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  • lady_caritas
    �����In the book Bloom professed to be a self-proclaimed gnostic what ever that mean. The only chapter of interst to me was his chapter on Mormonism which is
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      �In the book Bloom professed to be a
      "self-proclaimed" gnostic what ever that mean. The only chapter of
      interst to me was his chapter on Mormonism which is quite
      convinsing and more orless varified by Lance Owen's article
      in _Dialogue: A Journal of Mormon Thought_ (You can
      view the article at:
      <a href=http://www.gnosis.org/jskabb1.htm target=new>http://www.gnosis.org/jskabb1.htm</a>). I have brought it up the article and the topic
      many times here but no one is seemed to be interested
      in it. I wonder why? Through the gape vine I heard
      Owen (which by the way is the priest of Ecclesia
      Gnostica in Salt Lake City) is trying to work on the
      concept of Mormon polygamy advocated by Smith as really
      the physical metaphor for the "Bridal
      Chamber."<br><br>Ernst, why I�d be happy, as might others, to discuss
      this with you. I read the article you referenced,
      �Joseph Smith and Kabbalah: The Occult Connection,� along
      with another introductory article by Lance Owens,
      �Joseph Smith: America�s Hermetic Prophet,� (
      <a href=http://www.gnosis.org/ahp.htm target=new>http://www.gnosis.org/ahp.htm</a> ) quite a while ago. So I reviewed them today. I
      do enjoy his writing style.<br><br>Whether or not
      one chooses to see a Gnostic influence spurring
      Joseph Smith depends on how one envisions �Gnostic.�
      Owens convincingly shows Smith�s connection to
      Kabbalistic, Hermetic and alchemical traditions.<br><br>Ernst,
      you of course know that Smith�s attempt to stop
      dissidents from publishing his secret teachings, among them
      the practice of polygamy, is what landed him in jail
      and eventually shot. So, considering Smith�s
      lifestyle, �that Smith and his early followers had multiple
      involvements with magic, irregular Freemasonry, and traditions
      generally termed occult,� (�Joseph Smith: America�s
      Hermetic Prophet�), please tell us more, if you can, about
      what Owens is working on. Mormon polygamy as a
      physical metaphor for the �Bridal Chamber�? Hmmm.
      Apparently polygamy extended to both sexes. From this same
      introductory article ~<br><br>�Interestingly, in 1834 the
      widow of William Morgan, Lucinda, converted to
      Mormonism along with her second husband, George Washington
      Harris. Harris was also a Mason and former associate of
      William Morgan. Joseph Smith became closely acquainted
      with George and Lucinda around 1836, and sometime
      thereafter he entered into an intimate relationship with
      Lucinda. Eventually Lucinda became one of his ritually wed
      "spiritual wives"--a relationship which fully evolved
      despite her still being married to
      Harris.�<br><br>�During the period after 1841, Joseph introduced the
      practice of plural "celestial marriage"--what later
      evolved into Mormon polygamy in Utah--to a small group of
      his most trusted followers. In this era not only men,
      but a few women--like Lucinda--secretly took a
      "plural" spouse. The sacred wedding ritualized by Smith
      was a transformative union that anointed men and
      women to become "priests and priestesses", "kings and
      queens", and then ultimately Goddess and God--the dual
      creative substance of Divinity in eternal, tantric
      intercourse. The ceremony was intended to be performed in the
      holiest precincts of his new Temple. By late 1843 Joseph
      revealed several ritual extensions to the "endowment", all
      ultimately incorporated into Mormon Temple ceremony. This
      legacy of mysterious initiatory rituals revealed by
      Joseph Smith between 1842 and 1844 remains little
      altered as the sacred core of Mormonism.�
      <br><br>(continued)
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