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New Era of the Crystal Dawn Begins! Beltane Gate 2020 (Part Three) – Necronomicon Gates, Mardukite Zuism & Systemology

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Whether scholarly, neopagan, Druidic or following the esoteric instructions for “Necronomicon” gatework following the ancient Anunnaki tradition observed in Babylon by the original Mardukite Zuists, the annual BELTANE period has always held a special significance, particularly regarding Joshua Free’s ongoing development of the modern Mardukite Zuism movement and its evolving futurist metahuman spiritual technology known as Systemology.

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THIS BLOG IS CONTINUED FROM TWO EARLIER POSTS:
Part One on mardukite.com
Part Two on necrogate.com

Modern significance of BELTANE in connection to the Anunnaki or Necronomicon regards the “North Gate” or “Celestial Gate” of the “Northern Star”—what was once most visibly aligned to DRACO and which is now seen in direct relation to the BIG DIPPER or GREAT BEAR constellation—all of which is addressed in —Mardukite Liber-R, contained in the “Necronomicon Revelations” paperback or “Gates of the Necronomicon” hardcover by Joshua Free or ; also within the hardcover omnibus anthology, “Necronomicon: The Complete Anunnaki Legacy” as excerpted here:

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“Simon’s research into the ‘Celestial Gate’ is intriguing. He suggests that the ‘Great Bear’ constellation is the ‘astral key’ that activates the Gate from the earth perspective, when the bear ‘hangs from its tail.’ How curious—this actually happens every day! But, it is not only the event itself, but the timing or threshold that is significant—it is when the remaining ‘stars are aligned’ that the Gate is functional from our side.”

“Where much has been written elsewhere concerning Samhain—October 31—when this ‘Celestial Gate’ is most accessible from the other side, it is really at the other half of the year, at Beltane—April 30—when this alignment happens shortly before midnight, a natural ceremonial time for such mystical work. If this is correct, it suggests a convergence in ‘earth-time’ with ‘heaven-time.’ Ceremonial execution would then require a delicate calculation of sun-cycles, lunar-cycles and stellar-cycles. So, now the seeker must put the ‘gate-theory’ into perspective. Not only is it something that happens “naturally” on a daily basis, it is observed (and apparently ceremonially effective) only under the most opportune times, and then too, subject to a calculation that might be mistaken. Where then, does the fear come from for ‘leaving this gate open for too long’…?”

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Elsewhere in Joshua Free’s Liber-R, the Lovecraftian connection is further cemented:

“A quick consolidation of Lovecraftian lore combined with Simonian and Mardukite ‘Gate’ research and lore, all point toward a the threshold time taking place during the ancient annual ‘Beltane’ festival. Popularized by the Celts and Druids, there does appear to be some ‘otherworldly’ significance here. Lovecraft explains that the time is optimal for receiving primordial knowledge via the ‘whisperer in darkness’—strangely echoing the ceremonial magician’s ‘voice in the silence,’ alluded to in various transcendental occult materials. Lovecraft writes in his prose of the same name, titled: “The Whisperer in Darkness”—
“Former experience had told him May Eve – the hideous Sabbat night of underground European legend – would probably be more fruitful than any other date, and he was not disappointed…”

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Developments of the Mardukite Chamberlains (Mardukite Research Organization) continued on into the years that followed the original Beltane observation and the development of “Necronomicon: The Anunnaki Bible” in 2009. The following Beltane 2010 was just as monumental for the developments of the Mardukite esoteric research library. The following is excerpted from the “Mardukite Chamberlains Chronicles” kept during their second year of research and discovery of the Grade-II Core. The full text is included in the Mardukite Master Course, of which Grade-II appears in the appendix of “Necronomicon: The Complete Anunnaki Legacy.”

ORIGINAL 2009 BROADCAST:

Mardukite Beltane (May 1) 2010 observations were synchronized with the release of two very important additions to Grade-II; GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON (Liber-50) and THE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU (Liber-W), which found its way into later editions of NECRONOMICON: THE ANUNNAKI BIBLE as Tablet-W.

