Gary Osborn

First written between 2004 and 2005. Updated 2012.

Copyright © Gary Osborn 2005. All Rights Reserved.

Evidence for this is found in the many myths of gods being nailed to or hanging from a tree - their spines aligned with the vertical trunk of the tree.

The Norse god Odin, Ódhinn, Wotan, Wodan or Wodhanaz, the ‘Great Shaman’, was sacrificed on the tree called Yggdrasil; he was impaled there by his own spear and hung for nine days to win the secrets of immortality and wisdom.

Vishnu, often seen as a serpent, was born beneath a Banyan tree and, like Buddha, who was also seen often as a serpent, was enlightened, or born again, under a Bo tree. The Biblical meaning of ‘born again’ is ‘change of heart’ or ‘enlightened’.

To be born again, the shaman sacrifices himself to Himself, and the sacrifice is his own ego – ‘Himself’ being the True Self, the ‘Inner Sun’ that lies beyond the void of one’s unconscious of it.

Take for instance the image of Jesus on the cross (tree), for him this True Self within was the “Kingdom of God”.

Like Odin, he too was pierced by a spear and in the right side – a wound made to the liver – which is symbolic in itself, as the liver is associated with regeneration . . . indicating rebirth and resurrection.

Instead of nine days, Christ is three days resurrecting, and on either side of him hangs a thief on a cross – THREE crosses in all making the Triad (the two opposites with Christ as the Midpoint between them) and on the hill (mound) of Golgotha, the “place of the skull”.

The Bible never mentions a cross, instead the original word was ‘tree’ and almost all early Roman crucifixions were on trees.
So where did this cross image come from? And who added it into the Christian passion?

People were also often impaled or nailed to a pointed stake or tree called the Stauros (Gk) and left to die.

Climbing the Tree and Ascending the Mountain

It is said that if the shaman – while in trance – reaches the trunk of this ‘world tree’ and/or the central axis of this ‘world mountain’ and climbs it, then he will reach the higher planes where a powerful mystical experience will result.
 
Many people are confused as to why there is both a mountain and a tree and why both are referred to as if they are one and the same thing. A tree is not a mountain, so why are the two described as if both are one and the same?

Again, “climbing the trunk of a tree”, is a metaphor which reflects an internal process associated with the spinal column and skull of the shaman himself – an experience described in many people’s accounts. The natural correspondences that exist between the tree, the skull and the spinal cord - all of which were duly observed and noted by the ancient shaman - are illustrated above in Figure 3.
 
And the mountain?

Well in his books, author Colin Wilson mentions what he describes as the “ladder of selves”, and I would remind the reader of the paragraphs we read earlier taken from P. D. Ouspenky's book Tertium Organum and the quotes by M. V Lodizhensky, as well as Francis Bacons 'Pyramid of Philosophy' in which he imagines the levels of his seven principles of learning to be arranged, stacked up on top of each other like an inward sloping pyramid - the apex or capstone (which is missing from the Great Pyramid of Giza) being the mystical seventh.
 
Here’s the quote by Wilson:

“This ladder seems to have one peculiarity. Unlike the ordinary ladder, its sides slope inward so the rungs become shorter. Everyone who has been through some personal crisis knows that in order to develop a new level of being, we need to make an effort of compression – we even use the phrase “pulling ourselves together” to express what we do when we have to achieve a higher level of organisation”.

Poltergeist: A study in Destructive Haunting by Colin Wilson. Llewellyn Publications, 1993, p. 83.

Wilson’s words are interesting. But what are Colin Wilson and the shaman really describing?
Well aside from the chakra levels of the spine associated with the Kundalini enlightenment experience, which again, all this is ultimately leading to and an experience not acknowledged or identified as such, they are trying to portray a simple understanding of the Triad (mountain) and its seven levels (tree).

The esoteric meaning of the Triad is really quite simple to understand, and we have already seen how it is applied.
As expressed in the ancient Egyptian Creation myth surrounding the god Atum-Ra, it was understood long ago that the ONE energy of consciousness is really something which is ‘neutral’ – however, it is divided into two equal forces . . . the positive and negative polarities, which are reflected in the world around us and in a multitude of ways.
More importantly, it was also believed or understood that it is we – or rather our own consciousness – that further divides this energy in two and from a process many of us find difficult to grasp.

