Anne Boleyn ? 

Art historian and Tudor author Roland Hui has rediscovered a contemporary depiction of Anne Boleyn within the The Black Book of the Garter, created in 1534 and boasting several images of kings, including Henry VIII.

As Hui describes, “a lady, crowned and sceptred, sits enthroned surrounded by courtiers. Behind her are six maids of honour, and before her on the left, stands an armoured herald bearing the arms of England on his tabard. On the right is an ‘ancient knight’ wearing a rich chain of office. The accompanying text, written in Latin, identifies her as the Queen Consort who helps preside over the meeting of the Order:

‘At this appearance, was his excellent Queen, splendidly arrayed with three hundred beautiful ladies, eminent for the honour of their birth, and the gracefulness and beauty of their clothing and dress. For heretofore when jousts, tournaments, entertainments and public shows were made, in which men of nobility and valour showed their strength and prowess, the Queen, ladies, and other women of illustrious birth with ancient knights, and some chosen heralds were wont to be, and it was supposed that they ought to be present as proper judges, to see, discern, approve or disapprove what might be done, to challenge, allot, by speech, nod, discourse, or otherwise to promote the matter in hand, to encourage and stir up bravery by their words and looks’.

The ‘excellent Queen’ referred to is Philippa of Hainault, the wife of Edward III. However, a closer inspection of the illumination shows that the sitter wears a large circular pendant at her bosom. On it are combined letters in gold: A and R – that is Anna Regina. It is Anne Boleyn as Queen Philippa.”

Unfortunately, the artist and court painter Horenbout seemed more preoccupied with depicting an image of majesty rather than accurately depicting Anne’s features – however, there is a definite telltale oval face and pointed chin, which corresponds to the popular portraiture of Queen Anne, most notably the famous “B” necklace pattern. Furthermore, the dress worn by the queen is strikingly similar to one later donned by Jane Seymour.

To quote Claire Ridgeway, it seems the Moost Happi coin is no longer the only confirmed contemporary image of Anne!

THE FOUNDING OF THE CITY

THE FOUNDING OF THE CITY

Today on April 21st in 753 BC, the prophecy given to Aeneas by the Gods shortly after he and the remaining Trojans fled the sacking of Troy in 1184 BC came to fruition. The founding of Rome was one that would change the course of world history.

Numitor, a descendant of Aeneas, was King of Alba Longa. His younger brother, Amulius, envied this position, and so sent him into exile to usurp his throne. To prevent any vengeance or competition arising up from Numitor’s heirs in the future, he simply killed them off. Furthermore, he then forced Numitor’s daughter, Silvia, into becoming a Vestal Virgin, having her swear celibacy for 30 years.

Quirinus was a God who emanated from Helios and was carried down by the Goddess of Forethought, Athena. Mars crafted him a mortal body within Silvia’s womb, and thus Quirinus was born Romulus, alongside his twin, Remus. Following the discovery that Silvia had given birth to twins, Amulius imprisoned Silvia and ordered a servant to kill the twins; who instead took pity on the infants and showed them mercy; instead sending them adrift down the river Tiber.

Eventually, the river begun overflowing, leaving the infants in a pool by the bank. There, an animal said to represent both Helios and Mars, the She Wolf, was said to have lost her own cubs when she came across the twins, deciding to nurture them and give them suck. Soon after a farmer named Faustulus came across them, and with his wife Acca adopted and raised the children as shepherds.

On 752 BC, while they were herding their sheep one day, they were met by shepherds under the rule of King Amulius. These shepherds begun a fight with the twins in which Remus was captured and taken before King Amulius. Romulus gathered and incited a band of local shepherds to join him in rescuing his captured sibling. King Amulius believed that Silvia’s children were dead, and hadn’t recognized Remus or Romulus. After a conflict, Romulus freed his brother, and in the process killed King Amulius. Being offered the throne of Alba Longa, they rejected it and instead chose to reinstate Numitor on the throne. However, they did still want to rule a city, and so they left to go and find their own. 

After finding a proper location with seven hills, Romulus and Remus were bickering over where their city would be founded. Romulus supported the construction of the city on the Palatine Hill, and Remus supported the construction of the city on the Aventine Hill. Taking the auspices to read the will of the gods, Remus on his hill saw six birds, while Romulus saw twelve. As a result it was decided that Romulus’ choice was the one with divine favour, which lead him and his followers to begin construction of their city on the Palatine Hill. Romulus took to marking the city’s sacred boundary with a plough drawn by a white bull and a white cow to begin building the city’s walls, but Remus scornfully jumped over the furrows, causing the furious Romulus or one of his Chiefs to kill him. 

To secure the new settlement’s future population he outlawed infanticide and established an asylum for fugitives, where freemen and slaves alike could both find protection in the new city and recieve Roman citizenship. 

At one point, due to a shortage of females since the population of Rome was mostly young and unmarried men, Romulus organised the abduction of single women who were marriageable from nearby Italic tribes by drawing them in with grand festivals & games, most notably the local tribe of the Sabines, and taking the women’s hand in marriages without the consent of their families. A conflict ensued in which enraged Italic tribes warred with Rome, which ended when the women ran between the armies of their fathers and their new husbands, pleading for them to put down their weapons and negotiate for peace. Peace was reached, where Romulus and the King of the Sabines, Tatius, joined together to form one community.

