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  Week of January 14th - January 20th,  2011

As Above, So Below

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  The more I delve into the myths of Time, the more I hear the resonance of an ancient drumbeat, marching in cadence with the Seasons, looking to reflect 'Heaven on Earth.' As one might expect, this distant call remembers when the oral tradition and storytelling were king.

Earth's drum

Earth's drumbeat

  It was a time of myth and memory.

  A time known as the Age of Gemini.

  The seed we are looking for seems to resonant, not from the Greeks, Egyptians or Babylonians, but from the pre-Greeks, pre-Egyptians and pre-Babylonians, possibly even the pre-Sumerians. In other words, these Sky-stories seem to be originating throughout each of these geographic areas, but before the societies we think of today as the 'original peoples' came to live there.

  The Greeks called these earlier peoples who lived in the Greek homelands the Pelasgians. The Pelasgian Creation Myth had Eurynome, the Goddess of All Things, divide the sea from the sky, as we hear recanted in this verse one of the original themes of duality.

  The Seasons slowly rotate through the constellations of heaven in a cycle that lasts a little short of 26,000 years. For over twenty-one centuries, Spring (or any one of the other three Seasons) moves through one of the twelve constellations along the Zodiac.

  Since Spring is thought to be the season most associated with Creation and Mother Nature's birth (Winter births the Sun, but not much else), it is naturally linked to stories involving 'Creation Myths'. The notion is, 'As Above, So Below.' Earth is supposed to be a 'Divine Reflection' of Heaven above. The majority of the world's myths reflect this theme.

  If we return to the period of time during which this 'Cosmic Duality' was the Divine Mandate (circa 6300 to 4800 BC), then Heaven asks Earth to reflect the Divine Image in All Things, to make it the 'prime directive' as it were. Therefore, the roots of all the mythic religions that extend this far back in Time remember the 'Act of Duality' as the original impetus to being. Odin splits the great Egg in Two, Marduk, after the defeat of dragon Ti'amat looks down on the constellation's (Draco's) body. From the (The Babylonian Genesis, p. 42).

"The lord rested, examining her dead body,
"To divide the abortion
to create ingenious things.
"He split her open like a mussel in two;
"Half of her he set in place
and formed the sky as a roof..."

mussels

"He split her open like a mussel in two"

  If Heaven suggests Duality, it is up to the mortals on Earth to take the lead and give back to 'God' (Heaven) whatever God wants. To mortally reflect the Divine Image was to honor God, as only imitation can. The Greek myths tell us that the Dioscuri (the Twins) could not be long separated, even by death. Shortly after one Twin dies (sets), so does the other. Shortly after one Twin is born (rises), so does the other. The Dogon of West Africa remember when the Egg of the World (the dome of Heaven) contained two pairs of mixed (male and female) Twins. One of the Twins cast themselves into the Void, attempting to take his Twin with him, but his quest was in vain, and he returned 'to the sky.'

  Why was the first pair rejected?

  Because you can't have Two if you first don't get rid of One.

  For many generations (over two thousand years), the World was born of an Egg represented by the Twins. Each of these ethnic traditions remember back to a Time when Spring gave birth to a new set of Twins. The Sky (Heaven) is in charge, Heaven is giving birth to Spring in the form of Twins, therefore all Creation must be born of Twins, and so...

  The Egyptian pantheon has sibling-marrying-sibling to give birth to Creation.

The Hands of God

Held in the
Hands of God

Shu married Tefnut his Twin Sister.
They ruled and had children, among them Geb.
Geb was the second Divine Pharaoh.
Geb married Nut his Twin Sister.
They had five children,
among them Osiris and Isis,
who married each other and had a child...

  Not into Egyptian religion? How about the Greek Gods? Gaea and Uranus (Earth and Sky) gave birth to the Titans, among them Cronus (whom the Romans call Saturn) and Rhea, siblings who gave birth to the Gods.

  Among these Gods are Two Siblings who marry each other (Zeus and Hera), give birth to Creation, and rule the universe.

  These are the elements of a particular period in Time, cosmic clues if you will, not limited to cultural boundaries.

  They all shared the same Sky and the images that resided there.

  So far, we have been examining the 'Sky Picture,' honoring the 'As Above' portion of our subject line. We've been reviewing the macrocosm.

  What about 'So Below?'

EnumaElish

Enuma Elish
When Above

  Well, if you honor the 'big picture' in the equation, how about the little picture, the little details?

  You learn to find ways to honor that, too.

  Now, here I am going to share with you one of the great secrets about Duality and Geminis. Listen up now. This is important.

  Geminis are chatterboxes.

  Talk, talk, talk, talk, talk.

  This is the reason the Gods cannot sleep. The populace is yammering night and day and keeping them awake as we shall later see.

  Now let's check out the microcosm. The following is from The Babylonian Genesis by Alexander Heidel, 1942, pp. 15-16.

  "Our epic (the 'Enuma Elish,'which means 'When Above') was intended for recitation. Hence, it was cast into poetry, since this is the most appealing and most effective method of expression for that purpose. Babylonia poetry, like Hebrew, has no rhyme, but it has rhythm, or meter. In accordance with the rules of Babylonian poetry, the lines fall into distichs, or couplets, as we can see, for example, from the fact that, where space permits it, the two verses forming a couple are frequently written on the same line, separated by two small dividing wedges. The second line of a distich usually forms a contrast, a parallel, or a supplement to the first, as exemplified by the following lines of the story:

Tablet I:1-2
When above the heaven had not been named,
below the earth had not been called by a name;

Tablet I:25-26
Apsu could diminish their clamor,
And Ti'amat was silent in regard to (them);

Tablet I:33-34
They went and reposed before Ti'amat;
They took counsel concerning the gods, their first born.

  Quite frequently two distichs unite to form a quatrain, or a stanza of four lines. Compare, for example, Tablet I:37-40.

Their way has become painful to me,
By day I cannot rest, by night I cannot sleep;
I will destroy and put an end to their way,
That silence be established, and then let us sleep!...

  "At the end of the fourth day of the New Year's celebration (Spring) in Babylon... Enuma elish was recited in its entirety by the high priest before the statue of Marduk (antropomorphication of the Sky). Then, in the course of the festival, on an undetermined day, Enuma elish was again recited, or chanted.

  They are reciting it twice.

Four times two

When the Duce ruled

  Just like Heaven demands.

  It takes two to make a complete whole.

  Two times two works, too.

  A quatrain.

  What we are seeing here is the essential essence of Gemini, duality, being built the incantations themselves, so that the duality could be expressed in its meter, the audible rhythm that could be heard in its recitation. In poetry, duality equates to couplets.

  In these words could be heard the 'Truth' of the Living God.

    For their Time.

        Enuma Elish.

            When Above.

                So Below.


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