ARCHEOSOFICA

Archeosofica” is an esoteric school, inner and profound, a Study Center and, for those who wish it, also a non-profit cultural association (Archeosophical Society) which prepares, guides and perfects its followers towards the knowledge of themselves, of the higher worlds and  of God, thanks to the investigation and development of new senses, called “spiritual senses”, and leads them to High Initiation.

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MYSTERIC RELIGIONS AND CHRISTIAN MYSTERY

The program of universal salvation of the Christianity has some points of contact and affinity with the pagan Mysteries. This observation is possible if the several contents of the ancient mysteric religions are evaluated and compared with those of the Church. The Mysteries were born when the man(*) understood that his destiny is the death, with a state of crepuscular, nebulous and unhappy consciousness in a world of ghosts. Therefore, the effort of the philosophers and of the priests has always been that of discovering how to assure for themselves and for the others a conscious and happy life after the death: to discover the way to die self-conscious, awake and ready to be invested with the power of the Divinity. The ancient non-Christian Mysteries and the Christian Mysteries center around the most striking and ineluctable phenomenon, after the birth and the brief earthly sojourn: the death. To know the death and to defeat the death, escaping from the circuit of illusions of the terrifying world of the dead. In the East, at the same time as the dawning Church, many mysteric cults had come into existence, exactly to fight against the spiritual unconsciousness of the death and the awakening in a frightful, tormenting hereafter of demonic, ahrimanic persecution, numerous mysteric cults with rites that commemorated a mythical theme, and aimed to realize in the here and now, with the symbolism of the ritual, the subject they represented. In Egypt, for thousands of years there had been the Mysteries of Isis and Osiris; in Phrygia, the Mysteries of Cybele and Attis; in Persia, the Mysteries of Mithras; in Cappadocia, the Mysteries of Artemis; in Crete, the Mysteries of Zeus, and many others. The most evolved Mysteries were those of the Eleusinian. In all these, the common base was to obtain the immortality through the union with the God, to honor particular divinities, to share in their own divinity, to escape from the anguished experience of the intermediate state between the death and a new reincarnation (in this planet or in other worlds). To reach such a point, there were followed diverse ways and methods, notwithstanding the affinity of the principles. There had always to be an initiation, performed through a secret rite, preceded by a catechesis imparted by the hierophant or mystagogue, with fastings, abstinences, a sacred bath to renew, in a certain way, the birth. The Eleusinian misti bathed in the river Ilissos, near Athens; after, they attended the liturgical representation that concerned the birth of Dionysus from Persephone (Small Mysteries). With the Initiation, some men and women could escape from their own nature and conquer another, cease to be men to begin to be Gods. But in certain Sanctuaries, people went so far as to affirm with presumption that a bandit, if initiated, participated in immortality, whilst an Epaminondas, not initiated, would remain like any mortal. It was the undoubted merit of the Christianity, if certain titanic attitudes were unmasked. The Initiation, and the practices connected to it, have an effect on what in psychoanalysis is called, with different terms, the personal and collective unconscious, the dream, the complexes, etc. The human Initiation prepares for that which will arrive from God, but this arrives when the void is total. The bandit, the murderer, the sinner, cannot offer a void to be filled by the Intelligence and the Love of God. The exoteric Christianity and Archeosophy have everything to guarantee the good outcome of the Initiation, because they know how to remove and to sublimate, to transmute the world which is inside us and around us, centering the maximum of attention on the problem of the death and on the therapy related to it. (*) Please note: in the Italian usage “man” and “he” may intend both female and male. This usage has been maintained to stay as faithful to the original as possible. (Translator’s note) Continue Reading

