The Zodiac, the Sphinx and the Key to Cosmic Order

In Vedic/Puranic cosmology, Aryaman [a close etymological match with  the Persian 'villain' Ahriman] and Surya are both sons of the Divine Mother, Aditi. Aditi's (and her sons') correspondence with the zodiac is discussed elsewhere in this blog  and the connection between Aryaman and the astrological sign Leo has been discussed in The New Way, Volumes 1 and 2 by Thea. The struggle between the Lion figure (Ahriman) and the Persian King (as seen below), as well as other images portraying connection between Lion and Man (such as the Giza Sphinx) can be best understood in terms of the evolutionary play of the zodiac, in which the signs of Leo the Lion, and Aquarius the Man/Friend are 'twins'  or joined in the sense that they form an axis in the 360° circle. In terms of the 365 day year they are half a year or six months apart. In terms of the Precession of the Equinoxes, they are half a Precession or six Astrological Ages apart (2160 years x 6 = 12,960 years). In The Gnostic Circle, Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet makes the case that the Giza Sphinx was built in the Age of Leo and her date for the true start of the Aquarian Age, 1926, happens to be the same year the Sphinx was unburied from the sands of Giza.

Perhaps the figure/Vedic god Aryaman got caste as the ‘dark twin’ because in the zodiac and in the Rig Veda, Aquarius the Man or Friend (Mitra) represents the illumined or divine Individual, where as Leo (Ayraman) represents a lesser evolved individual or unillumined 'king' in which the ego occludes one's connection to the Divine Earth and Cosmos. In the Persian image below the illumined human figure (said to be the goddess Anahita) is clearly the master of the Lion she is standing upon. This image is reminiscent of the Vedic goddess Durga who conquers Ignorance riding upon a lion.

Left: Persian goddess Anahita standing on Aryan Lion's (404 BC - 359 BC)
Durga on Lion, from Pudurdravida

An additional piece to be considered that whereas in Vedic lore Vishnu the Preserver rides an Eagle, which can be understood as the Preservation sign of Scorpio, Ahura Mazda is depicted as an Man, a Divine Man with the body of an Eagle. The connection between Vishnu and the Lion, Bull, Man and Eagle (Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Scorpio - the 'Fixed' sign cross of the Zodiac) is briefly discussed in 'Vishnu in the Mother's Symbol' and more extensively in The Gnostic Circle.

Chief obstacles in our individual and collective attainment of integral and holistic Self and World knowledge or Gnosis include our 'backwards' understanding and interpretations of mythologies and sacred text, including our ignorant understanding of 'Good and Evil', 'Gods and Titans', 'the Lord and Satan', 'Light and Darkness'. When the cosmological symbolism of the Vedic and Puranic texts is properly understood, then the unity and synthesis of apparent oppositions begins to dawn on our limited linear minds.

Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet, who has spent the majority of her lifetime revealing and explaining the deepest truths of  cosmological symbolism of the ancient Vedic and Puranic texts, writes:
'... the task today is to re-align­ in our lived experience these cosmic properties of Time and Space which in the soul-language of Myth are personified as Devas and Asuras. This will perhaps help clarify why asura in the Vedas did not carry the negative connotation of the Puranic Age. The split between the sacred and the profane had not yet occurred.' - 'Puranic Cosmology Updated # 7'

The above images should give many readers reason to pause consider the possibility that the cosmological/zodiacal knowledge that has been passed down to us through the ages, the Vedas, the Puranas, through the Sphinx and Pyramids and mythologies of Egypt, as well as through other sacred texts and mythologies, is a truly ANCIENT and truly IMPORTANT key to unity consciousness. It is likely that both artifacts seen above are born of knowledge of the zodiac ... knowledge of the Circle of Life. The Lion-Man on the left is some 40,000 years old!!! The sphinx chimera/image on the right is Mithraic (Persian, circa 100 BC). Not to be missed is the fact that this zodiacal figure (Lion, Man, Eagle) is standing on the Earth or a cosmic circle marked by a cross which points to all four Preservation (Vishnu) signs of the Tropical Zodiac (Leo, Aquarius, Scorpio and Taurus). This Mithraic symbol has been associated with the Persian 'devil' Ahriman. When one remembers that the God of Time, Chronos came to be portrayed as a demonic, devouring force, then Ahriman's 'bad rap' is better understood. This 'Ahriman'  above on the right literally holds the KEY (in his right hand) to Gnosis of circular, spherical structure of time and space. The staff he holds happens to be 23.4°, the same angle as the tilt of the Earth's axis.

If this Mithraic figure is recognized (as it should be) as Vishnu the Preserver, preserving the key of knowledge throughout the ages, throughout even the darkest and most ignorant ages, then perhaps it is easier to understand the 'Dark Twin' of Time, wherein Time occurs to the human as a demonic, devouring force. In some ages (stages of our evolutionary journey) knowledge of the true face, form and essence of time is necessarily hidden/occulted/darkened (causing suffering) ... and sometimes it is revealed (illuminating consciousness). In our day and current Age of Aquarius, this KEY of Gnosis has been revealed via the combined or Triune yoga of Sri Aurobindo, the Mother and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet.

On the right is a depiction of Narasimha (literally meaning Man-Lion) who is known as the fourth of ten evolutionary avatars (dasavatars) of Vishnu. This image should convince some that the Persian/Mithraic Lion-Man (Ahriman) indeed has its source in the Vedic gnosis and the Vedic Year (i.e. Tropical Zodiac).

Notes: I will soon post more images of Fixed Sign chimera, (conglomerations) including the Sphinx, Griffin, Cherubim, Shedu, Angels and Narasimha.  The image of the Tropical Zodiac posted above (with added yellow highlights) is from a book by Barocius, 1585.

Related Links:
* Secrets of the Earth: Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition by Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet
* Waving the Flag of Cosmic Ignorance in the Face of Sri Aurobindo and the Vedic Tradition of Avatars
* 'Vishnu in the Mother's Symbol'

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  1. Dear Lori Tompkins,

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  2. Indus script was more of
    combination of pictorial presentation of
    1. deity,
    4.vegetable plants, roads(walking path),
    7.rock shapes and symbols,
    8.cosmic objects
    pose (posture). i want to add that using all these pictorial shape some language they had for communication.


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