3. Mithra or the bull of fire (en)

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Quotations are (still) from Critias by Plato:
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This last article in that part will give you the keys to understand a ritual which is still significant today in all cultures with European blood: the bullfighting or similar. Whether it is cows and bulls in prehistoric caves, the sacred ancient bulls in Egypt, the cows sacrificed on the graves in northern Europe and the primeval cow, or the bull sacrificed at the coronation of king in the Celtic culture, the mysterious cult of Mithras, the sacred cows of India ans the buffaloes bled out when choosing the child-goddess Kumari in Nepal (we will tell more about that ritual later), the mythical buffaloes among native Americans, the modern bullfighting, or many other rituals, the meaning of these sacrifices can be explained in only one way.

 

Buffalo sacrifice during Dasain, Kot Square. Richard I'Anson Lonely Planet Photographer © Copyright Lonely Planet Images 2011

Buffalo sacrifice during Dasain, Kot Square.
Richard I’Anson Lonely Planet Photographer
© Copyright Lonely Planet Images 2011

The Cretan Bull

The Cretan Bull

Corrida

Corrida

 

Each of the ten kings in his own division and in his own city had the absolute control of the citizens, and, in most cases, of the laws, punishing and slaying whomsoever he would. Now the order of precedence among them and their mutual relations were regulated by the commands of Poseidon which the law had handed down. These were inscribed by the first kings on a pillar of orichalcum, which was
situated in the middle of the island, at the temple of Poseidon, whither the kings were gathered together every fifth and every sixth year alternately, thus giving equal honour to the odd and to the even number.

 

 

Regarding the ritual dedicated to the bull, we have to know several things. Today, many bovine animals have estrous cycle which are independent of the seasons, without doubt because of the domestication and breeding between different races. The cow has obtained estrous cycle similar to that of the woman, which is renewed every 21 days. However, the rustic breeds still have an estrous cycle which is dependent of the seasons. The breeding season is late spring or early summer, and the cow make an ovule only at that time. Like most European mammals, the cow, and probably his ancestor the auroch, had a seasonal anoestrus.

http://www.memoireonline.com/08/09/2462/m_Maitrise-des-cycles-sexuels-chez-les-bovins-Application-de-traitements-combines–base-de-progest4.html

Or, about the Highland cow, a rustic breed:

http://www.hunt-cam.fr/ferme/Highland-cattle/highland-reproduction.htm

“En règle générale, la saison des amours a lieu à la fin du printemps. En effet, ce n’est qu’une fois que la vache aura reconstitué ses réserves après l’hiver qu’elle retombera en chaleur. Les naissances s’étalent donc à partir du mois de mars jusqu’à fin juin.
La gestation des vaches dure neuf mois (de 280 à 290 jours). “

“In general, the mating season takes place in late spring. Indeed, it is only when the cow has replenished its reserves after the winter it will ovulate. Births therefore spread from March until late June.

Gestation for cows lasts nine months (280-290 days). “

 

The comparison with the human cycle not stop there. Indeed, the gestation period of a cow is nine months, just like the woman. We understand why the breeding season is early summer: so that the calves are born in spring and have time to develop before the next winter.

This nine-month gestation is unique in the animal world, most mammals have a much shorter gestation. Only the deer comes close with a gestation period of eight months (and that is therefore the mating season, which is well known, is in the autumn, the babies will be born in the spring/summer too). The cow and the bull are powerful symbols, and they are particularly powerfull because of the the bull fights with a rare strength … in summer. This makes him a solar symbol, image of the sun in all its power. Whoever wins will be the image of the protective sun for the year. The bull is the sun at its zenith, the second stage of three in the race the sun. The bull, is the one who brings the sun between its horns, with which he fought. Obviously the sun of the year has to be the strongest and the weakest must bleed, as the dying sun. The midday sun is the successor to the red sun of the dawn, it is the winner.

 

In ancient Egypt, the three bulls, probably representing at the origin three phases of the sun are Bukhis, Mnevis and Apis.

Apis, bringing the sun between its horns (!):

 

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The cult of the bull has been known since ancient times in Europe, including manifestations such as the cult of Mithras or in Norse mythology at Halloween. It is almost impossible to mention all the European rituals, ancient or modern, related to bulls / cows, without forgetting several.

 

The bull sacrifice deserves to be explained in details.

The sun is a particular star in the solar system. It looks like the fire, but it feeds with itself. No need to feed it as the fire, it destroys itself to burn again. This is of course that symbol which is essential. As the Phoenix, it is reborn from its own ashes, both as we can see on Earth, but also as a star. It is for this reason that the bull is slaughtered, he gives food to himself (or, in a bull fight to the other -symbolic or not- bull), by his own blood he is reborn.