Over the years, the city and its relations developed. Tatius died, and conflicts with Italic and Etruscan tribes continued to rise as Rome grew more and more powerful. After a reign of 36 years, Romulus mysteriously disappeared in a violent storm, causing an uproar of confusion and accusation of murder to go around; along with a claim that their King had simply abandoned them. However, Proculus Julius, a man who had been friends with the King, came forth, swore a sacred oath in which he could not lie, and revealed the truth of what happened to the missing Romulus. He recounted an experience where Romulus descended from the sky infront of him shortly after his disappearance. Puzzled and shocked, Proculus asked why Romulus had abandoned his city as he did: confused, mourning, suspicious and on edge. Romulus revealed that it was the divine will of the Gods that took him into the Heavens by destroying the mortal part of his body with the fire of lightning during the storm, and that he was ascended into the heavens by the Goddess Athena straight back to Helios, and that in truth he was the God Quirinus. He revealed he was sent forth by King of All, his duty being to build a city that would become the greatest on Earth, and now that work is done. The now-revealed God then promised to watch over his people before ascended back into the heavens. With this information revealed to the people of Rome, the divine truth had overcame them and eased their minds; causing them to abandon their suspicions and anger over their old king having left them. King Numa, a Sabine and a great reformer, was made Romulus’ successor and proclaimed the second King of Rome.

And today the eternal city still stands another year.

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Sources:

“Hymn to King Helios” by Flavius Claudius Iulianus Augustus / Julian

“The Life of Romulus” by Plutarch

Temple of Ba’al unveiled at GlobalElite Summit G7 2017 

Being dubbed the Arch of Peace by Italians since it was installed at the G7 Summit, The Arch of Palmyra, Temple of Bel / Baal is making it rounds again.  

It stood throughout Easter / Passover (27th March to the 27th April) and is being showcased in Florence.  During February the Arch was erected in Dubai.  

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Palmyra Arch 12-14th February Dubai
The installation in Florence coincided with the G7 Summit and also being erected in Palazzo Vecchio and on the 30th and  31st March 2017,  it is deemed as a symbol of the rebirth and reconstruction of humanity’s cultural heritage, which are continually at risk from the dangers of humankind and nature. 

This erection followed a meeting held for the remaining 27 leaders of the European Union at the Vatican with the Jesuit Francis.  


The installation will also feature a Chimera, a genetic hybrid. 

This monstrous beast was first mentioned in the Iliad, where Homer describes it as an hybrid of three different creatures: a lion, a goat and a snake. The beast’s head was fire-breathing; the Chimera was killed by the noble Bellerophon, son of Glaucus, as the Gods predicted. The Chimera is also mentioned in Hesiod’s Theogony and in Virgil’s Aeneid.


The Florentine reported 

the Chimera di Arezzo will go on special display in the Sala Leone X as part of the exhibition Chimera Relocated: Taming the Beast”.  

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Chimera of Arezzo.
Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)
Chimera from Arezzo, c. 400 B.C.E., bronze, 129 cm in length, (Museo Archeologico Nazionale, Florence)
 

Interestingly, Neptune who is Poisedon, who is Nimrod, is featured in the background as though he could walk through the arch.    

The facts from the original texts of Plato about the destruction of Atlantis was that the Sons of Poseidon had become wicked and corrupted.  They venerated a merderous supetnatural “Bull” creature with rites rituals including blood sacrifices.  

There is a long standing tradition amongst Greeks that Poisedon is the same kind of figurehead with that of Satan.  


Palmyra was an ancient city of central Syria, located in an oasis 130 miles (210 km) NE of Damascus.

Once dubbed the “Bride of the Desert,” Palmyra was a vital stop for caravans crossing the Syrian desert. Palmyra was mentioned in the Old Testament as being fortified by Solomon and it flourished in Roman times.

The Greek name for the city, Palmyra is a translation of its original Aramaic name, Tadmor, which means ‘palm tree’. Tadmor is today the name of a small city next to the ruins, heavily dependent on tourism. Tadmor is mentioned in the Bible (2 Chronicles 8:4) as a desert city that was fortified by King Solomon.

So why does the Arch of Ba’al arrive for an important world event?  could it be possible that when we are erecting these symbols that we are laying out “welcome mats” for the Antichrist? Some scholars think just that.  
You don’t have to be an expert to see that something very strange is going on. Monuments that have a direct link back to Nimrod and to ancient Babylon are starting to be erected all over the world, and I believe that is a very ominous sign for our future.

Sources 

Antarctica Ancient Civilisation?

Morning from the Shire, Sunday morning and I decided to pick up the computer and start with Google Earth, and with all the recent hype in respect of Antarctica, I decided to have a look around the islands.   Visiting Port-Aux-Francais, I discovered Sacred Geometry carved into the landscape, is this evidence of a prehistoric civilisation?

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What is visible from Google Earth is astounding.   Three circles in a Triangle formation.

The circles visible resembled a ring ditch. In archaeology, a ring ditch is a trench of circular or penannular plan, cut into bedrock. Usually identified through aerial photography either as soil marks or cropmarks. When these are excavated, ring ditches are usually found to be the ploughed‐out remains of a round barrow where the barrow mound has completely disappeared, leaving only the infilled former quarry ditch.  Both Neolithic and Bronze Age ring ditches have been discovered.

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Hexagons in the landscape, beneath this you can also see a ghosting in the landscape.

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The frozen continent of Antarctica is known for its harsh conditions and climate that make it difficult to sustain life. However, millions of years in the past it was a different story altogether.   Are we seeing evidence of ancient settlement (not one but four in close proximity to one another)?

The Hexagon… is this made up of smaller standing stones? Rings of Megalithic stones are common in Europe, these built approximately 4,000 years ago and indeed were an impressive feat for the primitive people who constructed them.   But hexagonal, this surely is a fabulous discovery!  

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Sacred geometry may be understood as a worldview of pattern recognition, a complex system of hallowed attribution and signification that may subsume religious and cultural values to the fundamental structures and relationships of such complexes as space, time and form. According to this discipline, the basic patterns of existence are perceived as sacred: for by contemplating and communing with them one is thereby contemplating the Mysterium Magnum, the patterning relationships of the Great Design. By studying the nature of these patterns, forms and relationships and their manifold intra- and interconnectivity one may gain insight into the scientific, philosophical, psychological, aesthetic and mystical continuum. That is, the laws and lore of the Universe.

