Sunday, June 10, 2012

Blog 6 Midsummer New Year of Johns Eve 2012

The Wild Cherry Tree.

While there are innumerable historians and economists who date the beginnings of capitalism to the Low Countries, re Netherlands, Holland, there are others who still argue about the question. Since the original times are long past, the origins of capitalism may always be a guessing game.

As for myself, I place the beginnings of capitalism at a much earlier and prehistoric time, indeed, when somebody now unknown and anonymous cut down not only a tree, which went into making a swift boat or canoe, but the whole forest that had guaranteed the forest dwellers an egalitarian society. In Latvia this probably happened with the appearance of the first boyars, who, taking a lesson or two from the Viking marauders, who came by the sea, or inventing marauding themselves organized into a brotherhood of the viscious and lazy.

No doubt, it was the boyars, who seized the sacred groves, where the forest people had their temples, and then turned the temples into forts. It become a logical thing, that the next step was to surround the temple with a wall, and a corona of a treeless lawn, which the boyars often decked with hundreds of Ts, which, as it were, put on exhibit the captured ‘wild men’ of the forest.

It was their relative inexperience with violence (killing game for meat is a step of necessity, not necessarily violence) that caused the capture of the forest people. When they protested and attacked the fortresses of the boyars, they were captured and left to meet their death by leaving them hang and dry tied on the Tau. The Tau looks like the capital letter T, and, very likely, is at the root of the word ‘tyrant’.

In our day, many mystical associations surround the Tau. However, originally it is a cut down tree; its top, known as ‘a tree top’, short circuited by a beam, which—along with the trunk severed from its roots—simbolizes cessure, a stop to growth, death. While the T in our days is often identified with the cross ‘t’, the small projection on top of the t having come to represents either a human head or the inscription placed above the head of crucified Jesus—INRI. Again, there are a lot of mystifications about the written meaning of this'_head. But if our thought is not saturated with sticky tape, it reads: YanRa, or John, Son of the Sun. Of course, one may argue why the letter I is read as Ya and then alternately as A, but most of us know that in older times everything that was written was written without a vowel, which means that all vowels are a later addition, therefore, a matter of political imposition.

Many people of our day, unfamiliar with the ways of either the oral or written tradition, have taken the given as God’s word. Perhaps the Christian habit of Christening their children has advanced such negligence of human invention. However, the name, especially the naming of human beings is a complex matter. As Robert Graves, whose grammar on poetic myth follows us throughout these blogs, writes: “It was Janus, ‘the stout guardian of the oak door’, who kept out Cardea [the White Goddess] and her witches, for Janus was really the oak god Dianus who, was incarnate in the king of Rome and afterwards in the Flamen Dialis [divine flame], his spiritual successor; and his wife Jana and Diana (Dione) the goddess of the woods and of the moon. Janus and Jana were in fact a rustic form of Juppiter and Juno. The reduplicated p in Juppiter represents an elided n: he was Jan-pater—father Dianus.”

The politics of this series of blogs suggest to the reader that the name of John, Jahnis, Johann, Don, Dion, Dionysisus, Ian, Ivan, Huan, Gwion, etc. all signify one and the same man or a group of men, re John and Johns, some of who (when came the time for the two annual solstices) volunteered to be tied to the T and let be dried there by the elements until dead and the crows and ravens came to clean the skeleton. Drying out on the Tau was a form of burial known as excarnation. Of course, to be tied to a T and left alone meant an excruciatingly painful death, which is why in the crucifixion scene of Jesus, we read of a sponge being passed up to him to drink. Very likely, the sponge was saturated not with vinegar, but with urine that had processed the juices of amanita muscaria, said to not only be a hallucinogenic, but to give enormous strength and endurance.

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