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Article ID: 4648
Age Group: Adult
Posted: September 9th. 2002
Texe Marrs 
by Kerr Cuhulain
Marrs also attacks the practices of visualization and meditation:
"Through visualization, meditation and other means of achieving Kundalini or transformation, the individual focuses on the seven colours of the rainbow. In so doing, he unknowingly imbeds satanic images in his mind. Swirling in a sea of mesmerizing images, the colors become mandalas- hypnotic picturescapes of kaleidoscope images that reprogram the person's mind to accept the lies of 'The Presence,' who is the Devil...someday, unsuspectingly, they will visualize and be seized by a grinning pack of vicious demon beings staring at them through the fiery flames of hell."(44)
In other words, don't think, don't use your imagination, just accept the Bible as being literally true and obediently obey. Here Marrs is misusing the term kundalini again. Mandalas are elaborate circular patterns used for meditation. They are not used to reprogram people as Satanists. Meditation using mandalas doesn't result in demon possession.
Another common error that Marrs makes is his assumption that "Pagan and primitive peoples worshipped the sun as a god. But that was millennia ago, right? Surely, twentieth-century, educated man could never be fooled into revering a huge, burning, molten rock in the sky as divine, could he? The answer is yes, he could, if he is a New Ager. As preposterous as it may seem, the New Age has revived the ages-old belief in the Sun God- and millions are falling for this lie. Hitler once said if you're going to tell a lie, make it a big one and people will swallow it. A little lie they won't buy!"(45)
The belief that all primitive people worshipped the sun was a common assumption by folklorists and historians in past centuries, a belief that further study has proved false. It is ironic that Marrs thinks that twentieth century educated man can be fooled into believing his stuff. Any school child could tell you that the sun is not a burning rock.
Marrs even drags modern science fiction into it, stating that "...In Arthur Clarke's movie 2010, a new sun suddenly appears radiantly in the sky, bringing peace to earth just as the two hostile superpowers... are about to wage all-out nuclear war. Clarke reveals in his book of the same title who this mysterious and peaceful force appearing as the 'sun' is: Its name is Lucifer.[emphasis in original]"(46) Clarke wasn't using this name as a reference to Satan. He was using it for its literal Latin meaning ("bringer of light)."
Marrs even attacks the United Nations, reporting that "At the time of its construction in 1957, the U.N. Meditation Room was said by then-United Nations secretary Dag Hammarskjold to represent the uity of all world religions. Notably, this same Dag Hammarskjold worshipped a 'God' that excluded Jesus Christ as Lord, and yet his book of that era, Markings, won raves from many Christian leaders."(47)
Another symbol Marrs doesn't like is the eye: "The [symbol of the] all seeing eye does, indeed, represent unity- a unity that is inclusive of witchcraft, satanism, Hinduism, Shintoism, Buddhism, and every weird and strange cult that has ever existed, but a unity that excludes Jesus Christ. The origins of this symbol are in the Egyptian Mother Goddess religion. Hathor, the Sun Eye Goddess, was thought to come out of the dark night with her piercing eye that emanated from the very interior of the sun. Hathor was the Mistress of the Vulva, the goddess of drunkenness and partying, dance, music and song, and sexuality and fertility. In The Egyptian Book of the Dead, the dead are pictured as sitting with Hathor under a tree, to keep her company and seek renewal for themselves. She was the Cow Goddess (mistress of the Bull God) and as the Sun's eye, she, it was taught, uncovered the rebellious and punished them... New Age 'bibles' and leaders also teach that the all-seeing eye of Horus is the same as the eye of Shiva. Shiva is the Hindu equivalent of Horus the Egyptian Sun God."(48)
Hathor, whose name means "house of the face" or "house of Horus," wasn't a "Sun Eye Goddess," though she was a sky Goddess. She was a Goddess of pleasure and nurturing and protectress of the dead. Hathor wasn't the "sun's eye." The sun was one of the eyes of Horus, a falcon headed sky God, his other eye being the moon. Shiva, as I mentioned earlier, wasn't a sun god, but he does have an all seeing eye like Horus.
Marrs also gets his information about the symbol of the circle all messed up:
"The satanic circle is well-known among witches and Satan-worshippers. This symbol also has ancient significance. It represented the Sun Gods and Goddesses of Egypt and Rome. Circe (thus Circle) was the pagan Roman Sun Goddess, and her symbol was the circle...The point within the circle is the sign of Lucifer."(49)
Circe was not a "Roman Sun Goddess." Circe ("she falcon") was a character in Homer's epic work, The Odyssey, a Greek Goddess of the island of Aeaea ("wailing"). Circe was an enchantress who turned Odyssey's men into swine, lions and wolves. The symbol of Circe was not a circle, it was the willow tree. The English word "circle" was not derived from her name, it was derived from the Latin "circulus", which was in turn derived from the Greek "kirkos" ("a ring"). A dot within a circle is an astrological sign for the sun and an elemental sign representing the element of air, not a sign of Lucifer.
Marrs misidentifies other circular symbols too. For example, he states that:
"Perhaps the most diabolical and heinous of all symbols is the cross within a circle. This indicates to the New Age occultist that Jesus Christ is contained, or restrained, within the Circle of Satan. Its bold but evil suggestion is that a sovereign Satan holds authority over God. Sometimes the cross is contrained by three outer circles. This is symbolic of the desecration by Satan of the Holy Trinity of God.
