This blog will be talking about an ancient,and widespread ritual which was observed in many lands throughout history and whose theme still pervades literature and cinema up to this day,and may be behind the story of the killing of Jesus, “King of the Jews.”
However,before the blog gets underway,I said in an earlier blog that there was a relationship between the “number 26” and “Jehovah” in occult literature and teachings.
In what way?….well in a few ways,so let’s have a look at some.
We’ll start off by using the “Hebrew letters” and “Gematria”
(Gematria is linked with the word “Geometry”)
Then we’ll be using the tree of life in Kabbalah.
After that using the Zodiac wheel itself.
Then “English” Gematria.
And lastly from the cube of space in the Sefer Yetzirah.
Let’s start with the Hebrew letters that make up the Tetragrammaton!
Yod,Heh,Vav,Heh…..The Four Letters…..The name of “God.”
Notice below that each of the Hebrew letters has a numerical value.
You will notice that the letter “Yod” is the tenth letter with a value of 10
Then the letter “Heh” has the value of 5
The letter “Vav” has a value of 6
And the final “Heh” has a value of 5
Next let’s look at the “tree of life” in Kabbalah.
The left pillar (female) called the pillar of severity.
And the middle pillar,called the pillar of balance or equilibrium.
(see more about the middle pillar in previous blogs)
Each of the pillars represents among many things the hemispheres of the brain (right/left) and the balance/middle pillar (corpus callosum )
It can also mean the right hand side of the body,left hand side of the body,and the spine (middle pillar).
In an atom you have a proton(male),electron(female) and neutron (middle pillar/androgynous/balance/equilibrium)
Another representation of the three pillars are the two tropics,Tropic of Cancer,Tropic of Capricorn and the middle pillar represents the Equator.
Also the three pillars of freemasonry.
Now notice each of the sephiroth (spheres) on the kabbalah tree of life has a number from 1 to 10.
God represents the balance of the two forces (male and female) which is represented by the middle pillar.
Now with that said,count up the numbers on the spheres of the middle pillar.
Kether,Tiphareth,Yesod and Malkuth.
1+6+9+10 and it also adds up to the number 26!
Now we go back to the vision of the four living creatures of the Zodiac as seen by both Ezekiel and John the Revelator.
The four living creatures represent the four fixed signs of the zodiac,(and YHVH….respectively Fire,Water,Air,Earth)Yod,Heh,Vav,Heh.
(A quick recap of the four fixed signs…..The Lion represents Leo (Fire),The Eagle represents Scorpio (Water),The Man represents Aquarius (Air) and The Bull represents Taurus (Earth))
The fixed signs are the middle signs of each season and equate to the middle pillar of the tree of life.What I mean by that is that Leo is the middle of summer,Taurus middle of spring,Aquarius the middle of winter,and Scorpio middle of autumn.
Now that said,of the twelve houses of the Zodiac…
See the chart below,locate the four living creatures,and note what number of “house” they rule.
The second house is ruled by Taurus (one of the living creatures)
The fifth house is ruled by Leo
The eighth house is ruled by Scorpio
and the eleventh house is ruled by Aquarius.
These are the four living creatures!
Now add up the four “house numbers”
2+5+8+11 and you get the number 26 yet again!
Then there is the word “God” in “English Gematria” (English has 26 letters unlike Hebrew which has 22)
The letter “G” is the 7th letter of the alphabet.
The letter”O” is the 15th letter of the alphabet.
And the letter “D” is the 4th letter of the alphabet.
And finally what about the cube of space from the Sepher Yetzirah,featured in an earlier blog.
Here it is again below.
Now the cube has 6 sides,8 points and 12 lines…and wouldn’t you know
And going slightly off topic but again it might be relevant,notice what the Sepher Yetzirah says about the 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet equating to the 10 fingers of the hand,and in between we have our tongue where we get the word “lingual” ( the connection to “lingam”)
And between our 10 toes we have the penis (lingam)
and 10+1+10+1=22 (the 22 creative letters of the Hebrew alphabet)
Also notice the letter yod is the tenth letter (number 10) which contains a 1 and 0…or Adam and Eve (Odd and Even),and as an earlier blog said..it’s all about ones and zeros folks!
