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The New World, One World Order Religion is rising. Right now. This month. It is a one world religion with a whole new set of 10 commandments being given at Sinai, with a legal system based on Noahide laws, and a strange mixture of Gaia, Mithraism, and Kabbalah. This philosophy is uniting the world religions under one higher power. Mystery Babylon has been forming a long time, spanning centuries in fact, operating mostly behind the scenes, but now it is rising to its prominent place in the sea of nations, and the practitioners of Kabbalah seem to be its driving force. Below are many quotes about what is happening, links to those quotes, as well as my thoughts and perceptions.

Here is a quote taken from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development website (link listed below), “Between November 6th and 18th, 2022, the UN climate conference COP 27 will take place on the Sinai Peninsula, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Religious communities and religious leaders have a key role to play in addressing climate change and climate justice, which requires deep transformation within society…Mount Sinai is a mountain whose memory and meaning loom large as a place of revelation in the collective consciousness of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and others. As an ancient sacred space, it was the site of prophetic experience, and receiving God’s message, for the prophets Moses and Elijah in all three Abrahamic traditions, and the prophet Muhammed in the Muslim tradition. COP 27 taking place in Sinai can remind humanity of our sacred responsibility to care for God’s creation…the project partners will bring together premier religious leaders from the world’s major religions to put forth a prophetic interreligious call to action: “Climate Justice: Ten Universal Commandments.” The call’s originality in compiling the finest teachings of all religions in support of climate justice draws inspiration from the great prophetic figures associated with Mount Sinai. Teachings and spiritual ideals will be highlighted…

This is an event delivered by world religious leaders. At its core is the work of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, an active community of high-level religious leaders. The project partners also seek to involve celebrities who have a track record of climate advocacy.

Founding Partners: The event will be coordinated by a coalition of organizations.

  • The Elijah Interfaith Institute and its Board of World Religious Leaders brings together some of the world’s most prominent religious figures from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Religions of India
  • The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development reveals the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes people to act.
  • The Peace Department is a US non-profit designed to solve global coordination failures by making philanthropy and impact investing effective and scalable.
  • Climate activist Yosef Abramowitz serves as special advisor to the initiative.”

Regarding some of these partners, the Elijah Interfaith Institute states concerning itself (link below), “The spirit of Elijah is wisdom, inspiration, friendship and hope across religious traditions. Elijah deepens understanding among religions. Elijah’s mission is to foster unity in diversity, creating a harmonious world. Elijah’s message: The world’s great religions radiate wisdom that can heal the world. Deep level spiritual conversation across interreligious lines enriches our inner lives, enhances our prayer and opens our hearts. Discover unity and embrace diversity. We are many and we are one.”

Yosef Abramowitz who is listed as a “special adviser” to the initiative is a journalist and a well-respected environmental activist who even hosted a Shabbat dinner party for Kamala Harris and her husband back in 2017. He was raised attending a Solomon Schechter school which teaches (link below), “…that there are 70 faces of the Torah (Bamidbar Rabba 13:16), which is understood to mean that there are countless ways to interpret our sacred texts. It can feel like magic when a word or phrase, with a seemingly singular meaning, suddenly reveals itself to be multi-dimensional and rich in character.” He then went on to become what is called a “Young Judean.” The website of the Young Judeans explains that they are training up the Jewish youth to be activists and social justice defenders.

Abramowitz is married to Susan Silverman, who is an American Reform rabbi. “Reform Judaism, also known as Liberal Judaism or Progressive Judaism, is a major Jewish denomination that emphasizes the evolving nature of the faith, the superiority of its ethical aspects to its ceremonial ones, and belief in a continuous revelation, which is closely intertwined with human reason and not limited to the theophany at Mount Sinai…It is strongly identified with progressive political and social agendas, mainly under the traditional Jewish rubric tikkun olam, or “repairing of the world”. Tikkun olam is a central motto of Reform Judaism, and action for its sake is one of the main channels for adherents to express their affiliation.”

What is Tikkun olam? To be succinct and to the point, tikkun olam stems from and is the goal of Kabbalah. According to Chabad.org, “The Kabbalists taught that the Torah was given so that we could improve not only our own selves, but the entire cosmic order…In our times, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, described tikkun olam as the mission of every human being. He spoke with a voice of urgency…Tikkun olam is often used exclusively to describe acts of social justice and environmental awareness…And it is certainly vital that we ensure the sustainability of life upon this magnificent stage of creation.”

So, now what is Kabbalah? According to a Reform Jewish Rabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis (link below), “Kabbalah (also spelled Kabalah, Cabala, Qabala)—sometimes translated as “mysticism” or “occult knowledge—is a part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God…The Zohar, a collection of written, mystical commentaries on the Torah, is considered to be the underpinning of Kabbalah… Kabbalistic thought often is considered Jewish mysticism…

The practical dimension of Kabbalah involves rituals for gaining and exercising power to effect change in our world and in the celestial worlds beyond ours. This power is generated by performing commandments, summoning and controlling angelic and demonic forces, and otherwise tapping into the supernatural energies present in Creation. The practical aspect of Kabbalah furthers God’s intention in the world, advancing good, subduing evil, healing, and mending. The true master of this art fulfills the human potential to be a co-creator with God…”

Furthermore, Kabbalah believes in what is known as Shekinah (also spelled Shechinah). Though there are Christians who use this term thinking it is a biblical one, it is not actually used in the Bible at all, but rather is from Kabbalah. The links below to biblestudytools.com, bibleinfo.com, christianity.com, and biblehub.com prove the point that it is not a biblical term. According to Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary as found at biblehub.com, it is “a term used in the Targums and by the later Jews, and adopted by Christians.” And according to the New Bible Dictionary, 3rd Edition, on page 1090, “The Shekinah… is used by Targumist and Rabbi to signify God himself, for legal Judaism dislikes ascribing form or emotion to deity.” The Targumim were initially Rabbinic oral interpretation and translation and even commentary of the Hebrew Scriptures into Aramaic, which were eventually written down with additional commentary. In other words, this was not the Christian understanding of Scripture, but a non-Christian interpretation.

