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Morning Star


“The herald of the light is the morning star. This way man and woman approach the dawn of knowledge, because in it is the germ of life, being a blessing of the eternal.” (Haji Ibrahim of Kerbala)

There is no greater external sign of the Holy Spirit of God than the Morning Star, the star that symbolizes re-birth in Judaism. The Sun and the Moon, the two great eyes of God, represent the male and female dualities of the oneness of God but the Morning Star—the planet Venus, as the most brilliant star in the heavens, signifies God’s Spirit. This holy spirit, symbolized by the divine dove of Venus, brings balance to the dualities of life resulting in a spiritual wholeness or a holiness of existence.

Venus, which is widely worshipped in world mythology, spends part of its time as either the morning star or the evening star. This perception of Venus as being “twins” and the significance of its brilliance underscores the mythological religious ideals of many cultures. In Egyptian religious thought, the quality of a dual aspect in a dynamic equal relationship was most important in achieving spiritual transformation. This is observed in their mythology where the morning star was acknowledged as the Solar God Horus, who was also know as Horus of the two horizons or the double Horus, human and divine.

Down through the ages many of the prophets, teachers and messengers of a ‘new view’ of spirituality and religion (i.e. Jesus, Buddha and possibly Mohammed) have been associated with Venus as the morning star:

"There is good evidence that in the time of Christ the 'Star' of Num. xxiv. 17 was popularly identified with the Messianic King. This idea may have influenced those New Testament passages where Jesus is represented as the 'Morning Star' (Rev. xxii, 16, ii. 28), though it must be remembered that the angels are described symbolically in the Book of Enoch (1xxxvi. 1, 3) as 'stars'—a metaphor which helps to explain the symbolism by which Jesus is here described as 'the Morning Star.'” (The Great Texts of the Bible, edited by J. Hastings D.D.)

"The morning star carries the title "Pillar of the Dawn" in Hebrew. Jesus is the "Day-spring from on high" in Luke 1, 78; "the bright and morning star" in Revelations 22.16; and in II Peter, 1.19 he is to be remembered as "a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts."

The morning star brought not only light but dew. In the ancient world, dew was known as the most powerful conceptual fluid of Nature. Pliny says of the morning star: "Its influence is the cause of the birth of all things upon earth; at both its risings it scatters genital dew with which it not only fills the conceptual organs of the earth but also stimulates those of all animals" (Natural History II.38). Pliny also tells of the healing powers of dew (XI.37), which in Exodus 16, 13ff is described as bringing manna, the bread of heaven, and in Psalm 110 is linked to the conception of the Son of God: "from the womb of the dawn, in dew I have begotten thee."

The implication is that behind the imagery of light as knowledge of God lies a deeper, more ancient principle of the divine light bringing fertility to the earth. Jesus, the dayspring from on high, can be seen as a personification or channel for that light." (

“In the New Testament, Revelations 2:28, 8:10-11, and 22:16 we find these interesting quotes: “And I will give him the morning star.” “And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp,… And the name of the star is called Wormwood.” [The word wormwood comes from Old English ‘wermod’ meaning “spirit mother;” the herb artemesia absinthium is sacred to the goddess; absinthe is made from it, and it gives the flavor to Vermouth.] “I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David and the bright and morning star.”

It seems both Isaiah and the writer of Revelations equated the morning star Venus (Shaher) with enlightenment. Remember the Wise Men from the East following a “star?” The evening star Venus often symbolized a fall from grace. In Hebrew mythology, however, the morning star, Shaher, has a twin, the evening star, called Shalem, or peace. And in the gospel of St. John 14:27, Jesus says, ‘Peace I leave with you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.’

Modern Western astrologers think of Venus as a feminine planet. For ancient peoples, and in India today, it is a masculine deity. Vedic astrologers call it Sukra (our word “sugar”), the teacher of the Demons, or those who suffer from egotistical delusions and must be seduced with sweetness back toward the Truth. Jupiter, or Guru, on the other hand, is the teacher of the gods, or those of a pure nature who are actively seeking Truth, for they can be taught it directly and straightforwardly.

The Mayans established their religion and rituals on the cycles of Venus. The ancient Venus worship hinted at in Isaiah was still very much alive among some of the peoples of the Western Hemisphere until the arrival of the Spanish explorers in the early 16th century. Venus was masculine to the Mayans; this third brightest body in the heavens was synonymous with the mythic Quetzalcoatl, the feathered serpent, the divine man, knowledge, culture, art and ritual. 

