My ‘Stories from the Stars’ by Astrodienst

 

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Polaris in Ursa Minor

Polaris is a distinct yellow star at the end of the tail of the little bear, Ursa Minor, and is today’s North Pole star. As the star closest to the North Pole, it has been used as a navigational aid since antiquity. Its very position has meant that peoples of all cultures have seen it as a beacon or pointer, showing a true unswerving path. This has not changed, for Polaris is still, today, the Pole star for the northern hemisphere and as such, contains the symbolic meaning of being a path-finder. So with this star’s quality, you are a person who can navigate your way through a problem, find solutions where others cannot, or act as a leader for a group leading them through uncharted waters, mentally or physically. This star adds an independent attitude to everything it touches; having this star active in your life means that you have the courage to be a sole adventurer while at the same time being willing to lead others to places they have never been. The gift of being a pathfinder is however not to push forward but rather to know where you are in relationship to where you have been. In this regard you are a map-maker.
This quality of a solid focus is combined with your Venus, your social ideas and attitudes to your personal relationships. In its simplest expression it adds the quality of loyalty to all your friendships and you stick by your friends through thick and thin. You also carry the same commitment into your personal relationships, understanding that relationships take work and persistence. This can provide you with a social life that is filled with the comfort of old friends and give you the joys of long-term relationships. The shadow side, however, is that you have the potential to become overly focused on another individual. When younger this may have been as a fan, where you were fixated on a celebrity. This obsession, however, can be directed onto a public figure, leading you to totally support or detest that individual. Such obsession diminishes your ability to make judgements and blocks you from seeing the complexity of life. The same tendency can also make you blindly loyal to a social ideology, or to a political or religious argument. Such blinkeredness can lead you into the world of the fanatic, who maintains loyalty and devotion to a cause despite matters of personal safety or social responsibility. Thus the gift of this star is the joy of long-term friendships and relationships based on your loyalty, but real loyalty is also seeing and accepting the shades of grey in the ideas and people that you love. This quality of a solid focus is combined with your Venus, your social ideas and attitudes to your personal relationships. In its simplest expression it adds the quality of loyalty to all your friendships and you stick by your friends through thick and thin. You also carry the same commitment into your personal relationships, understanding that relationships take work and persistence. This can provide you with a social life that is filled with the comfort of old friends and give you the joys of long-term relationships. The shadow side, however, is that you have the potential to become overly focused on another individual. When younger this may have been as a fan, where you were fixated on a celebrity. This obsession, however, can be directed onto a public figure, leading you to totally support or detest that individual. Such obsession diminishes your ability to make judgements and blocks you from seeing the complexity of life. The same tendency can also make you blindly loyal to a social ideology, or to a political or religious argument. Such blinkeredness can lead you into the world of the fanatic, who maintains loyalty and devotion to a cause despite matters of personal safety or social responsibility. Thus the gift of this star is the joy of long-term friendships and relationships based on your loyalty, but real loyalty is also seeing and accepting the shades of grey in the ideas and people that you love.

 The Stars that Shape my Vocation

“The themes of your vocation stars are fundamental to your idea of what you stand for and what is important to you and how you spend your life, far more than just your job or career. It could, however, become your career or surface in your life as your passion or a cause to which you devote your free time. Hence your vocational stars suggest how you can lead a meaningful life. Pursuing the themes suggested by these stars may not bring you riches but they will allow you to feel that you are in your proper place, living a life of purpose. No matter what other paths you take in your life, your vocation stars will always pull you back to their themes.”

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Sualocin in Delphinus

Sualocin is a small blue-green star in the western side of the dolphin, Delphinus. The Dolphin is a small constellation next to Aquila the Eagle in the northern hemisphere. The Dolphin has maintained its present form and shape for the last two thousand years and its stories are associated with helpfulness and playfulness. Thus the quality of this star gifts you with a natural talent or consummate skill in some area. How you choose to express it is up to you but it is a skill that gives you joy in its use. Additionally, you have a natural curiosity about the world that comes with the optimistic playfulness of this star. For you, happiness is exploring a new town or a new idea, discovering places that you have never seen. There is more to this star, however, than natural talent and curiosity about the world, for the Greeks considered this constellation to be linked with the Oracle of Delphi, suggesting an oracular quality to the star. In this regard Sualocin, as the main star of Delphinus, combines an intelligent playfulness with an aptitude for dealing with one’s environment, as well as the ability to tap into instinctual knowledge, experienced by you as insights, or insider perspectives that appear to drop into your mind as you are going about your normal day.

Good at selling an idea

On the day you were born, when Mars was setting, Sualocin was culminating.

This insightful and playful star is in paran with your Mars, so you have a natural understanding of how to enthuse other people, to know what will get them moving. But this star’s quality is more than being an inspirational motivator. It can also indicate the trickster, the person who can make others believe what is only an illusion. This is perfect for a stage magician but can lead to problems in other areas. You can sell an idea to people, and get them to invest in it. You easily persuade others to follow you in your visions or goals and, if you use this skill with sincerity, you become a leader with a vision, inspiring other people to willingly add their time and resources to enable the achievement of a common goal. If used dishonestly, it reduces you to a con artist. You could apply this star’s quality to your own family and friends, organising working bees to get a job done, or you could sell a dream to your community. You also have physical talents in terms of dance or sport, quick with your feet and reflexes, and you take pleasure in good-natured competition with others, reading the state of play, or your dance partner’s next move. Remember, your ability to motivate others to follow your dreams, or support your projects, is one of your greatest natural assets, so use it with integrity and it will reward you with a fulfilling life.

Personal Star Map

Polar Star

 

The upper part of the image shows the eastern hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the east point (E).The lower part of the image shows the western hemisphere of the sky, as seen at the time and location of your birth. It is centered on the west point (W).The highlighted stars play a key role in this astrological reading. The red ones appear in chapter II, the blue ones in chapter III and the green ones in chapter IV.The bright halves of the diagrams show the sky above the horizon; the dark halves show the sky below the horizon.The horizon is indicated by horizontal lines, the boundary circles themselves represent the meridian. The planets (drawn red) move along the band of the zodiac. Dashed lines indicate the celestial equator and circumpolar circles.
Astrological Data used for Stories from the Stars 

for Gabriel Comia (male)
birthdate: 12 December 1952 local time: 5:00 am
place: Manila, PHIL U.T.: 21-00
121e00, 14n35 sid. time: 10:26:03

 

Planets and Selected Stars and Parans

planet ecl.long. ecl.lat. rectasc. decl. phase paran
Sun 19°47’17 0°00’S 258°53′ 23°03’S
Moon 15°29’17 4°30’S 192°30′ 10°15’S
Mercury 32’18 2°46’N 238°59′ 17°34’S
Venus 18’47 2°13’S 304°04′ 22°02’S
Mars 15°20’17 1°18’S 318°12′ 17°29’S
Jupiter 11°59’37 1°13’S 39°56′ 14°17’N
Saturn 24°45’06 2°21’N 203°48′ 7°24’S
Uranus 17°34’10 0°26’N 109°06′ 22°43’N
Neptune 23°20’40 1°39’N 202°13′ 7°33’S
Pluto 23°11’56 9°25’N 148°52′ 22°40’N
Moon’s Node 15°08’41 0°00’N 317°37′ 16°18’S
Ascendant 54’28 0°00’N 240°51′ 20°45’S
Medium Coeli 39’15 0°00’N 156°31′ 9°48’N
Sualocin 16°43’30 33°02’N 309°22′ 15°45’N Moon’s Node (Set-Set, 0°18′)
Polaris 27°55’34 66°06’N 27°51′ 89°03’N pa Venus (Cul-Set, 0°17′)
Pollux 22°34’27 6°41’N 115°37′ 28°08’N Saturn (Cul-Rise, 0° 6′)

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Text by B.Brady & D.Gunzburg, Copyright © Astrodienst AG 2018

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Caution..the conjunction of Saturn and Pluto in Capricorn Dec 19, 2017 – March 23, 2020

Planets in Capricorn

As a fellow traveler to the east and a practicing astrologer – cum – reincarnated high priest of the ancient, I would like  to share some articles by known astrologers, Alethea of Empowered Destiny.com and Astrology Readings by Leslie Hale,  about the meaning of the transits of saturn, pluto and soon to join jupiter  through the constellation of Capricorn which is very timely considering the events unfolding in our craft particularly Philippine Masonry.

