The Tauroctony scene of the Mithraic Mysteries tells the complete story of the cosmos in a single picture. Mithras is shown fighting a bull. As he is plunging in a knife to kill the bull, his head is turned away from his consuming objective. His cape is flowing by a wind which is contrary to the direction of the bull. This is the moment of overcoming the material struggle in life. It is the moment of enlightenment. The expression on the face of Mithras is astonishment or awe, caused by becoming suddenly aware that he does not have to fight the bull any more.
Behind Mithras and the head of the bull, who represents Taurus, is a hill with a fully leafed tree on top of it. Next to the tree is a bull and a torch with the flame upward. Behind the tail of the bull is a tree in a valley with fruit. Next to this tree is a scorpion and a torch with the flame downward.
To understand these icons we need to go back to the beginning of the Age of Aries, or more appropriately to the time when Perseus was at the meridian of the vernal equinox. In 2214 BC the legs of Perseus straddled the meridian of the vernal equinox at the Mithras Moment. This chart of 2214 BC has been provided in mirrored projection so that the Tauroctony scene is properly presented as a view from beyond the stars. The chart has also been centered on the intersection point of the ecliptic axis and the galactic axis as viewed from Ankara, Turkey on August 6, 2214 BC at 2:04 UT (The Sky 4, .Software Bisque) If we change the sack cloth of Perseus into a cape by reconnecting the appropriate stars we duplicate the Tauroctony scene. Taurus is facing right on the right side at the spring equinox near the mountain of Auriga. Scorpio is down to the left at the autumn equinox. These positions correspond to the leafy and fruited trees in the Tauroctony scene. Thus the spring begins when the sun enters Taurus, and the scene represents the 1st of Aries with regards to the precession. It is the flowing cape that tells us it is the first of Aries, for it is flowing away from Taurus, and Taurus is under the knife of Mithras. This is the first moment of the "I Am." On an individual basis it represents the moment a child realizes that life's experiences have resulted in self identity. This is the psychological moment that Freudian psychology strives for; when the individual becomes self aware. In the Mithraic Mysteries it represented the moment of overcoming the lies and distortions of childish images.
There are additional constellations in the Tauroctony scene that must be found by looking in the direction that Mithras is looking. He sees the final solution and the coming of victory. But that is a vision that cannot be taught, it must be earned by overcoming the challenges of living. Recognizing that the precessional passage from Taurus to Scorpio is through Pisces, rather than Virgo, it is evident that the lowest point of the ecliptic, or the valley of death, is behind Mithras. His face is pointed toward the top of the ecliptic and the region of the sky called the heavens. He has overcome death.
In the star chart illustrating the Mithras View we see the top of the galaxy above the head of Virgo. The specific time has been chosen to illustrate the last year when the comet Hale-Bopp traveled through the inner solar system. The actual date for the Tauroctony scene can be off by several hundred years without significantly changing the correspondence. However, on August 6, 2214 BC Mars and Venus rose in conjunction with the lucida (brightest star) of the constellation Leo, while comet Hale-Bopp rested in the mouth of the lion. With the sun and the moon between the head of Virgo and the back legs of Leo, they are both at the door to the Kingdom of Heaven. Mercury was at the back of Virgo. Neptune was at the thigh of the female twin in Gemini. Pluto and Uranus were at the right hand of the father, Ophiuchus, near the meridian of the galactic center. Jupiter was between the bucket of Aquarius and the fish shaped like a coin, representing the payment of tribute to the King of Kings. And Saturn, also known as the "Ancient of Days" and Chronos, was at the true 1st of Aries between Taurus and Aries, while the meridian of the vernal equinox split the legs of Perseus and the Pleiades. The Pleiades are also the seven daughters of Jethro made famous by Exodus 2:16; Now the priest of Midian had seven daughters: and they came and drew water, and filled the troughs to water their father's flock.
This would be a perfect moment for Mithras to conquer the cosmos by using his "key to the bottomless pit,",which is his realization of impending death. Perseus, concentrating on the opening in the "galactic sea," escapes by transfiguration into the charioteer in Auriga, who looks directly toward the top of the galaxy from the Milky Way, or "his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light". Not surprisingly, the episodes of Exodus, the Gospels, and Mithraic Mysteries are parallel versions of this same section of the heavens.
