Friday, 29 August 2014

Hijacking and Inversion of Sacred Symbols

For a long time I have been fascinated with how Divine sacred symbols are hijacked and inverted by the dark side for their own purposes. I was considering writing an article and then I came across this excellent piece by David Percival.  I share it here in the hope that it will bring clarity to this fascinating subject.

Anything can be promoted by talking about it in an opposing sense
Rudolph Steiner

The All-Seeing Eye: Sacred Origins of a Hijacked Symbol

Is the all-seeing eye a symbol of divine omniscience or sinister influence? Today it symbolises control and domination by a shadowy elite, but its original use was quite different. This article traces its use and meaning back to ancient times, when it was a symbol of divine providence, powerfully representing spiritual truth and awakening.

Humanity is Losing Its Precious Symbology

The all-seeing eye is a powerful esoteric symbol which is widely misunderstood and misused today; few know what it originally stood for. It was originally symbolic of a higher spiritual power or God, a watchful caretaker of humanity or an awakened spiritual part within. But these days it has quite different associations.
Today the all-seeing eye is more likely to be seen as an “Illuminati” symbol of control and surveillance by elites who to a large degree run the show on this planet at this time. This is because, over time, dark sinister forces have taken over esoteric symbols that for thousands of years were used to convey positive, helpful, uplifting spiritual messages and principles.  The all-seeing eye is a prime example of how spiritual symbols have been hijacked and inverted. There has not really been much push to understand the symbol’s original meaning or to reclaim it for the spiritual significance it first conveyed.
This is the first in a series of articles I am presenting that will take a closer look at individual symbols, and delve into their origins and history to uncover their deeper esoteric significance. I am writing these as part of an effort to reclaim these positive esoteric symbols and restore them to their previously esteemed state.

Universal Nature of Symbolism

Symbolism has long been used by humanity to communicate ideas which are best crystallised in a compact form. As the well-known saying goes, a picture tells a thousands words! Esoteric symbols are alive today as they were in the ancient past, but there is much confusion surrounding their usage, history, intent, and meaning.
In ordinary life we use symbols to show at a glance important information such as traffic and road signs amongst many other symbols which are widespread and common today. Some other examples are corporate logos and certification statuses.
Symbolism is also especially used in the communication of non-physical, spiritual ideas, phenomena, and processes.
The all-seeing eye is one of the most powerful and widely used  and misused  symbols of all. In this article I trace its use from the earliest of times through to the 18th century, and show what the symbol originally stood for. My next article will examine its use from 18th century freemasonry onwards, and show how it has since been hijacked and misused.

Use of the All-Seeing Eye in Ancient Cultures


Shiva's Third Eye

We perhaps find the precursor to what eventually became known as the all-seeing eye in the Rig Veda, a sanskrit text thought to have been written over 3,000 years ago and one of the oldest known texts. In it there are many references to the sun and to other deities as being an eye in heaven, as an eye which reveals creation, or an eye which never closes.
One can liken this to being symbolic of a high level of awakened consciousness that advanced spiritual beings have and which an ordinary person can potentially attain.
The Hindu god Shiva has three eyes. The third eye or brow chakra eye is known as the eye of Shiva, possessor of all knowledge, which when opened will destroy anything it sees. Thus it is a symbol of knowledge which destroys evil and ignorance.
This again can be likened to an awakened higher spiritual part of a person which sees the truth of things and can then eliminate within a person’s psyche that which is opposite to and blocks divine consciousness from manifesting more. In this way it is a “creative destruction” of evil to transform it into higher consciousness.
Even in modern times, the eye of Shiva is used in jewellery to give protection against evil to its wearer and to gain wisdom and understanding from the world, from life events and from the self, for positive transformation.


Buddha's All Seeing Eye

In Buddhism, Buddha is referred to as the Eye of the World. It is typical for temples in Nepal to display a graphic of the “Eyes of Buddha” as shown to the right – notice it includes a mark for the “third eye” as well. The eyes are also known as the eyes of wisdom and compassion.
Statues of Buddha typically show a dot in the mid-brow to represent the third eye.

Ancient Egypt

Eye of Osiris

It is interesting to find that the Egyptian hieroglyph for their god Osiris contains an eye as shown below. So as with  Hinduism and Buddhism we find a spiritual deity being represented in ancient times as an eye.

