In 1816 John Henry Newman, the celebrated Christian Divine, arrived at Trinity College, Oxford, to study Classics. He recalls in his autobiography, Apologia Pro Vita Sue that, "when I was aged fifteen a great change of thought look place in me. I fell under the influence of a definite creed and received into my intellect impressions of dogma which, through God's mercy, has never been effaced or obscured."
He adds that although he had been brought up to read the Bible he had formed no religious conviction until that age. Of course had a perfect knowledge of my Catechism.'
Another well known Christian Apologist, Clive Staples Lewis, the author of the children's classic Chronicles of Narnia, writes of his conversion from atheism to theism in his book Surprised By Joy, as follows: "You must picture me alone in that room feeling whenever my mind lifted even for a second from my work, the steady unrelenting approach of Him whom I so earnestly desired not to meet. That which I had greatly feared had at last come upon me. In the Trinity Term of 1929 I gave in and admitted that God was God and knelt and prayed, perhaps that night the most dejected and reluctant convert in all England."
On St. Patrick's Day, 17 March 1977, George Foreman, the former World Heavyweight Boxing Champion, returned to his dressing room after losing to Jimmy Young in San Juan, Puerto Rico, dehydrated and possibly hallucinating. Placed on the massage table he told the doctor, "Remove the thorns from his head." saw blood coming down my face. One of my aides was holding my hands. I said. 'Remove your hands, he's bleeding where they crucified him. In another version his manager, Gil Clancy, quotes him as saying. "There's water all around me. There's water all around me. I see God. I see God." Foreman himself recalled later, "The blood trickling down my face seemed to be coming from a crown of thorns. I sensed a powerful force as though Christ had entered my body, and from that moment on I was a different man."
Since none of the above had solicited their religious (sic) experience, it is logical to search for a natural explanation. Astrology provides the answer. (Astrology was originally defined as "practical astronomy".)
J. H. Newman was born in London on 21 February 1801. At the time of his birth the Sun, Mercury and Pluto were in the astrological sign of Pisces the Fish, the symbol of Christianity. In his 15th year, at the time of his first Saturn opposition, he experienced a religious awakening. At the age of forty five (second Saturn opposition) he became an apostate to "truth and understanding" and joined the Roman Catholic Church.
C. S. Lewis was born in Belfast on 29 November 1898. In his nativity the Sun conjoined Saturn in the zodiacal sign of Sagittarius the Archer. At the time of his conversion, during Saturn's return, Saturn was conjunct Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, in opposition to the Moon conjunct Neptune in Gemini.
George Foreman was born in Marshall, Texas on 10 January 1948. When he experienced his "religious vision" twenty nine years later, the Sun. Moon and Mercury were in Pisces. During his second Saturn opposition, at the age of forty five, he regained his World Boxing Crown and attributed his success to his new found belief in God.
Buddha gained his in/en-light/ten/ment at the age of 29, Saturn's return.
William Booth of The Salvation Army found God at the age of 15, Saturn's opposition.
In simple terms religious experiences are, supposedly, the exclusive concern of the Church. However, from the evidence, they appear to be associated with the planet Saturn. It is a logical deduction therefore that the words God/Christ-Anointed/Religion are synonyms for the word Saturn, and that Saturn, not Jesus ("he who saves") is the true saviour of Christianity. This is the explanation for the presence of the Astrolo-ger/Priests at Nineveh, Mesopotamia, in the 7th Century BC. Another deduction is that, unless a person has some knowledge or Astrology, one may misinterpret one's religious experience, as did Saul/Paul on the road to Damascus at the age of 29. Had he not strayed from the path of righteousness there would not have been a conversion, in reality a reversion to the right path.
How is it possible to reach this conclusion?
By taking the nearly 30 years it takes Saturn to circle the Sun as a rough guide, and equating it with 30% - Pythagoras said "everything is a number" - and doing a volte-face, that is, changing one's mind about one's indoctrination concerning "good" and "evil" (an example is Liz Green's book, "Saturn: A New Look at an Old Devil") it is reasonable to adduce that 70% of humanity is on the "right path" and are unlikely to have a religious experience and 30% are on the "wrong path" and may have a reversion around the ages of 15, 30, 45 or 60 which are, as we have noted, the opposition and return times on the Saturn cycle. Saturn stays approximately 21/2 years in each zodiacal sign.