This Rabbinic Shekinah according to learnkabbalah.com, is one “who never leaves us, the Divine Feminine — in other systems understood as the Goddess — who is with us always and who is, like us sometimes, exiled from her Divine lover, the Holy One. Sefirotically, the Divine name “Holy One, Blessed be He” refers to Tiferet as expressed through Yesod — the active masculine principle, the “sky god” in primitive theology. Erotically, the great motion of the universe is the reunification of the masculine principle and the feminine one…“Sabbath Queen” and “Sabbath Bride”…Some texts of the Kabbalah take precisely this view, even if it may strike us as surprisingly pluralistic. The Zohar, for example, understands even the despised idolatries of Ancient Canaan as merely imprecise in terminology. Asherah-worship, for example, is basically worship of the Shechinah — only with the mistaken notion that Asherah is really a separate being. Indeed, in one of the most shocking passages in the Zohar… Asherah is even a future name of Shechinah herself… Across thousands of years and wide geographical expanses, peoples around the world have experienced the Divine as feminine…She is closest to us. The great Kabbalistic project to restore unity and harmony in the Divine begins with unifying the immanent and the transcendent, or shamayim [heavens] and aretz [earth]. We might also see that project as the essential work of traditional Judaism as a whole: bringing together the actual world in which we live with our ideal notions of truth, justice, and God.”

Thus, the concept of Shekinah is Kabbalistic and completely pagan. And tikkun olam and its notion of the restoration of the heavens and the earth via the unification of their goddess and god is Kabbalistic. Both of these have led to this present climate initiative, this repairing of the world, this altering of the 10 Commandments, this blasphemy.

So, what blasphemy is happening at Sinai? Well, back in August of 2022, Yosef Abramowitz published an article entitled, “For Our Sin of Emissions: 10+1 Climate Commandments” wherein he stated, “A narrow strip of biblical land, from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, is not only the pathway of the Israelites during the Exodus, but it is also the birthplace of our climate redemption. This November, world leaders will gather down the coast from here in Sharm el-Sheik to try to hammer-out yet another climate plan…Climate hope may not come… from the 27th gathering of world leaders on the issue but instead from a nearby place of paramount spiritual power. A group of us, under the auspices of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Elijah Interfaith Institute, recently came together at Mount Sinai to envision what message of hope and transformation religions can offer to humanity as we grapple with the challenges of climate justice. One of the ideas was returning to the 10 commandments, given at Sinai.”

This is not honoring the literal interpretation of God’s commandments, but rather, is adding to Scripture. Abramowitz states wittily, “While not set in stone, here’s my version…” These are new commandments, man-made commandments such as ‘acknowledge a higher power’, do not murder by allowing climate change to continue, do not steal the future of mother nature, do not lie about the very real dangers of climate change, keep the Sabbath by not using your car that day, and honor mother earth.

Really, this is all in honor of Shekinah – the mother goddess – via a Kabbalistic ritual performed by most leadership of the world religions today.

Going deeper, Jonathan Cahn in his new book, “The Return of the gods” writes about the return of pagan worship (specifically to America) and of the replacing of the Trinity for the unholy trinity of the ancient gods. This came about when first America emptied herself of the one true God by removing the Bible, prayer, and the 10 Commandments from public schools and from public display elsewhere as well. Money, profit, pleasure, comfort and success became idols, and brought about the molten Baal bull of Wall Street. And as with the Baal of the Bible, he led America into paganism and the worship of Gaia. “Man was of nature, nature was of God, man was God, and God was everything – pantheism.” (pg 57).

But the most ancient of the gods was the goddess of Sumer, but who bears many names and is revered in nation after nation, religion after religion, and whose title is the “Queen of Heaven.” This is is the Mother Goddess with many names including Gaia, Astarte, Ishtar, and Innana to name a few. She is a goddess of sexuality, homosexuality and prostitution, a sorceress of great enchanting power, who changes her form from woman to man, and is the consort of Baal. Death and rebirth and the coming of Spring are associated with her, and is the goddess of personal freedom and war. And strangely enough, she bears a striking resemblance to America’s Statue of Liberty created via the vision of French Freemason Edward Laboulaye (link regarding this below).

What is happening at Sinai is definitely a form of Kabbalistic “rituals for gaining and exercising power to effect change in our world and in the celestial worlds beyond ours…” as stated at learnkabbalah.com, and is truly about “performing commandments, summoning and controlling angelic and demonic forces, and otherwise tapping into the supernatural energies present in Creation…” and being “a co-creator with God…” This much is clear. And many if not all religions are being represented there at this time, and they are actively performing, summoning, and thinking they are controlling and tapping into the supernatural realm, playing co-creators.

Indeed, this “return” is not a moral returning nor a repentant one before the one true God, but is a blasphemous one aimed at reverence for the earth and a call for all religions to join together in unity for the salvation of the planet and all of the cosmos, that their messiah might emerge. But this messiah is not Jesus, but rather the realization that each person is messiah. As kabbalah.com states, “The startling revelation of Kabbalah is that each and every person is actually the Messiah. The removal of chaos requires the collective con­sciousness of all its pieces, and Messiah is the collective enterprise of all human beings. When each of us fulfills the requirements of con­sciousness and behavior – and thus become Messiah within ourselves – then and only then can we bring forth and become part of a collective Messiah. When all people achieve communion with their individual Messiah‑consciousness, we will then experience the pres­ence of Messiah. The awesome Light of the Creator is then revealed in its full splendor– and chaos, the epitome of darkness, simply fades away, for darkness cannot coexist with light.”

And this belief is more pervasive than one might think. This Kabbalistic belief about light and messiah-consciousness aligns perfectly with the New Age movement for it teaches “…pantheism — the pagan belief that God is in everything and therefore everything is God. This belief stands in direct opposition to the biblical teaching that God exists separate and apart from His creation. A corollary of pantheism is the belief that Man is god and therefore the key to spiritual enlightenment and salvation is to recognize one’s divinity and release it to achieve Christ-consciousness.”

According to an article on LetUsReason.com, “No one has spoken clearer on the new ecumenism that is united by a mystical experience than Matthew Fox. Fox states Christianity has been “out of touch with its “core,” its center, its sense of mystical practice and cosmic awareness” (p.7, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ by Matthew Fox.) “This shift requires making mysticism central to our faith once again. What the human race needs today is mystical solidarity. (p.232) the coming together of religions, has been thwarted because world religions have not been relating at the level of mysticism” (p.65.) Fox’s view is panentheism, which he defines as “all things in God and God in all things” (p. 57 The Coming of the Cosmic Christ). He is also correct in stating, this “is the way all genuine mystics interpret the universe. Divinity is not outside us. We are in God and God in us. That is the unitive experience of the mystics East or West” (p.50.) It is not surprising that so called evangelicals like Tony Campolo say the same thing. In his book “Partly Right” He favorably writes, “Robert Schuller affirms our divinity, yet does not deny our humanity … isn’t that what the gospel is? Isn’t God’s message to sinful humanity that He sees in each of us a divine nature of such worth that He sacrificed His own Son so that our divine potentialities might be realized?…Campolo has said that, “I’m not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians.””

