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The Twelve Foundation Stones and the Portals

  1. The Meaning of the Mandala
  2. Jesus Second Axiom-Make the Left Hand Like the Right Hand
  3. Too Much Left Brain Use is Creating Many Illnesses
  4. Psychological Implications
  5. Understanding Ezekiel's Four Levels
  6. The Zodiacs of Babylon and Egypt
  7. Ley Lines, Power Points & Sacred Temples
  8. The Universe Is Made of 90% Dark Matter and 10% Light Matter
  9. The Kingdom of Heaven
  10. The Seven Levels of Consciousness & The Seven Elohim
  11. The Seven Levels of Consciousness & the Question of Inspiration of the Bible
  12. The Somatic Gospel, Plus The Origins of the New Testament

The Zodiacs of Babylon and Egypt

The book of Jasher, appears to be much older that the book of Genesis. In fact, it has many of the stories of Genesis but in much greater detail. From that very interesting book, we learn the life story of a man named Enoch. He lived on a mountain with his many sons and people. It is recorded of this man that he was taken up to the highest

Heaven, where he was taught many things, including the meaning of the Signs of Heaven. He was instructed to write down what he had learned and to return to earth with it. He was to then teach his people all that he had learned. And so, it is said of him that he was the first man to learn

the Signs of the Zodiac and teach his fellow men the meanings associated with each Sign. After he had fulfilled his mission, he was again taken back to heaven and never seen again.

THE ZODIAC OF BABYLON

The British Museum in London is the home of some cuneiform tablets that date back to around 2100 B.C. The ‘Mulapin Cuneiform Tablets of Babylon’ reveal that the Chaldeans were well aware of the movements of the Planets through the circle of of Zodiac, with the procession of the Equinoxes and many other phenomena associated with the heavens. But at this early date, the Zodiac was not used to cast personal horoscopes. The Chaldean priests used the twelve Signs of the Zodiac to teach the people, the possibility of personal Liberation and Transformation.

THE ZODIAC IN EGYPT

Certain scholars believe that the Egyptians learned their astrological wisdom from the Babylonians. This may well be, but I have reservations about this hypothesis. It is claimed that the Chaldeans were more concerned about the movements of the Planets than about the meaning of the Zodiac but I doubt it. I will agree that the Chaldeans were obsessed with Venus as were the Mayans. This is apparent from the study of the‘Venus Tables of Ammizaduga’ . They seem to have been aware of the fact that as Venus pursues her orbit, she appears to draw a perfect pentagram in the sky (this is because of Earth’s orbit).

They were also aware that it takes Jupiter one year to pass through each of the twelve Signs. We do know that the Egyptians used other constellations to explain the meaning of the Twelve Signs of the Zodiac. And it appears that they used the position of the stars in Orion to layout the seven great pyramids of Giza. The three largest pyramids match the exact shape and position the three stars in the belt of Orion. The Egyptian believed that Osiris and Isis came to Earth from a planet in Orion. They even taught that Osiris and Isis returned home to obtain the original seeds; wheat, barley and hops so the Egyptians could make beer!

MEANINGS OF THE SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC AND THE TWELVE LABORS OF HERCULES

In this article, I hope to cover some of the Esoteric meaning behind the Signs. The Ancients did not begin their Zodiac with the same Sign we do. The Jews begin their calendar with the month of their departure from Egypt. The Egyptians seem to have used Virgo as the beginning of their calendar. It is claimed that the Sphinx once faced due East and that

its face was that of a woman and not a man. Its body is that of a lion, so the lion represents the end of the Zodiac while the woman’s face represents the beginning. We do know that the Earth changed its axis three or four times, so that the Sun could have arisen in the West and set in the East. Since we began this study using Aries, let’s begin there again. But for a broader understanding of these shining Constellations, we need to look at the twelve labors of Hercules.

