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Contents:
01a. Introduction
01b. Disclaimer
01c. Bibliography
002. Reading
003. “The nature of god is a circle…”
004. Industry
005. Religion
006. Technology
007. Alchemy
008. The Ouroboros
009. Hermes Trismegistus and the Egyptian Connection
010. The Egyptian Connection Pt. II: The Serpent
011. The Serpent and the Tree of Life
012. Pandora’s box

This will be updated and added to, but they are listed in the order in which they appear in the full work with is entitled Opening the Treasure Chest: or a Short History of the Lengths Man Has Gone to Conceal His True Identity.

Please feel free to comment on any discrepancies you see and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

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The Genesis of Now, Now

I thought I would share this with you all.

An intriguing look into how one can use an ancient text just as one would use a psychedelic substance.

In his book, Professor Richard Doyle, looks specifically at the Bible.

The Genesis of Now can be viewed below and downloaded for free by clicking the highlighted link in the re-blogged post below this one.

You can also hear him talk about the book at the Third Eye Drops podcast by clicking here.

 

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Here comes the leak of forthcoming, now arriving text on the Bible channeled from the One. Share that thing! It’s a Creative Commons Licensed software for your noggin. Find the Now, like, Now.

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The Serpent and the Tree of Life

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“When a man is getting better
he understands more and more clearly the evil that is still left in him.
When a man is getting worse
he understands his own badness less and less.”

~ C. S. Lewis 1898-1963,
children’s novelist, poet, essayist, critic, Christian apologist,
born Ireland, died England

“The more deeply I go into myself
the more I am not myself,
and yet this is the very heart of me.”

~ Alan Watts 1915-1973,
teacher, philosopher, author and lecturer on spirituality and Buddhism,
born England, died USA

“We lead two lives,
and the half of our soul is madness,
and half heaven is lit by a black sun.
I say I am a man,
but who is the other that hides in me?”

~ Arthur Machen 1863-1947,
author and mystic,
born Wales, died England

“I came to a river of fire
in which the fire flows like water
and discharges itself
into the great sea towards the west.
I saw the great rivers
and came to the great […] darkness,
and went to the place where no flesh walks.
I saw the mountains of the darkness of winter
and the place whence all the waters of the deep flow.
I saw the mouths of all the rivers of the earth
and the mouth of the deep.”

~ Book of Enoch, Jewish book rejected as part of the Hebrew canon

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8th century painting of Nu Wa and Fu Xi
In Chinese legend, these siblings are responsible for the creation of humanity.
Note that one of the figures holds a device which looks quite similar to the compass: which is one of the many symbols of Freemasonry.

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These two images were taken from the Codex of Huamantla, which was created by Otomi Indians from Mexico, c. 1592. On the left you can see a double helix of sorts, and on the right you see a symbol resembling the Ouroboros.

“For dust and clay is the serpent’s meat,
Which never was made for man to eat.”

~ William Blake,
The Everlasting Gospel

The tree of life as an archetype is actually a very widespread symbol and is also important as it links the alchemists, kabbalists and mystics, with each and every religion. There is a serpent in the tale of Moses. In 2 Kings the children of Israel were supposed to have burnt incense to the serpent Nehushtan, which Moses ‘had made’. In the tale of the Greek Tiresias, the blind prophet struck two serpents with a stick and was thus transformed into a woman by the wife of Zeus, Hera.

“And Enoch walked with god: and he was not; for god took him.”

~ Genesis, Old Testament of the Bible

 

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One of the oldest representations of the serpent in mythology, and definitely the most well known, is in the story of Adam and Eve in which the serpent tricks them into eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge and as a result they are banished from the Garden of Eden to live the rest of humankind’s existence with the pains of death and childbirth.

The image to the left comes from a Roman fresco of 3rd century AD. In this particular story it is the woman who assists the serpent, supposedly a depiction of Satan (of ‘evil’), in tricking man into eating this fruit which god forbids us to do. Some say the serpent is not a depiction of Satan but a depiction of a tempter, the trickster archetype maybe. Once we partake in the knowledge the ‘tempter’ has to offer us then we “shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

This knowledge can be understood or at least approached via the state of mind achieved in higher states of consciousness induced by deep states of meditation, high forms of ritual action or activity, ascetic-like behaviour patterns, and also the ingestion of psycho-active substances now known as hallucinogenic drugs. Somewhat altered retellings of these activities can be recanted in Biblical verses.

The moral could then be that the human mind is so capable of committing evil acts or things which others would frown upon and that it is we who are tempting ourselves and not a force outside of ourselves.

“In the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened,
and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”

~ Genesis, Old Testament of the Bible

“Taken as referring not to any geographical scene, but to a landscape of the soul, that garden of Eden would have to be within us. Yet our conscious minds are unable to enter it and enjoy there the taste of eternal life, since we have already tasted of the knowledge of good and evil. That, in fact, must then be the knowledge that has thrown us out of the garden, pitched us away from our own center, so that we now judge things in those terms and experience only good and evil instead of eternal life – which, since the enclosed garden is within us, must already be ours, even though unknown to our conscious personalities. That would seem to be the meaning of the myth when read, not as prehistory, but as referring to man’s inward spiritual state.”

~ Joseph Campbell 1904-1987,
mythologist, writer, lecturer,
born and died USA

More on the tree of life later…

The Egyptian Connection Pt. II – The Serpent

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In many instances of pharaohs from Egypt, there is a serpent depicted as emanating from the persons ‘third eye’; in between the eyes in the middle of the forehead.

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This symbol of the snake emanating from the forehead actually had a name in ancient Egypt, and was referred to as Uraeus. Not only did the Uraeus symbolise the royalty and sovereignty of the pharaohs, it was also actually said to be a protector – a representative of the goddess Wadjet who was actually depicted as the cobra. On the left is a pendant depicting this Uraeus: a solid golden disk displaying the Egyptian cobra with a sun disk upon its head. This was found inside the pyramid of Senusret II who ruled around 1897 BC.

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Here we have an Egyptian wall of hieroglyphic art – the specifics or place of which I am not quite certain at all. This is showing us the uniting of the human and the non-human. A two-headed serpent which has the body of a man; on both sides of this figure we see depicted boats which are meant to symbolise ‘worlds’. This could be a depiction of Nehebkau, that which binds two parts of the human soul together (Ka and Ba). These two parts of the soul are bound together, along with the rest of it, after death which could suggest this figure being a guardian of the underworld – this would also explain the two boats beside him or it. IF these are alchemical metaphors (physical or spiritual), then most all paintings or religious depictions of a figure with the head of an animal and the body of a man would have to be reanalysed with this conclusion in mind… it is quite a jump that which I’m not quite ready to make just yet, at least until I’ve considered the vast horde of information described in this way.

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To see the Greek and Egyptian mythos’ combined so intricately in this limestone carving on the left featuring the heads of Isis and Dionysus with the bodies of snakes (date unknown) gives much credence to this idea.

 

 

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Here on the right we have a 1860 CE reproduction of a drawning of a leontocephaline (worship of the god Mithra in Zoroastrianism but also takes the form of the Hellenistic deity Aion) found at the mithraeum of C. Valerius Heracles and sons, dedicated 190 AD.

 

 

“[Aion] changes the burden of old age
like a snake who sloughs off the coils
of the useless old scales,
rejuvenescing
while washing
in the swells of the laws [of time].”

~ Nonnus 5th cent. CE,
epic poet,
native of Egypt

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From Athanasius Kircher’s Obeliscus Pamphilius,
Interpretatio Noua & Hucusque Intentata Obelisci Hieroglyphici
1650.
Engraving by Pierre Miotte 1640-1660, engraver, born France?
To me this looks like one of many depictions of the ancient Greek god Serapis. Manly P. Hall, in his The Secret Teaching of All Ages, links this god to the initiation rites of Eluesis.

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This is a depiction of Atum and the snake Apophis. Egyptians deified Apophis as the opponent of light and truth; the embodiment of chaos.

Atum is labelled as (quoted from Wikipedia): ‘the ‘complete one’ […] the finisher of the world, which he returns to watery chaos at the end of the creative cycle’.

 

Here we can decipher it means the human or the god, whom is completed, is he who is the man who holds in place things of light and truth and order.

Of course this all connects with the ancient symbol of the Ouroboros – the snake eating itself, representing the all-encompassing aspects of the universe. You can see more information regarding this at another blog post specifically detailing the Ouroboros here: including an ancient Egyptian depiction of this very symbol.

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Ex voto tablet
330-320 BC
(Greek?)
housed in
Berlin museum

 

More on the serpent later…

The Monuments at Giza

Rabbit holes are fun. So here’s one for you.

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Not long back I was watching a lot of documentaries about ancient Egypt and the pyramids of Giza and I stumbled across the work of author Robert K. G. Temple. Temple proposes that the Sphinx at Giza was actually meant to represent the god Anubis but after wanton destruction to the ears and head during wartime, the rulers at the time decided to restructure the face after then-pharaoh Amenemhet II.

Now of course this is quite a leap and bound to say that the Sphinx was originally intended to be a representation of Anubis, the god of the dead, but Mr. Temple provides a very compelling case regardless. We all are very familiar with Egyptian art and their tendency to depict their gods with the heads of various animals as well as various artistic renditions giving us creatures who are half-man and half-some other creature.

Below you can see just one example of this.

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At the temple of Thutmose III there was a chapel dedicated to Hathor, goddess of joy, motherhood and all-round femininity. At the entrance to this temple Hathor was depicted as a divine cow. I’ve reproduced images below from the original excavation in 1907 as well as it’s housing in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo – just for a more closer look of the statue.

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These hybrid creatures give us an ancient connection to the works of the alchemists who dreamed of a fusion between opposites. As well as connecting us to the ideas of the Gnostics – an early sect of Christianity, mostly focusing on the idea of the ‘divine spark’ being inherent in all of mankind. This Gnostic deity of Abraxas is pictured below, and I will leave it simply at that, as that is yet another rabbit hole to dive down.

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As I say, we all are aware of the Egyptians penchant for depicting these human hybrid creatures; but if we go back to Temple’s theory it doesn’t really take much to see similarities between lions and dogs – at least in body shape. I still thought that this could be far-fetch’d (though not as far-fetch’d as those who propose aliens built the pyramids).

That was until I realised a few other things regarding the Sphinx.

First is how it looks from an aerial perspective.

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In both of the pictures above you can see first of all that there is in fact a circular formation right in the centre of the Sphinx’s head. This is incredibly strange, and is also never spoken about. I never knew about it until I actually looked at the photographs myself!

Second of all, you can clearly see that in relation to the body itself, the head looks vastly disproportionate. And we all know how precise and dedicated the ancient Egyptians were when it comes to their architecture. It has come to my attention also that author Graham Hancock posits just this in his book Keepers of Genesis, something which I have not yet read. Hancock suggests that the head was a later addition to the body. Something which would tie in with Temple’s ideas.

Another idea is that of potentially hidden chambers below the sphinx itself (thanks to cavities which have been detected inside the sphinx). Now of course no one can prove that because no official will let you dig on such a sacred tourist spot.

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Above is a diagram from a 1954 book entitled Atlantis To The Latter Days written by mystic and Rosicrucian H. C. Randall-Stevens. Stevens suggests that ‘ancient’ manuscripts held by the AMORC (the American branch of the Rosicrucian society) bear an uncanny resemblance to the diagram he created. If that is so, it would actually make sense considering he is a member of this organisation. How ancient those manuscripts are though is up for debate.

If the stories about these chambers, rooms, and cavities in and below the Sphinx are true then undeniably it would mean that the Sphinx is a monument in very similar vein to the Pyramids themselves – in that they were not built simply for cosmetic value and had astronomical and religious uses. It would also explain the circular indent on the head of the Sphinx – dare I say it may be a passageway?

Having said that, take a look at this video below:

Published by British Pathé, the video is entitled “Cleaning Up The Sphinx” and dates from 1931.

A fantastic video in and of itself if only for the fact it shows us the face of the Sphinx covered in scaffolding.