Even leadership in the New Apostolic Reformation adhere to such beliefs including both Bill Johnson of Bethel Church in Redding, California. Bill Johnson contributed a chapter or two to a book called The Physics of Heaven. In it, one of its main authors Ellyn Davis states of all the contributors of the book, that “all agree that the next move of God will cause a shift at the deepest level of who we are—perhaps the very “vibrational level” that the New Age movement has been exploring. They also all agree that there are precious truths hidden in the New Age that belong to us as Christians and need to be extracted from the worthless.”

Yet another Christian contributor of the same book, Jonathan Welton, states, “I have found throughout Scripture at least 75 examples of things that the New Age has counterfeited, such as having a spirit guide, trances, meditation, auras, power objects, clairvoyance, clairaudience, and more. These actually belong to the church, but they have been stolen and cleverly repackaged…We need to begin to use [New Age] counterfeits as signposts. Every time a counterfeit shows up, take it as the Lord presenting you with an opportunity to reclaim . . . the Church’s stolen property.”

Another New Apostolic Reformation proponent Brian Simmons author of the new, popular Bible translation the Passion, has stated, “We are the Word made flesh again. We are the Reincarnation of Jesus Christ,” and “We’re the seed of Christ, the 42nd generation, we complete the geneology of Jesus. CHRIST IS NO LONGER A MAN, HE’S A PEOPLE. YOU AND I CARRY LIKE MARY. WE WILL BRING FORTH THE CHRIST. THE SECOND COMING IS THE BECOMING OF THE LORD,” and “AS THE CHRIST COMES FORTH AND EMERGES ON THE EARTH IN A CORPORATE EXPRESSION…And that Revelation 12 virgin is going to come and bring forth the salvation of the planet.

All in all, what is taking place at Sinai right now in November of 2022, is the blasphemous one world religion of “messiah consciousness” beginning to take shape in order to bring all the world under the rule of the Noahide laws based in Kabbalah and a new set of 10 Commandments, whose paganism goes back all the way back to ancient Sumer — Babylon. And the Queen of heaven, mother goddess, Mother Earth, the great prostitute, Shekinah – call her by whatever name you will – will quite possibly rise to prominence in a newly “reset” America.

These really are just my thoughts thus far on what I am perceiving, and I wanted to let you in on that research.

Blessings,

Holy Light Ministries

Sources/Important Links

“Joanie Stahl: Huge Steps Toward “One World Religion” Set to Occur November 2022, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hh78YJ4q2Q

Return of the gods, book by Jonathan Cahn, 2022.

“In Sinai, a Prophetic Call for Climate Justice and Ceremony of Repentance,” from the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development website, https://interfaithsustain.com/returning-to-mt-sinai/

Quote: “Between November 6th and 18th, 2022, the UN climate conference COP 27 will take place on the Sinai Peninsula, in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. Religious communities and religious leaders have a key role to play in addressing climate change and climate justice, which requires deep transformation within society…Mount Sinai is a mountain whose memory and meaning loom large as a place of revelation in the collective consciousness of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and others. As an ancient sacred space, it was the site of prophetic experience, and receiving God’s message, for the prophets Moses and Elijah in all three Abrahamic traditions, and the prophet Muhammed in the Muslim tradition. COP 27 taking place in Sinai can remind humanity of our sacred responsibility to care for God’s creation…the project partners will bring together premier religious leaders from the world’s major religions to put forth a prophetic interreligious call to action: “Climate Justice: Ten Universal Commandments.” The call’s originality in compiling the finest teachings of all religions in support of climate justice draws inspiration from the great prophetic figures associated with Mount Sinai. Teachings and spiritual ideals will be highlighted…

This is an event delivered by world religious leaders. At its core is the work of the Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders, an active community of high-level religious leaders. The project partners also seek to involve celebrities who have a track record of climate advocacy.”

Founding Partners: The event will be coordinated by a coalition of organizations:

  • The Elijah Interfaith Institute and its Board of World Religious Leaders brings together some of the world’s most prominent religious figures from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Religions of India.
  • The Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development reveals the connection between religion and ecology and mobilizes people to act.
  • The Peace Department is a US non-profit designed to solve global coordination failures by making philanthropy and impact investing effective and scalable.
  • Climate activist Yosef Abramowitz serves as special advisor to the initiative.”

“The Elijah Interfaith Institute,” website ABOUT page, https://elijah-interfaith.org/about-elijah

Quote: “The spirit of Elijah is wisdom, inspiration, friendship and hope across religious traditions. Elijah deepens understanding among religions. Elijah’s mission is to foster unity in diversity, creating a harmonious world. Elijah’s message: The world’s great religions radiate wisdom that can heal the world. Deep level spiritual conversation across interreligious lines enriches our inner lives, enhances our prayer and opens our hearts. Discover unity and embrace diversity. We are many and we are one.”

Under the heading ABOUT and its button Our Religious Leaders https://elijah-interfaith.org/about-elijah/the-elijah-board-of-world-religious-leaders

Quote: “The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders brings together some of the world’s most prominent religious figures from Judaism, Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and the Religions of India. The Elijah Board of World Religious Leaders is unique in mission and scope. It brings together an unparalleled group of religious leaders from all over the world in a profound exchange of ideas that leads to deep engagement with each and spiritual friendship between participants. This paves the way for transformation within religions and their teachings. It provides a platform and an opportunity for these religious leaders to collectively address today’s problems from within the resources of their own traditions. The wisdom of multiple traditions is shared as a collective voice, respecting diversity and difference.”

“For Our Sin of Emissions: 10+1 Climate Commandments,” August 25, 2022, by Yosef Abramowitz, https://www.newsweek.com/our-sin-emissions-101-climate-commandments-opinion-1736640

Quote: “A narrow strip of biblical land, from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, is not only the pathway of the Israelites during the Exodus, but it is also the birthplace of our climate redemption. This November, world leaders will gather down the coast from here in Sharm el-Sheik to try to hammer-out yet another climate plan…Climate hope may not come from the 27th gathering of world leaders on the issue but instead from a nearby place of paramount spiritual power. A group of us, under the auspices of the Interfaith Center for Sustainable Development and the Elijah Interfaith Institute, recently came together at Mount Sinai to envision what message of hope and transformation religions can offer to humanity as we grapple with the challenges of climate justice. One of the ideas was returning to the 10 commandments, given at Sinai.

Emissions are down 30 percent over the sabbath every week in Israel and are almost zeroed out on Yom Kippur (the Jewish Day of Atonement, the holiest of the year). A global weekly non-carbon day of rest could reduce emissions of the world by a seventh, and can be observed by different faith communities on different days.”

