The traditional Myth and esotericismThe traditional Myth is always a key that few can undertake to make use of, because it belongs to the world of esotericism. The word ‘myth’ derives from the Greek μύϑος, mitos, that is tale, fable. The mythology was born with the man, and may be considered a secret language and a necessary element of the religion, with the purpose of handing down, from generation to generation, the profound teachings on the origin of the things, of the creation of the world, of the man, of the woman, the intimate life of God, and the methods for protecting the operating spirituality of the humankind. Myth and cult are two elements soldered to the religious fact. The cult presents itself as the expression of that mystical emotion which is specific to the religion. The myth is the rational comment of the acts of the cult, transmitted through the centuries by means of a fabric of symbols. Of these, the wise know the meaning, but the popular mass of believers hold fideistically to the plot of the mythic tale, because they are not able with the sole force of the reason to penetrate the occult significance of the myth. Besides, the myth is part of an oral or rarely written tradition, for the few who read in it as in an open book. If the chain of sapiential transmission should be interrupted, then the understanding of the myth could be favored by meditating on it: a meditation which calls, in the Initiate, for an inspired intuition. The myths were conceived by the great priests of the past, when the necessity prevailed of veiling the divine Revelation. However, also today in fully modern times, there is no lack of instances of new additions of a mythical character in the Catholic religion itself, we do not know whether deliberately or unconsciously. Later, when the times are ripe and the minds open, the myth is substituted by a mental creation more ample, more accessible, more moral, to arrive at the value of a metaphysical system. The old myth remains like an obsolete thing, understandable only on condition that it be allegorized as the receptacle of a high religious and moral teaching, or else degraded to the rank of fable. In all the religions, some myths persist, that even today have their strength and represent closed or mute books for those who are inexpert in this field. Of the myth, the Alchemists made use to conceal, from those who were not ready, the phases, the operations of transmutation of the ordinary consciousness into an initiatic super-consciousness. But the woman Archeosopher, to fulfill her work, must needs become a knower of myths and, obviously, a decipherer of the myth.
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