SOMA is the moon astronomically; but in mystical phraseology, it is also the name of the sacred beverage drunk by the Brahmins and the Initiates during their mysteries and sacrificial rites. The "Soma" plant is the asclepias acida, which yields a juice from which that mystic beverage, the Soma drink, is made. Alone the descendants of the Rishis, the Agnihotri (the fire priests) of the great mysteries knew all its powers. But the real property of the true Soma was (and is)to make a new man of the Initiate, after he is reborn, namely once that he begins to live in his astral body (See "The Elixir of Life"--[in] "Five Years of Theosophy." ); for, his spiritual nature overcoming the physical, he would soon snap it off and part even from that etherealized form. (The partaker of Soma finds himself both linked to his external body, and yet away from it in his spiritual form. The latter, freed from the former, soars for the time being in the ethereal higher regions, becoming virtually "as one of the gods," and yet preserving in his physical brain the memory of what he sees and learns. Plainly speaking, Soma is the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge forbidden by the jealous Elohim to Adam and Eve or Yah-ve, "lest Man should become as one of us.")
Soma was never given in days of old to the non-initiated Brahman -- the simple Grihasta, or priest of the exoteric ritual. Thus Brihaspati -- "guru of the gods" though he was -- still represented the dead-letter form of worship. It is Tara his wife -- the symbol of one who, though wedded to dogmatic worship, longs for true wisdom -- who is shown as initiated into his mysteries by King Soma, the giver of that Wisdom. Soma is thus made in the allegory to carry her away. The result of this is the birth of Budha -- esoteric Wisdom -- (Mercury, or Hermes in Greece and Egypt). He is represented as "so beautiful," that even the husband, though well aware that Budha is not the progeny of his dead-letter worship -- claims the "new-born" as his Son, the fruit of his ritualistic and meaningless forms (We see the same in the modern exoteric religions.). Such is, in brief, one of the meanings of the allegory.
All 'revelation' then comes from this astral and/or psychedelic experience, which gives us the flowery imagery connected with the Hekaloth. I recall my first readings from Liber CDXVIII and my initial dismissal of the work as being marvelously beautiful, but flowery poetry. Later, having come through a stage of initiation, I then found much more. But this is the shamanistic path of the vision quest. It is at the heart of all true culture.
Completing my read of Vol. IV, Section 4 of HPB's Secret Doctrine, we continue w/Enochian Origins and will continue again in an upcoming section of this volume.
War in Heaven refers to several events of that kind on various and different planes of being. The first is a purely astronomical and cosmical fact pertaining to cosmogony. Mr. John Bentley thought that with the Hindus war in Heaven is only a figure referring to their calculations of time periods (see Bentley's Hindu Astronomy).(Historical Views of Hindu Astronomy."Quoting from the work in reference to Aryachatta, who is said to give a near approach to the true relation among the various values for the computations of the value of [[pi]], the author of the "Source of Measures" reproduces a curious statement. Mr. Bentley, it is said, "was greatly familiar with the Hindu astronomical and mathematical knowledge . . . this statement of his then may be taken as authentic: the same remarkable trait, among so many Eastern and ancient nations of sedulously concealing the arcana of this kind of knowledge, isa marked one among the Hindus. That which was given out to be popularly taught and to be exposed to public inspection, was but the approximate of a more exact but hiddenknowledge. And this very formulation of Mr. Bentley will strangely exemplify the assertion; and explained, will show that it (the Hindu exoteric astronomy and sciences) was derived from a system exact beyond the European one, in which Mr. Bentley himself, of course, trusted as far in advance of the Hindu Knowledge, at any time, in any generation."
Which is Mr. Bentley's misfortune, and does not take away from the glory of the ancient Hindu astronomers, who were all Initiates.)
The Starry Gnosis as I've often stated, is the key to it all. The interplay of the stars in their astronomical movement, plays through this most curious map/myth has even a consciousness; expressed through every co-ordinate in the Universe. And we know the stars in the sky have an impact on our lives. The origin of the creation of this and the peoples that actually created it come before recorded history, though we know that the people of ancient Babylon, normally credited with the original development of this ancient and first of the mystical sciences, had to take their cues from somewhere. How does the very nature of the story written into the stars come about? What do Adepts know about the structural consciousness/integrity of the Universe that would have them write just such a myth?
This served as a prototype, he thinks, for the Western nations to build their war of the Titans upon. The author is not quite wrong, but neither is he quite right. If the sidereal prototype refers indeed to a pre-manvantaric period, and rests entirely on the Knowledge claimed by the Aryan Initiates of the whole programme and progress of cosmogony (The Secret Doctrine teaches that every event of universal importance, such as geological cataclysms at the end of one race and the beginning of a new one, involving a great change each time in mankind, spiritual, moral and physical -- is pre-cogitated and preconcerted, so to say, in the sidereal regions of our planetary system. Astrology is built wholly upon this mystic and intimate connection between the heavenly bodies and mankind; and it is one of the great secrets of Initiation and Occult mysteries.), the war of the Titans is but a legendary and deified copy of the real war that took place in the Himalayan Kailasa (heaven) instead of in the depths of Cosmic interplanetary Space. It is the record of the terrible strife between the "Sons of God" and the "Sons of the Shadow" of the Fourth and the Fifth Races. It is on these two events, blended together by legends borrowed from the exoteric account of the war waged by the Asuras against the gods, that every subsequent national tradition on the subject has been built.
All the early nations and kingdoms and tribes throughout history and until the U.S. were built upon myths connected to the Starry Gnosis. So clever is this story, that as the stars develop into seemingly different structural relationships, so does human history turn; this being calculated into cycles of Astrological Ages, spanning multiples of Platonic Years. The earliest of human races descending directly from the Godhead...or ascending directly from the Godhead...seem to be quite intimately connected with the present race; that these Sons of God and Sons of the Shadow can connect us with a more complete awareness and Gnosis of our evolutionary and involutionary nature.
Esoterically, the Asuras, transformed subsequently into evil Spirits and lower gods, who are eternally at war with the great deities -- are the gods of the Secret Wisdom. In the oldest portions of the Rig Veda, they are the spiritual and the divine, the term Asura being used for the Supreme Spirit and being the same as the great Ahura of the Zoroastrians. (See Darmesteter's VENDIDAD). There was a time when the gods Indra, Agni, and Varuna themselves belonged to the Asuras.