“2004 Covenant Award Recipient: Yosef I. Abramowitz,” https://covenantfn.org/award-person/yosef-i-abramowitz/

Note: Says he attended Solomon Schechter School of Greater Boston that “created a base of Jewish knowledge.” Below is the info from that very school concerning what type of Jewish knowledge was presented.

“Jewish Identity,” from the Schechter Boston school website, https://ssdsboston.org/about/jewish-identity/

Quote: “Our tradition teaches us that there are 70 faces of the Torah (Bamidbar Rabba 13:16), which is understood to mean that there are countless ways to interpret our sacred texts. It can feel like magic when a word or phrase, with a seemingly singular meaning, suddenly reveals itself to be multi-dimensional and rich in character. Yet the process of revealing that deeper meaning of a text is not supernatural or unexplained—it comes from a unique process of exegesis that is at the core of Jewish tradition. The way that we study and parse texts is almost as ancient as the texts themselves.

Jewish tradition values asking questions and challenging assumptions. The ancient sages modeled an emphasis on intertextual connections to draw parallels between multiple sources. Our tradition trains our eyes to notice literary devices and patterns that reveal deep truths that may be embedded inside of the simple meaning. These are all central to the critical thinking process required for the analytical study of any discipline and these processes are profoundly Jewish. As a school, we believe that when our students study ancient Jewish texts that they not only elevate their level of proficiency around our beloved tradition but also enhance their analytical skills in all areas of study…”

Shabbat Dinner with Kamala and Doug,” August 13, 2020, by Yosef Abramowitz who is the

‘special advisor’ to the COP 27 climate change initiative and event that will be taking place at Sinai beginning November 6, 2022, and the writer of the article about the 10 Commandments and sins of emissions, https://blogs.timesofisrael.com/shabbat-dinner-with-kamala-and-doug/

Quote: “While we have hosted many members of Congress, Kamala Harris was going to be our first senator. This was a private trip, we were told, so that Doug, her Jewish husband, could finally see the Jewish state and also experience a special Shabbat. No one had to tell us the significance; there were already whispers of a presidential campaign. Unbeknownst to us, the senator had asked her staff to seek out a Shabbat dinner that would resonate for Doug, and they presented six families. I think we won the privilege because the Israel that Senator Harris loves, and the Judaism she most identifies with, is our Israel and our Judaism — filled with good people challenging its imperfections and fighting to lift human dignity wherever we can…

On the one hand, there is nothing remarkable about our Shabbatot. Candlelighting, angel cards, kiddush, blessing the kids, motzi. But Kamala wanted something special…

Kamala brought up solar energy and climate change. I was happy to tell her about our goal of going 100% solar daytime for Eilat and the Arava Desert – which we achieved this year! – and how we are bringing that model to African countries with US government advocacy and financing. This is the good stuff. We did not talk about settlements or other wedge issues on Israel. But rather how the US and Israel can work together to further international development and win the climate battle. “We have a lot to learn from you,” said the junior senator from California…

Kamala waited until dessert to share her Israel-related mission. She leaned forward toward Susan. “My goal is to hold together the center on Israel in the Democratic Party,” said the now-contender for the vice presidency of the United States. She said it with conviction, authenticity and, in that moment, as a related-Member of the Tribe around the Shabbat table in Jerusalem.

When you walk into the front reception of Kamala Harris’s Senate office, there is a framed photograph with the caption, “Shabbat in Israel 2017” with a group picture from our home.”

Reformed Judaism,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reform_Judaism

Quote: “Reform Judaism, also known as Liberal Judaism or Progressive Judaism, is a major Jewish denomination that emphasizes the evolving nature of the faith, the superiority of its ethical aspects to its ceremonial ones, and belief in a continuous revelation, which is closely intertwined with human reason and not limited to the theophany at Mount SinaiThe origins of Reform Judaism lie in 19th-century Germany, where Rabbi Abraham Geiger and his associates formulated its early principles. Since the 1970s, the movement has adopted a policy of inclusiveness and acceptance, inviting as many as possible to partake in its communities, rather than strict theoretical clarity. It is strongly identified with progressive political and social agendas, mainly under the traditional Jewish rubric tikkun olam, or “repairing of the world”. Tikkun olam is a central motto of Reform Judaism, and action for its sake is one of the main channels for adherents to express their affiliation.”

What is Kabbalah?” byRabbi Geoffrey W. Dennis, https://reformjudaism.org/beliefs-practices/spirituality/what-kabbalah

Quote: “Kabbalah (also spelled Kabalah, Cabala, Qabala)—sometimes translated as “mysticism” or “occult knowledge—is a part of Jewish tradition that deals with the essence of God…The Zohar, a collection of written, mystical commentaries on the Torah, is considered to be the underpinning of Kabbalah… Kabbalistic thought often is considered Jewish mysticism…

The practical dimension of Kabbalah involves rituals for gaining and exercising power to effect change in our world and in the celestial worlds beyond ours. This power is generated by performing commandments, summoning and controlling angelic and demonic forces, and otherwise tapping into the supernatural energies present in Creation. The practical aspect of Kabbalah furthers God’s intention in the world, advancing good, subduing evil, healing, and mending. The true master of this art fulfills the human potential to be a co-creator with God…

Beyond academia, however, the term “Kabbalah” is a catchall for all forms of Jewish esotericism…In contemporary Reform congregations, the observances of Kabbalat Shabbat, havdalah, and the Tu BiShvat seder derive from Kabbalistic traditions.”

Tikkum Olam, Repairing the World,” https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tikkun-olam-repairing-the-world/

Quote: “In reference to individual acts of repair, the phrase “tikkun olam” figures prominently in the Lurianic account of creation and its implications: God contracted the divine self to make room for creation. Divine light became contained in special vessels, or kelim, some of which shattered and scattered. While most of the light returned to its divine source, some light attached itself to the broken shards. These shards constitute evil and are the basis for the material world; their trapped sparks of light give them power.

According to the Lurianic account, the first man, Adam, was intended to restore the divine sparks through mystical exercises, but his sin interfered. As a result, good and evil remained thoroughly mixed in the created world, and human souls (previously contained within Adam’s) also became imprisoned within the shards.

The “repair,” that is needed, therefore, is two-fold: the gathering of light and of souls, to be achieved by human beings through the contemplative performance of religious acts. The goal of such repair, which can only be effected by humans, is to separate what is holy from the created world, thus depriving the physical world of its very existence—and causing all things return to a world before disaster within the Godhead and before human sin, thus ending history.”

