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The Goddess Minerva
& Her Symbolism


The Illuminati Degree System
The Illuminati divided their Order and system of initiation into three categories and nine stages. The three stages or grades were:

Nursery Grade
Masonry Grade
Mystery Grade

The Nursery Grade was itself divided into three stages of:

Minerval, and
Illuminatus Minor

The Masonic Grade was divided into:

Illuminatus Major, and
Illuminatus Dirigens

and within the Mystery Grade were four final stages of:

Principatus Illuminatus
Magus, and

It is suggestive that the Illuminati employed the term "Minerval" for one of their introductory stages of initiation. The term apparently denotes the Roman goddess Minerva. She was connected to intelligence and warfare. She was probably revered by the Illuminati because of her connection to Prometheus who, with the goddess's assistance, stole fire (knowledge) from the gods of Olympus so that men on earth could rise above a primitive level and eventually match the gods in power and ability.

  The famous statue of Prometheus outside the Rockefeller Plaza in New York City. Both Prometheus and his divine helper Minerva are revered by the Order of the Illuminati. The Rockefellers could not be making their secret society allegiance more obvious. Like their masters they too are adept at symbolic communication. The fountain over which the figure of Prometheus stands is significant because Minerva was associated with the healing power of water. The word "mineral" may derive from her name. (See sources section below for more on Prometheus)  

Dividing schools of mystery according to a threefold schemata was once the habit of the Irish Druids. This is significant since Minerva had undoubtedly been based on the ancient Irish goddess Brigid.

We might note the suggestive fact that the final initiatory stage of the final grade was named "Rex," which means "King." The Illuminati were officially supposed to be anti-monarchy. This term leads us to doubt this assertion. After all, it was an assertion made by the Illuminati elite. Additionally, the esoteric symbolism pertaining to the cult of Minerva was employed during the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. So, despite the spin, we might question whether there is truly a difference between the Illuminati and the royal houses of the world? We think not.

Incidentally, thirteen objects of regalia were involved during the Queen's coronation. This is the same number of stars on the flag of the United States of Europe, and that can be found above the eagle's head on the US one dollar bill. As we showed in the Irish Origins of Civilization (Volume Two), thirteen is the number of the Cult of Aton. In Judaism, thirteen denotes the Levites. The Levites were the recipients of the secret and mysterious "Oral Tradition" on Mount Sinai. This enigmatic thirteenth tribe are the progenitors of modern day Zionists and Talmudists.

  1. The Orb
2. St. Edward's Crown
3. Imperial Crown of State
4. The Sword of State
5. The Sword of Mercy
6. The Sword of Spiritual Justice
7. The Sword of Temporal Justice
8. Jeweled Sword

9. The Ampulla (Eagle)
10. The Spurs
11. The Royal Scepter
12. St. Edward's Staff
13. The Scepter with the Dove (or Virge)

As we pointed out in the Irish Origins of Civilization, the dove is the emblem of the "Davids," or commanders of the House of Aton. The dove staff is referred to as the "Virge," meaning Virgin. As well as referring to the astrological sign of Virgo, it is yet another occult reference to Minerva.

Who Was Minerva?

...daughter of Jupiter, patroness of health, learning, and wisdom - Bulfinch's Mythology (Glossary)

The Roman goddess Minerva was based on the Greek Athena, who, in turn, was based on earlier Egyptian goddesses such as Isis and Neith. These goddesses were, in turn, based on earlier Western antetypes. They were described as "virginal" and were commonly depicted with fair complexions. They were the mothers of the various sun gods. Most of the Eastern goddesses who turn up in Greek and Roman pantheons were based on the Aryan goddesses Danu, Ana and Brigit. One perfect example is Hera, the supreme goddess of the Greeks. She was based on Eri, goddess of Ireland. (See Chapter Ten, The Disciples of Horus, for more on this subject.)

