It's called the Camelopardalid meteor shower, and unlike annual showers such as the Perseids and Leonids that have been occurring for hundreds or thousands of years, it will occur for the first time the night of May 23 and early morning of May 24. (Red planetary Serpent(22) to White World Bringer(23).
22. I perfect in order to survive-producing instinct-I seal the store of life force-with the planetary tone of manifestation.-I am guided by the power of space.
23. I dissolve in order to equalize-releasing opportunity.-I seal the store of death-'with the spectral tone of liberation.- I am guided by my own power doubled!
A First? or......
The Celestial Ship of the North
E. Valetia Straiton
Age after age the Great Architect of the Universe has sent his messengers in many lands to make plain to man that the laws under which life spiritual and temporal evolves have been the same from the foundation of the world and are but the reactions of the planet earth to the stimuli of the moon, stars, suns and super-suns of the heavens. And amongst these the Mighty Ruler, "Ship of the North," was ever pre-eminent in its primal energizing.
The relation between the heavens and earth has been the same fundamentally in all ages. Out of knowledge of this ancient bond has been born the only true religion or "binding back" to causation.
Heavenly forces play upon earth and visibly impress their operative laws. The sun governs earth's motion. The moon sways earth's tides. The pole-star exerts a law-giving, orbit-directing influence upon earth's polar axis. And the signs of the zodiac through which the Sun takes his royal course year after year and in one of which earth dwells every age, being at present in Pisces and proceeding thence into Aquarius, were called the "living creatures" because of their lively magisterial modification of forces playing through the sun upon earth. Of old other celestial governors of earth were known and their forces differentiated and reverenced.
Reverence in its highest essence is an eternal and nonpersonal attribute of the soul and withers slowly but fatally in the face of the reiterated assertion of a personal exegetic dogma divorced from Nature's laws. To continue in spiritual growth man must worship his Maker alone, that First Cause of which all other causes are but relegations or emanations.
Astrology and astronomy, esoteric and exoteric knowledge of the heavenly bodies or entities, have lain at the generating heart of every great religion that has waxed and waned upon earth in accordance with cyclic celestial law.
Out of the past the author has brought path-finding clues to this First Cause which reveals Itself.
These pages are a contribution to that painstaking, scientific, selfless research which shall in the coming years identify behind the allegory, symbology and ritual of many faiths the same everlasting truth, which perceived will unite all races and creeds in reverence of creature for Creator, the one eternal religion or "binding back" to Causation. S. E. D.
"Every one of these Stars that are in Heaven, do not make the like, or an equal course; who is it that hath prescribed unto everyone, the manner and the greatness of their course?
"This Bear that turns round about its own self; and carries the whole World with her, who possessed and made such an Instrument.
"Who hath set the Bounds of the Sea? Who hath established the Earth? For there is somebody, 0 Tat, that is the Maker and Lord of these things.
"For it is impossible, 0 Son, that either place, or number, or measure, should be observed without a Maker.
"For no order can be made by disorder or disproportion.” Hermes Trismegistus.
Dawn of Divine Conception
"Depicted on the walls of the secret and sealed Shrine in the Temple of Denderah is this picture of Hathor, known to the Egyptians as the Virgin Mother or the Mother of God, to whom the Temple was dedicated. Her name Hat-hor implying that she was the "Habitation of the Holy Light" or the incarnate Horus, shewn by the rays of divine splendor streaming from her.
"The secret and sealed Shrine was entered once a year by a high-priest, on the night of midsummer and an image of the Holy Mother was conveyed by a procession of priests up a secret stairway to the roof where communion with her divine father Ra was held, while within the Temple a festival to Hathor was celebrated." From "The Book of the Master," by Marsham Adams.
THE MOTHER MYSTERY
The most ancient peoples believed that God gave Revelation, and was the One Supreme, the Eternal, the Infinite, pervading all places and exalted in a super-celestial place of Divine Light, that He was spiritual in essence, self-existent, uncreated, yet was made manifest to all as the most tender love and truth, which they received in their lives on earth with happiness and joy. Born of this Supreme One was She of celestial loveliness and purity, Divine in nature, whom they called the Spirit of God, the Dove, the Virgin Spirit, the Logos which is the Word of God, the earliest first Mother, whose name came to represent the essence of all that was beautiful and pure, and of most divine love. She was, in the Talmud, "The Spirit of God that hovered over the water like a dove, which spreads her wings over her young." She was the Shekinah, a mystic word often variously typified as a Lotus, a Rose, an Egg, and by symbols that were oval, as a Cup, a Boat or a Moon.