What is Tikkun Olam?” Chabad, https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/3700275/jewish/What-Is-Tikkun-Olam.htm#3_How

Quote: ““The Kabbalists taught that the Torah was given so that we could improve not only our own selves, but the entire cosmic order…In our times, the Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of righteous memory, described tikkun olam as the mission of every human being. He spoke with a voice of urgency…

Tikkun olam is often used exclusively to describe acts of social justice and environmental awareness…And it is certainly vital that we ensure the sustainability of life upon this magnificent stage of creation.”

“UN Environment Program: Faith for Earth Initiative,” website, https://www.unep.org/about-un-environment/faith-earth-initiative

“Israel Could Become a Climate Change Solution Leader,” October 13, 2022, https://www.jpost.com/opinion/article-719502

Quote: “Next week, we are leading the Climate Solutions Festival with our partners from JNF Canada and KKL, a unique global innovation event at the Hulda Forest in Israel. There will be hundreds of attendees, over 100 speakers from over 12 countries including Sweden, Bahrain, UAE, Italy, Canada, the UK and Singapore, and more than 60 start-ups showcasing and presenting their solutions that will advance the goal of connecting Israeli innovation to global challenges and global opportunities.”

“Israel Takes Aim at Climate Change with New National Plan,” October 24, 2022, https://www.israeltoday.co.il/read/israel-take-aim-at-climate-change-with-new-national-plan/

Quote: “Israel’s government Sunday voted to approve a new climate plan, under which all government ministries must – by the end of 2023 – submit action plans that will specify their preparations to meet the climate crisis, also known as “climate change” and “Global Warming.” The vote was made as Israel is set to take part in the upcoming UN Climate Conference, to be held in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt from 6 – 18 November 2022. The new action plans will be written in accordance with climate change scenarios prepared by the National Emergency Authority (NEA) and the Environmental Protection Ministry…”

“Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More-Than-Human-World,” book summary published in 2015, https://www.cambridge.org/core/books/kabbalah-and-ecology/6277318C3923022225F6A89551E7432C#fndtn-information

Summary: “Kabbalah and Ecology is a groundbreaking book that resets the conversation about ecology and the Abrahamic traditions. David Mevorach Seidenberg challenges the anthropocentric reading of the Torah, showing that a radically different orientation to the more-than-human world of nature is not only possible, but that such an orientation also leads to a more accurate interpretation of scripture, rabbinic texts, Maimonides and Kabbalah. Deeply grounded in traditional texts and fluent with the physical sciences, this book proposes not only a new understanding of God’s image but also a new direction for restoring religion to its senses and to a more alive relationship with the more-than-human, both with nature and with divinity.”

“Kabbalah and Ecology: God’s Image in the More-Than-Human-World,” Contents and Overview,http://neohasid.org/pdf/TOC-Overview.pdf

http://kabbalahandecology.com/

contains link to “The Mystery of Trees” http://www.neohasid.org/pdf/POWR.pdf

“Shechinah, the Divine Feminine,” Theosophical Kabbalah, https://learnkabbalah.com/shechinah-the-divine-feminine/

Quote: “Our experience of separateness is part of our reality. And that which is present is not mere illusion: it is the Presence of the Divine, the shechinah, the tenth sefirah, also known as malchut, sovereignty. Malchut completes the chain of the sefirot…In Divine terms, malchut is the world that we experience, which is filled with the Shechinah, the Divine presence. Malchut is that aspect of the Divine which is totally immanent, absolutely here and now, closer to you even than your concept of “you.”…

Malchut is not merely an abstract quality in the Kabbalah, however. It is also Shechinah, Presence, the revealed Divine face — and the Divine feminine. It is Shechinah who never leaves us, the Divine Feminine — in other systems understood as the Goddess — who is with us always and who is, like us sometimes, exiled from her Divine lover, the Holy One. Sefirotically, the Divine name “Holy One, Blessed be He” refers to Tiferet as expressed through Yesod — the active masculine principle, the “sky god” in primitive theology. Erotically, the great motion of the universe is the reunification of the masculine principle and the feminine one…

How different is this dynamic of Holy One and Shechinah from the ancient wedding of god and goddess, precisely the practices about which our ancestors were so concerned? And the more you know, the more “troubling” the situation becomes. Mystics are exhorted to experience this union sexually — with their wives, on Friday night in particular. Poems and prayers are composed to the Shechinah itself — for example, the many references to “Sabbath Queen” and “Sabbath Bride.” (Who do we think we are addressing in those prayers, anyway?) And the imagery of the Shechinah is, unabashedly, goddess-imagery: She is the Earth mating with the sky through the conduits of rain, She is the spirit in the trees, She is the ever-renewing cyclical flow of natural times and seasons…

Well, what about the hundreds of different religions around today? Are women who venerate the Virgin Mary wrong? Confused? Are over a billion Hindus, devoted to any number of different Divine beings (or manifestations) really worshipping something completely devoid of any reality?…Clearly, the “primitive” person, the Kabbalist, and the devotees of different religions are experiencing something…

Some texts of the Kabbalah take precisely this view, even if it may strike us as surprisingly pluralistic. The Zohar, for example, understands even the despised idolatries of Ancient Canaan as merely imprecise in terminology. Asherah-worship, for example, is basically worship of the Shechinah — only with the mistaken notion that Asherah is really a separate being. Indeed, in one of the most shocking passages in the Zohar (brought to my attention by Rabbi Jill Hammer), Asherah is even a future name of Shechinah herself.

If the radical nature of these ideas is not resonating with you, imagine something closer to home. Imagine a text which says that Jesus Christ is but another name for Tiferet, or that Ganesh is just a name for Hod. Everyone’s on the right track, so to speak; it’s just in some of the theological details that they get confused…

The Kabbalah may be aware of these energies, and honor them far more than does any other part of Judaism, but it is also conservative in nature. Traditional Kabbalah does not set aside the mitzvot, or Torah study, or the life of the pious…

But if we are speaking of the Presence of God, then we are speaking of God as experienced — and that includes the gendered and eroticized images of Earth Goddess, princess, and bride. Across thousands of years and wide geographical expanses, peoples around the world have experienced the Divine as feminine. And the more some traditions have sought to erase Her, the more slyly She has persisted — sometimes in “Christmas Trees” or “Easter Eggs” (historically, both pagan symbols of the Goddess)…

The Goddess is a nearly universal human experience, it would seem, and She remains in monotheism as a part of the unified One — albeit a part which is sometime in exile from the whole, and in need of unification…

Malchut is probably the most important of the ten sefirot — remember, what’s higher on a Kabbalistic hierarchy is not more important than what is below — because She is closest to us. The great Kabbalistic project to restore unity and harmony in the Divine begins with unifying the immanent and the transcendent, or shamayim and aretz. We might also see that project as the essential work of traditional Judaism as a whole: bringing together the actual world in which we live with our ideal notions of truth, justice, and God.”

