by, Tracy R. Twyman
There can be no doubt that the ancients conceived of the sky above as a great cosmic ocean, or as it was called in the Bible, the Firmament of Heaven. In the above quote, God is described as having to literally separate the seas of the Firmament from those on the Earth. (In the Hittite text, “The Song of Ullikumi”, the Gods are said to have “cut apart the celestial realm and the Earth with a cutter.”) For people who did not realize that they lived on a spherical rock floating in empty space, but instead saw a flat landscape, with a point on the horizon where the sky met the seas, this was an acceptable explanation. It seemed to them that they were surrounded by seas, beyond which was nothing but more water, stretching out to infinity, arching over their heads in what was called ‘The Canopy of Heaven.” Surrounded by water, they could only imagine that this is where they and their gods had come from. In fact, in the Bible, the heavenly waters are described as giving birth to creation itself. “And God said, Let the waters bring forth abundantly the moving creature that hath life, and fowl [that] may fly above the Earth in the open firmament of Heaven.” And God himself first made his appearance by manifesting within these waters. “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”
Another interesting thing about this Heavenly ocean is that it was at one time depicted as literally being frozen, leading many fringe Theologists to postulate that a layer of ice did at one point surround the Earth, having been melted by some natural disaster, perhaps causing the Deluge of Noah, when the Floodgates of Heaven were opened.” The crystalline structure of Heaven is confirmed in Exodus 24:10 when it says: “And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of Heaven in his clearness.” Then later on in Job 38:30, we read: “The waters are hid as [with] a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.” Finally in Revelations, 4:6, St. John the Divine declares: “And before the throne [there was] a sea of glass like unto crystal.” This throne is of course the Throne of God. A similar description is made by the title character in The Book of Enoch, an apocryphal scripture written by the only human figure in the Bible (besides Jesus) who was actually transmuted alive into Heaven.
“They elevated me aloft into heaven. I proceeded, until I arrived at a wall built with stones of crystal. A tongue of fire surrounded it, which began to strike me with terror. Into this vibrating flame I entered. And drew nigh to a spacious habitation built with stones of crystal. Its wall, too, as well as pavement, were formed with stones of crystal, and crystal likewise was on the ground. Its roof had the appearance of the running of the stars and flashes of lightening....”
In The Book of Enoch the angels of Heaven, or “The Watchers’, as they are called, are described specifically as “Stars.” They are called “Watchers” because they look down on Earth from Heaven, and they travel around through the 12 “Watchtowers” which are obviously the houses of the Zodiac. One should assume that the planets are included among the “Stars” in the ancient world. These planets travel in orbits called “oaths”, since it was conceived that the planets or “stars” were intelligent beings, Gods, who had taken an oath with the Most High God to travel these specific paths at specific intervals of time throughout eternity. Writes Enoch:
“I marked their rich progress; their observance of a mutual fidelity by an oath to which they adhered; their proceeding forth before the sun, and their adherence to their oath, in obedience to the command of the Lord of spirits.”The Egyptians believed that their Sun-God Ra, traveling in his daily orbit, was actually the pilot of the “Boat of Heaven” which navigated the Celestial Sea. “Adoration of Ra on the day he saileth in the boat. Homage to thee within his boat, rising, twice, shining with rays”, we read in The Book of the Dead. With it he sailed to the Underworld, and then back up to Heaven again. The Egyptians believed that they too would make this journey upon the Boat of Ra after their death, to be judged by Osiris in the Underworld. In fact the priests of Egypt actually built a life-sized replica of this boat, which they would drag around the walls of the city in a daily ritual meant to imitate the revolutions of the Sun. This boat was actually discovered by archeologists in 1954, buried next to the Great Pyramid at Giza. Many other cultures had similar myths about the sun. The Greeks had the story of Hercules sailing to the Underworld in the cup of Helios every night. Because of this, many believe, we have the ancient myth of the Black Sun. As the sun descended into the Underworld at night, it died, and turned black. It then traveled via a subterranean passageway to the Western side of the Earth, and re-emerged alive again from the sea the next morning. This has itself evolved into a modern-day belief that the Earth is hollow, and that inside, the “Underworld” is lit by a subterranean black sun. This world can be entered at the Earth’s Poles, and the black sun rests stationary in the center, along the Earth’s central Axis. Since the Black Sun is linked to the Poles and the axis, many have confused it with Arktos, the Pole Star.
