JC Collins It was the feeling of needing to do something which I had already done at some point in the future but because I wasn’t there yet I still needed to do it. Its force drew me forth towards an inevitable outcome. I was as much a victim to ... Read More
Ancient Cryptography and the Pattern of Human Religious Archetypes and Pagan Psychology
“It is the opinion of the learned that whenever the ancient sages, whom in the Greek language we call Philosophers, discovered any secret of art or nature, they concealed it through various modes and figures lest the knowledge of it should fall into the hands of the wicked.”
The above quote is from the opening paragraph of Steganographia by Johannes Trithemius. This book is considered one of the great occult works on pagan spiritualism and demonology ever written. Published in 1606, and based on the ancient writings of King Solomon, it would go on to inspire other occult interpretations and translations of those same ancient texts. But Steganographia, and all the occult works which came after may be about much more than mere evil spirits and demons.
“Trithemius' most famous work, Steganographia (written c. 1499; published Frankfurt, 1606), was placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum in 1609 and removed in 1900. This book is in three volumes, and appears to be about magic—specifically, about using spirits to communicate over long distances. However, since the publication of a decryption key to the first two volumes in 1606, they have been known to be actually concerned with cryptography and steganography. Until recently, the third volume was widely still believed to be solely about magic, but the "magical" formulae have now been shown to be covertexts for yet more cryptographic content.”
The relationship between occultism, steganography, and cryptography is a massive subject which could fill volumes. The relevance which is the focus of this piece is built around the concept that “spirits” could be used to communicate over long distances. These communications were secured with a “key” to ensure the “transactions” were processed by the intended receiver.
Can you see? Do you feel the great expansive board of existence which you have been a part of for so long? Look past the moments of entering and exiting each life. Look past the moments of birth and death. See the board and all the lives moving upon its surface. Light waging war against the dark, and dark waging war against the light. Where are you in all of this? You, the weary traveler upon the endless journey outside of the constraints of time. I love you for the hardships you have suffered.
The most obvious characteristic of the androgynous Baphomet symbol is that the male and female energies are not balanced or in equilibrium. The sun side of the symbol represents the male forces while the moon side represents the female forces. The hand and arm on the sun side are pointing up while the hand and arm on the moon side are pointing down.
Visualize each as a plus and minus of the male and female forces, or fluids. As such, the Baphomet symbol can be interpreted as representing an imbalance in the material world between the male and female energies. This imbalance prevents the true spiritual androgynous being from evolving out of the merging of the male and female fluids and ascending as one spiritual being made out of two.
JC Collins Things are strange and George Soros has stated that everything has gone wrong. Depends on your perspective I suppose. It’s a rainy Sunday morning and I’m here staring at the computer screen wondering what to write about. Through my headphones the sounds of a YouTube video called ... Read More
The garden started as a moment. A mere shudder as I rained upon the world.
At first, it was small and barren. Before long little stems of growth were heard, observed, smelled, felt, and tasted. The garden absorbed all experience and used it as food.
Back then I found the garden intimidating and overwhelming. Its fast growth and expanding borders confused me. Hidden refuges provided shelter from the thunder and wind which would sometimes rattle the foundations of the garden.
“Some other power, some third class of individuals aside from the leaders and the scholars must exist, and this third class must have the task of thwarting mistakes, and nipping the causes of potential disturbances in the bud. There must be a body of men whose task it is to throw out the rotten apples as soon as the first spots of decay appear. A body of this nature must exist undercover. It must either be a power unto itself or be given the broadest discretionary powers by the highest authorities.”
From a 1945 report titled The World after the War: OSS-SOE, The Invisible Empire authored by the Harvard anthropologist Carleton S. Coon for OSS Chief William Donovan.
JC Collins The realms of the technological and the theosophical are evolving together at an ever-increasing pace. The term “theosophical” was not used in error. Magic is not dead. As physics delves deeper into the ocular origins of reality, occult terms such as “theosophical” become more pertinent than terms such ... Read More
Somewhere along North Shore Road I became lost.
The infant came forth from the womb and began the long and perilous pilgrimage upon North Shore Road. Trailing behind was the umbilical cord - the exoteric manifestation of the esoteric connection which would remain throughout the journey. This connection represents the bundled cords of the emotional body, mental body, and physical body.
Every time I see a nail or screw laying on the ground my sense of karma takes over. The fear is that if I don't pick it up and save someone I don't know from getting a flat tire, karma will exact a brutal lesson by ensuring I get a flat tire at the worst possible moment. Much of my time is spent driving for hours on the highway to and from mine sites. Getting a flat in the middle of a five hour drive in the dead of a Canadian winter is not my idea of a good time to be sure.
The obsession I have with getting a flat tire, or avoiding a flat tire, is a terrible first world burden. Whenever driving I'm constantly checking the tire gauge which shows each tire pressure on the display screen. The slightest pull or shake in the car and I'm pushing the buttons to see if the horrible moment I've always feared has arrived. The anxiety rises in my throat, and when the digital image of the car displays on the screen and I see that each tires pressure is exactly where it should be, I breath a sigh of relief and tap the steering wheel in some strange ritual of symbolic victory over the forces of karma.