On June 9th every year, the Ancient Romans celebrated a dies religiosus – holy day – for the goddess Vesta, the ‘spirit of the flame‘ of civic and domestic hearths and altars. Vesta’s sacred civic flame for the city of Rome, was fastidiously kept alight in its sacred round temple, by Rome’s only full-time clergy known as the Vestal Virgins. Vesta’s Greek counterpart was known as Hestia, and as the similarity in their names implies, their origins were ancient, stemming from their single ‘Aryan‘ heritage. It is this Aryan (Indo-Aryan) heritage that connects the concept of sacred and/or eternal flames, to a specific völkisch ideology that raised up its head in Nazi Germany, as a counterpoint to that perceived as ‘Semitic’, but was/is also prevalent across the Anglo-Saxon world. This ideology did not die with Adolf Hitler.
The modern resurrection of the Ancient Greek Olympic Games, including the cult of Apollo’s sacred fire which sits at the very center of this pagan ritual, is in fact linked strongly to ‘ancestor worship‘ (such as at Samhain, on the important date of Nov 1st). Apollo was the guardian of this flame in Greek theology, but Hestia (Roman Vesta), was the actual primal embodiment of the flame itself, and thus a primal civic mother figure, who represented in many ways the ancestral continuity of a household, kin-group, city, and national identity. At the heart of every home was the hearth – the similarity in words is no coincidence – and thus Vesta to the Romans, was the very heart of civic Rome itself. Her purity was thought of so highly, that her Vestal Virgins had to pledge 30 years chastity; a vow which if broken, would see them buried alive outside the Colline gate of the city as a punishment – a most gruesome scapegoat ritual for the superstitious if there ever was one. This particular gate was also where the Temple of Venus Erycina, the patron of common prostitutes was located. This contrast between virgin and prostitute is no coincidence, and has great conceptual bearing on this discussion of ancient and modern religion, and of sociology in general.
Since founding this blog in October last year, I have been forecasting a key false-flag terrorist attack against the 7-tower Mecca Clock Tower Hotel and complex (Abraj Al-Bait), and have previously suggested many dates. The reason for suggesting this particular date, is due to a specific public display, during the key occult ritual performed at the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Summer Olympic Games. These ceremonies have been explored moderately in past posts, but in this particular post, I will shed a much brighter light on some key symbolic concepts utilized, especially to the ‘sacred fire’. Another reason this date stands out, is due to a 5:55:55pm (V.V.V.V.V) ‘trigger’ configuration with the planet Mercury on the astrological descendant. Also, the minor-planet 4 Vesta is in the first degree of the zodiac (on the vernal point, aka, ‘Aries point’), which is significant in modern astrology, and thus followed by occult groups practicing astro-mysticism, such as in A∴A∴
As discussed before, the ruling oligarchy will use this sister event to the 2001 destruction of the 7-tower World Trade Center in New York City, to usher in a Fascist New World Order, which is simply a rebirth of the Roman Empire; prophesied in the Holy Bible. Join me in a thorough exposition of a wide range of pivotal concepts concerning the ancient past, and the near future.
ABOVE: The closing ceremony of the 2012 London Summer Olympics on the night of August 12th, was probably the most important theatrical occult ritual in recent memory, only equal in symbolic significance to the opening ceremony of the very same 2012 Olympics, which occurred on the night of July 27th, and just happened to be the 9th of Av in the Jewish calendar. The significant use of this ominous Jewish date, which is related to the destruction of both the 1st Temple, and 2nd Temple in Jerusalem, was covered in the second half of a seminal PREVIOUS POST. According to Danny Boyle, the artistic director of this ritual, who was quoted in the official programme;
“But we hope, too, that through all the noise and excitement that you will glimpse a single golden thread of purpose – the idea of Jerusalem – of a better world, the world of real freedom and true equality, a world that can be built through the prosperity of industry, through the caring nation that built the welfare state, through the joyous energy of popular culture, through the dream of universal communication. A belief that we can build Jerusalem. And that it will be for everyone.” – Danny Boyle [EMPHASIS MINE]
As I wrote in the aforementioned PREVIOUS POST, Danny Boyle and the people who cunningly directed this ritual event on the 9th of Av, had an entirely different concept of Jerusalem in mind when they referred to it as such. Their idea is definitely not the original Biblical concept of a Jerusalem, segregated as a Holy City by a wall, separating it from the profane world, which of course, is not for everyone at all, and never was. This separation was the whole point of Jerusalem, the very definition of Holy requires separation, and is also what is expressed by the term Sion/Zion in Hebrew and Christian theology. I would advise the reader to consume this previous post, in order to understand where I am coming from. For the purpose of this particular post however, we must focus on the closing ceremony, which never-the-less requires the Jerusalem context of the opening ceremony (and the twin Temple destruction’s), to be considered. We can then identify the deliberate symbolic, and prophetic juxtapositional interplay, between opening and closing ceremonies. The below YouTube video, shows the ‘Spirit of the Flame‘ dance, performed directly after the phoenix rose from the world pyre, and directly before the 2012 Olympics were closed, when the world pyre was finally extinguished.
As we will discover, the closing ceremony represented the rebirth of the Beast known as the Roman Empire, which is one of the reasons the symbol of the Phoenix was employed. When this phoenix rose above the Olympic cauldron made of the fire-petals representing the different nations, the UK band ‘Take That‘ performed their song ‘Rule The World‘; this was deliberately choreographed to refer to the Roman Empire, which did indeed once rule most of the known world, and is about to again! The use of a woman (Darcey Bussell – a ballet dancer) dressed in an outfit decorated with flames, and representing a phoenix, adds a specific inference to this symbolism, specifically the relationship between Babylon AND Rome; Capital City and Empire. Even though Rome was initially just a city, Babylon is important because of the eschatological symbolism presented in the Book of Revelation in the Holy Bible. This is a key background to be explored before we can proceed, and before we can decode the symbolism used in these Olympics rituals. We must first explore the differences between Babylon and Rome, and the similarities, because both were cities considered to ‘rule the world’ at different epochs.
Babylon and Rome : Cities and Empires
ABOVE: Expansion of the Roman Empire, from a mere city into a monolithic political, economic, and religious beast. In 330AD, the capital of the Empire was moved to Constantinople, and in 405AD, the Empire finally split into politically detached western and eastern components; Western Roman Empire, and Byzantine Empire respectively. Babylon, the first old-world equivalent of empire, is shown removed from this new empire, only being briefly included into Rome during the short-lived Roman Province of Mesopotamia. This province was so lightly controlled by Rome, that it only lasted from 116-117AD, interestingly marking the high water mark of the Roman Empire, which then started to contract after 117AD.
Once this contraction had started, the economic principle of primitive accumulation (plunder and exploitation of newly acquired territory and human capital), which had previously propped-up any stability within the empire, ceased to provide the required increasing flow of wealth from the outer, to inner empire. This relationship between the center, and the periphery (capital city and outlying tributary territories), and the flow of wealth and ideology between them, is vital to understanding the phenomena of empire, from rise to fall, regardless of which empire is under consideration. In the pivotal Book of Revelation from the Holy Bible, which mainstream Christian religion is want to deliberately forget, a vital warning about the rebirth of the Beast of the Roman Empire is given, but instead of the capital city being named as Rome, it is mysteriously referred to as ‘Babylon the Great‘, a prostitute who rides the beast, describing them both as a female-male couple, with an ultimately masochistic relationship.
“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication. So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet coloured beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls,
having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her
fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written,
MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH
And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus: and when I saw her, I wondered with great admiration. And the angel said unto me, Wherefore didst thou marvel? I will tell thee the mystery of the woman, and of the beast that carrieth her, which hath the seven heads and ten horns. The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. And here is the mind which hath wisdom. The seven heads are seven mountains, on which the woman sitteth. And there are seven kings: five are fallen, and one is, and the other is not yet come; and when he cometh, he must continue a short space. And the beast that was, and is not, even he is the eighth, and is of the seven, and goeth into perdition. And the ten horns which thou sawest are ten kings, which have received no kingdom as yet; but receive power as kings one hour with the beast. These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. And he saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues. And the ten horns which thou sawest upon the beast, these shall hate the whore, and shall make her desolate and naked, and shall eat her flesh, and burn her with fire. For God hath put in their hearts to fulfill his will, and to agree, and give their kingdom unto the beast, until the words of God shall be fulfilled. And the woman which thou sawest is that great city, which reigneth over the kings of the earth.”
– Book of Revelation, CHAPTER 17
‘John the Revelator’, the author of this important book, reveals himself to be an ‘exile’, living on the island of Patmos in the Aegean Sea, meaning he must have been a Christian Jew, banished from the Levant due to the Jewish revolt. Whether or not he is the same John as that of the Gospels, is technically irrelevant. John was a very common name amongst Jews, and there are some contextual hints that this book may have been written in the first decade of the second century. It has been suggested that the woman riding the beast is referred to as ‘Mystery, Babylon the Great’, because it was too dangerous to openly declare this character to be Rome, thus the city of Babylon was chosen through analogy, purely for reasons of political oppression.
The prophecy quite clearly states that she sits on ‘seven mountains’, which seems to be a direct reference to the well known ‘Seven hills of Rome‘, shown above. This theory relating to John’s motives regarding the choice of the name Babylon, needs to be rejected, however the connection with the seven hills of Rome should not. The reasons for this are twofold. First, the symbolism of a prostitute being titular to a city, and sitting on ‘seven mountains’, actually refers directly to the religion of ancient Babylon. Secondly, the beast of empire John is talking about is seemingly vanquished, then healed, and then rises to the disbelief of those who witness it, thus it is referring to a future postscript after the demise of the Roman Empire, after a period of time when it is forgotten, which definitely did not occur until well after John the Revelator was dead. Whether the same geographical location would retain capital city status after the rebirth of Empire or not, is questionable, and the use of the word “MYSTERY“, would seem to infer a deeper analysis is in order.
