The Rites of Eleusis

This edition of The Rites of Eleusis has several illustrations of relevant artworks, together with the substantial ruins of the town of Eleusis, in southeastern Greece.

The Rites of Eleusis

Author: Aleister Crowley

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The Rites of Eleusis comprises a series of seven public invocations corresponding to the seven planets of ancient lore. A landmark in Aleister Crowley's career as an occultist, The Rites of Eleusis revealed to the public the society he had founded with the purpose of attaining transcendence for those who joined. It was an ambitious and bold endeavor which combined Theravada Buddhism, Vedantic yoga and the displays of magick for which Crowley became famous. The popular reaction at the time Crowley published the rites in 1910 was mixed. For his part, Aleister Crowley attested to the invocations power to instill religious ecstasy in listeners. Some publications agreed that the words held great power and profundity, while others lambasted the rites as immoral and base for their purported blasphemies and erotic suggestiveness. The Rites of Eleusis are performed and celebrated in the modern day, with occult societies orientated with the Ordo Templi Orientis regularly reading and staging them in the correct sequence: -Saturn-, -Jupiter-, -Mars-, -Sol-, -Venus-, -Mercury- and -Luna-. Some modern performances include -Earth-, as authored by the contemporary occultist Lon Milo DuQuette. This edition of The Rites of Eleusis has several illustrations of relevant artworks, together with the substantial ruins of the town of Eleusis, in southeastern Greece.

The holy rites of Eleusis were Archaic Wisdom Religion dressed in Greek garb

Physical body is the prison. And real hell is life here, on earth. The Book of Job is a complete representation of ancient Initiation, and the trials which generally precede this grandest of all ceremonies.

