“They became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible
God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds,
and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.”..Romans 1:22-23.
People generally celebrate religious festivals nowadays without giving much thought as to the meaning or significance behind them.
One example of this would be Christmas…how many people understand that Christmas is the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere?….the time when the sun is at its weakest.
The winter solstice is the midnight of the year!
In the suns journey round the zodiac circuit of the year,it has reached the sign of Capricorn/tropic of Capricorn….and the light of day is in short supply……the darkness rules the day…the nights are long and it is cold…however at the winter solstice the sun is “born again” and it starts its climb back up to the tropic of Cancer.
The sun is born again…..and it is only going to gain in strength each day….the daylight is gradually lengthening.
The light/Jesus/saviour has returned to the world!
You can see the zodiacal influence hidden in the festival of Christmas….just under the surface as usual…however it’s only noticed if you recognize the patterns.
For instance….we have the twelve days of Christmas….. why 12?
Think the 12 could have anything to do with the 12 signs of the zodiac?
What about the yule log?
Santa is a personification of the God Saturn who rules the winter solstice..why?Because Saturn rules Capricorn!
The sun is born at Christmas in the sign of Capricorn….just as the sun is down at the tropic of Capricorn.
Remember Saturn is “Old Father Time”/Chronos….and old father time/Saturn has a long white beard.
The book “the secret teachings of all ages” says this on page 243
However in this blog we will be focusing on another festival celebration and using the zodiac as a key to unravel its meaning.
This festival is Halloween….autumns mysterious festival that falls each year on October 31st.
How many people know the reason why people dress in grotesque costumes of demons and ghosts on this night?
People generally do it from the sheer force of custom,habit and tradition and little or no understanding of the meaning.
Whereas Christmas and Easter are regarded as religious festivals…Halloween is seen as more of a secular festival….expressing frivolity and mischief rather than the piety of the other two.
yet when it was originally conceived it was just as important as these others and the significance actually is inherent in the bizarre observance
so why the revelry?……why the grotesque?…why the freedom from moral restraint?…why the wearing of masks?
why the acting like an untamed animal for a night?
why the candle shining through a grinning pumpkin?
why bobbing for apples in a tub of water?
why witches riding the sky on a broomstick?
why imps and sprites and monsters and even the hint of satan himself on this last night of october?
well lets look past the outward form of the ritual and look at the inner meaning
although if you’ve read my previous blogs you will already be forming some connections already
just as the sun has a four part “life” each year on the earth….spring/summer/autumn/winter
and the 12 zodiacal segments or steps are divided into these four seasons
the 12 divided into the 4 segments …each segment/season…containing three signs each
the three are
spring has the 3…aries (cardinal fire)…taurus (fixed earth)….gemini (mutable air)
summer has….cancer (cardinal water)…leo (fixed fire)….virgo (mutable earth)
autumn has….libra (cardinal air)……scorpio (fixed water)…sagittarius (mutable fire)
winter has…..capricorn (cardinal earth)….aquarius (fixed air)…pisces (mutable water)
and the two solstices and two equinoxes representing the boundaries between the 4 sections making a cross
what do I mean by that?…..again here’s a wee picture to explain
well so does the inner sun/sol/soul in man according to the hidden teachings
(see the blog “the soular journey” for more on this)
the ancients used the zodiac as a representation of the evolution of mans divine soul as it swung round the repeated cycles of life in incarnation/consciousness
sensation was the first grade of consciousness represented by the september point (autumnal equinox…(OR FALL))
emotion is represented by the december point (winter solstice)
mind is represented by the march point (spring equinox)
spirit by the june point (summer solstice)
and just as water moves from steam to liquid to solid so does the inner soul/psyche/sun of man
the soul of man….sol-o-man..solomon
solomon is actually an interesting construct….it gives different meanings
soul-o-man as said above
it also represents the male and female…or sol (sun) and mon (moon)..sol-o-mon
and it represents the sun three times in its different aspects rising/most high/setting….(holy holy holy)….sol=sun..om/aum=sun…on=sun
sol is the latin word for the sun
the religions in india chant the word aum/om as being the sound of the sun
and on was the old name for heliopolis the city of the sun
well if the occult teachings are to be believed….our soul/sol does the same…it rises/reigns and sets in a cycle
well this part of the cycle is representing the setting sun…or the fall
this happens each year around september 21st…..however what does halloween (october 31st) have to do with september 21st?
well the interval of 40 days holds the answer to the question
an interval of 40 days?…..anyone who reads the bible will know very well this period of time
along with 7..10 and 12 …40 is one of the numbers seen often throughout the scriptures
in ancient times forty was the number symbol of the interval of “death” of the germ/seed when incubated in matter
human gestation is around 40 weeks
this is why jesus was in the wilderness for 40 days
it rained for forty days with noah
the israelites roamed the wilderness for forty years
lent is also a period of 40 days
it is a gestation period…or dark interval before a new life cycle starts
so with all that in mind…..count 40 days from september 21st and you arrive at october 31st
(count 40 days from the spring equinox march 21st and you arrive at walpurgisnacht/mayday/beltane)
so the “holy night” or “hallowed even” (halloween) was set for the 40th day after the “fall/autumn” of the soul that fell into incarnation….carno means “flesh” in latin
so the soul entered its incarnation and after an incubation period of 40 days culminated its progress in its final glorified state and emerged into the hallowed state of its initial/incipient stage of emerging godhood/sainthood again
and isnt it apt that november first…the day after halloween is called “all saints day”
the 31st of october(halloween) virtually symbolizes…what easter symbolizes at the end of the 40 days of lent….the soul in both cycles comes to its beatification at the forty days end.
remember this picture from a previous blog?
