reply to post by Astrocyte
What do we make of these symbolisms? What does it suggest about everything else around us? Is the physical world and all we experience
symbolic? Is the world as the ancients assumed it was - a physical representation of Gods mind?
If, as your facts seem to indicate, the Pineal gland produces chemicals that cause spiritual experiences, then it would follow that spirituality is
not a part of the Earth/Universe, but is in fact a projection of the mind. This would support my own personal stance that spirituality (religion,
mysticism, magic) are not meant to be proselytized, or forced upon others', but simply experienced by you, the self.
You also brought an interesting fact to light for me, when you stated that the Pineal gland begins to develop on the 49th day. I'm not sure how
familiar you are with various spiritual systems, but, I'd like to point out an interesting overlap.
Enochian magick is a language, and spiritual system, supposedly delivered to Dr. John Dee (confidant and consultant to Queen Elizabeth I) and his
medium, Sir Edward Kelley over the course of a decade. Two different sets of spiritual creature took part in the process: angels, and "Presences",
as Dee called them.
The angels (Michael, Gabriel, Raphael, and Uriel) were responsible for a Grimoire (book of magic) known as De Mysteria Heptarchia
Heptarchic Mysteries), a book on planetary magic and spells. I largely consider the Grimoire to be Dee's attempt to create a lasting manual,
something that was in vogue during the time he lived. For that reason, I consider it to be a bunch of gibberish.
The Presences however, delivered something infinitely more interesting. They were a family: Galva'h (a mother), Nalvage (a grandfatherly teacher),
Illimese (a father-figure), Mapsama (a son), and Madimi (a daughter). This family helped Dee and Kelley translate and create a prayer book called
The Book of Loagaeth
(the Book of Being/Life). This book has some interesting rules which must be followed when creating it for personal
1) The Enochian language must first be learned. In order to learn to speak fluently in Enochian, the practitioner is supposed to create 49
prayer-tablets that will help him/her learn the language. When does this process begin? Well, after 49 days of "purity".
2) Each of the 49 prayers are to be created in a personal Book of Loagaeth
for 49 days after the initial period of purity. During this period
of creation the practitioner is supposed to absorb the Enochian language, as well as the prayers themselves, into his/her mind.
3) Once Enochian is within the mind, the practitioner can begin working with the Aethyrs, a collection of 30 "realms" and "rulers" who are
supposed to bestow ecstasy and spiritual bliss/joy on the practitioner as they open their mind to each.
49 prayers that move from speech (the mouth), to though (the brain), where they help you produce spiritual experiences and union with higher realms of
being? To me, the symbolic overlap between the Enochian system and the Pineal gland's development is quite interesting.
The Presences delivered the Book of Loagaeth to Dee and Kelley in 1582, I'm not sure if our understanding of biological processes was advanced enough
at that time to know that the Pineal develops on day 49, and then migrates to the brain.
~ Wandering Scribe