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:''Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.'' - [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalms%20119:128%20&version=KJV Psalm 119:128]
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:''“Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!”'' - [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah%205:20&version=KJV Isaiah 5:20]
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=What were the mystery religions?=
=What were the mystery religions?=
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==Intro==
==Intro==
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==Homosexuality in Pagan Religions==
==Homosexuality in Pagan Religions==
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::Extract from: [[911:Population_stress#Homosexual_agenda|Homosexual agenda]]
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::Extract from: [[911:Population_stress#Homosexual_agenda|Homosexual agenda]] -  Also see [[w:Sodom and Gomorrah|Sodom and Gomorrah]] and [[w:The Bible and homosexuality|The Bible and homosexuality]]  
:''" '''Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves''' [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it). '''For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze''' (burning out, consumed)''' with lust for one another--men committing shameful acts with men''' and suffering in their own [d]bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution." [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%201&version=AMP Romans 1:24-27]
:''" '''Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their [own] hearts to sexual impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves''' [abandoning them to the degrading power of sin], Because they exchanged the truth of God for a lie and worshiped and served the creature rather than the Creator, Who is blessed forever! Amen (so be it). '''For this reason God gave them over and abandoned them to vile affections and degrading passions. For their women exchanged their natural function for an unnatural and abnormal one, And the men also turned from natural relations with women and were set ablaze''' (burning out, consumed)''' with lust for one another--men committing shameful acts with men''' and suffering in their own [d]bodies and personalities the inevitable consequences and penalty of their wrong-doing and going astray, which was [their] fitting retribution." [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Romans%201&version=AMP Romans 1:24-27]
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[[File:Stela of shamshi-adad v.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Stela of [[w:Shamshi-Adad V|Shamshi-Adad V]]<br><br> '''Note:''' The [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] ]]  
[[File:Stela of shamshi-adad v.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Stela of [[w:Shamshi-Adad V|Shamshi-Adad V]]<br><br> '''Note:''' The [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] ]]  
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[[File:Popepallium.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Pope [[w:Pope John Paul II|Jean Paul II]] using the same [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] at the same place as [[w:Shamshi-Adad V|Shamshi-Adad V]] ]]  
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[[File:Popepallium2.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Pope [[w:Pope John Paul II|Jean Paul II]] using the same [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] at the same place as [[w:Shamshi-Adad V|Shamshi-Adad V]] ]]  
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[[File:Maltes32.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Pope [[w;Pope Benedict XVI|Benedict XVI]] using the same [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] ]]  
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[[File:Maltes32.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Pope [[911:Vatican#Joseph_Alois_Ratzinger|Benedict XVI]] using the same [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Equal_length_cross|Equal length cross (Maltese Cross)]] ]]  
[[File:Summerian beads.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Notice the beaded prayer circle of the pagan priest in this Ancient cylinder seal from Mesopotamia [http://www.whale.to/c/churches_ill.html#Snakes_&_Dragons_] ]]  
[[File:Summerian beads.jpg|200px|thumb|right|Notice the beaded prayer circle of the pagan priest in this Ancient cylinder seal from Mesopotamia [http://www.whale.to/c/churches_ill.html#Snakes_&_Dragons_] ]]  
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'''According to Albert G. Mackey in The Symbolism of Freemasonry [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/sof/sof07.htm Chapter V, The Ancient Mysteries]:
'''According to Albert G. Mackey in The Symbolism of Freemasonry [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/sof/sof07.htm Chapter V, The Ancient Mysteries]:
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* '''In the lesser Mysteries:''' the candidate took an oath of secrecy, which was administered to him by the mystagogue, and then received a preparatory instruction, which enabled him afterwards to understand the developments of the higher and subsequent division. He was now called a Mystes, or initiate, and may be compared to the Fellow Craft of Freemasonry.
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* <u>'''In the lesser Mysteries:'''</u> the candidate took an oath of secrecy, which was administered to him by the mystagogue, and then received a preparatory instruction, which enabled him afterwards to understand the developments of the higher and subsequent division. He was now called a Mystes, or initiate, and may be compared to the Fellow Craft of Freemasonry.
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* <u>'''In the greater Mysteries:'''</u> the whole knowledge of the divine truths, which was the object of initiation, was communicated. Here we find, among the various ceremonies which assimilated these rites to Freemasonry, the aphanism, which was the disappearance or death; the pastos, the couch, coffin, or grave; the euresis, or the discovery of the body; and the autopsy, or full sight of everything, that is, the complete communication of the secrets. The candidate was here called an epopt, or eye-witness, because nothing was now hidden from him; and hence he may be compared to the Master Mason, of whom Hutchinson says that "he has discovered the knowledge of God and his salvation, and been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution and unrighteousness."
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* <u>''' Mystery of all Mysteries'''</u>: [[w:Sixth_and_Seventh_Books_of_Moses#The_Sixth_Book_of_Moses|The Sixth Book of Moses]]: These two Books (as per apostatic Talmud) were revealed by God, the Almighty, to his faithful servant Moses, on Mount Sinai, intervale lucis, and in this manner they also came into the hands of Aaron, Caleb, Joshua, and finally to David and his son Solomon and their high priest Sadock. Therefore, they are Bibliis '''[[w:Arcanum Arcanorum|Arcanum Arcanorum]] , which means, Mystery of all Mysteries.'''