The Sphinx isn’t the only ancient Egyptian monument to be have been cosmetically polished. The temples of Abu Simpel were relocated in the mid 1960′s to save them from flooding.

And all of this is without even slightly mentioning the numerous obelisks that were taken from Egypt and propped up all around the globe, namely in the USA and France. It’s one thing to take artefacts for museum preservation, but to put them on display in public parks as they have done in America just seems like true cultural appropriation to me.

But alas, this reworking seems to have been integral in helping Egyptian tourism. While it wouldn’t explain why hidden chambers have been covered up, et al, it does provide an interesting rabbit hole to go down to try and figure out what, if anything, mainstream Egyptologists are hiding from the rest of us.

For a more in depth discussion of the cavities and causeways beneath and inside the Sphinx please visit the Towers Online website by clicking here to find much more information.

For a more in depth discussion of the Sphinx-Anubis theory I suggest reading his 2009 book The Sphinx Mystery: The Forgotten Origins Of The Sanctuary Of Anubis. I’ve also linked to a few video interviews with him on the subject. Temple is also an authority when it comes to the Dogon peoples and their connection with the Sirius star (another rabbit hole).

I should end this with a disclaimer advising that I do not ascribe to these theories. I simply propose them as ideas which should not be entirely thrown out, and at the very least, considered.

Decide for yourself what you believe or don’t.

Just for the love of god don’t try and tell me aliens built these structures!!

Book review: ‘The Rosicrucian Enlightenment’ by Frances A. Yates

The Rosicrucian Enlightenment is a book written by Frances A. Yates, first published in 1972. The copy I have was published in 1975.

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The book describes in detail an oft-underlooked aspect of the Italian Renaissance period: Hermeticism. In Yates’ previous books she introduced the idea that Hermeticism had a much larger role to play than many scholars suggest – this mainly appears in her book Giordano Bruno and the Hermetic Tradition published in 1964, and The Art of Memory published in 1966.

TRE is the third in that series and, without having read the first two, I can only suppose that it is a continuation of the same themes espoused therein.

The most fascinating aspect of Yates’ book is undeniably how she links Hermetic thinkers such as John Dee, Johann Valentin Andreae, Michael Maier, Elias Ashmole and Isaac Newton all together under the banner of Hermeticism.

Now all the aforementioned figures no doubt practiced some form of occultism – whether it be in the form of alchemical transmutation, or in the consorting with angels, or simply in the practise of healing another with medicine. All of these things were, in the time of the period being spoke about in the book, seen as blasphemous and heretical behaviour. Many have been burnt at the stake for less.

Where Yates’ book goes that most others don’t in their history of the Renaissance period is to delve deep into the mystery of Rosicrucianism. From an in-depth reading of the book one can surmise that Yates is pointing us toward the idea that the idea of a secret society has its roots in the Fraternity of the Rosy Cross, and in Francis Bacon’s idea of a New Atlantis promulgating the Advancement of Learning.

Yates helpfully includes an English translation of the two most important Rosicrucian documents: the Fama (published 1614) and the Confession (published 1615). Both documents were anonymously published in the early 17th century and caused quite the stir among the local peoples of the Germanic country they were published in.

The book gives an incredible history of the Rosicrucian movement with its beginnings in Germany, its eventual outlawing after the beginning of the Thirty Years War – its gradual spread to France eventually to England.

Frances Yates hits the nail right on the head when she supposes that the history of this period cannot be discussed without first addressing the magical and mystical backgrounds which many of the figures who were later to advance the scientific principles had their humble beginnings in. Yates’ chronicling of many of these figures and the way in which the Hermetic ideals surfaced themselves again and again throughout this period give anyone with a basic understanding of the Renaissance much pause to reflect on what they have been told by their teachers in history classes.

A fantastic read which, for anyone who is interested in these topics, will be an absolute gold-mine of information.

Repost: “An Analysis Of The Alchemical Tradition…” by M. F. Sullivan

A very compelling article done by Painted Blind Publishing discussing works of fiction by Gene Wolfe. The article is written by M. F. Sullivan who recently published a new novel entitled “The Lightning Stenography Device” which has been described as psychedelic in nature, which interests me right from the get go.

Some of the opinions expressed in the article may not completely coincide with my own but the article discusses alchemy in depth so for that reason I have reposted it here.

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shadowON BOOKS AND THEIR AUTHORS

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All writing—all art—is, by definition, a work of active imagination. Jungians postulate that for something to qualify as true ‘active imagination’ in the psychiatric manner as meant by Jung, it must be for a certain purpose, or follow certain guidelines, but the fact of the matter is that as soon as one accepts the collective unconscious as a potential reality, one must also accept that all creative works are truly authored by that which is unknowable. A person can only ‘force’ a piece of fiction to be a certain way so much; after a certain point, the work produces itself. The human author responsible is, in truth, but a humble vessel; an emanation of divinity, as are we all, and specifically that aspect of…

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Quote of the day

“[I]n the old Babylonian Gilgamesh epic, the hero searches for the plant of immortality. He finally finds it after great struggles in his wandering in worlds beyond and in the dim past; then he loses the priceless plant on his return journey, through a little carelessness when bathing.

This means: Man can only temporarily enjoy the dream of immortality; it does not remain present for all time; it passes away and dissolves again into the ordinary things of everyday existence which unnoticeably draw us beneath their sway.”

~ Taken from Alchemy as a Way of Salvation 1945,
by Frederic Spiegelberg 1897-1994,
professor of Asian religions at Stanford university,
born Germany, died USA.

Video of the day

Today’s video comes from legendary occultist and lecturer Manly P. Hall 1901-1990.

Hall is best known for his 1928 book The Secret Teaching of All Ages, which I am unfortunately yet to read but have heard great things about.

In the video above, the date of which I am unsure, Hall goes into extreme detail about the true aims of spiritual alchemy with the continuous transformation of the human soul and psyche. He lays it down in the psychological terms of his time allowing the layman with no knowledge of alchemy whatsoever to approach the topic.

Heavily recommended.

Video of the day

Today’s video comes from Jordan B. Peterson, professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. He has come under scrutiny in the last twelve months for refusing to use gender pronouns but provides compelling arguments for the reasons why he chooses to do so.

In regards to the video in particular which I’ve posted above, it is clickbait because there’s nothing about the ‘Illuminati’ in the video at all. But it is very much related to the information I am looking at in this blog.

In the future there will be blog posts specifically looking at secret societies and the ‘Illuminati’.

Pandora’s box

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Two sides of a coin found in Anatolia, Turkey (known then as Mysia, Pergamon).
Dated to after 133 BCE (i.e. under Roman rule).
On the left a serpent is inquiring to the contents of a Cista mystica, a mystical box used for magical purposes by the Egyptians, Romans, Etruscans and the Greeks.

“Pandora’s box is an artifact in Greek mythology, taken from the myth of Pandora’s creation in Hesiod‘s Works and Days. The “box” was actually a large jar (πίθος pithos) given to Pandora (Πανδώρα, “all-gifted”, “all-giving”), which contained all the evils of the world. Pandora opened the jar and all the evils flew out, leaving only “hope” inside once she had closed it again. Today the phrase “to open Pandora’s box” means to perform an action that may seem small or innocent, but that turns out to have severely detrimental and far-reaching negative consequences.”

~ Wikipedia

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Emblem from Devises heroïques 1557,
by Claude Paradin 1510-1573,
born and died France

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This concept of opening this treasure chest, or box, is something quite common and is indicative of much of the ideas that have come to light around this. The idea of Pandora’s box gives us a worrying predicament, but I suppose that when we open this box we are helping mankind, rather than hurting. To do this we have to step outside of the normal boundaries which we are so glued to – especially in this modern day and age.

It is when we open the box that we receive the knowledge that lies inside.

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“He who attempts to penetrate into
the rose garden of the philosophers
without the key
resembles a man
who would walk without feet.”

~ Emblem XXVII from Atalanta Fugiens 1617,
by Michael Maier

But what we need… or so the philosophers say… is the key.

What is this key?

In alchemy, the key is the transmutation of metals.

In the spiritual alchemical revelation, it seems to be the transmutation of what is conceived as matter in the mind.

In the stories of the Arthurian legend of the holy grail we see the story of Excalibur – whose story goes that only he could pull the sword out of the stone.

The stone.

“The stone is everywhere.”

~ Terence McKenna

Now… to take it to the next level… If I have to realise that I am the stone itself, then the practical application and process of creating it is worthless… But if it is the practical application of making the stone that these cryptic texts and symbols refer to, then the spiritual progress is worthless. I can only say that one of them is true; but the only eternity, the only immortality, able to be experienced is that of the present moment: the now.

Alchemy seems to me to be one of the good few important links in the chain of human rebellion against oppression. And even though the chase has been hijacked by those who are really trying to keep the whole thing on its axis (those with their own ulterior motives, be they religious, spiritual or secular), it is still an incredibly noble cause to try and push good out into the world. Unfortunately the natural human instinct is flawed to make us blindly see that what is important is that which we find ourselves doing even if such an act is deplorable, whereas it should be that what is important is what needs to be done in times of crisis. The problem is that it is only individually that we can overcome insanity and the modern definition of ‘insanity’ is what is actually necessary in order to establish this revolution which everybody so desperately craves: the way in which we can overcome this tribal return to the essence of sheer barbarism in the meaning of the fact that we are clutching at straws, fighting with everything we’ve got, and pushing forward even when the dam is bursting at the seams. We should each be elevating our own consciousness up to the point where every single conscious entity that has existed, still exists or will exist is connected through the sheer power of our will and minds.

But that is impossible!

If it were true, ask yourself why.

Maybe it is because this feeling is inherent in each and every one of us.
Maybe it is because those who feel this have been oppressed throughout history.
Maybe it is because every time this idea arises it is stomped out.

It is only when you see this charade for what it is, that you can overcome it and spread joy to the world. But even something like that is difficult. And if something as beneficial to our survival as a species, like the LOVE that JOY brings to every creature alive, is a difficult task; then maybe its time we all came together and re-evaluated what this world deems as difficult and sees as easy, and also what we deem as good and what we deem as bad. Obviously our priorities are just a little bit mixed up here: what is good should be easy, and what is bad should be difficult: not the other way around; thus giving the terrible no chance at all to thrive in the beautiful environment that surrounds it.

“[W]e wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities,
against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world,
against spiritual wickedness in high places.”

~ Ephesians, New Testament of the Bible

“The human mind adjusts itself to a certain point of view,
and those who have regarded nature from one angle,
during a portion of their life,
can adopt new ideas only with difficulty.”

~ Antoine Lavoisier 1743-1794,
nobleman and chemist
born and died France,
quoted by John Read in From Alchemy To Chemistry 1957

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Another emblem from Devises heroïques 1557

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This is a mosaic of two fighting roosters from a home in Pompeii dated 1st century AD. Behind them we have sitting atop a table the caduceus rod next to the branch of an unknown plant. In the middle is presumably the stone wrapped up in a bag. The two roosters represent the internal battle that takes place on the way to the Great Work.

  “The voice of man (which bears some proportion to these subtle properties) comes short in comparison: nay the air itself is not so penetrable, and yet (oh mysterious wonder!) a stone that will lodge in the fire to eternity without being prejudiced. It hath a divine power, celestial and invisible, above the rest; and endows the possessor with divine gifts. It affords the apparition of angels, and gives the power of conversing with them, by dreams and revelations: nor dare any evil spirit approach the place where it lodgeth.”

