Secrets

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Secrets is an Old Energy Archetypal Constellation in the Old Energy Creation Template. This Book of Power constellation emphasizes secrets, esoteric teachings, and the idea that Only the Chosen, only those with a special genetic makeup, or special blood, or special eye, hair, and skin colour, should have access to the highest spiritual teachings. This archetypal constellation is implemented in the Masonic Tarot.

List of Old Energy Archetypal Constellations

Archetype Constellation > Binary Gender, Chosen One, Compliance and Submission, Excuse and Justification, Fool in School, Good versus Evil, Isolated Individuality, Judge and Punish/Reward, Only the Chosen, Secrets

List of Archetypes related to the Secrets Archetype Constellation

Secrets > Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess

List of Old Energy Archetypes from the Masonic Tarot

The Masonic Tarot consists of the following Old Energy archetypes.

Masonic Tarot archetypes> Chariot, Death (archetype), Hermit, Hierophant, High Priestess, Judgement, Justice, Star, Strength, Sun (archetype), Temperance, The Devil, The Emperor, The Empress, The Fool, The Hanged Man, The Lovers, The Magician, The Moon, The Tower, The Wheel of Fortune, The World (old energy)

List of Old Energy Archetype Constellations

The Old Energy Creation Template consists of the following Old Energy Archetype Constellations

Binary Gender, Chosen One, Compliance and Submission, Excuse and Justification, Fool in School, Good versus Evil, Isolated Individuality, Judge and Punish/Reward, Only the Chosen, Secrets

Notes

Western Esotericism is built on the notion that there are "deeper truths" and "secret" knowledges that are only accessible to the "special" chosen people. "Exoteric teachings, according to this model, are meant for the uneducated masses that can be kept satisfied with mere ritual observance and dogmatic belief systems. Underneath the surface of conventional religion, however, there are deeper truths that are known only to initiates into the true mysteries of religion and philosophy."[1]

A concern with veiled truth and keeping the truth from the unwashed is presented in Platonic Orientalism. "Symbolism is a way to conceal the truth from those incapable of understanding it, to introduce the student to the philosophic path, and to express the inexpressible. "[2]

Interestingly, the notion that there were organizations specifically tasked with the transmittal of this knowledge was fabricated by a " Lutheran theologian Johann Valentin Andreae (1586–1654) and his circle of friends in Tübingen." [3] These folks created an entire mythology around the Rosicrucian brotherhood and the fanciful figure of Christian Rosenkreutz that had a major impact esoteric knowledge systems. These fanciful texts later inspired the creation of actual secret initiatory organizations which where themselves inspired by Scottish Freemasonry. [4]

This archetype is stated explicitly by Russian noblewomen Madam Blavatsky.

Firstly, the perversity of average human nature and its selfishness, always tending to the gratification of personal desires to the detriment of neighbours and next of kin. Such people could never be entrusted with divine secrets. Secondly, their unreliability to keep the sacred and divine knowledge from desecration. It is the latter that led to the perversion of the most sublime truths and symbols, and to the gradual transformation of things spiritual into anthropomorphic, concrete, and gross imagery -- in other words, to the dwarfing of the god-idea and to idolatry."[5]

Buddha rejects the "secret doctrine" explicitly. From the Pali Cannon... "The texts of Early Buddhism do not teach a secret doctrine, nor do they leave scope for anything like an esoteric path reserved for an élite of initiates and withheld from others. According to Text III,1, secrecy in a religious teaching is the hallmark of wrong views and confused thinking. The teaching of the Buddha shines openly, as radiant and brilliant as the light of the sun and moon. Freedom from the cloak of secrecy is integral to a teaching that gives primacy to direct experience, inviting each individual to test its principles in the crucible of his or her own experience."[6]

“These three things, monks, are conducted in secret, not openly. What three? Affairs with women, the mantras of the brahmins, and wrong view. “But these three things, monks, shine openly, not in secret. What three? The moon, the sun, and the Dhamma and Discipline proclaimed by the Tathāgata.”(AN 3:129; I 282–83)[7]

Footnotes

  1. Hanegraaff, Wouter J. Western Esotericism. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. p. 11. See also Hanegraaff, Wouter J. Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013.
  2. Walbridge, John. The Wisdom of the Mystic East: Suhrawardi and Platonic Orientalism. New York: SUNY Press, 2001.
  3. Hanegraaff, Wouter J. Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. p. 34.
  4. Hanegraaff, Wouter J. Western Esotericism: A Guide for the Perplexed. London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2013. p. 34-5.
  5. Blavatsky, The Key to Theosophy: A Clear Exposition Based on the Wisdom Religion of All Ages.
  6. Bodhi, Bhikkhu, ed. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. Wisdom Publications, 2005. p.80.
  7. Bodhi, Bhikkhu, ed. In the Buddha’s Words: An Anthology of Discourses from the Pali Canon. Wisdom Publications, 2005. p.86.