[This blogpost is an excerpt from the foreword by Rowen Gardner for the upcoming 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition hardcover DRACONOMICON BY JOSHUA FREE.]
“Joshua Free is famously known for proposing the origins of Druidism as Mesopotamia… This theme is sure to catch many folk off guard and has been a constant source of contention between the author and many of his harsher critics and less informed readers. There is little doubt that it is a shocking or surprising conclusion expressed by the author for at least two decades—but the author has remained steadfast, again, in their resolve that their “intuitions” were right. This pursuit became such an occupation for the author that he spent most of this current millennium attempting to establish this point to esoteric audiences…with mixed results.”
“One theory put forth by Joshua Free, keystone to his writings, regards a prehistoric collective migration of Mesopotamian systemology across Europe, citing examples of the La Tene culture and marked by the indigenous traditions developed later in vicinity to the Danube River, one of two pathways he suggested that it probably traveled.”
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“Joshua Free states that it is only the result of Roman intervention and the domination of the ‘Classical World’ over the former ancient one that pushed these traditions and evidence for them into specific concentrated locations—such as we easily can see with the ‘Celtic World’ that is traditionally attributed exclusively to the British Isles or Ireland, yet it once served as a dominating influence for most of the European continent. How easily we forget…”
“One additional facet of Joshua Free’s theory is that prior to the migration, a localized concentration of this population emerged from the Ancient Near East and gathered in ancient Anatolia (modern day Turkey)—the place of the legendary “Drunemeton,” a secret birthplace of Druidry that only the highest ranks among them knew of and would regularly return to during their lifetimes. All wild theories?”“
British Proto-Druid migrant population from Ancient Near East (c. 4000 B.C.)
“In April 2019, the BBC headlines read: ‘DNA Reveals Origins of Stonehenge Builders.’ Articles provided research summaries published in Nature, Ecology & Evolution. It described a neolithic western migration in c. 6000 B.C. from Anatolia, modern-day Turkey, across two routes—the Mediterranean and Danube River Valley—which spread early Mesopotamian knowledge of agriculture across Europe, reaching Britain by c. 4000 B.C…”
“I’ve since decided to take the writings by Joshua Free even more seriously. I would encourage anyone else to perhaps do the same…” –Rowen Gardner
DRACONOMICON The Book of Ancient Dragon Magick
Collector’s Edition – Hardcover
by Joshua Free
Global Release: July 31, 2019
HERE BE DRAGONS! Behold the ultimate “Book of the Dragon” for modern magick-users and fantasy enthusiasts alike–now completely revised and expanded for its 25th anniversary. This underground cult-classic “Draconomicon” offers powerful teachings and lore of ancient “dragon magick” and its legacy.
CHRISTMAS is a contemporary Christian observance of the birthday of Jesus Christ, for whom the religion is named. It is modeled after the much older pagan celebration of Yule or the Winter Solstice. In the 4th Century, all official Christian Holy Days (holidays) were celebrated synchronously with the ancient wheel of the year. St. John the Baptist Day falls directly on the Summer
Solstice. The “Feast of All Souls” replaced Samhain and the “Feast of the Assumption” is observed on Lughnassadh…
—excerpted from ARCANUMby Joshua Free
Druidic traditions of the Winter Solstice surface to mind more quickly, since they are the most relatively recent customs and rites observed in the Western Europe and our known history, from which America is founded. Ancient Egyptians and Mesopotamians also observed the astrophysical phenomenon of the solstice.
Ancient “pagans,” understood the Winter Solstice as a turning point or renewal of the year. The strength of the Sun grows from this point, being the darkest day, until the Summer Solstice (the longest day). The Norse people were the ones to
call the festival “Yule,” meaning, “wheel,” which qualifies us to believe that they too
understood this symbolism.
During the winter season, at a time when the wildlife is hibernating and quiet and the Green World of Nature appears to have recessed into a state of retirement, the evergreen trees stood out among other trees. They were revered for their ability to sustain the harsh season, observed to be better equipped to handle the pressure of wind-storms and the weight of snow. Their resilience and longevity was attributed to this very fact; they were able to “bend” gracefully to external influences, while still maintaining their own independence.
YULE LOGS existed in pre-Christian Phrygia/Galatia (Turkey) and Mesopotamia all the way across Europe to the British Isles. It was kindled on the remains of the log saved from the prior year’s observation, after the ashes have been removed. The large log was fed into the hearth over a period of twelve nights (until “Twelfth Night”).
Meanwhile, the ashes from the previous year are ritually cast about the field to ensure fertility for the coming year. A part of the Yule Log is always kept to use in kindling the next year’s fire. This is retained for use as a sacred amulet of protection for the household all year long, often kept near the hearth to ward away lightning.
As much as the Christmas tree has essentially nothing to with the religious event of Jesus’ birth, the Elven-Norse symbolism of the “Holly King” or “Santa Claus” has even less.
Today, a mythos of Santa Claus is recognized that is far removed from its original form. The Yuletide colors have always been red and green and occasionally white, gold and silver. These are the earth tones that Santa originally wore. In the early 1900s, the Coca-Cola Bottling Company used their own color scheme to harmonize their product with Santa and the holidays. The motif stuck. They were successful in directing a cultural shift in accepting this now famous red and white suited archetype.
Joshua Free is a mystic philosopher and author of over 60 books since 1995. He is founder of Mardukite Ministries (Mardukite Zuism), the Mardukite Research Organization (Mardukite Chamberlains) and its underground New Thought division known as The Systemology Society.
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