The Gospel of Mary

MaryMagdaleneThe Gospel of Mary is an apocryphal book discovered in 1896 in a 5th-century papyrus codex. It was purchased in Cairo by German scholar Karl Reinhardt. It has been edited for clarity only.

Will the world end, or not?”

The Savior replied, “Everything exists within you and will dissolve into it’s original essense eventually. Matter dissolves into its essence. Anyone with two ears able to hear should listen!”

Then Peter said to him, “You have been explaining every topic to us; tell us one other thing. What is the sin of the world?”

The Savior replied, “There is no such thing as the sin of the world; rather you produce sin when you lie, cheat or steal, and these are called ‘sins.’ But love is known to everything in nature and our roots are in love, not sin.” Then he continued. He said, “People will get sick and die because they didn’t believe in power of the Kingdom.”

“That is why I tell you, ‘Become content at heart, while also remaining discontent and disobedient; indeed become contented and agreeable only in the presence of that other image of nature.’ Anyone with two ears capable of hearing should listen!”

When the Blessed One had said these things, he greeted them all. “Peace be unto you!” he said. “Acquire peace within yourselves! Be on your guard so that no one deceives you by saying, ‘Look over here!’ or ‘Look over there!’ Those are rabbit holes. The truth exists within you. Follow it! You will know when you find it and all those who search will find. Go then, preach the good news about the Kingdom. And don’t mess up by inventing a bunch of dogma, like some lawyer, or else lawyers will end up with everything.

After he had said these things, he departed from them. But they were distressed and wept greatly. “How are we going to go out to the rest of the world to announce the good news about the Kingdom?” they said. “If they did not spare him, why would they spare us?”

Then Mary stood up. She greeted them all, addressing her brothers and sisters, “Do not weep and be distressed nor let your hearts be heavy. For his grace will shelter you. Rather we should praise his greatness, for he has prepared us and made us compassionate beings.” When Mary had said these things, she flipped the energy in a positive direction, and they began discussing the mission at hand.

Peter said to Mary, “Sister, we know that the Savior loved you more than all other women. Tell us the words of the Savior that you remember, the things which you know that we don’t because we haven’t heard them.”

Mary responded, “I will teach you about what is hidden from you.” And she began to speak these words to them. She said, “I saw the Lord in a vision and I said to him, ‘Lord, I see you and I am not afraid.’ He answered, ‘How wonderful you aren’t freaking like most would! Where the mind is, there is the real treasure.’ I said to him, ‘So now, Lord, am I seeing a real vision, or is this an illusion I’m inventing?’ The Savior answered, ‘A person does not see with soul or spirit, but with the power of the mind, which exists between those two.'”

The first form is darkness; the second, desire; the third, ignorance; the fourth, zeal for death; the fifth, the realm of the flesh; the sixth, foolish wisdom of the flesh; the seventh, wisdom of the wrathful person. These are the seven Powers of Wrath. “They interrogated the soul, “Where are you coming from, you soul assassin, and where are you going, you conqueror of the universe?”

The soul replied, “What binds me has been slain, what surrounds me has been destroyed, my desire hath ended, and ignorance has died. I was set loose from the chain of forgetfulness that exists throughout time. From this hour on, until the end of the aeon, I rest in silence.”

After Mary had said these things, she was silent, since it was up to this point that the Savior had spoken to her. Andrew responded, addressing the brothers and sisters, “Say what you will about the things she has said, but I do not believe the Savior said these things. It’s too weird.”

Peter responded, bringing up similar concerns. He questioned them about the Savior: “Did he share things with a woman in private without informing us about it? Can we trust her? Did he choose her over us?” Then Mary wept and said to Peter, “My brother Peter, what are you imagining? Do you think I have invented these things by myself in my heart, or that I am telling lies about the Savior?”

Levi answered, speaking to Peter, “Peter, you have always been a wrathful person. You are treating Mary like an adversary. If the Savior found her worthy, who are you to doubt her? The Savior’s impression of Mary is reliable and he loved her more than us. Rather we should be ashamed. We should clothe ourselves as he commanded, and announce the good news of the Kingdom, and not invent any dogmas other than what the Savior said.”

After he spoke these words, they went out to teach, preach, anoint, baptize and heal the world.


The Gospel of Thomas

The first 33 paragraphs of the Gospel of Thomas are presented here, slightly edited for clarity. This is one of thirteen ancient codices containing over fifty texts discovered hidden in a jar in upper Egypt in 1945. These documents tell a different story from the New Testament. In fact, the Roman Bible is the Warren Commission Report on Christianity, full of rabbit holes and misdirections. This is my own translation and takes a few liberties, but if you compare this with the Gospel of Philip, you’ll discover considerable word-for-word overlap, although Philip is more clear on the importance of the holy anointing oil to uncovering the truth, and while Thomas skirts the issue,  just keep in mind all critics of the status quo can be charged with sedition and instantly tortured unto death, which is why Jesus spoke in parables. And the oil was his secret weapon for healing the sick, so many disciples wanted to keep it secret.

These are the secret sayings that the living Jesus spoke and Didymos Judas Thomas recorded.

