This section will show that the Gnostic Gospels had alchemy throughout the material. Also, I will show that Jesus was familiar with this material. Possibly it is an answer as to how Jesus did accomplish some of his work. The material is from the Nag Hammadi Library, and other texts that will be noted. also as this is about alchemy and religion, I want first to put information down as to what was thought to be concerning these subjects. This information is from From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Alchemy covers several philosophical traditions spanning some four millennia and three continents. These traditions' general penchant for cryptic and symbolic language makes it hard to trace their mutual influences and "genetic" relationships.
One can distinguish at least three major strands, which appear to be largely independent, at least in their earlier stages: Chinese alchemy, centered in China and its zone of cultural influence; Indian alchemy, centred around the Indian subcontinent; and Western alchemy, which occurred around the Mediterranean and whose center has shifted over the millennia from ancient Egypt, to the Greco-Roman world, to the Islamic world, and finally medieval Europe. Chinese alchemy was closely connected to Taoism and Indian alchemy with the Dharmic faiths, whereas Western alchemy developed its own philosophical system that was largely independent of, but influenced by, various Western religions. It is still an open question whether these three strands share a common origin, or to what extent they influenced each other.
Authors Note. ancient Egypt is hardly mentioned. But, from G. Masseys work it is evident that in the ancient past there was a One World Religion. It is my opinion that all our present day religions stem from this ancient understanding of how Nature worked to produce perfection. The Great Secret was always maintained by what we would call "Holy Men" of the past. Alchemists in our near time. Jesus being one of them. I can't say where the science originated, only that it is ancient. I have shown in my work that the defining of the Constellations by word definitions is from this science as the word definitions define the steps of the process and so means the constellations or times overhead during the year, were defined by what was physically happening to the matter in the below.
The origin of western alchemy may generally be traced to Hellenistic Egypt. It is claimed by Zosimos of Panopolis that alchemy dated back to ancient Egypt where it was the domain of the priestly class; there is little or no evidence for such a claim though.Egyptian alchemy is known mostly through the writings of (Hellenic) Greek philosophers, some surviving only in Syriac and Arabic translations. Few original Egyptian documents on alchemy have survived, most notable among them the Stockholm papyrus and the Leyden papyrus X, though even these are from the Christian period. Many writings were lost when the emperor Diocletian ordered the burning of alchemical books after suppressing a revolt in Alexandria (292), which had been a center of Egyptian alchemy.
Legend has it[who?] that the founder of Egyptian alchemy was the god Thoth, called Hermes-Thoth or Thrice-Great Hermes (Hermes Trismegistus) by the Greeks. According to legend, he wrote what were called the forty-two Books of Knowledge, covering all fields of knowledge—including alchemy. Hermes's symbol was the caduceus or serpent-staff, which became one of many of alchemy's principal symbols. The "Emerald Tablet" or Hermetica of Thrice-Great Hermes, which is known only through Greek and Arabic translations, is generally understood[who?] to form the basis for Western alchemical philosophy and practice, called the hermetic philosophy by its early practitioners.
The first point of the "Emerald Tablet" tells the purpose of hermetic science: "in truth certainly and without doubt, whatever is below is like that which is above, and whatever is above is like that which is below, to accomplish the miracles of one thing." This is the macrocosm-microcosm belief central to the hermetic philosophy. In other words, the human body (the microcosm) is affected by the exterior world (the macrocosm), which includes the heavens through astrology, and the earth through the elements. Though when one gains mastery over their inner world, they begin to be able to control the exterior world in unconventional ways.
Authors Note. basically alchemy is about how to use everything outside with a glass pyramid oven to perfect matter. The Emerald Tablet is a Creation Epic, ancient and understood as the same as Genesis. I will discuss and explain it later. Now above it discusses the human body! alchemy is about perfecting matter! It is done by controlling the forces of Nature throughout the year. The steps or times of the stone are found during the 16 month process. What happened at those time became our religious holidays and created our belief system. It was a way of life to the ancients and for them gave the First Organized Religion of Osiris. That is the most ancient I have found concerning this material. That religion and this process is the basis for all religions today.
The Hellenistic city of Alexandria in Egypt was a center of Greek alchemical knowledge, and retained its preeminence through most of the Greek and Roman periods. The Greeks appropriated the hermetical beliefs of the Egyptians and melded with them the philosophies of Pythagoreanism, ionianism, and gnosticism. Pythagorean philosophy is, essentially, the belief that numbers rule the universe, originating from the observations of sound, stars, and geometric shapes like triangles, or anything from which a ratio could be derived. Ionian thought was based on the belief that the universe could be explained through concentration on natural phenomena; this philosophy is believed to have originated with Thales and his pupil Anaximander, and later developed by Plato and Aristotle, whose works came to be an integral part of alchemy. According to this belief, the universe can be described by a few unified natural laws that can be determined only through careful, thorough, and exacting philosophical explorations. The third component introduced to hermetical philosophy by the Greeks was gnosticism, a belief prevalent in the Christian and early post-Christian Roman empire, that the world is imperfect because it was created in a flawed manner, and that learning about the nature of spiritual matter would lead to salvation. They further believed that God did not "create" the universe in the classic sense, but that the universe was created "from" him, but was corrupted in the process (rather than becoming corrupted by the transgressions of Adam and Eve, that is, original sin). Many Gnostic sects further held the Biblical deity to be evil and viewed him as a fallen emanation of the High God whom they sought to worship and unite with; however, the aspect of the Abrahamic god as being evil really played no role in alchemy but the aspect of ascending to the high god probably had a great deal of influence. Platonic and neo-Platonic theories about universals and the omnipotence of God were also absorbed (their main beliefs see the physical aspect of the world as being imperfect and think of God as a transcendent cosmic mind).
One very important concept introduced at this time, originated by Empedocles and developed by Aristotle, was that all things in the universe were formed from only four elements: earth, air, water, and fire. According to Aristotle, each element had a sphere to which it belonged and to which it would return if left undisturbed.
The four elements of the Greek were mostly qualitative aspects of matter, not quantitative, as our modern elements are. "...True alchemy never regarded earth, air, water, and fire as corporeal or chemical substances in the present-day sense of the word. The four elements are simply the primary, and most general, qualities by means of which the amorphous and purely quantitative substance of all bodies first reveals itself in differentiated form." Later alchemists extensively developed the mystical aspects of this concept.
Authors Note. This section is here because I will be quoting material from each person that is mentioned. Many have names familiar to you. as the alchemists I listed. In the past, everyone that was anyone knew of this information and described it correctly. also please note above about the "Evil" that came into being with the Gnosticism mentioned. That is also from this process and how it was understood by Philosophers of Holy men of that time period. It was not a part of the past. Also note above the mention of Adam and Eve, and consider the whole story of the creation of man (androgynous) That understanding is "also from" this process. We make androgynous material, and as it became a religion, that belief was carried over to later generations, peoples, who may not have truly understood the past religion that was ancient at the time of early Christianity. The four, "earth, air, fore and water," actually do make everything when you understand this process. Like all this information, we as a society never knew that as we never knew any of this explanation!\BACK TO TOP
Alchemy in the Renaissance and Modern Age
Because of its strong connections to the Greek and Roman cultures, alchemy was rather easily accepted into Christian philosophy, and Medieval European alchemists extensively absorbed Islamic alchemical knowledge. Gerbert of Aurillac, who was later to become Pope Silvester II, (d. 1003) was among the first to bring Islamic science to Europe from Spain. Later men such as Adelard of Bath, who lived in the 12th century, brought additional learning. But until the 13th century the moves were mainly assimilative.
In this period there appeared some deviations from the Augustinian principles of earlier Christian thinkers. Saint Anselm (1033–1109) was a Benedictine who believed faith must precede rationalism, as Augustine and most theologians prior to Anselm had believed, but Anselm put forth the opinion that faith and rationalism were compatible and encouraged rationalism in a Christian context. His views set the stage for the philosophical explosion to occur. Peter Abelard followed Anselm's work, laying the foundation for acceptance of Aristotelian thought before the first works of Aristotle reached the West. His major influence on alchemy was his belief that Platonic universals did not have a separate existence outside of man's consciousness. Abelard also systematized the analysis of philosophical contradictions.
Robert Grosseteste (1170–1253) was a pioneer of the scientific theory that would later be used and refined by the alchemists. He took Abelard's methods of analysis and added the use of observations, experimentation, and conclusions in making scientific evaluations. Grosseteste also did much work to bridge Platonic and Aristotelian thinking.
Albertus Magnus (1193–1280) and Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274) were both Dominicans who studied Aristotle and worked at reconciling the differences between philosophy and Christianity. Aquinas also did a great deal of work in developing the scientific method. He even went as far as claiming that universals could be discovered only through logical reasoning, and, since reason could not run in opposition to God, reason must be compatible with theology. This ran contrary to the commonly held Platonic belief that universals were found through divine illumination alone. Magnus and Aquinas were among the first to take up the examination of alchemical theory, and could be considered to be alchemists themselves, except that these two did little in the way of experimentation.
