The Babylonian Origins of the Creation Myths

Source: http://www.rejectionofpascalswager.net/babylonian.html#eden

We have shown that the creation stories in Genesis are just myths. The next question one may ask is: where did these stories come from?

The Origins of the Creation Account

For many centuries, both Christian and Jewish theologians believe that the stories were given by God and thus owed their origins purely to divine inspiration. However in the nineteenth century, British archaeologists unearthed seven tablets containing the Babylonian [a] myth of creation known as Enuma Elish. Like the famous Epic of Gilgamesh, archaeologists have assigned the date of composition of this work to around 2000 BC. Although the story differs in specifics to that told in Genesis, the similarities in the general tone has convinced archaeologists that the Genesis account had been fundamentally derived from the Babylonian one. Some of the similarities include:

  • The reference to the initial state as being a disordered chaos of water.
    Genesis 1:1 refers to the “darkness” upon the face of the deep. In the Babylonian myth, in the beginning there was only Apsu, the sweet water ocean and Tiamat, the salt water ocean. In fact, archaeologists have generally acknowledged that the Hebrew word for the chaos of the waters or “the deep”, tehom, is actually derived from the Akkadian Tiamat.
  • The creation of a firmament to separate the waters above from the waters below.
    In Genesis 1:6-8 God is said to have created the firmament on the second day of creation. In the Babylonian myth, Marduk, son of the Ea the god of wisdom, killed Tiamat and split her into two. The upper half of Tiamat was fixed onto the sky to keep the waters above in place.
  • The sequence of successive acts of creation.
    In the Babylonian myth, after Tiamat was killed, the firmament was created by Marduk to separate the waters above from below. Then he created the sun, the moon, the planets and the stars. Finally man was created. This order is very closely paralleled in Genesis I where the firmament was created on the second day, the sun, moon and stars on the third day and man on the sixth day. [1]

It thus cannot be denied that the creation myth from Genesis must have been derived from the Babylonian one. To quote the late Professor S.H. Hooke (1874-1968) an expert on Old Testament Studies:

[I]n spite of the complete transformation of the Babylonian material effected by the priestly writer, [b] it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that the original form of the creation story upon which he is depending is ultimately of Babylonian origin. [2]

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The Origins of the Garden of Eden

The garden of Eden and the story of Adam and Eve is also derived from older Sumerian and Akkadian myths. [c] It is important to recall the story of Adam and Eve from the second and third chapters of Genesis in order to compare this with the Sumerian version.

Genesis 2:4-9;16-18; 21-23
These are the generations of the heavens and the earth when they were created. In the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens, when no plant of the field was yet in the earth and no herb of the field had yet sprung up — for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was no man to till the ground; but a mist went up from the earth and watered the whole face of the ground –then the LORD God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being. And the LORD God planted a garden in Eden, in the east; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground the LORD God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food, the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, “You may freely eat of every tree of the garden; but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil you shall not eat, for in the day that you eat of it you shall die.” Then the LORD God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.”

So the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon the man, and while he slept took one of his ribs and closed up its place with flesh; and the rib which the LORD God had taken from the man he made into a woman and brought her to the man. Then the man said, “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.”

Now comes the story of the serpent tempting the woman to partake of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. She finally succumbed to temptation, took the fruit and also gave some to Adam. Once they had eaten of the fruit, they finally realised that they were naked and made themselves some rudimentary aprons out of fig leaves. When God found out about this, he cursed the serpent, the woman and the man. The episode ended thus:

Genesis 3: 20-24
The man called his wife’s name Eve, because she was the mother of all living. And the LORD God made for Adam and for his wife garments of skins, and clothed them. Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of us, knowing good and evil; and now, lest he put forth his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever” –therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from which he was taken. He drove out the man; and at the east of the garden of Eden he placed the cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.

Thus is the story as told in Genesis. The Sumerian paradise is called Dilmun. (It should be noted, however that Eden (edinu) was also originally a Sumerian word, meaning ‘plain’ or “steppe’.) Dilmun was a divine garden where sickness and death do not exist. [3] We will now follow Hooke’s paraphrasing of the Sumerian paradise myth;

According to Sumerian myth the only thing Dilmun lacked was fresh water; the god Enki (or Ea) ordered Utu, the sun-god, to bring up fresh water from the earth to water the garden.

In the myth of Enki and Ninhursag it is related that the mother-goddess Ninhursag caused eight plants to grow in the garden of the gods. Enki desired to eat these plants and sent his messenger Isimud to fetch them. Enki ate them one by one, and Ninhursag in her rage pronounced the curse of death upon Enki. As the result of the curse eight of Enki’s bodily organs were attacked by disease and he was at the pain of death. The great gods were in dismay and Enlil [the chief god] was powerless to help. Ninhursag was induced to return and deal with the situation. She created eight goddesses of healing who proceeded to heal each of the diseased parts of Enki’s body. One of these parts was the god’s rib, and the goddess who was created to deal with the rib was named Ninti, which means “lady of the rib”. [4]

The similarity betwen the above myth and that of Genesis’ is obvious to see. The similarity include:

  • The setting- a garden in paradise.
  • The watering of the gardens with water from the earth.
  • The consumption of forbidden fruits, by Adam and Eve in Genesis and by the god Enki in the Sumerian myth.
  • The curse upon the person (s) who ate the fruit.
  • The creating of a female from the rib of the male in Genesis and the creating of a female to heal the rib of the male in the Sumerian precursor.
  • The name of the female thus created. In Genesis, Eve, or in its original semitic form Hawah, means life. In the Sumerian myth, the word ti from the name Ninti has a double meaning; it could mean either ‘rib’ or ‘life’. Thus Ninti can be rendered as “lady of the rib” or “lady of life”. [5]

That is not all, the Babylonian myth, the Epic of Gilgamesh also contains an episode that doubtless also influenced the writers of Genesis. In it Gilgamesh, in his quest for immortality, was told by Utnapishtim (the Babylonian “Noah”) that there exists a plant at the bottom of the sea that has the property of making the old young again. Gilgamesh dived into the sea and brought up the plant. However the plant was stolen while he was taking bath. The thief who stole the plant of everlasting youth away from him was none other than the serpent! [6]

That Babylonian myths should influence the stories in the Bible is really not surprising. The Babylonian empires were influential throughout the whole middle eastern region for over three thousand years. The history of Jews is also very closely tied to Babylon. For it was there that the Jews were taken into exile in the year 587 BC.

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Notes

a. Strictly speaking there was no “Babylonian people”. Babylonian is a designation given to which ever nation that happened to hold sway in Babylon, a city with a long history of coups and conquests. Among the nations that ruled the city were the Sumerians, Akkadians, Amorites, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Persians.
b. The “editor” of the Genesis account.
c. The Sumerian civilization is the oldest in the world. The Sumerians developed the first syetem of handwriting and (probably) the first cuineform script. The Sumerian civilization lasted for approximately one thousand years until they were finally conquered by the Akkadians.

References

1. Graves & Patai, Hebrew Myths: p21-23
Hooke, Middle Eastern Mythology: p41-45 & p119-120
2. Ibid: p120
3. Ibid: p.114
4. Ibid: p.114-115
5. Ibid: p.115
6. Ibid: p.54-55

In the Beginning: Two Stories of Creation

Source: http://law2.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/ftrials/scopes/gen1st.htm
by Doug Linder (2004)

In the beginning, about 3,000 years ago*, Jewish desert dwellers in what is present-day southern Israel told a story around campfires about the creation of the first man and first woman.  The story they told, and passed on to generations of future desert dwellers, described a pre-creation scene much like the desert landscape in which they daily struggled for existence.  From the dry desert dust the Creator forms a man and breaths life into him, and then places him in a beautiful oasis-like garden, abundant with fruits.  The Creator takes a personal interest in this first man, and sets about trying to find him a suitable companion.  When none of the creatures He first forms provides the man the comfort He had hoped, the Creator makes the first woman.  Everything goes well for a spell, in the story told in the desert, but then the Creator is disobeyed and bad things start to happen.

Four or five centuries later, five-hundred-plus miles to the east in what is most likely present-day Iraq, a remarkable Jewish writer—whose name we do not know—set about the ambitious task of constructing a primary history of his people. Evil Merodach reigned in this dark time of Jewish exile, around 560 B.C., and the writer hoped that his history would help his people endure their many trials. The writer was most likely a priest, and might have been assisted in his work by other priests and scribes.  To accomplish his mission, he acquired at least two pre-existing writings on Jewish history.  The prior writings came from different places and different times.  One set of writings used the Canaanite term, “Elohim,” as the name of the creator god. A second set of writings, more ancient than the first, used a Judean term, “YHWH” (translated “Jehovah” in English), to describe its deity.

The priest wove the two texts together, trying to avoid repetition and altering them where necessary to avoid blatant inconsistencies.  The priest confronted an additional problem: the two texts originally reflected views about two different gods in a time of polytheism, but by the time he compiled his history, belief in a single god had become prevalent among Jews.   The priest, therefore, sought to remove passages supporting the polytheism of an earlier age—and, except for a few hints here and there, he succeeded.  Finally, he added some writing of his own, or of his priestly contemporaries, that reflected the ideas of his own, more mature, period of Judaism.

The story the writer put together from the various texts is a compelling one.  “The greatest story ever told,” it is now often called.  Without question, it is the most significant history—if that term is appropriate for such a blend of real events and legends—ever written.  Some of the events he described are consistent with other historical records, but many others—generally those before the time of Saul and David, or about 1000 B.C.—cannot be tested for accuracy, and are no doubt shaped to reflect the priest’s religious and political goals.  The history includes dramatic accounts of persecution, escape, exile, sacrifice, and global devastation by a great flood.  It tells of a creator god who watches over his people, tests his people, and promises them great things if only they honor his commandments.  As any great story must, the history has villains and it has heroes.  No figure plays a more heroic and central role in the priest’s work than a prophet by the name of Moses, born in Egypt in the 13th century B.C. Remarkably, memory of Moses survived in the writer’s people through seven centuries—and was, in fact, the inspiration for the task he gave himself.

The writer believed that his story would not be complete without an explanation of how things–the sun, the earth, the seas—and life–plants, animals, and humans–came to be.  For good measure, the writer decided to include two such explanations.  He did so even though the two stories contradicted each other on several points.

The priest opened his history with a creation story that might be his own, or one of his priestly contemporaries. The Creator in this story is impersonal, almost force-like.  The pre-creation setting is a watery chaos.  Creation takes place over six days.  He begins by creating the heaven and the earth.  Light comes next, followed by land rising from amidst the “gathered together” waters.  The creation of living things occupies parts of the next three days.  “Grass,” “fruit trees,” and “herbs” are created on the third day.  Curiously, the sun, moon, and stars come into existence the day after the plant kingdom is created.  On the fifth day, God brings forth fish, “great whales,” and “every winged fowl.”  Finally, on the sixth day, God creates “cattle, and creeping thing, and beasts of the earth.”  The creation story culminates with God bringing into existence his crowning creation: man made “in the image of God.”  Man, the priest explains, is “to have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over the earth, and over every thing that creepeth upon the earth.”

Immediately after the first creation account, the priest inserted a second story, a version of the ancient tale that was first told centuries earlier around desert campfires. The deity in this second story is a personal god with human-like emotions, the Lord of the Plantation.  The story opens on a barren landscape on which “no shrub of the field had yet appeared”.  God had not yet “caused it to rain upon the earth.” Creation begins in the form “a mist from the earth” that waters the parched plain.  God then forms from “the dust of the earth” the first man, Adam, and breathes “into his nostrils the breath of life.”  Finding a suitable home for Adam is God’s next concern. (This God takes a paternalistic interest in the first human, his very special creation.) God “plants” an oasis-like garden in Eden.  Proclaiming, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him,” God forms “all the beasts of the field and all the birds of the air.”  When none of the beasts proves to be on much comfort to Adam, God takes one of the first man’s ribs and makes the first woman, Eve.  Adam and Eve anger God by eating a forbidden fruit, but they are nonetheless permitted to have sex and reproduce.  From this first union of man and woman, the writer explained, have come all of us.
Later, of course, commentators noted that it was not possible for both creation stories to be literal history, but writing a literal history was never the priest’s goal anyway.  How could anyone not see the contradictions?  Most obviously, the order of creation is different in the two stories.  In the six-day creation story, the order of creation is plants, birds and fish, mammals and reptiles, and finally man to reign over all created before him, while in the Adam and Eve story, the creation order is reversed, with man coming first, then plants and animals. The two creation stories also have different narrative rhythms, different settings, and different names for God.  In the six-day story, the creation of humanity occurs through a single act and the creator, seeming more cosmic than human-like, is present only through a series of commands.  In the Adam and Eve story, on the other hand, man and woman are created through two separate acts and God is present in a hands-on, intimate way.  The pre-creation setting in the six-day story is a watery chaos, while in the Adam and Eve version, the setting before creation is a dry dessert.  Finally, in the six-day story, the creator is called “Elohim,” while in the other version of events, the creator is “the Lord God” (“Yahweh”).
Note
*The statement is not to be taken literally, of course. The universe might be 15 billion years old, the earth 4.5 billion years old, but the creations stories accepted by most Americans have their origins only about 3,000 years ago.

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2. The Creator-God of Moses
by Doug Linder (2004)

In the court of Pharaoh Ramses II, in the thirteenth century B.C., a young child observed the mistreatment of the enslaved Hebrews.  The boy’s name was Moses, derived from the Egyptian moser, meaning “is born.”  What the boy saw, and what he held within, somehow came together to create one of the great transforming ideas of history. The world-changing idea that the prophet Moses (the biography of whom fills most of Exodus through Deuteronomy) carried to the West was that of a single, all-powerful Creator. Although other creation stories predate those of Genesis, notably the Sumerian “Seven Tablets of Creations” (Enuma Elish), these other stories typically described creation by gods—not the one omnipotent deity of Moses, “Yahweh.” The name, a transliteration from Hebrew, literally means “He who brings into being.” Moses introduced a deity who made it natural to conceive of the Creation as a unified, rational product—something that could scarcely be imagined in a world populated by many gods. (Trading one difficulty, for another, however, Moses caused his fellow monotheists to wrestle, as Christians and Jews today famously do, with the troubling question of evil and suffering.  Why would a beneficent, all-powerful Creator tolerate these things in his Creation?)

The novelty of Moses’ vision is hard for most Americans to comprehend.  Before the time of Moses, most cultures and religions showed relatively little interest in explaining the origins of the cosmos and life on earth.  We are conditioned to assume anything that is, once was not—but that assumption was not generally shared in the ancient world.  A brief survey of major cultures and religions reveals the paradigm-shattering nature of Yahweh. The early Chinese, for example, seem never to have given the question of creation serious attention at all.  Hindus pondered creation, but for them creation seemed less a riddle to be explained than it was a cause for awe.  The Vedas, sacred hymns in Sanskrit written between 1500 and 900 B.C., celebrate the radiance of the world made possible by the fragmenting of the original Oneness into thousands of limited forms.  Hindus thus reverse western notions of creation: nothingness is not transformed into everything; everything has emerged from a Oneness that was there at the beginning.  Taoists, believing in the unity and timelessness of the world’s processes, saw no need for a Creator who could make the new.  For the Buddha, too, the question of creation was one without answers.  Among the fourteen unanswerable questions listed by the Buddha were “Is the universe eternal or not eternal, or both?” and “Is the universe infinite in space or not infinite, or both or neither?”  The Buddha, in a commonsense way that has made his philosophy attractive to millions, asked, “What use would it be to have the beginnings of things revealed?”  Homeric epics, fashioned orally in Greece sometime after 1000 B.C., showed no signs of interest in how the world came into being.  The epics begin with a world populated by fully mature gods and goddesses.

While Hindus, Buddhists, and Confucians look primarily inward for the meaning of life, the Creator-God of Moses invites speculation as to the nature of man, salvation, and the beginning and end of time.   It is especially in the theology that owes its existence to Moses that the theory of evolution presents serious threat.  The most defining belief of the Christian West until the early twentieth century was that of a God who created the earth and humans, and who guided the course of history. What happens to that God when science produces compelling evidence of a natural process, characterized by contingency and purposelessness, explaining the world’s amazing diversity of life?  Does that God die, or does He retreat to the gaps of still-unanswered questions?

There is a second transforming aspect of Moses’ vision. This capable priest and savvy politician saw man as made “in the image of God.”  If God is first and foremost a creator, and we are made in his image, are we then not also the possessors of creator-like qualities?  Prior to the time of Moses, most people thought of themselves as instruments or playthings of gods.  Usually people imagined themselves as victims─as persons incapable of changing the environment that so often seemed to conspire against their hopes.  Moses—himself a kind of creator—helped changed this arguably pathetic conception people had of their role in the world.

Pulitizer-Prize winning historian Daniel Boorstein called Moses “a messenger of the new.”  In his book The Creators, Boorstein put Moses front and center in Part One of his “History of the Heroes of the Imagination.”  The influence of Moses’ creation could scarcely be overstated, Boorstein believed.  Indeed, he identified it as the source of the scientific theories and hypotheses that would one day come to threaten the very religious concepts he fathered.  Without Moses, in other words, Darwin would never have been possible.

