Chapter 15
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pg. 4 - Beelzebub | pg. 5 - Demon est Deus Inversus | pg. 6 - Prophets Chained for Burning Masks
pg. 7 - Kundalini | pg. 8 - The Dweller on the Threshold | pg. 9 - The Alchemical Wedding
pg. 10 - The Woman Clothed with the Sun | pg. 11 - Circe | pg. 12 - Ouroboros
pg. 13 - And there a Swan is Born | pg. 14 - Spiral

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And yet...

"Peter Sinfield, created the name "King Crimson" as a synonym for Beelzebub, which is derived from the Arabic phrase "B'il Sabab", meaning "the man with an aim."

- King Crimson FAQ

Jesus was also associated with Beelzebub.

"Without regard to the religious establishment of His day, He freely broke every taboo and tradition if it was stifling to true spiritual life. The response of the religious leaders towards Jesus was less than appreciative. In their opinion He was no less than the devil's own (Matthew 9:34), "Beelzebul himself," (10:25) "a gluttonous man, a drunkard, a friend of tax-gatherers and sinners," (11:19) "in league with the prince of demons" (12:24)"

- Jesus, A Shockingly Unpredictable Deliverer

"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth.
I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.
For I have come to turn a man against his father,
a daughter against her mother..."

- Matthew 10:34-5

"Who is the Lord of the Sabbath but the Prince of Chaos? He was provoking such controversy, his friends tried to rescue him as one possessed, from the insanity he was bringing down upon himself: Mark 3:20 "And the multitude cometh together again, so that they could not so much as eat bread. And when his friends heard of it, they went out to lay hold on him: for they said, He is beside himself. And the scribes which came down from Jerusalem said, He hath Beelzebub, and by the prince of the devils casteth he out devils. And he called them unto him, and said unto them in parables, How can Satan cast out Satan? And if a kingdom be divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand." This comment of Jesus is captivating. It is Jesus who is promoting the division. The Pharisees with some justification claim he is possessed by Ba'al Zebul, for playing the Shepherd of Belial to the hilt, he tells them that the very division he is causing is really their own evil."

- The Life Of Jesus

"The enemies of Frederick II referred to him as the 'disciple of Beelzebub".

- The Emperor Frederick II von Hohenstaufen Immutator Mundi
by Thomas Curtis Van Cleve, p. 306

"To the Italian Spirituals this chastisement of the clergy, though fully deserved and an indispensible prologue to the Third Age, was still devilish work. To them the Emperor (Frederick II) was the Beast of the Apocalypse and the Holy Roman Empire was Babylon - instruments of Satan and themselves doomed to be annihilated in their turn. But it was possible to see the imperial opponent of the Papacy in quite another light. In Germany Frederick continued to be regarded as a saviour, but as a saviour whose role now included the chastisement of the Church; a figure in whom the Emperor of the Last Days merged into the novus dux (supreme teacher) of Joachite prophecy."

- The Pursuit of the Millenium
by Norman Cohn (p. 111-12)

"Frederick II puzzled and amazed his contemporaries, largely because of the strange electric excitement which accompanied him wherever he went. He seemed to be in rebellion against the world, against all constituted authority. Though he acquired all his crowns legitimately, by direct descent from an emperor and a king, he acted throughout his life with the cunning of a pretender or the malice of a usurper. He liked to say that his whole life was devoted to the quest for inner and outer peace, but no one could have been more noisy, more raucous, more desirous of trumpet music."

- The Dream and the Tomb
A History of the Crusades
by Robert Payne (p. 306)

"The emperor is Christ's heir and successor. Jesi, Frederick's birthplace, is aligned with Nazareth, analogies are drawn between the emperor's lifelong endeavors as prince of peace and the life of Jesus. We are invited to compare the 'sufferings' of the emperor (in a Herculean task) with the passion of Jesus Christ."

-- The Holy Roman Empire
by Friedrich Heer (p. 83)

"I, Jesus, have sent my angel to give you this testimony for the
churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the
bright Morning Star."

- Revelation 22:16

"How you have fallen from heaven,
Bright morning star,
Cut down to the ground (or underground),
More weak than all peoples!
You it was who thought in our own mind:
'I shall scale the heavens;
Above the stars of God
I shall exalt my throne...

I shall be like the Most High!'
Nay, but you shall be brought down to Sheol,
to the utmost depths of the Pit."

- Isaiah 14:12-15

"He is like unto the fallen angels who would fain be the equals of God and seat themselves on the mountains of the Most High. Like Lucifer he essayed to scale the heavens to establish his throne above the stars and the candlesticks of the Bride, and his seat over against midnight, that he may be equal to, yea higher than the vicegerent of the Most High."
Cast him to the ground before the face of the kings that they may see and fear to follow in his footsteps ! Cast him forth out of the holy place of God that he may rule no longer over Christian people ! Destroy the name and fame, the seed and sapling of this Babylonian ! Let mercy forget him !"
- Cardinal Rainer of Viterbo

- Frederick the 2nd 1194-1250
by Ernest Kantorowicz
(p. 592)

"Lucifer, the Light-bearer! Strange and mysterious name to give to the Spirit
of Darkness! Lucifer, the Son of the Morning! Is it he who bears the Light,
and with its splendors intolerable blinds feeble, sensual, or selfish Souls?
Doubt it not! for traditions are full of Divine Revelations and Inspirations: and
Inspiration is not of one Age nor of one Creed."

- Albert Pike
Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry/Pamphlets

"I form the light, and create darkness;
I make peace, and create evil.
I Yahweh do all these things."

- Isaiah 45:5

"Just as the Lord has found great pleasure in helping you to prosper and multiply,
the Lord will find great pleasure in destroying you…"

- Deuteronomy 29:63

"The Book of Job is a landmark in the long historical development of the divine drama. At the time the book was written, there were already many testimonies which had given a contradictory picture of Yahweh - the picture of God who knew no moderation in his emotions and suffered precisely from this lack of moderation. He himself admitted that he was eaten up with rage and jealousy and that this knowledge was painful to him. Insight existed along with obtuseness, loving-kindness along with cruelty, creative power along with destructiveness. Everything was there, and none of these qualities was an obstacle to the other."

- Carl Jung, Answer to Job

"...the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan
also came with them. The LORD said to Satan, 'Have you considered my
servant Job? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless
and upright, a man who fears God and shuns evil.'
"'Does Job fear God for nothing?' Satan replied. 'Have you not
put a hedge around him and his household and everything he
has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks
and herds are spread throughout the land. But stretch out your
hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to
your face.'
"The LORD said to Satan, 'Very well, then, everything he has is
in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.' Then
Satan went out from the presence of the LORD."

- Job 1:6-12

"One of this assembly is 'the satan', who questions the disinterested character of Job's righteousness and is given leave to put it to the test. Here, in spite of English translations, the figure is not yet Satan the inveterate enemy of God and man. He is an executive of God, one of the 'sons of God'.

- John Gray, Near Eastern Mythology

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