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              A Comparison of Egyptian Symbols. With those of the Hebrews
               

              A Comparison of Egyptian Symbols. With those of the Hebrews (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Portal, Frederic

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              The origin of the science of symbols is lost in the distance of time, and seems to be connected with the cradle of humanity - the oldest religions were governed by it; the arts of design, architecture, statuary, and painting were born under its influence, and primitive writing wa...s one of its applications. Did symbols exist in spoken, before being translated into written, language? Were primitive words the source of symbols? These are the questions on which these researches are based. The first men, in order to express abstract ideas, borrowed images from surrounding nature; by a surprising intuition, they attached to each race and species of animals, to plants, and the elements, ideas of beauty or ugliness, of good or evil, of affection or hatred, of purity or uncleanness, of truth or error. Those fathers of the human race did not compare, but they named their ideas from corresponding objects in the material world; thus, if they wished to say, the king of an obedient people, they did not compare him to a bee governing a submissive hive, but they called him bee; if they desired to say filial piety, they did not compare it to the stork feeding its family, but they called it stork; to express power, they called it bull; the power of man, the arm; strength of soul, lion; the soul aspiring to heaven, the hawk that sails in the clouds and looks steadfastly at the sun. Primitive writing, the image of primitive speech, was entirely composed of symbolic characters, as demonstrated by the examples of China and Mexico, and the symbols we have just cited in Egyptian writing. If the principle, we have thus assumed, is true, the speech of the first people must have left profound traces of its ambiguities in the most ancient known languages; doubtless, in the lapse of time, figurative expressions passed from tropes to abstractions. The descendants of the patriarchs, in pronouncing the word bee, and attaching the idea of a king to it, no longer thought of the insect living in a mon
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              ISBN 9781781071083
              Released NZ 19 Dec 2012
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              The Magical Message According to Ioannes
               

              The Magical Message According to Ioannes (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Pryse, James Morgan

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              This work is a literal translation of the fourth Gospel, preserving its philosophical and mystical terminology, and, as far as possible, the peculiarities of its literary form. The modern English style is followed in this translation, not only for the sake of clearness, but also ...because it fairly represents the simple, homely, and halting Greek of the Gospel. The lack of English equivalents for many of the Greek words and phrases makes it impossible to render these satisfactorily in some passages, but in all such cases explanatory footnotes are added, giving definitions and more adequate renderings than could be observed in the close and literal translation. These notes, being indexed, form a glossary of all the important words in the Gospel, thus enabling the reader, even if unacquainted with the Greek language, to follow the terminology as closely in the translation as could be done in the Greek text itself, and affording him almost every advantage to be had from a study of the original. The, introductory essays and other explanatory matter deal with the philosophical basis and mystical sense of the Gospel, without entering needlessly into controversial subjects. That the teaching of Jesus was largely allegorical is clearly apparent from the subject matter of the four Gospels, as well as from such express statements as that in Matthew xiii 34: All these things Jesus spoke to the people in parables, and without a parable he did not speak (anything) to them. That the teaching had an inner and concealed meaning, divulged only to the few who were worthy to receive it, is evident from many passages in the New Testament; and it was so held by all the early Christian sects, and plainly admitted by the patristic writers.
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              ISBN 9781781071670
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              Facts and Mysteries of Spiritism
               

              Facts and Mysteries of Spiritism (Paperback)

              By Hartman, Joseph

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              The facts of Spiritism are of two classes and have two aspects. Those heretofore published have generally possessed the seductive fascination that surrounds mystery, and have been represented as harmless, elevating, and spiritualizing. The author was conducted through the open po...rtals into the chambers of mystic lights, and then beyond into the dismal shades of Tartarus and the foul atmospheres of the abyss. If the horrors of these regions were ever before experienced, the fact has never to our knowledge been recorded. Since every investigator desires to understand the basic principles underlying every new phenomenon, the author is impelled to disclose important facts divulged to him; and these facts are understated rather than exaggerated. Nor does he shrink from the censure or odium which some may heap upon him for his temerity in undertaking to investigate these mysteries and publish the facts.
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              ISBN 9781781070215
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              Theurgia.: The Egyptian Mysteries
               

              Theurgia.: The Egyptian Mysteries (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Iamblichus

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              ... In the first place, it is to be taken for granted that there are gods. what are the peculiarities of the superior races, by which they are differentiated from each other? Are we to suppose the cause of the distinction to be their energies or their passive motions, or things c...onsequent: or is it a classification established by difference of bodies the gods being distinguished by aetherial bodies, the daemons by aerial bodies, and souls by bodies pertaining to the earth? As the gods dwell in heaven only, why are invocations at the Theurgic Rites directed to them as being of the Earth and Underworld? How is it that although possessing power unlimited, undivided, and unrestricted, some of them are mentioned as being of the water and of the atmosphere, and that others are allotted by definite limitations to different places and to distinct parts of bodies? If they are actually separated by circumscribed limitations of parts, and according to diversities of places and subject-bodies, how will there be any union of them one to another? ...
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              ISBN 9781781070185
              Released NZ 1 Oct 2011
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              Elements of Astronomy
               