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Genesis in the Scopes Trial
Two-thousand-four-hundred-and-eighty-five years (plus or minus a year or two) after the writing of Genesis, Judge John T. Raulston read to grand jurors and the crowd assembled in the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee the first thirty-one verses of Chapter One of Genesis.  The judge explained that he found it “proper” to “call attention” to the Biblical story of creation because the defendant in the case he had just called, State vs. John Thomas Scopes, stood accused of violating a new Tennessee statute, called the Butler Act, that made it a crime “to teach any theory that denies the divine creation of man as taught in the Bible,and to teach instead that man had descended from a lower order of animals.”
The Biblical creation story that Judge Raulston read as the historic trial opened came from Chapter 1 of Genesis, as it appeared in the King James translation.  The judge does not read the strikingly different creation story found at Genesis 2:4b to 2.25, the “Adam and Eve story.”  Those inclined toward Biblical literalism are forced to accept only one of the two stories as real history, and must treat the other account as partially fiction—although fiction with a true message.  Given the more fanciful nature of the Adam and Eve story, with its creation from rib bone and its walking, talking snakes, the six-day creation story of Genesis 1 has been the obvious candidate for literalists to rally around.
Two-thousand-four-hundred-and-eighty-five years (plus or minus a year or two) after the writing of Genesis, Judge John T. Raulston read to grand jurors and the crowd assembled in the Rhea County Courthouse in Dayton, Tennessee the first thirty-one verses of Chapter One of Genesis.  The judge explained that he found it “proper” to “call attention” to the Biblical story of creation because the defendant in the case he had just called, State vs. John Thomas Scopes, stood accused of violating a new Tennessee statute, called the Butler Act, that made it a crime “to teach any theory that denies the divine creation of man as taught in the Bible,and to teach instead that man had descended from a lower order of animals.”
As the trial progressed, it became clear that the contradictions between the two Genesis accounts did not escape the attention of defense attorneys for teacher John Scopes.  The defense demanded that the prosecution show which of the two creation stories it is that the Butler Act forbids teachers to “deny.”  Does a biology instructor risk prosecution, Arthur Garfield Hays wondered aloud, if he or she questions whether the first woman was made from the rib of a man?  The impossibility of determining which account of the “divine creation of man as taught in the Bible” could not be “denied” by Tennessee teachers, contended the defense, is a fatal flaw in the law: the law is unconstitutionally vague. Clarence Darrow threw down a challenge: “Tell us the origins of man as shown in the Bible. Is there any human being who can tell us?” Answering his own question, the nation’s most famous defense attorney said it is impossible: “There are two conflicting accounts in the first two chapters.” Without a clear statement in the law as to what “the story of divine creation” actually is, Darrow contended, Scopes cannot be prosecuted. Tennessee, he drawled, must identify “the chief mogul that can tell us what the Bible means.”  If the state law provided “you must teach that man was made of the dust” or that “Eve was made of Adam’s rib,” then at least the law would be clear,” he argued.  The law provides no hint which creation story must not be denied.  Charges against Scopes, Darrow concludes, must be dropped.
Prosecutor William Jennings Bryan, unsurprisingly, saw none of the defense’s problems with the wording of the statute.  “The statute is brief and free from ambiguity,” he asserted.  Judge Raulston sided with Bryan.  He denied the defense’s motion to quash, on the ground of vagueness, the indictment of Scopes.

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For an essay that explains how a literal interpretation of Genesis led to a growing attack on Darwinism, see:

Putting Evolution on the Defensive:
John Nelson Darby, Dwight L. Moody, William B. Riley
and the Rise of Fundamentalism in America
Genesis 1
1   In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
2   And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.
3   And God said, Let there be light: and there was light.
4   And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness.
5   And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day.
6   And God said, Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it divide the waters from the waters.
7   And God made the firmament, and divided the waters which were under the firmament from the waters which were above the firmament: and it was so.
8   And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day.
9   And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so.
10   And God called the dry land Earth; and the gathering together of the waters called he Seas: and God saw that it was good.
11   And God said, Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth: and it was so.
12   And the earth brought forth grass, and herb yielding seed after his kind, and the tree yielding fruit, whose seed was in itself, after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
13   And the evening and the morning were the third day.
14   And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years:
15   And let them be for lights in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth: and it was so.
16   And God made two great lights; the greater light to rule the day, and the lesser light to rule the night: he made the stars also.
17   And God set them in the firmament of the heaven to give light upon the earth,
18   And to rule over the day and over the night, and to divide the light from the darkness: and God saw that it was good.
19   And the evening and the morning were the fourth day.
20   And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
21   And God created great whales, and every living creature that moveth, which the waters brought forth abundantly, after their kind, and every winged fowl after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
22   And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the waters in the seas, and let fowl multiply in the earth.
23   And the evening and the morning were the fifth day.
24   And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature after his kind, cattle, and creeping thing, and beast of the earth after his kind: and it was so.
25   And God made the beast of the earth after his kind, and cattle after their kind, and every thing that creepeth upon the earth after his kind: and God saw that it was good.
26   And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
27   So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
28   And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
29   And God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.
30   And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so.
31   And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day.
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Genesis 2
1   Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them.
2   And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had made.
3   And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it he had rested from all his work which God created and made.
4   These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the LORD God made the earth and the heavens,
5   And every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the LORD God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and there was not a man to till the ground.
6   But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground.
7   And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
8   And the LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9   And out of the ground made the LORD God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
10   And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.
11   The name of the first is Pison: that is it which compasseth the whole land of Havilah, where there is gold;
12   And the gold of that land is good: there is bdellium and the onyx stone.
13   And the name of the second river is Gihon: the same is it that compasseth the whole land of Ethiopia.
14   And the name of the third river is Hiddekel: that is it which goeth toward the east of Assyria. And the fourth river is Euphrates.
15   And the LORD God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it.
16   And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat:
17   But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die.
18   And the LORD God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.
19   And out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field, and every fowl of the air; and brought them unto Adam to see what he would call them: and whatsoever Adam called every living creature, that was the name thereof.
20   And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.
21   And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof;
22   And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man.
23   And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.
24   Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
25   And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed.
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Science’s Eve

Dr. Lynn Margulis thinks humans are, essentially, a colony of closely associated bacteria.  When she first proposed her theory in The Origin of Eukaryotic Cells in 1970, the ideas proved so controversial that they “could not even be discussed at respectable scientific meetings.”  Today, however, the theory that most scientists rejected out of hand has earned, in the words of biologist Richard Dawkins, “triumphant near-universal acceptance.”

The human story, as Margulis first saw it, began about 3.2 billion years ago when the only inhabitants on earth were bacteria.  About that time, two primitive species of bacteria, a “mother” bacteria (Bdellavibrio) and a “father” bacteria (Thermoplasma acidophillium) started “exchanging energy” in a stable and dependable way that led to the formation of all subsequent life forms.  This happened when the free-living bacteria took up residence in large “eukaryotic” cells.  Confined within the large cells, the bacteria transformed into swarming elliptical membrane-filled bodies called mitochondria.  With the formation of mitochondria began the flow of a river of DNA that sweeps through three billion years to include us all.

According to Margulis, each one of the hundred trillion cells in the human body is an enclosed garden of specially tamed and always multiplying bacteria.  Not only is every man not an island, in the vision of Margulis, he is in essence a community of communities.   The mitochondria perform essential functions, such as allowing chain reactions to occur that are critical to breathing and digestion.  As Richard Dawkins notes, “Without our mitochondria, we’d die in a second.”

Mitochondria, with their own simple DNA that is not affected by sexual mixing, come from our mothers only.  Your mitochondria came exclusively from your mother’s mother’s mother–and so on, back generation after generation, to the beginning of our species.  The culture of mitochondria in the female egg seeds a newborn’s body, while whatever mitochondria might be in the sperm are lost with the tail at the time of egg fertilization.  The female-only transmission of mitochondria, coupled with its slow rate of genetic mutation, make its DNA ideal for tracing and dating maternal ancestry.

Researchers in the 1980s used computers to analyze samples of DNA drawn from 135 diverse women from all over the globe—Chinese, African tribeswomen, Australian Aborigines, Native Americans, Europeans.  The researchers discovered that the family trees of these women all led back to Africa.  Remarkably, the analysis demonstrated that genetic differences among the various people within Africa all are twice as great as the differences between all other population groups.  This strongly suggests that all the population groups outside Africa are descended from a small band of humans that left Africa—probably about 50,000 to 80,000 years ago.  In a sense, we are all Africans.

The ancestral human population that lived in Africa started to split up roughly 150,000 years ago, when the mitochondrial tree makes its first branches within the African continent.  The very root of the mitochondrial tree seems to lie in the northwestern Kalahari Desert in southern Africa.  The true home of Eve—Mitochondrial Eve—is not a lush Garden of Eden, but a hot African desert.    The mitochondrial research matches nicely with recent genetic research using the Y chromosome, transmitted exclusively by males, which also points to southern Africa as the home of Adam.  Unlike the Genesis version of human origins, however, the Y chromosomal Adam and Mitochondrial Eve that our genetic trees trace back to did not have the planet to themselves—there probably, in fact, were thousands of other humans living at the time.  Moreover, other humans had lived and died long before they did.  All we know is that these two humans, alone among the population of their time, can claim an unbroken line of sons and daughters that persists to this day.
Biologist E. O. Wilson sees the human story, as revealed by genetic research, as the possible basis for spiritual values.  “We need to create a new epic based on the origins of humanity,” Wilson asserted, adding: “Homo sapiens have had one hell of a history! And I am speaking of deep history—evolutionary, genetic history—and then, added on to that and interacting with it, the cultural history recorded for the past 10,000 years or so.”
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Philo and Origen

During the high renaissance of Greek culture, in the mid-third century B.C., Ptolemy II summoned seventy-two Jewish scholars to Alexandria, Egypt.  Their task was to translate Genesis and the other books making up the primary history of the Jewish people, often called simply “The Law,” from its original Hebrew into Greek.  Never before in history had so massive an exercise in translation from one language to another been attempted.

Impetus for the translation project came from the large Jewish colony in Alexandria, many of whom held important commercial positions in the city.  Jews in Alexandria, understandably, wanted the Law read in the synagogues to be in the tongue of the people. They probably recognized another important benefit of a Greek translation: for the first time, the Greek-speaking, non-Jewish world could be introduced to their history and faith.

What happened after the seventy-two scholars reached Alexandria is a subject of debate, but what follows is the somewhat suspect traditional account.  The elders arrived bearing a copy of The Law written in letters of gold on rolls of skins.  Seven days of banqueting followed the scholars’ arrival.  At one of the feasts, the king asked the elders difficult questions to test their proficiency.  When the week of banquets finally ended, the elders were transported, along with necessary supplies, to the Island of Pharos, where they undertook their work.  Seventy-two days later, the elders completed their translation, called the Septuagint, and it was then read to the Jewish community.  Alexandria Jews received the new translation with such enthusiasm that (this is where the traditional account becomes most controversial) a solemn curse was placed on anyone who would dare to add to, or subtract from, the translation. Finally, the king expressed his pleasure with the work and ordered that it be preserved with the greatest care.

Preserved with care it was.  The translation made in Alexandria  As the oldest record, it is generally considered the most authoritative, and the one most closely examined by Biblical scholars.  After the death of Jesus, when as the Christian community spread around the Mediterranean, the Septuagint took another name within that growing group of believers: The Old Testament. The text survived, and predates by over a thousand years the earliest extant Hebrew version (916 A.D.) of the primary history.

Some two centuries after scholars produced the Septuagint, during a period of Roman indifference to religion in the first century B.C., a brilliant and wealthy Jewish resident of Alexandria, Philo Judaeus (20 B.C.-40 A.D.), read the Greek translation.  Philo, whose family had recently moved from Palestine to what had become the cultural center of the Roman Empire, developed a deep knowledge of the sacred text and emerged as the leading spokesman for the several hundred thousand persons who comprised the Jewish community in Alexandria.  Philo saw, as none before him had, that the Septuagint held more meaning than appeared on the surface.  Drawing both from his knowledge of rationalistic Plato and his understanding of the teachings of Moses described in Greek translation of the primary history, Philo invented theology.

Philo’s masterwork, On Allegory, explores the deeper messages buried in the Biblical text and transforms Moses from a political and religious leader into a philosopher. Philo, in On Allegory, rejected simple and literalistic interpretations of the Bible, including the creation story as told in Genesis 1.  “It is quite foolish,” Philo wrote, “to think that the world was created in the space of six days or in a space of time at all.”  Six, as he saw it, represented to Moses (Philo assumed Moses to be the author of Genesis) not a number of days, but “a perfect number” signifying the perfection of God’s creation. No one, not even Moses, “could ever give expression in an adequate manner to the beauty of [God’s] ideas respecting the creation of the world.” So the author of Genesis did the best that he could.  Although “it is in the nature of God to create all things simultaneously,” the number six is “the most suitable for creation,” Philo contened.  The reasons for adopting a six-day creation story rather than, say, a five-day or nine-day creation, might seem more compelling to a mathematician than the average Christian today.  Philo pointed out that the number six is unique among numbers in that it is equal both to the product of its factors (1x2x3) and to the sum of its factors (1+2+3).  He also attached sexual significance to the choice of six, arguing that it is the product of an even (female, he believed) number and an odd (male) number.   Seeing a symbolism likely to escape the notice of most, Philo wrote that because creation required “birth from couplings it was necessary that it should be shaped to correspond to the first mixed (odd-even) number which has the characteristics of the male who sows the seed and the female who receives it.”  One can say what one will about Philo’s theory of numbers; the key point is that the Biblical text, as Philo saw it, was just a departure point for exploration of God’s purposes.  (Most Biblical scholars today believe that the author of Genesis chose a six-day creation because it fit best with the sabbatarian beliefs that had developed in the Jewish community by the time of the Books writing in the sixth-century B.C.)

When Moses wrote that the world was created in six days, Philo argued, he did so to show God’s love of order.  “The law corresponds to the world,” Philo declared, “and the world to the law.” Philo believed that creation in fact happened all at once, “not in external action but in thought.”  God thought, therefore everything is.  “The great Moses,” Philo explained, “thinking that a thing which has not been created is as alien as possible from everything which is visible before our eyes…has attributed eternity to that which is invisible and discerned only by our intellect.”  From the simple fact “this world is visible,” Philo concluded it “must have been created.”  Moses wrote the creation story of Genesis, according to Philo, to give us “a very venerable account of God”—a God who modeled the physical universe to reflect the forms first “conceived” in his own unfathomable mind.
When God created the universe, Philo argued, he also created time:  “Before the world, time had no existence.”  So when Moses wrote “In the beginning” he meant, in Philo’s view, in the beginning of time.  God existed before the beginning—as did the idea that the universe represents.
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In the early third-century, the rapidly spreading religion of Christianity still lacked a system of theology that could provide a basis for orthodoxy.  Persons claiming to be Christians remained scattered into dozens of sects, each believing it to be the true torchbearer of the faith.  Believers debated intensely which writings should be considered canonically scriptural within the Church.

In the midst of this relative chaos, two hundred years after the time of Philo, in the same city of Alexandria, a new theologian, Origen (185 –254 A.D.), offered himself as the first theologian and philosopher of the Christian Church. His goal is to create a form of Christianity palatable to intellectuals, one that at its heart rests on his belief that the Christian faith offers believers “the key to the perfection of the mind.”

Entering the debate over the meaning of Genesis, Origen—like Philo before him—challenged the prevailing belief among early Christian fathers that the days of Genesis were literal days. Each of the days of Genesis, Origen asserted, might in fact have been a period of time.   Taking a decidedly non-literal reading of Biblical text, he questioned how anyone could read either the six-day creation story or the Adam and Eve story as an actual description of a real event in the physical universe:

For who that has understanding will suppose that the first day, and second and third day, and the evening and the morning existed without a sun, and moon, and stars? And that the first day was, as it were, also without a sky? . . . .And if God is said to walk in paradise in the evening, and Adam is to hide himself under a tree, I do not suppose that anyone doubts that these things figuratively indicate certain mysteries, the history having taken place in appearance and not literally.

Origen theorized that before God created the universe, he created—before the start of time—a group of rational beings which he called logika, but which might be thought of today as “souls.”  These rational beings, Origen suggested, had God-like qualities.  With eternity on their hands, they passed time endlessly contemplating divine mysteries.  Finally, however, these beings or souls tired of their contemplation and started drifting away from God.  Time began.  Souls began to have an existence separate and apart from God.  The only soul who escaped this fate, Origen argues, was “the soul of Christ” who returned to point the path back to the true function of all souls, all rational beings: contemplation of divine mysteries.

Origen was by any measure a gifted and original thinker.  His allegorizing led him to challenge, in addition to literal notions of Creation, a variety of Christian concepts ranging form Hell to salvation.  Though unknown to most Christians today, Origen ranks among the greatest of all Christian theologians—and to some Fundamentalists, the first of a long line of troublesome Christian heretics.

For all his originality, however, Origen could not imagine a world much older than man.  The very idea of Earth sitting around waiting for man, the species for whom the world, sun, and stars were so obviously created, likely never occurred to Origen or most of his Christian contemporaries.  Origen, despite his belief that the days of Genesis were periods of time, confidently expressed the view that the earth was “very much under” 10,000 years of age.
By the end of Origen’s life, the battle lines that would carry all the way into Dayton were already drawn.  On one side stood “The School of Alexandria,” which included theologians such as Origen.  The School of Alexandria favored an allegorical approach to scriptural interpretation and believed that scripture revealed “intellectual truths” rather than historical truths.  Literal senses, they believed, should yield to the spiritual sense—the critical thing is that scripture be read with “eyes of faith.”  On the other side, opposing Origen and the “School of Alexandria,” stood “The School of Antioch.” The School of Antioch, boasting superior numbers, included those church leaders who insisted that all events described in the Bible actually took place in history.  Scripture, to these Christians, meant exactly what it seemed to mean.  Sacred writings described reality; they were not merely pregnant with allegorical meaning.

10 Things I Wish Everyone Knew About Adam and Eve

Notes: Eden means pleasure. Cain means spear. Able means vapor, like the breath you see on a winter day. Nod means wandering. Rib is the implication, but it’s actually “from the side”. And what you’re translating as day actually means “period of light”.

