Psychic History | Jesus, King of The Magi

Psychic History | Jesus, King of the Magi?

Psychic history is replete with stories of miraculous events like the birth of Jesus from the womb of his Virgin Mother, Miriam – or Mary as the she is known in the West. Historical records of “Jesus” and “Mary” are few and of questionable accuracythree-wise-men-mdbut for the moment let’s assume that the basic outline of the “Nativity” story has some credibility. We are still left with the question of the identities of the people in the story.  We are told that a Virgin is pregnant and “God” is the father of the child she is carrying, a divine impregnation of a virgina intacta, a miraculous beginning indeed. We are told that the Virgin and her “husband” Joseph are fleeing from Herod and on their way to Egypt seeking a safe refuge. On the road, the Virgin is overcome with birth pangs and they must find shelter for the birth. Was Jesus, in fact, the new King of the Magi – and was his mother their Queen? To answer these tantalizing questions, we must examine what little there is in the historical record and the rather more extensive material that makes up the psychic history of the early Christian era.

Psychic History | Jesus, King of The Magi

The Magi is the term most commonly used to refer the supposed Three Wise Men, Caspar, Melchior and Balthazar who were said to have traveled a long distance from The East following a “star” to the birthplace of a new King or perhaps a new “God”. Many traditions about The Magi have come down to us from psychic history but most place their origins in India, Persia, and Araby: one riding an elephant (India), one a horse (Persia) and the third riding a camel (Araby).  These Magi – astrologers and alchemists – brought some of the tools of their trade as gifts: Gold, the purest element and the focus of alchemy (early metallurgy), Frankincense (used in the making of perfumes and cosmetics), and Myrrh (thought to increase longevity). All three “gifts” share the quality of purity – an absence of defects or contaminants – and costliness, characteristics generally attributed to offerings to deities and royalty. One can see how the story of the Magi combines the two defining characteristics of Jesus: a “god” who is also a man of royal ancestry (Tribe of King David).

Psychic History | Jesus, King of The Magi

History is written by the victorious and in the era of “Jesus” there was a religious war in progress between adherents of the most ancient religions, those of the Great Goddess and the newcomers, the “patriarchs” who insisted on a single male deity. However, even in the early “Christian period”, Goddess worship was common. Perhaps the most essential aspect of Goddess culture was that of the Priestesses, the servants of the Goddesses who maintained Her temples and served as healers, oracles, and surrogates for the Great Goddess in fertility rituals and symbolic marriages. In this tradition, the High Priestess was seen as being descended from the Goddess and in many cultures the functions of High Priestess and Royal Ruler (Queen) were combined as in the Egyptian myth of Isis and Osiris.  According to the dominant myths of these cultures, the Queen as Goddess would mate with her son/brother who then became “King” and ruled in the name of the Goddess in the civil sense whilst the Queen led the spiritual life of the culture. This tradition was alive and well in the time of “Jesus”, especially in Egypt which causes me to wonder if perhaps the Christian Myth should be known as the Marian Myth. Suppose Mary was the central figure in the “Christmas Story”. Her unmarried state would make sense for a woman who was consecrated to the Goddess. Her impregnation was by a magical union with “God” or, as some have it, the Holy Spirit. Joseph would be her protector and perhaps her acolyte in the religion of the Goddess. Their flight into Egypt – a country friendly to believers in the Goddess – makes sense in light of Herod’s threat against male children under the age of two. Herod wanted no challengers in his territory which was rife with tribal Goddesses, Hebrew Goddesses. If Mary was a priestess her life as well as her son’s would be in danger. What better “cover story” than a poor couple seeking shelter for the delivery of a baby and finding it in the standard accommodation of the day – a bed in the byre with the household animals. With none of the trappings of a royal birth, perhaps she could make good her escape to Egypt.

However, others also had an interest in the birth of male children to a priestess – the culture of Zoroaster/Mithras that had spread across the Ancient Near East via the “spice route” that connected Araby, Persia, and India, eventually stretching all the way to China. The Zoroastrian/Mithraic cultures derive from an early Persian “prophet”, Zarathustra, who taught a form of dualism in the struggle between good and evil. His greatest contribution seems to have been the concept of ‘”free will”, a decision to align either with Ahura Mazda or his evil counterpart. Once chosen, one’s path could not be reversed or abandoned thus perpetuating the struggle. Although there are no records of it, Zarathustra’s birth is celebrated on March 12, the Spring Equinox, the traditional date of re-birth of gods and goddesses. By association with Light returning to the world, the followers of Zarathustra placed great importance of the sources of heat and light: our Sun and Fire. The principle concerns of the Magi were astrology and alchemy, the study of the stars and the study of substances subjected to heat in the form of fire – the gift of the gods. The Magi in the Christian story brought three substances all of which depended on fire: the smelting of gold and the burning of frankincense and myrrh to distill their oils. And how did the Magi travel? By the stars, the fires in the heavens. And who was the Queen of “heaven” – the star of the night – the Great Goddess. Rather than gifts for the infant, perhaps the gifts of the Magi were for their new Queen whose son/consort might one day be THE Magus, the one who rises from the dead. Is this, perhaps, the hidden meaning of The Epiphany – that sudden moment of enlightenment when one realises that Jesus was born to  one day be the King of The Magi?

© Delia O’ Riordan 2014

For further reading: Jesus and The Goddess by Timothy Freke and Peter Gandy; Out of Egypt by Ahmed Osman; The Hebrew Goddess by Raphael Patai. All available at

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