Originally posted by David C
When I simply think of the various unfounded premises behind this crap I gag. I'll try to expose a few.
Brief compendium: The Sun is the central deity in most religions.
Simply not true. The Bible teaches nothing about the sun being central to the teaching of Jesus. In fact, some people speculate that God made light on the first day and the sun on the fourth to clearly demonstrate that not even our light is dependent on the sun!
It has been anthropomorphized into a human(ish) figure, whether it is Ra, Sol Invictus, or Jesus (giving his life so that we may live).
So someone found a way to correlate the sun to Jesus. Does that make the connection somehow absolute? Jesus wept. Does that make a fountain symbolic of Him? Sometimes Jesus was up all night. Does that bind Him forever to being like the moon?
We can note that Christianity, for example, contains the 12+1 paradigm (the twelve constellations plus the Sun),
Who made this up? Must I recognize it as some factual, unavoidable truth? There is nothing so obscure and subjective as the constellations! So some ancient pagans decided there were twelve. I say there are 32, and that they all look like chess pieces. (Only I can tell the white from the black, but take my word for it, I'm up a knight, a rook and 3 pawns!)
and that the 'ages' the sun passes through as it travels the ecliptic (precession of the equinoxes) are closely related to the symbolism and imagery of the time...i.e. Moses and the Ram of God (Aries, the most recent astrological sign the sun passed through at the equinox) as he ushered in the new age after the worship of the Bull (Taurus, the immediate predecessor).
So our history and astronomy are so good that we know the date that Moses condemned the worship of the golden bull? And then built the golden ram? Oh wait, that never happened. So what. That ancient pagan dude named the next constellation ram, so we gotta work it in here somewhere.
As we moved into the current age of Pisces, we see the saviour associated with the opposite-pointing fish (Jesus). We are inching ever closer to the Age of Aquarius (2012, anyone?).
What does this even mean? The age of Pisces. So there's a bunch of stars and someone looking at them from earth imagined they can be arranged into the form of a fish. Next we have the earth set against that group? As seen from where? Does not the perspective of the viewer bear any importance in these matters? Doesn't the view from Tatooine matter? Maybe Pisces looks like a poodle from there, who knows.
I thought the age of Aquarius has been dawning since the 60's, and now I find out the whole age will be in 2012! How long does a dawning take anyway?
Like I said, bunk.