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True Esotericism cannot exist without someone passing on the sacred-secret oral traditions, and training initiates in the decipherment of occult ideograms and sigils. Sicne the beginning of this era, and the Age of Pisces, true old occult orders (Hermeticism, Gnosticism, Mithraism, etc) lost ground. Although true esotericism surfaces at times in history, it is rare to see any larger segment of the population embrace it. In our modern era we saw the persistence of esotericism among the followers of Jesus Christ, in only a few places on Earth. Glastonbury England, was one current era bastion of the ancient teachings, and another was found in Turkey/Armenia. The Kolbrin would seem to have been preserved somewhere in Armenia, from the account found in the extant version of the Kolbrin, in a document simply referred to as “A Note.”

All that is left behind of the ancient occult orders here in the New World, established anciently by Old World hierophants, are the cryptic pecked ideograms found at rock art sites. In Central America the ancient pyramids and kivas still retain this secret history. Meanwhile, most of these ideogrammatic symbols recording the parallel esoteric traditions in the Old World, can still be found in the art and hieroglyphs associated with the ancient temples and subterranean sanctums of the older Mediterranean civilizations, carved into megalithic stone circles and cairns of Europe and the British Isles, and boldly displayed in the art and architecture of numerous late period centers of esotericism such as the cathedrals of the Knights Templar in Europe, and their churches on the islands of Bornholm and Gotland. There are still more recent attempts to preserve this symbolism, as is clearly displayed in the decoration of Masonic buildings like the infamous Rossyln Chapel, in Scotland.

However, the major mythologic tales and myth-cycle poems of all long-lived civilizations that once embraced occult (meaning hidden . . . from the profane) principles, remain even today as a largely uncorrupted corpus of this ancient science and wisdom. However, through the literalist eyes of modern eurocentic scientism, the idea of creation and hero myths as nothing but primitive attempts to explain the reality around them, has lead to the almost universal misinterpretation of all myths as primitive fairy tales. Nothing could be further from the truth! Modern science misinterprets this medium for the multi-generational transmission of eternal truth, and so our distant ancestors are imagined to have been primitive, ignorant and superstitious. Such an oversimplification and incorrect view of the evolution of human cognition and ontological maturity of the ancients, is so far off base that the revelations to be had in correct decipherment of petroglyphs will embrue the student of the occult with a spiritual as well as historical and anthropological gestalt. This is sacred science at its finest!

New World petroglyphs all that remains of these occult secrets, as taught to the Amerindians by these transoceanic, hierophantic Haik Priests, Magi and others of numerous ancient esoteric sects who crossed both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans to establish centers of initiation in the New World; once universally known as the Underworld. It is then to these remaining sites of initiation that we must go to unveil this hidden past. But, in order to do so we must learn to decipher these ancient symbols.

Taddei's first breakthroughs into the alchemical and astrological nature of the New World petroglyphs, were realized in a cave once used by such traveling hierophants, located in the extreme western panhandle of Oklahoma. Known simply as Anubis Cave, the main figure carved into the cave walls (assumed by some to be an anthropomorphism of Mitra) is briefly illuminated in what we prefer to call an archaeoastrological light and shadow animation. Recounting the purpose for the visits of these mysterious alchemist-astrologer-priests who visited the Underworld (North and South America), the story told by the last rays of sunlight falling into this cave, can only be properly viewed on the evening of the Equinoxes. This was the tradition traceable to the dawn of esoteric traditions, as can be seen at rock art sites stretching back at least 22,000 years.

Val Camonica Rock Carving_Enhanced_Sword + Chalice (link Anubis Cave)
Complex esoteric petroglyph from the neolithic Valcamonica rock art site in N Italy, ca. 10,000-5,000 BCE. This image encodes the same truths as the Anubis Cave sandstone petroglyphs (ca 200 BCE), found in a cave in the Oklahoma Panhandle. This represents an unbroken esoteric tradition stretching back 5-10 millennia. It was spread through on-going transatlantic and transpacific contacts between Old World hierophants, and their Amerindian initiates in the New World. This represents an entirely new history of pre-Columbian America — a true history.

This symbolic image of a man, clearly standing upon a three-dimensionally rendered cube, and holding (in his left hand) what appears to be a sword, and in his right hand an oddly shaped ideogrammatic symbol known as the 'alchemical mercury' or "quintessence" (aka the Holy Grail). It is important to note (and we mention this elsewhere in our research) that in the Underworld, the tradition was to reverse all imagery (those glyphs that were not asymmetrical) in order to represent them correctly in the Underworld. Some symbols for the people or religious practices in the Underworld are recorded in glyphs that are flipped upside down as well.

The ancients apparently saw the Underworld as the land beneath, or opposite to their own land, middle earth. If we imagine this land being across the planet, and separated ourselves from these other people with a sheet of glass, and then wrote upon this glass, symbols seen from the Underworld perspective would appear reversed. Based in this paradigm, the tradition appears to have emerged that non-asymmetrical glyphs and imagery needed to be reversed if drawn upon the rocks of this land. For example, the Oklahoma 'Mitra' character is carrying the sword in the correct hand for a person depicted in the underworld — in his left hand.