To help overcome the bull, there are four additional constellations and a star. The little dog (Canis Minor), the two headed water snake (Hydra), the scorpion (Scorpio), and the crow (Corvus) are shown in the Tauroctony scene fighting the bull, or watching from above. All of these constellations are on the celestial equator to help mark the time of the scene as the 1st of Aries. At the right front knee of the bull in the Tauroctony scene is a small lion. Its position tells us that it represents the lucida of Leo, Regulus, which is within one half minute of arc from the ecliptic. Regulus is Latin for "Little King," and Regulus was recognized as "The Royal Star," for it regulated the zodiac. This star holds the key to the "bottomless pit" described in Revelations 9:1,11; And the fifth angel sounded, and I saw a star fall from heaven unto the earth: and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And they had a king over them, which is the angel of the bottomless pit, whose name in the Hebrew tongue is Abaddon, but in the Greek tongue hath his name Apollyon. In the Mithras View for 2214 BC, Mars and Venus are in conjunction with Regulus. With the mouth of the lion holding the comet Hale-Bopp. This is a profound cosmic statement and moment.
The practice of the Mithraic Mysteries was limited to men only in a strict code of silence. The cult operated from underground "tombs," or "bottomless pits," which ringed the perimeters of the Roman Empire. Practitioners were primarily Roman soldiers and bureaucrats. The message is relatively clear. If the initiate does his time, he will reap the reward of heavenly bliss. In practice, the soldiers and bureaucrats who put in their twenty five years of service would be awarded estates on the perimeters of the Empire. In this way the Empire grew and was protected at its perimeters by the youngest members of the establishment. It is interesting to note that the locations of most Mithraium cult sites are at the farthest reaches of the empire, and possibly represent an exhaustion of conquerable territory, similar to a modern pyramid scheme that cannot find new recruits.
Although it was a religion of salvation, it was clearly a pragmatic system that maximized material wealth for the Empire and the practitioners. Its code of silence and lines of authority strongly resemble the structures of organized crime families which have come out of Italy over the last century. A Don in a Mafioso or Cosa Nostro family is essentially a Mithraic Godfather. These organizations reward loyalty and longevity to the participants in like manner to the Mithraic cult.
Mithraism had seven levels of initiation called (1) Crow, (2) Nymphus, (3) Soldier, (4) Lion, (5) Persian, (6) Heliodromus (Sun Runner), and (7) Father. (The Origins of the Mithraic Mysteries, D. Ulansey, pg. 19) We are told of the rewards of the seven levels of the Mithraic Mysteries by John in the Book of Revelations Chapters 1-3. He describes the rewards to be received by the seven churches of Asia, which represent the seven initiation levels of Mithras. To those who overcome; (1) will I give to eat of the tree of life, (2) shall not be hurt of the second death, (3) will I give to eat of the hidden manna of a new name, (4) will I give power over the nations and I will give him the morning star, (5) shall be clothed in white raiment, (6) will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, (7) will I grant to sit with me in my throne. These seven accomplishments and rewards are directly related to the seven spirits of God, which are hidden in modern astrology today. All existence is composed of four elements, earth, water, air, and fire (light) corresponding to the first four levels of initiation and the first four rewards. Communication between the four elements requires power from the uncreated eternal spirits of communication; consciousness, feeling, and experience. These are the last three leveles of initiation. These three are the mutable, cardinal, and fixed aspects of astrology. Communication is a process which is not dependent upon existence. If any of the latter three spirits are missing, there can be no communication. That which cannot be brought to cognition through the triune spirits of cognition, sensation, and recognition cannot communicate, regardless of its substance. Even God Almighty cannot avoid the restrictions of the three spirits of communication.
The seven spirits are demonstrated in the Tauroctony scene in two places. First the tail of the bull is broken into two sprigs of wheat with three and four pairs of kernels. These are fourteen androgynous parts of the body of Osiris, who was always represented as a seed. These seven entities are often shown on the shoulder of the bull as drops of blood. In this position they correspond to the Pleiades, or the asterism of the seven sisters. Most importantly the seven spirits are represented as altars in the border above the head of Mithras. Three altars are on the left side of the angel holding a torch. Four altars are on the right side of the angel. At the left is a man standing by rearing horses and a spoked sun symbol representing Sol Invictus. These are horses of the apocalypse, Sagittarius, Scorpio, and Libra. Sol Invictus is the constellation Antinous, and the man is the constellation Ophiuchus. As solar consciousness resurrected at the right hand of the father, they are invincible. Ophiuchus is the celestial father whose traditional name has been changed possibly more than any other constellation. He can be seen standing above Scorpio on the left in the Mithras View star chart. He has one foot in the sea of the Milky Way and one foot on the land of the Ecliptic. He was Gilgamesh to the Mesopotamians. He was Ra, Shu, Osiris, and Horus to the Egyptians. He was Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob to the Hebrews. He was Zeus to the Greeks. In original Christianity the constellation represented Jesus in the combined role of His Heavenly Father.
