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Initiation, Human and Solar - Chapter XVI - The Imparting of the Secrets

We now come to the consideration of the secrets committed at the initiation ceremony to the initiate. It is apparent of course, that only the fact of the secret, and an indication as to the matter with which it concerns itself can be touched upon, and even this would be left unmentioned were it not that a knowledge of the general outline of the subject may inspire the applicant for initiation to a more careful study of such a subject and to a more diligent equipping of his mental body with information. Thereby (when in due course of time he stands before the Initiator) he will lose no time in utilizing the acquired secret.

The Sevenfold Secret

After the administration of the oath which pledges the initiate to inviolable secrecy, the newly made initiate advances alone closer to the Hierophant; he then places his hand upon the lower end of the Rod of Initiation which is held in the center by the Hierophant. The three who stand around the throne of office then place their hands upon the glowing diamond which surmounts the Rod, and when these five personalities are thus linked by the circulating energy emanating from the Rod, the Initiator confides to the initiate the secret. The reason for this is as follows: Each of the five initiations with which we are immediately concerned (for the higher two, not being compulsory, are outside our present consideration) affects one of the five centers in man, [164]

  1. The head,
  2. The heart,
  3. The throat,
  4. The solar plexus,
  5. The base of the spine,

and reveals to him knowledge concerning the various types of force or energy by which the solar system is animated, and which reach him via a particular etheric center. At the application of the Rod his centers were affected in a particular fashion. By the impartation of the Secret, the reason is committed to his care, and that reason is demonstrated to him to be identical with that which necessarily produces some particular planetary manifestation, and which causes a certain specific greater cycle.

It might be pointed out that:

  1. Each secret concerns one or other of the seven great planes of the solar system.
  2. Each secret deals with, and is the enunciation of, one of the seven laws of nature. They therefore concern one or other of the basic evolutions of each planetary scheme. Each scheme embodies one of the laws as its primary law, and all its evolutions tend to demonstrate the perfection of that law with its six subsidiary mutations, these six differing in one particular in each case according to the primary law manifested.
  3. Each secret conveys a key to the nature of some particular Planetary Logos, and consequently gives the clue to the characteristics of those Monads who are on that particular planetary ray. It is obvious how necessary such knowledge is to the adept who seeks to work with the sons of men, and to manipulate the force currents affecting them and which they emanate. [165]
  4. Each secret concerns some one ray or color and gives the number, note, and the vibration which corresponds.
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