Monday, 21 November 2016

Meaning of Tradition


To a majority of British people, the word 'tradition' conjures many a stereotype pertaining to the so-called Royal Family, Sunday roasts, English breakfasts, tea and scones, wig-wearing barristers and even fox hunting.

In truth, tradition means what is passed or handed down from generation to generation, the Latin origin of the word, tradido, signifying precisely the act of delivering and handing over. 

Language is arguably the greatest example of tradition there is in so far as words, despite their many incarnations and pronunciations, always provide us with a connection to linguistic history which is usefully covered by the sciences of philology and etymology. 

Philosophy is also one for tradition, as the thoughts of older or even ancient philosophers come to bear on later generations of thinkers and the same could be said of mathematical, scientific not to say culinary discoveries.

Art too is one for tradition, as techniques and themes carry on from one generation to another, and in classical music 'old' music is constantly made afresh by contemporary interpretative talent and new technical means of recording. 

It could be argued that where tradition, i.e. the passing down of knowledge and cultural lore, is lacking, culture itself is wanting and doomed to meet a premature end at the hands of mass hypnotic entertainment and materialist fulfilment. 

For to consume means to destroy and a consumer economy is the same thing as a destructive economy while entertainment, for its part, simply means distraction from what is essential, i.e. that which is (see post What is Essential?). 

To put it succinctly, therefore, tradition is transmission

Occultism in the Christmas Calendar


I strongly recommend my rare readers to invest in a copy of The Secret Teachings of All Ages by Manly P. Hall, the classic work on the World's Mystery Traditions and first published in 1928. 

It is impossible to account for all the rich lore contained in that encyclopaedic book but, it soon being Christmas, I just wished to share the following information.

In the Christian West, Christmas Eve occurs on 24th December and Christmas Day, the alleged date of Christ's birth, on the following day. 

These dates did not come from nowhere. It is stated in the book that in the Druid tradition of Ancient Britannia it was
"at dawn of the 25th day of December [that] the birth of the Sun God was celebrated. [...] The Druids had a Madonna, or Virgin Mother, with a  Child in her arms [...] and their Sun God was resurrected at the time of the year corresponding to that at which modern Christians celebrate Easter."
Further East in Phrygia (now Turkey) the date of birth of a Dying-God named Attis, whom many consider synonymous with the divinity Adonis, was thought to have been born 
"at midnight of the 24th of December. To the rites of Atys the modern world is indebted for the symbolism of the Christmas tree. Atys imparted his immortality to the tree beneath which he died, and days in the tomb, rose upon a date corresponding with Easter morn."
Hall writes on (after briefly considering Norse god Odin hanging himself from the branches of the World Tree whilst piercing his side with the sacred spear)
"The mystery [of the dying god] has been perpetuated in Christianity in the crucifixion and death of the God-man - Jesus the Christ.[...] The myth of the dying god is the key to both universal and individual redemption and regeneration." 
A few months ago I wrote an all-too-short blog post called Christianity as Mystery Tradition and it is clear from reading Secret Teachings that Christian mythology is steeped to the hilt with symbolism and concepts drawn from older traditions. 

An example out of dozens being the traitor apostle Judas, mirroring the Evil god Loki in the Scandinavian Odinic Mystery tradition - which comprised twelve main gods like Jesus' twelve apostles - and popularised by contemporary Marvel Comics movies in the shape of a scheming Asgardian comic book character. 

18


18 is an important number for dark occultists because it is equal to 6+6+6. 

18 is also equivalent to the number 9 since 1+8=9.

For the significance of the number 9 see blog post Occult Significance of 9.

It strikes me that 18 is in many countries the age of majority, i.e. adulthood, and it could be asked whether this is an accident or, given the occult hand in so many aspects of everyday life, a deliberate choice.

I also recall a rather poor Moby album called 18, not that that necessarily has occult significance.