Liber-50 increases an effective working understanding of the basic nature and functions of the “Star-Gate-System” esoterically embedded beneath the structure of the ancient Mardukite Babylonian systemology. The discourse includes critical information regarding the evolution of Babylonian (and Mardukite) culture from a former “Sumerian” one. Yet, when we compare the lore to the earlier delivered Grade-I work—particularly the Liber-D Series—it is clear that Babylon is the absolute “end all” of the Seeker’s pursuits in unifying an understanding of the Human Condition across the timeline of history. In fact, in Babylon, we witness a significant turning point affecting nearly all cultural traditions, beliefs and spirituality emerging after.

Once a seeker has been “initiated” into the great “Mesopotamian Mysteries” of the Ancient School and Babylonian temple of Nabu to Marduk, only then do we find reason to believe we can tap into even higher realizations of Awareness. It is only when the Seeker has approached true understanding hidden beneath the tradition explored in Grade-II in relative Self-Honesty that there is any chance of gleaning the greatest kept secrets of Babylon—the ancient equivalent to a global conspiracy that is still very present with us today, and which becomes the primary subject of the Grade-III material of “Mardukite Systemology.”

TO BE CONTINUED IN A FOURTH BLOG…

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Babylonian New Year, Akiti (Akitu) Spring Equinox Festival of Ancient Mardukite Zuism

The Processional Way in Ancient Babylon for the New Years Akiti / Akitu (Zagmuk) Festival

The spring season is always a magical time of year, associated closely with potentials of new beginnings and the breath of new life that is inherently found throughout the natural world.

The cycle of action is in full “create” mode, and all of the planning and goals of the forthcoming year are set forth; seeds planted in the fertile soils and just waiting for the nurturing necessary to bring all potential into being–to bring manifestation into fruition.

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Many treat the month of March, and specifically the Spring Equinox (always observed esoterically as March 21), as a traditional starting point for the ‘Circle of the Year’ or annual ‘Solar Wheel’, not to mention the start of “cosmic time” as reflected by the ‘Sign of Aries’ in the traditional zodiac.

In honor of this special season and the tenth anniversary of a completed ‘Mardukite Core’ (the Grade-II materials of the Mardukite Chamberlains/Mardukite Research Organization collected from 2009 through 2019) the Joshua Free Publishing Imprint is proud to present a near-1000 page hardcover master edition of NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY for March 2020!

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“The A.KI.TI Festival was marked by the start of what we call the “zodiacal wheel,” approximately March 21 or the Spring Equinox… The Tablets of MARDUK would be read publicly by priests at MARDUK’s Festival of A.KI.TI (or Sumerian Zagmuk) when the Sun enters Aries at the Spring Equinox (March 21)… Sumerians called the Euphrates, BUR.AN.UN and it was also known as “Perath” or PU.RA.TU. The 1,800 mile long river begins to rise in late March, just about the time of the Spring Equinox, recognized as the start of the annual Zodiacal Wheel and also the famous A.KI.TI New Year Festival… The Babylonian observation of the annual (solar) year starts with the ‘Mardukite’ observation of Zagmuk—meaning ‘the beginning of the year’ or ‘new year’. This 12-day festival is fixed to arrange its height at the beginning of the month of Nissanu, the ‘Spring Equinox’ or March 21st, also coinciding with the beginning of the astrological wheel, when the sun enters Aries…” –excerpting various materials collected within NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY, which includes all materials found in previous anthologies of the ‘Mardukite Core’, including Necronomicon: The Anunnaki Bible, Gates of the Necronomicon and Necronomicon Grimoire.

