Originally Published on Academia.Edu
Short Discourse on the Allegory of
The Parable of
Jesus Walking on the Water
With Excerpts from
The Holy Myth
Russell von Ohlhausen
Message to the Reader
I. Prologue to the Parable
Precession of the Equinoxes
Diagram of Precession
II. Brief Summary of Precession in the Bible
Chart of Biblical Symbols of Precession
III. The Accounts of the Miracle
Diagram of Chronology
IV. The Allegorical Meanings
Diagram of the Cardinal Representations
V. The Patterns
Diagram of the Elementals in the Story
Chart of the Symbols in the Timeline
VI The Metaphorical Elements
VII. Supporting Ideas:
A growing number of people are under the opinion that the Bible, the cornerstone of the Christian religion, has been misrepresented and misused throughout history, in the pursuit of authority and political domination, and that this power has led humanity into misguided corruption and chaos.
I have chosen to relay this theory with a more engaging approach with less of an emphasis on encyclopedic tone, simply to make some of these esoteric ideas and mythological elements easier to discuss. Attempting to present this in a more scholarly fashion comes across as dry, overwhelming and can easily lose the reader in grasping individual concepts and not allow focus on the message being relayed by the original writers.
In this paper we will explore a small portion of the research concerning the Bible that is just now beginning to surface into the mainstream. There is much more supporting information behind what I have presented here, and several researchers are beginning to openly discuss these ideas in recent decades. Attempting to grasp all of the concepts and meanings behind the mythology takes time and patience. It has been my experience that most readers get lost or take issue with smaller details and fail to understand overall patterns and meanings of a particular myth of symbol. It is not my desire to bombard the reader with seemingly unconnected concepts without a foundation. I present this as a subject of interest and encourage the curious to follow through with your own formulations after you have read the basis for these ideas.
According to many Christians, the story Jesus walking on water, across the Sea of Galilee, is considered to be the most wondrous miracle, aside from the resurrection itself. Believers have used this story as a basis for the power of faith and what it can do for the individual and for humankind.
There have been many attempts to explain this story as a sign of faith conquering all or a feat of mind-over-matter. On the other hand, skeptics have tried to discount the story’s miraculous nature by rationalizing how the conditions at that time could have allowed ‘witnesses’ to describe the story as it has been handed down to us. There have been several basic attempts to explain the account on a more physical level. Some skeptics have suggested that a sand bar hidden just below the surface or an area of shallow water that would have explained the account. Others have put forth the idea of a hidden raft or floating craft that may have allowed Jesus to glide across the lake. In the early 2000’s, an American Ph.D. seminarian put forth a meteorological theory attempting to prove that a rare ice storm in Israel 2000 years ago, froze the Sea of Galilee allowing Jesus to perform this ‘miracle’. He received an impressive university grant to pursue his ‘archeological research’ in Israel to prove his on his theory.
Most of these so-called explanations are easily discounted as ‘unprovable’ with the likelihood of any physical evidence surfacing, next to none. So of course, the most widely accepted view among believers and many non-believers is that Jesus, the man, actually set foot upon the water and walked across the sea to meet the apostles and by one account that Peter as well came out of the boat to meet him. This view, the Mathew account, is probably the most recited version of the story.
For those who do not believe in these kinds of ancient paranormal events and do not support the view of the religious faithful, there has been no other plausible reason for this Biblical story. The general view among most skeptics is that it is simply a fabricated story with no precise meaning, a ‘fable’ used to enforce the concept of the powers of faith.
There are usually one of three positions one holds on the use of parables and miracles in the scriptures; those of individuals of faith who hold the position that these events are literal truth, the religious skeptics who search for a physical means for the accountings and third and least pursued line of though, what other explanation for the story could there be, the allusion. To follow that line of thought, one must go back and search for parallel evidence as to what could have led the writers to have placed this in the realm as sacred or that needed to be remembered. The search for an allegorical source, inevitably leads us back in time to an understanding of the stories of the gods; those stories written into the heavens and constellations, and invariably through epoch time.
It should be surmised that like other ancient writers and their religions, the Jews and early Christians wrote with similar intent of those cultures that came before them. There is method in all of these writings and a purpose and knowledge to be passed on, within allegories of their sacred texts, the knowledge of those stories of the cycle of life written into cosmology. One reason would be quite simple; to maintain an esoteric knowledge or wisdom for mankind so that it could not be so easily rewritten and not completely lost to time or deliberate misuse. By holding one level to some as literal truth, another layer of sacred truth can be preserved through out time. The transference over time to a more literal meaning has caused us to go back a take a second look at the writings and their basis for a source and how they were originally intended.
Most Christians are satisfied with the literal interpretations of these stories. Simply believing, for example, that both Jesus, due to his divine nature, and Peter, with his faith and conviction, were able overcame the physical properties of water and walked upon it. This story, like most other biblical accounts, is actually full of cosmological elements and meanings that are hidden to most people. For the religious minded, the notion of anything other than a literal and direct surface interpretation of these texts is unthinkable. In the current religious paradigm, attempting to decipher these meanings provokes prejudice and polarization against any other possible meaning intended by the ancient writers and an intolerance of those who hold these views.
To the learned scholar, the notion of obscure and non-literal meanings of ancient texts is not so far-fetched. Most modern Christians have accepted the allegorical meanings of stories written within the pages of the Old Testament but regard any mention of allusion in the New Testament as nothing short of heresy. Other cultures throughout antiquity have employed such literary devices in many of their writings, particularly regarding the sacred texts of their religious orders and cults. These parallels are easily made in some instances while other parallels are more deeply concealed through time and lost inference of symbolism. So why would the pre- and early Christians not have used the same methods to maintain certain meanings “sacred” for us today? It is my assertion that they did so in the Bible in almost every sense.
Most theologians and scholars of seminary simply attempt to support their own preconceptions of faith, leaving no room for questioning another view without severe chastisement. As a result, nothing new is learned and there is no room for acceptance of any vision of such ideas that would seem foreign to the simple “lay believer”. It is not my intent to interject much opinion in these areas of religious dogma; it is important to follow these concepts with an open mind. I do make the assumption that the writings of the Bible were intended to conceal as much within the symbolism to the uninitiated, as they are to present a surface message to general adherent. The Bible makes many references to hidden meaning and a deeper measure in every word. The literal verses, “actual words of Jesus”, are clear in the reading but the meanings of allegorical verses, “parables”, are lost to time or concealed in archaic translation. Biblical writers, though, have taken great care to make the use of symbolism clear in every book of the Bible. To unlock these symbols, a greater esoteric knowledge must be ascertained, a knowledge known and accepted by the cultures of their day and place.
