Laughing at the Devil: One Man’s Religious Discoveries

Written by David O’Neil

Reflection Poem

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About the cover

The instrument superimposed with Leonardo Da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man is a representation of an astrolabe made by Erasmus Habermel in about 1585 AD. Astrolabes are scientific instruments created and used over the past millennium to solve astronomical problems. You may see Habermel’s beautiful design, and learn more about it and many others on the Museum of the History of Science, Oxford’s Epact website, at http://www.mhs.ox.ac.uk/epact. The image has been incorporated with their kind permission.

An additional fact many readers may be unaware of is da Vinci based his illustration upon the writings of Vitruvius, a Roman architect of the first century BC. In those writings Vitruvius drew a parallel between the proportions of the human body and the measurements of ancient temples, giving that sketch an additional relevancy to the topics within these pages.

Dedication

This work is dedicated to all our ancestors who created our wonderful myths and kept them alive throughout the ages, and especially Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend for fanning the embers of that mythological fire so vigorously I had to pay attention.

Also: To my mother. May she find peace.

Contents

Introduction

Chapter 1: A Religious Departure

Chapter 2: Celestial Investigations – A Beginning

Chapter 3: Pillars of the Past

Chapter 4: Journey to Nibiru

Chapter 5: Samson – Perplexion and Facts

Chapter 6: An Ancient Outlook

Chapter 7: Samson Deciphered

Chapter 8: My God, What Art Thou?

Chapter 9: Heritage of Wanderers

Chapter 10: Jesus – A Jewish Savior

Chapter 11: Miscatto

Chapter 12: Reflexions To Beginnings

Backmatter:

Acknowledgments

Appendix A – ‘Stones’ as God(s)

Appendix B – Nibiru

Appendix C – ‘Sixty’ Throughout The Ages

Appendix D – Samson: The Rest of the Story

Appendix E – Precession of the Equinoxes

Appendix F – ‘New Age’ Thinking

Appendix G – Entanglement

Repeated Sources

Notes

Index

Introduction

This book is for people who would like a better understanding of our scientific/religious heritage. Perhaps you are questioning, or have questioned religion. Or maybe your path is similar to mine: once told to believe religious teachings on faith, and a growing intellect made you unable to accept such ideas. Or you might just be curious—always a good thing to be.

The following pages reveal some forgotten thoughts of the priests two-thousand to six-thousand years ago. They were greatly influenced by their time spent watching ‘heaven,’ and encoded their ideas in mythical/religious terms which still echo in our society.

Although the topic required technical language in portions of this writing, I endeavored to make it as approachable as possible, and explained all the necessary concepts. The reward of the intellectual journey is great: a new comprehension of a lost aspect of our history. We will see how religion and science were once intimately connected.

I hope this knowledge helps those who are tired of religion to appreciate the subject from a fresh perspective, and helps religiously-oriented people regard science in a greater light. Our ancient searchers were trying to improve their world, and I like to think that clarifying their achievements will benefit us as we continue making improvements, and refining our own ideas about God and the nature of Reality.

Best wishes and happy creations,

David

October, 2012

Chapter 1

A Religious Departure

“There’s a devil at my feet and he’s trying to take me somewhere I don’t want to go!”

Fuck you, Mom! I’m not a devil, but I do want to take you somewhere you don’t want—a place where understanding replaces ignorance, and I can share my whole heart and the discoveries I’ve made, rather than just the surface platitudes I must currently limit myself to.

My mind roiled with disgust, hatred, and love that December night in 2010. For I was the person at her feet.

The call came in May that year. Mom was dying. Ovarian cancer.

What should I say about such a personal experience? I don’t know.

Perhaps she had to go through that so I could get one of my dreams fulfilled. I certainly wish another way would have sufficed.

Many years ago, when I was six, going on seven, Mom grew disgusted with Dad and ran away with me and my four younger sisters to a fundamentalist Catholic group in Idaho.1A Dad tracked us down, staked out the boarding house we stayed in, and, with the help of the police, got us back.

Then everything became more complicated.

