Spirits exist before this life, but do not live until they enter a physical body at birth. In death our spirit and body separate. The spirit, now a disembodied soul, depending on whether it has gained sufficient spiritual knowledge, is degenerated to varying degrees, or is either taken or makes its way to a world of spirits. Those spirits that survive death return, or are brought back to be born again into a body through metempsychosis, or reincarnations, until the spirit and body are united in metensomatosis and "resurrected" as gods and goddesses.
This belief in metensomatosis or resurrection inspired the Egyptians to mummify their bodies. This, however, is simplified, as the process is, like the universe, complicated, and most spirits that have taken bodies at one time or another are what the High Priest has called "Souls of Gnats." That is, souls that have not progressed beyond the most rudimentary progression of spirits. They may take bodies of gnat-like creatures throughout the universe, or bodies of humans, or other creatures of higher intelligence, but their soul (the spirit which is united with a body) are, nevertheless, incapable of progression. In death whatever that spirit experience in life dissipates quickly, and they will, if a gnat or other larva is available, take it as a new body; and if no larva or other life form is available, it will dissipate into the dark fabric of the universe.
As the High Priest explains in "Gods, Demigods, Heros and Men," the Egyptian God, Thoth, was three times great, having progressed from being born a man, to become great at a Hero, then twice great as a Demigod, and then three-times great as a God. The Greeks had a similar belief in Hermes Trismegistus, Thrice-Great-Hermes.
How spirits become "great souls," and the role of the psychopomp Priest in the Religion of the Goddesses, is only incidental to the roll of the Priestess, whose calling, duty and authority is to lead the soul of a man to maximize his spiritual nature.
A Great Soul is great, no matter what body it takes; and, even where the body is mentally deficient, the Great Soul will exceed its physical limitations. The Soul of a Gnat on the other hand, even when it takes the body of a mentally superior being, will never utilize its maximum potential. In life, if they seek greatness, it is because they are attracted to the "ghost of gnats," others who, like them, have souls of gnats, and are influenced or led by ideologies that attract the masses of kindred souls.
There are dogs with noble souls, while there are humans with the souls of gnats. It is the wisdom of a High Priestess to distinguish the soul of the man she is taking through the rituals, and to reject those with lesser souls. The rituals are meaningless to them, as their soul is incapable of comprehending the spiritual, and incapable of progression. And when that spirit leaves its body in death â€“ again becoming a disembodied soul - it is not bound to this earth. In fact, it has no knowledge, for as The High Priest states, "death is like instant alzheimer" and such souls drifts or swarms with other like souls of gnats, until it finds another body, even if it is across the universe.
The pagan religions, which did not believe in a resurrection, burned the bodies of their dead, believing they were sending their spirit into the heavens through the smoke of the funerary fires. Or they created myth to explain how the dead were to suffer in places like the Greek House of Hades, and the Christian Hell.
Surviving death is not easy. It is only because the sheer number of souls is so great that some survive on their own. Other souls are guided to the underworld by the Priestesses of the Twat or psychopomp priest, but only if the soul is able to recognize the priestess or psychopomp in death. That is the purpose of our religious rituals, to conduct the souls of men and women to a place of safety, where their spirit can survive and eventually progress to become gods and goddesses.
It is in that moment of orgasm the French call "le petit mort," the little death, that a priestess can communicate with the souls of men. The body is controlled by the brain, and the brain has conditioned itself from its beginning to shut out all extraneous things. When the spirit enters the body at birth, when the Breath of Life breaths the spirit into the body and it becomes a living soul, that spirit enters a body that is already controlled by the brain.
The struggle between the spirit and brain is one sided, and the brain subdues the spirit so the "mind"is as much a slave to the brain as the "soul"is a slave to the body. It is only when the soul can be set in harmony with the mind that spiritual knowledge can be attained; and it is spiritual knowledge that allows one to survive death and be born again into a new body and a new life. Symbolically, when men perform sexual intercourse with a priestess, they are representing that they will continue to have sex in the hereafter, when first born into new bodies, then as gods and goddesses. The pleasures of earth are also the pleasures of rebirth and heaven.
Only Islam has a vaguely similar teaching. In the heaven of Islam, the faithful will be surrounded with the beautiful brown eyed Horae, who will fulfill the man's every sexual desire. The Arabic word, Horae, comes from the word Horais or Hora, which was a term for the priestesses of The Goddess who performed their rituals of the Hour - meaning the 24 hours of the day and night. The Israeli dance, the Hora, was originally a dance of the priestesses in the groves in ancient Israel. Christians perverted the term to Whore, because the priestesses engaged in vaginal sex - fucked - in their rituals of the hours.
It does not take much insight to see why Christianity would want to get rid of there god's body, and make him a spirit. After all, spirits do not have sex. They do not create spirit children through sex acts. And while Christians were at it, they got rid of the Goddess and made women less than human. Until the 16th century Christian doctrine did not even give women a soul and therefore there were no women in heaven. There were only men wearing women's long robes - makes you wonder about little boys, doesn't it?