The glow around the head is an aura, depicting consciousness. This is another ancient tradition found right across the planet. The famous floating initiates, soaring like birds in the cave paintings of the ancient Tassili peoples of North Africa, wear these auras around their heads in the same manner. Since the pseudo-scientific theories of Von Daniken first surfaced in the 1960s in the infamous book entitled "Chariot of the Gods," this spiritual symbolism has lead to endless claims of extraterrestrial visitations and even charges of genetic recombination and breeding of apes into men. As amusing as this might seem to some, this sort of nonsense has caused thousands of scientists and researchers to overlook the obvious connections between the use of entheogenic substances and the origins of mankind and his civilizations. It does not take aliens in starships to build megalithic structures. It only takes technology based on a knowledge of the true aetheric cosmology.

In the examples of priestly or shamanic anthopormorphs from Valcamonica (see above), the three strokes projecting from the heads of these characters are a simplified symbols for the tripled-god, and represents the spiritually enlightened. This 3-ray count can be seen on anthropomorphic ideogrammatic glyphs found on rock art dating back at least 10,000 years. On the right side of the head, is a 5-ray or 5-stroke count. Although we generally hold that this represents the 5 alchemical di-atoms of the elixir of life, the 5-count stoke (or dot) counts may also refer to the Earth, just as the pentacle would come to represent this principle during the Medieval and Renaissance ages.

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Terracotta stemmed cup_Mycenaean ca. 1400 BCE

The sword represents a visceral comprehension of the principle of dualism on the part of an initiate; the knowledge and experience of good vs evil, light vs dark, pain vs joy, and so on. It echoes a message from the distant past as ageless as time: the understanding of the esoteric initiate of the bifurcation of the universe into duality. The Monad (aka Yin-Yan symbol) represents the same ontological truth. In later times the sword would be substituted by a dagger, as in the ceremonies of the Rosicrucians and Masons. The sword, however, was the older symbol.

At Valcamonica the "sword" is in the initiate's right hand, as he stands on the left of God (in his service), or on the "right hand of God." This tradition of representing duality with the symbol of a sword or knife is so old that it is impossible to trace it to one culture as antecedent, but we have found most of the oldest symbols to have been employed in ancient Siberia. In fact, the Tetraskele, LLC trademark is based on a Siberian petroglyph dating back some 20,000 years before present. Our trademark actually incorporates three different esoteric symbols within it, as originally presented by the Siberian glyph. These are: 1) gammadion or tetraskele (symbol of tuned consciousness), 2) labyrinth (referencing the spirit's multiple incarnations) and 3) the equilateral cross of prima materia (representing the alchemical principle of life extension).

Other examples of the sword or dagger of dualism can be found in most major religions, from the sword of Enki (Mesopotamia), the sword of Quetzalcoatl (Teotihuacán, Mexico), up into relatively modern times with the story of King Arthur, and the 'Sword in the Stone'. In these and many other cases, the sword was either embedded in a cubic stone (King Arthur's drawing of the sword Excalibur), or embedded in a great tree (Sigmund, son of King Völsung, removing the sword thrust into a tree in the Hall of the Völsungs ).

In the case of the Oklahoma petroglyph, the sword has a distinctively phallic appearance, and yet the symbolism is merely linking the concept of power (through initiation and knowledge) to fertility in a manner consistent with the alchemical traditions to which it is linked. Those who use the elixirs of life are considered to be verily, and the women who use it fertile. The link between long lived individuals and fertility we need look no farther than the biblical story of Abra(h)m and Sarai, Sarai becoming pregnant at 90 years of age.

In the Anubis Cave in Oklahoma, the symbol of 'alchemical quintessence' refers to the elixir of life, and it is held high in the light in this anthropomorphic character's left hand. It is being presented to the viewer. This symbolizes the sharing of this technology with all those willing to align their consciousness with those of the world engaged in the same purpose: the evolution of the soul of "mankind." At Valcamonica the symbol in the right hand of the dancing 'shaman' looks more like a bell than a chalice, but anciently a cup of the elixir

These are the same two symbols we find represented by the Judeo-Christian myth of the "garden" in which grow the 2 trees: one a Tree of Knowledge (experiential realism of universal duality) and the Tree of Life (alchemical life extension). These same truths were encoded into many other myths; they are universal principles.

To shorten a long story, Taddei began an intensive search for more examples of the transoceanic diffusion of occultism. He would find the proverbial "smoking gun" to prove this theory in the vast reaches of the Mojave Desert. The year was 2004. The petroglyphs found at this site (now simply referred to as the North Mojave site) revealed themselves as representing a largely uninterrupted set of alchemical and astrological symbols encoding rituals and traditions stretching back for between 7,000 - 12,000 years before the Current Era,. The oldest appear to be the ideograms left at the site by visiting representatives of the Homo floresiensis species.

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