Revelation (Part One A)


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This is the first of four presentations offering my interpretation of the Book of Revelation. I am not religious, but way back in 1984/5 I stumbled across a model of the human brain while playing with ancient archetypal ideas and was shocked to find this model described in the last two chapters of this ancient text. Over the years more and more of the text has revealed itself. It continues to offer more information as events play themselves out. The Apocalypse is scary but I promise all turns out OK in the end. This presentation just deals with information up to chapter 3. Revelation (Part One B) comes next.

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  1. 1. REVELATION PART ONE A An Add-On presentation 19 November 2011 C Chrissy Philp Familiarity with the Anima Mundi presentation (also available on this website) is not essential, but it is recommended. Part One A and Part One B: Letters to the Angels. Part Two: The New Kings. Part Three: The Marriage of Heaven and Earth.
  2. 2. Another name for Revelation is Apocalypse. The word ‘apocalypse’ has come to signify a terrifying end-of-the-world scenario …… Art work by Kevin Gilmour (Ouch added)
  3. 3. … but ‘apocalypse’ simply translates as ‘unveiling’.
  4. 4. This interpretation proposes that what is being unveiled is our personal and collective interrelationship with a living, evolving, cosmic intelligence.
  5. 5. Chapters 1 to 3 This is how Revelation begins … 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ which God gave unto him, to shew unto his servants things which must shortly come to pass: and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John: 1:2 Who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw. 1:3 Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things that are written therein: for the time is at hand. For the purpose of this interpretation, if we take Revelation ‘at its word’, since John wrote the words ‘at hand’ sometime in the first Century CE we can infer that the timescale in this text is not referring to a personal timescale but to time understood from a collective evolutionary perspective.
  6. 6. It continues .. 1:9 I, John, both your brother and companion in tribulation ... was on the isle that is called Patmos for the word of God and for the testimony of Jesus Christ. Sporades There is nothing in the Wiki write-up to suggest the symbolism in Revelation has any connection with astrology – but the fact he is on Patmos is edifying …
  7. 7. This is also from Wiki: Adela Collins a theologian at the University of Notre Dame writes: "Early tradition says that John was banished to Patmos by the Roman authorities. This tradition is credible because banishment was a common punishment used during the Imperial period for a number of offenses. Among such offenses were the practices of magic and astrology. And Plini: ‘Three of the islands in the Sporades were places where political offenders were banished." (Natural History 4.69-70; Tacitus Annals 4.30) 7 So might John have been banished to Patmos because he was into astrology? Note. At the end of this treatise John threatened anyone who messed with his text with retribution - which is probably why it has not been removed from the Bible. I am only dealing here with the bits I think I understand - I have left out huge chunks. I am hoping to get away with it !
  8. 8. You can still visit the monastery of St John the Divine. You can visit using Google Earth! This is the wall painting in the Chapel
  9. 9. These are the two great people whose work has provided me with the information that enabled me to interpret Revelation’s enigmatic symbolism. C G Jung is pictured with his diagram of the Anima Mundi published in his book AION, and Liz Greene is the Jungian astrologer who produced the model (based on Jung’s diagram) on her right. Liz has listed the cognitive functions long identified with the four elements of the Anima Mundi. Her inspiration is to draw attention to mixed functions where the elements merge. Anima Mundi, ψυχή κόσμου, translates as Mundi/world Anima/alive (as in animate and animal), also called World Mind or World Soul.
