Shimon Peres and the Mediterranean dream

 

 

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Shimon Peres, in the middle. At his right: Yasser Arafat. At his left: Ytzhak Rabin. The pic shows them while receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in reason of the Oslo Accords

The news about the death of Shimon Peres involve not just the memory of an eminent personality, but something more, which is intimately related with the Mediteranean destiny.

Thinking of Shimon Peres, the mind goes to the memory of an important season, at the end of XX century, when it was legitimate to hope for a general pacification of the Mediterranean.

Very young but yet very present, politically active since the early time of the founding of the modern state of Israel, Peres has been the custodian of the continuity of governments which leaded the Israeli policy. When it seemed to start a season lesser marked by security problems, when it really seemed that the Mediterranean could become  a “free trade area” (as it was said by the documents of that time, implying, if not institutional union like Europe, at least a trade integration area), at that time Peres had the lucidity to accommodate and support the choices of his colleague (and rival) Yitzhak Rabin.

The “Oslo Accords” of 1993 between Israel and the Palestinians, with the mediation of the United States, had enabled him to imagine a new dimension of balance and integration of the Mediterranean countries. Rabin had been the herald of this policy, with the indefatigable Peres support.

The death of Shimon Peres marks today the moment within the collective consciousness closes the eyes to a waking dream that has not become true, and yet it remains the polar star to follow for those who, secularly and rationalist, believes in a fairer world. Even more than so, for the few spiritualists who see the transcendental reason of Israel and understand its spiritual role.

For these reasons, with the memory of Peres, we deem it is important to recall the Rabin’s last speech Nov. 4, 1995 in Tel-Aviv. These are the words: “Permit me to say that I am deeply moved. I wish to thank each and every one of you, who have come here today to take a stand against violence and for peace. This government, which I am privileged to head , together with my friend Shimon Peres, decided to give peace a chance. That will solve most of Israel’s problems. I was a military man for 27 years. I fought so long as there was no chance for peace. I believe that there is now a chance for peace, a great chance. We must take advantage of it for the sake of those standing here, and for those who are not here-and they are many. I have always believed that the majority of the people want peace and are ready to take risks for peace. In coming here today, you demonstrate, together with many others who did not come, that the people truly desire peace and oppose violence. Violence erodes the basis of Israeli democracy. It must be condemned and isolated. This is not the way of the State of Israel. “

It is hard to say, but Yitzhak Rabin was not murdered by a Palestinian terrorist, or by some terrorist Islamic organizations: Yitzhak Rabin was killed with three shots fired gun by Yigal Amir, an Israeli extremist of  extreme right, with the shadow of the complicity of the secret services that, of course, it has never been ascertained.

Shimon Peres continued his brilliant career, coming to be elected President of Israel, June 13, 2007, holding the office until  July 24, 2014.

Today, on the day of his departure, friends and opponents greet him with equal respect. Opponents, not enemies. Shimon Peres was a man too intelligent to have enemies. We hope that our greeting may reach our Readers with the meaning of the hope that in these dark days for the Middle East, the North Star may shine with the light of the everlasting idea of Israel as “Light to the Nations”, bringing the torch of the civilization lighthouse to extend rights for the whole world.

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From the Kabalistic to the Hermetic

From the Kabalistic Order of the Rosy-Cross to the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

peladan-30ans-pierre-chauxJoséphin Péladan (1858-1918) was born into a Lyon family that was devoutly Roman Catholic. He moved to Paris and became a literary and art critic, writing on L’Artiste. In 1884 he published his first novel, Le vice suprême, an instant success with the French public, which was into a revived interest in spirituality and mysticism. The Péladan’s book was influenced by occult teachings of Eliphas Lévi.

The novel went through several printings. After reading this book, poet Stanislas de Guaita became manifested interest in the occult doctrine, and soon De Guaita and Péladan became acquainted. They recruited Gérard Encausse,  a Spanish-born French physician and occultist who had written books on magic. In 1888, De Guaita founded the Cabalistic Order of the Rosicrucian.

