Originally posted April 15, 2016
The “Mysteries” of ancient Greece and Egypt were, in a sense, the original formation of secret societies with ancient knowledge, and were the original formation of this knowledge concentrated within family blood lines. However, this is not meant to demonize the Mystery Initiations with such an equation, but Freemasonry would be significantly different in its rituals, symbols, and beliefs without the Mystery “Schools.” It is also commonly accepted among researchers that the Egyptian Mysteries were the etymological origin of occult organization (in recorded history, at least), having been fully operational around 5,000 years ago.
The Mystery Schools, were indeed a sort of schooling for the young initiate to the intricacies of metaphysics, psychological symbolism, and a recollection of the higher consciousness within the self or the “soul.” The Mysteries taught that a man or woman who had found themselves seeking initiation were the ones who were seeking the deeper awakening of the reincarnated soul. Thus, the initiations were designed to bring about this type of awakening within the individual, and not without a heavy price either. Many did not even survive the perils of the initiations within the catacombs and secret compartments of the Giza, and even if one did not die in their initiation, a failure midway through a rite could as well result in an execution, since the initiate had only proved himself through half of the rite, and thus was not fit to know any of it in the eyes of the priests.
The Egyptian Mysteries as well reveal the true nature of the pyramids (or at least some of their nature), their architecture being carefully and specifically designed for these type of rituals to lead to an individual’s spiritual “awakening.” Additionally, researchers like Carl Munck are popular for going to extensive lengths to research, document, and classify the architecture of the pyramids as having a gematrian context (see Part III for more details)–meaning that every single detail of the design of the pyramids, was created to contain ancient mathematics in order to further preserve it, and create an adequate environment for their initiations.
It is also speculated that the Egyptian Mysteries utilized, at certain times, hallucinogenic compounds from plants during their initiations in order to propel them to a deeper state of consciousness. While this does seems likely, there is even more evidence to show that the Eleusinian Mysteries in Greece were likely to use a special brew containing LSA (a precursor chemical to LSD) found in grain molds like barley during the final stages of their initiations. Inspired by the esoteric traditions of Egypt, ancient Greece incorporated these ancient initiations and themes into the context of their own spirituality and culture. Thus, the Egyptian “god,” Thoth, the scribe of reality and crucial to the initiatic rites, was adopted by the Greeks as Hermes Trismegistus. Pythagorus and Plato are some of the most famous initiates and contributors to the Eleusinian Mysteries throughout history, although there are a great deal more of them, since it was incredibly common for Greek logicians and philosophers to eventually find their way to the Mystery Initiations.
With the prevalent use of numerology and mathematics in Egypt, it is clear (though perhaps the specifics are still blurry) that those like Pythagoras had their own knowledge carefully handed down to them after initiations, whereupon Pythagoras did a great deal of work with what today is called “cymatics” among his other, more well known work, which is using sound waves to produce geometric, physical objects/patterns. In science, this is demonstrated by putting granules on a vibratory plate, and at specific rates, the granules will create different and increasingly intricate geometric shapes. Pythagoras and those of the initiations were aware of these parallels, and that music was merely a byproduct of mathematic resonance.
The Eleusinian Mysteries were the ones to eventually introduce the performing arts to the society of ancient Greece, with theatre, music, and the like, and eventually the Initiations were morphed to better suit Greek society, transitioning from less of an anonymous tradition and into more of a cultured social tradition. The Mysteries became further secularized to specific Greek family blood lines that welcomed outsiders of a likened mind. During this time, the Mystery Initiations and their knowledge became a tool of political administration in Greece, something that many alternative researchers may find quite interesting, since this was one of the precursors to today’s secret societies (See Part VII).
The “Mysteries” of the ancient world were originally designed by Gnosticism as a way to expedite the spiritual development of those who were willing and able, so that they may continue in the esoteric tradition, which consisted of ancient quantum physics, psychology, sociology, mathematics, medicine, astronomy, et cetera. Eventually, these Mysteries formulated into forms of political rule meant to guide the Greeks in the way of the gods. Over time, not only did the esoteric tradition of politics become forgotten, but so did the esoteric nature of the politicians as well.
Part 1: Introduction
Part 2: Eastern Mysticism: Buddhism, Taoism and Hinduism
Part 3: Witchcraft: Paganism, Voodoo and Native American Mysticism
Part 4: Abrahamic Mysticism: Catholicism, Kabbalah and Islam
Part 5: Gnosticism
Part 6: The Mystery Initiations of Greece and Egypt
Part 7: Secret Societies: Freemasonry, Illuminati and Bohemian Grove
Part 8: Science and Mysticism Unified
Part 1: Introduction
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