Interview to introduce you into CALENdeRsign with the motto:
Not only the truth must be presented,
but also the reason of error exposed. Aristotle. Nikom. Ethic VII, 15.
Sepp, what is CALENdeRsign about?
Sepp: CALENdeRsign is my trademark, an inspiration that came as I meditated about my main interest: how calendars came about, what they show, and how they could go on. My work shows how people use celestial bodies and events to reckon time, then use signs and symbols to indicate the results.
What is so fascinating about calendars? How did you decide to study this?
Sepp: It's the analysis: If you analyze a calendar you can reconstruct the reasoning of its inventor. Though, analysis dares to question things in a way that may violate religious feelings. Violation is not my intention, but in this way I want to find truth and show the reality wherever it is. As Ingeborg Bachmann says: She expects people to put up with truth. (or: Truth is perfectly reasonable to people) I live in Graz and work as a woodsman in Wartburg, Styria, in Austria's Muerz valley, and at night the skies are so clear and full of stars that it aroused in me the desire to know more. I had heard of former traditions and how churches are aligned in a pattern around Lucifer's Rock from a friend of mine who knew a lot of the early customs. When I studied this, I found that Lucifer's Rock is such a perfect example of a stone age calendar that you can find there the ultimate key to the way people measure time. In my opinion, in this principle we also will measure time for a long, long time.
What is Lucifer's Rock? Are you studying the devil?? Perhaps people would rather not read something that seems to promote the enemy of God!
Sepp: Oh no, I did not name it Lucifer's Rock (in German: Teufelstein, Devil-stone). Probably the Catholic church named it that during the Christianusation of that region in order to stop what they considered evil rites. The earlier aboriginal people surely had meetings there for calendrical observation of the stars, and perhaps observed other rites to their gods. The church forbade and condemned this in order to promote the Christian belief and calendar. Originally, the rock may have been called "Winter Morning Sun Rise Tower" or "Winter Dawn Tower" or "Morning Star Rock." We simply have no record of it. Another example is Stonehenge, which was called also "Devil's Rocks."
In brief, Lucifer's Rock is an impressive rock formation at the summit of a mountain and was used in long-past times for sky observation and time calculation. There are still mysteries associated with this rock. Even though the facts have been distorted by the Catholics, who used to make pilgrimages there on August 15, Lugnasad, the living legend of the stone makes clear reference to a yearly calendrical corner point: the winter solstice. Many similar monuments around the world determine this moment in time by taking a bearing on the sunrise. This is a first archaic step towards a time calculation.
The principle is still the same: Time is measured by the distance that a certain body moves, and vice versa; e.g., the length of a meter is determined by time: the amount of seconds that light travels along one meter. The history of the Devil's Rock tells us the actual business plan of the church: to hold a monopoly on time calculation. Time is money, and if one has the power to calculate time, one can make wonderful amounts of money. In the Middle Ages, the church even sold heaven by forgiving sins for a price. An even more ancient model is a story that Amlohdi's mill was grinding gold before it became broken.
Why would the Catholics hold masses and processions to Lucifer's Rock? Is the Celtic festival calendar still in use in Austria?
Sepp: Of course not! But many Catholic feasts have pagan origins. The church simply incorporated the former cults into the Christian religion.
Is the winter solstice the major marker of calendar time?
Sepp: It is a hinge-a cardinal point of the year. (cardo=hinge, Latin). In very ancient times, this must have been a magical moment, because if the sun did not turn to the North again, the daylight hours would decrease more and more, and the entire world would become dark. It seems that is why many people celebrated famous festivals at this time, such as Saturnalia and Sol Invictus. However, the exact day of solstice (stand-still) cannot be determined with Lucifer's Rock or similar monuments, because the rising point of the sun does not change for some days, therefore, "stand-still". But at the equinox, the point of sunrise shifts on the horizon more than one apparent sun's diameter each day. This may be the reason that later cultures chose the vernal equinox as the beginning of the new year. The shifting of the new year's day between winter and spring seems to be paralleled in Greek/Roman theogony by the shift of celestial rulership from Chronos/Saturn to Zeus/Jupiter. The summer solstice is about midway between the vernal and autumnal equinoxes, and the winter solstice is midway between the autumnal and vernal equinoxes, thus the four points make a square. At the solstice hinge points, the sun "turns" and the daylight begins to lengthen or shorten.
How could the ancient people calculate time?
