“In the darkness something was happening at last. A voice had begun to sing. It was very far away and Digory- the first child to explore Narnia- found it hard to decide what direction it was coming. Sometimes it seemed to come from all directions at once… But it was, beyond comparison, the most beautiful voice he had ever heard. It was so beautiful he could hardly bear it… The Voice rose and rose, till the air was shaking with it… The Lion was pacing to and fro about that empty land and singing his new song. And as he walked and sang the valley grew green with grass. It spread out from the Lion like a pool. It ran up the sides of the hills like a wave.”
– from “The Magician’s Nephew” by C.S. Lewis
In recent weeks, animal rights activists, celebrities and the mainstream media in general have been in an absolute furor over the poaching of animal “celebrity”, Cecil the Lion by American dentist and “big game hunter” Dr. Walter Palmer. Much has been made of the way the semi-domesticated Lion met his end, being lured out of the safety of the wildlife refuge he called home, then being shot with a crossbow. The lion then bled and suffered over several hours until he was finally tracked down and shot.
While Palmer admittedly regrets what he did, maintaining that he was deceived by local guides in regards to the legality of the hunt, there have been calls to extradite him to Zimbabwe to face criminal charges. As of writing there have been over 100,000 signatures collected by Palmer’s fellow Americans calling to send the dentist to Zimbabwe to be tried. The Obama administration has promised to investigate the situation.
It should be noted that Zimbabwe is well known for being an incredibly brutal regime and is on the list of one of the top violators of human rights in the world. The people of Zimbabwe have suffered much under the current regime and live on an average of $900 USD a year. Long-standing (35 years) dictator, Robert Mugabe (whose government collects the money for these big-game safaris) recently condemned “white safaris” while dining on baby elephant at a lavish birthday bash held at his estate. This is also the same Robert Mugabe who once stated “The only white man you can trust, is a dead white man.” While African race-relations is not really the subject today, I think it is worth noting that Dr. Palmer might not be facing what Americans consider “justice” if some get their wish.
While the actual killing took place on the first of July, the event wasn’t really brought into the public consciousness until later that month. The slaughter of the Lion in the Mass Mind coincided with the time of year the Sun began to move into the constellation of Leo the Lion according to tropical astrology, which is from July 23 to August 27. With each news story, each televised plea for justice and retribution on the lion’s behalf, he is slaughtered again in the public consciousness, becoming an increasingly powerful symbol or archetype. The archetype transcends mere physical form, able to effect consciousness on a mass scale.
So what is the significance of slaughtering the Lion? Leo the Lion is the astrological sign long equated to the Sun and the Lion itself is an ancient Sun symbol. At the beginning I quoted the writing of C.S Lewis, who was well known to have filled his Narnia Chronicles with esoteric Christian symbolism. Chief among this symbolism is the character of Aslan, the lion king of Narnia. Those who read the books or saw the movies may recall the scene where the Witch and her minions sacrifice Aslan in a dark ritual. We should also recall that Aslan volunteered to be sacrificed, and was then triumphantly resurrected.
The Lion represents the Sun, the Sun is the Christ, and the Christ is the Light of the World- in EVERY sense of the word. To be specific, the Lion represents the Christ as He appeared at the beginning of Creation. He is the Light that “shineth in the darkness and the darkness comprehended it not.”
In his book, “The Secret History of the World”, author Mark Booth details the esoteric mystery teachings taught by the mystery schools and secret societies over the millennia. Central to the story is the drama of the Sun (Light), Saturn (Darkness) and the Earth (Creation). The following excerpt describes the Sun bringing life to the world after his victory over the darkness:
“In the eye of imagination the Sun is a beautiful and radiant young man with a leonine mane. He rides a chariot and he is a musician. He has many names- Krishna in India, Apollo in Greece. Arising in splendour in the midst of the storm, he pushes back the darkness of Saturn until it becomes like a giant dragon or serpent encircling the cosmos.
