My head is spinning. The tendency is to get a little opaque with the language, but this stuff is interesting. Ultimately distracting I think, but interesting.
Yes, early civilizations worshipped the seasons, the earth, the 'goddess' in other words. Yes, these religions (Celts, Cathars, and countless others) were brutally and bloodily suppressed when 'sky god' religions became ascendant. And, yes, symbolism is important to human psychology as the creative mind (and the unconscious) reaches out to try and understand the world.
But we know also that religions were basically (at least, in my opinion and others - I appreciate that many on this forum will disagree) an early take on understanding the Universe, at giving it meaning. In other words, religion is the precursor of philosophy and psychology, rolled into one. Psychology, particularly the Jungian school, has done a pretty good job of cracking the code of symbolism and so now we have some understanding of the unconscious mind. Philosophy, at least those few rationally constituted philosophies, provide you with a user's guide to the use and operation of your Reason and so we have an understanding of the conscious mind and a rational grasp of the Universe.
Why, then, should we get tied into knots worrying about esoterica? Pineal glands and chakras and all those symbolic models. Okay, to understand the mind of our 'enemies'. I get that. But let's not adopt their mindset as our own. This stuff is based on the same kind of thinking as the astrology column in your local newspaper, and just as useless in the real world. Just sayin'.
Mythology - The Key to Hacking Counterfeit Culturehttp://tehowe.blogspot.com/2007/10/tearing-veil-mass-media-misdirection.html