Hope we contemplate and review our travel why all these things are happening.

Some Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

Pluto In Capricorn Cautions

“Long-term sustainability” is more than just some trendy catchphrase; it’s a concept we all need to be deeply considering during Pluto in Capricorn.  Why? Pluto represents the principle of destruction and when it inhabits the enduring sign of The Goat we do need to be very careful about things that degrade the long-term sustainability of something in our lives; particularly if it involves our career, professional field as a whole, status, or reputation and DOUBLY so if the cause of this potential ruin stems from any ethically funky conduct.

Capricorn likes to build things up, but Pluto razes them to the ground and there is a “deconstructed” feel to Pluto in Capricorn overall; especially when it comes to uncovering the basic framework or modeling that makes a current (business?) model of something unworkable in the long run.  It becomes increasingly important to consider how viable something is in its present form while being nuclear conscious of the way(s) in which the energy we’re putting into that particular venture is either going to enrich or undermine it.  And with Saturn soon entering Capricorn and approaching a conjunction with Pluto in the not-too-distant future (Jan 2020), ambitions can become intensified in such a way that we may lock onto the goal of ascending to the summit at all costs.  The very last thing we want to do ahead of this kind of astro is to build upon the wrong foundation, because to topple from that kind of height can be devastating at the least and perhaps even lethal in a worst-case scenario.

Obviously, averting this kind of outcome is highly advisable – to do this we must first consider WHAT we’re using our power for and HOW we’re using it (hint: ethically and responsibly are always pretty good places to start).  We must be mindful of the energy we’re directing toward our image/brand and take seriously any threats that stand to detract from our reputation.  Integrity – especially in a professional sense – is absolutely critical; it’s when we try to cheat and take shortcuts to success, compromise our standards for greed or because we’re terrified we “won’t make it” otherwise, and do not respect our limitations that we get into trouble.  This energy hits professionals of all stripes, but I do think it’s likely be harder on business owners, teachers, and law enforcement in general and we really must pause to consider how anything we do might reflect badly upon our profession as a whole.  Holding ourselves to the highest possible standard and considering the mark we’re leaving on the world (which hopefully doesn’t amount to a stain) is critical; under this energy it is better to ditch a career path or fold up a business if the alternative involves disgrace – the refusal to do something that damages self-respect is the most reliable litmus test for integrity, always.

If one is involved in the law enforcement field, this is a mighty important time to be examining any potential power and/or control complexes within that compel us to seek authority over others – get that shit sorted out NOW because the karmic retribution is likely to be terrible if/when our unexamined psychological baggage leads to a misuse/abuse of position.  Those who teach in any capacity must be prepared to make sure they are stringently qualified to specialize in the areas they plan to teach, because illegitimacy may be a real issue under this energy while also respecting the integrity of the fundamental foundations of these subjects – this is not a time to get all loosey-goosey and teach a corrupted version of something we’ve learned because this would amount to tainting the wisdom.  Distill it down into something more potent while staying true to the core teachings by all means, but do not veer toward irreverent disregard for the System (whatever that may be) or tried-and-true keystone(s) that have withstood the test of time.  It’s also a time to consider very careful WHAT tools you are giving to WHOM – for example, this would not be the time to put occult teachings in the wrong hands.  And be prepared to accept responsibility for what you’re passing down to students, for they are your legacy.  Supervise them to ensure the wisdom and tools you instill within are handled respectfully and responsibly so they prove a credit to the teachings, because under this energy it’s easier than normal – if this caution is not heeded – to wind up pumping out a student who not only reflects badly upon YOUR good name, but it also circles back to the earlier point I made about not degrading the long-term sustainability of one’s field as a whole by giving it a bad reputation (ex: a “quack” psychologist or one that is going into the field for the wrong reasons/has not worked through their own psychological baggage).  Business owners, on the other hand, may find themselves having to make some tough calls that affect the integrity and/or survivability of their biz/business model. Remember what I said before: It’s better to take a loss or fold a company than compromise our standards, credibility, or ethics under this vibe – in the long run, we are likely to be screwed far harder for doing so.

From  https://empowereddestiny.com/2017/07/20/some-pluto-in-capricorn-cautions/

 

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STAR STRUCK CHRONICLES

“To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”

Saturn has entered Capricorn: building foundations and structures

Saturn is known as the taskmaster, or the Lord of Karma and the Great teacher to name a few.Without Saturn we have no stability in life. It shows us both our structures and our boundaries.

Saturn changes signs about every two and a half years, and takes about 30 years to circle through the entire zodiac. Saturn entered Sagittarius December 2014, and remains there another  five and a half months.

December 19, 2017 Saturn enters Capricorn where it will remain until March 23, 2020

Saturn in Capricorn is far different than Saturn in Sagittarius where it currently lies. Saturn in Sagittarius is ruled by Jupiter, and is the ninth house ruler, the place of ideas and philosophies (politics included). Saturn in Capricorn is at home in this sign.

When Saturn enters Capricorn we will all begin a new cycle and chapter altogether, both individually and collectively.

Capricorn is a no frills sign and deals with power, business and structure. Saturn here is concerned with security and structure, tradition, organization, big business and defense. If left unchecked, big business can become the new Gods of the Universe as Saturn moves through this sign.

Saturn in Capricorn can denote great wealth but also great limitations. Saturn was in Capricorn during the worst part of the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. The rich got richer, and the poor got poorer.

The last transit of Saturn in Capricorn was from February 15, 1988 until February 5, 1991. Before that it was January of 1959-January of 1962, and December 1929-November 1932.

While in Capricorn, Saturn will build things that are meant to inspire respect (or intimidation) as much as anything else. The Berlin wall for example, began construction under a Jupiter-Saturn conjunction (August 31, 1961). It was meant to be a political symbol to keep some people in their place. We will experience another Jupiter /Saturn conjunction, considered to be an important new cycle, especially in mundane astrology in 2020.

In 2020 Pluto will conjunct Saturn at 22 degrees of Capricorn and this will bring an entire new cycle. In reality, this will be a dangerous time in the world, where many things can and will happen. Events leading up to this period will begin long before the aspect becomes exact.

Saturn-Pluto will relate to the established power structures and ruling elite versus the common people, potential nuclear events and restriction on many levels. We could see a worldwide recession. This is a restrictive transit and we will see these restrictions play out on many levels in the world and in our personal lives. This transit will affect all of those individuals with cardinal planets 20-24 degrees.

Saturn conjunct Pluto will be a stressful period and can indicate limitation, financial loss, potential war and change and transformation. Many things will change at this time or be transformed, or end all together. It will not be easy.

The last time Saturn was conjunct Pluto was in Libra June-July 1983. During this time we saw unemployment rise in the US to the highest level since 1941. Europe was dealing with the IRA, Ethiopia appealed to the world for aid when death tolls from hunger reached 4 million, the US invaded Grenada, the Philippine leader was assassinated, the US embassy in Beirut was destroyed by a suicide bomber killing 63, and Ronald Regan proposed Strategic defense initiative to name just a few world events at this time.

The positive side of this combination  can relate to industrial infrastructure, science and engineering and a deeper understanding of things like genetics and physics. Some things can be transformed for the better.

The negative side is not going to be a piece of cake: tyranny, the abuse of power and corruption, organized crime and criminal activities, nuclear incidents, power struggles, recessions, issues with the monetary system and banks, and war, and limitation on many levels.

I will write more about this in the future. But, my advice to clients is to pay off all the debt you can now, and save, save, save.

Those most affected in a challenging way by Saturn in Capricorn will be the Cardinal signs-Aries (square), Cancer (opposition), Libra (square) and Capricorn (conjunct), or those who have planets in cardinal signs.

When Saturn enters your sign (Capricorn) it can denote a stressful period. Many things end and a new situation is often born on the ruins of the old. Typically, I tell clients with Saturn in your own sign you will be re-creating yourself in some way as Saturn crosses your Sun.

Those who will fare the best will be those born under the earth and some water signs-Taurus, Virgo, Scorpio, Pisces or planets in these signs. In this case you can experience slow and stable growth.

Published

 Wed, Jan 3, 2018 11:52 AM

by Astrology readings Leslie Hale

“When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear”..Theosophy

                                            MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master

        Free and Accepted Masons  of the Grand Lodge of the Philippines

April 5, 1946  –  February 2, 2018

There’s an old saying from  Buddhist or Chinese Book which was written more than two thousand years ago, “When the Student Is Ready the Teacher Will Appear” which means if someone is ready to learn it is possible that someone will be able to guide the person to its learning path.

