The Secret Teachings, 6-8



The Swastika and the Ark of the Covenant


p. 114 "In the early part of the nineteenth century, Godfrey Higgins, ... wrote ... Anacalypsis, the two-volume work of encyclopedic scope that ... was a vast compendium, filled with obscure references and startling disclosures."

"Godfrey Higgins".

Anacalypsis Vol. I

Anacalypsis Vol. II

p. 114

"Not all his {HIGGinS's} conclusions have proved to be correct ... ."

{But, likewise, the recent surmise of a subatomic so-called "HIGGS particle" hath not proven correct, either.}

{Godfrey HIGGins's fanciful ruminations could best be described as "HIGGly-piggly" : "Higgly-piggly (often spelled "higgledy-piggledy" or "higly-pigly") first appeared in print (using the spelling "higledi-pigledie") in 1598, in John Florio's "World of Wordes," a dictionary." (Re: Etymology of "higgly piggly". For, though HIGGins's litterary style be FLORId enow, prim with sobriety it is not. \God-frey\ would, in Old Norse, signify godi ('priest' : MISS&P, p. 59) for Freyr (who is called \Fro\ in the Historia Danorum by Saxo Grammaticus) : (PK:"FA") "Freyr rode ... in a wagon pulled by Gullinbursti", "the boar Gullinbursti whose bristles glow to illuminate the way for his owner." Then for \boar\ is substituted the Cornish \Pigsy\, so as to make for this Corny jest of \HIGGly-PIGGly\.}

MISS&P = Jesse L. Byock : Medieval Iceland : Society, Sagas, and Power. Univ of CA Pr, Berkeley & Los Angeles, 1988.

PK:"FA" = Peter Krüger : "Freyr's Attributes".

pp. 118-9 Cymry name for 'Stonehenge'

p. 118

"Godfrey Higgins writes ... the Welsh word for Stonehenge, Gwaith

p. 119

Emrys, or Emreis, as it is often written, meaning the structure of the Revolution ... . ...

The outer circle at Stonehenge consists of 60 stones."

{More meaningfully, it consisteth of 30 uprights bridged by 30 lintels. These 30 pairs might have signified 30 12-degree units in measuring a circle (instead of the later dekan-system of 36 units of 10 degrees each).}

p. 120 Nukt- ('night') as source-of-existence

"Sir J. Gardner Wilkinson tells us that "the Egyptians, according to Damascius, celebrated unknown darkness as the one principle of the universe."

Aristotle says "the theologians consider all things to be born from night.""

{According to Hesi-[h]odos, Nukt- ('night') is (DCM, s.v. "Nyx") mother of Moros ('destiny'), the Keres ('spites'). Momos ('sarcasm'), the Moirai ('fates'), Nemesis ('retribution'), et al..}

p. 123 "the ancient symbol published by Prof. Thomas Wilson in his valuable and comprehensive monograph (The Swastika, 1891) on the subject." {\Svastika\ is the "little greeting"; for, the usual salutation-of-greeting throughout Bharata is"svasti!".}

pp 124, 126 ark-shrine floating in heavenly waters

p 124

"This ark-shrine was to be built for the god to float in ... the celestial waters. So in the Egyptian text of the "Destruction of

p 126

Mankind," when Ra{<} ... orders an ark ... to be made for his voyage over the heavens."

p. 126 Aztec mythic deluge & tower-to-heaven

"The ancient Mexicans held that ... the "flood," ... took place 4,800 years after the creation of the world ... . Higgins' [1829] explication follows :

The person entered an Ark with six others, and ... soon after his descendants built the tower of ... Cholula, ... for fear of another deluge.

