The subject of philosophic polytheism deserves further attention. Polytheism must not be considered synonymous with the blind adoration of an infinitude of imaginary superhuman beings, but rather as the recognition of a concatenated progression of evolving creatures, each influencing and to a certain degree controlling those inferior to itself, and in turn controlled by those superior to itself. The gods should not be considered as personally directing the destiny of individuals. Rather they are vast centers of radiant force consciously or unconsciously influencing anything that exists or subsists upon their sphere of manifestation. For example, a city does not willfully mold the character of its inhabitants; nevertheless it is an active factor in determining the character of each individual unit of its population. This simile, while possibly not apparent at first thought, is particularly apt, for as cells exist in the human body, so man is but a cell in a larger organism which he pleases to term a god. The cells of the human body may feel a similar veneration for man, who in the light of cell intelligence must be a boundless and infinitely powerful deity.
Beauty has a dark side. Sexuality has one. Mercy has a dark side and so does love. Anger has a good side and hate also. This is the way that the ancients saw life. For gods of light there were the gods of darkness. For gods of the overworld there were the gods of the underworld. However, it would be more correct to say that the gods of light had a dark side. It was only later, after the ruination of the original stellar gnosis, that mythmongers and priests began to push the notion that the two aspects of a single archetype were distinct entities, separate, divided, adversarial, and irreconcilable. Nothing of this kind was taught in the mystery schools of old. It is a concoction of the perverse and it has caused untold folly to occur. Aton, like Jehovah, has his two sides; the benign and the wrathful.
We have already seen that the Egyptians gave to every one of their kings the title of God, and in this custom of idolatrous flattery, they were followed by the Greeks of Alexandria. The Ptolemies and their queens were all styled gods. The Saviour-gods were succeeded on the throne by the Brother-gods, the Beneficent-gods, the Father-loving gods, the Illustrious-gods, and others. Such were the titles given to the several Ptolemies. This custom was copied by some of the Greek kings of Syria, and in part continued under the Roman emperors, though Augustus, on his Alexandrian coins, only claims the lower rank of being a Son of God
Rome attempted not to replace the gods of its provinces but to absorb them. By the end of the first century, Rome had accumulated so many foreign gods that virtually every day of the year celebrated some divinity.
A number of authorities are of the opinion that many of the gods worshiped by the pagans were elementals, for some of these invisibles were believed to be of commanding stature and magnificent deportment.
It is reasonable to suppose that the mysterious sea serpents, which, according to the Mayan and Toltec legends, brought the gods to Mexico were Viking or Chaldean ships, built in the shape of composite sea monsters or dragons. H. P. Blavatsky advances the theory that the word cetus, the great whale, is derived from keto, a name for the fish god, Dagon, and that Jonah was actually confined in a cell hollowed out in the body of a gigantic statue of Dagon after he had been captured by Phœnician sailors and carried to one of their cities. There is no doubt a great mystery in the gigantic form of cetus, which is still preserved as a constellation.
So the gods will depart from mankind – a grievous thing! – and only evil angels will remain, who will mingle with men, and drive the poor wretches by main force into all manner of reckless crime, into wars, and robberies, and frauds, and all things hostile to the nature of the soul…Darkness will be preferred to light, and death will be thought more profitable than life…the pious will be deemed insane, and the impious wise, the madman will be thought a brave man, and the wicked will be esteemed as good.
All the while matter was growing denser, and because matter and spirit are inimical, the gods became less and less a constant presence. The higher, the more ineffable, the god, the harder it became to squeeze down into the tightening net of physical necessity that covered the earth.
In the past, when one of the “Serpent Masters” or one of the “Sons of the Serpents” ended their long life, their confederates would generally commemorate their lives in stone by building a monument which encapsulated through its design and geometry the existence of the deceased alien or semi-alien being. We know these monuments today, for they are the cyclopean ruins that exist in almost every country of the world. Others, like the complex at Giza in Egypt, were constructed afterward. Such edifices are not tombs but cenotaphs. These monuments of commemoration are not to be confused with the circles, calendars, and earthworks that were made for utilitarian purposes.
The rulers (archons) wanted to deceive man, since they saw that he had a kinship with those that are truly good. They took the name of those that are good and gave it to those that are not good, so that through the names they might deceive him and bind them to those that are not good. And afterward, what a favor they do for them! They make them be removed from those that are not good and place them among those that are good. These things they knew, for they wanted to take the free man and make him a slave to them forever.
There is indication that while the men or mankind owned the land, the gods owned the men. How much more profitable would be a herd of men than a herd of cattle, for men brot everything for the sacrifice? for how much more valuable is the possession of man's mind than the ownership of land. There is also evidence too lengthy to quote in detail that the gods of the Jehovah strain proclaimed an equity in the Israelites that required the gods of Egypt to acquiese to a removal. And thus only certain lands were offered, and the Israelites passed over some lands almost as trespassers.