It was fifteen years ago when I was searching for books and references about the secret of masonry, I noticed the square and compass logo signboard of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282 at Aguilar Ave, Pamplona, Las Pinas City. Innocent I was at that time about masonic temples or lodges,  I braved myself and knocked at the motorized gate, with the intention of borrowing some books or any reference material that can be studied and substantiate my research.

The entire afternoon was spent tirelessly with questions and answers with my very first good teacher of the craft,  the master of the house. I was so excited and mystified to know all that I have heard about Masonic history, that all Philippine heroes were masons, that most famous persons in the world were masons, presidents of different countries were masons, actors, inventors, and many others. The five-hour discussion was short with my inquisitive and curious mind as a thirst for knowledge is unquenchable.

From then on, I was a constant visitor at their garden with unlimited coffee on the table that it took me five months before he asked me if I really wanted to know the secret of masonry. When I said yes, he told me to write a formal request to the Secretary of the Lodge to signify my sincere intention to join  Freemasonry.

My request was granted and subsequently given an application form – but there’s my problem of who will recommend for me as there should be somebody, two masons who will vouch for my good moral character and a good citizen of the community even though I was a lay minister in our parish church. The problem was solved when my teacher Mason gave his affirmation and vouched for my application together with the secretary of the lodge. Two years passed and I was made a master mason into the mysteries of Freemasonry by completing the required three degrees of initiation as brothers and fellows have done and gone before me.

My teacher mason was none other than MW Roberto Q. Pagotan, Past Grand Master of Masons, Grand Lodge of the Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines.  Because of his great achievement, honor, brotherly love, and charity, the temple was named after him MW Roberto Q. Pagotan Masonic Temple and the lodge name soon to follow.

AI, BLOCKCHAIN, CRYPTOCURRENCY AND THE TRANSIT OF SATURN – PLUTO IN CAPRICORN

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Saturn Transit in Capricorn Dec 19, 2017 – March 20, 2020

Saturn, the sixth planet away from the Sun is the second largest planet in the Solar System at 74,600 miles in diameter (120,000 kilometers). It takes 29 ½ years to orbit the Sun. Saturn has 12 moons, the largest of which is Titan. It is encircled by rings which are actually particles of ice and rock.

In Greek mythology, Cronus or Saturn in Rome, was the son of Uranus and Gaia. He led his brothers and sisters, in a revolt against their father and became the king of the gods. He married his sister Rhea. They had a total of six children, but Cronus had a bad habit of eating his newborn children to prevent them from one day overthrowing him as king of the Gods. Finally, at the birth of her last child, Zeus, Rhea tricked him into swallowing a rock instead. Zeus then beat his father, with the help of his brothers and sisters. Cronus managed to escape to the underworld which began the golden age of the earth. According to myth, when  Zeus or Jupiter became King of the Gods, Saturn introduced agriculture to the people by teaching them how to farm the land.

In Astrology, Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn and Aquarius.  He is a teacher planet who teaches  discipline, commitments, strictness, hard work and responsibility. His lesson is harsh, brings definition, and often limitation, to the planets it aspects but it help us grow and understand the world around us.

Saturn is considered a malefic planet if aspected in some  signs like Cancer the opposite of Capricorn.  In adverse condition, this planet gives sorrow, misery, poverty, loss, separation from relationship, death, bad health, accidents, and hurdles in life.  Saturn represents everything that is old, rigid and traditional, and symbolizes materialism, suffering, anguish, setbacks, disappointment and enmity. Also failure, greed, oppression, hatred, and chronic diseases belong to its domain, but when placed in beneficial house and signs, it bestows good health, great fortune, fame, and wealth.

Saturn is in its exaltation in the sign of Libra; Saturn is in its fall in the sign of Aries (opposite the sign of its exaltation); and Saturn is in its detriment in the sign of Cancer (opposite the ruling sign of Capricorn).

When Saturn is well situated in the birth chart, the individual is sparingly, diligent, persevering, reliable, stable, patient and possesses the ability to concentrate. Saturn is also the planet of strict justice. It is conservative and practical and affects the physical life elements; it indicates career and ambition.

Saturn in Capricorn governs big business, farming, mining, and other earth related works, and when he is home to his ruling sign, you can expect power, authority to government, institution and society, but needs hard work, diligence, no cutting corners, material reality and success.

Saturn Transit in Capricorn  on December 2017 highlighted the Bitcoin, Blockchain Technology and  Artificial Intelligence

Big event is coming up as Saturn Planet transits Capricorn. Saturn Planet takes 2 ½ years to transit each sign  and approximately 29 1/2 years to travel around the sun through the 12 zodiac signs.

The Bitcoin hype of reaching  $2O,OOO  in coindesk price index per bit from the price of $9OO at the start of the year 2O17,  marks the transit of Saturn in Capricorn after the 2 ½ year stay in mutable Sagittarius. With the introduction of block chain technology which database is tampered proof and secured from hackers in the form of identification wallet and QR code, the year 2O18 will be the focus of cryptocurrency market. The Blockchain is the new technology development being implemented behind bitcoin and other cryptocurrency production by farming or computer mining. It was invented in 2008 by a person, or a team of people, named Satoshi Nakamoto.  According to report, it is an incorruptible digital ledger of economic transactions that can be programmed to record not just financial transactions but virtually everything of value.

Its design goal is to speed up and simplify how transactions are recorded. Any type of asset can be transacted using the blockchain in an entirely decentralized system. On the blockchain, trust is established, not by powerful intermediaries like banks, governments and technology companies, but through mass collaboration and clever code. Settlement and clearing time is reduced to seconds. The distributed ledger is replicated on thousands of computers around the world and is kept secure by powerful encryption algorithms. The technology is so disruptive that it may in time spur new changes in how companies and even governments work.

Blockchain provides the opportunity to introduce new products and services, reduce costs of existing services and significantly reduce transaction times, from days to seconds.

QR code

QR Code.. A QR code (abbreviated from Quick Response code) is a specific matrix barcode (or two-dimensional code) that is readable by dedicated QR barcode readers and camera telephones. The code consists of black modules arranged in a square pattern on a white background.

Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Artificial intelligence (AI) is an intelligence exhibited by the machines. Fintech companies deal with a lot of data points and put it into action but analyzing it, drawing insights and learning from the ever growing data to evolve, is where the role of Artificial Intelligence comes in, as it helps to make sense of the data and provide key enablements for the system to evolve.

The scope of AI will impact various key areas within the Fintech industry, like: customer support, reporting tools, data security, decision-making, etc. In financial services, AI will be deployed in the back-end to improve decision making and financial analysis while on the consumer facing side, it will transform the interface for human interactions with the software and the use of chat bots and voice systems for customer support, thereby lowering the costs.

Blockchain and Artificial Intelligence technologies have already begun paving the way for drastic transformation in the Fintech industry and  its mass adoption across the markets will  accelerate at speed the new financial ecosystem.

Pluto in Capricorn. Jan. 26, 2008 – Nov. 19, 2024

In Astrology, Pluto, the planet of transformation is halfway on his travel in Capricorn. This slow moving planet revolves around the sun in 248 years and staying 12 to 16 years in each sign of the  zodiac.

In Greek Mythology, Pluto or Hades is the  God of the Underworld who abducted Persephone the daughter of his sister Demeter. He was considered to be the God of wealth and hidden treasure.

Pluto is associated with renewal and rebirth. It represents endings and new beginnings, as well as spiritual growth and rebirth. Negative expression of Pluto is an obsessive desire for power and control and general destructiveness.

Pluto’s dark powers of control, through money, is a theme that each of us will wrestle with, in some form or another. The specter of debtor’s prisons has risen in the news here and there, but it’s not likely to go that far.

Bitcoin is the most well-known cryptocurrency and digital payment system that was created in 2009 .  It was introduced just a few months after the collapse of the global banking sector and upon the transit of Pluto in Capricorn.

Cryptocurrency  market  capitalizations as of 27 January 2018, in billions of US dollars.

Pluto, the God of the underworld,  controls the cryptocurrency.

