There are secret places across the Earth which can only be entered through the inner door of self-realization. Doubt it not. For the things of great importance cannot be discovered by the ignorance of the profane man. These intentional secrets and inner abodes can only be attained by all who stand against blindness and develop the inner vision of the unseen. All have the opportunity but most will never step across the threshold and begin their own unique quest.
Throughout human history, there are those who have completed this alchemical transmutation and have attempted to leave clues and a map of the journey for others to follow. There is no direct method of delivery or straightforward education which can be applied in general terms. The knowledge is earned through each individual’s observant experience and application of lessons learned from the hardships of the material world.
The ancient mystery schools were once the keepers of this hidden education. It’s important to understand that the secrets weren’t kept hidden in order to create an elite of powerful humans who could weld this great power over the profane man and disorganized masses. The ancient and great wisdom was kept a secret so that the proper education would be attained as the student, or adept progressed through life and completed the necessary lessons to move forward.
So powerful and destructive is the hidden wisdom that should even portions of it fall into the hands of the profane man, who would not understand the power of the force and form he had mistakenly come upon through happenstance and misfortune, it would ruin his life and cause destruction within the material world around him.
Over time some of the hidden secrets began to leak from the mystery schools and manifested in historical culture and political systems in a corrupt manner. This had a profound and negative impact upon those civilizations. The corruption of the hidden mysteries will always manifest as the suppression of material and spiritual freedom. There is no other path for the corruption to take.
At first, it will promise the greatest of gifts and those possessing the corrupt version of the teachings will believe they have set their civilizations on the course to greatness. But it will always end in the death of that civilization and the spiritual fragmentation of its people. A civilization, or a nation, has its own spirit, built upon the union of its people. The corruption spreads through a nation and its people like cancer until the fragmentation is complete.
Clues have been hidden right in front of us our whole lives and yet we remain blind and wandering in the wilderness. The Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot is one perfect example of the clues and maps which have been left for each of us to follow.
The Tarot is used as a form of divination and seeing into the future. But this is not the true function of the Tarot. Consider that the Minor and Major Arcana (micro and macro) serve as a method of understanding and processing the inward journey of self-realization. The cards themselves are deep-rooted in the spiritual evolution of the human, and the subconscious archetypes which direct and guide our material decisions.
These archetypes have a direct influence on how we understand our myths and parables which have been passed down genetically and verbally since the beginning, or as we came to understand in Chapter Two, “the before the beginning”.
Each card in the Major and Minor Arcana represents milestones and temptations on the road towards self-realization. We all start in life as the Fool, the blind man wandering in the wilderness who is always just one step from unknowingly walking over the edge of a cliff. Even worse than the man blind in both eyes is the man with one eye open. In the land of the blind the one-eyed man is not king, he only thinks himself to be because the corruption of the mysteries has taken hold and is beginning its undeniable and unstoppable path of destruction.
In contrast, one of the most important cards in the Tarot is the King or Queen, which represents the material and spiritual evolution of a questing-knight who has completed the journey of self-realization and has been able to harness the great power which comes with the hidden knowledge. This bears with the responsibility of empowering others to follow the same course and live a life aligned with the moral code of the mysteries. As a side note, America was established under these uncorrupted principles.
The royal human bloodlines began through this method but have been corrupted as the hidden mysteries were passed to those who had not earned the reward through the hardships of the quest. Massive political and religious institutions were constructed around the corrupted knowledge and were used to wage war on the material and spiritual freedom of man. That war has existed in various manifestations over thousands of years, from the Phoenicians to the Catholic genocide committed against the Albigensian’s, or Cathar’s. This war is still being waged in the modern world. We have covered some of this in the parallel Crown Beast series.
The Hermit card of the Tarot represents the first steps of the adepts journey towards introspection. It is at this stage the adept turns his attention away from the outward existence and begins seeking answers within the spiritual existence. There is no need for great discussion and running of the mouth. The Hermit is the first indication of wisdom and inner balance. It demands a release from the distractions of man’s material position, something not unlike the solitude of a Buddhist monk.
The patterns which run through our lives and all of material and spiritual existence begin to become more obvious as we progress on our inward journey of self-realization. The awareness that Philosophy of Metrics is an important aspect of my own quest became obvious to me sometime after writing Chapter Two of this series back in July of 2015. It has taken me 3 years to return to the Grand Man and its strange connections across the incidents and learnings of my own life. But such is the nature of the mysteries and our application of those teachings in our own lives. Patience is the greatest of the human virtues and the adept should not desire short-cuts.
Chapter Two of the Grand Man was unique in that it captured my self-experimentation with Ayahuasca and DMT as a method of spiritual exploration and realization. The ancients understood that such spiritual medicine could be used to enhance and prompt further material and spiritual evolution. The corruption of this hidden knowledge took on the form of drugs, such as opium, and in turn heroin, along with LSD, as methods of escapism, which is counter-intuitive to the purpose of the inward path towards self-realization.
Within the learnings of Chapter One, we discovered the 47th Proposition of Euclid and its relation to the squaring of the man, as the first step towards rebuilding the temple. Leveraging Masonic symbolism, and examples from my own life challenges, we began to grasp the trinity construct of the father, mother, and child relationship as it exists on multiple planes across the micro and macro spheres, or as we now understand it, within the Major and Minor Arcana of the Tarot.
Another important card within the Tarot which is worth our consideration in this chapter of the Grand Man is the Hermaphrodite. Knowledge of this card is not meant to represent the material world but the union of the male and female principles within each of us towards the spiritual reconciliation of both principles. This union, or chemical wedding, is a must for the existence of the Grand Man which evolves from the brain embryo. Readers can reference the post Magnetic and Electric Fluids in Equilibrium for a more thorough understanding of the principles around the Hermaphrodite card. As I stated in that post, the growing gender confusion within our civilization is characteristic of a massive externalization and corruption of this hidden mystery.
Our existing culture is infected with a corruption of the hidden mysteries, as all the one-eyed symbolism would attest. But all of those professing to possess the hidden knowledge of the ancient mysteries, and using things such as one-eye symbolism, are mere fools leading themselves and others over the edge of a cliff. These people have not even moved on from the Fool card of the Tarot to the Initiate card in order to become a true adept of the mysteries. Do not follow these people. Follow no one. Follow your own inward path which is waiting to be discovered by you.
The ancient mysteries are not the corrupt and destructive version which is being promoted in our modern world. This is the externalized version which was developed by the Phoenician priest class. This priest class evolved to become the Vatican and its institutions of spiritual arrested development. The purpose of all institutionalized religion is to intersect the place where matter and spirit come together. This is the place where we have our own personal relationship with God and the great source of all things. It is the Absolute which awaits our return.
There is but one path back to the Absolute. But this path has many different perspectives which are based on each of our own unique and individual journey of self-realization. The map and clues for this quest are all around us just waiting to be observed and understood.
The secret places are also all around us. The doorways to this hidden world can only be found upon our inward passage through material hardship to spiritual awareness. But be warned, once upon the path there will be temptations and traps for the weary traveler. Be strong and steadfast in your quest. You are not alone and assistance will always be available for the true adept. This I have learned and can share without consequence. Our world is changing because we have begun these things together. – JC
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