THE LOTO+CROCE INITIATIC ORDER

On 4 May 1948, at 2:45 p.m., Tommaso Palamidessi founded in Turin, according to the rites of the Theurgy, the Loto+Croce Initiatic Order. Then, in conformity with the traditional usage, the Founder took the Esoteric Name. With the same criterion, the symbolic change of personality is effected in the new Lotocrucians, with the adoption of an esoteric name.   The Loto+Croce Initiatic Order carries out its action in the world through its brothers, who have different grades and tasks. The Order has 12 Grades, plus one represented by the Founder of the Order or by his substitute. The first 3 grades can be summarized thus: 1st) – Brother Neophyte; 2nd) – Brother Initiate; 3rd) – Brother Master. The other nine grades indicate the different Elected Brother Masters. In all, 12 grades, in which may take part all the citizens of the earth of both the sexes. At the head of these 12 grades there is the Superior Initiator, whose office has the duration of his life. The death of the Superior Initiator implies a successor to continue the activity of the Order, chosen from among the Brothers and Sisters on proposal of the same S.I.; if this is not possible, the election will be made by a Synod of Lotocrucians. The members are organized in groups, or Temples of Assembly, whose direction is entrusted to who has the highest initiatic grade. The central seat of the Lotus+Cross Initiatic Order is Rome, also because the Urbs, in the past, was a center of spiritual radiation with king Numa Pompilius, and later with the same occult Ecclesia. The Order has its symbols, rites and theurgic instruments. To all its grades, have access men and women(1). The name Loto+Croce was given because the flower of the white Lotus has a rich symbolism of its own, as we will see, no less important than the Cross. In the floral symbolism of Ancient Egypt, India, Iran and Palestine, the flower of the Lotus is superior to that of the Rose. It is the meeting between western spirituality and that eastern. The Lotus is the symbol of the reincarnation, of the purity, of the ‘new birth from on high’, of the blossoming of the consciousness purified in the Sun of the Divinity. The Cross is the Horizontal  Initiation and that Vertical, which in fact cross each other, but   represents also the Cross of the Christ, the crucifixion of the egoism in us to let blossom from our hearts the pure love towards the Humanity, all the creatures, the things and God. Of the symbolism inherent in the Loto+Croce emblem, we will speak again. Now, it seems important to us to make known how toilsome and lengthy has been the bringing to life of the ‘Body of Grace‘ of this Order, exactly from the distant 1948 to 1966. The theurgic rites, the deep meditations to create the instrumental substrate of the Initiatic Body have demanded the labors of Hercules, until the Special Divine Presence made itself felt with two extraordinary phenomena during the pilgrimage in the Holy Land, in Jerusalem, 7 April 1966, at 7 p.m., in the Holy Sepulchre, exactly in the place where tradition says that the Cross was driven on the Golgotha. But if this date marked the beginning of a decisive turning point for the spiritual evolution of the Founder, also significant is the other phenomenon which happened to him on the morning of 8 April 1966, on the rock of the Gethsemane. That Easter of Resurrection will remain unforgettable for the Author, because the two unexpected preternatural events healthily unsettled him and made him a participant of the revelation. In the first case, on the point of the Golgotha, a little to the right of the hole, he suddenly felt a drop of blood fall on his skullcap: a hot, living drop which penetrated his brain like a burning iron. And this dripping of blood continued to hammer, day and night, for years. On that occasion, he had the distinct sensation that the drop fell from the upper part of the body of the Christ, because, in an interior vision, he saw the pierced feet of the Redeemer and the wood that surfaced a little from the ground. Jesus was crucified with his feet half a meter from the ground. In the second phenomenon, that of 8 April in the Gethsemane, a whirlwind of force, a mighty light, pervaded who writes, who remained crying and sobbing on the white rock of Christ, for a time that was short, but seemed eternal. His wife Rosa and his daughter Silvestra were to one side praying, but he seemed to be clinging like an anguished shipwrecked person to a rock beaten by the stormy sea. Hisses, moans of the elements, physically heard, and a great blinding light, then the figure of Jesus ablaze like molten gold. Nor did the hot dripping on the head stop. It was a state of profound anguish, that of those who seek God and are unable to detach themselves from the earth, and feel the ripping of their soul being drawn and quartered, by the angels who pull on one side, and the demons on the other. From that moment, many years have gone by, but emotions of this kind remain impressed like a brand of fire. These phenomena, and still many others that we cannot put in writing since they occurred in the course of particular Initiations, provide the guarantee that the Loto+Croce Initiatic Order is a living and active force wanted by the Avatar. The Holy Spirit is upon it, whose symbol is the white Dove. Hence, could also fly away if the Order should yield little, none or bad grain. In the Bible, and in its esoteric commentaries (cfr. Zohar, I, 207b; III, 7a), the Holy Spirit is the Shekhinah. Jesus, according to the Gospel of the Hebrews, says: “A short time ago my mother, the Holy Spirit, took me by one of my hairs, and transported me on the great mount Tabor”. Believe us, to have the special spiritual presence we did not spare ourselves, but new forces are called for to nourish the sacred fire of the Loto+Croce, and these are the right times, because we are moving towards the end of a Cycle. There is not a minute to lose. Today we are alive, tomorrow we may find ourselves motionless in the coffin, without even a moment to collect our forces and call, with humility and love, for the help of Jesus to keep us awake in the passing away, and to benefit by his redeeming and liberating action from the yoke and from the play of the phenomenic world. If the destiny of our reincarnation is true, and of this we have proof, he who dies awake, repenting his sins, overflowing with love for the Humanity, for all the things and the creatures, for the One and Trine God, is mathematically certain of reaching the Paradise, and of not being reincarnated again, neither in this nor in other worlds. To so much, the way of the Loto+Crucian Initiation and the Archeosophical doctrine can lead, followed with courage and will. (1) T. Palamidessi- THE INITIATION FOR THE WOMAN AND THE FEMININE ADEPTHOOD– Booklet 2.   Continue Reading

