Tuesday, September 30, 2014

'TOTALITER ALITER'

THE TALE OF THE TWO PRIESTS OF ANTINOUS

(From THE MEMOIRS OF AN ANCIENT PRIEST OF ANTINOUS by Ernest Gill)


TWO PRIESTS  of Antinous at the Temple of the Blessed Boy in Rome had devoted their lives to the Good God and were getting on in years.

As young men they had become priests together.

Their love for each other was symbolized and enhanced by their love for Antinous. Together, they had lived out their lives at the great Temple of Rome under the most exalted Priest Nikias.

Nikias of Rome was the author of a famous inscription in Greek which addresses Antinous as NEOS HERMES the "New Hermes" who conveys the deceased through the portals of death into transcendent light. A great Antinoo-Hermeticist, Nikias had taught them much about the triumph of Antinous over death.

And now, as toothless old men, they were approaching the final stage of their earthly priesthood. Both men were frail and ill. They knew death was imminent.

But they were unafraid, for they were confident that they would be re-united in death through the grace and love of the Most Great and Good God whom they had served so faithfully all their lives.

But how exactly would that re-union occur? The ancient texts spoke of the Barque of Millions of Years sailing across the heavens towards the Star of Antinous. But that was the Egyptian imagery, and these priests were both Romans and had only ever served in the Antinous Temple of Rome.

The Rome Temple would of course place their death masks in niches in a special area of the temple dedicated to former priests.

Incense and prayers would be offered to them. Would their shades inhabit those niches?

Would Antinous welcome them in Hades, despite the fact that Antinous the Boy God had come from Bithynia in Asia Minor?

Would their souls be reincarnated as some Eastern mystics believed? Would they hover between heaven and Earth or perhaps be consigned to spending part of the year in the underworld and part of it as lemurs roaming the Earth?

They weren't afraid. But they were exceedingly curious to find out. Confidentially, they believed amongst themselves that they would sail with Antinous aboard the Boat of Millions of Years —  a perpetual journey which would never end. But they weren't sure ....

They had spent years perfecting their meditation skills and, without false modesty, they could claim to be masters at the art of trance vision travel. They both knew that the Egyptian hieroglyphs had told the truth in promising that Antinous speaks through dreams and visions. They also knew how to send psychic messages to each other, and had done so on many occasions.

So they made a deal. He who was the first to die would appear to the other in a dream and reveal what the afterlife was like.

As accomplished as they were, they nonetheless knew that such astral communication must be as succinct and simple as possible.

So they agreed that, if the afterlife was as they had envisioned it, the deceased would appear to his friend and utter the word TALITER meaning "exactly so" as they had expected it to be.

And if it was not as they had imagined, the deceased would say ALITER meaning "different" from what they had expected.

The fateful day came not long afterward, and the surviving priest lit incense and recited prayers before the niche mask of his beloved friend and fellow priest.

That night, almost immediately after his head touched his pillow, his deceased friend appeared to him. He was no longer old and sick and frail. He was as young and handsome as the day they had entered the temple. And he was smiling and clearly very excited and seemed to have forgotten the agreed-upon words.

"Taliter or aliter, which is it?" the sleeping priest asked his departed friend.

The friend smiled bigger than ever and said: TOTALITER ALITER — "totally different" — and still beaming with joy, he turned and vanished into golden light.

Monday, September 29, 2014

ANTINOUS SAILS THE SOLAR BOAT BY NIGHT
THANKS TO THE MYSTERIES OF HELIOPOLIS



AFTER leaving Alexandria, the first important stop for Antinous on the Nile journey in September 130 AD was at Heliopolis, the ancient center of the worship of Re, the sun god.

The Heliopolitan cosmology states that the universe is created when the Atum (first principle) masturbates and creates himself as the sun god Re, the visible manifestation of the Atum, and then rises up from the primordial waters in the form of a mound.

Re then gives birth to the Enneads, the Nine beings who create the cosmos: Shu (air) and Tefnut (fire), Geb (Earth), Nut (Sky), Osiris and Isis, Seth and Nepthys who together are the principles of life. 

The creator, Re-Harakhte, travels across the sky on his Boat of Millions of Years every day, and then as it submerges beneath the horizon, Re-Harakhte battles against death and evil, and is greeted triumphantly each morning by the priests of Heliopolis. 

Antinous was admitted into these mysteries, and gained a place by the side of Re-Harakhte on his sacred boat, according to the hieroglyphs on the Obelisk of Antinous.

The glyphs state that Antinous can "assume any form his heart desires, because the semen of the First God TRULY is in his body."

When Hadrian and Antinous visited Heliopolis, they were no doubt shown the sacred shrine of the Bennu bird, who was said to have burst forth in a shower of radiant light from the heart of the First God.

This is the same First God who ejaculated into his own mouth to utter the words of creation at the moment of Sep Tepy, the Creation Moment. Other versions say he ejaculated in great arcs which created all the other deities and the entire universe.

Then on October 11th, a few days after visiting the Sacred Shrine of the Phoenix in Heliopolis (and acquiring that virulent bit of spellwork), Hadrian and Antinous visited Oxyrhynchus and heard of the fabled phallus of Osiris.