As I hope to demonstrate, this prophecy began to be ultimately fulfilled within the last few centuries, and is presently climaxing. Also, it is quite evident that many occult organizations and world ‘elites’, know the truth of this second rise of empire, and not because they are fulfilling the prophecy on purpose, but because the events described, are simply birth pangs endemic to the concept of Empire itself. Empire is a result of human greed and despotism, and regardless of John’s writing of such a book, an attempt at a truly global empire, was destined to happen based simply on the ‘human condition’; lust for greed and power through conspiracy. John was simply writing a predictive sociopolitical treatise, but of course, it was in fact a spiritual vision as he declared (certainly also a theological and psychological metanoia), received through divine auspices. I pray that the atheist or agnostic reader will humor me, and read on.
Woman on Seven Mountains
At the very center of ancient Babylon, was a monumental ziggurat called É.TEMEN.AN.KI, or ‘temple of the foundation of heaven and earth’, which was a physical representation of the Axis-mundi. This cosmic axis, is the very definition of the concept of ‘sacred center’, and most major cities in Mesopotamia, had one of these tiered structures. This seven-tiered mountain of baked bricks, was almost certainly built as a successor, to an archetypal structure referred to in the Book of Genesis, as the ‘Tower of Babel‘. It is not known exactly where this original archetype was built, but it was definitely not far from the known site of Babylon, however to biblical and historical researchers such as myself, the concept and human intent behind the building of a ‘mountain to heaven’ alone, is far more important, and one gets the impression that the Biblical authors thought so too.
At the time of the Neo-Babylonian Empire (late 7th to 6th centuries BC), the É.TEMEN.AN.KI stood as a testimony to this ancient heritage, and still fulfilled the same key role for the reigning power structure of King and Priesthood, as it had for the biblical character Nimrod, the mythical builder of the tower of Babel. Of interest to our 2012 Olympic narrative, is that Edward Elgar’s “Nimrod”, was the classical musical piece chosen to segue from the prologue, to the countdown of the opening ceremony of London 2012, at 9pm on the 9th of Av. The Neo-Babylonian empire under Nebuchadnezzar II, was in fact the empire that first sieged and conquered Jerusalem, and then destroyed the famous Temple of Solomon in 587BC, on the 9th of Av. The next civilization to destroy the rebuilt Temple in Jerusalem, known at that time as Herod’s Temple, was the Roman Empire in 70AD, coincidentally also on the 9th of Av. The choice of this particular musical composition, the Hebrew date of the ceremony, and Danny Boyle’s declaration about Jerusalem, were by no means an accident. The biblical story of the Tower of Babel, was the archetype of all world empire, and for those who are not aware of it, a reminder is perhaps in order;
And they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower whose top is in the heavens; let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered abroad over the face of the whole earth.” But the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, “Indeed the people are one and they all have one language, and this is what they begin to do; now nothing that they propose to do will be withheld from them. Come, let Us go down and there confuse their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech.” So the Lord scattered them abroad from there over the face of all the earth, and they ceased building the city. Therefore its name is called Babel, because there the Lord confused the language of all the earth; and from there the Lord scattered them abroad over the face of all the earth. – Genesis 11:4–9
The author of Genesis creates a pun on the word babel, which was synonymous with the concept of confusion in Hebrew, however in Babylonian lexicology, Bab-ilu in fact meant “Gate to God”, a potent title to describe an earthly representation of the axis-mundi, and the capital city of an entire planet, at least in the Babylonian mind. The king of Babylon himself, Nebuchadnezzar II, confirms this Biblical legend of Nimrod to be authentic, in a cuneiform record known as the Borsippa Inscription (though the name Nimrod is not directly attested). It was found near the ruins of the É.ZI-DA temple to Nabu, who was the god of wisdom, and son of the supreme god Marduk. This inscription remarks on the Neo-Babylonian rebuilding of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI, but also a similar structure at Borsippa, the important sister city of Babylon, and the second most important religious center. This ziggurat structure in Borsippa, was known as the É.UR.IMIN.AN.KI, which translates as “house which gathers the seven (mes) of heaven and underworld” (“House Most High”, A. R. George 1993: 157 s.v. #1193), or “House of the Seven Spheres” (the seven classical ‘planets’). In this inscription, Nebuchadnezzar II confirms the legend, that the original archetypal ziggurat was left unfinished, and infers that it was perhaps originally at Borsippa, but this is by no means clear in his statement;
“The tower, the eternal house, which I founded [re-founded] and built. I have completed its magnificence with silver, gold, other metals, stone, enameled bricks, fir and pine. The first which is the house of the earth’s base, the most ancient monument of Babylon; I built and finished it. I have highly exalted its head with bricks covered with copper. We say for the other, that is, this edifice, the house of the seven lights of the earth the most ancient monument of Borsippa. A former king built it, (they reckon 42 ages) but he did not complete its head. Since a remote time, people had abandoned it, without order expressing their words. Since that time the earthquake and the thunder had dispersed the sun-dried clay. The bricks of the casing had been split, and the earth of the interior had been scattered in heaps. Merodach [Marduk], the great god, excited my mind to repair this building. I did not change the site nor did I take away the foundation. In a fortunate month, in an auspicious day, I undertook to build porticoes around the crude brick masses, and the casing of burnt bricks. I adapted the circuits, I put the inscription of my name in the Kitir of the portico. I set my hand to finish it. And to exalt its head. As it had been done in ancient days, so I exalted its summit.” – McClintock & Strong trans. (pgs 465–469) [EMPHASIS MINE]
Nebuchadnezzar II even left us a visual representation of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI in the so called ‘Tower of Babel Stele‘ of the Schoyen collection. The purpose of É.TEMEN.AN.KI, was to assert the divine right of Kings – and of course Priests, the King’s ministers – who kept the populace in contact with the many different gods, who’s favor was required in order that civilization could continue. The Babylonian pantheon had evolved constantly, and by the time of the captivity of Judah during Neo-Babylonian times, the well established chief deity was known as Marduk, who’s spouse was known as Sarpanit. Of interest to our narrative, is that Marduk was depicted with a totemic animal, known as the mušḫuššu (aka. sirrušu), which literally means “reddish snake”, but is sometimes also translated as “fierce snake”. That this creature bears an eponym for a dragon, similar to the term “scarlet colored beast” used in the Book of Revelation, is no coincidence, because John was directly referring to ancient Babylonian religious concepts. Marduk no doubt adopted this totemic animal as his own, based on the legend of his previous cosmic battle with Tiamat, the female mother-of-all (and technically his own grandmother), who becomes a chaos beast of the salt water ocean, in the Babylonian creation epic known as Enûma Eliš. This frequent cosmic battle concept, is known as a chaoskampf.
Chaoskampf, meaning “struggle against chaos” in German, is a very deep religious, and in some cases a soteriological, and eschatological concept, that is expressed widely in almost all world cultures. By far the most interesting of these mythologies, is that of Ninurta, the chief hero deity of Nippur. Ninurta is almost certainly an archetype of the Greek Heracles, and the tales of his renown ‘labours‘, are a familiar storytelling convention, which may have originated in Nippur. The most important aspect of Ninurta, may be his relationship to rituals of kingship, through the generation of martial identity, and the primal masculine act of marking sovereign territory. A strong case is made in a recent seminal publication by Amar Annus, for the influence of his cult on that of Marduk and Nabu, in Babylon and Borsippa respectively. By extension, Ninurta may have connections with the zodiac, and thus the mystery of Orion and his hunt against the ‘Bull of Heaven’, known as Gugalanna (Taurus). This heavenly bull hunt, may be an ancient astro-theological reflection of earthly and heavenly kingship, in an ‘As Above, So Below‘ projection, and may be the source of actual royal bull hunting ritual, such as that found in Egypt. In this astro-theological theory, Ninurta might also embody or reflect in the supernatural world, the source of the story of Nimrod, who is referred to in Genesis as “a mighty hunter before the Lord” (Genesis 10:9), thus making him an actual ‘hero’ ancestor, and the first to claim human kingship.
Nippur (Sumerian: Nibru) was not important because of its size, but its control was required by any candidate seeking the collective kingship of the cities of the lower Tigris and Euphrates rivers, and this sacred link to kingship may in fact be a remnant of it once being the actual seat of this man known as Nimrod, the archetype – or emulator – of Ninurta. The Sumerian term DUR.AN.KI, which means “bond between heaven and earth [or underworld]”, is first attested for Nippur, and thus we can see that the concept of axis-mundi, was not exclusive to Babylon or Borsippa, but was universal in application. For the sake of brevity, further detailed discussion about Ninurta will need to wait for a future post, especially his relationship with the star Sirius, and the planet Saturn. For the interested reader, I highly recommend the three chapter work of Amar Annus, published in “State Archives of Assyria Studies, Volume XIV”, and available for free download without images at academia.edu – HERE.
Of chief concern for our narrative, is the understanding that significant pantheon evolution occurred in Sumeria and Babylonia over many millennia, and that by the time of the Neo-Babylonian dynasty, all of Mesopotamia was united under the control of the city of Babylon. This placed the empire under the rule of the King, who was the earthly vizier of the chief deity Marduk, and his son Nabu, both of whom had the dragon mušḫuššu as a totemic animal symbol, representing their control over chaos. I am asserting here (following Amar Annus), that Marduk and Nabu derived their powers to grant kingship, ultimately from the ancient hero figure of Ninurta, and thus from Nippur, and perhaps the first king Nimrod. Because of Ninurta’s relationship to the planet Saturn, which moves much slower than the planet Jupiter of which Marduk was connected, a hierarchy can be formed between the ‘seven planetary spheres’, which were represented by the seven tiers of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI in Babylon, and also the É.UR.IMIN.AN.KI in Borsippa, which places Marduk at least in chronological abeyance to Ninurta, from an astro-theological perspective.
