Twelve Tone Scale as Gregorian Calendar

Calendar
I received this graphic from Bob Schlenker depicting the twelve months of the Gregorian calendar as a twelve-tone scale in an octave. Read More...

Jainist Meru Tower Symbolism in Europe

Tower
This illustration shows the influence of ancient Rig-Veda concepts of heaven on medieval European Christianity. Read More...

The Mushroom Cow City

Cow
What does the word "Moscow" mean? The standard explanation is swampy or wet land. However, another interpretation is "mushroom cow", which could be related to the use of psychoactive mushrooms by indigenous northern european tribes. Here's how. Read More...

Roslin Roseline Da Vinci Tartan

Roseline
Found this description in the Scottish Tartan Registry.
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Origin of Merlin's Pointed Sorcerer's Hat

Hat
This is the Fulguralis helmet of the Etruscans, meaning 'throw lightning', which we know today as the pointed sorcerer's or witch's hat. It descends from the Phrygian hat of ancient Anatolia or Asia Minor. Lady Liberty is often shown wearing a pointed Phrygian hat as a symbol of enlightenment and freedom of the mind. Read More...

The Urim and Thummim

Urim
In writing my new novel The Vajra Sequence, I have encountered many different facts that correlate in ironic or humorous ways. This is one.
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Vedic Symbols in Christianity - Part 1

Jesus
Seeing this apse scene in a Prague cathedral last October, I thought it was quite revealing when read as a Vedic symbolism. Read More...

Vedic Symbols in Christianity - Part 2

VajraAngel
An angel statue in a Catholic Church in Prague holding a variation of a Vedic vajra. Read More...

Kodi Kambam, Yupa Pole & Vajapeya Rite

Kodi
This is a Kodi Kambam, the phallic fertility center of a Vedic temple complex. Scholars believe this is where national flags and flagpoles originated - symbolizing a sacred space and fertile land. Read More...

Vedic Origins of the Hebrew Temple

HebrewTemple
Comparison of ancient Hebrew and Vedic temple designs reveal an underlying human form of proportions. Read More...

The Mushroom Tree of Knowledge

MushroomTree
A mural of Adam and Eve with the Tree of Knowledge from the 12th century Plaincouralt Chapel of the Knights Hospitaller in Mérigny, Indre, France. Read More...

The Seal of Solomon

Solomon
This is the Secret Seal of Solomon from the Lesser Key of Solomon, GOETIA (medieval Kabbalah). Notice the tower icon resembles the tower etching in Rosslyn. The purpose of the Secret Seal and inner "Vessel of Brass" was something like Aladdin's Lamp - to capture spirits and compel them to do one's bidding. Read More...

Jonah, Noah and the Yoni Symbolism

Yoni
Some would recognize this photo as a Buddhist lingam-yoni altar that symbolizes the unified male and female principles of cosmic fertility. Yet few would realize that it is also connected to such things as the Jewish celebration of Yom Kippur and Biblical story of Jonah and the Whale. Read More...

Possible Origin of Kykeon

Kykeon
The Hebrew word "kikayon" and the Greek word "kykeon" are one and the same. They likely refer to an entheogenic communion drink made from psychoactive mushrooms (Soma) and/or grain parasitized by ergot, the fungus used to make LSD. Read More...

Mt. Meru as Symbol for Fibonacci Series

FibMeru
The sacred mountain of the Rig-Veda is named Mount Meru. According to the ancient Vedic grammarian Pingala in his Art of Prosody, this "Mountain of Cadence" is a symbol for the sum of diagonals equivalent to what we now call the Fibonacci Series. Read More...

Sacred Mushrooms in Christian Art

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Folkoric Elves and Mushrooms

Elves
The Brothers Grimm, the famous scholars who collected and published old fairy tales, believed the three types of elves in Germanic folklore were symbolic of three types of mushrooms colored red, yellow (tan), and blue. Read More...

The Jebus cult in Jerusalem

Jebus
The name of Jerusalem, composed of the words Jeru and Salem, hold some interesting clues related to the Foundation Stone (shown in photo) and the Biblical story of the birth of Jesus. Read More...

The Pegasus Map

Pegasus
This is a map made in 1581 by Heinrich Bunting (Hanover) depicting Asia Minor, Asia Major and India as the flying horse Pegasus. It seems intended to describe the flow of knowledge from Anatolia and Armenia at the head, down through the throat of Syria and Phoenicia to Arabia; across the saddle of Mesopotamia and Persia; and finally into India and Malay Peninsula. The wings represent Central Asia and Siberia. Read More...

The Golden Boy as Mithras


GoldenBoy
Golden Boy (a variation on Roman god Mithras) was originally known as "The Genius of Electricity" when commissioned for Western Electric, then renamed "The Spirit of Communication" when sold to AT&T (formerly Southwestern Bell). Read More...

Angel Moroni as Entheogenic Symbol

Moroni
Angel's Trumpets, otherwise known as Datura or jimson weed, is a psychoactive plant typically made into an anointing oil and applied to the skin to invoke visions of angels and the sensation of flying. Read More...

