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01-03-2009, 06:36 PM
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"The connection of the lapis with immortality is attested from very early times. Ostanes (possibly 4th cent. B.C.) speaks of "the Nile stone that has a spirit." The lapis is the panacea, the universal medicine, the alexipharmic, the tincture... It brings riches, power, and health; it cures melancholy and, as the vivus lapis philosophicus, is a symbol of the saviour, the Anthropos, and immortality."
The spirit which dwells in the Nile stone is blatantly related to Mercurius.
Benedictus Figulus calls the fruit "the golden apple of Hesperides, to be pluck't from the blest philosophic tree," the tree representing the opus and the fruit its results, i.e., the gold of which it is said: "Our gold is not the common gold." A special light is thrown on the meaning of the fruit by a saying in "Gloria mundi": "Take the fire, or quicklime, of which the philosophers speak, which grows on trees, for in that [fire] God himself burns with divine love." God himself dwells in the fiery glow of the sun and appears as the fruit of the philosophical tree and thus as the product of opus, whose course is symbolized by the growth of the tree. This remarkable saying loses its strangeness if we remember that the goal of the opus was to deliver the anima mundi, the world-creating spirit of God, from the chains of Physis.
Wei Po-yang, the oldest Chinese alchemist known to us (2nd century A.D.), gives an instructive account of the dangerous consequences of making mistakes during the opus. Wei Po-yang gives a graphic description of the physiological and psychic consequences of error: "Gases from food consumed will make noises inside the intestines and stomach... Days and nights will be passed without sleep, moon after moon. The body will then be tired out, giving rise to an appearance of insanity. The hundred pulses will stir and boil so violently as to drive away peace of mind and body. Ghostly things will make their appearance, at which he will marvel even in his sleep. He is then led to rejoice, thinking that he is assured of longevity. But all of a sudden he is seized by an untimely death. A slight error has thus led to a grave disaster."
Aurora consurgens I say in regard to the dangers which threaten the artifex: "O how many understand not the sayings of the wise; these have perished because of their foolishness, for they lacked spiritual understanding." Hoghelande is of the opinion that "the whole art is rightly to be held both difficult and dangerous, and anyone who is not improvident will eschew it as most pernicioius." Aegidius de Vadis feels the same when he says: "I shall keep silent about this science, which has led most of those who work in it into confusion, because there are few indeed who find what they seek, but an infinite number who have plunged to their ruin."
Haly says: "Our stone is life to him who knows it and how it is made, and he who knows not and has not made it and to whom no assurance is given when it will be born, or who thinks it another stone, has already prepared himself for death." The last line in regards to thinking it another stone is referring to mistaking the Amanita muscaria for another deadly type of mushroom, the A. pantherina.
The prima materia, as the radical moisture, has to do with the soul because the latter is also moist by nature and is sometimes symbollized by dew. In this way the symbol of the vessel gets transferred to the soul. There is an excellent example of this in Caesarius of Heisterbach: the soul is a spiritual substance of spherical nature, like the globe of the moon, or like a glass vessel that is "furnished before and behind with eyes" and "sees the whole universe." This recalls the many-eyed dragon of alchemy and the snake vision of Ignatius Loyola. In this connection the remark of Mylius that the vessel causes "the whole firmament to rotate in its course," is obviously referring the 'Holy Grail' which I believe is the many-eyed dragon of alchemy, the vessel that Mylius refers to is the Amanita Muscaria in it's mature stages as it forms a cup you can literally drink out of. Cited in Preuschen, Antilegomena, p. 129; Justin Martyr says: "As a fount of living water from God... this Christ gushed forth."
"In the "Aquarium sapientum" the "son of the great world" (filius macrocosmi, the lapis) is correlated with Christ, who is the filius microcosmi, and his blood is the quintessence, the red tincture. This is the true and authentic duplex Mercurius or Giant of twofold substance... God by nature, man, hero, etc... the triune universal essence, which is called Jehovah. The anonymous author of "Aquarium sapientum" was not altogether clear about the triune essence; probably for good reason just as he remained anonymous.
The lapis-Christ parallel was presumably the bridge by which the mystique of the Rose entered into alchemy. This is evident first of all from the use of "Rosarium" or "Rosarius" (rose-gardener) as a book title. The first, as there were several, was first printed in 1550, the greater part ascribed to Arnaldus de Villanova. It seems as though the rose-coloured blood of the alchemical redeemer was derived from a rose mysticism that penetrated into alchemy, and that, in the form of the red tincture, it expressed the healing or whole-making effect of a certain kind of Eros." - C. Jung
Christ's tearing of the breast, the wound in his side, and his martyr's death are parallels of the alchemical mortificatio, dismemberment, flaying, etc., and pertain like these to the process of transformation mushroom is put through.
The red rose was also thought to be formed from the blood of Adonis, the Greek god who carried the Semetic title for Lord; this brings to mind the Rosacrucians and may perhaps be where this rose associated mysticism could have originated quite possibly. "Rose-Gardener" is a great title, just think about this for a moment. If the rose were to represent the A. muscaria since even before the days of Adonis, imagine how fitting of a title that must have been for an alchemical text.
