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Table of Contents:

I.      Sacred Trees (Tree of Life)

II.     Tree of Knowledge (in a few religions)

III.    Meanings of Tree of Life / Knowledge

IV.    GOOD Serpents / Dragons

V.     BAAD Serpents / Dragons 

VI.    "The Cosmic Serpent" (by J. Narby)

VII.   Tarot and Serpent Symbolism

VIII.  Essays (by me about Serpents)

IX.  Mythraism vs True Christianity

End of the World
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What are the signs of the end of the world?

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Sacred
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 Herein below, I shall show the Sacred Trees of the Ancients, in a kind-of alphabetical order.

A.  Archeo-Judaeo-Christian Tree of Life

According to the Judaeo-Christian Bible (hereafter referred to as JCB), the tree of life, was a tree, placed in a garden, the fruit of which if eaten would make one live forever.  I do NOT agree with the idea that it was a literal tree.  I believe it to be a symbol or metaphor of something esoteric, which shall become clearer and clearer as you continue to read.  The pictures below are a hint to the meaning of the tree of life.

1.                      2.

Picture 1:  Celtic-style tree of life.  It's a buckle.  If you click on the pic, you can buy it.
My critique of the artwork:  I love it!  The craftsmanship is excellent, and the content is so intriguing.  It sheds light upon what is meant by the "tree of life".
Picture 2:  "Tree of Life" by Wolfish Dreams.  If you click on the pic, you can see the original.
My critique of the artwork:  I love that one as well!


Assyrian / Babylonian

A.B.  Assyrian Tree of Life / Babylonian Tree of Life

One thing that I find interesting is that the God of the Assyrians was called "Ashur".  The Babylonians/Sumerians used the same symbol for their tree of life.  (See picture above).

Assyrian & Babylonian traditions regarding the tree of life are very similar to those of the Hebrews, which isn't surprising since Abraham (the great father of the Israelites) came from UR of CHALDEES (ancient Babylon/Sumeria).  The Hebrews, therefore, got their traditions from Babylon!

PLEASE NOTICE:  each side of the tree has 14 branches.

In ancient middle eastern numerology, the number 14 (1 + 4) is the same as 5, which signifies immortality (eternal life).  Then, the tree culminates in a final 15th branch at the top.  15 (1+5) is the same as 6, which signifies creation and procreation.  (See my numerology page for details about Chaldean numerology).

Hence, I propose that the encrypted meaning of the tree of life is clear:  immortality is achieved through procreation.

Another VERY interesting thing is that the branches actually look like humans, holding hands, or arm in arm.  And the long shaft in the middle, could very well be a phallic symbol... perhaps THE ORIGINAL PHALLUS, i.e., great progenitor of the human race.


Buddhism

(Shakti)

B. Buddhist Tree of Life

In a Mongolian Buddhist temple, (Yes, I lived in Mongolia.  See my blog.)  I saw a statue similar to (very similar to) the one pictured above.  I was not allowed to take photos.  The title of the statue was "Eternity".  It would appear that the Buddhists do not hide their doctrine behind symbols and metaphors.  Eternal life is NOT from eating an apple; it is from passing on one's genetic material to one's offspring.

C1. Celtic Tree of Life

  (Self-explanatory, is it not?)  I love how the Celts and Buddhists have the same view on eternity.

C2.  Chinese Tree of Life

FOREWORD: First of all, let us realize that China is now a huge country made up of 56 indigenous nationalities.  There are therefore, 56 different cosmological and creation myths in China.  And yet, not much is on the net.  This is what I could find:

According to Taoist Chinese Mythology, there was a sacred peach tree, the fruit of which, if eaten, would bestow immortality upon the partaker.  This is evident from the classic Chinese novel, A Journey to the West, wherein a character named Sun, Wu-kong (AKA: Son, O-gong) seeks out, finds, and partakes of the fruit of the tree.  The tree was guarded by a low-level god, (I forget his name); and Sun, Wu-kong had to trick the guardian of the tree in order to gain access to the tree.

Furthermore, an archaeological excavation unearthed a bronze tree in China.  The fruit of the tree were either coins or people.  I find this fascinating, because one of my theories is that the "tree of life" is a pedigree of human life (in essence:  a family "tree").

E.  Egyptian Tree of Life

There is a hieroglyph for the tree of life, but it seems that this is "tree of life" is equated with Osiris, the great progenitor and male creative power.  His sister-wife, Isis (Aset), symbolized the female creative power.  The "tree of life", then could be construed as a phallic symbol.  I agree.  The tree is literally (and figuratively) planted into "mother" earth, and "shoots" its roots into mother earth.  Without this UNION, no fruit (offspring) can be produced.  Combine this with the Chinese bronze tree, and you can see the esoteric meaning of the "TREE OF LIFE".

F.  Finnish Tree of Life

The sacred tree of the Finns was the Ash tree.  [See "N" ( for Norse) in order to find more information].

G.  Greek Tree of Life

According to Greek Mythology, there was a sacred, golden apple tree.  When I first wrote this page (2003) I was under the impression that the fruit of the sacred golden apple tree, if eaten, would bestow immortality upon the partaker.  I now admit that I was mistaken.  Perhaps my misunderstanding came from the legend of the 12 labors of Hercules, the 11th of which was to retrieve an apple from the tree in Hera's Garden of Hesperides.  After Hercules completed his labors, he was granted immortality by the gods, by Zeus's decree.  Nowhere can I find out what was so special about the golden apples, except that the taste thereof was sweeter than any Earthly fruit.  Obviously this is symbolic.  In any case, the fact that there was such a special tree in Greek mythology, hidden and guarded by gods (from humans) is, I believe, quite significant.

H.  Hindu Tree of Life / Tree of Knowledge

Hindus (and possibly its offshoots: including Buddhism) revere two trees:

1. Peepal (Pippala) or Ashwattha Tree = as the Tree of Eternal Life.
[Interestingly, the roots reach into heaven and the branches spread out on earth.  Wow!  The Tree of Life in the Cabala is also said to be upside down, or so I've read].  

2. Bodhi Tree = Tree of Knowledge

[Buddha (Siddhattha Gautama) sat under a Bodhi Tree to gain his knowledge].

M.N.  Mayan & Navajo Trees of Life

Mayan Tree of Life Navajo Tree(s) of Life

We see (in the Mayan and Navajo art) a maize (corn) plant standing for the tree of life, which seems appropriate since maize (or corn) was the staple food for the Mayan people.  The interesting thing to me is the humanoid figure in the center of the maize plant (tree of life).  Wow!  Could he/she/it be the great progenitor of the human race?  I don't know.  Another interesting thing is the personage on the left appears to be offering something to the cock-like being on top of the tree.  Could it be Kukulcan* at the top?

*  Kukulcan = the Mayan equivalent to Quetzalcoatl (literally: feathered or winged serpent)

N.  Norse Tree of Knowledge (my favorite!)

Wow!  This is so cool!

This stone (or 'stele') was found in Norse territory: (Sweden, Gotlands Fornsal, Visby.)

        The Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines Yggdrasil thusly:  "a huge ash tree in Norse mythology that overspreads the world and binds earth, hell, and heaven together ."  That might not be accurate.  Yggdrasil literally means: "Terrible Steed" and was the name of Odin's horse.  How the "World Tree" got to be associated with Odin's horse is mystery to me, unless there is a message there.  Perhaps there is!  Perhaps, the "World Tree" (better named "Universe Tree" or "Tree of the Cosmos") doubles as BOTH a link and a means of transportation from one realm to another, kind of like a "worm hole".
        To my knowledge (from extensive study) the Norse World Tree was never called a 'tree of life'; However, it was called 'Mimameidr' (Mimir's Tree).  Mimir was the personification of Knowledge; and so therefore, we can safely say that the sacred Norse World Tree is one of the few Trees of Knowledge.
The World Tree
(Yggdrasil)

The flat line across the center of the stele is Midgard.
       
