Sabbath 22/13/36/120

Dear Friends

This week it is appropriate that we look at the origins of the Easter Goddess and her son/lover in his various forms. This cult of the Mother Goddess and the festival of Easter has nothing to do with Christianity at all. She is condemned by the Bible and her cult is complete idolatry and disqualifies any adherent from Christianity. She is the queen of heaven spoken of in Jeremiah 7 and 44. She is the mother/wife of Baal known as Ashtoreth or Ishtar. It is obvious that her latest incarnation is through Mary by the RCC by their declaration that Mary is the mother of God.

Yes the Mother Goddess was the original deity of the earth set up before the flood in Asia Minor. She was known by various names in the Middle East and she was the Gaia or Cybele who was consort of the young Attis. In Palestine the deity was Baal as sun God and Ashtoreth his consort as mother goddess. In Chaldea she was Ishtar and among the Anglo Saxons she was the goddess Easter.

In Egypt she was Isis the consort of Osiris and mother of Horus. Her number or symbol was SSS which was the equivalent of 666.

Originally she was also Kubaba-Cybele and she was worshipped as Mother of Gods, men, mountains and lions.

Around 204 BCE the king of Pergamum sent her to Rome in the shape of a meteoric stone. Thereafter she was worshipped not only as a Mountain Goddess but as the Mighty Mother of the Trojans from which the Romans claimed descent through the clan of Aeneas. She became national Roman Goddess granting victory and protecting the Roman State. However the performance of her rites remained in the hands of Orientals and not Romans. She became international as the Empire expanded. She was portrayed as riding in a chariot drawn by bull-slaying lions and was associated with the cult of Mithras the secret form of the Bull slaying cults worshipped in the Army.

 The earth mother Goddess has existed in the millennia before the flood and right around the world after the dispersion. He priests and priestesses were found all over Europe and her ceremonies were carried out there also. She existed all over the world but often under a different name and often appropriated the cult to which she became attached.

Cybele became associated with the young lover Attis. The legends of Attis vary. He was both a shepherd and a prince. He allegedly castrated himself but also the Earth Mother as Rhea was also credited with his castration.

He then is attributed as behaving as Cybele's castrated effeminate priests. That is the origin of the tradition of the celibate priests who worship the mother goddess which entered Christianity. Their cult became based in Rome and their traditions and methods entered Christianity from the Second to the Fourth Century. The long black gowns are the dress of the priests of Baal called Khemarim condemned by the Bible.

Attis does not appear to have actually been worshipped except as Baal in the Middle East whose symbol of the Pine Tree is condemned in Jeremiah 10:1-9.

In Rome the worship of the Mother goddess came to be the cult of Maria but that was not the name of the mother of Christ at all. He name was Mariam but her sister was named Maria and so the distinction was made to continue the cult of the Mother Goddess.

In his introduction to his work Cybele and Attis the Myth and the Cult, Thames and Hudson, 1977 (trs. AH Lemmers). Maarten J. Vermaseren says of the Earth Goddess:

"Throughout the Mediterranean area in antiquity the earth was regarded as a goddess and worshipped as such. Elements of the cosmos, such as air and water, and the Under­world were assigned to gods, but the earth and its crust, burned by the sun (cf. torrere — terra — toast), belonged to the domain of a goddess.2 The Greek gods, such as Zeus, Poseidon and Hades, were divine rulers and kings of the territories in their charge. However the Goddess, Gaia, Ga, Rhea or Hera as she was called by the Greeks, was not primarily a queen, but the revered Mother Earth.3 Her divine authority did not reside in her power to command, but in her mysterious gift of being able continually to create new beings .4 Prehistoric art had already depicted this Goddess — in a seated or standing posture heavily emphasizing her opulent physique and typically female features, thus stressing her fertility.

