Heavenly Bodiesby: Philip Gardiner
Cyclic patterns and rhythms dominate our lives, from the day to night patterns to the seasonal changes and their effects upon us. If we look at a few of the cycles, which have become important to man we can see how we are affected by them.
The daily cycle of night and day are different all over the world. Some have longer nights and shorter days, for example, and their nature has adapted accordingly. Seasonal Affective Disorder is purely the result of long nights and weeks. On the equator, where the sun is stronger and is out for longer periods, SAD does not exist and is indeed refuted.
In certain parts of the world we have four seasons. Elsewhere, the seasons are different. Tropical regions have two seasons: wet and dry. Monsoon areas have three: cold, hot and rainy. In Polar Regions, the temperature change from summer to winter is abrupt.
Man, animal and plant life have adapted remarkably well to the different seasons they experience. We have seen previously how the pineal gland actually measures the seasons and length of day. This is how we adapt to the various seasons around the globe. Many species, including some types of bird, can accurately predict the weather to help them plan migratory patterns. The Orange Ladybird insect in the UK has never been wrong in its long-term winter predictions.
The moon plays an important part in all the religions of the world. Lunar cycles and human experience are intrinsically linked. The tidal flow of the world's oceans corresponds to the waxing and waning of the moon, as does the menstrual cycle, which has had a profound effect upon our early and later religious beliefs.
Menstruation occurs only during the fertile years and had symbolic meaning amongst early cultures. The menstrual blood of women is considered with awe and fear and may have much to do with the use of Red Ochre by ancient man. This blood is also derided and called unclean, a poisoning of woman for her sins by the great gods, although this appeared to be a much later addition as a result of the subtle battle of the religious sexes.
Menstruating women were often kept away from the other members of their tribe or village. This may be why the witches’ Sabbath took place specifically on the day when the moon took rest, and was associated with evil.
Ishtar, one of the Moon-Goddess's titles, was said to be menstruating on this day. The menstruating woman is also seen as a symbol of fertility, and in some African cultures she is led around the home of one who wishes to become pregnant and asked to touch everything. The onset of menstruation marks the move from child to woman and was celebrated with Earth Goddess or Mother Goddess rituals and according to some, much later, within the taking of blood in the Eucharist. This is believed by some to be the idea of the taking of the Menstrual blood to gain immortality, the blood of Ninhursag the serpent goddess. However we shall disprove this theory in our future book – The Serpent Grail.
The Sabbath was the moon's day of rest, the seventh day, which was later taken over by the Jews who turned it into their day of rest and laid waste to the maternal, lunar religions, and inaugurated their paternal 'sun god'.
Christians took this further, moving the day of rest to the Mithraic Sun-day; the original moon day being Monday.
The moon is tied up in many of our early cultures. The names of its associated deity vary due to locality, language and ethnic differences, but are all essentially of the same goddess. Aphrodite, Astarte, Badb, Brigit, Ch'ang O, Demeter, Hecate, Inanna, Isis, Ishtar, Maja Jotma, Tsuki-Yomi. Some of these names have been carried on, kept alive behind the scenes by the secret cults whilst they were subtly battling or even creating the front lines of the new or growing male-oriented popular gods such as Mithras and Yahweh – hiding their belief in the west behind the many Black Virgins or Madonna’s. It is well-known that many Priests of Christianity still held strong beliefs in the Isis cult under the guise of the new cult of Mary. The same has been true for centuries, and for different cultures.
The terms 'lunatic', meaning 'moon-struck' and 'mental' are both taken from the moon, under the impression that such effects are brought on by the lunar periods, usually the full moon. The idea was put forward that the electrical energy of the body became drained at this time of the month, and caused the person to lose his or her faculties. Two hundred years ago, Lunacy was covered by English law. Kleptomania, arson and dangerous driving have even been shown scientifically to increase at times of the full moon.
The Jewish Passover is celebrated on the lunar calendar; the Christian Easter is calculated from the full moon after the vernal equinox. The full moon at the autumn equinox is celebrated as the harvest moon. The eclipse of the moon is considered by many cultures to be the union of the Sun God and Moon Goddess.