The first true alchemist in Medieval Europe was Roger Bacon. His work did as much for alchemy as Robert Boyle's was to do for chemistry and Galileo's for astronomy and physics. Bacon (1214–1294) was an Oxford Franciscan who explored optics and languages in addition to alchemy. The Franciscan ideals of taking on the world rather than rejecting the world led to his conviction that experimentation was more important than reasoning: "Of the three ways in which men think that they acquire knowledge of things: authority, reasoning, and experience; only the last is effective and able to bring peace to the intellect." (Bacon p. 367) "Experimental Science controls the conclusions of all other sciences. It reveals truths which reasoning from general principles would never have discovered." Roger Bacon has also been attributed with originating the search for the philosopher's stone and the elixir of life: "That medicine which will remove all impurities and corruptibilities from the lesser metals will also, in the opinion of the wise, take off so much of the corruptibility of the body that human life may be prolonged for many centuries." The idea of immortality was replaced with the notion of long life; after all, man's time on Earth was simply to wait and prepare for immortality in the world of God. Immortality on Earth did not mesh with Christian theology.
Bacon was not the only alchemist of the high Middle Ages, but he was the most significant. His works were used by countless alchemists of the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries. Other alchemists of Bacon's time shared several traits. First, and most obviously, nearly all were members of the clergy. This was simply because few people outside the parochial schools had the education to examine the Arabic-derived works. Also, alchemy at this time was sanctioned by the church as a good method of exploring and developing theology. Alchemy was interesting to the wide variety of churchmen because it offered a rationalistic view of the universe when men were just beginning to learn about rationalism.
So by the end of the thirteenth century, alchemy had developed into a fairly structured system of belief. Adepts believed in the macrocosm-microcosm theories of Hermes, that is to say, they believed that processes that affect minerals and other substances could have an effect on the human body (for example, if one could learn the secret of purifying gold, one could use the technique to purify the human soul). They believed in the four elements and the four qualities as described above, and they had a strong tradition of cloaking their written ideas in a labyrinth of coded jargon set with traps to mislead the uninitiated. Finally, the alchemists practiced their art: they actively experimented with chemicals and made observations and theories about how the universe operated. Their entire philosophy revolved around their belief that man's soul was divided within himself after the fall of Adam. By purifying the two parts of man's soul, man could be reunited with God.
In the fourteenth century, these views underwent a major change. William of Ockham, an Oxford Franciscan who died in 1349, attacked the Thomist view of compatibility between faith and reason. His view, widely accepted today, was that God must be accepted on faith alone; He could not be limited by human reason. Of course this view was not incorrect if one accepted the postulate of a limitless God versus limited human reasoning capability, but it virtually erased alchemy from practice in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. Pope John XXII in the early 1300s issued an edict against alchemy, which effectively removed all church personnel from the practice of the Art.  The climate changes, Black plague, and increase in warfare and famine that characterized this century no doubt also served to hamper philosophical pursuits in general.
Alchemy was kept alive by men such as Nicolas Flamel, who was noteworthy only because he was one of the few alchemists writing in those troubled times. Flamel lived from 1330 to 1417 and would serve as the archetype for the next phase of alchemy. He was not a religious scholar as were many of his predecessors, and his entire interest in the subject revolved around the pursuit of the philosopher's stone, which he is reputed to have found; his work spends a great deal of time describing the processes and reactions, but never actually gives the formula for carrying out the transmutations. Most of his work was aimed at gathering alchemical knowledge that had existed before him, especially as regarded the philosophers' stone.
Through the late Middle Ages (1300–1500) alchemists were much like Flamel: they concentrated on looking for the philosophers' stone and the elixir of youth, now believed to be separate things. Their cryptic allusions and symbolism led to wide variations in interpretation of the art. For example, many alchemists during this period interpreted the purification of the soul to mean the transmutation of lead into gold (in which they believed elemental mercury, or 'quicksilver', played a crucial role). These men were viewed as magicians and sorcerers by many, and were often persecuted for their practices.
One of these men who emerged at the beginning of the sixteenth century was the German Heinrich Cornelius Agrippa (1486–1535). This alchemist believed himself to be a wizard capable of summoning spirits. His influence was negligible, but like Flamel, he produced writings which were referred to by alchemists of later years. Again like Flamel, he did much to change alchemy from a mystical philosophy to an occultist magic. He did keep alive the philosophies of the earlier alchemists, including experimental science, numerology, etc., but he added magic theory, which reinforced the idea of alchemy as an occultist belief. In spite of all this, Agrippa still considered himself a Christian, though his views often came into conflict with the church.
Authors Note. By reading this material at the start of this section one should develop an understanding of what it was thought that alchemy was and what about. Note long life or a medicine. Note Gold and Silver and precious stones. many things are attributed to the stone. But note also what the stone really was, was kept Secret. Again recognize the names. Along with these persons, the Secret Societies , the (Masons) founding fathers of America, the list is long and always filled with noteworthy men. What was the "Great Secret" they always knew but hide from you? Was Jesus one of them? You decide from what is written.
THE GNOSTIC SOCIETY LIBRARY
The Nag Hammadi Library
The Acts of Peter and the Twelve Apostles
the Lord answered and said, "O Peter, it was necessary that you understand the parable that I told you! Do you not understand that my name, which you teach, surpasses all riches, and the wisdom of God surpasses gold, and silver and precious stone(s)?"
He gave them the pouch of medicine and said, "Heal all the sick of the city who believe in my name." Peter was afraid to reply to him for the second time. He signaled to the one who was beside him, who was John: "You talk this time." John answered and said, "Lord, before you we are afraid to say many words. But it is you who asks us to practice this skill. We have not been taught to be physicians. How then will we know how to heal bodies as you have told us?"
He answered them, "Rightly have you spoken, John, for I know that the physicians of this world heal what belongs to the world. The physicians of souls, however, heal the heart. Heal the bodies first, therefore, so that through the real powers of healing for their bodies, without medicine of the world, they may believe in you, that you have power to heal the illnesses of the heart also.
Authors Note. "Jesus handed them a bag of powder." This is what the alchemists carried, a bag of powder! Is this how Jesus healed the sick also?
Gospel of Mary Magdalene
. Will matter then be destroyed or not?
22) The Savior said, All nature, all formations, all creatures exist in and with one another, and they will be resolved again into their own roots.
23) For the nature of matter is resolved into the roots of its own nature alone.
24) He who has ears to hear, let him hear.
27) That is why the Good came into your midst, to the essence of every nature in order to restore it to its root.
28) Then He continued and said, That is why you become sick and die, for you are deprived of the one who can heal you.
29) He who has a mind to understand, let him understand.
30) Matter gave birth to a passion that has no equal, which proceeded from something contrary to nature. Then there arises a disturbance in its whole body.
31) That is why I said to you, Be of good courage, and if you are discouraged be encouraged in the presence of the different forms of nature.
32) He who has ears to hear, let him hear
Authors Note. "24" The above, why would Jesus be speaking of Matter? I am an alchemists, I work with matter. "28" If you have the stone, you never become sick! Many of the alchemists said they lived very long lives. That means the one who can heal you is the God in the "Good Light" as we can by process capture that essence. "30" The passion of the matter is that it is perfected, that is not found on earth (perfection). It is contrary to nature because nature does not perfect unless, "it is controlled by man." "32" The different forms of nature, the perfected and the matter as created not perfect.
From G. Massey.
"And if thou dry it in the sun thou shalt possess the mystery that no man can impart, in which no one of all the wisdom-lovers hath ventured to initiate in words; but only by the sanction of
Authors Note, we dry (finish) in the sun.
Atum the red sun is described as setting from the land of life in all the colours of crimson in Pant, the red pool. This clothing of colours is represented as a 'gorgeous robe' by Luke; a 'purple robe' by Mark, and a robe of 'scarlet' by Matthew.
Authors note, The colors of the Robe worn by Jesus.
one of the quotations from the Gospel According to the Egyptians, made both by Clement of Alexandria and Clement of Rome we are told that the Lord having been asked by Salome when his kingdom would come replied, 'When you have trampled under foot the garment of shame (or modesty); when two shall be one, when that which is without shall be like that which is within, and when the male with the female shall be neither male nor female.
Authors Note. In September, ancient Egypt the Djed Pillar was raised. A 'Tit and Lion cloth is tied to it. It was understood as the "Garment of Shame (Tit). Actually it only means the process is now about matter (Osiris) Sun (Lion cloth) and moon (Tit). Osiris in now going to become crowned! In alchemy this is Crowned Androgynous matter being produced. It is matter raised to a higher state than just plain androgynous matter as man was created from. ""When the Two shall be one." This means the matter is now one, or, sun and moon is now a part of Osiris or the matter is now Crowned androgynous. ""When that which is without shall be like that which is within."" That means that "Like" in alchemy, or , the matter within is now like the above. This means final step with Osiris, or the matter is perfected and so Like the sun, Osiris is Like Horus.! That means that the crowned Matter is now not male or female but in the last step when it joins to the sun it is Like the sun, or now it is as God. Osiris is now God, he is no longer androgynous. He is perfect, male, female, God! - - How would Jesus know this if he didn't know the ancient religion? This is the process of the stone, last seven months. I have shown this in many places and I believe this shows Jesus knew of and how to make the stone.
