Roscoe I love that picture of the stars so like a swastika
One theory about the origin of swastika that I haven’t seen to be pondered about a lot is that of a celestial origin, of Ursa Minor’s and Ursa Major’s rotational positions (equinoxes and solstices) around the pole star.
If you look at the nightsky it seems to rotate around the pole star that stays in a fixed position. One of the most visible if not the most visible constellation that can be seen in the nightsky and that connects nicely with the Northern pole star is that of Ursa Major.
Swastika is a symbol of good fortune in Buddhist religion. It represents the footprints and heart of Buddha. Thus, it is considered to be very holy and extensively brought to use by Buddhists. Infact, in all the images of Gautam Buddha, you'll find Swastik cross imprinted on his chest, palms and feet. It is one of the initial 65 symbols of auspiciousness associated with the footprint of the Buddha
Swastika marks the beginning of all the Buddhist texts. Buddhist Swastika is more often viewed as a sign of infinity, affluence, abundance and long life. Swastika holds great importance in the Buddhist religion and thus, this religious mark can be found on almost all the Buddhist sites including the temples. The mark of Swastika is quite popular in Korea. It is used to decorate the altar cloths and miniature paintings. http://www.thecolorsofindia.com/swastik/swastika-in-buddhism.htmlhttp://mesikammen.wordpress.com/2010/09/23/the-origin-of-swastika/
The swastika, which was associated with the spiral in many ways, appears, as is shown, to have been introduced some time in the discovery of agriculture and the fixing of the cardinal points. Its development from the equal-limbed cross of the early mariners, including those who settled in Crete, apparently took it when it was observed that the revolving "Great Bear" indicates the seasons, pointing, with its "tail", eastward in spring, southward in summer, westward in autumn and northward in winter.
As a Cross of the cardinal points, the swastika appears to have been originally a symbol of the world under the guardianship and control of the season-ruling gods of the four cardinal points. It still, as is shown, retains that significance among Asian Moslems, the gods having been supplanted by angels. After the swastika was, like the simpler cross, the four horns, the four pillars, etc., taken over by the solar cult, it became in certain areas mainly a symbol of divinity, and as such was used, as were some other symbols, to emphasise in its own particular bearing, the sacred character and the attributes of certain images and cult animals. We find that the swastika was used at Troy sometimes as a symbol of the four gods of the cardinal points, sometimes as a symbol of one of these gods, and sometimes as a symbol of the sun as ruler of all the gods. Not the least interesting of the surviving swastika symbols is the Navaho (Red Indian) "whirling logs "an equal-limbed cross, with gods perched on each point, giving it a swastika form (see frontispiece). This cross is kept revolving in a "whirlpool lake" which is situated in the north of the sky. The spiral and swastika were apparently definitely connected with the revolving "Great Bear" (Ursa Major) constellation in the New World as in the Old.http://www.catastrophism.com/cdrom/pubs/books/symbols/index.htm
The Magdalene and Lazarus legend has it that they were sister and brother and that they journeyed to France with another sister called Martha along with Mary Salome, wife of Zebedee
, Mary Jacobe, wife of Cleofas and mother of the apostle Saint James the Less
. Many early renaissance paintings seem to depict this journey to Masillia, now Marseilles and this story first appeared in an early printed work called The Golden Legend. The Magdalene, Martha and Lazarus appear as stained glass windows in the church at Rennes le Chateau.
These women (plus a few others) landing at the Greek city of Marsillia (Marseilles) - painting by Bondone
Ursa Major was thought by Arabic Christians to be the funeral bier of Lazarus with the three stars of the handle representing the women Mary, Martha and Mary Magdalene following behind the four stars making up the funeral bier.
So who's that left on the offshore island with that small boatman in attendance?
I'll post this again because it was probably missed thanks to all the efforts by all the time-wasters and their strawmen.
"We have happiness to have in our regions, within one kilometre to the north of Limoux, a dedicated sanctuary to the Blessed Virgin, assiduously visited, and surrounded by a veneration which was never contradicted. Extremely brought closer the river banks of Aude with quiet water, and placed a slope dominating the valley, this sanctuary easily strikes the glance which is fixed with kindness on this blessed place, where the soft Mother of the Saviour distributes her consolations and her help to all the admirers of her Son running close to it to ask and beg. Supplications were never useless, and the exvoto suspended around the venerated image, testify enough to the joy and the recognition to the unfortunate who have obtained the requested favours.
The sanctuary is guarded by the children of Saint Vincent de Paul, the saint whose heart belonged to the orphans and unfortunates, and under the direction of these pious and wise missionaries, true inheritors of the virtues and the charity of their benevolent founder, the privileged temple saw a crowd, larger than ever, kneeling and praying in the sacred walls."
Within a little distance, to the top of the slope broadside of green trees leading to the sanctuary, a fountain drops drop by drop its limpid water in a basin of marble. With the help of large rains, the continuous water drop to fall with uniformity and times of great dryness do not tare it. The innumerable Christians who will pay homage to the Blessed Virgin, stop one moment with the fountain, and after having made a prayer, some drops of this water draw of which they wet their eyelids.
Why do they act thus? The majority are unaware of it; but the mother teaches with her sons, and those transmit to their children the pious practice of use with the fountain of Our Lady of Marceille. Thus the fountain is indicated; the old chroniclers, however, knew it under the name of fountain of Our-Lady of Marsilla. At the time of the occupation first of Gaules,[/i]
Henry Boudet - Le Vraie Langue Celtique et le Cromleck de Rennes-les-Bains11But Mary stood without at the sepulchre weeping: and as she wept, she stooped down, and looked into the sepulchre, 12And seeth two angels in white sitting, the one at the head, and the other at the feet, where the body of Jesus had lain. 13And they say unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? She saith unto them, Because they have taken away my Lord, and I know not where they have laid him. 14And when she had thus said, she turned herself back, and saw Jesus standing, and knew not that it was Jesus. 15Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him, Sir, if thou have borne him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away. 16Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him, Rabboni; which is to say, Master. 17Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God. 18Mary Magdalene came and told the disciples that she had seen the Lord, and that he had spoken these things unto her.