In the most ancient times nations divided themselves into twelve tribes:
All over the world in countries as far apart as China, Ireland, Iceland, and Madagascar are records and traditions of whole nations and their territories being divided into twelve tribes and twelve regions, each tribe and its sector of land corresponding to one of the twelve signs of the zodiac and to one of the twelve months in the year. -Twelve Tribe Nations: Sacred Number and the Golden Age by John Michell and Christine Rhone
Mirroring the 12-part division of stars on the ground flows from the ancient Hermetic wisdom:
"As Above So Below."
In the archaic period of Greece tribes formed a series of Amphictyonic Leagues meaning a "league of nations". Examples include the Delian League, the Delphic League, and the Ionian League each of which formed what is called a Dodecapolis, or confederation of twelve settlements.
The Twelve Olympians probably arose from a Dodecapolis.
Every twelve-part division of land had a center point and this center was traditionally marked with a stone. Here is the omphalos stone from Delphi. It was originally topped by two golden eagles because Zeus sent out two eagles to fly across the world to meet at its center, the "navel" of the world.
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On a side note, just as the Ancient Olympics were revived in Athens in 1896, a "League of Nations" was revived after World War I.
The League of Nations was the precursor to the United Nations.
A Modern World Omphalos
The Millennium Dome (also known as the O2 Arena) will be a major venue in the London 2012 Olympics. The structure's twelve masts correspond to the signs of the zodiac and the twelve months in the year. The dome's diameter of 365m corresponds to the number of days in a year and its 52m height corresponds to the number of weeks in a year.
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The center of the Millennium Dome's is very close to being on the Prime Meridian but is not quite on the line. The exact longitude of this modern world omphalos is 0° 0' 11.22" E
The numerology of the longitude is as follows: 11 + (11 + 11) = 33. See my posts on Repeating Ones and 33.
Billions of people will focus their psychic energy on this spot next summer.
The official logo of the 2012 Olympics is an example of a subliminal secret in plain sight that your your left brain is probably unaware of (top) but your right brain understands subconsciously (bottom):
Iran has threatened to boycott the London 2012 Olympics unless the organisers replace the official logo, which Tehran claims spells out the word "Zion". -Source
The Isle of Dogs
The Millennium Dome is on the Isle of Dogs, which has been a peninsula for hundreds of years. Sirius is known as the dog star because it is in the constellation Canis Major. The goddess Artemis is often depicted with a dog. Artemis is a Greek version of Isis, which makes sense because Sirius is the star of Isis.
Image courtesy of Stellarium open source software; Constellation art by Johan Meuris
The French writer Jean Richer identified the oldest Amphictyonic League in Sardis, Lydia which is in today's western Turkey.
When you hear the terms the Near East, the Middle East, the Far East, the West, the South, and the North where do you suppose the origin point of all these directions is? Nothing I've read has ever answered this question and it has bothered me since first taking history courses in college.
Sardis is the omphalos. The ancient navel of the world.
The word omphalos is etymologically connected to Queen Omphale, mythological ruler of Lydia.
Hercules and Omphale (detail) by Tischbein, Johann Heinrich, der Altere
Incidentally I'm not sure if it was Tischbein's intent but one exposed breast is symbolic of Isis.
In Queen Omphale's best-known myth, she is the master of the hero Heracles during a year of required servitude, a scenario that offered writers and artists opportunities to explore gender roles and erotic themes.
Paris -- Sardis
Drawing a path from Sardis to I.M. Pei's Louvre Pyramid we see that the axis bisects the Louvre and is aligned perfectly with the entrance to the world's most visited museum.
The Louvre Museum has 555,000 sq ft in the palace complex devoted to public exhibition. -Source
This is especially amazing because the Louvre Palace you see today was started in the 16th century and added to by almost every subsequent French monarch. The alignment goes right over the center of the Sun King's Cour Carrée (Square Court) addition he created before moving to Versailles.