Centered between the right foot of Ophiuchus, the tail of Scorpio and the arrow in the bow of Sagittarius is the center of the Milky Way. Although the Ancients probably did not realize that the galactic center was not at the Earth, they recognized that the three constellations at the intersection of the ecliptic and the Milky Way spoke of a triune relationship regarding communication. Sagittarius was the heir of recognition. Being an archer it is easy to understand his spirit name, "I See."
Scorpio reaches toward the ecliptic as if desiring to belong amongst the wandering stars. Scorpio has the spirit name "I Desire." Scorpio has been mutilated over the last three thousand years. In the Book of Revelations the separation of Scorpio's claws into the asterism of Libra is described with the words of Rev 12:3-5; And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.
The creation of Libra was a direct result of anguish caused the world during the days of uncontrolled selfishness in Aries. Aries without the opposing constellation of Libra was out of balance and John described this aspect in Rev 13:11; And I beheld another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb, and he spake as a dragon. The recognition in Sagittarius and the sensual desire in Scorpio needed to be controlled by the creative consciousness of the Father. An astrological name for Ophiuchus is not known, however, it is clear that he represents the power behind experience and therefore his spirit is "I Control," or "I Create." In his hands he holds the creative spirit as the constellation Serpens.
At this astral moment of creation there was and is great conflict between sensual (Scorpio) and rational (Sagittarius) creativity. This is the moment that the conscious mind interjects the spirit of life between senses and knowledge. Here is where all the great acts of creation are performed, for as it is above, so it is below. Genesis describes the day of creation and its effect on feminine sensuality after the Aryans took control of the stars in Genesis 3:1, 3:4-5, 3:13-16; Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden? --- And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil. --- And the LORD God said unto the woman, What is this that thou hast done? And the woman said, The serpent beguiled me, and I did eat. And the LORD God said unto the serpent, Because thou hast done this, thou art cursed above all cattle, and above every beast of the field; upon thy belly shalt thou go, and dust shalt thou eat all the days of thy life: And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. Unto the woman he said, I will greatly multiply thy sorrow and thy conception; in sorrow thou shalt bring forth children; and thy desire shall be to thy husband, and he shall rule over thee.
The serpent at Ophiuchus beguiled the sensibilities of men and was cast under the ecliptic as Hydra the Water Serpent. In their poems to Isis and Ra the ancient Egyptians struggled over the meaning of Hydra with the torment of Ra, "Is it water? Is it fire?" John was the last of the scriptural authors to discuss the serpent's nature in Revelations 13:1-4; And I stood upon the sand of the sea, and saw a beast rise up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and upon his horns ten crowns, and upon his heads the name of blasphemy. And the beast which I saw was like unto a leopard, and his feet were as the feet of a bear, and his mouth as the mouth of a lion: and the dragon gave him his power, and his seat, and great authority. And I saw one of his heads as it were wounded to death; and his deadly wound was healed: and all the world wondered after the beast. And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who is like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him? Thus Western Civilization was condemned to struggle with feelings and wonder whether they were good or evil. Ancient Egypt, being closer to the spiritual origins of civilization knew that feelings came in the morning out of the mouth of the serpent Apophis in the form of Khepera, the dung beetle of the constellation Cancer, rolling the solar disk of enlightened consciousness of the Kingdom of Heaven into each day.
At the right end of the four altars on the top of the Tauroctony scene is a man or angel in a chariot with horses bending down. Clearly this end corresponds to Auriga, the Charioteer. At the intersection of the ecliptic and the Milky Way between Gemini and Taurus there are four constellations. These constellations represent the created cosmos, and are depicted in a composite zenith over JPL at "high noon."
Because of the first magnitude head stars, Castor and Pollux, Gemini has the spirit name "I Think." Gemini has the element air because of this characteristic.
Taurus is protecting the entrance to the garden under the Milky Way, the well of Jacob at the Hyades and Aldebaron, and the seven sisters at the Pleiades. Taurus has the spirit name "I Have," and the element earth.
Below the intersection point is the constellation Orion. This is the hero of the ancient world. Isaac was spared his fate when Abraham found the goat in the thicket behind his back. Joseph was tossed into the well of Orion by his brothers. Even Moses spent time in this place before finding the seven daughters of Jethro after the Pharaoh kicked him out of Egypt. Orion has no known astrological name, but most scriptural names correspond to "I Save," except for the twist of fate encountered by Orion as Goliath. But of course salvation of others never actually saves them, it simply postpones their trials for another day. Being swamped with these ubiquitous emotions under the Milky Way, Orion corresponds to the element water.
