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Thunder Rolled When Hermes Arrived

“Thunder rolled, lightning flashed, the veil of the Temple was rent from top to bottom. The venerable initiator, in his robes of blue and gold, slowly raised his jeweled wand and pointed with it into the darkness revealed by by the tearing of the silken curtain” ‘Behold the light of Egypt!’ The candidate, in his plain white robe, gazed into the utter blackness framed by the two great Lotus-headed columns between which the veil had hung. As he watched, a luminous haze distributed itself throughout the atmosphere until the air was a mass of shining particles. The face of the neophyte was illumined by the soft glow as he scanned the shimmering cloud for some tangible object. The initiator spoke again: ‘This Light which you behold is the secret luminance of the Mysteries. Whence it comes, none knoweth, save the “Master of the Light.” Behold Him!’ Suddenly, through the gleaming mist a figure appeared surrounded buy a greenish sheen. … The neophyte stepped back in awe, partly blinded by the glory of the revealed figure. … The form before him was considerable larger than that of a mortal man. The body seemed partly transparent so that the heart and brain could be seen pulsing and radiating. … The initiator, raising his wand, cried out in a loud voice: ‘All hail Thee, Thoth Hermes, Thrice Greatest; all hail thee!’”. ~Manly P. Hall

Veil of the Temple

One of the first questions many will have about this initiation is: “Why bother to put up a veil if it is just going to be torn away at the beginning of the initiation?” The answer is that it is symbolic of a very real veil that blocks most of us from spiritual truth And that is “torn away” by the process of spiritual initiation, awakening, and continued spiritual development.

Thunder Rolled, Lightning Flashed

There is no special significance to this that I can see, except to impress upon the initiate that something very important is about to happen. Thoth / Hermes, it seems, liked to make an entrance. It is possible, I suppose, that the sudden entry of a high-level spiritual being into the low realm of matter might result in thunder and lightning much like a volcano erupting can do, but I have never heard of this happening when other such beings appeared. “Thunder rolled, lightning flashed.” is not a phrase you generally associate with spiritual matters. Continue reading “Thunder Rolled When Hermes Arrived”

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Useful Seeds of Gold


“When the alchemists stated that every animate and inanimate thing in the universe contained the seeds of gold, they meant that even the grains of sand possessed a spiritual nature, for gold was the spirit of all things. Concerning these seeds of spiritual gold the following Rosicrucian axiom is significant” ‘A seed is useless and impotent unless it is put in its appropriate matrix.’ Franz Hartmann comments on this axiom with these illuminating words: ‘A soul cannot develop and progress without an appropriate body, because it is the physical body that furnishes the material for its development.’ … Everything which exists has a spirit—the seed of Divinity within itself. … Regeneration actually the unfoldment of the omnipresent Divinity in man, that this Divinity may shine forth as a sun and illuminate all.” ~Manly P. Hall

Seeds of Gold

If you were hoping that Seeds of Gold was something you could buy at your local Nursery and plant in the back yard to grow your own gold, sorry to disappoint you. As usual, when the alchemists spoke of seeds of gold they meant the spirit hidden in all things, just as the true alchemists sought to turn the man of lead (materialist, low consciousness) into a man of gold (spiritual, high consciousness) and not literally change one metal into another. Referring to this spiritual nature as “seeds” seems appropriate to me since, like seeds, they are a potential that can grow into something much greater, just as an acorn can grow into a great oak tree. Continue reading “Useful Seeds of Gold”

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The Gold Sun and the Great pearl

Gold of the Sun

“As gold was the symbol of spirit and the base metals represented man’s lower nature, certain alchemists were called ‘miners’ and were pictured with picks and shovels digging into the earth in search of the precious metal—those finer traits of character buried in the earthiness of materiality and ignorance. The diamond concealed in the heart of the black carbon illustrated the same principle. The Illuminati used a pearl hidden in the shell of an oyster at the bottom of the sea to signify spiritual powers. Thus the seeker after truth became a pearl-fisher: he descended into the see of material illusion in search of understanding, termed by the initiates ‘The Pearl of Great Price’.
“When the alchemists stated that every animate and inanimate thing in the universe contained the seeds of gold, they meant that even the grains of sand possessed a spiritual nature, for gold was the spiritual in all things.” ~Manly P. Hall


Much of what was written about alchemists, mystics, and spiritual leaders is in allegory and when we attempt to understand it by a literal interpretation, we come up with nonsense and wonder what was wrong with those people. There were no dragons, in the sense of an actual beast, but as an allegory, they are quite real. There was no physical bird called the Phoenix, but as a symbol of the human soul rising from the dead body, it is real and true. Among the great allegorical symbols used by many of the ancients is the symbolism of gold and the symbolism of the Great Pearl. Continue reading “The Gold Sun and the Great pearl”