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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
This is my final day to serve as your author of the month. Thanks to Graham for the kind invitation to kick off 2018. It's been a real pleasure for me and educational to boot! I've learned a lot from the replies to my posts these past weeks and even feel like I've made some new friends along the way. I'll still check back from time to time to answer any questions you might have or simply reply to
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Part of what initiation into the ancient Mysteries entailed was something called ‘the trial of the elements.’ These oftentimes consisted of intimidating confrontations with the elements, i.e. earth, wind, water, and fire. A trial by earth might consist of a temporary live burial; of wind, a fanning of the open eyes without blinking; of water, having to hold the breath for extended periods of time
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
John Stith Pemberton and His French Wine Cola
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Thanks so much for your interest, SallyA! It's available on Amazon or you can request signed copies directly from me.
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
What follows is a lecture I prepared for the Memphis Valley of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite. It was delivered on the feast day of St. John the Baptist in 2013. In the degree of Entered Apprentice, the Candidate is shown a curious symbol which to my knowledge has survived only in the American working. It does not appear in the Emulation ritual, nor any other active version of the Ente
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Pillars, ya say?
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
The poster sounds quite like a number of mandalas reproduced in Jung's work. Mandalas are like magical circles which have the effect of organizing the psyche. Native to Tibet, mandalas are produced spontaneously by schizophrenics and neurotics going through treatment. Once the door to the collective unconscious is open, it is oftentimes difficult to close and is more often than not left ajar fore
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
After one has sat quietly and still in a Lodge room for several moments, a curious phenomenon may be witnessed. The air seems to become dense and permeated with energies, for lack of a better word, that appear to flash and move before one's eyes. It is as though the spaces between the objects in the Lodge room are active with currents of electricity, the definition of which seems just beyond one'
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Since a member introduced the topic of Kabbalah into the dynamic in a recent comment, I thought it pertinent to include the following article which concerns the deliberate encoding of Kabbalistic language into Masonic ritual. The presence of Kabbalah in Freemasonry points back to the transcendental function of Freemasonry which was earlier discussed in a separate post.
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Our friend and cannabis historian Chris Bennett has informed us of an elixir attributed to Cagliostro which, while not prepared from acacia or rue, would likely be psychoactive in its own right. According to Bennett, A Treatise on the Manufacture and Distillation of Alcoholic Liquors (1871) has the following recipe for an ‘Elixir de Cagliostro’ that would likely have had, if not medicinal, a p
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
The experience of eternity is not to be confused with anything which may or may not be eternal. We aren't talking about material objects which may be "lost to time," as you say, but rather the experience of the realm of the collective unconscious, which itself is outside of and beyond time. Hence the emergence of archaic forms in dreams and visions of which the individual has no way
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Fascinating connection, Madeleine! Have you read Sula Benet and especially Chris Bennett's research into the kaneh boshem of the Old Testament anointing oil?
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
You hit the nail on the head, Itatw70s! Alchemy was first and foremost about discovering stones (crystalline drugs; alkaloidal salts) which had the power to initiate the practitioner into higher states of consciousness. This is why it is said that, with the purification and perfection of the stone, so too is the Alchemist purified and perfected.
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
Beginning his fraternal career in the SRIA-inspired Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, the English occultist Aleister Crowley was Raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason in Anglo-Saxon Lodge No. 343 under the Grande Loge de France on Dec. 17, 1904. Four years prior, he had been made a 33° in an irregular form of Scottish Rite Freemasonry in Mexico by a man named Don Jesus Medina, whose syste
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
I think that is a just synopsis. Jung equated fish symbolism with contents on the unconscious. Moreover, one who has successfully assimilated the contents of the unconscious into consciousness, e.g. the shadow, anima/animus, etc., is said to exhibit something of the archetype of the self, the whole personality. Insofar as Pisces is the fish and Aquarius bears the water wherein that fish has his b
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5 months ago
P.D. Newman
“He who tries to enter the Rose-garden of the Philosophers without the key is like a man wanting to walk without feet.” – Michael Maier, Atalanta fugiens Societas Rosicruciana In Anglia, the Society which gave way to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, is believed to have been formed from the ritual papers of the defunct German Ordens Gold und Rosenkreuzer, the first Rosicrucian Order to su
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Thanks, Itatw70s!
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
"Masonic Templary III: The Contents of the Cup"
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Masonic Templary II: The Name and Nature of Baphomet
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Fascinating, as always, Madelein! Thanks!
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
For those such as yourself who have assimilated something of the collective unconscious, the gods and monsters of myth and legend are not relegated to some distant and remote past, but in fact are alive and well in our dreams, fantasies, and visions. In that realm, time is a foreign concept and eternity is the name of the game. As Don Bajema once phrased it, it's all the same "spinning, grey
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
I'm glad to discuss ritual with you. There is a difference between the Secrets of Masonry and the Mysteries of Masonry. The former refers to what are called the modes of recognition, e.g. the passwords, grips, signs, and steps. These remain secret to protect the Lodge from intruders. The Mysteries, on the other hand, simply cannot be communicated. They're what we call 'ineffable,' meaning they ca
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Poster Boy, Great question. Psilocybin, the active compound found in magic mushrooms, is 4-phosphoroloxy-DMT. This means that, like ayahuasca, psilocybin is an orally-active form of DMT, only it is readymade by Nature. The experiences are therefore quite similar. In the case of all tryptamines, in my experience, there is the unshakable feeling that there is another presence. Whether seen o
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Masonic Templary: Modern Guardians of the Authentic Grail Tradition
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
One more on psilocybin:
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Yes, it's an old concept going back to the earliest days of Alchemy. Jung saw in Alchemy a perfect reflection of the dynamics of the psyche. Because so little was known about the world around them, Jung believed that in their investigations of nature the Alchemists were really only investigating the contents of the collective unconscious, which they were unconsciously projecting onto the world ar
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
While we're on the topic of psilocybin...
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
This is a paper I published a while back.
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Itatw70s, My brother is the same way. He has what you might call entheogen-induced PTSD after having the experience of becoming God on an LSD trip twenty years ago. Ever since that day he will not touch them. His mantra is "the magic is in the ordinary." He may be right.
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6 months ago
P.D. Newman
Indeed, Michael. Ergot poisoning was known as St. Anthony's Fire, and an order of monks known as the Order of St. Anthony was created to study and treat the illness. It's also suspected to be at the heart of the mysterious dancing plagues. Ergot is of course a fungus and, interestingly, according to Prof. Ruck, St. Anthony is the patron saint of mushroom hunters. Go figure.
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