 

Source: https://www.onfaith.co/discussion/10-things-i-wish-everyone-knew-about-adam-and-eve

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 The story of Adam and Eve and their fall into sin has been called the “Central Myth of the West.” In my new book, Saving the Original Sinner, I trace the story of Adam’s evolution from a minor player in ancient Jewish mythology to the most significant figure in Western culture — after Jesus, of course. Now Adam stands at the center of a great controversy over evolution, with geneticists saying he could not possibly have existed and many Americans insisting they are wrong. Here are 10 curious things about Adam (and Eve) that may surprise you: 1. Adam is a generic Hebrew word. In the Hebrew language in which Genesis was written, the word “Adam” is the generic term for “man.” Our modern translations make it difficult to see this, especially since “Adam” has become a popular male name. Similarly, “Eve” means “Mother all of living.” 2. Eve may not have been Adam’s first wife. There are actually two creation stories in Genesis, although most readers merge them into one. The story we tend to recall starts with the first verse in the Bible — “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” — and then describes a busy six days in which God creates something different each day, with humans last, and Eve being created from Adam’s rib, followed by a day of rest. But that’s not actually what Genesis says. In the first creation story — the one with six days and a creator named Yahweh — the woman is created in the same way as the man and at the same time, with no hint that she is secondary. This puzzling difference evolved into the story of Lilith, Adam’s first wife who was ejected from Eden for insisting she should be Adam’s equal. Lilith is a shadowy and evolving part of Jewish mythology, mentioned only once in the Bible. By the Middle Ages, however, she was a persistent demon feared by Jewish women, because she threatened the fragile lives of newborns. In the second creation story — the one with Eve being created from Adam’s rib and a creator named Elohim — God clearly creates the woman for the man. In the legend of Lilith, Eve was a replacement wife, subservient to Adam and much less demanding. 3. The story of Adam and Eve is not original to the Bible. In “The Epic of Gilgamesh” — dated well over 1,000 years before Genesis — we read of a talking serpent suggesting immortality and of a man divinely created from soil who lived naked among the animals. A temptress leads this man into sin, after which the two clothe themselves and are expelled from their garden paradise. Sound familiar? 4. The two different stories in Genesis cannot be reconciled. Despite the best efforts of creationists like Ken Ham, the two stories can’t both be accurate. To reconcile the two accounts, the sixth day of creation — which Ham insists was an ordinary 24-hour day — has to include the following events: Adam is fashioned from the dust of the earth and given the breath of life; every kind of animal on the planet is brought to Adam who gives them names corresponding to their characteristics; Adam notices that every animal showed up with a mate and grows lonely as he realizes he has none; God takes sympathy on lonely Adam, puts him to sleep and fashions a woman from his side; Adam names his wife “woman” for she was taken out of “man.” Quite a busy day! 5. Adam only appears in the beginning of Genesis. After his brief appearances in the first chapters of Genesis, Adam disappears from the Hebrew Scriptures (what Christians call the Old Testament). Even though sin is a recurring theme, with divine judgments occurring at the Flood of Noah, the Tower of Babel, the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, and elsewhere, Adam is never implicated as the source of that sin. That idea was invented by Saint Paul in the New Testament, with no Jewish precedent. 6. God didn’t destroy Eden after Adam and Eve sinned. When Adam and Eve were expelled from Eden, God did not destroy their former paradise home. Instead, God placed cherubim and a flaming sword at the entrance so they could not reenter and eat from the tree of life. The continued existence of Eden was widely accepted, and intrepid explorers often took off in search of it. Christopher Columbus wrote home from South America that he had discovered a beautiful paradise he believed was the biblical Eden. 7. Some Christians believe Cain was not Adam’s son. The doctrine known as the “serpent seed” claims that Cain was the offspring of Eve and the talking serpent that Christians much later identified as Satan. Sin thus entered the human race directly from Satan when he had sex with Eve. The most well known church that teaches this doctrine is Sarah Palin’s home church in Wasilla, Alaska. 8. Leading figures in the Western world took Adam very seriously. The great Italian poet Dante — author of The Divine Comedy — tried to figure out what language Adam spoke in Eden by inspecting existing human languages for mysterious common features. Francis Bacon promoted science as a way to recover the lost knowledge God had given to Adam. Only in the last couple of centuries have scholars moved away from the idea that Adam and Eve were important historical figures. 9. Many have claimed that Adam had super-human traits. The incarcerated creationist who calls himself Dr. Dino, Kent Hovind, claimed that Adam and Eve had hundreds of children and did not need a car because they could run for hundreds of miles without getting tired. The prosperity evangelist Benny Hinn says Adam could fly to the moon. Many have believed Adam was 15 feet tall. Some Christians claim Adam had X-ray vision, allowing him to see into the interior of animals when he was naming them according to their essential features. In dramatic contrast to evolution, these views understand the history of the human race to be one of steady deterioration from a perfect beginning, rather than a rise from simpler primates. 10. Geneticists are certain Adam and Eve didn’t begin the human race. Geneticists who have mapped the human genome have stated with certainty that the human race cannot have consisted of just two people a few thousand years ago. This conclusion is actually quite straightforward. The human gene pool simply has too many genes in it today to have ever been housed in just two humans. Geneticists estimate the human race never consisted of less than 1,000 individuals, and they lived long before the biblical Adam and Eve.

Aquila – Zeus Eagle

Mythology of the constellation Aquila
Aquila, the pet eagle of Zeus, showed the gentler side of his nature when he carefully carried up Ganymede to Mount Olympus to be cup-bearer to his master. However, when considering the myth surrounding Prometheus, the ferocious, darker side of Aquila is very evident. Prometheus was one of the last Titan gods who became an advisor to Zeus. He was protective of humankind and, seeing how they suffered because they had no fire, he stole a ray from the Sun which he smuggled down to earth in a hollow stem. Zeus did not believe that man was worthy of such a gift, and was furious that Prometheus had acted without his permission. The well-meaning Titan was chained to the side of a mountain, stripped of his garments, and was continually attacked by Aquila. Since he was immortal, his dreadful wounds healed themselves every evening, only to be opened up again the next day by Aquila. After many years Prometheus was saved by Hercules who agreed with his kind deed to mankind. Using his bow and arrow, he killed Aquila, who was then placed by Zeus to soar in the heavens.

Lepus, the hare, rooster and the easter bunny

Lepus, the Hare, was know as a rabbit chased by orions hunting dogs.

In older days it had the denomination of “the throne of  Jawzā”

Jawzā means “the central one” and was the older name for gemini. At some stage Orion became Jawzā.

Four stars of this constellation (α, β, γ, δ Lep) form a quadrilateral and are known as ‘Arsh al-Jawzā’, “the Throne of Jawzā'” or Kursiyy al-Jawzā’ al-Mu’akhkhar, “the Hindmost Chair of Jawzā'” and al-Nihāl, “the Camels Quenching Their Thirst” in Arabic.

Ultimately from an alteration of the Arabic يد الجوزا yad al-jawzā ‘hand of the central one’, from يد(hand) + جوزا(central one).

Jawzā, ‘the central one’, initially referred to Gemini among the Arabs, but at some point they decided to refer to Orion by that name. During the Middle Ages the first character of the name, yā’ (ي, with two dots under it), was misread as a bā’ (ب, with one dot under it) when transliterating into Latin, and Yad al-Jauza became Bedalgeuze. This was then misinterpreted during the Renaissance as deriving from a corruption of an original Arabic form إبط الجوزل ibt al-jawzā ‘armpit of the central one’.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lepus_%28constellation%29

 

This Hare constellation is the origin of the “easter bunny” The eggs fertility for spring.

 

It was also know as a “rooster” in babylonian times.

This is the “rooster” you see on churches:

Rooster (Lepus) The Rooster is the animal symbol belonging to the herald of the godswho appears in his human form in the adjacent figure known as the True Shepherd of Anu.

A Brief Guide to the Babylonian Constellations

 

Santa, Father Christmas, father frost

The origins of the character of Santa Klaus, in russia called Ded Moroz predates Christianity as a slavic wizard of winter, in some books he is a son of Slavic pagan god Veles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veles_%28god%29) and Mara (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M%C4%81ra) ,mer/sea, which is probably the origin of “Maria”.

In Slavic mythology, Frost or Morozko is a snow demon.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ded_Moroz

Further symbology of christmas is pagan/shamanistic in origin. The Siberian Soma Ritual.

The red and white suit is a direct reference to the shamans and the red and white Aminata Muscaria mushroom, as “the parcels under the (pine) tree”.

Also the mushroom christmass decorations and the reindeer of which shamans drank the urine to avoid the toxic substance of amanita muscaria. The reindeer is also related to the deer constellation, asociated with orion in old days. The Rig Veda refers to the Orion Constellation as Mriga (The Deer). The sleigh to the charioteer constellation Auriga.

 

 

Mayan and Slavic relations in mythology

I came across an interesting link between slavic people and the mayans based on comparative mythology.
 
Ancient Slavs viewed their world as a huge tree, with the treetop and branches representing the heavenly abode of gods and the world of mortals, while the roots represented the underworld. And while Perun (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perun), seen as a hawk or eagle sitting on a tallest branch of tree, was believed to be ruler of heaven and living world, Veles (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Veles_%28god%29), seen as a huge serpent or dragon coiling around the roots, was ruling the world of dead.
Now please look at picture: Izapa Stele 25
Izapa is a very large pre-Columbian MAYAN archaeological site located in the Mexican state of Chiapa.
Here the symbology of the bird, tree and monster at the bottom is evident. Yet the current explanation on Wikipedia is:
Izapa Stela 25 possibly contains a scene from the Popol Vuh. The image depicted on Stela 25 is most likely the Maya Hero Twins shooting a perched Principle Bird Deity with a blowgun. This scene is also shown on the Maya pot called the “Blowgunner Pot”. It is also suggested that Stela 25 could be seen as a map of the night sky, which was used to tell the story of the Hero Twins shooting the bird deity.
I disagree here. I know for a fact that the bird on the first perch is Kab’awil. The two faced bird. A symbol for Venus. The morning and evening star. (like the double headed eagle seen in heraldry)

The creator god Itzamna (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzamna)  in bird from. In numerous codex seen depicted also as an alligator. He is the prime creator god. The bird and the cayman are earth and sky in 1. Depicted as a toothless old man (like the christian god is depicted as an old man)

In the Mayan language, Itzamná means caiman, lizard, or large fish. The “Itz” part of his name means a number of things, among them “dew” or “stuff of the clouds” in Quechua; “divination or witchcraft” in Colonial Yucatec; and “foretell or contemplate”, in the Nahuatl version of the word.
As the supreme being he has several names, Kukulcan (underwater serpent or feathered snake) or Itzam Cab Ain, the “Itzam Earth Caiman”, but archaeologists refer to him prosaically as God D. The bird (sky) is part of the same earth/sky duality.
SOURCE NOTE: As The tree extents into the sky and earth, the bird is another aspect of  Itzamna. So together it makes the bird and the caiman, or feathered serpent. quetzalcoatl (source: The major gods of ancient yucatan)
A lot of symbology here shows clear similarities between seemingly different cultures. The slavic seen them as seperate entities but in the end they where part of 1 like ying and yang.
 

Quetzalcoatl

According to Maya legend, the Maya were visited by a robed Caucasian man with blond hair, blue eyes and a beard by the name of Quetzalcoatl, who taught the Maya about agriculture, medicine, mathematics and astronomy.

It is widely recognized that the Maya were the first civilization to use the number “0”.

Quetzalcoatl warned the Maya of another bearded white man who would not only conquer the indigenous people of Central America, but would also enforce a new religion upon them before he was to return. Despite the warning, the Maya mistakenly welcomed the invading Cortes as Quetzalcoatl.
According to the prophecies in the Book of Chilam Balam, the Maya were warned about the tyranny of a white-ruling culture but were also promised a return of glory when a new religion would bring the world back into harmony.

Perhaps this is the basis of the New World Order’s desire for a one world religion- to take over something positive with a negative event? Certainly, the Chilam Balam was not campaigning for Christianity, which killed tens of thousands of Maya and hundreds of millions of people globally in the name of the Christian “god”.

Why were the Maya presented with advanced information on science, mathematics and calendar systems?
Why did Quetzalcoatl promise his return and when will that be?

Accordingly, one of the stars in the Pleiades is called, “Maia”. Is it possible that Quetzalcoatl is (or was) an extraterrestrial from Maia in the Pleiades? In the olmek stone he is depicted as such. The man in the snake is a man in the constelation of the rattlesnake which is the pleiades. He holds the same “basket” as the mesopotamian winged bird dieties. Later down the line these mesopotamic wings are significant and bird dieties. like quetzakcoatl (bird). where indian and mayan feathers a link to winged humans and is that where the angels in the bible come from?? The evidence from different sources seems to point in that direction..

The following is a synopsis of the many cultures who have the Quetzalcoatl archetype associated as a deity.

Hundreds of North and South American Indian and South Pacific legends tell of a white-skinned, bearded lord who traveled among the many tribes to bring peace about 2,000 years ago. This spiritual hero was best known as Quetzelcoatl.

Some of his many other names were:

Kate-Zahl (Toltec)
Kul-kul-kan (Maya)
Tah-co-mah (NW America)
Waicomak (Dakota)
Wakea (Cheyenne, Hawaiian and Polynesian)
Waikano (Orinoco)
Hurakan
the Mighty Mexico
E-See-Co-Wah (Lord of Wind and Water)
Chee-Zoos
the Dawn God (Puan, Mississippi)
Hea-Wah-Sah (Seneca),
Taiowa, Ahunt Azoma
E-See-Cotl (New Guinea)
Itza-Matul (Yucatan)
Zac-Mutul (Mayan)
Wakon-Tah (Navajo)
Wakona (Algonquin)

When he left the Toltecs and sailed away to the East, Kate-Zahl promised to return to them after several cycles of their calendar. He made a prophecy about the destiny of the sacred city Tula (now identified with Teotihuacan in Mexico) through two millennia.

Quetzalcoatl

The Toltecs would be conquered first by the Sacrificers of Men (the Aztecs), then by white-skinned, bearded men of the East carrying fatal “thunder-rods” – the Spaniards and their guns:

“Further off there is another invasion. In ships many bearded men are coming from across the Sunrise Ocean… I see these men taking the Broad Land… They do not respect our trees of cedar. They are but hungry, unenlightened children…
“Would that I could speak to these bearded farmers. I have tried. They do not hear me. They go on their way like spoiled children…

“Stand with me in the Year of Te-Tac-patl. Look across the Sunrise Ocean. Three ships come like great birds flying. They land. Out come men in metal garments, carrying rods which speak with thunder and kill at a distance. These men are bearded and pale of feature.

“They come ashore and I see them kneeling. Above them I see a Great Cross standing. That is well. If these men are true to the symbol they carry, you need have no fear of them, for no one who is true to that symbol will ever carry it into battle.

“Therefore hold aloft your Great Cross (T), and go forth to meet them. They cannot fail to know that symbol, and would not fire their rods upon it, nor upon those who stand in its shadow. Well they know that what is done to my people is done also to me.

“When the years have come to their full binding, the metal-tipped boots of the strangers will be heard in all the bloody temples. Then throughout the Broad Land has begun the Third Cycle. As yet, I cannot see beyond it.

“Once I had great hope for these people, for I saw them kneel and kiss the sweet earth, and I saw the shadow of the Great Cross which they carried with them. Now I must warn you against them.

“Carry your great books into the jungles. Place your histories deeply in caverns where none of these men can find them. Nor do you bring them back to the sunlight until the War-Cycle is over. For these bearded strangers are the children of War. They speak my precepts, but their ears do not listen. They have but one love and that is for weapons. Ever more horrible are these weapons, until they reach for the one which is ultimate. Should they use that, there will be no forgiveness in that vale where there is no turning. Using such a weapon to make man over, is reaching into the heavens for the Godhead. These things are not for man’s decision, nor should man presume to think for all things, and thus mock the Almighty. Woe to those who do not listen! There are lamps beyond that which you are burning; roads beyond this which you are treading; worlds beyond the one you are seeing. Be humble before the might of the Great Hand which guides the stars within their places. There are many lodges within my Father’s Kingdom for it is more vast than time, and more eternal.

“Keep hidden your books, my children, all during the Cycle of Warring Strangers. The day will come when they will be precious.

“For five full Cycles of the Dawn Star, the rule of the Warring Strangers will go on to greater and greater destruction. Hearken well to all I have taught you. Do not return to the Sacrificers. Their path leads to the last Destruction. Know that the end will come in five full cycles, for five, the difference between the Earth’s number and that of the Gleaming Dawn Star, is the number of these children of War. As a sign to you that the end is nearing, my Father’s Temple will be uncovered. Remember this in the days which are coming.”

In astronomy, the Pleiades, or Seven Sisters, is an open star cluster containing middle-aged hot B-type stars located in the constellation of Taurus. Distance to Earth is 424 light years

Tula-Teotihuacan was found and excavated by archaeologists only in recent years.

In another prophecy, Kate-Zahl described the city as it will be rebuilt in the future:

“Then the heavens spoke in a crash of thunder, and the lightning flashed above the valley. The Man turned to look again on Tula, his most beloved city. Behold! It was naught but a mass of rubble.
“He wept there with great sorrow. He clung to the rocks, staring back toward Tula. Then the heavens roared again and shook the mountain. A flash of light struck beside Him and cracked the darkness. Behold! The old heaven and earth were vanished, and He looked into another cycle.

“The heavens parted and a rising sun shone down on another Tula. Plainly he could see the valley, but the city was one He knew not. Magnificent was this Golden Tula!

“The Man was lifted beyond the earth. No longer He saw the Age of Destruction. Gone was the horrible Age of Warfare. He was looking beyond the Age of Carnage!

“Walk with me through this Age of the Future. Tula shines in all its glory, but the metals are of types we know not. Loving hands have rebuilt the parkways, have paved the streets, have rebuilt the temples. There is a great building where books are kept for the scholars, and many are those who come to read them. Tula is a great Center of Culture.

“Come with me to the New Colula. Shining again is My Father’s Temple! Once more the city is filled with fountains and the parkways are wire-netted for the birds of rare plumage, and those who sing to enchant the listener. Cross through the parkway to My Father’s Temple. You will see again the inscriptions which today your eyes are seeing, but now all people can read them.

“Come to the city of the future. Here are the buildings unlike those we build, yet they have a breathless beauty. Here people dress in materials we know not, travel in manners beyond our knowledge, but more important than all these differences are the faces of the people. Gone is the shadow of fear and suffering, for man no longer sacrifices, and he has outgrown the wars of his childhood. Now he walks in full stature towards his destiny — into the Golden Age of Learning.

“Carry this vision on through the Ages, and remember Kate-Zahl, the Prophet.”

In Book X of his History, the 16th century chronicler Fray Bernardino de Sahagun described the departure of the “wise men” who had been the attendant priests of Kate-Zahl at Teotihuacan:

“The wise men remained not long; soon they went. Once again, they embarked and carried off the writing, the books, the paintings; they carried away all the crafts, the castings of metals. And when they departed, they summoned all those they left behind. They said to them: “Our lord, the protector of all, the wind, the night, saith you shall remain. We go leaving you here.
Our lord goeth bequesting you this land; it is your merit, your lot. Our lord, the master of all, goeth still farther, and we go with him. Whither the lord, the night, the wind, our lord, the master of all, goeth, we go accompanying him. He goeth, he goeth back, but he will come, he will come to do his duty, he will come to acknowledge you.

