Secret Societies

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“Beneath the broad tides of human history there flow the stealthy undercurrents of the secret societies, which frequently determine in the depth the changes that take place upon the surface.” — Author Arthur Edward Waite

From the earliest times of recorded history, we find that secret societies are a natural and integral part of human civilization. What we mean by a “secret society” is one whose meetings are not open to the general public, and whose written documents are kept confidential to some extent. Secret societies are often organized hierarchically, with ultimate decision-making power vested in a single individual. Outside of a secretive core group, a secret society may have a much larger hierarchical structure which operates very openly and which produces abundant documentation of its broader operations. Our hypothesis is that these secret societies can operate as a mechanism for filtering and selecting psychopathic individuals to carry out the conspiratorial goals of a society and its leadership.

Many modern governments have an intelligence service which operates as a “secret society” whose covert operations are hidden from the public, and which produces a great torrent of highly classified (and unclassified) documentation. Examples would include the American CIA, the Israeli Mossad, the KGB of the former Soviet Union, the British MI-6, and so forth. Similarly, nearly all corporations are organized as secret societies, with operative decision-making vested in a hierarchical management group (CEO, vice-presidents, corporate secretaries , etc.) and boards of directors, who design business strategies in confidential meetings whose results are zealously guarded as trade secrets. (However, since the 1929 fiasco the SEC and public investors have required some disclosure of financial results. These disclosure requirements have now been effectively voided for the most part, as shown by the Enron affair.)

Possibly the most prototypical examples of secret societies are known as the “mystery religions” or “occult societies” These are religions which attempt (with varying degrees of success) to make secrets out of their central doctrines as well as their procedures and meetings. Examples include the Illuminati (and derivative organizations such as the Skull and Bones, Thule Society, Rosicrucians and so forth), the medieval Knights Templar, the Roman Catholic Jesuits, and Opus Dei, the Assassins, and some other sects of Ismaili (Aga Khan) Muslims, the Essenes and other Hebrew mystery cults, and ancient Roman Mithraism.

The names of the deities of any particular occult society may vary from time to time and place to place, the underlying motifs and archetypes are generally similar, and closely related to the pantheistic astral and tribal paganism of ancient Mesopotamia. This is the worship of Mithra (the Sun), Sin (the Moon) and Lucifer. Venus, along with Ahura Mazda or Yahweh (the Great Architect of the Universe?) and Moloch and Baal, the tribal consorts of the astral gods. Modern apologists for Freemasons and other occult secret societies argue that these ancient pagan gods are correctly interpreted today as benevolent and altruistic symbols. However, in ancient history these same gods were portrayed as jealous and angry gods, actually psychopathic gods, who would lie and kill without remorse in the pursuit of ultimate and eternal power, and who demanded the aroma of human sacrifice. In their choice to preserve and venerate the memory of the psychopathic gods of ancient Mesopotamia, are modern psychopathic elites also revealing something about themselves?

The most important of all of these ancient groups is the Brotherhood of the Snake, or Dragon, and was simply known as the Mysteries. The snake and dragon are symbols that represent wisdom. The father of wisdom is Lucifer, also called the Light Bearer. The focus of worship for the Mysteries was Osiris, the name of a bright star that the ancients believed had been cast down onto the earth. The literal meaning of Lucifer is “bringer of light” or “the morning star.” After Osiris was gone from the sky, the ancients saw the Sun as the representation of Osiris (“…it is claimed that, after Lucifer fell from Heaven, he brought with him the power of thinking as a gift for mankind.” Fred Gittings, Symbolism in Occult Art)

In the cases of ancient Babylon, Sumeria and Egypt, these civilizations were dominated and ruled by families and men who had not only taken secret Luciferian oaths, but also through these oaths they obtained arcane knowledge, mathematics, science, technology and various other teachings that originated from Lucifer. Additionally, they were educated in manners and techniques in manipulating masses of people, in the human psyche, and taught how to predict and redirect the reactions and choices of the people.