"Mercurius, following the tradition of Hermes, is many-sided, changeable, and deceitful. Dorn speaks of "that incanstant Mercurius," and another calls him versipellis (changing his skin, shift)... He is "two dragons," the "twin," made of "two natures" or "two substances."... The two substances of Mercurius are thought of as dissimilar, sometimes opposed; as the dragon he is "winged and wingless." A parable says: "On this mountain lies an ever-waking dragon, who is called Pantophthalmos, for he is covered with eyes on both sides of his body, before and behind, and he sleeps with some open and some closed." There is the "common and the philosophic" Mercurius; he consists of "the dry and earthy, the moist and viscous." Again, I postulate that the wingless more common version of the substance Mercurius is the dry Amanita Muscaria wafer and that the philosophic, moist and viscous is perhaps the 'Green Dragon', the slime collected from the center of the stalk.
"...Paracelsan process of transforming the Iliaster... After this discussion of some of the basic concepts of alchemy, let us come back to the Paracelsan process of transformation. The purpose of distillation in alchemy was to extract the volatile substance, or spirit, from the impure body... The retorta distillatio is not a known technical term, but presumably it meant a distillation that was in some way turned back upon itself. It might have taken place in the vessel called the Pelican where the distillate runs back into the belly of the retort. This was the "circulatory distillation," much favored by the alchemists. By means of the "thousandfold distillation" they hoped to achieve a particularly "refined" result... The fire used was a symbolical fire, and the distillation had to start "from the midst of the centre"(ex medio centri)... The accentuation of the centre is again a fundamental idea in alchemy."
Dorn calls the vessel the vas pellicanicum, and says that with its help the quinta essentia can be extracted from the prima materia. The anonymous author of the scholia to the "Tractatus aureus Hermetis" says: "This vessel is the true philosophical Pelican, and there is none other to be sought for in all the world." It is the lapis itself and at the same time it contains the lapis; that is to say, the lapis itself is its own container. This formulation is borne out by the frequent comparison of the lapis to the egg or to the dragon which devours itself and gives birth to itself. - C. Jung, Alchemical Studies p.87
Now we are told that the distillation had to come from the midst of the centre, this correlates directly with something I once read concerning splitting the stalk down the center and then running your fingernail along the middle of the inside of the stalk of the Amanita muscaria. I believe this is what the Green Dragon is that Jesus used to bring people back to life. As it says, the 'Green Dragon' is a fundamental idea in alchemy. Paracelsus does not fail to point out to his reader that this fire is not the same as the fire in the furnace. This fire, he says, contains nothing more of the "Salamandrine Essence or Melusinian Ares," but is rather a "retorta distillatio from the midst of the centre, beyond all coal fire." Dorn says in "Physica genesis," Theatr. chem., I (1659), p. 349; "Of the centre there is no end, and no pen can rightly describe its power nor the infinite abyss of its mysteries."
"The fruits of the philosophical tree drop off, and the tree itself dies and vanishes in the earth. "Afterwards, in accordance with natural conditions, another new tree is there." - "De genealogia mineralium," Theatre. Chem., I (1659) p. 574. "When the body is dissolved, there will sometimes appear two branches, sometimes three, sometimes more...." (Theatre. Chem., I (1659) p. 147f.) The salt and the tree can be made in any moist and convenient place."(Gloria Mundi, Mus. herm., p. 216) The Turba has much to say about the fruit-bearing tree. Its fruits are of a special kind. The 'Visio Arislei' speaks of "this most precious tree, of whose fruit he who eats shall never hunger." The parallel to this is the Turba runs: "I say that that old man does not cease to eat of the fruits of that tree... until that old man becomes a youth." These fruits are here equated with the bread of life in John 6: 35, but they go back beyond that to the Ethiopic Book of Enoch. (2nd cent. B.C.)
This remarkable text explains the tree as a metaphorical form of the arcane substance, a living thing that comes into existence according to its own laws, and grows, blossoms, and bears fruit like a plant. This plant is likened to the sponge, which grows in the depths of the sea and seems to have an affinity with the mandrake. More frequently the tree appears bearing flowers and fruit. The Arabian alchemist Abu'l Qasim (13th cent.) The four colours refer to the four elements that are combined in the opus. The quaternity as a symbol of wholeness means that the goal of the opus is the production of an all-embracing unity. The motif of the double quaternity , the ogdoad, is associated in shamanism with the world-tree: the cosmic tree with eight branches was planted simultaneously with the creation of the first shaman. The eight branches correspond to the eight great gods. Cassiodorus allegorizes Christ as a "tree cut down in his passion," a parallel to the pine tree of Attis. In the Arabic "Book of Ostanes" there is a description of the arcane substance, or the water, in its various forms, first white, then black, then red, and finally a combustible liquid or a fire which is struck from certain stones in Persia." - Alchemical Studies C. Jung
You came to the right place!

