This book presents the unique theory that the crust of the Earth once covered the entire planet, but was broken apart by the impact of a giant meteor or planetoid that hurdled into the Earth. Thus, three quarters of the Earth’s crust was lost, spewing out into space, where, he believes, it may have formed into our current moon. The remaining crust cracked and drifted apart, creating Earth’s continents. This caused a number of cataclysms, including a worldwide deluge - not the Flood of Noah, but the first global flood, which Deal believed to be described in the first few sentences of Genesis, where the creation of the Earth by Yahweh is written of. This is very similar to the Sumerian/Babylonian tales of the creation of the Earth, which was said in their records to have been formed out of a larger world, Tiamat, after a celestial battle that sounds exactly like a description of one planet smashing into another. Deal’s theory, however, differs in one important respect: instead of becoming smaller, Deal believes that Earth grew in size after the impact, because the planetoid, which he calls Tristan, actually became absorbed into the center of the Earth. Writes Deal:
"It cataclysmically excavated over half of the Earth’s granite crust and embedded itself into the very core - the bowells of our planet. It remains there, in the center of the Earth, to this day. The ex-meteor - Tristan - has become the inner core of the Earth. The inner core is a solid body that is an anomaly to the solar theory; it does not belong where it resides... Additionally, this fairly recent geological incident is most likely the cause of Earth’s inerior heat, which has never been explained by scientists in a fully satisfactory manner."
Deal goes on to theorize that this meteor, providing the Earth’s inner core, causes Earth’s electromagnetic and gravitational fields. Because it floats within the molten outer core, it moves easily. Therefore all of the ‘polar shifts’ in Earth’s past can be explained as being caused by the movement of the inner core whenever it enters the gravitational field of a larger body, such as a passing comet.
These descriptions of Tristan parallel precisely those of the Black Sun, which has been named as the cause of the Earth’s interior heat, magnetic fields, and gravitational center as well. It is also associated with Kronos, prototype of Satan, "Lord of the Earth", who is said to have been cast out of Heaven and imprisoned in the Underworld, located in the bowells of the Earth. If the Black Sun/Tristan actually does provide the gravitaional and electro-magnetic fields for our planet, then it truly is "The Lord of the Earth", controlling all essential functions on the planet. David Talbott believes that this myth is an ancient memory of an actual celestial event - Saturn, or one of his satellites, getting knocked out of this orbit and plunging towards Earth, creating a horrible cataclysm that broke the Earth in half, much like the Sumerian Tiamat story. Talbott believes that Saturn was known as ‘the brightest star in Heaven’ because he was reflecting the light of the sun. The same is said of Tristan by David Allen Deal:
Now it may become possible to understand one of the most well-known and ancient symbols of the occult - the pentagram, which in some stories was the geometric figure inside which Kronos was imprisoned when he was confined to the Underworld. This symbol goes back to ancient Sumeria, where it was used as a heiroglyph called the AR or UB. Traditionally called "The Plough Sign" in their culture, it had roughly two translations: "to shackle", and "to cause earth to go up" - in other words, to plough. Given what we now know, "to shackle" makes perfect sense in the context, seeing as the pentagram was acting as a "shackle", keeping Kronos in his prison, while "to cause earth to go up" may have had nothing to do with agriculture, but is in fact a reference to what happened when Kronos, or "Tristan", plunged into the body of the Earth, spewing crustal and sub-crustal materials, "causing earth to go up" in its wake. The Plough Sign, then, is a testament to this pre-diluvian celestial event.
Kronos, or Enki is said to have been a "fish-god-man", a sea monster, and therefore, a dragon. Tiamat, who in the Sumerian legends, is that planet that exited before it got smashed into by a meteor, creating Earth, is also said to be a dragon, and like Kronos, is said to be imprisoned in the Underworld, "dead but dreaming", waiting for her chance to awake and return to the Earth’s surface. So the Black Sun, therefore, or the Earth’s inner core, can also be thought of symbolically as a dragon imprisoned in the Earth. It is interesting, then, that the lines of magnetic energy that radiate out of this core and up to the surface are called by occultists "dragon lines", the energies of which they believe they can manipulate with ritual magick. The Black Sun was also, as I have mentioned in this article, been associated with the "prima materia" stage of alchemy, which is itself associated with a dragoness or sea-monster. The Illustrated Anthology of Sorcery, Magic and Alchemy, by Emile Grillot de Givry has, in its section on alchemy, a drawing from Basil Valentin called "The Siren of the Philosophers", showing one such sea-monster crowned, and rising out of the sea, with the following description:
"Then we have the goddess, ‘born of our deep Sea, who pours milk and blood from her paps’; after boiling the milk and blood will be changed into gold and silver. The ‘envenomed dragon’ represents that primative material, ‘found everywhere and of little price,’ from the mass whereof the green and red lion will be drawn."