  1. “Whoever uncovers these truths will not taste sickness nor suffering.”
  2.  “Those seeking the truth should not stop seeking until they find it and when they find, they will be disturbed. They will refuse to see the truth.”
  3. “If the heavenly kingdom is in the sky, then the birds of the sky precede you. Rather, the kingdom is within you and without you. When you know yourselves, you know you are children of the earth and sky and spirit. But if you do not know yourselves, you’ll live in poverty.”
  4. “The person old in days won’t hesitate to ask a little child seven-days-old about the place of life. For many of the first will be last, and all will become a single one.”
  5. “Know what is in front of your face, and what is hidden from you will be disclosed. There is nothing hidden that cannot be revealed. And nothing buried that cannot be raised.”
  6. His disciples asked him, “Do you want us to fast? How should we pray? Should we give to charity? What diet should we observe?” Jesus said, “Let your ceremonies flow from your heart. Don’t lie, cheat, steal, use violence, carry weapons, eat meat, or covet thy neighbor’s wife. Keep investigating the truth. Nothing covered-up stays covered-up forever.”
  7.  Jesus said, “Lucky is the lion that the human will eat, so that the lion becomes human. And foul is the human that the lion will eat, and the lion still will become human. Do not foul yourself with animal flesh.”
  8. And he said, “The person is like a wise fisherman who cast his net into the sea and drew it up from the sea full of little fish. Among them the wise fisherman discovered a fine large fish. He threw all the little fish back into the sea, and easily chose the large fish. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen! If you want things to change, go for the big fish!”
  9.  Jesus said, “Look, the sower went out, took a handful of seeds, and scattered them. Some fell on the road, and the birds ate them. Others fell on rock, and they didn’t take root. Others fell on thorns, and they choked the seeds and worms ate them. And others fell on good soil, and produced a good crop yielding one hundred twenty per measure.
  10.  Jesus said, “I have cast fire upon the world, and I’m guarding the tinders until it blazes.”
  11.  Jesus said, “This heaven will pass away, and the one above it will pass away. The dead are not alive, and the living will not die. During the days when you ate what is dead, you made it come alive. When you are in the light, what will you do? On the day when you were one, you became two. But when you become two, what will you do?”
  12.  The disciples said to Jesus, “We know that you are going to leave us. Who will be our leader?” Jesus said to them, “No matter where you are, look to James the Just.”
  13.  Jesus said to his disciples, “Compare me to something and tell me what I am like.” Simon Peter said to him, “You are like a just messenger.” Matthew said to him, “You are like a wise philosopher.” Thomas said to him, “Rabbi, my mouth is utterly unable to say what you are.” Jesus said, “Don’t call me Rabbi. Because once you have drunk from the spring I have tended you enter the kingdom.” And he took him, and withdrew, and spoke three sayings to him. When Thomas came back to his friends they asked him, “What did Jesus say to you?” Thomas said, “If I tell you one what he spoke to me, you will pick up rocks and stone me, and fire might burst from the rocks and devour you.”
  14.  Jesus said to them, “If you fast, you will weaken, and if you pray, you will be visible, and if you give to charity, you will draw predators. Whenever you go, blend in with the people who take you in, eat what they serve you. The oil will heal any sick among them. Don’t worry about what goes in your mouth, that will not defile you; rather, it’s what comes out of your mouth that defiles you.”
  15. Jesus said, “When you see one who was not born of woman, fall on your faces and worship. That one is your Father.”
  16.  Jesus said, “Perhaps people think I have come to cast peace upon the world because I am non-violent. They do not realize the truth will manifest conflict and possibly fire, sword, and war. There will be five in a house, and three will turn against two and two against three, father against son, and son against father.”
  17.  Jesus said, “I will give you what no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, no hand has touched, what has never been felt in a human heart.”
  18.  The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us, how will our end come?” Jesus said, “You found the beginning, why look for the end? The end will be next to the beginning. Hail those who stand at the beginning, they will know the end, and never fear death.”
  19.  Jesus said, “Hail to those who figure out the truth without me. If you become my disciple and pay attention to what I am saying, the sacred oils will serve you. There are five trees in Paradise; they do not change, summer or winter, and their leaves never fall. Whoever knows their secrets will not taste pain nor sickness.”
  20.  The disciples said to Jesus, “Tell us what the kingdom is like.” He said to them, “It’s like a mustard seed, the smallest of all seeds, but when it falls on living soil, it becomes a home for birds of the sky.”
  21.  Mary said to Jesus, “What are your disciples like?” He said, “They are like little children living in a field that is not theirs. When the owners of the field come, they will say, ‘Give us back our field.’ They take off their clothes in front of them in order to give it back to them, and they return their field to them. For this reason I say, if the owners of a house know that a thief is coming, they will be on guard before the thief arrives and will not let the thief break into their house and steal their possessions. As for you, be on guard against the world. Prepare yourselves with great strength, so the robbers can’t find a way to get to you, for the trouble we expect will come. Let there be among you a person who understands the truth. When the hemp ripens, come quickly carrying a sickle and harvest it. Anyone here with two good ears had better listen!”
  22.  Jesus saw some babies nursing. He said to his disciples, “These nursing babies are like those who enter the kingdom.” They said to him, “Is it ok for babies to enter the kingdom?” Jesus said, “When you make the two into one, and when you make the inner like the outer and the outer like the inner, and the upper like the lower, and when you make male and female into a single one, so that the male will not be male nor the female be female, when you make eyes in place of an eye, a hand in place of a hand, a foot in place of a foot, an image in place of an image, then you will be ready to enter the kingdom.”
  23. Jesus said, “I shall choose you, one from a thousand and two from ten thousand, and they will stand as a single one.”
  24.  His disciples said, “Show us the place where you are, for we must seek it.” He said to them, “Anyone here with two ears had better listen! There is light within a person of light, and it shines on the whole world. If it does not shine, it is dark.”
  25.  Jesus said, “Love your friends like your own soul, protect them like the pupil of your eye.”
  26.  Jesus said, “You see the sliver in your friend’s eye, but you don’t see the timber in your own eye. When you take the timber out of your own eye, then you will see well enough to remove the sliver from your friend’s eye.”
  27.  “If you do not fast from the world, you will not find the kingdom. If you do not observe the sabbath as a sabbath you will not see the Father.”
  28.  Jesus said, “I took my stand in the midst of the world, and in flesh I appeared to them. I found them all drunk, and I did not find any of them thirsty. My soul ached for the children of humanity, because they are blind in their hearts and do not see, for they came into the world empty, and they also seek to depart from the world empty. But meanwhile they are drunk. When they shake off their wine, then they will change their ways.”
  29.  Jesus said, “If the flesh came into being because of spirit, that is a marvel, but if spirit came into being because of the body, that is a marvel of marvels. Yet I marvel at how this great wealth has come to dwell in this poverty.”
  30.  Jesus said, “Where there are three deities, they are divine. Where there are two or one, I am with that one.”
  31.  Jesus said, “No prophet is welcome on his home turf; shamans don’t cure those who know them.”
  32.  Jesus said, “A city built on a high hill and fortified cannot fall, nor can it be hidden.”
  33.  Jesus said, “What you will hear in your ear, in the other ear proclaim from your rooftops. After all, no one lights an oil lamp and puts it under their bed, nor does one hide the lamp. Rather, one puts it on a stand so that all who come and go will see its light and breathe its incense.”