1 Wine has a mystical relation to the Dove, which is the Holy Spirit, in a passive sense, the Creator being the active power. Wine and the Holy Spirit are of one root in primitive language. "Truth, her essence, is spiritually called Wine, and sometimes Blood, for Wine is the Blood of the Grape." These symbols all playa remarkable part in both the Old and the New Testament.
"God when He meditates on Divine Beauty is said to be one; but when He creates to be Bi-Une. The Syrians symbolized this communion by their image of Ad-Ad, the Sun-Father, shooting down his splendid rays toward the Earth, while she sent forth rays of splendor upward that met and mingled with His beam.''2
2 Kenealy-The Book of God.
She was also the Argha, a most ancient form of the "Ship," the Ark that floated over the celestial waters of the Abyss, the Great Matrix of the Universe, that place of spiritual birth and rebirth and emergence into Immortality. Argha also means a Cup, a Vessel in which flowers and fruit are offered to Deity, the Cup that must always be curved like a ship.
This Argha was the primordial Mother of all, and was called the "Holy Spirit," the Ark that held the germs of all nature, that brooded over the Great Abyss, the Ship of the North, or Ship of Life, that bore the germs of all being over the vast ocean of the Infinite. She was the Immaculate of Supreme Heaven, in which God was the ruling Force. "When God has been called the Holy Spirit, the implication has been incorrect, the Holy Spirit was only His Regent or representation, the second Great Being of the Universe, the Anima Mundi, the Great Mother of Nature."
The Navi-formed Argha of the mysteries typified the Holy Spirit, the Great Mother of all existence. The High Priests of the Arabians make the Holy Spirit symbolized as a Cup or Ship, a necessary part of their religion. In the "Vision of Hermas" 1 the Holy Spirit was called "The Old Woman who was the first of all creation."
1 This Hermean work was an elementary Scripture used in the church, as Eusebius says, "before the Christ had been completely carnalized by the Sarkolatrae." This work was always held in very great reverence by Irenaeus, Clement of Alexandria, and other great thinkers, who considered it a divinely inspired work. Hermas was surnamed "The Shepherd."
The basic belief of all ancient cults is that Spirit is from God, and that Souls come from the Holy Spirit, the great Soul of the world, ever productive and having the attributes of the Supreme. "The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life."-Job xxxiii, 4.
Again the Holy Spirit was Virgo, the Virgin of the Zodiac, who bore the Immaculate Son. She was the great nurse of all existence; she was Wisdom; she was the Power of God, more beautiful than the Sun, and when "compared with the light she is found before it." She was the Mother of the Gods; She was Issa, the Virgin of God; she was the Sea, the mystical Rose, the Cup with wings. To typify her transcendent beauty, she was called the Rainbow, having the seven colors or the seven stars in One.
At Sais she was bespangled with stars, and there she gave her mystic message: "I am all that is; I am all that hath been; I am all that will forever be: and my veil no mortal hath drawn aside. The fruit that I brought forth was the Sun."
She was called by the Sanconiathans, "The air shining with ethereal light."
She has been imaged as intensely black, her bosom bare, crowned with a golden pyramid, about which twined an immense serpent. Night and Darkness belong as symbols to very great antiquity. A superabundance of darkness metaphysically is Light. "Darkness adopted illumination in order to make itself visible. 11 Fludd, Robert.
Out from the boundless Abyss of Darkness, acted upon by divine power, came the Holy Light. Paracelsus called the Sidereal Light the Astral Light, the reflection of the Great Immaculate Mother, to whom the name of the Astral Light had been given;2a name never given to the father, or the fatherless son of the Immaculate Mother, who was placed on the physical plane, as the lowest of the manifestations.
2 Astral Light-Light derived from the stars; a light only perceived psychically.
This Holy Spirit, the Great Mother,3 is symbolized by a great Tree whose branches spread over the entire world, and reach above the heavens. A more beautiful symbol can hardly be conceived. This Tree "has three roots, widely remote from each other. The first is among the Gods; the second among the Giants (the blessed spirits); the third embraces hell (region of all who are not among the heavenly blessed). Under the roots is the fountain of carnal desires, whence flow the infernal rivers, and the roots are gnawed upon by the mighty serpent, Midhager (Conscience warring with carnal desires); under this, reaching towards the land of the Giants, is the Fountain of Wisdom and Knowledge."4
3 The Mexicans worshipped the Holy Spirit under the name Chuacohuatl, the Serpent woman; and as Tonacacihua, the woman of flesh.
