What's in a Name?
Ancient Egyptians and the Constellations: Part 21
"Aa's frum Weshin'ton"
When the waters receded the land would have been at first "soaking" underfoot. The final remnant of the "wash" was the Village Pond, which is now filled in and referred to as the Village Green. I wonder what treasures lie metres deep under the Village Green.
If you take a close look at the lie of the land around The Village, you will notice that even today the location of the Village Pond is a natural drainage area. The Home Bank (now called The Avenue), Village Lane, Spout Lane and Glebe Crescent as far as Glebe Mount, all drain down naturally into the area known as The Green.
On the left is the Washington Village Post Office
and in the centre is the Old Smithy.
The cars in the picture will go over the crest of the hill and then
down the other side into the Village Green area.
"Ton" at the end of a place name does not, as many people mistakenly believe, refer to an early form of the word "town". Nor does it necessarily refer to a "homestead". Rather it is another form of the old Anglo-Saxon word "torr" meaning "a prominent hill". "Torr" is a version of the Hebrew "tur" meaning "round tower" in the form of a mountain. Our English word "turret" is derived from this. At the end of a place name "tor" and "ton" take on an added significance; they both mean "a holy hill".
The Church on the Hill
And so the name Washington / Wessington literally describes its natural features at three stages of development:
Washington Village and the Druids
Druid mythology relates that Hesus/Hu was fathered by God and born of a virgin mother, Mayence in the 9th century BC. He was later crucified but his soul survived after Death. Sound familiar?
the Church on the Hill.
In the Beltane ritual ceremony Hesus/Hu was crucified on an oak tree which was symbolic of the Tree of Life.
The Tree of Life and Washington Village
which represented the Centre of the Universe.
The earliest reference to the concept of the Tree of Life is to be found in the philosophy of the Ancient Egyptians. They explained the origin of the universe in terms of a primordial ocean called Nun. It wasn't flat; rather it was in the shape of a cosmic egg … and from this cosmic egg was born the primeval hill called Nu. Of the Tree of Life is written, "I am the plant which comes from Nu."
for "plant" meaning "Tree
of Life" was three sacred
lotus lilies … "unb".
the sacred knowledge of
Hesus is also derived
from the sacred lotus.
When Hesus was crucified upon the Tree of Life he metaphorically became as one with the Tree. Just as Osiris became one with the tamarisk tree in which he was encased (See Part 6) so Hesus/Hu became as one with the oak tree. Both Osiris and Hesus/Hu were representative of the Axis Munde around which the heavens appear to revolve; they were representative of the World Pillar, the link between the terrestrial and the celestial worlds. They held the heavens in their outstretched arms, and they soaked up the Word of God from the waters of the Netherworld. In Ancient Egypt the Netherworld was called the "Netterworld" meaning the "World of the gods". The gods had their home among the stars.
The Beltane Festival
dated around 1800BC
Ancient Egyptian Narmer Plate, 4468BC
Statues of Baal show him in the stance of the Constellation of Orion and wearing the White Crown of Egypt, attached to which is a Bull's lug. The Baal cult was associated with the bull. His story is recounted in the Baal Myth, which concerns a crisis in the Autumn Equinox. He was the god who died and rose again. Unfortunately as the original meaning of his myth (see below) was lost he became the seasonal god of vegetation, dying in the Autumn and having his resurrection in the Spring. This resulted in the Beltane Festival being held in Spring instead of Autumn. A Spring resurrection displays a total misunderstanding of the original stellar myth. It was from this god that the name Beltane is derived.
The Church on the Hill.
(Note: The origin of the crucifixion legends together with the personification of the Axis Munde is recorded in the Ancient Egyptian Myth of Osiris which can be found in Part 6. More information on the Hesus/Jesus connection can be found in Part 15.)
are the Children of the Pyramids.
Footnote … subtle references to Freemasonry are intentional.
Copyright Audrey Fletcher 1999
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