I'll download it when I get a chance. I'm getting ready for Hurricane Ike to hit my area.
I've been contemplating doing some alchemy on A. muscaria, but I understand a tea is quite sufficient to have the
near-death experience, which is what I was/am interested in. I took it two christmasses ago but I only received the baptism,
meaning I sweated so much that my clothes were drenched three times! I guess I needed to be purified. I felt absolutely
wonderful in the morning - every pore of my body was clean and breathing.
I will certainly try this again this christmas.
I have a copy of Heinrich's book on Magic Mushrooms in which the A. muscaria is argued as a candidate for the
philosophers' stone. Personally, I do not think this is THE stone, but it could be A stone. I also have a copy of "the sacred mushroom
and the cross". An excellent book on the amanita and it's use throughout history.

Thank you for providing the link. I'll give it a look.

Personally, I do not think this is THE stone, but it could be A stone.
This is also my belief.

However, this is a blatant form of advertisement. The user also didn't post an introduction!

This is against the rules, and I will have to close the thread. Mykenaikos, also doesn't go into detail about his theory, which is something else I dislike very much so.

Thread closed, good day folks!

01-03-2009, 06:39 PM
"Dionysos is a god of many names; he is Bacchos, Baccheus, Iacchos, Bessareus, Bromios, Euios, Sabazios, Zagrues, Thyoneus, Lenaios, Eleuthereus, and the list by no means exhausts his titles... Some, like Iacchos and probably Bacchos itself... were originally only cries. Iacchos was a song even down to the time of Aristophanes, and was probably to begin with, a ritual shout or cry kept up long after its meaning was forgotten... Sabazios is Thracian and Phyrgian, Zagreus Cretan, Bromios largely Theban, Iacchos Athenian. Some of the epithets have unquestionably shifted their meaning in the course of time." - Harrison; below, Dionysos

The Magnum Opus Or the Great Work
By Albert Pike
"The mysteries of Venus and Adonis belonged principally to Syria and phoenicia, whence they passed into Greece and Sicily. Venus, Easter, or Astarte was the Great Female Deity of the Phoenicians, as Hercules, Melkarth or Adoni was their Cheif God.

The Greeks fix the date of the establishment of the Mysteries of Eleusis at the year 1423 B.C., during the reign of Erechtheus at Athens. According to some authors, they were instituted by Ceres herself; and according to others, by an Egpytian Monarch where, according to Diodorus of Sicily, he was born. Another tradition was, that Orpheus introduced them into Greece, together with the Dionisiac ceremeonies, copying the Dionisiac ceremonies from the Mysteries of Osiris, and the Mysteries of Eleusis from the Mysteries of Isis.
He was only invited to approach, who was "of clean hands and ingenuous speech, free from all pollution, and with a clean conscience." "Happy the man," say the initiated in Euripides and Aristophanes, "who purifies his life, and who reverently consecrates his soul with God. Let him take heed to his lips that he utter no profane word; let him be just and kind to the stranger and to his neighbour; let him give way to no vicious excess, lest he make dull and heavy the organs of the spirit."
The votary, elevated beyond the sphere of his ordinary faculties, and unable to account for the agitation which overpowered him, seemed to become divine in proportion as he ceased to be human, to be a daemon or god. The initiated alone enjoyed the true life, the Sun's true lustre, while they hymned their God beneath the mystic groves of a mimic Elysium, and were really renovated or regenerated under the genial influence of their dances.
No doubt the ceremonies of Initiation were originally few and simple... The rites of Initiation became progressively more complicated. Signs and tokens were invented by which the Children of Light could with facility make themselves known to each other. Different degrees were invented, as the number of initiates enlarged, in order that there might be in the inner apartment of the Temple a favoured few, to whom alone the more valuable secrets were entrusted, and who could wield effectively the influence and power of the Order.
Originally the mysteries were meant to be the beginning of a new life of reason and virtue. The initiated or esoteric companions were taught the doctrine of the One Supreme God, the theory of death and eternity, the hidden mysteries of Nature, the prospect of the ultimate restoration of the soul to that state of perfection from which it had fallen, its immortality, and the states of reward and punishment after death. The uninitiated were deemed Profane, unworthy of public employment or private confidence sometimes proscribed as Atheists and certain of everlasting punishment beyond the grave.
All persons were initiated into the lesser mysteries; but few attained the greater, in which the true spirit of them and most of their secret doctrines were hidden. The veil of secrecy was impenetrable, sealed by oaths and penalties the most tremendous and appalling. It was by initiation only that knowledge of the Hieroglyphs could be obtained, with which the walls, columns and ceilings of the Temples were decorated, and which, believed to have been communicated to the Priests by revelation from the celestial deities, the youth of all ranks were laudably ambitious of deciphering.
The ceremonies were performed at dead of night, generally in apartments under ground, but sometimes in the center of a vast pyramid, with every appliance that could alarm and excite the candidate. Innumerable ceremonies, wild and romantic, dreadful and appalling, there were instances in which the terrified aspirant actually expired with fear.
Nor was it in Athens only, that the worship and Mysteries of Isis, in the form of Ceres, were established. The Baeotians worshipped the Great or Cabiric Ceres, in the recesses of a sacred grove, into which none but initiates could enter; and the ceremonies there observed, and the sacred traditions of their mysteries, were connected with those of the Cabiri in Samothrace.
So in Argos, Phocis, Arcadia, Achaia, Messenia, Corinth, and many other parts of Greece, the Mysteries were practiced, revealing everywhere their Egyptian origin, and everywhere having the same general features; but those of Eleusis, in Attica, Pausanias informs us, had been regarded by the Greeks, from the earliest times, as being as far superior to all the others, as the Gods are to mere Heroes.
Similar to these were the Mysteries of Bona Dea, the Good Goddess, whose name, Say Cicero and Plutarch, it was not permitted to any man to know, celebrated at Rome because of previous ancient tradition. It was these Mysteries, practised by women alone, the secrecy of which was impiously violated by Clodius. They were held at the Kalends of May; and, according to Plutarch, much of the ceremonial greatly resembled that of the Mysteries of Bacchus."