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The path from Sardis to the Louvre Pyramid passes directly over the tip of the July Column in the Place de la Bastille. The golden boy atop the July Column is the Greek Hermes, author of the motto "As Above, So Below" in his earlier incarnation as the Egyptian Thoth.
The path from Sardis goes to Paris along the direction of Virgo as identified by John Michell and Christine Rhone in Twelve Tribe Nations. The first sign of the zodiac (Aries) is aligned toward the rising sun in the east.
It is interesting that the path is in the Virgo (Isis) direction because of what Paris is all about (see my Paris episodes). Graham Hancock and Robert Bauval show in their book Talisman how the word Paris comes from Pharia-Isis. Pharia or Pharos in Greek is the location of the Lighthouse of Alexandria, a center of Isis worship in the the ancient Mediterranean.
The Notre Dame (English: Our Lady) cathedral was very likely built over a Druidic Temple of Isis.
The historical axis is offset 6 degrees from the axis running through Pei's pyramids (both upward and downward pointing) through the July Column all the way to the ancient omphalos at Sardis.
If you watched my Paris videos you'll recall that this 6 degree bend matches the Temple of Luxor's bend whose very obelisk is at the center of the 86,400 square meter Place de la Concorde.
Also consider the fact that the Champs-Élysées (the historical axis of Paris) is aligned to the heliacal rising of Sirius, the phenomenon the ancient Egyptians based their calendar on.
The Champs-Élysées or “La plus belle avenue du monde” as it is known in French is one of the most beautiful streets in the world with rents as high as US $1.2 million a year for 1,000 square feet of space. -Source
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The name Champs-Élysées is French for Elysian Fields, the place of the blessed dead in Greek mythology. The Elysian Fields are related to the Eleusinian Mysteries which, of all the mysteries celebrated in ancient times, were held to be the ones of greatest importance.
The participants in these mysteries drank a mixture called Kykeon made mainly of water, barley and "naturally occurring substances" that some scholars believe were entheogens.
[Dimethyltryptamine, see my Snowflake and the Flower post]
For almost 3000 years people "consistently experienced revelatory states during the culminating ceremony of the Eleusinian Mysteries." -Source
Phryne at the Poseidonia in Eleusis by Siemiradzki
But where does this naturally occurring substance come from?
The most likely candidate for the DMT containing plant, of which there are many in nature, would be a species of Acacia (Metzner, Ralph. The Reunification of the Sacred and the natural,Eleusis Volume VIII, 1997. pp. 3-13).
That's a hell of a secret in plain sight I'd say (pardon the pun, the mysteries are about helping Demeter find her daughter Persephone in Hades).
According to Diodorus Siculus, the Cretans professed that they received the "mysteries" from the Egyptians, and that they
passed them on to the Greeks. Eleusia (Eleusis) was the home of the earth-mother Demeter, but she has older origins that can be seen in the Egyptian mythologies; the mysteries of Isis were the same as those of Demeter and that the mysteries of Osiris were the same as Dionysus. -Source
Acacia in the Osiris Myth
Osiris was tricked by his jealous brother Set, cut into 14 pieces, sealed in a chest and sent down the Nile. The sea carried the chest to Byblos where it lodged in an acacia tree. The tree grew around the chest encasing it and the remains of the god Osiris were preserved inside.
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The King of Byblos cut down the tree and turned it into a column in his palace. When Isis learned of the fate of her brother-husband she set out in search of his body. When Isis identified where Osiris was she worked in the king's court nursing his children. After a time she received the column as her pay. In the tree trunk was the body of Osiris which she magically reassembled and sang back to life with a song.
Resurrection is at the heart of the Eleusinian Mysteries and perhaps is the hope of those who find themselves in the Elysian Fields.
What really went on in the mysteries was kept a secret for almost 3000 years and is now lost to the sands of time. The mysteries were suppressed and the pagan shrines desecrated when Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 4th century AD.
Perhaps it is high time we bring them back?
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