"He who was called Christ on the circumference of the Templar circle was still named Horus at the point within the circle." -- A. E. Waite, The Chivalry of the Holy Temple, in Emblematic Freemasonry, p. 185. Waite is referring to the works of Friedrich Ludwig Zacharias Werner, which included The Templars in Cyprus and The Brethren of the Croix.
"The other images group around me to support me: let all be worshipped, for they shall cluster to exalt me. ..." -- Ai.III.22. [First sentence.]
In 525 B.C.E., the 26th Dynasty came toan end when Cambyses overthrew Psammetichus III. This was the last truly Egyptian Dynasty to rule the land of Egypt. Psammetichus III was captured, and died in disgrace. The Age of the Slave Gods was well under way.
In Scottish Rite Freemasonry, there is a curious symbol. In the 13° or Knight of the Ninth Arch Degree, we see a Lion, with a key in its mouth, and the figure 525. Masonic researchers have been unable to determine what this symbol means. We suggest that it might be an allusion to the end of native rule in Egypt, even though the ritual suggests nothing of the sort.
Also, in the same year, Assyrians migrated to Egypt, and established the City of Babylon, known today as Cairo. Could this be the location of the famous hanging garden? At any rate, this was a crucial time in the history of the world.
Pharaohs were always living incarnations of Horus, Ra-Heru-Khuti, also spelled Ra-Hoor-Khuit: The Horus of the Two Horizons — while alive. Upon death, the Pharaoh became the Osiris. In essence, the gods of Egypt were more than figures deserving worship. They held functional roles. This is something completely lacking in today's concept of what constitutes religious belief, and the practice of worship. A good corrective to this would be the study and application of Liber Astarte, sub figura 175.
Upon becoming an Osiris, the Pharaoh would travel to the Abode of the Blessed, if he earned it, and would eventually reincarnate as another incarnation of Horus. Therefore, several bodies could (and did) hold the same incarnation.
These traditions have been preserved somewhat in Tibetan Buddhism. Incarnating tulkus keep reappearing, like H. H. the XIV Dalai Lama, who is an incarnation of the previous 13 Dalai Lamas, and in turn, a vehicle for Avalokitesvara (Chenrezig), Lord of Compassion.
People say that the ancient secret tradition came from Tibet. That is partly true. The Ancient Secret Tradition WENT to Tibet, just like it WENT to the Mediterranean.
Certainly, some of the precious lore of Antiquity has been preserved by the Lamas, but Egypt and Sumer before her, are the first locations of ancient civilization, and Sumer is the oldest.
It is possible that traditions common to all earthlings were preserved in Central Asia.
But — the great Doctrine of the Beyond -- the Book of the Dead, and its mysteries, hails from Egypt and the Middle East.
The Mandaeans also possess literature which shows an influence upon it deriving from the Egyptian Book of the Dead cycle. We may be pulled aside and corrected on this, but all one has to do is compare the literatures that are available. Especially in the scene depicting the weighing of the heart. Compare the Egyptian work, with the Mandaean version, and with the same depiction in the Tibetan Book of the Dead. It is uncanny.
Manichaean texts from Turfan and related communities demonstrate the influence which the Silk Road had on all cultures, for the Manichaeans adopted the symbols of the locations they proselytized in order to interpret their symbolism to their converts.
It is highly likely that the Western Gnosis influenced Eastern Religions, in particular, the Lamaistic form of Buddhism popular in Central Asian cultures.
Another event which took place during the 26th Dynasty was the destruction of the Temple at Jerusalem, the removal of the Ark of the Covenant to Egypt, where it resided at Elephantine in the Jewish Community established there, in the vicinity of a Temple sacred to Khnemu (Knoum). The Babylonian Exile took place during this period, and the cult of Yahweh was established and enforced at the expense of the other cults of tbe Hebrews, all equally viable.
This is all very tremendous. It was during this time that the two oldest civilizations lost their authority: The Magical Link between the gods and men. This is the Dur.An.Ki., or "bond-heaven-earth". So, then, Babylon crumbles, Jerusalem falls, Egypt is overrun. What else can happen?
