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The Number 12: Disciples, Tribes and the Zodiac

"The Divine Number 12: 12 Gods, 12 Disciples, 12 Tribes and the Zodiac" by Vexen Crabtree (2007)):

The conclusion reads (briefly; many interesting tid-bits are iterated through first!):

When you see the number twelve, watch out. If the number is employed in a practical sense to divide time, measurements, or angles, then the chances are it makes awesome mathematical sense to utilize such a factorable number as the number twelve. But if you see it used in a superstitious, religious, magical, paranormal, holy or weird way, be warned that it is based on ancient sun-worship, star warship, and ridiculous astrology. As a species we have been using it to divide the solar realm into twelve divisions, assuming that each one is ruled by a personification, a god, a divine being, a teacher, a prophet or a son of the sun. Now we understand what stars, planets and stellar objects are, it makes no sense to retain the mystical, nonsensical connotations of the 'holy', 'perfect', 'divine' or 'special' number 12. Such superstitions have made their way into major religions; there are 12 tribes of Israel as founded by the 12 sons of Jacob, the 12 disciples of Mithras and Christ, the 12 Gods of Olympus and according to Shi'a Muslims, 12 successors to Muhammad. The number 12 is useful because we use a base 10 numbering system (using 10 digits: 0123456789). It makes no sense to say that Gods would use a base 10 numbering system: Therefore gods would not divide the skies, their sons, their chosen ones or the message into twelve parts just because we have ten fingers! So applaud the usefulness of number 12... but watch out for those who are deluded by the pagan, irrational, magical and nonsensical claims made about it! It is, after all, only a number.

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You state that The important thing about twelve is that for such a low number it is deviserble by so many others. Specificaly one, two, three, four and six.

You Then say in your conclution that it is sill to think twelve is important to gods because we use a base ten number system and it would be silly to assume a god or gods would.

What base number system you use is irelivant as what ever you hapen to call the numbers if you have twelve pebles you can devide them in to one, two, three, four or six even piles. This is the case weather you write twelve as 12, c, 1100 or XII.

You may as well say gods wouldn't think of twelve as a mystic number because he prefers to speak in ancient hebrew.

You are clearly right, thanks for pointing that out!

the # 12

time out! the # 12 'conspiracy' u speak of Would have merit EXCEPT most of the issues in the bible that deal with the #12 were introduced and made part of the bible CENTURIES before the babylonians came up with #12's signifigance to the zodiac, which was in 5th-7th century BC!!! c u n hell, dumbass

12 Tribes of Israel

I really don't understand the point of what you are getting at with the number 12. However, the 12 Tribes of Israel are REAL, even if you don't believe in God. They are Jacob's 12 sons, which are the 12 Tribes of Israel. They EXIST historically. Actually, the perfect number of God is 7, not 12. Also, the 12 Tribes of Israel, the land of Israel and the Jewish people are VERY important to God, because Heaven has the 12 tribes all over it. This is why: Revelation 21:10-14

"And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heavem from God. It shone like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with TWELVE gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the TWELVE tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had TWELVE foundations, and on them were the names of the TWELVE apostles of the Lamb (Jesus)."

Ever notice how the whole world is focused on Israel and what happens there??? Here are some helpful hints: God made the Jewish people, starting with Abraham, His chosen people. He made eternal covenants with them. Jesus was Jewish, from the line of David. Jesus (the Jewish Mesiah), is the son of God that He sent to pay for all of humanity's sin. So, the Jews and their land are very important to God. Be VERY careful of how you treat the Jews and the land God gave them. For God said in Genesis 12:1-3

"The Lord had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I WILL BLESS THOSE WHO BLESS YOU, AND WHOEVER CURSES YOU I WILL CURSE."

Got to love the Jews! Praise the Lord!

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The 12 sons of Jacob are mythical.

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Prove that they are "mythical."