The church said my parent’s marriage was invalid, but Mom wanted to be with us kids, so she lived with Dad as ‘brother and sister’ for a while. After two-and-a-half years my father had enough of the continual indoctrination and fights, and finalized the divorce he began in Idaho. The cult remained involved in our lives, so he sued them, but the lawyer didn’t do his job, and lack of money (and interest in the case by other attorneys) resulted in Dad taking on those proceedings himself, as well as suing the attorney.

I witnessed several legal hypocrisies back then. For instance, a unanimous jury verdict for a million dollars was obtained in the church case. Upon hearing about it the courts found Dad hadn’t been hurt by the lawyer’s inaction, and awarded him nothing in spite of the contract. Of course the cult appealed the decision against them. That judge somehow determined the jurists lacked the information to make up their minds, overturned their findings, and—years later—Dad received a total of about $16,000. Each of us kids got $10,000.

Those times were difficult. Initially I believed the cult’s teachings: a perfect, equitable, loving god who judged us from afar and created a sinful humanity. I even thought Dad was the son of Satan for a while, due to Mom and everyone else in the church saying so. But time changed my beliefs.

Part of the shift occurred because my views brought me difficulties. The greatest example is in the third grade I wanted to fit in. One day at lunch the kid across the table showed off his biceps, and, being kinda dumb in the friends department, I said something like, “Hey, yeah! Mine are big too!” Of course his next words were “Prove it!,” and when I mirrored his pose he challenged me to a fight to determine who was stronger. I couldn’t punch back during our showdown—my religious indoctrination interfered, so he became my bully and I remained on the outskirts of the social networks through high school.

Oddly, the distance that gave me from other kids acted as a buffer, and allowed me to work out my issues more easily. I became a dreamer, and wanted to understand the mind of God, and why He permitted things to happen like I witnessed. A traditional religious studies curriculum was out of the question—I had seen enough of that, and figured science might give some answers. After all, this world is a manifestation of God, therefore its intricacies must reveal at least a little of His mind.

When Dad finalized the divorce in 1977, Mom continued indoctrinating us, but for some reasons which I don’t understand, her efforts tapered off. Perhaps the court cases played a role. She never gave up hope, though.

School demanded my attention, and work hers. The custody every other weekend wasn’t enough to keep me loyal to the church, and evidently part of Mom understood. We grew separate.

One of my most precious memories is of Mom and me standing in the courthouse stairwell during a hearing in 1994. Both of us felt awkward, but the accusatory look in my eyes probably caused the tension. Why, Mom? I thought. Why did we have to go through all this crap for all these years?

I don’t believe I mouthed the words, but she responded to them. “Oh, David! I never meant for what happened to occur! All I ever wanted was to be your mother, and I never wanted this! I wish we were far away from here.”

She was choking as she talked, and when I looked at her, I just knew. I just knew she told the truth, and if she could, she would be anywhere but there. I just knew she had always done her best from her own viewpoint, and everything had been performed out of love.

Her response instantly dissolved my hatred, and uncovered my deeper love for her. “I know, Mom, I know.” Tears now filled both our eyes. “I’ve missed you, and I also wish we weren’t here. But why did you do what you did, and take us to the church?”

Through the tears she told me her relationship with Dad had become unbearable. “I felt I was becoming your father’s whore,” she said, and, being old enough, I could look back and understand her perspective. Everything started making sense.

Even though she hadn’t said why we became involved in the church, I knew that, too. I recalled Dad’s talks of World War III in my childhood, and the upcoming end of civilization. I also remembered Dad always seemed to be away working, and I started to comprehend the forces that pushed Mom to do what she did. (He wasn’t having an affair, he really worked.)

Mom had been raised as a Catholic. When her relationship with Dad degraded she needed something to hold on to, and upon fleeing to her mother she also took up the beliefs of her childhood. There was nowhere else to go, and, like many others before her whose relationship with their husbands became troubled, she turned to her family and her roots.

I don’t recall much more from our courthouse conversation, except her telling me about parking in our driveway in the early morning, before it got light out, after Dad threw her out of the house. She did it simply hoping to see our faces through the window as we ate breakfast, because she missed us so much.

We remained there for about ten minutes, and both of us talked and cried. At the end we just stood, holding each other, looking out the glass panes at the lawn below, feeling more complete than either of us had for years.

And when I didn’t give the settlement back to the church she disinherited me, and we grew apart once again. Later, because of a sibling’s actions, Mom even said I wasn’t allowed in her house.

