“Hear then, but believe, for what I say is true. I have approached the confines of death and, treading the threshold of Proserpina, I was conveyed through all the Elements and returned; I have seen the sun flashing with brilliant white Light at midnight. I have drawn very near to the gods above and the gods below, and I have addressed them face to face. Behold, I have told you things about which, though you have heard them, it is inevitable that you must yet be ignorant.”

It is impossible to exaggerate the importance of this passage to the study of the Ancient Mysteries and to the modern initiatic tradition, from Hermeticism and Freemasonry to Wicca and Neo-Paganism.


Because what we have here is the only first-hand account of the experience of the Mysteries left to us from antiquity. In this case, it is an ostensibly fictional account of…

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