  10. 10. Here is Jung’s diagram representing the Anima Mundi. I have added the Elements. Planet Earth is the only planet that we have found (so far) that supplies the perfect conditions that separate the elements so that they exist independently. On this diagram the Four Elements are arranged according to gravity. This is the ‘female’ arrangement. There is a ’male’ arrangement that arranges them according to the seasons (see Galen). UP AIR FIRE EARTH WATER DOWN
  11. 11. The ancient Chinese text called I Ching, or YiJing, is also involved in this elucidation. These stacks of lines are called hexagrams, they develop naturally like a plant and are read from the bottom up. YANG YIN Positive Negative YANG YIN YANG YIN YANG YIN YIN YANG YANG YIN YANG YIN YANG YIN YIN YANG YANG YIN YANG YIN YANG YIN YIN YANG The Creative The Receptive Before Completion After Completion 1 2 64 63 Hexagram 1, The Creative, is made up of all positive lines: Hexagram 2, The Receptive, is made up of all negative lines. The last two hexagrams, hexagram number 63, After Completion, and 64, Before Completion, display a different sort of order – they alternate.
  12. 12. E = mc 2 Jung called the I Ching a Chinese science. He understood that yang and yin are representative of energy and mass. (See essay, Synchronicity and Relativity) . Einstein's equation was new and exciting at the time Jung’s friend Wilhelm was introducing his translation of this ancient Text. 111111 010101 The binary system, through the influence of Leibniz (who owned an I Ching), George Boole, Sanders Peirce and Claude Shannon, underpins the working computer. An electric current is either on or off. This is signified by noughts and ones. Computer Basics. Time Life Books, p 30 -36. Leibniz identified 0 with the void and 1 with God. The ancients identified yang with ‘light’, yin with ‘dark’: the Creative with the ‘opening of the gates’, the Receptive with the ‘closing of the gates’. The binary system is a language that works as a very effective on/off electric switching device, a quality recognised by Peirce. 000000 101010
  13. 13. YANG YIN Positive Negative YANG: Male, Creative, Energy, Light, Time, Instigate, Process, Movement, Software, Idea, Heaven, Indivisible. Open. On. Force: Electromagnetism. Elements: Fire and Air. YIN: Female, Receptive, Mass, Space, Dark, Physical, Matter, Hardware, Planet, Divisible. Closed. Off. Force: Gravity. Elements: Earth and Water.
  14. 14. On the next slide I present the model that will allow us to interpret Revelation’s text. On the left you will see the Anima Mundi (again). I have turned it 90 degrees and I have added the signs of the Zodiac where their qualities apply in accordance with Liz’s positioning of the interconnected elements i.e. Pisces = intuitive-feeling, Aries intuitive-thinking, Taurus sensual-feeling etc. Check out Anima Mundi on Slideshare or at the website On the right you will see our familiar Zodiac. The Zodiac allows us to tell Cosmic Time just as the hands on a clock tell everyday time. It’s a clock with planets acting as hands. The Zodiac defines the masculine archetype: the I Ching calls this The Creative Heaven. The title Heaven couldn’t be more pertinent -The Zodiac is, of course, an ancient model of the heavens. Round and round go the hands of the clock. The symbol for Earth is a cross. North South East and West – up down side to side. An additional symbol for Mother Earth (mater ‘matter’ ) is the cube. The I Ching gives this hexagram the title The Receptive Earth. Together these two primal archetypes offer us a sophisticated space-time model. (Don’t worry about understanding all of it at this point, I will refer to the various symbols as we go along).
  15. 15. SPACE ANIMA MUNDI TIME Personifications The Spirit The Father The Groom The Husband ZODIAC
  16. 16. THE RECEPTIVE EARTH Look! The Receptive feminine model, the Anima Mundi, includes all yin/negative signs on one side, and all yang/positive signs on the other. Just like Mother Earth she gives birth to both male and female progeny.
  17. 17. This is another way of drawing up the same pair. Based on the I Ching’s three types of change it illustrates additional logic. NONCHANGE is the unchanging background against which we monitor change – like the face of a clock. CYCLIC CHANGE shows a hand (the Sun) on the move. Its cycle is repetitive. On The Zodiac Cyclic Change models the season. Spring, summer, autumn, winter. On the Anima Mundi (here titled The Golden City), it draws all the archetypal energies into the centre – this is an incarnation point we experience as ‘being here now’. SEQUENTIAL CHANGE. You need an access to memory to be aware of this type of change. Summer 2011 is followed by summer 2012. Sequential Change on the physical female arrangement models the brain.