~ Elias Ashmole, in his Theatrum Chemicum Brittanicum;
quoted in the Dictionary of Alchemy by Mark Haeffner

“Just as the heaven above not only influences conservation in the world and creates marvellous influences not only through itself, but also through the virtue of the sun and the other stars, this heaven, the quintessence, wishes to be adorned with the marvellous sun, which equals it in splendour and incorruptibility. In such a sun, fire itself is not able to act in such a way that it corrupts itself. And I say to you in true charity and good conscience, that this sun – illuminated, splendid, and uncorrupted by fire, which pours out incorruptibility and the root of life in our body in such a way as is possible […] and which was created in order to adorn our heaven and to augment the influence of the quintessence – can be captured in the hand. The king of glory put it in the power of mortals and because of the charity of god, which speaks to evangelical men, I reveal it to you with its proper and intelligible name, this is the gold of god, which is made from the philosophers’ stone… the sun certainly is the son of the sun of heaven, from which the philosophers’ stone is composed. For it is generated from the influx of the sun in the viscera of the earth, and the sun with its influence, grants to it its nature and colour and incorruptible substance.”

~ Jean de Roquetaillade aka John of Rupescissa 1310-1370,
alchemist and ‘prophesier’,
born and died in France

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“The secret of alchemy is this: there is a way of manipulating matter and energy so as to produce what modern ‘scientists call ‘a field of force’. This field acts on the observer and puts him in a privileged position vis-à-vis the universe. From this position he has access to the realities which are ordinarily hidden from us by time and space, matter and energy. This is what we call ‘The Great Work’. […]
The essential thing is not the transmutation of metals, but that of the experimenter himself. It’s an ancient secret that a few men re-discover once in a century.”

~ Eugène Canseliet 1899-1982,
the true identity of mysterious French alchemist ‘Fulcanelli’?
this passage was retold by Pauwels & Bergier;
born and died France

We must bring together these two principles – the impure copper or lead and the pure gold, the male and the female, the anima and the animus, the light and the dark, the good and the bad, the easy and the difficult, heaven and hell, all and nothing, one and two, mind and body, etc. etc. – in order to achieve the alchemical gold, the enlightenment state.

This is why the alchemical process is represented metaphorically with a marriage, a king and a queen, the man and the woman, the sulphur and the mercury. If we can build this stone, this ‘holy grail’, then it is only by bringing these substances together.

“Magic is not a factor of disorder; on the contrary,
it is a means to re-establish a peaceful coexistence
between the conscious and the unconscious
where this co-existence is under attack.”

~ I. P. Couliano 1950-1991,
philosopher, essayist, writer, historian of religion, culture and ideas,
born Romania, died USA

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Taken from the Cabala Chymica, or Chemica Cabalistica 1606

“The definition of the philosopher’s stone is […]  extremely obscure.
It is often said the stone is the most common thing on earth and the most rare.
It’s everywhere and nowhere.
It’s the most difficult thing to do,
and yet it’s child’s play.”

~ Peter Marshall 1946-,
author
born England

“That which is within […] must be drawn forth by art and fixed;
and that which is without […] must be made flexible and occultated
before reason can become into that identity
by which the powers of the universal nature are made manifest
and intrinsically understood.”

~ Mary Anne Atwood 1817-1910,
writer on hermeticism and spiritual alchemy,
born and died in England

The Importance of Industry

“Ignorance is a slave.
Knowledge is freedom.
If we know the truth,
we shall find the fruits of the truth within us.
If we are joined to it,
it will bring our fulfilment.”

~ Gospel of Philip, Gnostic text

EVERYTHING HAS A LABEL
THAT IS WHAT WORDS ARE: LABELS
IT IS THE ACTION THAT THE LABELS ARE ATTEMPTING TO DEFINE
WHICH MAKES THE DIFFERENCE IN THIS WORLD

DO NOT ATTEMPT TO CHANGE THE WAY YOU ARE GOING
YOU WILL ONLY END UP DOING
WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE DONE
ANY WAY

“As one’s ignorance disappears when he gains knowledge,
and as darkness disappears when light appears,
so also incompleteness is eliminated by completeness.”

~ Gospel of Thomas

“The hours of folly are measur’d by the clock,
but of wisdom: no clock can measure.”

~ William Blake

“Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”

~ Gospel of Thomas

From our time on the grasslands of Africa, to the perilous depths of the Amazonian jungle, to the splitting of the atom, and the first spaceship to leave the atmosphere of the earth with a human being on board: every step counts and plays a part. People really fail to realise the truly profound impact the history of our species has had and is having on our own inevitable fate. The things we have done and are still doing are affecting the way in which we will continue to do things: i.e. we are killing ourselves so we won’t be able to even continue at all. Surely this is obvious, no?

Now if we truly want to understand how we are going to change the way most human beings think then we need to understand who these people, or institutions, actually are that have influenced the most majorities of people, as well as the things that they do and have done. We have already taken a look at religion in another blog post ,which is completely necessary to read simply due to the fact of how deeply enshrined all of these mysteries we are discussing here are within the religious institution itself still to this day. As well as religion we have to look into the symbols and cliché’s spouted by those on both sides of the fence, as well as other institutions which can maybe provide havens for those who are perhaps looking to infiltrate for the purpose of inner turmoil and eventual dissimilation.

These other influential institutions and other such things are many by name. In one aspect of life we have the trades and craftsmen, those who sculpt and create the architecture for our societies. Another aspect of life gives us economists, usurers, moneylenders and bankers (underground gangs and organised cartels can also come under this category but only because of their monetary backing and similar style of tactics against those they do not like). And of course we also have the religious type who are indeed the most powerful and which are also connected to all of the other groups by the fact that there are religious people in all types of societies and there are all types of crazy insane psychopathic people who want to kill and harm other people in every type of society. There are also technological institutions such as the internet (which were briefly discussed in this blog post), and also artistry which is the expression of the human soul in many different forms from painting to literature, theatre, poetry and music. Many other forms of influential institutions, or groups of people and companies, exist but these are very broad terms I’m using as all further groups do seem to stem from here.

The importance of economics is that your status in society (‘poor’, no money, or ‘rich’, lots of it) dictates the art which you will produce. The poor are generally oppressed which makes the art rebellious and incorporative of aspects of the status quo which are concrete and hard to move. The rich are generally so well off it’s not even necessary for them to create or express themselves, as they express themselves by the number in their ‘bank account’.

“We have grown literally afraid to be poor. We despise any one who elects to be poor in order to simplify and save his inner life. If he does not join the general scramble and pant with the money-making street, we deem him spiritless and lacking in ambition. … [T]he desire to gain wealth and the fear to lose it are our chief breeders of cowardice and propagators of corruption.”

~ William James 1842-1910,
philosopher, pychologist, physician,
born and died USA

The importance of craftsmanship is that one works of course with the natural materials and building blocks of life (pun intended) in creating structures, buildings, houses for others to live inside of, etc. This intrigue which one experiences when working with natural materials and the way in which it transforms in ways different to us can of course transport to other aspects of life. It is also, along with religion, the most powerful of the types of institution that we will discuss.

Work did not occupy the human mind completely. This wonder took its own natural route of evolution with philosophy, astronomy and astrology, religious thought and life from the top to the bottom through Hinduism to Zoroastrianism, Christianity to Sikhism, and all the rest of them. While on the underground, that strain of thought that already existed was kept alive with the flame of botany and alchemy leaving us here today with the natural sciences, modern physics, and the devout atheist community who seem to practice daily argumentative asshole activity. Peace and love is what we need, not arguments, cursing at each other, and flat out denying any idea one iota different to that which you spout yourself.

“For many years people who despised youth, freedom, and beauty were inclined to ram the dictum down our throats that man cannot tolerate an age of leisure, that the thirty-hour week is a catastrophe, and that our youth will go mad. The same statements were made in the nineteenth century about the fifty-two-hour week. […] It will not lead to catastrophe. The truth is rather that the liberation of energies stored during leisure time and vacations will lead to one of the greatest intellectual revolutions in the history of mankind.”

~ Jacques Bergier 1912-1978,
chemical engineer, journalist, writer,
born Ukraine, died France

“The wise use of leisure […] is a product of civilization and education. A man who has worked long hours all his life will become bored if he becomes suddenly idle. But without a considerable amount of leisure a man is cut off from many of the best things. There is no longer any reason why the bulk of the population should suffer this deprivation; only a foolish asceticism, usually vicarious, makes us continue to insist on work in excessive quantities now that the need no longer exists. […] Since men will not be tired in their spare time, they will not demand only such amusements as are passive and vapid. […] [T]hey will not depend upon these pursuits for their livelihood, their originality will be unhampered, and there will be no need to conform to the standards set by elderly pundits. […] Ordinary men and women, having the opportunity of a happy life, will become more kindly and less persecuting and less inclined to view others with suspicion. The taste for war will die out, partly for this reason, and partly because it will involve long and severe work for all. Good nature is, of all moral qualities, the one that the world needs most, and good nature is the result of ease and security, not of a life of arduous struggle. Modern methods of production have given us the possibility of ease and security for all; we have chosen, instead, to have overwork for some and starvation for others. Hitherto we have continued to be as energetic as we were before there were machines; in this we have been foolish, but there is no reason to go on being foolish forever.”

~ Bertrand Russell 1872-1970,
philosopher, logician, mathematician, historian, social critic and political activist,
born and died in Wales

Philosophy stems from both science and religion and also of course vice versa in every way. Philosophy, science and religion are all trying to figure out the same problem. All of these groups do of course come to vastly different conclusions, in most cases. Nonetheless, these people have and will continue to look up to the stars and around themselves, at the trees and the birds, and wonder. This wonder is what gives us art, religion, philosophy, science, poetry, literature, music, cinema, and the rest.

This wonder is what gives us all forms of expression, public and private.
This wonder is also what gives us ego.

We think we are apart from what we see the beauty of.
But we are not, we are a part of it.

“Wonder is the feeling of a philosopher,
and philosophy begins in wonder.”

~ Plato 428-347 BC,
philosopher, teacher
born and died Greece

Now of course it is true to say that crafts and trades can indeed become forms of art and this is where ‘sacred geometry’ and other similar things come into view. Some say buildings and structures erected by ancient civilisations hold mathematical equations inside their architecture which proves they had high intelligence. People still dispute this because it is so hard to grasp that maybe those ancients were smarter than we are. If we can come to the same conclusions about reality today what makes you think they couldn’t then?

Art is simply what is produced creatively by the human mind and body as a way to express oneself. This is why all forms of art resonate with every other human that can experience them. When we peer into these works we see ourselves reflected and in our analyses we must reflect on ourselves to begin to understand. All forms of art – from painting and oratory performances and theatrical too and then as literature and cinema in our modern age – no doubt have a vast influence on people as the viewing of a work of art (whether its painted on a post card or whether it’s a four-hour long film in a language foreign to your own and viewed with subtitles) can transform consciousness just as much as religion or psychedelic plants can.

The arts of the crafts or tradesman, as forms of knowledge, may not have a vast influence in such comparison to the other groups assembled here, but they no doubt are similar in its effect on society as they are what can become in fact ways of life; as work, or employment. This is of course a way to make money in order to sustain ones existence. The phrase ‘way of life’ as a definition can be equally applied to philosophy and, generally speaking, religion as a whole.

Now masonry is simply the art of building; a mason is basically a bricklayer. So basically another way of life, a working life. This is kind of like the Zen experience of daily life becoming a part of the enlightenment, at least so long as you are doing it. Work of course, as a physical trade, like carpentry or masonry, is vastly important to civilisation because without these builders we would not have the buildings we live in! Architecture is as important to civilisation as agriculture. Two important examples I should mention are that Socrates’ father Sophroniscus was a stone-cutter, and Joseph the father of Jesus was a carpenter.

Stonemasons are supposed to have started forming fraternities during the 12th century CE. This so-called ‘Free’ masonry is simply an offshoot fraternity connected only by name as this new branch were more philosophers than builders. The addition of ‘free’ to the ‘profession’ is what gives us the distinction. The historical record gives us the very late 1600s and early 1700s as the first opening of appointed Freemason Lodges but you must not forget that a vast majority of those being initiated into this new secret society of brethren and fellows were all coming from this renaissance culture, this Bohemian revival which had crossed the atlantic through the intellectuals of that time. Most of whom were either looking into Hermetic ideas or simply trying to figure out their world whether it be political or alchemical. Not all of them were necessarily masons in the first place, but most were definitely religious in some way (many say that to even become a Freemason you must believe in some sort of higher power). It is also useful to note that many influential figures throughout history including presidents, prime ministers, and religious figures, have all been Freemasons.