“the fruit I have brought forth is the sun”
isis/matter precedes/gives birth to spirit….it is the foundation…the platform from which spirit bursts forth
the development of the physical body is needed to prepare the way for the spiritual
the bible also pictures this by telling us that john the baptist prepares the way for the christ
john represents matter!….earth and water…he was earthy and baptized with water…remember….earth!….and water!
and jesus represents mind….he baptizes with air (spirit) and fire
john in the wilderness…the earthy dweller who ate locusts…earth
“I baptize you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire.
can you not see the four elements ?
can you not see the distinction between the male elements…fire and air jesus the heavenly part of the zodiac…from the female..john the earthly part of the zodiac……earth and water
its the journey round the zodiac from positive to negative….summer to winter……exhalation to inhalation
its nature…the cyclical nature of things
and paul tells us in 1st corinthians 15:45-49
45 Thus it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam became a life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 The first man was from the earth, a man of dust; the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall6 also bear the image of the man of heaven.
and again mark 4:28 says
“All by itself the soil (matter/isis) produces grain (the spiritual)–first the stalk, then the head, then the full kernel in the head.”
the human body arrives first to build a brain and nervous system through which thought and mind and consciousness come
so it is the first stage of our unfoldment that halloween portrays…the animal stage
and the glorification of all saints day comes after the animal stage/halloween in us
and it is this animal stage that is being revered at halloween…….
night precedes day…….god said “let there be light” and brought it out of the darkness of primordial night
the sun rises out of the earth/water/hell and night in the natural cycle of the day
the god rises out of the animal
“Lord, what fools these mortals be!”
while in incarnation the soul becomes likened to a fool cut off from the full light of truth and wisdom
“They became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible
God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds,
and four-footed beasts, and creeping things.”–Romans 1:22-23.
the pistis sophia tells us this
when that soul shall drink out of the cup, it forgetteth all the regions to which it hath gone, |337. and all the chastisements in which it hath travelled. And that cup of the water of forgetfulness becometh body outside the soul, and it resembleth the soul in all [its] figures and maketh [itself] like it
and interestingly the first card of the tarot is called the fool
he’s the unenlightened one…the one who has no clue who he is…in fact he is about to step over a precipice!
it is a symbol of the souls immersion in matter and new beginnings!
according to the secret teachings the soul is in its unawakened state of its childhood
and this is a deep…esoteric meaning of the celebration of halloween…..and the foolishness surrounding the festival
the court jester/fool and the king are representations of the two polarities in the soul
kings also had their fools in the castle……just as we have both in our castle!
in the top half spring/summer of the zodiac the soul is as king
and the bottom half of the zodiac autumn/winter it is likened to the fool
another designation for halloween was in old English history named nutcracker night.
the symbolic relevance embodied in the term would not seem to be too difficult to resolve. It has already been mentioned that according to occult teachings….the soul enters body at the september date of the year’s cycle, and it can enter it only as seed of its future growth. a common form of seed in the vegetable kingdom is the nut……once planted in the soil of human life……..the evolutionary task of the divine potential is to crack open the shell and bring out the kernel for the purposes of new growth…
hence the figure of nut-cracking.
(this nut cracking is also the born again experience spoken of by jesus
and the enlightenment teachings of practically every religion on this earth)
just like the shell of the nut…it must dissolve for the plant or tree to grow
and now think of all the times jesus spoke in allegory about the seed in the ground and seed growing into the tree
and paul talking about the two adams
So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
and it is also the meaning behind a lot of bible allegories
for instance….it is a rending of the temple curtain in the mortal body that will release the christ consciousness at the death of said body
however back to the autumnal theme
the prime theme of halloween is revelry as the soul comes into the flesh and the opposite is carnival which means putting or shoving away the flesh that happens just before the 40 days of lent….so the flesh gives itself one last party around this time
can you see how this part of the year from halloween till close to easter is the time for incarnation…..or the dark night of the soul
the part of the soul’s cycle in which it sees through a glass darkly!
the natural cycle on earth shows us this is when things crystallize…..ice and snow etc
this is when the soul embodied in flesh is given free rein to impulses of the flesh and in the indulgence of carnality
the soul is in darkness….it has crystallized…or christ-alized the light is in the world but not of the world
the story of the christ is telling us of the journey through matter of our own inner sun or soul/sol
the soul is imprisoned in the “animal” and is tempted by sensation
this is the real temptation of christ…when he went into the wilderness for 40 days and the bible says he was “with the wild animals”
and he was born in a stable among animals also!