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According to Sherwin Wine, the major exponent of Humanistic Judaism, the traditional conception of Jewish history is mistaken. In his view, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob never existed. Furthermore, the Exodus account is a myth: 'There is no historical evidence to substantiate a massive Hebrew departure from the land of the Pharaohs. As far as we can surmise, the Hebrew occupation of the hill country on both sides of the Jordan was continuous. The 12 tribes never left their ancestral land, never endured 400 years of slavery, and never wandered the Sinai desert.' Moreover, Moses was not the leader of the Hebrews, nor did he compose the Torah. In this light, it is an error to regard the biblical account as authoritative; rather it is a human record of the history of the Israelite nation, the purpose of which is to reinforce the faith of the Jewish nation.

"Encyclopedia of New Religions" by Prof. Christopher Partridge, p118

Other historians such as Prof. Bart Ehrman, etc, have also pointed out that there is little historical evidence behind such symbolic stories in the Hebrew Scriptures.

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I would bet that Sherwin Wine is "secular" and DOES NOT believe in God. Mr. Wine is not God.

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You asked for evidence, and there it is, in a professional book on comparative religion by one scholar, commenting positively on the views of another. Whether or not any of them believe in God does not change the historical evidence as to whether or not the 12 tribes of Israel were real. They are a symbolic part of mythology, and will remain that way unless you can find historical evidence to the contrary.

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To sum all this up check out hebrew



I am sure it will be painful for you to see, but watch it anyway and find some crapy book to dispute it.

It is simple, obey the ten commandments
follow the dietary laws
pray for israel

and live your life, no religion involved

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No religion involved? So then you don't have to obey the ten commandments (half of which are religious, not ethical), and don't have to follow the (religious) dietary laws, and don't have to pray (which is religious). So what was the point of your message if no religion is involved?

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Let me ask you this, if you say the 12 sons of Jacob are "mythical," do you also believe that Jesus never existed either??? And, if your answer is yes to all of the above, I would then ask you if you also think "Muhammad, the so-called "prophet" of the Muslims, never existed either and was "mythical." Which would lead me to believe that you don't think Abraham ever existed either. And, if that's so, you need to make a trip to Israel (me and my husband did) and tell me why so many places, tombs, etc. that are mentioned in the Bible ACTUALLY exist. I mean the land of Israel exists and it's mentioned in the Bible. I don't mean to get off track, are you one of those who believe there is no "absolute truth." And, if so, if there is no "absolute truth", then how can it be "absolutely true" that there is NO "absoulte truth?"

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1. Correct: No 12 sons of Jacob. It is a mythical, pagan tradition to separate God's domains into 12 because ancient astrologers' first divided the stars into 12 zodiacs, based on certain heavenly bodies they could sometimes see, such as Mars.

2. Yes: "Jesus did not exist" by Vexen Crabtree (2002)

3. Muhammad definately DID exist; he and a band of early Muslims did wage war on their neighbouring pagans, and were often victorious (or sneaky). There are multiple recorded sources on both sides (i.e., Muslim and Pagan) documenting the rise of the Muslims and specifically talking about Muhammad. These accounts were largely created during Muhammad's time; i.e., there is genuine historical evidence. Whereas for Jesus and Jacob, there is no evidence for their existence, and specific evidence that casts doubt on their existence.

4. Jenny Roberts in "Bible Facts" does indeed go on such a tour of Biblical holy places; many are real places although moden-day equivalents sometimes only share the name, and not the actual physical location, of their forebears. The Bible is not a completely made-up fiction; there are elements of truth, but the major characters are often symbolic. This is simply a result of the psuedopigraphical, highly symbolic (i.e., word games; which we today completely miss), and dramatic, way in which mid-early Jews wrote.

5. I believe in absolute truth. "Subjectivism and Phenomenology" by Vexen Crabtree (2000). And I believe that in the search for truth, evidence is the guard against irrational wish-fulfilment. Doesn't it say something that theist Christians in Christian lands think that the Christian God is true, while theist Muslims in Muslim lands think the Muslim God is true, whilst atheist Lao Tze and Dao adherents in the East, think their own beliefs are true? If religions were true, the same things would be consistently discovered, and stories wouldn't be passed around like... well, stories.
Tell a devout Christian that his wife is cheating on him, or that frozen yogurt can make a man invisible, and he is likely to require as much evidence as anyone else, and to persuaded only to the extent to which that you give it. Tell him that the book he keeps by his bed was written by an invisible deity who will punish him with fire for eternity if he fails to accept every incredible claim about the universe, and he seems to require no evidence whatsoever.
"The End of Faith: Religion, Terror and the Future of Reason" by Sam Harris, p19