In the Aitareya Brahmana, the breath (asu)of Brahma-Prajapati became alive, and from that breath he created the Asuras. Later on, after the war, the Asuras are called the enemies of the gods, hence -- "A-suras," the initial "A" being a negative prefix -- or "no-gods" -- the "gods" being referred to as "Suras." This then connects the Asuras and their "Hosts," enumerated further on, with the "Fallen Angels" of the Christian Churches, a hierarchy of spiritual Beings to be found in every Pantheon of ancient and even modern nations -- from the Zoroastrian down to that of the Chinaman. They are the sons of the primeval Creative Breath at the beginning of every new Maha Kalpa, or Manvantara; in the same rank as the Angels who had remained "faithful." These were the allies of Soma (the parent of the EsotericWisdom)as against Brihaspati (representing ritualistic or ceremonial worship). Evidently they have been degraded in Space and Time into opposing powers or demons by the ceremonialists, on account of their rebellion against hypocrisy, sham-worship, and the dead-letter form.
Part of the nature of any evolutionary or involutionary current presents us with a struggle; both in ourselves, individually, and in our race, collectively. War (Horus) is the symbol of this struggle and the 'Way of the Warrior' motif has often been used to describe the spiritual path. So from a grander view, human nature can be apprehended with a certain destiny, only contained by a variety of possibilities. A fascinating speculation on all of this can be found in Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy and it's companion novel, Foundation's Edge. And don't underestimate the prophetic nature of good Science Fiction. The Magickal community has already gotten a good bit out of H.P. Lovecraft's Chthulu Mythos and the ancient Sumerian cosmogony.
Now what is the real character of all those who fought along with them? They are (1) the Usanas, or the "host" of the planet Venus, become now in Roman Catholicism -- Lucifer, the genius of the "morning star" (see Isaiah xiv., 12), the tsaba, or army of "Satan." (2) The Daityas and Danavas are the Titans, the demons and giants whom we find in the Bible (Gen. vi.) -- the progeny of the "Sons of God" and the "Daughters of Men." Their generic name shows their alleged character, and discloses at the same time the secret animus of the Brahmins: for they are the Krati-dwishas -- the "enemies of the sacrifices" or exoteric shams. These are the "hosts" that fought against Brihaspati, the representative of exoteric popular and national religions; and Indra -- the god of the visible heaven, the firmament, who, in the early Veda, is the highest god of Cosmic heaven, the fit habitation for an extra-Cosmic and personal God, higher than whom no exoteric worship can ever soar.
"I saw Satan like lightning fall from Heaven." And as a flaming sword is it dropt through the abyss, where the four beasts keep watch and ward. And it appeareth in the heaven of Jupiter as a morning star, or as an evening star. And the light thereof shineth even unto the earth, and bringeth hope and help to them that dwell in the darkness of thought, and drink of the poison of life.
Venus is the 'star' upon which the myth of Lucifer or Prometheus was built. It's rising in the morning sky with the Sun has had it called the 'Morning Star.' And its later falling away from the Sun presents the movement that gives us the myth of Satan being cast from Heaven. Reading this denotatively and layering over the Christian myth, presents the known exoteric interpretation of this astronomical event. The resulting cosmogony of course, fits in with their Manichaen, black&white Universe.
But in a more esoteric way, that fire being carried down from Heaven by the goddess Venus (gate of Initiation) is the involutionary spark of life; and more aptly ascribes our spiritual nature by revealing to us the structure of the Mind/Body/Spirit complex. And on the elemental plane, it teaches us a bit about the nature of Spirit through the qualities of Fire. Our higher selves then become symbolically anthropomorphosized and personified in those beings of 'higher' races, such as the Sons of God and the Nephilim, which seem to be the Sons of the Shadow; or first primeval involution. And our physical bodies come out of that primordial N.O.X. that is the primeval evolution of the Godhead from the material end of the Tree, beyond which is again the Ain Soph Aur that surrounds the whole of the Tree.
(3) Then come the Nagas (The Nagas are described by the Orientalists as a mysterious people whose landmarks are found abundantly in India to this day, and who lived in Naga dwipa one of the Seven continents or divisions of Bharatavarsha (old India), the town of Nagpur being one of the most ancient cities in the country.), the Sarpa (serpents or Seraphs). These, again, show their character by the hidden meaning of their glyph. In Mythology they are semi-divine beings with a human face and the tail of a Dragon. They are therefore, undeniably, the Jewish seraphim (from Serapis and Sarpa, Serpent); the plural being saraph, "burning, fiery" (See Isaiah, vi. 23). Christian and Jewish angelology distinguishes between the Seraphim and the Cherubim or Cherubs, who come second in order; esoterically, and Kabalistically, they are identical; the cherubim being simply the name for the images or likenesses of any of the divisions of the celestial hosts. Now, as said before, the Dragons and Nagas were the names given to the Initiates-hermits, on account of their great Wisdom and Spirituality and their living in caves. Thus, when Ezekiel applies the adjective of Cherub to the King of Tyre, and tells him that by his wisdom and his understanding there is no secret that can be hidden from him (v. 3, 4, xxviii.), he shows to an Occultist that it is a "prophet," perhaps, still a follower of exoteric worship, who fulminates against an Initiate of another school and not against an imaginary Lucifer, a fallen cherub from the stars, and then from the garden of Eden. Thus the so-called "war" is, in one of its many meanings, also an allegorical record of the strife between the two classes of adepts -- of the right and of the left path. There were three classes of Rishis in India, who were the earliest adepts known; the royal, or Rajarshis, kings and princes, who adopted the ascetic life; the Devarshis, divine, or the sons of Dharma or Yoga; and Brahmarshis, descendants of those Rishis who were the founders of gotras of Brahmans, or caste-races. Now, leaving the mythical and astronomical keys for one moment aside, the secret teachings show many Atlanteans who belonged to these divisions; and there were strifes and wars between them, de facto and de jure. Narada, one of the greatest Rishis, was a Devarishi;and he is shown in constant and everlasting feud with Brahma, Daksha, and other gods and sages.
The ancient Right & Left Hand Paths are not to be distinguised as good and evil paths. Rather as two approaches to the fulfillment of our nature. And it is necessary that both paths be mastered; as it is said in Liber Tzaddi, vs. 38:
"I who am beyond Wisdom and Folly, arise and say unto you: achieve both weddings! Unite yourselves with both!"
Black Magick is a different issue entirely.
Therefore we may safely maintain that whatever the astronomical meaning of this universally accepted legend, its human phase is based on real and historical events, disfigured into a theological dogma only to suit ecclesiastical purposes. As above so below. Sidereal phenomena, and the behaviour of the celestial bodies in the heavens, were taken as a model, and the plan was carried out below, on earth. Thus, space, in its abstract sense, was called "the realm of divine knowledge," and by the Chaldees or Initiates Ab Soo, the habitat (or Father, i.e., the source) of knowledge, because it is in space that dwell the intelligent Powers which invisibly rule the Universe (Not less suggestive are the qualities attributed to Rudra Siva, the great Yogi, the forefather of all the Adepts -- in Esotericism one of the greatest Kings of the Divine Dynasties. Called "the Earliest" and the "Last," he is the patron of the Third, Fourth, and the Fifth Root-Races. For, in his earliest character, he is the ascetic Dig-ambara, "clothed with the Elements," Trilochana, "the three-eyed"; Pancha-anana, "the five-faced," an allusion to the past four and the present fifth race, for, though five-faced, he is only "four-armed," as the fifth race is still alive. He is the "God of Time," Saturn-Kronos, as his damaru (drum), in the shape of an hour-glass, shows; and if he is accused of having cut off Brahma's fifth head, and left him with only four, it is again an allusion to a certain degree in initiation, and also to the Races.).