Higgins 1829 = Godfrey Higgins : The Celtic Druids. London : Rowland Hunter. (reprint : Philosophical Research Soc, Los Angeles, 1977)



The Earth's Great Year


p. 129, fn. * myths of a great flood

""How far and how widely across the myth memories of mankind do the ripples of the great flood spread?" asks Graham Hancock. His reply :

{The only "myth memories of mankind" have been memories of dreamings by particular shamans, who typically have taken such archetypal dreams to repraesent some sort of Otherworldly Reality, and who, by their skill in healing sicknesses, overawed tribesfolk to accept their dreams as disclosing Ultimate Reality.}

"Very widely indeed. More than 500 deluge legends are known around the world and, in a survey of 86 of these (20 Asiatic, 3 European, 7 African, 46 American and 10 from Australia and the Pacific), the specialist researcher Dr. Richard Andree concluded that 62 were entirely independent of the Mesopotamian and Hebrew accounts." -- Fingerprints of the Gods, Crown Pubs, New York, 1995."

p. 130 continental drift

"Charles H. Hapgood, a professor of history at New England College and author of several books ...

put forward the idea that many problems remaining unsolved in the history of the earth could be resolved by assuming that the earth's outer shell had slipped over the interior ... ."

{This sort of movement is commonly known as "continental drift". It had been proposed by the geologist Wegener long before Hapgood's time.}

p. 132 Sokratics in Athenai

"George James, author of Stolen Legacy, ... writes ... :

... . ... the Athenians ... in 399 B.C. sentenced Socrates to death and subsequently caused Plato and Aristotle to flee for their lives from Athens,

{"After the execution of Socrates in 399 he [Platon] retired for a time to Megara with other Socratics." (OCD, s.v. "Plato", 1. Biography)}

because philosophy was something foreign and unknown to them." {Actually, it was the daimon (demon) whose voice Sokrates admitted to hearing, that seemed unknown to the prosecutors. (The identity of such praeternatural entities is often rather indeterminate.)}

{So well-received by the Athenians was Platonic philosophy that "The school or college established there [at the Academy "in the outskirts of Athens"] by Plato ... was organized as a corporate body with a continuous life of its own and survived down to its final dissolution by Justinian in A.D. 529." (OCD, s.v. "Academy (2)")}

OCD = Oxford Classical Dictionary.

p. 134 whence the provenience of the Atlantis-myth?

"If we turn once more to the Timaeus and compare the Atlantis story with Revelation {Apokalupsis of Ioannes}, we will see that both ... drew from a common source for much of their symbolism and content, the myths of the Egyptians." {The legend of the Phoinix-bird is considered by praesent-day commentators to hail from the alkaline ponds in Kenya.}

{A-TaLa is described in the Puran.a-s as the 1st (reckoning downwards) of the gemstone-constituted Tala-worlds underlying the region of, perhaps, ILA-vr.ta (cf. the ILA tribe in Rhodesia) surrounding the downward extension of mt Meru (whose top = tepui Meru in Venezuela); if so, the mt Meru in Tanganyika's Arus^a district (\arus.a\, the pink hue of dawn, might applied to the flamingo-like Phoinix-bird) might be indicated by such downward extension.}

{The TALa-worlds are apparently the realm of the T.AL ('dew') of >owrowt ('herbs') mentioned in Ys^a<yah 26:19 : "and >eres. ('Earth') shall bring forth rpa>iym ('ghosts/healings')"; so that this resuscitating dew-drenched herb would be aequivalent to the Jukun mythic resuscitating (SKES, p. 195) "roots ... soaked in water." "Awake and sing, ye that dwell in <apar ('dust' {cognate with Skt \ajra\ 'field', scil. for herbs})" : this emergence of ghosts from the tombs (Matthaios 27:52) is ascribed to the seismos ('earthquake') which simultaneously rent (Matthaios 27:51) the Veil of the Temple. As causal principle, Earthquake (in Aztec, \Ollin\ < *\ORIN\) could likely refer to the ORINoco, in whose drainage-basin tepui Meru in located. The Orinoco-connection is confirmed in that the tribe occupying the upper section of the Orinoco basin is name \yano-MAMi\, apparently cognate with the name \MAM\ of the Maya earthquake-god. "Among the Jukun [spirit-]possession and self-mutilation are ... associated ... with the cult of Mam which is widespread in the Benue {Strong's 1131 \BiNNUWY\} valley. ... It would appear as though among the Jukun an original earth goddess ... is now represented by Mam" (SKES, p. 191); she should be aequivalent to Vajra-yana goddess Mamaki ('little MAMa') the spouse of A-mita-abha, ruler of the universe in the current fifth of the kalpa. This Mamaki (Strong's 3972 \M>UWMah) can be taken as female personification of money ("Mammon"), viz., coinage struck in a pecuniary mint, the Platonic description of generation of particular things from a universal eidolon. }

