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V. ASTROMYTHOLOGY








Source: Light of Egypt


The Astro-Mythological system of the ancients, though forming the
last section, so to say, of the mysteries of the Divine Urania,
is, perhaps, the most beautiful of its general features, and
perfect in the complete fulfillment of the purpose for which it
was intended, viz.:-- to convey to the human mind a lesson, a
moral, a truth in Nature; and last, but not the least, to serve
as a basis upon which its inner aspirations and its more external
faith might rest in security.

When we come to examine the deep, philosophical principles of
such a wise system, we are almost astounded at the result of our
researches and the wisdom of human nature displayed in
formulating such perfect analogies of truth, semi-truth, and of
falsehood, according to the plane occupied by the individual.

Let us take one instance, which will clearly explain all the
rest, for they are built and formulated after the same model.
Aeneas, of Greek myths and fables, is reputed to be the son of
Venus by a MORTAL father, upon the plane of reality. As that of
actual PARENT and CHILD, of course this is an utter falsehood. To
the rural population of long, long ago, and their simple, rustic
conceptions, IT WAS A TRUTH.

Why so? Because they believed it, and to them it taught the
required lesson of obedience to the powers that be. But if in
reality it was a falsehood, how can it become a truth by the
simple addition of acceptance and belief? Because it possessed a
metaphysical truth, though not a physical one, in the sense
accepted.

Aeneas, son of Venus, whose history is so beautifully preserved
by the immortal Virgil, was (metaphysically speaking) son of the
goddess, because he was, in his astral and magnetic nature, ruled
and governed by Venus, born under one of her celestial signs and
when she was rising upon the ascendant of the House of Life, even
as Jesus Christos was born of a virgin, because Virgo was rising
at His birth.

Thus Aeneas was, in strict metaphysical reality, a son of Venus.
Having satisfied the rural mind, which thus, unconsciously,
accepts an absolute truth under a physical disguise, the
metaphysical thinker, the philosopher, also accepts the same
fable, knowing and realizing its more abstract truth,

But, again, we are met with the objection that such a truth is
only apparently a truth; i.e., on the plane of embodied
appearances, and naturally the question arises, where (if at all)
is the real truth of the mythos? That truth which is beyond the
mere metaphysical thinker and commonplace philosopher; the truth
which the Initiates recognize--where is it? That truth lies far
beyond the purview of Astro-Mythology. It is connected with the
center of angelic life. Sufficient here to say that, as there are
seven races of humanity, seven divisions to the human
constitution, seven active principles in Nature, typified by the
seven rays of the solar spectrum, so are there seven centers of
angelic life, corresponding to the seven planetary forces
formulated in "The Science of the Stars," and, as each one of us
must of necessity belong to one of the particular angelic centers
from which we originally emanated, the Initiate can see no reason
why AENEAS MAY NOT IN REALITY belong to that celestial vortex
represented by Venus upon the plane of material life. This being
the case, we see how beautiful the ancients' system of temple
worship must have been. The simple rustic, in reverence and awe,
accepting the gross and physical meaning--the only one possible
to his dark, sensuous mind. The scholar and philosopher bow their
wiser heads with equal humility, accepting with equally sincere
faith the more abstract form of the allegory; while on the other
hand, the priest and the Initiate, lifting their loftier souls
above the earth and its formulas of illusion and matter, accept
that higher and more spiritual application, which renders them
equally as sincere and devout as their less enlightened
worshipers. It is thus we find these astro-myths true for all
time, true in every age of the world, and EQUALLY TRUE OF ALL
NATIONS. And this is the real reason why we find every nation
under the Sun possessing clear traditions relating to the same
identical fables, under different names, which are simply
questions of nationality. And when mythologists, archaeologists,
and philologists once recognize the one central, cardinal truth,
they will cease to wonder why nations, so widely separated by
time and space, possess the same basic mythology. They will then
no longer attempt its explanation by impossible migrations of
races, carrying the rudiments with them. They will find that this
mythology was a complete science with the ancient sages, a
UNIVERSAL MYSTERY LANGUAGE, in which all could converse, and that
it descended from the Golden Age, when there was but ONE nation
on the face of the Earth, the descendants of which constituted
the basic nucleus of every race which has since had an existence.
In this light all is simple, clear, and easy to comprehend--all
is natural.

