up the central column of the Djed becoming Horus, Osiris, Ra and Thoth/Maat in succession.  The neters in the outer left and right columns are ten, the gatekeepers for the ascending stage of spiritual evolution.

Thus there are four orders of Egyptian gods:

1. Prime creators, Atum, Thoth, Ptah, Amun- the self created ones who emerge from the Void, the waters of the Nun to create the creators of manifest reality.
2. Creators of the Universe: Shu, Tefnut, Geb  Nut and RA, the first Company.
3. The 2nd Company: Osiris, Isis, Set, Nepthys and Horus: aspects of the creator gods.
4. Lesser gods over 2000: who represent forces and processes in nature.

The path of union with the Supreme Intelligence then must involve an integration of each of these divine aspects in sequence like climbing the Tree of Life or the Planes of the Kingdom. (See diagram)  Raising the Djed re-polarizes/realigns the chakra system and opens the crown to the higher dimensions.

 

ANCIENT EGYPTIAN MYSTERIES

 

Egypt The Nile River

 

Egypt-The Nile River

Egypt…the land of Kemi, the ‘Black Land”, of mystery. arises out of the mists of prehistory around 3000 B.C. a fully developed civilization with language, arts, architecture, technology and a sophisticated culture and religious system.  It is to become the foundation of the mystical tradition in the West.  What appears to be a preoccupation with death and the after life, would become a legacy of mystical teaching of the immortality of the Soul, man’s origins in the stars, man’s subtle energy bodies and the existence of higher dimensions of being. Death was seen as a transition to a hufger state of being.  It is this that attracted spiritual students from all over the civilized world: Socrates, Aristotle, Plato, Pythagoras, Moses and Jesus. Her influence lasted until the burning of the Library of Alexandria in 391 AD.  It was perhaps her isolation bounded by deserts and the Mediterranean Sea which protected her from invasion for the first 1000 years of history that allowed a focus on spiritual matters. Mummification and the funerary rites associated with it are universal in the cults to prepare the deceased for the return journey to the stars and new life.  According to ancient historians Egypt was a colony of Atlantis and inherited the wisdom and teaching of that ancient civilization that totally submerged in a flood about 12,500 BC. The list of Egyptian kings recorded on a wall in the Temple of Osiris in Abydos goes back some 36,000 years.

Pyramid Texts

The ancient Egyptians believed their country was a microcosm of the cosmos, the image of heaven mapped on the ground.  The Nile was the river of stars of the Milky Way galaxy, but also represented the spine and brain of the Divine man.  The pyramids and temples represented specific stars by the location along the Nile and certain energy centres of the subtle body called chakras.  Encoded in these structures and sacred writings and hieroglyphs was a teaching of the mystery of mankind’s origins in the stars and his return through a sequence of stargates between lifetimes…the Path of Return. The ancient Egyptians had profound scientific knowledge and there was no separation between religion/science and politics.  It was all a piece of the Egyptian mindset. We are looking at scientific as well as spiritual formulas when we view the art & architecture.

What remains of most ancient civilisations is its architecture, particularly its temples, many of which are in pyramidal form.  These shapes along with colonnaded temples are known to conduct and/or hold a kind of subtle telluric energy due to their sacred geometry.  These structures encoded the ancient measures and religious teachings of each culture.  In addition to temples and pyramids and their inscriptions in Egypt, we have a extraordinary amount of surviving writings and artefacts from tombs and coffins which also transmit these teachings:

• Pyramid Texts (Old Kingdom): Inscriptions on the walls of the inner chambers of certain pyramids at Saqqara, principally that of the Pharaoh Unas, which directed the pharaoh in the path of return through the Duat, the imperishable stars. The utterances and names primarily magical spells. Such also were instructions for the initiate. (See INITIATION)
• Coffin Texts (Middle Kingdom):  Magical spells, charms and utterances of power written on or inside coffins or on enclosed papyrus scrolls, instructing and protecting the deceased on it’s journey through the underworld-astral planes and the judgment by Osiris. “The deceased becomes the divine being when he lifts himself to the sky.”  Utterance 539   The purpose of mummification was to preserve the body for return.
• Valley of the Kings (New Kingdom): The various books of instruction found on the walls in the tombs of the Valley of the Kings such as the Book of What is in the Duat, the Amduat, (the underworld or night stars) the Book of the Dead (or “of Coming Forth Into Day”), and the Book of Gates (or Book of Hours). This is generally a New Kingdom text describing the journey of the Soul through the 12 twelve hours of the Duat, (star field) each of which has a Gate guarded by a female goddess. Between the 6th and 7th hour there is an abyss containing the serpent Apopis, whose long body surrounds the  firmament. This book instructed the Pharaoh in the nature of the portals between dimensions, its gatekeeprs and names which opened the gates. The pharaoh traveled to the stars on a vehicle called the solar barque, the “Boat of Eternity”, as did RA as the sun, on his daily passage across the sky.

Book of Gates: 12 hours/gates guarded by 12 goddess’. Between the 6th and 7th hours there is an abyss in which resides the cosmic serpent, that must be traversed, requiring something like a “quantum leap.”.

Cult Centers-Mystery Schools

The neters were represented symbolically in human form, sometimes with animal heads, and/or wearing a headdress, which symbolized their function. These beings were believed to have ruled ancient Egypt before recoded history in the “zep tepi”, the “first time”, but remained in higher dimension to maintain order in the world. The neters represent aspects of activity of the One Supreme Being.  The path of union with the Supreme Intelligence then must involve an integration of each of these divine aspects in sequence like climbing the Tree of Life or the Planes of the Kingdom.  The Pharaoh was also considered to be divine, becoming Osiris upon death. He modelled the ascended being, showing the way through portals between dimensions, the way to heavens, following the instructions given in the sacred Texts, and thus the surrogate for all mankind in the process of ascension.

“O King, you are this great star, the companion of Orion, who traverses the sky with Orion, who navigates the Duat with Osiris; you ascend from the East of the sky..”
       — Utterance 466, Pyramid Texts

Heliopolis Triad: Osiris-Isis-Horus with the pharaoh.
Neters of the Ennead
Atum: Prime creator becomes
RA, creator of the universe
Shu: Air or space
Tefnut: Moisture or time
Geb: Earth
Nut: Heaven
Osiris: Afterlife & resurrection
Isis: Life, growth and magic
Set: Chaos, darkness
Nepthys: Decay and death.

 

 

RA is represented by a hawk headed human figure with a crown of a disk, surrounded by a serpent symbolising the bounded universe.

Heliopolis (Cairo):  In the beginning, before anything, there was the abyss of primordial waters, the Nun, infinite undifferentiated, chaotic Void.  It was infinite, unbounded, having no surface, nor shore.  Atum, the self-created, the self-ordered One, differentiated or coagulated within the Void, emerging as a singularity, as does the Primal Hill that emerges from the annual receding flood waters of the Nile, reenacting the creation story. Atum began to move generating an oscillation or vibration-duality, making creation possible.  And with that consciousness was born and Atum became self.

   “I am he who came into being, being what I created, the creator of the creations.
   After I created my own becoming, I created many things that came forth from my mouth” (i.e. by the word)
Atum creates the First Twain, spitting forth SHU-space/air and TEFNUT-moisture/time, who represent the primal division of unity.  Male and female…they exist together as one body lost exploring the waters of the Void.  ATUM sends forth the serpent Apopis from his 3rd eye to find them, encircling an area of the Void in which creation will occur in the process.  He separates them in the second division of unity, she becomes the principle of World Order and he, Life. They then produce GEB (Hadit) and NUT (Nuit), male and female, in sexual embrace, he matter and she spirit.  SHU as space, separates them so they may become Earth and Sky/heaven.

Memphis Triad: Ptah-Sekmet-Nefertum

Having created Shu and Tefnut, Atum returns to the waters, to the un-maniifest, hidden within space and time between SHU and TEFNUT.  Atum leaves behind the process of creating the manifest world to RA, the Sun, the Principle of Light, becoming Atum-RA who flies up from the waters into the sky. Thus are created the first company of five neters-gods, Creators of the Universe and Plan, the archetypes and the cosmic and physical laws.

