Blood and Water through the Ages
Gods change and evolve all the time. The vision I had of Jesus as a baby holding a lamb is a much different JC than the blue eyed Irish carpenter with impeccable grooming I see pictured everywhere today. I’m certain from that picture and thereby the mental constructs we evoke that many so called “Christians” would be absolutely aghast to recognize the revolutionary Jew that hung out with sailors and whores, lived off the offerings, mostly of well to do widows while preaching a doctrine of “blessed are the poor. What does it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul? Lazarus and the rich man and sharing what you have with the less fortunate.” I could go on.
However, take that revolutionary Jew to a gathering of the Christian Right, perhaps even a Klan Rally (same thing different costume) where they invoke his name in the solemn prayer that their stock in Raytheon or GE will rise in proportion to the blood spilled in whatever just or unjust war we can fund both sides of. That’s right. The JC of the Christian Right bears absolutely no resemblance to the Yeheshuah of the Bible, who preaches a doctrine of liberation, being in the world and not of it. And if one wishes to avoid confusion, and in the case of Christianity, the very real possibility of being tortured to death as a heretic, one would be very well advised to know just which JC they are invoking at any given time.
Even the God IHVH whose literal Hebrew translation is “He that is, was and forever shall be,” becomes quite the changeling when one realizes that perhaps this is not a proper name at all, not an anthropomorphized man in the sky, but a very subtle magical formula whose myriad permutations and Gematria Expansions such as Notariquon, Temura or the Qabbalah of Nine Chambers yield infinite twists, wisdom and identities of God which inevitably lead back to glimpses into hidden recesses of the Magicians own mind, which at the moment of the great Aha! expands into infinity.
The Constitution says what the Supreme Court says it says and God, ultimately is an individual experience within the consciousness and/or unconsciousness of the observer. And history, at least since the Christians came on the scene, seems to be one long and dark chapter of groups enforcing the “Word of Love” by the sword, rack, stake, water-boarding, sanctions which starve children etc etc, all it seems, because God loves Americans (white ones at least. The Jews, not so much anymore) and wants them to reclaim all the oil he mistakenly placed under the ground in the Middle East. And we know God hates Muslims right??? And he only watches Fox News because he can’t stand the liberal media. And he hates Mormons too. And don’t get him started on illegal immigration.
God (Jesus, the one and only means of salvation) is in favor of lower taxes on the rich, perpetual war that corporations may profit and absolutely obliterating all signs of this one particular plant that he seems to have put in every soil and climate around the globe that just happens to cure cancer as well as a host of other maladies (like being an asshole right wing Republican). No. Bad move on his all knowing part. Eradicate that plant!!! And don’t abort fetuses either. Wait instead until they are born and then its bombs away!
I could go on all day. But the ultimate point is that this JC who has morphed so much in 2000 years is ultimately the Sky God of our post Neanderthal ancestors some 40,000 years ago. Dig that.
See our Stone Age ancestors had the God of the hunt, and of fertility and of the lake and the sunset and the clandestine sexual romp ad infinitum. Something greater than themselves who could and would provide protection and good fortune in their many endeavors. As they certainly consumed the magical mushrooms, at times in vast quantities, specialists or shaman’s emerged who would spend their life in commune with the spirits and act as the liaison between the tribe and the spirit world.
As time went on and culture became more organized, languages developed etc these gods became Zeus and Hermes and Aphrodite and Aries. The same soon became Jupiter Mercury Venus and Mars. By Jove who was Jupiter became Jehovah as the creators of new religions built upon the successes of (while of course demonizing and patronizing) the religions of old. And just as archeologists uncover ruins wherein cities and mounds were built, time after time, upon the ruins of the old, so did religions build continuously on the myths and legends that had gone before, changing a few names but keeping the essence. In some cases the union was a happy and open one. In others, most especially Christianity, all references to any other gods or former incarnations of the new god were systematically destroyed, burned or converted through the Christlike technique of hot lead enemas, racks, stakes, water-boarding, false accusations, and all sorts of fun things for woman hating child molesting sadists.
To peel away the onion and move back to the source is the goal of the Great Work, plain and simple. It would be absurd to believe that we could work the sephira of Malkuth properly without renting the veils of the illusion of form. For some, perhaps it is enough to say “the world (not the earth) in all its courses is corrupt.” For others the work of purification involves penetrating the lies until “all that was colluded in darkness is shouted from rooftops.” One may even be somewhat relieved to find that some of the historical misrepresentations were but conveniences and originated, if not from the best of intentions, certainly not as sinister as history would later prove them to be. To the ceremonial magician (at least to this one) I believe the work to be invaluable as the quest for the historical identity and origin of God, is ultimately an inward reflection.
I have often asked “Why does the God of all the Universe before whom strange gods must not be even mentioned without ridicule, fail to come on the scene until about 6000 years ago and then to a fairly psychotic wanderer?” When I asked a Fundamentalist I was told that it was because the Earth was only created 6000 years ago and that all scientific evidence to the contrary was the work of Satan. Unsatisfied, I kept digging. I discovered, to my amazement, that books other than the Bible actually existed. Most recently I have found myself thumbing through one called Angels, Demons and Gods of the New Millennium,by Lon Milo Duquette. He traces this very topic, and the evolution of the Pantheon through monotheism by tracing the Astrological Ages in a manner I found most enlightening. Here is what I have learned:
The Age of Leo stretched from 10,966 BC through 8830 B.C. This corresponds with the end of the Ice Age when Homo Sapiens began replacing our Neanderthal forebears, though not entirely as a trip to certain rural areas of this nation will quickly reveal. These were primarily matriarchal societies wherein the woman was seen as the Earth Mother. The Earth “magically” became abundant with fruits and vegetables and animals and herbs that made you see visions. So did woman, who at a certain age began to flow with the tides of the Moon, issuing forth blood at the Full Moon. Blood which they may have noticed, made the earth more fertile. Indeed fertility cults began sacrificing to the Earth goddesses because spilling blood on the earth makes it fertile!
