BET EMET MINISTRIES

Hebrew For "The House Of Truth"

Craig M. Lyons Ms.D., D.D., M.Div.

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THE CONSTELLATION VIRGO AS THE VIRGIN WHO GAVE BIRTH TO THE "SON" OF THE SUN

We touched only slightly on the problem for Christianity of the prevalence everywhere of a virgin mother and her divine child in the ancient world long before the Christian era. In this solar myth, the "sun of God", as the personification of the Sun, was considered to be born of the new, or virgin, moon. We need to first acquaint ourselves with some astronomical terminology:

There are two different types of observations that we make for stars and their "risings" and "settings". One is called "inferred" and the other "perceptible".

Certain types of rising and settings of stars must be inferred instead of observed, because the star is obscured by sunlight. These are used only by astronomers:

But more for our interest is the perceptible risings and settings of stars. These risings and settings can be observed directly, and it is these which have played a part in calendars:

Matthew 2:2 Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him.

Matthew 2:7 Then Herod, when he had privily called the wise men, enquired of them diligently what time the star appeared.

Matthew 2:9 When they had heard the king, they departed; and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.

Matthew 2:10 When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.

The Virgin birth aspect also comes from the observation that during certain ages the constellation of Virgo rose with the sun:

"At the moment of the Winter Solstice, the constellation Virgo, the Virgin, rose heliacally (with the Sun), having the Sun (Horus) in her bosom. . . . Virgo was Isis; and her representation, carrying a child (Horus) in her arms, exhibited in her temple, was accompanied by this inscription: "I AM ALL THAT IS, THAT WAS, AND THAT SHALL BE; and the fruit which I brought forth is the Sun" (Albert Pike, The Morals and Dogma of Scottish Rite Freemasonry, L.H. Jenkins, 1928, p. 455).

At the time of the birth of Christ, there were some very interesting alignments and appearances of stars that need to be noticed.

The Ancient calender also started at a different time. For those who did not begin their calendars with Capricorn, the Ancinents began their calendar in Virgo and ended in Leo, that is why the Sphynx has the head of a Virgin and the Body of a Lion. When the Sun of God was re-born at the Vernal equinox, it was for a while in the history of mankind in the Constellation of Virgo, so it was said the Sun or as the personified Son, that he was "Born of a Virgin". The Sun is the "Eye of God" or "Eye of Horus". Ra was the Sun God in Egypt. His full name was Amen Ra. That is why we say "A-men" after our prayers. The Egyptians knew this and all of the Egyptian beliefs and customs are built into our society secretly by the Freemasons.