ARIES (April) Turysthens, the teacher of Hercules, assigned him twelve labors to perform within the space of a year. The labor of Hercules in this month was to capture the man-eating horse of Diomedes. This terrible creature had iron hoofs and iron wings and it could fly very swiftly. As we saw in the earlier part of this study, Aries represents life

and the Will to Be and Do. To me, the picture on Page 29 somewhat exemplifies the meaning of Aries. This would-be-Knight is shown in a strange chariot. It doesn’t even have harnesses and for horses, it has two sphinxes. The great Sphinx of Giza hasn't moved of its own volition, since it was carved. His chariot is actually a Cube, which symbolizes the work of Perfection. On his shoulders are two emblems of the Moon. Aries is the first Fire Sign.

TARSUS (May) Tarsus is an earth Sign. It is in this month that the Earth is graced with flowers in bloom. The labor assigned to Hercules for this month was to capture the Cretan Bull and ride him back across the sea like a horse. Hercules eventually found him by listening to him lowing in a cave.

When I think of caves, I am reminded of the hermit who retires to a cave to live a life of contemplation. We certainly do need to learn the art of contemplation and meditation but character is never perfected by living in isolation. When the Angel of the LORD found Elijah, hiding in a cave in Arabia, he asked him in so many words, “What are you doing here?”

The Buddhists revere the full moon in May because Gautama Buddha was born under a full moon in May, received Illumination under the full moon of May and died under a full moon in May.

GEMINI (June) The labor of Hercules in this month was to find a certain tree, guarded by a large serpent, in the land of the Hesperides (the west) and to pluck two golden apples from it. These two apples were used to free Prometheus from the chains which bound him to a rock and to lift the weight of the world from the shoulders of Atlas.

The word ‘Gemini means ‘twins’. The Greeks were fond of telling the story of Castor and Pollex - how Zeus placed both of them as Signs in the Heaven because of their love one for another. But this Sign is much older than Castor and Pollex, who fought in the Trojan War.

To prevent my readers from jumping to conclusions about the meaning of the Tarot Card named ‘Lovers’, I thought I should also show the card which best demonstrates what most people know about ‘love’. The Cathars well understood the difference between these two kinds of ‘love’. The card called ‘The Devil’ shows the ‘Lovers’ bound to each other alright, but they are also bound to the
Devil. The first card shows the true lovers producing fruit while the second card shows the very nature of the ‘the lover’ is set on fire. The first set of lovers have an angel blessing their friendship while the second set of lovers are under the power of the Devil. The pentagram on his forehead is turned upside down. Gemini is an Air Sign.

CANCER (July) Godfrey Higgins in his book ‘Anacalypsis’ tells us that there once existed in the ancient world a giant statue of Hercules with a set of gates on his shoulder. This gentleman also suggests that the stories of Samson in the Bible are a parallel to the Twelve labors of Hercules. He says that the name Hercules means ‘Prince of the Sun’ while Samson means ‘Little Sun’.

Well, as I pointed out in a previous issue, Cancer is a Water Sign and it signifies the growth in maturity that one can only attain through his interaction with the significant people in his life. The symbol for Cancer is a Crab.

We read an interesting story about Samson, (who should have known better, since he was a Nazarite from his birth) going down to see a Philistine harlot. When the towns people reported to the authorities that an Israelite judge was visiting the local harlot, they bolted and locked the city gates, so that he would not be able to escape and they could kill him in the morning. “And Samson tarried till midnight and arose. He took the doors of the gates to the city, even the two posts and went away with them, bar and all, putting them upon his shoulders. He carried them to the top of a hill that is near Hebron.”1

The above picture shows a crab crawling out of the water, under a full moon, and even the two towers or gates. This glyph is full of meaning.

LEO (August) I find it interesting that in the mystery religion known as Mithraism, one of the degrees of Initiation was called the Lion and it involved the use of honey.

