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The trident, obelisk, fleur-de-lis, frog, and pine cone were fertility symbols used in pagan religions and are still used today. Pagan gods of Babylon, Egypt, Greece, and Rome were associated with the pine cone, and the staffs of the gods were often adorned with the pine cone. The high priests of paganism used this symbol to identify themselves with these fertility cults. The pagan goddesses were also worshiped in fertility cults and Mary receives similar veneration today. Many of the images in this album are featured in Amazing Discoveries' Total Onslaught: The Wine of Babylon lecture. Purchase The Wine of Babylon DVD or view the lecture online.
This statue represents the mother goddess figure, known under many names such as Artemis, Diana, and Cybele. This figure becomes Mary in Catholic circles. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Artemis, also known as Diana of Ephesus, with her many breasts to nurture the world. Source: Wikimedia Commons.
The goddess stepping on a serpent's head. Christ is the one who should crush the serpent's head (See Genesis 3:15). Ironically, she also nurtures a serpent. The serpent represents death and resurrection, a counterfeit of Christ's death and resurrection. In this way, through the female, there is the fertility power to produce new life. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
The pine cone staff of Osiris. Egyptian Museum in Turin, Italy. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
Pope John Paul II wearing a fish mitre, and carrying a staff with both a bent cross and a pine cone fertility symbol. Notice the four-spoked solar symbol on his mitre and the Maltese cross on his robe. Page 37 of Catholic historian Theodore Maynard's The Story of American Catholicism says, "“It has often been charged..that Catholicism is overlaid with many pagan incrustations. Catholicism, it must be added, is ready to accept the accusation—and even to make it her boast." Note also the arms of Jesus shaped down into a "V" on the Pope's staff. This is a sign used in occultism to show victory over the Son of God. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
The icon of Mary in the milk grotto in Bethlehem. The Catholic Church has elevated Mary to the level of mediator, advocate, and co-redeemer of humanity. In 1854, Pope Pius IX declared Mary "immaculate," and in 1951, Pope Pius XII defined and enforced the doctrine of the Bodily Assumption of Mary, thus placing Mary in a position to act as mediator. This is what they believe according to Catholic Laymen, July 1856: "The sinner that ventures directly to Christ may come with dread and apprehension of his wrath; but let him only employ the mediation of the Virgin with her Son and she has only to show that Son the breasts that gave him suck and his wrath will immediately be appeased." Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Jesus, portrayed with a globe in one hand and making a symbol of the pagan trinity with the other, is adorned with fleurs-de-lis. Cathedral in Nurnberg, Germany. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
Largest pine cone in the world, in the court of the Court of the Pine Cone at the Vatican. Copyright Amazing Discoveries
pine cone in the Vatican courtyard. Pine cones symbolized fertility in pagan religions throughout history. The goddess Isis was always depicted with two peacocks, similar to the two peacocks next to the pine cone. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
Poseidon, ruler of the sea or underworld, holds a trident similar to the one carried by the hoofed sun god of Babylon. Source: Great Controversy Picture CD, LLT Productions.
St. Peter's Square. Notice the sunwheel pattern on the floor and obelisk (phallic symbol of Osiris) in the middle. Also notice the cross with the circle around it under the obelisk. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.
A relief of the lion god holding a pine cone staff, which symbolized fertility. Copyright Amazing Discoveries.