Since writing this blog back in 2007, I have acquired the book Hamlet’s Mill and read quite a bit of it.
I did take notes as you can see, experiencing the occasional ug Thoth thought.
It was the seed that which is responsible for the proliferation of alternative theories today that challenge what appears to be a partially scripted self serving history.
There is a current of history that defaults to the bible narratives.
Ignoring the thousands of years of goddess worship that preceded the Levant era which spawned all three major Abrahamic religions.
Each age brings a World Era, a Twilight of the Gods. Great structures collapse; pillars topple which supported the great fabric: floods and cataclysms herald the shaping of a new world.
-Hamlet’s Mill page 2
I rarely read a book front to back, I usually go looking for the familiar archetypes which are expressions of a cosmic language that we seem to have difficulty wrapping our heads around.
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I must admit though I have not read the book Hamlet’s Mill, it’s profound revelations must be acknowledged.
I understand it is a very difficult book to navigate through.
Is it necessary that we each read this book or can we build upon those that already have?
What is the primary message contained in this scholarly book to be heeded?
What is the primary message the collective consciousness has ignored since the release of this book?
Below are 10 of the 17 ***** 5-Star Reviews I found at Amazon…please note the consistency.
1/ The basic premise of the book (“essay”) _Hamlet’s Mill_ is that the myth of Hamlet (and its variants) and in general all the ancient myths can be interpreted as a code language expressing the astronomical knowledge of precession of the equinoxes among ancient cultures. The idea is that the archetype of the “mill” represents the heavens above and that by a mixing of the mill is meant the stirring of the heavens. The passing of the earth from the Age of Aries (the ram) to the Age of Pisces (the fish) in ancient times is determined to be a highly significant psychological event for “primitive” man. It is imagined that primitive man, gazing up at the night sky, was completely and utterly mystified. The paths of the stars and of those roaming stars – the planets – would have served as a source of astoundment for the primitive. In this way, the science of astronomy veiled beneath its pseudo-scientific cousin astrology was given birth to.The important thing to realize is that man’s life here on earth is influenced much by psychological forces played out in the heavens. And, by this is meant that the heavens (and what occurs up there) can serve as portents of imminent doom. To the primitive, these astronomical occurrences must have given rise to indescribable emotions. These serve as a guide in understanding the primitive mythologies. Thus, myth is taken to be based on an astronomical (astrological) foundation. And, with the heralding in of new world ages, the psyche of man is greatly affected.Events taking place in the heavens served a special purpose to the primitive individual. By following the paths of the stars and planets in the sky as they trace out their motions, primitive man was able to briefly observe a small cross-section of the workings of the entire universe. By following along these lines, the primitive individual was capable of projecting the heavenly occurrences onto earthly matters. In this manner, the heavens were mirrored by the daily, mundane earthly events, and this gave rise to myth. To the ancients, the myth represented the corridor between man and the heavenly entities above. By traveling through this corridor, man was enabled to observe the world as it really is, in all its mystery.Consider the primitive stranded in a world in which he does not understand; in fact, one in which he is incapable of understanding, the daily flux of events as they unwind from the cosmic thread. The playing out of these cosmic events was of enormous significance. Imagine now gazing up at the night sky tens of thousands of years ago, awestruck with wonder. Then, the cryptic message of that enormous cryptogram must play an enormous role in the lives of the ancient individual. And, remember, that to the ancient, the primitive sky is available for all to observe (not just a select few). But, it was only those select, initiated few who were fully aware of these cosmic events.To the early Hebrew, the heavens were of especial significance. To these people, the heavens marked the location of the Kingdom