 

 

GEB and NUT then create the 2nd Company of neters: Osiris or Asar (order & immortality) and Isis (life & magic), Set (chaos(, and Nepthys (death & decay). These complete the Ennead, the Nine.  Isis and Osiris beget Horus, the Divine perfect being, the King the archetype for evolving man. The vast drama of the Conflict between Light & Dark, or order and chaos, for control of planet earth, in the Egyptian mysteries takes form in a series of duals between Osiris and Set and later between Horus and Set. According to legend, Set kills Osiris…twice.  The first time Set locks him in a coffin and sets it adrift in the sea.  Eventually it comes to rest is a tree which Isis recovers.  The second time Set dismembers him and casts the body parts around Egypt.  Isis recovers 14 parts but is missing the phallus, the 15th part, for which she fashions a wooden substitute and, with the help of Thoth’s magic, she brings Osiris back to life again and conceives Horus.  Osiris dons the body of resurrection and boards his solar boat, the “ship of eternity” or “Ark of a million years” for the return to the stars…the guardian and way-shower home. The other three cult primary cult centers all produce an ennead in but with a different primary creator god.

Geb & Nut-Earth & Sky

The description of what was before creation, the state of non-existence, is done in terms of negatives, “that which was not yet”.  This is like the description of the beginning in the Vedas.   It was when there was not space (Shu), nor earth and sky (Geb and Nut), before Atum had found a place to stand, before gods and men, before “any thing”, not birth and not death, “when there were not yet two things”, (duality). The condition was of undifferentiated Unity.  It was through the division or differentiation of Unity that creation begins.  On the positive side, Nun is described as the “limitless waters”, the primeval flood, as totally opaque, total darkness. This presages the Gnostic and Greek concepts of primal “chaos.”  The fate of a deceased who fails the judgment of Osiris is to be swallowed by the abyss, becoming a “nonexistent one.” The neters represent aspects of activity of the One Supreme Being.  The path of union with the Supreme Intelligence then must involve an integration of each of these divine aspects in sequence like climbing the Tree of Life or the Planes of the Kingdom.  The Abyss is the abode of the cosmic serpent Apopis, the delineator of existence and thus its destroyer.  At the end of time and existence, the primal creator becomes a serpent dissolving back into the waters.

As delineator, the serpent defines the arena for existence with its coils, later shown forming a circle holding its tail in its mouth, the “Ouroboros”, literally “tail in mouth”.  The created world is bounded, that is finite. It is recursive, coming back on itself, thus self-defining.  The power of limits creates form. It is a principle of sacred geometry that in essence, form is the containment of energy. Ouroborus = cyclic eternity is the Milky Way

The annual flooding of the Nile re-enacted the primal creation. The legends of both Heliopolis and Hermopolis tell that this first island to appear from the receding flood waters of the Nlle is encircled by the serpent to prevent the flood from returning.  The standing serpent represents the initiate who has raised the kundalini vertically within himself. Serpent=energy, the primary quality of which is the wave thus going through the serpent (Book of Duat) means traversing an energy field or dimension. (see Creation & Addendum: Teaching of the Serpent below).

The primal creator creates a million, million years and “made himself into millions” of gods between himself and union at the end of existence.

Atum speaks to the crew of his solar barque in the Book of the Two Ways from the Coffin Texts about the “end of time”.:

“I made a million years into something between me and that weary-hearted one, son of Geb (i.e. Osiris).  Then shall I dwell with him (and all Osiris’s) in one place (no longer separated by space and time).  Mounds will become cities and cities mounds, and estate shall destroy estate”. CT Vii,467e-468b

“This earth shall return to the primeval water (Nun), to endless (flood) as in its first state.  I shall remain with Osiris after I have transformed myself into another serpent which men do not know and the gods do not see”. Book of the Dead, Chapter 175

Becoming one with the resurrected Osiris, as all dead became, guaranteed eternal Life with the supreme being at the end of time.  Existence and non-existence are complementary, like cosmos and chaos, Yang and Yin, existence depends on non-existence and vice versa.  Death was not an enduring state for the ancient Egyptian, but promised renewal, rejuvenation, enhanced life but non-existence was eternal death and to be avoided. The mystery school taught, even to today, that what one practices in life carries with you after death.  The Egyptians believed that the physical body was survived at death by the ka, the etheric double, whose journey after death was to rejoin the ba, Soul, and eventually the ankh, the spirit, through a process of ordeals, similar to the Tibetan bardo, which took the ka through the underworld called the duat, actually the realm of the eternal stars.  Both the existent and the non-existent came before Osiris.  All things, even the gods eventually pass away in the Nun. Order can only be maintained if there is a potential for disorder.  Duality provides for the potential of choice…free will and hence the potential of growth.

 

 

The Temples of the Nile

Temple of Luxor –West Entrance

The temples and art of ancient Egypt are seen as the expression of a “Sacred Science”: the knowledge and conscious application of cosmic principles.”  This is a system of ancient wisdom, which understood the creation of the world and man’s purpose within it. as the “return to the Source”.  “Egyptian esoteric doctrine can be characterized as the transformation of the soul…from the material beings we are at birth to the spiritual beings we are by birthright”. The weaving together of principles in number, sacred geometry, inscription and symbol produce the effect on consciousness, scientifically designed to put one in contact with the state of knowing and the dimension of the gods. Sacred Science, principles for the design of Temples, invoking the Presence and aligning consciousness.

The truths are rooted in exact measure which reveals geometry and in turn principles.
The cosmic principles were encoded in number, the carrier of meaning.
One: The Absolute, undifferentiated spirit, non-dual consciousness.
Two: Duality: advent of creation, differentiation, vibration
Three: Relationship, mediation between opposites, manifestation in form
Four: Volume, the body-matter, vehicle of consciousness (3+1), the elements, qualities and forces of matter.
Five: Life (4+1), animate matter, perfected being.
Six: The Cosmos (5+1), time and space 3+3=6
Seven: Growth, evolution
Eight:  The Portal, the Path
Nine:   Nirvana, heaven
Ten:    Completion
Eleven: Mastery, enlightenment
Twelve: Signs of the Zodiac, dimensions of the universe.
In the ancient Egyptian teaching, the nature of reality is described by mathematics and geometry.  There are no negative numbers in Egyptian mathematics: the balance point is One, not zero. On one side are the whole integers going to infinity and on the other reciprocals also going to infinity.

The temples of the Nile encoded for transmission a sequence of teachings, both in their sacred geometry and as inscriptions in hieroglyphs on the walls, that the initiate to be passed through. They also represented the chakras of the mystical body of man, opened in sequence as one progressed down the river of life.  At the entrance to the temple one entered upon the Path of Return.  The temple represented humanity’s journey from the body to divine state of the god and so the structure of multi-dimensional reality…the journey of the soul.  The main axis of the temple was usually aligned with the helical rising of the star associated with the god to whom the temple was dedicated.

1. Abu Simbel, Temple of Ramses II at Aswan – the root chakra,
2. Temple of Isis at Philae (and Kum Ombo) -the sacral center
3. The Temple of Horus at , the spiritual university- the solar plexus.
4. Temple of Karnak, dedicated to Amun and Luxor, Temple of Man -the heart chakras,
5. Temple of Osiris/Osirion at Abydos and Dendara Temple of Hathor -throat chakra,
6. Saqqara Pyramid Complex, the 3rd eye chakra.
7. Pyramids of Giza Plateau, the crown chakra .

Courts and chambers filled with columns typically with reed capital represented “paradise, the Field of Reeds…the Home of the Gods.  These stone colonnaded spaces were like energy batteries, directly affecting the consciousness.  So also were the walls were also energy sinks resulting from the carving of inscriptions into the stone, which encoded the sacred teachings. 

Grids, patterns of subtle telluric energy, usually orthotic with the temple plan defined the central axis of the processional to the sanctuary…and the cross grids, usually coincident with the main walls and pylons gates described the portals between dimensions.

Aspects that define the Temple:  encoding the teaching:
• Macrocosm, as the model of the universe, structure of Multi-dimensional reality and map of the Journey of the Soul: Gate-Path-Lotus Seat, Seed (altar).
• Nexus/Portal or Stargate: energy field created through sacred geometry,
• Anthropocosm or Microcosm: the human energy field or light body: the chakras,
• Energy Field(s): as a patterns of subtle energy related to the earth’s ley/grid system,
• Ritual/Ceremony: the form of the sacred activity, Precession…opening the chakras
• House of the Divine: as the abode of deity, the Presence. 

Note: The precision in the alignment of the energy grids in the Temple of Osiris at Abydos compared to the others except the pyramids, especially to absence of grids in the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the main university of the temple system, suggests that the Osiris Temple may still be used for teaching and initiation into the mysteries to this day.


The Pyramids of Giza

 

The Giza Pyramids: three different ways to equate the circle (spirit and square (body).

 

The Giza Pyramids: three different ways to equate the circle (spirit and square (body).

