Chapter Xxix

GENERAL PEPE AND THE ONE BIG UNION At the present moment, when we are surfeited with the words unions and mergers, to say nothing of cartels, a new interest is awakened by the perusal of Thomas Frost's book on Secret Societies, from which we extract the following Two results of great importance in the progress of the European revolution proceeded from the events that occurred at Naples in 1820-21. One was the reorganization of the Carbonari, consequent upon the publicity given to the system...

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The second is operative magic, also subdivided into several branches of which the principal are There are moreover some superstitious practices not specially classed. Bataille thus defines some of the foregoing Astrology. Divining the future by the stars. The casting of horoscopes is its most prevalent practice. Palmistry. Divining the future by the hand. Anthropomancy. This is one of the practices supposed at present to have fallen into disuse. It is a horrible, savage abomination and consists...

Des Matos In Witchcraft

The God of the witches seems to have been generally represented either as the double faced God Janus or the goat-headed Baphomet, the latter variously modified but usually bearing between the horns on its head the phallic emblem of a lighted candle. Esoterically, this candle symbolized the sex-force or Kundalini risen to the pineal gland. Cotton Mather stated that the witches form themselves after the manner of Congregational Churches, and M. A. Murray gives the following description of their...

Manicheism

Manicheism is the religion of the followers of Manes, a slave who was sold to a widow who freed and adopted him, thus making him the son of the widow a name which after him passed to all his followers and is still used in Masonic Lodges. Of Manicheism, C. W. Olliver, considered an authority on all masonic matters, writes Manicheism was one of the most important attempts to found a universal religion and to reconcile the Christian, Buddhist, and Mazdean with the Greek philosophy. It presented...

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Such as Irenoeus Epiphanius Theodoret and many others The Spirit among these Heretics went by different Names, Ogdoas, Sophia, Terra, Jerusalem and Lord in the masculine Gender Is particularly called both Prunicus and Prunica Mother Prunica the bold, and Mother Achamoth Their Mother is a Woman from a Woman. Sometimes their celestial Beings are neither Male nor Female sometimes interchangeably either male or female. Such was the Excellency of their Knowledge and Illumination, who arrogantly...

The Druses

The Druses, as afore stated, are a gnostic sect among the Ismaelite Mahommedans. It was founded in the tenth century during the reign of the Fatimite Caliph al-Hakim Biambellalu. The founder is usually recognised as Mohammed al Darazi or al Druzi Nouchtegin ben Ismail al Bokhari born near Bokhara cir. 960. He adopted the doctrine then preached by al-Hakim of the successive reincarnations of the divinity under human form 1 and wrote a treatise in which he established the continuous series of...

Mazdeism

While the origin of Mazdeism seems shrouded in mystery, one may nevertheless recognize its antiquity, probably the same as that of the Rig-Vedha, for it has been proved by Eugene Bournouf and Spiegel that certain parts of the Avesta are as old as the Rig, and the many similarities of this religion with that of the Vedhas proves that Mazdeism must have had its origin at the time when the Aryans undertook the conquest of India, that is to say seventeen to eighteen centuries before our era. From...