When we must deal with problems, we instinctively resist trying the way that leads through obscurity and darkness. We wish to hear only of unequivocal results, and completely forget that these results can only be brought about when we have ventured into and emerged again from the darkness. But to penetrate the darkness we must summon all the powers of enlightenment that consciousness can offer.
Carl Jung, ”The Stages of Life” (1930). In CW 8: The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche. P.752 (via xezene)
According to old legends, there was a divine school of the theosophic doctrine in paradise. Here the vast company of the angels studied together to perfect worship and learning. With the rebellion of the angels, the esoteric wisdom descended into the abyss and was communicated to primitive humanity, so that in due time man might become the agent and instrument for the restoration of the Golden Age.
"The Pentagram, which in Gnostic schools is called the Blazing Star, is the sign of intellectual omnipotence and autocracy. It is the Star of the Magi; it is the sign of the Word made flesh; and, according to the direction of its points, this absolute magical symbol represents order or confusion, the Divine Lamb of Ormuz and St. John, or the accursed goat of Mendes. The name of the Templar Baphomet, which should be spelt kabalistically backwards, is composed of three abbreviations: Tem. ohp. AB., Templi omnium hominum pacts abbas, “the father of the temple of peace of all men. The complete comprehension of the Pentagram is the key of the two worlds. It is absolute philosophy and natural science. The G which Freemasons place in the middle of the Blazing Star signifies Gnosis and Generation, the two sacred words of the ancient Kabalah. It signifies also Grand Architect, for the Pentagram on every side represents an A."