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P.D. Newman
Thanks, Itatw70s!
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"Masonic Templary III: The Contents of the Cup"
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2 days ago
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Masonic Templary II: The Name and Nature of Baphomet
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2 days ago
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Fascinating, as always, Madelein! Thanks!
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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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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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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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3 days ago
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Masonic Templary: Modern Guardians of the Authentic Grail Tradition
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One more on psilocybin:
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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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P.D. Newman
While we're on the topic of psilocybin...
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This is a paper I published a while back.
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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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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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Up until the 1960s, when lysergic acid amides were synthesized from Ipomoea violacea and Turbina corymbosa seeds by Swiss chemist Dr. Albert Hoffman, the same visionary who discovered the awe-inspiring effects of LSD, it was believed that ergot alkaloids were unique to the ergot fungus alone. Hoffman's remarkable discovery led ethnobotanist Richard Evans Shultes to identify the mysterious oliloqu
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7 days ago
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Itatw70s, Here's my copy of Mead's "Thrice Greatest Hermes." Mead was one of the first to bridge Theosophy and Jungian psychology. Although he was Blavatsky's personal secretary, "he also visited Jung during his last years and thanked him for his dedicated work, his outstanding use of the English language, and for his affinity toward the experience of Gnosis." (Quot
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Hermes is synonymous with Mercury and was identified as Thoth or Tehuti when the Greeks encountered the Egyptian pantheon. He is considered a psychopomp, which means he guides one in and out of the Underworld. Like Thoth, he is also a god of writing and communication, often identified as the Logos or Word, a title applied to Christ in the Christian religion. His identification with Chiram, more c
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9 days ago
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Thanks, Broker. With a little luck we'll both get to the root of some of these problems. Every religion has its exoteric and esoteric streams. For Islam it is Sufism, for Judaism it is Kabbalah, etc. etc. In religious traditions which do not have an entheogenic sacrament, in most cases it is this latter, esoteric tradition to which we must turn for answers.
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Madeleine, Very interesting, indeed. Some scholars suspect that Hiram may have been chosen to suggest Hermes Trismegistus. The Hebrew for one form of Hiram has no vowels, rendering it HRM. Phonetically, this could give either Hiram or Herm. Named after the god Hermes, herms were liminal markers, separating one realm from another.
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Freemasonry has been described as a continuation of the various Mystery cults which flourished in ancient Rome, Egypt, Persia, and especially Greece before they were indiscriminately suppressed in favor of the new, growing, Christian religion. As Albert Mackey explained, central to these Mysteries, whether they were solar or agrarian in nature, was the indoctrination of their participants regardi
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Different substances do indeed seem to engender different sub-cultures. Consider, for example, the classic patterning of the Shipibo, an ayahuasca-using tribe along the Ucayali River in the Amazon rainforest.
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The final example of a Masonic rite alluding to acacia-produced DMT, which we'll here discuss comes from the rituals of the Fratres Lucis proper, a splinter group of Der Orden des Gold und Rosenkreuzer. Recall that Cagliostro himself was believed by many to have been a bona-fide member of the Fratres Lucis, so much so that, in writing his Royal Masonic Cyclopaedia, Kenneth R.H. Mackenzie, along w
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10 days ago
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Michael, Yes, Huxley discusses his experience with mescaline, the active coumpound of Lophophora williamsii, aka peyote. Apropos ergot, have you read Wasson, Hofmann, and Ruck's "The Road to Eleusis"?
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Nice overview on a fascinating topic, Broker! Jung also commented at length on the symbolism of horns in "Aion" (CW 9:2), IIRC.
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In the earliest versions of the Master Mason degree there is no mention made anywhere of a sprig of acacia. Rather, the references are to a sprig of cassia, a different plant altogether possessed of no real psychotropic value. Cassia, botanically labeled Cinnamonum cassia, is a cinnamon-like evergreen originating in southern China, whereas acacia, which can be either evergreen or deciduous, is a
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Barbelo, I think you're spot on in your synopsis. Much of Alchemy was a DIY process, with different Alchemists finding different solutions to the problems of the discipline. For the likes of Cagliostro and Melissino, the acacia as the prima materia and DMT as the lapis philosophorum prepared therefrom provided the solution. Although, another Alchemist might find a different solution altogethe
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11 days ago
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Madelein, I'm especially fascinated by the connection between messiah and brewer! The tribal, shamanic connotations alone provide plenty of fodder for thought!
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11 days ago
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Itatw70s, Are you familiar with the work of Shawn Thornton? He's an artist who, only after painting a number of tryptamine-esque pieces, learned that he was suffering from pineal cancer.
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11 days ago
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Michael, In his book "Strange Fruit," Heinrich relates the prevalence of mountaintop enlightenment scenarios to the fact that fly agaric mushrooms are known to be prevalent there. It sounds like a stretch but he actually makes a good argument. I've always been fascinated with the traditions which depict Moses with horns. If I recall correctly, this comes from the fact that the He
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In an attempt to discover the source and function of endogenous DMT production within the human organism, Rick Strassman, M.D., Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine, became the first scientist to conduct governmentally sanctioned research on humans with a scheduled psychedelic since the 1970’s. DMT was largely unknown to the modern Western
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