Rome, 218 CECommon Era. Citizens and senate are under the shock: Caracalla, titular Emperor, was just murdered on the fringes of the empire. Taking advantage of his resemblance to Caracalla, a teenager from Syria is acclaimed emperor by the Roman legions.
He took the name of Marcus Aurelius Antoninus and his reign lasted only four years. But the management of state affairs was in the hands of his mother and his grandmother. The teenager did not care to rule. Propelled in the age of 14 years at the helm of an empire that covers almost all of the known world, the new emperor despised the temporal power. Historians describe him as a weak and capricious being, intoxicated by his omnipotence. The truth is out there.
If this young man became the master of the Roman Empire, it is thanks to women. His mother and his grandmother, nicknamed the Syrian princesses, used his resemblance to Caracalla, the murdered emperor, to propel their puppet at the head of the empire.
For four years, from 218 to 222 CECommon Era, these two women have reigned unchallenged on the huge and powerful empire. As far as he was concerned, the young emperor was engaged in all sorts of hilarious pranks and cruel jokes.
Without barrier or limit, he unleashed his evil nature. Nevertheless, his extravagance made him popular. The exceptional abundance that reigned then in Rome allowed him to cultivate a refined luxury, a pomp and a generosity that fascinated his guests. Sometimes the latter went away rich, carrying diamonds and pearls that the emperor did put in salads, sometimes they died like animals, victims of a floor that gave way in the middle of feast.
Yet he had received the most powerful initiation -and rare for the time as we will see. But without guides, awakening made him a silly Buddha. This calamity, unfortunately, is topical. There are many awakened by birth who waste their talents for lack of a sacred education whose science and tradition are lost! Well this degradation of traditional teachings was already present at the distant time of young Heliogabalus.
Through his father, he was the heir of a very old solar cult practiced in the temple overlooking the city of Emesa. This cult was nothing but a variant of the mystery of Isis, an electromagnetic initiation by fire from heaven, ie lightning. The young man would become the pope of it, consecrated at the age of 13 years.
If many techniques of awakening were used since Neolithic Age in Europe, the use of lightning as an instrument of enlightenment is attested in the Mediterranean region from 6000 BCE. Probably coming from America before being introduced into Egypt by the Nubians and in Mesopotamia by the Anunnaki, this cult of awakening by lighthning was present in the 2nd millennium BCE. For more than a millennium, it was the dominant religion.
Lightning awakening was part of a solar cult: thus Zeus-Jupiter, the sun god par excellence, had lightning for favorite weapon. Countless examples from the major mythologies illustrate this relationship between sunshine and lightning. And most of these traditions, including those of the Andes, of Mesoamerica and of the Mediterranean region, recognize a close relationship between the Sun and ball lightning, an instrument of the lightning awakening.
Like many others, the city of Emesa had its own solar cult dedicated to the local god of lightning, called Elagabalus. Overlooking the city, a sacred temple housed a fireball or lightning stone, as it was then called. This stone was a betyl or bethyle, as the omphalos of Delphi that the Sybille used to predict the future. Stone fell from the sky, the betyl is a meteorite of a particular nature, dull black with deep reflection, which recalls the obsidian, sacred stone of the Aztecs, the Incas and the Celts.
This stone has a Hebrew name: Beth-el, which means House of God. In the Tarot of Marseilles, the Arcanum XVI The Tower represents awakening: the house where one becomes God, like Teotihuacan in the Maya language. God is in this stone, it has the power to attract lightning – that’s why they called him “lightning stone” – and lightning can turn us into gods. But lightning can also kill us. The Ancients were wary of lightnings, too dangerous. They looked rather the beneficial energy and less intense of the balls of lightning.
Thanks to its specific ductility, the betyl bursts the lightning, it crumbles it and turns into balls of lightning, the holy cherished, the awakeners. This is why betyls were precious spark gaps of lightning, while the sensors or lightning rods were metallic . The temple of Elagabalus, like the House of Life of Gilgamesh in Uruk, was built on a promontory and topped with a lightning rod to catch lightning. From far away the travellers to Emesa were guided by the high silhouette of the temple of Elagabalus.
It is there, in this temple carefully designed for lightning initiations, that the young man received “the coronation of the Sun”. The betyl, this house-of-god, was a meteorite of a particular nature, probably radioactive. At Emesa, it sat in the Holy of Holies, connected to the lightning rod by a metallic cable. When a flash struck the lightning rod, it was led by the cable to the black stone which burst it into balls of lightning. This practice dated back to the most ancient times.
At Delphi, Greece, the Pythia made her oracle, using the vril energy emanating from the bethyl or omphalos who was vibrating the temple. All her predictions came from this lightning stone, considered a divine legacy.
Here is the precise and detailed vision of the initiation of the young man, as I found in the Akashic record:
When the ceremony began, the weather was stormy. This sign was considered favorable since the betyl Elagabalus was a lightning stone. None of them was suspicious. However, thanks to the storm, the ceremony would be much less symbolic than usual.
