Isis and the Dark Veils of Masonry

Dr. Iyanla Vanzant, a Yoruba Priestess and New Age guru behind Iyanla Fix My Life, recently made a series of Facebook posts about her visit to the Louvre Museum in Paris. Two posts particularly caught my attention:

On April 19, she wrote:

“Isis is Our Lady! According to our tour guide, Notre Dame was originally the temple in which the people worshipped the goddess Isis who was considered the matriarchal protector of Paris.”

On April 22, she posted a picture of Isis along with those of the Catholic Madonna and wrote:

“The First is Not the Last! The statue of Auset/Isis nursing her son Horus, housed at Louvre Museum in Paris is dated First Dynasty B.C. is part of the history of Khemet aka Egypt. On the other side of the museum there are a dozen of photos of the Blessed Mother and Child that do not include the original image of Auset/Isis and Horus.”

A trained mind can decode the undertones in Iyanla’s words. She is saying that the Mary and Jesus in Christianity were an European “whitewashing” of ancient Egyptian pagan deities. Therefore, if Africans or African Americans want the “real deal,” they should embrace the original “Blessed mother and child” of the Kemet: Isis and Horus.

It has been said that the Cathedral of Notre Dame was supposedly built on the site of a former temple to Isis. What was documented is that it was formerly the site of a temple dedicated to the Gallo-Roman deity, Jupiter – also identified as Cernunnos, the Horned god of witchcraft. [1]

Perhaps an Egyptian goddess was regarded as “the matriarchal protector of Paris” – a region originally inhabited by Celtic tribes, the bottom line is: the real Mary of the Bible differs from the revamped “Blessed Virgin Mary” of Rome (which was modelled after Isis) by a country mile.

Freemasonry also has a link with the Kemet. But what many Masons, especially in the lower degrees, do not know is that the Egyptian pagan triad (Osiris, Isis and Horus) is covertly introduced to them in Masonic rituals.

Unless they read the works of Masonic experts explaining the symbols and allegories embedded in their rites, they are intentionally kept in the dark about this.

Masonry is a mystery religion; like Hermeticism and Alchemy, it conceals its secrets from all except the adept and sages, and uses false explanations and misinterpretations of its symbols to mislead the initiate. They conceal the truth from them and draw them away from it. [2]

A central ritual of Masonry is based on the legend of Hiram Abif, the Widow’s Son. In the ritual, he is accosted by three fellowcrafts who are ruffians (Jubelo, Jubelah and Jubelum). The three thugs strike him, finally killing him, bury his body in the rubble of the temple of Solomon and later lug it out of town and bury it on a hill under an acacia tree.

Solomon and King Hiram find the body on the hill of Mt. Moriah. Eventually, Solomon takes the decomposing right hand of Hiram Abif by the “Strong Grip of the Lion’s Paw,” the Master Mason grip, and hauls his carcass out of the ground, apparently resurrecting him (although this is never clear). [3]

This is simply an enactment of the dying-rising fertility god rituals found in all pagan systems. The third degree lecture discusses the monument erected to the memory of Hiram (of course, no real Hebrew would build a monument of statues) saying:

“…Masonic tradition informs us that there was erected to his memory a Masonic monument, consisting of “a beautiful virgin, weeping over a broken column, before her, a book was open; in her right hand a sprig of acacia, in her left an urn; behind her stands Time, unfolding and counting the ringlets of her hair.” [4]

Before one can understand the symbolisms espoused here, one must have a knowledge of the myth of the Egyptian triad – Osiris, Isis and Horus. Here is what a reference work says about Isis:

“The traditions concerning her cult state that when Osiris was slain by the god Set, Isis began a journey to discover his remains. Osiris’s coffin was eventually engulfed by a fragrant tamarisk tree, and Isis soon found the box and the corpse in Byblos, where it floated on the Mediterranean Sea … Isis hid the coffin of Osiris, but Set discovered it and dismembered the body into 14 pieces. Isis persisted and began to look for the parts of her husband. She found all of his remains except for his phallus, which had been devoured by a Nile fish, called Oxyrrnchus by the Greeks.” [5]

When Isis fashioned Osiris’ body together and reanimated it with her magical powers, she became pregnant from the corpse and gave birth to Horus. The source also says:

“In another adventure, the goddess Isis discovered the secret name of the god Ré, viewed always as the most potent of magical weapons. She thus provided herself with additional powers, all of which she dedicated to the service of mankind.” [6]

With this in mind, we can now grasp the symbolisms behind the monument allegedly erected to Hiram Abif.