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Could the white dot (within the Hexagon, within the circle) be a large standing stone, or a stone sphere likened to the Giant stone spheres like the so-called Diquis Spheres which were used for astronomical purposes?

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Boscombe Ring Barrow Enclosure

Another enigma, is that these sacred shapes are visible from Air, carved into the landscape, a perfect triangle, a perfect circle, equal distance and then, a perfect hexagon!

If we are to believe HIS-TORY, human beings have been migrating since the dawn of our species.  For the vast majority of that time, populations moved across continents without the aid of domestic animals.  According to historians, every continent was inhabited except Antarctica.

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Geometric Shapes carved into the landscape

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Leonardo Da Vinci Sacred Flower of Life

Leonardo da Vinci studied the Flower of Life’s form and its mathematical properties.

Clearly what we are seeing on Port-aux-Francais is a magical mathematical landscape.

Twiggie.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asherah the Divine Feminine

March is women’s history month, so to celebrate the Divine Feminine I have been taking a looksey at a Goddess long forgotten about named Asherah.  

 

 

This four-tiered cult stand found at Tanaach is thought to represent Yahweh and Asherah, with each deity being depicted on alternating tiers. Note that on tier two, which is dedicated to Asherah, is the image of a living tree, often thought to be how the asherim as a cult symbol was expressed. Photo: © The Israel Museum, Jerusalem/Israel Antiquities Authority (photograph by Avraham Hay).

 

 

Warning …. this is a super long post.  So before I begin, I will state this.

The problem is we simply do not know enough about the goddesses of antiquity.  We know there were many. And we know there were women who didn’t claim divinity as well. Basically, we just don’t know!

According to theologian and historian Francesca Stavrakopoulou, God had a wife and her name was Asherah.

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Phoenician figure, probably of the Canaanite goddess Astarte (also known as Ashera), 7th century B.C.E.

So who was Asherah or more importantly what is Asherah?  

Well, she  crops up in many ancient sources, and crosses ancients civilisations.   

  • Ancient Semitic Religion – a mother goddesss.   Consort to the God Anu.
  • Akkadian (3000 BC) writings by the name of Ashratum/Ashratu
  • Hittite (16th -13th c BC) as Asherdu(s) or Ashertu(s) or Aserdu(s) or Asertu(s).
  • Asherah, along with Astarte and Anath, was one of the three great goddesses of the Canaanite pantheon. In Canaanite religion her primary role was that of mother goddess
  • Asherah is generally considered identical with the Ugaritic (6000 -1200 BC) goddess ʼAṯirat.- A consort of the god El
  • Consort to the God Yahweh the god of Israel and Judah during the Iron Age 930-586 BC.  אשרה Hebrew.  In the Bible Asherah is mostly associated with sacred trees or poles (Exodus 34:13, Judges 6:25).
  • According to the Oxford Companion to the Bible, Asherah was associated with lions, serpents and sacred trees.
  • Asherah – is Hecate.

Asherah Epithets 

Ancient texts contain many epithets for the Goddess Asherah. To mention a few:- 

“Great Mother Goddess”
“Creator of Vegetation and Life” 
“Queen of Heaven” 
“Lady who Treads on the Sea” 
“Mother of the Gods” 
“Holiness” 
“Hebrew Goddess”
“Vital Force of Nature”

“Lion Lady”
“Eve”
“the One of the Serpent.”

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Asherah and Yahweh
Transpositions of graffiti done on a pitcher found at Kuntillet Ajrud (Sinai).
Was the phallus on the figure with breasts on the right (N) engraved on purpose by the ancient sculptor, or is it a wear scratch? In this case, it could be a representation of Asherah alongside Yahweh, especially as the lion represented on the same object is often associated with it. (© left picture: from “Dieux, déesses et figures divines”, by Othmar Keel and Christoph Uehlinger, Paris: Editions Cerf; © right picture: from “L’invention de Dieu” by Thomas Römer, Paris: Seuil.

If there was a “Mrs God” before Yahweh became the only God, archaeologists should logically have found traces of this goddess. But it was a sensitive subject, as any proof of the union between Yahweh and his Asherah was heavily disputed. As happened with the inscribed jars, found at Kuntillet Ajrud. Because this pottery does not just evoke “Yahweh and his Asherah”, but is richly illustrated too.

On the jar, two cows can be seen, a seated lady musician and two humanoid figures, one with a phallus and the other with breasts. There are a lot of animal drawings on the other side of the jar, particularly lions, which are often associated with Asherah, around a stylised tree.

The remains excited intense debate. Was the goddess depicted on this jar? If she was, which one was she? One of the cows? The lady musician or the humanoid figure with breasts? Or the stylised tree?

The name Asherah translates as “she who moves across the water.” Pure and timeless, Asherah is the Spirit of God who was there in the beginning, moving upon the face of the deep and rejoicing over God’s handiwork (Genesis 1:1; Proverbs 8:30). She is the Queen of Heaven mentioned in Revelation 12:1. She is represented in Scripture by her namesake Sarah— her name being a variation and archetype of Asherah. However, by the time we get to the prophets, we see a whole new pattern emerging— that of a people committing spiritual harlotry, characterised by the prostitute Gomer being pursued by her faithful husband Hosea. This image is further perpetuated by the Cannanite belief that Asherah was constantly cheating on her husband El with his arch-nemesis Baal, the god of the storms; this story mirroring the strange and erratic behavior of the gods in the ancient world. However, whatever this is, it is my firm conviction that this is not behavior that is becoming of an Israelite goddess! Something about this scenario just does not sit quite right with me. It almost seems as if Asherah has had her dignity stripped of her by the very people she represents, not the fertility rituals that have come to characterise and mar Her image.

Okay, she’s a goddess – what rituals were performed ? 

