Symbols are everywhere, they are so common that we barely notice them. The most common form is the logo. The word logo comes from the Greek word Logos meaning: word, plan and reason among other definitions. Many of the most successful companies and ventures have logos representing Gods; a Google image search using the term logos based on ancient gods may surprise you.
While the meaning behind logos are intriguing this article will focus on specific symbols and how they are used to influence the general public and relate complex messages and ideals. The Evil Eye is known to almost everyone, we have read about it in books and seen it in films and while the public believe it to be an innocuous fictional emblem, it has profound meaning.
A Google image search using the term celebrities one eye symbolism will bring photos of many of the rich and famous with one eye covered, or one eye closed looking through the circle made with the thumb and forefinger. While the meaning of this can be debated, its use cannot. There is clearly a message behind this symbolism.
Matthew 6:22-23 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.
The left eye of Horus is associated with the Moon and its God: Thoth and his right eye with the Sun and its God: Ra.
I will elaborate on this but first a foundation needs to be laid. A Google image search for Masonic Tracing Board will bring images similar to the one above. This is probably the most well-known of the Freemasonic symbols and almost certainly the most misunderstood.
The pillars either side are those of The Temple of Solomon, their names are Boaz and Jachin and they represent opposites. The left pillar is Jachin, the letter S stands for strength and is male, the right pillar is Boaz and the letter B stands for beauty and is female. The chessboard also symbolises duality, opposites as do the Sun and the Moon. The Ladder is Jacobs Ladder the ladder which God and the Angels used to go to and from Heaven in Jacobs dream. There is also a key hanging from the ladder. There are other symbols that are not relevant to this article that I will go into at a later date.
The Chessboard represents this reality and the general consensus that everything is either good or bad, black or white, that there are no grey areas. The pillars mean the same, though in the centre we have another pillar, this is the pillar of wisdom. Above Jachin is the Sun and above Boaz is the moon and in between them is the All Seeing Eye.
Man starts his journey on the Chessboard with base consciousness and the belief that there are no grey areas, that all can be defined using absolutes; good and bad, black and white, each lying in opposition to the other but once he is given the Key he can begin to see things differently. The Hermetic Philosophy teaches that all things with opposites are one thing: good and evil are the same thing, just varying degrees on the same scale. Light is darkness and again, only the degrees vary.
On the path to wisdom, one will realise that opposites can be united so that there is no longer good and evil but a synthesis of both. The pillar in the centre represents willpower and shows us that through the use of our own will we can change bad into good and vice versa. This is the key to understanding that allows us to climb Jacobs Ladder and ascend from the realm of duality to a higher consciousness, where even the Sun and the Moon are merged and become the All Seeing Eye.
This is the All Seeing Eye that is portrayed by celebrities who believe that they are no longer a part of this realm but are looking in from the outside, having been initiated into the Mysteries and passed the first three degrees of Freemasonry. They ascend towards the Sun which signifies both knowledge and the path to the stars, where a Master Mason awaits them to instruct them further.
The Sun represents the God Ra whose symbol is the upright triangle as well as the Christian religions, the Moon represents Thoth and Isis, whose symbols are the inverted triangle, and the Islamic religion. The All Seeing Eye represents Saturn, Judaism and its God: El whose symbol is the upright and inverted triangle combined, making the Star of David or the Pentagram.
While this may seem fanciful and entirely symbolic, it is anything but. At the North Pole of Saturn, lies a hexagon. A hexagon is a two dimensional representation of a three dimensional cube as can be seen in the image above ; the cube itself has profound esoteric meaning. A cube when unfolded makes the shape of a cross and this is the meaning behind The Gnostic Cross, with the circle representing the uniting of the Sun and the Moon and the cross representing the hexagon of Saturn and the path of wisdom.
A cube is also a representation of this three dimensional reality and when the initiates are seen walking within a cube, as is often the case in music videos, this represents the fourth dimension of time. A Google image search using the terms the black cube of Saturn will show cubes all over the world. The Kaaba of the Muslim Faith is a giant black cube, the symbol of Islam is the crescent moon, as is that of Isis. This is the basis for the religion known as Saturnalia, an ancient belief system which was celebrated on the Winter Solstice; the shortest day of the year. The celebrations which the modern world calls Christmas are nothing to do with the birth of Christ but have their origins in Ancient Egypt.
Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire with the Edict of Thessalonica. This was done by the emperor Constantine. The persecution of Christians during the previous centuries had failed to stop the spread of Christianity and its followers could not be controlled. When Christianity was adopted by Rome, the Roman gods and beliefs were incorporated and Christianity became something entirely different to the teachings of the Bible.
Perhaps it is coincidence that Santa is an anagram of Satan; which means adversary and Satan represents Saturn. Perhaps it is coincidence that Santa Claus comes from Saint Nicholas and that Lucifer is also known as Old Nick. Perhaps it is coincidence that Christmas celebrations involve practises which are condemned throughout the Bible as being the worst of human behaviours. Or perhaps all is as it is supposed to be.
The Baphomet is another symbol of the Mystery Schools and some of the symbolism may now be obvious. The fire above the creature represents knowledge. Its hand are pointing above and below at moons, this represents the Hermetical principle of as above so below, as below so above. The goat head comes from the Biblical metaphor: Matthew 25:32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats. The wings are those of an Angel and signify the merging of man and God. Between the creatures legs sits the Staff of Hermes and represents alchemy. The pentagram on its head represents the all seeing eye and initiation into the mysteries. Written on the disk behind the Staff are the Latin words Solve and Coagula, which mean dissolve and bind respectively, these are opposites being united.
As above, so below, originated in the Emerald Tablets and its meaning is manifold. In the Secret of Secrets Tablet we read: Hear ye now of the mystery of nature, the relations of life to the Earth where it dwells. Know ye, ye are threefold in nature, physical, astral and mental in one. Three are the qualities of each of the natures; nine in all, as above, so below.
This tablet relates to the Hermetic teachings of Alchemy; that we are a threefold being existing on three separate planes of existence, those of the physical, spiritual and mental. Whatever is created on any of those planes will come into being on the others. This is how magic is performed. It is also used to explain the alchemical creation and journey of the soul and interestingly for such a prominent scientist, Isaac Newton translated this himself:
Tis true without lying, certain and most true.
That which is below is like that which is above
and that which is above is like that which is below
to do the miracles of one only thing
And as all things have been and arose from one by the mediation of one:
so all things have their birth from this one thing by adaptation.
The Sun is its father,
the moon its mother,
the wind hath carried it in its belly,
the earth is its nurse.
The father of all perfection in the whole world is here.
Its force or power is entire if it be converted into earth.
Separate thou the earth from the fire,
the subtle from the gross
sweetly with great industry.
It ascends from the earth to the heaven
and again it descends to the earth
and receives the force of things superior and inferior.
By this means you shall have the glory of the whole world
and thereby all obscurity shall fly from you.
Its force is above all force,
for it vanquishes every subtle thing and penetrates every solid thing.
So was the world created.
From this are and do come admirable adaptations
where of the means is here in this.
Hence I am called Hermes Trismegist [sic],
having the three parts of the philosophy of the whole world
That which I have said of the operation of the Sun is accomplished and ended.
I will explain this tablet in the coming articles, though I have already given the information needed to understand it. The next article will explain the origin of spelling and how it is used, along with symbols and Hermeticism to control the direction of societies and people.