Many parallels have led scholars to believe that at least some of the parables and stories have direct line of relation to myths in much older cultures and other religions. Taking this back one more step, one must look to a point of origin for these stories, the reasons and meanings of myths; myths that were written into the stars in most every ancient society. Literal interpretation is obviously not on the mind of the writers of the Old Testament and only a partial concern of the writers of the New Testament. Most scholars who have put forth any real work concerning the possible link to the stories of the Bible being connected to anything other than truth are met have done so at the risk of peril to their careers and even to the point of violence. Keeping these truths hidden from the masses has been in the best interest of the would-be messengers in order to avoid ridicule from those who follow their faith blindly or to simply for the sake of preserving academic stature in their career, but we are entering a time that people will no longer settle for just what they have been told.
It is not the intent here to examine this story from every possible angle. There are many scholars in multiple disciplines attempting to understand the parable from other perspectives. This discourse will show that taken in the larger view of the framework of the Bible, there is enough information to support the theory that this parable is an allusion to the passing of the ‘Christ Consciousness’ from one point in time to another point in time rather than a literal translation of a physical act. If you are not familiar with the concept of Christ consciousness, in simple terms it is perceived as a higher state of human awareness; one beyond the normal mundane world which attempts to integrate human vulnerabilities with ‘god-like perceptions.
Beginning with a simple theory, regarding the use of the symbols taken in a broader scope of meaning outside of the traditional Christian interpretation, it is quite easy to see these parallels. The primary intent here is to show a very plausible allegorical alternative an astrological interpretation. In order, to analyze the story clearly, a decent understanding of ancient mythology and in particular Zodialogical myths and representations are important. In fact, the entirety of the Bible can be viewed this way. There are many layers to the myths in the constellations; a basic knowledge of Egyptian, Greek Roman and Babylonian mythology is helpful in grasping these parallels.
As a final thought before engaging these ideas, I present to you this reasoning. Which is more likely true? two men of this earthly realm overcame the properties of water and levitated themselves across an inland lake or that there is a message hidden within this verse that contains an allegory for a common theme found in antiquity with the mythologies of the ancient writers.
I. PROLOGUE TO THE PARABLE
The Bible, in its entirety, can be taken as one epic story written in allegory, woven throughout with the general message of the ‘awakening consciousness’. To map out an epic story you need a reference to time. Though it may not be apparent at first, the Bible texts constantly make notations to time of day or placement of heavenly bodies. Any text discussing the coming of the end of an age or end of ‘mankind’ would naturally make inference to time in some way. Time, in this context, is being tracked on large scale of many millennia and the best way to do that is to mark your placement celestially. An understanding of the previous ages or æons mentioned in the Bible and the representations of those ages, is needed to grasp the scripture as a parallel to the myths regarding Earth’s movement through the celestial sphere.
Since this discourse is concerning one parable, I will not expound extensively into other areas of the Bible. Over time, I have come to the conclusion, with little exception, that both Testaments are mythical, astrological, & mathematical in nature. They tell another story of the human psyche, one that was well known to the ancients because it also the story of nature. I also presume the evolution of this precept is born out of the texts of the Kabalistic writings, a precursor to Judaism, and the texts of the Vedic and Zoroastrian teachings, which are known to contain much astronomical reference.
Over the last several centuries, there have been a number of authors who have put forth theories, who have attempted to show a basis for astronomy and astrology as metaphor within the Bible. The overlying theme in the books of the Old Testament, which seem to have been completely overlooked by both modern scholars and modern astrologers, is the progression of the Precessional Zodiac. A handful of writers have laid some groundwork for this in concept. This analysis should show a simple pattern of one Biblical accounting stems from a specific part of the movement through the Precessional Zodiac
The Biblical Backdrop
This prologue is a brief overview of the referenced ages leading into Pisces written by the prophets of the Old Testament. The first chapters in the Bible are unfolding “exponentially”. The first few verses of Genesis lay the back-story, which marks the time before ‘man’. It is important to remember while reading this portion of biblical text, that it is not being told in a completely chronological fashion, that it is not one day or year to the next; portions of the accountings are details of the larger overview, as is primarily assumed, particularly the faithful. The story expounds from one point with these details, to stories with more detail as we move forward in time. Basically, there is not a lot to relay in the first few verses, as ‘god’ was alone while active in the ‘creation’. The verses of the creation deal with the time of darkness, astronomically (or astrologically) from Aquarius/Capricorn to Leo/Cancer. The esoteric parallels are easy to understand but I will not indulge that tangent here. The Biblical precession is not a completely new theory and has been cited in the past by some writers.
Precession of the Equinoxes
The Earth travels through one complete precession cycle in a period of approximately 25,920 years, during which the positions of stars will slowly change; the change is actually due to the change of the coordinates. Over this cycle the Earth’s north axial pole moves from where it is now, within 1° of Polaris, in a circle around the ecliptical pole with an angular radius of about 23.5 degrees or 23 degrees 27 arcminutes. The path is marked on the ecliptical plane as it passes through the constellations of the Zodialogical (ecliptical) circle. For our purposes we are dealing with the cultures of the Mid-East and Mediterranean regions and the stories evolved from the western Zodiac. The cycle of this path is in reverse order from the traditional direction of the Zodiac. In esoteric philosophy, this is known as the Path of the Soul of Humankind, the evolution of consciousness.
As time passes, the stars “move” or appear to change in relation to surrounding stars. The pole star also changes, as Earth’s polar direction moves through the Precessional circle. The polar alignment is moving away from Polaris (the North Star) had headed towards the constellation Cepheus and gamma-Cephei. Over time, the northern precessional circle will take the path of our pole through Deneb, Vega and Arco Draconis among others and through large areas of no stars, simply dark space.
