Star: 14 – Some Conclusions

At the beginning of this journey we got a glimpse of a description of Jesus. But what if that was a forgery? What if he looked nothing like how we see him today? What if he wasn’t even male?

Treasure of the Knights Templar

It has been a long journey, this review of the life and times of Jesus of Nazareth. But a couple of mysteries remain: for example, how do the Cathar ‘heresy’ and the Knights Templar connect with Jesus’ horoscope (and the cabalistic Tree of Life)? Well, as ‘chance’ would have it, I found yet another book which brought me back in tune with their concealed truth. The book, written by Anthony Harris, called The Sacred Virgin and the Holy Whore, describes another man’s quest for the Holy Grail:

The Inquisition records reveal that among the Templar belongings found in the preceptory of Villeneuve, where the struggles against the King’s men were fiercest, was a hinged casket in the form of a woman’s head. Inside the reliquary were two pieces of the skull of a woman, with an identifying label which bore the inscription ‘Caput LVIII’ and the sign of Virgo. Caput LVIII means simply ‘head 58’. It is significant that in some accounts of trials this head is not mentioned, but ‘Caput LVIII’ is used merely as a ‘heading’ to questions…

Here then, in the Villeneuve Preceptory, was a real head — the pride and joy of the Cathars, from whom it was reverently received for safekeeping by the Templars after the fall of Montségur…

Is there a code attached?

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Montsegur

Here, it seemed, was a real mystery, for the skull bones were clearly of crucial significance to both Rome and the Cathars and Templars. The ‘heretics’ were convinced they had the flesh and blood of Christ, and so the reliquary contained the bones of Christ. If that had been so, the claims of Rome would have been destroyed. The most realistic conclusion was that the Popes knew there was something threatening in the Cathar headquarters in Languedoc, and attacked them at the first opportunity, but an accident of history meant the head was safely guarded by the Templars. As soon as they were weak enough, they too were attacked. Moreover, the Church’s policy was annihilation of both Cathar and Templar, even recantation meant lifelong incarceration for the heretics. All that scurrying about in the south of France had a real purpose — finding the tell-tale reliquary.

If the 58 is merely a number, where are Caputs 1, 2, 3…57? None were found. This suggested to me that the 58 is a code. The fact that its two digits add up to thirteen, the number of lunar months and the number of menstrual periods in a year, is relevant to the fertility overtones of Psalm 67, but why 58?

I was at the point of dismissing this, for it appeared far too speculative. But then the Inquisition had not dismissed the relic, they had done everything they could to make out it did not exist. If by a more sanguine approach they could have rendered its implications harmless, surely they would have done so.

Number Lore

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Pentacle of the Goddess

The reliquary, then, had to be of Christ: such a view fitted the facts most closely. Yet if that were the case, consistency demanded that a realistic interpretation of the cipher on the reliquary had to be formulated. I still needed a working hypothesis to explain how the cipher referred to Christ and to a woman at the same time. To say the least, it was an intriguing puzzle, but its difficulty or strangeness was no reason for walking away from it, or closing my eyes to it.

Number lore is a very ancient science or art, but its foundations are extremely prosaic. Five, for example, is taken to represent a woman because she has two arms, a head, and two legs. When standing with her feet apart, and arms outstretched, she fits a perfect five-pointed star, the pentacle of the Great Goddess. A six was used to denote maleness, as in the Star of David, because of the phallus. It is not surprising, then, that five is often encountered in the Great Goddess cults.

Eight, similarly, is a female motif. For example, the Great Goddess in Babylon had a temple which was a citadel of eight towers, at the top of which was her sanctuary. It is not clear that eight is a female sign, until one realized that it is made up of five and three. Five is obvious, as we have seen, but three is even more persuasive as a symbol, for in the Great Goddess cohered the three main stages of a woman’s life, virgin, mother and old lady (often, in this last stage, a prophetess). The Goddess was therefore known as the ‘Triple Goddess’. The addition of five and eight gives the number of menstrual or lunar months in a year. The moon waxed and waned in a menstrual month, and so the Great Goddess was always associated with the moon, and covens or colleges of priestesses were made up of thirteen as a result. Jesus Christ had such a coven of thirteen, Christ and twelve apostles.

Five is also used to represent a rose; in heraldry, a five-petalled flower is drawn. A rose, of course, is the universal symbol of love, and it is a visual analogue of the female sex. A red rose is a particularly powerful symbol, for it has both the sexual imagery and the colour of blood; the Great Goddess colour is crimson. The Goddess cults did not draw a clear distinction between worship of the Goddess and sexual love — indeed religious experience was considered clearly present in sexual matters. The love of the Goddess, then, was conjoined in the everyday facts of amorous love, married love, pregnancy and childbirth.

Shroud of Turin a fake?