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Well, the true Christian is given the power of God to believe, because without it, there is no way to believe it! Kind of like you and all other secularist. I use to not believe ... no one convinced me to believe or "shoved it on me,"; just one day God entered my every day life and invaded it ... I thank God He did. :>

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If Abraham did not exist, then why do the Muslims claim him to their father, as do the Jews???? Well, it's because he was the father of both the Jews and the Arabs! Abraham first had Ishmael (son of Hagar and Abraham). You see, God promised Abraham and Sarah they would have ason who would be a blessing to all mankind (Isaac). However, although they believed God, when 10 years had passed and they still did not have a son, they "thought" God might intend for them to have their promised son another way. So, taking things into their own hands instead of waiting and having faith in God's promise (like all good Christians do every now and then), Sarah told him to have sex with Hagar, their Egyptian handmaiden, and have a child with her. Well, Hagar got pregnant and had Abraham's son, whom they called Ishmael. However, God did give Abraham and Sarah the "promised" son after Ishmael, whom they named Isaac. About the time Ishmael was about 13 years of age, Ishmael began to "resent" Isaac because he knew that he was the son God was going to make a blessing and inherent all the promises of God. God did not tell Abraham and Sarah to take things into their own hands and have their own son and God let them suffer the consequences of their actions. Hence, that is the beginning of the Arab/Jewish conflict that is going on to this day. So, there's the proof they share the same ancesteral father (and both claim him as so). This proves the existance of Abraham. And as far as Judiaism and Christianity being two "different" religions is false. Because if you read Romans 11:19 "Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in." The gentiles, all non-jewish people, were grafted into the Jewish promises and blessings of God through the Jewish Mesiah, Jesus Christ. Therefore, the Jews and gentile "believers" believe in the same Jewish God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob! Praise the Lord! Give those who have ears to hear and those who have eyes to see! (I know, you don't get that). Don't worry, you are in my prayers every day Vexen. I love you Vexen ... oh, don't get grossed out, it's "agape" love ... I love you with the Agape love of God. I care about your "eternal" destiny whether you disagree with me or not. :> You see, that's what God really does do for you after you are "saved," ... he just puts a "Supernatural" love for all humanity in your heart. He puts a deep love for "sinful" humanity in your heart (because EVERYONE sins); however, you end up loving the "sinner" and HATING the "sin."

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Very true and well said :)

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I Am sorry but your information is not accurate. Jacob did have 12 sons and they are the chosen people of the most high. The messiyah whose name is actually Yahoshua/Yeshua was a hebrew. Many people call the people of the most high jews. They are hebrew israelites, not jews. Moses was a hebrew. The hebrew israelites were taken captive into slavery, for disobeying the convenant they made with the most high.

hebrew and israelite

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In the Ancient World, numbers were used symbolically.

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Jesus' Historical Line goes back to Abraham in three numerical sets of 14

14 x 3 = 42 (4 + 2) = 6 Sixpointed Star of David

1 x 4 = 4

4 + 4 + 4 = 12 Disciples.

The thing about the 12 Disciples is that through Jesus, 12 ordinary, mundane men became manifest as Agents of the Divine Word.

It is absurd to think of Transcendental God making decisions, rationalising things or deducing things or inferring things. There were 12 Disciples according to His Divine Will, which means there were neither Eleven or Thirteen Disciples. But, with the Teacher, they did make up a group of Thirteen Extraordinary Men. Jesus, however was Supramundane, Divine and Deathless, a Child of the Light, born of the Spirit and not human sperm.

13 ( 1 + 3 ) = 4

Satan is defeated in Four Apocalyptic Battles which are spiritual wars within a person.

One surrenders his self to God and Jesus enters his body.

The Four Battles Commence.

When the person emerges victoriously from these Four Battles with Satan he will know that his former self is no more and that he has become God, returned to source, the Creator.