SIRIUS..THE STAR OF ISIS AND THE VIRGIN

First of all Sirius, the brighest star in the sky, and the "Star in the East" in our Gospel accounts, was on the meridian line. The brightest of all the fixed stars is Sirius. Known to astronomers as Alpha Canis Major, it is the principal star of the constellation Canis Major (the Big Dog). The ancient Egyptians called it Septit, the Hebrews knew it as Sihor, to the Greeks as Sothis and also as the "the Dog Star" that followed Orion the Hunter. Sirius has a magnitude of -1.42, which makes it nine times more brilliant than a standard first magnitude star. It can even been seen in daylight with a telescope. Sirius is 23 times as bright as our sun and has almost twice its diameter. Being only 8.7 light-years away, Sirius is the fifth nearest star to our solar system, and the nearest after Alpha Centauri among the naked eye stars. Throughout recorded history, and probably long before, Sirius was the subject of much veneration and myth making throughout the world. Even as late as the 1970s it became the subject of a very controversial theory linked to extra-terrestrials and the Dogon tribe of Mali published by the scholar and author Robert Temple. There is much speculation on the origin of its modern name which is generally thought to be derived from the Greek word "Sirio" meaning "scorching" or "sparkling", apparently because it rose in the height of the summer heat. Some etymologists, however, have suggested a connection with the ancient Egyptian god Osiris. But of all the various names and epithets that this star was given, none can match the notoriety of its role in history as the "Star of Isis". Since earliest times the ancient Egyptian paid particular attention to Sirius, which they identified to the 'soul' of the Goddess Isis. There was a time, very long ago, that Sirius could not be seen in the sky from Egypt. This was because of a phenomenon known as the Precession of the Equinoxes. The Precession is a very slow wobble of our planet taking the polar axis of the Earth in a circular swing of 47 degrees every 26,000 years. The general effect is that the stellar landscape appears to swing up and down like a pendulum. Before the 12th millennium BC Sirius was below the horizon line as seen from the region of Cairo/Giza. It made its first appearance in the skies at that place in c.10,500 BC. Then it had a declination of about 58 degrees 43', which meant it would have just been visible in the south about 1.5 degree above the horizon line. For early man to witnessing the 'birth' of such a bright star must have been a very impressive sight rich with meaning and messages from the gods. Also the rising of Sirius occurred when the constellation of Virgo was rising in the east, which may partly explain why the star became the symbol of a virgin-goddess. We do not know when exactly Sirius became identified to the goddess Isis, but the idea certainly goes back to the origin of Egyptian culture. It was from the 'womb' of Isis-Sirius that was born the divine child, Horus. Since earliest times the ancient Egyptian paid particular attention to Sirius, which they identified to the 'soul' of the Goddess Isis. There was a time, very long ago, that Sirius could not be seen in the sky from Egypt. This was because of a phenomenon known as the Precession of the Equinoxes. The Precession is a very slow wobble of our planet taking the polar axis of the Earth in a circular swing of 47 degrees every 26,000 years. The general effect is that the stellar landscape appears to swing up and down like a pendulum. Before the 12th millennium BC Sirius was below the horizon line as seen from the region of Cairo/Giza. It made its first appearance in the skies at that place in c.10,500 BC. Then it had a declination of about 58 degrees 43', which meant it would have just been visible in the south about 1.5 degree above the horizon line. For early man to witnessing the 'birth' of such a bright star must have been a very impressive sight rich with meaning and messages from the gods.

Also the rising of Sirius occurred when the constellation of Virgo was rising in the east. This event, the rising of Sirius at the same time that Virgo was rising in the east partly explains why the star became the symbol of a virgin-goddess. We do not know when exactly Sirius became identified to the goddess Isis, but the idea certainly goes back to the origin of Egyptian culture. It was from the 'womb' of Isis-Sirius that was born the divine child, Horus.

To understand how Virgo was connected with the "virgin birth" we need to understand the myth of Isis and Osiris. We find that Isis and Osiris were among the four children born from the womb of the sky-goddess, Nut and fathered by Ra, the sungod. The other two children were Seth and Nephtys. Osiris took Isis as his wife, and they became the first rulers of Egypt. At the age of 28 Osiris was brutally murdered by his jealous brother Seth and his body cut into fourteen pieces. Isis recovered all of the pieces of Osiris' body except the phallus, which she could not find. Isis fashioned an artificial phallus for Osiris, placed herself on it in the form of a kite, and became pregnant with his seed. This was a type of virginal insemination by other means than natural intercourse. She then went into hiding in the marshes of the Nile, and gave birth to Horus. This as you can see begins to pattern the Jesus story of the virgin birth from being overshawed by the Holy Spirit of God and the hiding from an evil one who desired to kill the new born child. From the Pyramid Texts and various other religious writings, it is clear that this myth has its counterpart in the stars, with Isis identified to Sirius and Osiris to the constellation of Orion. In the Pyramid Texts it is said of Osiris-Orion:

"Your sister Isis comes to you rejoicing for love of you. You have placed her on your phallus and your seed issues in her, she being ready as Sirius, and Horus Sopd (a star) has come forth from you as Horus who is in Sirius…" [Pyr. Text line 632]

Recreating the ancient skies of the early Dynastic Era (c.3300 BC) which took place just before the great Pyramid Age (c.2750 - 2100 BC) we find that the star Sirius performed a very evocative cycle in the heavens which readily explains why it was associated to a magical birth. Because the earth moves around the sun, the fixed background of the stars appears to shift throughout the year in relation to the sun. Yearly observations of Sirius, for example, would show that there is a time when the star sets in the west immediately after sunset. After that the star is no longer visible for a period of about 70 days. It will reappear again, however, just before sunrise in the east. This reappearance is known as the heliacal rising of the star. In c. 3300 BC the heliacal rising of Sirius occurred exactly on the day of the summer solstice (21 June Gregorian).

