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  1. 1. The world Is pagan the days and months of thegods and all religious sacred festivals are pagan hugh colmer the crosscircle group• new york It’s A Pagan World 1
  2. 2. First published in 2010 by The Crosscircle Group 234 South Street Windham, NY 12496 Copyright © 2010 by Hugh Colmer Cover design by Hugh Colmer Art by Hugh Colmer All rights reserved. No part of this public publication maybe reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without prior permission of the publisher and copyright holder. Reviewers may quote brief passages. Printed in the United States of America The Crosscircle Group www, crosscircle.com2 It’s A Pagan World
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  4. 4. Days and Months of the GodsThe Roman’s adopted the Greek Gods named for Months of the Year God’s giving them Latin names: The original Roman year had ten named monthsZeus (King of the Gods) became Jupiter. Martius "March", Aprilis "April", Maius "May", Junius "June", Quintilis "July", Sextilis "August",Poseidon (King of the Sea) became Neptune. September ", October ", November ", and “De- cember ".Ares (God of War) regarded as the father ofthe Roman people because he was the father of January: Janus is the Roman god of gates andRomulus, cofounder of Rome (850 B.C.) with doorways, depicted with two faces looking in op-Remus, became Mars. posite directions. His festival month in January.Hermes (messenger of the Gods) became Mer- February: Februa is the Roman festival of purifi-cury. cation, held on February fifteenth. It is possibly of Sabine origin.Aphrodite (Goddess of Love) became Venus. March: Martius was the time for the resumption of war. Mars is the Roman god of war. He is iden- tified with the Greek god Ares.Gods named for Days of the Week April: Aprilis is the month of Aphrodite the GreekThe following Days of the Week are after Greco- goddess of love and beauty. She is identified withRoman, Norse, and Germanic Gods: the Roman goddess Venus.Sunday – Day of the Sun. May: Maia (meaning "the great one") is the ItalicMonday – Day of the Moon. goddess of spring, the daughter of Faunus, and wife of Vulcan.Tuesday - Tyr or Tiw was the Norse God of War.Also known as Martius Roman God of War. June: Junius or Juno is the principle goddess of theWednesday - Mercury the messenger God. Also Roman Pantheon. She is the goddess of marriageknown as the Norse God Odin, and Woden or and the well-being of women. She is the wife andWotan to the Germanic Tribes. sister of Jupiter. She is identified with the Greek goddess Hera.Thursday - Thor was the Norse God of Thunder.And Jupiter also chief of the Gods. July: After the first Roman Emperor Julius CaesarFriday - Frigga Norse God (in this case a god- (100-44 B.C.), who was regarded as a God.dess). She was believed to be the wife of Odinand was the goddess of marriage and the hearth. August: After the second great Roman EmperorThe Romans had named this day for Venus their Augustus Caesar (63 B.C.-14 A.D.), who like allgoddess of beauty. Emperors up until Constantine (274-337 A.D., the first Christian Emperor) was also regarded as aSaturday - Saturn Roman God of Time and the God.Harvest. 4 It’s A Pagan World
  5. 5. Wednesday is the Day of Our Creator Thoth Odin, Quetzalcoatl, HemesE very Wednesday—the day of the Germanic god Wodan later known as Óðin and equiva-lent with Thoth —should be celebrated because the souls of the dead; both were known for their wisdom cunning and trickery; and both, for ob- vious reasons, had their roots as gods of is truly the day of the creator. Why? Because Thoth/Hermes/Mercury/Woden/Odin/Quetzal-Thoth, under his Sumerian name Ningishz- coatl, were messenger gods whose divine fore-idda, literally created the human race with his sight created the Emerald Tablets, the Tarot, thefather Enki. His Latin name, Mercury is based Runes and the Mayan Calender. Quetzalcoatlon Dies Mercurii, “Day of Mercury”; compare: was known in Peru as Amaru the origin of theFrench Mercredi, Spanish Miércoles, Roma- word America. Amaruca is, literally translated,nian Miercuri and Italian Mercoledì. Wodan ‘Land of the Plumed Serpent.’Thoth as Quet-and Mercury were considered psychopomps, or zalcoatl, is the Savior of the Americas. Perhapsleaders of souls, The Romans found numerous Wednesday should be renamed Quetzalday insimilaries between Woden/Odin and Mercury as America!both, like Jesus, acted as psychopomps guiding It’s A Pagan World 5
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  8. 8. Paganism = Cosmic or Wisdom ReligionGlenn Beck has accomplished what neither Oprah Against Heresies, an attack on the doctrines ofWinfrey nor Shirley MacLaine could. Miracu- the Gnostics. In this work Irenæus declared uponlously he persuaded leaders of the religious right the authority of the Apostles themselves that Je-and evangelical leaders that it is acceptable for sus lived to old age. Godfrey Higgins observedmillions of "Christians" to embrace humanistic that. "All the ancient Mythologies of the world,spirituality and paganism for the purpose of social which, however varied, and corrupted in recentactivism and social change. He constantly directs times, were originally one, and that one foundedhis listeners to the founders of the American Con- on principles sublime, beautiful, and true." Thisstitution and his slogan Faith, Hope and Charity. review would become Anacalypsis. He notesHe could of course go even further and say that that the doctrine of the crucifixion was a vexatathere is nothing new under the sun in Christianity questio among Christians even during the sec-as all its rituals are pagan. Every Christian since ond century. "The evidence of Irenæus," he says,the council of Nicea has been indoctrinated with "cannot be touched. On every principle of soundthe belief that Christianity was completely new, criticism, and of the doctrine of probabilities, it isand the first true, religion in world history; that unimpeachable."it was given to the world by God himself whichflashed out of Pagan darkness as the first ray of It should further be noted that Irenæus preparedtrue light to illumine the pathway of evolution. this statement to contradict another apparently current in his time to the effect that the ministrySt. Augustine, the greatest Church Father ever of Jesus lasted but one year. Of all the early Fa-shatters this illusion. From remote antiquity, he thers, Irenæus, writing within eighty years afterasserts, there has always existed in the world the the death of St. John the Evangelist, should havetrue religion which Hindu’s call Sanatana Dhar- had reasonably accurate information. If the dis-ma. “That which is known as the Christian reli- ciples themselves related that Jesus lived to ad-gion existed among the ancients, and never did not vanced age in the body, why has the mysteriousexist; from the beginning of the human race until number 33 been arbitrarily chosen to symbolizethe time when Christ came in the flesh, at which the duration of His life? Were the incidents in thetime the true religion, which already existed be- life of Jesus purposely altered so that His actionsgan to be called Christianity.” (Retractt. I, xiii, would fit more closely into the pattern establishedcited by Dr. Alvin Boyd Kuhn in his Shadow of by the numerous Savior-Gods who precededThe Third Century, He was speaking of the Egyp- Him? That these analogies were recognized andtian religion which was a mixture of the Mysti- used as leverage in converting the Greeks and Ro-cal and Mythical representations of Divine Truth mans is evident from a perusal of the writings ofgiven to the earliest of mankind on this planet. Justin Martyr, another second-century authority.Nowhere in this "TRUE REGION FROM THE In his Apology, Justin addresses the pagans thus:BEGINNING" was there ever a "Karast/Christ" "And when we say also that the Word, who is thewho was to come in "the flesh" for they waited for first-birth of God, was produced without sexuala new zodiacal age and obeyed Natural Law. union, and that He, Jesus Christ, Our Teacher, wasAccording to conventional wisdom, Jesus was crucified and died, and rose again, and ascendedcrucified during the thirty-third year of His life into heaven, we propound nothing different fromand in the third year of His ministry following His what you believe regarding those whom you es-baptism. About A.D. 180, St. Irenæus, Bishop of teem sons of Jupiter. * * * And if we assert thatLyons, a pre-council of Nicea theologian, wrote the Word of God was born of God in a peculiar 8 It’s A Pagan World
