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U nder this general title is n01w bei.ng :1>llbUsllie,d, a, sefi,es 0,1 sman volumes, dr.a,WUl from, or based UPQn, 'tb .. e :mysti,c~ theosop:ll:lc' and ,gno.\S.ti~ wrl'tingl ,of th'e ancients, So' as, to, make more euUyaum'ble 'f:'Oit'the e'ver,-widetdn,g cirele (},f t']108.~ 'w'no, love such

th '-"l"H"g~~' e.r'iH"i~, a .... h'IDA£' o'f: tila, mvstlc ,1Do'''f'1''ii.~~d.fl''''~~ and

.~_ ~ _ J41i1 ',0.:11 ,;a-V,l-_U,~ ~fb " :_ .. !!I;~~ ':':_., . -' ~ .JLJ....:&L'!lt ~'.~ ,'"-, ·~-r:IIIiZ..L.L~!Ir..~ , ·u;

,j"DitiatoIy' more of' tlteir- spin t,ll a~ ,Bttc}estry co Thef'~' are, 'many who lo'v,e the Uf~ ,af th.i~ sPl'ri,tt ,ao,d 'w-bOo long for the li.g"h,t of gnostic ill:umiDatiom.~ 'but who are '[tot suffielen tty eq_1ll~,pped, to study tbe w:ritin.,gs '0:[ tbe ,s'D,eim,1ts s't first hand, or' to fo;Uo,w un-

"..;J - - ii' b f b. I T- -h ~~' ;' t

,tUu.ed 'the ra 'ours o~: S'::I ,gus .,', ' ese ll!.i'ttJlEl: vo,~.umJel

an therefore in:ten"Q.e,Q to serve as in,trod w:ti'Dn, to the study of the more difficult. Utemtul'f! ,of the $1.lbj.@iCt:: and, :it :is, hoped ,tha,t s't th.e' ,SQ'm.'t: time th,ey may become for .:som,e" who have as .Y~t: :oot e'v'en heard of tbe 'GDDSis., steppiD_g'...,s,t-oneJ, 'to. higher' thht,g'i ..

G- fi 'S: U

• ~"._ ...• 1I'I.'i'

T- 'HE' -. L~' C"'U" .~ '!r'D' I-lEA': - . :-'. 'N--~'j- 0'" -····RA· -. 'C" '-L- E' S' "

o -:,1.' I .. ' .£.~ , .. ~.,:'.'. "', '~"" · ... 1 I.,: .. 1,1; .. < .. :,,'. -, -, .~.'.'.'o.iIIi.

'. '. ._-,', . ".,' ' ..

C- O' 'NTEN" TS-

I (.' r .... · ,_ .. __ , ~. ,"_ - - '_. :"

_', .,,_.J . " _ ,: +.

. ,.,

. FRAGMENTS, AND ·CCHH.MENTS.-The Supreme Pt;in·cl.pl:~,e

The End, olf Understand.ing ~ ~

. Mysi:ic U·nio!.il ~ • '1' ..

T.h.e One Desirable '" ~

The DlviIu~ Trl;~d ,~ .'

Godl-a ufturing' ,SUen'Qe' ,., @

TI ·b· H" -1 P'" --

" lie ,,;,0 y __:·~re ~ '. .. '"'

:Mind of Min,d ,i ~ ~ 4'

Tb~, Mo,nad and ,Dyad

Once BeyoDd and T'wlce' Beyon-d

'The Gfe~'t M'otbef' OJ ,OJ

,AU Thill;g3 are 'T'ripie ~ 9 The Moth,'er'~Depths ~ ,~

T'!!..- ~,

ll'e ~o':o ~ ~, .. ~,

iII'iIi

.' II!I

Th,e,.r Utterance (l"t the Fifie '~'. Limit ,tbe ~Sep~ator t, ~ The' :Smana,tj,on of Lde.'u, 'The Bond (ill' Love Diviae

.' jI

iii ,~

. ,.;

'.' ..

9

iII'iI'

'~ ,'" ... ~' 21
.. .. .. 'Ii '2:2
'" ~' '" '~ 27'
~ ~ .. '"' 29
.
~ ~ " " 31
II :1' iI '. 34·
~, Ii, t I! 37
... ,iI' ~, ~ 38;
~ :Ii iii lI' 4,1
43
'F !i! ... ~, ... :}
~, 4- ~ ~' 4,;5,
~ 'II !ii' " 51
~, ... '!Ii • 55
'" ~' ~ .. 58
• • .. ,., ttJ:
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65
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68
'Il .. t- Il! l .:=." ,., .... (1.

'", ~ ,,], 'n 76- ",,~ ,8

' .. ~ 19' ~ I' 80

:c,'~,;'I_'_

!!II!! 01

'",. 8:3

'N a't-ure and :N,eeessity '.' ,"' _ _ ~, '" '~ ~ 16

'The' 'Principles and ,Ru.lers of th-e SeD.Sibi.,

'World ,n' • Ii ~,~ ",~ '" ~ 8,'

'The -Seve:rl Firmam,ents

The T:rne' S"t19, ~ ,~ ~ ~,

The MOC'D,

'Iii a.

iii ,~

~ '.'

'Th"e E~emeD,ts, .. '. ~ .. ~ '"' ~ ~

The S,h,ells, of the C~o&mic E,gs: ,~ 'I'

'The 'Pbys1.(),logy of' the C~05mlC ,Bod:y'

T'iL. -G" '1 b ,t s=

_ l;l,e: I", - -',0' :OUlat ~oom.o,s., '.' ~ .. 'I' 'I

BIB'LI'O'" G' "RAP' " H" y'"

.....:...~· ... G:.."..:.....'. . .' r- ': ' .• _.~.:.:' ',~_,: ,i ,'" __ ..

K ~ ,~ Kroll ,("G .], De .01':0:'''#5 ChaJd'ai"$;' im, B,i'slflfl'W t'h$Z(}I()giuJ.i,~' ,J1l;Jzanil:u7tgen~, Bd ~ vii..,. Hit I.

m_iII .... n ~ T'!Q' ..... -\

\,"'_",I; ~\~~i!t.l til l~ Q~-41 'r.

c,. ~ Cory (,L P',}. An&'£ent' Frapimts (London; zDd ed, ,! 18 3,:3) ~ p'p" 2.,39-280'., The first, a'mld tbinl edltlons ,d,c net can taJn th.e text of our Oracles.

,PT ~' M:e:ad (G'. R. S,.,)~ F1'armen~:s .of a' FaitA, .FrJff'r(}~t.,., (Lando'll; znd. 00.,,, 19(6).

R., ~'Mead (G., ,R, S .).~ T Ari.'", Gr,,,at~s.' ,H wmes (Landlo'Q,: 1:906).

J:1!l 'f'T"R,' ,0"" 'D':U-rC' -'T' ~'O" ,'N" ,

,,lU,,, ,J., ',':"', ' " : I .!L_,;10

The Ch ald a: an: Oracles (.L~gia" O,:acu.l'a,;, Resp\()nsa] .are a product of Hellenistic - (and more precisely Ale xandri an] syn-

cretism, ,

The Ale x an. drian religio-philosophy proper was a, blend, of Orphic, Pythagorean, Platonic, and, Stoic elements." and constituted the theology of the learned, in. the great city whichhad g radu ally', from

th 'th', .. d ' , -- d h' 'if' ,,: th

t c'e' r, _- 'i1lr" I c~·J~n- turv B'· ·c" m:..·:_· ~ ,", 0. ' ·.o·r"ea,1 ' '. I ;=iiI

, , :, c: "" ~, ~c' -se- 'bo, I , - ,.....,!., J "~: "" .. ,;, _ lao'" ' '.'!I;i' ."!I;;;io~ 1~'I;".o,·",,:,:__ "_::~

C- entre 04,' H' 'ellenie ct .. Iture

~ ~,I .. l. _~. I,~: ' ... ~ .. :,L ' . ~ [~. __ ~ ", ·";Wl. - :' [Q.1l

In her intimate contact with the:

Orient, the mind of Greece freely united with the mysterious and enthusiastic

ults d- .. d tr dit I' f' th th

C-· ,: ..... " a'-:; 'n-'~""- '~~~r1~':' ~o:-:·m··III-· - ~J ",. 'iI"-lI!O'ln'! ~I ~.' .~ I 'lie-": O:':"_', e~·'-tr

Co .. ,_,' ',L' T'r4;ii;1I" , :,:,~".lI!.,I,'" < .;;;! V,_- _ "C '_', ,,_,Ji.

nations, and became very industrious in , ",t:; phil' ," t"!Iie,o' phi izin a n the 'e" ir :', 'm{'~ y' ' 'th ,: '0',1:'0' 1:tJi'lJ.'

, ,c :__~_....:_:'v~, ",i'" .&i';~ C ' ' , ':' , ' ' .. ,',,', ' ',,' ",bj/ jl

'CT,HE . . ~ theosophy and ,~osis) their oracular 'utter-

, H'ALDJEANi '. . .. O'~'" '. - .. - .. . ~ ..... '

,cRAc·ia, .. ·' , an,c.es" symbolic apocalypses and initiatory

Iore, .

The two nations that made the ,de,ep,est impression on the Greek thinkers were

Egypt a n d C· 'h ald ~a··" ·t· h QI.~e··· tho ey· r-'~-

, .... :_~; r-," ,'. -", .~ .. , ~. "~f.'.: I; ~_.rl. ~'.: ._,_:,!.:_ '.', \J.I

garded as the possessors of the most ancient wisdom-traditions,

How Hellenism philosophized the. ancient wisdom of Egypt", 'we have already shown at great length In our volumes on Thrice-greatest Hermes, The Chaldsean Oracles are a. parallel endeavour, on. a smaller scale, to philosophize the wisdom of' Chaldsea. In the Trismegistic writings." moreover" we had to deal with a series of prose treatises, whereas in our Oracles we are to treat of the fragments of a. single mystery-poem, which ma:y with

" advantage be compared with the cycle of' J ewish and Christian pseudepigraphic poem s k 'n~IO', ","il~:fl'Tli a .~' t :h'i:e···· Siby -ll .ine 0·" ·:·:r:·~a.- cle c,

._ .. '~ ,_" ,'_ ,,'''''''''.£, .. ~ I Ir.,_ .••.• , ":_-'_;:.'¥' _~ .. :.....~:tI,

.

. The Great Library of Alexandria con ...

tained :a. valuable collection, of MSS~ of what. we may term the then "Sacred Books

IO

.,..",f'· the 'E' 'a," st " in t he ··.~r 0' m :.4'gm' ',,'", .. 1 al to , n·I,I:ItT1,"~.I,e"'s.·, TH,~ .. E,··' ,

v· [_,."",: ., ..IIi. '''', ' .. , 0 ..... ' .. CH'ALDJ£AN'

'Many' of these were translated, ',-. an.ldo:RA~Llis~ "

among them the '~' Books of the Chal .... ,

dseans." Thus Zoslmus the earlY'a1;;;>

chemist, and a member 0:£ one of the later Trismeaistic communi ities writes som e",'-

I --.:_- _ -~o~- ',I _.JL~ "'U I. '~':' _.jl .,' ~':t ", _ ,~~I" ( .•... '_'"

where ai the end of the, third century A~D., ::

u, T' he C': ·b· a '~d:"; ~~l TlI~, -"t, nd I 'n~, ........ h· jans '. . 0 nd

.' I,·e." ,GL!._~~.Il~ dJ,'£: ,Jrd:.J..l· .ill... , a.&.&.

M·e:d.es and Hebrews call him, [the First, 'Man] Adam which is by interpretation virgin, Earth" and 'blood ... red Earth, and fiery Earth" and fleshly' Earth.

. U A d th indi 'IF .t d'j'"

' .. ,;\.n' tiles€: mdicattons werle ,i.ount m

the book-collections of the Ptolemies, which they' stored away in every temple,

~d esPeclall;in . th~ S~~pe~~~' ~ (II.:

iii" 2 7'7)..,' .

Th,e - term Chaldsean Is, of course, vague:" and scientifically inaccurate. Chaldsean is a 'Greek synonym 'lot' Babyl ... , oni an , and 'is. the way they transliterated the Assyrian name K:aldii~ The land of the 'K.aldii proper lay' S~E., of Babylonia proper on 'what was then the: sea-coast, As the E'nc-yc.l'opt1!ttiia, B'j.'blica informs us' .::

1,1:

TIlE "The Chaldeeans 'not only furnished an

g::~,~eariy d~asty ~f Babyl~~: b~t' al,~~ ",ere

~ incessantly pressing into Babylonia ;: and, despi te their repeated defeats by Assyria, they gradually gained the ll,p,pe.r hand there. The founder of the New Baby .. Ionian Kin gd om, Nabopolassar (cir'C'a ,62,6

... ) _ Ch ldse d' f~ th t~ t''''

JB-. ~, . ''f'lLtfae a 'I ·'I~I' .' ..... a'n an- -',:-. '. -r'om-'" . 'a"1 _' . '''m'~

~:~!!i,...''':.:~ ';;",'~~~, ~_ ,_:. __ ',.C!Ii.-,,_ .. .':- .... ,. '_,' ',11,.,'., :,_:':.":.: ,_;[--',.,' ....

Chaldsea meant Babylonia, ,j ~ "

c", '\Ve find! "IC,~··· .• ~h·,~i'ld,· '~~~~IS· " used in Da:ni~el,~

, ,. " .~ -~~~ , ~ - - ' ." . --' .,

as a name for a caste o.f wise: men". As

Ch-1ld B--" b 11 " ~ h ide

'" ,w' sean meant Ba _'I,yron'laIl In t: ie W1,~~:'r

sense of 'a member of the dominant race in the times of the new Babylonian Empire, so after the, Persian conquest it. seems t··, '0' ha ',' ve co mn oted th ,10 Babylonian

~ _.'._' '.i3 " .:' __ I.~, .'_.-:.' ,1,1.: .. .'~-.:' '. ,>_,~ __ ·g.I' .. _~/ .,' '_ - i' ., .

iiterat:i and 'became a synonym of sooth .. sa:,yer and astrologer .. , In t:his sense it passed into classical writers .. "

W'e shall", however, see from the fragments o··f' , our poem t h a·:'t·~· some 0"';1';' 'the

,'c. ,.' ,11.,1,;;1' '.', r , = .!Ii;. -_' ',_.'''_ '_,,' _ . c' , ._'. '.V_:_:c.'1.,... ' .. ' .. _ -: ~

Chaldae'i were something more' than, soothsayers and astrologers.

A'S te our sources: the dis-j'e'f;ta ,membra, of this lost, mystery-poem are 'chiefly

12

fO'uIl:~ :m, th,e'~ ~·~,o0k.s, an~d. o~'m.~,I,l.'en,!;~,es. :~:kA::AIf o~ '~hle,~ .Platow·o,:-'~hat !S;;,~ ?·f the La.t!~r ORAtLES~,Platonic school. In addition to this

there are extant five' treatises 'Of the

Byzantine period, dealing directly with

the' doctrines of the "C'haldrean, philo ...

soph 'y:' ".. fl· ive c h 'a- P t ers 0":'£: a book o .. ·f:·

C"f . ~._ . .: II _:'. \;.ii . _ . .:.... '_ ; " ~ ··iJI .,'. :::~_ _ .,' ,:.1'., . :'.

Proclus, three trea tises of Psellus (eleventh century), and a letter of a contemporary letter-writer, following on Psellus,

But by' far the greatest number of our fragments is found in. the books of the Later Platonic philosophers, who from the time o""'f' Porphyry (R' fo 2"'5:-"0-: '3'0" '0'")''' -and

]!'-rr. ,':_," 1;._ I !., ( '.- ", ~ ,'" '_ 'J' ~ J ... lll.J W'l'-J _:.-_-:.:. -.'.-- - .. ; .... _. r ' .1:.: - _ .:._:_ . :.: ,.

therefore, we may conclude from, that of Plctinus, the corypheus of 'the 5Ich,ool~ held these [Oracles, in the highest estimation, Almost without a break, the suecession o:f the Chain praise an.d comment elaborately on them, from Porphyry on ... wards=-Iamblichus, Julian the: E,mperor" Synesius, Syrianns, .Proclns, Hierocles-« till the last group· 'who flourished in the first half of the sixth century, when Simplicius, Damascius and Olympiodorns

B 13

THE 'w:ere still, busy with the phil losophy of OU-IF'

CH-' 'ALD" . "DAN' . - . - - -,- . .' . --"'"' t: , ~,r " ,I - --

oRAcL'u. -' Oracles, . - . .. _ _

S,O· nne of: them=-Po mh 'UTV" Iamblichus

-_.' . -' '.-, ':.,,', .,,' _:'-' _.': '~-:':. ~-r . J '"'.1''' ,I,<tLIU,_. "-,, ly!',~

d P, '11 t .... 1 b t t' t"

an,',rOICJ:llS,-WrO, e eiaoora ,l:-e " .rea L1seSI

O-n the subject : Syrianus wrote a, "~,um ...

'."-' ." '0 '-, ,.' ". _-·,-':t . _. ," -':- -._. '" .... '., '" ii:JJ'~

nhenv ' of 0"-"1 ,. I'h'·· '. Pyt .".','t..,.: '''-:,''; -,'.-: ,::-: -'-'--_' nd

p,:_.ony (L_,rp, ens, .. :", .nagoras ano

Plato with reference to and in e xpl ana-

tion '0,4:' the ,0' ira cl IOC'. ~ while H"!'l~I--' ocl .... :.~. in

_~. __ _:,~,1 _- ::'~ ' ..... _ '-, .~ ~,!fV, , ~e ,Ie,ro- es, _',

it...,':: ,-, " ~ O· . P' '" :J d- d'

ms treatise ':',1$ :_:,'1ov'~uenc,e~ ene eavonreu

tc b --~~:-: ,.' th ,- do .t -;_-~,-. "'f: th ,-', "0'-:"·:- cl ,-",,' ~,- t :.

o .:,nng ~,e,-,oc.nn,e: 01, - e wrar es mto

," sympho n; y"''C "" with the d .r.gm. I' ,. <"!iI,f!' of th e·

;ii:I': _I .. " . ',' _:, J_:_ .'.' ,~ . ,J...r .... '_ !~ __ _I_ , I I,

Theurgistsand the, philosophy of Plato, .AIl these 'books, are, un fortun at ely ; lost, and we have to be content with the sea ttered tb :O"·U' rih,,,' n' umerou e referen .ces

~ c" ·1 ........ j",'Ii,,;.,- , .. -',f.:!, -, . , "",,,,,,", .~' :.:-'~',:!! _.~ II;;; ~ _~':.:~',j'

with occasional quotations in such of :

thl ,:~'O! -- . ··t- h .... - ' .. ',': )i ... """ '-I' hs .,:'. ,,-. be , ... ,-_-., ':',' ._,

. _,err o_:.:er wor~, as __ ave . een pr,e

served to US~ -

'I th ,,. b ~ f' ~ t d n'" ~ t uld t' k

n I 1···":iC, ":'n' ,,0.-' '!lin' r'--'Io",,'-_' Ui C' -: 0' m 11';' W>:,'O'·"" "'" a ',e-:

. , ' I_&.;;;:I '. I,,_:'I,;,' ;!!l", ". '_ '. ',:' .',," ...... : 1..- ",. __ ,.- .-''- 1 __ .- _

too. Iong to discuss. the ,~, literature :" of

.-t- he '0- -= cl':; -,-, -I' and '1'",,-·,-, d - .,-, d'-' t" m'IO". ,~. _:1'1 th =

rne vzracies : WL'" nnee !IS, ,IS :iU1Je

more unnecessary as until the work o,t'

K',-, -t' - 'n-::' ,_- i 'C:':""·-·, ,- '--, sd ·t' 'h:- J,--:;' .biect 'li.. 'd'-- ., .~.:.' ... -c --

: . ,rn ", appeare.:; .'" e sUuJ,e1C_, l1a·, never

been treated scientifically ~ Prior to

K 11 ~', had' b 'I"" ll ,-

, . , . -, .' , ... , -. ,-.. . . ,. I .. . ... - ... , ,

ro~_ It :~:'.- _. ' __ : aeen, more or .. ,ess:~ genera:1 y

.lA'

~~

held that the Oracles we're a collection rH<E~ ~ _

...• '.. .'.~' _ _ --~: _,co . ~ ,", . .": ...•. _.~.'~ .' .. _'. ". ICH.ALDA!AII

o·f saymg.s, deriving immediately from IORACLES..

· ... h· "e-: C" 'haId"i~an' ~" wisdom an do: even b.:y~:-:· some

I!!.: ' - ,p,;.; .. :_, ' .. ··iiJI .. ,',. " .. __ : 'I!..o.' ~.:' .. ,:' '-:-'

as, direct. transla tions or paraphrases

f .. ' - .- . C'h' ald' --." ..... - 'Ow' ·c "

ro.,·m··;· !!!:!Ii_ .. ,' - .'! ~""!rIT."ii· O"O-:MJ'" '.: .

. ," 41:.,," .' . ,'" '.' c CJl.rauu. . . , .. o~ _. - ' ..

Thcc. -, is ··as"·: th '_--, ,- .-'.- .-. "a1.', .:"': .. : =. -.1.' sion m'-" .de

... ,.;a w,···:,._.e .. gen.er., 1 lmpress:t.. I, .. a,.· .e:

by the vagueness with which the Later Platonic commentators introduced their an It· h ority ~ ae, fo '.:rl: in €!·t·-·a···n- c ,g. 'I' T 'h e C' ·h' .... 11d·:·-:n""lI'l'7'

.1. .....:...Ii. 1 • . ". :J" . ~ . e- ,.;, . . _: .. i',,-,"' I. .'.'.. - •.. .d!Jl. "~~,,I.

Oracles, the Chaldeans, the Assvrians, the Foreigners (lie .. " Barba.rians ,o'r Natives], the God-transmitted \Vis!dom, or My.stagogy handed on bv the Gods" and

::~.':: '_ 'I"'~" all . ". = • ,,~~~. .<: .~, •. -"~' ,". _1 . .- II'.~ • "''-'- ~ .... .'.~"

.gene~-:" ,y" simply : The Oracles; the

Oracle, the Gods" or one of' the: Gods,

Kroll has belen. the: firs. t to establish

tb t f aI-'I- th .. , th b t '" ,1'

. ~ a~. ;~or •...• I. ,1]'5 " here wa.S "'": a. smgte

.t.,. '". _"".1 in hexamet

authority-e-namely, a poem 'In hexameter

'verse, in the; conventional style of Gre.ek

O -..- .-- ul .-; .: . rt te ;"-1':- :--,'. I' .-:'. ,".- the .' -" -·'-';,4!o·h'

ra'c. ".ar L1 .. , ,er.an,ces,! as IS ,~e ca~le \VI Ii....: ,

t'h:" S"-"b' :·.'··:nl·· '~--:.:.,. ,- nd H·(·--··· .1 .. _,: ''!'''. eentones

.. ' e ... J. ;,Y., Ilnes· anr l,om'erIC cen -,on~es'm

The fragments of this poem have, .for

th , -. . t'" -'" rt-' 'L. ...... -.. . .. - ... ,.,3 't-·· " b·-

'~. ·:e ,mas .. !, pa 'I.j Ut;·e:D preserv~. 10 us ,1

bein ""~'g~.~ embedded in a refined stratum .

- - "ol ., .--,' '.: '~.' _"-' "" '. .' v,LU;l ... _ .... ::' . .:.-[~ , . ,

f 'I b t t 'I' h' ich th

0. eta iorate commentary, m wmcn tne

IS

:i;HE, '.' . simple forms of the poetic ·:~.l Ima t:Fp.ry"~': a,. nd

C'8'A.LOJB: AN . - - - -- - - - - - W ,Ii..,I,,;I,i\ 01;., ,

~RACiES .. ::. "the' symbolic expressions of the' original

. have been blended with the subtleties of

'hi" 'L,l dId db'

a t grlly."e've:ope ano abstract systema-

ti ti hi h'" f- th

tzanon W'·· tc IS ror _"" e most part

f .. t th th ~ ti d ital oretgn ':0 . he enthusiast ic and vital

spirit of the mystic utterances of' the ,PO@:Dl, .. ,

To understand the doctrines o'·{:·" the

'_ _ ... : ,_J~~l.- .. _.:........ "_.. ,.-JILl~ -.: _ .. ~ I .. ".1 .,'. "," ',>

~ .. a1 th fro

ongm ... poem; 'we must recover I' _; e' trag-

, .. ,", Its', th a' t .'.-'.- .c,:"': ~··'I . d" eieee th .. e"m":,

mien 1 • _,_~:,_, remam, ,a,n,,_. ptlO:' '...... . ,'" ,:

together as best we can --:···1--,00·::.···" general

',_ _ , .. ,_. ...• 'I!.."o '. un, "r",. ,. .,

an d natural headings ; we must not

',1 L_,_.i .' .. -"ri::ll 1.llea.:.. _: .. ~" .... ,' mu;:;" : i.' I . ...,

as has previously been, done, content

'1- "th -d' .. t' h thr h th

ourse ves 'Wl[ .n reas IW.g· :': em I"~ :,e ougn me

:,' .' .... , .. ' 'f' ·t,·h,'·..- ',. hil I'" ." h .. ,., .' f'- 't· :h· . L' "t'" ',' ,

eyes ·Oll>cce p I ,Oso,p :ers 0' .' .. -e . a.: ,er

P~: tc .. ~ . ·S· lch iool wh .-"::.' .-:,; ,,' . ',' "_ .... ':,.: i . ation

ra orne _. -: 1_00 ." W ose one pre o ceup a, non

was not onlv to make a "harln.ony,' n or

,u; . . - b --, ." Hi b t 0'" _. h - _,pc-, .. yth

- sym'"," ", Ip··.·,· ony'" Ie' ween ' rp-'" j·ens, "·'·'·:·(i"'"

'_.:' ',1) r." I'::: .: .. _.'., .....• : .. :.~ ._.~.r_ ..... _: .. " . I,: .:'

':" :- ...... : .- ~ P"l-' tc " ,. dl th ' '." lOr'" ,-'-: cl :.-. ", 'b"':,-' ·,t' .... ,11 .... ': to agoras" ' ·ja,o ,an. __ . ,e: .. I,a .. es,,..'u, ~O '

th I· ,~ d t'"

'wrest '··C tatter into accommodation

, ith thei - ~--:- "=JL'!<'b ',-" .' .. a .... ~ '_, . '.' .'" f" Pl' tc . ~' ,.

wr .,._.~,;_.'err own eiat oranons 0 ' a, ia orne

< ad P''''l, ·:t'e <ii, c' ""<: -I I~ '-,' 'to ~ i ,c

an 'C _. o. :l,man, uOC. nne,.,

Wh,e,-n~' we have d. 'O,·ID'i.eC'C thi ds, 'w·' ,:,,0. shall

. _" ~. _ -- .. -'.II!! - V _ .. _

havebefore us the remains of amystery ...

16,

:P~d>::t- lyaddrf·O• ~m~sem~~'g" top' . ""!irt',' in~tif: ~att-',eh~:'5e'" ,., l"'nn~d ~=~LDlEAH

~1J men 'r'~: '_:1. ~Ic_: :_i. ,1g;,:C- 0 ' .... _.-, < I, ' .er OR.AC~La- -

instruction of a School or Community ;

but. even so we shall not, have the clear

original, for there are several interpola-

tions, which have crept in with the

t 'a' dition 0-" th eo' text fr '0- m hi and to h-- an' d

raamon ':"1 rue ;~:,>;:_,_,_, .rom "'J~_"~_.iU .I~.'.: I~l','.! J

of many scribes,

'·"I'tt..'a··· .. t l~ the d·' late o .. :··f" ;~:t··r",· O. rizin ,~J'

"'{ ll .. ' .. . ~~J '_ .~l ._:. _l ~ . " I. U,ll3 .', 'Ol~" W

poem ? It was known to Porphyry, Now' Porphyry (M:ale·:k) was a Semite by' birth and . knew Hebrew ; he may

.also have known "C·haldre',an,~"';' At any rate we- know he 'was a, good scholar and had good critical ability, and that he was at pains to sift out ". genuine 'J.', from Spi~'rifJUS, ,i,' Oracles)" thuS" showing

that there 'we're many Oracles circulating - hi d T' h - h Il , t d in ms day .. , ' .. _c__o,e genuine 'on'es e.: co. ec 'er-,

in his Iost work entitled, On th8 PbilosojJ,hy of the Oracles, and among them was .n'UI r- p~'·o.·~'m-' "

v .' _'_ ,.' ," '~. " - '!I

. - Kroll places t.his poem at the end of the second cen.tury or the 'beginning [o.f the third; chiefly because it. breathes the

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THB spirit of a. ~"~ saving cui t "J and such cults

CH:ALDAiAN,I,., '~-:- ~C',-c- :~.~. "".~, """ --,,'''.- ,,'.' _',:'- '."

OR,A(:L'ESlo, he believes, did not come into general

- ""'il1; th d' f M' ,

prominence 't'l~"llle" ays 0: :. arcus

Aurelius (imp,", 16I"'I,8o)~ But saving cults had been a common-place of the East and

~ Ai" d ~ f,' ,,"' d-' h- ~

-'1 :'_>. ~ "~'~::- -(~ .", " -"- ;-: ,~,.··;.·I . ,': "'.-1- : ,- .. ; :-_-.; I ~-: .'~ . "1'-1'"': -. :j '1: :

m '," ,exann.aor centuries, an '_ this,

therefore, does not seem tome to afford

.. di ti f d t us any indication 0:;,'-, ate,

'The t,\VO Julian,s" father and son" more ... ·

th f' f h - S- "'(1-" call

.. I' .. - ~ ',' I I I '-.' I - . ", '1' -' I - ['". • . __ ' :'. .' -.' . i -.'. . " . I I ,...... "". .' I I··,.' ~ .

over" . e "Iormer o. w" ,o.m .. 01 as .,-, S lEt

u Ch '~...'l. n nhflcs 'h . ";1_ dc,' th ~ rtter

->~ :a,w.uzan, pnuosopner, a.n_,,1e tarter

"', t h I'" ' Thl .. ' - , .. ~~' 't· ,',' . 'd' di 'I " th . ,t' 't- b' "1' -" '. c,'

.. _ I'e _ .,e:ur:g.tsi:, a., _,_"Ing .'. ,_a,_>. ·,e son,

fI '. -'" h'" "'d' i : ''-' - d'" "I_if,· I - A' " :;. j' _ ..... 1'" " :~nl'-

ouns.",e _ Wl .. .- (~r J1:l.arICUS, .'unsdUS~ 'WT.

hardl h l' ... hi - · .i - h

ardly c_,_€LP' us In, t J'lS connection ; tor the

fath .. -.. .. ",,' -, 't'" ,'''' b"" iok ,0' "', "D'"',:_,c"'.'., . -,,'" ,''''''C ,,,,,,,,1,. , ' .. " 'd'i a L. ler \VTOI .e a I' 00..' .,' n ,'as'mOnes o.n!y i' .an, ':t

though the son 'Mote 'works on 'the nrgy

d als - - th - - - . '1 "" - f- thei - - . - "" , , d ,

, : ': .. .-, " _ I.'. _. . • -.'1 . ." ", ' ,"' ~.,'. ' ... ,' .,' . - . J' ."., ' . I • 'I I" •

an ###BOT_TEXT###quot; ~O on ' e orac es 0 II. "eur.gy ana

t he ",; secrets of this. science, t,; Porph yry did not ass .. ociate i,ll' im 1:'I~,t, ."h· O;U' r Oracles

_ '. ,. ,,,,,.", ,Q", '.",!!0,,;04lQi. ",~, ' ''':'.'' .'T,":' _c " "",." ":'" ,~, , "~,,

. he d d bookof

" ,-.' '.