Although materials, exercises, history lessons and esoteric training that supports the full scope of the ‘Mardukite Zuist Tradition’ may be found within the complete ‘Mardukite Core’, many modern Mardukites, Mardukite Zuists and traditional (ceremonial observing) Mardukite Systemologists have all come to appreciate the beloved 10th Anniversary Collector’s Edition portable hardcover of THE COMPLETE BOOK OF MARDUK BY NABU, our original pocket devotional companion to Anunnaki Prayers and Rituals following the ancient Babylonian (Mardukite Mesopotamian) tradition. This concise handbook for practitioners of Mesopotamian Neopaganism in the Mardukite tradition is invaluable at this time of year, specifically because it includes all of the traditional rituals, meditations, invocations and astral exercises used for modern Mardukite observations of the SPRING AKITI festival of the March Equinox and the traditional global MARDUK-GATE BELTANE operations of April 30.

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“In ancient Babylon, the New Year Festival was the central most religio-political “Mardukite” event marking the beginning of the annual cycle. At that time in “celestial history,” the spring equinox observation of Akitu (or Akiti) coincided with the sun entering the “Aries” zone, the zodiacal sign of Marduk. This spring festival symbolized not only agricultural fertility and renewal of the land on earth, but also a restatement or reinforcement of the national position of Marduk and his role in the universe.

“The Akkadian name for the final day of the festival—Akiti or Akitu—translates roughly to “On Earth, Life.” Most scholars usually only recognize the “agricultural” significance and not necessarily the “political” and “mystical” functions of the observation. True, the Akitu festival took place twelve days before the annual crops were planted—but, this large public national “celebration” also reconfirmed supremacy of Marduk and the Babylonian Pantheon, making it the single most important ancient “holiday” for the Mardukite tradition.”

–excerpting Liber-51/52, found within THE SUMERIAN LEGACY, the GATES OF THE NECRONOMICON anthology and the omnibus mega-anthology NECRONOMICON: THE COMPLETE ANUNNAKI LEGACY

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PANTHEISTICON : Secrets of the Ages — NEW “Esoteric Edition” of John Toland’s 300 year old “Wizard’s Handbook” for the Learned

Gateways and doorways are for entrance and exit, and we are justifiably annoyed when people stand in them and talk. Perhaps that is the trouble with so many of our Gateways to Truth. There is too much talking in them, and too little getting through.
– Gertrude Moakley (1959)

JOHN TOLAND coined the term “pantheism” in 1705, describing the philosophical paradigm of Spinoza – a doctrine that identifies “God” or divinity with the whole of the Universe – All-as-One. As revealed in the pages of the PANTHEISTICON, this Secret Doctrine, observing a “Universal Law” animating and acting upon all things, is actually one-to-one with an “Esoteric” Truth known among learned brotherhoods since ancient times – and it is not the same as the “Exoteric” truths vulgarly thrown about and debated on the surface world for the Realm of the masses.

[This Mardukite Blog is excerpted from the newly released ‘Tercentenary Esoteric Edition’ of John Toland’s mystical classic Hermetic Philosophy Society Handbook on External and Internal Doctrines of the Ancients — PANTHEISTICON — revised and enhanced by JOSHUA FREE for the Mardukite Library Archives & NexGen Systemological Society as ‘Liber S88’ — #pantheisticon.]

PANTHEISM is named for a “divine energy” imbuing and encompassing All Things and the “Cosmic Law” that dictates the natures of All Things and their energetic interactions with each other. This Truth exists at all levels – those we can observe causally and even those we only see effects from. It exists independent of human belief and whims of fantasy, yet is responsible for sparking both. It was observed among elite classes of the ancient world just as it has been carried forth into modern “New Age” systems via mystic traditions of Freemasonry, Rosicrucians, Illuminati, and in the case of this wizard’s handbook of John Toland – the founding father of Antiquarian NeoDruidism.

