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Initiation and male and female initiation
by Athos A. Altomonte
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Q.: …I need to understand better the theme of the female initiation… certain obediences have mixed lodges… A.

: I apologize if I get to the point straight away. A Grand Master, talking about «Mixed Obediences», said with “wise irreverence”: “the only mixed thing is a mixed salad”. Obediences of Men and Women, then. Even if bad habits are hard to lose you should say «Obediences of Men and Women».

Female initiation has always existed probably even before the “rituals” to propitiate hunting. The most ancient examples go from the mystery of birth, to the cultivation, up to the delving into the unknown. After these we find male and female initiations, both eastern and western.
In our (cultural) hemisphere Cagliostro brought to Europe the Egyptian Ritual which became the prototype of Freemasonry which opened “the Mysteries” to Women (the first one was the Queen of France).

In the same way those “mysteries” can be both male and female, so it is for initiations. We can talk about it for hours just to refuse all of them afterwards, because they are all secondary initiations (lesser or Threshold Mysteries).

Those initiations, in fact, are based on the principle of difference of sex. That is astral, emotional and passional differences (see cults procedure and devotional standards). They are all exterior initiatory models (exoteric view) obtained through physical reason. They are only the “threshold” of the inner path that leads to the true Initiation which will create a link between the level of intellectual conscience (abstract mind) and spiritual conscience (level of the soul) through a process of inner metamorphosis. It then produces the “holy alliance” of the greater Initiation between heaven (soul) and earth (personality).

Therefore initiation is not a «ritual representation» but expansion and fusion between different levels of conscience (physical and hyper-physical).

In the physical conscience (concrete reason) sex (male and female) makes a difference but on the level of the superior mind (intellect) it doesn’t. As a consequence on the internal levels of conscience and spirit, Man and Woman are equals. So much so that by definition, the mind developed becomes androgynous.
Therefore the real Initiation linked to the process of “inner transformation” of the individual doesn’t have anything to do with the sex element. Indeed, it goes beyond it.

The choice of the applicant is a dilemma that starts from here. From deciding to aim to the inner (high) levels of oneself, of one self’s conscience (the so-called “inner heaven”) or to be happy with the exterior, formal and exoteric representations of the initiation, where genital characteristics (animality) are relevant.
I wish, and I wish for you, that your “inner sensitivity” is attracted by the sun of your inner sky (the soul) rather than by the shadows of the earth.

This article comes from Esotericism Readings

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