Auriga represents the element fire. With Capella, the Shepherd's Light, Auriga is a motivator to climb mountains. He is the successful hero and the Good Shepherd. His spirit name is tied strongly to Orion and Perseus, but the mountain and the care given suggest a name such as " I Influence," or "I Comfort," or "I Belove."
Two men stand to the side of the Tauroctony scene they represent the rational-material solar seasons and the spiritual-physical galactic seasons. As solar seasons they mark the intersection of the celestial equator and the ecliptic at the equinoxes and the torches represent the rising and lowering position of sun rise by the trees with and without fruit. As spiritual seasons they represent the intersections of the ecliptic and the Milky Way with the torches pointing above and below the ecliptic path. Astronomically, the plane of the galaxy is at an angle of approximately sixty degrees to the plane of the ecliptic. Thus the leg bent at approximately sixty degrees represents the galaxy and the men are standing on the solar plane. When the bent right leg crosses the straight left leg the torch points up, signifying top or up. When the bent left leg crosses the straight right leg the torch points down, signifying bottom or down. Above is rational consciousness and below is intuitive consciousness. The goal is to achieve rational consciousness, out of intuitive consciousness. These aspects are spirits of the galaxy, or cosmic being, as well as the individual. The torches represent the rise of the constellation Sculptor from the bottomless pit to the constellation Antinous which rides on the back of the eagle. It is a clear metaphor that says life can result in the experience of rising from the lowest canyons to soar with eagles. Two routes to the Elysian Fileds, or "land flowing with milk and honey," are shown in the Mithras example. The torch pointing down lights the way through the material intersection at Auriga back to the top. This is the route through personal responsibility. The torch pointing up lights the way through Antinous and represents the route through future generations. These points marked the solstices, when Pathfinder landed on mars.
A final cosmic correspondence of the Tauroctony to the constellations of the Sculptor and the Virgin, or the bottom and top of the galaxy, are the two sections of the monument. She is represented as the torch holder in the center of the altars. He is represented as Mithras who has risen from the bottom of the cosmos to the two transitions at the planes of the ecliptic and Milky Way. Since the cult was a male only cult, the masculine aspect fully dominated the feminine in the bottomless pit. However, the motivation is clearly toward the feminine. Even the face of Mithras does not display a hard masculine warrior. His face is the face of a man who has come to realize his own emotional being. In conquering the bull, the male aspect of Mithras is dominating the feminine aspect of the bull. Taurus has the spiritual name "I Have," and is feminine in astrology. It is this aspect that the earthly masculine spirit is attempting to acquire. Having realized the true emotional nature of the male experience, he is fit to be a king and a god. His warrior behavior (Orion) transcends the struggle to become a champion (Perseus) by the elimination of emotion (Medusa's head) and then recognizes the needs of others (Auriga). This transcendence and transfiguration occurs by overcoming the bull, which is in essence the hidden emotion of childhood experiences.
This process of overcoming childhood was the weaning of the god from the "Bull of my Mother" in Ancient Egypt. Even today the Pope makes statements on Catholic faith as Papal Bulls. Spain and Mexico stage bull fights where the matador is the ultimate hero in the struggle for maturity between man and beast. We all struggle to become independent of the material substance provided by our mothers, only to find out that we need the struggle as well as the substance in order to mature. Maturity occurs when the adolescent child realizes that pain and tribulation are the means by which substance is forged into the mettle of the god to come. After becoming a god in their own right, mature successful people turn to philanthropic enterprises. This is manifest most often by becoming a parent, as the enlightened upper region of the galaxy guiding the darkened lower region of the galaxy.