Archangel Michael as Hindu Kali

Kali
In the New Testament archangel Michael leads God's armies against Satan's forces in the Book of Revelation, where during the war in heaven he defeats Satan. In the Vedas, there is a much older story of the goddess Kali (slayer of demons) who sets out to destroy the whole universe when Shiva (the Destroyer) lies in her way to stop her. The story of Michael seems to have its origin in the much older Rig-Veda story of Kali, which in turn is commonly taken as a metaphor for the balance between energy and matter. Read More...

The Goddess Latona

Latona
This sculpture is at the top of a fountain in the gardens of Versailles Palace. It depicts the goddess Latona with her twin children Diana and Apollo imploring help from their father Jupiter. Read More...

The Venus Transit Thru Taurus

Taurus
For this Sunday, I thought I would post some screen captures I took from my iPad StarWalk app during the last Venus Transit on June 5-6, 2012. It depicts the most ancient mythology surrounding the concept of resurrection into the after life. Here's a brief summary. Read More...

The Leontocephaline

Leo
The Leontocephaline figure sometimes used to represent the Roman god Mithras in Mithraic temples. Read More...

The Lion Goddess of Venus

Queen
An unbroken line of Venus-Lion fertility goddesses has existed from ancient Anatolia and Armenia down to present day. Read More...

The Second Coming as Entheogenic Vision?

SecondComing
It seems at least possible that the Second Coming might refer to the rediscovery of ancient entheogenic communion elixirs capable of inducing transdimensional visions. My new sci-fi novel "The Vajra Sequence" describes how this could bring about the birth of a new psychonautic science. Read More...

The Vajapeya Ascension Rite

Vajapeya
The kila stake and yupa pole represent a bridge between heaven and earth where the lightning has struck and delivered the divine food called soma. The Sacrificer of vejapeya must earn his soma. Read More...

Halo Symbolism

Halo
The halo, also known as a numbus, aureole, glory, or gloriole, is a ring of light that surrounds a holy person in art. I would propose that the halo originated in the wheaten wheel or "Sun door" mounted on top of the yupa pole used in the Vedic Soma-yajna ceremony. Read More...

Sagrada Familia Symbolism

Sagrada
The central spire of Gaudy's Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona is an evergreen Christmas tree topped with a red cross and bull's head. Read More...

Entheogenic Symbolism of Al Buraq

Buraq
Al-Buraq is the mythical steed of the prophets, said in the Quran to have carried Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem on the fabled "Night Journey." Cognate with the Greek winged horse Pegasus, Buraq is equated with lightning and thus the Vedic vajra. Read More...

Caddoan Swastika found in Oklahoma

Caddoan
Here is a diagram of a Uktena spiraling serpent design taken from a shell engraving found at the Spiro Mounds Site in eastern Oklahoma. It was created by a pre-Columbian Caddoan Mississippian culture that existed between the 9th and 16th centuries. Read More...

Communication with the Gods

TelephonePole
It has occurred to me from time to time that the choice of using a wooden cross to run millions of miles of telegraph, telephone and electrical wire across the countryside must have been intended as a Christian symbolism. After all, the wires could have been strung vertically, as they sometimes are, or buried in pipes. But instead we now have millions of old wooden crosses peppering the landscape to remind us that we are a Christian country. The irony of a divine communion messenger being replaced by a manmade energy and communication delivery network does not escape me. Read More...

Hay and the Goddess Haya

Haya
While traveling across Kansas this week, I saw fields full of hay. And, as boredom set in during the long drive, I began to wonder what the connection might be between the English word "hay" and the ancient name "Hayastan" for present day Armenia. The connection I arrived at might surprise you. Read More...

Symbols of Wonderland

Wonderland
Could there have been any more Amanita muscaria mushrooms in this promo shot? Read More...

Medieval Symbols for Entheogens

MedievalSymbols
This medieval engraving shows (from left to right) a monopod or sciapod, a female cyclops, conjoined twins, a blemmye, and a cynocephaly. Enthnomycologist R. Gordon Wasson has proposed that three of these mythical creatures were symbols for psychoactive plants and fungi. But I tend to think they were all secret entheogenic symbols. Read More...

Stupa Symbol in Sante Fe

StupaSymbol
A classic Vedic stupa at the Tibetan Project in Santa Fe. Notice the double vajra symbol painted on the base. Read More...

Etymology of God (n.)

God
Old English god "supreme being, deity; the Christian God; image of a god; godlike person," from Proto-Germanic *guthan (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch god, Old High German got, German Gott, Old Norse guð, Gothic guþ), from proto-Indo-European (PIE) *ghut- "that which is invoked" (cf. Old Church Slavonic zovo "to call," Sanskrit huta- "invoked," an epithet of Indra), from root *gheu(e)- "to call, invoke." Read More...

The Myth of Adonis

Adonis
Adonis is a young fertility god, a comely youth beloved by Astarte, and represents death and rebirth in an oriental vegetation cult. He is also known as the agricultural divinity named Eshmun and associated with entheogenic solanum and fungi for the religious visions they induce. Read More...