of God (the one God). The advent of the monotheistic religion of the early Hebrew marked an enormous event in the history of mankind. The philosophical significance of this realization of a single deity is immense. By following along these lines, one can realize the great importance that the heavens must have had for the early diletante in monotheism. These “primitive” individuals gave birth to one of the greatest motivating factors of the modern era.To the ancient Hebrew, the word of the one God was recorded in the Torah, the Law of Moses. This marked the beginning of the Age of Aries, as demonstrated in the classical scene with the worshipping of the golden calf. This biblical scene illustrates the fall of the Age of Taurus and the progression into the Age of Aries. The molten, golden calf is a representation of the bull, Taurus. And, the God of Moses demands that those worshipping the calf must suffer for their misdeeds.Later, the birth of Jesus Christ is signified by a brilliant star in the sky (the Star of Bethlehem). What exactly this really is intended to be is obscure. However, notice that Jesus Christ is represented by the fish (pisces) and so his era is associated with the Age of the Fish. To the ancients, the heavens represented a vast virtual playground upon which the course of history was plotted out. The cryptological significance of this is mindboggling to the modern man, who views ancient man as primitive in both technological advancement and intelligence. The idea that ancient man could have possessed a capable intellect full of the mirth of the intellectual (semiotical) cryptogram is anathema to the modern man. The mere suggestion of this is considered absurd. However, the question that the discerning modern individual must ask is how absurd is it and why should one not attempt to fully appreciate all the events and their significances that have lead up to the psychological and mental development of modern man. Beneath the carpet of modern bias is an historical mystery of vast import awaiting a solution. An attempted solution to this historical puzzle is presented here.
2/ Universal coherence. We still seek it because we know it must “exist.” Read this, McClain’s “Myth of Invariance,” and “Pythagorean Plato”, Van Crevel’s prefaces to Obrecht’s Missae Sub Tuum Praesedium and Maria Zart (in the edition abandoned because he took it to far in search of symmetries), and the fine work on Angkor Wat by Eleanor Mannikka, learn observational astronomy, and sidereal astrology and its history (Cyril Fagan, Garth Allen, Rupert Gleadow), and you’ve got all you need to understand the old mind, on the basis of what they saw and lived with. It helps if you can live some place dark, where you can see the skies at night, like people did until pretty recently. Organizationwise, the writing is at times caught inconclusively between summaries of stories and drawing of connections, and perhaps the really definitive points are not highlighted or isolated as they deserve to be, because they are such universal historic human truths. But this book is not about MYTH, it is about ASTROLOGY, MUSIC, MATHEMATICS, NUMBER AS REVEALED BY THE HEAVENS, AND EMBODIED IN LITERATURE, PRE-COPERNICAN EXISTENTIALISM: THIS IS HOW IT WAS, what you saw happening in the sky night after night, why and how deeply this was experienced by all humanity. It was spoken of in various but perceptually related ways, at all times everywhere before the modern world revealed its coincidental nature (there’s no reason for the sun and moon to be the same size, but that’s what they look like from here, and there you’ve got yin-yang, etc >> all the great symmetries). Too bad it isn’t “true”. Or maybe perception means that much, and it is “true” locally. Great work. I hope follow up literature exists. If you are concerned with philosophy and non-modern minds, God Bless ’em, this is endless and indescribably rich food for thought. Writing, though, seems at times overwhelmed at what to do with it all, though NOT stupidly. This is very high grade stuff. This is not pulp mysticism, just not quite written as well as one would hope. And it’s just a door into the real thought. It is Sumerian, but to understand how it became the universal truth of as above so below, you must know music from the monochord up, it ain’t easy, but it will open all Timaeus inspired thought to you, for starters. But you must learn tuning and proportion. Among other things. And don’t confuse Sidereal Astrology with the “normal” metaphoric stuff. It ain’t like that.