Of those on the wrong path, 70%. or roughly two persons out of every three, are self-righting, more usually at the time of Saturn's return. Ironically, those on the wrong path, instead of becoming self-effacing after their reversion, having usually led a life of debauchery - like the 2nd Century theologian and ecclesiastical writer Tertullian who, as a young man, "drained the cup of lust to the dregs" and who had a passion for immoral plays, bloody spectacles, and who confessed to having committed adultery frequently - became self righteous. Not surprisinly, Tertullian, at the time of Saturn's return, became a "Born Again Chrestiani ! Christian (from the Greek word "chreston", a "good" or "useful" thing). The Greek for "a crest" is Lophos, whence derives the word Logos). As did St. Francis of Assisi and Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuits). Additionally, Saint Augustine of Hippo was compelled to write his confessions by Saturn, "the truth seeker" at the age of 45! According to the Encyclopaedia of Religion and Ethics, the "star of justice and righteousness", Kakkab Kettu u Mesar. seems to be associated with the slow moving planet Saturn and was therefore known to the Sumero-Akkadians 6,000 years ago. Dr. Green, in her book "Saturn...", having virtually single-handedly resuscitated the "old Pagan god" appears to have uncovered the original "god of resurrection" albeit with another name. She writes, quoting Carl Jung, that before Christianity, "evil was not so evil": why, then, was Saturn demonised by the Chrestiani? The main reason, it would appear, would be to retain political power. As we have noted, the Sumerians called Saturn "the star of justice and righteousness", qualities also deemed to he held by the Sun (Shamash) such that the name was interchangeable. Diodorus Siculus, the Greek historian who lived circa 100 BC, when explaining about the planets, is quoted as saying that the Chaldeans designate the planets as the Interpreters because by their courses they reveal to men the will of the Gods. He adds, "the star which the Greeks name "Kronos" they call the "Star of the Sun" because it is most prominent and gives the most numerous and important predictions". Also quoted in the same book is a passage from the Epinomis of Plato in which it is written that, in the enumeration of the planets, the slowest of them hears the name Helios - the Sun God - as we have been told.
Since the Astrologer/Priests of Nineveh would have been aware of the religious aspect of Saturn, behoves it to ask the question, when and why did the Priests dump the Astrologers?
As to the first part of the question, they were still together at the time that Constantine the Great. the First Christian Emperor (who was believed to have had his first wife and eldest son murdered) had his vision of Apollo in 310 AD, at the time of Saturn's return. As to why the Astrologers were ostracised, this probably had something to do with what Constantine saw at the time of his reversion. During his reign he had coins minted which show him holding the Zodiac as God's representative on Earth. It seems logical then that he had rediscovered the "Earth Zodiac" which was known to the Chaldeans when they founded Rome on 21 April 753 BC (the Festival of Parilia) when Jupiter was in Pisces, Saturn and Mars were in Scorpio and the Moon was in Libra. Constantine was born on 27 February circa 280 Al). One of his titles was Pontifex Maximus. i.e. Chief Priest or Bridge Builder, although the root of the word is thought to come from the Umbrian "pontis" meaning "propitiatory offering". As a Piscean, he would be naturally sensitive to nature's forces. as the modern work by the French statistician seems to confirm. Gauquelin's statistics 20 some way in helping to unmask the "secret enemy" of the cadent 12th house, i.e. the Church! The Priests having got from them the knowledge of the World Zodiac would have no further need of Astrologers.
Written for the start of the Piscean Age some 2,000 years ago, the New Testament contains the Fourth Gospel of St. John. It begins: "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God".
What are we to make of this piece of doggerel? The Word (Logos) was not Christ (Anointed) since the Chi-Rho (XP), appropriated later by Constantine's Priests and supposed to represent the first two letters of his name, was earlier used as an emblem of the Chaldean Sky God "Anu" Anu had already been incorporated in the old Italic two-faced "god/good/goad" J'ANU'S. The Chi-Rho was also used by Pagan papyrus writers to mark an important passage and it is found on coins of the Ptolemaic Kings of Egypt 300 BC. Ptolemy I was known as "Saviour". As the earliest symbol of the Chrestiani/Christians was the fish (Piscus). the "Word" was likely to be "XiPhiass" (sword-fish), the sword meaning, to the cognoscenti, Saturn. The "logos" - in Christian theology "the Word of God incarnate" - and in Stoic Philosophy "the active principle living in and determining the world" another Syn(Sin)onym for Saturn/Apollo/St. Michael/Lucifer/Hercules etc.