  9. 9. Paganism = Cosmic or Wisdom Religionmanner, different from ordinary generation, let in Canaan under Abraham (b. Babylon,18th cent.this, as said above, be no extraordinary thing to BC), and the Law of Moses. They are part of theyou, who say that Mercury is the angelic word worlds sacred scriptures, preceded by Hindu,of God. But if any one objects that He was cruci- Mazdean, Egyptian, Sumerian, and Chaldean re-fied, in this also He is on a par with those reputed ligions; which have reached us in a very confusedsons of Jupiter of yours, who suffered as we have and altered form. The Pentateuch is, exoterically,now enumerated." From this it is evident that the a collection of allegorical legends; but, in the lightfirst missionaries of the Christian Church were of the Zohar, the main book of the modern Jewishfar more willing to admit the similarities between Cabala, the first four chapters at least of Genesistheir faith and the faiths of the pagans than were are a fragment of a highly philosophical page intheir successors in later centuries. ancient cosmogony. Hebrews probably adopted the "bulrushes" story from tales of Sargon theMoses comes from the ancient Hebrew blood- Great of Akkad (Babylon). The mother of Sargonline whose roots go back to creation. His belief was a princess who placed her babe in an ark ofin Monotheism —one God—shows him as Pha- rushes, sealing the ark with bitumen and settingraoh Akhenaton and Zoroaster. This dates back it adrift on the river. The ark was found by a wa-to the teachings of the ancient Egyptian Priests ter carrier, Akki, who brought up the child as hisand the Mystery School Teachings which were own.about creation based in the cycles of time. In the3rd century BC, Manetho, a Hellenistic Egyptian Pre-Vedic Brahmanism and Buddhism are thechronicler and priest, alleged that Moses was not double source from which all religions sprang;a Jew, but an Egyptian renegade priest, called Os- Cabalism, Judaism, and our present Christianityarseph. It has been suggested that he may have included—sprang from the two main branches ofbeen an Egyptian nobleman or prince influenced that one the once universal religion, which ante-by the religion of Aten, or simply sympathetic to dated the Vedic ages—we speak of that prehistoricHebrew culture. Moses is an Egyptian name-el- Buddhism which merged later into Brahmanism.ement meaning "-gave birth to him" or "-formed It is not against the primitive Vedas that Gautamahim as in "Ramose" which had the meaning "child protests. It is against the official state religion ofof Ra" or "Ra formed him". Many scholars from his country; and the Brahmans who intended toSigmund Freud to Joseph Campbell suggest that prove that the castes were predetermined by theMoses may have fled Egypt after Akhenaton’s Creator by the very fact that each class of mendeath (ca. 1358 BC) when much of the pharaohs was issued from a more or less noble limb ofmonotheistic reforms were being violently re- Brahma. Gautama-Buddhas philosophy was thatversed. Egyptologist Ahmed Osman) proposes taught from the beginning of time in the innerthat Moses and Akhenaton is the same person sanctuaries of the pagodas. The metaphysics of(Moses and Akhenaton, Dec. 2002). Brahmanism and Buddhism are incorporated in all the fundamental dogmas of the Gnostics. TheIt is alleged that the Pentateuch was written by Gnostics held that the Old Testament was the rev-Moses, and yet it contains the account of his own elation of an inferior god, without a single sen-death (Deut. 34:6); The Pentateuch, the first five tence of their Sophia, the Divine Wisdom. As tobooks of the Bible; contains stories of creation, a the New Testament, it had lost its purity when theflood, the formation of the State of Israel which compilers became guilty of the errors and inac-traces its ancestry to the settlement of the Hebrews curacies which tend to arise during hand copying, It’s A Pagan World 9
  10. 10. Paganism = Cosmic or Wisdom Religionespecially over long periods of time. The revela- instrumental role; He was the one we had to havetion of divine truth was sacrificed by them to pro- faith in. George Washington said: "It is the dutymote endless conflict between the proponents of of all nations to acknowledge the providence ofcircumcision and the "Law," and the apostles who Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful forhad given up Judaism. His benefits, and humbly to implore His protec- tion and favor."Although "Allah" has become known as the prop-er name for the Muslim god, Allah is not a name, The American philosopher Manly Palmer Hall,but a means literally, "the god". All pagan cultures wrote of the secret destiny of the United States,have generic terms that refer to their "supreme laid down by Masonic Founding Fathers, as be-god" as "the God". "Allah" was originally no ing a country where religious conflict would notmore a proper name for the Muslim God, than the prevail. He said, "European mysticism was notword Hebrew "elohim" (god) or Greek "theos" dead at the time the United States of America was(god) are proper names of the one true God of the founded. The hand of the mysteries controlled inBible. "Jehovah" is the only revealed proper name the establishment of the new government for thefor the "Elohim" of the Old Testament ( Ex 3:13; signature of the mysteries may still be seen on the6:3) and "Jesus" is the only revealed proper name Great Seal of the United States of America. Care-of "Theos" in the New Testament. (Acts 4:12) ful analysis of the seal discloses the AmericanJesus is called "The God" many times in the New eagle upon the Great Seal is but a conventional-Testament: John 20:28; Heb 1:8. The mere fact that ized phoenix... and the all-seeing-eye on the dol-"Allah" is equivalent to "elohim" and "ho theos" lar bill above the pyramid with the words: "Novusdoes not mean they correspond. Allah is the same Ordo Seclorum," translates as: "A new order ofgod as the Buddhist god, for Buddhists also refer the ages.” Symbols and some of its mysteries de-to their god as "the god". There is one religion scended from ancient Egypt and Babylon.under different names: Christianity, Buddhism,Hebrew Religion, Muslim Religion, etc take off During the 2000 election Robert Roth’s bril-these names and you will find that there is one liant and provocative book, “A Reason to Vote”,religion, Paganism. showed that religion and politics are not strange bedfellows for when the Founding Fathers creat- John Adams called ‘Natural Law’ the Great legis- ed the American Constitution it reflected a deep-lator of the Universe and it pervaded the thinking seated belief in the order of the universe and ourof our founders as they located the source of all place within it. John Dickinson, a delegate fromour rights in natural law and thought of natural Delaware to the Federal Convention in Philadel-law as the supreme government. Our individual phia that drafted the U.S. Constitution, told hisright to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness fellow delegates to let our government be like thatdon’t come from man-made law or from the tra- of the solar system; “Let the general governmentdition of customs and practices known as com- be like the Sun and the states the planets, repelledmon law but belong naturally to all individuals yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly andby virtue of their participation in a universe ruled harmoniously in their several orbits”. This wasby eternal principles of order and universal con- more than a metaphor for Federalism; it reflectedsciousness...God. a deep seated belief among the founders in the or- der of the universe and our place in it.Samuel Adams and the founders felt America wasput together by divine providence God played an This is essentially what Thoth Hermes’s ‘Cosmic’ 10 It’s A Pagan World
  11. 11. Paganism = Cosmic or Wisdom Religionreligion encoded in “The Book of Thoth” taught Christianity is tantamount to erasing Christianitybefore it was suppressed by the Roman Church. itself. The Vatican is obviously aware that theThe cosmic aspect of politics and religion is this— majority of myths and religions have a commonhumanity is a Cosmic Entity associated with the origin yet they have not acknowledged this fact.function of this planet as a unit in the Solar Sys- Colonel James Churchward expounds on this ideatem: that System being a still larger cosmic unit in his book “The Sacred Symbols of Mu” in whichwhose life-history is represented by the spiritual he discusses the Sacred Inspired Writings of Mu.Sun. It was always the intention of cosmic reli- (Lemuria) including: The teachings of Thoth,gion to teach us about our god-like nature if the Osiris, Moses, and Jesus which Sri Aurobindowhole planet is to be transformed. Mankind, like came from the Overmind. He notes how Moseseverything else in the Cosmos, must return to the condensed the forty-two questions of the OsirianSource, God. When our ‘Founders’ referred to Mysteries into the Ten Commandments and howthe ‘Sun’ they were actually referring to, the ‘The Jesus condensed the texts to suit the language ofGalactic Central Sun’ the principle of intelligent his that pervades the whole universe. Cosmicreligion envisions a transformation of the whole The power of the Vicars of Christ was built on theplanet through instructing humanity about its in- doctrine of being the successors of St. Peter asherent divinity. Socrates, Pythagoras, Plato, Zoro- the first Bishop of Rome. History, however, doesaster, &c., and all those initiated in the most secret not show Peter to have been in Rome, or to havemysteries, acknowledged one supreme God, the ever been a bishop, anywhere. The first bishop ofLord and First Cause of all. Rome was listed as Linus. “Peter of Rome” took the place of the Pet-Roma, the “Book of Stone”Cosmic religion is encoded in our Holy Day cel- which played a major part in initiation into theebrations. Every year people go about their busi- Eleusinian Mysteries. The statue of Jupiter (Jo-ness and then are happy to take the day off on Peter) in Rome came to be worshiped as the im-these festivals oblivious to the pagan meaning age of Peter, with the claim that it always had beenwhich is the basis of Judeo-Christian religion. the image of Peter. An effective unification of allWhen families gather at Christmas time, and cel- of Rome’s religions had to not only include theebrate the festival of lights, roll eggs at Easter, or major gods of those religions, but to make themtraditional dances, they are unaware of the rea- subordinate to Jesus. The names of the disciples,sons. The revelry during these holy days is a then, corresponded to the names of those gods.distraction. Wisdom is not invited to the party as Matthew was Mithras, Thomas - Tammuz, Mark -it would spoil the fun. The earliest books of our Mars, John - Oannes, Peter - Jupiter, Paul - Apol-Bible are astrological, and are filled with priceless lo. Even the Virgin Mary was a variation on olderancient wisdom told in myth, fable, and allegory myths. The name “Jesus Christ” was actually a- E. Valentia Straiton (The Celestial Ship of the contraction on “Hesus” and “Christos”. The useNorth). of crosses, as symbols, was almost non-existent before. This was generally regarded as a violationMany investigators have pointed out that Vatican- of the second commandment, and the reminder ofstyle Christianity is replete with pagan symbol- Christ’s suffering was usually deemed inappro-ism. Protestant preachers have tried to sanitize priate.their version of Christianity by eliminating moreobvious pagan elements. However, they have not There is not a single element of Judeo-Christiansucceeded— for to erase the pagan elements from doctrine that did not originate in the pagan world. It’s A Pagan World 11
