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Symbols, Part 6: The Solar Cross

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“The best thing about the sun … it never tells me I’m unworthy.” ~ George Carlin

Today is the Autumnal Equinox, the time of year when the day is the same length as the night, and I can’t think of any more appropriate time of year (except maybe Christmas) to talk about the Solar Cross.  The solar cross is one of the oldest, most ubiquitous, and most universally recognized religious symbols in human history.  You’ve probably seen it all over the place without even recognizing it.  Simply stated, it is a circle with two lines through it that intersect in the center.

The Greek Cross, the Celtic Cross, the Latin Cross, the Swastika, the Chi Rho, the Buddhist Wheel of Life, the Egyptian Ankh, and a host of other symbols all derive from it.  It is also found in Central AmericaMesopotamia, North America, and many of other places.

In short, the solar cross is the symbol in most of the world’s religions.

Among other things, it is symbolic of the four directions, the four elements, the four root races, the four stages of life, the four humours, the four seasons, and so forth.  But perhaps most importantly, most commonly, and as its name suggests, it is a symbol of the sun.

“Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love.” ~ Sitting Bull

The documentary film Zeitgeist, created by a man known only as Peter Joseph, is arguably the most popular viral video on the internet.  The first part of the video is based on the life’s work of researchers such as Jordan Maxwell and Acharya S.  It outlines very plainly the history and usage of the Solar Cross in various religions and cultures throughout the world.  Without wishing to completely rehash Zetigeist, the basic story is as follows:

The ancients believed the sun was the light of the world and the savior of mankind.  Every night, the sun would set into the underworld and rise again each morning to conquer the forces of darkness and “evil.”  At certain points throughout the year, it would undergo particular behaviors from the perspective of the earth, and these are the basis of many ancient myths.

For instance, on December 21, the Winter Solstice, the sun reaches its lowest point in the sky and the day is shortest while night is longest.  For the next three days, it would appear to not move at all before rising one degree higher in the sky on December 25.  To the ancients, this motion symbolized the death and rebirth of the sun and it is why Christ and many other religious figures have their date of birth on December 25.  The death and resurrection of the sun was not celebrated, however, until the Spring Equinox when the days began to become longer than the nights and light officially conquered the darkness.  The feast of Easter derives from the Feast of Ostara, the goddess of dawn, who was symbolized by rabbits and eggs.

Throughout the calendar year, the sun would pass through the twelve constellations of the Zodiac.  In Christianity, these are symbolized by the twelve apostles.  Da Vinci’s Last Supper depicts not only the twelve signs, but also Christ centered on the cross as the sun.  The number twelve appears throughout the bible for similar reasons, all being a reference to the zodiac.  The twelve apostles, the twelve tribes of Israel, the twelve prophets, the twelve kings, etc.  The twelve gods of Olympus, the twelve titans, and the twelve labors of Hercules are examples of the same, as used in Greco-Roman mythologies.

In the book of Revelation, chapter 4, verse 7, there is mention of several beings with the heads of a bull, a lion, an eagle, and a man.  These are the symbols of Taurus, Leo, Scorpio (which was symbolized by an eagle before it was a scorpion), and Aquarius, respectively.  This imagery can also be found in occultism, such as on the Wheel of Fortune card in the tarot deck.

There is no shortage of parallels that can be drawn between the myths of majors religions, especially Christianity, and the motions of the sun as it travels through the heavens.  The Solar Cross, i.e. the Cross of the Zodiac, is a shorthand representation of this concept, which is really just an ancient pagan spiritual symbol.

Some of the earliest constructions of mankind reflect a worship of the sun.  For instance, it has recently been demonstrated by archeologists that the monoliths at Stonehenge were used as a solar shrine to mark the Winter Solstice and there is a sister site some miles away that marks the Summer Solstice as well.  The Egyptians, Mayans, and Aztecs are all well known for their worship of the sun also.  I could go on and on about this, but this is just an introduction.  The point is that, the more you begin to research into comparative religions and history, the more you begin to find sun worship everywhere.

Though its most common use is as a religious symbol, the Solar Cross is also used in a number of corporate logos as well.  Most notable are BWM, Alfa-Romeo, and Bayer.

Also keep in mind that there are many derivatives of the Solar Cross, as I mentioned in the beginning of this article.  For instance, the equal-armed cross is used prolifically in medicine, and in the logos of Chevrolet and the Red Cross.  The cross is used in national flags, such as the flag of Switzerland and many others.