Hieroglyph for “Osiris” contains an eye

Eye of Horus

In ancient Egypt, the all-seeing eye was known as the Eye of Horus or the Eye of Ra and also formed part of the symbology of Wad-jet. Through various myths they were symbols of protection, healing and restoration. The left eye of Horus was said to be the moon and his right eye the sun.

The Eyes of Horus

The all seeing eye is a major part of Egyptian spirituality.

Horus was a falcon-headed sun god and it could be said the Eye of Horus was styled like an eye of a lanner falcon with its marking beneath the eye.

Could the Eye of Horus represent parts of the brain used to manifest consciousness?
It is also very interesting to note that the drawing of the Eye of Horus very much matches the cross section of the mid brain where the thalamus, the pineal and pituitary glands are situated. The pineal gland is often said to be the “third eye” and a centre of spirituality and of spiritual insight, which can be developed in a person.
It’s as if the Eye of Horus could be a depiction of the thalamus as the eye ball with the corpus callosum the eye brow above and the medulla oblongata (brain stem) and the hypothalamus being the two markings below. If this is what they were drawing but calling it the Eye of Horus, does it suggest they considered the mid brain to be the seat of consciousness or even of divine consciousness or “Horus consciousness”? Horus being a sun god and symbolic of the universal Christ, a spiritual force which a suitably prepared person can merge with.

Middle East/Asia 


A Jewish Hamsa
In the Middle East the all-seeing eye has been known in the form of a hand-eye symbol called either Hamsa, Khamsa or Hamesh.
It’s the symbol of an eye in the palm of a hand, usually the right hand. Again it is a symbol of protection against the evil eye (bad luck caused by jealousy from others) and danger in general and can been seen as a good luck charm in that way.

It is also known as the hand of Fatima in Islam and the hand of Miriam in Judaism. In India it is known as Humsa Hand. The Jains also have a form of the Hamsa in their symbolism with the word ahimsa (meaning non-violence) inside a wheel instead of where the eye would be. The Hamsa has been used for thousands of years and is still in use today as amulets, charms or wall hangings. It would seem to have its origins from ancient Mesopotamia with the hand of Ishtar being a symbol of divine protection although it did not contain the eye in the palm.

Detail from "The Divine World" by Kahil Gibran

A more Christian-themed representation of the Hamsa is an art work called “The Divine World” by Kahlil Gibran, a Lebanese Maronite Catholic prominent in the early 20th century as a poet, painter, writer, philosopher, theologian.

A Nazar 

In Greece and Turkey they have something similar to the Hamsa which they call a “Nazar”. It is just an eye without the hand but it is used in the same way and has the same meaning as the Hamsa, that is, to ward off the evil eye, in the form of amulets or hanging ornaments usually made from blue glass.


Similarly in Buddhism there is the “eye of Buddha” amulet to ward off the evil eye.

Enigmatic Rattlesnake Disc

The symbol of an eye in a hand also appears in Aztec and Mayan cultures and in Native American artworks although archaeologists are not sure what meaning it had for these cultures.
Above is a Native American example referred to as “The Rattlesnake Disc” which was unearthed by a farmer in Moundville, Alabama in the 1800′s. Some archaeologists think its symbolism may have represented a portal to spiritual dimensions. It is the most elaborately decorated artwork found at Moundville giving rise to the belief it was of the most importance to its creators. Other artworks found there also contain the hand-eye symbol.

Ancient Ecuador

There is also the amazing discovery in 1984 in La Mana, central Ecuador, of an ancient artefact referred to as the Black Pyramid amongst 300 artefacts found there of unknown origin.
It is not known what culture they come from and the many objects found are baffling and seemingly out of place for this part of the world, such as an object designed as a hooded King Cobra of south east Asia. Cobras don’t exist in South America.
The so-called Black Pyramid is made from black stone with an eye at the apex. The stone has gold inlays forming 13 levels of “bricks” and an eye at the top. These inlays glow when under black light. Overall it looks like a representation of the great pyramid of Giza (7,470 miles away) and also amazingly just like the eye pyramid symbol used on the Great Seal of America and the US $1 bill.
It is also interesting to note the cobra artefact has another similarity with ancient Egypt where the raised cobra is associated with the Eye of Horus/Ra and Wad-jet in their protective aspects with it being worn on the foreheads of Pharaohs at the mid-brow right where the third eye is located.  This symbolises the raising of a person’s energies to a higher vibration which internally leads to the awakening of psychic faculties such as those latent in the third eye.

