- October 5th, 2011
Its been *quite* a while, I know, but the Ancient Mysteries have only become more ancient and therefore mysterious in my absence.
My wife Jenova has given birth to my first child, a son. We named him Sephiroth Weregyld Theodred Andrus, due to his elevated midichlorean count. After everyone he knows and loves succumbs to the cataclysm in 2012, he'll embark upon a multi-stage quest to discover his true identity and quite possibly discover the doorway to another world. But, enough of my personal life, which is doubtless 3 kinds of dreary drab to you, dear reader.
What of the Secret Teachings? Well, they continue to stretch out before us, as if the fabled serpent Jörmungandr itself were unspooled into the vanishing point. The writings of the inestimable Manly P. Hall continue to guide us in examining this serpentine road, paragraph by paragraph, scale by terrible scale.
Before we resume our heady philosophical woolgathering, I'd like to share some philosophical musings of my own.
1. We've learned in previous parts that Philosophy is the Greatest Consolation God has given Man. While I wholeheartedly agree, I think that this is but a meager compass. To know Philosophy is the Greatest consolation is itself a consolation even greater. What I mean is, to know that which most do not, to be aware of the fact, to hold it in one's heart, and to know that your thoughts are yours alone and yet universally true, is among the purest of goods.
2. The sun is a remarkable symbol of the divine origin of things, because it is invisible. I say that the sun is invisible because it is entirely obscured by the heat, light, and several radiations that it constantly sheds. The divine is just so, obfuscated by its own emanations. Also, the sun is silent and golden, and silence is golden. Coincidence?
And there you have it, the fruit of months of rumination on the miracle of life. Let us, then, continue with the Secret Teachings, and audit the words of one more profoundly steeped in rich enigma.
On the subject of druids:
At the time of the Roman conquest, the Druids were thoroughly ensconced in Britain and Gaul. Their power over the people was unquestioned, and there were instances in which armies, about to attack each other, sheathed their swords when ordered to do so by the white-robed Druids.
It is difficult to read these words without picturing Gandalf the White running bandy-legged along a line of battle, his stentorian tones commanding surcease of futile bloodletting.
No undertaking of great importance was scatted without the assistance of these patriarchs, who stood as mediators between the gods and men. The Druidic Order is deservedly credited with having had a deep understanding of Nature and her laws. The Encyclopædia Britannica states that geography, physical science, natural theology, and astrology were their favorite studies. The Druids had a fundamental knowledge of medicine, especially the use of herbs and simples. Crude surgical instruments also have been found in England and Ireland. An odd treatise on early British medicine states that every practitioner was expected to have a garden or back yard for the growing of certain herbs necessary to his profession.
Example of a crude surgical instrument: a rock. As it turns out, crude surgical instruments have been found pretty much everywhere.
Also it strikes me that to "have a fundamental knowledge of medicine" is not a ringing endorsement.
Here's my impression of a druid barber:
"Hello, welcome, what seems to be the trouble? Pain in your ab-doe-men, you say? Not a problem, step on in to the... my backyard. I grow certain herbs here necessary to my profession, so its convenient... I also have a few crude surgical tools scattered about... ah, here we go. Lemme just brush this one off... Now just lay down on the lawn here and we'll get to it. Oh, not to worry, I have a fundamental knowledge of medicine."
Eliphas Levi, the celebrated transcendentalist, makes the following significant statement:
"The Druids were priests and physicians, curing by magnetism and charging amylets with their fluidic influence. Their universal remedies were mistletoe and serpents' eggs, because these substances attract the astral light in a special manner. The solemnity with which mistletoe was cut down drew upon this plant the popular confidence and rendered it powerfully magnetic. * * * The progress of magnetism will some day reveal to us the absorbing properties of mistletoe. We shall then understand the secret of those spongy growths which drew the unused virtues of plants and become surcharged with tinctures and savors. Mushrooms, truffles, gall on trees, and the different kinds of mistletoe will be employed with understanding by a medical science, which will be new because it is old * * * but one must not move quicker than science, which recedes that it may advance the further. " (See The History of Magic.)
Wow. If there are any druids reading this blog, feel free to chime in right about now. Fluidic Influence? Magnetic Progression? Spongy Growths? Astral Light? Gall on Trees?