When it comes to Pagan blogs… Tumblr is always bustling with holiday posts. I enjoy pagan symbologies just as much as any other religious symbolism. Esoteric Freemasonry symbolism I find to have the rarest, oldest hence purest, and it reaches all the way to Babylon and Sumer, prior Egyptian religion in its deepest systems of teaching the mysteries. That’s why you get all that anti Freemason crap from many Christian groups but it’s all part of the truth behind Christianity. In religious iconography nobody has the beauty and flair that modern paganism likes to put out in the interwebs. Christians can sometimes get all upset with pagan fertility rituals and it’s male god being a horned god it takes on a devilish look to some folk. It’s not what it appears though in wearing those glasses, seeing those perceptions. It’s not worship of a devil. They don’t believe in a monotheist good and evil world. My second attempt at marriage taught me a lot, as she was a Wiccan. (Anti mormon too and hated my family’s religious beliefs, thinking them to be just as evil as Christians see the devil or paganism to be.) I didn’t buy into all of my Dad’s Mormon beliefs and studying the occult was a result of wanting to know the truth behind the symbolism and the fear of many folk who don’t understand it. Anyway… here’s a great Tumblr post on Beltane.
Beltane is the time of the marriage and union of the Goddess as Mother Earth and the God of the Greenwood. It is an ancient fertility festival marking the beginning of the planting cycle. The festival was to ensure a good growing season and a bountiful harvest. Beltane is light-hearted and joyful.
Sunday Coffee is the best. A great legal drug caffeine. When you can mix both stimulants and relaxation, its a great weekly Holiday for most folk.
I grew up in a very religious family. I could (and maybe will ) write a book about how my fanatically religious father created a very turbulent childhood by being a sort of wandering Gypsy – Occultist (Mormon) -Christian mix. It was this mix that caused me to become a sort of / Semi-Pagan / Christian / agnostic worship student (scientist over worship) Alchemist. Put simply: The weekdays were the seven stars. Sunday. Sunday/sun Monday/Moon – through to – Saturday/Saturn. Jesus and the Sun were associated as God in the beginning. The word Amen came from Amen Ra. The entomology of these words in the original middle eastern languages and manuscripts were different than the translated Bible books. If it wasn’t for Constantine, the worship of Jesus would probably be fully Jewish, and that was the plan. The Jews denied Jesus but the original worship of Jesus was highly Jewish before the Creeds were established so that they could join religion and Roman leaders and other politicos in a way that would make both Roman Christian and Pagans happy with Christianity oriented variations of Pagan Icon worship – holidays and rituals. Here are some links to authors who can say it much better than I can.
Most Christmas customs are, in fact, based on old pagan festivals, the Roman Saturnalia and the Scandinavian and Teutonic Yule. Christians adopted these during the earliest period of Church history. The Church, however, has given this recognition and incorporates it into the Church year without too many misgivings. Only the more radical fundamentalist elements in some churches protest from time to time about this mixing of ‘pagan’ elements into the religion.”
JESUS was also combined with popular Egyptian religious holidays and figures as well.
The documented history of Egypt dates back to the age of codification (about 3200 BC) and over more than 5300 years of its written history. Although the country was subjected to military occupation dozens of times over this long period, Egypt changed its religious doctrine only twice. The first was in the first Century with Christianity, and the second with Islam in the seventh century. In fact, Egypt has succeeded in injecting both Islam and Christianity with many of its ancient beliefs. In the end, the essence of the ancient Egyptian doctrine was centered on faith in the resurrection after death, reckoning, paradise and hell, all of which are essential components to all the Abrahamic religions.
Perhaps we need to explain how Egypt created its own version of Islam in a separate article. But for Christianity, the Egyptian touches are very influential in the religion that has spread worldwide. They bear the authentic Egyptian features that the country’s people have embraced since ancient times until it appeared it was Christian before the birth of Christ thousands of years ago.
Christianity, which appeared in the first century, was considered another version of Judaism. In the vast pagan ocean, which extends to the Roman Empire , the early Christians were seen only as a group of Jewish sects who failed to establish their kingdom at the hands of their leader (the Savior), who rebelled against the Roman state, so he was punished like one. Christianity crystallized in the form of an independent religion and doctrine separate from Judaism only after passing through Egypt, which gave it three of the most important components.
The early Christians did not use the cross as a symbol. Until the fourth century AD, Christians in the ancient world used the fish symbol “Ichthys in Greek” or ΙΧΘΥΣ, the oldest known Christian symbol.
As for the symbol of the cross used by Christians throughout the world, it is the development of an ancient Egyptian symbol, “Ankh”, which carries the meaning of eternity, or life after death.
In the Coptic Museum in Cairo there are many archaeological evidence on the evolution of the use of this symbol and its adoption by Egyptian Christians as a decorative element at the beginning and then as a symbolic value associated with the eternity of Christ and defying death.
In the Coptic Museum in Cairo there are some tombstones that have a fascinating development of the use of the symbol of Ankh, which was traditionally placed as a sail for the Ra boat in the other life to cross the sea of darkness. After Christianity, the first Christians in Egypt also placed on their graves the Ra’s sailboat, but with a slight change in the form of the ankh symbol to become closer to the shape of the cross.
The evolution of the symbol of the cross from the pharaonic symbol Ankh is closer to archaeological studies than the common hypothesis that the symbol of the cross refers to the instrument of torture used to crucify Christ. The ancient Roman cross that Christ was supposed to have been crucified on was T-shaped, which was different from the shape of the known cross.
The oldest creed that Egypt had known for thousands of years was based on the Holy Trinity, the Father God Osiris, the Mother Goddess Isis, and the Son Horus, whom Isis bore without defiling herself. (Sounds familiar?)
In fact, all the early Christians preserved their original faith while introducing some new details. Soon the Isis temples spread in Egypt were transformed into churches. The statues of Isis carrying her child Horus metamorphosed to the Virgin Mary holding the Christ which later spread with Christianity to all parts of the world.
My Fathers faith is a whole other story for another post, but Mormonism is a very complicated religion. Christians like to call it Pagan but that’s the pot calling the kettle black. It’s polytheism, with the Abrahamic icons combined with Angles of a new sort. For being the newest Abrahamic and only truly American (created in America) religion, it has a huge worldwide following. The polygamy of the early days, (some small break off pockets of them still exist) created an exponential growth that still has an influence, mental and otherwise. Mainstream Christians point the polytheist finger but trinity worship could be called polytheist if they believe father, son, holy spirit, to be separate individuals. https://www.reddit.com/r/DebateReligion/ https://www.reddit.com/r/DebateReligion/comments/2cj53p/judaism_is_calling_christians_polytheists_the_pot/ Gee wiz this post got much bigger than I planned.
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