The secret of the ‘garments of skin’ of Adam and Eve, and the Mason’s lambskin apron

‘Garments of Skin’ given by God to Adam and Eve

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Immediately after Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command (Genesis 2:17) for having eaten the fruit of the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the Garden of Eden, the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked;  Adam and Eve were afraid of their nakedness that is why they hide from the LORD.  And then they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.  Genesis 3:7

But before  they were expelled from Garden of Eden, God provided them with clothing: “And the Lord God made garments of skin (‘or with an ‘ayin) for Adam and his wife and clothed them” (3:21).

There are many interpretation however, as to the garments of skin – the skin of animals as loin covering to protect the sacral chakra, the center of energy life force,  while other  meaning is a form of pure light – an all seeing eye, shining rays of  light, an owr.  Adam and Eve had their garments of celestial light replaced by “garments of skin,” which merely protected but no longer illuminated. (Zohar, II, 229a-b).

After the death of Adam and his wife, the garments of skin were given to Enoch, the son of Jared. Book of Jasher Chapter 7

Adam and Eve to Enoch

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Enoch is the seventh of the ten pre-Deluge Patriarchs. Enoch lived 365 years  (3284-3017 BCE) which is extremely short in the context of his peers because he travelled to heaven.

These recount how Enoch is taken up to Heaven and is appointed guardian of all the celestial treasures, chief of the archangels, and the immediate attendant on God’s throne. He is subsequently taught all secrets and mysteries and, with all the angels at his back, fulfils of his own accord whatever comes out of the mouth of God, executing His decrees. Enoch was also seen as the inventor of writing, and teacher of astronomy and arithmetic, all three reflecting the interpretation of his name as meaning initiated. Much esoteric literature like the 3rd Book of Enoch identifies Enoch as the Metatron, the angel which communicates God’s word.

Methuselah

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Methuselah lived 969 years (Genesis 5:27), longer than anyone else recorded. His father was Enoch. Methuselah,  meaning “God sent Death”, a communication (Gemini} by God that he will send death to earth by means of flood.

Noah

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After the death of Methuselah, Noah took the ‘garments of skin’ and brought them to the ark, and they were with him until he went out of the ark. Book of Jasher

When the flood subsided, Noah offered burnt offerings to God, who said: “I will not again curse the ground any more for man’s sake; for the imagination of man’s heart evil from his youth; neither will I again smite any more everything living, as I have done.” (8:20–21)

“And God blessed Noah and his sons, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth.” (9:1) They were also told that all fowls, land animals, and fishes would be afraid of them. Furthermore, as well as green plants, every moving thing would be their food with the exception that the blood was not to be eaten. Man’s life blood would be required from the beasts and from man. “Who sheddeth man’s blood, by man shall his blood be shed: for in the image of God made he man.” (9:6)

Ham

{the garments of skin was stolen from his father Noah}

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After the flood, Noah  began farming and engaged in vine growing. He planted field of grapes and produced wine. One day when Noah was drunk, his youngest son Ham stole those garments of skin and hid them from his brothers who covered the nakedness of their father.

Another,  while in Noah’s house,  Ham fathered a son Canaan as a result of sexual act committed  to Noah’s grand daughter in law Rasueja, the wife of Arphaxad. The Book of Jubilees.

Because adultery is strictly forbidden in Holy Scripture and punishable by law of God with death by stoning, this illegitimate son Canaan was cursed into slavery by Noah.

Noah died 350 years after the flood, at the age of 950,  the last of the extremely long-lived antediluvian Patriarchs. The maximum human lifespan, as depicted by the Bible, diminishes rapidly thereafter, from almost 1,000 years to the 120 years of Moses.

Cush

{Eldest son of Ham}

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Cush was the eldest son of Ham.  He was the brother of illegitimate Canaan (land of Canaan), Mizraim (Egypt) and Phut (land of Libya), and the father of the Biblical Nimrod.

Ham gave the garments to his firstborn son Cush, who kept them for a long time in secret, not telling anybody about them. But Cush (in his older days) took himself yet another wife and by her, Cush got Nimrod, who became Cush’s favorite son. When Nimrod had reached manhood, Cush gave him these clothes and thus Nimrod got even more powerful.

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And when Ham’ s first son Cush was born,  he gave him the stolen ‘garments of skin’ in secret, and they were with Cush for many years while also concealed from his sons and  brothers. Book of Jasher

 Nimrod

{eldest son of Cush}

 

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Nimrod  was the son of Cush, making him the great-grandson of Noah. The bible described him as the king of Shinar (Assyria/Mesopotamia), cities of Babel, Erech and Accad , and  was “a mighty hunter who was rebellious against God.

Nimrod claimed his kingship on the ground of victory over his enemies by  possessing “the garment of skin of Adam and Eve.”  It was by virtue of owning this garment that Nimrod was able to claim power to rule over the whole earth, and that he sat in his tower while men came and worshiped him. He was blessed as to the kingship but cursed as to the priesthood.

Abraham’s Family

One of the most important persons at Nimrod’s court in Ur of the Chaldees in Babel, or Babylonia, was Terah, the son of Nahor, a great-great grandson of Eber. Terah had three sons, Abraham, Nahor, and Haran.

Abraham’s Birth

The night before Abraham was born, Nimrod’s astrologers were gathered at Terah’s house. Looking out into the night sky, they read in the constellation of the stars that the newly born child was to become the chief and the father of a mighty nation. This discovery was communicated to Nimrod, who became afraid that the new star might darken his own.

Nimrod asked Terah to bring the newly born baby to the palace to be killed. Terah tried to talk Nimrod out of it, but he couldn’t. He risked his life and the lives of his whole family, and exchanged his son with a servant’s child born the same day as Abraham. Nimrod did not suspect the ruse, and he killed the baby with his own hands. Meanwhile, Abraham was hidden in a cave.

Abraham stayed in the cave until he was ten years old. During this time he came to believe in the existence of G‑d through reasoning. Abram had watched the sun and the moon and the stars coming and going, each in its own time. He had noticed the sun giving way to the moon, despite its apparent divine power, and the moon giving place to the sun in the morning. And so he reasoned that there must be a Power above and beyond all the visible forces of nature, a Power Who had created them, and Who regulated and controlled them at all times. Behind the limited power of all nature, young Abraham perceived the unlimited and timeless existence of G‑d. Then G‑d made Himself known to Abram and taught him the right way of living. Later Abram went to the house of Noah and Shem. There he stayed many years; there he studied and learned to serve God.

Nimrod had long forgot then the threat of the new star which his astrologers had predicted. He had rewarded Terah for his faithfulness and had given him even higher honors than before. Terah was clever, and Nimrod took his advice in matters of state. Besides, Terah had always appeared an obedient servant with regard to the new idols Nimrod introduced in his empire. Nimrod had no reason to hold any grudge against Terah, in spite of his astrologers’ predictions.

One day, Abraham took an axe and destroyed all his father’s idols. Only the largest remained intact. When Terah saw his idols shattered and scattered all over the floor, he accused Abram. But Abram said that the largest of the idols had killed all the others in a fight over an offering brought to them. Terah exclaimed that such a thing was impossible, since idols could not quarrel or fight. Then he realized that his son tricked him into admitting that the idols made of stone and wood could not even move, and he became very angry. Forgetting that he had long ago deceived Nimrod by substituting another child for Abraham, he went to the king and reported his son’s irreverence towards the gods.

Nimrod had Abraham thrown into prison and condemned to death by fire. Hundreds of people crowded to watch the son of Prince Terah burn alive for disloyalty and disrespect towards the gods.

For three whole days and nights, hundreds of people could hardly believe their eyes, seeing Abraham walking in the midst of the flames, without having even a hair of his head burn. King Nimrod himself had to admit that Abram had spoken the truth and that he was a man of God. He asked Abram to come out of the furnace. Nimrod then gave Abram many presents and sent him back to his father’s house. But Abram did not go alone. For with him went two hundred men of noble descent, amongst them, Eliezer of Damascus, who was later to become Abraham’s most trusted servant. They all abandoned Nimrod and his rich court to live with Abraham and learn from him the knowledge of the true G‑d.

Abraham married Sarai. He lived with Terah until Nimrod sent for him again, this time intending to kill him secretly. But Abraham learned of this plot in time, and escaped to Noah’s house, where he had lived as a young man. Terah followed him there, and together they went to Haran in Aram Naharaim, or Mesopotamia.

He and Sarai were growing old and longed for a child. When Abraham reached his eighty-fifth birthday, Sarai asked him to marry her maid Hagar. Hagar, prior to becoming Sarai’s maid was a princess in Pharaoh’s house, she preferred to be a maid in Abraham’s household.

