The Serpent and his great mystery – 09/26/2008
All the greatest civilizations talked about the great mystery of the Serpent. A literature en vogue for several years denounces the pernicious influence of certain forces acting through anything in symbols or history that pertains to the realm of the ophidians or reptilians. Some contemporary authors even took this aspect to tie the serpent to an insidious alien influence that would have been on Earth for thousands of years. Once more, it is with the hermetic Doctrine that we are going to try to discover what hides behind the image of the serpent.
This article does not pretend to describe the whole matter in details because a book would not be enough. Only the outlines will be discussed. The Serpent, as a symbol, is found in all the mythologies of the world. We could go very far back in history, but for obvious reasons we will confine to easily identifiable historical facts. The serpent has always had a bad reputation, especially in the West and in the Middle East.
A Symbol of evil for some, it is a satanic symbol for others. Alleged incarnation of vice and treachery reptiles have been the unwarranted contempt of historical ignorance. Even today, a conspiracy literature related to Extraterrestrials leads us back to the reptilians, from which some beings (or even humankind for some) would be the descendants.
It is not a question here of borrowing the words of some of those authors who trace instances in history in which the serpent was used as a symbol in order to link it to negative beings coming from space to subjugate humanity.Thus the diversion of a symbol of light (as we shall see) into a perverse sense brings water to the mill of the deviant streams of humanity while serving their dark designs. But we will come back to that later. Other authors, most serious, bring interesting elements and we salute the rigour of their work.
It is perhaps useful to revisit certain mythologies and swathes of history in order to better understand why, to the Hermetic Doctrine, the serpent has always been a symbol of high representation for Initiates and Custodians of Knowledge. In Egyptian mythology, Kneph, the Eternal God, is portrayed by a serpent, a symbol of eternity. One can see ” the animal ” coiled around a vase filled with water upon which it blows. The serpent then takes the name of Agathodemon, the positive spirit of Nature and the Universe. In its negative aspect, it becomes Kakodemon
One should know that everything in Nature has a double aspect. To say that there is Good and Evil would retract the reality a little. In fact, as Thoth-Hermes said, there is only one Principle that exists in varying degrees. Thus a symbol (like everything else) has two poles in its own nature.
The shadow, for example, is only one aspect – at a lower vibratory level – of the light. In all things there is a positive side and a negative side. It remains to be seen which one we prefer to embrace. This law of polarity and balance of forces, of which Thoth-Hermes spoke, occurs everywhere in Nature.
It is in this positive sense that we have to see the serpent, as a symbol of eternity and immortality when it encircles the world by biting its tail. It represents the Infinity of the ancient traditions, which was associated with the Father and his negative aspects when the Old Testament was reworked.
This fabled serpent of Genesis, that serpent that deceived Eve and brought the fruit of knowledge became the satanic symbol that we know, and for some a representation of a reptilian race.
But what was it in reality? Beyond the fable and the myth we find that the Church, as did besides all Judeo-Christian currents, took advantage of the power of a symbol that reflects a very important primordial reality for the benefit of human beings and turned it into a hateful image of temptation and abomination.
Is it the Serpent (or Knowledge) that we should curse in this symbolism or that “god” who wanted that our consciousness be veiled for eternity? In fact, the Hermetic Doctrine brings us many details on this subject.
If Beings (of a great spiritual evolution) had not come to our planet at a certain period of the history of the world to bring us consciousness, if that “Serpent” which is the knowledge of Good and Evil, to borrow an allegory, did not open our eyes, what would we be?
It was the Fathers of the Church who deliberately occulted some texts and certain truths to make of this Serpent an aspect of evil into which humanity is sinking. It should be noted that all the genealogical table of the tenth chapter of Genesis refers to imaginary heroes, and that the verses ending the ninth are fragments of the Chaldean allegory of Sisuthrus and the mythical flood, conforming to the legend of Noah; and Seth, the third son of Adam, the father of the “chosen people”, was none other than Hermes, also known as the God of Wisdom and called Thoth, Tat or Seth.
One may wonder what was Moses’s true religion, he who inspired himself from Chaldean texts to write Genesis. Moses certainly practiced a solar religion based on the ophidian symbolism as did the Egyptians (serpent = Knowledge). Genesis was then “rewritten” by Ezra after the captivity of the Jews in Babylon, and it was at that time that the interpretation changed.
Egyptian and Babylonian hierophants were “Sons of the God – Serpent” or “Sons of the Dragon” because in the ancient mysteries the serpent represented Wisdom and immortality, the cyclic evolutionary wheel when it becomes Ouroboros i.e., the snake that bites its tail. The ancient Druids also called themselves serpents. Karnak in Egypt has the same meaning as the Carnac of Britain which means the snake mountain.
