Are we entering a new Era of the Goddess?
If so, what would that mean?
The most fully developed intellectual system relating to the Divine Feminine is to be found in the works of ancient Greece. The Hellenes developed a wonderful system of myth which both hid and revealed the mysterious nature of the gods and goddesses. The stories are so compelling that they have been passed down through the generations, at first orally and then in writing, deeply influencing the civilisations from India in the East to the Americas in the West.
In this first post about the about the Divine Feminine, we will consider the map left by some of the greatest minds in human history.
If a new era is dawning, and the turmoil we are going through at the moment suggest that it may be, then do we expect that we will see a goddess on television, or bump into one on a lonely hillside or shopping mall?
To expect a physical manifestation is to entirely misunderstand the form of the Goddess.
To understand the nature of gods and goddesses it is helpful to see them through one of the distinct cultures that celebrated their presence. The myths of Egypt, Greece and the stories of the Norse gods, all provide a powerful insight into this mystery. In this article, and the ones to follow, we will focus on the Hellenic Pantheon because it is the easiest one to grasp with the powers of the modern mind.
Our map will have several levels. We will start from where we find ourselves, in the world.
This zone, or arena of reality is rightly called the Mundane World.
It is the ordinary world that we experience through our senses. It is what most people refer to as ‘reality’. Indeed, for the current scientific viewpoint, what can be contacted by the senses and estimated by the enquiring mind, and then modelled by the mathematician, is all that can be called ‘real’.
But the ancients were quite clear that this sensible realm, on planet Earth, was to some degree illusory. Most readers of this article will be familiar with Plato’s myth of the cave. And if they are not it is as well to read it here to understand what follows. For Plato suggested that what we take as real, is merely the movement of shadows, cast by firelight on the walls of the cave.
So, to Plato, our Mundane World is a realm of illusion or fantasy, or if you like, a dream. Of course, for those living in the dream, it is entirely real and real in its consequences.
Below this Mundane World is the Underworld. In the Hellenic system of old this was the realm ruled by Hades. This was the dwelling place of those who had died, a space for the shades
The ancients also spoke of a realm above the Mundane World which they called the Super Mundane. By this, they meant the realm entirely above the Mundane. To them, this was a place of perfection. Here, nothing impure could enter in. In truth, it could be said that here Souls walked with the Gods.
If this was all there was to the map, then to achieve Ascension or spiritual realisation, an individual would merely have to find the boundary between the Mundane and the Super Mundane, and pass through. But the masters of ancient lore knew that such a step could not be taken in one go. For to make this journey was to walk in the footsteps of the heroes. These footsteps and adventures (or labours) took place in a further realm that was neither mundane or super mundane. It lay in-between.
The Ancients referred to this as the Liberated Order or the Azonic Realm or World.
In this in-between world the heroes encountered their trials, dealing with the supernatural, the monsters, the labyrinths, the demons and parleying with the gods. Here is where Hercules slays the Nemean Lion. Here Odysseus encounters Circe and Calypso. Here Jason meets and marries Medea. It is here that the ordinary is always extra-ordinary. Sirens wail from rocks; princesses clothe shipwrecked mariners; and the Goddess Athena meets the weary hero, face-to-face, at the conclusion of his journey
This Liberated order is ‘free’ because there are no zones. It is endless and zoneless. It is pathless. It is without boundaries. It is the place where both hells and heavens can be found. This world is where the astral and the etheric hold sway. It is full of vitality for it has much to do with the forces of Nature. Here are to be found ‘spirits’ but these entities are not in themselves, spiritual.
In the wonderful book Orpheus by G.R.S. Mead, the great Hermetist, he includes a map on page 59 that presents the Orphic Theogony. This shows the ruling principles for the Mundane World (which he calls the Cosmic Order), and Liberated Order of Gods and the Super-Cosmic order.
This diagram (above) can reveal many potent and important truths concerning the gods and goddesses. Perhaps the important point to note here, is that a goddess like Aphrodite (Venus) is found both in the Cosmic order of the Mundane World and in the Liberated Order. Zeus (Jupiter or Jove) is found in all three Worlds. There are many meanings to this, but what is important to grasp is that the gods have a different function within each of these worlds. This will become clearer in later posts when we consider the individual goddesses.