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* '''In the greater Mysteries:''' the whole knowledge of the divine truths, which was the object of initiation, was communicated. Here we find, among the various ceremonies which assimilated these rites to Freemasonry, the aphanism, which was the disappearance or death; the pastos, the couch, coffin, or grave; the euresis, or the discovery of the body; and the autopsy, or full sight of everything, that is, the complete communication of the secrets. The candidate was here called an epopt, or eye-witness, because nothing was now hidden from him; and hence he may be compared to the Master Mason, of whom Hutchinson says that "he has discovered the knowledge of God and his salvation, and been redeemed from the death of sin and the sepulchre of pollution and unrighteousness."
 
==Basic Traits==
==Basic Traits==
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::'''(2)''' As noted above, each cult made important use of secret ceremonies or mysteries, often in connection with an initiation rite. Each mystery religion also passed on a “secret” to the initiate that included information about the life of the cult’s god or goddess and how humans might achieve unity with that deity. This “knowledge” was always a secret or esoteric knowledge, unattainable by any outside the circle of the cult.
::'''(2)''' As noted above, each cult made important use of secret ceremonies or mysteries, often in connection with an initiation rite. Each mystery religion also passed on a “secret” to the initiate that included information about the life of the cult’s god or goddess and how humans might achieve unity with that deity. This “knowledge” was always a secret or esoteric knowledge, unattainable by any outside the circle of the cult.
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:::''"<u>The three forms of initiation -- individual, group, or universal</u> -- all lead to [[911:Consciousness|conscious]] or [[911:Awareness control|unconscious]] control by a central power, who in some mysterious way makes its influence felt; often clairvoyantly and clairaudiently seen and heard, but never physically present or visible. The system in all three is the same -- [[911:Black_Magic#Kabbalah|cabalistic]]. '''Secretly here and there individuals are prepared; these again form groups or centres from which influences spread until they form a network covering the entire world. Like rays from a hidden [[911:Occult_symbolism_II#Sun|sun]] these groups are apparently divergent and detached, but in reality all issue from the same central body.''' The system is seen to be an insidious and secret dissemination of ideas, orienting and [[911:Freemasonry#Agenda|breaking down all barriers of family, religion, morality, nationality]], and all self-initiative thought, always under the cloak of a [[911:New_Age_agenda|new and more modern religion]], new thought, new morality, a new heaven and a new earth; until it evolves a gigantic robot merely answering to the will and commands of a secret [[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Lucifer|Master Mind]]. They dream they are free, original, self-determining individuals; they are but the negative moon reflecting and reproducing the light from the same hidden and '''[[911:Astrotheology#Sun_Worship|cabalistic Sun]]'''. It is called regeneration by the Illuminati; it is in truth individual death and disintegration, followed by a resurrection as negative "light-bearers" of this cabalistic [[911:Occult_symbolism_II#Black_Sun|dark Sun]] whose [[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Luciferianism|Luciferian]] "[[911:The Matrix|Grand Plan]]" is world domination."'' (Anonymous, Light-bearers of Darkness, The Christian Book Club of America, p105). [http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/jesuits.htm#Knights]
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::'''(3)''' Each mystery also '''[[w:Life-death-rebirth deity|centered around a myth]]''' in which the deity either returned to life after death or else triumphed over his enemies. Implicit in the myth was the theme of redemption from everything earthly and temporal. The secret meaning of the cult and its accompanying myth was expressed in a “sacramental drama” (video machine of the gods) that appealed largely to the feelings and emotions of the initiates. This religious ecstasy was supposed to lead them to think they were experiencing the beginning of a new life.
::'''(3)''' Each mystery also '''[[w:Life-death-rebirth deity|centered around a myth]]''' in which the deity either returned to life after death or else triumphed over his enemies. Implicit in the myth was the theme of redemption from everything earthly and temporal. The secret meaning of the cult and its accompanying myth was expressed in a “sacramental drama” (video machine of the gods) that appealed largely to the feelings and emotions of the initiates. This religious ecstasy was supposed to lead them to think they were experiencing the beginning of a new life.
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These stats simply destroy the atheistic argument against religions based on the deaths caused by them. Quite frankly, atheistic governments and societies have killed far more people than any one religion, and likely more than several of the major religions combined. Thus, atheist's view that religious groups have killed more people than any other organization is not only false, but also hypocritical. Yet atheists constantly use the deaths caused by Christianity to accuse it of being made up of bloody, violent people, hypocritical in their teachings of love and kindness.
These stats simply destroy the atheistic argument against religions based on the deaths caused by them. Quite frankly, atheistic governments and societies have killed far more people than any one religion, and likely more than several of the major religions combined. Thus, atheist's view that religious groups have killed more people than any other organization is not only false, but also hypocritical. Yet atheists constantly use the deaths caused by Christianity to accuse it of being made up of bloody, violent people, hypocritical in their teachings of love and kindness.