The lost Gospel of Philip

The early Gnostic texts represent the original Christian movement more closely than anything you’ll find in the New Testament. The most illuminating text was written by the Apostle Philip. My translation is edited for clarity and largely untouched. The most striking revelation is the Baptism was the first of a five-part ritual involving the chrism, eucharist and bridal chamber. Other details I find fascinating are the 72 dyes used to tie-dye, and the warning about how language can be employed to deceive, and why clay is better than glass.

Light and Darkness, life and death, right and left, are brothers and inseparable. Because of this neither are the good good, nor evil evil, nor is life life, nor death death. Everything dissolves into its essence. Only the eternal is exhalted.
Names are often deceptive and twist truth into lies. When most hear the word “God” they do not think of what is correct, but that which is incorrect. Unless you learn the truth, you cannot know what is correct.

Adam had many trees but no wheat. Christ brought heavenly bread for enlightenment, and now truth is planted everywhere and sows itself. No weed can choke it, no flood can drown it, no frost can freeze it, no drought can kill it. Truth is stronger than fiction.

“Jesus” is a hidden name. “Christ” is a revealed name. For this reason “Jesus” is not particular to any language, while “Christ,” means “anointed” in Greek. “The Nazarene” is he who reveals hidden truths. Those who say Jesus died and then rose are in error for he rose first.

Purification comes through water and fire. There is water in living water and fire in the chrism.

Jesus took the world by surprise for he appeared small, although we knew he was great.  All who are begotten in the world are begotten in a natural way, and nourished from the place whence they were born, for it is by a kiss that the perfect conceive. For this reason we kiss one another in order to share grace.
Blessings on Mary, his mother, and her sister, and also on Mary Magdalene, who was his lady.

As above, so below.

First, adultery came into being, afterward murder.
God makes his own dyes and his colors are immortal.
Faith receives, love gives. There is no magic without believing.
The apostles who were before us had three names for him: Jesus, the Nazorean, the Christ. “Nazara” is “the Truth.” “The Nazarene” then is “the Truther.”

When a pearl is cast down into mud, it appears worthless, but once anointed with oil, becomes precious again. So it is with those who anoint themselves.
Glass decanters and clay jugs are both made by means of fire. But if glass decanters break, they are done for, but clay is easily repaired. This is why I do not subscribe to the current glass fad and prefer clay containers for the chrism.

A mule turns a millstone with a hundred miles walking but stays in the same place. There are men who make many journeys, but make no progress towards any destination.

When Jesus went into the dye works of Levi, he took seventy-two different colors and threw them into the vat to make white.
Jesus loved Mary Magdalene more than all the disciples, and used to kiss her often on her mouth. The disciples got jealous of these affections and said to him “Why do you love her more than all of us?”

Jesus answered,”Why do I not love you like her? When a blind man and one who sees are both together in darkness, they are no different from one another. When the light comes, then he who sees will see the light, and he who is blind will remain in darkness.”

There are male and female evil spirits. When wanton women see a male alone, she leaps down upon his lap to defile him. So also the lecherous men, when they see a beautiful woman sitting alone, will persuade and pressure her. But if a man and his wife sit beside one another in harmony they cannot be messed with.