4 Kenealy-The Book of God, p. 324.
At a very much later period in the mysteries, Apuleius presents a portrait of the supreme goddess mother, as she was unveiled to the Initiates-"the Mother-earth, flower crowned, with her bounteous-bosomed body full of fruit. The Mother-heaven in her black mantle, lustrous with moon and stars; a radiant reality of the divinest dreaming, unveiled in human form; a visible revelation of the bringer-forth."1
1 Massey, Gerald, The Natural Genesis, Vol. ii, p. 79.
In addition to these there are many beautiful revelations of the Mother, earliest known thought of the Creator and His first Creation, who, being direct from God, was the medium through which life was given to the world.
The Sons of God were offspring of this Mother, and the ancient world overflows with memories and symbols of these sons or Celestial Messengers, who were called the Messiahs, emanations from the Holy Spirit of God. The Messiahs were all incarnations of the Sun. They were all concealed, buried, and arose from the dead thereby typifying the setting and the rising of the Sun. Their "Incarnation was symbolized as a Golden Serpent coming out of the ark." The Serpent was a symbol of Immortality and Wisdom. The Ark was the Holy of Holies.
The religion of the ancient peoples seems to have been one throughout the entire world; a great brotherhood, a universal faith. Strange has been the impulse of priests and theologians, to deviate from the ancient holiness which was so solemn and majestic in primeval days, and to instruct the masses in false doctrines.
The Garden of Eden, or Paradise, was the place of birth of Man, and of Time. The Holy Spirit was a Garden, the Garden of Paradise, the female principle under its venerated symbol. In this garden, which was also called Meru, grew all the delicious fruits, flowers and vines, and among them the "Golden Apple" of primitive times. This Garden was placed at the North, the Egyptians called it Sais, and Proclus remarks, "It partakes of a peculiar emanation from God." This is the Garden of Eden, the North Pole itself, the North that was called Sacred, the home of the constellation of the Great Bear, "The Genitrix," whose Seven Stars were the Sailors, who watched over and ever will watch over the celestial sea-"beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is Mount Zion, on the side of the North."-Psalm lxviii, 2.
The Abyss, in Egypt is a name of the North, and the original mother of this Abyss, which was Space, was called Typhon, the Mother of Beginnings, the Mother of the Fields of Heaven, the Mother of Revolutions (time cycles), 1 as well as the Mother of Gods and Men. She was later made goddess of the constellation of the Great Bear, Mother-Goddess, and her first son was called Sut, the Dog-Star in the south. It is here, in the mystical allegory born amongst the stars, that we find the origin of the Immaculate Conception. This Mother was called "The Old Woman," because she was the first of all creation, and the world had been made for her. From this early beginning developed the so-called Typhonian Religion, which, with its types, is the oldest of all.
1 This Mother of Revolutions was called the Producer and Re-producer of souls, or gods, who were the self-born who came from the cycles, created by the revolutions of the stars of the Great Bear. They were later known as spirits of the gods, and in another phase as the planetary spirits. Helios, the Sun-God, was born in the cycles of the Sun-the Lightborn.
We read that from one Mother the Universe was born. This was the Mother Typhon, a primordial figure of Power. A very ancient form of Typhon was the Water Horse, the "Bearer of the Waters" which was the Hippopotamus. This animal has four toes on each of its four feet, and therefore was considered a type of the four corners of the earth. The earliest types were always feminine, and were represented as animals or having the properties of animals. Jehovah, who at first was considered female, was also represented as a type of animal, and by the Rabbis was known by the mystical name of four letters-J H V H-their Tetragrammaton. The portrayal of a woman, arching over the earth and resting on her hands and feet, represents the four corners, or the four cardinal points. The Zodiac was given as a human female figure, and upon this the Astrological Chart was founded. Atum (the first Adam) is called in the "Book of the Dead," "The Mother Goddess of Time." All beginnings were founded on the feminine.
The constellation of the Great Bear was known as the Typhonian Thigh, the "Thigh of the North," the birthplace of the beginnings among the stars. In our Bible we read "The days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the North."-Jeremiah xvi, 14.15.
