Symbols of Christ and Neptune (Poseidon)
Lord of Pisces Sign of the Fish Wine Sacrifice and Holiness
All ancient faiths were based on the oldest science, astrology - the influence of the planets. The planets were representative of the gods in ancient Greece and Rome, Egypt and Babylon, India, and virtually all over the inhabited world. Our current world faiths originated in the very same ancient world. It should not be a surprise to find they are also all based on astrology, all recognizing One God/Source of all things.
Christ is a portrait of the great Neptune, the higher, divine dimension of this spirit, beyond the personal astrology of the horoscope. This recognition, based on the Kabbalah, gives us the rational, credible, scientific and multi-faith/Interfaith understanding of God/Source that we need in modern times. It strongly supports the esoteric allegorical message of the Bible, especially the Synoptic Gospels - the message of love and peace - but avoids the literal and historical simplifications of fundamentalism.
The Tree of Life (search the Internet for a graphic) is the basis of the Kabbalah, the esoteric Tradition behind the Bible. The Tree is quite clearly an astrological map of the solar system with all the planets and Signs of the zodiac. This tree was and is also followed by the Gnostics.
The Tree of Life reveals the astrology/astrotheology and cosmogony at the heart of the biblical Tradition, beginning with Genesis (3.22) and continuing all the way to to Revelation (22.2) where its astrological character is confirmed, as too its role within Christianity. ‘The Tree of Life which bare twelve manner of fruit [the twelve Signs] and yielded her fruit every month.’ [The monthly cycle of the moon through the zodiac.] This is the annual precession of the Sun and moon through it’s cycles and seasons.
Neptune rules the Sign of the Fish (Ichthus), the Traditional symbol of Christianity. Neptune is identified with wine, holiness, suffering, sacrifice and Pisces (Vesica Pisces), the age of Christianity. Neptune was the god of the fish and the seas and Christ is constantly associated with the Sea of Galilee and fish. He guides his fishermen disciples to a miraculous catch, walks on the water and calms a dangerous storm.
Christ is repeatedly ‘the true vine’ and the lord of the vineyard. Wine is his special sacrament, symbolizing within Christianity, his blood. Many more Kabbalah images throughout the Gospels confirm this identification. Far too much to cover for this one article, but we will go into other details in at another time. Remember also, that Neptune (Poseidon) had a weapon of choice … the Trident. In Hindu Myth, it was the weapon of Shiva and was called “Trushula” - Sanskrit for “triple-spear.” This in many ways is representative of a Trinity. In Hindu, it represents Deity in three aspects - Creator, Preserver, and Destroyer. The Trident was symbolic among many ancient civilizations and myths.
Just a thought ….
~Justin Taylor, ORDM., OCP., DM.