Saturday, July 2, 2011

Pagan Survival and the Hermetic Tradition

by guest blogger
Dianus del Bosco Sacro
Grand Conservator of the Pagan Faith and Tradition
of the Sacred Forest of Nemi
Translated and Introduced by Golden Dawn Imperator
David Griffin

Part A. Introduction (by David Griffin)

It is my pleasure to introduce an article offering a revolutionary perspective, written by Arch Priest Dianus del Bosco Sacro, current Grand Conservator of the Pagan Faith and Tradition of the Sacred Forest of Nemi (Del Bosco Sacro di Nemi), on the subject of Pagan survival from antiquity in Italy.

Dianus’ lengthy article will be presented here on the Golden Dawn blog as a series of shorter pieces, in part detailing how noble Hermetic alchemists from the Partenopean initiatic center secretly preserved essential elements of ancient Roman Paganism from destruction by the Inquisition during the dark age of Christianity. During the course of the exposition, we shall witness how Western spiritual sexuality comprises an omnipresent Ariadne’s thread demonstrating Pagan continuity from the most ancient times until today.

Throughout history, we encounter the same, sublime sexual mysteries over and over, albeit clothed in ever changing symbols: from the mysteries of Dionysos, Diana, and Janus - to the Villa of the Mysteries in Pompeii, which had such a profound impact on Gerald Gardner immediately prior to his formulation of Wicca – from the rich symbolism of Hermetic alchemy known as the “language of the birds” - to the hitherto unrecognized symbolism masking the same sexual mysteries in Charles Godfrey Leland’s “Aradia, the Gospel of the Witches.”
Dionysos and Arianne
According to the lore of the “Del Bosco Sacro” Pagan tradition of the Sacred Forest of Nemi, Western spiritual sexuality first arose with the ancient shamanic religion of the Great Mother Goddess in Continental Europe. Whereas the primordial sexual mysteries would be preserved as The Great Rite along Matriarchal lines in Europe, they also spread to Sumeria, Babylon, and Egypt, where over time they became the Royal Art of Alchemy.

Following the conquest of Egypt by Rome, the sexual mysteries of alchemy were carried back to Rome by Priests of Isis. Arriving in Naples, Cuma, and Pompeii along the Partenopean coast, this masculine Priesthood encountered the great Pagan Matriarchs. These Patriarchal, alchemical and Matriarchal, shamanic lineages quickly discovered their sexual mysteries to be so similar, that they could only have arisen from a common source.

Thus began the intimate collaboration of the Hermetic alchemists and the Pagan Matriarchs that would secretly endure so many Centuries - even until today. Thus it came to pass that, when persecuted by the Catholic Church and faced with extinction, the ancient Pagan Matriarchs found sanctuary, protection, and survival in the Parthenopean initiatic center of Hermetic alchemy.

It is in this spirit that the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega and our outer order, the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, as inheritors of so many Hermetic and Rosicrucian magical and alchemical lineages, is pleased today to continue to offer protection to the Pagan tradition of the Sacred Forest of Nemi.

I dedicate this translation to Lady Diana of the Sacred Forest of Nemi, 38th Arch Priestess Del Bosco Sacro, and Lady of the Game of Benevento.

Lady Diana del Bosco Sacro
As Imperator of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn, I pledge my sword to the protection of Lady Diana, as have all Imperators before me of the Parthenopean Hermetic and Rosicrucian traditions.

Let all who would harm the Mysteries fear the sword of +AmoR+.

Sub Umbra Tuarum Alarum,
David Griffin
Imperator Ordinis and Chief Adept
Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn
outer order of the Rosicrucian Order of Alpha et Omega®

1 comment:

  1. We have been reading and digesting your many posts over the months. From now on we will be recommending the Great Rite of Del Bosco Sacro to all in our extended Circle.

    Like you we are Pagans who also walk the Hermetic Path. We also hereby pledge our Swords to your Cause! May Lady Diana have MANY Swords at her behest!

    Inardescere Volo (Jared Westcott)
    Per Pyramidam ad Stellam (Susanne Williams)
    Passionate members - Ahathoor Lodge No.7