However, it is known in various ‘mystery schools’ that this division is indeed necessary – in that the reality around us is actually being created from it. In other words, it is said that the ‘interference patterns’ being created from the interactions of these two opposite energies, is what creates ‘form’.
This understanding, and the wish of certain individuals to reverse this process so that they could escape the repeating patterns and cycles of a reality they considered "illusory" and which we are all largely creating ourselves, is illustrated in the Sacred Triad.
 
In terms of opposites, the two base points of the triad or triangle are positive (masculine) and negative (feminine). The apex is neutral. The Sufi mystic Gurdjieff called this neutral point the ‘Third Force’ – being the point of fusion where both the positive and negative opposites and forces become cancelled out - neutralised - in their union or fusion; becoming as pure energy again.

The following is from Gurdjieff’s lecture on the 'Law of Three', in which he describes the 'Third Force'. (My own emphasis in Italics):

“Before examining these influences,” began G., “and the laws of transformation of Unity of all universes. “This is the ‘Law of Three’ or the law of the three principles or the three forces. It consists of the fact that every phenomena, on whatever scale and in whatever world it may take place, from molecular to cosmic phenomena, is the result of the combination of the meeting of three different and opposing forces. Contemporary thought realizes the existence of two forces and the necessity of these two forces for the production of a phenomenon: force and resistance, positive and negative magnetism, positive and negative electricity, male and female cells, and so on. But it does not observe even these two forces always and everywhere.
 
No question has been raised as to the third, or if it has been raised it has hardly been heard.

According to real, exact knowledge, one force, or two forces, can never produce a phenomenon. The presence of a third force is necessary, for it is only with the help of a third force that the first two can produce what may be called a phenomenon, no matter in what sphere.
The teaching of the three forces is at the root of all ancient systems. The first force may be called active of positive; the second, passive or negative; the third, neutralizing. But these are merely names, for in reality all three forces are equally active and appear as active, passive and neutralizing, only at their meeting points, that is to say, only in relation to one another at a given moment.
The first two forces are more or less comprehensible to man and the third may sometimes be discovered either at the point of application of the forces, or in the ‘medium,’ or in the ‘result’.

But, speaking in general, the third force is not easily accessible to direct observation and understanding.*
The reason for this is to be found in the fundamental categories of our perception of the phenomenal world, that is, in our sensation of space and time resulting from these limitations.
“People cannot perceive and observe the third force directly any more than they can spatially perceive the ‘fourth dimension’.

“But by studying himself, the manifestation of his thought, consciousness, activity – his habits, his desires, and so on – man may learn to observe and see in himself the action of the three forces”.

 In Search of the Miraculous: Fragments of an Unknown Teaching 
by P. D. Ouspensky. Harcourt, 1949, p. 77.

* It is not easily accessible to direct observation and understanding because again, the 'Third Force' constitutes the Unconscious or ‘Collective Unconscious’. (Gurdjieff’s lecture on the ‘Law of Three’ and as it appears in P.D. Ouspensky’s book, In Search of the Miraculous, is a splendid description of the Third Force-Neutral Point, as it also shows how myopically blind we are to it in our everyday observations and interactions of reality; and even when we have it brought to our attention and are instructed on it we often find the whole concept hard to grasp even though it is quite simple to understand.

Following is another quote about the 'third force' which is being referred to as the ‘transliminal mind’. (For clarity on what exactly constitutes the 'subconscious' and the 'unconscious', I have added some ammendments in brackets. It places these psychoanalytical states of consciousness in a better perspective which works well with the shamanic 'Triad' conceptions we are presently examining).

‘What is important in this realisation, Rugg felt, is what he termed the ‘theorem of the transliminal mind’.
In this concept, the illuminating flash of insight occurs at a threshold of the conscious-non-conscious-continuum on which all of life is lived (Rugg 1963: 292–293). Rugg, in other words, identified not only the two ends of the continuum, the conscious and the non-conscious [subconscious] state, but a third state that also exists. [the Unconscious].
This third state constitutes a transliminal antechamber in which the creative flash occurs. As Rugg (1963) notes, people like Galton, James, Schelling, Freud, and others, were aware that a fertile border state exists between the alert, conscious problem-solving mind and the depths of the unconscious [subconscious] but they did little more than name it. Rugg’s study suggests that the phenomenon of ‘imagination’ is similar to the Taoist’s state of ‘no-mind’, the state of ‘letting go’, so we reach the place where ‘we know before we know it’ (Rugg 1963:293).
The crux of Rugg’s thesis is that this reservoir for acquiring knowledge and new insight is not necessarily reached by way of the rational mind, which we allegedly aim to develop first and foremost in modern schooling (Glazer 1999; Gatto 1997).
The illumination of mind, Rugg argues, is primarily nourished through a stimulation of the child’s imaginative powers. Through the alchemy of thought-feeling, concentration-relaxation, the antechambers of consciousness are fused with something of a higher nature than thought or knowledge itself. In artistic life, the process of the ‘higher self’ merging with the ‘lower self’ is typified. For that reason, Rugg believed, as Steiner did, that education is a question of making teaching artistic and imaginative’.

