30 December 2021



To fully understand the Essenes and their Teacher, you have to at least have an idea of the life and teachings of Pythagoras. Most people view Pythagoras as someone whose only role in life was to torment them in high school geometry with his famous theorem which bears his name. Few people are aware that Pythagoras, was also a spiritual and ethical teacher. In fact, most of the gospel teachings of Jesus may have originated with him, which stands as a clear indication of their Essene roots. Pythagoras was expelled from his native Greece and did most of his teaching in Italy. His teachings did not garner favour among most of the native population and he was reportedly assassinated, though no one seems to know exactly how - and after his death many of his students were massacred.

Pythagoras was undoubtedly a monotheistic man, but his religious philosophy contains the very same dualism as that found in the teachings of Paul. He believed that the soul was imprisoned in the mortal body which was governed by evil passions led by our senses and their desires "We must not, declared Pythagoras, be slaves of our own bodies; and we can improve and save our souls by escaping from the domination of the flesh."—Martin A. Larson, "The Story of Christian Origins." 

This concept corresponds with that of the Buddha who conceived it as a method for people to escape the evil caste system created by the Aryan Brahamanas to enslave the indigenous people of India. It was the Brahamanas' claim that people were born into their caste based on the merits of past lives. So, regardless of a persons merits in THIS life, they were forever chained to their lowly caste by their PAST lives while the Brahamanas inhabited the upper caste due to thier pristine prior lives. 

The Brahamanas or Brahaman priests referred to themselves as 'Fathers,' hence we find in the gospels "And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven."—Matthew 23:9. Of course, the Catholic clergy failed to practice what they preached and wound up calling themselves "Fathers" anyway. Notice also the difference between the conflict between good and evil in Buddhism as opposed to Zorastrianism. In Buddhism there is no "evil force" - only physical passions.

Pythagoras was initiated into the rites and mysteries of not only the Ancient Greek Mysteries, but also was a student of Egyptian Mysteries and a pupil of Zoraster and a disciple of the Brahmanas. He was pretty much a contemporary of the Buddha, Siddhartha Gautama, so any doctrines similar to Buddhism are probably a coincidence. 

He formed an order known as the Pythagorean Brotherhood. His students were divided into 2 distinct categories; the more advanced members of the inner circle were called "esoteric" and his more casual followers were known as the "exoteric." He required his students to divest themselves, of all worldly possessions, and to undergo instruction in silence. He dressed in a white linen robe, since wool was prohibited because it came from an animal. 

His esoteric students, much as himself, subsisted on a raw vegetarian diet and abstained from sex. His students also received the daily sacrament in which they symbolically consumed the body of Dionysius (yet another Godman). The cannabalistic style practice of the eucharist (communion) dates back to the cult of Osiris in which the participants consumed an image of the god made of wheat paste and drank a libation of barley ale. The ale was later replaced by wine among the Greek Dionysians (the Greek incarnation of the Osiris myth.) 

The practice was based on the concept that you are what you eat, and by eating the symbolic body and blood of a god, you would become holy. Earlier indigenous Egyptian people had partaken in the true cannibalistic practice of eating the flesh of their deceased loved ones. The Pythagoreans also practiced regular baptismal purification, which Pythagoras undoubtedly picked up from the Zorastrians, and would become a staple of the Essene and similar Egyptian Theraputae, centuries later.

The name of the Essenes has been related to the Greek word, “holiness” but the Aramaic equivalent is “pious ones” which is more probable. An Aramaic connection could imply “healers” which fits with Josephus’s statement that the Essenes sought out medicinal roots and stones for healing diseases, or Philo’s statement that the Essenes are especially devout in the therapeutai (healers or in service) of God. You see now the connection made with the Essenes and Theraputae.

Pythagoras’ influence would eventually spread to what would be know as the Pythagorean Illuminati, and his teachings would also find their way within divisions of Freemasonry. These original teachings, before they were polluted by wrongdoers, were intended to raise the inner Divine man (the Christ) to a higher level of consciousness ... and union with God/Source. Pythagoras was truly a wise and gifted sage and perhaps, the very founder of what had become the early basis for many religions including early Gnostic Christianity.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.

