I would like to apologize for the length of Part IV, I had not realized it was so long. This is why I’ve broken up the final two parts into further divisions, so that it’s easier to absorb and follow along. I would also like to state beforehand that, though much of what follows may possess some explanatory power, this does not mean that it is any more or less valid than the innumerable other paradigms. Many have alleged that anywhere from 7 to 60 equally correct interpretations exist.
The Celestial Garden and the Pillars of Paradise
“And the lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed. And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil. And a river went out of Eden to water the garden; and from thence it was parted, and became into four heads.” – Genesis 2:8-10
Aside from offering a profoundly universal philosophy, the Trees of Life and Death are eloquently expressed cosmically at fixed times of the year, which I presume is at least partial source of what we read in Genesis. In Norse mythology Odin was crucified on a tree, which may be here equated with The Tree of Life. Life and Knowledge are two sides of the same thing, the key to which lies in the Cross: The trees “in the midst of the garden” are the equator, in the midst of the Earth – seen from both hemispheres. The fact that the two trees are one is established by their dual-presence ‘in the midst of the garden.’
Together they form one event that is split in two: the Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes – when the center of the Sun on the Ecliptic is aligned with the Equator – forming a Cross of an either ascending or descending nature. The ecliptic is the apparent path of the Sun across the sky. At this time the angle of the Earth leans neither toward nor away from the sun, the result of which is near-equal light and dark (day lasts slightly longer).
As the Earth wobbles to and fro rotating on its axis like a spindle, the sun appears to rise and fall in an almost serpentine manner throughout the year. In autumn, after the equinox the ecliptic ‘falls’ below the celestial equator, when the Earth begins to lean away from the sun. Therefore in autumn it appears to fall from North to South, while in spring we see the reverse – Ascension. When spring begins in the North autumn begins in the South simultaneously. These times of year are also frequented by storms, called Equinoctial Gales.
Terra Est Paradisus
The Fall and Redemption of Man occur simultaneously in opposite hemispheres annually in the times of Virgo and Aries, the Virgin Maiden and the Ram. The vernal equinox is March 21st; Aries is the first sign, March 21st to April 20th. The autumn equinox is September 22nd; Virgo is the sixth sign, August 23rd to September 22nd. Thus we see The Beginning and The End, The First and The Sixth.
Easter is celebrated at some point between March 22nd-April 25th, and was originally determined by the first full moon following the 21st of March. Pesach, or Passover, is celebrated from the 15th-21st / 22nd of Nisan – the first Hebrew ecclesiastical month; in 2013 this was March 25th – April 1st / 2nd. You will invariably find celebrations of Liberation at this time, whether Spring from Winter, Man from Sin, or Israel from Pharaoh.
From the above we see that Christ The Lamb and Mary The Virgin definitively epitomize The Vernal and Autumnal Equinoxes: Aries being the Resurrection of Light, reaching its pinnacle in the midsummer solstice (Gemini-Cancer), Virgo is the Fall of Man into Darkness, from which we reach our lowest point in the midwinter solstice (Capricorn). This is quite close to what would have been seen over 2,000yrs ago.
It is now necessary to list the twelve Zodiac, I have emboldened the Four Traditional Heads and their borders:
- Aries: The Ram: March 21st – April 20th
- Taurus: The Bull: April 21st – May 20th
- Gemini: The Twins: May 21st– June 21st
- Cancer: The Crab: June 22nd – July 22nd
- Leo: The Lion: July 23rd – August 22nd
- Virgo: The Virgin: August 23rd – September 22nd
- Libra: The Scales: September 23rd – October 22nd
- Scorpio: The Serpent: October 23rd – November 21st
- Sagittarius: The Archer: November 22nd – December 20th
- Capricorn: The Goat: December 21st – January 19th
- Aquarius: The Water-Bearer: January 20th – February 18th
- Pisces: The Fish: February 19th – March 20th
Due to axial precession, all of these have since moved back roughly one position (The Summer Solstice, for example, is between Gemini-Taurus, while millennia ago it was closer to Cancer-Gemini). There is also a five-day discrepancy between the Julian and Gregorian calendars, so bear this in mind – particularly in relation to Christmas, which today would be December 21st. To make the Equinoxes and Solstices more visually accessible:
This is the ebb and flow of the solar ecliptic above and below the celestial equator. The equinoxes are Balanced while the solstices are Polarized, where Cancer is the Highest and Capricorn the Lowest ecliptic point. These dates approximately correspond to all of the following celebrations:
- Aries: The Spring Equinox, March 21st
- Pesach (Pass-Over)
- Cancer: The Summer Solstice, June 22nd
- Shavuot (Reception of Torah)
- Virgo: The Autumn Equinox, September 22nd
- Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles)
- Rosh Hashanah (Head of the Year)
- Capricorn: The Winter Solstice, December 21st
- Hanukkah (Festival of Lights)
The dates vary slightly but all are within close confines. It is from here that we receive the Tropics of Cancer and Capricorn, naturally. Cancer, coming right after Gemini – The Twins, could explain why we read of two Mountains – Horeb and Sinai, which some have supposed are the mountains of Sun and Moon (Sin was the Sumerian name for the Moon).