Minerva was the Roman name of Greek goddess Athena. She was considered to be the virgin goddess of warriors, poetry, medicine, wisdom, commerce, crafts, and the inventor of music - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia (Entry on Minerva)

In Sais the statue of Athena whom they believe to be Isis, bore the mysterious inscription: "I am all that has been, and is, and shall be, and my robe no mortal has yet uncovered" - Plutarch

From the name Athena we get the city name Athens. Many cities of the world were consecrated to goddesses. The very word city may derive from cteis, meaning "circle" (a reference to the ovum). Athena was a version of Egyptian goddesses Neith and Isis. Neith was depicted as warlike and armored, same as the Grecian version (Pallas Athena). She carried a bow, which doubles up as a womb symbol. (Arrows being phallic symbols.)

So we can see that the Illuminati worshiped pagan goddesses. More importantly, their Minerva was based on Egyptian antetypes. This helps us to link them to the Solar and Stellar Cults of antiquity. If the members of the Order are not biologically related to the sun priests of old, they are certainly ideologically related. 

Minerva's Birth

Minerva (Pallas, Athene), the goddess of wisdom, was the offspring of Jupiter, without a mother. She sprang forth from his head completely armed. Her favorite bird was the owl, and the plant sacred to her the olive - Bulfinch's Mythology (pages 17-18)

  In British mythology Minerva was known as Sulis. The bronze head above - of Minerva (or Sulis) - was discovered at the city of Bath that was dedicated to her. The word Sulis means "eye." It also means "opening" or "portal." This latter meaning connotes the female vagina. Some scholars believe the word Sulis comes from the Indo-European Sewel, which meant "sun." Minerva was undoubtedly a version of Baratana, and the the primordial Irish goddess Brigid. Scholars accept that she is closely connected to the Celtic Brigantia. The Christian Saint Brigid of Kildare was also based on the early Irish goddess. (See sources section below for more on these goddesses.)

In the movie Avatar, James Cameron's protagonist goes by the name Jake Sully. Is this a subtextual reference to Sulis and Minerva, goddess of the Illuminati?


Minerva the Virgin
Not only was Minerva "immaculately" conceived (being without a mother), but she was also a virginal goddess.

If we examine the name of Athena, we shall, perhaps, be able to paint a picture soberer in colouring but nearer to the facts. The longer form of Athena's name, Athenaia, is simply a feminine adjective, she-of-Athens, the maiden of Athens. The Hymn addresses her as "Pallas, our Lady of Athens." This other name, Pallas, simply means virgin. If the claim of Hera to maidenhood is shadowy, it is not so with Athena. She is maiden through and through, and her temple is rightly called the maiden-sanctuary, the Parthenon - Jane Harrison (Myths of Greece and Rome)

Related Goddesses
The Roman Minerva was a composite deity. She is either identical with, or mythologically related to, the following goddesses of antiquity:

Menrva (Etruscan)
Pallas Athena (Greek)
Neith (Egypt)
Ma'at (Egypt)
Isis (Egypt)
Brigantia (Britain)
Brigid (Ireland)
Baratana (Britain)
Victoria (Roman)
Sulis (Britain)
Nike (Roman)
Vacuna (Roman)

Pallas Athena
The word Pallas means "virginal." Minerva was, therefore, both immaculately conceived and virginal. For the Greeks Pallas Athena symbolized man's reason. She assisted Prometheus in his plot to steal "fire" (knowledge) from the gods to give to men. This is because she sprang from the head of Zeus. Hitherto, men have associated her with the intellect and with reason. In this aspect she is close to the Egyptian goddess Ma'at, and many other "virgin" goddess of Egypt, such as Neith and Isis. In fact, if we examine the names Neith and Athena, we can see faint etymological similarities.

  Minerva was known by the Athenians of Greece as Athena, or Pallas Athena.  

The Shakespeare Controversy
A secondary meaning of Pallas is "shaker." Indeed, Athena was known as the "Spear Shaker." Since her symbol was the spear, some scholars have been lead to connect Athena to the work of William Shakespeare, whom, it is believed, adopted his surname from the goddess in question. Moreover, some researchers believe that the historical personage responsible for the plays and poems of "Shakespeare," was none other than scientific genius Sir Francis Bacon, the editor of the King James Bible and author of the The New Atlantis. Suggestively, Bacon was a member of a Masonic enclave known as the "Knights of the Helmet," named after Minerva, or Pallas Athena.