It is worth noting that Persephone (Proserpine) is to be found in the Super-mundane world (along with Athena (Minerva) and Artemis (Diana). Yet, as we shall find, she is also ruler, for half of the year, of the Underworld, and sits next to her husband, Hades
The Sensible World
In the diagram from Mead shown above, he uses the term 'Sensible World' for the three realms. This can also be called 'The Creation'. It may also be termed, the Objective Realm. It is full of the Divine (for that is true of every flower, bird, beast and human). But it is not the Divine Herself or Himself. For the Divine is One, Eternal and Absolute and this sensible realm is made of parts that are separated from each other.
The goddesses are 'in' the sensible realm but they are not 'of' the sensible realm.
It is helpful to consider this realm from a twofold point of view. On the one had there is the Cosmos (which means perfect order in ancient Greek). On the other hand there is Man (women and men). While the Cosmos is always perfect, being the Ideal Expression of the Divine Mind, the same cannot be said for men and women, who are demonstrable not perfect.
The beauty of the situation is that the Cosmos is the realm in which mankind can become perfect through fulfilling its purpose. Coming into right relationship with the Divine Feminine (the goddesses) is part of this process of perfecting.
At the level of the Mundane World, the gods and goddesses can valuable be seen as the Divine principles from which the Cosmos is constructed. They are the Divine Essence of the Zodiac, its formative power, its essential nature, its life and its perfect laws.
In an early version of the Taoist symbol the female and male (yin and yang) were represented as tiger and dragon respectively, indicating the power of the female aspect of reality.
Of course, the Divine Feminine and female deities never left the world. Reality would collapse instantly if they did so. There could be no life. But the respectful honouring of the feminine has been largely absent since the rise of Christian, Islamic and other patriarchal systems of thought over the last two thousand years or more.
In the posts to follow this one we will investigate the part played by the Divine Feminine as represented by the goddesses. In so doing we will deepen our understanding of the Divine Principles they represent.
We will consider each of the goddesses in turn, including one important deity not mentioned above, without whom nothing could be, namely Hestia (Vesta or Maat). Much is revealed when considering the stories of their birth and parentage as well as their key activities, children and symbols.
What do the Dreamtime of the Aborigines, the visions of William Blake, the theory of the Electric Universe and the ancient Gnostics, all have in common? They all suggest mankind is subject to forces that they do not comprehend, and that may not have their best interests at heart.
The question is, are they all talking about the same thing?
Cagliostro – a remarkable man – has been much maligned*.
Born in 1700's, he was very likely the (illegitimate?) son of royal blood, connected to the now vanished monarchy of Trebizond. He was raised in Medina and deeply imbued with the learning and insights of the East. He fell foul of certain elements in the Catholic Church, and this led to attacks on his good name throughout his adult life.
*See note at the end of this post
His own recollection is that he was raised by various dignitaries, including Mufti V Salahaym of Medina. He had as his tutor, Althotas, an Alchemist. Deriving from Trebizond, a Christian enclave in the then mighty Ottoman empire, meant Cagliostro was raised as a Christian, but with access to the learning of the Orient, which in many areas far exceeded that available in Europe and the Americas.
Cagliostro wrote of Althotas:
"It was he who taught me to adore God, love and serve my neighbour, and to respect religion and law in all places."
He travelled with his tutor to Egypt in 1763, where he could immerse himself in learning.
At some point he met an even more enigmatic figure of this age, the Comte de St Germain. The remarkable philosopher and historian, Manly P Hall write about St Germain in these words:
Cagliostro studied Paracelsus (with whom he shared more than a few characteristics). Paracelsus had gone against the medical orthodoxy of his day, attacking many of their practises as bogus. He was deeply learned in naturopathy as well as a profound student of Alchemy. Like Paracelsus, Cagliostro treated the poor, and made no charges.
Stories suggest that his understanding of the more hidden qualities of nature meant he could do what appeared magical to those who saw it. He became the darling of the great aristocratic houses of England, France and beyond, but gradually his reluctance to astound people with tricks and phenomena, meant some turned on him and denounced him as a fraud.
He was moving through Europe rife with intrigue, and the seeds of the French Revolution were being scattered far and wide at this time. He was perceived as a threat to both State and Church, and so it is no wonder he made enemies.