The pyramids are keys to the ascension process: represent stars in the Duat, the Gizeh pyramids being the stars in Orion’s (Osiris’) belt. The Pyramids were built as a gateway directly to heaven-Orion bypassing the whole process of the soul journey through the Duat.
• The geometry of the Great Pyramid embodies the sacred geometry of the Circling the Square, equating spirit (circle) and matter (square) by the Golden Proportion.  Each of the three main pyramids has a slightly different aspect of this magic ratio.
• The Great pyramid is a scale model of the Earth containing its dimensions in various units of ancient measure, Egyptian cubits, pyramid inches, etc.
• The Great Pyramid shape has power…shown to conduct subtle energy into the planetary grids.
• In the Great Pyramid: initiate became reborn in the Light of Re.
Great Pyramid: was also a model of multi-dimensional reality, It is actually Chephren, the middle pyramid, that aligns to the middle star of Orion’s Belt, Alnitak.  This is the stargate to the center of Creation while the two pyramids on either side, Mintak and Alnilam, are the guardians or gatekeepers to the stargate. The largest pyramid, that of Cheops, is the Ascension portal. In this regard the ascension seat is actually the niche in the Queen’s chamber which sits directly under the apex of the pyramid.  The sarcophagus in the Kings Chamber is off to the side and may have once held the original Ark of the Covenant. The third, smallest Pyramid of Mykerinos, is the time gate and the smaller six “queen” pyramids probably function as control panels for the three largest pyramids. (See grid map of the Giza pyramids below). 

Alignment of the three large Giza Pyramids to Orion Belt stars. Star Maps

 

Alignment of the three large Giza Pyramids to Orion Belt stars.
Star Maps

The ancients mapped the stars of the night sky onto the surface of the planet, uniting heaven and earth two. Research has shown that the pyramids in particularly represent stars, the three on the Giza plateau are the three stars in the Belt of Orion

giza-pyramids-dowsed

The Giza plateau with its pyramids was called “Rostau” the stargate. The ancient Hall of Records is believed to be beneath the Pyramids:  Egypt models the cosmos-tradition all over the world that the sky is map on the ground. Zodiacs.  Solar boat, transports the deceased through the Duat, the underworld, star field to heaven. There has been much research to suggest that the dimensions of the Great Pyramid modeled the Earth and the chronology of the recent history of mankind is recorded in the Pyramid.

There has also been speculation that it also models the multi-dimensions of the universe.  Egyptian Book of the Dead told us that the Great Pyramid was called “The Abode of Light” or “The House of Secret Places”.  The entry into the secret Chamber of the Son is foretold to occur later in this century representing mankind’s spiritual ascension into the 5th Dimension. Other chambers representing even higher dimensions may be fully encased in stone without a physical entry.

Orion Stargate

12 Hours of the Duat:-Tomb of Tutmosis III-Valley of Kings. Each of 12 gates or pylons had a gatekeeper and a magical spell needed to pass through. Each domain was visualised as having three registers, a river between two banks, representing 3 dimensions. Books like this were maps of the paths of return.

 

Fundamental stargate geometry: Overlapping vortexes conformed by two pyramids or tetrahedrons.

 

Fundamental stargate geometry: Overlapping vortexes conformed by two pyramids or tetrahedrons.

 

The Pharaoh’s soul walking through the stargate

 

The Pharaoh’s soul walking through the stargate. King Tut’s 2nd Shrine.

The Egyptian path of Initiation as outlined by Charles Muses in a book called “The Lion Path”, is the metamorphosis of the body, a process modeled by Osiris, re-uniting the 14 pieces (number of the regenerative process) of his dismembered body. The path of enlightenment, of the whirling spiral of the self, symbolized as the passage of the sacred solar boat, the Henu, through the heavens, a “land” of constellations, to bring the god to be in man into the realm of light and life, into the presence of Osiris, the conqueror of death to be born again.

INITIATION: The process of ascent to the stars described in the Pyramid and Coffin texts and on the walls of the Pharaoh’s tombs in the Valley of the Kings are also instructions to initiates aspiring for the journey of return to the stars after a spiritual death and a resurrection as an illumined being while still in a living body.  The Pyramid Texts on the walls of the Unas Pyramid, exhorts the gods to accept the Pharaoh as being alive: “Unas is not dead”.  The Greek historian, Herodotus, visiting Egypt in the 5th century BCE records the what appears to be a universal process in ancient cultures.  After a period of spiritual training and practice the initiate is lead into a secret chamber in the pyramid, and sealed into a stone sarcophagus therein for a period of three days and nights in deep trance. traveled through the dimensions, each with a guarded portal/gateway, leading to the realm of the imperishable stars to commune with the gods.  The journey is taken aboard a special vehicle called the solar boat, which sails on the waters of consciousness as it also carries the solar disk-sun of RA across the sky.  If successful, the initiate returned reborn, enlightened, joining a select company of initiates called the Shemsu Hor, the Brotherhood of Horus, the white robed, “shining ones”.  The Gnostic Gospel of Philip found at Nag Hammadi, Egypt describes a similar process.

Stargate:  The hieroglyph, or word for initiation, is , meaning “to be prepared” and is also the symbol for the star Sirius, representing the power of the divine feminine, the goddess, Isis, who in the myth of resurrection, is the instrument though which the fragmented Osiris is re-established as a whole light being, a god.  She joins with the chrysalis of Osiris in sexual union, a tantra, as a hawk, the soul, and brings back his seed to give birth to Horus.  The “initiation” is passage through the stargate or union with the divine polarity.  The symbolism of the mummy, is the chrysalis.  The initiation is metamorphosis where the organs dissolve to 19 cells. And so were the organs of the mummy removed from the body and kept in separate containers.

“The pupal Osiris became the numinous Egg or “eye”, (or golden lotus bud) (symbols of Horus) out of which the regenerated Osiris as Horus emerged, brought forth by the womb-power of the Divine Mother, Isis. Her star was the brightest in the heavens, Sirius, Sothis.  There were 12 Star Beings: representing the hours of the dwat-. The Divine Ennead (nine neters) starting with Re, the creator, then Shu, Tefnu, space and time, Nut-the power of universal substance, “water”, Geb, Osiris, Isis, Set and Nephthys, plus 3 more: Thoth, the magician, Anubis, the transformer, and Ptah, the Divine “Potter”, the evoker and quickener of all functions, the “architect of the universe” and of all forms.  Add Horus and Khnum for 14.

The Egyptian Stargate: The overlap of vortexes as within the pyramids, creates the gateway into the Duat.  There were 14 powers or steps or stages leading to the gateway:  the Egg.

“Star-Power Energy:  shown entering through the forehead (third-eye) of the pupal or mummiform Osiris, type of all humans. The glyph of the five-pointed star is the word for “star “and also means “door” and with the determinative symbol for walking it meant ‘passing through the “star-door” (or time door).  This combined with the falcon or the winged soul indicates that it was the soul’s passage through these doors that effected the Osirian transformation or metamorphosis into the immortal-glorified.  The stargate geometry was encoded in the crossing of the wings of Isis and Nepthys and the crossing of the crook and flail of the pharaoh’s Akenaten and Tutenkamum.

In ancient times the Giza Plateau was called “Rostau”, the stargate and it was the middle pyramid Chephren that was called “great”.  The great pyramid now is the ascension platform, the ascension seat is the niche in the Queen’s Chamber directly under the apex of the pyramid.

The stargate geometry is traced connecting the numbers in the magic Square of Saturn-3 or Thoth, in order.   The sum of the numbers in rows, columns and diagonals is 15, the parts of Osiris’ body in the secret teaching.

Isis and Nepthys are the gate- keepers to the stargate at the temple entrance. The geometry of their wings produces a stargate. The square portal above admits the light of stars into the temple sanctuary.

Isis and Nepthys are the gate- keepers to the stargate at the temple entrance. The geometry of their wings produces a stargate. The square portal above admits the light of stars into the temple sanctuary.

The Djed Pillar

Djed Pillar aligned to Galactic Center

Djed Pillar aligned to Galactic Center. The Stargate is formed by two lion-headed sphinx’s, the double sphinx, back to back, guardians to the Giza Plateau. They at the entrance to the Duat, which models the wormhole-double vortex.

djed-pillar-osiris

The Djed Pillar here shows Osiris holding the flail and crook of pharoahic authority, topped with the sh, symbol of life, and upraised arms representing the KA, the essence/energy of being that survives death, holding the sun, RA.