I believe "Midgard" to be short for "Middle Garden".  That is the realm in which we humans currently reside.

The roots of the tree extend into the Asgard.
       
I believe "Asgard" to be short for "Aesirs' Garden".  That is the realm of gods (also called Godheim: 'Gods' Home'),  Midgard and Asgard are connected by a rainbow-bridge (called 'bifrost'), which only the gods can traverse.  Notice how Asgard is BELOW the roots of the the tree. 

Midgard
&
Asgard
        Things that make you go, "Hmmm..."  Perhaps the Stele was a grave marker, and the ship represented the journey to Valhalla, where all good warriors go.  Another  possibility is that the ship could represent the Vikings themselves, and the stele may have been erected to insure a successful journey.  However, if you want to know what I think it represents, please keep reading.
Viking Ship
        Those historians who know nothing of esoteric wisdom, don't have a clue.  They have suggested that to two serpents could represent Jormungandr, the "World Serpent" (better named the "Cosmic Serpent").  However, I must vehemently disagree!!!!  Jormungandr was/ is a single serpent, which was so long as to encircle the whole world (universe) and was/is able to bite his own tail.  Yet, in the stele, there are two serpents of exactly the same size (representing equality in importance).  If one looks closely, the two serpents encase what appear to be some stylized gametes.  To me the symbolism is clear (and I think you will agree with me if you keep reading this page until its conclusion).  The serpent on the left represents the DNA of the male gametes (spermatozoa), and the serpent on the right represents the DNA of the female gametes (ova).
2 Serpents
        At the top, we have what is reportedly a Viking Sun Whorl, which some say represents the Sun's Energy and is reportedly a symbol used to attract riches.  If it is a stylized sun, it is the weirdest sun I have ever seen.  I mean since when do rays bend?  Parenthetically, maybe that's the whole point.  He who can bend the sun's rays, would be omnipotent.  However, I'm not convinced that it is a symbol of the sun at all.  It has 8 arms.  In the middle eastern numerology, the number 8 signified new beginnings (birth and/or rebirth).  Perhaps this stele was not erected (as mentioned above) for good luck as the Vikings commenced (began) a journey.  OR, perhaps it was symbol if fertility.  Who knows?  Right?
Sun Whorl

        At the very top, one can see a spermatozoa heading toward an ovum.  Because of that, I am more convinced than ever that the stele was a fertility stele, probably associated with fertility rites.  Therefore, one must conclude that the ship at the bottom was NOT carrying the spirit of the dead, but the spirit(s) of the yet-to-be-born from Asgard to Midgard.

        My final conclusion is that the ancients knew a lot more than we give them credit for.  And this brings me to my next topic:  the symbolism of the names of the first two humans:  Ask and Embla.

Egg & Sperm

Ask & Embla
(the first two humans of Norse mythology)

Foreword:  In Norse mythology, the first two humans were said to have been created from two trees; the first man's name was Ask and the first woman's name was Embla.  (I disagree that there were two trees involved;  just one.)

Research about "Ask":  I looked up the word 'ash' (the tree) in the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, and found out that it comes from the Old High German word 'ask' and the Norse word 'askr'.

Conclusion:  ASK = ASH TREE (the tree of knowledge (AKA: carnal knowledge))

Resarch about "Embla":  The etymology of the woman's name is more elusive.  Some have suggested that it comes from the Old Norse word for elm: which is almr; and yet, I disagree.  I don't think that the two words 'Almr' and 'Embla' are close enough to be considered cognates; Hence, I'm not happy with that all-to-easily-acceptable explanation.  So, I search for some more likely cognates of 'Embla'.  This is what I found:

  • Emblem.  The English word emblem has a very interesting etymology.  According to the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, its etymology is derived from: Middle English, from Latin emblema inlaid work, tesselated work, and from Greek emblema, literally, insertion, from emballein to throw in, put in, insert.

  • Emball.  Also, from the Merriam-Webster's Dictionary, we learn that the English word emball is a pure English word, which means to encircle.

  • Emma.  The name Emma, which is still widely used today in English-speaking countries, comes from the German language and means: all-containing.  [Source]  Wow!  Another source, states that Emma is from Latin (and both sites may be true) meaning: Entire (similar meaning!).

Final Conclusion:  If we think about it, Embla could very well be a cognate of  emblem and/or emball and/or Emma.  While the Ash-Ask connection is well supported by etymology, the Elm-Embla connection is not supported at all.  There are several variations to the Ask-Embla story circulating out there.  In none of the stories are were told the kind of trees (or logs) used to create the first two humans, except where the recounters of the stories have inserted their own opinions.  In all versions of the story, we are told that the first humans were named "Ask" and "Embla" after they were created.

If you ask me (ha, ha), I'd say that the word "Ask" is a metaphorical metonymy.

The metaphorical part:  ash tree = phallus.  The metonymy part:  phallus = man.

And what of Embla?  She was the all-container; her womb contained the entire human race! 

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  Please give credit where credit is due.

Q:  Qabbalah 

My original thought:  Tree = Book
I used to be convinced that 'tree' was a metonymy for a book, but I was wrong.

Then I thought:  Tree = human
I was convinced that "tree" was a metaphor for human. [Tree of Life = Man, Tree of Knowledge = Woman].

Then I thought:  Tree of Life = The Eternal Soul, Tree of Knowledge = The Human Body

But, what does the Qabbalah have to say on the subject?
[Note:  In Hebrew, the Qabbalah is in a book known as ZOHAR]

Here is ZOHAR's Tree of Life/Tree of Knowledge (the same tree)

  • No. 1 is called, "Crown" (top of the head)

  • No. 2 is called, "Wisdom" (right brain)

  • No. 3 is called, "Understanding" (left brain)

  • No. 4 is called, "Mercy" (right shoulder/arm)

  • No. 5 is called, "Justice" (left shoulder/arm)

  • No. 6 is called, "Beauty" (heart)

  • No. 7 is called, "Eternity" (right hand)

  • No. 8 is called, "Glory"  (left hand)

  • No. 9 is called, "Foundation" (groin)

  • No. 10 is called, "Kingdom of Heaven" (feet)

 

Well, if we accept the Qabbalah as the ultimate source of esoteric wisdom (and I'm not suggesting that you do), then we can conclude that either my second or third ideas are correct, or both!

 


This is NOT the end.  There's MORE!  Please keep reading. 


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II.  The 3 Trees of Knowledge

Trees of "Knowledge" only exist in three religious branches:

1.  The 3 Abrahamic Religions (Islam, Judaism, Christianity), which  have basically the same cosmological story (said to be from Moses, but could be much older; probably from Mesopotamian origins (Sumerian Cuneiform Texts).  

2.  Hinduism/Buddhism: the Bodhi tree.   [Siddartha Gautama (Buddha) got the idea of sitting under a Bodhi Tree (which means Knowledge Tree), in order to gain knowledge.  And, as the story is recounted, Mr Gautama did gain enlightenment under a Bodhi Tree.]

3.  Norse Mythology: The World Tree or Tree of Mimameidr (Tree of Knowledge), Also known incorrectly as: Yggdrasil (Terrible Steed).  [I'm still trying to figure out why anyone would call a tree "terrible steed", because I don't like the explanations that I've read on the net.  If you want my explanation (with quoted sources), just read on, my friend.]. 

