What is a Geode?

Written by R. Kelly

The term geode is derived fromrepparttar Greek word Geoides which means "earthlike." A geode is a sphere or oval shaped rock which contains a hollow cavity lined with crystals. Most geodes have a hollow are partially hollow center with quartz crystals and various mineral formations inside. Some geodes are completely filled with small compact crystal formations such as quartz, agate, jasper or chalcedony and are called nodules. The only difference between a geode and a nodule is that a geode has a hollow cavity, and a nodule is solid. Geodes begin as bubbles in volcanic rock, animal burrows, balls

Socrates and Sages

Written by Robert Bruce Baird

You can easily see why it takes more than an Encyclopaedia to be able to follow what is going on from just this little quote. There are many twists and turns to follow inrepparttar pursuit of knowledge and its power that has beenrepparttar 127632 purpose of many secret agencies since 'his'-story began. Even beforerepparttar 127633 records of history that extend (by way of stones and symbols) torepparttar 127634 beginnings of man's thoughts. These beginnings did not start with language due to some God-given gift and they did not need alphabets or other form and structure such as Locke's 'tabula rasa' would have us believe. Here we seerepparttar 127635 Jewish and Muslim as well as Catholic myth-makers were involved in cryptic or coded information. It is important to remember thatrepparttar 127636 Islamic people didn't have as complete a 'Dark Ages' destruction of knowledge despiterepparttar 127637 efforts of Caliph Omar. Hermes Trismegistus is reckoned by many to have beenrepparttar 127638 cause celebré or namesake of Hermetics and yet Barrett would have us believe he and his work did not exist untilrepparttar 127639 Catholic Churchians had developed Hermeneutics. Talk about 'revisionist history' or Hellenized plagiarization!

"Hermes Trismegistus

There is considerable doubt as to whenrepparttar 127640 works of Hermes Trismegistus were written, but it is certain that no one person by that name ever existed. The name means Hermesrepparttar 127641 thrice-greatest, Hermes beingrepparttar 127642 Greek God ofrepparttar 127643 spoken word -repparttar 127644 'logos' - identified with Mercury,repparttar 127645 winged messenger God ofrepparttar 127646 Romans, and with Thoth,repparttar 127647 Egyptian God of writing, itself a magical activity not understood byrepparttar 127648 common man {Emphasis added.}.(Note that Mercury - bothrepparttar 127649 astrological planet andrepparttar 127650 liquid metal - was of supreme importance in alchemy.) Thoth wasrepparttar 127651 historian, andrepparttar 127652 creator ofrepparttar 127653 all-important calendar by which not only history, butrepparttar 127654 movement ofrepparttar 127655 Sun, Moon and stars could be measured. {Marshack is a well-respected authority and has proven a 15-30,000+ year old calendar of great precision existed inrepparttar 127656 Iberian region of Portugal.} Asrepparttar 127657 scribe ofrepparttar 127658 Gods Thoth wasrepparttar 127659 custodian of all knowledge. Knowledge is power; knowledge known only torepparttar 127660 few is even more so. Underrepparttar 127661 intermingling of philosophers and religious scholars of different cultures {Read propagandists or myth-makers}, Thoth/Hermes becamerepparttar 127662 God of esoteric knowledge and power. A priest, philosopher or magician whose works were ascribed to Hermes Trismegistus, wasrepparttar 127663 human amanuensis ofrepparttar 127664 Gods.

Whoever or how many people 'he' was {If Moses, then it would have involved his sister Mariae, who has alchemic treatises intact and credited to her, it might mean 'he' is a 'she'.}, Hermes Trismegistus wasrepparttar 127665 author of what became known asrepparttar 127666 Hermetic texts, orrepparttar 127667 'Corpus Hermeticum', a vast amount of writing on esoteric religion. (The complete 'Corpus Hermeticum' in English translation fills three large volumes.) {We will see more factual reference to thirteen.}