Lucifer teaches and divulges divine sciences to men willing to bind themselves to him. Instead of the human race being provided these things by Almighty God in the manner and time of His choosing, Lucifer empowers these men to consider themselves superior to other humans and to set themselves up as pillars of wisdom and intellect. Some truths have been stolen from those whom the Lord has revealed certain truths, by aspiring men who Satan has tempted to use for their own advance and glorification. Ceremonies of the occult are a mockery of the sacred ordinances and covenants of the Lord and those who serve him. God creates, Satan imitates!

Those who are initiated into these groups by blood oaths, and who obtain such secret teachings, refer to themselves as adepts, or experts. They consider themselves capable and worthy enough to be entrusted with and utilize this knowledge and power. They see themselves as highly elite beings, far beyond their lowly human peers. They refer to themselves as illuminated or illumined, the natural leaders and shepherds of the masses. (As a side note, this is a deeply esoteric word. The reader ought to realize that any usage of it in modern times is never accidental nor arbitrary. It always carries arcane significance.) They also refer to themselves as the “Guardians of the Secrets of the Ages.” 

All those who were not initiates were considered lesser forms of life than they themselves, no better than beasts of burden who are easily manipulated with a bit of money, or lying, or flattery, or semblance of power  (such as public office or academic recognition), or stoking of pride. All suchpersons were (and still are) referred to as “profane.” These people are suckered, duped, fooled, and otherwise coaxed into wittingly or unwittingly carrying out the will and agenda of the initiates.

The adage “knowledge is power” is incredibly true, and such adepts understood that to disseminate any secret knowledge and teachings to the profane would be akin to surrendering their power and influence over them. Due to their highly sensitive nature, these teachings were rarely, if ever, written down, despite these civilizations possessing systems of writing. Formal and elaborate ceremonies (and, in some cases, rigorous tests) were established to initiate and teach individuals they considered worthy enough to join their ranks. A highly involved system of training and tutoring was established to progress members to higher levels (or degrees) of “illumination,” and also to pass on profoundly hidden knowledge they referred to as “mysteries”. These secret occult teachings and works, and the educational system in which they were passed on have generally been referred to throughout history as the “Mystery Schools.”

Throughout history, within every single nation and culture, there has been the establishment of at least one mystery school. In every known instance, even down to today, these mystery schools have been branches of other schools. In their own admissions, and revealed in their writings of their practices, philosophies, doctrine, worship, and ceremonies – all of them are traceable back to ancient Egypt and beyond, to Babylon and before the Great Flood. These schools are, in fact, deeply religious in structure and organization,with strict established roles, hierarchies and duties of members. They are nothing short of branches of an unseen religion – literally the Church of  Lucifer.

To the Illuminati Lucifer, or Satan (they are the same thing)—is good.  Philosophically, religiously, whatever—it doesn’t matter.  Lucifer is good to them.  Lucifer is symbolically the savior because of the forbidden knowledge, self-awareness, and intellectual reasoning he (figuratively, metaphorically, or literally) gives humans with the ability to think rationally and this elevates them to a God among all other animals on earth.

The religion of secret societies, the Luciferian doctrine, lies at the core of all these secret mystery schools – and since the times of ancient Egypt and Babylon, it has been referred to (even amongst themselves) as “Mystery Babylon.” As recorded by John, the Beloved:

“And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: With whom the kings of the earth have committed fornication, and the inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication.

“So he carried me away in the spirit into the wilderness: and I saw a woman sit upon a scarlet colored beast, full of names of blasphemy, having seven heads and ten horns. And the woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet color, and decked with gold and precious stones and pearls, having a golden cup in her hand full of abominations and filthiness of her fornication:

“And upon her forehead was a name written, Mystery, Babylon the Great, the Mother of Harlots and Abominations of the Earth. And I saw the woman drunken with the blood of the saints, and with the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.”