The mušḫuššu dragon, which was pictured on the Ishtar Gate at Babylon, was pictured with two horns on its head, as can be seen to the left. This is actually quite true of some lizards, so it has been speculated that actual sacred lizards of a now extinct species, may have been kept at Babylon in captivity, however there is no proof. The horn itself, as a symbol for kingship, which was Marduk’s top attribute and gift to the earthly King, is directly mentioned by John in the Book of Revelation, and is correctly placed on each of the seven heads of the ‘scarlet colored beast’. Remember, that mušḫuššu literally means ‘reddish snake’ (muš, serpent/reptile; ḫuššu, red). A horn is in fact a ‘crowning feature’, due to the fact it is a primary way to apply force to an enemy, and a deterrent, specifically for attacks directed at the ‘headship’. In Mesopotamian artistic convention, the use of horns exclusively on the headdresses of depicted deities, is known as the ‘horned crown‘, which is probably the origin of the characteristic spikes shown on the crowns of many ancient artworks, and has been carried through history to the present day. This implies, that the act of earthly kings adopting horned crowns, is a highly esoteric statement, announcing that Kings and Queens have become a living god, or at least derive direct power from god/s, and thus are connected with heaven directly.
The mušḫuššu was in fact one of the eleven children, most of whom had reptilian characteristics, of the aforementioned female chaos beast Tiamat, whom against Marduk fought his chaoskampf. His domestication and adoption of the animal, directly attests to his ability to dominate the forces of any opposition in the supernatural sphere. Such is the primary function of a King, but by adopting the child of the chaos beast, Marduk is also claiming to be sovereign over the domain of chaos itself, which has no physical bounds, and is thus an intentional claim to the entire universe. This act of adoption also reveals, that he is absorbing the ability to project this chaos towards other enemies, as a useful weapon. Likewise, in the act of destroying Tiamat, Marduk smashes her head open with his mace, tears her in half, and creates the earth with one half, and the sky with the other, once again harnessing chaos in order to create; an act of creative destruction. These particular aspects of the story, betray a vital conceptual substrate, where chaos is actually perceived as primordial procreative potential, and that it is female in nature, but that it is uncontrolled without male intervention.
At a higher level, it could be said that Marduk is claiming to have become Tiamat herself – a beast – though is instead a male. As we shall see further on, this distinction between the sexes is vitally important for our narrative, and is not confined alone to Babylonian mythology, because it is quite universal, and directly related to why sacred fire is represented as female. There is also paradoxically, a psychological relationship between subduing such a female opponent by violence, and through forcing sexual submission; a concept which enters deep into the strata of the human psyche, and even into criminal psychology. To complicate the matter, from a theogonic perspective, Tiamat was in essence the grandmother of Marduk, through his father Enki (Akkadian: Ea; god of the fresh water Apsu), making this a form of parricide – or perhaps more correctly senicide – betraying it as an inter-generational power conflict. The Freudian nature of this subject, an its universal application (such as Medusa), is obvious, and is too deep to cover in full. However, the identification of chaos as a female entity, and its connection with necessary procreative energy, which males in turn require, is a key concept to understanding fire rituals, and how fire is related to the act of civilizing human populations, such as cities, or even empires.
Marduk was the Babylonian equivalent of Jupiter and Zeus in the Roman and Greek pantheons respectively, and likewise he was also pictured on occasion wielding thunderbolts, heavily associated with air and sky phenomena. Lightning, from a religious perspective, is the most important of all fire, as it comes directly from the heavens, connecting the sky and the earth, and sometimes leaving actual fires in its wake. Weather phenomena were by far the most frequent and destructive of natural forces in Mesopotamia, but were also the most relied upon power of the gods, to the people of sedentary and agrarian Mesopotamia. Too much rain in the mountains would be devastating, but too little would be just as devastating, thus moderation was required, meaning the gods must be appeased. In the Greco-Roman world it was no different, as agriculture was far more fickle, and far more of a concern than in today’s industrialized first-world. The King of Babylon in many ways represented the vizier, and/or adoptive son, of Marduk in human affairs, thus the importance of this seven-tier ziggurat of baked bricks at the very center of Babylon, is equivalent to the US Capitol building, and its relationship to the gods of the corporate lobby, who must be appeased to maintain the Washington D.C. Universe in proper cosmic motion (this is an attempt at humor, but sadly true!).
Of chief concern for us here is not just Marduk (whose planet was Jupiter), but his spouse Sarpanit, or Sarpanitum. She may have been connected to the planet Venus, however due to the highly complex nature of Babylonian astro-theology, she was also connected with the Moon, and perhaps a myriad of different celestial objects. In fact, many different deities shared celestial associations through the process of syncretism, and this has been somewhat of a nightmare for people looking for clarity in ancient Babylonian astro-theological records – there isn’t much. The word ‘Babel’, after all literally meant ‘confusion’ to the Hebrews, who’s main religious tenet was to exclude all syncretism what-so-ever, and to retain an exclusive and pure theological monotheism of YHWH, the all-father, albeit always messianic in tone as a prelude to Jesus Christ, the Son, who was an earthly manifestation of the Father, and a King. Although Babylon had Marduk, who was the chief deity, and who’s powers became ultimately supreme as time progressed, a large pantheon still existed, and as we shall see, syncretism is the sole concept involved in separating theological virginity, from theological prostitution. This is the primary focus of the Book of Revelation, and the focus of Judeo-Christian eschatology in general.
On the social level, the female act of giving birth to children, and thus the important symbolism of the womb for embodying cities lying behind protective walls, relates directly to the act of separation from the wild and ever present fear of chaos that comes from without. For this reason, Marduk represented the martial protector deity, and his spouse Sarpanit, represented an urban, civil and domestic tutelary deity. If the city was the greater primary household of Marduk, and the people his extended family, then Sarpanit was their mother, and the order enshrined in civil and domestic continuity. The interplay between Marduk and his spouse, was the chief concern of the King and his Priests, but nevertheless, this divine couple also had a coterie of predecessor and subordinate deities, to assist them in their affairs with mankind. On this note, Herodotus (c. 484–425BC), the Greek ‘father of history’, or ‘father of lies’ depending on your preference, gave a very interesting account of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI in his Histories;
“in the . . . sacred precinct of Jupiter [Zeus] Belus, a square enclosure two furlongs [402 m] each way, with gates of solid brass; which was also remaining in my time [the greater courtyard of the É.SAG.GÍL?]. In the middle of the precinct there was a tower of solid masonry, a furlong [201 m] in length and breadth, upon which was raised a second tower, and on that a third, and so on up to eight. The ascent to the top is on the outside, by a path which winds round all the towers. When one is about half-way up, one finds a resting-place and seats, where persons can sit for some time on their way to the summit. On the topmost tower there is a spacious temple, and inside the temple stands a couch of unusual size, richly adorned, with a golden table by its side. There is no statue of any kind set up in the place, nor is the chamber occupied of nights by any one but a single native woman, who, as the Chaldeans, the priests of this god, affirm, is chosen for himself by the deity out of all the women of the land.” – Herodotus, Histories 1.181
We have here an account, of a woman literally sitting on ‘seven mountains’ – the seven tiers of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI ziggurat. The correctness of this account has been brought into question many times, the main point of criticism being whether or not Herodotus ever traveled to Babylon in person, or whether this is a compilation of hearsay. His reference to eight instead of seven levels, can be reconciled by the inclusive counting of the ground level platform, creating an inner court, which he says is 201m squared, and which was not part of the structure proper, known through archaeology to be 92m squared at the base. The problem with discounting his entire account – as some do – is that there is evidence that the ritual practice of ‘sacred marriage’, was in fact definitely imbedded in the religious practice of multiple cities of Babylonia, albeit with different cult mechanics. The most ancient and clear evidence for this, comes from the southern city of Ur (to which the Biblical Abraham is connected in Genesis 11:28), in relation to special ‘En Priestesses’ dedicated to the Moon deity Nanna (Akkadian: Sîn), such as the famous royal princess and priestess Enheduanna (c.2285–2250BC; almost two centuries before Abraham departed from Ur).
Enheduanna was the daughter of Sargon of Akkad, and one of the first historical females ever known by name, because she left various religious writings for posterity. From these writings we can see a devotion to other deities, especially Inanna (Akkadian: Ishtar), the Sumerian goddess of love, fertility, and warfare, and goddess of the É.ANNA temple in the city of Uruk, her main cult center. Inanna/Ishtar was primarily depicted in astrological form, as an eight pointed star (shown on the left). This star was primarily attributed to Venus, the brightest of all of the five visible and moving planets proper (her father being Nanna/Moon, and her brother Utu/Sun), however it must be understood that due to the composite nature of Babylonian astrology, and the ‘Queen of Heaven’ concept, Babylonians would have seen her as the paramount principle of the starry night sky in general, perhaps specifically the brightest of all the ‘fixed stars’, known as Sirius. Through Inanna, we get a bastardized version of the ‘sacred marriage’, better known as ‘sacred prostitution‘, and thus a setup for the ideological conflict between the concept of virtuous virginity, and debauched prostitution. Herodotus gives the following account of this practice, applying the name Aphrodite, the Greek/Cypriot equivalent of Inanna/Ishtar;
The foulest Babylonian custom is that which compels every woman of the land to sit in the temple of Aphrodite and have intercourse with some stranger at least once in her life. Many women who are rich and proud and disdain to mingle with the rest, drive to the temple in covered carriages drawn by teams, and stand there with a great retinue of attendants. But most sit down in the sacred plot of Aphrodite, with crowns of cord on their heads; there is a great multitude of women coming and going; passages marked by line run every way through the crowd, by which the men pass and make their choice. Once a woman has taken her place there, she does not go away to her home before some stranger has cast money into her lap, and had intercourse with her outside the temple; but while he casts the money, he must say, “I invite you in the name of Mylitta” (that is the Assyrian name for Aphrodite). It does not matter what sum the money is; the woman will never refuse, for that would be a sin, the money being by this act made sacred. So she follows the first man who casts it and rejects no one. After their intercourse, having discharged her sacred duty to the goddess, she goes away to her home; and thereafter there is no bribe however great that will get her. So then the women that are fair and tall are soon free to depart, but the uncomely have long to wait because they cannot fulfil the law; for some of them remain for three years, or four. There is a custom like this in some parts of Cyprus.