We got over the incident, but were never close after that. She wanted what I couldn’t give: acceptance and whole-hearted devotion to beliefs which no longer worked for me.

Throughout the separation I dreamed.

I don’t know about other families, but my parents represent two different psychological aspects in my mind. Dad is the technician and logician, Mom was the Earth Mother—intuitive and kind. Plants grew for her.

For years I held a mental picture of me and her in a garden, silently sharing a link to Nature. I believed I might be able to communicate my love in the one way she would accept.

Eighteen-hundred miles and lack of funds dampens such dreams, but they never disappear.

After hearing she may not live long everyone made plans to visit and say their potential last goodbyes. I put my trip off for a bit, concerned about money.

A week or so later my gut kicked me. “Go! Tomorrow—Just GO!” So I got my car’s oil changed and took off the next morning.

I arrived a day or two after her flowers, which I had not known about: my dream came true.

Some people will say those days toiling in her flowerbeds were simple coincidence, but I know otherwise. More synchronicities have happened in my life, and once you become aware, you simply know. They don’t take place often, but they do occur.

And, once finished, I went back to Dallas, happy with the memory, and sad because of her health.

She lied when I left, saying the cancer was in remission. In reality she gave up. She wanted to go to the heaven she believed in, and be done with the suffering.

So six months later I returned, to her deathbed.

Again, what should I tell, and what should I keep to myself? Does it do anything to mention the hours of stroking her forehead with the gentlest of motions, noting the bald spot appearing there, and trying to be even gentler? Or purging the colostomy and ileostomy bags, and the vilest stench in the world? Sleeping less than three hours, waking to the sound of her faint cries, and bringing her sodas with lots of ice in them to quench her eternal thirst (doomed to flow right through, because most of her colon and intestines had been removed)?

I can also bring up the miraculous recoveries three times. Upon finding paperwork which required attention she pulled the energy out of somewhere and came back. Those bursts took their toll, though, and eventually we knew the end was near. So my aunt—a nun in the church—administered the prayers for the dying, and sprinkled huge dollops of ‘holy water’ on her, sending Mom into the only religious convulsion I’ve ever seen with my own eyes.

Then I found out I was a ‘devil.’

I almost left.

But didn’t.

All I remember is my mind racing in a cycle of profanity, sadness … and a little surprise. I didn’t think she consciously knew I was at her feet, so I felt like she picked her statement telepathically. I’m certain subconscious imagery and her beliefs caused her words.

To Mom I suppose I did represent a devil. My dream is for a world where relationships are more important than religion, but religion was the center of her universe, and tearing that bandage off would have hurt as much as being in what she imagined to be hell.

So I knelt there, caught up in my own reality for ten minutes, deciding whether to get up and leave, or stay. Finally I chose the latter, sadness permeating me.

Her body stiffened quickly after that, and those were some of the last words she spoke. A week later she could hardly move, and only breathing noises and occasional groans came from her, although I sensed her consciousness still present.

Everyone else slept as I sat beside her that night, carefully caressing her temple. At 11:30 her rales worsened. The atropine didn’t help. I woke up my sister at 12:45, and ten minutes later Mom passed away with one final crackling death scream. (They say those are myths, but I was there.) Curiosity will always haunt me, wondering what words she would have expressed that emotion with if she could.

I hope you never experience anything like that. I hope the following investigation into our religious roots helps us overcome difficulties such as Mom and I went through. I hope religions become encompassing, rather than exclusive. I hope.

For what it’s worth, Mom changed her mind about the inheritance. Also, while I was in my own hell because of the ‘devil’ statement, my sister heard her say something I missed. “How could I have been so wrong for all these years?”

One last item: several people later told me her flowers that year were some of the most beautiful she ever grew. I cried.

Chapter 2

Celestial Investigations – A Beginning

My childhood church immersion left me dissatisfied with the religion of my youth. My evolving intellect made the other religions I tried equally unappealing. But I still wanted to understand the ‘mind of God,’ so I decided to study physics in college. An advisor convinced me more money could be made in mechanical engineering, so I did that instead, and graduated in 1990. Then I worked in the automobile air conditioning industry for a while, and also making pump systems to get water to the tops of buildings, and heat exchangers for industrial use.