Yod is the creative letter of Hebrew,as Lon Milo Duquette says,blow on the letter “Yod” and it will reveal all the other letters.(“Yod” looks like a candle flame!)
Small yet powerful,just like “Yoda” in Star Wars!
Now to the blog about the divine victim.
But one of them, Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.” 51He did not say this of his own accord, but being high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the nation.
According to Margaret Alice Murray in her book “The God of the witches”:-
In the primitive Western cults of Europe,the leader was a “Sacred King”,sharing both kingly and priestly duties,and there is strong evidence that the King or “God” of the cult would sacrifice his life for the group in the event that the crops failed or some other tragedy fell upon the group.He would also be killed when he started showing any signs of weakness,such as greying hair,loss of teeth,waning sex drive,illness.
The “God” died by one of three methods….Fire,Shedding of blood (so that the blood should fall on the ground) and by Asphyxiation.
You can see by the wikipedia page below this seems to have been a widespread belief and practice,even outside Europe.
The “one” took on the sins of the nation.
They became the scapegoat for the Nation.
The bible talks about scapegoats and the ritual involved.
“Aaron shall cast lots for the two goats, one lot for the LORD and the other lot for the scapegoat. “Then Aaron shall offer the goat on which the lot for the LORD fell, and make it a sin offering. “But the goat on which the lot for the scapegoat fell shall be presented alive before the LORD, to make atonement upon it, to send it into the wilderness as the scapegoat.”
Remnants of this ritual still persist to this day in Ireland at the “Puck Fair”
Notice the book above says it could be the King himself,it could be an animal,or a human substitute for the King,which would give the King an extended reign.
In the original 1973 film “The Wicker Man” (Also a play on words “Wicca” Man) we are shown this “divine victim” ritual or practice,in that when there is a poor harvest one of the young virgin girls of the island is to be sacrificed,although there is a plot twist in the film!
The King could be showing signs of losing his power and be killed by one of the younger men in the group who then takes his place as the next “Divine King” or “Rex Nemorensis” “King of the Wood” or “Grove”
This motif is the subject of the film “Apocalypse Now” where at the end of the film,the “King” (Colonel Kurtz) is killed by the U.S army captain Benjamin Willard and the villagers all bow down to Willard. (the new Rex Nemorensis)
Another clue as to this killing of the king ritual being the theme of the movie is Colonel Kurtz’s reading material you see lying around.
Namely “The Golden Bough” and “From Ritual to Romance” and these two books deal with the sacrifice of the King.
Read the trivia in the above wiki page about the son killing the father/king.
(And the song “The End” by the doors has lyrics pertaining to the Oedipus Complex in the movie Apocalypse Now)
Another linked theme is the land being a barren wasteland until the old impotent King dies and the new virile King brings in a new time of prosperity.
You will also notice in the wikipedia page “Golden Bough subject matter”about Kings and Priests having to fulfill their very serious vows.
These vows included death after reigning a period of time,or death if crops failed.
You will notice this theme most clearly in the film “Eye of the Devil” again starring David Niven,Deborah Kerr and Sharon Tate.
David Niven is called back to his vineyard after the crop fails at his vineyard and a blood sacrifice (Niven) is required to bring back the vineyard to it’s former glory.
Notice Sharon Tate plays a girl named “Odile” (Odile is the black swan in Swan Lake)
Also did you know that Swan Lake may have been based on Ludwig II,as Tchaikovsky took great interest in the life story of Ludwig.
And also have a read at the mysterious events surrounding Ludwig’s death and his connection to swans…he was called the “Swan King” and lived in a castle at “Schwansee” (Swan Lake).
In his book “The Golden Bough” James Frazer also links this dying God,who dies to take away the barren wasteland and restore the land to it’s former glory as applying to the figures of Osiris,Tammuz,Attis,Adonis,Dionysus and Jesus.
The death and departure of the Gods where a God (or pantheon of Gods) dies,is killed or destroyed.
Just as the bible says there is a time to live and a time to die…everything has it’s tidal rhythm.
And just as summer has to give way to the dark months,everything must come to it’s end.