The “beautiful virgin” is Isis weeping for her husband. The broken column represents the phallus of Osiris. The spring of acacia she held is an allusion to Kemetic soul immortality and agricultural fertility.

The urn is a canopic jar used in Egyptian funerary rituals to store the vital organs of mummies. [7] The “Time” standing behind her refers to Saturn, a later form of Set, the Egyptian god of violence, chaos and disorder. Set is one of the oldest forms of Satan. [8]

It’s clear that the Masonic appellation “Widow’s Son” is a veiled reference to Horus, the son of Isis. There’s a striking similarity between the Masonic legend of Hiram Abif and the Kemetic myth of Osiris.

Both are slain by wicked men who are in turn slain in vengeance; both are buried, dug up, buried again, and finally buried a third time, after an attempt to raise them from the dead. Both are also craftsmen.

Even though Masonry is a masculine form of the mysteries which downplays the goddess’ role, nevertheless, Isis is presented as the holder of the keys to the depths of magick.

Just as Isis discovered the secret name of Ra, Masonry is also based on rediscovering the “Master’s Word,” a secret name. Thus, Manly Hall, a 33° Mason and one of the most influential occultists in the last century, wrote:

“In one of the myths concerning her, Isis is said to have conjured the invincible God of Eternities, Ra, to tell her his secret and sacred name, which he did. This name is equivalent to the Lost Word of Masonry. By means of this Word, a magician can demand obedience from the invisible and superior deities.” [9]

It can’t get any clearer than that. Masonry has nothing to do with the God of the Bible, but pagan deities which He warned us never to serve (Exodus 20:2-3). Freemasonry is no different from the Old Path of witchcraft. They channel the same demonic deities for power, wisdom and protection.

Hall also revealed that:

“The great mysteries of Hermeticism, the great spiritual truths hidden from the world by the ignorance of the world, and the keys of the secret doctrines of the ancient philosophers, are all symbolized by the Virgin Isis. Veiled from head to foot, she reveals her wisdom only to the tried and initiated few who have earned the right to enter her sacred presence…” [10]

Isis in her various forms is the evil entity that all occultists and witches must plug themselves into to wield their powers.

Just as Satan blinds the minds of unbelievers, this demon has a special ability to bind the minds of her worshippers with her dark religious veils and prevent them from receiving the light of the Gospel of Christ (2 Cor. 4:4).

So when Iyanla presents Isis to her fans as “Our Lady,” or a “cross bearer” invites you to behold the veiled mysteries of the “Holy Grail,” or a Wiccan introduces you to the energies of Astarte or a Catholic waxes eloquent about the power of “the Blessed Virgin Mary,” note carefully that her true identity is the demonic queen of heaven.

Notes

[1] Valiente, Doreen, An ABC of Witchcraft, Phoenix, WA, 1988, p. 159.

[2] Pike, Albert, Morals and Dogma of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Supreme Council of the Thirty -Third Degree, Charleston, 1950, p. 104-105.

[3] Duncan, Malcolm, Duncan’s Masonic Ritual and Monitor, David McKay Company, Inc., New York, 1987, pp. 102-121.

[4] Duncan, p. 125.

[5] Encyclopedia of Ancient Egypt, Margaret Bunson, Facts on File, NY., 2002 p. 183.

[6] Ibid, p. 183.

[7] Flexner, Stuart Berg, The Random House Dictionary of the English Language, Random House, New York, 1987, p. 305.

[8] Ancient History Encyclopedia https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.ancient.eu/amp/1-14437/

[9] Manly P. Hall, The Secret Teachings of the Ages, Lulu, 1973, p. 114.