The holy rites of Eleusis were Archaic Wisdom Religion dressed in Greek garb

Author: Helena Blavatsky, Edward Pococke, Thomas Taylor, Alexander Wilder

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The Eleusinian Mysteries were viewed as the efflorescence of all the Greek religion, as the purest essence of all its conceptions. The offering of bread and wine to the candidate by the Hierophant symbolised the spirit that was about to quicken matter: i.e., the divine wisdom of the Higher Self was to take possession of the candidate’s inner Self or Soul through what was to be revealed to him. The transformation of Cybele to Ceres-Demeter was the basis for the sacredness of bread and wine in ritualism. Cybele is the Moon-Goddess of the Athenians, Pallas or Minerva, invoked in her festivals as ????????? ????, the One Mother of God, and Virgin Queen of Heaven. Esoterically, Cybele is Kabeiros, a representative of the Phoenician Kingly Race. The Hierophant was always an old unmarried man. This and so many other features of the great archaic system, known as the Sacred Wisdom Science, have been appropriated by the Romish Church. One of the greatest mysteries is how the ever immaculate and yet ever prolific Divine Virgin who, fecundated by the fructifying rays of the Sun, becomes the Mother of all that lives and breathes on her vast bosom. Her very “Breath” is Akasha-tattva or Universal Essence, i.e., Vital Electricity — Life itself. The Mysteries are fragments of a grand pre-historic Philosophy, as old as the world itself. They are not only the foundation-stone of modern Philosophy, they also gave birth to hieroglyphics, as permanent records were needed to preserve and commemorate their secrets. The fact that the Sanskrit and Greek words for Initiation to the Greater Mysteries, Avapta and Epopteia, imply revelation not by human agent but by receiving the Sacred Drink, points out to the pre-Vedic origin of the Eleusinia. A cup of Kykeon, quaffed by the Mystes at the Eleusinian Initiation, forcibly connects the inner, highest “spirit” of man, which spirit is an angel like the mystical Soma, with his “irrational soul” or astral body, and thus united by the power of the magic drink, they soar together above physical nature and participate during life on earth in the beatitude and ineffable glories of Heaven. One well versed in the esoteric mythologies of various nations can trace the Mysteries back to the ante-Vedic period in India. Only those of the strictest virtue and purity were admitted. Those who consciously engaged in Black Magic or were responsible for homicide, whether accidental or not, and other evil acts were excluded.54 Every approach to the Mysteries was guarded with the same jealous care everywhere, and the penalty of death was inflicted upon Initiates of any degree who divulged secrets entrusted to them. Why Truth keeps hiding like a tortoise within her shell? Because Truth is too dangerous even for the highest Lanoo. No one can be entrusted with full knowledge of the Secret Science before his time. In Egypt the Mysteries had been known since the days of Menes. The Greeks received them much later when Orpheus introduced them from India. Thus, even in the days of Aristotle, few were the true Adepts left in Europe and even in Egypt. While darkness fell upon the face of the profane world, there was still eternal light in the Adyta on the nights of Initiation. Athenians, the real barbarians of Hellas, charged Æschylus with sacrilege and condemned him to be stoned to death because, they claimed, having been uninitiated, he had profaned the Mysteries by exposing them in his trilogies on a public stage. But he would have incurred the same condemnation, had he been initiated. Every truth revealed by Jesus, and which the Jews and early Christians understood, was concealed by a Church that has always pretended serving Him. To deprive the Greeks of their Sacred Mysteries, which bind in one the whole of mankind, was to render their very lives worthless to them. Blessed is he who has seen these things before he goes beneath the hollow earth; for he understands the end of mortal life, and the beginning of a new life. The Lesser grades of Eleusinia symbolised the descend of Persephone, Ceres-Demeter’s daughter, to earth and were preparatory to Greater Mysteries, when the daughter returns to her divine abode and is finally reunited with her mother. Similarly, Northern Buddhism has its “Greater” and its “Lesser” vehicle, the Mahayana or Esoteric, and the Hinayana or Exoteric School.63 The object of the Lesser Mysteries was to instruct the candidate about the condition of the unpurified soul invested with an earthly body, and enveloped in a material and physical nature that, until and unless purified by high philosophy and ethics, is destined to suffer pain and death through its attachment to embodied life. Selfishness is the prisoner of the divine soul. Physical body is the prison. And real hell is life here, on earth. The Book of Job is a complete representation of ancient Initiation, and the trials which generally precede this grandest of all ceremonies. Still, the cunning translators of the Hebrew Bible imply that Job’s “Champion,” “Deliverer,” and “Vindicator,” was Messiah. Nothing could be further from the truth. With the Hindus, the real Champion and Deliverer it Atman; with the Neo-Platonists, Nous Augoeides; with the Buddhists, Agra; with the Persians, Ferouer. The true Champion is the immortal spirit in every man. It alone can redeem our soul and save us from ourselves, if we follow its behests instead of squandering our divine inheritance by pandering to our lower nature. There were two classes of participants, the Neophytes and the Perfect. And two castes of Magi, the initiated and those who were allowed to officiate in the popular rites only. Neophytes first taught in upper temples were initiated in crypts. Oral instructions were given at low breath, in solemn silence and secrecy. Jesus and Paul classified their doctrines as esoteric and exoteric: The Mysteries of the Kingdom of God for the Apostles, the parables for the multitude. Aristides calls Mysteries the common temple of the earth. Epictetus says that all that is ordained therein was established by the Masters of Wisdom for the instruction of mortals and the correction of their customs. Plato asserts that the object of the Mysteries was to re-establish the soul in that state of perfection from which it had fallen. Baptism was one of the earliest Chaldeo-Akkadian rites of inner purification. Candidates were immersed thrice into water by Hydranos, the Baptist. At the Mysteries of the Anthesteria at limnai, i.e., the Feast of Flowers at the temple lakes, after the usual baptism by purification of water, the Mystai were made to pass through to the gate of Dionysus, that of the purified. After their Second Birth was accomplished, and the Mystai had returned from their baptism in the sea, the Tau or Egyptian cross was laid upon the breast. The Mysteries of the Jews were identical with those of Pagan Greeks, who took them from the Egyptians, who borrowed them from the Chaldaeans, who got them from the Aryans, who inherited them from the Atlanteans, and so on. But what Gods and Angels had revealed, exoteric religions, beginning with that of Moses, reviled, reveiled, and hid for ages from the sight of the world. The lure of lucre was the final nail in the coffin of the Eleusinia. An Athenian demagogue and sycophant, whose eloquence was described as of a coarse and vehement character, degraded the Sacred Mysteries by persuading the State to levy a charge for those seeking admission to higher life. Thus initiation had become a commodity — and as necessary as baptism has since become with the Christians. The first hour for the demise of the Mysteries struck on the clock of the Races with the Macedonian conqueror. The first strokes of its last hour sounded 47 BCE in the Thebes of the Celts. But the Mysteries of Eleusis could not be so easily disposed of. They were indeed the religion of mankind, and shone in all their ancient splendour if not in their primitive purity. It took several centuries to abolish them, and they could not be entirely suppressed before the year 396 of our era. The Eleusinian Mysteries were archaic Wisdom-Religion dressed in Greek garb. Prehistoric Greece was colonised by two great Indian races, the Solar and the Lunar dynasties. Springing up from the kingdoms of Cashmir and Tibet, the prehistoric colonists of Greece consisted of the two great primitive and radical races of Aryavarta, the Solar or ancient Budhistic dynasty (Surya Vansa), and the Lunar dynasty (Chandra Vansa). The former were the earliest settlers in Greece and their religious exponents appear to have been the Dodan, or Br?hmanical priests of the great tribe, Doda. As history progressed, the original Lamaic system of religion has been so much modified and so far compromised, as to be compelled to seek refuge in the asyla of the Grecian Mysteries, instead of the state-position it once occupied. Inside Greece, Bacchus was a prosonym of Zagreus, the successor of the Lamaic sovereignty in whose service was Orpheus, the founder of the Mysteries. Outside Greece, Bacchus was the Tartarian Jupiter Hammon whose Lamaic worship accompanied the emigrants of Tartary to Egypt. In Budhistic belief, the young Lama is born again from the consort of the Jaina Pontiff, Semele or Su-Lamee, the Great Lama Queen. The Eleuth-Chiefs, who spread the Lamaic doctrines in the Attic territory, became Eleusine. Their forms of worship and Tartar ceremonials composed the staple of the celebrated Eleusinian Mysteries. The high-born Brahmans or Culini lived on the Peloponnesian Mount Cyllene. The Mysteries were communicated to Culyus-Celeus, ruler of the land of the Rarhya, by Demeter herself. Yet the Greeks besmirched their noble ancestry by belittling their Hierophants as troglodytes. Three Hierarchs represented Budhistical and Brahmanical power. Two orders of priests officiated over the initiations. The descendants of the High Budha Priest or Eumolpidai, and the Budhist Keerukos or Keryx, the sacred herald of the Greeks, the latter aided by the daughters of the late Eleusinian high-caste king Culyus or Celeus. Modern Greek authors who treat Eleusinian worship as mysteries, rather than the old national form of worship, name those admitted to the Lesser Mysteries as Mokshtai or Mystai, from the Budhist word Moksha. After taking an oath of secrecy to preserve the old religion of the country against the more attractive heresy of Homer and his popular gods, those admitted to the Greater Mysteries were styled avapta or epoptai. Iacchos (Bacchos), properly Yogin, who appeared on the sixth day of the Mysteries, is none other than Dio Nausho or Dionysos, son of the Jaina Pontiff (Jeyus), and the Great Lama Queen, Soo Lamee or Semele. Couros, a prosonym of Iacchos, is Gooros or Guru, a spiritual teacher. Hence, Demeter is styled by the Greeks Couro-trophos or Guru-nurse. Erectheus-Poseidon was worshipped jointly with Athene and is identified with Poseidon or Po-Sidhan, Prince of all Saints, Chief of Saidan, and Prince of Sidon. Saidan, Eracland, and Phœnicia, are in close proximity to Afghanistan; Sidan is repeated in the Phœnicia of Palestine. Poseidon was worshipped jointly with Adheene, the Virgin Queen of Heaven, modified by the Greeks as Athene. She is the Egyptian Neeti, corruptly written Neith. The mysterious name of Onge-Athene was also derived from AUM, the Triple Fire representing the highest Tetraktys.

