Excerpt from The Astrological Foundation Of The Christ Myth, Book One
The Bible, Torah, and Quran are chiefly composed of ancient mythological tales. Many of the tales are symbolic of astronomical interactions.
Astrotheology is religious doctrine (stories, tales or fables) composed and based on the tracking of the heavenly (cosmic) lights, that is to say the sun, moon, stars, and planets. Under this story telling system of the Ancients the heavenly lights were personified with human names and titles – the regions of the cosmos were assigned names that correlated, paralleled, or otherwise matched or resembled earthly locations, cities, rivers, mountains, etc. The interactions, and movements of the cosmic lights throughout the celestial regions were written in the mythologies as the interactions and movements of human entities; royal, and common; benevolent, and malevolent. It is very important to understand that under astrotheological symbolisms, we are tracking the apparent movement of the heavenly (cosmic) lights and not necessarily the actual movements of those astronomical entities. True astro-theology is based on the observational astronomy of the Ancients which varies in some very significant aspects to modern (new style) astronomy which is technical or mechanical and bereft of any underlying esoteric symbolisms, except perhaps as carry-overs from the old style of the Ancients. The Ancients charted the cosmos relevant to the earth at the center of the universe with the sun, moon, planets, and stars revolving around the earth, or transiting in their various orbits, domains, arcs, and hierarchies. Much of the charting of the Ancients was recorded relevant to the horizons, the ecliptic, the celestial equator, the celestial poles, the ecliptic poles, the cardinal points, and the zodiac; and various other cosmic regions, intersects, and demarcations relevant to various denominations of time, from mere seconds of time onward into cycles spanning millions of years. The focus of the astronomical charting (allegorical symbolisms) was sometimes Stellar, Solar, Lunar, circumpolar, or perhaps correlatively written so as to apply in parallel or near parallel to the several cosmic domains. It is important to remember that much of the astro-theological symbolism is geocentric i.e. written from a perspective that sets the earth at the center of the universe. So although we know, in this modern time, that the earth rotates on its axis and this causes the sun to daily rise in the east and set in the west – you will not find any ancient symbolism reflecting this mechanical reality. Rather, the symbolism shows the earth at rest, floating and centered in a cosmic ocean, and/or literal ocean in the minds of some of the ancients; with the sun revolving around the earth. The sun was viewed as victorious, or resurrected each morning at sunrise, and defeated or deceased each evening at sunset.
The Greek and Roman myths incorporating such gods and goddesses as Zeus or Jupiter, Hades or Pluto, Poseidon or Neptune, Hermes or Mercury, Aphrodite or Venus, Cronus or Saturn, Artemis or Diana, and many, many others are clear representations of astro-theological fables or mythology. The scriptures of the Jews, Christians, Muslims, and some others fall into the same astrotheological categories as the fabled renditions of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Egyptians, Persians, Babylonians, Hindustanis, and others.
The Bible and Quran are not authentic records of historical events. The so-called Patriarchs, and Prophets of the scriptures never actually lived or existed on this planet, except in the minds of some of those who wrote the fictitious tales of those fictional characters. The fabled scriptural characters actually have symbolic and allegorical significance in many instances, relevant to the cosmic lights and their transits, seasonal transitions, cultural traditions, and the like; but otherwise the characters are completely mythical. I must also emphasize that the biblical/Quranic characters and events are not legendary, as some like to assert; legendary being defined as overblown representations of persons or events that actually lived or happened. Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and all of those biblical characters in between never ever lived and are completely mythological. We shall render explanations of some of the astronomical symbolisms relevant to various scriptural personalities as our series of four books, centered on The Astrological Foundation Of The Christ Myth, is unfolded.
The biblical and other religious stories are, for the most part, allegorical renditions of astronomical phenomena, and other related or cultural factors, and parallels. The stories were indeed written with historical pretence and flare, but it takes only a little common sense to realize many of the absurd claims of the bible and Quran just cannot be true or historical.
For example, The Garden of Eden story asserts that Adam and Eve, so-called parents of the human race, were tricked and deceived by a talking snake – common sense says that this story is total nonsense or perhaps must be the symbolical rendering of an underlying rational message. The story is obviously a myth, and we know that mythology is defined as the recording of data in coded, symbolical forms such as fables and the like; tales that cannot be literally true because of the irrationality of the literal content, but nevertheless unveil cogent truths or opinions when decrypted. And further, the bible claims that Noah gathered all the land creatures of the world into his boat (ark) where they all lived for about one years time so as to survive the Flood that god supposedly sent to destroy the world. This fairytale is found in Genesis of the bible, Chapters 6 through 8. Think of the logistical nightmare involved with animals traveling from the Artic Circles, and the thousands of remote regions and islands of the world to rendezvous with Noah, not to mention how the animals got the message to come to the ark. The food and sanitation requirements attendant to a years sojourn in a covered boat would have been forbidding, to say the least. The whole Noah scenario is extremely silly and ridiculous when taken literally.
And according to Jonah: chapters 1 & 2 of the bible, the prophet Jonah allegedly lived inside the belly of a fish for three whole days – need I go into details regarding this absurdity. And a one-man army called Samson is alleged to have defeated an apposing army of one thousand soldiers; that’s one man against a thousand, according to the bible, Judges: 15th chapter. The bible is full of ludicrous tales comparable to those that I have listed here.
I now present four options with regard to these biblical stories: #1 – to accept them as true, #2 – to reject them as total nonsense, #3 – to view them as overblown legendary tales or fourthly, and this, the following, is the only viable option - to accept my suggestion that the tales are allegorical with underlying symbolical interpretations. We shall bring clarity to various biblical symbolisms as our essay progresses through the four volumes, and other books that I have written on these subjects; but first we need to explain the methods and systems of astrotheology by which the ancients penned their symbolisms.......