Frank Brown of North-Western University, Illinois, found that oysters in his laboratory, a thousand miles from their Connecticut shore, opened at the same time as their home shores' high tide, which in turn is related to the moon's orbital pattern. Brown also proved that potatoes, rats and fiddler crabs are all governed by lunar periods.
Within laboratories, the metabolisms of various creatures fluctuated in response to lunar patterns and geomagnetic factors. Now, years later, research is proving that all known sea creatures, when taken from their natural homes, still obey the same lunar cycles. At the time, many scientists thought Brown to be dealing with the paranormal sciences and ignored his research.
Now we move on to the Sun - the greatest Shining One, the great light of the world, venerated all over the globe as the light of life, the giver of heat and the most important cyclic symbol of all time. Our ancestors knew that it meant life or death. It was essential for the sun to return every day, for its strength to be renewed again each Easter. We say the sun is wise, and therefore in mystery plays around the world, light equates to wisdom. The strength of the sun gave rise to it being considered the most powerful of the deities. In the early developed civilisations the sun is always there. In Egyptian culture he is Ra, Re or Amun-Re. The scarab beetle is often used to portray the sun in some aspects, a symbol of self-regeneration and the early ideas of reincarnation. The sun is generally male and outwits the lunar female goddess as well as mating with her.
We sacrifice, dance - almost always, significantly, in circles, travel hundreds of miles and sing to the great light. We even humanise it, giving it names such as Apollo, and include him in dramas. This, of course, hides a deeper and more symbolic understanding that the initiated, the ancient Shining Priesthood of the sun knew how to decipher. The cyclic pattern and life-giving nature of the sun is key to the secrets of the ancient Shining Ones.
The movements of the sun have inspired tales of where the sun god goes and why he comes back, of battles fought and death overcome. This last idea of overcoming death gives us the first hints at how man has used the sun god fables and mysteries to hide the secret ideas of how we ourselves could be reincarnated. Thousands of years of begging the sun to return each day and be reborn each spring led ancient man to develop his own re-birth rituals and ideas of how to accomplish it. Now, with thousands of years of additional mystery and symbolism, we find it almost impossible to decipher the magic secret.
Everyday we rise with the sun. Our bodies release hormones, which waken, revive and regenerate us. In summer, our endocrine glands release more hormones that bring a sense of well-being. By late afternoon we feel more relaxed as the sun's strength wanes. The secret police of many countries often choose this time of day to arrest people, as they are more easily subdued.
Now if we today are beginning to re-discover the power of cycles in the controlling of the masses, then what did our ancient and less complicated ancestor do? It is plainly obvious from the religious history of the world that our Shining ancestor utilised the cycles and patterns of the Earth and the relationship it has with the human body to control great numbers of people.
There is more yet to learn about the science of cycles, which may give us yet more insights into the ancient methods of control.
Sunspot activity affects our biorhythms directly in ways we do not understand. Evidence shows that it can be an irritant to our bodily functions and mental attitude. The Foundation for the Study of Cycles has produced some interesting results with their long-term research. There is a 3.86 year cycle in lemming suicides and North American lumber pine growth; an 11.1 year cycle of sun spot activity and serious upsurge in war and unrest. The Black Death and the Great Plague coincided with this solar turbulence. There is also an increase in traffic accidents every 11.1 years, a rise and fall in hemlines, and an increase of volcanic and earthquake activity.
But why is this important?
If you can predict simple human emotional activity, then you can control it and utilise it for your own powerful ends. If you could create a war at the peak of the emotional warring high, then you would have the advantage. Need to reduce the population of a nation, then depress the atmosphere and increase the suicide rate every 3.86 years. Of course, the real manipulation of populations is much more subtle.
From the greatest and most powerful Shining One of the sun to the stars, the myriad shining ones, which also have an effect on us.
Although astrology is seen as a crank belief, Michel Gauquelin, a French psychologist, placed the hypothesis that we are affected by the position of the planets at our time of birth firmly on the doorstep of science.