But as we have previously written in earlier articles, the “Black Sun” is also a stage in the alchemical process, and there it is associated with the planet Saturn, which in traditional occult systems has always been linked with the color black. Furthermore, the mythology of Saturn, or Kronos, says that he was the leader of the rebellious gods known as “Titans” which rebelled against Zeus and were cast into the Underworld, where Saturn became their Dark Lord, paralleling very closely the story of the Black Sun. Yet the “Elixir of Life”, or the Grail Stone which is the end result of the alchemical process is most certainly associated with the solar sun above. How is it, then, that the planet Saturn could come to be associated with the sun?
Puzzled by this inconsistency, this author was at a loss as to how to finish this article, until coming across, through a weird twist of fate, an article written by David Talbott for Aeon Magazine called “The Ship of Heaven.” This author was shocked to discover that yet another author had linked Saturn, not only with the Black Sun, but with the Boat of Ra as well. According to Talbott, the sky once looked much different than it does now. He proposes a pre-diluvian cosmology in which the dominant figure in the night sky was the planet Saturn. As this and other planets moved closer to Earth, a reflection from the light of Saturn created the appearance of a crescent of light revolving around him. [Author’s Note: If the Earth really was covered with a “Firmament” of ice this reflection of light would have become even more distorted and pronounced.] This, according to Talbott, became interpreted by the ancients as the Ship of Heaven, and this, he says, was the real Boat of Ra. He points out that the Egyptian descriptions of the Boat of Ra have it sailing through the sky at night, and journeying through the Underworld during the day, as well as setting in the East instead of the West, exactly the opposite behavior of our current sun. [This would explain while the Black Sun is sometimes called “The Midnight Sun.”] Writes Talbott:
One will recall that Satan’s transgression against God was that he wanted to be the brightest light in the heavens. According to this theory, as Saturn, he certainly was. In fact Saturn was, originally, a solar deity, and at the time, the most celebrated figure inthe night sky. Talbott writes that:
This figure, if it actually existed, could have been the source for a number of mythological archetypes. For one thing, the symbol of the crescent itself, which has always been associated with the Moon. Talbott believes that this is a misunderstanding that has caused many Saturnian gods and symbols to be mistranslated as lunar gods and symbols.
“The specific character of the ship as a crescent and the relationship of the crescent to the sun god is well illustrated by the Sumerian and Babylonian God Sin, probably the most familiar crescent-divinity in the ancient world. While Sin is titled ‘Udsar’, ‘the crescent’, he is also proclaimed to be ’the shining bark of the Heavens.’...In view of the acknowledged identity of Saturn as the sun god, it is significant that in numerous Mesopotamian illustrations of the Sin-Crescent, the sun is shown resting in the center of its embrace... Of course the usual identification of the crescent-ship with the Moon is due to one fact alone: the new Moon is the only crescent familiar to the modern age.”Talbott further claims that this symbol of Saturn inside the crescent also evolved into the solar symbol of the dot inside a circle, as well as the “Eye of Ra” that we see each day on the back of our dollar bill. Since Saturn’s throne is in the midst of this boat, this must be the source of the “Eye of the Throne” symbol of world monarchy. This author would have added that this is possibly an origin for the familiar figure of the Holy Grail with the stone inside, or the Communion Cup receiving the Sun-Host. As well, the double masts of the boat became, according to Talbot, the two horns of the Bull of Heaven. Thus, the horns which the deities of so many cultures have been said to possess, and which became synonymous with divinity and royalty, are not a lunar symbol, but a solar symbol, much more fitting to be adorning the crown of a king, as they did throughout the ancient world. And since Saturn is Satan, this is why Satan is said to have horns, as well as many other gods of the ancient world. Says Talbott:
“The Sumerian Nannar, Babylonian Sin, esteemed as a celestial bull with glistening horns, is also, ‘the shining bark of the heavens.’ An identical role of the celestial bull occurs in Egypt, where the Pyramid Texts declare: ‘May you ferry over by means of the Great Bull... The Bull of the Sky has bent down his horn that he may pass over thereby. Thus a Coffin Text celebrates the ‘long-horn which supports the bark of Anubis.’ And if these are not explicit enough, we have from the Coffin Texts: ‘O Horn, ferry across Him who is in is shrine.”These two horns also became, in mythology, the two peaks of the world mountain, while the circuit in which the boat traveled around Saturn became the wheel of the world axis. Talbott points out that the World-Mountain of the Hindus, Mount Meru, was “designated as... ‘the mast’ of the Argha, the ship the gods.’”
