Saint Mary Magdalene: The Bearer of Good News

Heartfelt and beautiful.

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Today is one of the most important days in Christianity, Easter. Before the egg hunts, hearty dinners, and chocolate bunnies, church leaders will give John’s account of what Christians believe to be the greatest event in human history. The Resurrection of Jesus Christ.

The first witness to the Resurrection—as all four gospel writers agree—was a woman whose name and reputation have become so misunderstood, misinterpreted, and misconstrued over the centuries that she is more commonly, though erroneously, remembered as a prostitute than as the faithful first bearer of the Good News.

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Mary Magdalene at the Tomb by Bruce Wolfe

That woman is Mary of Magdala. Of the half-dozen Marys mentioned in the Bible, what sets this Mary apart is that Jesus cast seven demons out of her, (Luke 8:2-3) or as some scholars believe, physical and mental illnesses.  Mary Magdalene is named at least 12 times in the gospels, and not…

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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.

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How Gematria Works

Bonnie Gaunt has been for me the premier “gematrician”. She has several books covering many different areas a study, including Stonehenge, the Great pyramid and the solar system, just to name three. If ever there was a proof of God’s reality, it is in Bonnie Gaunt’s work with gematria.

How Gematria Works By Bonnie Gaunt

Gematria is very simple, but I thought it appropriate to include a page telling how it works. The following is taken from Bonnie Gaunt’s book, “The Stones Cry Out”, appendix I.

All creation, from the largest to the smallest. can always be reduced to numbers. Pythagoras, the father of mathematics, discovered a great truth when he said ‘Numbers are the language of the universe.” In the writings of the ancient philosophers there is common agreement that the purpose of number is for the investigation of the universe. From the atom to the galaxy in the heavens, the same unchanging laws apply the laws of arithmetic, the language of number.

Just as the hand of God spread the vast expanse of the heavens by number, so too His written word can be reduced to number; and those who have tried it have stood in awe of the intricacy and beauty of the design. It was an intentional design.

The secrets locked up in the Number Code of the Bible are there for all to behold; and down through the centuries many have unlocked those secrets and revealed to us the unspeakable beauty of the intended design. Part of the numerical design of the scriptures is the science of Gematria. The Old Testament was originally written in the Hebrew language, and the New Testament in Greek. These two languages used the letters of their for symbols of amount. Their alphabets were called “dual character systems”, one of sound, or phonetics, and the other of amount, or number.

Tobias Dantzig1, a professor of mathematics at the University of Maryland (U.S.A.) explained the phenomenon thus:

“The sum of the numbers represented by the letters of the word was the number of the word, and from the standpoint of Gematria two words were equivalent if they added up to the same number. Not only was Gematria used from the earliest days for the interpretation of Bible passages, but there are indications that the writers of the Bible had practiced the art. Thus Abraham proceeding to rescue his brother Eliasar drives forth 318 slaves. Is it just a coincidence that the Hebrew word Eliasar adds up to 318?”

Within the first century A.D., Barnabas, the traveling companion of the Apostle Paul, wrote concerning this-number code.

“For the scripture says that Abraham circumcised three hundred and eighteen men of his house. But what therefore was the mystery that was made known unto him? Mark, first the eighteen, and next the three hundred. For the numeral letters of ten and eight are I H. And these denote Jesus. And because the cross was that by which we were to find grace; therefore he adds three hundred; the note of which is T (the figure of his cross). Wherefore by two letters he signified Jesus, and by the third his cross.”

Barnabas leads us to realise that the knowledge of the use of Gematria in the word of God is not something of modem discovery.

One of the best-known demonstrations of Gematria in the Old Testament is the section headings of Psalm 119. Any student of the Old Testament is aware that the names for these sections are in fact the sequential letters of the Hebrew Alphabet. These letters were simply used to number the sections. The some Bibles the word for the letter is spelled out, (such as aleph), while in other translations, the single letter is used – both of these translate, by Gematria, to the number 1.