The Magick of Aleister Crowley

" This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works--rather than the myth--of Aleister Crowley are all about.

The Magick of Aleister Crowley

Author: Lon Milo Duquette

Publisher: Weiser Books

ISBN: 9781578632992

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Aleister Crowley's ascension into the pantheon of alternative gurus was cemented by his appearance on The Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album cover. Unfortunately, he was known more for his reputation as "The Beast 666" and "The Wickedest Man in the World." All well and good for publicity, but this infamy eclipsed his teachings, as did his technical and opaque writing style, meant more for adepts contemporary to him than the average modern reader. Enter Lon Milo DuQuette to decipher and explain Crowley's texts and more important rituals. Formerly titled The Magick of Thelema, this revised edition features extensive corrections, a new introduction, and a new ritual, "The Rites of Eleusis." This is the perfect introductory text for readers who wonder what the works--rather than the myth--of Aleister Crowley are all about. DuQuette takes the mystery out of both the rituals themselves and Crowley's writing in this modern grimoire. Step by step, he presents a course of study in plain English, with examples of rituals and explanations of their significance. DuQuette also includes a course of study for Crowley's original works with an extensive bibliography and fastidious footnotes.

Encyclopaedia Britannica

Eleusis ( Hymn , 1. 440 ) . It is an important point that the vehement self -
forgetting enthu . If material existed to study the ritual of the shrines along the
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Eleusis ( Hymn , l . 440 ) . It is an important point that the vehement self -
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After the personal attacks by the English tabloids in response to Rites of Eleusis ,
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Eleusis ( Hymn , 1 440 ) . It is an important point that the vebement self - forgetting
enthu . If material existed to study the ritual of the shrines along the siasm
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Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

In subsequent centuries Eleusis grew ever greater in size and importance ,
thanks to its Panhellenic Mysteries of ... She came to rest at Eleusis , where she
befriended the king and promised to teach the Eleusinians her rites and
mysteries .