When the world is become oppressed, when it is the end of the world, at the time of its ending, he will come to bring it to an end. But you shall dwell here; you shall stand guard here…”

The Atlantes are columns in the form of Toltec warriors in Tula.

A surviving Toltec legend includes this prophecy:

“Ce Acatl [Quetzelcoatl] spent a night with a Huiteca family. They fed him and played music for him. The father, a strong Indian farmer, showed Ce Acatl a stone carving he had and told him, “This carving tells of the coming of the Lord of the Dawn. it says he will come in the Year One Reed. It says he will build a city and change the world.”
“The farmer had no idea who he was talking to. He continued. “Now,” he said, “many people say he will not come. Many people say it is a long time from now that he will come. Some people say he will come from the East and he will bring a great book of words and numbers. Other people say he will come from a tree and count the Last twenty Days of the Creation. What do you say about this?”

“Ce Acatl grew gray with the depth of his answer. “If I told you of my thought, of what I know of the Spirit of the Lord of the Dawn, if I told you of what I think will happen, you would laugh and think me crazy. So I say only this: One day a race shall walk upon this earth, a race of men whose spirits are so great, whose wisdom is so complete, whose powers to commune with the Creator are so keen they will dwarf the doings of the Lord of the Dawn of our day. When that day comes the Creator will send forth a manifestation that will in turn amaze the wisest men of that unbelievable age. And even then the greatest brains on earth will wonder — has he come? Will he come? Or has he been here?”

When he departed, Ce Acatl promised to close the Thirteenth Heaven and open the First of the Nine Hells, and he vowed to destroy the man-made gods. He set the year and date of his birth (260 years later on Day One Reed in year One Reed) and said, “I shall return. I shall come from the east like the Morning Star, and I will fulfill that part of the prophecy.”

It is said that when Ce Acatl passed away at the age of 52, “A hush fell over the entire planet, and burning bright in the heavens directly above the great tree, the Tree of Life [El Tule], glowed the planet Venus, the Morning Star.””

Quetzelcoatl also foretold the following:

“In time, white men will come out of the eastern sea in great canoes with white wings like a big bird. The white men will be like a bird with two different kinds of feet. One foot will be that of a dove [Christianity], the other of an eagle [predator]. A few hundred years after the arrival of the first white men, other white men would arrive with both feet as a dove.”

The Plummed Serpent

Quetzelcoatl himself or his spirit would come in the form of a white dove at that time.

A Zapotec prophecy, transmitted by Joseph Jochmans, also announced the recent return of Quetzelcoatl:

“One of the incarnations of Quetzelcoatl is buried beneath the roots of the sacred El Tule Tree near Oaxaca, and as the first rays of the dawning sun of the new heaven cycle [August 17, 1987] sink into the depths of the Earth, billions of tiny spirits will burst from the heart of Quetzelcoatl.

They will slowly rise through the trunk, through the limbs and branches, appearing as sparkles of light, finally erupting from limbs and branches, to circle the globe, each spirit to implant itself within the heart of a human being, and plant a crystal of peace and love…”

Source:

http://www.messagetoeagle.com/etquetzalcoatlpleiades.php…
Manataka American Indian Council
DID ANCIENT STAR PEOPLE COME TO MANATAKA AND DEPOSIT WISDOM OF THE COSMOS IN A SECRET CRYSTAL CAVE?
by Lee Standing Bear Moore
Manataka Stone
The beautiful “Story of Manataka” contains a great deal of fact and some speculation mixed with a healthy dose of mystery. One of the most extraordinary mysteries of the account told by this writer, is about the “Crystal Cave” (Chester Jagiello)

“…It is said by the grandfathers that seven holy caves were on the sacred mountain. The center cave is made of magnificent shining crystal encoded with messages of the star people. Inside the crystal cave are seven crystal cones set on a crystal altar and each containing secret messages and seven shields.

Ancient tribes came to Manataka on pilgrimages to place ceremonial items in five of the caves. The people of the south laid gifts in the southern-most cave and people of the north laid their gifts in the northern-most cave. People from the west and east performed offering ceremonies in two additional caves. The cave located to the left of the crystal cave was used by the ‘Keepers of Manataka’, the Tula Indians of Tanico, who lived in surrounding areas and for other tribes living nearby such as the Caddo, Quapaw, Osage, Tunica, and Pawnee. To the right of the center crystal cave was a ceremonial cave reserved for gifts of the other people of this land – the animals, birds, fish, insects, plants, stones and the elements. No one ever approached the most sacred crystal cave, as it was said to have been the work place of the star people (angels?) and resting place of many spirits.

The southern-most cave, nearest the surface of the ground, once held the Manataka Stone, or as referred to by the National Park Service as the ” Calendar Stone” brought by people from the south. Workmen digging on the mountain to capture the sacred waters of Nowasalon for the ornate bathhouses of the rich removed the Calendar Stone after the Civil War. An ancient clay doll was recovered from the northern cave some time in the early 1900’s by workmen and is currently on loan to the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. Each of the seven caves disappeared at various times after the invasion began in the 1500’s, either at the hand of the invaders or by natural or supernatural causes…”

CRYSTAL CONNECTION AT MANATAKA?
No one in modern times has ever seen any trace of a so-called ‘crystal cave’ and the National Park Service claims no crystal is found on the Hot Springs (Manataka) Mountain. So, could a crystal cave actually exist? And if one does exist buried beneath tons of modern construction, deep within the crystallized sub-strata of earth, would the cave contain seven crystal cones setting on a crystal altar? It is possible that a crystal cone could hold ancient wisdom of the cosmos one delivered by star people on a sacred mission of the Creator? Did ancient star people come to Manataka and deposit wisdom of the cosmos in a secret crystal cave?
Exploring these questions has not been an easy task. Myths and legends are never easily verified – that is why they are called legends and folklore – not history. However, there are some interesting facts that connect various elements of the Story of Manataka to reality. Many of these facts are largely unknown to many people, including most of our indigenous brothers and sisters.

For example, quartz crystal is the subject of great interest in modern times and quartz crystals have fascinated both secular and spiritual man throughout history. However, many do not realize that huge deposits of the purest form of crystal in the world is found only a few miles to the west near Mount Ida and a few miles north near Blue Springs, Arkansas. Two more huge deposits of crystal that have never been mined are located at an equal distance to the east and south of Manataka.

According to geologists, both areas of high crystal concentration found near the surface at Mount Ida and Blue Springs are actually connected, even though many miles separate the two major areas. Stratums deep within the earth, nearly impossible or impractical to be mined, connect them. The connecting point between the two major surface crystal areas is Manataka. The connecting point for the two huge deposits located to the east and south is also beneath the Manataka Mountain. Picture four huge stratums of crystal, running east, south, west and north from the center at Manataka, like a giant lotus flower. Can we safely conjecture that the largest, most pure form of quartz crystal found in the world is beneath the Place of Peace – Manataka?

Despite National Park Service claims that “…no quartz crystal is found on the Hot Springs Mountain…” the following description of the Fordyce Bathhouse located on the mountain appears in their literature:
“..The basement also displays Fordyce Spring Number 46, released during the 1914 building excavation. It flows into a tiled enclosure with a grotto encrusted with quartz crystals in the foreground and can be viewed through plate glass…”

Over the years many visitors walking on the sacred mountain have found quartz crystals. This writer and his family have found crystals there too. Did someone sprinkle the mountain with these crystals or did they jump on the mountain by themselves? If there are crystals on the mountain, why do federal bureaucrats claim otherwise?

Other Legends of a Secret Depository of the Gods
Famous mythologist, William Henry draws some very interesting conclusions about the possibility of an ancient hall of records located near Manataka from his studies of the ancient Tibetans, Egyptians and Tula cultures.

“…According to a favorite Tibetan legend, a divine couple once appeared who hid secret teachings in “diamond rocks, in mysterious lakes, and in unchanging boxes” that were magically closed until a special time in history. Many texts were compressed in these diamond rocks or crystals similar to the way information is inscribed onto and ‘hidden’ in modern microchips or CD Rom disks.”

“…This fascinating Tibetan tradition is called the terma tradition. Termas, or “concealed treasures,” are sacred texts or holy objects hidden in a paradise of eternal universal wisdom and peace. Complimenting the terma tradition is the Tibetan practice of dzogchen, an ancient teaching in which hand-held conical-shaped Quartz crystals were used for meditation purposes. It was believed that these objects connected their user with the creative forces of the universe, the basic forces of life…”1
The legend of the Egyptian ‘Hall of Records’ says a powerful ‘consciousness expanding’ treasure lies buried far beneath the Sphinx and Great Pyramid. According to William Henry, “…evidence that something is there comes from the mysterious Coffin Texts where the ancient Egyptians told of a ‘sealed thing’ with ‘fire about it’ concealed beneath the ‘desert of sand…”2
“…many investigators, including Englishman Andrew Collins, have noticed the similarity between this description of a ‘sealed’ and ‘radiant’ thing to a passage in the Book of Enoch. A favorite part of the Dead Sea Scrolls of the Essenes, the Book of Enoch tells of the scribe’s experience of being roused from his sleep one night by tall beings whose faces ‘shone like the sun’ and who wore wings. They took him on a journey to the seventh heaven to meet with the Lord in a ‘house’ built of ‘crystals’ and encircled by strange ‘tongues of fire’. The Lord, himself, sat on a ‘lofty throne’ of ‘crystal’…”
The Great Pyramid is also known as the Pillar of Enoch.

Henry asks if it is possible that the ‘radiant fire’ of the sealed cave under the pyramid refers to the crystal. “…After all, the Giza Hall is thought to have been constructed by ancient god beings who were expert in the use of Quartz crystal…,” says Henry.

An Egyptian king offers a conical-shaped object called ‘white bread’ to Anubis, the “Opener of the ways,” lying on the chest as ‘the Keeper of the Secret’.3

Is this the same as the crystal cone the Tibetans claimed provided access to universal wisdom and to the basic life-giving energies of the universe? Is it the same conical shaped crystal described in the Story of Manataka?

The Tula Connection
According to author William Henry, the ancient world knew of special connecting places between heaven and earth that were called Tula or the City of Peace, and were considered the navel or center of the world. Mesoamericans such as the Mayans, Asians and Egyptians all believed in a special place on the earth where star people came and deposited great libraries of wisdom inside crystal repositories. Almost always, these connecting places or “docking stations” are referenced by the name Tula.

We begin our examination by relating a brief history about the Tula of Tanico located in central Arkansas.

The capital or main village of the Tula people in America and the Keepers of Manataka was Tanico located approximately 40 miles southwest of Manataka (Hot Springs) in the area known today as Caddo Gap, Arkansas. The well-worn foot paths between Manataka and Tanico later turned into horse trails, then wagon roads and survives to this day as Highway 70 West.

The Tula’s first encounter with Europeans came in 1541 while Hernando DeSoto and his Conquistadors were frantically searching for the Fountain of Youth. During first contact, Desoto’s army stole from the Tula and took captives against strong Tula warnings.

During the first day of a three-day battle that ensued, the Tula were virtually decimated because their arrows and rocks bounced off the metal breast-plates and helmets of the enemy. And, the Tula had never encountered musket and cannon fire and the fast and powerful Spanish horses.
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On the second day of the battle, Tula warriors took the upper hand by using the mountainous terrain and guerrilla hit-and-run tactics. By the end of the day, the Tula had tasted the blood of their new enemy and knew who he was. On the last day of the battle, Tula warriors did not return, but instead sent their women to finish the invaders. The Conquistadors became confused and demoralized at the sight of fearless, screaming, half-nude women coming at them in battle and promptly turned tail and ran. It was the first time the Conquistadors had retreated during their long adventure in North America.

DeSoto’s scribes later wrote in his journals that the Tula were fiercest people the Conquistadors had ever encountered.

The Conquistadors retreat route along the Ouachita River valley traveling east offered the least geographic resistance. Within two days, DeSoto accidentally wandered into the sacred Manataka valley. His army remained here for over 45 days licking their wounds and searching frantically for the primary reason for their exploration – the Fountain of Youth.

Several historians refer to the Tula as being from Caddo stock, but there is little evidence to support this claim. The Tula lived in far northern frontier region of Caddo territory and far beyond the western frontier of the Quapaw. The Osage lived far to the north and when their hunting parties raided the peaceful local farming villages of the Caddo, they conspicuously avoided the Tula.

The Tula was like other Indians in many ways, but they were unique among all their neighbors. There were at least four small Caddo bands in the area and contrary to comments of some historians, the Tula were not Caddo. Yes, the Tula spoke the Caddo language, but they did so for trade purposes and as result of inter-marriage with people from nearby villages. But, their primary language was not Caddo and remains unclassified to this day.

The Tula raised ducks and domesticated turkeys, unlike any tribe in the entire region. They planted vegetables, such as Amaranth and Yam Beans, a turnip-like root, that were unknown to any local tribe. The Tula also built religious structures like sweat lodges, and meeting places were built in the shape of a pyramid!
A Mississippi valley house and a Temple Pyramid in background from the American Museum of Natural History.
Another bit of evidence that the Tula were not Caddo is that the Spanish were particularly horrified by the deformed heads of the Tulans. Some historians believe the Tula tightly bound the heads of infants such that their heads became pointed. However, the cranial deformation was not a result of physical manipulation by parents, but occurred naturally among descendents of the original Tula — travelers from afar.

It is further supposed by some historians that the Tula were ancestors of the Spiroans – (Spiro Mounds of Oklahoma) and the Tunica of Mississippi. There is some evidence to support this notion, however, neither assumption is correct. The Tula sent emissaries to many trade outposts and they became prominent in those communities.

The primary distinction of the Tula, however, is not their lifestyle, customs, or physical appearance, but the important role they played as the Keepers of Manataka. As a fierce and independent people, the Tula could have easily closed the doors to this sacred site. Yet, in their wisdom and strength, the Tula welcomed all tribes in peace and helped their brothers and sisters during their stay. They served as guides to the local area and spiritual guides to other realms.

The Tula of Tanico vanished sometime between 1541 and the 1600’s presumably as a result of disease brought by the Spanish. Today in the center of Caddo Gap stands a large bronze figure of an Indian nine feet in height, mounted on a tall pedestal of native stone. The Indian has his right hand raised, giving the friendship sign, but history tells a different story. The inscription on the marble tablet in the face of the pedestal reads:

DeSoto 1541-A.D. Here DeSoto reached his most westward point in the United States. Here was the capitol of the warlike Tula tribe of Indians who fiercely fought DeSoto and his men. Relics found in this vicinity suggest the romance of past centuries about which history will ever be meager and incomplete. Arkansas State History Commission, 1936.
In May 1937 Chief Benito Gray Horse, an Apache and a later-day Keeper of Manataka living in Gulpha Gorge at the foot of the great Manataka Mountain in Hot Springs, gave an Indian benediction at the raising of the bronze statute at Caddo Gap commemorating the achievements of the Tula Indians of Tanico.

Was the Tula of Tanico originally from Central America?

Located in the Valley of Mexico, about 40 miles north of present day Mexico City and former capital of the Aztec empire is the ancient city of Tula, capital of the Toltec.

Atop the great Toltec Piramide de Quetzalcóatl are giant warrior statues called “The Atlantes”. One of the thirteen symbols found on the Manataka Stone closely resembles a symbol carved into the warrior statue.
* The Maya located far to the south of Tula knew Quetzalcóatl, the Mayan god of Peace, as the “King of Tula”. The Mayans called their source of wisdom Tula.

* According to mythologist, William Henry, in addition to the Mayans, Tibetans, and Asians who believed there was a special connecting point or “docking station” between heaven and earth, both the Hopi and Delaware Indians have legends of a “…pure place of advanced wisdom called Tula…” and that Tula was on the North American continent.
“…In the ancient world these “docking stations” were called Tula or the City of Peace, and were considered the navel or center of the world. Their hieroglyphic symbol was an egg, a symbol of creation in mythologies around the world…” says Henry. The egg symbol also appears on the Manataka Stone.
(In these descriptions of the myths, it is not clear whether the name Tula refers to a place or a people who were the keepers or caretakers of a connecting place.)

* Maya, Toltec and Aztec myths speak of bearded, blond white men who came from a kingdom in Mongolia called Tollan located near Lake Baikal and the river Tula. These Mongolians said they had come from Atlantis and sailed around the world founding new Tulas, naming them after their homeland.
Could this “Tula” be the “Thule” of the nazis.. Their proclamed origin of the aryan race. Hyperborea. I would not be surprised. Red haired/blond blue eyed people AND elongated skulls were tought to come also from mongolia where the current conception of aryan origin is.. the coherance is intresting.
* Al-lah, the Islamic name for God is also Al-ot, Tala and Tula.

* The Koran is named after Kore, the goddess of Tula.

* In Greek and Mayan myth the Central Sun is also called Tula. Henry says, “…’Peace’ is created when the Tulas on Earth and the Tula in Heaven are aligned. These god-beings do not define ‘peace’ as the absence of petty conflict between warring tribes or families. “Peace” is the unity of Heaven and Earth….”

The name Manataka means “The Place of Peace” — or more literally translated, “The Unbroken Circle.”

On the map left, Manataka (Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas) is at the apex of the cone-shape triangle marked in red. Mount Ida, the center of the purest form of crystal in the world, is located at the upper leg and Caddo Gap (Tanico) once home of the Tula people, is the lower leg of the triangle.

Is the cone-shape triangle on the map showing the three ancient energy centers actually a giant crystal laden vortex?

Is the cone-shape on the map a giant cosmic representative of the same conical shaped crystal described in the Story of Manataka?

Could these sites point to the connecting place Tibetans, Mayans and Egyptians claimed provided access to universal wisdom and to the basic life-giving energies of the universe?