– Herodotus, Histories 1.199, trans. A.D. Godley (1920)
Most interesting in this account, is that this act of mandatory (?) prostitution for females, had to occur in the temple precinct, and thus each female was at least once in their lives in effect, acting as a priestess, providing a ‘sacred marriage’ with Ishtar, for every male in the land. Ishtar certainly had full-time clergy, but if this account is true, Ishtar was not first and foremost seen as a primordial mother figure to the population, but in fact was acting as an all-mistress (sexual partner). In this way, she was functionally separate from Sarpanit, the exclusive spouse of Marduk, who’s dedicated human female – if Herodotus is to be believed – was kept on the summit of the É.TEMEN.AN.KI, dedicated to the god, and perhaps also for the exclusive use of the king, when acting in Marduk’s stead, in an ‘As Above, So Below’ sacred kingship relationship. As stated previously however, this is by no means clarified in any material records found in Mesopotamia, but it is definitely alluded to. The fact that we have no direct record of the kings rituals on the summit of É.TEMEN.AN.KI, which may have involved a ‘sacred marriage’, is not evidence that they did not occur, because these would have been the most important of all ritual acts, and as such it may have been taboo to materially record them. Evidence of absence, is not a substitute for material evidence.
At the core of these mythologies, I will assert here that the role of kingship, pivots on the ability of a superior male individual, to ritually intern female procreative energy at the city center, in order to foster civilization, but to domesticate it, in contrast to the primal and wild nature, of undomesticated female procreative energy found in nature. The city wall is thus a highly important functional aspect of this chaoskampf concept, delineating the human world of civil progress, from the elemental and animal world of primordial fluctuation without. This makes the city wall a bulwark, and thus the lining of a metaphorical womb (female). The reason for giving this sweeping statement, is due to the fact that Tiamat – the primordial chaos beast whom Marduk is required to conquer before he can rule the heavens – is female, and not male. Males after all do not have wombs. After his dominance is asserted in the heavens, he is then able to bring the mes (wisdom), from the heavens down to mankind, inseminating them like seeds into his newly domesticated and walled womb. This task is performed primarily through the agency of the King – the earthly representation of Marduk – who is then empowered by supernatural ability, and divine consent, to slay further enemies (chaos dragons), who threaten the subdued and domesticated regions of his kingdom.
The first and most important of all mes, which is a gift from heaven, is in fact fire, through which even the elements of nature, can be transformed into useful building blocks for human society (ie., cooked food, baked bricks, and metallurgy). It is no wonder then, that in the Greco-Roman world, Hestia/Vesta, who was the ‘spirit of the flame‘, was considered a primal female deity/energy, brought from heaven to earth by Prometheus, as a gift to mankind, to transform human society, but importantly, domesticated and controlled. This concept of control, precisely reveals why she was considered an eternal virgin, and also why her central representation in the city of Rome – the eternal flame of Vesta – had to be serviced by the Vestal Virgins, whose possible promiscuity had to be punishable by death. The very existence of civil order within the sacred city boundary – known as the Pomerium – was enshrined in the purity of this fire, and the priestesses were literally living embodiments of this civil order. Any male energy, if it were to come in contact with this pure domesticated feminine energy, might thrust the city into chaos, like pregnancy, with all its uncertainty, and thus was considered an interruption of stability and continuity. Rome had already been born, and no further civic pregnancy was required, just continuity. Sulla, Julius Caesar, and Augustus, would later upset this continuity, by bringing overwhelming martial male force into the sacred center, and thus re-impregnating the Roman Republic, in order to birth the Roman Empire proper, finally under an undisputed King (Augustus).
In the Aegean world, the communal fire for all of the Greek city-states, was kept in the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi, which in our current era, is where the Olympic flame again has to be lit before starting its relay around the globe, eventually to light the Olympic cauldron, and start the games. It is no surprise then, that Apollo, the protector of this flame, mythologically had to slay the chaos reptile Python, which is referred to in later classical myth as male. However, in the clearest attested version of the myth – the Homeric Hymn to Apollo – the reptile is referred to as a female Drakaina, called Delphyne, from whom Delphi is eponymous. In fact, the lions share of all the most challenging chaos monsters in Greek mythology (Campe, Delphyne, Echidna and Sybaris), are referred to as Drakaina, and are female. To prove the importance of the feminine aspect at play, after Apollo slays the Drakaina, he adopts the female oracle seer of the sanctuary called the Pythia, who remains at the sanctuary next to the omphalos (‘world navel’), and the sacred flame, and who provided a type of telephone service to the supernatural world. The whole concept of the ‘world naval’, highlights the female aspect of procreation, which is why the oracle had to be a female. Even male children, are at one point in their lives, literally connected to the feminine energy, until the umbilical cord is cut at birth.
Importantly, when leaders from the Greco-Roman world, were seeking answers on what choices to make to evade national calamity (chaos), they would consult the oracle at Delphi, no doubt because she represented a semi-domesticated – and thus liminal – remnant of the chaos itself, and was considered to be in touch with the primal forces of uncertainty. Sitting on a sacred tripod, she would enter an erratic trance state (chaotic), and mumble prognostications, that would be interpreted by resident priests. That she had to remain next to the omphalos stone, which represented an anchor point for the etheric umbilical cord of humanity, is further evidence of this concept of a link back to the chaotic Earth-Mother, which is why Python/Draikaina, was said to be the off-spring of Gaia. Interestingly, the father of Draikaina, was not specifically referred to as Gaia’s usual partner Uranus, perhaps because personified chaos had to be parthenogenic (self fertilized, without the assistance of male seed, thus purely feminine in nature). The story of the castration of Uranus using a flint knife, by his youngest son Cronus on the order of Gaia, highlights this parthenogenic quality of his spouse, especially considering that flint was also the main tool involved in fire creation. From a scientific perspective, it is also curious that to this day, the only vertebrate animals known to be capable of true parthenogenesis, are squamate reptiles (snakes and lizards).
A similar story of supernatural communication with dead ancestors, occurs in the Book of Samuel, from the Holy Bible, where Saul (first King of Israel), after losing direct contact with YHWH, specifically seeks the use of a female medium, known as the Witch of Endor, in order to summon the recently dead prophet Samuel from the netherworld;
“Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.” – 1 Samuel 28:7
Saul did not ask for a male, but specifically asked for a female, and this is the only episode of necromancy described in the Holy Bible. Needless to say, Saul paid for this act with his life, which Samuel foretold through her medium-ship. It makes conceptual sense, that in order to contact a person that has passed through the gates of death, that one might seek concentrated feminine energy, which is connected to the entrance into carnality, through the birth canal – the gates of life. It is known from other ancient near-east material records – such as from the Hittite capital of Hattusa – that the most feared of all supernatural witchcraft, was the domain of females. Witchcraft was not simply a superstitious craze for Christians in medieval times, but is simply the ancient fear, that the gates of chaos can be accessed, and perhaps abused, by females considered outside of civilization, and thus un-domesticated. When controlled however, such as in the case of the Delphic Pythia, her erratic movements and nonsensical mumblings, were considered a useful tool for powerful males seeking answers, and also interpreted specifically through male priests, said in one account to be originally from Crete. This last point is of interest, because the Cretans are known to have had one of the most important and mysterious cults, involving semi-nude females who channeled deity, and who handled sacred serpents in a subterranean labyrinth (Minoan bronze-age ‘snake goddess‘ figurine, shown on the left. One of many found specifically in households)
In the proper environment, we can see how this energy was not so much feared, but in contrast, was considered necessary, as if there were some nostalgia for the umbilical cord. This is why the Omphalos stone, which looks to be wrapped in twine, or perhaps the curls of an umbilical cord, was probably placed on a ceremonial column, known as the ‘dancing column’ (Rykwert), featuring three female ‘dancers’ on its capital. It has been strongly argued by Rykwert, that the Omphalos originally was set atop this capital (crudely reproduced below-right). It follows then, that it represented the unreachable and sacred feminine aspect, which only the female Pythia could successfully access. Not surprisingly, the Pythia is originally thought to have been exclusively a young virgin, but may over time, when the intention of the original primordial setup was lost, have become an old woman dressed only in the garments of a virgin. Although this sacred flame at Delphi, is popularly referred to as ‘Apollo’s sacred flame’, most people forget that it was an embodiment of Hestia, and thus female, with Apollo being merely her guardian, and a martial deterrent.
Although Apollo himself was considered a vital link between the living and the dead, and oracular in nature, Hestia, the fire, was in fact his female medium, and thus represents his conquering, and domestication of the female procreative energy, and is connected directly, to the slaying of the primordial female Drakaina of chaos. This is why Apollo was primarily known, as the one who brought civilization and the arts to mankind, channeled through his nine female Muses, who actually become progressive abstractions, of the core nature of Hestia, albeit becoming removed from the direct symbolism of the flame. He is clearly a Promethean functionary, which is why he had to be the son of Zeus in the Theogony, but in contrast to Prometheus who is punished by Zeus, by having an eagle eat out his liver for eternity, Apollo is also punished by Zeus for killing the Drakaina, and is sentenced for life to protect the female Delphic oracle, and the sanctuary. There is a direct link between the story of Prometheus, and the oracular function of Apollo, in the fact that the liver of animals (and perhaps once humans), was used for a well known form of divination, known as haruspicy. The superstition of connectivity with supernatural power, by ‘looking into the liver’, was an ancient occult art, practiced from east to west, but especially by the Babylonians, and the Romans (including their neighbors the Etruscans).
