“Jesus the Master Builder: Druid Mysteries & The Dawn of Christianity” – I referenced this book in a recent blog. I picked it up this morning during meditation and never got past the preface section; seriously. I bought the book in 2010 in Toronto, have flipped through it and likely did read the preface, but obviously didn’t see or hear.
Book Introductory Premises
This book is about the arrival of Christianity in Britain. It references the megalithic structures at places like Stonehenge, etc. It goes back to Israel where the author, Strachan, tries to find some connection between Joseph of Arimathea and the pillars at Stonehenge and any pillars in Israel.
Strachan has conversations with Professor Alexander Thom about his visit to the pillars at Callanish and asked why he hadn’t been able to see any alignment when he attended Callanish at the solstice. Thom informs him with apparent sarcasm:
“Because it’s a lunar, not a solar observatory!”
Strachan tries to redeem himself from his embarrassment and then tells Thom he believes Thom’s work is very important. Thom asks Strachan why and continues (rather tongue-in-cheek by the sounds of it):
“Because it appears to turn the diffusionist theory of western culture on its head if the megalithic civilization pre-dated Greece and Egypt.”
When Strachan was in Glastonbury in 1986 he heard the legends of Joseph of Arimathea and Jesus’ visits and time in Glastonbury. He spent much time at two gardens in the area, the Chalice Well and the Garden Tomb which were said to have belonged to Joseph of Arimathea.
In the midst of researching, etc. he was sent to Israel to be a director of the Church of Scotland’s Sea of Galilee Centre in Tiberias, arriving there in August 1987.
He made inquiries about where Arimathea was located, and no one knew the name or could they direct him to such a place in Israel. A Vicar told him some people said it was at Ramla just south of Tel Aviv. He mentioned the gardens in Glastonbury supposedly belonging to Arimathea and the Vicar non-nonchalantly said, “Is that so.”
When visiting a museum he asked his guide if the tiny standing stones from a shrine at Hazor were the best they could offer and was told:
“There are some great big ones at Tel Gezer. … Near Ramla, south of Tel Aviv.”
Strachan found this no coincidence having just the week before been told that Ramla might very well have been Arimathea.
Tel Gezer 10 Pillars
The pillars were between 6 and 10 feet in height, somewhat like the megalithic sites in
Britain, however these were arranged in a straight line, not circular formation which disappointed Strachan until he remembered that 10 years earlier at Callanish he’d seen pillars in a straight line. Professor Thom had been impressed as well at those:
“… the stone row at Callanish because it pointed due north; a very difficult feat to accomplish around 3000 BC because, at that time there was no Pole Star – and no compass.”
Strachan checked out the stones at Gezer and they too pointed north.
The village to the north of where they were is called Ayalon and there is an Ayalon Valley; similar to Avalon at Glastonbury!
Pythagorean and Wisdom Traditions – Originate in the North
Strachan continues his work and research while in Israel, trying to establish a connection between Israel and Glastonbury, and began to see a common factor emerging between three main topics:
- Glastonbury legends
- identity of Yeshua (Jesus), and
- origins of the ancient wisdom tradition
The common factor that emerged for these was Pythagoreanism, notably the disciplines associated with numbers, later known as the Quadrivium. Okay, you got me here, because I have no idea what is Quadrivium.
Strachan maintains later in the book the the Druids were Pythagoreans and that if Yeshua had been to Britain it was most likely, on the first visit, “to meet the Druids.” Apparently most church historians don’t dispute this ‘possibility.’ Later in the book Strachan relates that for 16 centuries, until the Renaissance,
“it was assumed by biblical scholars that the number symbolism in the Bible was Pythagorean.”
I recall in the Essene materials/books I have read that they were Pythagoreans, so this makes sense to me. I believe I mentioned it in one of my blogs on the Essenes and Yeshua.
Strachan is of the opinion that Yeshua was likely aware of this Pythagorean dimension because,
“Evidence from the Septuagint, the Greek translation of Old Testament, indicates that he probably was. This is strengthened by an analysis of the numerology of the Hebrew and Greek versions of his [Yeshua] name. It is quite likely that the Essenes taught him this knowledge and that he made practical use of it as a master builder at Sepphoris, near Nazareth.”
Being a master builder or craftsman, then Yeshua would have been associated with ancient wisdom tradition. In the book chapter, “Wisdom in the North,” Strachan argues Pythagorean tradition is closely linked with wisdom tradition and that:
“both were thought to have originated in the North.”
Far North – Glastonbury, Stonehenge & Megalithic Civilizations
Hebrew and Greek mythology [I keep saying they aren’t ‘myth’ at all] shows that the far north was believed to be, “the home of the gods and of Wisdom herself.” Of course this will take us back to Glastonbury, Stonehenge and the megalithic civilizations!
Strachan posits that the megalithic pillars were an earthly representation of the 7 pillars of wisdom and that the heavenly pillars were probably,
“circumpolar stars, particularly the seven stars of the Great Bear.”
Yeshua Visit to Druids
It is suggested if Yeshua embodied this Pythagorean-Wisdom tradition then he would have gone to Britain not only to meet the Druids but also to,
“return to that earthly source of that divine gnosis, of which the Druids were the heirs. It may have been in the north that Yeshua first became aware of his identity as the incarnation of that Heavenly Builder, Christ, through whom God had made the whole of creation.”
Great Bear – Great Britain
Anyone who is coming to know me knows I couldn’t let this one slip by. I wondered the reason for the name Great Britain, if taken from Great Bear. I have no idea, and for this blog I will just leave that as something I am thinking about further.
The term Great Britain was first used during the reign of King James I of England (James VI of Scotland) in 1603, to refer to the separate kingdoms of England and Scotland. on the same landmass, that were ruled over by the same monarch. Despite having the same monarch, both kingdoms kept their own parliaments.
Given Great Britain is a 1600 AD name, the query then reverts to what the land was called during this period we are talking about; although there’s likely nothing more to it.
One of the thinks to do is of course check out the numerical value of each of these and see if they are identical.
Seven Stars of Great Bear – To Be Continued
Having said that, my inquiring mind about Great Britain has moved me on to another
topic to explore and that is Ursa Major or Great Bear. The following is sourced from an online book found at lucistrust.org (Books of Alice Bailey – Esoteric Astrology)
“The seven Rishis are the Regents of the seven stars of the Great Bear, and, therefore, of the same nature as the Angels of the Planets or the seven great planetary Spirits.” …
“The first `seven stars’ are not planetary. They are the leading stars of seven constellations which turn  around with the Great Bear….”
This research and seeking will no doubt be bringing me further back, or perhaps ahead, to other interests of mine such as the Maya, Atlantis, etc.
Stay tuned for further as I continue my seeking.