The Sun then warms Mother Earth into new life, and as he does so, he gives vent to a great, triumphal roar that reverberates to the outer limits of the cosmos. The roar causes matter in the cosmic womb to vibrate, to dance and form patterns. In inner group esoteric circles this process is sometimes known as ‘the dance of the substances’. After a while it causes matter to coagulate into a variety of strange shapes.
What we are seeing here, then, is the Sun singing the world into existence.”
This primal archetype of raw creative vitality is the first incarnation of the Divine Light that we read about in the Bible. The second incarnation of this Light takes a much more vulnerable form- that of a child. This brings us back to the realm of current events.
Just before the Cecil the Lion story came out, there was the considerably less-covered outrage over the Planned Parenthood videos. For those not familiar, a pro-life group went undercover for a year, posing as representatives from the biotech industry looking to buy aborted infant organs for stem cell harvesting. They then took abortion doctors from Planned Parenthood clinics out to dinner and secretly filmed the doctors agreeing to sell the infant parts and describing how the process is done.
Planned Parenthood has since declared the videos “fraudulent” and the mainstream media has pretty much taken them at their word. It should be noted that while the group are portrayed as a perpetual victim under constant attack from the right, Planned Parenthood has major corporate as well as large foundation sponsorship. Couple this with Planned Parenthood being a steadfast Democratic Party contributor with the president of the organization having made some 39 visits to the White House, and having the very vocal support of the P.O.T.U.S., it is safe to say that Planned Parenthood is very much a part of the power structure and by no means a “defenseless” non-profit.
The scandal not surprisingly created uproar on the right, but was largely dismissed by the left-dominated mainstream. It has incited conservative pundits, Republican legislators and presidential candidates to call for the de-funding of Planned Parenthood and to morally contrast the outrage over aborted human children and the outrage over a poached lion. However, in an editorial article for “The Weekly Standard”, writer Jeffrey Anderson points out that the two stories actually share striking similarities:
“In both cases, the killing was senseless and barbaric. The loss was great, the gain empty, and the means gruesome. In both cases, the victim’s innocence stands in vivid contrast to the killer’s selfishness. The developing children off of whom Planned Parenthood profits have plainly not wronged anyone, and Cecil was a semi-domesticated lion who seemed to like (or at least not to mind) the presence of human beings, often moving within a few feet of them yet never using his great might to cause them harm. And in both cases, the… killer decided that the victim had more value dead and carved up into pieces than alive and whole.”
All that being said, my purpose here is not really to go into an emotional discussion on the ethics of animal trophy hunting or abortion. I do see trophy hunting as a lack of reverence and a reaffirmation of separation from nature. Likewise I do see the media reactions and non-reactions as a way of re-affirming what could best be described as a continued devaluation of human life in mainstream culture. But I also understand that with all events and stories that are brought into the Mass Mind, there are multiple levels upon which the drama takes place and can be understood, as well as multiple ways in which the energy created can be utilized.
As I stated earlier, the second incarnation of the Christ was that of the Divine Child. The child represents innocence and purity. The younger the child, the closer he/she is to pure virgin consciousness. When we first incarnate as infants in the womb, before we develop identity, speech, memory, etc. that is what we are: pure virgin awareness and spirit incarnated in flesh. It is this pure, wordless awareness that is the place we return to when we are in deep meditation. It is this purest form of life energy that has been the target of human child sacrifice over the millennia. When a blood sacrifice is made, life force energy is freed from the physical body, available to be transformed, transmuted and/or absorbed.
With the Planned Parenthood controversy, we have the sacrifice of the archetype of the Divine Child, another aspect of the Christ, in the Collective Psyche. With these sorts of “institutionalized sacrifices”, we have people conducting them who are largely unaware of the symbolism behind what they are doing or the energy released by doing it. So is the result of materialism and separation. But I might suggest that not everyone within the power structure is so ignorant to the deeper meaning of procedural sacrifice.
