The initiate chooses to set foot on a new path; but the path itself was already there in some form – what is new is the fact that this particular initiate is now walking on it. Initiation is the beginning of something new, and it is the conservation and renewal of something already established.

Sabazius, Initiation

Hermetic quote Sabazius Initiation initiate chooses set foot new path already there particular walking beginning conservation renewal established