Ancient Egyptian Priests and parable
One of the most overlooked facets of human history is how fiercely the Ancient Egyptian priests protected wisdom regarding humankind's connection with the Universe-at-large. To successfully do so, the Egyptian priests employed several different interpretations of religious knowledge for those they oversaw. This included its exoteric (literal and outer) and esoteric (spiritual and inner) understandings. Many citizens never cared to have a more mature, responsible level of understanding than just literal interpretations of personal gods. Because of this, the priesthood chose to encode multiple layers and levels of meanings within its officially sanctioned scriptures. The writing style that makes this possible is called parable.
Parable is a very effective way to tell multiple stories to multiple groups of people at that same time, without one or more groups understanding the existence of any other meaning embedded within the narrative....
Mystery schools and hidden religion
The educational portion of the curriculum focused on the understanding of exoteric and then, esoteric truths, known as the Outer or Lesser Mysteries, and Inner or Greater Mysteries, respectively....
This blog article will discuss the outer ancient mysteries specifically, and one of the most well known in particular...which, and due to the winter season now upon us, is very appropriate for adherents of many different modern world religions all the same. To be introduced to the inner mysteries courtesy of the teachings of the five major modern world religions, please visit our Spirit Science page.
Ancient mysteries: The "sun" of god is born
The outer or lesser ancient mysteries were the physical interpretations of texts and scripture that contained astronomical information regarding the interactions, movements, locations, and progressions of celestial bodies including planets, stars, comets, and asteroids. In order to properly explain how the outer ancient mysteries conveyed astronomical truths, let’s discuss a very well known story still honored worldwide today: The Birth of (the Sun) God on December 25th (each year).
Ancient religion and the winter solstice
The winter solstice, which begins on December 21st each year, marked the sun at its lowest point in the northern hemispherical heavens—or in parable speak, it represented the death of the Son of God. This is the shortest daylight period of the year, and also the longest night. In many locales, it is one of the coldest days as well. The dissolution of heat and light prevented crops from growing and the Earth from flourishing. This led the Egyptians to mourn the loss of the sun, or the Son of God, into the nether regions of the heavens, or hell.
Thus, the Son of God (or the solar system’s sun), begins its ascent back out of the realm of hell and thus, the world of the dead and back to life.
Between December 22nd and 25th, three of the brightest stars in the nighttime sky are Mintaka, Aniltak and Anilam.
Together, they comprise the constellation Orion’s belt. Orion was the most celebrated constellation in Egypt. They are also the stars several scholars, including Astrophysicist and Professor Vincenzo Orofino of The University of Salento, have logically deduced deliberately correlate with the geographic construction of the three pyramids on the Giza Plateau.
The 3 wise men and the star of bethleham
Mintaka, Aniltak and Anilam all emit flickering whitish-gold and at times even darker blue-red (brownish when combined) light, when viewed with the naked eye on clear winter evenings. The colors gold, frankincense (golden) and myrrh (golden-brown) correspond with the visual appearance of these three stars. During wintertime in higher elevations especially, Sirius appears so large and brightly whitish-reddish-bluish to the naked eye that it can easily be mistaken for terrestrial phenomena. This includes, in the modern day, the lights on an airplane that don't seem to move in the manner a vehicle in flight should.
The resurrection of the son of god (aka The sun)
These amazingly bright astronomical beacons heralded the rebirth of the forthcoming sun and thus, the renewed hope for humankind’s salvation and sustenance. Each day after December 25th, the daylight period got longer and the earth got warmer. Salvation existed in the sunlight growing longer, warmer and brighter each day thereafter. This light and warmth finally overtakes Satan and hell on earth (or wintertime) during the equinox every April. This is also when the modern Christian holiday of Easter takes place, Passover for the Jewish faith, as well as celebrations in Ancient Persia, Greece, Rome, Chaldea, China, and Japan marking the renewal of the earth’s fertility, or rebirth.
During the spring equinox, the sun crosses back over the horizon and rises back into heaven. This naturally occurring celestial phenomenon is what the ancients called cross-i-fication or crucifixion. Astronomical crucifixion represents the resurrection of the Son of God, or the sun. Therefore, the birth of Osiris (Egypt), Mithras (Persia), Dionysus (Greece), Bacchus (Rome), the Nazarene (Israel), and quite a few other sages before and after, are celebrated on or around December 25th of each year past and present alike. However, none of them were born on that day, nor were they crucified and resurrected in spring of the following year.
As you can now see for yourself, the beauty of parable exists in its calculated complexity, while maintaining overt simplicity. This way, even those who could not read could still remember the stories to tell generations to come. Regarding the fact that modern day religions like Christianity borrow their logic and lore from older religions and cultures like the Ancient Egyptians, this is what St. Augustine of Hippo meant when he wrote:
That which is known as the Christian religion existed among the ancients, and never did not exist; from the beginning of the human race until the time when Christ came in the flesh, at which time the true religion, which already existed began to be called Christianity.
Becoming Sons and daughters of our living god
"To you, the (mysteries of the) Kingdom of Heaven is given, but to them (or people not initiated into the ancient mysteries schools like those in Ancient Egypt) it is not."
In doing so, students can also live what Buddha meant when he said that at any given time, there can be thousands of Buddha (or illuminated beings) on planet Earth. You can learn how to evolve from being a child of man, to become an active, conscious Son or Daughter of God (or our implicate order Universe) by visiting our Intuitive Spiritual Coaching Program page.
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