We read an account of Samson on his way home to tell his parents about his espoused Philistine bride, meeting with a lion in the way and killing it with his bare hands. On his return trip, to celebrate his wedding with his new Philistine friends, he discovered that honey bees had built a cone in the carcass, so he took some of the honey. He was then able to propound the following riddle to them and to offer each one of them a complete garment (and there were thirty of them) if they answered his riddle, within seven days: He asked them: “Out of the eater came forth meat and out of the strong came froth sweetness.”2 Well, as fate would have it they knew they could not answer his riddle, so they prevailed upon his bride to discover the answer for them or have her father’s house burnt down. She betrayed Samson and saved her own skin plus that of her family by revealing Samson’s riddle to them.

Hercules' labor for this month was to kill the Nemean Lion and cloth himself with its skin, without tearing it! On one occasion, Jesus “saw a man carrying a ram (lamb) on his shoulders and he asked the disciples, Why is that man carrying that lamb around? They said to him, Because he intends to kill it and eat it. Jesus said to them, While it lives, he will not eat it, but only after he kills it and makes a corpse of it will he do so. They answered him, He cannot do otherwise. Jesus then said, You, look for a place with in Repose for yourselves, otherwise you will become a corpse and be eaten. Blessed is the lion which become a man by being eaten by man, but woe to the man, whom the lion eats and the lion becomes man.”3

Another time Jesus said, “Blessed is the person who finds the interpretation of this thought concerning his eyes, ‘He did not kill nor was he killed, but he came forth victorious.”4 Leo is a Fire Sign and speaks of transition.

VIRGO (September) The Virgin is an Earth Sign. The labor of Hercules in this month was to capture the girdle of the Queen of the Amazons. The Amazons were female warriors whom the Greeks eventually conquered. The parallel to this story in the life of Samson, I suspect would be his dalliance with Delilah, a famous Philistine whore. She was doubtlessly beautiful. On three separate occasions she was bribed to find out the secret source of Samson’s great strength. Each time, he would give her a fictitious source but all the while getting closer to the truth. When she found out that the seven locks of hair on his head had never been cut, she drugged him and had barbers give him a hair cut. Well to make the story short, he lost his power, was blinded and make a public spectacle and compelled to grind corn all day, like an ox.5

LIBRA (October) The Scales is an Air Sign. The labor of Hercules in this month was to capture the wild boar of Erymanthus. He eventually chased him up to the top of high, snow covered mountain peak and there captured him. The lesson here is to learn balance in all things.

SCORPIO (November) Although the Scorpion lives in the desert, this is a Water Sign. The Constellation called the Scorpion occupies a large area in the night sky but right above it is an even larger group of stars called ‘Serpent handler’. It is a man wrestling with a large Serpent in order to keep it from touching the ground.

The labor of Hercules in this month was to kill the nine-headed serpent by holding him off the ground. The problem with this snake is that when he would cut off a head, another one would appear. When it did die, it was transmuted into an Eagle, which can be seen directly above Sagittarius. Scorpio shows us death in the Desert; Sagittarius shows us death in the Valley while Capricorn shows us death in the Ocean.

SAGITTARIUS (December) One of the most beautiful Constellations of the night sky is that of Sagittarius. I once painted a mural of him with real lights to show the stars. His cape is the Milky Way. The arrow about to be launched from his bow is aimed directly at the bright red star in Scorpion.

The race of Centaurs was well known for its rabble rousing and debauchery. The Centaurs were half horse and half man. Most of them only thought of drinking, wincing, gambling and other low-life activities. But there was one among them, known as Chiron, who overcame his lower instincts and rose to become a famous teacher. One of his

students was Jason, the Argonaut. Chiron had once lived in a cave with Zeus, because they were brothers. Poseidon was given the wide Ocean as his domain. Zeus was given all the lands of the West to govern and Hades was given the realm of the lower worlds to govern. Chiron became a great teacher. His claim to fame in the 20th Century, is that a recently discovered asteroid has been named after him!

The labor of Hercules in this month was to kill the man eating birds of Stymphalos. These strange birds could drop sharp quills on men, thereby killing them. But before Hercules could discover their lurking place, he needed something to drown out their chatter and drive them out into the open. So, Minerva gave him a set of cymbals to drive them

into the open. This speaks to us clearly of stilling the Mind with its constant chatter, becoming centered and learning control. Sagittarius is the final Fire Sign. As I pointed out in a preceding writing, one must endure three kinds of fire and survive before the Son of God is manifested.

