Star: 14 – Some Conclusions (part 2)

There isn’t a lot written about Jesus’ mother, Mary, in the Bible. Who was she? Why was she ignored by everyone, except Matthew who gives Jesus’ genealogy down Mary’s lineage? What was the Church ashamed of?

What about Mary, Jesus’ Mother?

Anthony Harris begins to explain Mary’s heritage, and then things began to become clearer. In Jesus’ genealogy, as written down by Matthew in the first chapter of his Gospel, four women were listed.

Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar
Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah’s wife 
(Matthew 1:3a, 5a, 5b, 6b)

Luke does not get around to Mary’s genealogy until chapter three, but he does persevere to the fount, by tracing the line through the patriarchs back to Adam… This genealogy does, however, contain the important emphasis that Mary’s distant ancestress was Eve. Why should Luke labour that, since all men and women were thought to be descended from Adam and Eve? Can we discern misogynism here, by bringing up the woman who tempted Adam with the apple? Perhaps, and this suspicion is reinforced by the fact that Mark, upon which much of Matthew may be drawn, barely mentions Mary; he draws attention to an apparent tiff between Jesus and Mary (Mark 3:31), and makes a cold statement of fact that she is Jesus’ mother (Mark 6:3). In John, Mary appears twice, at the wedding feast and at the foot of the cross.

This extraordinary bleak treatment is a problem which has hitherto been unexplained, but the answer may lie partially in the information given by Matthew, for his genealogy of Jesus from Mary contain the names of four women, and is in any case different from Luke’s. Mark and John, the first and last Gospels historically, both dispense with genealogies (or were they dispensed with for them?). Taken together these facts are suspicious. Were three of the four Gospel writers ashamed of Mary, Mother of God? Who was there in her lineage who might cause embarrassment? A clue is given by Matthew’s mention of four women as Mary’s ancestresses, four in forty-two begettings. Perhaps Matthew is trying to tell us something the other three authors do not care to, or did not know. If Mary herself is the source of this information, it goes a long way in explaining why she felt herself so special in the religious sense. Her four ancestresses are Tamar, Ruth, Bathsheba and Rahab.

Mary as the Chosen Vessel

These ancestresses were, in some way or other, connected to events, rituals or circumstances which are indicative of the presence of the Great Goddess. According to Edgar Cayce’s Story of Jesus, Mary was herself a ‘handmaiden of the Lord’, in the Essene temple at Carmel, until puberty:

Much might be given as to how or why and when there were the purposes that brought about the materialization of Jesus in the flesh.

In giving then the history: There were those in the Faith of the Fathers to whom the promises were given that there would be fulfilled as from the beginning of man’s record.

Hence there was the continued preparation and dedication of those who might be channels through which this chosen vessel might enter — through choice — into materiality.

Thus in Carmel — where there were the priests of this faith — there were the maidens chosen that were dedicated to this purpose, this office, this service.

Among them was Mary, the beloved, the chosen one; and she, as had been foretold, was chosen as the channel. Thus she was separated and kept in the closer associations with and in the care or charge of this office…

Q. How were the maidens selected and by whom?
A. By all of those who chose to give those that were perfect in body and in mind for service…each as a representative of the twelve in the various phases that had been, or that had made up, Israel — or man.

Q. Please describe the training and preparation of the group of maidens.
A. Trained as to physical exercise, first; trained as to mental exercises as related to chastity, purity, love, patience, endurance. All of these by what would be termed by many in the present as persecutions, but as tests for physical and mental strength; and this under the supervision of those that cared for the nourishments by the protection in the food values. These were the manners and the way they were trained, directed, protected.

Q. Were they put on a special diet?
A. No wine, no fermented drink ever given. Special foods, yes. These were kept balanced according to that which had been first set by Aran and Ra Ta…

Q. Was Mary immaculately conceived?
A. Mary was immaculately conceived.

Q. How long was the preparation in progress before Mary was chosen?
A. Three years.

Q. In what manner was she chosen?
A. As they walked up the steps!

Q. How old was Mary at the time she was chosen?
A. Four, and as ye would call, between twelve and thirteen when designated as the one chosen by the angel on the stair. (5749-7)

Q. Give a detailed description for literary purposes, of the choosing of Mary on the temple steps.
A. The temple steps — or those that led to the altar, were called the temple steps. These were those upon which the sun shone as it arose of a morning when there were the first periods of the chosen maidens going to the altar for prayer, as well as for the burning of incense.

On this day, as they mounted the steps all were bathed in the morning sun; which not only made a beautiful picture but clothed all as in purple and gold.

