[ Ancient teachers and saints had couched their teachings in alligory and symbols. Mackey in his "Symbolism of Fremasonry" has made it clear that " Wisdom of all the Ancients that had come down to our hands is Symbolic". Bro.Albert pike has also pointed out that, Sages, " when they speak, do so, not to disclose, or to explain , but to lead others to seek for and find out the truth... and the meaning of the symbols". (Please vide "The Symbolism of Masonry"). There is another school of thought that all the religious teachings are clothed in alligory and symbolism and that therefore we have to understand the symbolism underlying those teachings. The author is of the opinion that astronomy and religion are interblended. She has in this article forwarded to this site explained her theory and brought out the astrological significance from out of some of the passages in the Scriptures in her own characteristic way. The views expressed herein are the personal views of the author]
The ancient books are now open, our forefathers, the Ancient Grand Masters speak from their writings.So be it.
To all that have an open mind to truth that may sound strange at first, be embraced by the brotherly love of this profound and remarkable knowledge, we are all brothers of the same. All over this planet we serve the same "One" just by a different name.
A critical research shows that astronomy and religion were interblended, interwoven, and confounded together at a very early period of time, so indissolubly, that it now becomes impossible to separate them.
"And who, then, are those black ones, the Scorpions having stings in their tails, to whom it was given to hurt the earth for five months?". Well, the allegorical gennii of the Scorpion of October, followed by the four wintry months of November, December, January, and February, all under the influence of Abadon, the king of the bottomless pit---that is, of that part of the earth's surface, which, being turned from the Sun, looks relatively downward, toward the regions of infinite space, which literally and really is a bottomless pit, boundless, bottomless and measureless, infinite.
And what are the SEVEN CHURCHES, but the seven remaining summer months, answering most strictly and literally in their very names, and allegorically moral characters, to their physical anti types in the seven summer signs of the zodiac.
I ask no more of the Christian than that he should not deny the text of his own book, I as no more of any man's credulity, than that he should not be unwilling to admit that seven and five are twelve: for so sure as they are so, so sure is this demonstration that the gospel is not history, but fiction; not truth but allegory ; not fact, but a fable.
For, look ye sirs, if ever there were such a thing as allegory in the world; and the imaginative faculty in man could imagine the sun to speak, what language could be imagined for him more characteristic than those words of Christ in the Revelation of ST. John: " I am he who holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, who walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks."
What have the priests done? This is sublimely beautiful and rich of science and truth when interpreted by "the key" (astronomy) which itself presents to us in those words: " the seven churches which are in Asia that is most literally, the seven hold congregations, or constellations, which are in the land of fire that is, in the Sun's path, in the kingdom of Heaven---that is, the reign of the seven summer months.
The seven stars, says the sacred text, are the angels of the seven churches and the seven candlesticks are the seven churches.
What are candlesticks, but fixed lights? What are those fixed lights, in the midst of which the sun walketh, but those congregations, or groups of stars through the midst of which lies the Sun's annual course in the Zodiac?
And here they are in name, in character, in order.
The church of CONSTELLATION OF Ephesus, of Thyatira of Philadelphia, of Pergamos, of Sardis of Smyrna, and of Laodicea..
EPHESUS, upon Hesus, the same as Jesus, the Gaellish name of the God Mars, whence our English name, for March who is the Lord of Hosts, of the Old Testament and the Lamb of Gad, of the New.
To this church, Christ threatens that he will come and remove its candlestick out of its place, and by the well known movement of the heavenly bodies, called the precession of the equinoxes, this candlestick, which 388 years before our Christian era, was the first of the churches, has been removed out of it place, and the equinoctial point which was then in the first degree of Aries, is found at present to have left the second of the fishes.
THYATIRA that is ( I tread on frankincense) frankincense being offered to the sun, when in the constellation of the Bull of April, famous for " its patience, its labor, and its work," in the business of agriculture.
PHILADELPHIA, the brotherly love, the unequivocal characteristic of the two loving brothers, the Twins of May.
PERGAMOS, height, elevation, marriage of fire; the sun's highest point of elevation is in this constellation, which dwelleth where Satan's eat is. The Hydra's head being as you see on the celestial globe immediately under this church which is Cancer, the Crab of June, whose Hebrew name is Thomas; who, in the gospel allegory was but a crabbed sort of fellow and had half a mind to go back again. And here you see him in his position of the heavens, bearing physically the very character, which he holds morally in the allegory. He comes to the zenith meridian, at the very moment for looking down to see Jesus raise the Soul of Lazarus. But he was no favourite of Jesus, who tells
Him in the sacred text, " Thou hast in thee those that hold the doctrine of Balaam." And here in the very midst of the constellation, Cancer is Balaam's ass who has found his way to the very highest place in Heaven and of course brought the doctrine with him, but has let the doctor tumble off his back: and has gone to hell.