One can’t help but wonder if the comma between Mystery and Babylon was erroneously added by translators or transcribers. “The inhabitants of the earth have been made drunk.” We are all drunk – all of us. We are in a perpetual stupor under the influence of Mystery Babylon and its master, “Satan, which deceiveth the whole world” (Rev. 12:9)

It is important to gain a full comprehension behind the concepts of the terms esoteric and exoteric. They are defined as follows by multiple established and authoritative sources:

  • Exoteric – 1) suitable for or communicated to the general public. 2) not belonging, limited, or pertaining to the inner or select circle, as of disciples or intimates. 3) popular; simple; commonplace. 4) pertaining to the outside; exterior; external. Origin: Late Latin exōtericus. Refers to knowledge that is outside of and independent from anyone’s experience; can be ascertained by anyone. Relates to “external reality” as opposed to one’s own thoughts or feelings. Knowledge that is public as opposed to secret or cabalistic. It is not required that exoteric knowledge come easily or automatically, but it should be reproducible and able to be referenced. Antonym: esoteric.
  • Esoteric – 1) understood by or meant for only the select few who have special knowledge or interest; recondite: poetry full of esoteric allusions. 2) belonging to the select few 3) private; secret; confidential 4) (of a philosophical doctrine or the like) intended to be revealed only to the initiates of a group (example: the esoteric doctrines of Pythagoras.) Origin: Greek esōterikós. Synonyms: abstruse, arcane, cryptic, enigmatic. That which is preserved or understood by a small group or those specially initiated.

In order for the mystery schools to keep secret knowledge hidden from the uninitiated, yet perceivable and fully understandable to the initiated and adepts, everything has both an esoteric and exoteric interpretation.

The general public, the “profane,” are fed the exoteric, the myths, the sometimes bizarre or disjointed stories of gods and heroes, and are given various simplistic (sometimes even insulting to one’s intelligence) explanations to the symbols and symbolism used. However, the initiates and the adepts are provided the esoteric explanations to these same symbols and myths – they are given to know exactly what the gods and heroes represent in those strange old stories. Such characters and beings often don’t actually represent any kind of person, deity or being at all – they often represent concepts, techniques or even institutions.

Therefore, symbolism becomes a major factor in the worship, religion, beliefs and communication of the adepts of mystery schools. Whatever the general public makes of these exoteric things, whatever conclusion they wish to come to about what the symbols mean, the adepts and initiates of the mystery schools don’t care. The use of arcane or strange symbolism is  merely a system with which they simultaneously cover up their actual beliefs, secret knowledge, and object of worship from the knowledge of the profane, while providing the ability to communicate the esoteric meanings with other adepts.

Symbolism is used by the Lord to provide a deeper, more visceral meaning to His teachings – such as in parables, in allegories, in visions and dreams, and in comparisons. However in Mystery Babylon, symbolism is used to create layers of deception over the actual esoteric meanings, while also being used as a manner of communicating with other initiates. The “profane” are merely given erroneous and superficial explanations to these things in order to placate or deflect them.

While the mystery schools date their traditions, rites, and worship back to the practices of ancient Babylon, and while they embrace the legends surrounding the antediluvian era and the mythic city of Atlantis, there tends to be an overwhelming emphasis on everything stemming from ancient Egypt.

Mr. Hall wrote the following in his book Freemasonry and the Ancient Egyptians, a segment of which is included in the supporting material (emphasis added):

“We are assured in the authorized version of Holy Writ [Ed. note: authorized – are there unauthorized versions not available to the public?] that the magicians of Egypt changed their staves or rods into serpents in the presence of Pharaoh. The modern scientist does not live who can duplicate that phenomenon…

“In Egypt we are dealing unquestionably with true manifestations of occult power. The learned author of Art Magic presents what may be accepted as a reasonable accurate estimation of the priest-magicians of the old Egyptian Mysteries.

“’They were highly educated, scientific men. They understood the nature of the lodestone [naturally magnetic stones], the virtues of mineral and animal magnetism, which, together with the force of psychological impression, constituted a large portion of their theurgic practices. [Note: “theurgic” is defined as “the divine or supernatural agency in human affairs” and “beneficent magic as taught and performed by Egyptian Neoplatonists and others”]

“They perfectly understood the art of reading the innermost secrets of the soul, of impressing the susceptible imagination by enchantment and fascination, of sending their own spirits forth from their body which many modern metaphysical teachers claim that they can do, as clairvoyance, under the action of powerful will – in fact, they were masters of the art now known as mesmerism,  clairvoyance, electro-biology, etc. They also realized the virtues of magnets, gums, herbs, drugs and fumigations, and employed music to admirable effect….