Noted public “subscribers” to this form of PANTHEISM include:

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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe,
Georg Wilhelm Friedrick Hegel,
Ludwig van Beethoven,
Ralph Waldo Emerson,
Alfred Lord Tennyson,
Henry David Thoreau,
Walt Whitman,
Leo Tolstoy,
Robert G. Ingersoll,
Nikola Tesla,
Carl Jung,
Albert Einstein,
D.H. Lawrence,
Ansel Adams,
Alan Watts,
Timothy Leary…

All of these folk made vast intellectual contributions and demonstrated an understanding of the Universe that required going beyond or outside of what the external or societal (mass) capacity allows: hence since the days of the Ancient Mystery School, “Esoteric Truth” has remained for the most part “occult” — “hidden” in the folds of those meeting in Societies outside the boundaries of the Realm.

Most famous depiction of John Toland (and he is holding the Pantheisticon)

JOHN TOLAND published his PANTHEISTICON in 1720 (along with a related work CLIDOPHORUS excerpted in the appendix of this Tercentenary 300th Anniversary Edition) with only a few copies circulating privately.

In spite of the “Universal Truth” professed, in its time, the title, use of pagan ideology and a liturgy imitating that of the Church of England was as offensive as the appearance of a “Satanic Bible.”

The PANTHEISTICON is so relevant to NexGen Mardukite and Systemological paradigm studies that Joshua Free prepared this specially enhanced and annotated edition to the public from within our private Esoteric Library Archives of our internal organization, presenting the “Secret of ALL Ages for the Learned”!

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Cuneiform Tablets Revealed! Sumerian Proverb Warns: Be Careful What You Think

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“What the mind believes, the spirit reinforces.”(1)

When describing experiences of reality and the manifestations of the physical world, transhumanist Robert Anton Wilson once wrote that “whatever the thinker thinks, the prover proves.” For thousands of years mystics have urged us that our “energy flows where attention goes,” that “belief imparts reality,” and we certainly cannot dismiss how the mind directly affects how we process our day-to-day experiences. Our lives become energetically intertwined into where we put our focus and what we value most. We are what we think we are and life becomes what we make of it – for better or worse.

cuneisdgsdg da-ga nam-ku-zu d-Lamma a bi-ib-gar (2)
(When) reason was perserverant, the guardian-genius reinforced it.‘ (3)

The original transliteration of this proverb invokes the ‘d-Lammasu‘ of Mesopotamian tradition – the prototype of the now familiar “guardian angel.” Later examinations of similar tablet series revealed the word ‘an-Kal‘ in its stead, implying “what is most highly valued.” In either case, when the mind makes solid some bit of reasoning, the observation and personal experience of reality collapses to this belief. Such a paradigm or “mind-set” becomes the static program that interprets all of the sensations and data flowing in from a seemingly separate world external to us. What we envision, we can also create and manifest in reality. When we do this, the “God-part” or “higher genius” of our being becomes awakened and active to ‘reinforce’ our will.(6)

SUMERIAN VOCABULARY
da-ga – perseverance(?), to be ubiquitous (4)
nam-ku-zu – cleverness, wisdom, reason (4)
d-/dingir – ‘prefix determinative’ / god, star, planet, spirit (5)
Lamma – ‘guardian spirit’, ‘higher genius’ / Lammasu spirit
(an-)Kal – to be valued, rare or precious (5)
bi-ib-gar – literally: “placed its strength (or ‘arm’) upon it” (4)
ib-da-na – lay down with, to be mated with (4)

SumerianReligion2ndfrntcrop Alternative interpretations emerged from newer transliterations provided by Thorkild Jacobsen in his notes for the 1959 edition of “Sumerian Proverbs.” His translation of da-ga comes from the root ‘dag‘ – “to move about here or there” or “to be ubiquitous.” He goes on to translate ‘dag-a‘ as a person who is “roaming, vagrant or homeless” and when combined with his translation of ‘ib-da-na‘, the proverb is restated as: “A wise man makes the homeless welcome, and they are able to lie down.” In this light, given what is known in our ‘Sumerian Vocabulary‘, the proverb could also read: “a resourceful traveler values rest” or “the wise wanderer’s spirit finds rest.”


