There is much symbolism within The Prodigal Band Trilogy, which begins with the first novel in the trilogy, Battle of the Band. This is where the symbolism begins and covering the symbols in this first novel will need at least two posts, maybe more.
This post deals mostly with three star-systems and constellations mentioned in a song composed by the prodigal band members and is mentioned in Chapter Two of Battle of the Band. The constellations are Draco, also known as ‘the Dragon’ constellation; Pleiades, which is located within the Taurus constellation and looks like its own constellation; and Orion. In the third novel of the trilogy, The Prodigal Band, I mistakenly claimed Pleiades was within the Dragon constellation, but it only looks that way-it is not within this constellation, and may only look like it is because it could be further back in the sky but looks closer. It also looks on a wide-ranging star map as if Orion is close to the Dragon constellation.
But here’s the thing—when I wrote this ‘song lyric’ for the novel I had no idea of this information! I had never even heard of the Dragon constellation! I had no idea Orion was ‘the Hunter’ in Greek mythology or that Pleiades, ‘the seven sisters,’ had anything to do with Greek mythology either. And what did (according to some sources) Orion hunt? Why, dragons! And this Dragon constellation in the night sky looks as if it is spewing out fire. And now I present that part of the song lyric using the three star-systems, from Chapter Two of Battle of the Band:
When the moon cascades across the night sky
And the stars display love’s energy so high.
Pleiades makes off with intense desire,
Brandishes Orion’s Belt and flays the fire.
Regardless of where Orion, Pleiades and ‘the fire’ from the Dragon constellation intersect with each other on a map of the night sky, Orion ‘fights’ the Dragon as Pleiades ‘brandishes’ Orion’s Belt and ‘flays’ or ‘strips the fire off the Dragon’ or gets rid of the fire. So why would Pleiades want to strip the fire off the Dragon and uses Orion’s Belt to do so? Intense desire, the song lyric says, with love’s energy encapsulating Pleiades, that used a belt to do so, as if using Orion’s Belt would whip up that Dragon as a kind of punishment for ‘playing fire’ with ‘love’s energy’!
In Chapter Seven of The Prodigal Band is mentioned the meaning of that section of the song where the three constellations reside, mentioning also ‘the North Star,’ which indicates the ‘North Gate’ of the prophesied North Gate of Jerusalem during the ‘thousand year reign of Christ’ in Revelation 21. But Pleiades is NOT within the Dragon constellation; it just looks like it is. On the star map, it looks as if Orion is close to the Dragon constellation, however. From Chapter Seven of The Prodigal Band:
Pleiades is a star system within the Dragon Constellation, while Orion and the Belt within are on the outskirts of this constellation; the fire is the Dragon—in Revelation 12, Satan. The North Star represents the North Gate of the coming city of Jerusalem during Christ’s one-thousand year reign in Revelation 21. That is, Christ intercedes to destroy Satan at His coming.
And speaking of dragons, clothing with dragons pictured on them are mentioned in a few places in all three novels of the trilogy, worn mostly by New Agers and occultists such as occultic ‘Church of the Circle of Unity’ leader Swami Negran and band guitarist-producer Mick.
And then instead of dragons are other creatures mentioned in the Bible: snakes, aka serpents. In Genesis Three, Adam and Eve succumb to a snake, aka Satan. Not to diss snakes here, for snakes are lovers of eating rats and mice, so snakes might actually be a good thing to have around if you know what I mean. Snakes are used a lot in symbolism, such as the fact that a medical symbol features a snake for some reason; can poisonous snakes actually supply medical relief within their venoms? And snake skins can be useful as well.
So that snakes can be used for good or evil purposes, which is why I feature a snake within the band’s logo, surrounded by a cross and sun-circle, as described in Chapter Three of Battle of the Band (and is also featured on that novel’s cover). Guitarist-producer Mick is describing an ancient Celtic cult in Wales that used to fight against Druids, called the Crag-Dwellers, a cult that used a snake-circle logo from which Mick will design the band’s logo. He is talking with fellow ‘Druidic-cult’ members of a cult he was forming for his own gratification. Adam is one of Mick’s future ‘partners,’ while Nigel is Adam’s band leader.
“No, Nigel,” Adam said. “I want to hear more about Mick’s Crag-Dweller cult.”
“They lived in the Craggy Mountains of Wales at the time of the Druids. But they weren’t Druids. In fact, they fought against the Druid priests, on the side of Corion, the god of all light and dark knowledge. Corion is the god that balances the light and dark forces into one holistic unity, and this is his symbol.”
Mick wore a medallion of a cross with a blazing sun in its center, and an S-shaped snake in the middle of the sun. “I picked this up in a gift shop at a Druid history museum close to Holyhope Castle.” He took it off and handed it around. “This is going to become Sound Unltd’s insignia, with a minor alteration. The cross of our insignia will have snakes instead of a cross, eh? That way, our Crag-Dweller cult can use that medallion symbol, called a Corionic Cross. But I need a name for my cult. Excuse me, our cult.”
In Part Two will be further symbolism involving this Corionic Cross and Corion’s Red Crystal, the ‘one to rule them all,’ inspired by Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy.
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