Merry Saturnalia – The Two Faces of Christmas

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I speak from my own perspective of course, but isn’t Christmas a bore these days? Spending time with family and loved ones is wonderful for most, but sanctioning it as an official holiday has become tedious, draining and for many that have ‘woken up’ to the ‘reality of ‘reality’, just another focus for an ‘energy theft’ that has no bearing on the real plight of humanity today. It’s the perfect example of Ground Hog Days… Now before anyone says ‘Ba humbug’ (which is a word incidentally that means to act in a ‘deceptive’ or ‘dishonest’ way), I will say that there is a meaningful connection to the ‘introspection’ at this ‘time of year’. The winter period brings ‘clarity of focus’ for those that can look within. Being creative is important too as winter kicks in, but the modern day version of what was ancient Saturnalia is nothing more than a ‘massive energy grab’ (our human energy) just as it always was.

What’s that old saying, ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do? We do and Saturnalia is now officially here once again.

The ‘Time’ when Ancient Rome Comes to Town

On one level, Saturnalia was a ’festival of light’ in Rome, leading through to the Winter Solstice (21st December), signified through an abundant presence of candles (fairy-lights) and pine trees. All of which are meant to be symbols of our quest for ‘knowledge and truth’ (light) at the darker end of the year. The other aspect of Saturnalia is more about the ‘giving and ‘taking’ of energy. However, when you look around our modern day 21st century ‘Saturnalia fest’, I think its safe to say that the ‘knowledge and truth’ has taken more of a back seat. The whole period of ‘time’ called Christmas can be an ‘unnecessary burden’ for too many and it also focuses our energy on the ‘polarisation’ of those that ‘have’ and those that ‘don’t have’. It’s magnified at this time of year, especially when we see the rich, the famous and the ‘gods of our time’ (celebrities) revelling in Saturnalia. The amount of presents being bought in some homes and the over indulgence by those that have discovered their ‘credit cards power’ of no return is beyond madness in my view. As Asterius wrtites in Oratio 4: Adversus Kalendarum Festum;

“This festival teaches even the little children, artless and simple, to be greedy, and accustoms them to go from house to house and to offer novel gifts, fruits covered with silver tinsel. For these they receive, in return, gifts double their value, and thus the tender minds of the young begin to be impressed with that which is commercial and sordid.”

If anything, Christmas (Saturnalia) can bring heightened emotions, stress, arguments, loneliness, drunkenness, suicide and the overpowering need to ‘keep on with the programme’ called Christmas. ‘Boxing Day’ in the UK can take on a very literal meaning for some. I know Christmas also brings laughter, love and hapiness too, which is why it has ‘two sides’. Christmas shopping, Black Friday’s, the sales, buying things and maxing up debt has become the norm for people that have ‘bought into’ the vibe of modern Saturnalia. When I was a kid people used to stock up on food at Christmas like there was going to be a war? Bread was frozen in quanties across homes all over Britain in the 80’s as though there was going to be a famine (the shops really did close for days back then). To understand the Christmas ‘vibe’ we have to go back in time to ancient Rome.

Inner Light – Outer light

Saturnalia is/was the Roman festival of the ‘renewal of light’ and the coming of the ‘new year’, celebrated as the Dies Natalis Solis Invicti, or the birthday of the ’Unconquerable Sun’. The date for this event was the 23rd of December, but the roots of this go further back into the ancient world and have more meaning in the attachment to Saturn (the Old Sun), and not necessarily the Sun. Of course the birth of the new ‘Sun (a Son) god was interchangeable with the ‘Son of God’ (born on the 25th of the month), not least thanks to Emperor Constantine… The rest is fable disguised as history. In 4th Century Christian leaders succeeded in converting to Christianity large numbers of Roman pagans by promising them that they could continue to celebrate the Saturnalia as Christians. The problem was that there is nothing very ‘Christian’ as such, about Saturnalia. The Jewish festival of Hanukkah (with its 9 to 8 candles) is another Saturn based focus at the same time of year.

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Saturnius Mons – Lord of the Golden Age

The oldest Roman religious calendars, which were thought to have been established by the legendary founder of Rome, Romulus and his successor Numa Pompilius, marked Saturnalia (Saturnius Mons) as a legal holiday in December. The 19th of December marked the dedication anniversary (dies natalis) of the Temple to Saturn in the Roman Forum in 497 BC (see below). Julius Caesar had the calendar reformed because it had fallen out of synchronization with the solar year, two days were added to the month, and Saturnalia then fell on 17th December, through to the 24th of December – Candle-mass Eve.

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Interesting number of columns left standing 8 (Saturn) + 3 (Orion) = 11. Justice is a Major Arcana Tarot card, numbered either VIII or XI depending on the deck and Saturn is the ruler of the Justice system.

In Roman mythology, Saturn was an agricultural deity who was said to have reigned over the world in the Golden Age, (most likely a pre Atlantis world), when humans enjoyed the spontaneous ‘bounty of the earth’ without ‘labor’ and in a ‘state of innocence’. Any chance of that Golden Age now would be fine thing? Saturn was the first god of the Capitol, known since the most ancient times as Saturnius Mons, and ‘he’ was seen as a god of generation, dissolution, plenty, wealth, agriculture, periodic renewal, law and liberation. The death of a Sun and the ‘birth of a Sun’ (its light) are embroiled in the symbolism of Saturnalia. So are the notion of ‘old and young’, ‘Santa and children’ and the gifts given through life itself. Life is ‘given to death’, so that ‘death can live’. The BBC’s Children’s drama The Box of Delights in the 1980’s is another fine example of the symbolism evoked through Saturnalia. The ‘box’ or cube is another symbol of Saturn. See the images below.

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Saturn the planet and Saturday are both named after the god. Life (Child) and death (old man), all are symbolic of Saturnalia and the other darker meanings associated with ‘Saturnic rituals’. The BBC drama The Box of Delights is worth a watch if not to get a flavour for the Season and the ‘white an dark’ magic opposing each other. The clergy in that drama are depcited as wolves in sheeps clothing.