III.  Tree of Knowledge = The Human Body

RE:  Norse Mythology (The World Tree)

The "World" is a metaphor for the microcosm which we would call the human body.  The "Tree" likewise is a metaphor for the human body.  That's why it is called, "The World Tree".  Also, a poem in the "Edda" tells us that "Yggdrasil" is not the name of the tree.  Don't believe all the "hype".  Let me quote from a line in the poem:

...Then the ash raised from Yggdrasil...

It is commonly believed that the word Yggdrasil is an epithet for Odin.  Then, if that is the case, the ash (the first mortal man) was "raised" from Odin (and his brothers).  [Note:  the word "from" is a very interesting use here, and the ramifications are enlightening!]

Please allow me to emphasize that the World Tree is a metaphorical symbol for the human body; (not Yggdrasil!)

The World Tree (the human body) has three roots (origins), each dipping into a different water source.  The first and deepest root dips into the Hvergilmir (Bubbling Cauldron) where all life originated [suggesting that humans originated from the same place that all life originated].  The second root dips into the Mimir's Brunn (Knowledge's Well) [suggesting that humans were born of knowledge, or were imbued with knowledge above lower forms of terrestrial life.  Do we not call ourselves homo sapiens?  The word sapiens means "knowledgeable"?].  The third root dips into Asgard (Aesirs' Garden; Godsheim; Gods' Home) [the aesirs represent the higher mind; rational thought; reasoning skills; critical thinking skills  (See how I came to that conclusion)].

At the base of the World Tree (i.e., the human body) there is a critter called Nidhogg (the dreaded biter).  Nidhogg is also referred to as a corpse eater.  I therefore believe Nidhogg to be a metonymy for all viruses and bacteria which try to destroy the World Tree (the human body).  It is written that when Mimir (Knowledge) ceases to tend the World Tree (by watering it), the World will come to an end, and Nidhogg will destroy the World Tree by devouring it.

There is an eagle in the top branches of the World Tree, with a hawk standing on its head.  It is suggested by The Viking Answer Lady that eagles were associated with dominance [my word].  They were birds of war and symbolized sovereignty [her word].  Clearly, the eagle, therefore, represents the human brain, which is the sovereign of the human body (world tree).  The hawk's meaning is not clear.  Odin was said to have two ravens, one named Memory and the other named Thought.  I, therefore, suggest that the hawk (which is black, by the way in the picture) may very well have the same symbolism as Odin's ravens; i.e., that The World Tree (humans) maintain self-sovereignty by mastering memory and thought.

There is a squirrel named Ratatosk which shimmies up and down the tree relaying insults between the eagle and Nidhogg.  This is very interesting.  I suggest that Ratatosk represents either (1) the nervous impulses which relay messages to and fro the brain; or (2) the body's immune system [but most like the former].

There are other animals on the World Tree as well, such as the four stags that eat from the leaves and bark of the World Tree.  These could represent benign (and possibly malignant) parasites, both exterior and interior (and let me tell you that there are many).

Another very interesting thing is called: Ragnarok (the end of the world).  There is a prophesy that the world will end by fire, created by the fire giants (sons of Muspell).  I say interesting because it was common in Ancient Norse (and Celtic) territories to cremate the bodies of the deceased and bury the charred bones and ashes.  See:  RAGNAROK

Many groups, especially in Sweden and further east, adhered to the old custom of cremating the body on a funeral pyre and then burying the fragments of bone, ash and charcoal, often in a simple clay vessel beneath a low mound.
Beowulf was cremated and then buried in the tradition of the Scandinavians at that time.  [Source: Beowulf Poem]

Late Iron Age (2300-1900 years ago)

In this period, inhumations with grave goods are again found. Men usually have swords, shields and sometimes spears, women have mirrors, and sometimes bronze bowls or beads.

There are three main types of burial in the south-east of England:

  1. The Aylesford-Swarling culture in Kent, Essex and Hertfordshire, dated 50 BC-43 AD, consists of urned cremation cemeteries. These include some elite burials with cremated bone in bronze-bound wooden buckets accompanied by vessels associated with wine-drinking and sometimes with amphorae and items of hearth furniture.
  2. Welwyn-type burials are similar, comprising burial of cremated bone in a pit with goods associated with feasting, personal equipment and other items such as gaming sets.
  3. Kingly burials, e.g. the Lexden tumulus in Colchester (c.15-10BC), contained imported luxury goods such as bronze furniture fittings, and iron chain mail with bronze and silver decoration. Most items were partially burnt.

 

 

IV.  Table of Good Serpents / Dragons

Gender

Culture

Male-Serpent

OR DRAGON

Female-Serpent

OR DRAGON

Related Books
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Chinese red dragon
(male sky dragon)
blue dragon
(female sea dragon)
 
Aztec Quetzalcoatl
(Feathered serpent, twin of Xolotl and husband of Cihuacoatl)
Cihuacoatl
(Female consort of Quetzalcoatl.  "Snake Woman" is her name.  She helped Quetzalcoatl create the human race.)
 
Mayan Xpiyacoc
(serpent-god; twin of Xmucane)
Xmucane
(serpent-god; twin of Xpiyacoc, definitely female)
 
Hindu/Buddhist Vasuki
(King of the Nagas)
(Nagas are/were sea serpents)
Manasa Devi
(Sister-Wife of Vasuki)
(a naga goddess)
 
Egyptian Amon
(Male Serpent-god)
Amaunet
(Female Serpent Goddess; paired with Amon)
 

NOTE:  The serpents above were associated with creation (and procreation).  See article below for more information.


FOR LIST OF BAD SERPENTs & DRAGONs Click Here.


VI.  Article:  "The Cosmic Serpent"

HERE's an excerpt from
"The Cosmic Serpent: DNA and the Origins of Knowledge" 

by Jeremy Narby 



My research revealed that in the early 1960s, anthropologist Michael Harner had gone to the Peruvian Amazon to study the culture of the Conibo Indians. After a year or so he had made little headway in understanding their religious system when the Conibo told him that if he really wanted to learn, he had to drink ayahuasca. Harner accepted, not without fear, because the people had warned him that the experience was terrifying. The following evening, under the strict supervision of his indigenous friends, he drank the equivalent of a third of a bottle. After several minutes he found himself falling into a world of true hallucinations. 

He saw that his visions emanated from "giant reptilian creatures" resting at the lowest depths of his brain. These creatures began projecting scenes in front of his eyes. "First they showed me the planet Earth as it was eons ago, before there was any life on it. I saw an ocean, barren land, and a bright blue sky. Then black specks dropped from the sky by the hundreds and landed in front of me on the barren landscape. I could see the ‘specks’ were actually large, shiny, black creatures with stubby pterodactyl-like wings and huge whale-like bodies.... They explained to me in a kind of thought language that they were fleeing from something out in space. They had come to the planet Earth to escape their enemy. The creatures then showed me how they had created life on the planet in order to hide within the multitudinous forms and thus disguise their presence. Before me, the magnificence of plant and animal creation and speciation–hundreds of millions of years of activity–took place on a scale and with a vividness impossible to describe. I learned that the dragon-like creatures were thus inside all forms of life, including man." 

At this point in his account, Harner writes in a footnote at the bottom of the page: "In retrospect one could say they were almost like DNA, although at that time, 1961, I knew nothing of DNA." 