[10] Manly p. 84.

The Goddess Delusion

Over the last few decades, there has been a fast-spreading paradigm shift from Christianity to paganism. This trend ranges from attempts to promote a feminized version of God to cults centered around a female divinity.

“For the first time in two millennia,” wrote Caitlin Matthews in Sophia: Goddess of Wisdom, “the idea of a Goddess as a central pivot of creation is finding a welcome response.”

With the surge of feminism, earth-centred beliefs and New Age spirituality, conceptual social and religious barriers are being broken down, with many adopting a form of female principle – whether by literal goddess worship or a mystical tap into the “feminine energy.”

Elmer Towns was apt to observe that:

“Many women turn to a female deity because they have been hurt by men. They may have been abused, raped, abandoned, or in some way violated by males in their lives. As a result, they may blame the heavenly Father, who is male. Notice, when people ask why God would allow starvation, cancer, or other problems in the world, they never ask why ‘Mother Earth’ or a female deity has caused the problems. It’s always a male deity that they blame. [1]

Ex-Wiccan High Priest, Bill Schnoebelen, reflected on the deceptive ideas that led him into goddess worship:

“While the Biblical Jehovah is striking people with thunderbolts as they step out of line, their Goddess plays and frolics with her hidden children … She is everyone’s fantasy idea of a mother or lover: a gorgeous, compassionate woman who loves unconditionally, does not chide or require much of you, and who is totally available for both service and sexual intimacy. I fell in love with this image of the Goddess immediately.” [2]

Many Wiccans and Neo-pagans freely acknowledge that their Goddess is universally worshipped in countless cultures, traditions and rites worldwide; that their goddess has emerged in different forms, with different names at various periods of history.

This global catholicity of the “great goddess,” however, exposes the diabolic veneer, because a historical overview of many ancient goddesses reveal them to be evil, savage and destructive. For example:

Kali – she is the major Hindu goddess of death, power and destruction. A Hindu text, Devi Mahatmyam, describes Kali as “armed with a sword and noose.”

“Bearing the strange Khatvanga (skull-topped staff), decorated with a garland of skulls, clad in a tiger’s skin, very appalling owing to her emaciated flesh, with gaping mouth, fearful with her tongue lolling out [and] having deep reddish eyes…”

She is also depicted wearing a skirt of human arms and accompanied by serpents. Kali has been worshipped for centuries, perhaps millennia, by human sacrifice.

The infamous Thuggee cult of India and Nepal were followers of Kali who strangled their victims as an act of worship to her. Although the British tried to wipe out Kali’s cult when they colonized India, their efforts failed.

Much has been reported about the numerous human sacrifices to her in the last decade. As recently as 2015, a boy was sacrificed to Kali by a devotee in Kolkata.

If all goddesses are one, then they are by no means benign.

Lilitu/Lilith – the Sumerian goddess Lilitu was depicted as having both the wings and claws of a bird.

Some reliefs show her lower half as a serpent’s body or as a serpent with the head and breasts of a woman. Her visual representation closely resembles that of Maleficent in the 2014 Disney movie.

This goddess, under a slightly modified name, Lilith, is also worshipped in the West.

Lilith is a figure out of Hebrew cabalistic folklore. She was believed to be Adam’s first wife who refused to submit to him and left the Garden of Eden while she was with child. She later gave birth to the baby and bashed its brains out on the rocks by the Euphrates River.

Lilith is worshipped in witchcraft covens and satanic groups today as the ‘Dark Mother’ or demon goddess presiding over feminism, infanticide, abortion and sexual defilement. She also relishes blood sacrifices.

Tanit – the BerberPunic and Phoenician goddess and chief deity of Carthage (modern Tunisia). She was associated with the heavenly bodies, war and fertility and regarded as a consort of Baal Hammon.

She was often depicted having a lion’s head. Archaeological and ancient writings points to animal and human sacrifices as part of her cult worship.

