Well, it's that time again- the Liberalia. Some of you may know it as St. Patrick's Day, but it was originally sacred to Dionysus (or Liber Pater as he came to be known after the clampdown on the Bacchanalia), as those who've read The Secret History of St. Patrick's Day know. And this brings us back to Osiris, the father (or Pater) of the Egyptian Mystery Trinity. Here's a sneak preview for those who haven't read the article:
In Egyptian mythology, Osiris was killed on the 17th day of Athyr, the third month of the ancient calendar.
3/17 is also the date of a Masonically-created holiday, St. Patrick’s Day. The story has it that the holiday was established by high level Freemason, George Washington, allegedly to reward Irish soldiers in the Continental Army. But “St. Paddy’s” has traditionally been a very minor Saint’s day in Ireland. Considering that the day has become America’s defacto Bacchanal (which takes us back to Osiris) it’s worth noting some of the parallels of this day with Solar mythology.
• Osiris was believed to be the source of barley, which was used for brewing beer in Egypt.I've been so busy I haven't been able to get the fixings for boiled dinner- I suppose we can postpone the festivities until the weekend when I can make some fresh soda bread (the stuff at the store is always stale) and get a better deal on the corned beef.
• It’s customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day and Osiris was known as the “Green Man”
• The root word of Patrick is pater, the Latin word meaning father. Osiris is the father in the Egyptian Trinity.
But in the meantime you guys can check out my chat with Derek Gilbert on his View From The Bunker podcast. Unfortunately, we had some technical difficulties (meaning I think my son messed up my Skype headset while playing Call of Duty) but if you can futz around with your tone controls I think you might get a lot out of it.
Here's the spiel:
CONTRARY TO popular belief, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t an Irish celebration. It’s not even an American celebration, really.Click here to download.
Christopher Knowles, author of the fascinating blog The Secret Sun and the Eagle Award-winning Our Gods Wear Spandex: The Secret History of Comic Book Heroes, traces the history of St. Paddy’s Day back through Rome to ancient Egypt, and points out a lot of odd, highly improbable “coincidences” along the way.
SACRIFICE AND EMPIRE
We talk about how Caesar was killed on the eve of the Liberalia, and how this assassination seemed to have a ritual undercurrent. After all, it was the death of Caesar that presaged the rise of Empire, something that continues to resonate to this day. I mentioned to Derek how Cleopatra had a relief carved at the famous Temple of Dendera of herself as Isis and she and Caesar's son as Horus. Could Caesar's death have been part of some secret master plan?
Speaking of secret master plans, Derek and I discussed the strange May Day celebration the Dominionist crowd is holding at the Lincoln Memorial. Derek and Sharon then discussed the event in great detail on PID Radio here:
Christian and Jewish leaders are inviting Americans to join them at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C., to pray and repent for how the nation has turned from God.
"May Day: a Cry to God for Our Nation in Distress" will take place May 1 from sunrise to 2 p.m. at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
This ties in to the reinvention of the Liberalia as St. Patrick's Day, in that a subtle form of paganization is being reintroduced (intentionally or otherwise) under the aegis of politics. With St. Paddy's it was ostensibly the Revolutionary War, even though the Irish soldiers in question were actually Ulster Scots, who were extremely hostile to the worship of saints.
Crying to God, but picturing Lincoln aka Zeus aka "God the Father"
We looked at the strange parallels with Equinox fertility rites and the "See You At the Pole" movement, now we have apparent Christians congregating at what is well-known as a replica of the Temple of Zeus at sunrise on one of the holiest days of the ancient pagan calendar (as you can see in the video from Glastonbury). Zeus aka Zeu Pater (literally "God the Father") takes his name from that same pater element we see in Jupiter, Liber Pater and St. Patrick. Read this:
After all, it is widely accepted that the Lincoln memorial was designed very purposefully to be reminiscent to at least one other such statue in history.
The Lincoln memorial is, in many ways, a direct copy of the Statue of Zeus which stood in the Temple of Zeus in Olympia, Greece, from 432 B.C. to sometime in the fifth century, A.D.