A Short Guide to
"Behold the Sun"
By Carl Teichrib
Media Wise Authors
are keyholes to doors in the walls of space, and through them man peers
into Eternity. — Manly P. Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy,
possess an esoteric language, a secret code, which the [occult] student
must decipher and whose meaning he or she must unlock. —Erwin W. E.
Watermeyer, "Symbols: The Tools of Initiation," Rosicrucian Digest,
...symbols form a visual shorthand for ideas—and yet their functions
and meanings extend to something much more than that. —Jack Tresidder,
Dictionary of Symbols, p. 6.
This article marks the thirteenth in an ongoing series
on occult symbols.
Throughout the ages, certain symbols have been
employed to communicate hidden mystical and religious messages. For
practitioners of the occult and students of the "mystery schools," these
symbols are tools specifically used in communicating their secret
doctrines. And while these symbols are often many centuries old, their
meanings have remained essentially the same. In fact, as the public
extension of ancient occult teachings, the New Age movement has placed
mystical symbolism squarely in the face of our modern culture. What
makes this especially disturbing is that while the "marks" of occultism
can be found throughout society, we no longer recognize their spiritual
implications. Conversely, just because the average person doesn’t know
the meaning of occult symbols, it in no way negates their significance.
Manly P. Hall, one of the most influential occultists of the last
century, wrote this of symbols, "They are centers of a mighty force,
figures pregnant with an awful power…." (Lectures on Ancient
Philosophy, p. 356)
We’ve touched on solar imagery to some extent in past
occult symbol articles. However, because the Sun is such a predominant
part of occult lore, a more detailed look is required. Please keep in
mind; because the Sun plays such a central part in occult symbolism,
this article will not do the subject justice. In reality,
volumes could be written on the subject of solar symbolism alone.
In Genesis, God created the Sun, calling it "good."
Its purpose: to provide the Earth with light and to separate the day
from the night (Genesis 1:14). Moreover, the Sun is necessary to sustain
life as we know it. God, in His infinite wisdom, established for mankind
a celestial body capable of giving the Earth light, warmth, and food
(photosynthesis)—among other life essential duties. All of this is done
within the fine balance of distance, gravity, and atmospheric protection
from the Sun’s deadly rays. Truly, God created a marvelously delicate
yet powerful system to support life.
As fantastic as God’s design is, and as much as it
points to Him, mankind has taken God’s creation and has offered it
worship. Romans chapter 1 clearly states that mankind has turned to
worshiping the creation rather than the Creator. "They exchanged the
truth of God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather
than the Creator…." Besides actual worship, man has also used the Sun as
a representative—or symbol—of various "supreme deities."
The Egypt mystery cults offer a prime example of this.
Barbara Watterson, an extramural lecturer on Egyptology, explains in her
book Gods of Ancient Egypt,
The sun was worshipped in different forms, under several names. The
most important sun gods were: Re, who was the sun’s disk itself, the
noonday sun; Khepri,
was thought of as a beetle…and denoted the rising sun; Atum, who was
thought of as an old man leaning on a stick and representing the
setting sun; Horus, who usually took the form of a falcon; Horakhty,
another falcon god, whose name means ‘Horus-of-the-Two-Horizons’, and
who, when coalesced with Re as Re-Horakhty, became identified with the
sun; Aten…was represented as the sun’s disk with rays which terminated
the European continent—especially in Scandinavia—the cult of the sun
predominated the region as far back as 1200 to 1500 years before Christ.
Solar images such as the Trundholm Chariot with its sun-disk, rock art
depicting solar symbols, and solar-wheel offerings provide glimpses into
the Celtic-Nordic/European fascination with the Sun.