In India, the old established order is also crumbling. This is when the historical Buddha arises. (Dating, though, depends upon whether one is a Southern Buddhist or a Northern Buddhist; and among the Northern Buddhists, it also depends, greatly, upon the particular sect one belongs to. The Kalachakra Buddhists assert that the Historical Buddha lived in the 9th Century BCE, which may actually be true. )
In Greece, Western Consciousness begins its development.
Clearly, the 6th Century BCE is when big changes take place.
And, too, this is the time of Ankh-f-n-Khonsu, scribe of Thebes. (Of course, if one belongs to the Imperial Dragon Court, then Ankh-f-n-Khonsu existed at 2170 BCE...) This obscure scribe was perhaps more influential than history has accounted for him. The accounts preserved by the Thelemites place this scribe at this period, and too, so does Budge's few remarks on him. His role was to overthrow the old order and prepare the way for the new. History can vindicate such a legend, for, look at the record we briefly sketched out in the previous paragraphs.
Perhaps real history is made by those whose names never make it to the official record.
Related to the Assyrian Colony in Cairo, [Little Babylon, in Lower Egypt], is the theme of Samaria, or Little Sumer.
After the Kingdom of Israel broke off from the Kingdom of Judah, the 10 Tribal groups, which made up Israel went north. They carried on with their native traditions, which was only natural, and they assimilated the native traditions of the Canaanites.
The Yahweh cultus remained in the South. In the 8th Century BCE, "God's" punishment brought the upstart Northerners to their knees. (Kind of like the upstart "Southerners" were brought to their knees in the 1860s, in the United States.)
That is when the Assyrians came forth and captured Northern Palestine. History bequeaths to us a savage picture of the Assyrians, blood thirsty and mean, like we are accustomed to believe of the Aztecs of Mexico. But, is this entirely true?
The Assyrians were far more gifted than that. They came up with the idea of exchange programs. They would capture a territory, bring prisoners back to Headquarters, and send settlers to the new territory. The "prisoners" would be trained in the arts of civilization, and the settlers would bring civilization and the ways of their country into a new region, and they would also have to learn the laws and customs of the land they moved to.
To accomplish this task in Samaria, it is said that the Nergals of Cuthah (or Men of Cutha, i.e., Cutha-Lu) came to the aid of their countrymen in this manner. The Nergals were priests of Nergal, the Sumerian / Accadian / Babylonian / Assyrian Mars Deity whose cult centre was at Cuthah, a name which suggests the Underworld, or vast reserves of oil underneath the Mesopotamian lands.
Priests, Prophets, and Artisans of Israel went to Babylon, and they never came back, for who could blame them?
The Nergal Cult was established in Palestine, and other Assyrian Cults were too. An interesting aside to this is that Nergal has been synchretized with Ra-Heru-Khuti and other Horus gods, by William Foxwell Albright. See his classic work, Yahweh and the Gods of Canaan. The cults of Ishtar, Succoth - Benoth, Bel, Nabu, Ninib, Utu - Shamash, Sin, Hadad, etc., were all established in Palestine.
It is said, in the Encyclopaedia Judaica, that one of the priests sent from Assyria, was DOSTAI. This name shall assume greater significance when we speak of the Johannites again.
In Egypt, the Era of the Slave Gods had begun. In those times, there were yet devotees of what had to now be known in secret -- the real gospel of liberation. As God is all things, there is no God to man but man himself, and it was man's own powers that were responsible for animating the statues of the Gods.[i.]
This had been known in India during the time of the Historical Buddha, and in China since at least the time of Lao-Tze. In the West, however, and in the East, too, in caste-ridden India and Ancestor cult dominated China, people were not allowed this, because it threatened (the authorities at least) to place the people on a level equal to at least that of the priests, and possibly the rulers.
The Priests were bound to Monotheism or at least Pantheism, but the people were bound to Polytheism, and where Monotheism came into the bargain, it was of the most cruel and debased form.
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