In reality, he is not God the Creator, but he has become One with God. He has become Deathless. But, he will still pass away at the end of his life. But Death will not take him, he will exit through an alternative door.

Christians seem to interpret the Resurrection of Jesus as him overcoming Death so that they can live in ease and comfort for Eternity. Reality is not like that. The buck stops with the individual, what he wins is beyond anything that this mundane world can offer.

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This post makes no sense, and is a desperate piece of number-bashing. These types of number coincidences and convuluted pieces of logic can be performed on any number, on any text.

I have deleted your multiple entries on Brahmanism and Hinduism, as none of it had anything to do with the religious symbolism of the number 12, which is what this forum is for.

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Brahmanism and Hinduism

Please accept my apologies if you find the deleted items to be off

With respect, I am not desperate. Nor do I blindly bash numbers.

I use numbers most precisely as a means to understanding things. I cannot write logically since I am uneducated.

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The Six-Pointed Star of David contains the 12 symbols of the 12 Tribes of Israel.

The star is of two inverted equilateral triangles. Together, they form 12 smaller, equilateral triangles.

The Star of David is an emblem of the Unity of the Jewish People.

Number Language: emblematic numbers predate Aristotelian Logic. They have a sacred history, and their usage was oral not textual.

Astrology: for a more balanced understanding of Astrology, I refer you to a book entitled "Tibetan Astrology" by Philip Cornu

Whilst this book may appear to be off-topic, the Western reader has a problem addressing authentic Jewish Scriptures. The Assyrian form of Hebrew characters is used for popular speech and is used in printing, etcetera. The Rabbinic form of Hebrew characters is used by scholars. Hebrew is an Afro-Asiatic language. It ceased to exist as a spoken language about 250BC and was reborn as a modern language in the 19th century. Hebrew words have only consonants and no vowels. It is written from right to left. According to Kenneth Katzner ( the Languages of the World), it is considered to be impossible for anyone who is unfamiliar with the language to know how to pronounce a Hebrew word from the way it was written. Thus, Hebrew is an esoteric language.

The Three divisions of the Hebrew Bible are called Tanach. The Hebrew word 'Tanach' has three letters, each letter is a symbol for one division of the Bible. Each letter of the Hebrew Alphabet is assigned a number. Thus the three consonants TNCH can be assigned a symbolic, numerical code:

T has the number 9
N has the number 50
CH has the number 8

Thus, 9508 means Tanach, the Three Divisions of the Bible.

In the contexts of the vastness of time and the vastness of space and the vastness of the mind, man defers to figurative language and not the literal language of logic and statistics. When emblems touch ground with fantasy, fiction is produced. When emblems touch ground with reality, reality is reproduced linguistically, as in poetry.

Context: if an ancient text is using numbers symbolically, it is deferring to figurative language and not Logic. Figurative language is intuitive. It addresses reality in a vastly different way to Logic.

The sacred and traditional way of approaching astrology is not through the usage of Logic and Statistics. Modern Critical Scholarship may have valuable things to say about the modern world. But, its views on the Ancient world are distorted.

Protocol: These ancient subjects are still extant but one must follow sacred protocols. For example, when one is a guest in another's home, one does not just help himself to whatever his host has to offer, he politely asks for permission. All human beings are guests in the House of God. Therefore, it is by God's discretion does one gain access to Sacred Knowledge. The traditional way of making a petition to God is through a Divine Agent, aka as a bone fide Holy Man.

Access to the Kingdome

The kingdom is in one's heart. The journey to Eden is within.

Education in the ancient world was not as widespread today. It is very doubtful that the mass of ordinary people could logically analyse text because they were illiterate. An emblem such as the Star of David would be intuitively understood by all of the Jewish people, no need for logical parsing of the geometrical forms or testing them against one's own scepticism in the delusion that this methodology is somehow more authentic.

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Well if we judge by what *happens* in Israel, then I conclude that your God is actually an evil god of war, not a good god of love, and I suggest you turn your back on it.

Secondly, there is *always* going to be a flare-up point somewhere in the world... are you saying that wherever that is, you can conclude the local religion is the true one? A little arbitrary, don't you think!

