We see texts like the Book of Enoch, the Hekhalot Rabbati (the Teaching of the Chambers), Shir Ha-Shirim (Song of Songs), and the Shi’ur Komah (The Measurement of the Height), the latter of which paints vivid pictures of heaven and even describes the divine nature of the Creator in anthropomorphic terms. The Shi’ur Komah portrays God as a humanoid of such gigantic dimensions as to occupy the whole cosmos: his neck is 130.8 million miles long; his fingers are each 150.3 million miles in length. These Kabbalists apparently have divine measuring rods capable of measuring God’s body! However, 2 Enoch 39:6, calls God’s entire stature as measureless and limitless:
You see the compass of my work like your own, but I have seen the Lord’s limitless and perfect compass, which has no end.
Scholars like Jarl E Fossum in The Name of God and the Angel of the Lord:Samaritan and Jewish Concepts of Intermediation and the Origin of Gnosticism, have also identified the Gnostic doctrine of the “Anthropos” from Marcus the Magician and with the enormous “Measurement of the Body,” viz “Kabod” or the “Glory of God” of Jewish mysticism. Irenaeus in Against Heresies (1.14.-3) tells us more about this “Body of Truth” or the “Body of God” in feminine terms.
The infinitely exalted Tetrad descended upon him from the invisible and indescribable places in the form of a woman . . . and expounded to him alone its own nature, and the origin of all things, which it had never before revealed to any one either of gods or men. . . . [and] said:—I wish to show thee Aletheia (Truth) herself; for I have brought her down from the dwellings above, that thou mayest see her without a veil, and understand her beauty—that thou mayest also hear her speaking, and admire her wisdom. Behold, then, her head on high, Alpha and Omega; her neck, Beta and Psi; her shoulders with her hands, Gamma and Chi; her breast, Delta and Phi; her diaphragm, Epsilon and Upsilon; her back, Zeta and Tau; her belly, Eta and Sigma; her thighs, Theta and Rho; her knees, Iota and Pi; her legs, Kappa and Omicron; her ankles, Lambda and Xi; her feet, Mu and Nu. Such is the body of Truth, according to this magician, such the figure of the element, such the character of the letter. And he calls this element Anthropos (Man), and says that is the fountain of all speech, and the beginning of all sound, and the expression of all that is unspeakable, and the mouth of the silent Sige.
The vast dimensions of cosmic Adam appear, not only in gnostic texts but also in Rabbinic literature. The Adam of the Naasenni (Hippolytus, Refutation of all Heresies, V, II) was “like that of the Chaldaeans”, a “huge image of Him who is above.” Irenaeus, describing the Ophite doctrine of the unsuccessful creation of an Anthropos by Yaldabaoth, says the figure was of enormous dimensions (Irenaeus, Ag. Her., I, XXX). Adam Kadmon’s other names are also the “Immortal Androgynous Man” as well as the Adam Kasia, or the secret, “hidden” Adam of the Iraqi Mandaeans. Adam is not alone in his vast divine stature, since the insistence upon the vast sizes of divine creatures is also placed on the female angel called the Holy Spirit, to reveal Elchasai’s book (Hippolytus. Ref. IX. VIII).
The Harvard scholar David Brakke in his seminal essay, The Body as/at the Boundary of Gnosis, quotes a rare Sethian Gnostic text called the Untitled Treatise in the Bruce Codex, which bears many similarities with other Gnostic texts found in the Nag Hammadi Codices Zostrianos and the Gospel of the Egyptians. In the text, it also speaks of God or the Monad in terms of being a “city.” Interestingly, the text describes the divine body of the Monad in feminine terms.
[The Only-Begotten] is the one who dwells in the Monad who is in the Setheus, [the Monad] who emanated from the place whose location it is impossible to say, who emanated from him who precedes the Entireties, that is, the One Alone. It is he from whom the Monad emanated like a ship laden with every good thing, like a field filled or grown with every species of tree, and like a city filled with every race of humankind and every image of sovereignty. This is how they are all in the Monad: Twelve monads are making a crown upon her, each one making twelve. And ten decads are surrounding her shoulders. And nine enneads are surrounding her belly. And seven septets are under her feet, each one making a septet. And as for the veil that surrounds her like a tower, it has twelve gates. 120,000 powers are upon each gate, and they are called “archangels” and also “angels.” She is the mother-city of the Only-Begotten.
Hippolytus in Refutation of All Heresies (IX.VIII), mentions another little-known heretic by the name of Elchasai or Elxai. Accordingly, Elchasai taught a curious doctrine, which included male and female 96-mile-tall angels. For Elchasai, the male angel was the son of God or Christ, and the female angel was the Holy Spirit—reminiscent of the immanent mystery of the Christian Trinity. Elchasai also wrote a mysterious book that Hippolytus proceeds to explain with some detail where the Christian is said to be washed from their sins just by reading Elchasai’s version of the Book of Revelation.
And the contents of this volume, he alleged, had been revealed by an angel whose height was 24 schœnoi, which make 96 miles, and whose breadth is 4 schœnoi, and from shoulder to shoulder 6 schœnoi; and the tracks of his feet extend to the length of three and a half schœnoi, which are equal to fourteen miles, while the breadth is one schœnos and a half, and the height half a schœnos. And he alleges that also there is a female with him, whose measurement, he says, is according to the standards already mentioned. And he asserts that the male (angel) is Son of God, but that the female is called Holy Spirit. By detailing these prodigies he imagines that he confounds fools, while at the same time he utters the following sentence: “that there was preached unto men a new remission of sins in the third year of Trajan’s reign.” And Elchasai determines the nature of baptism, and even this I shall explain. He alleges, as to those who have been involved in every description of lasciviousness, and filthiness, and in acts of wickedness, if only any of them be a believer, that he determines that such a one, on being converted, and obeying the book, and believing its contents, should by baptism receive remission of sins.
Hippolytus also tells us more about Elxai’s baptism and chrismation practices in Ref. IX.X
To those, then, that have been orally instructed by him, he dispenses baptism in this manner, addressing to his dupes some such words as the following: “If, therefore, children, one shall have intercourse with any sort of animal whatsoever, or a male, or a sister, or a daughter, or hath committed adultery, or been guilty of fornication, and is desirous of obtaining remission of sins, from the moment that he hearkens to this book let him be baptized a second time in the name of the Great and Most High God, and in the name of His Son, the Mighty King. And by baptism let him be purified and cleansed, and let him adjure for himself those seven witnesses that have been described in this book—the heaven, and the water, and the holy spirits, and the angels of prayer, and the oil, and the salt, and the earth.” These constitute the astonishing mysteries of Elchasai, those ineffable and potent secrets which he delivers to deserving disciples. And with these that lawless one is not satisfied, but in the presence of two and three witnesses he puts the seal to his own wicked practices.
Again expressing himself thus: “Again I say, O adulterers and adulteresses, and false prophets, if you are desirous of being converted, that your sins may be forgiven you, as soon as ever you hearken unto this book, and be baptized a second time along with your garments, shall peace be yours, and your portion with the just.”
But since we have stated that these resort to incantations for those bitten by dogs and for other mishaps, we shall explain these. Now Elchasai uses the following formulary: “If a dog rabid and furious, in which inheres a spirit of destruction, bite any man, or woman, or youth, or girl, or may worry or touch them, in the same hour let such a one run with all their wearing apparel, and go down to a river or to a fountain wherever there is a deep spot. Let (him or her) be dipped with all their wearing apparel, and offer supplication to the Great and Most High God in faith of heart, and then let him thus adjure the seven witnesses described in this book: ‘Behold, I call to witness the heaven and the water, and the holy spirits, and the angels of prayer, and the oil, and the salt, and the earth. I testify by these seven witnesses that no more shall I sin, nor commit adultery, nor steal, nor be guilty of injustice, nor be covetous, nor be actuated by hatred, nor be scornful, nor shall I take pleasure in any wicked deeds.’ Having uttered, therefore, these words, let such a one be baptized with the entire of his wearing apparel in the name of the Mighty and Most High God.”
According to Elxai (via Hippolytus), Jesus would return to earth over-and-over again through various incarnations throughout history, which ultimately start with Seth and continuing with Enoch, Moses, Elijah, etc. This would also fit with the Sethian Gnostic idea that Seth, the third son of Adam and Eve, was also a previous incarnation of Jesus. Could this also be a precursor to the Paraclete? The mention of “undergoing alterations of birth” is also remarkable as Hippolytus says the followers of Elxai are also Pythagoreans:
This Elchasai puts forward as a decoy a polity (authorized in the) Law, alleging that believers ought to be circumcised and live according to the Law, (while at the same time) he forcibly rends certain fragments from the aforesaid heresies. And he asserts that Christ was born a man in the same way as common to all, and that Christ was not for the first time on earth when born of a virgin, but that both previously and that frequently again He had been born and would be born. Christ would thus appear and exist among us from time to time, undergoing alterations of birth, and having his soul transferred from body to body. Now Elchasai adopted that tenet of Pythagoras to which I have already alluded. But the Elchasaites have reached such an altitude of pride, that even they affirm themselves to be endued with a power of foretelling futurity, using as a starting-point, obviously, the measures and numbers of the aforesaid Pythagorean art.
The book also is said to contain a prediction of a war among wicked, fallen angels, similar to what we see in Revelation 12 with Michael casting out Satan and his angels from the divine host or like how the Olympian gods, led by Zeus, wage divine warfare against the Titans, the previous gods of a former aeon. Returning to the large measurements of Christ and the Holy Spirit, also consider the enormous proportions of cabalistic angels like Metatron in 3 Enoch (25:3-4):
(3) And in those two eyes of his face, in each one of them lightning is flashing, and from each one of them burning staves are burning; and no creature is able to look at them: for anyone who looks at them is burned up instantly. (4) His height is the distance of 2500 years’ journey. No eye can see and no mouth can tell of the mighty power of his strength except the King of kings, the Holy One, blessed be He. He alone can tell.
In 3 Enoch, Metatron is called “The Youth” because he was the newest, and youngest angelic office to join the divine host. In 3 Enoch 2:1-4, it states:
Rabbi Ishmael said: (1) Within the hour the eagles of The Chariot (Merkaba), the flaming Ophannim and the Seraphim of consuming fire asked Metatron: (2) “Youth! Why do you permit one born of woman to enter and see the chariot (Merkaba)? From which nation and from which tribe is this one? What is his nature?” (3) Metatron answered and said to them: “From the nation of Israel whom the Holy One, blessed be He, chose for his people from among seventy tongues (nations of the world). He is from the tribe of Levi, whom He set aside as a contribution to his name. He is from the seed of Aaron whom the Holy One, blessed be He, chose for his servant and He put upon him the crown of priesthood on Sinai.” (4) Then they spoke and said: “Happy is the people (nation) that is in that position!” (Ps. 144:15).
In other words, Metatron is the “youngest” angel to enter in the order of the celestial angelic host because he was originally human, specifically the prophet Enoch as we see in 3 Enoch 48-c. Other angels, like Michael, fulfill this role as well.
And I arranged all the works of creation for him. And I made him more powerful than all the ministering angels. (3) He gave Metatron-that is Enoch, the son of Jared- the authority over all the storehouses and treasuries, and appointed him over all the stores (reserves) in every heaven. And I assigned the keys of each store into him. (4) I made him the prince over all the princes and a minister of the Throne of Glory and the Halls of Araboth (the highest heaven). I appointed him over the Holy Chayoth for him to open their doors of the Throne of Glory to me, to exalt and arrange it, and I gave to him wreathe crowns to place upon their heads. I sent him to the majestic Ophannim, to crown them with strength and glory. I sent him to the honored Cherubim, to clothe them in majesty covered with radiant sparks, to make them to shine with splendor and bright light over the flaming Seraphim, to cover them with highness. I sent him to the Chashmallim of light, to make them radiant with light and to prepare the seat for me every morning as I sit upon the Throne of Glory.
I have given him the secrets above and below, which are the heavenly secrets and earthly secrets so that he can praise and magnify my glory in the height of my power). (5) I made him higher than all. The height of his stature stood out in the midst of all who are of high of stature. I made seventy thousand parasangs. I made his Throne great by the majesty of my Throne. And I increased its glory by the honor of My glory. (6) I transformed his flesh into torches of fire, and all the bones of his body into burning coals; and I made his eyes look like lightning, and the light of his eyebrows as a light that will never be quenched. I made his face as bright as the splendor of the sun, and his eyes like the splendor of the Throne of Glory.
3 Enoch tells us Enoch took on the mantle of the “Metatron,” the heavenly voice of God, on the throne of glory and became divine eternally. Both Enoch and Metatron are also described as divine scribes (2 Enoch 44:5), and are the only ones allowed to sit in the Lord of Spirits’ heavenly court, as opposed to the legions of angels that can stand only. In A Chronology of the Gnostic Movement by Johnes Ruta, he tells us more of Metatron’s backstory.
The first (as also the last) of the 10 archangels, called king of angels, prince of the divine face or presence, chancellor of heaven, angel of the covenant, chief of the administering angels, and the lesser YHWH (Tetragrammaton). He is charged with the sustenance of mankind. In Talmud and Targum, he is the link between the human and divine. In his earthly incarnation he is identified as Enoch, although also claimed to be the angel Michael. In Kabbalah, he is the angel who led the children of Israel through the wilderness. Upon arriving in heaven as Enoch, he was equipped with 36 pairs of wings and innumerable eyes. His name has been interpreted as “the one who occupies the throne next to the divine throne.” When invoked, he appears as “a pillar of fire, his face more dazzling than the sun..” In the later Zohar, Metatron is spoken of as the “rod of Moses”, from one end of which comes life, the other end comes death. Also thought to be the supreme angel of death, to whom God gives daily orders of which souls to take. Also thought to be the angel who stayed the hand of Abraham, on the point of sacrificing Isaac. Also, thought to be the teacher of prematurely dead children in Paradise.
Another important prophet taken to heaven is Elijah. In 2 Kings 2:8-11, it tells us Elijah used his rolled-up cloak to strike the river Jordan and caused it to part. Together, he and Elisha crossed the river and continued to talk when suddenly a “chariot of fire and horses of fire” appeared and separated them. Elisha watched in astonishment as Elijah “ascended into the whirlwind into heaven.” Also, note in the same chapter, it tells us that Elijah and Elisha came from “Gilgal.” Gilgal means “rolling wheel” and “circle” in Hebrew and Aramaic. This fits with the “wheel of fate” we briefly touched upon earlier but will explore more in-depth later.
In Kabbalistic lore, the translated Elijah was also said to transform into Sandalphon and is said to be God’s messenger who carries the prayers of the saints to Heaven and guardian warrior angel like Michael, which battles Samael or Satan. Since Metatron rules Kether on the Tree of Life, Sandalphon also rules Malkuth, the plane of manifestation, or the physical world. They’re also associated with the two cherubs that face each other on the Ark of the Covenant and usually seen as brothers or twins. Indeed, just as Yahweh is seen as a “lesser deity” or chief archangel in Gnosticism, Metatron is also known as the “lesser YHWH.” As another parallel with Gnosticism, Metatron is equivalent to the “Little Iaô” of the Gnostic Pistis Sophia (Chapter 63).
JOHN also came forward and said: “O Lord, bid me also speak the solution of the words which thy light-power hath prophesied aforetime through David.”
And Jesus answered and said unto John: “To thee too, John, I give commandment to speak the solution of the words which my light-power hath prophesied through David:
“‘Grace and truth met together, and righteousness and peace kissed each other.
“‘Truth hath sprouted forth out of the earth, and righteousness looked down from heaven.’”
And John answered and said: “This is the word which thou hast said unto us aforetime: ‘I have come out of the Height and entered into Sabaōth, the Good, and embraced the light-power in him.’ Now, therefore, ‘Grace and truth’ which ‘met together,’—thou art ‘grace,’ thou who art sent out of the regions of the Height through thy Father, the First Mystery which looketh within, in that he hath sent thee, that thou mayest have mercy on the whole world. ‘Truth’ on the other hand is the power of Sabaōth, the Good, which bound itself in thee and which thou hast cast forth to the Left,—thou the First Mystery which looketh without. And the little Sabaōth, the Good, took it and cast it forth into the matter of Barbēlō, and he made proclamation concerning the regions of Truth to all the regions of those of the Left. That matter of Barbēlō then it is which is body for thee to-day.
As Andrei Orlov quotes Christopher Morray-Jones in his article, “Metatron as the Deity: Lesser YHWH”, Metatron functions much like the Logos as an intermediary, and perhaps a Jewish metaphysical response to the pre-existent Jesus Christ or Son of Man we see earlier in 2 Enoch.
As the Angel of the LORD, Metatron functions as the celestial vice-regent who ministers before the Throne, supervises the celestial liturgy and officiates over the heavenly hosts. He sits on the throne which is a replica of the Throne of Glory and wears a glorious robe like that of God. He functions as the agent of God in the creation, acts as intermediary between heavenly and lower worlds, is the guide of the ascending visionary, and reveals the celestial secrets to mankind. He is, by delegating divine authority, the ruler and the judge of the world. He is thus a Logos figure and an embodiment of the divine Glory. In his shi(ur qomah, we are told that Metatron’s body, like the kabod, fills the entire world, though the writer is careful to maintain a distinction between Metatron and the Glory of God Himself.
The Jewish Encyclopedia Entry for Sandalphon also tells us that this angel’s immense size connects or act as a passageway between heaven and earth. Sandalfon also acts as a divine tailor for God!
Sandalfon is one of the oldest angel figures of the Merkabah mysticism. A baraita of the beginning of the second century says: “The ‘ofan’ mentioned in Ezek. i. 16 is called Sandalfon. He is an angel who stands on the earth, and his head reaches up to the ‘ḥayyot’ [animal-shaped angels]; he is taller than his fellows by the length of a journey of 500 years; he binds crowns for his Creator (Ḥag. 13b; comp. Pesiḳ. R. 20 [ed. Friedmann, p. 97a]). The angel Hadarniel led Moses in heaven until he reached the fire of Sandalfon; here he remained standing because he feared the fire. Moses himself was afraid at the sight of it, so that God placed Himself before it for his protection. The crowns that Sandalfon binds on God’s head are symbols of praise for the different angels” (Pesiḳ. R. l.c.).
If the accounts of 3 Enoch are to be believed, when certain chosen few in a favorable position with God, they ascended into heaven and were turned or translated into demiurgical angels or gods. They became examples of what humans could become. This is perhaps why, according to many ancient sources that Satan and his fallen angels hate humanity so much and jealous of their position before God, even in their fallen state, because of their ability to repent. They knew that a lowly human could one day surpass them in every possible way. Even St. Paul writes in 1 Corinthians (6:3): “…do you not know that we are to judge the angels?” In the Letter of Hebrews 2:5-8, the Pauline author recalls one of the Psalms and states:
Now God did not subject the coming world, about which we are speaking, to angels.
But someone has testified somewhere,
“What are human beings that you are mindful of them,
or mortals, that you care for them?
You have made them for a little while lower than the angels;
you have crowned them with glory and honor,
subjecting all things under their feet.”
Could it be possible that the purpose of humanity is to ascend and become divine beings? A re-reading of many ancient texts seems to indicate that this is indeed the case. Many Gnostic, Hermetic, and Cathar texts seem to underscore this idea in the initiate becoming divinized, and in Orthodox Christianity, theosis was a primary method for humans to become angels, which connects to the idea of the resurrection of the dead. This is also a core belief of the Mormons as well.
Although this was somewhat touched on in the discussion of Eastern Orthodox hesychasm, one author, Tanase Nichifor in “Shining Face: Hidden and Revealed Christology,” succinctly summarizes the aim of its mysticism to create a Christ-like Body of Light. This is the aim of theosis, ultimately.
On these unveiled shining faces, the divine energy of the ‘Christ the Image and Glory of God’ is being revealed. Christ will radiate within us like to the desert Fathers: Pambo, Sisoe, Silvanus. Christology of the Desert Fathers overlaps with pre‐Nicene Christology. In anthropological terms of the theosis, man is the mirror of divine glory (δόξα). So, just as the light of the transfiguration the light‐bearing robe of the unfallen Adam has an equally theological importance for theosis. Deification at the Desert Fathers acquires a specific anthropological content as Christification, that finds its fulfillment in a face‐to‐face encounter who, is both a theological theme and a spiritual teaching, both the goal of the divine economy and the process by which the economy is worked out in the believer. For Palamas, deification is, also, a supernatural gift that transforms both mind and body, making divinity visible (Triad 3.1. 33). Likeness also means a radiation of the presence of God within man, a “reciprocal interiority”.
In the saints this communion is expressed in the way God’s glory is reflected in their faces, in anticipation of the age to come. Therefore, this study is about the Desert Fathers’ contemplative experience of an outward luminosity, a physical radiance, similar to that of the hesychasts Athonite of the 14th century in late Byzantium. So, there is a convergence of desert wisdom with the Palamite hesychast theology, because this putting on of the clothing of holiness of the Desert Fathers is another component of the Glory likeness, is the visible glory of Transfiguration. On these unveiled shining faces, the divine energy of ‘Christ the Image and Glory of God’ is being revealed.
This is the Christology of the Desert Fathers. Secondly, speaking about the hesychast method of prayer and transformation of the body, Gregory Palamas also uses this Pauline theology of 2 Corinthians in Triad 1.2.2: Paul says: ‘God, who has ordered light to shine from darkness, has made His light to shine in our hearts, in order that we may be enlightened by the knowledge of the glory of God, in the face of Jesus Christ’ (2 Cor. 4:6); but he adds, ‘We carry this treasure in earthen vessels” (2 Cor. 4:7). So we carry the Father’s light in the face (prosōpon) of Jesus Christ in earthen vessels, that is, in our bodies, in order to know the glory of the Holy Spirit.” We could grasp the convergence between the desert ascetic spirituality and the hesychast spirituality in the work of Gregory Palamas. For him, Moses the lawgiver, Stephen the protomartyr, and Arsenius the desert ascetic are examples from the Bible and the Fathers are men who were visibly transformed by divine light (Triad 2.3.9). God transcends the senses yet the knowledge of God is experiential. The monks know this. They see the hypostatic light spiritually – in reality, not in a symbolic fashion. During the hesychast controversy, St Gregory Palamas defends the reality of the encounter with God of those monks who reported seeing a vision of light at the culmination of intense period of prayer.
In the Macarian homilies Moses’ shining countenance and the luminosity of Adam’s prelapsarian tselem serve as metaphors for major paradigms of the transformational vision. In the Macarian writings, one can also encounter a third paradigm of luminous transformation which is radically different from the previous two traditions. “In a peculiar Macarian understanding of Christ’s transfiguration on Mt. Tabor, the duality of inner and outer in visio Dei is attempted through in a new metaphor of the transformational vision – Christ’s ‘Body of Light’”. Therefore, into the Macarian theology the Kabod internalization become possible only as a consequence of the event of Christ’s transfiguration. ‘Brightening Face’ Christology of the Desert Fathers is an ascetic interiorization of Christ, together with a somatic experience and outward luminosity.
Moreover, Revelation 12’s man-child ascension to God’s throne from the Winged Sun Lady appears to be a fulfillment of this promise and prophecy that we see in Elijah, Enoch, and even Moses’s ascension. Margaret Barker in Temple Theology (pg. 23), writes about this theme specifically:
In temple theology, resurrection was not a post mortem experience. It was theosis, the transformation of a human being into a divine being – which came with the gift of Wisdom; and theosis, described in various ways, was at the heart of temple tradition, together with the belief in a resurrected anointed one, a resurrected Messiah. The Christians thought of themselves as angels on earth; Jesus had exhorted them to become sons of light (John 12:36; see also Eph. 5:8 ‘walk as children of light’), Paul reminded the Thessalonians that they were all sons of light (1 Thess. 5:5)…
What I am about to detail here is not a condoning of occult magic. But I do think it’s worth pointing out this material to educate the general public on this esoteric, hidden knowledge. I would like to think of this as a continuation of Tracy Twyman’s (RIP) research into the Grail mysteries for the public in some form because I think ultimately that is what she wanted—for others to also make contributions to this well-spring of knowledge.
Trees of Life
The connection between Jesus Christ’s sacrifice and the Tree of Life is also made evident throughout scripture. This is also because Jesus said that his body and blood were the fruits of this tree and that consuming them would bring eternal life to mortals. He also noted that by shedding his blood on the cross, the “Tree of Life,” he was paying the price for the Original Sin that resulted from Adam eating from the Tree of Knowledge, given by Eve via the serpent’s “cunning” and “beguilement” (2 Corinthians 11:3). Interestingly, the author of the Gospel of Philip connects the Tree of Knowledge with the law.
In the place where I will eat all things is the Tree of Knowledge. That one killed Adam, but here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive. The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, “Eat this, do not eat that”, it became the beginning of death.
The Tree of Life bearing twelve manner of fruits featured image is taken from a medieval prayer book, The Book of Hours, published around 1455.
After all, it was St. Paul who wrote that Christ was the “first fruits” (1 Corinthians 15:23), and that Jesus Christ, “has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”)…” (Galatians 3:13). Acts 5:30, also tells us, “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom ye slew and hanged on a tree.” Acts 5:30 doesn’t stand alone: “We are witnesses of all those things he did, both in the land of the Jews and in Jerusalem, he whom they slew and hung on a tree” (Acts 10:39). “And when they had fulfilled all that was written of him, they took him down from the tree and laid him in a sepulcher” (Acts 13:29). Why did the authors of the New Testament use the word tree instead of cross or beams? It’s also odd that Jesus was killed first and then hung on a tree, he wasn’t nailed either. Well, one could say he was hung on nails. Something is still strange about these verses. Again, in Revelation 22:2, we see that the tree of life is in the New Jerusalem:
“Through the middle of the city’s main street. On each side of the river was the Tree of Life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month. And its leaves served the healing of the nations.”
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, so they will have the right on the Tree of Life and may enter the city through its [twelve] gates” Revelation 22:14.
The Tree of Life is an ancient mystical Hebrew symbol rooted in even older myths as explained in my book—Babylonian and Assyrian myths to be precise—likely adapted when the Israelites compiled the Torah (Old Testament) during their exile in Babylon around 2,600 years ago. Today, the Tree of Life is known as a glyph made of ten spheres and twenty-two paths that we see in the Kabbalah, which is essentially Jewish occultism.
The Tree of Life isn’t any old tree and is a “supernal aeon” in Gnostic lingo. The wood of the Tree of Life is said to be miraculous. The Life Tree’s magical capabilities are revealed by the Hebrew of acacia, AQQYH (Rabbinical Hebrew). AQQYH counts 216 and shares its value with Geburah (the 4th Sephirah), lapis philosophorum (the Philosopher’s Stone), and Horeb, another name of Mount Sinai where Moses communed with YHWH. Spiritual traditions inform us that the burning bush where Moses encountered God was an acacia tree.
Kabbalists readily associate the burning acacia with the Tree of Life in Atziluth, the spiritual world. This version of the Tree of Life can be traced back before the Hebrew Kabbalists—to Simon Magus, who is depicted by the church fathers, as the magical “father” of all Gnostic heresies. In Hippolytus’ Refutation of All Heresies (VI:4), he reports that Simon Magus taught two trees: one hidden and secret and one manifest and visible, according to Aristotle and Plato’s doctrine of the “potential,” “intelligible,” and the “sensible,” and “energetic.” The Pleroma, in Gnostic doctrines, is also depicted as a “tree” with multiple aeons illustrated as “vines” which form the pneumatic world beyond.
(Simon) employs the terms secret and manifest; it may, (I say, in general,) be affirmed that the fire, (I mean) the super-celestial (fire), is a treasure, as it were a large tree, just such a one as in a dream was seen by Nabuchodonosor, out of which all flesh is nourished. And the manifest portion of the fire he regards as the stem, the branches, the leaves, (and) the external rind which overlaps them. All these (appendages), he says, of the Great Tree being kindled, are made to disappear by reason of the blaze of the all-devouring fire. The fruit, however, of the tree, when it is fully grown, and has received its own form, is deposited in a granary, not (flung) into the fire. For, he says, the fruit has been produced for the purpose of being laid in the storehouse, whereas the chaff that it may be delivered over to the fire. (Now the chaff) is stem, (and is) generated not for its own sake, but for that of the fruit.
The great cosmic tree of Simon Magus is portrayed as an “all-devouring fire.” The fruit not cast into the fire represents the soul that has stood the test, the “pneumatic” man, and those who grow on the “true vine” of Christ. These are the witnesses that bear good fruit as a result of being “pruned” by the Vinedresser (John 15:1-8). In the Strong Concordance, “vineyard,” in the Greek (ἀμπελών, ampelón), counts 290 and connects to Isaiah 27:2-3, where it states: “In that day: “Sing about a fruitful vineyard. I, the LORD, am its keeper; I water it continually. I guard it night and day so no one can disturb it.” The Lord proclaims this right after he killed the sea-serpent Leviathan. Romans 11:16-24 also describes a tree of life in the form of an olive tree where the believers or the churches in Christ are either cut off or grafted in.