I had not paid attention to this footnote previously. There was indeed DNA inside the human brain, as well as in the outside world of plants, given that the molecule of life containing genetic information is the same for all species. DNA could thus be considered a source of information that is both external and internal–in other words, precisely what I had been trying to imagine. 

I plunged back into Harner’s book, but found no further mention of DNA. However, a few pages on, Harner notes that "dragon" and "serpent" are synonymous. This made me think that the double helix of DNA resembled, in its form, two entwined serpents. 

To find out, I picked up a book about a third ayahuasca-using people, entitled (in French) _Vision, Knowledge, Power: Shamanism Among the Yagua in the North-East of Peru_. In this study by Jean-Pierre Chaumeil (to my mind, one of the most rigorous on the subject), I found a "celestial serpent" in a drawing of the universe by a Yagua shaman. Then, a few pages away, another shaman is quoted as saying: "At the very beginning, before the birth of the earth, this earth here, our most distant ancestors lived on another earth...." Chaumeil adds that the Yagua consider that all living beings were created by twins, who are "the two central characters in Yagua cosmogonic thought." 

These correspondences seemed very strange, and I did not know what to make of them. Or rather, I could see an easy way of interpreting them, but it contradicted my understanding of reality: A Western anthropologist like Harner drinks a strong dose of ayahuasca with one people and gains access, in the middle of the twentieth century, to a world that informs the "mythological" concepts of other peoples and allows them to communicate with life-creating spirits of cosmic origin possibly linked to DNA. This seemed highly improbable to me, if not impossible. Still, I had decided to follow my approach through to its logical conclusion. So I casually penciled in the margin of Chaumeil’s text: "twins = DNA?" 

[skip... skip... skip...]

On the basis of this connection, I could now conceive of a neurological mechanism for my hypothesis. The molecules of nicotine or dimethyltryptamine, contained in ayahuasca, activate their respective receptors, which set off a cascade of electrochemical reactions inside the neurons, leading to the stimulation of DNA and, more particularly, to its emission of visible waves, which shamans perceive as "hallucinations." 


There, I thought, is the source of knowledge: DNA, living in water and emitting photons, like an aquatic dragon spitting fire. 

 

 

 


VII.  Tarot and Serpent Symbolism:


Tarot Card 6 (lovers)
notice the twins and serpent
+ =

 


BAAD SERPENTS / DRAGONS

Culture GOOD
(Hero)
BAAD
(Dragon or Serpent)
Related Books
Hebrew BeHemoth LeviaThan
[female sea serpent***]
 
Canaanite Bel-Hemmon

(Bel-Hadad)

(Lord of Rain)

LoTan
(wrapping)

[female sea serpent]
Hittite Baal (BEL) Rahab
(female sea serpent)
Greek Apollo

Python
(dragon)

 
Mongolian
& Tibetan
Khormasta
(Hormuzd???)
Araatan Chutgur
("Arakho" the dragon)
 
Zoroastrianism Keresaspa/Garshasp Azi Dahaka
("Dahag" the dragon)
  
Norse Thor Jormungandr
(World serpent)
 
Christian Jesus???


Yes! But, not the real Jesus.
I'm talking about the Jesus created by Paul of Tarsus.  See commentary below.

Satan
(Serpent)

 
Babylonian
Assyrian
Sumerian
Marduk
Solar Deity
Tiamat
(female see serpent)
 

COMMENTARY
WHAT do the serpents/dragons above symbolize?

1.  Behemoth vs. Leviathan:
The Angel in the Book of Noah explained to Noah that Behemoth represents the Lights of the firmament, e.g., the moon, the stars, and even lightning.  The angel explained how all the lights operate.  Then, the angel explained that Leviathan represented the water cycle.  He explained all about the ocean, the rain, the dew, the frost, the snow, and the clouds.  Personally, I don't think that it is so simple as a division between light and water.  Elsewhere (I don't remember where I read it), that in the last days, Behemoth (The LORD) will destroy Leviathan and serve his flesh to humankind.

In the book of Revelation, John tells us that in the last days, the dragon (Leviathan, Serpent, Devil) will spew water out of his mouth to flood the earth, and to destroy the woman and the man-child that she bore.  Clearly the dragon has power over the waters (water cycle).

     [An interesting correlation exists with the Chinese dragons, which are said to ride the clouds and control the rains.]

But, that's not all !   Power will be given to the dragon and the humans will worship the dragon (Satan), which is clearly metaphorical (and NOT referring to Devil-worship).  I think it means that people will worship the night and shun the light.

     [This is happening these days; people go out at night to celebrate their freedom.  They visit their temples (bars, pubs, night clubs).  They worship the night (as a time of recreation).  They engage in rituals (dancing and all forms of lasciviousness).  It is dangerous to take the Bible too literally.]

Therefore, I am convinced that the dragon represents darkness (as well as moisture).

Isaiah 45:7   "I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things."

     [light = peace; darkness = evil].

Acts 26:18   "To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God."

     [darkness = Satan; light = God].

2.  Bel-Hadad vs. Lotan:
I don't know a lot about this, but apparently Bel-Hadad and Lotan are enemies, locked in eternal battle.  Bel-Hadad is the Lord of Rain and Storm, while Lotan is a 7-headed dragon, pet of Yam (the cosmic ocean).

3.  Baal vs. Rahab:
Ironically, both are mentioned in the Bible.  [I write "ironically" because they are Hittite names, not Hebrew].  I'll just quote a bit about Rahab (from the Bible).  "Awake, awake, put on strength, O arm of the LORD; awake, as in the ancient days, in the generations of old. Art thou not it that hath cut Rahab, and wounded the dragon?  Art thou not it which hath dried the sea, the waters of the great deep; that hath made the depths of the sea a way for the ransomed to pass over?"  (Isaiah 51)

     [ There we see that Rahab (like Leviathan) represents the sea.  (However, we MUST be CAREful, for when the ancients talked of the "sea" or "ocean", they could have been referring to the "cosmic sea" or "cosmic ocean").  I content that this is the case, and that the whole thing is an extended metaphor for the eternal battle between light and darkness. ]

4.  Apollo vs. Python:
There was once a serpent-like dragon named Python, which destroyed crops, animals and villages.  Along came Apollo to kill Python and save the day.  It is commonly accepted that Apollo was a sun-deity.  If Apollo represented the Sun, what then did Python represent?  Could it be darkness and the cold of winter?

     - "Apollo" means: Destroyer (but not in a bad way; I content that it means destroyer of the darkness)  [This is common knowledge amongst linguists].

     - "Python" has a "shadier" etymology (if you will forgive the pun).  According to the Online Etymology Dictionary, it may have roots in the Proto-Indo-European (PIE) *dhubh-(o)n-, from *dheub- "hollow, deep, bottom, depths," which makes absolute sense to me.  The so-called "cosmic ocean" was considered to be the "bottomless pit," "the abyss," and "the deep," and once in the Bible it was referred to as "outer darkness".

5.  Khormasta vs. Arakho:
The Tibetan Myth of King Gesar is the longest myth in the world, with over a million words.  In it there is a dragon (named "Araatan Chutgur" in Mongolian) which tried to devour the sun and moon.  He was captured and punished.  But, it is written that each time there is an eclipse, Arakho has returned.  Clearly Arakho represents darkness.

     - King Gesar: the incarnated grandson of the All-caring Father (the incarnation of a god)

     - Arakho: the demon-serpent (representing darkness)

6.  Garshasp vs. Dahag:
The Zoroastrian Myth tells that in the last days Garshasp (AKA: Keresaspa & Kirsasp) will destroy the dragon Azi Dahaka (Dahag for short).
The Zoroastrian text called the Sūdgar tells that when the monster Dahāg, who is now bound in chains on Mount Damāvand, will bust free of his chains at the end of the world.  Then, Garshasp will wake from death to destroy Dahāg and save the two thirds of the world that Dahāg has not devoured.

