Fast on the heels of "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview, part 4" comes "Star Myths and the Shamanic Worldview, part 5."
Actually, "part 4" and "part 5" are very closely connected, because the discussion of the critically important story of the crossing of the Red Sea, which was touched upon briefly in part 4, was made into a major part of part 5, with some discussion at the end regarding the possible meaning of all these star myths and some points of connection to the shamanic worldview.
The discussion in parts 3, 4, and 5 has centered upon myths having to do with the "crossing points" of the year: the two equinoxes (spring and fall). Part 2 discussed the story of Adam and Eve and the Serpent, which also relates to the crossing point theme.
Part 5 takes up not only the story of the crossing of the Red Sea, but the evidence suggesting that the twelve "tribes" of Israel refer to the twelve constellations of the zodiac (a constellation, after all, can be metaphorically understood to be a "band" or a "family" or a "tribe" of stars assembled together in the sky).
The implications of the metaphorical, celestial, and shamanic understanding of the scriptures of the Old and New Testaments -- and the scriptures and sacred traditions from other cultures found all around our planet -- include the fact that we are all united by the message conveyed by these stories, and not divided.
One unfortunate consequence of the literalistic interpretation (which I believe is a mis-interpretation) of these ancient scriptures can be the idea that these scriptures teach division: the very opposite of what I believe can be shown to be the intended message of these texts -- an intended message which shines through once the metaphorical and esoteric approach to these sacred myths is understood.
Please check out "part 5" of the series if this is an area that interests you, and please feel free to comment or share as appropriate.
Caution: may not be appropriate for viewers who are not prepared to examine evidence that the ancient scriptures were not actually intended to be understood literally. This is not a joke -- some people may have a strong personal psychic investment in the literal understanding of certain scriptures, and those who do not presently share that same commitment to the literal approach should be sensitive and considerate of those who do. These videos are most appropriate for those who are comfortable exploring arguments regarding the possibility that the scriptures were not intended to be understood literally.