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I have placed her quite a bit of information because it is not understood by those tied to gnosticism. I just explained the last steps of the process where Osiris is augmented and becomes god, like the sun. Osiris is perfect. and is of matter perfected. In the creation of man, man was created as earth, Third Day. In the process this is accomplished by the "Moon," a lessor god This is not perfect matter! The moon is not Like the Sun. Through misunderstanding? Perhaps just through discussion in the past these conclusions were reached. Why did God not Create man perfect as Osiris? Man knows he is not perfect, he gets sick, he dies, obviously man was created by a lessor God or as the text explains. Please remember this was "Ancient " information and I am sure much of it was misunderstood. Also it was Secret information. We know today our world was not created out of something like an egg! We aren't from androgynous material! But even today you can turn on the T. V., and hear discussions about Adam and Eve and this androgynous matter! As even today this understanding is not known, misunderstood, you can consider and see why what is written even in the past is a Mess! As a society we need to know and understand what the past was, we need to move on.
The Gnostic Demiurge
The term Demiurge derives from the ancient Greek "démiourgos" (latinized demiurgus), meaning "artisan" or "craftsman". In various belief systems this is a deity responsible for the creation of the physical universe. The term occurs most notably Platonism and Gnosticism. The precise nature and character of the Demiurge however varies from a benign architect of matter in some, to the personification of evil in others.
Plato refers to the Demiurge frequently in the Timaeus as the entity who "fashioned and shaped" the material world. Plato describes the Demiurge as unreservedly good and hence desirous of a world as good as possible. The world remains allegedly imperfect because the Demiurge had to work on pre-existing chaotic matter. Christianity and Judaism claim "God" the Creator is good, but Christians claim the soul is corrupt due to the sin of Adam. Gnosticism is another matter. -authors Note- The moon is soul! See the connection?
In Gnosticism the Demiurge (Creator) is by no means all-good, but a bungling and incompetent fool that creates the world as a spiritual prison. Gnosticism also presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable "alien God" and the "creator" of the material - the Demiurge. However, in contrast to Plato, many systems of Gnostic thought present the Demiurge as antagonistic to the will of the Supreme Creator: this sort of Demiurge focus' solely on material reality and on the "sensuous soul". In Gnosticism, the Demiurge is an emanation from a higher, purer aeon.
In this system, the Demiurge is a way to understand the problem of evil, differing sharply from Christianity, which sees the originally good Creation corrupted by created beings (such as the Devil). In Gnosticism the Demiurge created evil as in the Apocryphon of John (in the Nag Hammadi library), the Demiurge has the name "Yaltabaoth". Through arrogance born of stupidity, he proclaims himself as God:
"Now the archon who is weak has three names. The first name is Yaltabaoth, the second is Saklas, and the third is Samael. And he is impious in his arrogance which is in him. For he said, 'I am God and there is no other God beside me,' for he is ignorant of his strength, the place from which he had come."
Yaldabaoth literally means "Child, come hither" in a certain Semitic language. Gnostic myth recounts that Sophia (literally "wisdom", the Demiurge's mother and aspect of the Father) desired to create something apart from the Father to which he did not consent. In this act of separation, she gave birth to the Demiurge and being ashamed of her deed, she wrapped him in a cloud and created a throne for him within it.
The Demiurge did not see her, nor anyone else, and thus concluded that only he himself existed, he did not know the source of his power and did not know that there was someone above him. The myth is full of intricate nuances portraying the first separation which later turned into the entrapment of the divine spark, Sophia, within the human form. This spark is latent until awakened by a call and the knowledge of one as this divine spark is the beginning of restoration of Sophia as well as gnosis.
Saklas means "fool" and Samael literally means "Blind God" or "God of the Blind". It may equate to the Judaic Angel of Death, and corresponds to the folkloric demon of that name.
Yao is alongside Yaldabaoth, the other name most frequently encountered in Gnostic scripture. Yao is the Gnostic pronunciation of the Tetragrammaton (YhWh). Several Gnostic philosophers (notably Marcion of Sinope) and others (such as Maniche) identify the Demiurge as Yahweh, the God of the Old Testament, as the enemy to the God of the New Testament. Still other traditions also equated YhWh with Satan. For example, Catharism apparently inherited their idea of Satan as the creator of the evil world directly or indirectly from Gnosticism. The church declared all these heresies for teaching that all Creation was the work of an evil god.
The concept of an evil or bungling Demiurge who creates the world is completely at odds with Christian theology in which the creation is originally all good and the work of one all-good Creator. It rejects the notion that the Devil or any other being resembling the Demiurge could create the beauty and order in the physical universe, and the writings of early church fathers, beginning with the Apostle Paul specifically condemn Gnosticism as high heresy. Christianity has nothing analogous to an evil Creator god. The nearest Christian equivalent to the Demiurge is Satan, which literally means the "Enemy."
Pagan philosophers in the lineage of Plato also rebuke the Gnostics. This would include Plotinus who, rebuked Gnosticism in the ninth tractate of the second Ennead: "Against Those That Affirm The Creator of The Cosmos and The Cosmos Itself to Be Evil" (generally quoted as "Against The Gnostics"). Being grounded in platonic thought, the Neoplatonists would have rejected the gnostic vilification of Platos's demiurge.
To quote, Emanation is opposed to the Judeo-Christian conception of creation, in which the eternal God makes all from nothing. To explain the relation of a totally transcendent God to a finite and imperfect world, the belief in emanation denies that God directly created the world but maintains rather that the world is the result of a chain of emergence through emanations. From God (the One, or the Absolute), the one prime principle, flows the divine substance; his own substance never lessens.
Authors Note. This is exactly as in Alchemy, the "Good" essence of the light is collected by air and moisture.
In the 3d cent. A.D., Plotinus and other Neoplatonists developed a clear system of emanation. The Neoplatonists ascribed to Plato an emanative concept in his Idea of the Good as being supreme, the lesser ideas being in some way related to the Idea of the Good.
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In Stoic philosophy, which began with Zeno of Citium c. 300 BC, the logos was the active reason pervading the universe and animating it. It was conceived of as material, and is usually identified with God or Nature. The Stoics also referred to the seminal logos, ("logos spermatikos") or the law of generation in the universe, which was the principle of the active reason working in inanimate matter. Humans, too, each possess a portion of the divine logos.
Authors Note. As you become familiar with the process as you must to understand this material, you find as here enough of a tie to know that though all is not here, enough to know this information is from the same original. Above you have Matter, animating, God or nature, each possess a portion! All in the below has some of this Good of the light. So consider, if you make a substance (The Stone) that is all good, what effect would it have on you?
Philo's conception of the matter out of which the world was created is similar to that of Plato and the Stoics. According to him, God does not create the world-stuff, but finds it ready at hand. God cannot create it, as in its nature it resists all contact with the divine. Sometimes, following the Stoics, he designates God as "the efficient cause,"and matter as "the affected cause." He seems to have found this conception in the Bible (Gen. i.2) in the image of the spirit of God hovering over the waters ("De Opificio Mundi," § 2 [i.12]).
Authors Note. actually, there is much information here that is not discussed. Even God had to process this matter. First Day he created the Earth (Genesis), second he started the process. It is important the ancient believed that God, as being a Perfect Being could not be around sin, matter, nothing common. I said the evil was created by man around 00 AD. . Well, the understanding of God is that he could not create Evil either. Understand that the discussion is about the moon as the creator of the evil, but, consider the moon it was known was a reflection of Gods Good Light. And so, would that produce Evil? I wonder why it was the ancients thought it up? Perhaps to have reason to convince man the need for those "Holy Men" that wanted to control you!
Philo, again like Plato and the Stoics, conceives of matter as having no attributes or form; this, however, does not harmonize with the assumption of four elements. Philo conceives of matter as evil, on the ground that no praise is meted out to it in Genesis ("Quis Rerum Divinarum Heres Sit," § 32 [i.495]). As a result, he cannot posit an actual Creation, but only a formation of the world, as Plato holds. God appears as demiurge (Greek: craftsman) and cosmoplast (Greek: universe molder).
Authors Note Matter was formed from the four! The earth on the first Day was processed and then, third Day the waters came together, Earth processed, air, fire (Good from Sun), Water as vapor. The air holds the vapor which mixes and absorbs the good in the light and deposits it to the earth. The earth created first day is by this means changed with process to the "Dry Land Earth" we know. Remember, it was believed Osiris was regenerated beyond this third Day Earth. Form above mentioned means basically, "no ordered process." Philo is right as earth had no form! The Creation was the "Form." that caused the results. Again, a Perfect God could not create "Evil" earth!