In Rome, the Sun god was known as Sol. Later, this
solar deity become identified with the Greek god Helios, who "was said
to drive his chariot westward across the sky," and whose daily arrival
"was announced by the goddess Eos…." (The Dictionary of World Myth,
And in the "new world" of the Americas, the Aztecs and
Incas each had deities ascribed to the Sun. Moreover, in the case of the
Aztec religious system, human sacrifice and solar worship were directly
linked. Ptolemy Tompkins, in his book, This Tree Grows Out of Hell—a
journey through the mystical and historical world of
Mesoamerica—describes one of the numerous solar-sacrificial events,
would line up on the innumerable Aztec festival days before the steps
of one of the many pyramids that anchored the Aztec cities with full
knowledge of what awaited them on its summit, the queue sometimes
stretching, it has been said, for lengths of a mile or more into the
city’s streets…. Following one after another up steps that were black
and slippery with the blood of those who had gone before them, each of
these victims, upon reaching the temple at the summit, was seized and
spread across a large, round, and slightly convex stone. The victim’s
chest was swiftly broken open by a head priest with a heavy flint
knife. This same priest then reached into the victim’s body and with
his hands ripped out the still beating heart, which he held aloft for
the approval of the four directions of the sun….
As gruesome as this is, it is just one example of
historical solar sacrifices. How many people died to appease the Aztec
spiritual hierarchy and the Sun they so venerated? How many others have
died in societies and cultures where Sun sacrifices were conducted? Only
God knows for sure.
Religious solar symbolism is still around today.
Esoteric orders such as Freemasonry, Rosicrucianism, Theosophy, and the
various secretive hermetic societies—all employ occult Sun
representations. These symbols convey the idea of Sun "Life" and
deification, the concept of spiritual illumination through nature and
the cosmos, and the processes of spiritual birth, rebirth, and
regeneration—all of which have been taught in the mystery doctrines of
ancient Egypt, Nordic Europe, and other "mystery religions."
modern New Age movement—which is just an offshoot of these more base
esoteric/spiritually secretive orders—is filled with Sun symbolism.
Furthermore, the New Age directly employs the teachings and doctrines of
native religions, Druid and Celtic traditions, and Eastern metaphysical
concepts (Buddhism and Hinduism especially, which also have solar
components to their belief systems). Thanks to the New Age movement and
the subsequent resurgence of occultism, the ancient solar gods
(Lucifer’s agents) and their representative images are now exerting
themselves upon our society with a vengeance.
How so? As our culture steadily plunges downward into
the darkness of occult doctrine, watch as solar symbols crop up in
unexpected places. One example is the newly designed Egyptian-themed
Paramount movie theatre on the south side of Calgary, Alberta, which
incorporates numerous solar representations and symbols.
abound across North America; sports arenas (Memphis, TN—a capped pyramid
representing a "hill of light" and the power of the Sun), public
buildings and monuments (the Washington Monument—obelisks are Egyptian
sun-god symbols), museums, libraries, and other community centers are
often seen bearing an Egyptian, Rosicrucian, and/or Masonic motif. Some
of these public displays—such as the Washington Monument—have been in
our midst for generations. Some, such as Calgary’s Paramount Theatre,
Beyond "buildings," our society is inundated with
solar symbolism through television, movies, and our educational system.
Even Christian schools are not immune. A couple of years ago a mid-west
Christian elementary school held a class play based on the Egyptian
Osirian myth. In actuality, the teacher had naively led the students
through the Egyptian Osirian-rebirth ritual—the most important "base
ritual" for all occult schools of initiation (the Osirian ritual is
solar in its orientation). Indeed, the "Black Sun"—the dark illumination
of occultism—is gaining dominance in our spiritual landscape.
As Christians, this "pagan invasion" should cause us
to seek "first the Kingdom of God," for our home is not of this world.
And as followers of the SON of God—not the Sun of God—we need to be
spiritually attuned to the religious undercurrents which are shaping our
communities, schools, churches, businesses, and homes.
It’s time to stand firm in the faith, firm in the
truth, and firm against the principalities and powers of this dark world
(Carl Teichrib is a Canadian based researcher and
writer on globalization and the occult. Carl may be reached by emailing:
Dr. Ted Baehr
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Copyright 2006, Ankerberg Theological Research Institute