Their one similarity is the claim to have links to ancient ‘mysteries’. What these ‘Free’ masons did was to say that Solomon’s temple was a map of the human being or the human mind. Like religions they have rituals and practices, but they keep them secret. The trouble with secrets is that other people can make up whatever they like to fill the gap and people will believe it because secrecy means hidden and the Latin occultus means ‘clandestine’, ‘hidden’, ‘secret’. And something which is occult is considered ‘blasphemy’. This is what gives rise to conspiracy theorists who suppose that these Masons are trying to rule the world and merge them with secret societies like the ‘Illuminati’ (an off-shoot of Freemasonry), the Council on Foreign Relations, the Bilderberg Group, etc. They also claim, among many other things including brainwashing and having the control of major economic and political powers of the world, that they sacrifice children. I believe that the scope of these crimes far outstretches these societies, if it even exists at all in them. It stretches far into all walks of life and areas of society from the top to the bottom. This is why this vehement abuse is such a powerful force to stop: because it exists everywhere. And this is why nobody wants to talk about it, and why there is so much debauchery involved in its cover-up.

Now these particular groups themselves may have indeed had some influence on events that take place in this world but if you consider what this ‘ancient’ knowledge really means, when you try to analyse any of it subjectively, and if you look at the history of the peoples who have made these accusations, then you will start to wonder whether or not these accusations are baseless or not.

And then you will ask yourself, who is really committing these crimes?

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Painting by Quentin Matsys 1466-1530,
ironsmith, religious painter,
born and died Netherlands.

In ancient times money-lenders were referred to as ‘usurers’ and even appear in the Bible as such. This type of institution has no doubt been around since at least 2000 BC in Syria.

Nowadays we know these guys as the bank. The place you can keep all your money, and maybe even somebody who will loan you more than you already have to keep you afloat or for whatever reason… but not without interest. Then debt becomes a factor, and those seeking payment become volatile. This has a very profound effect on society because those with the most money or the most gold are those who have the most comfort, whereas those with the least are those living in scrubs and eating out of dustbins.

The economic organisations and the stonemasons seem to be connected in many ways. The art of building is obviously native to each and every human sect or group that have existed and probably will exist through time, that is until we have robots who can build for us. But this gives us good reason to suggest that these groups like the ‘Freemasons’ or the Knights Templar, et al. are likely to have existed throughout history and most likely even before in many different forms, just not in these names we know them by. For example the Egyptians are known to be prolific builders and they also have stories about immortality and the afterlife: essentially we are telling these same stories every time we quote a Biblical, Islamic or Gnostic text. Also it should be noted here that the Templars were known to be bankers who controlled the economies of many papal states including other royal figures throughout Europe. Maybe the holy grail was so holy because of its monetary value, and not its religious value! Or maybe both…?

Unfortunately many people have chosen to do things which no ‘true’ religious person from any denomination would commit. Because of this, the knowledge which lies underneath what people have been living their lives by remains heretical even if it is as readily available as it is today on the internet and in English language books or even if it is simply in the mind of the accuser torturing the accused until there is no more blood left to bleed.

We must remember that most of these activities – namely masonry, alchemy, religion, worship, and money-lending – are corrupted by bad minds who only want for themselves and do not think about the wishes and needs of others before they assess their own.

Out of all the people in this world, there are only a small few who want for the good (enlightenment, spiritual union), while those who want for the bad (monetary gain, material possession) run rampant and wild through all facets of society just waiting for their next opportunity to make for themselves.
To have all the gold.
To have all that they ever dreamed of.

So, then, if you take a look at those who really ‘run’ this world (or at least the societies in it), if you look at those who really do these evil things, such as brainwashing populations and/or molesting and sacrificing the youth; they all have one thing in common – the status of their bank accounts.

If anyone rules the world, it’s those with the most money.

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Money is obviously connected to gold.
And gold brings us to alchemy.

“He that trusteth in his riches shall fall;
but the righteous shall flourish as a branch.”

~ Proverbs, Old Testament of the Bible

Quote of the day

“And so it is that every act and function of the body
should be consecrated to the soul and mind;
the traveller on this way should pray unceasingly,
by devoting his every act unto his god;
thinking when eating: as this food nourishes the body,
so may the bread of wisdom nourish the mind;
or when bathing: as this water purifies the body,
so may the water of life vivify the mind;
or when freeing the body of impurities:
as these impurities pass from the body,
so may the refuse of opinion pass from the mind!
Not, however, that he should think that anything is in itself unclean or common,
for all is of the divine substance and of mother-matter;
this he already knows in his heart of hearts,
but his lower members are not as yet knit together in right harmony;
they are as yet awry, not centred in the perfect whole.
He as yet sees things from only one point;
he has not yet realised that the point is everywhere,
and that for everything there is a point of view
whence it is true and right and beautiful and good.
That all-embracing point of view is the one sense,
all-sense, the common sense, the sense of the intelligence,
in which the sensible and the intelligible are identical and not apart.
It is the little mind, the mind in man, the fate-procession,
that creates external duality;
the great mind knows
that the without and the within
are twain in one,
are self-conditioned complements,
the one within the other and without the other
at one and the same time.”

~ Taken from The Gnosis Of The Mind, 1906,
by G. R. S. Mead 1863-1933,
historian, writer, editor, translator, theosophist,
born and died England

You can read the full text of Gnosis Of The Mind by G. R. S. Mead here at Gnosis.org.

Hermes Trismegistus and the Egyptian connection

“As above,
so below.”

~ The Emerald Tablet,
a text attributed to one ‘Hermes Trismegistus’ supposedly written c. first three centuries AD

In alchemy the most common name you will hear is ‘Hermes Trismegistus’, sometimes called the ‘thrice-greatest’. His name is attached to various texts which were later compiled into the Corpus Hermeticum. Catholic priest and humanist philosopher Marsilio Ficino 1433-1499, born and died Italy, was responsible for translating many of these texts into Latin. Over a hundred different editions were published between 1500 and 1641. The ORIGINAL authorship is unknown. Some sources point to Neo-Pythagorean philosopher Apollonius of Tyana who lived in the 1st century AD, but they exist regardless. Fragments of texts were also found at Nag Hammadi with the Dead Sea Scrolls.

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Depiction above supposedly taken from one of many books
by Zadith Ben Hamuel aka Muhammed ibn Umail al-Tamimi ca. 900-960 AD
;
alchemist, hermit, mystic,
born Spain(?), lived Egypt(?).
The image itself can be found on the internet along with the caption:
Hermes Trismegistus: Clasical God, “De Chemica Senioris”, 1566

What is important to note about Hermes is that when the so-called Golden Tractate was first discovered in the first few centuries it was commonly believed by church people and therefore laypeople that Hermes had lived at the same time as Moses which is the time of the old testament or before. A very crucial point to remember as it is this belief that led people to put so much trust and faith in Hermes’ teachings. It wasn’t until the medieval period when people finally put this theory to bed and the texts which eventually made up the Corpus were dated to the first few centuries.

23Early depictions of Hermes take us back to the Ancient Greeks who were the first to give us the god Hermes. He was generally depicted with winged boots and a winged hat. In this representation he has a somewhat different caduceus than have seen before. In my opinion this depiction, with just these aspects, could represent someone in pursuit of the Great Work, and not the god himself. But alas, in the pursuit of gold one does indeed become that god.

 

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“Thou layest unspotted souls to rest;
Thy golden rod pale spectres know;
Blest power! By all thy brethren blest,
Above, below.”

~ From Odes by Horace 65-8 BCE,
lyric poet,
born and died in Italy

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Above we have a Greek depiction of him decorated onto a vase. Two soldiers don wings and masks while carrying a dead or dying man. Hermes weighs over the proceedings with his caduceus rod and winged hat. Hermes was known to be the ‘guide of souls’ so this depiction is likely Hermes guiding this human’s soul to the afterlife.

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In this image we have a depiction of Hermes which is taken from the Twelve Keys of Basil Valentine, pictured is the second ‘key’. ‘Basil Valentine’ was supposedly a 15th century figure who many works are apocryphally attributed to. German salt manufacturer Johann Tholde 1565-1614, was responsible for publishing many documents that bore the name dating back to 1599. The texts were likely named after Gnostic teacher Valentinus 100-160 AD, who founded a school in Rome and promoted the spiritual quest for gnosis (‘knowledge’) but whose works are largely extant.

One interpretation of the image shows us two travellers in their battle toward alchemical union. Hermes holds two caduceus’ ready to hand to whoever is able to attain the illumination they seek.

My own interpretation shows us Hermes as the adept himself who has already achieved union yet must continue to stay off internal demons (the two attacking figures with weapons) which remain active regardless of wisdom or ‘enlightenment’. The wings at the forefront enclose the three figures showing us this is one process. The universe? The stone? Or just the adept himself? The sun and moon stand behind him, working in Hermes’ favour. He is depicted here as human, but is he? He has wings on his back, and also a crown on his head, above which we have the alchemical symbol for Mercury, which represents the metal that is transmuted to gold, something that can only be done via the stone. Mercury is also represented as other aspects of the Magnum Opus (the ‘great work’) and sometimes even the entire process itself. It also symbolises fluidity as the ‘water of life’.

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Illustration from A Key to Physic, and the Occult Sciences, 1794
by Ebenezer Sibley 1751-1799,
physician, astrologer, and occult writer,
born and died England

“Whoever does not shy away from the dangers of the most profound depths and the newest pathways […] may follow and reach […] a greater find a more certain possession. all to whom is an adventure – whether an adventure of love or of spirit – [Hermes] is the common guide.”

~ From Hermes: Guide of Souls 1943,
by Karol Kerenyi 1897-1973,
scholar of philology,
born Romania, died Switzerland

“Trismegistus in his vision of the creation, did first see a pleasing gladsome light, but in terminated. Afterwards appeared a horrible sad darkness, and this moved downwards, descending from the eye of the light, as if a cloud should come from the sun. This darkness (saith he) was condensed into a certain water, but not without a mournful inexpressible voice or sound, as the vapours of the elements are resolved by thunder. After this (saith that great philosopher), the holy word came out of the light, and did get upon the water, and out of the water he made all things.”

~ Thomas Vaughan 1621-1666,
philosopher, writer on natural magic,
born and died England;
quoted in the Dictionary of Alchemy by Mark Haeffner

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                                                                                     Hermes, as the Greeks portrayed him, was the son of Zeus, 28messenger and scribe of the gods: which means that the word of god comes to us through him. He was also the god of transitions and boundaries.

He is actually the Greek interpretation of the Egyptian god Thoth (associated with the arbitration of godly disputes, the arts of magic, the system of writing, numbers, the development of science and the judgment of the dead, but began as the maintainer of the universe), whose place of worship (at least one of them) was Hermopolis.

 

The Romans subsequently translated him into their god of Mercury, fulfilling the relevance to alchemy. And thus the cycle completes itself as any and all roman gods became the god of Yahweh and the Abrahamic sects.

Hermes being known as the guide of souls doesn’t just link him to Thoth, but also to many other psychopomps throughout mythology. The Greek ψυχοπομπός, psuchopompos literally means ‘guide of souls’. These psychopomps are spirit guides escorting you from one life to another. Anubis originally took this position for the Egyptians; as well as Hermes, the Greeks had Charon (the ferryman of Hades) and Hecate; the Romans had Mercury; the Etruscans had Vanth. In Haitian voodoo a figure named Papa Legba serves as the spirit mediating between the spiritual states; the shamans of multiple traditions throughout history also serve similar roles in this respect. In Hinduism Shiva takes the form of Tarakeshwara leading souls to moksha (‘samsara’, ‘liberation’), at least they had the balls to label their god realistically. Azrael is the angel of death carrying the soul up to the heavens in both Judaism and Islam. Of course in our day and age we have the Grim Reaper.