Philo frequently compares God to an architect or gardener, who formed the present world (the κόσμος ἀισϑητός) according to a pattern, the ideal world (κόσμος νοητός). Philo takes the details of his story of the Creation entirely from Genesis 1, the Elohist account. He assigns an especially important position to the Logos, which executes the several acts of the Creation, as God cannot come into contact with matter, actually creating only the soul of the good. The philosophical term Logos (word, reason) parallels the Hebrew phrase "word of God" ("dabar Yahweh"), which the Hebrew Bible portrays as bearing God's message, especially to his prophets.
Authors Note. Philo is near correct here except that he said, 'Soul of the Good." This makes no sense as Soul was known to be (by the ancients) that reflected light of the moon. This information is her to show it all was from the ancient past and few truly knew it or understood it.
Emil Schurer (The Literature of the Jewish People in the Time of Jesus, pp. 329-331) characterized the allegorical program of Philo as follows: "Especially is it a fundamental thought, from which the exposition is everywhere deduced, that the history of mankind as related in Genesis is in reality nothing else than a system of psychology and ethic."
Authors Note. Consider when I say, this Ancient Knowledge was discussed by those that didn't truly understand it and so we are left with many wrong conclusions. You can know that if you learn the actual process and how it was understood.
Philo regards the physical nature of man as something defective and as an obstacle to his development that can never be fully surmounted, but still as something indispensable in view of the nature of his being. With the body the necessity for food arises, as Philo explains in various allegories. The body, however, is also of advantage to the spirit, since the spirit arrives at its knowledge of the world by means of the five senses. But higher and more important is the spiritual nature of man. This nature has a twofold tendency: one toward the sensual and earthly, which Philo calls sensibility (αἴσϑησις), and one toward the spiritual, which he calls Intellect or Reason (νοῦς).
Authors Note. Again, this comes from the fact man was created from the imperfect matter. Consider osiris and how further process augmented him to perfection. Philo goes on to say as many believe today, that man can advance himself through study and knowledge. It is said in some of the Gnostic Gospels, the Serpent was or gave to Eve this Knowledge in the Garden. Now, you should know what the Knowledge was. It was an understanding of the Creation Process where man could use and so with the Perfected matter of the Stone, become as Gods! - My Opinion!
The Clementine Recognitions and Homilies give an account of Simon Magus and some of his teachings in regards to the Simonians. They are of uncertain date and authorship, and seem to have been worked over by several hands in the interest of diverse forms of belief.
There was one John the Baptist, who was the forerunner of Jesus in accordance with the law of parity; and as Jesus had twelve Apostles, bearing the number of the twelve solar months, so had he thirty leading men, making up the monthly tale of the moon. One of these thirty leading men was a woman called Helen, and the first and most esteemed by John was Simon. But on the death of John he was away in Egypt for the practice of magic, and one Dositheus, by spreading a false report of Simon's death, succeeded in installing himself as head of the sect. Simon on coming back thought it better to dissemble, and, pretending friendship for Dositheus, accepted the second place. Soon, however, he began to hint to the thirty that Dositheus was not as well acquainted as he might be with the doctrines of the school.
Authors Note. The above is "Very Important Information"! Note "away in Egypt for the practice of magic." In another of the Gospels, it is said that "Jesus went to Egypt to gain knowledge of the "Magic of Egypt." Perhaps the Magic of Egypt is the Process of the Stone! I believe that is Truth! You have to consider all, and decide for yourself. Also, remember I had said that John was as the "White Stone" of alchemy, Jesus as the Red. As you become familiar with all this understanding, you can again, decide for yourself.
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Authors Note. Though much is missing from this next section, there is a lot here to read and know.
Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him. Therefore, if one has knowledge, he gets what belongs to him and draws it to himself. For he who is ignorant, is deficient, and it is a great deficiency, since he lacks that which will make him perfect. Since the perfection of the All is in the Father, it is necessary for the All to ascend to him and for each one to get the things which are his. He registered them first, having prepared them to be given to those who came from him.
As incorruptibility looked down into the region of the waters, her image appeared in the waters; and the authorities of the darkness became enamored of her. But they could not lay hold of that image, which had appeared to them in the waters, because of their weakness - since beings that merely possess a soul cannot lay hold of those that possess a spirit - for they were from below, while it was from above. This is the reason why "incorruptibility looked down into the region (etc.)": so that, by the father's will, she might bring the entirety into union with the light.
For these reasons, we have acquired sufficiency; for it is fitting that each one acquire power for himself to bear fruit, and that we never cast aspersions on the mysteries [...] the [...]. For [...], which is [...] the souls [...] the signs of the Zodiac [...] a new hypostasis.
For the waters which are above [...] that receive baptism [...]. But receive that baptism which is with the water which [...], while he is coming ...
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Authors Note. Funny, it seems when really important information is included, many lines are missing! In the above, Baptism- Know that it is about the "Vapor" I mention that has absorbed the Good in the Light. That is what it was about in the past! Baptism was "ancient" during the time of Jesus. I bring this up because few living today know that. It actually is so old it is a forgotten subject. From G. Massey, 'Natural Genesis," "Some of the tribes of Africa would not be Baptized unless Rainwater was used." They didn't know why! Also above, "Signs of the Zodiac." Also ancient!
Authors Note. The below, read and remember the matter being brought forth in the process by "Moonlight Only. That means being brought forth by Soul, no spirit (Sun).
Then shadow perceived there was something mightier than it, and felt envy; and when it had become pregnant of its own accord, suddenly it engendered jealousy. Since that day, the principle of jealousy amongst all the eternal realms and their worlds has been apparent. Now as for that jealousy, it was found to be an abortion without any spirit in it. Like a shadow, it came into existence in a vast watery substance. Then the bile that had come into being out of the shadow was thrown into a part of chaos. Since that day, a watery substance has been apparent. And what sank within it flowed away, being visible in chaos: as with a woman giving birth to a child - all her superfluities flow out; just so, matter came into being out of shadow, and was projected apart. And it did not depart from chaos; rather, matter was in chaos, being in a part of it.
And when these things had come to pass, then Pistis came and appeared over the matter of chaos, which had been expelled like an aborted fetus - since there was no spirit in it. For all of it (chaos) was limitless darkness and bottomless water. Now when Pistis saw what had resulted from her defect, she became disturbed. And the disturbance appeared, as a fearful product; it rushed to her in the chaos. She turned to it and blew into its face in the abyss, which is below all the heavens.
And when Pistis Sophia desired to cause the thing that had no spirit to be formed into a likeness and to rule over matter and over all her forces, there appeared for the first time a ruler, out of the waters, lion-like in appearance, androgynous, having great authority within him, and ignorant of whence he had come into being. Now when Pistis Sophia saw him moving about in the depth of the waters, she said to him, "Child, pass through to here," whose equivalent is 'yalda baoth'.
Authors Note. I don't think this understanding is from Egypt. As you read the Gospels, it is evident that the information is from many different societies. That is why Sophia, Mithra, Isis, Mary, each society had their own way of explaining. I think each society only had a part, or by wanting to make the information their own, each group of Holy Men? changed enough to do that but by doing cause the misunderstanding we have today. even Egypt, as Sir W. Budge explained, had gone through so many different groups that the original understanding was lost, as he believed.
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The G. R. S. Mead Collection
ECHOES FROM THE GNOSIS
BY G. R. S. MEAD
THE MYSTERIES OF MITHRA The Mystery of Mithra was one of the many forms of the Christ-mystery; and the mystery of the Christ is the mystery of man’s perfectioning and final apotheosis. A comparative study of christology, in this its widest sense, and in all its manifold aspects, in the great religions that have disappeared or are still existing, is of the utmost value; and it is from this standpoint mainly that we are interested in the nature of the great secret of the Mithriaca.
The secret of regeneration, of being born anew, or spiritually, or from above--in brief, the divinizing of man, was the last word of the Mithra-rites; all else is introductory or ancillary.
This secret was the one secret of all the great mystery-rites and mystery-arts. It was the secret of the Gnosis in all its forms, contemplative or operative. We are, therefore, not surprised to learn that even as early as the end of the fourth century we find Zosimus, a disciple of the Trismegistic lore, and an alchemist, in a treatise "On Asbestos"--that is to say, presumably, on that pure body of man that can remain in the Fire without being consumed--writing as follows in mystic fashion:
"And if thou dry it in the sun thou shalt possess the mystery that no man can impart, in which no one of all the wisdom-lovers hath ventured to initiate in words; but only by the sanction of themselves [that is, the sanction of their own divinity] have they imparted its initiation. For this they have called in the scriptures the chief of all mysteries: The Stone that is no stone, the unknowable known unto all, the that which hath no honour yet is of greatest honour, the that which none can give but God alone. But I will sing its praise, the that which none can give but God alone, the one (material) thing in all our operations which is superior to all that is material. This is the remedy which doth contain all power--the Mithriac Mystery."