This is the value of Carmel, another prophetic mountain, as well as Miryam, the Hebrew for Maria. Miryam was a prophetess and the elder sister of Moses. Interestingly, when the cloud of the tabernacle lifted, Miryam became leprous, white as snow (a symbol of purification) in Numbers 12:10. In Hippolytus’s Refutation of All Heresies (VI.13), he tells us that Simon Magus also taught a similar epithet of Jesus Christ found in Revelation—the “Alpha and the Omega”—only this time, Simon describes the Hermaphroditic “Standing One” similar to the Cosmic Christ or the Perfect Logos.
For Simon expressly speaks of this in the Revelation after this manner: To you, then, I address the things which I speak, and (to you) I write what I write. The writing is this: there are two offshoots from all the Aeons, having neither beginning nor end, from one root. And this is a power, viz., Sige, (who is) invisible (and) incomprehensible. And one of these (offshoots) appears from above, which constitutes a great power, (the creative) Mind of the universe, which manages all things, (and is) a male. The other (offshoot), however, is from below, (and constitutes) a great Intelligence, and is a female which produces all things. From whence, ranged in pairs opposite each other, they undergo conjugal union, and manifest an intermediate interval, namely, an incomprehensible air, which has neither beginning nor end. But in this is a father who sustains all things, and nourishes things that have beginning and end. This is he who stood, stands, and will stand, being an hermaphrodite power according to the pre-existent indefinite power, which has neither beginning nor end.
In the Great Announcement (as quoted by Hippolytus), we read that it was Helena or her higher self as Ennoia (which means “thought”), who was produced or emanated by the “Universal Mind” which is the higher form of Simon. This idea springs from (no pun intended) Greek myth, which claims that Athena/Minerva leaped from the head of Zeus/Jupiter after Hephaestus held Zeus down and cleaved open his head with a labrys or Minoan ax after complaints of a killer migraine. According to Pindar in the Seventh Olympian Ode, Athena leaped from Zeus’ head, fully grown and armed, with a shout—“and pealed to the broad sky her clarion cry of war. And Ouranos trembled to hear, and Mother Gaia.”
From the universal aeons spring two shoots, which are without beginning or ending, stemming forth from a single root, which is the invisible Power, unknowable silence. Of the two shoots, one appears from above. This is the Great Power, the Universal Mind that sets all thing in order, being males. The other appears from below. It is the Great Thought, which is female and brings forth all things.
Simon Magus was a big believer in syncretism. His highest god is his own illumined mind but at the same time the Christian Father and Zeus with Athene ascending from his forehead at the blow of Hephaistos’ hammer. As a magician, he probably learned from the magic or mojo of Western Iran, Anatolia, and Alexandria, Egypt. Now, let’s have a look at how Jesus, the Wisdom of God, could be crucified on the Tree of Life. We get something like this:
Of course, this is just one of a few possible positions. For example, at the time of death, Jesus’ body sagged, meaning his arms’ positions would point more upwards, towards Binah and Chokmah. Could this have a deeper meaning, e.g., when it was fulfilled, Jesus reached out to universal understanding (Binah) and universal wisdom (Chokmah)? Also, noteworthy: when Jesus died, the veil of the Holy of Holies or adytum was ripped apart. This is said to happen to the aspirant who receives the divine revelation at the spiritual death as a living sacrifice.
A crucified body has the form of an upsilon. Upsilon is a symbol of Christ because it hints at Jesus Christ’s title as the Son. This goes back to the fish symbolism of early Christianity. In Greek, fish is written Ιχθυς. These five letters stand for Ιησους Χριστος Θεου Υιος Σωτηρ, Iesous christos theouyios soter, Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Savior. The fourth words, Υιος, son, begins with Y. Now, if we turn the Y upside down, it symbolizes a balance or consolidation between two opposites and the reconciliation of the dualism of existence or even solve et. coagula. Isn’t that something Jesus Christ achieved with the resurrection?
Also, notice the position of Jesus’ hands being stretched towards Geburah (Severity or Action) and Chesed (Mercy). These represent the positive and negative cosmic forces (Yin and Yang). Tiphareth is the center of the Tree of Life, which balances the Sephiroth around it—from Chesed to Yesod. Tiphareth is the Sephirah of Christ, Adam, the Son of Man, or the Anthropos. Astrologically, Tiphareth is associated with the Sun. The Sun rules the heart, and Jesus’ heart is approximately in the same place as Tiphareth. His feet are nailed to Malkuth, the Kingdom, which designates physical life as well as the physical body. The invisible Sephirah Daath, the Sephirah of mystical knowledge, is above his head and is depicted as a halo. Yesod is at Jesus’s thighs, which isn’t a coincidence. Yesod is known as the phallus of the Adam Kadmon. The letter “Y” also is attached to the word “yoke,” as Jesus recommends to his followers in Matthew 11:29, as to “take his yoke upon them, and learn from him, for he is meek and lowly in heart.” In Matthew 11:3, Jesus also claims, “For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
It is Heavenly Adam, First Man, or Christ who descends from Kether, through the channels that connect the various nodes or Sephiroth, all condensed into the “fullness of the Godhead bodily” of Christ (Colossians 2:9). The Logos descends into the fallen matrix of Malkuth that is somehow the roof of the Qliphoth of the Shells of the Tree of Death to rescue the fallen light, spread across the shadowy spheres. In a way, it was Jesus who brought heaven down to earth and Hades. The Peratic gnostics saw Jesus as a three-fold power that descended from heaven without ever being born and contained within himself the fullness of all the potentialities of the cosmos.
…in the time of Herod a certain man called Christ, with a threefold nature, and a threefold body, and a threefold power, (and) having in himself all (species of) concretions and potentialities (derivable) from the three divisions of the world; and that this, says (the Peratic), is what is spoken: It pleased him that in him should dwell all fullness bodily, and in Him the entire Divinity resides of the triad as thus divided. For, he says, that from the two superjacent worlds — namely, from that (portion of the triad) which is unbegotten, and from that which is self-producing — there have been conveyed down into this world in which we are, seeds of all sorts of potentialities. What, however, the mode of the descent is, we shall afterwards declare. (The Peratic) then says that Christ descended from above from unorigination, that by His descent all things triply divided might be saved. Hippolytus. (The Refutation of All Heresies 5:7.)
Interestingly, Hippolytus in Refutation of All Heresies (10.11) also says that a Gnostic heretic Justinus, the author of the Book of Baruch, claims that the Tree of Life was named after the male angel Baruch. The tree of knowledge of good and evil is named after a female snake-angel Naas, as I discuss in greater detail in the Sun Lady Unveiled.
There is also the cabalistic idea of the Crooked or Slant Serpent that slithers down on the Tree of life. I think this connects with the idea that the cabalistic Tree of Life is really the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. After all, both the Tree of Life diagram and the Tree of Death look the same. This also connects back to the concept of Jesus being hung on a tree while redeeming mankind from the “curse of the law” on the cross, much like how the alchemical serpent is said to be crucified on a cross. In the Golden Dawn diagrams, the Flaming Sword of God that acted as a barrier between the true Tree of Life and Adam and Eve also serves as a barrier of the Supernal Eden from the created world, as we will see later.
All of these concepts are also reflected in Origen’s Contra Celsum (6, 33) in which he discusses the Ophite Diagram, stating that on the diameter of one of the circles a sword of fire was depicted, the same one that had driven Adam and Eve from the earthly Paradise. This flaming sword guarded the Tree of knowledge (gnosis) and of life (zoe). If the sword was above the black line of Tartarus, then the tree of knowledge and of life has a series of circles starting from Behemoth and Leviathan to Gnosis and Sophia and leading through the circle of life to the Father. This could be like the Kabbalistic number of 777 is the sum of the paths that the Lightening Path of Creation travels down through the Tree of Life. It is through this channel that the Promethean motif of bringing the light of heaven to the World of Action becomes apparent.
We can also find parallels to the Valentinian Horos, Stauros, or Limit that separates the highest deity Bythos (Depth or Abyss) from the other Aeons that derive from him. This limit also functions though a second barrier between the “hysterema” of the material cosmos and the realm of the Aeons. Sophia also functions as a veil in On the Origin of the World. According to Jeffery Bradshaw in The Tree of Knowledge as the Veil of the Sanctuary, as also quoted in the book, the Tree of Knowledge itself acted as a veil to the Holy of Holies in Eden, where God dwelled. It was Satan, who deceived both Adam and Eve, who not only presented himself as the seraphim serpent Jesus but also made the tree of knowledge look like the tree of life!
After describing how the Tree of Life was planted “precisely in the middle of the garden,”The Zohar goes on to assert that the tree of knowledge of good and evil was “not precisely in the middle.” Clarifying what this might mean, an interesting Jewish tradition about the placement of the two trees is the idea that the foliage of the tree of knowledge hid the tree of life from direct view and that “God did not specifically prohibit eating from the tree of life because the tree of knowledge formed a hedge around it; only after one had partaken of the latter and cleared a path for himself could one come close to the Tree of Life.”In other words, although both trees were located, relatively speaking, in the central portion of Eden, one had to “pass through” the tree of knowledge that was “not precisely in the middle” before one could see and gain access to the tree of life that was “precisely in the middle of the garden.
At the moment of temptation, Satan deliberately tries to confuse Eve. The devil knows that there are two trees in the midst of the garden, but only the tree of knowledge is visible to Eve (see Moses 4:9) since, according to Ephrem, the tree of life is hidden behind it. To add to the confusion, Satan “made the two trees seem identical: the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil would open her eyes, and she would be like God, knowing both good and evil. Almost the same was true of the tree of life, for Wisdom opened the eyes of those who ate her fruit, and as they became wise, they became divine.”
Another theme of confusion stems from Satan’s efforts to mask his identity. The painting shown in figure 6 portrays the tempter in the dual guise of a serpent and a woman whose hair and facial features exactly mirror those of Eve. This common form of medieval portrayal was not intended to assert that the woman was devilish, but rather to depict the devil as trying to allay Eve’s fears, deceptively appealing to her by appearing in a form that resembled her own. Though Satan is not said in scripture to have appeared to Eve as a woman, he did try to deceive her when he represented himself as a serpent, as will be explained below.
Of great importance in understanding the story of the transgression of Adam and Eve is the fact that the serpent is a frequently used representation of the Messiah and his life-giving power, as shown, for example, in this depiction of Moses holding up the brazen serpent (fig. 7). Moreover, with specific relevance to the symbolism of the sacred location where he appeared to Eve in the Garden of Eden, evidence suggests that the form of the seraphim, whose function it was to guard the divine throne at the sacred center of the heavenly temple, was that of a fiery winged serpent. This idea gives new meaning to the statement of Nephi that the “being who beguiled our first parents . . . transformeth himself nigh unto an angel of light” (2 Nephi 9:9).
In the context of the temptation of Eve, Richard D. Draper, S. Kent Brown, and Michael D. Rhodes conclude that Satan “has effectively come as the Messiah, offering a promise that only the Messiah can offer, for it is the Messiah who will control the powers of life and death and can promise life, not Satan.”Not only has the devil come in guise of the Holy One, he seems to have deliberately appeared, without authorization, at a particularly sacred place in the garden. If it is true, as Ephrem the Syrian believed, that the tree of knowledge was a figure for “the veil for the sanctuary,” then Satan positioned himself, in the extreme of sacrilegious effrontery, as the very “keeper of the gate” (2 Nephi 9:41). Thus, in the apt words of Catherine Thomas, Eve was induced to take the fruit “from the wrong hand, having listened to the wrong voice.”
This raises a question: since the knowledge imparted by the transgression of Adam and Eve was good, helping them become more like God (see Moses 4:28), why did Satan encourage—rather than prevent—their eating of the fruit of the tree of knowledge? Surprisingly, the scriptural story makes it evident that their transgression must have been as much an important part of the devil’s strategy as it was a central feature of the Father’s plan. In this one respect, the programs of God and Satan seem to have had something in common.
However, the difference in intention between God and Satan became apparent when it was time for Adam and Eve to take the next step. In this regard, the scriptures seem to suggest that the adversary wanted Adam and Eve to eat of the fruit of the tree of life directly after they partook of the tree of knowledge—a danger that moved God to take immediate preventive action by the placement of the cherubim and the flaming sword to guard “the way of the tree of life” (see Moses 4:28–31; Alma 12:23, 42:2–3). For had Adam and Eve eaten of the fruit of the tree of life at that time, “there would have been no death” and no “space granted unto man in which he might repent”—in other words, no “probationary state” to prepare for a final judgment and resurrection (see Alma 12:23–24).
The Father did intend—eventually—for Adam and Eve to partake of the tree of life, but not until they had learned through mortal experience to distinguish good from evil.
Giuliano Bugiardini, Adam, Eve (detail), ca. 1510.
This Crooked Serpent is also identified with the Leviathan dragon of Isaiah, as the author of Bitter Waters explains.
The Bible declares that Leviathan dwells in the midst of the ocean. Leviathan flees from before God, who casts it into the sea as a bebased creature to be mocked in the midst of the waters. Leviathan and its companion Behemoth (which we shall see is her seed) are the ultimate examples of might and power upon the earth. God’s judgment and slaying of them are the supreme demonstration of his power to all the world. As such, Leviathan and its companion Behemoth play critical roles in the end times. They are the key features of the dinner supper of the damned at the final judgment. The damned shall feast upon their flesh. This is contrast to the marriage supper of the righteous who are saved. They spiritually partake of the flesh of Messiah, and they enter his kingdom as his bride.
The Peratic Gnostic threefold nature of Jesus also mirrors Jesus’s Parable of the Sower and Paul’s trichotomist theology as well. He believed that human beings consisted of three parts: body, soul, and spirit. Every human being had a body and soul by nature, but Jesus gives them spirit upon regeneration into a new being. At the eschaton, Paul believed that Jesus would then destroy and transmute the body and soul of humanity into beings of pure spirit. Then whisk us all away to heaven. And he believed that this was all going to happen very soon, presumably in his own lifetime. Obviously, it didn’t, but that’s what he believed. This is the “nice” interpretation of alchemy. In the Old Testament, we get alchemical allusions in Malachi (3:1-3) (KJV):
Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord, whom ye seek, shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the Lord of hosts.
But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:
And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness.
This relates to the idea that salvation is a harrowing process that can take place over the course of many years—journeying inwards and the everlasting search for God until the union is realized. There is, however, a darker subtext when it comes to alchemy, as we will see later. In the ancient mystery schools, initiatory and theurgical practices often involved the initiate in undergoing a rite of rebirth (renatio), which is made possible following a ritualized form of the second death (while alive in the flesh). This death is a spiritual one, where the soul undergoes a kind of night descent, and the nous (divine intellect or mind) is revealed in the resurrected (anastasis) spirit body into direct contact with the gods. If one ascends to the gods, one becomes deified or divinized. The Greek historian and mythologist Plutarch’s Fragment 178 relays a similar experience in a mystery school rite of initiation and spiritual alchemy:
Thus we say that the soul that has passed thither is dead (ololenai), having regard to its complete (eis to holon) change and conversion. In this world it is without knowledge, except when it is already at the point of death; but when that time comes, it has an experience like that of men who are undergoing initiation into great mysteries; and so the verbs teleutdn (die) and teleisthai (be initiated), and the actions they denote, have a similarity.
In the beginning there is straying and wandering, the weariness of running this way and that, and nervous journeys through darkness that reach no goal, and then immediately before the consummation every possible terror, shivering and trembling and sweating and amazement. But after this a marvellous light meets the wanderer, and open country and meadow lands welcome him and in that place there are voices and dancing and the solemn majesty of sacred music and holy visions. And amidst these, he walks at large in new freedom, now perfect and fully initiated, celebrating the sacred rites, a garland upon his head, and converses with pure and holy men; he surveys the uninitiated, unpurified mob here on earth, the mob of living men who, herded together in mirk and deep mire, trample one another down and in their fear of death cling to their ills, since they disbelieve in the blessings of the other world. For the soul’s entanglement with the body and confinement in it are against nature, as you may discern from this.
According to the Masonic author, John Yarker in The Arcane Schools, there were two “paths” of the mysteries that conformed to Jesus’ explanation of the “narrow gate” and the “broad way” of Matthew.
And now for something of the Mysteries of Egypt, as represented by this pyramid. The entrance and its passage conform to the letter Y, or ‘two paths’ of Pythagoras and the broad and narrow way of the Greek Mysteries.
Indeed, we find a Pythagorean origin for the “narrow gate” ascribed to Jesus. In what is called the Pythagorean Y ascribed to “Maximus” it states the following:
Y being the image of such a choice presents itself to the human soul that can be found in Hesiod as well as Xenophon’s “The Choice of Hercules” found in (2.1) Memorabilia. Xenophon narrates how Hercules, in his youth, had to choose between the two ways between the path of Virtue and the Path of Vice, mirroring the “narrow way” and “broadway” of Matthew 7. Hercules, as a demigod himself, seems to exhibit many qualities like that of Jesus as well. Such differentiation between these two paths also reflects a Stoic model of ethics, like those found in Epictetus. It is these ethics that stem from various Pythagorean maxims. The Apostle Paul himself also exhibits Stoic as well as Platonic and Pythagorean tendencies, as well.
The Great Pyramids of Egypt, according to some, were ancient monuments built by the line of Seth and Enoch, as Jason Colavito quotes from Flavius Josephus’ Antiquities of the Jews (1.2.3) and the Life of Adam and Eve (49.3-50.2) in his article The Prophecy of Adam and the Pillars or Tablets of Knowledge:
They [the Children of Seth] also were the inventors of that peculiar sort of wisdom which is concerned with the heavenly bodies, and their order. And that their inventions might not be lost before they were sufficiently known, upon Adam’s prediction that the world was to be destroyed at one time by the force of fire, and at another time by the violence and quantity of water, they made two pillars, the one of brick, the other of stone: they inscribed their discoveries on them both, that in case the pillar of brick should be destroyed by the flood, the pillar of stone might remain, and exhibit those discoveries to mankind; and also inform them that there was another pillar of brick erected by them. Now this remains in the land of Siriad [i.e. Egypt] to this day. (trans. William Whiston)
On account of your transgression, Our Lord will bring upon your race the anger of his judgement, first by water, the second time by fire; by these two, will the Lord judge the whole human race. But hearken unto me, my children. Make ye then tables of stone and others of clay, and write on them, all my life and your father’s (all) that ye have heard and seen from us. If by water the Lord judge our race, the tables of clay will be dissolved and the tables of stone will remain; but if by fire, the tables of stone will be broken up and the tables of clay will be baked (hard). (trans. R. H. Charles)
In Matthew 5 (the first chapter in the New Testament Sermon on the Mount), Jesus is speaking to disciples and invites them to continue upward: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” (Matthew 5:48, KJV). The word, therefore, marks a transition in the sermon. On the one hand, it looks back over the instruction is given thus far. On the other, it looks forward to what will be required if the people are to become “perfect.” The word perfect may refer to being ethical or religiously pious or being “undivided in obedience to God.” It also has another layer of meaning—indicating the perfected are those who are the most advanced. Those who undergo this advancement become “perfect,” “finished,” or “completed” in the initiate’s instruction. It also corresponds to the Old Testament sense of the wholeness of consecration to God, like how the chosen high priests perform their sacred duties in the First and Second Temples of YHVH. Several facts support this understanding.
All of this connects to Jesus’s mystical “narrow gate,” in which only “the few” can pass through. Mircea Eliade writes that the narrow gate represents “. . .the desire for transcendence. The threshold concentrates not only the boundary between outside and inside but also the possibility of passage from one zone to another (from the profane to the sacred. . .” Even John Bunyon, the Christian minister, in the Strait Gate would agree:
The straitness of this gate is not to be understood carnally, but mystically. You are not to understand it, as if the entrance into heaven was some little pinching wicket; no, the straitness of this gate is quite another thing. This gate is wide enough for all them that are truly gracious and sincere lovers of Jesus Christ, but so strait, as that not one of the other can by any means enter. . .
The idea behind initiation also infers of one being “perfected,” which corresponds to the Greek word “teleios.” “Teleios” was also used as a technical term used for Initiates of these Mystery Schools. According to Strong’s definition, this is precisely the aim of the initiated, “τέλειος téleios, tel’-i-os; complete (in various applications of labor, growth, mental and moral character, etc.); neuter (as a noun) completeness:—of full age, man, perfect.” The perfected or “matured” initiate is one who is fully initiated in the rituals and esoteric understanding of religion. The word “mature” is used in Hebrews 5:14, which states: “But solid food is for the mature, the ones by constant use having trained the senses for distinguishing both good and evil.”
The Apostle Paul in 1 Corinthians 2:6 (NIV) writes something similar about having spiritual wisdom as opposed to the “rulers” or “archons” of this “aeon” (the original Greek terminology): “We do, however, speak a message of wisdom among the mature, but not the wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are coming to nothing.” Paul confirms this in the next chapter: “I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual [people], but as unto carnal [people], even as unto babes in Christ. I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able” (1 Corinthians 3:1–2).
Concerning this idea, according to Morton Smith in Clement of Alexandria and a Secret Gospel of Mark, the church father Clement of Alexandria discusses a second or “Secret Gospel of Mark,” which reports the Lord’s doing as recounted by Peter and goes beyond the public Gospel of Mark. This gospel contained things, according to Clement of Alexandria, “for the use of those who were being perfected [teleioumenon]. Nevertheless, he [Mark] did not divulge the things not to be uttered, nor did he write down the hierophantic [initiatory] teaching [hierophantiken didaskalian] of the Lord, but … brought in certain sayings of which he knew the interpretation would … lead the hearers into the innermost sanctuary of … truth.” The copy of this text was read “only to those who are being initiated [tous muoumenous] into the great mysteries [ta megala mysteria].”
Accordingly, in Matthew 5:48, it seems that Jesus may have had several things in mind as he invited the people to become perfect. Above all, this involves becoming like God (“even as I or your Father who is in heaven”) which is what the Orthodox notion of theosis is ultimately about. Those who do this will have the opportunity to see and know God and become like him as it states in 1 John 3:2 (which is life eternal), “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.” The high priestly prayer in John’s Gospel also connects to theosis: “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee. . . . And the glory which thou gavest me, I have given them” (John 17:21–22). Andrew C. Skinner remarks on this passage in the article “Margaret Barker’s “The Lord Is One”— a Response.”
Though Jesus Christ is the only natural heir of the Father—that is, the only heir by nature or physical birth—we, through the grace or empowerment extended to us by Christ, may inherit the glory he (Jesus) possesses. This idea was very much a part of the theology of the Greek Fathers of the Church, and also the Greek theologians who came after. In fact, the Greek Fathers and their successors regarded the whole Johannine corpus as “an especially rich witness to theosis”1 (see, for example, John 3:8; 14:21– 23; 15:4–8; 17:21–23; 1 Jn. 3:2; and 4:12). Having this in mind, theologian Peter of Damascus (who died in the eighth century) invoked the authority of Christ found in this and other passages to state that we become “gods by adoption through grace” (Philokalia 3:79).
While the “broad way” of Matthew 7 is said to lead to destruction, the Upper Aeons (or Heaven) are said to be wide in Gnostic sources: “After these things there is another place which is broad, having hidden within it a great wealth which supplies the All. This is the immeasurable deep” (Untitled Text in the Bruce Codex). Meanwhile, condemned souls will be cast down and “imprisoned” in the dark and narrow abyss. The Savior says in Book of Thomas the Contender 142:30:
. . . Truly I tell you that he will be handed over to the ruler above who rules over all the powers as their king, and he will turn that one around and cast him from heaven down to the abyss, and he will be imprisoned in a narrow dark place. Moreover, he can neither turn nor move on account of the great depth of Tartaros and the heavy bitterness of Hades. . .
Perhaps the “broad way” that is warned against by not only Jesus but also Xenophon and Pythagoras is simply a cruel mirror reflecting the superior upper aeons in the world of matter where all lost souls think they are in tune with universality but in reality are in utter rebellion against God and are in a constant state of delusion in a labyrinth full of smoke and mirrors. It is this path that leads to ruin and into the “narrow dark place.” Perhaps this is the true meaning behind Luke 13: “And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last.” The “true” broad expanse exists in the “Kingdom of God.” The only way out of the sublunary, fallen world is through a narrow spiritual gateway that exists inside deep within the soul and into the inner court of the Temple, being the Holy of Holies. This is the true path to the broad realm of the Pleroma.
In John, Jesus’s ascension connects to the mounted brass serpent Nehushtan (on a pole), which healed the Israelites after they were attacked by “fiery serpents” when the Israelites complained and spoke ill against God. In alchemical terms, this corresponds with the crucified serpent as the chief element that is involved with “fixing the volatile.” The crucified serpent also connects to the element of Mercury. Generally speaking, “fixing the volatile” means stabilizing the active principle, something which can separate harmful and beneficial aspects from each other or even transform the harmful into the beneficial. The mercury that is being fixed may be equated with St. George piercing the dragon or St. Michael battling and casting out the Devil and his angels—thus exiling them to the earth for them for their “arrival.” This is when the worship of the “Beast” begins. This “Beast” hints at the Kabbalistic concept of the “Other God” being an androgynous, hermaphroditic union of Samael and Lilith serpents/worms.
However, if we interpret the crucified snake = Mercury = Logos = spirit, which is a common symbol chain, then the symbol can suggest that the final “rendering” of the spirit, by death or enlightenment, will produce the pure, perfected, incorruptible spirit that, in alchemical terms, tends to go along with an incorruptible body. This is the secret of the incorruptible, resurrection body that the overcomers will inherit, that St. Paul discusses at length in 1 Corinthians 15. In this reading, the symbol clearly indicates immortality, the standard promise of the philosopher’s stone, which is represented as God’s New Jerusalem in Revelation 21-22. This is the spiritual medicine that Jesus implores his followers to consume his immortal living waters, to gain eternal life, and to become one of the “living creatures” or angels of Heaven since mortal humans on earth are considered spiritually “dead” or “asleep” to the Lord of Hosts.
Jesus said to the church at Ephesus that He would give the overcomer “to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God” (Revelation 2:7). Here, Jesus alluded to the original placement of the tree of life in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:9) and indicated that the redeemed would once more have access to the tree in a future paradise—the eternal state which John now sees. Those who do His commandments (or wash their robes and enter the “strait gate” and “narrow way” of Luke 13 and Matthew 7) will have the authority to access the tree of life in the Holy Temple of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:14).
Those who take away from the words of the book of this prophecy will have their part taken away from the tree of life (Revelation 22:19). Evidently, access to the tree of life is one and the same as salvation and indicates that all who inhabit the eternal state will have access to the tree, equally as all is one in the Body of Christ. When man rebelled in the Garden of Eden, he was cut off from the tree of life (Genesis. 3:22-24). Since then, death has reigned over all people for all generations, even the people of God—with few exceptions like Enoch. Through the redemptive counsels of God, history is to be brought full circle to affect a full return to a Paradise without death which was previously lost. 
The Church Fathers compared the harmonious unity of Scripture to a ring, an unbroken circle, returning into itself. Between the events of Genesis and those at the close of Revelation, at least six thousand or seven thousand years intervene; and between Moses the first writer and John the last about one thousand five hundred years. How striking it is that, as in the beginning we found Adam and Eve, his bride, in innocence in Paradise, then tempted by the serpent, and driven from the tree of life, and from the pleasant waters of Eden, yet not without a promise of a Redeemer who should crush the serpent; so at the close, the old serpent cast out forever by the second Adam, the Lord from heaven, who appears with His Bride, the Church, in a better Paradise, and amidst immortal waters (Revelation 22:1): the tree of life also is there with all its healing properties, not guarded with a flaming sword, but open to all who overcome (Revelation 2:7), and there is no more curse, which is resolved all the way from the fall from Eden.
As mentioned above, Jesus is also called the “Last Adam” by St. Paul in 1 Corinthians 15:45, “And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.” This means that one must enter union with the living spirit of Christ to be saved, which is the image of God, being agape love or divine love, before it was lost in the fall. Without the living spirit of Christ, the soul is dead in its trespasses.
All worlds move in circles as the lower and higher aeons are also depicted as circular, and the grand march of God’s providence with man throughout time moves in one immense circle. It starts with Paradise, and thence moves out through strange and untried paths until it has fulfilled its grand revolution by coming back to the point from which it started; not indeed to repeat itself necessarily, but thenceforward to rest forever in the results of that wonderful experiment. Genesis is the Book of beginnings; the Revelation is the Book of the endings of what was then begun; and the last laps back upon the first and welds the two ends of the history into a golden ring of eternity. Or perhaps, if Nietzsche was right, mankind is eternally entrapped in the “eternal return,” where the beginning meets the end, symbolized as the Gnostic and alchemical Ouroboros. After all, the Gospel of Thomas Logion 18 says:
18. The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?”
Jesus said, “Have you found the beginning, then, that you are looking for the end? You see, the end will be where the beginning is.
Congratulations to the one who stands at the beginning: that one will know the end and will not taste death.”
The beginning is really the “new Genesis.” During this present age, where physical death has not yet been abolished, those who follow God are likened to a fruitful tree typified by the tree of life near the river of living water which John sees in the eternal state.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and in His law he meditates day and night. He shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that brings forth its fruit in its season, whose leaf also shall not wither; and whatever he does shall prosper. (Psalms. 1:1-3).