And a couple of weeks later, Hadrian cradled the limp body of Antinous on the shores of the Nile. The body was limp like a marionette whose strings had been cut.

Hadrian "wept like a woman" and refused to accept oblivion for his Beloved Boy. Instead, he proclaimed Antinous a god and set about making sure that the Religion of Antinous took root and blossomed.

The Obelisk of Antinous speaks of Antinous being full of the "Semen of the First God" which is the creative force of the universe. 

That means Antinous can assume "any form his heart desires" since he (like Osiris) is one with the First God — and one with the Bennu Bird.


Antinous IS the Phoenix.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

WHO IS BURIED AT AMPHIPOLIS?
TAKE YOUR PICK FROM THIS LIST



ANY day now archaeologists may uncover the "big secret" of AMPHIPOLIS in Macedonia, Greece, and finally be able to say what or who Casta hill ... or whether the tomb is empty. 

Amid rampant speculation, here are some of the candidates:

Alexander the Great
The Greek prime minister is said he is almost certain it must be the LOST TOMB OF ALEXANDER. Alexander sailed from Amphipolis to Asia. However, it is almost certain that his tomb is located in Alexandria, since people such as Julius Caesar, Hadrian and Antinous are supposed to have visited his burial site there. Some, however, insist that his bones were moved to Amphipolis by his mother Olympias, while others argue that this "tomb" is only a cenotaph "waiting" to receive him, or a second monument in his honor.

Hephaestion
General of Alexander’s army and Alexander's male lover. Professor Theodoros Mavrogiannis believes that the Casta hill tomb belongs to Hephaestion and claims that the tomb was built in 325 BC by order of Alexander himself.

Olympias
MOTHER OF ALEXANDER, wife of Philip II, king of Macedon, and daughter of King Neoptolemus of Epirus. Cassander had her murdered by stoning in 316 BC.

Androsthenes, Laomedon and Nearchus
Alexander the Great’s three admirals are closely connected to Amphipolis. Androsthenes and Laomedon were born there while Nearchus was either born or exiled in Amphipolis.

Cassander
Son of Antipater, did not follow Alexander’s army in Asia. He stayed with his father in Macedonia and used to fight with Polyperchon but eventually allied with him, when he killed Alexander’s son, Heracles. In 311 BC, he killed Alexander’s second son and successor, Alexander IV, along with his mother Roxana. He died of edema in 279 BC.

Polyperchon
He served under Philip and Alexander. He returned to Greece from Asia in 324 BC -after the death of Alexander- and was appointed regent of Macedon by Antipater in place of the latter’s son, Cassander.

Philip II of Macedon
Some do not believe that the tomb of king Philip was located in Vergina. Meanwhile, others claim that ancient Greeks might have built a second monument in Amphipolis to commemorate the king.

Heracles
Son of Alexander who was murdered with his mother, Barsine.

Alexander IV
The twelve-year-old son of Alexander and Roxana who was murdered along with his mother by Cassander. If his grave is located in Vergina, then it is possible that someone buried him and disposed of his mother’s corpse.

Roxana
The WIFE OF ALEXANDER became the mother of his son in 323 BC after Alexander had died. Roxana fled to Epirus in order to be saved by his descendants, and later went to Amphipolis, where she was murdered by Cassander in 310 BC.

Antigonus Monophthalmus
General of Alexander’s army, was proclaimed king in 306 BC and demanded that Cassander gives him Macedon. He died eighty-one years old and was buried with royal honors.


Philip Arrhidaeus
Son of king Philip. After Alexander’s death, he was proclaimed king by the Macedonian army as Philip III of Macedon. He was killed by soldiers who defected against Olympias. His bones were transported by Cassander to Aegae.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

ANTINOUS HEARS YOUR PRAYERS
AND ANSWERS THEM THROUGH DREAMS


THE Egyptian hieroglyphs on the Obelisk of Antinous in Rome say that Antinous hears the prayers of all who call out to him and that he answers them through dreams. How does it work? Check out this message we have just received from an Antinous adherent in Brazil:

I would like to share this experience. Yesterday, I had to take two very important tests, in English and French, for my doctorate selection. I'm Brazilian, and even though I have studied English for many years, it's not my first language. And I'm definitely not very good with French. 

So, last Monday, I danced under the full moon and asked Antinous the Gay God for focus and a relaxed mind during the tests. 

When I went to bed, I dreamt of a fairy glade inside an ancient circle of stones under the full moon, where several fey people were enjoying themselves: dryads, leprechauns, sirens, satyrs and others. 

Antinous was there, seated on a throne, crowned as Dionysus, drinking wine and smiling at me, as I was seated on a bench nearby eating some grapes. 

At the center of the glade, two shirtless, very muscular, red-haired leprechaun-like young men were drinking bright-colored, foamy ale while dancing-wrestling to the merry sound of faery fiddlers. 

The two fairy boys looked exactly the same, except for their tights, one leaf-green and the other dark red. 

