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The Undying Stars: The Truth That Unites the World's Ancient Wisdom and the Conspiracy to Keep It from You Paperback – May 27, 2014
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The Undying Stars: The truth that unites the world's ancient wisdom and the conspiracy to keep it from you
About the Author
David Warner Mathisen explores the evidence that the world's ancient myths, scriptures, and sacred stories are built upon a common foundation of celestial metaphor.
- present the evidence that this system of celestial metaphor is indeed operating in the world's myths (from virtually every culture on every continent on our planet)
- systematically explain the celestial "language" that the myths are using, so that the interested reader can become "fluent" in hearing the message of the ancient myths and sacred stories in the language that they are speaking to us: the language of the stars.
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To borrow a phrase, The Undying Stars boldly goes where few books have gone before. Its 420-odd page mission: to explore ideas that may seem strange to many, to make new connections, to seek out ancient wisdom lost to modern civilization.
What struck me most was the fact that the author has clearly done his homework. He's familiar with the literature and shares his encyclopedic knowledge of it on almost every page. This has obvious pros and a few cons -- one sometimes wishes for the author to assert a more independent voice and rely less on quotations -- but the overall effect is positive. The guy isn't making this stuff up himself, he's got exhaustive support from multiple sources for everything he covers. And, he covers a lot!
An equally good book for those already in the know or those willing to have their hardcore literalist assumptions challenged.
Likewise, by blind belief in the accepted jargon of educated (i.e. indoctrinated) academics and clergy concerning world history and religion one will never see through the deception that prevents mankind from discovering his unique spiritual nature unless an alternative juxtaposition of historical facts and findings are explored as in this very exciting and revealing book by David Mathisen.
Many have tried to capture the essence of man’s purpose and destiny through religious commentary. This book portrays our spiritual (metaphysical) nature from the created world around and above us. The description in “The Undying Stars” of the filial relationship between the astro-theological Jesus and Satan from the ancient wisdom expressed in the zodiac is worth the price of the book….a must read!
My objection, however, is with the second half of the book which relies heavily on Barbiero's "Secret Society of Moses" in an attempt to bridge the works of Joseph Atwell ("Caesar's Messiah") and the works of Freke & Gandy ("The Jesus Mysteries", etc ) into an over arching grand conspiracy plan that links the founding of Christianity to Titus Flavius Josephus who secretly sold out the treasures of the Temple in Jerusalem to the Roman conquerors after the fall in 60 AD in return for an insidious secret plan to dominate Rome from the inside. This plot was effected thru the dual conversions of the cult of Mithras and Christianity (!) Naturally this dastardly plan was carried forth down through the ages following the decline of the Roman Empire to the present day through various power brokers inside the Church establishment. So off we go to the Da Vinci Code races with potshots at Freemasonary in concert with the Ecclesiastical Establishment (!) to hoodwink us all from knowing who we really are--the image of God.
Early in the book, Mathisen mentions the use of Occam's Razor by refusing to credit space aliens for the developments of ancient Egypt and I thought I was on safe ground. However, as the plot unfolds in the latter half of this book, the author seems to have dropped his razor as he dashes from one dead-end rabbit hole to another in his attempt to demonstrate his grand thesis concerning "The truth that unites the world's ancient wisdom and the conspiracy to keep it from you" (subtitle)
Attempting to justify this cover-up into the present day he goes on a tirade quoting Kevin Annett's "Hidden No Longer: Genocide in Canada Past and Present" as an example of the suppression of Native Americans and their shamanic traditions. Oh, and did I mention that the oppressed pagans of third century Europe managed to escape to North America where they carefully preserved this priceless knowledge until the Columbian exchange in the 15th and 16th centuries when the Spanish invasion began the wholesale destruction of whatever wisdom may have survived? He inserts a statement here that he is not a Mormon and does not subscribe to the theory of pre-Columbian tribes of Israel.Mercifully, the author left out Edgar Cayce and Zecharia Sitchin, the Illuminati and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Books like this remind me of the three blind men trying to describe an elephant.
Now if you have read this far and are interested in the ideas hinted at by this book, I would highly recommend you check out John Lamb Lash's "Not in His Image-Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology and the Future of Belief." Not in His Image: Gnostic Vision, Sacred Ecology, and the Future of Belief
Unlike a summary of other books in service to the author's thesis, Lash speaks from personal experience. Lash gives meaning and life to Mathisen's rather charming caveat on the copyright page: "Note of caution to literalist readers". Really?
The extended bibliography and suggested reading is worth the price of Lash's book as well as his rational explanation of historical forces that shaped our perception of reality. We are the heirs of the prevailing Judaeo-Christian viewpoint that effectively destroyed the pagan world view of the ancient classical world and the connection to Nature and the cosmos.
Lash writes with the authority that Mathisen lacks. Mathisen does a fine job of distilling the verbose writings of Alvin Boyd Kuhn and Gerald Massey who both tiptoe around their subjects hinting at a conspiracy of ideas but not exactly pointing the finger which is maddening to the contemporary reader.
Lash, on the other hand, gives the finger and points directly to the forces that killed Gnosticism and hijacked Christianity and the Abrahamic religions. He provides the psychological mechanisms inherited through Judaism from the Persian duality of Zoroastrianism that led directly to the concepts of the "redemptive value of suffering" -- the mainspring of Christianity. In addition he demonstrates the" victim-persecutor" complex as the central mechanism of Christianity's propagation down through history which explains the atrocities perpetrated on the native Americans that Mathisen struggles to understand.
Finally, Lash reveals the true heritage of Gnosticism. He takes to task Elaine Pagels and other academics who through their silence and academic timidity portray Gnosticism as an offshoot or perversion of early Christianity rather than the separate movement that it was. Gnosticism, according to Lash came from the true pagan tradition relating to the Sophantic vision of the Goddess Sophia with an entirely misunderstood and almost unknown cosmology that would dovetail with the first portion of Mathisen's book dealing with the holographic nature of reality.
Dan Brown knitted together the DaVinci Code from previously known writings to create an entertaining story, the author of Undying Stars has done the same thing.If you would like to know what's really going on, come out of the rabbit holes, pick up Occam's razor and read " Not in His Image" instead.