But he made friends too, as the quote below suggests.
Cagliostro—the idol of France, surnamed "the Father of the Poor," who never received anything from anyone and gave everything to everyone ...
Manly P Hall
Mystics, philosophers, and alchemists were all bound together with a secret tie and dedicated to the emancipation of humanity from ignorance and oppression.
Manly P Hall
He has had his detractors but also those who have been more than happy to defend him. His knowledge of medicine appears to have been profound, and his grasp of the occult (hidden forces of nature in this context) was equally deep. More important, his time in Egypt had given him a sensitive understanding of Theurgy: this art and science that is the 'magic of the Divine', the use of Ritual with language and movement for spiritual purposes.
Cagliostro, the Great Master Cagliostro, had nothing to do with the character described by Alejandro Dumas in his work, The Life of Giuseppe Balsamo, nor with the character invented by the Inquisition to discredit the Rosicrucian Grand Master.
Quote taken from a Rosicrucian site here
Recently it has been suggested that St Germain gave him the task of protecting the Mysteries of Isis. He had developed the famous Egyptian Rite, which he had introduced into Masonic Lodges all over Europe. He was able, through his contacts with high society, to introduce aspects of the Knowledge of Isis to aristocratic women. Some of this lore can be seen in the content of the paintings shown below.
The pictures above come from a collection here. They show ladies at their toilette. The hand positions show mudras - or meaningful arrangement of hand and fingers. The open palmed hand (fourth row right) is known as the Bestowing Posture, and can be seen in Buddhist sculptures.
Some of the Eastern meaning of mudras are given here.
In the quotation below from Rudolf Steiner's third lecture in Berlin (1904), entitled THE ESSENCE AND TASK OF FREEMASONRY FROM THE POINT OF VIEW OF SPIRITUAL SCIENCE something of the mysterious nature of Cagliostro and his real purpose is hinted at.
Now I must mention the various branches of Freemasonry and their tendencies, even if I am only to indicate some thing briefly. First of all, it is to be borne in mind that the whole of the masonic higher degrees trace back to a personality often spoken about but equally very much misunderstood. He was particularly misunderstood by nineteenth century historians, who have no idea of the difficult situations an occultist can meet in life. This personality is the ill-famed and little understood Cagliostro. The so-called Count Cagliostro, in whom an individuality concealed itself which was recognised in its true nature only by the highest initiates, attempted originally to bring Freemasonry in London to a higher stage. For during the last third of the eighteenth century, Freemasonry had fairly well reached the state that I have described. He did not succeed in London at that time. He then tried in Russia, and also at The Hague. Everywhere he was unsuccessful, for very definite reasons.
Then, however, he was successful in Lyons, forming an occult masonic lodge of the Philalethes [Searchers after Truth] out of a group of local masons, which was called the Lodge of Triumphing Wisdom. The purpose of this Lodge was specified by Cagliostro. What you can read about it is, however, nothing but the work of ignorant people. What can be said about it is only an indication. Cagliostro was concerned with two things: firstly, with instructions enabling one to produce the so-called Philosopher's Stone; secondly, with creating an understanding of the mystic pentagram. I can only give you a hint of the meaning of these two things. They may be treated with a deal of scorn, but they are not to be taken merely symbolically, they are based on real facts.
We will leave the final words of this short biographical sketch to Cagliostro himself.
"I am not of any time or of any place; beyond time and space my spiritual being lives an eternal existence. I turn my thoughts back over the ages and I project my spirit toward an existence far beyond that which you perceive, I become what I choose to be.
Quote attributed to Cagliostro
Note: In researching this very brief biography it is impossible to miss that many of his biographers hated him. In his lifetime he was called a fraud, and information was put out that he was in fact a trickster from Sicily by the name of the Sicilian,Giuseppe Balsamo.
Sources I trust suggest this story is a calumny. An equivalent would be to look at current US government statements on Edward Snowden. These describe him as a traitor. Indeed some ask for the death penalty for him. But it is clear there are many millions who disagree with that view.
Both Rudolf Steiner and Manly P Hall saw Cagliostro as a man of exceptional gifts, and a recent commentator has posted here (in January 2017) that he had an important part to play in keeping the Mysteries of Isis safe for posterity. For that alone we should be deeply grateful.