3/ Hamlet’s Mill is an amazing piece of macrocosmic literature that should be recognized as a true classic. While some scholars and researchers may attempt to discredit this work as attempting to pull together unrelated mythology from distant times and cultures, this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Nearly all religions are based upon two primary foundations, the first being astrotheology, the second being the use of entheogens; as above, so below. While the stars in the sky may show differently at different locations, and the plants in a specific vicinity may be different, this does not negate the overall concept of the foundations being the same. Santillana & Dechend have done a fantastic job at providing evidence that the knowledge of the Precession of the Equinoxes is far older than can be escaped, downplayed, or ignored. The cultural myths, though slightly varying by time and distance have the same foundations, the same origins because they’re based on the same concept…the stars and heavens…know the heavens or die… essential knowledge for planting, harvesting and storing food as well as for preparing for seasonal changes. This is a most important book of many for understanding the ancient mysteries. Other books that will help the reader understand these concepts include John Allegro, Acharya S., Robert Hewitt Brown, Gordon Wasson, John Major Jenkins, Peter Lamborn Wilson, Jonathon Ott, Terence McKenna, G. Schiaparelli, Albert Hofmann, Richard Schultes, Christian Ratsch, Joseph Campbell, Manly P. Hall, Kersey Graves, Jordan Maxwell, Ernest Busenbark, Gerald Massey, etc., to name a few. One draw back to the book is that the authors skipped over the highly important microcosmic research of R. Gordon Wasson which was available at the time. A tying together of these two works (Hamlet’s Mill and Soma), as Jenkins discovered (Maya Cosmogenesis 2012), can not be over looked and is a most rewarding discovery. A solid 5 star work
4/ The other reviews go into the details of this book well. I won’t rehash all that. It’s not an easy read at times and it can be a bit confusing but since I first encountered it I was convinced that this was a major work–better documented than any book that delves into the idea that ancient peoples were no dummies and that world history may not quite be what we think. In fact, I no longer look at a clear night sky quite the same way any more since reading this–the geometric plane that defines our solar system is now far too obvious to me. I often imagine what night skies must have been like 5000 or 10,000 years ago. How could we ever have assumed our ancestors weren’t paying close attention and asking hard questions? (Well, actually, that’s easy to answer–current humans hardly pay any attention to the night sky, barely any attention to nature as a whole. I’m no tree hugger but this is NOT GOOD) Unfortunately, (and treat this as a warning) all my friends and not-so-friends that love A&P (Atlantis and Pyramids) material, and who should be much more critical with their reading, never seem to have the patience to get through this book and often don’t even have the desire to read it. No levitating monoliths, no alien gene splicers, no global catastrophe…B-O-R-I-N-G. That’s probably just as well; this is a book for grown-ups with open and questing minds who have serious interests in archeology, anthropology, technological history, astronomy, and related fields. Highly recommended.
5/ This book is unbelievably heavy in the figurative sense. Although the writing can be laborious, the argument put forth regarding ancient astronomical facts being tied up in “folk tales” is stunning. Deeply researched, long, this book is definitely NOT for your ten year old.
6/ I must admit, this book is DEEP. The first time I read Hamlet’s Mill, I was confused, but my interest was sparked. The second time, I sat in awe as I mentally organized the content. The third time, I got it. This book is not for the casual reader, but for one that is ready for a shift in his way of thinking about astronomy, history and mythology. Hamlet’s Mill focuses on the symbolism of Old World mythology and the transmission of knowledge through archaic language. Refering to mythologies from Sumer, Egypt, China, Japan, Iceland and MesoAmerica, it is an indespenseable addition to anyones library interested in the transmission of knowledge through symbolism. Although not organized in a very systematic way, it is by far the most comprehensive book so far written on such subjects. Main themes include the Precession of the Equinoxes, gods as constellations, World Tree as Earth’s axis, Deluge as the shifting of the visible sky and much, much more. The info along with the fairly new science of Archeoastronomy should, and one day will, bring about a paradigm in thought about the notions of early civilizations and their knowledge of the heavens in realation to man on Earth.