Looking at ancient Egypt as the source and foundation of western mysticism, her vast symbolic library of sacred teaching in her architecture and writing, there must be one that sticks out as representing the higher dimensions.  We find it in the form of the Djed Pillar.  In the Djed Pillar we have a representation of the body, specifically the spinal column, of Osiris, the resurrected or Perfected One.  He is the divine aspect or neter of resurrection and return to our origin in the stars, thus the axis mundi of the world. It was thus the World Tree, the support of the universe.  Known even today as the mystery of mysteries, Osiris himself represented the Path of Return as well as the guide, the ruler of the ”duat”, the area of the night sky, or underworld, home of the imperishable stars (never setting) that encircle the pole star.   Upon death we each become Osiris, returning to the stars.  The Djed was the ”stairway to heaven”…connecting heaven and earth.  As such it is the model of the Kingdom, i.e. of multi-dimensional reality itself.

The djed column and its rituals represent one of the deepest mysteries of ancient Egypt dating back to pre-dynastic times as does the Egyptian Book of the Dead which identifies it the Djed as the backbone/spine of Osiris, thus stability, regeneration and continuity but moreover it was the axis of the world, the djed was the World Tree the support of the universe. (i.e. giving structure to the cosmos). The Djed column was the spine of Osiris, a ladder to the stars.   Intiates of the Djed mysteries were known as the Djedi, the stable ones, pillars of the world, protectors of sacred knowledge. The Djedi was the enlightened man, the light body of the divine being represented by the Osiris.

According to legend the first Djed was raised by the Nun as a conduit for the neters between heaven and earth, thus a series of inter-dimensional portals. Each level had is pair of gatekeepers: Shu /Tefnut, Geb/Nut, Osiris/Isis and Set/Nepthys..  Altogether they were organized as the First and Second Companies of neters positioned on either side of the pillar into the first Tree of Life.  In the central axis were placed first Atum, then RA/Thoth/Ptah and Amon, the creators, Horus, The Pharaoh and Mankind, ascending, evolving back to Source up the stages of the pillar.  Raising the Djed was celebrated by the pharaoh annually at the winter solstice and at times of crisis or change, to re-establish order and maintain stability of earth and its energy grids.  But the secret of the Djed is that it symbolized the resurrection of Osiris, representing the resurrection of the fragmented spiritual self, a rebirth in Light, in Wisdom and Spirit, was to re-establish the Path of Return. It symbolized the victory of order over chaos and evil…of Osiris over Set. 

The legend tells us that jealous Set killed Osiris cutting him up into 14 pieces…the fifteenth being his genitals.  Through magic Isis reassembles Osiris’ body in order to conceive Horus.  The magic square of Saturn having three rows and columns of the primary integers all sum to 15.  Connecting the numbers in order produces the geometry of the stargate centered on the number 5, of perfected being.

With Horus the neters make ten, the sephiroth of the Tree of Life.  Horus represents the destiny of Man becoming divine following the path up the central column of the Djed becoming Horus, Osiris, Ra and Thoth/Maat in succession.  The neters in the outer left and right columns are ten the gatekeepers for the ascending stage of spiritual evolution.

Thus there are five orders of Egyptian gods

  1. Atum, the supreme self-created creator who remains unmanifest in the void.
  2. Prime anifest creators, RA, Thoth, Ptah, and Amun- Creators of the Universe:
  3. Shu, Tefnut, Geb  Nut and RA, the first Company. Creators of our world. 
  4. The 2nd Company: Osiris, Isis, Set, Nepthys and Horus: aspects of the creator gods who manifest in human form.
  5. Lesser gods over 2000: who represent forces and processes in nature.

The path of union with the Supreme Intelligence then must involve an integration of each of these divine aspects in sequence like climbing the Tree of Life or the Planes of the Kingdom. (See diagram)  Raising the Djed re-polarizes/realigns the chakra system and opens the crown to the higher dimensions.

The Djed is the column of light that connects heaven/galactic center to earth. Set between the two opposing lions representing the portal/gateway, the Djed is the stargate or portal home to the stars.
The alignment of the Djed as the cosmic pillar of Light depends on timing. As the spine of Osiris to the celestial pole and as the column of Ra to galactic centre.

Seti I raising the Djed

Seti I raising the Djed

Wall relief at the Temple of Osiris at Abydos. The red sash on Isis indicates an ascended being.

Traveling the dimensions requires the initiate to achieve a higher state of consciousness and to build a vehicle, a light body, to travel in.  The solar boat is that vehicle in the Egyptian mysteries.  It is called the “ship of eternity”, the “ark of a million years”…that sails on the waters of the Milky Way…the Duat.  William Henry has proposed that the design of the solar boat is similar to a quantum wormhole, a stargate, with lotus vortex openings front and aft. The ascended one is the “feathered“ being-Osiris who sits on the solar boat on the (feathered) Throne in the form of the Cube of Space, which is also an ascension vehicle.

Djed Pillar as the mystical subtle body of Osiris has realigned chakras, nine in total, the number of energy bodies (see diagram). The upper four column capitals stand for the four higher chakras or energy centers of the body, realigned vertically as wheels on the axis of the world, from heart to crown of the ascending being. It is the light body of the ascended being. The dung beetle, Kepher, in the mantle pushes the sun ahead of it, thus is the symbol of RA, the rising sun.  But also is the symbol of the ascending being rising sin the Djed column of light. Gatekeepers: Isis & Nepthys. These two neters, who enfold the pharaoh in his sarcophagus and stand as the columns at the entry pylon to the Temple, produce the geometry of the stargate with their wings.  The initiates of this mystery were known as the Djedi Brotherhood, the stable ones, Pillars of the World, who served the planet and the plan at the end of the world age and who guarded and transmitted the secrets of the teaching. Thus, in this time of world change. it is time for the Djed to be raised in all of us again.

“The Djed is the supreme unifying symbol of all polarities, connecting us to the transcendent reality of the whole, the One. It symbolizes the macro and microcosmic “axis.” As the cosmic axis the Djed is the “cylinder,” the column of light linking the Earth to the pole star. It represents stability because it aligns the North Pole of Earth with the still-point of the revolving “dome” of the heavens-the pole star.” In the same article, “The Raising of the Djed,” 1995, she goes on to say: “From the geodetic and astronomic perspective, the raised Djed is the fixed reference point which makes firm the bond between Heaven and Earth, evoking geophysical stability at a time of increased potential for Earth changes.” She also reminds us that: “according to the texts of the Temple of Horus at Edfu, the Djed served its greatest purpose and revealed its greatest mystery at the ending of one world age and the beginning of another.”                               

Alignment of Djed to celestial pole

Alignment of Djed to celestial pole

Djed Pillar in the Stargate Geometry created by the enfolding wings of Isis & Nepthys

Djed Pillar in the Stargate
Geometry created by the enfolding wings of Isis & Nepthys

                         The Teaching of the Serpent

 

Atum emerges from the darkness of the Primal Waters, the Nun, (Heliopolis cosmology) from the primal state of undifferentiated chaos, before there was form, before any definite thing existed according to one story, as the primeval cosmic serpent called Sito, “Son of Earth” or Iru-To, ‘Creator of Earth”.  In the Pyramid Texts 1146, the creator/Spirit says: (p50)

I am the outflow of the Primeval Flood,
He, who emerged from the waters.
I am the “Provider of Attributes, serpent with its many coils,
I am the Scribe of the divine Book
Which says what has been and effects what is yet to be.

“Here the serpent is the creator of multiplicity, God as the spirit who assigns to everything its essence, its Ka.  The serpent is therefore a symbol of creation by word, the belief that the universe in its variety is based on…the commands of a designing and conscious mind.” p51
Coffin Texts, IV, Spell 321:

I extended everywhere, according to what was to come into existence.
As the One, I alone knew the Indwelling Soul, the most potent of gods….
I bent around myself (self-created-recursion), encircled in my coils.(DNA)
One who made a place for himself (i.e. a creation) in the midst of his coils.
His utterance is what came forth from his mouth.

“In a sense he (Atum) is the serpent whose coils delimit the creation-the outer coils of the serpent are the limits of the world.” (the power of limits to create form). “In another recitation of the First Intermediate Period (Hermopolis) the Universal Master (Thoth) explains to the minor gods that he came to deliver the four basic laws of creation: p51″while I was still in the midst of the serpent coils”
“In another sense the serpent utters the “creative Word, the Logos, which lays down the laws of what is to be made.”  The serpent exists before the dawning of Light which comes forth form the word.”
“In the beginning the serpent is the creator emerging from the chaos of the ‘waters’, in the end Atum becomes the serpent again, the  principle of destruction and chaos, the return to the waters.  The serpent is eternal.”
“Atum must conquer the serpent part of himself to emerge in form from the waters. The serpent remains there as Apopis, the doer of the void, of darkness, as the personification of evil-chaos (from our perspective), ever a threat to discorporation (of order/cosmos-form) and is battled every night by RA, the sun (ultimate order), which disappears into the night in order to return at the dawn of the next day.”