  Sir Francis Bacon (1561-1626 AD) is believed by some occult researchers to be the true author of the works of Elizabethan playwright William Shakespeare. (See sources section below for more information on this controversy).  

A Knight Templar, and major Occultist, Sir Francis Bacon was appointed Solicitor-General and Chief Advisor to the British Crown on June 25th 1607. He conceived the idea of reactivating various secret societies and in 1580 founded the secret Rosicrosse Literary Society and the Lodge of Free and Accepted Speculative Masons. Bacon is said to have introduced the 33 Degree system into Masonry, from the original Templar 9 Degrees - Tony Bushby (Bible Fraud)

For one year he had in his possession the first English translations of the Bible. In fact, he was the first major editor of what would become the King James Bible. He also added secret information into the Bible which was not there before. It will eventually be proved that the whole structure of the Authorized Bible was Francis Bacon’s. He was and ardent student not only of the Bible, but also of early manuscripts - William T. Smedley (Biographer of Bacon)

Bacon is, however, not the only candidate put forth as the brain behind the works of Shakespeare. A major case has been made for Edward de Vere, the Earl of Oxford, and also for the great dramatist Christopher Marlowe. (See links below for more information on the Shakespeare controversy.)



The Spear

The goddess, Minerva...was a daughter of Jupiter, but she was born in a very strange way, for she sprang out of her father's head, clothed in bright armour, and with a spear in her hand - Reginald C. Couzens (The Stories of the Months and Days)

  The seal of the State of California, depicting Minerva with her spear. This goddess was based on the primordial Western mother goddesses Sulis, Brigid, and Baratana.  
  Minerva is displayed on the Medal of Honor. The Medal of Honor is the highest military decoration awarded by the United States government. Note the inverted pentacle.  

Minerva and the Owl
Minerva was the first deity to build an enclosed house. She is therefore connected with building and architecture. One of her symbols was the butterfly. However, her main symbol was the owl.

Her name has the "mn-" stem, linked with memory. See Greek "Mnemosyne"...memory, remembrance, recollection. The Romans could have confused her foreign name with their word mens meaning "mind" since one of her aspects as goddess pertained not only to war but also to the intellectual. Minerva is the Roman name for Athena the goddess of Wisdom and Virginity. She is also depicted as an owl - Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia (Entry on Minerva)

The owl of goddess Minerva on the US one dollar bill. Minerva was, like the Egyptian goddess Neith, connected with webs and weaving. The owl is the symbol of the Bohemian Club. It may also be a symbol for the Order of the Illuminati. In the Illuminati system of initiation, there is a degree named "Minerval." As far as the dollar symbolism goes, Minerva could quite easily and realistically associated with the number 1. After all, she was the firstborn of Jupiter, was immaculately conceived, virginal, and independent. Minerva was the goddess of war. Certainly, warmongering has enriched the United States government more than any other enterprise.

The translucent wings of the Monarch Butterfly,
one of the lesser known symbols of Minerva.

Minerva, as War Goddess
In her warlike aspect, Minerva resembles the Egyptian goddess Neith, who was also considered "virginal."

She was also a warlike divinity; but it was defensive war only that she patronized, and she had no sympathy with Mars's savage love of violence and bloodshed. Athens was her chosen seat, her own city, awarded to her as the prize of a contest with Neptune, who also aspired to it - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 110)

They were at last subdued by thunderbolts, which Minerva invented, and taught Vulcan and his Cyclopes to make for Jupiter - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 125)

Chief Symbols of Minerva

Axe (Labrys)
Olive Tree
Sea Eagle
Shield or emblem featuring Medusa's Head

Athens and the Serpent

The serpent was mixed up to a considerable extent with the worship of many other of the Grecian deities. The statues, by Phidias, of Minerva, represent her as decorated with this emblem. In ancient medals, as shown by Montfaucon, she sometimes holds a caduceus in her right hand; at other times she has a staff around which a serpent is twisted, and at others, a large serpent appears going in front of her; while she is sometimes seen with her crest composed of a serpent. It is remarkable too, that in the Acropolis at Athens was kept a live serpent who was generally considered the guardian of the place, and Athens was a city specially consecrated to Minerva - (Ophiolatreia)

  A woodcut showing Minerva with spear and serpent. Note the stag, the animal sacred to the ancient Gaels, Celts, and Arya of the West.  