Gautama, the Buddha, was born into a line of serpents through the race of the Naga (serpent) kings who ruled Magadha. Thoth-Hermes is Tet in his symbol as a serpent (still found in the Caduceus of our pharmaceutical companies these same serpents represent the positive and negative currents at the foundation of the whole universe, which we know through the tree of life in the Kabbalah).
According to Ophite legends, Jesus was born of a serpent (divine wisdom), i.e., he became a son of God by way of his initiation into the “Science of the Serpent”; and when he was tempted by “Satan” in the desert (place where the Essenes initiates dwelled) one can surmise that he had to go through the significant probationary tests that befall every great initiate.
He recognized the serpent as a symbol of Wisdom when he said to his Apostles: “Be ye therefore wise as serpents”, (Matt. 10-16). This is unequivocal!
Vishnu, identical to the Egyptian Kneph, stands on the heavenly serpent with seven-heads, as if to show the supreme dignity of the Serpent-Wisdom. Since ancient times the serpent has been revered on the entire surface of the Earth as the representation of divine wisdom.
Sanchoniaton, the initiated priest who lived during the reign of Semiramis, claimed that Thoth-Hermes was the first to label the serpent “the most spiritual of all the reptiles”. One, of course, must see a symbol representing the wisdom that kills to better revive, destroys to better rebuild and represents the law of karma and reincarnation and, especially, the infinity and eternity when it bites its tail.
Thus it was the Judeo-Christian tradition that later made a satanic symbol of the fall out of it. This invention is due to the takeover of the pagan cults by the Church in the early days of Christianity because they hindered its expansion. But as it was said at the beginning of this article the ancients made a difference between the good and the bad serpent. The first represented the divine Wisdom and the second evil on the material plane.
Because the divine light, when it “descends” from the purely spiritual plane, becomes more and more dense and turns into Maya or the misleading, tempting serpent of illusion on our plane.
We still could give many examples of the Wisdom and Knowledge associated with the serpent. The Ophite Gnostics honoured this animal because it taught the Mysteries to the first men. It was those same Ophite Gnostics found in the Nag-Hammadi documents who denounced the God of Israel as a false god, an archon, and it is that way that one should see it.
They knew perfectly the high spiritual value of the serpent as a symbol by what it represents in its essence and physical appearance.
The Hindu and Tibetan Adepts were Nagas (serpents) who were humans and not reptiles. They were called “serpents” because they symbolized Wisdom and Knowledge. The Order of the Serpent, in antiquity, was this college of Sages whose mission was to bring the opening of consciousness to men. It was those Priests-Scientists-Astronomers who were the custodians of the hermetic Doctrine that has been transmitted for millennia.
As it has been said, the Church put an end to the cult of the serpent in its most divine form, after millennia of beliefs that had established it in its true identity. It became the symbol of malice and perversion while up to that point it was the magnificent symbol of Knowledge brought to men, the symbol of manifest consciousness, the awakening of humanity to itself.
This serpent, which by ignorance is associated to the forces of evil, is well regarded as the saviour of humanity. It never “tempted” Adam and Eve in the allegory of the earthly paradise, it simply was the awakening and awareness factor without which we would be automata caught in an endless dream today.
It would be irrelevant here to address the theme of beings from outer space that came to earth a very long time ago for evolution or sometimes destruction purposes. This could seem incredible if the hermetic Doctrine did not make reference to that and if history had not left us specific traces of their passage. To equate this ancient history to UFO phenomena and a reptilian invasion would distort the reality because the facts appear to be more complex and less restrictive. Earth was visited and still is by beings from more or less distant regions of space.
To say that in the antediluvian history there were different races, that is a fact that Tradition reveals. These beings came from space to redirect human evolution, this is undisputable and History, for those who have eyes to see, shows it. To say that gross beings were the result of a natural work that failed (Berossus mentioned that in his writings) is also true.
That pterodactyls, a kind of flying dragons contemporary to men, existed in distant Mu and Atlantis, this is also mentioned in the hermetic Doctrine. That beings living in the universe try to intervene on earth, this is also a reality. These beings have repeatedly come to the aid of our humanity via distant constellations.
However, to say that reptilian races shaped humanity in times relatively close to us, this seems to be a lack of knowledge of ancient history if we base ourselves on what has been transmitted for generations by the custodians of knowledge.
The Sumerian tablets relate episodes of a humanity that was much older than what they have wanted us to believe. That an “extraterrestrial” race came to bring some benefits to mankind, that is a fact found in many traditions around the globe. But these traditions point to a more distant past than the Sumerian period.