 

Phoenix

Phoenix

Mithra sacrifiant le taureau

Mithras sacrificing the bull

 

-There were bulls who had the range of the temple of Poseidon; and the ten kings, being left alone in the temple, after they had offered prayers to the god that they might capture the victim which was acceptable to him, hunted the bulls, without weapons but with staves and nooses; and the bull which they caught they led up to the pillar and cut its throat over the top of it so that the blood fell upon the sacred inscription. Now on the pillar, besides the laws, there was inscribed an oath invoking mighty curses on the disobedient. When therefore, after slaying the bull in the accustomed manner, they had burnt its limbs, they filled a bowl of wine and cast in a clot of blood for each of them; the rest of the victim they put in the fire, after having purified the column all round. Then they drew from the bowl in golden cups and pouring a libation on the fire, they swore that they would judge according to the laws on the pillar, and would punish him who in any point had already transgressed them, and that for the future they would not, if they could help, offend against the writing on the pillar, and would neither command others, nor obey any ruler who commanded them, to act otherwise than according to the laws of their father Poseidon. This was the prayer which each of them-offered up for himself and for his descendants, at the same time drinking and dedicating the cup out of which he drank in the temple of the god;

 

 

Perceval

Perceval/Parsifal

 

About the cult of Mithra:

According to a story reconstructed from the images and some written evidence, the god Mithra was born from a rock (petra the generatrix) at the 25th of december around a sacred spring, under a sacred tree. At the time of his birth he wears the Phrygian cap, a torch and a knife. Adored by pastors from birth, he drinks water from the sacred spring. With his knife, he cut the fruit of the sacred tree, and the leaves of this tree makes clothes. He met the primary bull when it grazed in the mountains. He grabbed him by the horns and rises him, but in his wild gallop, the beast made him fall.

However, Mithra continued to cling to the horns of the animal, and the bull dragged him for a long time, until the animal is too tired. The god then fastened him by its hind legs and placed him on his shoulders. This journey of Mithra with the bull on his shoulders is called the Transitus.

When Mithras came into the cave, a raven sent by the Sun told him he had to make a sacrifice, and the god, subduing the bull, jabs the knife into the side. From the spine of the bull came out wheat, and from his blood flowed wine. His seed has been collected by the moon, which produced with it useful animals to humans.

Then come the dog that eats the grain, the scorpion which grips the testicles of the bull with his claws, and the snake.

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Culte_de_Mithra

 

If you have a trained eye, you can already recognize the history of the film Forebears, but we will explain further more of that myth.

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Blood is given to the fire because it symbolically represents the fire of the sun, which feeds himself with his own blood. Blood flows to the Law which is nothing other than the Law of gravity that governs the solar system. As long as the sun burn, that Law will be, and the sun will (literally) carrie the Earth and the planets surrounding it, and this law itself, our earliest ancestors know it. This was the essential Law. The sun was so important not only because of the heat and light it brought or because it fertilized the fields as we hear so often, but because it is the only one which carries the Earth and every living thing and every human as he is. The sun is the real and only father/mother.

 

The list of evidences is endless, and you can now check yourself as this interpretation explains all the mystical elements of these previously complicated cults. In the description of the mysterious cult of Mithra (Mitra in Sanskrit means “Contract”, id est the law of gravity) on Wikipedia, I was stopped by something I did not know, but which I must naturally add here:

« Certaines peintures montrent Mithra transportant un rocher sur son dos, comme Atlas dans la mythologie grecque, et/ou vêtu d’une cape dont le côté intérieur représente le ciel étoilé. Près d’un mithræum proche du Mur d’Hadrien, a été mise au jour une statue de Mithra en bronze sortant d’un anneau zodiacal en forme d’œuf, elle est aujourd’hui conservée à l’Université de Newcastle. »

“Some paintings show Mithras carrying a rock on his back like Atlas in Greek mythology, and / or wearing a cape with the starry sky inside. Nearly a mithraeum near Hadrian’s Wall was unearthed a bronze statue of Mithras emerging from a zodiac ring egg-shaped, it is now preserved at the University of Newcastle. “

 

Mithra

Mithra

 

The fact that the bull carries Mithra (or that Mithra rises on the bull) in the myth is of course derived from the same image.

It is also said:

The role of the statue tauroctony in the rites is not very clear: in some Mithraea was discovered rotating pedestals that can alternately show and hide the image of the God to the faithful. At some point in the evolution of Mithraism, the ritual of “taurobolium” or the baptism of the faithful with the blood of a bull, has been practiced in the same way than other Eastern religions.

On the 25th of December (which roughly coincides with the winter solstice), they commemorate the birth of Mithra. The 16th of each month is sacred. Sunday, the day of the Sun, is also sacred to the followers of Mithra.

 

So why did they not understand?