In the civilizations of Asia Minor, Crete and the early Greek mainland the Goddess appeared everywhere in the form of the Great Mother, who was worshipped pre­ferably in caves. Two aspects received equal attention. First, she became the spouse of the king of the heavens and the mountains,6 as a result of which she gradually changed into a queen; she became Mother of the Gods, and in many artistic representations she is found depicted as a sovereign, standing in all her majesty on the crest of a hill (fig. 1). Secondly, from being Mother of the Gods she also became the Mother of Men, since they had sprung from the earth, while at the same time she began to be regarded as the Mother of the Beasts. The belief in these primeval functions of the Goddess is reflected in the classical literature of the Mediterranean peoples, and Greek and Roman authors in particular supply ample evidence that mankind had remained true to the ancient traditions.6 Some examples clearly show that similar ideas are repeated almost literally in totally different periods. In the so-called Homeric Hymns, generally ascribed to the seventh century B c, there is a paean' in honour of the earth, which begins as follows:
I will sing of well-founded Earth, mother of all, eldest of all beings, she feeds all creatures that are in the world, all that go upon the goodly land and all that are in the paths of the sea, and all that fly: all these are fed of her store.

The Earth Mother is the mysterious power that awakes everything to life.' The philosopher Xenophanes° and many other writers concluded that 'all comes from the earth and all ends in the earth' or, as a more poetic epigram expresses it, 'the earth produces all things and then enfolds them again.' The Goddess, who is the mother of gods, men, beasts and plants, thus also becomes the Goddess of Death. Everything issues from her womb, everything will eventually return there. She holds sway over life and death, the two extremes. As the queen of Heaven and Light she also becomes the queen of the realm of Darkness, the Underworld, out of which the light of life is to spring forth again in an ever-rotating cycle. Thus the Earth Goddess encompasses the mystery of every woman; the Goddess is the beginning and end of all life on earth. As soon as this mystery has been fathomed it becomes less difficult to under­stand her various names and the rich variety of the epithets applied to her. She is called variously Aphrodite, Artemis, Persephone or Demeter; she may be specifically the mistress of the wild beasts (rorvict Onperov), or the mother of the ear of corn; sometimes she is invoked as the Mother of the Gods (popqip OEcov), or she may be called simply the Great One, the Holy One or the Mighty One. But at all times and every­where it is recognized that essentially one divine feminine power controls the present world as well as the one to come.1° Thus it becomes clear why many centuries later in the second century AD in the fascinating Metamorphoses of Apuleiusu the Egyptian goddess Isis of the many names12 reveals herself to the writer in the following words:

The Phrygians, first born of men, call me Mother of the Gods, goddess of Pessinus; the in­habitants of Attica, Minerva of Cecrops' city Athens]; the Cypriots living amid the seas, Venus of Paphos; the arrow-bearing Cretans, Diana of Dictynna; the triple-tongued Sicilians, Proserpina of the Styx; the original Eleusinians, Ceres of Attica, some [call me] Juno, others Bellona, some Hecate, others the One from Rhamnus.13
The various goddesses that are enumerated here by Isis and belong to her circle con­stitute as it were one common family. Yet each separate member retains specific qualities that distinguish her from any of the others and clearly designate each goddess, but in this case Isis combines all these characteristics into one person. Thus the other goddesses have not merged with Isis (syncretism, as the phenomenon is called by some scholars) but are assimilated by her.

To this family of goddesses belongs Cybele from Phrygia in Asia Minor.14 In a hymn,' probably written in the second century AD at Pergamum, she is invoked as `the mother of the immortal gods; she prepares a fast-riding chariot, drawn by bull-killing lions, she who wields the sceptre over the renowned pole, she of the many names, the honoured One'. 'Thou occupiest', continues the poet, 'the central throne of the cosmos, and thus of the earth, while thou providest soft food; by thee there was brought forth the race of immortal and mortal beings; by thee the rivers and the entire sea are ruled.' Then, as in the aretelogies in honour of Isis, with whom she is compared, follow the many names, all testifying to her divine power. She is called Hestia, 'wealth-giving since she bestows on mankind good gifts of all sorts'. `Go to the feast, 0 lofty One ! delighting in drums, tamer of all, saviour of the Phrygians, bed-fellow of Kronos, child of Uranos, the old One, life-giving, frenzy-loving, joyful One, gratified with acts of piety.'"