In the Book of Revelation it is telling us about a great cycle coming to an end,it is called an “Age” and lasts approximately two thousand years.
That is why Revelation shows us horsemen with scales (Libra,first month of autumn,red horsemen with swords,Scorpio and white horse with bowman,Sagittarius)
At some point the light will disappear and the dark forces will reign,however like summer gives way to the dark days,these dark days will have to give way to the light yet again…it is a cycle and the bible gives us the assurance that the light will return by telling us the lamb will be on the heavenly mount again…the lamb is Aries,the month of the spring equinox,the return of the lamb of God who takes away the darkness/sin (“sin” in Spanish means without) of the earth,the barren wasteland that winter leaves behind and brings back growth/warmth/fecundity and light.
We are at the end of this light part of the cycle right now and darkness will have it’s day,but just like the symbol of the owl in the previous blog,the darkness will bring us more wisdom and teach humanity’s survivors a harsh (and ultimately good) lesson and will eventually usher in a whole new way of thinking and behaving.
We can see the old wineskins leaking right now,people are leaving religion in droves,it is outdated and cannot hold the different influences of this new “age/aeon.”
James Frazer says in the Golden Bough that there is a three phase action that goes on…
First….Magic which gives way to Religion which in turn gives way to Science and we see that happening right now.
The Old Gods of this age are about to give way to the new.
And by “Gods” I mean our inner psyches/modes of thought that are being projected out from us all.
If you break the word “mocking” down you get “mock king” and again this brings us back to the substitute stand in for the death of the King.
With this in mind pay attention to John 11:50 mentioned in the book above.
“Caiaphas, who was high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all. 50Nor do you understand that it is better for you that one man should die for the people, not that the whole nation should perish.””
Caiaphas (being high priest) would have understood this ritual of the “mock king”, “divine victim” and “scapegoat” “sacrificial lamb” very well.
And didn’t they mock Jesus?
“Now the men who were holding Jesus in custody were mocking Him and beating Him”
“They stripped Him and put a scarlet robe on Him. And after twisting together a crown of thorns, they put it on His head, and a reed in His right hand; and they knelt down before Him and mocked Him, saying, “Hail, King of the Jews!”
Is this what the bible is telling us about,this sacrificing a Divine Victim to bring about prosperity to the barren wasteland,this well known ritual that has echoed all throughout history?
The death of the “Christ” brought about new growth and a new mode of thought.
Margaret Murray in her book “The God of the Witches” gives four examples of historical characters she claims may have been involved in this ancient ritual.
These four are:-
Thomas Becket (who she says was a stand in for Henry the 2nd)
Rufus (William 2nd,son of William the Conqueror).
Joan of Arc.
Gilles de Rais.
Here are some interesting things she says about the Thomas Becket killing.
In the film “Eyes wide shut” Tom Cruise’s character is in deep trouble after seeing too much at a ritual until a woman stands in for him,becomes his scapegoat and is found dead soon after.
And I’m sure you will find lots of interesting things in the wikipedia page below about the Fisher King and the links to this theme also.
In Ancient Babylon,the killing of the King was acted out at “Zagmuk” (beginning of the year)
And the festival of “Sacaea”
All these festivals are connected to the sun and the zodiac.
Every year at the winter solstice,the “old” Sun (of the previous year) dies to give way to the “newborn” sun who starts his cycle of the next year.
“The King is dead (old sun),long live the king (new sun)!”
The old sun is at it’s weakest state at the winter solstice and is replaced by the new invigorated sun which starts his cycle.
This is the one common bond between all of the myths of the dying and resurrecting Gods such as Attis,Dionysius,Bacchus….Jesus!
The Jewish festival of “Purim” has a “substitute” killed in place of the intended victim(s).
Haman tried to persuade Ahasuerus the King to order the killing of Mordecai and all the Jews in Persia.However the plot is foiled by Queen Esther resulting in Haman and his sons being killed in place of the intended ones.
As a side note,in astrology the two benefics are Jupiter and Venus.
Marduk is associated with Jupiter and Esther with Venus/Astarte….Ishtar.
