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Monday, Nov 23.

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Just some interesting notes coming up in "memories". Generally speaking, if you highlight "unique" text and "Seach google" for it, you'll probably find the source. When it's not a quick cut/paste from wikipedia, that is.

"While living next to the Dome of the Rock in the al-Aqsa mosque, the Knights Templar came to understand the Dome’s unique octagonal design and how it is a natural unifier of Heaven and Earth. The Sufi teachers that helped them arrive at this understanding were members of an order of builders known as the Al-banna, a Masonic organization of Sufis that had inherited its wisdom from Persia, the Asian country that consistently utilized the octagon in its enclosures. Because of their in-depth Sufi tutorials, many Templar Knights became builders themselves and participated in the construction of the octagonal Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the eight-sided Church of the Ascension.

The Templar understanding of the alchemical effect of the esoteric number 8 no doubt played a contributing role in their adoption of their distinctive eight-pointed Cross Pattee. Along with the image of the Dome of the Rock that they inscribed upon their official seal, the eight-pointed cross served as a telling emblem of their Order. The Templars were schooled in the eight-pointed star’s very ancient associations and knew that it had been a symbol of not only the Moslems, but also the Persians and Mesopotamians. All these early civilizations had recognized it as the symbol of the Goddess Venus. Thus, by adopting the eight-pointed star as their definitive cross design, the Templars were revealing their own special affiliation to the Goddess Venus and Her ancient path of alchemy."


Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 4:05pm EDT
"Watikim" and "Holy Ones."
Another name denoting a class of pietistic extremists showing points of contact with the Essenes is "Watiḳim," (men of firm principles: Sifre, Num. 92; Sifre, Deut. 13; Müller, "Masseket Soferim," 1878, p. 257, who identifies them with the Essenes). "The Watiḳim so arranged their morning prayer as to finish the Shema' exactly at the time when the sun came out in radiance" (Ber. 9b; comp. Wisdom xvi. 28; II Macc. x. 28); the Watiḳim closed the prayers "Malkiyyot, Shofarot" and "Zikronot" with Pentateuch verses (R. H. 32b). As holders of ancient traditions, they placed their own custom above the universally accepted halakah (Masseket Soferim, xiv. 18). Still another name which deserves special consideration is "ḳadosh" (saint). "Such is he called who sanctifies himself, like the 'Nazir,' by abstaining from enjoyments otherwise permissible" (Ta'an. 11a, b; Yeb. 20a; comp. Niddah 12a, where the word "Ẓanu'a" is used instead). Menahem bar Simai is called "son of the saints" because he would not even look at a coin which bore the image of the emperor or pass under the shadow of an idol (Pes. 104a; Yer, 'Ab. Zarah iii. 42c, 43b, where he is called "Nahum, the most holy one").

November 23, 2017 at 10:40 AM ·
GILGUL (Heb. גִּלְגּוּל; "transmigration of souls," "reincarnation," or "metempsychosis"). There is no definite proof of the existence of the doctrine of gilgul in Judaism during the Second Temple period. In the Talmud there is no reference to it (although, by means of allegoric interpretations, later authorities found allusions to and hints of transmigration in the statements of talmudic rabbis). A few scholars interpret the statements of Josephus in Antiquities 18:1, 3, and in Jewish Wars 2:8, 14 on the holy bodies which the righteous merit, according to the belief of the Pharisees, as indicating the doctrine of metempsychosis and not the resurrection of the dead, as most scholars believe. In the post-talmudic period *Anan b. David, the founder of Karaism, upheld this doctrine, and in some of his statements there is an echo and a continuation of the ancient sectarian traditions. The doctrine of transmigration was prevalent from the second century onward among some Gnostic sects and especially among Manicheans and was maintained in several circles in the Christian Church (perhaps even by Origen). It is not impossible that this doctrine became current in some Jewish circles, who could have received it from Indian philosophies through Manicheism, or from Platonic and neoplatonic as well as from Orphic teachings.
Monday, January 19, 2015 at 3:38pm EST
"The ancient Egyptians had similar beliefs to the Chinese and Hindus. In their Book of the Dead and other sources, it is stated that God, or his lesser servant gods, created everything, by combining visualization with utterance. First the god would visualize the thing that was to be formed; then he would pronounce its name: and it would be.

From as late as the reign of Alexander II, a text dating from about 310 BC still has the God of Creation, Ra, declaring: “Numerous are the forms from that which proceeded from my mouth.” The god Ra was also called Amen-Ra, with the prefix ‘Amen’. The Egyptian priesthood understood well the word Amen, or AMN, and it was equated with the Hindu OM.

Egyptian music, as does Greek, most probably had its roots in Indian music, or at least in that universal system of modal music whose tradition has been fully kept only by the Indians.
The pyramid can easily be a symbolic representation of Earth with its four perceptible elements, and all its characteristics that are regulated by the number four – the four seasons, four directions of space, etc.; especially the projection of the single into the multiple."


November 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM ·
Petosiris to Nechepso is a letter describing an ancient divination technique using numerology and a diagram. It is likely to be a pseudepigraph. [1] Petosiris and Nechepso are considered to be the founders of astrology in some traditions.[2] One translation of this letter into Latin is attributed to Saint Bede,[3] and can be found in Cotton Tiberius. The technique is known by several names, including the Petosiris Circle,[4] the Sphere of Apuleius, Columcille's Circle, and Democritus's Sphere. The attribution of ancient authors is a typical practice of Neoplatonism and Gnosticism, and the technique may arise from this tradition. Examples of the figure are known from Anglo-Saxon manuscripts.[5]

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    November 23, 2017 at 10:34 AM ·
    The elaborate and ornate Hortus Palatinus have been interpreted in various ways. The dominant modern interpretation of the Hortus Palatinus is that is a 'magic' or 'hermetic' garden.[18] In this model, drawing on de Caus's alleged mystical Rosicrucian background, the complex gardens become an allegory of Rosicrucian thought, a 'botanical cosmos',[19] containing a coded secret deep in their design.[20] In this interpretation, the gardens are intended to capture 'a universal vision, based on a union of the arts, science and religion', combined with 'an ancient tradition of secret wisdom handed down over the ages'.[21]

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    oh, a cranky vigilance comment

    Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 12:13pm EDT
    The Hebrew-hate is so great that even though the Western Tradition had inherited the wisdom from jewish sources, the Germanic folks went to India to reinterpret everything in terms of that culture and religion. And presumed to be the "real" Aryans whom the ancient knowledge was meant for.

    The symbolism of the major arcana of the Tarot is 100% hebrew kabbalah/zohar/mysticism
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    that big sun spot is not going to help.
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    Saturday, October 26, 2013 at 12:58pm EDT
    Generations are linked to the sun spot cycle.
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    I trust you've all seen this one:

    Has anyone ever attempted to translate the translation, Peter? (LOL!) What sort of code is he using here, Claude? Why the dedication to the Queen of Navarre, Deb? Where did this thing come from, Greg? What does it all mean, Gary? Would the Pope have approved, Jean?

    And why the heck didn't they break this sucker down into smaller sections? It's a real mother to load.
    -Bri the Confused