Among the Jews the Edris became "Enoch," who, according to Bar-Hebraeus, "was the first inventor of writing," books, arts, and sciences, the first who reduced to a system the progress of the planets. In Greece he was called Orpheus, and thus changed his name with every nation. The number Seven being attached to, and connected with, each of those primitive Initiators (Khanoch, or Hanoch, or Enoch means the "Initiator" and "teacher," as well as the "Son of Man," Enos (vide Genesis iv., 26), esoterically), as well as the number 365, of the days in the year, astronomically, it identifies the mission, character, and the sacred office of all those men, but certainly not their personalities.
Enoch is the seventh Patriarch; Orpheus
is the possessor of the phorminx, the 7-stringed lyre, which is the
sevenfold mystery of initiation. Thoth, with the seven-rayed Solar
Discus on his head, travels in the Solar boat, the 365 degrees,
jumping out every fourth (leap) year for one day. Finally,
Thoth-Lunus is the septenary god of the seven days, or the week.
Esoterically and spiritually, Enoichion means the "Seer of the Open
He shows those pillars as still existing
during his own time. He tells us that they were built by Seth; and
so they may have been, only neither by the Patriarch of that name,
the fabled son of Adam, nor by the Egyptian god of Wisdom--Teth,
Set, Thoth, Tat, Sat (the later Satan), or
Hermes, who are all
one,--but by the "sons of the Serpent-god," or "Sons of the Dragon,"
the name under which the Hierophants of Egypt and Babylon were known
before the Deluge, as were their forefathers, the Atlanteans.
Hence, in saying that all the great adepts and mystics of antiquity--like Orpheus, Hesiod, Pythagoras and Plato--got the elements of their theology from those hieroglyphics, he is right in one sense, and wrong in another; for he errs in accuracy. The Secret Doctrine teaches us that the arts, sciences, theology, and especially the philosophy of every nation which preceded the last universally known, but not universal Deluge, had been recorded ideographically from the primitive oral records of the Fourth Race, and that these were the inheritance of the latter from the early Third Root-Race before the allegorical Fall. Hence, also, the Egyptian pillars, the tablets, and even the "white Oriental porphyry stone" of the Masonic legend--which Enoch, fearing that the real and precious secrets would be lost, concealed before the Deluge in the bowels of the Earth--were simply the more or less symbolical and allegorical copies from the primitive Records.
The "Book of Enoch" is one of such copies and is a Chaldean, now very incomplete compendium. As already said, Enoichion means in Greek the "inner eye," or the Seer; in Hebrew, and with the help of Masoretic points it means the initiator and instructor. It is a generic title; besides which his legend is that of several other prophets, Jewish and heathen, with changes of made-up details, the root-form being the same.
Elijah is also taken up into Heaven alive; and the astrologer, at the court of Isdubar, the Chaldean Hea-bani, is likewise raised to heaven by the god Hea, who was his patron, as Jehovah was of Elijah (whose name means in Hebrew "God-jah," Jehovah), and again of Elihu, which has the same meaning. This kind of easy death, or euthanasia, has an esoteric meaning. It symbolizes the death of any adept who has reached the power and degree, as also the purification, which enable him to die only in the physical body and still live and lead a conscious life in his astral body. The variations on this theme are endless, but the secret meaning is ever the same.
The Pauline expression (Hebrews xi. 5)
"that he should not see death"--ut non videret mortem--has thus an
esoteric meaning, but nothing supernatural in it. The mangled
interpretation given of some Biblical hints to the effect that
Enoch, "whose years will equal those of the world," (of the Solar
year, 365 days,) will share with Christ and the prophet Elijah the
honours and bliss of the last advent and of the destruction of
Antichrist--signify, esoterically, that some of the great adepts
will return in the Seventh Race, when all Error will be made away
with, and the advent of TRUTH will be heralded by those Sishta, the
holy "Sons of Light."
This shows only that Enoch, or its
equivalent, was a term, even during the days of the later
Talmudists, which meant "Seer," "Adept in the Secret Wisdom," etc.,
without any specification as to the character of the title-bearer.
When Josephus, speaking of Elijah and Enoch (Antiquities, ix., 2),
remarks that "it is written in the sacred books they (Elijah and
Enoch) disappeared, but so that nobody knew that they died," it
means simply that they had died in their personalities, as Yogis die
to this day in India, or even some Christian monks to the world.
They disappear from the sight of men and die--on the terrestrial
plane--even for themselves. A seemingly figurative way of speaking,
yet literally true.