The liver was thought by the ancients, to be the source of the blood, and by extension, life itself. Just as the necessity of using a female, to communicate with the ancestral powers only found at the omphalos in Delphi, the fascination with livers, is once again an example of superstitions regarding the source of life, which is represented by the blood, and is brought to term by the female, through the agency of the umbilical cord. The liver appears in consistency, to be very similar to the afterbirth – known as the placenta – both being highly concentrated in blood, and even blackish in appearance. Biologically, the placenta separates the blood system of the baby, from the mother, and does not create a direct connection, but it is likely that ancient peoples, were not aware of this. The liver therefore, is the symbolic generational beneficiary of the placenta, which is created within the female, and separated at birth. Many ancient cultures believed that the placenta had to be ritually buried, in order for a person to maintain their life-link with the Earth itself (feminine). As we have been discussing, this feminine procreative energy, found in nature, and untamed in the wild, is connected with the ground based domain of the reptile, which is the ultimate symbol of chaos. The story of Prometheus, which connects the liver to the act of bringing mankind fire, and his subsequent eternal punishment, is very telling, and has an obvious Hebrew parallel.
One Garden, One Snake, Two Trees
Because of the reptilian connection with primordial femininity, we should perhaps here pause to reflect, on the story of Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden, detailed in Genesis. A fundamentally feminist view of the story of Eve’s temptation by the ‘snake’, might lead one to believe that this story is purely misogynistic. However, from what we have been exploring, there are strong archetypal, and even scientific connotations to, the connection between chaos, reptiles, and the female procreative energy. This energy is intertwined with, and traces itself back to, that first of what the Babylonians referred to as mes (wisdom), the act of harnessing fire. When this occurred, humankind began to autonomously transform their own environment, with a rapidity that outstripped foresight. It is no wonder then, that the ‘snake’, who tempted humanity to eat from the ‘tree of knowledge’, had to first interface with mankind through Eve, the feminine aspect of our ancestral line – our blood. The restraint provided in the warning by YHWH not to ‘eat of the tree of knowledge’ (Genesis 2:17), which was importantly at the center of the garden, and previously controlled, is a direct reference to the double-edged sword of knowledge and technology. Wisdom can not only make civilization easier, but also increases the capacity for destruction, if not properly controlled, and if not initiated in a spirit of benevolence, towards other humans, and our environment.
In the current epoch which birthed atomic energy – firstly in order to destroy – and where we now possesses the hydrogen bomb, which is no less than the literal power of the stars, is it not correct to admit that this warning was correct, at least from an eschatological perspective? Do we not now possess the flip side of Vesta’s fire? The truth of this story, is plainly that men biologically do not have wombs, are built physically stronger than women, and until recently when industrialization took the elements of hard labor out of providing the necessities of life, were primarily required as protectors from – and domesticators of – wild nature, which in turn, was considered female. We should remember that the story is referring to primitive mankind, and not to modern society, but the message it symbolically encodes, is of eternal relevance in understanding humanity, and our place in the universal order. The male aspect of primitive society was, and still is, a necessary key component, in building physically and metaphorically protective walls, and barriers. More important however, is the primal role of the male, in building a metaphorical wall around civilization, to protect the sacred center, the enclosure of which, like a womb, has a feminine quality. It is at this sacred center, in many ancient cultures, that we find the domesticated female fire, usually tended by virgins, or at least accompanied by an earthly female, charged with its service.
“And thou shalt command the children of Israel, that they bring thee pure oil olive beaten for the light, to cause the lamp to burn always. In the tabernacle of the congregation without the vail, which is before the testimony, Aaron and his sons shall order it from evening to morning before the LORD: it shall be a statute for ever unto their generations on the behalf of the children of Israel.”
– Exodus 27:20-21 [EMPHASIS MINE]
Jerusalem was no exception. The Jewish Temple had an ‘eternal lamp’, known as the ‘seven branched’ Menorah (six branches and one stem), which had to remain lit all year long. A crucial difference however, was that this Temple was serviced by an exclusively male priesthood (the Levitical priesthood), and not by females, or a singular female. Does this mean that the Hebrew’s were misogynists, who removed females from the sacred center, or is there proof, that the fire was in fact still considered to be feminine in nature? One answer to this question is that firstly, the Levitical Law, which made the temple service in Jerusalem exclusive to YHWH, and which made syncretism a grievous violation of civil order, was in fact a form of spiritual virginity, which functionally replaced the conceptual carnal female representation, enshrined in virgin female attendants. Secondly, the actual Tabernacle, and later the Temple itself – in the Hebrew mind at least – replaced the female function, by providing a symbolic virgin womb for the purpose of God himself, to bring forth a child. This overall concept, has been referred to as the Shekinah in rabbinical writings, which is a word derived from mishkan (tabernacle), and is often used to refer to the settling, or nesting of birds. As we shall see, after the destruction of the Temple in 70AD, on the 9th of Av, this connection with God was not destroyed, but had instead been released from geographical confinement within a physical temple, because the child had already been born.
This presence became personally available in Christianity, as the Holy Ghost – or Holy Spirit – referred to as the likeness of a Dove, and feminine in nature, and was also directly attested in the New Testament, as being a form of fire – explained in due course. Ironically perhaps, after the Romans persecuted Christianity for the first few centuries, it was then adopted as the state religion, but syncretism was employed to ease the process of adoption, by the pagan populations of the empire. As soon as this syncretism was employed, a fundamental spiritual conflict ensued, between spiritual prostitution, and spiritual virginity. This battle was prophesied perfectly by John the Revelator, in his eschatological vision. Rome had adopted a new form of prostitution, but it also carried with it the seeds of the spiritual virginity. for which Jesus gave his life, enshrined in its simplicity in the Word of the Old and New Testaments. This Word is referred to, as the literal ‘flesh‘ of Jesus Christ himself (John 1:14), being literally ‘birthed‘ (feminine), from the original Jewish Temple (feminine), for over a millennia, and specifically and physically born of a Jewish Virgin (Mary; who was of course female). When Emperor Theodosius officially dissolved all pagan worship in Rome, the flame of the Vestals was finally extinguished in 394AD, but Rome had adopted a new sacred fire, detached from a carnal representation, however it was just as precious for retaining order within the Empire.
In returning to the Garden of Eden then, we should expect to see the symbol of fire somewhere in the story. Indeed we do. After Adam and Eve are ejected by YHWH from the protected garden womb, just like a birth, together with the ‘snake’, and are sent out into the wild, the key to returning is given:
“And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever. Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken. So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a Flaming Sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the Tree of Life“
– Genesis 3:24 [EMPHASIS MINE]
If fire is considered female, and represents the Holy Spirit, being the required umbilical connection with the Father, then the sword is a most appropriate male symbol. A sword is specifically used for control – male control – but when it is sheathed in fire, it represents the perfect union between the two functional aspects of procreation, whether physical, or spiritual (purely on the intellectual plane). This is why the Greek philosophers, personified the discourse of wisdom – the act of intellectual procreation – as feminine, and thus Sophia, in Platonic thought (from phliosophy). This does not however make intelligence female, because the act of initiation – planting seeds – is a male functionality, but specifically requires the act of union, in order to bring forth the child – or next generation of intelligence (wisdom begets new wisdom etc…). This goes some way to explaining why, at the beginning of Genesis, God is specifically referred to in the plural sense, because this is a necessary figure of speech, required to enshrine two necessary principles in the act of creation; initiation, and propagation, which cosmologically is Time, and Space respectively. We will explore this concept later on, when we address the Roman deity Janus, who has a key relationship with Vesta.
The female function facilitates separation, whereas God himself has to be personified as male, because seeds are planted first in Time, before propagation can take place in Space. The initiation is thus an active masculine act, and the propagation is a passive female act. This concept, which is a fundamental principle revealed through biology, also helps to explain why Eve had to be created by a ‘rib’ (Hebrew: tsay-law’, meaning a building block in the largest sense), initially taken from Adam. This is in no way misogynistic, but quite logical, because insemination comes before propagation. It in no way places females as inferior in status to males, because the female is required to ease the loneliness of the male, and is actually a very emotionally touching, and comforting narrative. Time is lonely without Space! Femininity, and masculinity, are both aspects of this flaming sword, and it is placed quite logically at the gates – birth canal – of the protected garden – universal womb – where perfect order reigns, and where chaos has been expelled. Time (male), and Space (female), are unified at this sacred center, but on a purely intellectual level, thus the ‘tree of life’, must itself be of the same nature as the flaming sword. There is no better symbol for this, than the Jewish Menorah, which resembles a tree, and which burns with pure oil, exclusively from the fruits of olive trees.
Biblically, this tree of life containing controlled fire, is correctly placed at the most sacred center, in the womb of the Jewish Temple, in the middle of Jerusalem, correctly tended by males but with one caveat; this was only the Holy Place, and not the Most Holy Place! The Most Holy Place was the last section of the Temple, without windows, in a perfectly cubed area (x,y,z., all 20 cubits), concealed behind a veil (perhaps double, but arguably not) adorned with embroidered cherubim, and thus blocked from the light of the Menorah and temple lamps. Crucially, the veil was only to be opened on one day a year, known as the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur), the tenth day of the seventh month, and only accessible by the High Priest on this day. This is five months before the lambing season, and consequently represents the insemination season for lambs, which were a most important animal to the Hebrews, representing the salvation of the Passover. Lambs have a gestation period of 150 days, and are usually born in the Hebrew month of Adar (twelfth month), in time for Passover in the month of Nissan (first month). The seventh month, is also in the season that olives are harvested and first pressed, the first squeeze, being the most Virgin squeeze. This means that the light of the Menorah, was only allowed to pierce the darkness of the Most Holy Place, as a function of Time – every 12 or 13 months, which involves lunar-solar coordination, not just solar.