and can you also see the story of the prodigal son emerging!
in fact myth abounds with stories like this souls being among animals or jonah swallowed by a whale….nebuchadnezzar becoming like an animal (remember he even lost his reasoning?)…daniel in the lions den…romulus and remus being suckled by a she-wolf
this is what halloween is telling us about!
why witches though?…why is halloween associated with witches?
the german word for witch is hex….six…witches are also associated with the female usually
and the female is associated with matter…saturn and matter/isis/the virgin are linked by the number 6….(see the blog saturn the lord of the rings for more on the six)..and while the inner male sol/soul is entrenched in feminine matter it can seem grotesque…it is the god in the feminine state of winter/night/hell/darkness…..remember…earth and water are the female elements
so the male soul/mind entrenched in female matter can give us a glimpse of why a witch has a broomstick….it’s the male phallus!
and you can see more male symbolism…because the witch flies in the sky….air (male principle)
and when the witch is on her broomstick you will usually see the moon…and when the soul is giving vent to its carnal impulses it is subject to lunacy for this one night
and over it as a matrix…man’s physical body was formed of earthy
material… it is lunar influence that affects the two lower bodies…so says the arcane astrological
science…it is solar influence that dominates the two upper bodies…the mental and the spiritual.
but when soul migrates from heaven to earth it comes first predominantly under the lunar
forces, which bestir in the body the fires of sense and emotion
and talking about the matrix above….the film the matrix is telling us allegorically about spirit emerging out of matter
the word “matrix” means breeding female…mother….womb…..matter!
and isn’t it interesting that in the film the main character is called thomas (the twin/two parts of the zodiac/john the baptist and jesus/the two adams etc) anderson
and he is also called neo…..neo means new…and anderson….ander means man…and son
new son of man!
and neo is an anagram of one
remember isis/matter/matrix said…the fruit I bring forth is the sun/son
and the new son of man comes out of the matrix/mother/isis/matter
matter comes first and then mind
again…is this just wordplay?
now why do we bob or duck for apples?….think of the fall of man…..and by tradition eve offered adam the apple to eat…and ducking into water for the apple is the same symbolism of baptism…the soul has been captured into water with the promise that it will one day make its way back out of the water into the air(male element) again
just like the sun plunging into the sea at sunset!
and the pumpkin with the grotesque face and the light on in the head
through our mind (head) while we are in the earthly body..the grotesque earthiness symbolized by the pumpkin…the soul is represented by the fire in the mind…the almost extinguished flame shining through the mask of the earthy body…its the dark night of the soul
and while in the heavenly part of the souls journey…..there is a whole body of light according to religious and occult teachings…its the daytime of the soul!
why do people wear masks which hide their identity at halloween?
this is symbolism of the mask of personality
persona originally meant mask in latin
the “god” is staring out at the world through the eyes of an animal/earthiness/matter while incarnated…again think of the pumpkin!
halloween is the masquerade ball of the ego-soul in man…. he is a (potential) god…yet here he is cavorting in the disguise of the beast in the world of the senses
he is a persona…per-(through) sona-(sound)
when in this flesh the fool learns through the pain that his folly brings…it teaches the soul lessons…the flesh is like a teacher chipping away at the soul…teaching it lessons
so there is a conflict between the mind and the flesh
this is what the book of revelation is telling us
thus begins the inner battle of armageddon spoken of pictorially in revelation
as the mind starts the battle to rein in the desires of the flesh…because the sensual flesh stubbornly refuses to take the reins
all to bring about the balance or marriage between the male and female…..aka mind (male) and flesh/emotions (female)
this is the real meaning of the marriage of the lamb
and the secret of the ancient alchemists when they symbolized it thus
see the feet of the androgyne on the moon?….the soul has conquered the lower half of the zodiac…the feminine/winter part of the cycle….symbolised by the moon/feminine principle
its also the meaning of david slaying goliath….hitting him in the forehead with the stone
the meaning of the child hercules grappling with the two serpents
the old adam (the senses/emotions) through evolution will give way to the new adam (mind/spirit)
mind is the magician that puts the dragon to sleep and lets the maid escape from her prison
in the yearly cycle the two forces…male and female meet at the spring equinox
its the twilight of the year
when we bring about the marriage of these two forces in ourselves…..spring arrives
it will be the spring of man…rather than the fall of man…it’s the born again/soul awakening/higher consciousness experience
its the marriage feast of cana……the virgins going out to meet the bridegroom…….
can you start to grasp all the religions and customs are saying the same thing….only describing it in their own way?
are you seeing the links and patterns and connections?
its the journey of the (inner) sun….that mirrors exactly the outer sun
“as above…so below”
“on earth as it is in heaven”
are you seeing it yet?
there are a thousand other things I could write…..but best keeping that for future blogs
thanks for reading….and again…..please share if you think anyone will appreciate these occult/esoteric subjects
although they are probably not for those who take the bible literally……. 🙂