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Pagan Mysteries - Day Tours

Galilee and Golan Heights

On this day we will begin to discover the mysteries of Israel by visiting some of the most ancient and beautiful sites. These sites are of pagan tradition that existed in this land before the time of the Israelites. Not many know that Israel hosts some of the most impressive pagan sites in the world, dating from 5,000 years ago, including a huge stone circle in the Golan Heights.   

We will start our tour from Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel. Snowcapped during the winter, this was the "Olympus" of Israel, mountain of the gods, and it is here that Abraham made the first covenant with God, in which he was promised to inherit the land. Below the mountain is a large water spring, the source of the Jordan River. The Banias Spring is an ancient pagan site dedicated to Pan – the god of nature in Hellenic times. The site was part of the ancient city of Banias, where Jesus revealed himself to Peter. We will see the ancient remains of that city and the pagan site, including an impressive palace of one of the Jewish kings from 2,000 years ago. Nearby Dan, a beautiful nature reserve today and a sacred site in the past, is the place of the ancient city of Dan or Lieish, as it is called in the Bible. Dan is one of the most ancient cities in the world. It houses a 4,000 year-old arch, the first-ever built in the world, and a 5,000 year-old Canaanite city wall. We will visit an altar of standing stones dedicated to the pagan gods and an impressive altar the Israelites built here to the Jewish god, Jehovah. This altar is the exact size of the altar in the temple in Jerusalem, with a golden calf on a stage in front of it. Today one can see a reconstruction of the altar and stage, overlooking Mount Hermon and Lebanon. Surely this is one of the most sacred and beautiful places in Israel.

According to the Bible and other sources, such as the book of Enoch, the Golan in ancient times was a place of giants. In the afternoon we will visit a few places that traditionally are associated with these giants. We will start by visiting the huge and impressive castle of Nimrod, located at the foot of Mount Hermon on the road to Damascus. Here resided a mysterious mystic Islamic sect called the Assassins. They were close to the Templars and because of their use of political murders gave their name to the word assassin. The size of stones and the enormous castle made the locals believe it was built by giants and they named it after the giant hero Nimrod from the Bible. We will next visit sacred groves, held by another mysterious and mystic Islamic sect called the Druze, who today populate this area. We will pass through Druze villages and see one of their sacred tomb sites, near a lake that is inside an extinct volcano. Traveling south through the Golan Mountains, we will make our way by foot to one of the most surprising places in Israel: a giant stone circle 5,000 years old. This is the mother and father of all stone circles in the world. It seems that the tradition of megalithic stone circles that reached its peak in Stonehenge and Avebury in England started in Israel many years before. The stone circle called "Rugum Hiri" is 150 meters in diameter! It is directed towards the rising of the sun on the longest day of the year.

Astrological tour – Astrology in Judaism, Paganism, Christianity
Astrology has a major part to play in all 3 religions as well as in ancient cultures. In this special tour we will use the subject of astrology to get to know the history, land, people and religions of Israel.

We will start by visiting an ancient synagogue in Bet Alpha, where a beautiful mosaic floor, 1,600 years old, was found. The zodiac appears on the synagogue floor, as it does in many of the synagogues from that period in Israel. We will explain the importance of astrology in Judaism, how it relates to the 12 tribes of Israel and to the 12 stones on the breastplate of the temple high priest.

From the synagogue we will walk to a beautiful Zen garden that belongs to the Japanese Christian sect of the Makoia, located at the foot of Mount Gilboa. There we will talk about the 4 elements and how they appear in the Zen garden, in Christian symbolism and in astrology.

From Bet Alpha we will drive to the nearby ancient Roman city of Bet Shean, one of the best-preserved archeological sites in Israel. We will explore the Roman city, talk about the different Roman gods and their relation to the planets, and discuss astrology as the official religion of the Roman Empire in the 3rd century A.D. We will walk up the Temple area of the city, where ancient remains were found, starting from Egyptian times 4,000 years ago, and going through biblical times, when King Saul’s corpse was hung from the city wall.
From Bet Shean we will drive to an impressive crusaders’ castle situated on a high mountain nearby. We will talk about the importance of astrology in medieval times and how it appears in heraldry and Christian liturgy. We will finish our tour in the old synagogue of Tiberius, where another beautiful mosaic floor featuring the zodiac was found.

Stone circles and giants - Megalithic tour of Israel
Few are aware that Israel is considered to be, by most archeologists, the birthplace of the great megalithic cultures of Europe, - the ones that went on to build the great stone circles of Stonehenge, Avebury and others.

In the Golan Heights we find the earliest stone circle in the world, 150 meters in diameter, as well as many other Megalithic (huge stone) sites

Our tour begins by going to Rugum Hiri, a huge stone circle directed towards the rising of the sun on the longest day of the year. From there we will go to Gamla nature reserve, where we can find many Megalithic tombs of all kinds. Gamla is also a place of canyons with waterfalls, the nesting place of eagles, and an important historical site – an ancient Jewish city that was the last stronghold of the Jews in the north against the Romans.

From Gamla we will drive through the Golan Heights to a huge enigmatic fortress hanging above the cliffs, at the foot of the highest mountain in Israel – Mount Hermon. The local population believes the castle was built by a legendary hero, Nimrod the giant, who in the Bible competed with the gods for world supremacy. Only he could build such an impressive building using such massive stones. In fact the building was built by the great Mamluk ruler, Bibars, who managed to stop the Mongols of Genghis Khan from invading the land.

On the way from Gamla to Nimrod castle we can see more of the basalt canyons of the Golan Heights, a unique geological feature, where nature is at its best. We can see a lake within an extinct volcano, or  travel by cable car up to the summit, of Mount Hermon.

The goddesses the change in ancient history from belief in the great mother to great father
Throughout the ancient world, 4,000 years ago, the most important change in world history happened: we moved from a matriarchal society to a patriarchal society; from belief in a female god, the great mother, to belief in a male god, the great father. This change appears in the archeology of the ancient cities of Israel, and is echoed as well in the Bible stories.

We will start our tour in the ancient city of Megiddo (the biblical Armageddon), one of the most ancient cities in the world, were we can see the change, in temple buildings and in rituals, from female god to male god. Megiddo was the main place of the goddess cult, which centered around the round stage in the temple area. In biblical times, the center of the goddess cult moved to the nearby city of Ezreel and was headed by Queen Isabel.

From Megiddo we will drive to the biblical city of Ezreel, and from there to Mount Muhraka, where the final battle between the worshippers of the goddesses and the worshippers of the male warrior god of Jehovah, headed by the prophet Elijah, took place. 

 

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