This most important and Holy Day of the Jewish calendar, represented the union of the active initiatory principle of the Law (male), and the passive Civil propagation function (female), represented by fire, which brings forth correct order, but only when properly controlled by the Law. This is the only day of the year when the darkened Most Holy Place (male), and the lightened Holy Place (female), were symbolically unified, and reveals the nature of the Child (the Son). The unifying principle that connects the Menorah, which propagates the feminine fire, with the dark room for the initiatory male Law, were the beams of light that connected the two rooms. The light specifically traveled in one direction, from female to male, just as a baby is taken from its mother at birth, and presented to the father for the first time, completing the generational cycle. This makes perfect sense of the words of Jesus, when he said “I am the light of the world: he that follows after me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life” (John 8:12). The child of light had been born, revealing the true nature of the female, which is the self consuming procreative energy contained in the fuel (the heat energy, which is the life in the fire), symbolized by virgin olive oil, which propagates the child when the necessary chronological seed is planted – a spark – which is male. Initiation comes before propagation. This is not sexual in-and-of-itself, but is a conceptual analogue.
Yom Kippur, was also the only day in the Jewish calendar, when the blood of an animal (from the ‘scape goat’ ritual, involving two goats of the first year), was allowed to enter the Most Holy Place, originally to sanctify the Ark of the Covenant, atop which was the Mercy Seat, symbolically placed above the Law of the original Ten Commandments, held in the Ark. This physically empty mercy seat, was an an-iconic symbol of Spiritual Kingship, not physical Kingship. No physical King of Israel, or High Priest, was ever allowed to sit on this seat/throne, because it was reserved for the Son, the light from the Menorah, which was brought forth like clockwork, once yearly, to reunite the spiritual family. The blood that was also brought through the veil on this day, is like the light, a unifying principle between the two rooms, and is highly important, because a baby is connected to its mother by the umbilical cord, which contains the blood, which is usually cut by the father. It is important to understand, that lunar-solar calendars are dependent on three components, not just the Sun and the Moon, because the Earth is the central pivot in working out light phases, whether they be on the lunar surface, or between the tilted poles. The Earth is the observation platform for both, and these two great lights create a chronometer, both of which are important, because the Moon rules the tides – the water – and the Sun rules the heat – the fire.
Also key in this ritual, was that the same day of presentment of the birthed Son – the light – is also the same day for the insemination of the next yearly period – an eternal procreation. Yom Kippur is also in the Autumn, the symbolic season of material death, because this ritual relates to spiritual re-birth, and not physical birth, which is brought forth in the Spring, when Jesus died at Passover. As such, it represents release, which is why the all important Jubilee year was announced on this day, and not on the Jewish New Year, which was ten days prior. This ritual analogue for a spiritual umbilical cord, which connects mankind back to the womb of the Garden of Eden, and then to the Father, required a physical AND spiritual bloodline in order that fallen mankind, could become adopted back into the spiritual family. This bloodline is of course physically brought forth by the Virgin Mary, within Jesus Christ, who is slain as a pure virgin, and who needs to be adopted as your spiritual brother, to regain family membership. By adopting the Son as your brother, you recognize his Virgin mother as your spiritual ancestor, who was a Jewish woman representing the physical Temple womb, of the untainted Jewish religion of the Old Testament. You can then claim reentry to the Garden of Eden, and full communion with the Father, through the Holy Spirit which is the fire, and thus the heavenly female propagation principle, in contrast to the physical Mary, who symbolizes the waters of earthly birth.
The Flaming Sword is wielded by ‘cherubims’, which is derived from the Hebrew word kheh’-reb, which means sword, thus these agents of YHWH are trusted guardians, with complete control over the functional male, female, and child natures. The sword is said to turn “every way, to keep the way of the tree of life” (Genesis 3:24), because it provides 360 degree protection to the sacred center, where we find both the ‘tree of life’, and the ‘tree of knowledge’. The fact that protecting the ‘tree of knowledge’ is not mentioned as a function of this sword, is key, because the fruit of this tree was already absorbed by humankind, who took it’s wisdom with them when they left – thus it was already released from the protected garden. They were not physically prohibited from eating from this tree, other than a paternal warning (Law), because mankind was made in God’s image, and thus must be given free will, and a chance at self control. This is why YHWH admonishes Adam, “cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life” (Genesis 3:17). Adam is the one heavily chastised by YHWH, and the ground is cursed for his sake, because it is the primary function of the male, to protect and control the flame (feminine), in order to maintain order, which is the Law – still symbolically represented by a Sword to this day.
If Adam had not been enticed, could Eve have been branded as ‘wild nature’ (an uncontrolled flame), and ejected from the garden, unable to generate Adam’s offspring, and thus mankind would not have fallen? The fall occurred specifically when Adam accepted the forbidden fruit of uncontrolled fire, and accepted responsibility to regain control of it – whether he liked it or not. So if the ‘tree of life’ is symbolically the olive tree, bearing a pure controlled eternal flame, then what symbolic tree is the ‘tree of knowledge, of good and evil’? If Adam was tempted by Eve, the female, who represents the function of the flame, who was in turn tempted by the ‘snake’ (the uncontrolled side of her nature in disobedience to Law), then is this second tree similar to the former? Is this second tree also not symbolically on fire? The answer of course, is yes, which is why they are both described as being at the center of the garden, symbolically competing for that same ideological space. This particular tree, specifically represents death, because there is a loss of control of the procreative functional feminine principle, and thus a wild engulfing flame, which burns up all it touches. The antidote for this tree, is given as the ‘tree of life’, which brings back full control, but was retained in the garden. This tree was only released through the sacrifice of Jesus, who can send all who ask the Holy Ghost – a controlled spiritual umbilical cord of fire, connected through a familiar bloodline, right back to the Garden of Eden. Before I reveal some secrets of this ‘tree of knowledge’, the antidote must be understood;
“I [Jesus Christ] go to prepare a place for you . . . I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. And whither I go ye know, and the way ye know . . . I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also: and from henceforth ye know him, and have seen him.” – John 14:2-7 [EMPHASIS MINE]
Symbolically, this ‘tree of knowledge, of good and bad‘, is the fig tree, which was specifically used by Adam and Eve to make ‘aprons’, to hide their nakedness after they ate of the forbidden fruit (Genesis 3:7). This tree is also sneakily revealed to be the fig tree by Hosea, who uses a very curious turn of phrase, mixing the tree into an analogy, mentioning fruit, wombs, and an act of ejection from God’s house;
“I found Israel like grapes in the wilderness; I saw your fathers as the firstripe in the fig tree at her first time: but they went to Baalpeor, and separated themselves unto that shame; and their abominations were according as they loved. As for Ephraim, their glory shall fly away like a bird, from the birth, and from the womb, and from the conception. Though they bring up their children, yet will I bereave them, that there shall not be a man left: yea, woe also to them when I depart from them! Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place: but Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer. Give them, O LORD: what wilt thou give? give them a miscarrying womb and dry breasts. All their wickedness is in Gilgal: for there I hated them: for the wickedness of their doings I will drive them out of mine house, I will love them no more: all their princes are revolters. Ephraim is smitten, their root is dried up, they shall bear no fruit: yea, though they bring forth, yet will I slay even the beloved fruit of their womb. My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations.” – Hosea 9:10-17 [EMPHASIS MINE]
The extended quote is here given in full, because the relationship between Tyre and Ephraim, has great bearing on the destiny of Great Britain, which is where this 2012 Olympic ritual was performed, but this will have to wait for a future post. Special note should be taken to the quote ‘firstripe in the fig tree, at her first time’, because the tense is female, and the reference is specifically to ripe fruit, and to the first crop of the tree since her creation, which has connotations of seasonal crop fertility. Gilgal, is specifically where the first fossilized fig cultivars (~9000BC), have been identified through archaeology, which represents what is thought to be, the first ever domestication of an agricultural species for human consumption. This is also where the mass circumcision of Israelite males was performed, after the first crossing of the Jordan – water, thus birth – a ritual act specifically related to male ancestry. The fruit is referred to literally as being ‘your fathers‘, and thus literally her children, who were brought forth, but not shamed until they went to ‘Baalpeor‘. They are said to have ‘loved’ these shameful acts, referring to lust. Although this refers to a post-exodus event, the use of the specific fruit tree to form an analogy, and the direct link with such an ancient archaeological site, betrays an older origin. Hosea’s rebuke was specifically constructed, to connect the children of Israel – especially from the leading tribe of Ephraim – to the original sin from the Garden of Eden. Coincidentally, the word Ephraim is derived from the meaning, ‘double fruitfulness’.
Figs, are pan-tropical trees, which have evergreen variants in the tropics, but some deciduous variants on the border of the tropical zone. They bear more than one crop of fruit each year. This is in contrast to olives, which only give one crop each year, or may even skip a year if conditions are not favorable. Olives are the last tree of the agricultural season to be harvested in the Levant, just after the main crop of the fig trees during autumn. The olive is thus annular in cycle, whereas the fig is biannular – to irregular – giving fruit of different qualities and properties, at different times, and depending on certain individual tree peculiarities. The reason for this multiple cropping, is because each fig tree species, has its own specially adapted fig wasp variant, which is specifically designed to only fertilize one particular fig species each. Some wasp variants are pollinators, and some are purely parasitic, but both variants use the fig fruit as a surrogate womb, to bring forth their larvae to adulthood, with pollinator species giving back a service to the tree, and parasite species getting a free ride. Figs literally carry the good, and the bad respectively, as an appendage of their very existence. Because of this need to carry pollinators within their fruit, and because the life-cycle of such insects are less than a year, the fig tree has adapted to give more than one crop of fruit each year, allowing for an all year availability of these surrogate wombs, known as syconium – a ‘false fruit’, more correctly described as a multiple-fruit.