Ys^a<yah 26:19

SKES = C. K. Meek : Sudanese Kingdom : an Ethnographic Study of the Jukun-Speaking Peoples of Nigeria. London : Kegan Paul, Trench, Tru:bner & Co, 1931.

p. 138 caelestial hippopotamos

"the typical mount which had been figured in the Hippopotamus ... ."

{"(Lepsius, Auswald, 23). The hippopotamus is figured in the tree ... ; the tree and ladder ... . The hawk ... mounts the ladder ... ascending to the mount of glory in the country of the tree. Moreover, the hieroglyphic        is a sign of land amidst the waters; the land for which the hawk is bound, which, as the eight disks show, was the paradise of Am-Khemen that was raised on high by Shu." (AELW, volume 2, book 9 part III)}

AELW = Gerald Massey : Ancient Egypt : The Light of the World.

p. 138 the 7 S^into sacred mountain

"The Japanese have a group of of seven mountains, the seats of the gods. They are Ma-Saka-Yama, Odo Yama, Oku Yama, Kura Yama, Ha Yama, Hara Yama, and To Yama." (O'Neill 1893) {"(Kojiki, II, 7, 8; O’Neil, Night of the Gods, vol. II, p. 892)" (AELW, vol 2, bk 9 pt III)}

{These mountain-deities ("tsu-mi-no-kami") are thus-named (with translations of the names) in TASJ"KRAM", p. 33, fnn. 10-12.}

O'Neill 1893 = John O'Neill : The Night of the Gods. Harrison & Sons, London.

"KRAM" = Basil Hall Chamberlain (transl.) : ""Ko-ji-ki," or Records of Ancient Matters". TRANSACTIONS OF THE ASIATIC SOCIETY OF JAPAN 10, Supplement (1882).



The Beasts as Time-cycles


p. 158, fn. * Apsinthos ('wormwood') : Apsinthioi tribe in Gallipoli paeninsula

"And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon a third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters, and the name of the star is called Wormwood. -- REVELATION 8:10-11."

{The Black Stone of Makkah (Mecca) is likewise sometimes reputed to be a meteorite.}

{Most helminthic infestations (cured by wormwood) are caused by promiscuous sexual activities. This herb, therefore, is mostly ingested in connection with prostitution, which can be assumed to be advocated by this apocalyse-book.}

p. 159 sextile-and-sexagenary signification of crocodile

"there is indeed a real source from which John {Ioannes, writing at the isle of Patmos, the name whereof may have been selected as site-for-exile on account of the foreign sojourn at Piythowm in the delta of the Nile} arrived at the number 666 for his mythical beast {or rather, reptile}. Wilkinson tells us that

in Egypt, the crocodile was ...{god of obstetrics, who (AEO"Sobek") "assisted [LS-t] when she gave birth to [H.R]. He also rescued the four mummiform sons of [H.R] (... the human headed protector of the liver, ... the baboon headed protector of the lungs, ... the jackal headed protector of the stomach and ... the falcon headed protector of the intestines) by gathering them in a net when they rose from the waters in a lotus bloom." This net may represent the birth-caul, and the waters whence they rose the amniotic fluid.},

{The TL-MRJ name of the crocodile is \SBK\, said by David H. Kelley to be cognate with Cipacti (a mythic animal sometimes aequated with the crocodile).} {Deities praesiding over internal organs of the body are particularly prominent in Taoist religion, wherein the praeternatural power of viewing them within one's body is much-sought.}

and that, according to Iamblichus, "its number is sixty." ...