LaMana_pyramid_all_seeing_eyeImages via YouTube user Wellington Marin – Illuminati Pyramid from Ecuador

It is not known how old these objects are as dating them has not been possible but they are thought to pre-date the known ancient cultures of the region. There is also a pre-Sanskrit type language (making it very old) engraved on some of the objects including on the underside of the black pyramid where there are also markings which appear to map out the stars of the Orion constellation, which the pyramids at Giza also map. The 4 pre-Sanskrit markings are thought to translate as saying “the son of the creator comes”.

Given the care taken to create this object it would seem to have been an important symbol for its creators although it is not clear how they interpreted it.

Ancient Greek

In the Hymns of Orpheus, the hymn To The Sun describes it variously as thus;
as an “eternal eye with broad survey” ;
and compares it to being the “Father of ages” ;
and as “Immortal Jove, all searching, bearing light” ;
then later as the “Great eye of Nature and the starry skies” ;
followed by “Faithful defender, and the eye of right”

So here we see in an ancient text of the western world similar representation of the sun like that presented in the ancient text of the east, the Rig Veda, as being an eye of the creator and an all-seeing never closing eye watching over and protecting the good.


“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.” (Jesus in Matthew 6:22)
“The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry;”
(Psalms 34:15)
“The eyes of the Lord are in every place, beholding the evil and the good.” (Proverbs 15:3)
The_Talpiot_Tomb_triangle_circleDoes the Talpiot tomb display an all seeing eye?
A possible first known use of the all-seeing eye symbol in Judeo-Christianity is the so-called “Jesus tomb” from 1st century AD discovered in 1980, which uses a similar symbol over the entrance to the tomb. Regardless of whose tomb it is, could this be a first known or early use of the eye-pyramid symbol in the Judeo-Christian tradition?

In Christianity, the all-seeing eye or “Eye of Providence” or “Eye of God” has been used as a symbol from at least the 16th century as seen in the following painting below which depicts a scene from Luke 24: 13-32 where after his resurrection, Jesus has supper with two disciples.

Supper in Emmaus
16th century Christian painting – dated 1525 by Italian artist Pontormo (student of Da Vinci), called Supper in Emmaus – depicts Luke 24: 13-32
The eye is inside a triangle, and surrounded by rays of light, with the triangle representing the holy trinity and the whole symbol meaning God’s omnipresence and all-seeing eye watching over creation.

Some claim that the eye in triangle symbol was added to the painting soon after the Council of Trent 1545- 1563, to conform with its canons and decrees but even if that is so that would still place its use in the 16th century.

In Alsace, France, the fresco painted above the altar of the Abbey Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste (1763) shows a large example of the eye-in-pyramid symbol, with the rays of glory breaking through the clouds.

An all-seeing eye in the
St. Jean-Baptiste Abbey Church

Another example is on the Aachen cathedral in Germany. It was originally built in the late 8th century under the Emperor Charlemagne and then enlarged in the middle ages with various other changes and updates along the way. It would seem the all-seeing eye symbol was placed on the cathedral in 1766 to mark the renovations done that year.

Aachen Cathedral all seeing eye

Note that these first two examples pre-date the founding of the Bavarian Illuminati (1776) although Freemasonry already existed in England and Europe by this time. Perhaps it was a masonic influence that saw these symbols used on these cathedrals yet it was not until about 1797 that masons are regarded as beginning to use the eye-in-pyramid symbol.

The eye-in-pyramid symbol also features prominently on the front facade of the Hartegbrugkerk Church in Leiden, the Netherlands, built in 1835-36. The Latin words “Hic Domus Dei est et Porta Coeli” translates to “This is the House of God and the Gateway to Heaven.”

Another all-seeing eye atop
Hartegbrugkerk, Netherlands


These are just some Christian examples of many that appear in Europe.


As we have seen, throughout history there has been a strong tradition across time, continents and cultures of using eye symbolism to generally represent a benevolent creator force watching over, helping and protecting humanity and to represent a spiritual part within.