Minerva and the Law
As the patron of justice, judges, and lawmakers, Minerva closely resembles the Egyptian goddess Ma'at.

  An image showing Minerva dictating the American Constitution.  

Minerva and the Creation of Man

Prometheus was one of the Titans, a gigantic race, who inhabited the earth before the creation of man. To him and his brother Epimetheus was committed the office of making man, and providing him and all other animals with the faculties necessary for their preservation. Epimetheus undertook to do this, and Prometheus was to overlook his work, when it was done. Epimetheus accordingly proceeded to bestow upon the different animals the various gifts of courage, strength, swiftness, sagacity; wings to one, claws to another, a shelly covering to a third, etc. But when man came to be provided for, who was to be superior to all other animals, Epimetheus had been so prodigal of his resources that he had nothing left to bestow upon him. In his perplexity he resorted to his brother Prometheus, who, with the aid of Minerva, went up to heaven, and lighted his torch at the chariot of the sun, and brought down fire to man. With this gift man was more than a match for all other animals. It enabled him to make weapons wherewith to subdue them; tools with which to cultivate the earth; to warm his dwelling, so as to be comparatively independent of climate; and finally to introduce the arts and to coin money, the means of trade and commerce - Bulfinch's Mythology (pages 23-24)

The Palladium of Troy

There was in Troy a celebrated statue of Minerva called the Palladium. It was said to have fallen from heaven, and the belief was that the city could not be taken so long as this statue remained within it - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 223)

City of Bath

Bladud built the city of Bath, and dedicated the medicinal waters to Minerva. He was a man of great invention, and practiced the arts of magic - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 365)

Minerva as Weaver

The robes and other parts of the dress of the goddesses were woven by Minerva - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 14)

Minerva and the Flute

Minerva invented the flute, and played upon it to the delight of all the celestial auditors - Bulfinch's Mythology (page 190)

The Queen of Spades
In regular playing decks Minerva is depicted as the Queen of Spades. The suit of Spades represents the warrior (knightly) class. The Hearts or Cups represent the clergy, the Clubs or Wands represent the peasant or worker class, and the diamonds or disks represent the merchant class. In the Tarot the Queen of Spades is equivalent with the Queen of Swords. In the Major Arcana, the card entitled Justice is assigned to the astrological sign of Libra. The esoteric symbolism of this both Libran cards (Queen of Swords and Justice) features prominently during the coronation of the Queen of England, Elizabeth Windsor. (Click here for more information).

  The Queen of Spades (center card) depicts the goddess Minerva or Pallas Athena. The suit of spades corresponds with the Tarot's suit of Swords. Minerva would therefore be represented by the Tarot card known as the Queen of Swords. It is associated with the astrological sign of Libra, that is in turn connected to Ma'at, goddess of balance and harmony.
  The Queen of Swords of the Tarot's Minor Arcana. This card is associated with the Egyptian goddess Ma'at. It is also connected to Libra, the seventh sign of the zodiac. Minerva was associated with the seventh month of the year. Interestingly, during the coronation ceremony of Elizabeth Windsor, the symbolism of this Tarot card was employed. In other words, esoteric symbolism pertaining to the goddesses Ma'at and Minerva was incorporated into the Queen's coronation ceremony. The Major Arcana card assigned to Libra is numbered eleven and entitled Justice. Interestingly, Minerva was the goddess of Justice. Statues of Minerva holding the scales of justice can be seen on innumerable buildings throughout the western world.

Here - The Coronation of Queen Elizabeth


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