  12. 12. Cosmic Religion and Natural LawWhen Christians bend their knees before their that the words "religion" and "dharma" denote"Lord," for example, they are unaware they follow two entirely different concepts and perspectives.a ritual sacred to Thoth, Egyptian God Of Wis- Religion is comprised of rituals, customs, anddom. When Christians bury their dead beneath the dogmas surviving on the basis of fear and blindground they emulate the rites of the Osirian priest-faith. Dharma—a word, unfortunately, with nohood who believed the soul can transcend to high- English equivalent—encapsulates those greater planes of existence after traversing the "Under- laws and disciplines that uphold, sustain, andworld" (known as Duat, Amenta or Nekya). ultimately lead humanity to the sublime heights of worldly and spiritual glory. Established in theSri Aurobindo, an Avatar of The Supreme, the name of God, a religion is an institution that re-liberator of India from British rule, came here to quires a growing number of adherents for its ex-transcend the Overmind consciousness that has pansion and future existence. A religion discrimi-been the highest spiritual influence until now, and nates against human beings who do not belongcause the descent of the Supramental Conscious- to its particular order and condemns their way ofness. Sri Aurobindo observes that the Over- mind living and being, whereas dharma is eternal, look-has produced Rama, Cristna, Buddha, Jesus and ing for no followers for its propagation. With noall the highest creative forces, and we have lived discrimination whatsoever, it leads a human be-under their auspices — sometimes through the ing beyond the realms of man-made, institution-voices of our prophets and religions, sometimes alized dictums. Instead of creating fear of God,through the voices of our poets, musicians and it makes God manifest in the human heart, not inartists. Yet none of them have transformed the an anthropomorphic form, but as the absolute andworld. universal One in whom all diversities reside in perfect harmony.After the death of the Master and his direct dis-ciples, the ‘Truth’ of their teaching becomes dis- Cosmic or Wisdom religion is encoded in ourtorted. For centuries we have been on the quest Holy Day celebrations. Every year people gofor the grail but we have found only half of the about their business and then are happy to takeSecret. The other half, according to Sri Aurob- the day off on these festivals oblivious to the pa-indo, is to be found in the depths of Death and gan meaning which is the basis of Judeo-Chris-Unconsciousness, and in the very heart of ‘Evil’. tian religion. Many investigators have pointedThe key to divine life is to transform the darkness out that Vatican-style Christianity is replete withwithin ourselves. It is essential that we make our pagan symbolism. Protestant preachers havepeace with the gods and goddesses and disconnect tried to sanitize their version of Christianity byfrom them and our religions so that our minds are eliminating more obvious pagan elements. How-free to experience Sanatana Dharma. ever, they have not succeeded— for to erase the Sanatana Dharma means: pagan elements from Christianity is tantamount Eternal Path to erasing Christianity itself. Never Beginning nor Ending Way Perennial Philosophy The regalia of Vatican priests was worn before Universal Tradition by pagan priests. Phoenician priests wore sur- All-Pervading Truth plices. Lambskin was worn by Persian priests. Natural Flow The custom of canons wearing fur coats is aSri Aurobindo and the great sages of India teach throwback to animal sacrifice. Russian bishops 12 It’s A Pagan World
  13. 13. Cosmic Religionsuspended small silver bells which were also Catholicism is pulsating with Paganism.worn on the robes of the priests of Persia. The One of the common elements of Pagans is theirPope’s mitre is adopted from the headdress of common symbol for eternal life, evergreen,the priests of Oannes/Dagon, the fish head god. trees and bushes and the Pine Cone is reveredLike an Assyrian king, he carries a pine cone because it is the “seed” for more evergreens asmounted on his staff. This same pine cone staff it is a powerful, and ancient symbol of Eternalis a symbol of the solar god Osiris, the Egyptian Life.Messiah, who died for the good of his people,and whose wife, Isis, was worshipped as the Vir- The Vatican is obviously aware that the major-gin Mother. Osiris was the Egyptian counterpartity of myths and religions have a common ori-of Jesus Christ! gin. Colonel James Churchward expounds on this idea in his book “The Sacred Symbols of Mu”Investigators believe the pine cone represent- in which he discusses the Sacred Inspired Writ- ings of Mu. (Lemuria) including: The teachings of Thoth, Osiris, Moses, and Jesus. He notes how Moses condensed the forty-two questions of the Osirian Mysteries into the Ten Commandments and how Jesus condensed the texts to suit the lan- guage of his day. There is not a single element of Judeo-Christian doctrine that did not originate in the pagan world. When Christians bend their knees before their "Lord," for example, they are unaware they fol- low a ritual sacred to Thoth, the ibis-headed god of the moon. When Christians bury their dead beneath the ground they emulate the rites of the Osirian priesthood who believed the soul can transcend to higher planes of existence after tra- versing the "Underworld" When families gather at Christmas time, and cel- ebrate the festival of lights, roll eggs at Easter, or traditional dances, they are unaware of the rea- sons. Astrology, Sabeanism, and Uranography mean nothing to them. The revelry during theseed the third eye and spiritual enlightenment. It holy days are a distraction. Wisdom is not inviteddenoted Dionysus, and “messiahs” (anointed to the party as it would spoil the fun. The earliestkings). It represented virility and potency. As an books of our Bible are astrological, and are filled“eye” symbol it would have been the equivalent with priceless ancient wisdom told in myth, fable,of the “Eye of Horus.” and allegory - E. Valentia Straiton (The Celestial Ship of the North).The Roman Catholic Church utilizes the PineCone which is even more evidence that Roman It’s A Pagan World 13
  14. 14. Amaruca: Land of the Winged SerpentI n a world filled with holy days and holiday tradi- tions few seek to understand their origin. Mostgenerally accept common religious practices with- the sun, creating a period of sultry weather. They named this period of time, from 20 days before the conjunction to 20 days after, “dog days” afterout question so that they are accepted in Christian the Dog Star.society. This defect has created great conflicts be-tween those of different faiths especially in the “When Marduk [now called Ra], returned to Egyptobservance of Christmas, Easter, New Year’s, he found Ningishzidda [called Thoth in Egypt]Halloween, Valentine’s Day and other supposed as its master. With the aid of the offspring of theChristian holidays. Millions honor these days Anunnaki [astronauts from Nibiru] who Earth-without knowing why—or where they originated. lings espoused did Ningishzidda the land oversee,Many believe that they are “found in the Bible” what Marduk had once planned and instructed bybecause millions of Christians observe them and Ningishzidda was overturned.” [Sitchin, Z., 2002,cannot be wrong even though they themselves do The Lost Book of Enki, page 284]. When Thoth-not really know the significance of them. July 4th, Hermes leaves Egypt, he arrives in Mexico un-is a good day to read the Declaration of Indepen- der the name of Quetzalcoatl, he is said to havedence, signed by our Founding Fathers on July 4, come out of the sea, bringing with him a mys-1776. We hold these truths to be self- evident, that terious cross. On his garments were embellishedall men are created equal, that they are endowed clouds and red crosses. In his honor, great ser-by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights pents carved from stone were placed in differentthat among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit parts of Mexico.of