In my next article I will continue to trace the use of the all-seeing eye symbolism over the last 240 years and reveal how it has been inverted and increasingly used for sinister aims in current times.

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David Percival has had a long interest in spirituality and the nature of reality and what makes people the way they are. He has helped teach meditation and esoteric spirituality subjects in the past and in coming to learn more about the hidden agendas to suppress and control humanity he has a keen interest in helping to turn a light on those things so others can learn more too in the hope for a brighter better future. 

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Death and Rebirth, Order out of chaos

I live on the slopes of the southern section of Table Mountain and have a great 'up close' view of the eastern facing mountain slope through my window as I am writing.   At the moment the winter flowers are beautiful and a high winter rainfall this year has contributed to a lush green covering.  In the summer dry conditions make fire a constant concern.   Fire clears out dry dead wood and debris and the burned material creates a special type of fertiliser that restores vital nutrients to the soil.  Many plants here in South Africa depend on the natural fires in our summer months to thrive. 


We have a unique eco system here called Fynbos and the burning of the bush branches of such flowers as the Proteas shown above causes strong re-growth and a profusion of flowers.  Also fire cracks open certain seeds and allows germination.

Order out of chaos

The rhythm of nature has cycles of destruction and reconstruction. Death and re-birth. These cycles are absolutely necessary to maintain a healthy eco system.  The ‘phoenix rising from the ashes’ was the ancients way of depicting this fact.  

Phoenix rises from the ashes

We are not separate from nature.  In fact, patterns in nature are duplicated within us because of the ‘as above so below’ principle.   In our lives we naturally experience cycles of destruction and rebirth.  To grow and truly evolve we have to create the new and let go of the old that has ceased to serve us.  We have to make space for abundance consciousness by letting go of the consciousness of lack. We have to learn from our past and take that learning into the future re-modelled to create success.

There's no failure only feedback

In NLP we say there is ‘no failure only feedback’.  Each failure can be a stepping stone to success or a barrier.  Each one of us chooses moment to moment which one.

I was thinking about my life and the ups and the downs.  The times when the ending of a relationship or the walking away from a job had seemed an insurmountable challenge at the time and yet as I look back became a door to greater freedom, expansion and exploration.  My ex husband's Bankrupcy enabled me to discover my World Service.  Waking up one day with your company, home, car and money suddenly gone makes you re-consider everything about your life. Leaving a job that drained my energy opened the way to setting up my own business doing those things I was passionate about.  Leaving a relationship with a partner who refused to grow enabled me to escalate my own evolution.  Stepping into the Unknown on occasions that warranted it has engendered courage and I believe Courage is a fundamental resource in life.

Fire Happens

Truth is, fire happens on Table Mountain.  And you can't stop it.  The Wildfire Service tries to manage it by doing small, low-intensity controlled burns in the hope that Mother Nature will accept these small offerings and never subject our mountainside homes to destruction.  But it never works, Mother Nature knows best and we need to respect her boundaries and not build in her terrain rather than try to change her terrain to suit us. 

The same is true in our lives.  You're here to evolve whether you know it or not.  A friend of mine has had three motorbike accidents in the last 12 months and spent time in intensive care and recuperation after each one.  A whole year that could be either appreciated or cursed because it created time for reflection and rest.  I wonder if he has learned the lesson yet.  Your Higher Self is going to push you forward to fulfill your destiny - that is a given.  You can go willingly and consciously doing a "controlled burn" along the way, or you can go kicking and screaming while your whole life gets set on fire.

Nature shows us that true happiness is not linear in nature.  It is cyclical.  There is no formula for being happy.  Instead, there are ebbs and tides, ups and downs, quiet cycles and super-busy cycles.  There is "fire" and then regrowth. 


There has been a lot of discussion in the personal growth arena about the power and importance of being "happy".  However my feeling is that this must not become the ‘Holy Grail’ or a doomed to fail pursuit of the unreachable.  There will be happiness and its opposite.  The growth is in saying ‘this too will pass’ when the challenge cycle is happening.  And to ask ourselves ‘what can I learn from this opportunity’.  

Discovering your World Service

Learning is our only goal.  Every experience is an opportunity to learn an important lesson.  The sum total of our life lessons can be an indicator of what we are here to do.  