Thirdly, you said there are "12" in Heaven BECAUSE of what it says in Revelations. That makes no sense, because Heaven and God's plan would have existed for an eternity before Revelations was even written. You appear to have your cause and effect the wrong way round!

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First, God revealed His plan by giving us the Bible to read. That's how He lets all of us know Him and His plan. Why He did not choose another way to let us know, I have no idea. However, I'm not God and I wasn't actually "consulted" by God on ways He could do it. You see, you have a LOW or no view of God. I have a HIGH view of God and don't question Him or His ways (Don't give me a lecture on why I should "question" God because I use to in my unbelief, but now, by the Grace of God, I believe). Yes, there are wars, etc. all around the world; however, everyone pays more attention when it is going on in Israel. Israel is about the size of Rhode Island in America and is the most "contested" land on earth. Just open your mind a little bit and try (I know it's a stretch for you) to "wonder" why that is. I mean the United Nations from day one when God put the Jews back in the land in 1948 has been AGAINST Israel and so has much of the rest of the world with the exception of the United States and England ... and even they waiver every now and then. Why is that???? It is because Satan (Yes, he is alive and well) knows the Jewish people are God's chosen and God made "eternal" convenants with them. So, Satan thinks if he "kills" every Jew on earth, He wins and thwarts God's plan. That's why, from the beginning, the Jewish people have been the most "persecuted," disliked, put to death, and abused people in history, starting with the Egyptians who enslaved them. And, lastly, the reason there is always "war" in Israel is because of the facts I've stated above.

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Er... it was the United Nations that created Israel; the UN has always defended strongly the right for Israel to exist.

OK, so, by your evidence you are saying that Judaism is true? Because most Israelis are Jews. Many are secular atheists or Muslims... not even 2% of Israel is Christian... how are your comments supposed to convince me that Christian stories are true, as opposed to Jewish or Muslim ones? I think your own argument is evidence against Christianity being right!

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Because as a true born-again Christian, God has put a DEEP LOVE for the Jewish people in my heart. The WHOLE BIBLE, Old and New Testaments, under the inspiration of God, were written by JEWS. It is a totally Jewish book. JESUS WAS A JEW. The Christian and Jewish God is the SAME God! The Muslim GOd is a MOON GOD. You need to read the book "Why I left Jihad" by Walid Shoebat ... and EX-Muslism Palestinian Terrorist. He will spell it all out for you. Here, and absolute Jew-hating Muslim, By the Grace of God and against ALL ODDS, is born from above (born-again) and God puts a DEEP LOVE for the Jewish people in His heart and now He speaks out against the Palenstinian (Muslim) hatred of the Jews and is trying to evangelize his Muslim family and friends. I can only sum it up this way, talk to any TRUE born-again Christian, and he or she will tell you how God radically changed their lives for the GOOD. Know one can do that EXCEPT God. He did it in my life and the lives of my Christian friends.

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So, in other words, you had a mental episode?

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Ha Ha! Very funny. NO, I did not have a "mental episode." I'm a very sane and normal member of society. God just changed my heart and life.

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You need to do some research into the voting record of the UN and how they have "sanctioned" and "punished" Israel MORE than any other country. You will then have a different view of the UN. THEY ARE NOT Israel's friend. And, also, Judaism is the forerunner to Christianity. One in the same belief in the same God. However, the Jewish people (Not all of them), via God, for reasons as an un-believer have no chance of understanding, has temporarily blinded the Jewish people and cannot "believe in Jesus" at this present time. However, because of God's eternal plan and love for them, covenants with the Jewish people, will pour out His spirit (The Holy Spirit) on them at the "appointed time" and they will believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. You also need to research on the "amazing" love God has put in the hearts of born-again Christians for the Jewish people like NEVER before in History. I believe that is the beginning of God pouring out His spirit on them. Me and my husband will be going to Israel in 2008 with a Christian Missionary Group and living among the Jewish people and just "loving on them" and to let them know we are Christians who are on their side when the world is against them. We will feed their poor and repair their homes, etc., and, by the Grace of God, we get to share Jesus with them, we will do so. But our main purpose is to let them know yes, we are Christians, but that we love them immensely because we thank them for the scriptures and for the JEWISH Mesiah, Jesus Christ.