Thus we can see that it is Cybele that is the Goddess and the earth Mother of Attis and it is she that is the origin of "the god adored by women."

Attis and the Easter system

From FAQ P58 "If Jesus was crucified on Wednesday, what does John 19:31 mean?
A: The day was the 14th of Abib or Nisan, which was the great Preparation Day for the Passover which was killed that afternoon when Christ died. It was eaten that night on the First Holy Day of Unleavened Bread. Note John 19:31 says:

"The Jews therefore, because it was the Preparation, that the bodies should not remain upon the [stauros] on the Sabbath day, (for that Sabbath day was a High Day,) sought Pilate that their legs might be broken, and that they might be taken away."

In the year Christ was crucified, which was 30 CE, 14 Nisan fell on a Wednesday. Thus, the First Holy Day of Unleavened Bread on 15 Abib fell on the Thursday beginning at evening the previous day (i.e. at night fall Wednesday). He then spent Thursday, Friday and Sabbath in the tomb. He was resurrected at the end of the Sabbath having been three full days and three full nights in the grave.

The early accounts claim a Wednesday crucifixion. Easter and Friday Crucifixions are from the cult of the gods Attis and Adonis. Look at the papers The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235); The Quartodeciman Disputes (No. 277). Look also at the paper Timing of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection (No. 159). It will answer your questions regarding the timings and the texts.

If Christians started out worshipping on the seventh day Sabbath, why do most churches meet on Sunday now? 
A: In the second century of the current era the Easter cults were introduced from the pagan systems in Rome. This was the Quartodeciman Dispute. Look at the paper The Quartodeciman Disputes (No. 277). The Sun cults were the central part of this system. Christmas was originally the day of birth of the invincible sun from the northern winter solstice. Easter is the name of the Easter mother goddess and consort of Baal as Easter, or Istar, or Astarte. The dying god was either Attis in the west at Rome, or Adonis in the East among the Greeks and their influence.

The Egyptians mourned for Osiris. This was a Friday crucifixion and a Sunday Resurrection. The resurrection on the day of the Sun was again part of the sun cult system of the Triune God. Look at the paper The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235).

FAQ in P 59 states: We were asked the following question: You say the god Attis was involved in Christmas festivities. I had thought that Mithr[a]s was involved. Does the worship of these gods overlap somehow?

A: Yes, they do overlap in that they are both aspects of the Mystery and sun cults. They both came from the Middle East. Mithras was the Bull-slaying cult and is based on a cosmology of ca 2000 BCE. [ie dating from Babel] It is a private all-male cult. The public form of it was Sol Invictus Elagabal, or Elagabalism. The bread and water communion came into Christianity from Mithras.

The Mithras system was developed from the Solstice, and so we have Christmas coming from Mithras and the birth of the Invincible sun was part of that. The other pagan systems then were associated with it. We progress through the Saturnalia, The Lupercalia, The Shrove, and the Carnival also associated with the Bacchanalia. The Easter system was associated with Attis in the West and Adonis in the East.

Attis is the dying God who had a tree cut in the forest and decorated with silver and gold and with the emblems of the death and rebirth. This six-pointed star of sacrifice was also associated with Baal-Easter and is seen in the worship of Atargatis. Look at the papers David and Goliath (No. 126) and also The Piñata (No. 276).

The child in the cave and the parading of the Christ child and sun symbol come from Egypt and is another aspect of the Dying God found in the mysteries and sun cults of Isis, and Osiris, and Horus. It is also the birth of the sun. The paper The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235) will give a background to most of the traditions and their origins.