I discern between the idea of Life Purpose and World Service.  Life Purpose is what we are here to achieve for ourselves. World Service is our offering to humanity.  Many clients ask me how they can discover their World Service and I suggest the following simple writing exercise which helps to reveal a constant thread or theme running through one’s life.

Take a piece of paper and draw 5 columns with the headings shown. 

Negatively perceived events
Lesson being offered
Did I learn the lesson yet?
How can I take what I have learnt and use it to help others?
Ideas on what my world service could be based on the lessons I have learnt.

continue noting all events from the earliest to the most recent

List each perceived negative event in column one then honestly answer the questions in column two and three.  Column four is the answer to 'what is my world service'.  Five is a chance note down your ideas on how to move forward to fulfil your world service. 

It is worth noting here that once you have learned the lesson from each negatively perceived event then you will never be presented with a similar opportunity again. You've graduated.  In this way you can minimise negative cycles in your life experience.

Happiness is ours by divine right as is abundance.  However if we have unrealistic expectations of nothing but happiness we are in for disappointment.  So please never chide yourself if you find yourself in a down cycle.  Just work at making the time spent there minimal. The failure is not in being in cycles, the failure is in rejecting the natural cyclic way or refusing to go with the flow in an attitude of acceptance.
We are erroneously conditioned to think of happiness as this end goal that happens after applying a certain "formula".  Think these good thoughts, add a little positive action, ask the right questions and (((poof))) we achieve happiness and never have to struggle again. Karen Curry.

Fear of the Unknown

Fear of the Unknown is our enemy in our pursuit of happiness.  We have to work at letting go of fear and that will pave the way to more happiness in our lives.  And for most letting go of fear is like setting fire to your life.   What you will be left with is the bare essentials for a new beginning and the vital nutrients for growth.

So if you're working on the "happiness thing", be kind and patient with yourself and master the art of self resilience, self confidence, courage and trust in yourself.  It's the state of acceptance and flow that you maintain whilst swinging high and low through the cycle of change that creates the foundation for true happiness.  Spending time actively engaged in those pursuits that enable you to fulfill in your World Service will bring you satisfaction and fulfillment and I believe these are two of the important factors that contribute to true happiness.

Lord Shiva - symbolic of divine creation and destruction

Nataraja is the dancing form of Lord Shiva in Vedic/Hindu symbolism

Nataraja ('King of Dancers' (Sanskrit nata = dance; raja = king). In the words of Ananda K. Coomaraswamy, "Nataraj is the "clearest image of the activity of God which any art or religion can boast of…A more fluid and energetic representation of a moving figure than the dancing figure of Shiva can scarcely be found anywhere," 

In a marvelously unified and dynamic composition expressing the rhythm and harmony of life, Nataraj is shown with four hands represent the cardinal directions. He is dancing, with his left foot elegantly raised and the right foot on a prostrate figure — 'Apasmara Purusha', the personification of illusion and ignorance over whom Shiva triumphs. The upper left hand holds a flame, the lower left hand points down to the dwarf, who is shown holding a cobra. The upper right hand holds an hourglass drum or 'dumroo' that stands for the male-female vital principle, the lower shows the gesture of assertion: "Be without fear."

Snakes that stand for egotism, are seen uncoiling from his arms, legs, and hair, which is braided and bejeweled. His matted locks are whirling as he dances within an arch of flames representing the endless cycle of birth and death. On his head is a skull, which symbolizes his conquest over death. Goddess Ganga, the epitome of the holy river Ganges, also sits on his hairdo. His third eye is symbolic of his omniscience, insight, and enlightenment. The whole idol rests on a lotus pedestal, the symbol of the creative forces of the universe.

The Significance of Shiva's Dance

This cosmic dance of Shiva is called 'Anandatandava,' meaning the Dance of Bliss, and symbolizes the cosmic cycles of creation and destruction, as well as the daily rhythm of birth and death. 

The dance is a pictorial allegory of the five principle manifestations of eternal energy — creation, destruction, preservation, salvation, and illusion

According to Coomerswamy, the dance of Shiva also represents his five activities: 'Shrishti' (creation, evolution); 'Sthiti' (preservation, support); 'Samhara' (destruction, evolution); 'Tirobhava' (illusion); and 'Anugraha' (release, emancipation, grace).

I rest my case.
Namaste until next time