II '-.' • [.-,.... .. ... ' ,.'._,... '._.;. (r .... ". '::'01 . ,'::" . I > .,." ,: '. '1 '.- .. -'. . ,I I'::' "'_"-':' ", lllll!!!l'

for he ". evote a separate .00,. 0 com

, " , 't·· .!. - I - . -- 1" st) tc IU'T"h-' D""'" 't'· .. , menraries \n.ow.og, •• ~,o I .. Ie, c_OCI.nnes

of Julian the Chaldsean ,., while Proclus and Damascins dissociate 'this ,Julian from OIU'[' Oracles, 'by quoting him separately

d.. - -,- ,t-'h' t "~.:li . iH, 'Th'_ ", 'T· h -,,:. t " ("'K-"'" '- ")'

'un,' _ e:r __ 13' '. I iu,e .. ,-.' ,·'e a - ,_.,~eu~gtS . . .. ,: •... ,.~ 7 I ':. '"

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Porphyry evidently considered our'TH'li, _, _ 'Oracles as, o,ld:t- but how old '?' 'To this g~~~~AK we can, give 'no precise answ'e:r,~ The '- - ,~, '-, -, - ,.

hI .. th - sa -- - t 'h t 'hi' h

pro _ iem IS, r te same as, rna W'~. ,C,I! con, ...

fronts. us' in both the Trismegistic and Sibylline literature:", which can be pushed back in an, unbroken line to the early years -of the: Ptolemaic period, We, are, therefore, justified in saying that our poem may' as easily' be placed in, the first.

as in the: second, century, _

It remains only to be remarked that, as might -very well 'be expected with such scattered shreds and fragments 01 highly poetical imagery and symbolic and mystical poetry" the task of translation ;;,~ often very arduous ,',' ,~,n:-' the mo .• ~.iO;, ~O',;

~ " ' .. ¥ __ . _ "_'. ,.. . !II ~ l I I .. i. v ~ ..

owing t.o the absence 01 truly critical texts of the documents 'from which th,e;y are recovered, Kroll 'has supplied us with. an, excellent apparatus and many emendations. of the tradition, of -the, printed texts : but un til the extant works of the Later Platonic. School are critically edited from the MSS~ {as has,

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T,~E . ,_. ,.". been done on. ill v in ,a. few instances) a truly CH,~,D§;AN"·t-:~,''''''1 text "~f :-,. ". Oracle-fraements .. ,':

ORACLES,. cnncar -tex - or Ou[,r,a,-:J3: -rragmen s .IS

ou-t- of- the' question K· .s · roll b' as print ed

' 'L:~, _ :_:~' ~_,'_:,_.iltvu,.. ,.c.:__::. ":' __ ,' __ -,:,'n' I'I~I

.... '1'11 t· he text ~- both 0· .... f the fragmen t ,~, and

~ . .\,;;;0 .~ . .:;:;} I,., _c·_: ' __ . __ :'IwI' ._, Q,_, _ '!..o"I;;:1I ~;I,.._

- .

of the, contexts, in the ancient authors"

h th f-' d ,i hi .. di bl

. I ',_' ~. " -. ~ - - - ,r . . " " "- ", - -." - " , - -. - .' - .

. . . I":' . ''-,: ' .. ,' . I" ", . 'I .:- ." ':.' 1 . _. ._ t ._ ' .. - • ,".-' '. I

W __ ere ... _-,ey are· I o-un, ~ In, IS ID,lSpensa", e

treatise in Latin on, the subject, but, as,

" ..-..,,: ith th k f' iali J.- ....

15- usual wr y: • - ie wor I.' O'~_ speos .. ists,

'h d t- t 1 t-" - ~ l I ~

( . [' _. . f" I'''_ .... ,"> . , - u .... I I .... I; ..... , .... -[., - I··., :-:.__:... ..'. -. • ,'. . ... ,

e "_ .oes not ransia e a smgie nne,

'W:,'~:t, I h . th . ese-b ... ~~ t;i.,.t; r- - ~ -m·· .. ark :-:-s· -. -~'a ,-- o· ..... ~. ~- 'pc ,r:--io.S,;SI;,n- ,t,'

.. ,,1[, .. ,. _IL,;;.;~~ _..::lI;~~..1 'L;;_!_ ~-. W~, nw , .... ,~~_,.,

the read :I::i;r-" with a·:' tran . 1~'1a: tion a-'n, ",de 'C"o':",m-:" .. ,...,

__ ~ _ ..... (];.,I,"-"_ 'n',,,,-_. ..1- ... !OJJ.",li:,,·.la '.'" '. , __ ''---'-',

ments on, the fragments of what might be

. alled ~iIi; 'Th': --.- .... , G· r ·"'C_, ' c", ".~, of th"" F"'- H'

c~_ :_,e . " . e:cD,QSlS Q, ,_,I e . ,rre:!!,

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UDAG> M" UNT"'" --'S~- A', N!"D'-'" C"-':O~""M' -ME--~'l'~tlT'S'

r~'····~, ~.:~' .. J::.,_." __ " .... ~, .. .": ~~···.I-':··: ", 1·.·.~_1 .. ,~ .... __ _':·;I. __ ~·._,··, .. _ ~' .. "'.:' ..

TT,.1I"C" s,up:=!~c-p,,~l'I"'C' p'bJ!~:TC:IP--- 'L' ''IC'"

~ ~ .'_ .. ' __ ".it~~v.~ ~'-JI~,~ _.' ': _ . . '.!II:.I.

In the €:x,tant fragments of OUF Oracle- T!!,E ',' _', "

_"" " --, -,' 't-' h-", ~ S" ',-,-,,- -- '-, ' "-' ,,'- ,,' 'p' - -~,c"-l - ,"', ch ,- '-,' ,- CHALDlEAR

:po-~ : ' ~-7 - '" upreme~,' , ,~,m,c,p e 1S. ".,~--' ,arae- O'RAC'L'ES,~

~enz,ed _ simply ~s Father, or ,~,d" or

l..r:;'n'-- d -, of th e F,' ath er o "I': 'a' gain ,~ij!!! Fire

,JYll ,<, ,-, -, I" , , itiI!" .:__ ,_",-, , ',_', ,- _ ~,!I, ~' .iL,"" "Ii

,___.... :-,

Psellus, however, in his commentary,

dQ""'I-"~r-Q~ th at the Oracle -5,·',,' h "(1l"TlD,-Qd- the

~~! tQ i ~~ .• Ii ,." ~; ,~, : :i.,,~~_J. ... :..::.:.__.' '" J" [~I! ;~. 1 ,_. _ ,y

Source of all as. the One - and 'Good, '('K,~ ,IO); and there can be' Iittle doubt that in the circle o-f' our poet, the Deity was either regarded as the '~'One: and All '~'--a,cco:rding to the grand formula ,of Heraclitus (fl' .. , 500 EtC,~)', who had probably to some extent already ",p'hilosophized ' the intuitions and symbols of a Mago-Chaldsean tradition-s-or, as with ,so many Gnostic schools of the: time, was conceived of as the Ineffable,

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THB. _ ICJOry.-:., ·W~·-;. his collectio .. m o·.if'~ Oracle-trag-

CHALD" '~AN - ,. _ .. - - ._'1<,,;. -- -'._" .. ... \;0 .. Jli..rU. .

,_:·';i._ _. - . .i'E,;.:,.:;':". -, ent eludes (C:'" ,-).: def iitic -' .. ·f· t,~-

ORACLES;t men .. s.; Inc U[.i", .. eg ~ .: '.:j .1. a .. -I,eJ,illl Ion O.i. '-<l.W:

. S .- - - - _. - hi ~. 'h' 'E'-"--- b ~ ttri ibut d to ·:u·preme 'WL_C susemus an .outeu xo

the .~ .. ~ Persian Zoroaster n T'--=-hl is may' v,ery"'-

• ' • • • • .w _ -,_,) ,]. "I .• _ :.... • __: • '-:" I" . . _ .. ,'::"1 , .. • • • I" '~' . r.",:'" " . . . ,

well hi ave been d erived from some .Helle-

", .: :-J.I. :___'':'.- '¥ l .. _, . ~". _~_. . - I':,' .' . y. _:_ " _ .... : ,I ,,;~ ", VI s • ~ . I _ .. '. '_ v'_'

iistic d" . - .. - t i . .0.-- .... d b- th ""B" oks

nlsl~cocum;e:n - mnueneec . _I.y '1_ ae : =.00 :' ..

of the C· haldaan 'is- ,.,. or .,.,. Books of the

- . .-. ... '''.'' ''''~'''~' ... :) '.~ c ... ·· .,....... .'- -."

M ed .c ·cc. ,." .. - nd 1 • :." -. theref :.' b ... .-·· " .... - . -,

e .. es., an·' m.ay., I ... '- er'eJ.ore.; . ·.'e con-

sidr .- .. d··:- . .'. O',""" .......... J!l... '-.', '.' .: .' '-1 .. it ith t· he

sic eree as generauy consonant \Vl,I;.: .c' !'e

b· :,'."' .. doct ~, .'. ··f ,', ,- '0:' acl '. - ,..- A'·" c.' h _ ...

1 •• a5:1C . ·.ce, nne. 0.. our '. ra'· es...·sj. _ ow-

ever Kroll rish tl y,.:' ,·o-\T.'Y11.·t·s·: thi .. ~: W-·:···,;O, a P P end

. "'[~" [ . ...:._. -. .o· .... ·.!Iic.u..&, . ._ .S,. ' .. ' ~ '. ,.:.~ .

l~ ·t·· In ill~ I-U; s· .. tration o .[n]: 1 y .. -.::. I!

t. . .' 1 • ......::,I_:._,IQ -'.: r •• _:' ' • .:" : !II

i" He 'is the First .. indestru ,.-- etible - eternal .' I

~;'~.'- .' ·':·_."C - . ''''-'' .... '. , ·WI -- ,c...... .' .~,.~ .. ' .. .::-t

ingenerable, impartible, [entirely unlike aught else, Disposer of all 'beauty" unbrib ·b·-I· -f"· 'H", the ...... rd th - 'B- est, "f:' all

·n:··a~.- ...:e~ 01 a_:~ ' .. e· goo 1 . - . ...;·e· .. ,es.::; -0' i,'..

.. the .,~ ····t the M···c, .. t'-' ·W··'_.···'- .. ··::·····~ the Father

.' . e WJ,S,es.·. . .. e : .0S'. '.' ISle ",: ·e _,_:' a l., ler

0- ·f~ p'no' d ... rul .... ,j I[e.' an" ,- '1...:1; n':g· c h teo -. u· ~'''''iil,e' ·s· '. s· . ~.~. HI:":"~ '!jjI'S-_-

" 01'.1\, .. , .... ~. ·.·.u ... ;.: .. I.Ilii!i .. :_I .• w£.I. ... ' ... J JJ...JI I'.'___:V '~.

well, self-taught, and natural, perfect,

d wi h '1 D .. f' d

. ~" -:. " • . , _ ," _.. . . .' .','.. • '. '. :," '. .' ;--:-'1 I ': .' -

an wtse, t_ .. e so·t! . ·lSOOVerer .Q._ sa[cre .

_ .. t -.-- -'1 - .,."

na .ure .... tore,

T~jD' ~'K.TnI o.·,~ UND'- . "':- :'ED!RS-"·: :::-"T' .. A.1"TnI· ·N·--C·· 'G" .

~ £J."".J..J' . _ r ....:!Il,._ . E1J.. -"J..,I .. .' I

If, however, we have no excerpt bearing' directly on the Summum Mysterium, we

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'Ye'a; there Is Tkal' which i:s tke ,Enit-\ofpaersm'n,€/;in:g,; the That 'whick thou mus~' flrn,de1stand with (lO'tfl,6tr of: min d.

For should}'.s,t thou, turn thy tn'ind i __

d-'s .nA.>t I' ,~,S.nM,j ~J'JM,3 .iJ.itl"s#;n4'j,j [" -t "" .. ..2

""ar .,' ~", ... ' "'" ~,",r,.UrWI, ... U'(,;

,'i~W;;',,~u- .... , as ,unu.eT.,.

st;anding "s'om~thing,; '" them shalt not 'U,nilu-stan,ii It.

- For ,thaJ :eher,e 'i's a ptYdJer of [the m,i:na;Js] .. .prim,e' ,tltat ,sJz.ine'lk tonk if.~ ,alt' dir:ec,#'ons, .II " L:' - c ,'. ·~:j,h~· ,tiU.ectual .' ','" [lit ",-~: . __ -] f"a~

''\l-ng .. ~1",:, ',~_......: :',::.- . '., '.' ~a,y s '"' 1 ~, seaors _ ~

Y et, $n ,good s.oofk; tho« shoulcf S'~; ,not

[smv',e] r.tJith, 1}:e.hemence [to] un4~'$Ul'nd that' End:...(JI-undC1s'ta'n4i'n,g~ 'nor evan 1JJitA ~ the 'wid:e~:denil'ed ,(lame . of 'mide-extmded - mind that, metlSU,',es a'll tbing.s-~:xc.ep,t ,tlUD

E'n,a-ol-u',naersta'naing [only]~ ,

Indeed tkere is no nud 0/ 5'1,.,,£,,· in, u.nder,st:andi'n,g. Thi:s- ,'1' .but thou ,soould"st:

'2-3

K II

,

_ !'i' ., i'l

C'+. 163,.

[~i'· 6I,.

6-

2,.

166~

THE ka'V'e. the visio« at thy. soul'in purity t.-u'met.l' C:HALD,~"AN f" -.:- 'a"~-'- . ,:' - ... .: -....,' '.-'~:'. ' .. :.:' ...

O,RACLBS. ,70.m aUokt' else, so as to' make thy' nu.M,

8mpty' [0,/ all tAi'n,gs el'se] , aUeftti'VtJ' to thai.

EM"';}' ,,,,"oH.t'iJ...,,::!'b41 ,1'I ... n.f 'l.',fi'.

i'.#' mavesi Ie -: .. ,.- ,;;i!i1.,,;i",j'''

T,.,,,,,:,t. ,(!II' ,~' v I ''''~,f l}l':ilif;'~ iril"',",V'~ ,,.,,.~ .1 Lr' '" ,v<earn ""/"'~ ,t-,

E- - ~"i'mO··'-'t";.-.A'i,"~jjr,"s-l,,jI'ff"n"d""-""n', g:"!O' 1,0' r ]':1 cu,··,b"::S',4"S, ts

1',1;1'-"1 " .' ~,Wf-'~"!I;.i-· ,~l~l·'· ,.,. '." ":l' Ii. .., '~'. -':'::: l~ .' .'1

b ey" ":O>-'M ~ .I;1~,~ m-'--"~~d,:,

." '. Fjff~ II'~'~ :.: .. !""'~ ..• '

....

The ,-,I; 'That which is the End-of-understanding " is generally rendered the Intelligible-i, But to noel,on, for the Gnostic ,01 this tradition, in, this connection signifies the Self ... creative Min,d" that is, the Min,d that creates its, own under ... standing.

It · b th th "', ult b ~ ~

'. 1~ 1.: .. 0 ..... -'1.1 ~ • e"" '~~J.m-··-·-'·- ··a·n·e-:··o·7·US~· i· DQ.'1LDD· "ling'

___ . :,;;t ':" ,:' --'.' '. ,~, '·.:'C ~ II ,'.:' ,,: .. : :"e :' : - ,: .. ' 1I,;;;;,00.!.,.:_. '. '. t, ",'~':

and end, or cause and result of itself; and thus Is the end or goal o-f all understanding, It has, therefore, to ble distinguished from all formal modes of' intellection ,; the normal mind. that is conditioned by the opposites, subject and object, cannot grasp it, S,Q long as, we: conceive it as. object, a'S other than ourselves, as though we are' ,,', under ..

standing "some.thing/" so long' are we

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·- : ith ,", ',' at it 'It .-'.' st be .', nte .... ,.1., .}, .:- .. te ·d· THE.

M,' "OU, i '., " muse Clon,:·emp·,a _e1c .-:, _ -.: ,- : ... ' " "

. rith t' he ".~ fl':: 'Q"'W" "'I;t;\,X' '0'" ·f' min d ,.,. b'"Y''' mind l'·n·· 'C.HALD~AR

WI, ' ,:. !L .. , c_l··~., 1 .. iJll'_:.;. ,,_ ,~uJIl.L'· ~:_. ORA,CLES .. ,

~t . '.,~",". ' :;, t" ha t :"'. .- t' the . .... '. _ .. t . f' .

1. S . p.r:itme,. ,I .1 ,a..:: IS" a... t·e mom'en" o· ,

b "1 ,'", '. . ..~, .' ' "~ th I' ". '" '. -. . ..... -.'. .-' '-, ':.' -'" .". d' wh ~ I .. h

.llosso.mmg 0.1 .. e growIng mma, W:,·_lC,··.

ithi d' "'th t"' ~ tell t al

rays "I'Z""I' :-,IT:n'; "'!in,- wt ;"'0"':,·'1''':1 m tn '- Ie.C-· U' .'"

~ ',: -hJ. "J:. '_ .. <£ " C!I..JLll'·:- 1 • ", J ". ",. - u.~ .. : .',.' I. '.:_ . ,~,"_" _ .:.'_ ': ~

'brilli-'~' '.- :'.,:_ ',,' -': b'· ,,~'L '-" I,·t· •. t· ,~ .. ", it _", ,. - .

U'I ' "ance,Ch .. JJ ,pene -rae !l1g 1 ,s. own

depths. and becoming one with them,

,',' Flower of mind," however, is. not the .It..-.. ' .. , "t,· '. ~ .... a~c o· f': ' .... ··I~'· ·d·' th ,'I ·····h··· :~t, :" .. u-uI·- or ]ew~l,~'".,,: mm ' .. ~ I.' ,aug ~ 1 .. , IS a

P ..... W·,Q'f( of fiery mind for flowers are on

'Ii..!'.' . "", . c.; ", :_.. Co," "_ '. ,,",," .. ' .. ' ,'!i;io .':,' -'.

th ... ' ,,'1 I'· sid '.... If( thi '", ,~, . r e- 'T"'I' .". -'.',' ·d·' ,: ·t", '''.'''' ·d·'

_ c, :,e; sun, ... SI'c ie 0_, ..... ' ng,s,,. ,:.0 un ,·era. . 3n, ..

,,~ wit h" ·~o· "W· .' ,Qrl . or m'" ind '", ~ t·~ h· '. USi' :~ s·· ·e·e' m" ... s·: to

.'" -w.' ..t. . . . 1l.JJJ.· -'_. . I. ~ .: I. . : ~ _......: . ," . _ _ . _ '. . ' .. ' ".- I .- .1 ." .

" - .. st t' '. .: - .. t .... ~1 like .. a . tal :i.... " .. : u ik - ..

:su_gg-es,'D' ,ca,yJl.\, .. ,. e pe Ql.lIiS" In a cu.p~ . ,e

w,~y ~ with the 'ra~:eres or deeps of mind, th e tru e fiery in itelligen C"~Q of th Q, Crea .. · t

., I. ,. ._ ]L_ . ~~:' ,,' .:. • r . ]':~ ", / -~. : .. ~ ',_ 'I' [ ~, • '_1 \zI:."_ .1.'

- ,"- _" :

''I'':~d <':l~ flowers catch the sun-ravs and

JJIIJl.JJ.il:..." Q.,;;:I' .ll,.t e .. : .... , .. ' ,', - I."., ... "UoJ' ""',j! ~jI. ,

b -,... .-. . . f th ' t .-. 'L ... ··, t .-. birth ':-;'Y' means 0_: tnem ,0 unng I,~O ':1 ,:11 ,

.... , ..... -to ,'hi'!'" ,~:::..,''I.t t he il T' uit , .. ".' .'" --;.' , ..... ' ..... ,-, f th "- -' \ViI "..cln oneseu " ,'"" .' Cl.\.' or l'ew'e;Js 0 " ... e,

'K~ d hi .... k f th - f' '.'

lYJ.l'n,I~", 'W:: en are !o'; .. ' ,e nature 0,. 1m,-

m edi Ia te or spiritual und erstan "~~"'Ig' " that

"",, ..... "'~ _... .. " ,'''. .',' 'U44,ec: • '.;;III .. c ,. _UU.!ll."".; .. '. c, ..

';'e to say -,t'h':·',iCI; greater min d ... senses. or

.L;;J!o .. ,.. ..' ", ~' " .!l,.,o_ "~ ,,_'iIW'., ", .~' , ,. ~" , .. ~ ~ ~.~ 'II.".!!',

powers of understanding ..

" The fragment seems to be an, instruc-

tion in a, method of' initiating the mind in understanding or true gnosis=e 'very'

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T,RI!' s u b """iD p' "ro"~i),C!IlO It ~~ n o ,·,t: t, "0'--:' be exp ect ,:" . "d"':

~,~-,-~" m~N' ~_' - -- ,~:"'_ '-- ,,:__ V~~ .,- . '~--,_ - ,- ~'i~'~''-Ce: e '-

CHALD __ ,A that t he norm 1'-1l 10' ~,..".'1 partial m ind can

[O[RA CLBS.. W'::" ,~',--_''IWi ,·-,·",:____:Q.1"c> _".L..&.;LJLiW,. , ,-,Dr. _ ,-.lIi,W . [~ ,', _-iQ,,1 ,

..... ~ .. , ... 'j-'-I'l-··,t'~,",· ides ~,f"ull:" ... ~-,.,:'.: <,': .. ~t"

seize a, complete ]~_ea, :(1, ,! mess, as 1,

1 ~ ~ .. t, d' - __;0; .- 'h

," . . - ~ . ," :._. -:: .. "'-1--' -;-: .~,.-.-: .. - '. :-1 . -. .', -'J' . . • I .. '- .. " ~ . '. - .", • •

erroneously un agm,e,S 1" roes In, the

-,-', :"C".' .. - .. - .... - ':'f: fon ',,-';!o ,~ .. the Iivine ~. t-,~'ll'·, ibls

region 00 ·erm" m ,:' e . rvmg In, !t;ll~,gt _,U~·

U spheres ,,. there are 'DO such limited

"'d-" ',- - d' -fin-'" d' - ~b- --'- - f - '- . - 'tl- - .. ,' - -"h"'''''''':'

. • '-. I', '.1 .-. J.,,-.' II ". --:-. '. I.. ) .... -, •• • '-', - -,--:- .... I [ '·'1 ", til " .. ' ~

I[ eas · .. aen ieo _y iorm or -OUI me ~ t •. e,y

a- ,~.,-.__:__ m"'- _-'IQa' __ " S·1i11'TO,mQC'.,o. -

1 i.v 1 I ,_,,:_. 1~!~.l~[iII

I--nc' this sym-_- ,- b olism .'~ .' .. '. flame and flo -w'- -'eo'!!!"' 'ar"--

I ! lt~, .,- s : ; _i .::'.,_i:_:____;,_" ::,! '~.' .Ill..a" ,~, cu.~': JI.,gj,1 .'~.".-' > ." Ji. ': _~,.,e

,--'- ·-'h·-- the 'C"- ,-~'-: '-'. '. ,Q'am:.o, of m'-:' ind and 'fl~-' ,--

m uc;! i -lJJ.Jl'e, Sa.nle t ll>: '-' :,~ V :-'_::: ,--c_ (,;!!.;,ui' i ,- (l'WeI"

o-f mind suggest the same happening in, the ,,' mineral ", and ," vegetable ,,) king-

d ...... ms 0' ,,.' th A min !~-'r-Q..,.l11"1"""s::, The m -. in d has

_ ,U . r;:;},1, .,I .. '1!.,.0 .... .a:..&.Jl . ,U, """i:1ll.!l.l~, ' __ ' I, ,_ ... ' ~

to grow of itself towards its StU'D.. Most

-" '. d t b t ulderi

mens mmos are a, oest smoumermg

fir -,'e':'~ they require a "breath ;" of th ,-

,'-- _'- - ' __ . ~ , - - _. _- , . ____-_ \;;; ._. . _. -_. __ " ,_ ,_ '_"'_ - ,,', -_.' I, e

Great Breath to make them burst: into

.£:I 'am: ',-': _-- 'e-" 'a" - n-'c ':d-: ·s· .'0> exten - .. d: th ,-' emsel v' ,Q;~ [0':['

,J:J.~ __ ::, '" 1",,', '_ ~.'Ii,;O.'-'" _,:~-;,.t.1J11;"",_- _ ~', ,_,

th l- f' t"

- - - - - -- - I' - _ -, , , " - ,-" - - ,

possess tnemserves or new re-genera, rve

power ~ Most men's minds, or persons,

~ 1 t h t

'-. ,-, l '. ',_ ", '" '~"I ',L 1"-::-' 'iii . ",--:, ,":-: :-;-,-_:- '--_:-,' '. --:,- 'I

are unripe pan 'S, we , :. ave no yet.

b ht-' el t - th '-'" 'b- 1- - ..

1--[' I'! """', '. ",' -_ ,,~ "I ".:':~'~';;, ., I' , I.' "'t'" , .', I':', ":,,,.,:-,.,,',-','._, I ,"'.~' ;",

__ roulg_: __ , ours-,.:___ yes . .0 ,e.. ,C?ssomlng

point, This is achieved only' by Heat fro-m the Sun, A blossoming person

b '~d 'b' h '!', 'b' '.' ,',

may e san to oe one W';·oO' IS oegmmng

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to' know how to form fruit and re-generate TH:a

_',~, _:_'----"_=' -,,".-.~-'---"--''- ",,-, .--.' - ,_",:.,-,.",:J, CHAL'~N

J,..,~', ...... self '- - ". ---~ -, . _ .z: --: ,._. '.

J,UUJl,;;:l"- ,I '.' o· 'R, _'.,·~-c·- :L''C''~

In this-vital exercise of inner growth ,-,_·_ft.· '~

there m rust be n 0 form ial thinking '", Th ,e·-·"

.~~u , __ , __ ~ _. = _ ~_ .. ~ .. __ ~ _._ -.

al ind to' d t

' ","! -: t ~ . .: a , .' .. -.: . "I': 1 -: .> ,:' ["I'~ :"'1": ,":' . -. . : •. ". "', • I _':-'.', . '.' ..

person ' min. must I_e, mace empty or

id I- all" '. b - ~ th

VOl,' or ," _ _ preconceptionsv bu t a,I~:' ,,,,e

y' '1 " c·_ tim ;": becom ,: ~ k eenly attenti: :< ~--',:" ,,' -',_,

,sarnel:__ ,_e_~,:v -. v :e.~lU,c_1).. ',-,-"_,ve,, trans·

f' d I t '. . f'

ormec mto pure sense or capacity tor

.,.' c.' _,' '_'" .c, '~~~~-' : -',"",- 'i---': ~:'~

: ~'-','.

greater sensations. The soul must be 1D

a search - l··'n' "i g" fram Q of m,"'''' Jl~ n~ d ' S-Q.ar- .ching . . nat

, , "u; -, .. -&~ I ~ ,:,-: .1J.1j"_.~,,,; e ..... ~_;, -~, . ,"'Il;r, __ :.'.-' ',:, . '0'-.

enquiring, that is to S:R:Y synthetic

-' .. :·"t' ~ '- alyti ,-. Enq "~, -- ,- . ",- ~ '-:',". -, ts .. ·:, ,-, -" "IT' ... -

not anarvuc, ,I" i,:__wry sugg,esw< pene . ,(1 ....

*,inl'!t' '":1 to e- t· hi '-',c-' "~' ith th -", '-':" ",-', '-,.',"" el ,'. ,:',-- "d' '"'

I~, ,m'o a." ' . In,g '\VJ. .. ' .,IIe personill mIn', ~

L,: 11 hi d b ~ d'

wnue searcrnne I" enotes em cracmz and

'-": .. ,;;;)1",,-- __ : .. _- , .. :C' . "-' I -- .. ~ ,-", ,,-:- - -- '._:___,t) ,"'''''~.'

seizing ideas, ~'e:a'tin.g':) or "digestin,g ",'"

or ", absorbing ":; them so to. say ," getting

- " -- ," "_, ---:.:-" .. ,' ,t!l -" , " ',': " _c:,' - ,- '~'~",

,aJI round them and, making' them one's

own, surroundine them-s-it is no Ionger

" .. , -'''.',' -'-" ,,' ',--, ''0 .'" ,,~ ,.... . -' " ,-. ,'- - .l ::. -

a 'q= uestion .nf~ senarated su abject a 01' d

[ .~. ~dt I ... '_'_" VI 1 •••• ~y~'~ I ~ ." __ , ~I'.: lllJ! ~~.I, :.,: '

object as with the: personal and analyzing mind,

MYS':'T- ]-'C·' tnno N"

.. _'. .. .:.~ yiJ.!;·'.I ... : ,1:!"'_1i

Th~- e whole ;''Il"III~,t-ru:-~t':l~,o:-n-'" migh rt '~~ t- ,Q."I""T'II"I,e..;d! _

_ __ "<', _.'_'~'_:..:." ~I ,~.a:.r.;;I!.-." .,\..!.I.- .... , ,1,1 .:- . __ U~, ._~1_U~'·. __ ,

a metho-d" 0' "J; 1J'O'oa Of' mvstic union (:'u,ni.o

.",. "'~~-' ... -.~-~" _.' ", · ... :1 ,J'_ Ib,' " -:-', I • - 'J' '~I ... ,., -' ".' .... :;, "', ••.•• '_._ •• _ .

9h '-I

'THE mysti,'ca) 0'1' the spiritual or kingly mind

g~~~ th~ ll1indthatrul~ itself· I. 1ii~,.y(}g;> th~

royal art proper, But theria must be no ,,: vehemence ~;" (no ,,' fierce impe-t'u,Qsity,,'"

to use a, phrase of Patafijali's in his Yog'a~S'utra) - in one direction -onl,Y; there: must be expansion in, every direction

with ain and wit hi '--",0" UI t in stilln . G,~'iii:!'

_ . _" ;(:ilL . _ .. . ""'.L, - I. _ . _ .,£Jl ,i;;JI 1 .. . -, -.'!i;::;;~, ..

The, "'~ 'vision 'j':;' o:f: the soul is, literally',

th e n ~y~··::-e-': "", ,o::f: the ~n""":~ 'T! he ml rind 'W' - ust

' .. ' ~ r .. ' . .. ~J ~fV UJLI@liJ .:_: ~ ~~l • P". ".'~, •

'be. emptied of every object, so that it :m;ay receive the fullness, It becomes the ",I' pure eye," the mO[l,aJ_l~y'e; not, however, to perceive anything other than itself, but-to understand the nature: of understarrding=-namely, that it transcends all distinctions of subj ect and

bi t ,0 ]ec,-, ..

And yet though the Reality may be said t'IO-;' be ,~;t;b,'-@y·.··o·'·'n,~·d··~ the mind." ,0., .... ,:1""

_!!.;;,.o' ~G.,l,,_, .. .... ~,~ .. ~.~ ' .. ,. ,.11, _,_. ,"_' ,-,c .c,-_· c' " .lI:.,

U W1'~t- hout it 'U it- is - " "all- - - - ,-. o' ,t, ,eo' 'It,

<, '1 >___ , , " ,I, 1 . . ..... re::, y ,n·1 f !;I ._'. .. _ _-

'may very well be said, to be beyond or transcen .. d the personal or formal mind

. .. _.,. ..: '1",;' . . I ---'_ ~ .:c 0;:1:., ,- .. , . v, , _ I .. ' _ . c. '" . .lIi.. c:li'

or mind in separation, for that is the mind. tha t separates ; but the Intelligible and 1')8"-'

~.:':.

th 'M'~ d ,,. ~' ..... 'lf' .... 'ili11 A- T'H' 'eo

__ ,e.r'ln! :, ... In, .... ,its,~:: are really one, ~-~S on,e:_',"':'~,[,_ ">:'.':,'

·_·f the fragm rents says : CHAL,D,SAH

0..:., ,'Il".' 1.'0.,::: ..... ,,;Ji ;;;;;I'.,. ,,;;, '" IORA,CLES.,

F M: ~nd-' '" t

(JT " .'. : j:", .... , lS no: :

h.. 't., l.. ~', M" ,~ .:1

''-.I'!,I' icn;-mal",eS"~'i,t~ .'.' I" "n:'u, •

tW, _ '._ I. . .. _ ._ .. __ . . il'. __ .' :11

.I:t. E" ..3 t M' .. s J ,,''1.. rd"er> " . 'n",~o t=s. ':" in", "~i~lli'

I M'··' '" __ ... ;3 rom .'.' " ':1':00"

without the That ... , K~ I'I~ and' Tluzt:oodwki:ch ... is- C.. ,43,,,,

no'l ,subsist a:(uzrt 44,.

Both these hyphened terms represent the

d 'I' G'::' k all d d tho

.~ .. ~ --,:-' .",: -', ' ,'. -', - . " .. ," . , -_ ., .',. ," [I ... :. ", I :-;--, ,-I -' . ," 'c " , .. _ . :! I""

same war, , m v Tee ,.:, usuauy rene ereo tne

Intellii 'ible Th '0""'·1' mi h t·, th '( be

,Clll,gl ~'- ,~e~ ..'e- "' .. r,a,!c-J.e. g, ",; ·:US : .. ' e

d t ._. U 'F" ., Intell ·-t" ·,·t'

ma' e'· ,0" ru"'" n ,~ .... c :o··,r· 'n° :- .. , G.i"'" ,',C' n: 0'·',-

" " .. ,t '. ' .. ' ",,,,,,,,,,,,,,I,.,~., .. ,

.. th .. th I' t nl~ ~bll d tho I ' ... '.

mt ~. iout t ,e .. n, 'e:1 19J :c:,le" an, , : :,'e c tntet-

zibl .... . ubsist ~ ,'.C '0" t ape art 4f 'C . .- In'" t~, ..... l'l CoC·· t :U'

gI ... I€: suU'~' ~ ,n .,~. i.\ I' J!.rom, : ... : :'~'~.'.: ..

But this makes to nO'et6n the object only

.t' " . d' ' _ ... , tl .- , '. di - .. C', 'I' C - .. h ... ,' - _. ,:,., ,. it is neith. ',.

0,1 11D.. ers tane ,lng, W, rereas 1,., IS ner -J'€'[

:~, .b ,'! t . ".-:."" obiect b t both

SU jec. D(Jc.r Glee"., U ' .. ''''i

~

T~'t7 O""'N""ID n-'--'E' ··s-,IRA··:··:·······1:Ii'.,.'~

[' ~~ .... ~.,~ I _ ... ____:._~.L ."_ .. ~ ••

The Father is the Source of all sources and the End of all ends : He ... ~ .. th "e'" One

. .:..:,,' .... -.' ~ , .. , ' .. ,._ ,g,_:_c:. ~ ,u;::..~, , .. , ,e IS ,_ .. ,':- ',:.:_,.,_ .. _ ......