Excavations at ancient sites of her temple showed charred bones of newborns, and in some cases, the bones of fetuses and two year olds.[3]

Artemis – Greek goddess of the hunt, moon and childbirth. She is also called “the thrower of the dart or shooter” of death. A Wiccan writer says:

“Artemis had a reputation for liking bloody sacrifices, including human ones … Artemis who personified respect for animal life, accepts the necessity of the hunt, but only if the rules and the absolving rituals are observed. In most Goddess religions, a similar reasoning is applied to the fetus and the newborn. It is morally acceptable that a woman who gives life may also destroy life under certain circumstances.”[4]

Notice the strong link between goddess worship, feminism, sexual immorality and infant destruction.

Oya – also known as Yansa or Iansa, this Yoruba warrior goddess is worshipped in West Africa as well as in the Americas. She is the “patron” goddess of death, destruction, lightning and violent storms.

The name Oya literally means “She tore [asunder]”. She is associated with cemeteries, marketplace and said to be queen over river Niger and the Amazon river.

Oya’s symbols are swords (or machetes), flywhisk and water buffalo. Her nine children are emblematic of the moon. She is a huntress (murderer) who presides over magick and evil wisdom.[5]

She is also believed to be the mother of the Egunguns – embodiment of the spirits of the ancestral dead in Africa.

Coatlicue – Aztec goddess of the earth, moon, fertility, sexual pleasure and gambling. She is said to be one of the nine Lords of the Night Hours and the power behind all magic in the Aztec world. Her name literally means “skirt of snakes”.

As Tlazoteutl, “she appears nude, riding on a broom. She wears a horned headdress with a crescent moon and she holds a red snake. She also has a crescent moon decorated on her nose …. represents the planet Venus. She is often depicted wearing a flayed human skin.” [6]

There is absolutely nothing gentle or good about these goddess figures. They are bloodthirsty fiends whose altars were drenched with blood of many souls.

Yet these same entities are being invoked in Wiccan/Neopagan circles today.

Astarte or Ashtoreth – the chief goddess of war and sexuality worshipped throughout the Middle East and North Africa. Astarte is the Greek form of her name.

Her symbols are the lion, horse, sphinx and a star within a circle indicating planet Venus (the morning/evening star).

She is associated with the crescent moon and depicted with a child on her laps. Figurines of Astarte have been found at various archaeological sites in Israel showing the goddess having two horns.

A feminist author admits that “infant sacrifices were regularly performed in honor of, certainly, some forms of the goddess. It is recorded, for instance, that around the sacred stone which represented the goddess Astarte, hundreds of skeletons of human infants have been found… first-born children and animals were sacrificed to her.” [7]

From the Bible, we can see the dark, downward spiral when people dabble into goddess worship which we observe today as ancient paganism is being revived.

After King Solomon was led astray by his pagan wives:

“He followed Ashtoreth the goddess of the Sidonians, and Molech, the detestable god of the Ammonites. So Solomon did evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (1 Kgs. 11:5-6)

Centuries later, about 741 BC, King Ahaz “walked in the ways of the kings of Israel and even sacrificed his son in the fire, following the detestable ways of the nations the LORD had driven out before the Israelites” (2 Kgs. 16:3).

Then some decades later (about 721 BC), the Bible says this about the Israelites:

“The set up sacred stones and Asherah poles on every high hill and under every spreading tree… They bowed down to all the starry host, and they worshipped Baal. They sacrificed their sons and daughters in the fire. They practiced divination and sorcery and sold themselves to do evil in the eyes of the LORD…” (2 Kgs. 17:10, 16-17).

God has revealed Himself as the only true God and there is no “heavenly queen” ruling together with him (Is. 45:5). He is the embodiment of love and the “father of compassion and the God of all comfort” (1 Jn. 4:8; 2 Cor. 1:3).

God desires all men to know and serve Him. Yet, many people are being led astray by another form of modern goddess delusion in a “Christian” garb: the cult of the Catholic Mary.

The “Virgin Mary” being worshipped in Roman Catholicism has become the “emergent” goddess archetype of our time, annually drawing millions of people from diverse churches and religions to her shrines and grottoes like the pied piper of Hamelin.