 

Statue of Ariel and Prospero
The main statue over the BBC building at Broadcasting House shows the ‘old man’ and ‘the child’. The old bloke Prospero, the main character in Shakespeare’s Tempest (who lives on an island and is a great sorcerer) and Ariel the child. The same magician features on an island in The Box of Delights. The arist that made this piece was Eric Gill a Peadofile. BBC, Jimmy Saville? I’ll say no more…

In many ancient beliefs, the Sun (Saturnis Mons) was used as a marker for when the position of the Sun (as seen from Earth) would change simply to ‘mark’ lighter nights, darker days (solstices) and it is all based on the over arching mechanism of marking ‘time’. Who was the Lord of time? The old bearded bloke above, I will come back to ‘Time’ in a bit.

Christmass Hypnosis

In Rome the revelries of Saturnalia were supposed to reflect the ’conditions of that lost mythical age’, not all of them desirable mind you, as much of it was connected to bestiality, human sacrifice and Satanic worship. In ancient Rome priests inside the ancient temple performed the rituals of Saturnalia, while homes were decorated with cyprus and pine trees, covered in candles. Health and Safety didn’t exist back then. Trees and the star at its top are all symbols of that bygone ‘golden era’ and quite possibly a memory of the ‘old Sun Saturn’ as it was seen from Earth. For more information see an excellent book called The Saturn Myth by David Talbot. The star on the tree ‘symbolism’ becomes very clear through understanding how the ancients saw Saturn and other planets in the skies.

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Saturn was the ‘Old Sun’ (Star) of a Golden Age on Earth

Today these symbols and rituals are ‘continued’ through the focus of ‘mass’ media, ‘mass consumption’ and the ‘ethereal effect’ of the ‘lack of light’ that we ‘take in’ at Saturnalia. It has become Christmass hypnosis. And the official religions of ancient Rome have now become the religions of ‘buying things’. Shopping malls are the cathedrals decorated to the hilt with neon lights. Even as far away as Australia, where if we went back several thousands years, the Aboriginal people would not have heard of such ceremonies and pagan rituals. It’s all a ‘programme’ that has spread ‘world wide’ with good reason. Saturn’s influence over humanity is through ‘hypnosis and the connection to what we call ‘time’ and the ‘unseen’.

The Hunt, Pan & the Gingerbread Man

As I have already said, Ancient Rome was the epicentre of Saturnalia. The cities architectural symbols, not least the ‘phallic symbol’ or Obelisk relating to the ‘death’ and ‘resurrection’ of the Egyptian god Osiris (Orion) can be found placed in the Capitols of Europe. They are there to invoke the ‘sexual’ masculine energy, or the ‘randy old goat’ syndrome also known as the god Pan. Old Pan is connected to the myths associated with the Lord of Capricorn (Sex magic) and the Lord of Aquarius (Electronic Communications) through Mercury.

Hermes, or Mercury, the god of travellers and shepherds (Pan) in Greek mythology.

 

The worship of Pan began in Arcadia (Greece), which was always the principal seat of his worship. Arcadia was a district of mountain people, culturally separated from other Greeks. The hunt, the Shepard, the cave and the woods where all abodes of Pan. Hermes (Mercury) was considered the great grandfather of Pan. Symbolically Mercury goes ‘between’ worlds and is the messenger of what we the Romans called the gods. These gods are ‘personified energetic realms’ and it has become clear to me that the imagery and symbols associated with ‘the gods’ are portals into that ‘energetic field’. Hermes, as the father/grandfather of Pan connects Pan (the goat) with the titan Saturn in Capricorn. The Gävle Goat (Swedish: Gävlebocken) is a traditional Christmas display erected annually at Slottstorget in central Gävle, Sweden (below). It is a giant version of a traditional Swedish Yule Goat figure (Pan) made of straw, which often is attacked by arsonists during Saturnalia.

Swedish Yule Goat figure is Pan

Saturnalia is also a time for family visits, trips and all communication (electrical or otherwise) especially over the festival period. Mercury is currently retrograde this December 2016, so watch out!

Catch me if you can?

Saturnalia as recorded by the Greek writer poet and historian Lucian (in his dialogue entitled Saturnalia) observes the festivals in his time. Lucian mentions human sacrifice, ‘widespread intoxication’, ‘going from house to house while singing naked’, ‘violation’ and other ‘sexual activities’. He also mentions consuming human-shaped biscuits (still produced in some English and most German bakeries during the Christmas season as the gingerbread man). “You can’t catch me!” takes on another meaning when you consider the deeper meanings behind Saturnalia and the horrors some might have suffered at that time. There is another side to Christmas that invokes both the ‘good and the bad’, where children become the focus for this tussle. Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and Hansel and Gretel (with the ginger bread house) come to mind! I’ll come to Krampus too shortly.

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We Three Kings from Orion are …

In previous blogs I have pointed out the connection to three belt stars of Orion (Alnitak, Alnilam and Mintaka) and the pyramids of Giza – not to mention the Hopi’s Three Mesas of Arizona. Many myths are allegories of the path of the sun through the signs of the zodiac, and the famous axiom ‘As above and so below’ is so true. The word ‘Orient’ in the Christmas carol We Three Kings from Orient Are’ should be replaced by ‘Orion’. The three Magi who searched for the newly born Christ are symbolic of the three stars in the hunter’s belt in the constellation of Orion.

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Egyptians also knew Orion as ‘the father of the ‘First Time’ of Osiris (as Adam/Ptah) and the Egyptian trinity also connect to Orion. The Three Kings represent the three divine aspects of Will, Love and Intelligence in some sources. The name ‘Orion’ literally means ‘the breaking forth of light’ and therefore symbolizes the ‘place of light’. I feel that ‘place’ is where Saturn gets its ‘interstellar instructions’. In some South American cultures Orion’s Belt is known as ‘Las Tres Marias’ (The Three Marys) in honour of Mary of Nazareth, Mary Magdalene, and Mary of Bethany. One od the first Christmas cards I made was of Mary and Josepth (Isis and Osiris) being visted by an alien loosely based around the song ‘A Spaceman Came Travelling’ by Chris De Burgh.

