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On the Forbidden Letters by Jonathan Rice  

Dear Readers of World Mysteries,

Allow me to present you with quotes that will perhaps deepen the discussion on the alchemical theory of the Paris 4. The bulk of the quotes is taken from Carl Jung's 'Psychology and Alchemy', Philip Gardiner's and Gary Osborn's 'The Serpent Grail', Alvin Boyd Kuhn's 'The Lost Light', and Glenys Witchard Goetinck's 'The quest for origins', being chapter 1 of 'The Grail, a casebook', a book edited by Dhira Mahoney.

I would like to thank Arthur Musing for his support, and Jane and David Fitzgerald for advising me on Carl Jung.

With my best wishes,

Jonathan Rice.


'On we go to Secret Mark. We simply recommend it in combination with (public)
Mark, chapter 14, verse 51.'  [The Paris 4]


'And they came into Bethany. And a certain woman whose brother had died was there. And she prostrated herself before Jesus and said to him, Son of David, have mercy on me. But the disciples rebuked her. And Jesus, being angered, went off with her unto the garden where the tomb was, and straightway a great cry was heard from the tomb. And going near, Jesus rolled away the stone from the door of the tomb. And straightway, going in where the youth was, he stretched forth his hand and raised him, seizing his hand. But the youth, looking upon him, loved him and began to beseech him that he might be with him. And going out of the tomb they came into the house of the youth, for he was rich. And after six days Jesus told him what to do and in the evening the youth came to him, wearing a linen cloth over his naked body. And he remained with him that night, for Jesus taught him the mystery of the Kingdom of God. And thence, arising, he returned to the other side of the Jordan." [Secret Mark http://skeptically.org/newtestament/id5.html ]


'Did you all notice too that Christ (i.e. the living stone) resurrected an openly gay man in Secret Mark?' [Forum]


'Pliny the Elder, who lived between AD 23 and 79, wrote extensively on metallurgy, but not on alchemy, or the idea of changing one metal into another. The fact that he did not relate alchemy to the transformation of metals is not surprising, since this was a later addition.' [Gardiner and Osborn]


'The 'treasure hard to attain' lies hidden in the ocean of the unconscious, and only the brave can reach it. I conjecture that the treasure is also the 'companion', the one who goes through life at our side - in all probability a close analogy to the lonely ego who finds a mate in the self, for at first the self is the strange non-ego.' [Jung]


'There is no mistaking the fact that he (the filius philosophorum, i.e. the alchemist/Rice) is a concession to the spiritual and masculine principle, even though he carries in himself the weight of the earth and the whole fabulous nature of primordial animality.' [Jung]


'The lion plays an important part in alchemy. It is an emblem of the devil, and stands for the danger of being swallowed by the unconscious.' [Jung]


'Blessed is the lion which becomes man when consumed by man; and cursed is the man whom the lion consumes, and the lion becomes man.' [Gospel of Thomas, logon 7]


'We cannot escape our obligations to the animal who is lending us his body for our own advancement.' [Kuhn]


'You know that there is a beast inside all of us. That beast has to be let out in a certain crisis in alchemy. It is raw psychic energy (libido). And exactly that dark energy is used to build up the Lightbody.' [The Paris 4]


'Note that children also play a part in the opus alchymicum: a certain portion of the work is called ludus puerorum (the play of the children).' [Jung]


'End of August till September 4 1986 : our gay man becomes a child. That is, psychologically during certain minutes. During those minutes, and to his own surprise, he even produces a child's voice.' [The Paris 4]


'Save for the remark that the work is as easy as child's play, I have found no explanation for the ludus puerorum (the play of the children). Seeing that the work is, in the unanimous testimony of all the adepts exceedingly difficult, the ludus puerorum must be a euphemistic, and probaly also a symbolical definition.' [Jung]


'Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it.'  [Jesus]


'We know that the lapis (i.e. stone) is not just a stone, since it is expressly stated it consists of body, soul and spirit. Moreover, it grows from flesh and blood.' [Jung]