Many apparitions and miracles of this Lady have been documented. What is particularly striking is, this Catholic Queen of heaven is demanding that the Vatican define a final dogma to make her the Co-Redemptrix with Christ:

“When the dogma, the last dogma in Marian history, has been proclaimed, “the Lady of All Nations” will give peace, true peace to the world. The nations, however, must say My prayer in union with the Church. They must know that “the Lady of Nations” has come as Co-Redemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate. So be it!” [8]

New Agers are also receiving messages from this counterfeit Mary calling for a one world religion:

“Each religion is worshipping, underneath the outer trappings, its Creator. It is the same Creator! Whether you pray facing the east or facing an altar or on Saturday or Sunday, it is all worship … All words which have been written in the Holy Books have been written by men in unity with the Creator.” [9]

Bible prophecy indicates that a diabolical female figure will gain universal prominence in the last days.

Prophet Zechariah was shown a woman sitting in a basket lifted between heaven and earth which an angel of God called “wickedness” (Zech. 5:7-9).

This could be Babylon the Great: the whore who rides on a beast in Revelation 17. This is the demonic religious force behind modern false worship and she will finally usher in the Antichrist in the Last days.

Notes

1. Elmer Towns, Bible Answers to all your Questions, Thomas Nelson, 2003, 139

2. Bill Schnoebelen, Wicca: Satan’s Little White Lie, Chick Pub., 1990, 113.

3. Lawrence Stager by Paolo Xella et al., Phoenician bones of Contention, Volume 87, no. 338; 1199-1207.

4. Ginette Paris, The Sacrament of Abortion, Spring Pub., 1992, 34, 53.

5. Adeoye C. L. Beliefs and Religion of Yorubas, Evans Bros, 1989, 303.

6. Patricia Turner and Coulter Russell, Dictionary of Ancient Deities, Oxford Univ. Press. 2000, 470.

7. Esther M. Harding, Woman’s Mysteries – Ancient and Modern, Harper and Row, 1971, 138.

8. Message to Ida Peerdeman in Josef Kunzli, The Messages of the Lady of All Nations, 1997, 85.

9. Annie Kirkwood, Mary’s Message to the World, New York, 1991, 145.

Mother of God or Mother Goddess?

The Catholic religion’s exaltation of Mary can be seen in the “Mother of God” title attributed to her. Most Catholics when questioned about this often reply: “We believe in the Trinity. Jesus is God, so, Mary too is the mother of God.”

But if this Catholic hobbyhorse is pursued to a logical end, it leads to a warped theology.

One, since God is Triune, then Mary would also have to be the mother of God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Two, if we replace the word Jesus with “God” in the following Bible verses, they will read as:

Now when GOD was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod…” (Matt.2:1)

And GOD increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.” (Luke 2:52)

And [GOD] was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow...” (Mark4: 38)

And GOD cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.” (Mark 15:37)

These passages sound absurd. Why? Because Jesus Christ is the God-Man. He is both human and deity; both natures are presented in Scripture. To deny either nature is rank heresy. Mary is only the mother of Jesus as Man, not as God.

The “mother” familial title applies only to His humanity. So to take a title that applies to Jesus’ humanity and transfer it to His Deity is heretical. That is outside the realm of Biblical orthodoxy.

Since Roman Catholicism has no qualms giving Mary this unbiblical position, it wasn’t strange to them to also call her “the Spouse of the Holy Spirit” as well. But if the Holy Spirit is Mary’s husband (and Jesus’ “father”), and Jesus is God, that would mean the Holy Spirit is the “father” of God!

The Catholic Information Service of the Knights of Columbus explains that Mary is the mother of God because:

It matters not that the woman has no part in the production of the spiritual element (directly created by God) in the human nature of the person she conceives. It suffices that she has supplied the bodily substance which goes into the constitution of human nature … She rightly acquires the title of mother.”

Of course, no one denies that Mary is the mother of Jesus Christ. The real issue is whether her motherhood extends to His divine nature that has eternally existed and was not created in the womb of the virgin.