Gematria among the Greeks was in common use at the time of the writing of the New Testament. A copy of one of these early manuscripts, called papyri, (because they were written on papyrus) exists today in Dublin, Ireland in the Chester Beatty Collection. It is the earliest known copy of the book of Revelation extant. It is dated somewhere between 200 and 300 A.D. This manuscript uses Gematria for every number in the book of Revelation.

The re-discovery of these Number Codes is not new. The noted Bible expositor, E. W. Bullinger, was among the many who have added to our understanding of this subject. His book Number in Scripture, published in 1894, shows the supernatural design in the use of numbers, both in the works of God and in the word of God.

The number equivalents for the Greek alphabet can be found in any Webster’s Dictionary.

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The Greek Alphabet

The Greek alphabet used twenty-six letters, two of which have become extinct. The current twenty-four are listed below. There were once letters for 6 and 90, but they became obsolete through time, and finally dropped from the alphabet.

The letter standing for the number 6 was called “stigma.” It looked similar to sigma. The only use for the letter stigma in the New Testament is in Revelation 13:18 where it gives the number of the one who comes as the imposter of Christ. In the old manuscripts it was written as 600, 60, 6. Thus when added they become 666.

 

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The Hebrew alphabet is, in many ways, quite similar to the Greek. However, rather than 24 letters, it uses only 22 letters.

Notice there are five finals. These letters are shaped differently when they appear as the final letter in a word. In the Cabala these five finals are given higher numbers, namely, 500, 600, 700, 800 and 900. In my search of the Gematria of the Bible, I do not find this additional assigning of the numbers to be part of the original design. It was an addition to the system, which was adopted later.

 

It should be noted that according to the rules of Gematria, one unit called colel could be added or subtracted from a word or phrase without changing its meaning.

Source

Tobias Dantzig, Number; the Language of Science, Doubleday Anchor Books, New York; NY, 1930, p.4O.

“If you would look down from the moon…and see the innumerable broils of mortals, you would think you were looking at a great cloud of flies or gnats, quarelling among themselves, warring, plotting, plundering, playing, frisking, being born, declining, dying. It is downright incredible what tumults, what tragedies can be stirred up by such tiny creatures, so frail and short-lived.”
Erasmus

Mandela Effect: 13 Year Old Genius Explains The Mandela Effect

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Interesting kid. He’s already being compared to Tesla and working on Free Energy devices. I’ll look up more stuff by him later.

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Run time: 22 minutes. I’m no physicist, but I have delved into theories involving time travel, parallel universes and quantum theory for some time now, both as part of my fiction writing and in general because I find the speculation fun and fascinating. I get pretty much all of what young Loughan is trying to convey. Let me put my thinking cap…

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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.

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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.

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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 

 


Sources

Princess Carrie.

Carrie Fisher will forever be inextricable from Princess Leia, and Princess Leia, the heroine at the heart of the Star Wars films, will forever be bonded to the actress who played her. Fisher will continue to be known best for her portrayal of Princess Leia, the character she created based on her feminist vision of how women could lead, fight and exist, both here on Earth and in a galaxy far, far away.

“I like Princess Leia.

“I like how she handles things. I like how she treats people. She tells the truth, and gets what she wants done”.

“The downside is the hair and some of the outfits”.

Carrie Fisher on Princess Leia.

 

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Princess Leia in the iconic gold bikini.  Source: Giphy

Star Wars movie was released in 1977, at the peak of the feminist movement’s second wave.  It’s not that there were no female superheroes before, but Princess Leia was the one who mesmerised everyone.

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Ride it like you Stole it!  Source: Giphy

“You can play Leia as capable, independent, sensible, a soldier, a fighter, a woman in control – control being, of course, a lesser word than master,” Fisher told Rolling Stone. “But you can portray a woman who’s a master and get through all the female prejudice if you have her travel in time, if you add a magical quality, if you’re dealing in fairy-tale terms.”