Religious questions must have floated through my subconscious back then. I no longer remember why I went to the library one day in 1994, or why I ended up in the mythology section. All I recall is a book seemed to beckon me, and upon thumbing its pages I was hooked.

The authors claimed a deep link once existed between religion, science, and mythology, and I stood there for over thirty minutes, reading and looking at pictures. Being about two inches thick and hardbound, the weight and awkwardness of the tome soon made my hands numb, but the circulation desk rescued me and the secrets of the universe poured into my head for the next three weeks!

Well, not quite. I spent about four increasingly frustrating hours with their book. The writing was terrible—skipping from one topic to another without closure. Never making the connections between subjects understandable. And, worst of all, not clarifying the authors’ point.

Perhaps that is why the title included the word “essay.” Not an excuse, I know, but later the reason revealed itself: one of the writers was nearing the end of his life, and they must not have had the time or staff to perform the greatly-needed editing. Also, they didn’t comprehend everything to the extent required for a well-written manuscript, and intended their work as a pointer for those who came after them.

If you look it up on Amazon under its new name, Hamlet’s Mill: An Essay Investigating the Origins of Human Knowledge and its Transmission Through Myth,1 by Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend, you will find a general consensus confirming my ‘hard to read’ opinion.

So the book sat on the desk for a couple weeks, keeping the papers underneath from floating into space. And then it went back to the library, to perplex others in the future. Little did I know those four hours would eventually lead to many more being spent in study, and result in a much clearer understanding of the ‘religion/science/mythology’ connections touched upon by its authors. Some of their clues pointed the way to answer my own religious questions, and cast a bright light on a long-forgotten historical aspect which wasn’t revealed by any writing I’ve come across.

I should mention the first attempt at reading Hamlet’s Mill wasn’t all wasted. For instance, I gleaned that Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is somehow connected to the stars in the sky.

If you are like me you have never read Hamlet, so a brief overview is in order. In The Bard’s story the king is killed by his own brother, who then assumes the throne. Hamlet, the rightful inheritor of the kingship, feigns lunacy, and, seeking revenge for his father’s murder, eventually kills his uncle. Hamlet dies in the process, although in the myth upon which Hamlet was based, Amleth, Prince of Denmark, Amleth gains rulership and keeps his life.

De Santillana and von Dechend showed that Amleth is itself linked to a tale about a man named Amlodhi, who, in addition to having some characteristics similar to Hamlet, also possessed a mill. This mill was shown to date back to an Icelandic story of a god/man called Frodhi. In legend, Frodhi is the possessor of a magical mill which now lies broken at the bottom of the sea.

Hamlet’s Mill argues that these, and many other myths, refer to events witnessed in the night sky over thousands of years. The authors left the connections pretty murky; for instance in the previous link between Frodhi and Hamlet, the workings of the mill remained a mystery. They revealed too many similarities and associations to the earlier tales to ignore, though, and showed those older stories were somehow connected to the celestial events in the night sky.

Another influential item upon my future studies was the biblical Samson figure—most famous for the story of Delilah ‘shaving the hair off his head and making him weak’—seems to be astro/mythological in nature. That topic will be investigated more in the coming chapters.

Before continuing I should point out another problem with Hamlet’s Mill. Poor scholarship prevailed in places, although someone who has never investigated our astronomical heritage would be unaware of this fact.

The best source I’ve seen on this topic is Gary Thompson’s writings.2A An Australian with a keen interest in Mesopotamian history and our changing understanding of the night skies, he discusses how de Santillana and von Dechend uncritically accepted an idea called ‘Panbabylonianism’—the belief that our constellations have had their current names for the past six-thousand years (or more). He also illuminates that those who have studied the subject—even before Hamlet’s Mill was published—have pretty soundly refuted the idea.

Other issues may be discovered on Thompson’s excellent website. Not everything is bad, though. Some praise is given: “…de Santillana was one of a handful of scholars [after World War II] who ensured the history of science as a discipline was established on a firm scientific footing.” Also mentioned: he was usually an excellent writer.2B


Shakespeare’s play, Hamlet, is somehow connected to the stars in the sky.