In the same manner and on the plan of the Zodiac in the upper Ocean or the heavens, a certain realm on Earth, an inland sea, was consecrated and called "the Abyss of Learning"; twelve centres on it in the shape of twelve small islands representing the Zodiacal signs -- two of which remained for ages the "mystery signs" (G. Seiffarth's idea that the signs of the Zodiac were in ancient times only ten is erroneous. Ten only were known to the profane; the initiates, however, knew them all, from the time of the separation of mankind into sexes, whence arose the separation of Virgo-Scorpio into two; which, owing to a secret sign added and the Libra invented by the Greeks, instead of the secret name which was not given, made 12. (Vide Isis Unveiled, Vol. II., p. 456.)) and were the abodes of twelve Hierophants and masters of wisdom. This "sea of knowledge" or learning (The above is, perhaps, a key to the Dalai-Lama's symbolical name -- the "Ocean" lama, meaning the Wisdom Ocean. Abbe Huc speaks of it.) remained for ages there, where now stretches the Shamo, or Gobi desert. It existed until the last great glacial period, when a local cataclysm, which swept the waters south and west and so formed the present great desolate desert, left only a certain oasis, with a lake and one island in the midst of it, as a relic of the Zodiacal Ring on Earth.
Developing out of this, comes through Crowley and the mystery of the Tarot as expressed through AL's teaching that Tzaddi is not the Star. This is responded to by Crowley with the development of the Moebius Ribbon to describe a 'Double Loop in the Zodiac' that becomes a Zodiacal prophecy connected with human DNA and the splitting of the atom. Libra is at the core end of one of the loops with our present Age of Pisces at the other.
For ages the watery abyss -- which, with the nations that preceded the later Babylonians, was the abode of the "great mother" (the terrestrial post-type of the "great mother chaos" in heaven), the parent of Ea (Wisdom), himself the early prototype of Oannes, the man-Fish of the Babylonians -- for ages, then, the "Abyss" or Chaos was the abode of wisdom and not of evil. The struggle of Bel and then of Merodach, the Sun-god, with Tiamat, the Sea and its Dragon, a "war" which ended in the defeat of the latter, has a purely cosmic and geological meaning, as well as an historical one. It is a page torn out of the History of the Secret and Sacred Sciences, their evolution, growth and DEATH -- for the profane masses. It relates (a) to the systematic and gradual drying up of immense territories by the fierce Sun at a certain pre-historic period; one of the terrible droughts which ended by a gradual transformation of once fertile lands abundantly watered into the sandy deserts which they are now; and (b) to the as systematic persecution of the Prophets of the Right Path by those of the Left. The latter, having inaugurated the birth and evolution of the sacerdotal castes, have finally led the world into all these exoteric religions, invented to satisfy the depraved tastes of the "hoi polloi"and the ignorant for ritualistic pomp and the materialization of the ever-immaterial and Unknowable Principle.
It seems here, HPB descends into her own propaganda as she takes sides with one of the two paths. This perennial warring is the natural engagement of both sides in the dualistic process of incarnation and evolution. And it seems the big mistake of the ages to pit one against the other; unless that it is that virtue is found in the clashing that ultimately brings a unity and wholesomeness to our nature.
This was a certain improvement on the Atlantean sorcery, the memory of which lingers in the remembrances of all the literary and Sanskrit-speaking portion of India, as well as in the popular legends. Still it was a parody on, and the desecration of the Sacred Mysteries and their science. The rapid progress of anthropomorphism and idolatry led the early Fifth, as it had already led the Fourth Race, into sorcery once more, though on a smaller scale. Finally, even the four "Adams"(symbolizing under other names the four preceding races) were forgotten; and passing from one generation into another, each loaded with some additional myths, got at last drowned in that ocean of popular symbolism called the Pantheons. Yet they exist to this day in the oldest Jewish traditions, as the Tzelem, "the Shadow-Adam" (the Chhayas of our doctrine); the "model" Adam, the copy of the first, and the "male and female" of the exoteric genesis (chap. i.); the third, the "earthly Adam" before the Fall, an androgyne; and the Fourth -- the Adam after his fall, i.e., separated into sexes, or the pure Atlantean. The Adam of the garden of Eden, or the forefather of our race -- the fifth -- is an ingenious compound of the above four. As stated in Zohar (iii., fol. 4, col. 14, Cremona Ed.) Adam, the FIRST man, is not found now on earth, he "is not found in all, below." Because, "where does the lower earth come from? From the chain of the Earth, and heavenabove," i.e., from the superior globes, those which precede and are above our Earth. "And there came out from it (the chain) creatures of all kinds. Some of them in (solid) skins, some in shells (Klippoth) . . . some in red shells, some in black, some in white, and some of other colours . . . " (See Qabbalah).
And so humanity becomes from that which comes from the heights and the depths. This dualistic polarity creates the dynamic field or Aethyr in which we function.
I've begun my read of Vol. IV, Section 5 of HPB's Secret Doctrine, called: Is Pleroma Satan's Lair? The controversy of the Enochian legend is created by the fact that the obvious importance and profound effect that the myth has had on the early Qabalistic tradition, and yet it's lack of acceptance into the Canon of the three exoteric religions that it sits behind. The Magick based upon it has proven to be extraordinary in terms of generating 'New Gnosis,' with both the Golden Dawn and the Thelemic communities placing it at the heart of their systems. Yet the Golden Dawn doesn't really operate within the paradigm; creating their own. And most Thelemites don't see how Crowley actually developed the paradigm and moved to further along with Liber CDXVIII; he got to the very meat of the Merkabah tradition and infused new life into it.
The "Old Dragon" and Satan, now become singly and collectively the symbol of, and the theological term for, the "Fallen Angel," is not so described either in the original Kabala (the Chaldean "Book of Numbers") or in the modern. For the most learned, if not the greatest of modern Kabalists, namely Eliphas Levi, describes Satan in the following glowing terms: -- "It is that Angel who was proud enough to believe himself God; brave enough to buy his independence at the price of eternal suffering and torture; beautiful enough to have adored himself in full divine light; strong enough to reign in darkness amidst agony, and to have built himself a throne on his inextinguishable pyre. It is the Satan of the Republican and heretical Milton. . . . . the prince of anarchy, served by a hierarchy of pure Spirits (! ! ) . . . . "(Histoire de la Magie, 16-17) This description -- one which reconciles so cunningly theological dogma and the Kabalistic allegory, and even contrives to include a political compliment in its phraseology -- is, when read in the right spirit, quite correct.
