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More on MUL.APIN

One thing that struck me about yesterday’s article is the name MUL.APIN, with the dot in the center of the world which is similar to the translations by of the Sumerian texts which tell the stories that we find in our bible, and seem to indicate that the earth was populated by “gods” from other planets”:

“The ‘Eridu Genesis’…described the creation of man by the four great gods [the Anunnaki]: An [‘Sky’, the source of rain and most powerful of the gods], Enlil [‘Lord Wind’, the power in ‘Growing Weather’, creator of the hoe], Ninhursaga [‘Lady of the Stony Ground’, mother of wildlife], and Enki [rival of Ninhursaga]. After Nintur [Ninhursaga] had decided to turn man from his primitive nomadic camping grounds toward city life the period began when animals flourished on earth and kingship came down from heaven. The earliest cities were built, were named, had the measuring cups, emblems of a redistributional economic system, allotted to them, and were divided between the gods. Irrigation agriculture was developed and man thrived and multiplied. However, the noise made by man in his teeming settlements began to vex Enlil sorely, and, driven beyond endurance, he persuaded the other gods to wipe out man in an great flood. Enki, thinking quickly, found a way to warn his favorite, one Ziusudra. He told him to build a boat in which to survive the flood with his family and representatives of the animals.”

– Thorkild Jacobsen, The Treasures of Darkness

The . And sure enough, the text describes the “33 stars on the path of Enlil,” the wind god in the Sumerian texts – nearly 200 astronomical observations. Babylonia, […]

By | 2007-06-07T10:39:00+00:00 June 7th, 2007|Religion|Comments Off on More on MUL.APIN

Fathers of the Zodiac


(thanks to redicecreations.com for the link!)

Using modern techniques — and some rocks — a US astronomer has traced the origin of a set of ancient clay tablets to a precise date and place. The tablets show constellations thought to be precursors of the present-day zodiac.

The tablets, known collectively as MUL.APIN, contain nearly 200 astronomical observations, including measurements related to several constellations. They are written in cuneiform, a Middle-Eastern script that is one of the oldest known forms of writing, and were made in Babylon around 687 BC.

But most archaeologists believe that the tablets are transcriptions of much earlier observations made by Assyrian astronomers. Just how much older has been disputed — the estimates go back to 2,300 BC.

Now Brad Schaefer, an astronomer at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, says he has dated the observations to 1,370 BC, give or take a century.

The tablets contain a number of different observations, including the day each year that certain constellations first appeared in the dawn sky. These dates change over the millennia because of a tiny wobble in the Earth’s axis.

“It’s like a big hour hand in the sky,” Schaefer says.

Although the ancient Babylonians appear to have originated the practice of astrology using fixed stars and the luminaries, it was the Assyrians who seem to have discovered the signs of the zodiac that we use today.

By | 2007-06-06T22:44:00+00:00 June 6th, 2007|Religion|Comments Off on Fathers of the Zodiac

Christopher HItchens and Pluto in Sag

Christopher Hitchens has a new book out called “God is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything.” While I totally agree with his premise that religion (Sagittarius) has poisoned many things and created more wars than anything else, I am saddened by his obvious need, like so many skeptics, to throw out any sense of wonder in life’s magic for the sake of objectivity and “science.”

Hitchens lumps astrology together with other hoaxes of religion:

Astrology is widely considered to be discredited because of certain very obvious objections:

1) It gives people the impression that they are the center of the universe and that the constellations are somehow arranged with them in mind.

2) It suggests that there is a supernatural supervision of our daily lives, and that this influence can be detected and expounded by mere humans.

3) It bases itself on the idea that our character and personality are irrevocably formed at the moment of birth or even of conception.

Who does not know how to laugh at the credulity of those who fall for this ancient hoax? And why would it matter, except that religion, too, believes that the cosmos was created with us in mind, that our lives are supervised by an almighty force that priests and rabbis and imams can interpret, and that – by way of doctrines such as “original sin” – our natures have been largely determined when we are still in the womb or the cradle.

All the points Hitchens makes are indisputable. Astrology is indeed centered on the person, which is why it is geocentric (with the planets and luminaries orbiting the earth) rather than heliocentric (with the sun in the center). There is […]

By | 2007-05-31T12:06:00+00:00 May 31st, 2007|Religion|Comments Off on Christopher HItchens and Pluto in Sag

Fundamentalism: Fear of freedom

Leslie over at Karmic Knowledge has posted a very interesting article about Jerry Falwell’s karmic choice between fundamentalism and freedom. She posts a quote from writer Steven Pressfield that I found particularly potent:

…The human being isn’t wired to function as an individual. We’re wired tribally, to act as part of a group… We know what the clan is; how to fit into the band and the tribe. What we don’t know is how to be alone. We don’t know how to be free individuals.

It is this individuation that Uranus has come to stimulate. We could argue that in the past 2000 years, until the discovery of Uranus in the late 1700s, there was very little if any focus on the right of the individual to follow his or her own path. Humans were members of tribes, or clans, or religious groups, or subject to the rule of royalty. Individual liberties were accorded only to the royal or privileged classes. The discovery of Uranus correlated to an international revolutionary fervor that demanded these liberties for the common wo/man as well as for the monied few.

As Leslie points out, in Jerry Falwell’s chart Saturn is in Aquarius (ruled by Uranus) where it creates a discomfort (Saturn) around issues of individuation (Aquarius). Saturn is the planet of rules and restrictions, of governmental law and conservativism. Those of us born in the early 1950s and the late 1970s have Saturn and Uranus square in our charts, creating conflict between the urge for freedom and individuality (Uranus) and the drive for convention and safety (Saturn). This can lead to wild swings between individualistic behavior and conservatism and depending on the rest of the chart can create a real fear of […]

By | 2007-05-29T11:01:00+00:00 May 29th, 2007|Religion|Comments Off on Fundamentalism: Fear of freedom

RIP Jerry Falwell

As the world knows by now, Jerry Falwell died yesterday from a heart attack. Falwell was a wildly controversial religious figure who through his Moral Majority movement sought influence and power in the Reagan White House. It can be argued that in many ways Falwell’s movement was more political than religious and he has been quoted as saying “there is no separation between Church and State” and “The idea that religion and politics don’t mix was invented by the Devil to keep Christians from running their own country.” (For an astrological view of the rise of the religious right, see this rather lengthy article.)

There was very little mention of Christ-like brotherly love in Falwell’s teachings; in fact, his message appears to be more about hate and bigotry:

  • If you’re not a born-again Christian, you’re a failure as a human being.
  • (re: 9/11 attacks) “..I really believe that the pagans and the abortionists and the feminists and the gays and the lesbians who are actively trying to make that an alternative lifestyle, the ACLU, People for the American Way, all of them who try to secularize America…I point the thing in their face and say you helped this happen.””
  • God continues to lift the curtain and allow the enemies of America to give us probably what we deserve”
  • The Jews are returning to their land of unbelief. They are spiritually blind and desperately in need of their Messiah and Savior.

Falwell (see chart) was born with the Sun in Leo, the sign that celebrates the individual ego. Leos have a strong need to be in the public eye and to gain admiration for their good works. Falwell’s Sun is opposed by Saturn, the […]

By | 2007-05-16T10:25:00+00:00 May 16th, 2007|Religion|Comments Off on RIP Jerry Falwell
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