Anyway, by the 1890s, De Guaita’s, Papus’ and Péladan’s collaboration became increasingly strained by disagreements over strategy and doctrines.  In June 1890, Péladan left the Martinist Order and created a heavy Catholic influenced Mystic Order of the Rose + Cross, with position in favour of tradition and hierarchy, and against  new trends in French art, like the Impressionists, with preference for the Symbolist artists.

stanislas_de_guaita_einweihungStanislas de Guaita was a poet. Into the Rosicrucian Order, Guaita provided training in the Cabala magic, and the “hidden sciences”, being nicknamed “Prince of the Rosicrucians” by his contemporaries. In the late 1880s, the Abbé Boullan, a defrocked Catholic Priest and the head of a schismatic branch called the “Church of the Carmel” led a “magical war” against de Guaita. French novelist Joris K. Huysmans, a supporter of Boullan, portrayed de Guaita as a Satanic sorcerer in the novel La Bas. All these noises are tha causes of the 1890s crisis in de Guaita’s, Papus’ and Péladan’s collaboration. Under his guide Oswald Wirth created a cartomantic Tarot consisting only of the twenty-two major arcana, which followed the designs of the Tarot de Marseille, incorporating extant occult symbolism into the cards. The Wirth/De Guaita deck can be considered the first didactic desk. Wirth published  also three books each explaining one of Freemasonry’s first three degrees, under the title “La Franc-Maçonnerie rendue intelligible à ses adeptes”, demonstrating that the custom to practice something that is not understood is a very old story. De Guaita was not on this number. A very fine student of Eliphas Levi’s discoveries, in the famous “La Clef de la Magie Noire” there is the original drawing of an inverted pentagram with a goat’s head. The book was published in 1897, the year he died. He was 36.

le-voile-disis-nov-1890Gérard Encausse received his Doctor of Medicine degree in 1894 upon submitting a dissertation on Philosophical Anatomy. Encausse’s pseudonym “Papus” was taken from the “Nuctemeron of Appolonius of Tyana” , which was published as a supplement to Eliphas Levi’s “Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie”. “Papus” means “Physician” (of the first hour), after the Egyptian genii of the healing arts. In 1888, he was among the founders of the Kabbalistic Order of the Rose-Croix. That same year, he and his friend Lucien Chamuel (pseudonym of Lucien Mauchiel) opened the Librarie du Merveilleux and its monthly revues L’Initiation et Le voile d’Isis, which remained in publication until 1914. Encausse was also a member of the Hermetic Brotherhood of Light and the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn temple in Paris, as well as Memphis-Misraim and probably other esoteric or paramasonic organizations, as well as being an author of several occult books. At the end of his activity, he became a follower of the Christian spiritualist healer, Anthelme Nizier Philippe, “Maître Philippe de Lyon”.

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Coming back to March 23, 1895, it wa in that day that Dr. Encausse joined the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn.  His initiation was described in the official records of the Order
for that date, that are reported as it follows:

87 Rue Mozart
Saturday, March 23, 1895 – Vernal Equinox Meeting.

Temple opened by Sceptre in the 0=0 of Neophyte.

Present:

Hieroph. –  V.H. Fr. S.R.M.D. 5=6
Hiereus  –  Sor. Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum 5=6
Hegemon  –  Fra. Ex Animo 5=6
Kerukaina –  Sor. Altina Amo 2=9
As Stolistria –  H. Sor. En Hakkore 4=7
Dadouchos –  H. Fra. Judah 4=7
Sorores, “In Spe Pacis”; “Per Alas”; and “Mors Vita”; all 0=0

+ Papus candidate.

Dr. Gerard Encausse, an approved candidate, being in attendance was impressively admitted to the Grade of Neophyte, and took the Motto of Papus.  The ceremony was performed in French, – for the first time after the rehearsal.

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The Temple was closed in full form with the Mystic Repast and finally closed by Sceptre.

picture_of_moina_mathers_from_her_performance_in_the_rites_of_isis_in_parisAs the matter goes, it is not to be underestimated the role that Moina Bergson had on the direction of The Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Moina, then named Mina, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, to a talented and influential Jewish family of Polish from father’s and English and Irish from mother’s sides. She moved to Paris, when she was but two years of age. Her father, Michel Bergson,  was a native of Warsaw and member of the influential Bereksohn Jewish family. Her eldest brother, Henri Bergson, is best known for authoring the philosophical work Creative Evolution, and also the president of the British Society for Psychical Research.