27 December 2021



Each one of us has invisible fuel tanks. We're born with them. Emotional tanks, spiritual tanks, and physical tanks, all filled with potentiality. But what we don't realize, is that they are not refillable. We see this with our own aging and change of appearance. Our tank of youth runs lower and lower. A friend of mine, Forrest, once said when he was 94 ... "getting old is like a roll of toilet paper. The closer you get to the end of the roll, the faster it goes." Wise words, from a wonderful man. 

We have a tendency to use our fuel inadequately. At times, using more than we should. For example, if you go to the gym and work out every day, you're drawing fuel from your physical reserves. If you're going to do this, then do only this. While you're working out, leave your mind at rest. Don't think about troubles at work, bills you have to pay, whether your prayers will be answered, how to make more money ... just use your physical reserves. Draw only from your physical fuel without also drawing from emotional, intellectual, instinctual, and spiritual reserves. You'll get pretty rotten fuel mileage. It would be like driving two or three SUVS at the same time when you can do with one.

The same process works for other events in your life. If you're going to draw from your spiritual tank, do it through meditation or contemplative prayer but do it in isolation. Either among nature, or in a quiet room or a setting with no distractions. Sometimes, you might want to take a walk. But spend your walk time just taking in nature. Looking at the trees, birds, flowers, lakes ... don't jet your mind wander to other stuff. Don't waste your thinking fuel, on walking energy. When you relax, then just relax. Don't mix your quiet, resting, downtime with energy reserved for logic, work, or study. Just chill. Go for a ride and empty your stress-based thoughts. Let your thoughts come and go. Don't label them or judge them. Don't worry or have concern. Just enjoy the moment. 

Listen to the signs that come from within you. If you're mentally tired, give the mind a break and get some extra sleep or a nap once in a while. If you push your body too hard at the gym and you have signs of pain, give it a rest for a couple of days. Be sure to take vacation time, and a 3 or 4 day weekend here and there. Do nothing, or do something. Make it YOUR time. 

And while you're at it ... lose the years of guilt and fear that have overburdened you, not just emotionally, but physically as well. It’s not YOURS, it’s an experience … YOU, are the Witness to these experiences, not the owner. So you ate a burger today, so you had a soft drink today, so you had a piece of chocolate. So what? We're animals. We can handle it. Just don't overburden the body's filtration systems. Soft drinks have no nutritional value, but once a week enjoy your soda. Stay away from GMO foods whenever possible. But by all means, listen to your body, and the voice within. Balance your activities evenly. Get enough of it all, but don't try and do it all at the same time. You'll burn too much fuel, and there is no way to refill what you arrived here with. Remember, you can't eat a pizza whole, but you can cut it into pieces, and eat it once piece at a time. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.



This chapter is inspired by a poem written by Bishop Charles Henry Brent(1862-1929) titled "The Sailing Ship." I ran across it while reading a fascinating book titled "conversations With Tom - An Adventure In After Death Communication" by Walda Woods.

The poem paints such a powerful portrait of the transition from this life, to the afterlife; and the next life.
"I am standing on the seashore.
A ship sails to the morning breeze and starts for the ocean.
She is an object - and I stand watching her
Till at last she fades from the horizon,
And someone at my side says, “She is gone!” Gone where?
Gone from my sight, that is all;
She is just as large in the masts, 
hull and spars as she was when I saw her,
And just as able to bear her load of living freight 
to its destination.
The diminished size and total loss of sight is in me, 
not in her;
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, 
"She is gone",
There are others who are watching her coming,
And other voices take up a glad shout,
"Here she comes" – and that ... is dying."
-Bishop Brent

So as we lose sight of the ship on the horizon, the ship remains with us. Where else would it go? To our perception, it grows smaller and smaller until it fades from view ... but this is only OUR perspective from where we stand. The ship remains the same size, with the same abilities, and the same purpose. We just can't see it anymore.