Between the Fall in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:22-24) and the creation of the new heavens and earth (Revelation. 21:1), the cross of Jesus Christ is the tree of life for all who trust in His redeeming work (Acts 5:30; Galatians. 3:13; 1 Peter. 2:24). And as pointed out earlier, it is the Cross of Christ that actually acts as an alchemical tool to “solve et. coagula” meaning to “dissolve and reconstitute” the descendants of Adam and Eve (being humanity) and change them into new creatures of a divine nature (theosis), similar to that of Christ as being “perfected” like we see in Hebrews 5:14 and Matthew 5:48.
Woodcut 20 of the Rosarium philosophorum (the Rosary of the Philosophers).
On one website explaining the alchemical significance of Visions of Zosimos of Panopolis, the author explains the significance of the divine waters and its connection with the mercurial serpent and its dismemberment.
This anima was set free not only by means of the “cooking,” but also by the sword dividing the “egg,” or by the separatio, or by dissolution into the four “roots” or elements. The separatio was often represented as the dismemberment of a human body. Of the aqua permanens it was said that it dissolved the bodies into the four elements. Altogether, the divine water possessed the power of transformation. It transformed the nigredo into the albedo through the miraculous “washing” (ablutio); it animated inert matter, made the dead to rise again, and therefore possessed the virtue of the baptismal water in the ecclesiastical rite. Just as, in the benedictio fontis, the priest makes the sign of the cross over the water and so divides it into four parts, so the mercurial serpent, symbolizing the aqua permanens, undergoes dismemberment, another parallel to the division of the body.
Finally, the last quote here is taken from the Collected Works C.G. Jung Vol. 13 (Carl Jung), from a series of essays about the various aspects of the alchemical spirit of Mercury.
The commonest alchemical symbol for this is the tree, the arbor philosophica, which derives from the paradisal tree of knowledge. Here, as in our fairytale, a daemonic serpent, an evil spirit, prods and persuades to knowledge. In view of the Biblical precedent, it is not surprising that the spirit Mercurius has, to say the least, a great many connections with the dark side. One of his aspects is the female serpent daemon, Lilith or Melusina, who lives in the philosophical tree. At the same time, he not only partakes of the Holy Spirit but, according to alchemy, is actually identical with it. We have no choice but to accept this shocking paradox after all we have learnt about the ambivalence of the spirit archetype. Our ambiguous Mercurius simply confirms the rule. In any case, the paradox is no worse than the Creator’s whimsical notion of enlivening his peaceful, innocent paradise with the presence of an obviously rather dangerous tree-snake, “accidentally” located on the very same tree as the forbidden apples.
It must be admitted that the fairytale and alchemy both show Mercurius in a predominantly unfavourable light, which is all the more striking because his positive aspect relates him not only to the Holy Spirit, but, in the form of the lapis, also to Christ and, as a triad, even to the Trinity. It looks as if it were precisely these relationships which led the alchemists to put particular stress on the dark and dubious quality of Mercurius, and this militates strongly against the assumption that by their lapis they really meant Christ. If this had been their meaning, why should they have renamed Christ the lapis philosophorum?
The lapis is at most a counterpart or analogy of Christ in the physical world. Its symbolism, like that of Mercurius who constitutes its substance, points, psychologically speaking, to the self, as also does the symbolic figure of Christ. In comparison with the purity and unity of the Christ symbol, Mercurius-lapis is ambiguous, dark, paradoxical, and thoroughly pagan. It therefore represents a part of the psyche which was certainly not moulded by Christianity and can on no account be expressed by the symbol “Christ.” On the contrary, as we have seen, in many ways it points to the devil, who is known at times to disguise himself as an angel of light.
The connections between Mercury and the Devil could not be more blatant, as Carl Jung, described above in the alchemical image of Python, the dragon spirit of Mercury.
Theodotus also says that the baptism of Christ releases the believer from the clutches of passions, Fate, destiny and demonic powers that infest the lower world in which mankind finds himself exiled in (76-78).
As, therefore, the birth of the Saviour released us from “becoming” and from Fate, so also his baptism rescued us from fire, and his Passion rescued us from passion in order that we might in all things follow him. For he who was baptised unto God advanced toward God and has received “power to walk upon scorpions and snakes,” the evil powers. And he commands the disciples “When ye go about, preach and them that believe baptise in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” in whom we are born again, becoming higher than all the other powers.
Therefore baptism is called death and an end of the old life when we take leave of the evil principalities, but it is also called life according to Christ, of which he is sole Lord. But the power of the transformation of him who is baptised does not concern the body but the soul, for he who comes up [out of the water] is unchanged. From the moment when he comes up from baptism he is called a servant of God even by the unclean spirits and they now “tremble” at him whom shortly before they obsessed.
Until baptism, they say, Fate is real, but after it the astrologists are no longer right. But it is not only the washing that is liberating, but the knowledge of/who we were, and what we have become, where we were or where we were placed, whither we hasten, from what we are redeemed, what birth is and what rebirth.
Baptism, to the ancients, was considered a form of spiritual “illumination.” The Baptist investiture and anointing of the high priest became an epiphany of the primordial man nursing the tree of life surrounded by the sphere of Paradise. In Mandaean rituals, the baptismal candidate is reborn as the “secret Adam of glory,” Adakas Ziwa as macr’anthropos. The early Christians are in baptism acc. to Paul regaining the imago dei and the Glory lost by Adam, Rom 5,12ff.; 1.Cor 15,45ff., and united with Christ as macr’anthropos, 1.Cor 12,12f.; Gal 3,27f.; Eph 1; Col 1,15-20. And according to the gospels after baptism, Jesus is like Adam before the fall living among the wild animals of the desert and tempted by the devil. Accordingly, Christian baptism is the beginning of the journey to theosis or completion.
While Adam and Eve wanted to be like God Jesus is constantly renouncing such divine powers such as his divine ability to turn stone into bread, to fly and to take power over the whole world. Jesus, of course, however, is resurrected after a gruesome and torturous death along with his descent into hell to do battle with Satan and his demons as recorded in the Acts of Pontius Pilate or the Gospel of Nicodemus. The baptistery was often shaped as an octagon; the unity of 4 (or 8) was not only for the Pythagoreans the great symbol of mystic unity and cosmic center. We must now turn our attention to Daniel Gleason over at Jesus8880 who summarizes the history of the Priest-Kings in relation with the Christ and baptism:
The title “Christ” comes from the Greek word Christos which is a translation of the Hebrew word Messiah meaning “The Anointed One.” During the time of the Old Testament, the term “messiah” (the anointed-one) was meant to apply to Kings and High Priests who were “christened” with oil at the time of their inauguration ceremony or when they were given their “powers” of office. During this time, the word “Messiah” never meant or even implied that a person was actually divine. The famous seventy-sevens (weeks) riddle in the Book of Daniel (Dan 9:24-27) mentions three different anointed-ones, the Jewish Temple (Dan 9:24), King Cyrus, the King of Babylon (Dan 9:25, Is 45:1), and the Hebrew High Priest Onias III (Dan 9:26).
During the time the Hebrew nation was occupied by the Greeks and then the Romans, the title “Christ” gradually took on the added meaning of a deliverer or a savior. The famous seventy-sevens (weeks) riddle in the Book of Daniel (Dan 9:24-27) mentions three different anointed-ones, the Jewish Temple (Dan 9:24), Cyrus the Great, the King of Babylon (Dan 9:25, Is 45:1), and the Hebrew High Priest Onias III (Dan 9:26). It was at this time that the Jews fervently began to pray that God would metaphorically “anoint” a future king to free them from their pagan lords.
At the time the first Christian literature appeared in the early 1st century AD, the definition of the word “Christ” changed again and took on a religious meaning. The epistles of Paul (50-60 AD) turned the name “Christ” into a proper name and cosmic title. By the time of the gospels (80-130AD) Jesus was seen as a real man who lived on earth. In the gospels, the earthly “Christ” fled from crowds who wanted to make him an earthly “king” because it was a secular position that was beneath him. The gospel’s thinly veiled message of calling Jesus “Christ” was to imply that he was a heavenly king “anointed” by God to save mankind. Jesus earned his title of the Christ (the anointed one) when he was baptised in the Jordan River, which was also known as “The River of the Rising Sun” (Joshua 12:1).
To gnostic Christians, the “Word” and Sign of “Christ” took on a mythical meaning because of the isopsephia value of the name. The “number” of the Greek name “Christ” is 1480 units and six circles with that circumference fit exactly inside the raised Jesus (8880)! The name “Christ” was now transformed into a Christian mystery, a name that signified divine, magical, cosmic powers. The early Christians believed they could become like Christ if they were “anointed” with water and the “holy spirit” through the ritual sacrament of baptism.
We will return to the spiritual unction or baptism later in this article.
It is interesting to note that in Revelation 12, that the “old serpent” is the Devil and Satan, would immediately lead one to connect the word “old” with the earlier and former mention of the serpent in Genesis 3: and the fact that it was Satan himself who tempted “the second man,” “the last Adam,” would force the conclusion that no other than Satan could have been the tempter of “the first man, Adam.” In Romans 6:3-6, St. Paul tells us that all born into subjection of the curse placed on Adam are the “old man,” which is crucified, buried and dissolved with Christ and be reborn.
Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
The author of the website, “The Rain”, tells us more about the various connections with the serpent, the spirit server sent by Lucifer in Eden.
The Hebrew word rendered “serpent” in Genesis 3:1 is Nachash (from the root Nachash, to shine), and means a shining one. Hence, in Chaldee it means brass or copper, because of its shining. Hence also, the word Nehushtan, a piece of brass, in 2 Kings 18:4. In the same way Seraph, in Isaiah 6:2, 6, means a burning one, and, because the serpents mentioned in Numbers 21 were burning, in the poison of their bite, they were called Seraphim, or Seraphs. But when the LORD said unto Moses, “Make thee a fiery serpent” (Numbers 21:8), He said, “Make thee a Seraph”, and, in obeying this command, we read in verse 9, “Moses made a Nachash of brass.” Nachash is thus used as being interchangeable with Seraph.
Now, if Seraph is used of a serpent because its bite was burning, and is also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a burning one), why should not Nachash be used of a serpent because its appearance was shining, and be also used of a celestial or spirit-being (a shining one)? Indeed, a reference to the structure of Genesis 3 (on page 7 in The Companion Bible) will show that the Cherubim (which are similar celestial or spirit-beings) of the last verse (Genesis 3:24) require a similar spirit-being to correspond with them in the first verse (for the structure of the whole chapter is a great Introversion). The Nachash, or serpent, who beguiled Eve (2 Corinthians 11:3) is spoken of as “an angel of light.” Have we not, in this, a clear intimation that it was not a snake, but a glorious shining being, apparently an angel, to whom Eve paid such great deference, acknowledging him as one who seemed to possess superior knowledge, and who was evidently a being of a superior (not of an inferior) order? Moreover, in the description of Satan as “the king of Tyre” it is distinctly implied that the latter being was of a supernatural order when he is called “a cherub” (Ezekiel 28:14, 16), like we saw earlier.
His presence “in Eden, the garden of Elohim”, is also clearly stated, as well as his being “perfect in beauty”, his being “perfect in his ways from the day he was created till iniquity was found in him”, and as being “lifted up because of his beauty.” These all compel the belief that Satan was the shining one (Nachash) in Genesis 3, and especially because the following words could be addressed to him:—“Thine heart was lifted up because of thy beauty, thou hast corrupted thy wisdom by reason of thy brightness: I will cast thee to the ground, I will lay thee before kings, that they may behold thee.”
Even supposing that these things were spoken to, and of, an exalted human being in later days (Ezekiel 28), still “the king of Tyre” is not compared to a being who was non-existent; and facts and circumstances which never happened are not introduced into the comparison. There is more about “the king of Tyre” in Ezekiel 28:11-19 than was literally true of “the prince of Tyre.” The words can be understood only of the mightiest and most exalted supernatural being that God ever created; and this for the purpose of showing how great would be his fall.
Again, the word rendered “subtle” in Genesis 3:1, means wise, in a good sense as well as in a wicked sense. In Ezekiel 28:12 we have the good sense, “Thou sealest up the sum, full of wisdom”; and the bad sense in verse 17, “thou hast corrupted thy wisdom” (referring, of course, to his fall). So the word rendered “subtle” is rendered “prudent” in Proverbs 1:4; 8:12; 12:23; 14:8; and in a bad sense in Job 15:5; 1 Samuel 23:22; Psalm 83:3.
The word “beast” also, in Genesis 3:1, chay, denotes a living being, and it is as wrong to translate zoa “beasts” in Revelation 4, as it is to translate chay “beast” in Genesis 3. Both mean living creature. The serpent is thus spoken of as being “more wise than any other living creature which Jehovah and his fellow Elohim had made.” Even if the word “beast” be retained, it does not say that either a serpent or Satan was a “beast”, but only that he was “more wise” than any other living being.
When Satan is spoken of as a “serpent”, it is the figure Hypocatastasis or Implication; it no more means a snake than it does when Dan is so called in Genesis 49:17; or an animal when Nero is called a “lion” (2 Timothy 4:17), or when King Herod is called a “fox” (Luke 13:32); or when Judah is called “a lion’s whelp”. It is the same idea when “doctrine” is called “leaven” (Matthew 16:6). It shows that something much more real and truer to truth is intended. If a figure of speech is thus employed, it is for the purpose of expressing the truth more impressively; and is intended to be a figure of something much more real than the letter of the word.
When it is said in verse Genesis 3:15, “thou shalt bruise His heel”, it cannot mean His literal heel of flesh and blood, but suffering, more temporary in character. It means that all Satan’s plans and plots, policy and purposes, will one day be finally crushed and ended, never more to mar or hinder the plans of God. This will be affected when Satan shall be bruised under the feet of the Body of Christ (Romans 16:20). This, again, will not be literal feet, but something much more real.
The crushing of serpents and scorpions beneath Christ’s (and his followers) feet (Luke 10:19) is the most eloquent and impressive way of foretelling the most solemn events; and to point out that the effort made by Satan to evade his doom, then threatened, would become the very means of insuring its accomplishment; for it was through the death of Christ that he who had the power of death would be destroyed; and all Satan’s power and policy brought to an end, and all his works destroyed (Hebrews 2:14; 1 John 3:8. Revelation 20:1-3, 10).
“On thy belly shalt thou go” (Genesis 3:14). Such imagery paints for the eyes of our mind the picture of Satan’s ultimate humiliation; for prostration was ever the most eloquent sign of subjection. When it is said “our belly cleaveth unto the ground” (Psalm 44:25), it denotes such a prolonged prostration.
Perhaps the defeated, prostrated imagery of the serpent also connects to what is being portrayed in the imagery of Atlas, holding up the heavens. In Greek mythology, serpents also show up in the form of Ophis (Οφιων, Ophiôn, Ophion, Greek for serpent) who had reigned on Mount Olympus with his consort Eurynome and was also considered to be one of the sons of Zeus. Moe Bedard, in his article, “Serpent on the Cross,” writes about the connection between Ophis and the Mystery School religions of the ancients:
The followers of Ophis were called the Ophites. Ophis is the Greek equivalent to the ancient Egyptian Apap or Aph-ophis, the Great Serpent who later became Apis, or Epaphus, the Sacred Bull of Egypt. Blavatsky had written, that Apollo and Python, Osiris and Typhon, Christos and the Serpent, are all convertible terms and the followers of this cult that were called Masters of Wisdom, and all Initiates into the Sacred Mysteries, are called Nagas, or Serpents of Wisdom. However, I disagree that Typhon would be considered the same as Apollo, Python, or Osiris.
Later in the article, Moe Bedard writes:
According to Greek Mythology, eventually the Good Serpent Ophis would be dethroned by his grandfather, the God of chaos and darkness, Cronos (Saturn or Satan) and the goddess of fertility and war, Rhea (Saturn’s Moon). Hence, the true serpent and dragon of wisdom, Ophis was cast out, and in his place, chaos and darkness would rule under Cronus (Saturn or Satan) and the goddess of fertility and war, Rhea (Saturn’s Moon). This is the reason why, Jesus on the cross is considered by the Fathers of the church, as the standard of Christian warfare and the lower case Greek t, the symbol of death.
The connection between Cronos, the Beast, or what the cabalists referred to as the “Other God” or the Beast—which is a hermaphroditic pair of dragon/worm-like demons being Samael and Lilith—separated by God’s flaming sword (used also against Leviathan in Isaiah), is a strange one indeed. And if they were to ever reunite, they would destroy the universe and all creation in an instant. They are trying to do this when Satan emerges from the primal sea of chaos (much like how Lilith spontaneously emerges from the chaos of nothingness) and incarnates as the Antichrist in his final move against God. The great secret taught by the mystery schools and practically all of Western occultism is that good and evil are one, encapsulated in the maxim “as above so below” and symbolized by the hexagram, better known as the Seal of Solomon and the Star of David, which is the geometric equivalent of 666. The Mark of the Beast is examined thoroughly in The Sun Lady Unveiled.
In the Old Testament, the Shekinah Glory or the Cloud of Glory is described to be God’s bride. She is depicted as Divine Wisdom or Sophia. Strangely, in The Zohar, God has taken a concubine, equated with the dark demoness Lilith “the Matronit,” who has alienated him from his wife, but that God will return to her at the End of Days and reconcile everything. In other words, Lilith is both the divine consort of God and the Devil! According to the Zohar, Lilith is also the failed mate of Adam as well to eventually become the serpent who deceived Eve and caused Adam’s fall. Therefore, God established eternal enmity between the Serpent Lilith and Eve and between their seed. Lilith’s seed would bruise the heel of Eve’s promised seed, Messiah, but Eve’s seed would revive to crush Lilith’s head along with Samael’s. Revelation 12 is a fulfillment of Genesis.
Returning to Saturn, Augustine mentions that the people of Carthage called Saturn senex, “ancient one” or the “the old one”, De cons.ev.1,16. Zaehner thinks the lion-headed god of the mysteries of Mithras with the coiling snake is Ahriman, but he is certainly also the Syrian god, Saturn, the Canaanite Baal-Ammon, and perhaps even Moloch, the receiver of the child sacrifice. I discuss all these connections in detail in my book.
The Great Red Dragon and the Beast from the Sea by William Blake.
The Number of the Beast 666 by William Blake.
Throughout the world, there are many references to dragon or serpent-like beings that spawned various cultures and religions, such as the numerous Chinese, Mayan, Irish, and Hopi Indian legends. The ancient near eastern civilizations of Babylon, Canaan, and Israel all spoke of a primordial serpent-like monster of the ocean, which was called Tiamat in Babylon, Yamm in Canaan, and Leviathan in Israel. Likewise, the most ancient scriptures of India assert that the chief god Indra is associated with serpentine shapeshifters, and the second most important god, Agni, is called a “raging serpent.” The god of India to whom most devotion is paid, namely Krishna, had this to say about himself in the Bhagavad Gita (10:29): “Of the Nâgas [the snakelike] I am Ananta [supporting Vishnu]…”
The more knowledgeable and occult minds among the ancient Greeks also paid homage to serpent-gods, such as Asclepius. We also know that Epiphanius clearly states that snakes were involved in the Ophite Eucharist and connected them to the Logos like Jesus does with John 3. The Peratic Gnostics believed that Jesus Christ was a serpent-god (Refutation of All Heresies, 5:130-133):
No one, then, he says, can be saved or return (into heaven) without the Son, and the Son is the Serpent. For as he brought down from above the paternal marks, so again he carries up from thence those marks roused from a dormant condition and rendered paternal characteristics, substantial ones from the unsubstantial Being, transferring them hither from thence. This, he says, is what is spoken: I am the door. And he transfers (those marks), he says, to those who close the eyelid, as the naphtha drawing the fire in every direction towards itself; nay rather, as the magnet (attracting) the iron and not anything else, or just as the backbone of the sea falcon, the gold and nothing else, or as the chaff is led by the amber.
The Naassenes believed an omniscient serpent watches over us from above. Specifically, Hippolytus in The Refutation of All Heresies (4:47), had this to say about their beliefs:
Aratus says that there are in the sky revolving, that is, gyrating stars, because from east to west, and west to east, they journey perpetually, (and) in an orbicular figure. And he says that there revolves towards The Bears themselves, like some stream of a river, an enormous and prodigious monster, (the) Serpent; and that this is what the devil says in the book of Job to the Deity, when (Satan) uses these words: “I have traversed earth under heaven, and have gone around (it), that is, that I have been turned around, and thereby have been able to survey the worlds.” For they suppose that towards the North Pole is situated the Dragon, the Serpent, from the highest pole looking upon all (the objects), and gazing on all the works of creation, in order that nothing of the things that are being made may escape his notice. For though all the stars in the firmament set, the pole of this (luminary) alone never sets, but, careering high above the horizon, surveys and beholds all things, and none of the works of creation, he says, can escape his notice.
This idea that something wicked is hovering around the North Pole echoes through the ages down to the present. The official flag of the United Nations is a view of the globe from a region of space above the North Pole looking down and relates it to the Biblical Prophet Isaiah, who said that Lucifer also exalts himself to lofty positions in the north (Isaiah 14:12-13). As mentioned earlier, the first-century Christian leader Elchasai believed that war rages among the evil angels of the northern stars, and therefore immoral nations are in a state of confusion.
Oh inimitable wisdom and incantations gorged with powers! Who will not be astonished at such and such force of words? But since we have stated that they also bring into requisition astrological deceit, we shall prove this from their own formularies; for Elchasai speaks thus: There exist wicked stars of impiety. This declaration has been now made by us, O you pious ones and disciples: beware of the power of the days of the sovereignty of these stars, and engage not in the commencement of any undertaking during the ruling days of these. And baptize not man or woman during the days of the power of these stars, when the moon, (emerging) from among them, courses the sky, and travels along with them. Beware of the very day up to that on which the moon passes out from these stars, and then baptize and enter on every beginning of your works.
But, moreover, honour the day of the Sabbath, since that day is one of those during which prevails (the power) of these stars. Take care, however, not to commence your works the third day from a Sabbath, since when three years of the reign of the emperor Trojan are again completed from the time that he subjected the Parthians to his own sway—when, I say, three years have been completed, war rages between the impious angels of the northern constellations; and on this account all kingdoms of impiety are in a state of confusion (Hippolytus. Refutation of All Heresies (Book IX.11).
This is echoed in 2 Enoch 10, from about the same time, where it states that there is a hell of black fire in the heavens of the north, and a bunch of witches, vampires, and pedophiles dwell there in torment, with cruel angels carrying savage weapons while mercilessly torturing them, forever. In 1 Enoch 70:1-4, we see Enoch’s spirit “translated” into heaven through the north!
1. And it came to pass after this that his name during his lifetime was raised aloft to that Son of Man and to the Lord of Spirits from amongst those who dwell on the earth. 2. And he was raised aloft on the chariots of the spirit and his name vanished among them. 3. And from that day I was no longer numbered amongst them: and he set me between the two winds, between the North and the 4 West, where the angels took the cords to measure for me the place for the elect and righteous. 4. And there I saw the first fathers and the righteous who from the beginning dwell in that place.
The Prophet Zarathustra was also informed of an evil entity that comes from northern climates, as the holy texts of the Zoroastrians record, in the Vendidad of the Zend Avesta, Fargard 8.3.21, 8.7.72, and the Vendidad of the Zend Avesta, Fargard 8.7. This quote is part of an exorcism ritual for expelling this demonic northern entity.
Zarathustra asked Ahura Mazda: ‘O Ahura Mazda, most beneficent Spirit, Maker of the material world, thou Holy One! When a man dies, at what moment does the Drug Nasu rush upon him?’ Ahura Mazda answered: ‘Directly after death, as soon as the soul has left the body, O Spitama Zarathustra! the Drug Nasu comes and rushes upon him, from the regions of the north, in the shape of a raging fly, with knees and tail sticking out, all stained with stains, and like unto the foulest Khrafstras.
New Age scholar, April DeConick, when speaking of the Peratic Gnostics, spoke of the far-north constellation Draco and its connection to Christ, in The Gnostic New Age.
According to the Peratics, the consequence of this primordial insurrection is that human spirits, the seeds of divine potential, are incarcerated by the dark lords. The dark lord reigning over all creation is Kronos, the violent Titan who quakes the earth and spews the waters of Tartarus upward into the ocean. Kronos, the cannibal god who devours his own children, is identified as the craftsman, the Demiurge, who brings forth human life only to destroy it. He is the Father God who murders his children by eating them, trapping their spirits in the cosmos.
This wretched situation requires a drastic intervention from the two other levels of reality. The transcendent Good and the upright divinities must do something to later this horrible predicament and liberate the spirit. Here the Peratic story takes on a decisively Christian flare. Following the narrative arc of the fourth Gospel, the Peratics taught that Christ was sent down from the Good to save creation.
Christ was a powerful entity that embodied all three levels of reality—the transcendent, the divine, and the human. When he was crucified, he joined the other celestial rulers as a god, as it said in the fourth Gospel, when the Son of Man was lifted up like Moses lifted p the serpent. He took control of the highest and brightest constellation, becoming fixed in the skies at the top of the celestial dome the guardian god of the luminous serpentine constellation Draco.
As such he became the good guardian of the star gat that controls the flow of existence from the transcendent sphere into the cosmos and back again. He opened the Draco portal, establishing a flow of divinity into and out of the cosmos with every rotation of the celestial sphere. This is how they understood the Christian aphorism attributed to Jesus in the in the fourth Gospel: I am the door” (John 10:7).
Based on Hippolytus’ testimony, DeConick goes on to describe the Peratics’ ritual ceremonies reserved only for their initiates involving astral projection into the bowels of hell and confronting the dark lords that rule the Underworld, including Chronos. Somehow at the end of their perilous astral journey of various trials and tribulations, the Peratics escape the jaws of the northern Draco somehow connected to the Ouroboros-Leviathan that encircles the cosmos and into the transcendent World of Light or what the Neoplatonists like Macrobius and Porphyry would consider being the Milky Way. The Milky Way was considered the well-spring of all pre-existent souls—traversing back and forth from heavens to the earth and vice versa through Zodiac portals like Cancer (descent) and Capricorn (ascent). Accordingly, the belief in the pre-existence of souls is also present in Platonic, Enochic literature, and even in the Old Testament. The church father Origen, who was eventually condemned as a heretic, also held this belief. In Peter Mark Adam’s Game of Saturn (p. 115), he writes about the sign Draco.
The alchemical dragon returns us, once more, to the ambivalence of myth, to the dragon as the undefinable primal substance and its various oblique transformations through the stages of the alchemical process. Represented with one head aligned with the moon and the other with the sun it mirrors on the microcosmic scale the macrocosmic Caput and the Cauda Draconis of Draco, and symbolizes the solar and lunar channels or madis, the ida and pingala, of the subtle energy body. In all cultures the serpent-dragon has served to represent essential life energy or kundalini, especially when ascending via the twin nadis that entwine the body’s central channel or sushumna nadi. It is this energy, ultimately, that the talismanic properties of the deck seek to awaken through the invocation of its presiding deity. At this microcosmic level the energy assumes an impersonal agency that collapses the energetic supports of the persona—an experience parallel to death—and bestows the vision of the sun at midnight, the terrible face of the Dark Mother or gorgoneion, that signals the eclipse of the faculty that sustains the illusion that constitutes consensual reality.
Adams also says that the Caput Algol, the Demon Star was used in the magical use of assault sorcery where the malefic intent of the sorcerer was put in place through grimoires of dark astral magic. Caput Algol was the “most malefic combination of Saturn and Mars imaginable; it is the most unfortunate and dangerous star in the heavens with a reputation for causing violence and unnatural death.” This connects to the Genesis prophecy of Eve’s descendants crushing the serpent’s head just as Jesus is said to put his enemies (including death or Satan) under his feet in the resurrection of 1 Corinthians 15.
Carl Jung in his book Aion (p. 209), also connects the northern parts of the world with hell and is shocked by his own thought-process.
Turning back to our text, I would emphasize, by way of recapitulation, that the infernal fire is nothing other than the Deus absconditus (hidden God) who dwells at the North Pole and reveals himself through magnetism. His other synonym is Mercurius, whose heart is to be found at the Pole, and who guides men on their perilous voyage over the sea of the world. The idea that the whole machinery of the world is driven by the infernal fire at the North Pole, that this is hell, and that hell is a system of upper powers reflected in the lower—this is a shattering thought. But the same note is struck by Meister Eckhart when he says that, on returning to his true self, he enters an abyss “deeper than hell itself.”
Moses and the Brazen Serpent (detail), ca. 1866.
While all of this is explored in-depth in my book, The Sun Lady Unveiled, we will touch on the following subject matter. The conflict between Yahweh and the snake is a kind of historicization of the ancient trope of the storm god who fights the multi-headed dragon of the primeval ocean such as Leviathan. To the Babylonians, it was Tiamat, who was originally the primal mother of all the gods in Sumerian mythology, and the storm god Marduk slaying her represented him bringing form (empire) to chaos (local authority). The conflict of the snake with the warrior angel is not just Biblical.