Precessional Theory in History
The astronomical concept of Precession is ‘officially’ credited in the West to Hipparchus. Though almost none of his writings survive today and the dates of his lifetime are disputed his astronomical calculations on precession are generally accepted to have been written between 147 BCE and 127 BCE. Several scholars in the last century have suggested that many astronomical calculations of the Babylonians and Chaldeans include data that confirms a familiarity with the Precessional effects on celestial observations. Other historians have purposed that the Egyptians were very aware of Precession and that many of the symbols and star-maps of the Denderah Complex reflect the currently accepted precessional ratio, of 1 degree every 72 years, to have been known in that time.
There are many writers and researchers bringing forth a great deal of evidence that the slow movement of the precession over thousands of years has been known much further into the past than we here in the West are prepared to accept. I am of the opinion that the Bible’s overall structure is this story but its origins go further back into the time, even unto the dawn of civilization.
II. BRIEF SUMMARY OF PRECESSION IN THE BIBLE
This is a short summary of Biblical Precession and not intended to detail the complexities of the narrations and their meanings. In the Bible the terms for “day” and “night” have different meaning as to their actual length according to a particular type of cycle which is being referred to. The bible makes this clear in several verses in the both testaments. “But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day “ (2 Peter 3:8-9).
The 6 Days:
With this in mind we look at Genesis; the six ‘days’ and ‘nights’ of creation are from the time of Capricorn to the time Leo. God rests on the seventh day after he has created man, this is the opening of the age of Cancer. This also marks the cardinal ingress of Cancer, covering it and the next two ages. God breathes life into Adam passing on the energy to the next Age beginning the ‘time of mankind’, the Gate of Man.
The story expounds quickly into the age of Cancer, dealing with the Garden of Eden, known in other cultures as the womb of creation, birthplace of the soul or the Gate of Man. This is the time of ‘god and man’, ‘god and nature’, ‘man and nature’, ‘man and woman’, all in unity. The end of this metaphor, when the fruit of Tree of Knowledge is eaten, passes into, marks the beginning of Gemini. Having taken the “fruit” into themselves marking the energy being passed to the next age
The process of separation marks the cusp of Gemini as god casts Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden. The dualities represented here that are unfolding are representing the dual nature of Gemini. The story, concerning Cain and Able, is a parallel story to Castor and Pollex, which are located in the constellation Gemini. The Bible dwells into the developing nature of mankind. There are several stories marking the transition of aspects of the age of Gemini but the transference of the age is represented by the story of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah when after the death of Lot’s wife, his daughters take his seed passing that energy into the next age.
The biblical account moves forward dealing with more complex nature of man in the stories of the Old Testament. Taurus is represented by Abraham (after his name change from Abram) but more specifically embodied as the Golden Calf image at Mount Sinai. The marking of the end of this age is the story of Moses, having received the commandments, coming down and smelting the image of the Calf; the molten liquid to be consumed by his people, carrying on into the next age.
The beginning of the next age also marks the new cardinal age; Abraham’s binding of Isaac and the appearance of the Ram marks the beginning of the arrival or cusp of the age and ingress but the Passover marks the beginning new age. By many accounts, the name Abram/Abraham holds a crucial key to the meanings of the stories. Abram has been noted by meaning scholars to mean “of Bram(h)a” and Abraham meaning the “Father of the Ram” hence Isaac being replaced by the ram during Abraham’s sacrifice, is a reference to the arrival of this age. It is at this point marks the cardinal ingress (new season) of Aries. From here on, stories in the bible all center on the Israelites and the lineage, or “bloodline” of Abraham. The body of the Old Testament is concerned with events of this age and specific generations. Here the transference to Jesus “the lamb”, marks end of Aries and the beginning or cusp of Pisces. The ritual of drinking the blood and eating the body of Christ, is representative of the transference of this age.
The New Testament beginnings the cusp point of this transference of Aries to Pisces and the symbols become obviously intertwined with each other. This brings us to the dawn of the Piscean Age, from this point forward the gospels are filled with many stories that correspond to other cosmological themes in antiquity; the primary image is that of the “fish” which is associated with the age. Pisces obviously represents the Christian era. It is with that in mind that we move into the details of this thesis and accounts put forth in the Synoptic Gospels and the story the spirit of Aries passing through to Aquarius/Capricorn and the difficulties the ancients knew we would begin to face during this seasonal age of man. The consumption of the two fish and loaves is the passing on of the essence of the age. Also, the mentions of the living water and the water bearer are direct references to the coming age, but it is at the point of the Aries/Pisces cusp that stories of Jesus begin.
The future age of Aquarius is referenced as Jesus comes to meet the woman at the well. She is drawing up the living water. I must point out here that there are some that feel we have already entered into the new age of Aquarius but as the Precession of the Equinoxes does not show we are quite out of the Age of Pisces yet, I must err on the side of caution when speculation of the dates of these thresholds. Chronologically, we are near end of our transit through the constellation Pisces and at its cusp, no matter if we have crossed over yet into it. I am of the opinion that the as of the time of this writing that we are in the transitioning into this new aeon.
Though it may not be obvious, the age of Capricorn is referenced in the Bible, primarily, in Revelation. The previous name for Armageddon was Capricortanea/Caprecortanea and the stories about this are dealing with the arrival of that age, and the next ingress. Though in this essay, we will not go into this area in great detail it does become a crucial bit of evidence in the overall theme of the Bible.
Overview of Biblical References of Precession, Ages of Man
This overview is only intended as a primer into the concept of the esoteric theme of the Precession of the Equinoxes. The Bible goes into greater detail with this theme, displaying a vast knowledge of astronomy written into the texts. The larger work from which this article is derived from deals with the themes and patterns in more detail.
III. THE ACCOUNTS OF THE MIRACLE
Each biblical account of the story differs in some way. In Matthew’s account, Peter also walks on the water with Jesus, which is not mentioned in Mark or John’s accounts. Mark mentions Bethsaida as a place they are going to before heading on to the Gennesarat shore but this is not mentioned in the other two accounts. One account makes note of the “fourth watch”, another refers to evening and the other darkness.
Though, in this short work I have shown but one biblical version, various translations and comparative etymology with the Greek, Aramaic, Latin and Hebrew terms were used to make close parallel to certain word origins. In working with these translations, each of the accounts and multiple versions were cross-referenced with various old and the closest Greek or Aramaic reference texts were used in comparing these word origins to better define the ancient meanings. For the purposes of including an account of each record of the synoptic gospels here, I have only shown the most decidedly familiar version, that of King James. To get a better idea of the mindset of the ancient writers, English translations are far from the best to use but the meanings are not lost. The attempts of later versions to “correct” misunderstandings of older texts obviously corrupt and degrade the hidden meanings even further. Direct translations from the earliest writings give us the best understanding of the intent of the original writers.
Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, but the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. During the fourth watch of the night Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “Come,” he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.” (Matt 14: 22-34)
Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray. When evening came, the boat was in the middle of the lake, and he was alone on land. He saw the disciples straining at the oars, because the wind was against them. About the fourth watch of the night he went out to them, walking on the lake. He was about to pass by them,4 but when they saw him walking on the lake, they thought he was a ghost. They cried out, because they all saw him and were terrified. Immediately he spoke to them and said, “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” Then he climbed into the boat with them, and the wind died down. They were completely amazed, for they had not understood about the loaves; their hearts were hardened. When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret and anchored there. (Mark 6:45-53)
Then knowing that they were about to come and seize Him, that they might make Him king, Jesus withdrew again to the mountain alone byHimself. And when it became evening, His disciples went down on the sea. And entering into the boat, they were going across the sea to Capernaum. And darkness had already occurred, and Jesus had not come to them. And the sea was aroused by a great wind blowing. Then having rowed about twenty five or thirty furlongs, they saw Jesus walking on the sea. And He having come near the boat, they were afraid. But He said to them, I AM! Do not fear. Then they desired to take Him into the boat. And the boat was instantly at the land to which they were going. On the morrow, the crowd standing on the other side of the sea had seen that no other little boat was there except one, that one into which His disciples entered, and that Jesus did not go with His disciples into the small boat, but that the disciples went away alone. But other small boats came from Tiberias near the place where they ate the loaves, the Lord having given thanks. Therefore, when the crowd saw that Jesus was not there nor His disciples, they themselves also entered into the boats and came to Capernaum seeking Jesus. And finding Him across the sea, they said to Him, Rabbi, when did you come here? Jesus answered them and said, Truly, truly, I say to you, You seek Me not because you saw miraculous signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were satisfied. (John 6:15-26)
The Timeline: This parable and the previous parable relays that the “day” is almost over and that it is night through the duration that Jesus is on the mountain and the apostles are without him on the sea, he comes down during the last “hours” of the night. Jesus’ time on the mountain in prayer, away from the Apostles, corresponds with the night referenced by the fourth watch. At the point near dawn, Jesus goes out to meet the Apostles, representing the new day as the “time of departure” for Jesus from the mountain. Assuming that there was a length of time for him to cross the sea, it is then when he comes across the Apostles in the storm; if the same or approximate length of time is inferred then the next “day” would be coming to a close, marking the next “evening”.
The Beginning of the ‘Miracle’: In the previous parable, after the feeding of the 5000, the five loaves and ‘two fishes’, Jesus goes upon the mountain to pray. At this point, the representative Jesus embodies the blood of the lamb, the son of the age of Aries, the last generation of the father Abraham in the time of Aries. He has now shown himself as the embodiment of the new age of Pisces during the previous parable. The mountain here represents the dwelling place of the ram and the last ‘high ground’ as we begin our passing through the astronomical sea for the next two astrological ages of the Zodiac. The water or sea in the first part of the parable represents the age of Pisces, a water element.
The Separation: Jesus dismisses his followers and sends the Apostles on ahead of him and goes upon the mountain, this occurs at the end of Aries and the beginning of Pisces. The primary meaning of this part of the parable is that, for a time, the ideas and teachings of Christ will go ahead of him but the true wisdom and understandings of these teachings will remain behind during this stormy period of man and much will be lost while Christ is not “with” the teachers. The world will be lost in its emotional depths and unable to understand its true nature or the nature of the ‘spiritual’ world.
The Reunification: The subsequent storm represents the turmoil and anguish that mankind has created, without understanding its own connection to divine nature and to the world. Near the end of the age or cusp, the beginning of Aquarius, the wind represents the air elemental. In a world with little faith or understanding of the nature of god, the physical world will be in chaos and against the wisdoms of the teachings. When all seems lost, the true wisdoms of the world, represented by the spirit of Christ, will be seen again, though feared or not recognized at first, faith eventually will be restored and the spirit of these things will unite with the teachings of the Apostles. This understanding of the embodiment or teachings of the spirit will calm the storm.
The Arrival: The arrival on the shore of Genns’arat with the Apostles and Jesus marks the ending of the Christ influence before transference to Peter. The loaves are discussed here as to the understanding of the story. In the accounts of Matthew and Mark, the people know him and come to touch the “fringe of his garment”; the “fringe” here is most likely referencing the end or outer edge of his
THEORY OF THE MEANING
The premise of this theory is that the parable of Jesus transcending the Sea of Galilee is an allegorical synopsis of past and coming precessional ages of a portion the ecliptical belt. All three accounts vary somewhat but the primary meaning remains the same. Each synopsis is an allegory for the passing of the cardinal energy of age of Aries, represented through the ‘bloodline’ of Abraham, embodied in the Christ and from there as spirit or energy that transcends the turmoil that marks the two ages that follow the time of writing. The parable is concerned with the passing into and through the watery represented constellations of the astronomical sea, the ages of Pisces, Aquarius and part of Capricorn, coming out of the sea on the other side of into the new cardinal ingress during the time of the age of Capricorn.
It is primarily representative of Aries through Capricorn; within astrology this would be known as a Cardinal Ingress. (It is also the conjecture of this writer that the Parable of the Sower, shortly prior to this parable is the representation of what would be called a Fixed Ingress, from the two fixed Zodiac signs of Taurus to Aquarius but the explanation of that parable is not the purpose of this thesis). After the Synoptic Gospels, the next part of the New Testament, particularly the book of Revelation, deals with the meanings of the constellations of the coming precessional ages.
The short summarizations of the parable all contain the same primary meaning, though they are not recorded exactly the same. It is also my speculation that it was intended this way because the meaning of the parable is important not the actual account as fact. The components of the story hint to analogies made elsewhere in the Bible and in other writings. The biblical writers kept the same meaning and deliberately left clues to that meaning, in the parable just before the event and the dialogue and parables just after the event.
