One of the things I do as an artist or as most artists do is make the world meaningful. I look at the world through a prism of vibration, light and form which means half my time I spend reading and researching a wide variety of subjects and the other half is assimilating, hypothesizing, philosophizing the information which I then create something from it. This insight came to me in a bit of an epiphany of sorts and has led me down the rabbit hole of trying to figure out what this vision means to me and how to express it. I can explain what I do as an artist in a simple sentence, “I convey my experiences with subtle energy through my art” but even in a simple sentence like that leaves one hanging. This allows me to combine the spiritual, scientific and artistic disciplines. In fact this method of conveying experiences is not that different from what the ancient people of earth did. They conveyed scientific meaning through symbols, mythology, story lines and words. I just modernize this method. For example, as a semester project for one of the senior art classes at Moravian that I took in this previous Spring semester, I took an alternative scientific experiment and turned into an art form. This project’s objective was to photograph the life force energy of organic materials using subtle energy and exposing it onto traditional photographic black and white paper.
As an artist whose interested in the religious, spiritual and scientific side of things I am often finding myself diving into strange topics and discovering people that did incredible things that not many people are aware of and then I try and figure out how to visualize it and make it artistic. All of these interests have combined themselves into a weird artistic philosophy and I am often finding myself reading the great works of Aleister Crowley, Eliphas Levi, Manual P Hall and other great philosophers who have contributed to the development of human consciousness through distributing esoteric knowledge. I am one who believes in synchronicity and looks for the subtle hints and signs that appear in my life that help me guide my way through the chaos of the manifest world. As an artist and graphic designer I have taken interest in symbols and religious iconography and interpreting the esoteric meaning of it.
I had sadly forgotten what Moravian College’s motto was until Graduation when Dr. Gary Olsen mentioned it in his wonderful commencement speech. Something told me to take note of the motto and I’m glad I did. After graduation, I have been spending the Summer reading and researching more about this weird artistic philosophy that I have developed and one of the books I read is a book on decoding the Christian mythology and religious iconography: its called, “The Secret of Sion” and its written by William Henry. The book itself may be a bit out there for most Christians as it talks about Jesus coming to Earth through a Stargate and wormhole from a place in the center of the galaxy that is called Sion… But the author makes a fascinating case and supports his ideas and hypothesis with the religious iconography and symbols from the Christian religion we are so familiar with. If you’re wondering, yes, Henry does use Sion and Zion interchangeably. He is also a believer in synchronicity and likes to believe that Sion is a suffix of Ascension, which is a spiritual belief that the human spirit will transcend the physical and become one with God after it goes through a series of tribulations.
From the Secret of Sion, Henry states, “Our destination, says Revelation, is Sion, a mystical place that gave its name to Sion (or Zion), the sacred mountain of the Jews and to Jerusalem, although Mormons believe Sion is a place in America. Both traditions agree that only the “pure in heart” can enter and dwell in Sion. The Book of Hebrews chapter 12, verse 22-23 says Sion is “the Holy City of the living god, the heavenly Jerusalem, and (arrival there marks) our acceptance into an innumerable company of angels and just humans made perfect”. ”
Henry interprets the Christian religion through a gnostic (esoteric) point of view and says that, “For the awakened Gnostic, Christ is a being of light and the Christ narrative is an allegory of a universal internal spiritual experience, the Way of Light.[…] This is the ancient spiritual journey of the Wayshower, Jesus demonstrated. We follow (and will complete) this light path both individually and as a species…” According to modern cosmology we are taught that the Galaxy completes one rotation every 26,000 years. I personally found it very peculiar that the Moravian Star has 26 points. I would like to think that the Moravian Star is actually a symbol to represent the center of the galaxy, the Land of Light (or Heaven), or as Henry interprets as Sion.
Zinzendorf helped settle the Moravian settlements that became known as Nazareth and Bethlehem (as we know very well), he at the time was also head and apart of multiple ancient mystery schools and masonic orders. Could he have insight into the original teachings of Christianity and tried to spread its teachings and ideals when he settled Bethlehem after he broke away from the Lutherans? Zinzendorf, himself was an eager seeker after truth, and could not understand men who at all costs kept to the opinions they had once formed; yet he had an exceptional talent for taking on religious subjects even with those who differed from him (this characteristic is a big give away for anyone who may be a part of an ancient mystery school or masonic order).
Its quite possible that the Moravian faith we became so attached to today may have been an attempt to revitalize the Christian faith as it was originally. Looked at this perspective, Christianity, is really no different than other religious faiths as they all came before Christianity and was just an attempt to rejuvenate the ancient universal internal spiritual experience that humanity seems to be “destined” to complete (if you will). The British philosopher Aleister Crowley once said, “Man will no longer worship God as an external factor, as in Paganism, or as an internal state of consciousness, as in Christianity, but will realize his identity with God.” This realization (or awakening, “Ascension”) of Man’s identity with God is the first step in completing this ancient universal light path and from other sources this awakening and realization is expected to happen when the galaxy is close to completing a 26,000 year cycle. If you are well versed in your Mayan mythology, the great Mayan god, Quetzalcoatl is said to return at the end of a cycle and the beginning of the Golden Era.
If you have been keeping up with the 2012 Olympic news you might have heard somethings released about its logo in 2007. One of the speculations that’s been going around is that the 2012 Olympic logo spells “Zion”. With the knowledge you’ve hopefully learned from this article perhaps the 2012 Olympic logo was supposed to be a warning for what is coming; why the Olympic logo? It will be one of the most well known logos and if badly designed (which it was) it will attract even more attention. According to modern cosmology the galaxy is supposed to make a complete rotation this year (2012) and how appropriate is the speculation about Zion being spelled in the logo? I’d like to close saying that perhaps today’s logos and iconography from pop culture may be a system for conveying messages like the ancients once did and should be given a second look at what its’ meaning might be.