YT description: Mark Passio, the no-nonsense teacher of “Street-Wise” Spirituality, will take his guests on a journey of exploration, examining the world of The Occult and its symbols.
What, exactly, IS The Occult?
Why should YOU know about it?
What kind of knowledge comprises The Occult?
Who possesses such knowledge, and how do they use it?
How is Occultism different from Mysticism?
What can the secret language of Symbolism communicate?
How is Symbolism being used in our everyday lives?
De-Mystifying The Occult Seminar hosted by Art Capozzi.
Video Produced by Richard Grove of Tragedy And Hope Communications, http://www.TragedyAndHope.com
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Title: Mark Passio – De-Mystifying The Occult – Part 1 of 3 (YT link) Uploaded by Mark Passio.
Mark Passio: De-Mystifying The Occult – (2014) 5 stars
Run time: 2 hours, 35 minutes. My notes:
17 minutes in – Passio starts talking about a pyramid of knowledge, with the controllers at the top and the masses at the bottom. I wonder where this concept first started. The international bankers, the CIA, the Pentagon and the Vatican all seem to be working under a similar structure. If I were to guess, this came from the Mystery Schools way back in Babylon and Egypt, circa… hmm… It is hard to pinpoint a good year here. It would have to fall in between Greece and Rome. Let me give a range here of maybe 1000 BCE to 300 BCE, leaning toward a time when all four empires were interchanging ideas. I believe the ideal power structure for humans is more like a village with a chieftain in it, or a medieval town with a constable. Whoever is in charge has to live with the population he is in charge of, because this allows for a lot more empathy than a king or baron in a castle would have for the common folk. This idea of a top-down pyramid of power might go all the way back to the Anunnaki and Sumeria. Most ancient societies such as Egypt and Babylon had factions of priests setting the rules with a monarch such as a king of a pharaoh to execute them. I think compartmentalization started up with the Mystery Schools.
31 minutes – It is very interesting how Passio presents the two parts of the Tarot. This has very profound meanings regarding where problems and solutions begin and how they weave together with a person’s life path.
Minor Arcana = Knowledge Of Self = Microcosm
Major Arcana = Knowledge Of Natural Law = Macrocosm
Passio spends a good amount of time speaking about the Left Brain versus the Right Brain. This correlates with the paradigms of Sheep / Wolves, Yin / Yang and Order / Chaos and Structure / Novelty. Passio starts connecting this at 1:02.
1:23 – Passio starts in on the Many Paths, One Destination part of his talk. I am looking forward to this. I have a tremendous amount of esoteric writings at hand, and I have been trying to figure out a way to narrow them down so I can find one that will work best for me. I don’t want to study Kabbalah, Masonry or Numerology, but I did want to get an overview from someone who has already looked into many of these fields. Hopefully, Passio will give me some insight here.
Shamanism – I’ve studied a lot of techniques superficially, but mostly in order to create characters for my stories. I don’t really like the idea of going into the spirit world in order to discover one’s soul animal. Apparently, this technique has a lot of upkeep to it to maintain the animal’s spirit close to a person.
One of the more interesting things I’ve heard about shamanism is from a Gnostic researcher. His idea was that Amanita mushrooms, which the Viking Berserkers used by the way, existed in the physical dimension as well as in other dimensions. When humans consume Amanita, the substance allows them to experience the other dimension for a short time.
Khemet (or Early Egyptian Alchemy) – Afro-centrists will say that Khem means ‘black people,’ as opposed to Passio’s black land. I’ve only dealt with this category briefly, as there are a lot of 19th and 20th century Theosophists that have muddied up ancient practices with their modern rituals. It is hard to distinguish what truly came from Egypt, and what was channeled by the spirit mediums not that long ago. Some of the earliest Mystery Schools came from Egypt.
Here is a loose end that I found interesting. The Romans went to establish Romania, right. Well, we also have Gypsies in Romania, and Gypsies are thought to have first come from Egypt. Romans, Romania, Gypsies, Egypt; see the correlation there? Anyway, there have always been rumors about Gypsies practicing dark magic and worshiping pagan gods. These are not black people but Caucasians, and it would be interesting to see how far back into Egyptian history they go, especially if they brought their magic with them.