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See: [http://www.conservapedia.com/Atheism_and_communism Atheism and communism]
=List of Mystery Religions=
=List of Mystery Religions=
==The Eleusinian Mysteries==
==The Eleusinian Mysteries==
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* The major Mysteries at Eleusis used a far more powerful drug, snake venom. The preparation and use of the brew is graphically shown in a terracotta votive plaque dedicated by Niinnion (Ninion) to the two great goddesses of Eleusis, held in the Eleusis Sanctuary in the middle of the 4th Century BCE and now in the Athens Museum. In the pediment, Persephone collects the snake’s venom and blood. In the middle panel, the party approaches Demeter, who is seated on the ‘sacred cista’, which is the box that contained the snakes. In the middle of the lower row is shown an omphalos over crossed bakchoi, which are symbols of the Mysteries. The use of snake venom to induce powerful hallucinations in deathlike trances was widespread. [http://members.optusnet.com.au/skyecn/AlchemyKey18ed.pdf]
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The major Mysteries at Eleusis used a far more powerful drug, snake venom. The preparation and use of the brew is graphically shown in a terracotta votive plaque dedicated by [[w:Ninnion Tablet|Niinnion (Ninion)]] to the two great goddesses of Eleusis, held in the Eleusis Sanctuary in the middle of the 4th Century BCE and now in the Athens Museum. In the pediment, Persephone collects the snake’s venom and blood. In the middle panel, the party approaches [[w:Demeter|Demeter}], who is seated on the ‘[[w:Cista|sacred cista]]’, which is the box that contained the snakes. In the middle of the lower row is shown an omphalos over crossed bakchoi, which are symbols of the Mysteries. The use of snake venom to induce powerful hallucinations in deathlike trances was widespread. [http://members.optusnet.com.au/skyecn/AlchemyKey18ed.pdf]
* [[w:Eleusinian Mysteries|Eleusinian Mysteries]] (See the rites of regeneration of [[w:Persephone|Persephone]]) [http://www.crystalinks.com/eleusinian.html]
* [[w:Eleusinian Mysteries|Eleusinian Mysteries]] (See the rites of regeneration of [[w:Persephone|Persephone]]) [http://www.crystalinks.com/eleusinian.html]
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* [[w:Ninnion Tablet|Ninnion Tablet]]
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* Eleusinian Mysteries Symbols
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File:Snakes cista.jpg|A silver "cistaphoric tetradrachm" minted at Pergamon (Turkey) c. 123-104 B.C. [http://esty.ancients.info/numis/pergam.htm]<br><br> The obverse has the "cista mystica" or sacred chest with a snake crawling out and the reverse has two snakes around a bow case. The mint name is abbreviated into a monogram "Pi epsilon rho" on the left of the reverse
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==The Cult of Orpheus==
==The Cult of Orpheus==
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* [[w:Orphic Mysteries|Orphic Mysteries]]
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* [[w:Eubuleus|Eubuleus]]
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* [[w:Totenpass|Orphic gold tablets]]
==The Cult of Attis==
==The Cult of Attis==
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'''[[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Cybele|Cybele]], also known as the Great Mother,''' was worshiped through much of the Hellenistic world. She undoubtedly began as a goddess of nature. '''Her early worship included orgiastic ceremonies in which her frenzied male worshipers were led to castrate themselves, following which they became "[[w:Galli|Galli]]" or [[w:Eunuch|eunuch]]-priests of the goddess. Cybele eventually came to be viewed as the Mother of all gods and the mistress of all life.'''
'''[[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Cybele|Cybele]], also known as the Great Mother,''' was worshiped through much of the Hellenistic world. She undoubtedly began as a goddess of nature. '''Her early worship included orgiastic ceremonies in which her frenzied male worshipers were led to castrate themselves, following which they became "[[w:Galli|Galli]]" or [[w:Eunuch|eunuch]]-priests of the goddess. Cybele eventually came to be viewed as the Mother of all gods and the mistress of all life.'''
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* See: '''[[911:Catholic_Heresies#March_25|March 25 Holiday]]
Most of our information about the cult describes its practices during its later Roman period. But the details are slim and almost all the source material is relatively late, certainly datable long after the close of the New Testament canon.
Most of our information about the cult describes its practices during its later Roman period. But the details are slim and almost all the source material is relatively late, certainly datable long after the close of the New Testament canon.
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==The Cult of Dionysus==
==The Cult of Dionysus==
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[[Image:Pinecone_Thyrsus_003.jpg|right|160px|thumb|Bronze hand of the Roman mystery cult of [[w:Sabazios|Sabazios]]/[[w:Dionysus|Dionysus]] (see also the [[w:Ancient Greece|Ancient Greece]] mystery schools: [[w:Dionysian Mysteries|Dionysian Mysteries]] and the later [[w:Eleusinian Mysteries|Eleusinian Mysteries]] and [[w:Orphism (religion)|Orphic Mysteries]]). <br><br>A hand covered with numerous symbols was extended to the neophytes when they entered into the Temple of Wisdom. An understanding of the symbols embossed upon the surface of the hand brought with it Divine power and regeneration. Therefore, by means of these symbolic hands the candidate was said to be raised from the dead. [http://www.prs.org/gallery-mason.htm] <br/><br/>It dates from the late Roman Empire, when all forms of divination from [[w:scrying|scrying]] to [[w:astrology|astrology]], flourished.<br/><br/>'''Note:''' the [[911:Occult_symbolism_X#Serpent|serpent/dragon/lizard]] head, the [[911:Occult_symbolism_IV#Reverse_Awen|reverse awen]] handsign (and [[911:Occult_symbolism_XVI#Cosmos_signal|Cosmos signal]] handsign), the [[911:Occult_symbolism_X#Bull|cow/bull]] above the altar, and something that resembles a human in a [[w:pupa|pupa]] ]]
* [[w:Dionysian Mysteries|Dionysian]]  
* [[w:Dionysian Mysteries|Dionysian]]  
* ([http://kataragama.org/research/dionysus.htm Dionysus and Kataragama:Parallel Mystery Cults])
* ([http://kataragama.org/research/dionysus.htm Dionysus and Kataragama:Parallel Mystery Cults])
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* [[w:Ancient Egyptian religion|Ancient Egyptian religion]]
* [[w:Ancient Egyptian religion|Ancient Egyptian religion]]
* [[w:Osiris#Destruction_of_cult|Destruction of cult of Osiris]]
* [[w:Osiris#Destruction_of_cult|Destruction of cult of Osiris]]
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* [[w:De Mysteriis Aegyptiorum|De Mysteriis Aegyptiorum]]
==The Cult of Tammuz==
==The Cult of Tammuz==
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** The Cult of Adonis
** The Cult of Adonis
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'''The Adonis rite of Judah'''
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<br>The vision of Ezekiel in circa 594 BCE gives a clear picture of the secret rites of Tammuz. He starts as follows: He “brought me to the door of the inner gate that looks towards the north where was the image of Jealousy which provoketh to jealousy” ([http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ezekiel%208.%203&version=AMP Ezekiel 8:3]). What was the “Image of Jealousy” opposite the north gate — the symbolic place of darkness? It was '''[[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Astarte|Ashtoreth]], that is to say, Astarte, the [[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Mother_goddess|Great Mother]], the Lover of [[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Tammuz|Tammuz]]'''. In [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=II%20Kings2%20&version=AMP II Kings2] we read that the good king Josiah broke down and defiled the high places “which Solomon the King of Israel had builded for Ashtoreth,” and also for [[911:Occult_symbolism_VII#Moloch|Chemosh and Milcom]]. So that there should be no doubt of the situation of the shrine of Ashtoreth, we are carefully told that it was on the right hand side. As the temple had its Sanctuary in the west it follows that the right hand side was on the North. The exact spot on which the shrine of Astarte stood was the Mount of Olives. Jeremiah3 about B.C. 600, gives us the following significant details concerning one of the ceremonies performed in honour of Astarte, whom he calls “The Queen of Heaven,” which was one of her later titles.
