Gary Osborn

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“As one can see from the simplest globe, the earth does not sit erect in its orbit around the sun, but tilts at an awkward angle of about 23½º from the perpendicular. Yet there is an oft-repeated story that our planet’s situation was once far different; that it was a catastrophe that brought about its present state, and that some day it will be reinstated in the geometrical perfection of its origin. Whether literally or only symbolically true, this aspect of the polar archetype constellates the mythology of Fall and Redemption, Lost Eden and New Jerusalem. Its branches link with the ideas of cyclical development, evolutionary change, and every other effort to make sense of the source of history and prehistory”.

Arktos: Polar Myth in Science, Symbolism and Nazi Survival by Prof. Joscelyn Godwin.
(New Leaf Distribution Company; New edition, Dec 1996). Originally published in 1993. p. 13.

"In the reliefs of Abydos Temple, the Pharaoh or sometimes a neter (carrier of divine principles) is shown holding a tilting pillar that is capped by four sections, which means the Djed Pillar is a classic cosmic vertical axis. The Djed Pillar is depicted initially tilting about 20 to 25 degrees off vertical, the same as the axial tilt angle of earth! Then it is erected to a vertical position, as if making Earth perpendicular to its orbital axis during Zep Tepi, and it shows that the Dynasties were founded to re-erect the pillar to the sky to rebalance Egyptian culture and re-establish Maat. Because of its central geodetic location, the land of Egypt – Khemet – is divine for the world; it is the bridge to the stars that holds the dimensions in place. Maat had to be re-established after the axis tilted, because balance is essential for Human happiness." (My Italics).

Catastrophobia: The Truth Behind Earth Changes in the Coming Age of Light
by Barbara Hand Clow. (Bear & Company; annotated edition May 1, 2001.)

The significant angle of the Djed in this ancient relief could be a coincidence, but if the Djed also symbolises the Earth’s axis, again as suggested in the angle ascribed to it in this ancient relief, then the logical question is, could this ancient ‘raising of the Djed’ ritual or ceremony reflect man’s wish to align the Earth – and himself along with it – back to the vertical as expressed in the quote above?

Four Columns in One


"Numerous authorities, who will be named later, assure us that in primordial times the earth was not tilted, but spun perfectly upright with its equator in the same plane as the ecliptic; or, which comes to the same thing, with its axis perpendicular to the plane of its orbit around the sun in exactly 360 days".

Arktos by Joscelyn Godwin. p. 13.

I’m struck by the last line. Could this be the real reason why the circle was divided into 360° degrees? This is an interesting observation and one we will return to later with more evidence.

Again, this belief in a once upright Earth of which there is no proof and which many say goes against established scientific fact and theory, is one of many themes and scenarios that I felt I had to look into and research, if only to come to a better understanding as to why the present obliquity angle of the Earth has been repeatedly encoded in many sources throughout history. It is indeed a compelling and attractive mystery that implores us to dig further to reveal its secrets.
Perhaps there is more to the tragic myth of Osiris than we realise: that his death at the hands of his brother Set (who under his Greek name Typhon, is associated with Dragons and Serpents, even celestial bodies and comets) appears to be associated with the tilt or fall of the Earth’s axis as represented by his backbone; and so resurrecting Osiris again involves raising the Djed, (his spine) and therefore the Earth’s axis back to its natural vertical position.

The parallels between Osiris and Jesus as well as a connection with the Earth's axis are more convincing when we realise that there are images of the Djed (backbone) of Osiris at the angle of 23°, and numerous images of Jesus carrying the cross at 23° and 23.5° before both the Djed and the Cross are raised upright – vertical . . . but there are more parallels between both Osiris and Jesus which would explain why they are associated with the angle of the Earth's axis . . .

“During its life cycle the grain of wheat dies and is reborn months later in the form of a spike capable of providing sustenance to human beings. Wheat is the quintessential nutritional plant. It was believed to contain the mystery of life and death and thus it became a sacred plant. One of the essential features of the Neolithic era was plant cultivation. This led to a way of life that had previously been unimaginable and gave birth to new beliefs that completely altered the spiritual universe of humankind”.