Etruscan Influence on Roman Catholicism

Etruscan
To understand the Romans and their Church, one must first understand the Etruscans who lived in central Italy (called Etruria) prior to the Romans.
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Origin of the Name Jesus Christ

Hesus
"Let us turn for a moment to find where the God Hesus came from… Read More...

The Solar Bull Origin

SolarBull
The association of the bull to solar resurrection is at least 12,000 years old. We find the sacred cow in Hinduism as Brahma, the creation god; in Canaan and Phoenicia as the sun god Ba'al; in Egypt as the Apis Bull; in Rome as a Bull's blood baptism for the cult of Mithras; and as a symbol of the Sun carved into a pillar at Gobekli Tepe in Turkey. But what exactly does it mean? Read More...

Viking Symbolism in the American Flag

Viking
We are taught that the colors red and white in the American flag represents valor and innocence, but this is not the whole truth. This color symbolism is very old and has a deeper meaning. Read More...

The Vainakh-Vedic Swastika

Vainakh
According to Leonti Mroveli, the 11th century Georgian chronicler, the word Caucasian is derived from the Vainakh ancestor Kavkas. The Vainakhs were the ancient natives of the Caucasus mountains. Read More...

Frontispiece to Elias Ashmole's Fasciculus Chemicus

Ashmole
Fasciculus Chemicus or Chymical Collections. Expressing the Ingress, Progress, and Egress, of the Secret Hermetick Science our of the choicest and most famous authors is an anthology of alchemical writings compiled by Arthur Dee (1579–1651) in 1629 while resident in Moscow as chief physician to Czar Mikhail Romanov (r. 1613-1645).
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The Bardo Trinity

Bardo
Of plants and planets - the Bardo Trinity. Read More...

Pope Francis Coat of Arms Symbolism

Francis
The coat of arms of Pope Francis I was derived from the coat of arms he used as a Bishop in Argentina. However, there was a modification to it some time after it was originally released to the public by the Vatican. Can you spot the difference? Read More...

Diamantine Dagger of Emptiness

Dagger
The Diamantine Dagger of Emptiness - the vajrakīla lightning stake that marks the bridge between Heaven and Earth. Read more here: Read More...

Cross as Bullseye on Communion Amphora

Bullseye
Another page from the 13th century Paris Eadwine Psalter showing Christ on a mount covered with mushrooms. His cross identifies the holy communion vessel. Read More...

Flying Symbolism and Entheogens

Flying
Today's ignorance to the meaning of ancient symbols and religious tradition is perhaps no better illustrated than by this cel from Disney's animated Aladdin movie. Read More...

The Kodi Kambam

Kambam
Here is a diagram of a Vedic temple complex, such as the Panchanadeeswarar Thiruvayaru temple of Shiva in Tamil Nadu, India. Designed after the proportions of the human body, the central Kodi Kambam (meaning "flag post" or "bridge") represents the male lingam and Cosmic Axis of Mount Meru. As such, it also represents the sacrificial yupa pole at the center of the temple's sacred space that later became the Christian cross. Read More...

The Elamite Calendar

Elamite
There is an interesting connection between Venus worship and Christianity that can be traced back at least 5,000 years to the Elamite people and their calendar. Read More...

Amurru and Yammu (Yahu)

Amurru
Amaru was (and still is) a prime deity of the Aymara people of South America. In Quechuan, Amaru means "snake" and it was depicted as a winged serpent with red crystal eyes and snout with the tail of a fish. Cognate with Mesoamerican Kukulkan and Quetzalcoatl, Amaru symbolizes lightning falling from the sky. The leader of the Incan people when the Spanish arrived was Tupac Amaru, meaning "Igneous Serpent" or "Fire Serpent" in the sense of lightning.*
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Varuna Riding Makara

Varuna
In previous posts, I have identified the Hebrew god Yahweh or Yahu as the mountain/ storm god on the Western edge of Canaan. But further research traces him farther back in time to the Vedic sea/sky god Varuna. Read More...

Vedic Key Symbolism

Key
One of the chapters in The Venus Blueprint is entitled "Key to the Musical Mountain." It was a reference to the Rig-Veda symbolism of Mount Meru as a transcendental mountain, tree or tower that bridges Earth to the heavens. This collage shows how this religious tower inspired not only the layout of St. Peter's Basilica in Rome, but also the city plan and monuments of Washington D.C. Read More...

Vedic Trinity Fertility Symbolism

Trinity
The Venus Blueprint as a "temple template" encapsulates the fertility symbolism of Vedic cosmology represented by the Brahmanda Cosmic "Easter" Egg. Read More...

Symbolism of Rosslyn Chapel's Ceiling

Ceiling
Here is a photo I took of the choir loft ceiling of 15th-century Rosslyn chapel near Edinburgh, Scotland. Notice the progression from right to left (west to east) of pentagram stars, 5-petal roses and what could be resonant cymatic patterns carved into the stone ceiling. It seems to be a clue that Rosslyn is symbolic of the pentacle star or rose orbital pattern of Venus and that it follows the same laws of resonance as a plate of sand vibrated by a musical tone. Read More...