The Cross of Lorraine, aka the double cross (play on words, much?), is used in the logos for BloodRayne, Holiday Inn, Nabisco, and Exxon-Mobile.  It’s also the symbol of the ruling party in V for Vendetta, with Chancellor Sutler being the dictator of a British police state.  The parallels between that and Nazi Germany, headed by Chancellor Adolf Hitler; or the Empire from Star Wars, headed by Chancellor Palpatine, should raise a number of alarming questions in your mind about just what sorts of people are using these symbols against us and why.

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Symbols, Part 1: Introduction

Posted in All, Economics, Media, Miscellaneous, Politics, Psychology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 18, 2010 by marushiadark

“I leave symbols to the symbol-minded.” ~ George Carlin

Chances are, the first things we think of when we think of symbols are logos and religious emblems.  All major corporations have their own specific form of branding with an enigmatic logo to identify them to the public.  Religions use symbols like crosses, stars, wheels, the sun, the earth, and a whole host of others as representations of their specific beliefs.  But these aren’t the only symbols.

A symbol is anything that stands for something else.  Every letter and number is a symbol and the words they comprise are just oral or written symbols for ideas.  A kiss can be a tactile symbol of love or betrayal, depending on its context.  Your own body is just a symbol for who you are, just like your signature or your avatar on a forum.  People (or more specifically their actions) can be symbols for specific ideals or modes of thought.  Certain buildings, banners, and flags are also symbols for the same.  Money can be a symbol of status and power or of greed and corruption, and its lack can be a symbol of either suffering or enlightenment.

Really anything can be a symbol, and symbols can be symbols of other symbols, even.  We are undoubtedly creators and users of symbols, all of us.  In fact, we are the only creatures on the planet that use them, and we use them for pretty much everything.

“Most people are unwilling to seek and create their own interpretations of these symbols.  Instead, they blindly submit to preconceived definitions and connotations given by sources unknown.  Because of this, many things have been predetermined in our understanding of life without our knowledge.” ~ The Esoteric Agenda

If I were to say the word “swastika” to you, what’s the first thought that comes to your mind?  Probably a Nazi banner or something else to do with Nazis or Nazism, right?  What if I said “red, white, and blue”?  Probably the American flag, if you’re an American, or something about patriotism and government if you’re from a nation whose flag is red, white, and blue, such as England, America, France, Australia, and many others (most of them use the same colors).  If I said “cross,” your first thought would probably be a Latin cross, with or without the image of Jesus’ body hanging from it.

That right there is proof that we are fixated on symbols that have predetermined definitions and connotations, and that we allow others to dictate for us what to think.  The swastika has its origins thousands of years before the Nazis ever existed, and it was largely a symbol of peace and power.  The cross has its origins thousands of years before Christianity ever arose.  And “red, white, and blue,” are just colors – frequencies of light waves.

Symbols have no meaning except what we give them, so why are our interpretations of these symbols so specific and so limited?  The only reason our thoughts would be so restricted is through deliberate social conditioning.  Symbols and their meanings are not something genetic, but rather they are learned and culturally specific.

Does that mean that everyone whose first thought when I said “swastika” was “Nazi” is a mind-slave?  No, not really.  It does if those are the only things you thought about, but those with more knowledge and awareness will not be limited to just one interpretation of such symbols.

To illustrate the difference, one of my teachers used the example of “gum” as a symbol.  A ditsy, bubble-gum chewing, Valley Girl cheerleader with no awareness or knowledge at all might only think of chewing gum; but someone else might think of chewing gum and think of other things, like a gum tree, gum arabic, or even gummy substances.  The point is that a person who’s not a mind-slave is in full control of their mind and is actively using it to make mental connections to as many things as possible, developing a neurological web instead of a linear, one-to-one association between symbol and idea.

When a corporation, religion, or government body creates a symbol, there is next to no leeway in what they want you to think with regards to that symbol.  Corporations want you to associate their company and their product with it.  They pay millions of dollars to develop logos that will hit deep psychological nerves in your subconscious and create nuerological links between those symbols and the desire for certain products.  Religions demand your focus and devotion to their symbols, which only serves to distract you from truly experiencing life the way it was meant to be lived.  This is why God made it a sin to worship such images.  And governments want your loyalty and your obedience and to keep you distracted with these symbols of pride and patriotism while they carry out large-scale violations against our rights, most-notably war.  In the pledge of allegiance, we’re told to pay homage to the flag and that burning a flag is illegal in many places, even though the flag is just a piece of cloth to which we add our own meaning.

Such symbols are most prolifically portrayed through the media, Hollywood, and through advertisements.  Many of them are variations of the same bastardizations of more spiritually enlightening icons: the sun, the moon, the all-seeing eye, the pentagram, the hexagram, the double-square, the cross, the pyramid, the torch, the eagle, the yin-yang, vesica piscis, skull and crossbones, and so on.  These symbols are not inherently good or bad, but are only good or bad in so far as the meanings and purposes we assign to them.  Look around sometime and see just how prolific these symbols really are.

