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How the Christ surpassed Yahweh at the dawn of the Piscean age

yahweh Because the earth orbits at a slight tilt, and the tilt of the orbit changes over time, the celestial equator is always moving and the vernal equinox is always moving along the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun around the Earth from our perspective.  We call this the “Precession of the Equinoxes,” and that is what we mean when we talk about the Age of Aquarius, the Age of Pisces, etc.

There is no accepted timeline for the transition from one Great Age to another.  The Great Year is approximately 26,000 years and each Age spans approximately 2160 years. However, because cultural changes mark the shift between ages it becomes somewhat easier to define these transitions.

Yahweh, the god of the ancient Hebrews, was a warrior god- Moses says so right in Exodus in the Bible:  “The Lord is a warrior/man of war.”  In Isaiah 42:13 we find this exclamation: “The LORD will march out like a champion, like a warrior he will stir up his zeal; with a shout he will raise the battle cry and will triumph over his enemies.”

There is a great deal of confusion in the Bible over the name of God – both El and YHWH (Yahweh) are used interchangeably.  However, that El was a senior god in Canaan: a beneficent god who presided over creation and ruled over the more junior warrior gods such as Baal and Astarte.  The use of the plural for god in the Bible – “Elohim” – could refer to the family of Canaanite gods that included not only Baal and Astarte but also El’s consort Athirat.  There is some evidence that El and Yahweh actually battled for control over the area which perhaps explains why Yahweh chose the ancient Israelites to follow him exclusively.

At any rate, Yahweh emerges into history as a force to be reckoned with around 1300 bce, smack in the middle of the Age of Aries.  Aries is ruled by Mars, the Roman god of war, and that period of time is highlighted by brutal conflicts over territories as individual tribal cultures gained power and we see the emergence of the warrior gods.  During the Age of Taurus the Bull (approximately 2000-4000 bce) we see the prevalence of the Goddess cultures which were more agrarian and less interested in conflict and a predominance of bulls in the mythology and art of the times.  During the Age of Aries the ram we see an emergence of rams.  The shofar, or horn used to call to prayer, is a ram’s horn.  Both rams and bulls are sacrificed, perhaps to purge the cultural memory of the previous ages.

In the early history of the Israelites Yahweh is not considered a divine figure – instead he is an active participant in war and urges his people to what we now consider barbaric acts.  The appellation of god may have come later, and we should remember that the ancient Pharoahs of that time also considered themselves gods.  (For more on this idea check out .)

Fast forward to the end of the Age of Aries and the dawn of the Piscean age, and we have the story of a young rabbi who advocates for peace.  He becomes the Lamb of God who is sacrificed and martyred (a Piscean theme) to save the souls of his people.  He is the fisher of men (the symbol for Pisces is the fish) and the symbol of the Icthys is the fish.  The religion that followed him required blind faith in a strict theology, Jupiterian themes, and Jupiter is the traditional ruler of Pisces.

So today as we celebrate Christmas, the time of the supposed birth of Jesus, let’s also ponder the fact that as we slide into the Age of Aquarius we are leaving the realm of Pisces behind and emerging into an age of reason and rational thought.  With too much reason and rationality comes the loss of magic, and I hope we will not lose the Piscean inspiration towards ecstasy and mysticism as we enter the age of robots and transhumanism!

 

By | 2016-11-15T08:35:23+00:00 December 25th, 2015|Religion|7 Comments

Astrology and Islam don’t get along (now)

…according to  in the Saudi Gazette (thanks ):

Belief in astrology and the casting of horoscopes are in clear opposition to the letter and spirit of Islam. It is really the empty soul, which has not tasted real Iman (belief) that seeks out these paths. Essentially these paths, represent a vain attempt to escape Qadr (predistination). The ignorant believe that if they know what is in store for them tomorrow, they can prepare for them today. In that way, they may avoid the bad and ensure the good. Yet, Allah’s messenger was told by Allah to say: ” I possess no power over benefit or hurt to myself except as Allah wills.”

Now I have no desire to bash someone else’s religion, and all scriptures are subject to interpretation.  We know that in the 8th and 9th centuries when sacred knowledge was stifled in the West by the Catholic Church it was the Arabic astrologers who rescued the sacred arts, translating the ancient Greek works into Arabic, and their wisdom,such as the Arabic Parts (including the widely used Part of Fortune), is taught to this very day ..

Astrology is banned by the major religions that seek to put power over individuals into the hands of a priestly class.  As we know, astrology has the potential to help us to recognize personality traits and inner conflicts which limit us and keep us from serving the Divinity of our choice in a fully conscious and present way, not to mention living a life of joy and fulfillment.

This article was originally posted in February 2009. 

