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Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world. I John 4:1-3


Gnosticism—a synthesis of Jewish occultism and Christianity—was a deadly heresy that originated in Alexandria, Egypt and posed a serious threat to the early Christian Church. During the Middle Ages, the Inquisition was directed largely at Gnostic sects such as the Templars, Cathars, Albigenses, Bogomils and the Donatists.  Although these groups were eradicated by the Church of Rome, the secret doctrine which they represented was carried forward by a myriad of secret societies spawned by the Invisible College of the Order of the Rosy Cross during the 17th century Rosicrucian Enlightenment.

Today, demons posing as reincarnated Cathars are insisting that their heresies are the true doctrines of Christianity. Dr. Arthur Guirdham, author of The Great Heresy, claims to be in contact with people living today who died in the Albigensian Crusade. According to The Encyclopedia of New Age Beliefs, “The spirits Dr. Guirdham contacts claim to be people who lived as Cathars in the thirteenth century, who now demand he revive their beliefs as true Christianity.” (207:87)  According to Dr. Guirdham, one of these beliefs was denial that Jesus came in the flesh:

“…the Templars had similar ideas on the Incarnation those of the Cathars. The latter could not accept the orthodox Christian interpretation. To them the Son of God could not be imprisoned, and could not die, in matter. The Cathar detestation of the crucifixion was notorious. The Templars’ contempt for the Cross was merely another version of it.” (1003:91)

The Cathar belief was a revival, or rather a continuation, of the Valentinian heresy which denied that Jesus Christ came in the flesh. Irenaeus of Lyons (120-202 A.D.) dealt extensively with the errors of Valentinus in his treatise, Against Heresies, an account and refutation of the multiform Gnostic heresies which prevailed in the latter half of the second century Specifically, Irenaeus addressed the Valentinians’ false doctrine which denied the Incarnation of Jesus Christ: “…they deny that He assumed anything material [into His nature], since indeed matter is incapable of salvation.” (1006)

This anti-Christian doctrine is based on the dualistic belief that in the Universe there are two equal forces which oppose each other in a continual conflict, and that the outcome of this conflict is unknown until the very end. Dualists believe that there was a good God who created the Universe, however, an evil Demiurge, an emanation of the true God, created the physical Earth, which is inherently evil. Whilst dualistic Gnostics believe that matter is evil and Spirit is good, monistic Gnostics regard matter not as evil, but as an illusion. To them, the material realm does not really exist, but is a figment of the human psyche. Both dualistic and monistic groups believe that the destiny of the spiritual man is to be released from entrapment in the body (matter) into the Spirit realm. Since matter is evil and the body is material (or non-existent) the pathway to release from the prison of matter, or the illusion of a material realm, is through strict asceticism. Some gnostic sects even teach that moral conduct is irrelevant, since the body is an illusion or, if they believe in matter, that the flesh will eventually be destroyed.

Gnostics maintain that primitive man was a microcosm of the universe; however, mankind strayed far from his primitive spiritual state when he descended into matter. According to this heresy, as articulated by H.P. Blavatsky in Isis Unveiled, the fall of man was not disobedience to God’s command, but his descent into matter.

“The first races of men were spiritual, and their protoplastic bodies were not composed of the gross and material substances of which we see them composed now-a-day. The first men were created with all the faculties of the Deity, and powers far transcending those of the angelic host; for they were the direct emanations of Adam Kadmon, the primitive man, the Macrocosm; while the present humanity is several degrees removed even from the earthly Adam, who was the Microcosm, or ‘the little world’.” (195:276) (Vol. II)

Because they perceive the physical realm to be evil, the Gnostics are collectively involved in a program to transform the natural condition of mankind. Gnostic salvation is not merely individual redemption of each human soul; it is a cosmic process. It is the return of all things to what they were before the fall of Adam-Kadmon into matter. Irenaeus wrote, “They further hold that the consummation of all things will take place when all that is spiritual has been formed and perfected by Gnosis (knowledge); and by this they mean spiritual men who have attained to the perfect knowledge of God and been initiated into these mysteries by Achamoth [the Æon Wisdom-Sophia or female principle]. And they represent themselves to be these persons.” (1006)