In Christianity, as in the story of Perceval, the rite of the gift of bread and wine is none other than the same ritual, which dates from the dawn of time, and that is the constant rebirth of the sun, the sacred fire which consumes its own substance (blood), introduction to the human reincarnation, which will follow this article, and that will make sense with the description of the cult of the bear and the flood affecting the island of Atlantis.
What about the primeval cow Audhumbla (Norse mythology) licking ice and giving so birth to Búri the sky? the meaning of these words is now clear: the sun melts the ice and allows the material to move, and life as we know it to hatch. Milk is water, flowing from the ice that melts when the cow licks it constantly.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Búri

Búri itself will engender Odin, Vili and Ve.

 

Mithra and his starry cape

Mithra and his starry cape

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Finally, concerning the starry cape, or rotating pedestals that can show and hide the divine image, it is of course the night, and the planets which are turning back to the sun. They want us to think that our ancestors saw the Earth flat, but this is completely wrong. They have always understood the composition of the universe and the laws that inhabit it. When the planet (remember, one of the ten kings of Atlantis, that is to say, of the solar system) takes its starry blue cape, it just turned.

Magicians such as Merlin or other sorcerers represent the knowledge of the laws of the universe and time (this is why they are always very old). The sorcerer is one of the ten kings of Atlantis, that means one of the nine planets plus the Sun (for the ninth, you can choose between Pluto, which is probably not a planet in the strict sense; and Tyche, four times more massive than Jupiter). The pointy hat, sometimes decorated with a model based on the phases of the moon calendar, is a representation of time.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tyche_(hypothetical_planet)

 

Tyche

Tyche

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Berlin_Gold_Hat

Berlin Gold Hat

Berlin Gold Hat

 

when darkness came on, and the fire about the sacrifice was cool, all of them put on most beautiful azure robes, and, sitting on the ground, at night, over the embers of the sacrifices by which they had sworn, and extinguishing all the fire about the temple, they received and gave judgment, if any of them had an accusation to bring against any one; and when they given judgment, at daybreak they wrote down their sentences on a golden tablet, and dedicated it together with their robes to be a memorial.
There were many special laws affecting the several kings inscribed about the temples, but the most important was the following: They were not to take up arms against one another, and they were all to come to the rescue if any one in any of their cities attempted to overthrow the royal house; like their ancestors, they were to deliberate in common about war and other matters, giving the supremacy to the descendants of Atlas. And the king was not to have the power of life and death over any of his kinsmen unless he had the assent of the majority of the ten.

 

 

 

Wild-Wyoming-Nuit-etoilée

 

To conclude this first part, and to introduce the following, let us write about Heracles, which had to replace the Titan Atlas and carrie the world for him. This constant reincarnation of the sun will be a model for human reincarnation, based on honor, a law given by Zeus as a result of the transformation of the Atlas race:

 

Such was the vast power which the god settled in the lost island of Atlantis; and this he afterwards directed against our land for the following reasons, as tradition tells: For many generations, as long as the divine nature lasted in them, they were obedient to the laws, and well-affectioned towards the god, whose seed they were; for they possessed true and in every way great spirits, uniting gentleness with wisdom in the various chances of life, and in their intercourse with one another. They despised everything but virtue, caring little for their present state of life, and thinking lightly of the possession of gold and other property, which seemed only a burden to them; neither were they intoxicated by luxury; nor did wealth deprive them of their self- control; but they were sober, and saw clearly that all these goods are increased by virtue and friendship with one another, whereas by too great regard and respect for them, they are lost and friendship with them. By such reflections and by the continuance in them of a divine nature, the qualities which we have described grew and increased among them; but when the divine portion began to fade away, and became diluted too often and too much with the mortal admixture, and the human nature got the upper hand, they then, being unable to bear their fortune, behaved unseemly, and to him who had an eye to see grew visibly debased, for they were losing the fairest of their precious gifts; but to those who had no eye to see the true happiness, they appeared glorious and blessed at the very time when they were full of avarice and unrighteous power. Zeus, the god of gods, who rules according to law, and is able to see into such things, perceiving that an honourable race was in a woeful plight, and wanting to inflict punishment on them, that they might be chastened and improve, collected all the gods into their most holy habitation, which, being placed in the centre of the world, beholds all created things. And when he had called them together, he spake as follows-
* The Dialogue of Critias ends with these words.

 

 

Thus, the “war” which will oppose Athens to the Atlanteans who will surge on them, is a symbolic war, as the Trojan War. The people of Atlantis, that is to say, the dying ancestors, will surge on the still young Athenians (see the Timaeus by Plato), which will have to fight, that is to say, to choose to revive the best, the most honorable, the most divine humans: their ancestors from Atlantis.

 

Lascaux. The cow giving birth (this explanation has never been given (!): sometimes it is explained that a calf stands behind her):

Lascaux

Lascaux

 

But also:

Lascaux

Chauvet

Chauvet