In the paper The Origins of Christmas and Easter (No. 235) we see the following texts:

"Anciently, ivy was prohibited to touch or name (Frazer, iii, pp. 13ff.). Ivy was also sacred to the god Attis and, hence, we come then to the pine tree, which was also sacred to that god (cf. Frazer, v, p. 278 and see the paper The Cross: Its Origin and Significance (No. 39)).
Ivy was also sacred to Attis and his eunuch priests were tattooed with the symbol of the ivy leaf (Frazer, v, p. 278)."

The Christmas tree
"The decorated pine tree stems directly from the Mystery cults and the worship of the god Attis. He is held to have been a man who became a tree and, hence, is the embodiment of the ancient tree-spirit we meet in ancient Indian or Indus mythology from as early as Harappa and Mohenjo Daro. He is clearly a fertility god of corn and wears a Phrygian cap like Mithras (from the statue in the Lateran; Frazer, v, p. 279).

The bringing in of the pine tree decked in violets and woollen bands is like bringing in the May-tree or Summer-tree in modern folk custom. The effigy that was attached to the tree was a duplicate representative of the god Attis. This was traditionally kept until the next year, when it was burnt (Firmicus Maternus, De errore profanarum religionum; cf. Frazer, v, p. 277 and n. 2). It is forbidden by God in Jeremiah 10:1-9.

The resemblance of the god Attis was changed to the Sun-symbol as a monstrance on the top and then to angels and other types of decorations. The decorations are easily identifiable as the Sun, Moon, and stars of the Triune system of the Babylonians as Sin, Ishtar and Shamash or Isis, Osirus and Horus of the Egyptians (see the paper The Golden Calf (No. 222)).

Ivy was also sacred to Attis and his eunuch priests were tattooed with the symbol of the ivy leaf (Frazer, v, p. 278)."

"Mithras was introduced to Rome by pirates captured by Pompey, circa 63 BCE. The places which celebrated the death of Christ at the equinox were the very places that the worship of the god Attis originated or had taken deepest root, namely Phrygia, Gaul and apparently Rome itself. Frazer says it is difficult to regard the coincidence as accidental (v, p. 309).

Another characteristic that is coincidental to the resurrection is that the date is also ascribed to 27 March, two days later, and this is where the shortened period of the Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection occurs. Frazer notes that similar displacements of Christian to heathen celebrations occur in the Festivals of St George and the Assumption of the Virgin (v, p. 309).

It is perhaps the telling item in the syncretism when we see that the traditions of Lactantius and seemingly the Christian church in Gaul placed the death of Christ on the 23rd and the resurrection on the 25th, exactly in accordance with the festival of Attis. This is impossible for any year of the Hebrew calendar that Christ could have possibly been crucified and is directly related to the worship of Attis (cf. Frazer, ibid.).

By the fourth century, the worshippers of the god Attis were complaining bitterly that Christians had made a spurious imitation of their theology or the resurrection of Attis, and the Christians asserted that the resurrection of Attis was a diabolical counterfeit of the resurrection of Christ.

However, we know from history and linguistics that the original dates of the resurrection were based on the Passover, which was based on the lunar calendar and occurred on 14 and 15 Nisan and proceeded to the Wave-Sheaf offering on the Sunday. Thus, the Passover could fall on any two days in the week with a variable gap to the Sunday Wave Sheaf, which marked the ascension of Messiah and not his resurrection, which occurred the previous evening. Easter, on the other hand, was confined to a Friday crucifixion and Sunday resurrection in direct contradiction of Scripture. Originally, it was on fixed dates in the cult of Attis. The word Easter was even inserted in the English KJV translation of the Bible to replace the word for Passover to further disguise the issue.