Here is the thing about studying about Asherah worship. When I started studying this and looking into this goddess worship, I couldn’t find a thing. I wanted to know how it was that they served her. I wanted to know the rituals and the ways of Asherah. But, as I studied, I found out that it was a ‘secret’ female religion. They didn’t write much about it because of the secrecy of it. Therefore, for us, who live in the NOW, we struggle to find out what Asherah worship entailed. We struggle to find out what really happened during ceremonies and rituals that belonged to the ‘the secret sect of female goddess worship’. Therefore, scholars can’t agree on what was what. They can’t agree on her rituals or what she required of her worshipers. 

Even in Ancient Rome, they had a celebration that only women could attend and was kept a secret. The only reason that we know about it, is because lawsuits were recorded. 

 

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Asherah There is strong evidence for a female deity venerated in the first temple of Judiasm

 

The Iron Age occupants of Israel have a reputation as the creators of monotheism, but objective biblical scholars (the ones without a religious motive behind their research) believe that archaeological and religious records indicate this development was slow in coming. To be blunt: most of the Israelites through most of their history were probably, as it turns out, polytheists. And this was not simply a matter of falling into the habit of taking on foreign religion. Rather, the Israelites were probably themselves Canaanites and their original gods appear to have been Canaanite gods. The Hebrew means “happy” or “upright” and some suggest “(sacred) place.” The term appears 40 times in the Hebrew Bible.  Asherah appears as a Goddess by the side of Baʿal, whose consort She evidently became, at least among the Canaanites of the south.

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It is also believed that The Book of Jeremiah, written around 628 BC, possibly refers to Asherah when it uses the title “Queen of Heaven”.   This is also a title given to a number of ancient sky goddesses worshipped throughout the ancient Mediterranean and Near East during ancient times.

If there was a doctrine of rebirth in early Israelite religion, then perhaps the closest one may come to such a teaching would be within the cult precinct of the goddess or the grove. There is strong evidence that in first temple Judaism fertility was venerated, not under the auspices of Yahweh, but with his consort Asherah, the goddess of rebirth.

Let’s just pause here and reflect.   Agriculture, the first and most important invention of humans, was strongly influenced by such things as a fertility goddess. Because crops were a life or death issue to everyone, Asherah was pictured as being equal to Yahweh and, in fact, his loving bride.   An Oxford scholar has argued that the Book of Kings reveals the Hebrews worshiped Asherah and Yahweh in Yahweh’s Israelite temple.

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Although during the past decades many religious scholars, historians and some theologians have discussed Asherah and her relationship to the Hebrew God Yahweh, it’s generally recognised that the first to discover that the ancient Hebrews worshiped both deities equally was historian Raphael Patai.  It was in 1967 when Raphael Patai was the first historian to mention that the ancient Israelites worshiped both Yahweh and Asherah. 

By the time of the Babylonian exile she had been exiled from the religion and dropped from all the texts. Egyptian Jews, however, maintained a temple to the Queen of Heaven, and early Christian Jews, according to Margaret Barker, may have imported this tradition into the new faith, flowering in the cult of the Virgin Mary.  This was about the time 586BC.  Eventually only one male God—without a wife—was accepted and preached and believed by people of all the countries of the world.

~ Queen of Heaven, Asherah ~

Biblical texts reveal how Asherah was worshipped as the Queen of Heaven in
Judah and Jerusalem: 

“We will burn incense to the Queen of Heaven
and will pour out drink offerings to her
just as we and our fathers, our kings and our officials
did in the towns of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem. 

At that time we had plenty of food
and were well off and suffered no harm.
But ever since we stopped burning incense to the
Queen of Heaven and pouring out drink offerings to her,
we have had nothing and have been perishing by sword and famine.”
Jeremiah 44:17-18

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Gaza Coin of Asherah & Yahweh 538-328BC

 

Despite continual denials, the Bible clearly states that Asherah/Lady Wisdom was there from the very beginning.

Asherah / Lady Wisdom declares:-

 

“The Lord possessed me               
                       in the beginning of his way… 
I was set up from everlasting, 
              from the beginning…” 
“Then I was by him,                  
                      as one brought up with him: 
  and I was daily his delight… ” 
(Prov. 8:22,30 KJV) 

So, The Lord God, through Moses, forbade the worship of Asherah.

Typical! The day that women were recognised for her wisdom, beauty and guile was now to be wiped.   History HIS-STORY now written mainly by men and about men’s activities in the public sphere—war, politics, diplomacy and administration.  Women to be demonised and excluded and, when mentioned, are usually portrayed in sex-stereotypical roles such as wives, mothers, daughters and mistresses.   Okay little rant over and back to narrative, so The Law (made by men) specified that a grove of trees was not to be near the altar of the Lord (Deuteronomy 16:21). Despite God’s clear instructions, Asherah-worship was a perennial problem in Israel.  They still worshiped Her under every green tree, according to the Hebrew Bible (what Christians call the Old Testament).  

So Asherah didn’t completely disappear, however. When Moses is instructed by God to make a menorah to light the temple, it is described as a stylised almond tree (Exodus 25.31-39). The biblical historian Margaret Barker suspects that this sacred tree figure was one of the symbols of Asherah. So the menorah may be one last lingering trace of the bible’s first couple.

The Bible also tells us Her image was to be found for years in the temple of Solomon, where the women wove hangings for Her. In temple and forest grove, Her image was apparently made of wood, since monotheistic reformers demanded it be chopped down and burned. It appears to have been a manmade object, but one carved of a tree and perhaps the image was a stylised tree of some kind.

So … Asherah or God-the-Mother was considered God’s equal and his spouse for centuries up until around 500 years before Christ.

For several reasons at that time, among which was all the perversions surrounding Her worship, it was deemed “safer” to go to all-male-god religion. People just could not separate sex from Goddess worship, and her temples and places of worship (groves of trees on hilltops) sadly had become glorified brothels.   These groves were date palms.

So … why does Moses carry an Asherah stick / staff) 

It was a secret staff of power.  

The Divine Feminine.