But on the other side of the horizon, people see it coming, not going. it grows larger and larger the closer it gets to their perspective and where THEY stand. When ultimately they see her directly in front of them, they see her true glory. 

This is such an amazing view of crossing over from one world to the next. From the seen to the unseen. From the observable to the unobservable. And WE ... as the Observer in life ... are witness to the experience. There are none who are lost. Where else would they go? We are all in One Universe, and all experiences that ever were and ever will be are already here in the present moment. In the NOW.

This is such a difficult process to accept, but consider in this way. You've "lost" your car keys. But you know they are here, somewhere, or else you would not search for them. They were misplaced, but they still exist. Where else would they go? If you have lost a loved one, they are not "lost," they have simply passed into another realm that is not in the same vibrating frequencies as we are. All matter is merely vibrating energy, and energy cannot be created, or destroyed. 

In closing, everything in reality is ONE thing. We are all a piece of the entire essence of the Universe - God/Source Energy. We are all connected through the Matrix of consciousness. We are as much a part of the invisible air as a fish is with water. If you believe yourself to be separate, you’re captive by illusion, rather than free with Truth. All that ever was … is right here and right now. In this present moment. This is where Life inspires, and expires, with every breath we take.

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.

22 December 2021



Anyone raised in the Christian Church knows the story of the raising of Lazarus of Bethany from his death in the tomb. This, is a preview of Jesus' own resurrection later in the story. The two, are one. 

Here we have a clear deception contained in the Bible that is not only an unhistorical event, but it is yet another copy of an earlier story that came to the writers - from the Egyptians. Just as Jesus traveled to Bethany to raise his friend Lazarus, Horus traveled to Bethanu to raise his Father. Even the names Mary, Martha, and Lazarus all came from Egypt - except their names were Meri, Merti, and El-Azar-us. The name "Bethanu" means "House of God" and was originally used for the Egyptian God Anu. 

These stories were known among the ancient world and therefore had symbolic deeper meanings. As always, this is the deeper esoteric message within the surface story. In this story, Lazarus was the brother of Mary (a very important ancient symbolic name) and Martha. Lazarus, like Jesus; represents “Life Principle in Involution” and this must die so that Evolution can occur. This is the representation of biologic Life ... the Glory of God. For Lazarus it was a 4 day wait, for Jesus it was 3 days, and John writes of 3 and a half days. In the same was as the raising of Lazarus came to us via Egypt, the raising of Jairus' daughter came to us from India. It was Krishna who raised a young girl from the dead, as Christ did with Jairus' daughter. Even the wording in each story is highly similar. 

The raising of the dead is a typical supernatural event in the Godman myth cycles and has it's symbolism in the Inner Mysteries not in reanimating dead flesh in a literal and historical sense. That, is for another day. Remember also, that these myth cycles not only have their spiritual message, but they are tied to the cycle of the Zodiac and it's 12 houses. The patterns of the heavens, the planets (Planetos means wanderer in Greek), the stars, and the entire sun cycle through the seasons. 

Remember, in order for a seed to grow, it must first die - be buried in the ground as our souls are buried in matter. The ancient Greeks had a term "soma-sema" meaning the body (soma) is a tomb (sema). These seeds must have a garden in which to grow. Jesus would be found in the Garden of Gethsemane. After the resurrection story, the “Mary's” mistake him as a Gardener. So much mythology, so much symbolism, so much deeper allegorical teachings. Remember, a “myth” did not have the meaning back then as it does now. Among the ancients, a myth was used in delivery of a deeper message. To borrow from Joseph Campbell: “a myth is something that never was, yet always is.” One must study the words and phrases of scripture in the original Hebrew and Greek to find the keys to unlock the Inner Mysteries ... the revelation of the message. The Greek word "Apocalypsis" (apocalypse) means to unveil, to uncover that which is hidden. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.



The word "pneumatikos" is Greek and is referenced as Strong's Concordance Word #4152. To understand what is meant by the Biblical term "Spiritually Discerned" we must first understand what it means in it's original scriptural text. 