Rudolf Steiner’s Pedagogy of Imagination: A Phenomenological Case Study, 
by Thomas W. Nielsen, PhD.

And so in the Triad, shown above with the neutral (Third Force) centreline that divides the opposites and where both opposites can be brought together and united, we also see the “world mountain” with the upright Pole of the Ecliptic, as well as the Prime Meridian running conceptually through its centre – being the shaman’s “tree” or “pillar” with its seven levels.

More importantly, in the macrocosmic sense, the upright ‘Axis Mundi,’ ‘World Pillar’ or ‘World Tree’ again symbolises the Pole of the Ecliptic and the aligned Prime Meridian – but in the microcosmic sense it is also the shaman’s own spinal column – which was also symbolised in the obelisk, columns, pillars and totem poles of many ancient and indigenous cultures.

These human axis/Earth axis connections clearly fall into place in the following taken from The Book of the Hopi:

“Through each man ran an axis, man's axis being his backbone, the vertebral column, which controlled the equilibrium of his movements and his functions. Along this axis were several vibratory centers which echoed the primordial sound of life throughout the universe . . . ” 
The Book of the Hopi. A Hopi Legend.

The “several vibratory centres” is obviously a direct reference to the seven Chakra levels that align the spine - the human axis - as illustrated in the seven levels of the World Mountain shown above.

Siberian shamans even marked the centre poles of their tents with seven notches.

In Canada upon the Northwest coast, one finds the tribe of the Tsimshian. The Tsimshian shaman cuts holes upon a totem pole; this serves as a ceremonial route, which allows the Shaman to gain access to the house of Haidzermerh, who is the creator.
The shaman makes contact with the creator through a hole in the sky.

Some research into our esoteric traditions tells us that this “climbing of the trunk of a tree” – also described by the shaman as a “sky ladder”, “rope ladder”, “vine” or even a “spiral staircase” as well as “Jacob’s Ladder” (the latter two also featuring in Freemasonry symbolism), is a metaphor which reflects an internal process associated with the spinal column and skull of the shaman himself – an experience also described in many people’s accounts of a “Kundalini Awakening”.

Both the tree and the mountain are climbed, and through the imagery of both, an analogy was made with one’s own ‘inner ascension’ through the chakra energy levels of the human body that the mystical traditions tell us begins at the base of the spine - the coccyx - and end just above the head - again, the Bindu.

We are told that the ancient Egyptians believed that salvation or enlightenment was again attained through ascending the spine – the vertebrae being used as the “rungs of a ladder”. For example, in the ancient Egyptian texts, Osiris ascends to heaven on a ladder (maqet) over the spinal column of his mother, the sky goddess Nut.
Thespis: Ritual, Myth and Drama in the Ancient Near East
by Theodor Gaster, (New York: Harper & Row, Harper Torchbooks, 1950), 396.
 
Every December, those of us who live in predominantly Christian nations, will have a ‘Shining One’ in our own living rooms; either an Angel or Star positioned on top of the traditional Christmas Tree – a pine or fir tree that also illustrates the inclining shape of the ‘world mountain’.

Originally the star decoration would have represented the Polestar, but later it would also represent the star Sirius, the Shining Star of Bethlehem, followed by the three belt stars of Orion - as represented by the Three Magi or three kings in the nativity story of the birth of Jesus. All is symbolic of the reborn Sun/Sky God who has risen above the Tree of Life and Knowledge and giver of the same.

The Angel is androgynous – both male and female – and signifies the supreme god or goddess that sits at the top of this tree.

Again these traditional symbols are clearly shamanic in origin.

As mentioned the Altaian shamanic traditions say that the first shaman, Bai Ulgan, is seated on top of the mountain.

The ‘fairy’ or ‘fairy godmother’, also placed on top of the Christmas tree, represents the world-mother-goddess of wisdom, who also personifies the raised Kundalini energy – She who once held this top position. This goes right back to the earlier Lunar feminine cults and before the shaman (represented by the ‘father god’ of Solar religions) usurped her and took her power.

This Great 'Shining One', who also personifies the Source-Centre of All creation, also represents those who can reach this deity at the Apex.