Encyclopedia of Ancient Greece

Author: Nigel Guy Wilson

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ISBN: 9780415973342

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Ancient Greek civilization, with its mythology, wars, philosophy and culture, has left an enduring legacy. This single volume, a spin-off from the acclaimed Encyclopedia of Greece and the Hellenic Tradition, provides a comprehensive and authoritative guide to the people, places, periods, events and themes of Ancient Greece.

The Sketch

69 THE ELUSIVE RITES OF OF ELEUSIS : THE THE RITE OF SATURN . 5 4 15 6
5 . 6 . 1. THE RITE OPENS WITH A LITANY OF LAMENTATION . AFTER IT HAS
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Nova Et Vetera

Their accounts of what happened at Eleusis concentrate on two main points of
discussion : ( 1 ) that the rituals constituted a mystery drama re - enacting the
myth of the abduction of Persephone , Demeter's wandering , and their reunion ; (
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Nova Et Vetera

Author: Thomas Patrick Halton

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This collection of patristic studies is dedicated to Halton in recognition of his services to the field as editor, bibliographer and interpreter. The contributors represent a range of approaches and offer insights into the practice of research in the fields of Patristic and Late Antique Studies.

The Great Beast

One day they performed a ritual for the purpose of evoking Bartzabel , the spirit of
Mars . ... respensations merely talitation , pleasures of for those who the Rites of
Eleusis , minster , on seven conduce a state of r Crowley wrote seven rites , one ...

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Occult Review

THE RITES OF ELEUSIS By P. “ WE are the poets ! We are the children of wood
and stream , of mist and mountain , of sun and wind ! We are the Greeks ! and to
us the rites of Eleusis should open the doors of Heaven , and we shall enter in ...

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Special Studies

Eleusis lies outside Attica , but a dramatic reminder of its long association with
Athens is the Great Gate to the sanctuary ... Here we must insert briefly , without
argument the central core of the rites of Eleusis , new in Europe , but old , by ...

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The Road to Eleusis

This 30th anniversary edition includes an appreciative preface by religious scholar Huston Smith and an updated exploration of the chemical evidence by Peter Webster.

The Road to Eleusis

Author: R. Gordon Wasson

Publisher: North Atlantic Books

ISBN: 9781556437526

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The secretive Mysteries conducted at Eleusis in Greece for nearly two millennia have long puzzled scholars with strange accounts of initiates experiencing otherworldly journeys. In this groundbreaking work, three experts—a mycologist, a chemist, and a historian—argue persuasively that the sacred potion given to participants in the course of the ritual contained a psychoactive entheogen. The authors then expand the discussion to show that natural psychedelic agents have been used in spiritual rituals across history and cultures. Although controversial when first published in 1978, the book's hypothesis has become more widely accepted in recent years, as knowledge of ethnobotany has deepened. The authors have played critical roles in the modern rediscovery of entheogens, and The Road to Eleusis presents an authoritative exposition of their views. The book's themes of the universality of experiential religion, the suppression of that knowledge by exploitative forces, and the use of psychedelics to reconcile the human and natural worlds make it a fascinating and timely read. This 30th anniversary edition includes an appreciative preface by religious scholar Huston Smith and an updated exploration of the chemical evidence by Peter Webster.

Treasures of Ancient Greece

Yet the sacred sites of Greece were important to all Greeks , and of these sites
Eleusis , Epidauros , Delos , Sounion and Bassae were among the most revered .
MXUA ELEUSIS Eleusis was the site of the Eleusinian Mysteries , rites so secret
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Treasures of Ancient Greece

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"The roots of Greek civilization reach back into legend but the artifacts the Greeks produced can still be appreciated. Although much of the Grecian achievement was destroyed by later conquerors, the buildings which remain prove that the Greek ideal in art and architecture is still valid today. As early as the Bronze Age, the Minoan culture demonstrated the Greeks' love of beauty. Bronze cult figurines and superb wall paintings show the heights artistic talents had reached. Greek civilization reached its zenith under Pericles in the Classical Period. The magnificent remains of the Acropolis, and especially the Parthenon, built of Pentelicus marble, bear witness to the flowering of Greek culture. The famous remains at Delphi include many buildings of this period, including the inspiring temple of Zeus. Alexander conquered most of the known world, and the Hellenic culture flourished from Greece to India. The legendary library at Alexandria is still the epitome of excellence and Greek statues still the standard by which others are judged. Red-glazed and painted vases are treasured exhibits in museums throughout the world. Treasures of Ancient Greece is a lively account of Ancient Greece as revealed through its material culture. This beautifully illustrated book will delight both the art historian and the general reader." -- From dust jacket.

Fugue and Fresco

CHAPTER ONE ELEUSIS : DESCENT / REPEAT / METAMORPHOSIS A real
book is one whose words grow ever more ... This chapter will follow that clue ,
from the dark / light motion of the rites of Eleusis to the same pattern in the three -
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