The original Mother Typhon, "Lady of the Heavens," was Mother of the male child known as Sut who grew up to be her consort, and who eventually became his own father, in the character of the generator. "The oldest permutation known in Theogony became apparent at this point, which is that of the son becoming his own father and the mother being generated by the son."! It is in this Typhonian Religion that we first find the worship of the Virgin Mother, and the fatherless child, which later found a home in Rome. "But she came to be portrayed as a male virgin or maleless, to indicate the begetting or creating power on the way towards the final fatherhood." It was Manu who said the male-virgin gave birth to the Light. All mythical allegories of the heavens state that from herself the Mother came first.
1 Blavatsky, H. P.
At a far later period when solar time (i. e. time told by the Sun) took the place of the early Sabean time (time told by the stars), the self-creator was made in the image of the male. Forms of worship of this very early religion are somewhat obscure, but it did not in any way constitute a mystery of immodesty, for it is known that originally it was pure and beautiful relating to the mystery of life itself. Nothing impure had ever been connected with it. All that was claimed to be obscene and anathematized as unclean, was due to other and later interpretations. It represented the naked nature of primal beginnings, the primitive physiological conceptions of a creative force. There was nothing gross in it, but much that was of absorbing interest. This religion finally passed into Judea, making its home in Jerusalem. "The branding of the Sut-Typhonians as the fatherless ones, religiously speaking, came through worship of the mother and child, who became the harlot of Revelation, and the bastard of the Osirians." 1
1 Blavatsky, H. P.
Sut, son of Typhon, was the name given to the first male ever recognized or known, and though his manifestations were many, his beginning was as Sut, the Dog-Star, as we know it, in the south. He ended by becoming the Alpha and Omega of the Book of Revelation. AI-Shadai, Adonis, Baal and others were all personifications of this early son of the first Mother, and originally belonged to her cult, which is the same as that of the Church of Rome today-the worship of the Mother and the Child.
By a little searching many secrets of the ancient cult are recognizable as explanations given for the so-called orthodox forms of the religion of today. The Mother and Son worshipped by modern Christians, hark back to Typhon in the Egypt above and her son Sut. This Virgin Mother and the Child of heavenly conception were ages old before they became Semitic. They were also worshipped by the Hekshus, called the Shepherd Kings, of pre-monumental Egypt, who were the rulers for thirteen thousand years before the time of their first king, Menes. The Shus-enHar, or Hekshus, were known as the followers of the great Egyptian God, Horus, with whom mythologically the Israelites were connected.
When superseded the Sut- Typhonians were denounced by those who had come to worship a Father and Son instead of the Mother and Son. Of the good Typhon it was said, however, "Hers is a figure so ancient that it belongs to a typology which preceded eschatology and mythology, and of an order set in heaven for use and not for worship, type of Time, and Force, and not for Beauty."
Primitive man knew nothing of the one God of a later religion.
In all earlier cults, God meant the Absolute, pervading all places, in and of all, yet none might share His surpassing celestial majesty. God was not a solitary figure, a Silence. "He was surrounded by other gods of light, beauty, purity and divineness, immortal in their essence for it emanated from the Most High,"1 but all were encompassed by His love, a source of all. The second Spirit of God, the second great power that began to exist when God developed beauty out of Himself was the Mother, the Mother first and foremost everywhere preceding any knowledge of that One God. She was Nature, the Spirit of God, the Virgin Spirit of ineffable loveliness, and as such received worship.2
1 Kenealy-The Book of God.
2 The Egyptians symbolically named God the "Ancient Darkness." Of this Darkness H. P. Blavatsky writes, "Darkness is the root of Light, Light is matter, Darkness pure Spirit, Darkness metaphysically is absolute Light. Light is merely a mass of shadows as it can never be etemal, and is simply an illusion, or Maya."
Serpent worship, Tree worship and Water worship were all feminine. The Serpent sloughed periodically as the feminine type, and the bearing Tree with its fruit was feminine and Water was feminine and the source of life, the Mother. Motherhood antedated by aeons of time any knowledge of a fatherhood that could have been identified as such, and even among the original seven gods (later planets) there was no mention of fatherhood.
The Hindu Initiates whose vision was sublime, recognized God as "The One who is All" which we are apt to veil in the present era.
In that far off beginning everything was Sabean, i.e. belonging to the stars. It was only later when Sabean (Star) and then Lunar (Moon) periods had made way for the Solar (Sun) periods that a male element appears, and introduces the male and female as separate deities, for in the beginning all was considered in double aspect as male-female, Bi-Une. When at the advent of the solar period the worship of the fatherhood in heaven became established, then, time was reckoned by the Sun instead of as formerly by the Stars and the Moon. Atum in Egypt, Hea in Assyria and Abraham in Israel became the Father of the Gods, and the Child of the Mother became known as the Son of the Father. This individualization of the Father, whom the people then enthroned above the ancient Mother, was acclaimed with great rejoicings. Finally the Child of both became a substitute for the Mother and the Father of a later period of theology.