The exception in this case made me dismissive of de Santillana and von Dechend’s work. I suspected their text contained some valid points, but was I tempted to go digging for them? Nope.

About six months later the compulsion struck me to search for Hamlet’s Mill on the Internet, and see what others said. In my perusal a page popped up which outlined something I had missed in the book. Terry Alden also read it, and noticed a stress upon a sixty-year conjunction cycle between Jupiter and Saturn that had been important to the most knowledgeable of our ancestors. (A conjunction is simply a meeting of two planets in the night sky.) Alden was able to work out a logical method using the conjunction sequence to give an exact date to the end of what some people now call a ‘world age.’

Chances are you have heard of these types of ‘ages.’ A musical group named “The 5th Dimension” released a popular medley in the late ’60s titled Aquarius/Let The Sunshine In, suggesting a better world was on its way. Their lyrics indicate we live in the beginning of the Aquarian Age.

Several people predicting doom and gloom for December 21, 2012—based upon various interpretations of why the Mayans ended a calendar cycle on that date3—believe it concludes our current age. (If you are worried about this, don’t be. December 22, 2012 will be much like the previous day. Snowfall towards the North Pole: Yes. Universal destruction: No.)

So what is a ‘world age,’ or, more specifically, a ‘new age?’

In its simplest terms a ‘world age’ is an approximate two-thousand-year interval when the sun is located within the boundaries of a given constellation on a certain day of the year. The one which became most significant to our ancestors was the vernal equinox; when sunrise and sunset occur at due east and west, respectively (assuming a flat horizon), the amount of hours when the sun is visible equals the number of hours when it is below the horizon (again, same assumption), and—for those of us on the northern hemisphere—the days are becoming longer instead of shorter. This occurs about March 22 of each year.

The sun appears to slowly move on this date (and all others). Three-thousand years ago it was located in Aries, and a thousand years later it shifted into Pisces, where it still dwells. The year when the sun passed between constellations marked the ‘new age’ point.

But dating such an event is tricky. The sun’s shift is very slow (about 1° every 71.7 years), and the constellation boundaries are so vague that without modern equipment and universally agreed upon borders one person’s date will be much different than another’s.

Alden saw this difficulty, and, using hints found in de Santillana and von Dechend’s work, determined a method which overcomes this hardship. When I read his proposal a contradiction jumped out at me and made me disregard his claim that our ancestors used his technique for the past six-thousand years, but I wondered if—even with those problems—he might be on to something.

Curiosity drove me to get a planetarium program and start viewing the night skies over four-thousand years ago, to observe the events that occurred at the end the ‘age of Taurus’ by Alden’s method. After about an hour of learning and playing around with the software I witnessed something which struck me to my core. A numb excitement ran through me, and I said “No Way!” Replaying those old celestial interactions I became convinced: in the eyes of our ancestors this could metaphorically be described as ‘Samson pushing apart the pillars of the house of the Philistines.’

My religious investigations had begun!

The following is a small part of chapter 7, in which the astronomy behind the biblical Samson story is revealed for the first time in over 2,500 years. Of course the chapters before this illuminate why Samson is linked to the planet Mars, and introduce all the celestial concepts in a far less abrupt manner, but for those with basic astronomical knowledge, this glimpse provides an idea of the technical approach taken in the book.

One term not many will be familiar with is ‘trigon.’ It refers to the meetings of Jupiter and Saturn every twenty years. Three of them form an approximate triangle in the sky spanning sixty years.

Chapter 7

Samson Deciphered

In order to understand the astronomy behind this ancient tale, forget everything you know about modern science. Pretend telescopes won’t be invented for another 2,600 years. Chemistry? Physics? They weren’t even concepts, although the groundwork for the second was being laid with some rather monumental building projects.

In this chapter the major items of each biblical section will be illuminated. The remaining verses are covered in Appendix D, beginning on page 161.

To start, the story chronicles the proceedings of Mars, Venus, Jupiter, and Saturn around the trigonal conjunctions between 1416 to 980 BC. The following is a diagram outlining the interactions the Canaanite/Israelite priests witnessed in the skies throughout 557 years. (The outer two trigons are not recorded in the writing for a reason to be discussed at the end of the chapter.)