Truth does not come into the world naked, but clothed in words and images. The world will not receive it in any other way. The Lord did everything in a mystery: the Baptism, Chrism, Eucharist, Redemption and Bridal Chamber. He came to make things below like things above.

Adam came into being from two virgins, a Virgin Spirit and virgin earth. Jesus therefore, was born from a virgin to rectify the fall of Adam. There were two trees growing in Paradise. One bore animals, the other men. Adam ate from the tree which bore animals and became an animal.

In this world, the slaves serve the free. In the Kingdom of Heaven, the free will minister to the slaves, but if you do not receive the Chrism, you receive nothing.

Philip the Apostle said, “Joseph the carpenter planted a garden because he needed wood for his trade. It was he who made the cross from the trees which he planted. His own offspring hung on that which he planted. His offspring was Jesus, and the planting was the cross.”

The Chrism is superior to Baptism, for it is from the word “Chrism” that we are called “Christians,” certainly not because of the word “Baptism.” And it was from the Chrism that “the Christ” got his name. For the Father anointed the Son, and the Son anointed the Apostles, and the Apostles anointed us. He who has been anointed possesses everything: the resurrection, the light, the cross, the Holy Spirit. This is the true Kingdom.


The Sermon on the Mount

When Jesus saw the crowds of people, he sat down and his followers came and gathered around him.

Everyone with two good ears, better listen! First, a shout-out to the to the homeless and hungry, the depressed, the distressed, the humble, the crumbled, the merciful and the pure in heart. But a special shout out to the peaceful. Blessed be those who are tortured and killed in the name of peace.

When you’re a peacemaker, they’ll insult and stab you in the back. They’ll lie and say nasty things about you just because you are peaceful. Be glad you are a peaceful because you will be rewarded in heaven. The powers-that-be always disrespect the true prophets. Same as it ever was.

You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, it cannot be made salty again. Salt is useless if it loses its taste and will be discarded.

The power of your mind shines brighter than the sun in the invisible realms. Your mind is a citadel built on a high hill. So don’t hide your oil lamps, put them on the lamp stand.

Don’t think I have come to destroy the Law of Moses or the teaching of the prophets. I have come not to destroy their teachings but to give full meaning to them. Nothing will disappear from the law.

You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘Thou shalt not murder.’ Any person who commits murder will be judged.’ But I tell thee, don’t even get angry or rage out. Bury all hatchets.

If you get dragged into court, make friends with the priests who run the court. In fact, try to do that before you arrive in court. Otherwise, they might hand you over to the head priest who works for Rome and he will hand you over to some guard, who will throw you in jail, where they’ll beat and torture you as long as they desire.

You have heard it said, ‘Thou shalt not mess around with someone else’s wife or husband.’ But I tell thee if a man looks at a woman with desire, he’s already committed sin in his heart. It was also said, ‘Any man who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’

You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, ‘When thou swearest, it makes the vow stronger. But I tell thee don’t swear. Say only ‘yes’ if you mean ‘yes,’ and only ‘no’ if you mean ‘no.’ If you say more than that, it is from the Evil One.

You have heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I tell thee, an eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. If anyone sues you in court and tries to take your shirt, give them your coat. And if the police walk you a mile, go two. Refuse nothing.

You have heard it said, ‘Love thy neighbor, hate thine enemy.’ But I tell thee, love thine enemies. Pray for those who treat you badly. The sun rises for all people, good and bad. Rain falls on those who do right and do wrong. If you love only those who love you, why should you get a reward? Even tax collectors can do that.

When you do something good, don’t do it in front of others so that they will see you doing good. If you do that, you will not be rewarded.
When you give to the homeless, don’t announce it. Don’t be like the hypocrites in the temples or on the streets blowing trumpets and arranging big events. They want everyone to praise them. The truth is, that’s all the reward they’ll get. Give quietly when no one is looking.

When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites that flash their dogma on their sleeve. They want people to see and hear them. The truth is, that’s all the reward they’ll get. Close the door when you pray.

And when you pray, don’t be misguided like the people who don’t know anything about enlightenment. Pray from your heart. Go with the flow.

(Jesus prays)
Blessing be upon the Father and Mother. We pray for peace on earth, same as the peace in heaven. Give us enough bread to survive another day and forgive our sins, as we strive to forgive those who have sinned against us. Don’t tempt us, but keep evil thoughts at bay, and lead us away from temptation.

Don’t flash a lot of bling and don’t buy furs and silk, both can be destroyed by moths or rust. And thieves can break into your house and steal your treasures. Instead, invest in love, something that can’t be destroyed by moths or rust, something thieves can never steal. Make your heart your treasure trove. If you radiate love, you will be full of light.

But if you look at people with an evil eye, you will be full of darkness.

You cannot serve two masters. You will hate one and love the other, or you will be loyal to one and not care about the other. You cannot serve God and worship material things at the same time.

So I tell you, don’t worry about the things that don’t matter. Life is more important than food, drink and clothing, and the body is more important than what you put in it or on it. Look at the birds. They don’t plant, harvest, or harbor food. Life is easier when you go downstream.

Look at the hemp in the field. See how it grows. One day it’s alive and the next day it is harvested. You are faithless if you don’t understand this message.

Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ People who are without faith are always worrying.

Don’t be judgmental, allow brothers and sisters some slack.

Why draw attention to some spec in your brother’s eye, when there is a big splinter in your eye? Why say, ‘Let me take that spec out of your eye,’ when you have a bigger splinter in your eye? You are a hypocrite! First, clear your own eye. Then you will be better able to clear someone else’s eye.

(A dog approaches, Jesus pets it.)

Be kinds to your pets. Do not hurt them.

Question authority. Power always corrupts. Investigate and a door will open. Whoever asks will receive. Whoever investigates will find. And whoever continues to knock will have a door opened.

Do any of you have a son? If he asked for bread, would you give him a rock? Or if he asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? Of course not! Do unto others what you would have them to do unto you. This is the meaning of the Law of Moses and the teaching of the prophets.

The road to hell is long and wide, but the correct route is narrow and tricky.

Watch out for false prophets who want to sell the meaning of life. They will come looking like sheep, but are really wolves. You will know them because of the things they do. Good things don’t come from bad people, just as grapes don’t come from thorn bushes, and figs don’t come from thorny weeds. In the same way, good trees produce good fruit, while bad trees produce bad fruit. You will know bad people by their bad deeds.

Some of us will rat out others inside the movement to save themselves. Do not seek vengeance against informers. They are misguided and will get whatever they deserve. Whoever hears these teachings and obeys them is like a wise man who built his house on rock. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. But it did not fall because it was built on rock. Whoever hears these teachings of mine and does not obey them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. It rained hard, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house. And it fell with an enormous crash.

Everyone with two good ears, better listen!

The lost Gospel of Thomas

Jesus realized two brothers were following him around.

“What do you want?” he asked.

“Rabbi, where are you staying?”

Come and see,” he said. It was exactly four twenty in the afternoon when they went with him, and received a massive dose of cannabis oil, after which they remained with Jesus for the rest of the day.

Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother, was one of those who’d heard what John said and looked for Jesus. He went to find his brother, Simon, “We have to check out this so-called holy anointing oil that John and his cousin Jesus are saying has been intentionally written out-of-history, although it’s supposed to be the real story behind the burning bush, and if you can believe that, the moon is made of cheese and I got a bridge to sell you in Galilee.”

Then Andrew brought Simon to meet Jesus. Looking intently at Simon, Jesus said, “Your name is Simon, son of John—but you will be called Peter. The next day Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown.

Philip went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We got this supposedly magic oil from this truther.”

“Truther!!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from a truther?”

“Come and see for yourself,” Philip replied.

As they approached, Jesus said, “Now here is a genuine son of Israel—a man of complete integrity.” “How do you know about me?” Nathanael asked.

Jesus replied, “I could see you under the fig tree before Philip found you.”

Then Nathanael exclaimed, “Rabbi, I like your style!”

Jesus asked him, “Do you like me because I told you I had seen you under the fig tree? You will like much greater things than that after you take a massive hit off this oil and milk mixture. Sit next to the oil lamp while I pour this anointing oil on your head and then tell me if you feel the power of the lord upon you.”

Stories from Mount Khajeh

300px-باران_در_قلعه_رستمWhen constructing the ancient temples, location was everything. You had two basic options: a dominating hill overlooking a town or city, or something in the middle of nowhere with splendid views and great feng shui.
Mt. Khajeh is a black basalt plateau rising up on an island in Lake Hamun like a flat-top mushroom. According to the Zoroastrian religion (which pre-dates Judaism, Islam and Christianity), this lake is the birthplace of the true prophet.
Three hundred years before Christ, this was one of the largest temples in existence, although a string of them stretched from Iraq to India, all dispensing the same sacrament. After arriving by ferry at the dock, one might have been greeted by beggars, musicians and a vibrant trading circle, where spices, foods, fabrics, sigils and icons could be obtained. Some might be exchanging their city outfits for the signature psychedelic tunic tied with a simple rainbow-colored hemp rope.
Om circles would be breaking out in groups along the trail as you approached the temple. The walls and temple towers would have been painted with blazing psychedelic frescos similar to today’s graffit art. “I love you” and “we love you” would be heard wafting up and down the footpath, as well as “welcome home, brother.” People who didn’t know each other would be sharing hugs and gifts. The well-healed visitors would be hiding their gold rings and earrings as these would be a badge of oppression. Expensive sandals would seem gaudy and out-of-place, lost in this barefoot army.
Drums and chanting from inside the temple could be heard from a long way off, but nothing prepared one for the explosion of energy once you passed through the arch and confronted the courtyard filled with musicians, chanters, spinners, dancers and performers. If you were lucky, a gigantic OM circle might break out as you arrived. These were scheduled for regular intervals and signaled by playing a ram’s horn.
Screen Shot 2015-02-10 at 11.58.53 AMEveryone at the temple is stoned and drinking soma, which is hot milk with cannabis and cinnamon. It’s available for free inside the temple, although most people leave a temple donation. Many sick people have come for treatment, and the critically ill have their own rooms next to the temple. There’s a free kitchen that runs on donations that feeds those who work for free in the cannabis fields and end up sleeping in the courtyard. They are temple monks and many work harder than slaves keeping this temple running, and refuse all pay as they consider temple work its own reward.
Over the centuries the rich will get control of this temple, and the psychedelic tunics replaced by black robes and real slaves will return. When this happens, only the rich will be allowed access to soma. And eventually, people will forget about the magic plant. Until someone named Moses comes along and speaks with a burning bush. And then the cycle will repeat itself again across the centuries from Moses to John the Baptist. But no matter how much the rich try to crush it, the truth just keeps coming back.