THE MEANING of the ASTROLOGICAL STORY:
The astrological representation of this story is that of the Aries energy of the cardinal points; from cardinal Aries ending at cardinal Capricorn. The parable represents the passing of the Aries Ingress over the astrological “sea” to the new Capricorn Ingress. In astrology, cardinal signs refer to a beginning point. The sign of Aries is a cardinal sign, within the precession the next sign would be Pisces, a mutable sign followed by Aquarius, a fixed sign. The next sign, Capricorn begins the next cardinal point. Elements of the meaning of this one astrological theme can be seen throughout the Bible.
In this parable, the Christ figure is the representation of the continuation energy of the cardinal ram of Aries. The representation of the ram, in the Old Testament has “devolved” to that of the lamb in the Christ story just before he begins to represent himself as the two fish. Jesus remains the “blood of the lamb”, the essence of Aries and the Aries Ingress, and is the representation of the transference of the blood of the lamb and the fish of the new age of Pisces. In one aspect he is the continuation of the cardinal Aries, but he is also the embodiment of the new Age of Pisces. Here he is the ‘manifestation’ of this cusp energy.
The essence or energy of Jesus will pass through the next age to connect with Peter and the Apostles and they will reach the ‘shore’ of the following age together. Jesus calls to Peter, who comes to walk with Jesus but Peter falters, Jesus saves Peter as they come together, at a mid point representing Aquarius and the at first Apostles now with Jesus continue on to, Caphernaum representing Capricorn, on the other side. This idea is actually represented in the symbol for Capricorn; the body of the fish can be interpreted as Jesus’ representation of the essence of Pisces having crossed through the age of Aquarius and uniting with Peter or Caphernaum representing the torso and head of the goat. This combination of Jesus and Peter, is the Judea-Christian story equivalent of the Zodialogical sea goat, of Capricorn.
Astrologically this would mark the end of the overall age of the ‘time of man’ from Cancer to Capricorn and would begin the new cycle from Capricorn back to Cancer. The beginning of Capricorn here also marks the end of the cycle of the current Great Year or in astronomical terms the ending of one cycle of the Precession of the Equinoxes.
THE ESOTERIC MEANING:
In the parable, Jesus does not go with the Apostles as they leave for the other side of Galilee. The essence of Jesus does not proceed into the age, which he represents or more so, the higher level of awareness that he represents does not go with the Apostles. The Apostles on the water move across this age with only the idea of Christ but void of the true nature which he embodies. Mankind, the “fishes”, are engulfed by the emotional obscurity of the darker side of mankind’s mind, here represented as the astrological “sea” or water element. Jesus meets the disciples in the boat some distance across the sea during this storm. The sea and storm are what mankind must overcome in the process of the evolution of awareness.
Once the spirit of Christ is reunited with the Apostles, in particular that represented by Peter, humanity will begin a rebirth of understanding; as they come to the shore of this sea and finally set foot upon solid ground once again. It is at this point, that a new “church will be built”, founded by the representation of Peter at Caphernaum. Much of the parable can be interpreted by its ending. In all three accounts, Peter or the city where Peter is from, Caphernaum, ends the parable. In this parable, uniting with Peter and ending up at Gennes arat, Caphernaum the final point of this story. This Peter-Caphernaum connection is important because of the emphasis that the Bible places on Peter. He is seen as the foundation for the “new church”, but not the one current Christianity attributes to him. The symbol of Peter marks the beginning an entirely new cycle.
THE MEANINGS IN THrough the SIGNS:
The concepts of the evolution of consciousness through the ages is complex and takes in-depth study to fully grasp the subtleties and processes which esoteric philosophies attempt to relay. Below is a simplistic overview of this idea expressed in astrology and esotericism.
Aries: The sign of Aries is seen as time of empire building, expansion and forging of man’s environment into his domain; a “golden age” of man. (The previous age, Taurus, dealt with mankind’s taming of his environment.) The monotheistic concept was also born out of this time. It is also seen as an age of childlike nature, mankind forcing its way into the larger world. It embodies the struggle of group consciousnesses.
Pisces: This age is seen as a time of illusion, gullibility and deception. Mankind is struggling with its spiritual nature in the physical world, or one could say its physical nature in a spiritual world. It signifies the emotional depths, which are having to explore and to learn how to overcome. It is the fracturing of the many represented by the “fishes”, or the masses.
Aquarius: This new age, which we are embarking upon, is seen as a time of transformation in human consciousness. It is often referred to as the “New Age of Enlightenment”. The representation of the vessel or jar in this sign is seen a symbol of this transference from being in the emotion depths of the water of Pisces to beginning to contain and control the water during this age. It is seen as a time of evolving from mass convoluted consciousness that is self-serving to individualized awareness used to serve others.
Capricorn: The following age is seen to be a renewal of the spiritual idea throughout consciousness. Practical in the approach to understanding humankind’s place in the world, this age embodies the collective awareness beginning to take responsibility for past actions.
THE LINEAR EVIDENCE OF THE ELEMENTALS:
The four “elements” in the astrology, fire, earth, air, water, are considered the basic building blocks, which make up all things. Ancient traditions of the mid-east give us the foundation for these four elements used in Western astrology. Each of the four elements occurs in three states or qualities, respectively named the cardinal, fixed and mutable (or common).
The elements in this story can be followed in a particular order in all three gospel accounts. The first actually mentioned element, the water element, is obvious as it is the primary element being overcome as represented by the Sea of Galilee. Next, the air element is represented by the storm and the wind, as I have previously cited in this theory, though the word “air” is not specifically mentioned. The earth element is also obvious as the shore and the city are the final destination of Jesus and the Apostles; also Peter’s name and association to petra or rock is a good indication of this element. The least obvious of the elements would be the first element of the story, fire. One may at first deduce that the fire element is not represented here simply because fire is not specifically mentioned. Through previous research, I have come to the conclusion that Jesus, as the Christ while on the mountain, actually represents this fire element. In the scriptures Jesus refers to himself as “the light”; though he does not say “fire” it does suggest another allusion to the aspect of fire. The connection to the word chrism to fire in the Gnostic Gospel of Philip provides the link to this final element so that all four elements in the specific order of the precession could be placed alongside other allusions in the story to show a plausible pattern from another astrological angle.
In this simple chart, you can see how the chronological events and the elements and their symbols line up with the day and night aspects of the parable. Every other sign of the Zodiac represents day/night and light/dark as in the parable timeline. There is a direct correlation with the story timeline and the symbols in the order of Precession. The also clearly correspond to elemental representations of these and the signs as they pass through them in the story.
