Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Horus, Serapis, and Dionysus

Horus

Horus is one of the most significant ancient Egyptian deities. He was worshiped from at least the late prehistoric Egypt until the Ptolemaic Kingdom and Roman Egypt. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egyptologists. These various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multi-layered deity in which certain attributes or syncretic relationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality. He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner falcon or peregrine falcon, or as a man with a falcon head.

The earliest recorded form of Horus is the tutelary deity of Nekhen in Upper Egypt, who is the first known national god, specifically related to the king who in time came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris, and he plays a key role in the Osiris myth as Osiris's heir and the rival to Set, the murderer of Osiris. In another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife. Horus served many functions, most notably being a god of kingship and the sky.

Horus was born to the goddess Isis after she retrieved all the dismembered body parts of her murdered husband Osiris, except his penis, which was thrown into the Nile and eaten by a catfish, or sometimes depicted as instead by a crab, and according to Plutarch's account used her magic powers to resurrect Osiris and fashion a golden phallus to conceive her son (older Egyptian accounts have the penis of Osiris surviving).

Once Isis knew she was pregnant with Horus, she fled to the Nile Delta marshlands to hide from her brother Set, who jealously killed Osiris and who she knew would want to kill their son. There Isis bore a divine son, Horus.

Serapis

Serapis or Sarapis is a Graeco-Egyptian god. The cult of Serapis was introduced during the 3rd century BC on the orders of Ptolemy I of Egypt as a means to unify the Greeks and Egyptians in his realm. The god was depicted as Greek in appearance, but with Egyptian trappings, and combined iconography from a great many cults, signifying both abundance and resurrection. A serapeum (Greek serapeion) was any temple or religious precinct devoted to Serapis. The cultus of Serapis was spread as a matter of deliberate policy by the Ptolemaic kings, who also built an immense serapeum in Alexandria.

However, there is evidence which implies that cult of Serapis existed before the Ptolemies came to power in Alexandria – a temple of Sarapis (or Roman Serapis) in Egypt is mentioned in 323 BC by both Plutarch (Life of Alexander, 76) and Arrian (Anabasis, VII, 26, 2). The common assertion that Ptolemy "created" the deity is derived from sources which describe him erecting a statue of Sarapis in Alexandria: this statue enriched the texture of the Sarapis conception by portraying him in both Egyptian and Greek style. Though Ptolemy I may have created the cult of Sarapis and endorsed him as a patron of the Ptolemaic dynasty and Alexandria, Sarapis was a syncretistic deity derived from the worship of the Egyptian Osiris and Apis (Osiris + Apis = Oserapis/Sarapis) and also gained attributes from other deities, such as chthonic powers linked to the Greek Hades and Demeter, and benevolence linked to Dionysus.

Serapis continued to increase in popularity during the Roman period, often replacing Osiris as the consort of Isis in temples outside Egypt. In 389, a Christian mob led by the Patriarch Theophilus of Alexandria destroyed the Alexandrian serapeum, but the cult survived until all forms of pagan religion were suppressed under Theodosius I in 391.

Dionysus 

Dionysus
is the god of the grape harvest, wine-making and wine, of ritual madness, fertility, theater and religious ecstasy in ancient Greek religion and myth. 


Wine played an important role in Greek culture, and the cult of Dionysus was the main religious focus for its unrestrained consumption. His worship became firmly established in the seventh century BC. He may have been worshiped as early as c. 1500–1100 BC by Mycenean Greeks; traces of Dionysian-type cult have also been found in ancient Minoan Crete.

The origins of Dionysus are uncertain, and his cults took many forms; some are described by ancient sources as Thracian, others as Greek. In some cults, he arrives from the east, as an Asiatic foreigner; in others, from Ethiopia in the South. He is a god of epiphany, "the god that comes", and his "foreignness" as an arriving outsider-god may be inherent and essential to his cults. He is a major, popular figure of Greek mythology and religion, becoming increasingly important over time, and included in some lists of the twelve Olympians, as the last of their number, and the only god born from a mortal mother. His festivals were the driving force behind the development of Greek theater.

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Why I Despise Christmas

As a kid, my parents promoted the story of "Baby Jesus" being born in a manger on December 25th. Not having a clue of how deceitful the world was at the time, I bought into the fable, hook, line, and sinker.

Since we didn't have a fireplace and chimney, they went with the extra cup, saucer, and plate for Santa's piece of cake or pie. Saint Nick had time to share this dessert with my parents on his nightly global journey, while me and my brother were fast asleep. 

In me and my siblings defense, we were - like most other children - too young to realize we were being fed a line of bullshit. Plain and simple. So the next morning, we would wake up to presents under the tree - lots of presents.

Finally, a few years later, one of my wiser playmates - or one whose parent(s) told the truth - dropped the bomb on me that there was no Santa Claus. After confronting my parents, I may have been 8 or 9 years of age, they fessed up. However, we still celebrated this pagan holiday (and Paganism is not the theme of this article), still went to church to praise and glorify the birth of our "Lord and Savior."

Fast forward 3 decades later, after a 6-year failed marriage, I find myself a single parent of a 3-year-old daughter and a 4-year-old son. The first few years as a single parent, finances were good, so when Christmas rolled around, it was not that big of a deal to buy presents (and I never lied to my kids about a fat white man delivering presents). Also, the first couple years after my divorce, the mother of my children still resided in Georgia and was only 30 minutes away. Therefore, as the court orders, holidays were split and if things were tight financially, between the two parents, our kids could have a decent Christmas.