Authors Note Remaining in the Fire has to do with the stone "when Finished." This is why "Like" is so important. The stone then is "Like" the sun or fire and so can remain in the fire.! This shows that 'Mithra' was just another society with the "same" belief system that changed the Names! Note Zosimus the Alchemists. "Drying it in the sun is when Osiris joins with Horus. This is the "Eye of God" in action. This is the "chief of all Mysteries." by what he has said it is just as I have describe, it is about the process of Alchemy and how to perfect Matter!
Porphyry then goes on to say that some think that honey further typifies the celestial nectar and ambrosia, and also the pleasure which draws souls down into generation. Then is the soul moistened and becomes watery; it is sucked down into the watery spheres within the great Cup or Crat‘ r of Generation; and so a crater or bowl is placed near Mithra to signify this.
Authors Note. This is the Matter within the shell of the Egg." Remember I said to "never let it dry or the Fire will burn it in one day"!
"The Ancients moreover used to call the priestesses of Mother Earth (D‘ m‘ t‘ r) Bees, in that they were initiates of the Terrene Goddess, and the Maid (Kor‘ ) herself Bee-like. They also called the Moon the Bee, as Lady of Generation; and especially because [with the Magians] the Moon in exaltation is the Bull, and Bees are Ox-born--that is, souls coming into birth are Ox-born--and the ‘God who steals the Bull’ [Mithra] occultly signifies generation."
Authors Note. Remember, again, Moon is soul! Generation is from the sun and the Moon, but here they are speaking of the moon. This though does show how the "Moon" was described in many ways, with many names, but if it was "Female," it was about the moon. Remember, this was secret information. if they always said "Moon," how long would it have remained so?
Further on Porphyry tells us that there are two entrances to the Cave; namely, the zodiacal Crab by which souls descend, and the Goat by which they ascend. By the northern gate the souls descend as men, by the southern they ascend to become gods. The northern regions and the southern are thus apportioned to souls descending into generation and then separating themselves from it (c. xx.).
Authors Note. This shows that it is about the yearly cycle. Also tied to the movement of the sun, and to where "you are" on the planet as to which way the fire is moving.
This startling image generally stood on the celestial sphere; occasionally other symbols were added to the pedestal--such as the serpent-rod of Hermes, the cock of Asclepius, the tongs and hammer of the Fire-god, Hephæstus, and the pine cone. All these symbols are connected with the creative power.
Authors Note. "Like" the different names for the moon, and why this has been in part, so confusing to all. Each group, society, all changed the names and how they described it.
The Æon therefore typified the power of all things and of all gods. The Æon was Lord of the whole Celestial Sphere, and of the Four Great Elements. The serpent symbolized earth; the head of it entering the mouth is paralleled by a number of monuments on which the serpent drinks from a crater or water-vessel; the wings symbolize air; and the lion-head with its shaggy mane typifies fire and light.
Authors Note. All different descriptions of the same thing.
On either side are two smaller figures, almost duplicates of Mithra; one holds a torch upwards, the other a torch reversed. These dadophors or torchbearers represent the powers of life and death, of waking and waning, of spring and autumn, of ascent and descent. They are also symbols of the two great powers represented, in the Alchemical and Rosicrucian tradition, by the right hand raised with finger pointing upwards, and the left down with finger pointing downwards--accompanied by the mystic utterances Coagula and Solve; Collect and Disperse, Fix and Volatilize.
Authors Note, "Join the above to the Below."
The wheat-ears typify vegetation on the one hand and also the spermatic power of the creative life on the other. Moreover the Bundahish tells us precisely that when the Primal Bull was slain, all the different species of plants sprang from the different parts of its body, and especially from its spinal marrow.
Authors Note. The "Bull in Ram" is springtime and when we "Bring the waters together." Third Day of Genesis. Everything "springs" forth from the earth. This is why a Bull was used to show this "Powerful" time of year having to do with nature.
But this was not all. If there were mysteries of generation, cosmic and human, there were also mysteries of regeneration. There was a christology and soteriology as well as a cosmology.
We know from our texts that the ancient Persians believed in a resurrection of the dead, and the Mazdæan books prophesy that at the last day the Saviour Saoshyañt will slay a Bull, and from its fat mingled with the juice of the white Haoma (the Indian Soma, replaced in the West by Wine) will prepare a Draught of Immortality for all men.
authors Note. Note "white," Moon again. always it is about regeneration and resurrection. It is from the process, 'Originally."
But the highest initiates of Mithra knew that the last day was for every man when the Æon gave command; and that Mithra as Creator was ever slaying the Cosmic Bull, and Mithra the Saviour was ever slaying the Bull of Generation in the presence of His true worshippers. The Draught of Immortality was ever ready for him who had made himself ready.
and the recumbent figure Earth--the primordial pair.
3. Then follows a male figure half recumbent on the rocks; a similar figure sometimes appears with water flowing at his feet. This is clearly Ocean; and the Avestan tradition has preserved the ancient saying: "All was created from water." Did Thales, then, derive his leading dogma from Iranian mythology?
Authors Note. All from Genesis, always about nature.
4. Next comes a group of three female figures in long robes. They are the triple Fortune or Fate, who was regarded in Persia as the daughter of Heaven and Earth. All the above related to the night of time, during the reign of Zervan.
5. For the next scene depicts Zervan (Kronos) handing over to Mazda (Zeus) the sovereignty of the world.
6. Finally, we have a scene which depicts Ahura brandishing his thunderbolt and hurling down from heaven the rebellious giants.
If we may elaborate somewhat the mystery of that which sleeps in the mineral, wakes in the animal, and is perfected in man, it might be said that the first light-spark, or life-stream, according as we regard it in its masculine or feminine potency, is passive or sleeps in the mineral and is active or wakes in the vegetable.
The second spark, or the intensification or power of the first, sleeps in the animal and wakes in man; while the third is the mystery of what Basilides would call the third "sonship," which is that of Christhood.
Authors Note. if you read "enough" of the alchemical material, of which there are Libraries of material, all this and the many descriptions will after a while be understood. All tied to the one process I have explained. What we as a Society have to do is again make this matter. I have done it one time. Then it has to be totally analyzed so we can understand the process. Today I believe we can do that. This process convinced early man he had found God! will it make you believe that also? I bring this up again because it is something each will have to decide what it is they want to believe. I think the answer is why the alchemists, The Secret Societies, most or many of them were tied to the "God of Nature." Not to any other organized religion!
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Authors Note. Below from G. Massy, "The Natural Genesis." Hopefully by this point enough is understood by the readier to recognize the "same material" no matter where it is from. In Massey's books, almost every page, when you know this process, can be understood as tied to it!
'This is my beloved son,' who had been re-begotten of the moon! And as he came down from the mountain Jesus commanded the three to tell the vision to no man, until the son of man should have risen from the dead.
Authors Note, Please note, "From the Moon."
Amongst other things, Hermes instructs Tat in the nature of the 'tabernacle of the zodiacal circle'—Peter wanted to make three tabernacles—and he says, 'This is regeneration, O son, that we should not any longer fix our imagination upon the body, subject to the three dimensions' (of space). Having instructed Tat in the nature of the mystery of this rising from the dead (which was described also as a rebirth in the moon) the father charges his regenerated or newborn son to keep the secret in silence, and 'impart unto no man, o son, the tradition of regeneration, lest we be reputed calumniators.'
Authors Note, "Again, from the Moon." You now can know what it means to be born, or rebirth from the Moon!
The genealogies of the youthful sun-god [p.427] were not human, but divine; and this line of descent from the harlot on the female side demonstrates the divinity of Jesus the Christ, as the child of the ever-virgin mother, who had a fourfold representation in heaven as goddess of the seven stars, goddess of the moon, goddess of the sun, and goddess of the planet Venus.
Authors Note, actually, it all was about the moon! The Seven Stars is the seven suns (months) left to go for resurrection. The ever Virgin Mother "is" the Moon!
The twelve gates correspond to the twelve hours of the night assigned to the sun in the lower hemisphere. 'The way of absolute darkness is that of the sun during the twelve night hours.' The name of the place in the twelfth hour means 'production of darkness; the rise of births.' The 'great god is reborn in it, he goes out of the abyss and reunites himself to the body of Nut,' the mother-heaven. The drama of the midnight mysteries contained the scenery of this passage of the sun below the horizon. Har-khuti, the lord of lights and of the spirits or glorified elect ones, the khu, is an especial form of the divinity who descends and passes through the twelve doors of the twelve hours of the night; 277
Authors Note, this is all based on the fact that the Matter is brought forth from the Moon Only! Also, it is raised from the "abyss" "Lower section of the oven" to the top for this part of the process.