Gnostics claim that mankind was on the path of salvation, courtesy of the Nephilim, until the Atlantis cataclysm. Peter Dawkins, a recognized authority on the Rosicrucian philosophies and Ancient Wisdom teachings, wrote in his book Arcadia: The Ancient Egyptian Mysteries, that ancient Egypt was an alchemical experiment to reproduce the mystical culture of Atlantis. There the Hermetic science of alchemy was given by the gods of Atlantis to recover the lost arts and sciences of the drowned pre-flood civilization.  Exoterically, alchemy consists of laboratory experiments to transform base metals into gold; esoterically, however, the alchemist aspires to discover the elixir of life that will transform man from his mortal condition to the state of immortality, signified by gold because of its indestructibility. Dawkins explains that the true alchemy—the transmutation of the material state to the perfect spiritual state—is accomplished through the process of initiation:

“Just as nature, or a gardener, has to turn the earth into a rich dark compost in order that any seed planted therein will grow into a strong and healthy plant, so it is that the natural soul of man needs to prepare the soil of his own nature until it too becomes a rich compost in which the seed of his spiritual self may become well bedded, and from which it may grow strongly and healthily through the stages of initiation to reach its ultimate perfection. This rich compost is known as the Prima Materia or ‘First Matter’ – the starting point of all initiation. The Egyptian word for it was Kemit (‘the black earth’), and this is one of the names they gave to their country. The Greeks knew this name as Khemia, from which we derive our word ‘chemistry’ and, more particularly, ‘alchemistry’ – the chemistry of the ‘all’ or whole being. The Hermetic science is founded upon this Kemit. Alchemy is the process of initiation that leads the natural soul from the state of Kemit to a condition in which it is transmuted into the ‘golden’ state of the spiritual soul.” (889:36)

According to Blavatsky, the fall of the heavenly Adam-Kadmon, the angelic androgyne, into dense matter and its division into sexes resulted in the transformation of the world from a formerly spiritual and ethereal state into its present material condition. This cataclysmic fall of the first Adam into matter was reflected in the heavens by a change in the sign Virgo-Scorpio; “the pure Virgo is separated, and falling ‘into generation,’ or the downward cycle, becomes Scorpio emblem of sin and matter.” (209:502ff). Scorpio, however, states Fred Gettings in The Secret Zodiac, still retains a dual image—the eagle and scorpion—a duality which represents the two natures of man:

“The eagle of St John is the eagle of Scorpio, which sign (alone of all the twelve) has two images, the eagle the symbol of the redeemed and spiritualized Scorpionic nature, the scorpion its fallen, unredeemed and earth-bound nature.”  (911:43)

Apparently because of its primordial role as the consort of Virgo, the Great Mother Goddess and archetype before Isis, the astrological sign of Scorpio will preside over the restoration of mankind to its previous spiritual state. Occult sources seem to agree on this, that a ‘transformation’ of the whole wide world—a release from entrapment in matter—will occur during the sign of Scorpio:

“It is through the gateway of Scorpio, aided by the Lords of Form, that humanity will come to its final conclusion in the Old Earth and move through the door of the temple into the Grand Way of the New Earth Star. When the earth is under the Zodiacal influence of Scorpio the Zodiacal threshold which emanates through that sign into the earth triggers a series of celestial programs of return, facilitating the earth in ‘dropping the frame’ as the ancients used to say. This allows the earth to move into a new and more etherealized formation. In time, this will result in the earth’s ascension into the New Earth Star.” (914)

The earth is utterly broken down, the earth is clean dissolved, the earth is moved exceedingly. The earth shall reel to and fro like a drunkard and shall be removed like a cottage; and the transgression thereof shall be heavy upon it; and it shall fall, and not rise again. – Is. 24:19-20

Thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that Thou shouldest…destroy them which destroy the earth. – Rev.11:18


The emblem of the tribe of Dan was the serpent, in fulfillment of Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49:17: “Dan shall be a serpent by the way, an adder in the path, that biteth the horse heels, so that his rider shall fall backward.”   However, the prince of the tribe of Dan replaced the serpent with an eagle.