“The serpent must be conquered before the world can be in order.  It is made to swallow its tail and surround the Primeval Hill to protect the world from the chaos of the waters.”  (The serpent represents the wave nature of reality, which moves upon the waters, creating order out of chaos.)
Other meanings of the serpent (specifically the cobra): the goddess or divine feminine, the forces which uphold the universe (e.g. rearing serpents as in the winged disk), the energy in matter or Nature (as in kundalini), the symbol of Amun, the hidden One, the suppressed forces of nature (that lie in the earth) (Hikê) which can be overcome by divine knowledge.  Serpent represents the subtle power/energy in matter/body-the kundalini.  The dual serpents on the Crown indicate the opening of the 3rd Eye (i.e. tantra and Egyptian).

Pharoah as Osiris

Pharaoh as Osiris

 

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Raising the Christmas tree 2
Left: the original Egyptian (3100BC) version of the raising of the Djed pillar, a tree-like rendition of the backbone of the reborn Osiris, raised annually, generally on Dec 21, as a tamarisk tree (evergreen), a few days before Dec 25 (Winter Solstice) and the birth of Horus (by Isis). Middle: Dionysus, the Greek version of Osiris, being raised like Orion, or Osiris as the re-born evergreen tree. Right: the modern Christian version of this, the annual raising of a pine tree (Christmas tree), decorated with a star at the top.

In religio-mythology, Christmas Tree, the symbolic decoration tree of modern Christmas, is an act symbolic of the “raising of Osiris” (aka Raising of Lazarus or Orion rising), in the form of the tamarisk evergreen green, a holiday performed annually in ancient Egypt on about Dec 21, which is representative of the rebirth of Osiris, as told in the Passion of Osiris, which itself is symbolic, in the original astro-theology formulation, of the “raising of Orion” constellation, a mythological ritual that dates back over 5,000-years.

Persea tree | Christmas tree

The origin of the evergreen tree raised during the holidays, is a syncretism of the myth of Ra the sun god, in the form of the bennu bird (or phoenix) born out of the tip of an evergreen tree, as promulgated by the Priests of Ra, in Heliopolis, united with the Osiris cult model of Osiris reborn in the form of a tamarisk evergreen tree, aka Djed pillar, as told in the famous myth of the death and resurrection of Osiris.

In 1897, Alfred Wiedemann, in his Religion of the Ancient Egyptians, devoted a chapter section to the bennu, the mythical bird thought to be the form of the new born sun, born out the tip of an evergreen tree, called by the Greeks the Persea tree, about which he said the following:

“The phoenix, Egyptian bennuwhich classic and Christian artists often represented as an eagle, was imagined by the Egyptians rather as a heron, and was depicted with two long feathers growing out at the back of its head, and sometimes also with a tuft hanging from its breast. The name bennu signifies ‘that which revolves’ or ‘turns back’. 

Osiris tree
A depiction of the sun or Ra being born out of Osiris as a evergreen tree.

Myths told how the bird was born from the midst of flames which arose from out of the summit of a tree in Heliopolis, and that it was known to men by the beauty of its song, to which even the sun himself love to listen. The phoenix symbolised the morning sun arising out of that fiery glow of dawn which dies away as the new born luminary ascends the sky, and hence was regarded as the bird of Ra. But since the dead sun was held to become an Osiris and the new sun to arise from the embalmed body of the old which had been duly brought to Heliopolis, in like manner also the phoenix was supposed to be a form of Osiris in which the god returned to his own country. 

Further, as on the death of the sun it was from the Osiris sun that the phoenix sun arose, so it was taught in the case of humanity also that it was from his ‘own Osiris’ that there sprang the new man of the resurrection, and of this resurrection the phoenix became a symbol from a very early date. Hence, even in funerary texts of the Old Kingdom [c.2500BC] the deceased was likened to the phoenix: later it continued to serve as a symbol of the resurrection, and as such it is mentioned in patristic literature and figures in earliest Christian art.”

In 1904, Wallis Budge, citing Wiedemann, summarizes this bennu bird Persea tree sun birth belief as follows: [18]

“On a hypocephalus quoted by Wiedemann, the deceased is made to say, “I am in the form “of the Bennu, which cometh forth from Het-Benbenet in Annu,” and from many passages we learn that the Bennu, the Soul of Ra, which appeared each morning under the form of the rising sun, was supposed to shine upon the world from the top of the famous Persea tree wherein he renewed himself.”

The following, relief #18 from the Dendera Temple, subtitled by Wallis Budge (1904), shows the sacred Persea treegrowing out of the head of the bier of the mummified Osiris, shown with the soul (or ba) of Osiris at the top of the tree:

Osiris Christmas tree (Dendera) 3

In 1977, William Darby, et al, in their Food: the Gift of Osiris, giver various interpretations concerning the significance of the “sacred” tree in Egyptian, called “Ished tree or S’w’b tree (Egyptian), or the “Persia tree” (Greek), named after the god Greek Perseus, which often depicted kings protected by its foliage or emerging from it. The high esteem which was afforded this tree is indicated by a law passed under Emperor Arcadius forbidding the uprooting or sale of any persea tree in Egypt.

The “fruit” (i.e. Egyptian avocados) of the persea symbolised, supposedly, the “sacred heart” of Horus, and eating it gave eternal life and knowledge of the divine plan.  This, supposedly, is the origin or an aspect of the origin of the “tree of life” and or the “tree of knowledge”.

The following is a corrected (Ѻ)(Ѻ) Christmas tree:

Osiris is the reason for the season

Osiris | Tamarisk tree 

In Egyptian mythology, the Osiris cult, which was well-established by 3100 BC in Egypt, as told in one version (see also: version two) of the Passion of Osiris, Osiris, gets into a heated conflict with his brother Set, after he mistakenly sleeps with Nephthys, his brother’s wife. Set, to get back at his brother, tricks Osiris, during a dinner party, into getting into a trunk, fit precisely to Osiris’ body size. Plutarch, in his On Isis and Osiris (100AD), summarises this as follows:

“When Osiris came again Typhon [Set] plotted with seventy two comrades, and with Aso, the queen of Ethiopia, to slay him; and secretly got the measure of the body of Osiris, and made ready a fair chest, which was brought into his banqueting hall when Osiris was present together with other guests. By a ruse, Osiris was induced to lie down in the chest, which was immediately closed by Typhon and his fellow conspirators, who conveyed it to the Titanic mouth of the Nile. These things happened on the seventeenth day of the month of Hathor, when Osiris was in the twenty-eighth year either of his reign or of his age.”

Set then threw the chest, similar to that shown below (left) (Ѻ), containing the body of Osiris into Nile, as shown below right: (Ѻ)

Osiris on river

Plutarch, in his On Isis and Osiris (100AD), summarises this as follows:

“Soon after she learned that the chest had been carried out by the sea to Byblos, where it had been gently laid by the waves among the branches of a tamarisk tree (Ѻ) , which I a very short time had grown to a magnificent size and had enclosed the chest within it’s trunk.”

The following is an artistic rendition, by Hoda Hefzy (Ѻ), of Isis on boat finding the tree of Osiris at Byblos:

Isis finding Osiris (trunk)

The following is an original Egyptian visual of this chest-turned-tree:

Osiris tree Osiris tomb colored

The following, below left, is a modern rendition (Ѻ) of the so-called Osiris evergreen tree; below right is a real (Ѻ) tamarind tree, such as Plutarch might have had in mind when he told (or heard) the Osiris and Isis tale:

Osiris tree (labeled)

Osiris tree (labeled)

The Egyptians, as summarized by Budge (Ѻ), often referred to the divine food of the gods called “tchefau”; this is speculated to have been mushrooms (Ѻ), and or resin-based “manna” (Ѻ), that grew under the evergreen trees, e.g. tamarisk tree (Egypt) or pine tree (Europe).

Djed | Pillar
This chest, containing the body of Osiris, within a tree, according to the Plutarch version (100AD), was found by the king of that country and made into a pillar for the roof of his house; this is summarises this as follows:

“The King of the country, admiring the tree, cut it down and made a pillar for the roof of his house of that part which contained the body of Osiris.”

This is the origin of the so-called “djed pillar”, the four ringed shaped amulet, examples (Ѻ)(Ѻ) of which are shown below (right), which is said to be symbolic of the back bone of the reborn Osiris, as shown below below (left), said to be symbolic of stability:

Djed pillar (backbone)

Djed

The flower-shape of each ring, seams to be symbolic of lotus plant sun god birth origin theory.