Recently we have seen how Carmen Boulter suggests Nefertiti travelled, with many Egyptian artefacts, to Turkey. In her next presentation, she is going to suggest a link to the fabled Atlantean civilisation. Gregg Baden presented information suggesting a Peruvian city and civilisation, entirely pre-dates that of Egypt.
Evidence of the age of civilisation is often measured in terms of objects (artefacts) But what if the artefacts were to suggest civilisation far pre-dating our accepted idea of the Earth's history?
Out of place artefacts (OOParts) cause problems for the consensus view of history.
So they are simply dismissed.
Here is how Rational Wiki does it:
An out-of-place artifact ... is a name given by creationists and woo-pushing fringe scientists for historical and archeological artifacts they feel could not have been created by a particular culture due to a lack of knowledge or materials
So this post will appeal to the woo-pushing fringe amongst us (or that part of you that wonders if people who contribute to RationalWiki would say that wouldn't they). Note that rational wiki tars anyone even pondering these anomalies as being "a Creationsit".
Gregg Braden's contribution to Gaia continues with a very interesting presentation pointing out serious anomalies that tend to be simply ignored. His Missing Links series can be found here.
There are a number of problems with this find. It shows a remarkable understanding of astronomy, not matched until the 20th Century. It also shows very sophisticated gearing and metallurgy, that is hard to explain in the era it came from.
It was a female figure, and had the lifelike lineaments in the parts which were finished that would do credit to the classic centres of art."
"Upon showing the object to Professor F. W. Putnam," wrote Wright, "he at once directed attention to the character of the incrustations of iron upon the surface as indicative of a relic of considerable antiquity. There were patches of anhydrous red oxide of iron in protected places upon it, such as could not have been formed upon any fraudulent object."
Of course, the simplest response to a find like this is to say it is a forgery. and there have indeed been clever forgeries in the past, the Piltdown Man hoax being one of the most famous. But by taking all such finds and either saying they are forgeries, or ignoring them, we may be missing the possibility that life forms, as intelligent as we are, have been involved with Earth's history for much longer than we currently accept.
But, by assuming that such intelligent contact with Earth (or previous civilisation on Earth) is impossible) may be closing minds to a better understanding of our universe.
There is considerable speculation currently that NASA are quietly releasing images relating to what is called 'soft disclosure' that our history is very different to what we have been taught so far. And the flurry of interest in the Antarctic, right now, is raising a lot of speculation that dramatic finds will be announced there shortly.
We will cover breaking news on that, as and when (and if) it occurs.
Did Nefertiti, wife of Pharaoh Akhenaton, flee Egypt and arrive in Turkey with a treasure trove of of beautiful Egyptian possessions, relating to a history going back to Ancient Atlantis? That is the suggestion of Dr. Carmen Boulter.
The gold figurines shown above, and a sarcophagus, remarkably like that of the one used for Tutankhamen, have been found in an undisclosed location in Turkey. Boulter took the photo above on her cell phone, but military trouble meant she had to leave the site before taking higher quality pictures.
In the latest episode of Dark Journalist, Dr. Carmen Boulter, Professor at the University of Calgary in Canada, tells about this find, Part 2, which has not yet been released, will show many more of the remarkable finds, and – Boulter claims – suggests a continuous culture going back to 10,000BCE
As an antidote to the important, but disturbing post about brain washing, here, two acts of creativity with chalk to bring a smile to the heart and a song to the soul.
For a different experience with chalk watch the video below - time lapse - of monks producing a Mandala in chalk.
Both types of artists are aware of how life is ephemeral - but beauty (in its essence) is eternal.
A good friend once told this writer that the Iliad and the Odyssey are the story of the phases of the Soul.
The Iliad tells of the descent of the Soul into matter.
This becomes quite clear when we look carefully at the Odyssey and how the story is constructed. The confirmation comes particularly with certain stages of the story, as when Odysseus arrives without clothes to be found (and dressed) by Nausicaa on the Kingdom of Scheria (Phaeacia); early in the story the blinding of Polyphemus is also indicative as we shall see.
But the story does not start with Odysseus, it starts with the Goddess of Wisdom Athena, and the search for Odysseus, lost since he set sail for Troy. His son, Telemachus, is encouraged to search for him. His home is in disarray, as suitors vie for Penelope's hand. There is not a moment to lose.