The seventh day, Saturday, was always the day of Sut, Saturn, but when Sut of Sabean origin was turned into a solar God, his day became Sunday, the day of the Sun.1 In this solar form he became known as Sebek-Ra, the Lamb of the thirteenth dynasty. This occurred when, at the equinox, the Sun entered the Zodiacal sign Aries symbolized as the Ram or Lamb, and, He, who was in his Sabean origin the leader of the Typhonian Seven of the constellation of the Great Bear, was continued as the Lamb of the Seven Stars of the Book of Revelation.
1 The secular church was founded by Constantine, who set aside the day of the Sun-Sunday-for the worship of Jesus.
The starting place was always in the North, where the ancients noted that the revolving of the constellations around the Pole Star took place. One of these early constellations was called Cassiopeia, the "Lady of the Seat." She can be seen sitting in a chair in the pictorial charts of the heavens. She was Queen of Ethiopia, our Biblical Kush, and this ancestral seat in the north, as a point of beginning, suggests Ethiopia as the first mystical birthplace. In the Hebrew writings Ethiopia, Kush and Zaba are convertible terms for the same country, the Egypt beyond Egypt, and combine with the "Za-be-ans from the Wilderness."-Ez., xxiii, 42. Kush and Ethiopia are both names of the North, where the constellation called The Thigh, the Matrix of the World, is found. At first, when the elementary Powers ruled lawlessly and destructively, we learn that there was Chaos, and from out of this chaotic dissolution in space, Creation brought with it the beginnings of mythology, and ushered in the first period of Fixed Time. The Seven Stars of the Constellation at the Pole, came to convey the idea of this First Time. They were called "The Beginningless Lights," and were held most sacred by the priests, and many of the observations and the information given in the sacred mysteries concerning these "Lights" have fortunately been so carefully preserved that no type has ever been completely lost, and all can still be studied in their pristine purity.
Knowledge of celestial time was attributed to Typhon, Goddess Mother of the Great Bear, and to her son Sut, the Dog Star. When she made her first circle around the North Pole, at the rising of the Dog-Star, in the south, the first year or cycle of time was accomplished, of which Sut was made the announcer. 1 Only an upper and lower heaven were given at this period, it was before the four corners or cardinal points had been represented, and before the equinoxes and solstices had been established. This fulfilment of the first year of Time remains fixed in the planisphere forever; and regardless of all changes, this origin has never been entirely lost or superseded. It was found in the heaven above and reflected in the earth below, and will remain as witness of the early Sabean time which began with the old mother Typhon and her son, Sut.
1 Every race, tribe, and cult of olden time has had its traditions of the early Seven Stars, and everywhere can be found myths of "The woman and her dog"-Typhon and the Dog Star, and the divisions of Light and Darkness.
Although the roots of religion seem almost hidden in a remote past, many proofs are extant of its having been developed from Mythology, never Mythology from Religion. The conception of a concealed deity lies at the foundation of all religions, which explains perhaps the endeavors to make religion come before mythology. The origin was with the Mother, who preceded the Father and who had produced the first Seven Great Stars of the Bear as early Forces born out of space or chaos, called Creative Forces by all ancient peoples. These by the Christians were termed "The Virtues of God;" in the Greek and Roman churches they were the Seven Archangels, which belong also to the Parsee scriptures. They had under their care and protection men, animals, fire, metal, earth, water and plants. The original Seven have a common origin in Egypt, Akkadia, India, Britain, and New Zealand.
Jacob Boehme says of the Feminine producer and of these Powers or Forces, which he calls "Fountain Spirits," that We find especial properties in nature whereby this only Mother works all things-desire, bitterness, anguish, fire, light, sound, and substantiality; whatever the six forms are spiritually, that the seventh is essentially. These are the seven forms of the Mother of all being from whence all that is in the world is generated." And again in his Theosophy he says, "The Creator hath, in the body of this world, generated himself as it were creaturely in his qualifying or Fountain Spirits, and all the stars are nothing else but God's powers and the whole body of the world consisteth in the seven qualifying or fountain spirits. Therefore man's life hath such a beginning and rising up as was that of the planets and the stars .... But that there are so many stars, of manifold effects and operations, is from the infiniteness that is in the efficiency of the Seven Spirits of God in one another, which generate themselves infinitely .... Man's property lieth in sundry degrees according to the inward and outward heavens, viz.: according to Divine manifestation, through the seven powers of nature."