Pride and Prejudice

Posted in All, Politics, Science, Spirituality with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 11, 2010 by marushiadark

“The folks who conducted to act on our country on September 11th made a big mistake … they misunderestimated the fact that we love a neighbor in need.  They misunderestimated the compassion of our country.  I think they misunderestimated the will and determination of the Commander-in-Chief, too.” ~ George W. Bush

Today is the ninth anniversary of September 11th 2001, a day that means a great many things for a great many people.  It evokes anger and sadness and feelings of pride in our nation and hatred of its enemies (whether you believe those enemies to be foreign or domestic).  It’s a day that is burned into the memories of everyone who was alive to remember what happened.  It’s one of those days, like Pearl Harbor or the Kennedy Assassination, that changed the course of history forever.  But that doesn’t mean we should let it change us forever.

My heart goes out to the victims and their families and to the people of this country as a whole.  Mostly because I believe that 9-11 was nothing more than an excuse made by the Bush Administration and the economic puppetmasters behind them to drag us all down to hell.  I know there are many who disagree with that sentiment, but that’s rather irrelevant at this point.  What matters is what effect that great tragedy has had on the American people and what legacy it’s left behind.

Here are nine thoughts for 9-11:

  1. I Share Your Pain – Today I learned a very sobering truth: that my favorite uncle was in Building 7 nine years ago to the day.  From what I can gather, he was in the building for some sort of meeting.  When the planes hit, the meeting was adjourned and he intuitively got as far away from there as he possibly could.  He hailed a cab and crossed back over to the Jersey side within a short period of the bridges being closed.  He’s still alive, thank God, but it’s apparent to me and my family that he had someone watching out for him (and us) on that day.  For the past few years, I was told he was either a few blocks away or across the street from the buildings when it happened.  I had no idea that’s where he actually was.  I don’t know what kind of shape our family would be in if he’d died that day, as he’s more or less the humorous one in our family.
  2. Who Dunnit? – If you were in the buildings and got out before they went down, or knew someone who did, or knew someone who didn’t, or had a loved one that was involved in the aftermath or the rescues … wouldn’t you wanna know what REALLY happened on that day and why the towers REALLY fell?  For all our talk about honoring the victims and their families, wouldn’t the greatest honor be to get to the bottom of the dirt with a bulletproof, watertight, beyond any reasonable doubt investigation?  If the Bush Administration wasn’t the group that caused it, they most certainly knew about it in advance and did nothing to prevent or deter it.  Yet we gave them an eight-year pass, carte blanche, to wreck havoc and destruction on America.  Don’t the victims deserve a little more than that?  I think they do, considering I was very nearly a victim of it myself.
  3. Rescue Remedy – There’s no question that the men and women who risked their lives to rescue people caught in the 9-11 tragedy are heroic and deserving of the highest rewards we can bestow upon them.  Unfortunately, our own government doesn’t think so.  Many of the rescue workers contracted fatal lung diseases from the asbestos fireproofing that was used in the WTC buildings, along with other diseases.  Michael Moore, in his movie Sicko, invited them to travel to Cuba to receive medical treatment, but when it came time for the United States government to offer its own support, it turned them down for the sake of political expediency.
  4. You Mosque Be Joking – A great deal of controversy has arisen over the conversion of an old Bloomingdales in Manhattan into an Islamic community center.  Opponents claim that the mosque is too close to Ground Zero and that this is disrespectful to the victims.  Opponents say they’d be happy if it was moved five or six blocks away, yet Masjid Manhattan has been four blocks from Ground Zero since 1970 and no one seemed to have a problem with that.  Furthermore, New York mayor Michael Bloomberg is on record as having said that both he and a number of the victims’ families support the right for Muslims to build their Islamic Center in lower Manhattan within two blocks of Ground Zero.  Anyone that believes in American freedom would have to go back and reread the First Amendment, which states that no law shall be passed that prohibits the free exercise of religion.  Of course, any person of faith takes actions that infringe upon the rights of others is not protected.  This brings up the second major objection to the building of the mosque, which is the belief that it is funding and/or funded by terrorism.  However, as Jon Stuart points out, Alwaleed bin Talal, the same person accused of linking the mosque with terrorism, is also the majority owner of Fox News.  Point being, not all Muslims are terrorists.  Let them build their fucking mosque!
  5. Engineering Disaster – America claims to be a bastion of freedom, but we’re also well-known for our ability to overgeneralize.  Sadly, many people presume that all Middle Easterners are terrorists and all Hispanics are illegal immigrants.  Now it seems we’ve found a new demographic to link with terror: engineers.  Why are so many terrorists engineers?  Good question.  Could it possibly be because engineers have the technical capacity to, I don’t know, MAKE BOMBS?  Currently, there’s a debate about which came first: the engineering degree or the radical belief.  Personally, I don’t think it’s as cut and dry as that.  Some people probably had radical beliefs and then figured they could best apply those beliefs by studying engineering to learn how to make bombs, hack data, and take down buildings.  Others probably became engineers and then were targeted by radical groups for their unique skills.  Probability states that at least a few of them would turn under pressure.  Just watch the movie Traitor for an example.
  6. What’s in a Name? – In the category of things that are disrespectful to the victims of 9-11, few people seem to be talking about the so-called Freedom Tower, whose name is reminiscent of things like Freedom Fries and Freedom Toast.  Such childish tags arose in protest of all things French.  Even Congress took up that banner in an effort to appear more politically “correct” in a post-9/11 world.  Why did we do that again?  Oh, right.  Because France expressed strong opposition to the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – the invasion that kicked off a war that many Americans now believe was both illegal and immoral.
  7. Extenuating Circumstances – In the past few years, most of us have had terrible experiences in airports.  From unbearable wait times, to unwarranted searches and seizures, to limitations on baggage, to moms being forced to drink bottles of breast milk because of suspicions that it might be a combustible liquid, to increased air fare costs to pay for it all, air travel has become one of the least enjoyable forms of travel.  Rather than actually check all these things at the door before entering the airport, travelers are forced to go through a maze of hoops and bullshit protocols that don’t really prevent anything from happening.  All of these inconveniences are the result of measures implemented in a reactionary, band-aid approach to dealing with lapses in security.  It’s only a matter of time before someone finds a new way around current airport security and then even tighter measures are imposed upon the millions of passengers that have no intentions of harming anyone.
  8. Serve and Protect – As a result of September 11, the Bush Administration enacted many new policies including the USA PATRIOT ACT, illegal wiretaps, detainment and torture of non-hostile American citizens, closure of the borders, and engaging in a very costly war.  All of this was done under the guise of protecting the American people, but all we really did was trade a foreign enemy for a domestic one.  We were angry and scared and looking for vengeance when cooler heads should have prevailed; and that energy and drive and unwaivering pride and patriotism, along with the lives of many young men and women who volunteered for armed service after 9-11, was all used to advance what amounted to nothing more than an economic and political agenda.
  9. How Long Will We Sing This Song? – The attacks of September 11, 2001 and the events that followed were by no means the first of their kind and I very much doubt they will be the last.  Though it’s a day that changed the course of history, we cannot let our fear and grief and anger get the better of us.  Tragedy happens and life will go on.  And at some point, we will each have to decide for ourselves what the appropriate point in time will be when we stop living in the past and start living in the moment.  Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it, but those who continue to live in the past are already repeating it.  Let us take what we have learned and move on with our lives as best we can.