Asherah, tree goddess, mother of life, was lost. Truly, WOMEN were cast out of the Garden of Eden by Yahweh, or at least, his supporters. Separated from the Tree of Life, our mother, we flounder like orphans.    We are surrounded by Mother Nature and she seeps into our traditions – Goddess is lost, officially, but remembered deep within. perhaps without noticing.

We could say the same about Mary Magdalene whom was kept hidden (veiled) and edited out of mainstream Christianity. She  remained in Gnostic scriptures and in underground Christianity.

Symbology and Representations

Asherah was represented by a limbless tree trunk planted in the ground. The trunk was usually carved into a symbolic representation of the goddess. Because of the association with carved trees, the places of Asherah worship were commonly called “groves,” and the Hebrew word “asherah” (plural, “asherim”) could refer either to the goddess or to a grove of trees.

Some of the drawings also conform to well-established or at least suggested iconography of the goddess Asherah. Some conservative scholars used to make a distinction between Asherah the goddess and Asherah as an cultic object (sacred pole).

 

 

Themes are kindness, love, divination and foresight.

However, this sounds delightful we have then in the His-Story written record that these groves were used as places of debaunchery, whoring and glorified brothels (as mentioned above).

So in the bible written by men she was largely excluded.  Her name   appears as ha asherah, meaning “the” asherah. In such instances the reference is not to the goddess but to a symbol of her, as discussed above, an object (in the plural asherim) that was apparently a sacred pole, tree, or group of trees, which got me thinking about the Tree and Pole.

“Why the BBC’s new face of religion believes God had a WIFE”

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Kuntillet Ajrud’s “ceramic inscription that suggests ancient Israelites worshipped a God AND Goddess in the same temple.”Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou 

 

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Evidence? Dr Stavrakopoulou with a reconstruction of a biblical inscription mentioning Asherah and Yahweh

The inscription was photographed and recorded by archaeologists and scholars of ancient Israelite religion, so we know what it looked like  –  and importantly  –  what it said.

Dating to about the 8th Century BC, it was found at a remote site called Kuntillet ‘Ajrud, and was written on a large piece of a broken pottery.  The inscription is a petition for a blessing. Crucially, the inscription asks for a blessing from ‘Yahweh and his Asherah’. Here was evidence that presented Yahweh and Asherah as a divine pair.

Finds in Israel add weight to theory God “had wife”

YahooNews Hebrew HeadFemale figurines and inscribed prayers to a “divine couple” found in temples in Israel suggest that the “one God” of the Bible may not have been entirely alone.
A find by Jerusalem at Tel Motza, “suggests that Iron Age religion in the area around Jerusalem may not have been monotheistic just before the time the Hebrew Bible – the basis of the Old Testament – started to be written.

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“Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden” or Was the Garden of Eden story created to dishonour and defame Asherah?

The Garden of Eden story is a recycling of standard  Mesopotamian myths. It is no accident that the narrative includes a sacred Tree of Life (one of Asherah’s attributes) and a serpent (another one of Asherah’s attributes).  By deliberately interweaving Asherah representations into the Garden of Eden story, the authors were able to successfully defame Eve/Asherah – the Feminine component of religious worship.

Author Arthur George presents addresses this further in “Yahweh’s Divorce from the Goddess Asherah in the Garden of Eden.”

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Jesus’ Wife Expunged from Bible Also

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Asherah may not be the only female expunged from biblical texts!!

“My wife” – declares Jesus on a coptic papyrus fragment translated by Karen King, a professor at Harvard Divinity School and validated by two other experts from Princeton and NYU.

Do we secretly,  without knowing, acknowledge Asherah’s presence ?  

YES!

The churches here in England are often sited on the grounds where Yew Trees grow.  They used to be placed within a circle of Yews which is more than likely s legacy of the Druids.   The Yew being associated with immortality, renewal, regeneration, everlasting life, rebirth and transformation – Does this sound familiar as these qualities are all associated with the Mother Goddess Asherah.   Many of the sacred yew groves were destroyed by The Romans as too the Druids when Christianity and her Legions marched through our sacred lands.

What’s with these Poles? 

Ha! they are Phalic Symbols ! Well they have to be don’t they.   Asherah was a fertility goddess for Pete’s sake.

The first mention of the Asherah pole is in Exodus 34:13 (NIV): “Break down their altars, smash their sacred stones and cut down their Asherah poles.” The Israelites were commanded to destroy any Asherah pole they found among the other people in the land.   Again, what’s with all the anger from this monotheistic God !

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We see them daily, of course they are the steeples on our Churches and of course let’s not forget Obelisks !  One most famous Obelisk is featured at the Vatican City – that being 4000 years old and in actual fact, many are located in Rome, I was actually stunned by the amount of Obelisks I encountered.  In fact, 13 of them!

It was the largest non-inscribed obelisk to leave Egypt, at 25.31 m high on a base of 8.25m wide and weighing an estimated 326 tonnes.

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One could also say, that the Statue of Liberty could well be an Asherah Pole!

“Do not set up any wooden Asherah pole beside the altar you build to the LORD your God” – Deuteronomy 16:21 NIV

Statue_of_liberty_01.jpgIf you look at the Statue of Liberty you will notice that near her feet the robe resembles a tree trunk. The statue appears such that she totally *could* be carved out of a single (yet giant) tree. Even the angle at which she holds the torch is extraordinarily parallel – much like a pole. From torch to toe the Statue of Liberty resembles a pole.

Asherah Poles are located as Obelisks in Capital Cities (for an indepth gallery of these, visit wiki), the following gives a flavour.

  • Cleopatra’s Needle – London
  • Carlton Hill, Edinburgh,
  • Place de la Concorde, Paris
  • Istanbul, Turkey
  • Washington, USA
  • Lisbon, Portugal
  • Delhi, India
  • Manila, Phillipines
  • Sydney, Australia
  • Auckland, New Zealand

Asherah Pole – Jewish Gematria = 328   English Gematria = 648   Simple Gematria = 108 which also is the gematria for The Lord God, Born of Fire, Dark Messiah, Lord of Death, I am not Here etc etc..