VI. THE METAPHORICAL ELEMENTS OF THE STORY
These aspects of the accounts are presented with some metaphorical meaning and some with more astrological inference. Most of these elements have a basis farther back into antiquity than just the writings of the time.
In regard to the Christ figure, I realize that each person, scholar and laymen alike, has their own concept of what the embodiment of this image relays to them, what Jesus the man or Christ the divinity represents to those who adhere to or those who have studied the Christian faith. Regardless of your stance on the existence of the man or his divinity one thing is universally true, the representation of that image was intended as one of peace and understanding in the world. What that image has actually come to mean, depending on the purposes it has been used for in the last two millennia, is currently debatable. The nature and teachings of Jesus is that of benevolence, parallel to that of the Buddha figure in the East. In connection to this parable, I believe it retains this meaning but I also suggest that there is more being represented here. For the purposes of holding true to an astrological accounting of these texts, I must put forth and added element regarding the term “Christ”. The word “christ” or a “chrism” has come to be known as anointed, in particular anointed by oil. However, in the Nag Hammadi texts, in particular the Gospel of Philip, there is a direct relation to the word chrism to fire (the oil here being the plausible connection). It is my inference here that there is a parallel with these terms that could be implied, as well as the importance of the embodiment the image of Christ itself. The Christ figure is used to represent the fire element connected to Aries; though he does not use the word fire, he does refer to himself as “the light”. Also, the Greek name used in many ancient texts for Aries is KPIOS, Chrios.
I know that for many, connecting the concept of Christ to the elemental fire is a difficult metaphor to agree with. I present it with added curiousness to this story but it does not effect the meaning of the parable. The “meaning” of Christ in the context of the New Testament is that he is the last representation of his Age, in the Judaic line of Abraham. He is rejected by the Rabbinic leaders because he represents something new, something threatening to the authority of the Pharisees and Sadducees. His teachings are more simplistic and begin to undermine the need for direct spiritual leadership to understand one’s own spiritual nature. Though, shortly after this time these spiritual teachings were again supplanted by the authority of Rome and one’s own spiritual nature was seen as only attainable through the church authority. Many people today, looking back through history over last two millennia, would call the actions of the established church anything but “Christian”. The essence of one’s own spiritual attainment is what is important is important to remember in regard to the Christ figure.
Astronomically, the area of the sky known as the Sea contains the constellations of Pisces and Aquarius, along with Pisces Austrinius, Delphinus, Cetus, Eridanus and other watery constellations; often included among these is all or a portion of Capricorn. Sometimes, the river Eridanus is depicted spilling from Aquarius’ watering pot, which makes up the symbol for the sign. The Sea in astrology is known as a very difficult and murky time. The Age of Pisces is considered to be a period of deception, gullibility, sorrow, piety and commingling among people in our emotional depths. The representation of Pisces is that of the “fishes” and is a water element. The water element is seen as emotion and with Pisces it engulfs this age. (With reference to the signs of water element, Pisces is fully surrounded by the emotions of this element; Cancer, the crab, dwells on the shore, both in water and on land. Within the water element Scorpio, the scorpion dwells on land only and remains above or away from water). Aquarius, the coming age, marks a time of new understanding in human cultural; a time of greater technological advancement, brotherhood and the beginning of a global unity. It is viewed as a time of struggle to achieve this unity through individual awareness of the self. It is also seen as time of a unity of the male and female principles. The scope of time of the precession of the Earth it takes more than 4000 years to pass through the time of the astronomical Sea, approximately 2000 of which have already passed.
The Sea of Galilee:
In dealing with the Sea, a specific body of water is identified. In Hebrew the word Galilee means “circuit” or “wheel”. The “sea” of Galilee is Israel’s largest freshwater lake. It is known by other names, some that are referenced in the Bible and other texts (Lake of Tiberias, Lake (Yam) Kinneret, Lake Gennes arat, Chinnereth) The Hebrew word kinnor, meaning harp or stringed instrument, is associated with the lake. A specific reference to Galilee being a circuit or wheel is of interest here. It could be surmised that region of Galilee is used to imply the “wheel” of the Zodiac but there is no direct connection to the word galilee to a astrological references. For New Testament purposes it is important to note that it is referred to by the name Sea of Galilee opposed to the Hebrew place name Lake Kinneret.
The mountain here represents the dwelling place of the ram, the spirit of Abraham and his lineage represented by the lamb, Christ. In the Old Testament “the mountain” is seen as the high place of the Sun; ‘god’ dwells in this place. In the precessional, Aries marks the high place of the Sun or male energy. In Genesis, the stories of the cities of the plain are regarding the earth element of Taurus, the plain meeting the mountain is where the end of the previous age and the beginning of the Aries age takes place. The story regarding Moses receiving the Ten Commandments on the top of the mountain makes a good connection to the people coming up from the plain to the mountain to receive the New Covenant marking the new Age. The story of the destruction of the plain cities of Sodom and Gomorrah and Lot heading into the mountain also represents this transition to that age. Jesus is in the lineage of Abraham (the father of the Ram) and is represented as the lamb, as the age precesses. These elements suggest the allusion to the timeline of the age of Aries. It is also last the “dry land” before Jesus goes down off the mountain to the shore to transcend over the water. In the precession the height of the “sun” would occur in Aries.
Mark mentions Bethsaida as a place name in the first of the story. Bethsaida means “House of the Fish”. Bethsaida is one of the most frequently mentioned towns in the New Testament, with at least three (Peter, Andrew, Philip) of the 12 apostles reportedly being born there. It is the purported place where Jesus performed several of his major miracles: walking on water, healing the blind man, and feeding the multitudes. The actual location of Bethsaida has been disputed by archeologists and scholars. Some have suggested that Bethsaida is merely a mythical location. Some early translations of the story read in this fashion, Mark 6:45 “To go to the other side before unto Bethsaida” a place before reaching Caphernaum. This would also suggest a transitional place or temporary destination after the initial departure of the Apostles. Most translations have made corrections in wording to affirm that this as a place along the shore that could have stopped at before moving on to the Gennes`arat shore.