It was thought at one time that Hermes Trismegistus lived at aroundrepparttar 127668 time of Pythagoras, or perhaps of Moses; references inrepparttar 127669 Hermetic texts torepparttar 127670 teachings of Jesus {Iesa would have beenrepparttar 127671 original name in another language. Jesus of Nazareth was named after this concept ofrepparttar 127672 sun [son] and 'Brotherhood of Man'.} were believed to be prophetic foreshadowings of these great truths. {If Jesus studied to find discipline and truth 'within' 'the living father' so should everyone. Thusrepparttar 127673 idea of an easy and accessible, by 'special dispensations’ and confessions type of 'Salvation' would not have such credibility or market acceptance. Pardon my coarse use of business terms to apply torepparttar 127674 effort of these 'religious scholars' who like to be thought of as having 'Divine Inspiration'.} Later scholarship, however, has shown thatrepparttar 127675 'Corpus Hermeticum' was written sometime inrepparttar 127676 first five centuries AD, largely in Egypt, as a fusion of Greek and Egyptian esoteric teachings.

{But Michael Grant, in his well-respected 'The Rise ofrepparttar 127677 Greeks' makes note thatrepparttar 127678 cult of Thoth/Hermes and its equivalent 'Imhotep/Asklepios' wasrepparttar 127679 main intellectual belief duringrepparttar 127680 time of Pythagoras. Others know Pythagoras as a Therapeutae ['Dead Sea Scrolls Deception' by Baigent and Leigh, as well as Rabbis galore.] which isrepparttar 127681 origin ofrepparttar 127682 Essenes that Gardner tells us are an outgrowth of 'The Great White (not racial) Brotherhood of Master Craftsmen'. The real answer is far more ancient, as we shall see, but for now it is important for you to know these things at a minimum, in order to judge what is being said.}

The Hermetic texts were known to Islamic scholars in medieval times, but it did not come torepparttar 127683 attention ofrepparttar 127684 West until they were translated into Latin in 1471 {There are others who even dispute this date. How did Albertus, Aquinas and Bacon get their knowledge? etc.} byrepparttar 127685 Italian Marsilio Ficino. The texts included works on religion, philosophy, magic, medicine, alchemy and astrology, all of which were closely linked. They include among many othersrepparttar 127686 'Emerald Tablet', or 'Tabula Smaragdina', which begins withrepparttar 127687 saying usually shortened to 'As Above, so below', {There is a great book of recent date by this name in New Age bookstores. Barrett usesrepparttar 127688 Dictum of Hermes Trismegistus on his back cover flap as it is taken from Macoy's 'General History, Cyclopedia and Dictionary of Freemasonry', 1850.} and which discussesrepparttar 127689 Philosopher's Stone; 'Poimandres', 'The Good Shepherd', a Gnostic text aboutrepparttar 127690 infinite light of God, and man's journey to enlightenment, andrepparttar 127691 'Perfect Sermon of Asclepius {A variant of Asklepios which was mentioned before.} which speaks ofrepparttar 127692 divine Unity above a hierarchy of spiritual beings, and of man, who possesses both body an spirit, having a divine nature." (2)

Thus you seerepparttar 127693 'living father within' that Jesus taught about; and even Barrett admitsrepparttar 127694 'Source' ofrepparttar 127695 teaching of Jesus isrepparttar 127696 Grail which has a lot to do withrepparttar 127697 Dag (or Nag) Hammadi 'finds’. These were deciphered from Coptic in 1971 and I highly recommend 'The Gospel of Thomas'. Sorepparttar 127698 'churchians' in hot pursuit of this knowledgerepparttar 127699 Gnostics hid in protective urns when they were defending Alexandria's Library through four attacks, also wanted to keep people 'ignorant'. Jesus did not! The Cathars were later genocidally dealt with in a Crusade. This IS serious business, and it was not long ago that anyone speaking such things would berepparttar 127700 victim of 'Blasphemy Laws' (ended in 1951 in England) or worse. I can attest to major problems in my own life despite our apparent freedoms; but this is notrepparttar 127701 forum for such digressions.

It is important to deal with his assertion that Islamic scholars 'in medieval times' knew hermetics or alchemy. He seems to suggest in a back-handed way that there was no earlier date for these things even inrepparttar 127702 relatively free Islamic world. This is a lot likerepparttar 127703 'flat earth' and a host of other fictions that seek to minimize knowledge beforerepparttar 127704 obvious Empire-builders had destroyedrepparttar 127705 egalitarian (Gaian or matriarchal in some cases) truth, of even better times. Better than any yet achieved, not just better than Greeks who made an art of slavery and Romans whorepparttar 127706 Greeks correctly called 'barbarians'.

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