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© Neil Hague 1989

Born in a Cave

Kronos (Saturn) as I mentioned above was the Sun in the cave and it is said in myth that his mother Rhea carried Kronos ‘the stone’ wrapped in swaddling clothes, as though he were the babe to which she had given birth. The Babe in a manger born among animals (not least the Ass and Ox) in a stable or a cave and wrapped in swaddling clothes was common in many ancient religions. The mother of Kronos in the Hindu myth equivalent was known as Chaya, meaning ‘shadow’. She represented the unconscious, other-worldly, the unseen and the light of the aura. You could see her as the Queen of the fairies (fairy lights). In a small an intriguing book called The Greatness of Saturn, by Dr Robert E Svoboda (below), that covers Eastern Vedic myth, Chaya is represented as ‘material things’, the illusion of the material life and how the shadow allows this ‘fake light’ to be seen for what it is – illusory.

The Gnostics also talk of the ‘light of Christos’ and its penetration of the dark, the shadow world (see my other blogs here)

Chaya & Mithra
Chaya, Maia, Mary, Mithra (Mercury) or Jesus, etc…

According to legend, Hermes was also born in a cave on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia (see Pan and Mercury above). Zeus had impregnated Maia at night while all the other gods slept. When Hermes was born at dawn (like the Sun), Maia wrapped him in swaddling clothes. The Roman version of Jesus (before Jesus) Mithras, was also born in a cave, with shepherds in attendance, all on the 25th of December. Mithras was known to his followers as ‘The light of the world,’ or ‘The Good Shepherd,’ and urged his followers to share ritual communion of bread and wine. Mithras’s priests were called ‘Father.’ Add the word ‘Christmas’ after ‘father’ and there you have it.

Krampus (Santa’s Claws) – Sakwa Hu

Krampus, the horned, anthropomorphic folklore figure described as ‘half-goat, half-demon’, is another symbolic deviation of Pan. Santa or Saint Nick in Nordic and Germanic versions can be often seen together. They are two halves of the same symbol.

Krampus & St Nick (your kids)
Krampus (Pan) & St Nick (your kids)

During the Christmas season, Krampus punishes children, just like the Hopi Kachina Sakwa Hu, who arrives at the winter solstice or Soyal (Soyalang-eu) to do the same? A group of about thirty “official” kachinas, called Mong Kachinas, takes part in five major ceremonies held during this period: Soyalang-eu (Winter Solstice Ceremony) in December, Pamuya in January, when the sun appears to move north again. During Soyal, which lasts nine days of what we call Christmas, sacred rituals are performed in chambers, called kivas, and many ceremonies involving dancing and singing take place; the kachinas may even bring gifts to the children. And the Christian’s think its all about Jesus, you have to laugh really.

Pan & Krampus
Pan (Capricorn/December/Saturn), Krampus & Sakwa Hu (all the same). The Sakwa Hu or Blue Whipper Kachina (right) is considered an old Kachina although small boys usually impersonate it. Its main functions are that of a guard at certain ceremonies mainly on the Third Mesa! He is a whipper who also punishes clowns, children, and people when they misbehave!

Soyal time is when stories are passed down to children from the elders and children are taught pivotal lessons like respecting others. The Hopi believe that everything that will occur during the year is arranged at Soyal (New Year Resolutions as such). Children are also given replicas of the kachinas (dolls), intricately carved and dressed like the dancers, to help them learn about the hundreds of kachina spirits. Sixteen days before the winter solstice, one of the chief kachinas enters the house. He appears as a tired, old man who has just awakened from a deep slumber, teetering and on the verge of losing his balance. Santa is so old he’s loosing it! The Hopi god Masauwu (see my other blogs on Orion) is massively connected to the symbols of Orion, Saturn and Father Time (see below).

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Left) Cotton tail/ Masauwu (Father Time) Hopi Petroglyph Arizona. Right) William Blake’s rendition of Saturn (Father Time). The Bronze Age petroglyph on the left (courtesy of Dan Budnik) is a Winter Solstice marker left by the Hopi.

Cottontail was a symbol for both the ‘hare’ and ‘time’. Interestingly, the hare was said to be a ‘child of Pan’ and in many myths she (the Hare) was wrapped in goats skin. Of course the ‘hare’ and the ‘Moon’ are symbolically connected in much folklore and the hare also takes on the role of a ‘demiurge’ in some myths. See an interesting book called The Lady of the Hare by John Layard. The constellation of Lepus runs alongside Orion and there is more to know about this connection.

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Winter Hare by Neil Hague (left).

Krampus is also another version of Ba’al Hammon, the Carthaginian god who was regarded as the counterpart of the Roman Saturn and Greek Cronus. Krampus is one of the companions of Saint Nicholas in regions including Austria, Bavaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovenia and Northern Italy. The song Santa Claus is Coming to Town is based on the Germanic pagan folk tales of Krampus

He sees you when you’re sleeping’
He knows when you’re a wake
He knows if you’ve been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake…

Better be good

Santa Cronos

The modern figure of Santa Claus (Saint Nicholas, Saint Nick, Father Christmas, Kris Kringle) is derived from the Dutch figure of Sinterklaas, whose name is a dialectal pronunciation of Saint Nicholas, the historical Greek bishop and gift-giver of Myra. During the Christianization of Germanic Europe, this figure may have absorbed elements of the god Odin, who was associated with the Germanic pagan midwinter event of Yule and led the ‘wild hunt’, a ghostly procession through the sky. Of course the hunter Orion is observed clearly in the winter sky from November through to the Winter solstice, along with the constellations of Sirius and Lepus. The winged serpents in the image below infer a Hermes connection to Saturn.

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The Myth Mobile – is Saturn’s sky boat. In my Illustration (right) I’ve put the lot on the sledge.

Telling a child that Santa, (who is essentially an old bloke, a stranger with magical powers), who sneaks into your house to leave gifts, in the child’s early years, is creepy enough. But to then say it was all a fib later on, is the power of Ba-humbug; and we have all partaken in this myth making. The creeping around at night while children sleep is harmless to those from loving families, but consider the amount of ‘creeping around’ in orphanages and children homes over the years by figures that are more like Krampus? Saturnalia is a time of year when both the good and the bad are magnified ‘energetically’.