Parenting opens an entirely new door to the heavenly fields. Through children it is possible to conquer all aspects of the spirit. Thus Antinous on the wings of the eagle, Aquila, represents Sol Invictus, and is the ultimate power behind the Roman Empire. This is the path of life after physical death, while Perseus-Auriga is the path after rational death. At the bottom of the galaxy, the material soul in the Sculptor is transformed into the physical soul at Pisces Austrinis, which is transformed into rational soul at Capricorn, and ultimately the spirit soul of ancestors rests on the wings of the eagle. There the once and future king is ready to be joined by the inspiration of Serpens to the physical desire of Scorpio to be born of the Virgin. Above the Virgin's feet is the constellation of Bootes, the herdsman who is stepping over a rock as he plows the fields at the top of the heavens. His hunting dogs (Canes Venatici) are standing "on point" directing the whole cosmos to a place between Coma Berenices and Ursa Major. In Egypt, these two constellations were known as the "Field of Grasshoppers," and the thigh of the bull, or as Taueret, the patroness of childbirth. Western culture has held this place in high esteem as the "House of Bread" and the Elysian Fields. Of course we do not often realize that the Hebrew word for house of bread is Bethlehem. The statement is the same no matter what the language. It is necessary to be born of the Virgin in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven. An arrow projecting due north at the meridian of the autumn equinox perpendicular to the equatorial plane of the Earth points to this very spot. When it is realized that the Earth is at the autumn equinox when the sun is at the vernal equinox, it is possible to understand why the present alignment was called the moment of the "First Occasion." Our star is at its minimum location in the galaxy, while we are it our highest point in the galaxy, and are about to enter the house of the lion, also known as the Kingdom of Heaven. Thus we have gone over the top and can be prepared to reap the rewards of having properly analyzed our souls in Virgo (I Analyze) in order to gain the power over nations in Leo (I Will).
If there is doubt that the prophets of old understood the stars, compare their recorded scriptures to the stars at the top and around the galaxy in general.
Isa 40:30-31; Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. If the message does not directly recall the overlaping constellations of Aquila and Antinous, it is not the prophets mistake.
Isa 7:14; Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. Luke 2:7; And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2:12; And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. A manger is a place where wheat is placed for feeding the animals. At the top of the galaxy above the bottomless pit is the wheat, so the galaxy must be a manger, and the one wrapped in swaddling cloths is lying on an eagle in the stars of the Milky Way at the right hand of the Heavenly Father.
Luke 4:3-4; And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God. Thus the rock at Arcturus is turned into the House of Bread, and these images come from a voice beyond the stars.
Ps 23:1-6; The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me. Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the LORD for ever. This psalm summarizes the whole celestial image. The ones lying in green pastures are Virgo and Sculptor. Leading by still waters are Perseus, Auriga, Antinous, Ophiuchus, and Orion. The valley of the shadow of death is Aries, for Pisces is the valley of death itself. The rod and staff were taken by Moses from the flail, crook, and scepter of flint of Ancient Egypt. These aids of a successful passage are in the hands of Antinous, Bootes, and Sculptor. The table is the galactic plane, and the enemies are those constellations making up the ecliptic under the galaxy, Taurus, Aries, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Sagittarius, or all of Egypt according to the Israelites. The anointing of the head with oil is performed by Pisces Austrinis and Cetus on the Sculptor. Little room for doubt is left to understand the over running cup in Aquarius.
All of these words are taken directly from the inspiration received from being a member of the galactic home. Ancient Egypt called the galaxy the "Sun Disk," for the sun lies in an observable disk of stars. She memorialized the spirit of Psalm 23 with the words; I have been to the field of grasshoppers, I have bathed in the waters where the sailors of Ra have bathed. I have found the scepter of flint in the furrow of Maat.
All of these messages are synchronized with the axis running through JPL on the morning of July 4, 1997. At the zenith were the constellations of Perseus and Auriga. This is a view of the heavens as seen from JPL. At the nadir were the constellations Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. This is a view of the heavens seen through JPL. As the zenith transitioned between Perseus and Auriga just before dawn on Mars, the nadir transitioned between Scorpio and Sagittarius under the feet of Ophiuchus to the union of Serpens and Aquila at the left hand of Antinous. Looking up to the heavens we see the dream of JPL crossing the galaxy in search of tomorrow. Looking through the Earth along the "high noon" axis at JPL, we see desire turned into wisdom, and the right hand of the father uniting the serpent and the eagle at the left hand of the son. In all the history of the world, only one king wore both the symbol of Upper Egypt (south) and Lower Egypt (north) on his brow. That was the boy king Tutankhamen. In Egypt, these symbols were the Vulture (Nekhebet) and the Cobra (Wadjet) he wore on his forehead. As a boy Pharaoh between the age of nine and eighteen, his reign represented the time of restoration of the ancient wisdom to Egypt after the heresy of the Monotheists had attempted to destroy the whole heritage of Egypt. Tutankhamen represented the return of Egypt to the celestial home. Thus, the landing of Pathfinder on Mars on July 4, 1997 was a duplication of the task in a material sense, as well as a spiritual sense, for the Son of Man had arisen to the stars.
Section 6 - JPL, Sun, Moon, and Hale-Bopp
Section 1 - Introduction
Section 2 - Pre-dawn events on Mars
Section 3 - Daylight events on Mars
Section 4 - Elimination of the precession of the equinoxes
Top of Section 5 - Mithraic Mysteries
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