              Elements of Astronomy (Paperback)

              By Newcomb, Simon

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              When we look at the sky by day we see the sun; by night we see the moon and stars. These, and all other objects which we see in the heavens, are called heavenly bodies. Astronomy is the science which treats of these bodies. The heavenly bodies are all of immense size, most of the...m larger than the earth. They look small because they are so far away. If we could fly from the earth as far as we please, it would look smaller and smaller as we went farther, until at a distance of many millions of miles it would appear as a little star. If we kept on yet farther, it would at last disappear from our sight altogether. If we lived on one of the heavenly bodies, it would be to us as the earth, and the earth would be seen as a heavenly body. In trying to think of the relation of the earth to the heavens, we may liken ourselves to microscopic insects living on an apple. To them the apple is a world, than which nothing bigger can be conceived. As this continent is to their apple, so is the universe of stars to our world. We may fancy how their ideas would have to be enlarged to make them comprehend the relations of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans; and then we may try to enlarge ours in the same way to understand the relations of the heavenly bodies.
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              ISBN 9781781070482
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              The Theological and Philosophical Works of Hermes Trismegistus
               

              The Theological and Philosophical Works of Hermes Trismegistus (Paperback)

              By Chambers, John David

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              The Hermes Trismegistus of legend was a person, an Egyptian sage or succession of sages, who, since the time of Plato, has been identified with Thoth, the reputed author of the Ritual of the Dead, or, as styled in Egyptian phraseology, the Manifestation of Light to the Soul, who ...through it declared the will of the Gods and the mysterious nature of Divine things to Man. This Hermes - and there was but one among the ancient Egyptians - was worshipped as a god. Tertullian says, In ancient times most authors were supposed to be, I will not say god-like, but actually gods; as, for instance, the Egyptian Hermes, to whom Plato paid very great deference. Clement of Alexandria gives a detailed account of his works, forty-two in number - four of astrology, others of astronomy, geology, and hieroglyphics, and thirty-six of philosophy, hymns to God, religious ceremonies, and sacerdotal dissipline. He was most fully imbued with every kind of learning, so that the knowledge of many subjects and arts acquired for him the name of Trismegistus. Hermes must have been a Greek living at Alexandria, subsequently to Philo Judaeus and Josephus, in the end of the 1st and beginning of the 2nd century; who assumed the name of Hermes in order to give greater weight to his teaching. Many, including early church fathers and editors of Hermes, may have been misled as to his great antiquity by the hieroglyphical representations of him; but the facts that the use of these characters lasted in Egypt down to the tenth year of Diocletian at the least, and that, the ordinary writing on papyrus in the National Library at Paris, some of which is entirely in Greek is not earlier than the times of Nero, refute their suppositions. It is quite impossible that an author who shows an intimate acquaintance with the phraseology of Plato, with the Hebrew Scriptures as extant in the Septuagint version, who reproduces the language of the Sermon on the Mount and of the Gospel, Epistles, and Revelation of St. John,
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              ISBN 9781781070512
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              Secret Societies of the Middle Ages
                

              Secret Societies of the Middle Ages (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Keightley, Thomas

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              One evil to which secret societies are always exposed is the chance of the objects and principles of their members being misrepresented by those interested in resisting their power and influence. As the wakeful eyes of the government, and of those concerned in the maintenance of ...the actual system they must strictly confine the knowledge of their real views and proceedings to the initiated, and as their meetings must for the same reason be held in retired places, and frequently by night, is afforded to their enemies of spreading the most calumnious reports of their secret practices, which, though conscious of innocence, they may not venture openly to confute. By arts of this kind the suspicions and aversion of the people are excited, and they are often thus made to persecute their best friends, and still to bow beneath the yoke of their real foes. The similarity of the accusations made against secret associations in all parts of the world is a sufficient proof of their falsehood _
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              The Origin of Freemasonry and Knights Templar
               

              The Origin of Freemasonry and Knights Templar (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Bennett, John R.