But what is celebrated here in England every 1st May.

The Ribbons represent the female principle and the wreath which is normally placed at the top represents the vagina of the goddess.  Some researchers believe the Maypole dance can be traced as far back as ancient Babylon.

 

 The maypole – which originally was a huge phallus.  A  huge wooden phallus, and people would dance around it, wrapping it in colorful ribbons as they worshipped their sex deity, Asherah.

This was  later simplified into a pole, and it’s previous meanings have been veiled in ignorance through tradition and denial. Look carefully, and you’ll see there is a boy and a girl closely aligned to the pole, being told to stand there, yet being completely unaware of the significance of the setting they are at the center of. This is why Pagan worship is called occult — the true meaning of things is “hidden” from view, yet in plain sight to those who are initiated to the secrets!

Oh and let’s not forget that time of year when we erect a TREE in our house and pop presents around it (offerings).   This solstice tree is drawn directly from the Pagan worship, transformed for public consumption. The Asherim were considered altars in themselves also, where animals and humans were ritually sacrificed. This altar could take the form of a tree stump, with the trunk snapped-off, leaving jagged spike-like splinters.

Obviously, this can be broken down further, totem poles, the cross but yes …. YES YES she is hidden, but open your eyes and she is still rather hip today.

 

 

Asherah – Simple Gematria = 60

Asherah – Jewish Gematria = 193

              

The Mormon church began in a sacred grove where Joseph Smith had his first vision. From the beginning the Goddess was there. She may not have been there in physical form, but She was there symbolically. 

Freemasonry / Masonic

 

 

The sun associated with Ba’al and the Moon associated with Asherah.  The all seeing eye (Lucifer).  This video breaks it down further and is well worth watching.   

 

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Asherah/Cybele in Chariot Drawn by Lions – Masonic Image 

Vestiges of submerged, historical traditions are reflected in this Masonic depiction,
including an image of a goddess in a chariot drawn by lions with a reference to Asherah or Cybele. 
-History’s Vanquished Goddess Asherah

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Conclusion

When you really think about it “Asherah” has morphed from goddess to wooden pole to obscurity, Father God, Creator of the universe, has never changed.  

Whether Asherah was worshiped as God’s wife, remains a matter of debate. Although folk religion accepted the worship of the Mother Goddess, it remains a fact that no Hebrew word for “goddess” appears in the Hebrew Bible, that Yahweh is never called “mother” in the Old Testament, and that he was never worshiped as a female deity.

To call God “mother” and to worship him as a female God is to return to Canaanite religion and to the pagan practices of the religions of the ancient Near East. In the Hebrew Bible God is presented as the father and husband of Israel. The Bible never refers to God as mother or wife.

To address God as a “she” or as “mother” is to return to the worldview prevalent in Canaanite religion. The prophets of the Old Testament struggled against the syncretistic tendencies of the people of Israel. To return to the practices of the folk religion of Israel is to abandon the prophetic struggle to desacralise sexuality in Israel.

Twiggie 

 


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Game of Thrones in Scotland 

Archaeologists hunt for long-lost tomb of Scottish king.

The tomb of a medieval king whose murder changed the course of Scottish history in a real-life “Game of Thrones” could be unearthed in a new hi-tech project      

Archaeologists and virtual reality artists want to digitally recreate the court of King James I of Scotland in Perth, around 40 miles from Edinburgh, and try to find the king’s tomb buried beneath the modern-day city.   James I was assassinated in Perth on 4 February 1437 while he was in the royal apartments at the Blackfriars monastery in Perth.  He was later buried at the Charterhouse monastery.   Perth Charterhouse was the only Carthusian house in Scotland, and was the special project of James I.

James I was stabbed to death in 1437

But the priory was destroyed in the reformation 100 years later and no-one is sure of the grave’s exact location.

A monument marks the area where James I’s remains are believed to be buried

The team has been inspired by the discovery of King Richard III of England beneath a car park in Leicester.

“It’s like ‘Game of Thrones’ and ‘Outlander’ all rolled into one—except this story is real,” said Paul Wilson, who is leading the digital visualisation project at Glasgow School of Art (GSA).

His queen, Joan Beaufort, would also be buried there in 1445.  

Joan Beaufort, daughter of John of Gaunt & Katherine Swynford, Lady Ferrers & Countess of Westmoreland c., 1377-1440. Joan is pictured leading her daughters in prayer.

Nearly a hundred years later, in 1541, Margaret Tudor (Sister to Henry VIII was also buried in the Charterhouse after her death at Methven. 

A portrait of Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scotland. The sister of the infamous Henry VIII, Margaret is a direct ancestor of every British Monarch since James I, who was her great-grandson.

However, the Charterhouse was destroyed during the Reformation, like many of Perth’s other religious foundations.

On August 8th, in 1503, James IV married Margaret Tudor at Holyrood Abbey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

James I was assassinated on February 21, 1437, by supporters of a rival claimant to the throne, an act which historians say brought an end to his ambition to make Perth the capital of Scotland.

“That day changed Scotland forever,” Wilson said.

The king’s mausoleum lay at the heart of a Carthusian priory called the Charterhouse, which was modelled on the Grande Chartreuse in the French Alps.

Twiggie 💫

Historical Witch Bottles

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Witch bottles, or ‘Bellarmines’, are a protective folk charm found mostly in England and the United States, and have been documented since the 16th century. 

They were primarily used by non-witches rather than witches, to protect against ‘maleficium’, or offensive magic. They could also be used as curses.

A so-called ‘witch bottle’ was found with a cat’s skull in a pit during the WHS excavations at 25/27 Battersea Square in 1972 (WHS site code BAT II). This example used a salt-glazed stoneware Bartmann jug or bottle (also known as a Bellarmine jug/bottle) conveniently decorated with a medallion bearing the date 1669. As it was found in several pieces we do not know whether it was buried complete or was already smashed. The pit may have been under the floor or by the foundations of the house.  Click here.