'The stone is a true stone, although not like an ordinary stone. It is even pointy and about the size of a child's fist. (...) 
The stone is produced about where the liver is.' [The Paris 4]


'Zosimus, writing in the third century AD quotes one of the oldest authorities on alchemy, Ostanes, who belongs to the dawn of history, and was known even to Pliny. This Ostanes is reported to have said: Go to the waters of the Nile and there you will find a stone that has a Spirit, which refers to the expulsion of the quicksilver (of alchemy/Rice).' [Jung]


'The stone from which the spark is struck is the cornerstone (...). We are already familiar with the idea of pneuma as fire, and with Christ as fire, and fire as the earth's inner element.' [Jung]


'Through baptism by fire, man, who was before dead, is made a living soul.' [Aurora Consurgens]


'The old philosophers discerned the Last Judgment in this alchemical art, namely in the germination and birth of this stone.' [Petrus Bonus]


'The lapis-Christ-parallel plays an important role in Jakob Boehme, but I do not want to go into this here. A characteristic passage is to be found in 'de signatura rerum'. It is clear enough from this material what the ultimate aim of alchemy really was: it was trying to produce a subtile body, a transfigured and resurrected body, i.e. a body that was at the same time spirit. In this it finds common ground with Chinese Alchemy, as we have learned from the secret of the Golden Flower. There the goal is the diamond body, in other words, the attainment of immortality through the transformation of the body.' [Jung]


'So the 'stone' that has the power to burn the Phoenix to ashes (...) is nothing substantial or solid at all. (...) This is why alchemists and mystics describe it as 'a stone that is not a stone'.
[Gardiner and Osborn]


'As von Eschenbach says, this stone is 'called the Grail'. But how can we look upon something that is within ourselves? Clearly we are not meant to take this literally.'
[Gardiner and Osborn]


'Although Gardiner and Osborn did not, as they claim on the cover, know the 'truth behind the Grail', as we know now after reading the Letters, the Serpent Grail is, in my opinion, still the best possible introduction to the Forbidden Letters. Because of the secondary information it contains. I do not agree with the author of the epilog of the Moshiu-article therefor that the Paris 4 simply jumped a Grail-author. This was the best book for them to jump, and they jumped it only a few weeks after it was launched. And that is intriguing enough of course.' [Musing]


'When we come to the original basic ideas of alchemy, we find elements that derive from pagan, and more particulary, from Gnostic sources. The roots of Gnosticism do not lie in Christianity at all - it is far truer to say that Christianity was assimilated through Gnosticism.' [Jung]


'For the alchemist the vessel is something truly marvellous: a vas mirabile. Maria Prophetissa (a.k.a. Maria the Jewess/Rice) says the whole secret lies in knowing about the hermetic vessel. It must be completely round.' [Jung]


'The body is the vessel.' [Musing]


'The Scarab was beheaded and dismembered.' [Papyri Graecae Magicae, II]


'The scarab beetle symbolized rebirth and immortality in the Temple of Set.' [Musing]


'Zosimus says that he would like to make plain a vision that he has seen of a man who was dead, whose body was yet all white like a salt, and whose limbs were divided and his head was of fine gold, but seperated from the body.'  [Jung]


'The golden head referred originally to the head of Osiris who is described in a Greek text as headless. The Greek alchemists styled themselves 'Children of the Golden Head'.' [Jung]


'The head is decapitated. (...) Arms and legs (of the gay man) break into pieces (in the Kundalini fire).' [The Paris 4]


'Sterckx points to the explicit assimilation of the severed head to the body of Christ.'
[Witchard Goetinck]


'We shall consider the head as being, what Pierre Lambrechts called, 'un dieu sans corps' (a god without a body). [Witchard Goetinck]


'It is the microcosmic, subtle head, interwoven in the head of flesh, that is taken off and replaced after the (kundalini) fire by a new subtle head (the Christ).' [The Paris 4]