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Judaism is also the forerunner of Islam and the Baha'i Faith... but it doesn't make them true, just like it doesn't make Christianity true just to say it emerged from earlier religion. All religions have done!

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You keep forgetting Islam and "whatever" that other faith is are SATANIC and not of God. When I say the "forerunner" to Christianity, the Jewish Prophets, etc. in the old testament, especially Isaiah 53, "perfectly" predict the coming of Jesus. The scriptures don't mention "Mohammad" or any other "false god" in any way, shape or form. Also, the Jewish ceremony of "sacrificing" the "perfect and spotless" lamb so they would be forgiven of sin (temporarily) was a shadow of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ on the cross (the perfect sacrifice) for our sins. Judaism POINTS to Jesus (Christianity) in all their scriptures. I've read the old Testament and I don't see "anything" that would point to the Muslim religion or any other one. However, as for Ishmael and his "descendants", the Arabs, God did say they would be like "a wild man" never to be tamed and ALWAYS at emnity with their brother (the Jews). Now, gee, you don't have to be a genius to figure out that was written about 6,000 years ago and is true to this day! The Jews and their "half-brothers", the Arabs, DO NOT get along. The Jews call the Arabs their "brothers" because they and the Arabs know their ancesteral father is Abraham. However, unfortunately, the Arabs have been influenced by Satan and seeking to destroy EVERY Jew.

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If it was good for us to know something, and God wanted us to know it, then, God would tell everyone the basic facts straight into everyone's head, and there would be no need for translation errors, scribe errors, endless copying of ancient texts, cultural differences of word usage, etc... that is, if God wanted us all to know certain things.

But I think, if there was a God, it wouldn't really care what our beliefs are. Why would it? It would know and deeply understand the reasons why everyone comes to believe certain things, and comes not to believe other things. With 99% of the Human population, beliefs occurr because of where in the world you are born. God knows this... if it was wrong, it would educate everyone fairly and equally. In other words, if there is a God, it appears to WANT everyone to have different beliefs.

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You just don't know God. That's okay ... I didn't know Him until 7 years ago. You cannot possibly understand Him until you know Him.

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Ahem, a ittle off topic.

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There is only really two levels of evolution:

1. Duplication.
2. Death.

Life results from this cycle, but it is odd to phrase it in such melodramatic terms as you have done. Tell me, what are you counting as a "level"? I am well-versed in evolution, so don't shy away from a technical answer.

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Death is a major part of evolution because it depletes populations, defines lifespans, frees resources, and most importantly ends an individual's ability to duplicate hir genes.

Available resources, lifespan and population size relative to migration are the three main determinates of the rate of evolution, so, duplication and death are perhaps the two only important 'levels' of evolution.


You are not talking about evolution. Evolution is the change in the quantity of genes in the gene pool over time. Very little of what you just said was about that. What you are talking about is a kind of value-judged "development" of a species, which you can pretty much classify into rhetorical schemes like the one you just described.

The 'levels' in your scheme are highly arbitrary and some of them incredibly unlikely. For example, the most ancient bacterial-like life are the Archaea; these, many billions of years ago, had already developed methods to move around. So, you might as well scrap the distinction between "levels" one and two.

"reprogram" is an odd term and I'm afraid I don't really know what you are talking about. Many animals have an ability to learn; Humans are the most advanced thinkers by far, but, I don't know how this equates to "reprogramming". Do you mean genetic engineering? If so, we do not yet have the ability to sensibly reprogram human genes in any practical way.

Your 4th level is already apparent: The Human brain can grow now neurones even late in life. But the other aspects will only be possible with cybernetics; which is not anything to do with evolution, but with technology and cultural development. These things are simply futurism and applied science, and not to do with the evolution of the species.

Level 5 has been possible since the advent of social mammals: It is called diplomacy.

I don't think there are logical or coherent reasons why your system can be said to have anything to do with (1) evolution (2) reality or (3) rational theorizing. The main problems are:

(1) Arbitrary "levels" with no clear system of categorization (why are certain developments suddenly considered a new 'level', whilst immensely important events like the evolution of consciousness isn't mentioned?)

