The Elven and Iron Ore
The nails used to crucify the man known as the Biblical Jesus are said to have been made of iron/iron ore. Iron ore is composed of iron oxides consisting of magnetite (Fe3O4) and hematite (Fe2O3). I would postulate that, if fairy lore is accurate, while the iron nails may have been the norm in Roman crucifixion processes, the iron would have rendered Jesus weak and unable to use any supernatural abilities.
An interesting future study would be to map the accounts of fairy lore and legends to the presence of iron ore around the world.
Lodestone is a type of magnetite and is naturally magnetic. When suspended from a string, a lodestone will align with the earth’s magnetic field.
Could the lodestone have performed as some sort of “kryptonite” for the powers of Jesus and, thereby, rendered him powerless? Perhaps. Another theory might point to the “wandering Jew” that Jesus was said to have cursed on his way to the crucifixion. Could this person have known a magic that allowed him to manipulate the iron in the nails and make Jesus then helpless? Given that Jesus is said to have asked God why he had foresaken him, one might imagine that Jesus did not anticipate dying that day. Does this sound preposterous? In a J-STOR article, Professor Wilkins explores the use of lodestone within Egyptian magic.
Hematite was also said to cure serpent bites. Could it be that the ancient Romans were in league with those “hunting” the supposed serpent blood?
My theory is that throughout history, sacrifices to the Gods has been in the form of humans and animals–those of the earth. The property of lodestone was to either attract something to the body of the man known as Jesus, like the Kraken sacrifice of Andromeda, or to make him “of the earth.”
While I agree with the idea of Tracy Twyman and others that Jesus may have been substituted or switched, I am not convinced it was for or with another person. I have even suggested he may have died for the outspoken actions of his wife or mother. Instead, I believe the substitution was an attempt by humans to end the blood sacrifices to their God. By sacrificing one of the serpent’s blood, the humans hoped to appease their God and continue their relatively good way of life. Or, Jesus could have served as a ritual sacrifice to another of their Gods–separate from the Abrahamic God of Judaism. Given the notion that Jesus was “dying for the people” reminds me of spectator deaths throughout history. But it could also be that the ancient humans were trying to be rid their condition of original sin–the one condition that cannot be cured. Finally, one might also consider that the high priests and “covens” of the time were trying to get rid of such a fierce, supernatural competitor like Jesus–particularly if his values differed from theirs–or trying to seek favor from their God(s) in sacrificing someone presumably more powerful than any known human.
And for those da Vinci code theorists, there is even a tie back from Jesus to hematite ink that was used by da Vinci in his drawings. It was known as the sanguine.
And this information on the components of iron ore brings us back to why the elven and Tuatha de Danaan may have feared and been defeated by the Milesians.