Below is an image of Bacchus

"Bacchus the god of drunkenness carried with him always a Pinecone staff. The cult room dug up in 1969 at Mycenae, dating to about 1300 BC, revealed Goddess figurines and Snakes, basically a Cretan religion. At Argos 'Plant-Man' was called 'Dionysos the Cretan.' The Greeks had always maintained that Dionysus came from the womb of his Cretan mother, via the Mycenaeans, the Mykenaikos. The Mykenaikos were the people of the mykes, the 'mushroom.' Myesis, 'initiation' in Greek, mystes, 'initiate,' and mysteria, 'the festival of the mysteries,' all derive from the root of mykes."
-Shamanism and Drug Propaganda, Dan Russell

There is already much that has been written in regards to Mycenaean culture*. For this reason I will attempt to provide adequate information that is strictly crucial to conveying the message intended by this book, which can be extracted from its title.
The Mycenaean Kingdom flourished between the 16th century BC and the collapse of their Bronze-Age civilization around the end of the 12th century BC while reaching its zenith in the late 14th century early 13th century BC. For Greece the period of history from the twenty-second to the twelfth centuries BC begins with the incursion of an anonymous warlike people possessing a smaller type of horse and also having a distinctive kind of pottery. These nomadic people blended together with the indigenous peoples ultimately creating the Greek language. The Greek language is known from documents written in Greece from the 14th century BC onwards. Although this does not apply to all instances of the Language Arts, all we can say about the Greek language is that it seems to have left no traces outside of Greece, except of course where it had spread in historical times. With the existence of dozens of place names without a meaning in Greek, one can safely assume that at one time another language was spoken there. Currently we have no means of knowing what that language was. Names such as Korinthos, Zakunthos, Athanai, Mukanai, Knosos, Amnisos, Tulisos are certainly derived from one or more unknown languages previously spoken in Greece. To make a long story short, the Greek language was formed on Greek soil.
* Progress into the Past- The Rediscovery of Mycenaean Civilization, William A McDonald 1967; The Mycenaean World, John Chadwick1976; The Mycenaeans, Louise Schofield 2007; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mycenae
"The main distinguishing factor in the religion of Dionysos is always the cult of an intoxicant, but wine is not the only intoxicant, nor the oldest, and definitely not the most widely used in earlier times. The worship of Dionysus is generally considered to have started in Phrygia in Asia Minor between 1200 and 1000 B.C. after which it spread to Greece, Egypt, and as far as India. The cult became known for its extensive use of trance-inducing music, sex orgies, wine consumption, and the large amount of violent sacrifices, which, at least in the earlier stages, included humans. As a mystery cult it had public and secret rites. One of the rites included the Maenads, a group of insane woman involved in bizarre blood rituals. This included the ripping apart of human beings and eating their flesh. During this time they were possessed by Bacchus who provided them with superhuman strength.
Demeter's name is often used as a synonym for 'poppy fields' in the palace records and she is often represented as either holding or wearing bulging poppy capsules. The Opium Mother is from Gazi on Mycenaean Crete, c.1350 BC. The 'ointment,' furthermore, is so sacred that is was distributed to all classes, including the army and the slaves, by the priests of the temples, as in Mesopotamia and Egypt. The workers building the Theban necropolis actually went on strike because "we have no ointment."
-Shamanism and Drug Propaganda, Dan Russell