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::''“Seest thou not what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women kneed dough to make cakes and to pour out drink offerings unto other Gods.”''
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survived in Europe up to the 19th century, that these cakes were in the shape of the male organ. Moreover, Jeremiah complains that even the remnant who fled to Egypt after the fall of Jerusalem would not abandon this custom, and to his protests gave an answer which explains exactly the purpose of these obscene emblems, and of similar incidents connected with the worship of the great Fertility Goddess, who by then had largely absorbed the attributes of the Moon, just as her son and lover has
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::''“The Word that thou hast spoken unto us in the name of the Lord we will not hearken unto thee, but will certainly do whatsoever thing goeth out of our own mouth, to burn incense unto the Queen of Heaven and to pour out drink offerings unto her, as we have done, we and our fathers, our kings and our princes, in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem; for then had we plenty of bread, and were well, and saw no evil. But since we left off to burn incense to the Queen of Heaven and to pour out drink offerings unto her, we have wanted all and have been consumed by the sword and by the famine. [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2044:17-18&version=AMP Jeremiah 44:17-18]
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::''“And when we burned incense to the Queen of Heaven and poured out drink offerings unto her, did we make her cakes to worship her and pour out drink offerings to her without our men (husbands).” [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2044:19&version=AMP Jeremiah 44:19]
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From this answer we learn that the worshippers believed that unless they offered the Goddess these ''"Phallic"'' ('''most likely a [[911:Occult_symbolism_III#Star_of_Astaroth|8 pointed star]] as the [http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Jeremiah%2044:19&version=AMP Jeremiah 44:19 AMP] bible notes''') cakes they would receive from her no harvest. The reason is clear: the corn God represents the seed which is buried in the womb of the earth. The male organ of the drone bee is literally plucked out by the Queen bee and remains embedded in her for the rest of her life; it is in this way that she is fertilised, but at the cost of the life of the drone. In like manner Attis and Tammuz die that the earth may be fertile, hence the reason why the [[911:Occult_symbolism_III#Star_of_AstarothEunuchs#Religious_castration|Priests of Cybele and of Artemis at Ephesus]] had to castrate themselves and offer up their male organs to the Goddess.
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Therefore the Jewish women, like other worshippers of the Great Goddess, offered as substitutes for the male organs of their husbands, models made out of the “Flesh” of the slain corn God, and poured out wine to symbolise the blood which naturally flowed when the human male organ was cut off, as in the case of the Priests of Cybele. In order to make themselves one with the God, the worshippers ate the bread and drank some of the wine. Similar rites were performed all over the world to the Goddess of Fertility, and here we have clear evidence of their survival among the Jews up to B.C. 587. [http://members.optusnet.com.au/skyecn/AlchemyKey18ed.pdf]
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* Human sacrifice in Norse funeral [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norse_funeral#Ibn_Fadlan.27s_account]
==[[w:Greco-Roman|Greco-Roman]]==
==[[w:Greco-Roman|Greco-Roman]]==
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==[[w:Essenes|Essenes]]==  
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==[[w:Manichaeism|Manichaeism]]==  
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* [http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/13/130206-mexico--xaltocan-human-sacrifice-skulls-drought-archeology/ Severed Heads Were Sacrifices in Ancient Mexico]
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* Link between Essenes and Herodians? [http://www.theology.edu/journal/volume3/crucify.htm]
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==[[w:Hinduism|Hinduism]]==
==[[w:Raëlism|Raëlism]]==
==[[w:Raëlism|Raëlism]]==
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* [http://www.realrael.org/masonic_messiah.pdf RAEL The Masonic Messiah]
==[[w:Mithraism|Mithraism]]==  
==[[w:Mithraism|Mithraism]]==  
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The major reason why no Mithraic influence on first-century Christianity is possible is the timing: it's all wrong! The flowering of Mithraism occurred after the close of the New Testament canon, much too late for it to have influenced anything that appears in the New Testament.[9] Moreover, no monuments for the cult can be dated earlier than A.D. 90-100, and even this dating requires us to make some exceedingly generous assumptions. Chronological difficulties, then, make the possibility of a Mithraic influence on early Christianity extremely improbable. Certainly, there remains no credible evidence for such an influence. [http://www.ukapologetics.net/wasthenewtest.htm]
The major reason why no Mithraic influence on first-century Christianity is possible is the timing: it's all wrong! The flowering of Mithraism occurred after the close of the New Testament canon, much too late for it to have influenced anything that appears in the New Testament.[9] Moreover, no monuments for the cult can be dated earlier than A.D. 90-100, and even this dating requires us to make some exceedingly generous assumptions. Chronological difficulties, then, make the possibility of a Mithraic influence on early Christianity extremely improbable. Certainly, there remains no credible evidence for such an influence. [http://www.ukapologetics.net/wasthenewtest.htm]
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[http://amazingdiscoveries.org/S-deception_New-Age_Freemasonry_Secret_Society] ?
