The Solar Winged Disk
Winged Solar Disk
The Chariot of the gods

An oddity associated with the Tree of Life is the so-called solar disk or winged disk. When examining the solar winged disk some have a more mechanical appearance. The center seems to have a hub with a rim and wing like projections. It is always in the sky. This web site speculates that this winged disk is a representation for a seraphic transport.

horus eyeHorus with wingsAlmost all conjectures on the solar winged disk is that it represents a solar eclipse, thus the reference solar disk. The wings are supposed to represent the sun's corona during this event. This symbol early on made its way to Egypt as two symbols. One as the eye of Horus (which, by the way, became the Masonic symbol of the all-seeing eye atop the pyramid on our dollar bill) and as the god Horus - a disk with out stretched wings. Both of these symbols are also associated with Ra. His most familiar form is that of the falcon headed god. The gods of Egypt, as the association between Horus and Ra show, had a fluidity whereby they assumed different roles within the pantheon. This due in part to the political climate.

winged diskwing diskHere are two of the many different and stylized depictions of the solar winged disk. These happen to be more mechanical in appearance. Usually the wings are much more avian by having feathered wings. The central hub of the solar winged disk is the "pointy object". What we are looking at is a solid three dimensional object as in "...of the bright pointed object" (which will be discussed shortly). The bottom "feathers" may be a stylized rendering of the rays that radiate downward from the solar winged disk especially to the Tree of Life. In the Egyptian version these "feathers" are absent leading to the conclusion that what historians think are feathers may be something different.

rays 1solar rays 2atem symbolThese two Sumerian cylinder impressions show how solar rays are depicted. Both have the holiest symbols, those in these impressions are the sun, moon, winged disk and sometimes included the seven orbs which most likely are the known planets. One has the solar winged disk directly above the tree of life by which stands the Babylonian Oannes (Ea also known as Enki in Sumerian). One has the "tail feathers" as rays just like the sun to it's right. The black and white illustration is the symbol of Aten an Egyptian sun god. Aten, or Aton, was the solar disk that Akhenaten worshiped with the rays being the life-giving force of light.

wing disk PersianfaravaharThere is another component to this structure and that is the bar positioned above the wings. Sometimes it is shown with the bar being curved.
Later illustrations delete this feature and for the most part it does not show up in the Egyptian winged disks. What this bar represents is pure speculation. It may have something to do with the winged panels. It's purpose may be to retract and extend the panels as necessary. Also these panels may fold. Or it may be an indication of a latch or door to the hub. This is the vehicle that traveled from heaven by which the ancient Sumerians say "Kingship was lowered from heaven".  The faravahar to immediate left as usually shown. Note top bar above the wings.

faravahar feetfaravahar footfeetserpent feetegyptian winged diskContinuing with the mechanical nature of the solar winged disk, this discussion includes the "feet" at the bottom as extensions from the rim. The foot on the bottom appendage of this faravahar looks a lot like a bird's foot. This is where the Egyptians substituted the serpent ureaus. This appendage for whatever it is, seems to always be attached to the rim of the disk. The ureaus is always attached to the disk with or without wings. The Egyptians made these appendages into the ureaus, the cobra of Lower Egypt. These uraei represent the "fiery eyes of Re". The ureaus was believed to spit fire. This appendage seems to appear flexible and that may give it its serpentine appearance. Many of the solar winged disks display a curling of the feet and the top bar as well. This may mean there is a relationship between the top bar and the lower extended appendages despite the differing renderings.

four winged hubconeshamusdisk and steleadisk from susaThis is an unusual display of the solar winged disk. It shows four wings and four "flames" giving it the eight spoke design. The hub is prominent in this depiction. It is this symbol that became associated, usurped, by the sun god Shamash. The second picture shows the solar winged disk again with four panels and four "flames". The third picture shows the image of Shamash as a sun disk. Thus the solar winged disk was represented by the sun god Shamash and by the bird like solar winged disk itself as it appeared in the sky apart from Shamash. The forth (Babylonian) and fifth (Persian) are more of the bird-like renderings.