The syconium is in fact a little internal world, where the internal scarlet flowers, only bloom in darkness for a specific species of insect. In contrast, the olive flowers are white (the color for virgins), and are exposed to the external world, allowing any insect to pollinate. As such, figs are the perfect symbol for the word ‘occult‘, meaning hidden, with the fruit being literally formed in encapsulated darkness, but with a small singular opening, called an ostiole, only for the use of the wasps. Most fig variants are actually evergreen, but the common fig (Ficus carica), which is the only domesticated fig of real importance to human agriculture for its edible fruit, is deciduous, and sheds its leaves in the autumn, making it appropriate for ‘the fall of man‘. Olive trees in contrast, are evergreen, and thus are a perfect symbol for the ‘tree of life‘, remaining green and life-like all year round. To cut a very long but interesting story short, the common fig, is reproductively gynodioecious, meaning that individual trees can either be female, or hermaphrodite. The tree itself, cannot be purely male, though the hermaphrodite individuals are referred to as ‘male’, because they are functionally pollinators for the purely female plants, though they still bear a fruit which can bring forth seed. These hermaphrodite syconium are known specifically as caprifigs, which are the surrogate wombs for the wasp larvae, and thus not very appetizing!
Olive trees in comparison to common fig trees, are monoecious, meaning the individual plants are neither male nor female, but bear flowers that are purely male, and also bear mixed flowers with both male and female components on the same flower. The mixed flowers, are the ones which produce the olive fruit, and the purely male flowers, only suffice for pollination. This quality makes olive trees quite the opposite of fig trees, in that they are functionally self integrated (in harmony with themselves), and the male flower has a defined function by itself, whereas it is the mixed flowers which produce the edible fruit. Hermaphrodite fig trees on the other hand, which are the functional pollinating males, only produce syconium with short styles, which are the only styles accessible to the Blastophaga psenes fig wasps for laying eggs. They provide about three crops of caprifigs (‘inedible’) each year. These caprifigs are usually fed to livestock (capri: kapros meaning ‘wild boar’ in Greek; capreae meaning ‘goat’ in Latin), as a calorie and protein rich stock feed, rejected of civilization, just as Hosea says of Israel “My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him: and they shall be wanderers among the nations” (Hosea 9:17).
The ultimate service of these hermaphrodite, and functionally male fig trees therefore, is to provide pollen for a separate female tree, and paradoxically, to act as a womb for insects – a function not usually connected to males. The adapted wasps are what make the fig tree spectacularly interesting, being a required mediator between functionally separated ‘sexes’ of individual trees. It is the purely female fig trees, which are the only ones to develop syconium with long styles, which are inaccessible to the female fig wasps for laying larvae, which none the less still enter to pollinate, and usually simply leave the syconium, when they realize there is no ability to lay their eggs. Once ripe, this is the edible female fruit that humans desire, containing thousands of seeds covered in sweet flesh, and next to no dead wasps. The edible fruit from these female trees is produced twice a year, once in the spring known as the breba crop, and lastly in the autumn known simply as the main crop, giving larger more sun-ripened fruit. Jesus Christ himself, also alluded to this tree being the ‘tree of knowledge, of good and bad’, when he cursed a fig tree for bearing no fruit, outside Jerusalem in the spring of 33AD (in reference to a breba crop, the first crop), right before his Passover sacrifice;
“And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet. And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it. And they went to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves; And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple. And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves . . . and in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.” – Mark 11:13-20 [EMPHASIS MINE]
The fig tree referred to here, has a double meaning in this curse by Jesus. On one hand it’s connotations with the ‘tree of knowledge, of good and bad’, connect it’s main crop in autumn with the fall of man, and its spring breba crop actually has a positive connotation, because otherwise Jesus would not have symbolically sought it for sustenance. The breba fig crop, is in fact the only fruit available in spring, making it quite sought in the ancient diet. Because mankind had already symbolically eaten of it, the continued eating of it is not proscribed, and simply described by YHWH as ‘sorrow’, because of the inability for man to control this knowledge. After all, it is a tree of ‘good’ and ‘bad’, so a person with self control such as Jesus, could bring its power back under control. The second meaning, is a rebuke against the existing Jewish state, and specifically due to the condition of the priesthood, who had not been watching for the unfolding of Biblical Prophecy, much like the modern organized Christian Church, who are entrenched in acts of physical ritual, but are totally ignoring (even rejecting) the spirit of prophecy in the Word of God. This spirit of prophecy is essential, because it speaks of two separate births, the first of which should have been observed and identified by the Levitical Priesthood. The child of the Jewish Temple had already been born, and it was Jesus himself, thou they knew it not. As we will explore, the current organized Christian Church, seems to be unprepared for the prophesied second birth of Jesus, referred to as the ‘second coming’, this time by fire.
The fig tree in Jesus’ curse heavily referred to the then current Jewish nation under the Levitical Law, and thus the physical circumcision, because as he said “Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer?”. This birth was for ALL nations, and thus the old Temple was no longer required, but instead of accepting their Messiah – the true light of this world – they rejected him, and failed to respect the signs of the times, which is the spirit of prophecy, though this rejection was necessary. True to its nature, prophecy sure was fulfilled, and the Roman Empire sieged and destroyed the city of Jerusalem in 70AD, and burnt down the Jewish Temple, finally leveling it, to ensure that Levitical ritual could not be practiced since. Then a most remarkable event took place. Emperor Titus staged a victory triumph to celebrate the end of the Jewish rebellion, and he publicly paraded all of the treasures from the Jewish Temple before the people’s of Rome, including the sacred Menorah. He literally carried the symbol of the eternal virgin flame of Jewry, directly into the city that sits on seven hills. A dedicated temple known as the Temple of Peace was then built in the Imperial Forum, to celebrate the Roman victory against the Jews, and the Menorah was placed in this Temple. The symbolism is much more important than the fate of the Menorah, but since it represented physical ritual service which was no longer required, the act of holding it in a Temple of Peace is quite important, because the symbol for peace is a dove. If there was ever a Trojan Horse event since the bronze age, this was it, because in 394AD, the eternal flame of Vesta was extinguished, and the flame of the Holy Ghost was promoted in its place.
“Jesus saith unto them, ‘Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes? Therefore say I unto you, The kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof. And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.’ And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.” – Matthew 21:42-46 [EMPHASIS MINE]
Which nation was Jesus referring to? Rōmulus and Rĕmus, the twins from the founding story of Rome, were said to be the sons of the princess Rhea Silvia, a Vestal Virgin, who nevertheless became pregnant with the twins, but claimed to have been inseminated by the god Mars, thus not breaking her vow of human celibacy. Livy wrote that she “declared Mars to be the father of her illegitimate offspring, either because she really imagined it to be the case, or because it was less discreditable to have committed such an offense with a god” (Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, Book 1). After the birth of Romulus and Remus, Rhea Silvia was said to have been married to Tiberinus, the male deification of the Tiber river, which may be an illusion to the fact that Rhea Silvia was drown in the Tiber, as a required punishment for having given birth in breach of her Vestal vow. To strengthen this possibility, the Vestals of Rome, on June 15th – the last day of the Vestalia festival – would ritually sweep the temple and precinct, and dispose of the refuse in the river Tiber; all the impurities were ritually washed away for another year. This ritual was called the Q(uando) S(tercum) D(elatum) F(as), and etymologists have confirmed the ancient origin of this rite, which especially referred to animal feces. The ritual was thus a washing away of wild natural incursions, a cyclical purification, and a reclamation of the human desire to separate itself from any undomesticated female energy.
What happened after the birth, is of vital importance. The two boys are set adrift in a basket on the Tiber, then come to rest on the river bank, under a fig tree, at the base of the Capitoline hill, and are suckled and raised by a ‘she wolf’, known as the Lupa Capitolina. In Latin, Lupa was a slang term for a prostitute, and a brothel was referred to as a Lupinar. What a strange choice of animal to refer to the foundation of Rome! Could it be that Rhea Silvia’s life was actually spared from the usual punishment – live burial – and she instead exiled, or perhaps even given a ‘trial by water’ in the Tiber, surviving but being re-branded afterwards as a Lupa, a prostitute (opposite of a virgin), and was then allowed to raise the boys in exile? It has been suggested that the area around Rome, which was swampy and unfit for human habitation at first, was initially colonized by the outcasts of the surrounding cities of the Latins. Could it also be, that in order to hide her shame, her children were given up for infant exposure to the elements, a form of infanticide by proxy of nature, widely practiced in the Greco-Roman world, only to be saved by a passing prostitute through mercy? Could the biological mother of the founder of Rome, including his accidental foster mother, have been branded, and have literally been prostitutes respectively?
Rhea Silvia was said to be a daughter of King Numitor of Alba Longa, a town predating Rome 12 miles to the south-east, and which was conquered by Rome in the 7th century BC. Alba Longa was the leading city of the Latin league at that time, and their Vestal Virgins were considered the preeminent college, but when Rome conquered this city, it removed this college to Rome, as well as the remaining inhabitants of Alba Longa. This was an action of prestige, much like the removal of the Jewish Menorah, and a further connection between the domesticated sacred fire, and the status of kingship. The newly conquered former capital of a kin-group, was made to transfer it’s claim to ancestry, and the connotations of sacred center that go with it, to a different geographical location – a different axis-mundi. The new King of the combined populace, Tullus Hostilius, is then identified as the single protector of this sacred fire serviced by virgins, even though his founder may have been the son of a ‘prostitute’. If Rhea Silvia was indeed labelled a prostitute and expelled from Alba Longa, then Rome sure had the last laugh! If true, the history of Rome is built on a monumental irony, an irony pivotal in understanding the ultimate future destiny of Rome, which according to John the Revelator, will become the carrier of the largest symbolical prostitute of a city ever to be judged by fire, but instead named for Babylon.