In Job 3,8 Job asks those magicians who can “put a spell on the sea and rouse Leviathan” to curse the day Job was born. Leviathan is here obviously seen as a sea monster like the Midgard’s worm of Norse mythology being Jörmungandr. The phrase “rouse” (pi`el:`orer) has a parallel in what is told of the Midgard’s worm at the end of the world: it will rise up to heaven to the throne of the high-god Odin and sink its teeth into his throne. Now the throne of Odin is the magic location from where one can overlook the whole world. Somehow this motif is caused by the archaic notion of the kundalini-snake rising to union with the high god having his throne in the brain just under the vaulted skull, thereby giving mystic vision. Odin himself is thought to be the Nordic equivalent of Mercury and the Greek Hermes. Odin, like Jesus, was also crucified on a tree (for Odin, Yggdrasil) and descended to the realm of the dead or Hel to gain her magical secrets of creating the Nordic Runes. For nine days and nine nights, Odin mastered powerful Seidr spells (while hanging) and then ritually died. His death marked a worldwide night, until his rebirth and the return of light to the world. 
Runestone from 965 A.D. of Jesus hung on Yggdrasil like Odin.
In a way, Odin, too, was fixed as the “volatile.” Not to mention the conflict between Odin’s son Thor and Jörmungandr is also eerily like that of Yahweh and Leviathan, Marduk and Tiamat, Michael and Satan, Chronos and Gaia/Ouranos as well. And yet, titans like Chronos and gods like Marduk and Yahweh may also be thought of as dragon-like as well—giving rise to the thought that YHWH or the Demiurge is the head-dragon with Satan being an assistant dragon (who later rebels), among many reptilian “watchers” that we see in Dead Sea Scroll literature. It takes a dragon to slay a dragon—a demon to slay a demon, a raised serpent to ward of other, lesser serpents. St. Michael, according to the Ophites, was an agent of the Demiurge, along with Samael, who is also considered to be a name for Yaldabaoth as well. What we are dealing with is a family or a brotherhood of titans and astral lords that have gone to the dark side and taken over the universe—none of which seem to get along with too well with each other either.
One can see it with Medusa and the Gorgons, Alexander the Great’s mother Olympias’ orgiastic snake-worshiping cult of the dying-and-rising god Dionysus, Lilith, Lamia, etc. The long ending of Mark epitomizes his Montanist-like sect as a snake-handling cult focused on healing and drinkable poisons, and in fact, the Old Testament defined a “witch” as a poisoner, which in Greek is pharmekus (pharmacy).
The “snake-pole” that Moses uses sounds like a caduceus (or Asclepius rod), a symbol of healing. The caduceus is also found on a Sumerian vase dedicated to Ningishzida, who like dying-and-rising god Dumuzi, was said to have guarded the gates of heaven against the Sumerian priest Adapa (Adam) until he sympathized with Dumuzi’s and Ningishzida’s deaths. Dumuzi bore the title “Mother-Dragon-of-Heaven,” which he apparently inherited from Nammu, and his wife Inanna, or Asherah was the Queen of Heaven who worships Jeremiah scolded. The Book of Ezekiel complained bitterly that the women of Jerusalem would worship Tammuz, or Dumuzi, right outside the Temple, and strangely instituted an Ash Wednesday-like ritual of wiping a Tau mark on the foreheads of those who wanted to kill Dumuzi worshipers, which seems to indicate there’s been some “cultural appropriation” in this book. Plutarch argues that the thyrsus and trimbles used in the Temple confirm that Yahweh was originally Bacchus (Dionysus). This connection is explored further in The Sun Lady Unveiled. Moses is also connected to Thoth/Hermes, as well, as the author James Cumming reveals.
In ancient Egypt, the sacred emblem of the god Thoth (Djehuty) was the ibis. Thoth was the god of the Egyptian scribes. Moses was, of course, a master scribe who was sometimes called “Moses the Scribe” — for example, in the targums and the book of Jubilees. Thoth was particularly popular among the pharaohs, and the Torah relates that Moses grew up as a prince in the house of the pharaoh (see Exodus 2:10), thus it would not be surprising if he developed an attachment to the god Thoth. According to a legend recorded by Flavius Josephus (1st century c.e.), Moses won victory in battle by using ibises, Thoth’s emblem. (See Josephus, Jewish Antiquities II, chapter 10) And Artapanus of Alexandria (2nd century b.c.e.) asserted that Moses was an Egyptian sage who knew the priestly sciences associated with Thoth and consecrated his military camp to Thoth. Artapanus further asserted that Moses was highly respected by the Egyptian priests (cf. Exodus 11:3), who called him by Thoth’s name. (See Eusebius, Preparatio Evangelicum, 9:27:3-20) Christian scripture also states that Moses “was educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians.” (Acts 7:22).
Moses’ caduceus pole was probably identical to the “Asherah trees” that were Hezekiah and Josiah are celebrated for tearing down in localized “high places”, which would explain why Hezekiah is also the king who destroyed it. Jesus’ crucifixion is specifically associated with Moses’ pole in the Gospel of John. Vases of Dionysus show participants eating a loaf of bread and wine Eucharist in front of a pole bearing the likeness of a dead Dionysus. These snaky-feminine local cults were always in conflict with the nationalistic storm god temple priesthoods. If you were a rebel, you tended to choose the dying-and-rising shepherd god as the symbol of the underdog. Spartacus chose Dionysus. Augustus’ daughter Julia chose Marsyas. If Moses was leading Semitic rebels, this “rebel underdog” iconography makes sense, just as it makes equal sense that once they became a kingdom and wanted to stifle rebellion, the state would turn against such iconography.
Therefore, Babylon’s creation story is about murdering the mother of the gods and why the cult of Dionysus was long suppressed from the Homeric era of mythology, such that historians long thought him a new god until they discovered his name in the Mycenaean era. Dionysus was finally revised and reformed into something the state could accept. As Cicero, one of those reformers of Dionysus pointed out, they liked the part of the mystery religions about going to heaven after you die instead of the underworld, as the state religion typically said.
An ancient Sumerian story about Gilgamesh finding the tree of Inanna infested with a snake, a Lilith, and an owl. He kills the snake, scares off Lilith and the owl, and then chops down Inanna’s tree and builds a couch for her out of it. The story seems to indicate that these kinds of “reforms” were common, where, just like Hezekiah and Josiah, Gilgamesh tore down the Asherah/Inanna trees in the sacred groves of the local high places and then established official worship in the city temple.
In Norse creation myths found in the Prose Edda, there is a Norse version of Adam and Eve in the form of Askr and Embla—male and female respectively. Odin, along with two other gods—Hœnir and Lóðurr—bestow the first humans with various physical and spiritual gifts. Interestingly, Askr means “ash tree” like the Asherah trees of the Canaanites.
Michael Heiser, the author of books like The Unseen Realm, once wrote that the Genesis serpent wasn’t a serpent but an angelic Elohim, a rebel of the divine council with serpentine features.
Personally, I tend to think that, in light of the serpentine appearance of divine beings in Yahweh’s presence, what we have in Genesis 3 is wordplay using all the meanings of the semantic range. That is, Eve was not talking to a snake. She was speaking to an bright, shining upright being who was serpentine in appearance, and who was trying to bewitch her with lies. She was in the presence of one of the sons of God, beings who had free will, who were more powerful than mere angels, whom humanity was created “a little lower” (Psalm 8:4-5; the phrase usually translated as “a little lower than the angels” is actually “a little lower than the elohim in the Hebrew text).
She was speaking to a member of the divine council who did not share Yahweh’s enthusiasm for his new creation, humankind, to whom Yahweh had just given rule over the planet (Gen 1:26-27). These mere humans were—as the “lesser elohim” had been previously—created as Yahweh’s image (“let US”…“OUR” in Gen 1:26-27), to rule the cosmos for Yahweh, and earth – at least until humanity was fashioned. In this last regard, I share the view of certain lines of Jewish tradition that teach the “serpent’s” motive for seducing Eve was jealousy at humanity’s “appointment” as supreme authority under Yahweh on earth – as oppose to the sons of God getting that job.
Commanding the Demiurge
Genesis (49:10), it tells us, “The scepter shall not leave Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs. To him shall be the obedience of the peoples.”
The “Judas Gem,” Green jasper amulet, first or second century CE, at the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris, inventory no. 2169.
The Lion of the tribe of Judah is a symbol also found in Revelation. In Revelation, this symbol is seen again when the Lion of the tribe of Judah is declared to be worthy to open the scroll and its seven seals (Revelation 5:5). Jesus is the One who is worthy to open the scroll (John 5:22). Therefore, Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah. However, Jesus’ betraying disciple Judas can also be portrayed as a lion, symbolizing the demiurge and perhaps even Satan himself. The Gospel of Thomas (Logion 7, Layton translation) tells us something similar in that the lion is also symbolic of the Demiurge:
Jesus said, “Blessed is the lion that the human being will devour so that the lion becomes human. And cursed is the human being that the lion devours; and the lion will become human.”
April D. DeConick, in her book The Thirteenth Apostle, she comments about the “Judas Gem,” stating that the Gospel of Judas and the Judas gem confirm each other. The gem is material evidence that there were Gnostics in the second century who identified Judas as the demon who was Lord of the Cosmos. So, this interpretation of the Gospel of Judas is not only narratologically correct but historically confirmed with physical evidence from ancient magic. The identification of Judas with the astral lord Yaldabaoth was a Gnostic secret that had tremendous power to control the demon god who ruled the world!
Enter the Judas Prophecy: How does Judas Iscariot get connected to this complicated web, becoming identified with Yaldabaoth in the Gospel of Judas and functioning as the astral lord’s secret name on this Gnostic gem? What likely sealed his fate as Yaldabaoth’s double was the fact that the scriptures associate Judas’ namesake, Judah, with leonine features. According to Genesis 49:9, Judah is a lion welp. The text describes the young lion Judah, saying, “He stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as a lioness. Who dares rouse him?”
Just in case there might be an objection raised that this scriptural passage refers to one of Jacob’s sons, who was not Judas Iscariot, the Gnostic exegete would likely point to the following verse. For the Gnostic Christian, verse 10 would have made perfectly transparent that there was hidden within the scripture the truth about another Judah-to-come, a Judah who was the Iscariot. “The scepter shall not leave Judah. Nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet. until he comes to whom it belongs. To him shall be the obedience of the peoples.” (Genesis 49:10)
The Sethian Christians must have understood this passage as a prophecy that Judas Iscariot fulfilled. He was the Judah-to-come, the lion of the scripture which had been prophesied in Deuteronomy to become Yaldabaoth, the leonine demon ruling the world, with the body of a serpentine dragon. With this reading of the passage, Judas Iscariot’s connection to the chief archon was cast. His black destiny was sealed, secreted away in the Gospel of Judas, and hidden on the back of a Gnostic gem for two thousand years.
In Astrological Medicine in Gnostic Traditions by Grant Adamson,the connection between the Gnostic aspirant taking control over the Demiurge and his various angelic authorities and daemons, are made more apparent in the form of mystical chants, prayers, chnoubis-engraved amulets and melothesia (i.e., the science of charting how zodiacal signs affect the human body):
Unlike the thirty-six gems that the practitioner is directed to make in the Sacred Book of Hermes and unlike the various invocations and amulets for thwarting individual decanal daemons in chapter eighteen of the Testament of Solomon, this gem probably was not made to heal a single body part or prevent one specific ailment. Rather, with the iconography of the chief astral ruler and both his names on the front together with the names of all seven planetary rulers primarily responsible for incarnation on the back, it could have been used as a cure-all or protection against each and every ailment to which the body is susceptible. By invoking one of the planetary rulers and wearing his name engraved on the gem, the Gnostic could control any of his inferiors, whether zodiacal, decanal, etc.
By invoking the chief astral ruler himself and wearing the names of the lion-headed Aariel/Ialdabaoth engraved on the gem, in tum the Gnostic could control any of the planetary rulers. The wearer of this amulet might not have been familiar with the elaborate double-decanal melothesia or the other melothesia following it in the long manuscripts of the Apocryphon of John. But it is safe to say at the least he or she would have known that Ialdabaoth formed the brain and marrow, lao the bones, Sabaoth the sinews, Adonai the flesh, Eloai the blood, Horeos the skin, Astapheos the hair, or something close to this, and that the seven planetary rulers were assisted by a number of angelic daemons.
Without this form of sympathetic magic, the ignorant rabble, according to the antinomian Gnostics, the demiurge has the power to further enslave the spirit into successive bodies or as a cog in the Matrix-machine after death, as Wayne Bush at the in-depth “Tricked By the Light” website spells out. The “white light” of NDE’s, according to Bush is nothing but an archonic trick.
The Gnostic text Pistis Sophia says the false Gaud Demiurge stole Light from the goddess Sophia in order to enable his ensouled slave creations to stand and I believe (much like the Devil) he is still stealing souls with the light that is seen at death. In my opinion we need to raise our spiritual energy level high enough that we will shoot on past the level that his false light is at so that we can reach the Light of Lights in the Eternal Light realms or what is called The Height of Heights. Sophia repented after she had created the Demiurge by mistake. Jesus saved her and partially restored Her Light, but the rest of Her Light Power is within humans.
On the same website, Wanye Bush also points out that viruses also appear worm-like and alien in their appearance as well as some theorize, that they could very well have been the original inhabitants of planet Earth. As we will see later, magical practice, however, is condemned by some of the writers of the Nag Hammadi Library and other apocryphal texts. The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn also has a Kabbalistic diagram featuring the Woman Clothed with the Sun. It also contains references to commanding the powers of darkness through Solomonic, Hermetic magic. We must consult Tomas Stacewicz’s The Origins of the Qabalistic Tradition of the Golden Dawn for more information.
…she really can be seen to be the Divine Mother in the Qabalistic partzufic Holy Trinity of Father, Mother and Son. All of this makes a very interesting connection to the diagram of Garden of Eden Before the Fall, taken from the Grade of Practicus of the Golden Dawn in the Outer, and the angelic female figure surmounting this diagram (see Figure 11). This image expresses the divine feminine, the Holy Qabalah referred to as Aima Elohim, which may be translated as “the Mother of God”. Through the imagery she directly corresponds to the Woman of the Apocalypse from the 12th Chapter of the Book of Revelation as quoted above. I further believe that the dynamics between the Virgin Mary and the Woman of the Apocalypse is a very interesting subject, the former being the earthly, fallen and (in matter) entrapped lesser version of the Greater Mother as represented by the latter. In the diagram below the Lesser Mother is represented by the feminine figure (Eve) at the base of the Cross holding the two Pillars, serving as the foundation of existence.
Diagram of the Garden of Eden before the Fall of the Golden Dawn.
According to the diagram, this “Sun Lady” appears to be castrated much like Ouranos and Saturn since “she” is hiding behind the flaming sun. Also notice in the above diagram, it is the seven-headed dragon Satan who holds existence at the very bottom—at the Malkuth Kingdom level of existence—the passageway to the Tree of Death being the Qliphoth or Hell. This is the punishment he must endure. Malkuth is essentially the Kingdom of Satan. The same author also explains Jesus’s main purpose for his Incarnation in Kabbalistic terms.
…the creation below the Abyss is in a hopeless condition that only can be restored by a Messianic figure. This is a reference to the New Adam in the philosophy of the Golden Dawn, which is said to be able to reclaim his throne in Tiphareth and rule with his Rod of Iron, a clear reference to the 12th Chapter of the Book of Revelation. The Messiah is the offspring of the fatherly Chokmah (Wisdom) and the motherly Binah (Understanding) –
Abba and Aima, the “thoughtful light” and the “thoughtless light” respectively. Together they beget the created world below the Abyss but also its redeemer – the Messiah – that can be seen as being represented by Daath (Knowledge). Daath is both involved with the Fall but simultaneously also constitutes its highest point and the intermediary between the Supernal Triad and the fallen universe. The Messiah, according to Nathan, stands above the law of Torah and cannot be judged by the common criteria of morality concerning what is good and what is evil. As the redeemer of the fallen world, and the intermediary link between that which is above and that which is below the Abyss, he must also become part of its fallen condition. Thus he must descend into the pit of snakes, and in the Diagrams of the Garden of Eden Before and After the Fall he is represented by the crucified man (Adam) who partakes in the fall of Eve (see Figures 11 & 12). Nathan explains that the soul of the Messiah, as well as ours, constitutes both the “thoughtless light” and the “thoughtful light.” In his mission he cleanses and redeems the fallen ones, but becomes himself unclean and fallen in the process. He is according to Nathan “the holy serpent” which subdues the “serpents of the abyss,” which reminds us of the numerical concordance between the word mashi’ah (the anointed) and nahash (serpent).
The view of such dark, chaotic (even infernal) forces as fundamental to the physical world is a very Gnostic one. Gnosticism, the Hermetica, and the Qabalah teach that the physical world (as we know it) came about only after Adam Kadmon’s fall from the Celestial Eden. The physical world of suffering, in this view, is a cross-pollination of Divine Light and the earthly demonic Shells that attempt to obscure it. The concept of the End Times, of course, is the reversal of Adam’s Fall and the re-elevation of the world back to the Celestial Paradise.
Regarding Adam Kadmon, he too is both a celestial incarnation of the Ein Sof, or the Alien God, who in Platonic and Mithraism, can also be equated with Aion. This deity is the hypercosmic leontocephaline, the winged lion-headed male figure whose nude torso is entwined by a serpent, who typically holds a sceptre, keys, or a thunderbolt that we saw earlier. In this fashion, the Adam Kadmon may also be equated with Saturn/Cronos as David Talbott reveals in The Saturn Myth (p. 131).
The created Cosmos, say the Zoroastrian texts, took the form of an immense giant named Spihr, housing the elements of fire, wind, water, and earth. The Spihr was “the First Body,” “the body of Zurvan of the Long Dominion.” “As the god whose body is the firmament he is the macrocosm [Cosmos as a whole] corresponding to man, the microcosm [Cosmos in miniature],” observes Zaehner. Thus did Zurvan come to be viewed as “the prototype of man,” eventually acquiring human form as the first ancestor—“the origin of the human race.” Saturn’s identity as the Heaven Man and first ancestor occurs again and again in Gnosticism, in alchemy, and in the traditions of the Kabala.
“As the first man,” observes Jung, “Adam is Homo maximus, the Anthropos [Man par excellence] from whom the macrocosm arose, or who is the macrocosm. He is not only the prima materia but a universal soul which is also the soul of all men.” Saturn, Jung adds, is a synonym for Adam and the prima materia. The planet is the Philosophical Man or Original Man—“the blessed Man on high, the arch man Adamas.” In the Great Magical Papyrus of Paris, Cronos/Saturn is “Lord of the World, First Father.” Orphic thought identifies the primordial man Prometheus with Saturn; the Lapps speak of the ancient Waralden Olmay or “World Man”—who “is the same as Saturnus”; and Norse legend identifies Saturn as the Heaven Man Kroder.
Earlier in the paper, Tomas Stacewicz connects the Frankist-Sabbatean Qabalistic movement with the cult of the Black Madonna—for our purposes, is another mask or “dark twin” of our Sun Lady.
As a matter of fact Jacob Frank and his followers adored the Holy Mother – The Virgin Mary – The Virgin of Częstochwa or Black Madonna of Poland, which Frankists associated with Shekhinah. The cult of the Black Madonna is a form of a worship of the Divine Feminine, and in reference to the Qabalistic theory on the partzufim or “countenances” it thus blended well with the Sabbatian-Frankist movement – also in virtue of its sexual mysticism. We know that Jacob Frank was a devout worshiper of the Divine Feminine, which is easily discernable in one of his sayings: “In a dream in Częstochowa I saw the Goddess who came to me appearing as a beautiful virgin.”
Taken from The Holy Serpent of the Jews by Texxe Marrs.
Returning to Tomas Stacewicz in The Origins of the Qabalistic Tradition of the Golden Dawn, he connects serpents with the Kabbalistic Abyss, as well as the Red Dragon from Revelation. The diagram was made to chronicle the descent of light from the Supernal Eden.
Nathan of Gaza also originated the concept of the infernal abyss filled with serpents, set out to destroy creation, also in Zoharic terms called Sitra Ahra (or “the Other Side”), the world of shells or Qlippoth, situated below the Supernals on the Tree of Life, in which the thoughtless light resides (see Figure 12). This clearly refers to the Red Dragon symbolism of the Golden Dawn, which can be seen in the Diagrams the Garden of Eden Before and After the Fall from Practicus and Philosophus Grades respectively (see Figures 11 & 12).
Figure 12. Diagram of the Garden of Eden After the Fall.
This Red Dragon is related to the Lesser Mother, in the image seen as descended into Hell or Sitra Ahra proper, represented by the circle with seven spheres at the bottom of the Tree of Life (see Figure 12). Thus the Dragon Power is properly speaking a symbolic representation of the impulse of the Fallen and Lesser Mother to ascend and reunite with her consort at the Supernal Eden. The Red Dragon with seven heads is of course another reference to the Book of Revelation, which states that “there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads.” It is also to be found on the floor of the Vault of Adepti (see Figure 13). Reading the teachings of the Golden Dawn regarding the Red Dragon one becomes struck with the controversial contents of its antinomian teaching, where the goal of the Adept is to ride upon the back of the Dragon, harness the forces of “evil” and gain strength therefrom. This concept also has its equivalent in the Zoharic concept of “The Rider of the Serpent.”
Figure 13. The floor of the Vault of the Adepti.
The Golden Dawn teachings concerning the Fall and the Garden of Eden concerns the process which leads to the “breaking of the vessels.” Note that the diagram of the Garden of Eden after the Fall (see Figure 12) depicts the Tree of Life in the form of a cross, which only contains the seven lowest Sephiroth and Daath (which indicates the centre of the cross), and at the mercy of the Red Dragon. According to Nathan of Gaza, the only part of the Tree of Life which is saved from the attacks of the Dragon, is the Supernal which is symbolized by the great circle, because of it being protected by the four (Elemental) Cherubim and the Flaming Sword which God placed there for the protection of the Garden. According to Nathan, this is the place of the “thoughtful light” upon the Tree of Life.
The original unity and division between God or Yahweh and his bride/consort Asherah are written in detail in the Sun Lady Unveiled. Perhaps this is what the Golden Dawn diagram “After the Fall” symbolizes. Tracy Twyman, in her article, Fake N.E.W.S.: Unboxing the Compass, connects the Sun Lady’s male child with Jesus’s descent into Hades.
The motivation of those trapped below, like demons in Hell, or like the Cainites in The Book of the Cave of Treasures, is to bring those who have usurped them down as well. Before the Fall, the subjugated Dragon is asleep, dreaming of the day when he will awaken, overcome the Man, drag his woman down to Hell, and penetrate the Supernal Eden once again. The Golden Dawn’s literature said that this was accomplished by tricking the woman, who was supporting the entire Tree above her, to stoop down to pick up some fruit beneath her. This is what caused the lower part of the Tree to fall into the jaws of the waiting dragon heads.
The “woman clothed with the Sun” in Revelation also had a dragon waiting to devour her child. We are seeing the illustration of those verses in these Golden Dawn diagrams. The Sun covering her womb in the Supernal Eden is the child Jesus. After the Fall, the dragon has devoured it. This happened when Christ descended into Hades, the belly of the Beast. That’s how it gained the additional eighth head.
But I think it was only temporary. Eventually, the Tree will be restored again, and the Sun will shine in Eden once more. But it’s never really done. This is the continuous loop connecting the End of the World to the restoration of Paradise, the war between God, Man, and the Devil.
Be warned: Any usage of a spirit or Ouija board opens the user up to demonic oppression and possession. And I say this with all respect to Tracy Twyman’s memory. This is what more than likely happened to Tracy Twyman in the end, who put her life and perhaps even her soul on the line for forbidden knowledge.
In this essay, Tracy Twyman makes a presentation of the universe as revealed by the spirits of Ouranos and Mithras (supposedly) she was in contact, is even more startling and specifically mentions the hypercube symbol associated with Saturn—a cube within a cube—as the real model of the universe. This somehow also weirdly affirms the infamous “flat earth” model as well. We are in the inner cube while the dead spirits are in the outer cube. Later in the essay, she compares the Tree of Life with the hypercube, theorizing that perhaps the universe or even “multiverse” (if there is such a thing) conforms to this specific shape. Tracy also emphasizes the Saturn myths and applies them to the idea of the Matrix.
Tracy wrote about the Plus Ultra elite ascending the stairway to heaven through the “keystone.” But she also alluded to the idea that what they find is really a staircase to hell. The Masonic Royal Arch rituals depict the initiates as Templars discovering the keystone in the floor of Solomon’s Temple, and an underground vault beneath that. But it’s the same keystone they show in the arch. It implies that the “portal to the outside realm” is really a portal to hell.
Maybe we are in Hell in that Earth is a bubble of safety inside Hell that we get released from at the end, either into the New Jerusalem Cube with Jesus or into the Lake of Fire with the rest. The good guys go into the cube, and then the firmament collapses, the stars fall from heaven, the water turns to blood because everything is getting mixed together when the up and the down become the middle. This is symbolized in William Blake’s The Marriage of Heaven and Hell. Also, a lot of those stories in Revelation seem like they might be depicting the war in heaven at the beginning too as if the beginning and the end are both parts of the same scene taking place in a timeless realm and the human race is smack dab in the middle of it.
Tracy also revealed that the Sun and the Moon are portals or gateways to a realm beyond. If this Sun were to not be replaced, the universe would begin to collapse and fold up into nothingness, back into the abyss of chaos. In each new successive aeon, the moon gives birth to a new Sun and the old Sun goes underground. In this process of successive solar worlds, a powerful black magician (named Blake Rosenberg in Tracy Twyman’s novel Genuflect), ripped a hole in the heavens through sex-magic and alchemy, allowing him to escape while our own reality collapses around us, thus ensconcing him as our new divine overlord, making our world a footstool and energy base for those above.
Tracy Twyman also tells us about the Renaissance magician/astrologer/secret agent to Queen Elizabeth, John Dee, and his system of magic as the underlying unifying force behind our current reality. In particular, John Dee’s connection with the United States of America is emphasized, when it was initially found or even conjured as the “New World” or the “New Aeon” and ultimately the new Atlantis as Freemasons claimed this was so—the birthplace for the final New World Order and the New Babylon of Revelation 17 and 18 and its eventual annihilation and judgment by God. In essence, the world in its current form is an artificial reality induced by black magic. In fact, it was John Dee who gave us our current map of the world. In other words, John Dee is the demiurge of our current reality that is currently breaking down and being alchemically transmuted into something else as if all existence is trapped inside an alembic.
Renaissance alchemy was treated as a science, and alchemists during that period were literally attempting to transmute lead into gold. In fact, Edward Kelley of John Dee fame was repeatedly imprisoned for his failure to produce results when promising to create gold. If only they could find the Philosopher’s Stone! The alchemical transmutation of matter not only involves our world but also humanity as well. Zosimos’ Vision is particularly macabre and violent on the level of Hellraiser when it comes to its depictions of alchemy, as we saw earlier. Tracy, further in the essay writes the following:
The Bible pretends to tell a chronological history, but every major story within it is another angle of metaphor on the same primeval events. Which is not to say that “creation” hasn’t occurred multiple times in different aeons—it has. However, this language we use forces us to conceptually separate these events into a time sequence, which doesn’t strictly work. That which is created includes time, and therefore the process of creation is not constrained by it. The Abyss contains all the possibilities of what can be created. It pre-existed and exists still, but not in the sense of manifested reality. Primeval chaos didn’t go away when the light was created; it simply “comprehended it not.”
So Moses, whose name means “born from the water,” is the same hero as Mithras/Saturn, who used a knife to cut his way out of the “womb of the Great Mother,” which is a title for the Abyss. The Babylonians called this hero “Marduk,” and they called the Abyss “Tiamat” (very close to the Hebrew word for it, tehom). They represented it as a fierce dragon that Marduk cut in half. Then, they said, he used its physical remains to fashion physical worlds.
I think it’s safe to say, then, that this adventure did not take place in “Egypt” as we commonly think of it, which is why scholars have found no evidence for it and can’t make sense of the story geographically or historically. Rather, the tale of the Israelites being in bondage in “Egypt” is really about a world that was subdued and forced to carry the burden of another world on its shoulders. It is the condition of slavery endured by those trapped inside the womb of the Great Mother.
The womb of the Greek Earth goddess Gaia was none other than Tartarus, which was Hell. It was the same place that people and gods alike were imprisoned and tortured, often by being forced, like Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill, to spend eternity trying to perform some impossible task. Similarly, when the Israelites were enslaved in “Egypt,” they were forced to make bricks without straw. What is the purpose of doing this to someone?
It really isn’t that much different from life on Earth at present. Many people are employed at a job where the requirements for the position can never be fulfilled. Many have jobs where their employer spends more employing them than is gained from their work. A great many people work doing things that contribute nothing good to others, or even cause harm to others. Most people are indebted to others beyond what they could ever conceivably repay. Most of us have physical needs that can never be properly fulfilled, which us a significant factor in determining when we expire. Yet we must keep all of this going. The system we live in demands it.