Sepp: When I began to study early time calculation, I learned there are several ways to measure time: 1) plotting a star or the sun or the moon at setting or rising on the horizon, 2) using the position of the planets or sun or moon between the fixed stars, or 3) observing the moon's face. These celestial objects are like the hands of a watch. Astronomers still calculate ephemeral time in the same way, but more precisely, with more sophisticated tools. In this way, we obtain the celestial periods: day, lunar months, year, Venus year, Jupiter and Saturn year, platonic month (age), and platonic year (whole cycle of precession).
What is precession, and why is it important?
Sepp: Precession means the shift of constellations against the tropical hinge points of the year, caused by the wobble of Earth's axis. It is important because of its cultural and religious context. The constellation that appears before the sunrise on the first day of spring (the day of equinox) tells the precessional age. You remember the age of Aquarius.
You mean "New Age"? Religion? Ancient or Modern day?
Sepp: Yes, both! ICHTHYS and fish were the first Christian symbols, marking the start of the new age of Pisces. The sacrificed lamb also expresses the same sense, because it means the constellation Aries, which has shifted below the horizon of that arbitrary yearly day, and represents the sacrifice of this constellation to the sun due to precession. On all depictions of Aries or the sacrificed lamb of this period the ram's head is turned backwards to allude to the past age. Previously, the Golden Fleece and other ram symbols personified the age of Aries, and even more anciently, the age of Taurus was associated with Baal, Apis, and bull worship. The end of the Christian age of Pisces was precalculated 1500 years ago, when AD was adjusted.
Who adjusted AD?
Sepp: Dionysius Exiguus (Dennis the Little one). He did this because the fictitious Anno Mundi (AM, world era) yearly count had come to the ominous year 6000. AM counted the years according to a teleological concept: from the beginning of creation until the world would end. This concept supposed that the world would last for "one biblical week of creation", consisting of six 1,000 year-long "days of God", to be followed by the seventh day, when the return of Jesus Christ is promised, but also the final judgment. A self-fulfilling apocalyptic prophecy was set in motion. We would call it the end of history now ...
Why didn't the church accept that Christ and AntiChrist might appear at that time?
Sepp: Because neither one exists. These are simply myths for believers, to keep people dancing on strings and giving money to the church. How we count the years is actually a world plot.
Sepp: Yes. Dionysius Exiguus (D.E.) established a new date for the end of the sixth 1000-year-long day or postponed the beginning of the seventh day and the promised return of Christ, by figuring out a time when all naked-eye planets would align, using the well known planetary periods. This very rare planetary event fell on 5 May four years ago. From that precalculated event, he counted backward by using a value of precession of 2000 years for each constellation, an average 30° (i.e., 666 years each decan), to establish a date for the incarnation of Jesus (annunciation of Mary), in what we call 1 AD. In other words, he calculated the end of the age of Pisces, which also, in the Christian apocalyptic view, was the time for the coming of the Beast, whose number is 666 and usually is called Antichrist, and adjusted with this result the date of Jesus' incarnation at the vernal equinox 2000 years before.
What makes you think this?
Sepp: I have been collecting and still find piece after piece of this mosaic, trying to show the whole picture. D.E.'s AD-plot becomes more and more evident, in the way of a trial, where the evidence given against an accused person builds until he is sentenced, even though he never confesses to the crime. There are too many clues that the May 5th alignments do not fall randomly at the millennium. The whole worldview of antiquity was based on the idea of the return of everything, the "apokatastasis pantoon", as the ancient Greek called it. Myths, the Babylonians, Pythagoreans, Aristotle, Plato, Origen and many others report this. The Indian astronomer Aryabhata calculated a similar alignment backwards in the same way that Dionysius, his contemporary, calculated into the future. I have explained that more precisely on my website the "Disclosure of the AD deception".
The ancient civilizations were permeated by the idea that there is a cycle of "eternal return" in which the world would end and in destruction many times, yet each time it would arise in a new creation that would repeat the previous one. It was believed that an alignment of all planets would herald this "New Day" event, in similar way as all hands of our watches align when it's high noon, and of course also tried to calculate the date of this event. Since the world was supposed to end when Jesus returned, the early church believed in this recreation as well. Superficially of course it was not allowed to Christians to calculate this date, according the quote: "Noone knows the day or hour". Christian churches always speak of Jesus coming to earth as a King, and the Jews look for a Messiah, and the Muslims look for a Mahdi at the "end". The early church simply attempted to nail down an exact time for this. Backed up by the Holy Spirit and the faith of doomsday, they formed a conspiracy (Latin: conspiratio) to master time.
But what has this to do with a conspiracy?