Virgo and Aries
Aries, being the first sign, is“The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.”(Rev 13:8) This provides a sound celestial explanation for both Easter and Passover that is chronologically consistent with present scholarship: the equator of the Earth perfectly intersects the Heart of the Sun on the ecliptic, and the ascendant solar path roughly completes the + figure while passing through The Lamb of Spring. This is the horizontal crossed by the ascending diagonal. The celestial equator is simply a projection of the Earth’s equator, and is Crossed only twice per year.
For now we will postpone most discussion of The Solar Christ and focus on Eden, Christ will be explored in the following section. Virgo the 6th is thereby associated with the Creation of Man (who was, originally, both Male and Female). Virginity is Purity, and she is governed by the planet Mercury – Wisdom and Divinity (being closest to the sun). From both of these facts we see that on the 6th Day Creation was complete in Virgin Perfection.
That which comes after Virgo is Libra, The Scales (balance, functionality). Libra is the 7th sign – The Day of Rest in Cosmic Equilibrium. It is the only inanimate sign in the entire Zodiac, reminiscent of Shabbat in more ways than one. It’s interesting to see the correspondence between Saturn The Blackening and Libra The Balance – both conforming to the 7th day: the former, The Fall; the latter, Rest. This is supported by the fact that Saturn is exalted in Libra (see below).
Scorpio follows The Scales, just as the Serpent follows completion and perfection of The Seven Days. Note that in pre-Roman times Libra and Scorpio were seen as one constellation. It is therefore possible that the Fall may have occurred somewhere between the two following the Autumn Equinox. They are, physically, quite intertwined.
Virgo stands above the ecliptic, Libra straddles it, and Scorpio is beneath it! -Following the Fall of Man through the Lady and Shabbat. On the Seventh Day the Virgin Mother of All Living accepted the Harvest Offering of Scorpio and fell below the ecliptic into Fall-Winter as Sol simultaneously fell below the equator. The “Virgin Mother of All Living” is a combination of Virgo and Eve, which also reveals her dual identity as Mary: The Virgin offers The Sacrificial Lamb sent to Redeem All Living, the living that died at the behest of Eve.
Through this flow of events I realized an arrangement of the Zodiac that may be effectively applied to Genesis: Aries: Head of Taurus, Gemini, Cancer and Leo; Spring-Summer 5 Virgo: Head of Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius; Fall-Winter 4 Capricorn: Head of Aquarius and Pisces; Winter-Spring 3 This is not a standard division and to my knowledge has never been done. Another approach would focus on The Four Heads, but in truth both are profitable. Here, under Aries we have exactly half of the Eden narrative; under Virgo we find the other half.
While we’ve already seen Virgo, with Aries as head of Taurus-Leo we definitively see the Cherubim Guarding Eden: Taurus, in following Aries, is Guardian of the entrance to Eden. Leo, in preceding Virgo, Guards the exit of Eden. Thus the Bull and Lion are the Twin-Guardians of Spring-Summer from April-May to July-August, Beginning and End of the time of Life!
“So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life.” – Genesis 3:24
Of the Cherubim WikiPedia states:
“The concept is represented in ancient Middle Easternart as a lion or bull with eagles’ wings and a human face…”
The associations are quite clear. The eagle’s wings could simply denote celestial status, as with those seen on the Egyptian Sun-Disk. All that remains to be explained is the ‘flaming sword’. This, however, will be covered in detail in the following segments; all in its proper place and time.