Metaphysical understanding of the Cross

In esoteric wisdom the long arm of the cross symbolises
the descent of the soul into matter, the two cross bars symbolise East and West.
 True alchemy refers to the spiritualization of the lower nature of mankind, as practiced ankh7by the ancient esoteric priesthoods of Egypt, predating monotheistic religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam. The ankh was the symbol of  sacred power invested in the Egyptian priesthoods and transferred through pharaohs, a cross with a looped top  signifying the eternal nature of the soul and its journey.

The devotional rituals which had sustained mankind for thousands of years were later seen as pagan by what would become the mainstream religions of the next Age. The cross in its many forms symbolizes the link between spirit and matter and has been adopted and adapted by sacred traditions through thousands of years. An understanding of the sacred geometry which underpins it helps to dispel  the erroneous belief that the symbol has been hijacked by Christianity. Rather it is a metamorphosis of adapting to changing belief systems from ancient Eygpt, pagan rituals, through Celtic and Roman Christianity to the present day.

The pre Christian equidistant cross and the circle of pagan worship symbolized Unity,1054606510_9408d90fef_o North, South, East and West and the four elements Fire Air Water and Earth. In an attempt by Christianity to discourage pagan ritual, the sacred symbols which celebrated consciousness in all its forms were consigned to supposed superstition and magic of a bygone age, becoming seemingly lost in the mists of time.

Early Christians retained the symbol of the Cross with the circle, signifying the belief in the eternal nature of the soul. images-1The persecution of the early Christians ended with the reign of the emperor Constantine in the 4th century AD; the Roman cross without the circle was adopted in later centuries when the Roman images-2church became predominant and the Gnostic Celtic church diminished. In 707AD The Council of Constantinople decreed that a cross with the figure of Jesus nailed to it should be held as a Christian icon. The crucifixion then became the focus emphasising sin and suffering with the Ascension uniquely attributed to Jesus as the only path to salvation.

This appreciation for historical facts in no way diminishes the Christian devotion to the cross and should confirm its relevance. For those with an understanding of metaphysics and sacred geometry who believe Jesus to be a divine Incarnation there was purpose in the manner of his death. The Roman intention to humiliate him as a common criminal through crucifixion in fact left us a potent image of his legacy,the ultimate demonstration of spirit overcoming matter.

Truth is never lost and the spiritual legacy of mankind’s connection to the divine resurfaces wherever it finds purchase. The cross has survived as a sacred symbol in all of its forms. Today ‘New Age’ adherents are free to embrace or reject religious tradition, accepting all denominations or none. An amalgam of esoteric wisdom, healing and devotional practice, its followers are freed from past constraints of indoctrination, allowing those who require it, much needed spiritual respite, rest and rejuvenation. At the appointed time, perhaps yearning for something more than inner reflection, the soul seeks the discipline already found by those who have understood that true freedom lies not in self indulgence but in surrender.

 

Spiritual Alchemy

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260px-Pleiades_largeAlchemy – the very word conjures up visions of medieval sorcerers poring over their crucibles in an attempt to turn base metal into gold. Although great efforts were indeed made by medieval alchemists to achieve such ends, the true meaning of ‘alchemy’ has been distorted and lost through the Ages. While the dictionary may state that the origin is French ‘alquemie’ meaning ‘mixture’, we must go back to pre history for the true origins. The word alchemy is derived from Khem, the original name for the land of Egypt which took its name from ‘the Khema’ a group of seven stars in the constellation of Taurus, known today as the Pleiades. The prefix Al was added much later through Arabic Egyptian assimilation.

Pre Atlantean Egypt was the terrestrial home of those who came from the stars, the Khema, a celestial Gateway. These ‘gods’ of a former Age left us their roadmaps to remind us of our heritage, among them The Great Pyramid which holds the records of Time inscribed within its sacred geometry. The sacred power symbol of the pharaoh, the Ankh was a cross with the upper portion looped to signify the eternal journey of the soul.

emerald tabletMyths and legends of former Ages and the lost continent of Atlantis continue to fascinate; among them the iconic Emerald Tablet, a history of pre antiquity accorded to Hermes Trismegistus . The clue is in the name, Trismegistus ‘three times in majesty’ signifying one who had mastery over the secrets of the Universe through the divine sciences of alchemy, astrology and theurgy (transmutation). Variously described as the Egyptian god Thoth, the Greek god Hermes or an amalgamation of both the writings are inscribed on an emerald tablet, its origins lost in the mists of time. The god Thoth was worshipped in the temple of Khemnu which the Greeks later called Hermopolis. A divine source of revealed wisdom, Hermes Trismegistus is credited with thousands of sacred texts of great antiquity. Plato famously referred to these as having been hidden in secret halls for 9,000 years. Pythagorus is said to have been initiated by Hermes and shown the correspondence between mathematics and sacred sound.

Surprisingly perhaps he is acknowledged by Judaeism, Christianity and Islam, identified in accordance with their individual belief systems. Early Christian writers believed that a core spiritual truth is revealed by God through a lineage of prophets and contained within the sacred text of all religions. Hermes Trismegistus was believed by them to be a contemporary of Moses while certain Jewish traditions believe that the patriarch Abraham received the divine wisdom teachings from Hermes. Mentioned in the Quran, identified as Idris,  Islamic sacred records give a much earlier timeline as Enoch.  An acceptance of the lives as repeated incarnations to bring revealed wisdom to mankind clarifies the seeming contradiction, explaining the title conferred as Hermes Trismegistus or ‘thrice great’.

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