A Bellarmine jug, a type of vessel commonly used to make witch bottles. (Public Domain)

A suspected witch bottle was unearthed by archaeologists during a dig at the site of the New Civil War Centre in Nottingham.  The bottle was 15cm tall and was thought to have been used in the 1700s 

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Witch Bottle found on the Isle of Purbeck

 

The rare witch bottle which was found on the Isle of Purbeck is thought to have protected cows from distemper.   It is rather a strange case, as it contains no human vestiges.  It was found buried below a wall on the parish boundary between two villages in 2005.

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Dated 1830 this “witch bottle” was discovered in 2004 and buried in old foundations in the Lincolnshire village of Navenby.  Discovered by accident during building work, the artefact initially sat unrecognised in a cupboard. Jo Butler, the house’s owner, described what they found. She said: “The builder was breaking up foundations with a pick and he came across the bottle.

“We saw it contained metal bits and this kind of strap but had never heard of witch bottles and put it under the stairs.”

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Protecting hearth and home from such malignant forces took various forms, including putting shoes beneath the floorboards and walling up cats.

Witch bottles, often made from stoneware, were most common in the 1600’s, at the height of the witchcraft scares.

The Navenby example, however, has been dated at 1830, a time when such beliefs were thought to have been dying out.

“This late date is really incredible,” said Finds Liason Officer Mr Daubney. “Such traditions do tend to linger in more rural areas like Lincolnshire and Norfolk but this is very rare.”

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The Stafford Witch Bottle

 

This  17th century bottle, was found by a team of archeologists digging up the old Tipping Street car park in Stafford in 2009. The glazed “Bellarmine jar” was found on the site of the former Turk’s Head pub.  The jar stands at around 6 inches high, and has a grotesque gargoyle design on the outside, designed to scare off witches.  It is thought that the design was meant to represent Cardinal Bellarmine, one of the Roman Catholic leaders of the counter-reformation, who may have been seen as a bogeyman in protestant England and Germany.

Witch bottles were typically made from earthenware, stoneware, or glass jugs or bottles. The bottle’s contents varied, but typically contained a mix of
Sulphur

  • Nail clippings
  • Hair
  • Human urine
  • Sharp things: nails, pins, thorns, glass, etc.
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CT scan of the Greenwich bottle, showing human urine, pins and nails, with cork just visible.
Iron nails – the longest is 9 centimetres – and hair discovered inside the bottle

This  salt-glazed jar was discovered 1.5 metres below ground by archaeologists from The Maritime Trust, a Greenwich-based charity that preserves historic sailing vessels. When it was shaken, the bottle splashed and rattled, and an X-ray showed pins and nails stuck in the neck, suggesting that it had been buried upside down.  Further computed tomography scans showed it to be half-filled with liquid, which later analysis showed to be human urine. The bottle also contained bent nails and pins, a nail-pierced leather “heart”, fingernail clippings, navel fluff and hair. The presence of iron sulphide in the mixture also suggests that sulphur or brimstone had been added. “Prior to this point, all we really knew about what was in witch bottles was what we read from documents from the 17th century,” says Brian Hoggard, an independent expert on British witchcraft who helped analyse the bottle. These texts suggest “recipes” for filling a witch bottle, but don’t tell us what actually went into them.

Many which have been found, concur that the bottle would then be buried, sometimes upside-down. It would either be hidden, typically under the fireplace, or buried at the farthest corner of the property.

For protection, the idea is that the ‘taglocks’ (the nails, hair, urine, blood etc.) represent the person being protected. Any curses, harmful magic or spirits will be drawn to that bottle, rather than the person in need of protection. The baneful magic or spirit will then be trapped in the bottle by the sharp things.

It is also important that the taglocks are made of ‘dead’ material rather than ‘live’ material that is still connected to the person, such as blood or sexual fluids. If it contains ‘live’ material, the curse can supposedly still attack you from within the bottle, due to this connection.

For cursing, you would put the same items (or as many as possible) into a bottle and bury it on the target’s property – the idea being that the sharp things attack that person.

Additionally, a witch bottle could be created to break a curse. The victim would urinate into a bottle, sometimes adding sharp objects to harm the witch who cursed them, and throw it into a fire. When the bottle exploded, the curse would be broken and the witch would be weakened or harmed. (As a word of warning, there are better ways to break curses than risking being hurt by glass shards.)

If you choose to make a witch bottle, it is important that you are responsible. Do not bury items that are not biodegradable, especially as witch bottles contain sharp things! Instead, you could bury the bottle in a planter.

Twiggie 

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The Lansdowne Throne of Apollo

The Lansdowne Throne of Apollo.

This is a stunning marble throne which was excavated in Italy in the 18th century and is full of symbolism. It was purchased in 1798 by William Petty Fitzmaurice, the first Marquess of Lansdowne an Irish-born British Whig statesman who was the first Home Secretary in 1782 and then Prime Minister in 1782–83 during the final months of the American War of Independence. This throne remained in his family until the 1930s when his reduced descendants sold off their whole collection of classical art. The buyer of this piece was William Randolph Hearst, an American newspaper publisher who built the nation’s largest newspaper chain and media company Hearst Communications who then gave it to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where it still resides. Unfortunately for some unknown and unexplained reason, this decadent throne is not on display. 

The bow and quiver are regularly associated with the god Apollo, a pagan deity, the god of the sun, light music and prophecy and the snake might refer to the fearful serpent Python, guardian of the oracle at Delphi, which Apollo slew in his youth.

  • Culture: Roman
  • Date: late 1st century
  • Medium: Marble

The find-spot of the throne is unknown, which means that we can not be certain as to its original purpose. However, since thrones were generally associated with figures of high status, such as gods and heroes, it is reasonable to think of it in some sort of ritual or religious setting.