The 10 types of magic

He doesn’t look very intimidating but Giordano Filippo Bruno was considered one of the most dangerous men of his time. Bruno developed techniques for memory enhancement that gave him one of the first known photographic memories. He became a Dominican monk while still a teenager, but was soon discovered reading Erasmus, whose heretical works were banned at the time.

Bruno developed some novel ideas. He believed the universe was infinite and the earth traveled around the sun. According to Bruno, the stars in the sky were really faraway suns with other worlds likely encircling them. He believed Jesus was an ordinary man. He believed in the existence of a spirit flowing through all things, as well as many other types of spirits. For Bruno, magic was the study of bonding or repelling, and he considered love the greatest bonding agent, just as hate was the greatest repelling force.

Bruno had to bounce around Europe constantly from one university to another, from one patron to another, as he was always running afoul of civil and religious authorities wherever he went. Eventually, he announced a plan to unify all religions to end war for religion. Right after that announcement, he was lured to Venice and burned at the stake in 1600, the same year that witnessed the birth of East India Company, the Bank of England, and the public emergence of Freemasonry.

Bruno is much overlooked and deserves a bigger place in history.

Ten Types of Magic by Giordano Bruno
First, the term ‘magician’ means a wise man; for example, the trismegistes among the Egyptians, the druids among the Gauls, the gymnosophists among the Indians, the cabalists among the Hebrews, the magi among the Persians (who were followers of Zoroaster), the sophists among the Greeks and the wise men among the Latins.

Second, ‘magician’ refers to someone who does wondrous things merely by manipulating active and passive powers, as occurs in chemistry, medicine and such fields; this is commonly called ‘natural magic’.

Third, magic involves circumstances such that the actions of nature or of a higher intelligence occur in such a way as to excite wonderment by their appearances; this type of magic is called ‘prestidigitation’.

Fourth, magic refers to what happens as a result of the powers of attraction and repulsion between things, for example, the pushes, motions and attractions due to magnets and such things, when all these actions are due not to active and passive qualities but rather to the spirit or soul existing in things. This is called ‘natural magic’ in the proper sense.

The fifth meaning includes, in addition to these powers, the use of words, chants, calculations of numbers and times, images, figures, symbols, characters, or letters. This is a form of magic which is intermediate between the natural and the preternatural or the supernatural, and is properly called ‘mathematical magic’, or even more accurately ‘occult philosophy’.

The sixth sense adds to this the exhortation or invocation of the intelligences and external or higher forces by means of prayers, dedications,incensings, sacrifices, resolutions and ceremonies directed to the gods, demons and heroes. Sometimes, this is done for the purpose of contacting a spirit itself to become its vessel and instrument in order to appear wise, although this wisdom can be easily removed, together with the spirit, by means of a drug. This is the magic of the hopeless, who become the vessels of evil demons, which they seek through their notorious art. On the other hand, this is sometimes done to command and control lower demons with the authority of higher demonic spirits, by honouring and entreating the latter while restricting the former with oaths and petitions. This is transnatural or metaphysical magic and is properly called ‘theurgy’.

Seventh, magic is the petition or invocation, not of the demons and heroes themselves, but through them, to call upon the souls of dead humans, in order to predict and know absent and future events, by taking their cadavers or parts thereof to some oracle. This type of magic, both in its subject matter and in its purpose, is called ‘necromancy’. If the body is not present, but the oracle is beseeched by invoking the spirit residing in its viscera with very active incantations, then this type of magic is properly called ‘Pythian’, for, if I may say so, this was the usual meaning of ‘inspired’ at the temple of the Pythian Apollo.

Eighth, sometimes incantations are associated with a person’s physical parts in any sense; garments, excrement, remnants, footprints and anything which is believed to have made some contact with the person. In that case, and if they are used to untie, fasten, or weaken, then this constitutes the type of magic called ‘wicked’, if it leads to evil. If it leads to good, it is to be counted among the medicines belonging to a certain method and type of medical practice. If it leads to final destruction and death, then it is called ‘poisonous magic’.
Ninth, all those who are able, for any reason, to predict distant and future events are said to be magicians. These are generally called ‘diviners’ because of their purpose. The primary groups of such magicians use either the four material principles, fire, air, water and earth, and they are thus called ‘pyromancers’, ‘hydromancers’, and ‘geomancers’, or they use the three objects of knowledge, the natural, mathematical and divine. There are also various other types of prophecy. For augerers, soothsayers and other such people make predictions from an inspection of natural or physical things. Geomancers make predictions in their own way by inspecting mathematical objects like numbers, letters and certain lines and figures,and also from the appearance, light and location of the planets and similar objects. Still others make predictions by using divine things, like sacred names, coincidental locations, brief calculations and persevering circumstances. In our day, these latter people are not called magicians, since, for us, the word ‘magic’ sounds bad and has an unworthy connotation. So this is not called magic but ‘prophecy’.