Now when the vernal equinox was in the sign of the Bull, the constellation Orion was a stellar image of Horus, who had risen from the underworld in his glorified body. Hence the body of the risen Horus is said to shine in the stars of the constellation Orion, on the bosom of the upper heaven. In the Ritual the reconstructed and re-arisen mummy says, 'I am the great constellation Orion (Sahu), dwelling in the solar birthplace in the midst of the spirits.' That is, he rises as Orion, the star in the East that once showed the place where the babe lay, or where the reborn god arose on the horizon of the resurrection. The name of Orion as the Sahu is also that of the erect mummy, the type of the risen dead. The word means incorporate, or incorpse; but the Sahu constellation showed the mummy on the horizon of the resurrection, the erect body of the risen, reborn Lord as the Egyptian mummy the karast, or Christ. To karas (Eg.) is to embalm the dead and make the mummy, whence the mummy [p.437] figure is the karast by name, the image of the dead who has attained a soul or starry self in the second life, which was typified by Orion, the constellation of Horus.*
Authors Note.Orion is discussed by many today, but the information they give is perhaps not entirely correct. Orion is Horus. In "ancient Egypt," summer is both start of the year and the end!! Most never have considered the end or would, why would they without knowing what it was about. At the end of the year, Orion raises over Egypt in June. Sirius also raises. The three stars in the belt of Orion point to Sirius (Osiris) as that star rises at that time also. In the process, end of the year, this is when the "Matter goes to heaven" "is raised in the oven" and so joins with Hours (Osiris) The three stars signify the last three months of work, remember the seven is divided between three and four.? In other words, what is happening in the "Above" is what is happening in the "Below!" This is hard to explain in the 'Northern Hemisphere because all figured this had to do with the "End of our year," December. Some point to the "Three Days as the three days when the sun sets at the southern point (it seems like) but the three days are of the Creation and so three months actually, thus the three stars of the belt. The sun is also shown alchemically as when indicated, time one day or month. Everything is based on outside (the All) and how it works.
'A spirit hath not flesh and bones, as ye behold me having; and when he had said this, he showed them his hands and his feet.' 'See my hands and my feet,' he exclaims. He was the complete man of twenty [p.438] nails, which nails were covered with gold-leaf in the mummy Christ or karast of Egypt; the genuine mummy that was embalmed for the purpose of rising again. It has been shown that the nail marks on the hands and feet of the cruciform figures, male or female, are signs of a second life, the phase of pubescence, gestation, or resurrection, just as the Horus lock of hair was emblematic of the reappearing one. It is also noticeable in this connection that the nails of the body bear the name of the mummy-Christ, or 'Sahu,' and that these were gilded as a type of pubescence, of renewal coming of itself, and of rising again. Thus the preserver of men and saviour of the world conforms to the image of the most perfectly preserved mummy of the Egyptians, and the reappearance as a proof of immortality is in accordance with that of the mummy which was carried round whilst they sat at feast and sang the song, and shouted the name of 'Maneros,' or Men-Horus, the karast, the mummied Christ, whose soul or starry self arose in heaven as Orion, representative of the sun and equinox in the sign of Taurus.
The resurrection of Christ was obviously founded on that of the mummy, and ever since the resurrection of the dead has been dependent upon the rising again of the mummy, which is no longer preserved to last for 3,000 (or more exactly 2,155) years, as it was when the doctrine had any real significance for men.
Authors Note. The thing here is, yes, this was important 2155 years ago. Egypt has been destroyed several times by nature. Most of the information has been lost. Many will tell you the near time Egyptians didn't understand some of the past. "But," the Holy men did! Those of the Temple preserved this information. Jesus visited Egypt to learn the "Magic of Egypt" (Gnostic Gospels) The Magic is mentioned several places. Obviously, the Alchemists knew it and passed it down to us in allegory. The Secret Societies knew it also. Many knew it, but always it was kept a Secret. The reason for the Mummy, embalming, even today though we have forgotten why we do it, was that the matters had to live, die and then be regenerated to eventually get back to God and Heaven. The process "Was Applied to the Man." This is the reason why they did as they did in Egypt. You lived, you died and "If" you were good, you could go through this process and be resurrected.
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Authors Note, You might look up all these terms!
Gnosticism, Hermetism, magic, astrology, Kabbalah, alchemy, Rosicrucianism, Vajrayana Buddhism, the Christian Theosophy of Jacob Böhme and his followers, Illuminism, Mesmerism, Swedenborgianism, Spiritualism, and the theosophical currents associated with Helena Blavatsky and her followers. There are competing views regarding the common traits uniting these currents, not all of which involve "inwardness", mystery or secrecy as a crucial trait.
Plato, in his dialogue Alcibíades (circa 390 BC), uses the expression ta esô meaning "the inner things", and in his dialogue Theaetetus (circa 360 BC) he uses ta exô meaning "the outside things". Aristotle applied this distinction to his own writings. The probable first appearance of the Greek adjective esôterikos is in Lucian of Samosata's "The Auction of Lives", § 26 (also called "The Auction of the Philosophical Schools"), written around AD 166.
The term esoteric first appeared in English in the 1701 History of Philosophy by Thomas Stanley, in his description of the mystery-school of Pythagoras; the Pythagoreans were divided into "exoteric"(under training), and "esoteric" (admitted into the "inner" circle). The corresponding noun "esotericism" was coined in French by Jacques Matter in 1828 and popularized by Eliphas Levi in the 1850s. It entered the English language in the 1880s via the works of theosophist Alfred Sinnett.
Some saw Christianity, with its ritual of baptism, as a mystery religion. None of these are "esoteric" in the scholarly sense. The terms "Gnosticism" and "Gnosis" refer to a family of religious movements which claimed to possess secret knowledge (gnosis). Another important movement from the ancient world was Hermeticism or Hermetism. Both of these are often seen as precursors to esoteric movements in the scholarly sense of the word.
Valentinus professed to have derived his ideas from Theodas or Theudas, a disciple of St. Paul. Valentinus drew freely on some books of the New Testament. Unlike a great number of other gnostic systems, which are expressly dualist, Valentinus developed a system that was more monistic, albeit expressed in dualistic terms.
Valentinian literature described the Primal Being or Bythos as the beginning of all things who, after ages of silence and contemplation, gave rise to other beings by a process of emanation. The first series of beings, the aeons, were thirty in number, representing fifteen syzygies or pairs sexually complementary. Through the error of Sophia, one of the lowest aeons, and the ignorance of Sakla, the lower world with its subjection to matter is brought into existence. Man, the highest being in the lower world, participates in both the psychic and the hylic (material) nature, and the work of redemption consists in freeing the higher, the spiritual, from its servitude to the lower. This was the word and mission of Christ and the Holy Spirit. Valentinus' Christology may have posited the existence of three redeeming beings, but Jesus while on Earth had a supernatural body which, for instance, "did not experience corruption" by defecating, according to Clement: there is also no mention of the account of Jesus's suffering in 1 Peter, nor of any other, in any Valentinian text. The Valentinian system was comprehensive, and was worked out to cover all phases of thought and action.
Valentinus was among the early Christians who attempted to align Christianity with Platonism, drawing dualist conceptions from the Platonic world of ideal forms (pleroma) and the lower world of phenomena (kenoma). Of the mid-2nd century thinkers and preachers who were declared heretical by Irenaeus and later mainstream Christians, only Marcion is as outstanding as a personality. The contemporary orthodox counter to Valentinus was Justin Martyr.
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Plato describes "The Form of the Good" (τοῦ ἀγαθοῦ ἰδέαν) in his dialogue, the Republic, speaking through the character of Socrates. The Sun is described in a simile as the child or offspring (ἔκγονος ekgonos) of the Form of the Good (508c-509a), in that, like the sun which makes physical objects visible and generates life on earth, the Good makes all other universals intelligible, and in some sense provides being to all other Forms, though the Good itself exceeds being
Plato writes that the Form (or Idea) of the Good is the ultimate object of knowledge, although it is not knowledge itself, and from the Good, things that are just gain their usefulness and value. Humans are compelled to pursue the good, but no one can hope to do this successfully without philosophical reasoning. According to Plato, true knowledge is conversant, not about those material objects and imperfect intelligences which we meet within our daily interactions with all mankind, but rather it investigates the nature of those purer and more perfect patterns which are the models after which all created beings are formed.
^ "You'll be willing to say, I think, that the sun not only provides visible things with the power to be seen but also with coming to be, growth, and nourishment, although it is not itself coming to be."—"How could it be?"—"Therefore, you should also say that not only do the objects of knowledge owe their being known to the good, but their being is also due to it, although the good is not being, but superior to it in rank and power". Republic 509b, translation G.M.A. Grube.
Authors Note. The point here is that all of the past knew the Ancient Egyptian "Magic." It was their religion. what is really great of the Gnostic Gospels, All the information of the past has been "reviewed" and information removed so that the past has been lost. If you study my material, what I believe I have found with my explanation of alchemy, the "Great thing of the Gnostic Gospels is that they prove I am right. They do so because they were written long ago, buried and now recently dug up or found. They are as they were written originally! They are the Window to the Past, and you decide. Now G. Masseys work, that of Sir W. Budge, Astrology, all ties to what I have explained and tied together. You decide for yourself as you must. But eventually, you must ask, "when does coincidence become fact."?
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Authors Note. Like many others, I am sure as I did wonder, 'How can there be three in one person.? Now I know that answer.
