Osiris and Resurrection

Osiris is the ancient Egyptian god who, like Christ, is the King in heaven where souls go after death. Osiris, like Christ, is a God who goes before us to taste death but returns to assure us of our resurrection.

Osiris is the King of Egypt, just as Christ is the King of the Jews.  Osiris is murdered by his wicked brother Set (or Seth), who is the personification of all evil. Osiris’ murder is not unlike the betrayal of Christ by Judas and the forces of evil.

Osiris’ dismembered body was tracked down and brought back together by his wife, the goddess Isis, the Moon.  Her magic enables her to resurrect Osiris’ body in the most tangible and impressive way : Osiris makes love to her and father’s her son, Horus, the Child. Horus grows up to avenge his father by defeating Set. Horus then succeeds to Osiris’ throne as King of Egypt.

Just as Christ's Resurrection holds the promise of eternal life for all Christians, OsirisResurrection means the same for Egyptians. Mummies, often called an ‘Osiris,’ were commonly accompanied by miniature models of Osiris to symbolise and confirm this promise. Sometimes these Osiris models were filled with grain to symbolise resurrection, just as wheat and bread is a recurrent symbol of Christ’s Resurrection and the promise of resurrection for all in Christianity.

There were several saviour gods around the Mediterranean in ancient times and resurrection was also a favourite mythical element. These two themes often went together. Osiris was probably the earliest example of both the saviour and resurrection themes and parts of his story appear to have been copied by other myths, other faiths.

This borrowing is natural when we see beyond the modern western notion of religions competing to be the only sole truth.  Probably we, as individuals, should not try to tread more than one path. This does not mean we should not respect others dedicated to other paths if these paths are intrinsically good.

Religion among the ancients is really trying to present the same essential spiritual truths in different cultural forms. Representing the same divine spirits in different forms for different cultures. In ancient days this was generally recognised. We can still find this enlightened attitude in eastern cultures such as India where, for most people, the different faiths of Hinduism, Islam, Sikhism, Christianity, and Buddhism co-exist with mutual respect. We can still find this enlightened attitude widely in the West.

Everywhere enlightened tolerance, the modest art of the peacemakers, is under increasing strain as politicians gain power while dividing communities in mutual distrust, appealing to our worst instincts, our instincts for self righteous condemnation.

In truth God is One and the same in all faiths : differing more in different hearts than in different theologies. One Christian’s view of God often differs more widely from another Christian’s than it may from another Hindu’s or another Muslim’s view, for example.  There are always those Christians, Hindus, Muslims, Jews, probably even Buddhists, for whom God is intolerant and jealous and demands universal acknowledgement. Similarly there are always those of all faiths who know a different, tolerant God of unconditional love, like the Sun blessing all alike, in equal measure.

We can understand this inter-religious borrowing, such as we find between the stories of Osiris and Christ, the universal similarities in religion generally and in our concepts of God, if we can recognise the common origins of the world’s religions.

All ancient faiths were based on the oldest science, astrology : the influence of the planets.  The planets were the gods in Greece and Rome, Egypt and Babylon, India, Scandinavia, S. America ….  Our current world faiths originated in the same ancient world.  It should be no surprise to find they are also all based on astrology, all recognising One God,  the Universal Spirit of the Sun.

This recognition, based on the Kabbalah, gives us the rational, credible, scientific and multifaith understanding of God we need in modern times.  It strongly supports the message of the Bible, especially the Gospels, the message of love and peace but avoids the literal simplifications of fundamentalism.

The Tree of Life 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.

The Tree of Life reveals astrology at the heart of the biblical Tradition, from Genesis (3.22) 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 recognition, based on the Kabbalah, gives us the rational, credible, scientific and multifaith understanding of God we need in modern times. It strongly supports the message of the Bible, especially the Gospels, the message of love and peace but avoids the literal simplifications of fundamentalism.

The Tree of Life 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.

The Tree of Life reveals astrology at the heart of the biblical Tradition, from Genesis (3.22) 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.]

Osiris was known as the Sun at Midnight which eloquently expresses his position on the Tree of Life, due north of the Sun, like the North Pole, the land of the midnight Sun. Osiris represents Neptune and the spirit of Pisces, the Fishes, portrayed by the darkest depths of the ocean, like the darkest depths of night.  Of course Neptune is the furthest out of the major planets, in the midnight depths of space.

On the Christian Tree of Life Christ represents this same planet and spirit as Osiris on the Egyptian Tree of Life, the spirit of sacrifice, compassion, and the mystical crown beyond the veil of death. Christ’s astrological and Kabbalistic nature is summarised in brief and explored extensively.

The Egyptian Tree of Life reveals all the major Egyptian gods and goddesses with their planetary identities on the Tree.

Christ and the Crown of Suffering
explores Christ's identity with the Tree of Life further.

Astrology and Religion : One World, One God, Many Names, Many Faces

Simplifying the Mystery of the Trinity

Astrology, a Serious Science ?

Astrology - an Introduction


Ancient Astrology and Modern Science

Reading Your Own Horoscope


Kabbalah


The Kabbalah in Spanish Christianity
 

Heaven on Earth explores more fully the major planets as the basis for the Christian Trinity.

Other Brief Introductions



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