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Re: Theos-World The Seven Keys of Symbolism?

Nov 01, 2005 08:23 AM
by Frank Reitemeyer

Gottfried de Purucker explains the 7 keys in 
his commentary to HPB's "The Secret 
Doctrine", his "Fundamentals of the Esoteric 
Philosophy," ch. 15:

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hope, this helps.

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I have been currently engaged in the study of 
the Secret Doctrine and
I have encountered continual references by 
HPB to the "key that must
be turned seven times" with regard to the 
seven systems of symbolic
interpretation. In the following paragraph 
she made distinct
reference to three of them, anthropologic, 
psychic, and astronomical,
but it is unclear to me if she is identifying 
the remaining four. She

As truly stated by Ragon, "the ancient 
Hierophants have combined so
cleverly the dogmas and symbols of their 
religious philosophies, that
these symbols can be fully explained only by 
the combination and
knowledge of all the keys." They can be only 
interpreted, even if one finds out three out 
of these seven systems:
the anthropological, the psychic, and the 
astronomical. The two chief
interpretations, the highest and the lowest, 
the spiritual and the
physiological, they preserved in the greatest 
secrecy until the
latter fell into the dominion of the profane. 
Thus far, with regard
only to the pre-historic Hierophants, with 
whom that which has now
become purely (or impurely) phallic, was a 
science as profound and as
mysterious as biology and physiology are now. 
This was their
exclusive property, the fruit of their 
studies and discoveries. The
other two were those which dealt with the 
creative gods (theogony),
and with creative man, i.e., the ideal and 
the practical mysteries.
These interpretations were so cleverly veiled 
and combined, that many
were those who, while arriving at the 
discovery of one meaning, were
baffled in understanding the significance of 
the others, and could
never unriddle them sufficiently to commit 
dangerous indiscretions.
The highest, the first and the fourth -- 
theogony in relation to
anthropogony -- were almost impossible to 
fathom. We find the proofs
of this in the Jewish "Holy Writ." (I: 363)

Does she give a concise listing and 
explanation of these seven keys
in any of her other writings, or perhaps 
somewhere else in the Secret
Doctrine? If not, can someone more learned in 
the subject explain it
me? The distinctions in the above paragraph 
seem unclear.


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