May we speculate that Manataka is the Place of Peace foretold in ancient myths around the globe?
THE “SACRED WELL” DESCRIBED IN ANCIENT MYTHS

One belief of the ancient world was nearly global. Sumerian, Hindu, Buddhist, Egyptian, Hebrew and Christian myths describe a Place of Peace, or connecting place with specific features. Those features include an abundance of crystal, healing waters, and a pillar or Tree of Life that had the ability to transform souls from one dimension to another by creating doorways or spiral hallways that connected far away places in the cosmos to “sacred wells” or fountains of healing waters on earth.
Manataka or Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas has been known for thousands of years for its abundance of healing waters, called Nowasalon – “Breath of Healing.
Hernando Desoto obviously thought Manataka was the Place of Peace where the fabled “Fountain of Youth” was located. His predecessor, Juan Ponce de León, tortured thousands of Taíno Indians in Hispaniola, Cuba, Jamaica, and Puerto Rico for years in search of gold and silver, only to be told instead about the place of healing waters located somewhere to the west and slightly north. The map of De Soto’s travels reminds us of a dog sniffing out prey, zig-zagging back and forth while always moving west by northwest. The secrets of Manataka were never revealed to the invaders and Desoto left after a month and a half of desperate searching. Immediately after leaving the sacred valley, de Soto fell ill and died as his army reached the Mississippi River.

The New Testament book of Revelation describes the City of Peace, called the New Jerusalem, a city made of precious stones ‘clear as crystal’. Where on earth is sufficient clear crystal found to create an entire city except in the area of Manataka?

SUMMARY

We can only guess if the ancient star people came to Manataka and deposited wisdom of the cosmos in a secret crystal cave. We can only conjecture if all the fantastic, improbable and probable ‘connections’ with ancient myths of the world that point to Manataka as “the” Place of Peace. After all, this story is only an old Indian myth.
However, the people of Manataka know differently. They have experienced the healing power of this great sacred place first hand. They know it is truly a Place of Peace (after they successfully navigated through the din of tourist traffic, glaring black-boot federal officers, and snobby government bureaucrats) and blocked out the noise and confusion of the modern world.

They know the spirits of the sacred mountain speak. They know the energy spirals of this holy place are beyond description as they are transported from this dimension to the outer limits of man’s reality. They are convinced a place of unimaginable beauty, filled with a crystal house, shining crystal altars, treasures, and where sealed secrets and wisdom of the ages await them.

In the way of our grandfathers, there are many things we cannot and should not speak aloud. Here in the modern world, we cannot and should not reduce the secrets of Manataka to print. There is only one way the beautiful and esoteric wisdom of this great and ancient place can be learned – and to understand, one must know the language.

It is in man’s insatiable desire to reach into the beyond, to feel the tremendous power of light and vibration, to spiritually connect with all creation and the One Creator, the Great Mystery that we find hope. It is by this hope, we may pass along to future generations the mysteries of Manataka, so when the time of no time passes into this dimension, they will be prepared to become the Rainbow Warriors of Manataka.

©Story of Manataka by Lee Standing Bear Moore, all rights reserved, 1992-2014.
http://www.manataka.org/page352.html

Besides astral travel I tend to see more and more evidence of physical bird winged beings.. this is also shown in above myth and might correlate to “angels” and fallen angels.. Strange… but not totally impossible.. I keep that option open.
It is intresting to note: The Sanskrit word tula (तुला) means “balance”.
Germanic meaning: Strength
Spanish and Latin origin, and the meaning of Tula is “leaping water”. Tula is a variant of Tallulah (Native American Indian): related to the Choctaw word for water, “oka”.

Tula, the Toltec Capital
Posted on November 29, 2014 by Ojibwa
By the time the Spanish had conquered Mexico, the Toltec (also known Tolteca) were revered as mythical rulers of a golden age. They were regarded as the cultural heirs of the great city of Teotihuacán. In his book The Aztecs, archaeologist Brian Fagan writes of the mythical reputation the Toltec: “They were expert herbalists, jewelers, the originators of calendars and year counts—righteous, wise people in every way, it was claimed. The oral histories depict the Tolteca as tall people who excelled in all the arts and sciences. Hunger and unhappiness were unknown. Tolteca farmers even grew colored cotton and huge ears of maize.”

Prudence Rice, writing in the Dictionary of Archaeology, notes: “Much of what is known about the history of the Toltecs in Mesoamerica is filtered through later Aztec myths and histories, which they wrote and rewrote to glorify their own accomplishments, and many contradictions complicate the picture.”

While the various accounts of Toltec history are somewhat contradictory, Wigberto Jimenez Moreno pieced together a sequence that is accepted by most scholars. In the late eighth century C.E., the legendary ruler Mixcoatl (Cloud Serpent) had led his people through what is now northern Jalisco and southern Zacatecas to settle in the Valley of Mexico at Culhuacan. According to the stories, Mixcoatl was a Chichimeca (barbarian from the north) who married a noble woman at Culhuacan. After his death, Mixcoatl was deified as the patron of hunting.

While many scholars view Mixcoatl as a mythical or semi-mythical figure, Topilzin is generally felt to have been a real person who was born in the year 1 Reed (935 CE or 947 CE). He is often identified as Mixcoatl’s son and heir. One of the first things Topilzin did was to move the capital from Culhuacan to Tula. While Tula is sometimes translated to mean “place of the reeds,” its meaning implied “the city” (from the idea that people were crowded together as thick as reeds).

The accounts of Tula and the Toltec which were collected by the early Spanish chroniclers, such as Bernardino de Sahagún, seem almost mythical. Unlike the great ancient city of Teotihuacán, there were no immediately observable ruins of Tula. Was Tula myth or reality? The answer came in 1941 when Wigberto Jimenez Moreno and Jorge Acosta identified the archaeological site of Tula in the state of Hidalgo about 50 miles (80 kilometers) northwest of Mexico City. Prior to being adopted by the Toltec as their capital, Tula had been a small farming community which had been first settled about 650 CE. As the Toltec capital, it became an urban center covering about 7 square miles (11 square kilometers) with a population of about 30-40,000 in the urban core and perhaps as many as 120,000 in the urban region.

The archaeological site of Tula is not as impressive as many other Mesoamerican sites. First, the city had been burned and sacked by an unknown group. Second, the Aztecs had looted the site for its sculptures, friezes, and other items which were then re-used in Tenochtitlan and other Aztec cities.

On a high promontory, the Toltec constructed a ceremonial precinct which was dominated on the north side by a pyramid (designated as Pyramid B by archaeologists) to Quetzalcoatl, the Feathered Serpent God, in his role as the God of the Morning Star. Archaeologist Brian Fagan describes the pyramid this way: “Its workmanship is crude compared with that of the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Great warrior figures with flat heads supported the roof of Quetzalcoatl’s temple. The shrine stood on a pyramid faced with panels of walking jaguars and eagles consuming human hearts.”

Pyramid B was built in six successive stages. It is a stepped pyramid platform with a colonnaded hall in front. Archaeologists Michael Coe and Rex Koontz, in their book Mexico: From the Olmecs to the Aztecs, write: “An ancient visitor would have walked through the colonnade, climbed the stairway and passed through the entrance of the temple, flanked by two stone columns in the form of Feathered Serpents, with the rattles in the air and heads on the ground.”

The major construction of this civic/ceremonial center, known today as Tula Grande, is traditionally dated to 950-1150 CE, with most of the absolute dates at the clustering in the 900 to 1000 range.

Also included in the ceremonial complex are a coatepantli (“serpent wall”), two ballcourts for the ceremonial ballgame, and a Chacmool sculpture. The coatepantli is located to the north of the pyramid and serves to demark the edge of the ceremonial district. The friezes on the wall show a snake devouring a human except for the head.

Chacmool is a type of stone sculpture of a reclining human figure with a bowl or plate held on the stomach. These sculptures are found at the entrances to temples throughout Mesoamerica. The bowls or plates served as receptacles for human hearts.

Adjacent to Pyramid B is the Palacio Quemado (Burnt Palace). This feature has colonnaded halls with sunken courts in their centers which probably served as spaces for ceremonies and meetings.

In spite of the Aztec stories, archaeology has not uncovered any evidence showing that the Toltec actually controlled a large empire. They did, however, participate in the large trading networks that spread throughout Mesoamerica and into the American Southwest. They also appear to have controlled the obsidian mines which had once been controlled by Teotihuacán.

According to the Aztec stories, Topiltzin had been a priest-king dedicated to a peaceful Feathered Serpent cult. He opposed human sacrifice. On the other hand, there were those in Tula who worshipped Tezcatlipoca (Smoking Mirror), the giver and taker of life, the patron of the warriors. As a result of the struggle between the pacifistic Topiltzin and the warriors, Topiltzin and his followers fled the city about 987 CE. As a result, there developed many legends about the migrations of Topiltzin and his people.

The archaeological reality of the Toltec and their capital at Tula is somewhat different than that reported by the later Aztecs to the Spanish chroniclers. Brian Fagan reports: “The Tula excavations reveal a battle-scarred, militaristic Toltec civilization, one in which oppression was a way of life and human sacrifice second nature, a far cry from the Golden Age of Aztec legend.”

With regard to the Toltec legacy, Prudence Rice writes: “For the Aztecs, the Toltecs played a critical role as a great ancestral civilization. In order to legitimize their kinds and establish their own noble lineages, the Mexica—likewise of Chichimeca ancestry—contrived to marry into the descendents of Toltec nobility in the basin of Mexico.”

After 1100, prolonged droughts and attacks from new invaders from the north brought an end to the Tolteca.

WORLD TREE / CONSCIOUSNESS UNIT CONNECTION

Source:  https://www.divinecosmos.com/start-here/books-free-online/19-the-science-of-oneness/93-the-science-of-oneness-chapter-15-sacred-legends-of-the-world-tree

Ancient seers went out-of-body and reported their observations of the structure of the CU, often calling it the “World Tree” after their sighting of the main central axis. We will show that this concept reappears in a remarkably similar fashion across a huge number of different cultures, and a clear connection to the spherical torus can easily be established; it is, literally, one and the same formation.

Many of the legends state that by “reaching the trunk and climbing the tree,” powerful mystical experiences in higher planes will result. Certain photographs of ancient designs, such as this next image of the Shinto goddess Quan Yin, show that these mystics were all seeing the same formations while in Spirit, only interpreting them differently upon returning to their physical bodies, depending upon their existing cultural mythologies.

Shinto goddess Quan Yin, showing obvious formation of spherical torus.

The Quan Yin image shows obvious signs of “spheres within spheres” in the main area surrounding her body, cone-shaped areas that taper in towards the center from both the north and south poles, and even a “corona” inside the sphere formed by all of the bracelets on each of Quan Yin’s many arms.

The god at the very top of the image has six lines radiating away from itself, which again show the typical vortex movement that we would expect. The only slight distortion from our scientific CU observations in the image is that the bottom of the CU is elongated more than we would expect, due to the placement of Quan Yin’s feet on the platform.

We should remember that many ancient cultures did not have any type of language to describe complex geometric forms, and thus it would be natural to “anthropomorphize” (place in human terms) what they had seen.

We should remember that there are a series of spheres inside the CU; the central spiraling axis looks like a tree trunk that spreads up into the domelike “branches” of the layers of nested spheres at the top. This sphere was also referred to as a “mountain,” a “tent” or a “cosmic egg” in other visions, though by far the World Tree idea appears most frequently.

Almost all of the visions state that the human plane is the flat area in the middle of the sphere. Modern scholars interpret this as indicating a “Flat Earth” theory, and subsequently discard the models as useless.

However, in our Solar System the plane of the ecliptic is where all physical life resides; the physical planets only orbit through this “flat” zone, and a person traveling out of body in the proper area would see this. Since the Earth is contained within this flat plane, ancient seers would view the entire spherical structure from Earth’s perspective, at least initially.

15.2 A NEW INTERPRETATION OF “HAMLET’S MILL”

The groundbreaking work known as Hamlet’s Mill by Drs. Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend revealed that the “World Tree” is arguably the single most prevalent concept in all ancient mythologies. In Hamlet’s Mill they associated all of these myths with a slow wobble in the Earth’s axis.

This slow wobble is known as “precession” and plays a very important role in our final argument for a rapidly-approaching energy shift for the Earth at this time. Later in the book we will discuss the precession in more detail, as we have also done in The Shift of the Ages.
While there is undoubtedly a connection between the movement of Earth’s rotational axis and the World Tree mythologies, in this chapter we will suggest that our aetheric interpretations are very likely to be true as well, given what we now know about spherical torus energy systems. The metaphors often indicate a collapsing of the World Tree, which is interpreted as magnetic pole shift, but it clearly could involve a massive change in the Sun’s energetic field as well.

15.3 THE ESOTERIC / SCIENTIFIC MEANING OF TREE SYMBOLS

So, let us begin with a quote from Manly Palmer Hall’s seminal work The Secret Teachings of All Ages to grasp the esoteric meaning of tree imagery in various secret traditions. We will immediately see how pervasive of a metaphor it turns out to be, and how it is almost always associated directly with the Cosmos itself:

“Several ancient peoples – notably the Hindus and Scandinavians – regarded the Macrocosm, or Grand Universe, as a divine tree growing from a single seed sown in space. The Greeks, Persians, Chaldeans and Japanese have legends describing the axle tree or reed upon which the earth revolves.

Kapila declares the universe to be the eternal tree, Brahma, which springs from an imperceptible and intangible seed – the material monad. The mediaeval Quabbalists represented creation as a tree with its roots in the reality of spirit and its branches upon the earth.

Madam Blavatsky notes that the Great Pyramid was considered to be a symbol of this inverted tree, with its root at the apex of the pyramid and its branches diverging in four streams towards the base.

“The Scandinavian world-tree, Yggdrasil, supports on its branches nine spheres or worlds, which the Egyptians symbolized by the nine stamens of the persea or avocado. All of these are enclosed within the mysterious tenth sphere or cosmic egg – the definitionless Cipher of the Mysteries.”

Manly Palmer Hall’s rendition of the Yggdrasil “World Tree”

As we can see, the image leaves no doubt as to the true nature of the vision; it is not necessary for us to understand and explain every term that Hall uses in his writings. We should also remember that Hall was drawing his interpretation of the vision based on the detailed written accounts but not from first-hand OBE observation, and thus a certain amount of distortion is to be expected.

The important point in the above statement is that when you are inside the CU, you would see the axis as the “tree trunk,” and each sphere nested within the other would appear as a separate canopy layer of “branches.”

Thus when the legend says that Yggdrasil (egg-draw-sill) supports nine spheres on its “branches,” this is simply how the ancient Scandinavian seers interpreted their perception of the planes of existence. These nine spheres could very well have been a vision of the nested spherical fields surrounding and upholding the orbits of each planet in the Solar System. This would also explain why rings were seen in the flat central area, in this case shown by the serpent chasing its own tail.

The person who first witnessed this energetic formation in a given culture would create a metaphorical “folklore” interpretation, and obviously it would be quite amazing for others to go out-of-body and witness the same structure for themselves.

The spiraling energy that comes up from the southern pole of the CU is clearly seen in the above image, and it was interpreted by these Scandinavian seers as a serpent coiled around the trunk. Perhaps the three “roots” that were reportedly seen were actually the three converging lines of the tetrahedron at the south pole, which might very well extend below the pole in holographic / resonance fashion to form the top of another tetrahedron as well.

The metaphor also calls for a variety of “worms” that surround and “eat” at the “roots,” thus suggesting smaller areas of spiraling energy flow away from the tetrahedron.

The other important point is that the Scandinavian and Quabbalistic systems have broken down the number of higher planes into ten. Planetary interpretations aside, when we study Rod Johnson’s new system of quantum physics we will see that there is a progression of ten basic geometric shapes that the quantum forces move through.

So, although there are different ways to interpret the total number of planes, we are consistently advised by Ra to focus on the visible light spectrum as representing the purest breakdown for the Octave of densities. We now continue with Manly Palmer Hall’s excerpt:

“The Quabbalistic tree of the Jews also consists of nine branches, or worlds, emanating from the First Cause or Crown, which surrounds its emanations as the shell surrounds the egg. The single source of life and the endless diversity of its expression has a perfect analogy in the structure of the tree.

The trunk represents the single origin of all diversity; the roots, deeply imbedded in the dark earth, are symbolic of divine nutriment; and its multiplicity of branches spreading from the central trunk represent the infinity of universal effects dependent upon a single cause.

“The tree has also been accepted as symbolic of the Microcosm, that is, man. According to the esoteric doctrine, man first exists potentially within the body of the world-tree and later blossoms forth into objective manifestation upon its branches. According to an early Greek Mystery myth, the god Zeus fabricated the third race of men from ash trees….

“The concept that all life originates from seeds caused grain and various plants to be accepted as emblematic of the human spermatozoon, and the tree was therefore symbolic of organized life unfolding from its primitive germ.

The growth of the universe from its primitive seed may be likened to the growth of the mighty oak from the tiny acorn. While the tree is apparently much greater than its own source, nevertheless that source contains potentially every branch, twig and leaf which will later be objectively unfolded by the processes of growth.”

From these paragraphs of Hall’s work, we can see that the tree metaphor is a highly useful one. The Vedic models for the creation of the universe indeed talk about there being a spiraling, breathing movement, or “Svara,” that acts upon the undifferentiated cosmic matter known as “Prakriti” to eventually form the reality that we now know.

Energetically, the Solar System itself is formed from the Sun, and all lifeforms could be seen to originate from the Sun as well. Therefore, to this way of thinking, we can indeed be a representation of the “fruits” of the tree. Phyllis Atwater’s near-death vision of the CU at the end of the chapter also shows this concept.

It is interesting that Hall would indicate that the energy body of human beings could be seen in the form of the “World Tree” as well, as all the ancient seers confirm that the human aura appears as a series of nested spherical torus formations.

Modern seers such as Barbara Ann Brennan have confirmed that each “chakra” is shaped like a two-ended trumpet, and this is a visualization of where each spherical torus or energy body has its axis. We will have more to say on this, with images, in later chapters. For now, we continue:

“Man’s veneration for trees as symbols of the abstract qualities of wisdom and integrity also led him to designate as trees those individuals who possessed these divine qualities to an apparently superhuman degree.

Highly illumined philosophers and priests were therefore often referred to as trees or tree men – for example, the Druids, whose name, according to one interpretation, signifies the men of the oak trees, or the initiates of certain Syrian Mysteries who were called cedars; in fact it is far more credible and probable that the famous cedars of Lebanon, cut down for the building of King Solomon’s Temple, were really illumined, initiated sages.