So thus far we have the “public” sacrifice of the Lion of Leo; the Lion of the Sun, coinciding with the sacrifice of the Divine Child that is done in a more secretive, hidden or “occulted” manner. Both of these archetypes being aspects of the Christ, who is the Sun, and the timing of these sacrifices being brought into public consciousness is taking place around the time when the Sun is moving into the constellation of Leo, which is the sign of the Sun. If you recall my previous posting, the ancient Lammas or Lughnassadh holy day is a Sun festival that takes place around August 1st, and this festival was indeed a festival of sacrifice.
So you might ask, “who” is behind these “sacrifices” in the physical world as well as the psychic and archetypal realms and why? For clues we look to the words of renowned 19th century philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche in his masterwork, “Thus Spoke Zarathustra” and its discourse entitled “Of the Three Metamorphoses”:
“But in the loneliest desert the second metamorphosis occurs: the spirit here becomes a lion; it wants to capture freedom and be lord in its own desert.
It seeks here its ultimate lord: it will be an enemy to him and to its ultimate God, it will struggle for victory with the great dragon.
What is the great dragon which the spirit no longer wants to call lord and God? The great dragon is called ‘Thou shalt’. But the spirit of the lion says ‘I will!’
‘Thou shalt’ lies in its path, sparkling with gold, a scale covered beast, and on every scale glitters golden ‘Thou shalt’.
Values of a thousand years glitter on the scales, and thus speaks the mightiest of all dragons: ‘All the values of things- glitter on me.
‘All values have already been created, and all created values- are in me. Truly, there shall be no more ‘I will’!’ Thus speaks the dragon.
My brothers, why is the lion needed in the spirit? Why does the beast of burden, that renounces and is reverent, not suffice?
To create new values- even the lion is incapable of that: but to create itself freedom for new creation- that the might of the lion can do.
To create freedom for itself and a sacred No even to duty: the lion is needed for that, my brothers.”
Recall the earlier quote from Mark Booth’s “Secret History of the World” in which he states how the Sun Lion, i.e. the Christos in His primordial form, “pushes back the darkness of Saturn until it becomes like a giant dragon or serpent encircling the cosmos.”
Nietzsche’s dragon is Saturn- the god of limitations, materialism and death. He is the god of “thou shalt” indicating he is the father of laws and time. The robes of the ancient orders of Saturn were black robes. What color is a judge’s robe? The dragon’s scales glittered of gold and he boasted as to how he had established the value of all things. This is materialist economics and social ordering that establishes law for its own sake. He is the father of lies, as the big lie is that the material world is all that there is. He is the reaper with his scythe, as death is the ultimate limitation.
This is a force that is beyond the physical planet that bears its name. This is the force that is synonymous with what Christ Jesus referred to as “the god of this world”. This coincides with Saturn’s title among the ancients as “Rex Mundi”, or King of the World. Saturn is Satan, Satan is Saturn, and the power structure that has dominated this planet for millennia is subservient to his aims, which is nothing less than the calcification of matter and the elimination of the Spirit of Life and Higher Consciousness. This has been the aim of the Saturnine darkness from the very beginning.
The Light, Life and Love that is the Great Christ is by its very nature in direct opposition to the forces of Saturn. Likewise the forces of Saturn want nothing more than to continually assert their dominance over Light, Life and Love at every opportunity and on every level of consciousness.
To Saturnian consciousness, the public slaughter of the Lion in Leo represents a symbolic “defeat” of Saturn’s ancient nemesis from time immemorial in this continual “cosmic war”. We can also see it as the attempt to crush the impulse of freedom that stands in opposition to the dragon, as seen in Nietzsche’s “Of the Three Metamorphoses”. Through the archetypal death of the Sun Lion, Saturn would have us believe that all hope is lost, and that his order is all that there is and ever will be. However, this “defeat” is nothing more than an illusion, as that is really all Saturn has in the end, as the Sun/Son proves to us that death is the ultimate illusion.