We, however, believe in a literal metemsomatosis. Aset or Isis, who once lived on an earth is now a Goddess. Many who were once mortal on other worlds are now immortal and have attained godhood. They are distinguished in the Egyptian language by the term, neter. For to the Egyptians, time was a continuum. Those who knew the secret of secrets were aware of their pre existent life as spirits and spent their earthly life preparing for the lives to come, and the eventual life as Gods and Goddesses, Neter and Netert. Religion was an integral part of Egyptian life, and the elaborate funerary ceremonies attest to the time spent preparing for surviving death and their future life in the world to come.
The Egyptians had no equivalent of possibility. Something was, or it was not. There was no "if". A noble spirit in the preexistence would be noble on this earth and come back as an even nobler mortal and become a demigod or demigoddess, and eventually a god or goddess in the resurrection. In death, the living acknowledge those noble spirits as gods - or Neters. After all, since they were to become gods, then they were as good as gods – they were gods.
Many people shy away from the word, polytheism. Since monotheism has been extolled in our days as the supposed highest evolution of religion and most religions are reluctant to say that they believe in more than one god, male or female. As most Christians know, Christians believe in three gods, the Father, the Son and the Holy Ghost. They get around being called polytheistic by saying they are three gods, mysteriously combined into one. The Mormons on the other hand, argue for the unique distinction of each personage, each being a separate god the Father, god the Son and god the Holy Ghost. However, they avoid the issue of polytheism, claiming that they only worship one god, the father. But they worship him through, or in the name of Jesus. They may worship only one god, but they believe in many, and that makes them patently polytheistic.
The religion of The Goddess is admittedly polytheistic. We believe in and worship many Gods and Goddesses. There are many great and noble men and women who once lived on worlds like this, who have been resurrected to become gods and goddesses. We revere them as such, much in the same way that Catholics revere their saints.
Religion was completely woven through the Egyptians life. Most religious matters were so well known that they were not written down. The legends of Isis that have come down to us in written form are largely those written by Greeks, notably Plutarch. These were written at a times much latter than Isis actually lives, somewhere between 15,000 to 40,000 years later. The Greeks tended to make epics out of everything and you all know the old party game of one person telling a story to the next person on his right and passing it around to each person in turn in a circle. By the time the story comes back to the originator, it is nothing like what it started out to be. Things can get a bit distorted over thousands of years and that leaves things open to a lot of interpretation and exaggeration.
Even with written records in Egypt there is much room for interpretation because for many years there was no one alive who knew how to speak or read the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics. Not until the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone, which was found by Napoleons troops in 1799 in the mud of the Rosetta branch of the Nile River, were hieroglyphics able to be translated into English. On this stone is carved a decree of Ptolemy V Episphaes ruler of Egypt from 203 to 181 B.C. It is inscribed in three different written languages. At the top was the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics, followed by demotic, the common written language of Egypt at the time of the decree, and at the bottom of the stone, the Greek language. A French scholar, Jean Francio Champollion studied the Rosetta Stone. He fortunately knew Greek and Coptic, the language of the Egyptian Christians. Using the Greek as a guide, he studied the proper names and their position on the tablet and was able to pick those out in the hieroglyphics. Then by comparing the modern Egyptian language with the ancient glyphs he was able to recognize many of the words. Finally in 1822, he published the entire text. That enabled other scholars to begin translating hieroglyphics.
Today there is a huge proliferation of material on ancient Egypt. It seems that everyone and his dog lays claim to secret magic known to the ancients. Usually they know nothing, or they recreate the Egyptian religion as an early form of Christianity. It was not. There are many similarities between what the original Christians believed and the Egyptian religion, because many early Christians came from Egypt. However, by the 2nd Century C.E. Christianity had digressed to a point where there were few similarities. Christians from that time on destroyed every Egyptian temple or writing they could get their hands on.
Occasionally people will call me up very presumptuously and say "I know all about your religion, I've read, Crowley", or Cally or Campbell or whomever. If I reply that, that is not my religion, they indignantly respond that, that is Egyptian, so it must be my religion, or else my religion isn't really Egyptian. Such people have about as much validity as the person who says he know all about my religion because he saw Joanne Cameron on the Saturday morning children's program, spin around and turn into "Oh, Mighty ISIS."
I look for truth in all things and accept truth wherever I find it. I do not necessarily accept everyone's interpretation of Egyptian writings. It is quite easy to determine what is related to the Goddess religion and what is not. If anyone teaches that the Egyptian religion was ascetic, that there was no sex, but only a pure platonic love, you can be sure that it is a man-made doctrine. Women were the priestesses of the religion of The Goddess up until about 300 B.C.E.