Hermes can also be seen as a trickster god; for which the Anglo Saxons have Frige; the Irish have the leprechaun; the Scottish, the Bodach, and the Welsh have Myrddin Wyllt. Myrddin ‘the Wild’ is supposed to have suffered a threefold death… an archetypal event suffered by kings, heroes and gods. The Norse god Odin has this same threefold death (from Wikipedia: “Odin is said to have hanged himself in order to learn the secrets of magic.”) We also have Agamemnon, Starkad, Siegfried, St. Columba, etc. etc. It is no coincidence that Hermes is also given this three-fold significance, being labelled the ‘thrice-greatest’. The number three is also significant in the Bible, where Noah had three sons, Job three daughters; the Ark of the Covenant contained three sacred objects; in John’s vision a triple entrance way marked all four sides of the city of the New Jerusalem; Jesus answered Satan’s threefold temptation by citing three scriptural passages. The holy St. Peter denied Jesus three times while Pilate’s men were looking for him. Of course the big one is the holy trinity: the father (god), the son (Jesus) and the holy spirit (inside every man).

These are obviously important roles in mythology, so it is no surprise that it is linked with all of this occult information.

“The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise.”

~ Proverbs, Old Testament of the Bible

The Egyptian for Thoth was ḏḥwty or ḏiḥautī, modern rendering being Tehuti.
It became Thoth through the Coptic languages.
It is no surprise this word shares such a similarity to the word ‘deity’.

The Egyptian ogdoad are eight, sometimes even ten, deities worshipped as
1) the primordial deities (Nu and Naunet),
2) air, invisibility, and hidden powers (Amun and Amaunet),
3) darkness and obscurity (Kik and Kauket),
4) eternity or infinity (Huh and Hauhet).
This is the Egyptian tree of life.

“Avoiding and resolving conflicts
is one of the chief functions of Tehuti, the faculty of wisdom.
It is the total antithesis of the intellect.

While the latter derives its information from man’s worldly experiences,
the wisdom faculty gets its knowledge from god dwelling in man’s spirit.

In other words, for wisdom to manifest itself,
we must shut down our intellectual and imaginative thought processes,
in order to receive the intuition from god, dwelling within.

In this state where there are no thoughts,
consciousness enters into the same state of Hetep (Nirvana) as described by the ogdoad.
There are, therefore, no thoughts as in the syllogistic logical process that we can follow. 

All that can be given are instructions
leading to the shutting down of the thought processes making the mind blank,
Satori, which is the requirement for the functioning of the wisdom faculty. 

Since this faculty is not really of man, but belongs to god dwelling in one’s spirit,
the procedure can be explained as
the stilling of the thought processes of the intellect and the imagination,
in order to receive instructions from god. 

It is of interest to note that the ‘Hu’ in Tehuti is the mantra (word of power)
of the wisdom goddess Chinnamasta of Black India (Indus Kush),
and of the guru (wisdom) chakra.
It operates by suppressing the formation of thought processes
by cutting the mind off from the senses. 

This ties in with Kamitic spiritual science.
‘Hu’ is metaphorized as Ptah’s tongue
which utters the word of power
that initiates the process of creation.

It is also the ‘deity’ of the senses, in which capacity it plays the same role
as the mantra Hu(ng) of the guru chakra.
In other words, to shut the mind down,
it must be cut off from its ports (the senses) to the outside world.

This is of course, a brief account of the process.
The most important point to understand is that
ultimately, the most important part of the deity’s name is ‘Hu’
understood not as a word with meaning,
but as the word of power
which leads to the manifestation of wisdom in the initiate.”

~ Ra Un Nefer Amen 1944-,
pan-African leader, spiritual ‘trainer’,
born Panama

Other related figures from Egyptian history include Imhotep 27th century BC who was a high priest of the sun god Ra at Heliopolis. His name means ‘the one who comes in peace, is with peace’. He was also a polymath: an architect, engineer and physician, and revered after his death as a poet and philosopher. He was deified two thousand years after his death as the god of medicine and healing, which became confusing to ‘Egyptologists’ as they mistook him for Thoth (the aforementioned god of architecture, mathematics, medicine and patron of the scribes). The Greeks linked him with Asklepios.

Tribes at Thebes which later became worshippers of Hermes began referring to him as the brother of Amenhotep 14th century BC, who was also a priest and an architect and was known to have held a number of offices under Amenhotep III too. Amenhotep was also revered after his death as a philosopher and teacher, leading tribes to come to worship him as god of healing. All of these attributes have also been attributed to both Hermes and Thoth.

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Here is another depiction of Thoth; on the left he hands the key of life to what looks like a lady. On the right Thoth confers with a male individual who already holds this key to immortality. In this image Thoth is bestowing the individual on the left with the immortality which the key of life represents; it likely is a painting from a dual burial chamber where the immortality is ultimately a symbol for their ascension to a higher plane: death.

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Here we have a monkey or a baboon-like creature bestowing the eye of Horus onto Thoth who is here pictured with a sun disk. This sun disk usually means that the person is now deceased or in his way to becoming so. With the addition of the static nature of his person in the image it would be safe to ascertain that he is in a mummified form in this depiction. On the right is the original stone carving which this image was recreated from.

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In this piece of Egyptian hieroglyphic art we see Osiris on the left and Thoth on the right. Osiris is the king of the underworld or the afterlife. In this depiction we see Thoth (yielding two rods which are wrapped in something clearly resembling serpents) handing Osiris the ankh, which is the breath of life, the key of the Nile, the concept of eternal life. He is handing it to someone who guards the underworld, the world of the dead… Need I say more?

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This representation on the right of two figures is comparable to that of Thoth and Osiris; here both are depicted as serpents. The connection between the two is distinct in the headgear.

We also have a horse winged in between the two playing with a wheel (which could be a reference to Hindu mythology). This piece actually depicts an agathodaemon which was a Greek spirit of the grain-fields: representing good luck, health and wisdom. The connection is there for you to see.

 

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Here we have the staff of Osiris. It ties us in with Hermes as both he and Osiris are guardians or messengers of the afterlife, Hermes among other things.

You see the two snakes coiling around the staff with winged crowns, and at the tip a pinecone. Conifer pine trees are one of the most ancient plant genera on the planet, having existed nearly three times longer than all flowering plant species. Pinecones serve as a symbolic representation of enlightenment, the third eye and the pineal gland.

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The pineal gland is situated at the base of the brain. This is the seat of consciousness. “The pineal gland produces melatonin, a serotonin derived hormone which modulates sleep patterns in both circadian and seasonal cycles.” (Wikipedia) This basically helps along with our day-to-day lives, from waking to sleeping. Serotonin is a neuro-transmitter which is vital to the nervous system of animals and humans, it gives us joy and happiness. And is stimulated during both dream states and hallucinogenic experiences.

“And even though [Hermes] was a man, he was most ancient and well instructed in every kind of learning – to such a degree that his knowledge of the arts and of all other things gave him the cognomen or epithet Trismegistus. He wrote books – many, indeed, pertaining to the knowledge of divine things – in which he vouches for the majesty of the supreme and single god and he calls him by the same names which we use: lord and father. Lest anyone should seek his name, he says that he is ‘without a name,’ since he does not need the proper signification of a name because of his very unity.”

~ Lactantius 240-320 AD,
author and advisor to emperor Constantine I 272-337,
born Northern Africa, died France

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The connection between the Egyptians, the Greeks, and this Hermetic knowledge, is vast. Next I will analyse the connection of the serpent: something which you’ve seen many times in this post on Hermes in his magical rod which is made up of two intertwining serpents known as the caduceus. More on that next post.

 

Quote of the day

“It is a mistake to confound alchemy with chemistry. Modern chemistry is a science which deals merely with the external forms in which the element of matter is manifesting itself. It never produces anything new. We may mix and compound and decompose two or more chemical bodies an unlimited number of times, and cause them to appear under various different forms, but at the end we will have no augmentation of substance, nor anything more than the combinations of the substances that have been employed at the beginning. Alchemy does not mix or compound anything, it causes that which already exists in a latent state to become active and grow. Alchemy is, therefore, more comparable to botany or agriculture than to chemistry; and, in fact, the growth of a plant, a tree, or an animal is an alchemical process going on in the alchemical laboratory of nature, and performed by the great alchemist, the power of god acting in nature.”

~ Franz Hartmann 1838-1912,
doctor and theosophist,
born and died Germany

“The nature of god is a circle”

“The nature of god is a circle whose center is everywhere
and whose circumference is nowhere.”

While some theorise this phrase as an Hermetic axiom, variations of it can in fact be found in the works of many writers and philosophers throughout history. Below I have listed many who the quote claims to have come from.

Empedocles BCE 490-430,
philosopher,
born and died Italy

St. Augustine 354-430 AD,
Christian theologian, philosopher,
born and died Algeria

Marius Victorinus 4th cent. AD,
Neoplatonic philosopher, rhetorician, grammarian,
born Africa, died Rome?

Alain de Lille 1128-1203,
theologian, poet,
born and died France

a text entitled The Book of 24 Philosophers
which is supposedly dated 1200 AD
and attributed to ‘Hermes Trismegistus’

Meister Eckhart 1260-1328,
theologian, philosopher, mystic,
born Germany, died France

Thomas Bradwardine 1290-1349,
archbishop of Canterbury, physicist, cleric, scholar, mathematician, courtier,
born and died England

Nicholas of Cusa 1401-1464,
philosopher, theologian, jurist, astronomer,
born Germany, died Italy

Giordano Bruno 1548-1600,
Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician, poet, astrologer,
born and died Italy

Baruch Spinoza 1632-1677,
philosopher,
born and died the Netherlands

Voltaire 1694-1778,
writer, historian, philosopher,
born and died France

Gilles Deleuze 1925-1995,
philosopher,
born and died France.

There is also an entire publication surrounding the theme of wholeness and spheres entitled ”Unendliche Sphäre und Allmittelpunkt, Beiträge zur Genealogie der mathematischen Mystik” 1937, by one Dietrich Mahnke 1884-1939, philosopher and historian of mathematics, born and died Germany.

Jorge Luis Borges wrote Pascal’s Sphere in 1951,
an essay expounding on this very quote.
It describes how Xenophanes railed against this mystical figure
of ‘Hermes Trismegistus’.
He also went into detail about the attributions of Bruno, Spinoza and Copernicus
but ultimately deciding
“[p]erhaps universal history
is the history of the various intonations
of a few metaphors.”

“All that we see in of the creation,
is but an almost imperceptible streak
in the vast expanse of the universe.
No idea can approximate its immense extent…
This is an infinite sphere,
the center of which is everywhere,
but its circumference nowhere.
In short, it is one of the greatest sensible evidences of the almightiness of god,
that our imagination is overwhelmed by these reflections.”

~ Blaise Pascal 1623-1662,
mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer, Christian philosopher,
born and died France

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Portrait of Pascal

Pascal of course is known for, among other things, the idea of Pascal’s wager, the idea that you might aswell believe in the idea of god because even if you don’t, what is there to lose? Or something to that effect.

The importance of this quote is the fact that  while it is indeed a quasi-Hermetic axiom the fact that all of these authors are supposed to have in some way quoted or recited a similar quote gives much credence to the idea that the Hermetic philosophy and the ideas which came out of that period of history are indeed much more prevalent than any scholar has posited before.

It is also important to note that the idea itself is a very mathematical idea, that of the universe being somewhat of a circle – the all-encompassing idea of god. We will come to mathematics in later posts.

Quote of the day

“[N]one of those people who are famous for their wisdom
could explain a word of what the philosophers said.
In their books they only continue using the same terms that we find in the sages. […]
What is necessary, if I am a sage to whom secrets have been revealed,
and if I have learned the symbolic meanings,
is that I explain the mysteries of the sages.”

~ Ibn Umail aka Zadith ben Hamuel 900-960,
alchemist, writer and sage,
lived and worked in Egypt

The importance of reading

“When I tell the truth,
it is not for the sake of convincing those who do not know it,
but for the sake of defending those that do.”