The Goddess Freyja

Freyja
Good Friday celebrates Freyja's day, the Old Norse goddess. It marks the fifth day of the week before Easter Day in remembrance of the 5-fold Venus orbital pattern associated with the Morning Star. Read More...

A Vedic Eoster Egg

EosterEgg
Excerpt from The Venus Blueprint: "Reading further on the history and meaning of the World Egg, I became increasingly convinced that the combined star and egg symbolism was correct." Read More...

The Vedic Yajna Fire Ceremony

Fire
The Sanskrit word "kunda" refers to a round (or rectangular) hole or pit in the ground for storing fire during a Vedic yajna ceremony.* It is used as part of the Vedi (altar) in Vedic religion. The word "kundala" means coiled, so the word "kundalini" refers to a "coiled fire pit" at the base of the spine. Read More...

Anahita Goddess Origin & Associations

Anahita
Khor Virap (Armenian for deep pit or "deep well") is an Armenian Apostolic Church monastery located in the Ararat plain of Armenia, facing Mount Ararat near the border with Turkey. As the site of an underground prison for Saint Gregory the Illuminator, it was originally a sacred site for Astvatsatsin, meaning the Holy Mother of God known in ancient times as Anahita. Read More...

Zuchetto Symbolism

Zuchetto
In Roman Catholic liturgy, the funghellino (Italian for "small mushroom") is a short mushroom-shaped stand placed on the altar at a Pontifical Mass to hold the bishop's and higher prelates' skullcap (called a "zuchetto") during the Eucharistic prayer. This may well be a veiled symbol for the various entheogenic mushrooms once used in the Eucharist communion. Read More...

Pancha Ganapati

Ganapati
Every year my family celebrates a different winter solstice religious tradition and this last year it was the five days of Pancha Ganapati, the Hindu Santa Claus. Pancha means "five" and Ganapati means "father Ganesha", the Hindu elephant deity. Read More...

Ganesha Symbolism

Ganesha
The Hindu Ganesha elephant deity (a.k.a. Ganapati) is one of the best-known and most widely worshipped deities in the Hindu pantheon. Revered as the Remover of Obstacles and Lord of Beginnings, he represents the primal creative principle of Om and is said to live in the body at the first chakra or perineum. Read More...

Stupa Bell Symbolism

Bell
The earliest archaeological evidence of bells date from 3rd millennium BC, and is traced back to the Yangshao culture of Neolithic China. Placed auspiciously in temples and palaces, bells were most likely modeled after the cosmological model of the Vedic stupa (temple). Read More...

Medieval Vedic Symbols in England

England
A BBC article from Northhampton, England reported yesterday that a 400-year-old secret chamber had been discovered behind a cupboard at the National Trust-owned house Canons Ashby near Daventry. Inside the chamber were walls showing crests of local families, odd Latin texts and a variety of strange symbols, including one that looks like a Masonic compass or tower. Read More...

Names from the Mideast

Names
Many would like to think that the religious beliefs of the past are no longer relevant in this modern age of "enlightenment." Yet, the real truth is ancient gods and prophets are still very much at the center of world conflict. Read More...

Lightning Symbolism in Christianity

Lightning
Well, I couldn't resist saying something about this lightning strike of St. Peter's Basilica on the same day the Pope resigned. Read More...

The Allegory of Apollo and Artemis

Apollo
Of all the allegories for the resurrection of the Sun by Venus, the story of the twins Apollo and Artemis is perhaps the most beautiful. In this frieze, we see the sun god Apollo carrying his scepter (the Axis Mundi) followed by Artemis carrying a torch representing the Morning Star of Venus. Read More...

The Star of "La Merika"

Merika
My family received this wonderful bottle of La Merika Pinot Noir as a Christmas gift from close friends, perhaps because it resembles my last name. However, on the bottle it says ancient mariners followed a star named "La Merika" to discover America. Read More...

Religion and Harmonic Theory

Evolution
It is my belief that every religion in the world descended from the astrotheological and entheogenic principles of Vedic cosmology. Furthermore, I am convinced that the Rig-Veda itself was inspired by an ancient harmonic science that connected planetary and musical resonance patterns with the study of organic geometry. It was this path of reasoning that led to the Venus Blueprint. Read More...

Symbolism of the Vajra-kila

VajraKila
The kīla (also purba) is a three-sided stake, dagger or nail-like ritual instrument traditionally associated with Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Bön, and Indian Vedic traditions. The kīla is connected with the meditational deity Vajrakīla and thus cognate with the Vedic Vajra design. Read More...

Etymology of the name Mary

Mary
The mother goddess of the Basques was named Mari.* She was believed to live underground, normally in a cave in a high mountain, where she and her consort Sugaar met every Friday (the night of the Akelarre or witch-meeting) to conceive then the storms that would bring fertility. Read More...

