Mosaïek Kerk: The Scallop of Pagan Spirituality
Mosaïek Kerk: The Scallop of Pagan Spirituality (Divine Feminine Protection)
Mosïek Kerk in Fairland, Randburg, as far as can be traced, is the only building in the whole of South Africa made in the form of an oyster (scallop; shell). Could there be any significant reason why their leadership decided to erect a building in the shape of an oyster? Your guess is as good as mine, and although we do not want to read anything more into it than meets the eye, we really need to examine the symbolism behind the oyster. Manly P. Hall says,
“Symbols are keyholes to doors in the walls of space, and through them man peers into Eternity…Symbolism, then, is the divine language, and its figures are a celestial alphabet…” (Manly P. Hall, Lectures on Ancient Philosophy (Philosophical Research Society, 1984), p.357. Hall was one of the 20th century’s greatest and most celebrated esoteric philosophers, founder of the Philosophical Research Society, eminent Freemason, and a respected lecturer on occult doctrines and the Mystery Religions.)
Roberta H. Lamerson, F.R.C. asserts,
“…symbolical rites are the external expressions of man’s inward desire to unite with Divinity.” (Roberta H. Lamerson, F.R.C. “Initiation,” Rosicrucian Digest, November, 1984, p.21.)
When and where did symbolism hinge itself onto the oyster? Wikipedia maintains that,
Saint Augustine is said to have been walking along the seashore, meditating on the unfathomable mystery of the Holy Trinity. A boy was using a shell to pour seawater into a little hole. When Augustine asked him what he was doing, he replied, “I am emptying the sea into this hole.” Thus did Augustine understand that man would never penetrate to the depths of the mystery of God.
This symbolic meaning was taken up by Joseph Ratzinger in his coat of arms as Archbishop of Munich and also retained by him when elected Pope Benedict XVI. While a doctoral candidate in 1953, Ratzinger wrote his dissertation on The People of God and the House of God in Augustine’s Teaching, and the shell, therefore, has a personal connection with the thought of Saint Augustine.
The use of the scallop or seashell as a spiritual symbol, as we shall see from the rest of this article, actually dates much farther back. In fact, it already took on a deeper spiritual meaning in ancient Babylon
Satan’s Scheme to Reverse the Roles of Husband and Wife.
The “divine feminine” spirituality is one of today’s most talked about topics. A new age website defines divine feminism as follows:
Make no mistake, the “Divine Feminine” is in no way a “women only” concept. We all have masculine and feminine energy within us.
In yoga these energies are known as Shiva and Shakti, Yin and Yang, Ida and Pingala. The left side of the body relates to the feminine and the right side, the masculine.
Honoring and connecting to the Divine Feminine is an act of worship, not only to oneself, but also to the Divine Mother — the essence of all creation and the God of your own distinct understanding of the universe. It is a sacred connection to Mother Earth and to the very energy of giving birth … to ideas, expressions, dreams, life and existence.
In the occult as in Satanism, Satan and his demons always reverse God’s order of things, especially in male and female relationships and spirituality. Jesus commands man and wife to fulfill their separate roles in their marriage as He had decreed according to his will. Only then can there be harmony, mutual respect, and happiness in their family life. Jesus commands the wives to “submit themselves unto their husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and he is the savior of the body. Therefore, as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. ” (Ephesians 5:22-24). It does not mean that the husbands should lord it over their wives and distress or manipulate them emotionally with all kinds of unfair demands, but love them.
Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. So ought men to love their wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his wife loveth himself. (Ephesians 5:25-28).
The key to a happy marriage relationship is “submission as unto the Lord” + “as Christ also loved the church.” Women who fail to submit themselves to Christ Jesus will never be able to submit themselves to their husbands, and husbands will never be able to love their wives as Christ Jesus loved the church if they fail to cleanse her (and himself) with the washing of water by the word.
