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Planets, Souls, and Initiation

Greetings everyone and welcome to this week’s study and opinion of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma as we continue on with Chapter 25.This time we continue to read Pike’s accounts of the ancients beliefs on soul travel, or how souls were thought to enter and leave the body. This time we begin with the beliefs of the ancient Greeks.Now, LET’S READ PIKE!In the ancient doctrine, certain Genii were charged with the duty of conducting souls to the bodies destined to receive them, and of withdrawing them from those bodies. According to Plutarch, these were the functions of Proserpine and Mercury. In Plato, a familiar Genius accompanies man at his birth, follows and watches him all his life, and at death conducts him to the tribunal of the Great Judge. These Genii are the media of communication between man and the Gods; and the soul is ever in their presence. This doctrine is taught in the oracles of Zoroaster: and these Genii were the Intelligences that resided in the planets.Thus the secret …

Souls, Sin,Kabbala, and Gnostics

Greetings, and welcome back as we continue to explore chapter 25 of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma.This time, Pike writes about the notions that the souls is returned to the body as a punishment for sins. And he also explores the beliefs of the kabbalists and the gnostics in the exploration of the soul and its journey with us, and beyond us.Now, LET’S READ PIKE!Some philosophers held that the soul was incarcerated in the body, by way of punishment for sins committed by it in a prior state. How they reconciled this with the same soul's unconsciousness of any such prior state, or of sin committed there, does not appear. Others held that God, of his mere will, sent the soul to inhabit the body. The Kabalists united the two opinions. They held that there are four worlds, Aziluth, Briarth, Jezirath, and Aziath; the world of emanation, that of creation, that of forms, and the material world; one above and more perfect than the other, in that order, both as regards their own nature and t…

The Beverage of the gods Continue Chptr 25

Greetings Everyone, and welcome back to our study and opinion of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma as we continue on with Chapter 25. This time we will read Pike’s description of the soul as the soul travels through the universe and the constellations.
Masons might wish to take note of the symbolisms representing the cosmos in our lodges as we participate in our rituals. We often travel through these symbols without realizing their meanings. In another way, we must remember that all of us are traveling through the cosmos on our planet, in these allegories we can find ourselves growing in intellect and experience as we hurl through space RIGHT NOW.
We feel, we think, we observe and we teach and learn as we hurl through the constellations.Now, LET’S READ PIKE!The highest and purest portion of matter, which nourishes and constitutes divine existences, is what the poets term nectar, the beverage of the Gods. The lower, more disturbed and grosser portion, is what intoxicates souls. The ancien…

Welcome To Our Weekly Study of Morals and Dogma by Albert Pike

Greetings! Thank you for taking time to read along as we explore Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma! Every week you will find a few paragraphs from Morals and Dogma interjected with some insight and opinion from Johnny T. Asher, President and Founder of The Universal Freemason Research Society. We also welcome your comments and opinions, and we hope that you will spend time and explore Morals and Dogma on your own, and form your own insights into this great work.Please have no doubts that I appreciate deeply your time spent reading along! Johnny

Souls in Descent Continue Chapter 25

Greetings and welcome back as we continue chapter 25 of Albert Pike’s Morals and Dogma.As we continue, we will find Pike describing the descent of souls from the heavens.
Many spiritual paths adhere to the belief that the souls descend from the heavens into the human body either before or after the physcical birth of the person or even animal.There are deep symbolisms based upon from where the souls descend and even ascend back into the heavens that I will leave the reader to decide upon what symbolism (if any) the reader will adhere to (or not). Do take note of your own masonic lodge and you might find the astrological constellations being represented in one way or another, and also take note of your movement through the signs. And now, LET’S READ PIKE!Let us, in order to understand this old Thought, first follow the soul in its descent. The sphere or Heaven of the fixed stars was that Holy Region, and those Elysian Fields, that were the native domicile of souls, and the place to wh…