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Posted: Tue Oct 21, 2003 12:28 pm    Post subject: AP - Feedback on article "Heavenly Imprints" Reply with quote

19 Apr 2003

Sue:

I have a question, or perhaps a clarification on the article 'Heavenly Imprints' on this website.
Is what you are suggesting as a possibility that, rather than Christians choosing the symbol of the fish synchronistically, they chose it consciously because of an understanding that the shift to the Age of Pisces was approaching? Is it that they understood the importance and power of the symbolism of the ages due to their understanding of what had transpired in previous ages so they deliberately chose the symbol of the upcoming age to align Christianity with the symbolic significance that the new age would bring? Then wouldn't this mean that Christianity is just one possible expression of the Age of Pisces and that Jesus is a representation of that expression?
And what does this mean for Christianity as we move from the Age of Pisces to the Age of Aquarius. Is this why the church is in so much trouble now? Is the church on its way out or will it simply be able to realign itself with the symbolism that the new age will bring?

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Deb:

These are exactly the kinds of questions I hoped the article would raise. I believe that if people reconsider the evidence with an open mind, instead of one that has been conditioned to think in a certain way, they may consider that the heart of Christianity lies in the spiritual message of solar mysticism.
For me this implies, not just that Christianity *is* an expression of the age of Pisces, but that at the root of its symbolism, Christianity is closely tied to all the main world religions, with all of them drawing their message from the same solar/lunar stem. So for example, in the introduction to the book ‘The Secret of the Golden Flower: A Chinese Book of Life Translated and Explained by Richard Wilhelm with a Foreword and Commentary by C.G. Jung’ a lengthy passage is given to explaining the remarkable similarities between this ancient esoteric text and familiar Christian teachings, both holding the central tenet that ‘light is the life of man’ and revolving around the concept of spiritual rebirth. Ultimately we are talking about the worship of the marvel of life.
Psychologists have been commenting on this for some time, but I don’t feel enough has been done to reconcile Christianity with western Pagan and Celtic belief. This is one of the reasons why I think ‘the Church’ fails to capture the full imagination and feed the full spiritual drive of communities in places such as here in Britain, where there is such a rich heritage of mystical knowledge and ancient spiritual sites. Yet if one accepts that the ‘Christ principle’ is not a contradiction of these ancient beliefs, but arises out of them - in a new political form perhaps – but still perpetuating the same fundamental messages, then hopefully the end of the Piscean age will see the onset of a period where there is no excuse for religious intolerance, a true Aquarian ‘brotherhood of men’.
Writing this on Easter Sunday, I wonder how long the Christian Church can remain in denial over the fact that this ancient festival celebrates the return of the Sun to the Vernal Equinox, bringing the ‘season of light’ back to most of the inhabited locations of the world and spiritually symbolising the season of rebirth? Or, how long can they deny the relevance of the date of Christmas, when the Sun’s strength turns from decline to increase (the birth of ‘Christ’), to the underlying significance of Saturnalia, the winter solstice festival? In ancient times political power was asserted by replacing the gods of the oppressed with the gods of the oppressors, but anyone who has studied the history of astrology can see that although the names and a few details change, the essential characteristics remain the same.
You ask ‘ is the church on its way out or will it simply be able to realign itself with the symbolism that the new age will bring?’. I don’t claim to have those answers but my own feeling is that unless the church does realign itself to the spirit of the new age – which is one where religious belief will be free of political power - and recognise the value that people put on ancient communities, traditions, history, and myth, it cannot possibly meet the spiritual needs of modern man or hold the attention of our hearts and minds.


** The date of Easter is determined as the first Sunday following the first full moon that occurs on or after the day that the Sun crosses the vernal equinox and enters into the zodiacal sign of Aries. Easter is wrongly claimed to be a festival belonging to the Christian church.

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Demetri:

I like what you are saying about Christianity needing to pay more respect to its pagan roots.
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