When Alexander the Great conquered the Mid East he set about Helenizing what to him was the world. After his death, his conquered territory was divided, with Ptolemy, Alexander's "half-brother"and general of the southern army, taking Egypt as his kingdom. The Greeks had little or no respect for women, and so Ptolemy, who was fascinated by the religion of the Egyptians, founded the Cults of Apis and Isis. The existing cults of Osiris and Ptah (from which Ptolemy's name was derived) was renewed by mythological ascension to become the neo-Egyptian, Apis. The Bull of Heaven. The religion and beliefs in Isis were transformed into a Hellenistic religion with male priests as well as priestesses. Although the new religions had many of the trappings of the original religions, they were nevertheless, male centered and the sacred sexual rituals of Isis were changed to accommodate the new belief. The Egyptian people did not accept the Cult of Isis, but rather continued with the Egyptian religion of Aset. 250 years later, during the reign of Cleopatra the VII, the last Queen of Egypt, the Egyptian people accepted the Greek Queen as the head of their religion. Cleopatra had become Egyptianized - the Egyptians had not become Hellenized.
Cleopatra was the first Greek Queen to learn the Egyptian language and the only one to become a priestess of the Goddess. This distinction is lost to most historians who have stated that Cleopatra appeared before Marc Anthony dressed as Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love. Since Aphrodite and Isis were the same, this transposition of names was understandable. However, Isis was a Greek name, which by that time, represented the goddess of the Cult of Isis. The original inscriptions of the event show that Cleopatra appeared dressed as the High Priestess of Aset, spelled Aset (not Isis) in Greek and written as Ast in hieroglyphics. Cleopatra never used the Greek name "Isis", but used the Egyptian title, Aset. This distinction was quite clear to the Egyptian people, who loved their new queen.
When I say they loved their queen, I mean that literally. Cleopatra was noted for her sexuality. On one occasion she is recorded as having performed fellatio on (sucked the cocks of) one hundred Roman noblemen in one night. That was not only accepted by the Egyptian people but applauded by them. No woman could become a High Priestess of Aset without first having had sex with at least 1000 different men. Cleopatra accomplished this in less than a week - a week in Egypt was ten days. I have to admire her. It took me two years to have sex with a thousand different men. Of course, I had sex with many of them more that once and the most I ever had sex with in one day was 16 different men. I would love to have been in the position of Cleopatra, to have sex with a hundred men a day.
But why sex? "Surely there is something that could take the place of sex", is the comment I get from many Christians who are impressed with the theology, history and magnetism of our religion, but are biased against its sex.
Sex is the essence of the religion.
In Judaism, the sins of the individual are put on some animal, which is ritualistically killed by the priest. Needless to say, there hasn't been a Jew absolved of his sins in over 1800 years. In Christianity, the sins are put upon a dead god who takes all men's sins, past, present and future upon himself. In the religion of The Goddess, it is the priestess who literally takes upon herself the transgressions of the man - sin is a Jewish creation, which they derived from the Assyrian Moon God Sin.
In the Egyptian language, the word, "Negation", meant man's semen or his essence, his all. The word modernly means to cancel or wipe out - to make negative. You may wonder, how did it get from one language to the next with such a drastic change in meaning. That is because the "Ritual of Negation"in our religion involves vaginal intercourse with a priestess. What a man is doing in the Ritual of Negation, when he ejaculates inside a priestess, is to give up his semen, his very essence, in order to have his sins wiped out, or negated. The word, negation, meaning semen, came to be applied to the whole ritual. Gradually over hundreds of years the word, negation, went from its specific meaning of semen– essence to what the purpose of the ritual was, that is, to cancel or wipe out – to make negative. It is the priestess who literally takes upon herself the transgressions of the man in the Ritual of Negation. It is the priestess who intercedes on man's behalf with the Goddess, in the Ritual of The Twat. She is his guide in this life, the Mother of his new spiritual knowledge and spiritual life, and she is his guide in death when she conducts his soul to the Other Worlds, or has prepared him to recognize the psychopomp who will conduct him. And it is the priestess who prepares the soul for rebirth into another body.
Hopefully this will give the reader some understanding of why the religion of The Goddess is so different from other religions. It is not the teachings of the ancients which brings men to salvation, but the knowledge one gains in the purification rituals of priestess that brings man closer to his maker. Sex is not only pleasurable, but a gift of The Goddess, which must be enjoyed, appreciated, and not spurned.
Religion gives many choices. Some give guilt for sex in this life and the promise of no sex after death. The religion of the Goddess gives love, pleasure, sex and spiritual knowledge in this life as well as in the lives to come. It is for this reason that the Christian religions became the antithesis of the Goddess religions. In order to eliminate Goddess worship, early Christians changed Her joyous sexual celebrations into holidays for ascetic Christian saints. They brand priestesses as prostitutes and make religious rituals criminal acts, and changed the Goddess from a sexual, divine being, into the perpetual virgin, the Virgin Mary. And as Mary was a virgin, Christians developed as obsession with virginity which still effects sexual expectations and enjoyment today.