Moina joined the Slade School of Art, at the age of fifteen, an institute well known for encouraging young women in the Arts, at the turn of the nineteenth century. Moina was awarded a scholarship and four merit certificates for drawing at the School. It was also at the Slade in 1882, that Moina met her future friend Annie Horniman, the daughter of the director of the British Museum, who would become the major financial sponsor for the Matherses, as struggling artists and occultists, in backing the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn. Moina met her husband, Samuel Liddell MacGregor Mathers, in 1887, while studying at the British Museum, where Samuel was a strange kind of worker. A year later, her future husband founded the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, one of the most influential organisations in the Western Mystery Tradition. Moina was the first initiate of this Order in March, 1888. Her chosen motto in the Golden Dawn was Vestigia Nulla Retrorsum, meaning “Prudence never retraces its steps.”  In their occult partnership, Samuel was the “evoker of spirits” and Moina the clairvoyant “seeress”, who often illustrated, as an artist, what her husband “evoked”. An artistic rendering of this was given in March 1899, when they performed the rites of the Egyptian goddess Isis, on the stage of the Théâtre La Bodinière in Paris.

In 1918, after her husband death, Moina took over the Alpha et Omega, a successor organisation to the Golden Dawn, as its Imperatrix. Remarkable members of this Order were Two famous members of the Alpha et Omega were Dion Fortune (pen name of Violet Firth) and Paul Foster Case.  Moina died in 1928 in London.

And now, a few words about a not-so-know female artist and initiated: Emma Calvé.

emma-calveMujer de gran belleza, era la cantante de ópera más famosa y prestigiosa de finales del siglo XIX y principios del XX, causando gran sensación en toda Europa, por su extraordinaria voz de soprano, y por la forma tan audaz de representar a sus personajes en escena. Cada vez que su atareada vida profesional se lo permitía, Emma, que disponía de salón propio en el fastuoso hotel parisino de Tours-la.Reine, centro de reunión de la flor y nata del teatro, la música, la pintura y las letras, frecuentaba a conocidos ocultistas como Camille Flammarion, Papus, Josephin Peladan y sobre todo, a Jules Bois, periodista, escritor; miembro de la orden hermética de la Golden Dawn y uno de sus amantes más conocidos. Su pertenencia al Martinismo está sobradamente demostrada debido al descubrimiento de un documento fechado el 11 de noviembre de 1892, redactado en el famoso cabaret parisino Le Chat Noir (El Gato Negro), lugar de reunión de conocidos ocultistas, en el que aparece la firma de Emma Calvé, acompañada de las iniciales S.I.“Súperieur Inconnu” (Superior Desconocido).

 

Equinox

Sorores, Fratres

by meaning of Astronomy rudiments that our science needs us to acquire, each year in the two days of the Equinoxes the Sun rises exactly in the East and sets exactly in the West. In these two days (approx. 21 March and 22 September), the Sun rises at 6 am and sets at 18 seconds the time of day, creating a perfect symmetry between the duration of the day and the night, twelve hours. From here the word Equinox derives its etymology (Latin aequinoctium , “equal night” in reference to the duration of the night period equal to that day). The Equinox is the time of the revolution of the Earth when the Sun is at the zenith of the equator, that is perfectly perpendicular, being the perfect “noon” in the year. Ancient astronomers noticed this point as “Head of the Dragon.” The phenomenon occurs twice during the year, as noted above. This year, the Fall Equinox occurs in perfect alignment to 16.27 hours of 22 September, entering the Weighing Scale, something that goes to a comparison with the symbolism of the psychostasis, as in chapter CXXV of The Egyptian Book of the Deads. It’s not by chance that this period of the year in Jewish tradition is connected to the so called “labor pains for the gestation of the new year” also said “the ten terrible days”, to be referred to the days in between Rosh ha-shanah and Yom kippur, which is a special time when the consciousness of each individual is weighed to conceive the destiny (karma) that will be faced in the new year.

In Lvx et Nox.