There have been many Christian theologians who claimed to have discovered, all along the Northern and Western shore of Galilee at every possible ruin, the exact location of this city but most outside scholars would confirm that there is no physical evidence to support such a claim; no archeological or outside written evidence has ever been put forth to suggest it actually existed. It is of my conclusion that is its place intended to represent the Age of Pisces, or House of the Fish. It is completely mythical in nature and serves a backdrop for this era in the precession. It is my extrapolation that the “city” along the shore would mark the location of the beginning of the sign of Pisces if it did exist but that the remainder of the “house” would be the portion over the “sea” and this being the case, the actual location is irrelevant because it is a mythical representation over “water”. Even more literally, in this case, the house of the fish, where the ‘fish that are men’ dwell. In the case of Bethsaida, it would almost seem that if one were to come full circle to the closer innocent interpretation of the name, the place where the fish dwell is exactly what was intended.
The apostles or disciples are the “teachings” of Christ. The embodiment of the effort put forth into the world to hold the true meaning of the nature of spirituality. They are set forth in the boat without the Christ himself. The Apostles without Christ are void of the true nature of man’s own divinity. The Apostles without Christ and the Apostles reunited with Christ are the primary concepts of their purpose in the parable.
The Fourth Watch:
Two of the accounts refer to the ‘fourth watch’ of the night hour. The Roman military divided their night watch into 4 segments of 3 hours each from approx 6pm to 6am. Each segment is called a “watch”, refer to shifts of guard duty. This has remained the practice into modern day. The “first watch” would have started around 6 p.m. lasting until 10 p.m., this moved forward until the end of the “fourth watch” around 6 a.m. Through this timeline, Jesus came down nearing the dawn of the next day according to the scripture. The fourth watch implies the length of the night moving towards dawn of the next day, giving us approximately ‘12 hours’ of time from the time Jesus separates from the Apostles until he comes down off of the mountain.
The most important element in this story is that of time. The night here is represents the time of Pisces. Every sign of the Zodiac is representative of either day or night, light or dark, positive or negative. Aries is a positive sign representing day in turn follows night, the sign of Pisces. The portion of time the boat is over the over the sea without Jesus is Pisces. The darkness of Pisces is seen as a dark time for mankind; the Egyptian referred to Pisces as the “Dreaded Fish”. The end of the night is at the dawn of the next “day” or the Age of Aquarius. In Matthew’s account of feeding the 5000 he makes clear in verse 15 that the day is almost gone, shortly before he dismisses the crowd and the Apostles depart.
The boat is in all three accounts and is simply the means of the Apostles to remain in relative safety across the “sea” without being engulfed in its depths and staying above the emotional and material issues of the men. It indicates they are still subject to the forces of the waves of the stormy sea and the wind. It can also be seen as the ‘vessel’.
Jesus as Spirit:
This reference is to Jesus before he is identified again. He is seen only as spirit at first then is accepted for the divine presence again. This is a transitional point which marks the beginning of the reunification of the spirit with the Apostles.
The Storm and Wind:
The wind and storm here represent both the turmoil which is caused by the lack of the spirit of Christ while the teachers go forth without his essence and represents the element ‘air’ of the sign of Aquarius. The wind or “great wind” is specifically mentioned in all three of the primary texts signifying the transfer of the two ages of Pisces into Aquarius. In India the “God of Storms”, Kumbhah or Coumbum, was worshiped under the sign of Aquarius; one of the Vedic names for the sign itself is Kumbah both meaning ‘water jar’ and ‘storm god’.
The Shore: The Area at Gennes’arat before Caphernaum
The shore is a reference to the coming out of the “astronomical sea” in Zodialogical cosmology. Gennes’arat is seen as the area just outside of Caphernaum on the Sea of Galilee. Caphernaum is of particular interest in the parable because in the two accounts that do not mention Peter walking on the water specifically, the city ties the accounts together as the link with Peter. Still today, at the temple at Caphernaum there is the central figure of the representation of Capricorn, the mythical sea-goat, that adorns the frieze work there. This piece of empirical evidence was an unexpected find in researching the connection between the elements of Peter, Caphernaum and Capricorn. Etymologically there would appear to also be a link to Peter. Most references to the name regard the prefix kfar or kafr meaning “village” and naum, or possibly Nahum meaning “comfort” or “consolation”, to make up the components of the word.
The Aramaic word for “rock”, kipha or kepha can be noted phonetically with the root of the name Capha-ar-naum. Because of the locations connection to Peter, I am also of the conclusion that the connection to “rock” is inferred in the place name and is tied to this place for multiply reasons.
Another possible connection to this word is the Aramaic kifer or kipher, meaning “disbeliever”; the texts state that Caphernaum is seen as a place of those who chose not to know Jesus and where Peter also denounces Christ three times. This line of thought it purely speculative but does have some bearing of connection.
The connection can also be made with the Ovid’s Tristia, Quintus’ Fall of Troy and several other stories and myths concerning the parallel to the Capherean “rocks” that were both the detriment and place of refuge for those lost to the storms at sea which is the focus of the passages. The “Rocks of Capherean” are group of rocky cliffs in the sea that border the area of Euboea referred to specifically in the Greek myths.
There is a many-layered meaning to the name of Caphernaum and its true origins. There are several possible connections to this place, which we will not pursue here. I put forth this one fact in support of the word play in this name, the word kfar appears to be a common prefix in the area, yet no other name has been corrupted to the same degree that has arrived at this same prefix capher as we see it used with Caphernaum. I find myself in some disagreement with those scholars who say the simple prefix was inferred here at the time of writing and I am of the opinion that the name has a deeper significance in the scriptures and it bares some importance on this parable. This place could simply be Kfarnahum, as many scholars have suggested, or it could have another meaning. The discussion over the name remains but the actual place appears to be well identified as to the location, the modern village of Tell-Hum.