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              The true history of Freemasonry is much like the history of a nation. It has its historic and its prehistoric era. In its historic era, it can be traced through various antecedent associations, similar in design and organization, to a comparatively remote period. Its connection w...ith these associations can be established by authentic documents and by other evidence, which no historian would reject. For the prehistoric era we no longer treat of Freemasonry under its present organization, which we know did not exist in those days, but of a science peculiar, and peculiar only, to the Mysteries and to Freemasonry, a science which we may call Masonic symbolism, and which constituted the very heartblood of the ancient and the modern institutions, and gave to them, while presenting a dissimilarity of form, an identity of spirit. Every human institution is subject to great and numerous variations; the different aspects under which they appear, and the principles by which they are governed, depend on the advance of civilization, the nature of the protecting government, and the habits and opinions of the members themselves. The triumph of mind over matter was the great feat of the first architects, who were also the first natural philosophers. There is no speculation in the statement that these formed themselves into an association for improvement at an early date; and tradition informs us that this union of scientific men differed from the Freemasons of today in little more than in name. In Freemasonry, we see the important lesson of eternal life, taught by a legend, which, whether true or false, is used in Masonry as a symbol and allegory. But, whence came this legend? Did all lineal sources have this legend? The evidence is that they did. The connection of the Knights Templar with the Freemasons may much more plausibly be traced than that of the Knights of Malta. Yet the sources from which information is to be derived are for the most part traditionary; authentic dates and
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              Qabbalah. the Philosophical Writings of Solomon Ben Yehudah Ibn Gebirol
               

              Qabbalah. the Philosophical Writings of Solomon Ben Yehudah Ibn Gebirol (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

              By Myers, Isaac

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              The investigation of the antiquity and content, of the Qabbalah and Zoharic writings, has been neglected by the learned, and, has been almost wholly ignored by the writers of this century. To the student of the origin of religions or their philosophy, a study of the Hebrew Qabbal...ah and of the Zohar is of great value and importance, and has not received the attention it justly merits and demands. The Qabbalistic system, when truly searched for, contemplated, and understood; opens her arms, and from its great height in the Unknown Essence of the Supreme Deity, the Eternal Boundless One, to its depth, in the lowest materialism' of evil; gives an opportunity for the reception, and acquisition of the grandest and noblest ideas, to the highest and most subtile order of religious spiritual thought. The nearest approach that man can make to the unseen, is that inner communion which works silently in his soul but which cannot be expressed in absolute language nor by any words, which is beyond all formulations into word symbolism yet is on the confines of it and the unknown spiritual world. This is conceptualism. We experience these feelings only in our hearts and inner thoughts, that which strikes our consciences as right or wrong comes unbidden to us and without any logical sequence, is like a dream. The more intensely man feels the highest intellectuality, the more thoroughly does his spirit enter into this spiritual communion and the more difficult it is to express to others, these emotions and this undefined consciousness, this converse with another world; formulate them, express them, in words; and we draw them down to a gross, dark and material plane. Silence, meditation, intercommunion with self, this is the nearest approach to the invisible. They are sublimations. Many of our ideas are only negations, the Highest Deity is clothed, as to Its essence and appearance, in darkness to the finite thought. Yet even these negations are affirmations and we only leave the oppos
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              ISBN 9781781070277
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              Atlantis: The Antediluvian World
               

              Atlantis: The Antediluvian World (Paperback)

              By Donnelly, Ignatius

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              Once existed in the Atlantic Ocean, a large island, which was the remnant of an Atlantic continent, and known to the ancient world as Atlantis. The description of this island given by Plato is not, as has been long supposed, fable, but veritable history. Atlantis was the region w...here man first rose from a state of barbarism to civilization. In the course of ages, it became a populous and mighty nation, from whose overflowings the shores of the Gulf of Mexico, the Mississippi River, the Amazon, the Pacific coast of South America, the Mediterranean, the west coast of Europe and Africa, the Baltic, the Black Sea, and the Caspian were populated by civilized nations. It was the true Antediluvian world; the Garden of Eden; the Gardens of the Hesperides; the Elysian Fields: the Gardens of Alcinous; the Mesomphalos; the Olympos; the Asgard of the traditions of the ancient nations; representing a universal memory of a great land, where early mankind dwelt for ages in peace and happiness. The gods of the ancient Greeks, Phoenicians, Hindoos (archaic spelling of Hindu), and Scandinavians were simply the kings, queens, and heroes of Atlantis; and the acts attributed to them in mythology are a confused recollection of real historical events. The oldest colony formed by the Atlanteans was probably in Egypt, whose civilization was a reproduction of that of the Atlantic island. The Phoenician alphabet, parent of all the European alphabets, was derived from an Atlantis alphabet, which was also conveyed from Atlantis to the Mayas of Central America. Atlantis was the original seat of the Aryan or Indo-European family of nations, as well as of the Semitic peoples, and possibly also of the Turanian races. Atlantis perished in a terrible convulsion of nature, in which the whole island sunk into the ocean, with nearly all its inhabitants. A few persons escaped in ships and on rafts, and carried to the nations east and west the tidings of the appalling catastrophe, which has survived to ou
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              ISBN 9781781070307
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