Antinous looked at me and I not so much heard as I actually sensed in my head a thought, this powerful feeling, a message that was something like this: 
"You don't need to worry about what you already know, for it is in your memories. You don't need to worry about what you do not know, for it is there just waiting to be discovered, as long as you keep your eyes and ears open. Drink, dance and rest. You shall do well!" 
After that, the two red hairs took me to dance and drink with them. I really had a very good time there. I felt like I was 20 again (I'm 46). 

When I took the two tests yesterday, I was amazed! You see, the board might have chosen any academic text among dozens of authors and hundreds of books, but they chose two authors that I knew and, among their many works, two texts that I had already read and written about. 

One of them is a particularly difficult French author that many students avoid reading if they can afford to, but I had a full course on his works and ideas during my M.A.

I couldn't help but smile and say a silent prayer to Antinous, for I felt deeply blessed. And the sexy red-haired leprechauns were a nice touch ;)

Friday, September 26, 2014

TOM OF FINLAND POSTAGE STAMPS
ARE BEST-SELLING EVER

A range of Tom of Finland postage stamps have become the biggest-selling commemorative stamps ever launched in Finland.

The stamps were issued just last week to commemorate the “proud homoeroticism” of the influential gay artist, who is a Saint of Antinous and who inspired the look of Freddie Mercury and the Village People.

The artist, whose real name is Touko Laaksonen, remains an influential figure in gay art.

We honor him as a SAINT OF ANTINOUS whose gift of erotic artistry and wry humor influenced the Stonewall generation. 

Tom of Finland's style is so identifiable, so iconic, that it is immediately recognizable ... He is so closely identified with his iconic art that few people ever suspect that his name is not actually Tom, though he is indeed a Finn.

In issuing the stamps, the Finnish postal authority said: “His emphatically masculine homoerotic drawings have attained iconic status in their genre and had an influence on, for instance, pop culture and fashion. In his works, Tom of Finland utilized the self-irony and humor typical of subcultures.

"The drawings on the stamp sheet represent strong and confident male figures typical of their designer," the postal authority said.

After the stamps went on sale on Monday, the service reported that it had received pre-orders from 178 countries, and that the range of stamps were the best selling in Finland’s postal service’s history.

The most orders came from Sweden, the US, the UK and France.

"We haven’t seen this kind of interest before and we probably won't again soon," said Finnish postal official Markku Penttinen.

"Our starting point was to get Touko Laaksonen's artwork in our stamps. We know that he was very well-known globally. Of course the subject matter is also topical and much discussed. This equation has worked better than we anticipated," he continued.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

HADRIAN FORMS ALLIANCE WITH CHINA
IN THIS MALAYSIAN EPIC BLOCKBUSTER


IF you are unaware that Emperor Hadrian formed an alliance with China in 120 AD then you haven't seen this remarkable epic film made in Malaysia.

CLASH OF EMPIRES is a action-packed drama tracing Hadrian's attempt to create a civilization based on Hellenistic principles stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific by means of a marriage between a prince of Rome and a princess of the Han Dynasty.

The Emperor dispatches a golden haired Roman Patrician named Marcus Caprenius to a rendezvous with Princess Meng Li Hua on neutral ground in Malaysia half-way between Rome and China.

But when Caprenius's fleet is shipwrecked in Goa, India, he is forced to seek the help of a Malaysian scoundrel called Merong, who claims to be a descendant of Alexander the Great.

In Malaysian history, Merong was the true-life founder of Kedah, one of the principal states of modern Malaysia, and his name is revered but shrouded in myth and legend.


In the film, Merong's efforts to bring Meng Li Hua and Caprenius together run afoul of Garuda tribes led by an evil shaman who has equipped himself and his henchman with amulets making them invincible.

The shaman raises storms to battle the Chinese and Roman forces and confronts them with an invincible army.

Merong, calling on his Greek heritage, uses mirrors to create an ARCHIMEDES HEAT RAY which incinerates Garuda naval vessels and even some of the sailors.

But the evil shaman blots out the sun, making the mirrors useless. Just when things literally look darkest, reinforcements arrive in the form of a combined Roman-Chinese naval flotilla to save the day.

Merong fulfills his destiny as founder of a noble Malay nation, and the alliance between Rome and China is sealed by matrimony.

Romance, martial-arts fight scenes and lots of CGI effects made this film a big-budget blockbuster in Malaysia. It is definitely the most arcane film you are ever likely to see about Hadrian ... who even makes a brief cameo at the beginning of this trailer:




Wednesday, September 24, 2014

ANTINOUS SETS SAIL UP THE NILE
ON HIS FINAL FATEFUL JOURNEY




THE Imperial entourage headed by Emperor Hadrian and his beloved Antinous set sail in a fleet of gilded ships that would carry them up the Sacred Nile in September 130 AD. 

The inundated waters were beginning to recede making the journey possible, as it was forbidden for the "Pharaoh" to travel on the river while it was still in flood. 

Antinous and Hadrian assumed their places on the sacred boat, from which later, Antinous would take his plunge into godliness. (Image: "Barque" courtesy Andrew Prior)

This Ship is what we call the Boat of Millions of Years, a symbol for our religion, and an illustration of the ever-lasting Heaven of Antinous, which is a journey across the river of the Milky Way, toward the Black Star.