Also women at some point would stop issuing blood and begin to grow large and voluptuous. Milk would begin to issue from her breasts and new life would spring forth from her loins. It was magically delicious and nothing short of miraculous.
It is quite possible at this time that they did not realize the role of the male in the magic of pregnancy, for as they did things began to change, dramatically. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves.
For now, the Queen Bee was encouraged to kick back and get fat while men went out in hunting parties. On the occasion that one was killed they came back a hero and went down in oral tradition as a sacrifice to the clan, dying that we all might have life. And to commemorate his exalted status a communal meal would occur wherein the greatest reverence and solemnity the clan would eat his body and drink his blood. Sound familiar???
From there it was a short step to the idea that the consort of the Great Goddess would walk by her side and have all the blessings (riches, bitches and fame) heaped upon him for however long was the prescribed time and then he would, on whatever magical day was “traditional” be sacrificed in a ceremony and his body would be eaten and his blood turned into wine.
It wasn’t long before the Great Goddess came upon a consort she didn’t want to part with, or perhaps, conversely, one a bit too shrewd to accept his early demise, and so a young virgin male was put up in his stead. In some tribes, DuQuette states (blame him not me 🙂 that the young virgin male was nailed to a tree and whipped with switches until he had an involuntary erection and subsequent ejaculation. Now the Earth was really fertile. Now we can eat! The sacrifice is shedding blood and water thereby appeasing some wrathful god in the sky and creating quite the public spectacle in a time before TV. Tempting as it is to follow this straight through let us also maintain our timeline.
The Age of Cancer ranged from 8830 B.C. through 6664 B.C. This was a time of homesteading where the cultivation of crops, animal husbandry and cottage industries began to take form and prosper. Interestingly enough the 4th House of Cancer also represents “the end of things,” and this is a time when the town of Jericho was first on the scene with its strange practice of decapitating the dead and burying them in the home.
The Age of Gemini (6663 B.C- 4499 B.C.) saw the Sumerian Civilization which is credited for the first language (Gemini): Proto-Indo European, the root language from which the Latin and Western European languages of today can trace their origins. The fertility cults still reigned as statues and figures of phalluses and pregnant women in poses that would make Hustler blush, predominated, but changes manifest in the first appearance of the triune Lunar Goddess: Maiden, Mother, and Crone. Moreover her male consort (still a sacrifice) was now seen riding a bull as animal domestication was now all the rage. And as we moved into the Age of Taurus (4498 B.C. – 2332 B.C.) the bull, especially his horns, became the symbol of the consort of the goddess and his ultimate sacrifice.
It is in the Age of Taurus that, according to DuQuette, modern civilization really started catching on. The Astrological Wheel was firmly in place, much as we know today. Certainly it existed before this but it was in this time when the signs became what we now know and the “Pagan Pantheons began to take on recognizable forms.”
It is here that the consort began to have his understudy play the role of sacrificial lamb as it became abundantly clear that the most fertile of goddesses were barren without the services of the great god who was quickly gaining in status. So much so that a backlash was soon to take place wherein the goddess would get a taste of second class citizenship that would continue pretty much unabated to this present moment.
Patriarchy replaced matriarchy with more than a touch of hostility. The Mesopotamian, Indian, Minoan and Egyptian Civilizations developed with religious deities and myths that bore striking similarities. The Bull god Apis was the primary Egyptian god. Taurus is ruled by Venus and exalts the Moon making her a female deity from stem to stern. The Atom Heart Mother to quote Pink Floyd she is the nurturing Earth Goddess herself. And so it seems the consort of the goddess domesticated more than just the steer. He sublimated the goddess herself and began dominion over all the Earth.
Dominion means or at least implies a wise stewardship. Wis-dom. Wise dominion with the goddess is a loving give and take on pretty much every level. Paying respect to her intuitive abilities and recognizing that male logic is not always superior and that the very nature of “rational” becomes pretty obsessive compulsive and therefore destructive. The suit of swords in the Tarot will illustrate this quite well. In fact, the 3 of Swords “Sorrow” is the only card in the deck that is a major negative “above the abyss.”
In other words, the first trinity at the top of the Tree of Life (Kether Chockmah and Binah) are still in the world of spirit and therefore not at the mercy of dualistic fate. But the sword, which represents intellect, even in its conception pierces the heart of the Great Mother so that by the 3 of Swords we’re already in trouble. Look at the 9 and 10 as well as the 5, 7 and 8 and you’ll see that the Path of the sword (intellect, dividing this from that) is doomed from the beginning. The only refuge is in the Rosicrucian “Science” of the 6.
But men, being the assholes that they are, said “fuck the earth mother, all her little meek people and all her creatures and women and pretty much anybody that pisses me off. Let the maidens lose their baubles to my trade and let the soldier shed his lifeblood on my blade. Onward Christian Soldiers. Onward Children of Abraham!”
So rather than live in wise harmony with the Earth and the goddess, exercising dominion, the barbarous souls among us chose the path of the sword, the path of domination which any blind Tarot Reader will tell you ends in death and is carpeted with misery.
And why not? For the High Priests of Egypt while outwardly leading the ceremonies of Apis the Bull were secretly worshipping Scorpio, the opposite sign of Taurus which the Earth inhabits while the Sun is seen in the sign of the Taurean Earth Mother. And so the priests of Egypt wear the serpent on their third eye in their ornate head dress. Scorpio, Apohis, Destroyer!