The authors show, with the use of numerous images, textual citations, and etymological analyses, how the symbols used in Christian art and encoded in sacred texts reference sacramental use of psychedelic mushrooms as well as ancient astronomical knowledge. Along with a call to wake up to the true history of Judeo-Christian tradition, the authors call for a return to direct spiritual experience through visionary sacraments unmediated through dominating religious institutions. This is a powerful and provocative book that is sure to challenge and inspire. Ball, Ph. Linking Christianity to its nature-based, shamanic roots, this wide-ranging, lavishly illustrated, and exhaustively referenced book establishes a new benchmark for scholarly and controversial views in the field.
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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the authors and publisher. Front cover: Lamentation of Christ, Isenheim altarpiece, second side right panel. By Mathis Gothart Grunewald, Table of Contents Table of Contents The Paradigm Shifi The Holy Grail Holiday Symbolism The Ouroboros and the Caduceus I 05 Chapter Seven..
I07 Chapter Eight I I 8 Chapter Nine I44 Chapter Ten I 55 Chapter Eleven I70 Chapter Twelve I 72 Chapter Thirteen I 87 Conclusion I 96 Appendix B For your integrity of research against all odds.
Few have risked as much in pursuit of truth as you. Special Note This is a mind-expanding book. It helps us share the perspective of a shaman a seer or wise man on the world and on the interplay of sun and stars. In this world view, heaven and earth are the dual parts of a whole.
Duality means correspondence rather than conflict: the confluence of stars governing our destiny; the roots and leaves of the world tree feeding each other; 'as above, so below'. The world is a web of interconnections, and to discover their oneness is to discover the god within each living thing. As part of this world view, symbolism and mythology convey the truth and help us attain it. We need to understand the power that symbols used to hold - not merely decorative or reflective but as the doors to deeper meaning.
Myths that nowadays seem fanciful conveyed themes such as redemption or rebirth themes that underlie age-old religions. By comparing the symbols and iconography of Christianity with those of different religions, we can see common ideas stemming from much older and deeper sources.
For example, the similarities between the stories and images of Jesus, Horus and Krishna suggest a common ancestry in sun worship. Now we see how various aspects of the Christian religion have grown out of earlier beliefs based on the power of the sun and the seasons. The book focuses on the central role of entheogenic plants, especially mushrooms, and the symbolism associated with them, in enabling the shaman or priest to attain divine knowledge.
Ideas put forward by John Marco Allegro about the origin of religion in The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross in - which met universal condemnation - are here largely vindicated. In the development of language from Sumerian times, Allegro found evidence of a world view based on the beliefs and practices of an ancient fertility religion; ideas that were handed down in the guise of many different stories through classical and biblical times.
The dry philological approach of The Sacred Mushroom and the Cross is here supported by a wider study of symbols, iconography and mythology, and further work on word derivation. To read this book one should put aside the conventional outlook that hinges morality, ethics and history on the life of a single religious teacher 2, years ago. In its place the mind must open to a sense of oneness with the world and all on it.
Through rediscovering our heritage of symbols, myths and evolving languages, we can try to attain a deeper understanding and compassion for the world we share. To strengthen arguments in certain areas, texts from Epiphanius, the Muslim Mishkat, and others have been added, and the citations and footnotes have been greatly expanded and updated throughout.
The bibliography has been similarly expanded. The layout of the book has been changed: reorganized, reformatted and edited for easier flow and reading.
In addition, several of the images from the first edition have been removed, or replaced with images that better suit the material in discussion. The etymology section has also been cut - several of the word descriptions were found to be in error from their original sources. Their removal does not affect the concepts and conclusions presented in the book.
Overall, this edition seeks to correct any errors- content, grammatical, textual or otherwise- that remained in the first edition. In it, I strive to reach the highest academic standards, while not losing the interest of the popular reader.
Preface The purpose of this book is to satisfy a desperate need: to fill a void in people's basic understanding of the founding principles behind the origins of religion. Most religious people do not recognize this void because mysticism, spiritism, and supernatural substances have replaced the physical elements the stars above and the plants below that long ago were contained in the common teachings - teachings that have either been lost or suppressed by religious and government authorities.