Happiness. That supposedly is the reason whyGovernments are instituted yet religious institu- The cross of Quetzalcoatl became a Mayan sa-tions have taken these unalienable rights away cred symbol, and Maya Indian angels had crossesfrom us. The most important being that of know- of various pigments painted on their our own divinity. Similar crosses were placed over the eyes of those initiated into their Mysteries. When Cortez ar-Yet perhaps when you have read rived in Mexico, he brought with him the cross.the following August the 13th, Recognizing this, the natives believed that he wasthe day when Quetzalcoatl the Quetzalcoatl, for He had promised to come backwinged serpent was born, will in the future and redeem his even more appropriate to cel-ebrate the birthday of America In his epic book, Anacalypsis, Godfrey Hig-(Amaruca). gins sheds light on the cross and its symbolism in America: “The Incas had a cross of very fineThis day also has a Venus-Sirius connection marble or beautiful highly polished jasper wor-which was important to the Egyptians. The bright- shiped in a sacred chamber of a palace. The Span-est of the stars in Canis Major (the big dog) is iards decorated this cross with gold and jewels,Sirius, which is coincidently the brightest star in and placed it in the cathedral of Cuzco. Mexicanthe night sky. In fact, it is so bright that the an- temples are in the form of a cross, and face thecient Romans thought that the earth received heat four cardinal points.from it. In the summer, however, Sirius, the “dogstar,” rises and sets with the sun. During late July quetzalcoatl is represented inSirius is in conjunction with the sun, and the an- the paintings of the Codex Bor-cients believed that its heat added to the heat of gianus nailed to the cross. 14 It’s A Pagan World
  15. 15. Amaruca: Land of the Winged Serpent breath. The great spiritual masters of Central America long for the return of Quetzalcoatl when the feathered-serpent will replace the Christian Cross. Quetzal is the name of the paradise bird and coatl, the word for serpent. Its Maya equivalent is Kukul-Can, and Gu- cumatz for the Quiche in the Popol Vuh. No one knows exactly when the winged serpent colonized the Americas but H.P. Blavatsky says the Mayas existed in Plato’s Atlantis. The Maya civilization arrived in the Americas as a mature culture with art, architecture, re- ligion, and a system hieroglyphics which be- came phonetics. Thoth-Hermes migrated from Egypt and became known in the Americas as Quetzalcoatl, the first ruler of the Toltecs, and Mayans. In Peru he was called Amaru LordS ometimes even the two thieves are there cru- cified with Quetzalcoatl. In Vol. II. Plate 75,the God is crucified in the Heavens, in a circle of of Amaruca, literally translated as ‘Land of the Plumed Serpent. The origin of the name America is commonly attributed to the Ital-nineteen figures, the number of the Metonic cycle, ian explorer Amerigo Vespucci and not Ama-the Moon’s 19 year cycle where the Moon returns ruca. Quetzalcoatl is said to have been bornto exactly the same place (at the same longitude on August 13th. So perhaps now that Land ofand against the same constellation) in the sky with the Great Plumed Serpent, is finally gainingthe same phase. A serpent is depriving him of the more credibility among scholars, it is time tohis sexual organs. In the Codex Borgianus, (pp. restore the name Amaruca to its rightful place4, 72, 73, 75,) the Mexican God is represented and celebrate the birthday of America then.crucified and nailed to the cross, and in anotherplace hanging on it, with a cross in his hands. The Recent discoveries in Peru may lead to morecrucifixion of the Logos in space and the cruci- conclusive evidence concerning the relation-fixion of the dove are common in pagan religious ships between North and South American in- symbolism. The digenous Indians. As discoveries continue to fact that a cross unearth ancient Inca cities, writings pertain- is formed by the ing to the mysterious origins of Amaruca are spread wings of sure to be found. The Incas abandoned their a bird in relation towns and cities and retreated from the trea- to its body is no sure-hunting Spanish invaders after the Con- doubt one of the quistadors captured and executed the last Inca reasons why the leader, Tupac Amaru, in 1572. Some of the Egyptians used cities have since been rediscovered, but manya bird to symbolize the immortal nature of man, more are believed to lie hidden in the denseand often show it hovering over the mummi- jungle.fied body of the dead and carrying in one of itsclaws the sign of life and in the other the sign of The Book of the Quiches of Guatemala is It’s A Pagan World 15
  16. 16. Amaruca: Land of the Winged Serpentsaid to have been written by Votan, their name coatl tried to suppress thes atrocities and urgedfor Quetzalcoatl. Votans, priests of Quetzalcoatl the substitution of fruit, flowers, treasured pos-existed for perhaps for thousands of years. Votan sessions, and self sacrifice. The Codex Vaticanusis the son of a virgin, sent to save mankind; con- A bears so close a resemblance to the Egyptiannected also with earthquakes, deluge and wind. Pert-Em-Hru that it has been called “The Mexi-Although there is hardly a single cultural custom can Book of the Dead.” The Pert em Hru is thewhose origin was not from Quetzalcoatl, he is es- oldest book of Scripture in the world. [It’s wherepecially connected with the planet Venus, and the the Bible, Qur’an and Torah comes from]. TheMayan calendar. As god of the morning star, he Pert is erroneously known as the Egyptian Bookbore the name of Ce Acatl, one of the dates mark- of the Dead because Arab tomb raiders called the ing the periodical re- copies they found “kitaabi-m-mayyit” (books turn of Venus. Mex- of the dead men). Like some corpses today are ican paintings depict buried with Bibles, ancient Egyptians were often Quetzalcoatl with buried with scrolls of the Pert em Hru. The title is a wand resembling correctly translated “Coming Forth By Day,” or the brazen serpent “Becoming Awake.” The above passage indicates rod of Moses. The that the Muslims knew the 99 names of Allah to Torah says that Mo- be various attributes of the One God, not separate, ses lifted a ‘fiery independently existing deities. The Mayan calen- serpent’ to cure the dar added thirteen days every fifty-two years. At Israelites from ser- midnight of the closing cycle, determined by the pent bites. (Book position of the Pleiades, the high priest lit a fireof Numbers, chapter 21:4-9). The reign of Quet- and the people rejoiced at deliverance of the worldzalcoatl was the golden age of the Toltecs. The from destruction by flood. Perhaps the propheciesdeparture of Quetzalcoatl marked the decline of of December 21, 2012 won’t come true but that’sthe Toltecs before the ascension of the aggressive no reason to continue celebrating Christmas asAztecs who practiced human sacrifice. Quetzal- usual. 16 It’s A Pagan World
  17. 17. Saturnalian Christmas R omans celebrated Saturnalia, a feast named for Sat- urn which was inherited from an earlier Babylonian priesthood, on December 21, the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere. They believed the shortest day of the year was the birthday of the sun. The Christmas sea- son is the time when the sun enters Capricorn, one of the houses of Saturn, who is interchangeable with his feminine counterpart, Virgo/Ceres, who holds a stalk of grain or corn. Placing grain in the open hearth are an- cient Scandinavian and Anglo Saxon yuletide rituals. Chronos, our Father Time, was depicted in Greco-Ro- man mosaics turning a zodiac wheel and later pictured as an old man with a hood over the back of his head, holding a sickle in his hand. Words such as chronology, chronic, and chronicle derive from Chronos. It’s A Pagan World 17
  18. 18. Saturnalian ChristmasT he Chrismas holiday season the world cel- ebrates each year on the 25th of December isactually thousands of years older than Christian- T he festival began when Roman authorities chose “an enemy of the Roman people” to represent the “Lord of Misrule.” Each Romanity itself -- So Why Does There Continue To Be community selected a victim whom they forcedSo Much Controversy Over This Day? Christmas to indulge in food and other physical pleasuresis one of the biggest events on the Christian cal- throughout the week. At the festival’s conclusion,endar, yet the customs we associate with the event December 25th, Roman authorities believed theyare steeped in Paganism. Pagans designated 25th were destroying the forces of darkness by brutallyof December as the birthday of the Solar Man. murdering the innocent man or woman who theyThey rejoiced, feasted, gathered in processions, chose to represent “the forces of darkness”.and made offerings in the temples. The darknessof winter was over and the glorious son of light Saturnalia became one of the most popular Romanwas returning to the Northern Hemisphere. With festivals. It was marked by a reversal of socialhis last effort the old Sun God had torn down the roles, in which slaves and masters switched plac-house of the Philistines (the Spirits of Darkness) es— with masters serving their slaves. Schoolsand had cleared the way for the new sun who was and courts were closed, and the whole commu-born that day from the depths of the earth amidst nity would give itself up to feasting, gamblingthe symbolic beasts of the lower world. It’s a trag- and drinking. It was also a time for exchangingedy