In ascending the chakra levels along the human spinal axis to the highest chakra, it was believed that one was also ascending the Earth's axis towards heaven – the light of the Polestar to which the tilted axis of 23.5 degrees is pointing, now representing the abode of the gods and also the point of enlightenment.

Aside from the obvious phallic connotations, all pillars, columns or obelisks also represent the World Tree - which in turn symbolise the Earth's celestial polar axis and the Prime Meridian - and are indeed associated with the pyramids, which again, represent the shamanic ‘world mountain’ with the World Tree running through it.

A Hindu Sanskrit word perhaps associated with the name Atlantis, ‘Atala’ – meaning the ‘abode of the serpents’ – also means ‘Pillar’, and Atala (as in Atlas – the ‘sacred mountain’ or volcano that stood at the centre of Atlantis) was also deemed the ‘Pillar of the World’.

There are also numerous myths and legends that interrelate with the so-called ‘King of the World’ who remains entombed or “asleep” inside a WHITE mountain located at the centre of the Earth – again with the Earth’s axis running through it.

Although I wouldn't discount the possibility that an as yet undiscovered tomb belonging to a god-king figure exists, this is also symbolic.

As we will see, on one level this mythical theme of an upright axis at the North Pole held in place by a mountain, is perhaps a reference to a previous ‘Golden Age’ when the Earth was upright – as many believe(d) that it once was or indeed should be.

On another level, the “axis running through a mountain”, could be A), a reference to the original Prime Meridian during the pre-flood or prediluvial era, as in the mythical Mount Atlas, which some say was a volcano and which stood at the centre of Atlantis and possibly marked it; and/or B), the Prime Meridian that was re-located to Giza by the survivors of the Flood as indicated in this myth of a ‘white mountain’ at the centre of the Earth – a clear reference to the Great Pyramid of Giza which was once encased in WHITE Tura limestone

In India there is the spiritual Mount Meru – perhaps another reference to the mountain that stood at the centre of Atlantis – and in ancient creation myths this mountain also represents the Earth itself, known as the ‘sacred mound’ or ‘primordial mound’ relating to the first act of creation.

However, in terms of the Hermetic tradition of “As above so below”, the ‘mountain-tree-axis’ archetype symbolises not only the axis of the Earth but also the physical axis within the human body – the spine – as well as the physical and invisible, metaphysical processes associated with the endocrine glands, the chakras, the cerebrospinal axis and the central nervous system.

Above all, the triangular or conical mountain with its inclining sides that end in a point – its apex – is a potent metaphor for one’s own spiritual "climb" or ascent to enlightenment – an internal process.

As mentioned, most scholars agree that the ancient Egyptian name mer, given to the pyramids, means ‘Place of Ascension’ and this fits the ‘metaphysical’ descriptions given to this ancient ‘mountain-axis’ symbolism.

The Great Pyramid of Giza, which represents this mythical ‘mountain’, not only embodies most, if not all of the metaphysical ideas related to the shamanic ‘world mountain’ or ‘world tree’, but like a “scale model” in pyramid form, also contains information about the Earth and its axis. So, like the Great Pyramid it’s possible that for those who understand its deeper significance, the Glass Pyramid in Paris would be seen to represent the Earth itself with the axis (Prime Meridian) running through it – the four sides of the pyramid also making a reference to the four directions of N, S, E and W.

It has been said that the triangular shape of the pyramid – a tomb for a Pharaoh so say the Egyptologists – emulates the rays of the Sun shining down on Earth; and that it was believed that after death the soul of the pharaoh was able to “climb” these “rays” towards the Sun – the giver of life – which was represented by the apex or capstone of the pyramid.

This is but a literal interpretation based on the material Sun and observed physical phenomena, and it has a deeper esoteric significance, as the ‘real Sun’ is the Inner Sun – the source-centre within, to which everyone and everything is connected.

On the surface, the Glass Pyramid in the courtyard of the world’s most famous museum in Paris, with its thousands of exhibits and artefacts taken from the last 5,000-plus years of man’s evolving and developing history, stands as a crowning monument to human achievement; but still the metaphysical correspondences that relate to man’s spiritual aspirations would also apply, and so again, like the Great Pyramid, the glass pyramid too incorporates, or rather symbolises, the wisdom and knowledge associated with man’s own link with the ‘Deity within’ (the ‘Inner Sun’).