He showed that the position of the stars had some indication as to what line of work one may enter later in life. This was not related to the practice of astrology or the horoscopes in the daily newspapers, but a serious, scientific data analysis. The psychologist, Hans Eysenck said, 'How ever much it may go against the grain, I think we must admit that there is something here that requires explanation'. His results, however, only seemed to work within the members of the higher professionals, the same response not being achievable with unskilled workers.
The study of the stars goes back thousands of years. Some say 4,000 BC Sumeria was the first to do so. Others put this even earlier and say that ancient man was studying the stars 32,000 years ago. Their evidence is an engraved antler from Abri Blanchard, France, with a strange pattern of notches or calendrical phases of the moon.
With all the evidence on patterns, rhythms and electromagnetism that affect our bodies, it is no wonder that modern science has taken another look at the ancient art of astrology, which has been neglected due to the widespread misuse of generic horoscopes.
It may be that ancient man was using both his 'hidden powers' of cyclical understanding, and the tools of the earth around him.
As long ago as 3000BC, the Indian sage, Parasar, used Natal Astrology in his work. Megalithic structures have many astrological and Earth alignments. The Pyramids map the stars, obeying the Hermetic lore of 'as above so below'. Ziggurats, temples, floor paintings, carvings and forty-mile long lines etched into the ground all convey the ancient and global belief in astrological predictions.
The very earliest almanacs contained weather forecasts based upon astrological predictions. In the countries of Arabia, the position of the stars was consistent with the weather. The ancient priesthood would have appeared to be in the know all the time, and therefore would appear holy and godlike; it was little wonder that they became incorporated into the symbolic format and titles of the stars.
The Babylonians, and especially people in the Middle East, studied the stars mathematically and attempted, even as long as 5,000 years ago, to scientifically log the reactions and effects of the stars. They produced a calendar and perfect measures of time, essential for a people without clocks.
The patterns and rhythms of the stars, with their gravitational and radiation activity have enormous effects upon our universe. But could they also affect us individually and collectively? The cosmic radiation hitting and passing through our planet is millions of years old. It comes in cycles, as does the solar wind. The cycles increase and decrease, but nevertheless there is a pattern.
Our species has been on this planet, and life has been part of the vast universe long enough for there to be some marked and observable effect.
The Buddhist Wheel of Life reflects the understanding the ancients had of this cyclic life of ours. It depicts, amongst others, creatures of passion, stupidity and hatred, and shows how we endlessly repeat the same things, it also reveals that the ancient Buddhist, religious leaders, understood the cyclic nature of man and the universe. The Wheel culminates in the twelve links in the chain of causation on the search for truth - is this where man will also end up?
We should be on the look out for common threads; links between civilisations and time. The web that man has spread across the many thousands of years is complex and cluttered. Historians would have us believe that various human achievements sprang up spontaneously and simultaneously across the continents. Mathematically, this is in error.
There are too many coincidences, too many simultaneous eruptions of human culture and achievement, from the buildings that share a common purpose as solar and astral temples to the emergence of the ancient cross as a symbol.
The reasons for the links, which are not separate accidents, will become clear later on.
In 1957, Tom Lethbridge wrote a book called 'Gogmagog'. He claimed that Druidism and Brahmanism were linked and shared a common origin. We will show just how close this was to the truth. Lethbridge believed that their ancient religion was somehow related to and existed for the Earth Goddess, also associated with the Moon Goddess and often cross-linked. This is true in that She was one of the deities worshipped by the ancient priesthood, to whom the Brahmins and Druids were related. The Earth/Moon Goddess, or Mother, had many names, Gaia or Ge, Isis, Astarte and eventually culminating in the Virgin Mary or even Mary Magdalene.
There are many belief systems in the world, but they all come from one basic and undeniable core, invented and evolved separately by the Shining Ones. A secret ancient group who utilised the subtle cyclic energies and patterns of the globe against the masses, for their own personal power and for the greater good of a singular religious organisation. This religious organisation evolved its power base over vast periods of time. Individuals who recognised and understood the power of the mind and held the power for themselves in a growing group of religious leaders.
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