In the fourth-century, Marcellus of Ancyra declared that the idea of the Godhead existing as three hypostases (hidden spiritual realities) came from Plato through the teachings of Valentinus, who is quoted as teaching that God is three hypostases and three prosopa (persons) called the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit:
"Now with the heresy of the Ariomaniacs, which has corrupted the Church of God... These then teach three hypostases, just as Valentinus the heresiarch first invented in the book entitled by him 'On the Three Natures'. For he was the first to invent three hypostases and three persons of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and he is discovered to have filched this from Hermes and Plato." 
Authors Note, "From Hermes and Plato"! The Father is God. The son is the result of process. The Spirit is that part of the sun we collect and place in the matter over time. This is where the "Trinity " came from , Originally! The Spirit, consider baptism, that is why it is an "Ancient" custom, and tied to a Lost Past.
Since Valentinus had used the term hypostases, his name came up in the Arian disputes in the fourth century. Marcellus of Ancyra, who was a staunch opponent of Arianism but also denounced the belief in God existing in three hypostases as heretical (and was later condemned for his views)[dubious – discuss], attacked his opponents (On the Holy Church, 9) by linking them to Valentinus:
"Valentinus, the leader of a sect, was the first to devise the notion of three subsistent entities (hypostases), in a work that he entitled On the Three Natures. For, he devised the notion of three subsistent entities and three persons — father, son, and holy spirit."
It should be noted that the Nag Hammadi library Sethian text Trimorphic Protennoia identifies Gnosticism as professing Father, Son and feminine wisdom Sophia or as Professor John D Turner denotes, God the Father, Sophia the Mother, and Logos the Son.
Authors Note. A slight difference? God, Son and Mother. Shows the confusion of the past religion.
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Authors Note. The following is a great Review of the past history of religion. Everything comes from Egypt! As you read you can by what you should know and understand by now, see the Truth, but also the confusion.
historical Hermetism : religio mentis
The influence of Ancient Egypt on Greek philosophy as well as the history of the rise of Hermetism have been discussed elsewhere. These studies showed the presence of three fundamental phases :
native Hermopolitan theology : as early as the Old Kingdom (ca. 2670 - 2198 BCE), the perennial worship of the native Egyptian Thoth, "the mightiest of the gods", was centered in Hermopolis ("Hermoupolis Magna"). Although the contents of this theology is only know from Ptolemaic sources, "Khnum Khemenu", "the Eight town" (also called "Per-Djehuty", the "house of Thoth") existed in the Vth Dynasty (ca. 2487 - 2348 BCE) and was associated with the Ogdoad or company of eight precreational gods (frog heads) & goddesses (serpent-headed). A few of them were mentioned in the Pyramid Texts, but the complete list is first mentioned in the Middle Kingdom (ca. 1938 - 1759 BCE). These deities emerged from Nun (the primordial, undifferentiated ocean) and constituted the soul of Thoth. They may also be understood as further characterizations of this dark, unlimited pre-creational realm : Amun and Amaunet (hiddenness), Heh and Heket or Huh and Hauhet (eternity), Kek and Keket or Kuk and Kauket (darkness), Nun and Nunet or Nun and Naunet (primordial chaos). Hermopolitan theology will provide the framework for Ptolemaic Hermetism. Other textual traces of this worship are found in the Coffin Texts, the Book of the Dead and the Books of the Netherworld, whereas in the Late Period (ca. 664 - 30 BCE), its theology was written down on the walls of more than one Ptolemaic temple (ca. 332 - 30 BCE). Because Thoth was Lord of Time, he was associated with astrology, in particular when the astral science of Chaldea entered Egypt (at the end of the Third Intermediate Period, ca. 1075 - 664 BCE) ;
historical Hermetism : or the identification of Thoth, "Thrice Greatest", with Hermes Trismegistus, who, in his philosophical teachings, is Greek and human (although Egyptian elements persist), but who assumed, in the technical Hermetica, the cosmicity of the native Egyptian Thoth. The technical Hermetica are attested under the Ptolemies, and the existence, in the first century BCE, of an Alexandrian multi-cultural Hermetic Lodge is likely. The philosophical sources are the 17 treatises of the Corpus Hermeticum, the Latin Asclepius, the Armenian Hermetic Definitions and the Coptic Hermetica found at Nag Hammadi, in particular The Eighth and the Ninth Sphere (Codex VI.6), which all date from the first centuries CE. It is possible to see Hermetism as a "gnosticism" (for "gnosis", i.e. direct spiritual insight, is all-important). But Hermetic gnosticism is particular to imperial Alexandrian culture, for the notion of an evil demiurge (as in Christian Gnosticism) is not present. Constituted by Egyptian, Greek and Jewish elements, Hermetism will influence Judaism (the Merkabah mystics of the Jewish gnostics of Alexandria), Christianity (Clement of Alexandria, the Greek Fathers, the "Orientale Lumen") and the Islam (the Hermetic star worshippers of Harran and Sufism) ;
literary Hermeticism : Renaissance Hermeticism produced a fictional Trismegistus as the Godhead of its esoteric concept of the world as an organic whole, with an intimate sympathy between its material (natural) and spiritual (supernatural) components. This view was consistent with the humanistic phase of modernism, which was followed by a mechanization of the world and the "enlightenment" of the 18th century. These new forces ousted all formative & final causes from their physical inquiries, and reduced the four Aristotelian categories of determination (material, efficient, formal and final cause) to material & efficient causes only. Astrology, magic and alchemy were deemed scientifically backward & religiously suspect. "Actio-in-distans" was deemed impossible, and Paganism was Satanical. In 1666, Colbert evicts astrology from the Academy of Sciences (the court-astrologer Morin de Villefranche, 1583 - 1656, was concealed behind a curtain in the royal apartment at the time when the future Grand Monarque was born). In the nineteenth century, under the influence of the morbid but exotical fancies of the Romantics, Hermeticism became part of Rosicrucianism, Freemasonry, Theosophy and generalized egyptomania (cf. Golden Dawn, Thelemism, Pyramidology, etc.). Today it returns as the ideological core of the expanding New Age religion.
Before the first, steady interactions between Greek & Egyptian culture emerged (ca. 670 BCE), the "Hermetic" particularities of Late New Kingdom henotheist theology were inscribed on the Shabaka Stone and elucidated in its Memphite theology. This XXVth Dynasty (ca. 716 - 702 BCE) stone copy of an important Ramesside papyrus scroll, contained thoughts which look remarkably like those developed in the contexts of the Platonic, Philonic and Christian "logos". More than a century ago, Breasted wrote regarding the Memphite theology :
"The above conception of the world forms quite a sufficient basis for suggesting that the later notions of nous and logos, hitherto supposed to have been introduced into Egypt from abroad at a much later date, were present at this early period. Thus the Greek tradition of the origin of their philosophy in Egypt undoubtedly contains more of the truth than has in recent years been conceded. (...) The habit, later so prevalent among the Greeks, of interpreting philosophically the function and relations of the Egyptian gods (...) had already begun in Egypt before the earliest Greek philosophers were born ..."
Breasted, 1901, p.54.
Indeed, the Greek words "nous" ("mind, thinking, perceiving") and "noés" ("perceive, observe, recognize, understand"), could be derived from the Egyptian "nu" ("nw"), "to see, look, perceive, observe" :
Keep guard over, watch, look, tend, guide, care for, shepherd.
Incidentally, the adze was used in the "Opening of the Mouth".
On the one hand, according to Stricker (1949), the Corpus Hermeticum is a codification of the Egyptian religion. Ptolemy I Soter (304 - 282 BCE) and his son Ptolemy II Philadelphus (282 - 246 BCE) promised to publish the secret literature of the three groups of citizens of Egypt : native Egyptians, Greeks and Jews. For him, Hermetism is the Greek version of a redaction of Egyptian literature. Its form is Greek, but its contents is Egyptian (the Septuagint being the equivalent Jewish redaction). On the other hand, father Festugière (1945) claims the CH contains extremely little Egyptian elements, except for the context, the ideas expressed being those of popular Greek thought, a mixture of Platonism, Aristotelism and Stoicism ... Both positions are avoided. Most agree the CH contains no Christian elements (the opposite is true - cf. the influence of Philonic thought in particular and Alexandrian philosophy in general on the apostle Paul - Quispel, 1992).
Let us conjecture the emergence, under the first three Ptolemies, of a Greek elitist version of the Egyptian religion, a Graeco-Egyptian religion, and this among the upper native classes (of priest, scribes, administrators & high-skilled workmen). This Graeco-Egyptian religion would be based in Alexandria and Memphis, and (at first) entail a strong emphasis on the native component. It emerged in the priestly scribal class and had its focus on Thoth, who created the world by means of his Divine words, in accord with the verbal tradition founding Egypt. For the Greeks, Thoth was "Hermes, Trismegistos", indicative of both his antiquity and greatness. Because of the important influence of the native intellectual milieu on the genesis of this Alexandro-Egyptian cultural form, "Graeco-Egyptian religion turns out to be based on a profound imbalance, in favour of the autochthonous, between its two constituent elements." (Fowden, 1986, p.19). Zandee (1992, p.161) mentions a Hermetical text going back to the third century BCE and for Petrie (1908) at least some passages of the Corpus Hermeticum had to refer to the Persian period ... This feature proves to be essential in a possible thematical reconstruction.
