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Now that was fun. Wasn't it? But what about the tree. Santa is supposed to be putting gifts under the tree. We have found the chimney but not the tree. The smoke of the Milky Way is not sufficient to warrant cutting down a tree and messing up the house for a month. Does decorating a Christmas tree have some cosmic meaning? We have to find where the Christmas tree comes from, and what the ornaments are all aobout.
To find the tree we have to go back an additional 12,000 years before Ancient Egypt, 15,000 years before Christ, all the way back 17,000 years ago. Those were the days when humans lived in caves in the winter, and ate what they could hunt and gather in the forest, fields, and streams, all year around. Of course, it is not necessary to go all that far to find people who live that way. In South America, Africa, and Australia, there are many aboriginal people who still prefer to acquire their gifts from the Great Potter in the forests under the trees. In modern times, we flatter ourselves by saying they were savage ignorant people. But is it so?
What we have evidence for about those times is the fact that people were
drawing pictures of constellations and painting them on walls of caves in
France, not very far from where Princess Diana ascended to Andromeda. In one
cave at Lascaux, they painted a famous Hall of Bulls. These bulls marked the
seasons when ancient cattle, called aurochs, used to migrate through the grass
lands of France. These cave dwellers probably plotted the stars on their cave
walls to help them remember when the aurochs would return, and plan for their
seasonal retreat from the cold mountains. (Ref. Frank Edge,
Aurochs in the Sky, Society for Scientific Exploration,09/26/96)
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Thus we can see on the walls of the cave at Lascaux, the whole sky from Sagittarius to Taurus, over the top of the Milky Way. These bulls, the serpent Hydra, and the heads of King Cepheus and Queen Cassiopeia seem to focus on the constellation of Cancer. Ancient Egyptians recognized this as the place where the sun was rolled out at sunrise by a dung beetle called Khephera. Cancer still carries the nature of feelings and senses. It is not difficult to understand why a cave dwelling, hunting and gathering culture of 15,000 BC would place feelings and senses above all other aspects of life. In those bygone days, if a people did not pay attention to their senses, they could be eaten alive by the other creatures. Never the less, they saw this place as heaven, and called it by the name the Elysian Fields. Only during the last four thousand years, after the vernal equinox entered Aries, have we taken leave of our senses. Now we read books rather than stars.
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The trunk of the celestial tree of life grows in a furrow on a hillside between the two oppositely facing bulls #18 and #2, at a place known as a fountain, well, and pool of Siloam. Si is short for sidereal, meaning belonging to the stars. Loam is the ancient word meaning earth. Siloam means the earth belonging to the stars, or celestial earth. With the chart above we can see why, for the aurochs cross the river valley and the world tree rises from it being fed by the celestial fountain of youth between the mountain at Auriga to the east and the moor at Sagittarius to the west. Can you see the aurochs fording the river in the sky as they climb that mountain? When it comes to constellations, this was truly an age of Titans. The greatest Titan of all was the band of stars on the floodplain of the Milky Way. It is visible even to the skeptical mind. Below this floodplain was the garden which had been flooded at the beginning of creation.
Throughout the world on every continent the ancient myths speak of a great
flood through which all the ancestors had come. These myths tell us that the
ancient people identified the "Moment of the First Occasion" as the time when
the vernal equinox was aligned with the bottom of the galaxy. At that moment the
whole cosmos was understandable. Up was up. Down was down. Life was a simple
correspondence to the senses, like they drew it in the Hall of Bulls. The cosmos
has rolled over in its celestial bed over 200,000 times since the sun began to
shine. Today the vernal equinox sits precisely aligned with the "Moment of the
First Occasion". Up is up and down is down, once more, as the next revolution of
the cosmos is about to begin. This is the time of rebirth, for we are at the
fountain of youth. Now we can see if our story of Santa Claus still fits these
old constellations. Did we find the right tree? Are there ornaments on the
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