‘Coke’, Magic Mushrooms and Flying Reindeer

In his book Mushrooms and Mankind (The Book Tree, 2003) the late author James Arthur points out that Amanita muscaria mushroom (below), also known as fly agaric, lives throughout the Northern Hemisphere under conifers and birch trees, with which the fungi (which is deep red with white flecks) has a symbiotic relationship. Some say that this explains the practice of the Christmas tree, and the placement of bright red-and-white presents underneath, which look like Amanita mushrooms. Arthur wrote.

“Why do people bring pine trees into their houses at the Winter Solstice, placing brightly coloured (red and white) packages under their boughs, as gifts to show their love for each other…?” he wrote. “It is because, underneath the pine bough is the exact location where one would find this ‘Most Sacred’ substance, the Amanita muscaria, in the wild.”

I would suggest that it has more to do with Saturn’s pole position in that Golden Age mentioned earlier, but there maybe some truth in this across certain cultures.

Reindeer are common in Siberia, and seek out these hallucinogenic fungi. Donald Pfister, a biologist who studies fungi at Harvard University, suggests that Siberian tribesmen who ingested fly agaric may have hallucinated into thinking that reindeer were flying. The use of ‘red and white’ for Christmas and Santa is clearly connected to the Coca Cola imagery and their 20th Century campaign to associate Saturnalia with this drink.

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The Time of the King of Saturnalia

The King of Saturn ruled as the ’master of ceremonies’ for the proceedings through Saturnalia. He was appointed by lot, and has been compared to the medieval Lord of Misrule at the Feast of Fools. In England, the Lord of Misrule (known in Scotland as the Abbot of Unreason and in France as the Prince des Sots) was an officer appointed to preside over the Feast of Fools (below).

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Note the Hare, donkey and stag in this Medaeval Image. All three are symbols of ‘misrule’.

The Lord of Misrule was generally a peasant or sub-deacon appointed to be in charge of Christmas revelries, which often included drunkenness and ‘wild partying’, in the pagan tradition of Saturnalia. Sunds like every town in the UK to me? The Roman emperor Nero played the role of Saturnalia in his youth. Where as the first emperor Augustus celebrated the ‘Golden Age of Saturn’ it was eventually lost.

Saturnalia and misrule makes a ‘mockery of a world’ in which law was determined by one man and the traditional social and political networks are reduced to the power of the emperor over his subjects. In general terms, Saturnalia was the celebration of the longing for Saturn to reign again, as in ancient times. The donkey or Ass was another symbol of misrule and ‘mockery of law and order’, ‘title and kingship’. In Ancient Egypt Seth, the enemy of Osiris (his brother) had the image of a donkey. That’s why Apuleius in his Golden Ass describes a great metamorphosis, the transformation of Lucius to a donkey and his way back – spiritual evolution towards the human being. Jesus also was said to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey (see below).

In this case donkey represents sexuality, instincts, sensuality, ignorance. A red donkey was said to be one of the dangerous creatures that the soul met in its journey after death – possibly an archon of sorts?  The Ass and the Lord of Misrule go together at both Saturnalia (Christmas) and Ostara (Easter).

Lord of misrule
The late Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee, who never got to play neither ‘Santa or Krampus’, often mentioned his ancient Roman ancestry (bloodline) in his book and on TV interviews.

According to the anthropologist James Frazer in his book The New Golden Bough, he says there was a darker side [and the rest] to the Saturnalia festival. In Durostorum on the Danube (modern Silistra), Roman soldiers would choose a man from among them to be the Lord of Misrule for thirty days. At the end of those thirty days, his throat was cut on the altar of Saturn. Similar origins of the British Lord of Misrule, as a ‘sacrificial king’ (a temporary king, as Frazer puts it) who was later put to death for the benefit of all, have also been recorded. See the movie The Wicker Man starring the late Lord of Misrule himself – Christopher lee (above). I once stood next to Lee at a Euro star waiting area over a decade ago and he seemed a very ‘strange’ man to me.

The sordid and sinister rituals that are hinted at in the Kubrick movie Eye’s Wide Shut also happen at Christmas (see below). Note the Sun (Saturn) Star featuring in the Illuminati-style Elite parties early on in the film. Sex is a big part of Saturnalia and of course it plays a big part in Kubricks film too.

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Eyes Wide Shut – Satanism, Sex & Christmas in one movie, courtesy of the late Stanley Kubrick.
A ‘Christmas time’ Satanic ceremony as featured in the movie

Father Time Magazine

The infamous American Time Magazine, which was created by Henry Luce, a member of Alpha Delta Phi and Skull and Bones secret society, is another example of the subtle symbolism of Saturnalia ‘end of year celebration’. As I have shown, Chronos is usually portrayed as an older, wise man with a long, grey beard, similar to ‘Father Time’. Both the ‘father figure’ aspect can suffice in terms of symbolism, and in other years from ‘time to time, more obvious imagery sums up the connection to Saturn through, death, royalty, the Moon and ‘hidden worlds’ (space). Just look at some of the covers of Time Magazine?

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Saturn all over it!

Some of the current English words whose etymological root is khronos/chronos include ‘chronology’, chronometer, chronic, anachronism, and chronicle. The Time Magazine is the Chronicle with its cover of the Person of the Year ‘in December’. No mattter where you look, its ”Saturn everywhere’, especially at Saturnalia.

Saturnalia’s Slaves & Masters

The phrase Saturnalia was also a characteristic shout or ’salutation’ of the festival, in Roman times. The ’Yo ho ho’ is connected to this Salutation. Seneca looked forward to the holiday of Saturn, if somewhat tentatively, in a letter to a friend:

“It is now the month of December, when the greatest part of the city is in a bustle. Loose reins are given to public dissipation; everywhere you may hear the sound of great preparations, as if there were some real difference between the days devoted to Saturn and those for transacting business. & Were you here, I would willingly confer with you as to the plan of our conduct; whether we should eve in our usual way, or, to avoid singularity, both take a better supper and throw off the toga.”

Roman Microbius also writes in his work titled Saturnalia.

“Meanwhile the head of the slave household, whose responsibility it was to offer sacrifice to the Penates, to manage the provisions and to direct the activities of the domestic servants, came to tell his master that the household had feasted according to the annual ritual custom. For at this festival, in houses that keep to proper religious usage, they first of all honor the slaves with a dinner prepared as if for the master; and only afterwards is the table set again for the head of the household. So, then, the chief slave came in to announce the time of dinner and to summon the masters to the table.”