Interestingly, in Egyptian, the ship is likened to a serpent, as is the celestial “stream” in which it travels. Egyptian depictions show the two masts of the ship as two serpent heads, and others depict the circuit in which the boat travels as a serpent biting its tail - the universal symbol of the Ourobourous. The body of the serpent is depicted as an extremely wavy line, emphasizing its association with water. Both the ship and the watery pathway were also identified with the womb of the mother goddess. Writes Talbott:
“Virtually every mythical form of the sun-god's dwelling...was declared to be a ‘ship’ sailing on the cosmic waters. The ancient mother goddess, conceived as a luminous ‘womb’ in the sky, was also invoked as the ‘ship.’ Thus, ‘ship’ is the name of the womb of he Sumerian Inanna. Correspondingly, ‘the ship of the brilliant offspring’ was an epithet of the Babylonian goddess Bau. The Egyptians conceived the band of the enclosed sun as the womb of the goddess Nut, also called a ‘ship. The Pyramid Texts say, ‘Row me, O mother of mine; row me O abode of mine. O Boat of the sky... O Boat of Nut.’”This celestial stream or waterway which was the pathway of the Heavenly Boat was also symbolized as “a lake of hair.” Furthermore, a lock of hair is affixed to the mast so that the ship can be towed across the sky. Who does the towing? Why, none other than our old friend, the planet Venus! This is important because, as I have implied in previous articles, Venus and Saturn, or Kronos, had a very special relationship.
According to many versions of the tale, Venus was actually Saturn’s daughter. He had been feuding with his father, Ouranus, and was castrated. His penis fell to Earth, plunged into the sea, and inseminated Rhea, the Earth goddess. A cloud of foam rising from the sea gave birth to Venus. This is where we get our picture of Venus rising from the half-shell out of the ocean. Those who have read the previous articles in this issue will see the parallels to the “Dolorous Stroke” which castrated the Fisher King, as well as Osiris being murder, dismembered, and dumped in the Nile river by his father, where his penis was eaten by a fish. There is also an obvious parallel with the story of the “Quinotaur” or the fish-monster Dagon that spawned the Merovingian kings. One of this author’s sources claimed that Venus was sometimes depicted as the Fish-goddess “Atargatis”, and a previous source claimed that Dagon “sometimes incarnated as a female, “Atargatis.” (Note that the word is very similar to “Astarte” and “Agartha”.) Furthermore, Dagon is the same as Oannes, who is the same as Janus, the double-headed one. One source also pointed out that the “visica pisces” is an emblem the female vagina, as well as the Christian “icthys.” As we have said many times previously in our Grail research, we seem to be running up against something with Hermaphroditic qualities. Incidentally, just as Kronos is symbolized by a six-pointed star, Venus is symbolized by a five-pointed star, and both symbols have shown up repeatedly in the story of Rennes-le-Chateau and the Priory of Sion
The birth of Venus is believed to have taken place at a specific spot in the ocean, “Petra tou Romiou”, or “The Rock of the Romans.” This brings to this author’s mind the similarity between the story of Kronos’ penis being pitched to Earth and the story of he Stone that Fell From Heaven, which as we have established in a previous article, symbolizes both the Secret Doctrine of Knowledge that the rebellious gods taught to mankind, and also the Divine Seed which they passed down to their human/hybrid descendants. The fact that the disembodied penis produced progeny implies that this myth is a statement on Kronos’ title “The Forgotten Father.” Some sources even write that it was Kronos, not Zeus, who was the father of the Titans, the race of rebellious gods who were cast into the Underworld by Zeus for defying him. H.P. Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine :
“...it is suspected that the name of ‘Titan’ is derived from Tit-Ain - ‘The fountains of the chaotic abyss’(Tit-Theus, or Tityus is ‘the divine deluge.); and thus the Titans... are shown to be connected with the Flood...”Indeed, the Titans would have been connected with the Flood, for they were the Kings of Atlantis, and therefore masters of Navigation. Even David Talbott confirms this:
"It is generally agreed that Ovid is correct in saying that this ship of Saturn is that which appears on the reverse of coins stamped with the double face of Janus. The latter god, Saturn's acknowledged alter ego, was remembered as the "inventor" of ships."This statement is interesting not only because it implies that Janus and Saturn are the same, and therefore, so are Dagon, Oannes and Poseidon. It also says that the Titans, as literal historical figures, had actual boats, on Earth, upon which they sailed the seven seas. This is how they built their global empire, discussed in other articles in this issue. This is not mere symbolism. This actually happened. And it makes sense then, that these Gods who were masters of navigation would have been the ones to assist Noah, or whatever he was called depending on the culture, in the survival of the Flood, by teaching him navigation. It is clear that man knew nothing of this prior to the Flood. This was one of the most vital transmissions of sacred, forbidden knowledge from god to man that ever happened. And navigation is done by means of the stars!
This is perhaps the point at which all of these symbols converge. Wisdom has always been associated with the stars. Wise men are said to be able to “read” the stars. There are even alphabets in which the characters are based on constellations, or the movement of stars. The night sky, therefore, can be likened to a book, or perhaps, better yet, a tablet. Is this what Enoch meant when he wrote that the gods showed him “The Tablet of Heaven”, from which he copied and inscribed his own Emerald Tablet of forbidden knowledge? The Book of Enoch itself attests that most of this knowledge consisted largely of the specific mathematics of the revolutions of the heavenly bodies. And this Emerald Tablet which Enoch wrote was then given to Noah, who took it on board the Ark. As noted in another article, this same tablet may have also ended up in the Ark of the Covenant, making one wonder if the word itself does not imply a vessel containing this tablet.
It is worth noting other similarities between the Ark of heaven, the Ark of Noah, and the Ark of the Covenant. Just as the celestial boat was sometimes called the “Chariot of the Sun”, the Ark of the Covenant was called the “Chariot of God.” Also, God’s throne in Heaven is described in the Bible as a chariot, and the Ark of the Covenant is referred to as God’s throne, while the Ship of Saturn was believed to contain his throne as well. Both the Ark of the Covenant and the Ark of Noah were built according to specific instructions supplied by God, and therefore involve the principles of sacred architecture. This, along with navigation, was another piece of divine knowledge passed down during the Flood, and notably, both are now associated with the use of a compass, although the word signifies a different device depending on the context in which we are speaking. Furthermore, this knowledge was passed down from the “Arch of Heaven”, but only to the elite descendants of the gods, and is therefore arcane. We seem to be witnessing a convergence of symbols that were once thought to be completely separate.
H. P. Blavatsky wrote in The Secret Doctrine that:“...like all other legends, that of ‘the Deluge’ has more than one meaning... some accounts refer to the sidereal and cosmic Flood before the so-called creation, the others treat, one of the Great Flood of Matter on Earth, and the other of a real watery deluge.” This author would certainly agree that there is more than one meaning. For at some point in the mythic consciousness of our ancestors, the real, literal, and historically existent God-Kings of Atlantis, who were masters of navigation, and therefore sea-gods, got merged with the occurrences in the celestial sea. and the pilot of the Boat of Heaven. This is undoubtedly because the real, historical gods purposely associated themselves with the stars.
As we mentioned previously, The Book of Enoch describes the gods, angels, or “Watchers” in heaven as literally being stars. At some point these stars descended from Heaven to mate with the human females below.