7/ I found this book to be an amazing analysis of world mythological systems. The authors are two historians of science that make a convincing argument (in my opinion) that myths and mythical stories are, in fact, how archaic astronomy had been past from generation to generation. They reinterperet catastrophic mythical events as reference to the precession of the equinoxes. Mythical personage (Gods, Titans, Dragons, Heroes etc.) from China to Ancient Egypt to Greece to Meso-America are shown to be, in fact, referencing constellations and their positions as these changed due to the precession of Earth’s axis over centuries. Moreover, the authors discuss myths from linguistically, culturally, temporally distinct societies and show the astonishing commonality of names, events, and motifs. They make a cogent argument that the knowledge base of archaic people was far deeper and wider; that the archaic people have had empirical knowledge of the precession of equinoxes-a knowledge that requires at least a couple of hundred years of continuous observation to arrive at-and that they encoded their knowledge in the language of myths. This was knowledge for the elect and unlike our contemporary sciences it was not for everyone. In addition, the authors claim that these myths are tatters of an archaic World-View that placed man in an orderely universe of change. A world view whose echoes may still be heard in the Illiad & Odyssey, Shahnameh,Timeaus, Mahabaharata, and Nihon-gi. It is remarkable that this book, first published in 1968, has not made any waves in those circles that value such understanding. It is also remarkable that how much more convincing the author’s arguments have become in the light of the discovires chronicled by E. C. Krupp in his marvelous volume “Echoes of the Ancient Skies”. I shall never again look at the myths in the way I used to look at before reading this book, i.e. as just-so stories.
8/ I’ve been reading and re-reading this book for over twentyfive years. My first reading inspired the work I’ve been doing ever since. Everyone, including me agrees, that it’s not an easy book to read. It’s written in a style that’s not interested in accommodating the instant gratification reader. It’s full of scholarship of the old kind, erudite, witty and demanding. It’s also a subject for which, as the authors say, there is no map- ‘From whichever way one enters it, one is caught in the same bewildering circular complexity’. You’ve got to bring your whole mind to it. But it’s just beautiful; the authors take delight in their erudition as much as they do in debunking their fellow academics, at the same time celebrating those figures from the past who knew what was afoot. What inspired me most was the idea that what we’d been lead to believe were the flights of fancy of a primitive people living in ignorance, or the revelations of supernatural beings, (ie myths) were in fact the creation of profoundly human intelligences searching for meaning in their experience. What they discerned in the process was not only the patterns of the universe but also how those patterns were reflected in their own minds.Hamlet’s Mill introduces us to the possibility of hearing the echoes of those ancient minds, and to understanding the profound influence that their insights have had on our spiritual lives.If you, like the authors, suspect, or are prepared to consider, that Plato has more to tell us about myth than psychology does, or if you think that somehow art and science are the same thing, then you should try this book; if it gets a hold of you, it will never let go; if it doesn’t, you’ll consider the authors tendentious and overbearing, and you’ll miss the revolution in thought it offers: it’s not everyone’s cup of tea.The anthropologist Levi-Strauss called myth ‘the Architecture of the Spirit’; this book was the first attempt to describe the grammar of that architecture. Other authors since have used the revelations of this book to pursue ideas about variuos esoteric events in history. What distinguishes this book is that, for all its focus on the starry sky, it remains firmly rooted in humanity. Someone should make a proper index though!
9/ De Santillana and Von Deschend have pieced together an amazing amount of data into an erudite and convincing piece of archaeo-astronomy. Their crusade in comparative mythology leads the reader to an understanding of ancient world myths way outside the mainstream of interpretation. I highly recommend Hamlet’s Mill to anyone who is remotely serious about understanding and interpreting ancient myths, as well as grasping some of the more obscure Platonic concepts. It concludes with a dissertation that considers the differences between the current scientific observance of ‘eternal progress’, whereby humans endevour to master Nature, and the ancient scientific observance of ‘eternal cycles’, whereby humans endevoured to be one with Nature.