Every once in a while something unexpected shows up. This is the case of the cylindar to the left. All the Faravahars I have seen to date have been the two wing variety. This one has four wings and is a truer depiction of the winged disk in its more bird like display.

rosette and diskNot only did celestials use these transports to travel across the vast distances of interstellar space but the tree of life was brought to this planet by these same transporters, these "fiery serpents" the seraphim. In Hebrew seraphim means "fiery angels" and "burning ones". 

The solar winged disk with the rosette in the center is representing the tree of life. In Sumerian art the solar winged disk is usually shown hovering over the Tree of Life.

And it may also be that the myths of the serpent is related to these enigmatic Din.Girs with the associated wisdom that serpents have in the ancient texts. These myths and legends are not that far away from our own culture. Ever wonder where dragons - serpents - that fly and breathed fire came from? Legends are powerful stuff.

cross diskAshurThe solar winged disk was not only a "sharp pointed object" that traveled the sky, it was a potent iconic carrier of cultural values and themes. As the rosette/disk above so were other cultural identities attached to the disk. The heavier cross in the circle is the symbol of Anu but the added thinner cross members imparts another meaning and that is the symbol for Shamash.  The Assyrians created the Ashur/disk icon which made its way eastward to what is today Iran. It may be through the faravahar that the idea of winged messengers, angels, came to be incorporated into the Christian religion.
seal with 2 disksTo the left is a cylinder impression that has two different representations of the solar winged disk. On the left side of the impression is the Faravahar which is represented in both Assyrian and Iranian art and to the right a traditional rendering of the winged disk. Just beneath this winged disk is an embossed circle with what probably is the king inside. This is most likely a representation of showing the king within the solar winged disk much like the photo inset we are so familiar with today. What is interesting is that both of these images are shown at the same time. Why is a matter of conjecture. Maybe the ancients were playing it safe and included both representations.

geniiWings, another prehistoric idea alive today. Wings have always indicated divinity. The Urantia Book has a description of the seraphic transporters (p.438) - seraphim - which reveals the fact that humans have been allowed to see these transporters. Also included is how we came to believe angels have wings which actually are a double set of protective shields and that the transporters change shape to become pointed and shine with luminosity. "A bright and pointed object" indeed. As an aside to this discussion on wings, angels got their wings only well into the Christian era. Only Cherubim and Seraphim had multiple wings in the Old Testament and they were never strictly angels as we understand the term. In reading the OT descriptions of angels, they were human like and devoid of wings. In some cases very human like.

seraphim wingsseraphimA double set of wings is the norm for depicting the genii. Seraphim in the Bible have a set of six wings. The first smaller picture is Cyrus-as-seraphim. The second is Hittite. In all cases the double set of wings have the traditional "X" shape, two up two down the same as on the earlier solar winged disk. Two wings up also is used in the six wing presentation.

"The Sumerians included "messengers of the Gods" who ran errands between gods and humans. This is the earliest recorded evidence of a type of Angel. These beings influenced Sumerian poetry, the arts, and religions. Each Sumerian home had an altar honoring their Guardian Angel. Excavations near the Sumerian capital of UR revealed religious artifacts. One of the earliest discovered Angel engraving in stone was a winged figure from heaven pouring the water of life into the king's cup. Temple walls and the entrances to palaces had painted protectors of winged beings who were also worshiped and were similar to the cherubim and seraphim of today.

Zoroaster stated that the Lord of Light and his Archangels had a nemesis - the Lord of Darkness with supportive demons and evil spirits. There was a concept of a major battle between these forces of dark and light, however, Zoroaster had faith that the Lord of Light and his Angels would be victorious. Angels played a major role in the beliefs of the the Zoroastrians, and many similar philosophies regarding Angels are seen in other religions.

Both before and after the Jewish exile, their view of Angels were influenced by the Zoroastrians. The amount of their Angels increased and they became messengers of the Divine. Their Jewish scriptures tell of the Angelic war between good and devil which result in the world's end. This sounds like the Zoroastrian fight of the Lord of Darkness and Light. However, some Jewish leaders rejected these writings. Many of the Angels adopted by the Jewish writings (influenced by Zoroaster) became similar to the Christan concept of Angels. Each country having an Archangel protecting it is mentioned in the Book of Daniel."   (   Copyright Angelight 1999.