“The highly gifted Egyptologist Lenormant acknowledges Egyptian magic as an essential part of their  religious philosophy. James Bonwick, F.R.G.S., thus summarizes the powers possessed by Egyptian adepts:

“’Egyptian mystics could levitate, walk the air, handle fire, live under water, sustain great pressure, harmlessly suffer mutilation, read the past, foretell the future, make themselves invisible and cure disease.’”

The fabled Egyptian gods (Zeus, Poseiden, Hades, Aphrodite, etc.) are exoteric for the uninitiated masses, not esoteric. The secret societies gods are Osiris, Isis, and Horus. In  Manly P. Hall’s book Freemasonry of
the Ancient Egyptians, he states:

“The fable of Isis and Osiris, as it has descended to us in the account given by Plutarch has not been greatly amplified by any modern research. The Egyptian fragments which have been translated in recent years offer no complete account of the birth, life, death and resurrection of Osiris, nor has any new key been found to unlock this great drama which may well be termed “The Passion Play of Egypt. ” It is not our intention to perpetuate Plutarch’s account merely for its outward appearance but rather, from the same motive that inspired Synesius, Platonic philosopher and Christian bishop, to compile his account of the same fabulous history. Synesius in his treatise On Providence thus introduces the Osirian myth:

“This fable is Egyptian. The Egyptians transcend in wisdom. Perhaps therefore this also being a fable, obscurely signifies something more than a fable, because it is Egyptian. If, however, it is not a fable, but a sacred discourse, it will deserve in a still greater degree to be told, and committed to writing.”

“In presenting a summary of Plutarch’s account [I am omitting] nothing which could in anyway be regarded as relevant. [I am taking] the liberty,  however, of somewhat expanding the fable by  incorporating therein some small fragments derived from other Greek writers and occasionally a few words bearing upon the account from fragments from Egyptian religious literature. The story then is in substance as follows:

“The goddess Nut, whom Plutarch identifies with Rhea [one of the titans in Greek mythology], was the daughter of Shu and Tefnut. She is the wife of Seb and the mother of Ra. If we are to trust Plutarch, she afterwards becomes the wife of Ra, or the sun. Nut is unfaithful to Ra who, discovering that she is with child by Seb, pronounces a curse upon her that she should not be delivered of her progeny in any month or year. 

“Thoth (Hermes or Mercury), who is also in love with Nut, comes to her assistance with a stratagem. He plays at tables with the moon-goddess (Selene) and wins from her the seventieth part of each of her illuminations, and joining these parts together he forms of them five days which he adds to the calendar; previous to that time the Egyptian year consisted of three hundred and sixty days [Ed. note: the number of degrees in a circle].

“These five days, being not part of any month or year, Ra was outwitted. Upon these days Nut brought forth her five children at different times and different places. Upon the first of these days she brought  forth Osiris and the place of his birth, according to Diodorus was Mount Nissa, in Arabia the Happy. (Mount Nissa is now Mount Sinai.)

“At the moment of the birth of Osiris a voice sounded throughout the world saying, “The Lord of all the  earth is born.” On the second day Nut gave birth to Aroueris, the elder Horus; on the third day, Typhon or Set; on the fourth day, Isis; and on the fifth and last day, Nephthys. The Egyptians, therefore, regard the five days which they termed the Epact or super-added, as the birthdays of the gods, especially venerating the fourth of them, upon which the benevolent goddess Isis came into being.

“Plutarch further on announces that the five children of Nut were not all of the same father, thus contradicting his earlier statement. He says that Osiris and the elder Horus were the children of Ra, that Isis was the daughter of Thoth, and only Typhon and Nephthys were actually the offspring of Seb. There is another and even more recondite legend regarding the elder Horus which denies him the fathership of Ra, declaring him to be the offspring of Osiris and Isis while they were still in the womb of Nut. These accounts we shall consider later.

“Osiris was given to Pamyles to be educated, and having come to the years of majority, became the king of Egypt. In this high capacity Osiris applied himself to the civilizing of his nation, turning the Egyptians from their previously indigent and barbarous course of life to a happy and community existence. He taught them agriculture, compiled for them a body of laws for the regulation of conduct, instructed them in the reverencing in worship of the gods, thus establishing Egypt in all the essentials of truth. Having brought his own nation to prosperity andenlightenment, Osiris traveled over the rest of the world, converting peoples to his discipline, not by force but through persuasion of reason.  Osiris was accompanied on this journey by a procession of nymphs and other superphysical beings who filled the air with music and song.