The symbolism behind the more “occulted” and obfuscated practices of the abortion industry have their roots in the ancient story of Saturn or Chronos (think chronology) devouring his own children for fear of the prophecy that one of them had the divine potential to overthrow and kill him. Saturn/Satan continually seeks to devour these strong life energies as he continues his war against the Sun/Son, as each human contains the Sun/Son of Man- that Divine Light, which is the core of every human being.
In Nietzsche’s “Of the Three Metamorphoses”, it is the child that is the final metamorphoses of spirit. This is because “The child is innocence and forgetfulness, a new beginning, a sport, a self-propelling wheel, a first motion, a sacred Yes… Yes, a sacred Yes is needed, my brothers, for the sport of creation: the spirit now wills its own will, the spirit sundered from the world now wins its own world.”
Saturn attempts to destroy what has the power and potential to overthrow him. The child represents the fresh start of a new age, a new paradigm. Saturn is always the representation of the old age and paradigm that always wants to hold on to power and will do so through the most deceptive, subversive and brutal of means. This narrative can be found in the slaughter of newborn children by King Herod in his attempts to snuff out the true “king” who was Christ Jesus. But in the end, this desperate attempt to cling to power is always a fruitless venture. We are at the end of the Kali Yuga- the Age of darkness and materialism, and the end of the Age will happen no matter what these forces try and do.
However, Saturn is not just destruction for destruction’s sake, he serves a purpose. Mark Booth explains “Saturn’s intervention introduced into creation… the potential for individual objects to exist- and therefore the transition from formlessness to form. In other words, because of Saturn there is a law of identity in the universe…”
If it was not for the force of Saturn continuously working to pull spirit into dense matter, we would not be able to experience form and do the Great Work of purifying all levels of existence through thought, word and deed. While on the one hand, the forces of this world can seem geared toward devolution and annihilation, and they are; but from a higher perspective we can see that these “pressures” are needed to refine us into a more powerful expression of Spirit in this world. This means that the energy of destruction and darkness can be used for positive ends.
While many mourn the loss of life that has occurred, we should remember that in this sort of sacrificial death one has potential to become immortalized and have greater impact than they had in physical life. That is why martyrs are so powerful. Consciousness can take the archetypal energy that is unleashed in the sacrifice and utilize it for the purpose of change and creation of something new. This is why the Saturnian power structure hates martyrs and attempts to subvert and obfuscate the movements they create.
Sacrifice is an inherent principle that exists in nature, as elements, plants, and even animals sacrifice of themselves in some form or fashion to create and maintain the Web of Life. Saturn plays a pivotal role in this, as it is “because of Saturn’s influence that everything that lives contains the seeds of its own end” (Mark Booth; Secret History of the World). However, there also the sacrifice of the mindsets of materialism and separation- the things in us that belong to Saturn that allow us greater power and vitality; this is the example of the Sun/Son. The struggle for balance of higher and lower natures of man can be seen in the 8th card of the Major Arcanum in the Tarot, “Strength”.
I am not going to come out and say that Cecil the Lion or the aborted infants chose on a spiritual level to be sacrificed as part of some greater cosmic plan simply because I don’t know. But there is indeed always a greater cosmic plan and it is played out in the transition from one Age to the next, in which ALL beings play a role. This is the duel of Saturn/Satan and the Sun/Son, which will continue until all things return to the Source of All.
On the cosmic scale of time, it is the Old Age itself that becomes the sacrifice, even though its Saturnian instinct causes it to scrape and claw to hold on. Meanwhile the New Age is born as the Divine Child. This cannot be done without the victory of the Lion of freedom over the Dragon of tyranny. The Ages are shifting, and Saturn is slowly going to lose his grip on the world. He will always try and perform his parlor tricks and we need to be aware of them, so we don’t find ourselves under his spell. However, once you know the magician’s secret, it isn’t magic anymore.
Namaste and God Bless.