jueves, 20 de junio de 2013

St George and the Dragon. Colaboración de S.E. Cab.Profesor Don Boleslao Sawicki Sabomir - Premier General Parlamento Cívico de la Humanidad y Embajador Plenipotenciario de la Orden de San Iganacio de Loyola.

San Jorge y el Dragon
Tomado del Libro Lapidus "Alchemy Key

We saw that Hercules fought and conquered the dragon at the entrance to the garden of Hesperides. He was then able to enter and find the Apple tree that produced golden apples of felicity. There are many other representations of this same symbolism. For example, in the Treasury of the Residence in Munich a magnificent statuette dated 1586-1597 shows St George on a white charger plunging his crystal sword into a winged emerald green dragon (see frontispiece). The rubies over his enameled agate charger suggest blood and show the red cross of St George. This magnificent equestrian statue, fifty centimeters high, is the most gloriously jeweled object of its kind and the greatest achievement in late sixteenth century goldsmith work.832 It originally housed a relic of St George given to Duke Wilhelm V, the Pious, by his brother Ernst, Archbishop of Cologne. They concealed this statue for thirty years, until 1617. Another famous literary representation of St George killing the dragon is Edmund Spencer's Faerie Queen.833 Here the lovely woman Una brings her Knight of the Red Cross to the House of Holiness in which he finds Faith, Hope and Charity. Charity is the principal nature of the House. It is brotherly love, the Charity of God or manna.834 The name Una means oneness and, co-incidentally, the three principles or neters are important clues in the rituals in the House of the Pharaoh Unas. Prima facie, the killing of the dragon is simply the victory of good over evil. To the Church it was also the symbol of overcoming Tiamat, the Triple Goddess in her aspect as the destroyer Hecate or Demeter. The Pope uses the same allusion at a Consistory where the he elevates bishops, archbishops and priests to the College of Cardinals. As the Pope receives each candidate at his golden throne, he and hands the new cardinal a red biretta, the silk square-ridged hat that symbolizes his new rank as a prince of the church. The color red symbolizes a cardinal’s willingness to shed his blood for the faith usque ad effusionem sanguinis. On a more mystical level, the legend of St George represents the personal victory of an individual's purity and virtue over the hundred evil heads of his own base nature, ignorance and moral vice.835 In alchemical terms, it is the combat of the Knight (Secret Fire) with Stibnite (the Dragon), which, after much purification:836 is born the astral stone, shining as pure as silver, and which appears to be signed, bearing the imprint of its nobility, its stamp (a claw) ... a sure indication of the union and peace between fire and water, between earth and air.

The hundred-headed hydra is just the same as the dragon. It is also called the Old Serpent, Lord of the Abyss, Leviathan, Lotan, Shaitan, Tiamat, Forsaker, Abandoner and Cthulhu. Sufi and Muqarribun writings make use of the term Abandoner referring to the power of Tajrid and Tafrid, which mean outward detachment and interior solitude respectively. The Greeks use the word Apollyon, Abaddon in Hebrew.837 In Pompeii, this menacing dragon is shown both as a crocodile in the Villa of the Mysteries and the sea monster ketos in the legend of Andromeda and Perseus in the Mythological Room of the Imperial Villa at Boscotrecase.838

Nicholas Poussin’s 1633 painting The Companions of Rinaldo, now in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, shows the Christian knights Carlo and Ubaldo confronting the same fearsome dragon. This has the same meaning as the two warring knights in the Merchant’s Chapel of St Peters Church in Malmo, Sweden. Below them is a large picture of St George and the Dragon.