This passage in Ephesians demonstrates how closely interwoven marriage relationships are with the church (body of Christ) and how they function in their respective expressions of sanctification. Having reminded ourselves of this, it is pretty easy to see why Satan and his minions are doing everything in their power to reverse the respective roles of male and female counterparts in both the marriage and the church.
The Romish Impetus
There has never been a more powerful impetus to reverse male and female roles and to advance a “divine feminine” spirituality than that of the Roman Catholic Church. A quick google search of “the divine feminine” produced over 15 million results and more than 3 million results showed that it always relates to the moon. That’s to be expected because It all started in Babylon when Nimrud was worshiped has the sun god and his wife, Semiramis, as the moon goddess.
When Nimrud died a violent death, Semiramis cunningly tricked her subjects into believing that her pregnancy was super-human and that her son whom she named Tammuz, was really Nimrud who had come back from the dead. In due time, when she rose in ascendancy above her son, she was revered and honored more than what he was. Henceforth, he was always depicted as a helpless babe in his mother’s arms while she towered over him in stature and beauty. The real Jesus of the Bible is no longer on the cross and neither is He cradled and cuddled in the arms of his earthly mother Mary. He is seated at the right hand of his Father in heaven in great power and authority.
The eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that ye may know what is the hope of his calling, and what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints, And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come: (Ephesians 1:18-21).
Semiramis’ infamous lies were the first step to her becoming the Queen of Heaven and the Mother of God, who has since been hailed as Mary of the Bible. She has usurped in every possible way every single attribute of Jesus Christ. In his book “A Woman Rides the Beast,” p. 276 Dave Hunt recalls what the Roman Catholic Church says about Mary.
The most authoritative book written on Catholicism’s “Virgin Mary” is by Cardinal and Saint Alphonsus de Liguori. Titled The Glories of Mary, it is a virtual compendium of what the great “saints” of the Roman Catholic Church have had to say about Mary down through the centuries. The chapter headings are staggering, crediting Mary with attributes, abilities, titles, and functions that belong to Christ alone: “Mary, Our Life, Our Sweetness”; “Mary, Our Hope”; “Mary, Our Help”; “Mary, Our Advocate”; “Mary, Our Guardian”; “Mary, Our Salvation.” Here is a sampling of Liguori’s quotes of what the saints have said concerning Mary’s role in salvation:
Sinners receive pardon by … Mary alone. He falls and is lost who has not recourse to Mary. Mary is called …the gate of Heaven because no one can enter that blessed kingdom without passing through her. The way of salvation is open to none otherwise than through Mary … the salvation of all depends on their being favored and protected by Mary. He who is protected by Mary will be saved; he who is not will be lost … our salvation depends on thee…. God will not save us without the intercession of Mary…. who would receive any grace were it not for thee, oh Mother of God. . . . ?
She is also called the Protector of humanity. This is a prayer Roman Catholics often say to her.
O Virgin Mary, appointed by God to be the help of Christians, we choose you as the mother of protectress of our home. We ask you to favor with your powerful protection. Preserve our home from every dangers, from fire, flood, earthquakes, thieves, vandals, and from every other dangers. Bless us, protect us, defend us. Keep as your own people who dwell in this home. Protect them from all accidents and misfortunes. But above them, obtain them a most important grace of avoiding sin. Mary help of Christians, pray for all those who live in this home, which is consecrated to you all the time. Amen.
Like so many other festivals, iconography and symbols in the Roman Catholic Church, the imagery of the oyster (scallop) dates back to pagan spiritualities. One of the most important metaphors of the oyster or scallop is protection. Wikipedia says the following:
Throughout antiquity, scallops and other hinged shells have symbolized the feminine principle. Outwardly, the shell can symbolize the protective and nurturing principle, and inwardly, the “life-force slumbering within the Earth”, an emblem of the vulva.
Many paintings of Venus, the Roman goddess of love and fertility, included a scallop shell in the painting to identify her. This is evident in Botticelli’s classically inspired 15th century painting The Birth of Venus.
One legend of the Way of St. James holds that the route was seen as a sort of fertility pilgrimage, undertaken when a young couple desired to bear offspring. The scallop shell is believed to have originally been carried, therefore, by pagans as a symbol of fertility.
