DECEMBER, 1888, AND JANUARY, 1889
LUCIFER sends the best compliments of the
season to his friends and subscribers, and wishes them a happy
New Year and many returns of the same. In the January issue of
1888, LUCIFER said: "Let no one imagine
that it is a mere fancy, the attaching of importance to the birth
of the year. The astral life of the earth is young and strong
between Christmas and Easter. Those who form their wishes now,
will have added strength to fulfill them consistently." He
now repeats what was said and adds: Let no one mistake the importance
and potency of numbers as symbols. Everything in the Universe
was framed according to the eternal proportions and combinations
of numbers. "God geometrizes," and numbers and numerals
are the fundamental basis of all systems of mysticism, philosophy,
and religion. The respective festivals of the year and their dates
were all fixed according to the Sun the "father of all calendars"
and of the Zodiac, or the Sun-god and the twelve great, but still
minor gods; and they became subsequently sacred in the cycle of
national and tribal religions.
A year ago, it was stated by the editors that 1888 was a dark
combination of numbers: it has proved so since. Earthquakes and
terrible volcanic irruptions, tidal waves and landslips, cyclones
and fires, railway and maritime disasters followed each other
in quick succession. Even in point of weather the whole of the
past year was an insane year, an unhealthy and uncanny year, which
shifted its seasons, played ducks and drakes with the calendar
and laughed at the wiseacres who preside over the meteorological
stations of the globe. Almost every nation was visited by some
dire calamity. Prominent among other countries was Germany. It
was in 1888 that the Empire reached, virtually, the 18th year
of its unification. It was during the fatal combination of the
four numbers 8 that it lost two of its Emperors, and planted the
seeds of many dire Karmic results.
What has the year 1889 in store for nations, men and theosophy,
and what for LUCIFER? But it may be wiser
to forbear looking into Futurity; still better to pray to the
now ruling Hosts of Numbers on high, asking them to be
lenient to us, poor terrene ciphers. Which shall we choose? With
the Jews and the Christian Kabalists, the number of their deity the
God of Abraham and Jacob is 10, the number of perfection, the
ONE in space, or the Sun, astronomically,
and the ten Sephiroth, Kabalistically. But the Gods are many;
and every December, according to the Japanese, is the month of
the arrival, or descent of the Gods; therefore there
must be a considerable number of deities lurking around us mortals
in astral space. The 3rd of January, a day which was, before the
time of Clovis, consecrated to the worship of Isis the
goddess-patroness of Paris who has now changed her name and become
St. Geneviève, "she who generates life" was
also set apart as the day on which the deities of Olympus visited
their worshippers. The third day of every month was sacred to
Pallas Athene, the goddess of Wisdom; and January the 4th
is the day of Mercury (Hermes, Budha), who is credited with adding
brains to the heads of those who are civil to him. December and
January are the two months most connected with gods and numbers.
Which shall we choose? we ask again. "This is the question."
We are in the Winter Solstice, the period at which the Sun entering
the sign of Capricornus has already, since December 21st, ceased
to advance in the Southern Hemisphere, and, cancer or crab-like,
begins to move back. It is at this particular time that, every
year, he is born, and December 25th was the day of the birth
of the Sun for those who inhabited the Northern Hemisphere.
It is also on December the 25th, Christmas, the day with the Christians
on which the "Saviour of the World" was born, that were
born, ages before him, the Persian Mithra, the Egyptian Osiris,
the Greek Bacchus, the Phnician Adonis, the Phrygian Athis.
And, while at Memphis the people were shown the image of the god
Day, taken out of his cradle, the Romans marked December
25th in their calendar as the day natalis solis invicti.
Sad derision of human destiny. So many Saviours of the world born
unto it, so much and so often propitiated, and yet the world is
as miserable nay, far more wretched now than ever before as though
none of these had ever been born!
January the Januarius dedicated to Janus the God of Time,
the ever revolving cycle, the double-faced God has one face turned
to the East, the other to the West; the Past and the Future!