  18. 18. In verse 1:11 of Revelation the speaker tells us who he is .. I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and Omega is the last.
  19. 19. This is a lamp holder in the form of The Standard of Constantine. He saw this image in a dream. It is called The Labarum of Constantine: The CHI RHO. The letters XP (CH), signify Christos. It contains the Greek letters ALPHA and OMEGA. For Constantine they represent GOD. Bonhams Catalogue 2012
  20. 20. The Chi Rho by Emmie !
  21. 21. And here you can see Alpha and Omega on the male Creative Heaven model! I can explain ... This, WE KNOW, is a cosmic clock which symbolises, not only the beginning and the end of time, but also the beginning and the end of each passing moment. You can see that I have included the positive and negative attributes of the signs as positive and negative yin/yang lines within the Zodiac (just as I did on The Receptive Earth model). The way the Zodiac is arranged, in alternate signs, makes up the LAST two hexagrams in the ancient Chinese Book of Changes: ‘Before’ and ‘After Completion’! Alpha and Omega. Personifications The Spirit The Father The Groom The Husband
  22. 22. Because, on the Zodiac, the positive and negative signs alternate, whichever way you turn the Zodiac it is always ‘Before’ and ‘After Completion’, but if you place it according to the Ptolemaic Order, with Leo and Cancer at the base, the ruling lines mark the equinoxes, the end of Summer and the beginning of Spring. Alpha and Omega can be interpreted as meaning TIME and alluding to The Creative Heaven. YANG YIN YIN YANG YANG YIN YIN YANG YANG YIN YIN YANG Before Completion The Spring equinox falls BEFORE the ruling fifth line After Completion The Autumnal equinox falls AFTER the ruling second line
  23. 23. Hello male archetype. I think we’ve got this sorted now. Do you? I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last: Personifications The Spirit The Father The Groom The Husband
  24. 24. And here is another important consideration the Zodiac doesn’t just model Time. When the hands are added (the planets) it models time as a process, time with purpose, time with meaning. If we think of The Creative Heaven as ‘software’ - as distinct from The Receptive Earth - ‘hardware’ - we can see that using an ancient language designed to interpret these symbols this chart is allowing us to glimpse the meaning of the Cosmic Software at this particular time and place. This is the equinox 2012 chart set for Bath, the city where Uranus was discovered. I was working on this presentation in Bath at this moment.
  25. 25. And re ‘time’. Is this another clue?
  26. 26. Now we have got that ambiguity sussed this voice of Alpha and Omega (that can be equated not only with Time and Heaven, but also with computer software), commands John to write a letter to each of the seven churches of Asia ... What thou seest write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches ... ... a request that appears reasonable until we learn in the next chapter that these letters are to be addressed, not to the seven churches themselves, but to the ‘angels’ of the seven churches. All is well, the mystery is revealed ….
  27. 27. 1:20 Here is the secret meaning of the seven stars which you saw in my right hand, and of the seven lamps of gold: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, ...
  28. 28. And here they are on the Ptolemaic Order. Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. 7 6 5 PTOLEMY 4 3 2 1 and his friend, the lovely Astronomia
  29. 29. The SUN 1 As the voice dictates the messages one by one I will follow the order of the planets on the Ptolemaic Order. I am choosing the Sun as the primary angel rather than the Moon. I have reasons, the first is that without an energy source we are knackered before we begin. The second is explained as you get to know the DNA type pattern on this model ….
  30. 30. Here it is. Next to it you can see its yin partner, the brain
  31. 31. The Sun Ruler of the sign Leo 2:1 Unto the angel of the church of Ephesus write; These things saith he that holdeth the seven stars in his right hand, and walketh in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; ... The Sun’s gravity could be said to ‘hold’ the stars if we translate stars to mean planets. So here, as ruler of Leo, it takes the place of the first angel of the first church.