Bread, Symbolism of by Gale Cengage.
Encyclopedia of Food & Culture, 2003. See here:


“This close relationship between the celebration of the seasons, the death and rebirth of the god, and the possibility of a life beyond the grave clearly illustrates the connection between wheat and Osiris and the manifest symbolism of resurrection, which he represented in Egyptian religion”.

Ibid. See here:

The cultivation of the land depends on the changing seasons and the four seasons are a direct result of the 23.5° tilt of the Earth's axis.
We are told that if the Earth were upright there would be no seasons and therefore no winter intermission associated with death; instead at certain latitudes the Earth would enjoy a continual Springtime climate where food would be in abundance all year round. With the tilting of the axis, came the seasons, and of course the cold and deathly Winter season when everything dies and nothing grows again until the coming of the next Spring.

With the cycles of the seasons, Man was forced to work the land for his daily bread, and because of this saw it right to study and record the new cycles of the seasons and the positions of the Sun – hence why there so many ancient stone circles and mounds around the world that were built to mark the days of the Solstices and Equinoxes.
It is possible that the so-called “Great Flood” or the 'Deluge' in the Bible and the folk stories around the world was part of the same event that caused the Earth's axis to shift and tilt, and this connection between the shift of the axis, the “fall of man” in the Garden of Eden and the Deluge, is alluded to in John Milton's Paradise Lost (1667).
Author, Zecharia Sitchin informs us that the Bible related the beginnings of agriculture to the aftermath of the Deluge and quotes these passages from Genesis 8:22:

For as long as the Earth’s days shall be,
There shall not cease
Sowing and harvesting,
Cold and Warmth,
Summer and Winter,
Day and Night.

Sitchin writes that, ‘“Sowing and Harvesting” were described in Genesis as divine gifts granted to Noah and his offspring as part of the post-Diluvial covenant between the Deity and Mankind”.

The 12th Planet, Zecharia Sitchin, Avon books, 1978, p. 413.

However if we look carefully at this passage from Genesis we can see that it reads more like a ‘judicial sentence’ which has been passed on mankind for some crime He commited, and reminds us of God’s wrath in Book X of John Milton’s Paradise Lost.
This only makes sense, when we realise that before the Deluge, mankind was used to a much better way of life – in that man didn’t really have to toil the land for food and had virtually lived the “Life of Riley” in a perpetual springtime (temperate) climate as described earlier.
A line from Ovid’s Metamorphoses: 

‘Virgil’s Georgics — like Hesiod’s Erga, a treatise on farming — paradoxically place the Golden Age in an era without the need for agriculture: “Before Jove’s day no tillers subdued the land. Even to mark the fields or divide it with bounds was unlawful. Men made gain for the common store, and Earth yielded all, of herself, more freely, when none begged for her gifts.” The community of goods and the spontaneous fertility of the earth presumably made farming unnecessary’.
My Name is Chellis and I'm in Recovery from Western Civilization,
by Chellis Glendinning . (Shambhala Publications Inc, 1994).

Like many other alternative researchers and authors, Sitchin has fallen into the repeating pattern of thinking that although the possibility has been acknowledged that the Deluge may have been related to the tilt of the Earth’s axis – what hasn’t been attentively acknowledged is the possibility that before the Deluge the Earth’s axis may have been upright or almost, and therefore more fruitful conditions were enjoyed by man.

Not acknowledging this, in his book The 12th Planet, (p. 413), Zecharia Sitchin, interprets this passage from the Bible as being God’s “gift to mankind” when it shows the complete opposite and rather suggests ‘angry words’ being delivered from an ‘angry god’ emphasising that mankind is now trapped in the cycles of time and now has to toil the land for his own survival.
While on the subject, Sitchin informs us that based on evidence, scholars agree that instead of using the fertile plains, man began his agriculture in the more difficult mountainous terrain – as if avoiding the uninhabitable lower regions which were not yet dry enough.
Further evidence that the Deluge was related to the tilt of the Earth’s axis and that afterwards man had to learn agricultural skills in sync with the newly acquired seasons, is given in Joscelyn Godwin’s book Arktos. Godwin quotes Jean Jacques Rousseau (1712–1778) who believed that the Earth’s axis tilted from the vertical in one fell swoop – bringing an end to the “Golden Age” and initiating the cycle of the seasons, therefore forcing man to measure time by the stars; the natural celestial markers of time, and learn the necessary agricultural skills needed for his own survival.