Yes, indeed; it is this grandest of ideals, this ever-living symbol -- nay apotheosis -- of self-sacrifice for the intellectual independence of humanity; this ever active Energy protesting against Static Inertia -- the principle to which Self-assertion is a crime, and Thought and the Light of Knowledge odious. It is -- as Eliphas says with unparalleled justice and irony -- "this pretended hero of tenebrous eternities, who, slanderously charged with ugliness, is decorated with horns and claws, which would fit far better his implacable tormentor -- it is he who has been finally transformed into a serpent -- the red Dragon."
A precursor to the Thelemic tradition, before Crowley connected it to the Merkabah tradition, Rabelais and the Hell-Fire Club at their Abbey of Theleme during the Renaissance in France. At the Abbey, a libertine lifestyle was experimented with under a banner that proclaimed: "Do as thou wilt." They were as brazen towards the Roman Church as HPB's description of the Falling Angel in the above paragraph. This philosophy also works into the Twentieth Century in the philosophy of Ayn Rand.
The Fallen Angel brings the "Light of Knowledge" as Prometheus; carrying the flame from Olympus, corresponding with the legend of Lucifer, the Light-Bringer; the 'Red Dragon' being the Alchemical Fire.
But Eliphas Levi was yet too subservient to his Roman Catholic authorities; one may add, too jesuitical, to confess that this devil was mankind, and never had any existence on earth outside of that mankind. (What devil could be possessed of more cunning, craft and cruelty than the "Whitechapel murderer" "Jack the Ripper" of 1888, whose unparalleled blood-thirsty and cool wickedness led him to slaughter and mutilate in cold blood seven unfortunate and otherwise innocent women! One has but to read the daily papers to find in those wife and child-beating, drunken brutes (husbands and fathers!), a small percentage of whom is daily brought before the courts, the complete personifications of the devils of Christian Hell!)
HPB rants against the superstition of the 'black' religions, cursed in AL, in accord with the Thelemic tradition. But more subtly stated in the above paragraph is that humanity as Devils, suggests that each one of us is our own Light-Bringer; we are all gods; omniscient, omnipotent and omnipresent.
In this, Christian theology, although following slavishly in the steps of Paganism, was only true to its own time-honoured policy. It had to isolate itself, and to assert its authority. Hence it could not do better than turn every pagan deity into a devil. Every bright sun-god of antiquity -- a glorious deity by day, and its own opponent and adversary by night, named the Dragon of Wisdom, because it was supposed to contain the germs of night and day -- has now been turned into the antithetical shadow of God, and has become Satan on the sole and unsupported authority of despotic human dogma.
The Sun-God has always had its nocturnal aspect, sometimes attributed to the Moon and often mistaken for evil; particularly in those religions that denigrate women. But the dark and the light are one; built into the concept of God as Abraxas. Superstitious religions have anthropomorphosized the diurnal god and in doing so, split him in half, creating the Devil. That this can also be attributed through the symbolism of the horns of the crescent Moon, shows how these religions yield to their misogynistic paradigm.
After which all these producers of light and shadow, all the Sun and the Moon Gods, were cursed, and thus the one God chosen out of the many, and Satan, were both anthropomorphised. But theology seems to have lost sight of the human capacity for discriminating and finally analysing all that is artificially forced upon its reverence. History shows in every race and even tribe, especially in the Semitic nations, the natural impulse to exalt its own tribal deity above all others to the hegemony of the gods; and proves that the God of the Israelites was such a tribal God, and no more, even though the Christian Church, following the lead of the "chosen" people, is pleased to enforce the worship of that one particular deity, and to anathematize all the others. Whether originally a conscious or an unconscious blunder, nevertheless, it was one. Jehovah has ever been in antiquity only "a god among other Gods," (lxxxii. Psalm). The Lord appears to Abraham, and while saying, "I am the Almighty God," yet adds, "I will establish my covenant to be a God unto thee" (Abraham), and unto his seed after him (Gen. xvii. 7) -- not unto Aryan Europeans.
The ineffable has no name and is NOT; by fostering a name, the anthropomorphosisation is immediately apprehended by the psyche and a false or tribal god is created.
But then, there was the grandiose and ideal figure of Jesus of Nazareth to be set off against a dark background, to gain in radiance by the contrast; and a darker one the Church could hardly invent. Lacking the Old Testament symbology, ignorant of the real connotation of the name of Jehovah -- the rabbinical secret substitute for the ineffable and unpronounceable name -- the Church mistook the cunningly fabricated shadow for the reality, the anthropomorphized generative symbol for the one Secondless Reality, the ever unknowable cause of all. As a logical sequence the Church, for purposes of duality, had to invent an anthropomorphic Devil -- created, as taught by her, by God himself. Satan has now turned out to be the monster fabricated by the "Jehovah-Frankenstein," -- his father's curse and a thorn in the divine side -- a monster, than whom no earthly Frankenstein could have fabricated a more ridiculous bogey.
A system built on superstition is a system built on ignorance. And the slave mind is crystallized by ignorance and unconsciousness.
The author of "New Aspects of Life" describes the Jewish God very correctly from the Kabalistic stand-point as "the Spirit of the Earth, which had revealed itself to the Jew as Jehovah" (p. 209). "It was that Spirit again who, after the death of Jesus, assumed his form and personated him as the risen Christ" -- the doctrine of Cerinthius and several Gnostic sects with slight variation, as one can see. But the author's explanations and deductions are remarkable: "None knew . . . better than Moses . . . and so well as he how great was the power of those (gods of Egypt) with whose priests he had contended," he says . . . "the gods of which Jehovah is claimed to be the God" (by the Jews only). "What were these gods, these Achar of which Jehovah, the Achad, is claimed to be the God . . . by overcoming them?" the author asks; to which our Occultism answers: "those whom the Church now calls the Fallen Angels and collectively Satan, the Dragon, overcome, if we have to accept her dictum, by Michael and the Host, that Michael being simply Jehovah himself, one of the subordinate Spirits at best." Therefore, the author is again right in saying: "The Greeks believed in the existence of . . . daimons. But . . . they were anticipated by the Hebrews, who held thatthere was a class of personating spirits which they designated demons, 'personators.' Admitting with Jehovah, who expressly asserts it, the existence of other gods, which were personators of the One God, were these other gods simply a higher class of personating spirits, which had acquired and exercised greater powers? And is not personation the Keyto the mystery of the Spirit state? But once granting this position, how are we to know that Jehovah was not a personating Spirit, a Spirit which arrogated to itself that it was, and thus became, the personator of the one unknown and unknowable God? Nay, how do we know that the Spirit calling itself Jehovah, in arrogating to itself his attributes did not thus cause its own designation to be imputed to the One who is in reality as nameless as incognizable?" (pp. 144-145.)