[Ploutarkhos] alone has given us the one and only key to the number 666. According to him, the Crocodile lays sixty eggs, is sixty days in hatching them and lives sixty years ... ."

{The sixty-year cycle (arrived at by multiplying the 12-year cycle of planet Jupiter by the 5-year cycle of the 5 internal organs of the body) is in contant use in Chinese kalendar-reckonings.}

Whether this is actually true ... ia not important, but ...

{That which is actually true, is that the Akkadian numeral system is taken to a base of (i.e., is reckoned in powers of) 60.}

for symbolic purposes, ... from them was derived the number 666 employed by St. John."


pp. 159-60 honors paid to the crocodile

p. 159

"Strabo, the Greek ... geographer (born 63 B.C.), who is credited with having traveled more extensively than any of his predecessors, ... has something to say about the crocodile. He reports that great respect was shown to the crocodile in the district {nomos} of Crocodilopolis, where "it was pecucliarly sacred to


{This name was written \Soukhos\ in Hellenistic Aiguptos.}

Each of the Egyptian precincts, called nomes, was assigned to a particular star or group

p. 160

of stars, and the crocodile represented the polestar. ... Herodotus and Strabo both say that in some places "the animal was rendered so tame as to allow themselves to be touched with the hand."

Their ears were decked with earrings,

{Their external ears are almost absent.}

and their forefeet with bracelets; and [Herodotos, liber 2] "... They were kept in the famous Lake Moeris and were buried, according to Herodotus, in the underground chambers of the famous Labyrinth.""

pp. 160-1 charade

p. 160

"the Egyptians discovered the principle of charade. This consisted of using pictures of this, "not to denote those things themselves but to indicate certain other entirely different things ..., the names of which chanced to have a similar sound."" (quoted from Gardiner [1957])

{This principle is as yet muchly utilized in Chinese and in Japanese choice of characters for writing of words.}

p. 161

"{DH.WTJ}, ... or Thoth {Thouth} of the Greeks, was imaged as an ibis;

{PTH.} as a [scarab-]beetle; {H<PJ} as an ape;

{JNPW} or

Anubis {N.B. Strong's relating of his 4718 \staphule\ 'grape' to his 4735 \stephanos\ 'crown' is is most unlikely, for unlike \stephanos\ (cognate with Vaidik divine name \Stambha\), \staphule\ 'plummet of lead' must be cognate with the leaden \taphos\ 'tomb' (cf. \t.ab\ [DMWA, s.v., p. 642a] 'midriff of palm-frond', which could relate to Palm-Sunday, and thus to Atlantis-disclosing ass-rider Silenos, and to the 70 ass-riders known as Septuagint : S^apat.iym 12:14) : Dio-nusos is renowned for having "descended" [in effect, plummeted] into (GM @27.k) Tartaros in order rescue his own mother; much as Maudgalya-ayana ('Maudgalya's travel' -- for which purpose he was awarded a vimana : MBh, "Vana Parvan" 261 -- PE, s.v. "Mudgala III.1)") descended into Naraka in order rescue his own mother. But \Bromios\ (DG&RB&M, q.v.), "a surname of" Dio-nusos (so-titled because he, Bacchus, i.e., Iakkhos, was brought up as a child by the nymph Brome : L&Sh:LD, q.v.), is derived from \bromos\ 'oat (Avena sativa)', indicating that he was originally a god neither of grape nor of fig, but of oat instead. The notion that Dio-nusos is god of the grape must have been extracted (via fallacious etymologizing of \stephanos\) from the Corona Borealis gifted by Dio-nusos unto Ariadne. [16 Sept 2018] The son of Dio-nusos-&-Ariadne is (DCM, s.v. "Ceramus") Keramos, inventor of ceramics.}

{Curiously, this Hellenistic rendition is borrowed directly from the unrelated Strong's 6036 \<anuwb\, passive particle of [probably not a verb meaning 'to clustre' (for, this is Strong's 811 'clustre'), despite the modern meaning 'clustred', of \staphylo-\ in microbiology)] Strong's 6025 \<enab\ 'grape', which ought to aequate with Homeric \staphyle\ 'plummet' : praesumably alluding to a soul's plummeting fall into Tartaros, which is why the plummet's constitution of molubde ('plumbum/lead') is the metal which in Hellenistic times became assigned to Kronos, though (according to Hesi-[h]odos, writing many centuries earlier), the metal of Kronos is [not lead but] gold. And more authentically, Kronos went not to Tartaros but to the levin-stricken tower in Elusion.}

as a jackal; and Seb {also named \GB\} as a goose.