Desirable, Perfect and Benignant " the

Go:o'.d-· '. the Summum Bonum tis: we learn

. .. " ,UI _ _, ,. , ' . . .. '!I;i J1~ .. _ .

from the following 'three- disconnected

'f' :r."'!iigDl': .. f ,.on-'· its ..

I . .I..ft.':__:,". : '.~" ~

29''-

, .

:.:'

K" 1:5~ c~ 9.

F""" [ro ,- 1,'1 .. - p'" 'C' .al 5" - ,.', .' "",' :t.~ (~1" ,:10m"e ' ,a,erna', ource naugn,;.,

t- L t' ' ,~ "~" t ct ,J, '~-, ['" -" ,'L - -1 'J'

,na', S ;m,y,e1",c,c: Sr,n~ or W,neCf!S, ~

The soul must have measure, rhythm,

'I -;:ai ,,' -.&: "ct-,~"" ". - to -,::''.-" "'"" , ..... 11 ite ,C', a, th -,-:c,,'b"-

anc perrecnon, ,,0 spin, errcuiate or '," ,[-0"

it h thi '.' DC =," i, p" ",., ~ l'

WI,' ;1 rn g,lvme: ,c:nn'clp,e~

K., 15~ The Father dotA ''no't' sow [ear, but

,C'~ 1:0',., pour's forth :fJ'6fsua'Si(Jn,~

':Th::, Fath ' ,,',' ntrols f' A" "~t1!..:'- ,',,' 'd~'

" ,e '.-c a _ :,e-r con ,TO',S If-um Vl!i uill an,:,

not. from 'without; controls b,y being" by'

Ii ~ ithi ~, d t b - ,i,"

-.,';- 1'-:::'- ..... : _" '-'I "1"- . :1-··· -. _-.. . ,I, I, ; .. 11",",' l··"· -' . -1"-::"

_ rvmg WI,- nn, ana no_",Y constrammg.

K. :r5~, Not /mowing that 'Goa'is' wlwlly Good.

C'~, ·',I',8'·,:'~:'4",",~, '0""'.· 'fltlW'd./C',L,,~d', 'i!f"~',~,,~~("-:to!-'i!; sober I

• ~ ',' 'W" ~"" ,rf;,~ , '!WIt-UiLI""~:II' U"'" ,~" U'IiiI,' ~

Compare 'with this, the address 01 the preacher inserted in the Trismegistie ,',' 'Man, ... Shepherd " treatise (H,~" it 17)!

", 0' y,e people, earth-born folk, ye who have given yourselves to drunkenness and sleep and ignorance O,f God, be sober

"11"1i"O'-""w",: 'r U

JL,I .. ," ., 'Ii

And also the Oracle quoted, as, follows :

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T-L~ so ;JJ?- n/ ... · .:!it"J.;O.H sba ·,1')' orese GC'A;)' (.J'.t'II'€"'4"~"'j'

t ·:J~'~l'il'~~'i.~" ~~'~~'~~ '~b"~'~ r,~ 't:!~' d,.v'~4 ~~~~~:~. , ,(J ,~,t,l,' W1"/J natl.:gru- su JBCt> ,o,:,ea~/~ "n ,ti" .i

If b "I'''' M'O·'l't.'!I']'I· ",",,j. 4~'S' /.iii I'!]' d···''-Y''''ff· %. [or ,,",~ ;J'r1'i' .1:., elorv L' w:~ 1',1' 'W,_ 'liet '.... "~''';~;f!t::, ' VI '~" Uv;,~ ,,,j'VI'J

.. "L H r ' h '. ' J':' S' ':tl' -

in. tne ,~,armDny L t I at is ~ t""e " uo. unary.'

F' 5'~p L '1 t; ].. 'l., . ::r~

or ,ate',···.· onere» I Qeneatf.~ Wlt().S e ,sU',a'1! tit; 6'

>i.M .o,..,J:~I· I:""""~j'!.n .. _" lJ'i!;!'~~',~t's' ,J

'Tll-iul'''~ . I ,,_ if· .. ~ ~ .. \.I ~'I!) ~", '!i

THE, DIY-IN! TRIAD"

How the Divine: Simplicity conditions it ,~ CAI- f~ ... ,r' evel 'a·· '.'t:\I;' O:'D' . nR Ira ami ent ,t, e ;11' e 'n" ~ ,

,~, ,,,;]i .:J ..... 1,., ,~, ~"', ,_, .... :. ·v· - '-0' .. , .. "'......... ' ." .;Ji . '."'",

But: in spite of Kroll's, scepticism I believe the Later 'Platonic commentators, were not wrong when they sought for ,it' in the' riddleof the triador trinity,

; The doctrine of the Oracles as to the Self-conditioning of' the Supreme M',ona,d 'm:a:y} however, perhaps, be: recovered from the passage of' the Si-monia-n, ,G'reat 4"1 n,twtt,n,c.enle:rl~q,uoted, in our last little volume (pp .. , 40 if). T,ms striking ex, ... ' position of the: Gnosis 'was. "" philosophized," upon a, M;a,go=Chaldre:atl, back ..... ground and that, too, at a date at least con temporaneous with the verv origins of Christianity as is now, "'I, think',r

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~:tDJE,AN demonstrated 'with, hi~'h, p~oba.bili.ty (H'",,_ 'ORACLlS~ ~,. 18.4)i The passage IS SO important that, li t deserves re-quota tion ; bu t as it is so' easily accessible, it may be sufficient, simply to refer the interested reader to it.

Cen turies before Proclus this tripartite or triadic dogm - (,- a was known to the

.'

'Greeks as, pre-eminently Assyrian, that

is, Syrian or Chaldsean, Thus Hipp olyt us:" commenting on the N aassene Document .. in which the references to the Initiatory

Rites. are pre-Chris tian, writes : .

U A' -. nd first o ·--.-f· ~I'~'~ in co ns ~'d-' en- ~n-""g-" t h '!CI;,

, ., '.. ' ,I..;:;!!., .' I CllJIl.l" .:11.1 ..... ,' ,~" '.' '.. ..-y,

triple division of lvIan [the I\l['ona-d or Logo's];t:h,~y' [the . N ~a';eri~5] "fly . f~r . help,

to the, Initiations of the Assyrians : for the Ass,yria-ns- were the, first to consider the Sow triple and yet one' ~,. (H~~ L ISIl~

In the same Document the. early Jewish commentator, who was in an probability a. contemporary of . Philo's in the earliest years of - the Christian era, gives the first words. of' a 'mystery ... hymn which, run: ,,', From Thee is Father and

Thro"U_.g, Ii Thee :M:o-ther ~' (i bid ~ ,t 146):; and,

3,2

"1 "~ h·t- be .' id d-" d . 4·, T" . 'T" ':1. ... ~ - Soi n 'THB

11. :mIgI. I ne a·:!~: .: 0 --~ n~'S'lS~On, CHALDSAH'

Th,; e!' reap' Fltlo~.A·n" ··t· s" th e v , .... '] u·ae 0" ·f· t he thr - 'eo . "e' z.. -. . _,-

___ .~';;;;' .~> J!.'Y~~~_;.,. [ 1.'.':·4JI[ ,",".oj ..... ,.. 1.1'.:,' .. 1 •• ' O.RA.CLE1t

U 'Great Nam .. ·· ·-es·-~··· :", on the P'a" th o' ··f: Return •

, ·_·C.·' ce· '.'. __ ._:,., .' .... J_. J.!I.""",. '.' _-I. __ . :-_. 'c' '.,' ..... :11

but in'. I. the Wa'Y--' of Descent ·th·· at is of

. . . .\,.~, '--, ~-,. .

~ Id-sh 0; th'"

cosmogenesrs, or wonc -,5 aping, t, ·elf

values would differ. Curiously' enough,

one 0.£ our Oracles reads : ..

For Poee« is With Him, buj illina K'~ 13.

From Him, CIi' :16.,

Power always 'represents the Moth·erside (the l¥lany), the Spouse of Deity

th M· .... d th O' ).. d S ... h' R' ult

( __ . e l.ln: '.j. t~ [·e:. 0 n:e;, I.n . ",o,n IS t :~·e.' ,eg [.1 ,"

th ae U 'F: rom ": H' im "___,.·t:h-· " e ~·l'l"·n: td I"'D'I m an - d-

l~:....... . , •• , ,£ I~ .. 1,' ,If:J. .... ~ .. ::~, _' ':_.' . ~. I •.. ~_

festation, Hence we read of the. Father,

"11''' d P" becomi +

or J.l:JLln'-I' I, roper, aa necommg unmam-

'" t d ithdr h idd aft

res ec or wrtr orawn, or mdden, arter

.' .. ". .. th . F·';o; .. -·_· ,t·, '1 -. nl I .. t·· H' ~~, . -. , .. "]If"

;gIv,ln,g: ae ,c_: rrsi ,. mp· se t -0 urmser i

:T:hd' FatJI81' with.afi6lD Hi Inself , yet sA,",; K,. 1.2. nol; up Hi's' ··own .f;I,ec,~idia'.r' Fire wilkin His ,C~ II,~ Gno·stic PO'l.fJ6r ~

" His O\VIl peculiar Fire ,~ seems to mean

3~ ~ .;;)1

THE that which characterizes the One l\iIystery

CH'A'LDAEAN'----,- -,-,,' : '-_ .:': _".-' ':,,: . ~ ,::', " ',:

O:RACLES" ~ Father, or creative, He withdrew

Himself into Silence and Darkness, but left His Fire, or Fiery l\iin:d, to. operate the whole, creation ~ May not this throw som ~ ligh t 0'; "n'-" th i ~ m '" eanin g~- of 'tbl ;-I,Qj; obscur ,ll.

~ ••• ,. ,,~ _ .• "_. ,_,:",,: .-1 :_. _...: _ .. _,~J . ~ _ ,\-.I,a.....&~L ." .. I • .• a ~ • U'ti~ ~

mystery-hymn at the end' 0'£ the Christian Gnostic. Second. Book ,of 1 eou (Car], Schmidt ,Gnost~ Sch'ri/t,.,;. p'~' 187) ?'

" I praise Thee ,"' ~ ~,;, for Thou hast drawn ',:" - Th vself into Thysel f al ;t'co"'g';"iQt'h-"~T"

• ,I • .'" .', J!II .• I'~I;;"W ~'J.-':. . ,,' .. !I);i I .. :_ ••.. .: •. ~._:___:1;i;4

in, Truth, till Thou hast set free the space of this' Little Idea [? the manifested cosmos}; yet hast. Thou not 'withdrawn Thyself, ,."

GOD\ .. NURTURIN',G SILENCE.

In the, first paseage from the Simonian Gr:ea': A nnouncemen", to which we have referred above (pOi ,3I')., the Great Power of the Father is called Incomprehensible

SiIe~ce. '~nd,' a; i~;eU' k~~~,Sil~c;

(,Sig'e)_. w,~s""~ i~ .a_ Dllmb~r of', systems o'{: the Christianized Gnosis, the Syzy:gy';,

or Co-partner, or Complement, of the

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Ineffable. Amongthe Pythagorseans and ,..~" 'I .. "",.,

T'" ~-.,. ',' "'. ttc 'G" ... , .... ·,t":·' ," _1:. " s ':'~. :.' .... C,HALDA!AN

,nsmegrs. Ie . ·:'nOS"lCS ;(i.t-SO : .. ·.bence was ORACLES.

,t'h' ' ... ', nditi .7.,' ::'f W'.', Isdon . "

" ,e conw,,·lon, ,01 .. ,.'. IS: o,m,~

Though there is nOI verse of 'Our Oracle-

' .. " '''m'' ···--:-r"o,c:o.' .' - ,C d w-' rh 1" ch ,.' _"'Ii"!i thi ~."'" fo t h

poell; P',: eserveu ,'~- ':- sets 1_., ... s rorr '.

th . """. a' .. -. hra ·s·,···-··s· ',"1' '.' . t '. d ·b··-- p".-., cl ' ... -'

_c ,ere_ re p ases quo e ',.:Y: rO·.:.U5,

(:K~ 16) which speak of the Paternal

'S' 'il~':" '. 1tt·~·~ t he D': ~ -,.'0 . -', C,"' c'·' '-"1' --" th ".

,. I,,_·enlc.,'e~ .IL, IS . 'f! .. ,]!.vme:a>m~, .~ Ie

hi S:~il6nC'~.. N' :':':'u~U1'er ,0/' '''~~ D~' i"'~"fle ".'~ it~ ,;:C!'

l;.. . 't." ~'J . rlf#-. " " "J t"i~' ~,' . ~.[~'.. .. '_:.' " ~ ~ ~

the unsurpassable unity of the Father,

h .' ·t·-"h,c t . "0'" 'c- . ",., . h""" ""']... .. :.".-: d·"· fail :·1' 4> -' e_~,la_ concerning W,.lCJU woros ran ;

the ",~.-.' d· '. ,·,,,·,'t'·, '1... . U"': ··d t "'. kn - "'.'.'. ,:~,t

_ te ,mm.'·, mus ue suence .01 ow lr ,,-

tb a t: is , t 0" U ace .{"'IiI';} "1,(J,~"-Ih··:·" it (·;·K .. ··. r-6·····:

. I .",. "c. _,!,.o. !li.t.1 U ,!I,U,IIir,,",, . ,I " . _ . .., . .."

C I''''' ~')',

-.., , ~" ;J,:'~

P 1 '.' all b bil "t h' d

,,_ reclus .In, ,~. I pro 'a\_,: uty '" a our

Oracles in mind when hie wrote (C, 1:2)1 :, "For such is the Mind in 'that. state,

~ '.' ~ t .. ~ [" th

enler;gi.ztng prior ',0 energtzmg .i'm,·.i ~Ie

sensible world]" in. that it had, in no wa'Y .~·.".C··· "-'-:" t'· d b t re t-"""d:' "'- I the F:("lt:"h:,,' :"

em.ana" e·. " .. U I, I es: a I·, In . e ,a ,.er s

Depth [[i,.e .. " its own Depth], and 'in, the

S c -rc'd~ Shri ' s, c 'e' held In the A '_'ms'-- - 0" ·f-:

acre~:" :~, ,.' I, lin '; .. !;..o,-- . .Ii. " I,., . ,e .(1;.J..: - .' .. :

Silence 'Nuriur,er of; the Divine .. " ;>',.

--~~" .... _,-_. : .-' ... "

Sil' .. ' kn thr h · d l'

I ence IS xr own .n oug n mini" a, one,

'1'1:1l,.., ~1 . th .. - - .- , . -. . bi . ti . 't· .' - .. '- vh ''''1'' ", nne tmngs are 0- ojec ive '.0 one, W;I]I_e

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:g::LDJEAN we are taught .~,or '~o]d 4bi,o~ut t~i~~gs.,;. th,e:y' O'RA,CLES.~· cannot be real, The Great Silence on ' .. -~\.-'.~ the mind, .. side of things corresponds with

the Great Sea, on the matter-side of things ;; the: latter is active, the former Inactive ;:

d hI'" ~.

an the on ,y way to attain wisdom,

which is other than knowledge, is to ,,', re-create " or r:e ... generate oneself, Man

only H 'knows" God by getting to this, Silence in. which naught but the [creative 'words ai' true Power are heard, 'He then no longer conceives formal ideas, in his mind, but 'utters, limg ideas in all, his a. ct s----th oughts , words and deeds.

The Fatherhood is equated -b:y Proclus (.K. I3) with ~ssence (~'u'S~~)'1 or Su'b:i~' tence (b:ypar~ls); the Mo'therh.ood withLife, t(zo,e) - or Power (,dyna,mis); and the

Sonship with Operation or Actuality (efl,e,geia)~, 'These philosophical terms are" of course, not th,€ names used in t"i!e Oracles, which preferred more graphic, symbolic and poetical expressions .. ,

'THE, ·HO:L'Y FIR&

'Thus :Mbld ", in potentiality " Is the ~~'" ", ,_ ,'"" Hc~ idde Fire " of s- -~ ; -,'-' t h Ti..I'" ,-"" ,--. CH,ALD,iEAN

,'~'1'- u.~n, ,'lrle: " 0_, --.',lmo.n _c,_e" J.[J.~gIan ,ORACLES",

'(who doubtless knew of the ~'Books 0"

th~Chaidre~ns "). ctllld the" H Marrifest~d

Fire " was the Mind '" in operation ' or

F-o, 'it"'ji'¥l1 at ive "i\JfI"'n; d,: ' - A' -, g,,' , T.~:~;L Dr~",~'n-! A, - I &f=

, .. 'll- .!IJlM~ _ ~ .~, .!'rJ._' _" _ _:'II! ' _. ~ " "_, • nv urr v~t '. Tr=

nouncemen~' of the Simonian tradition has it (Hi:p:P4'~' Rej., vi, 9~'II):

U The- hidden aspects ,. of the Fire are

concealed in the m .. anifest, and. the manifes.t. produced in the; hidden, .. , ..

U A-- d th if t d' "d- f-' h 'F-"

'" ,n, .ne man]' es reo S,:e <1:, t:, e, :Ilre

has, an, things in itself which a man can, perceive of -things visible, or which, he Unconsciously falls to 'per,c~ive; whereas 'the' hidden side is every thing 'which, one 'can conceive as intelligible" or which

g m " tan ,,t.'"'Ji,;1Fi! 't" 0" c-:.o- nceiv 'e- u,

~I ).:~Q _ _: ,la..~ I..: :_.' . '- .. "_" ",~~iil, ..... ,'Ii

An '-d: ,e,n in o",~'I:':F '0"" ,.~ t'"~.~~ t;l,~ with Sim on

.. 'L I." ~v ,~ ... ~ ",~, ::,',J., Q'~m.~:, !~' '-rll'~' "IT I .,'.",,1' ~ 'u', -,'

an- d with H''''' lera .... lit U-"t=- 'W' ho called l'"t-' ,

': "'VJiI2.. _ _:" , . :_.~I .. ~:~~! , . .'.1,. v(l!.lll .... :.:' ... ~'.'

."~ _E,v~-r-livi~~ Fire:;n~_ ~~ .great~st: ! ~F,b~l ,of the, Power of Deity was. called H O,~)1

Fire, ;, as; Proelus tells us (K~ I3)~ 'This :Flre was both. intelligible and immaterial

,3,1

T'II~'_ _ .. and sensible and material; according to the C,HAL'DJE'AX . '~_<;"'"~" __ ' -"- __ --~"" - __ ~-~-,,- ,~-, _"-'"_ .'-,-

O:RAC-LEL point of view from WhICh it was regarded,

,MIND [Q:rF lYrIND'~

The fiery self-creative Energy of the Father is regarded as intelligible ; that is, as, determined by the vital potencies of :Min,d alone, Hereall is "in potentiality ' or hidden from the senses; :it is the tntly

,,', occul 't- world ',I', Th Do sensible or mani

VI~~II. - _':_:, _ .~ lUi.:_:. '~'I~ ", _. _.I~' >.'-~'Ji~~~l :_:, .t., . 'j ' ... >ljIi, __ _: ._.~~!!!!II

fested, universe comes into existence 'by the demiurgic, or fa rmative , or shaping Energy of the Min,[d, 'which, now, as .i\ rchitect o,{l matter ,;~. called ~~r;'n"- d o··,~

n.l ..~",-" •• IJJ. ,,~I- '." &~ .• _.,~.' . ,,!!;fJ.l, ... ,.jl

Min,d, or Mind, Son of Min"d,~ as we have il':an Son of: Man in, the Christianized Chaldzean Gnosis. 'This is set forth in the following lines :

,For' ,H'e [the F:ather] dolh not in~l{)ck: His Fire t,,.a,ns-ccndent: :t}te Primal Fire. His

- '- . - [. .. ... , - --- " - " - "' - i! -" - -

Power ~ into' M'attl!Y ,by 11i8ans ,0 l war ks, but: by e11ie1gy fJl Mind~ . For it is M:i:nd oj' ,Mind' w,ho is ~he ,A':rc-n.i'te-ct, ol tn,is [the ma,nij.8St;e,d] tiery wrwld~

3[8

K .. :I3,j C4 22~

, .. 'w:-- 11, .. · ... ';·h '" "'.. ~e

_ .. _ ··,·:··:'or,tlu) .. ' seem ._~e:re to mean. activities .. , .. .I..c,.s... . _ .','

bi . t .' atu " - . , t ~ Thi' .. " .. . C.HALD'.·AN O. jeers, creatures -- separation, l .. :.iS,ORA,CLES.·

Father; who is wholly' beyond the ,Sea of' . ' . ~,

M'atter, does not shut u.p His Power

into. M:a:tter by in-locking it in bodies,

or 'works, or separate objects, but ener ...

:m'?:~~ by m I eans '0' f':' som e mysterious

b ....... ~1 .... :.__ c' ... """ " . " "_C. .' ,._; .. ,I. '~ ," ._:.";;'1.: 1 !":"'_'"

abstract and infinite penetration-s-thus ]'aying down as it were the foundations of .' '~~root'~fot~,' th'e . gro,~d.-pia~·: so' t~

speak". the nexus of the first Limit; this makes Matter to' assume this first beginnings of M:ass,," As StOOD as the Father, or Minld of' all minds, has made this frame ... work or net-work of Fire, 'M·in.do,f

. ·Min.d is 'born; and this 1rlind, is the Fiery Cosmic D4md:,. which by contacting Matter In its first: essential nature generates the beginnings of the World .... Body and of all bodies, This is the 'work of' Mind of' Min,d ..

So also we find the Supreme addressing Hermes in "Th'e Virgin of the. World ';", treatise as, ::

·H Soul 0." }(y Soul, and Holy )fin.d,

of My own Mind U (H.~~, iii, > I04)'~

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THE And again, In another Trismegistic

'g~~~~ fr~:glil,'~t- '~'~--I'~,d.:" a, _ _ ,_ ' ,

[~~ There 'was One Gnostic Light aI?'n~,~ nay, Light transcending Gnostic Light, He is for ever l!Iin,d, of M:in,id, who makes th a: t L' ight to 'S,1..i'!'-~' :,,.. IH','c,- iii rH:~:'7:')'"

t : .. '.: ' --- .. ' :' ,1.. V ," J.ml,~l \ ' '~~, ,- ~, ~LJ .. ~':iI'

For as our Oracles have it :

,K~ I:~'ii --,

Cit 1,3-

The F atJi'8f' 'Mft,,""J:J"eft~',~cte'(l all. ana g' ," . II/DB

-" " ,', _' ,_" r _. " " _ _ _ , . _,:;Ii _" , , " ' , _ _

.J; L ........... ' t" B"" ... - '" -;z 'il S ,~ .... ,~ ,,1 ....... - - - , ,

,~I~m' over ,0 , ' ' '';5' ,se'Conu- jIY;.t, '~1""" ,tI)',w"~ ,-ye'J'

U ab'" I 'k' ,'" - , d,-: ,'i' '" 'f' 'fi'-' 'st"

. I' _. I', .. ,.... ..".. . . I . '. . . ,,".- . '. '".

,a, n'- ·_,on5' fl, man"n>_", s't'ng .0 as ~,r,' ,~

Intelligible Fire has the essence o:f all things for :its ,'" ,sparks" or ~'ato:ms,,,,:n u 0:" rt - erfect ed "~'" C-OiS;'!ft"Ii'i:i::!' to m ;Q"JI,n, t h' a t th e

I U :-"'pe~ ',~' ~ '!i;;;j, , ~ .... ,,..;~~ ,I ,. "",,wi ,I.', "", .-

Father of Himself is the Complement at Fulfilment of each separate thing. In a certain mystic sense" there are never more than two 'things in the universe-s-namely, any one thing which one may choose to, ,;L hink 0' "'f an nd l'";t" s C' "o'-'''mp' lemen t the rest

ULl.t_.I ... ' :"~"'." ,',:_, 1:1, ",'_-.-: :.;;1".:...~_::~._.~.' .. ~", ... ,~I~'_"':'i_l:; ,._,,_,~, ~I~I_.

of' the All ; and that completion of every

..... _. -.,.J,' ~~: - ", G:' od

11n,pel,le,i~tiOn, lS',-~'· ,'",

Th,e' contention of the Gnostics 'was that the nations worshipped the Demiurgic

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O'I Fabricative Power ,of the Deity as His !l:J~, _ ,_ '",

t n seen de it '-,- -t· -ry-' " this t· h ey CH,AL,DRAJl

mos, ~-f,a.ns:!·:,·: .• ' ,~n', my·',s- :,e···'·· ," ; '.:L.lJl)~ r r e' O':'R~ ',A-'~C'=L' .~~

-., .._. _" --- - . . . ~ - _., ._:!. "_ - ''I . '. . .... ' .. - _ ~. I'

contend,cd:, was really a secondary mode .,',. "" '

.' f th e:' Divin e Power <"'1l~ com 'p"a' red with

OJ I!., : ,='. ,j,,IL' '~" .' I. :.,.1".'.. ~ !J... . .' I ,', :'~"c".: ~ ·c'iI''¥·,.L, ,,"

the :- -- te . f' the ~ .. ff· .. table 'S' '~"f' def

t, e: mystery or vtne me aoie een-c e .er-

,i, t~- f' th S'

nnnatton 0' :. .e Supreme,

'. 1 '. h b .... 'h"

A, vorume might 1 •. Ie written on tee,

bi "'th·' bI t t '.'

sU, ject, Yll;C1 lnn'umera _ .e ,quo:,_a:_lons,

ft··- ,:-,'" J" - '-:, ish ~, d C· h-::··, tia ·G·~',· ostir ,._' fro [', trom j e,WlSI' anc c IDS nan ',-,0,05 lC,S~, trom

Philo and th,e. Trismegistic writers, .and fro:m early Orientalist Platonists such as

. ,

'N" c. ',,". ' , ... ," ".-. :I-h'" F:' ather .',". A:'·· bs ",Ie, ,t'-· .

,_"umenlUS.. .'"'e,, a,,:-er, as .·· .. SOU,_8

Min"d" or Paramatman, perfects an things ;

b 't- -, ,1Jl.,.... ." . dO .'" t' ~ .. - - "~ 'h- 'S··· s , ~t' ,,', d

ut wnen we rnsnnguis ~_ '. pmt anc

Matte.r, when 'we regard the mystery from

0' ur state of d:u' ality : - a' n id imaeine Matter

_ . 1WI1 -~.' l~ • - .' ,,_. _. .•.• _ .... '1 -_ - : ',. I ~ • i . eJ~ ~ l"~.. . ' ".

. .' - S'" i, h th

as set over against Spirit, then .' ne

dm ~,. .' .. -f ,eM' - tt .' id b

a Iministra ti on 0"'. .1 a'; ter 1S, saic I to oe en, ...

t d M'·'d"' .'., d .roste:: to '. -. In,, , :In operation In spa.(:e an"C'_

to' d 'hi' '.' all' d ' r. d f' lIlf" d

ame ; ane tJ5 was C:: ecr nne Oi' J.1J.ln<",

M·· d S' i 'I..1i':" d M' S f M'

__ In: Son 0.'1, llL:tD,:_., or ,,'an',on or raan,

T:-'HE'"'' ·M·>'·O::'N'·"A.n AND·" ',::, " D';Y"·"A.:n

I] -'(",,': .•• ~ "'_'.,., ' ,.:______.'."~.,

This Mind of !tlIn,d is conceived as dual .. as containing the idea of the Dyad, in,

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¥U'£" .. t .. t " ..... h-- t'h-- P' = ,- t - - - al 'lI.At: _ dl . hi h

~ ~ . con." ::ras,.·: Villi. •. . 1.- e . ,a;. -ern:·· . . . .LWfi·-, 'W.,·:c.·.

·CH~aAN" ~.,. the M--~ '>d,~~,~,t'h' .. ·· tc- ,-' .. -- -'1"- ,tl-h~--- P .·~yt·':·"·h-'~-'ORA'CLBS:~ 1S. tne ,-' oona,~,=Uo .,' .,:e,rm~, 0 ." ,6 '. ",8;,-.

gor;e'a' ,'. n flUl~l~es'~/C' or g·.·'n'· ii~;s~'.. :H:'; is,' duality:'

. . ~ . ~~. ~ ... ~ t.. !I-i.~ . ii~. . ~. u·~ fJ . . ~ _ _~ ~ . ~ ~ ~ .

, . .

consists in His having' power over 'both.

h- ~ 'lli· '.:bc1i d ·'bll '.

t e ante --glull,e an:" Se;DSl. ne universe.

This is set forth. in our Oracles.as follows ,::

K'., ,I4t~ C,., 21~

K~ lS,., C~ I.3~,

,K~ IS. e" 26,.

Nevertheless .. there are not t'\VO Gods.

,IF til

'but one'; not two Mind,s,. but one : 'not

t ..... :, ..... F··-·""···:,· b ',.' t '-:'," 1,",·.. f .. : .'

wo ,'-' ires, "U._ one" .or :

AU' th£ngs nav's for' ,their FaiJietr ,the One ,Pir,e.,

Th: F:' th "'" tht . all 'd th '" P +_'11 ,----' ,u,€ "a,, __ 'ef IS ,_,us C::, i'e:" :, .I,e .' aill.,ern,:"-IL

M"'o" '[1' 'a' d-:,

, .. '. ! t . ""_:.!i!'

He is the' aU-entbraci1't,g [lit., wids:-· stretc.hing] M!fJtUIa' :whO' begets ,',he' :Tw{J'"

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K Ii'5···

- __ .' •. _.,18'

C'. 3···.4·~

_. ""'~

This a ppears to mean that for the.

r. _'_,::,;_ I, -r'" .". _:.. .. ,_. ,., ,._ .. 1, -'_ - '"J . _- _ .. __ '......:..

ibl ~ th B' d f" h T'" d

sensit e. universe, :, ~ ~e ...• 0'·" 'Y' 0:·: th e 'I ria _.

=-that is, the M·other-s\ibstan,ce-comes first as being the container of all things sensible ; it is 'Rot" however, the measurer .of things intelligible or ideal, I t is first as Body; or- the 'First ,or Primal Body,

b M~ " _,. ~ ~

rut ",'Ind, IS prior to. it,

(0,' N-''''C'' ·E· ·B'e'Y""·:O·:'ND',I-.:-- AND' ..... , T·'~'I.CE'-'· B·:'Cl'Y··O.··'ND·: "

••. :.. . • •. :_______J ',J::.. J • _ ., • '_,' l I' _ .,' ,w: r ." •• :.-.a;;:.... ..", .. - ',- l!lll

The Three Persons of the Supernal Tria d were also calle ':d"·' in tl hi e 10·,·' racl e e. b::·IY·'·::·

____ t, '. '.' ,_:~, ;tU~ " ., " ,:"__,. _" _.:.....:.'. ,.' _' . " ...... ~ .. _~! ".

the names Once Beyond, Twice Beyond and Hecate; when 5-0 'called they seem to have been regarded, by the·

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THc"_'H::,~-bJe'A'''' commentators. as either simply synonyms

1 ". I ~..ru. _ _ l.. .

;"RAC-'ES." of the three Great Names or else as in

O_~_~L:...::', .. " '~'-I, ~_"" __ -,-- .. '" .' .:'. ',~' ','-

som ; A -':~'y":' tho "iElIo self-ref liI:iII,C' tion o .. .-f the Prim .' ..".'.

!~. ",_,~ 'na..:;' _'- ~ ,i:).~JL_:, ~I_l~' '.'.~ ":~ ... ' .• :.-, '~.: ,:-",_;_,!,_,:I.trI~

'Triad" or as the Primal. Triad mirrored, in itself, that is in fhe One Body of all thi -- .

,·.mgs~ _,~

I't,' '~, ,..:I:,:~. 'ulj,t' t'·· ", .. ' "',:,. ,., " h-' : t ,"',-:.' the ': . I'_- ..... :'., .. ' .

. ,I. IS 'uu.uC.·· I. .C ,0 say w,., a.. .IS.; '.' e precISe

meaning ,n'f: the mvst ery-n ames Once

. ...,,;01;; "_:__", ; !I;J'" 1 -_ •• 'Ii;;;i- . ,.' J ,",,', ..... .1['.' --.:.::[1" '_' ",' :.' "', i_.,.l,iOo,

Beyon 'd' an d'" 'T-'~J::hi""A B''''~'y', 0'" n d IJf ow· 't::!;, take

'~':' -:', ,I, .~" 1 '!!'T ..... ~ :!c:...,. " ' ~ " ,'_'iI' .:...:.I!.' : ,!I,J I •. _' ,,,;;;

them, 81S designations of the self .. reflected Triad" it may be that 'Once Beyond 'was so called because it was regarded as.

'B'", .'" d' "- t "z.. t 'h"" " .',", "f~' t-:'" " ',',' _-""" "d!n"'I,", ." -

i ' ". :- .• ' ..... ( I' . I' . , I ;' I I , ,~:, ': I •. :; - • ': -:;' , .'.' [ _!, ". ' ,: .. :! j I .: .