L’Uomo di Desiderio nr. 7

Sorelle, Fratelli,

ud7covergiunge a Voi questo numero 7 della rivista del N.V.O., con la copertina filtrata nei colori complementari dell’Aria secondo la tradizione alchemica, a sottolineare la fase stagionale cui l’Equinozio, Sole allo Zenit dell’Equatore.

Questo il nostro ricchissimo indice:

  • Editoriale di Aton
  • Del mio Martinismo, di Ereshkigal
  • I Salmi della purificazione: 143 di David Aaron le-Qaraimi
  • Il “nuovo” mondo Martinista di Marion
  • Il Martinismo come Ordine Universale di Kamael
  • Coscienza come memoria e ricordo di Asar-Un-Nefer e Giona
  • Il vento di Asar-Un-Nefer
  • L’Uomo dinanzi al destino di Giona
  • Immagini da un viaggio a Parigi di Hermes
  • John Keats: Ode to a Grecian Urn di Ruth
  • L’iniziazione di An Hamber
  • La sapienza segreta dell’Antico Egitto di Simplicius
  • Inno ad Akhenaton
  • Un quadro di Prometeo
  • Uno scritto di Jörg Sabellicus
  • Chi ha messo le Rose sulla Croce? di I.A.O.
  • Melki-Tzedeq di Ignis
  • Riflessioni su «Il Tempio dell’Uomo» di Schwaller de Lubicz di Ramses
  • Riflessione silenziosa sul Tempio di David Aaron le-Qaraimi vel Althotas
  • Da dove veniamo – dove andiamo di Aton S::G::M:: dell’O::E::M::

 

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  • Le parole dei Maestri Passati: un brano di Louis-Claude de Saint-Martin

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In Lvx et Nox.

 

In Lvx et Nox.

 

Tehillim

A study on Psalmi, inquiring the way to express them using a proper partiture according to Tradition*.

Rhythmic Batteries:

6 – Ad Matai? 1 2 3 2 3 2 3 (Usquequo?)
32 – Attah Seter li 1 2 2 3 2 2 (Refugium meum)
38 – Chamatekha 1 2 2 2 3 2 3 (In furore)
51 – Lev Tahor 3 2 2 2 3 (Miserere)
102 – Be Tzion Shem 3 2 3 3 2 3 (Annunciet in Sion)
130 – Ha-Azinam 2 2 4 4 2 2 (De profundis)
143 – Maher Aneny 3-6 (Velociter exaudi)

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*This study should be improved distinguishing the Psalmi in: Mizmor (just voice); Maskil (with Lyra) and ha-Maloth (with drums). A short essay is in preparation about this group of seven, that the Jewish tradition, especially in the humanistic age, has been calling “Poenitentiales”. They are still today in use, and also some esoterical Orders use them as purification tools before initiation process.

To a first deepening, here the link to a Michael Lefebvre’s essay of the Journal of Biblical Literature and to another one from Yeshivah Ben Tzion.

On Alchemy

the Transformative Processes

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There are 7 Steps in the Emerald formula:

1. Calcination
2. Dissolution
3. Separation
4. Conjunction
5. Fermentation
6. Distillation
7. Coagulation

 

Calcination is heating a substance until it is reduced to ashes (VITRIOL, destruction of ego).
Dissolution is the dissolving the ashes from Calcination in water (immersion into the subconscious to destroy deceptions and impure thoughts).
Separation is the isolation of the components of Dissolution by filtration and then discarding any ungenuine or unworthy material.
Conjunction is the recombination of the saved elements from Separation into a new substance (RECTIFICANDO the integration of the Conscious and Unconscious).
Fermentation is the growth of a Ferment (bacteria) in organic solutions, a golden wax flowing out of the fowl matter, announced by a brilliant display of colours called the “Peacock’s Tail”.
Distillation is the boiling and condensation of the fermented solution to increase its purity, also said “the Circulation of Light”: the Ego is accepting the spiritual guidance of the Soul, surrending to the higher forces, honouring the existence of the lower ones. Mystical symbol of this state of consciousness is the images of two triangles.
Coagulation is the change to a solid state, emerging from an open grave into the the Recombination of Purified and Distilled Ferment of the Lower Personality and Baser Self to admixture in a Union with the Higher Self or the Purified Astral Body.