Philadelphia and the Esoteric Meaning of Philia

Dear Reader,

I just came across  a reference to the word philia or “friendship,” which was the bond that held together the universe in the Neoplatonic magus Iamblichus’s thought as well as what transformed the soul through theurgic magic.

As I have recently written, the city of Philadelphia may have taken its name from a group of millennialist occultists who existed in the early Enlightenment.

Is it possible that the founders of Philadelphia had a cosmic joining of men around the world in Masonic brotherhood and philia as well a joining of heaven and earth through a natural magic in mind when they named the city?

Hasn’t this always been the goal of Masonry and Masonic countries like the United States?

 

Philadelphia: City of Magic?

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Dear Reader,

As you and I know, many cities built in the late Renaissance and Enlightenment were constructed according to occult principles and “sacred geometry.”

I just ran across an interesting passage in D.P. Walker’s classic The Ancient Theology in which Walker mentions that Andrew Michael Ramsay, an 18th century Neoplatonic eccentric heretic, joined a group called the Philadelphians, which was dedicated to the occult-mystical philosophy of Jacob Boehme, millennialism, and universal salvation.

Interestingly a city named Philadelphia was built in the United States at about this time.

We are always told that the American city of Philadelphia, home to Benjamin Franklin, a member of the Satanic hell fire club and American founding father, was meant to be a city of religious reconciliation and tolerance.

However, this bridging of religions has been a goal of the occult from ancient times until the modern New Age movement.

Are there uncovered secrets in the history of the city of Philadelphia?

Michael Novak and the Lord of the Flies

 

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Dear Reader,

I am pouring through Michael Novak’s autobiography, Writing Left to Right for an article on which I am working and came across a few gems in the section on Novak’s experience as a reporter at Vatican II. As is common knowledge, Novak was a liberal then, and it is no surprise that Novak still retained sympathy for the liberal cause. However, there are few interesting tidbits that Novak drops.

The first is that Novak tells us that a running joke during the council was that “the new rubrics called for referring to Beelzebub as ‘our separated brother.'”

The second is that Novak boasts that among the many visitors to his pensione was the notorious Joseph Bernardin, a clericalism who was accused of sexual abuse and satanism throughout his life and who protected abusers in the Church.

Novak’s comment about Beelzebub is obviously a joke (and, for the record, I assume Novak is not a Satanist), but with accusations of occult activity in the Vatican before, after and during the council–including a clerical consecration of the Church to Lucifer, it is an odd joke.

It also demonstrates how radical some of the ideas were at the Council.

Was Novak privy to some of the darker secrets of the revolutionaries at the Council?

Michael Novak and The Reset of History

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Dear Reader,

The most important event for Christians is the birth of Christ. However, for many postmodern Christians (including both leftists and neocons), there is another event that comes as a close 2nd and, in some cases, trumps even the birth of Jesus Christ: the Second World War and the Holocaust.

For these Christians, who include Jacques Maritain, John Paul II, and Pope Francis (I assume at least for the first two figures the life is Christ is more important) among their ranks as well as the architects of Vatican II,  the Second World War was a reset of history in which a new humanistic ecumenical, Judeo-Christianity would supplant the Christendom founded by Constantine (and Charlemagne and many others). If not, then National Socialism and its crimes would eventually be repeated. The thinking here is that Nazism is the by product of Christendom–as is allegedly demonstrated the disgusting book, Constantine’s Sword.

Thus, in this view, World War II and the Holocaust are a second Incarnation and Calvary and second Gospel for a reboot of Christianity.

The recently deceased Catholic neocon, Michael Novak seems to be among the ranks of these Christian humanists as well, as he writes in his autobiography. For Novak World War II created “the need to build from the bottom up a new civilization.” In fact, Novak writes that such a creation will be similar to the “biblical creatio ex nihilo.” 

This idea is not simply the dream of Enlightenment “reformers” but occultists as well who hoped to build a New Age on the ruins of Christendom.

Such a statement is very strange and very revealing for Novak who claimed to be “conservative Catholic.”

What sort of civilization did he want to build?

As his neocon pals like George Weigel indicated, he did not want to remake Christendom.

The bigger question is: what sort of civilization did Novak want to build if not the one founded by Jesus Christ?

Another Clue into The Roots of Transgender Ideology

Dear Reader,

As I have written before, the roots of transgenderism are deep in myth and occult ritual. As I also have written before, many of the stories of humans and gods mating in classical myths are references to early rituals possibly involving sex magic and shamanistic communion with demons.

I just ran across something interesting in Walter Burkert’s Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual related to these two phenomenon.

Burkert describes some strange stories of the Greek país or hermaphroditic or transgendered individual. There is the myth of Leto who transforms a Cretan girl into the boy Leucippus, and there was a subsequent bizarre Cretan ritual called Ekdysia that commemorated the story of Leucippus and may have involved pederasty.

Are these rituals and stories memories of an even deeper more sinister ritual that existed before Noah’s flood?