This high-backed marble throne is perhaps the most remarkable work of Roman sculpture in LACMA’s collection. Despite its elaborate decoration, the artfully decorated legs terminating in lion’s paw feet, and the front pair topped by eagle heads – it could hardly have been sat upon. 

Clothed in a cloak, a high relief sinuous snake weaves its way in and out of an archer’s bow, below which is a quiver full of arrows.

 

 

 

Twiggie

 


Sources

https://collections.lacma.org/node/230211

Today in history – The execution of Kathryn Howard On 13 February 1542 

Today in history – The execution of Kathryn HowardOn 13 February 1542 Kathryn Howard -the fifth consort of Henry VIII and cousin of his second consort Anne Boleyn who also faced the same end- was executed grounds of treason for committing adultery.

In 1536, at the age of 13, Catherine was molested by her music teacher, Henry Mannox. He would later give evidence against her. In 1538 Catherine was pursued by a secretary in the Dowager Duchess’s household, Francis Dereham.

They became lovers and referred to each other as “husband” and “wife.” It was ended in 1539 when the Dowager Duchess caught wind of their relationship. Catherine and Francis may have parted with intentions to marry.

Catherine’s uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, found her a place at court in the household of Anne of Cleves. She quickly caught the eye of Henry VIII who was clearly uninterested in Anne. The Howards took advantage of the situation and sought to gain the influence they once had during the reign of Anne Boleyn. They succeeded in this and soon Henry was bestowing gifts of land and expensive cloth upon Catherine.

Catherine married Henry soon after his divorce from Anne in July 1540. In her new position, Catherine was called upon for favors in return for silence by people who had witnessed her earlier indiscretions. She made a fatal mistake when she appointed Francis Dereham as her personal secretary. It’s alleged that in early 1541, she began an affair with one of Henry’s courtiers, Thomas Culpeper.

By November 1541, Henry was made aware of her earlier relationships. Not wanting to believe that his “rose without a thorn” had such a scandalous past, Henry ordered an investigation to find out who was slandering Catherine while she herself was kept locked up. Unfortunately for Catherine, the evidence was against her and the king could not deny her past. Catherine refused to admit to a marriage contract between herself and Dereham and instead claimed that he raped her. She did this in spite of the fact that if she had admitted to a precontract, Henry would have been able to save face and easily annul the marriage. She was stripped of her title and imprisoned in Middlesex.

Catherine remained in limbo until February 1542 when Parliament made it an act of treason for a queen consort to fail to disclose her sexual history to the king within twenty days of their marriage, or to incite someone to commit adultery with her. Catherine was then found unequivocally guilty of treason and sentenced to death.


The night before her execution, Catherine is believed to have spent many hours practising how to lay her head upon the block, which had been brought to her at her request. She died with relative composure, but looked pale and terrified, she required assistance to climb the scaffold. She made a speech describing her punishment as “worthy and just” and asked for mercy for her family and prayers for her soul. According to popular folklore, her final words were, “I die a Queen, but I would rather have died the wife of Culpeper”. Catherine was beheaded with a single stroke of the executioner’s axe.Jane Boleyn, Viscountess Rochford, was executed immediately thereafter on Tower Green. Both their bodies were buried in an unmarked grave in the nearby chapel of St. Peter ad Vincula, where the bodies of Catherine’s cousins, Anne and George Boleyn, also lay. Other cousins were also in the crowd, including the Earl of Surrey. Henry did not attend. Catherine’s body was not one of those identified during restorations of the chapel during Queen Victoria’s reign. She is commemorated on a plaque on the west wall dedicated to all those who died in the Tower.Upon hearing news of Catherine’s execution, Francis I of France wrote a letter to Henry, regretting the “lewd and naughty [evil] behaviour of the Queen” and advising him that “the lightness of women cannot bend the honour of men”

The ghost of Catherine

When Catherine was arrested at Hampton Court, she broke away from the guards and ran down the gallery into a chapel where Henry was praying. She screamed and pleaded for her life, but Henry simply ignored her. The guards seized her again and dragged her screaming and kicking away. Catherine was quickly taken down a barge to the Tower of London, where she was beheaded. After her death, her spirit returned to Hampton Court where it can sometimes be seen running frantically along the same path, pursued by phantom soldiers. Her shrieks and screams are said to be bone chilling. This gallery, known as the Haunted Gallery, was closed up as a result of Catherine’s unrequited ghost for many years. However, in the 1900’s the Office of Works had the Haunted Gallery reopened and renovated in 1918. It is still known as the Haunted Gallery. Today, visitors on tours will often feel an eerie presence in the gallery. Those who are lucky can sometimes still catch a glimpse of the “Screaming Lady.”

Twiggie.

Hermes Psychopompos by the Kind of Tymbos painter


Hermes Psychopompos by the Kind of Tymbos painter. White figure lekythos, Attica, Greece, 470 BC. Archaeological Collection of Friedrich Schiller University Jena, Germany. Image link: X (Photo: Dennis Graen) License: CC BY-NC-SA

The lekythos was used to hold olive oil and precious perfume. Lekythoi were frequently left on graves as funerary offerings. On this vessel, Hermes holds his staff and his wand, and stands next to a large burial pithos. Winged souls of the dead hover near the mouth of the jar – perhaps they are being released to follow Hermes to the Underworld, or the god could be shepherding them back to the grave, so as not to trouble humanity.

Today is Chytroi, the final day of the festival of Anthesteria. Chytroi were utilitarian cooking pots, and on this day a special porridge was cooked and offered to the spirits of the dead, who had been participants with the living in the festival. Libations were poured at the graves of family and other esteemed and beloved dead, and offerings were made to Hermes Chthonios. The last act of the Anthesteria festival was to proclaim to the spirits of the deceased who had joined the celebration of the festival, “‘Out! Out! Anthesteria is over.”

Twiggie, 2017