The Tudor Rose Symbolism

Tudor
Lewis Carroll's story of the queen "painting the roses red" in Alice in Wonderland was a veiled reference to the 15th-century "Wars of the Roses" in England. The House of Lancaster (whose badge was a red rose) engaged in a campaign to defeat the House of York (whose badge was a white rose). Read More...

The Vajra and Fleur-de-lis

Fleur
The Merovingian fleur-de-lis is actually a stylized version of the ancient Vajra symbol. Read More...

The Mushroom Grail

Grail
The Holy Blood, Holy Grail theory that Mary Magdalene was the real Holy Chalice, carrying Jesus' DNA in her womb and giving birth to a royal bloodline, seems rather unlikely to me. Not because this wouldn't make perfect sense within the Biblical story of Jesus, but because some or all of this is more likely a astrotheological and entheological myth passed down and modified over thousands of years. Read More...

Saraswati: Guardian Who Fights Drug

Saraswati
This is a statue of Saraswati, the Vedic goddess of wisdom and enlightenment. She holds two mushrooms. Read More...

Mithras and the Taurobolium

Tauro
A central theme in the Bible is the demonization of bull symbolisms and idols, such as the Israelite's Golden Calf (The Egyptian Apis Bull). In Rome, Mithra was often depicted as The Hunter who kills Taurus the Bull. Indeed, the Mithraic baptismal rite was known as the Taurobolium. Read More...

The Hanged Man Symbolism

Hanged
The Hanged Man is an ancient symbol of resurrection. It refers to the process by which the sacred feminine (Venus) resurrects the divine masculine (the Sun). Read More...

Time Symbolism in Masonry

Time
"Among our many evidences that the religions of the West were derived from the identical Aryan sources which gave rise to the geometrical metaphysics of primitive Brahmanism, we may quote the Orphic Philosophy of Ancient Greece which placed "Time" (Chronos, who is Saturn and consequently Sheb and Abram) at the head of all things and endued it with life and creative power. Read More...

Fertility Symbolisms of the Golden Egg

GoldenEgg
To celebrate the end of the Fifth Sun and birth of the Sixth, here are some well known fertility symbols that were probably conceived by studying the architecture of a golden egg. Read More...

Golden Enneagram in Rosslyn Chapel

EnneagramRosslyn
The Golden Enneagram can now be dropped into the Venus Blueprint and overlaid onto the floor plan of 15th century Rosslyn chapel. Altogether, this reveals a Cosmic "egg and yolk" symbolism for William St. Clair's temple to Venus (the Hebrew goddess Asherah). But it is more than purely symbolic. Read More...

The Rojas Egg Model

Rojas
The Venus Blueprint is composed of a pentagram fractal inside a golden egg. As explained in my book, the two are compatible due to the golden ratio. Read More...

The Incan Nagual "Runauturuncu"

Incan
On a trip to Peru, I purchased this flying jaguar sculpture from a local Incan boy at the Sacsayhuaman ruins outside of Cusco. I later learned that jaguars like this are an integral part of Incan mythology and are considered a powerful spirit companion for shamans, who often consider the jaguar to be a nagual or body double used during astral travel. They believe its power protects them from evil spirits as they move between the earth and spirit realms. Read More...

The Seven Degrees of Mithraism

Degrees
The seven sacraments central to Roman Catholicism were probably derived from the seven degrees of Roman Mithraism, which itself descends from much more ancient Vedic and Hebrew rites. Read More...

The Hebrew Foundation of Masonry

HebrewMason
The phrase "getting the third degree" is a reference to the "twenty questions" of the Masonic third degree ritual. This can be shown to be derived from the three bardos of the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
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Mushroom Cult and the Holy Grail

Cult
According to researcher James Dale, the ancient rite of baptism refers to a "thoroughly changed condition resultant from the controlling influence of wine or rather an opiatic drug swallowed by being mingled in a cup of wine." Read More...

Yom Kippur and High Priest Rite

Yom
The Hebrew "ephod" or apron was worn by the High Priest of the Temple of Jerusalem. Hidden in its "hoshen" or breastplate were two specific objects of divination known as the Urim and Thummim. Read More...

Cosmic Egg Symbolism in the Vedic Stupa

CosmicEgg
The World Egg or Cosmic Egg symbolism is found in numerous ancient cultures. It describes the universe as having hatched from an egg.
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Mormon Bee Symbolism

Bee
Bees are considered by many ancient cultures to be transcendental creatures. For example, the region of northern Egypt stretching from the Delta to Memphis was known as “Ta-Bitty,” or “the land of the bee.” Other civilizations based their mythology on a utopian land of milk and honey, considered to be the most abundant and fertile place imaginable. Bees were symbols of fertility not just in life, but also in the afterlife. Read More...

Phrygian Attis in American Symbolism

Attis
The red "Liberty Cap" found in various U.S. seals and coins originated in ancient Phrygia (in Anatolia) with the worship of Attis, the consort of Cybele. Symbolic of personal liberty and enlightenment, Attis wore the red cap of the entheogenic Amanita Muscaria mushroom. Read More...