1476 to 920 BC Trigonal Overview

1476 to 920 BC Trigonal Overview

This illustration shows the celestial observations recorded in the Samson saga,1 with an extra trigon on each end (the reason for doing so will become clear in the upcoming pages). The grayed area represents the vernal equinox sunset horizons during those times, and does not indicate where the Jupiter/Saturn meetings occurred with respect to the horizon, although conjunctions within about a month of the equinoxes would have been near the elevations portrayed here.

The top and bottom astronomical dusk horizon range lines correspond to the April 3, 1476 and March 30, 920 BC sunsets, respectively. (Jerusalem is the viewing location used for this, and all other celestial depictions in this chapter.)

Another item worth noting is the graphic dates the first day of spring around March 31 of each year, instead of March 22 as stated earlier. This discrepancy is due to planetarium programs specifying ancient times using the Julian system. The church originally utilized that calendar before adopting the Gregorian one in 1582 AD, and software manufacturers use the earlier method for pre-1582 dates in order to keep their users sane.

The last item is letters have been assigned to each conjunction to make referencing them slightly easier.

Dividing Line

While going through this keep the ancient authors in the back of your mind. Generation after generation, looking at the heavens in awe, trying to understand their gods and the universe around them. Samson, and stories like it in other cultures (although I haven’t seen any others which are as good as this) are the seeds of modern society.

The journey begins during a period of great desire for our priestly scientists: they wanted to understand sixty’s ramifications so much, the inner core was dedicated to observing those heavenly transactions. When the priests’ time on earth was finishing, the quest was given to their children.

In this story the Philistines are the antagonists. Celestially, they were imaginary beings roaming the skies who liked to be near Jupiter and Saturn. A historical group by this name did exist—they seem to have come from around Greece before 1100 BC and slowly been absorbed into the Canaanite/Israelite population. An indication of their heavenly association in this instance is they are said to have ruled the Israelites for ‘forty’ years (Judges, 13:1).

People familiar with the Bible will recognize this number. Jesus fasted in the desert for that amount of days and nights; the flood poured down for the same period; Moses and his wanderings, and his time spent on the mountain with God… These references indicate our ancestors were fascinated by this quantity long ago.

The original reason for their obsession can only be guessed at. Others claim it is because of the forty conjunctions between Jupiter and Saturn which were thought to make up a full revolution of the trigonal pattern (see the diagram on page 155, and the corrected one showing forty-seven meetings on page 157). The Appendix C investigations reveal that number probably wasn’t associated with that timeframe before Hipparchus (and more likely came into being much closer to our own time).

But ‘40’ is linked to the heavens in at least one way: the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ‘Mem’ (מ), and its number value is forty. Furthermore, the glyph’s name comes from the Phoenician word for ‘water.’ Sources on this subject are scanty, but Wikipedia indicates a Hebraic book, the Sefer Yetzirah, written over two-thousand years ago, titles Mem as “King over Water, Formed Earth in the Universe, …”2 This points to the ‘celestial waters’ thought to surround the earth at one time.

Another reference attests to an even earlier age for our ancestors’ fascination: Gilgamesh. Per de Santillana and von Dechend, “[t]he circumstances of his fabled birth make him two-thirds god and one-third man, which makes him—in the sexagesimal system of Mesopotamia—two-thirds of 60 (= Anu) = 40, the number which characterized Enki-Ea, whence the latter’s denomination of ‘Shanabi’ (= %, i.e., of 60), and Nimin (Sumerian = 40).”3

Could these usages be linked to the two minor trigonal conjunctions of the sixty-year cycle? Or a belief that humans don’t really mature before their fortieth birthday, which somehow makes us more connected to the heavens? Certainly Venus’s passage behind the sun every eight years, with the fifth event occurring in the same area of the zodiac as the first is not the cause.4 Knowledge of that cycle came much later.

It might be that five of Venus’s eight-year cycles semi-meshes with the forty-year trigon points. For instance, Jupiter and Saturn conjunct between Capricorn and Sagittarius on December 21, 2020 AD, with Venus in the claws of the scorpion (247° ecliptic coordinates). Exactly forty years later, on December 21, 2060, Venus will be close to the initial position (250.5°), after the trigonal conjunction which occurred on April 5. Venus, with an almost exact eight-year cycle extending to a forty-year period, is more consistent than the trigon!

