Winged Disk Imagery at The Pantheon
While I was in Rome with Mrs DarkStar, I took the opportunity to visit many of the wonderful sights that this ancient city has to offer. As you might appreciate, I’m always on the look out for the kind of symbolism that might be associated with the Dark Star. In the pantheon, I spotted this rather ornate fresco, resplendent with star-filled crosses, and a number of winged star symbols. This series of astronomical symbols lies behind a pair of pillars, each one of which is topped with a star of its own. There is thus, pretty clearly, an archaeo-astronomical theme to this series of motifs.
As Sitchin readers will know, ancient symbols for Nibiru included an array of imagery, including a radiant cross and, of course, the Winged Disk symbolism used widely across ancient Mesopotamia and Egypt. Funnily enough, I was speaking this week to a Zoroastrian who had been reading a book about the historical origins of his much-persecuted faith, and the symbolism it employed regarding the god Ahura Mazda whom, like the Persian god Ashur, was often depicted within a winged disc motif. More on these another time…
So, here we see this important symbolism employed in Rome’s ancient Pantheon temple (now quite inappropriately converted into a Christian church of sorts, albeit one mixed up with all kinds of weird and wonderful imagery).
Below the two pillars is a shrine featuring a 7th century icon of a black Madonna and Child, which reminded me of a similar shrine in the enigmatic Chartres Cathedral (1).
I suspect most Christians gazing at the shrine would simply think this was all very decorative. Taken as a collection of symbols, however, I think this is pointing towards some rather esoteric ideas. The Winged Disk is certainly imported into this arrangement from more ancient sources. Arguably, in this context at least, the black Madonna and Child might point to a celestial meaning, too. The ancients revered the planet Venus, as well as the Moon, as female deities. The ancient Egyptian goddess Isis was associated with the star Sothis – now Sirius – the brightest star in the sky, located close to the constellation Orion – which depicted her lover Osiris.
A new deity born out of this goddess takes on special meaning – Jesus to the Christians, Horus to the ancient Egyptians. In a celestial context, this would be the appearance of a new star or planet in the vicinity of Sirius/Orion. And, looking at the rest of the decorative fayre on show behind the two starred pillars in this shrine, that new celestial feature took the form of a starry cross, or a winged star.
Before they embraced Christianity, the Romans celebrated this particular iconography with a different deity; namely, Mithras, whose origins remain mysterious and contentious (2). This often-assumed ‘Sun-god’ was actually a quite separate celestial entity from the Sun, and was worshiped in underground caverns decorated with much zodiacal imagery.
Mithras is depicted killing a bull (Taurus) and this celebrated tauroctony is absolutely rammed full of celestial imagery and constellations. The second scene involving Mithras is the Banquet of the Sun, involving, well, the Sun as well as Mithras enjoying the feast of the slain bull, with Mercury in attendance. So, the cult of Mithras celebrates an important journey across the heavens of a fiery object, slicing through Taurus and achieving perihelion before heading back out into the darkness on its celestial chariot. Taurus, Orion and Sirius are all in the same celestial neck of the woods.
I think that the imagery employed in the Pantheon, and in other Black Madonna shrines, accommodates many of these same important themes, adapted for a new audience within the context of a new religion. In other words, an evolution of the Cult of Nibiru.
Mrs DarkStar noticed something else in the Pantheon which was not immediately apparent to me. There are a number of marble frescoes decorating the walls which, on first examination, appear featureless. However, contained within these incidental decorative pieces are figures – and rather odd figures, too.
They certainly have no place in a Christian place of worship. This particular example seems to have some Mesopotamian characteristics about him, wouldn’t you say? Perhaps, associated with these Winged Star, he is one of the Sumerian Anunnaki, hidden in plain sight in one of Rome’s top tourist destinations.
28th February 2016
1) Andy Lloyd “Nibiru, The Heresy Within Chartres” 25th July, 26th September 2004, 26th April 2006 http://www.darkstar1.co.uk/chartres.htm
2) “The Roman Cult of Mithras” http://www.tertullian.org/rpearse/mithras/display.php?page=main