As Mary reached the top step, then there was thunder and lightning, and the angel led the way, taking the child by the hand before the altar. This was the manner of choice, this was the showing of the way; for she led the others on this particular day. (5749-8)

Mary’s Pedigree

Back to The Sacred Virgin and the Holy Whore: In telling us that these four women were Mary’s ancestresses, what has Matthew in fact revealed to us? First, we see that Mary can count herself as descended from a priestess (Rahab), an acolyte of Isis (Tamat), a woman of harvests (Ruth), and a queen who was also mother of a king, Bathsheba. Given Mary’s pedigree, the silence about her in the Gospels is tantamount to a snubbing. Is this the result of censorship by the Church? Have these Gospels been tampered with, with only Matthew surviving more intact because it proved impossible to discount its existence? Other books were successfully made into unbooks, like the Book of James. This gospel was condemned by a decree of Pope Gelasius (492-6) when Popes had secular power, but an earlier Christian, Clement of Alexandria (died AD 215) used the text to support the Virgin Birth. Here we find that Mary is the daughter of a rich and pious man, Joachim, known by the Temple High Priest Zacharias: we also find that she is dedicated to the Temple and actually danced there. But Zacharias warns that she has to leave before puberty, that is, before she has her first menses. Otherwise she may pollute the temple — again that fear of blood and sexuality in women. Joseph then appears to act as a guardian of the consecrated virgin, but is dumbfounded when she is pregnant for he fears he has not fulfilled his duty in protecting her. However, the supernatural cause of her pregnancy is impressed on him, though Mary is in no doubt of it. This story is accepted by many Christians in Asia Minor.

Enter Joseph

What is this story telling us? It is not the same as the Church’s interpretation, for it is impossible to consecrate a virgin to the Jewish temple, impossible that she could have been allowed near the altar there, impossible that she danced in the temple: women were not even allowed in the Inner Court, and as for gentiles, they would be killed for entering. We can only conclude that in Mary’s past there is some affiliation with another temple, a temple where women could approach the altar and whose pregnancy would not be a cause of reproach but of joy. A detail may give a clue to this temple, for Joseph is said to have been singled out as guardian of Mary by a dove perching on his head. This echoes of the dove at the baptism by John of Jesus, and though the dove also symbolizes the story of Noah and the ark, that is to say, peace between man and God, the dove is also sacred to Astarte, one of the names of the Mother Goddess. Clearly, the book is embarrassing to Rome because in it Mary is so like her ancestresses, for in a very deep sense they were all devotees of the Great Goddess. She is married to an old man as was Ruth, is associated with a Great Goddess temple as were Tamar and Rahab, and has aspersions made about her ritual purity just as Bathsheba did.

The Book of James casts light on the character of Joseph, as well as Mary, for they are both, since they are unwed, forced to undergo the test of bitter waters. This ceremony is described in frightening detail and is called a trial of jealousy. Basically, a woman who is suspected to have committed adultery is taken before the priest and given some noxious drink which, if she is guilty will ‘cause thy belly to swell and thy thigh to rot’. It will be observed that the water torture of witches used by the Inquisition is similar, though they forced water into women with a funnel, causing the belly to swell. What the bitter waters ‘that causeth the curse’ were, is debatable, but judging from the physiological effects, the swelling of the belly and the thigh rotting (the thigh here is a reference to the genitals), it is noxious enough to inflame the intestinal tract and cause severe ulceration of the vulva on passing urine. It may be observed that most healthy women, and men for that matter, being subject to this test will fail. However, Mary and Joseph survive the test, which seems to suggest that Mary knew some pharmacology, a knowledge of herbs and natural antidotes (which would have had her burned in the fourteenth century). Joseph probably knew useful facts too, for doves do not sit on {just} anyone’s head.

The Trial of Jealousy

Are we getting an accurate echo here? The ‘trial of jealousy’ (as noted above) and the ‘persecutions, but as tests for physical and mental strength’ (of Edgar Cayce’s reading) seem to be similar in effect: tests of chastity, purity, love, patience, endurance — the five esoteric and spiritual (pyramidal) Initiations of a baptism and an anointing and a eucharist and a redeeming and a bride-chamber. What appears to be happening here is the preparation, which Edgar Cayce’s Story of Jesus termed eugenics, for the entrance of souls that make the earth better in material and spiritual ways. For God is not mocked; and whatever ye sow that must ye also reap. (1479-1)

And these were students of what you would call astrology, numerology, phrenology, and those phases of the study of the return of individuals, or reincarnation.

These were reasons why these proclaimed that certain periods formed a cycle — reasons which grew out of the study of Aristotle, Enos, Mathias, Judy, and others who supervised the school, as ye would term it in the present.

These individuals had been persecuted by leaders of the people, and this caused the saying of which ye have an interpretation, as given by the Sadducees, “There is no resurrection” or “There is no reincarnation” — which is what the word meant in those days. (5749-8)

Now, doesn’t that clear up a lot of confusion? No?

Picture Credits

To be continued.

Linked Pages: Star: 14 – Some Conclusions
The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 1 – Prologue
The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 2 – Mercury: The Winged Star (part 1)
The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 2 – Mercury: The Winged Star (part 2)
The Star of Bethlehem: Chapter 2 – Mercury: The Winged Star (part 3)

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Picture credits: Star of Bethlehem courtesy of http://www.clipartbest.com;
Virgin Mary courtesy of maryloudriedger2.wordpress.com;
Our Lady courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com;
Wedding of Mary and Jospeh courtesy of commons.wikimedia.org;
The Trial of Jealousy courtesy of http://www.gettyimages.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 to give my blog pages something lighter, I'm sharing some of my personal photographs, too.
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