I hope this post helps you understand what is happening in our MODERN world.  The truth is that NOTHING is new here folks.  I know we like to believe that we are so more advanced than any other civilization the world has known.  IT IS A LIE!!

THERE IS NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN.  This post got started when God showed me the Tower of Babel upside down…  From there everything started to build and come together.

As usual, I like to bring you the information and let you process it for yourself.  I try to add only a little bit of my own comments.  My hope is that the Holy Spirit will lead you and reveal TRUTH to you.  You may see even more than I do, as the Spirit leads.



TOWER OF BABEL LEFT Traditional bee hive – Alamy on the Right


UPSIDE DOWN TOWER OF BABEL LEFT Honey bee hive covered with honey bees along with natural honey on a coffee plant RIGHT




Revealing What Has Been Hidden in Front of Our Eyes

And Unlocking Hidden Truths

Sacred Geometry, Ley-Lines; Places in Alignment – Part 13 Delphi, Greece to the Ionian Islands

In the last post, I explored the various features of the Aegean Sea, called an elongated bay of the Mediterranean Sea, including the Strait of Dardenelles, which connects the Aegean Sea to the Sea of Marmara, as well as the Black Sea by the Strait of Bosporus; the location of ancient Troy, near the entrance of the Strait of Dardenelles; Crete; the Dodecanese Islands, which includes the islands of Rhodes and Patmos; the Cyclades Islands, which includes Santorini and Delos; the island of Chios; and the island of Euboea and its neighbor Skyros.

Now I am tracking the alignment to Delphi, an important religious, cultural and social center of Ancient Greece…

the seat of Pythia (the Serpent), depicted here in a sculpture at the Paris Opera attributed to the female Swiss sculptor Martello in 1870, and who was the high priestess of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, as well as the oracle who was consulted about important decisions throughout the ancient classical world…


Omphalos also had a meaning as a geodetic point of a master grid of electromagnetic energy

omphalos (n.)

also omphalus, “sacred stone,” 1850, from Greek omphalos, literally “navel,” later also “hub” (as the central point), from PIE *ombh-alo-, from root *nobh-/*ombh- “navel” (see navel). Especially as the name of the rounded or conical stone in the shrine at Delphi, regarded by the ancients as the center of the world. Related: Omphalic.
navel (n.)

the mark in the middle of the belly where the umbilical cord was attached in the fetus,” Middle English navele, from Old English nafelanabula, from Proto-Germanic *nabalan (source also of Old Norse nafli, Danish and Swedish navle, Old Frisian navla, Middle Dutch and Dutch navel, Old High German nabalo, German Nabel), from PIE *(o)nobh- “navel” (source also of Sanskrit nabhila “navel, nave, relationship;” Avestan nafa “navel,” naba-nazdishta “next of kin;” Persian naf; Latin umbilicus “navel;” Old Prussian nabis “navel;” Greek omphalos; Old Irish imbliu). For Romanic words, see umbilicus.

The cords of all link back, strandentwining cable of all flesh. [Joyce, “Ulysses”]

“Navel” words from other roots include Lithuanian bamba, Sanskrit bimba- (also “disk, sphere”), Greek bembix, literally “whirlpool.” Old Church Slavonic papuku, Lithuanian pumpuras are originally “bud.” Considered a feminine sexual center since ancient times, and still in parts of the Middle East, India, and Japan. In medieval Europe, it was averred that “[t]he seat of wantonness in women is the navel” [Cambridge bestiary, C.U.L. ii.4.26]. Words for it in most languages have a secondary sense of “center.”

Meaning “center or hub of a country” is attested in English from late 14c. To contemplate (one’s) navel “meditate” is from

Another great key I will give you is to be found by the contemplation of the Manipur Lotus, which is in the navel, or thereabouts. By contemplating this center you will be able to enter and go into another person’s body, and to take possession of that person’s mind, and to cause him to think and to do what you want him to do; you will obtain the power of transmuting metals, of healing the sick and afflicted, and of seership. [“Swami Brahmavidya,” “Transcendent-Science or The Science of Self Knowledge,” Chicago, 1922]

umbilicus (n.)