That’s your Christmas dinner! I am sure some people feel like a slave when it comes to cooking?

Back then a suckling pig was sacrificed (and still is eaten in large quantities in more Latin, Hispanic countries). The Turkey replaced the ‘pig’ over the centuries, unless you were munching on flesh in Tudor times, you might have a combination of both ‘sown together’ as a ‘cockenthrice’, just one of the many twists of Saturnalia. How lovely!

Roman Saturnalia is best-known for roles reversal and behavioral license, which allowed slaves to act like masters and visa versa. Roman slaves were treated to a banquet of the kind usually enjoyed by their masters. Role-playing was implicit in the Saturnalia’s status reversals, and there are hints of mask-wearing or ’guising’. The Elite families would have loved all that role play, hunting in masks and genrally playing roles reversed? maybe they did and still do? Slaves were set free just for the festivities… So ‘nothing’s changed then?’ See every Bank Holiday too. Who is it that rules over the banking system? Saturn! Who owns the banks? The Elite familes that adore Saturnalia.

Versnel writes in Saturnus and the Saturnalia;

“Gambling and dice-playing, normally prohibited or at least frowned upon, were permitted for all, ’even slaves’. Coins and nuts were the stakes. On the Calendar of Philocalus, the Saturnalia is represented by a man wearing a fur-trimmed coat next to a table with dice, and a caption reading: “Now you have license, slave, to game with your master.” Rampant overeating and drunkenness became the rule, and a sober person the exception.”

Yeah, your allowed to feel free for a week or so, to drink (be merry) and pretend that you’re not a ‘slave to the system’!

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When in Rome… The annual Christmas piss up.

Some things change, some things don’t

In his many poems about the Saturnalia, the poet Marcus Valerius Martialis names both expensive and quite cheap gifts, including writing tablets, dice, knucklebones, moneyboxes, combs, toothpicks, a hat, a hunting knife, an axe, various lamps, balls, perfumes, pipes, a pig, a sausage, a parrot, tables, cups, spoons, items of clothing, statues, masks, books, and pets. Writing today he would be mentioning ‘Pound Land’ and ‘unwanted socks’ too! In ancient Rome gifts might be as costly such as a ‘slave’ or ‘exotic animal’, but Martialis suggests that ‘token gifts’ of low intrinsic value inversely measure the high quality of a friendship. You were being judged by the gift you gave? Patrons or ‘bosses’ might pass along a gratuity (sigillaricium) to their poorer clients or dependents to help them buy gifts. A ‘Christmas bonus’ for some, and ‘bugger all’ for others like today? Some emperors were noted for their devoted observance of the Sigillaria (19th December), when small pottery gifts were given. Some say that the giving of Christmas cards came from Sigillaria in Ancient Rome?

I wrote this blog not to focus on the darkness of Saturnalia but to simply say that if people wish to really make a change and want to really ‘vibrate’ to a ‘higher level’, we may just have to ‘come away from the ‘same old rituals’, programmes and polarised views that are tucked away within all of the ‘Christmas razzamatazz’. Symbols, icons, stories and legends are more powerful than we can imagine. We are still in ancient Rome (and Egypt) in so many ways, as these rituals and festivals have been with us since then. I would prefer to focus on ‘introspection’ at this time of year (which is hard when you have small children I know), but whatever you do, make sure you can get out of the ‘Saturn vibe’, even if its just for an hour or two, to contemplate the ‘bigger picture’ beyond the claws of Saturnalia.

Peace on Earth (while you can).

Neil

Orion’s Door

The ‘Portal’ into ‘All Hallows Eve’ & Beyond

I would say that Orion plays a huge role in the shaping of our ‘collective thoughts’, our beliefs and above all the belief in duality through ‘information and energy’. We see the duality in many myths and legends that adorn the ancient world, and of course we see it all the time in the opposites of nature all over the world. In the epic legend of Gilgamesh, fighting the Bull of Heaven, we see opposing forces (Orion facing Taurus). In the fights between Attis and the Bull, to Perseus and the Minotaur, who meet at the centre of Adriane’s labyrinth (a symbol of the mind), we see the same symbolism. Orion whether holding a club or bow is hunting the beast of nature and this symbolism can be found on crests, heraldry and other insignias. Interestingly, the first renditions of the saints and opposers of the dragon (George and the Dragon) were painted or carved as hairy men – the woodwose, or ‘green man’.

Orion as the hairy man
God is my help refers to the first man (Orion, Adam, etc) being helped by the Demiurge

In other stories we see Orion chasing Pleione, the ‘mother of the Pleiades’, for ‘seven years’ (the seven stars in Taurus Constellation). In other legends Orion chases the Pleiades themselves, and he takes the form of a bear to do so. The myths about Callisto and Artemis (goddess of hunting) include the hunter becoming a bear. In the Hobbit the character called Beorn is a “skin-changer”, who transforms into a bear. The bear and hairy men often depicted in art are symbols for the ‘children of Hermes’. A house in Thiers
(Puy-de-Dôme), France, shows an effigy of a bear man (woodwose) with the head of a fool on his staff. The place is called the House of the Man of the Woods (15th century), see carving below. In recent years I am convinced that the Fool in the Tarot is a symbol for Orion and the Major Arcana is the projection out of Orion as it travels through the ‘archetypes’ towards the last card, the World (the Earth). I am currently researching this in much more detail for a new book.

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The madman, or the fool, according to Fulcanelli, was the humanised emblem of the children of Hermes, who could evoke mercury itself, and was wise.

 

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Is it a tree or a butte? More like a left over volcanic plume from a not so ancient epoch.