     - Garshasp is a Sun-diety (celestial FIRE), and

     -  Azi-Dahaka is a creation of Angra Mainyu (A Dragon, representing The Cosmic Sea of Darkness).

7.  Thor vs. Jormungandr:
Nordic myth has it that at the end of the world, Thor and Jormungandr will battle it out.  Jormungandr is the mythological serpent at the bottom of the sea (cosmic sea), which poisons the world (with darkness).  Thor will defeat Jormungandr, but he will die as well, having been bitten by the serpent.

     -  Thor may be a sun-deity, just like his brother, Baldr.  Baldr (or Balder) is clearly a sun-diety (that much is common knowledge).  Balder's story is very interesting in that he dies as well, because of the trickery and cunning of Loki; but the gods resurrect Balder and he shines upon the world again.  Jormungandr is so big and long that he encircles the whole world and can (does) bite his own tail.  Therefore, one might think that Jormungandr resides right here on planet Earth.  That is NOT so.  When the ancients spoke of a the primordial sea, they were referring to the cosmos (the immeasurable expanse of the heavens).  When the ancients spoke of the WORLD TREE, they were speaking of a "tree" that extended its roots and branches into every part of the cosmos (cosmic sea).  Therefore, Jormungandr does NOT reside in our watery sea, but rather in the cosmos.  Furthermore, Jormungandr  is so big and long that he fills the entire heavens.  I contest therefore, that Jormungandr represents darkness.  Oh, I almost forgot: Jormungandr is one of the three children of Loki.  Loki has no parents (in some versions) and is a child of the ice giants (in other versions).  He clearly represents everything evil in the cosmic sea.  Jormungandr is just one aspect of Loki.  Here are the three children of Loki:

     - Jormungandr: cosmic sea serpent

     - Fenrir: cosmic wolf

     - Hel: daughter of Loki and keeper of the "underworld" (another name for the portion of the cosmic sea that holds the souls of the dead).

DO WE SEE A PATTERN YET???????

8.  St. Paul's Jesus vs. Satan

I'm pretty sure that there was a human-god hybrid called Jesus (or Joshua) that lived on this planet around 1 A.D. - 33 A.D.  Moreover, I believe his message 100%.  However, you've got to understand that a man named Saul of Tarsus (later named Paul) came along and perverted the message.  He turned the message into something different from what Jesus intended.

THESIS STATEMENT:

Jesus = Mithras = Sun  (personification of that which vanquishes darkness) and Satan = Dragon = Leviathan  (symbol of cosmic ocean, which is also the darkness of the universe)

PROOF

The Jesus that Paul (Saul  of Tarsus) taught is a mixture of the original gospels and his own understanding from the common religion of his time and station.  Saul was from Tarsus, which is in present-day Turkey.  Sure, he was a Jew by birth, but he clearly was not a Jew in spirit.  You see, originally, Saul (a Roman agent) set about, legally I suppose, to kill Christians.  That was against the Jewish LAW:  Thou shalt not kill.  Yet, he did so.  Likely it was because Christianity did not match his Roman religion.  And, so he found a way to extinguish this quickly-growing abomination that was called Christianity.

Who was Saul really?  Well, Saul was a Roman agent, (and quite possibly a Roman military commander).  I say that, because he led around some Roman soldiers to do the killing of Christians.  How it was legal for him to kill Christians is not made clear in the Bible.  Perhaps he trumped up some charges, like treason (which would make sense, because the Christians believed that Jesus was their rightful king).

How does Mithraism play into all of this?  Well, Mithraism was a religious cult consisting almost entirely of Roman soldiers.  Saul was a Roman soldier!

How did Saul become Paul?  Well,  he didn't become Paul.  Paul was his Roman name.  Saul was his Hebrew name.

This is pure speculation on my part, but I suspect that when Saul finally realized that killing the Christians only turned them into martyrs and drove the religion underground, he wisened up.  He decided to corrupt the religion by inserting his own Mithraic religious doctrines (many of which contradict those of Jesus).  [More about this below].

Who was Mithra(s)?  [I've done a lot of research on this, because I want to get it right.]

Mitra MithraMithras

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Surya / Mitra                     +                Varuna

 

Pictures are in the public domain.

Mitra = Sun
> Sanskrit, meaning "Friend".1
Mitra is a Hindu solar deity (one of many solar deities).
It is the Hindu solar deity that represents the Sun as Friend to humankind.1
The picture to the right is Surya (another one of the solar deities of Hindu mythology).  I could find not a single depiction of Mitra, but I found that Mitra is just another one of the avatars of the Hindu sun-god.2
Surya (and Mitra) are depicted as a bright being riding a horse-drawn chariot across the sky.

Mitra is paired, not identical to, but paired with Varuna (god of rain, water, water cycle, and possibly darkness).  [Compare Leviathan!].  Mitra and Varuna are primordial deities.  They were not born, but have always existed.2  Please note, that Braham may have created both of them.  Brahma is the Creator in Hindu mythology.

Sources:

1.  Wikipedia's article on Varuna

2.  Sreenivasarao's Blog on Varuna

3.  Wikipedia's artilce on Mitra


Mithra

Picture is in the public domain.  Carving is dated to 4th century.

Mithra = Sun
> Old Persian "bond" > Sanskrit "friend"
Mithra is the Zoroastrian (Persian) version of Hindu Mitra.

The Avesta (Zoroastrian scriptures) states that Mithra is and ANGEL of LIGHT and is the creation of the supreme god Ahura Mazda.  Mithra is equated with the SUN.

Compare:
Hindu Brahma = Persian Ahura Mazda
Hindu Mitra = Persian Mithra
Hindu Varuna = Persian Angra Mainyu


Mithras

Picture is in the public domain.

Notice that Mithras (the Persian sun-god) is looking back over his shoulder at Sol Invictus (the Roman sun-god), as if to show reverence to the ROMAN supreme god.  It's as if to say, "You can have your sun-god, just so long as you remember that OUR sun-god is supreme."  [I know, childish, huh?]  It's like, "Whatever!"

Mithras = Sun
Mithras is the Roman version of Mithra and Mitra.  Mithraism was the secret religion of Roman soldiers in the 1st century A.D to 4th.

In the Roman version, Mithras is almost always depicted as slaying a bull (Taurus).  It is commonly believed that the bull represents the constellation of Taurus, but why?  Does anybody really know?  Well, I have an idea.

Now:  Beginning of the Age of Aquarius.
2000 years ago:  Beginning of Age of Pisces.
4000 years ago:  Beginning of Age of Aires.
6000 years ago:  Beginning of Age of Taurus.

Human Civilization began 6000 years ago, right!
So, why not commemorate that milestone in human history?

But, Leon!  This depiction is about the end of Taurus.  Yes.  So, maybe the scene commemorates the beginning of Mithraism about 4000 years ago.

Mithras (in Latin) was originally an Indian god (Mitra) and Persian god (Mithra).  He was associated with the Zoroastrian god Ahura Mazda (Hormuzd) and Greek sun-gods Helios & Apollo.  All were sun-gods.

So?  What does that have to do with Jesus?