These were the mystical Seven, first found in the Seven large Stars of the constellation of the Great Bear, and representing the first Great Mother in her likeness as Mother of the first elementary Forces and of Time. When the Solar period was established these became the seven souls of Ra, the Egyptian Sun. These Creative Forces, or Powers, were always known as gods, and the higher gods of antiquity were always sons of the Mother before they became sons of a Father. Sut, Horus, Shu, and others never had a Father. In their origins they were male-female, as were all the ancient gods. Zeus was often called the Beautiful Virgin, Venus has been found bearded, the original Apollo was bi-sexual, Horus is given in both sexes, Osiris and Isis are found to interchange. In the vision of St. John in the Book of Revelation is found the Logos, now connected with Jesus Hermaphrodite, and portrayed with female breasts. Jehovah was originally female.
On a Babylonian tablet Venus is depicted as a male at sunrise and a female at sunset. To the Peruvians Venus was a morning star called "The Youth with the Curling Locks." Philo tells us that Astarte placed on her head a Bull's horn as a symbol of her lordship or male-female nature. In Sanscrit writings it was said that the Bull was eaten as food but that the Cow was too sacred as she was the Mother of Life. These were types of the early Mother.
The gods, divinities, and personages of mythology were universal. They were made secret and divine because they were never human, though their attributes were often based upon human experiences, due to the knowledge of the ancient scholars, so conversant with life here below and so versed in astronomical knowledge. They taught their myths and allegories whithersoever they went. These did not spring up independently in various places in the world. Their unity in mythology is conclusively proven. The further one searches into the great past the more profound grows his wonder.
"Origen observes, 'If the Law of Moses had contained nothing which was to be understood as having a secret meaning, the prophet would not have said, 'Open thou mine eyes and I will behold wondrous things out of thy law'," (Psalm cxix, 18), whereas he knew that there was a veil of ignorance lying upon the heart of those who read and do not understand the figurative meanings," and he tells Celsus that the Egyptians veiled their knowledge of things in fable and allegory- 'The learned may penetrate into the significance of all Oriental mysteries, but the vulgar can only see the exterior symbol. It is allowed, by all who have any knowledge of the Scriptures, that everything is conveyed enigmatically'. "1
1 Massey, Gerald-A Book of the Beginnings, Vol. ii, p. 184.
The Egyptian Khepsh, or Kush, became the Hebrew Chavvach, personified throughout Inner Africa as "The Old Mother," who, whether as Typhon, Khepsh, Kefa, or the Hebrew Chavvach, was the early Kamite Eve, the Eve of the Biblical Genesis, typifying the Birthplace of Existence, whether human or divine, i.e. celestial, tradition says that this earliest Kamite Eve, called Adam's second wife, was the cause of mankind losing Paradise, but creations in primordial myths have naught to do with human creations, but became humanized at a later period.
The Egyptian Kefa, as the first mother, meant "Mystery," and can be identified as our Eve. She was the serpent woman, goddess of gestation, and in Egypt had a serpent placed upon her head. The oldest subject matter in the world is found in the Book of Genesis. Misconceptions have arisen solely through wrong conception regarding the very ancient wisdom of this first book of the Bible.
In the beginnings of mythology, the elements of Fire, Earth, Air and Water were first typified, before there was any formation of the world; later they became the establishers of Time and Order. All creations were first Stellar, then Lunar, and last Solar, and as such are found everywhere in ancient tradition. There were three primary heavens in the Babylonian astronomy, the heaven of fire, of aether and the planetary heaven. These answer to the star stations, the lunar station and the solar station.
The very ancient form of Typhon, called the "Bearer of the Waters," was the Hippopotamus wearing a crocodile's tail (anciently the crocodile or the dragon interchanged as the Constellation Draco, adjoining that of the Great Bear). This was the old Typhon who became outcast in a later theology, but as Kefa she was made the Seven-fold Watcher, whose "Seven Eyes (stars) went to and fro through all the earth." As she was Goddess of Time, they called her child, Seb-Kronus, a second condition of Time (Kronus, Time). As Sut he was the first announcer of Time, but as Seb-Kronus he became a repeater of Time in dual aspect called the Sun and Sirius (or Saturn). The earliest type of Sirius was not the dog but an Inner African Giraffe, 1 called the Ser which was a figure of Sut-Typhon, counterpart of Sirius. From Ser we have Sirius just as from Sut we have Sothis (Sirius). This animal can see both ways without turning its head or its eyes, which made it the primary type of a steadfast watcher, begotten as were other types through primitive man's closeness to external nature.