, eyon ~ ',' no ' In, .. ··e sense 0. ,ranscen , g"

b .. ut ~'~, beyond the threshold so to say

",-, .. ",~ '.'Ii;,;." ,'c'_-,-:' ',"," """"" ... "" '" " ",-",t

f- b . . ,. ,.' 1 t t .. th

o the pure spmtuar S.' at e, or, m ot ier

d - '., f" th . t ·'f'

.O~",·, .-_~ .,~.. . :-. __ ,"_ •. :-::.' .- ': " . -:," ._ I -I L. '-;j: - 1',:.' .. " I ,"-="_ ~.,: _';:' ~

wor s, as raymg : orn im 0. manr esta

t '. d al '. t' h :T'·' 'B' d'

. - ,'_- '~I '.' ',:: -':>1,"'-' ._'_"", 1':.: '. :JI' ~: /, - I!"" ~. '," _. ',-,- ['.''';''1 ,'_ "

lon" an.so , .. so 'Vi" . Wlce . eyon , ..

Th'~! " . 'all' ~ "1 d th 'ft" .. t and '" 'd

'( .--,,_, ,',' ,,',.-.- ',' ,-' ,"",,' " ';" I' -_-' "," ,"..' " ,',

, ; ey par~ eier e __ IS- ano .seCOD_

M'~d f h Pi, l1U~

, inds O· the Primal Unity ..

H' , ., t' . •••. ',- -,' __ ,' ';, , to h ~IV'~ b ,0 o,n' t" h - b -, st

_, _eca"e se:ems :.: ,-:...G.,,!Wi ','~,!i:;r.:._ 1_::.e,'8;>!_

, 1 ':, al '" t '.' G" ,',', ek ': ,.,', "t, "''''- _-, ml 'd':

equrvaien 1 our . ~,re,e, m,YS_les coui

fin" -- d" :, h Hen" ., " ,- - rth 'f" th

. " . , -. . 'I - ~ -, . _. , (:,-", ",' ... ', . '[ I'" . i' .' [ .' ... '. ro" -", . 1'- . " "1 "

-,-' ,m t .e . .' ,e,DlC pan:. "eon _,Of_" ,e

m vsterious a,':' nd awe ., in spiring Primal

_. :_.' J i ' _ ~~ .. y :' .i.'J1 - . - ... J.J. I . v.'~ ~ :_..:~ _1.;:1,:' llJt JIl._. "., " ... ... ... . -

l\JI--'~' th ,"", "",' 'G:",,, at ~, "t'h"-"" I" ""f"" '0': ""'-"""':'-'It' ,~,'1'

J,yJO , _: ,er Of. rea ,':, .tu 0 : _ _c er O. 'fl-en, ,'i:,U

t

mys agogy,

~ .• ' - _"_ " - .,_." I +.

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This reflected Trinity seems to have. THE

. '-', " '." .. ,~ '-,=; "_ "'; ,_c ", '.:, _ -'= ~: -_', :. CHALD.iEAJI'

been regarded as the Three ... m-one of the 'O'RACLES.,

Second I'ilind,., Th,e Later Platonist com- -_ ..

mentators seem to have in. general equated

the : .. ' , '1"-' .... : ..... ·c:-:·~'t-'h:: th 1-·· .. " 1- K~~: ','. :-,' 'f', Z:i':' I' ",. d

, esc ,names. Wl- . .... elf . ronos, ,·ens an =

, 'hil'

Rhea" wm e an anonymous eommen-

:. - . r. " • ..:.)' _. ,.' . - 'J ,...,. ' • ~ " _', ., • .'" '.'_ '_'" _' "~:" _ •• :', . "

tater earlier than Proclus tells 'us that

0.,. "- ' ... :. 'B·'=-·: -'Y' .-. ' .. .d '~" th . p'. t .... "aI' l~- d .' 'f '·.'n· '.nce,e ·.··on,=·· ,IS 'JI:e .' arerna ,1fJ.Ul-· a - ,a,.·

cosmic, intellection ,; Hecate Is the ineffable Power of this ltlind, and 'fills all

thin ~", -"., " .'Ii! fh ~ .- t '. :'lll eet '-" .... 1: Ii" i ':h: t': b .t ' ... --

" I g.s m '.' In '.,e.e·· -,U;cw: 1,g.c.c'" . U a~

parenfly does not enter them ; 'whereas

T'WJ' ice Beyond :Div'-es'-' of himself in rto the

,-_: :' : ,.:-~ .~. ,I.·_.:~ .~ ... < .', _,: ~I~" ',' ,- .. _! ,,: .•••• JI,Wll~ .. ··.: _: . a . ...... .~.::.~

--.- rlds - d '-, .' .. ' tc th - -- u- ''"1' P'l''- ,.

'WOfc__c·· '" an.-; sows' ID1o:::,em .. Q,g"J_e' s~:.~en,~

:1'- - ---', ",'," ., th e" ,0" ., .... 1·· ihr -'o,i'i'''::- l"'t·, ("K'''''

,,,00,13:, - as .c:":'.'7T,ac,es PI, Q,oje, ,I.;,,~ '"',

6- ) A 1:'1: th .. ~ .... l'.i,_ f

I _ '- 11' ~ .t1.JJ.::lS, !S a refmemen t .0' :

intellectual subtlety that need not detain

it i f .. t th ~ ]. . t IF '"'

• - ;',.. • _ 1['- .,._:: _'_ •. :.. .'.:: :. '_,' ,~.' ," •••• _ ", ' _. ' .• ' -I,' ,-' .. -',

us ; 1. is roreign to me simp er mys ncism

nf the o· "'r'~lc-'les-"

'0 ,"! .. : "',-'_, ItI,. .. :: ..... -.~Ii

T-~ G--REA'" -:- c' T' M"O'· '--T' 'H"'UR'-

( .I-,~ -'." .: , ',: : ,- ',-": "', .. ":' .. "_,: ( , . I :W.I ,:-.: .•

Hecate is the Great J~I'O'thler or Life of' the universe, the rrI.agna Mater ~ or Mother of the Gods; and all creatures"

She is. the Spouse of Mind. and

D' 4$

T,J:I'E, , ,_ simultaneously Moth,er and Spouse of

CHALDA::.Alf '1IlS;-dl f M-~' d he i th f ' id

O,RAI,CLES.. ' J:¥ilil~'i 0, ,-in'e',; sr e ts, tnere 'ore, said to

be center "dl b "'t~· "", the -' , >-,~[ ~e', ,e:,ween ' em4'

K .. 21~ , C~ 6.51•

K,~ 2'8~ C. 38~

jiM: :';:d' '';:'~:''.il'!I' F -"'~':~"'oM"S' - '';:',L te Ie': ~~ -A,"'" i:l' I' H-' - J: ,.,.;

" ,iii' ~'r.flr;,<" ,~,"n!Vi!'"' fi!T,J; _ 11:# i!'"~": ~ 0' ,', ' St,;Q.t.!8

circles.

She is the Mother of souls, the In-

bre - th "'-"" -o __ "f~' life 'C';' "0-' "'n-- IC' 'e:rnm-- "'''';-'1' 'g t k,~,.... t':'!','" ,f .-:

, ea - 'e:r ',-', , " ~,' 1-', '_,'~J.~ ~osm]!;c

" vi tallzing -:n ,or (." q' __ ill- I ~ ckening ' ;" or ,,', en _,

, '; -, ,"" '::;, ',' .], "_', I'IJ".. __ ,'II,;,.;.:__ __ , __ .• _.,;~,! ',~"~,_,

souling " (psy-c..h{isis l, as Proelus calls it, three 'O~"'C' .nre ver ~iCk;:;;" a r 'e ': 'p'-'.'f' -,o_,~~rv- ved '"

__ '.: !!.;;.O......, ~'" _: -. ,""" .,.,~ ,.,' I " !!i;;;;:)_'~c. ,!!W-_ ..

,A 1., - J, t:t,., 1;,,"'I-:l--' "", " b' - , ,,- .,/:7.... J:t., - ,- -'"'J.. '-". ,l. _,

,,1;1 I(.II['OU." I:le te» _ f}WS : e,nea·~f,~ ",,~e n'(l,S 0 ,wn-

'.' ':t,", '"'4- 1.. ,J. - t n b .. I 1.

ngm ssae there -S:iAJU,ts" /UUr:u~rs-Un.g" ::'O"fl.'n

,j1':"i!! F' ,"""itlNJt"a·,,"'M ~f' ~1::'~ p .. ~.~iSiM,.~,'J' S·:-'.;'!iJtI""~:~·i - enl 0- .oM' c ,~. ".f',e,t>' . _ -vw.I.'"[~" .. ,IUII IV'. i/'/J.'iJ--' :: ,f .vu~U-It . -1V', ....... ~:t ~ ~~_ Hi_ iI;;;'

---,',," Z-'" '. L:·-~'1..,~ F,····~~'" Vi.,.'L· 'W·······:f..:J','

ensou~,ng . ,Jg,U!f!,. c_: OZ,f,e, .JL;frnlJ1;, .. ' or~~Sii'

If the ~ ~ hollows beneath the ribs ,,' is the correct: translation (for the Greek seems, very faulty, no matter what license we give to -poetic imagery), it would, appear that. Hecate, the C'rea't, Moth,er, or World-Soul, was figured :i'p, woman's form, Hecate is, of course, as

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"

'we have already remarked, not her '~E, " .,. '~.

na tive D' arne '('n':'Am"':'DM ;z:.a".yJ.!a'·r··:":·I,~')'-·, b' mt the OC!,~~.'A1I

! ,.:··_,·'Y',· '.. . .~ '. V' ", ·VfP U" Q! .. w,rT,.. .. , 1- ",_- 'w""" '/ AA""'i ~,l-.

best equivalent the Greeks eouid find in .. ' ,,' ,-- '.

their humanised pantheon, ,a .bourg.eois

..l ith th ~ t '0

company :as, comparee witn tne majestic,

d' teri divi ~t' '. f

awesome an mys: ',enous .. " IVlnl' les. 0,.

the Orient,

- Tbj. " ,. . the c'C,-c:' ", .b"";, ,1.;:' - t; ,i th '. ",

_.-,5 was r e. osmic yS.YCfK1SZS i tne

.. f ~ di id al uls d

mixture 0""1' mdrvi U,"I_; ~,n'I': was=eccord-

i-AI!!.Y-I-'-- ':', ..... . .. ',;;;:IVI . ',' ",.~. ",':_'.: _ ....

~. ,.. t t' h . . T' "', .. t .. " V" '. , , .. , f' th

mg to jne ; nsmegis rc 'lrgm or me

W-, -l~- d;- ,,' tr ,ti' ~ ... , di .' -,. '.'. ht

0[.··· trea use, ano -as we nngm

DoOJi1tUX .... iU'y-- ex p ..... t:!Io'ct___:_~f'~: l1"li, som ew hat m ore

' CJi;:.:, CIJlI.·· .. r ... ·~ ... ~ .. f.~.:'.-v.~! g. l~.I • .'I .. ,:.J··"!. ~.' J _,.,1[,[::,:

~. b··· ta rti "'a):; .. : '1]' ,t'~~·· "- t . ,,:" Ii' '-. this .~ . su "S an .'. " or p as ac, nature, .nl,_c.'

treatise we read :

. u An d Sl:,·"·D' ;('11-4 ]!'it, neith e:'r' thawed 'w, .. ··h;e·· n

".~ .. r.;...: .... : ~IW '.. . - .~.IIl"· . . ~' .:..._,,_. ~IU·· "

fire was set to it (for it was made of Fire), nor yet did freez-e when it had once been. properly produced (for it was made olf Breath), but kept its mixture's 'COID-

.. ". . ~ - lal kin d uli

position a eertain specsar x mo, peer tar

t ;, .......... 1:f' 4,' ,i al" t d .. '1

0' ttset ot specie .ype anc special

'." , , -C" ",:, .. : • .- ·.,.L:· .. · .: .... ' ' .. ",'

blend ·iiii{which composition you must

knov G" od ......... 11" d p s: - .... 7:.,'~ .s, )~""l·t·:

OW,.' ..'. ~ec_ .·SYCnOSl,S .. ~ ~. . ..

- -.'. 4:-..." -, thu . gul , ,.- t _". H' -. ' f t.. ~.- ~. d:' '. _".- .. ds

was .I,LOm . ," liS c,oa,' . ,:ca,e I, I e· I a;:uJ.lon,e·-. S01Ll.:

enough in myriads 'U ,('H-, iii, ,g.·g:·):1

~ , ,:.,:, . .:.: _'" I ".J".u;:\ :",.1_:11". '!Ii . ':. l,"!l!

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tc. 28~ C'~ 18~

In the mys tery of' re-generation also, as soon as the conception 'from the Father takes place- - -the hnplanting of the Light-spark, or germ of the spiritual

man th e soul 0-1.-'- the man beco 'moe

I I, ._ " .. I, .-~ _.: ._ .. f _' :_" v __ .. . 1 •• _ :,f _' .' .~: .~. _. ~i. i '': .• ~~ .:." _: __ r_:,~~

sensible t.o the: paas ion. ·of the [Great Soul; the One and 'Only Soul, and he feels himself pulsing in, the: fiery net ... wo rk of lives oj,

But why, it 'may 'be asked" does the great Life-stream come forth fro-m the Moth,er;s right side ? 'The fragments 'we: 'possess ~ do not tell us; but th,e original presumably contained some description of the 1Iotb:er··B,o,dY·;t for we

,are told .:: ~

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We have thus 'to think out the symbolism in a far more "Vital mode than the figurative expressions naturally sug ... ,

gest.cktd a~: ... . .._ c. .... •. . •.•...••

A n'~ t·'·om:L .... ~ back. ,~.H.:i!L,e' .. · ~I~'.:J~· .I:~e. K- ""':9'.' .... ,,_: .

. _ ."', . '. _. IK7 ' " V.f" ~ .. m. ifI!iJ' u..... iii'" _. ~ -"!f.!i. ~

Goddess.;, bo~ndle!$$. Ntd:U16 ha'ngs~ C. 141 ..

This s'uggests that :N ature is the: Garment or Mantle of the Goddess-Mother, The By,zantine' commentators ascribe to every Limb of the M'ot'her the power o·f life-giving ; -every Limb! and Organ was a, fountain of ]if;e~ Her hair, her temples, the top, of ber head, her sides or flanks, were all so regarded ; and even her dress, the coverings- ·or veihngs of her head, and her .girdle. V/hethe.r they had full authority for this In the original t.,ex.~ we do not know, Kr'()U. considers this, U Iraus ,Q.jJlerta ~" (K5 ·'29);. but the Mother of 'Life

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Tllli I ',:t- b ': :,j,H""L: -~-f'_-'-- ',:,---':,,': ",' rould h ',,' ,'.'-',: ;, ': 'Lt-", : all" ", '_--

__ , mus , _ _:_ e, flU, ,llll€l~ one wo- "',', ,av~, na"Uf- ,_I Y

CHALDJEAN' -- - - " ' -, - - ---- - ~ ----- - -- - -----,

'o:llAci'~ - -' thought" ,~an"d one verse still preserved to us rea .d :S-, iii

.. . ... ' '_.. . !I!

K '9'-

, ill, :2',:_-,"""

C-- 1''''''8'-'''

~J .: 1 .. ·.··41

K'~ ,310~ C'~, 59.,

Her hair seems tike' a ,Mane' of Lig'ltJ a~bris"tZ, p;-erc£n.gly,.

Damasein I,~ speaks o __ ',f-' her C'~O,- "Iwn',-, m : this

_, _ _ _,;iIi"..Ji .;J ,'l..~~ , _, , ,'",-" , >i,' , " ' __ ~

may possibly he. vie been, figured as the 'wall-crown or turret .. ed diadem ,of ,Cybele

(Rbi laa'--' ') ~- '" -'hi: ".' ...... ,1.,. ,-- --'-"1--.-'-' • ,·t', - '/"-'-h-"t' have

,_--,_:, '~ __ n» In WI :,'l;I!1, case ,I - m.lg , ,':}, '~,

typified the u 'W:" .... ll S": 'o''-;{:' F'-'ii''II!'''A "''t - O"{: Stoic

,' r, :-. .w~ .. ". J.l~, '., : J(1JJ1 :., .. ~~. .', ~,~ '_', J ,~I.~ .. ",,1. _:

tradition.

Her girdle seems to have been figured as, a serpent of' fire ~

Th a Great M,'_-"'- ot h' .a~' is also call r ed Rhea

.. l~ •• :_:,JI;~Q, ... "i··· _,~~ .~ ",_ ~v . ",' (\.;r.I- .. ". ,": ~z~

in the Oracles, as the fo:Uo-wing' three verses inform us:

Rhea" in, sooth, is botk tAe F ounla;,., an,a th,e F IO(Jtl of ,the b.le-se K HoUling- Ones : /01 .$'n'6' it, is- 'who fir,st- receioee ,the Fathm"s' Powers intI) her countless Bosoms, ana ,pou1',etk, forth on .em,ety' ,"in.g 6irth [. .. aftlt. de;ath] that' ,s,pins lith,s ,to ,II w,n,el.

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The ".11; Knowine 10'" ····n·IOs·· .,.,. ar -.0. the Intel THE .

,...... .' :.' ... 'fl'.,.!,· _ O. . ... l__~'~_'. l ':',,, 'V·",·· , .. 1 ' ..... - . ~'.__:-~ .. " .' . ' ...

n'· . '., G' t· ~ . Th ht f' t- h ,CHALDAi.A:N

. gences or' .. 1005' 1.C: ··c i l!oug ... : -a S 0.: "'~~e ORACLES,~ ,

Father ~ She is the M.oth,er· 0,1 Genesis, -

t.b· "e' 1,J:11"'e' ·~'l" or Sphere of Re-becommg,

.... VYU.· ~ I . ,,~ .... _ ,~'~': ,_~ .... _, ':"'____:" .~-~ .... ,. :-', 1- . _ ,I.

In one of her aspects she is called in, the Oracles the "c, wondrous a,na ,aw,''''

.. "4, G' d"d' "" P cl tell"

,;ti',o:M e . .k. .. ~'.~.g. ... - 0·· ... < 'ess: '0 '(:i" I .. -r .. -Q· .... · . US!': ... ~. ·1 (!i us,""

IIII.·~-~r- ",. iP.'r,14,,;', . _: .-, .. ' _' _-_ ~ ,\ J" ~ _',.....:.',.','. _' • :.:.kJ", _''111

With, the above verses may be compared

,K .. 36;, c. 1:40', 12S b~ow.' '.' - . .. - " r '.

,AI L THING:S· ARE TRIPLE.

The statement of Hippolytus that the Assyrians '(i',~e;;, the Chaldzeans) "were the first to consider the soul triple and yet one," is 'borne out by' several quotations, from our 'Oracle ... poem~

,K. IS .. C. 28 ..

Th" 'F':' tho . ' M'··· - d' th ._-- "h' t ·u T"h-I, . - :J","

"e~' a': _ 'er-_ m:' .. "oug I .. '" . C Ice"

ac tad" u: 'T' "'b' tree :U T- 'honght and a .. ·,c·-:ti,'·:n'n:·

._!W'. ' __ ,' :'Ii . 1;.1,",1(1,,_ L:.. ..... ~v.,

d d lOt"'· di tel h d

agree ~, ann rt immec 'a' eiy nappenea.

51:

THE, r An·-:··'....· 'I" ' ..... - ,: .. t', .' '." ..... tia tati ... " .. " ··...-:,f· t·· t..:-::: ;;',

, .. . appar,enl, CO,n ,mu,a,·lon 0, : JUS I,S

"CHALD . .tE.A.N' '-""'1-'_' -' -,~~ ',' ",.:', - ;,' , .. ,.,,'" :.,' .. :.' __ .. ,- ,." ".'-.-.

,ORACLES., found In, the lines which characterize

- the Forth-thinker :as :

K. I,8~, He who g,overns .aIZ: things w-£t'h the

C'. 29. Mind' rot ,ths Eternal.

This fundamental Triplicity of all things is u intelligible," that is. to say, determined by - the: ,Mind. The '&fin-d, is thee

-'G-reat M'easurer Divider- and Separator

T-!'I~s' p'hu~-'O'fAllex.anldr.ia 'writ~ '~~~,~~-~,~

Ing the Logos, or :Mind 'or 'Reason of 'God :

-,;,~, So God, having sharpened His Reason

(Logos)" the Divider o,f all things, cut' ,off both, the formless and undifferentiated essence o-f all. things, and the four elemeats ,of' cosmos which had been separated out of it [s'c'i~, the, essence, 0'[ quintessence], and the animals and, plants which :hadl

, ,

b -d'b f'h n

een compacted I'Y means or t, ese '. '.

(H'.~ i~ '236),.,

"l'Te,· Iearn ~ from Dam aseius al ·5"'0" th·, -', a t

,"',: .. >' ...... 1.. 'I] ., .. ,.:....1. , .. _:- .... ". ,-~) - ," ' _ _":' _ __:. ~ ,",' '_Ji

according to our Oracles, the: ~'ideal

di' , v- ... ision "', (' o·'I·f: al]':"- thin ig··,:··s:: in rt 0:' thre 'e:"')"1 'w·· , . .'!:liLC,

_ ' . OJ! .... ,'. I ..• " "_ .' ." '." '.... .. c:_ I_ ." '" .,' ': .... ~

In, every' CO;StnOS th,ere slt'in-eth [or is ,K~ I.8~ mtZ'ni:te'steti] a;, Triad, of 'w,hic,1i a: ,M,onad IC'., 36~

iI

,$ sou,;c,e;~

'I"t '~,- t'-I-hi'~" "'8- T' riad th : t u, '-e' '-U'- - - -dc:

I_ I, [I;!. , .rr 'c-: .' ',: .6i,:, I ·:8-" ~:'a: :S'- -:'·r",~s'n:~' '.' ,.

'_ l. • !;;;J .". __ _ _ _ _ . _ _ _ "'I. Iii'. . .. l. iIi;;-' _ .,,.'r.

delimitS' all ,thing's' n (K,. IB" C!' 8) from

bih tt I-Ad ..

8'~~es,': ,':0 towest, _<n, •. , agam :

A,ll In,in.(J,s' .re s,6fv,ecl i. ,the r:_,.t~-1.J..,ks K-~ ,. ,I[8- ..

~l - - - - bl - 'Y't"!Ii11Yt'

0/ ,th6' Triad. C. 31 ..

This is, very obscure ,;; but perhaps the 'foDa,win,g verse may' throw some Iight on the' imagery: -

From. thi$ Triad tM F'ather ;ni.x'e'(l K'., lB.

~t~ ;~p;.;t· IC-~

",",'C!l"';;:"- j' ~, ~., ,f' ;, ~ 30'1!i'

In the first 'verse ,,~ Gulphs '~; are generally 'translated bly ,C,IG, Bosoms," and it ate, served" by'" are governed, ""; but.

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T-H''C'' t he la t t· er expressio - n -I'· ,~ oC;lI< t-- g chni I'~ 'c-'~

.' _,: <.'~_, ",' .. [' I ~ul~ur·_· 1<-.,.:" ' ' ~., L. ,. !",,~~~, "' .. :i .!, .. ~ ·a 1"~i~~l· ~

r;'UAL· D' '~AN' '.' ,,'. -- ~ - f .' - h ~ f"

O""<lR.R·'---·A'-:-C-:L;-·~S-··" '- Homeric term, 'or serving the wme ,'or-

~-'" --~'>.. Ii' ~b' - '.~' - -- - -- f - - t'h-'--' - _. - - .: ~' -

. . :'; . Ii _": 1 .~! ' •. '['-,..--:: . ," :' _.._. ~ .. :~' [,", I 1'1':. ~ !. -".-. ,~·~"-"_'I _." ... - ---':,_.- -", ", .'_'

.. ibation purposes . [om, . ·e great mlxmg

bowl (krate1') into the cups~ and the

,', ~ • 'tin" - - 'hI dID- f uls

'" ,"_. ···~·~~···-'·I·-··· 11,',1 .... _ ... ....:.': .. - f·!·.··. '.:.-~' "'-.[','

mixing, or mmgung or mencu I, ,g~, 0-, so"

is onerated in, Plato, in, the areat Mixinfl ....

- -- ,r- ",~, - - ~ - - -'!Qi' - - - -- - -- . ,Ii)

bowl of the Creator These auloh ":-;' a re

ow!, 0, '. Ie .,.. ~a,lll..,.. . _ .. ""';;;I'~ ,5!,;l!14,P J3,:_~ '1,;;',

th th rt ~ .. .. aJ

• ,. . •. - ":' _ .• :[ ~':--':-",.' .: •.•.. '.~', ",~'. .".:"- .~. '.. . • " ' :.[ .•..• <~.

us m,o" ,er"'VO~_lces In pom, " ' sp-ace,~

T--- h- - U T' 1 '1._ .. ",~ th -- ,-, _. ib .. 'f:' d-' ite .

,: i: ,e ,J,ue.e IS I '_ ·'e ,num,_'er .a" ' ,e!J:~r;oo,

. mination, and therefore stands for the

-" iot ... con ditio "Dl"'D' 'g' '0':' f'- form a nd 'o-f- ,.,.,11'1

roo.: '. _ .... ,', , ..... ~'" '_·.c-- _._,,- ',,''- ,'.' ',', .. "'" " . ' .. ,, '.' 'c:' ,Wl.

d· .. ~fi-- . ti . - . -B:::', , t '~-f:' t~h--" ,U Th--~- I, •.. -. ,." -f· " .

. ,.' 0.', _ .. ,.-. ; , " '.' I', . , I I " . - -- -'," -

I a.sSll, ,ca_lon,.. '11..1" , ,e ,ree, . rom .

,., t :6." ,. t t" d th

on'e point or view 15 torma ave, an C~ I __I!_le:re ...

for --:, 'd-" - 'to ,.,. --,-- ;." ~,--, ,:~"",-- :.' 1 d 'l.'~ ,- ·'~t"'i· .- -, f --, :,--- '" : .. = ,---

"ore. te ermmmg anc Iml.lD,g" rrom all

'h-' e- t f- .. - it d "'th:

ot ier p> omt 0- V1€W'- 1 ' en, 1 ows m 'r power ~,

-' ,-, '.- '-'" - -- - -, - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - . , ,

f Or, .cl

. .' .... -- - -- - . -I - I: --- . . " -- 1-"" ;"

and so ODe: 0 our Lracies runs ~

K~ SI:~, C~, I 70,.

A . " '.; '. " ,~~ (J l't\Ai;"~, m", ~,~:..., d (l~'; S,n.u' 1 'il;j~",," ~ ~ ~~,'1 ~, ., m-z ,'-i!I';o, r.bJif!FI! ... ,..., "'''' - - -- I,.,,,, ~ IV' - fi' "' J!',It,'~ '" ,",yHP

M'" 7':',,_gut ..

I-·' th -' orieinal 'I U"t"n·-"'p·'IIa, n 1:';,:; a," poetical

.n, " ",e -vn,gI I I _ _~ _ -,_, _ ,.mi."", ,~_, 'lUI e -!!Ii..;:Q.,lIl

t t"h . t- , , ," ht be -.... ·d·,· d U thr ..

enn '. ~,-a; _-, mIg I :~, ,'0 re'n~ .,'-Ie,re·". ,1_, - ,iee:-'

barbed u-:~ if however, it is to be con ....

___ . '_ _' 1 _ _'" , _" ,,' _ , , " :!!, __ __ _ , , _, , , , " ' ..

nected with Pythagorean nomenclature, it would denote a" triple angle=-tbat is

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.

to sa:y). presumably, the solid angle '0:( T~E, .' ,_ " " " a, tetrahedron or regular four -faced g~~~~AJf pyramid,

THE, M,OTHERo;:,DEfTHS~

Th,€; Bosoms. OF Gulphs (? Vortices, Voragines, Whirl-swirls, LEons" Atoms) are also called Depths=-a technical term, of very frequent occurrence in, all the 'Gnostic schools o.f th,€; time, The Great Depth of all depths was that of the,

F'--a-t'~'h:,"'~'r,~ "t-h" ,~,-' 'P~~"tl:'~rn',,,~,-:~',,~ 'D-~p-","t~:h-"~~'Th"'~ 05',",',,,;' ,o:,;n'--,'e'

, ,,- '~'::Ii _'--'1;;.,;;, ,', CI;.,,,,,",, ' "alL ,'--'-' ~ '_,," " "', ' ,"

of Oltr Oracles 'reads -

Ye' 'w,Ao., u'nderstanding; know ,the ,Paternal D'epth cosmos ... ,tra'nscenaing,.

Thi P •• ':,+>' -'" 1: ':D"""'" ':.'t' 'he :j,'" th "C", W' .tirr t ,

IS ,'._ aternar ,e,pIII', ls;.e ummare

t b t f' t h .. t f' .'

,n' •• ':: ", ',' .'. =_" :_ .... l ~ I .: ~r' :'-.\ " ': : . '", .; I ,., 'J'._ ' .. ·rj'·~.' "1 _'

mys ery ; "U, rom ano tner porn. O~,

view l.~,t" may be rezarded ~,_c:;' the Intell ieib ,,1,'.0

. . -: I.:. _ :_::: ,,~.. ~'~JIi '_: ," :._' ~ 1- :...~....__.:_. I ~ . .:......._ t),~._ ... ,.1 .~,

Ordering of all things, It. is called super-

'.. - '_ , '. .~'-~ - ----.~ - ~ -.~. ._- . . .. ,

. ," ."' ,

,~ transcend ,.' 'h"!

cosmic or eosmos-transcenamg W aen

.. d d h ibl

." .. -. '", ,- ,-. : .• -'", ., - l:-: -. _ ", •. : - . .-:' .-", ' .. ," I - I - - . .' -,

cosmos ,IS, regan e.' as t : Ie sensn "e or

~f' t d -d-" - !t" th 0: " It'

", -. . I _.. -:: '." ". l ',. . I • - -'] 1'- ,'_ .. Jl, III!I , . ; J [ - I . I : '[ 'I' ~- I I . I . .

manues e,e", ore er ; ,1 is tne occuu or

H---"''''d'd'- -, Elt" ... 1: 'T"; , of "," - ,' ... ,,.

I,,; ,.,' en,," ternar ,ype 0, unrversais,

55

K' ''''S'·

oil I .. 1 .. 1.

C 6'-'8

' I ' _', ,"

~ ,( . ,4'

~~LD:J£AN' ~ir wholes, 5imuJtan:O~51y, interp~.etra'ting· o RAC:LES.. one: another, undivided (sensibly) yet divided (intelligibly), We are told, therefore, concerning this super-cosmic 01" trans-mundane 'Dept.h." that

That is to say, in it things are not divided in, time and space : "there is D'Q

54D···· S" ,I'" b .. :IA S'''',' ep ar !- a 't··, 1:" on I" Ct· Is '0-" 0" '. t· 'c ""';"'1 e " s"P' .,acifi~'

, ~_"'-"'~ .',;' ,.,1, .. :vl ..... , I" ,,iL'., ". Yi .' .~ .• '\.o!;

state, or state of species ,; but the" state of wholes or genera, It. is neither Father nor M'other" yet both, It is the state oi' u At Once "'; and perhaps this 'may explain the strange term ''" Once Beyond .,., =-fhat is; the At-Once in the state of the: Beyond, beyond the sensible divided cosmos, Proelus and. Damascius speak of it as ,',' of the form of oneness ;,;. and. ,'~ indivisible , .. , ,;. and an Oracle' eharac-

'f erises it as :

'That ilIh,ic'n cannol be: c·u' up ,~. the' H older-~t)gelhef oj' all souroes.

,ji6

Source of [Q,D] source'S, W Gmo ,tJ~ae' hold's . l,:z e"h:: t. ' .. C".-· t-·· - t'·het····

,a·, I .. ··'J.ngs ,:og::e ... :.'. ' .... , .. !Ii.

. . ,

. ,

K. .19'. C'.. 99'~

The L'" .ater Platen ic comm ,',' nentators L"I'OID' :' .....

. . ' .. .- " ~ ,_" " .'.-'U.:I!..... ..... 1 '. " .. '"",,",..I!.: d ,·V.:.;;;;} III;,.!_"',

'1'" a red t t..,:.~ wit ·h,i'i Pla t 'O<'S' A'" iit:pl,i'Il_""fO-''''',M, the'

.. :.:._~I .... ::- _LLltiI ~"'Jl.,:' ,1 ..1..:",: _~. ,··,·_"~V ~J~",:V"I"'[' '_~_' ..

'L"'~'~' Thin ;" it If th S f':

lVUl,g ~"c ag-m-itsel I:" " ae '~ource 0:,

·Ii·'~'l.'· ." t· , __ '. '. ,·11·... ,'", , id tl 'h· ",' , " t hi " 'T'h" r ·t-' ,.:-; hi' :~ ch

",me. . 0' ,(1-=-:, an,__ "',' us. _! __ e - ,I",a,,,,w:_:c ,"'"

,"' Ii"'f t '~t' elf" , d th f th

,", _'", .. :- .... '~' ... ",' ," - . '," .': " I', J'- ,", '" ,I iii ~'"i'" I ' I 11"-:' ..... ;. -:-," ',, ...... ': - .... ," .

gtv,es 1.e-cO-L S'-c_. t an_·,i" __ -ereore,. :Ie

W' ,--- 'b' f'~ all ]i'" iii t T" "h-

,'. '-,-. ,', ... ' .'., i' '.H: ,:-' .. a·,.: .. ' __ . --c , -:-.

om,: 0 ,'.. .llln:~, crealures" ne

0,- acles h ',-'., .-'.:,- :'.-',' --.',' _- ud it '1'-'- th .. '- - Womb

, ra,'",es,,' .ow~verit re.'gar' 11 ::lS" . e: Q,m·

f 'L'"'f' th D-_-'~~' M' t"h

o .l}e:.'.:' e: .1VUl,'e motner.