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==Freemasonry==
==Freemasonry==
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: '' '''Masonry is a search after Light. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabalah ''' '' - [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md29.htm Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry, Charleston, 1871, p. 741.] - [http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry%20and%20Cabala.htm#0 Masonry and the Cabala]
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: '' '''Masonry is a search after [[911:Occult_symbolism_V#Enlightenment|Light]]. That search leads us directly back, as you see, to the Kabalah ''' '' - [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md29.htm Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry, Charleston, 1871, p. 741.] - [http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry%20and%20Cabala.htm#0 Masonry and the Cabala]
: '' '''All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it''': everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminati, Jacob Bœhme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their Secrets and their Symbols'' - [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md29.htm Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry, Charleston, 1871, p. 744.] - [http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry%20and%20Cabala.htm#0 Masonry and the Cabala]
: '' '''All truly dogmatic religions have issued from the Kabalah and return to it''': everything scientific and grand in the religious dreams of all the illuminati, Jacob Bœhme, Swedenborg, Saint-Martin, and others, is borrowed from the Kabalah; all the Masonic associations owe to it their Secrets and their Symbols'' - [http://www.sacred-texts.com/mas/md/md29.htm Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Rite of Freemasonry, Charleston, 1871, p. 744.] - [http://www.masoncode.com/Masonry%20and%20Cabala.htm#0 Masonry and the Cabala]
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==Candomblé==  
==Candomblé==  
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==[[911:New Age agenda|New Age Movement (NAM)]]==
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* Main Article
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** '''[[911:New Age agenda|New Age Agenda]]
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** '''[[911:New Age Terminology|New Age Terminology]]
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** '''[[911:Masonic_media_agents#New_Age_reporters|Masonic media agents:New Age reporters]]
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** '''[[911:Awareness_control#New_Age_agenda|Awareness control:New Age agenda]]
==Gnosticism==
==Gnosticism==
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* [[w:Gnosticism|Gnosticism]] [http://xoteria.com/GNOSTICS.html]
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::''The Jewish Encyclopaedia points out that Gnosticism "was Jewish in character long before it became Christian," and quotes the opinion, "a movement closely connected with Jewish mysticism." The Freemason Ragon says: "The Cabala is the key of the occult sciences. The Gnostics were born of the Cabalists."'' [http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/jesuits.htm#Knights]
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** According to Masonic historian [[911:Prominent_masons#Albert_Pike|Albert Pike]], '''Gnosticism was an offshoot of Kabalism'''—an oral occult tradition which was adhered to by a minority of the Jews. At some point, which remains uncertain, these occult teachings were reduced to writing, and the Kabalah was born. On page 626 of Morals and Dogma—the most esteemed work of Freemasonry—Pike states, '''“The Kabalah is the key of the occult sciences; and the Gnostics were born of the Kabalists.”''' [http://web.me.com/robblair/GaryKah/Historical_Summary.html]
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** As Gnosticism died away in popularity its place was taken by [[w:Manichaeism|Manichaeism]]. Out of Manichaeism came '''[[w:Paulicianism|Paulicianism]]''', '''[[w:Bogomilism|Bogomilism]]''', and out of them both a whole covey of Russian heresies and the famous [[w:Catharism|Cathari]] of the [[w:Albigensian Crusade|Albigensian Crusade]]. '''In ways that are impossible to trace, much of the mythology of Gnosticism survived, underground, to emerge in the revival of occultism in the seventeenth century.''' Finally, what did Gnosticism do for the practicing Gnostic of the first Christian centuries? As long as the Church was without power it was forced to suffer dissent. Some men seem to be naturally [[w:Heterodoxy|heterodox]] (dissident). '''It is a great psychological consolation to certain kinds of personalities to believe that the official Deity of the Old Testament (see: [[w:Pleroma|Pleroma]]) and the Church is really the Devil.''' This is not as frivolous as it might sound; it is good for civilization to have Trotskyites around. We have found in our own day that an all-pervading orthodoxy dries up the sources of creativity. Since the official Church was patriarchal and authoritarian, Gnosticism gave expression to those matriarchal and libertarian tendencies which are there, suppressed or not, in all societies.''' Furthermore, what the Gnostics projected onto the screen of their profound ignorance as a picture of the universe was in reality a picture of their own minds. Its mythology is a [[911:Occult_symbolism_Intro|symbolic portrayal]], almost a deliberate one, of the forces which operate in the structuring and evolution of the human personality. <u>It is, more than almost any other religious system, because it is of all others, the most invented, the most “made up,” an institutionalized panorama of what Jung has called the [[w:Collective unconscious|Collective Unconscious]].</u>''' The whole Gnostic heresy is a sort of socially therapeutic dream. (This notion, as Jung has pointed out, does not involve any mysterious undersoul shared by all men — it is a collective picture because all men respond to life in much the same way, because they all have the same physiological endowment.) '''We can operate upon our minds by the manipulation of symbols if not on the cosmos; Gnosticism was fundamentally a magical theory of life, man, the universe, God, morality.''' The spirit-matter, good-evil, God-creature, omnipotence-freedom dilemmas posed by Christianity, Gnosticism attempted to solve with a magical doctrine of correspondences in which man and the cosmos reflected each other. As such, it was a step in the history of science as well as in the history of religion. It was a wrong step, but one which still influences thought, not just the [[w:Theosophists|Theosophists]], but those who think that [[w:Heisenberg%27s_principle#Terminology_and_Translation|Heisenberg’s Principle of Indeterminancy]] is an ontological discovery rather than a mathematical formula. '''Alchemy was Gnostic through and through, an attempt to achieve both wealth and salvation by parallel manipulation of the microcosm and the macrocosm.''' But the philosophy of [[w:Alfred North Whitehead|Alfred North Whitehead]] is based on the same principle — an enormously sophisticated Smaragdine Tablet. We can learn nothing about the solar system from Gnosticism and little about good and evil, in the world, but we can learn considerable about ourselves. [http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/gnosticism.htm]
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Gnosticism and Christianity
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* The word Gnostic is formed from the Greek word for knowledge. Gnosticism claimed to give a particular knowledge of the mysteries of the unseen world. Greek philosophy merged into Oriental mysticism. In its early years the great danger to which Christianity was exposed arose from Gnostic Heresy by which Christian doctrines were corrupted.