Later on, this book reveals yet more evidence that alchemists have long associated the ‘prima materia’ of the Great Work with a black stone hidden deep within the recesses of the Earth - the Black Sun, also associated with Saturn. Grillot de Givry writes of an alchemical painting by Limojon de Saint-Didier. This painting features the staff of Mercury, entwined with double serpents, floating upright over a pit of flames (the interior heat of the Earth, a.k.a. "the Black Sun.") Into this flaming pit flow two underground rivers, pouring out of two crevices from a pair of twin mountains. Of these, the author writes"
"There are two caverns, one on each side of the central symbol, which are the mines of Mercury; this is the legend which relates to them: ‘De cavernis metallorium occultus est, qui lapis est venerabilis’ (‘the thing that is the venerable stone was hidden in the caverns of the metals.’) This accords with the unvarying tradition of the alchemists, who will have it that the material of the Philosopher’s Stone, unknown to the profane, is a black ball which is found at a depth of a foot and a half in certain hot areas such as exist in Hungary, for example. Children play with these balls, and men disregard them, and tread on them."
He then draws to obvious connection to the alchemical motto, VITRIOL. These little black balls bring to mind something that David Allen Deal mentioned in The Day Behemoth and Leviathan Died, about some "small glassy particles called spherules" which were found in Brownie Butte, Montana in a layer of clay dated from the Cretaceous-Tertiary period. Berkely scientists suggested that the clay layer formed after an asteroid or comet hit the Earth (which Deal believes to be his planetoid, Tristan.) Scientists assumed the spherules formed when droplets of earth, melted by the heat of the impact, cooled quickly and were strewn far afield... The particles contain magnetite, as well as iridium and other rare elements," all consistent with the reportedly radioactive nature of the Black Sun.
Evidence that a civilization sprung up in the immediate surroundings of the landing-point of Noah’s Ark is also presented in Deal‘s book. Deal writes about the archeological team that discovered what were believed to be the remains of Noah’s Ark in Turkey in 1977, and an ancient city near the surrounding area that was presumably built by Noah himself. He says:
This etymology is particularly interesting given that which we’ve already examined in other articles. "Cudi" is similar to "Cadi", which, as we have stated, refers to the Akkadians, and the ancient god-kings of Atlantis, known as the "Khatti." The word "Cuddy" still implies fish in many languages, thus, for instance, the word "cuttlefish." In fact on of the Atlantean kings wrote his name as the hieroglyph for a cuttlefish. That this would mean the same thing as "Judi" implies that the word Judah, and thus, Jew, came from this root in addition to the tribal name "Khurd." That it has the word "Dagi" attached to it is also interesting, for it implies the Atlantean King Dagon, who was also known as "El", or "Al", meaning lord. And that Cudi Dagi is a mountain is very important, for Dagon was also known as El Shaddai, the Lord of the Mountain. For this to be the mountain upon which Noah’s Ark may have rested is even more perfect, for Dagon was further identified by the appellation "Lord of the Flood", and is said to have helped Noah to safety according to some traditions. Deal continues:
Readers may recognize these "Mountains of Mashu" from H.P. Lovecraft and the Necronomicon, where the "Mountains of Mashu" are named as the place where the evil ancient ones, consigned to the underworld, congregate, and it is suggested that they can travel from the underworld, to Earth and all the way up to Heaven via these mountains. A similar implication is brought forth by David Allen Deal later on. He also elaborated on the meaning of the name:
This paragraph is interesting for several reasons. For one, it states that "Mashu" may come from a word that means "rescue from water", bringing to mind the phrase "deliver me from the mire" from Le Serpent Rouge, and that Moses may have been named after this as well. It also states that the name of Noah’s capital was "Noah’s Sion", and that the word Sion means capitol. This may shed new light the Priory of Sion’s apparent interest in the Flood of Noah, referred to repeatedly in the Priory document, Le Serpent Rouge. Perhaps the "Sion" which they are dedicated to is something more that just a symbol of Jerusalem, and perhaps the "Ark" treasure believed to be buried at Rennes-le-Chateau/Montsegur is more than just the Ark of the Covenant, as has been previously presumed. The phrase "Noah’s sheepfold" also implies the kings of Atlantis, who were called shepherds. And the fact that the place of the Ark’s landing became a large Necropolis, known as Doomsday, is significant too, for in Le Serpent Rouge it is implied that part of the buried treasure of Rennes-le-Chateau/Montsegur involves "embalmed corpses." Deal continues in detail:
Deal goes on to present archeological evidence that while the Ark had originally been parked on Naxuan, which is called locally ‘the place of first descent’, soil erosion caused it to slide downhill. ‘The old Ark had broken away, hull still intact, from just below the escarpment known locally as Yigityatagi, or ‘Hero’s Bed.’ This is fascinating, because it implies a connection to the other "hero’s bed’ believes to be located at Montsegur along with the treasure - the Tomb of Hercules. Writes Deal:
In this paragraph, Deal not only shows that the Biblical name of Sharon (as in "The Rose of Sharon) derives from the name for "sharp rock", but this author feels that the words "Tsar" (meaning ‘king’) and ‘star’ may be linked as well. This makes sense, because a king’s rule symbolically rests upon stone, a stone which in many cultures is said to have fallen from Heaven, and which is sometimes referred to as a "star." In Jewish culture, this stone is the "Rock of Sion." He comments further:
While the author obviously thinks that this is a reference to the use of anchors, I think it is more likely a reference to the use of lodestone for a compass in navigation, which, for which there is evidence that it was known of and even worshipped by ancient man. It is worth noting that both compasses and anchors are important symbols in Freemasonry.
