The first section of the Zeitgeist Movie examines the development [and proliferation] of religions honouring God’s Sun.
The Zeitgeist Film Series is about examining the world we share, the values we hold, the problems we face, along with what we can do to make it better.
As the word “Zeitgeist” implies, we are dealing with the “intellectual, spiritual, cultural awareness of the time” and the goal of this project is to explore what makes us who we are, how we relate, what we are doing and what we should be doing if we wish to live in a peaceful, humane, sustainable and healthy global society.
Zeitgeist: The Movie is a documentary film with two sequels: Zeitgeist: Addendum and Zeitgeist: Moving Forward, presenting a number of conspiracy theories and proposals for broad social and economic changes.
Peter Joseph created all three films.
Part I questions religions as being god-given stories, asserting that the Christian religion is mainly derived from other religions, astronomical assertions, astrological myths, and other traditions, which in turn were derived from other traditions.
In furtherance of the Jesus myth hypothesis, this part claims that the historical Jesus is a literary and astrological hybrid, nurtured by political forces and opportunists.
The Zeitgeist Movie explains the development [and proliferation] of religions honouring God’s Sun in terms of the Precession of the Equinoxes as it cycles through the Signs of the Zodiac.
In astronomy, axial precession is a gravity-induced, slow, and continuous change in the orientation of an astronomical body’s rotational axis.
In particular, it can refer to the gradual shift in the orientation of Earth’s axis of rotation, which, similar to a wobbling top, traces out a pair of cones joined at their apices in a cycle of approximately 26,000 years.
In both astrology and historical astronomy, the zodiac is a circle of twelve 30° divisions of celestial longitude that are centered upon the ecliptic, the apparent path of the Sun across the celestial sphere over the course of the year.
The paths of the Moon and visible planets also remain close to the ecliptic, within the belt of the zodiac, which extends 8-9° north or south of the ecliptic, as measured in celestial latitude.
Because the divisions are regular, they do not correspond exactly to the boundaries of the twelve constellations after which they are named.
The Zeitgeist Movie shows there are common underlying narratives [and traditions] that unite religions that honour God’s Sun, such as, the “rebirth” of the Sun after the three day solar standstill following the December solstice.
A solstice is an astronomical event that occurs twice each year (in June and December) as the Sun reaches its highest or lowest excursion relative to the celestial equator on the celestial sphere.
The word solstice is derived from the Latin sol (sun) and sistere (to stand still), because at the solstices, the Sun stands still in declination; that is, the seasonal movement of the Sun’s path (as seen from Earth) comes to a stop before reversing direction.
Obviously, the English term “December 25th” did not exist in the ancient Egyptian calendar but simply refers to the winter solstice, which the ancients perceived as beginning on December 21st and ending at midnight on the 24th.
We learn from one of the most famous historians of the first century, Plutarch (46-120 AD/CE), that Horus the Child – or “Harpocrates” as was his Greek name – was “born about the winter solstice, unfinished and infant-like…”
Three centuries after Plutarch, ancient Latin writer Macrobius (395-423 AD/CE) also reported on an annual Egyptian “Christmas” celebration (Saturnalia, I, XVIII:10):
…at the winter solstice the sun would seem to be a little child, like that which the Egyptians bring forth from a shrine on an appointed day, since the day is then at its shortest and the god is accordingly shown as a tiny infant.
As Egyptologist Dr. Bojana Mojsov remarks: “The symbol of the savior-child was the eye of the sun newly born every year at the winter solstice.”
The ZEITGEIST Source book Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told
Peter Joseph and D M Murdock
The Zeitgeist Movie also shows that these common underlying narratives can be traced back through the ages from Christianity to Horus.
Horus is one of the most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshipped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times.
Further details are available in the Zeitgeist Source Book and the books of D. M. Murdock.
This Sourcebook thus provides relevant primary-source material and citations from respectable and credentialed authorities, along with germane images to support the first part of ZG‘s contentions.
There are over 150 sources cited in this Source book, in nearly 350 footnotes.
The Zeitgeist Source Book Part 1: The Greatest Story Ever Told
Peter Joseph and D.M. Murdock
“Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus Connection” uses a massive amount of primary sources and the works of highly credentialed authorities in relevant fields to demonstrate that the popular gods Horus and Jesus possessed many characteristics and attributes in common.
Drawing from thousands of ancient Egyptian texts in an assortment of translations along with the original language, as well as modern research in a number of other languages, controversial independent scholar of comparative religion and mythology D.M. Murdock puts together an astonishing amount of fascinating information that shows many of our most cherished religious beliefs and concepts did not appear suddenly out of the blue but have long histories in numerous cultures found around the globe, including and especially in the glorious Land of the Pharaohs.
Christ in Egypt: The Horus-Jesus – D. M. Murdock – 2009