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On the Forbidden Letters - by Christine Liebreich

Part 1 - Egypt


'The language of the alchemist is allegorical. In classical alchemy the language is chemical, in biblical alchemy it is agricultural (The parabels of Jesus on the Kingdom within).'[M. Strom on the Forbidden Letters/emphasis added] 


'Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit. Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life will preserve it for eternal life.'[John 12]  


'Nothing was more natural for the Egyptian mind than to imagine a parallel between resurrection and a growing seed; in a text originating during the First Intermediate Period the soul of the dead is compared with Napri, the personification of corn "who lives after he has died." - '[Cerny, 1952:86/emphasis added] 


'(Sir Alan) Gardiner called attention to two texts which, according to him, illustrate an old belief that 'Osiris was identical with grain,' and that he is 'none other than Neper, the grain-God.' - '[Gwyn Griffiths, 1980:165] 


'There eventually developed in Egyptian religion a system of salvation in which Osiris was the central figure.'[Gwyn Griffiths, 1980:216] 


'In the case of grain Osiris took to himself in a special way a symbolism of rebirth which probably preceded his cult.'[Gwyn Griffiths, 1980:172/emphasis added] 


'To the last, Egyptian religion remained a combination of ill-assorted survivals rather than a system; a confederation of seperate cults, rather than a definite theology.'[Sayce, 2004] 


'Kernels (of alchemy) here, kernels (of alchemy) there. The religions of the world are a zoo.'[J. Raven on the Forbidden Letters] 


'So who was first then, India or Egypt?'[Forum-post on the Forbidden Letters] 

'The oriental divinities (of the far East/Liebreich) are often figured as wearing tight-fitting lotus shaped caps (representing the crown chakra/Liebreich). The museum of Cairo contains several Egyptian mummy cases bearing exactly these symbolic lotus blooms over the head area.'[Manly P. Hall] 


'The answer to the question: which God was conceived through homosexual union: Thot, the later Hermes, the Father of Alchemy. Pellerano has that story on dragonkeypress:

"Sexual Magick cites another incident in Egyptian Myth where Seth lusts after his brother Horus and seduces him. Horus stealthily applies the sperm of Seth onto a lettuce, the preferred food of Seth. Seth eats the lettuce, is impregnated thereby and gives birth to Thoth." - '[The Paris 4/emphasis added]


'There's also a considerable amount of homosexual imagery contained in the mythological cycle of "The Contendings of Horus and Set", when modern scholarship is applied to the translations. There is a homosexual relationship of dominance/submission between these "adversaries" that is rarely examined (...). But it is there, if one does competent research.)'[Frater] 


'The researches of Jean Leclant have revealed a clear reference in a text from the pyramid of Pepi I. In this passage the homosexual advances are reciprocal and Horus, not Seth, is named as the initiator.'[Gwyn Griffiths, 1980:15/emphasis added] 


'In the fourth century Nicean Creed [not in the canonical version/Liebreich], Jesus fought the serpent.'[de Renzi, Fenelon and de la Censerie on the Forbidden Letters]

Drawing by BP

[ St. George fighting the dragon ]


'The resemblance between St. George killing the dragon with his spear to Horus killing the evil God Setekh in the form of a crocodile must be very striking to anyone.'[Cerny, 1952:148] 


'Countless magical texts have come down to us from Christian Egypt. They resemble the pagan ones except that the names of the old Egyptian gods are replaced by those of Jesus and the Saints.'[Cerny, 1952:149/emphasis added] 

[Fragment of St. John's gospel]

[ Fragment from St. John 'of Manchester' ]


'It is interesting that the oldest manuscript of the Gospel on papyrus comes from Egypt; it is a fragment of St. John, chap. xviii, now at Manchester.'[Cerny, 1952:149/emphasis added] 


'Horus was born in Annu, the place of bread, where a star announced his birth. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the house of bread, with an eastern star leading the Magi to his birthplace. Horus was baptized with water by Anup the Baptizer at the age of thirty just as Jesus was baptized at thirty by John the Baptist. Horus had twelve followers known as Har-Khutti and Jesus had his twelve followers known as disciples. Horus was carried off by Set to the summit of Mount Hetep where they did battle. Jesus was carried off by Satan to the Mount where Jesus was tested by Satan. After Horus' death he was wrapped in a mummy bandage that was woven without seam just like the vesture of Christ was without a seam.'[Brice Smith]

[ Wilkinsons Egyptians, Sir John Gardner Wilkinson, 1841 ]


'The ancient Egyptians also adopted the cross as a religious symbol of their pagan gods. Countless Egyptian drawings depict themselves holding crosses in their hands. Among them, the Egyptian savior Horus is depicted holding a cross in his hand. He is also depicted as an infant sitting on his mother's knee with a cross on the seat they occupy. The most common of the crosses used by these pagan Egyptians, the crux ansata, was later adopted by the Christians.'[Misha'al ibn `Abdullah Al-Kadhi] 