“Love was lost to the world when arrogance and self-will ruled. Lucifer’s Fall was a rejection of the Law of Love and self-sacrifice. Lucifer is Venus, the Morning Star. Christ also is Venus, for He said: ‘I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and Morning Star.’ Revelation 22:16” (Refuge of the Apocalypse, Elizabeth Van Buren)

“One remembers that the white prophet said he was the Morning Star which is Venus, he did not say he came from Venus but that it was his star.” (Lord of the Flame, Elizabeth Van Buren)

"Al-Uzza - Powerful One-Arabic Goddess—Founder of Mohammed’s tribe, the Koreshites, hereditary tenders of Her Sacred Stone in Mecca. The Mighty Mohammed worshipped this Desert Goddess of the Morning Star."

“…a passage from the Pyramid Texts shows that the new Horus was considered to be the morning star, when the new Osiris says: ‘The reed-floats of the sky are set in place for me, that I may cross by means of them to Ra at the horizon. …I will stand among them, for the moon is my brother, the Morning Star is my offspring…’… the Egyptian hieroglyphic for the morning star has the literal meaning ‘divine knowledge’.” (The Hiram Key, Knight & Lomas)

"See, I fill this sacred pipe with the bark of the red willow; but before we smoke it, you must see how it is made and what it means. These four ribbons hanging here on the stem are the four quarters of the universe. The black one is for the west where the thunder beings live to send us rain; the white one for the north, whence comes the great white cleansing wind; the red one for the east, whence springs the light and where the morning star lives to give men wisdom; the yellow for the south, whence come the summer and the power to grow.

But these four spirits are only after all, and this eagle feather here is for that One, which is like a father, and also it is for the thoughts of men that should rise high as eagles do. Is not the sky a father and the earth a mother, and are not all living things with feet or wings or roots their children?" (

The great Lakota holy man and visionary Black Elk spoke of the importance of the morning star as follows: “Morning Star, there at the place where the sun comes up, you, who have the wisdom which we seek, help us in cleansing our-selves and all the people, that our generations to come will have light as they walk the sacred path. You lead the dawn as it walks forth, and also the day which follows with its light, which is knowledge. This you do for us and for all the people of the world, that they may see clearly in walking the holy path, that they may know all that is holy, and that they may increase in a sacred manner.”

"On the full moon of May, with the rising of the morning star, Siddhartha Gautama became the Buddha, the enlightened one. The Buddha wandered the plains of northeastern India for 45 years more, teaching the path (or Dharma) he had realized in that moment under the bodhi tree." (According to C. George Boeree, professorBuddhist Psychology, Shippensburg, PA.)

“Shingon considers the Morning Star meditation to refer back to Shakyamuni’s [Buddha’s] experience of seeing the bright morning star at the moment of his enlightenment under the Bodhi tree.” (Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, Yamasaki)

“Kobo Daishi (Kukai) wrote much about Buddhism but little about himself. In one of his books, he said that when he meditated at Cape Muroto, the morning star appeared in the sky. Japanese Buddhists think this means he became enlightened while doing the Morning Star Meditation in a cave called Mikura-do. It overlooks the sea near the cape.” (Echoes of Incense, Weiss)

“Kukai used this text to perform the Morning Star meditation and Shingon considers this to be the practice by which he first experienced the nature of the esoteric teachings.” (Shingon Japanese Esoteric Buddhism, Yamasaki)

“… it is noteworthy that among Asiatic peoples the planet Venus excites unique reverence as the shaman’s source of prophetic inspiration, even being credited with originating the power to shamanize. Representations of Venus are regularly depicted on shaman’s drums." (The Quest for Merlin, Nikolai Tolstoy)

“In many traditions the Venus symbol of the five-pointed star is intimately related to the five-petalled rose, which is also a symbol of resurrection and virgin birth… The Enochian material seems to be closely involved with Venus symbolism…” (Uriel’s Machine, Knight & Lomas)

“…the feathered serpent has often been compared to Christ, but the feathered serpent can also be compared to Buddha because like Buddha everybody can become a feathered serpent if they reach a certain point of enlightenment.

Being a feathered serpent, the pluming of the serpent, is the coming of enlightenment.