The astronomer-priests of the hoary past, when language was
figurative, and often pictorial, had recourse to a system of
symbols to express abstract truths and ideas. In order to impress
the minds of pupils with a true concept of the attributes of the
celestial forces, we call planets, they personified their powers,
qualities, and attributes. Just as the average mind of to-day
cannot conceive of Deity apart from personality, so did primitive
man clothe his ideas in actual forms, and in these
impersonations, they combined the nature of the celestial orb
with that of the zodiacal sign or signs, in which the planet
exerted its chief and most potent activities. For instance, the
planet Mars, whose chief constellation is Aries, was described as
a great warrior, mighty in battle, fierce in anger, fearless,
reckless, and destructive; while the mechanical and constructive
qualities were personified as Vulcan, who forged the thunderbolts
of Jove, built palaces for the gods, and made many useful and
beautiful articles. Then, again, we find that Pallas Athene was
the goddess of war and wisdom. She sprang from the head of Zeus.
Aries rules the head, and represents intelligence. Athene
overcame her brother Mars in war, which shows that intelligence
is superior to brute force and reckless courage.

Here, we see three different personages employed to express the
nature of the powers and phenomena produced. They were called
gods and goddesses. This was quite natural, as the planets of our
system are reflections of Divine principles. Esoterically, Mars
symbolizes strength, victory--attributes of Deity.

Mars is said to have married Venus, teaching us that the union of
skill and beauty are essential in all artistic work.

Mythology tells us that the god Mars was supposed to be the
father of Romulus, the reputed founder of Rome. Romulus displayed
many characteristics of the planet. The mythos is no doubt a
parallel to that of Aeneas. Rome was founded when the Sun in his
orbit had entered the sign Aries, and Mars was the god most
honored by the Romans. In time, with the degeneration of human
races and their worship, to the rural mind, the subjects of the
mythos became actual personalities, endowed with every human
passion and godlike attribute, the former characterizing the
discordant influence of the heavenly bodies upon man.

Gai, Rhea and Ceres, or Demeter (Greek), represent the triune
attributes of Mother Earth. Gai signifies the Earth as a whole,
Rhea the productive powers of the Earth, and Ceres utilizes and
distributes the productive forces of Rhea.

In the charming story of Eros (Divine Love), son of Mars and
Venus, he (Eros), we are told, brings harmony out of chaos. Here,
we see the action of Aries and Taurus, ruled respectively by Mars
and Venus.

The beautiful myth of Aphrodite, born of the sea foam, is Venus
rising out of the waters of winter, to shine resplendent in the
western skies at evening, and typifies the birth of forms, as all
organic forms have their origin in water.

In all lands the Sun was known under various names, typical of
solar energy, especially in reference to the equinoctial and
solstitial colures.

Henry Melville, in his valuable work, "Veritas," says no reliance
can be placed upon ancient dates, either of Europe, Asia, or
anywhere else, and he conclusively shows that such dates are
Astro-Masonic points on the celestial planisphere, the events
recorded being, as it were, terrestrial reflections of the
celestial symbols.

To attempt to wade through all the various systems of mythology,
and explain each in its proper order, would be to write a large
encyclopedia upon the subject. We have given a few examples as
keys, and suggest works for study. We have here given the real
key, and the student must fathom particulars for himself. The
chief work, and most valuable in its line, is Ovid's
"Metamorphoses." The next, also the most valuable in its line, is
"The Mythological Astronomy of the Ancients," with notes (these
latter are the gist and constitute the real value), by S. A.
Mackey; and last, and, perhaps, in some sense, not the least, is
the "Wisdom of the Ancients," by Lord Bacon. This is published in
"Bacon's Essays."

