AN ESOTERIC MEETING ON THE DAY OF THE FEAST OF SAINT JOHN THE BAPTIST

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“I hosted the esoteric meeting on the day of the feast of Saint John the Baptist, which falls on the summer solstice. That afternoon my neighbors were at home. Seeing all those cars parked in the yard, they were surprised.
“While the white girdle brethren purified the living room, the others waited on the upper floor. In fact, we were not allowed to see how the purification ritual took place. Rino was one of those who performed the ritual, and later he told me that it was a kind of exorcism. We burned a lot of incense. Moreover, there were intervals of silence,  specially when we did the chain. Surely my neighbors wondered why so many people stayed silent and burned incense. That evening, the grand master talked about solstices, equinoxes, and rites related to those special days.
“He said, ‘Equinox and solstice come from the Latin words aequinoctium and solstitium. Since time immemorial, people have celebrated solstices and equinoxes. The winter solstice is related to Jesus’s birth, the summer solstice is related to St. John the Baptist’s birth. They were second cousins. The former was the son of Mary and the latter the son of her cousin Elisabeth. The birth of John the Baptist preceded that of Jesus by six months. On the summer solstice, herbs have a special energy. There are many practices related to the magic night of St. John. On that day people start bonfires, which are the symbol of purification, and pluck special herbs, above all, the hypericum also called Saint-John’s-wort. Spring equinox is related to Cybele, the goddess mother who symbolizes the earth, and to Attis, her son, who symbolizes the vegetation of the earth.’
“When the meeting was over, everybody left, and I remained alone in the house. That night, when I was about to sleep, I sensed that something was happening downstairs. I felt that there were ghostly presences in the living room. I wanted to go there, but I feared an unpleasant encounter. I got up and headed for the landing of the staircase. I thought I saw a ghostly figure with horns coming toward me. As we met almost face-to-face on the landing, he went back downstairs, and I returned to my bed.

This is an excerpt from The Vibrations of Words: second edition by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo

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A QUESTION TO A WOULD-BE INITIATE

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“The forth question was, ‘What is your void?’ At first, I couldn’t understand the grand master’s question. I mulled it over for a while, and then I realized that my void meant a gap inside myself, or something that bothered me, or even an unresolved problem. Then I decided to open my heart, but I thought that none of them would understand me.
“I answered, ‘I can’t distinguish dream from reality. Like Chuang-Tzu, last night I dreamed I was a butterfly. Now I don’t know whether I was a man dreaming I was a butterfly, or whether I am now a butterfly, dreaming I am a man. I see reality and dream as an indistinct whole. Everything seems confused or unclear to my eyes. I see houses, streets, people, and events as if they were surrounded by a dense fog. This is my void. I want to see people as they are, not through my confused mind or an illusion that distorts my relationships with them. I want to have a clear mind so that I can have self-confidence when I decide to do something. Before making a decision, I often hesitate too long, and then I don’t do what I want to do. Sometimes I am like Buridan’s donkey, which stood between a haystack on the right and a pail of water on the left. The donkey couldn’t decide whether to drink water or to eat hay first. At the end it died of starvation and thirst.’”

This is an excerpt from The Vibrations of Words: second edition by Ettore Grillo
Ettore Grillo author of these books:
– A Hidden Sicilian History
– The Vibrations of Words
-Travels of the Mind
http://www.amazon.com/author/ettoregrillo