The story is set on the 'wine dark sea' of the Mediterranean, But Odysseus' journey cannot really be made to fit to any real geography, especially when some of the places he visits are so clearly states of being, rather than actual islands.
Our map, as we work through the key stages of the return to Ithaca, is more of a hierarchy of consciousness.
As with the story of Herakles, there are twelve testing places before Odysseus returns to his home and wife, Penelope.
Odysseus on his return, must deal with each of these twelve challenges. he is never really alone, although towards the end he feels as though he is. In the first part of the story, his son Telemachus (which means "he who fights for ends") seeks news of his father.
Telemachus represents the spiritual soul, the true soul purpose. This is why, in his seeking, Telemachus is always accompanied by Athena, or Divine Wisdom. However far the individual soul strays from its true purpose, there is always that part that has never left its true home or its connection with Divine Wisdom, and will search. This is why the story starts here with the son, before we meet Odysseus, for there has to be a stirring of spiritual yearning for the soul to move at all. And, as we shall see, Odysseus makes plenty of errors before he gets anywhere near Ithaca.
The Goose Girl
Key slides from a talk are given below. Play them in order both to understand the story and to see what it means.
Each slide has a caption. Fairy Tales release their wisdom bit by bit. they have many layers of meaning. What is suggested below is one interpretation ... and of course it is not the only truth.
That said, The Goose Girl presents in vivid imagery the journey of the Soul from innocence, through forgetfulness, and back to realisation and finally transformation. It is one of the most profound wisdom tales in the Grimm collection.
If Life is a Dream according to Rules, (as Hinduism suggests - see letter here) and if consciousness shapes the Dream, then what is taken into consciousness becomes important. We have seen in earlier letters that the Mundane World is an effect, it arises through the interplay of Soul, Nature and Matter. We have also seen how the ‘bad guys’ have used the malleability of consciousness to produce Mundi, or Hell on Earth and how most of us are trapped legally and psychically in this prison of false ideas.
Which brings us to Tradition. Tradition relates to that that is passed over, given from one generation to the next. We have family traditions, tribal traditions, institutional traditions, national traditions, religious traditions and so on. If a tradition is true, resting on the Ageless Wisdom and in accord with Divine Law, then the civilisations that enjoy being within that tradition flourish, and the souls within that culture can unfold their powers in a healthy way.
But traditions can be corrupted, as ours have on earth. When truth is mixed with falsehood, it becomes a dangerous commodity.
There have always been those who have been custodians of the streams of truth. Some we know (Plato for example) and some are more hidden (Hermes Trismagistus) or have had their teachings subverted (Jesus the Christ). The work of purifying tradition and enabling others to discern truth from error is noble and important work. Much of the true tradition has been woven into stories and mythologies, so Fairy Tales and Mythology contain profound truths that have been largely lost to the knowledge currently taught in schools.
The work of purifying traditions is of great importance. To do this the Principles that determine the way Truth flows through time has to be understood. At the founding of systems of knowledge are individuals who received what they transmitted through Inspiration or Revelation. (See earlier letter on this important topic here.) Initially the Knowledge is passed on with little error. As the Message becomes elaborated, the principles become unfolded and a deeper understanding can emerge. But at the same time error can enter, and gradually the stream of tradition may become corrupted.
In some instances great effort has been made to corrupt important traditions, adding spurious elements, pretending the symbolic is the same as the historical, leaving out vital components.
This appears to have occurred in the three Great Religions of the Book with much historical material simply being erroneous, and the Scriptures being altered in ways both subtle and unsubtle to achieve ends far less than ideal.
As those ideas go deep into the collective psyche, the Dream becomes influenced. The ability to ascend in consciousness may be deeply compromised.
There is much evidence now that – what for a better word can be called – the Dark Tradition uses both aspects of the Great Religions, the design of cities and the Mass Media to promote their agenda. The work of David Ovason is very relevant in this context.
Click on the Youtube video below for a fascinating and detailed (long!) review of this area.
Finding a trustworthy source of Tradition becomes vital. such streams exist, in the experience of the current writer, though they must be sought for with a little diligence. The Key to knowing the stream is its universality and its accordance with what is universally acknowledged as The Good Law.
Murray Morison is a novelist living in Crete
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