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Shroud of Turin

Alright, here we have a puzzle, but when we look back at Jesus’ (original) birth chart, that pentagram in its centre reminds us that the Great Goddess is present, even if only symbolically. But then Anthony Harris tackles a very delicate subject: What if Jesus was actually a woman and not a man? His whole discussion of this enigma begins with the Shroud of Turin, which he thinks is a fake, a self-portrait of Leonardo daVinci, created by him under duress, having been threatened with a scandal of homosexual behaviour by the Papal authorities. Which then begs the question: What about Lentulus’ description of Jesus (as quoted in this book’s Prologue)? That too is a forgery, according to Harris:

{R.} Eisler {in The Messiah Jesus and John the Baptist} used material published in AD 72 by the Roman publisher Epaphroditus, written by an influential Jew, Josephus. The work has come down to us as The Jewish War, but the original appears to have been entitled Capture of Jerusalem.

Josephus was born in AD 37, took an active part in the revolt against the Romans, fighting in Galilee, but was captured, and from then on espoused the Roman cause, eventually living in Rome in considerable style, a friend of Vespasian, then Titus. He was therefore in a position to have known people who knew Jesus, while his knowledge of Jewish affairs was very deep, for he was an orthodox Jew even though he bent with the times to survive. Unfortunately his work was not without its enemies, both when he wrote it and later. The form in which it has come to us, via Rome and Eastern Orthodox monasteries, is truncated, there being several passages missing, which might have been lost for ever but for heretical sects who possessed more complete versions.

From this very extensive but scattered material Eisler succeeds in building up a picture of the physical Christ, a short person of some five feet tall. But perhaps his cleverest coup was to realize that since the Romans were very tidy minded, issuing, for example, very precise descriptions of criminals and runaway slaves in public written notices, Josephus would probably have actually had access to documents issued by the Procuratorial Office of Pontius Pilate in Jerusalem, which described Jesus. The result is a vivid picture of Christ which accords with the tradition of the early Church fathers.

Josephus’ description of Jesus

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Josephus Bust

Using a cut-and-paste technique with the sources, Eisler concludes that Josephus wrote the following description of Jesus, a description which was censored by Rome:

Both his nature and his form were human, for he was a man of simple appearance, mature age, dark skin, short growth, three cubits tall, hunchbacked, with a long face, long nose, eyebrows meeting above the nose…with scanty hair, but having a line in the middle of the head after the fashion of the Nazareans, and with an underdeveloped beard.

What are we to make of this contradiction? I returned to my main “alternative” source, Edgar Cayce’s Story of Jesus for confirmation:

Q. Please give a physical description of Jesus.
A. A picture (of Jesus) that might be put on canvas…would be entirely different from all those that have depicted the face, the body, the eyes, the cut of the chin, and the lack entirely of the Jewish or Aryan profile. For these were clear, clean, ruddy. Hair almost like that of David, a golden brown, yellow red (5354)

At this point I could not be sure if the above Life Reading was describing what Jesus looked like or what he didn’t look like.

Five Feet Tall?

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Portraits of Christ

So I continued with The Sacred Virgin and the Holy Whore. The following was a very apropos footnote, relating to the above-noted passage:

From the scattered material, Eisler does succeed in reconstructing a physical description of Jesus of Nazareth that bears no resemblance to the Turin image. In this he supports the early Christian Fathers and writers, who were convinced that Jesus was of no commanding physical presence; indeed they rightly pointed out that God, in taking on human form, had inherited all its frailties. Tertullian, Celsus and the Acta Johannis Leucii all aver this. There is also some internal evidence in the Gospels, Matthew 6:27 and Luke 12:25, where Jesus pointedly asks, ‘Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?’ Eisler also quotes Ephram Syrus, a Syrian author (AD 320-79): ‘God took human form and appeared in a form of three human ells; he came down to us small of stature.’ Three ells gives a height of approximately five feet.

Well, I didn’t know what to make of this revelation, so I continued reading, trying to keep an open mind about it all.

Picture Credits

To be continued.

Linked Pages: The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue
Montsegur: The Cathars’ Last Stand?
The Cathar Prophecy of 1244 AD

Picture credits:
Montsegur from my private collection;
Pentacle of the Goddess courtesy of http://www.amazon.com;
Shroud of Turin courtesy of en.wikipedia.org;
Josephus Bust courtesy of en.wikipedia.org;
Portraits of Christ courtesy of art-soulworks.com.

About cdsmiller17

I am an Astrologer who also writes about world events. My first eBook "At This Point in Time" is available through most on-line book stores. I have now serialized my second book "The Star of Bethlehem" here. And I am experimenting with birth and death charts. If you wish to contact me, or request a birth chart, send an email to cdsmiller17@gmail.com
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7 Responses to Star: 14 – Some Conclusions

  1. Grandtrines says:

    Reblogged this on Lost Dudeist Astrology.

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  5. Wavis says:

    Regarding the hypothesis that the biblical Jesus was female, visit ‘The Dan Green Codex’ website for further evidences.

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    • cdsmiller17 says:

      Having read more than half your book, I can see that the Knights Templar may have preferred to honour Mary Magdalene because of the Bloodline of Jesus, thinking that his Kingdom would be established on Earth. A mistaken concept perhaps, but would definitely explain why they had to be driven ‘underground’. Or as John McEnroe could have said: “You cannot be Sirius…”

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