“Targum,” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Targum

Shekinah,” https://biblehub.com/topical/s/shekinah.htm

“Shekinah,” https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/shekinah/

“Shekinah,” https://www.bibleinfo.com/en/questions/shekinah-glory

Quote: “the word “Shekinah” itself does not appear in the Bible. The word “Shekinah” or “Shekinah glory” is only found outside of the Bible in rabbinic (Jewish scholars) manuscripts.”

Shekinah,” https://www.christianity.com/wiki/christian-terms/what-is-the-meaning-of-shekinah-glory.html

Quote: “In the classical Hebrew and Aramaic manuscripts of the Old and New Testaments, the word shekinah is actually not found. It was first introduced by Jewish rabbis through targums and literature in the period between the completion of the Old Testament and the onset of the New Testament.

What is Messiah?” https://www.kabbalah.com/en/articles/what-is-messiah/

Quote: “Regarding this period that is about to dawn, in which miracles will become the norm, the Zohar cautions us concerning those people who will be determined to prevent the end of chaos, pain, and suffering. The existence of such people seems to defy human understand­ing – Why would anyone resist ideas that can benefit all mankind? Why not accept changes that will remove, once and for all, the pain and suffering that mankind has so long endured?…

Kabbalah teaches that the power behind the resistance to growth and transformation is the Satan. People are often confused upon first hearing of the Satan in a kabbalistic context. The term does not refer to a being with horns and a tail…

The Zohar tells us that the forces of evil and chaos, as represented by the Satan, willcoerce vulnerable individuals to reject outright any and all solutions that might enhance the quali­ty of their lives. At the same time, these people will vehemently deny the existence of the forces that are leading them toward negative and self‑destructive behavior. The revelation, therefore, of these unseen forces is an over­whelmingly significant step toward preparing humanity for entrance into a new era filled with the Light of the Creator.

Amid these questions raised by religious interpretations of Messiah – such as who he is, when he is coming, and why certain people will refuse to accept him – it is extremely refreshing to connect with the universal truths concerning the Messiah concept as presented by Kabbalah, bearing in mind that Kabbalah existed long before there were any formal religions.

The startling revelation of Kabbalah is that each and every person is actually the Messiah. The removal of chaos requires the collective con­sciousness of all its pieces, and Messiah is the collective enterprise of all human beings. When each of us fulfills the requirements of con­sciousness and behavior – and thus become Messiah within ourselves – then and only then can we bring forth and become part of a collective Messiah. When all people achieve communion with their individual Messiah‑consciousness, we will then experience the pres­ence of Messiah. The awesome Light of the Creator is then revealed in its full splendor– and chaos, the epitome of darkness, simply fades away, for darkness cannot coexist with light…

We, of this generation are so fortunate to par­ticipate in this Age of Aquarius. Unlike previ­ous generations, awareness of Messiah’s true meaning is available to us. Now that we can see ourselves as integral parts of this cosmic event, the task of achieving a Messiah‑con­sciousness is a great deal easier to achieve. Indeed, the cosmos itself now supports and assists us in this effort to reach out to our own Messiah‑consciousness…

What has taken place in this incredible 20th cen­tury– an event more significant than any other in history – is the unveiling of the wisdom of Kabbalah beyond a select few to all the people of the world. This 4000‑year‑old discipline and teaching, locked for centuries in ancient vaults, has finally been restored to its rightfulowners.

It is therefore comprehensible that because the awesome Light of the Creator has been released into the cosmos by virtue of the Zohar, the incredible technological advances of this century have come about as a direct result of a cosmic transformation of consciousness.”

The New Age Church: The World’s Largest Church,” by David Reagan, https://christinprophecy.org/articles/the-new-age-church/

Quote: “The essence of the New Age Movement is pantheism — the pagan belief that God is in everything and therefore everything is God.10 This belief stands in direct opposition to the biblical teaching that God exists separate and apart from His creation. A corollary of pantheism is the belief that Man is god and therefore the key to spiritual enlightenment and salvation is to recognize one’s divinity and release it to achieve Christ-consciousness…”

New Age Pathways in the Church,” http://www.letusreason.org/current86.htm

Quote: “No one has spoken clearer on the new ecumenism that is united by a mystical experience than Matthew Fox. Fox states Christianity has been “out of touch with its “core,” its center, its sense of mystical practice and cosmic awareness” (p.7, The Coming of the Cosmic Christ by Matthew Fox.) “This shift requires making mysticism central to our faith once again. What the human race needs today is mystical solidarity. (p.232) the coming together of religions, has been thwarted because world religions have not been relating at the level of mysticism” (p.65.) Fox’s view is panentheism, which he defines as “all things in God and God in all things” (p. 57 The Coming of the Cosmic Christ). He is also correct in stating, this “is the way all genuine mystics interpret the universe. Divinity is not outside us. We are in God and God in us. That is the unitive experience of the mystics East or West” (p.50.) It is not surprising that so called evangelicals like Tony Campolo say the same thing. In his book “Partly Right” He favorably writes, “Robert Schuller affirms our divinity, yet does not deny our humanity…isn’t that what the gospel is? Isn’t God’s message to sinful humanity that He sees in each of us a divine nature of such worth that He sacrificed His own Son so that our divine potentialities might be realized?…Campolo has said that, “I’m not convinced that Jesus only lives in Christians.””