A recent interpretation of the story of St George is George Lucas’ blockbuster film Star Wars (1977). Initially, many studios rejected the script. It went on to gross two hundred million dollars and become the envy of the industry. Star Wars even redefined cinema in the twentieth century and became a popular trilogy. In the film, Daath-vader, so named after Daath meaning man’s knowledge, is man’s base nature or the Lover, balanced by his pure Son Luke Skywalker. Daath and Luke are two sides of the same coin. Swords of Light consummate their battle. Only initiates of the ancient Jedi Knights could wield these swords. So enduring and popular was the theme that George Lucas’ used it once more in 1999, with the first of three prequels of a new Star Wars Trilogy. George Lucas is not alone in using this age-old theme. Michael Douglas’ film The Game is an initiation sequence. Douglas conceals the dragon in a place worthy of the erudite complexity of Shakespeare. Gnostic Christianity modified the alchemy of the Greater Mysteries in a very imaginative way. The Gnostics believed that the achievement of virtue over the ignorance and moral vice of one’s own 227.base nature was a pyrrhic victory - just as in the Afro-Asiatic sacred marriage, where the ritual sacrifices the king. In this ceremony, it is the victor St George, who is sacrificed.839 The killing of the dragon is, in fact, not a killing to death. When the sword of crystal light subdues the Dragon, the Knight of the Rose Croix becomes the perfect expression of life. This needs further illustration.

In a bold defense of the Families of Love in 1580, called an Apology for the Service of Love, the Family describes how death is life. They assert that sin is repairable in life. The Apology is set as a three-way conversation in which the Exile, a Familist, seeks to convince two curious individuals that the Family of Love was neither heretical nor: …the most detestable Sectaries or Hereticks, that ever reigned on the earth; yea, and as people not worthy to live in the Commonwealth. The Exile is seemingly a wild man, clothed in moss and coming from the mountains. He talks of Family Brethren walking upright, peaceably and brotherly amongst all people after their ritual:840 To dye unto sin, to crucify the flesh with her lusts, to put on the new man of righteousness, to dwell in Christ and have him dwell in us, to have the same mind in us that was in Christ…

The odd character of the Exile in the Apology shows the author had a detailed and insightful knowledge of Ovid or the poems of Gilgamesh, written in about two thousand BCE.841 Ovid variously describes how Perseus and Hercules enter the Garden of Hesperides. Hercules defeated the dragon at the gate.842 Perseus defeated the giant Atlas, who is an archetype for the Exile.843

In Gilgamesh and the Cedar Forest, a wild man called Enkidu is beguiled and persuaded to begin a new life among mortals.844 Enkidu adapts to his new lifestyle but loses his strength and courage. Gilgamesh suggests that they seek out and kill Huwawa, a giant hideous monster with lion’s claws. Enkidu is hesitant but finally seeks out Huwawa at the mountain of cedars. Hu is the name of the cedar tree. The mountain of cedars is a forest of base natures. The fearsome alter ego of Enkidu dwells there. In a fit of rage, Enkidu kills his own base ego, as must the Rose Croix Knight.

The Gnostic version maintains that instead of killing the Dragon, the Soul instead unites or merges with the Dragon via the crystal sword of light. This is not yet the sacred marriage. When pierced by the sword, the Dragon simply floats up the sword to merge with the Rose Croix 228

Knight. The united entity of Spirit and Soul takes the worldly form of the Dragon or, as San Francesco shows in his famous painting Crucifix, a Serpent. At this point, the united entity is characterized in two completely different ways. These are the Serpent and the Agnus Dei, or pure lamb awaiting ritual slaughter.

The Gnostic Croix Knight, who has found his base nature, victoriously impaled it and merged with it, then prepares for the sacred marriage to the Goddess of Wisdom. The aspiring Knight of Holiness must wed her as Truth to regain life with a new purified Spirit. He must be reborn.

The Goddess of Wisdom is the hermetic form of the goddess of death and love who is Aphrodite, Pallas Athena, Venus, Ishtar, Isis and Sophia. She is both the Lion Goddess and Water Goddess from an unusual event in astrological mythology associated with the real Gilgamesh, a Kassite-Hyksos Shepherd King who invaded Babylon.845 He identified with the ancient legends of Gilgamesh and took on the symbol of the Ram because the relentless precession of the earth’s equinoxes had moved the sign of the Ram into the favored House of Spring in the Zodiac calendar. Amun and Yahweh followed Gilgamesh by taking the sign of the Ram. When the Ram pushed the Bull from the position of supremacy, the Crab simultaneously displaced the Lion at the Summer Solstice. As a result, the Love Goddess of the Summer Solstice left her Lion to become the Goddess of Water. We see this in Aphrodite’s birth from a seashell and the Virgin Mary reflected in many a convent garden pool.