Peter, also Cephas
Peter is only mentioned in Mathew’s account and is an important element to together the concepts of the parable. In a Precessional story, the reason Peter would be referenced here is that he is representative of the next coming cardinal age and holds the keys to the “Gates of Heaven”. Both Peter and Caphernaum represent the essence of this allusion of the coming cardinal age. Peter, as he has come to be known, is from the Latin ‘petra’ or rock as he is directly referred to by Jesus in the New Testament. The other term used for the apostle Peter by Jesus is Cephas, Aramaic for “rock”. At the city of Caphernaum, the house of Peter is directly adjacent to the temple which bears the image of a 4th century representation of Capricorn. Peter represents the earth (rock) elemental of the age of Capricorn which classified as the astrological cardinal earth element. Etymologically the words for Peter or Cephas, the names are used interchangeably in the New Testament are seen also in the Aramaic word kephas and kepha which can be traced to a term used for “rock” One could make a link etymologically between these words for rock and the name Caphernaum. A phonetic link can be made between the root of the name Capher- kap-ra and the root of Capri- kap-ra meaning “goat”. There would appear to be a possible connection in the roots of these words but further study towards these connections is needed to determine and referential link with the varying ancient languages around the time of writing.
Additional evidence in the scriptures regarding the name Simon Bar-Jona, (another reference to Peter), is connection with the constellation Cepheus. It is as a referenced in the Supporting Evidence section in this paper.
The loaves in both stories of the feeding of the 5000 and the 4000 are alluded to as the houses of the Zodiac. The Mark and John accounts both remark of the misunderstanding of the loaves. The hardening of the heart and misunderstanding regarding the meaning of the loaves is cogent to the fear and misunderstanding of the spirit of Jesus as he approaches the Apostles boat. This reference before the miracle and after the miracle leads us to the understanding that this is a clue to the meaning of the parable. The other possible allusion here is possibly to Virgo with its association to bread as wisdom from the wheat, as Virgo opposes Pisces in the zodiac and its polar compliment.
The story closely resembles that of the myths of Chrysomallus, the golden ram of Greek mythology. Several stories have symbolic parallels to the Jesus myths but the story of Chyrsomallus, the flying ram that carried Phrixus and Helle across the sea to Colchis has several direct allegorical allusions that relate to at least its symbology as a source in line with this parable.
I mentioned earlier the Parable of the Sower as symbolic for the fixed ingress, similar pattern emerges. The parable is told in the same order in each account. Again, John is the only of the fours Gospels not to record the parable. Shortly following the parable Jesus gets into a boat at evening after leaving the crowd, a storm arises on the sea while he is asleep. Here, Jesus being asleep instead of away from the disciples has the same meaning. Jesus awakes and by each account the storm and sea are calmed by him and they reach the shore.
This story does not contain the ‘miracle’ element of Jesus walking on the water, instead that of calming the storm but the overall meaning remains the same in all accounts. This would appear to be a simplistic variation of the same story.
The notation of the time as a point of reference to the story is of utmost importance to the writers. The parable, just verses before references the day coming to a close and all of the accounts make direct notation to the time of day at the opening to the story. A skeptical point of comparison here is that all three accounts make a notation to the time but only one account recalls Peter walking with Jesus. It is my observation that this obvious omission puts the accounting of time in perspective as to its importance to the meaning of the story.
Many esoteric scholars agree that concept of the loaves discussed in the feeding of the crowds in the Bible are concerned with astrological concept of the twelve “houses”. The misunderstanding of this concept by his disciples is clearly pointed out following the event. It is as if a point is being made that the true meaning of the loaves needs to be understood to completely understand the nature of the ‘miracle’. In Mark’s account, the mention of Beth-saida, bethmeaning house, would also support this idea. The other theories here concern a referencing of the Sun & Moon (two fish) and the five planets.
Sign Of Jonah
There is another possible connection to the constellations in Peter’s other name, Simon Bar-Jona. In Hebrew the prefix bar- meaning “son of” and Jona or Jonah, referencing the constellation connected to the story of Jonah and the whale (sea-creature), Cetus, could also give a clue to Peter’s connection to Capricorn. There are several references to “the sign Jonah” in the biblical texts in both the Old and New Testament; the story of Jonah also very closely parallels the story of Jesus. The constellation Cetus covers the region of the sky just below the ecliptic, from Aries to Aquarius. The term Bar-Jona is a possible reference to one the signs near Aquarius or Capricorn following that of Cetus. There is no definitive connection between Peter and Cetus, other that the term Bar-Jona, but the constellation does occupy a large portion of the area concerning the precessional timeline of three ages.
The constellation Cepheus is in general direction of the path of the Earth’s polar alignment in the Precession of the celestial sphere. There is, of course, the obvious, close alliteration of Cepheus to Cephas, in reference to Peter but there are other subtle hints that make a connection with this constellation and this time period that is to come at the time of the age of Capricorn when the Pole Star becomes gamma-Cephei and then aplhi-Cephei.
The account of the miracle of Jesus walking on the Sea of Galilee has a clear basis for astrological meaning. It is founded astronomically in the scientific understanding of Earth’s Precession and told in this allegory. The Bible gives us a great deal of information in determining that there is a multilayered meaning within the differing accounts. The absence of one of the synoptic accountings of a miracle of such magnitude is another indication that the writer’s of the texts would have used to clue us in our search for a hidden meaning.
This “miracle” contains many concepts, which can be shown to have astronomical alignment to the precession of Earth’s Great Year. The allusions laid out before us shows a complete overview of the astrological concepts of four æons. This overview is a synopsis of the “season” of the 25,920 year cycle of the precession marked with constellations through the ecliptical plane. The story is a summary while subsequent stories deal with astronomical elements of the closing of these ages in greater detail.
It is not for me to claim that I have discovered the complete truth about such things, yet simply the parallels with the texts and the possible meanings behind them. There is undoubtedly more evidence that I have not uncovered to support this theory, if true, or some other evidence that would discount it. I have attempted here to present as much empirical information as possible could so that anyone of reason could acknowledge these parallels. It is not enough to simply say one thing is representative of another; some basis for truth to support a representation is needed. I do realize that not everyone will accept portions of these allusions that I have given in association with one another but the overview of the story is still more than plausible than the actual “divine” event having took place as literally read.
This story bares earmarks of various mythologies within many other cultures. I am aware that it is a leap of “faith” to accept this idea, this evidence and the conclusion. As of this writing, I have seen no better explanation of an allegorical meaning for this story which aligns all of these pieces of this story, and also bares the weight of astronomical support. If another explanation were to present itself, which clearly fit some other mythology and could also be traced to a primary source which supersedes an astronomical parallel for the connection then I would be more than happy to embrace that conclusion. But for now this remains the solution to the pattern of this natural pathway through the heavenly events we have witnessed in both in the Heaven’s and on Earth.
Copyright © 2006 Russell von Ohlhausen