Of course the reason could also be linked to our ancestor’s view of the vigesimal ‘twenty,’ discussed in Appendix C on page 160. In that system twenty was niš and two was min; forty was nimin. With the added association of twenty being ‘self,’ the emphasis on forty may partly be sexual: amazement at the ability of two people to join together and reproduce.

Regardless of why ‘forty’ became prominent, the Philistines as imaginary celestial wanderers will make sense by the end of this investigation. (Interestingly, one of the meanings of ‘Philistine’ is ‘migrant.’5)

Getting to the Samson tale, it is comprised of three main sections, and what could be called a ‘prequel.’ Judges, chapter 13 tells the story of his birth to Manoah and an unnamed mother. An interesting stellar characteristic is behind the fatherly figure. According to Strong’s Bible Concordance ‘Manoah’ means ‘rest.’6 Another biblical hero has this same connotation: Noah.7 (Although the concordance doesn’t say so, the first may indicate something more along the lines of ‘to cause to rest’ versus pure ‘rest’ for the flood figure.8)

During my work sense was made of the father allusions by viewing him as Saturn, the most ‘restful’ of the visible wanderers. The references to his mother are explained by picturing her as Jupiter. If these, and the following associations, seem too fanciful, remember that the authors were trying to cast the celestial events in terms they understood. Our current planetary comprehension came much later.

With that, the heavenly basis of this ancient hero can finally be presented.

Judges, chapter 14

So another book isn’t necessary, Young’s Literal Translation9 of the Bible will be quoted. The major event of this section is Samson and the lion. As previously stated, the entire biblical chapter records events around a single Jupiter/Saturn trigonal conjunction in 1416 BC, marked ‘B’ in the prior overview diagram.

1 And Samson goeth down to Timnath, and seeth a woman in Timnath of the daughters of the Philistines,

In the narrative the woman is simply Venus. Venus is also ‘Delilah’ and ‘an harlot.’ This corresponds to the red planet ‘seeing’ Venus before appearing in the morning sky, on December 15, 1418 BC. The goddess of dawn had dropped below the sunrise horizon on the 11th, giving our ancestors four days during which neither celestial being could be observed.

Why ‘Timnath’ (which means ‘portion’)? Probably to give the story a local feel. Other myths from different cultures contain gods and goddesses coming to earth at various places, and this is most likely an extension of the same tendency.

The ‘down’ in this verse simply refers to Mars and Venus being ‘down’ near the horizon.

2 and cometh up and declareth to his father, and to his mother, and saith, ‘A woman I have seen in Timnath, of the daughters of the Philistines; and now, take her for me for a wife.’

Afterwards Mars rose into heaven, day by day. The two outermost visible planets followed suit, with Jupiter appearing on May 4, 1417 BC, and Saturn twenty days later, on the 24th.

Remember the two-year retrograde pattern of Mars (page 39)? The same orbital motion also causes the red planet to travel the sky in two years. By this I mean from the time Mars becomes visible above the sunrise, to the following sunrise appearance, two years transpire. Earlier I said Jupiter and Saturn retrograde annually, and, correspondingly, they also traverse the horizons once a year (although they do not move as far against the background stars). So after the gods of time showed themselves they caught up to Mars; Jupiter on July 1 and Saturn on July 8. This is where Samson was made out to ‘talk’ to his mother and father.

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Buy a copy of Laughing at the Devil for yourself, and discover the rest of the observations behind this great tale! Find out what Samson’s ‘hair’ referred to, and why he was said to be ‘blinded.’ ‘Foxes,’ ‘pillars,’ ‘jawbone,’ and many other mythical constructions become clear within its pages.

Repeated Sources

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9. Hamlet’s Mill—An Essay on Myth and the Frame of Time, Giorgio de Santillana and Hertha von Dechend, Boston, MA: Gambit, 1969.

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26. The Samson Saga and its Place in Comparative Religion, Smythe Palmer, New York: Arno Press, 1977.