that the Easter and Christmas traditions have gifts – particularly of wax candles (also knownlost the transcendental spirit of the festival of hu- as cerei) and earthenware figurines known as sig-man evolution. Many Christians today believe illaria. Saturnalia continued to be celebrated upthat December 25, is a Christian holiday. The fact until around the end of the fourth century. It wasis that people have been celebrating Christmas, then moved to January, where it was merged intolong before the birth of Christ. The festivity was the festival of the Kalends of January, yet anotherknown then, as Saturnalia, a festival in which the significant part of the Roman Midwinter celebra-Romans commemorated the dedication of the tem- tions.ple of the god Saturn. As winter approached, theywere losing harvest and needed the sun in order In the 4th century The Roman Catholic Churchfor their harvest to bear fruit. Saturn, the Greek adopted the Saturnalia festival in an effort to con-God Chronus, was the Roman god of ‘Time’, ag- vert large numbers of pagans by promising themriculture and harvest. Saturn could be thought of that they could continue to celebrate Saturnalia asas Father Christmas and Father Time. “Christmas”. Christians adopted the Roman prac- tices of Saturnalia for the earliest Christmas holi-Saturnalia is rooted in pagan and Celtic traditions. days were celebrated by drinking, sexual indul-They believed that winter was due to a losing gence, singing naked in the streets (a precursor ofbattle between the sun god and the god of dark- modern caroling), etc. The problem is that thereness. Then on December 25, the sun reverses its no relationship between Christianity and Saturna-power on the darkest night of the year. The Ro- lia. To remedy this, these early Christians adoptedman pagans introduced into law December 17-25 Sol Invictus, the Unconquered Sun, as more ap-as Saturnalia. During this period, Roman courts propriate to Saturnalia’s final day, December 25thwere closed, and law dictated that no one could as Jesus’ punished for damaging property or injuringpeople during the week long celebration. 18 It’s A Pagan World
  19. 19. Sol Invictus If Christ is born anew in our consciousness we can have a mass of Christs all year long. December 25, is the festival of the unconquered sun. It’s A Pagan World 19
  20. 20. Sol InvictusS ol Invictus or Deus Sol Invictus (“the Un- conquered Sun God”) was created by Romanemperor Aurelian in the year 274, which contin- The Great Central Sun of the Cosmos is the source of all physical-spiritual creation. It is the Nucleus of the “Cosmic Egg.” The star Sirius is the focusued until the abolition of paganism in the Roman of the Great Central Sun in our sector of the Gal-empire by Theodosius the Great. The title of Sol axy, which magnifies the radiations of a particularInvictus referred to three distinct divinities; Sol, constellation for 2,160 years during any particularMithras, and El-Gabal. Emperor Constantine, zodiacal age. When Mithras and Theseus slay thewho founded Christianity, worshiped Sol Invic- Bull it signified their Hyper-Cosmic power to endtus, the Roman Sun God, until the day he died. the Age of Taurus as the spring equinox movedOn his death bed he ordered coins with his image into the constellation of Aries. The power of theon one side and the Sun God on the other, then Sun is a living power identical with your spiri-took Catholic communion for the first time in his tual power. All our energy comes from the Sun,life, and then died. and we in turn must radiate the energy we receive from it. The Sun rules the intellect and highlightsOn December 25th, the Romans held a festival hidden desires that cloud the awareness of Divin-known as Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, “the birth- of the unconquered sun.” By using the title ofSol Invictus, the Romans could worship severaldifferent solar gods collectively. Under the for-mer Julian calendar, introduced by Julius Caesarin 45 BC, the Winter Solstice fell on December25th, thus it was the day when the Sun was “un- Bconquerable.” Under the modern-day Gregorian oth Christians and Secularists losecalendar, the solstice has been moved to Decem- when they miss the spiritual messageber 21st, although it sometimes occurs on the22nd. Many scholars believe that the Sol Invic- of love that can be created if people actedtus festival is the source of the December 25th in a Christ-like way. The more importantdate of Christmas, especially since Jesus Christ question is are you in a deep, devotedis viewed as “the sun of righteousness” or “the communion with the spirit of Christ atson of light.” Christmastide?The Sun for the ancients was the Hyper-CosmicSun and source of consciousness, located at thecenter of the Milky Way Galaxy, which our solarsystem shares with at least 200 billion other starsand their planets, and where thousands of clus-ters and nebula coexist. There are many namesand symbols for the central Sun of the Galaxy:The Egyptian Eye of Ra or Horus depicted as aHawk and Uraeus (a cobra) either side of the sundisk; the Greek Helios and Apollo; the PersianMithras; and the Mayan Galactic Butterfly orHunab Ku.20 It’s A Pagan World
  21. 21. Chronus of the North PoleC hris Van Allsburg’s book on which the Po- lar express is based is a heartwarming story T he engraving of the tablet of Cebes in Manley Hall’s, The Secret Teachings of the Ages could have inspired the film post-about the power of belief that resonates across er for The Polar Express. Further researchgenerations and cultures and to some extent sup- revealed that this tablet was at the altar inports this Xmas exploration. What touches the the temple of Chronos, the primeval god ofheart in this film goes far beyond the sentimental- Time who emerged self-formed at creation.ity of Santa Claus and reindeer bells. Once one Chronos ushers in the New Year and heunderstands that this is a parable about a child’s tells us that the world is represented as abelief in God, who is the searchlight along the great mountain. Ancients saw God as theshadowy pathway in life, the film makes total Polestar to guide them upward in searchsense. The highlight was when the conductor of truth and immortality. Above the cloudstells us that sometimes the most real things are which conceal the summit of the mountainthose you can’t see.” Harry Potter fans would is the goal of human attainment—true hap-agree with that. piness. Isn’t that what Father Xmas and Fa- ther Time would want for us. It’s A Pagan World 21
  22. 22. Santa’s Artic HomeS anta Claus is going to be very unhappy this year as he is caught between a melting NorthPole and a frozen economy. Santa Claus is argu- gan. Therefore Santa Claus’ rule of the North Pole should be over and the ‘Unconquered Sun’ should rule.ably the greatest philanthropist in the world. Noone person dispenses as many gifts in one day. In his book,” Arctic Home,” (published in 1903),What can he do to solve the world’s economic Gangadhar Tilak was convinced that ancient In-woes after all He has been given all the attributes dian Vedic texts point unmistakably to a “realmof a God? If we follow this hypothesis it’s un- of the gods” where the sun rises and sets oncederstandable that many Christians believe that the a year, which indicates that these writers under-Santa Claus tradition robs the Lord Jesus Christ stood the astronomical symbolism at the Northof His glory. The problem is that every religion Pole. So, if you are celebrating any of the west-thinks their God is better even though they are ern traditions of Christmas this year, rememberall the same ‘One God’ with different names. that you are also enjoying the rituals of several ancient polar gods from the Hindus, Greeks,Just Google "The Devil Is In Your Chimney! Scandinavians, and Romans.Satan Claus and the Anti-Christ! The Great Im-poster! Recent film in the Santa Claus franchise Few dispute that Santa Claus’ annual visit calmsbrings more fuel to the yuletide fire and exposes us as he sails through the darkest night of the yearJack’s evil plan to turn the North Pole into a theme bringing hope and light to the world’s children.park and renaming Dec. 25 “Frostmas” – literally His Christmas presents also promise, through sea-taking Jesus out of Christmas. Unfortunately in sonal renewal, that the world is eternally young.this scenario no one wins except the creators, pro- Why would a secularist or a Christian complainducers, and cast whose slapstick clichés pander about that? Christ is a mystical expression for theto secularists. The current controversy between human inner god, while chrest is the latent ChristChristians and secularists during the Xmas season spirit which is regenerated by good thinking, liv-could be settled if both parties were aware of the ing and actions. In the language of the Mysteries,genesis of Santa Claus and Christ. Chrestes, Chrestos, Chrestians chrestos (Greek) is a title of respect equivalent to “the worthy.”Christians think ancient Gods are nothing butmyths. What about the Christian God? Isn’t hejust a myth also? Greeks used myth to explain the The word Christos was easier to con-unexplainable. Ancient civilizations created Polar vert Middle Eastern religions withGods and Sun Gods to rule their universe. The at- than the word “Messiahtributes of Santa Claus can be traced back to PolarGods such as Siva, Chronus, and Apollo.Zep Tepi is the Egyptian Genesis. Zep meansTime.Tepi means First. Together they are the‘First Time’ or the Golden Age (Alchemy) wherethe Pantheon of Egyptian Gods, Ptah, Ra, Su, Geb,Set, Osiris, and Thoth (associated with Orion, godof resurrection and rebirth,) Horus, Ma’at , andThoth ruled after the last ice age approximately13,000 years ago when the Age of Leo (Sun) be- 22 It’s A Pagan World