A careful study of Ovid, with the key which this chapter
supplies, will reveal ALL that pertains to ancient gods,
demi-gods, and heroes, while a study of Mackey, and a careful
comparison with "La Clef" and "La Clef Hermetique" will reveal
all that pertains to cosmic cycles and astral chronology, which
is the only chronology that is quite trustworthy, as far as
ancient history is concerned.

While we are on this subject, we must point out some of the
delusions, into which the subtle, magical teachings of the Orient
would lead the student.

All the monster sphinx, half human, half animal, etc., which the
ancients have preserved, are simply records of the past. They are
chronological tables of cosmic time, and relate to eras of the
past, of the Sun's motion, and not by any means to living
creatures of antediluvian creations, as some wiseacres have
imagined. Many of these ancient monuments, monstrous in form, are
records of that awful period of floods and devastation known as
the Iron Age, when there was a vertical Sun at the poles; or, in
other words, when the pole of the Earth was ninety degrees
removed from the pole of the ecliptic. To those who can read
aright, every lineament tells as plainly as the written word the
history of that awful past, marking the march of time, recording
the revolutions of the Sun in his orbit of 25,920 years, and
relating with wonderful accuracy the climatic changes, in their
latitudes, which took place with each revolution of the Sun and
corresponding motion of the Earth's pole of less than four
degrees. All the greater myths of the dim past were formulated to
express cosmic time, solar and polar motion, and the phenomena
resulting therefrom. These monuments of antiquity prove that, the
ancients knew a great deal more of the movements of heavenly
bodies and of our planet than modern astronomers credit them
with.

Madame Blavatsky, in her "Secret Doctrine," seriously states that
all these monstrous forms are the types of actual, once living
physical embodiments, and, with apparent sincerity, asserts that
the Adepts teach such insane superstitions.

Such, however, is not the case, neither is there anything true,
or even approaching the truth, in the cosmogony given in the work
in question.

And, lastly, we have but one more aspect of the grand old Astro-
Mythos to present to your notice. This aspect reveals the whole
of the ancient classification of WORK and LABOR, and gives us a
clear insight into the original designs, or pictorial
representations, of the twelve signs and the twelve months of the
year. It also clearly explains many things which are to-day
attributed to superstitious paganism.

As each month possesses its own peculiar season, so are, or were,
the various labors of the husbandman, and those of pastoral
pursuits, altered and diverted. Each month, then, bad a symbol
which denoted the physical characteristics of climate and the
temporal characteristics of work. As the Sun entered the sign, so
the temple rites varied in honor of the labors performed, and the
symbol thus became the object of outward veneration and worship.
So we see that the twelve signs, and principally the four
cardinal ones, became Deities, and the symbols sacred, but in
reality, it was the same Sun to which homage was paid.

There is a large sphere of study in this direction, as, of
course, each climate varied the symbol to suit its requirements.
In Egypt there were three months when the land was overflowed
with water; hence, they had only nine working months out of
doors, and from this fact sprang the Nine Muses, while the Three
Sirens represented the three months of inactivity in work, or
three months of pleasure and festivity.

Mackey tells us that the great leviathan mentioned in the Book of
job was the river Nile.

In nearly all mythologies, we find that the gods assembled on
some high mountain to take counsel. The Olympus of the Greeks and
Mount Zion of the Hebrew Bible mean the same, the Pole-Star; and
there, on the pictured planisphere, sits Cephus, the mighty Jove,
with one foot on the Pole-Star and all the gods gathered below
him. The Pole-Star is the symbol of the highest heaven.

With this we close, leaving the endless ramifications of this
deeply interesting subject to the student's leisure and personal
research, trusting the keys we have given in this chapter and
their careful study may induce the reader and student of these
pages to search out for himself the meaning concealed in all
Astro-Mythologies.





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