  32. 32. And just in case you are still unsure, here is the Jewish Menorah. (John is thought by many scholars to be a Palestinian Jew who wrote in Greek.) And what did John say? This angel walks .. in the midst of the seven golden candlesticks; .. Well here he is – the light in the centre. jewishencycloped rtid=87&letter=C #ixzz1Envinj5r The Menorah. The light in the centre, which is especially distinguished, would signify the sun, as the chief of the planets.
  33. 33. 2:2 … and how thy cans't not bear them which are evil: It is a well known saying that evil cannot bear the light of day. 2:3 And hast borne up my cause and never flagged. If the speaker is Time, then the Sun is certainly to by applauded for it rises and sets and rises and sets. It is absolutely reliable. 2:4 Nevertheless I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. 2:5 Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent. … OH NO!
  34. 34. Don’t panic …. All is well. ADD ON I can explain the meaning behind this accusation thanks to a email I received when I was contemplating this verse, an email that came by way of Barbara, Jana, and Robert Fitzgerald and then onto me. This is what Mellen Thomas Benedict writes about his/her ‘Death Experience’: ‘This is how Godhead is exploring God's Self - through you. So ask your questions, do your searching. You will find your Self and you will find God in that Self, because it is only the Self. … We are part of the same soul fractaling out in many creative directions, but still the same. Now I look at every human being that I ever see, and I see a soul mate, my soul mate, the one I have always been looking for. .. If you are looking for that ultimate soul mate outside of yourself, you may never find it; it is not there. Just as God is not "there." God is here. Don't look "out there" for God. ... Look through your Self. Start having the greatest love affair you ever had ... with your Self. You will love everything out of that.
  35. 35. 2:7 To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. Here is the tree. The roots planted in the wet rich earth, the leaves converting carbon dioxide into oxygen using photons supplied by sunlight as energy. r Ai Ea rt h Fir e ter Wa
  36. 36. Here is the Sun’s position on THE CREATIVE, male, ZODIAC On the male model the Sun comes first. Life depends entirely on energy from the Sun. No energy = no light = no life. Personifications The Spirit The Father The Groom The Husband
  37. 37. 9 in the second place means I CHING. Quote: (Creative) Dragon appearing in the field. Everything ‘appears’ when the Sun shines. Yes? And here is the Sun on the Anima Mundi model. The Sun comes second on this female model. This is where a new physical ‘living’ being ‘appears’ from out of the womb (the Neptune/Jupiter SOURCE) into the waiting arms of Moon Mother and Father Sun.
  38. 38. The next angel must be the Sun’s partner, The Moon. 2
  39. 39. The Sun is a star – it gives light . Space must be full of sunlight. So why is space bright black?
  40. 40. Light needs some thing to reflect off …. The Moon reflects light! The Chinese call the light, YANG, and the matter that receives and reflects the light, YIN. The Moon is the primary symbol of the all-important YIN.
  41. 41. THE MOON Ruler of the sign Cancer. 2:8 And unto the angel of the church in Smyrna write; These things saith the first and the last, which was dead and is alive; Add the Sun’s energy (spirit) to dead matter and we have ‘living matter’. ‘Now when the Creator had framed the soul according to his will, he formed within her the corporeal universe’. PLATO, Timaeus. Isn’t she lovely! Look for Ronnie
  42. 42. 2:9 I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) … Revelation tells us that the Moon is hard pressed and poor (she has no light of her own she reflects the light of the Sun), but she is actually rich. The Moon is rich in loving feelings. Energy expressed through the Moon is instinctively nurturing, sensitively responsive to the physical needs of others an oasis of security expanding and contracting as she goes through her phases. She is the milk of human kindness.
  43. 43. 2:10 Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; ‘From the first dawn of life unto the grave, Poor womankind's in every state a slave.’ Sarah Egerton. 1703. ’What a misfortune it is to be a woman! ... Why seek for knowledge, which can prove only that our wretchedness is irremediable? If a ray of light break in upon us, it is but to make darkness more visible; to show us the new limits, the Gothic structure, the impenetrable barriers of our prison.’ Maria Edgeworth. 1806.