CAPRICORN (January) This is an Earth Sign. It is in this month that the Sun passes below the Winter Solstice. Hercules’ labor in this month was to descend into Hades and bring back Cerberus to the land of the living. It is reported that Hercules died between the two giant rocks at the Strait of Gibraltar. Samson died between two center columns in the temple of Dagon by pulling the place down around him, thus destroying three thousand people and helping to liberate his people.6

Our Lord Jesus Christ, redeemed a great host of people by the shedding of his blood on the Cross of Calvary. He then descended into Hades and delivered Adam and a vast number of people, who lived prior to the flood and lead them to a wonderful place outside Paradise to await the great day of liberation at the end of this age.7 Those of us who have been redeemed by Christ, being washed in his blood and purified by his Word and the water of baptism, have this Hope within us, that we too will see his blessed face.

The symbol for this Sign is a creature half dolphin and half goat. His tail is seen to be flipping the waves in the ocean, while his two front feet (the legs of a goat) are planted high on a snow covered mountain top. In other words, we see an individual, who has descended into

the lowest depths and ascended the highest heights. The picture to the right shows a Cathar Perfect holding a lantern giving light to all those in the valley below him. His face should have been painted showing it giving off light just as the face of the Hanged Man.

AQUARIUS (February) Aquarius, is an Air Sign. It’s symbol in the Sky is a man pouring water from two pitchers. The water from one flows down into the mouth of a large fish beneath his feet, while the water from the second pitcher flows upward and we see a dolphin leaping in it

The labor of Hercules in this month was to clean out the Aegean stables. This chore was complicated by the fact that over a period of thirty years, there had been thirty-thousand oxen living in it and therefore this amounted to an impossible job. But Hercules was able to cleanse the stables by diverting a river through it.

To impart some of the important truths that need to be purveyed here, we will need to borrow two glyphs from the Tarot Cards. One is called the Star while the other is called Temperance. Look carefully at the water flowing upward in Temperance.

PISCES (March) This is the last of the Water Signs. All three of the water Signs speak of death. There are many rites of passage. Exiting the womb has been traumatic for some. Breaking away from the mother’s breast has proven traumatic for some. This is the kind of stuff we saw in Cancer. In Scorpio, we saw separation - separation from the protection of mother and father - separation from family and kindred - divorce from a spouse. These are forms of death in Scorpio. In Pisces, we see real death. Letting go. Separation of body and soul.

The actual Constellation of Pisces shows two fishes tied to each other by two obvious cords. The other end of the cords is tied to the great sea creature called Cetus (thought by some to be a

whale) One of the fishes appears to be going upward while the other is headed downward. Study the glyph called the Devil.
The story of Jonah and the whale come to mind here. Because of his stubbornness and animosity toward the people of Ninevah, Jonah refused to go and preach a message of repentance to its people, even though Yahweh had ordered him to do so. He took a ship going in the opposite direction. Well, we all know the story of how he was thrown overboard and swallowed by a great fish of some kind. Three days later he was vomited up on the coast not far from Ninevah. He looked a sight, having been half digested by acids in the belly of the fish. I bet the people listened to him from a distance. Jonah died to his petty selfish view that only Jews are loved by God. This came as quite a shock to him. He did not want the people of Ninevah to repent. He wanted them to die. My prayer for
my Jewish brethren who are still filled with hatred toward the goyim is that they might be converted to the love of God and his Christ.

With Love, I remain your friend, Jeffrey Brackeen

NOTES

1. Judges 16:3

2. Judges 14:14

3. Gospel of Thomas, Vs. 62-67, Chap. 8, The Complete Gospel of JesusChrist

4. Dialogue of the Savior, Vs. 81, Chap. 8. Ibid

5. Judges 16:19

6. Judges 16:26-29

7. I Pet. 3:19, Eph. 4:8-10; Matt. 27:52



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