The title of the “Golden Bough” comes from the Aeneid when Aeneas and the Cumaean Sibyl present the plucked Golden Bough to the gatekeeper of Hades in order to gain admission.
(Interestingly the Aeneid is written in 12 parts (zodiac) and is split into two (books 1-6) and (7-12).
The 6 months of light and darkness!
In the book he tells of Lake Nemi (which Turner also painted) near Rome,where there is a sacred grove dedicated to Diana Nemorensis. (Diana of the Wood)
Diana is the Goddess of the moon and hunting.
Frazer tells us in this grove there grew a certain tree of which no branch may be broken.
And there was also a priesthood with strange customs.
The only one who could break off a branch would be a runaway slave who was then entitled to fight the reigning priest in battle,and if he slew him reigned in his stead and became the new “King of the Wood.”
Just as Martin Sheens character became in the film “Apocalypse Now” after slaying Marlon Brando’s character as stated above.
Frazer said the ancients called this branch “the golden bough” talked about in the “Aeneid” (a poem written by Virgil),in which Aeneas with the help of Deiphobe (the Cumaean Sibyl) plucked a golden bough to give to Proserpina in order to gain access to the underworld for Aeneas to see his father.
So the Golden Bough was linked to death and the underworld.
This strange rule of succession by the sword was,according to Frazer still observed at the time of Caligula who had a priest of Nemi killed who he deemed to have reigned too long,also a Greek traveller talked about this ritual happening in the time of the Antonines.
Frazer also tells of various tribes and peoples who killed their king when the king’s strength failed,and it is very widespread throughout the earth.
The kings of fire and water in Cambodia…….
The Chitome of Congo
The Ethiopian kings of Meroe
The Shilluk people
And here is an extract from “The Golden Bough” where Frazer talks about the “Matiamvo.”
“The Matiamvo is a great king or emperor in the interior of Angola. One of the inferior kings of the country, by name Challa, gave to a Portuguese expedition the following account of the manner in which the Matiamvo comes by his end. “It has been customary,” he said, “for our Matiamvos to die either in war or by a violent death, and the present Matiamvo must meet this last fate, as, in consequence of his great exactions, he has lived long enough. When we come to this understanding, and decide that he should be killed, we invite him to make war with our enemies, on which occasion we all accompany him and his family to the war, when we lose some of our people. If he escapes unhurt, we return to the war again and fight for three or four days. We then suddenly abandon him and his family to their fate, leaving him in the enemy’s hands. Seeing himself thus deserted, he causes his throne to be erected, and, sitting down, calls his family around him. He then orders his mother to approach; she kneels at his feet; he first cuts off her head, then decapitates his sons in succession, next his wives and relatives, and, last of all, his most beloved wife, called Anacullo. This slaughter being accomplished, the Matiamvo, dressed in all his pomp, awaits his own death, which immediately follows, by an officer sent by the powerful neighbouring chiefs, Caniquinha and Canica. This officer first cuts off his legs and arms at the joints, and lastly he cuts off his head; after which the head of the officer is struck off. All the potentates retire from the encampment, in order not to witness his death. It is my duty to remain and witness his death, and to mark the place where the head and arms have been deposited by the two great chiefs, the enemies of the Matiamvo.
There are many,many more examples in his amazing book.
He also talk about Kings who only reign for a fixed term before being killed and replaced.
Killing of the Kings son.
There are many other movies containing this theme,like the Lion King,The man who would be King and I’m sure you will know a good few yourself.
Lon Milo Duquette says in one of his interviews that the consciousness of the ancients was to the extent that they thought the sun died every day and rose again the next morning,and it also died every year at the winter solstice.
However we now know that the sun doesn’t die,it just disappears for part of its daily and yearly cycle.
Well Mr. Duquette says our consciousness is now raised to the point where we realize….just as the sun does not “die”,neither do we,he says when we die we are moving to a different part of our cycle which is eternal.
He says we are never “switched off”,we are always “on”.
1st Corinthians 15:26
“For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26The last enemy that will be abolished is death.”
Well I hope this blog sets you on another path of learning yourself,as no vicarious religious institution can save you.
You are both pupil and teacher.
Nosce te ipsum!
Some further reading in the wiki page below
Thanks for reading!