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Notes

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Chapter 1

1. If you would like to learn more about the religion I was exposed to, Wikipedia has a fairly decent page on its founder: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Francis_Schuckardt. For an even more enlightening study see the website his followers put up at http://www.bishopschuckardt.com/. On it you may read the following logical perplexity (as of Nov. 27, 2011):

…Furthermore, even if the accusations [of sexual impropriety] were true, the authority given to the Church by Christ is not contingent upon the personal sanctity or impeccability of the hierarchy exercising that authority. …This is because the Church’s clear teaching is that one does not lose his authority upon the commission of personal sin, but rather by schism, heresy, apostasy, or by removal from office by someone of even higher authority. If it were otherwise, the Catholic Church would have ceased to exist centuries ago. Therefore Bishop Schuckardt’s authority and role as a Bishop of the Church would not be affected even if the accusations were true.

In other words, the higher authority which church leaders are held to doesn’t exist if those at the top aren’t vigilant. Also, Bishop Schuckardt wasn’t accountable to any higher priests—when he disagreed with them they were no longer worth listening to.

Reasoning similar to this quotation is probably responsible for the actions the Catholic Church took during the child molestation scandal. Return to A, B

Chapter 2

1. See Hamlet’s Mill in Repeated Sources. The older editions had the better subtitle listed there. Return

2. See http://members.westnet.com.au/Gary-David-Thompson/page9j.html. Return to A, B

3. Actually, there is a good possibility December 21 is not the date which corresponds to the end of the Mayan cycle. For more see http://www.livescience.com/11053-earth-postponed.html. Return

Chapter 7

1. The graphic’s tilt is mainly for space efficiency, but is partially caused by being derived from equatorial observations rather than horizon sightings. Observant readers will note that ten trigons are represented, but only nine vernal equinox suns appear to be visible. This was (probably) caused by the screen captures used to create the graphic being too low-resolution (although they were 1600x900 pixels, but the 140° field of view meant a lot of information was portrayed), and two of the suns seemed to be in the same place. The culprits occurred in 1297 and 1238 BC.

Also, some may question why the suns aren’t equally spaced in the horizon ranges. I haven’t taken the time to confirm, but I believe this is caused by the fact that planetarium programs pinpoint vernal equinoxes to within a second. If that always occurred at sunset (for this illustration), they would be equi-distant, but when they take place earlier or later in the day, the sun travels more (or less) than an exact sixty-year increment. I don’t know if leap-year calculations also have an effect, but I doubt they do.

An additional FYI is not all the trigonal meetings are depicted. A single representation was selected for years in which double and triple conjunctions occurred. Return

2. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mem, accessed August 14, 2011). W. W. Wescott’s 1887 translation of this text is available at http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/yetzirah.htm.

For an additional mind bend read John L. Sorenson, “A Complex of Ritual and Ideology Shared by Mesoamerica and the Ancient Near East,” Sino-Platonic Papers, Philadelphia, PA: Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Pennsylvania, p. 8. There, Sorenson touches upon the fact that ‘mayim/mēm’ is Hebrew for ‘water,’ and ‘*mēme-t’ is Uto-Aztecan for ‘ocean.’ Other parallels also exist between those languages. Return

3. Hamlet’s Mill, p. 289. This is attributed to E. Weidner, Reallexikon der Assyriologie, vol. 2, p. 379. Return

4. This isn’t the same as the Transits of Venus you may have heard about. Those occur whenever Venus is located between the earth and the sun, whereas the eight-year pattern involves the goddess of dusk and dawn being behind Sol from our perspective. Return

5. This was derived from a Web version of the fourth edition of The American Heritage Dictionary which is no longer available. Another source is http://www.answers.com/topic/philistines. (Search for ‘migrant’ on that page.) Return

6. See http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H4495&t=KJV. For more on Manoah being linked to ‘rest,’ read The Samson Saga and its Place…, pp. 191–98. Return

7. See http://www.blueletterbible.org/lang/lexicon/lexicon.cfm?Strongs=H5146&t=KJV. Return

8. Per conversation with Dr. Frolov January 21, 2011. Return

9. Robert Young, The Holy Bible: consisting of the Old and New Covenants, translated according to the letter and idioms of the original languages, Edinburgh: G. A. Young, 1898. Revised edition. In the public domain, and may be found on various websites. This was obtained from biblegateway.com, a very useful tool for comparing several Bible versions. Earlier editions of this book used the King James translation, and the liberalness of that work led to problems, at least one of which will be discussed further on. Return

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