Shall we propitiate and pray to him? Why not? His statue had
12 altars at its feet, symbolizing the twelve signs of the Zodiac,
the twelve great gods, the twelve months of the solar year and the
twelve Apostles of the Sun-Christ. Dominus was the title
given to the Sun by the ancients; whence dies domini, dies
solis, the "Sun-days." Puer nobis nascitur dominus
dominorum, sing the Roman Catholics on Christmas day. The
statue of Janus-January carried engraved on his right hand the
number 300, and on his left, 65, the number of the days in the
Solar year; in one hand a sceptre, in the other a key, whence
his name Janitor, the door-keeper of the Heavens, who opened
the gates of the year at its beginning. Old Roman coins represent
Janus bifrons on one side, and a ship on the other.
Have we not the right to see in him the protoype of Peter, the
fisherman of the celestial ship, the Janitor of Paradise, to the
gates of which he alone holds the keys? Janus presided over the
four seasons. Peter presides over the four Evangelists. In Occultism
the potency and significance of Numbers and Numerals lie in their
right application and permutation. If we have to propitiate any
mysterious number at all, we have most decidedly to address Janus-Peter,
in his relation to the ONE the Sun. Now what
would be the best thing for LUCIFER and his
staff to ask from the latter for 1889? Our joint wishes are many,
for our course as that of true love, does not run altogether smooth.
Thus addressing the bright luminary in perpetual abscondito
beyond the eternal fogs of the great city, we might ask him
for a little more light and warmth in the coming year than he
gave us in the year 1888. We might entreat him at the same time
to pour a little light into the no less befogged heads of those
who insist on boycotting LUCIFER under the
extraordinary notion that he and Satan are one. Shine more on
us, O, Helios Son of Hyperion! Those on whom thou beamest thy
greatest radiance must be, as in the legend of Apollo, good and
kind men. Alas, for us. The British isle will never be transformed,
in this our cycle, into the isle of Æa, the habitat of Helios,
as of the children of that god and the Oceanide Perseis. Is this
the occult reason why our hearts become, with every year, colder
and more indifferent to the woes of mankind, and that the very
souls of the multitudes seem turning into icicles? We ask thee
to shed thy radiance on these poor shivering souls.
Such is LUCIFER'S, our Light-bearer's fervently
expressed desire. What may be that of the Theosophical Society
in general, and its working members in particular? We would suggest
a supplication. Let us ask, Brethren, the Lord on High, the One
and the SOLE (or Sol), that he
should save us from the impudent distortion of our theosophical
teachings. That he should deliver us in 1889 from his pretended
priests, the "Solar Adepts" as they dub themselves,
and their sun-struck followers, as he delivered us once before;
for verily "man is born unto trouble," and our patience
is well-nigh exhausted!
But, "wrath killeth the foolish man"; and as we know
that "envy slayeth the silly one," for years no attention
was paid to our ever increasing parodists. They plagiarized from
our books, set up sham schools of magic, waylaid seekers after
truth by deceiving them with holy names, misused and desecrated
the sacred science by using it to get money by various means,
such as selling as "magic mirrors" for £15, articles
made by common cabinet makers for £1 at most. With them,
as with all charlatans, fortune-tellers, and self-styled "Adepts,"
the sacred science of Theosophia had become when kabalistically
read Dollar-Sophia. To crown all, they ended by offering, in
a most generous manner, to furnish all those "awakened"
who were "disappointed in Theosophical Mahatmas," with
the genuine article in the matter of adeptship. Unfortunately
the said article was traced in its turn to a poor, irresponsible
medium, and something worse; and so that branch of the brood finally
disappeared. It vanished one fine morning into thin air leaving
its disconsolate disciples thoroughly "awakened" this
time, and fully alive to the sad fact, that if they had acquired
less than no occult wisdom, their pockets, on the other hand,
had been considerably relieved of their weight in pounds and shillings.
After their Exodus came a short lull. But now the same is repeated elsewhere.