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::“The Gnostics were a sect of philosophers that arose in the first ages of christianity, who pretended they were the only men who had a true knowledge of the christian religion. They formed for themselves a system of theology, agreeable to the philosophy of Pythagoras and Plato, to which they accommodated their interpretations of scripture. They held that all natures, intelligible, intellectual and material, are derived by successive emanations from the infinite fountain of deity. These emanations they called oeons. These doctrines were derived from the oriental philosophy.” <small>(GNOS'TIC, n. nostic. [L. gnosticus; Gr. to know.] [http://1828.mshaffer.com/d/search/word,gnostic Noah Webster's 1828 American Dictionary of The English Language])</small>.
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::Encyclopedia.com gives the following definition: “Gnosticism - Dualistic religious and philosophical movement of the late Hellenistic and early Christian eras. The term designates a variety of sects, all promising salvation through an occult knowledge...that they claimed was revealed to them alone. Christian ideas were quickly incorporated into these syncretistic systems, and by the 2nd cent. A.D. several posed a serious threat to Christianity; much of early Christian doctrine was formulated in reaction to this danger. Gnosticism taught that the spirit was held captive by evil archons but that through the use of secret formulas it could be freed at death and restored to the heavenly abode.” (<small>[http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Gnosticism.aspx Encyclopedia.com "Gnosticism"]</small>).
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* The very soul of Gnosticism was mystery, and "its end and object was to purify its followers from the corruptions of matter, and to raise them to a higher scale of being", suited only to those who were to become perfect by knowledge. We have a key to many parts of their system when we know that they held matter to be intrinsically evil, of which, consequently, God could not be the author." Some believed that angels were employed in creating the world [in direct contradiction to the scriptures – “God, who created all things by Jesus Christ” (Eph. 3:9)].
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* At the beginning of Christianity when the Gospel was first preached, the Western world was overrun with Eastern magicians and soothsayers. They claimed for their peculiar knowledge the ability to communicate with a higher world. They advanced the theory that between God and man were various grades or emanations by which we might rise to the highest knowledge. '''Instead of opposing Christianity this Gnosticism took possession of it, invested it, and by this blending of the two the pure truths of the Gospel were perverted.'' "Its peculiar attraction lay in that it flattered the pride of man by tracing the origin of evil, not to the perverted will of the creature, but to creation, saying it was the necessary consequence of the union of matter and spirit. Then again its utter impractibility made it attractive; teaching as it did that human perfection was not attained by the following of a lowly Saviour in a narrow way, but by embracing barren speculations concerning the nature of unseen mysteries." [http://www.angelfire.com/la2/prophet1/gnosticism.html]
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[[w:Gnosticism|Gnosticism]] [http://xoteria.com/GNOSTICS.html]
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* According to Masonic historian [[911:Prominent_masons#Albert_Pike|Albert Pike]], '''Gnosticism was an offshoot of Kabalism'''—an oral occult tradition which was adhered to by a minority of the Jews. At some point, which remains uncertain, these occult teachings were reduced to writing, and the Kabalah was born. On page 626 of Morals and Dogma—the most esteemed work of Freemasonry—Pike states, '''“The Kabalah is the key of the occult sciences; and the Gnostics were born of the Kabalists.”''' [http://web.me.com/robblair/GaryKah/Historical_Summary.html]
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* As Gnosticism died away in popularity its place was taken by [[w:Manichaeism|Manichaeism]]. Out of Manichaeism came '''[[w:Paulicianism|Paulicianism]]''', '''[[w:Bogomilism|Bogomilism]]''', and out of them both a whole covey of Russian heresies and the famous [[w:Catharism|Cathari]] of the [[w:Albigensian Crusade|Albigensian Crusade]]. '''In ways that are impossible to trace, much of the mythology of Gnosticism survived, underground, to emerge in the revival of occultism in the seventeenth century.''' Finally, what did Gnosticism do for the practicing Gnostic of the first Christian centuries? As long as the Church was without power it was forced to suffer dissent. Some men seem to be naturally [[w:Heterodoxy|heterodox]] (dissident). '''It is a great psychological consolation to certain kinds of personalities to believe that the official Deity of the Old Testament (see: [[w:Pleroma|Pleroma]]) and the Church is really the Devil.''' This is not as frivolous as it might sound; it is good for civilization to have Trotskyites around. We have found in our own day that an all-pervading orthodoxy dries up the sources of creativity. Since the official Church was patriarchal and authoritarian, Gnosticism gave expression to those matriarchal and libertarian tendencies which are there, suppressed or not, in all societies.''' Furthermore, what the Gnostics projected onto the screen of their profound ignorance as a picture of the universe was in reality a picture of their own minds. Its mythology is a [[911:Occult_symbolism_Intro|symbolic portrayal]], almost a deliberate one, of the forces which operate in the structuring and evolution of the human personality. <u>It is, more than almost any other religious system, because it is of all others, the most invented, the most “made up,” an institutionalized panorama of what Jung has called the [[w:Collective unconscious|Collective Unconscious]].