That some odious entities took part in the terrible confusion that prevailed on Earth in a very distant time this is again mentioned in the hermetic Doctrine.
This fight still wages. It is the result of the opposition between the Forces of the light and those of darkness (to use an ancient terminology), and recent history demonstrates it once more. However, with regard to what happened in the last phase of the Lemurian period one might be tempted to say that devious beings tried to establish their authority on our planet during Titanic battles.
A denatured offspring was born of their intervention. This is what in part caused the destruction of the continent of Mu several million years ago. An almost identical phenomenon occurred in Atlantis hundreds of thousands of years ago, and that also caused its downfall. We are still paying today the consequences.
To believe that this story of “gods” unraveled during the Sumerian period is an anachronism in my opinion since Sumerians and Chaldeans were rooted in multi-millennial India. This story had Atlantis as cradle, a much older Atlantis that the one precisely described by Plato.
It was from India that the Nagas brought knowledge to Chaldea via Sumer. The tribes of Akkad in Chaldea, Babylonia and Assyria had a connection to the Brahmins of Hindustan more than 8,000 years ago, and the story they told these burgeoning peoples was multi-millennial and lost in the mists of time.
That some manifestations of beings from elsewhere positioned themselves at different times in the history of the world and especially in distant Lemuria, that is certain, but those they call “reptilians” act, in my opinion, in a way much more pernicious than is believed.
One should know that the stakes are high for those predators when it comes to Earth, and that is at many levels. While our planet is beset by human beings who want our loss it is also protected by others who bring us considerable assistance. To all this is added another important factor, that of those who today are called “the reptilians” or “the greys”. To present things in this manner may seem ridiculous, even insufficient and such is not the purpose of this article.
However, with regard to this apparent confusion clues are given that allow us to link certain elements. In my book (Thot-Hermes – Origines secretes de l’humanite) I briefly present the work done over many years by Carlos Castaneda and particularly his master, Don Juan Matus.
This last was the last representative of a line of Toltec (thus Atlanteans) “sorcerers”. Without a doubt, it is probably in what Don Juan said to his pupil that the key to what pertains to the “reptilians” is to be found in part. Castaneda’s master called them “les planeurs”.
He said that an ancient Toltec tradition holds that they came from the depths of the cosmos a very long time ago (which fully ties with the hermetic Doctrine). Moreover, he claimed that these “planeurs” (inorganic beings) keep us under their control and added:
“They need us to feed, and this is why they pressure us tirelessly, exactly like us who raise chickens to consume. They grow us in human ‘barns’ to never run out of food.” (translated from the French text)
According to Don Juan it is these predators that have imposed upon us us our belief systems and our ideas about good and evil etc…In fact the conditions in which we have been imprisoned for millennia. They thrive on what they have no more in them i.e., consciousness.
This leads us to another question: what do these beings whom some also call “the greys “seek? They are macabre entities that feed on human emotions for the sole purpose of living.
They play on the keyboard of our human emotions to absorb this subtle aspect which they lack. They are entities that live on a very dense plane, which easily allows them to manifest physically on some occasions.
The numerous reports that exist allow us to say that they sometimes use implants on some human beings in order to one day dominate humanity. It must be said that this implant now exists in a natural way and it has been around for several million years. But we will probably have the opportunity to return to this theme later.
Thus, without going any further, we understand once more that the only way to escape this vampirism is through the evolution of consciousness. Without that, the human being can never be released from this grip. The intellectual capacity, the technical and scientific achievements and the academic culture are good things in themselves, but without man’s pugnacious WILL to regain his divine ability, without the incessant effort to open to new horizons of awakened consciousness, nothing will change.
If everyone works towards this objective, there lies salvation. Then the light that shines in each one of us on the surface of our Earth will dispel that darkness too long established in our civilization. And this light of awakened consciousnesses will be the foretold death of these entities about which Don Juan spoke and are well known to the hermetic Doctrine.
This will be the real victory of the Serpent, that is, the Sacred Science of which the Arhats, the Mahamas of the Great White Lodge, have always been the custodians. Without these beings of light, our planet would have long been annihilated.
This article, beyond the fantastic considerations, has one goal only: to show that in addition to the curiosity that one can nourish towards these subjects, each one of us ought to meditate on his personal ability for inner transformation and work on his own awakening in order to leave more room in his life to spirituality.
To focus too much on these topics – and that is more and more the taste of the day – is an indirect way to attract these negative forces we talked about. It seems that the mere awareness of the issue is sufficient to direct our efforts towards an inner work which, as it was said above, is the best way to combat these devious forces.