We also see from Socrates here that the Council of Nicaea did not fix the timing of Easter as the Audiani claimed (see NPNF, ibid., p. 131 and fn. 14 to p. 131). It was determined according to ancient tradition and this we know, as it was determined according to the worship of the god Adonis and the god Attis in conjunction with Ishtar or Venus and the worship of the Sun system. It resolved the conflict in the heathen systems of Attis and Adonis. Nicaea simply adopted Easter as the official festival using existing pagan practice, but harmonised it. It did not fix or determine the festival. The Jews had established an entirely false calendar by 358 not long after Nicaea, as we see here from Socrates. This event is much closer to his time and, hence, more accurately noted. Thus, the Christian Passover was all but eliminated by paganism, establishing Easter or a false calendar of rabbinical Judaism, moving the Passover dates in Nisan in relation to the Moon. The Council of Nicaea decreed that the determination of Easter Sunday as the Sunday following the full moon in effect made it virtually impossible (but not quite) for Easter Sunday to fall on the same Sunday as the Wave-Sheaf offering of the Sunday of the Passover – should it fall on 15 Nisan. Thus, it is almost impossible to have Easter and the Passover coincide correctly on some occasions. This was allegedly out of a desire to distance Christianity from the Jews, but in reality it is the determination of the system of a false god to dislocate the true festival and bring it into conformity with pantheistic worship.

The link, however, with the god Adonis and Astarte is absolute. The coupling of these festivals with Adonis and also Attis as the dead and risen god – to which the pine was sacred, as we see with Attis – is conclusive (Frazer, v, p. 306). The symbol of the dead man hanged on the tree and absorbed with it and then resurrected is the basis behind the relics of the cross being all of pine. The Easter system with its rekindling of new fires or need-fires is entirely non-biblical and anti-Christian.

Christianity compromised with its rivals in order to accommodate a still dangerous enemy. In the words of Frazer, the shrewd clerics saw that:
If Christianity was to conquer the world it could only do so by relaxing the too rigid principles of its Founder, by widening a little the narrow gate that leads to salvation.

When exactly is the festival of Attis
From the article written on Christmas and Easter (No. 236) we read also:
The bringing in of the pine decked with violets and woollen bands was like bringing in the May-tree or Summer-tree in modern folk custom. The tree was originally decked with an effigy of the god Attis, which was retained until the next year and then burnt. Pine resin is also burnt at the solstice festivals.

The death of the god Attis was officially celebrated at Rome on 24 and 25 March. The 25th was regarded as the spring equinox. The spring equinox was regarded as the appropriate day for the revival of a god of vegetation who had been sleeping throughout the year.

The tradition of celebrating the death and resurrection of Christ without regard to the state of the Moon in the lunar calendar began in Phrygia, Cappadocia, Gaul and in Rome itself. This date came to be taken up by writers such as, Hippolytus and Augustine.

Tertullian affirms that Christ was crucified on 25 March 29 AD. This is an absolute impossibility and seems to stem directly from the traditions associated with Attis (the timings of the crucifixion and resurrection are examined in the paper Timing of the Crucifixion and the Resurrection (No. 159), CCG, 1996).

This festival of the spring equinox also was connected with an ancient view regarding the creation of the world on that day. The resurrection of the god Attis who connected in himself the characters of the divine Father and the divine Son was officially celebrated at Rome on the same day.

We see here how the doctrine of Modalism, or one God as Father and Son (and later Holy Spirit), originated in Rome. It was based on this doctrine of the god Attis. It became modified into Trinitarianism by the fourth century."

This matter needs to be more fully explained but it is sufficient to make us understand the Cybele and Attis are the real Mary and Jesus of the Binitarians/Trinitarian Sunday Worshipping Sun Cults.  It is simply Baal worship adopted to take over Christianity based on the earlier prophecies made by the Patriarchs and the Prophets to Isaiah.

It is why the Trinitarians do not need the Bible and discourage anyone studying it.  They had to introduce Easter first as it was easier to enforce on the Passover season. Christmas was not adopted in Christianity until the Dark Ice Age in 475 CE in Syria.

Wade Cox
Coordinator General