“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”