Deal next turns his etymological insights to the word "ark":
These are important statements. For one thing, the emphasis on "Tubah" is interesting because Noah had a son named "Tubal-Cain" who is very important in Masonic lore, his name even being used as password, and he is credited with having invented metallurgy. The notion of Noah being buried in his Ark ties in directly with the notion that Hercules, who also had an Ark is buried within it, at Montsegur, the French equivalent to Ararat. Noah was the progenitor of all men, like his equivalent, Kronos, the "Forgotten Father", and his remains were therefore revered inside a sacred "ark." In this context it is worth reviewing Joan d’Arc’s own examination of the word "Ark" in Space Travelers and the Genesis of the Human Form, where she writes:
David Allen Deal seems to come to similar conclusions after examining the Mountains of Mashu, and the legends that surround them, for he felt that the mountains themselves symbolized both the center and the origin of all things. The fact that the mountains of Mashu are twin-peaked ties them in directly with the "world-Mountain" with "two horns" that David Talbott associates with the ship of Saturn. Deal makes the same connection, and also associates it with the origination of the mother-goddess concept. Deal quotes from the Epic of Gilgamesh
There you have it. The "World-Mountain" of Mashu was considered a gateway to both Heaven and Hell, as well as the place where the sun rises. You couldn’t ask for imagery more closely associated with the Grail. Deal then comments:
Deal believes that the mountains and the remains of the Ark itself physically suggest the body of the Mother Goddess:
Recalling how Venus’ own birth had once been achieved from the severed penis of Kronos, cast into the ocean, and what we know about Egyptian legends that Venus was in fact the pilot of the Ark, this is very important. Deal continues.
It would also mean, by implication, that Anu, a forefather of the Sumerian god-kings who gave them the name "Annunaki", has a name that is a compound of "ship" and the Sumerian name for Noah. And Deal makes it clear that these "gods" and "goddesses" were based on real, historical people. He writes of the goddess:
Deal ties the goddess concept in with the Ark, and shows that the Ark represented the "Cosmic Egg" from which, in mythology, the human race emerged after the Flood (or sometimes, at the beginning of creation), and shows how it lead to the universal association of eggs and goddess-worship, inherent in the ritual celebration of Easter. Of Ishtar he writes:
Then Deal points out something very interesting about Noah which may link him even more closely with Kronos who, you will recall, was castrated, his penis landing in the ocean next to the ‘Rock of the Romans’, miraculously spawning the Lady Venus of the ocean waters. Deal writes:
The element in Greek mythology that I presume he is talking about is the story of Kronos. Deal continues, linking the castrated Canaan with the fratricidal Cain of Genesis - forefather, some believe, to the divine/infernal Grail family. In this light, it is interesting to examine Deal’s contention that a conspiracy existed even before the Flood to marry the line of Cain in with the line of Noah to ensure that the bloodline survived the deluge. Deal states:
Interestingly, Deal points out that Set, or Seth, is portrayed as alternately a godly man, in the Jewish tradition, or the Devil himself, in the Egyptian tradition, proving that good and evil are subjective according to the local politics of a given culture. Such a transformation seems to have occurred with Satan, of whom Set is a prototype, and who was, in earlier times, perceived as a good guy, a bearer of wisdom and good intentions towards mankind. Deal also show that the Tower of Babel story has a historical basis in the true story of the Babylonian king Nimrod. It is worthy of note that the Tower of Babel story shows up closely in proximity to the Flood story, and would seem to be interrelated somehow. Most cultures who have Flood stories also have Tower of Babel stories, also located closely together in chronological time.