In a conversation today, the Goddess Ishtar was mentioned. Her rites, it was suggested, may be a possible forerunner to the Easter bunny and egg festival. I looked up Ishtar and found this interesting passage in Wikipedia: (keep in mind Ishtar is an immortal, Gilgamesh is a hero but a mortal). Ishtar in the Epic of… Continue reading Ishtar and Easter
MacMillan Dictionary defines Mystery as something that you are not able to understand or explain. Another definition is information about a subject or activity that only some people are allowed to know. If we go back to 500 BCE and especially if we go further back, the Mysteries played a vital role in all cultures everywhere in… Continue reading What is a Mystery? What is a Christian Mystery?
The Greek Mysteries are the most visible to historians but all cultures had their own Mystery Center(s). Well known are many the leaders of Greek Mystery Centers such as Pythagoras and Heraclitus. And well known are the mystery centers Cabeiri on the islands of Lemnos, and Eleusis in west Attica, about 12 miles from Athens. … Continue reading What do we know of the ancient mysteries?
The Temple in Jerusalem during the time of Jesus was no longer Solomon’s Temple. and it was no longer the Second Temple built by Zerubbabel after The Captivity in Babylon. An inspiration from the arch-angel Michael (known then as Marduk in those Persian times) had moved Cyrus the Great to free the Jews to return to their… Continue reading Reviewing Solomon’s Temple
With Adam and Eve, original sin enters which consisted of one being dissimilar to the generation which had gone before. Lucifer had intended from his nature to speed along human evolution; to give to humanity too soon the sense of an ego within the soul. Expulsion from Paradise meant that Earth forces could now intermingle… Continue reading Heredity, Rakshasas, and Nostradamus
I was asked a question “do Anthroposophists (spiritual scientists) believe that they are gods or even greater than gods?” I replied with the following that I will share here: I think there is much more to this question than a mere yes or no. This may sound like “what is the meaning of life?” Well,… Continue reading The Goal of Meditation (Western Path)
During the Age of Taurus (roughly from 3000 BCE to 800 BCE), the bull and the calf were venerated. As this Age transitioned to Aries, the Mithraic Mysteries arose where one was now to overcome the bull within: Note the symbol of the snake. Mithraism apparently grew out of Persia and became popular throughout… Continue reading Ox and Ass = Mysteries of Mithras and Isis?
Historical records indicate that tribes or ethnic groups had a god that led them. Their priests were specially selected and trained in their consciousness and morality to be able to hear the guidance from their god. Later, a bit over 5000 years ago, Kali Yuga began when Humanity’s innate ability to experience the spiritual world… Continue reading Guiding Humanity
Last post we looked at the creation of Adam and Eve and the story of Cain and Abel. We saw that the Elohim (plural) were the creators of Adam and Eve: Adam was principally created by Jehovah and Eve by another unnamed Elohim. All the Elohim were involved. The Hebrew word ‘Elohim’ is typically translated… Continue reading Cain and Abel: Male and Female Mystery Wisdom
It is time for some mysteries to be made known. Let’s start with an ancient mystery whose story applies today, namely that of Cain and Abel. This quote of Genesis 4 (King James Version) from http://www.biblegateway.com will help us put the common story in our minds. “4. And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she… Continue reading The Mystery of Cain and Abel