The long metaphysical articles borrowed from "Isis
Unveiled," and the Theosophist ceased suddenly to
appear in certain Scotch papers. But if they disappeared from
Europe, they reappeared in America. In August 1887 the New York
PATH laid its hand heavily on "The Hidden
Way Across the Threshold" printed in Boston, and proceeded
to speedily squelch it, as "stolen goods." As that Journal
expresses itself about this pretentious volume, copied not
written by its authors "whatever in it is new is not true,
and whatever true, is not new; scattered through its 600 pages,
are wholesale thefts from 'Paracelsus,' 'Isis Unveiled,' the Path
etc. etc." This unceremonious appropriation of long paragraphs
and entire pages "either verbatim or with unimportant changes," from
various, mostly theosophical authors a list of which is given
in the PATH (Vide August 1887, P. 159-160),
might be left to its fate, but for the usual trick of our wretched
imitators. In the words of the same editor, of the PATH:
"the claim is made that it (the book) is inspired by great
adepts both living and dead, who have condescended to relent and
give out these 600 pages, with certain restrictions which prevent
their going into any detail or explanation beyond those given
by the unfortunate or unprogressed (theosophical) authors
from whose writings they (the adepts) have either allowed
or directed their humble disciple . . . to steal."
Before the appearance of modern Theosophical literature it was
"Spirits" and "Controls" that were ever in
the mouths of these folk; now the living "adepts" are
served up with every sauce. It is ever and always Adepts here,
Hierophants there. And this only since the revival of Theosophy
and its spread in America in 1884, note well; after the great
soap-bubble conspiracy between Madras and Cambridge against the
Theosophical Society, had given a new impetus to the movement.
Up to that year, Spiritualists, and professional mediums especially,
with their "controls" and "guides," could
hardly find words of vituperation strong enough to brand the "adepts"
and deride their "supposed powers." But since the Herodic
"slaughter of the Innocents," when the S.P.R. turned
from the Theosophical to the Spirtualistic phenomena, most of
the "dear departed" ones took to their heels. The angels
from the "Summer Land" are going out of fashion just
now, for Spiritualists begin to know better and to discriminate.
But because the "adept" idea, or rather their philosophy,
begins to gain ground, this is no reason why pretenders of every
description should travesty in their ungrammatical productions
the teachings, phraseology, and Sanskrit terms out of theosophical
books; or why, again, they should turn round and make people believe
that these were given them by other "Hierophants," in
their opinion, far higher, nobler and grander than our teachers.
The great evil of the whole thing is, not that the truths of Theosophy
are adopted by these blind teachers, for we should gladly welcome
any spread, by whatever means, of ideals so powerful to wean the
world from its dire materialism but that they are so interwoven
with mis-statements and absurdities that the wheat cannot be winnowed
from the chaff, and ridicule, if not worse, is brought to bear
upon a movement which is beginning to exercise an influence, incalculable
in its promise of good, upon the tendency of modern thought. How
shall men discern good from evil, when they find it in its close
embrace? The very words, "Arhat," "Karma,"
"Maya," "Nirvana," must turn enquirers from
our threshold when they have been taught to associate them with
such a teeming mass of ignorance and presumption. But a few years
ago, all these Sanskrit terms were unknown to them, and even now
they repeat them phonetically, parrot-like, and without any understanding.
And yet they will cram them into their silly books and pamphlets,
and fill these with denunciations against great men, the soles
of whose feet they are unworthy to gaze upon!
Though false coin is the best proof of the existence of genuine
gold, yet, the false deceives the unwary. Were the "pretentions"
of the T.S. in this direction founded on mere hypothesis and sentimental
gush, like the identification of many a materialized spirit, the
theosophical "Mahatmas" and their society would have
dissolved long ago like smoke in space under the desperate attacks
of the holy alliance of Missionaries and pseudo-Scientists,
helped by the half-hearted and misinformed public. That the Society
has not only survived but become thrice stronger in numbers and
power, is a good proof again of its own intrinsic merit. Moreover,
it has gained also in wisdom; that practical, matter-of-fact wisdom
which teaches, through the mouth of the great Christian "Mahatma,"
not to scatter pearls before swine, nor to attempt to put new wine into old bottles.