·S,h,' i~s the Energize,r [lit"" Wor,k·,,'w'oma,n] .K~ 1.9."

a:fta F:o.rl~gJlJU of Life-bringiftg Eire. C .. , ,55,~

" 'S' :'b' .' J:i1r'l'....., the Li Ife-eivin "'g' 'B' ·"'0· som Io r

:~. ',e [l~·:··~ . ': ':'-~'-=-t:l!~ ': .. ' . .'_ ':. . _.1", "~V I .. ~~. L"':."

Worn b] of He.cate.~""- the Supernal I\!['othe:r' 5 self -reflection in. the sensible universe-s-says Proclus, basing' blm_s,;elf on an Oracle, and :

Floes tr:eslt and' f,·cs.h [or ion, a·nl ·on] .K.. 19~·

,'nlo the u)'ombs o/' thjngs~ C.. 5S~·

.57

THB 'Th' ':, A, ,.." 't~~Q"'m' '" ~~ of thinss """, J!~t'",~1111 "",

',' ,,',' '''~ ''', '" ~ "'" J'~ ,",' JlJl.lllgs are, U!~el'au,Y~

C~ALI?~AN ,t":h",',,, {i,oIl 'h: '0',.1' ders-toseth ",' ", "c , ,f:' thins nTh. I",'

iDRA,CLESI ne ' rome S !l.o.ge del 0., tnmgs, _c, ,'J3'Y

are reflections of the Great U Holdertogether of all SO'UlJrCJe;$ ,;"" of the fourth,

f' t, b k This , ., I '.

ragment oacx. rns poetica expression

for the Mother-Depth and b,er" infinite'

fi ti ,. h t f ..

....... , !-'-,'I'. !··.·:"-r···-' !t··- -['-'1' :'1-,',.,1.1','1;:' ", .. ·~·_'I'l·'i- .. -~ ,",;.';. :- ...... : .. -~ .. : ...

re ec Ions m ner own narure or man!

f' Idn develooed 'b' t' h L t

tole ness, was, reveiope ,y .ne Later

Plat on ic comm --:, 'en" .tators in to th e form nal

_' :::"","",c"" 'ILIiV_:! __ ,,--,:I __ ,<_-,::,II.~ :' ,_ ',1,',,-, ': _II ';'c:

d ~ "" ti -a. ,-" 'f" hierai ch th , 'S" -_" , "h" , _

, ,', , '" "I ",,', ' , , "" ' ' " , , '" ' " ,,',', , ,

eSlgna :ce,t)n to ' a ~ erarc _ _;_,Y~. -c ,e '.,ynCH;,. es~

Tha t w- ~'.:h·· ich she imp a rt '~, i~ called "

, ", - . L·_", "~ I ," _ J~ U!i&J& ,1,", . -.~.;JI ,~ . ,.CI1.U..- U, 'I!!I

,K'~ 19., The Lile-giving Mighl' .0/ Fire .possessed

At,' ~"'~g"'7;:',~y"" p' "O!'il~'~ ,

" IlfI'li!'·", ,-,.". . .': : "~~I I~

_. _",~.., ,

Thj .... ~, , .... 11 ... " th ... li.t" . '~'h":' ' .. dd ~"f:'" t"h"':': , .' II, S lS ~ o.n .~ ",e ~YJ.Ot . er ... .sme 0- :.c Im,gs ,"

bu.'! this should never be divorced from

t he F' ~~·t" .h er-sid I ~ 0, CJ 'W" i a y--:- c:: be eo,oAn f rom ,

" \,.0 iO,],,_, ,~, '-~\II,., '~,; ,a-.;;!I " _ • __ . ' .. ; ~~iI,& _..: U _ [, ._

the 'nature: of the mysterious ~n~

T~iC £"O"N

,~JJI:.. ~ ... ~ _~' ._'.

On, the mon ... doctrine ic]. H,~"~, i, 38,.'- 4:12l~ which probably occupied a pro ...

.. t it .. .. th t'" ;. f ,-

mment positron ,ID" ne mysticism 0.: our

Oracle-poem (though, of' course, in, a

,5,8

simple form and not as 'in the over~ !'~~';-' ,- , _ :-, - ,,' d 1- d ] .-: h Ch ~ - '. ~ d CHALDJEAN _ eve .opec seono _ogy of t ie r mstiamsed ORA'CLES.

Gnosis), 'we 'unfortunately possess only' four 'verses ~

One of tile names, given to the }Eon

W'.rJI e it" F"~'" ']:,. ... """, :1-.ogn.u:i,MII.:n Lig h t b t'llot"!''''':ii 111"ii:"e' '

,u~ . , '~~"""~~U~~"V.~~v:'·!iI. ' .. ..;':_\:.. .;. _ .. t~,~~u~·· ",;

'" He makes to shine His unifying Iight

on, .,.". '111' ,.,. .r:jl-t:' Pro icl - u-,' - ,~ ,t, ',;m;lll ,~ Uili:!' -

_ I_: a..u, ~~l r 1,- .:",' ,i .. ~ ",~~ -.~ ._ kJ'~

For H'-'7'o' [' J,L~ lE:~ -~]~ ~,1'(), ~ ~(i"ij:jl'i;;o; trig';' .i'II'I,AA! 'f;:i"i,

~V·.: " V I ,4'-/1", .... 'U1'," ''Ur..:: [,.~" ILirIWUP,.~.:. ~:'@·v

"' I' ,--- ,- F' -- t M""" d' [= -1;.. S '_, I'

J,ts:ull the Flotser 0, .. _, $ft" . tnt ,-'on]:ro1n

_ -., .Ii t: F- _~'L" M" '.'7..,,,, [~41;" - M'- ,',' to L -]

,qu,,;. w~e.: , ,'Ul"Rer- s .a. t·g nt! I ~ line ,_ 'f)': ffer: ,

..no- . 1~'iL'"d'S- ""'e',J.:t" f"l. r.i L']' J: '1;.. D ...n o~,;r\l'l<'~ ,-I:n Ai.JM,j j!,!Ii'i"S"'fl 1M .:t :y',': sse ·."~l··Ii"" LQ1V\~IJ[ 11 ~n~ y''"'" W'~,f" i~V" '~'.f,~"~;"", -&~f"~C+

,:'L. F',:-J::L- --":- M··· :-:nti and' to' "', -,.~ "" ,JLn'~

,n8 '. Q,l,ner S "'c' 1-,. _"~! '._.~.' '.e.: Q,e,s""OlO tn'l4"~

M ':'_-.:1 :t. .. J 1:... .. ~ "--l~l": S,.i'iiU',:, ,- ,,'-,,'" ":,, -;;J , t. p'. ..... .' :71'

~'I'f.U oot» on tu: . 'I;;! urce« ana, u,.on all,

~- , '~~l-: 'l,- st; .fl,; ,,-- .. ", ..... ',. "d" ... ~ ....... ..J' 1"'_,.1

r,.~nc1r"es,,=--uOl~n' rower ,,0 un ·crStiO:n.-u Lal .. ,

-.-.J!':"~' -l]"":- """'d"-"'" t.r». "p"" H'-' ." ,",' "",

Wn~r:' ,""n ese» V,I-ue 'U:01l' ts nev,e.:Y-'

- .' ", ,,', " , , " ,,' ',',' ". _' - -' .. -'-

tirina ,.lMr v.()t "

"',b' ,r~ _. _·[.liII

,_ The nature of this iEo:nic. Principle ,( or. AtmLilc: 1Y1,ystezy), according to the belief 'of the Theurgists, is, described by 'Prod us. But whether this description was 'based upon our p-oem, or not, we cannot 'be

=9::"

,~'-., '.

K,. :2']. C~, 7I~

TH"C"

~ certai '; W",:·,'·," th ..... ",:. f;}"~ .'.", :.' . " _" d ,'h"',' t~'

CHALD,A!AN' :,c'~_' ~m.~ . ",e':I,. " .. ,~,ere:,o.r~~1 ap:pen', wna

'ORACL.ES. Proclns says, In illustration only (C,. 2) ;,

U, 'Th' '.- c . ,. ristr ·d'· .. · - r. ,~.'~;. . ". th ,t H".', ('D;' c', tic ...

"eu~gls_s II eC,iare.·,8 ,el'_€! ,._' ora, I lont

T:"" 1"""" ' .. ' ·~·th· - , .... -. t '1-.. = .. ,.ll, t h m· ,-], ,.. GI~:" d

IDle W]"ou .: _ uQnnus, 1 ,e l'L:on i is '. -0. ,

and hymn 'HH:,~,-:- divir itv """. both olde

'., '.'.. ,.--,_lS .' VInly aSO.JIlll O'_i,er

[than, old]; and, younger [than young], as ever-circling into 'itself [the ,Egg]- and seon-wise : both - 815, conceiving the sum

t· otal 0'" f: - '~"1i~ nnm .. b " ere d t''--h-~' - g' - ~ -OC",,:L 'a.' t"-' . m '0- ~ "ea'

_', 1 CU, . ' .. ' au , .. :.:~ I.'~:"~i.-':'_ i :m:D,',iOjW' :i'",,~:

within the cosmos of, 'His Mind, yet,

d b d-' th ''il! ~ n, ..... '·'t-

ave'!' an, _eYOIl ':.~ t nem au" as mnmte

'by reason ,of His Power, and yet [again,

h ]- .. ' d- ith th ... an'" ,.

" .: .' .', I'! '_ [. ,,'. __ '" 'E.> ~;'., ' .. ~ - .. '. , ' . 1'1'" .' '.': .~. • . '1 ':'1' . - I [ . ,:

W en,:. Vlewe· WI ' , I, . nem, as .sp.lr ... ",Y

convolved [the Serpent] .. "

~Thl" :.". ,e,.c,.= -.,-,,' - ci clin . :,,, ~ .. th , , " '"', ,:", -'I' ~ ,,'f

i ,e' e ·V·" er- ar ..... g::': IS,'I .. e P', rm rr: cr p:' ,,~, ,0'

.. '.' .' ".&, ,_.~. ._1:_.,.... _ ..... , :'_;_'," "'.'" ,__: ,'I",;- .' .

. -. .

self-m oti .. vity O:'n' th 'e" s· :n;1:~al: side o"f'~'

~~_,.r_.; .. _ ... I .. I.~ .. :llil ... ,_:' ... ) .. .'· ... 1 -!rU11·'·WIil.'·'·~ :',':

thin - there i ~ t' 'iO fini ~'t" 'hiI' ,,!,',

I' !I >.... J '.. '-,-_'" •• ' .. :' I !' .. "I,' . '._ : ...... :: •. : .. "-', . ·'···I-!.' .-":- 'j" : ::":-;:' ~ :-. - '. .:-.

_",c. ... gs _".erelsprocesslo,no,m. .,.,y, w. .,. e

th h id b ~ '"' d' d

on ne spnere-sioe '"egtnnlng ;an'~:' enc ate

imm ediate and n - t - '1'''''

''''''''" .'.,,' -.'~ _. . "I I" '!!Ill 0": ,n,i"!i~ ~ l!

J •••••• ':_ • ' •• ' • _' ~,_ ••• _ •• :_._.~~~

With this passage must be taken two

oth -" .-., .~ oted 'b··,,· .. · ':T' '."'" :·,'i' .'. ,,' but with out '.

orne .. rs q,UQ, eo _y "ay, or, om WI'_.OU

oi:ving·:·· the references ,(C, 3:'· and A ').": ,',

0;· -"-'God-'-[' 'e~er,Pi'zing··"]" 'in 'the oosm~~: ~mon~-

'," .. :. ,'., ..... t) ... ' ".'. ,' ... 1,- ,,:,' ". '. "_. " " ..... ' ,

.. ' b' dl' ' d Id ~ ~_1~

llm, . OUIl . ,ess." :young' an ; , 0'; ,'~, 1'0 S pirai

mode eo "-01-,-, d U

. '. 1 ' . -. " I';' . '. '"1 -, '_: ,,[ - , .. - , -

.' \. e,_ . n,v",)ve_,~

00

,

,

"F'or Eternity [the iEo:n]" according !H.~'", ".' .'

. . h O' '" cl .. C'" l,' 'L' ~f~ '-h . _. CHALD.t£AK

t.o tne ". ,~a .. :_. es, ,IS, ,.-.au,se 0'1 , . r 'e:_ tt at never ORAct.·RS".' -

f .... Ileth short. and of untiring Power an·· id . _

_ at..:......:'V I . .• _ , (: _ .' ..:' • _ ••• , - . ,- ',. 1, _" .' • '. ",'f ~_. ; .'. . .l

restless. Energy .. ,.,

T"j'''H'i'C' u "T'- T'ER-" 'AN":r"''Ii'' '0' ,'p.,' T'H'1:i

F--::']' 'R" iC"'

.~; " ~I .'" ", : ._._.~ .. :_,._.:l ..... ~ "_'"." L_ ::-J_J::'.I .,~.j._; .. D ..

'In' ti ith the rid f h'

.-:- , . ":: . '[ -:- .. - ..... - 1"'- '", -" :- .'. ,',-, "',' . . ~-·.I .• - ," - •. ",

.... : conneC,-lon WIt,. i. ·'e, l' ea o· t, Ie

Living Intellectual Fire: as the Perfect

I· lli ib 1 '1 F h- d' '1,6' h ..

Inte ... gt_:_J~" . ': at I' ,eI' .an.'·· , .Lf.l.O,t·;·e.'r in one

(both creating Matter and impregnating

... .. d f: ... , th tD

.it), conceived 0'; sensibly as tl ,:e: ,~ _,; escent

into 'Matter," we may, perhaps, take the

f,o' 'n' . O''l'ln'ng:~ v"·::~'r-'Q'·OE::!i t

.' "I"l·,,,,u,..Ir.-' .' ~I ,~~ iii

The origin of matter and the genesis o·f matter is thus to be sought for in the

I "i!o] ~elf Th d '" fh

ntell ... ' 'l,tli'lib"'" e' its' i:", - "'~ . octrine 0 ~ the

'_. _ ~I"_"" _ ._._ .••• ,II I __ V _... ..._ _ '_ ,.

6'I

·K·· so

... ' ,!!' 4Ji!"to

C

. 'co I"

_ 1I I.DI,t

QA _,."

,

THE Pyt:,·--~·.-hag,o:rreans and. Platonists was that

CU'ALDAtAN, , - -, '~, ,; - - - - - - - - -: . - - - - - ~- - -, - - ,- - _ - - _

0- 'D A;C'" ss th -e 0' ·-n.Q1iTI of rna -' t ter w· . -~, e to be tr a·' -re"" d

- :M_-~:~ t',· .. -- ,j.'L ·"~M"""':"" --'d~ -"""Th--'-"'·~:""'" 'F-'!~' ,'u "f:~ F'-:·"_:- -:~,'-'

_ 0 tne L~o-na '.,. ,_:j~ _',lLow,er '0 ,-,Ire IS

h th int f it

... - ~ - _. - ~ _. - _. . . - ['

ere i_c.:_!e- qmn essence 0, 1.. ,",

l' T"II.mIT T-'~ CO-1S;"P···A 'D, A·'T··· '0'" R' :

,~Y.l·:', [' ~ 1~-;-~.I" I.>~.!t

'To the same 'p- art of the poem we must

..... 1' '-. - ,: i·~'·· -, th .. ··- f"--"''''n-;I- . Ii' -. - c... "

cu50 ,re: er ' -. ",e . 0 1 ,OWIng ..

K'. 20,. C.. 66.,

Th :;"-1 n,~., 'W-'·· rh ,0-,:': have stu .. di ied a' tte n ·t· cI~v-:·:·!e:"ly·!·

, . v-~~ .' .. _ . " .. a ". . t:IIl. ," . ... .. .... . .. ' "'" . ,",'. . I.'

the, M ithria'c ,Ritual (Vol.. VI .. )" will feel themselves in a 'familiar atmosphere when, reading these Iines. The: ,U Thun-

derings "" are: the ' Creative Utt,era-nces of the: Father ; the .:, Bosoms ~" of H''€:cati

are the' receptive 'vortices on the M-otherside of things,. 'y'e:t Father and M'other

'02

and also Son are all three, the Mona,d, THE

',,' ~" :,' '~', -, ,') , , ,,' '" ',"~' ' :C',' ,',-: I I ,'. 'CHALD'..B.MI .

She is U Father-begotten,' and He' the ,0 RActB s.' ,-

SC'" ,~:-::, M"'o",th""""b,,,,,,,,:,t~,t"",,,", the li,,f"""d"':' . '.

,O'D IS.. ' ,', , "," , ,er- ,ego, ,Jen ........... ,1.1.6, lu"OD,a,

perpetually giving birtb to itself, The SOlD is the that which "girds ", or Iimits

,-' , "'" ate the G''_'''- -',' t'"" H-:'-'-"'" , -- 'L' ~ nit '.

or separates, i. e ,~'n05 ac sores or urn, ','

the F:~' '" , ,', ",_,''':~d( "" ,"',f:' ."'''r= ..... ,:-, c ,,' ~L.!::-h",' sln "t-',." ,-, t

me norm sme 0:, UlJ;JJU_g,g,,;, Wl,UC", 9,ID sou"

the Below from the, Above, and deter ... ,

" .' "' - , all" I " osit I' 't ~ - th C"~" - th

mmes : ,-'~, Opp051,'es~ I," 'Is, L'U.e, ross, 11,1 e

,t,: 'U' nderelrdin D'" ,~ 't'h','" I -:'" '"'~,,, ", " "

, "":,, '.' ~ ,0'"' w ' ',0 U'J., - e illJ]1 ver.se, as we,

have C!!~o.~ in " " '~T: ':t-.r:""", n,(!'.~l p ,CH"'it',~;M"'-!i "V'1J~'n_M'

__ '~" '._ ~~I,II ,:__-' "~ l77J.U"~;t'.~ ',_: _. Mi'_"W'l"rFft!~Vlr:.,

(V:ol. VIl.,~ pp~ 1'5,;' 4,3, ff .. ).

The commentators, however t 'with their'

f ' ... t, ... 11', J,~". ..... 1: "" ,~-.., h t d'

rage or mteuectnai :preClSJOn, .' 'ave rurneo

this 'into, a technical term, making :it a special name : but in the' Oracles - Hvb-

. ~. .. "' .. ' - ) ,- "', ,. ',' '." . ,- .. Jf.r

.... j.',.,.. d .. 1 d .... 11

6Z0~OS IS usen more simp ,Y' an.' : generauy

as the separat '0' 1' ..

GWI __ .~. ~,~

P'- IrO" '-.',I'Ii~!~' ..... 1... ~ ract ,o"ri "70.0, th :,..,;, Hyp - -, :- ' 'o'-k'··' S'

lI,':' I CI~ U.l:~,Q·: """,,lI; .. W!.;;~ ~~ ,,:_._ .... !ez_~,o

. . - ," . '.

""!II,~ the prototype '0":£" division the 'it4 ~'QP-~"~'~'-

~l _~_'~ ~ l '-. .: ,·..IILY' .lJ. r-~ :.~ '_ ': .. ~ '. ~- J';,:,', J' ; ,,~, ~~ ~ .l~ a.;-

tion ,o",f':, the thin ,", .. '" nas-th '3.' .. t '--,a-:1:""~ from 'I" matter, ,,'

'v;. ':_' ',"" _ -, 1_ -. ~~ .~ ..• ) . .1 .:~ ~ l:.V - .' I I,,:, -.' •• : -:~ J

b .... ' ~", himself appa '·t'e':' ; t"l"y~" :-.'; ... :t.,,'. ve .'~". ;i .. ·,a5lng ,_: lmSt:J" : . 1""',",,0 : '., on Ule .' er.se ,~

J'I .. ~ ., I' .. .J ;.:,J.,l. .... r : ". 'I [h'", -,,' ":' "I,'''''k·A''], "

"' #S~, ItlS a ",-1arf,1'agm I,' ypesoxosj, a

/m(JwinJl 'msmlJfa,tl8 He divides',~

.. , . . ~ . b, ' , ~ , ~ " , ' . "..-

63,

T,H~" , " ,'_' The nature of this separation is that CW\LJ;l'A!AN of ,~; 'knowing ;':, or ,U gnostic:' Fire. The

ORACLES. Epi~~n~-'ca.ll~d tb~ '.' s~parati~nt;:

tween the visible, and invisible the

u F' 1 ~ W ..... :1·11 u f th '.' C'

" . lam fin": g' 'a..wis ',' 0, ~ 'Il. Ile'-" un-'," '.' 'l'V',;:i!.I':5:, e' I, .om -

" .... t .II!. ''','' '. .:..' .. ";. . _', " ; 1!I;,o<,. ,·;.'t, .' v. _c ;"

pare the Angel'\vith the, flaming sword who guards th e G:' ·'a,,·t'" IIO:S·'·: 0'"If" Pa radise .

~.,_:. :,', ,I ' .. ~i:-- ,'. _ ::.', Jl,.' .. w-::ii, , ' ii·

So also 'with the epithet C" inexorable " . (ame.iliktoi) applied tel' the ,,~: Thunderings ~";

these have been transformed 'by the overel.abor~~ti.o~oi the~' '~O~I~·~t:~t,o~s into·.a

hi ierarch y 0' "f;'~ In exo rables or I"m' plaea bl a'S

,-', ,""-', .'W .... "~ ,:...J, •. : ., •• ~::I .. · L '_,:.i ,i 'I .. ~. :'.;.:,. u: ."'iIi

just as is the gorgeous imagery of' the Coptic 'Gnostic treatises of the As'ke'w and Bruce codices,

The simpler use m~y be seen in, the forio\~ t.wo verses ::"'. '. " ,. .

,K. 2·:£. C'. I7.

'This seems to refer to, the Rays of the Divine Intelligence v'ebicled- in,' creative-

0'4

Fire, It is the Divine Ploughing of 'T,HE'

__ ~_, _,-' _-, ," _ ,,' -,.' i, ,:'"' ,-'-, a, '_, ' CHAlDAiAN'

primal substance, Straight lines are Char ... ORA'CLE&

acteristic of the JtIin,d,t - -

It is the, first furrowing, so to speak, of the Sea 'of Matter in, a univer.sal' 'pattern, that Impresses upon the surface a net ... , 'work of Light (as may be seen in protoplasm under a strong' 'microscope) from th~':Rul~rc~f th.e· Sea ~:bove~'It.i~the

first Descent of the, Father, and th,€: 'first.

- Ascent er Arising of' the Son ,; it. suggests the, i,d,ea of riding and controlling i The epithet ~" rare :~, or ,"~ attenuated 'n' suggests

&a ~~n - out: to the finest thread ; '. these, threads or lines govern and map out the Sea; they are the Lines on the Surface ; they' glitter and look like furrows 01' the essence of 'Fire ..

T~ '~lI:1fA.,l

~A,---' T:,-IO',-'-':-''N--'-:'- Q:'V m "VA s ~ ~"'~''':'_l'_'' .. _.':, ' .. _ ,I;" _ ~.

I- - -' el -, ,,-',C" -, ',',",--'--I'--'r """'t, oji'.A - with th 'e'·' lines

n"ose· conn'e,C:l'vD, .wm '.', ,J ~:.

beginni .~' ming '" For' from -- 'H' -DR"'- -,' Iea P forth "

, - , ,-- - I '-', - , ' I ' , - " ' "

-:", .. -,"" ~~' ~ __ ,:, ,'-"--"'- ".,'-_,,,c.:, '---",_,_--- I_c '--'-,'-,:-,',.,- '_":--_-',.,' _, __ '"

W-' re m ay tak e th e l ongest fr: raem ent ('I6·"

....... :!., ! I, I .' ',.:,'1' 1_ ~:_ .. "_".': . ,) l."-, :'" • ~ _;"'~'I '0 ,two, ., ',' 'i~!' '.,:,,~'- _ '

-lines)- preserved to 'us :

6'5

K", 23,~ C',~ ,39, ..

T'L~ F ,"""'''':[.'441'' ri!'t' M',"';M _,z I"~.t'!i';i.:r,.. J.'.if~:J.J.l..,...J' C\i"!I.-t'-

aLI' .c_: ~~n~,f 'il"," ";!!'IIo'U! v,M"'fJ .. Q(}~'~ ,~, Y"F

"'iJ.~'~~M,g", ~ ~~~,~ ~;., H' ~ ~~ C!, 'W, :;i~11: ,;iIJit ,;-:-'" f ,i'"ij;ero ..n,' '.~t.it!1ft,D

1Ii;i'~,,, iV,iIoi""., - , 'iIioI,i' .. "/~:__ "'.;)' .. ,lib .,-,'''' ""'" l'iP"o.)' r ji; 'n~,

I deas that can take upt)fl themsel:v,es alJ

t~ orms : a:nd f7r01tf. One S ource tkev ta;kina'

," , ,', ,''', " ' ~'" ", "" ,,' -' c,', ,~ , " '"'' ," " " -' '-'J' ,', ' ,'"," 1:)

tl~g.ht." s"p,'ang t(Jtlh~ For ,"01'1& the Father "l!flUT c' bo ,t::~ W' : ,-:':t:::n ,a·na End,

~.~~ FiLl. 11- , , ,t~ 14-. ~ . . _ . ~

These w,er't~ made di/Je1enliale ,b,y Gnostit,

F~~.,"..,~ n i7'~.u0:..1 ,xj"M''''O' J4·tJ'O.p~,:,: ·t.~"':-(lI~~M~+1f1 ~·.n?,~~,

, ,Iii' T ~ " l~lI-bu',If.t.~1u.: ~,#~~ .. :' U ~,~.. v., i[#"I\~' Wfi.v IU '_,!i" """,b' "'·rJlVu..~·~ ~

F, "" f" ., ,J.:r... .'. . Td': . t ','~','" / ..... ~". ,;,1., ....

orr", " 01 ,~ue 'w'orv,_.· (), many,o,mJ)1' f.~

K r ,;,', I·'''' ,'~d:' .... ,'. I.", . , ~..u,'_~I,~"",.I' t p' .:.1' ... " ,r ...

, j·n..g·a~ .'.' OU:", a'n ~·,~o:u.oeC6'·H!a~ '. ~n I!..or

Type] not ,subj:ect unto chaN;g:e~ Kep,t, to

4:t' ~ -I. ~ I' ,17:..· PI ,""I.._,,I 1J

",i.~e f:7'(1'·Cf'na o .... "l~\iS .~.'.~ an~ WH# ·ftO 'Wort-g,

,t), J ~.

C~'h'.u ~iY'J,""'t7'.e·S·' sh··· '4' 'W' ,nr,'l·~ ,~n-l.l?tiF-~ ''''4~~'''t.

",,r,1I" "'ArT''iI~~., ~...... ~ I 1Iiti".' ~"" ",",~",Wll;;###BOT_TEXT###quot; ,51~'" "",'HI}

oiL ~ Idea '$' .... 'I." ,;;0" "a:R"d An So, r.'nA~r D~'~I'lJ' ,",,'nIM,,"-

""1'",' ,a'!l;;I '": !tot:~""'" I!>. "'otii' "'~'" . C 1J~'F&1;,.j" b" Ilii'W ,.,~'I"""-

I t ~t'k' /'

... :' 'j :'': I " ... ~ .r \: .. I: :-.' .~ . r ') !

es w.~,' ,orm,.

,OJ: these Ideas there is' One onltu Source.

f . _ .... ' 1..,' 4' l. .. :i ~t. . t.'A.r" f'" '~,.. : 'F :J 'ff:"'~' ,'~ '''~'

rom, 'W'ili,&Cn 'iw;tti UUU,Qw ... :,':onfi' 'I,. ""t;" :6ren,~

tia'iion other [ones] t;nat 80 one ,can a.pproac,1t-fort.h--oursting ',oun(1;.' the bodies

'. -W '-'il h'·' It .. I 4' ,""

0/' '''~4'!1' . <iii"fl'7 .:::_"""" ... hj1"..;!' ..... , ·"""'ri/"'···~ " O</i1,1'M':' ,ilJ.S"" a;. ~ ~1Ii1'~ ....

I . ",t,fJ l.' VI' [V~., 'W'_ ',' "~'! ~,,,~ ~ _ LI-" _. I _. 1111,'· ..... · ,~t, _ IW·~r

.. ·~"~,P.t~~ .. M'g,': n;,":·,·o.P······· ,i~t:,€> [0' '''r B··A~'(!i ........... '!I:"']·'-:k:,~ ~I,-04i,"1

I."~.' ~ ... ~r v. ,.tI .. ~ , " :',' I~':', .. ' '[UN .'. .: _ " lV'ItiJ'~ ,,.~.~ :- :t j-1I5''''~ ~7H-"

SlIlQ.1ms :0/ bees, ,(las'ning ,(lround them, and

"c'b·: ....... ,jI .~ .. , ..... '. ,.,~' ",- . "l.~~".'L.jj"" A .J' ~,~I""

a ,(}.~~ t'ncurjOus~y" s(}tne. ~fif1,nD'# ' if:w;U· """U'''''~~

.::t ~ l. ' ',;"r' .. ,. I. .' 'T:r:.. . ' .. " I ",'L ...

,tat-trite,',. ~,Ine lrRO,S'~'~C ,4,: nfJ'Ugnflsrom, "\{H;

p ..... j.'_' ~ ....• ,1' S·,':.,,,·,, ','"',~ -Ih'·,·· J. ... ",n . '~o'i.II!";.', ~1.'~i': f .. ~,,~"1

a~"na"" .. ,. OU,reB ,,,". ·at ,CV~i' U'DO I,i!li6,.r .. ' '~

66

W~th, . ,· thi - ~ s ,,~ cull ": ',',' ,', ',',. "",' '4, 11, I, . kin' .:, , ,." ,""

1",-_ ' " ct ,.mg OT P'.lU'C,, .J g

,,:-..f;· th -. F"l: ,',.'- ,4' FL, ',,~ ," ',C '.-c - r ", ,"·C·,. fur': '.' ,'C':··I '"

,', ,- t~

0, u, " e ,.tower OJI. '-" ue C(lm,p.a.r,e ~ ,-cJ~ anCIen, .

gnomic , couplet preserved biy Hesiod

("O'iJ>~ D" 7- '4' I';) ~

" _ .. ,iii ~t, ,: !ii' /. ~ _ rJl.,,,I,, II!

,,,,, Nor from F--', .. '·:-:,e ... bi ... ,'·-' :'h"',-'d at G.:.: "'d"" F"",:,"-

. .or om. nve orancnee ,a;.ieO.S.lI",e

}- '",

oonun I"g:"

". ....:.._____:.:_; .;.

C 't' Dry --, f ,-,co', :,- G"" ',; , ., , ~,th- II:.. ... , ..... J...,:;,-, ,

U,·,,· ", rrom ,·;,reen Wli ,: l~,jlUn,g

BI''''id,- 'i,e' " -

. - ,~ ", ...

A', h", , '" beer , - ,', ,," -', ,,1 ',' ,', tati "d": ('H':" ,~ ,':-6"',:-·

, S nas oeen previous Y sta I e " '., 110 2' ,5,

n. .5), I 'believe that Hesiod has preserved

thi -l'~' t .. d f th

s scrap or ancient MS'. om, '. rom,I~"', e

I,' Oroh '" '. ,,"' '~i" ,"'I, nt .. , in ,."':.,,_ .. , .. Iati ·,.',C' ~,

.Ip' ic rragments ' circuianon In

hi da "", -, zth ' ,'-, 1-' ,... 'B'-" eoti wh

__ .. s ":' a.y among , ,,:,B: ,peo,p e ,]In, ,:,00,0 ;a, W I 1.0

h ad th em from an old er 'G' '-'r"'.occ'-: than th ia t

_~'" I ",e" .. ",;' ,': ',_c,," ...'; e!l!;t,:·€ _",iGL .. ',',",,_,

of Homer's heroes ; in. other words, that we have in. it a trace ,of the contact of pre, ...

He .-.'-,,,., Gre ,'"C with '"C··~h':al-'''d·I····'·'''

_om:enc·.;reec'e M" .~,,' L ,'. ,ma,. "

These living Ideas or creative Thoughts are emanations (or forth-fiowings) of the:

1 ,D"":~

.. 4 'M-" d d ..··th P'-I'

Divine ,,,:'In,,- ,', aa constitute .• ', e 1= an

&,'

....ua . 'f-' th t '?t&',: - -d t- L. D' ,:' , '~,-.- E--'- . -. .

~~ ... ~ _'. _" . _ 0" ':, i a;, lillJn,_ " I Jae I, lV1Il,e, conomy t,

CHA.iLDA!AH T~-'h-:' ";'. -.- '-'.-.'~.' --- .,:, -:,-1 tra ".=",-'- ndent -~-'~' than ''-' . the

ORACLES;. _,I - ey are more _ranSC,eIl ,Ie_n. ev~n, ' _ - -_--, .. _ :_ .,e

--.- -- Fire, for they are said to be able 'to gather

f', - the ,.' 1'''-" .. -·-·· the subtlest ."- .. ". '--'-":" ,-_'i' or :, iemse ves '. _e sUu' .. _. est essence ,or

Fi'l-.·-: .. ,.. ,--" . "f' F'·-I'~"\CI. "~A" t hei. .ht of ,-1',,-',- :1' ','.iE!