SARDIS, that word, formed of the Ammonian primitives, SAR, the rock, stone, or pillar, and Dis, God, afterward passing into the Coptic or ancient Phoenician world EL-EON, THE SUN, THE BEING , and naturalized into the Greek, Latin, French, and English word LION, that is the Lion of July; who having been the Lamb of the tribe of Gad, or God of March , appears here as the Lion of the tribe of Judah, or July. And here as the Sing-Avatar, or the Deity, under the form of a man lion, bursting from a pillar exemplifying that frightful languages ascribed to God in Hosea 8 " I will rend the caul of their heart and there will I devour them like a lion."
SMYRNA, THAT WORD SIGNIFYING A BUNDLE OF MYRRH, THE OFFERING MADE TO THE SUN, IN THE Virgin of August, having reference to the fragrant posy which she holds in her hand, and to the milk-pail in the hand of the Isis-Omnia of Egypt, the Indian Isa, and the Grecian Ceres; exemplifying that amorous compliment in the song of the loves of Christ and his church " a bundle of myrrh is my beloved to me."
LAODICEA, the last of the summer months, that is, of the Asiatic churches that word signifying "the just or righteous people, living, as you see, in the scales of justice LIBRA, the balance of September when the weather is neither hot nor cold, but luke-warm.
And these seven churches that is holy congregations that is THE CONSTELLATIONS THAT ARE IN ASIA, THAT IS THE LAND OF FIRE; ARE INCLUDED WITHIN THE TWO COVENANTS, THAT IS COMINGS-TO-GETHER. That is the two equinoctial points when the sun twice a year in his oblique march in the ecliptic comes to the line of the equator as he does in spring, about the 25th of March and in autumn about the 29th of September call Michaelmas-day. And these two covenants are respectively the covenant of works, and the covenant of grace: because spring is the season for labor in cultivating the earth, and autumn is the season for gathering in and enjoying the fruits of that labor.
"The One" says the astronomical Hierophant, " is from Mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is and is in bondage with her children." That is the vernal equinox, when that point was in Taurus, the Bull, was the time for putting the ox to the plough; and, during the reign, both of that constellation and the succeeding Gemini, her children, mankind are under the covenant on works, and there can be no cessation of the labors of husbandry.
Thus does the sun annually give his blood (rays of light) for the life of the world; and that blood being pressed out of the grape at the season of the vintage, which is indicated by the sun coming to the equator, at the autumnal equinox, when he gives an equal length of day and night to the whole earth; and so is the physical emblem of moral righteousness: we have the secret of the invariable association of idea which connects the blood and righteousness of Christ, and as invariable designated that blood as the blood of the covenant and the blood of the cross: phrases as innocent of meaning which is most beautifully and scientifically solved by the physical and astronomical key. The blood of the grape, which has been ripened by the heat of the sun, and is to be pressed out at the time when the sun crosses, or is crucified upon the line of righteousness, the equator, is therefore by metonymy, the blood of the sun, the blood of Christ, the blood of the cross and the blood of the covenant.
And thus the frightful story of the crucifixion is but an allegory of the process of vintage.
" And when Jesus therefore had tasted the vinegar, he said, "It is finished, and he bowed his head and gave up the ghost," John 19; meaning nothing more that that when the sour or thinner wine comes out of the press which it does after the virtue of the grape is mainly drawn off the fruit has sunk down in the press, the spirit evaporates, the vintner, dipping his finger in the liquor, and licking it, perceives, from its thinness and acidity that all the virtue is extracted: and " It is finished," the process is over, the life of the grape is gone; and anything more than you can draw off by tapping the press will be mere blood and water.
And here, do I present your types of the self-same " helioaltrous allegory", sun allegory, constituting the basis of the story of the Indian idol, Krishna, existing in written documents in the Sanskrit tongue, more than fifteen hundred years before it was adopted by Christianity.
The Shema plainly states, Hear Oh Israel, (congregation of stars) the Lord Your God Is One!
To our brothers and sisters around the world, I do salute you and am honored to sit at the Master's table with you.
Krishna of Hindostan.
Buddha Sakia of India.
Salivahana of Bermuda.
Zulis, or Thule, also Osiris and Orus, of Egypt.
Odin of the Scandinavians.
Crite of Chaldea.
Zoroaster and Mithra of Persia.
Baal and Taut,the only Begotten of Gods of Phoenicia.
Indra of Tibet.
Bali of Afghanistan.
Jao of Nepal.
Wittoba of the Bilingonese.
Thammuz of Syria.
Atys of Phrygia.
Xaniolxis of Thrace.
Zoar of the Bonzes.
Adad of Assyria.
Deva Tat, and Sammonocadam of Siam.
Alcides of Thebes.
Mikado of the Sintoos.
Beddru of Japan.
Hesus or Eros, and Bremrillah, of the Druids.
Thor, son of Odin, of the Gauls.
Cadmus of Greece.
Hil and Feta of the Mandaites.
Gentaut and Quexalcote of Mexico.
Universal Monarch of the Sibyls.