THE FOUNDER OF AN INITIATIC ORDER

The Order is therefore an artificial, cosmic, gigantic man, dilatable and endowed with the faculty of growing qualitatively and quantitatively, because it is fed by the Founder of the Order, nourished by the Disciples, made active in a superlative sense by the special spiritual divine presence: the presence of the Avatar, that is, the Messiah, operating through his dynamics, the Holy Spirit. If to this energetic body, to which we can give the name of  ‘Initiatic Body’, there is lacking the special spiritual presence, either because of the death of the founder of the Order, or of the scarce cooperation of the Archeosophers, the ‘Initiatic Body‘ remains alive, valid, united with the Father and to the Holy Spirit in the Son and the Holy Virgin Mary. As the apostle Paul wrote to the Galatians, 4. 6-7 “you are no more a slave, but a son; and if you are a son, you are also an heir by the will of God”. Reflect on the significance of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ, the Man-God, and the greatness of the destiny that awaits the true male or female Initiate. An Initiatic Order calls for continuous help from the heaven, and the vertical action is in direct function of the intense inner life of the animator and of the disciples of the Order. The Founder or the Head of an initiatic Order, is comparable to a famous bird: the Pelican. This bird of the white plumage with pink and yellow hues, feeds its young even with its own blood, by ripping open its breast. It was the symbol of Christ the Redeemer, of the Eucharist, of the preacher, of the penitence and of the charity. Who founds and keeps alive the Order, must possess the Knowledge, the Holy Gnosis about which Clement of Alexandria wrote, and must have experimented authentic contacts with the hereafter, and have put himself in contact with the divine instructors. The animator of an Order must have lived the experience of the small and great Mysteries, and must continue to feed in his heart the lamp of the Christic love. Between the Master of the Order, the Initiatic Body and the Christ, there must be established a circuit. We know that the founder of an Order and his continuers, as men or women, cannot create the spirit, the soul and the eros, that is, the immortal triad. This creative power belongs only and uniquely to God, but to the Adept is given the power to form a ‘Body of Grace’ with the other wrappings or instruments, such as the mental, emotional, etheric bodies, and give himself to them. But he cannot continue alone, he needs the immanence of God from on high, and the immanence of the Disciples from below. We, for years and with years of theurgic will(1), have formed the ‘Initiatic Body‘ of the Lotus+Cross Initiatic Order, with the heat of our heart we have developed the seed of the Lotus flower and, in order to cooperate with the Avatar, we have accepted the sacrifice of a gigantic missionary work that integrates the Christianity of the masses. After long years of gestation, incubation of the Order, we have succeeded in earning for it the special spiritual presence, supported by the authority of the universal priesthood of the faithful. (1) T. Palamidessi- THE LABYRINTH OF DREAMS AND THE PERENNIAL WAKEFULNESS- Bk.38.   Continue Reading