To reiterate about the Egyptian sun deity: In the morning, he was called Osiris, during the middle of the day he was called Ra. When the sun went down, he would be Set. During the time the sun god was in figuratively in the Earth, he was Horus, going through the process of resurrection to become the ‘rising son’ of the next day. This is where the Bible character of Jesus came from, as Horus was resurrected right at the same time we celebrate Easter during the spring equinox.
Note that Ma’at is where the Jews got their idea of Judgment, where their god would weigh a soul to see whether or not it was worthy of heaven. Believe it or not, Santa Claus is also a derivative of this way of thinking, because Santa knows whether you’re naughty or nice, and he will give nice gifts to worthy souls and lumps of coals to the naughty.
Medieval Alchemy – My interpretation is similar to Passio’s. Alchemy is disguised as allegory. When the parable is given of transmuting a pound of lead into a pound of gold, what it really is saying is that soul must give up its denser materialism, i.e., its human desires and evil thoughts, and purify them to allow a cleansing of the soul and a lighter spirit. The reason this way of thinking was hidden in allegory is because the Church of Rome was out there killing anyone who didn’t accept the Pope as god on Earth. In Medieval Alchemy, each man could guide his own enlightenment without having to pay homage or tribute to the Church.
Regarding the four symbols of Alchemy. They are Earth, Air, Water and Fire. Here is something else I have learned. I’m not sure if Passio covers it, so I’ll write it down before he moves on to something else. You have those four symbols, which may represent the Four Corners of the Earth, or the Four Winds. When you add Spirit, you get five symbols. Some people add Spirit into the center, while others create a five-pointed star with it. If the star is pointed up, the topmost symbol is Spirit and this represents Enlightenment. If the star is pointed down, or upside down, this represents Service To Self, or Materialism. An upright star means spiritual endeavors in heaven. An upside down star means selfish interests here on Earth. This can also be seen as White Magic opposed to Black Magic, or as Service To Others versus Service To Self.
Hermetics – I don’t know much at all about this subject, even though I have tried my own interpretation of some of the works of Hermes Trismegistus. My mind always wants to associate this concept with Alchemy and Khemetics. I will say that it sounds a lot like Gnosticism. I do have the Kybalion in PDF form and on audiobook, so I will get around to giving that a closer look, hopefully soon.
Passio sees Hermetics as being elitist. If all souls were equal, I would agree with that. However, if we have advanced, intermediate and young souls on the same Earthly plane, then most souls would not be able to handle the profundity of any of these esoteric concepts. Just look at how people act today. How many people are going out of their way to learn deep spiritual knowledge? Compare that to the lazy Sheep who want to sit on their couch all day while watching football or reality shows, or who worship celebrities, or who run around chasing Pokemon all day. Taking advantage of the Sheep is how The Powers That Be keep their stranglehold on the rest of us that came here with a mission. Note how Passio states that he puts his material out for whoever is ready to receive it. All of this material is already out there, in many forms and from many cultures, yet very few are open enough spiritually to delve into it.
This is interesting. I thought I didn’t remember much about Hermetics, but as Passio went down the list of the Seven Hermetic Principles, a lot of that surfaced in my head. I agreed with most of the principles before I began studying Hermetics. The one I wasn’t too familiar with is Gender, which puts opposites of Male and Female into the body, the brain, the eyes, the hands and in all sorts of other places that confuses me.
So far, Passio has covered Shamanism, Khemeticism, Alchemy and Hermetics. I resonate most with Hermetics out of those four philosophies. If I only had those four choices, I would certainly choose Hermetics. What I am practicing most of all in my present everyday life is a combination of Gnosticism, Deism and Tibetan Buddhism, although I do not keep myself in any rigid mold. I prefer to keep things simple and fluid most of all. As this is only the first part of a three part lecture, I hope to listen to the remaining parts soon, and will have those posted as soon as I can.