Well, the mother moved to another state and lost contact for a few years. That was OK, and this article is not about assigning blame; it's about why I despise Christmas.

Times got hard financially and there would be years that I could not afford presents. Particularly after leaving my job of 24 years. I began hating the Christmas season. My kids appeared to handle it much better than me. We would be watching cartoons together, or something else, and there would be a flood of commercials, advertising happy, smiling kids getting tons of gifts. As a single parent who could not afford it, this season emitted deep depression, guilt, and sadness because I could not make my children as elated as the 'actors' were in the commercials. There would be times when I would slip away and cry.

Now that they are young adults, we do not celebrate Christmas. I realize that even during the times when I could afford presents, there were millions of parents that felt the exact same way I would feel when this dreaded holiday rolled around.

By the way, for you "Believers," if you're going to celebrate the 'birth of baby Jesus', you may as well honor the birth of Horus, Dionysus, Mithras and myriad other solar mythical messiahs, starting as far back as 3000 BCE (before the common era) because these allegorical figures featured the exact story of the Jesus narrative.

Inscribed on the Temple of Luxor in Egypt, is the 'Annunciation of Horus', same 'Miracle Birth Story', only the names were changed.

Early Christians in the process of usurping the ecclesiastical identity of ancient Egyptians (and destroying hundreds of thousands of documents and books when the Libray of Alexandria was burned to the ground) covered the Temple with clay to hide the fact that their story was lifted from Egyptian mythos; not realizing that thousands of years later, the clay only served to preserve the story. This is why over 80% of the Christian holy book is plagarized, because the stories are not original, did not fall from the Heavens, and were not 'inspired' by the unseen, spurious Christian deity referred to as 'God'.


There are millions of families across the United States who cannot afford Santa. There are millions of starving children across the globe who have never heard of Santa, all they want is something to eat.

So go ahead, continue to spread the most vicious fabrication in human history. Maybe at some point of your evolution you will realize that religion was created to divide and conquer. Maybe at some point, you will realize that Jesus is a LIE. Maybe at some point you will realize that we are our brothers keeper. Thus, if you know the truth and fail to speak out, your silence is betrayal. The karma you are creating for yourself, more than likely in another life, will make this lesson much more lucid and concise.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Structure, Discipline and the Universe

This is a story about lessons in life, structure, and the universe. We transition into this life with certain goals and lessons that we want to achieve; that we want to learn. 

Let's say you decided in the spiritual realm that you wanted to lean about structure and guidelines. Every planet has metaphysical, scientific, and geographical properties that make up it's planetary ecosystem. All entities, be they plant, animal, or homosaphiens, must follow this global morphology or zoology. Most of it's done automatically and some is not. 

So lets say you came here, you incarnated into this life to learn structure. Bear in mind, the universe has no emotions; she has no feelings. The universe understands that you want to learn structure. You're born into this world and because of what is referred to as an "Amnesiac Block" you're not going to immediately know why you're here and what you are here to accomplish (and some people never know).

Many of us are behind the eight ball from the time we exit our mother's womb because of inherent religious conditioning. You have parents splashing 'holy water' on their children, when there is no such thing as holy water. Parents immediately begin to indoctrinate their children into a pious, medieval belief system, based solely on superstition, speculation, emotions, and plagiarized mythology.

One must consciously and subconsciously navigate his or her way through the myriad stumbling blocks to begin to separate the methodical wheat from the apocryphal chaff; to comprehend what you set out to learn and how to go about your earthly journey.


In a previous life, there was no structure and it either proved to be fatal to you or you hurt someone because of your lack of commitment to discipline and following guidelines. Remember, the universe has no feelings, no emotions, so it will teach you that which you want to learn, by any means necessary.

As early as 4, 5, 6 or 7 years of age, you will get subtle lessons about structure. Maybe in a favorite cartoon or the expressions of a wise Aunt or Uncle who tells humorous moral bromides. You may not get it then, but 5-20 years down the road you will get lessons about patience, love, structure, etc. The more you miss the easy lessons, they become more complex, a bit more complicated down the road. Once again, the universe shows no favorites and the lessons will keep coming. You asked for it, so you shall receive. 


Our true selves, 100% energy, we don't have emotions in the spiritual realm either. Therefore, when we transition, we won't look back on this life and say, "I can't believe I spent 30 years in prison, just to learn structure." You're going to say, "OK, now I get it, now I understand." The 30 years in prison will seem like a blip in time. You won't be concerned about the terrestrial time spent incarcerated because you will have accomplished one of the main themes you came here to learn. When it's time for another incarnation, there will be other lessons to learn. 

The moral of the story is you're getting subtle lessons about structure, rules and regulations now, don't wait for them to become more challenging.

Aimee Michael, a college graduate who was home for a short while over the Easter holiday, headed to grad school, may have set a goal before incarnating, to learn about structure. Ms. Michael never made it to graduate school because she is now learning about structure in a medium security prison. 


On April 12, 2009, Aimee committed two counts of Vehicular Homicide, and because she left the scene of the accident, with her appeals being exhausted, she could spend the next 28 years locked up. She was given a 50-year prison sentence and would have to serve 36; her release date is 10/14/2045. She went into the prison system at 23, unless she gets early parole, she will walk out at the age of 59.