What I suspect is that, just like in film The Matrix (the name of which actually means “mother” in Latin), where humans trapped inside of a mass illusion are being used as batteries, the womb of the goddess is also her stomach, and those inside provide her with energy. We live in a dream, within which our meaningless efforts generate a charge that’s feeding something unseen outside of the dream. The mother is both feeding and digesting her young, a condition symbolized by the Ouroboros serpent eating its own tail.
There is no escape from this endless loop prison except to cut a way out, as Kronos did. This is how the first conscious entity, which was self-contained, first gave birth, generating the future out of eternity. Thus Kronos is remembered as the Father of Time, whose birth brought time itself into being. That cutting open of the mother from within is remembered as a courageous and creative act that helped us all to be here, instead of inside the mother being eaten. Thus Kronos, Saturn or Mithras was worshiped as a form of God, even if he also ate his children and had himself to be overcome by another.
But because he escaped the gullet of the Mother, and cleaved open her womb, we must sacrifice the first-born in place of the one who escaped. Just as the Lord took the firstborn of Egypt, he required of Israel the firstborn of their animals in place of their child. As it says in Exodus 13:12:
…thou shalt set apart unto the LORD all that openeth the matrix [my emphasis], and every firstling that cometh of a beast which thou hast; the males shall be the LORD’S.
In Greek mythology, as soon as he cuts himself out of the womb, Kronos (Saturn) began eating his own children out of fear of being “usurped” by them. Zeus survived to dethrone his father because his mother fed his father a decoy baby in the form of a stone. The stone was then vomited out of Kronos, along with the progeny that he’d already eaten. Many of these siblings of Zeus correspond to the classical planets.
But I think that the Mother Dragon of Chaos still exists, and she’s still hungry. I have recently been thinking that the Sun, if a crystal, is perhaps a decoy stone that keeps this voracious beast satiated. If so, it’s role would be just like that of Jesus Christ, said to have taken our punishment in Hell for us, and to have freed the souls that he found there (just as the siblings of Zeus were freed. As Helena Blavatsky wrote in Secret Doctrine Volume II: Anthropogenesis:
‘…Christ-stone,’ or Christ-Rock, ‘the spiritual Rock’ that followed ‘Israel’ (I Corinth. x. 4) ‘became a Jupiter lapis,’ swallowed by his father Saturn, ‘under the shape of a stone.’
Without it—without him—the Abyss would consume everything, beginning with its own “tail.” The pieces of the serpent that were split to become Heaven and Earth will reconnect and become One Thing that will swallow itself completely.
It is important to recall that Plato’s version of the Atlantis myth was never finished. He prefaced it by mentioning that their land sunk beneath the ocean, but then the manuscript trailed off before he described it in full detail. Helena Blavatsky, deliberately blurring (correctly, I think) the fabled Atlanteans with the “Atlantes” nation that Herodotus wrote about being in Western Africa, mentions in his report that the people who lived there never dreamed while sleeping.
To me, this seems to indicate that perhaps their entire life was a dream. Recall that the Titan Kronos was said by Plutarch be asleep in chains in Tartarus, his dreams influencing our reality here on the surface of the Earth. Some people even hold council with him in their sleep, he wrote. I think of both Atlantis and Tartarus as being nebulous zones of non-reality, dreams in themselves, like the chaos of the Abyss outside of the Universe—surrounding us on all sides, both up and down.
Tartarus, we know, is to be viewed as both underneath and also inside the Earth. We think “inside” because it’s said to be Gaia, the Earth-goddess’s womb, out of which the Titans sprang in the first place, and to which they returned as prisoners after they were defeated by Zeus.
But from what Uranus was telling us on the Ouija board, Tartarus is the chaos surrounding everything that exists. Perhaps what’s “inside the Earth” is really a portal leading to it, a vagina leading to a womb of nothingness, from when possibilities in potential take form in solid reality as they are birthed into the Earthly realm. It also seems to be a place where things that have been real before are ostracized, to be remembered as fables, but not considered history—alternate forks in a choose-your-own-adventure story.
In Meet Mete: Twyman’sIntroduction to Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum, English Translation, Tracy Twyman also makes further parallels with Christ and Saturn myths.
The parallels with the story of Jesus Christ might have been obvious to the Templars. After his death on the cross, he was swallowed by Hell, but, according to Catholic doctrine, released all the souls there (and according to most Christians, he certainly purchased the potential release of them all). Also, many Gnostic texts describe Christ as an “alien” from the light realm of the Pleroma beyond creation, whose presence here is being rejected as a foreign object by the body of the Demiurge, within whose gullet creation apparently was thought to reside. Finally, the way in which the children of Chronos are “born again” with the stone in reverse order from their first birth, like a Christian reborn with Christ, could have been seen as a fulfillment of the prophecy made by Jesus in Matthew 20:16 that “the last shall be first, and the first last”(KJV). Also, in Revelation 4:1, the one sitting on the throne of God is actually described as a stone.
After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will shew thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow round about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald.
This takes place within the New Jerusalem, described as a cubic city, the righteous ones selected to be saved must enter before the Lake of Fire destroys the rest of creation (thus making the inside of the box a new cosmos in itself). It is described by St. John the Divine as “coming down out of heaven from God, shining with the glory of God. Its radiance was like a most precious jewel, like a jasper stone, clear as crystal.”
Thus, any future emergence from this crystal enclosure into a larger realm could be considered a “birth from the stone,” and the cubic city viewed as a vehicle that safely guides the passengers through the ocean of chaos into a new realm. This is actually how oceans were viewed in ancient cosmologies: as bowls of primordial chaos, full of that which preceded material existence. Thus, existence was viewed as literally coming out of the sea, just as evolutionary biology now claims more complex forms of life were formed on Earth.
This would explain why the stone in the Greek story, the substitute for Zeus, was called omphalos, and said to be the “Navel of the World.” In Jerusalem, in the floor of the Al-Aqsa mosque, there is something similar, called the Eben Shityah, the “Foundation Stone of the World.” The Ark of the Covenant supposedly rested upon it, and there are even Christian traditions saying that this is the real location of Golgotha (“the Place of the Skull”), where Jesus was purportedly crucified.
The curious connection between Christ and Saturn/Chronos is also further elaborated in my book.
According to the English numerological system by increments of 6, whereby A= 6, B=12, C=18, etc, the number of the name of Jesus is 444, and the number of the name of Lucifer is also 444. Hence, Jesus = Lucifer. Both are shining serpentine beings, and both have at one time or another been bringers of light. Not that they are the same entity, but rather they are the same or similar species. In Jesus’ last words of the New Testament, he said, “I am that bright morning star,” (Revelation 22:16) which hearkens back to Isaiah, where it is written, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning!” (Isaiah 14:12). The Hebrew here for “Lucifer” is hilel ben shaker, which refers to the bright morning star, Venus. Hence, Jesus is that bright morning star, the son of the morning, symbolically Venus, and he is called by this name because he is the carrier of light. Jesus replaces the first carrier of light who fell from grace, and thus Jesus is the new Lucifer.
This is further borne out by the fact that when 444 and 444 are added together, that is Jesus and Lucifer being added together, the sum is 888. 888 is the number of the name of Jesus according to the Greek system of numerology and as we saw earlier. Hence, Jesus + Lucifer = Jesus, 444 + 444 = 888; which ironically also means that Lucifer mathematically is a zero, a looser, if the equation is changed to Jesus + looser = Jesus, that is 888 + 0 = 888. This makes sense because Lucifer fell from grace, and so he is counted as a zero, a looser. It is well documented that 888 has always been the number of the name of Jesus. For example, Hippolytus stated:
….the Greek alphabet has eight monads and eight decades, and eight hecatontads; and these exhibit the calculated sum of eight hundred and eighty-eight, that is, Jesus, who consists of all numbers. And that on this account He is called Alpha (and Omega), indicating His generation (to be) from all (The Refutation of All Heresies 6:45).
Irenaeus likewise stated, “This is the name of Jesus; for this name, if you reckon up the numerical value of the letters, amounts to eight hundred and eighty-eight. If you count up the numerical value of the letters you get 888” (Against Heresies 1.15.2). If seeking Biblical confirmation, one may look to the book of Revelation, since it also implies that Jesus is 888. The chronology of Revelation is as follows: The beast, 666, is followed by the wrath of the apocalypse, which in Revelation is 7 trumpets, 7 plagues, and 7 bowls of wrath, 777, and this is followed by the triumphant second coming of Jesus, 888, who then says “I am the bright morning star,” which is Lucifer, 444, and when added to himself, who is also 444, the sum is 888. And so, there is a numerological pattern to Revelation.
The actual calculation of the number of the name of Jesus is as follows: The Greek letters of his name, IESOUS, carry the values 10 for Iota, 8 for Eta, 200 for Sigma, 70 for Omikron, 400 for Upsilon, and 200 for Sigma, which when added together total 888. Numerology is by no means arbitrary, for the values of the letters do not change from word to word, but stay constant; thus, there are most certainly a very limited number of interpretations for any given word.
Moreover, the number 888 is borne out by an Old Testament prophecy that foreshadowed Jesus long before his coming. The famous prophecy that Judah would continue its government until Shiloh came, that is, until the kingdom of Judah came to whom it belonged, has traditionally been interpreted to be a prophecy that when Jesus came, the nation of Judah would cease to exist—a fact which actually happened in history because shortly after Jesus came, the Jewish nation was abolished by the Roman Empire. The Hebrew word Shiloh calculates to 345.
When combined with the Holy Name of God which was spoken through the burning bush to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” (Exodus 3:14) which calculates to 543, these two added together are 888. Jesus claimed to be the I AM of that statement (John 8:58) and so it too is traditionally interpreted to be a foreshadowing of him. This relates to the conflation of Yahweh with Jesus, which we will address later. However, it is more accurate to say that Jesus was indeed what he said he is that he is the “Word” of God or the Father, just as Johannine prologue says and “keeps His word” while the Pharisees do not know Jesus’ Father at all. Hence, the Pharisees are only aware of a lesser, inferior power being Yahweh as the “Lord of Hosts” and his angels and demons (or the archons) at his command and not the Father above, being El Elyon, the Most High like we originally see in First Temple Judaism. At any rate, there are still several allusions between Jesus and Yahweh, which I note in my book. The calculations are as follows: Shiloh in Hebrew letters is SYLH, which carry the numbers 300 for Shin, 10 for Yod, 30 for Lamed, and 5 for Heh—these added together are 345.
“I AM WHO I AM” in Hebrew is “AHYH ASR AHYH.” Aleph is 1 and Reish is 200. Hence, we have AHYH 1+5+10+5 and ASR 1+300+200 and AHYH 1+5+10+5, which is 21+501+21 = 543. Thus, when I AM WHO I AM is added to Shiloh, which symbolically means that when the Unfathomable God becomes king of the Jewish nation in the form of the Messiah, then his numerological equation will be 543+345 = 888, that is, I AM WHO I AM + Shiloh = Jesus. Hence, this numerological prophecy of the Old Testament confirms that Jesus is the Messiah. 888, when turned on its side, is three infinity symbols, which symbolizes the infinite nature of the Holy Trinity.
Revisiting the Compass
In another article, the Christian historian and Theologian Sextus Julius Africanus and his work Narrative of Events Happening in Persia on the Birth of Christ have been mentioned. Fulcanelli in The Mystery of the Cathedrals: Esoteric Interpretation of the Hermetic Symbols of The Great Work (p. 53), tells us more about this source.
A priest announces that Juno has conceived. All the statues of the gods dance and sing at this news. A star descends and announces the birth of a Child, the Beginning and the End. All the statues fall down with their faces to the ground. The Magi announce that this Child is born at Bethlehem and advise the king to send ambassadors. Then Bacchus (Aiovuoos) appears and predicts that this Child will drive out all the false gods. Departure of the Magi, guided by the star. At Bethlehem they greet Mary, have a portrait of her with the Child painted by a skilful slave and place it in their chief temple with this inscription: “To Jupiter Mithra (Aii HAio-to the Sun God) to the Great God, to King Jesus, the Persian Empire makes this dedication.”
Then said we to her: Mother, mother, all the gods of the Persians have called thee blessed. Thy glory is great; for thou art exalted above all women of renown, and thou art shown to be more queenly than all queens.
The child, moreover, was seated on the ground, being, as she said, in His second year, and having in part the likeness of His mother. And she had long hands, and a body somewhat delicate; and her colour was like that of ripe wheat; and she was of a round face, and had her hair bound up. And as we had along with us a servant skilled in painting from the life, we brought with us to our country a likeness of them both; and it was placed by our hand in the sacred temple, with this inscription on it: To Jove the Sun, the mighty God, the King of Jesus, the power of Persia dedicated this.
This part is relevant to the story since, on September 23, 2017, the “great wonder sign” of Revelation 12 took place in the month of Virgo, the only woman in the twelve constellations. Many had theorized about this and connect to Jupiter with Virgo, when it entered Virgo almost a year ago, around November 20, 2016, with “conception” occurring on Hanukkah (the Festival of Light). Due to its retrograde motion, Jupiter spent a little more than nine months within the womb of Virgo. This falls within the average length of time for the gestation of a human baby. Jupiter will then exit Virgo illustrating the birth of the child around September 23. The Jupiterian Sol Invictus Messiah is clearly emphasized in Africanus’s work and connects to Revelation 12.
The Madonna and Child cult is evident throughout almost all world cultures. The son of the Queen of Heaven is often called the “Man-Child” much like what Revelation 12 says. This title is often assumed by many ancient warrior god-kings like Re, Horus, Tammuz, Attis, and of course, Mithras, Helios, or Sol Invictus, etc. This same title is also applicable to the figure of Melchizedek, who is also the Jupiterian royal Son of the Sun Lady, as I discuss in-depth in the book. Tracy Twyman in Fake N.E.W.S.: Unboxing the Compass, reveals that September 23 also has Freemasonic connections, as well.
Perhaps, then, you can imagine what went through my mind when, for the second year in a row, the Masonically-significant date of September 23 was marked with public reenactments of the mourning ritual that Masons do for their imaginary hero Hiram Abiff (a stand-in for the demons who are said to have built it). I am of course referring to the kneeling protests that started the football seasons both this year and last, but appear to have much more momentum this year.
September 23 is the date on which Freemasons observe the Autumnal Equinox, marked as the date on the screen-right pillar on their Royal Arch tracing boards, and the Vernal Equinox marked off on the screen-left pillar, with the keystone joining them at the top of the arch (or sometimes shown removed to let in the rays of the Hyperuranian Sun). It’s also the date that the ladder of seven steps leads to, according to The Secret Societies of All Ages & Countries—Volume 2, by Charles William Heckethorn. But there’s much more, for September 23 is also the date on which Freemasons observe the martyrdom of Hiram. The Masonic ritual revealing the mysteries of Hiram involves half-genuflection to his body, lying dead in a shallow grave.
Stewart Best in Frequency: The Mind Matrix (p. 24) interprets Revelation 12 as the arrival of “extraterrestrials” who, the author claims are, fallen angels, led by that ancient, deceiver serpentine Satan, preceding his world-wide worship as the “Beast” as foretold in Revelation 13. This is what Christians refer to as the “Strong Delusion” of 2 Thessalonians 2.
Here is the spirit war that is invisible to humanity because of the veil over his mind. This is the arrival, and the vast majority of humanity will be tricked into thinking this arrival is from “outer space’) when it is interdimensional, and mankind will think these “fallen ones” are God and His angels. It is the strong delusion.
The movie The Matrix has been very influential in the so-called truth movement. Countless people have used various bits from the movie as analogies of our experience in this world. There’s the blue pill/red pill, the Platonic ideal of the world of matter being a cave where the shadows of the true forms are seen but not recognized. On one hand, I’ve always sort of liked The Matrix (way before I “woke up”), but on another, I’ve found something off about it, especially since V for Vendetta came out from the Wachowski siblings (which are now “sisters”.)
The Matrix, among other reality-warping movies like Dark City, of course, has something that speaks to our current state of existence, and that’s why we identify with the story, but then there’s another element to it. I think there are three different ideas that the popularized idea of the Matrix brings up:
The physical world is not as solid as we think. Matter is solid only because we think it is. On some level, the world is an illusion, or rather a projection, like a movie or a computer game. Yet although a movie or game is scripted or programmed, it’s not entirely unreal. The actors, some of the props are real, in games the code is real.
The Matrix is an analogy of our mental state. It’s the “world pulled over our eyes” as Morpheus says. This means the illusion or deception is mental, and we unwittingly yet willingly contribute to it by believing falsehoods.
The world we inhabit is a prison designed to leech energy off us to basically feed unknown inhabitants on the other side of existence.
These three different interpretations of the Matrix all sort of connect with one another in some ineffable way. I do think that this physical world is in many ways akin to a computer game, such as World of Warcraft or the Sims. It has plenty of nice-looking characters and places, but when you play it, you know the polygons of the (physical) world in the game consists of are merely illusions with the purpose to make the gaming experience more pleasurable. They do not really affect the mechanics of the game, instead, the coding, which is below the surface and cannot be seen while playing the game, is what runs things. It does not mean this world unreal; it simply means this is how this world works.
The second definition is the real Matrix, in which most of what we are thought to believe is false. Whether it’s simplified ideas of religion or materialism that say most things in life are meaningless, or dysfunctional political or financial systems are told are the best option we have. All these artificial, social and religious constructs reinforce the evil inclinations of the prison Matrix we are trapped in. The solution then is, as Jesus says in the Gospel of John, the truth will set you free.
The third definition I think is sort of a half-truth or perhaps a psyop. While currently, the Earth acts as a prison for us in some sense, yet I don’t think that is the original function of the Earth. It is a prison because we (or our distant ancestors) allowed their minds to be taken over by something. I think something wants us to think this world is a prison, so we would leave it, or give it to them. That “something” would be an evil intelligence that controls our reality, and that elites who’ve made a pact with this force are corralling earth inhabitants like cattle on its behalf in exchange for material rewards and longevity. I think something wants us to think this world is a prison, so we would leave it, or give it to them.
Tracy Twyman says in Clock Shavings that demonic entities are trapped within a prism in hell (which is also a Saturnian black box). They are dead but do not truly exist yet they do, they are being tortured and can somehow contact us. She thinks they’re trying to change places with humanity, so we’d be trapped in hell, and they’d be free on Earth. Freeman Fly of the Freeman Perspective has noted that the media, like Disney, is trying to convince to children it’s cool to be possessed by demons. All you must do is watch an episode of Disney’s “The Owl House” to see the Satanic brainwashing on full display as more and more people come out as self-declared Satanists. Katy Perry, for example, sings some very suggestive lyrics in the track Supernatural. And now we see Kanye West who worked on that track about alien sex is now rapping about how Jesus is Lord, which is interesting considering he dressed up as a fly (or the lord of the flies) on Halloween if you follow his social media.
Now as Katy Perry sings, there might not be much difference between a demon or an ET. Of course, CERN is often blamed for opening a portal to hell or other parallel dimensions. Demonic possession and portals to hell are becoming a popular theme. I think the demonic entities imprisoned in a prism box in hell are the ones in the Matrix. Naturally, they want out and are trying to convince us we are in the Matrix, so we’d try to escape. It’s basically a bait and switch tactic. This, unfortunately, is what could have befallen Tracy Twyman.
The Matrix, like online conspiracy culture, tends to promote a mindset that we should try to escape from our problems instead of facing them. All the suicide cults, UFO cults, and people awaiting rapture have a similar mindset that this world is prison and freedom is out there. I would also include the Cathars and Gnostics into this mix as well. This world has many problems, but we do not fix them by escaping somewhere else. And yet even after an indefinite period of feeling blissful love, one would be considered “trapped” in reincarnating on Earth again and again until one awakens and is liberated.
Many religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, and Gnosticism already teach the need for liberation from the cycle of the illusions of this world. For the demons in hell, however, the situation is different. Escape is the only solution. According to Peter Mark Adams, the author of the Game of Saturn, the Renaissance elite bypassed the cycles of reincarnation by making an astral, draconian pact with Chronos, the Demiurge himself!
For non-religious authors specializing in the paranormal and psychic phenomena, like John Keel, the world is ruled over by an ancient artifact constructed by ancient Titans or the earth-born giants that existed before man, called the “Eighth Tower,”(Keel’s book has the same name, p. 171) in the Superspectrum, with the help of seven Yezidi citadels throughout Asia and the Middle East, ruled over by priests of Satan—projecting Satanic, demonic curses throughout the universe.
Stretching across Asia, from Northern Manchuria, through Tibet, west through Persia, and ending in Kurdistan, was a chain of seven towers, on isolated mountaintops, William Seabrook wrote in his Adventures in Arabia, ‘and in each of these towers sat continually a priest of Satan, who by “broadcasting” occult vibrations controlled the destinies of the world for evil.’ Thoughtful men have always uneasily recognized that some superhuman force seems to manipulate human events and subtly guide human history. It was a natural step to divide such manipulations into two parts. The good (prohuman) events were credited to the gods, while the bad (antihuman) events were blamed on assorted demons and devils. It gradually became clear that the bad events outnumber the good, so it was obvious that the demons were pretty much in control.
The earliest myths of Africa, Asia, and South America – myths produced by completely isolated cultures – contain many interesting correlations. They claim that in the beginning men ‘were actually enslaved by the gods. We were like cattle in a pen, forced to build senseless monuments for the use of our masters and even to sacrifice our physical bodies to them. Many cultures continued these ritual sacrifices into this century. Even the Old Testament of the Bible carefully depicts God as a vengeful, jealous, egotistical tyrant who frequently punished man with horrible disasters.
John Keel’s theory (from his book The Eighth Tower) of the “superspectrum” is that it is a layer of reality that exists as a membrane—enveloping our physical universe as a resting place for the “ultraterrestrials,” where all paranormal, supernatural, religious and cryptozoological phenomenon ultimately springs from. In other words, this “super spectrum” is God and there is no God above or outside it to save us. Investigating all of Keel’s claims will take an entirely separate book to analyze, however. Like in the second Matrix movie where the Oracle tells Neo that “all the stories of vampires, werewolves, are programs that are doing things they shouldn’t be doing.” That’s in a manner of speaking not too far off from the ultra-terrestrials or the Interdimensional Hypothesis.
In another section of the same book, Keel (p. 193-194) bases off the observation that a race of titanic giants once inhabited this world, while suggesting that what we call “God” is an ancient super-quantum computer built by super-earthlings, being the Titans. He calls this computer the “Eighth Tower” and makes a stark observation:
The Eighth Tower manipulates a few of us through its manifestations, but it manipulates great masses of us through our belief in those manifestations and our interpretations of their meanings. During the 1960s I wandered dazedly through old cemeteries, garbage dumps, and gravel pits, haunted by the strange, seemingly intelligent lights prancing in the skies, often asking myself, ‘What does the phenomenon want? What is it trying to teach me and all of us?’ These same questions plagued the men of 5,000 B.C., and they plagued Charles Fort. The ancient answer was that the gods owned the earth and that mankind was placed here to serve them. Fort simplified this. We are property.
You and I are biochemical robots controlled by the powerful radiations being broadcast from the Eighth Tower. Our brains are programmed like computers, and many of us are suddenly and completely reprogrammed at some point in our adult life. At birth our entire lives are planned for us, and as we weave and totter through our allotted three score and ten, we find ourselves manipulated by “luck”, by strange coincidences, and by sudden changes in ourselves and our environment. Visualize a mad scientist who needs someone to clean out his secret laboratory in his castle on a forbidding mountaintop. He constructs a mechanical robot for the job and programs it so it can move freely within the lab, but if it should open the door and try to move out of the laboratory, it is programmed to self-destruct. The robot calls it slavery. We call it free will. We are free to pursue our life in our own way so long as we conform to the hidden master plan. If we try to circumvent that plan by zigging instead of zagging, we self-destruct.
Life can seem like a cruel and pointless joke to those locked into a seemingly empty existence. So the Eighth Tower has given us all kinds of beliefs to sustain us. People in Asia and Africa starve to death in a posture of prayer. Lonely, frustrated people shuffle from one mil- to another in the search for a belief that will miraculously give them an identity. Thousands trapped in the technological skepticism of the age are turning to the belief in space people from another world, cosmic Brothers who will save us from ourselves, just as the people of another time looked to Osiris, Zoroaster, and Christ. We sense that we somehow are part of something larger, but it is something unseen, and we try to fit ourselves into a broader cosmic view like ants trying to relate to an elephant. (p. 204)
With Keel’s strong connections between the Titans, (which Saturn certainly was one) and the Superspectrum, this leads me to believe Saturn/Chronos/Father time is ultimately the supreme god here, at least in this universe. All of this is what Q-Anon may be referring to whether it be the “alliance” or “Space Force” military or some super-smart A.I. online bot as the so-called “Great Awakening” which really refer to the rousing of the “Old Ones” of Lovecraft or the Sumerian planetary deities such as Utu, Nanna-Suen/Ekišnuğal, Nergal, Nabu, Marduk, Innana/Ishtar, and Ninĝirsu. Could these same Titans be returning to somehow “reboot” the Eighth Tower?
Q-Anon’s reference to the “Great Awakening” also connects to the Theosophical new-age idea of the dawning of the Age of Aquarius or “Ascension” and the Crowleyan or Thelemic idea of the “Aeon of Horus” where the “Old Aeon” religions like Christianity, Judaism and even Islam are finally defeated. Aquarius is also ruled by Saturn, and Saturn is associated with authoritarian governments, big brother, slavery, mind-control, and deception. Many political movements associated with Nazism, Communism, and Socialism also feature prominent symbols like the sickle associated with Saturn, as well.
I also think part of the Q charade was trying to use Tracy Twyman’s work, and so was Isaac Kappy before Tracy died. As a side note, if you look at Tracy Twyman’s original publishing company, Quintessential Publications, its chief logo is simply a giant Q. Perhaps what I’m suggesting is whoever Q-Anon is, they do take some inspiration from her, as Tracy Twyman herself stated on podcasts and website, she made but subsequently took down.
Tracy Twyman also wrote this in QAnon on 4Chan’s covert coup is about the hidden hyperspace kingdoms.
QAnon repeatedly mentioned “Alice & Wonderland.” People have decided “Alice” is Hillary Clinton. But as I mentioned in “Fake N.E.W.S.: “Unboxing the Compass,” “Alice Rosenbaum,” was the real name of Ayn Rand, who wrote about the hidden realm of “Atlantis,” where, in her story, the elite go to hide under a forcefield of invisibility while they watch the rest of the world go to Hell. “Alice” is also the name of a project at CERN focusing on creating interdimensional portals.
QAnon mentioned “the fall of the archons” a few days ago, and the coming disclosure of the existence of “benevolent ETs.” The TV show “the Event” from a few years ago was about ETs that looked just like humans, and who had names corresponding to Gnostic figures, such as “Thomas” (as in the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas) and “Sophia” (their leader, clearly representing the wisdom goddess who is the mother of the demiurge (the creator of physical reality) in Gnostic creation myths. At the end of the show, it was revealed that the ETs were from a planet in another solar system where the Sun had grown too large and was threatening to destroy all life there. So they teleported their planet to our place in our solar system, and teleported our planet to where theirs used to be.
In other words, they (the evil, fallen angels) are trying to pull a switcheroo at the End of Days, thereby forcing us to pay the price for them, and endue the fires of Hell in their place. This is exactly the sort of thing that the spirit of Cain seemed to be hinting at in the various conversations I’ve had with him on the Ouija board over the years.
GnAnon, an alleged confidant of QAnan, recently also mentioned the Disney film Tomorrowland in some of his latest posts. And CERN. And Gnosis. “Tomorrowland” is a term for a land hidden in another dimension, accessible for those with eyes to see, where the real elite hide themselves, their real wealth, their real property, and their real technology.
“QAnon” is supposedly so-named because “Q” s the highest level of security clearance in the Department of Energy. QAnon has indicated that there is free energy tech being hidden from us that will soon be revealed.
People have been saying for the last year that we don’t know what Donald Trump is really up to: that he’s playing “4D chess.” If you read “Fake N.E.W.S.: “Unboxing the Compass,” you’ll realize that 4D chess is actually the game of Ageio described there, described to us by the spirit of Cain, who told us that it was actually to origin off the game of chess, and that it is a ritual for the purpose of changing reality. As I explained in the essay, the board on which the game takes place appears to represent a hypercube, and I speculated that this may actually be the shape of our universe.
The seizing of the Saudi princes and their bank accounts, and the release of the “Paradise Papers,” is an indication that what’s coming is the lawful seizure of untold amounts of ill-gotten gain. I would think this would also go along with a debt jubilee, as the illegitimate nature of most of the world’s debt instruments is revealed.
But all this sounds like a fantasy. I have no reason to believe it’s real.