10/ Books are the modern repository of information. But in antiquity, it was the memory or rhetoric of a learned person. This book discusses one ancient subject which was passed on orally from generation to generation, but which only made it to currently read matter in obliquities, hence the title, named after the character from the Shakespeare play of the same name. It turns out that that story outline has been around since pre-history and has as its’ purpose the transmission of the knowledge of precession, which is the regular wobble of the axis of the earth, causing our planet to move its’ annual spring equinox to a differant Astronomical House every so often and which takes over 25000 years to cycle back to the first House. A knowledge of precession is the backbone of astrology and it’s attendant “scientific” kin, astronomy, as well cosmology and cosmonogy, among other disciplines. But this exceedingly robust tome uses precession as a background to fire volly after volly at many targets and does so in the most erudite and spot-on manner imaginable; the breadth of the language used being delightfully lilting and requiring a keen mind and might perhaps force you to hit the encyclopedia time and again in order to keep up. The scope of the book is certainly above anything else I have ever read, and it stands as a monument to the scholarly method and to pure critical scientific endeavor. Will most likely alter your thinking pattern for good. Quite a read!
Now in conclusion I want to add another obvious profound aha to the collective revelations contained in the essay Hamlet’s Mill.
It must be acknowledged that before we started looking toward the heavens … we would have been more concerned with getting ‘our daily bread’, and the first game most profoundly played out daily is, the survival of the fittest.
Can I suggest that we would, previous to encoding the precession of the equinoxes we would have encoded our immediate environment into folklore and myth.
Which brings us to SNAKES and BIRDS and my personal revelation … these two creatures used as symbols by many of the ancient cultures are in fact representing the two ways light can travel … two distinct waveforms, particles and waves, and actually science today, is still is not certain whether the particle is perhaps made up of even smaller ‘waves’.
So in reality we could have Macrocosmic Waves and Microcosmic Waves.
Which we in fact do.
Everything exists, (within the electro-magnetic light spectrum) as a wave, sine or cosine, everything defaults to a waveform or a vibration.
And vibration is a product of polarities or charge.
As Max Planck the father of Quantum Chaos might have said to Albert Einstein the father of Relative Order …
(…and remember Quantum and Relativity are the two pillars of physics)
“Albert there is no such thing as matter or energy, only vibration”
To which Albert may have replied, “God does not play with fuzzy dice”…
Evidently the Beach Boys were listening and tuning in, even if Albert was not …
(what follows needs to be updated)
My explanation in regards to how light can travel will help in understanding, interpreting the stelae concerning the ‘Dendera Light’ in the Temple of Dendera.
This glyph is depicting the 2 ways light can travel or manifest and how they ‘cycle’ between matter and energy…thus suggesting the Egyptians were aware of ‘matter and energy’ and ‘SpaceTime’.
And here following are two more representations of the same truth that has worked it’s way to the surface, from the depths of the collective unconsciousness (the invisible world) into the collective consciousness (the visible world) …
They are simply two different representations, however they symbolically are pointing toward the same meaning or depiction of a universal structure that the Dendera Light suggests.
The Dendera stelae in my humble opinion is an ancient representation of the following modern scientific graph (shown below) and another esoteric symbol (shown below also) used primarily by those who study the Kabbalah which itself is based, aligned with the Tarot, which can be further connected quite profoundly to the Hebrew Torah.
Below we have a the electro-magnetic light spectrum showing the Macro radio and microwaves being compressed into the Micro gamma and x-rays.
And below is the much revered Tree of Life.
Here we have a structure of function and form fundamental to the Kabbalists.
I have simply turned this symbol on its edge, to show that it TOO is also nothing more than a representation of a waveform.
Yes, in my estimation, the mystery of the Dendera Light has been solved.
And in time my claims will be confirmed.
The truth is out there…it really is…
LIGHT is in fact the messenger.
Who can deny how much information ‘fiber optics’ can carry?
Hmm, our evolution, our understanding of a bigger picture…is bringing us full circle back to an ancient understanding, or is it a FOOL circle, as the Tarot (Torah) implies?
ENERGY = GOD
Thus the primordial Law of Thermodynamics says…
God can be neither created or destroyed, he can only be transformed into other forms of God. However there is a penalty for making vain graven images and it is called Entropy.