  23. 23. Paganism influenced ChristianityE ntertheNewYearwithgreaterspiritualeffortev- erydayandredeemyourselfbyyourself.Nooneelsecandoitforyou.ThiswasthemessageinCharles B ut in the process of this amalgamation, the true spiritual power of the Christian Gnostics was forgotten, and it is the reason why America is soDickens’s most popular book, “A Christmas Carol,” polarized at Christmas. The Teachings of the Origi-whichintroducedtheGhostsofChristmasesPast,Pres- nal Gnostic Christians were fervently suppressed byent,andFuture,toshowScroogetheerrorofhisways. the Roman Church because they portray Jesus andMost people think that Santa Claus has nothing to Mary Magdalene as initiates of the Mystery Schooldo with the religious side of Christmas. Santa Claus of Osiris and Isis. The gospels are a dramatic reen-is actually supposed to be Saint Nicholas. Up until actment of spiritual allegory that leads to spiritualthe 1930s Santa was shown in paintings to look like enlightenment, for the Mystery Schools taught howanordinaryperson,dressednormallybutwearinga we have the power to transform our world by ex-red cloak. Then in the 1930’s the Coca-Cola Com- ploring consciousness.panyrananadvertisementshowingSantaClaustheway we know him now; rather fat and jolly, with hisredsuitandlongwhitewhiskers.Hewasmuchmoreappealing to children this way, and so the image re-mained. Few dispute that Santa Claus’annual visitcalms us as he sails through the darkest night of theyearbringinghopeandlighttotheworld’schildren.His Christmas presents also promise, through sea-sonalrenewal,thattheworldiseternallyyoung.WhywouldasecularistoraChristiancomplainaboutthat? T he answer to why we honor Santa Claus and Father Time is simple, for he brings back memories embeddedFor centuries in Western countries Christmas wasthought to be a purely Christian celebration, com- deep in our collective consciousness ofmemorating the birth of the Christ. During this the idea of an ancient polar god rulingtime Christianity berated the Pagan world and itsreligions.Yetparadoxicallyitsmostimportantfesti- from the North Pole. The religions of allvaloftheyearincorporatestheverysamePagancel- ancient nations associate the abode ofebrationritesthatithascondemned. Afterthefallof the supreme God with the North Polethe Roman empire the priests of the Roman Churchconquered more minds than the centurions were as the centre of heaven.everabletodo,bycondescendingtoallowitsPaganconvertstopracticetheirancientreligiousfestivalsatChristmas. So in essence it was Paganism that influ-enced Christianity. It’s A Pagan World 23
  24. 24. The Great Bear: Ursa MajorT he seven large stars in the Great Bear, Ursa Major, corresponds with the seven creativeRishis, the Seven Timekeepers. the progenitors I n Egypt the Great Bear was the constellation of Typhon, the Dragon of Life with seven heads assigned to her son, Cronus, or Saturn. Thereof mankind, who mark the duration of events in were two constellations with seven stars each.our septenary life cycle. They are as mysterious We call them the Great and Little Bears. But theas their supposed wives, the Pleiades. The Pleia- seven stars of the Lesser Bear were once consid-des (Krittika) are the nurses of Karttikeya (Mars), ered to be the seven heads of the Polar Dragon,the commander of the celestial armies —or the which are the beast with seven heads in the Ak-Siddhas (translated Yogis in heaven, and holy kadian Hymns and in Revelation. The mythicalsages on the earth) which makes Karttikeya iden- dragon originated in the crocodile, which is thetical with St. Michael, the “leader of the celestial dragon of Egypt. We call them the Two Bears.hosts.” Hence also the War in Heaven of Michael But the seven stars of the Lesser Bear were onceagainst the Dragon (Jupiter and Lucifer-Venus), considered to be the seven heads of the Po-when a third of the stars of the rebellious host lar Dragon, which we meet with - as the beastwas hurled down into Space. The stars of our en- with seven heads - in the Akkadian Hymns andtire galaxy are all intimately connected together, in Revelation. The mythical dragon originatedspiritually, intellectually, psychically, vitally, and in the crocodile, which is the dragon of Egypt.physically, which means a connection extending In The Book of Enoch these two constellationsback to a remote past that can be only calculated are identified as Leviathan and Behemoth or thein astronomical figures. Dragon and Hippopotamus = Great Bear, and they are the primal pair that were first created in the Garden of Eden. 24 It’s A Pagan World
  25. 25. The Cosmic AxisI n his book,” Arctic Home,” (published in Magdalene as initiates of the Mystery School of 1903), Gangadhar Tilak was convinced that Osiris and Isis. The gospels are a dramatic reen-ancient Indian Vedic texts point unmistakably actment of spiritual allegory that leads to spiritu-to a “realm of the gods” where the sun rises and al enlightenment, for the Mystery Schools taughtsets once a year, which indicates that these writ- how we have the power to transform our worlders understood the astronomical symbolism at by exploring consciousness.the North Pole. So, if you are celebrating anyof the western traditions of Christmas this year,remember that you are also enjoying the rituals T he shopping mall has now replaced the North Pole where the avatar Santa Claus resides. Santa Claus has the three major charac-of several ancient polar gods from the Hindus,Greeks, Scandinavians, and Romans. teristics of God: Omniscience (knows everything) Omnipotence (can do anything) OmnipresenceFew dispute that Santa Claus’ annual visit calms (can be everywhere.)us as he sails through the darkest night of the yearbringing hope and light to the world’s children. Santa Claus’ workshop at the North Pole as-His Christmas presents also promise, through sea- sociates him with the cosmic axis on which hesonal renewal, that the world is eternally young. descends and ascends. Our chimneys also sym-Why would a secularist or a Christian complain bolize the cosmic axis which carries Santa fromabout that? For centuries in Western countries one realm to another. Christmas night is totallyChristmas was thought to be a purely Christian mystical for his sleigh is pulled by eight fly-celebration, commemorating the birth of the ing reindeer that traverse the whole world inChrist. During this time Christianity berated the one night. Like God, Santa knows everythingPagan world and its religions. Yet paradoxically about us and is omnipresent. Santa Claus isits most important festival of the year incorpo- in essence a secular version of the Hindu god,rates the very same Pagan celebration rites that it Siva, of the celestial pole. All aboard the po-has condemned. lar express through the labyrinth of deception that has clouded the true meaning of Christmas.After the fall of the Roman empire the priests ofthe Roman Church conquered more minds than John O’Neill (Night of the Gods, two volumes)the centurions were ever able to do, by conde- insisted that mankind’s oldest religions centeredscending to allow its Pagan converts to practice on a god of the celestial pole. Jocelyn Godwin’stheir ancient religious festivals at Christmas. So book, Arktos: The Polar Myth, tells us that: “It isin essence it was Paganism that influenced Chris- in medieval Iran that we find extant literature ontianity. the Spiritual Pole and the experience of mystical ascent to it. The Iranian Sufis, drawing not onlyBut in the process of this amalgamation, the true on Islam but on the Mazdean, Manichean, Her-spiritual power of the Christian Gnostics was metic, Gnostic and Platonic traditions, blended aforgotten, and it is the reason why America is so sacred knowledge said to be ‘scientific’, mysti-polarized at Christmas. cal and philosophically practical. “The religion and mythology of a polar god was first formu-The Teachings of the Original Gnostic Chris- lated by the priest-astronomers of ancient In-tians were fervently suppressed by the Roman dia, Babylon, Sumeria and Egypt and spreadChurch because they portray Jesus and Mary to Greece, Rome, and the rest of the world. It’s A Pagan World 25
  26. 26. Christmas Myths N umerous parallels have been made be- tween Santa Claus and Odin, a major god amongst the Germanic peoples prior to their Christianizing. Odin was depicted as a tall, old man with a white beard and wearing a cloak. He rode the skies and the seas on his fast white horse Sleipnir with his 8 (the number of transfor- mation) legs, while carrying his constant spear Gungnir (clear and focused intent) in his hand. He had one eye, for he had offered the other eye in exchange for gathering wisdom at the well of the head Mimir (Norse representation of Su- preme Consciousness) and with that he became a shape shifter, able of seeing in the outward world with his normal eye and understanding the inward worlds with his black, removed, eye. He was beloved among his friends and followers Odin who felt happy and energized in his presence26 It’s A Pagan World