01-03-2009, 06:39 PM
The Histories
by Herodotus
Book II; p. 123

"The Egyptians say that Demeter and Dionysus are the chief powers in the underworld; and they were also the first people to put forward the doctrine of the immortality of the soul, and to maintain that after death it enters another creature at the moment of that creature's birth. It then makes the round of all living things - animals, birds, and fish - until it finally passes once again, at birth, into the body of a man. The whole period of transmigration occupies three thousand years. This theory has been adopted by certain Greek writers, some earlier, some later, who have put it forward as their own. Their names are known to me, but I refrain from mentioning them."
The Scottish Rite Journal praised Manly P. Hall in 1990 as "Masonry's Greatest Philosopher". In "The Secret Teachings of All Ages" by Manly P. Hall, the following can be found about Isis, Queen of Heaven.
"This Egyptian deity under many names appears as the principle of natural fecundity among nearly all the religions of the ancient world. She was known as the goddess with ten thousand appellations and was metamorphosed by Christianity into the Virgin Mary." Herodotus mentions that all of the Greek gods except for just a couple that they learned of from neighboring groups came from Egypt.

This pinecone staff is a symbol of the solar god Osiris, Egyptian Museum, Turino, Italy. Osiris originated in Egypt, where he was their Messiah, who died for the good of his people, and whose Mother, Isis, was worshipped as the Virgin Mother. Herodotus notes, "The inhabitants of a big city in Ethiopia named Meroe, said to be the capital, worship Zeus and Dionysus(Osiris) alone of the gods, holding them in great honor." Plutarch translates the name Isis to mean wisdom. Plutarch further asserts that the Greeks recognized in Osiris the same person whom they revered under the names of Dionysos and Bacchus.

Dionysus, the Greek god, carrying a pinecone staff as a fertility symbol, perhaps this correlates with what Plutarch mentioned as well as the fact that Osiris had a pinecone staff. This is what the 'Father of History' 4th Century BC historian Herodotus has to say of Dionysus: Not all Egyptians worship the same gods - the only two to be universally worshipped are Isis and Osiris, who, they say, is Dionysus. The Egyptians say that Apollo and Artemis are the children of Isis and Dionysus, and that Leto saved them and brought them up. In Egypt Apollo is Horus and Demeter is Isis.
Michael R. Aldrich regarding his obtainment of Wasson's help, "...What caught my attention was Euripides' account (Bacchae lines 13-22) of the route Dionysus took to and from India: through Lydia and Phrygia across Persia to Bactria (Afghanistan), then returning through Medea, Arabia Felix and Asia Minor to Thebes. Intoxication cults had existed in each of these places, and Euripides was, in effect, outlining a network of psychoactive drug religions in the ancient Middle East. Most of them involved the use of alcohol, but some were more mysterious. What, for instance, was the Soma of ancient India, recorded in the Vedas? It was not alchohol (surya) or cannabis (bhang), for both are distinguished from Soma in the Rg Vedas... that Soma was the fly-agaric mushroom... that the worshippers of Dionysus added Amanita Muscaria to their wine for the hallucinogenic frenzy Euripides depicts in the Bacchae."

"The original Greek words for 'to be drunk' and 'to make drunk' are methyein and methyskein. "Before he had advanced to agriculture he had a drink made of naturally fermented honey, the drink we now know as mead, which the Greeks called methy or methe. This mead made of honey appears in ancient legends. When Zeus would intoxicate Kronos (Saturn) he gave him not wine, Porphyry says, for wine did not exist, but a honey-drink to darken his senses. Night says to Zeus: 'When prostrate beneath the lofty oaks you find him, lie drunken with the work of murmuring bees, then bind him.' Plato tells us how when Poros falls asleep in the garden of Zeus he is drunk not with wine but with nectar, for wine was not yet. Nectar, the ancient drink of the gods, is mead made with honey; and men know this for they offer to the primitive Earth-god libations of honey. Plutarch says mead (methy/methe) was used as a libation before the appearance of the vine, and even now those of the barbarians who do not drink wine drink honey-drink (meliteion)." Zeus’s nectar was described as a super natural red wine.
When reading 'Ancient Persia,' by Josef Wiesehofer, I learned while Soviet excavators were digging at Nisa, at a city ruins from Parthia (modern day Iran), "The excavators and art experts were particularly impressed by the more than 50 ivory rhytons (horn-shaped drinking vessels with a figure at their narrow end), which, due to their weight, must have been used only on ritual or ceremonial occasions. Both the 'classical pieces' with figures of centaurs and an Aphrodite, the 'Oriental' ones ending in griffins, display friezes with Dionysiac scenes and the twelve Olympic gods..."
Tammuz is Later associated with Bacchus; The Roman god of wine and intoxication, equated with the Greek Dionysus. The old-Italian god of fertility and growth in nature. In later times Liber ("the free one") was equated with Dionysus and became thus a god of viniculture. His feminine counterpart is Libera. Their festival, the Liberia, was observed on March 17th, keep in mind the four leaf clover and St. Patrick's Day which is also celebrated on March 17th. Ovid said that Dionysos invented honey, interestingly enough, ancient Egypt ruins are often found to contain honey, some still edible, in fact honey was used as a perservative because of its natural long lasting qualities. Often mushroom caps were stored in honey pots for long periods of time when the demand for mushrooms outweighed the supply in seasonal times, which required for the saving up of mushrooms from previous seasons. Mushrooms would rot if it were not for the storing of the dried caps in honey jars.
The below picture is of the Assyrian winged god with a pinecone, representing power of regeneration. Traceable to Tammuz of Babylon.

