The Last Supper - a picture that tells thousands of words
There is something for everybody in this painting, depending on how you interperet the way the elements are arranged and how they interact. In the end, it is up to you what you make of it.
The Last Supper (Ultima Ciena) is a late 15th-century mural in the refectory (dining hall) of the Convent of Santa Maria Della Grazia in Milan. The large mural was commissioned in 1495 as part of a scheme of renovations to the church by Leonardo's patron Ludovico Sforza, the wealthy Duke of Milan. The original story of the Sun (Helios or Son of God) and His betrayal (during the autumn equinox) are depicted in code by Da Vinci in this painting of Christ and his twelve disciples. We visited the painting and had no time to take in all the details. If ever you go to Milan, be well prepared with all the information before you do so.
He arranged the 13 men in such a way as to suggest astral ambiguity. Let us explore the background to Leonardo’s beliefs to find out more. The cycle of birth, death and resurrection of the sun (Helios) of God have been going on since the beginning of creation. The cycles or circles of day and night, the twelve months and the four seasons. They travel round the heavens and spin like wheels. In the Book of Revelations John mentioned wheels, animals and strange beasts to describe the characteristics and activities of the stars of heaven, where God is. "Our Father who art in heaven."
Exploding Myths and Legends about Da Vinci’s Last Supper
Dan Brown is not the only one to set off a volley of speculation about Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper. What about the star gazers? Some Christians tend to regard the symbolic significance of heavenly bodies in the sky as coming from the devil’s fortune tellers. To them the zodiac and information about how the universe works belongs to demons and soothsayers because it can foretell the future. The truth is that a cyclical event such as the changing of the seasons within a twelve month cycle goes on regardless of how people try to foretell its future. We have different characteristics and are connected to groups of stars. ("Thy will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven" – the stars.)
God Almighty is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. He put the stars in the heavens and put them in motion so there would be seasons. He gave the earth the sun to rule by day and the moon by night. We seem to forget that heaven is all about the stars! Long before Christ broke bread with his disciples the sun “dies” when the earth experiences winter and then “resurrects” during spring. We do not have to gaze into a crystal ball to know that. So too, the stars in the sky told the wise men where to find Jesus and showed them the way.
The story of the Last Supper in stars is told by Da Vinci in the way he has associated each of the twelve apostles with a sign of the zodiac around the sun (Christ). We see them reacting to Christ’s announcement that he would be betrayed by somebody who was dining with Him at the table. He pointed out that it had been predicted that Judas would betray him. Predicted? The consternation that he captured in their gestures has a double meaning. It had been foretold (in the stars?) thousands of years ago, but here is the physical play out, the sacrifice of the Lamb of God. We can appreciate this story by studying the star codes of the heavenly bodies to understand what a virgin birth, a son of God, a lamb and betrayal mean.
The Da Vinci Code and the Dan Brown Confusion
What have the stars got to do with Leonardo’s Last Supper? Dan Brown misled people and created great adventure stories in his book “The Da Vinci Code” but he did not do his homework properly. A good study of Leonardo’s Last Supper and a better understanding of the painting will explain your mystery dagger. Take a look at Peter in this copy painted by Cesare da Sesto and you will see that it is held in his own hand.
Peter is wearing red clothing and you can see what is going on. Leonardo's original is painted with blue clothing and tends to merge with Judas who also wears blue. The picture has deteriorated considerably. We visited the Original Last Supper in Milan and even after 20 years of restoration the details are fuzzy in places. Original details like the spilled salt from the shaker had been lost due to the damage that happened to the mural. This is why Leonardo saw to it that his students made exact copies of it in other places. Some of them were used during the major restoration.
Mary Magdalene and the Disciple John are two different people
Leonardo’s painting represents the scene of The Last Supper of Jesus (Helios?) with his disciples, as it is told in the Gospel of John, 13:21. Reading the Bible properly will explain that John is the disciple that Jesus loved and Mary Magdalene is an entirely different person who was with John at the cross. John may look like a woman in the Last Supper but he is not the only one. St John the Baptist also looks ultra-feminine in one of Leonardo’s paintings. But we know that John the Baptist was the man who baptised Christ. The other John was the disciple that Jesus loved, but this does not have to imply that this dude was his secret wife.
Who knows - who cares if Jesus did have a wife? That part of the story may have been conveniently edited out of the Gospels but she was not one of his twelve disciples. Mary Magdalene was present at the cross with the disciple John during the crucifixion. She was the first one to enter the tomb and she went to call John and the other disciples. There were two different people – a man (John) and a woman (Mary Magdalene).
The Holy Grail?
As for the way John leans away from Christ in the painting - who dreamed up the Holy Grail theory using such an oversight? John 21:20 "Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said "Lord, who is the one who betrays you?". Yes, the disciple that Jesus loved the most! Both Leonardo and Dan Brown did not refer to the manual. As you can see, neither of the two faces below are very masculine and John is supposed to be leaning on Christ's breast - according to the Bible!