The striking conjunction of the heliacal rising of Sirius and the summer solstice in 3300 BC was, in itself, a powerful omen; but there was something else also occurring at the same time which, quite literally, caused the whole of Egypt to be reborn. This was the annual flooding of the Nile. In ancient times the Nile would begin to swell in early June caused by the huge volume of water brought down river by the melting snows in the highlands of Central Africa. By late June the water would begin to spill over the banks to eventually flood the whole Nile Valley by end July. We know for certain that the ancient Egyptians considered the heliacal rising of Sirius to be the magical cause of the Nile Flood. To a land that gets little if any rain the flooding of the Nile was their salvation from God above and it was connected with the rising of Sirius and Virgo in the east. The heliacal rising of Sirius became the celestial sign that marked the beginning of the New Year. There are many ancient texts which refer to the conjunction of the 'New Year', the summer solstice, the start of the Flood and the appearance of Sirius which shows that this event was of the utmost importance to the Egyptians. The oldest of these texts is carved on a small ivory tablet dated to the 1st Dynasty (c. 3100 BC) where it is said that "Sirius is the Opener of the Year's Flood". The very same notion is given in the Pyramid Texts (c. 2200 BC), where it is stated that: "It is Sirius, the beloved daughter (of Ra, the Sun-god), who prepares yearly sustenance (the flood) for you in her name of 'Year'". In his book Echoes of Ancient Skies, the archaeo-astronomer Dr. Ed Krupp writes that,

"After disappearing from the night sky (for 70 days) Sirius eventually reappears in the dawn, before the sun come up. The first time this occurs each year is called the star's heliacal rising, and on this day Sirius remains visible for only a short time before the sky gets too bright to see it. In ancient Egypt this annual reappearance of Sirius fell close to the summer solstice and coincided with the time of the Nile's inundation. Isis, as Sirius, was the 'Mistress of the Year's beginning', for the Egyptian new year was set by this event. New Year's ceremony texts at Dendera say Isis coaxes out the Nile and causes it to swell. The metaphor is astronomical, hydraulic, and sexual, and it parallels the function of Isis in the myth. Sirius revives the Nile just as Isis revives Osiris. Her time in hiding from Seth is when Sirius is gone (70 days) from the night sky. She (Isis) gives birth to her son Horus, as Sirius gives birth to the new year, and in the texts Horus and the new year are equated. She is the vehicle for renewal of life and order. Shining for a moment, one morning in summer, she stimulates the Nile and starts the year."

So we must envision that the Virgo was rising in the East at the same time Sirus was visible in the east as well. But also Orion, called "The Three Kings" by oriental astronomers, was in proximity to these other two constellations as well. Also the line of the ecliptic, of the equator and of the horizon all met in the constellation {short description of image}of Virgo. This was a site to behold and captured the minds of men and yet do today at this myth lives among us today. It is interesting also to note that the brightest and largest star in the constellation Virgo is called Spica; it is to be found in the "ear of corn" (sign of fertility) which the Virgin holds. Bethlehem means the "house of bread," and there is therefore an obvious connection between these two words. These are astronomical facts. The interpretation of the symbolism attached from ancient days to these constellations is as old as religion itself. Whence came the signs, and how the meanings and symbols associated with them came into being, is lost in the night of time. They have existed in men's minds and thoughts and writings for thousands of years, and are our joint heritage today. We find it at the very heart of Christianity.