"Personating Spirit" is a most interesting term that seems to describe a state of apprehension for the chaotic forces called daemons and spirits. This makes them apprehendable to the mind of the Mage without fully anthropomorphosising them; allowing for the viability of evocatory practices. Some spirits are apparently more powerful than others; and should any one become connected to the human zeitgeist, a potent egregore can emerge and always has in all cultures. The inevitable decadence ultimately overcomes anything wholesome at the onset of this cycle; built the usual corrupting, political factors.
Then the author shows "that the Spirit Jehovah is a personator" on its own admission. It acknowledged to Moses "that it had appeared to the patriarchs as the God Shaddai" . . . . and "the god Helion" . . . . With the same breath it assumed the name of Jehovah; and it is on the faith of the assertion of this personator that the names El, Eloah,Elohim, and Shaddai, have been read and interpreted in juxtaposition with Jehovah as "the Lord God Almighty." Then when the name Jehovah became ineffable . . . . the designation Adonai, "Lord" was substituted for it, and" . . . . it was owing to this substitution that the 'Lord' passed from the Jewish to the Christian 'Word' and 'World' as a designation of God" (p. 146). And how are we to know, the author may add, that Jehovah was not many spirits personating even that seemingly one -- Jod or Jod-He?
It doesn't seem plausible that one of these Personator Spirits would directly 'represent' the ineffable. Rather, like the Asuras, they are all derived from this source and each produce their own legions of lesser spirits; ultimately, to the lowest creature in nature.
But if the Christian Church was the first to make the existence of Satan a dogma, it was because, as shown in Isis, the Devil -- the powerful enemy of God (?! !) had to become the corner stone of the pillar of the Church. For, as a Theosophist, M. Jules Baissac, truly observes in his "Satan ou le Diable"(p. 9): "Il fallait eviter de paraitre autoriser le dogme du double principe en faisant de ce Satan createur une puissance reelle, et pour expliquer le mal originel, on profere contre Manes l'hypothese d'une permission de l'unique tout Puissant." (After the polymorphic Pantheism of some Gnostics came the esoteric dualism of Manes, who was accused of personifying Evil and creating of the Devil a God -- rival of God himself. We do not see that the Christian Church has so much improved on that exoteric idea of the Manicheans, for she calls God her King of Light, and Satan, the King of Darkness, to this day.) The choice and policy were unfortunate, anyhow. Either the personator of the lower god of Abraham and Jacob ought to have been made entirely distinct from the mystic "Father" of Jesus, or -- the "Fallen" Angels should have been left unslandered by further fictions.
Every god of the Gentiles is connected with, and closely related to, Jehovah -- the Elohim; for they are all One Host, whose units differ only in name in the esoteric teachings. Between the "Obedient" and the "Fallen" Angels there is no difference whatever, except in their respective functions, or rather in the inertia of some, and the activity of others among those "Dhyan Chohans" or Elohim who were "commissioned to create," i.e., to fabricate the manifested world out of the eternal material.
The 'Fall' represents the working myth that Lucifer has brought the spark of Spirit (Atman) into the human soul; the igniting of which Enoch becomes the personifying archetype.
The Kabbalists say that the true name of Satan is that of Jehovah placed upside down, for "Satan is not a black god but the negation of the white deity," or the light of Truth. God is light and Satan is the necessary darkness or shadow to set it off, without which pure light would be invisible and incomprehensible. (To quote in this relation Mr. Laing in his admirable work "Modern Science and Modern Thought" (p. 222, 3rd Ed.):
Crowley writes in the Book of Thoth:
It becomes then reasonable to argue from analogy that since the end must beget the beginning, the symbolism will follow; hence, blackness is also attributed to the sun, according to a certain long- hidden tradition. One of the shocks for candidates in the "Mysteries" was the revelation "Osiris is a black god".
And from Crowley's skrying of the 19th Aethyr POP:
I have grown greater, so that I am as great as the Angel. And we are standing, as if crucified, face to face, our hands and lips and breasts and knees and feet together, and her eyes pierce into my eyes like whirling shafts of steel, so that I fall backwards headlong through the Aethyr---and there is a sudden and tremendous shout, absolutely stunning, cold and brutal: Osiris was a black god! And the Aethyr claps its hands, greater than the peal of a thousand mighty thunders.
In a footnote to Crowley's skrying he writes:
This, to the Seer at that time, was a Revelation of the most appalling terror. The doctrine of the Third Order had not been promulgated. He expected to unite with the Great Mother in a Mode similar to that experienced in attaining to the Knowledge and Conversation of the Holy Guardian Angel. But the attainment of the Grade of Magister Templi involves the Annihilation of the aspirant. "Osiris was a black god"; i.e. of the nature of Binah--- BLACK. The love of Binah is that of the Queen Scorpion, who devours her mate. This revelation therefore, was much as if a romantic lover of the Richard Feveral type, were suddenly made fully aware that the Maiden of his Dreams intended to conclude their First Night of Love by a Breakfast, of which he was to form the staple dish! The Doctrine implied is that one must not be the child, but the Mother.
Consitent with the Merkabah tradition, we find in Revelation 6:
12: When he opened the sixth seal, I looked, and behold, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth, the full moon became like blood,
13: and the stars of the sky fell to the earth as the fig tree sheds its winter fruit when shaken by a gale;
14: the sky vanished like a scroll that is rolled up, and every mountain and island was removed from its place.
15 Then the kings of the earth, the princes, the generals, the rich, the mighty, and every slave and every free man hid in caves and among the rocks of the mountains.
16 They called to the mountains and the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the
face of him who sits on the throne and from the wrath of the Lamb!
17 For the great day of their wrath has come, and who can stand?"
Through all this we discover that the ancient Babylonians (earliest known Astrologers) described how a second sun, a Black Sun beams evolutionary concepts into the mind or soul of humanity. And then consequently, in the Egyptian mysteries Osiris was considered is a Black God, as the 'Lord of the Underworld' and 'Master of Black Light.' This is the night and for that matter, another hint into the nature of the great N.O.X.