The mystic knows that the true supports of God’s Glorious House were not the logs subject to decay but the immortal and imperishable intellects of the tree hierophants…

“Many of the great sages and saviors carried wands, rods or staves cut from the wood of sacred trees, as the rods of Moses and Aaron; Gungnir – the spear of Odin – cut from the Tree of Life; and the consecrated rod of Hermes, around which the fighting serpents entwined themselves.

“The numerous uses which the ancients made of the tree and its products are factors in its symbolism. Its worship was, to a certain degree, based upon its usefulness.

Of this J.P. Lundy writes: “Trees occupy such an important place in the economy of nature by way of attracting and retaining moisture, and shading the water-sources and the soil so as to prevent barrenness and desolation; they are also useful to man for shade, for fruit, for medicine, for fuel, for building houses and ships, for furniture, for almost every department of life, that it is no wonder that some of the more conspicuous ones, such as the oak, the pine, the palm and the sycamore, have been made sacred and used for worship…”

With this esoteric knowledge in place, many other metaphorical statements involving trees, pillars, poles and columns may be re-interpreted, giving new and more in-depth understandings. As we have seen, in some cases the illumined sages are themselves referred to as “trees.” Since the World Tree formation would appear to be the ultimate spiritual vision to be attained, this should not come as a huge surprise.

Much of the material that we are uncovering in this chapter can certainly be developed much farther than we will do now, paving the way for future authors to enhance the profile of this research. The next series of excerpts all come from the Internet compilations of Robertino Solarion at http://www.apollonius.net/cosmictree.htm, and often we will allow them to speak for themselves. In each case we will begin with the Internet link followed by the quotes themselves:

15.4 FINNISH FOLKLORE COSMOLOGY

http://virtual.finland.fi/finfo/english/muinueng.html

“[In the Finnish belief systems and other Eurasian folklore,] the Cosmos was divided into three zones: the upper world, the middle world and the underworld. This tripartite structure is one of the oldest north Eurasian folk beliefs.

The three cosmic planes were joined together by the cosmic tree, the cosmic column or the cosmic mountain located in the centre of the world. The top of the column was attached to the North Star, about which the heavens rotated.

The Finns also likened the North Star to a hinge and spoke of the “heavenly hinge”, likewise the “north pin”, the “celestial keeper”, the “pole star” and the “heavenly pole”.”

15.5 LITHUANIAN SHAMANIC COSMOLOGY

http://www.lithuanian.net/mitai/cosmos/baltai2.htm

“Along with myths describing the origin of the world, its schematic symbolic representation appears. Many nations, especially Indo-Europeans, have the notion of the World-Tree. Some nations call it the Cosmic Tree or the Life-Tree.

The vertical structure of the World-Tree, and thence the world model, as represented in the Lithuanian folk painting, was analysed in detail by Dundulienò and Vòlius. The World-Tree usually is shown as a powerful tree with wide spread branches, with its top reaching heaven and its roots going deep into the earth.

The tree-top is the dwelling place of heavenly bodies and eagles, while in its branches other birds live; under the tree are men and animals and, still lower, is the dwelling place of snakes and other reptiles.

From under the roots spurt springs of life and wisdom. Thus, the World-Tree represents the world as an indivisible entity, uniting the three spheres: the heaven, the earth and the underground. The mythical imagery of the Baltic World-Tree is probably a reflection of the holly oaks and ash-trees, as it may be concluded from the falk-tales.

“The World-Tree is a widely spread image in the Lithuanian folk painting, and some hint of it is also found in the Lithuanian and Latvian folklore. It is frequently engraved or painted on the objects of daily use among peasants: dowry chests, cupboards, towel holders, distaffs, laundry beaters, crochet works, etc.

Wood engravings of the World-Tree sometimes contain two segmental symbols of the Sun, surrounded by a circle of stroked squares, triangles and rhombs. The latter are symbolic imagery of tilled earth and sowed fields.

[Note: We can also see the clear relation of this to the aetheric geometries we have been investigating in this book.]

The upper Sun shines in the daytime and gives warmths, while the lower one was believed to cross the underground lagoon from the west to the east in a small boat, bringing dew to grass and crops.

“The oldest grave monuments in Lithuania are wooden kriktai, made from a board incised in the form of a tree. They used to be erected at the dead man’s feet, perhaps in a hope to make his access to the heaven easier.

To the World-Tree imagery belong Lithuanian memorial crosses and wooden roofed poles (chapels), also. Such roofed poles used to be (and still are to our day) erected at farm-steads, roadsides and cemeteries. They may have originated from the ancient ritual poles at which sacrifices were offered to gods.

The idea of such sacral objects is to direct the path of the prayer towards the dwellings of gods. Very common are three-storied roofed poles, where each story represents a separate sphere of the World-Tree.”

15.6 SIBERIAN SHAMANIC COSMOLOGY

http://www.uwgb.edu/galta/mrr/siberian/cosmol1.htm

“…Cosmology is the nature of the universe. One of the techniques shamans hold is to pass from one cosmic region to another — from earth to the sky or from earth to the underworld. Shamans are able to break through the plane between different worlds, or cosmic zones.

The Shaman believes that the universe is thought to have three levels: sky, earth, underworld, all of which are connected by a central axis. This type of symbolism shows the connection of the three worlds to be simple but the interconnection is very complex. It has a history, but due to modification and new symbolism it may have contradictions. However, the central idea remains the same.

It still is composed of three worlds and a central axis which goes through an “opening” or hole. [Through] this “opening,” the soul of the shaman [in] ecstasy can fly either up or down during the course of his celestial journeys. The gods can either come down to the dead in the underworld or down to earth.

“In many world tribes the people imagine the sky as a tent. The Yukat tribe believes the stars are the windows of the world which provide fresh air for all planets. The meteors are explained as a time when the gods open the tent to look at the earth. The sky is also seen as a lid.

Sometimes the lid does not reach to all the corners of the earth and then the fret winds blow through the cracks. It is also thought that through this narrow crack that heroes and other important beings can make their way through to enter the sky.”

Here, we should point out how certain distortions could be created. Let’s say that a seer originally discerned the form of the CU out of body, and used popular terms such as the idea of a “tent” to interpret the vision. Then, if the culture did not have a great deal of scientific development, it would be easy for subsequent observations to be co-opted into the original metaphor.

The powers of imagination in the ordinary waking state could connect the tent metaphor with the idea of meteors, and this in time could become a commonly accepted teaching. Of course, most scholars would reject all the evidence together, due to the fact that we obviously now know how meteors originate.

“In the middle of the sky shines the Polar Star which holds the celestial tent like a stake. The Samoyen tribe refers to it as the “Sky Nail.” It has also been called the “Nail Star,” “Iron Pillar,” and “Solar Pillar.” A similar and related mythical image is that the stars are linked invisibly to the Polar Star. The Buryat picture the stars as a herd of horses and the Polar Star, the “Pillar of the World,” as the stake to which they are tethered. (Elaide 261)

The Cosmic Mountain

“The Cosmic Mountain is another mythical image of the center of the world. It is said that the first shaman, Bai Ulgan, is seated on top of the mountain. The mountain is also known as the Iron Mountain and is pictured to have seven stories. The Cosmic Mountain makes the connection between the earth and sky.

When the Yukat shaman takes his mystical journey, he climbs the mountain. The Buyrat say that the Polar Star is fastened to its summit. The gods grasped this Cosmic Mountain and stirred the primordial ocean, giving birth to the universe.

“A future shaman may climb the Cosmic Mountain during his initiatory sickness. Ascending the mountain always signifies a journey to the Central World. Another image is that of the Center of the World, which has been presented in many ways. One image is the World Tree.

The World Tree

“The Cosmic Tree is essential to the shaman. He makes his ceremonial drum from the wood of the tree. Its branches reach to the palace of Bai Ulgan. In the legends of the Abakan Tatars, a white birch [tree] with seven branches grows on the summit of the Iron Mountain. The gods use the tree as a hitching post for their horses, as they do the Pillar of the World. (Elaide 270)

“The tree also connects the three cosmic regions. The Lreibe, called the Vasyugan-Ostuyak, believe that its branches touch the sky and its roots go down into the world. According to Siberian Tartars, a replica of the celestial tree stands in the underworld. A fir tree stands before the palace of Irle Kan, the King of the Dead. The King’s sons also hitch their horses to the trunk of the tree.

“The World Tree represents many things. On one hand, it represents the universe in continual regeneration, the continual spring of cosmic life, and a reservoir for the saved. It also represents the sky or the heavens, which are very important to the Siberian shamans. The tree is also seen as the Tree of Life and Immortality.

“The Tungus say that before birth, the souls of little children perch on the branches of the Cosmic Tree. The shamans go there to find them in their initiatory dreams.

15.7 BALTIC “SUN TREE”

http://www.britannica.com/bcom/eb/article/8/0,5716,119808+3,00.html

Baltic Mythology

Cosmology

“…The notion of a sun tree, or world tree, is one of the most important concepts regarding the cosmos [in Baltic mythology.] This tree grows at the edge of the path of Saule, and the setting sun (Saule) hangs her belt on the tree in preparation for rest.

It is usually considered to be an oak but is also described as a linden or some other kind of tree. The tree is said to be located in the middle of the world ocean or generally to the west.

15.8 NORTHERN ASIAN SHAMANIC COSMOLOGICAL METAPHORS

http://www.britanica.net/bcom/eb/article/9/0%2C5716%2C117459%203%2C00.html

Shamanism Worldview

The Universe

“The classic worldview of shamanism is found among the peoples of northern Asia. In their view the universe is full of heavenly bodies peopled by spiritual beings. Their own world is disk-shaped–saucerlike–with an opening in the middle leading into the Netherworld; the Upper World stands over the Central World, or Earth, this world having a manyfold vault.

The Earth, or Central World, stands in water held on the back of a colossal monster that may be a turtle, a huge fish, a bull, or a mammoth. The movement of this animal causes earthquakes.

The Earth is surrounded by an immense belt. It is connected with the Upper World by the Pillar of the World. The Upper World consists of several strata–3, 7, 9, or 17. On the navel of the Earth stands the Cosmic Tree, which reaches up to the dwelling of the upper gods.”

Again, to most scholars the idea that the Earth is held on the back of a colossal monster must seem to be completely preposterous. We must again remember that cultures use language to interpret reality, and if their language had no terms to describe geometric structures, then it wouldn’t be difficult for them to give animal names to whatever they witnessed in the OBE state.

Then, the metaphorical interpretation comes to be believed as a literal reality, thus leading ideas such as the notion of earthquakes being caused by the movement of a giant creature.

15.9 HUNGARIAN SHAMANISM AND THE WORLD TREE

http://www.insa-tlse.fr/~jacobins/hongrie/chamana.htm

Shamanism

“The religious concepts of the Hungarians from the Time of the Conquest, which were formed during their long stay in the Euro-Asian Steppes, were not dogmatic in nature but had more to do with shamanic faiths.

According to shamanism, the world is divided into three levels: the middle one corresponds to our world, the highest level is inhabited by the gods and the spirits which rule the universe, and the lower level consists of the obscure world of the dead and the kingdom of the evil spirits.

These levels are connected to each other by a magic tree, the “Tree of Life” or “Cosmic Tree”, whose roots descend into the inferior world and whose highest branches reach the superior world.

“The shaman, who possessed special powers and knowledge useful in obtaining benevolence and assistance from the other world, assured communication between man and the gods (spirits).”

The idea that the area below the ecliptic represents “lower planes” and the area above the ecliptic represents “higher planes” may have some scientific connection, but it is also certainly possible that this was just a simpler way for the seers to articulate the information that they received.

In Phyllis Atwater’s near-death vision in the end of this chapter, she does not indicate the lower areas as being intrinsically lower in vibration.

15.10 SIMILARITY OF ASIAN / EUROPEAN “WORLD TREE” METAPHORS

http://www.arthistory.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/trees.html

Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe, Sweet Briar College, 1998

“…Some trees become sacred through what may have occurred in their proximity. It was under a pipal tree that Siddhartha Gautama (born 566 BCE) meditated until he attained enlightenment (Nirvana) and became the Buddha. The Bodhi or Bo (Enlightenment) tree is now the centre of a major Buddhist sacred shrine known as Bodh Gaya.

“For the ancient Celts, the Yew tree was a symbol of immortality, and holy trees elsewhere functioned as symbols of renewal [see Brosse in the BIBLIOGRAPHY]. A tree scarred by lightning was identified as a tree of life, and, according to Pliny [see BIBLIOGRAPHY] the Celtic Druids believed that mistletoe grew in places which had been struck by lightning.

The Druids performed rituals and ceremonies in groves of sacred oak trees, and believed that the interior of the oak was the abode of the dead. In India, it is believed that the Brahma Daitya, the ghosts of Brahmans, live in the fig trees, the pipal (ficus religiosa), or the banyan (ficus indica), awaiting liberation or reincarnation. Among the eight or so species of tree considered sacred in India, these two varieties of fig are the most highly venerated.

“The identification of sacred trees as symbols of renewal is widespread. In China, the Tree of Life, the Kien-Luen, grows on the slopes of Kuen-Luen, while the Moslem Lote tree marks the boundary between the human and the divine. From the four boughs of the Buddhist Tree of Wisdom flow the rivers of life. The great ash tree Yggdrasil of Nordic myth connects with its roots and boughs the underworld and heaven.

“In Japan, trees such as the cryptomeria are venerated at Shinto shrines. Especially sacred is the sakaki, a branch from which stuck upright in the ground is represented by the shin-no-mihashira, or sacred central post, over and around which the wooden Shrines at Ise are built. The shin-no-mihashira is both the sakaki branch and the pillar confirmed in the nethermost ground, like the heaven-tree in many Japanese legends.

“Sacred forests still exist in India and in Bali, Indonesia. The holy forests in Bali are annexed to temples that may or may not be enclosed in it, such as the Holy Forest at Sangeh [see Vannucci in the BIBLIOGRAPHY]. The general feeling of respect and veneration for trees in India has produced a great variety of tree myths and traditions.

“One of the Five Trees in Indra’s paradise (svarga-loka), which is located at the centre of the earth, is the mythic abundance-granting kalpa-vriksha. An image of the kalpa-vriksha carved in sandstone in Besnagar in Central India may originally have stood as an emblem capital on top of a monolithic pillar or stambha, possibly one of the 36 or so pillars erected by the Buddhist emperor Asoka (268-232 BCE).

The pillars has been interpreted as replicas of the axis mundi [see John Irwin in the BIBLIOGRAPHY]. The stone kalpa-vriksha capping the pillar may therefore be identified as the Cosmic Tree or world-tree, an emblematic variation of the symbolism of the stambha as axis mundi [see Jan Pieper in the BIBLIOGRAPHY].

“Single pillars made of tree trunks called Irmensul (‘giant column’) representing the ‘tree of the universe’ were set up on hilltops by some German tribes. A highly venerated Irmensul in what is now Westphalia was cut down by the Christianizing Charlemagne in 772.”

15.11 MOUNTAIN METAPHORS: ANOTHER WORLD TREE / CU CONNECTION

http://www.arthistory.sbc.edu/sacredplaces/mountains.html

“Mountains loom large in any landscape and have long been invested with sacredness by many peoples around the world. They carry a rich symbolism.

The vertical axis of the mountain drawn from its peak down to its base links it with the world-axis, and, as in the case of the Cosmic Tree (cf. Trees and the Sacred), is identified as the centre of the world. This belief is attached, for example, to Mount Tabor of the Israelites and Mount Meru of the Hindus.

“Besides natural mountains being invested with the sacred, there are numerous examples of mountains being built, such as the Mesopotamia ziggurats, the pyramids in Egypt [cf. Giza Plateau, Egypt], the pre-Colombian teocallis, and the temple-mountain of Borobudur. In most cases, the tops of real and artificial mountains are the locations for sanctuaries, shrines, or altars.

“In Ancient Greece the pre-eminent god of the mountain was Zeus for whom there existed nearly one hundred mountain cults. Zeus, who was born and brought up on a mountain (he was allegedly born in a cave [cf. The Sacred Cave] on Mount Ida on Crete), and who ruled supreme on Mount Olympus, was a god of rain and lightning (to Zeus as a god or rain is dedicated the sanctuary of Zeus Ombrios on Hymettos).

Mountains figure a great deal in Greek mythology — the Muses occupy on Mount Helikon, Apollo is associated with Parnassos [cf. Delphi], and Athena with the Athenian Acropolis.

“In Japan, Mount Fuji (Fujiyama) is revered by Shintoists as sacred to the goddess Sengen-Sama, whose shrine is found at the summit. Named after the Buddhist fire goddess Fuchi, the mountain is believed to be the gateway to another world. The mountain was originally sacred to the Ainu, the aboriginal inhabitants of Japan.

“In China there are nine sacred mountains, 5 Taoist and 4 Buddhist; all are sites of pilgrimage. According to Taoist belief, mountains are a medium of communication through which people communicate with the immortals and the primeval powers of the earth.

Chinese sacred mountains are believed to be especially powerful sites of telluric power, a sacred force or energy known as the dragon current which runs through the earth itself. It is studied by practitioners of feng shui (literally Wind and water). The dragon current is of two kinds: the yin (or female) and yang (male). Mountains are regarded as embodying primarily the yang force.

“In Tibet, Mount Kailas, one of the tallest peaks in the Himalayas, near the source of the Ganges, is venerated by, and is a pilgrimage site for, Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. Buddhists regard the mountain as a mandala.”

15.12 HINDU “COSMIC TREE” REFERENCES

We found the next Hindu excerpt on a different Internet site that was not located by Solarion:

http://www.geocities.com/alex_kew/hinduism2.html

Chapter 15 — The Mystery Of The All-Pervading Person

“The Blessed Lord said: The scriptures speak of the eternal Asvattha, the World Tree, whose roots are in the Most High, branches in the lower regions, and leaves in Vedic hymns. He who knows it, understands the Veda really.

You draw a tree, the roots base represents the Most High, God, and the branches and leaves to the left and right represent the eye-brows. You understand!

