Sunday, 14 June 2020

Scorpion man

 
Official description of this seal: „During Middle Assyrian period, seal carvers expanded their repertoire of fantastic and mythical creatures. On this seal, a bird-man with a scorpion tail aims a bow and arrow at a winged lion-griffin standing on a hillock“. 1400-1200BC.

I have to say I love this description. It says that officially we have no idea what this all means…

So let’s try to make some sense out of this scene…

Scorpion men appear in the Epic of Gilgamesh, where they stand guard outside the gates of the sun god Shamash at the mountains of Mashu. These give entrance to Kurnugi, the land of darkness…

Now when we talk about the sun god and the land of darkness that usually means winter. Which in Mesopotamia climatically starts at the beginning of November. In Scorpio…When the first rains arrive…And the temperature drops…

 
I talked about this in my post „Queen Puabi’s cylinder seal„…

But before people start complaining about precession and constellations and such stuff, I am not talking about stars at all. Or stellar zodiac. I am talking about solar year markers…

The scorpio I am talking about marks the time when temperature in the northern hemisphere falls below what scorpions consider nice. And they decide to retire. Underground or inside people’s houses. Where it’s warm…

Das Gastmahl der Sterne

Gastmahl der Sterne

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Werk `Das Abendmahl´ steckt voller Rätsel. In dem Bild, das er im Refektorium des Dominikanerklosters Santa Maria delle Grazie in Mailand malte, zeigt er den Augenblick des Verrates während der letzten Zusammenkunft der Apostel mit Jesus. Ihre ausdrucksvollen Gesten vermitteln dem Betrachter eine scheinbar authentische Atmosphäre des Geschehens. Doch hinter der malerischen Erzählung verbirgt sich eine Komposition, die nicht nur die pythagoreische Zahlensymbolik, sondern auch das Jahrtausende alte astrologische Wissen widerspiegelt. Damit ist das Werk auch ein einzigartiges Bekenntnis für die Gedanken des von Leonardo geschätzten römischen Dichters und Philosophen Lukrez.

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Symbols of the seasons

If we look at the zodiac circle, we can see that each of the seasons either starts or ends with a sign representing a large animal:
Spring ends with Aries (ram). In my post „Ram and Bull“ I explained that the ram symbol marks the end of the lambing season of the wild Eurasian sheep in Europe.
Summer starts in Taurus (bull). In my post „Ram and Bull“ I explained that the bull symbol marks the beginning of the calving season of the wild Eurasian cattle in Europe.

Four living creatures

Monday, 15 April 2019

This is quarter shekel from the British Museum. Struck before 333 BCE, it is considered to be the first Jewish coin. Following the description in Ezekiel of the flying throne of Yahveh with wheels and wings, the image is interpreted as the representation of Yahveh, The God…

Ezekiel is a Hebrew prophet and the central protagonist of the Book of Ezekiel in the Hebrew Bible, which reveals prophecies regarding the destruction of Jerusalem and the first temple.

The author of the Book of Ezekiel presents himself as Ezekiel, the son of Buzzi, born into a priestly (Kohen) lineage. Apart from identifying himself, the author gives a date for the first divine encounter which he presents: „in the thirtieth year“. If this is a reference to Ezekiel’s age at the time, he was born around 622 BCE, about the time of Josiah’s reforms. His „thirtieth year“ is given as five years after the exile of Judah’s king Jehoiachin by the Babylonians, which according to Josephus happened in 598 BCE.

The vision Ezekiel had „in his thirtieth year“ and which turned him into a prophet was of Jahveh sitting on the throne carried by the „four living creatures“.

As I looked, a stormy wind came out of the north: a great cloud with brightness around it and fire flashing forth continually, and in the middle of the fire, something like gleaming amber. In the middle of it was something like four living creatures. This was their appearance: they were of human form. Each had four faces, and each of them had four wings…As for the appearance of their faces: the four had the face of a human being, the face of a lion on the right side, the face of an ox on the left side, and the face of an eagle; such were their faces…

The Zodiacal Riddle of Vettius Valens — The Classical Astrologer

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The works of major Hellenistic astrologers have become available over the last few decades. Of course, Claudius Ptolemy has been part of the canon for centuries. His works have been helpful in many ways, but we can’t say he is the last word. Indeed, the reading of Ptolemy has lead to many preconceptions, particularly with […]

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Time – Precession — Cradle of Civilization

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The great flood A flood myth or deluge myth is a narrative in which a great flood, usually sent by a deity or deities, destroys civilization, often in an act of divine retribution. Parallels are often drawn between the flood waters of these myths and the primaeval waters found in certain creation myths, as the […]

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Hydra, Cancer and The Serpent — Cradle of Civilization

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The Snake is a universal symbol of immortality and creativity in myth through out the ages and in virtually all lands inhabited by humans. Many snakes shed their skin at various times, revealing a shiny new skin underneath. Thus snakes have become symbols of rebirth, transformation, immortality, and healing. We find images representing the […]

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