"In the Golden Age, “Time” in all its plenitude was closer to Eternity than to duration. On coming out of paradise, we fell into time, and our ongoing flight is merely our Fall, gradually accelerating. Our measuring instruments are the signs of our anguish. A being that lives in harmony with the environment in which it flourishes has no need for a wrist watch: the courses of the stars are enough. It experiences growing old only as a happy ripening; it participates in the music of the spheres".

Le Cycle de l’humanite adamique, (The Cycle of Adamic Humanity), Jean Phaure, 1988, p. 255.

If we now return to the detail from Tallinn’s ‘Dance of Death’ painting, (see previous page, figure 9), we find that the pipe of the bagpipes played by the first corpse, and also the limbs of the dead, are each angled at 23 degrees – all except the ‘Man of God’ who is standing upright and holding an almost upright sceptre, as if reminding us that one has to be ‘upright’ and balanced to enter into heaven.

I have already commented on this detail and have given one interpretation; that the presence of this Abbot or ‘Man of God’ symbolises the delusions of the Church – i.e., the belief that the Earth is upright and is positioned at the centre of all creation according to God’s plan. However, there are also other underlying associations that one can extract from this image.

Christ Crucified Between Two Thieves: The Theme of Duality and the Triad

Christ on the Cross Between Two Thieves

Figure 4: Crucifixion Above/Between Two Thieves
Jesus flanked by the two thieves Dismas and Gestas, is often shown with his head leaning to his right and towards the "good thief" Dismas who is talking to him, while Gestas is shown facing away from Jesus.

"And when they were come to the place, which is called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the malefactors, one on the right hand, and the other on the left".
  Luke, 23:33. King James Version

“ . . . as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up . . .”  John 3:14

crucified serpent 2

Figure 5: Crucified Serpent.
Image from the Book of Abraham the Jew (14th Century).

One of the criminals who hung there hurled insults at him: “Aren't you the Christ? Save yourself and us”! But the other criminal rebuked him. “Don’t you fear God,” he said, “since you are under the same sentence? We are punished justly, for we are getting what our deeds deserve. But this man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said, “Jesus, remember me when you come into your kingdom.”
Jesus answered him, “I tell you the truth, today you will be with me in paradise.”

Luke, 23:39-43. New International Version.

Christ on the Cross Between Two Thieves by Peter P

Full quote from Catastrophobia by Barbara Hand Clow – p.p 74 - 75:

“Based on sixty years of research as an Egyptologist, Jane Sellers offers impressive evidence that the Egyptians tracked precessional changes as far back as 7300 B.C., during the Age of Cancer. Because she goes back so far, Sellers is a significant source for Axial Tilt Theory. Regarding the Unification of Upper Egypt and Lower Egypt under Horus, Sellers concludes, “It was an account constructed to explain the altered sky, and solve the consequent problems that the alterations posed.” This suggests that the rebirth of an order from the First Time by the Unification was designed to deal with the changes caused by the tilt which is explored in depth in chapter 5. Seller’s statement suggests that Zep Tepi was a time before the axis tilted, and she contrasts the earlier and later periods by noting that during the First Time, “the skies had a significant balance,” and during the later historical period, myths were created “to deal with distressing alterations in the sky.” The Pyramid Texts tell the story of Sekhmet, the lion goddess, who unleashed the Flood in a rage and nearly obliterated Earth, during the Age of Leo. Then the Dynastic Egyptians even created a ceremony that involved rebalancing the skies, the erection of the Djed Pillar”.

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