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Jackson, who co-authored the essayLightsabers, Political Arenas and Marriages for Princess Leia and Queen Amidala,” sees Princess Leia as a bridge between older female action heroes, like Wonder Woman, and new ones, like Mulan.

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“The basic idea you have in mind when you think of a princess is of dominant Disney princesses like Sleeping Beauty or Snow White — they’re dressed in pastels, they sing,” Jackson said. “But Princess Leia was this new kind of princess; she’s a bolt of energy, she’s just as strong as everyone around her, she controlled her own destiny and she was independent. That was such an important image.”

In 2008 Princess Leia was listed 89th Greatest Character of All Time.

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Goodbye Princess by Robert-Shane

 

Sources and further reading

Second Wave of Feminism, The second wave began in the 1960s and continued into the 90s. This wave unfolded in the context of the anti-war and civil rights movements and the growing self-consciousness of a variety of minority groups around the world. Four Waves of Feminism by Martha Rampton https://www.pacificu.edu/about-us/news-events/four-waves-feminism

Sex, Politics, and Religion in Star Wars: An Anthology by Ray Merlock and Kathy Merlock Jackson. https://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=&id=fHgKDWAZ0SIC&oi=fnd&pg=PA77&dq=feminist+princess+leia&ots=Bh57ezur7e&sig=deYLFBqBtgaMLJkHvHxBifmkAJ0&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=feminist%20princess%20leia&f=false

Image, Goodbye Princess by Robert Shane. http://robert-shane.deviantart.com

 

Are Jesus and Lucifer the same person?

Many religious traditions speak of an evil alternative to God, the Devil.  In Judeo-Christian tradition, the name ‘Lucifer’ is commonly used to refer to the Devil (Satan), even though the name itself never appears in the Bible.  For most Christians, ‘Lucifer’ and ‘Satan’ are just different names for the same being – but is this correct?

The name ‘Lucifer’ comes from the Latin meaning ‘Light Bearer’ or ‘Morning Star’.   It was also the name given by the Romans to their god of light and to the planet Venus, the bright morning star.  ‘Lucifer’ is the English equivalent of the Hebrew word ‘heilel’, which means ‘spreading brightness; or ‘shining one’. 

The Renaissance saw the devil as persona feature far more regularly as the Church increasingly used his presence as a way to promote fear in its followers.

‘Lucifer’ probably came to be associated with the Devil because of a misinterpretation of Isaiah 14.12.  In this passage, the prophet talks about the king of Babylon, who in his pomp and glory, set himself up among the gods.  Isaiah’s words are translated in the King James Version of the Bible as:

How you have fallen from heaven,

O Lucifer, son of the dawn!

You have been cast down to the earth,

You who once laid low the nations!

You said in your heart,

‘I will ascend to heaven; 

I will raise my throne above the stars of God; 

… I will make myself like the Most High.’

But you are brought down to the grave,

to the depths of the pit.

(Interestingly, the word ‘Lucifer’ only appears in the King James Version.   It is replaced in modern versions of the Bible with ‘morning star’).

Based on this passage (and perhaps conveniently forgetting that it referred to the king of Babylon), that the early  Church developed the myth that Lucifer was the bringer of light – one of God’s three archangels (along with Michael and Gabriel).   According to the myth, Lucifer rebelled against God and was cast out of heaven.  The Church support this interpretation by referring loosely to Ezekiel 28:16 ‘I expelled you, O guardian cherub’.

Lucifer then became Satan.   According to St. Jerome, the early Christians applied the name Lucifer to Satan because that was his name before he fell from heaven and this name was used by the gospel writers.  For example, in Luke 10:18 ‘I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven’.

Moreover, in the apocalyptic visions in the Book of Revelation, the notion of the fallen star was linked with the fall of Satan – Revelation 9:1, 12:9: ‘I saw a star that had fallen from the sky to earth… The great dragon was hurled down – the ancient serpent called the Devil, or Satan, who leads the whole world astray.   He was hurled to the earth, and his angels with him’. 