When Constantine's Edict of Milan 313 AD extended religious toleration to the Chrestiani, they were described in a letter to Anu/Lianus, the Proconsul of Africa, by the Emperor as "the Catholic Sect practising the Religion in which the crowning reverence is observed to the holiest powers of heaven ". Nothing there about "our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ". It seems very much as though they were Astrologer/Priests and Jesus, therefore, must be an anthropomorphism of Saturn after the fashion of "Ea" the fish/man of the Chaldeans, who came from the sea (Pisces) and taught man (Saturn) the Laws of Civilisation. According to Pierre Grimal, Saturn was said to have come from Greece in very early times when Zeus/Jupiter de-throned and hurled him from the top of Olympus. He established himself on the Capitol. one of the seven (man made?) hills, on the site of the future Rome and founded a fortified village which bore the name of Saturnia. It was also said that he had been welcomed there by a God even older than himself (who had also emigrated from Greece), the God Janus. The reign of Saturn over Latium (Saturn in Pisces, c.f. the Chi-Rho) (thus called because the God had hidden himself there, from the Latin verb "latere". meaning to hide) was extremely prosperous. This was the Golden Age. Saturn continued the task of civilisation begun by Janus and, in particular, taught men how to cultivate the ground. The days sacred to Saturn were the Saturnalia, the seven days from 17th to 24th December, and the end of the year, when the social order was inverted! During the Imperial Period, with the developing Romanisation of Africa, Saturn represented not just Cronus but, in Carthaginian countries, the great Punic God, Baal.
"Out of the Fire and into the Frying Pan". In a collection of 40 testimonies given by European priests who had left the Church of Rome, it is found, scarcely without exception where it could be verified with dates, that they left at slimiticant times on the Saturn cycle.
From Great Britain * The Rev. Thomas GonneIlan, Editor of The Catholic, left the Papal Church at Saturn's return. *The Rev. Daniel Kerrin left the Roman Church at Saturn's return. From Italy * The Rev. Augusto Giardini left the Church of Rome at Saturn's return. 'The Rev. G. Silva, ex-Capuchin Friar, left the Papal Church at Saturn's return. *The Rev. N4. A. Camilleri left the Church of Rome for the Church of England at Saturn's return. From France *The ex-Abbe Andre Bourrier, Editor of Le Chrenen Francais left the Roman Church during the second Saturn opposition. *Pastor Vigier left the church of Rome at the time of Saturn's return. From Germany * Professor Bunkofer. Educationalist, left the Roman Church at the second Saturn opposition quoting the Saviour's words. 'The truth shall make you free!' * Count Paul von Hoensbroech, S. J., left the Order at the age of 39, and writes 'My only regret is that I did not leave sooner.' From Spain 'The Rev. Antonio Perez y MuriIlas, formerly a member of the Escolapian Order, describes his life as a Roman Priest as 'a blind leader of the blind', and 'ten years in darkness.' He left the Church of Rome at Saturn's return. From Portugal * The Rev. J. Santos Figueiredo, Minister of St. Paul's Lisbon, left the Roman Church at Saturn's return.
Most of the above joined Protestant Churches still ignorant of their motivation (from Saturn - "the truth seeker"), with their minds still fixed on their "hereafter" instead of the "here-and-now".
In the preface to his book Roads from Rome, a former Bishop of Durham writes "A collection of narratives like these is timely. Manifold influences at present working in favour of a view of the Roman Church which ignores alike profound dogmatic differences from apostolic Christianity and its quite peculiar aspect an organised, concentrated, purposeful political force." The author of this collection of autobiographies, Rev. C. S. Isaacson M.A., stresses that, "In no case was there anything like proselytism. No one persuaded, still less enticed, these converts to leave the Papal Church. Almost all found the road from Rome without the help of human guidance, led only by the Spirit of God (Saturn. it would appear) influencing their hearts and consciences". That short statement would seem to confirm that the religious experience is in fact an astrological experience.
© Brian Underwood
First printed in Astrology Quarterly