Koiak | Month

See main: Khoiak festival 

In Egypt, annually, the 30-day period of Dec 10 to Jan 8, the fourth month of the Season of Akhet (Inundation), just as the waters receded to expose silt-covered fields fresh for sowing, was a festival month called the “month of Khoiak (or Koiak)”, the forerunner to the modern Christmas season, each day of which a special holiday event or ritual occurred.  The festival of Khoiak was a seed-planting festival of sorts; the gist of which is summarised as follows:

“The festivals of Khoiak are among the best attested from ancient Egypt. They revolve around the myth of the god Osiris, murdered by his brother Seth, and revived by his sister-wife Isis to the point where she could conceive their son Horus. Osiris withdrew to rule the underworld, while Isis protected Horus until he was old enough to avenge his father in battle with Seth, and win the throne.”

Osiris Bed
An example of an “Osiris Bed”, aka corn mummy, a mold-shaped container, that was filled with mud and grain (typically barley; or millet or wheat), ranging in size from a few inches to body-sized, that beginning in the New Kingdom (1550BC) began to be put into the tombs of pharaohs. An Osiris Bed found in the tomb of Egyptian courtier Tuya (c.1390BC) (Ѻ) had 8-inch sprouts growing out of it. [11] These Osiris Beds were precursors to the Christmas tree.

In 1550BC, the Osiris rebirth myth became a month-long festival, which involved the making of pottery-like Osiris mold planting beds, examples of which are shown adjacent, that were planted each year; the gist of which is summarized as follows:

“The death and revival of Osiris provide the mythic echo of the annual rebirth of crops. In the ceremony, seeds [barley, millet, wheat (Ѻ)] were sown in earth, which was from the New Kingdom [1550BC] shaped in [corn mummy] moulds to the form of Osiris; the sown earth was watered until the seeds germinated, and then this guarantor of a successful crop was buried.

The timing of the festival in the official year placed it in the fourth month of flood, just as the waters receded to expose silt-covered fields fresh for sowing. The name of the festival was ka-her-ka‘ka upon ka’ (or ‘sustenance upon sustenance’); it survived into Christian times as the name of the fourth month of the season of flood, rendered in Coptic as Khoiak.”

The following is relate quote:

“The deceased wears an onion necklace to prepare for the solarization of the Sokar-Osiris. A luminous rebirth occurs on the morning of the 26-th day in the month of Khoiak in the hnw-barge, which is protected by the five geese, daughters of Ra, and their barges. The transport of the hnw was organized by the high priest of Ptah in Memphis.”

— Donald Redford (2001), The Oxford Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Volume 3 (Ѻ

The following shows the timeline “events”, based on known sources, that occurred each day of the month of the Koiak festival; in the Hathor temple (100AD) column, to note, we see Osiris being identified with Sokar (Sekar), the underworld god of Memphis, which, according to Budge (pg.130), occurred sometime after the Pyramid Texts, at an unknown time:

Day Modern Medinet Habu
[1150BC]
Koptos Basin 
[850BC]
Jumilhac Papyrus
[100BC]
Hathor temple
[100AD]
Budge Summary
[1904]
Christianity
[400AD]
  ————– ————————- ————————— ————————— ————————————– ——————————————-  
1
Dec 10 [make new Osiris god mould case] [make new Osiris god mould case] [make new Osiris god mould case] [make new Osiris god mould case]
2-11
Dec 11-20
12
Dec 21 watering the moulds watering the Osiris/relic moulds the Festival of the Ploughing of the Earth and the Festival of the Tena were celebrated.
13
Dec 22 watering the moulds watering the moulds
14
Dec 23 watering the moulds watering the moulds; new Sokar [Osiris] figure made the great Festival of Pert
15
Dec 24 watering the moulds watering the moulds
16
Dec 25 watering the moulds watering the moulds; anointing the Sokar figure, placed on bier the Festival of Osiris Khent Amenti Christmas, aka Birth of Jesus, i.e. a new Jesus is born.
17
Dec 26 watering the moulds watering the moulds
18
Dec 27 watering the moulds watering the moulds
19
Dec 28 watering the moulds finding the head of Osiris watering the moulds; censing the Sokar figure
20
Dec 29 watering the moulds finding the eyes of Osiris watering the moulds; weaving the shroud
21
Dec 30 opening window in Shetayt shrine watering the moulds finding the jaws of Osiris Osiris and relic figures taken out of moulds; cloth woven
22
Dec 31 hoeing the earth watering the moulds finding the neck/arm of Osiris search on the Sacred Lake
23
Jan 1 making way in Shetayt shrine watering the moulds finding the innards of Osiris burial preparations
24
Jan 2 placing Sokar in their midst procession of figures finding the intestines of Osiris removal of figures of last year the model of the god of the preceding year was taken out from its place and buried suitably, and the new Osiris [corn mummy] was embalmed in the sanctuary
25
Jan 3 Netjeryt (tying onion strings in evening) final rites on roof (or 26?) finding the lungs/phallus of Osiris The new Osiris remained without burial for seven days because of the tradition which declared that the god had remained for seven days in the womb of his mother Nut when she was with child.
26
Jan 4 Sokar festival – circling the walls inal rites on roof (or 25?) finding the thighs/legs of Osiris
27
Jan 5 finding the leg/fingers of Osiris
28
Jan 6 finding the phallus/arm of Osiris
29
Jan 7 finding the heart of Osiris Eastern Orthodox Christmas, i.e. a new Jesus is made.
30
Jan 8 raising the Djed pillar finding arm/Horus sons; raising the Djed pillar burial of figures; raising the Djed pillar the TetTetwas set up in Tettu [Busiris], because on this day the divine members of OsirisMembers of Osiriswere brought.”

The following is a visual the so-called “raising of Osiris” or raising of Djed pillar ceremony:

Raising of the Djed Ceremony

This thirty-day festival ending in the raising of the djed pillar eventually morphed into the Christmas tree celebration.

Dorothy Murdock comments how at some point in the Khoiak festival, the Egyptian baby son god Sokar was carried out of the temple on an ark (Ѻ); also that Epiphanius (c.350AD) had his comments about how the Egyptians brought forth a “baby sun born of a virgin at winter solstice” censored.

Busiris
The Egyptian city of Busiris (Greek) or Tettu (Egyptian) were the annual setting up of the Tet (Christmas tree) was performed on the last day of the festival of the Passion of Osiris or month of Khoiak.

Vincent Brown (2002) summarizes this as follows:

“The reconstruction of the body of Osiris occurred at a place called Djedu,in the Delta region of Lower Egypt and it was here that the yearly ceremony of ‘Raising the Djed Pillar’ took place on the last day of the month of Khoiak, the eve of the agricultural New Year. The next day marked the beginning of the four month long season of Pert, or ‘Going Forth’ during which the lands rose out of the flood waters allowing the fields to be sown. Djedu was also referred to as Per-Asar-Neb-Djedu, meaning “The House of Osiris – the Lord of Djedu”. The Greeks called it Busiris, after the shortened title Per-Asar –“The House of Osiris”. Mythologically, the ‘Raising of the Djed’ symbolised the resurrection of Osiris, and with its annual re-enactment represented the death and renewal of the yearly cycle. Osiris is referred to as “Lord of the Year” in the Pyramid Texts and that he was also the god of agriculture meant that his annual resurrection ensured the stability of the abundance of the next season’s crops.”

Below (left), an image (Ѻ) (Ѻ) from Gaston Maspero’s History of Egypt, Volume Six (c.1895), we see a evergreen tree (tamarisk) growing out of the tomb of Osiris, when the story was being popularized in Assyria:

Osiris Christmas tree

Above (right) we see (Ѻ) a 2015 rendition of the djed pillar, decorated Christmas style.

Jarid Miller (2010) summarizes things as follows:

“The idolatrous festival was on December 25th. This system began by Osiris and Isis and their son Horus about 3000 BC; centuries before the birth of Yahshua [son of Yahweh]. When King Osiris died, his wife Isis claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead Osiris. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed Osiris would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of King Osiris reborn as the son, Horus. This was the origin of the Christmas tree. Jeremiah 10:2-4 speaks on the Christmas tree.”

The Jeremiah citation is as follows:

“Learn not the way of the nations,nor be dismayed at the signs of the heavensbecause the nations are dismayed at them,for the customs of the peoples are vanity.A tree from the forest is cut downand worked with an axe by the hands of a craftsman.They decorate it with silver and gold;they fasten it with hammer and nailsso that it cannot move.”

— Anon (c.500BC), Bible, Jeremiah 10 (Ѻ

 

Tammuz
In 1600BC, the Osiris/Isis rebirth model was reformulated into the story of Tammuz (Osiris) and Inanna (Isis) model: (Ѻ)

“The queen (Semiramis) told the worshippers that when Tammuz (aka Nimrod) was killed … some of his blood fell on the stump of an evergreen tree, and the stump grew into a full new tree overnight. This made the evergreen tree sacred by the blood of Tammuz.”