"From this dilemma (existence of evil in the world) there is no escape, unless we give up altogether the idea of an anthropomorphic deity, and adopt frankly the Scientific idea of a First Cause, inscrutable and past finding out; and of a universe whose laws we can trace, but of whose real essence we know nothing, and can only suspect, or faintly discern a fundamental law which may make the polarity of good and evil a necessary condition of existence." Were Science to know "the real essence," instead of knowing nothing of it, the faint suspicion would turn into the certitude of the existence of such a law, and the knowledge that this law is connected with Karma.) "For the initiates," says Eliphas Levi, "the devil is not a person but a creative Force, for Good as for Evil." They (the Initiates) represented this Force, which presides at physical generation, under the mysterious form of God Pan -- or Nature: whence the horns and hoofs of that mythical and symbolic figure, as also the Christian "goat of the Witches' Sabbath." With regard to this too, Christians have imprudently forgotten that the goat was also the victim selected for the atonement of all the sins of Israel, that the scape-goat was indeed the sacrificial martyr, the symbol of the greatest mystery on earth -- the Fall into generation. Only the Jews have long forgotten the real meaning of their (to the non-initiated) ridiculous hero, selected from the drama of life in the great mysteries enacted by them in the desert; and the Christians never knew it.
PAN then sits at the heart of this N.O.X.; the 'Night of PAN' is that primordial darkness from which all forms emerge. He stands as a Guardian of the Abyss that connects also with the Nightside of the Tree-of-Life and into Yesod.
Eliphas Levi seeks to explain the dogma of his Church by paradoxes and metaphors, but succeeds very poorly in the face of the many volumes written by pious Roman Catholic demonologists under the approbation and auspices of Rome, in this nineteenth century of ours. For the true Roman Catholic, the devil or Satan is a reality; the drama enacted in the sidereal light according to the seer of Patmos -- who desired, perhaps, to improve upon the narrative in the "Book of Enoch" -- is as real, and as historical a fact as any other allegory and symbolical event in the Bible. But the Initiates give an explanation.
It is this book that fires the Merkabah tradition and is the key to generating the fever of prophecy as recorded in the many apocalypses and of which Revelation is but one. All are based on the symbolism of the Hekaloth and Liber CDXVIII is no different.
Continuing with my reading of Vol. IV, Section 5 of HPB's Secret Doctrine, Lucifer, slandered with the label of Satan leads the legions of Guardian Angels who bring wisdom to humanity. The slanderers (Rome) did not wish to promote wisdom and actually preferred to keep their subjects in ignorance in order to maintain control over them. For this essential Occult truth, acknowledged in Thelemic Doctrine, forever keeps Christianity at odds with the truth. And for that matter, those Occult organizations that have emerged today, within the Christist paradigm, they are also beguiled by Rome.
Thus, the true and uncompromising Kabalists admit that, for all purposes of Science and philosophy, it is enough that the profane should know that the great magic agent called by the followers of the Marquis de St. Martin -- the Martinists -- astral light, by the mediaeval Kabalists and Alchemists the Sidereal Virgin and the Mysterium Magnum, and by the Eastern Occultists AEther, the reflection of Akasa -- is that which the Church calls Lucifer. That the Latin scholastics have succeeded in transforming the universal soul and Pleroma, the vehicle of Light and the receptacle of all the forms, a force spread throughout the whole Universe, with its direct and indirect effects, into Satan and his works, is no news to any one. But now they are prepared to give out to the above-mentioned profane even the secrets hinted at by Eliphas Levi without adequateexplanation; for the latter's policy of veiled revelations could only lead to further superstition and misunderstanding. What, indeed, can a student of Occultism, a beginner, gather from the following highly poetical sentences of Eliphas Levi, as apocalyptic as the writings of any of the Alchemists?
"Lucifer, the Astral Light . . . . is an intermediate force existing in all creation, it serves to create and to destroy, and the Fall of Adam was an erotic intoxication which has rendered his generation a slave to this fatal light . . . every sexual passion that overpowers our senses is a whirlwind of that light which seeks to drag us towards the abyss of death, Folly. Hallucinations, visions, ecstasies are all forms of a very dangerous excitation due to this interiorphosphorus (?). Thus light, finally, is of the nature of fire, the intelligent use of which warms and vivifies, and the excess of which, on the contrary, dissolves and annihilates. Thus man is called upon to assume a sovereign empire over that (astral) light and conquer thereby his immortality, and is threatened at the same time with being intoxicated, absorbed, and eternally destroyed by it. This light, therefore, inasmuch as it is devouring, revengeful, and fatal, would thus really be hell-fire, the serpent of the legend; the tormented errors of which it is full, the tears and the gnashing of teeth of the abortive beings it devours, the phantom of life that escapes them, and seems to mock and insult their agony, all this would be the devil or Satan indeed." (Histoire de la Magie, p. 197).
Connecting Lucifer with the sexual function in the mysteries by way of "erotic intoxication" being connected with this Satan is enforced by the fearful taboo around sexuality in human nature as encoded into Christism (which includes all the cursed religions of AL). The more important hint here is the "interior phosphorus", which I daresay is connected to the phosphorylation of the DNA as explained in the GCL document: Liber Vox Viva Voce vel Video. We can then say Satan is at the heart of our DNA and the core of our being. The naming of Rabelais' Hell-Fire club seems also quite interesting in light of the highlighted text above.
There is no wrong statement in all this; nothing save a superabundance of ill-applied metaphors, as in the application of Adam -- a myth -- to the illustration of the astral effects. Akasa -- the astral light (Akasa is not the Ether of Science, as some Orientalists translate it.) -- can be defined in a few words; it is the universal Soul, the Matrix of the Universe, the "Mysterium Magnum" from which all that exists is born by separation or differentiation. Itis the cause of existence; it fills all the infinite Space; is Space itself, in one sense, or both its Sixth and Seventh principles. (Says Johannes Tritheim, the Abbot of Spanheim, the greatest astrologer and Kabalist of his day: -- "The art of divine magic consists in the ability to perceive the essence of things in the light of nature (astral light), and by using the soul-powers of the spirit to produce material things from the unseen universe, and in such operations the Above and the Below must be brought together and made to act harmoniously. The spirit of Nature (astral light) is a unity, creating and forming everything, and acting through the instrumentality of man it may produce wonderful things.
HPB, writing in the 19th Century, is still under the Newtonian model for physics. And his Aethyr was not yet proved to be the Akasa, as I relate in my article: Scientific Proof of Levi's Aethyr.
Such are accomplished, if you learn to know yourself. You will know it by the power of the spirit that is in yourself, and accomplish it by mixing your spirit with the essence that comes out of yourself. If you wish to succeed in such a work you must know how to separate Spirit and Life in Nature, and, moreover, to separate the astral soul in yourself and to make it tangible, and then the substance of the soul will appear visibly and tangibly rendered objective by the power of the spirit." -- (Quoted in Dr. Hartman's "Paracelsus."))
This is the very nature of the work as I have learned in my own ritual practice. At first, I began to see the Aethyr around me; I could begin to mold, shape and color it to a point that bordered on tangible. It is the beginning confirmation of Occult Science as an empirical art. And all I can say is that should you have started your own ritual practice, keep at it until such results are gained by your effort. From there, it became a natural deduction as I began my Samekh practice (called by me, Liber Gon, per my personal reworking in light of my A.'.A.'. Tasks), that I was to then work on building this astral matter to the point that I could formulate my Angel and project my higher consciousness into it. This I arrived at independently, and I'm grateful to find confirmation of my work in this tome.
