Gospel and the Zodiac: The Secret Truth about Jesus by Bill Darlison
By Bill Darlison
Who used to be Jesus Christ? Did he exist?
For millennia the realm has been pushed through the diversities among the good patriarchal religions. Western civilization--or Christendom, because it used to be called--received its values and its self belief from a trust in God, the daddy, and Jesus, his purely son. yet what if this conviction have been based on an mistakes?
Who is the guy within the factually inconsistent Gospel tales? And who's the guy who makes a short visual appeal sporting a jar of water? This awesome research by way of a Unitarian minister means that Jesus by no means existed traditionally; he used to be easily a illustration of an astrological theology--a illustration, easily placed, of the zodiac signal of Aquarius. In The Gospel and the Zodiac, Reverend invoice Darlison demonstrates that each one the opposite symptoms are current too, in ideal zodiacal order. The Gospel tale isn't the made of historians or eyewitnesses, yet an older, mystical textual content produced by means of an old, esoteric tuition as a advisor to the Age of Pisces.
Every bit as revelatory and arguable because it sounds, The Gospel and the Zodiac will shake up the non secular established order, and in doing so, supply either a brand new examine a non secular icon and a deeper realizing of the religion that binds thousands jointly.
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A few reflections:
(1) That Francis used to be a fine looking guy, as recommended by way of the author,was not often the case. we now have modern snap shots of Francis displaying in a different way besides descriptions of his contemporaries similar to Thomas of Celano;
(2) That Francis was once a womanizer, back recommended via the writer, is uncertain. there is not any facts in any respect of this. In thirteenth Century Assisi, this sort of small city, it should were prohibitied until the writer is suggesting Francis visited homes of prostitution. there is not any checklist of this in any respect. the writer is placing her twenty first Century inklings into the thirteenth Century;
(3) there's no indication in any respect that Francis had any romantic feelings
toward Claire of Assisi. heritage is totally silent in this factor. the writer is correct bearing on Francis' and his love of Arthurian legends.
As a question of historical past, the belief of chivalric love prohibited sexual touch. woman Poverty was once simply that - a component of his mystical lifestyles. And certainly the age distinction is suspect - Francis was once nearly 30 while he switched over to the magical lifestyles - Claire turning 14 - 15;
(4) definite, Francis did visit battle. the writer says he was once a "warrior. "
Such a notice indicates a way of life which may hardly ever painting the Francis of Assisi of ancient list. sure, he went to conflict yet we haven't any notion of what he did. He can have killed or he might have been nursing the wounded in his first conflict. we do not be aware of. We do be aware of he used to be attempting to satisfy his father's aspirations whilst he armored as much as cross at the Cursades. This enterprise, we all know, was once interrupted by way of a paranormal occasion for Francis. He became again and have become a knight of his Lord - the magical Christ who ultimately spoke to him at Daniano. was once he then a "failed knight? " as advised through the writer. Francis inspiration in a different way. the matter the following seems to be the author's loss of non secular intuition which might make such occasions incomprehensible. If whatever may be acknowledged approximately Francis at this juncture is that he didn't dwell as much as his father's needs - a failed son instead of a failed knight. the connection among Francis and his father is a gold mine that merits mental scrutiny - to make sure a Freudian may come to another end than a Jungian.
(5)The writer contends that he created friendship with the Muslims. hugely exagerated. Francis used to be a medieval guy and probably proposal as so much medieval Christians the idea of the hugely influential Saint Bernard of Clairvaux, the 1st preacher of the Crusades a century previous. Bernard stated "to kill a Muslim isn't to dedicate homocide. " Francis faced the Sultan in the course of the Crusades. at the moment he justified the killing going as being important until eventually the Muslims approved the Gospel of Jesus Christ. On his go back from the Crusades he not just didn't hold forth opposed to the Crusades yet his Order, the Franciscans, have been ordered by way of the Pope to evangelise the Crusades. during this capability, they went from city to city to elevate males, cash and fabric for the Crusades. Had it now not been for the Franciscans the Crusades couldn't have occurred in that century. No objections from the founder here;
There are many sturdy books on Saint Francis. this isn't one in every of them. the writer lacks the spirit of the age, the non secular intuition which may understand what the actors are facing. i'm sorry to claim this isn't stable historical past. it truly is sloppy background reflecting the emotions of the current into the prior. Of the potential 5 stars I remove 3 for wish of historical past yet provide it one superstar for the canopy and one megastar for the paper it really is written on. Why punish the blameless whether inanimate?
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But when the planets In evil mixture to disorder wander, What plagues and what portents, what mutiny, What raging of tl1e seas, shaking of the earth, Commotion in the winds! Frights, changes, horrors Divert and crack, rend and deracinate The unity and married calm of states Quite from their fixture ... Take but degree away, untune that string, And hark, what discord follows. (Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Sc. 3) In Charles Dickens' final, uncompleted work, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, the lawyer, Mr Grewgious, gazes meditatively at the stars ' as if he would have read in them something that was hidden from him'.
But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. (Bamstone, page 342) Death and regeneration are, in astrology, Scorpionic themes and, interestingly, Clement tells us that this passage is located at the very beginning of what we have designated the 'Scorpio section ' of this Gospel. e. after chapter 10 verse 34. This fragment seems to support the theory that Mark's Gospel has under gone a number of revisions and that, in Barnstone's words, 'the canonical Gospel of Mark appears to be an abridgement of the Secret Gospel of Mark' (Barnstone, page 340).
The idea that the stars might be trying to communi cate with us in an unknown tongue belongs in the realm, not just of fantasy, but of absurdity, we think. We know all about the incomprehensible stellar distances; we know that even those stars which look close together are really billions of miles apart; we know that those tiny points of light, whose flick ering seems to invite us into dialogue, are really unimaginably large balls of mute, incandescent gas, which are daily yielding their secrets, not to 2H The Forgotten Language of the Stars li nguists, but to astronomers and physicists.