A rather curious article from Space.com, reveals that conclusive alien life may be found in 2020. According to an Orthodox Christian website called Daimonolgia about a story about descending people from airships in clouds in the ninth century. As the story goes, a mob of people accused these “airship people” visitors as evil magicians who wanted to ruin their crops. A Christian bishop Abogard of Lyon ran to their aid and dismissed their story of aerial visitors as a made-up fantasy, perhaps to save their lives. It’s the basis for the book title of Passport to Magonia: On UFOs, Folklore, and Parallel Worlds by UFO researcher Jacques Vallee. Interestingly, in one of Tracy Twyman’s articles about her online harassment, she posted a picture of the infamous “Men in Black.”
In one article, Ritual Magic, Mind Control and the UFO Phenomenon by Adam Gorightly, he surmises and connects Aleister Crowley, Jack Parsons, John Dee, Robert Anton Wilson, Philip K. Dick, Whitley Strieber, MK-Ultra mind control and the Montauk Project Conspiracy and connects all of this with UFO’s as well. All this research just points to the idea that UFOs are just another hallucinatory manifestation of the same spirits that magicians conjure. The veil is especially thin these days, with various sightings of Bigfoot, UFO’s, threats of WW3, political coups of a sitting President and mass disease pandemics and pestilences—similar to what we find about prophecies of Revelation’s Four Horseman of the Apocalypse—it certainly feels like the End Times. The 11th hour is just about over and the Endgame has begun. Time and space are breaking down into its base elements and heaven will become the new earth.
Next, we turn our attention to Eden once again. Only this time, we must do saw from the angle that there are competing powers, all fighting for power and control over Eden and those who establish, inhabit and rule over it.
Back to the Supernal Garden
What I find interesting is the information presented by Tracy Twyman in her online article, Meet Mete: Twyman’sIntroduction to Mysterium Baphometis Revelatum, English Translation. In this essay, she writes about these gods, who like in the Apocryphon of John, are presented as bound victims of Fate. You can find her presentation video based on her only novel Genuflect and Joseph Von-Hammer Purgstall’s essay on the Knights Templar and the Ophite Gnostic and pagan beliefs at Bitchute.
According to Hammer Purgstall, one of his idols, Tab. I, fig. 13, sports an inscription that reads των υδατων χρυσος [ton ydaton chrysos], which he interprets as meaning “golden waters.” He adds: “What is to be understood by this golden water, or by this golden liquid, is reserved for discussion further on.” It obtained this quality because of the food and drink—nectar and ambrosia—eaten by the gods, which, in a previous book of mine (Clock Shavings), I argued was most likely the flesh and blood of those sacrificed to them.
I think it is noteworthy that the gods of Greece were said to have blood which was golden in color, called ichor, the possession of which was considered the cause of their immortality. When drained of it, they died. But in medical pathology, the same term, according to Dictionary.com, means “an acrid, watery discharge, as from an ulcer or wound.” Regarding this, Church Father Clement of Alexandria wrote that “the ichor of the poets is more repulsive than blood; for the putrefaction of blood is called ichor.” This makes sense once we realize that the gods of all traditions appear to be literally zombies rotting in the bowels of the Earth, using magical techniques involving the blood and flesh of humans to regenerate themselves.
Unfortunately, when dealing with things supposedly ancient and supposedly sacred, we can’t seem to get away from the gore of dead and dismembered bodies, sexual depravity, and the unnatural abuse of bodily functions, along with the resulting byproducts. The Gnostics were accused of heresy for saying these things, and scorned for practicing them, but we seem to find it hidden within every religious tradition, but still hinted at by the myths and imagery in a way that is obvious once you understand the symbols.
Tracy Twyman also makes a lot of interesting observations about the cults of Cybele and Mithraism and their castration rites, which in my mind does connect to the current transgender/gender fluidity/ “woke” mania that has overtaken Western culture now. Tracy Twyman also makes some connections with the Russian historian Anatole Fomenko who claims that much of human history is fabricated and perhaps the history of the Knights Templar and various Christian patriarchs like Jesus, John the Baptist, Simon Magus, etc., were actually closer to them in the timeline than what is originally thought.
On the one hand, the implication seems to be that the person who initiated Hughes de Payens (whose name means “Hugh the Pagan”) into the secret doctrine of Johannism was John the Baptist himself—or, at least, that the Templar tradition claimed he was. This created a bizarre unexplained gap of 1000 years between the alleged date of the death of John and the alleged date of the inception of the Templar order. But this gap is eliminated if we consider the chronological revisions of Anatoly Fomenko, which eliminates the Middle Ages and puts the Crusades right after the death of Christ.
Also, another intriguing possibility is allowed which makes this whole matter potentially much simpler. One can then consider the perspective that maybe the Templars were, in fact, practicing the religion of the Church that chartered them. However, the rituals and teachings of the Church may have been quite different than what has been handed down to us today. It may be that, somewhere along the line, a decision was made to sanitize the religion, to make it more palatable with the developing mores of the day. This may have required the public sacrifice of the Templars, Cathars, and other Christians, now “heretics,” to make it look as though the “impurities” of the Church had been dispensed with. If we consider this, then a lot of the most peculiar elements of Christian mythos and doctrine, as well as many of the otherwise bewildering physical artifacts left behind by our Christian ancestors, make a lot more sense.
First, let us note that the way in which some anti-Christian Roman chroniclers described the “Agape feasts” of early Christian sects sounded more similar to descriptions of the Satanic Black Mass or the Witches’ Sabbath, rather than what we think of now as the traditional Eucharist celebration. These rituals reportedly involved intoxication, orgies, infant sacrifice and cannibalism. It is now thought by most scholars that these chroniclers were probably mixing up reports on the activities of both Christian groups, Gnostic Christian groups, and non-Christian Gnostic groups, not being able to tell the difference. Perhaps, though, the differences were not quite as great as modern Christians would like to think.
These “agape feasts” of the early Christians or Gnostics have many parallels with the Hindu left-hand path tantra. These are analogous to the “Saturnalia” festival of ancient Rome (which would eventually be outlawed) and the sacred temple rites and sex orgies of ancient Canaan Phoenicia, in which Simon Magus found Helena being prostituted or pimped out in a brothel. In fact, there’s reason to believe that the original Catholic Church was originally a brothel dedicated to the rites of Cybele, Mithras, and other Roman pagan gods like Liber and Bacchus. Carpocrates, a Simonian heretic, is said to practice and advocate similar practices and beliefs.
According to Hippolytus (Ref. VII, 20), Carpocrates believed that Jesus was generated by Joseph and Mary, but his soul was more righteous than any other man on earth, and that the angels created the world and the law, and were inferior to the “unbegotten Father.” He held more heretical Judaic beliefs like that of the Jewish Gnostic Cerinthus, another heretic that the church fathers railed against. Carpocrates’ followers, likewise, engaged in “spells and voluptuous feasts” while containing powers and sorceries over the “Archons and the makers of the world…” Carpocrates’ techniques remind us of what we saw earlier in the quotation of the article Astrological Medicine in Gnostic Traditions by Grant Adamson.
The original form of Gnosticism sees the world with the eyes of a mystic: the material world is created (or at least dominated) by evil or ignorant powers, and human thought descended from unity with the divine mind and got entangled with matter. Salvation is Gnosis, the mystic experience of unity with the divine mind, but this unity can also be won by manipulating the sexual energy or by a baptismal practice. And yet, as we uncover in Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, there seems to be a tragic warping of this “baptism of wisdom” of the ancient Gnostics and Hermeticists into something so hideous and blasphemous that it can only be described as Satanic. Or perhaps, this was the original intent all along? We see this clearly in Joseph Von Hammer-Purgstall’s work on the Knights Templar and the Arabic Assassins. How strange would it be that Catholic soldiers who pledged themselves to Christ and the Pope would fall into savage blasphemies and witchcraft involving golem and homunculus creation, made from dead flesh and sex magick.
In fact, all forms of magic and the occult are condemned by all higher religions and philosophies, considering their demonic origins. Revelation says that no sorcerers will be allowed in the New Jerusalem. According to Gnostic belief, it was the fallen angels/archons who taught magick to mankind when the “sons of God” came down and had intercourse with women, as retold in the Book of Enoch and other apocryphal texts. In fact, there are numerous condemnations of magick in the Nag Hammadi Library. The type of magick some of these left-hand antinomian Gnostics were involved with is condemned in strong terms in the Pistis Sophia and the Books of Jeu—both of which are analyzed at length in the Sun Lady Unveiled book. In these books, Jesus threatens that those who practice it will go to the outer darkness and be eaten by pig demons and such.
Despite Tracy Twyman’s occult past, this is what she was involved with up until her last days on earth—uncovering the Satanic, Baphometic gnosis of the Knights Templar and every secret society connected with them, including Freemasonry, the Ordo Templi Orientis, French Gnostic churches, the Rosicrucian’s, Illuminati, various syncretic “Saint” orders, and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Mysticism and magick are ultimately two different paths—a distinction that I will elaborate on more another time.
Christianity has historically condemned savage religious traditions such as human sacrifice. The indigenous tribes of pagan peoples did not and consequently brought societies that lacked such human rights. Sure, there were multiple Catholic conquests of the pagan peoples which ultimately led them to absorb some of their traditions, but the fact remains: many pagan peoples would abuse and terrorize their own, all to feed their demonic dark gods who own them like a rancher owns his cattle.
A vision appeared to Paul in the night: a man of Macedonia was standing and appealing to him, and saying, “Come over to Macedonia and help us.” When he had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.
My brothers and sisters of Macedonia, what many of you may not know is that there was a slave girl among you in whom you’ve believed in, and like so many others of this city you we’re taken captive by the same spirit that held her in bondage. (Acts 16:9)
“For some of them will blaspheme the truth and proclaim evil teaching. And they will say evil things against each other. Some will be named: (those) who stand in (the) strength of the archons, of a man and a naked woman who is manifold and subject to much suffering. And those who say these things will ask about dreams. And if they say that a dream came from a demon worthy of their error, then they shall be given perdition instead of incorruption.” (The Apocalypse of Peter)
“They are wicked in their behavior! Some of them fall away to the worship of idols. Others have demons dwelling with them, as did David the king. He is the one who laid the foundation of Jerusalem; and his son Solomon, whom he begat in adultery, is the one who built Jerusalem by means of the demons, because he received power. When he had finished building, he imprisoned the demons in the temple. He placed them into seven waterpots. They remained a long time in the waterpots, abandoned there. When the Romans went up to Jerusalem, they discovered the waterpots, and immediately the demons ran out of the waterpots, as those who escape from prison. And the waterpots remained pure thereafter.” (The Testimony of Truth)
In the last quote, there is a straight-up condemnation of Solomonic magick which is very magnetized for demonic activity. Its usage of Sator Squares and such are basically talismans meant to place your mind in an altered state to conjure angels and demons successfully. Solomonic magic comes from the period of the Babylonian captivity of Judaism and when Solomon introduced Baal and Ashtaroth worship to Israel through his pagan wives. As mentioned earlier, it is said in the Book of Enoch that there were 200 of the Watchers that came to earth and took for themselves wives of the daughters of men, and these same beings taught them magic spells, charms, astrology, even necromancy (contacting the dead). What these beings did not tell nor teach them, is that the supposedly dead they were speaking to, was the counterfeit spirits or demons of that person. Therefore, spiritism is not only dangerous but also universally condemned throughout the Bible.
This counterfeit spirit was placed alongside that person, as was one placed alongside us all at birth, this spirit knows the things we know and are with us all the days of our lives, and has the ability to mimic human appearance and voices, this is to whom they are speaking with. Like the rest of magic, all magic is an illusion and deeds performed by demons sent to do the works of the rulers of this world or the archons.
Why would the Father, the preexisting eternal virginal spirit need magick and if the God of this world condemned those of old for practicing it? What shall come upon you who now dabble in it, surely you don’t think you shall escape do you, or did you not know that these same spirits brands you like cattle that other spirits may know who you belong to? The fate and destiny of all who practice such things are always the same: heart attacks, cancers, or some old and unknown disease that cannot be cured. Some may say there is good and evil magic, but I say to them both good and evil magick was taught to mankind by the same 200 Watchers/Nephilim who commanded demons to do the works of magick for them like we see in the text On the Origin of the World which lists a compendium list of demons, angels and their signs and symbols, their duties and who commands them to carry out those deeds.
Many Gnostic texts reveal the beauty of the rose and its thorns. These thorns of magick are ultimately poisonous and toxic to the soul. These Watchers are the wild animals in the book of Genesis that refused to be tamed, learn about them, this knowledge will bring salvation to the souls of mankind because to us the wrestling is not against blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. (Ephesians 6:12, Berean Literal Bible)
And if there are evil forces in the realms of the heavens, then why should one strive to reach there? Did not Christ say the Kingdom (of) heaven, the word “of” means, above, beyond, to have preeminence over a person, place or thing? As it follows, we are called to know our root and know ourselves. This can only be accomplished by awakening from the death-like sleep of ignorance and gain awareness. Just as humans have the “counterfeit spirit” there is also a counterfeit Christ or “El Cristo Negro,” (often associated with Judas) the opposite mirror image or black twin of Jesus Christ. Some call him Judas as we saw earlier, others call him the Beast or the antichrist—both of which are also connected to Chronos as mentioned earlier. Whatever the case is, he is undoubtedly one of the Archons that seek to imprison and ultimately damn humanity.
The Watchers were originally created to watch over humanity as guardians over prisoners that have been taken captive for reconditioning. These Watchers are creatures, spiritual in nature possessing the ability to conform themselves to be like humans, which gave them the ability to mate with them, this was their rebellion.
According to Gnostic belief, “He” the demiurge or the Creator god sent a spirit of fear into this world, and this spirit will cause Men to fear and have a need for a savior to bring them peace, while his pseudo-Christ will offer them “men” a false hope of salvation, He and all of the creatures he created reflects him and his desire to be worshiped, this is the flaw that his Mother (Sophia), it was in her mind to create a ruler over “Matter” that the Savior Jesus may see and take notice of her creation and grant her a place in the Kingdom of Light, to which the children of Light spring from.
The cosmocrator and his creatures have been taking members of the human race since the beginning of civilization, and “turning” or “corrupting” many into “enhanced” tares and have great abilities and life spans to war in darkness, but no worries hell has enlarged herself for them. The Children of Light, however, are themselves the “thought” in the Mind of the Father. They also dwell in the womb of the Forethought of the Father, who is called Barbelo, the Virgin that gave birth to the Pleromic universe and the first-Begotten Savior, Jesus Christ.
It was the creator god, or the demiurge who said to himself “I shall be like the Most High” then he went about creating his “Heavens” first then the earth, being his footstool, then this world. Then he became tired and rested from all his work. The primeval Titans or Giants who sired humanity may be also equated with the Gnostic archons and the chief ruler, Yaldabaoth/Aariel since indeed they were giant in stature (along with their angels, demons, beasts, etc.) just as the heavenly angels like Christ and the Holy Spirit were according to Elchasai, as we saw earlier. These beings are one and the same as the “Ultraterrestrials” of John Keel and are considered the creators of the material Adam race (but not the spiritual race).
The Sumerian cosmology chart shares many parallels with Gnostic cosmology. Different names but each emanation has the same meanings in the same positions. They also have a trinity with Anu as the cabalistic Ain Soph and both sons Enlil (wind and sky) and Enki (water and wisdom). Anu is equal to El Elyon, while Baal becomes king. Both are kings over other gods, but El’s kingship is timeless and unchanging. Baal must acquire his kingship, affirm it through the building of his temple, and defend it against adversaries; even so, he loses it and must be enthroned anew.
One can also equate these archons with the Sumerian gods, the first of which would be Anu (as the chief archon this time). One can also equate some of the various archons with the Sumerian deities like Enlil and Enki. For the argument’s sake, we can put “Yao” (Iao) as Enlil and Eloia or Sabaoth with Enki. Enki was something of a Babylonian trickster god like Hermes, and a craftsman god as well. Enki’s Sumerian name means “Lord of the Earth” and his Mesopotamian epithets included Nudimmud (Maker), Ushumgal (Great Serpent) and Lord of the Abzu, the abyss of the primeval waters. His symbols were the serpent and water—much like what Satan is associated with. He is also identical to the benevolent titan Prometheus who enlightened man, his own creation, with the Fire of the Gods. The mercurial trickster archetype is particularly strong with Enki.
Anu and his connection with Yahweh are also evident. As one fascinating essay called Enlil is Not Yahweh, Anu Is puts it, “…in the Mesopotamian tradition the sky god Anu was associated with the planets Mars and Saturn (Evans, 1998). Since ancient times Mars has always symbolized warlikeness and Saturn has always been considered a dark and malefic planet.” While the research is sound, all of this comes from an essentially pro-Enki (Lucifer)/anti-Christian website.
Therefore, it is said in Genesis 6:4, “there were giants in the earth in those days.” These are the same as the “sons of Anu” or the Anunnaki being the titan-archons that dominate the universe. The “sons of Anu” can be translated to “those who came from heaven.” Anu may also be equated with Ouranos, the Greek deity of the sky or heaven, which is interesting because the Church Fathers also reported that the starry vault or the heavens were also equated with the Dark Womb of the Demiurge and some of these Gnostic groups were attempting to penetrate, manipulate and “storm the heavens” like Mithras. The Babylonian Marduk was associated with vegetation and harvest. As Enlil, he was the inventor of the mattock (key agricultural tool of the Sumerians) and caused plants to grow. Cronus was also considered to be a Greek harvest god.
In Babylonian Myths, Marduk eventually betrayed Anu, his father, and took the power of the Gods. In ancient myths recorded by Hesiod’s Theogony, Cronus envied the power of his father, the ruler of the universe, Uranus. Uranus drew the “power” of Cronus’ mother, Gaia. One story names Enlil (Marduk’s) origins as the exhausted breath of An (Anu) (god of the heavens) and Ki (possibly Danu, or Gaia, both goddess of the Earth) after the sexual union. In both stories, Enlil (Cronus) is a bit of a “problem Child” as is Yaldabaoth who is also called a “child of the void” or the “child of chaos.”
Enoch recounts the history of how the sons of Anu first came to earth and made themselves to be worshipped as gods and his daughters as goddesses, they all were brothers and sisters and Anu there father commanded them to only procreate with one another, he called his children “fruit trees whose seed is within themselves” this is what is meant when it was said in Genesis 1:11 (English Standard Version) “And God said, “Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth.” And it was so.
Anu commanded this because he did not want humans to gain access back to the planet called “Nibiru,” (his divine throne) meaning wandering star, or moving planet—according to some, this is where Adapa was originally created. In other creation accounts like the South Wind tale, Adapa is created by Ea or Enki. Now as for the angels of Anu’s creation there was a group called “the Watchers” which are spoken of in Genesis 6:4, also afterward, when the sons of God went to the daughters of humans and had children by them. They were the heroes of old, men of renown.
It was them, the Watchers that violated Anu’s commandments along with his sons, and this angered Anu, these children born from the union of the Watchers and human women were called the “Nephilim” and it was one of the sons of the Watchers called “Nimrod” who sought to get to the heavens to war against the gods, who himself was an angel/human hybrid, he sort to build a tower and atop of that tower to build a gateway, portal to the heavens, and this is why it was said of the creators in Genesis 11:6: “The LORD said, ‘Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing which they purpose to do will be impossible for them.”
This deed performed by Nimrod angered Anu and in the seventh verse, he and his sons confounded the language of the builders. What Anu did not count on was, that his own sons would rebel against him and his creation of mankind, humans would also, the first of his sons that rebelled against him was “Sabaoth.” “Now when Sabaoth, the son of Yaldabaoth, heard the voice of Pistis, he sang praises to her, and he condemned the father.”
Yaldaboath/Anu showed himself to be a boastful creature and a vengeful one who could not control his sons nor any of his creation that soon became as great as he was then in his anger he created death, and death was passed into mankind and destroyed his own grandchildren that were born of the relation of his sons and humans as well as the Watcher angels. Theirs is a history of a broken family, an arrogant father, and disobedient children. Therefore, we came to this place, as a testament against Yaldaboath and his arrogance.
In Enochian and Gnostic thought, the spiritual race is from a kingdom that is far above the heavens of Yaldaboath and the regions in which his mother Pistis Sophia dwells. Pistis Sophia is yet, another mask or incarnation of our Sun Lady—which is thoroughly examined in my book. The ultimate fixing of the volatile is within the spiritual heart, however, and this is what Christ spoke of when he said in Matthew 7:14 (New Living Translation) “But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” This is only but the tip of the gnosis iceberg, which is about discovering the root and the origin of our being.
Update: As states and countries around the world experience lockdown and compromised, governments revealing their true authoritarian colors as they strip everyone of their most basic rights with medical quarantines, forced vaccinations and digital currencies as preludes for the Mark of the Beast, economic manipulations and market crashes, CEOs jumping ship, checkpoints everywhere, etc., I am reminded of Tracy Twyman’s words from the same essay, Fake N.E.W.S.: Unboxing theCompass I quote throughout this post and mentions a secret, breakaway civilization ruled over by the Plus Ultra elite who worship Saturn. In any case, the following excerpt sounds a lot like current events.
The idea of creating a secret invisible place on Earth for the “elect” to hide in shows up in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. There, society’s elite, lead by a renegade genius engineer, decide to rebel against society’s needy, useless masses and retreat into a hidden world of their own. It’s an invisible realm they’ve named “Atlantis,” hidden inside the Rocky Mountains by some kind of force field invented by the society’s founder, John Galt. This little modern-day Saturn (Lord of Misrule during the legendary “Golden Age”) populated his hidden kingdom of perfect anarchy with society’s true elite. Galt selected them personally and, one by one, presented them with an offer that, for some reason, none of them chose to refuse.
The result is that each of them decides to walk out on his or her life, including all business and family obligations, so that they can disappear into “Atlantis” in the Rockies, and live without rules or expectations in this land of perfect freedom. In so doing, most of them chose to commit some catastrophic act of sabotage against their own handiwork. Mines, factories, and railways are blown up with explosives, leaving heaping, burning piles of ruin, including a petroleum fire that nobody can put out because everybody smart enough to figure out how has already disappeared into Atlantis.
The man who does this last act in particular leaves behind a sign stating “I’m leaving it as I found it.” This is all connected to the title, of course. It’s a “fuck you” to humanity. The message is: “We, the ‘Titans of industry’ who keep the sky from falling like Atlas, are going to ‘shrug’ and let everything collapse on top of you.” This is the “shrug of ‘whatever’” embodied in the Cremation of Care ceremony at Bohemian Club meetings. The Lake of Fire imagery in the scene mentioned above (the burning pit that cannot be extinguished) is a clear channeling of the spirit of those trapped in Tartarus, enslaved and forced to hold up the pillars of Heaven and Earth (or “Solomon’s Temple,” as its presented in The Testament of Solomon).
The little snot who gets this all started—John Galt—invents a free energy machine (a “mini particle accelerator” harvesting atmospheric energy, as it’s described with unintentionally comedic sincerity in the film version). But then he realizes how much he hates humanity, and that they don’t deserve to benefit from his invention. In fact, he decides to take it upon himself to teach society a lesson. So he runs away, vowing as he leaves to “stop the engine of the world.”
He plans to do this by persuading all the other “pillars of society” like himself to following him to his hidden underworld of Atlantis. Inductees are all forced to spend the first night alone in a particular room in John Galt’s house. (Weird, right?) They are made to take a vow “never to live for another man, and to never ask another man to live for me.”
The sun itself has been increasingly brighter and bigger these last few years ever since Tracy Twyman wrote about the alchemical death and rebirth of the sun through black magic. 666 is the cabalistic number of the sun in the occult, after all. All of this is written about by Tracy Twyman in Genuflect. In another article written by Tracy Twyman back in late 2018, called Informant talks to me about Global Debt Facility Tracy reveals that there are accounts worth trillions of dollars that will be “released” to the public in the form of a global financial reset. Here’s what she wrote:
The subject of discussion is an alleged giant cache of gold, silver and diamonds, purportedly put into an account years ago, worth many trillions of dollars, for which, it is claimed, a secret cold war has been waged for years by elites, behind the scenes. Some of the claims about the “Global Debt Facility”– supposedly containing wealth large enough to retired the sovereign debt of all nations–have been spread by alleged World Bank employee Karen Hudes. Hudes has made the rounds on several alternative media talk shows over the last few years, releasing what she claims to be inside information about the existence of these accounts, as well as the people vying to take control of them: the world’s financial elite. Most shockingly, she claims that the people who are trying to take the money there are members of exclusive blue-blood families who are not really human. She calls them homo capensis, and says that they have extraordinarily large skulls.
In addition to Hudes, a Filipino man calling himself Tiburcio Villamor Marcos Tallano Tagean, who also claims to be the true heir to the throne of the Philippines, says that he personally is the actual rightful owner of these accounts, and that if he could get access to them, he would use the money to solve the world’s ills.
Several code words are associated with the subject of these alleged accounts, including “TCM-666” and “AP13652.” Earlier this year, there were many documents, articles, and interviews of people on the internet talking about this subject. Now, there is nothing about “AP13652” to be found anywhere, and “TCM-666” just brings you the Filipino guy’s YouTube channel. This consists mostly of videos narrated in English by a robot voice, making bizarre claims about the supposed accounts while showing images of heavily seal-embossed “official-looking” documents purporting to be actual correspondence sent by Mr. Tagean to various heads of state and other officials working in government positions relating to finance. Comments are disabled on all of these video, and few if any outside of this man’s YouTube channel are corroborating his claims, as far as I can tell. However, until a few months ago, there was plenty of content on the internet about the alleged “global collateral accounts” that made no mention of Tagean or his claims.
Some time last year, I spoke to a person who had reached out to me, claiming to have inside knowledge of this topic, and told me a bit of rather wild information over the phone. We made tentative plans to talk again, but we never did end up doing that.
Considering that the number “666” is part of one of the main code names for the accounts, I have theorized privately that, if these rumors are based on anything real, the “wealth” that really backs up the accounts may end up being the money for which men will sell their souls when the prophesied new “Mark of the Beast” money system is brought to fruition. Perhaps the souls themselves would be the real “collateral” backing the new system. The informant I spoke to told me that the “interbank screens” where the alleged accounts can supposedly be accessed are “in some sense spiritual-transacting.”
Now we find it alleged in the writings of Q-Anon that the Federal Reserve system is about to be brought down, following an engineered economic collapse, and that a new money system collateralized by gold is about to be announced. A few months ago, the Q-Anon boards were buzzing about a new digital system that would trap the consciousness of people who utilized it in a computer simulation, eternally, and which would correspond to the “Mark of the Beast” system foretold by Saint John the Divine.
Alliance take over of media and broadcasting truth
Emergency broadcast system to be used to announce operations and changes to population
Release of suppressed technology
Full disclosure of crimes against humanity
First contact with benevolent ETs (later)
Ascension for some beings
Could all of this drama and calamities unfolding before our eyes be the final death-throes of our current financial world system as the Plus Ultra elite help bring about the Antichrist system foisted upon the world as prophecied by Saint John? Talk of wars, famines, and pestilences all occurring simultaneously, could not have happened at a better time. Could this world pandemic be an elaborate public initiation ritual for the Plus Ultra elite to conjure Saturn/the Beast to be the literal “king of the world” Rex Mundi or Lord of Misrule over a coming “New Aeon” or “Golden Age” as warned against by the Cathars? After all, you can’t spell “pandemic” or “pandemonium” without the pagan devil, Pan.
This is the same as the Antichrist/Beast homunculus that Aleister Crowley and his OTO cult have conjured through sex magic, mind control, and time travel, as the god of the “new aeon” (the Antichrist) where the pillars (including the sun and the moon) and the archons of the old universe (along with the rest of creation and humanity) are mixed together and transmuted into the prima materia to form a new, artificial universe and perhaps even create portals into other parallel dimensions, as well. The goddess Mete is also depicted as pulling down the chains of the archons that hold up the heavens, connected to the sun and the moon. In the Gnostic text, On the Origin of the World, Sophia is depicted as the ultimate destroyer of this material universe, Yaldabaoth and all his Heavens. Tracy Twyman has also written extensively about all this in her work as well, especially in her book Clock Shavings, which depicts real people being tricked into/unknowingly performing the ritual to open the portal to hell and bring on the Apocalypse. This is the Great Awakening. In her article Film as Myth, she writes:
Sleeping God/Goddess: An important monarch, god, or royal heir has been trapped in a “death-like” sleep in a hidden tomb or prison, an eternal coma, waiting for someone to release them. Thor, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White, Jack and the Beanstalk, Pan’s Labyrinth, and Lovecraft’s Cthulhu Mythos all contain this theme.
Return of the King: This is the destiny of all of these exiled monarchs-in-waiting (mentioned above): they must bide their time on the other side until the moment comes for them to travel back to the other world and reclaim their rightful inheritance there. (This may be rooted in a fantasy of Satan storming Eden to take back his former glory).
Rise of the Fallen Kingdom: This is an extension of both the “Return of the King” and “Sleeping God” themes. The king and the kingdom itself have both been exiled, fallen into the underworld. They plot to “rise again,” like Satan in Hell, and Cthulhu in the sunken city of R’lyeh.