But as the finite in the Infinite, as regards manifestation, this light must have its shadowy side -- as already remarked. And as the infinite can never be manifested, hence the finite world has to be satisfied with the shadow alone, which its actions draw upon humanity and which men attract and force to activity. Hence, while it is the universal Cause in its unmanifested unity and infinity, the Astral light becomes, with regard to Mankind, simply the effects of the causes produced by men in their sinful lives. It is not its bright denizens --- whether they are called Spirits of Light or Darkness -- that produce Good or Evil, but mankind itself that determines the unavoidable action and reaction in the great magic agent.
Consequently in my own work, the issues of the shadow have become as strong and as pertinent as the light that I have arrived at within. And the difficulty of the work intensifies and forces me to have to deal with the deepest of personal issues. This is no easy task and whether I can master the obstacle to greater achievement in a week or several more decades of my life remains to be seen. So as close as I've gotten to the formulation of my Angel is as far as I've also been pushed back towards. The lower ego is as tricky an agent as any other spirit of the human psyche. After all, the only enemy we truly have is ourselves.
It is mankind which has become the "Serpent of Genesis," and thus causes daily and hourly the Fall and sin of the "Celestial Virgin" -- which thus becomes the Mother of gods and devils at one and the same time; for she is the ever-loving, beneficent deity to all those who stir her Soul and heart, instead of attracting to themselves her shadowy manifested essence, called by Eliphas Levi -- "the fatal light" which kills and destroys. Humanity, in its units, can overpower and master its effects; but only by the holiness of their lives and by producing good causes. It has power only on the manifested lower principles -- the shadow of the Unknown and Incognizable Deity in Space. But in antiquity and reality, Lucifer, or Luciferus, is the name of the angelic Entity presiding over the light of truth as over the light of the day. In the great Valentinian gospel Pistis Sophia (§ 361) it is taught that of the three Powers emanating from the Holy names of the Three [[Tridunameis]], that of Sophia (the Holy Ghost according to these gnostics -- the most cultured of all), resides in the planet Venus or Lucifer.
We see here how BABALON, the sinning "Celstial Virgin" (by which the Earth is created for her) then births this inner light, the higher self that on another plane is the reigning Nephilim; each the Atman of our being...that radiant light symbolized by Lucifer--the BEAST upon which she rides in order to conceive that light (L.V.X.); she herself being the darkness that surrounds it. Thus does AL tell us of her individualized symbol, the Scarlet Woman, and her long hair which is the enshrouding darkness.
Thus to the profane, the Astral Light may be God and Devil at once -- Demon est Deus inversus: that is to say, through every point of Infinite Space thrill the magnetic and electrical currents of animate Nature, the life-giving and death-giving waves, for death on earth becomes life on another plane. Lucifer is divine and terrestrial light, the "Holy Ghost" and "Satan," at one and the same time, visible Space being truly filled with the differentiated Breath invisibly; and the Astral Light, the manifested effects of the two who are one, guided and attracted by ourselves, is the Karma of humanity, both a personal and impersonal entity: personal, because it is the mystic name given by St. Martin to the Host of divine Creators, guides and rulers of this planet; impersonal, as the Cause and effect of universal Life and Death.
AL teaches that every number is infinite, so that each spacemark is infinite. To explain this further, I'll quote from a conversation I've been having with a friend of mine in the Poetry Science group:
"Even at a minimum, as we each have our own coordinates in the Universe, each of our Atmans are at the very least differentiated by this. And therefore there is a finite nature that not only fits into its local space, but further differentiates itself by saying "I" to itself and "Not-I" to all else. Where you begin, I end...sotospeak. And as I consider the myth of Brahma, at the very least, misunderstood; giving way to this (what I call) ego-loser mentality, nihilist in nature, that pretends the Universe is an illusion and to be shunned. This extreme belongs to those of the Spiritual Cycle in human culture. Those of the Materialist Cycle shun metaphysics altogether and call that 'real', which is shunned by the Spiritualists. I see myself more in tune with those of the Integrative Cycle that harbors both as objectively real and holy.
My original statement was: "Atman remains undifferentiated; or in other words, we each have this spark that is also exactly alike in each of us. It's only differentiation being its finite nature, it exists behind the quanta of the aethyr and experience; being changeless and of permanent nature."
And so again, I reiterate, Brahma is the ONE from which the ALL manifest;
each individual (Atman) manifestation being itself, omniscient, omnipotent
and omnipresent or Brahma would not be Brahma. And yet, paradoxically, each of us as Atman is different from the other. One could say that in a sense, we in our individulaized omnipresence are all connected to each other in one fabric of Stars...NUIT."
The Fall was the result of man's knowledge, for his "eyes were opened." Indeed, he was taught Wisdom and the hidden knowledge by the "Fallen Angel," for the latter had become from that day his Manas, Mind and Self-consciousness. In each of us that golden thread of continuous life -- periodically broken into active and passive cycles of sensuous existence on Earth, and super-sensuous in Devachan -- is from the beginning of our appearance upon this earth. It is the Sutratma, the luminous thread of immortal impersonal monadship, on which our earthly lives or evanescent Egos are strung as so many beads -- according to the beautiful expression of Vedantic philosophy.
To shun the altruistic, herd-mentality is the next step in our moral evolution, and of course, the L.V.X. (again, slandered as Satan) is at the heart of the matter; literally and symbolically.
And now it stands proven that Satan, or the Red Fiery Dragon, the "Lord of Phosphorus" (brimstone was a theological improvement), and Lucifer, or "Light-Bearer," is in us: it is our Mind -- our tempter and Redeemer, our intelligent liberator and Saviour from pure animalism. Without this principle -- the emanation of the very essence of the pure divine principle Mahat (Intelligence), which radiates direct from the Divinemind -- we would be surely no better than animals. The first man Adam was made only a living soul (nephesh), the last Adam was made a quickening Spirit (The real original text of I Corinthians, rendered Kabalistically and esoterically would read (in Chap. xv., verses 44 and 45): "It is sown a soul body (not 'natural' body), it is raised a spirit body." St. Paul was an Initiate, and his words have quite a different meaning when read esoterically. The body "is sown in weakness (passivity); it is raised in power" (43) -- or in spirituality and intellect.): --says Paul, his words referring to the building or Creation of man. Without this quickening spirit, or human Mind or soul, there would be no difference between man and beast; as there is none, in fact, between animals with respect to their actions. The tiger and the donkey, the hawk and the dove, are each one as pure and as innocent as the other, because irresponsible. Each follows its instinct, the tiger and the hawk killing with the same unconcern as the donkey eats a thistle, or the dove pecks at a grain of corn. If the Fall had the significance given to it by theology; if that fall occurred as a result of an act never intended by nature, -- a sin, how about the animals? If we are told that they procreate their species in consequence of that same "original sin," for which God cursed the earth -- hence everything living on it -- we will put another question. We are told by theology, as by Science, that the animal was on earth far earlier than man? We ask the former: How did it procreate its species, before the fruit of the Tree of Knowledge, of the Good and the Evil, had been plucked off?