One comes face-to-face with the Inner Sun, through the universal ‘enlightenment experience’; a phenomenon that certainly was and still is familiar to the shaman of many indigenous cultures worldwide. The knowledge pertaining to the internal processes of this rare but truly extraordinary experience is the real secret that certain secret societies (the Freemasons being one of them) have preserved throughout history and under the dark looming shadow of the Catholic Church, and the symbolism associated with these internal processes were literally carved into the landscape in various places - and naturally observed in the Lotus flower shape of the River Nile and Nile Delta, which leads us to the deeper reason why the Prime Meridian that ran through Giza, aligned with the River Nile was deemed so important, a reason no less metaphysical in it’s meaning, but one that makes sense immediately.

Indeed it relates to the ‘core principle’ of all metaphysical knowledge that has been attained via this experience, as the Prime Meridian represents not only the internal Earth's axis that runs through the Earth's core-centre, as if projected onto the surface of the Earth, but it also represents Zero-Point - it being the neutral line that divides the opposites of East and West.

Yggdrasil

Now we know why the Great Pyramid (shamanic World Mountain) marks the Giza Zero Prime Meridian aligned with the River Nile, which resembles a tree, and is also said to resemble a lotus flower as well as the brain (Nile Delta) and spinal cord (Nile).

tree flower brain

Figure 7: Tree, Lotus flower and the human brain with brain stem/spinal cord.

“The Nile, identified with the god Hapi, who was a characteristic of Osiris, might also have been interpreted with the Djed pillar and the Cosmic Tree. The Nile was literally the “spine” of Egypt” [ . . . ] “On a map, the Nile could be seen as the spinal cord, with the Delta somewhat resembling the brain . . .”.

The Canopus Revelation: Dividing Egypt by Philip Coppens, Adventures Unlimited Press, 2004.

This master plan or design of a central line or point from which all other centres radiate, is very ancient, and obviously based on these early shamanic conceptions.

Zero-Point

The Prime or Zero Meridian is also important in the respect of cycles – because again, like the Great Pyramid, it represents zero-point.
If it’s true that in the post-flood era, the Prime Meridian originally ran through Giza and was marked by the Great Pyramid, then this also means that the Great Pyramid represented ‘point-zero’ on Earth and therefore it also represented the ‘Alpha-Omega’ – the beginning-end point in the cycle – a perception that is simple to explain.

For example, if we were to take a 360-degree journey around the world, beginning from the Great Pyramid – and if we kept to the 30th parallel – we would finally end up at the Great Pyramid.

We could of course look at this another way . . .

If everything is coordinated to the Zero-Meridian at Giza, then as the world turns, the daily cycle of the Earth’s 360-degree rotation would begin at Giza and end at Giza, therefore Giza and the Great Pyramid would have been seen as the symbolic centre of the Earth and therefore the ‘reality center’ as regards Space and also Time.

The Zero or Prime Meridian is also significant regarding human consciousness, which is also intimately tied up with cyclical phenomena as again revealed in this quote about global meridians:

Alpha-Omega . . . the Zero-Point in the Cycles

The Great Pyramid is formed from a square base and four inclining sides – each aligned with the four points of the compass – which end in a point. We should also note that in many Occult systems and also Freemasonry, the number 4 and the square, represent the Earth and the corporeal world; so then the pyramid with its inclining sides that begin from a square base, would simply represent one’s own ascension from the world of matter, up through several different levels towards a zero-point of singularity – the source of creation.

In Freemasonry, this source-centre is symbolised in the radiating light of the ‘All Seeing Eye’ or ‘Eye of Vigilance’ which we sometimes find depicted inside the detached and floating capstone of a pyramid – most likely the Great Pyramid. Again, this would mean that the capstone – which is now missing from the Great Pyramid, and which everything reduces to a point as conveyed in the pyramid’s inclining sides reaching inwards and upwards towards the apex – again, represents zero-point.

In terms of ‘theoretical physics’ the point of the apex would represent the non-local connection where all the energy-information pertaining to everything in the known universe is believed to be superimposed or fused as one. S
ome would say this non-local connection is God, what the Freemason’s term the ‘Supreme Being’ – the source of intelligence itself.

The capstone is but a microcosmic replica of the whole pyramid, so in the eyes of those who understand the esoteric significance of this structure and its central location on the planet, it’s likely that the Great Pyramid itself also represents point-zero on Earth and in every context that we could apply the term ‘Zero-Point’.

In other words, one’s attunement to zero-point.

In the mystical context to which this quote belongs, ‘zero-point’ is commensurate with the ‘Absolute’ or silent “Void” within, which is always at the centre beyond all duality (opposites) and recognised as the ‘source-centre of creation’ itself.

