Gary Osborn

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The ‘Ecliptic Centre’ is a blank point in space around which the heavens turn.

It is the point in space to which the imaginary 'Pole of the Ecliptic' is aligned, and the Earth’s pole would have been aligned if it were upright; and because it is a blank, nothing, point in space, it is referred to as the “hidden centre” or the “Void”. 

One could say that the Ecliptic Centre is a visual projection of the ‘universal Void’ of Hindu tradition and again the ‘Tao’ of the ancient Chinese, which is again, said to be the centre of consciousness itself.
 
As discussed, the ‘void’ of mysticism is associated with the ‘unconscious’ or ‘collective unconscious’ – in that man is now unconscious of it and so we could say that instead, man relies on the light of the false centre – as represented by the Polestar.
 
As we know, the Polestar changes from time to time, like “kings on a throne”, and so it represents man’s own centre – the collective ego – which has become separated from the Source.

One of the reasons why the ‘Ecliptic Centre’ is awarded the ‘ascendancy’ over everything else is because it does not change (although the Pole of the Ecliptic does change, but so slowly it’s not noticeable).

Therefore the Ecliptic Centre is known as the ‘Immovable Mover’ – the zero-point, source or centre around which everything is rotating like a cyclone, vortex or “whirlpool” in the sky.
 
In terms of ancient Egyptian mythology, the Ecliptic Centre and the 25,800-year ‘precessional circle’ traced out by the tilted Earth’s axis would be the “Eye of Ra”.

It’s appropriate then to say that the precessional cycle is another interpretation of the ancient Egyptian, circumpunct symbol of a simple circle with a dot at its centre.

Eye of Ra

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Figure 1: The Ancient Egyptian 'Eye of Ra' symbol - the eye being the Ecliptic Centre at the centre of the circle in the North sky carved out by the Earth's axis in the duration of the Precessional Cycle of 26,000 years.

Now if the axis did fall during man’s time on this planet, then experiencing it falling away from this Centre and the Ecliptic Pole, which the ancient Egyptians referred to in the Pyramid Texts as the 'Great Mooring-Post of the Sky', must have created a crisis in man’s consciousness from which, and in an archetypal sense, he has never really recovered.

It would be as if man’s own backbone or spinal axis had slipped and “fallen away” – both his spine and the source becoming misaligned . . . the "slippage of the frame being a kind of cosmogonic sin", as Thomas McEvilley writes – hence Edgar Cayce’s words, that “man who has lost his spiritual self is like a ship without a rudder”, and Mather Walker’s sentiment that Cayce’s words are “a clue for understanding the story of Hamlet” who is “curiously unable to direct himself on any course of action”.

The alternative view would be, that perhaps the axis had never fallen away from this centre; that it has always been tilted, and that man merely believed that the polar axis should and must be aligned with the Ecliptic Centre.

However, for now we shall go along with the former scenario, and in this regard, what must be emphasised above all, is that ultimately, the inspiration for the character of Hamlet is the ancient Egyptian god Horus who avenges his father Osiris by slaying his uncle Set.
 
The “mill” is central to the original story of Hamlet in that, again, it belongs to the hero of the story who represents the human race.
Like Osiris, Horus and the numerous gods who represent him, Hamlet, Amlodhi or Frodhi, is the hero; the focus for man’s vision of the 'Golden Age' . . . the “once and future king” who owns the mill in which the “land and the king are one”.

Mather Walker writes that one of the most important things that Santillana and Dechend failed to notice was that these myths also contain the message that whatever changes happen in the macrocosm are also reflected in the microcosm.
 
What does Walker mean by the macrocosm being reflected in the microcosm? 

Is he alluding to the ancient belief that the macrocosmic Earth’s axis is reflected in the microcosmic ‘spinal axis’ of every individual?
 