(1) Translation by Joshua Free for the “Sumerian Wisdom II” materials, a forthcoming sequel to Sumerian Wisdom & Anunnaki Prophecies: The Book of Sajaha the Seer edited by Joshua Free for the Mardukite Truth Seeker Press. Select tablets for this edition seek to preserve and study Sumerian language proverbs in cuneiform script during the Old Babylonian period.
(2) Original transliteration from the Nippur “Sumerian Proverbs” collection excavated by the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. The updated version (1959) with supplemental notes by Thorkild Jacobsen offers the replacement line: da-ga nam-ku-zu an-Kal ib-da-na.
(3) Translation by Edmund Gordon from the “Sumerian Proverbs” museum monograph. A corrected translation appears in lieu of the updated replacement line: “The perserverant person values reason (and thereby) can rest.”
(4) Sumerian vocabulary supplemental from the ‘Sumerian Glossary and Concordance’ for the Edmund Gordon “Sumerian Proverbs” museum monograph.
(5) Sumerian vocabulary derived from the Mardukite handbook: Secrets of Sumerian Language edited by Joshua Free.
(6) Edmund Gordon notes his interpretation of the original transliteration as: ”God helps them that help themselves” or what “man proposes, God disposes.”

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Mesopotamian, Sumerian & Babylonian Cuneiform: Wisdom Tablets, “Destiny” as Origins of Astrology

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3. “When disaster is self-made, no man can interfere.” (1)

Mesopotamian religious and spiritual traditions carry a uniquely dynamic vision of ‘divinity’ and ‘spirit’. As explained in Secrets of Sumerian Language,” the cuneiform ‘cross’ sign ‘dingir‘ (Akk., ilu ) that prefixes divine names of the Anunnaki pantheon also applies to ‘celestial’ or ‘heavenly’ bodies – “planets” and “stars” symbolic and representative of the Anunnaki pantheon thought to hold precedence over mundane affairs. The belief literally stood that all physical worldly manifestations and outcomes on earth (in the material world) possessed an ‘unseen’ influence of “perturbation” by ‘divine’ and ‘otherworldly’ energetic currents (from the ‘spiritual’ or metaphysical world). Initial correspondents of these currents between individual Anunnaki and their associated planets. Additional systematization of these concepts led the Babylonian inception of astrological traditions still observed today.

cuneisdgsdg nig-ku-lam-ma dingir-ra-na-ka su—tu-tu nu-ub-zu (2)
‘The destruction is from his own (personal) god; he knows no savior.’ (3)

Literal translation of dingir-ra(-na-ka) indicates that the aforementioned disaster comes from “one’s own personal god.” While ancient Sumerian and Babylonian spirituality did incorporate personal tribal or familial (ancestral) ‘deities’ and “guardian spirits,” such are generally related to lesser spirits: the sedu (spirits) and lamassu (guardians) that make greater appearances in the religion and magical traditions of the (post-Sumerian) Babylonian (Akkadian and Assyrian) Mardukites. Modern interpreters of this line read it literally and translate the sentiment as: when a man loses his favor with his personal deity then he has no one to appeal for him to the higher powers. (6)

sumlangthumb In Secrets of Sumerian Language, the distinct philosophical difference in Mesopotamia between ‘fate’ and ‘destiny’ is described based on its cuneiform usage. A person’s life has a ‘destination’ or ‘destiny’ that is fixed “in the heavens” by the gods or ‘stars’ in “zones of influence.” In comparison, a person’s ‘fate’ refers to subconsciously chosen environmental conditions that comprise a life-path that is not necessarily “fixed” while they are on their way to a destination that is fixed. In other words, it is the ‘route’ one travels on their way to a final ‘destiny’. Whether decreed by one’s own ‘personal god’ or ‘personal star’ or even erupting from one’s own “god-self,” this cuneiform line seems to indicate a ‘thing’ that is unavoidable or cannot be prevented by the person themselves or another human: such a thing on earth has been decreed in the heavens. (3)

SUMERIAN VOCABULARY
[nig-] – ‘abstract’ / a thing (7)
ku-lam-ma – destruction (4); a thing forgotten (8)
dingir – ‘prefix determinative’ / god, star, planet, spirit (5)
su—tu-tu nu-ub-zu – it cannot be prevented; or ‘avoided’ (9)