(2) It is not a definition that has anything to do with 'evolution', and there is no evidence for some of the 'levels' you define.

My biggest warning:

Watch out for pseudoscience. This is when people use scientific-sounding terms, out of context, without critical thinking or an evidence-based approach.

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Well we are indeed having a conversation of some form, so, I suggest you get some practice in with your explaining, because at the moment your scheme sounds like confused pseudoscience with no actual intellectual content.

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Y'all are both wrong. Evolution is simply about either the forced segregation of the masses or the voluntary separation of the masses and how they develop uniquely w/out influence from alien cultures and bloodlines as Darwin talked about in his book. It's as simple as watching a pair of monkeys strand themselves from the herd and watch their great grandchildren spawn a new breed of monkey entirely or something along those lines. I don't know where y'all got these ideas from, but they sound ridiculous.

Anyways, I wanted to let ya know that I found this page by accident after I found some commentary on the four crowned princes of hell, and oddly enough, this article talked about the most shallow interpretation of astrology I've ever seen and why it doesn't work.

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Thank god (little g) for a reasoned post. Many of the rest of you need to get your nose out of instructive but primarily theologic texts, and study some science, math, history and archaeology. Back to the topic---I think the most important and magical number is 3 as in The Big Three or the three broadcast networks (historical reference) or the Three Little Pigs. Oh and we're the third planet from the sun!

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Hello ! people life, dealth, jesus, satan keep it real first of all the twelve zodiac is represented by the 12 tribes of is-ra-el(Isis Ra and El) in the holy( holios biblious) or the sun pages.... the bible is just a well formed historical note of a 25,000 year evolution of our solar (soul ur) system our atoms revolve on the same axis For example. This is why we are effected by planetary movement, positioning ect. As above so below as within so without. The MUSLIM BOOK is just the bible with seven pages added to it, Plainly put Chronicles of time. All this shit comes from egypt. So get over it....Plus the English language is the youngest on the earth. It don't make no damn since for a word to have so many meanings. And there origins aren't even original. also the seven seals, candles, angels, and the prophets including Muhammed represent the 7 ckakras. Satan represents the kundaLINI LIFE FORCE RESTING COILED AT THE BASE OF THE SPINE. "tHE LOWER SELF." rISE ABOVE ALL THE BULL AND REALIZE THAT THE POWER THAT IS SPOKEN OF IS SOMETHING THAT WE ALL HAVE WITHIN US. yES WE ARE gODS AND WE SHOULDN'T HAVE TO LOOK TO THE SKY FOR SOMEONE TO COME AND SAVE US. tHINK ABOUT IT ALL THOSE BOOKS HAVE FLAWS IN THEM THAT MAKE NO DAMN SINCE. bOTTOM LINE IS THAT THESE SAME SO CALLED PEOPLES HAVE BEEN FIGHTING FOR YEARS AND THERE gOD STILL HASN'T SHOWED UP... STOP BEING LAZY, tHE HAND THAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR IS RESTING AT THE END OF YOUR ARM

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I was just wondering if you have any faith or belief in anything that is not concrete and tangible. Please so not take offense. I am not big on zodiacs or other systems of the sort but do understand a higher power at work in the universe. Consider if humans really represented the greatest intelligence. In the Museum of Antiquities in Cairo they have a battery dating back over 4,000 years yet are unable to figure out how the ancient civilizationcreated the battery using the technology of the day. Much like trying to build a pyramid.

If that knowledge and ability is lost, perhaps an underlying truth to the mysticism of the religious beliefs of cultures is waiting to be rediscovered.

The number 12 in astronomy and myth


Part 1

I appreciate your article.

Here is a thought for why the number 12 was so important to ancient astronomers (we would call them astrologers, today), and to ancient religions (we would call them myths, today).

The sky was seen as a revolving dome with stars upon its surface. There were 7 'stars' or heavenly bodies that could be seen with the naked eye that moved independently across the surface of this starry dome. These were called the 'wandering' stars, or 'planetoi' in Greek. We call them planets today. The Romans called them 'angelus', the 'messengers', which gives us our word angel.