</u>''' The whole Gnostic heresy is a sort of socially therapeutic dream. (This notion, as Jung has pointed out, does not involve any mysterious undersoul shared by all men — it is a collective picture because all men respond to life in much the same way, because they all have the same physiological endowment.) '''We can operate upon our minds by the manipulation of symbols if not on the cosmos; Gnosticism was fundamentally a magical theory of life, man, the universe, God, morality.''' The spirit-matter, good-evil, God-creature, omnipotence-freedom dilemmas posed by Christianity, Gnosticism attempted to solve with a magical doctrine of correspondences in which man and the cosmos reflected each other. As such, it was a step in the history of science as well as in the history of religion. It was a wrong step, but one which still influences thought, not just the [[w:Theosophists|Theosophists]], but those who think that [[w:Heisenberg%27s_principle#Terminology_and_Translation|Heisenberg’s Principle of Indeterminancy]] is an ontological discovery rather than a mathematical formula. '''Alchemy was Gnostic through and through, an attempt to achieve both wealth and salvation by parallel manipulation of the microcosm and the macrocosm.''' But the philosophy of [[w:Alfred North Whitehead|Alfred North Whitehead]] is based on the same principle — an enormously sophisticated Smaragdine Tablet. We can learn nothing about the solar system from Gnosticism and little about good and evil, in the world, but we can learn considerable about ourselves. [http://www.bopsecrets.org/rexroth/essays/gnosticism.htm]
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* Some have seen the roots of Gnosticism in the writings of [[w:Apollonius of Tyana|Apollonius of Tyana]] and the biblical magician [[911:Occultists#Simon_Magus|Simon Magus]], mentioned in Acts 8:9-24. However, the emergence of gnostic thinking is seen most clearly in passages such as the opening verses of the Gospel of John, Paul's epistle to the Collossians 2:18, and I John 4:1, where gnostic themes are denounced. '''Among some of the Gnostics, a priesthood of the mysteries existed and these initiated priests practiced [[911:Black Magic|magic]], [[911:Astrotheology|astrology]], incantations, exorcisms, the fashioning of charms, [[911:Black_Magic#Amulet|talismans]], and amulets, of which many are in museums and special collections''' ... The [[w:Carpocrates|Carpocratians]], one of the Gnostic sects, seem to have derived some of their mysteries and rites from Isis worship, and used theurgic incantations, symbols, and signs. The Ophites also adapted Egyptian rites, and, as their name indicates, these included [[911:Occult_symbolism_X#Serpent|serpent symbolism]], an actual serpent being the central object of their mysteries. <small>[http://www.encyclopedia.com/topic/Gnosticism.aspx#2 Gnosticism - Encyclopedia of Occultism and Parapsychology]</small>
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File:My21a.jpg|The lion-headed serpent of the Gnostics is called by magical names such as '''[[w:Ophis|Ophis]]''', Knuphis, and '''[[w:Abrasax|Abrasax]]'''. In the occult anatomy of Asian mysticism and '''[[911:New_Age_agenda#Yoga|Yoga]]''', this reptile is known as '''[[w:Kundalini|Kundalini]]''', the serpent power. Gnostics who practiced Kundalini yoga were called '''[[w:Ophites|Ophites]]''', from the Greek ophis, "snake." This cult was condemned by early Christians as pagan "snake-worshippers." [http://www.bibliotecapleyades.net/vida_alien/alien_watchers22.htm] - [http://www.artcult.fr/_Styles+epoques/Fiche/art-6-1249423.htm?pageN=2 photo]
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See also:
See also:
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* [[911:Occultists#Helena_Blavatsky|Helena Blavatsky]]
* [[911:Occultists#Helena_Blavatsky|Helena Blavatsky]]
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* [[File:The Gnostics and Their Remains.jpg|90px]]'''[http://www.sacred-texts.com/gno/gar/ The Gnostics and Their Remains]''', By [[w:Charles William King|Charles William King]] [1887]
* [[File:The Gnostics and Their Remains.jpg|90px]]'''[http://www.sacred-texts.com/gno/gar/ The Gnostics and Their Remains]''', By [[w:Charles William King|Charles William King]] [1887]
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==[[w:Hermetism|Hermeticism]]==
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* [[w:Western esotericism|Western esotericism]]
* [[w:Western esotericism|Western esotericism]]
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* [[w:Category:Hermeticism|Category: Hermeticism]]
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* [[w:Hermeticism|Hermeticism]]
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* [[w:Hermetic_Qabalah|Hermetic Qabalah]]
==Setianism==
==Setianism==
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* [[w:Temple of Set|Temple of Set]]
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* [[w:Theosophy|Theosophy]] [http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/mysterys/mystsch1.htm]
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* [http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/mysterys/mystsch1.htm Theosophy The Mystery Schools]
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* [[w:Category:Theosophical philosophical concepts|Theosophical philosophical concepts]]
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* [[w:Initiation (Theosophy)|Initiation (Theosophy)]]
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* '''[http://www.theosociety.org/pasadena/etgloss/etg-hp.htm Theosophical Glossary]
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* [[TerryHomePage:Hell_or_Death#What_is_Theosophy|Theosophy: The Worship of Lucifer]]