The frequency of this term (in English) in the New Testament is 26 times, depending on which Biblical translation you are referencing from. In short form we find it to be "spiritual, pertaining to the Spirit; (n.) spiritual person."

Now let us look at the deeper definition: 
"Spiritual, pertaining to the soul, as distinguished from what concerns the body"
Rom. 15:27; 1 Cor. 9:11; spiritual, pertaining to the nature of spirit, pertaining or relating to the influences of the Holy Spirit (Aggios Pneumatos/Holy Spirit/Holy Breath). 

Let us also be mindful that the Greek word "pneuma" means breath, air, Spirit. You can find the word used in English for example … pneumatic tools such as power tools operated by air-compressors. Among ancient teachings, in the early Mystery Schools, a "Pneumatic" was a person who had a level of attainment through the initiation process of the Inner Mysteries. 

Now let's look at 1 Corinthians 2:14 in a different light:

Young's Literal Translation
"and the natural man doth not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for to him they are foolishness, and he is not able to know them, because spiritually they are discerned;"

King James Bible
"But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned."

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
"For a selfish man does not receive spiritual things, for they are madness to him, and he is not able to know, for they are known by The Spirit."

So, let's break this up a bit and go a bit deeper.

For the natural (ego-self/physical/sense-driven) does not receive (reception) spiritual things (unseen/spirit vs. matter/non-physical) for they (these Spirit concepts) are madness (foolish/incomprehensible) to him, and he not able to know (Truth) them, because they are "spiritually discerned ... KNOWN by the Spirit (indwelling/unseen)"

You see, this was Paul's way of explaining what he was trying to teach them was not to be taken physically, literally, or historically ... it was allegory, metaphor … Truth contained within a myth or fable. Therefore, to be "spiritually discerned" is to look beyond the physical (metaphysical) into the realm of the unseen. As Jesus was quoted as saying "the Kingdom comes without observation" ... meaning you can't see it. Just as we cannot see air, or breath, or Spirit (pneuma). Therefore one who is Pneumatikos, is one who can discern/know the inner meaning ... the temple built without hands. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.

20 December 2021



Everybody loves to get presents. Either in-person, a package in the mail, or just a surprise simply out of nowhere. But try and imagine how silly it would be if we just stared at the box and never opened it to look inside. Think about that for a moment. A lot of things come in boxes. Rings, bicycles, books, even refrigerators. Just by looking at the box, most times, we have no idea what lies within the box. We have to open the box the find what's inside. 

When we open a box that appears to have no contents we can see, we say it's empty. There's nothing in it. But that isn't the Truth. The Truth is the box is full. You just can't see, with the naked eye, what's inside. A seemingly empty box is actually filled with many things. Atoms, protons, electrons, bacteria, cells, energy, dust particles, and air. Let's talk about the air for a second. Among the ancients, the Greek word for air is Pneuma. The same word used for breath, wind, and for Spirit. So just like the Truth behind whether a glass is half full, or half empty ... it is always full. You just can't perceive the entire contents with your five senses. It's the sixth sense that can see beyond physical matter into the realm of Spirit. 

Now that you know this, try and visualize yourself as a box. You body contains things seen and unseen. It is a type of box. Among the ancients, they believed the body to be a tomb where the Soul was trapped here in the lower realm. Your box-body is an outer package contained within the universe that holds various contents. There are organs, blood, ligaments, tendons, bones, tissue, nerves, cells, all unseen from the outside. But your box also contains unseen things on the inside as well. Air, Spirit, Soul, consciousness, Mind, thoughts, imagination, emotions, feelings, intellect, intuition, language and communications skills, and we haven't even touched on the powers of your subconscious, unconscious, conscious, and superconscious Mind powers. 

Remember, we are designed from the inside out. We are not born into this world, but we are born OUT of this world. We come out of our Mother, just as a branch and a leaf come out of a tree. As the tree comes out of the Earth, and so on all the way back to the point of the origins of all things, or more properly, this ONE thing we call the universe. Technically, there are no "things" there is but ONE thing and that is all that exists ... and that one thing is Mind. We believe it to be physical, but in reality ALL is Mind. We’re talking about energy … conscious energy. 

