Gospel of Mary - Part Eight
This is Volume One Number 32,
February 1, 2004
In this issue:
2. The Gospel of Mary - Part Eight
Ancient Alchemy is based on the assumption there
is One Source of everything and this One Source
decided to create everything that exists. That
decision includes you and me. The Hermetic Axiom
is: "As Above, So Below." Just as the One Source
decided to create everything that exists, so we
decided to create everything that exists in our
This decision was made while we still existed in
the unmanifest state of being. Alchemy calls this
our Unmanifest Self. And it's our Unmanifest Self
that made the original decision to incarnate in
this lifetime. Our Unmanifest Self implemented
that decision by creating our manifest Spirit in
the World of Archetypes. Alchemy calls this
Spirit our Mercury.
As Above, So Below. Our Spirit creates our Soul
which Alchemy calls our Sulphur. Then our Soul
creates our Ego which Alchemy calls our Salt.
Thus we have Mercury - Sulphur - Salt being our
Spirit, Soul and Ego. But the creation continues
as our Ego creates our Persona. It's our Persona
which is the Prime Material of the Spiritual
Alchemist and which is converted into the
Philosopher's Stone. This conversion requires
three Alchemical Marriages and each marriage is
accomplished through Spiritual Alchemy the art and
science of personal transformation.
To get started on your Alchemical Journey download
the first step of the process for free from the
Order of Spiritual Alchemy website at
http://AlchemicalOrder.com Give it a try and see
if Alchemy is for you.
2. Gospel of Mary - Part Eight
[ I'm using "The Gospel of Mary Magdalene" by
Jean-Yves LeLoup (ISBN 089281911-1) as my text for
this series of articles on the Gospel of Mary. ]
The text for this week is Page 15 verses 1-12.
The missing pages 11-14 may never be found and
we'll never know for sure what the Teacher was
going to say in the message truncated by the
missing pages. Nor will we know how the
conversation between the Soul and Craving ever got
started. But, page 15 starts with the words And,
Craving said: "I did not see you descend but now I
see you rising. Why do you lie, since you belong
to me." And the Soul answered...
Scholars of this Gospel are going to debate these
words for a long time. Most Gnostics think this
is a statement about descending from the
Unmanifest into flesh and the Path of Return from
manifestation to the state of being Unmanifest.
Craving says it didn't see us descend into matter
but now it sees us rising above it. Our
Possessiveness didn't see us descend into matter
but now it watches us on our spiritual journey as
we rise above this physical abode. Obviously, our
Possessiveness was a part of us before we gained a
Soul. Since our Unmanifest Self is pure and
unadulterated, Greed must have been apart of our
Spirit before we acquired a soul.
Our Soul belongs to our Spirit as a spoken word
belongs to the speaker. Our Spirit creates our
Soul in order to gain experience in the flesh.
The Spirit speaking as Craving was possessive.
The Soul is also possessive, It craves whatever
the Spirit desires. It also protects and hides
the things it wants to possess. Thus the Soul
lies to Spirit posing as Craving by denying it
The Gospel continues..."Then it entered into the
Third Climate known as Ignorance..." This is an
interesting statement and may refer to the Third
World of the Qabala which is called the World of
Ignorance. It's also called the World of Fire,
the World of Desires and the World of Ego. If
this is so, it brings deeper understanding to the
previous stanza. Craving must have entered into
the Second Climate, the Second World, the World of
Water, the World of Illusion, the World of
Emotions also known as the World of our Soul.
That means Craving exists in the First Climate,
the First World of the Qabala, the World of Air,
the World of Archetypes known as the World of our
Spirit. All of this would be consistent with the
preceding analysis. What the Gospel of Mary is
telling us is that our greed, possessiveness and
cravings in this physical world are born not in
our Ego nor in our Soul but in our Spirit. This
means our cravings are a part of who and what we
really are. It is these cravings we came into
this world to overcome.
The things we crave, the things we really want are
the things we came here to give up. We came here
to become non-possessive, to become detached from
our cravings. But we don't want to do that so our
Soul lies to our Craving.
That's heavy stuff. We'll finish Page 15 in the
next issue, in the meantime, ponder these things.
Besides, one of the things that can help us become
detached from our cravings is Alchemy.
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