Sepp: What else can you call it if some people say their spiritual ruler is fathered by the holy SPIRit and born by a virgin? Isn't this a Con-SPIRacy? In my opinion, people should consider more what Christianity was at its beginning: a Jewish sect that was struggling in vain against the Roman empire, and therefore used psychological methods. It seems these Christians have conquered the world now (except me and many others). The conspiracy shows how churches succeeded in forcing people to join their religion.
Any religion results from a long human tradition. "Religion" comes from the Latin word "religare", which means to tie or bind something -- maybe this is why the anchor was an early Christian symbol. Briefly, in the beginning, there is some particular event that people relate to with a special memory. Out of this comes usage, which follows a tradition, to which is added wonderful stories that make it more impressive, until it finally becomes the common idea of a group, community or people, a religion, a massive common belief. As time goes by, however, if this differs too much from the recent reality (the secularity, as the church calls it), it is disproved and superseded - becoming implausible - then it declines to a myth, to a saga, to a fairy tale, to superstition, until at last it is forgotten. Religions and Gods are products of human fantasy and not opposite! They are world-views, just like modern science! Or as Anthony Aveni says: The recent myth we call science. Thus, if Gods and their related calendars are products of churches, why shouldn't the "servants" of these churches also abuse "Gods words" and the calendar for their own purposes? Also in recent science or world-view we find many examples of abuse, or not?
So do you think religion is outdated, a myth, an abuse?
Sepp: I would say: It belongs in the museum! Into the section where myths are stored. And myths are stories to be spoken, not taken to be true. We should take myth as a parable, just like the Gospel writers put it into Jesus' mouth. Who can disprove or ignore that the church has abused people? How can one rationally believe in a Holy Spirit impregnating a virgin? In the same way, I could believe in the Greek God Zeus shaped as a bull impregnating the virgin Europa, who then gives birth to King Minos. Therefore, I am without a religious creed. I do not believe in Jesus as God. According to his name, Christ (the Anointed One) should rather represent a Jewish king. The churches are using their power to manipulate people, using their liturgical calendars and empty threats of heaven and hell.
But how can the churches use calendars to manipulate people?
In analyzing the calendar, I found the church enters into this because it has integrated many old calendars and ideas into its time reckoning. This is widely known, yet people do not realize what it means for them and how this influences them to follow the world concept of the church. The method of the church is to connect natural-astronomical calendrical phenomena, such as yearly hinge-points or phenomena like planetary alignments, with stories of the New Testament and place it in the calendar. Thus, the bible becomes to calendar, a time generating instrument. The church gives the impression that without bible and the calendar, there would be no time. A similar subconscious insinuation is that a child, without baptism or christening, would be without a name, as a farmer's wife recently insisted. For people, the calendar is like a computer software program. People depend on their calendars to tell them what to do, and they are set up to be followed exactly. Time is one of the two most important factors of our time and space-based cosmos. My research brings to light how it is possible to be manipulated by it.
Isn't it necessary to have calendars to organize time and give it structure? Why do you think this is arbitrary?
Sepp: Yes, "division of time" is necessary. But it need not essentially be a mystic "vision of the divine", or an orientation to a fictitious beginning or end of the world. It is true, that noone knows exactly and so it cannot be used for a calender of every day life. It needs transparent rules and comprehensible and adjustments that can be calibrated and are clear. It is a shame for civilization if a faith-based organization that affects the highest morals and truth in reality fakes time and the calendar in order to force people to believe and follow the organization. A lie or at least an error has become part of the world order. To be oriented calendrically at the start or end of the world is an illusion, and may be a cause for some of the problems from which our society suffers. Some strive for the paradise, others for far away planets and galaxies, and, being despised, the earth itself is being polluted beyond use, as if actually a new world would be given soon in our hands. Every psychoanalyst, who treats a suffering from anxiety neurosis, tries to tie in the here and now, where life is being lived. IMO everybody is responsible also for his/her creed and thus how time is counted. The moment has come to start creating a new time calculation for the Now Age.
Please tell me about your new calendar?
Slowly, slowly! I am not the one to create a new calendar. I analyze out of which mud the old came. My life is too short to pull our time-ship out of the mud in which it has been stuck fast for the past 1500 years. I only can determine a remarkable future point of anchorage, the Northward vernal equinox in 671 years, when all naked-eye planets closely align again. You can pull out the ship (with spiders silk or chains) and sail it towards CEP = 0, expressing this with symbols that even the religious understand. Enough spiders can tie down a lion, tells an Ethiopian proverb. Why not time as well? Use the spider's web of the internet and its abundance of suggestions.
Thank you, Sepp.
Thank you, Joan.
Interview: Sepp Rothwangl
by Joan Griffith
edited CEP - 245126