Finally, ‘magic’ and ‘magician’ have a pejorative connotation which has not been included or examined in the above meanings. In this sense, a magician is any foolish evil-doer who is endowed with the power of helping or harming someone by means of a communication with, or even a pact with, a foul devil. This meaning does not apply to wise men, or indeed to authors, although some of them have adopted the name ‘hooded magicians’, for example, the authors of the book De malleo maleficarum (The Witches’ Hammer). As a result, the name is used today by all writers of this type, as can be seen in the comments and beliefs of ignorant and foolish priests.

The real gift of the Magi

3kingsThere’s a tremendous amount of disinfo in play regarding the Biblical story of the three Magi and how it relates to Horus, the Egyptian sky god, who incorporated the sun, moon and stars into one supreme supernatural entity long before the arrival of the Christian mythology.
The Jesus story was built on top of an earlier Mithras myth, and both have their origins in Persian astrology, which is why three Zoroastrian priests attend the birth of Jesus. When this myth was forged, everyone believed the earth was flat and at the center of the universe. Now we know better. But our mythologies remain clouded by past beliefs.
On the winter solstice, the sun reaches its most southern point in the sky and strangely hovers for three three days in the exact same trajectory before veering back to the north, a voyage that will end on the summer solstice (which is also the day Sirius, the brightest star in the sky, becomes visible above the horizon).
The story of the Magi as handed down in the Bible has been tinkered with, but I can interpret the real story using common sense as my guide. According to the Bible, the Magi brought gold, frankincense and myrrh to celebrate the birth of the son. This seems unlikely, and I’d suggest the Three Kings from the East brought the three greatest medicines of their time, cannabis, frankincense and myrrh, the most fragrant terpene-rich plant oils, although opium seems like a possible replacement for myrrh. Someday the real medicinal value of these plants will re-emerge.
According to Plutarch, the Temple of Isis burned three different incenses, one at dawn, one at noon, and one at sunset. He identified these as: frankincense, myrrh and kyphi. Doesn’t it seem reasonable to assume these are the gifts brought by the Three Kings to celebrate the birth of the son? So not only do they switch kyphi with gold, but then they bury the identity of kyphi. I say kyphi is cannabis, and maybe even an early version of wax and/or shatter.
Rather than keep our major religions clouded by dogma and superstition, I prefer to help them evolve and grow into the new millennium. Cannabis played a major role in the development of Christianity and most other religions, but was strangely removed as a sacrament and replaced with alcohol along the way. This terrible injustice needs to be rectified. We can honor the rituals, ceremonies and myths of fundamentalist religion, while rejecting their dogmas and superstitions, and fixing their problems.

The evolution of magical wisdom

The Living Theater

For thousands of years, the keys to ceremonial magic were kept hidden, like just about everything else during the Dark Ages. As soon as state religions were put in place, the persecution of the authentic shamanic energies that had birthed those religions commenced. This was done because spirituality is the key to perception, and if you control the national ceremonies, you control the minds of the masses.

One of the more important repositories of magic wisdom were the many Masonic societies and their offshoots, including Yale’s Skull & Bones society. If you think magic doesn’t work, just take a gander at what they’ve accomplished over the last hundred years because their members have their fingers on many of the control buttons. Masons were influenced by the Templars who were influenced by the Pythagorean societies who were influenced by the Zoroastrian Magi who were influenced by the Scythians.

Some today worship Aleister Crowley without understanding he was actually a devoted 33rd Degree Freemason and picked up a lot of his magical wisdom from that order. British intelligence penetrated Masonry and even though the society has some wonderful, well-meaning bodhisattvas doing great work (and I especially like the Shriners, the fun-loving Masons), these societies are also peppered with spooks who use great works to hide dastardly deeds, and Crowley was certainly one of them. I never studied Crowley or did his exercises, or took anything from him, although I did some study on his major influence, the author of  “do what thou wilt” and “Thelema,” a little-known alchemist monk named Francois Rabalais, who suffers greatly in Crowley’s shadow, despite being a more enlightened shaman in my opinion.

I view Crowley much the same as I view Quentin Tarantino: both have had tremendous impact on popular culture and both did it while hiding their source material. Crowley once wrote: “I want blasphemy, murder, rape, revolution, anything bad or good, but strong.” Yikes, that’s as far from true enlightenment as it gets my friends, and when you contribute to murder and rape, you build a karmic bridge to your front door for all sorts of nasty energy to climb aboard.

But something important happened in the 1960s. A few pioneers began doing ceremonial rituals and sharing the results peer-to-peer with the world. I stumbled onto to these pioneers while still an impressionable teen, and studied with some masters, so that by the time I arrived at High Times in 1986, I was already a budding post-modern shaman, I just didn’t realize it yet as I hadn’t put some of the dots together. But you know, magic moves through us all whether we realize it not, so I immediately began putting my years of study into practice.

I guess I’m the equivalent of a 33rd Degree Mason in the counterculture, and my main society right now is called the Pot Illuminati. A shaman is anyone who employs ritual to heal. Period. Doesn’t have to involve plants or drugs, but it does have to work in practice, or you’re just a fake.