CAUSAL BODY, GRACE BODY AND INICIATIC ORDER

We have mentioned the fact that an Order has its own soul. It is not too much if we consider this force as an image and likeness of a person of a high spiritual development comparable to the state before the Adamic fall, but with new experiences and conquests. To understand this, we should refer to the occult constitution of  the man and of the woman, which are equal but with inverted polarities; but first of all let us remember that we are immersed in a fluidic sea of subtle forces called ‘planes of the Nature, skies, waters’, which co-penetrate each other and are co-present. The matter of all these planes occupies the same space. The science explains that the ether interpenetrates every physical thing, even the hardest and the densest. No atom or molecule has a direct contact with another, but  each  one  is  suspended  in an ocean of ether. For the esoteric physical science, also the ether is atomic and its atoms do not touch each other. They remain suspended in an environment of a still finer matter, named by the Hermetists ‘astral matter’. In turn, the astral atoms are suspended in the mental matter. The etheric, astral and mental matter form the mortal man, but alive as long as his bodies (etheric, astral and mental) are maneuvered by the respective immortal principles: spirit, emotive soul, eros. The true man is constituted by these three principles, or essences, which are endowed: the first with will, the second with emotivity, the third with creativity. The three record their impressions, during each life, in the mechanisms of a subtle body formed with the mental matter of the 1st, 2nd and 3rd sub-planes of the mental plane. Its name is Causal Body. It resists for millennia, always bound to the three (spirit, soul and eros), constituting the Ego, and it noted down like a computer the experiences of each reincarnation. When we think, desire something in the process of the imagination, we put in movement the matter of the respective mental, astral and etheric planes, and if our concentration is strong we can also model, create all possible and imaginable forms in this sea of plastic forces. Specters, larvae, geometric figures, symbols and colors can be formed and remain bound to who has imagined them. This phenomenon is amply studied by the magic and by the theurgy. In the formation of an initiatic Order, the Founder, fed by his disciples, creates an artificial Causal Body, which we denominate ‘Body of Grace’. This will attract around itself other energies of the mental, astral and etheric worlds, the same energies of which the mortal man is made: energies that to the ultraphanic vision are colored like the human aura. Continue Reading

WHAT AN INITIATIC ORDER IS AND HOW IT IS BORN

Assuming that you have read and studied deeply the concepts of booklet 1, we think it useful to explain about the origins, the formation and the development of an initiatic Order. An Order is, first of all, the institution of a center of spirituality, it is the institution of a priesthood that an individual founds by divine vocation and historical necessity, and also by right of nature when the development of his consciousness is such as to authorize him to create an Order and dilate its spiritual force. In practice, the Order, referring back to the divine intervention in the inner life of every human being, is formed by an earthly Instructor immersed in the light of the special divine presence and by a group of chosen Disciples, followed by others, according to the principles of the initiatic way. What the initiatic way is we have already explained in the other booklets, but we repeat it again: it is an accelerated process of the evolution that realizes in the Initiate what the man of today would probably be capable of becoming only after many centuries of reincarnations by following the ordinary way of the religion. The initiatic way is a science and an art that works bio-physically, psychically and spiritually to obtain the masterpiece of the human species in just one existence. It is the conquest of the sanctity, and of the dominion over our inferior nature, in just one life, with all the means put at our disposal by religion and by the Archeosophical techniques. The Order, to be valid, must have its own force, in a certain way, a soul, in which will make itself felt the spiritual presence of an outer-earthly Master. When a clairvoyant is present where the members of an initiatic Order assemble, they see the colors of the luminous atmosphere becoming intense around the most worthy of the Order. This aura extends itself in all the directions of the space. Each color has its own precise significance, it denotes the virtues, the gifts of perfection. When an Order has fallen into decay or has never been a real Order, it lacks the colors of the aura, or else, they are opaque, null. The possibility of developing the clairvoyance, or of using the Archeosophical instruments is part of our disciplines. Continue Reading

TO PARTICIPATE IN AN INITIATIC ORDER

To participate in an Initiatic Order is a rare occasion, and perhaps unrepeatable. An Order is like an Ecclesia, an esoteric priesthood, for which one must have the vocation and the call, the humility and the trust in the Order itself and in its finality. But perhaps the vocation is not yet strong enough for this choice. In this case, there is ‘Archeosofica‘, an esoteric school that prepares for the Initiation: a free school for free scholars, who must not feel like pupils nor apprentices, but brothers who listen to the living voice of other brothers, or who wish to learn from their writings, which present the results of strict studies and experiences: Brothers, who have started out with a mentality free of prejudices and who have analyzed, chosen and accepted the best of all the other esoteric schools, ancient and modern. In addition to this, ‘Archeosofica‘, having understood that the Christ is the most qualified to represent the Messiah on earth, since he has taught for all in conformity to their possibility of understanding him, both in the language of the masses, or popular, and according to a more advanced or esoteric dialectic, thus, ‘Archeosofica’, considers Jesus Christ the most complete Master for the Archeosophical didactics. Continue Reading