MesopotamianReligionFrontcrop Original analysis of the original Sumerian Proverb tablet series occurred using an elementary understanding of cuneiform script and Mesopotamian languages. Thorkild Jacobsen replaced Gordon’s original translation of su—tu-tu as “savior,” noting the Akkadian equivalent (‘ekimu‘) implies to “rob, steal or take away” (and not “to save”), meaning that the disaster/destruction that has been brought on into one’s life cannot be “touched” or “interfered” with and is thus “inevitable.” This more advanced rendering reveals a much deeper understanding of the ideal that what a person is due, they are due and a person receiving the harsh lessons of their life is unable to be assisted or coddled through it by any other power – they must simply experience, endure and, hopefully, survive the course with lessons learned. Quite simply, no one can interfere and safeguard against a person hellbent on making their own mistakes. (3)(9)


(1) Translation of Sumerian Proverb tablet by Joshua Free for Sumerian Wisdom II (tentative title) materials, the forthcoming sequel to Sumerian Wisdom & Anunnaki Prophecies: The Book of Sajaha the Seer edited by Joshua Free. These tablets attempt to preserve Sumerian language proverbs in cuneiform script during the Old Babylonian period.

(2) Derived from the original “Sumerian Proverbs” collection found in Nippur by the University Museum of the University of Pennsylvania. Some transliterations omit the ‘-na-ka‘.

(3) Original translation provided in the “Sumerian Proverbs” museum monograph by Edmund Gordon. The translation and interpretation has since been updated by Thorkild Jacobsen in the 1959 edition notes to the monograph: “–the disaster is of his own making (lit., ‘is of his personal god’), it brooks no interference.” His interpretation warns that “against self-imposed burdens, self-willed destruction, others can do very little.”

(4) Vocabulary supplement derived from the ‘Sumerian Glossary and Concordance’ for the Gordon “Sumerian Proverbs” museum monograph.

(5) Vocabulary inclusion of student translation is derived from the Mardukite handbook: Secrets of Sumerian Language edited by Joshua Free.

(6) Edmund Gordon explains his interpretation: “When a man’s personal god is against him, he has no one to intercede on his behalf before the assembly of the gods.”

(7) The Sumerian cuneiform prefixing sign ‘nig‘ – found at the start of lines throughout this particular series of ‘proverb’ tablets – indicates an attached statement regarding a ‘thing’ as an “abstraction” (concept) rather than always to be treated as a literal “thing” (object).

(8) An alternate translation to nig-ku-lam-ma is offered in the collected notes and revised additions of the 1959 edition by Edmund Gordon as: “a thing which has been forgotten.”

(9) Alternatively suggested by Joshua Free as “no one can prevent” or “no one can avoid” from the literal Akkadian ekimu – “none may ‘steal’ away.”

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Babylonian Astrology & Age of Aquarius: How the Sumerians Measured the Heavens

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“The ancient Sumerians understood the connection between cycles, time and mathematics. In addition to the pragmatic use of the wheel or circle, they also developed the initial calculations of the circle to be 360 degrees. Their use of base-60 ‘sexagesimal’ math in the systematic measurement of time has carried with humanity to this day…”

[This mardukite.com blog post is officially excerpted from Liber 51/52, available in the anthology Mesopotamian Religion by Joshua Free. It is also available as the stand-alone title: Sumerian Religion II, and in the Mardukite Year-2 Anthology: Gates of the Necronomicon by Joshua Free.]

