Metatron/Mithras & the Ka'aba
- Chris writes:
>You're probably familiar with Kepler's model of the celestial spheres,
> Peculiar strand of thought I am chasing down now: Metatron's cube. I have
> enough info on who and what Metatron is but no idea of when he first started
> being associated with the cube.
> I mean to say that I have historical contexts for the angel Metatron but no
> historical timeline to connect this mysterious cube/flower of life with him.
> Who made the cube of Metatron popular? Who first published it, publicized
> it, popularized, made money off of it?
in which Plato's 5 perfect solids were nested inside one another and
were supposed to enclose the planetary orbitals - here's a link to a
page that shows the model from Kepler's _Harmony of the World_:
Just scroll down to the caption that reads "Kepler's nested-solids
theory of the universe", and you'll see a depiction of his model - a
cube that encloses successively smaller models of the four remaining
Kepler's model of the macrocosm depicts the Adam Kadmon geometrically,
affording a view into Plato's discussion of the world-soul that draws
upon Persian, Greek, and Judaic cosmology.
There's a pretty good discussion of Plato's cosmological geometrizing
on this page:
And some nice discussions of Plato's _Timaeus_ on this page:
And this one:
If you recall Plato's model of the world soul, he describes two strips
of fabric with their ends bent round in a circle - one of them
represents the equator, and is called the Same, and the other strip is
assigned to the ecliptic, and is called the Different; and these
circular bands are placed crosswise at their middle points to form a
shape like the Greek letter 'chi', which looks like an X.
Now, I commend this page to your attention:
If you scroll down to the 'Schematic representation of the astronomical
signs at Sette Sfere. From Gordon 1976, fig. 2.', you'll see a diagram
depicting two torchbearers standing before two benches. They are the two
attendants of Mithras, Cautes - with an upthrust torch, and Cautopates -
with a downthrust torch.
They represent the solstitial colures, the points on the band of the
Different where the Sun is at its greatest remove from the equatorial
band of the Same, with its two equinoctial points. Mithraic doctrine
held that souls entered and left the world through the solstices.
In Christian narrative they are depicted as two thieves on either side
of the central cross (X), one ascending to heaven and the other one
descending to hell.
The pages below discuss the identity of Mithras with Metatron [among
And for those of you who missed my earlier post linking to the 'Mithras
The initiatory systems of Mithras/Metatron are a vehicle or chariot of
sorts, designed to convey the celebrant beyond the nested solids of
Kepler's "World Egg".
You might want to pick up a copy of Robert Brumbaugh's book, _Plato's
Mathematical Imagination_, as well as Ernest McClain's book,_The Myth of
Invariance: The Origin of the Gods, Mathematics and Music from the Rg
Veda to Plato_.
And there are some more links that may be of interest, below:
The Religion of Mithras
The Cosmic Mysteries of Mithras
MITHRAS AND THE HYPERCOSMIC SUN
Ultimorum Princeps - Chief of Ultimates
Aut Inveniam Viam Aut Faciam,
~ Khem Caigan
"The universe is made of stories, not of atoms."
~ Muriel Rukeyser