All the Devils of Milton's story [Paradise Lost] were the local gods mentioned elsewhere in this book. Existing side by side they sometimes maintained control by coalition, even as the wet and dry politicians of today sometimes swing their forces together. Exposure was impossible for they all were practicing the same methods, and for one god to expose the methods of the oracles of the opposing god would be suicide for himself. Thus the Jews consulted the oracle of Beelzebub against the direction of Jehovah, yet Jehovah would not expose the methods of Beelzebub, lest Beelzebub expose Jehovah.
The worse (or perhaps the best) happened; the gods interbred with the snakes and lost their identity in the lands that they conquered. With the passing of the gods, universal decay set in. All the countries that we have mentioned took on a depressed condition and there was not one that withstood the great world depression.
Christianity pushed the religion of the Asen gods [Els] to Norway and Sweden. From there was the Christian religion moved in, a band of settlers moved to Iceland to have their freedom of worship unhampered by the religion of Rome. It was here that the Eddas were collected together and written down. They were already old at this time. These Saga or Sayings combined with the oral myth of the northern Europe are the source of the information relative to the prehistoric gods. It is scanty indeed. The Greek and Roman material is one hundred times so plentiful. Enough exists however to show that the Nordic Gods were the same as the gods of the Levant. The Gardens, Halls, warfare, altars, sacrifices, marriage and family life, were the same. Most of the stories are primitive exaggeration, yet the raw material could not have originated sui generis. The savages of the north could not have invented the civilization of the halls and gardens of their own accord. The gods were agricultural pioneers seeking a foothold on the continent. There was a partial failure.
There was a second and older race of Nordic Gods, the Wanen, who dwelt in Wanenheim or Mitgard. The Mitgard Serpent and the Mitgard Dragon ship indicate that the Wanen were the serpent gods, an earlier organization than the Ely Gods everywhere. There was a war in heaven between the Asen gods and the Wanen gods. When peace was finally established hostages were exchanged to guarantee good faith. Thus we can see that the Asen gods conquered to some extent the giants and the snake gods. This coincides with the story of Hesiod who told of the gods warring the giants and of the final supremacy of the gods with the selection of Zeus to reign.
In the sands of the Delta of the Euphrates there has been found gold and silver jeweled carvings and beaten work of the greater refinement than farther up the river. The gods and the upper class were Caucasian and not Semitic.
The Faroe Islands have a bay named Gods-haven. The Baltic sea has an island named Got-land.
A king who had found out all the secrets of the gods was a danger. Such a king was Solomon. Nebuchadnezzar also filled his temple with gold from the temple at Jerusalem. Thus it was that the Theocratis priesthood adjusted the balance of power. A king could only become so great. If he attempted to go farther he was checkmated. Win, lose, or draw, the Temple always won. Whether in Tyre, Jerusalem, Babylon, or Memphis, the gold was always in the Temple. Should a king desire to break the shroud of their mysteries and desire to become one of them he was generally cut off. Only the initiated could be a god: such as Enoch (whose name means initiated) who walked with God and God took him. That is, he went with the gods and lost direct contact with the people.
That there was in progress a great colonizing movement by the gods is evidenced by the names of the countries of Europe. Each European country has an El derivitive name. This deserves more research. We shall enumerate some of them: Belgium, Alle-mania, Angel-land, Gaul or Gael, Kel or Caledonia, Val or Vals and its reverse Slave, possibly from the Runic language; Italy from the word Atlas; Palestine from the word Pales the god of pasture lands; Illyria, Wallencia, and so forth.
No matter the clan, no matter the religion, the god could superimpose himself and use their beliefs to his advantage.
Another great secret of the gods was death. The gods were supposed to live eternally. If it were possible never to show the face it was an easy matter never to let the people see the deceased body of a god. The wealth of legend about the immortality of the gods and the islands of the blest can only be unravelled by accepting this interpretation of the selfish secrecy of the gods.
Were it necessary for a god to appear before the public his face was hidden or veiled...Such secretiveness added tot he prestige of the god or goddess, and also to the awe and respect if not the reverence of the public.
As today, it is very difficult for an ordinary citizen to gain a conference with any man of national importance, so in prehistoric days the gods never came in contact with the people except through the offices of a number two man, an Ari, such as Moses or Aaron.
Hesiod, a contemporary of Homer, passes a remark that "There are thirty thousand gods that rule the world." He also said that "The gods keep mankind ignorant of the ways of living, else one would do enough in a day to last for a year." And that indeed was the way of the universal hierarchy that ruled the world through the priesthood. The priests of Mexico, the Druid priests of Ireland, the priests of Egypt, each and all took such advantage of the ignorance and the superstition of the savage people that they were able to rule the multitude to such a degree that in Mexico twenty thousand victims stood in line at one time ready for the sacrifice and not one remonstrated.
It would appear from all this that Euemerus (the Greek who taught that the gods were deified men) was right.