~ William Blake 1757-1827,
poet, painter and printmaker,
born and died England

In the 21st century, literature is a dying art. We may have indeed seen resurgences in people buying books in recent years but whenever I’m on public transport or any time I speak to anybody who says that they read books (save a select few!) it always seems to be that they’re reading one of the latest thrillers or mystery books that seem to be churned out as regularly as cows get milked across the world on a daily basis.

Books are and have been important for millennia. I think we all know the history of how certain books have been banned in certain places, and we’re all well aware of the burning of books in even more places sporadically laced through history. The Library of Alexandria was destroyed, purposefully or not we shall never know.  Around the very same time the Xianyang Palace was ordered to be destroyed by rebels against the then-empire of ancient China. The list goes on and on.

According to his Wikipedia page, important polymath and physician Avicenna, 980-1037, born Uzbekistan, died Iran, was given access to the royal library after helping a royal adherent overcome an illness. His enemies however didn’t take too kindly to this and burnt the royal library to pieces blaming Avicenna himself for having done so. Of course the knowledge which was contained in the library no doubt was vital to the alchemical quest among other things.

“Men of the world who value the Tao all turn to books.
But books are nothing more than words.
Words have value;
what is of value in words is meaning.
Meaning has something it is pursuing,
but the thing that it is pursuing
cannot be put into words and handed down.”

~ Chuang-tzu 370-287 BCE,
philosopher,
born and died in China

It seems that all religions have practiced some form of book burning or another, the causes of which are disputed by scholars worldwide. We don’t have to look much further to find some very interesting cases in history.

Take this case about the Bible. John Wycliffe, 1320-1384, born and died England, was a philosopher and theologian and also an important political dissident. He was one of the very first scholars of Christianity who decided that an up to date translation into the language that the common folk spoke was not a bad idea at all. Unfortunately, those in higher positions of the religion at that time didn’t take kindly to the idea whatsoever. They believed that publishing such holy books in anything other than Latin or its original languages would indeed be blasphemous and to do so was indeed made illegal under the laws. While Wycliffe carried on publishing, what is today known as Wycliffe‘s bible, the church really gathered up steam. He died of a stroke in 1384 but it was in the later years of his life when he published tracts railing against monks and popes of the time. He was declared a heretic in 1415 and his writings were banned and ordered to be burnt. His remains were removed from the ground and cast into the River Swift.

The King James Bible, a translation into English of the holy works was published 1611.

Heretics and naysayers have always been persecuted throughout history. But to be persecuted simply for trying to bring a religious work to more people? I guess they disliked Wycliffe for more than that as he was trying to reform the church, something which is still opposed to today.

If we fast forward through history, unfortunately book burning has continued. In the early 20th century the books of psychologist Wilhelm Reich were burnt for, in my mind, fear of an all-out sexual revolution. That revolution came in the 1960s anyway and Reich’s books can still be found today. And of course groups like ISIS have also been known to destroy entire libraries aswell as important archaeological and religious artifacts thousands of years old which are now lost to history save photographic evidence. We can also point to media panics about ‘satanism’ etc. in which vast troves of records of certain recording artists have been rounded up and destroyed. Examples include Judas Priest (for notorious backmasking in their records, a hefty trial ensued), N.W.A (Fuck the police!) and even The Beatles (they did say they were bigger than Jesus after all).

“[B]ooks sustain us in our desire for future bliss,
soften the misery of our present exile[…]”

~ Johannes Trithemius 1462-1516,
polymath, Benedictine abbot, lexicographer, chronicler, cryptographer, occultist,
born and died Germany

“The world of letters is the true world of bliss.”

~ Abraham Abulafia 1240-1292,
philosopher, writer, founder of the school of “Prophetic Kabbalah”;
born Spain, died Malta

When the printing press was first invented, I’m sure Gutenberg knew exactly the power of his invention. What I’m sure he didn’t realise was that just as with anything that is able to reach large numbers of people, it can be manipulated and used for one’s own personal gain. This is no truer today than it was a thousand years ago in the middle ages. And it further proves to any scholar or learned man or woman who chooses to seek information in literature that to just absorb information is not enough, one must look at what lays in front of their eyes and critically analyse it to the point where a coherent understanding of the author(s), the text(s) and the meaning behind both, is if not fully then at least in part gained by the reader.

Nobody can dispute the power of literature.

To quote a previous post on this site:

But it goes without saying that you can have read libraries worth of books in your lifetime but if you do not apply the knowledge you have ascertained from those books then all of that time was time spent not.

“Read the oldest books,
climb the highest mountains,
and visit the broadest deserts.”

~ quoted by Terence McKenna 1946-2000,
ethnobotanist, psychedelic explorer, author, lecturer,
born and died USA

Quote of the day

“We need only listen to the news to be reminded how the peaceful life of the planet is continuously violated by the failure to hold contrary forces in creative tension, allowing them instead to split off into destructive conflicts which spread the seeds of further conflicts to come. The fissive power of nuclear weaponry, the shadow of which still hangs over all of us, is the terrible emblem and final menace of such failure, and far from being a merely philosophical issue of the sort we might dispute to our hearts’ content, the alchemical problem of the reconciliation of the opposites remains a matter on which all our lives may finally depend.”

~ Taken from The Chymical Wedding 1989,
by Lindsay Clarke 1939-,
novelist, educator
born England

A short disclaimer

This is just a short disclaimer regarding a lot of the information which you will come across on this blog which I have set up.

First a note on what I am actually doing here.

As you will find on the about section of this blog:

The blogs posted here are excerpts from a historical non-fiction book I am writing which looks at the history of the world really through the eyes of the persecuted and the mystical tracing back the roots of human expression through religious ritual and visionary experience which are ultimately what lay at the foundation for the art which we human beings produce.

If you have any interest in the produced piece then please do get in touch with me via my contact page.

Now for the nitty gritty….

All information you will find on this blog has been reproduced without the discretion or guidance of any of those responsible for its creation, mostly because many of them do not remain alive any more. I am no doubt responsible for its copying here but I must say that I do not hold the copyright to any of this material. I do however use it for the purposes of bringing the broader spectrum of ideas to the readers.

I urge anybody to fact check any information which you find here because I have only been able to do that myself and a one man team can’t research as thoroughly as a number of others from all over the world who may read this information and who also may have a wider selection of data to sift through to get the information necessary to fulfill what I have attempted to be conveyed here. I can only reproduce what I know to be the truth with regards to what I am trying to say, from my point of view, with my beliefs, and with my own pre-conceived notions about things. If I repeat myself you can bet that it’s the state of mind I find myself in at this time that’s responsible. You can say it’s madness, you can say it’s nirvana. I only know I am alive and the light of my being shines so long as my heart beats and I can see the moon glisten in the night sky.

ANY quote which has been misattributed or quoted incorrectly then please feel free to let me know and I will gladly stand corrected.

I can also recommend that if you do find any quote to be dubious then please first take a read through the following books listed in the bibliography section of this blog as many quotes have been compounded out of these titles which I have read throughout my life.

Finally some notes on other possible conjectures you may find.

Birth and death dates are generally taken from Wikipedia. Places of birth and death are too but in most if not all cases these places on the map are given as the country that now occupies that place of land, the only exception is the area now known as Israel which is given as its original name of Palestine (…lets not go into that here). The point to be made even in this short disclaimer is that for such ancient figures and creations, definite dates are always hard to grasp even with published information.

When it comes to alchemical representations, many sources may in fact be incorrect. This is due to the fact that many alchemical compendiums grouped together various manuscripts and where the images were deemed unusable they were simply recreated and/or recoloured. In these cases those are the sources given or at least have tried to be. Many images I still could not source but their likenesses are produced nonetheless. The sheer volume of alchemical manuscripts which are in existence gives you the idea.

Most if not all punctuation has stayed intact, with additional phrases and words like ‘the’ ‘and’, etc. as well as things not relevant to the topic have been replaced with […], but also I must stress deeply that the line spacing is drastically altered here throughout the entire document simply to make way for a more artistic presentation on the page.

Grammar is much more difficult. All capitalisations of ‘God’ or ‘Spirit’ (except in this instance here) as well as other such instances have all been taken down to the lower case, for example […] Christians were refused this union with god. Christians could now only experience god THROUGH Jesus Christ […]”, p.267 of the final document.

The only time you will see a capitalisation is for nouns; names or institutions.

Gods such as Mercury, Zeus, Zoroaster, etc. I have done this simply to illustrate that ALL of these texts are human creations. Divine spark or not.

You may think that due to the incredible amount of religious quotations I have included that I have some kind of religious kick: I do not. I am agnostic. I have simply had ONE rule when gathering this information: to include EVERYTHING even remotely relevant to any of the topics being discussed.

Once you have encapsulated what I am trying to put across here. . . , then I should hope you can do something to help restore the balance of good in this world.

Contents:
01a. Introduction
01b. Disclaimer
01c. Bibliography
002. Reading
003. “The nature of god is a circle…”
004. Industry
005. Religion
006. Technology
007. Alchemy
008. The Ouroboros
009. Hermes Trismegistus and the Egyptian Connection
010. The Egyptian Connection Pt. II: The Serpent
011. The Serpent and the Tree of Life
012. Pandora’s box

This will be updated and added to, but they are listed in the order in which they appear in the full work with is entitled Opening the Treasure Chest: or a Short History of the Lengths Man Has Gone to Conceal His True Identity.

Please feel free to comment on any discrepancies you see and I will be happy to discuss them with you.

Technology

A brief word on technology.

The rate in which it has evolved in the last two hundred years is astonishing. Let us look for example at the film industry a very recent technological advance. The difference here is that it has become an art form, unlike other industries. Like any art form though, and come to think of it pretty much any form of story-telling, it can be used to promote specific agendas and instil foreign ideas into the mind which one wouldn’t normally accept under different conditions or circumstances. The fact is though that when used right cinema can be all a person needs to snap out of the paranoid western mindset.

Of course the music industry has also had a major part to play in the transformation of many consciousnesses around the world giving people beautiful music instantaneously with records, compact discs, and now mp3s which are slowly becoming obsolete too with streaming services.

This is the speed of technology and the influence which technology has in this modern day and age is vastly superior to that of any previous influential type of experience which can be translated via words or images and which leads to the transformation of the human soul: the ONE thing which is vital for our species to continue its existence.

The internet is the most powerful tool of them all, combining all aspects of the other into one compact location which is accessible anywhere on the planet and contains all the information you could possibly need: all accessible in the palm of your hand so long as you have a wi-fi connection.

But it goes without saying that you can have read libraries worth of books in your lifetime but if you do not apply the knowledge you have ascertained from those books then all of that time was time spent not.

And like all things with such immense power, they can be corrupted…

 

The internet,
the TV screen,
or the phone;
they are not the world,
even though they may contain it,

just as:
“Our minds contain the universe,
by the act of comprehending it.”

~ Robert Anton Wilson

 

 

Religion

18Religion is the topic most alluded to so far and also the foremost important thing in all of this. Religion is basically communion and community, this is essentially what leads to civilisation. It’s no surprise that religion is influential to society and the people in it. Hinduism, Judaism, Buddhism, Christianity, Islam, Sikhism, et al, have each had a vast influence on people throughout history and not just the believers.

Religions intertwine many myths into their canons. A myth is a story told traditionally which usually concerns social and moral histories of some sort. Most myths tell of supernatural tales, so belief by secularists is scarce. Myths and religions have been separate for many aeons but religion no doubt enshrines myth into itself as the foremost reason this intuitive expression is even taking place. Those with the ideas pu19.pngt forth in these texts are interpreting the way in which their own society has been shaped and transformed into a viable option. When it comes to supernatural entities and things of the like I interpret these as simple exaggerations of bodily forces or natural forces which exist in this world. The reason it comes in the form of a figure is because it is a reflection of the self but the projection only includes the ‘bad’, or the ailment, or whatever is going on in the mind of the person creating such an entity, or indeed all of the elements which are contained in that which is trying to be represented and brought over (for example, Neptune was the Roman god of the sea, and is known to devour victims). In order to tell or explain myths we have to expand a little bit and bend the truth in order to tell the message which we want to convey to others. Metaphor is so important when dealing with religion, it’s just difficult because two different people can see the same thing but have vastly different interpretations.