When we went to the Louvre Art Gallery we saw the glass pyramid. A pyramid is a pyramid and so what? The Holy Grail set off another movement, another group of “Christians” who became the Knights Templar. They assumed that this gave them licence to slaughter, rob and belittle people who are not one of them. (They still do this in the 21st century.) Both Muslims and Christians do not seem to understand what “love thy neighbour” is all about. Christ at the Last Supper asked that we “should love one another as I have loved you.”
In this sketch of the self-portrait of Leonardo as an older man his masculinity obvious. In the sketch on the right we can see old and young men. The bloke on the right also looks feminine.
The signs of the zodiac as represented by the 12 apostles
Let us look at the Last Supper from an astrological point of view to see that the greatest story ever told happens once a year “in remembrance of Him”. It is a twelve month cycle of 12 heavenly bodies around the sun. It tracks the Virgin birth, the death and the resurrection of the Sun. (Helios is the son of the God of Heaven.) Leonardo, the genius of the Renaissance did not have a printed copy of the Bible with him. But he had studied the twelve signs of the Zodiac as well as information he was given about the twelve apostles. He associated each disciple with a star sign according to their dominant (or imagined) characteristics.
The Twelve Disciples are reacting to the announcement by Jesus that one of them would betray him. The story is in the stars and thousands of people associated the sun with life and light. These “sun-worshipping” individuals were regarded by the Romans as a controllable resource. The ancient heavenly body concept was “morphed” into an organised religious system for political reasons. A multitude of individual heavenly entities were condensed into the one and only; the restraint of monotheism. It was then deployed to expand the idea of a Christian-controlled singular and universal or “Roman Catholic” state during the time of the Emperor Constantine. The Church, money, control and politics went hand in hand.
A number of so-called missing scrolls have been conveniently withdrawn by the Vatican, lest we discover anything more about Mary the Mother of Jesus and the Essenes or anything that may contradict the imposed religious protocol of the Catholic regime. They financed and built the churches that were decorated by Renaissance artists like Leonardo Da Vinci. But the greatest of the universal men and scientists of the time were not church-going Catholics. They studied the heavens and were well aware of the signs of the zodiac and what they indicated according to the cycle of life. These artists were employed by wealthy Catholic patrons. They were merely told what to paint and where to paint it. It was a job to buy the bread and pay the rent.
But could some of these pictures also be telling us the story of the holy event on earth as “it is in Heaven”? Astrological references confirm that the 12 disciples in Leonardo’s Last Supper are linked to the 12 signs of the zodiac. The four groups of three disciples unerringly correlate to four sub-cycles that occur at specific events, such as the death and resurrection of the Son/Sun of God.
The role of a Messiah or Messenger is not to create a religion
The same symbolic associations can be applied to other Deities and their earthly counterparts who reincarnate and live and die during an earthly ministry. All are overcome by the powers of darkness and all of them resurrect and return to heaven. Good examples are stories about Hermes, Isis and Osiris, of Adonis, and of Lord Krishna and Jesus. They led to movements such as Hermeticism, Hare Krishna and so on. Seldom was the heaven-sent lesson heard or understood in truth and acted upon by the people the came to. As a result we have religious movements more interested in ritual, judgement and control. Contemplation gives way to condemnation. They kingdom of Heaven is within you they all said and then returned to their Father in Heaven.
The disciples according to the zodiac. Fact, fiction or blatant assumption?
according to the gospel of Mark we have the following 12 men as disciples.
Mark 3:16-19 as: Simon Peter, James (son of Zebedee), John (the brother of James, surnamed "Son of Thunder"), Andrew, Philip, Bartholomew, Matthew, Thomas, James (the son of Alpheus), Thaddeus, Simon the Canaanite and Judas Iscariot. (Note: twelve men – no Mary. In Middle Eastern countries women often ate separately when there were visitors present.
In the Last Supper Leonardo has arranged the twelve disciples at the table in four groups of three. Each disciple represents a sign of the zodiac. This is the most important aspect that relates to the four seasons. According to some references the zodiac signs are depicted as we have them here. (Other references contradict these associations and are more speculative.) There are 13 star signs plus a moon to consider. In this article we will investigate the significance of Judas, John and Christ and Mary in terms of astrology and their importance in terms of ancient and modern religious philosophy.
Group 1 at the far right of Christ
- Bartholomew as Pisces
- James the lesser as Aquarius
- Andrew as Capricorn
Group 2 to the immediate right of Christ
- Peter as Sagittarius
- Judas as Scorpio
- John as Libra
Christ is in the middle (Helios/Jesus the Sun/Son of God)
Group 3 to the immediate left of Christ
The Virgin is when the sun is in the house of Virgo. Mary the Mother of Christ?