The legends of Bear Butte (Devils Tower) in Wyoming, according to Native American myth, describe the creation of the Butte through the claws of a bear that scratched at a ‘giant rock tree’ as it ‘grew skywards’ to place the ‘seven maiden’s as the seven stars in the sky. Giant tree or not, what is more interesting to me is the notion of humans becoming stars. It works both ways you see, the stars became humanity. Orion is also referred to as a ‘Heavenly Shepherd’ or ‘True Shepherd of Anu’. The Bear refers to Ursa Major as it aligns with the Pleiades. Homer in the Odyssey referred to ‘the Great Bear that men call the Wain, that circles opposite Orion, and never bathes in the sea of the stars. The Book of Job mentions Orion Three times Job 9:9 (“He is the maker of the Bear and Orion”) Job 38:31 (“Can you loosen Orion’s belt?”), and Amos 5:8 (“He who made the Pleiades and Orion”). The ancient Anu of Japan, were thought of as the people of the bear and they called the bear, ‘Kamuy’, which means God.

Orion’s Dogs

The constellations of Canis Minor and Canis Major are his dogs, the one in front is called Procyon. They chase Lepus, the hare and sometimes the fox, while Orion faces Taurus. All of these animals feature hugely in the hunts and symbols of the aristocratical bloodlines, who see themselves as children of Orion.

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In alchemical texts, Apollo, Vulcan and Mercury ‘conceive Orion’ (below left) in an allegory of the three-fathered ‘philosophical child’. These three ‘deities’ represent ‘fire, ‘deception’, plague’ on one side, and on the other, they are creativity, the magical arts and ‘perception’. All three collude to forge Orion’s persona as the ‘hunter shepherd’ of the heavens.

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The same allegory also hints at the ‘trapezium of Orion’, which I’ll come to shortly. The Devilish Dr John Dee incorporated these planets sigils into his personal seal. The horn of Mercury’s sign will also become obvious.

Orion’s Trapezium

Scientists now say that Black Holes form and give birth to the ‘holographic nature’ of our Universe. All of our galaxies and star systems are holographs projected from ‘black holes’. These vortexes ‘store information‘ and ‘project’ that information onto the surface of reality – our worlds, our ‘Universe’. See my book Through Ancient Eyes for more detail.

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According to astrophysicists (including UQ’s Dr Holger Baumgardt) the Orion Nebula has a black hole at its heart, whose mass is some 200 times the mass of our sun. The mini black hole in the Trapezium of Orion (above), a centre that has given humanity its, focus on the Triangle, the trinity and many other symbols and alignments. It is said to be the force that creates duality, ’cause and effect’, ‘right and left brain function’ and what the Mayan’s called the ‘Fire in the middle’ of the ‘hearth‘. It is the symbol of  macrocosm/microcosm for  projecting life (and death) on Earth. The alignments of the Great Pyramids and many indigenous mesa’s across the world are a testimony to this understanding. The belt stars (Alnitak, Alnilam, Mintaka) are replicated all over the world through religious symbols. One example, in Puerto Rico, the three stars are known as the ‘Los Tres Reyes Magos’ (Spanish for The three Wise Men). But ‘Magos’ actually means ‘magician’ and therefore more acurate in translation to the ‘magic’ the stars of Orion have over our minds. Remember who follows the Fool in the Tarot – the Magician.

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Years ago I heard the term ‘Earth Stars’ and remember reading a brilliant book by Chris Street called Earth Stars. From this persepctive, humans are ‘points of light’, projecting (like a holograph) onto the surface of a ‘flat plane’ each human being, the ‘life and death’ of each individual star.

Orion – The Unnatural God with Horns

The Rig Veda refers to the Orion Constellation as Mriga (The Deer), the horned hunter, seen as the classic image of the shaman wearing the antlers. In the ancient world the Hopi talked of ‘unnatural gods’ the ‘rulers of dreams’ (Morpheus in Greek myth), calling them the ‘two horned clan’, or the ‘two horn and one horn societies’ that use ‘power and magic’ to control different Worlds. Orion is also the giant Haokah, celebrated through the dance to the Giant by the Dakota Sioux. The Haokah (below) is universally ‘revered and feared’ among the sioux. He too is another rendition of the hunter Orion, but lets say he’s more than just a hunter. He’s the key that ‘opens the door to the entities’ of Orion.

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The American Indians believe in the existence of many Giants (not least the Bigfoot tribes), but Haokah is one of the principal giants. He is the anti-natural god, the teacher of opposites. In summer he feels cold, in winter he suffers from the heat; hot water is cold to him, and the contrary, etc. The Norse god Loki is another version of this deity who sets in motion a trick of all tricks if you look into that myth. ‘CERN-unnos’ is also another version of this ‘hunter of Earth’. Like the horned and antler gods he was the keeper of the door between this reality and the realm that is ‘just beyond the veil’. CERN of course was set up to ‘penetrate the veil’ by a priesthood ‘disguised as scientists’ in Switzerland. Of course, we also find Shiva (below middle) at CERN in Geneva, another symbol of Orion.

These crossing points between the stars and the Earth’s solstices on the ecliptic are understood in shamanic traditions to serve as doors to the spirit or underworlds.  Just as there are portals that link the Earth and Sun, there appear to be energetic “star gates” that link our Sun to stars such as Orion. Saturn, as a Sun, also connects to the central stars of the Orion constellation especially at critical points in time and space.

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The red star Betelgeuse is where we find the ‘darker’ forces that project out of Orion.

Another version of Orion is Mrigashira meaning ‘deer head’ and Ardra (Arudra) meaning, ‘tear drop’. Both of these Nakshatras (Lunar Mansions in Hindu) are associated with the constellation of the great hunter, Orion, whose stars have been depicted and described in mythological legends throughout the world. From prehistoric cave paintings in France, to the Neolithic Cernunnos of the ancient Celts in Europe, to Osiris in Egypt, Orion in Greece, Mithras in Rome, and Shiva-Rudra in India, the deer (or bull) hunter is portrayed a shamanic  life giver, a protector, but also a hunter.

The Two Horns and the ‘Stars’ of Orion

Hel (Hell) ‘Notre Dame’ was said to be the daughter of Loki with a ‘red and blue face’ or colour combination. So did the Haokah tricksters of the Sioux legends and their connection to Betelgeuse depicted in black and white and etched into the collective mind of the youth as Robert thicke ‘giving it to Miley Virus’ (with horned hair and tongue) several years ago at the MTV Awards. Look also for the ‘red and blue symbolism’ and you will find the horned clan of Orion and the true force behind Saturn’s grip over ‘Satanists’ on Earth. The wealthy bishop of 12th century Paris Maurice De Sully (who created Notre Dame Cathedral) used the seal of the ‘two horns’ and the ‘snake’ on his personal seal.