Masonry and Psychedelic Symbolism

Kronos
One of the main symbols of Freemasonry is the Acacia branch, as acknowledged in 'Morals and Dogma' by Albert Pike. As the sacred wood used in the building of Solomon's temple - the model for all Masonic lodges - Acacia is greatly revered in Masonic rites.
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Rosslyn Cube Symbolism

Cubes
Here is a photograph I took in Scotland's 15th-century Rosslyn chapel of one of the "musical cubes" carved into the top of the central Shekinah pillar. As you can see, it is a golden cube cut to the golden ratio. Read More...

Aztec Entheogens

Aztec
The ancient Aztecs employed a variety of entheogenic plants and animals within their society. The various species have been identified through their depiction on murals, vases, and other objects. Read More...

Marduk, Martu, Meru

Marduk
The Sumerian/Babylonian sun god Marduk was probably descended from sky/sun god Indra of the Rig-Veda. There are several reasons to believe this. Read More...

Meaning of the Red Sea

Red
The "Red Sea" is a direct translation of the Latin phrase "Mare Rubrum." A likely origin for this name is Mer-Ru or Meru, the Sanskrit name for the sacred mountain of the Rig-Veda. Read More...

Esoteric Interpretation of the Mona Lisa

Mona
It occurs to me that Leonardo Da Vinci's masterpiece Mona Lisa could have been an attempt to reproduce the smile of a goddess he saw during an entheogenic vision.
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The Ichthys, Noah and the Sea Gods

Ichthys
The Ichthys is a popular symbol for Jesus the fisherman, yet hidden within it is an ancient link to the Rig-Veda and Aryan homeland of Armenia.
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The Universal Solar Serpent Deity

Universal
Here is a comparison between the Peruvian god Virachocha and the Indian god Vishnu, along with a host of other deities depicted holding serpents in both hands. Read More...

Christ as Sol Invictus under St. Peter's Basilica

Invictus
Mosaic of Christ as Sol Invictus or Apollo-Helios in Mausoleum M in the pre-fourth-century necropolis beneath St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican — interpreted by many as representing Christ.
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Quetzalcoatl as the Egyptian "Serpopard"

Serpopard
The Babylon dragon or "serpopard" (a mythical half-serpent / half-lioness creature) is found carved on the oldest known artifacts from Egypt and Mesopotamia. Often found in pairs with necks intertwined, this mythical creature is believed to have evolved from Neolithic giraffe motifs into the twin-serpent Caduceus symbol used today as a symbol of health and medicine. Read More...

Ghandarvas as Machine Elves

Ghandarvas
Gandharvas are the psychedelic musician spirits of Indian mythology who fly as messengers between the divine and human worlds. Read More...

Vedi Near Mount Ararat

Armenia
This map shows the biblical Mount Ararat in proximity to a town in Armenia named Vedi which lies on the Vedi River. Read More...

The Machine Elves

Machine
Visions of the Machine Elves are fairly common under the influence of DMT. Are these experiences of some shared archetype built into the human neural cortex or perception of a real non-physical realm? Read More...

The Oxyrhynchus Papyri

Oxy
The Etruscan Bacchus was called Esar or Nesar; the Umbrian Desar; the Assyrian Issus; the Greek Dionysus; the Galatian Nyssus; the Hebrew Nizziz; a Greek form was Iacchus (from Iach, a shout); the Latin Bacchus; other forms of the word are the Norse EIS; the Phoenician IES; the Persian Yez; the Gaulish Hes; the German Hist; and the Chinese Jos. Read More...

Jacobs Ladder & Vedic Ascension

Jacobs
The story of Jacob's Ladder can be interpreted as a retelling of the ancient Vedic ascension ceremony, including the ritual of entheogenic communion. Read More...

Rebis and the Cosmic Egg

Rebis
The Fool is the wild card and the divine androgyne. It’s number is zero. Read More...

Jesus and Mushrooms

Vegi
There is a much deeper discussion to be had than whether Jesus had a wife or not.



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Osiris: An Early Green Man

Green
Egyptian Osiris - the first in a long line of "green men" or entheogenic plant gods. Consuming the plant in communion allowed the god to enter the body and liberate the uraeus "king" consciousness. Read More...

Etruscan Pyramids Discovered

Pyramids
Professor David George and a group of Saint Anselm students and alumni recently announced the discovery of a series of pyramidal structures under the city of Orvieto, Italy, just north of Rome. Read More...

Vedic Stupa Symbolism

VedicStupa

At the top of a Vedic stupa is a cone representing the Cosmic Tree. At the top of this tree is a "parasol." Above that is then placed the Vedic trinity representing the Moon, Sun and Venus, in that order. Read More...

Spanish Bullfight Symbolism

Bullfight
Veronica - a maneuver in a Spanish bullfight. Read More...

Odin: A Cyclops Symbol of Enlightenment

Odin
For this Wednesday, or Wodin's Day, here is Norse god Odin riding his 8-legged horse Sleipnir into the ninth world known as Hel. Read More...