When you touch a table, you're not really touching it. There is no way you could ever touch it. The process is all Mind. The vibration and energy of the table interacts with your vibration and energy, is transferred via energy and electrical impulses through your nervous system and into the sensory portions of your brain, where they are categorized and labeled according that what we have been taught to label them. But the entire experience ... is happening IN YOUR HEAD. Your experience of "touching the table" is occurring inside your Mind. Nothing outside of our Mind and senses, can ever be experienced outside of us. All of our sensory perception centers are in our head ... the temple of God. Why do you think the sides of our heads are called "temples?" Even in the Bible, Jesus is crucified at a place called Golgotha … or, “place of the skull.” The cross … the intersection of Spirit and Matter. 

The Great Throne of Judgement spoken of God, sits atop your shoulders. Judgement means decision. And where do your decisions come from? Jesus was quoted as having said "the Kingdom of God is within you." St. Paul said "we are the body of Christ." This means that if we look deep enough inside our box, we will find the Spirit of who we really are. We are an eternal essence of all that is. We are the Christ Consciousness ... the begotten Son of God having transformed from the Son of Man upon the realization, illumination, and ascension of our thoughts and actions. We are not physical beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a physical experience. Look in your box. Deeper and deeper. Things of great value are usually wrapped in deep layers. 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.



This one is going to take us a little deeper into scripture and its esoteric meaning. We hear churches telling us that the Jews are the Chosen Ones of God. So, if this is true, then we should know how to determine what a JEW really means right?

Romans 2:29 in the original English KJV of 1611 says:
"... But he is a Iew which is one inwardly ..."

Notice "IEW" (not Jew) ... or in Latin "IAO" ... and in Greek "ΙΑΩ." The Hebrew Tetragrammaton, or Mystic Name of God, is (YHWH) pronounced ΙΑΟϒ, and signifies "He that is and shall be." So, the Name of the Lord" amongst the Hebrews is of four letters, yod (Iod), Hey, Vav, Hey ... which is properly the Name of God, and may be read as ΙΑΗΟ (Iaho) (in Latin characters). 

Stay with me on this.

The Egyptians express the name of the Supreme Being by the seven Greek vowels "ΙΕΗΩΟϒΑ." Among the Hindu's it was "AUM." (A) standing for the Creator, (U) for the Preserver, (M) for the Destroyer.  

Among the Gnostics, “I” signifies All goeth out; Α, All returneth within; Ω, There shall be an end of ends." It is also symbolic of "Abraxas" ... the name given by some of the early Gnostic Christians to denote the embodied form of God ... or manifestation in the human being as the Christos (the anointed one of God) … the Christ. 

Thus in a sense Abraxas (IAO/IEW) is the cosmic Oversoul, the creative or Third Logos, Brahma. Abraxas also was identified with the Hebrew 'Adonai, the Egyptian Horus, and the Hindu Prajapati.

All this can be very confusing, but suffice it to say that what it all comes down to is that everyone who wishes to find "God", may go within and find God there. This term "JEW" used spiritually means one who enters within ... as Jesus said ... "your closet." You go inside yourself through meditation or contemplative prayer. 

Now, follow me for a moment. Let's take the actual word ISRAEL ... from a spiritual point of view, rather than a geographic region or country. 

Is-Ra-El = Isis-Ra-Elohim, the feminine (Isis), the masculine (Amen-Ra), and EL (Elohim) Spirit or God (Ida, Pingala, and Sushumna in Kundalini Yoga). 

"Is" or "Isis", the Egyptian Goddess, also seen as the Moon Goddess; "Ra", is the Egyptian Sun God, and "El", is generally meant to signify "God" ... Ultimate Spirit.

The lower mind, the moon, is integrated with the higher mind, the sun, by the spirit or conscious energy from above ... as a magnetic attraction. 