August 23rd is when the sun enters the house of Virgo the virgin. Virgo is the virgin that figuratively gives birth to the sun each year when the sun passes out of Virgo. Even though Virgo gives birth, she remains a virgin, just as Mary is the virgin who gives birth to Jesus and yet remains a virgin. 9 months after a child is conceived we have the sign Aries the ram. So it is not surprising that the Lamb of God was born during March - April, the time we celebrate Easter. So if Jesus was born as Sagittarius, he could not have been the son (sun) of a virgin. Oops!
- Thomas as Virgo
- James the greater as Leo
- Phillip as Cancer
Group 4 to the far left of Christ
- Matthew as Gemini
- Thaddeus as Taurus
- Simon as Aries
In the Zodiac, the signs have the following sequence according to the 12 month cycle. Note how the disciples are represented in this sequence. Starting from January:
- Capricorn (22 Dec – 20 Jan) - Andrew
- Aquarius (21 Jan – 18 Feb) - James lesser
- Pisces (19 Feb – 19 March) - Bartholomew
- Aries (20 March – 19 April) - Simon
- Taurus (20 April – 20 May) - Thaddeus
- Gemini (21 May – 20 June) - Matthew
- Cancer (21 June – 21 July) - Phillip
- Leo (22 July – 22 Aug) - James greater
- Virgo (23 Aug – 22 Sept) – Thomas
- Libra (23 Sept – 22 Oct) - John
- Scorpio (23 Oct – 21 Nov) - Judas
- Sagittarius (22 Nov – 21 Dec) - Peter
The four fixed signs of the zodiac are mentioned in Revelations.
Revelation 4:7 "And the first animal was like a lion (symbol of Leo), and the second animal was like a bull (symbol of Taurus), and the third animal had a face of a man (symbol of Aquarius, the water-bearing man), and the fourth animal was like a flying eagle (ancient symbol of Scorpio)".
Many paintings of Jesus in Churches show a golden disc behind his head divided into four quadrants. Are these the four fixed signs of the zodiac - the four seasons? It is interesting that the circle is divided by a cross (not a crucifix) into four quadrants. The flying eagle is the sign of Scorpio. It governs the quadrant that contains the autumn equinox and thus it is the scorpion that stings the sun and causes it to go into darkness, into winter. When Judas betrayed Jesus his kiss is compared to the sting of the scorpion (Scorpio) when the sun is in the house of Scorpio.
The significance of Scorpio as associated with Judas
Judas betrayed Jesus and then he Hanged himself. This is how a scorpion reacts when it is backed into a corner. It stings itself to death. It is also symbolic of the end of summer (betrayal) at autumn equinox on the 21st of September. It is interesting that the sun shone from the heart of Christ when we visited a church in a small village in Switzerland on this day. Was it a fluke? The life-sized copy of Leonardo's Last Supper at Saint Ambrose Church in Ponte Capriasca by his student Cesare Da Sesto.
Did John the disciple Jesus loved take Mary the mother of Jesus to Ephesus?
"Now there stood by the cross of Jesus His mother, and His mother's sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary Magdalene. When Jesus saw His mother, and the disciple whom He loved standing by, He said to His mother: "Woman, behold your son!" Then He said to the disciple, "Behold your mother!" And from that hour the disciple took her into his own home. (John 19:25-27)
Mary the Queen of Heaven?
It is said that Mary is the moon factor, the complimentary energy to the sun. Could Christ have been referring this the sun/moon relationship at the cross? Mary would have been a good name for a wife if he ever did have one.There were so many Marys at nightfall, when the son /sun of God was dying on the cross and the moon was rising.
The mountainous region we visited in Ephesus was said to be the place where John came with Mary. We visited the house, for good measure and I cuddled the cat. Protestants are a bit mum about the Mary factor, but the Roman Catholics endorse the "Paganistic" beliefs of Isis and Osiris about the moon and the sun. They worship the Virgin Mary (Virgo and the moon) as well as Jesus Christ (Aries the Lamb / Helios the sun.) According to the Bible, in the book of Genesis it is said that God gave the earth the sun to rule by day and the moon to rule by night. Yin and Yang, male and female, day and night, black and white. There are no grey areas.
In Turkey they believe that Mary died in Ephesus. Well yes, every day when the sun rises. So John was taken to Patmos and wrote the Revelations. Now that is a fascinating book of code! At least now we know that the beasts are the four fixed signs of the zodiac, representing the four seasons of the year. There are 12 months and they are cyclical. They go round and round like wheels. Do you get the picture?
Here are our snapshots. You can take a look at the movie we made of the Last Supper in Milan and the excellent copy by Cesare Da Sesto in Ponte Capriasca in Switzerland. You can read about this adventure in my article: Second Helpings of Leonardo's Last Supper. Now its time for me to read Revelations again.