The Fixed Cross
By Tom Gilmore
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The Astro-logical Tradition
The Belt of the Zodiac is divided into 12 segments, named after the constellations of stars within each segment, and represented by a shorthand symbol called the “Sign”. There is a permutation of 4x3=12 that is traditionally assigned to the Signs. The 4 “elements” of Fire, Earth, Air, and Water are permutated with the 3 “polarities” of Cardinal (plus; active), Fixed (minus; passive), and Mutable (zero; neutral). This is illustrated below, showing the Signs (preceded by their traditional Egyptian icons) followed by their spelled-out names, and then their unique element and polarity combination.
Astro-logical Schematic of the Fixed Cross
The traditional permutation is converted to a traditional astrological
pie-chart in the diagram below.
Connecting the 4 Fixed Signs on the pie-chart forms an “X”, thus the term fixed-cross.
Illustration by Tom Gilmore
Headlocks of the Fixed Cross
Taurus – Water Buffalo
Leo – Male Lion
Scorpio – Bird of Prey
Aquarius – Tree Serpent
The line drawing below by Tom
Gilmore is based on a carving on a Sumerian seal-ring. It shows Gilgamesh putting the Water
Buffalo in a “headlock” (The Taurus headlock).
Although the Egyptian icon of Taurus is a bull, in Sumer it was the water buffalo.
This is behind the culturally altered Greek myth of the labors of Hercules (derivative of Gilgamesh), where he grabs a rogue bull by the hindquarters and drives the bull like a wheelbarrow all the way to Athens.
The icon of Leo is the male lion. In the depiction of Gilgamesh below he is clearly holding a lion in a headlock. He wears a chain-mail robe that protects him from the claws of the lion. In Greek myth Hercules “strangles” the Nemian Lion, a misinterpretation of the headlock.
Photo of Assyrian statue of Gilgamesh, with Assyrian beard and hair removed.
It is said of the later-period Assyrian myth version of Gilgamesh, Ashur, that he “wore his ‘headache’ as a garment” (here ‘headache’ is a mistranslation of “headlock”). This saying reflected that Ashur at times wore a lion-skin cape.
The Sumerian icon of Aquarius was the tree serpent. In his right hand, the figure of Gilgamesh above is also head-locking a snake (a tree serpent). Leo and Aquarius are opposite signs of the Zodiac (held in headlocks on opposite sides of Gilgamesh).
How Aquarius became the Water Bearer
Gilgamesh neutralized the deadly venom of the tree serpent by holding the snake by the head. After Assyria conquered Babylon, the Assyrian version of Gilgamesh, Ashur, took the venom of the serpent and put it in a small pail.
In these line drawings by Tom Gilmore of Assyrian stone relief depictions of Gilgamesh and Assur, the change from headlocks to extraction is revealed. The snake venom is in the pail in his left hand. The tuft of the lion’s tail is in his right hand (notice the tail tuft of Gilgamesh’s lion). Assur adorns his war helmet with the horns of the bull (Taurus), and he wears the wings of the Scorpio headlock. This is behinf the winged-bulls that adorned ancient Persian monuments.
After the Age of Pisces had submerged knowledge and truth under the dark depths of spiritual desperation, Christians sociopomorphically interpreted the pail as containing holy water (aqua). By the time the Bohemian Occultists strove against the Inquisition to preserve the ancient traditions, the name of the Sign that follows Sagittarius had been changed from Gnosis (knowledge) to Aquarius (derived from aqua, meaning water). The single wavy-line symbol for Gnosis, hieroglyphically representing a tree serpent, was altered to having 2 wavy lines depicting water. In illustrating the Bohemian Tarot, Occultists hid the symbolism of Aquarius on Card 14 with a maiden depicted holding two water jugs with fluid passing between them in wavy lines.
And that is how the tree serpent became the water bearer.
Enkidu: The Scorpio Headlock
The Sumerian (and Egyptian) icon for Scorpio was the Falcon. Enkidu, the twin brother of Gilgamesh, originated the practice of falconry, where he tethered the peregrine falcon, and placed a removable hood over its head (the Scorpio headlock).
Ashur wore the wing feathers of birds of prey as an adornment to his regalia. (“He wore his headlock as a garment”).
In Sumer the word for the west was Scorpio. In the desert just west of Sumer, Enkidu would remove the hood and tether of his falcon to let it hunt for the snakes and scorpions that were scurrying over the sand. Enkidu was raised by wolves and could commune with animals, so the falcon would return when Enkidu whistled.
This small Sumerian cylinder-seal (shown below) is evidence of the Scorpio headlock. It depicts the Gemini Twins, and their mother and father. Enkidu is second from right. He can be identified by the water and fish streaming around him (his name means “master of the rivers”). It shows a bird of prey returning to Enkidu carrying something it caught in its beak.