. I: - _-ower o· - lr-~. _~ - '. ",elg.[l. 0 a - .s :eep e5iOJI

Tim I,D, " l~ '5" 'a b eau -~':~ul-Ti- ,p:c hr t;;li C<~ th -0· - U' 'g-'-: 'h It -

- - _ __:!I;;i, '.'" _''!io.o'" ,_,II)"U, I'" _ ~; .... ',.. . --:" '.-,i ,,'

'i' di "ffi' It- t ~ t it ,i'

'~'~, ,-, '1-1:<=' CU1;~,O asSIQ"fI ''--0 rt a, verv precise

,~ - - ....- - . .... - ~OJ~ - .. "J . - ....

m ie a nin g':-',.-, Th ~- .-: e ,~, height of' T:;',~,,~" is

.-, _:0 r. _. ," .~' . I . ';', 1._, .• '1' .'.- . -, U~L'-..r. ! ~,II

perhaps, the sunreme .moment and thus

,r·,·1 J,.' -'.',", ,'J .. ' ",r- J,_ '. " .;. "._," '_:.....:.' . .I~ , ,T ,!, 1.,1, '_ . .:.'

t il'· t h

may··" mean momen 'ar-I !Y':-no' - - ··ow'e'v:e··r

. _.1 - - ., ,- ,. - e- " , ", - , ' .• ,' " ', •. ' . -_" ''--'''!l ' -,' ,'~: ,', _ ~

~ the - - , ,,-, -'- ·f' 1'-' ,- t~ ... onh the .. ~, . "-n' - .. ' t

in rne sense Q, as ,,"mg Q._J-,y - ae sma, est

'fraction of time, but referring to Time ,a,t its 'limit where ,it touches Eternity,

Th -, Th .'". '., -h':t-s'; of th .'-'. 'FC-'-a' ther 1-.1':- d a

,e ' __:_cou,g, -, "' I, '. e ' ,'.I .• ei-BUn are

' .. th .' Borderland 'o'f~' Tim ·c.,,, '-Th-" .0-.--- a'r"-

on, !., ,e ", '" -[; ",' .. ,. e,~ _: o;;;,y , :,e

living Intelligences 0'£ Light and, Life, of the D .. a ture of' Logoi.

K. 24.

T7;"-""~~'g,·J·'~S::' '()··~"I"' the. Faibe« 1 B '~;'f},I~~~e' ,s,o

_, fl .... ~~V'n, "p"'- . I F"' I .. , ,: '- -- -. r - .$ IIfb'H/.~,t' _~

... _ ' - ., " ',- N,b ,,' .... 4'.,..

a : ,"ame"u, v " ,~, ~ "

'T' uu B':,:Q'_'_':ND·-·· ;"',', ·o;r L-O'-: vs 'D,;~V' '~TU

. ~ .. !: .. ,: 1 ,I '_'. " .. ' ,.17 . - .. -., " ~I '.' 'I' ',' Ja:"'~.,

- - ~ - _ - - -

N'ext we may take the verses referring to the Birth o.f' Love ('Eros)~1 the Bond-of-

_'c'" ._,,:__ ..... ,I .... "-- -'- -"'" " "'," -,'. ,~- ',' :"'-,.,J! '_, ' ":', " , .. '_-

,---- .. -. ',-,- bet .'Y '"-',, ;",01 thi ~, .

unlon .-e. ,ween a __ ,: I_: :ngs~

£:0

'ug,

For .the ,S'eJl ... begotte~ One, __ the F,ather-' M itJId, p6T,ce.i:vin,g His- [olwn] W,(J1"kS'" sow.a·d: in,'f) ,alZ' Loee'« .Bond., tha~' wi~h his Fi'fe o',e:rmaster.s ,all' ~.. so :tkat all 'mlghi' cont'inue J'u.ving- iOft lor endle« s .ti nZ6;- and t'baJ. these W ea'vin,g s oj the F athe.'1'.s Gn0. st:i:c .Lig h~: might neuer j,ai,l~ }Vi"t.h th! s .L OVC, 10'01 it is tn:e- Elements oj Cosmos keep on fu/n:'l.lng·"

The Wo,rks of the Father are the Operations of the Divine Mind-e-the Souls, T:&·e same idea" though on a lower scale, so to say, may be seen in the Announcemerit .Q·f the Monarch of the: Worlds, sittin n' '0- In' ·th:·- e Tb rone of T- ru th to the

, ". - . ,~: ,I .. ,. "fO, :_:....... VI .. I~ '="~ :... . .1 I, "'I '. _'."-

.' Souls, in the Trismegistic "Virgin, of the 'W:o,['l.d" treatise ,:

u a Souls, Love and Necessity shall 'be your Lords, they who are: Lords [and, Har,s'h;als after M,e of all U (H.~, 0.. I'Ia).

The Marriage of the Elements and their perpetual transmutation was. one of the

Iea din .0.,,,--' d,-- oc .. tr --m··~- ies of Heraeli Itus 1_- - T-: 'he

J. W 'll;) I. -' _ ._ I . . . --. -- ~.g,. - :~. ~ I ~ .". " ,

Elements married and transformed them-

.... ""'1· th al b

serves Into one anomer, as may a so be

69,

'tHE seen from the M',": asian myth quoted in V:-:O'li

. "I' ~. ,-' '~\;tI¥.:......._,'_ .:. I :' . ",' ~ . 'Ol.~.a:. . .' . _........:': 1',_ ,- "0 [',' .' _ I ,," .il'li!

CH,ALD'JEAN V' .e . ··f- th .. ,- Ii- :;', '., 1· ":b--'" ' .. t, .. ",," T"·'·'J;'"- M""--:' ,-,- - "'-"f':

ORACLES.. ' : ~ 0 t ese ' t tle : Qo.~, ,/z._fJ ~ '~~ ysien,es 0::_

1iIK-,AL ' ( ,- 49 ~""')" T~'A Id' A~, Ii:!: sum-- -- - _ .. e' d

i.rJ:, ~,,,,r.:r,a:pp.. _',_i-',J~ ." ,~i,";',' I,~.o;. . ,j;) --" nmeo

1l,P 'in, the following fine lines from a

Hymn I . rt,c,' Pra '~e'iGIi' t· 0"': the .&!.on~ or E ternit y:,

_:' .1, "., v,i, a..IIi..;;3~, .,', -__:_~". _ ,c·' '_' :., .e __ ',_'IW'_i,IlJi. .. ',

in th .. ·~ M,··,~,mc.'-' Papyri ..

it -- ,~",- H¥...e,:'1! ~ .... s, 'T- - 'h- .J_~~ ~O" "', 'Th"''; I 1l),,~' --:; -:"',-,:-

__:~ _~ unto- ,'. ' I ee, ... , . ",:,ou ,oe,gtnmng

and 'Thou End of Nature naught can

mov - l' Hail unt 'R T-- hee T' h O-'U- V" "ort e x

<:. ·.··:6 ~ ., __ £i.'._:_:_ 'Y.I~'._ u i.' .. '; "'":" ", _l "I ..... _ '. ~i.~.-.> : .. >[ :

of the Liturgy [or Service] unweariable

O'f'~ N-'--, ,i, , re's Elemen ts ~ -,':"

I. " a ... nr-, . ,-J,-,.~ __ ~

In close connection 'with, the above

.' .. '_""'. ·f"·- I-,',-_' -:."', "'m"; W,A, must plainly take

verses, 0.,-- our poe ,,_v __ c~ _'" '~YLJ00: __ :_;-: .. ~

the following '!Ii

L e 1 ,__ .,l' ,J.,I.I .' '~

K 1'75-'

__ !i M':.:.·.I~

,C~ '23,~

In the last line I 'read Ihr"XM; ('" pour ...

",," . ':;') ',f':"" -."1:,, -T- 'he '':IlS .. xing

,mg m , ,_or €1r"'axld'I:1'", "e J:u.l"",,I., ", ~

'b-O;W··,1 ,~, or K, .-'. I'· a: , teres are t hi e Fiery Cru 1, ..... ibles

:_ _. :1.:1, .. _ 1, 1 ' ,~, l'_~Jl ~,_, '~, __ .:' _." :'" . __ ~ _.: . _.' _ I,~ v., , i~1

:': -c,~.:",. the . ,1'·[ C ,-,' ..... <"!: ".' rd ..... , ml '. - ',f; t: jL'~'-'.-,

m WW,C"tf., ' ie e ements ano so," ,,5 (I" :illl!gS.

70

..

are mixed, The Mi1::er is D:Ot Love as THE

:p<r:ll"rt' from the Father but th"" 1\S"'d' -"fr'.CHALDaAll

.B,,·(i'. _~ r. I .:~.> ,r' '*"~ ' - " .:, U' ,', [ : t!: Jir.lln·, 10 ORACLBS..

the Father as Love, as, we Iearn from - the following verses :

H· . riI, ..... 1 . .iI' "l.. - S····p' 'k-" -I' s=- ........ 1 ,:+"l...

_ . ,Q/ln~g m'·,ng:t;..e·Uo ,'ft:r~e : ..•... "'.,.... '0;.:' , .. " Olfi; 'w,~,,,

t·_,···.. . .. ... ' .~. ':.;J., . ,·'"t· ·b··· M:'''' tl: . a'" B-"" ., ai '11

"'Df.,~ ~,..... AI>'IIiiinHZffl;u.'\!.-':!',t;i:14, ' ' . .,4.1.:, n, ...... :.·< ... '.",. :'iI!I!' .' ..... ,

~ U' 11f..I'JII n'-~, __ . _. . .. - J ~ fl., Ii"" .. I",frlf.. e- .' ~., . -1.

D-'- ~ ,. _, $. .Ii :r~, H' ' .. ' " .:Jd'·;1' '7..," .3

iVJ.n~o wl.em '. ',fJ aaae«, [as a [~:n.1/',w.'1

Jr.. . '.'. . L········ Jih' .'_, .", ,.... . I., M' .,.,: ,:~ ...... ;;." ·n

... 1'''1',8' ': ~,OVB", "'~'. 6 a;~u.gu:s~ '. '~. aSter r;nnur1r-·ng ·ab",,~

K. 36,. CI~ 8I"i

Compare with this the Mixin.g o·f 501115 in. '" The Virgin of the World. ,.,. treatise:

,'"' For takin ""'Ig'" breath from -::- HIS": own':'"

• ,I' I .,.g.._:.: __ i., .. ~_,~. ,". ~._:_:" ,I •• _,· ..• !_:_.", .:......::~.: .. ·;l .. : ..... _

Breath ,and blending with 'it, KnOM'Og Fire, He mingled them, 'with, other sub stances which 'have no power to know ; and having' made the two=either with other- one, with certain. hidden 'Wo.f,ds of Power, He thus set all the mixture ,going thoroughly "~ (H .. ,. iii .. '98) ..

'This Chaste auld Holy and Divine Love

is in~~k;dasf~n~ws ~theParis P~pyrus

(- I7~'4,8)' ...

. ,: _'.' '., ,..

"., Thee I Invoke, 'Thou Primal Author

of' all ge,nerati.on,,, 'who dost out-stretch

71:

IBB· 'Th'" ... ,.' r: ,,,,,,<" , ~11'rt th "". . ... ., ... '_:_':'.:~ :. "', 'T' "h' ,,'_c__ '.

, • _ - ,_ ., - •• 1 Y mngs 0 er ~ -,e· un:mverse ,., ·ee

CHALDAiAH .," . '_-'.' . ~ .... ~" , ..... .. '.. ., ._ - .

'ORACL'ES\o . the unapproachable, Thee the nnmeasurable ·W:·h~iIO·· dost insnire into all so .. ils th '. ie

Q .,JIi. -,. .' c. . ... .~: '.·,iIi;i;· 'r' . _. . ,,' _I.'. .' c·.'- 'W'" '., ..

g. 'en era 'tiv ,.~ ,eAT'I'~Q [l~·'t··· rea son ]i w . ho d ost

'_'" '"nI.·.-,'.~._.'._·I~ ~iyJll.~v ~ ,.'ip'. '!I!J ~"_.' ":: .... _.l:_. :iI '_' ','i 1,." "}~~'.l

C· O'li ]··o·~n:: 111 things bv . :, "W: .::-A·r· .. · .7:, 'f' "Thin'I, .~-c e"

.··n ~.u..,I,. a ,Jl, ,._._ I,:' '. ,:Y po_.~ o. ." ." .. ,.':

-., S 'If';' ("K' '6')'

OtVID.:~:- e ': .'" 2':., .

Elsewhere in the same Pap' . yr' us ,,'I1-62)"

.:.._'-' '_.,.[ : ~\ 1 .. ,-: ._.~: .. __:.',:.....:." · .. '·.-..:....1::.'.: .'_c:':" I .. '.·,_·.·····( .. II

L ~ alled

, : k-~ -: • .". • [."._ .::." '.. ~

,_ 0 ve: IS. C·· L.:_.e. . ~

, .. T' h Hidd O' h tl d th

'_'M ne i ,- ic ren v, ne w:: ·;,0" seer er 'y:. .'. at j"

" ._"c.~_I_. ". , .' ," .:_ .:__,..:'!.;;;o . '. ''':'''''_'''_,; ,",

t d ..... iII'lI 'I' th

cause . 0 spreac among au sou S tr .e

Fire that cannot be attained by CQ'nternplation."

What men think of as love, is". as. con .... ·t' r asted with this Divine L ··0' v···e"~· c all le do' in

I ... ~ 1)., .. ' 'f~ .Ii. .. , .' _. .' .11:.'1( .L, ,~, '-.'. ..". ~. ·..c· .' I .•

our Oracles, the ,,' stifi'l~ng ol True. Love .. "~"~ True L'~ .. ove is .... l,S~O: called ,~" D'eep LO'i'iD:"

, .. [.'11;' .. . ....: .. , QJ,;, ..." '" _ '-' :__ '.. c ,.' '"'" ""''-

· th h j, h t fill"-' 1

' .'. .,'. . . I ,'1 . .:;- c:·c .~ .. ', . . ,:. 'I . . ... '. '. '.' I' ".' ' ... '

with w 1 I.e ". we .are· ." 0 '::.. OUI' sou,.s, as

P""'" elus tell .] '. ·(·:KI.·:· '<'6") E'!'" ~ . h·' .. ,:-. - .. - ..

.. .I. 0' . use_s us' . I:,~ 2,,_' '. . r·. sew. ere In

the. Oracles this Love was united with Faith and Truth, into. a triad, which may

b d lth . It.. t ... d' ~ th

"e comparee with another triac in 'I ne

followin 'g:' verse q U" o . ted .' by D' ama s F"';:'Uf.'!' '",

·1 ... ~,.I·t·~.:~·JL .. ".-_~" ... ~_~ .. - t.; .: · __ .... f:'. _}":'.': :/~.w.~_ ..... ~~ .'.2J ~

K. 27;, C .. 35.

72;

,

'T' "U"V s EVEN rJl1r:o,.1Ij A. ~ :l(D'R.':r-T· "S~'

II __ .I-:-~ ~'" 1 • ~'~_." E~'~Y.l.JI:;.~I/," ._' _',,,"

As T:D:e-· .. ·h-· .. ·-v··-· ;040.'1 above lntre .. .tin - of , _n'!· ,--ca'.'e ~,~n aoove, lD I. ea_mg 0,,·

the ·G: .~,:. at Me-, loth oAr (I-'P: 4:6:'·:)" it _,"' ... h-l'- 1Ii:i'r-h:" ~,~,

,.: ' .. reGI,_:I.'.',_.- ~ , !' ~ .'-~.-: I, ' .. llS 5_-.e -",~ 0, ~

the Prim ,Ii! .-."",,1 'S" 'W,-, u: ···ni'l '., t·-· :'.:' _..- ..... '-.- "- .. ' uls

_- ~e .. ', ,: - !w=O. f ac_::__ a, o.n.ce enso _I,:

L"" ·h· .. ·t-, F··iO. - - lE' _ th -', 'W,~·:-! '1: ..Ji .... "'1 (K- .--:-' 8"'~"

l,g'_J -. Ire, ~,- __ ! er" " or Iu;:)., .' '~ 2: '~.,

C S·,)·

. .,

- ' .. 3··-·':,',··

The Later Platonist commentators re·

d -hi' '0' 'L' II· 'b' db"

,gar tnis . Ig: t :as a monac em bracing

.. d f t t h "' .... :1

a £~~,,' ·o,~· S-' "a es ~mp-'yr':~--e";an-"I a!t aen w.

U,,fa;.. ":';' _ .'. _ -' __ :'::~:_:_;'_:'. ~._.: __ I., ". ,. ""_ .. _~. ,

d hvli 'th -II' f- -) Th

an -e =y:: c 'Ct ! at, IS", 0,:- gross matter). '·.~ey

further assert that the last state only is

.. Ib t· , ... :1 b 'j .... - 11 ,.. ht (K' .)

'VlSll.' e '! ,0 normal pr :YSICai s~g,c[; _~'.,": t. .S·I: ..

'73

THE-

.

-

,iI!"-H--- '&_"1' n. ~ ~'U ~"~ ,_~,~z.u'II

'ORACLEL

These: four thus constituted the quaternary OT' tetrad of the whole sensible uni-

n- -c--, .. uld of: -

verse. '. :15 ·wo,~.··:.· '-C', .;-,,' 'course, be some ... · ~

cw~-b- at of a d arin -g- iH P hiles oph izing " o··f·

., _',,1._' _,I, " .. I I, ,', • .0_ .. I. ,', ,,:' ;~., ," .f."._:> ._, . ._'. 'Jl~r .... -I- , ... / .. ·.1 ....

the sim ole statem ent of: the orisinal

r_...;,~ ,:_:,·.'-·lr'··: ~'.' .. , _.,' _,_', _' ' "'~"O'IA-"'(~'

poem if the verse we have quoted we 'Pa

: ·-"C •• '-" •• _. • .••. C . ·:.-.l.W!-v '_'. :' ...... " "!;,;o 'c,·· .~: .. -":: ........

'h-' nl lh '" f "h- ,. .

t ne 0_ ':y authority : C'T. tie precise state-

rf B

.. " " '. .', '-- . . ' 1'1 .:.". ··',"'··1· --j":"]"':" "L -,"' '_ ~ _- l .- -- :., .' - I l - ,-:' -:,' ..

ment 0 the commentators, . · ut w'e are

bardly justified in assuming" as, Kroll,

. "t d thr h' t" ·th· - if'

appears vtc « o'."~'Q.Qg:"I.oU"., '." I'at_i __ : D,Q

....... C:'. ... '.', :1 ,- :',:, t· c·d' th ,·-·-·:,1:'···· . _..... -. . ...-'. ,-.:';"'" " .. ~ .. ".

verse, .1S quoteo, - ererore no verse· ex-

ist ed Tb-" p- .. )' at "I"'C" .'. ,- fr' . i'''' 'CIt· ;'.,. - _.' hs d'

,~ ,e_!~ ·.,.e,., aom comm.eJ1to.a·-o.r5, a ..

th - full p';';; "-', '.' before then .... ad (:1i~'ki" ·th, '-".

, e.u.u .. oem .. e,l'ore . I·em,. an" ,I.' I,e .:-,e·

svste m . " ia t,· ize rs .... ,n;f;' th "Ig Upa ..... nisha id s .,). t·· ried t: 0-

'OJ'-'- : .... '; _ I_,a .. : .. ~J, •• I ¥, .... ,v. ,'_ : _.I_, "!II': _ ::_'--,,",J .--:- "."',' J'_.-

'I" ~ ., . f' ... ,.,...

evo ve a consistent system out. 0,. us

mys stic utterances, There were also in.

- _~[' _.. .. __ ... - - ,_' ~. - .. '1

t"-h: h· '-g" h:··, ········t-· xob

.. , bil J":·t'·y···· ·· .. th -, .. ,- H' , .... rm~l ·'!!s·~t·"-l~·· .

" . e ' ' ]. .es PJ., ,; a. . . . ,'I 01 _ er .·t1Uem, ee,

d- f' ~mil- . h ~, ·

, ocuments 0_; .a smn ar ·c· . iaraeter, gi.Ving

b - 'k- -.- - - ft· cti .. -.- fr -. .. th - ," B k ,

_,ac,' same re - ecnons I.: om rne ·~<oO.:·S

0.1.' th e .. -·· C',· ·h· aldseans ,., ~. and also in th ~ a '!"r"

_1 0" '. '.' .lWl'·~·~' ' .. ~I JI."," ~"" ._1_~._ .. -:'··V ._~.

a kin .. · d- 'f'-' - neral tradition of' a '.~ C·b·at

.. :~:'.~I 10 < ge:. I :"_:~~'~:'" I:_ .. ~. _ .. :.n .. }I·_l_ . '.~:, _-

d hi"}' - 'h' ;.,

,"lOan.: .... P':' '. ' . ',n.~,Alpl 1 'y": .

. ~'" ", .:.....~u. I' :.

The S:' 'e'" ns ' •. ible ': U .'I:in-" 1'" verse w·· ; a -~ thus d ivi d':: Ie' _:_ d' ..

,," _. ", I' .• 1;.1, •. " :." .", ,.:_._. w._ I .' '_' - ~ '. '.[~ .:: II . I .' .. ". __

b,y them, basing themselves on the, pregnant imagery of the Oracles, into three

7'4

t t -'t iU planes n th' - -, - - - --an T'HE

S' ::~',I es~o - _ : :_ ,--, --cc~~i" - -~' _ :,1. I"e _, e:m,p~e' __ ; ':; CHAL'D~AH'

zthenaJ." and hylic, ,To these planes ORACLES:.,' (l,t states th'~y referred the mysterious - - --

sep rtenarv of' sp' aheres mentioned in the

se_:_, -- _, J " - - -, ,- - " , ,- ,-

verse :'

'The Father causeil' to swell la,in s e~'e'n

fi .... *H AI!'.i'tM-D!'i.'Wts',-· '-: o t ~~.ii'\l'IIi';:r"'s," , ~.,·, ... ~.rr,~'If~_ - ~ .-.,. Ul-U" .'-'lU'_'i!I

-

K ':liI

!ii' iJl:: ~

C'",120 ..

n-- - ~,: Father u ,:4: 'I' ','c..: ",~'~, ad of 'I if'", d

IS ,a._ _er IS i' 01 com5e'~i ,J(uln, " 0 ' JuID, ;

,-" d--' 'th--' , u causinz "'0' 8--- .... 1;1 forth ." eiv es' ,an:,,_, '. ~ . re ~~:-!~~~~·~tll '[JI: ,:_:I ~··.Well ,1", .~-·I ~ n IO'~··'·" .~ '.:-".-

the i,d,ea of' the swelling from, a centre to' the limit of a, surround,

'The most. interesting' 'point is that those who, knew fhe 'Oracles, and were in the direct line of their tradition, did not

reeard th e se C!'~:v":'en,-" i firmam ents -ii!'"iI1r' - ''''0; n es

I' '."c:a: .'. I.~ ... ~ .. " [~~J '. -. ,_~, .W·'-iil.:.-~,· ~ .~_~ _~;. v.:. b. .. _ .~~~_:_

'""II€' th e '~"~ plan etary ,',' orbits ,,' One 0:,:£' th 1'0<

~ --. '_. ", ",' I~ _ '", ", '_ •.. , ':,_.,.111 ... 4&&~ ".;_;": __ ' __ '~J

th' ' '" ,/ d' t th-'

. .. [ I ,".,.. I ,".-:'. ~ . . :.-" . :.- - ," .: e '.",. :1 . :. :- :-.. . . .... '. ,I',.. "····f ~ I' - ",

seven _ ey ,assl,gn,e" I, ,0 - "e' lempyrean,

three to the a::t'h,erialt and three to, the eross-material or sublunary. There was

~I" ,

,t:"-h' ''II'11,~ a ch ain or coil of seven depending

I: ,~ ,"-',', II;,! "':'11,1,,:.- ,: ~_ I,,' ",": ,'![;i-, -u.1Jlb

f- -" , -, ,th--" , ~ 'h th 't'h" --t '" ': f'-' '--L' ';", ht t' h-: .; rom ~,I I'e e'l,g __ : 1",,_ ;, e oc;_;a:v,e~ 0. , 19 '~' 1-II,e

Borderland between the i,ntclligi'blle and

t- hi" " ,', ,~~11 -- :0'" rld ~ A 1'~ t 'h ".0 ;e:;.ov, ,cOn,

:- __ :!B' Se:DSl:we W. ,I, ~';;, J:1;,JJ, _ _;__¥ ~ i'~'j

THE ·h,·o·,: .. ·····,,···:···- -'.,' ":. '~""-:".-.-. '-'.-- . al ""- ·c. "l·ds·"j,·· ·(''-'KI''-'' ".",-,,)

.~.-":: . _" . _;, . ,,: ·we,ver." were corpo.re~. WOI'I. !". _ .',_.~ ,32, ·i

CH-AL·D.tEAN T';::h--·····- thr "-" hvll (th ·.C·-- .C-. '-"f' -." .. ''-.::----; " . .- .. , - .. tte ')"

O'RACLES.. ,..c6 :_..c:" 'ee, .' y . c "! .. ' ~se o. gro~~ .m.~. _",e~r.,,·

m a y---' be co mp a red with the solid Ii quid

':.-: .G ':.".' .i ( .- .-.~,,_:' - - .: -,v .~_- U,·'." ' ::1" I, ..

. : "d" a, . ... " •.. ' .. ,,' .- ,t, te . _." t, J: ,-" h -. -."':." al - Co,-' tf -- -~ ....

ano gaseo,us, .s!a,."es·ol. P'IIYSle":, mar er i

the .,a..·1...-o,a ,.-, ··t· h' erial 'Wl' itb ". ," oil: - a-r" . ,t'-'-f'" -s

" ,e IUUi~\;;O rei, 'tEL, ',: -".' '" -.II!.l\ Sl.m, -. ,s, a -,e·

Of sether or subtle matter : and the

,- '~., ~ '.' "~__:-""":-~' ""': .. c,,, '.:Ii ...... : '-"',,'

seven nth -C'-O' IT--- esponds -. with th e atomi de

:_._ ... .,.! .. ...:... ',.'1."_. ;:-?I"'I:.......:··'W~, _.!'_",:.:_:_.:" ,~:.! [.,J ,.,r.-, " .. -[ _'~.-, ... :'-

or em nvr ea n or tru e fie ry or 'fi"',e mist

._:. -:'. " "_ . .' _' ~ _:...... V '-. I._.,_. . r .'" -:IL. lUl'. ·1,.~kJl.

~ .: .

t- t stare.

:M.o'fe0 ver, as, to the hylic world or world of' ,~oss matter, which had three

_' . ~ . _ '_ a;illill. . -- -.. . I" 1 ._ ~...~ '.' - •

sph e:'res:~' 01.-',[ states we 1i,e-am---': !o' -

.. ,,' -_. '._: '.::. .~--- .. " : .... ,' ,,Ii .':,,-'-~ ~.

The. ,c.'8nt,es lof,:' the' ,h"Zic 'fIlWU are fi~':'~xe4'

'- ...

,,~ , ,,"-'iL, . -,,J.:t,, '. . . . b" -" ~:,

In, fil16 lBwf81' a ~ov'e , •. ~,

That ts to say, presumably, the m·t'her lRJ'-~,1ii! s~ii~p.--.p·o'-,~e~--d··-.' to 's"1'I~-O':'IUD:~ - ··d: 'an--'-'--'d~ i m'F.1··.+·,a'll'"l"lPne·--"',

"'" i~' .I u. :- .' '. _. '~I .. . ... 1,!I".iU. t&. ", ... . ,..: . . . ~. __ L¥ .... r·......-.:i . _ ..'

trate th'e cosmos of gross matter, , - "

THW' 'T'R: .,' T'W. ,a,UNI' . '''' ..

L, :____' .. .-,v.',£" I~- I, . ,..,

,As, to, the.' Sun, the tradition banded on a 'mysterious doctrine that cannot D,O,," be completely recovered :in the absence of the original text, Proclus, however,

~ 76

tells 'US that the real Sun '8.S distin 0

1''i~'~ hed T'HE,

'."-: ~' .,' , "-~" "c < " . c.:": '," ," ,.",~, 5,~.:Ii., .. :·.'", #!"'H'-'A"'L- D' .~JI,U

fro "c the visible disk ....... '.,' .. , trs ',;' munds ',', '~" "",,~"!I!

rom, 1 JIULe visi ... :": ~c__cs!" was rans-muncane 'O'RACLES.

.. ·'h···' --', .

or super-cosmic=-that IS" beyond the

worlds 'visible: to the, senses. _. In other

...1', ... , ., b el d th L··' h ld

WOTu;:", 'it :.", onge.:" to ' .. '~ e. -Ig'r: it-world

h di d d

proper, the monadic cosmos". and pourer

fo 'th . thence ~'t, - ,,~ foun t ' .. " ~ - fL" , -. ht ,,;,

·'r: .' tnence l~SI"': un tams 0":, I.lgi. '.

Th,': tradit .. ~,·,,, of th .. '. ." ,,' .. st .: "",',,,~.: "":c'" ",'Ir'

e .. rae ]J, non o· . ·c:e most arcan,e. 0

mvstic of the' o raclea, 'he tells us, was

"th~~~t' th .... :S~""-" u, ··'h,···'l· ,e:,",,,.,,, .. ", /~.. -:" .. -, d

:·a" '~. e~.Dn ,$ w, ,0-, eness -I .. e., mona. I

,----was to be sought on the trans-mundane plane (I{" 3.2~1 C§, 1'30); ,'"" IQr there," he

savs U:,~., the "S"·,·'··l'."'!"! .. 'C:"OI'~" '··,'d··l the S: .. y" IS,· ie ·.··O,lrU-r· " ., ,.3,-,,,0$ an.·.~, ae

i -W~;:;'h" ·l:··· L;-: ~ "hl' ,. .. t'b' 0" ..... , cl -. "f" ,th'"

, , " 0" .itJi' . ~.t:1,.: a-'~' ~ f !8-' I. ,ra· .. -, 'e's' ,0' , ,tlii.

, " "., ,'"' .. "':0.: ., ',' '~" - .... ~ . ~..L '. . :: ' .." .,_::, . ,......

Chc al d -'1" . '. .' , ad '1' '·b·' .1!".,. ,,. ('K"" .' ',c,)

,,' '. ,.·~ans say" ,an., - ,eueve ,,' "" 33 .!~

Elsewhi .. b'·· . raks "'f: 'II:'~ hat .. ·" ...

, ,Jl,sew'~. I·ere " ,e s.pea,:' ':. 01: ., W.,· .' ,i· appears

tc b . th .. c· .~·oC' it of th . S""'" n-- """ '3.'-" d CO'n"

o· 'Ie: ' .. e C1ICUl.::..:·' ,~·"e .·"U"':ti' ,"..ID: . ,.',_!_-

trasts this 'with its true circnl ati on ,

'!Ii' ,,1..';:' "b" " ~, . '". dir c. fr . ". ab .. : .':,. .' " ," '.',

WlJJ'C .~':, ,procee·. mg ,_ om, a,,· ove. some ...

"· ...... he -'. ,c frc "..... ",~, t the 'h~ idder ".', d .:, -,~ 'c', ', ... W , .eIl.ce, ,rom, OUI I .. , ,e 1. ~.en ,an. ~ super

, ..... '11." ·f'·,···)· '.: .. d .' -~, :'-'" "f', thin' "' .. ,',.' be ,':, - d tho .

'cca:es. .1 a Of._c ,'enng '0. ',' ~ ~"gs, I,e,yon --' ~' e

h ~ t D' I th [" ]1 ~

ea',vens~ sows' In ~ 0' a ' .,: : (e, _:s·uns l' m

cosmos the pro-pier portion of their light, for each, ",. This also seems to have

been 'based on the doctrine of the Oracles,

ITI'J II

THE' .. ~ .. -. As' t· h Enf , M' .'. d call d

.:~.,- _,,' , .,':: '::~,e . I :' J 'O'nntn,g t:_In"i 'was, ·'.>:,·d,'e~

'CHALDJEAN M'" d f- ·M· .. ·, d .. ~ " the ,';co ~. ~. Su in'

. I . . - f f '.' -'I ::~ -' '..., I"' r - - . - -, - ',.' . .','

ORACLES. I.! ID,=,_ or .~' me, so was ,~~~e truer eun

, . ·aU···-·· d r, the 0"': icl - U 'T' '. ~-.. . ',1 T~ "., .. ",

c.'· ,·e' 1n I' ,e . ",.Ta'· es .' . .,.me 01 ~ 1tme,

b ~ , alIl-' h'" ~ h T'"

ecause it measures al t nngs vnt'l i_ nne,

' .. ,. 'pc>: ,· .. cl '\,.- .. .,. .... '1'1.... ,.', .,. 'd'] thi ~ 'T' '"-,. ' .•. , .' '1'

as r ra . '., . us 1i,.'t:.U.:j us:~ an.· " '.' ·s I . un,s 1S., 0,

. .. .. th ~.... I~:t aI'" ...... 1'1' d C'(fUf,se, '.~.' e. ~on.~, . t. was':: ~ so ca.u.e: __ ·

UF-~-' C'"l",.~.,~c, ..... /.: F·:····"·,·," ,'~ "de .... 1,,,. 'UF"'~'~'

'-" ,~re" .... ") vu~c.e 10. ,_~, ;re" an" .. ,~O .'. "r~

..1" "It·· .• ,'U (K-' "-::; 'C' .', 13' "3' ,)''- c.' .c· d 'C"-' '. '-..,."