A mother is only the mother of what originates within her womb, and since Jesus, as the Second Person of the Trinity, didn’t originate within Mary’s womb, she can only be the mother of His humanity, not divinity.

I. Jesus is co-eternal with God (Ps. 90:2, 93:2). He had no beginning and has no mother. But as He took on flesh, He was born by Mary.

Mary had a beginning; she’s not eternal and therefore cannot be the mother of Christ’s eternal nature. Since Jesus’ existence didn’t begin in Mary’s womb, she can only be the mother of the Man Christ.

II. As Man, Jesus was the son of David (Lk. 1:32) but as Deity, He is David’s Lord (Ps. 110:1). Quoting this, Jesus asked “If David call him Lord, how is he his son?” to show the distinction between His Deity and His humanity (see Matt. 22:45). In other words, as Man, Jesus is Mary’s son but as Deity, He is her Lord.

III. When John describes Jesus as being given the Holy Spirit without measure (Jn. 3:34), he was referring to His humanity. As the second Person of the Trinity, Jesus didn’t need to be given the Spirit. This clear distinction proves Mary is not the mother of God.

In response, Catholics usually quote Luke 1:43, “And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” But this statement acknowledges the Lordship of Christ rather than the “divine maternity” of Mary.

There is not a single verse in the Bible that describes Mary as the “Mother of God.” No inspired writer of the Old or New Testament gave a hint that she should be addressed so.

Mary considered herself as a “maidservant of the Lord” (Lk. 1:47) and “lowly state of her maidservant” (v. 48). These titles would have been inappropriate if she believed herself to be the “Mother of God.” The Bible repeatedly calls her the mother of Jesus and not “Mother of God” (Mk. 3:31, Lk. 8:19, Acts 1:14).

The “Mother of God” title was developed centuries after the Bible was completed in an attempt to elevate Mary to a divine plane.

Even when the “Bearer of God” (Theotokos) title was first applied to Mary, some theologians like Athanasius, raised objections to it in 428 A.D., pointing out that it affected the fact of Jesus’ humanity.

Cyril of Alexandria engaged in a battle with Athanasius over this matter to make this heresy a dogma, and it finally became one in 431 at the Council of Ephesus. Cyril’s main argument was that those who denied the “Mother of God” title were denying the deity of Christ.

But the Lord Jesus directly addressed Mary as “woman” not “mother.” On one occasion “He stretched out His hand towards His disciples and said, ‘Here are My mother and My brothers!” to show that anyone who believed in Him and obeyed the will of the Father is on the same level as Mary (Jn. 2:4; Mt. 12:49).

Even Augustine of Hippo wrote:

“When the Lord said, ‘Woman, what have I to do with thee? Mine hour is not yet come’ (John 2:4). He rather admonishes us to understand that, in respect of His being God, there was no mother for Him” (Treatise on Faith and Creed, Ch. IV., 9).

History shows that before some theologians in Alexandria in the third century used the “Mother of God” title for Mary, it had been a title of Isis, the Egyptian goddess of fertility.

The city of Ephesus where it finally became a dogma in the 5th century, had long been devoted to the pagan goddess Diana. Apparently, the people were more influenced by the surrounding pagan culture than Scripture.

“The Council of Ephesus assembled in the basilica of the Theotokos in 431. There, if anywhere, in the city so notorious for its devotion to Artemis, or Diana as the Romans called her, where her image was said to have fallen from heaven, under the shadow of the great temple dedicated to the Magna Mater since 330 BC, and containing; according to tradition, a temporary residence of Mary, the title ‘God bearer’ hardly could fail to be upheld” (E. O. James, The Cult of the Mother Goddess, New York, 1959, 207).

“Veneration of the mother of God received its impetus when … the pagan masses streamed into the church … Their piety and religious consciousness had been formed for millennia through the cult of the ‘great mother’ goddess and the ‘divine virgin'” (The New Encyclopedia Britannica, 16: 326-327).

The whole complex of Marian dogmas was a simply a transition from the old pagan mother goddess to a “new Christian” mother goddess under the guise of “Mary.”