01-03-2009, 06:41 PM
Russell - "Evidence indicates that the indigenous peoples of Seir-Edom, the Shasu, the forerunners of the Edomites of the Bible, may hold the key to explaining the development of the Israelite race around the end of the Late Bronze Age. They would appear to have been the original worshippers of Yahweh, who was primarily a mountain god with bovine and lunar qualities. It seems like they were a tribal confederacy brought together by a core of Egyptian individuals, former priests and followers of the Aten."
Edom is actually a form of adom. According to the story in Gen 25:29-34 Isaac's eldest twin son Esau picked up the nickname Edom, meaning red, because he was famished from hunting in the field and wanted the red (adom) stew his younger twin brother Jacob was making. For this favor Jacob (Israel) demanded his older brother's birthright. Jacob later became the father of the Hebrew tribes. Edom is actually the name Adom with a very slight change in the vowel sound.
Adam is the "red one", the "red man", the "first man"; Adon was the title for Thammuz, the young spouse and lover of Ishtar, the Babylonian Earth mother goddess. He was a god who died annually to be reborn each spring. He was mourned by the women of the Near East during the month of July when they would sit in the streets and wail for their beloved lost god. The symbolism of the Greek myth shows that each winter Thammuz/Adonis/Adam died and the whole Earth died with him; each spring he rose again and the whole world came into resurrection. Spring rites in the Near East were dedicated to Istar, the spouse of Thammuz. The pagan rites carried over into Christian Easter.
The myth of Hylas 'of the woodland', Adonis, Lityerses, and Linus describes the annual mourning for the sacred king, or his boy-surrogate, sacrificed to placate the goddess of vegetation. This same surrogate, sacrificed to placate Triptolemus, who rode in a serpent-drawn chariot and carried sacks of corn, to symbolize that his death brought wealth. A primitive taboo rested on red-coloured food, which might be offered to the dead only; and the pomegranate was supposed to have sprung from the blood of Adonis, or Tammuz.
The association of the Adamic name with a red or purple colour came down to modern times by paths other than Hebrew or Phoenician traditions. The name saw phonetic changes as the IE "Don" went to "Dom = dam," but different applications. The word purple comes from the Greek porphyra which comes from the Latin purpura, "in early use meaning crimson." The Roman Catholic Church inherited the ancient tradition of royal colors from pagan Roman nobility; Bishops and Cardinals still retain those colours in both crimson and purple robes.
These traditions all reflect a very ancient practice of distinguishing the mark of royal inheritance and regal right said to be all from the Red One, or Adom. Biblical scholars generally accept the name Adom to mean "red." In western Bible-thumpers eyes it refers to "the flush of the white complexion." Most agree that this is a later imaginary interpretation and that the real history is simply lost. I disagree, I believe Adom refers to the red colour found in the Amanita Muscaria.
Adam is known as the Roman Bacchus, the Greek Dionysus, the Phoenician/Babylonian Thammuz, the Egyptian Osiris; all whom were gods of intoxication, all of whom were sacrificed, descended to hell, brought back to life, and celebrated, and all of whom were celebrated for the purpose of "purification of souls"(Servius). The expression used in Exodus 28:38, for "bearing iniquity" or sin in a vicarious manner is "nsha eon" (the first letter eon being ayn). A synonym for eon, "iniquity," is aon (the first letter being aleph). In Chaldee the first letter a becomes i, and therefore aon, "iniquity," is ion. Then nsha "to bear," in the participle active is "nusha." As the Greeks had no sh, that became nusa. De, or Da, is the demonstrative pronoun signifying "That" or "The great." And thus "D'ion-nusa" is exactly "The great sin-bearer."
Now, this Babylonian god, known in Greece as "The sin-bearer," and in India as the "Victim-Man," among the Buddhists of the East, the original elements of whose system are clearly Babylonian, was commonly addressed as the "Saviour of the world." The true Messiah was prophesied of under the title of the "Man whose name was the branch," he was celebrated not only as the "Branch of Cush," but as the "Branch of God," graciously given to the Earth for healing all the ills that flesh is heir to. He was worshipped in Babylon under the name of El-Bar, or "God the Son." Under this very name he is introduced by Berosus, the Chaldean historian, as the second in the list of Babylonian sovereigns. In Pagan Rome itself, as Ovid testifies, he was worshipped under the name of the "Eternal Boy."