A NECESSARY CHOICE: TO PARTICIPATE IN THE LIFE ON AN ILLUMINATING ORDER

These pages are an act of love and of hope, but above all the fulfillment of a precise duty: that of sharing with others what a man has received from the on High, after years of catharsis; act of love, because giving life to an Initiatic Order is a message of brotherhood, a call to perform a spiritual task together, to feel united in a burst of faith around Him who said to men: “I am the bread of life; he who comes to me will never be hungry and he who believes in me will never thirst . . .  All that the Father gives me will come to me, and whoever comes to me I will not cast out, for I came down from heaven not to do my will, but the will of him that sent me. Now, the will of him that sent me is that I should lose nothing of all he has given me, but that I should raise it up again on the last day. For the will of my Father is that everyone who sees the Son and believes in Him will have everlasting life, and that I raise them up again on the last day” (John, VI: 35-40). To found an Initiatic Order and call it ‘Loto+Croce‘, means to reunite other seekers of God, scattered over the planet, separated and at times too alone, to proceed in the Way of the peace, of the sanctification and of the perfect union with the Absolute. As if to say, in the words of the prophet Jeremiah (XL, 5): “Come, let us bind ourselves to the Eternal in an eternal covenant, that shall never be forgotten”. To ally and to walk together means to love each other, understand each other, have trust in one another in times, like these, of diffidence and mistrust of the man towards the man. The path towards God is not gone through alone, but in a group, because each one supports and gives courage to one another, each one goes on together without any pretense of some being superior to the others, accepting the knowledge and the experience of all for a single finality: to conquer the Kingdom of the Heavens.   Continue Reading

THE MECHANISM OF THE INITIATION

When good steel is put in contact with a magnet, this steel is magnetized, it becomes in turn a magnet. The Initiation is, in a certain way, an analogous operation. The Initiator, man or woman, is the magnet and the initiant or recipient is the steel, because such must be the consistency of they who have morally tempered themselves in the ascesis. The occult process consists of the transmission of a force which could be called spiritual telekinesis, in the sense that there is a passage of a wave, of a real force that from the brain of the Initiator (where resides the center of gravity of the spirit ) arrives to the center of the spirit of the initiant. This operation may be defined as the opening of the ‘third eye’. In the discharge, that is, in the projection of this force, there is used the help of the ‘divine presence’. If the Initiation is the beginning of a more perfect life in accordance with the Intelligence of God, and if to begin it the three knots must be untied which bind the individual to his physical body and constrain him to the tyranny of the ahrimanic and luciferic influences, it is also a severe, free and voluntary preparation, to assimilate the wisdom and unite it to the charity.
The Initiator projects an image and a name that are registered forever in the consciousness of the receiver, bringing about an awakening, a change, a precise will of ascesis, a new dynamism of the spirit, liberating the emotive and erosdynamic soul from the influence of the material forces and of those titanic. After the first human Initiation – also called horizontal Initiation – there will be another, for the opening of the second eye in the heart, seat of the emotive soul. The third human Initiation will be to open the first eye in the sexual region, in order to get the erosdynamic soul afloat from the physical body. It is the most difficult one, and must be undertaken only when one is thoroughly prepared for it. Before awakening Kundalini, the fire of the eros, the spirit and the soul must be purified and transmuted into the Agape. Only when one is sure of having become pure of mind of heart, can one release the creative forces, because they will no longer be able to drag one towards the perdition.
The effectiveness of the Initiation depends on many factors: 1) – Predisposition because of a good work done in previous existential incarnations of catharsis or purification; 2) – Presenting oneself to the Initiator after a life of methodical exercises, that allow a happy outcome of the spiritualizing investiture; 3)- Having benefited from the law of the polarities.
It is certain that the Initiation conferred by a Master is powerful, especially if he knows the way to utilize the cosmogonic polarities.
The difference of the sexes, apart from any esoteric relationship, spontaneously involves a natural attraction and intellectual, sentimental and sexual perturbation, let us say, an attention and an emotion. But when there is a relationship motivated by spiritual questions, like the Ascesis, then the horizontal Initiation acquires an extraordinary power.
In the final analysis, the latent androgynous state, or, the male-female imprint which every creature carries from the birth by atavic transmission of the primordial couple Adam-Eve, will be awakable in its feminine aspect if the Initiator is a Man, but will be awakable in its masculine aspect if the Initiator is a Woman. This is the stimulating and attractive effect of the different polarities.
If, by a providential occasion, who initiates is a husband or a wife, a mother for a son, a father for a daughter, a brother for the sister, a sister for the brother, or it is a case of a twin soul, then the Initiation is extraordinary. Continue Reading