Therefore, let us, in our turn, recite a heartfelt conjuration
(the ancient name for prayer), and invoke the help of the powers
that be, to deliver us from the painful necessity of exposing
these sorry "make-believes" in LUCIFER
once again. Let us ring the theosophical Angelus thrice
for the convocation of our theosophical friends and readers. If
we would draw on us the attention of Sol on High, we must
repeat that which the ancients did and which was the origin of
the R.C. Angelus. The first stroke of the bell announced
the coming of Day; the appearance of Gabriel, the
morning messenger with the early Christians, of Lucifer, the
morning star, with their predecessors. The second bell, at noon,
saluted the glory and exalted position of the Sun, King
of Heavens; and the third bell announced the approach of Night,
the Mother of Day the Virgin, Isis-Mary, or the Moon. Having
accomplished the prescribed duty, we pour our complaint and say:
Turn thy flaming eye, O SOL, thou, golden-haired
God, on certain trans-atlantic mediums, who play at being thine
Hierophants! Behold, they whose brain is not fit to drink of the
cup of wisdom, but who, mounting the quack's platform, and offering
for sale bottled-up wisdom, and the homunculi of Paracelsus,
assure those of the gaping mouths that it is the true Elixir of
Amrita, the water of immortal life! Oh, bright Lord, is
not thine eye upon those barefaced robbers and iconoclasts of
the systems of the land whence thou risest? Hear their proud boasting:
"We teach men the science to make man"(!). The
lucrative trade of vendors of Japanese amulets and Taro cards,
with indecent double bottoms, having been cut off in its full
blossom in Europe, the Eastern Wisdom of the Ages is now abandoned.
According to their declarations, China, Japan, old India and even
the Swedenborgian "land of the Lost Word" have suddenly
become barren; they yield no more their crop of true adepts; it
is America, they say, the land of the Almighty Dollar, which has
suddenly opened her bowels and given birth to full-blown Hierophants,
who now beckon to the "Awakened." Mirabile dictu!
But if so, why should thy self-styled priests, O great SUN,
still offer as a bait a mysterious Dwija, a "twice
born," who can only be the product of the land of Manu? And
why should those pretended and bumptious servants of thine, oh
Surya-Vikarthana, whose rich crop of national adepts, if "home-made,"
must rejoice as a natural rule in purely Anglo-Saxon and Celto-German
names, still change their Irish patronymics for those of a country
which, they say, is effete and sterile, and whose nations are
"dying out"? Has another Hindu name and names been discovered
in the Great Hub, as a peg and pegs whereon to hang the modest
pretensions of the Solar Magi? Yea, they belie truth, O Lord,
and they bend their tongues like quill pens for lies. But "the
false prophets shall become wind for the word is not in them."
TO DARE, TO WILL, TO ACHIEVE
AND KEEP SILENT is the motto of the true Occultist, from
the first adept of our fifth Race down to the last Rosecroix.
True Occultism, i.e., genuine Raj-Yoga powers, are
not pompously boasted of, and advertised in "Dailies"
and monthlies, like Beecham's pills or Pears' soap. "Woe
unto them that are wise in their own eyes; for the wise man feareth
and keeps silent, but the fool layeth open his folly."
Let us close by expressing a hope that our Theosophist brothers
and sisters in America will pause and think before they risk going
into a "Solar" fire. Above all, let them bear in mind
that true occult knowledge can never be bought. He who has anything
to teach, unless like Peter to Simon he says to him who offers
him money for his knowledge "Thy money perish with thee,
because thou hast thought that the gift of (our inner) God
may be purchased with money" is either a black magician
or an IMPOSTOR. Such is the first lesson taught
by LUCIFER to his readers in 1889.
Lucifer, January, 1889
H. P. Blavatsky