The 7 planets were seen to travel at different speeds. Ancient sky watchers realized that the planet moving with the highest apparent speed must be closest to the observer on Earth. The slowest moving planet must be furthest from the observer on Earth. Each planet was thought of as being attached to its own revolving dome or sphere in the sky. Since the spheres could be seen through, and an observer could see the next higher layer, the spheres must be clear, made of crystal. Thus the story comes down to us of the 7 crystal spheres of heaven, or the 7 heavens.

The planets were ranked according to their apparent distance from Earth. Mercury (fastest, and thus closest, and so the swift messenger of the gods), Moon, Venus, Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn (farthest away, and so cold and dark). There was some debate in ancient times as to the proper order, with several different versions surviving down to modern times.

The revolution of the planets was the best way to keep track of time. An observer merely waited for the planet to return to the same point in the sky. The days were given by the movement of the Sun. The months by the movement of the Moon.

The cycles of Venus were used by Aztecs and Mayans to calculate proper times for war.

The planet Jupiter was hailed as the king of the gods by the Greeks and Romans and Babylonians. The planet Jupiter takes 12 years to perform one revolution in the sky, dividing the sky into 12 discreet sections of 30 degrees each.

The retrograde motion of Jupiter even neatly subdivides the sky into smaller sections of 10 degrees each. By watching Jupiter, such a brilliant and slow moving marker, it is easy to keep track of time. This was crucial in an era when there were no clocks, and the local calendar was always based on the reign of the local king. Only by keeping lists of kings was it possible to keep track of the years. But... each hamlet and city state had its own king. The only way to have an agreed upon time calendar with any other city or state was to use the well known markers of the heavens as the basis. Once you knew the movements of the planet Jupiter, and related it to any of the kings in the list, you could accurately track time.

Any self respecting sky watcher studying the heavens would have to have a book of kings, and a list of the 12 positions in the sky that Jupiter traveled through.

The number 12 in astronomy and myth (part 2)

Part 2

The modern clock face still has 12 positions, being based on the movements of Jupiter. The Chinese zodiac has 12 positions, being based on the movements of Jupiter. The Western zodiac has 12 positions, being based on the movements of Jupiter.

In mythology, the Norse claimed 12 great gods in heaven. The Greeks and Romans claimed 12 great gods in heaven,and gave each a constellation of the zodiac. The Hindus of India had essentially the same zodiac as the Greeks and Romans, with a few differences, each place was assigned a deity.

The Greco-Roman calendar and zodiac was inherited from earlier states, particularly Egypt and Babylon. Babylon inherited astronomy from Sumeria. Clay tablets 5,000 years old with recognizable constellations and signs of the zodiac have been found in archaeological excavations in ancient Sumerian cities.

In ancient Greece, 12 tribes were assigned to care for the temples in rotation, each tribe serving for 1 month. Each tribe was related to the section of the sky, the sign of the zodiac, and the relevant god.

Gens Julian, the clan of Julius Caesar, claimed descent from the goddess Venus. Her section of the sky was inhabited by the constellation Taurus the Bull. The Romans had complex genealogies showing how their ancestors descended from the 12 signs of the zodiac. Most ancient peoples, and some modern ones, claim descent from the constellations and planets.

Today we know that stars are hot balls of plasma, many light years away. The planets are spheres of rock and gas orbiting the sun, and are certainly not deities riding across the skies in chariots.

It seems ludicrous today to claim descent from a planet or constellation, or to claim that a planet or constellation descended to Earth, walked about, ate, fought, and possibly died like a person. But myth and legend, religion and dreams are full of such stories. Humans have always turned their eyes toward heaven and been inspired.


As a side note, many stories of heaven give it 7 layers due to the 7 perceived spheres, or 7 angels, due to the 7 angelus. Heaven also will often be divided into 12 sections, one for each sign of the zodiac. Often in stories there will be a great tree. The 5th century Latin astronomer Macrobius relates that the Milky Way galaxy, rising up through the sky, was called the Tree of Life.

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