Well, there have been many websites and posts on the internet claiming that many of the aspects of the story of Jesus were borrowed form the story of Mithras (via Paul of Tarsus).  When I read those posts, it infuriated me.  Why?  Because I believed it.  Now, I'm finding that it might not be true.  (See this article that refutes the aforementioned claim.)  Since, I love TRUTH, I have delved deeper into the allegations that St. Paul's Christianity was borrowed from Mithraism.  And, this is what I came up with.

- Firstly, please note that Christian scholars consider the similarities in Mithraism to be evil copies (counterfeits) of the true religion.1  But, according to scholars, Mithraism (the Roman cult) was around long before Christianity.  So, who copied whom?  According to the Greek writer Plutarch, Mithraic rites were practiced at least as far back as 67 B.C.2

1.  Justin Martyr

2.  Plutarch

- Secondly, I had a look at the ALLEGED similarities between Mithraism and St. Paul's Christianity; And, I did some fact-checking.   (That means:  I did my own research, instead of taking the allegations at face value).  Here's what I found:

Fact Checking

Mithraism
(Secret Cult-religion of Roman Soldiers)

INTERNET CLAIMS

Christianity
(Christian Tradition)
Birth of Mithras:

December 25th

THIS ONE IS POSSIBLE.

There is clear and undeniable evidence that Sol Invictus' birthday was December 25th.  That's a documented fact.  If Mithras was the same deity as Sol Invictus, but under a different name, then it is conceivable that they both had the same birthday, does it not?

Birth of Jesus:

December 25th

NOT VERIFIABLE.

There is no evidence that this really was Jesus' true birthday.  In fact, many people have proven that it is not possibly Jesus' true birth date.

See YouTube Videos.  There's some good ones out there.

Mithras was born of a

virgin.

NOT TRUE.

Actually, Mithras was born from a cave.  (The cave represented the darkness of the cosmos).  And, actually, the word "born" may not be correct at all, because if we go all the way back to the origins of Mithras (Back to the Indian Mitra), we see that Mitra was not born at all.  He was one of the primordial, unborn, deities of Hindu religion.

Jesus was born of a

virgin.

NOT VERIFIABLE.

The Bible doesn't say that Mary was a virgin (by modern definition), but rather that she was a virgin by the original definition of the word.  The word virgin comes from Latin and means an unwedded woman.
Source:  Etymology Dictionary

Also the original Hebrew word from which the Latin came means a nubile female, unwedded, but of marriageable age.
Source:  Blue Letter Bible

*Personal note:  Personally, I find it interesting that they are BOTH wrong.  Neither one was born of a virgin (by modern definition of the word).
Mithras was called the "Son of the Sun" (The Son of God). NOT VERIFIED.
I don't know where this came from.
Jesus was called the "Son of God".
YES.  Jesus said that we are all the children of God.  Paul called him the Son of God.
Ritualistic bathing as initiation rite. NOT VERIFIED.
If it is true, this is not surprising.  Most temples of ancient times required bathing before entering.
Baptism as initiation rite. YES.  Jesus himself was baptized to set the example.
The highest initiate is called "Father".

I verified this.  See the other table below this one for verification.

A clergy-man is called "Father".
And, "pope" means "father".

This is a tradition, even to this day in the Catholic Church.  And, it is not mentioned in the Bible, so where did they get the practice from?
Initiates must recite a catechism to be promoted in grade.
There were 7 levels or degrees of initiation rites.  We know, because writings have been discovered.
Initiates must recite a catechism.

Still done in the Catholic Church.

Sunday was sacred.
(As it should be if you worship the sun.) 

If you are a sun-worshipper, then Sunday is your holiest day!

Sunday was sacred.

As of 321 A.D. Emperor Constantine declared Sunday the official day of rest of the Roman Empire.
Mithras had 12 disciples (the zodiac). NOT VERIFIED.
I don't know where this came from.
Jesus had twelve disciples. TRUE.
Mithraism initiates had a ritualistic communion of eating bread and wine in remembrance of the Mithra slaying the Bull of Heaven (for humankind). NOT VERIFIED.
It is true that feasts were held in secret temples, but the rituals were so secret that we don't know exactly what they ate or drank.
Christian initiates had (and still have) a ritualistic communion of eating bread and wine in remembrance of the body and blood of Jesus that was slain for humankind. TRUE.
Mithras is associated with a Lion.

See table below.

Jesus is associated with a Lion.

See Rev. 5:5

Sources:   Wikipedia

Mid-Conclusion

THE DATA:  4 out of 10 confirmed similarities.
ANALYSIS:  There is a suggestion here that some of the Mithraean ideas were adopted into Christianity.

But WAIT!!!  There's more!  We do know that there were 7 degrees of initiation (in Mithraean circles).  Initiates have to complete certain rites in order to "level up".  Not much is known.  It was a secret cult and only the initiates knew everything.  I think you will find this very, very interesting!

Mithraism's
Initiate
Degrees
Correlations & Possible Meanings
(Yes,  this is my speculation.  Give Leon credit for this.  No one else has come up with anything like this.)  ©2019
Raven Raven = Darkness
Remember the Cave?  The cave represented the darkness of the universe.  The Raven must also represents the darkness of the universe before Mithras (the sun) appeared.
Bridegroom Sun is Bridegroom.
Proof:  See Psalms 19
[1] The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
[2] Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
[3] There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
[4] Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,
[5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber.
Soldier/
Warrior
Apollo                            Mithras
Sun = Warrior
The sun is sometimes portrayed as a warrior.  Apollo (of whom,  the Mithraites surely knew), had a bow and quiver of arrows, which represented the rays of the sun.  The sun is our friend, but sometimes the sun can cause destruction as well.  Mithras was seen in depictions shooting an arrow into a rock, out of which water began to flow.  (Does not the sun cause rain?)   Well, allegedly, it was a rock.  To me it looks like a cloud!
Lion pic by Leon Since ancient times in many cultures, the lion has been a symbol of the sun.  The Persians, especially liked the symbol.  This was their official symbol:

Persian Well, what I can say?  Mitrhaism did come from Persia!
Sun-runner Psalms 19
[5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race.
[6] His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
 

Father

I, Leon, have always called sun "father," and earth "mother."  It just seemed logical to me to do so.  Well, I wondered if the ancients felt the same way.  This is what I found out:
(1)  RE:  Indian (Hindu) Vedic gods Mitra & Varuna
Mitra is the Lord of Light.  Varuna is Lord of Water, Rain, and All-encompassing darkness.  Mitra and Varuna are primordial twins.  There is a correlation in Zoroastrianism with the twin primordial deities:  Spenta Mainyu (like Mitra) and Angra Mainyu (like Varuna).  I couldn't find where Mitra was called "father," but there were no other deities before Him, so it would seem logical to call him the father of all (except Varuna).  Source1.     Source2.     Source3.
(2)  RE:  Zoroastrian Mithra
I went straight to the Zoroastrian scriptures (Avesta) and found that Mithra is mentioned there as an Angel of Light; one who does the bidding of Ahura Mazda (Hormuzd).  He is the Lord of wide pastures.  He has 1000 ears and 10000 eyes.  But, no where can I find that he was called "father."
(3)  RE:  Helios
Helios was the Greek TITAN god of the SUN.  Helios is equated with Mithras and Sol Invictus.
Helios was the creator of all living things (plants and animals).   Source1.   Source2.   Thus, he might have been called "father."
(4)  RE:  Sol Invictus (The Invincible Sun)
Sol was the Roman god of the SUN.   His birthday was December 25th (and celebrated widely in the 3rd century A.D.).  Emperor Constantine was a worshipper of Sol Invictus.  Emperor Constantine decreed on March 7, 321 A.D.  that Sunday would be the official as the Roman day of rest (Codex Justinianus 3.12.2).   Source.  Furthermore, let it be said here that it was Constantine (who was a non-Christian at the time) at the Council of Nicaea (325 A.D.), who established Christianity as the state religion and established its "official" doctrines.  Those doctrines became "universal" (or "catholic") throughout the entire empire.
(5)  RE:  My Conclusion
After all my research, I cannot say for sure that the SUN (or Mithras) was ever called "Father."  (At least not in that region of the world).  So, why the degree of "Father"???  I'm sticking with my gut on this one.  The Earth has always been looked upon as feminine (in pretty much all cultures); and the Sun has for the most part been looked upon as masculine.  We call Earth our mother.  Why not call the Sun our father???  This may actually be the evidence that I was looking for all along!  Sun = Father!