Abram accepted Sarai’s advice and took Hagar as wife. She bore him a son, who he called Ishmael, “G‑d will hear.” When Abraham was one hundred years old and his wife ninety, Sarah gave birth to son Isaac.

When Isaac was 37 years  old when he married Rebecca. Twenty years had passed since Isaac’s and Rebecca’s marriage, but as yet, they had not been blessed with children. Finally, G‑d answered Isaac’s prayers, and Rebecca gave birth to twins. The first child to be born was covered with hair like a fully grown person. His parents called him Esau (from the Hebrew word “osso” — finish). The second child followed Esau, holding on to his brother’s heel, and Isaac called him Jacob (Yaakov, “One that takes by the heel”).

Although the children were twins and grew up together, they displayed a difference in character. Jacob spent all his time at home, engaged in study with his father and grandfather Abraham. Esau, however, resorted to countless tricks to avoid studying, and spent most of his time in the fields. He enjoyed hunting and killing, and was often absent from his home for many days.

Abraham lived to a ripe and happy old age, and died at the age of one hundred and seventy-five. His sons, Isaac and Ishmael, buried him in the Cave of Machpelah.

Esau killed Nimrod, took the garments of skin

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On the day of Abraham’s death, Esau had been out in the fields as usual. He had lost his way and was trying to find his way back, when King Nimrod arrived with two servants. Esau hid behind a rock, and when Nimrod was left unguarded, he killed him and fought the two servants who rushed to the aid of their master. Esau escaped with King Nimrod’s clothes. These were Adam’s garments which later became the property of Noah; Noah’s son Ham, who was Nimrod’s grandfather, had subsequently become their owner, and finally Nimrod had acquired them. These divine clothes had made Nimrod a powerful and skillful hunter and a mighty ruler over all other kings. Now Esau had come into possession of the most valuable and cherished property a hunter could desire.

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{  Esau sold the garment of skin to Jacob as part of the birth right agreement }

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The birthright was a sacred privilege enjoyed by the first-born son. This privilege made the first-born the real heir and successor to his father, as the head of the family. Isaac’s first-born son was to be devoted to the service of G‑d and to the sacred traditions of the family. But in the case of Esau, it soon became apparent that he was not the one to fulfill this sacred duty. Esau did not wish to shoulder this responsibility, preferring a happy and carefree life as a hunter and man of the fields. Jacob, on the other hand, seemed the ideal inheritor and successor. The day that Esau returned from that fateful hunting trip, his clothes still covered with the spatter of mud and blood, Jacob rebuked him for neglecting his holy duty as first-born. Esau, however, ridiculed Jacob and spoke very mockingly of the birthright. Jacob was shocked to hear such abuse of, and disrespect towards, the sacred privilege of the first-born, and proposed to buy the birthright from Esau who willingly agreed to make the deal. Thus Jacob came into the possession of something he cherished more than all the treasures of the world.

Esau is considered to be a rebellious son who kept a double life until he was 15, when he sold his birthright to Jacob. According to the Talmud, the sale of the birthright took place immediately after Abraham died. The Talmudic dating would give both Esau and Jacob an age of 15 at the time. The lentils Jacob was cooking were meant for his father Isaac, because lentils are the traditional mourner’s meal for Jews. On that day before returning, in a rage over the death of Abraham, Esau committed five sins; he raped a betrothed young woman, he committed murder (Nimrod), he denied God, he denied the resurrection of the dead, and he spurned his birthright and giving up the garments of skin obtained from Nimrod.

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Jacob’s twelve sons, named in Genesis, were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph, and Benjamin. His only daughter mentioned in Genesis is Dinah. The twelve sons became the progenitors of the “Tribes of Israel”.

Joseph, King of Egypt

{favorite son of Jacob}

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(c. 1562 – 1452 BCE)

The biblical Joseph was the 11th son of Jacob. He was born to Jacob’s favorite wife, Rachel, in Paddan-Aram after she had been barren for seven years. Joseph fathered two of the twelve tribes of Israel: Ephraim and Manasseh.

At the age of 17, Joseph was a shepherd alongside his brothers. Jacob loved Joseph more than he loved his other sons. Joseph would report his brothers’ misdeeds to his father and Jacob gave Joseph a “coat of many colors.” The other brothers were jealous of Joseph and hated him. Joseph only further provoked this hatred when he told his brothers about two of his dreams. In the first, sheaves of wheat belonging to his brothers bowed to his own sheaf. In the second, the son, moon, and 11 stars bowed to him.

One day, Jacob sent Joseph to Shechem to check on his brothers. Joseph went to Shechem and, when his brothers were not there, followed them to Dothan. When the brothers saw him, they plotted to kill him and throw him into a pit. The oldest brother, Reuben, suggested that they merely throw Joseph into the pit, so Reuben could secretly save Joseph later. When Joseph approached, the brothers took his coat and threw him into the pit. They sat down to eat and saw a caravan of Ishmaelite traders from Gilead in the distance. Judah came up with the idea to sell Joseph into slavery. Joseph was sold for 20 pieces of silver. The brothers then dipped his coat into the blood of a slaughtered goat and brought it back to Jacob. Jacob recognized the coat and concluded that a beast had killed his son. He mourned for many days and was inconsolable.

Meanwhile, the traders took Joseph down to Egypt where Potiphar, an officer and head of the kitchen of Pharaoh, bought him. Joseph was successful there and Potiphar made Joseph his personal attendant, putting him in charge of the entire household.

Joseph was well built and handsome and after some time Potiphar’s wife tried to seduce him. She approached Joseph day after day but he refused her each time, citing loyalty to Potiphar and to God. One day, Joseph came into the house to work. Potiphar’s wife grabbed his coat and he ran away. She then pretended that Joseph had tried to seduce her and slandered him first to her servants and then to her husband. Potiphar was furious and sent Joseph to a jail for the king’s prisoners.

In prison, the chief jailor liked Joseph and put him in charge of all the other prisoners, including Pharaoh’s butler and baker. One night both the butler and the baker had strange dreams. Joseph interpreted the dreams, saying that in three days time the butler would be recalled to his former position while the baker would be killed. Sure enough, three days later, Pharaoh restored the butler to his job and killed the baker. Joseph asked the butler to mention his name to Pharaoh in the hope that he would be freed, but the butler forgot about Joseph.

Two years later, Pharaoh himself had two dreams that his magicians could not interpret. The butler then remembered Joseph and told Pharaoh about him. Pharaoh sent for the 30-year-old Joseph. He appeared before Pharaoh and told him in the name of God that the dreams forecasted seven years of plentiful crops followed by seven years of famine. He advised Pharaoh to make a wise man commissioner over the land with overseers to gather and store food from the seven years of abundance to save for the years of scarcity. Joseph’s prediction and advice pleased Pharaoh and he made Joseph his second-in-command. He gave Joseph his ring and dressed him in robes of linen with a gold chain around his neck. Pharaoh gave him the Egyptian name Zaphenath-paneah and found him a wife named Asenath, daughter of Poti-phera the priest of On.

Joseph traveled throughout Egypt, gathering and storing enormous amounts of grain from each city. During these years, Asenath and Joseph had two sons. The first Joseph named Manasseh, meaning, “God has made me forget (nashani) completely my hardship and my parental home” (Genesis 41:51). He named the second son Ephraim, meaning, “God has made me fertile (hiprani) in the land of my affliction” (Genesis 41:52). After seven years, a famine spread throughout the world, and Egypt was the only country that had food. Joseph was in charge of rationing grain to the Egyptians and to all who came to Egypt.

Once Jacob was dead, the brothers were scared that Joseph would take revenge on them for selling him. They sent a message to Joseph saying that before his death Jacob had instructed them to tell Joseph to forgive them. They then offered to be his slaves. Joseph reassured them, saying that God intended for Joseph to go down to Egypt to ensure the survival of many people, and Joseph would take care of them and their children. So Joseph, his brothers and his father’s household remained in Egypt.

When the Jews eventually left Egypt, Moses carried out Joseph’s bones. Joseph was buried in Shechem, on a piece of land that Jacob had previously bought. Joseph’s two sons both became tribes in Israel and the northern Israelite kingdom is many times referred to as the “House of Joseph.”