Marriage and Initiation

Between the marriage of two creatures and the Initiation there is a certain analogy. There is always the action of the masculine and feminine polarity. In the baptism, meant as Christian initiation, there is always in act the bipolar action. So it is in the horizontal Initiation, or human. This is more effective if given by two Initiators of different sexes. The reason for this lies in the fact that the woman during the rite awakens in the man, by the law of the polarity, his latent, sleeping feminine aspect. What we have said is a secret un-occulted, revealed for the first time, and to you women.
After the fall from the Edenic state, the souls derived from the couple Adam-Eve entered into the involutive-evolutive (descent and ascent) double current, though still bearing the imprint, the divine masculine and feminine image.
The souls are specialized in the two sexes, but carry, in the latent state, the nature of the opposite sex. In substance: the man is man, but with a feminine tone; the woman is woman, but with a masculine tone. The Initiation must reconstruct the state of androgen. We must not forget: in the metaphysical Universe exist the Eternal Masculine and the Eternal Feminine. The Marian cult is a vague popular intuition of the Eternal Feminine, the re-surfacing of a very ancient cult of the feminine aspect of the Divinity, and the demonstration that the Woman has her decisive and noblest part in the evolution and ascesis of all the humankind. Continue Reading

Pythagoras and the importance of the Woman as an Initiate and Adept

Archeosofica‘ takes care to underline the importance of the Woman as an Initiate and Adept. In India, as in Tibet, the woman is admitted among the Initiates, and has the function of an Initiator. In distant times, when the schools of perfection and of sanctification refused women the right to the Initiation, and relegated them among the mediums and the sibyls, one of the greatest geniuses and Initiates in history, Pythagoras, declared the woman suitable for the celebration of the Mysteries and for the initiatic life. This happened 500 years before Christ.
Pythagoras was born in Samos in 571 and died in Metapontum in 497. A mathematical genius, he prepared the way for the Essenes of the Dead Sea, and for the Therapeutics of Egypt.
Pythagoras did not see only the maternity in the woman, but the precious collaborator, the wonderful companion with whom to climb side by side the steps of the Temple of the human perfection, up to the apotheosis of the Adepthood and of the Theosis. Therefore, he had the courage to tell the women of Crotone that the Initiation was open to the mothers, to the single and to all women who felt the urgent need and the necessity to face the catharsis (purification), demanded by the ascesis, and make themselves Goddesses, that is, Daughters of God. The expression of Pythagoras recalls the Psalm, 82: 6, which says: “I have said: You are gods, all children of the Most High.” And Jesus used the same language when they were about to stone him: “Is it not written in your law: – I said: you are gods -? If He called gods those to whom the word of God was directed, and the Scripture cannot be annulled, to whom the Father has sanctified and sent into the world, you say: You blaspheme, because I said: I am the Son of God?” (John, 10: 34-36). If Christ places the man on the same level as the woman, both as image and likeness of God, both are considered gods and Children of God if they adhere to His Holy Will.
  Pythagoras knew what he was saying, and speaking more of him, it is not too much to affirm that some ancient authors: Porphyry, Iamblichus and even Clement of Alexandria in his Stromata testify to the excellence of the Pythagorean women, especially Théano of Crete, wife of Pythagoras; his two daughters, Damos and Arignotés; Timychias of Sparta, an Initiate and a martyr under the tyranny of Dionysius.
Pythagoras considered the women to be gifted with excellent intuition and with a contemplative spirit, and he himself, as Aristossenes narrates, learned most of the moral doctrines and of the secrets of the ascesis and theurgy from Temistocleas, priestess of Delphi. It was she who made him understand the Woman in the Initiation. Perhaps because of that happy capability of his, to appraise the initiatic value of the feminine element, he became a strenuous defender of the woman. But he was afraid of provoking equivocal situations, and therefore he made the communities of the female Initiates separate from those of the male Initiates. Continue Reading
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