  27. 27. Towers symbolize the Polar AxisT he parallels between the origins of Santa Claus (Santaism) and Buddhism are striking.The altar of a Buddhist temple has a statue of acorpulent laughing Buddha/Santa with an offeringof fruit or food which mirrors offerings of milkand cookies to Santa, while Buddhist prayers aregenerally offered up with incense to God. Bud-dhism teaches that we incarnate many times untilwe attain God realization, Santa knows who hasbeen naughty or nice that year which parallelsBuddhism and Hinduism’s cyclic judgment of all Tower of Babel beings. The second most striking parallel between Santa- ism and Hinduism is their focus on pilgrimages to a holy mountain where God resides. Almost every tradition has its name for this mountain with the same significance; the Persian Alborj, the Montsalvat of Western Grail legend, the Arab mountain Qaf and the ancient Greeks had several sites that were considered places of the ompha- los (navel) stone, such as the oracle at Delphi, while also maintaining a belief in a world tree, the Xmas Tree, and Mount Olympus as the abode of the gods. Buddha Many religious structures symbolize the polar axis. The stupa of Hinduism, and later Buddhism, reflects Mount Meru, and Siva is often mysti- cally connected with Mount Meru, which esoteri- cally is both the cosmic and terrestrial axis with its north and south poles. The upright bar of the cross is sometimes seen as representing a world axis, while the steeple of a church or minaret of a mosque indicates a place where the earthly and heaven meet. In Mesopotamian civilizations, the ziggurat works as a polar axis. Structures such as maypoles in pre-Christian Europe, linked to the Saxons’ Irminsul, and totem poles among Pacific Siva It’s A Pagan World 27
  28. 28. Towers symbolize the Polar AxisN orthwest Native Americans also formed local or temporary world axes. Many cul-tures equate a hill, a mountain or a pyramid as a T he great Rishis imparted knowledge of the Holy Trinity orally through numerous gener- ations. The Christian Holy Trinity—Father-Son-symbol of the polar axis or axis mundi. For ex- Holy Ghost corresponds with the Hindu Trinity,ample, the Sioux consider the Black Hills to be Aum-Tat-Sat. God, the Father is Sat, spirit beyondthe axis mundi, while Mount Kailash is holy to all creation, Christ the Son is Tat, the Christ intel-several religions in Tibet. Often, within the same ligence in all creation, The Holy Ghost is Aum orbelief system, several places may be considered Amen, the Word/Logos or Cosmic Vibration thatthe axis mundi; in Islam, the Dome of the Rock, structures creation.where Muhammad was raised and lowered fromheaven, as well as the shrine at Mecca play thisrole. The Temple Mount, site of the Dome of theRock, is also holy to Judaism and Christianity.Other nearby sites that are considered sacred andare on hills include the Mount of Olives and Cal-vary.Hindu fundamental belief is that the Vedasare eternal (sanatana) and not composed bya human being (apaurusheya). They believedthat: at the end of a creative cycle God, Para-matma, dissolves everything within Himself,there is only one principle, Spirit: everlast-ing, ever conscious, ever new Bliss. But ineach new creative cycle Spirit again projectsItself as the Trinity—Father-Son-Holy Ghost.We, ourselves, are the epitome of the wholeof creation. The material universe is thevast body of God, the cosmic electrical en-ergy is the astral form of God, and the soulor life in everything is the essence of God.Even a grain of sand has life.28 It’s A Pagan World
  29. 29. Sirius and OrionO rion was known by Egyptians as ’The First Time’ of Osiris. The Three T he Star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:2) symbolizes the brightest star in the winter sky, Sirius, which is part of the winter triangle in the constellation, CanisKings represent the three divine aspects Major. In Sanskrit, Sirius is known as Mrgavyadhaof Will, Love and Intelligence. The name (“deer hunter”) or Lubdhaka (“hunter”). As Mrgavy- adha, the star represents Siva. At 4:00 PM, the threeOrion literally means “the breaking forth stars in Orion align along a south east direction to-of light, and therefore, symbolizes Spirit. wards Sirius and the Star of Bethlehem rises and pointsIn South America Orion’s Belt is known to the birthplace of Christ. Since stars, like the sun,as “Las Tres Marias” or “As Três Ma- always rise from the east, it would appear as three stars were following one bright star, or as the star of Bethle-rias” (The Three Marys), in honor of hem guiding the Magi. If the magi were on land, theyMary of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, couldn’t come from the east and follow a star from theand Mary of Bethany,three major New east. But if they are in the sky, it makes sense. Siri-Testament figures us would appear to stop, like the star of Bethlehem, when it is directly above the stable where Christ is born. The Star of Bethlehem and the three Magi symbolize Sirius and Orion respectively. The Babe in a manger born among animals in a stable or a cave, and wrapped in swaddling clothes was common in many ancient religions. It’s A Pagan World 29
  30. 30. Sirius and Orion J esus, the Sun was born in Bethlehem “house of bread” as Bethlehem represents the constel- lation of Virgo, depicted with a sheaf of wheat. T he three Magi followed the star rising in the east until it rested over the place where the baby Sun rests in the west. Arriving in Bethle- Virgo is related to the concept of the “womb of hem they saw the Sun Child with his mother time”. The sun has moved out of Virgo in Judea Mary [Virgo], and bow down and worship him. during the time of King Herod symbolizing night. Then they presented him with gifts of gold and of frankincense and of myrrh. Gold is bright like the Sun. Frankincense when burned was considered to be the essence of God on Earth. Myrrh was a symbolically appropriate gift for the baby Jesus because it was used in embalming at the time. Therefore, while gold and frankincense symbol- ize the infant’s royalty and divinity, respectively, myrrh makes reference to His future death. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they, the Orion belt. returned back to the east under the earth where they rise. T he word orient in the Christmas car- ol, “We Three Kings From Orient Are”, should be replaced by Orion. The three Magi (Matt.2:1) who searched for the newly born Christ are symbolic of the Constellation of Virgo three stars in the hunter’s belt in the con- The three Magi from the east; the three stars in stellation of Orion. the belt of Orion, rise in the east came to Jerusa- lem. The Magi enquire, “Where is the one who has been born king of the Jews? Where is the new Sun? We saw his star, Venus, the which is always seen near the Sun when it rose in the east and have come to worship him King Herod represents darkness which is always fearful of sunrise when the sun, Jesus, in this case, is born and conquers him. Herod, Egyptian Herut, asked his astrologers where the Christ [the Sun] was to be born. Then Herod secretly called the Magi [astronomers] and discovered the exact time Venus appeared as the star Venus is closest to the sun. He then sent them to Bethlehem, the house of Virgo] and said, find the child, the Sun in Virgo, so that I too may go and worship him.” Osiris symbol of Orion 30 It’s A Pagan World
  31. 31. Mother Goddesses Aphrodite born from the sea T here have been many different mother god- desses who came from the sea, including such goddesses as the Hindu Lakshmi (“Good Fortune”). She, like Aphrodite, is goddess of love and beauty who brings wealth. She is the wife of Vishnu, and was born from the Sea, fully grown ,and beautiful. In some forms of Neo-paganism, and in the Hindu idea of Shakti, all mother goddesses are considered aspects of the one God. Aphrodite, Roman Venus, goddess of love, beauty and fertility was worshipped as Aphrodite Urania, Queen of the Sea, and tran- scendental love. She bore several children to vari- ous gods: Her daughters were Peitho/Suada/Suadela goddess of persuasion, and Harmonia (harmony/ healing). Her sons are Eros god of love (the zo- Lakshni born from the sea diacal sign Pisces represents Aphrodite and Eros hiding as fishes from Typhon), Hymen god of marriage, and Hermaphroditus (son of Aphro- dite and Hermes). It’s A Pagan World 31
  32. 32. Mother Goddesses Judgment of ParisT magical girdle in order to distract Zeus from the he poet Hesiod said that Aphrodite was born fray. This garment causes men (and gods) to fall from the foam of the sea. Her symbol was hopelessly in love with whoever is wearing it.the Swan. Homer, on the other hand, said that she .was the daughter of Zeus and Dione. When the Catholics call the Virgin Mary (Mare is Latin forTrojan prince Paris was asked to judge who of Sea) Queen of Heaven and Star of the Sea, tothree Olympian goddesses was the most beauti- appeal to pagan traditions. Because of this Prot-ful, he chose Aphrodite over Hera and Athena. estants often accuse Catholics of viewing MaryThe latter two had hoped to bribe him with power as a goddess, but the Catholic Church always hasand victory in battle, but Aphrodite offered the condemned "worship" of the Virgin Mary be-love of the most beautiful woman in the world. cause Catholics pray as a means of communica-This was Helen of Sparta, who became infamous tion rather than as a means of worship. Catholicsas Helen of Troy when Paris subsequently eloped believe that the dead, who follow Jesus, havewith her. In the ensuing Trojan War, Hera and eternal life and can hear prayers in heaven fromAthena were implacable enemies of Troy while people here on earth. Some Christians regardAphrodite was loyal to Paris and the Trojans. In Mary, the Mother of God and other many be-his epic of the Trojan War, Homer tells how Aph- lievers, as a "spiritual mother," since she not onlyrodite intervened in battle to save her son Aeneas, fulfills a divine mediator for humanity, but she isa Trojan ally. Even though Zeuss Queen Hera not worshiped as a divine "mother goddess".and Aphrodite are on different sides in the TrojanWar, the goddess of love loans Hera her32 It’s A Pagan World
