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The Throne of Zeus
2006 05 04

By Andy Lloyd |

Detail from 'Jupiter and Semele', by Gustave Moreau, 1896
This imposing throne of Zeus, the supreme Greek god on Olympus, shows a radiance of red fire. There is celestial, astronomical imagery here, clearly shown by the appearance of a bright star above the throne. Zeus is said to court the many women he pursued by taking various forms, including the bull. This implies that the celestial object he represents made a passage through various constellations associated with him, including Taurus.

"Semele, encouraged by Hera, persuaded Zeus to show himself in all his splendour. When he appeared before her as the radiant god of thunder and lightning, Semele was consumed by the flames and, dying, gave birth prematurely to Dionysus, whom Zeus saved from the fire. In this powerful Symbolist version of the myth, the great god radiates fiery, blood-red lightning. A winged child hiding from the light could be Dionysus, while the dark, horned god seems to be a fusion of Hades and Pan". (A. Cotterell and R. Storm "The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Mythology " Anness 2003)

The fiery, red lightning is very similar to the description of Marduk during the Celestial Battle of the Mesopotamian creation myth, the Enuma Elish. I think both are examples of Dark Star symbolism and describe the appearance of the binary brown dwarf amongst the known planets. That, in this case, Zeus appears in different parts of the sky and courts various women (stars?) is very much in keeping with the erratic perihelion passages of this object.

The throne captures much of the symbolism of the Dark Star; its red aura, the darkness around it, and also seven significant points marks by various objects attached to the throne (shown right). These indicate to me the arrangement of objects travelling with the Dark Star. They are the moons of the Dark Star, both greater and lesser, encompassing the planetary system of the brown dwarf.

The myth of Semele being destroyed and giving birth to Dionysus is similar to the Celestial Between Marduk and Tiamat, where the latter is broken apart by the power of the usurper god, forming the Earth.

Andy Lloyd 19/3/06

The Phoenix in the Alchemical Trinity

A. Libavius, 'Alchymia', Frankfurt 1606

"The third Work [of the Opus Magnum], beginning with the royal wedding, brings the birth of the phoenix: the solar tincture of the red elixir". A. Roob "Alchemy and Mysticism" Taschen 2001, p301

Andy Lloyd, 19/3/06

2 Suns on Ancient Bronze Mirror

The ancient calendar on the bronze mirror. The first sun is included in the second sun. They represent the stages of the creation of the Universe.

While researching information on Zoroaster, Glenda Michelle Gable ran across the web site "THE SLAVONIC ANTIQUITY" by Sergei V. Rjabchikov
Glenda writes:

The Number 5 caught my attention I guess because of the ancient HOPI, MAYA, (and I think) EGYPTIAN legend of presently being in the 5th sun with the arrival of the 6th sun close at hand.

"One Proto-Byblian text (Gelb 1963, fig. 84) reads: (The signs meaning 'number 1' and 'the sun') ve Pi Vo-u-to THE SUN. Zapa (THE SUNSETTING)-u. (Number) 5. '(The god) Vit (the god Vuto of the Phaistos disk) is in the ground (lit. 'in Pi', cf. the name of Api, the Scythian goddess of the earth). The waiting (3) for the sun after a night. The sacral number 5'."

"The sign of the mirror corresponding to October - December is the head of a horse. A Scythian silver amphora (Galanina, Domansky and Smirnova 1981: 43, photo) is decorated with the sign of a winged horse. 11 petals (months) is depicted above its head. Hence a horse symbolizes a certain month of the Scythian (Sarmatian) calendar. Interestingly, in conformity with the data of the excavations of the Indo-Aryan burials (Shilov 1995: 205), the skulls of horses indicate the sunsetting in winter. It is known that the Indo-Aryan god Agni 'Fire' became like a horse and a man (Shilov 1995: 203). Russian loshad' 'horse' is comparable with Old Church Slavonic l'shchati 'to shine' (Rjabchikov 1998a: 8). The horse Dadhikra of the Indo-Aryan mythology played a role of the sun swimming through the ocean of the other world (Shilov 1995: 202). This horse was closely connected with the deity Agni (Toporov 1991a). The wise man Dadhyanc who was closely connected with this horse received the enclosures for cows (Toporov 1991b). An Indo-Aryan symbol, number 5, is associated with the horses in several burials (Shilov 1995: 202). On the other hand, the Scythian tip of the sheath of a sword (Galanina, Domansky and Smirnova 1981: 104, photo) is covered with 5 signs of the sun (fire). Conceivably mech-samorub 'the sword which hews itself' mentioned in Russian fairy-tales conforms to the Scythian sacral sword."

With thanks to Glenda Michelle Gable

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