In Rome the most sacred form of an oath was (as we learn from AULUS GELLIUS), "By Jupiter the STONE." This, as it stands, is nonsense. But translate "lapidem" (stone) back into the sacred tongue, or Chaldee, and the oath stands, "By Jove, the Son," or "By the son of Jove." Ben, which in Hebrew is Son, in Chaldee becomes Eben, which also signifies a stone, as may be seen in "Eben-ezer," "The stone of help." Now as the most learned inquirers into antiquity have admitted that the Roman Jovis, which was anciently the nominative, is just a form of the Hebrew Jehovah, it is evident that the oath had originally been, "by the son of Jehovah." This explains how the most solemn and binding oath had been taken in the form above referred to; and,it shows, also, what was really meant when Bacchus, "the son of Jovis," was called "the Eternal Boy."
Saturn, "the father of gods and men," is in one aspect just our first parent Adam. Now, of Saturn it is said that he devoured all his children. He destroyed them by eating – not by eating them, but by eating the forbidden fruit. Saturn, or Adam, was represented as an ill-tempered and gloomy divinity; Rhea, or Eve, exceedingly kind and gracious; and, in her benignity, she presented to her husband a stone bound in swaddling bands, which he greedily devoured, and henceforth the children of the cannibal father were safe. The stone bound in swaddling bands is, in the sacred language, "Ebn Hatul;" but Ebn-Hat-tul also signifies "A sin-bearing son." It is important to note here that the forbidden fruit is represented as a stone.
The father of gods and men had destroyed his children by eating; but the reception of "the swaddled stone" is said to have "restored them to life" (HESIOD, Theogon.). Now, there is a great analogy between this swaddled stone that represented the "sin-bearing son," and that Olenos mentioned by Ovid, who took on him guilt not his own, and in consequence was changed into a stone.
We have seen already that Olenos, when changed into a stone, was set up in Phrygia on the holy mountain of Ida. We have reason to believe that the stone which was fabled to have done so much for the children of Saturn, and was set up near the temple of Delphi, was just a representation of this same Olenos. We find that Olen was the first prophet at Delphi, who founded the first temple there (PAUSA Phocica).
As the prophets and priests generally bore the names of the gods whom they represented (Hesychius expressly tells us that the priest who represented the great god under the name of the branch in the mysteries was himself called by the name of Bacchus), this indicates one of the ancient names of the god of Delphi. If, then, there was a sacred stone on Mount Ida called the stone of Olenos, and a sacred stone in the precincts of the temple of Delphi, which Olen founded, can there be a doubt that the sacred stone of Delphi represented the same as was represented by the sacred stone of Ida?
The swaddled stone set up at Delphi is expressly called by Priscian, in the place already cited, "a god." This god, then, that in symbol was divinely anointed, and was celebrated as having restored to life the children of Saturn, father of gods and men, as identified with the Idaean Olenos, is proved to have been regarded as occupying the very place of the Messiah, the great Sin-bearer, who came to bear the sins of men, and took their place and suffered in their room and stead; for Olenos, as we have seen, voluntarily took on him guilt of which he was personally free.
While thus we have seen how much of the patriarchal faith was hid under the mystical symbols of Paganism, there is yet a circumstance to be noted in regard to the swaddled stone, that shows how the Mystery of Iniquity in Rome has contrived to import this swaddled stone of Paganism into what is called Christian symbolism. The Baitulos, or swaddled stone, was a round or globular stone. The reader should not need to be told that the cross is the chosen sign and mark of that very God whom the swaddled stone represented; and that when that God was born, it was said, "The Lord of all the Earth is born" (WILKINSON). As the god symbolised by the swaddled stone not only restored the children of Saturn to life, but restored the lordship of the Earth to Saturn himself, which by transgression he had lost, it is not to be wondered at that it is said of "these consecrated stones," that while "some were dedicated to Jupiter, and others to the sun," "they were considered in a more particular manner sacred to Saturn," the Father of the gods (MAURICE), and that Rome, in consequence, has put the round stone into the hand of the image, bearing the profaned name of God the Father attached to it, and that from this source the bandaged globe, surmounted with the mark of Tammuz [the cross], has become the symbol of dominion throughout all Papal Europe.
The 'Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words', says the cross originated among the Babylonians of ancient Chaldea, used as a symbol of the god Tammuz. The Pinecone is on the Pope's staff because it equates to what the Cross is, the Cross is the Mushroom. "Almost any book of ancient Egypt shows the use of the Tau cross (shaped like the letter “T”) on old monuments and walls of ancient temples." – Russell