“Nourished by the gunas and covered with the budding foliage of sense objects, its branches spread into regions high and low. Stretching forth on the ground below in the world of men, are its secondary roots, entangling man in the bondage of action.

“For one involved in worldly life, the form of this World-Tree is not visible, not its origin, nor its end, nor its foundation. Cutting asunder the firmly rooted Asvattha [World Tree] with the powerful axe of non-attachment, and saying, “I seek refuge in that Primeval Person from whom this eternal cosmic activity has streamed forth”, man should seek that Status, attaining to which there is no more return to this life of Samsara.”

Samsara is another word for suffering. It is also related to the concept of Maya, or duality, where you do not see that all is One. The idea of “cutting off” the World Tree appears to refer to an expansion of perception beyond the level of the planes within our Solar System.

“They who are free from pride and delusion, who have no attachments, who are ever absorbed in spiritual pursuits, who are free from all worldly desires, who are unaffected by the varying situations of pleasurable and painful nature–such persons, free from ignorance, attain to the Eternal State…

“The striving contemplatives perceive the Atman Spirit within themselves, but not the impure and the unregenerate, though they be striving.

“That light of the sun which illumines the whole universe, which is present in the moon and in fire likewise – know that splendor to be Mine.

“Entering the earth by My spiritual energy, I sustain all beings residing in it…”

It should be interesting to us that the Vedic cosmology would further enhance the metaphorical visualization of the CU / World Tree by associating it with a face. Perhaps other mythologies have done this as well, and we simply may not yet have spotted them.

15.13 BRITTANICA ON “WORLD TREE” AND BIBLE CONNECTION

http://www.britannica.com/seo/w/world-tree/

ENCYCLOPÆDIA BRITANNICA

World Tree,

“Also called Cosmic Tree, centre of the world, a widespread motif in many myths and folktales among various preliterate peoples, especially in Asia, Australia, and North America, by which they understand the human and profane condition in relation to the divine and sacred realm.

Two main forms are known and both employ the notion of the world tree as centre. In the one, the tree is the vertical centre binding together heaven and earth; in the other, the tree is the source of life at the horizontal centre of the earth. Adopting biblical terminology, the former may be called the tree of knowledge; the latter, the tree of life.

“In the vertical, tree-of-knowledge tradition, the tree extends between earth and heaven. It is the vital connection between the world of the gods and the human world. Oracles and judgments or other prophetic activities are performed at its base.

“In the horizontal, tree-of-life tradition, the tree is planted at the centre of the world and is protected by supernatural guardians. It is the source of terrestrial fertility and life. Human life is descended from it; its fruit confers everlasting life; and if it were cut down, all fecundity would cease. The tree of life occurs most commonly in quest romances in which the hero seeks the tree and must overcome a variety of obstacles on his way.”

In the Biblical account of the Garden of Eden, there were indeed two different trees, and Manly Hall covers this in The Secret Teachings of All Ages, page XCIV:

“The early Fathers of the church sometimes used the tree to symbolize Christ. They believed that ultimately Christianity would grow up like a mighty oak and overshadow all other faiths of mankind. Because it annually discards its foliage, the tree was also looked upon as an appropriate emblem of resurrection and reincarnation, for though apparently dying each fall it blossomed forth again with renewed verdure each ensuing spring.

“Under the appellations of the Tree of Life and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil is concealed the great Arcanum of antiquity – the mystery of equilibrium. The Tree of Life represents the spiritual point of balance – the secret of immortality.

The Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, as its name implies, represents polarity, or unbalance – the secret of mortality. The Quabbalists reveal this by assigning the central column of their Sephirothic diagram to the Tree of Life and the two side branches to the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil.

“Unbalanced forces perish in the void,” declares the secret work, and all is made known. The apple represents the knowledge of the procreative process, by the awakening of which the material universe was established…

Though humanity is still wandering in a world of good and evil, it will ultimately attain completion and eat of the fruit of the Tree of Life growing in the midst of the illusionary garden of worldly things.”

And while we are on the topic of apple trees, Celtic traditions feature the god Apollonius climbing a tree with “golden apples” in its branches to reach a higher plane of paradise known as “Avalon.” It is certainly interesting to note the similarities between this idea and that of the trees in the Garden of Eden.

If the Tree of Life represents the main axis of the CU, obviously it would be on a higher level of vibration than the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, which appears to be represented by the flat plane of the ecliptic. Other “Golden Apple” connections are found here.

15.14 JOHN MAJOR JENKINS ON MAYA SACRED TREE MYTHOLOGY

To properly understand this next excerpt, we must introduce information that was already published in The Shift of the Ages and will be covered again later in this book. The Earth’s axis makes a slow, circular wobble as it rotates, over the course of roughly 25,920 years, which is known as “precession.”

The Mayans appear to have had a very advanced knowledge of this cycle, as the well-known Mayan Calendar measures a cycle of time that is exactly one-fifth of the precession at 5,125 years. The Mayan Calendar also gives us an exact date for when our current cycle will end, as the Winter Solstice (Dec. 22) of the year 2012.

Jenkins was one of the first to point out the remarkable fact that at this exact date, the Earth’s axis comes into its most precise alignment with a dark area in the Milky Way that is actually the center of the galaxy. Jenkins refers to this as the “solstice-galaxy alignment,” and later in the book we will show that it has a very real energetic connection.

For now, our concern is how Jenkins ties this in with Mayan concepts of the sacred importance of trees. The orbital plane or “ecliptic” of our Solar System is tilted at a roughly 60-degree angle to the flat “ecliptic” plane of the galaxy; they are not parallel to each other, as many may intuitively feel.

We remember that the Solar System’s ecliptic is seen in World Tree myths as being the plane of the Earth, and many mis-interpret this as being an indication of a belief in “Flat Earth” theory. A tilt of 60 degrees is obviously the angle inside of an equilateral triangle, again suggesting a geometric connection between our plane of the ecliptic and the galaxy.

More significantly, within our Solar System a shaman would see an axis above and below the north and south poles of the Sun, formed by the Sun’s giant magnetic field. This solar axis is closely aligned with the flat plane of the Milky Way as well; the two are only off by about 30 degrees. So, in certain mythological systems the two images may well prove to be blended together, and the work of Jenkins and Linda Schele suggests that this is what occurred in the Mayan culture:

THE HOW AND WHY OF THE MAYAN END DATE IN 2012 A.D.

By John Major Jenkins

May 23rd, 1994

Originally published in the Dec-Jan ’95 issue of Mountain Astrologer.

“…We are still trying to answer these questions: What is so important about the winter solstice of 2012 and, exactly how were calculations made so accurately, considering that precession should make them exceedingly difficult?

“If we make a standard [astrological] horoscope chart for December 21st, 2012 A.D., nothing very unusual appears. In this way I was led astray in my search until Linda Schele provided a clue in the recent book Maya Cosmos.

Probably the most exciting breakthrough in this book is her identification of the astronomical meaning of the Mayan Sacred Tree. Drawing from an impressive amount of iconographic evidence, and generously sharing the process by which she arrived at her discovery, the Sacred Tree is found to be none other than the crossing point of the ecliptic with the band of the Milky Way.

“Indeed, the Milky Way seems to have played an important role in Mayan imagery. For example, an incised bone from 8th century Tikal depicts a long sinking canoe containing various deities. This is a picture of the night sky and the canoe is the Milky Way, sinking below the horizon as the night progresses, and carrying with it deities representing the nearby constellations.

The incredible Mayan site of Palenque is filled with Sacred Tree motifs and references to astronomical events. In their book Forest of Kings, Schele and Freidel suggested that the Sacred Tree referred to the ecliptic.

Apparently that was only part of the picture, for the Sacred Tree that Pacal ascends in death is more than just the ecliptic, it is the sacred doorway to the underworld. The crossing point of Milky Way and ecliptic is this doorway and represents the sacred source and origin…

“We may also remember at this point that the tzolkin calendar is said to spring from the Sacred Tree. The Sacred Tree is, in fact, at the center of the entire corpus of Mayan Creation Myths. We should definitely explore the nature of this astronomical feature.

Again, we can see from this research that the World Tree of the solar magnetic field was seen in visions to blend together with the World Tree of the Galaxy, (which we will talk more about in the next chapter,) forming a nearly perpendicular relationship to each other.

15.15 THE ANCIENT VISION OF THOTHERMES TRISMESTIGUS

The next excerpt from Manly Palmer Hall’s The Secret Teachings of All Ages is not directly related to the World Tree metaphor, but nevertheless shows us an Octave cosmology of dimensional planes, organized as “spheres within spheres.”

Ostensibly, the secret traditions assert that Hermes lived some 12,500 years ago, and in the Edgar Cayce readings it says that Hermes co-designed the Great Pyramid with the Egyptian priest Ra-Ta. (Dr. Zecharia Sitchin has written a detailed critique of the idea that the pharaoh Cheops had constructed the Great Pyramid, which was subsequently co-opted by Graham Hancock for his own works.)

This vision was interpreted through the cultural and metaphorical lens of the time, where the metaphor of a dragon represented wisdom, as it still does in Oriental cultures. Thus, Hermes’ vision occurred with an entity that first appeared as a dragon named Poimandres, and which later showed itself as simply being the energetic consciousness of Universal Mind.

It is also important to remember that there is much controversy about the secret society of Freemasonry (or Masonry for short) at the present time. Some would say that “nothing that is secret can be good for anyone,” but in this case the information in these groups, such as the detailed knowledge from a lost advanced civilization, was deemed to be overwhelming and possibly destructive for most people without proper spiritual training and initiation.

In Ernest Scott’s book The People of the Secret, it is revealed that these ancient orders give the secrets that allow the self to open up a direct gateway to harness the intelligent energy of the universe. If this gateway is misused, then a person could potentially have access to a form of “spiritual nuclear energy” and use it for manipulating, dominating and destructive purposes.

All indications are that Masonry was formed on extremely positive pretenses, and over time certain groups such as Adam Weishaupt’s “Bavarian Illuminati” ended up radically distorting the message into a negative, self-serving construct.

For a number of different reasons, we have evidence that there are still a certain number of Masonic scholars in existence whose intentions are positive, who have a wide grasp of the deepest secrets and still maintain positions of power in the world, though not necessarily in government.

Hermes is thought of as the ancient “father of Freemasonry,” as we will see in the excerpt. This vision, therefore, is very central to the Masonic system of beliefs, for those who make it far enough through the various degrees to learn the deeper teachings. This information is featured between pages XXXVII and XL in Secret Teachings:

“Hermes… was regarded by the ancient Egyptians as the embodiment of the Universal Mind. While in all probability there actually existed a great sage and educator by the name of Hermes, it is impossible to extricate the historical man from the mass of legendary accounts which attempt to identify him with the Cosmic Principle of Thought…

“Among the arts and sciences which it is affirmed Hermes revealed to mankind were medicine, chemistry, law, art, astrology, music, rhetoric, magic, philosophy, geography, mathematics (especially geometry,) anatomy and oratory. Orpheus was similarly acclaimed by the Greeks.

“Hermes is of first importance to Masonic scholars, because he was the author of the Masonic initiatory rituals, which were borrowed from the Mysteries established by Hermes. Nearly all of the Masonic symbols are Hermetic in character. [“Hermetic” means “from Hermes.”]

Pythagoras studied mathematics with the Egyptians and from them gained his knowledge of the symbolic geometric solids. Hermes is also revered for his reformation of the calendar system. He increased the year from 360 to 365 days, thus establishing a precedent which still prevails.

The appellation “Thrice Greatest” [or “Trismestigus”] was given to Hermes because he was considered the greatest of all philosophers, the greatest of all priests, and the greatest of all kings…

“… The Vision is believed to describe the method by which the divine wisdom was first revealed to Hermes. It was after Hermes had received this revelation that he began his ministry, teaching to all who would listen the secrets of the invisible universe as they had been unfolded to him…”

Again, this vision came about as the result of an out-of-body experience that pitted Hermes face to face with an entity named Poimandres, which identified itself as the Universal Mind:

“…Immediately the form of Poimandres changed. Where it had stood there was a glorious and pulsating Radiance… Hermes was “raised” into the midst of this Divine Effulgence and the universe of material things faded from his consciousness. Presently a great darkness descended and, expanding, swallowed up the Light.

Everything was troubled. About Hermes swirled a mysterious watery substance which gave forth a smokelike vapor… His mind told Hermes that the Light was the form of the spiritual universe and that the swirling darkness which had engulfed it represented material substance…”

There should be no doubt here of the connection between the vision of Hermes and the Vedic traditions of the interplay of light and darkness, as described in the last chapter. These clear connections will continue to be visible as we go along.

The next excerpt is one section of the words of Poimandres in the vision, with bold italics and one underline added for emphasis. Again, we need not be overly concerned with each specific metaphorical term, but focus on the overall themes of the “spheres within spheres” of planes of existence in the universe.

In this case, each planetary sphere is seen to “take back” a different area of the soul’s development where there could be a lack of virtue or development, and thus by passing through all seven levels the soul is entirely purified. Interestingly, the Cayce Readings described very similar astrological concepts as this, connecting them with the planes of existence:

“Before the visible universe was formed its mold was cast. This mold was called the Archetype, and this Archetype was in the Supreme Mind long before the process of creation began.

Beholding the Archetypes, the Supreme Mind became enamored with Its own thought; so, taking the Word as a mighty hammer, It gouged out caverns in primordial space and cast the form of the spheres in the Archetypal mold, at the same time sowing in the newly fashioned bodies the seeds of living things.

The darkness below, receiving the hammer of the Word, was fashioned into an orderly universe. The elements separated into strata [or layers] and each brought forth living creatures. The Supreme Being – the Mind – male and female, brought forth the Word; and the Word, suspended between Light and darkness, was delivered of another Mind called the Workman, the Master-Builder, or the Maker of Things.

“In this matter it was accomplished, O Hermes: The Word moving like a breath through space called forth the Fire by the friction of its motion. Therefore, the Fire is called the Son of Striving. The Workman passed as a whirlwind through the universe, causing the substances to vibrate and glow with its friction. The Son of Striving thus formed Seven Governors, the Spirits of the Planets, whose orbits bounded the world…

“At death the material body of man is returned to the elements from which it came, and the invisible divine man ascends to the source from whence he came, namely the Eighth Sphere. The evil passes to the dwelling place of the demon, and the senses, feelings, desires and body passions return to their source, namely the Seven Governors, whose natures in the lower man destroy but in the invisible spiritual man give life.

“After the lower nature has returned to the brutishness, the higher struggles again to regain its spiritual estate. It ascends the seven Rings upon which sit the Seven Governors and returns to each their lower powers in this manner: Upon the first ring sits the Moon, and to it is returned the ability to increase and diminish.

Upon the second ring sits Mercury, and to it are returned machinations, deceit, and craftiness. Upon the third ring sits Venus, and to it are returned the lusts and passions. Upon the fourth ring sits the Sun, and to this Lord are returned ambitions.

Upon the fifth ring sits Mars, and to it are returned rashness and profane boldness. Upon the sixth ring sits Jupiter, and to it are returned the sense of accumulation and riches. And upon the seventh ring sits Saturn, at the Gate of Chaos, and to it are returned falsehood and evil plotting.

“Then, being naked of all the accumulations of the seven Rings, the soul comes to the Eighth Sphere, namely, the ring of the fixed stars. Here, freed of all illusion, it dwells in the Light and sings praises to the Father in a voice which only the pure of spirit may understand.

Behold, O Hermes, there is a great mystery in the Eighth Sphere, for the Milky Way is the seed-ground of souls, and from it they drop into the Rings, and to the Milky Way they return again from the wheels of Saturn. But some cannot climb the seven-runged ladder of the Rings. So they wander in darkness below and are swept into eternity with the illusion of sense and earthiness…

“Then preached Hermes: “O people of the earth, men born and made of the elements, but with the spirit of the Divine Man within you, rise from your sleep of ignorance! Be sober and thoughtful. Realize that your home is not in the earth but in the Light. Why have you delivered yourselves over unto death, having power to partake of immortality? Repent, and change your minds.

Depart from the dark light and forsake corruption forever. Prepare yourselves to climb through the Seven Rings and to blend your souls with the eternal Light.”

Those in positions of power who engage in corruption with a Masonic background would be wise to keep Hermes’ teachings in mind. Later in the book, Hall states the following:

“The Vision of Hermes, like nearly all of the Hermetic writings, is an allegorical exposition of great philosophic and mystic truths, and its hidden meaning may be comprehended only by those who have been “raised” into the presence of the True Mind.”

As we move further through this chapter of the book, Hall gives us another interesting clue:

“The homely onion was revered by the Egyptians as a symbol of the universe because its rings and layers represented the concentric planes into which creation was divided according to the Hermetic Mysteries (from the visions and teachings of Hermes.)”

Now if we remember that Hall indicated that Hermes also brought the Egyptians the original knowledge of the Platonic Solids, it shouldn’t be difficult to see that he was also well aware of how these geometries integrated with the eight spheres of existence seen in the vision. One could argue that the original contents of Hermes’ vision and that of the Hindus was nearly identical.

15.16 EDGAR CAYCE’S VIEW OF THE DIMENSIONAL OCTAVE

The Edgar Cayce readings spoke of the Octave of spherical planes of existence and their planetary connections, and this can be seen in the following excerpt from the best-selling book that truly launched Cayce’s popularity, There is a River.

It describes an exchange between Edgar Cayce and Arthur Lammers, the man whose questioning first opened up the esoteric side of Cayce’s work such as astrology and reincarnation, after more than twenty years of straight medical readings.

The important point is that Cayce’s readings made mention of various planes of existence as being “spheres,” and furthermore that there were eight main spheres [an Octave,] directly connected with the major planets. As we said before, Pluto is now unofficially considered to be more of a “planitesimal” than a full-blown planet, due to its minute size:

“Lammers began to laugh. “You thought astrology was a fake,” he said [to Edgar,] “and now you hand out a story that’s a dozen times more fantastic than the rule of the stars. You say I’ve lived before on this earth. You say this is my third appearance in this ‘sphere,’ and that I still have some of the inclinations from my last life, when I was a monk.”

“Mechanically Edgar put on his tie, fastened his cuff links, and tied his shoelaces.