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Left: Maurice De Sully’s seal and the two horned Moses.

The ‘two horns’ of the ‘Wall Street Bull’ is an icon of the ‘Ox’ (Taurus and the elite city of ‘Ox’ford), the Papal ‘Bull’ and the Canaanite/Israelite ‘bull’ called Moloch. Moses of ‘golden calf fame’ is often depicted with ‘horns’ (above right). The ‘M’ behind Obama on the ‘Time’ magazine cover (below, top right) is not only a symbol of the horns, but the 5th Century Merovingian (later Templar) bloodline. The iconography refers to ‘possession’ and a ‘possessed bloodline’.

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It’s not the first time that world leaders like Obama have been ‘accidentally’ placed with horns (see below). Other forces at work  as ‘always’. The horned clan ‘possess’ bizarre ‘ego driven’ celebrities that don’t give a toss about you or me. Remember that next time you think the “truth movement” is on the ‘right path’ and hasn’t been ‘infected’. We all need to ‘raise our vibe’ above the ‘new age, old age’, Hollywood, ‘star struck’ cesspit of Alpha Orion (red carpet) and the dying dwarf star/sun called Saturn. The truth about Saturn’s power, comes from ‘elsewhere’ and has not yet been fully revealed.

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Obama, giving a speech on ISIS and Islamic terrorism in 2014

I have researched the Hopi, the Native American myths over two decades now and from my understanding, I know enough to say that the ‘order’ of influence over our human perception and society (by non human secret societies) has to include the ‘Red and Blue’ stars of the Orion Constellation. The stars Bellatrix and Betelgeuse are two novas’ that have been focused on hugely by the indigenous people of Earth. Betelgeuse, Alpha Orionis (abbreviated Alpha Ori), which is the ‘ninth-brightest star’ in the night sky and ‘second brightest in the constellation of Orion’, is also the Ninth Gate. There is a connection to this star and the devilish trickery that has permeated from it. The Koshari clowns revered by certain Native American tribes were said to have originated from Betelgeuse in Orion. See the movie of the same name (spelt differently).

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Note the Templar (Masonic) Chequer board symbology in the Koshari clowns

Betelgeuse was also known as Palasohu the ‘red star’ by the Hopi and Palaakwapi was also known as the ‘red house’ a city of the star people located in Arizona (Sedona area). From the Red City (in MU)  it is said that the Hopi ancestral home was once a ‘temple city’ surrounded by a ‘towering wall of red stone’. If you ever vist the region as I did many years ago, you will sense the ‘magic’ in the stones and formations across ‘red rock’ Arizona.

Another star of Orion, Rigel (also known as Beta Orionis), is a B-type blue ‘super giant’ that is the sixth brightest star in the night sky. There are 3 other giants of Orion that are also blue. In all these red and blue giants are personified in the myths, legends and folklore of indigenous peoples as the ‘rulers of dreams’ (the American Dream, lol), the home of the Archons and the Jinn and the trickster (Clown) deities sometimes with horns.

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World of Warcraft, directed by Duncan Jones (Moon), is based on the popular video game series, and is about ‘humans’ and ‘orcs’ warring over the magical ‘land of Azeroth’. The opposing forces of this ‘land of Azeroth’ (in red and blue) give a symbolic feel for the opposing forces of Orion.

The 2016 movie, The Purge – Election Year, also offered some symbolic imagery that connects to the ‘red and blue’ ‘X’ for eyes’ and the ‘clowns masks’ of course are prominent in this film. Not to mention the rise of the ‘clown sightings’ as we approach Halloween! Along with US politics and generally in the ‘Western World’ the use of the colours ‘blue and red’ are pivotal and connect to the Orion constellation, not least the ‘red and blue giants’. Remember the ‘red’ and ‘blue’ pills in the Matrix movie?

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Red blue, left right, up down… The jokes on us

The Nine Circles of EL (Hell)

The ‘nine rings’, ‘holies’, ‘circles’ are the symbolic unseen ‘circuitry’ that connects ‘Saturn to Orion’. The circles (gateways) connect us energetically to the ‘non physical’ tricksters (Archons), that according to the Gnostic texts, evolved out of the ‘nuclear fusion’ that became the ‘Orion nebula’. Named after the Latin word for ‘cloud’, nebulae are not only massive clouds of dust, hydrogen and helium gas, and plasma; they are also often ‘stellar nurseries’ – i.e. the place where stars are born. ‘Humans are born there’, our DNA is genetic star stuff that gives us a myriad of forms. Life, death, all duality, centered on Orion, challenged by the Bull of Taurus and anchored by the dying dwarf stars Jupiter and Saturn and their minions (Moons and planets); all symbolically give us the ingredients for our ‘human world’. Artificial Intelligence and the ‘cloud’ we all accept now as an alternive ‘reality’ is part of this energetic connection to the forces of Orion. The ‘nine circles’, I would say, are the ‘frequency bands’ that ’emit’ the blueprint of ‘life and death’ from the Orion constellation via our suns (stars) in the ‘Solar Cabalastic Tree’ (Solar System). Much more on this in my books.

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The Polanski Movie ‘The Ninth Gate‘ featuring the ever so growing darker by the year’ Johnny Depp, is a film about the Satanic Elite and the book The Nine Gates of the Kingdom of Shadows by 17th-century author Aristide Torchia; a book that was said to be able to summon the Devil. Interestingly the final scene in this movie is filmed in the Cathar castle, Château de Puivert, in Aude, France, (a place I have visited several times). The Cathars of course were ‘wiped out’ (not least through burning at the stake) for practicing Gnostic teachings. The same teachings that warned people of the Jinn that ‘consumed’ death through fire!

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Cathars burnt at the stake (see the Ninth Gate) and the firey Jinn from the movie Jinn

The Knight Templar (and cathar) Dante Alighieri 14th-century epic poem, Divine Comedy (followed by Purgatorio and Paradiso and onto The Inferno) tells the journey of Dante through Hell. In the poem, Dante is guided by the ancient Roman poet Virgil. Hell is depicted as nine circles of suffering located within the Earth. Without going into huge detail here the circles are realms (frequency) that align with the planetary fields and the so-called Seven Deadly Sins depicted as an eye by Hieronymus Bosch (below). It’s all in the ‘perception’ you ‘see’.