Sheryl Karas, in her The Solstice Evergreen (1998), touches on some of this Tammuz tree variant.

Dionysus | Bacchus

The following is a photo, from a c.250AD marble sarcophagus, of the Greek god Dionysus (1600BC), the Greek rescript of Osiris (2800BC), being lifted up as a pine tree, aka “Raising of Dionysus”, during the spring festival of the mystery religion:

Raising of Dionysus

The following shows two Greek vases, dated from 600 to 500BC, respectively, wherein Dionysus is shown raised as the Osiris form of Djed pillar:

Dionysus (raised) (labeled)

It was Herodotus (450BC), supposedly, who first equated the Greek god Dionysus with the Egyptian god Osiris. (Ѻ) The early era Romans (100AD) later called Dionysus Bacchus. The later era Romans (400AD) syncretized all of this with the namesake “Jesus”.

Staff of Ptah (labeled)
A 2800BC figure (Ѻ) of the Staff of Ptah, which combines the powers of the “Ankh” or life reviving power of Isis, the “Was Scepter” a symbol of Set tamed, and the Djed Pillar, a symbol of the re-born Osiris, and the son Horus born on Dec 25, from the union of the resurrected Osiris and Isis in act of the black rite.

Attis
In Phrygian mythology, the Attis cult (Ѻ), modeled on the Osiris cult, originating c.1250BC in Turkey, Attis, the Phrygian god of vegetation, worshipped predominately from 500BC to 400AD, who is latter found in Greek mythology (400BC) and in turn Roman mythology (200BC), was worshiped to the effect that on Mar 22 a pine tree was carried into the Temple of Cybele and decorated with flowers and models of Attis.

Attis, one version of the so-called Cybele and Attis myth, returned to life in the form an evergreen tree.

In the mysteries of Attis, according to Christian church father Firmicus Maternus, a youthful image of the god-man Attis was “tied to a pine tree”.

In the Roman era, the Christian version of the Easter festival, according to Michael Jordan (1993), took over the date of the Attis rites.

Christianity

In the Roman recension, all of the former evergreen versions of the god Osiris, practised as Dionysus (Greece), Attis (Phrygia), and Bacchus (Rome), were morphed, by circa 400AD, to the effect that Jesus was “hung on a tree”, such as Peter says in the Acts of the Apostles, as does St. Paul in his Letter to the Galatians.

In later years, c.1500AD, Osiris, who originally was the Orion constellation, riding on his star barque, became Santa Claus, who road his sleigh around the earth in 24 hours delivering presents, the sleigh symbolic, supposedly, of the Big Dipper, which in Egypt seemed to go around the north star in 24 hours in December nights, who left presents under the Christmas tree:

Osiris Santa 2

Therein, Horus born on Dec 25, the immaculate son of Osiris, became the baby Jesus born on Dec 25 in a manger.

In the Bible, in Genesis 21:33 (Ѻ), Abraham, in coded speak, is described as having planted a tamarind tree, which is said to parallel the tree of life (Ѻ) in some way.

Gadalla (1997)
Moustafa Gadalla’s 1997 description of the Osiris tamarind tree trunk as the original “Christmas tree“. [7]

Gadalla

In 1997, Egyptian-American Egyptologist and civil engineer Moustafa Gadalla (1944-), in his The Ancient Egyptian Roots of Christianity, summarised the tamarisk tree and Christmas tree connection as follows:

“The story continues that the coffin of Ausar (Osiris) was swept by the waves to the shoreline of a foreign land. A tree sprang up and grew around it, enclosing the body of Ausar in its trunk. The tree grew large, beautiful, and fragrant. [See an Ancient Egyptian temple depiction below.] News of this magnificent tree came to the king of this alien land, who ordered that the tree be cut down, and its trunk brought to him. He utilized the trunk as a pillar in his house without knowing the great secret it contained within. This is reference to the Tree of Life, and with all that that implies. It is also a reference to the Tet (Djed) pillar of Ausar (Osiris). In Christianity, this became the Christmas tree.”

Arthur | Santa-ology
In 2000, religio-mythologist James Arthur, in his Mushrooms and Mankind, outlines the subject he defines as “Santa-ology” or “Santa-ism”, wherein he asserts the following:

“Today’s Santa Claus is a metamorphosis of many older mythologies, including Thor or Donner (German Donar) who wears red and rides in a Golden Flying Chariot pulled by two Goats (Cracker and Gnasher). In a sense, these goats were the ancestors to the now popular reindeer. What would the red and gold clad angel be doing with that nice basket? An Easter basket at Christmas is an interesting concept.

The icons, symbols, and relics that have managed to survive from the “Winter Solstice” celebrations of old, have a commonality that deserves some reflection, study, and perhaps even some reverence. Understanding that these traditions are borrowed ones, is central to getting at the heart of the true meaning of Christmas.

Christmas is commonly thought of as a Christian holiday (the birth of Jesus). Many Christian beliefs and traditions were borrowed from more ancient religions and mythologies. This is well documented by authors such as Gerald Massey, Godfrey Higgins, Robert GravesKersey Graves, and many others. The virgin birth, the incarnation of god, the sacrament, Christmas, Easter, etc. have all been adopted/stolen by Christianity as its own.”

Arthur, in continuation, comments on umbrella term ‘Pagan’ as follow:

“It is well documented by fundamentalists (apologists) that the Christmas traditions are Pagan in origin. This simply means that their origin comes from the traditions of the country-folk (pagan). By contrast, the Pagan origins of most of the other attributes of Christianity are vigorously denied. It is also very easy to obscure, overlook and discredit the Egyptian, Mithraic, Germanic, Norse, Celtic, Greek, Hindu and Buddhist roots by lumping all non-Christian religions together and labeling them ‘Pagan’. These are certainly not simple country-folk religions. So to just say Christmas has Pagan roots, and not go further, is glossing over what exactly those roots are, and discrediting their study as worthless. Christmas icons, traditions and stories have hidden meanings. Although not initially apparent, a more thorough investigation reveals far more symbolic content (which is decipherable) than originally suspected. At the roots of this symbolism research is information about the secrets of the mushroom, regarding its habitats, forms, uses, preparations, and effects.”

Arthur continues:

“Shaman of Siberia and the Russian icon, St. Nicholas, both play parts in the tale of Christmas, providing clues as to where Christmas came from and why there are certain symbols associated with the holiday. It is these types of clues that will help (the questors) in the deciphering of the symbols. Siberian Shaman used/use (despite governmental oppression) the Amanita muscaria as a religious sacrament. It is used for spiritual vision, out-of-body travel into the realms of the spirits, and as a plant-spirit guide in teaching and healing. The value of the inebriant is placed highly among the commodities of the native tribesmen, fetching reindeer pelts, meats, and all manner of tradable goods in payment and barter. Interesting to note: If you aren’t quick enough in the hunt, you will find only the mushroom stubs, the rest greedily gobbled up by the hungry reindeer.

The ancient shamanic use of Amanita muscaria in Siberia is well documented. Despite governmental oppression against its use, there are still many who refuse to accept the authorized state religion, and continue the shamanic traditions in secret. Just as the Siberian shaman (commonly dressing in red and white) would enter through the opening in the roof of a home where a ritual was to be done, Santa Claus also arrives on the roof and enters through the chimney. Just as the shamans would gather the mushrooms in bags which they would bring with them when performing a ceremony, Santa Claus also (on the Holy Day) brings presents in a bag. The Santa Claus we see today evolved from traditions developed in Germany. It is fairly common knowledge that the Weihnachtsmann (St. Nick) was an amalgamation of older Germanic/Norse gods such as Thor, Donner, Odin and Wotan. What’s missing here is just as Santa flies through the skies in his sleigh, Odin (as well as the rest) rode through the sky in his chariot, which is depicted in the stars by “The Big Dipper”. The Big Dipper is the chariot of Odin & Wotan, Thor, King Arthur, and even Osiris (of Egypt). The chariot that circles the North Star in a 24-hour period is thus also known as the sleigh of Santa Claus because it circles his mythological home, the North Pole. It is no surprise that Nordic/Germanic gods have connection to mushrooms in their mythology. As Thor throws his mushroom-shaped hammer to the ground, mighty thunders and lightning cracks cause the real mushroom(s) to appear. As the horses pulling Odin through the sky in his chariot become over-exerted, their blood-mingled spit falls to the ground and causes the Amanita mushrooms to grow at those exact points.”