"The cross within three circles was the Mark of the Beast of infamous British satanist Aleister Crowley. Crowley literally branded this mark between the breasts of women who worshipped him as the High Priest of Satan. Crowley called himself the Beast and the Antichrist with the number 666. Although he is now deceased, his horrible works live on... [emphasis in original]"(50)
The symbols that Marrs uses to illustrate this symbol of a cross in a circle are of cross with arms of equal length, like a plus sign in arithmetic rather than a crucifix. This symbol has been used to represent several things in different cultures. It is a sign for the element of earth. It is also known as a Solar Cross, Wotan's cross or Rose cross. It represented cosmic union: the union of male and female and the round of the earth horizon with the four cardinal points of the compass united in the center. It was not Satanic in either case. Crowley did not use a cross in three circles as his symbol, nor did he brand women with marks of any sort, though he did refer to himself as the Beast, probably to upset the church. His parents, Plymouth Bretheren, had brought him up in a strict Christian household and Crowley seemed to enjoy demonstrating his distaste for Christianity at every opportunity. Crowley's interpretation of the significance of the number 666 was quite different from the one used by fundamentalist Christians.
Marrs states that "[a cross] with broken, misshapen, bent, or disfigured horizontal crossbars... symbolizes to occultists a broken and defeated Jesus. The 'peace symbol' is one example. It is an especially wicked symbol that has in the past few decades acquired favoured status among many New Agers, liberals, and radicals in the peace movement."(51)
This is a very common argument in fundamentalist literature of this sort. Under this line of reasoning, the Eastern Orthodox cross might be considered Satanic. It is worth taking a moment to examine where the idea that symbols such as the peace symbol came to be considered Satanic by such people.
The peace symbol dates back to Easter of 1958. It was created by author Bertrand Russell, who used it as a symbol in a march for nuclear disarmament that took place in Aldermaston, England. The symbol consists of three elements: The semaphore signal for the letter "N" (nuclear) superimposed over the semaphore signal for the letter "D" (disarmament), surrounded by a circle (representing the concept "total"). Thus the completed symbol was supposed to represent "total nuclear disarmament".
In several modern extremist Christian texts such as Marr's, the peace symbol has been labelled a Satanic symbol and is often referred to as the "Cross of Nero." I believe that one of Michael Warnke's associates, David Balsiger, started this rumour rolling. In Warnke's book, The Satan Seller (which we discussed earlier in this series), Balsiger remarks: "The peace symbol, even worn by many Christians today, has a very long history. It was used on Hitler's Nazi death notices and as part of the official inscription on the gravestones of Nazi officers of the SS, the leaders of which, incidentally, were Satanists. During the Middle Ages as well as today, it has been the favourite sign of the Satanists. In Austria and Italy during ancient times, it meant evil and death. It is also known as Nero's cross, because when Peter was crucified, he asked to be crucified upside down... Nero is said to have granted the request and constructed a cross like the peace symbol. Since that time it has been known as the symbol of the anti-Christ, and in 70 AD it was the signet carried by the Romans who ravished Jerusalem."(52)
Balsiger's confused notion that the Nazi's used this symbol is probably from his misunderstanding of Runic alphabets. There is a letter in the Anglo Saxon and Thames versions of these alphabets which resembles the peace sign without the circle: It represents the letter "K" in our Roman alphabet. The Nazi's did use runes, but not the peace symbol, which wasn't created until several years after the demise of the Third Reich.
Balsiger is also correct in stating that the Bible says that Peter was crucified upside down. But the fact is that even modern Biblical scholars now admit that there is very little evidence to corroborate this crucifixion story.(53) No one knows when, where or how St. Peter died. In fact it is uncertain as to whether he was a real person. The "Petrine Passage" in the Gospel of Matthew, an account of Peter's acquisition of the symbolic keys, was inserted in the third century CE for political reasons.(54)
Another symbol that Marrs doesn't understand is the ankh, which he describes in a section entitled "Desecrating the Cross: The Unholy Ankh."(55) Marrs claims that "...the ankh is a sacrilegious symbol of a satanic circle surmounting the cross. Ungodly in the extreme, it attempts to depict Satan as supreme over the sacrifice of Jesus."(56) This Egyptian symbol predates Christianity by hundreds of years, so there is no way that it could be considered "sacrilegious" or a symbol "desecrating Christianity." The ankh is an Egyptian heiroglyph meaning both "life" and "hand mirror" (specifically the mirror of the Goddess Hathor). It is an Egyptian symbol of immortality.
Marrs reports that Albert Churchward documented the "worship of the swastika among the Aztecs of Mexico, the primitive indian tribes of North America, and the witchcraft-styled Druids of Britain from 3000 B.C. until A.D. 300. Astonishingly, the Druids displayed the swastika inside the satanic triangle. This reveals the satanic origins of both symbols. It is undeniable, then, that from the beginning of civilization Satan has inspired pagans around the world to paint and erect symbols and idols of the swastika.... Quite obviously, Hitler's Aryan race theories and his swastika were both of satanic origins. Today the New Age finds merit both in Hitler's poisonous racial theories and in his sign of the swastika.[emphasis in original]"(57)
The term swastika is derived from a Sanskrit root meaning "so be it" or "amen." The earliest examples of the Swastika date back to 10,000 BCE, making it far older than Christianity. The swastika has appeared in cultures around the world, including cultures in the Americas, as Churchward found. With arms pointing clockwise it is generally a symbol of the sun, and with arms pointing counter-clockwise (a sauvastika), a symbol of the moon. It was a symbol used in Gaul and Britain. Hitler's adoption of the swastika was due to his erroneous assumption that it was an exclusively "Aryan" symbol, probably influenced by its use by old anti-Semitic societies like the Vehmgericht. Although the swastika now carries some evil connotations due to its use by Hitler, the swastika was originally benign and not Satanic at all.
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