'There are various accounts from the ancient world of the god being dismembered. Osiris is the prototype. He was cut up into fourteen pieces (...) to allow for his entry into matter.'
[Kuhn] (italics by me)


'The greatest truth that can be told to mortals is, that their bodies are the gestating womb of a God.' [Kuhn]


'It was only later that we discovered that the cauldron or Grail was also associated with the human head, and in particular the male head.' [Gardiner and Osborn]


'The divine feminine (Kundalini) is possibly very bad news for women, because it is said she cannot or will not do her thing in women.' [Forum-PM to Otto Reich]


'Arabian sources are proposed by Furtado and by Philips and Keatman, who suggest, using Wolfram von Eschenbach's Parzival as evidence, that a Crusader poet, possibly a Templar, adopted an Arab legend that was later absorbed into the material by the Arthurian legends.' [Witchard Goetinck]


[Gary Osborn on his website www.garyosborn.moonfruit.com  on the question 'would you agree that Alchemy is an End Time thing?']


'In "The Cyclic Cross at Hendaye" Fulcanelli gives us a guided tour of this monument to the alchemy of time. He begins with the Latin inscription, which he interprets, in French from the Latin letters of the original, as: "It is written that life takes refuge in a single space." Following this rendering, he casually suggests that the phrase means "that a country exists, where death cannot reach man at the terrible time of the double cataclysm." What is more, only the elite will be able to find "this promised land".'



'Could this 'single space' be the Kingdom of God Within, built up between 1986 and the cataclysm?' [Forum]


'Fulcanelli's use of the word Chilaism gave us a clue. Chilaism is a Gnostic conception of the Christian Last Judgement in which a new existence, a spiritual reality, supercedes our flawed common reality at the extreme end of time. Many scholars (see Pagels and Couliano) consider Chilaism to be the most sophisticated of the many 1st century AD eschatological perspectives.

The Egyptian origin of this concept suggested to us the antiquity of its insight. Following this thread, we found evidence that Alchemy, as we have known it historically, is nothing more than a demonstration of the physics at work in the galactic core [which resides in our microcosm, according to the Paris 4/Rice]. The true inner core of Alchemy appears in this light as the ability to apply the physics of creation to the task of personal immortality. And with this, of course, would come the ability to survive the double catastrope.' [Jay Weidner and Vincent Bridges]


'Whether Jesus ever actually existed has long been debated. The argument, very well documented, is, that there is absolutely no corroborating evidence of his existence in documents, other than highly suspect Christian sources.' [R.Eisler]


'If Jesus had only done half of what he is supposed to have done, then portions of that half would have been in Roman and Jewish documents written before 34 AD.' [Musing]


'The earliest rabbinic writings make no mention of the Christian godman. Only when Christianity became a serious challenge to Judaism did the Rabbis start to manufacture black propaganda of their own.'  [ K. Humphreys on www.jesusneverexisted.com/surfeit.htm ]


'As Kenneth Humphreys points out ( www.jesusneverexisted.com/surfeit.htm ), Josephus, Tacitus and Suetonius weren't even born in 33 AD.' [Musing]


'We don't know whether a man called Jesus ever lived (...), but the Gospel never took place.'  [The Paris 4]


'The few words on Jesus outside the Bible we have from the second half of the first century only prove a faith was there. That people believed he had existed. Not that he had existed.'  [Musing]


'Virtually all the commentators simply cannot cut the emotional umbilical cord tying them to the idealistic image of the Nazarene Jesus they have created in their minds.'  [N. Carter]


'The acts of Jesus are as fictional as the acts of Parzival.'  [The Paris 4]


'I am firmly of the opinion that the information from the Paris 4 is a great starting point for discussion, as we have seen across the net.'  [Philip Gardiner in February 2006]


'I will not answer any more questions on the (Forbidden) Letters, which certain individuals seem to have a stake in perpetuating across the net.' [Philip Gardiner ten minutes after he, for the first time, jumped a public discussion on the Forbidden Letters in July 2006, and was jumped back.]


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