High Priest Aaron

{the brother of Moses}

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The Ephod

 The most important garment worn by the High Priest is the ephod. Its appearance can be likened to an apron; it was worn in back, on top of his other garments, and was fastened by a long belt in the front, opposite his heart. This belt was woven into the entire length of the ephod’s upper hem. There were also had two shoulder-straps that were sewn onto the belt. These straps went behind, up and slightly over the upper corners of the garment, over the priest’s shoulders. The settings for the two sardonyx stones were attached at the ends of these straps, on the shoulders.

 The ephod covered the back of his body. Some opinions describe it as a sort of half-cape; others, more like a skirt. It was long – it extended from just below his elbows, all the way to his heels. It was slightly wider than a man’s back, since it was to cover his back and extend a little towards the front on both sides as well, covering a portion of his belly from either side

High Priest Phinehas   {Eldest son of Aaron}

High Priest of House of Levites  Passed to eldest son

The Tribe of Levi is one of the tribes of Israel, traditionally descended from Levi, son of Jacob, making up the genealogies of the high priest of the Israelites. When Joshua led the Israelites into the land of Canaan (Joshua 13:33), the Levites were the only Israelite tribe that received cities but were not allowed to be landowners “because the Lord the God of Israel Himself is their inheritance” (Deuteronomy 18:2).

The Tribe of Levi served particular religious duties for the Israelites and had political responsibilities as well. In return, the landed tribes were expected to give tithe to the Kohanim, the priests working in the Temple in Jerusalem, particularly the tithe known as the Maaser Rishon. The Levites who were not Kohanim played music in the Temple or served as guards.

Notable descendants of the Levite lineage according to the Bible include Miriam, John the Baptist, Samuel, Ezekiel, Ezra, and Malachi. The descendants of Aaron, who was the first kohen gadol, high priest, of Israel, were designated as the priestly class, the Kohanim.

John the Baptist

High Priest and Prophet

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St. John the Baptist was the last High Priest of the House of Levites. “John had his garment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.”

The Gospel of Luke adds an account of John’s infancy, introducing him as the miraculous son of Zechariah, an old man, and his wife Elizabeth, who was unable to have children. According to this account, the birth of John was foretold by the angel Gabriel to Zechariah, while he was performing his functions as a priest in the temple of Jerusalem. Since he is described as a priest of the course of Abijah and Elizabeth as one of the daughters of Aaron, this would make John a descendant of Aaron on both his father’s and mother’s side.

Others believed it was the same garment that Herod and later the Romans put under lock and key when they wished to prevent the people from putting it on a candidate of their own choice, and tell how the Jews tried to seize the garment by force and put it on John the Baptist, thus making him, instead of Herod, their high priest. Whatever its origin, the wearing of a garment of repentance, symbolic of life of man in his fallen state, was known to the most ancient Christians and practiced by certain ultra-conservative cults down to modern times.

 Knights Templar

{Followers of St. John  the Baptist}

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The Knights Templar were the guardians of the great Christendom during the pilgrimage years commissioned by Rome as Poor Soldiers of the Knights of the Temple.  The  order of knighthood was officially recognized by the Pope as  inspired by the foundation of the Order of the Hospital of St John of Jerusalem  which were created to shelter and give medical help to pilgrims in the Holy Land.

The Knights Templar were, quite literally, warrior monks – men who had taken holy orders and monastic vows but who were also trained in the arts of war. When not fighting, a Templar lived a life similar to that of any other monk. When he joined the Order he took vows of poverty, chastity and obedience, wear the Knights Templars’ uniform – a white mantle and cloak (derived from the white habits of the Cistercians). Later the distinctive red cross (the croix pattée) was added to the mantle.

It was upon their search under the temple of King Solomon that they uncovered  sacred relics, documents about the identity of St. John the Baptist, Mystery of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdalene and other secrets connected to Gnosticism which they concealed in  Baphomet , a word from Bap – tist of Wisdom, or Sophia.

Baphomet’s name literally means “wisdom” in Aramaic, if run through the ancient Atbash cipher that was often used by the Templars. The result is “Sophia,” which was the name used for the goddess of wisdom, who was often revered in Gnostic cults in New Testament times. It was believed in these cults that one could unite spiritually with Sophia by performing certain rites and meditations, and thus one could obtain “gnosis,” or divine knowledge.

Gnosticism was widely practiced in the Roman Empire during Christ’s time. One man widely believed to have been a Gnostic was John the Baptist, the prophet of the New Testament who announced the coming of Christ. John was, after his death, himself revered by a number of Gnostic cults. There were even, by medieval times, numerous underground “Christian” sects called “Johannites,” who believed that John was the true Messiah. Johannite cults even exist today in the form of semi-Islamic Gnostic sects found in Iraq. It has been charged that that Templars followed this doctrine, and indeed, he was their patron saint, as he is now for Freemasonry. More importantly, perhaps, he is known to have been beheaded at the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, and his head, or skull, has become a central Christian icon. This brings into focus the claim of occultist Aleister Crowley that the name “Baphomet,” by itself, without running it through any ciphers, means “Baptist of Wisdom.” This could easily have been a title for the prophet John.

Mandaeism  like the Johannites religion believe  Jesus Christ as a man never existed. Mandaeans recognize several prophets.  Yahya ibn Zakariyya, known by Christians as John the Baptist, is accorded a special status, higher than his role in Christianity and Islam. Mandaeans do not consider John to be the founder of their religion but revere him as one of their greatest teachers, tracing their beliefs back to Adam.

Mandaeans maintain that Jesus was a “false messiah”. The Mandaic word k(a)daba, however, might be interpreted as being derived from either of two roots: the first root, meaning “to lie,” is the one traditionally ascribed to Jesus; the second, meaning “to write”, might provide a second meaning, that of “book;” hence some Mandaeans, motivated perhaps by an ecumenical spirit, maintain that Jesus was not a “lying Messiah” but a “book Messiah”, the “book” in question presumably being the Christian Gospels.

However, this writer personally believes that Jesus Christ is a true God in oneness with the Heavenly Father manifested by the Word of the Gospel according to the prophesied Messiah of the Age of Pisces (qualities of sacrifice, selfless love to humanity). He was born out of logos and wisdom from God as dictated to the Christian writers and historians.

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The garments of skin Adam and Eve, once the tunic coat and mantle of the legend Knights Templar are now part of the uniform of the Catholic Bishop of Rome, the Soldier of Christ but combined with  the mitre or headress of dagon priest of Babylon, the symbol of the Age of Pisces (fish).

Freemasons , the Lambskin apron  or ephod wearers during the Age of Aquarius 

{ brotherhood to man under the fatherhood of God  approx.  2160AD – 4320 AD} 

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Commentary

Aquarius is all about making the world a better place. Having a strong social conscience, combined with a innovative, visionary intelligence, compassionate and caring, but also eccentric and unbound by convention.

Aquarius values progress and technologies that can revolutionize the world.

The Aquarian Age will bring with it an era of universal brotherhood

Aquarius is an airy, scientific, and intellectual sign, it is a forgone conclusion that the religion of that Age must be rooted in reason and able to solve the riddle of life and death in a manner that will satisfy both the mind and the religious instinct.  Age of Aquarius is the age of enlightenment.

The ‘garments of skin’ of the Freemasons  is the lambskin or white apron.

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“ It is an emblem of innocence and the badge of a Mason; more ancient than the Golden Fleece or Roman Eagle; more honorable than the Star and Garter, or any other order that could be conferred, at this, or any future period, by king, prince or potentate, or any person,…

…and when your trembling soul shall stand naked and alone before the great white throne, there to receive judgment for the deeds done while here in the body, may it be your portion to hear from Him who sitteth as Judge Supreme these welcome words:  ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.”

The lambskin apron was commonly used by workmen at the building of King Solomon Temple to protect the clothes from soil, but as we progress our studies and understanding about the nature of God, we can consider ourselves as High Priest of the Temple of Israel, the mediator between man and God , the duties belong to the tribe of Levi which we  are now trying to emulate the wisdom, morality and philosophy of the ancient.

Note: The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not reflect the view of his organization or affiliation and membership. 

About the Writer.

Gabriel Comia, Jr. is a student of metaphysical science, esoteric, gnosticism; a former member of Ministers of the Holy Eucharist in St. James the Greater Parish  Ayala Alabang Village, and former member of Couples for Christ.