But herein lies the mystery: is Lucifer, the bearer of light and the ‘morning star’, also Satan?

There is a strong argument to the contrary.  In John 1:9, Jesus Christ is depicted as the bearer of light, and in 2 Peter 1:19, the writer identifies the morning start as one of Christ’s titles: ‘…as to a light shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hears’. Moreoever, the Bible identifies the morning Star as Jesus Christ (Revelation 22:16): ‘I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the Churches.  I am the roof and the offspring of David, and the Bright Morning Star’. 

Are we wrong to associate Lucifer, the morning star, with Satan?  Is it possible that this is a title more befitting Jesus Christ, as the bringer of light?   The evidence appears to be compelling.

Beware of False Prophets

“Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.”
Matthew 7:15

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A false teacher can be anyone in a position of spiritual authority or claiming to be. Wolves don’t often attack wolves, but they do go after sheep. They bring destructive teachings and lies, often, by telling people what they want to hear. They provide layers of truth mixed with error, but even a broken clock is right twice a day.

Beware” means to be on alert … to discern what is being said. False teachers take advantage of the fact that many people are not well educated in fundamental biblical truths. To detect a counterfeit, one must first know what the original looks like. It’s impossible to gain a clear picture of absolute truth without going directly to God’s Word. Unless one is firmly grounded in God’s Word and led by His Spirit, one can easily be led astray.

Wolves don’t advertise, instead, they “look” like sheep. False teachers aren’t dressed in red holding a pitchfork. They often look the same as everyone else. They subtly challenge the inerrancy and authority of Scripture, and they add to salvation … it’s not in Christ alone. Legitimate teachers recognise the deity of Christ. False teachers promote salvation through works and not through faith alone. One must belong to their Society, Institution or Church in order to be saved. This is a false gospel.

The road to deception is paved with a reliance on “men of God” who aren’t. When men turn to other men; when men rely on men instead of the Word of God: that is the beginning of deception.

Many of the scams run by false prophets are similar. The most popular are:

 “I’ve been to heaven and God sent me back with a message.” or “I’ve been infused with the spirit”.

This is totally contrary to what the Bible teaches.  No one is coming back from the dead with a message from God.  No message that needs telling isn’t already in God’s Word.  Sometimes, the messages appear to be biblical.  But after the readers’ trust has been gained, later messages include much which is not biblical.

There are hundreds of “prophetic” websites.  Check the biography’s of the prophets; quite a few are run by “former” witches and other members of occult practices. I have found, the number one target of these Messianic self confessed prophets are the wounded / social outcasts or people who have been brainwashed by religious doctrine since birth. They are the most vulnerable because this portion of society isolate themselves. With the advance of the internet, there has been a terrific flood of prophecies flowing out to the global Christian community, via websites, Facebook, Twitter and web rings.  The problem is that much of what is shared is poor quality and insipid.

It should be noted, that each fresh wave within the a ‘charismatic movement’ for the past twenty years has been accompanied by promises of revival. Each one was said to be preparing the people so that they would be ready for the great national outpouring of the Holy Spirit. But each wave ended in disappointment, as the promises of revival were never fulfilled.  This is dangerous.

“Despite the apparent sophistication of our technological age, we live in a highly gullible generation open to false prophets and false messiahs”(Clifford Hill).

You and I need no Pope. We need no men as Priests. We need no Ministers. We need no Evangelists. We need no Faith Healers that you or I must seek out for healings or other blessings. We need no Prophets nor do we need any person whatever! But almost all the False Prophets are in the business of saying something like: “You have to come to me for blessings.” “Repent”, “Kneel”, Or, some may say: “You have to go to that man or to that woman for anything from God.” They often say: “Christ has given men authority on earth to be your ministers and you have to submit to them and to the authority of the leaders of the Church of God.” This is pure and unadulterated nonsense. Worse than that, it is the propagation and dissemination of the Antichrist system where you have men standing in as the representatives of God.

Twiggie

Originally written for False Prophets Exposed, 2015