Alternatively, the scallop resembles the setting sun, which was the focus of the pre-Christian Celtic rituals of the area. To wit, the pre-Christian roots of the Way of St. James was a Celtic death journey westwards towards the setting sun, terminating at the End of the World (Finisterra) on the “Coast of Death” (Costa da Morte) and the “Sea of Darkness” (i.e., the Abyss of Death, the Mare Tenebrosum, Latin for the Atlantic Ocean, itself named after the Dying Civilization of Atlantis).
Who was Venus in antiquity? Alexander Hislop writes:
This Babylonian queen was not merely in character coincident with the Aphrodite of Greece and the Venus of Rome, but was, in point of fact, the historical original of that goddess that by the ancient world was regarded as the very embodiment of everything attractive in female form, and the perfection of female beauty; for Sanchuniathon assures us that Aphrodite or Venus was identical with Astarte, and Astarte being interpreted, is none other than “The woman that made towers or encompassing walls” – i.e., Semiramis. The Roman Venus, as is well known, was the Cyprian Venus, and the Venus of Cyprus is historically proved to have been derived from Babylon. Now, what in these circumstances might have been expected actually took place. If the child was to be adored, much more the mother. The mother, in point of fact, became the favorite object of worship.
How extraordinary, yea, frantic, was the devotion in the minds of the Babylonians to this goddess queen, is sufficiently proved by the statement of Herodotus, as to the way in which she required to be propitiated. That a whole people should ever have consented to such a custom as is there described, shows the amazing hold her worship must have gained over them. Nonnus, speaking of the same goddess, calls her “The hope of the whole world.” (DIONUSIACA in BRYANT) It was the same goddess, as we have seen, who was worshipped at Ephesus, whom Demetrius the silversmith characterized as the goddess “whom all Asia and the world worshipped” (Acts 19:27). So great was the devotion to this goddess queen, not of the Babylonians only, but of the ancient world in general, that the fame of the exploits of Semiramis has, in history, cast the exploits of her husband Ninus or Nimrod, entirely into the shade.
Wikipedia describes her as follows:
Venus embodies sex, love, beauty, enticement, seduction, and persuasive female charm among the community of immortal gods; in Latin orthography, her name is indistinguishable from the Latin noun venus (“sexual love” and “sexual desire”), from which it derives.
The Labyrinth: A Path That Seems Right but Leads to Death
The Roman Venus (Babylonian Semiramis) is not only closely affiliated with a seashell (scallop) but also with the labyrinth, which is one of Mosaïek Kerk’s central features at their retreat centre, Origins. A website called “Celestial Labyrinths” the Venus Labyrinth (The Labyrinth of Love) says the following:
affects: fertility, wishes coming true, love, beauty, charm, pleasure, purity, correct behaviour, occult knowledge, comfort, partners and relationships, art, music, poetry, all types of creative work, vehicles, and life abundance.
the receptive form encourages: creativity, expressiveness, softness, sophistication, cooperation, originality, passion, refinement.
the expressive form eliminates: greed, being overshadowed, obsession, jealousy, immorality, exaggeration, and infatuation.
The myth which is directly linked to Europa riding a bull is well-known. Poseidon, the god of the sea, sends a white bull to the court of Minos at Knossos to be ritually slaughtered. Minos, the first king of Crete, refuses to kill the animal. In an act of revenge, Poseidon causes Pasiphae (goddess of witchcraft), the queen of Crete, and wife of Minos, to have desires of uncontrollable lust for the bull. The outcome of her sexual liaison is a monstrous hybrid, half-man, half-beast. [The Hollywood film “Beauty and the Beast” portrays this bizarre relationship]. Nimrod, as many other pagan kings in antiquity, was portrayed as a beast (bull with big horns). (Read 1 Kings 22 to see how the horns of a bull was used in association with false prophets).