  33. 33. Assasination of Saviors The attempted assassination of newly born saviors was also not unique to Jesus Isis and Horus Mary and JesusT housands of years before Mary nursed the baby, Jesus, the Madonna and the Child ex-isted in Egypt as Isis holding her infant, Horus. Guide to Greece 9.2.7. The Babe in a manger born among animals in a stable or a cave, and wrapped in swaddling clothes was common in many ancient re-Isis (Sirius) “Virgin of the World,” On the walls of ligions. According to legend, Hermes was born in athe temple of Luxor, there were carved four scenes cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia. Zeus had impreg-adopted by the Gospels. The first scene depicts a nated Maia at night while all other gods slept. Whengroup of angels on a cloud making the annuncia- he was born at dawn broke Maia wrapped him intion of the coming of the Messiah King to a band swaddling clothes. Mithras was also born in a cave,of shepherds in the fields. The second represents a with shepherds in attendance, on the twenty-fifth ofsingle angel announcing to a young maiden that December. Mithras was known to his followers asshe is to be the mother of the awaited Messiah. A “The light of the world,” or “The Good Shepherd,”third pictures the Nativity scene, with the two ani- and urged his followers to share ritual communionmals, the ox and the ass, present. And the fourth of bread and wine. Mithras’s priests were calledshows three magi kneeling before a babe and offer- “Father.” When King Herod heard about the birthing gifts, at a date as early as 1700 B.C. The Egyp- Jesus he asked the Magi from the East who fol-tian Sun God Horus taught that the Christ spirit is lowed the star to Bethlehem to inform him whenin us all so he was anticipating a mass of Christs. they found the baby so he could come and wor-That’s what we need to focus on today instead of ship Him also. Known for his hatred of Jesus asthe polarization that’s caused by religious dogma future King of the Jews he ordered all the babiespropagated by those who are unaware of the origins up to the age of two in Bethlehem to be killed. Theof the Christmas season. Hindu Krishna birth story is another variation on the same theme. Krishna’s uncle Kamsa hears a “On entering [the temple of Hera at Plataia, Boi- heavenly voice which predicts that the eighth sonotia] you see Rhea carrying to Kronos the stone of his sister, Devaki, will kill him. Devaki and herwrapped in swaddling clothes, as though it were husband agree to be held captive and to give anythe babe to which she had given birth.” - Pausanias, children to Kamsa. The eighth child, Krishna, was It’s A Pagan World 33
  34. 34. Assasination of Saviorsborn at midnight and Kamsa tries many ways to kill which Athena rescued. From this organ the rest ofKrishna but fails. The “Bagaveda-Gita and Brahmini- the god was resurrected. In the Osiris/Isis Mysteriescal traditions,” states that the body of Krishna: “was Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis and rightful heir tosuspended to the branches of a tree by his murderer, the throne of Egypt, was killed by Set in the form ofthat it might become the prey of the vultures...[Later] a scorpion, but Thoth brought him back to life, as histhe mortal frame of the Redeemer had disappeared-- destiny was to rule Egypt, and avenge of the crimeno doubt it had regained the celestial abodes...” against his father. Horus grew to be a strong and brave warrior and his father Osiris appeared to him In the Greek Orphic religion Dionysus is born from a in a vision, and urged him to overthrow Set. Herut isunion between Persephone and Zeus in serpent form. another name for Set does that sound familiar?Jealous Hera persuaded the Titans to attack the infantgod as he looked into a mirror. Not only did they tearhim to pieces, but the Titans ate him --all but his heart the similarity of the lives of Krishna and JesusAuthor Kersey Graves (1813-1883), a Quaker Saki."from Indiana, compared Yeshuas and Krishnas 60: Both claimed: "I am the Resurrection."life. He found what he believed were 346 ele- 64: Both referred to themselves having existedments in common within Christiana and Hindu before their birth on earth.writings. #6 & 45: Yeshua and Krishna were 66: Both were "without sin."called both a God and the Son of God. 72: Both were god-men: being considered both 7: Both was sent from heaven to earth in the human and divine.form of a man. 76, 77, & 78: They were both considered omni- 8 & 46: Both were called Savior, and the second scient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.person of the Trinity. 83, 84, & 85: Both performed many miracles, 13, 15, 16 & 23: His adoptive human father was including the healing of disease. One of the firsta carpenter. miracles that both performed was to make a leper 18: A spirit or ghost was their actual father. whole. Each cured "all manner of diseases." 21: Krishna and Jesus were of royal descent. 86 & 87: Both cast out indwelling demons, and 27 & 28: Both were visited at birth by wise men raised the dead.and shepherds, guided by a star. 101: Both selected disciples to spread his teach- 30 to 34: Angels in both cases issued a warn- that the local dictator planned to kill the baby 109 to 112: Both were meek, and merciful. Bothand had issued a decree for his assassination. The were criticized for associating with sinners.parents fled. Mary and Joseph stayed in Muturea; 115: Both encountered a Gentile woman at aKrishnas parents stayed in Mathura. well. 41 & 42: Both Yeshua and Krishna withdrew to 121 to 127: Both celebrated a last supper. Boththe wilderness as adults, and fasted. forgave his enemies. 56: Both were identified as "the seed of the 128 to 131: Both descended into Hell, and werewoman bruising the serpents head." resurrected. Many people witnessed their ascen- 58: Jesus was called "the lion of the tribe of Ju- sions into heaven. Religioustolerance.orgdah." Krishna was called "the lion of the tribe of34 It’s A Pagan World
  35. 35. Christna-Karast-Christos-ChristT he symbolism of midnight, winter and the solstice universally pictured the moment ofthe birth of Christ consciousness taught by Horus her torch. Referring to Jesus as the “light of the world” also followed existing pagan beliefs about the birth of the sun. The ancient “return of the sun”many centuries before the birth of Jesus. Gerald philosophy had been replaced by the “coming ofMassey (1828-1907) found nearly two hundred the sun” message of Christianity.similarities between the life of Horus and Jesus.Language historians trace the Egyptian and Greek It wasn’t until A.D. 440 that thelanguages to the oldest Indo-European language, church Officially proclaimedSanskrit. The origin of the word “Christ” can be December 25, as the birth oftraced to the Greek “Christos” which is almost Christ.identical in sound and spelling to the Sanskritword “Krista”, means all-attractive. The intel- Early Christians probably adopted pagan beliefsligence throughout the cosmos is called Christ to enable them to make their religion more pal-Intelligence. This is the reflection of God’s intel- atable to the pagans around them. It’s quite un-ligence present in all creation. Jesus and Krishna derstandable why Father Xmas and Father Timewere that Consciousness. would seem have little or no connection with the ancient Gods Chronos and Saturn as Greek mythAs Xmas is so significant to Christians will be a created brutal myths to describe scientific and as-shock for them to learn Christians celebrated the tronomical cosmologies. Legends of newly bornbirth of Jesus on the spring equinox, March 25th, gods wrapped in swaddling clothes have existedfor the first three and a half centuries of Christian- from the earliest times. Unfortunately we takeity. The decree issued by the Pope Julian II, in the these myths literally without understanding theiryear 345 A.D., stated that henceforth the follow- allegorical meaning. The religious mess we’re iners of Jesus Christ must unite with the followers stems from this problem. Chronos and Saturn areof Mithras, Dionysus and Bacchus in celebrat- respectively the Greek and Roman version of Shi-ing the rebirth of Mithras under solar symbolism va and the Vedic description of Lord Siva as theat the winter solstice on December 25th. AlvinBoyd Kuhn’s 1934 lecture, The Great Myths ofthe Sun Gods, urges us to know that we ourselvesare the Sun-gods, and that ancient allegory is nota “myth,” but the very essence of our own Self.The emperor Constantine made Jesus’ officialbirthday coincide with the Unconquered Sun,Mithras’ birthday in 312 A.D. December 25 was asignificant date for various early cultures. AncientEgyptians celebrated the birth of Horus, the sonof Isis, and Babylonians believed that Tammuz,the son of the queen of heaven, Semiramis, wasimmaculately conceived by the rays of Baal, theSun God on the same date, The statue of Libertyand the British Britannia mirror Queen Semira-mis the wife of Nimrod king of Babylon holding Shiva It’s A Pagan World 35