New Booklet: The New Age Propensities of Bethel Church’s Bill Johnson,” May 19, 2014, https://www.lighthousetrailsresearch.com/blog/?p=15508

“The Passion Translation Author: “We Are the Reincarnation of Jesus Christ,” May 29, 2020, https://thewordlikefire.wordpress.com/2020/05/29/the-passion-translation-author-we-are-the-reincarnation-of-christ/

“The 7 Noahide Laws: Universal Morality,” https://www.chabad.org/library/article_cdo/aid/62221/jewish/The-7-Noahide-Laws-Universal-Morality.htm

“Uniting the United Nations with the Seven Noahide Laws: Diplomats, Delegates, and Emissaries Gather at UN Headquarters for “One People, One World” Conference,” June 10, 2013, https://www.un.org/ecosoc/sites/www.un.org.ecosoc/files/files/en/2016doc/list-oral-statment-institute-of-noahide-code.pdf

Quote: “On this day, people from all over the world gathered on behalf of the Laws of
Noah,” said Rabbi Yakov D. Cohen, head of the Institute of Noahide Code, which
sponsored the conference. “Their observance is required, so that the vision of the
United Nations—to have a settled and civilized world, filled with economic justice
and righteousness—will prevail.”Titled “One People, One World,” the conference brought together journalists, diplomats, and delegates from countries across the globe – including Egypt and Israel.
Guests of honor from the UN Diplomatic Corps also signed a “Declaration of the
Seven Laws of Noah,” which emphasized the importance of the Seven Noahide Laws
in maintaining peace, justice, and harmony among peoples and nations. In his remarks at the event, Rabbi Cohen discussed how monotheism – uniting the world under the one true G-d – is essential for breaking down barriers between
cultures…

The Institute of Noahide Code is a UN-accredited NGO dedicated to spreading
awareness of the Seven Noahide Laws, which all peoples of the world are obligated
to follow. It takes its guidance from the inspiring vision of the Lubavitcher Rebbe,
who understood the inherent power of these laws to unite the nations of the world.”

The Rebbe,” https://www.lubavitch.com/the-rebbe/

Quote: “The Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, of blessed memory, is the seventh leader in the Chabad-Lubavitch dynasty. He has been described as the most phenomenal Jewish personality of our time. To his hundreds of thousands of followers and millions of sympathizers and admirers around the world, he is “the Rebbe,” today’s most dominant figure in Judaism and, undoubtedly, the one individual more than any other singularly responsible for stirring the conscience and spiritual awakening of world Jewry…the Rebbe is the son of the renowned kabbalist and talmudic scholar, the late Rabbi Levi Yitzchak and Rebbetzin Chana Schneerson. He is the great-grandson—and namesake—of the third Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem Mendel of Lubavitch.”

Is There an Ancient Secret Connection Between the Statute of Liberty and the Annunaki goddess Innana?” September 28, 2018, https://www.ancientpages.com/2018/09/28/is-there-an-ancient-secret-connection-between-the-statue-of-liberty-and-the-anunnaki-goddess-inanna/

Quote: “The Statue of Liberty was a Masonic concept conceived from within Freemasonry. The chief promoter and fundraiser for the project was Edward Laboulaye and he collaborated with the sculptor Frederic Bartholdi to develop a statue of Masonic enlightenment…

In the original planning, the Statue of Liberty was designed in the initial stages to be in color. She was to be wearing the royal robes of scarlet and purple.

It became obvious that for reasons of monetary purposes the statue must be made from copper. The use of copper precluded the use of any color schemes. Thus the original plans for scarlet and purple robes were abandoned.

The Torch:

This item was originally designed to be a golden cup filled with the wine of freedom. This golden cup remained in the planning and was actually made.

However, before completion and shipping of the entire statue, the New York Port authorities asked if there could be some sort of modification to allow for an eternal flame or light to be designed into the statue so that ships could use her as a night time navigational aid. Bartholdi consented to make modifications to the basic cup design to allow for a natural gas flame to be utilized.

The torch we see today is actually the same type of cup design used in ancient times for drinking wine. It featured a handle for the cup at the bottom and the handle looked much like a stick. The golden aspect itself was altered again to conform to the needs of the natural gas flame.

The actual, original golden cup was later sold by the project to the Czar of Russia, Czar Nicholas. In 1917 during the Russian revolution the Communist government took possession of it. The cup has remained in Russian hands but in 1997 was reportedly offered for sale by the Russian government to help pay off Russia’s foreign debts. This author has not been able to determine whether or not the cup was actually sold or not. It is only known that the cup is still in existence…

The are just too many coincidences when we compare the characteristics in the scriptures relating to the woman called “Mystery Babylon — “Mother of Harlots” with that of Ishtar of Babylon and the Statue of Liberty.”

“Mithraism,” https://www.catholic.com/encyclopedia/mithraism

Quote: “The origin of the cult of Mithra dates from the time that Hindus and Persians still formed one people, for the god Mithra occurs in the religion and the sacred books of both races, i.e. in the Vedas and in the Aesta…After the conquest of Babylon this Persian cult came into contact with Chaldean astrology and with the national worship of Marduk. For a time the two priesthoods of Mithra and Marduk (magi and chaldiei respectively) coexisted in the capital and Mithraism borrowed much from this intercourse…

As Mithraism passed as a Phrygian cult it began to share in the official recognition which Phrygian worship had long enjoyed in Rome. The Emperor Commodus was publicly initiated. Its greatest devotee however was the imperial son of a priestess of the sun-god at Sirmium in Pannonia, Valerian, who according to the testimony of Flavius Vopiscus, never forgot the cave where his mother initiated him. In Rome, he established a college of sun priests and his coins bear the legend “Sol, Dominus Imperii Romani”…

The first principle or highest God was according to Mithraism “Infinite Time“; this was called Greek: Aion or Saeculum, Kronos or Saturnus. This Kronos is none other than Zervan, an ancient Iranian conception, which survived the sharp dualism of Zoroaster; for Zervan was father of both Ormuzd and Ahriman and connected the two opposites in a higher unity and was still worshipped a thousand years later by the Manichees. This personified Time, ineffable, sexless, passionless, was represented by a human monster, with the head of a lion and a serpent coiled about his body. He carried a scepter and lightning as sovereign god and held in each hand a key as master of the heavens. He had two pair of wings to symbolize the swiftness of time. His body was covered with zodiacal signs and the emblems of the seasons (i.e. Chaldean astrology combined with Zervanism)…

As evil spirits ever lie in wait for hapless man, he needs a friend and savior who is Mithra. Mithra was born of a mother-rock by a river under a tree…The hero-god first gives battle to the sun, conquers him, crowns him with rays and makes him his eternal friend and fellow; nay, the sun becomes in sense Mithra’s double, or again his father, but `Elios Mithras is one god. Then follows the struggle between Mithra and the bull, the central dogma of Mithraism…

Man is now created and subjected to the malign in influence of Ahriman in the form of droughts, deluges, and conflagrations, but is saved by Mithra. Finally man is well established on earth and Mithra returns to heaven. He celebrates a last supper with Helios and his other companions, is taken in his fiery chariot across the ocean, and now in heaven protects his followers. For the struggle between good and evil con tinues in heaven between the planets and stars, and on earth in the heart of man. Mithra is the Mediator (Mesites) between God and man…”

Mithraists “battled on Mithra’s side against all impurity, against all evil within and without. They believed in the immortality of the soul; sinners after death were dragged to hell; the just passed through the seven spheres of the planets, through seven gates opening at a mystic word to Ahura Mazda, leaving at each planet a part of their lower humanity until, as pure spirits, they stood before God. At the end of the world Mithra will descend to earth on another bull, which he will sacrifice, and mixing its fat with sacred wine he will make all drink the beverage of immortality. He will thus have proved himself Nabarses, i.e.”never conquered”…

The members below the degree of pater called one another “brother,” and social distinctions were forgotten in Mithraic unity. The ceremonies of initiation for each degree must have been elaborate, but they are only vaguely known lustrations and bathings, branding with red hot metal, anointing with honey, and others. A sacred meal was celebrated of bread and haoma juice for which in the West wine was substituted. This meal was supposed to give the participants supernatural virtue. The Mithraists worshipped in caves…

Three times a day prayer was offered the sun towards east, south, or west according to the hour. Sunday was kept holy in honor of Mithra, and the sixteenth of each month was sacred to him as mediator. The December 25 was observed as his birthday, the natalis invicti, the rebirth of the winter sun, unconquered by the rigors of the season.”

“Ishtar: Light-Giving,” http://www.holladaypaganism.com/goddesses/cyclopedia/i/ISHTAR.HTM

Quote:Description: Queen of heaven and earth; Benevolent Goddess of fertility, vitality in general, the moon, music, song, healing and sexuality; Life-giving power; Mother of Deities; Begetter of all; Source of all life; Personification of nature; the Star from Whose vulva flows all life; She Who represents the life which leads to death and rebirth; Queen of Nineveh; Ever virgin Warrior; Lustful-one; Divine wanton; the Promiscuous; the Compassionate Prostitute; Mother and Guider of humanity; anciently wise Judge and Councellor; Lady of prophetic vision; Star of prophesy; Mistress of the winds.”

Also gives a long list of her names

“Ishtar,” http://www.mythencyclopedia.com/Ho-Iv/Ishtar.html

Quote: “In the ancient Near East, Ishtar was an important and widely worshiped mother goddess for many Semitic* peoples. The Sumerians* called her Inanna, and other groups of the Near East referred to her as Astarte. A complex deity, Ishtar combined the characteristics—both good and evil—of many different goddesses. As a benevolent mother figure, she was considered the mother of gods and humans, as well as the creator of all earthly blessings. In this role, she grieved over human sorrows and served as a protector of marriage and motherhood. People also worshiped Ishtar as the goddess of sexual love and fertility. The evil side of Ishtar’s nature emerged primarily in connection with war and storms. As a warrior goddess, she could make even the gods tremble in fear. As a storm goddess, she could bring rain and thunder.”

Innana/Ishtar in Mesopotamian Mythology – goddess of love and war,” https://mythologyexplained.com/inanna-ishtar-in-mesopotamian-mythology/

Quote: “Another interesting feature about the temples of Inanna was that a set of her priests, those known as the Gala priests, were thought to be those who had deferred from the traditional gender binary and were known to adopt female names.

There are also accounts of the servants of Ishtar in Akkadia who were thought to dress in female clothing and performed dances in her temples. Ancient Akkadian stories also suggest that the parties involved may have also been homosexual—a glimpse perhaps into how little issue sexuality and gender identification was in early Sumerian and Akkadian society.”

Ishtar: Mesopotamian goddess,” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Ishtar-Mesopotamian-goddess

Quote: “Ishtar’s primary legacy from the Sumerian tradition is the role of fertility figure; she evolved, however, into a more complex character, surrounded in myth by death and disaster, a goddess of contradictory connotations and forces—fire and fire-quenching, rejoicing and tears, fair play and enmity. The Akkadian Ishtar is also, to a greater extent, an astral deity, associated with the planet Venus. With Shamash, the sun god, and Sin, the moon god, she forms a secondary astral triad. In this manifestation her symbol is a star with 6, 8, or 16 rays within a circle. As goddess of Venus, delighting in bodily love, Ishtar was the protectress of prostitutes and the patroness of the alehouse. Part of her cult worship probably included temple prostitution. Her popularity was universal in the ancient Middle East, and in many centres of worship she probably subsumed numerous local goddesses. In later myth she was known as Queen of the Universe, taking on the powers of An, Enlil, and Enki.”

“Mithraism: Persian Religion,” https://www.britannica.com/topic/Mithraism

Quote: “Before ancient religious reformer Zarathustra (Greek name Zoroaster) gained influence in the region during the 6th century bce, the Iranians had a polytheistic religion, and Mithra was the most important of their gods…the god Mitra (the Indian form of Mithra) appears both as “friend” and as “contract.” The word mitra may be translated in either way, because contracts and mutual obligation make friends. In short, Mithra may signify any kind of interpersonal communication and whatever establishes good relations between people. Mithra was called the Mediator. Mithra was also the god of the sun, of the shining light that beholds everything, and, hence, was invoked in oaths. The Greeks and Romans considered Mithra as a sun god. He was probably also the god of kings. He was the god of mutual obligation between the king and his warriors and, hence, the god of war…The most important Mithraic ceremony was the sacrifice of the bull

from the tail of the bull and from his blood sprang the first ears of grain and the grape; and from the genitals of the animal ran the holy seed which was received by a mixing bowl. Every creature on earth was shaped with an admixture of the holy seed. One Mithraic hymn begins: “Thou hast redeemed us too by shedding the eternal blood.”…

But, awakened by the sudden light, the creatures of the dark emerged from earth. A serpent licked the bull’s blood. A scorpion tried to suck the holy seed from the genitals. On the reliefs a lion often is also seen. With the bull’s death and the creation of the world, the struggle between good and evil began…

the human soul came down from heaven. It crossed the seven spheres of the planets, taking on their vices (e.g., those of Mars and of Venus), and was finally caught within the body. The task of human life is to liberate one’s divine part (the soul) from the shackles of the body and to reascend through the seven spheres to the eternal, unchanging realm of the fixed stars. This ascent to the sky was prefigured by Mithra himself, when he left the earth in the chariot of the sun god…

The initiates were organized in seven grades: corax, Raven; nymphus, Bridegroom; miles, Soldier; leo, Lion; Perses, Persian; heliodromus, Courier of (and to) the Sun; pater, Father. To each rank belonged a particular mask (Raven, Persian, Lion) or dress (Bridegroom). The rising of the Mithraist in grade prefigured the ascent of the soul after death. The series of the seven initiations seems to have been enacted by passing through seven gates and climbing a ladder of seven steps. Each grade was attributed to one of the seven planetary gods. The zealous Mithraist gradually passed the spheres of these minor deities and finally reached the region of the fixed stars…”

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