The Meroe Pyramids in Nubia

Meroe
As a direct reference to the Vedic legend of Mount Meru, the Meroe pyramids may be the model for the Masonic pyramid on the U.S. dollar bill. Read More...

The Phoenix Symbol for the Queens Jubilee in 2012

Phoenix
The ancient symbol for the Venus Transit - the Phoenix - rises from the ashes at the Olympics closing ceremony. This completes the Venus symbolism of the Queen's Jubilee timed to correspond with the transit last June. Read More...

Venus: Guide to the Underworld

Underworld
Wings outstretched, Isis holds a sail and ankh to become the throne for the sun god Ra, carrying him across the sky and into the Underworld at night. Read More...

Venus: Love Goddess

Love
Here is a telling statue I found in the Athens museum showing Venus, Cupid and Bacchus together. Venus defends herself with a shoe as Bacchus tries to seduce her. Read More...

Artemis: Moon Goddess

Moon
The Greek goddess Artemis (Arcadian Kallisto) was the model for Roman Diana, the virgin moon goddess and night huntress. She was worshipped as a fertility/childbirth goddess like Lilthyia (Lilith) believed to assist young women in childbirth. During the Classical period in Athens, she was identified with Hecate - the Venusian goddess of liberty. Read More...

Isis: Venusian Mother Goddess

Hathor
Here is another picture I took of Egyptian goddess Isis at the Bardo museum in Tunis, Tunisia. Descended from the older Venusian goddesses Hathor and Lusaaset, Isis is depicted with wings and wearing a bull-horned headdress representing the crescent moon. Read More...

Magdalene: Woman of the Triple Tower

TripleTower
Here is a statue of Mary Magdalene at Salisbury Cathedral in England, identifying her as the leader and founder of the First Church of Britain. Read More...

Dual Phoenix Rose

Window
This stained glass window was installed in Rosslyn chapel during the 1860's as part of a restoration project. It depicts two opposing phoenixes rising through a stylized Star of David to become two pentagonal rose-stars. Read More...

Egyptian Deities

Tunisia
A photo I took in Tunisia of Osiris (center), Horus (left) and Isis (right). Read More...

Zeus' Lightning and Entheogenics

Zeus
Amurru was the Sumerian/Akkadian god who was the son of the sky-god Anu. There is evidence Amurru was also the real god of Abraham, perhaps replaced along the way by the rival Jewish god YHWH (Bel-Yah or Ba'al, the later Babylonian rain God), who descended into Christianity and Islam. He was associated with lightning and is considered the source for the legendary thunderbolts of Zeus. Read More...

Caduceus Sculpture

Sculpture
Thought this was interesting. A combination Venusian goddess and Hermetic caduceus to be installed on seven continents. Read More...

U.S. Capitol at Vedic Temple

Capitol
Most think of the government buildings in Washington D.C. as reproductions of Greco-Roman architecture, but they are more fundamentally based on the Vedic stupa and underlying Venus Blueprint. Read More...

Evening Star Resurrection Symbolism

Resurrection
The fairy tale of Snow White is actually a retelling of the story of Greek goddess Persephone's celestial rebirth after eating symbolically psychoactive seeds. Read More...

Pyramid Geometry in the Vedic Sri Yantra Meru

SriYantra
The Sri Yantra mandala is typically associated with Vedic Meru temples and sometimes used explicitly in their design. Read More...

Lay of the Last Minstrel

Minstrel
Sir Walter Scott's beautiful Rosabelle, the Venusian goddess of Rosslyn chapel believed to resurrect the Sinclair Barons into the afterlife. Read More...

Swastika Symbolism

Swastika
The Shwaas-tika symbol, meaning "serpent breath," was once used to mark Vedic temples on Hindu maps. It corresponded to the swirling temple or "tika" of the brain's pineal gland and crown chakra. Virtually every culture and religion in the world had some variation of this divine naga symbol, including Christianity.
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Ba'al Sun Symbolism & Etymology

Baal
This is a 14-12th century BC statue of the Semitic god Ba'al in Ugarit. He was a rain god, often shown holding a club and thunderbolt, and is equated with Egyptian Osiris, Greek Zeus and Roman Jupiter. Read More...

Evidence of Fertility Gods at Rochester Cathedral, Kent

Fertility
There is an interesting story behind the Green Man and so-called "Sheila-na-gig" sculptures found in the cathedral at Rochester, Kent. Read More...

Vedic Symbols

VedicSymbols
Earlier posts illustrate the correspondence between the Venus Blueprint and a variety of ancient symbols. This illustration provides additional detail on stupa symbolisms derived from the orbital geometry of Venus and what it really means. Read More...

Key Harmonic Intervals in the Human Body

Intervals
The original inspiration behind this book was my interest in finding the source for the musical cosmology behind the Rig-Veda. One area I examined was the musical structure of the body which the Greeks called Musica Humana. Read More...