"Jews" are not a race and Israel is not a country, biblically speaking that is. It's Mythology describing one who has attained the higher, by way of meditation, by becoming a Jew - one who connects with Spirit within - illuminated, INWARDLY. 

The chosen land is the human brain (your Temple and Golgotha/place of the skull), but first the Canaanites have to be driven out. The lower mind quality is overturned, and then: 

Book of Romans 12:2:
"Be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed (a metamorphosis) by the renewing of your Mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God" 

What would the worldwide religions do, if they read that the holy land is mythology describing the human brain? And that the word "Is Ra El" means "ISIS Ra Elohim?" 

And a Jew is one INWARDLY, one who meditates ... these are the chosen one's of God. An Israelite was an “illuminated one.” Sorry, to the modern country Israel, the Bible is not talking about you. God doesn't choose a race of people. ALL people are of God/Origin.

Although the Bible stories are mythology, the country of Israel takes the whole thing literally, and we see the results of that in Palestine and Gaza, heartless, cold, cruel slaughter, just like the mythological Mountain God of the Old testament ... a murderer if taken literally. 

Failure of modern effort to read the deep esoteric message of the Bible is due to the fact that modern scholars stubbornly refuse to see that ancient scriptural writing was esoteric or hidden as to its meaning, and allegorical and symbolical as to its method. 

The ancients presented their secret Wisdom, given them by the great Sages, in the form of allegories and myths, which were to be taken as fiction outwardly (exoteric), but as profound truth and knowledge in an inward sense (esoteric). Jospeh Campbell offers a wonderful meaning of Myth (from the Greek mythos): “a myth is something that never was, yet always is.”

By a combination of symbols, nature signs and allegories, often woven into a background of real history, they sought to portray the deepest types of spiritual experience and an intellectual grip on reality. The Bible has been taken for literal Truth about living personages on the stage of mortal history. It has been wrongly rendered literally and historically ... rather than through allegory and metaphors that conveyed the real Truth. This is an Apocalypse (apocalypsis in the Greek) ... meaning a revealing or unveiling of what was once hidden.

This is the biggest, the most worrisome error, in all human history, this mistaking of spiritual allegory for literal human narrative. It has brought wars, oppression, racism, separation, and unrest to millions of people on Earth. And all for no reason other than mistaking the spiritual metaphorical myth, for the literal and historical truth.

The ancients themselves testify plentifully that the scriptures are allegories. The early Christian Origen, regards the whole Bible as a set of allegories. But the most astonishing declaration to this effect is St. Paul's own statement in Galatians that the whole story of Abraham and Sarah and Hagar is "an allegory." There is not a scrap of evidence anywhere to identify the Israelites as the historical Hebrews or Jews. The latter simply appropriated the distinction to themselves and fitted their history into the sacred scheme. 

Jerusalem, Egypt, Sodom, Babylon and others are therefore only spiritual names transferred to the map from the celestial chart. In fact the Bible is an assemblage of material comprising the substance of Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Kabbalism, Chaldean astrology, Greek Orphism and Hindu Wisdom, drawn mostly from ancient Egypt and it's mysticism taught among the Mystery Schools of that time. 

Question everything my friend, even those things I write of. For in your questioning, answers will come from within. Scriptures tell us the Kingdom of Heaven/God is within us. And the Kingdom is described as Love, Peace, and Joy. Find this, and you find the answer to all things.

"You shall know the Truth, and the Truth shall make you free."

~Justin Taylor, ORDM.

18 December 2021



Zeus was the god of the sky and ruler of the Olympian gods. He overthrew his father, Cronus/Kronos (King of the Titans), and then drew lots with his brothers Poseidon and Hades, in order to decide who would succeed their father on the throne. Zeus won the draw and became the supreme ruler of the gods, as well as lord of the sky and rain. His weapon was a thunderbolt which he hurled at those who displeased or defied him, especially liars and oathbreakers. Although he was married to Hera, he often tested her patience, as he was infamous for his many affairs.

