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On Thursday, September 26, 2013 the Hermetic Hour with host Poke Runyon will present a discussion on The Legacy of Mithraism on Magick and Masonry. We will trace the origins of the Mithra sect from the ancient Persian Magi -- an offshoot of Zoroastrianism -- through the Greco-RomanMiddle East, into the mileau of classical Alexandria, where its western branch acquired a cosmology that was largely Hermetic. In fact one might say that the Greco-Roman Mithra sect was ritualized Hermeticism. For several centuries it rivaled Christianity but was eventually overcome when emperor Constantine, himself a Mithraite, made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire for practical political reasons. The Mithra sect was an elite, initiatory, all male religious fraternity that extolled honor, bravery and loyalty. Great for the Roman army but not for the downtrodden masses. Its influence on the later Masonicfraternity is obvious. Mithraism had seven initiatory degrees so similar to Crata Repoa that John Yarker called his Crata Repoa degree in Rite of Memphis "The Sage of Mithras." We will unravel the complex astrological symbolism of the "Tauroctony", the ritual slaying of the bull, the mystery of the strange lion-headed god, and the theory that the secret communion meal was the old Persian-version of Soma. Our main text reference will be D. Jason Cooper's "Mithras" (1996) with references to Franz Cumont's (1912) "Astrology and Religion Among the Greeks and Romans" and "Mushrooms, Myth & Mithras" by Carl A. P. Ruck,et allia (2011). So, if you want to follow us down into the underground temple of the Mithraeum for a look into the origin of many of our rites and degrees, then tune in and we'll lift the veil.
In this episode, join Onyx as he explores some of the possible reasons for the development of the ancient mystery religions. He will touch on Mithraism, the Dionysian and Orphian brotherhoods, Isis and Osiris, the procession of the equinoxes, and a few other surprises. Don’t miss this exciting romp through history!
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M. James Sawyer (PhD, Dallas Theological Seminary) has taught Theology, Church History and Historical Theology for nearly thirty years. He currently serves as Professor of Theology at Pacific Islands Evangelical Seminary, Guam and as Director of "Sacred Saga" ministries (www.SacredSaga.org). He is the author for "The Survivor's Guide to Theology" (available in kindle format) and has co-authored the book "Reinventing Jesus" refuting the assertions of new atheism, the Jesus Seminar and Bart Ehrman. Is the Christmas story and the gospels biography of Jesus simply a fabrication derived from mithraism and the mystery religions?
Since becoming a Pagan in the 1970s, Ceisiwr Serith has published five books and many articles on Paganism, as well as presenting papers at academic conferences at Harvard, UCLA, and Berkeley. In all of this, he has always attempted to blend the spiritual and the academic. It is his contention, in fact, that an authentic spiritual life begins with an authentic understanding of the world, and that an authentic modern Paganism requires an accurate understanding of ancient Paganism. He has therefore spent much time learning and studying the academic way of approaching Paganism, and the academic sources of our knowledge of ancient times, without losing sight of the fact that this knowledge has to resonate with modern sensibilities and the spiritual life if it is going to be relevant. His constant goal has been to bridge the two worlds, and to serve as a conduit between an academic understanding and a spiritual one. Serith is a member of Ár nDraíocht Féin, a modern druidic organization whose motto, “Why not Excellence?” continues to be a guiding principle for him. Among his interests have been Wicca, Mithraism, and Proto-Indo-European language and culture. His books include Deep Ancestors: Practicing the Religion of the Proto-Indo-Europeans, A Pagan Ritual Prayer Books, and Back to the Beginnings: Reinventing Wicca. He has an article coming out in the fall/winter 2012 issue of the Journal of Indo-European Studies. More information on him and his work can be found at www.ceisiwrserith.com.
Ever wonder why Christmas is celebrated on December 25? Hear the truth that professional preachers are rarely willing to discuss, most being unaware of how early Christians adopted both this holiday and many of the rituals of Mithraism. You are invited to join our host, Rob Curry, along with Atheists of Florida president John Kieffer, for a review of where Christmas originated. Discover the real historical reason for the season! Caller participation is welcome.
A little bit of an overview of some of the origins of this holiday. We also review a bit of what Yahweh had to say about this tradition we have embraced (hint - it's not good). The bottom line, Christmas has nothing to do with God nor the Messiyah, and it wasn't a tool for converting pagans to Christianity - rather the other way around.
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