To become wise, they would have to learn the true meaning of their own doctrines, symbols, and books, of which they at present merely know the outward form and the dead letter. They would have to form a much higher and nobler conception of God than to invest Him with the attributes of semi-animal man.
Did our ancestors go peeping about with dark lanterns, and do we walk at our ease in broad sunshine? Where is the manifestation of our light? By what symptoms do you recognise it? What are its signs, its tokens, its symptoms, its symbols, its categories, its conditions? What is it, and why? How, where, when is it to be seen, felt, and understood? What do we see by it which our ancestors saw not, and which at the same time is worth seeing?
“It is also clear from these references that the description and function assigned to the Thrones became a means of accounting for the symbols and metaphysics of the visions of Ezekiel and probably to a lesser degree similar visions of Daniel.” [via]
“This was the highest work of magic, the Spiritual Alchemy or the Transmutation from human Force to Divine Potency. As is said by the great Iamblichus, in section iv., chapter ii., of The Mysteries:
‘The Priest who invokes is a man; but when he commands powers it is because through arcane symbols, he, in a certain respect, is invested with the sacred Form of the Gods.'” [via]
The archetype of Baphomet gets mentioned in a recent post by a conspiracy theorist in recovery at “How I Became a Conspiracy Theorist and Lived to Tell the Tale”
“While skeptical that the world was really controlled by a clandestine network of shape-shifting reptilian creatures from the lower fourth dimension — as Icke apparently claimed — I couldn’t really figure out why the hell George Washington was posing like Baphomet.”
“I don’t really believe that part.”
“So why do you believe the rest?”
“The symbols. You need to look at them. They’re everywhere.”
“If they’re so secret, why do they want to leave their mark on everything?”
“I’m not sure. Maybe I haven’t gotten to that part in the book yet.”
“Maybe you’re an idiot.”
“It is well to emphasize then, at the outset, that Masonry is a sacramental system possessing, like all sacraments, an outward and visible side consisting; of its ceremonial, its doctrine and its symbols which we can see and hear, and an inward, intellectual, and spiritual side, which is concealed behind the ceremonial, the doctrine and the symbols, and which is available only to the Mason who has learned to use his spiritual imagination and who can appreciate the reality that lies behind the veil of outward symbol.” [via]