All of this only supports the idea that a global reset is about to occur (and perhaps even a metaphysical reset at that) and perhaps we really are at the End of Days. The real target in this whole drama isn’t the Deep State at all, as the Bible reveals. It’s actually God’s people, the tribulation saints/the church represented by the Sun Lady of Revelation 12, some of which are prophecied to be martyred, by the Beast and the Harlot Babalon while others are quite literally snatched or raptured out of this world before the “new aeon” begins like a snare or a trap for those not watching. You can find more information about all of this and more about future trends in The Sun Lady Unveiled.
 According to April DeConick in “From the Bowels of Hell to Draco: The Mysteries of the Peratics,” the fiery serpents were interpreted by the Peratic Gnostics (according to Hippolytus) as the stars that combat the Gnostics from escaping the cycle of birth and death. The celestial spheres or the Zodiac were also considered to be the desert and the Red Sea—synonymous with the one that the Israelites crossed when they encountered the same biting and stinging fiery serpents.
“The snake indicates the incisive and solvent nature of the Mercury, which avidly absorbs the metallic sulphur and holds it so powerfully that the cohesion cannot later be overcome. This is the ‘poisoned worm, which infects everything with its venom’, mentioned in L’Ancienne Guerre des Chevaliers.” This reptile is the aspect of Mercury in its first state and the golden wand is the corporeal sulphur, which is added to it. The solution of the sulphur, or, in other words, its absorption by the mercury, has given rise to a great diversity of emblems; but the resulting body, which is homogeneous and perfectly prepared, retains Philosophers’ Mercury as its name and the caduceus as its symbol. It is the first class matter or compound, the vitriolated egg, which requires only gradual cooking in order to be transformed first into red sulphur, then into Elixir, and the third time into the universal Medicine. ‘In our work, the Philosophers affirm, ‘Mercury alone is sufficient.’” Fulcanelli, The Mystery of the Cathedrals: Esoteric Interpretation of the Hermetic Symbols of The Great Work. (p. 82).
Epiphanius preserves 2 verses from it in Panarion, 26. The second one goes: “I saw a tree bearing twelve manner of fruits every year, and he said unto me, This is the tree of life.” Epiphanius meant to represent the menstrual cycle.
 Following Carl Jung’s logic, if Mercury is also the Holy Spirit, then it would make sense that Mercury functions more like the Astral Light of Baphomet, as the Freemason Eliphas Levi discusses—containing the elements of God and the Devil, simultaneously. This is the Rosicrucian Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenkreutz. https://hermetic.com/osiris/levibaphomet
 Ethel S. Drower, The secret Adam, 1960, pp.21ff. & The Haran Gawaita and the Baptism of Hibil Ziwa, 1953, pp.39f.: “And he (Adam) ascended the bank of the Wellspring and his glory burst forth over all worlds.”
 “Coiled around the sky’s north pole is the celestial dragon, Draco. It is said that this dragon protected Hesperides’ garden, which had a tree with golden apples. The constellation is made up of 21 main stars and most notably the ‘Zenith’ star. As part of Hercules’ Twelve Labors, the dragon is killed while protecting the golden apples from Hercules. Hera placed him in the sky to always remember his sacrifice.” https://osr.org/constellations/draco/
 Please see Macrobius’ Commentary on the Dream of Scipio and Porphyry’s Cave of Nymphs for more information.
 Please see the following paper for more information on this topic: The Pre-Existence of the Soul in the Book of Wisdom and in the Rabbinical Writings Author(s): Frank Chamberlin Porter Source: The American Journal of Theology, Vol. 12, No. 1 (Jan., 1908), pp. 53-115 Published by: The University of Chicago Press. https://www.jstor.org/stable/pdf/3154642.pdf. Also see this article as well: ldysinger.stjohnsem.edu/@books1/Jones_soul/07_whence-soul.htm
 The Norse trickster god Odin used to demand human sacrifice, and Norse pagans would sacrifice people to him by crucifying them to trees. In Norse mythology, Odin crucified himself to descend into hell and learn the secrets of the dead, so human sacrifices were offered up to him in imitation of his own self-sacrifice.
Practicing Gnosis: Ritual, Magic, Theurgy and Liturgy in Nag Hammadi, Manichaean and Other Ancient Literature. Essays in Honor of Birger A. Pearson. Edited by April D. DeConick, Gregory Shaw, and John D. Turner. Nag Hammadi and Manichaean Studies. Leiden: Brill, 2013.
 “Jesus’s baptism and tests in the desert coincide with his first Saturn-return, marking the mature point of completing his preparation and beginning of his ministry. He requests baptism for redemption for his previous earthly life, having evolved into a higher level of consciousness. His forty days and nights of ‘Temptation’ and fasting in the hellish desert reflect the Jews’ forty years of painful wanderings in the wilderness. There he forces himself into a severe hardship within Saturn’s realm of wilderness; he defeats Satan’s – lower Saturn’s – earthly rule and achieves a higher Saturnine mastership of all physical and spiritual forces.” https://www.astro.com/astrology/aa_article151102_e.htm
 Kyle Fraser, in his paper, Zosimos of Panapolis and the Book of Enoch: Alchemy as Forbidden Knowledge, writes, “The Greek word for ‘baptize’, baptizein and its cognates, is connected, etymologically and conceptually, to the alchemic terms baphê and katabaphê which I translate as ‘tincture’.” This is one of the sources of Baphomet etymological origins. As we will see, the “Baptism of Wisdom” eventually was warped into something completely different by the Medieval period—or perhaps was originally that way all along. While Baphomet does connect to the Gnostic goddess of wisdom, Sophia, this creature also connects more specifically to a demonic archon. Baphomet, as suggested by the inverted pentagram, ultimately represents the the baptism of the initiate into the inferno of matter, as opposed to the true baptism of the Christ, which is the ritual reenactment of one being initiated into the Pleroma, or the Kingdom of God.
This is exactly what authors like Zrinka Stahuljak in Pornographic Archaeology Medicine, Medievalism, and the Invention of the French Nation assert that the worship of Baphomet, in which Hammer-Purgstall identified as the secret behind the Templar-influenced Holy Grail legends as the alchemical, hermaphroditic devil associated with heresy, sodomy, and other abominable sins. Baphomet could very well be associated with the “archon of lust” as mentioned by Epiphanius in his explicit accusations which describe Gnostic rituals in pornographic terms in the Panarion (26: 3.3-5.8). The entire relevant section is too long to be quoted here, however.
 The man and the woman mentioned in the passage were likely Simon Magus and his sorceress concubine, Helena.
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Welcome back to the Megas Aon Podcast #18 in 2019! In this episode, I interview a fellow researcher and mystic, Angela Elwell. We discuss the main topics including Bridal Chamber theology of the Bible and extra-canonical gospels as well as the female apostles of Jesus Christ, Mary Magdelene and Salome. We also get into subjects including but not limited to Simon Magus and Helena, St. Paul, the Gospel of Philip, Theotokos/the Virgin Mary, Orthodoxy vs Heresy, Protestantism, ritual magic and theurgy.
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In my upcoming book The Sun Lady Unveiled, I discuss many connections that intertwine with Revelation 12 and the rest of the Apocalypse. There is some information that I wanted to explore but did not have the time to devote to it in the book–until now.
Warning: Controversial Research Up Ahead!
The King of Saturnalia
As the festivities and gift-giving for Saturnalia begin, the synchronicities add up to this holiday. For the Romans, Saturnalia was a time of remembrance of a former aeon or epoch of time that being the Golden Age when ruled over by Saturn. This was commemorated in the five-day period between December 25 and January 1. This was a time outside of time, and an occasion for freedom from the constraints of the world, signaled by the return of Sol Invictus. Saturnalia was celebrated with indulgence as a festival for total liberty and freedom where no authority, wars, and submission were recognized during this sacred period. This holiday also included role reversals of master and slave in banquets, gift-giving, gambling, and an appointment of a “king” of Saturnalia, as a “lord of misrule” where the appointed temporary emperor would give absurd commands to his subjects to create a state of chaos until he is ritually sacrificed in honor of the gods. These freed slaves wore a distinctive floppy cap at Saturnalia known as a pileus or cap of liberty, which is where Santa’s hat comes from. The custom of slaves and masters swapping places made the pileus the customary hat-wear during the Saturnalia festivities. The rejoicing of Saturnalia ended between December 23 and January 1. Over at Antiquitatem, the author tells us more about this festival:
In many cultures the birth of the New Year is associated with the birth of a divine child, with the birth of a sun god. Moreover, the Roman calendar fixed the dates of the numerous religious festivals of the inhabitants of Latium in honor of their gods. In December, they celebrated several parties which are reflected in the current calendar precisely in our Christmas party.
In fact, during the Roman Empire three parties were held in December and they were simultaneous in some of the seven days when they were celebrated: the Saturnalia, the Opalia and Sigillaria. The “sigillaria” are so called from sigilla, or oscilla, small ceramic figures. At this party, trading posts with ceramic figures to give children away as toys were mounted like a fashion market.
These small clay images are memories of ancient sacrificial rituals in which the victim was replaced by the clay figurine. In these Roman celebrations thus we find different elements of our current Christmas and Carnival.
In late December, they especially celebrated the “Saturnalia”, the feast of Saturn, god to whom they attributed the introduction of agriculture and civilized life. Saturn is one of the ancient gods of Latium and his worship and celebration seems to have fallen and reborn several times during the Latin history.
Saturnalia’s connection with Christianity is also covered in the same article.
In the early centuries of Christianity, the birth of Jesus and his baptism took place on the 6th of January, Epiphany Day (from the Greek επιφάνεια which means: “manifestation, apparition”) and it is still held on that date in the Eastern Orthodox Church.
In the West the sixth day of January we celebrate the curious feast of “The three Wise Men”, who according to Saint Matthew’s gospel came to offer their gifts to the baby Jesus, who had just been born in Judea. To remember and imitate it, toys and many other kinds of presents are given to children on the 6th of January in some countries like Spain.
The first written reference to Epiphany as a Christian feast appears in the year 361 in Ammianus Marcellinus, XXI, 2.5:
“And in order temporarily to conceal this (that he had renounced Christianity), on the day of the festival which the Christians celebrate in the month of January and call the Epiphany, he went to their church, and departed after offering a prayer to their deity in the usual manner.”
(Ammianus Marcellinus, Rerum Gestarum John C. Rolfe, Ph.D., Litt.D., Ed.)
In its Latin version:
“Et ut haec interim celarentur, feriarum die, quem celebrantes mense Ianuario Christiani Epiphania dictitant, progressus in eorum ecclesiam, sollemniter numine orato discessit.
And Epiphanius of Salamis also concretes in his Panarion, LI, 27, 4 that the birth of Christ was on January 6th:
(…) the Epiphany of the Lord, January 5th, at the dawn of January 6th, and the eleventh day of the Egyptian month Tybi.
Indeed, Jesus was a demigod born of a virgin who was worshiped as a divine child by Zoroastrian astrologers who offered him gold and incense. His birth is celebrated during the winter solstice on the very same date that Saturnalia and Solis Invicti was observed on the Roman calendar. Jesus was crucified, buried, and resurrected during the vernal equinox. He had 12 disciples in accordance with the 12 zodiacal signs. He had 72 disciples representing the 72 classical nations. His ministry lasted 3 and a half years (7 divided by two).
For the Neo-Platonic philosopher Porphyry, Saturnalia represented the liberation of souls to be absorbed into the Good from the slavery of matter and Fate, as he reveals in On The Cave of Nymphs. Porphyry claimed that Mithras is actually the Demiurge and “lord of generation” much like Saturn is considered the same by the Peratic Gnostics as Hippolytus claims.
For the Romans celebrate their Saturnalia when the Sun is in Capricorn, and during this festivity, slaves wear the shoes of those that are free, and all things are distributed among them in common; the legislator obscurely signifying by this ceremony that through this gate of the heavens, those who are now born slaves will be liberated through the Saturnian festival, and the house attributed to Saturn, i.e., Capricorn, when they live again and return to the fountain of life. Since, however, the path from Capricorn is adapted to ascent, hence the Romans denominate that month in which the Sun, turning from Capricorn to the east, directs his course to the north, Januanus, or January, from janua, a gate. But with the Egyptians, the beginning of the year is not Aquarius, as with the Romans, but Cancer. For the star Sothis, which the Greeks call the Dog, is near to Cancer.
And the rising of Sothis is the new moon with them, this being the principle of generation to the world. On this account, the gates of the Homeric cavern are not dedicated to the east and west, nor to the equinoctial signs, Aries and Libra, but to the north and south, and to those celestial signs which towards the south are most southerly, and, towards the north are most northerly; because this cave was sacred to souis and aquatic nymphs. But these places are adapted to souls descending into generation, and afterwards separating themselves from it. Hence, a place near to the equinoctial circle was assigned to Mithra as an appropriate seat. And on this account he bears the sword of Aries, which is a martial sign. He is likewise carried in the Bull, which is the sign of Venus. For Mithra. as well as the Bull, is the Demiurgus and lord of generation (note 13).
In the Christian historian and Theologian Sextus Julius Africanus’ Narrative of Events Happening in Persia on the Birth of Christ, it relates vaguely to the journey of the Zoroastrian Magi from the East. Starting in a temple to Juno in Persia built by King Cyrus, it includes an account of arguing statues, a prophecy about a king of the Jews, the pagan god Dionysus, and a trip to Jerusalem to visit the infant Jesus and Mary. The descriptions of Mary and her son Jesus (as the queen of heaven and Jupiter), however, are far more interesting, however, since they appear to be more pagan than Christian.
As we look at the Talmudic writings of the Avodah Zarah 8a, it tells us that Saturnalia was actually Jewish in its origin (depending on your viewpoint). It also has a very negative view of Christianity and Christians, much like the rest of the Babylonian Talmud. It tells us that Adam thought that since the days were becoming shorter, his sin in the Garden is what caused creation to return back to a state of chaos and darkness.
With regard to the dates of these festivals, the Sages taught: When Adam the first man saw that the day was progressively diminishing, as the days become shorter from the autumnal equinox until the winter solstice, he did not yet know that this is a normal phenomenon, and therefore he said: Woe is me; perhaps because I sinned the world is becoming dark around me and will ultimately return to the primordial state of chaos and disorder. And this is the death that was sentenced upon me from Heaven, as it is written: “And to dust shall you return” (Genesis 3:19). He arose and spent eight days in fasting and in prayer.
Once he saw that the season of Tevet, i.e., the winter solstice, had arrived, and saw that the day was progressively lengthening after the solstice, he said: Clearly, the days become shorter and then longer, and this is the order of the world. He went and observed a festival for eight days. Upon the next year, he observed both these eight days on which he had fasted on the previous year, and these eight days of his celebration, as days of festivities. He, Adam, established these festivals for the sake of Heaven, but they, the gentiles of later generations, established them for the sake of idol worship.
In Timothy Chilman’s The Christmas Conspiracy, he tells us more about this festival and its connections between Mithraism and Christianity.
The Saturnalia came between the other agricultural festivals of the Consualia and the Opalia. The Consualia coincided with the opening of granaries and honored Consus, god of the granary. The Opalia honored Ops, Saturn’s wife, who was linked to the fruits of the earth and is what we now call “Mother Nature.” Other festivals around this time were Dies Juvenalis— the Coming of Age for Young Men—and Janus Day. Juventas was the god of male youth and the two-faced Janus was that of beginnings and gates. The last god commemorated was Mithras, whose religion started in Persia in the 15th century BCE. “Mitra” meant “sun” or “friend,” and Mithras was a sun god who merged with the Roman sun god Sol Invictus, himself a Syrian creation. Mithras was worshiped by the military and upper classes of Rome. The Roman Emperor claimed to be an incarnation of this god, and Mithraism eventually became the official, main religion of the confusingly polytheist Roman Empire. Mithras was born of a virgin on December 25th, the date that became Dies Natalis Solis Invicti—the Nativity of the Invincible Sun. Mithras had twelve followers, promised immortality, refrained from sexual intercourse, performed miracles, and rose again three days after dying to redeem mankind. Followers of Mithras marked his passing with a sacred meal of bread and wine: The bread represented the flesh of Mithras and the wine, his blood.
Chilman tells us more about the Lord of Misrule as well:
The general public also had a Lord of Misrule. The winter solstice marked the death and rebirth of the sun king Sol Invictus. Instead of killing a real monarch, a Lord of Misrule was appointed for Saturnalia, usually a criminal or slave. He was given royal robes and feathers or ass ears. He was honored as a true king until the end of the festival, whereupon he was killed on the altar of Saturn. The mocking (“mock-king”) of Jesus by Roman soldiers in the run-up to his crucifixion would seem to have been inspired by this.
Emancipated slaves wore a felt cap called a “pilleus,” but during the Saturnalia, everyone wore them. The ideal party had an attendance of “more than the graces” (three) but “less than the Muses” (nine).
The feet of the statue of Saturn in the Roman Forum were normally bound but were untied over Saturnalia. Punishments were suspended and wars had to wait until later. This behavior carried down to the level of individuals, who put grudges aside and did not chastise their slaves for the duration.
In the book Inconsistencies in Greek and Roman Religion, Volume 2: Transition and Reversal in Myth and Ritual by Henk Versnel, he writes that the saying “Io Saturnalia” was a greeting that a slave would say to his master, in their roles reversed, among other situations. The same author tells us more about Saturn:
A majority of scholars agree that Saturn must at some time have been a chthonic deity, somehow connected with agriculture, and more specifically with the corn harvest. According to some of them his chthonic nature involved more gloomy aspects as well: connections with death and the underworld.
Henk Versnel also correctly associates Saturn with the sower and the end of such sowing with the sickle being used for the harvest in the fall/winter months. This is very much connected to the Mithraic Sator Square in ritual magic and the Chi-Rho symbol of Orthodox Christianity–both of which connect to Saturn/Chronos (see the videos below). Saturn’s consort, Ops Consiva, also ruled over the corn harvest which typically happened in August. The Orphic version of Chronos, being the embodiment of time in pre-Socratic literature, was also depicted as a serpent with three heads–those of a man, a lion, and a bull–reminding us of the Gnostic depictions of the Demiurge along with the Biblical depictions of the tetramorphs. He and his consort Ananke (Inevitability), circled the world primal egg in their coils and split it apart to form the ordered universe of earth, sea, and sky, much like the Gnostic Ouroboros.
The Titan Chronos depicted as an Angipide with a bull and lion head, much like the later depictions of Behemoth, tetramorphs and the Gnostic demon Ialdabaoth.
This is, of course, reminiscent of the Orphic myths of the Hermaphroditic Phanes. In the Orphic cosmology, the unaging Chronos produced Aether and Chaos and made a silvery egg in the Divine Aether. It produced the Hermaphroditic god Phanes, who gave birth to the first generation of gods and is the ultimate creator of the cosmos. Pherecydes of Syros in his now lost Heptamychos (the seven recesses), around the 6th century, claimed that there were three eternal principles: Chronos, Zas (Zeus), and Cthonie (the Chthonic). The semen of Chronos was placed in recesses of matter and produced the first generation of the gods.
Chronos was also depicted in Greco-Roman mosaics as a man turning the Zodiac Wheel, much like Aion, the god of Eternal Time. Chronos, however, is usually depicted as an old man with a gray or white beard. Some of the current English words have their etymological roots in kronos/chronos such as chronology, chronometer, chronic, anachronism, and chronicle. The word synchronicity is also connected as well–hence the title. The link between Chronos and chronology will be made evident soon in another post.
Neil Hague, the artist of many covers of David Icke’s books, also has this to say on the Lord of Misrule, in his article Merry Saturnalia.
The Lord of Misrule was generally a peasant or sub-deacon appointed to be in charge of Christmas revelries, which often included drunkenness and ‘wild partying’, in the pagan tradition of Saturnalia. Sounds like every town in the UK to me? The Roman emperor Nero played the role of Saturnalia in his youth. Whereas the first emperor Augustus celebrated the ‘Golden Age of Saturn’ it was eventually lost.
Saturnalia and misrule makes a ‘mockery of a world’ in which law was determined by one man and the traditional social and political networks are reduced to the power of the emperor over his subjects. In general terms, Saturnalia was the celebration of the longing for Saturn to reign again, as in ancient times. The donkey or Ass was another symbol of misrule and ‘mockery of law and order’, ‘title and kingship’. In Ancient Egypt Seth, the enemy of Osiris (his brother) had the image of a donkey. That’s why Apuleius in his Golden Ass describes a great metamorphosis, the transformation of Lucius to a donkey and his way back – spiritual evolution towards the human being. Jesus also was said to ride into Jerusalem on a donkey.
The Lord of Misrule is placed on an Ass (or depicted as one) as a symbol of the King of Saturnalia. He rides the donkey facing backwards as a symbol of ‘inversion’ at this time of year.
In this case donkey represents sexuality, instincts, sensuality, ignorance. A red donkey was said to be one of the dangerous creatures that the soul met in its journey after death – possibly an archon of sorts? The Ass and the Lord of Misrule go together at both Saturnalia (Christmas) and Ostara (Easter).
According to the anthropologist James Frazer in his book The New Golden Bough, he says there was a darker side [and the rest] to the Saturnalia festival. In Durostorum on the Danube (modern Silistra), Roman soldiers would choose a man from among them to be the Lord of Misrule for thirty days. At the end of those thirty days, his throat was cut on the altar of Saturn. Similar origins of the British Lord of Misrule, as a ‘sacrificial king’ (a temporary king, as Frazer puts it) who was later put to death for the benefit of all, have also been recorded. See the movie The Wicker Man starring the late Lord of Misrule himself – Christopher Lee. I once stood next to Lee at a Eurostar waiting area over a decade ago and he seemed a very ‘strange’ man to me.
The sordid and sinister rituals that are hinted at in the Kubrick movie Eye’s Wide Shut also happen at Christmas. Note the Sun (Saturn) Star featuring in the Illuminati-style Elite parties early on in the film. Sex is a big part of Saturnalia and of course it plays a big part in Kubrick’s film too.
On 1 January, AD 400, the bishop Asterius of Amasea in Pontus (modern Amasya, Turkey) preached a sermon against the Feast of Calends (“this foolish and harmful delight”) that describes the role of the mock king in Late Antiquity. The New Year’s feast included children arriving at each doorstep, exchanging their gifts for reward:
This festival teaches even the little children, artless and simple, to be greedy, and accustoms them to go from house to house and to offer novel gifts, fruits covered with silver tinsel. For these they receive, in return, gifts double their value, and thus the tender minds of the young begin to be impressed with that which is commercial and sordid.
— Asterius, in “Oratio 4: Adversus Kalendarum Festum”
It contrasted with the Christian celebration held, not by chance, on the adjoining day:
We celebrate the birth of Christ, since at this time God manifested himself in the flesh. We celebrate the Feast of Lights (Epiphany), since by the forgiveness of our sins we are led forth from the dark prison of our former life into a life of light and uprightness.
— Asterius, “Oratio 4”
The idea of a “lord of misrule” during Saturnalia also reminds us of the Donkey Priest that the Church Fathers mention, including Tertullian. This ass-faced scapegoat messiah connects to Baphomet of the Oriental Templars and the redeemed Gnostic archon, Sabaoth also called the “Lord of Forces” in Gnostic scripture like Hypostasis of the Archons and On The Origin of the World. This donkey god can also be connected to Yahweh/Jehovah as Epiphanius in the Panarion (26:12:1-4), reveals when Gnostics thought that whenever the Jewish high priest would enter the Holy of Holies of the Jerusalem temple to make sacrifice, they would wear little bells so that it would give Yahweh enough time to hide his true form as a donkey god. This same Donkey Priest may also be connected to Typhon-Set of the Egyptians and Greeks, as one website explains:
Three and a half centuries before Christ, Plato expressed his opinion of evil by saying that “there is in matter a blind, refractory force, which resists the will of the Great Artificer.” This blind force, under Christian influx, was made to see and become responsible; it was transformed into Satan!
His identity with Typhon can scarcely be doubted upon reading the account in Job of his appearance with the sons of God, before the Lord. He accuses Job of a readiness to curse the Lord to his face upon sufficient provocation. So Typhon, in the Egyptian Book of the Dead, figures as the accuser. The resemblance extends even to the names, for one of Typhon’s appellations was Seth, or Seph; as Satan, in Hebrew, means an adversary. In Arabic the word is Shatana — to be adverse, to persecute, and Manetho says he had treacherously murdered Osiris and allied himself with the Shemites (the Israelites). This may possibly have originated the fable told by Plutarch, that, from the fight between Horus and Typhon, Typhon, overcome with fright at the mischief he had caused, “fled seven days on an ass, and escaping, begat the boys Ierosolumos and Ioudaios (Jerusalem and Judea).”
Referring to an invocation of Typhon-Seth, Professor Reuvens says that the Egyptians worshipped Typhon under the form of an ass; and according to him Seth “appears gradually among the Semites as the background of their religious consciousness.” The name of the ass in Coptic, AO, is a phonetic of IAO, and hence the animal became a pun-symbol. Thus Satan is a later creation, sprung from the overheated fancy of the Fathers of the Church. By some reverse of fortune, to which the gods are subjected in common with mortals, Typhon-Seth tumbled down from the eminence of the deified son of Adam Kadmon, to the degrading position of a subaltern spirit, a mythical demon—ass.
Dancing With The Devil
For the Medieval Cathars, Rex Mundi (Latin for “King of the World”) was a chaotic god of matter and the irrational world soul, closely related to the Demiurge of Plato and the Gnostics along with Satan of the New Testament. According to the Catholic heresiologist Cosmas the Priest in Discourse against the Bogomils, some Cathars and Bogomils–inspired by the earlier Manichaeans–believed that there was one God who had two sons–one being Christ and the other Lucifer. Lucifer had fashioned the phenomenal world from the elements created by the Good God and placed fallen angelic souls in material bodies. Christ, God’s other son, had come to this earth in the appearance of a man in order to teach the angelic souls how to be reunited with the good God, their creator. This view is similar to the Interrogatio Iohannis, also known as The Secret Supper and The Book of John the Evangelist, which depicts Satan as a Demiurgical figure like Yaldabaoth see in various Gnostic texts, like the Apocryphon of John. It was Satan that tempted the angels Adam and Eve and fell from Paradise and into human bodies.
The Bogomils and Cathars were said to have rejected the Roman Catholic Church and its material sacraments, along with the Old Testament but favored the New Testament as authoritative (especially the Gospel of John). They adopted a strictly ascetic lifestyle, rejected sexual intercourse, and abstained from all meat and wine. They met frequently and prayed together by using the Lord’s Prayer repeatedly much like the Jesus prayer of the Eastern Orthodox Church, and confessed their sins to one another. The Cathars may be connected to another Manichaean group with a similar name, who were the followers of Novatus and were called the Novatians, according to St. Augustine in De Haeresibus xxxviii. They set up various churches around France and surrounding countries in competition with Roman Catholicism before they were completely massacred by Rex Mundi and his agents of darkness in the Catholic Church through the Inquisition and its blood-soaked and fiery hunt to stamp out all heresy.
The following extracts from Euthymius Zigabenus’ Dogmatic Panoply, whose work itself is a compilation of other accounts added to his own interrogation of a Bogomil leader Basil, who was accused of heresy by Alexius Comnenus in the eleventh century, in Constantinople, are fully comparable to both the first account, The Discourse of the Priest Cosmas Against Bogomils (tenth century, Bulgaria) and to The Secret Book (probably tenth – eleventh centuries, probably Bulgaria). On their attitude towards canonical books, Zigabenus writes:
“They reject all the books of Moses and the God who is described in them […], as being written in accordance with the plan of Satan. […] They accept and honour only seven […]; that is, the Psalter, the sixteen Prophets, the Gospel according to Matthew, Mark, Luke and John, and the seventh book, the Acts of the Apostles together with the Epistles and the Apocalypse of John the Divine.” (Hamilton,1998:182).
The rejection of the Old Testament was a logical consequence of their assumption of Satanic origin of this scripture, although a letter from around 1045 written by Euthymius of the Periblepton monastery testified that the Bogomils read the entire Bible, and knew its passages by heart in order to act as a true Christians: “I cannot deceive a Christian otherwise than by pretending to be a monk; we call ourselves Christian and appear in every way to act as Christians do, and put forward the holy scriptures as our teaching”. (Hamilton, 1998: 146). Otherwise, the fact that the Bogomils knew the Scriptures perfectly well, and used this knowledge to convince others of the truth of their orthodoxy, which made it difficult to distinguish them from ordinary Orthodox Christians, is mentioned in several polemical scripts using often the well-known rhetorical figure – hiding the wolf under the fleece – about the deceitful Bogomils.
Not only did the Bogomils thought that the Old Testament was Satanic, but they also believed that Satan had the powers of the Demiurge and created a second heaven and a second earth, and a second human race! This sounds a lot like the Expanding Earth theory. Perhaps this is why mysterious seismic activities have been detected as of late. As mentioned earlier, they also believed that Satan and Jesus Christ were brothers as Sons of God much like how the Zurvanists and many other world religions claimed that the Most High created twin, dual gods–one good and one evil.