If you want to study this path: here are the masters who taught me most of what I know:

Jasper Grootveld and the Dutch Provos, Julian Beck and Judith Malina of the Living Theater, Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters, Andy Warhol and the Factory, Wavy Gravy and the Hog Farm, Glenn O’Brien and TV Party, Stephen and Ina May Gaskin, Garrick Beck of the Rainbow Family, Chef RA and the Freedom Fighters.

Magic works through ritual, and the most powerful rituals involve groups. You can’t do it alone because it works through telepathic energy. My current mission is to pass down the wisdom I learned to as many people who want to receive it, and this education will be accomplished through The Pot Illuminati, as we are stealing the sigils of the sorcerers who manipulate religion to produce war for profit and bending that energy against their evil cause.

Magic Signs and Sigils 101

Sometime in the late 1500’s, an Arabic astrologer drew this portrait of the Devil (left). Note the position of the fingers on both the Devil’s hands, forming perhaps the first ever “Hail, Satan!”, a sign soon employed by Christians in Italy to ward off evil spirits for a few hundred years, and perhaps still in use in that form somewhere today.

Strangely, however, the sign didn’t surface in American popular culture until the late 1960s.

Around 1966, a band called Coven formed in Chicago, Illinois, and they were the first occult band and influenced everything that came after. Anton LaVey had just formed the Church of Satan in San Francisco, the first officially-recognized Satanic cult, but Coven was doing their own thing, surfing their own vibrations thousands of miles away.

Jinx Dawson was a magical child, a Nordic princess with long blonde hair whose twin sibling had died in birth. She grew up in a mansion outside Indianapolis and her family stretched back to the Mayflower and many were high-ranking masons. Apparently, her family was involved with many other secret societies and Jinx had a lovely, innocent voice. Most know her as the voice on “One Tin Soldier,” an anti-war song used as the theme for the film Billy Jack. But that was just a gig for hire, and her own material was drenched in satanic symbol and ritual. A song on her first album was titled, “Black Sabbath.” The band enacted a Satanic Mass during the show and employed a lot of very effective theatrical embellishments. Jinx dressed all in black and is credited today as being the Queen of Goth despite being a mostly unknown personality.

Jinx would open and close every show by making the sign of the horns with both hands, arms crossed exactly as the image above. And Coven was getting some pretty high-profile gigs, opening for the Yardbirds, Alice Cooper and others. Far as I know, Jinx never revealed her inspiration for the sign, although she may have seen that image of the Devil from the 16th Century as she was quite studious in her investigations into the occult.

Jinx developed a dispute with her record label, and upon forced exit, all her material was offered to an unknown English band called Earth, who soon renamed themselves off the title of one of her songs. But while Jinx was a serious student of the occult, Ozzy was an entertainer looking for an act. The sudden unexpected demise of Jinx opened a path for Ozzy to mount the satanic throne.

The nail in the coffin was an article in Esquire published in 1970 (“Evil Lurks in California”). The story linked Coven to Charlie Manson. Los Angeles at the time was a hotbed spawning grounds for Satanism, and many societies were trying to one-up each other with dastardly deeds of evil magical intent. The nastiest of the bunch was probably a British splinter from Scientology called the Process Church of Final Judgment. After the article appeared, Coven was dropped by their label and the album taken off the shelves and destroyed.

So that’s the story of the origins of the now ubiquitous “Hail, Satan!” sign. You probably thought it was something invented by Aleister Crowley, didn’t you? But Crowley does get credit in some quarters for inventing the peace sign, and how’s that for a topsy-turvey twist of events to this blog?

This story starts with Victor de Laveleye, a liberal Belgian radio host during WWII. On January 14, 1941, Laveleye urged his listeners to employ the letter “V,” and cited the words for victory in French and freedom in Dutch, both of which begin with “V.” I imagine the letter was soon painted in streets all over Europe as the magical antidote to the spreading Nazi sigil, the swastika.
At the time, Aleister Crowley was a British spook embedded in a German secret society, writing pro-fascist propaganda, while secretly reporting back to MI6. Crowley was actually a master spook at the height of his game, and was never unmasked as a spook during his lifetime. It would take decades of research to connect all the dots, and the key evidence became a letter written by Ian Fleming, creator of James Bond.

There is no real evidence Crowley told Laveleye to employ a finger version of the “V.” Transporting that finger sign to England was somewhat touch-and-go, as it had already been established earlier as a lower-class insult similar to giving someone the finger (but only if you turned the back of your hand outward). Yet, a few days later, Churchill introduced the finger “V” in a major address and from then on, this “V” sign took on great magical power and was used to keep spirits pumped-up during the Blitz. The BBC built an entire campaign around it, although the campaign only lasted one year before it was dropped. The morse code for “V” was also worked in, and how nice that it replicated the opening of Beethoven’s most famous symphony.
Many years later, Bertrand Russell was manifesting the anti-nuclear movement and decided to employ the “V” as a universal peace sign. The well-known sigil version, invented by Gerald Holtom, came a few days later and was based on the semaphore codes for “N” and “D,” meaning: nuclear disarmament.

But in the 1960s, hippies adopted the hand sign as a friendly way to greet each other, and that has become its most widely adopted use around the world today.