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Sins – ‘perception, deception’ – all in the eye of the ‘solar human’

Interestingly the 8th Sin, the ‘Eighth Circle’, called Malebolge (Evil Ditches) or the upper half of the Hell was a place saved for the Fraudulent and Malicious. The ‘eighth circle’ was described by Dante as a large funnel of stone shaped like an amphitheatre around which run a series of ten deep, narrow, concentric ditches or trenches. Within these ditches are punished those guilty of  ‘fraud and deception’. See my G8 global political illustration (2016). The ‘puppets’ always change, but the ‘vibe’ remains the same.

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Symbolically speaking the Nine Circles or ‘rings’  (if you are a Tolkein fan), relate to the ‘constructed hemispheres’ that ‘restrict human consciousness’ and form an ‘ethereal link’ to the otherworldly creators of the Holy of Holies. In otherwords, the levels of Hell are real for those that take their etheral body into these states of mind. Dr Strange anyone? See my Blog on Orion & Eve.

According to the outstanding work of US research analyst Danny Wilten, in 10,500 B.C, when The Pyramids matched ‘Orion’s belt’, the Nile Delta represented the Orion nebula itself and more than this; his work seems to back up the ‘holographic nature’ of the Orion nebula as it ‘appears’  mirrored in the imagery of Earth’s topology. Wilten spent years looking at the uncanny parallels between historial Renaissance art and the Orion nebula, anyone seriously interested in the nature of the ‘hologram’, should consider his research.

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The nile delta seems to mirror Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell aswell as the Orion nebula.  © Danny Wilten

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Human life, the arts, religion and ceremonies all over the Earth seems to be aligned with the Orion nebula and its projector of holographic ‘blue prints’ centered on Orion’s trapezium cluster. The ‘trinity projector’ as I like to call it.

Saturn’s (Satan’s) hold over Humanity

Satan in the Dante’s Inferno is trapped in the frozen central zone in the Ninth Circle of Hell, Canto XXXI. (see Gustave Doré’s image below). Blake’s image on the left focuses us on the ‘three faces’ of satan. Blake spent the last year of his life illustrating the Dante’s works and never finished them.

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In Inferno, Saturn is ‘controlled and restricted’ by the ‘circles of Hell’ that bind this ‘Fallen Star’ and permits ‘its alter ego ‘Chronos’ to devour as he does. Where Janus was ‘two faced’ Satan has Three…

…he had three faces: one in front bloodred; and then another two that, just above the midpoint of each shoulder, joined the first; and at the crown, all three were reattached; the right looked somewhat yellow, somewhat white; the left in its appearance was like those who come from where the Nile, descending, flows…

Taken form Inferno, Canto XXXIV, lines 39–45, Mandelbaum translation.

The English playwright and poet Dorothy L. Sayers notes that Satan’s three faces are thought by some to suggest his ‘control over the three human races’ and based on Judaic lore of the ‘tribes of Israel‘: red for the Europeans (from Japheth), yellow for the Asiatic (from Shem), and black/blue for the African (the race of Ham). I would suggest that the colour symbology here includes both ‘black and white’ (White/yellow) and blue (Black/blue) and all of it relates to the science of ‘Chromatics, DNA’ (below) and the influence of the constellation of Orion over our Sun (via Saturn), our ‘calendars’ (time) and therefore our human world. The chromatic seals are hieroglyphs that seem to speak of the ‘subtle matrix of codes’ that connect our DNA to the stars of Orion. For more information on the maths of the Chromatics see the work of Jose Arguelles.

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All interpretations recognize that the three faces of Saturn (Satan) represent a fundamental ‘perversion of the Trinity’. Three stars x Three stars = Nine Circles of Hell ‘on Earth’. But anyone who knows Dante, there are also the upper circles of Heaven to contemplate.

Only if we allow it, or perceive it to be so.

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Earth stars – exactly!

As above, so below…

So No, I won’t be joining in with Halloween or the coming of ‘Saturn’s time’ ‘zombie-loving-sexy vampire meets ‘chucky’ vibe’. Nor shall I be adorning a ‘trickster outfit’ garbed in black and white or wearing a clown’s mask. I wont be giving my energy away to the ‘death vibe’, the purge vibe and ushering in Saturnalia, without even knowing so!

I will instead light a candle and remember those that are lost, homeless and in need of healing at this sacred cross over point in ‘time’.

Peace be with you!

Podcasts from the past …

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Neil Hague – Control of the Art Industry, The Old World Order, The Age of Leo & The Awakening Sun – On Red Ice Radio/TV (2010)
In his books, Through Ancient Eyes and  Journeys in the Dreamtime, he illustrates a personal and fascinating approach to art and image-making. Neil joins us to discuss art and secret societies control and promotion of certain artists, musicians and writers. We also talk about the Hopi, their prophecy, dreams and the propaganda people are subjected to through the media. More Topics Discussed: transitional time, Robert Green, collaboration with David Icke, Caravaggio, Knights of Malta, Order of the Garter, The Brotherhood of our Lady, De Medici, the art industry, viral marketing, Jay-Z & Lady Gaga, Jesuits, Kirschner, artists tapping into the unknown, Koyaanisqatsi, the media empire, Hopi Prophecy Rock, destruction, World War, the new world order is an old world order plan, beyond the veil, property, mortgage servitude, scarcity, environmental scam and more. In our second hour we discuss the agenda of climate change and “Earth Day”. We explore the perception of scarcity and contrast that against the abundance of energy that does exist in the universe. We talk about the changes happening in the galaxy and the consequent changes our sun is going though. Neil shares with us his take on the symbolism of the lion, the mystery of the white lions and the age of Leo. He also talks about a return to “the first time” without fear and paranoia. More Topics Discussed: iridium element, Maya & Hopi sun prophecies, the fifth world & the sixth sun, the first people, Pahana, galactic changes, chambers of the brain, dream, education, entertainment, noise, doomsday, fear, terrorism, energy, creating money, exchange of services, John Trudell, positivity, age of Leo, prehistoric art and more.

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