Gilgamesh can be identified on the left by his pet lion (Leo) and his hunting bow. Between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is Bast, their mother. She is the source of the genetic link found in all Angelic humans, which came from a single female ancestor. She is depicted with wings, the insignia of the Titans (article redacted). This is behind the fanciful Biblical notion of angels with wings, arising from the symbol of the Angelic Race. The figure on the right has two opposite faces, reflecting that he is Janis, the geneticist that bio-engineered Bast (and the Twins) by splitting eggs. There is a figure in the center crouched between two blocks that is difficult to make out, but is holding up a serrated blade. He represents the hated Seth (the Syrians) who at the time this depiction was fashioned were thought (mistakenly) to have dismembered Enkidu and scattered his body parts.
In ancient times Lebanon (to the west of the Dead Sea) was a vast Cedar forest extending from Egypt to Turkey, and the ruler of Lebanon was called the “Scorpio King”. The Egyptian name for the Sign now called Scorpio was “Hor” which translates as “Sky” and also “Falcon”, and although named after the falconry of Enkidu, the icon of Scorpio could be any bird of prey (eagles, hawks, owls and falcons).
The scorpion is also significant to Enkidu, in that it was a desert scorpion loosed on Enkidu during his sleep that put him in a fatal coma. Gilgamesh journeyed west (scorpio) to the Dead Sea to obtain the antidote to the scorpion venom.
The Mythical Journeys of Gilgamesh
The oldest known written myth was found on clay tablets with cuneiform markings at the bottom of a well in modern Iraq. The best guess is that the tablets date somewhere between 3000 to 3300 BC, and is written in poetic stanzas that are culturally modified from the original accounts going back to 6300 BC when Gilgamesh built Ur and Urek, the first cities in Mesopotamia.
Elements of the Gilgamesh myth are mirrored in many subsequent myths, allegories, and Biblical accounts, revealing that the events it describes are submerged in the psyche of the human race (most especially the Deluge and the Great Flood). For the full account of the myth refer to the book “Gilgamesh!” (if you can find it).
Gilgamesh and Enkidu are the Gemini Twins of ancient Sumer. The Gemini attribute refers to the Sign of the Age when they lived (the Ages are measured by the precession of Earth’s axis, refer to the Sun/Earth/Moon article for detail on the astronomical Ages).
As the story of the Journeys of Gilgamesh ends, the twin Enkidu has for some time been the good King of Babylon, loved by his people for the justice, safety, and prosperity he brought to them, but evil lurks in the heart of mankind, by those plagued with greed and avarice who prey on the kind and gentle, like the wolf preys on the sheep. His enemies poison King Enkidu in his sleep with a desert scorpion, and Enkidu falls into a deep coma. Gilgamesh seeks out the cleric Shamash, who tells Gilgamesh the rumor that there is an antidote to the venom of the desert scorpion, and advises him to seek out the boatman’s daughter at the shores of the Dead Sea far through the desert to the west, and that if he fulfilled her desire she would reveal the secret to him. Gilgamesh treks through the desert and finds the boatman’s shack by the shore of the Dead Sea, where a ferry service was operating. Gilgamesh seduced Siduri, the boatman’s daughter, and in return she revealed the secret knowledge to him, saying the antidote was in the roots of a seaweed plant that grew only in high density salt water, and only at a certain depth and upon certain muddy soil. Siduri warned Gilgamesh that the water of the Dead Sea was deadly to drink. She advised him to cut 6 poles of 6 cubits each to lay in the water as he rowed out in her father’s boat (rented for a sovereign coin), in order to measure the 36 cubits from a certain point on the shore to the area where the seaweed grew, and when there to tie rocks to his waist with a rope in order to descend in the buoyant water, whereupon after digging out roots with his knife, to cut the rope and ascend to the surface.
Gilgamesh obtained the roots, but upon his return to Sumer he stopped at a Bau Garden to bathe and have his soiled garments washed. While Gilgamesh bathed he placed the bag of roots on a nearby rock surrounded by water, in order to guard the precious contents, but he failed to notice a tree serpent dangling down from an overhead branch to snatch the bag. Nearly too late Gilgamesh grabbed at the bag just as the snake took it, but only retained a few roots, as the snake disappeared with the bag (this refers to the prediction of Prometheus that medicine will not mature until the Age of Aquarius). Upon his return to Babylon, Gilgamesh administers the insufficient antidote to Enkidu, who awakens temporarily to recount to Gilgamesh the hellish dream-world (Nergal) he had been trapped in, where suffering souls were hopelessly entangled. Heartbroken to see Enkidu lapse back to his nightmarish coma, Gilgamesh set out once again, west toward the Dead Sea, but he was engulfed in a massive sandstorm in the desert, and buried deep under a sand dune. (It would not be until 2600 BC that the remains of his fated second expedition were exposed by the shifting sands and discovered by the Hero who was destined to reign as King Gilgamesh of the second Sumerian Empire.)