By | 2014-10-20T07:57:43+00:00 October 20th, 2014|Astrology in the news, Religion|0 Comments

Who will care for the poor in the Aquarian Age?

Aquarian AgeNo one can really tell when the Age of Aquarius begins.  This is a 2160 year cycle, and it doesn’t begin or end on a particular date.  But I believe that we are in the transition period between the Age of Pisces and the Age of Aquarius.

The spread of Christianity dominated the Age of Pisces, and while there have been some horrific consequences as a result (think the brutality of the Crusades, the annihilation of Native Americans and other indigenous groups, etc.) it has primarily been Christian and other religious groups that have cared for the poor.

One of the rulers of Pisces is Jupiter, and Jupiter rules religion, the construct of meaning that we create for ourselves and share with others.  During the Age of Pisces the ideology of shared ideas has prevailed, and for a person to be without religion was unthinkable.

As we move into the age of Aquarius, ruled by Saturn traditionally and Uranus as modern ruler, there is more of a focus on individual rights and liberties and perhaps less compassion that is one of the higher manifestations of the Piscean archetype.  While Aquarius is all about fairness and justice for everyone, there is less of a sense of empathy and more of a fervor for liberty which we can certainly observe in today’s political landscape.  Aquarius loves mankind in general but finds it more difficult to be emotionally connected, hence the image I chose for this article.

Two years ago I wrote an article entitled “Will religion survive the Aquarian Age?”

There is no doubt that the presence of religion in our lives is changing, especially in the United States which, with Jupiter-ruled Sagittarius rising and Jupiter conjunct the Sun in the national chart is exceptionally tied to religious dogma.   found that 28% of all adults surveyed had left the religion of their childhood, a rather astonishing number. [The number of people expressing no religious preference has grown by a steady  6% per year since the 1990s when Pluto entered Sagittarius, the sign of religion, a.]

As we continue to move into the Aquarian Age, the force of “reason” is likely to dominate over spiritual experience, bringing another set of dangers.  The idea that in the Age of Aquarius “peace and love will rule the sky”  promulgated by the musical Hair is a fantasy.  If you ever read Animal Farm by George Orwell, a book about the dangers of communism where all are equal and none are free, you’ve seen the dark side of Aquarius in action.

We are seeing some of that in the rhetoric from politicians who want to eliminate care for the poor from state budgets.

For much of the last 2000 years churches provided much of the foundation of human life, both political and personal.  Until Henry VIII created his own religion and banished the Pope from his country, the head of the Catholic Church controlled much of Europe.  So there was very little actual separation between church and state, and the churches provided relief for the poor as well as the political structures.

Today it is primarily churches and religious organizations that provide soup kitchens and other relief efforts, and many conservatives argue that it should be churches that care for the poor and not the government.  But as religious structures continue to disappear in the Aquarian Age secular groups and government will need to pick up the slack and care for the poor.

It is ironic to me that those who call themselves Christian politicians are the loudest voices in eliminating supports for those in poverty since it was Jesus himself who said:

Mark 10:21-22 Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

As the number of churches continues to decline, with 3-4,000 churches closing every year in the US, alternative means to provide aid to the poor will need to be found.  In the age of personal responsibility, that means that it will be you and me that will be taking over.

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By | 2014-04-23T07:17:57+00:00 April 23rd, 2014|Age of Aquarius, Life, Religion|9 Comments

Venus retrograde – the significance of 40 days and 40 nights

40 days venus retrogradeVenus turns retrograde only every two years or so which makes it one of the more rare astrological events (the outer planets retrograde every year and Mercury retrogrades four times a year).  When a planet is retrograde, meaning it APPEARS to be moving backwards from our perspective on earth, its influence tends to be more hidden and we generally are urged to look backwards and rectify matters from the past.

 makes an interesting point – that the 40 days and 40 nights of the Venus retro period corresponds to the 40 days and 40 nights that Jesus traveled in the wilderness.

Forty is mentioned in the bible often, but most famously when Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness for forty days. Could this be referring to the astrological phenomena of Venus retrograde? After all, Venus has two sides to her. She is the goddess of love and war according to the Babylonians. The word Lucifer (which is often confused with Satan) means light-bringer and refers to Venus in her morning star phase. The ancients said the first few days of her Lucifer phase was a particularly dangerous time. People born with Venus as a morning star are said to rush headlong into love affairs and are very passionate. Venus as an evening star is has more of the receptive, traditional meaning.

You might also be interested  in this earlier article I wrote about the two sides of Venus, and in this article about Lucifer as Venus, the Light Bringer.