Seymour says that the cross, unchanged for thousands of years, “was reverenced . . . among the Chaldeans, Phoenicians, Mexicans, and every ancient people of both hemispheres,” The Cross in Tradition, History, and Art, pp. 22, 26. The cross had been a sacred symbol of India for centuries among non-Christians. Prescott reports that when the Spaniards first landed in Mexico, they were shocked to behold the cross, sacred emblem of their own Catholic faith, reverenced in Aztec temples. A heathen temple in Palen¬que, Mexico, founded in the ninth century B.C., was known as “The Temple of the Cross.” Ancient Mexicans worshipped a cross as tota (our father), similar to apostate Israelites who worshipped a piece a wood as “my father,” Jeremiah 2:27. In 46 B.C., Roman coins show Jupiter holding a long sceptre terminating in a cross.
Below is an image of the Pope with a pinecone on his staff.

Since the ultimate goal of religion is the securing of eternal life, we should not be surprised that the Pope should be carrying the ultimate Pagan symbol of eternal life. Below is a picture of candles used in Catholic masses. This is typical in Roman Catholic services and ornaments.

Most Paganism in history is traceable directly back to Tammuz of Babylon. His mother, Semiramis, was the first Virgin Mother in world history, predating the birth of Jesus Christ by over a thousand years. Did you know that the Roman Catholic practice of making the Sign of the Cross originated in Babylon as people paid homage to their Messiah, Tammuz, who "died for the good of his people". People would constantly publicly demonstrate their love and adoration for Tammuz by making the sign of the "T", or "-|-".
While uncovering this truth, I uncovered many others, mainly that Saturnalia was most likely involving the red Amanita Muscaria mushroom, and the fact that the number twenty-two is the Chaldean symbol which equates to a cross when Jesus would more likely have been impaled on a T shaped crucifix leads me to believe that there is a connection between the number being at the top of the Hebrew Kabbalah and Tammuz being the Amanita Muscaria. I am blatantly trying to say that the Amanita Muscaria, or Adam is the most important entheogen to ancient Hebrew shamans which is why it is at the top of the Kabbalah, and that the corresponding twenty-one elements may perhaps be the most sacred plants to their culture.
More notes from Herodotus' The Histories:
"The erection of statues, temples, and altars is not an accepted practice amongst them, and anyone who does such a thing is considered a fool, because, presumably, the Persian religion is not anthropomorphic like the Greek. Zeus, in their system, is the whole circle of the heavens, and they sacrifice to him from the tops of mountains... They learned from the Assyrians and Arabians the cult of Uranian Aphrodite. The Assyrian name from Aphrodite is Mylitta, Arabian Alilat, the Persian Mitra."
"Also they found many coins, written on them was '[Coin of] the king of kings Arsaces, the beneficent, just, excellence [excellent ruler] and friend of the Greeks.' "Obviously Greek influence was very strong for one reason or another. In 206 B.C. another very prominent deity was imported into Rome from Phrygia: The mother-goddess Cybele, which used to be worshipped right next to Dionysus. Her orgiastic rites were very similar and the high priests were castrated, told to live as women, performed animal blood sacrifices, bathed in blood, and cut themselves open during certain ceremonies." -Shamanism and Drug Propaganda, Dan Russell
"Roman Cult -- The bronze hand, bottom, dates from the late Roman Empire, when all forms of divination from scrying to astrology, flourished. The hand bears the symbols, such as a cockerel's head and a pinecone, of the Roman mystery cult of Dionysus. Worshippers of Dionysus would work themselves into a frenzy, in which they might see visions of the future."

The largest pinecone in the world at Vatican Square in the Court of the Pinecone. Pagans revere the Evergreen because it symbolizes Eternal Life to them. They further revere the "fruit" of the Evergreen, the Pinecone. The Amanita Muscaria happens to grow underneath Evergreen trees due to the fact that the mycelium feeds off of the organic matter that falls from the tree, the Pinecone thus being the symbollic fruit just as the Mushroom is the fruit of the secret unseen magical powers of the tree.

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Very interesting post, thank you for the preview. I suppose I'll merge this with your other thread in the text section since it's much more fitting there.

It seems I've encountered the pine cone again! What an interesting set of coincidences. I should say no more though.

01-03-2009, 06:42 PM
did you like the bit about albert pike?

Yes, actually, while I'm not a Mason, I have studied their works. There is a lot of mushroom symbolism and your comment about the honey is spot on!

Pike mentions a few other interesting things too. Actually, I believe I have a thread somewhere in the text section about his words. From what it seems like, he was also an alchemist, of course some may call him a pseudo-alchemist, but I am not so haste.

01-09-2009, 10:04 AM
It seems I've encountered the pine cone again! What an interesting set of coincidences. I should say no more though.Yes, the pine cone is an important symbol that, in my opinion, represents the pineal gland. Related thread here: Pine Cone (http://forum.alchemyforums.com/showthread.php?t=86)

Pike mentions a few other interesting things too. Actually, I believe I have a thread somewhere in the text section about his words. From what it seems like, he was also an alchemist, of course some may call him a pseudo-alchemist, but I am not so haste.I highly recommend his famous tome that contains an array of alchemical symolisms: Morals & Dogma (http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/index.htm)