If the hero represents the human race, then we are being told that both the Earth (the land) and mankind (the “king of all creatures”) were ‘one’ . . . and via the upright axis reflected both in the Earth’s pole and the spinal column of man.
As we know, man is an upright walking bipedal creature – his two feet in the dual world of physical existence and his spine and head vertically aligned with the centre of heaven.
 
In the Finnish tale, The Kalevara, the mill is known as Sampo – a word derived from the Sanskrit Skambha, which means “pillar” or “pole” – again an obvious reference to the Earth’s celestial pole or axis. In the Nordic myth the mill is known as the Grotte.
In any case, it is said that the mill known as Sampo or Grotte was something no human strength could move or budge, so our hero, the owner of this magic mill, recruited two giants to work it – ordering them to grind out gold, peace, and happiness.
In some versions of the story the Grotte – like a corn mill – grounds out the hero’s meal, which was a “kenning of gold”.
 
It’s possible that the ‘golden’ harvest produced by the upright and perfectly working mill is a metaphor for the perfect planetary conditions which surrounded the upright axis of the ‘Golden Age’ – also known as “Frodhi’s Peace”. 
This straight position of the Earth’s axis also reflects the confidence, good health and centredness, expressed in a perfectly straight back or spine – one’s own axis - as exemplified in the upright Djed Pillar (backbone) of Osiris.
It would seem then, that we also being told that the ‘world of form’ is itself being created via the human axis – i.e., the central nervous system.
 
As a myth, again the story is one of ‘imbalance’ and we are being told that at one time everything was in balance.

The ‘mother Earth’ (Isis, Ma’at etc.) was aligned with the source (Atum-Ra or Anu), and the Sun, (the Sun god – the son of Atum-Ra) via the Ecliptic Plane, which we are being told was once in the same plane as the Earth’s Equator.
 
Could it really be true that at once-upon-a-time and during man’s relatively short history, the Earth’s axis was almost upright and that something dreadful happened which instantly changed this?
 
But furthermore, and as I will reveal, I discovered that the 26,000-year Precessional Cycle is intimately related to all cyclical phenomena, the average human lifespan and more importantly human consciousness.

This is what was believed and this is what we are being told: that everything is indeed connected by cycles; trapped within them even, and that human consciousness and the average human life span on Earth had been shortened, restricted – limited – since the catastrophe that had tipped and skewed the Earth –“breaking apart” its once tight bond with “heaven” and “God”.
 
As said, Atum-Ra is the central ‘father god’ of the Heliopolitan Egyptian pantheon of 'Nine principle gods' known as the Ennead. 
He has his counterpart in the Sumerian Anu, the Greek god Zeus and the Roman Jupiter or Jove. He is associated with the source-centre of all creation itself – the void (represented by the Ecliptic Centre) from which its was believed everything in the universe has manifested.
 
Is it true that the Earth’s axis was once upright and that it fell – became tilted away from the father god? Or is this just a belief based on man’s wishful thinking – i.e., that an upright axis or world would be an ideal situation; a more balanced existence?
 
Again, this tilt was seen as the work of the evil usurper – the evil brother Set, (Typhon) who represented the first season of Winter, as it was he who symbolically “tipped the Earth” (murdered Osiris of the Djed – the axis mundi) and caused the imbalance which created the positive and negative cycles of Summer and Winter.
 
Again, this is symbolic of man’s condition; that with the Earth, he fell from a condition of balance and equilibrium by which he was linked directly to the source of creation, into the pendulum swing of opposites. This “fall” was considered to be the cause of all “evil”.
Horus/Heru is the hero who is the raised and resurrected Osiris, and Horus is often closely linked, even syncretised with Ra or Atum-Ra the creator god, as Ra-Horakhty, "Ra as Horus of the Two Horizons".
 
As we will discover, the dead god Osiris represents the tilted Earth's 'Celestial Polar axis' which points to the Pole Star - his abode and the abode of the gods.
However, Horus represents the upright 'Pole of the Ecliptic' - the direct link with the creator god Atum-Ra, the 'Ecliptic Centre' symbolised as the 'Eye of Ra'.