“If you’re sad, then cry.  When there are no more tears to cry, you still have to live.” ~ Fearless (2006)

The events of September 11 came dangerously close to home for me.

Those who are old enough to have lived through the event say they know exactly where they were when Kennedy died.  For those who are old enough to remember the events of 9-11, I think the same principle applies.

To this day, I remember being in my freshman year of high school, having just gotten out of homeroom when the principle announced to everyone over the PA system that we were to have an emergency assembly.  I turned to one of my classmates who was sitting next to me in the auditorium and asked what this was about.  He had a set of headphones on and told me that someone had just flown a plane into the World Trade Center.  “Bullshit!” I said.  Imagine my surprise when the principle finally got up on stage and announced to the entire school the very thing my classmate had just told me.

We got let out immediately after our principle explain to us what was happening.  I remember standing in the living room of my childhood home watching the events unfold in real time on television.  I didn’t understand, back then, all that was going on, but something deep inside of me awoke that day and I took it all in with a sense of wonder and terror that most reserve for encounters with the divine.  Though it wasn’t the first instance of such things in my life, I think that day was the day my innocence was finally broken and I stopped being so naive to the world around me.

When President Bush finally announced his intention to go to war with Afghanistan, I intuitively wondered how in the hell they were able to pin this on Afghanistan so quickly after the event just happened.  At first, I only had questions.  Years later, I began to finally come to some definite answers and I didn’t always like what those answers were, but I’m starting to become more accepting of them because I found even more answers that gave context and peace to the scary ones.  And those answers began to become freedom for me from my negative emotions.  I just hope that everyone can find the same answers and peace and freedom that I found.