Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Thought 144: Christianity as Mystery Tradition
As Manly P. Hall argues in his classic work on the occult, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Christianity owes much of its symbolic lore to the ancient Mystery Traditions of the world, so much so that the Bible can be read as a code highlighting in a tangential way old traditions of esoteric wisdom that long preceded it.
One thought that occurred to me in passing was the significance of the numbers 3 and 12.
In Christianity there is of course the Holy Trinity consisting of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the twelves apostles, correlating in number with the months of the year, the signs of the Zodiac, the hours in a half-day and the number of planets of the solar system (according to Ancient Sumerian ways of counting these), not to mention the 12 gods of the pantheons of Greece, Rome and Scandinavia and the 12 labours of Hercules.
The point I wish to make is that 12 and 3 are identical in numerology because 12 equates to 1 + 2 = 3. This is of course a most cursory insight into the occult elements of Christianity but it appears to escape many people's notice.
And indeed the Greek word for truth, ἀ-λήθεια, means nothing other than what does not escape one's notice the α being privative a bit like our word a-symetrical.
Truth-telling in its originary sense is therefore to take out of hiddenness, which is quite literally the task of modern day de-occultists (like Mark Passio) because they bring into the open what has been hidden from the great majority of people, occult meaning hidden in its etymological Latin sense (occultare, to conceal).