from 2889 and 2902 ; n m
AV - ruler 1; 1
1) lord of the world, prince
of this age
1a) the devil and his demons
If we now turn to Iranian tradition we find that various Zoroastrian texts, including the Bundahishn, speak of world history beginning 9000 years before the traditionally accepted date for the coming of its great prophet, Zoroaster, in 588 BC.
This gives a date of 9588 BC. It was at this time, so one text states, that the faith's dualistic deities, Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu, were born from "the fire of the air" and "the water of the earth" -- cryptic references once again to fire and flood during the age of Leo.
The twin deities vie for superiority over heaven and earth, a battle that is only settled when Zoroaster is said to have vanquished the daeva-worshipping Magi priesthoods during his own life-time. Ever since this time the `Good Spirit', Ahura Mazda, has ruled supreme.
Did all this imply that the ancestors of the Iranian god-kings had first inhabited their mythical homeland, known as the Airyana Vaejah, the Iranian Expanse, around 9585 BC? Give or take a few centuries, this date was remarkably close to the timeframe in which the Egyptian Elder culture would appear to have broken up.
Since the Airyana Vaejah is equated with the Kurdish highlands, might this tradition also record the arrival in the region of those Elders who went on to establish the proposed Watcher culture?
According to Iranian mythology, the dualistic forces of Ahura Mazda and Angra Mainyu were born to a supreme being known as Zurvan, who symbolised `infinite time'. In the Roman cult of the god Mithras, which developed from primary Iranian sources, the concept of `infinite time' was symbolised by a lion-headed deity.
Statues depicting this leonine figure show the twelve signs of the zodiac on its chest and a snake curling up over the top of its mane. Although the deity is not identified by name (although it is occasionally linked with Aeon, a gnostic god of time), scholars of Mithraism describe it as a kosmokrator, the controlling intelligence behind the phenomenon of precession.
To find a lion-headed kosmokrator
that originated in a tradition that saw world history as having begun in
9588 BC, during the Age of Leo, was impossible to ignore. Could it be possible
that although knowledge of the precessional cycle was understood by the
Elder culture of Egypt, later cultures who inherited this tradition failed
to comprehend its mechanics. So instead of Leo making way for the age of
Cancer, and then Gemini, and then Taurus, the symbol of the lion became
the one and only kosmokrator, or guardian of infinite time, in much the
same way that the Great Sphinx became a precessional time-marker on the
plateau at Giza.