The Bogomils were said to believe that Lucifer was the first emanation of God, while Christ was his “younger brother.” Epiphanius (Pan. 28.16:2) also reported that the Ebionites (Jewish Christians who follow Ebion) believed in the double sonship of Christ and Satan. “But as I said, they set side by side two who have been appointed by God, one being Christ, but one the devil.” This is a radically different break from Pauline and Johannite thought which conceives of the “Son” being the “image of the invisible God,” personified as Jesus Christ as being a creator god (a demiurgical Logos figure like in Philo of Alexandria’s writings) presiding over even the angelic realm in which Satan belongs under in a subservient fashion (Colossians 1:15-16).
As concerning the Bogomil explanation of the origin of Satan, Zigabenus reported that:
“They say that the demon whom the saviour called Satan himself is also a son of God the Father, called Satanael; He came before the Son, the Word [Jesus], and is stronger, as befits the first-born. […] Satan is the steward, second to the Father, having the same form and dress as He does, and he sits at His right hand on a throne. […] He was intoxicated by this, and being carried away […] he plotted a rebellion, and having done so, he seized the opportunity to test some of the ministering powers. He said that if they wanted to lessen the load of their service, they should follow him and join him in breaking away from the Father. […] Then to the aforesaid angels who were enticed by the lightening of their burdensome services and other excessive demands, he said:’ I will place my throne upon the clouds, and I will be like unto the Most High’.(Hamilton, 1989:183).
In the subsequent chapter, Zigabenus gives an account concerning the Bogomil cosmological myth, a myth which states that Satanael was cast down from above, and that he was unable to sit upon the waters because the earth did not as yet exist. “But since he had the form and dress of God and possessed the power of the Demiurge to summon the powers which had fallen along with him and to embolden them, he said, ‘Since God made the heaven and the earth, […] I too will make a second heaven, being the second God’”. (Hamilton, 1998: 184).
Afterwards, Satan created the earth in the way described in Genesis.
One must wonder why the Bogomils and Cathars (along with their Gnostic predecessors) considered the Old Testament as the work of demons. Perhaps Thom Stark’s research and Stewart Felker on Israel’s connection with polytheism and child sacrifice could shed some light on this. After all, Moses is depicted as a horned deity (much like Dionysus/Bacchus and of course, the Devil) in Exodus and threw curses and plagues and turned Aaron’s staff into a snake and parted the Red Sea. The Israelite kings and priests practiced divination with an occult device called the Urim and the Thummim while they burned incense and cannabis to Jah. They observed the phases of the moon and the equinoxes during holidays such as Passover. The Jewish prophets made offerings to angels while Solomon was a world-renown as the magician par excellence. They sacrificed animals and even children to Jah and erected idolatrous pillars in his honor. They also observed the Chaldean and Babylonian astrological days and worshiped on the Sabbath (Saturn’s Day). The occult is very much ingrained in Judaism, especially the Kabbalah.
In Michael Baigent, Richard Leigh, and Henry Lincoln’s The Holy Blood and the Holy Grail. pp. 46-47, writes more about the Cathars and their beliefs.
The Cathars were also dualists. All Christian thought, of course, can ultimately be seen as dualistic, insisting on a conflict between two opposing principles good and evil, spirit and flesh, higher and lower. But the Cathars carried this dichotomy much further than orthodox Catholicism was prepared to. For the Cathars, men were the swords that spirits fought with, and no one saw the hands. For them, a perpetual war was being waged throughout the whole of creation between two irreconcilable principles -light and darkness, spirit and matter, good and evil. Catholicism posits one supreme God, whose adversary, the Devil, is ultimately inferior to Him.
The Cathars, however, proclaimed the existence not of one god, but of two, with more or less comparable status. One of these gods the ‘good’ one was entirely disincarnate, a being or principle of pure spirit, unsullied by the taint of matter. He was the god of love. But love was deemed wholly incompatible with power; and material creation was a manifestation of power. Therefore, for the Cathars, material creation the world itself was intrinsically evil. All matter was intrinsically evil. The universe, in short, was the handiwork of a ‘usurper god’, the god of evil or, as the Cathars called him, “Rex Mundi’, “King of the World’. Catholicism rests on what might be called an “ethical dualism’. Evil, though issuing ultimately perhaps from the Devil, manifests itself primarily through man and his actions. In contrast, the Cathars maintained a form of “cosmological dualism’, a dualism that pervaded the whole of reality. For the Cathars, this was a basic premise, but their response to it varied from sect to sect. According to some Cathars, the purpose of man’s life on earth was to transcend matter, to renounce perpetually anything connected with the principle of power and thereby to attain union with the principle of love. According to other Cathars, man’s purpose was to reclaim and redeem matter, to spiritualise and transform it.
1 John 5:19 tells us: “And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.” This sounds a lot like the Cathar notion of Rex Mundi. The Gospels and St. Paul also have similar things to say about Rex Mundi.
2 Corinthians 4:4: “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” Matthew 4:1-10 also tells us that Rex Mundi owns the world, just as he did before the regeneration of the world as mentioned in Ezekiel 28:14 and 18 and the eventual fall of Adam and Eve:
Then Jesus was led up of the spirit into the wilderness to the tempted os the devil.
 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred.
 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.
 But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple,
 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them;
 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me.
 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Job 2 also tells us that Satan has unlimited access to the Earth that directly connects to the underworld.
Again there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the Lord, and Satan came also among them to present himself before the Lord.
 And the Lord said unto Satan, From whence comest thou? And Satan answered the Lord, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
The rest of Job 2 presents Satan as the tempter, but interestingly, he tempts with God’s foreknowledge, and, perhaps even, permission. Isaiah 14:12-15 tells us of course, got a bit too proud, and was kicked off the football team.
How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
 For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
 I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
 Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.
In Ovid’s Metamorphosis, Lucifer appears as a minor deity: the god of the Morning Star. Jesus Christ is later connected to the morning star as well in Revelation 2:28. Revelation 12, of course, tells us that Michael fought and casts down the great dragon Satan and his angels to earth, in an effort to protect the Sun Lady and the Male Child, much like the Egyptian myths of Isis and Horus, and Typhon-Set. John Milton’s Paradise Lost features Satan uttering this: “To reign is worth ambition though in hell: Better to reign in hell than serve in heaven.”
What is interesting is that in Revelation, the implication is that Satan has been banished to Earth, while Isaiah talks about Lucifer being banished to hell, or the pit. The implication is that Earth is hell. This is further implicated in 1 Enoch, 2 Enoch, TheAscension of Isaiah and the Gospel of Nicodemus, as well, as I explain in my upcoming book, The Sun Lady Unveiled.
Rex Mundi, the King of the World, is also the Bearer of the Cup of Transfiguration, in which the human being moves through stages of his own duality until he reaches a platform in which he assumes in a specific and dedicated way, the “Wound of the World.” Through this embodiment, he becomes the “Wounded King / Healer” of Grail lore, whose wound is born for the world. Through his glorious act of crucifixion and transfiguration upon the cross of this gnosis which has become his Bodhisattva vow, he heals others who touch his wounds of Light. It is then that the Wounded Healer is transformed into Rex Mundi, for he has now overcome his own creation (the world) to be exalted in the Phoenix Flame of pure Illumination. What sets him free? His becoming (with complete presence) the gnosis that all wounds are only love longing to be illumined in the heart.
The cosmic / world dynamic of Rex Mundi is an important aspect of the “Solar Mysteries”. The Solar Mysteries trace the soul’s development and evolution through the rays of the “Great Solar Cosom”, which is the center of the creative font and from which all sun-stars gain their Presence of Living Light, or what we know in our World Myth as “angelic” beings and realms (which would also include related categories such as the Jinn).
The Light Language streamings which intersect the Adam Kadmon and from whence our humanity is formed, are issued from the constellation of Orion (regardless of from what Star Tribe that particular incarnating soul may originate). Thus, Rex Mundi is very much an “Orion figure” in that he (ie, this universal dynamic) strikes the balance of the Gate of Orion in the universe.
At the Arcane Wiki, it also connects the title of “Rex Mundi” with Persian King Cyrus the Great.
Coincidentally, “King of the World” is also the title given to Cyrus the Great on the Cyrus Cylinder. The cylinder is a piece of Persian propaganda, dating back to 539 BC, which was placed sort of like a time capsule in the foundations of the temple of Marduk in Babylon. It was written in Akkadian cuneiform, not in Latin, so it doesn’t actually call him “Rex Mundi” per se, but academic tradition has none-the-less bestowed the nickname Rex Mundi upon Cyrus the Great. (Additional trivia about the cylinder: In the 1970s the Shah of Iran used the cylinder as a symbol to justify the continued monarchy in Iran, and claimed it was the world’s oldest Human Rights document. They cylinder currently rests at the British Museum in London.)
For ritual magic practitioners, Saturn is also connected with the archangel Cassiel, who is depicted as a bearded man, wearing a crown to represent that he is a prince of Heaven. He is often shown riding a dragon, and carrying the spear much like an inverted version of St. George since he is riding the beast instead of slaying it. Many hideously looking goetic demons also appear wearing crowns and jewelry as royal dukes and kings of hell in Solomonic grimoires for the magician to conjure into manifestation for practical ends. Perhaps these so-called planetary “angels” are nothing more than the fallen angels and demons, led by Lucifer himself.
In Occult Theocracy by Edith Star Miller, she writes about the god of the witches and a group of ancient devil worshipers called the “Satanians” by Epiphanius. Whether they existed or not is another matter entirely.
Margaret Alice Murray, writing in “The Witch-cult in Western Europe” establishes both the phallic and religious character of the “craft,” in her remarkable book from which we extract part of the following valuable information:
The deity worshiped by the witches was in some cases Lucifer, as the good god in opposition to Adonay, the Christian God in His character of the benefactor of humanity, and in other instances Satan, the same spirit, as the principle of Evil.
This is evident from the various references to their deity adduced in the trials of persons accused of this heresy. In both cases however, the devotees, whether of lucifer or Satan, were obliged formally to renounce Christ, the Holy Ghost and the Christian God, before embracing the Devil faith which was the logical outgrowth of the Mazdean-Manichean Dualist doctrine of the double divinity. (“Epiphanius gives an account of a sect of Heresies called Satanians.’Satan, say they, is a very great and potent person, and author of much Mischief. Why, therefore, should we not chiefly fly to him, and adore him, honor, and praise him, that for our flattering worship he may do us no harm, but pardon us as being his own servants?’ Hence they call themselves Satanians.” Bishop Lavington, The Morawians Compared and Detected, p. 170; Occult Theocrasy, p. 112)
In the online cartoon short-film, I, Pet Goat II, it depicts encoded subliminal messages that connect to Saturn/Chronos. In the few opening shots, there are various references to Baphomet and Satan. Vigilant Citizen has a decent breakdown of the video, as well as Point of View and There Is Nothing New Under the Sun (although none of its predictions came to pass of course). The later website reports that the pet goat in the Saturn-cube shape, dog house represents the following:
The Goat with a 666 Bar Code on his forehead “Mark of the Beast” is in a shipping box inside a fenced enclosure in Winter. The Goat symbolizes Saturn during Saturnalia in December; the Yule Goat. Saturnalia begins at the end of Ophiucus “Serpent Holder”, the 13th Zodiac sign (Nov 29-Dec 18). On the $ONE the Eagle (Symbol of Esau) carries the Serpent (Lucifer) symbolized by the Apple in the Garden of Eden.
In another scene, we see a figure called Drako (being shown on television) terrorize and siphon energy from a little boy named Ludovic with an empty, egg-shelled head. The egghead boy sees news of a dramatic stock market crash being reflected in his eyes right before a warplane bombing on a mosque. From there, missiles are launched at a city, presumingly representing America or western civilization. We also see Drako siphon off energy from a fetus growing in an egg with its serpentine form attached to a televised all-seeing eye surrounding it, much like the Orphic serpent and world/universal egg. Much later in the short film, Drako, slithers away from the egghead while the now liberated Ludovic. The Heliofant website tells us more about Drako’s role:
The Sorcerer, the unseen hand and spirit of madness seeking ever more control through trickery, lies, poisons, false-flag events, wars, and mountains of bureaucratic and legal framework to siphon off the energy of the inhabitants of the earth. He fears the light of day as he fears life itself, and operates in the shadows. His greatest power is his hold on the issuance of the currency.
Hammer Purgstall explains the significance of some of the above black-and-white images:
Regarding the dragon, it will not be irrelevant for us to say a few words. That quadruped, scaly and rough, with tail twisted back, seems in actual fact to be a crocodile rather than a dragon, and soon you will see that it makes no difference if it is called a crocodile. Since in the sculpture of the bowl (Tab. II, fig. 4) it threatens to devour the infant, and since, in the sculptures of the Templar churches the same dragon is represented as swallowing down the infant, we call it a dragon. For according to St. Epiphanius the Ophites taught that the one presiding over this world has the likeness of a dragon. By it, souls not having Gnosis are absorbed, and through its tail, [they are] poured back into this world. We will, however, find below, in the explanation by Schoengrad regarding the sculptures of the churches of the Templars, an image of such a dragon swallowing down and pouring back the infant. It is sufficient here to notice that that man who, in the relief of the second bowl, drags the infant out of the dragon’s jaw, represents a true Gnostic who, by pouring Gnosis into the infant, hinders him from being absorbed by the world.
The imagery also reminds us of Egyptian depictions of the afterlife where the initiate’s heart is weighed against a feather of Ma’at on Thoth’s Scale of Truth in the Duat. If the heart is heavier than a feather, then the initiate is devoured by the monstrous goddess, Ammit. If the heart is lighter, then the initiate is free to move on to the Egyptian paradise Auru.
“The Square and Compass of Freemasonry is an incomplete hexagram, supposedly signifying, according to Craig Heimbichner, that the Freemason is an incomplete Jew and ritually tied to obey rabbinic masters. As can be seen in the Masonic symbol above, the all-seeing eye is in the center of the square and compass, signifying The Grand Architect of the Universe, (T.G.A.O.U.T.U.). Typically, there’s only a ‘G’ in the center, however, which is said to represent, variously: the “Generative principle” (i.e., the male phallus), “Geometry”, “Gnosis” (i.e., knowledge), “God”, or the Tetragrammaton, or so called “Lost Word” or “Ineffable Name” of God, the Greek form of which is said to be IAO, the Hebrew form of which is said to be Jah, or ‘Jehovah’, which is a name that occurs seven times in the King James Bible…” http://itssinstupid.tripod.com/COMPASS6.HTM
The hammer and sickle symbol of Communism was adopted from Grand Orient Freemasonry, according to John Daniel, author of Scarlet and the Beast. In 1877, when French Grand Orient Freemasonry declared “God is dead”, and “there is no God but humanity”, they replaced the ‘G’ that had traditionally been at the center of the Masonic Square and Compass symbol with a hammer and sickle. “Notice that the symbol forms the letter ‘G’ backwards, which is symbolic of the negation of God and is French Freemasonry’s declaration of atheism.” (John Daniel, Scarlet and the Beast, vol. II, page 45) Thus it, too, represents the inversion of Christian values, or the spirit of anti-Christ, and the number of the Beast, 666. This should not surprise us, since the communist philosophy was rehashed illuminism repackaged by a German Freemason, Qabbalist magician, and son of a Jewish Rabbi, Karl Marx.
As Pope Leo XIII pointed out in his most famous encyclical against Freemasonry, Freemasonry and communism were closely related. It’s no coincidence that Soviet communism adopted the hammer and sickle emblem; this was presumably a cryptic message to occult initiates that Kabbalistic Freemasonry spawned communism. The hammer represents the male principle (white triangle) and sickle represents the female principle (black triangle), thus making it, in the eyes of the adepts, yet another among many symbolical synonyms of Solomon’s Seal. As such it represents the process (solve et coagula, order ab chao) of the occult paradigm, as well as its alchemical purpose.
The sickle of Communism is also emblematic of Saturn. The Communist group, Antifa (who consider themselves so-called “anti-fascists”), also primarily dress in black–the color ruled over by Saturn. Their overall abusive, threatening and often violent behaviors mirror the malefic side of Saturn as well. Heliofant, the name of the company that created I, Pet Goat II, is also an obvious reference to the god Helios, who is the same as El Gabal or Elagabalus. The Church Fathers like Irenaeus and Hippolytus explicitly connect the god Helios, Sol Invicti, and the Titans with the rise of AntiChrist, as I discuss in-depth in my upcoming book. Helios may also be connected, oddly enough to Yahweh! Sun worship is strongly linked with occultism/witchcraft through Medieval grimoires and human sacrifice, much like how Saturnalia is connected with the same ghastly tradition. In fact, there are many pagan and Christian historians that connect child sacrifice to Chronos/Saturn/Molech worship such as the Greek historian Plutarch reveals just as Yahweh’s punishment against the rebellious Israelites in Ezekiel 20:25-26, involves the mass sacrifices of the first-born flung into the fiery flames. Perhaps this is why the Cathars and Bogomils condemned the Old Testament and Rex Mundi despite Orthodoxy’s insistence on connecting the God of the OT and the NT as the same deity.
As indicated earlier, Saturnalia was also filled with allusions and references to human sacrifice of not only the “Lord of Misrule” but also through the sacrifice of fighting warriors in gladiator games. According to Marcobius’ Saturnalia, war with other countries, as well as other life-changing events like marriage and child-rearing were strictly forbidden during this time since it was thought that the jaws of Hades and Pluto were open during the Winter Solstice, all those who disobeyed were cursed.
…during the festival of Saturn, because his reign is believed to have been free from any tumult of war; and when the entrance to the underworld is open, this being a sacred occasion dedicated to Father Dis and Proserpine, and men deemed it better to go out to battle when the jaws of Pluto are shut. And that is why Varro writes:
“When the entrance to the underworld is open, it is as if the door of the grim, infernal deities were open. A religious ban therefore forbids us not only to engage in battle but to levy troops and march to war, to weigh anchor, and to marry a wife for the raising of children.”
Finally, in loan E Couliano’s Eros and Magic in the Renaissance, he reveals much fascinating information involving Saturn, along with the six other planetary spirits/angels in Renaissance magic and philosophy. Here is just one small snippet of the information he quotes from Marsilio Ficino’s De Amore (On Love).
Souls descend into the bodies of the Milky Way through the constellation of Cancer, enveloping themselves in a celestial and luminous veil which they put on to enter terrestrial bodies. For nature demands that the very pure soul be united with the very impure body only through the intermediary of a pure veil, which, being less pure than the soul and purer than the body, is considered by the Platonists to be a very convenient means of uniting the soul with the terrestrial body. It is due to that descent that the souls and bodies of the Planets confirm and reinforce, in our Souls and our bodies respectively, the seven original gifts bestowed upon us by God. The same function is performed by the [seven] categories of demons, intermediaries between the celestial gods and men.
The gift of contemplation is strengthened by Saturn by means of the Saturnian Demons. The power of the government and empire is strengthened by Jupiter through the ministry of the Jovian Demons; similarly, Mars through the Martians fosters the soul’s courage. The Sun, with the help of the Solar De-mons, fosters the clarity of the senses and opinions that makes divination possible; Venus, through the Venereans, incites Love. Mercury, through the Mercurials, awakens the capacity for interpretation and expression. Finally, the Moon, through the lunar demons, increases procreation. (Amore, VI, 4)
Couliano also reveals that the Saturn rules over philosophy as well as the occult.
Depending on the kind of activity to be stimulated, all the planets are equally important: Saturn has charge of higher philosophy and occultism; Jupiter of natural philosophy and politics; Mars of virile certamina; the Sun and Mercury of eloquence, music, and glory; Venus of festivities; and the Moon of nourishment (ibid., II). The influence of the planets over the parts of our body determines the kind of astrological remedies that should be applied depending on the case (ibid., VI). Pharmacology, moreover, is one of the most important branches of magic (ibid., XI, XIII, XV). To summarize all the above concisely: Res naturales atque etiam artificiosae habent virtutes a stellis occultas: per quas spiritum nostrum stellis eisdem exponunt (ibid., XII)—״Natural things as well as artificial things have occult qualities conferred upon them by the stars: through these things our spirit attracts the influence of the respective stars.”
In this episode, I explore the Hesychast tradition of the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Desert Fathers. I also discuss theurgy, theosis, the Merkabah tradition of the prophets, and the Hesychast controversy of Gregory Palamas and Baarlam of Seminara.
If anyone cares, I decided to return to just simple, convenient blogging for the time being. I confess, I thought about shutting this site down but the thought of throwing it all away pains me. I won’t be doing any elaborate podcasts or doing any premium content for the time being. I just can’t dedicate so much time and energy into something without getting something worthwhile in return.
That being said, I will be publishing a book hopefully by the end of this year, called The Sun Lady Unveiled. Here is a working blurb.
The Book of Revelation, chapter 12, tells us of a pregnant Woman Clothed with the Sun and the moon under her feet and crowned with twelve stars, wailing in birth pangs while trying to elude the dragon’s wrath. It also tells us when Michael the archangel flung the serpentine dragon or the Devil to the earth, he pursued the winged Sun Lady to devour her and her male child, the Promised One and the royal child of God. But in the last moment, they elude his flood of destruction and are snatched away to safety.
Many sources have identified the Sun Lady as Yahweh’s wife Asherah, Israel, Juno, Minerva, Hera, Isis, Sophia Achamoth, Eve, the Holy Spirit, Ishtar, Helen of Simon Magus, the Theotokos and the Virgin Mary of Eastern Orthodoxy and Catholicism. She is all of those things and so much more.
Others have speculated that this episode is somehow connected to some sort of rapture or translation of the saints or a great celestial sign pointing to a series of future calamities. It is best to avoid forecasting. However, these stories, symbols and archetypes point to an emerging revelation about humanity’s secret past and ultimate destiny.
We must travel all the way back to ancient Israel, Samaria, Egypt, Rome, Greece and Babylon to find the origins of the Sun Lady. How does King Solomon, Melchizedek, Mithras, Zoroaster, Enoch, Elijah, Jesus Christ, and Ezekiel have anything to do with all this? What does the occult have planned for the world and how do they connect with the Book of Revelation? Do you have the heart and mind to discover the truth? Join me, Alex Rivera, for an exciting and dangerous journey into the esoteric and hidden dimensions of The Sun Lady Unveiled!
I originally wrote this Gnostic Gospel a few years ago but I decided to edit it for clarity. It was originally called “Reception of the Grapes” but it seemed too “corny” and I got a few wine jokes out of it so I decided to change it a bit. This gospel is a mix of my own spiritual revelations and other mystical poetry like we see in Summer Harvest by Valentinus, among other sources like the Gospel of Philip. Anyway, without further ado, here is my gospel, as Miguel Conner would say, write your own gospel and live your own myth!
The Holy Day of the second and the twelfth, the First Aeon of Aeons illuminates upon the cascading trees of the vineyard. Because the many fruits flourish in the Gardens of Light, many seek their flowing juices, but few find it in the immortal generation. The juices that flow from each fruit contain the flowing waters where the light image is reflected. It glistens with delight, in knowledge and in truth, under the canopy of the All. Because it is sweet, it refreshes the taste and the tongue of the beholder—for it drives away all thirst and hunger pangs. Within each fruit contains an image of the All, for the All is the multiplicity and in the singular, within the secret core.
The fruit also contains the image of the self-generated Aeons, for it is they who bear fruit, for it swallows all hunger and all death. For Wisdom dwelt secretly in the Garden, and through a seductive whisper, the daughter of the voice, she imparted the true fruits of knowledge, the gift of the (perfect) gnosis into the breath and body of the prime parents, Adam and Eve. But the Book of Philip tells us about this: “In the place where I will eat all things is the Tree of Knowledge. That one killed Adam, but here the Tree of Knowledge made men alive. The law was the tree. It has power to give the knowledge of good and evil. It neither removed him from evil, nor did it set him in the good, but it created death for those who ate of it. For when he said, “Eat this, do not eat that”, it became the beginning of death.”
While the serpent introduced birth and death into the world, the true and last Adam brought forth good fruit and multiplied the perfection and ripening rays of light upon the immortal generation. Just as the Aeons exist in a family tree, the fruit likewise generate in the eternal.
For no eye has seen, and no ear has heard, and no tongue has spoken of the waves of the water of life. From His voice sounds like flowing of many, living waters. Kiss the Son. You must drink and consume the living waters, for it is given freely upon all who attain it and overcome the world. Behold! It flows freely yet it is not sensed with any carnal faculty. When the fruit is eaten, and consumed, the mouth and body become a wine-press for its free-flowing and downward pour, like rain nourishing the crops of the earth. For the Sovereign One reaps what he has sown the seed into the aeons he has begotten, and in the perfect light. For his name is secret yet is widely known to all—for Wisdom understands his utterance and his call and repeats his beckoning to those willing to hear.
For all those who seek, continue to strive until the realization has arrived and dissolved unto its root. For those who have sought to find only themselves and none other! For finding the fruit has come with a great price. But rejoice! For through death, life was possible to be found. For I have drunken from the well-spring which gives life to the rippling fields bearing wheat and crops of all manner and all likeness. But the vineyard’s roots belong in an eternal heritage.
In the Winter of the World, the seeds are sown. In the Spring, the trees start to bear rising and sprouting seedlings. In the Summer Harvest, they appear in vast clusters and it is these that do not rot or wither upon the vines even if left unattended for it has no need to be attended. For the immortal vine does not bare death and imperfection, but gives forth a multitude of fruit ripened into perfection in the four elements.
For in the height of Summer, the grapes are harvested and collected into the storehouse, to be eaten and consumed and made into fine wine. Was it not the Son of Man, the Sovereign One that had made water into wine at the Wedding Feast? For indeed it is true—the Kingdom is like a wedding feast, and the Sons of the Living One will be robed with glorious garments by the Son to all his guests. It is they who will be called first in the Kingdom. It is they who will be called his friends. As he was raised, his children will also be raised. The vineyard ripens in the Sun’s rays, for the truth bears this fruit and can withstand any opposition.
Sacrifice not, for it is written that those who sacrifice the bodies of the slain are accursed! Blood is on their hands. It is they who eat from the tree of ignorant chaos and it is they who dwell in barren poverty. It is also written that there is no good tree that produces corrupt, rotting fruit, nor is there a bad tree that produces good, ripe fruit. For those who sacrifice the fruit unto themselves as a Temple of the Holy Spirit is blessed and is likened unto something brighter than even a thousand, shining and blinding suns. For even the sun is not fit or able to capture the immortal and unshakeable generation of the Father.
Does the Book of Philip not say that “faith is our earth. It is that in which we take root. Hope is the water which nourishes us. Love is the wind through which we grow. Knowledge is the light by which we ripen.”? It is a truth that is sweet and cool, without a hint of bitterness and tastelessness. It bursts with the flavors of love and kindness even in this great burden that we carry when we gather our tools to toil under the midday sun and sow its seeds to grow in the seasons. While it is true that there is indeed nothing new under the sun, it is these pleasures that the Sovereign One has afforded us. When one aims and achieves the love and will, no object of desire remains, for the knower and the known dissolve into one body and one conjugal unity. This is how the image of the hot exists in a perfect unit, for it drives out all cold winds of fruitless desire and ignorance. For charity and love only gives without condition or rule or law; it does not take nor demand.
The birds chirp their song upon the branches in the present, where the fruit grow and ripen. Like the Aeons, the trees bear the fruit of both knowledge and of life in the true dwelling place, whereas the Archigenetor, the ruler of the aeons and the powers divided the great eternal angels in wrath. The fruit of knowledge was cursed and the fruit of eternal life denied to the children of light when he had cast out the primal parents in jealousy. However, it is both Wisdom and Sovereignty in superiority, conjoined into one unit, that has descended into and back from the abyss and anointed the natural man the gift of spirit and eternal life. The Mother, the Holy Spirit, sown the light in the lower aeons.
The seed of eternity was planted within the Holy of Holies. Do you not know that you are not just made of blood, flesh and bone? It is this same gift in where you shall draw peace and strength from. It is they who shine the true light upon it to grow. It is they who have offered forgiveness for the repentant. It is they who are the authors of the spirit, embraced in a Reception within the Temple who have etched their names within the inner and wicked spirit of gloom and darkness rent asunder in a grand spectacle of a blazing fire. Blessed be the saints who die the death of the fiery baptism, for it is they who will drink the godly nectar and the final baptism in the spring of the Living Water.
Wisdom (Sophia) is both the Virginal Mother, and Sultry Harlot—in her naked glory, the treasure trove of the divine heights, she bestows the knighted with an investiture and a crown of life, more precious then fine gold, as the archangels, thrones and the four living creatures assist her in a decent and an ascension in the beam of mine eye. Glory unto Thee! Glory to eternal heights! May the Sovereign One abide and fortify in the Aeon, for this Aeon is without Beginning nor End, Alpha and Omega. Truly! The eternal fruit contains the image of the solitary and the breadth of the immortal ones in a branching ladder of descent and ascent. Believe and feel my words, and see this truth as self-evident. For the Kingdom is a god-producing land and has many trees and every other manner of fruit, and is free to be eaten by the free and great, in an excess of liberation and forever away from a bitter slavery. Tears are to be no more, for only a bounty of joy exists, not in a future even nor in the far away past—behold! Tremble before the present wisdom of the Lord, and receive the gift of the fruit, for you will be first! Amen.