The Secret Teachings 2/13/16 – Spring Rituals & Symbols / Solar Bowl 50 (DOWNLOAD or LISTEN)
Each year as the sun slowly sinks, dying in strength and light, into the grave of the Earth, it is seen as fully dead by the mid-winter. December 21st marks the mid-winter solstice, when the sun is recognized as having died. During the next three days, the sun rests in the womb of the earth, otherwise known as the cave, grotto, pyramid, tomb, mound, grave, etc. After those three days the Earth (female/goddess) becomes impregnated with a harvest (child) once the sun begins moving once more. At this time, the sun moves slightly north on the horizon and this starts a new cycle that climaxes with a fully strong sun during the summer-solstice. As the sun’s (male/god) strength returns, it impregnates the earth (female/goddess) giving birth to both itself as the son-savior who ‘saves’ mother Earth from the dark, dead, coldness of the winter, and the new harvest that ‘saves’ mankind
During the winter-solstice, the sun-(god) is reborn on December 25th, three days after being deemed dead within the cave (tomb) of the earth (goddess) on the horizon. This sun-god symbolically saves his mother-earth from the destructive father, sometimes depicted as the Roman god Saturn eating his own children. This image of Saturn is meant to represent physical matter and, as Father Time or the Grim Reaper, also known as death, Saturn plants in material existence the seeds of our own destruction. However, Saturn is not only the destructive force in the Universe, dt the creative as well. He is known as the ‘harvester’, the Green God worshiped by pagan sects. This is why the Egyptian God Osiris, whom died and was resurrected by his wife/sister Isis, who then fashioned a golden phallus to magically impregnate herself eventually giving birth to the sun-god/savior Horus, is depicted as having green skin (no he is not an alien, at least in the actual mythology).
After nine months, the time it takes a baby to grow in the womb, the Earth goddess gives birth to a bountiful harvest, which is celebrated with harvest festivals such as Samhain (sowen – halloween). Just as human mythologies aim to mirror and depict in stories that of natural cycles, the god of harvests and agriculture is seen as physically existing inside of harvested crops. It is then said that this ‘King’ (crops) must be killed and his body consumed. Here we have the ‘Killing of the King’ ceremony and the origins of sacrament. The concept of drinking wine as blood is not unique or strange as wine is made of grapes and grapes are fermented to become this drink. The process is one of transformation and ‘enlightenment’ even. Jesus turned water into water, representative of his ‘teachings’ being able to transform a novice or hierophant. Other mythological deities are the Roman and Greek wine gods Bacchus and Dionysus. Grapes are also said to contain the blood of fallen men in battle and those whom died prior to a grape harvest. Concepts of consuming flesh for the same purposes is also reminiscent of many tribal beliefs that by consuming the flesh of an animal or human, or by eating the liver, you can actually enlarge your soul. Others make sure the meat of a human is fully cooked so they are not possessed by the soul of this being.