Our intention is to offer some alternative explanations for dogmatic surrogates such as religious heroes, the Eucharist, manna, etc and reintroduce knowledge that has been sequestered completely.
We will also include some history offertility worship. Throughout history, humans have held a profound knowledge of the pattern of the stars in the sky and the pharrnacopia of plants of the earth. Our ancestors' teachings consisted of both the above and the below.
Their celestial-timed holidays were celebrated by the ingestion of sacred plants in a group communion-like setting. The biggest obstacle faced was the language barrier: how to put into words astral projections and ecstatic visionary states of consciousness from these experiences.
In fact, it has been suggested that the ingestion of these sacred substances is what catalyzed higher consciousness and language, from which we've created our extremely complex systems of communication. As symbols began to take their shape and written language evolved, words themselves became symbols.
The meanings of words are hidden within the words themselves. The following examples, both from antiquity and from modem day, are examples of the alchemical "Green Language" or "Language of the Birds" or language of the bards, as in poets.
A word that we use quite often throughout this book is anthropomorphism or anthropomorphized, which is a sort of personification. Anthropo, meaning man, is where words like anthropology come from. Morphism is transformation or correlation of a certain kind. To draw a smiling face on the sun or the moon is to anthropomorphize the sun or the moon. The Man in the Moon is an anthropomorphism of the moon. Simply giving an inanimate object e. Archaeoastronomy is the study of the knowledge, interpretations, and practices of the ancient cultures regarding celestial objects or phenomena of this nature and, consequently, tracking time Kronos and creating calendars.
Astrotheology is theology founded on observation or knowledge of celestial bodies. The word 'astrotheology' is broken down into three parts. First, there is Aster Astro : a star. Secondly, theo: god see below. Third, logy from logos: the word, or study of the theology of the stars see below. This is the study of how our ancestors revered the stars, the sun and the heavens as gods or deities. Entheobotany is the study and use of plants for spiritual purposes. This is the botany plant lore of entheos, which, in Greek, means enthusiasm.
Enthusiasm means "god within" or "a connyction with the divine. This includes plant combinations, fungi, and animal "poisons. Gordon Wasson. Entheomycology is the study and use of mushrooms for spiritual purposes. Ethnic refers to a cultural group, especially one that maintains traditional language or customs. Ethnobotany is the study of the plant lore and agricultural customs of a particular people: the study of the plants that these people use and the outcome or the impact that these plants have on the customs of their culture.
Logos is the Word, the creative word of God, which is itself God and incarnate in "Jesus". Logos is "word" in Latin. The Greeks considered logos to mean "reason. Macrocosm is a large representative system having analogies to smaller systems. Therefore, the macrocosm would represent that which is above. Mazzaroth used to be a fairly common word. Mazzaroth, by orthodox interpretation, simply means the 12 signs of the zodiac and their associated constellations.
One can find the word Mazzaroth in Job and in the Catholic Encyclopedia. A similar spelling, Mazzaloth, also appears in II Kings , though here it is typically transliterated as "planets," "constellations," or "zodiac. Schiaparelli published Astronomy in the Old Testament, which gives his evidence - contrary to orthodox opinion - showing that the word Mazzaroth could be a plurality of the planet Venus When the identity of its two appearances at morning and evening was discovered, it naturally came to be thought of as one star, and hence the author of the Book of Job used it as a singular in a plural garb.
Microcosm that which is below is a small representative system having analogies to a larger system. You can think of a hurricane as a microcosm compared to a swirling galaxy. At the same time, the hurricane can be a macrocosm to a tornado, which would be a microcosm. However, this tornado can also be seen as a macrocosm to a smaller natural 4 5 6 7 8 9 Ruck ; Ruck, Wasson, Ott and Bigwood, as an alternative term to usc for "psychedelics used religiously," coined the word entheogen.
Persephone's Quest, by Wasson, , pg Soma, The Divine Hallucinogen, by Spcss, , pg. Sec Strongs, H Astronomy in the Old Testament, by G. Schiaparclli,
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No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopy, recording, or any information storage or retrieval system, without written permission from the authors and publisher. Front cover: Lamentation of Christ, Isenheim altarpiece, second side right panel. By Mathis Gothart Grunewald, Table of Contents Table of Contents The Paradigm Shifi The Holy Grail