“In the meantime Typhon, brother or half-brother of Osiris, had ambition to usurp the throne, but the vigilant Isis, sister-wife of Osiris, was too watchful. Typhon, however, having persuaded seventy-two other persons to join him in his conspiracy, with the aid of a certain queen in Ethiopia named Aso, perfected a plot against Osiris. He fashioned a chest exactly to the measure of the body of Osiris which chest he caused to be brought into the banquet hall where the princes of Egypt were feasting their king’s return.

“Typhon, simulating jest, promised this elaborately ornamented box to the one whose body, upon trial, most nearly fitted it. Each of the princes in turn lay down in the box, but each was too short or too tall, until last of all Osiris himself lay down in it. Immediately the seventy-two conspirators rushed to the box, clamped the cover up on it, fastened it with nails and poured melted lead over all the cracks and crevices. After this they carried the chest to the bank of the Nile and cast it into the river where it joins the sea….

“As soon as Isis received word of this crime she cut off one of the locks of her hair and put on the mourning apparel of widowhood, for which reason the spot, where she did this, was afterwards called Coptos or the city of mourning. After donning the widow’s weeds, Isis set forth in search of her husband’s body and wandered about all Egypt, asking all with whom she came in contact. Finally some children, who had been play, told her that they’ve seen the accomplices of Typhon carrying the chest to the Nile; for that reason Egyptians regard the words of children as oracular and pay great attention to them.

“While Isis was searching for her husband’s body she learned that Nephthys, her sister, had by magic insinuated herself into the presence of Osiris before his death and in the guise of Isis had conceived a son from him. Isis sought out the child which Nephthys had deserted for fear of Typhon’s anger, and adopting it, attached it to her person as a constant guard and attendant. This was Anubis, the dog-headed god who appears in the Book of the Dead.

“Isis learned that the chest had been carried by the sea to the coast of  Byblos [Ed. note: Byblos is also the name for book or Bible], where it had lodged in the branches of a bush of tamarisk which had grown up miraculously about the sacred receptacle and concealed it within its trunk. The king of Byblos, amazed at the miracle, caused the tree to be cut down and from the trunk, containing the box, he made a pillar to support the roof of his palace.

“By magic Isis discovered this and, traveling immediately to Byblos, attached herself to the suite of the queen as a nurse to her children. At night, when all the palace was asleep, Isis transformed herself into a swallow and fluttered around the column, bemoaning her fate in strange, sad notes.
“In due time Isis revealed her divine nature and asked that the pillar be cut down; taking therefrom the chest, she departed with it into a desert place where she performed certain magical rites by which the body of Osiris was temporarily animated and by this animation she received from Osiris a son who was called the younger Horus, the child who was conceived of the dead.

“There is some confusion in the account at this point. Plutarch says that Isis left the body of Osiris temporarily to visit her son Horus, just mentioned, but the context of the fable would rather call for her departure to a secluded place where the child could be born without the knowledge of Typhon who certainly would have destroyed him. Isis hid the chest in a remote and unfrequented place but Typhon, hunting one night by the light of the moon, chanced upon it. Knowing its contents and realizing Isis to be proficient in magic, he resolved to thwart her purposes, and tearing the body into fourteen parts, he scattered them over Egypt.

“From the inscriptions on the Metternich Stele [Ed. note: a “stele” is a metal, stone or wooden slab, generally taller than it is wide, erected for funerals or commemorative purposes. A tombstone would be considered a stele.2] it seems that Set [Typhon] must have imprisoned Isis and her son Horus. The goddess is made to say, “I am Isis, and I came forth from the house wherein my brother Set has placed me.”

“Thoth, the “Prince of Law,” again came to her assistance, and aided Isis to escape from the house ([or was it really a] prison?) [Ed. note: or, could it have been the House of Set/Typhon?]. Thoth, also, at this time, prophesied that Horus would sit upon the throne of his father and rule the double empire of Egypt. Upon the advice of Thoth, Isis hides the child in a papyrus swamp, thus saving him from the wrath of Set.