My Final Conclusion

It seems from all my research that it was BOTH Paul (with 4 of his 10 Mithaean influences) AND Emperor Constantine who changed Christianity.  Emperor Constantine made Paul's changes "official" and "universal" ( or "catholic") 200 years after Paul introduced those changes.  Paul was a wolf in sheep's clothing.  He became one of them.  He went undercover.  He infiltrated the religion and changed it from within.  Since Paul's Mithraean views were very similar to Constantine's Sol-Invictus views, Constantine was more likely to accept those views.

The point is...  Christianity was changed!

Here's some more changes that were implemented by Paul.

It is important to understand that Saul (St. Paul) was a Roman soldier, and that the common religion of Roman soldiers of the time was Mithraism.  With that in mind, please note the discrepancies between what Paul taught and what Jesus actually taught, which are listed in the table below.

St. Paul's Teachings True Teachings of Jesus:
We should set up and/or lead a church.

Paul went around preaching his gospel to the gentiles and he set up churches all around.  Then, he wrote letters to those churches, that we still have in modern-day Bibles.

It is true that Jesus asked his disciples to spread the word.  He sent them out two by two to spread the word.  But, I don't recall him asking them to set up churches.

(Luke 10:1)

Church leaders should collect tithes and offerings.
In 2Corinthians 12 we see that Paul had been accused of dipping into the collection plate for his own gain.  So, clearly the churches were collecting offerings.
Jesus set the example and he NEVER charged ANYONE for his teaching.  In fact, he did just the opposite: he freely fed those whom he taught.

(Mark 6 )

Salvation in the hereafter is obtained by mere belief only.

Examples:

Acts 16:31
Romans 10:9
Ephesians 2:8

(All quotations from Paul)

Jesus taught that those who believe(d) his message and actually did it, would...
(1) have everlasting life.
(John 6);  This means live forever in spiritual abundance.  (Life is a metaphor for abundance;  Death is a metaphor for lack)
(2) have living water flow out of his belly. (John 7);  Not sure what this means, but if I had to guess, I'd say it means we shall do wonderful works.
(3) never die.  (John 11):  This means never die spiritually.
(4) not abide in darkness. (John 12):  This means not be ignorant.
(5) do the same works that Jesus did. (John 14).

Furthermore, Jesus taught that the WAY to attain "heaven" (on Earth I might add) is by doing the will of the Father.

"Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven."
(Matt 7:21)

And what is the will of the Father?  Read all of Jesus' sermons.  He tells ya.

The kingdom of heaven is a far-off place that can ONLY be attained AFTER we die. In fact, Jesus clearly taught that "The kingdom of heaven is at hand."
(Matt 4:17).  "At hand" comes from the Greek word "Eggizo", which means "to approach."
  The kingdom of heaven is here; and approaches (in time and space) by we humans becoming more in line with heaven (which is here, but on a different frequency).  When we raise our vibrations, we can enter into heaven.

What does that mean?  It means that the kingdom of heaven is not some far-off, aloof place where the spirits of the dead go.  It is right here and right now.  All we have to do is follow the teachings of Jesus to attain it.  Life can be a heaven on Earth, or a hell on Earth.  It is our choice.

We should praise the Lord Jesus.

Examples:

1 Corinthians 16:4, 25, 36
1 Corinthians 23:30
2 Corinthians 20:19-22
and many more.

In fact, Jesus taught just the opposite.  He doesn't want our praise.  He doesn't want our prophecies.  He doesn't want us to do all kinds of wonderful works in his name.

"Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.  Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.  And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:  And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it."  (Matt 7:22-27)

What he DOES want is outlined in the sermon on the mount.  (Matt 5,6,7)

 

After Word

I am a big believer in Jesus!  (So, don't get me wrong).  Jesus was a real person.  He was not a solar deity.  He was a man on a mission--a mission of love, peace, and education.  Saul (later St. Paul) tried to kill all the Christians, then later he decided that it would be better not to make them martyrs.  Instead, he joined the religion and changed it from within, through his own lense of what he thought was right, namely Mithraism (under the name of Jesus).

As a leader of Roman soldiers, he was probably a member of the popular religious cult of Roman soldiers at the time, namely Mithraism.  It is most-likely that on the road to Damascas, when Saul was blinded by the light, and was told that Jesus was his "god", he most likely interpreted that as Jesus was the incarnation of his God, Mithra.

Debunking Some MORE Falsehoods on the Internet

I have come upon some allegations that it was the Emperor Constantine was solely responsible for the changes to Christianity (and not Paul) so as to be more in the image of his religion (The Worship of Sol Invictus).  As I explained above, Constantine played his role in establishing Church doctrine and Paul had his role in establishing Church doctrine.  Let's look at some more facts:

Constantine never really became a Christian himself (until on his deathbed).  And, at the "Council of Nicaea" in the 4th century (325 A.D.), where Constantine presided, there were three factions of Christians, who presented their cases.  They were as follows:
(Faction #1) The Arians
Led by Arius, the Arians taught that Jesus and God were two separate beings, Jesus being subservient to God (even created by God).
(Faction #2) The Orthodox Christians
The Orthodox Christians were led by three individuals.  They were:  (1) Bishop Hosius, (2) Bishop Alexander (Bishop of the City of Alexandria), and (3) a Deacon by the name of Athanasius.  They taught the orthodox view that Paul taught, namely that Jesus was fully God (in the flesh) and that God was fully Jesus.  I.e., Father = Son.
(Faction #3) The Eusebian Group
The Eusebius Group was led by Eusebius (first great church historian).  The Eusebius Group only differed from the Orthodox view in that while the trinity was all God, they were separate in manifestations.  I.e., Father is NOT equal to the Son, but they are both God.  (I know; it doesn't make any sense).

It was put to a vote, and Emperor Constantine went with the majority (or so the story goes).  The Orthodox (Catholic) Christians won out and the Nicaean creed  (AKA:  Athanasian Creed) was formed.  The dissenters were banished from the religion.

So, while it was Emperor Constantine would united the empire under one universal ( or Catholic ) DOGMA, it was St. Paul (hundreds of years prior) who established the dogma that was finally made universal.   It is clear that there were dissenting views.   Paul was the greater salesman, it would seem, and he won a lot more converts than the other factions.

 

If Paul did have a vision, and I'm not so sure he did, on the road to Damascus, he must have taken it to mean that Jesus was the incarnation of his god Mithras.  The light was so bright, that Paul would have taken it be "The SUN" (Mithras); and when "The SUN" identified himself as "Jesus" he surely understood that Jesus was Mithras.  If that is so, then what he saw was NOT Jesus at all, but rather a fallen angel appearing as a being of light.  (2Cor.11:14).  It was masterful timing by the powers of evil; the Satan, himself.  Probably set human evolution back by 2000 years in that one act alone.*

*  What do I mean when I attest that the vision on the road to Damascus probably set human evolution back by 2000 years?  I mean that the false belief in Jesus as a solar deity, deserving of worship and devotion, instead of the focus being on his message may have damned all of Christendom to a stagnation of evolution in thought.