As Blavatsky indicates at the beginning of this majestic tome, nature is God, and God can have no supernatural powers. The whole of this work is to show how naturally, the Universe involves from this divinity. Paul's statement shows how necessary it is for us to develop our minds as these minds are intimately woven with our human soul. However, the Roman heresy twisted this into the idea of faith being all we need to get to heaven, and it was bought into by the superstitious masses; who through this day, refuse to develop their minds. Further, they are consoled by this lie and go to their deaths as blind and naieve as they were born; with their soul bodies remaining weak and passive. With no actual supernaturally empowered God to then take it into heaven, this weak soul must be trampled upon by the force of elements as it disconnects from the dead body and it would not have the knowledge to determine its own destiny. This on the astral or elemental planes would be akin to dropping a human baby in the heart of a jungle to wait for some God to come along and feed it.
As said: "The Christians -- far less clear-sighted than the great Mystic and Liberator whose name they have assumed, whose doctrines they have misunderstood and travestied, and whose memory they have blackened by their deeds -- took the Jewish Jehovah as he was, and of course strove vainly to reconcile the Gospel of Light and Liberty with the Deity of Darkness and Submission." ("War in Heaven.") (By Godolphin Mitford, later in life, Murad Ali Bey. Born in India, the son of a Missionary, G. Mitford was converted to Islam, and died a Mahomedan in 1884. He was a most extraordinary Mystic, of a great learning and remarkable intelligence. But he left the Right Path and forthwith fell under Karmic retribution. As well shown by the author of the article quoted "The followers of the defeated Elohim, first massacred by the victorious Jews (the Jehovites), and then persuaded by the victorious Christians and Mohamedans, continued nevertheless. . . Some of these scattered sects have lost even the tradition of the true rationale of their belief -- to worship in secrecy and mystery the Principle of Fire, Light, and Liberty.
Thelema brings us back to this truth; expressed as Life, Light, Love and Liberty. These are the central hallmarks for developing the mind. Why? Because without these, tyrannical forces would usurp the mind and instill in it the ignorance that has controlled the masses for the last 1,700 years. As Thelema is the first philosophical system to arise in order to correct this great crime, so the U.S. is the first country to arise to do the same. This Piscean Age still has 593 years remaining (cf. my article: Gnostic Cycles) and this is the time period that Liber AL tells us it will fulfill its function before giving over to the next evolutionary development of our race:
AL III.34: "But your holy place shall be untouched throughout the centuries: though with fire and sword it be burnt down & shattered, yet an invisible house there standeth, and shall stand until the fall of the Great Equinox; when Hrumachis shall arise and the double-wanded one assume my throne and place. Another prophet shall arise, and bring fresh fever from the skies; another woman shall awake the lust & worship of the Snake; another soul of God and beast shall mingle in the globed priest; another sacrifice shall stain the tomb; another king shall reign; and blessing no longer be poured To the Hawk-headed mystical Lord!"
Why do the Sabean Bedouins (avowedly Monotheists when dwelling in the Mohamedan cities) in the solitude of the desert night yet invoke the starry 'Host of Heaven'? Why do the Yezidis, the 'Devil Worshippers,' worship the 'Muluk-Taoos' -- The 'Lord Peacock' -- the emblem of pride and of hundred-eyed intelligence (and of Initiation also), which was expelled from heaven with Satan, according to an old Oriental tradition? Why do the Gholaites and their kindred Mesopotamo-Iranian Mohamedan Sects believe in the 'Noor Illahee' -- the Light of the Elohim -- transmitted in anastasis through a hundred Prophet Leaders? It is because they have continued in ignorant superstition the traditional religion of the 'Light Deities whom Jahveh overthrew' (is said to have overthrown rather); for by overthrowing them he would have overthrown himself. The'Muluk-Taoos' -- is Maluk -- 'Ruler' as is shown in the foot-note. It is only a new form of Moloch, Melek, Molech, MaIayak, and Malachim" -- Messengers, Angels, etc.)
It seems that so many ancient cultures actually saw the Elohim as messenger angels that spoke through their prophets. And by deduction, we can see that these societies must have had some measure to prove the genuiness of their prophets and prophecies. This is discussed in my article: Pretenders to Prophecy. By creating the superstitioun of a Jehovah who overthrows the Light Deities, tyrannical forces destroyed a much more authentic Hebrew culture. And of course, the two cultures that developed from this, have been in perpectual war (the tool of tyranny) ever since; that in this time, it would take a god of war to overthrow them. (cf. my article: A Summation of War)
But, it is sufficiently proven now that all the soi-disant evil Spirits who are credited with having made war on the gods, are identical as personalities; moreover, that all the ancient religions taught the same tenet save the final conclusion, which latter differs from the Christian. The seven primeval gods had all a dual state, one essential, the other accidental. In their essential state they were all the "Builders" or Fashioners, the Preservers and the rulers of this world, and in the accidental state, clothing themselves in visible corporeality, they descended on the earth and reigned on it as Kings and Instructors of the lower Hosts, who had incarnated once more upon it as men.
These Sons of Light produced the Nephilim; that angelic race that yet instructs us from the Astral; once we have developed our minds to the point that we can comprehend them. It is why the outer college of the A.'.A.'. is all about mind development and training. And then, once contact is made, the Angel takes over the instruction and the A.'.A.'. carries no authority over the individual.
Thus, esoteric philosophy shows that man is truly the manifested deity in both its aspects -- good and evil, but theology cannot admit this philosophical truth. Teaching the dogma of the Fallen Angels in its dead-letter meaning, and having made of Satan the corner-stone and pillar of the dogma of redemption -- to do so would be suicidal. Having once shown the rebellious angels distinct from God and the Logos in their personalities, the admission that the downfall of the disobedient Spirits meant simply their fall into generation and matter, would be equivalent to saying that God and Satan were identical. For since the LOGOS (or God) is the aggregate of that once divine Host accused of having fallen, it would follow that the Logos and Satan are one.
And it therefore follows that the Nephilim/H.G.A. is the higher aspect of the self; that divine intelligence that is our true nature, and that must be met with a body that has been raised in power; that is, Magick power...Gnosis. This is the function of Initiation and the work of the same.
Moving to Section 7 of Vol. IV of my reading of HPB's Secret Doctrine, I am including the entire section as it deals specifically with Enoch as follows: