The Full Moon in Scorpio that’s coming three days from now is already momentous enough. That’s why I’ve just posted April 21, 2016 Full Moon, the latest of my 10-minute videos on the lunations of 2016, on YouTube. The Full Moon of April 21 or 22, depending on your location, also comes within the aftermath and echo of what climaxes tomorrow, on April 19.
It’s not just that tomorrow is the day of the crucial New York primary in what could be the usual US presidential entertainment cycle, or could be something more. And not just because it’s Bicycle Day, celebrating Albert Hofmann’s first successful LSD experiment in 1943. And not even because in this leap year, the Sun enters Taurus a day early on April 19, on the same day the Uinal of Earth and the greening of things is celebrated in the Tzolk’in cycle of the Mayan calendar.
No, what’s happening this April 19 is that every icy fear trumpeter on the web is blaring black about the day when new Temples of Baal were going to be erected in Trafalgar Square in London and Times Square in New York, consecrated with sacrifices of babies to Moloch and thus signaling ritual murders of children and others in a wide wave of Satanic Illuminati ceremony throughout the world. The point of “Triumph of Palmyra,” said the Institute of Digital Archaeology, plausibly enough, was to place in high-visibility locations two replicas of the magnificent arch that had recently been destroyed at the sacred site of Palmyra, in order to plead for the world’s help in preserving the priceless relics of our history and culture.
Innocent enough? Not in passionate, panicky 2016. The installation of the arches had to be cancelled amid an outcry from Christians and other excitable persons who readily forget that perfect love casteth out fear. It’s worth a moment of our time, so that we can keep our equanimity amid the turbulence of 2016, to look at who Baal and Moloch really were.
Baal, or Bel, shown here with his consort Astarte/ Ashtoreth, was revered mainly by Phoenicians in the east Mediterranean, and other places where these proactive, mobile traders planted colonies, notably Carrthage, which would rival Rome herself. Baal resembles Zeus, Egyptian Horus and other patriarchal deities who hold the lightning bolt in their raised right hand (here in the form of a torch), and in their left the natural world, embodied here in the green things that grow because Baal is a conduit for the power of Sky and Rain to flow through him and give their vitality to Earth. So far, so good.
Baal and Astarte were among the most adored divine couples of the ancient world, rivaling even Ausar (aka Osiris) and Aset (Isis) because they were the vivifying forces of light and love. Another Greek counterpart to Baal was Apollo, lord of light and beauty, which is why the Bel form of his name still appears in the French beau/belle, Italian bello/bella and the name of Baldur, the Norse god of light. We see him here wearing a crown like the hedjet white crown of upper Egypt, likely because the Phoenicians also understood that the energetic center of the crown chakra is not on the top surface of the head, but some 10 – 12 inches above it. As Baal brought clarity and wisdom, it had to happen that important Phoenicians, like rulers of Israel and Judea who had the el syllable of elohim encoded into their names, had divinity-invoking names like king Belshazzar and the generals Hannibal and Hasdrubal. Much later, Baal would appear in the name of the great mystical rabbi known as the Baal Shem Tov. So what was not to like about Baal?
The problem, in the biblical books of the kings and the prophets, was that in the early history of Israel and Judea — that is, before the Babylonian captivity that ended in the 6th century BC — some of the Jews would offer prayer at the temple of Baal, which had an outer area for fire sacrifices to Moloch, a very scary piece of work who was said to consume babies who were offered by their parents to propitiate the wrath of Baal. Moloch or Molech simply means “king,” as the M-L-K consonants (as in Arabic malik) mean royalty. The nature of Moloch sacrifices is not entirely clear, and some speculate that children were purified with lustrations of water and incense of the kind we know from being smudged with sage smoke.
But the Torah and prophets had no doubts. The Canaanites, “burn their sons and daughters in the fire as sacrifices to their gods,” says Deuteronomy (12:31). “On the very day they sacrificed their children to their idols,” wrote Ezekiel (23:39) “they entered my sanctuary and desecrated it. That is what they did in my house.” Baal worship and sacrifices to Moloch, the prophets warned, was one of the sins that moved the Lord to inflict the ordeal of Babylon upon his people.
There is no more detail in the Jewish or Christian scriptures about Moloch’s appearance, and about whether his rituals entailed the literal roasting of babies. The detailed accounts of his rites are from much later Greco- Roman authors like Diodorus Siculus, who wrote of scenes like this one at the temple of Moloch-Hammon in Carthage, showing Moloch as a hollow bronze oven into whose extended hands the priest places the child, so it will roll down Moloch’s forearms and into his belly, where the child is consumed by fire, his cries masked by the music of trumpets and drums.
By the time such descriptions are being written, and such pictures drawn, we are past the destruction of Carthage in the Punic wars, then in the early Christian era, when Baal becomes demons like Beelzebub and Belphegor. So are these horrific descriptions of Moloch factual, or are they only Roman political propaganda, and the Christian smearing of religious rivals? Are we to believe that the Phoenicians would burn the children they’d need to sail their ships and sell their wares? That the Jews, so often endangered, wanting to preserve every child who can make a grandchild, would hand over even one to be slain? That the Carthaginians would give up a single future soldier who would protect their city from the Romans?
Of course not. Almost all of this fear rhetoric is doom pimping and defamation. But we know how human beings are. We love horror stories, and the images of Moloch will keep appearing as long as we are stuck in fear and too timid to love, as in this image of the “cremation of care” at the end of Bohemian Grove gatherings, where the wealthy and powerful gather to lay their plans. What can we always expect the reptilian archons to do in furthering their goals of poisoning our planet, stealing our money, killing 90% of our people and harvesting our fear, which they thrive on as their food? We can expect them to keep scaring the most scarable with visceral images of child sacrifice and Satanic bondage, especially now that they have the technology of Project Blue Beam ready as a compelling, very entertaining way of herding the lambs into the pen by creating the illusion that an extraterrestrial invasion is at hand.
One detail of the current fear bubble is accurate, because April 19 IS an important date in our annual sacred rhythm, one of those days the archons know how to use, along with eclipses, for the deployment of fear stories. In the ancient Celtic calendar, the two most important “cross-quarter” festivals of Beltaine (Baal’s fire) on May 1 and Samhain on Nov. 1 came after 12-day cycles of purification and preparation to burn away old sorrows and grudges in the ritual fire that would begin the new season. The pre-Samhain cycle was Oct. 20 to 31, and the pre-Beltaine cycle was April 19 to 30.
Thus April 19 lives in our cellular memory as a day when we begin to unload old pain, guilt and worry, and start moving with courage toward love. Those who aim to control us will naturally want to use April 19 as a way to stuff our misery deeper in this Year of Distraction. Best that we Don’t Buy It. That we celebrate and sing as we will, and Keep Holding That Frequency.
Yours in bliss, laughter and celebration,
Captain Aquarius, dba Dan Furst