“Isis, returning, having left her son at Butos, and fashioning a magical boat out of papyrus, traversed the whole of the empire. As she met with the scattered parts of her husband, she buried each one separately, first, however, encasing it in a magical mummy composed of wax, incense, and grain seed.

“She finally recovered all of the parts of Osiris except the phallus [i.e. – the penis] which had been thrown into the river and devoured by three fishes. [Ed. note: keep the three fishes in mind.] This organ Isis reproduced in gold and having performed all of the ceremonies necessary to insure the life of Osiris in the underworld, she returned to her son Horus and by the theurgic arts, of [which] she was mistress, saved him from death from the stings of scorpions.

“Horus, having grown to man’s estate, and having received from his mother the tradition of his  father’s murder, longed to avenge the evil deed. Osiris appeared to his son in a vision, instructing him in the means by which he could overcome the hosts of Typhon. We are led to infer that Horus gathered about him an army which, meeting the hosts of Typhon, battled with them for many days, achieving victory.

“Typhon was taken prisoner and turned over to the custody of Isis. Isis, being his sister, could not [bring herself to] put him to death but set him at liberty which so incensed Horus that he laid hands upon his mother and removed from her head the insignia of royalty; thereupon Thoth gave her a new helmet made in the shape of an ox’s head. 

“Typhon next accused Horus of illegitimacy, but Thoth proves his royal descent. Typhon again goes into battle against Horus, in fact, two battles are mentioned in both of which Typhon is worsted, and Horus regains the kingdom of his father and is regarded, to at least a certain degree, as the actual incarnation of Osiris.

“After its resurrection in the underworld, the shade of Osiris visits Isis and in consequence thereof she gives birth to another son, as it were, by a Holy Ghost, for she knew no living man. This child is called Harpocrates and Plutarch says of him that he “came into the world before his time, and lame in his lower limbs. ”

“Harpocrates is usually depicted as a [youthful] nude figure, his head adorned with a single curling lock of hair on the right side, this being with the Egyptians a symbol of youth or adolescence. He is sometimes depicted with an elaborate plumed headdress or wearing the double crown of the northern and southern empires. His finger is placed to his lips which Plutarch interprets as a gesture symbolic of his childish and helpless state. The Greeks and Romans, however, considered this gesture to be a symbol for silence and from this has arisen the custom of placing the finger to the lips as a motion for quietness and secrecy. [Ed. note: this ancient gesture is used by just about everyone in every culture in the world today – putting one’s index finger over one’s lips to signal someone to be quiet.] Statues of the god Harpocrates were placed at the entrances to temples and sacred retreats where the dramas of the Mysteries were performed as a sign that silence and secrecy should be observed in the holy places and that all Initiates were bound by vows of discretion.

“Harpocrates is sometimes shown standing, and another times he is depicted seated on a blossom of a lotus [Ed. note: similar to how the Buddha is typically portrayed.] Although he is usually figured with childish immaturity of body, the imperfection of his lower limbs, as described by Plutarch, is not apparent in any of the Egyptian drawings. It, therefore, seems that the statements concerning this  deformity should be more carefully examined. Samuel Squire, whose translation of Plutarch’s Isis and Osiris, made in 1744, is still the most often quoted by Egyptologists, states definitely, “lame in his lower limbs. ” G.R.S. Mead translated the same  essay much later and gives a slightly different rendering of Plutarch’s words. Mr. Mead says: “weak in his limbs from below upwards. ” This difference in wording, though slight, may have an unexpected significance….”

Hall goes on to explain that Osiris represents the otherworldly-delivered doctrine of the mystery schools, or, as it is referred to in Judeo-Christian literature, Mystery Babylon. Isis represents the priesthood of Mystery Babylon: “the temporal orderof the priesthood, the accumulative body of Initiates.”  Hall even provides an unmistakable Christian comparison: as the “bride”of Christ represents Christ’s Church as a whole (i.e. those who have been baptized and taken upon themselves the name of Christ, covenanting to  serve Him), Isis represents the collective body of Mystery Babylon’s initiates (i.e. those who have undertaken the rites and oaths and vows of secrecy, covenanting to serve, obey and be perfectly loyal to his superior officer, without exception). The mystery schools refer to her as “the great Mother, the consort of heaven”.

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