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The third element was Heka, used in the Coptic New Testament to translate "mageia", the knowledge and art of a hereditary priestly class among the ancient Medes and Persians (exercising supernatural powers over natural forces). In Ancient Egypt, Heka was the goddess personifying extraordinary, supernatural powers or magic. She appears a a child of Re, sometimes as his personification
Solar theology was a cosmogeny, a model of creation and salvation through rejuvenation and eternal life. The harmony (unity) between both aspects of order was justified by the generative relationship between Re and Osiris-
In the Fama Fraternitatis (or Laudable Fraternity of the Rosy Cross), Christian Rosenkreutz is said to have journeyed to Damascus, Damcar, Egypt and Fez. He met those in possession of "secret teachings".
As said, Hathor was a primeval goddess, often called "Mother Goddess" for she ruled the mystery of giving birth to new life (cf. the prefigurations of Hathor in the prehistoric female figurines). The mysterious factor being that Hathor was both mother and virgin. From the beginning of the first dynasty we possess a little ivory engraving (cf. tomb at Abu-Roash) representing the head of Hathor flanked by the hieroglyph of the god Min, the god of vegetation, linking Hathor with fertility. From the image on a porphyry urn from Hierakonpolis we learn that Hathor (represented with stars on the tips of the horns, on the forehead and on the tops of the ears) was also a goddess of the starry firmament. She was a "royal" goddess, for Pharaoh called himself the oldest son of Hathor. She guarded him for the rest of his life, making him young and endowing him with magic for she, the mistress of the goddesses, was the goddess of rejuvenation and renewal.
The actual restoration of Osiris (initiating his resurrection as living king of the dead) was realized by Isis with the help of Thoth. Indeed, the whole process of mummifications asked for a specialized knowledge of nature, both inner & outer (subtle & gross). This sacred component was rooted in the feminine care the Great Sorceress, the great-of-sacred-power had for her children. Together with the divine magic of Thoth, Osiris was restored. In the Late Period,
The obelisk symbolized the sun deity Ra and during the brief religious reformation of Akhenaten, was said to be a petrified ray of the Aten, the sun disk. It is hypothesized by New York University Egyptologist Patricia Blackwell Gary and Astronomy senior editor Richard Talcott that the shapes of the ancient Egyptian pyramid and Obelisk were derived from natural phenomena associated with the sun (the sun-god Ra being the Egyptians' greatest deity). It was also thought that the deity existed within the structure. The Egyptians also used pillars extensively.
Authors Note. In alchemy the use of pointed objects always represent the sun. This is the reason why. Also and important. It was believed that God would only come to one of these Perfect shapes. Idaramled said it was important for you to know "WHY" your church had a dome or steeple. This is why the oven of the Philosophers, and for the "Original alchemy is of the Pyramid shape. It is a perfect natural Shape and so God will come to it for Perfection of the matters within.
The philosophers' stone (Latin: lapis philosophorum) is a legendary alchemical substance, said to be capable of turning base metals, especially lead, into gold (chrysopoeia); it was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For a long time, it was the most sought-after goal in Western alchemy, meditated upon by alchemists like Sir Isaac Newton, Nicolas Flamel, and Frater Albertus. The Stone was the central symbol of the mystical terminology of alchemy, symbolizing perfection, enlightenment, heavenly bliss, theophany and of the Christ. The discovery of the philosopher's stone was known as the Great Work.
Authors Note. From the above you can see how little was actually known about the stone. The "Great Work," is a term which actually means "doing as God did." That is why it is the Great Work. and also is proof that it is tied to the Creation. But, we know the earth was not made by a substance similar to an egg! We also know the sky is not the top of an egg shell originally. They believed that "All cam from an egg." They studied nature, and as all things seem to be produced this way they concluded the same for the earth in the Creation. However, consider that they did find a way to perfect matter. At least, what they did to the matter convinced them of God, and so organized religion came into being. All of our religion today are based on the simple premise that the matter of an egg can be purified by controlling nature within shape! Perhaps it convinced them of God, it doesn't me as of yet. But, the process became Very Secret, and was considered "Magic."
In Latin, "philosophorum" is the plural genitive and translates to "of the philosophers", not "of just one philosopher". A more accurate translation would therefore be "Philosophers' Stone", not "Philosopher's Stone".[citation
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 Middle Ages
The 8th-century Persian alchemist Jābir ibn Hayyān (Latinized as Geber) analyzed each classical element in terms of the four basic qualities of hotness, coldness, dryness, and moistness. Fire was both hot and dry, earth cold and dry, water cold and moist, and air hot and moist. He further theorized that every metal was a combination of these four principles, two of them interior and two exterior. From this premise, it was reasoned that the transmutation of one metal into another could be affected by the rearrangement of its basic qualities. This change would presumably be mediated by a substance, which came to be called al-iksir in Arabic (from which the Western term elixir is derived). It is often considered to exist as a dry red powder (also known as al-Kibrit al-Ahmar الكبريت الأحمر—red sulphur) made from a legendary stone—the philosopher's stone
Authors Note. "exists as a dry red powder." Was usually carried around in a small bag by the alchemists. Not the Gnostic Gospel where Jesus gave a bag of powder to the deciples to "Cure the Sick," also, the four have to be considered in the Creation. That is all that was in the creation. Few know as i do that they come together and make a solid. Alchemists describe the Stone as "a stone but not a stone!" The reason is it ends up like a stone that is ground to a powder, it is from as I call them, "The Nothings." - -Air, vapor, light, shape, hot and cold, time and process and water. How can that make a stone, but it does! I know, I have done it.Everything outside is basically from the same process. what makes a Tree?
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The Emerald Tablet, also known as Smaragdine Table, Tabula Smaragdina, or The Secret of Hermes, is a text purporting to reveal the secret of the primordial substance and its transmutations. It claims to be the work of Hermes Trismegistus ("Hermes the Thrice-Greatest"), a legendary Hellenistic combination of the Greek god Hermes and the Egyptian god Thoth.
This short and cryptic text was highly regarded by European alchemists as the foundation of their art, in particular of its Hermetic tradition.
Not to be confused with the 13 Emerald tablets of Thoth. See external
Authors Note. I am going to explain this tablet to you to show that it is a copy of the Creation. I found the process basically by comparing over much time this tablet to Genesis. This is in my book but more is here as I am still learning.
One translation, by Isaac Newton, found among his alchemical papers as reported by B. J. Dobbs in modern spelling:
1. Tis true without lying, certain most true.
2. That which is below is like that which is above that which is above is like that which is below to do the miracles of one only thing.
Authors Note. The thing is that by knowing the Secret Gnostic Knowledge you can make the above and below the same. Here they are "Like," as it said, but are not the same. The above (Light) is perfect (Sun), the moon close to perfect but not perfect. The below is a result of their work, but as I have shown in the process, the earth was not made perfect. The question is, why wasn't it? why wasn't man made Perfect as he could have been?
3. And as all things have been arose from one by the mediation of one: so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
Authors Note. All came from God, not directly but by process (The Creation).
4. The Sun is its father, the moon its mother,
Authors Note. The Two Lights of Creation. I say this because it has always 'wrongly been explained" that there was a special light of Creation, there wasn't! Consider Genesis where it says, "Waters Above."!
5. the wind hath carried it in its belly, the earth its nurse.
Authors Note. what does the wind carry? Water Vapor and within that vapor is the part of the Light that is Good. That is the only way it can be collected. within an oven "outside" this is done every day and night continuously.
6. The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Authors Note. That perfection is as I said, what we collect. Note perfection, but in the below "nothing is perfect."
7. Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Authors Note. Earth is the liquid substance within the egg shell or within the firmament. "It" again is this Good" of the Light.
7a. Separate thou the earth from the fire, the subtle from the gross sweetly with great industry.
Authors Note. This has to be done as I explained within a Perfect Shape, the Heaven or Firmament or Pyramid. Also, the shell of the egg is perfect.
8. It ascends from the earth to the heaven again it descends to the earth and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
Authors Note This is the water vapor. It raises, condenses and falls to the below. While above as vapor it absorbed the Superior (sun) and the inferior(Moon).
9. By this means ye shall have the glory of the whole world thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Authors Note. You can make the Perfect Stone. It will convince you of God. You will know many things of God.
10. Its force is above all force. for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
Authors Note This is the Light or the Good in the Light.
11a. So was the world created.
Authors Note, Reference to what we call Genesis.
12. From this are and do come admirable adaptations whereof the means (Or process) is here in this.
Authors Note We can make more than One Stone!
13. Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist, having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world.
Waters Above, Waters Below, and the way to bring them together.
14. That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.
Authors Note His way of pointing to the Sun as the Good we must Collect.
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