The Dragon, who has been female to this point, is now hermaphrodite, meaning both female and male. It takes on the male aspect of the Knight and prepares to mate with the Goddess of Wisdom. In the contrived process of mating, the Dragon disappears and all that remains is the purified, reborn Knight as the beneficent Star of Life, also called Phosphorous, meaning the bringer of light.846 The Soul, of course, never dies and remains constant throughout the process. Revelation portrays this scene.847 The number 666 is the number of a man and represents his Spirit:848

Here is wisdom. Let him that hath understanding count the number of the beast: for it is the number of a man; and his number is Six hundred threescore and six. 229

Historical fundamentalists identify the Great Beast with Emperor Nero because his Greek title is Neron Kaisar. The Gematria sum of the Hebrew translation RSQ NWRN is 666.

A rather complex solution to the puzzle uses the Atbash Cipher (see Appendix 10). The number 666 is the Atbash Cipher code for alphabetically transforming the Spirit (RWCh) to the spiritually pure Elohim (ALHYM).849 Gematrists perceive the number 666 as six, six and six as in the combination of a safe. They transform the letters of the Spirit, RWCh (Ruach), through six places by cyclic rotation. RWCh becomes DLB, which is a Notaricon acronym for the Holy Alphabet (Aleph, Beth, and Lamed). Ch rotates by six to B, the first letter in BYTh. W rotates by six to the middle letter L in Aleph (ALPh), which is not a vowel but a consonant. R similarly maps to D, the last letter in Lamed (LMD). Thus, the Holy Alphabet is the Key to Resurrection. Finally, DML PhLA ThYB maps through the Atbash Cipher to Elohim (ALHYM).850

Dante provided a straightforward solution in the Inferno.851 The letters in the dragon’s name Apophis sum to 667. The victorious knight who vanquishes his own spirit, cuts-off the head of the dragon. Dante sees this as cutting-off the initial letter A from the name Apophis. The value of A is one so the remainder is 666. This is the age-old battle of Ra and Apophis in Egypt, Apollo and the Python in Greece, Thor and the serpent in Norse sagas, the Hittite storm god and a serpent on New Year’s Day, Enlil and Tiamat in Mesopotamia, Tishtrya and Apaosha in Iran, Indra and Vritra in India, Maui and Tuna in Polynesia and many other myths.852

We now return now to the mating of the dragon and Goddess. The Goddess proceeds to destroy the Dragon embodying the Knight’s Spirit. At this point, the Gnostic ritual diverges from the ancient sacred marriage. In ancient times, the Knight would have been bound to an oaken Tau cross, representing God’s Divine Law, using the five-fold bond that joins wrists, neck and ankles together.853 Flayed and hacked to pieces, the sacrificial king would become a Eucharist. A new son would have been naturally born of the Goddess after nine months gestation. Indeed, the purpose of priestess’ sexual orgies was to ensure that at least one became pregnant for this outcome. In the Gnostic version, it was desirous to avoid the actual death of anything real, let alone murder the initiate. Instead, the Goddess’ love destroyed his Spirit by figurative crucifixion on a Tau cross. The 230 crucifixion scene shown to the Knight is the same as San Francesco’s Crucified Serpent or the image of the serpent of bronze that Moses hung on his staff, the nehushtan.

Another Serpent was born from the ashes of the Knight’s crucified Spirit. As this was an Easter ceremony, this new Serpent laid the glain or red egg, which the Goddess ate.854 With the Goddess fertilized one way or another, the Rose Croix Knight was reborn in life as described by the Family of Love. The newborn issue of the sacred marriage emerged in the Rose Croix Knight as the new King. The Dervish maxim is:855

The man must die that the saint may be born. 
The modern song Hero expresses the same sentiment:856 
Search for the hero inside yourself. 
Search for the secrets you hide. 
Search for the hero inside yourself. 
Until you find the key to your life.