“To Dan was given the symbol of Scorpio, which, in the ancient Egyptian zodiac was a snake. However, when the time came to hoist the symbol of the snake, Ahiezer refused and chose instead the symbol of an eagle. According to Unger’s Bible Dictionary:

‘Dan’s position in the journey was on the north of the Tabernacle, with Asher and Naphtali. The standard of the tribe was of white and red, and the crest upon it, an eagle, the great foe to serpents, which had been chosen by the leader instead of a serpent, because Jacob had compared Dan to a serpent.  Ahiezer substituted the eagle, the destroyer of serpents, as he shrank from carrying an adder upon his flag.  It may prove worthwhile to consider the possible connection to the tribe of Dan whenever an eagle is used as the symbol of subsequent leaders or nations.’ ” (127:117)

In the 12th century, a Jewish writer in Spain whose works influenced the Kabbalah, named Antares, the brightest star in Scorpio, “Kesil” or “Akrabh” the crowned serpent. By this designation, Aben Ezra indicated that Jews understood the serpent to be the actual emblem of Dan.

“Sir William Drummond asserted that in the zodiac which the patriarch Abraham knew [Scorpio] was an eagle…

“Aben Ezra identified Scorpio or Antares, with the Kesil; although that people generally considered these stars as a Scorpion, their Akrabh, and, it is claimed, inscribed it on the banners of Dan as the emblem of the tribe whose founder was ‘a serpent by the way.’ When thus shown it was a crowned snake or Basilisk.” (927:362)

Yair Davidy of Brit-Am Israel, a British-Israelite organization, associates the tribe of Dan with the British commonwealth nations, in particular the United States. Based on Genesis 49:16, Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel, Davidy deduces that Danites dominate the legal profession in the U.S. This is actually meant as a commendation of the Tribe of Dan!

“The name DAN means ‘judge’ in Hebrew. Many lawyers and judges in the USA are of Irish descent of a particular type as is much of the police force… Descendants of Dan today appear to be concentrated in Ireland, Britain, the USA, and especially Denmark.” (264)

The eagle on the Great Seal of the U.S. dollar, which is believed to represent Scorpio, is an indication that this sign will inaugurate the Judeo-Masonic New World Order:


“The final Great Seal [of the United States] is also full of arcane symbolism.

“The bald eagle is said to represent Scorpio, who is associated with death and rebirth…

“In addition the Great Seal contains the words Novus Ordo Seclorum, meaning ‘the new order of the ages’. This phrase too is taken from Virgil, and in modern times the New World Order has ominous meanings, although its Masonic meaning was a breakaway from the religious intolerance of Europe.” (816:172)


It seems that the Great Seal of the United States, as originally proposed, displayed a rising Phoenix instead of an Eagle. The design that was at length accepted by the Congress dispensed with the Phoenix in preference for an Eagle that was rising. David Ovason wrote of this historic but relatively unknown event in The Secret Architecture of the Nation’s Capitol:

“…if one is going to study the arcane background to the formation of the United States, one should start with the eagle, which is also the heraldic bird on the obverse of the Seal of the United States of America. This fearsome-looking bird, so widely used in the symbolism of the States, is what esotericists have called an ‘open mystery’: by contrast the eagle as used by the early Masons, and by the Rosicrucians and alchemists before them, was an ‘occult blind’. This means that it was designed to carry an open symbolism acceptable to the uninitiated, yet, at the same time, to hide a more profound meaning accessible only to those familiar with arcane symbolism.

“The eagle originally proposed for the Seal of the United States was not an American (or bald-headed) eagle, but was crested. Furthermore, from descriptions and drawings left by William Barton, we see that at one time he had proposed not only an eagle, but also a phoenix, which later gave rise to many misunderstandings in both Masonic and arcane literature. When, in 1782, Charles Thompson was invited by Congress to revise the design, he insisted that it be an American eagle, not displayed, but rising. The phoenix was forgotten, as were many other elements in William Barton’s design. Thompson also introduced the bundle of arrows (in the sinister talon) and an olive branch (in the dexter).”(512:218-19)

William Barton’s first and second designs for the Great Seal, discreetly rejected by Congress, displayed a Phoenix in a nest of Flames…


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