Zeus, the presiding deity of the universe, ruler of the skies and the earth, was regarded by the Greeks as the god of all natural phenomena on/in the sky, the personification of the Laws of nature, the ruler of the state, and finally, the “Father of Gods and Men.” God ... the Father.

Using his shield, the Aegis, Zeus could create all natural phenomena related to the air and the sky, such as storms, tempests, and intense darkness. At his command, mighty thunder would roll, and lightning would flash, wreaking havoc … or the skies would open to rejuvenate the earth with life-giving water.

As the personification of the operations of nature, he represented the grand Laws of unchanging and harmonious order, by which both the natural and the spiritual world were governed. He was the god of regulated time as marked by the changing seasons and the regular succession of day and night, in contrast to what his father Cronus/Kronos represented before him; absolute time, i.e. eternity. (Father Time)

As the ruler of the state, he was the source of kingly power, the upholder of all institutions connected to the state, and the friend and patron of princes, whom he guarded and assisted with his advice and counsel. He was also the protector of the people, and watched over the welfare of the whole community.

As the Father of the Gods, Zeus made sure that each deity perform their individual duty, punished their misdeeds, settled their disputes, and acted towards them on all occasions as their all-knowing counsellor and mighty friend.

As the Father of Men, he took a paternal interest in the actions and well-being of mortals. He watched over them with tender care, rewarding Truth, charity, and fairness, while severely punishing perjury and cruelty. Even the poorest and most hopeless wanderer could find a powerful advocate in Zeus, for He, as a wise and merciful paternal figure, demanded that the wealthy inhabitants of the earth be attentive to the needs of their less fortunate fellow citizens.

Perhaps, we should have a closer look at his humanitarian side. After all, isn't that what a God should be most concerned with? The well being of all his offspring. The goodness of the treatment of all people. No favourites, every begotten child treated with equality and justice. Of course, there's that lightning bolt that you'd have to dodge every now and again ... but wasn't it the same for us as kids when we stepped out of line? You know, running from the switch, the ruler, the belt, or that long strip of Hot Wheels plastic track? 

Just a thought ... 

~Justin Taylor, ORDM. 



The word ‘Earth’ came from the Anglo-Saxon word ‘erda’ and it’s germanic equivalent ‘erde’ which means ground or soil. Meanings include: the substance of the land surface; soil, the substance of the human body, the surface of the world as distinct from the sky or the sea.

Earth is the only planet name in our solar system that does not come from Greco-Roman mythology. All of the other planets were named after Greek and Roman gods and goddesses.

An important fact is that in Hebrew, the noun “adam” is also the masculine form of the word “adamah” which means “ground” or “earth (red clay).” It is related to the words: adom (red), admoni (ruddy), and dam (blood).

Every civilization has had their way of describing where or what may have sparked all of creation. When we reference the creation account described allegorically in Genesis we find:

Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created heaven, and earth.” 

This is best translated as spirit and matter … the unseen and the seen. 

Now, look at “heaven” not just as an unseen state within, but as a celestial abode. Ancient cosmology played an important role in the cycles of life and the divine patterns and forms.

The first planet discovered that was not known in ancient times, named for the god of Heaven, husband of Gaia, the Earth, from Latin Uranus, from Greek Ouranos literally "heaven, the sky;" in Greek cosmology, the god who personifies the heavens, father of the titans. 

The ancients believed that the Spirit beings or Gods and Angels lived in the unseen realms, the ancients usually called “heaven” and “hell,” which are more accurately described as being "in" or "out" of God's direct presence. Within, and without. Above, and below. 

So, in closing; our physical bodies are our spiritual “ helpmate.” In Genesis 2:18 we read “It is not good for the man (mind/mankind) to be alone, I do make to him an helper … as his counterpart.”

We come from the Earth/matter (Mother Earth) and from Spirit/heaven (Father). 

Our Spirit grows through our experiences here in Earth (matter/soil). This is Earth School, and we’re in class every moment of every day. 

Just a thought … 

Justin Taylor, ORDM.