The story of the founder of a nation being abandoned by his mother, and adopted by another woman linked to a different kin group and geographical location, has an unlikely parallel in the Hebrew story of Moses, the founder of the Levitical Law, and thus the ideological forefather of the peoples of Israel. Although his mother is not said to have been a prostitute, she is instead said to have been virtuous, and is given no choice but to set him adrift in a basket upon a river, similarly after his death was decreed by the ruler of an existing order. In contrast however, she is then made his wet-nurse, by the daughter of the leader who decreed his death, and who saved him from the waters of the Nile. Like the posterity of Romulus, Moses later rose to challenge this same order, and to literally destroy the kingship of that particular leader (probably Pharaoh Thutmoses III). This story is likewise saturated in irony, however it is directly connected through the eschatology given by John the Revelator, to the founding of Rome, because the antithesis of the prostitute called ‘Babylon the Great’, is identified as a Virgin, who gave birth to the son of God (in reference to the Virgin Mary). Instead of Jesus founding a city, he is slain, and then this Virgin, is said to have “fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God” (Revelation 12:6). This eventual destiny of the virgin daughter of Zion – the Christian Church personified in Mary – is perfectly connected through time, to the very beginning of salvation, when Moses eventually fled the oppression of Egypt, to likewise enter the desert wilderness, only to be confronted first by YHWH – the spirit of his ancestors since Abraham – in none less than a burning bush – a sacred fire!
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground. Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.” – Exodus 3:1-6 [EMPHASIS MINE]
This burning bush is not consumed, because the fire was controlled, which would make it synonymous with an eternal flame, which never runs out of fuel. As we can see, the life story of Moses, contains an analogy in his nativity involving water, to symbolize his physical birth, but also an analogy involving fire, to symbolize his spiritual epiphany, and direct reconnection with YHWH through the auspices of a flame. His story is one of youth-to-manhood, and physical-to-spiritual progression respectively. To further this use of fire as a symbol of connection to God, and to put it into context against water, which is its seeming antithesis, the story of the physical baptism of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, is highly important. The third and least talked about component of the Holy Trinity, called the Holy Spirit, or sometimes referred to as the Holy Ghost, is first referred to as ‘descending . . . like a dove’ (Matthew 3:16), upon Jesus at his baptism by water;
“Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased. And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age” – Luke 3:21-23 [EMPHASIS MINE]
Jesus had to be in his thirtieth year, because Levitical priests had to attain the age of thirty to begin Temple service. With Jesus, as soon as the water ritual is applied, specifically by a man paternally of the tribe of Levi, the Dove of the Holy Ghost with the feminine nature, being functionally an umbilical fire, is sent immediately. It is of great importance that as soon as this happened, the Trinity was reunited in the material realm, and the Father recognized the Son unequivocally, who was also a ‘son of man’, and thus from Adam and Eve. This is the first time that a flesh and blood man, since Adam, of claim to his ancestral blood, had been granted access back to the Garden of Eden. It is no coincidence then, that the first use of a dove as a symbol in Genesis, from the story of Noah’s Ark, also was immediately preceded by the symbolic presence of water, and is explicitly referred to as female;
“[Noah] sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated from off the face of the ground; But the dove found no rest for the sole of her foot, and she returned unto him into the ark, for the waters were on the face of the whole earth: then he put forth his hand, and took her, and pulled her in unto him into the ark. And he stayed yet other seven days; and again he sent forth the dove out of the ark; And the dove came in to him in the evening; and, lo, in her mouth was an olive leaf pluckt off: so Noah knew that the waters were abated from off the earth. “ – Genesis 8:8-11 [EMPHASIS MINE]
The female Dove, returns after the waters have receded, specifically with an olive leaf. The olive tree within Levitical Law, was exclusively used for making the oil that burnt in the eternal lamp, which was kept lit in the Tabernacle, and then the Temple. Noah was sent the symbol of controlled fire, to symbolize his re-founding of spiritual, and physical civilization, after the waters of chaos had receded. We see once again, that specific symbols are used, in a very strict order. Water is always first, then comes fire, or a symbol strongly connected with fire, and the deliverer of the symbol for fire in these instances, is a female Dove, which symbolically can be termed a fire-bird (or a Phoenix?). Interestingly, if we recall Marduk’s battle against the chaos of the female Tiamat in Enûma Eliš, it is interesting that she is personified as the waters of the salt-sea, much like the rise in water level, that destroyed all the land in the story of Noah. Once this chaos has been vanquished, civilization can be renewed, which is why the first act of Noah after exiting the ark, is to build an altar, and to sacrifice with fire (Genesis 8:20).
In order for the Godhead of the Father – a sacred omphalos and central intellectual singularity – to be united with humankind in reunion, a literal connection with the origin of the universe, which is primordial Time and Space, must first be generated. This connection is none other than a spiritual umbilical cord, carrying a special ‘blood’, imbued with a feminine characteristic, and analogous to a ‘re-birth’, which occurs at spiritual baptism. This is in contrast to the amniotic fluid of birth – water – which once broken, allows that first gasp of breath in the carnal world, right before the physical umbilical cord is cut. Just as the Ark of Noah went upon the waters of chaos, and had first birthed a race of spiritually pure humanity, saving them like seed from what was referred to as an overwhelming corruption, so too would Jesus fulfill the role of the Ark of the Covenant, but this time it would have to be by fire, and a reconnection through his blood. John the Baptist foretold the nature of this feminine Holy Spirit, this Dove, which Jesus would release with the word of the New Covenant, through his life and sacrifice, as a progression from the analogical literal birth in water provided by John, representing ejection from paradise, to one of spiritual fire, direct from God;
“I [John the Baptist] indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire”
– Matthew 3:11 [EMPHASIS MINE]
This prophecy of Jesus being the baptizer of fire, is actually not fulfilled until after his sacrifice, and after the resurrection and ascension of Jesus, in an event that occurred on the first Pentecost in 33AD. The reason for this, is that the fire is not attainable anymore through water baptism, but through the blood of Jesus. This is why at his sacrifice on the cross, directly after he ‘gave up the ghost’, a Roman soldier “with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water” (John 19:34). Blood mixed with water, symbolizes the full connection between the baptism of water, with the spiritual fire, through the blood, which is the life held in the umbilical cord. Further information about this mysterious sacred fire which arrived on the first Pentecost, which connects humanity to the Godhead, is revealed in the Acts of the Apostles. It only appeared to those Christians, who had accepted Jesus’ blood as their required Passover sacrifice. It is described as arriving like ‘cloven tongues . . . of fire’, descending on the believers, which brought them divine understanding direct from God;
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.”
– Acts of the Apostles 2:1-4 [EMPHASIS MINE]
Today is the 24th of May 2015, which is Pentecost. I hope this post has brought a little spiritual fire down from heaven, and provided some clarity about the ‘Spirit of the Flame’, but I must wrap up and conclude. . .
John the Revelator specifically chose to personify the future capital city, which would ride on a newly healed beast of the Roman Empire as a prostitute, and to call it Babylon instead of Rome, which seems to reveal him as a man of deep intellectual depth. He seems to have been highly conversant in the history and archetypal symbols, of both eastern and western culture. The fate of this monumental harlot, is aptly described as her burning with fire, and represents a loss of control over the destructive aspects of that element. Ultimately, what we are exploring here, is a conceptual affinity between ‘Semitic‘, and ‘Indo-European‘, religio-historical mythological mnemonics, and a socio-religious truth, revolving around the concepts of virginity and prostitution, specifically in relation to cities, and the mode in which they express their foundation, continuity, and/or expansion. In the Israelite, Babylonian, and Roman civilizations, we have an ideological conflict between virginity, and prostitution, both two sides of the same coin, but both fundamentally relating to procreative female energy, and thus sacred fire. One is deliberately controlled, the other is a wild inhibition-breaking release, and if Herodotus is to be believed, the latter may have become ritually mandatory in Babylonian culture, by at least the fifth century before Christ.
Two Way Gate
The next part in this series is to be entitled ‘Two Way Gate’, and will explore in more depth, the ways in which cities can utilize their propagative feminine procreative energy. We have explored this specifically for fire, and how it is conceptually imagined by different key cultures, but there is still work to be done, by explaining how this is materially expressed. There are two main functions that this fire can take; controlled and uncontrolled; virgin and prostitute respectively. Conceptually, Babylon is no Jerusalem, and Jerusalem is no Babylon, but if Danny Boyle is to be understood, the NWO covets to make them one and the same, even though they are incompatible. A prostitute cannot be a virgin, but a virgin can be turned into a prostitute, which is a temptation too great, for the children of the autumn fig to leave alone. To set up something as holy, in order to ritually desecrate it, and to make the world watch in approval, is actually a truly satanic ritual (an Abomination of Desolation, such as THIS, at Assisi in 1986). The Mecca Clock Tower symbolically represents Time (masculine), and the Kaaba symbolically represents Space (feminine), so if they are literally combined using a physical fire and destruction, then a satanic fertilization ritual is being performed. June 9th was a most religious day for Vesta, so we will see if this has a bearing on the planned time, for this unholy baptism of Apollyon, the child of destruction.
I will leave the reader to watch on YouTube below, and consider, the ‘Spirit of the Flame‘ 2012 London Summer Olympics Closing Ritual, to decide for themselves whether this female flame – the phoenix, Darcey Bussell – represented a virgin, or a prostitute of a flame during this ritual. HINT: she is controlled by four male ballet dancers . . . her lovers . . . plural . . . and she is performing at the center of an eight pointed star, known as the Union Jack. So who is Babylon the Great? Who is the ‘Great City‘, whom the ‘Kings of the Earth have committed fornication’ with? Who is this prostitute of a city, who now bears the ancient cities flame of wrath so proudly, who’s archetype had an ancient symbol, the Dragon of Marduk?
Those who play with fire, get burnt
Woe unto Ephraim!
Ephraim, as I saw Tyrus, is planted in a pleasant place . . .
. . . Ephraim shall bring forth his children to the murderer . . .
. . . all their princes are revolters
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