In his exhaustive two-volume work, Nights of the Gods, 19th century writer John O’Neill, who shows how linear, phallic-shaped objects like spears, staffs, pillars, columns and trees, are all symbolic of the Earth's polar axis, (which is why we possibly find them at the angle of 23.5-degrees in many paintings and other sources throughout history), also concludes how all the world’s myths make reference to the Pole Star and the star constellations that revolve around it. O’Neill’s theme is that:

Although the above sentiment is correct, in that Osiris rules the Pole Star - formerly represented by his evil brother Set - I would say that O’Neill’s tendency to assign the “Most High” to the Polestar is technically wrong. He is correct in the fact that the shining Pole Star, around which the heavens turns was believed by many pagan cultures to be the abode of the gods - a belief which has its origin in shamanic lore. But again, the “Most High,” would be the hidden Ecliptic Centre, the 'unmovable mover', where there is no polestar, or anything in particular.

The “Most High” of all Egyptian gods was again Ra or Re – ‘The Creator’ also known as Atum and later syncretised with the Sun god Re or Ra, to become Ra-Atum or Atum-Ra. 
Above all else, for the ancient Egyptians, Atum-Ra was the original ‘Sun God’ – his Shining splendour also reflected in the rising Sun at dawn, as also represented by Horus, also a Sun god. However, in the esoteric sense, while Horus represented the physical Sun, Atum-Ra represented the ‘Inner Sun’ – again the centre of one’s consciousness and the point from which all of us receive the life force like we receive the life-giving rays of the Sun. We can see that the physical Sun, and the spiritual Sun, both reflect each other as the life-giving source.

So then, it was the ‘Ecliptic Centre’ that was seen to be the true “abode of the gods” – especially in classical times and in more recent times, seen as the “Kingdom” or “Throne of God”. Today a mystic looking at these ancient beliefs would again relate it to the Source-Centre of all creation.

We find support for this in the fact that Atum-Ra’s equivalent in Sumeria, was the god An or Anu, and it was Astronomer, Sir Norman ‘Lockyer who first pointed out that the Babylonians distinguished the pole of the equator (celestial axis) which they called Bil, (or Bel, Baal – a god synonymous with Osiris) from the ‘pole of the ecliptic’ which was called Anu’, and as Horus is syncretised with Atum-Ra, we find that the name Anu would apply to Horus also. As we will see, more support for the theory that Horus (Anu) represented the Pole of the Ecliptic is found in the Dendera Zodiac, which we will also be looking at later.
 
It would appear then, that to reach the “kingdom of god” one would have to be balanced - as like Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis who represents this balance; in other words, one’s dual consciousness must achieve that fine balance or fusion between the male and female opposites and in attunement with the source-centre of creation - hence the Triad symbolism which we will see more of as we go on.
 
Again, in this 'fusion' manifests the ‘soul’, which "flies" astrally out of one’s body at the point of death, and if one achieves that non-dual state while being judged in the presence of Osiris in the Hall of Ma'at - said to be loctated at the Pole Star (his abode) to which the tilted axis is pointing - then one can become an Akh (Shining One) and move on to join the father god in the heavenly kingdom at the centre of creation as represented by the Ecliptic Centre.

We will see more evidence for the above as we continue on through these presentations.

Next we will turn our attention to the shamanic concepts of the 'World Tree' and 'World Mountain', which began as metaphorical constructs, providing ancient man with the means to ascend (an internal experience) to this Source-Centre of Creation.
These concepts will hopefully present us with a better understanding of everything we have absorbed thus far.

We will also see how the Prime Meridian, which is a projection of the tilted Earth's axis onto the surface of the Earth has a deeper symbolic meaning in relation to these ancient concepts.

‘The Most High, the deity symbolically worshipped on High Places, was the God of the Polestar, who was seated at the Highest celestial spot of the Cosmos, the North Pole of the heavens’.

Nights of the Gods Vol 1, by John O’Neill. (1893). p.486.

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