MesopotamianReligionFrontcrop The annual year was originally only divided into three seasons: beginning, middle and end. A year in Babylonia was separated into a cycle of 12 periods of 30 degrees or days. These periods, equated to the ‘moon’, were called ‘moonths’ or more appropriately ‘months’. Of course, the sky-wise priests were aware of the actual appearance of 13 lunar cycles in a year, so an additional shortened month was acknowledged to make the cycle fit. In most cases, a ‘new moon’ meant a ‘new month’ and so the days counted in a month are the days counted in the progression of a moon – though naturally the disparities between lunar and solar time had to be accounted for, and with time the ‘Chaldeans’ had perfected it.

cuneisdgsdg The annual cycle was marked distinctly by two primary religious festivals – the spring festival of Akitu and the winter festival of Zagmuk. Both appear to be represented or distinguished by the symbol of ‘divine marriage’, later meaning the relationship between the ruling king and his lands.

Originally, however, the more popular fertility interpretation of these festivals, particularly in the spring, were based on land renewal and with the development and spread of these tradition, Akitu became known as Ostara – the pagan Easter – in dedication to Ishtar (Inanna). Not too surprisingly, the pre-Christian account incorporated into the symbolism of the later Judeo-based traditions also includes the proverbial theme of resurrection – in our case: the infamous story of Ishtar’s ‘descent‘ into the ‘Underworld’, where she is perceived of as ‘dead’ for three days.

vlcsnap-2011-08-13-21h32m43s221 Given the way modern calendars are oriented, the start of each ancient month would be considered near the ‘middle’ of current months – much like the seasonal observations. Although the festivals in ancient times were oriented to the naturally occurring solstices and equinoxes, it was often customary to observe them ceremonially during the closest full moon. All of this gave way to a generally ‘fluid’ incorporation of time into society that is varied in its interpretations among modern scholars.

The ancients made use of ‘water-clocks’ at night and ‘sun-clocks’ during the day. But more important to the survival of an agricultural society then gauging the minutes of a day for a ‘time-punch’ was the tracking of the annual cycle for planting and harvesting. Quite different than what the remainder of the Western World has familiarity with, the seasonal cycles in the deserts of Babylonia are unique. We have a recognizable summer in June, July and August where there is not rain and nothing grows – as we might expect – but then the region is plunged right into its rainy season in September, and farmers must be ready to plant their barley by October with a harvest necessary before the summer sun returns.

Gates3rdEdfrontcropMINI A different system of observation was used to calculate and measure ‘divine time’ in relation to ‘earth time’. This gave rise to what contemporaries call an ‘age’ – such as the current ‘age’ of Pisces and the forthcoming ‘age’ of Aquarius. Apart from the garbled nonsense of today’s horoscopes, the observation of zodiacal ages and alignments during the year are very real events. For whatever credibility the modern mind might wish to give the ancient astrologie omen tablets, the ability to perfectly chart time over long periods by using verifiable astronomical events, that we can even rely on today as investigators into this ancient culture, is quite impressive by any standards.

We can establish the chronological procession of the ages, but not necessarily a definition of when they have absolute turning points. They are measured in 2,160 year periods (72 x 30), connected to their ‘domain’ of visibility in the ‘Celestial Sphere’. The progression is visible in the stars but the clear boundary line that defines each is in many ways obscure. For example, when specifically does the current age enter ‘Aquarius’? Counting backward, the Mardukite school of thought might have suggestive input to apply.

259202494_2439cd36a1_o2 Following earlier thwarted attempts to solidify global rulership, the real Babylonian Reformation by the Anunnaki god MARDUK, with the aid of Nabu, occurred as a result of the ‘Age of Aries’ having arrived and ‘promised power’ not being ‘passed’ to him. This would have to be circa 2150 B.C., when the movement became notably public.

How long prior to this, pointing to the turn of the ‘Age of Aries’, would they have waited? If it were only ten years, then the Piscean Age really would have been marked by the birth of Jesus Christ – exactly 2,160 years later – notoriously represented by the fishes. Other ‘scholarly’ dates for the start of the Age of Aries include 2200, 2150, 2000 and 1875 B.C. Based on these figures, this ‘era’ of reportedly ‘new consciousness’ could be in effect now, later in this century, in the year 2150 or even closer to 2600…

Time, as we have found no different today then yesterday, is indeed entirely relative!

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