1 The Giraffe, which is pictured in the heavens as the Constellation Camelo Pardalis, lies close to the Pole Star and is a peculiarly made animal, which became a type of great interest to the deep-thinking and far-seeing Egyptians. Its head and body resemble a horse, the neck and shoulders a camel. Its ears are like those of an ox, and its tail like that of an ass. The legs seem to be in imitation of an antelope's, while the color markings seem to have been borrowed from the panther. He appears to be all out of proportion, with his short body and long neck and legs, and lacks beauty and grace in the sloping body and height. The head is very beautiful, the eyes very brilliant yet with a softened beauty. They are spiritual eyes. He never utters a sound, not even in the agonies of death. His native land odor has been compared with that of a hive of heather honey; both hearing and sight are highly developed. Naturalists claim that the name Giraffe is a corruption of the Arabic Serafe meaning "Lovable," which so truly fits this animal. It has no vocal organs.
Sut, as the first child of the mother of Time, when called Seb or Sevekh-Kronus, was named the Dragon of the Seven Stars of the Lesser Bear (Ursa Minor), the manifest or of the Seven which encircled the Pole with her, when forming the first primary circle. Records and cycles of time had depended upon these starry turners, until they were found to be "unfaithful," not keeping the true time. Sevekh, who was the earlier Sut, became the planet Saturn, and one of his names was Sut-Nub. Nub means golden. When he became famous as the ruler of the Golden Age of the Greeks, he was christened Sut-Nub.
The Seven Stars of the Great Bear were also called the "Bringers Forth;" Le., of perennial time and creations, creators of the first form taken in space. "Thus Time, and Space were figured as a circle by placing a boundary around that which was boundless." In ancient times the body of this constellation was nearer the North Pole, and as the tail moved around the North Pole it was said strongly to resemble a Pointer, like the hand of a clock-a Time Teller. "Typhon in the north and Sut in the south were likened to the two hands of a clock, the Bear being the pointer hand, and Sut the Dog-Star, the hour hand. Pythagoras calls the two bears the two hands of the Genetrix."
The Chinese named this constellation "A Bushel," which was a measure of time. In the writing of Hoh-Kwantsze we are told that the Chinese determined their seasons and months of the year by the revolutions of the Great Bear,-"When the tail of the Bear points to the East (at nightfall) it is Spring to all the world; when the tail of the Bear points to the South, it is Summer all over the world; when the tail of the Bear points to the West, it is Autumn to all the world; when the tail of the Bear points to the North, it is Winter to all the world." The tail is also called the Handle.
From the hidden Sun of the Solar regime and through the knowledge of the evolutionist came the cycles of Time. The Egyptian God Taht, the Moon God, later the planet Mercury, and Seb, the Star-God, later the planet Jupiter, were said to be born as Time-keepers or Watchers in the heaven. They were types of gods and angels but when history began these types were transformed into demons. In the early beginnings types and symbols were necessities of daily usage in the life of primitive man.
The element of Fire, the fire that vivifies, was called Heh, a Serpent. The goddess Hea was the earlier Kefa, Chavvah, Hovah, or Eve. Hovah is the feminine side of Jehovah. The Akkadian Hea was a God of Wisdom, the repository of all wisdom. These all meet in the first-mother Typhon, and among her many types was that of a serpent. Heh as an element of Fire typified the Sun in its motion without visible means, like the gliding of the serpent. Breathing, or heaving as the motion of the serpent, became a type of visibility. Kefa, Hefa (Eve), became the Great Serpent of Life, the Serpent Woman, Goddess of Gestation.
The Serpent Fire of the occultists is said to lie at the base of the spine coiled like a serpent. The Lord said unto Moses, "Make thee a Seraph," which means a Fiery Serpent. Serf signifies a Flame, and Ref is the serpent of Life.