Ovid tells a legendary story of rebirth in the Doctrines of Pythagoras, where the Phoenix of Assyria renews and begets itself:857

This bird, when five long centuries of life 
Have passed, with claws and beak unsullied, builds 
A nest on a loft-swaying palm; … 
Then from his father’s body is reborn 
A little Phoenix, so they say, to live 
The same long years. When time has built his strength 
With power to raise the weight, he lifts the nest – 
The nest his cradle and father’s tomb – 
As love and duty prompt, from that tall palm 
And carries it across the sky to reach 
The Sun’s great city, and before the doors 
Of the Sun’s holy temple lays it down.

The new King was his own Horus or Christ that was always latent within the Knight Rose Croix, thus the Gnostic interpretation of I.N.R.I being Jesus reigns within us.

Jesus sayings, found in the primitive Gospel of Thomas, mirror this:858

Jesus said, "If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you." 231

Consistent with this, the Gospel of Philip maintains that resurrection of the spirit occurs before death and there is no resurrection after death. A Greek Orthodox cleric readily confirms the meaning of Easter:859

We contemporary Christians should realise that the Resurrection of our Lord does not concern the dead but rather those who are still alive … the victory of the Lord’s sacrifice over moral and spiritual death … has nothing to do with the physical phenomenon we call “death” in our daily life.

In 1429CE, Phillip the Good, Duke of Burgundy and Earl of Flanders, instituted the Order of the Golden Fleece. Excepting that its membership increased from thirty to seventy-eight, the Order remained unchanged for nearly four centuries. In some countries, such as Sweden, it became the most prestigious order of knighthood of its time. In 1469, forty years after the Order of the Golden Fleece was established, King Lewis IX created another important French Order, the Order of St Michael.860 This Order traces the legend of St Michael’s worldly twin, St George. Its motto Immensi tremor Oceani means an immense shaking in the waters. The Order’s collar was composed of scallop-shells of gold. The jewel on the collar is a hillock on which St Michael tramples the Dragon. Pope Leo X, the Medici’s high Renaissance maecaneas, contributed to the Order in 1518. Pope Leo presented King François I with two of Raphael’s paintings, Saint Michael and the Holy Family, both of which now hang in the Louvre.861 King Henry III of France established the Ordre du Saint-Esprit or Order of the Holy Ghost in 1578.862 Henry’s purpose was to bind the French nobility to his side in the midst of religious turmoil. This included the now infamous Bartholomew’s Day Massacre. on 24 August 1542 where Henry III ordered the murder of hundreds of Protestants who were in Paris for the wedding of his sister Marguerite to the Huguenot leader, Henri de Navarre.

The Order of the Holy Ghost became the most prestigious of all France’s chivalric Orders. Its emblems were a dove, knots of gold and the Fleur de Lys. The evening before a French Knight received this Order, he became an initiate of the Order of St Michael. The old French Ecossais Master or Architect’s Catechism follows the twin Orders of St Michael and the Holy Ghost. It highlights the latent Christ within:863

Q: How is your health?
A: I carry a child in my womb, though I am a man 
Q: How long will you carry it? 
A: That is not decided, but while waiting I am frequently confined Q: Who will be the midwife? A: Minerva Q: Who will be the Uncle? 
A: Mercury 
Q: And the Father? 
A: One of my equals and I

The Gnostic-Rosicrucian Knight is a philosopher in search of Truth because he searches for his sacred marriage with the Goddess of Wisdom. If successful, he becomes a Knight Quadosh. Quadosh signifies Holiness, Dedication and Sanctification.864 He is also called a Knight of the Feast of the Brotherhood because his ordeal is celebrated by the Feast of the Brotherhood held on Passover Eve, also known as the Agape or pure Feast of Brotherly Love.

We shall discuss Moses’ nehushtan further in Chapter 18.865 It is, however, worth noting that the crucified serpent continued to be a very important image representing the crucifixion of Spirit on the cross of Divine Law, so the seed within the Spirit, that sinneth not, could emerge. Even Sir Francis Bacon, who wore the black hat of knowledge, chose the device of a serpent on the anchor of peace, as shown in the Crucified Serpent from the titlepage of The Faerie Queen, Part II (1617.


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