As the transit of the sun by the planet Mercury on May 9, comes closer, one may wonder the lore associated with Mercury and how it relates to other religions such as Christianity. The cosmocrator, Mercury, does relate to one particular figure--John the Baptist. John the Baptist is a peculiar, eponymous hero that appears many times not in Christianity and the Gospels, but also in Gnostic, Mandean, Freemasonic and last but not least, connected to Egyptian sources. In the Gospel of John, he is depicted as a witness, a herald, a dedicated servant or a “Prophet-King” for the Light of the Logos, personified as Jesus Christ.
The Gospel of John goes out of its way to make sure the reader doesn’t confuse John the Baptist with the Messiah. In John 3:25-30, we see this distinction between Jesus and John being brought out in the controversy over purification between John’s disciples and a Jew. After this, Jesus withdraws from the whole argument (4:1) and from baptism itself since something greater than water is coming, being the baptism in the Spirit, which Jesus provides after his death and resurrection. John is adamant in saying that Jesus alone, and not the baptism is enough to take away the sins of the world. We see later that through the death of Jesus, are water and Spirit united (the means to be born again: 3:5), for out of his pierced side flowed both water and blood (19: 34), united by the Spirit in the water of baptism and the wine of the Eucharist (cf. 1 John 5:5-8).
“An argument developed between some of John’s disciples and a certain Jew over the matter of ceremonial washing. They came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, that man who was with you on the other side of the Jordan—the one y...
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...er via the Holy Spirit, but also given the means to successfully separate from the world of flesh and into the world of spirit, and thus be saved. This would make sense considering there are so many similarities between the Corpus Hermeticum and the Gospel of John, too.
It is often been speculated that John was involved with the Essenes: his with this description in Mark 1:6, as being clothed with camel hair with a leather belt about his waist, and eating locusts and wild honey. as do the themes of repentance and purification. The Clementine writings, the Homilies and Recognitions also play an important part to the lore of John. In Baphomet: The Temple Mystery Unveiled, we discuss how the Clementines show how Simon Magus and Jesus were both initiated in Egypt. The Clementines also capture the idea that John the Baptist was hailed and considered to be “the Christ”.
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