In this case both represent the Root-
Races, the present one and the one that preceded it. In another
sense, Enoch disappeared, "he walked with God, and he was not, for
God took him," the allegory referring to the disappearance of the
Sacred and Secret " knowledge from among men; for "God" (or Java
Aleim--the high Hierophants, the heads of the colleges of initiated
priests [Vide Isis Unveiled, Vol. 1, p.575, et seq. ]) took him; in
other words, the Enochs or the Enoichions, the Seers and their
knowledge and wisdom, became strictly confined to the Secret
Colleges of the Prophets, with the Jews, and to the temples with the
Now the figures on the upper triangle
represent the Four Races, leaving out the first--the Chhayas or
Shadows--and the "Son of Man," Enos or Enoch, is in the centre,
because he stands between the two (the Fourth and the Fifth) Races,
as he represents the Secret Wisdom of both. These are the four
animals of Ezekiel and of Revelation. The same double triangle which
in Isis, Vol. II, (p. 453), faces the Hindu Adanari, is by far the
best. For there, only the three (for us) historical races are
symbolized: the third, the androgynous, by Ada-nari; the fourth,
symbolized by the strong, powerful lion; and the fifth--the
Aryan--by that which is its most sacred symbol to this day, the bull
(and the cow).
To which he adds, later on,
Precisely so; and the Secret Doctrine teaches that that "order of nature" has been thus altered, and the series of the Earth's humanities too. For, as the angel Uriel tells Enoch:
In those days also, years before the great Deluge that carried away the Atlanteans and changed the face of the whole earth--because "the earth (on its axis) became inclined"--nature, geologically, astronomically, and cosmically in general, could not have been the same, just because the Earth had inclined. See chap. Ixiv. (Sect. xi.)...
This, by the way, looks like one of
those many "inconsistencies," if the Bible is read literally. For,
to say the least, this is a very strange fear in one who had "found
grace in the eyes of the Lord" and been told to build an ark! But
here we find the venerable Patriarch expressing as much fear as if,
instead of a "friend" of God, he had been one of the Giants doomed
by the wrathful deity. The earth has already inclined, and the
deluge of waters has become simply a question of time, and yet Noah
seems to know nothing of his intended salvation.
Hence the apocalyptic verse that speaks of a commandment gone forth that they may be destroyed, "that their end may be" (of the race); for they knew truly,
And now a natural question. Who could have informed the apocryphal author of this powerful vision (to whatever age he may be assigned before the day of Galileo) that the Earth could occasionally incline her axis? Whence has he derived such astronomical and geological knowledge if the Secret Wisdom, of which the ancient Rishis and Pythagoras had drunk, is but a fancy, an invention of the later ages?
Has Enoch read prophetically perchance in Frederick Klee's work on the Deluge (p. 79) these lines:
This reminds one of that other
unscientific statement made by the Egyptian priests to Herodotus,
namely, that the Sun has not always risen where it arises now, and
that in former times the ecliptic had cut the equator at right
angles. [Bailley, Historie de l'astronomie ancienne (2nd ed., Paris,
1781), livre VI, xi, pp 166-167; attributed to Herodotus, History,
bk. II, Euterpe, 142]
Thus, on the blind faith of his "ignorant" religion, which taught that Phaeton, in his desire to learn the hidden truth, made the Sun deviate from its usual course--Xenophantes asserts somewhere that, "the Sun turned toward another country"; which is a parallel, however slightly more scientific, if as bold, of Joshua stopping the course of the Sun altogether.
Yet it may
explain the teaching of the Northern mythology [City of God, I. xv. ch. xxiii] (in Jeruskoven) [Jernskoven-Norwegian, Jarnskog-Swedish
or "iron forest"] that, before the actual order of things, the Sun
arose in the South, and its placing the Frigid Zone in the East,
whereas now it is in the North.
The Book of this mysterious personage is referred to and quoted copiously in the Pistis Sophia, and also in the Zohar and its most ancient Midrashim. Origen and Clement of Alexandria held it in the highest esteem. [Origen, de Principiis, IV, i, 35; and Contra Celsum, V, liv.]
To say, therefore, that it is a
post-Christian forgery is to utter an absurdity and to become guilty
of an anachronism, since Origen, among others, lived in the second
century of the Christian era, yet he mentions it as an ancient and
venerable work. The secret and sacred name and its potency are well
and clearly though allegorically described in the old volume. From
the XVIIIth to the Lth chapter, the Visions of Enoch are all
descriptive of the Mysteries of Initiation, one of which is the
Burning Valley of the "Fallen Angels."
There was no room for the events noticed in it within the limit of the 4004 years B.C. assigned to the world from its "creation"!