Vedic Cosmology

More than just a book, the Qabala was a compilation of ancient texts commissioned by Pope Cosimo de Medici in 1444 and collected into a non-church library at San Marco (in Florence). This library marked the end of the Dark Ages and the beginning of the Greek Arcadia revival that sparked the Renaissance. Through the Qabala, Sinclair and Hay had access to Vedic teachings (including descriptions of Mt. Meru), as well as old-world philosophies and scriptures from all over Europe, Egypt, and the Orient.

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The oldest text in the San Marco library would have been the Rig-Veda, which is at least 6,000 years old and predates the founding of Sumer, Egypt and the Indus Valley. In fact, many scholars now think its teachings, based on Vedic astronomical observations and spiritual cosmology, originated with tribes of Sanskrit-speaking, Armenian Aryans from northern Turkey whose missionary ventures founded the world' great civilizations.

As I came to discover, the Vedic cosmological concept that Earth was fertilized by the Sun and Venus is a central theme in Rosslyn chapel (c1446). We find this cosmology symbolized in the Hebrew Shekinah pillar, which descends from Semitic Akkadian worship of Asherah (also Ashtoreth, Astarte, and Ishtar) - the goddess of Venus. This pillar is a recreation of the so-called "Asherah pole" that was originally carved from entheogenic Acacia wood and required in all Hebrew temples.

As this tradition fell out of favor and was discouraged by the priests, the goddess figure became the Holy Spirit of the Hebrew Trinity and represented as a pillar of smoke. Yet, for several centuries afterward evergreen trees were brought into Jewish homes to celebrate the rebirth of the Sun during the Winter Solstice. Revived only recently in the early 19th century, the Asherah pole is now known as the "Christmas Tree" and commonly topped with a pentagram star, symbolic of the orbital geometry of Venus hovering over Mt. Meru.

This diagram illustrates these concepts by comparing the Shekinah pillar with a totemic representation of ancient Vedic cosmology. Notice the pentagram star and musical cherubs representing Venus (Vena) and her children.