 

RIZAL’S TRIUMPH OF SCIENCE OVER DEATH, a masonic inspiration of “Science, Virtue and Labor”

While having my lazy afternoon doing nothing, I happened to cross the extension of Festival Mall where interesting and newly constructed shops and restaurants are located. It is a long walk from the west side; nevertheless the lagoon in the middle reflects the water energy that engulfed my contemplation.

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Encompassing the driveway of the new Landmark Supermarket, a structure  in the middle section caught my attention. It is a sculpture of a nude female figure with two hands bearing the torch, and what surprise me, she is standing atop of a skull. I thought, this must be a work of art of a mystic or an enlightened human being who’s familiar with the eastern philosophy.

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It took me three days surfing the internet, searching google who might be the architect or the sculptor the developer employed whose into ancient mystery studies and would like to share his knowledge to the profane.

To my amazement, the statue is one of the two replicas of the clay sculpture of Rizals Triumph of Science over Death also known as Scientia. The original clay structure was made by Jose Rizal as a gift to his friend Dr Ferdinand Bluemtritt in Germany sometime in 189O and now displayed at the Rizal Shrine Museum in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

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(Old art deco Biological production Section of the Department of Health, Photo from newsinfo. inquirer}

This replica stands at the entrance of the old art deco Biological Production Service of the Department of Health building was constructed sometime in 192O and designed by a government architect according to one blogger.  The building used to be snake anti-venom and anti-rabies vaccines laboratory until the mid 9Os. It is now part of the Festival Mall extension. Another replica, made of concrete, stands in front of Fernando Calderon Hall of the University of the Philippines of Medicine along Pedro Gil St., in Ermita, Manila.

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{Fernando Calderon Hall of the University of the Philippines of Medicine along Pedro Gil St., in Ermita, Manila.}

Masonic Symbolism

The statue is composed of a naked, young woman with overflowing hair, standing atop a skull while bearing a torch. The naked woman symbolizes the innocence, while the torch of knowledge, the Prometheus fire,  she bears symbolizes the enlightenment, awakening, liberation,  science brings over the whole world. The woman is shown trampling at a skull, a symbol of ‘memento mori’ to signify the victory achieved by conquering the bane of death through education from universities, scientific centers, colleges, learned men, moral science and wisdom inside the temple of masonry.

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The original clay sculpture now displayed at the Rizal Shrine Museum in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

From the Masonic Speech “ Science, Virtue, Labor” delivered by Dr. Jose Rizal in 189O at Solidaridad Lodge No. 53, Madrid, Spain

Venerable Master and dear Brethren:

When we, the profane, knock at the portals of the Temple to be initiated into the mysteries of Masonry, with palpitating heart and our whole being trembling with emotion before the presence of the Unknown, three reassuring words are dinned into our ears: Science, Virtue, and Labor.

These magical words whose flattering promise at one time made Pythagoras and Herodotus sail over tempestuous seas in imperfect ships to search for their solutions in the penumbra of priestly Thebes, this powerful Trinity which, if it descended upon the earth would convert it into a paradise and worthy abode of the gods, these three words, Science, Virtue, and Labor or the deification of intelligence, the deification of the sentiment, and the deification of activity, should be the theme of the present conference which should study it within the bosom and concept of modern Masonry.

“Science?” You may ask what science is found in the Masonic Temple. Science might have taken refuge in it during barbarous epochs in order to erect the sublime architectural monuments of the past centuries, just as the fine arts did in the quiet and peaceful cloisters of the monasteries, but today science is free, open to all, and certainly it is not to be sought in the weekly meetings of the lodges but in the universities, scientific centers, and the studies of learned men.

Agreed, dear brethren! Science is free as the light which is its inspiration! Masonry has been its wet nurse, has guarded it like a sacred flame while the storm raged, and when calmness returned, it surrendered it to the world to illumine it with its rays! What would have become of science if the Egyptian priests and ancient magicians had not surrounded it with mystery? Like a seed, its endosperm hardly broken, exposed to the fury of the elements, it would have perished in the hands of ignorance and neglect. By subjecting the neophytes of science to hard tests – because the mysteries of Isis, Eleusis, of the great Mother, etc. were Masonic matters – Masonry was assured that by the means the earth in which the seed would be planted would make it grow, that the one who would receive the light would defend it against all sudden impetuous attacks.

Later, a Religion, pretending to be the sole possessor of the Truth, desired to control and tyrannizes science, which spoke of other truths, and proclaimed other doctrines. That religion was powerful and science suffered a long captivity. Who liberated it? Masonry – proclaiming the freedom of human reason and working for its recognition.

Yes! Science is already free but its spirit lives in the temple as amidst the ruins of Rome breathes the spirit of her heroic men even after the promulgation of her wise laws! And in this concept we invoke here the name of Science, and Masonry will again fight for her when she is in danger, as it struggles so that the Philippines would open to her its closed horizons.

With respect to the word Labour, do not smile when you think of what we do in our weekly meetings of three hours at most. True it is that in the secular world machines deafen with their moving arms of steel and their powerful flywheels and eccentrics stir the air about them; true it is that the immense factories, like active beehives, employ the child, the young man and woman, the wife, and the aged in the production of thousands of articles necessary to life; true it is that labour makes all the molecules and pores of the world vibrate with life, from the bowels of the earth where the miner digs coal, a thousand times more useful than the prized diamond, to the high peak of snow-clad mountains which the locomotives scales breathing fire and dragging along with human thought; true, very true that our activity is nothing beside that of the diver who descends to the abyss of the seas, of the explorer who penetrates mysterious continents, of the engineer who, not contented with the free lanes of the oceans, goes out to cut continents, open canals, plow through the air in search of new routes! All this is true, but let us not forget that if these wonders can now be seen, it is due to Masonic liberty and the good distribution of workers instituted since antiquity by the Egyptian masons.

When we see an active and robust youngster besides a decrepit and feeble mother, we recall how she has carried him in her bosom, taken care of him as a tender infant and given him the milk of her breasts.

In ancient times the Masonic workshop was a true workshop where they discussed the building plans of such temples as that of Bulak, the cathedrals of Strasburg and of Cologne, etc., still admired in the world today. Human liberty took refuge within the Masonic workshops of Saint Wehma and from there fought against the feudal lords of feudal Germany. In the Masonic workshops also laboured day and night the spirit of man to destroy the sinister Bastille, overthrow a throne, equalize men, and complete the great work of the Nazarene! What? The workman who cuts the stone from the quarry with which to build the walls of a palace, home of pride and pleasure or the walls of a prison, the cavern of despair and lamentations — will this mason of ancient times perchance work more than the modern mason whose intelligence is sharpened and fortified in order to destroy every degrading inequality and to build for redeemed man his resplendent abode, perhaps kneaded with the blood of tyrants?

No, dear brethren: The modern mason works and should still work. Let the masons of free countries attend to the expansion of commerce and of charitable enterprises, well and good! But they should not rest so long as the world nurtures a tyrant; so long as the night gathers in its echoes the moans of the oppressed, so long as there are slaves, so long as there are oppressors! And this work is perhaps the greatest that Masonry has imposed on itself and the only one worthy of its universal name.

 

Now let is proceed to the study of Virtue, which I have purposely left last, considering it the most important theme of Masonry.

“Virtue, Virtue! You are nothing but a name!”, said Cato nineteen centuries ago, and perhaps many among you repeat now the same phrase upon hearing the strange word! Schiller exclaimed: “When shall I cease to hear about you, oh Virtue? The day when you are praised less you will abide among man.”

What virtue do we practice within this hall? Perhaps in the bottom of our hearts your consciences smile sadly as if disillusioned at the sound of this word, seeing that even within these temples we cannot restrain our passions. Perhaps, you are right, but before going further, let us see what we understand by virtue, because it embodies an idea which is on the lips of everyone and on which not all peoples are agreed.

To the Chinese virtue is respect for elders, ancestor worship, and numerous rituals and ceremonies. To the Indian it is physical immobility and inaction, considering a saint one who can remain in a fixed posture for months and months. To the Hebrews it consists of fear of Jehovah, compliance with the material precepts of Deuteronomy, and awaiting the advent of the Messiah in order to possess the whole world. To the Greeks virtue consists of stoicism, in knowing how to endure all ills with perfect equanimity and for this reason the Spartan consecrated to it all his dearest sentiments and his natural impulses, believing it to be fierce and heartless. To the Buddhists it is kindness and love for one’s fellowmen. On the other hand, to Rome virtue is integrity, manliness, and for that reason calls virtue what we would call “virility.” To her a virtuous man is manly, who knows how to sacrifice himself in times of great peril; how to die for the laws, the name, and the glory of Rome. Christianity came and upset many beliefs, and at the beginning of what did Christian virtues consist? Hereditary Christianity, the essence of the sum total of all religions, reflected in her virtues all the merits of the others and sanctified humility, stoicism, purity, adding to these, like a true Oriental, charity – a virtue that later Mohammedanism elevated to a sublime height.