  44. 44. … and ye shall have tribulation ten days: Incarnation as ‘individual’ living breathing beings is painful - we suffer … In Part Two you will learn that the age of Cancer/Capricorn was the Semitic Age, ruled by Saturn (an authoritative father God) and the protective, family-conscious (tribal) Moon.
  45. 45. THE QUEEN OF HEAVEN The gift promised to the Sun is to eat the food supplied by the Moon's sign Cancer, while the Moon gets to wear Leo’s crown. I wonder if this is a clue to the gifts received by the other angels? Mother/Yin/Negative ‘THE SOUL’ .. be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of LIFE.
  46. 46. 2:11 He that overcometh shall not be hurt of the second death. ‘Many of the patients have spoken of the peace they experienced beautiful, indescribable peace, no pain, no anxiety. They speak of the higher understanding that comes to all at the transition. They tell us that all that matters is how much you have loved, how much you have cared; and if you know these things, as I know them, then you cannot possibly be afraid of death.’ Elizabeth Kubler-Ross. To feel is to care, and to care is to suffer. If we defend ourselves against suffering - and the Moon is concerned with the powerful instinctive reaction of defence - then caring is obstructed.
  47. 47. The Moon is symbolised on this Receptive Earth model by the RULING second line of the hexagram The Receptive. SQUARE! I Ching. 6 in the second place 6 in the second place means: ‘Straight square, great, without purpose, yet nothing remains unfurthered.’ On this female model LIFE can come into existence only after a new body has been constructed in the Neptune/Jupiter womb. THE HEART She is the ruling planet on this material model. She is pure ‘feeling’. In combination with her partner, the Sun, she is ‘heart’. On the brain she marks the position of the Cerebellum; the primal brain; the ‘unconscious’. CEREBELLUM
  48. 48. We have given this position a name. We call it … Me What do you pat when you express the word me without words? Yes, your heart. The physical heart is dependent on the energy of the Sun .. de boom .. de boom .. the Moon in I Ching language is Kan. Kan means Blood. Together they shunt the blood around the body. Our physical emotional being is centred, here, in our heart.
  49. 49. This is the Moon position on the ZODIAC. Together with it’s positive/yang partner, the Sun, they make up the yin/yang connection LIFE. On this male, Creative model life comes first. LIFE Personifications The Spirit The Father The Groom The Husband
  50. 50. Energy is yang, and the caring that results from the flow when it takes on the burden of living flesh is Receptive, yin. The Creative flowing in conjunction with its complementary partner, the Receptive, is experienced by us as mother love, the instinct to care, to nurture and protect .
  51. 51. The third angel must be Mercury. 3
  52. 52. 3. MERCURY 2:12 And to the angel of the church in Pergamos write; These things saith he which hath the sharpe sword with two edges; MERCURY is the MESSENGER OF THE GODS, ruler of the sign Gemini, complementary ruler of the sign Virgo. We don’t think of Mercury as aggressive, but the Geminian Dioscuri ruled the Roman Cavalry who rode out brandishing swords, and Virgo is known to be uncomfortably critical. Mercury at this period of history ruled Virgo as well as Gemini. Liz Greene and Juliet Sharman-Burk’s Tarot
  53. 53. Mercury is accused of … dwelling where Satan dwells. Clever Mercury is the God of thieves and liars and .. yes .. journalism. And let me see .. um .. advertising. Later on we see that Saturn (old Satan) has a lot to do with business. Mercury, the messenger, is god of the agora, the marketplace. THE REAL NEWS BUY REAL WATER
  54. 54. Mercury is the part of our brain on the Receptive Earth model that we call the Motor Cortex. MIND Saturn FOREBRAIN Saturn Satan, astrological Saturn, stands for AUTHORITY; here he is ruling the Forebrain where ‘identity’ resides. Saturn stands for secular rules and regulations. They are corrupt if they take no account of the heart. The Motor Cortex sits right up against the Saturnian forebrain. It is all Mind and no Heart. Oooh look at this! .. Somebody has got hurt. HOW INTERESTING !! The Gemini/Virgo MOTOR CORTEX
  55. 55. Astrologers know that Mercury rules the third house of education. He communicates IDEAS. Now we learn that this Mercury cognitive function ... taught Balak to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel …. There is only One God and His Name is Derrick But, don’t panic Because, if you worship him in his special temple and give his priests gifts (like money and stuff) he will look after you.. Here are some ideas that if passed onto the young by Saturnian authority might constitute a bit of a stumbling block.