'The most important similarity between the Egyptian religion and Christianity is the concept of a holy trinity. The tradition of the trinity goes back to the Amon theology of the Rameside period. The one god has three appearances or forms which are combined and treated as a singular being. In the later periods, the Egyptian trinity was taken to be Atum the Father, Horus the Son, and Ra the Holy Spirit. This is of course paralleled in the Christian trinity of God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit. It is clear that not only the Persian cult of Mithra, but also the ancient pagan religions of Egypt strongly influenced the formation of the Judeo-Christian religion which grew up trapped between these two giants.'[Brice Smith] 


'The gospel story of Jesus is itself apparently mythic from first to last.'[Robert M. Price, Professor of Biblical Criticism] 


'Whether considered as a God made human, or a man made divine, this character (Jesus) never existed as a person.'[The egyptologist Gerald Massey]


Part 2 - Miscellanea


'We are closing for today. If you search in alchemy, at one point you will find the expression V.I.T.R.I.O.L. (= visit the centre of the earth and by rectification you will find the stone). The alchemist- writers are quite mistaking here. We recommend our 16 words from our first mail: first the stone is produced, then the journey to the inner earth starts.' [The Paris 4] 


'Psychotherapy could thus be imagined as a mining expedition or geographical exploration to reach the central source of life at the core.' [Jung] 


'In a sense Jung owes this metaphor of the human personality to the Philosophers of Nature for whom the earth was an anthropomorphized entity with its own soul, or indeed, psyche.' [Noll, 1994] 


'By looking inwards, one can see, in the distance, a "single star in the Zenith" of this inner world: The Star is the God and the goal of man..' [Noll, 1994] 


'The inner core of the personality representing the source of all life is thus represented in this mandala (by Jung) as a sun. If Jungian individuation is adaptation to inner reality, it is a descent into the deepest regions of the psyche (microcosm/Liebreich) to seek closer contact with the source of all life, the inner sun (or star) as the God within.' [Noll, 1994] 


'You have the energy of the sun in you, but you keep knotting it up at the base of your spine.' [Ibn Rumi] 


'So our body can become light?'[ Forum-post on the Forbidden Letters] 


'The ancient Greeks said that 'all is light.' But how can this be?' [M. Hasler]

[ Louis de Broglie ]


'A very interesting discovery that took place in the 20th century was that light, which is a wave, also has the properties of particles in certain situations. When light travels, for example, it behaves like a wave, but when it arrives at a surface, it behaves like a particle. (...) It was then proposed that if waves could sometimes behave like particles, perhaps the reverse could also be true. Experiments carried out by Louis de Broglie [ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis,_7th_duc_de_Broglie ], and then independently confirmed by others, demonstrated this to be the case. So it was shown that matter is also like light.' [Parnia, 2006:131/emphasis added] 


'The swan is the symbol for Lohengrin, the son of Parzival, i.e. the Alchemist deified at the end of the Work of the Sun. [In The Black Swan] he is probably made black by Thomas Mann because of the morbidity of the message: cancer and death, instead of pregnancy. The black swan hisses at Rosalie in a hostile way.' [D. Willis on the Forbidden Letters/emphasis added] 


'The records explain that the central staff and entwined serpents represent the spinal cord and the sensory nervous system. The two uppermost wings signify the brainʼs lateral ventricular structures. Between these wings, above the spinal column, is shown the small central node of the pineal gland. The combination of the central pineal and its lateral wings has long been referred to as the "Swan", and in Grail lore (as in some yogic circles) the Swan is emblematic of the fully enlightened being. This is the ultimate realm of consciousness achieved by the mediaeval Knights of the Swan, as epitomized by such chivalric figures as Perceval and Lohengrin.'[Bibilotheca Pleyades/emphasis added] 


'Lohengrin means 'seed or grain (grin) from fire or flame (Lohe>loug=flame or fire).'[Arthur West] 


'I too have approached several alchemists about the Letters, and they all have been in favour of them; that what is being divulged in them is true. One said that the secrets of Alchemy are no longer secret. Simple as that." [Gary Osborn on July 12 2007] 


'The Forbidden Letters by the Paris 4 are the conclusion to the mysteries of alchemy.'[Gary Osborn quoting an alchemist he consulted on the Letters] 


'If the Letters are the conclusion to alchemy, then they are the conclusion to metaphysics. A big hand for World Mysteries then for publishing them!'[Joan Mathers] 


  • Cerny, J., Ancient Egyptian Religion, Hutchinson's University Library, London, 1952

  • Gwyn Griffiths, J., The Origins of Osiris and His Cult, Brill, Leiden, 1980

  • Noll, R., The Jung Cult: Origins of a Charismatic Movement, Princeton University Press, Princeton, USA, 1994

  • Parnia, S., What Happens When We Die, Hay House, Carlsbad, USA, 2006

  • Hall, Manly P., Man, Grand Symbol of the Mysteries, Essays in Occult Anatomy, The Philosophical Research Society, Los Angeles, USA, 1932, 1947.

  • Sayce, Prof., A.H., The Religion of Ancient Egypt, Kessinger Publishing Co, USA, 2004

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