To protect the savage beast against Poseidon and any attacks, Minos hires the architect Daedalus to make a private space in which to house it, which cruel Minos feeds on captured victims. Then, unexpectedly, Minos’ plan to sacrifice Theseus to the Minotaur turns into a love story.
The captured Theseus, fully expecting to become the Minotaur’s snack, discovers to his felicitous surprise that Ariadne, one of the King’s daughters, has fallen in love with him. Ariadne supplies Theseus with a thread of gold by which he can retrace his course through the winding structure. Brave Theseus enters the labyrinth, slays the Minotaur, retraces his steps back along the thread, sets the palace on fire and escapes with Ariadne to Naxos where he deserts her.
The Labyrinth which features very strongly in contemplative spirituality and at Mosaïek Kerk’s Origins Retreat Centre near the Sterkfontein caves just outside Krugersdorp, is essentially a satanic symbol.
- Shamans (witch doctors) walk the labyrinth as a magical tool to cast their spells.
- The American Hopi Indians use the labyrinth as a symbol of Mother Earth in their pagan ceremonies.
- In the Jewish Kabbalah it is referred to as Solomon’s Maze and is used for initiation rites.
- Manly P. Hall, a 33rd degree Mason, says the labyrinth is symbolic of man’s search for Truth. A new Freemason is led through a series of stations where he is given an esoteric lesson. After journeying throughout the lodge, the initiate is taken to the centre of the room where an altar is set up. The initiate is then asked, “what is it that you seek”? They are then instructed to say they seek the light (illumination).
- Similarly, the Rosicrucians take their new members through a compass like a maze in their quest for unity and light. The female counterpart of Freemasonry,
- The Order of the Eastern Star (Astarte), the female counterpart of male freemasonry let their initiates pass through a large pentagram which they call a labyrinth.
This excellent video proves how utterly satanic and dangerous the labyrinth is.
As we can see from Mosaïek Kerk’s ardent use and promotion of the labyrinth, many so-called Christian churches are now gleefully using labyrinths. Rev. Jill Geoffrion asserts that “God is blessing the use of the labyrinth; many are being drawn closer to Jesus, experiencing healing and gaining spiritual clarity as they pray on its path.” What does God say? He calls it an abomination, something that causes disgust and loathing to the extent that it deserves to be hated.
When thou art come into the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not learn to do after the abominations of those nations. (Deuteronomy 18:9).
The opening or entrance (vulva) represents female fertility or serpent power. Many symbols in the occult and in the ranks of apostatized Christianity present at its core the female (divine feminine) principle in the same way it is presented in witchcraft where witches (females) are said to be more powerful than their male counterparts (warlocks). However, Mosaïek Kerk and their leadership have adopted the labyrinth and its evil meaning to represent Christianity. Here’s what they say on their site which proves how grievously they are misleading their congregants.
Our lives as Christians is a kind of pilgrimage. We are on a journey to the new Jerusalem. On this earth we are like strangers and exiles on the go. (Hebrrews 11:13) On this journey, except for growing in our dependence on the grace of God, we also encounter obstacles and challenges.
The labyrinth is so designed that while walking we are sometimes close to the centre and other times further away from the centre. However, all the while we are journeying to the centre. This resembles our life as pilgrims. There are times when we feel close to God and times when we feel far from God. But all the while God is with us and drawing us to Himself.
A retreat centre is a special space of silence and solitude where people can experience an awareness of God. The Desert Fathers said silence is like a puddle next to the road. If the water isn’t disturbed for a while, two things happen:
- You can see the bottom.
- Heaven reflects.
In this space of silence, solitude and awareness, the labyrinth is a precious tool to help us calm the water of our life. While walking the labyrinth attentively we become aware of things at the bottom of our life and, journeying to the centre, heaven reflects.
The labyrinth did not originate in the church. It originated before Christ and was part of Greek mythology. In the middle ages the church adopted the labyrinth as symbolic of our life pilgrimage. Around the year 900 CE, the cross was superimposed on the labyrinth. In a sense the labyrinth was baptized! The most famous example of the “crossed” labyrinth is in the Chartres church in France. People who couldn’t go on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, were encouraged to walk the labyrinth.