The mythology of Israel begins, as we see, with the cult of Hovah, who was Eve, the Typhonian Mother of Sut, also called Seth. The serpent belongs to an early representation of the Mother, and followed the time when she was known by the type of the Hippopotamus, and coincides with the change in Israel from the worship of the North, and the stars, to that instituted by Moses in the Wilderness. "And the manna fed to the children of the Wilderness is emblematic of feminine reckoning and rule, and the angels' food supplied by the Genetrix from the Gynoceum above to the children below." "Man did eat angels' food," (Psalm lxxviii, 25), which was the Bread of the Mighty, meaning that celestial knowledge which originated at this northern point in the heavens.
The serpent became one of the special symbols of this oldest of mothers. The Two Great Truths of the Egyptians were said to be written with the Serpent; they were also given in the two characters of the Gestator of the sign Pisces and the Virgin of the Zodiacal sign Virgo, typical of gestation and maternity. She was the Tree of Life as well as the Serpent of Life.
The two northern constellations of the Bears, called the Primal Pair, became humanized as the parents of our race, and were placed in the Garden of Eden, called the Mount, in which stood the Tree, or the Pole. The Fall was introduced when the earlier stars as timekeepers were found not to be keeping correct time, so they were called Laggards. The imperfect creations preceded the perfect. The earlier attempts at time-reckoning by the stars had failed.
The ancient traditions and allegories of the Egyptians and the Chaldeans with their rootage in the far past were continued by the Gnostics. They identified the early Seven Stars of the Great Bear by name and nature, as the Seven Daemons who always opposed and resisted the human race, because, as they claimed, the father of the Seven had been cast down to a lower world, not meaning the earth. This was portrayed in the Bible as the fall of Adam the mortal on earth, but its origin was purely astronomical.
Error and darkness had their beginning together. It is said in the Apocrypha, "Their beginning was with sinners." The true doctrine of the Fall belongs to the hidden wisdom, known only to teachers who have kept its meaning unsullied; and the books of the Hidden Wisdom tell us that "to be allied to Wisdom is immortality." "By means of her, I shall obtain immortality, and leave behind me an everlasting memorial to them that come after me." (Wisdom of Solomon, Chap. viii, 17.)
In the Divine Pymander it is said, "This is the Mystery that to this day is hidden, and kept secret; for Nature being mingled with Man brought forth a Wonder most wonderful; for he having the Nature of the Harmony of the Seven, from him whom I told thee, the Fire and the Spirit, Nature continued not, but forthwith brought forth seven Men, all Males and Females, and sublime, or on high, according to the Natures of the Seven Governors." And these were the Seven that finally became planetary, but primarily were the Seven Stars of the constellation of the Great Bear.
The Egyptian books, the Hindu Puranas, the Chaldean and the Assyrian scriptures all speak of seven primitive men or Adams. The Jews got their Adam from Chaldea. Ad, in Sanscrit, is "The First." The Assyrian Father is Ak-Ad, or Father Creator, and AdAd meant the "Only One." Adam stands really for the first primitive race.
In the Gnostic ideas of the Creation man was formed by "A certain company of angels as a mere wriggling worm; the worm becomes winged, a living spirit." Their Adam was Adam the "Red," or the Sun. In Genesis we are told "Male and female created he them." The Mohammedan tradition affirms that the body of Adam was at first a figure of clay that was forty years in drying, and then the Creator endowed it with breath. (Koran ch. Iv.) Many are the traditions of a first Adam or that which his name symbolized.
The Biblical account of the war in heaven is explained astronomically, when Typhon and Sut, or the Northern constellation of The Bear and the glowing Dog-Star in the south proved false in their time reckoning, causing their own degradation, their downfall. This was also brought about by the change in the earth's axis, which had gradually pointed to a star other than the one around which it had been revolving. It was the Egyptian Osirians who cast out and condemned the ancient Typhon, and who changed the Star-god into Sevek-Ra the Sungod. They then placed upon his head a pair of horns, and he became the Ram or Lamb symbolized in the Zodiacal sign, Aries, and when the Sun passed into this sign, Aries became typical of the change from one Pole Star to another. This casting out of the old Mother took place when theology turned many of these ancient myths into religious history. Religious chaos resulted and the past was almost lost in obscurity. But strange to relate, followers of the ancient Typhonian cult of the first Immaculate Conception are spread over the world today, though many of them are in ignorance of the foundation of their religious belief.
It is well never to lose sight of the fact that in the heavenworld all is pure and beautiful in its symbolism; nothing is material, for all exists through God, whose rays are the Light now piercing through the veil of His creations. There are many who do not realize the beauty to be found in the old symbols, which have been so cleverly falsified and maligned.