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* Sirius in Theosophy: In Theosophy, it is believed the Seven Stars of the Pleiades transmit the spiritual energy of the [[w:Seven rays|Seven Rays]] from the Galactic Logos to the Seven Stars of the Great Bear, then to Sirius. From there is it sent via the Sun to the god of Earth (Sanat Kumara), and finally through the seven Masters of the Seven Rays to the human race [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius#Etymology_and_cultural_significance]
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[[w:Category:Theosophy|Category:Theosophy]]
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* Theosophy is a religious philosophy with emphasis on mysticism, esoteric doctrine, occultism, monism and Eastern philosophy. Theosophy though ancient in origin is presently promoted through the Theosophical Society, founded by Helena Petrovna Blavatsky and is espoused by the New Age Movement. It is through the ideas and tenents of theosophy that the many diverse groups within the New Age find a common ground of purpose. The Theosophical Society affirms the following objectives (Note the Ecumenical tone) :
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# to encourage the study of comparative religion, philosophy, and science; and
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* One of the society's most controversial claims concerns the existence of a brotherhood of Great Masters or Adepts, who, it is asserted, have perfected themselves and are directing the spiritual evolution of humanity. (Ency. Brit:Vol 18, pg. 277) One of the fundamental principles of theosophy is that all souls are identified with the Universal Over-Soul and are obliged to undergo a cyclic pilgrimage through the Cycle of Incarnation. [http://www.samliquidation.com/sec19b.htm]
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** todo: link to nazi esoterism, Shambala, Great White Brotherhood, [[911:New_Age_Terminology#Ascended_Masters|Ascended Masters]] ([[w:Djwal Khul|Djwal Khul]]).
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** [[911:Occultists#Helena_Blavatsky|Helena Blavatsky]]
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*** It was in 1873 that she emigrated to New York City. Impressing people with her psychic abilities, she was spurred on to continue her mediumship. Mediumship (among other psychical and spiritual sciences of the time), based upon the quasi-religion known as Spiritualism which began at Rochester, NY, was a widely popular and fast-spreading field upon which Blavatsky based her career. Throughout her career she claimed to have demonstrated physical and mental psychic feats which included levitation, clairvoyance, out-of-body projection, telepathy, and clairaudience. Another claim of hers was materialization, that is, producing physical objects out of nothing, though in general, her interests were more in the area of 'theory' and 'laws' rather than demonstration. (Wikipedia)
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* [[911:Occultists#Nicholas_Roerich|Nicholas Roerich]]
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===[[w:Thelema|Thelema]]===
Prominent Thelemites:
Prominent Thelemites:
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* [[w:Scientology|Scientology]]
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** [http://au.news.yahoo.com/today-tonight/latest/article/-/12905379/australia-s-child-labour-camp/ In the middle of suburban Australia is a secret compound that's labelled 'degrading' and 'inhumane', with allegations of keeping children prisoner.]
==Shamanism==
==Shamanism==
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* [http://persianempire.info/zoro.htm]
* [http://persianempire.info/zoro.htm]
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* Star worship in Zoroastrianism
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** In Iranian mythology, especially in [[w:Persian mythology|Persian mythology]] and in [[w:Zoroastrianism|Zoroastrianism]], the ancient religion of Persia, Sirius appears as ''[[w:Tishtrya|Tishtrya]]'' and is revered as a divinity. Beside passages in the [[w:sacred texts|sacred texts]] of the [[w:Avesta|Avesta]], the [[w:Avestan|Avestan]] language ''Tishtrya'' followed by the version ''Tir'' in [[w:Middle Persian|Middle]] and [[w:New Persian|New Persian]] is also depicted in the [[w:Persian literature|Persian]] epic [[w:Shahnameh|Shahnameh]] of [[w:Ferdowsi|Ferdowsi]]. Due to the concept of the [[w:yazatas|yazatas]], powers which are "worthy of worship", Tishtrya is a divinity of rain and fertility and an antagonist of [[w:apaosha|apaosha]], the demon of drought. In this struggle, Tishtrya is beautifully depicted as a white horse. [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sirius#Etymology_and_cultural_significance]
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=Cults=
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todo: [http://carm.org/cults-outline-analysis Cults! An outline analysis]
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* check and add [http://carm.org/all-list-article All Groups and Movements List]
=Literature=
=Literature=
* [[File:The mystery-religions.jpg|90px]]'''[http://books.google.com/books?id=3m61I6Q-dRUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+mystery-religions:+a+study+in+the+religious+background+of+early+Christianity&hl=en&ei=hh4wTsTLGMPFswbd8Ogp&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false The mystery-religions: a study in the religious background of early Christianity]''', By [[w:Samuel Angus|Samuel Angus]] [1928-1975]
* [[File:The mystery-religions.jpg|90px]]'''[http://books.google.com/books?id=3m61I6Q-dRUC&printsec=frontcover&dq=The+mystery-religions:+a+study+in+the+religious+background+of+early+Christianity&hl=en&ei=hh4wTsTLGMPFswbd8Ogp&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=1&ved=0CCgQ6AEwAA#v=onepage&q&f=false The mystery-religions: a study in the religious background of early Christianity]''', By [[w:Samuel Angus|Samuel Angus]] [1928-1975]
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* [http://members.optusnet.com.au/skyecn/AlchemyKey18ed.pdf The Alchemy key]
=Source=
=Source=

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