07 Nov Secrets waiting to be revealed
At first sight, you may have thought Maier files is just a comic, think again!
The universe is as it is whether we like it or not.
The sole question is, when proof shows the world out of accord with cherished beliefs, will we be humble enough to simply accept it? Somewhere behind all the myths and all legends there is an initial truth. What that truth was can be the most perplexing and difficult question to answer. Sometimes we can derive from the strongest thread of a particular story what it may have been. At other times it has been buried, for the story has been stolen, used by one propagandist or another and altered to meet the needs of the rulers of the day. The Arthurian myth is very much like that.
Even today, Arthur’s story is used to promote a particular belief or point of view. One minute he is a great Englishman, the next a Welsh leader, a Scottish warlord or an ex-Roman soldier. There may even be some truth to the idea that he is all things to all men. However, the fact remains that people such as King Arthur, Dietrich von Bern, Tannhauser etc. are amalgamations of older legends, of ancient gods and people. Some of you, as attentive and thoughtful readers, may already noticed an important link to Arthurian myths as one of the many layers to unravel Maier’s mystery.
In his enigmatic story, Dietrich told about a secret mission to Scotland in 1939 and noted the importance of Arran as he mentioned the name Ceridwen. When investigating the various legends about Brigid and, Cer(r)idwen, one can stumble across the story of Brigid’s Well and Ceridwen’s Cauldron in the great Welsh folklore tradition. According to the legend, Ceridwen lived on the shore of a lake called Lyn or Lin and had a son named Morfran (meaning ‘Great Cow’). The word ‘Lin’, means ‘snake’. Her son was so ugly that it was deemed the only way he would make it in the ‘world of man’ was to become a prophet or soothsayer. In order to make this happen, Ceridwen brewed an elixir that would give him great wisdom. Ceridwen and Brigid were also said to be keepers of the cauldron, chalice or cup, and to ‘drink’ from the chalice was a metaphor for receiving great healing, wisdom and sustenance. The cauldron was also known as the ‘cauldron of rebirth’. It’s a fact that many of those goddesses share a mutual association with wisdom, healing, cauldrons, chalices or cups, snakes as well as sacred healing wells and springs. It’s likely to suggest that they were one and the same. Brigid was by tradition also the owner of the orchard. She is also said to have been raised under an apple tree. The apple tree is frequently linked with the tree of life and the tree of knowledge. The apple is the giver of immortal youth and the fruit guarded by the snake or the dragon in the Garden of Eden, even though it is a European fruit tree and not indigenous to the Middle East.
In many ancient mythologies the sea serpents are said to have been defeated by the gods. From early days, the motif of the dragon slayer sneaked into the stories of these water serpents, as for instance in Thor and the Midgard Serpant and the similar Hebrew Leviathan Sea-snake or dragon defeated by the storm god Baal or the Syrian Hadad. Dragon slayers have come in all shapes and sizes, from St George to the fabled Beowulf. Beowulf was a great Anglo-Saxon hero and probably the most famous of dragon slayers. Beowulf’s third and final conflict was with a terrible dragon that had been roused from slumber when a slave stole its most precious treasure. The treasure is significant: it was a cup. Why would a dragon with huge quantities of treasure, much of which was assuredly of greater value than a cup, be so upset at it being stolen?
There’s another link … The ‘jewel in the serpent’s head’ is said to be green, like an emerald. We are told that Lucifer, the ‘serpent god of the sky’, came down to Earth and brought the Emerald Jewel, which became the Philosopher’s Stone. According to many Gnostics, Lucifer is the true saviour, and any research into ancient secret societies will reveal this belief, which is one of the secrets of Freemasonry. The ‘jewel’ is known as the dewdrop essence of the rose, the ‘Ros’ or ‘moon dew’ of the alchemists. According to the Hindu tradition, the Ros or dew of the rose is also the Om Mani Padme Hum, which translates as ‘jewel in the heart of the lotus’.
“Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose.” the sentence writen by Gertrude Stein, did she know something more as Leni Riefenstahl did? There are indeed many levels to the game …