I became curious about the significance of 40 days and 40 nights, because before Jesus was tempted in the wilderness for this length of time rain fell on Noah for 40 days and 40 nights.  Moses and the ancient Hebrews wandered in the wilderness for 40 days and 40 nights.  And then Jesus remained on the earth for 40 days and 40 nights after the crucifixion.  And Buddha is said to have fasted and meditated for 40 days and 40 nights before reaching Samadhi.  These 40-day periods seem to relate to periods of trial and being tested by YHWH.

Perhaps these 40-day periods of retrograde Venus can be seen in modern times as a period in which we are tested in our relationships and our values – to see if we have been able to successfully balance the warrior archetype with the goddess of love in a way that helps our relationships to be more effective while empowering us as individuals.

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By | 2014-01-24T08:09:27+00:00 January 24th, 2014|Planetary cycles, Religion|8 Comments

Astrotheology: The Sun of God

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The fact that our Judeo-Christian mythos is a derivation of earlier religions and legends has moved into the mainstream, and the idea that the divinity of Jesus has parallels with other gods is no longer a shocking idea.  Most of us realize now that Jesus wasn’t born on Christmas day – shepherds don’t watch their flocks in December, even in ancient Judea – and that the Christmas holiday was adopted because it was already being celebrated as the Winter Solstice in the pagan world.

The Winter Solstice is celebrated as the time when the dying god (the Sun) is resurrected again – the Sun is reborn and the days begin to lengthen.  From the book :

# The sun “dies” for three days at the winter solstice, to be born again on December 25th.

# The Sun of God is “born of a virgin,” which refers to both the new or “virgin” moon and the constellation of Virgo.

# The Sun’s “birth” is attended by the “bright star,” either Sirius/Sothis or the planet Venus, and by the “Three Kings,” representing the three stars in the belt of Orion.

# The sun at its’ zenith, or 12 noon, is in the house or heavenly temple of the “Most High;” thus, “he” begins “his father’s work” at “age” 12. Jordan Maxwell relates, “At that point, all Egypt offered prayers to the “Most High God.”

# The Sun enters into each zodiac sign at 30 degrees; hence, the “Sun of God” begins his ministry at “age” 30. The Sun of the visible heavens has moved northward 30 degrees and stands at the gate of Aquarius, the water-bearer, or John the Baptist of the mystic planisphere, and here begins his work of ministry in Palestine.

# The “Sun of God” is the “Carpenter” who builds his daily “houses” of 12 two-hour divisions.

# The “followers” or “disciples” of the “Sun of God” are the 12 signs of the zodiac, through which the Sun must pass.

# The “Sun of God” “changes water into wine” by creating rain, ripening the grape on the vine and fermenting the grape juice.

# The “Sun of God” “walks on water,” referring to its’ reflection upon the waters’ surface.

# The “Sun of God” “calms the sea,” as he rests in the boat of heaven. (Matthew 8:23-27)

# When the “Sun of God” is annually and monthly re-born, he brings life to his former self, raising it from the dead.

# The “Sun of God” triumphantly “rides an ass and her foal” into the “City of Peace” when it enters the sign of Cancer, which contains two stars called “little asses,” and reaches its’ fullness.

# The “Sun of God” is the “Lion” when in Leo, the hottest time of the year, called the “throne of the Lord.”

# The “Sun of God” is “betrayed” by the constellation of the Scorpion, the backbiter, the time of the year when the solar hero loses his strength. [NOTE: This is also the origin of the term backstabber, which also indicates betrayal].

# The “Sun of God” is hung on a cross, which represents its’ passing through the equinoxes, the vernal equinox being Easter [from the pagan festival Eostre].

# The “Sun of God” darkens when it “dies.” The solar god as the sun of evening or autumn was the suffering, dying Sun, or the dead sun buried in the netherworld.

# The “Sun of God” is with us “always, to the close of the age,” (Matthew 28:20) referring to the ages of the procession of the equinoxes. [NOTE: The procession of the equinoxes takes 26,000 years to complete one cycle.]

# The “Sun of God” is the “Light of the World” and “comes on clouds, and every eye shall see him.”

# The “Sun of God” rising in the morning is the “Savior of mankind.”

# The “Sun of God” wears a corona, a “crown of thorns,” or halo.

The Sun has been worshipped since the beginning of time as the bringer of life, and the movements of the Sun create the solar cycle – the wheel of the turning of the seasons that corresponds to the astrological cycle of the Sun through the cardinal signs.   At the (northern hemisphere) Winter Solstice the Sun enters Capricorn, to be followed by Spring when the Sun enters Aries.

So as we approach Christmas this year, I offer respect and honor to the Sun that brings and maintains life and light to the world.  And peace be with you all!

 

 

By | 2016-12-25T07:28:50+00:00 December 24th, 2013|Holidays, Religion|7 Comments
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