“I looked in my vision and surveyed heaven; when behold I saw many stars which descended... they all protruded their parts of shame like horses, and began to ascend the young cows, all of whom became pregnant, and brought forth elephants, camels, and asses.”The cows represent the human females, and the other animals are the “giants” or “monsters” which were said to have come from this union of god and man. Such breeding was, of course against the rules in heaven. And so the Lord had the Earth flooded, to rid the Earth of this pestilence, while the rebellious angels were imprisoned in Hell, situated in the center of the Earth.
Likewise, Kronos is said to have fallen from Heaven, and been imprisoned in the Underworld as the “Lord of the Earth”, or Satan. Even David Talbott’s model of the ship of Saturn had to at one point changed into the night sky that we see today. This is described in the Book of Enoch when it says “The face of Heaven will change.” Some change of orbit must have occurred, and a heavenly body must have fallen out of the sky, plunging to Earth. This could certainly have caused a flood, in all of the manners in which it is described by the ancients. If the “Firmament of Heaven” had still been in existence at that point, it would have been melted, or busted open, thus “The Floodgates of Heaven were opened. The impact would have caused the seas to overflow, and if the Earth is full of water as some have claimed, it would have cracked the crust of the Earth open and brought those waters forth as well, just as the flood accounts describe, when the Earth opens up and “The Fountains of the Deep” are loosed. It may have even caused a changed in polarity of the Earth. All of these things are described very explicitly in the Book of Enoch:
“In those days Noah saw that the earth became inclined, and that destruction approached.”In almost every culture, a myth like this exists. Rebellious gods bred with humans, and gave forbidden knowledge to mankind. This caused anger with the other gods, who flooded the Earth in retaliation. The rebellious gods decide to save one family, or one person, by teaching him how to build a boat. A long period of time passes. He washes up on a mountain top. He send out a bird, and when it returns with mud on its feet, or a branch in its beak, or doesn’t return at all, he deems it safe to disembark.
Especially interesting is the recurrence of the word “Ark” in reference to the boat, which gets confused mythologically with the divine boat of Heaven. “Argha” was the celestial boat of the Hindus, while the Boat of Ra was called the “Bark.” Hercules, who sails the night in the Cup of Helios, the Sun, is sometimes referred to as “Arkaleus.” “Argo” was the name of another mythological ship in which the Greek gods sailed (most notably, Jason and the Argonauts), which itself was said to be made from the “guiding timber” of the “Ark” of Deucalion, the Greek Noah character. He is the son of Prometheus, and who is also said to have repopulated the Earth by throwing stones. Once again, the stone that fell from heaven implies the transference of divine seed into humans, who then repopulate the post-Diluvian world. And quite notably, in other instances, “Arks” are referred to as containers of divine seed. In the Masonic ritual of the “Prince of the Tabernacle”, an “Ark” is proceeded around the room which is said to contain “the organs of generation of Osiris.” Likewise, in the Grecian “Mysteries of Samothrace”, a similar myth was re-enacted. As Albert Pike describes:
“The Diosairi, tutelary Deities of Navigation (emphasis added), with Venus, were invoked”, and the ceremony involved the mimicked the death of someone “slain by his brothers, who fled into Etruria, carrying with him the chest or Ark that contained his genitals: and there the phallus and the sacred Ark were adored.”
In world mythology, the person playing the character of Noah is almost always a literal blood descendant of the rebellious gods. The historian Berosus wrote that Noah himself was married to the goddess Titea, who some say was the mother of the Titans. G.S. Faber tried to identify Noah with the Phoenician god “Agruerus”, and H.P. Blavatsky writes of him:
“Agruerus is Kronos, or Saturn, and the prototype of the Israelitish Jehovah. As connected with the Argha, the... Ark of Salvation, Noah is mythologically one with Saturn.”
Yet from another source, we have the following account:
“Xisuthrus (The Babylonian Noah) was warned about the flood beforehand by the deity Cronos, and told to build a ship and take with him his friends and relations and all the different animals with all necessary food and trust himself fearlessly to the deep.”