'''~ro,ser .' '".. 33" .. ,,~, ,'.: :'1:, am 1 , we· ma.y

ad d' by m a n Y':"~ an .. oth ,Gil'" name coc nected

l~~:' . _, .. ',: . -. - . ,_,',' ."', ' :_; Y4 .: ~~ "_",:I - I lOW.'-,' '."

· .. th .. ·· F,li''I'''e' a" ." .. : learn from the JI,.~,;,L~/. i/O

\Vi I.' . .u.'l: ,s we· .ea , _ 1._ ,c:..:_ ly.l. 'J"p,ff·.,.,.a .....

R··'- al'C' ·Im··'~

''''T''I!'.JI''D '1[11"00' : .. 'N:

,J ~ J. .. .l 1• " :", ...

If' thO '" ibl h-

_,' ': ne visn e sun, as we rave seen, 'was,

. ·t: th true S····_· .-' '''''''1I'1y so m~~ "t' ".-

no , __ . 'e ' 'e ,<un" equ:a.u:, c." :L_'US. '. w'e:

~' 'P"" ... th .... -- visibl Am" "", tc be a' n' im ~,.~ .. ~,u:.p05e, . 'I·e "yJ_>: ' .. ,-~ _',OOD, >0' e:,··I, )~~ .lij6'e'

of:' ,t' h . e''''· tru .. · Ie" M:,o' :0' '-"ni r: e~:fI' !C: ct ed . in the 'a· .. · t:- 'm' i: '10' , ~,

. .. . ~ '. _..: ~ _ .:: . . '.' .. , _' , ,"", ,'.' _- . .....: ¥ . r I, .' J' l ~ ~ .. :.. ',,:'

sphere of gross matter, Concerning the )i'oon we have these: five scattered shreds of fralrnle'nts ..

. ~---

,0 jEtho, Sun, Mo,tm's B'reath,~ Lsarl8rs 01 ,Air l

Bo,th of the' 8'o'14r circle's' ,a'n,d' ,lwnar K, ,33t,

f)tilsings Cl1'td ae1ial bosoms. C~, I,39~

.

The melody. 0:/ £ther and 01 ,Sum, ,and K,. ,33t,

0/ the ,su,eams tJj' Moon and Ai'i, CF '1'39,.,

A· n"';; "J'I'J~,j~d" "0'''''' ~·ifII ,n .,,. . ..,1 'U··iI,;n.- c·' O'-'U,,,'if:'D .n~,J

__ ,' cU, w,,~ n, """ Mo7~ fii .'. ,,j;-....,,,, '-.: '.,' ti;:i~" M.-'1Ji«.o

t'h' " "mJh' ,tj"""O;al~ "-,,. ..... 1:.. IiIf: S: ,;Ii Ji!'n' .

, ,. 4 ,~,,", r . Q;t' iI;i' , ." .' V'Wo,UJo.t U). 14l" . 4,

K. 34~ C'~ 13',7: II'

. '.::_',',

These scraps are too fragmentary to. comment on 'with mucb profit.

F h'" le

rom what remams we: team, as

Proclus t':"8:]]"C! U-S·· th a tic th Q Sun i-space came

. !.,- _" _ ': .J"~·riiJl L :. Ij) _.;- . .',~ ... '. 'V _,.1. I, -'!ii:l1 :._~._') ",- aJI.lJl.', .

.. IC1-S:t·· th en th e" 'I·,.o·····.o·~n,~p .. :··at'"',~ a nd t·· 'bi en the

Ill .. ', " .,', .: ... J.u ..... _··,-,;:;,c_Vy:; ':"." .::.:.:_, .' '.'

Ai'· - ',. . " . Thi:! -'. 'E-·'l···· - -'.' ", ts ,,' ',- ·f·· .. : .. :':' 'I" ......

r-space. J ,,·e. "em,en[: 0, cosmos,

,._ t ~ 1 Earth

~.' ~ ~,:-.' :.) •..• ' '. ", 1--" -' I'" ", . I ~. I .~',' [' :. j- I, -.' ( [ I-I ~> . _'. I '_", : ,,: :'~.

however, were no ~ ,s·lm.p:y our ' .. " " _ ,Y

'fir:': ~ e ~ ~'if wa ter and earth btl t of a

'.' ." '~.I.###BOT_TEXT###quot; ". ':..: .... - ,., ' .... ~ , .. ~ .. , ..... .' .. .' .

. ---.-" te . ·· .. rd :,-- Tbi\· ',-,~ 0",1:·" 'po io doru . ~ t·'=·ells· !,,~,

,grea'er or-_>er~ ..... u:;,,': , ". ym, ['J,. , ,_ I.~, ' . .'.":..c_.

us that the elements at, the hi.ghest points

'7''''9''

. ,,'

t,HE" _ of the earth, tha to, is 'o··:·· ... n····· the .• ' toos of' the,

CHALDAiAN' ". ' , '.' ~!." ---:. - ,- "" - '-,r~- -" ..

6:RACLES,~'- . highest mountains, were also, thought

cf: ", elements "-f:""'c.~' W"···:"t···"" ... ,.~ ,·t",

0: as e emen S 0 cosrmc u :",a'.er-as II,

were Watery air .~: _ and, this air in its, turn

was i('m-~ oi - -t·--)," . 217th' -:r whil .e ··~t;'h- er itself

'-, ~ ",;. , I .J,S, - " .(:r... _e.ll.:; , . "' .... '" t.L",,1 '","" , . ,,;J " .,

t'h tt t lEth it '. th t

'was' .. ae u .termost ,;y,"~ aer :;, 1.., 'was, in .' .nat

I , .. J. ", .. t ",', fh "t' ., .,' ... -'. "'. t '''-'1 "b-""" .. " ""., ,':h·· t' th ~ "", ""JE'. :'';''''1.., '."

S Il.a," e '" .. ,3., were, '-0 ·e soug c' _ ' .' ,e, r., ,",t.,fJ6rs

. 'f" ,.c.l... E,1' .. ·10,.,. ,) - "'.~. - . ' .. ' . 't'h' 0' .,.'......'1: ,--

(l I~ne .. ' ,~emen~ .. proper.. as; ,~,I ,f;"T.tlw',es

.... :-,11 them '('K:" ?4:' ·C·c. I'I' s)

~ W"",,··",' 0; "J-_;,' ,' .. '~ '~"""

THt!:: SHELLS or THIS COSM1C: J! .. GG.

The diagrammatic representation 0'£ cosmic limit 'was a curve : whether hyperbolic, parabolic or elliptical we do not know, Damascins, quoting from the Oracles, speaks of it as a single Iine - ,';, ,artzw'n out 'JH ,Q, curved f07 con,'Vex) om-, line/:; or fi_gur,e; and adds -f.hat this figure 'was frequently used in the Oracles (K", 34)~ It, signified the periphery o,f heaven,

In the Orphic. mythology (doubtless 'base-d, on n Chaldsean "", SOUIICes,) the dome

'of' heaven is "fabled to have been formed out of the 'upper' shell of' the Great Egg~, when it broke in twain, 'The E,gg in its

80

'UP' 'per half' 'was sp here like in lts lower THB

"co~i~J,~ orelliptica(""c. 1 .; .....• _ ... ~~~AN

P·~·· '"''';~i''''' J 1'1 :"" -t,· - 'll;' j"C ,!,," ~ ths t ·t-I 'h·, , 1'0','.' I ,.- ·cl·" : '..' t ':"',,', r: hi " t

. -rocms re ,s us .nar meoracres ,an,g' 1

h'- t th . .' . d

t a' .' ': ~ erie 'were: seven. circuits or ronnc s

of the irre tTl', lar or imp, ·erfect ,', sp'" iheres ",

'-". - ' . , , '. 6, 1!,..I,.,iI". '. . ,. " '. • ". ,,~) " '. . .., ,. .,.,

d '" dditi . h ". 1 .. f" th

an, ,,_ In, &1: ',' 'iO'D the smate motion 0" .' te

.. h til rf' t h ,~ hi h ,~ d'

.- . ~I. ,:,-. ".', . -'1 ," "'.- , . - I'" J I~ .. - .. ;- f ' ... , . I . '. -;-;1 " ... -: ' ...... : ," - _. ," - ," ' ..

el..g'" or ,pe. ee s.P ere, W: IC: carne,

·t""h'·'" ,'h"":"'l"" heave . round '."" the coat ,'-',:'

:" .e lV, .oie . eaven round In, ene contrary

;u ·,',c'.:t~ion. towards the west .. -

UJre .. _" __ "" "'" _, ,. _ ,,, ..

K. 3~ c. 144~'

M ... " the ' .. ',': :,' ' .. " .... .'1 . . ,'.' '" ,;lil '~'--I ','" -, '".- ".

anv tne normar mine 0.1 man, was

subject to the irregular spheres ; he is 'e,gg~ shaped and not spherical, And if 'there

h th at t ' ..

• • . ,,' , . - ' . ' . ,-,.' - .' " : : .'. '. ',. ", • ','. ' '.". • .. , .' , .. , . • • . . .' : . , C . I' ~.,

were sp' eres -tnere were aiso certam

myst erio ••. ~'IJ'S ,." centres.' :a- nd ,,~ cha ·n u nels "

,., ~ _ \;;i~,. 'ILl:' ,_ . . ,., ~,:!i' - -" - " '1,;;- .

,", . I' d it d t b t

___",,;6."(= .. -.n, I' -.:' [-.> i .. ~~., :-. ",_ ",'- ,',-.] !.!;'.,---:. 1"'-:' ,", '_.- :""~:.-' ... : :-=[ ,

. ,p'l.pes,,~, can.a s'~, connl.s,~, or .. U,CcS" .n,

8,1

IX&. what. and how many these were we can

"",.~,I;' ,D"~~AN .. '. . . .. - ,. . .'...." .• " . ''-''-:

... .n:.z,u.,.; ,~ '. 'no Ionge r" disCOV'A'I"' ." 1iT,nng" to the 10 'f

.jIRACL'ES.. .1:' "'~"~.<: '.1:',:=< .... er owr '1.'> 0 tne Ioss 0,· e

" "" th :'. '.:. ~" ." .. ·:c l' te .. ··--;-t"· '0':-"", .:'.- ,,1-.."""'.;-- "'.. fr ". -, ~. ',' ··t:'·

~: .. 9: on,glnaex,',~ '. ; n,e oucscu:re· . ragme:ni"

alone remains :

K·.. ,3:5~ .A n4 litth" [antij in t'ne' fn-idst~ anotbe« C ~ 92 ~ p'e.r,y ,s·lu·ice, .hen.c.6 the. l~f.e-b'ingi n.g' Fire de:scBndeth, to ~h,e' .h:ylic. ,cka.Hnels ~

Thi~ t'} th

; ~S apparen ,'Y' concerns rr e anatomy

and physiology" o,f the G't,eat Body,

P cl ~ tr d th<!i t ti "'th· . .rO~' us: m' i':·o·!u,ces r.r IS, q1l!O~a."lon witn

th sts te .. c' at _. "." T,:h'" ·C·. : .• md tit ··:f the

L e $, ,R,_emen. ~ ,'., e oon.·w o. ..Ie

n f' .. 'm" d d"

cower ... o .... generating-lives :~·escen·:.s· mto

the centre [of the" cosmos], as also the

Or el h dis" b

I . '., '. .... -,' _', .. -,: ":-' •. -:.;' '" 1,..··1··;.· :-"1 '~ .. : .. '. . ... ',. . _' ..

a .. ues sa.y t wr en .": ·coursIng on t I Ie

mid ...114 nine', o . If:: th re :': ·P"'II:r.e·· centres: 'to hi a t" ex ....

~,~·U. . ,W,~ y... :~ _ . . " JI lIf. ! .. , ~.t L.Il, I: .. ' _. I l - I,. . ~Itrli.;l

tends 'right through to the opposite

[-" ide] t· h'-" ''':'h tho .. ""." t'·· . 'f' th - arth,"

,S!' '_ .e_ :" . l_fOU.g,l" .~ .,-e, c.en·re 0-, '" ,6 'e~"!... ' .. ~'"

BOI'w a. centre can enter and, ,go through

" .. I C. th ' .. " tre c~, . ' .. ·t· - cl .'::.: l . 'T-'~' h· .

,anOI.,IJ.er ,e·en ,.r'e IS D:O··I. ··:cear.. . __ ·ese

chann AIlS' "..'1'" centre '5-' h owever ,;-" W, rere clearly

la.I!~! II"'; , .... V';L "~C' ,,_ ..' .. , ':".~ :'.'.' " ',. ~ " ,_ ,;;; ... " ..

f ~ h ishin d

wa.ys 0 conveying the .nouns~c.-,~.~,g an .. ··

.. - ··t .~' F····' "" t" th - .' '. '·'IId· . nd ·an·'·'· th ".

sus: aunng ,;'.lre·~o \:'6 wonu anc ; ,,' .ne

li in it

."ves mil: ..

The' Centre, ./r.om 'wJiieJt all [?' ,.ays] K~ 6,S~

"0" ' -iI;:Lct:l' ·J;~i.lt.k~r1J ere eaua ,~"II, ,C'~ 'I~ :,,';0"1., ,A.",

,"- ' ,,,fli,r;,. Y''O/- JA" .', ,J . f,' ~ -'2: [, .. - i!ll .. 4~

T~' ,G:: 'L" 'Q,:S-'·UL, ,_. ·AR" ,.C:' c 'O"'·~M: :'0.':""5""

~":'" ".'" .",' ,.; ,'-W', " 'I!o

In any case the 'foot. .. plan of the universe,

was: g .. lobul .... 'f P '~'ro'- cl us tells us th at

_" _,I " .1:. "'~.'. '~·v.' .JL .. _' _' __ - ". . . . .... '_ . _" . ~ J • :_____." •• ..:...

G d ',,' t"h-' D"" ~ ", .'. -W""", "[-dl sha - " ;

0:_1 a.s· Te ._= enu.u.rge, or ," or,,' I,:,,"S, : . .' pelt

maid" ec' thl 'I e whole cosm 'O'="S"'" •

"-w:-!_"- . I .... "' .' ..... "':_: •... '._ v.~" -", . _ •

. From Fire, from Wale:" Eiarth,. Q,·nd all· .K, 35· ..

_ Hot4'Yisning lEthe". C -e- 1'18"

'Where i.Eth.€:l'" is presumably the

u; W'" ",,'a'''t- 'an:r2Ci"t' .h er ' or' Air' ", .. ., ~'c:" we h a' 'v"-'e' se en

',l,i._' ·,.,Ii~~(j: ~ _," ": :)', [._';." ..... ·: .. :w . ..:'!~ ..... [~ ."I.;~ :·' ... 1.· .. ~·::.~.:· .. I

above (p, B.o)" He tells 'us further that the' Maker~ working by Himself" air on Himself." or with His ·O'WD. Hands, framed, or shaped {lit .. , u, carpentered 'n) the

.t'ij"tj,~m' . O' 5 as-:-' £"'0' 'il' 'a' "~I:I'IC:! "

~. r I" \ .;.: ". [; Gr. :~-: '", I.: ':." "W-'" ~l ~

'THE. . below' (lit, ,- ,I,?':'·IViI'C,:)·,- ;_~ ,~·d:·~-,·· t·J_~~a;~ tke C·o'~~n.ic.

CHALDJEAN .. .' - ~,,'liJ..r,' .2Ii .... ,.,. VI'._ ~ 1~ .. li<' .. ~ ~ _. 'H, .

IQ'-"R" 'A'_:C:_'L'~- E"i~'" BO'tlrV m·juJU be' w'Qun,J into a ball in.

'. : .::'.:,'.'.~, -, .~'. '. - . [J . '0.'" , " .". [ 't' .. ' .' _",' -._ "':J ."

,order' that ,CO',S1tiOS might be 'mati'6 pl'a.iH~y

",., it ; - br

fJ'zant.·est:, ,an .:, 'n,at app.e.Q." .as memorane-

l"k' .

see.

It is, of course, v'ery difficult to guess the meaning of these scraps without thei T' con te xt T:--' 'h e a··, P' "'p--";i;rI."'1'I, ra I n ,if"',a lo·c··fi, K';QI ism .c, 0" s

~u liu.-U, . _ :.'. .-,' .. :' ',' .. )~ .. \er.Q.,. ... "._ ~~"-# I, v h]! 1 ... _1

as, membranous, however, sugg'est,S the

id f th hi t k f th-

l"ea 0: me thinnest Si, In or SUI ace, . ~ tat

'1lS'"; ,.. th a 'li' 'D' eg'" '0'---1'- t th rea d ',~ or ini ti ..... " m ark "

['~. _" ~ , !.",). -,' ~l" ,w;_,,~_ t:;J., u·~ Jlr:_ .. aJ I"';"~I ,.~I

ings, on the, surface of things ; that is to say that the action o.f the Enforming Fire rolls up the. surfaces of things into

thr - -. '. d' .,., . .' - .z . .. al- t l,...': -', ·li'~·...:J,.... (.... ' ..

; i ee-, '[mens.lo~n~,,~ ,: .LUn,gs 0,[ so .. ~·.ev,en

as the th r reads s 0·: f; 'W'· :"0-: 01. are woun .d into 0'.· a

- -- ~ " ., -' - .. _. . . '. _' ~-..": _" ._"..'

ban). The underlying idea may 'be seen,

.. th O' 1 hi h ,..t; +.

,DD anot ier Oracle, wmcn, rerernng to

tho P·~··· th '. . --f:' R.:·· .. ·t: .. : -:. :-~ her th-:" _-.C· od ," of

tne u-at -, o:_'e:,unl, W.· ere j, __ e moe e 0

Outgo oing .. o-r Involving, has to 'be reversed

, .... :. -, " .. :Ii . - ---'' ~".' , '. .... - .. . ""

or unwound warns us :

l t . .'~. "' ... ' . .' '.;' ,> ".····r~,~, .~.~. . .. ;~_~. •

X-- [6':4:

II!!! ~.~.

C t., ,-

'1 _' .. '.

~ 1:52.

'To':' this 'W" ,',e shall return I Iater on at the 'THe _ , ,

_ " Jd,l:'j - -' , -, - - -~ , ~ - v"'.'" " ", CHALDAl.AN

end: _of our comments, (el :_H'~" iii, 174),·, ORACLES:~"

.The H Second Mass of Fire" is, pre ...

sumably, the Sensible Fire, or rather the Fire that 'brings, into manifestation the sensible world, ss contrasted with the

Pu ire ,-, H' Iidd en Fire -th A U, :in-'m' - 'a" m--'~''';O!S,'t_. 1;,-0[-· ...

•• '_' I' _ . JI,." I~,ly, I I ..I.JL.:_i1 - ~ ',' ,,1, _ . .:_ll~:..: ., "'.

telligib e or Ideal 'Mind 01 the, Father, 'The Second is of course :Mind of :Mind,

:p~,e,t~~y 0, figurre~~ .as ,~\on_~ras~ed wit,h Mind in Itself; it ts MIn,d, gomg forth

from itself.

The word 'translated "Mass" (l)ytc'os) h,QS a variety of refined meanings in, G'reek philosophical language :;, it can, mean, space, dim,ensio,n; atom, etc .. ", and gives the idea of' the simplest determinati ':="n' oli B" -', 0" , dy ' - .

J,O .'~ ,',', ~

The World, or Cosmos is, so to say, the ~'Outline ,'," o'! the Minrd turned, to'

.- ~ -

the thought of' Body :

F or 'it is a, ·C'opy' 0,/ ,M ina~· bu' ,t.ha~' wh,i,'c,b is brought /,ol'th [or ~gena6'1ed] h,,·s some.thing .of Body'~

85

K,. ,35 ..

C 1'-", • ,,' 10.,

T,HE NA TURH AN,D NECESSITY: ..

CH'ALDJE·lUl.· ,

• ,'" ,- j " _.

! . I. s. - I . _" . _', " , -: '~._

QI~'A' 1 "'-L~iil!'

n , "-",1 _ ~~I

K 3",6'·:"

'Ii _ ~ [: _ ,'-'II!

C~ 'I4'o,,~ 125,~

·T·h·',- whole , .. fj N-'_': ,c t '!'.I·~· of 'C, ''o:,....4.hl-,' -,..I

. e w oie 0_ .r. a,1 cure" 0, grow I.,. I~Ul.U,

" "".', 'l, "t' ",,' I dei .. ,····'Q:,",·.,- .,-', deri ..... ~-t- ""~'- '~--

evom non, ',' .epenr !ISt or aerives 1;, 'S ongtn,

ftom the Great MOith,er" the, Spouse of

D--- .... ,:.',jI;. ... , _ v ,','.: '~:~""" h- -: -l;l'-. , ... ,",-",,' frci , .. the ,'.-:-:.-',.-' 'C",

eit y! as we _cave seen from -, _ ,13 verse

quoted above ('p ~ 49, I{~, 2'9;, IC~ 14I) ~ In. some way' Nature is. identified with Fate,

d C·:, t th f' n ~ th

,,- , " ' ..... _. - "-'" .: -- - ,-,.,- :: c." , .- I ,', .-~- .. '.- -, - ,",.. .,' .... ,-",.-

an, '-'[[5'-o.m,,' as I, e. 0. ,-,O\T1ng - ,. ree v,er-ses

"b

. ·.·.·1 l:'·::'-.-'. __ r- iii

S __ OWli .

,

PIi"\.9 N-:··'·",n'~.!J':I'rd t-,L ... ,.,..l'j"il'liU"" MM'164I" '~'IiI'd ""'\oI!'!,F"'r;

iV," . " ',l,iI;iP'-;ftl,' ~"~Ii' ,Uv,~1J. ~",,,,,,,,,'iLIr,,,,, ,r;.;v,,.'>V~! T~~

~;~' ""I!i'f,~'l',·;l',~ a, ·'iM..i! "!I\~~C\M:[t;..s· .. • ," .iJi.tll, ~~:l6i!W' ;oi:I.a""~ ;f~, .... ,

U"!lifIL!l'," ~ 1.;1'" , .' ~ ~. I'IIi'A u;o v",~. t ,it'I,J/' VI ,U"",, ft/i,. _ .~ ",n-c.

Heauen. 'nay 'fU:ft, it's course 101' "y',e, dow.,

..JI;"~'!I!~Mr.'t a'.' C''"'~' "1.'D.' ¢'J'tu.:tt·,-, .. S.;:It.l:.M .nr.:i'\ii'.JM s ,i"~

fl." ~,~ '~:tt - ,'~", ,t.r~l~ r!JI'w.--.... I .a.. " ~-rll!-:t 'w-.: V f:I(T~M .. ~

Cenire, ,that c'ustoM-wise he' mel:Y ftt'urn~ ;0

If: b' '",''' :,:' A" p'o' .. :]]-1'. :', p' ,' .. ,:, .. - ·d·' , ~ '.' :. ,·',...:.:an''';Q the 'S)'

'y ""," -I. 0 ". ro~ ,us ,me> , .. ~ .. ',' ,UB"

and" l'~f; u one of th A, Th IIAU' rsists ,!'j' ';'ifo ~

. .' "o,Ji.l.¥' C" ,_, _'!i;o' "c:'-'~ _' b4.".-,I:.., "", •• ']1 a"

f· to th ~- t.' h

re erenee to t ie writer 'OJ, our poem, then

th" ._ ds '''. _.. 1.L~ _. ,., J:i:.,. H-' I:

I,e' 'wor-:, .... exu~",~flOi 's,n fj.ffe ' ,~rm.on41 .(J

- . ," . '_ .. ~ .. "'-'~. 'I!'!P",I) . ... I, _L_ ,-._ • -J .... :_ ..

L';'a'L~ " m a" '-y- b .. ,D, com rpared with t'''·h'· 4

,~l,l:l,/f-~J , .. :--.1.,· ...... : .'~ ,_",_ ,I .. ,,'\I.1r~ _I .. _).~. '''-''',I.._~ ~ .. I tV

t,'- mili ,:ih_, 'U , .• ' •.. ~,.;,~ '=" ::: ... ;'~,- t·- tc '. - . " his

,am ar reJOlcm;g as, a, glanl, _'0 ron, . __ , ..

.... . .... -" Th' .':- _. '0' --- -11- .. - k .: f' th S'··

course,~ . , . ,1-' e ... rac.u;:s .speal. '" ,0', I <(. ·.'e : ···un

. . - - ~ -.. ,u' ,:z:. ,_..A _. . ... .3 (Ii' '~t' ,.;L ......

as possessing "FI/"ee~.fow,ere",. u: - t:; f./J7~

86"~

, " I, .. ,"

wi:nn,ea)' 'fuk "', ............ that is, presumably ~ T:H~ , ..

'P' "'iOi' . ,"".,' ., 'CR' "., ALD' ,. A!' -'AK'

b d b- th th earth ,," ':-, ' .: ',' ,

.. ~.. . .. _. ... ,- _ ~ __ ". L ' _'[ . " .'. .,

a Qove~ on,. and beneat .: '(;,e .~ .. " .tn, 0'-' R-··A-· .... 'i£C!'

- __ ' - • -'~' ~! l~ -~ •• ~. ~ - - ••• •••• .~. '~-I"' ';. _~-L-~

"T"~"U p- . RL'_"!N' ''''-:C>'IP-' 'L' "C;'\Q, '0' :R· ,"' ·R·.· UL· I ' ~'1q!C", '0:' F

" ,~~J::.i . > "_ .... _:- L~ '.-.",., -,"']"":1 -.~.~ ,,',

'T"'1:-l"'!C' S'··-E'NS'.:'IBL' ". E" VI~'O:"'R- "LD:'"

~ ~~~ > ,.1 - .~":.' '~. ",' -,~ ',_ .~.! ",-_ ," ',_:, ' .. _:___ ~. iii

In the fragments that remain it is, ver.y rare to find the Powers that administer the: government of the: universe, given Greek names. Though Proclus refers the

f'o""',n!n,'rINT"Ii'g'~ .. : v' ,o,-1:"sa t iIf"ii A·-t" hen "li, th ~ra!!, 1'" ~ 'n'-' ,n ...

',.'u ''r'l!'.u" ... ", ',' ~J!.' ,'"'" ,~ ,",. 'Ij,.p _ __:_~~ .' ._¥:__ ¥ "Y' "v

thing to show that. her nam,e 'was mien, .. ,

tioned in, the Oracles. I t. is. more P'fO"", haole (as we may see, from K~ :rI:, _ C, 1-7'[0., below) that the phrase refers to the soul" or rather the new .. born man, of gnostic power, who leaps, forth, from his lower nature. Proclns ma,Y have seen ,in this an analogy with the birth of' Athena full-armed from the head of Zeus, and so the, confusion has arisen, The phrase:

runs :'

y ea, verily,. iult.-almed. with,i:n, (I/lUl' armed K ~ 3:6~

without, li'k'6. tOI a g'oildes,st ,CF 111.,

'87

~~,_" , ,,',' '; The first epithet is used of th,e~T:rO'jt1n

CHALD,}EAN 'H'" ith th d ,~ ithi '"'t

,-',---,' '" 'I'''''~'''' ':, : ::'1 ~', ',,"'-':'-"-1'- ,I '", 'I"" "-"'" ',,', ' :,,' ',I','

O'RACLESJ' "orse witn tne armea warriors Wl,I, un I,',~

In the mystery of re-generation this ma.y refer to the re-mal ... :,..,.: a of all man's", ':

....... ~ ..... --' .. '_" '~IO ".:,_ .- _. _ .. _ ._::""".-"

4' bodies ' according to the cut and

- - tt - - -I. t 'h G'''' , "t" -, 'C;"", s- 'B" d 'T1-.; ....

pa "" ern os rne '::,.:rea ~ or '"OSmIc, ,."O'~y'" 1 ms

.. , .. ''!lid 'L. n' "L 'M': th id f- h- •

'W'OW'c,,' oe 3.' _, on, the "'~", other-side 0.' t,,~lng,~

the gestation, of the true, Body of Re-

surrect "'''1'"0''',0': 1 "

: ..:...._.:..__:~) ", . .:.. .•. ~ _:_ II!I

It' "" th ::: .... 'L:i ater Platon ,~", ,'C:"","', ,,-- ': "t, at ," :-,,'

_ IS tne ,,-a,l_ef ':, ::a, JJ,D1C, commenta ors,

m AS' ,t, pro 'b' ,a, b I-I y' ,',' wh ,0'" h I ave ad d :,,, 'd'''''' names

U,1. ,;"""":"""_:ili ,_""',,':,, ,", ''':_ ai"':le, ,DiU.' ',,,"'.

from the Hellenic pantheon in elaborating

'fh'·" .. ,:~'"'' pl - and 'f:'o"'" the ',':"':, t· ' ..... ,4

, ... e Slm, I I. ,.e" ,an i.. .: . .r , . e m,QS .' P,d"l L

el ':,' f" h ~ ~ .... 1

nam ess, statements or the ongm;iu,

'po.om-' ,

,~i~I~:- "";..~' h 1 that din' ..

, tIS, nowever, eiear t iat 'correspo,nc_:_~_g

.' h hi' an'" d F ,~- ( '11;)

'Wl' 'it' ~ 'W":;, at 'a'-' r~ C' ,"" I i,e······ I'. ountaias ',~"",.i"ftj'"

when ~~:sitfur;a· as Sources· of light' , ;;d Lif ,"' th ,', I"" t, Ili '··b"c-"I-"': th '-,,' -,--""', ,_-1: at ill- .,e :'Di.e ,gt.,1 Ii e, '" . ere were'

Principles Rulerships or Sovereignties

" 'II; hich _,.:1 d d d d he'

l(tlP:', 'X' (U;)I 'W; :'::, ::. ;1 (U.e I' an- Of.· ',ere It:"·· ' .• ~

", ".,_: ' ': ': .. :, '::" " . "",_" , " I ",' : .:: '" ~ ': ' ,_' ,_ , :_ ':, ' "

S""'''''' , ,"'bl ce, 'c"" ,,', -'" 1 ,,:,

, ,enSl,:' ,e ·.·os..mos,~

T'-" h t- th -" - ---, -'" divide d ,,,- t'·, , " h ~ ,,'

,~;,a:" · ... 'I€se w,ere: .. :~.EVl,e·l, lni"O a, ·',:fer ...

archy of four triads, twelve, in all, as. our

,",:" ' ,"-"" tate ,c, ,- -"''-'ul··'rd':' hax ... ·.·, "'t' ",,' arches

co.mmena~,ors wo .._ nave I :,~I ,malC: ~J!S,.

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it :IS true, with the Twelve of' the: tradi- ~HE,_ _ ,

tic ·.-.1 C"'--:-'h" ald '-.~ ,,", -- sta '1' ,,' 'm.. - a, .hi - ,.- C,HAL"DEAlt-

::londJI.,_>·,_,:,zan star-iore ; but tIS- was ORACLE~

probably not so definitely set forth, in - .. ,

the original text, Concerning these Prin-

.. l' th f" Il ~ I" d

cipies [' __ ,e '~:O Iowmg mes are preserv.e'-, ':

K~, 31',.

C': 1'3'-"

'. _.' II! .". ~

Th ,,:',iLl,;::, 'f'" '"'""i" ... l'~'"", P ~,.~t: of th

. "e elli.'e, , ,1 WJD,g " ,nnClp'les 01 ': " ,e

sen sible world were th ree 'm'"" n "U' , mb ..... r

~ '. i-'- _ Jl,~ ~.' ',,_,_: .' V4!!,;i, . '--'._ ...... ', ,I ",.1 ,.,' ~""

D-- ,- .- -, .. ", , alls t- h' ._- ~~ t' h t' hr

'aIn'I,' ·'~,c::";Ii"iI~nl~~ C'~":" .,,' .', c'm'" - .. '-;. e ,'-': ,ee"'"

" ,I Q;hJI'II;"oJ.!,I~ ,'_ '.,--'-----'-'1;;" :' I, I " , . '~ ,

F:" th .,',; "')'~,:.'~ of th .,,: -I' :~f" ested ,:." ',',: I' :." ~ ai, , ers ,SCJ.~, 0, ',--' e man! ,es e ,cosmos,

but this seems to be an. echo of the: nomenclature of the Theurzic or Ma-"mc",'a},. 'C'

, ' ',',' " , , ,', , , ',',.,"" ",',." a"''' ," 1 • .,t:),!.)"" -' .