““Is that the stuff they believe in India?” he [Edgar] asked. “Is that reincarnation?”

“Lammers nodded.

““You say,” he went on, “that the solar system is a cycle of experiences for the soul. It has eight dimensions, corresponding to the planets; they represent focal points for the dimensions, or environments in which the dimensions can express and materialize themselves – although materialization of each dimension is different.

This is the third dimension, and it is a sort of laboratory for the whole system, because only here is free will completely dominant. On the other planes, or dimensions, some measure of control is kept over the soul to see that it learns the proper lessons.

“The control is usually by the soul itself, if it has evolved sufficiently, because once the body of this dimension has been left and the consciousness of this life has been absorbed into the subconscious, the veil between the two is lifted…”

The principle of “total free will” in the third-density is precisely duplicated in the Ra / Law of One teachings as well; they state that in this realm we must make a “choice” between whether we will serve others or serve self. Those who choose service to others will be moving into the fourth-density positive sphere that is now being activated around the Earth.

Ra also states that the “veiling” between conscious and subconscious mind is only in effect in the third density, and was a necessary step for our self-knowing by giving us the opportunity to choose our positive or negative polarity without the “automatic” knowledge of the existence and nature of the One Ultimate Being.

15.17 ATWATER’S SHAMANIC VISION OF THE CU AND “TIME/SPACE”

In the 1996 book Future Memory, P.M.H. Atwater, a student of the Cayce work, describes her own visionary near-death experience where she had a direct perception of the spiraling energy of the spherical torus. In her case, she was able to match her visualizations to modern scientific language, and there is a wonderful treatment on the spherical torus in her book.

She describes the torus as the perfect shape for a black hole to white hole vortex, and also comments on the gyroscopic properties of this energy form. Here, we will only focus on her description of the actual near-death vision itself. This should help provide a bridge between ancient visions and those of modern seers who have witnessed the same formation.

Furthermore, it appears to be a most excellent visual description of what the Ra group refers to as “time-space,” where you are essentially fixed in space but can move all throughout time quite easily. This highly confusing concept is the opposite of space-time, which we are now a part of, where you are essentially fixed in time but can move around quite easily in space:

“Of the three near-death episodes I experienced in 1977, the third one was the most dramatic. And it haunted me. It intruded upon my life, becoming more detailed and more powerfully real as years passed. It would not leave me alone.

The actual scenario had involved huge energy masses in the shape of two cyclones, one inverted over the other. I initially described them in chapter 2 of Coming Back to Life, but that description was not complete. I left out some of it. Here is a more detailed version:

“During the evening hours of March 29, 1977, when I left my body in what felt to be death, I soared rapidly through the roof of the house I rented, glimpsing each molecule of material in the ceiling and rooftop as I went and noting how curious it was to possess such X-ray vision.

As if flying, I rose far into the night sky until deep in heaven’s darkness I spied a slit of brilliant light somewhat the shape of a lip. When I neared, the lip of light opened slightly, enough to allow entry, but that entry was more an absorption, as if I had suddenly become caught in a force field.

This “field” extended some distance into space and away from the lip. Particles of twinkling brightness identified its presence. I detected the smell of ozone with a slight hint of ammonia, increasingly “flat” as an odor the closer I got.

Once inside, the light was as overwhelming as it was brilliant, yet it had no apparent source. I saw two colossal forms in the distance, cyclonic vortexes spinning at great speed, with one inverted over the other in an hourglass design.

“The cyclone shape on top spun clockwise. The inverted cyclone beneath spun counterclockwise. Where the two spouts should have touched but didn’t, there spewed forth in all directions piercing rays of radiant power – not light, power. Power!”

Here we can see that she is actually witnessing two different fields that are “nested” together in counter-rotational motion, with the top and bottom cyclones exhibiting opposite rotational directions. In the next paragraph her vision of counter-rotating fields is illustrated even more clearly, as we shall see.

We should firmly remember that Atwater obviously did not understand this new system of physics at the time that she had this vision. Her book gives no indication of an understanding of how these counter-rotating fields are seen in the planets, especially the gaseous bodies of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune, where actual counter-rotating cloud bands are seen very clearly.

Her vision also shows the radiant point in the center, which we also have come to expect from our investigation. In this case, that point would be the true location of the Sun in this vast energetic structure.

“Both cyclones were fat and bulgy, not at all smooth-sided as might be supposed, considering their tremendous rate of spin. Even though the direction of their movement was decidedly right to left for the one on the top and left to right for the one on the bottom, inside each was the presence of the other’s motion plus a separate inner convolution.

This tri-directional force seemed to create the powerful spin along with an impression of layering across the surface of the cyclones (without rows or bands to cause the layered effect).”

Atwater’s vision of layering in the cyclones is clearly a view of the “nested” spherical torus formations, as we have seen in Dr. Vadim Chernobrov’s experiments with altering the flow of time and Roschin and Godin’s spherical walls of magnetism in their replication of the Searl Effect.

It was a view of how the different planes of existence were intersecting, just as was seen in the Yggdrasil legend, the Vedic cosmology and the epic vision of Hermes. At the end of this excerpt, Atwater makes it very clear that she saw the nested spheres before returning to her body.

“Inside the top cyclone (and I called them cyclones because that is what they reminded me of), I saw my Phyllis-self, hardly larger than a speck yet recognizable. Superimposed over my Phyllis-self were all my past lives and all my future lives happening at the same time in the same space as my present life. Around me were other people I knew.

The same thing was happening to them. Around them were still other people, and others more, until I came to realize all life-forms were present inside the cyclone, and the same thing was happening to each and all. Yet no one and nothing made any “real” movement except expansion and contraction, as if all life, plus the environment in which it existed, was breathing.”

As we stated, this vision gives us a great metaphor to understand Ra’s concept of “time-space,” where our past, present and future experiences in time are all easily moved through but we essentially remain fixed in one area of space.

All of us have a “virtual” existence in this area at all times, yet normally we only perceive it when we are dreaming or having an out-of-body experience; it is the natural realm of the “subconscious mind” or Astral Self, and the “super-conscious mind” or Higher Self.

Ra indicates that there is a plane of time-space for every plane of space-time in the Octave of densities, and in time-space it is very easy to gain a complete overview of a soul’s entire range of experiences; all experiences in life can be fast-forwarded or rewound just like a videotape.

Dreams can then effortlessly be designed by the Higher Self to accurately predict the most probable events of the future, bring up long-buried memories of the past, shed light on previous lifetimes and also pave the way for an understanding of future lifetimes. Most of us do not fully understand these dreams because they speak in the language of metaphor, which transcends all linguistic and cultural barriers.

So, both space-time and time-space are equally real in universal terms, yet space-time is generally a much simpler concept for us to understand. Since we don’t recognize time as simply being another geometric movement of aetheric energy, it is difficult for us to visualize an area where we can move along “the spiraling line of light” with complete ease and freedom but essentially remain “stuck” in one area of vibrations that we call “space.”

Truly, there is no difference between space and time; they are both forms of energy as it moves in set geometric patterns.

You have to “fix” your coordinates in space to be able to move around in time, and vice versa.

Most of us find it much easier to envision being “stuck” in time, as we now experience our lives on Earth in the “space-time” realm, while having the complete ability to move throughout space. Atwater’s vision is by far the best tool that we have to visualize time-space, the “world of the dead.”

Ra says that this time-space realm is the area that we go after we die to review the lessons that we learned in our lifetimes, and here we see that Atwater’s vision correlates precisely to Ra’s information. Yet, Atwater gives no indication in her book of having read the Law of One series. It should also come as no surprise to us that she also perceived the breathing movement of the Universe, so eloquently articulated in the Vedic system that we covered in the last chapter.

“What appeared to be movement, the life-forms acting out their given roles, was actually an optical and perceptual illusion similar to a hologram but produced by pulsed wave oscillations activated by individual and collective forms of consciousness.

If any life-form changed the overall pattern of a personal scenario, “past” as well as “future” would alter for that individual and sometimes for others. While each life-form was truly its own self, each was also connected to all others by bubbly threads of a brilliant light that formed a fabric netting or web.”

Ra claims that within the “time-space” realm, we review our lifetimes over and over again until we “forgive and accept the self” at every step. In this realm we are acutely aware of what our true spiritual objectives were for our just-ended lifetime, and we are equally aware of when and how we did not match up to our own expectations.

To repeat the point, in this time-space realm we keep going through our most painful experiences in life over and over again, like a recurring dream, until we finally make the most healing, forgiving and self-accepting decisions.

In this non-physical sense, we can indeed balance out our soul growth that lifetime, learn all the lessons and energetically “change” the events that happened while we were alive. Once we complete this life review, we plan out the status for our next incarnation, plotting out the most suitable planetary configurations for our birth, often choosing our parents and designing many other pre-planned events to occur and people to meet in our lives at certain points in the timeline.

“And what occurred inside the top cyclone also occurred inside the bottom cyclone. As above, so below. In other words, my Phyllis-self plus the other life-forms actually inhabited both cyclones in the same relation, in the same condition. The bottom cyclone, then, was but a mirror image of the one on top. The overall scene first impressed me as if a giant echo were filling the width of a massive canyon.

“The sheer force of cyclonic spin created a counter activity along each of the cyclone’s outer edges, manifesting in the process another energy construct altogether. This extra construct occupied space to the left and to the right of the cyclones and seemed somehow to originate darkness and light as by-products of its existence; thus, darkness developed to the left as light emerged from the right.”

Here, we can see the obvious connections between Atwater’s vision and the Vedic accounts, which explain that the continuous, breath-like interplay of darkness and light forms the material universe that we now live in.

“This sight filled me with the realization that darkness and light, by-products of the spinning cyclones, were opposite “signatures” of the same dynamic. They provided the necessary mechanism and contrast for manifestation to be experienced in a meaningful way. Darkness and light, then, were corollary reflections resulting from the act of creation continuously re-creating and altering itself, for that is exactly what it felt like, as if I were witnessing Creation.

“Since what I had once referred to as “life” no longer interested me, I found myself fascinated with the rays of radiant power, those piercing rays continuously emanating from the middle where the cyclone spouts should have touched but didn’t. That space, that place, seemed to me as if it were the entryway to God, so I resolved to go there, to head directly for the centerpoint. My desire was to return to the God from whence I had come. God!

“At that moment back in Boise, my son Kelly found my body in the living room and began to talk to it, speeding words my way, tones, and I heard him. I have no memory of what he said, since only his tone mattered, for riding on his tone came love, unconditional and freely given. That caught my attention and turned me away from the radiant rays.

Had I made it to the middle, there would have been no coming back. I knew that. But to the middle I almost went before the sound love makes reversed my direction.”

Although Phyllis certainly believed at the time that there was no return after going to the middle, ancient shamans again reported “climbing the World-Tree” to go to other realms and obviously being able to return.

This is most likely something that could not occur except with very diligent spiritual practice, since Phyllis obviously believed that there would be no turning back from that point. Slightly later in the book, she also indicates that she perceived “nested spheres” right before leaving:

“…The activity to either side of the cyclones seemed indicative to me of yet another construct, that of a system within a system. Appreciating that what I saw may indeed have been the middle of a torus, as I believe it was, then this side activity exposed the presence of another torus one inside the other.

When I pulled back to hear my son’s voice better, I took one last look at this scene and beheld as I did a panorama so awesome, it haunted me for years afterward…”

At this point in the book she shows her rough sketch of the “panorama,” which appears to be a total of four nested torus formations, and goes on to say that she observed a very similar diagram in a book on physicist Stephen Hawking. On the following page she posts images from Dan Winter of nested spherical torus formations that are much more accurate-looking. Her next statement again emphasizes how powerful of an experience it was for her to make this connection:

“What I actually saw and felt during my third near-death experience and how I finally captured that scene on paper closely matches the physics of time / space / matter, plus the theory of creation. I claim no expertise here, but I do know what I encountered, and it was very, very real.”

She also indicates that others have seen these formations in their visions as well, and her suggestions correlate with what we’ve now presented in this chapter:

“Years after my near-death experiences were over, I discovered that history and legend are filled with reports of people who, having had impactual transformations either because of nearly dying (usually a near-death experience) or from a total change in consciousness (usually spiritual enlightenment), described something akin to what I saw – a shape the likes of cyclones.

Gifted psychics have spoken on the same thing, and so have people on their deathbed as they were about to die. In fact, a large, predominant vertical shape such as a column, stairs, beam of light, great tree, or hourglass image of vortexes (similar to the torus “throat” I saw) is the most repetitive motif found throughout the whole of visionary symbology.

According to tradition, for one to have witnessed or traversed “The Vertical” (see Appendix IV) is considered a sign that the individual has transcended the “twelve heavens and twelve hells” horizontal to earth’s vibration, and is ready to move on to realms of grandeur beyond what the human mind can fathom.”

15.18 UNIVERSAL, SCIENTIFIC DISCOVERY OF ‘WORLD TREE’ FORMATION

We are now ready to plunge headlong into our flagship third volume of this series, Divine Cosmos. Now that we have reviewed this large amount of metaphysical data regarding the structure of the CU in the Solar System as the vision of the World Tree, we will show scientifically how it appears all throughout the Cosmos, at all different levels of size.

The work of Ray Tomes will show us that there is a complete, unified “harmonic / vibrational” relationship between the various size levels of form in the Cosmos, extending straight through the quantum realms right up to the structure of the entire known Universe. This will lead us directly into the discussion of Rod Johnson’s new view of quantum physics.

We do apologize for not having written a conclusion to this second volume at this time; however, so much new information came to our awareness while we worked on this book that we decided the only logical step to take was to start another.

As a result, Divine Cosmos is a complete re-organization of the case — this time bringing in the amazing physics discoveries of the Russians as well as the far more complete sacred geometry model of quantum physics you may have been waiting for. It does work as a stand-alone book on its own, but with this background you will have much more to think about and compare it to as you go in.

What you’ve seen so far is just the beginning…

15.19 RECAP

15.1 We begin this chapter with an illustration of the Japanese Shinto vision of the goddess Quan Yin. It is a remarkable illustration of a spherical torus, complete with “nested spheres” and vortex movement, with the central axis formed into the image of the goddess. In this chapter our main focus is on the visions associating the CU with a “World Tree.”

15.2 The classic groundbreaking work Hamlet’s Mill associated the World Tree images with the concept of the Earth’s axis, and the phenomenon of precession. While this is undoubtedly a major part of the puzzle, we now have reason to believe that the ancient view of these energy systems was far more complex than just a metaphor of precession; it was a very precise view of the CU stated in metaphorical language.

15.3 We then feature an excerpt from Manly Palmer Hall, who fills us in on the many cross-cultural esoteric connections to the World Tree metaphor. We also study his image of the Scandinavian World Tree or Yggdrasil, and the visual connections with spherical-torus energy systems are absolutely undeniable. We are also told that certain illumined sages earned the name of “tree men.”

15.4 The Finnish mythological view of the World Tree is given, showing CU connections.

15.5 The Lithuanian World Tree myths contain many obvious links to the CU. Their entire culture of symbolism was built around this metaphor, including the construction of roofed poles that have three stories, symbolizing three nested spheres within the CU.

15.6 The Siberian shamans saw the top of the CU as an “Iron Mountain” with seven stories, again showing us the direct visualization of an Octave of “spheres within spheres.” (It is interesting to note that “Iron Mountain” is the name of a company that owns huge underground storage facilities for public as well as secret government documents in New York; many have claimed that it is involved in the UFO cover-up.

Since Wilcock once lived right near Iron Mountain, he knew a friend who walked through a huge, long, abandoned drainage pipe in the area and eventually came to a sealed door with a red-lit camera, whereupon the door opened and he was accosted by men with machine guns who told him to leave immediately and forget what he saw.

Other New York lore asserts that the Iron Mountain facility in Rosendale is connected to the EG&G-Rotron underground facility in Woodstock by a long tunnel, and EG&G is often said to be connected with reverse engineering of UFO technology.

Another local friend confirmed that her father did just that at EG&G. He had been sworn to secrecy on pain of death, but finally broke down and told his family everything, again in secret. She literally turned white when Wilcock stated his knowledge as they drove past the facility together, and then “spilled the beans.”)

15.7 Returning to our main discussion, in the Baltic mythology the Sun Tree or World Tree is seen to exist in the middle of the “world ocean.”

15.8 The shamans of northern Asia say that the Earth is connected with the Upper World by the Pillar of the World. The Upper World consists of several strata–3, 7, 9, or 17.

15.9 The Hungarian shamanic accounts again feature the “Cosmic Tree” and planes that are both lower and higher than the Earth, connected with the Tree.

15.10 An excerpt from Christopher L.C.E. Witcombe sheds greater light onto the extensive cross-cultural connection of World Tree mythology throughout Europe and Asia.

15.11 The metaphor of a mountain is explored in this section as another frequent visualization of the CU formed by the Sun’s magnetic field.

15.12 The Hindus called the “World Tree” the eternal Asvattha. We have already seen their knowledge of the energetic connections to cosmology quite clearly.

15.13 The Biblical concepts of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil are demonstrated as representing the axis and ecliptic of the CU, respectively.

15.14 Linda Schele and John Major Jenkins suggest that the Mayan Sacred Tree mythology shows a connection between the ecliptic of our Solar System and the galaxy.

15.15 The ancient Egyptian vision of Hermes formed the original foundation for the Mysteries of Freemasonry, and it again suggests an Octave of nested spherical planes of existence. Interestingly it also says that the Milky Way is the seed-ground of souls.

15.16 Edgar Cayce’s trance readings also mentioned an Octave of spherical planes, connected with the planets as in Hermes’ vision.

15.17 P.M.H. Atwater’s near-death vision gives us a modern, technical description of what the ancient seers witnessed in the OBE state. Her precise language gives us a unique opportunity to visualize Ra’s concept of the realm of “time-space,” where we can move about freely in time but are essentially fixed in one area of space. Time-space is said to be the area where we go in OBEs, dreams and the after-death state, and it is a place where an overview of the soul is easily seen.

15.18 Our next volume in the series will demonstrate that the “Consciousness Unit” formation can be seen all throughout the Universe, at all different levels of size. This will truly make the accuracy of the model complete, and give strong evidence for the existence of an Ultimate Conscious Being where every part is a perfect microcosm of the Whole.