In terms of psychology, the Void would be the Collective Unconscious and the Superconscious.

For many of us, the ‘source’ of our very existence is concealed behind our own unconsciousness of It – hence the reason why mystics refer to this source as the ‘unconscious’, the black void.
However, it was/is believed that one can actually access this source-centre through meditation and shamanic trance, so as to ultimately become conscious of ‘It’, whereby in mystical terms, the “black void” of the unconscious, transforms into the bright light of the superconscious – the Godhead, the Absolute, and at the point of enlightenment.

How one achieves this was once one of the most jealously guarded secrets of the ancient mystery schools; in brief one is required to journey within, beyond and above one’s own duality. This requires some explanation, but will reveal why the Zero Prime Meridian and its pyramid marker are symbolically important in more ways than one.

In the esoteric sense, not only is the mountain and tree imagery used to symbolise the Earth and its axis, but both are also potent archetypes loaded with profound wisdom about the nature of human consciousness and our connection to the source-centre, to which everything is ultimately connected.

So then, in both these forms the shaman is really trying to portray a simple understanding of the Triad (mountain) and its seven levels (tree) – both of which relate to his understanding of the internal processes that underlie his own experiences – especially the enlightenment experience, known by the Hindus as Kundalini - which again centres on the spine and is associated with the seven chakra energy vortices.

Based on Dr Randolph Stone's Chart 3 sat

Figure 8: The Physio-Kundalini-Chakra System. Like any magnetic field, the toroidal-shaped Aura is created from the
distibution of positive and negative energy that flows in, out and around the seven major chakras aligned with the spine.
Diagram based on Dr Randolph Stone's Chart No. 3, Polarity Therapy: The Collected Works . . .
© American Polarity Therapy Association

The Initiate at the Midpoint, the Centre

These correspondences which reveal that the World Tree and World Mountain are metaphors for the human backbone/spine/axis and the enlightenment experience associated with the physio-kundalini-chakra system, is evident in the following which is related to the two figures above and on either side of the World Tree in Figure 1.

Again, the figure on the left is dropping fire (Sun/Solar Male energy) from two vessels onto the tree, and the figure on the right is sprinkling water (Moon/Lunar Female energy).

On page 225 of David Ovason's book, The Secret Zodiacs of Washington DC, there is a curious ancient Egyptian illustration; a Vignette from Champollion’s Monuments of Egypt and Nubia, vol I, p. xlii.

It has always been said that the Great pyramid was an initiation temple. And so again, all the evidence points to the conclusion that the pyramid was once utilised as some kind of symbolic, metaphysical “gateway” into the shamanic Underworld and ‘higher worlds’ associated with the human soul.

Obviously with all the encoded symbolism, traditions, myths and textual references that exist, it is obvious that we are being led to make these same connections.

As mentioned these connections between the Grail stories, the ancient Egyptian myths and texts and the shamanic World Mountain, is more evidence for my own view, that that a large number of the world’s major literary works, architecture, and various works of art (both ancient and modern) contain hidden clues; small fragments of significant data: pieces of a “giant jigsaw”, some of which seem to have been deliberately placed, intentionally encoded and with intelligent design to lead the initiated to the principles of an ancient system of knowledge.

Its only when one has somehow stumbled upon the 'key' central piece of the puzzle, that one is able to find all these other pieces by cross-referencing all these different sources, and which when put together, create the "bigger picture" which everything is leading to.

The ancient Egyptian symbolism above of a central figure (initiate) flanked by the Sun (Horus) on one side and the Moon Thoth) on the other, later made its way into the images of the Crucified Jesus Christ.

God-Sun-and-moon sat
Adam-and-Eve-Sun-and-Moon sat

Figure 12: Left: God as the creative, generative 'Third Force' positioned between the Sun and Moon opposites.
Creation of the Sun and Moon by Michelangelo Buonarroti, (1509), the Vatican.
Right Alchemical illustration depicting the energy of the 'Third Force' brought down by the Dove from heaven, and positioned between the Sun (king) and Moon (queen) opposites.

“At the top of the tracing board is an image of the Sun and the Moon. They represent many things – in the cosmic Man, they represent the male and female elements which must be reconciled and distinguished if spritual development is to be successful. In the esoteric cosmology they represent the extremes of creative solar power and undirected lunar imagination, which must be reconciled in the healthy human”.

The Secret Zodiacs of Washington DC, by David Ovason, (Arrow books, 2000) p. 124.

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