It was the same with the goddesses. Tefnut was represented as a lioness,

{SRQ-t} as a scorpion, {JP-t} as a watercow {dugong/manatee},

{H.QL-t} as a frog, {H.T-H.R} as a fruit tree and Rannut as a serpent."

Gardiner 1957 = Alan Henderson Gardiner : Egyptian Grammar. 3rd rev. edn. Oxford Univ Pr.

DG&RB&M = William Smith : Dictionary of Greek and Roman Biography and Mythology. 1844.


p. 164, Fig. god {JNPW}

"The jackal was a type of ... the conductor of souls, who led them up to the horizon ..., as the divine embalmer, chief of the mountain in which the dead were laid. ...

The custom of bringing a dog to the bedside of a dying person, as an escort and guide to the soul, was common with the Hindus and Persians."

{In the Maha-bharata, according the most antique account from Bharata concerning travel by souls of the dead to their destination, while souls of dead humans are walking thither by foot, they are accompanied by a hound which is the animal-guise of god Dharma.}

p. 165 no immortal recently incarnate

"The priests had told Herodotus [lib. 2, cap. 142] that "no god had taken the form of a man in some 341 generations of men," or some 11,340 years."

pp. 170-1 primaeval darkness-and-night

p. 170

"From the Egyptians we learn that the first teacher of man was terror, and that the earliest pupil was fear. The teacher was ... the God of Darkness. He was the Black One, the shadow of the night.

Lurking in the shadows after nightfall were the "Jaws of Darkness," symbolized by the Serpent ... ."

{"The serpent hieroglyph had the meaning of "mouth" ... . The "jaws of darkness" ... were the mouth of the monster; and the "jaws of death"" (MGE&D, p. 334).} (Cf. "teeth pulled ... from the jaws of Death." (ZNH:M&M, pt. 2 "Hoodoo", cap. 7, sec. 2 "Ceremonial Dance", p. 241)}

p. 171

[quoted] "The Egyptians," says


{This name is derived from Strong's 1834 \Duwmes`eq\ or \Darmes`eq\, with \-MeS`eQ\ = \MuS`aQ\ (DMWA, p. 1068a) 'oakum' : cf. the "typing paper" "thrust into its throat" (ZNH:M&M, pt. 2 "Hoodoo", cap. 2, sec. 5 "Routine to Keep", p. 202); with "put a lighted straw in his mouth" (DDLE, p. 4).}

"celebrated unknown darkness as the one principle of the universe." ... And Aristotle tells us, "the theologians consider all things to be born from night." ...

The Anglo-Saxons also also, like Eastern nations, began their computations of time from night,

{"serpent Apophis ... typified ... the tip of its tail the sunset" (MGE&D, p. 334).}

and the year from the day corresponding with Christmas, which they called "Mother of Night;" and "the Otaheitans {Tahitians} refer the existence of their principle deities to a state of darkness, which they considered the origin of all things."

MGE&D = George St. Clair : Myths of Greece Explained and Dated : An Embalmed History from Uranus to Peseus ... . Williams & Norgate; London, Edinburgh, & Oxford, 1901.

ZNH:M&M = Zora Neale Hurston : Mules and Men. 1935. (reprint : HarperPerennial, 1990)

DDLE = Gerald Massey : The Devil of Darkness in the Light of Evolution.


Gene Kieffer : The Secret Teachings : Unveiling the Luminous Sun Within. Bethel Publ, Greenwich (CT), 2000.