Although the accounts are confused, it is clear that Kronos is associated with the Ark of Noah one way or another. Perhaps the most obvious answer is that Noah has been confused with Kronos because he was a blood relation to Kronos, perhaps even his son. We know that Noah had some sort of divine parentage. This is made clear in the Biblical account of his birth, and even more so in the Book of Enoch:
“She (Noah’s mother) became pregnant by him, and brought forth a child, the flesh of which was white as snow and red as a rose; the hair of whose head was white like wool, and long; and whose eyes were beautiful. When he opened them, he illuminated all the house, like the sun; the whole house abounded with light. And when he was taken from the hand of the midwife, opening also his mouth, he spoke to the Lord of righteousness. Then Lamech his father was afraid of him, and flying away came to his own father Mathusala, and said: I have begotten a son, a changed son. He is not human; but resembling the offspring of the angels of heaven, is of a different nature from ours, being altogether unlike us. His eyes are bright as the rays of the sun; his countenance glorious and he looks not as if he belonged to me, but to the angels.”
Noah, clearly then, was of divine parentage, as are all the characters who play his role in the various myths throughout the globe. In the Noah myth, this divine father appears to be Kronos, or perhaps, as some sources say, Oannes, who himself appears to be either the same, or at least represents basically the same things as Kronos. As the father of Noah, therefore, Kronos would have become the ancestor of all humanity, for it was Noah’s line alone that would survive the Flood. Now we understand his title as “The Forgotten Father.” And indeed, it appears that he was also involved in warning Noah of the Flood and helping him to build the Ark.
This is point that this author wishes to get across. The Deluge was a most pivotal time period, in which the Divine Seed was passed down to mankind, and the forbidden knowledge of the gods was passed down to those offspring. In the Book of Enoch we read of the Flood:
“In those days shall punishment go forth from the Lord of Spirits; and the receptables of water which are above the heavens shall be opened, and the fountains likewise, which are under the heavens and under the earth. All the waters which are in the heavens and above them, shall be mixed together. The water which is above heaven shall be the male; And the water which is under the earth shall be female; and all shall be destroyed who dwell upon the earth, and who dwell under the extremities of heaven.”
Clearly the Flood itself is being likened to this insemination, when the waters from above meet the waters below. The sky was literally falling. Heaven and Earth were becoming one. The Divine wisdom (symbolized by the celestial waters) poured down on their human offspring, and their seed poured into the human females. This is at once, symbolically the cause of the Flood, and the Flood itself. And the Ark of Heaven, piloted by Saturn, became the Ark of Noah, his son, navigating the Earth, in search of the Mountain of Salvation.
The Ark, therefore, is the symbolic vessel that carries both that divine seed and that divine knowledge. This is at one with the symbol of the Earth itself being inseminated, like in the birth of Venus. It is remarkable, then, that in the Egyptian versions of the story, it is Isis herself (the Egyptian equivalent of Venus) who is shut up in the Ark, and who pilots it to safety. Also note that in the Sumerian legends, the celestial Ark is piloted by Enki (whom the Greeks considered to be the same as Saturn), and it is called the “Magur-boat.” Magur is reminiscent of “Magdalen”, whom we have established in previous articles as being a personification of Venus. This author is reminded of the story of the Ship of Solomon, piloted by an unseen force, which brought Mary Magdalen and her divine/royal offspring (the child of Jesus) to France. Note also that we have already drawn a connection between Solomon and Kronos, because of the etymology of Solomon's name, and because they both use the same seal, the six-pointed star. Venus is symbolized by a five-pointed star, which is “Star of David”, the head of the royal house from which Magdalen’s child came. (Often, the six-pointed star is erroneously referred t as “The Star of David”, and has been branded as such in popular culture.)
It was this the bloodline which, according to the Bible, ultimately came from Noah, and which ultimately resulted in Jesus Christ, the Merovingian Kings of France (including Dagobert II), and finally, most of the royal houses of Europe, as well as all of the Presidents of the United States. This is what we have referred to repeatedly in this magazine as “The bloodline of the Holy Grail.” And the Ark, as the sacred vessel, can be likened to the Grail cup which metaphorically received that blood. Like the Grail, the ark is a symbol of the vessel that received the divine transmission of both seed and sacred knowledge, And though the waters of the deluge have subsided, the holy ark of God sails on, ready to alight in fresh ports where the light of this divine knowledge has yet to be disseminated.