. eh 1<'] ,': d .,"_ 0"',1': t h '0" I' ,', ,11, - ."'-_' .,-:,

sc I_OO._ anc not "':"" e ,_;.UU::jl'es proper,

H""'" h -, _,' ", ',.' "'I' " ,.-"':t', ",' the f .. 111,--::-:"', .. _, th .. ' ,':',

e.,. nowever, q,u.o es t .e roaowmg t ree

"'~"-'-"-'" rith rezard to the threefold

ve~rses. WI ~. cc re'bar,____,.O ..... e~,_-__~_ree. 01 '

do' .. .' f' th ibl Id

__ IV1Slon 0" ':'~~e senSl.·,_€' worf __ -

A'mong ,them the prs-t Coerse is' ,tJ/;e: K~ 3",,, Sa ere a' 0118' ,'~ ~nd' in, the' m,i:ds:t . tke. ,A,ery; C'~ 31'~ tk,ira is' anol~he:r [one] UJh~;'ch 'wa.'rms the

89

I'HE E:· :',.<. ,t,'I., / ,- Fc· :, - Z:;W, _. " ~,'1 J.h~- -~,:-,-, ' ,---,---:-- ",",'L, - ,- t", -, ,,-

,c:aALD:JEAH" _a~_, .. '~ _:_-'Ire,~ ~o:~ a~":i~~,-",!~g~ = ,("116 sieves

"'/ J, l.e.' $'iJI /.,l-""'l!;I.'b 'Kif.., (I £',",,11 p:' ..,... oM,,~..AT D''i:'

OJRACLES. ~i' ~r.Ir" -, i,., ftflJ'r ~~, "~~,b ;"'7 . r r -~ ,,'fI;"';'';' rt.w ~

This seems to mean, according to Damascins t- hi at corr esponding with the

'----'~''',.ll'-''--" " '" ',--',"'," "" - -__:_- ,'I _', ,,_-', ,_,_,' .....

Heaven, Earth, and the Interspace, Air" there are three Principles; or rather, there is One Principle in three m-od'e5- heavenly (or empyrean), middle [aery or ,m:,th,erial), and terrene (or hylic). 'The heavenly course is, presumably, the revolution of the Gre'at. Sphere of fixed stars ; the terrene is connected 'with, the Central Fire, '; and the middle with the motions. of the Irregular spheres,

It may also be that the last u; course," conne cted with theAir sim rpl y 'he, 'as: to d 0-

~.U..l.LW:.L .n,., '",.'_) ·1l'fJ&I.- -, .~. 11.'_' [..rJ.j ['.,w, .. " .. '.-'; .. " r .:' .'1.'" .:.,-

with the mysterious ,U Winds ", or leur ... ,

rents of the 'G'r,ea.t Breath as 'we saw :in the symbolism of the Mithriac ,R'itual,~ This conjecture is confirmed by certain obscure references. in Damascius, when using th A Ia 'D·,P1:1:a-' g'-',e'~-" 0--,'£ the O' -"r-a-- cles h e

~~ . - "V '~.' ,JC1Mo_-'.- I [._"~ ., ','.r.: "1 .

spe~ks -a,f a, ,.' U Pipe,'" or ~~, C!onaui#' t"

connected with the 'Principles of the

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sensible world, and says that this is sub- ·"HB~.. ',. ordin ate to a .P, '.li'p' ·'e'·. conn eeted with th e CH,AL:DA!AH

ll., '". - .' .,' :'., .. , 'nf,.I.,. ~ --' " O'RACLES

Fountains of the intelligible. world, . " ,'~" ... ' ' .. "

The difference between Fountain and

P ~ ". 1 .. cl h '1:1,,..

. rmcipte IS," ear enougn ; one wens out

from itself, the other rules something not. itself, The terms, seem to 'be somewhat of a hystero'n proteron if we insist on ,a precise meaning : we should. remember t however, that' we are dealing largely 'with svmbolism and poetical imagery .--;.

··Proei;;· eIld~a~~~t~draw~up' a

I .. ' ' .. -." -'-'- ... ' C,. '1i '2. of term '5" in c· "10" - .. --;- .... ct . ~,' ' ... itb preCIse scale 0,·. "\J __ .L " _-'- .1. =nn.e·~,lon W].' ..... '--C

this im agery of Fountains". or S.·' ourees

- , ''0''''''''' -- ~, ~. - .,' ,

'when he tells us that the 'highest point

f ha (' ,.. -)" all'" d

.' " ~".' . . : I' i'" I " ~ -- ..' -- -- .- .. .-'. . ~ .. ' . r i ": .. ' -

o every cr .am .<?r senes .. IS caue a

Fountain .. ·. (or Sourcel ; next: cam,e Springs ~

, , - -- - .. , -, '. it _. ,

aft -:. t ·h·· . 'C··" h' an' .. n e.'III c ~ a: nd then 'S' itr - ~ 1"'rIi 'Ii!

. er r .. · eSJe .: I , '. 'c.:.:-:io, '.'." .' .en .. " ,'e~~,,·

B', t·,: th ,". .~ .. C·.' .. bablv ',.'. r ...... ~.- .... , ient . ··fr:

",n.:, r .. 1S 1S .proa,._",y a rtaUJ.emen .. '0

'Pr' - ch - -, . - dl . t , .. t~ rr t th' Lr --. ,'.-

. IO~':.us a·n,· no· na,lv,e .. o!.e"ogI;a<ll

'THE- -",--::" ",-' 'C!rL.Y A, , nm A 'K:T O,,'r.J, At 'CL' ~,~ , ES,"'~

__ ','-i~'~l'" '.' ~','." : '"'t,

VO'LUlWE-'

..... ': '." (I.' .', -. _.

• ,"" ••.•. '1 _ I

C-N-

O,'iT"~'N,'IT'''''-'S',

u 'l'_~'" ,"!ill

FRAGM:BN''l'~S ,AN'D 'C,Q MYBN'l' s~

Thft Statter$ .. ~ ~ ~

The Ma:!ntai:c.ers ....

"Ille 'Enders .. + ~ ii,

'The Daimo,nes ii, ~ ~ ii'

Th,e :D!ap '", ~ ~ ~

'" ,. ~ ~
.. ' . ~
.. ,~ ~, ~
0;, ., ,~ ~
.. '.' ~ ~ The H umag, Soul i ,~ • " ~ ,~

The Ve'hic~ of 'MM II. ~ >I, 'I' "

Sou l~Slav~ry ii' ~ Ii ,. ii' ,~ .' ~

The 'Body iI .. j ,i • ~ ~ ~ ii

Na.tUl'8 ,j; ,,. iI"~ ii' ~ ... ~ ii ,,.

The 'Di:vi'~e Sparl(: ,~ ii' " ,. 'I ~

T,he 'Way' e,f 'R'e!turn ~, .. ii' .. ~ ..

Tbe Armour. of :S(jundl~l:1 Llgbt .. I'

'-rihe 'Way A'ooVI " .t - ~ ,!, • ~

Purificati,oR, by ]~'''ire " ~ '. • " '",

'Th~ ,~',n,ifnI!iRc, P,owers, o'~' P,', 'u~~r'iI!!j,~iio:n

,JII.,. ~ a-b'''ll)!r. _ ~ 111I1il:.U~~!!r._ - -

Tbe Sa.'c;r.oo :Fires .. ,~ ' ...

T4:, -at~~'t ,13£ tDB, Fh~e T,'ftit:

_ ue ,,Ii;: , - - - ,- '" , , ,'_ ~ ii i,

The, P~an, O[ the: :sou'~, ","

~, "

TIl,e '~yst~,~~al~M, 'The Mysti'C: ,ldIarna;ge li'"

.....

...

9 IS,

2,'2 25,

,;ojiK ,~V

... ~

'I' ~ lQ'
32
i, .. , ,
~ 'I' 3S
I I ',I
'. ~ 31
, . .. 38
i, ill 4'~:
~ I 44
~ 45
~ !ii 50'
'I: iI 54,
S5
~ ,. ,
~ '" 51'
60
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~ j '6~
'I ~ ,6'3
," ....
6S
~ ~ ~ .. ," y._ 1'1 ,~ G)' D' #'ii", :tiIl:P" . 'C' t. l~~ i' . +. ,~, , 'Eii - i·J .-, "

"[u-'C'l '\ " .,' ~ ,e v,ac~_d:s. n:a., a,tuC>S , 1m D re:s"ailW

, ].' '1 1 ;. 1i: A ~l ... n 'B'd" ~... H'f ,~

,~.n{)·:OEt$(;·,'e. an Q'.~a:~~.w~,g'n~ : :.- '.. vII", ,.'1 t, 1~

(B:reslau.: I 894) .

,CO'ry' {I., l?~)j .A·n,citnJ' F,.apien\rs (LeDdon.; .200 ed .. ~ 18J2):~. pp .. ~j,F:28ol., Tbe .first: and third. ew uons do not eontain the te'xt 0.1 'ODr Oracles,

.

M,e,ad, (G +. R ~ S.} ~ F!r,aptl1Ji$ ~l a F~i,fi ,F ()r:IQtu~

(London.; :2~d .. ,ed .. ~, 119(6).

.

)Iead (G, .R~ S .. )I ~ 'Ti;:ri&e' Grttlt,ll$t· H Inn"

(Londo,n,; 1:906) ~

The: Ptni~Jdng Mys teries .~ ~.

The: F'i:t.e~GDOs.is - ... ~ .. ' ~

The ~1:'anif:es tado([D,s 0.1' the Gods

The Tbetttgic Art ~ ~. " ~

T.he .Rny;al SQuls, ;; ~ ,~, t,

Th·c LJgb:t,~.spa:!':k +..~ • ~

Th:e U,riregenera;be ,;;.. ~ ~

~h~ ,:~~~~~tio;g of' iD,e Body .~,

Reln.cMDa.uO'il. • .~ " .~ ~. "

Thoe Darkness, 'II • ~. j ,~ 'I'

T' 'L..~, "11" ...... t:-n"· .... ~ S'· +"" ~;",.." ~,,' ~_

~_. uc JLDl,[~ __ ~~, .. ::~~".~I li!I ~ ~ -

On C·ond.1:1.lc,t ,., • • ..

Tbe' G·nos·is of Pi·ety ~"

.• ' ..

.F .. :~

H

-- ~II :::;;:

P·.iJGE
i· ·Iii ,t ,., If'S;
, "
'" .. ~ .. 6,·
, i!!' .. " '!!' 68
.... 2
... ~. .~ ~ /-"
,
~, .. ~. ~ '7'4
•. ... i@!' ,~ 751
~ .. ' ,~ ~, 18
01- ;Ii ... ... 80
.. .0; .. 1;'- 8:;,
, ,
.. Ii· , .. . ,85
.. •. ~, "- S8
"" • i!i !~ 9'~
.• ~ ,.. ~ 94 THE C-'HAL':':" D" ~ AN 0"- 'RA-' .'. CLES

' ._ -_. ,'~_ .~.) <, '.i'I;in. _: ,'1', ,.....'- .. :.

'PRAG·MEl'i·T,S AND COM:MENT:S,. ,(COtriin1Jed~)

T1;J'C" s··· :T'--- ·AR··. ., T"V'O ,e,

.~,.,:.·.·~1111

! 'O'D the borderland between the Intel ... ligible and sensible 'worlds. were the Iynges-mysterio:us beings whose name, 'm-~Ia',y'-- 'per" .... _, 'h'~la··:p,,',··s'" 'b'-:,'-' ~t' ra '-'~'la.~,t:;~d::- "~~" 'l~'~~~~s:'

. .1 '_-'._, I . l' .' _" .~ ~ -. _ .lLLaI_"."_ '~'." ~l "llceJ_-.

'0""'- 1:1:n ... .:r·!CI or even I

3[S-:' S: :h,";- riek ers A':' 'S' h ow-

",r YT; ,W,· .;;;II, '. ,: ~"'-'., CLc '., I, ,I, \ ",,' .-, '-'j ~"",.-' ~

ever I seem to detect in these three ruling Principles a correspondence with the creators preservers and· destroyers, or rather regenerators (perfecters . or enders) [of Indian theos ophy, I will [call these I ynges Starters, in the sens-e of Initiators or Setters-up of the initial im,plulse~,

We win 'first. set down, the "wisdom" of' the Iexicon on this puseling subject,

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'THE, warning the reader that he is having " his

CHALDA!AH' ~,~ ~~~--,,= '.-" ., " ., '--,~ ' ..

(JRACt,Es~'" attention turned to the wrong side of the

t'hin,g-,the littleness and superstition of what in the: Oracles was clear Y' intended to re'" a revela ·,'t' io n of s·o· 'm' (,0. gr" rea me ~ iess

',' U.-. r ".1 ~~ •• "_ ". __ ..£'. _ ~ .', - ... : . ...'_. _~ :.-:.:' . :_ '.: . : ·-,~'rI'

I,yn,x is said to be the bird 'which we call the wryneck ; it was called iynx in, Greek from its cry, as it is called 'wryneck in English from the movement o,f its head, .Iyg'i: and iygmos are used of 'h li h .' '11 .. ': 1'1'· b "b f' h ts

, OW! ln,g', 5 '. nezmg, y,€t",Jng~ ,-:·:ot.~ '" tor s,! ,OU :',',

olf joy and cries, of pain, and a)'SOI of the

hissing of snakes, "

The ancient wizards; it is said, used, to bind the wryneck to a wheel, 'which they made to revolve, in the belief that they thus, drew men's, hearts along with it and chained, them to obedience ; ~ hen .. ce this magic wheel was frequently used in the belief that it was a, means of' re-

covering unfaithful Iovers HI • This, opera-

tion was rear ed ,settin,g the magic bird or magic wheel agoing, The unfortunate bird, seems to ha ve been, attached to 'the wheel with its wings, and legs pegged

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on t crosswise so ;as to form four spokes, 'THE ~, ,', ' ~,,' spread-eagle fashion, Th,e word iynx g~Jii\~~

thus cam,e, to, m,e:a;n a, charm, and at. spell, " , , "

and also ,(1, passionate yearning.

The root - idea accordingly seems to have been that of a, ~~ winged wheel "" that emitted sound, and w,e' are, reminded of th,€; winged creatures or wheels in "the famous Vision of Ezekiel, who saw the mystic sight in, Babylon and thus probably . caught. .some reflection of the symbolism of the Chaldsean mysteries.

How the wryneck was, first brought In, and finally assumed the chief place) ,is a puzsle, It reminds one of the story of the calf in, 'the Vaidik rite, which 510, interfered with the sacred service of the sage that he had to tie it up to a post before he could continue the rite. This casual, incident became finally' sterotyped intc th .... hieffe .. :'I"t'I' '." of th I' rite t'

m,':o - ',: c' e 'GlUe, _' "ea, ,ure Oc._, ~'- ,e n,' e i,

Certain it is : that: the Iynges of our Oracles ha ve nothing to do - with 'wrynecks ; we shall, therefore, make bold to translate them as Wheels or Starters,

II

'THE .. They were presumably' thought of as g~1~~~ Living ,Sphe~·es.~ -'~hlrling' -out-' in every

. direction 'from the centre, and swirling in again to that same centre, once, "they' had reached the limit: cd' their periphery

0- re. ,(j''II'!II'rr'' '0" '~I"n': d ' T' - I h·' ~Y'~' W-;-:-:-,Of'-'O also .. '. '" 1'· n' ,... lit

I ~ U. ~, ,I. "Iy ... '. .... J ~ .I,I~ ~-.: '.' .... ~ . I~ ru. .,'. J ' _' , Jar.!

probability, conceived of' :as Winged Globes=-a familiar fizur ·-e>· in Babylonian

.". ~- ~~ ~ ,UU1U· - Ia... J10" .. . '_ . IU, .~,

a-'n ·d'·~·· -E-;- gy'" ntl":an- .- -a- ,~t,,_.t·~ h';····u'··~·s·~ symbolizing th-;-"a-·:t"

.~J., '._" . ... ~.'. ':.'; .r '.. - . -, - ~.' ~ . ~ '" . .:__. ..~ ;;:J J "~.~.I' . ',- ", .. ", _1IItI-~ " <'-.' I. ~. . J.-:.

they 'w-e,r'€ powers of the Air, midway' between Heaven, the Gr,eat Surround, and Ea .... h th 0. fixed C· entre In othe .....

'CL ~ ',,: '. I '" 'a..lll'J! I.-: . .'~ ,~~"'" '~ .. ~J., :J~I. ~'Ili _._.~,:,_: ':_ .i~.' ,~,

words, they were the: Children of the £jO,n.~

An anonymous ancient writer tells 'us (K, 3:9) that it :is the blending .o,f the in tellectnal (or gnostic) and intelligible {or ideal) orders=-tha tis" the union, of the 'prototypes of what we distinguish as subject and object in the sense .... world 0'£ diversity, or what 'we might call the self-reflective energy of the: Mind on, the plane of r'eality-that. first ,'~ spirts. forth," the One Iynx, and after this the three I ynges that are called i', pat ernal'

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and also ", unspeakables.' This 'writer~:E _, ,

also :" •• .. ha .. , ,t ""-~'. '~" th -. '1', ';--:, '., .. ' .. , th ,'. ~,~ .0 1., ca.AL.D,A!AH

_ "0 ens ·ra.c .. enzes :11 _,e .: yn.x as _'C ~e· .ne· ORA--' .. C·:I'·.e~~

~ h hr D ,£,''1,.., f' ~ '" .. ~ -. _ ~ ..

m the th 'ee: epu.~s :a tar It; (it '1S", - ...

therefore" of an .a~onic nature), and says

tho a" t it ~!12' thi ~ - thr "-"ee" in o"n-'C e hi c.·- '-1' ch . that

... '. c. :_., ~.i.;I ." . ·S·" '-",:,'" -_:: ":,,,:c:_,erarc .: ,y !. "".

divid es the W'· "0· "·r- .. l: ,...:I'":,, into thre e<-na:·· m 'el·-y····

_ .. - ":'!i;i.... 'C" ... : • .. •. ,~I .. ,._'._. .: -' . :. .1 ... 1.1 ... _:.,' 'I

th ial d t .

empyrean, re I; "e_n,>_ '~' ano. rerrene.

TI' 'h'" ~-.~:. - ~. t(·:· .'.' . ·f' D',' ,.' ."... ,. "00- .. 'C' .

. _e Iniorma . Ion .0, .._;·.am.asc·lus. re·· ,es

, ,

and complicates the idea, when he tells, ' .... ths t~ U t he 'M"I:~:'; d lo·F th F'I ather .~. .: aid us - a .·_·e .. - In.· .. Jl .:.ce '-" a _ c:_cer 1S .sax:

b ~ f d [ . th· f'

to .rmg torward j on to vttie stage ot

manifestation] the triadic crdermg-«

Ivn c 's'" ', .. .och "'. ·T"·'C:e1 .. ' .. starche ' hich

,yng'e.$." ynOI es·, . I. 'e"arc!._ Ire -W.' c.

d t t t~ 1 ·1'In.. .. lin

we ma.y· ren ,er '.' . en': atrve y' .•. as ",ulr' .... ,.g: ··s .. ··

'.: _I..!c;.; _. - '0' ".: . . •. , '. c _'- __:_., ._ .. ,

Holdings together and Perfectings, _

The - Synoehes we have come across

b ,£ (.. S·)· T-'·f· L~" d b

._ el!ore: •• 1.. 5:: '.' ~ .' ei.etaf'CrIJza· IS use. ".y.

ecclesia stical '!I:~~'t:,O''''S'' ~,i;::' a synonym o fl':'

~" .. '_ .lt~~JL . ~ .,' "_ QU Y'f"~ -.Q.L,_: ~ '.' ~J - ...... " . l,. ~', ".',

th - 'T' . ", - itv : . ,." hil'· .,.!.. 0" : .. - . ·h· .. ·· . ,: ~C< ·-all·- -', ed

1- a, 1 e -= IIDl,y~, W,I. Ie ... : r. rp .. ,ens Ii3' c· e:··

teJdarc.ki's as the, founder 0'-( mysteries or perfectionings.

. :, ,-!' d :m .• , ."

The roo t-me anmgs nne :.erJ!.ymg " the.

f h b f thi' .: ~ d

na'm" ,Qj,.~ '0'" ,to 'e'" m" e;' 'm' C" c'e-r-s~' 0'-' <'. l .. ~ tri 81 I ee.::.,m·' "

~ ' ... ~ '. _. '., ,,_. ,'_ '; ".' "", .:' . ...: .• ~: ~ ~ 1,"_':, ,~."~,,_~I .. '.

t·:·· ···"...,,··,t' '._".' '." have alreadv , .. aid

o sug.g·es .. , .as w'e r; . __ c_leai. Y Sal.:."

h id f- t ~ I f b' I

t .' ,e 'I':: eas 0 - ere-a' m,g \ or pre:' "era : .~.y'

13

TH]E>,t· : ... rtir ',.),', ;. ,::.~ '~',' "'. ':. .( ... , " ,·'i' :"1 "; .. t : ~'" ~" ",;'), :.'- ",' "d"

".' :' 1 :,-.~ star nng), pr~ervm,g:Qr mamt ,aJEi]D;g"" an

CHALD..EAN f; t ~ ( rf tin" ..t:._ ~ l.. ;:,_, )

OU,CLES.:"· comptetmg tor pertecti ',g 01' ,llJ]!.'ls:uiug,,;;

D ,,. thi '~,. th . h ',*' ds of , amascmst :'iln,Jt\:'~; '-'---,:1 t ,t '" cc;(~ Iast 'worl .', ' OiL

the following two verses refer to the

t".-"' ad of ,t"h- . "0':" ".; -Icc"., .. ,',

na· 0' '.' 'e ':."ne: ynx,

,K:;; 40~ ,M'any ase these' w'hol .leaping m(Jum C~, 410", upon tbe shining 'ff},orl4s'; amOng' fhem are

'ntfee exceJlencie's [or he£g:nts].F .

The meaning of the first clause is doubt- 1ul. \Vh~th~;aJ1Y (fem. pl.)OlI"~. iSllot

clear ; it may mean that "there ate 'host's of' subordinate Iynges, On the contrary, ,it m.a:,y' have nothing t.o' do with these Nature-Iynges on the Path of Descent, that is -th,e' bringing into manifestation, but may refer to, souls who in the: Ascent win their 'wa,y to the "shining worlds '" or W·'::"nr·'l; d ~ 0'" ,f" Lieh t" 'and beeom -'I~ Iyn ':: .... 'g.', ~

',_', 1 ' .. " lv .,' l" ~I ',_. - -::._:....:_t:) _:..:._. ,;1 ' __ :_'_' :.1" ._. ".... c !~, ..:....\:. ~_:I!..:.. ~J

consciously

Accor,din,g Proclus, the acterised as

tIO··.. both ••. ··, Damascius and

• •• ~_ - - - - - I. . _. ' __ ._

Ord f'· I '. en

. . ... I .... ,.. . ". '.'

~ r,er O' l· c'-',ynges lS:--'ar ....

having the :POW'eT both o,f

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din .' f" rth d f- dr .. Y-:-'H-'- n

.. -, ,- .. e._ c. . --. ',c- '_-,,' ,cl' -- ... _ C.'. - __ :'. ," -.~ ',', . ,- r ,--, ' .. -- 'Q

procee g or gomg~L,O_: :~ an.' 0" '.'1 ,aWIng-'~-:: -- ".: ..... _

tc .' ",L,'\..., , , .. '. ' '-,".'" t---· ,', ctin ~- '- -' th rt ,~. both - .' ·-f-- CHALDAiAR togetner or COD_'r.aCI- -g~,.,a_, IS,,; 1,_ 0_, __ ' -0 I, o RAC1. ES., '

expansion and contraction of' out-

b- " - hi d ,', b-- th'" T,---h-

~ J ~. _ _ ~ _ ~.J ~. _ ~ .. . . __ .._ • _. _ _ _ _._.

reat ." ',ng an-', In ~ .. ' rlea.;-'~ Ilng~, '-II e.y are"

- f': - - I" - t . 'Di' _-'~." -

moreover, tree n -e"·.- ·gences,.

They are cr reate d-:::' ###BOT_TEXT###quot;.cy,:-" Divine Thou (!th,t·,

1!;J.",c_-c'_!Ii;i 'C "_" ,- . u,::' I .'" ,''If~lI.,'Y' " ,--,-",:1,0. 1_ ,j

. - 'S" .. ·4' W- ""ill'" . '" - d~ -Y-':'_-' - . - c .. 'd' -- - - .. - t···

as : JODS, 0.1-'_'_ an" oga ani procreate

'by thought ; they are: Mind~'bom- and give 'birth to minds, Their epithet is the

u 1-' -- ntJ"'n l.J -"'!,_ ,,', or U:' u-- :M,~.I1dtT 'if'..;a· '1.1- ~,ro ",., th ;O'y-

" 'n ... , ,'.-_'.' !~Qw;."j 'v . ' : •. --,,~,y~~":_:_ U 'W' , ,' __ .,~ ':_

.- -- .... furth --. all-' d'-' ': . ,t'b"" 0-: .. cle ~'-----"/tc",

:, ' . I - '""i, I - ., ... . .. _'-.j _' . ~. i i "I _ i .;::- .. .. ~ _. . :...._ .. '. c. :.-. . . .i .• : •. ,

,axe IU ,. er c-, - e ,_, lD, . - we ,r.aes S'l0't."

.:: nd ',_- ,-'~: said t 0:'" proceed from an d--! to aD" are ,~ ... ,,- , ~ , ". ",~.'~",:m .". ',-

'~'rush to ,., or ;u ,ctesi,:e' ,6'aguly ,,', the, Father

(C~ 52) ;. they are the "~I F atnSf' s Potsers .. ,;, Indeed, as Proelus declares :

c, ·F-·-, _-. ,: ot ,._- ,_'':I'_-_-- d- - ths -;- t '.'he. -,',-'. di ."', ,'j,-.· .. "t" 4. ,

: . O'f no _ Q,.E.llY, 0 -,ese .,' ree c_': ,"VUll_les

1"'0' - di ~Vl'~" -. e n at ure s] 0" "f' t h ems ... Iv es bring

L'~ ,!'; '< :n.:' .. ~;Q!;,i _ 1,4Jl.- -~ _! .,1. _-: J'~ I_~,m,- '-', ~I, ... :U-&"

into manifestation and contract them

[.sci out of manifestation] but they are:

_-. __ t, '_ _, _ _" ,. I.. ,_ " _ "', " . .. ''',', '''_

- .

IS

",

~H7"D&"AH also 'Gua~,dians' [o,~, Watch,~g, ~~ ,~re, ... , g~~LBS~, _ -, servers] of the (w,Of' ks' of the Father,

a- ccord .in "'g"'. t'Jf'I;I the Orael 'e'_'Y",A!!'l, o'f" the O""tD' e

, ',' v'V: ','C_ ::_':, ,,'I(,} _,_,_,' c' "." _,a_, '_" " "",~~, c',· .. 3U,,: '~".,I_.

lflind that doth create Itself n [K j 4o,j C~ ,4.1,)!·

. Iyn» ,in i~s, ~root ~,m,e,~nin~~, , ac~or,~]lng to Proclus, signifies the - - ,po,ver of: trans-

mission,' which is said, in the Oracles, u, to sustain, the' f()unta'~nS'~ 11 The same idea, seems to be latent in, the, f.'OIUO\Vin,g verse :

K. 4.o~, C. 64~'

FOf,_1.1 C· "ne-m' os 'L'aC'" ,ft~N!I./l :S,iVIJ~t..l~' ;.: ..... J."J'1~ .. (1'tJ..w4 _ ~'.:~:' ~ :~ V·~I .. ·[·:,:,: _ .. ~ ,n'_',_1Iil l;',ltftJl~N""V' 'IW-' lilf.rniGf\~jrifo;~"l~~-

.sustainer,!; t

T"'h '. ~ ~ , cl 1 b ht

- I" '-, •....•. --::.- .. :- !':', .:- "" '. --: ."', - ". " .. ' ,1, i'.· -.: ."-" . .' ....

11.'!e, meaning IS qumte,-"ear_,Y_foug-""

t h' P j" 'ml h £5"" th t

.. -. -, " ' :.' .,.-.' .-. '-- ,-~ ,-_. 1- '1'·:· 1--:-', -I'-II' .-:: '.--.-::, , , '.,: <. [' .. I' -1'-' .. -::" '.: '.' 1 " .

ou wnen r roc "US" e sew iere, amrms nat

th 0', .... 'orl' f'~' th r'" . ,. U h'" . .. t·, .. ·," .

,.' Jle'~>:n . .ll.er 0.' rr: ,e, ' ',yn,g,es, .. . ,as a. 1 rans ... ,

'.," [th' ':, rti '.' ter d "'.. -- - 'f:' ,- - ~ , - ,]

c;.· .,.:-, i ".' '. _, , ,'-' .'.' , I;.. 1'1 1 ",", 'II" " " , .. ,', ,'.' .' .,', " ,','. . i, . I ".',:'."

mISSiVe 1_' (t" ,IS", mtermec lacy or ",er.rylng

t' h :Th' '.' '1' --. all' 'I lt . f"

, . ":": -:':".;" '.' . .' ,', ' ' I' ~ I('~' '1 .. ', .", . " ' .. " ' ,.. C,' I " I i

~ p,o\ver ~ as ,e ' :eo oger.s C " . .1., ~,

all things from the Intelligible [or Typal]

O d "' M' d '" f' all' , 'h'"

rc er into " atter, an.' again 0, '_:'. thtngs

in .. , t"'O':'1 1"[1' ·[s·'·c"· tl he Intellisibl e:c,]' :U

" ,-1_, :.,'''''':, " ... ,~ c,..:c.:.,'I;"o····,Ii:), ... · 'L,I~

In other words" - they are the, direct link between the 'Divine and, physical,

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and t.o some exten~also suggest the E'1!L_ ~ RAIl idea of' Angels Of Messeng,ers; yet are oiAcfB!~'~_:~'

~ _ ._ . ~ ~~. . _ ~ _ ~_ _ _ ~ '011

they like to Wheels and 'Whirls." o:r

Vortices-eon t he 0, '··,n· a han d 't~IO:- vertical

__ ,_" .. - .,:.,-, 'I--------V,.. .' ~ " .... J~ . a .. ",. .. . _ .. _ ~ J •••• '

atoms, and on the other to individualities. They are" of course, in, essence, quite un ... bound, by ~de-a~ 0;1 ext~nsilon, in, ,~s~pa,cle, :an~ sequence m fime ; though they mam-

fest in, space and, time", _

Porphyry preserves at. curious Oracle which reads :'

Witl secret' rites ,d':aUli.ng ':he ,iynx K~, 41;;

/rom ,Ike' l€Benet ~ ~-

It is doubtful what ,s,tf'OP,Aalus means 17'

THB exact ly, I,'t· m·.;1 a: y .. :: '~·"'m·.· e. ·t'l"'m, r:,~~. m·,:·!:;QR···n·'- '..:1 to .. p· :" II!

CHA.LD'JEAN' ~~, 1,'" "'-'"'-"_ QU. '- ' ·!Ii,;.oWl ¥ '". ~ . ~.' .,

ORACiE~S~: .1.· and in the Mysteries tops were included

among the mystic play-things of the young Bacchus, or Iacchns. They re8'

t d th thi .. tho

. . :(. -"" -_ . [:' ~ .. --:' '..!." " " I :.'~ " ." r., J " • ,:: ',: • • 1:-" - ,'. ~ .' ' " ',',

,presen. ,·e "J am,oD,g 0 ' . er.c..· ngs,;, ... Ie

, .. , fi'~ xc: ':e" d " sta "..S·· .. i(h- u·mm'·'· "'m~' . g ., 'i 't·I'·o:::··P>S··:)1 ~'n": d·' ' planets

('-::-::,-l..I~ .-,.P., _ '··tJl·,' ., ,). '.' ,1_., " '. "'.=' .. ,~ .. ':,J,~JIi. ~

i,wlu,pp.mg : ops ....

Th- ,'" '1'-- ,... .. id tc b . ·t' ~ ." to

I i .. I:@ . ,ynx was. Sall,. ,~.O 'e ale,'lve) or ,1.:0

.. --'. " . ..1: - '-. ..... I t·"b·· :, t h .. : ". . ." .. ".' .. :.''- . .. ,·t~·h~ l' '~al'

,ene.rg:tze:, o.n I . e ... re~pyrlean; ~ .. ,.en~,._

a·' d terr . '- '''·1 ,.. AC!!'

,.n:_1 . ,:rrene.~p'l an,~~.~

"irU'J:!' M' 'A'" 'l'1!IIN' 'T" 'A1i"li. 1'1i7RS"'"

1.1,~ ~." - -'~'. ", "'~ -"'''''~ : t, ~ .•..•

Thou"gb, the: Later Platonic. commen .. ··'

t t - k t th an-''''' d hi~ hi"

a I ,or' 1 s m- 1-' a>- '. e'· i w· ",0··' 10. ;'''' ;" A...... '- 1- e'~''''::11 " ' ·er~-a·" f'-C' ': i 1 ;Q.S~·

I '._ .' __ : ,". I _~ •• '. ". ,~ _ .. " ' .. ' .', .__::_ ..... ' ';' .:......~, ..

out 0';" the Syn oches an d 'T' 'eletarchse both

"" ..... '.1.'::. ' .. , ., .... 1,_ ,. '-:.:_ .• ,. :....:J!._.".~ .. p,;.,[t _~'."

these, as we ha ve seen, should "rather be

.. d f-' h~ ..

taken as modes 0>: this same mysterious

Iynx. In manifestation, from one it:

d h d b

passe to three, an.1 so oecame many .. ,

T' 'h' ..... C'.,. ., :. ". ,-=... . .. ,.t :" ".C'; -, - 0=' 1';·· cl I. " '':, ds to

.. -"us a s!crap 0.1 our'.~ fa'· .. e,s rea .-. I.

K .A 1'1

,_Ii! -, -Ii

C 57

I . . , .

. ..... '.: .•.. rill

Na» ,n-.,;iM.:J' as "'II