No doubt the best way to create a story is by using symbols. Anything can be a symbol; the hope is that it reaches a vast number of people. If this takes place then the symbol 20can enter the public’s view and then subsequently become a part of its’ subconscious. Once this is done, then the meaning can attempt to be conveyed by whatever means necessary for example in the media or in religious sermons, or public speeches. Symbols have played a vital part in all civilisations ‘low’ or ‘high’, ritual or religious in origin or even modern day street signs. Examples include: the cross of Christianity, the yin/yang of Buddhism, the star of David in Judaism, the crescent/star of Islam, etc. These symbols are ultimately what lay the foundation for myth, allegory, metaphor, stories, etc. etc. – things which live on for thousands of years and promulgate one particular way of life or perception of the world around us.

This is why an understanding of these symbols and topics is essential to finding out why these institutions do the things they do: because it is the myths and stories that we tell ourselves to get through our daily lives which we use to transform ourselves and lift ourselves up like the son of man is supposed to. These stories are heavily important to the psyche of every living creature embroiled in a society performing duties side by side with those propagating them.

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While they do in fact maintain their existence and stature, stories and myths aren’t the only thing that these religions are involved in…

 

We cannot finish discussing religion as a whole without going into what these people actually believe. Now to say those beliefs are myths and ideas is one thing, but to delve into those ideas themselves is completely another.

Christians believe that Jesus Christ was sent to earth by God – his father; the creator of the universe in which we live – to die for the sins of all the humans whom God created in Genesis. Among other prophets and visionaries in the Biblical texts, Jesus is the most revered in today’s society and religions; people have taken to wearing chains around their neck which have a carving of Jesus on the cross which he was crucified and died on, this is to remind those who believe of their belief. Christians attend churches and become part of congregations which are entirely composed of other believers.

Jews believe the same as Christians in that God created the universe as it says in Genesis. This belief makes most religious believers truly believe that the world is probably nothing older than 5000 years; this gives science a direct opponent in essentially everything it stands for.

Muslims believe essentially the same thing, just in different stories and terms. They do believe that God sent multiple prophets to teach mankind how to live, prophets such as Jesus, Moses and Abraham, and of course Muhammad 571-632 CE, born and died in Saudi Arabia. Muhammad is credited with founding the religion of Islam as we know it today. Faith, prayer, charity, fasting and pilgrimage to Mecca, are the five pillars of Islam which followers are supposed to take as their tenants to practice.

Sikhs believe Waheguru to be the creator of the universe. Basically the word means ‘wondrous enlightener’ (beyond explanation). This is very similar to the Buddhists belief except Buddhists explicitly explain that this creative force is all that is, all that ever was, and all that ever will be, emphasising the attribute of its eternity. I’m not sure if Sikhs believe the same. Regardless, Buddhists believe in the wheel of karma, and reincarnation. If you do reach nirvana, enlightenment, you may indeed break free from this karmic cycle of rebirth and live on forever as a wondrous enlightening spirit in the universe which you once came from. If you do not reach this however, and you are doing bad things to others or more importantly yourself, then you are stuck in the cycle and will be reborn in whichever life form you deserve based on your current existence.

The Abrahamic faiths – Islam, Christianity and Judaism – all believe that if you die you will go to HELL if you do not believe in God or follow the tenents laid down in their ancient religious texts. If you do believe and you practice as described in the book, they believe you will go to HEAVEN and spend eternity with God in the clouds surrounded by beautiful angels playing harps while in the presence of every other loved one you have ever known. The paradox here is that at any moment God can choose to forgive those who have sinned and let them into HEAVEN anyway; another paradox is that if God created the entire universe, then how exactly did such a GOOD being let the DEVIL come into existence in the first place?

The most intriguing belief when it comes to death and birth in the vast canon of religious ideas is that of Shambhala. Shambhala is a mythical kingdom in the traditions of Hinduism and Tibetan Buddhism.

It is known as the birthplace of Kalki, the final incarnation of Vishnu who will usher in the Satya Yuga, the new ‘golden age’. Kalki will come on a white horse with a drawn blazing sword to see in the new day. This is important because these other prophets are also said to usher in the same thing; the ‘new age’ of awakening where people will finally believe en masse one or another belief.

From Wikipedia: “The legends, teachings and healing practices associated with Shambhala are older than any of these organized religions.”

Many of the groups who believed this in the first place worshipped the sun. Throughout history those who worship the sun have been persecuted time and time again even though the origin of nearly all religion itself comes from the observation of the sun and its movements in the sky throughout time, giving us the days, weeks, months and years of our planetary orbit of the sun throughout the solar system. The reason for this? Because any human being who has ever had a religious idea or any idea in fact has looked up at the very same sun as you and I may do today or tomorrow.

Also from Wikipedia: “Whatever its historical basis, Shambhala gradually came to be seen as a Buddhist pure land, a fabulous kingdom whose reality is visionary or spiritual as much as physical or geographic. It was in this form that the Shambhala myth reached Western Europe and the Americas, where it influenced non-Buddhist as well as Buddhist spiritual seekers — and, to some extent, popular culture in general.”

A lot of art produced in Tibet includes this mystical kingdom of Shambhala; if you see many pictures of Buddhas you will see large squares, or mandalas, which clearly show all things enveloping each other including the Buddha figures themselves.

Heaven and hell: whether they are external places not of this world, or internal places definitely of this world, or even as places right in front of our eyes created by each and every one of us who makes a good or bad decision – we cannot deny that people believe in such things.

“You see the mountains and think them firmly fixed.
But they shall pass away as the clouds pass away.
Such is the work of god,
who has ordered all things to perfection.”

~ An-naml (The Ants) from the Qur’an

“[H]e shall speak great words against the most high, and shall wear out the saints of the most high, and think to change times and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end.”

~ Daniel, Old Testament of the Bible

Human beings allocate good meaning or bad meaning. The unfortunate circumstance is that many people use a lot of religious and occult symbols for the detriment of their subjects rather than for their benefit – allocating the bad meaning, clearly. I find this to be despicable and it is the exact kind of thing being exposed in this document. There is too much of the bad meaning being thrust into view which brings about the opposite of what we really desire: the good meaning.

If you divide these religions into groups of violence (‘bad’) and non-violence (‘good’) then I would take out Buddhism as the most viable option for the transformation of western civilisation into a sustainable future for mankind (‘good’). This doesn’t mean everybody has to become a Buddhist monk or anything but with a first-hand understanding of the experience laid out by these Eastern religions in their notion of ‘enlightenment’ you might be able to truly look through the façade of human life (‘bad’) to see the way out for each of us is to give everybody else the simple desire of happiness (‘good’).

Throughout history there have been many of the good sort of influential group: many ancient philosophers from Greece to modern times as well as those interested in medicine and also those performing artistic endeavours – note that these professions intertwine vastly in most cases. Also you have many groups or sects of the mystical sort, down from the Taoists, the Buddhists of Mahayana and later the Zen sects. These have been religiously influenced groups who have not practiced insane violence or acts of hatred that have become synonymous with their entire cultures. They have indeed managed to accumulate themselves a vast span of time in which they have been given space to flourish and become completely intertwined with the rhythm and beauty of life. These groups, and even these individuals who can achieve this similar experience without entering into a community of people who feel the same way, are rare in society throughout history and even moreso today with seven billion mouths to feed.

One group which is worth mention within this context is the Rastafari community from Jamaica which came about in the early 20th century AD. The Rastafari adopted the emperor of Ethiopia Haile Selassie I 1892-1975 as their guide, so to speak. Some saying he was the returning messiah (blasphemy, they said!). From Wikipedia: “Upon his ascension, he took as his regnal name Haile Selassie I. Haile means in Ge’ez “Power of” and Selassie means trinity – therefore Haile Selassie roughly translates to “Power of the Trinity”. Haile Selassie’s full title in office was “By the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah, His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie I, King of Kings of Ethiopia, Elect of God”. Haile Selassie is one truly revolutionary political figure and one for the people – something rare. He advocated for the equal treatment of all human beings no matter the colour of their skin. These Rasta use this powerful message to spread love and peace and to try to create unity through the music as well as other ventures which they do for the community. They are the shamans of their modern day culture just as the psychologists of the western world are.

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From what one can gather, having listened to the music the country of Jamaica has produced over the last seventy or so years, the Rastafari have a relaxed metaphorical interpretation of the Bible. The music of reggae blends relaxing melodies with echoes, chilling vocals and gritty socially relevant and politically powerful lyrical content, producing a mystical atmosphere not unlike that produced in such mystical experiences. They interpret the lion of Judah as the representation of man on his way to reach Mount Zion, the highest region, their vision of heaven achievable right here on earth.

In the Jewish tradition Yahweh is one of the many names of god. The Rastas conceptualise their ‘god’ as Jah – the first syllable of Yahweh – but their ‘evil’ as Babylon. They view Babylon as the western culture which is demolishing everything and poisoning the minds of the offspring which it produces.

“Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird. […] To the degree that she has glorified herself and lived in luxury, inflict on her that much torment and misery. […] Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the lord god who judgeth her.”

~ Revelation, New Testament of the Bible

“[T]he woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet colour, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations nd filthiness of her fornication: And upon her forehead was a name written MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

~ Revelation, New Testament of the Bible

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Pictured, The Confusion of Tongues c. 1865,
by Gustave Doré 1832-1883,
artist, printmaker, illustrator, sculptor,
born and died France.

A depiction of the Tower of Babel, the myth of the tower built to be “tall enough to reach heaven” (from Wikipedia), the people of the story are said to be a united people who all speak one language, after the building of the tower the people were, as the story goes, dispersed ‘by’ god into different languages and across the globe.

“Let god arise, let his enemies be scattered:
let them also that hate him flee before him.
As smoke is driven away,
so drive them away:
as wax melteth before the fire,
so let the wicked perish at the presence of god.
But let the righteous be glad;
let them rejoice before god:
yea, let them exceedingly rejoice.
Sing unto god, sing praises to his name:
extol him that rideth upon the heavens by his name Jah, and rejoice before him.
A father of the fatherless, and a judge of the widows, is god in his holy habitation.”

~ Psalms, Old Testament of the Bible

The ancient city of Babylon was indeed known as the place of rebellion against god so it is no wonder that this is the accusation those inside Babylon place upon their detractors, and it is indeed again no wonder that this rebellion against god is really being perpetrated by those pretending to be the righteous ones. These religious leaders follow the same words as everybody else but instead of passing down the true teachings that lie beneath the words, they pass on the words and laugh as they accept them no questions asked.

Unfortunately, as what happens usually with anyone considered blasphemers, or anyone trying to go against what is ‘right’, ordered and the status quo, the Rastafari people have been persecuted. It doesn’t help that they are black, which is one of the most persecuted races in the history of mankind along with the Jewish and Arabic tribes or peoples (most of whose ancestors were also black or dark-skinned).

Of course assuming that Jesus Christ came back from the dead in the form of the Ethiopian emperor is indeed pretty steep, but this is a new religious myth that in the course of every man or woman’s life must be realized as a part of whatever it is that you must want to achieve so much for your fellow man and woman.

But alas . . .
                       “The Tao that can be expressed is not the eternal Tao.”

~ Lao Tzu 604-531 BC,
philosopher, writer, poet,
born and died China

                                                                       . . . and this is why metaphor, allegory, and story is
important in all endeavours religious or not. This is why there is so much confusion and tragedy with religious endeavours, because the unspeakable cannot be spoken about, and this is what religion is trying to do, to express that which cannot be expressed.

Quote of the day

“Shall we suppose the ancient accounts fallacious
because they are too wonderful to be conceived;
or have we not now present before our eyes
the plain evidence of lost science
and the vestiges of an intelligence
superior to our own?”