As the young man stood before the sacred stone, palms against the betyl, lightning struck the lightning rod of the temple, connected to the betyl. The teenager did not hear the thunder, just a soft rustle, such as birds moving away in the tall grass. The betyl became super-bright. Balls of lightning gushed, bouncing off the walls and furniture in graceful curves, and triggering fear among the frightened priests. Heliogabalus was not afraid.
Around him danced a luminous enchantment of lightning balls. One of them crowned the head of the young man, staying long on his shoulders without he felt the slightest inconvenience. Instead, fascinated, he fell in love with the betyl, which he took for the sun god Elagabalus. Did he understand what had really occured to him? It is doubtful. Awakened by lightning, the sudden surge of energy in an unprepared being gave him powers but preventeded his understanding.
The opposite picture shows a Cyclops mask, on which we can see a third eye above the other two. This third eye could launch lightning, or rather rays capable of igniting or destroying inanimate objects, but also to kill or awaken their living target. Hence the nickname of the masters of the lightning “which one gives to the cyclops.”
I hold this pseudo-mask for a copy of a bethyl or a lightning trap, if it is not an original. It can be see at the Musée Gallo-Romain de Fourvière. I encourage the reader who would go through to verify the exact nature of this object.Is it, yes or no, an original bethyl and not a mask? Is it stone in plaster is it massive or flat?
But back to our young awakened by lightning. Heliogabalus stopped his inner evolution, turned into Fool while he was not yet individuated. As we have seen, the Fool, or state of Buddha, can occur at any stage of the path of Tarot. Similarly, in the rules of the game of Tarot, the excuse – which replaced the Fool – can be used at any time.
But in real life, if you become a Fool too soon, you have chances to be a silly Buddha. This is precisely what happened to him. Lightning awakening made him pass the Tower and in the process, transformed him into the Fool.
From that moment, his fate is mapped out: he will be Heliogabalus, solar pope and the first worshiper of the sacred stone, the betyl Elagabalus.
The first task of the young Emperor will be to bring his betyl from Syria, with great pomp, in a mad ritual: the black wrapped stone is based on a golden chariot drawn by white horses he drives backwards to Rome, two months of travel. Backwards because it would have been indecent and disrespectful that these animals show their ass to the stone god. You can see that he is severely damaged, already nobody ares contradict him. Arrived on the Palatine Hill, he built a temple to Elagabalus.
The Romans could have been offended, but they loved new gods, and that one was pretty funny.
The laughter stopped when the young Emperor, to inaugurate his brand new temple, “carried there all the sacred objects of the Romans: the statue of Juno, the fire of Vesta, the Palladium and the sacred shields.” They were broad-minded among the ancestors of Berlusconi, but an emperor who’s starting a reign with sacrilege, it’s too much. “Worthy of a barbarian from a Bedouin dynasty” they whispered.
Totally unaware, Heliogabalus goes further: “He said also that the religions of the Jews and the Samaritans, as well as the worship of Christ, would be transported in this place, so that the mysteries of all beliefs were united in the priesthood of Heliogabalus.” The religions of Isis, Serapis, Cybele, Mithra or Christians had their worshipers in Rome, without threatening the old Roman pantheon. But Heliogabalus wanted to impose his god above all others. It was a political mistake: you need a stronger temper to succeed in this case, just as Emperor Constantine did some decades later.
Heliogabalus put a shame to the scandal by removing the high priestess Aquila Severa – first crime – with the intention of marrying the one who had made a sacred vow of virginity – second crime. Wait, he told the Senate, it’s just “so that divine children are born.” The measure was full, and without further ado the Senate has him assassinated, which was the most normal end for a Roman Emperor. “In Rome, do as the Romans.” Heliogabalus did not know the proverb, too bad for him.
If this brat had been educated, he would have understood how the coronation of the sun could be valuable for the decadent empire. And the techniques of awakening by lightning, developed by the Romans, could have reach us… In fact, it may be the case. Because after the assassination of Heliogabalus, the betyl was returned to Emesa in the temple of lightning. Eight centuries later, pretty close, the Crusaders built the most formidable castle of the Crusades, the crash of the Knights.
Thus, at the heart of this new secret, there are still the Templars. Could it be they have laid their hands on the betyl? Could it be that they have transmitted to Freemasons the black stone which transforms man into a god?? The thing would be nothing surprising: according to recentists, the Templars were only Roman soldiers under the command of the Christ-Emperor Constantine. And this one too had been a famous hit on the head that drove him nuts… Another poor thing who thought he was God.
This story reminds us of the too often forgotten obvious: the awakening is not a consumer product you put into caddy and you cash your way out. On unprepared subjects, the sudden surge of the nervous system can result in madness or death.
If one day, as I hope, electric awakening is reinvented – using earth vril for example – we must remember the importance of preparation of initiatory nature by taking – why not – the ancient timing: age 7, first collective trance; age 14, control of vertigo; and age 21, awakening.