Ever since I was a young boy the hymn 'Jerusalem' by William Blake (written c.1800) has been a favourite. Now it is the (English) nation's favourite, too, being sung at almost every sporting occasion. Hooray...
...except something is going seriously wrong and I need to shout about it!
The devil is in the detail, so they say, and it is the detail that is being tampered with. Where to start? With the words, I guess. Here they are:
And did those feet in Ancient times walk upon England's mountains green?
And was the Holy Lamb of God in England's pleasant pastures seen?
And did the countenance divine shine forth upon our clouded hills?
And was Jerusalem builded here among these dark satanic mills?
Bring me my bow of burning gold.
Bring me my arrows of desire.
Bring me my spear. Oh! clouds unfold.
Bring me my chariot of fire.
I will not cease from mental fight,
Nor shall my sword sleep in my hand
Till we have built Jerusalem
Among these green and pleasant lands.
Beautiful stuff - star stuff, in fact. The only leap of faith I'll ask you to make is to read 'Jerusalem' as 'Christianity'. Not too difficult, I hope?
Blake was a renowned anti-establishment figure and certainly didn't subscribe to Christianity. So why this apparent change of heart? Look closely and you will see that the words are not what they seem at all. Much speculation has surrounded them but since no-one wants to face the truth any attempts at interpretation have been a waste of time.
So let's put the record straight. All the images contained in the hymn are star pictures; feet (in Pegasus/Pisces/Aquarius); lamb (Taurus); divine countenance (Cassiopeia); clouded hills (Milky Way); satanic mills (Cepheus) and so on.
These pictures are drawn from a world of forbidden knowledge, forbidden because it contains the necessary ingredients to explode the myth of Christianity. For this religion is based entirely on stories that are made from these same star pictures. Bible stories are neither of divine origin (except when the stars are seen as the writings of the gods), nor factual. The blasphemy and heresy laws ensured that this simple knowledge could not be transferred from parent to child and the Church's power could be imposed more easily.
But back to the hymn. So the first verse is questions based on star pictures, the answer to each being Yes. The big question regarding line 4 has always been 'what did Blake mean by 'these dark, satanic mills''? The answer is obvious if you dare look and listen, for Cepheus houses the mill and looks like a church, especially when in the north (the mill is to do with the molten calf flowing out of Cepheus - look very carefully on a starlit night). Easier to spot is the word 'these' when defining the satanic mills - which is where I have to shout - for the Church is changing this word to 'those' whenever it can, including during our national game, cricket, where an official lead singer has started operating.
This is brainwashing in progress! Someone in the Church has at last realised what Blake meant and is taking action to stop the rest of us copping on - too late, folks, you are doomed like the Dodo. And the sooner the better.
Last verse: how did Christianity become established in England? Very little lateral thinking is needed to read 'sleepless swords' as unremitting violence (cf. 'Onward! Christian Soldiers', now banned - too close to the truth) and 'mental fight' as brainwashing (or fight for minds).
That's what Christianity is all about.
P.S. the chariot of fire might be the same as Arthur's Chariot in Ursa Major. Check out 'Stars - the Real Pictures' at www.realstarpictures.com for that wonderful image.