~ Mary Anne Atwood 1817-1910,
writer on hermeticism and spiritual alchemy,
born and died in England

The Ouroboros

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The Ouroboros: taken from Synosius 1478, a compendium of alchemical texts,
by Theodoros Pelecanos c. 15th century AD, scribe, born Corfu

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A depiction of the Ouroboros depicted in the 21st dynasty of Egypt.
A human sits inside the snake and we also have to the right the eye of Horus which is a symbol of good health and royal power (something which has always been associated with the gods). This symbol also attracts attention because of its connection to the pineal gland, also known as the ‘third eye’. The striking resemblance to the shape of the eye and the shape of the gland itself is interesting to the say the least.

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Here you have the alchemical symbols tied in the Jewish star of David, the compound of the two equilateral triangles. This clearly represents the coming together of the four elements: something represented in the alchemical process. We have alchemical symbols inside the star of David with the Ouroboros surrounding it. The symbol for mercury sits in the middle, no surprise there, with the sun and the moon guarding at the base.

This star of David as well of course being vastly important to the Jewish religion is depicted in many alchemical images. The reason for this is that it is the combination of both the fire (the triangle facing upward) and the water (the triangle facing downward) necessary to suposedly create the philosopher’s stone. That is, bringing forth the correct elements (fire and water) together to create something anew.

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~ “This is the Dragon that devours his Tayle,”
Emblem XIV Taken from Atalanta Fugiens
(The Flying Atalanta or Philosophical Emblems of the Secrets of Nature) 1612,
by Michael Maier 1568-1622,
a physician, alchemist, amateur composer, and councillor to Rudolf II 1552-1612,
born and died in Germany.

“This emblem of the Ouroboros is taken from Michael Maier. In the age-old image of the Ouroboros lies the thought of devouring oneself and turning oneself into a circulatory process, for it was clear to the more astute alchemists that the ‘prima materia’ of the art was man himself. The Ouroboros is a dramatic symbol for the integration and assimilation of the opposite, i.e. of the shadow. This ‘feed-back’ process is at the same time a symbol of immortality, since it is said of the Ouroboros that he slays himself and brings himself to life, fertilizes himself and gives birth to himself. He symbolizes the one, who proceeds from the clash of opposites, and he therefore constitutes the secret of the ‘prima materia’ which […] unquestionably stems from man’s unconscious.”

~ C.G. Jung

Snakes, or serpents, are vital in the understanding of this knowledge. These are just a few examples which I have collected through searching on the internet and in books by certain authors. I will talk more about these images in other blog posts but for now, take them as they are.

 

What is Alchemy?

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Source unknown but looking at the image itself, the representation seems Arabic

Alchemy is known to many as the search for the elixir of life; the nectar of immortality; or the philosopher’s stone… this is seen as an allegory for the quest to transmute ordinary base metals into gold… ‘Spiritual’ alchemy proposes the alchemical process is just a metaphor for the spiritual enlightenment or transformation alluded to by mystics and prophets through the ages. The process tells of the marriage of two opposites, one form of matter into another.

Whether the physicality of the alchemical tale is true or not, it is true that without this almost THREE-THOUSAND-YEAR CYCLE of alchemical research and experimentation, we would not have had what we know today as modern chemistry or even modern science as a whole, yet many disregard this fact with ease. People assume something surrounded by so much speculation and ‘absurdity’ as alchemy could not have been true! let alone the basis for an entire branch of science. But alas, this is the history.

The history of alchemy is vast and tiresome so I won’t go into excruciating detail but what you must know is that while it’s origins are very murky what we do know is that some form of metallurgy or working with chemical substances was done by cultures and civilisations as diverse as the ancient Chinese, the ancient Egyptians, medieval Romans, Benedictine monks and even Popes themselves. While many religious figures indeed dabbled in alchemy an edict was actually issued in 1317 during the time of the Knights Templar banning alchemy outright:

“Poor themselves,
the alchemists promise riches which are not forthcoming;
wise also in their own conceit,
they fall into the ditch
which they themselves
have digged.”

~ A 1317 edict condeming alchemy
decreed by Pope John XXII 1249-1334,
born and died in France;
quoted by E. J. Holmyard in Alchemy, 1957
and Mark Haeffner in Dictionary of Alchemy, 1993

It is also known that the first gunpowder ever produced was discovered by an alchemist on his way to finding the alchemical elixir of immortality. Throughout the ages then human beings have sought time after time to obtain this potion of power; their success or their failure is for those with his or her eye on history to decide.

One important name in alchemy is Isaac Newton 1643-1727, born and died England. He was in fact the inventor of calculus, and while he is known today as the man who gave us the laws of motion and gravity – ‘the founder of modern science’ – it is a known fact thanks to manuscripts sold at auction that he actually wrote more about theology and alchemy than he did about light, physics or any other subject.

 

“Because the way by the Mercurial principle may be impregnated has been thought fit to be concealed by others that have known it, and therefore may possibly be an inlet to something more noble that is not to be communicated without immense damage to the world if there be any verity in Hermetic writers. There are other things besides the transmutation of metals which none but they understand.”

 

“Most of [the alchemists] were poor; many all but unknown in their own time, many died and saw no fruit of their labours… Of some the very names are forgotten. But though their names be dead, their works live, and grow and spread over ever fresh generations of youth, showing them fresh steps towards that temple of wisdom which is the knowledge of things as they are.”

~ Charles Kingsley 1819-1875,
church of England priest, historian, professor and novelist,
born and died England;
quoted by John Read 1884-1963,
chemist, professor of Chemistry, lecturer, author,
born and died in England,
in From Alchemy To Chemistry 1957.

In relation to this vast heap of knowledge, in the history of this spirituality there have no doubt been peaks. The ancient Egyptians with Akhenaton and the pyramid building; the Greeks with Plato and Socrates and the Eleusinian ‘mysteries’; the Gnostic Christians of the time of ‘Jesus’ of Nazareth; then the Islamic revolution centuries after the church had been established. After that came the enlightenments of Europe and the rest is English history. All of these times of strife have had the proponents and the oppositions, those who practice heresy and those who practice ‘righteousness’.

The late middle ages, renaissance and enlightenment of Europe no doubt played the most important part in the shaping of modern society. It was during this period where many kings or royalty or other such figures in positions of power were curious enough to become involved in certain things like alchemy and the search for immortality via other means. This gave alchemists ample opportunity to show their talents and be also placed into positions of power with the presenting of their skills to the ruler of the land that they prepared their substances in. This naturally gave rise to many forgeries and there are numerous tales of alchemists providing some small amount of gold giving kings the belief that if they gave them a further payment of money they would be able to produce more and bring it back after the preparation has finished. Of course the con men would take the money and never be seen again. You can read of alchemists travelling into the desert to leave no trace behind for the royal figures and likely armies as well who were after them. Maybe these guys really needed the gold or something. Islamic royalty were also very interested a few centuries earlier which gave similar tales through Arabian lands.

Edward Kelly 1555-1597, born England, died Czech Republic, was a self-professed ‘spirit medium’ and occultist. He was one such man who offered his services to a royal figure, chiefly being Rudolf II 1552-1612, born in Austria, died in Czech Republic. Before that though, he became friends with Queen Elizabeth royal magus John Dee 1527-1608, born and died England. Kelly had a history of swindling people of their money aswell as being a con-man. Unfortunately it took the magus Dee decades to realise this after he had been completely depleted by him. The story does have a silver lining, however, as Kelly’s end was that of a fraud and he died as Rudolf’s prisoner.

Detail from an emblem taken from China Monumentis, 1667,
by Athanasius Kircher 1602-1680,
Jesuit scholar, polymath, studier of comparitive religion, geology and medicine,
born Germany, died Italy

 “For trewly he that is not a great clerke,
Is nice and lewd to medle with this werke;
Ye may trust me it is no small inginn,
To know alle secrets pertaining to this myne.
For it is most profounde philosophye
This subtill science of holy Alkimy”

~ Thomas Norton 1433-1513,
poet, alchemist
born and died in England

Emblem from the title page of the 1596 edition of
Lives of Philosophers and Sophists
by Eunapius (4th-5th cent. CE)
sophist and historian,
born Greece

 “[I]f god is worshipped from the individual’s heart,
the outward trappings of formal religion become irrelevant;
and that, for any hierarchical religion, is rampant herersy.“

~ David V. Barrett 1952-,
sociologist of religion,
born England,
he was also secretary to
Aleister Crowley 1875-1947,
occultist, magician, writer,
born and died in England

“The entire object of all magical and alchemical processes
is the purification of the natural man,
and by working upon his nature
to extract the pure gold of spiritual attainment.
This is initiation.”

~ Israel Regardie 1907-1985,
occultist, writer,
born England, died USA
quoted by David V. Barrett,
in A Brief History of Secret Societies 2007

“Do you really believe that the sciences would have ever originated and grown if the way had not been prepared by magicians, alchemists, astrologers, and witches whose promises and pretensions first had to create a thirst, a hunger, a taste for hidden and forbidden powers?”

~ Friedrich Nietzsche 1844-1900,
author and philosopher,
born and died Germany

Many have come to dismiss alchemists because of their eccentricity and antisocial behaviour, but the time dedicated and concentration necessary to even attempt the actual transmutations must be revered especially if you consider that it may be possible to do what they claim they can. Similar isolation is what is necessary for asceticism, solitary retreat and prison sentences. Isolation and rejection from society at large is also what can lead to further antisocialness and insanity. It can also lead to the most revolutinary ideas ever conceived by the human mind.

You must also take into account that the alchemists were working with very volatile substances as well as elements which give off thick fumes creating the possibility of explosions.

Mercury is just one of the toxic substances we are talking about here. As well as playing a huge role in many alchemical laboratories, it has been the primary ingredient in the tool for measuring temperatures (as it was the thermometer was first invented). Applied in a slightly different form, Mercury has actually been used as a disinfectant as well as to treat syphilis at least around the beginning of the 20th century. Administered incorrectly, though, and mercury poisoning can deteriorate one’s health just as much as it can supposedly help to prolong it.

Many riddles and manuscripts talk of bad transmutation experiences: this is why the art can only be performed at such a high level of perfection and why such concentration and time invested is necessary. So here we have two reasons for not wanting a bad outcome, the first being that the process won’t work and you won’t have any gold and the second is that you might blow yourself up. It really isn’t ‘out there’ to suggest that the volatility of the substances which these alchemists work with may explain some of the more puzzling aspects of the world of alchemy. The true test, however, lies with each of us interested in our interpretation of the events of history.

Whether or not the actual physical truth to the process of alchemy is true is one thing, but I know that when alchemical images and alchemical literature is decoded spiritually it gives an equally meaningful equation.

“[F]rom the beginning of the creation
god made them male and female. […]
And they twain shall be one flesh:
so then they are no more twain,
but one flesh.”

~ Mark, New Testament of the Bible

“When you make the two one,
and when you make the inside like the outside
and the outside like the inside,
and the above like the below,
and when you make the male and the female one and the same,
so that the male not be male nor the female female;
and when you fashion eyes in the place of an eye,
and a hand in place of a hand,
and a foot in place of a foot,
and a likeness in place of a likeness;
then will you enter the kingdom.”

~ Gospel of Thomas, Gnostic text,
all of which date to c. first three centuries AD
and were re-discovered in Egypt in 1945

From Basilica Philosophica 1618,
by Johann Daniel Mylius 1583-1642
Composer of the lute, and writer on alchemy,
born Germany

Below we have two tables of alchemical symbols used by alchemists themselves.

Note that the triangle which everybody nowadays associates with the Illuminati – but also the Egyptians of course because of the pyramids – represents, at least alchemically, the fire necessary to transmute the metal into gold.

“The mind is not a vessel to be filled but a fire to be kindled.”

~ Plutarch 45-120 CE,
biographer and essayist,
born and died in Greece

 

Reproduction of emblem 15
of the Rosarium Philosophorum
(The Rosary of the Philosophers) 1550.

We have here two alchemical drawings which depict this marriage.

They are very cryptic and interpretations of their meanings vary from person to person and culture to culture.

How would YOU
decipher
and
decode
them?