The Egyptian myth of Osiris picks up the story of Enkidu after he fell into a coma and Gilgamesh had disappeared. The Order of Isis was responsible for the maintenance of the comatose Enkidu. After the eventual death from old age of Enkidu, a futile power struggle divided and degraded the strength of Sumer, and the Assyrians invaded Sumer and sacked Babylon, forcing the Order of Isis to retire from Sumer and take refuge in Egypt.
In the course of time, history became jumbled, and the Egyptians embraced the notion that the Assyrians (called Seth by the Egyptians) cut up Enkidu’s body and scattered the parts, whereupon Isis searched out and recovered the parts and brought them to Egypt where Enkidu was reassembled and mummified as Osiris, but the evidence suggests that the true story was that the dead body of Enkidu was smuggled to Egypt by the Order of Isis and mummified, and that in subsequent turbulent times his mummified body was cut up and the parts spread throughout Egypt. This would account for the many locations later reputed to contain a body part.
The Egyptian “Book of the Dead” is actually a distortion of the Sumerian manual for maintaining the life of the comatose Enkidu. This involved giving sponge baths and flexing the joints of his arms and legs, and for sustenance, the mashing of fruits, vegetables, and meats into pulp, adding water, pouring the mixture into a bladder, and pumping the mixture down his throat using an angular device called the “Opening-of-the-Mouth” to hold the mouth open and allow inserting the tube from the bladder into the esophagus and down to the stomach.
Opening of the Mouth
Journeys of Gilgamesh, the Color-Cube and Electron Spin
The sequence of the “steps” in the Journeys of Gilgamesh has profound hidden meanings related to both Astrology and atomic structure.
In the Gilgamesh myth the Signs of the Zodiac are called "double-hours". This is because there are 12 Signs on the ecliptic and 24 hours, so each Sign spans 2 hours. This relates to the 24 steps (chapters) of the eternal journey. In a cube, the 12 edges each connect a unique pair of 2 faces, such that in the journey each edge is approached on one face and is departed from on another face, involving 2 faces to each of the 12 edges (2x12=24).
The symbol of material existence is the upright cross (a + sign). A red cross on white is the emblem of the Knights Templar. This is distinct from the crucifix cross which has a long lower line. The “mortal journey” of Gilgamesh is told in 22 steps. Each step references both a Planet and a Sign. The steps of the mortal journey by Sign, passing through the Planet-faces are as follows:
Sun à 2 Mercury
Gemini 3 Mercury 4 Mars
Aries 5 Mars 6 Sun
Cancer 7 Sun 8 Moon
Taurus 9 Moon 10 Venus
Virgo 11 Venus 12 Mars
Scorpio 13 Mars 14 Moon
Pisces 15 Moon 16 Saturn
Capricorn 17 Saturn 18 Venus
Libra 19 Venus 20 Mercury
Aquarius 21 Mercury 22 Saturn à Death
As can be seen on the color-cube below, Sagittarius is left out of the Journey, and the path crosses across the Moon.
The myth starts with the Sun in Leo (marked with an S on the journey diagram above
The second journey is described in 2 additional steps that delve into his “afterlife” (his eternal journey). These steps are listed below.
Sun à 2 Mercury
Gemini 3 Mercury 4 Mars
Aries 5 Mars 6 Sun
Cancer 7 Sun 8 Moon
Scorpio 9 Moon 10 Mars
Virgo 11 Mars 12 Venus
Libra 13 Venus 14 Mercury
Aquarius 15 Mercury 16 Saturn
Capricorn 17 Saturn 18 Venus
Taurus 19 Venus 20 Moon
Pisces 21 Moon 22 Saturn
Sagittarius 23 Saturn 24 Sun
à Leo Sun à
These steps eliminate the cross of material existence, and end at the beginning in an eternal loop.
The myth refers to the “eternal journey of the serpent”, which generally describes the undulating flow of the closed loop of paths. I had already developed the Geocubic Model, based on spheres compressed inside cubes, and I noticed that by projecting the journey path to the inside of the cube and onto a contained sphere, a smooth looping “serpent” path was produced. Seeing this, I recognized that I had found the form of the never-ending electron spin as illustrated below.
In addition I had found the origin of the tradition of the serpent representing knowledge.
In Egypt this eternal concept was reduced to a serpent eating its tail, encircling the solar disc Ra. See the Egypt article.