Revisiting Genesis 6: 1-4

Genesis 6:1-4
"1 When men began to increase in number on the earth and daughters were born to them, the
2 sons of God (Watchers) saw that the daughters of men were beautiful, and they married (or cohabitated with) any of them they chose.
3 Then the LORD said, "My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years."
4 The Nephilim (giants=earth born, the fallen) were on the earth in those days - and also afterward - when the sons of God went to the daughters of men and had children by them. They were the heroes of old (mighty ones of eternity), the men of renown (people of the shem)."
Revised Standard Version

People of the Shem
"The shem was also closely linked with fire and a stone; the shem thus was a ‘high ward fire-stone’. It is, in other words, apparently a reference to a meteorite. This is strongly corroborated by the fact that: Shems were particularly associated with something called an-na, which meant ‘heavenly stone’, a term that was also used to define a shining metal. The use of the word shem in respect of its ‘shining’ aspect is apparent in the alternative name for Prince Utu, brother of Inanna… His epithet was Shem-esh: the Shining One. (Laurence Gardner, Genesis of the Grail Kings, p.120)

So, what we have here is this: the shem was a ‘heavenly shining fire-stone’ while the Nephilim, i.e. the ‘fallen angles’ (also called the ‘Shining Ones’), were the ‘people of the shem’."
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People of the shem. This has nothing to do with Shem one of the sons of Noah. What I think it has to do with is the winged disk, the icon that this web site supports as the seraphic transport. References to "high ward", "shining metal" and "heavenly" point to something real that links the earth with heaven. Considerings the winged disk is one of the five top holiest symbols of the Assyrians and most likely Mesopotamia in general, the term shem being applied to the winged disk seems to fit. This is particularly true in context of the biblical statement connecting the nephilim with the people of the shem. The Urantia Book on p.742 states categorically that the Caligastia one hundred - the "Watchers" - arrived from "heaven" to earth by seraphic transport. Seraphims are the seraphic transporters and are also known biblically as fiery, flying serpents. In this case truth is stranger than fiction.

Except for maybe Revelations, these four lines of Genesis are perhaps the most enigmatic in the Bible. Here are the clues to a history that has been deprived us. What still needs to be connected to the fallen/Watchers story is the event that precipitated the fall of the celestials: the Lucifer rebellion. In Revelations 12:7 the story of the fall of Lucifer is revealed. Here are statements that the dragon (Lucifer) and his angels were at war in heaven but they were defeated and were "thrown down to the Earth" (thanks a lot). Along with the "great red dragon" "His tail swept down a third of the stars [celestials] of heaven, and cast them to the Earth" (Rev 12:4). The two stories of the Nephilim and of Lucifer are separated by the entire Bible yet both stories share the fallen-to-Earth scenario. These celestials were already here but were cast down - or became fallen - as a result of the rebellion, once super mortal now they became as man, they had become mortal: "My spirit will not contend with man forever..." Lucifer's war was one with the most tragic of consequences. It was a war for the souls in heaven and on earth. It was a war of true death, one which the vanquished became as if they never were. Celestials just as mortals are endowed with free will and the only supreme choice of free will is to survive. In the Book of Enoch he (Enoch) is petitioned by the Watchers to intervene on their behalf with the higher authorities. The reply was that they had made their choice.

"4...and in my vision it appeared thus, that your petition will not be granted unto you throughout all the days of eternity, and that judgment
5 has been finally passed upon you: yea (your petition) will not be granted unto you. And from henceforth you shall not ascend into heaven unto all eternity, and in bonds of the earth the decree
6 has gone forth to bind you for all the days of the world." - Enoch 14:4-6 (Yes, Virginia, there is divine justice.)

About the solar winged disk illustration at top of the page: stars were added to represent the popular concept of seven biblical heavens. The Urantia Book supports the idea of seven heavens by revealing the existence of the seven mansion worlds. John Zebedee, John the Apostle, was allowed to experience this reality and to write on what he experienced such as the sea of glass and certain architectural features. John visited a real place, a place connected with the transport seraphim and the place of our resurrection.

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