Ischy of the Island of Formosa.
Divine Teacher of Plato.
Holy One of Xaca.
Fohi and Tien of China.
Adonis, son of the virgin Io of Greece.
IxiOn and Quirinus of Rome.
Prometheus of Caucasus.
Still yet, here is the shorter version and you must have a globe of the constellations AR (astrolabe Ancient Arabic and medireview alt-azimuth device comprising two or more flat, metal, calibrated discs, attached so both or all could rotate independently. For early navigators and astronomers it acted as star-chart, compass, clock and calendar) to use this key but in all it is the same.
The Revelation of ST. John the Divine
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified by his angel, unto his servant John:
Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw.
Blessed he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which re written therein: for the time at hand.
John to the seven churches which are in Asia: Grace unto you, and peace, from him which is and which was, and which is to come; and from the seven Spirits which are before his throne;
and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in his own blood,
And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his father; to him glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall seek him and they, which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.
"Harleian MSS, No. 171 (British Museum) A Commentary upon the Apocalypse of St. John, well written in old English.
In the first vacant leaf at the beginning of the book is a receipt to "ze (see) the secret of secrets, and Frest (First) and Last, as ye may see in the Planytts (Planets) and in the Planeshiffres."
John the Divine, the Median and Persian laws place at AR 286, which is the Epiphany, Christ's birthday Old Style, the 6th of January and there , at AR286, is John the Baptist, whom the laws also place at AR 106, which is heaven; hence the question, "The baptism of John, whence was it from heaven or of men?"
John to the Seven Churches which are in Asia, Asher is the tribe Scorpion and the planets were in conjunction in 1186, which is astronomically AR 251, in Scorpio, and the which point, with a zodiac of eleven signs, is the 1st of January. Salem "peace," from his solar majesty, which is and which was and which is to come (sun set in Tisri) and from the seven spirits which are before the throne, at AR 281.
I John, who also am your brother and companion in tribulation, at the winter solstice, was in the isle called Patmos (mortal) at AR 286, and in the spirit on the Lord's day, the 6th of January, AR 286, and heard behind me, at AR 281, a great voice, Memra, as of a ram's horn trumpet saying I am Alpha and Omega; what thou seest write in a book and send it unto the seven churches which are in Asia, at AR 251 and there is the book, at AR 251 with the planets and thus does John's gospel commence "In the beginning was Memra, the Word, and the Word was God."
THE SEVEN CHURCHES ARE THE SEVEN PLANETS OR THE CELESTIAL POINTS IN ASHER VEL SCORPIO. THUS..
EPHESUS(MEANING DESIRABLE) THE CHIEF CITY OF Asia, or where the planets were in conjunction AR251=281.
SMYRNA(MYRRH)Cassia----el seder, at AR 281
PERGAMOS(HEIGHT, ELEVATION) polar star, Jove
THYATIRA(sweet savior of labor; I bruise or disturb,) At AR 281
SARDIS (prince of joy, or song of joy; or, that which remains; Syr, a pot or kettle) sun rising with Aquarius, at AR 281.
PHILADELPHIA (love of a brother) Antionus of AR 281 when exalted is one of the Gemini, and R. A. Companion
LAODICEA(just people) the perfect and upright brother, who is at all times standing to order at AR 281.
And I John of AR 286, turned at AR 286 to see the voice, Memra, at Ar 281 and being turned, I saw a candlestick at the sabbatical point or seven golden candlesticks. Kircher gives Pan Capricornus and converts Pan's pipes into candles. The figure of Kircher has the upright goat's horns of Caprcornus at AR 286, and a Masonic sash from the left shoulder with 24 stars or studs, denoting 24 horae from Capricornus. The paps and golden girdle at AR 281. His head and hairs like the wool of Aries, at AR 281 as white as snow at the winter solstice. His feet like unto fine brass, at AR 286 as if they burned in a furnace at AR 286 and his voice , Memra, as the sound of many waters, Lethe, Styx, Nile, ect. At Ar 281. In his right hand the seven stars, or planets and out of his mouth went a sharp two edged sword, and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength, on Easter Sun day.
And I John fell at his feet as dead and he Jove, laid his right hand upon me, saying, Fear not, I am the first and the last, he that liveth and was dead, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and have the keys of hell and of death. John is to write the past, the present, and the future. The mystery of the seven stars in my right hand and the seven golden candlesticks. The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven candlesticks are the repositories or Churches for the stars, or planets. The "dies non" ! (Grand Cross :The highest rank of knighthood).
So be it, I salute our ancient ancestors, the Grand Masters, with love and remembrance.
[The author has made a study of the ancient mysteries and a comparative study of the various religious literature for well over 30 years. She is a prolific writer and has been contributing to various study circles. In spite of complications in her health with a pace maker, she has been writing numerous articles. We are thankful to her for this article and we are praying to the G.A.O.T.U to bless her with a speedy relief.--- Moderator.]