So, by baptizing a pagan symbol and its practice that originated with Satan, by superimposing a cross onto it, sanctifies and hallows it? What does God say?
Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you. (2 Corinthians 6:14-17).
What then, may we ask, does a Christian whose citizenship is in heaven and not on this earth, and his pilgrimage to the New Jerusalem, have in common with a woman whose desires of sexual lust after a beast is uncontrollable? Notwithstanding, whosoever follows a false Christ may freely relish in their communion with darkness and have no misgivings to be in league with and yoked to Belial (the beast). The Roman Catholic Church has been doing it for centuries. They are constantly Christianizing pagan traditions and practices. So, why shouldn’t a church that is thoroughly Romish in character and practice do the very same? Do they really believe that the hallowing of pagan practices with crosses, baptisms, so-called holy water, anointing with oil, etc. please God?
Amos 5:21 Amplified Bible (AMP)
“I hate, I despise and reject your [sacred] feasts,
And I do not take delight in your solemn assemblies.
Connection Between The Divine Feminine and the Labyrinth
No one seems to have done more to promote the divine feminine than Kathleen McGowan. She is the New York Times bestselling author of The Magdalene Line series, novels which explore and celebrate the role of exceptional women in history who have changed the world through their courage. Her novels, The Expected One, The Book of Love and The Poet Prince have been translated into over 40 languages and sold over a million copies. Her fourth novel in the series, The Boleyn Heresy, was released in 2013 .
Kathleen has also launched a new series in e-book format, “Legends of the Divine Feminine”, a unique hybrid of fiction and non-fiction exploration into stories from around the world, featuring extraordinary female characters.
According to her the problems facing the divine feminine in a world dominated by menfolk can be solved by walking the mystic labyrinth. She writes:
I am not Zen and I never will be. I am not a navel contemplator. I do not do “still.” But I consider myself a deeply spiritual woman, someone who needs to commune with the divine and feel a connection to something bigger and better than I am on a regular basis. So how does a Type A personality find a means in which to slow down and focus on the inner world rather than the outer world? For me, that answer became abundantly and blissfully clear years ago when I first discovered the empowerment of labyrinth walking. (Emphasis added)
Satan, in the form of a reptile deliberately targeted the woman, Eve, to launch his poisonous lie that the eating of the fruit of the tree of the knowledge of good an evil shall not lead to her and her husband’s death. (spiritual death). (Genesis 3:4). Thus proven to be his most successful strategy to approach a woman rather than a man to inject his poisonous lies, Satan has since perfected his attacks on women down to a T. A website explains the reasons why women are more open to the supernatural than men as follows:
If astrology has a universal appeal toward all people, what’s with the slant toward women? Well, according to polls and scientific research, women tend to believe more in the unproven and the supernatural than men. A 2009 Gallup poll, showed women are twice as likely as men to see a fortuneteller or psychic. They also tend to be more religious.
This could be considered a side effect of a male-dominated society. Dr. Phil Zuckerman, an author and sociology professor at Pitzer College, writes in Psychology Today that since men tend to globally dominate roles associated with power and privilege, women accept the “psychological comfort and institutional support of religion.” (https://mashable.com/2014/12/06/astrology-women/#zKt6jMyT9Oq7)
Could this be the reason that the men at Mosaïek Kerk feel more attracted to their left feminine side than the right male side of their personalities?
In a sermon, Trevor Hudson delivered at Mosaïek Kerk on Sunday, 11th February 2018, which he calls “Repenting Heart,” he read from Psalm 51 and emphasized the necessity to repent of one’s evil deeds and to renounce the things that cause separation between us and God. Nothing could be truer. I wholeheartedly agree. However, I want to urge him and his Mosaïek buddies to renounce all their satanic rituals, among them the labyrinth and contemplative prayer, so that they may be restored to a right relationship with God through the real Jesus Christ of the Bible and not a false one.