Later on the doctrines were adulterated, faith weakened, the religious spirit fermented into sects. Those who preached equality and poverty desired to become masters and wealthy. Then virtue was confused with intolerance and fanaticism, and harmless at best, assumed unnatural forms. Force celibacy became a virtue, though God had commanded man to grow and multiply. It became a virtue to abhor the beautiful, to hate love, although all nature is beautiful, and the entire creation from the moon to the flower preaches love. Fasting and abstinence became a virtue although man needed to unfold and multiply his strength to use it in the service of his fellowmen. It became a virtue to torture and humiliate one’s self, when pain is the protest of nature and the snake thrives in the mud and God in Heaven; in short, ignorance itself became a virtue, though wisdom is a divine attribute, intelligence is a gift, and man can redeem himself only through his profound studies.

Barbaric centuries, dear brethren, were those when the emanations from the cloistered confused human intelligence. But it could descend even lower, and greater and deeper still was the fall of reason. These were then called virtues: To hate men who do not profess the same faith, to destroy and burn them; to recite words after words, nonsense after nonsense and perhaps blasphemies after blasphemies before the image of sanctified and deified men. They called virtue the belief in the impossible and the rejection of the conclusions of science and of experience; virtue, faith in the absurd, to give to the Pope for the support of his pomp and the money denied to the young man for his education; virtue, the madness, the senseless, the ridiculous and even vices provided they are cloaked with religion.

Human reason having descended to this abyss and frightened by its fall, looks back to the past and sighs for the virtue of heroic ages.

What are you, oh Virtue? Are you a vain name, the will power that resists all natural sentiments? Are you perchance a word invented by some malevolent egoist in order to arouse the generous sentiments of candid men dazzled by the luster of your glory and afterwards exploit them for his benefit? Have the powerful invented you to accustom the oppressed to be humble, or do the unhappy invoke you to shame their oppressors? Are you a protest or are you a cheat? Are you the patriotism which groups nations into large families or are you the individualism which cause conflict among men?

If we are to accept the principle held by the common people that it is virtue to favor others even to one’s own detriment then in Spain it would be virtuous to be idle, not to be an orator, and to be a patient and long-suffering creditor; in China, as in the rest of the world, it is to allow one’s self to be deceived by all; in France to give but never to accept pourboires, etc.

In the face of so many contradictions in human appreciation, conscience needs a norm.

By Virtue we understand the constant fulfillment of duty, just as by vice the constant infraction of virtue. In this sense the word Virtue enters fully the Masonic workshop and it can be considered the object and the sole life of Masonry. We must clarify the meaning of the word “duty” in this definition. What is man’s duty in this modern age?

The principle of “Do good” is very vague. The saying “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” is defective because how many things there are that we should do to others that we do not want others to do to us! Alms for example, is one. The command “Love your fellowmen as you love yourself” is beautiful but impracticable. It is divine but it is not human. There is no man who could feel affection for just anybody at sight.

 

The duty of modern man to my way of thinking is to work for the redemption of humanity, because once man is dignified there would be less unfortunate and more happy men that is possible in this life. Humanity cannot be redeemed so long as there are oppressed peoples, so long as there are some men who live on the tears of many, so long as there are emasculated minds and blinded eyes that enable others to live like sultans who alone man enjoy beauty. Humanity cannot be redeemed while reason is not free, while faith would want to impose itself on facts, while whims are laws, and while there are nations who subjugate others. For humanity to be able to attain the lofty destiny toward which God guides it, it is necessary that within its fold there should be no dissension nor tyranny, that plagues do not decimate it and no groans and curses be heard in its march. It is necessary that its triumphant career march to the tune of the hymns of glory and liberty with a bright face and serene forehead.

Thus Masonry preaches and practices the sacred principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity among all men and they compose the Masonic virtues, the only virtues whose practice would banish among men wars and abuses and bring about that state of which all great reformers dream. In this concept, for the present, virtue has no other temple but the Masonic temple from which emerge some gleams of light that illumine the minds of many lay thinkers. In this concept virtue is no longer a barren, bare, unnatural, fierce or devout quality. Virtue becomes beautiful than the liberty, equality, and fraternity of all men.

Myriad worlds roll in peace and freedom through the vast expanse of space without end and in their divine course they intone a hymn of love to their creator; the eagles cross the space in majestic flight and they watch and respect one another; the fiercest animals in their caves or in the loneliness of the desert each go to his hunt without destroying one another, without being tyrannical; the trees raise to the sun their majestic crowns and whisper and confide to the zephyr the song of thanksgiving for the light that vivify them and dress them with color; the flowers lean out their fresh heads, filling the air with perfume and smiles; life, joy, love, liberty are all born everywhere even from death and dirt itself.

Only man remains the enemy of man, tyrannizes his fellowmen, oppresses everyone, transmits his anger and his diseases to the animals that fall under his power and rejoice in the humiliation of his brothers. A cry announces his birth, misery and battles darken the tortuous path of his life with tears, blood, and gall; vices, diseases, and passion which cause his death are usually accompanied by terror and suffering, and like the tyrants, howling and crying tears of fire, envying the fate of the peasants, man, the lord of creation, envies the fate of the insects, the fate of the butterfly which, flying from flower to flower, feeds on nectar, is born at dawn and dies with the day without luckily seeing the sad shadows of the night!

 

Skull Symbolism in Freemasonry

Masons regarded  skull the symbol of mortality often referred to as Memento Mori “remember that you have to die” as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is one of the main objects in rituals and ceremonies of initiation to receive the degrees particularly in the Scottish and York Rites.

Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife..From Wikipedia

It is natural to fear death, but we as Masons are taught to view that inescapable moment not as something to dread but rather as the motivating factor in accomplishing our own work and duty as men and as Masons.

 Rizal as a Brother Mason

To uphold Rizal’s contribution to masonry, perhaps Muntinlupa Lodge No.  414 will put a marker to this masonic work of art so that people may know the brotherhood principle of enlightening humanity “from darkness to Light”.

 

About the Author

Bro Gabriel Comia, Jr is a Master Mason, member of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282, F&AM, Grand Lodge of the Philippines, York Rite Mason, SRICF Pearl of the Orient College, a student of Ancient Mystical Order of Rosy Cross {AMORC}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Skull, the symbol of mortality

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Order of the Temple

Grand Commander:   “Pilgrim, the fifth libation is taken in a very solemn way. It is emblematical of the bitter cup of death, of which we must all, sooner or later, taste; and even the Saviour of the world was not exempted, notwithstanding his repeated prayers and supplications. It is taken of pure wine and from this cup. (Exhibiting a human skull), he pours the wine into it and says, – To show you that we here practice no imposition, I give you this pledge. (drinks from the skull.) He then pours more wine into the skull, and presents it to the candidate, telling him that the fifth libation is called the sealed obligation, as it is to seal all his former engagements in Masonry. …”This is a reminder of the temporary nature of human life, and the inevitability of death. Thoughts of death remind us of the transient nature of earthly pleasures, which are fleeting; this contemplation opens the door to the soul within, which is the eternal life within each of us.

Memento Mori

From Wikipedia  Memento mori (Latin: “remember that you have to die”)  is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi(“The Art of Dying”) and related literature. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

Kaugnay na larawan

 

In Hinduism as well as in Buddhism contemplation upon death is an important spiritual practice to overcome desires and attachment and cultivate detachment and dispassion. Contemplation upon death helps you overcome your fear of death, and your longing for life. It also changes your attitude and approach to worldly life and relationships.

 

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Skull and Crossbones

The skull consists of  22 bones  – 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones.  The bones of the skull provide protection for the brain and the organs of vision, taste, hearing, equilibrium, and smell.

In numerology, the number 22 is often called the Master Builder. The underlying occult scientific significance of the number 22 in science would represent the bones of the skull, The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet created to compose the Word of God is our 22 boned skull, and the place where we receive the light to become illuminated, or enlightened beings.