 

 

VIII.  Leon's Essays on the Topic of Serpents

"Single Serpent vs. Double Serpent"

Single Serpent Double Serpent
Virus Human DNA

Humans are composed of two 'serpent-like' things, which we now refer to as 'DNA strands' in a "double helix".  Each strand makes (composes) 23 chromosomes (see number 23 in numerology).  The 23rd chromosome is the "sex" or "gender" chromosome (this is highly significant, and you'll see why if you see my numerology page).

One serpent (strand) comes from a male human (via spermatozoa), and one serpent (strand) comes from a female human (via ova).  Humans are therefore in essence double-serpent beings.

Yet, there is a life-form, consisting of only one serpent.  It is called a virus.  Viruses are single DNA strands, that reproduce by infecting double serpent bodies and "stealing" their DNA, in order to replicate, causing havoc for the double-serpent beings, sometimes even killing the double serpent beings.  [Parenthetically, I believe that MS is caused by a virus (single serpent) that has altered the DNA of lymphocytes, in essence reprogramming them to attack the myelin.  For more info, see my health page.]

Now, being "armed" with this new perspective or insight, it is expedient to read from Genesis:

And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat.
And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel.


Serpents (snakes) are not all cursed, in fact some are liked very much.  But, all viruses are cursed.  And since the ancient Hebrews did not have a word for "virus", why not use "serpent" as a metaphor?

It is written, "dust shalt thou eat".  "Adam" means "dust" in the Hebrew language.  And since the humans were created of the dust of the earth, it means that the viruses would eat us:  HUMANS, i.e., the double-serpent beings!

It is written:  "...between thy seed and her seed".  Do viruses have "seed"?  Yes!  Like I mentioned above, viruses replicate (have seed) by stealing our DNA!

It is written:  [God speaking to the serpent] "...it [the seed of the woman] shall bruise thy head".  Do viruses have heads?  No.  So, this is clearly another metaphor.  The head is considered the most vital part of the body.  Without it, we die.  When we lose a limb, we most likely won't die (provided medical attention is given), but if we lose our head, no amount of medical attention will bring us back to life.  Thus, it means that the double-serpent beings would be able to KILL the single-serpent beings.

It is written:  [God speaking to the serpent] "...thou shalt bruise his [the seed of the woman's] heel."  Unlike the head, the heel is not a vital part of the body.  Thus it means that the single-serpent beings would only be able to do minimal damage to humans.

It should be known that most viruses do not kill.  HIV doesn't kill, either.  But, what it does is it attacks the immune system so that the double-serpent beings [humans] cannot fight other bacteria and viruses that attack the body.  It would seem that the single-serpent beings have found our "Achilles' heel"!!!

"The HINDU Serpent-DNA Connection"

Hindu religion is the oldest religion still remaining on this planet, and it has an interesting perspective on Serpent Symbolism.

In Hindu mythology (and Jainism and Buddhism) the naga is a serpent-geni figure. As water gods, nagas inhabit the bottoms of rivers, lakes, and seas, in splendid, jewel-studded palaces ever alive with dancing and song. In temple architecture, nagas stand guard at the portals of shrines. In South India nagakals, stones decorated with a single serpent or an entwined serpent-pair, are set up as votive offerings by women desiring offspring.

In Indian mythology, the Nagas are a race of beings half-human and half-snake.

"The GREEK Serpent-DNA Connection"

There is an interesting story in Greek mythology.  Evidently, Delphi (which means womb or navel) was the "center" of the world.  There was a huge dragon/serpent called "Python", which was the protectorate of "mother earth" (Gaia).  Python almost killed Apollo's mother (by making her sick with disease), and as a result Apollo (The Sun) killed the Python with his fiery arrows (rays of sunlight)

It is also fascinating to note that Aesculapius (the father of medicine), was the son of Apollo.  And Hygieia (the goddess of health) and Panaceia (goddess of healing) were the daughters of Aesculapius.

What we have here are 3 generations of healers!

I suggest that the Python was a virus, which almost killed Apollo's mother.  He eradicated the virus through an adept use of medical science.  Then, he passed his skills on to his son.

It is also interesting to note that Aesculapius was reported to carry a staff with a carving of a serpent coiled around it, like this:

Could it be that the hidden meaning of the
Staff of Aesculapius
 is triumph and/or dominion over the single serpent beings?  

I think so.

This should be true symbol of modern medicine (not the double serpents entwined around a staff).

The American Medical Association uses the correct symbol, which looks very similar to the one on the left.

Many medical/health care institutions use the symbol to the left (Caduceus) which is the staff of Hermes, the Greek god who was the messenger to humans (for the other gods).

Hermes was associated with athletics, so it would seem appropriate to use the symbol in sports medicine, but there was really no association of the symbol to medicine in ancient times.

 Now, compare these pictures of viruses to the Ancient Serpents:

This is the "Y" potato virus.  It could the two-headed serpent of many ancient religions/cultures.

This the "T4" virus.  Notice is has seven extremities.

It could the seven-headed Hydra of Greek mythology, which was eventually killed by Hercules and his nephew.

Interestingly, there is a seven-headed serpent (naga) of Buddhist lore.  It was forbidden to enter Buddhist temples, and statues thereof adorn the exterior of Buddhist temples, as protectors thereof.  Could it be that the statues served as a warning... that warning being that whoever enters here will be infected by a deadly virus?  And only special personages were allowed to enter such temples.  Could it be that those special personages had the antibodies to fight off said virus?  Things that make you go: "Hmmmm."  huh?

Also, interestingly, the seven or nine-headed Hydra was the protector of Hera's Golden Apple Tree.  Could it be that the fruit of the tree was infected with a deadly virus?

 

  Now, for my serpent/dragon dream...  

MY DREAM:  Winding Staircase, White Dragon

I don't exactly remember how the dream starts out.  I think I was lost.  Then, a dragon flew toward me.  From where the dragon came, I was unaware.  The dragon was the shape of an Oriental dragon, but white, all white.  It had no wings, and yet it could fly.  The dragon spoke to me, but whether it was vocal or telepathic, I really cannot remember.  I'm thinking it was more gesture-like in nature.  Meaning the dragon motioned for me to follow, which I did.  It led me up a winding staircase.  It seemed very steep, and very long.  The closer we came to the top, the narrower the staircase became.  When we came the the top, the dragon, being long and slender, easily squeezed through the small aperture.  I stopped.  I remember thinking, "This is too small and too difficult."  The dragon encouraged me to keep going.  Upon exiting the staircase, I stood in the heavens, with all the stars. [End]

P.S.  I do dream interpretation

I call that dream (of mine) "My Jacob's Dream", because of the similarities between my dream and Jacob's dream.  Also, our circumstances were very, very similar when we had our dreams.  In fact, after I had mine, I looked up Jacob's dream (never having read it before in my life), and was astonished at how similar the circumstance were that both led up to our dreams and which appeared in our dreams.

 



 

Wow!  You made it this far?  Amazing!

 

My Other Esoteric Pages:

Middle Eastern Numerology

Taoism Page

Buddhism Page

Creation Myths from all major ancient civilizations

Eschatology: The Hidden, Occulted, Truth about the END of the Age of Pisces.

 

 

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