This “Big Dipper” equals chariot of Odin, sleight of Santa, may be off, being that the star boat (solar barque) of Osiris was the Orion constellation, as is well-established, and the “Big Dipper” has to do with the opening of the mouth. Author continues:

“The Osiris mythology has even more to add to this. To the Egyptians; South was up (North). Osiris was the lord of the underworld, the South, (South=down) which is why he circles the sky in the furthest possible lower (southern) area. Not only did Osiris ride the sky in a chariot, but after his death Isis found that an evergreen (Cedar) had grown overnight from a dead stump to full-sized (this also relates to the Djed pillar); which was understood as a sign of Osiris’ rebirth and immortality. Interestingly, the traditional birth of Osiris is the 25th of December. The 25th of December was also celebrated annually by putting presents around the Cedar tree. This tradition is at least five thousand years old. The birth of Horus to the goddess-virgin-mother, Isis, is perhaps the eldest representation of the goddess/son mythology, yet it is impossible to know this or the real age of the Astro-theological-Virgo-giving-birth-to-the-child/god/star mythology for sure. However, it is the oldest source I have found; it is very old.

Drying the mushrooms was/is a necessary procedure typically accomplished by stringing them up (like popcorn) and hanging them above the hearth of the fireplace. shamans and lay people alike, would gather and dry them. They gather all they can since they are a valuable commodity. Reindeer (native to Siberia) are known to be quite fond of eating these mushrooms. The mythology of flying Reindeer reflects the supposed pharmacological effects of such a meal.

It is important to point out that this Christmas/Winter Solstice celebration, with all its various counterparts, transcends the world’s religions. The reason that this celebration is held all over the planet in various forms may have something to do with this other commonality at which we are looking; it is certainly entwined in the symbolism.”

Quotes

The following are related quotes:

“To return to ancient Egypt, there is evidence that the great Osiris was originally a tree-god. According to Egyptian mythology, after he had been murdered his coffin was discovered enclosed in a tree-trunk, and he is spoken of in the inscriptions as ‘the one in the tree’, the ‘solitary one in the acacia’. The rites, too, by which his death and burial were annually celebrated appear to couple him closely with TammuzAdonisAttis, Dionysus, and other gods whose worship was associated with a similar ritual.’ Frazer, following Mannhardt; contends that all these deities were tree-gods, and that the ceremonial connected with their worship was symbolic of the annual death and revival of vegetation.”

— J.H. Philpot (1897), The Sacred Tree: the Tree in Religion and Myth (pg. 11

“The Christmas tree is traced to the Roman Saturnalia. It is distinctly described by Virgil [c.30BC] with its suspended toys and images: ‘the farmers of Ansonia, a Race sent forth from Troy, in uncouth verse and unchecked laughter play and put on hideous vizards wrought of hollowed bark, and sing thee, O Bacchus, with joyful hymns, and in thy honor hang from the tall pine waving masks to thee’.”

— Lewis Burdick (1912), “Primary Economical and Political Significance of Our Christmas Anniversary” [21]

“The fruit of Hathor’s tree in its human form was Osiris, whose corpse was scattered like the seeds [see: crucifixion] after he had been persuaded to enter a chest – the cave or tomb of earth … Perhaps it is not too fanciful to see a survival of this conception in the Fairy Queen above the lighted Christmas tree.”

— Gertrude Levy (1963), Religious Conceptions of the Stone Age: and Their Influence on European Thought (pg. 121

“The Decorated Cedar Djed Pillar … In 1969, while visiting a temple of Seti in Upper Egypt, we were told by the keeper that Osiris … Today we find little spiritual enchantment in setting up a cut Christmas tree or decorating it with ribbons and lights.”

— Author (1975), “A Christmas Legend” (Ѻ), Rosicrucian Digest, 53:31. 

“Christmas & Christmas tree go back to ancient times to Egyptian civilization. In Egypt, it was believed that the husband of Isis, the ‘Queen of Heaven’ – King Osiris of Egypt, was born on December 25th. After the untimely death of the king After the untimely death of the king Osiris, his wife Isis, propagated the doctrine of the survival of Osiris as a spirit being. She claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolized the springing forth unto new life of the dead King. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed, Osiris would visit the evergreen tree and leaves gifts upon it. This is the real origin of the Christmas tree.”

— Author (1990), “Article” (pg. 9), Hindu Vishva, 26 

“The [Osiris] story continues that the coffin of Ausar [Osiris] was swept by the waves to the shoreline of a foreign land. A [tamarisk] tree sprang up and grew around it, enclosing the body of Ausar [Osiris] in its trunk. The tree grew large, beautiful, and fragrant. News of this magnificent tree came to the king of this alien land, who ordered that the tree be cut down, and its trunk brought to him. He utilized the trunk as a pillar [djed pillar] in his house without knowing the great secret it contained within. This is reference to the ‘tree of life’, and with all that that implies. It is also a reference to the Tet (Djed) pillar of Ausar (Osiris). In Christianity, this became the Christmas tree.”

— Moustafa Gadalla (1997), The Egyptian Roots of Christianity (pg. 105)

“The origin of Christmas as the festival of the Nativity dates far before our Christian era. The cult of Mithra, the unconquered Sun, celebrated the beginning of his ascension and the return of life on December 23 (the winter solstice). The custom became established little by little, among the Eastern Christians, of celebrating it on January 6. It wasn’t until the fourth century that the Western Church moved the date back to December 25 to replace the pagan feast of the birth of the Sun, whose cult was formally condemned by Pope Leo the Great (ninth century). Thus, the Christian ritual of the Divine Nativity also rejoined the Egyptian ritual, the Feast of Khoiak, which on the same day celebrated the resurrection of Osiris, that is, his reanimation by the solar light. Osiris, Neter of Nature, is the principle of perpetuity—that is, of the cycles which are continually renewed. He is the vital Principle, which in all of dualized Nature is perpetually being born, vegetating, growing, dying, and being reborn. That’s why we find in certain tombs of Osiris the silhouette of a conifer whose symbol makes this tree the ancestor of our Christmas tree. Its trunk is replaced by the djed of Osiris, his spinal column, to which the four physical elements give stability. The Osirian world is that of earthly existence. What links our Christmas tree to the tree of Osiris is that both are illuminated by the awakening of the new fire. This fire is manifested in the star of the Magi on January 6, Epiphany. On this date, the sun, crossing the apsis, starts to prolong the day, and the mornings and the evenings are lengthened. That’s why we have the tradition of keeping the Christmas lights until this date. Christmas-Khoiak is the instant when the fire of the seed, buried at Saint-Michel, has conquered the infernal dragon and reanimated the germ of the seed of Osiris is resuscitated with the sun.”

— Sharon Seivert (2001), The Balancing Act (pg. 304)

“In the Hittite legend of the missing fertility god, Telepinu, and evergreen tree asherah was set up before him and decked with gifts and this idea of decorating the object seems to have been the convention in much of the Near East.”

— Michael Jordan (2001), The Historical Mary (pg. 25) 

“The idolatrous festival was on December 25th. This system began by Osiris and Isis and their son Horus about 3000 BC; centuries before the birth of Yahshua [son of Yahweh]. When King Osiris died, his wife Isis claimed a full-grown evergreen tree sprang up overnight from a dead tree stump, which symbolised the springing forth unto new life of the dead Osiris. On each anniversary of his birth, she claimed Osiris would visit the evergreen tree and leave gifts upon it. December 25th was the birthday of King Osiris reborn as the son, Horus. This was the origin of the Christmas tree.”

— Jarid Miller (2010), Yahshua, the Man behind the Glory (pg. 24) 

“That we celebrate Dec 25th, based on the fact that three stars of Orion’s belt, aka “three kings”, align with the star Sirius, to point out the position of the rising sun, following the winter solstice, i.e. day of least amount of sunlight hours of the year, following the apparent “death” of the sun three days earlier, on the cross, i.e. “southern crux” star constellation, which originated with the celebration of the 3100 BC (4850BG) birthday of Ra in the temples on Dec 25, wherein, of note, the Egyptians put pine trees in temples (origin of Christmas tree tradition), which was remolded into the story of the birth of Osiris (2800BC), then Horus (1800BC), then Jesus (300AD), with such joyous ignorance, has us “marching backwards into 20th century”, as the saying goes, or 49th century (BG), as we would see it.”

— Libb Thims (2014), “Jesus ‘Jehovah’ of Nazareth’s IQ” (Ѻ), Hmolpedia Thread (#21), Dec 25

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Further reading
● Flynn, Tom. (1993). The Trouble with Christmas (Osiris, pgs. 55-57; Egypt, 6+ pgs; tree, 51+ pgs). Prometheus Books.

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