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YT description: DE-MYSTIFYING THE OCCULT
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Saturday, October 4, 2014
9:00 am – 8:00 pm
Title: Mark Passio – De-Mystifying The Occult – Part 2 of 3 (YT link) Uploaded by Mark Passio.
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Part 2, run time: 2 hours, 29 minutes. Notes continued from Part 1:
Kabbalah – Passio gives a very basic explanation to Kabbalah, from a pretty benign standpoint. I know there is a lot more to it from the magical aspects, such as calling angels / demons during certain seasons, days and even the hour of the day. This is the Illuminati magic and symbolism that is seen in the fashion, movie and music industries.
Freemasonry – As Passio suggests, I think Kabbalah and Freemasonry are tied in together. I’m not sure if the factions under Masonry are mentioned later, such as the early Knights Templar, the Rosicrucians, the later Skull And Bones and other orders, but these are all basically branches stemming from the same trunk. In the medieval period, the Church of Rome persecuted Masons, while the Enlightened Masons hid their secrets right under the nose of the Church, within the Vatican’s architecture and artwork.
In the 1700s, Masons started killing people, and in the late 1700s under Albert Pike, Masons got the idea that they wanted to control the destiny of the world. Either Freemasonry was infiltrated and their mission corrupted, or they corrupted themselves within their Secret Society. The idea of being born again, as in the Resurrection from man into the Christ Consciousness, akin to the idea of the phoenix rising from its ashes, are parallels to the idea of Order Out Of Chaos. Neither Kabbalah nor Freemasonry inspire much confidence in me, as they both look to be working together to promote the good of the few over the good of the many.
Tarot – Let me write down the suits and their elemental identification, for my later study. I can see how the Tarot reflects both the individual microcosm and the larger universal macrocosm, but I hadn’t put as much together as Passio is.
Coins = Earth = Material Plane
Swords = Air = Mental Plane
Cups = Water = Emotional Plane
Wands = Fire = Human Will
Coins and Swords are opposites. Cups and Wands are opposites.
I did write a book of fiction in which I tried to sort through the Tarot cards and their meanings, but that was on the individual level. This universal component I have not delved into as much.
Rosicrucianism – I don’t know that I see this category as distinctly as Passio does. To me, the teachings are convoluted by being within mixed in with the broader symbolic umbrella of Christianity. If it is Hermeticism in disguise, the disguise takes away from it and becomes more of a distraction. As a personal note, Passio recommends material by Rudolf Steiner and Max Heindel. I have books by both, but now I can stick them into their proper category.
Theosophy – Previously, I had seen Theosophy as basic Hinduism, that is, the idea of reincarnation and ascension, but updated with a Western outlook. Like Passio points out, the original philosophies of Blavatsky have been corrupted since their inceptions. One idea that I was not aware of was of recurring cataclysms, but I already think that great catastrophes or resets are part of the cycling of Time and Space. If souls circulate and the stars have up and down cycles, and Time fluctuates up and down similarly, then it figures that great cataclysms would be part of the program also. Researcher Jin Ion pointed out seasons on a cosmic scale, as depicted on the calendars of Latin American cultures such as the Aztecs and the Maya. The purpose of Long Count calendars, Ion postulates, is so that humans will know when the next great Extinction Level Event will come along.
Thelema – This refers to Crowley’s concept of ‘do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law.’ Passio’s idea is that an individual can do what they want, as long as it is under the premise of love. This sounds like Wicca or white magic. If you remove the idea of putting love first, you have a form of Service To Self that is very close to Satanism.
Cult Of Black Sun – This is what I meant by Satanism. This category is anti-light and anti-knowledge, or anti-Illumination. It encompasses knowing occult wisdom, using for one’s self and against everyone that is not part of the group.
1:15 – Passio begins speaking about correlative thinking, and how most people cannot fathom it. Here is a very interesting thing that sort of relates to this idea, from my personal history. I have worked in places where I have worn uniforms. In these places, I have dealt with the public on a frequent basis, to where visitors or customers knew my name and talked to me about politics, or their work or whatever else. So people were friendly with me and they got along with me. However, if I was out of uniform and in my street clothes, even conservative street clothes, many, many people did not recognize me at all. I mean like 60 to 70% of my regular visitors / customers! I’ve always puzzled over this because I recognize people in their work clothes and their street clothes, mostly by seeing their familiar faces. I think I have a fairly distinct face, right? Enough that a person I joke around with several times a week should be able to pick me out of a crowd, but this was frequently not the case. Certainly, I could pick those people out of a crowd. It was as if people could not imagine me except in a work uniform, or as if they pictured me in their version of street clothes, which was probably nothing like I actually wore off-duty. I just thought it was amazing that I had to explain to people that, hey, I’m the guy you see every time you drive into work and drive back out again, who you joke with and wave to all the time. Yes, I’m the same person!
Passio starts explaining dark occult symbols and how they are used to promote products and to influence the public. This is a must watch part of this lecture.