THE ALLEGORY OF EASTER, CHRISTMAS, AND THE SON OF THE SUN

From earliest times mankind has depended upon our great central Orb, the Sun, center of our planetary system to create and regulate all life on our particular place of residence, the Earth. To those who cared to do their own thinking and analyzing, the Sun governed with unfailing accuracy the length of the days and seasons in every clime. Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter followed each other with such regular punctuality that man attributed divine power to the Sun which never ceased bestowing food and warmth through the productivity of the Earth. To the thinker, the Sun was the Savior of mankind! The Sun rescued man from the severities of the Winter months and therefore was considered a Savior; and as life was re-activated in the Spring, the Sun assumed the role of a Creator; and then as the Great Preserver in the Summer and Autumn months as food and comfort were supplied to fortify and provide for man's future. Through the ages, and among most peoples, as mankind came to realize its complete dependency upon the Sun, this magnificent "Orb of Day" became the Great Benefactor or in its personified state as it stories were told down through history as "the son" of God and the center of Worship, by priesthoods of various religions. The part played by the Sun is most strikingly to be observed in the Christian Religion. For demonstration's sake, although by now you have seen abundant evidence to support such a contention, let us assume that the story of Christ, as expressed in the modern New Testament texts, is a parable for the Sun's activities. The birth takes place on the 25th of December. The Sun in its annual circle{short description of image} through the signs of the Zodiac, or the months of the year, shines upon the Earth in regular orderly manner between the Tropic of Cancer on the North and the Tropic of Capricorn on the South. December 21st of each year the Sun reaches its lowest point of declination at the Tropic of Capricorn. It then remains, seemingly motionless (Sol, the Sun, "stands still" Sol-stice) the 22nd, 23rd and 24th, and then on the 25th of December (Christmas) it has noticeably started its return North toward the Equator and therefore is "born again". Perhaps this metaphor will be more easily grasped when the phenomenon of the New Year replacing the Old year is represented by the picture on the right as we contrast the old being replaced by the stages of the solar year being represented by a young child's entering as an old man exits on the opposite side.

In Christianity, Jesus (I-ES+us, the one ES-sence or the Sun), born again every December 25th at the Winter solstice, is portrayed as a babe because at that time of the year the Sun's power is weak. Beginning December 25th, the Sun's northbound progress as it rises higher in the sky daily, is depicted in the increase of daylight; that is longer and longer days until on the 21st of {short description of image}March, the Vernal Equinox, when the Sun has reached the Equator, the length of the days and the nights is equal. On the 25th of March (when the Sun has entered Aries), the Sun has progressed Northward into the Northern Hemisphere and has therefore impregnated that section of our globe with the fertile seed; and plant life activity becomes more visible everywhere, in our part of the world. This natural annual occurrence on March 25th checks accurately with the religious story because exactly nine months later, December 25th the son (Sun) is born. But the center of our interest in this article is the fact that astronomers tell us that one minute after midnight on December 24th the constellation Virgo rises above the horizon with its bright star, Vindimiatrix (located in the figure's elbow), of major propensity and clearly to be seen, gives evidence of the birth's being virgin. Referring again to March 25th at the Spring equinox the days begin to be longer than the nights thus signalling the triumph of "Light" over "Darkness". This physical astronomical phenomenon is celebrated in the Christian churches by the designation of a particular Sunday called Easter. In symbology, the Moon is considered the wife of the Sun and therefore Easter, at present, is the first Sunday after the first full moon after the 25th of March, (the Spring Equinox) that is, after the Sun crosses the Equator. Nine months later in the religious story, the "Holy Mother" has the child.

The Summer Solstice, when the Sun has reached the Tropic of Cancer in its northern trek, takes place the 21st through the 24th of June, and on June 25th the days begin to grow shorter as the Sun's path (the Ecliptic) descends Southward to the Equator which it crosses the 25th of September. In the religious story this is called the second crucifixion at Golgatha where the god is crucified between two thieves and mention is made of the presence of a hand maiden. (Virgo, the Virgin). After this the Sun's journey continues Southward to the Tropic of Capricorn which it reaches on December 21st and the annual phenomenon is repeated. (The ever repeating "Crucifixion of the Lord, the SUN)! Just as children would continue to believe in the myth of Santa Claus, so would, and so do human grown-ups believe in the priestly concocted religious stories until they, the humans, turn their searchlights of thinking and reasoning upon what they have been "fed" since birth and compare them rationally and reasonably to the phenomena of Nature occurring continually before their eyes.

So for any thinking believer it surely seems that the "Jesus Story" originated in the stars, was later personified, and later believed as if "literal" through the erroneous teaching of the various priesthoods.

Just as the 20th Century was accurately designated by W. E. B. DuBois as "The Century of the Color Line" or Racism, so do we see the 21st Century as "The Century of 'The Truth' about the World's Religions".

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