  56. 56. But what’s ‘this’? …. to eat food sacrificed to idols and commit fornication. If idols are man-made gods, then, working as a team, dexterous Mercury and skilful Virgo can manufacture idols with ease. Here this pair are accused not of making the idols, but eating the food sacrificed to the idols. I suppose Christ did say; ‘Man does not live by bread alone’. Perhaps this refers to us digesting stupid ideas ... but what’s with this fornication? .. Why don’t you go out and have some fun chatting people up and getting laid? Terry Pratchett’s wonderful idols More on this when we get to Venus …
  57. 57. 9 in the fifth place The Ruling line of The Creative: 9 in the fifth place means: Flying dragon in the Heavens. Well, Mercury is an Air sign, and here you can see it sits on the heaven/male right-brain side of this Receptive model, and Mercury is always pictured with wings – the famous wings of thought. Here is a dime decorated with Liberty who has borrowed Mercury’s ‘wings of thought’ .. .. and here is Mercury’s caduceus given to him by the Sun god Apollo.
  58. 58. THE RECEPTIVE EARTH THE CREATIVE HEAVEN RULING LINES Just as THE MOON (the ruling line of the Receptive) has a name, so does Mercury. We call this thinking part of ourselves We say ‘ am me ‘I’ . I am me’ don’t we? MIND Moon me HEART I Mercury See ‘Oppositions on the Anima Mundi’
  59. 59. Here he is - the Motor Cortex Homunculus in the Museum of Science in Oxford. This is Mr CLEVER. It was this little man who came up with the irresponsible ‘Derrick’. Do you want him to conceptualise another god for you? He can make a statue of your favourite deity too if you like (Virgo rules craftsmanship). Just look at these hands! Or he can use Twitter. Easy peesy ... no problemo.
  60. 60. 2:16 Repent or I shall come to thee quickly, and will fight against them with the sword of my mouth. Symbolically this is the tongue that can cut through confusion with Virgoan precision, but which also can injure with criticism or with Geminian gossip and slander. Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo on the old Ptolemaic Order. Gemini Mercury is concerned with passing around ideas while Virgo Mercury rules libraries, places where our ideas are stored for the benefit of posterity. I have chosen this amazing picture as I need you to remember this ‘sword’ - it is mentioned again in Part Two in relation to what I interpret as mercurial planetary symbolism.
  61. 61. GEMINI + ` c Mercury is ... MIND as opposed to HEART. I as opposed to ME. VIRGO –
  62. 62. Shuuuush 2:17 He that hath an ear, let him hear what the spirit saith unto the churches. To him that overcometh I will give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it. A white stone is something you can write on – like a virgin (Virgo) sheet of paper - and this is the letter to the angel at Pergamos. Parchement, charta pergamia, derived its name from Pergamos. Wow!
  63. 63. And here is ‘Messenger’ off to take a look at Mercury and send information back to us on Planet Earth. Why do scientists, who disapprove of astrology with such bloodyminded determination, use astrology’s symbolism so effectively?
  64. 64. THE END of Part One A. So hello everyone. We have familiarised ourselves with the model that will help us understand Rev’s text and we have heard what Alpha and Omega have to say to the Sun, the Moon, and Mercury. In Part One B we learn what advice Alpha and Omega have to give to Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. The longer I contemplate these letters the more impressed I am with the wisdom they contain.