Is not only the phenomenon of transgenderism but that of human trafficking and rumors of human sacrifice and harm of children on the rise a revival of this cult?

Christopher Marlowe and Culture Creation in the Elizabethan Age

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Dear Reader,

It is common knowledge today that there is an interlock between pop culture and government occultic propaganda. Many, especially on the political left, recognize that this interlock is as old as the Egyptians. This propaganda, called, ideology by Marxists is meant to enslave the masses of people while exalting a ruling class.

While today there is so much awareness of the inundation of occultic imagery in pop culture that Taco Bell can do an “illuminati” parody commercial, this connection between government, culture, and magic has an old pedigree in the West.

While doing so research on Cornelius Agrippa (for an academic book I am writing on the occult in the Renaissance, btw, not because of curiosity!), I came across some interesting material on the English playwright Christopher Marlowe.

While attending Cambridge, Marlowe went absent in 1587 and returned with a large some of money.

Moreover, Marlowe was later under the patronage of Thomas Walshingham, a cousin of Francis Walshingham, Queen Elizabeth I’s spy master.

Furthermore, Marlowe, who died a mysterious and perhaps ritualistic death (he was stabbed above his right eye), had a keen knowledge of magic, especially the magic of Cornelius Agrippa. Marlowe allegedly derived his interest in magic from a circle of writers that included Sir Walter Raleigh, who himself was interested in magic, and The Wizard Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy–Spenser, Sidney, and Dee also had some connection to this circle.

Marlowe also was accused by Richard Baines, his contemporary, of being interested in “boys” (like many cultural celebrities and occultists today).

Finally, there were two playwrights who were brought in to add 600 lines in Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus.

Christopher Marlowe is just one of many Elizabethans in which politics, magic, sexual degeneracy, and religious reform join.

Is it possible that Marlowe was not merely a spy for England but a cultural change agent hired and finessed to disseminate occult teaching and revolutionary ideas into the West?

Was Marlowe part of a proto-Masonic society that drew from the hidden Orphic teaching disseminated by Cornelius Agrippa and other magi?

Is there a link with Shakespeare here?

 

The Picatrix, Adocentyn, and the Enlightenment Vision of a Magic City

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Dear Reader,

It is common knowledge even among “regular people” that Washington, DC is designed according Masonic and even magic principles–there is a broken pentagram above the White House. It is also clear that many other cities, including St. Petersburg, Russia, were laid out according to occult principles.

However, I just came across (for the second time) a description of the legendary magic Egyptian city of Adocentyn from the book of magic by the Arab of Harran, the Picatrix.

There are a couple of strange things about this city. Like the city of Alexandria, Virginia a suburb of Washington, DC, Adocentyn contained a lighthouse.

Secondly, this light house was decorated with various lights that were coordinated with days of the week.

These light shows, which often included images of pagan gods, have been common phenomenon since the creation of sky scrapers (many of which are decorated with occult images themselves). There was even a light show recently on the face of St. Peter’s Church in the Vatican.

Were those who built the skyscrapers and those who now decorate them with strange lights and light shows paying homage to the Picatrix?

 

What Ben Jonson Knew about Elizabeth I

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Dear Reader,

One of the most mysterious figures of the Elizabethan period outside of Shakespeare himself is Queen Elizabeth I herself. Yes, it is true that we have a flood of writing from and about her, but there are so many different and divergent depictions of Elizabeth.

Not surprisingly the most common depiction of Elizabeth today is of a strong, proto-feminist who sacrificed her own desires for the sake of England. In contrast to this view of Elizabeth, we have the argument presented by reactionary Catholics that Elizabeth was a childish figure under the control of the Cecils and the emergent merchant class.

There is also the image of Elizabeth Regina Virginia, the slightly flirtatious but ultimately chaste and devoutly Christian queen–this view interestingly is rapidly fading among contemporary scholars who note the frequent references to her relationship with Robert Dudley who was rumored to have visited the queen’s chamber even at night.

Finally, we have the queen who was interested in magic, astrology, and who wrote in curious  ciphers  to her intimates.

What are we to make of all these contradictions?

Perhaps a clue can be found in Ben Jonson’s statement that Elizabeth “had a membrane on her,” which prevented her from normal intercourse, which according to Jonson she attempted with “many” men.  This view is similarly shared by Hilaire Belloc and the notion of a debauched Elizabethan court is hinted at by Shakespeare’s plays as well as (perhaps) even in Spenser’s Faerie Queene.

Is it possible that, like her father, Elizabeth was a combination of brilliant strength with wild, uncontrollable passions and deep and pious faith with mocking skepticism and even interest in magic and the occult?

Is it also possible that Elizabeth was both a headstrong ruler, and someone who was manipulated by the emergent forces of heresy, greed, and occultism that had seized power during the Reformation?

Is it possible that Elizabeth was let in on some of the “mysteries” of these occult cells?