“navel,” 1610s, from Latin umbilicus “the navel,” also “the center” of anything, from PIE *ombh-alo-, suffixed variant form of root *(o)nobh- “navel” (see navel). In English, mostly confined to medical writing. Latin umbilicus is source of Spanish ombligo as well as Old French lombril, literally “the navel,” from l’ombril, which by dissimilation became Modern French nombril (12c.).


Danish Etymology

From Old Norse nǫf (nave), from Proto-Germanic *nabō, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃nebʰ- (navel).

Pronunciation   IPA(key)/nav/[naw][nawˀ]


nav n (singular definite navetplural indefinite nav)

  1. nave (a hub of a wheel)

Reduced form of navaid from nevaid (both still attested in Latvian dialects), originally the negative form of vaid (to be located, to be). (G. F. Stenders, in his 1774 grammar, mentions under nevaid the reduced forms nevanava and even nav’ with an apostrophe.) This form replaced an earlier neirneira (from irira); compare Lithuanian nėrà. Forms of vaid are occasionally attested in folk tales and songs; A. Bīlenšteins once heard its infinitive form vaist. It was probably an old perfect form, from Proto-Indo-European *weyd- (to see, to know) (“to see (around, where one is)” > “to find oneself, to be located, to be”)cfLithuanian vaidalas (apparition, ghost).[1]


natal (adj.)

late 14c., “of or pertaining to birthdays;” mid-15c., “of or pertaining to one’s birth,” from Latin natalis “pertaining to birth or origin,” from natus, past participle of nasci “to be born” (Old Latin gnasci), from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget.” It is the learned form of Noel, which was the French vernacular word.

nāu-, Proto-Indo-European root meaning “boat.”It forms all or part of: aeronauticsaquanautArgonautastronautcosmonautnacelle; navalnave (n.1) “main part of a church;”  navicularnavigatenavigationnavynaufragousnausea nautical nautilusnoise.It is the hypothetical source of/evidence for its existence is provided by: Sanskrit nauh, accusative navam “ship, boat;” Armenian nav “ship;” Greek naus “ship,” nautes “sailor;” Latin navis “ship;” Old Irish nau “ship,” Welsh noe “a flat vessel;” Old Norse nor “ship.”

naissance (n.)

“birth, origin,” late 15c. (Caxton), from French naissance “birth, parentage, place of origin” (12c.), present participle of naître, from Gallo-Roman *nascere, from Latin nasci “be born” (see genus).
also from late 15c.

nascent (adj.)

1620s, “in the act of being born;” 1706 in the figurative sense of “beginning to exist or grow, coming into being,” from Latin nascentem (nominative nascens) “arising young, immature,” present participle of nasci “to be born” (Old Latin gnasci), from PIE root *gene- “give birth, beget.” Related: Nascence (1560s); nascency.
nativity (n.)

early 12c., Nativite, “feast-day celebrating the birth of Christ, Christmas,” from Old French  nativité  “birth, origin, descent; birthday; Christmas” (12c.), from Late Latin nativitatem  (nominative nativitas) “birth,” from Latin nativus “born, native” (see native (adj.)). Late Old English had nativiteð, from earlier Old French nativited. From late 14c. as “fact of being born; circumstances attending one’s birth.”
nautical (adj.)

“pertaining to ships, sailors, or navigation,” 1550s, from -al (1) + nautic from French nautique, from Latin nauticus “pertaining to ships or sailors,” from Greek nautikos “seafaring, naval,” from nautēs “sailor,” from naus “ship” (from PIE root *nau- “boat”).
naval (adj.)

“of or pertaining to a ship or ships,” specifically “pertaining to a navy,” early 15c., from Old French naval (14c.) and directly from Latin navalis “pertaining to a ship or ships,” from navis “ship,” from PIE root *nau- “boat.” An Old English word for “naval” was  scipherelic.

navy (n.)

mid-14c.navie, “fleet of ships,” especially for purposes of war, from Old French navie “fleet; ship,” from Latin navigia, plural of navigium “vessel, boat,” from navis “ship,” from PIE root *nau- “boat.”Meaning “a nation’s collective, organized sea power” is from 1530s. The Old English words were sciphere (usually of Viking invaders) and scipfierd (usually of the home defenses). Navy blue was the color of the British naval uniform. Navy bean attested from 1856, so called because they were grown to be used by the Navy. Navy-yard “government dockyard,” in the U.S. “a dockyard where government ships are built or repaired” is by 1842.

The earliest known use of the word navy is in the Middle English period (1150—1500).  OED’s earliest evidence for navy is from before 1375, in William of Palerne.   Source


nāu-, Proto-Indo-European root meaning “boat.”It forms all or part of: aeronauticsaquanautArgonautastronautcosmonautnacellenavalnave (n.1) “main part of a church;”  navicularnavigatenavigationnavynaufragousnauseanauticalnautilusnoise.

nave (n.1)

main part of a church,the middle part, lengthwise, extending typically from the main entrance to the choir or chancel, 1670s, from Medieval Latin navem (nominative navis) “nave of a church,” a special use of Latin navis “ship” (from PIE root *nau- “boat”), on some fancied resemblance in shape.
nave (n.2)

hub of a cart-wheel,” Middle English, from Old English nafanafu, from Proto-Germanic *nabo- (source also of Old Saxon naba, Old Norse nöf, Middle Dutch nave, Dutch naaf, Old High German naba, German Nabe), perhaps connected with the root of navel on notion of centrality (compare Latin umbilicus “navel,” also “the end of a roller of a scroll;” Greek omphalos “navel,” also “the boss of a shield”).


The nave is the rail that serves to separate the sanctuary from the area where the worshippers sit. It is derived from the Latin word naviswhich means ship. It includes the central and open spaces of the church, including the west side where the choir is usually located. It may also include the central and side aisles.

It is in the nave that the rows of pews are found.A pew is simply a long bench seat for seating members of a congregation. Interestingly, the pew is a recent addition to the Catholic church as it was first introduced in Protestant churches, where the sermon of the pastor was usually long. This brought the need for worshippers to sit down.

Around the nave are 14 framed pictures or the Stations of the Cross.These images depict the events of Jesus’ crucifixion. These are usually small plaques with paintings, although more modern churches have simple crosses with a numeral in the center.

There are other features or parts of a Catholic church, such as the font or the large stone bowl that contains holy water for baptizing babies. The stoup is the small basin containing holy water and placed in strategic parts of the church. Catholics dip their hand in the stoup to make the sign of the cross. Also, most Catholic churches have a confessional or small enclosed space or cabinet where worshippers can confess their sins to a priest.  (The bible says to confess your sins one to another. Not in hiding to a priest.)   SOURCE

and believed to be the center of the World. This is the Omphalos stone, inside the museum at Delphi, a symbol for Delphi’s status as the navel of the Earth…

with markings reminiscent of a dorje, the symbol of Vajra in Tibetan Buddhism, a Sanskrit word which is said to mean “thunderbolt, in a reference to a follower achieving enlightenment in a single lifetime in a thunderbolt flash of indestructible clarity….

Omphalos – Mysterious Ancient Sacred Object And Its Meaning

A. Sutherland – – Standing in the center of the archaeological complex of Delphi, few people pay attention to this sacred object of rather insignificant structure.

It is constructed out of a pile of circular disks, each one somewhat smaller than the one underneath.

According to Herodotus, a sacred serpent was fed honey cakes once a month at the Acropolis in Athens. These honey cakes were marked with the Omphalos

For the ancient Greeks this object, known as the Omphalos of Delphi represented a symbol for the ‘Navel of the World’.

Much later, the Greeks adopted the conical-shaped stone as a sacred dwelling of Apollo, their Sun God Apollo – the residence of the Sun God. The most sacred device – Omphalos – was used at every oracular site.

…and the Omphalos stone at the Temple of Apollo in Delphi.

Omphalos also had a meaning as geodetic point of a master grid of electromagnetic energy around the Earth.  (Yes, and apparently this knowledge is not new.  The ancients used eletromagnetic energy technology.)



Updated: Aug 5, 2021

At my mid term review I was advised to look deeper into my subject matter and to the cultural significance of ships and boats as well as the metaphorical meaning behind them. I also looked at how other artists have portrayed the subject matter and how it has informed their work. Here are my findings.

Spiritual Journey:

The boat immediately evokes a passage, carrying you over the watery depths. The boat can symbolise a spiritual journey on the sea of life; one cannot get anywhere by remaining on an island. The boat is also an important symbol in Greek Mythology, for example, Homer’s Odyssey is a spiritual journey by boat. Worldwide, boats are often used symbolically to carry the souls of the dead to heaven, for example its found in Egyptian mythology, Greek and Roman myths, in Hindu stories, Buddhism and all over Melanesia. King Arthur was symbolically transported on death by boat. Boats were also used by Norse races as the means of transport of the souls on deathsymbolically mimicking the souls journey to ‘heaven’, the final resting place of the soul– the journey across the water. Boats represent the idea of a soul ‘moving’– progressing along a path and as death is a form of progress, it is used for both birth and death and is as a consequence a symbol of reincarnation– the death of the body, the movement of the soul to another place by boat and then the rebirth in a new place a new body again – by boat.

Security & Refuge:

If you imagine life as an often-perilous journey, then the boat can represent a symbol of security. The boat carries us through life’s shifting currents. We are moored, and we lose our moorings. We sail with and against the tides. The boat holds us secure above the chaos of life.

moor (v.)

“to fasten (a ship) in a particular location by or as by cables, anchors, etc.,” late 15c., probably related to Old English mærels “mooring rope,” via unrecorded *mærian “to moor,” or possibly borrowed from Middle Low German moren or Middle Dutch maren “to moor,” from West Germanic *mairojan. Related: Mooredmooring. French amarrer is from Dutch.
also from late 15c.

moor (n.)

“tract of open, untilled, more or less elevated ground, often overrun with heath,” c. 1200, from Old English mor “morass, swamp,” from Proto-Germanic *mora- (source also of Old Saxon, Middle Dutch, Dutch meer “swamp,” Old High German muor “swamp,” also “sea,” German Moor “moor,” Old Norse mörr “moorland,” marr “sea”), perhaps related to mere (n.1), or from root *mer- “to die,” hence “dead land.”

The basic sense in place names is ‘marsh’, a kind of low-lying wetland possibly regarded as less fertile than mersc ‘marsh.’ The development of the senses ‘dry heathland, barren upland’ is not fully accounted for but may be due to the idea of infertility. [Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names]

Hence moor-fowl “grouse” (c. 1500); moor-hen (mid-14c.); moor-cock (c. 1200 as a surname).

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Human Endeavour:

Just as the image of billowing sails against a backdrop of clear sky can evoke ideals of liberty and human ingenuity, the life at sea, at the mercy of nature, is one very much grounded in age-old tradition and deep-seated superstition. As in both Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem “Rime of the Ancient Mariner” and Byron’s “Darkness”, the austere images of stranded and wrecked ships serve as grim reminders of the essential frailty of the human endeavour.

The Human Body:

In the most general sense, a “vehicle”. Perhaps more than any other kind of vehicle, we like to think of boats as individuals within a family. This might come from the concept of a tug boat perhaps. The small boat has might and pulls the larger boat, which seems like a reversal of the typical parent/child dependency. The correspondence between the two girls and the boats is clear in Anders Zorn’s painting “Carrera en barco”, 1886. There are a great many references in literature testifying that the boat is the cradle rediscovered (and the mother’s womb). Related to this was the idea that ships are feats of human workmanship, proof of our superiority and conquering the world.

Symbol Of Riches:

The boat can represent those things that appear on our horizons, representing the fruits of our labour “my ship has come in”. In feng shui, placing a sailing boat in your house brings a message that everything will go smoothly. Many Chinese traders selected the image of a sailing boat for their trading logo since it stands for the wind helping to bring in more trade and earn good profits. It is said to be the most preferable symbol after the dragon.

English Terms:

Many expressions derived from sailing remain embedded in the English language. When we talk about being ‘all at sea’, we do not literally mean that we are out in the ocean, but rather that we are unsure about what to do, as though we were drifting on the water without the reassurance of firm ground beneath our feet. flagship, for example, was the most important ship in a fleet, which carried the fleet’s admiral and flew his flag. In modern English, however, the word is more likely to be used as a metaphor, so a company’s flagship store is the one that has the most importance and prestige. mainstay was originally a rope that supported the main mast of a shipbut now is a metaphor referring to any person or thing that provides crucial support, as in tourism is a mainstay of the economy. The influence of sailing can also be seen in some idiomatic phrases. To sail close to the wind refers to the risky practice of attempting to fill a ship’s sails with wind without losing control of it. This phrase is now used as an idiom: if you tell someone that they are sailing close to the wind you are warning them that they are doing something that is dangerous or possibly illegal. To batten down the hatches literally refers to closing the entrances to the lower part of a ship when a storm is expected, but metaphorically refers to any preparation to withstand a period of difficulty. If a ship has run aground and is unable to return to the water, it is said to be high and dryan expression we also use to refer to a person who is left in a difficult situation without any assistance. Some similar phrases have now lost all their original associations with sailing. It may come as a surprise to learn that under way, meaning ‘in progress’, was originally a nautical phrase meaning ‘in motion’. Another example is by and large: to the old sailors, this meant ‘in all conditions’, whether sailing into the wind (sailing by) or with the wind (sailing large), but it is doubtful whether many current English speakers are aware of this when they use the phrase to mean ‘in general’.Three sheets to the wind = drunk, a sheet is not a sail but a rope attached to the lower ends of a sail, so having three sheets to the wind meant the sail was not capturing any wind and thus not making any headway. To the bitter end = a bitts were large oak posts to which the anchor cable was fastened. When the cable was paid out the bitter end was reachedLet the cat out of the bag = refers to the cat-of-nine-tails that nasty instrument of punishment used to flog seamen and when the cat was out of the bag something bad was about to happen. The devil to pay: to pay meant to tar the seams between deck planks. The devil was the hardest bit to pay because it is the part between the straight planks and the curved parts at the sidesThe devil and the deep blue sea: the side of the ship and the water. Anybody falling over would find himself between the devil and the sea.

The emblematic ship is an enduring cultural symbol, or root metaphor, deeply embedded in human consciousness. Its symbolic meanings are keyed directly to the natural world of the oceans, where salt-laden reality prevails in the immensity of sea and sky.  This is a place of otherness, an unpredictable and alien environment possessing great beauty and destructive power. It both attracts and repels humanity through conflicting emotions of awe and fear. From earliest times seafarers have sailed from the shores of home, navigating far out on to the trackless and unfathomable deep. Questing for what lies beyond the horizon, their myriad voyages have layered our history and freighted our imagination.

Spiritual Meaning of Ship – Bible Meanings

The signification ships is doctrinal things from the Word. That ships have this signification is because they pass through seas and rivers, and carry things useful for life; for by seas and rivers are signified knowledges and memory-knowledges; the useful things of life which they carry, are the doctrinal things and also the very truths from the Word which are signified by ships, as is plain from the following passages:–

The isles shall trust in Me, and the ships of Tarshish in the beginning, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them (Isa. 60:9);

ships of Tarshish denote doctrinal things and truths from the Word, wherefore it is said that they should bring their sons, their silver and gold; for by sons are signified those who are in truthsby silver, the truth itself; and by gold, good. Everyone can see that ships of Tarshish are not here meant, nor sons, silver, and gold.

[2] In Ezekiel:–

Thy borders are in the heart of the sea, thy architects have perfected thy beauty. They have built all thy planks of fir-trees from Senir; they have taken the cedar from Lebanon to make a mast for thee. Of the oaks of Bashan have they made thine oars; they have made thy beam of ivory; the daughter of a step from the Isles of Kittim. Of fine linen with broidered work from Egypt was thy sail, that it might be to thee for an ensign; blue and crimson from the isles of Elishah was thy covering. The inhabitants of Zidon and Arvad were thy rowers: thy wise men, O Tyre, who were in thee, were thy pilots. The elders of Gebal and the wise men thereof were in thee thy calkers; all the ships of the sea and their sailors were in thee, to trade thy trading (Ezek. 27:4-9);

this is said of Tyre, by which are signified the knowledges of good and truth (AC 1201), which are described by what belongs to a ship, as planks, mast, oars, beam, sail, a covering, rowers, pilots, and sailorsThat all these are not to be understood according to the letter must be plain to everyone; but when the knowledges of truth and good, which are Tyre, together with doctrinal things from the Word, are understood by ships, then all things fit together beautifully.

[3] In David:–

O Jehovah, how manifold are Thy works! in wisdom hast Thou made them all. This sea great and wide in spaces; there go the ships; the whale which Thou hast formed to play therein (Ps. 104:24-26).


Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of confession; and declare the works of Jehovah with rejoicing. They that go down to the sea in ships, that do work in many waters, these see the works of Jehovah and His wonders in the deep (Ps. 107:22-24);

here also ships denote knowledges and doctrinal things; the whale denotes the generals of memory-knowledges (AC 42); and as ships are knowledges and doctrinal things, therefore it is said, they that go down to the sea in ships see the works of Jehovah and His wonders in the deep; for those see these things who are in the knowledges and doctrinal things from the Word.

[4] In John:–

The second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea, and the third part of the sea became blood, whence the third part of the creatures that were in the sea, and had souls, died; and the third part of the ships was destroyed (Rev. 8:8, 9);

the great mountain burning with fire denotes the love of self (AC 1691); the sea, the natural where memory-knowledges are (AC 28); bloodviolence done to charity (AC 3741005); creatures in the sea having souls, truths of memory-knowledge with goods; a third part, something not yet complete (AC 2788); their dying, that they had no spiritual life (AC 6119); hence the third part of the ships being destroyed denotes that the truths and goods of doctrinal things from the Word were falsified. From all this may be known what is signified by this prophecy.

[5] But in the opposite sense ships signify the knowledges and doctrinal things of what is false and evil, as in Daniel:–

At the time of the end shall the king of the south strive with him; therefore the king of the north shall rush upon him like a whirlwind, with chariot and with horsemen, and with many ships; and he shall come into the lads, and shall overflow and penetrate (Daniel 11:40);

the king of the south denotes truth from good; the king of the north, falsities from evil; chariots with horsemen and with ships, doctrinal things of falsity; the lands, churches, of which it is predicted that falsities from evils in the time of the end should overflow and penetrate them.

[6] In John:–

Every pilot, and everyone employed upon ships, and sailors, and all they who trade upon the sea, stood afar off, and cried when they saw the smoke of the burning of Babylon, saying, What city is like the great city? Woe, woe, the great city, wherein were made rich all that had ships in the sea by reason of her costliness! (Rev. 18:17-19);

it is evident that ships here denote the knowledges and doctrinal things of falsity and evil, because Babylon denotes war ship which outwardly appears holy, and inwardly is profane. Moreover no one can fail to see that by ships something else than ships is here meant. In Isaiah:–

Thus saith Jehovah your Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel, For your sake I have sent to Babylon, that I may throw down all her bars, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships (Isa. 43:14);

where the meaning is similar. Moreover falsities from evil are signified by ships in (Isa. 2:11, 16; 23:1, 14; Ps. 48:7).

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Omphalos – Mysterious Ancient Sacred Object And Its Meaning

A. Sutherland – – Standing in the center of the archaeological complex of Delphi, few people pay attention to this sacred object of a relatively insignificant structure.

It is constructed out of a pile of circular disks, each one somewhat smaller than the one underneath.

According to Herodotus, a sacred serpent was fed honey cakes once a month at the Acropolis in Athens. 

According to Herodotus, a sacred serpent was fed honey cakes once a month at the Acropolis in Athens. These honey cakes were marked with the Omphalos

For the ancient Greeks, this object, known as the Omphalos of Delphi, represented a symbol for the ‘Navel of the World.’

The Greeks later adopted the conical-shaped stone as a sacred dwelling of Apollo, their Sun God Apollo – the residence of Sun God. The holiest device – Omphalos – was used at every oracular site. The sacred stone ‘Omphalos’ also had a geodetic meaning – as a geodetic point of a master grid.

“The superstition of the Omphalos was widespread, similar to the serpent belief, from India to Greece. It is a boss or orb with spiral lines thought to represent serpents coiled or the electromagnetic energy encircling the globe. There are similar markings on ancient stone monuments across the world – especially at Newgrange in Ireland.

This egg-shaped stone—the very stone described by the Greek writer Pausanias, who visited Delphi in the second century A.D. The original omphalos stone, now lost, was probably an archaic cult object that supplicants draped with wreaths, resembling the wreaths carved in relief on this stone. (Erich Lessing)   (I would say it is more of a BEEHIVE shaped cone than an EGG)

Quintus Curtius also pointed out that in Africa, there were such stones with spiral lines drawn, said to be a symbol of the serpent deity.

According to Herodotus, a sacred serpent was fed honey cakes once a month at the Acropolis in Athens. These honey cakes were marked with the Omphalos.” 1

The mythological story tells that the supreme Greek god, Zeus, sent two eagles from both ends of the world. These two birds began their flight simultaneously and kept flying until they met each other in the middle of the way, which was at the Omphalos.

The site, later known as Delphi, was a sacred place inhabited by the Earth Goddess Gaia (or Gaea), the great mother of all and guarded by her child, the serpent Python.

Omphalos at Delphi, Greece – probably a replica built in the 4th century BC – is a curious object and many theories have been proposed to explain the purpose of it. Image credit: George E. Koronaios  – CC BY-SA 4.0

The Omphalos, probably a replica built in the 4th century BC, is a curious object, and many theories have been proposed to explain its purpose.

Some have explained it as a funnel for the fumes that caused the Oracle at Delphi to get visions; some others suggest that the stone given to Cronus by the goddess Rhea to thwart him from eating Zeus, their newborn son.

The word ‘omphalos’ or ‘baetylus’ is of Semitic origin(-Bethel). Many of these stones existed in antiquity. They were considered sacred, mainly related to the cult of some particular god, and looked upon as his abiding place or symbol.

Jacob’s Ladder

10And Jacob went out from Beersheba, and went toward Haran. 11 And he lighted upon a certain place, and tarried there all night, because the sun was set; and he took of the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. 12 And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it. 13 And, behold, the LORD stood above it, and said, am the LORD God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed; 14 And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. 15 And, behold, I am with thee, and will keep thee in all places whither thou goest, and will bring thee again into this land; for I will not leave thee, until I have done that which I have spoken to thee of. 16 And Jacob awaked out of his sleep, and he said, Surely the LORD is in this place; and I knew it not. 17 And he was afraid, and said, How dreadful is this place! this is none other but the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven.

The Stone of Bethel

18 And Jacob rose up early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put for his pillows, and set it up for a pillar, and poured oil upon the top of it19 And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at the first20 And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put on, 21 So that I come again to my father’s house in peace; then shall the LORD be my God: 22 And this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God’s house: and of all that thou shalt give me I will surely give the tenth unto thee.

City of Luz is an inter-dimensional city of higher consciousness that unites all branches of knowledge and fields of experience. Luz is the Biblical site of Jacob’s angelic dream, also known as the House of God and the Gate to Heaven. Luz is an impenetrable city in the ancient land of Israel that can only be entered through a secret cave hidden by a hazelnut (luz) tree.  (Judges,1:24)   Source

Jdg 1:23  And the house of Josephsent to descry Bethel (Now the name of the city before was Luz.)
Jdg 1:24  And the spiesH8104 saw a man come forth out of the city, and they said unto him, Shew us, we pray thee, the entrance into the city, and we will shewthee mercy.


Sometimes these stones had a more regular shape; they were formed into pillars or groups of three pillars. Such columns were sometimes placed before a shrine; others were used as mileposts and often shaped into human form.

The Omphalos of Delphi. Image credit: Юкатан –CC BY-SA 3.0

The baetylus (Bethel or Betyl) became the parent form for altars and iconic sculptures. It was one of the sacred stones that once fell from heaven and contained the power of life; after that, such heavenly treasures were used for ritual and worship.

More evidence of the stone being taken from Bethel, a city described in the Hebrew Bible, of which location,  between Benjamin and Ephraim, was also confirmed by Jacob.

“And he called the name of that place Bethel: but the name of that city was called Luz at first….”(Genesis 28:19)

George Andrew Reisner, an American archaeologist of Ancient Egypt and Palestine who discovered the  Omphalos at the Amun/Zeus temple, said that

Libation of Artemis and Apollo at omphalos. Red-figure lekythos by the Shuvalov Painter (?), ca. 440 BC – Image credit: Shakko – CC BY-SA 3.0

“… in the front there is an opening. Inside a cavity with a depression, reminiscent of a seat, can be detected. I could imagine that this was the seat for a small deity figurine. Around the sculpture runs a band with sculptures of figures moving towards the opening of these figures, four people are features with wings.”

However, the remarkable object in Delphi is not the only Omphalos that has been discovered. Omphalos was also found at the ancient Greek oracle site of Ptoion. Its other connection is the Egyptian oasis of Siwa. The oasis, the seat of the oracle temple of Zeus Ammon), was already well-known in the time of Herodotus and even consulted by Alexander the Great.The place’s Egyptian name is Sekht-am (“palm land”).

To the Etruscans, the Omphalos symbolized a route to the Underworld.

The Etruscan civilization was an ancient civilization created by the Etruscans, a people who inhabited Etruria in ancient Italy, with a common language and culture who formed a federation of city-states. Wikipedia

an annual meeting of the Etruscan League. This is a body we know next to nothing about except that the 12 or 15 of the most important cities sent elders to meet together, largely for religious purposes, at a sanctuary called Fanum Voltumnae whose location is unknown but was probably near Orvieto.

Etruria (/ɪˈtrʊəriə/ ih-TROOR-ee-ə) was a region of Central Italy delimited by the rivers Arno and Tiber,[1] an area that covered what is now most of Tuscany, northern Lazio, and north-western Umbria. It was inhabited by the Etruscans, an ancient civilization that flourished in the area from around the 8th century BC until they were assimilated into the Roman Republic in the 4th century BC.[2]
Etruscan cities teamed with Carthage to successfully defend their trade interests against a Greek naval fleet at the Battle of Alalia (aka Battle of the Sardinian Sea) in 540 BCE. Such was the Etruscan dominance of the seas and maritime trade along the Italian coast that the Greeks repeatedly referred to them as scoundrel pirates

The religion of the Etruscans was polytheistic with gods for all those important places, objects, ideas, and events, which were thought to affect or control everyday life. At the head of the pantheon was Tin, although like most such figures he was probably not thought to concern himself much with mundane human affairs. For that, there were all sorts of other gods such as Thanur, the goddess of birth; Aita, god of the Underworld; and Usil, the Sun god. The national Etruscan god seems to have been Veltha (aka Veltune or Voltumna) who was closely associated with vegetation. Lesser figures included winged females known as Vanth, who seem to be messengers of death, and heroes, amongst them Hercules, who was, along with many other Greek gods and heroes, adopted, renamed and tweaked by the Etruscans to sit alongside their own deities.

The two main features of the religion were augury (reading omens from birds and weather phenomena like lightning strikes) and haruspicy (examining the entrails of sacrificed animals to divine future events, especially the liver). That the Etruscans were particularly pious and preoccupied with destiny, fate and how to affect it positively was noted by ancient authors such as Livy, who famously described them as “a nation devoted beyond all others to religious rites” (Haynes, 268). Priests would consult a body of (now lost) religious texts called the Etrusca disciplina. The texts were based on knowledge given to the Etruscans by two divinities: the wise infant Tages, grandson of Tin, who miraculously appeared from a field in Tarquinia while it was being ploughed, and the nymph Vegoia (Vecui). The Etrusca disciplina dictated when certain ceremonies should be performed and revealed the meaning of signs and omens.     SOURCE

Detail of the Etruscan Sarcophagus of the Spouses, considered one of the great masterpieces of Etruscan art. It is a late 6th century BCE Etruscan anthropoid sarcophagus made of terracotta. It depicts a married couple reclining at a banquet together in the afterlife and was found in 19th century excavations at the necropolis of Cerveteri (ancient Caere). (National Etruscan Museum of Villa Giulia, Rome.)  NOTE THE ELONGATED SKULL.

Written by – A. Sutherland Staff Writer

Updated on November 1, 2022

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