Venus Transit in Art

Transit
The switch has been thrown. If we are to believe the ancient writings, the world has now been fertilized by the Birth of Venus and has entered into a final gestation phase for the new Sun.
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The Rosslyn Pentagrams

Pentagrams
This is a photo I took of the Shekinah pillar representing the Hebrew goddess of Venus in Rosslyn chapel. The Venus transit is now nearly aligned with this sacred fertility location relative to the chapel's floor plan. It sits directly in front of the holy of holies altar, the most sacred place in any Hebrew temple. Read More...

The Queen and the Union Jack

UnionJack
I have to say that the British Queen's Diamond Jubilee seems suspiciously timed to coincide with today's transit of the Queen of Heaven, whose gemstone is the diamond. Read More...

The Return of Venus in Cyberspace

Cyberspace
Some years ago I wrote a 3D myth-rock graphic novelette about the return of Venus through cyberspace. Read More...

The Solar Matrushka Egg

Matrushka
The Venus Blueprint is not only descriptive of the orbital geometry of Venus and Vedic temple design. It can be nested within itself to create an averaged orbital spacing model for the entire solar system. Read More...

The Creation of Adam

Creation
"The Creation of Adam" in the Vatican Sistine Chapel is actually a depiction of Jupiter, Venus and Cupid inside a cutaway of the human brain. Read More...

The Temple of Bacchus

Bacchus
The Temple of Bacchus is the largest Roman temple in the world. Located in Baalbek, Lebanon (once known as Heliopolis), this temple was dedicated to the Romanized Ba'al Trinity of Jupiter (Sun), Venus and Bacchus (the god of intoxication). Read More...

Venus Goddesses

VenusGoddess
Here are a few more Venusian goddesses to go with the ones posted a couple of weeks ago. Read More...

The Oculus Omni

Oculus
Greek historian Plutarch referred to Lusaaset, the earliest Egyptian goddess of Venus, as the "mistress of Annu" and "Eye of Ra." This nickname for Venus came from the planet's transit across the face of the Sun, forming a circumpunct "" that seemed to peer down at Earth like the eye of God. Read More...

Vedic Fertility Temple Design

TempleDesign
A diagram showing the correspondences between Classical Vedic temple design and Rosslyn Chapel. Read More...

The Roman Green Man

GreenMan
In the book, I discuss the relationship between Venus and various plant gods known as "Green Men." The Roman Green Man was Bacchus, god of the garden and intoxication. Read More...

Babylonian Amurru / Incan Amaru

Amaru
There are many things that prove an ancient connection between the Old World and the New World. One of these is the god of Amurru, lord of the sacred mountain. Read More...

Vedic Symbols in Rosslyn Chapel

ChapelSymbols
The Shekinah pillar in Scotland's 15th-century Rosslyn chapel is a symbol for the Hebrew goddess Asherah (or Ashtarot). Read More...

Venusian Goddess Symbolism

VenusSymbolisms
The two astrological houses of Venus were harmonic symbols of Venus derived from her pentagonal orbital geometry. Read More...

The Empress

Empress
1909 Tarot deck image of Venus - queen of the deck. Read More...

2012 Venus Transit

2012Transit
Today, May 18, 2012 we see the Vedic Trinity of the Sun, Venus and Moon beginning to converge. This process was so important to ancient astronomers that it became the founding story of the world's religions, heralding the rebirth of a new Sun. Read More...

The Heart of Venus

Heart
Within the 8-year rose orbital pattern of Venus is a cardioid or heart. Read More...

Religious Visions

ReligiousVisions
Religious visions were once the primary goal of religion. Read More...

Venus at the Tuileries Garden

Tuileries
School is a good place to become informed and learn to think critically. There you might learn what you need to get a good job and launch a career. Read More...

Cybele and Helios Medallion

Helios
A 2nd century BC medallion plate describing the goddess Cybele (Venus) on a chariot, in front of a fire altar, and under a depiction of Helios (Sun). Read More...

Torch of Venus

Torch
This is entitled "The Torch of Venus" by French painter Pierre-Paul Prud'hon. Read More...

The Harmika Pendant

Pendant
I don't usually do this sort of thing, but I thought the Harmika symbol atop the classic Vedic stupa model would make a nice pendant. I've not found anything like it. Read More...

Vedic Freemason Symbols

VedicMasonry
Freemasonry can be understood as a modern expression of Vedic cosmology. Read More...

Vedic Royalty Symbolism

Royalty
The symbols of royalty are descended from Vedic temple design and the sacred geometry of the Venus Blueprint. Read More...

North Pole and Mt. Meru

NorthPole
Stars appear to rotate around the pole star. Read More...

Mount Meru Models

MeruModels
Abrahamic religious concepts were adopted from the Babylonians who received them primarily from the Vedic Sumerians, though also the Egyptians, Persians and Indians - all of whom were Vedic in their beliefs. Read More...

Symbolism of the Vedic Harmika

VedicHarmika
The "harmika" is the symbolic steeple of the Vedic stupa, also known as the Cosmic Tree. Read More...