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     Part 4 of Reviewing Vol. 4: 'The Secret Religion'    
7:  Review, Emrys Maryons Stanfeld, Writer,, 19 Oct. 2004
8:  Review, Ruth Olsen, Editor,
The New World Impulse, June 2004
9:  Review, Anu Kumar, Ph.D. in English Literature, moses-egypt news, 9 October 2011
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History and Knowledge:
Rediscovery, Insight, Renewal

¤, 19 October 2004  -  info:
Especially Aiming for a New-orientation

The Morning Star:  Ove von Spaeth is an author and first and last a researcher with a basis in history and astronomical knowledge.
          This urge for science has resulted in a series of books which all in a unique way are aiming for a new-orientation, especially concerning theology and Egyptology; - although, as we could espect, these books were received by certain theological circles in an outmost freezing atmosphere.
          In his books, the series about Moses, Ove von Spaeth presents af picture of a living person; thus not obly a person as we know from the Bible and about whom many are doubting if he has existed. These books are a journey back in time; a journey well worth doing as it is providing a basis for future perspectives. So, most welcome - and enjoy!


Emrys Maryons Stanfeld, writer, -  -  -  houseofstanfeld@mail....  -  (19.Oct.2004)

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The New World Impulse (15 year, 2nd June 2004, pp.41-45) - literary feature article:
Religion and wisdom
By  RUTH OLSEN, Editor

In an old text on special information and messages I have read that the Bible's First Testament brought wisdom, the Second love, and a coming Third one would bring the truth. It made me wondering a little, because I never connected the Old Testament with much wisdom.
          With Ove von Spaeth's fourth book about Moses, I have become wiser. His book is called "The Secret Religion" and among other things it accounts on the cosmology Moses disseminated to a world that did not understand much. The fact that much of it has been distorted, misrepresented, and mistranslated over time has not made it easier. By a huge effort by digging up the sources, put them together meaningfully, research in linguistic nuances and get acquainted with the contemporary underlying worldviews of Antiquity, the author has thrown a clarifying light on an otherwise incomprehensible Bible. In addition, many other parts of our cultural heritage are being cleared up in this book. It is a goldmine of knowledge.

The multiple forms of expressing the messages

The problem in our time is that the old Bible has multiple layers of meanings - according to Spaeth at least four different main layers: a layer of factual things, and one of symbolic information, a prophetic layer and one for moral thinking. However, the key to solution of the codes has not been easy to find. Some parts were delivered orally from generation to generation, and reserved for the few, i.e. priests, because his religion consisted of two parts: a popular content and a mystery-cultic content for the initiated.
          From von Spaeth's previous three books on Moses (mentioned in this magazine nos. 3 / 2001 and 2 / 2002) we know that Moses was a pharaonic son, educated to be a pharaoh himself and that he was "an initiated" and knew the occult wisdom of those times. When Moses came into disfavour with Egypt's powerful priesthood and left the country with his "rebellion army" which mainly consisted of oppressed Israelites, he made the temples be plundered, according the ancient writers of history. The "gold" - the temple treasure - von Spaeth points out that an important part of this was the temple libraries' occult and magical knowledge.
          This magical knowledge was kept in the "the Ark of the Covenant" and was only revealed to the specially selected who were "inaugurated", the high priests. It was quite normal for those times that religions consisted of a public part of the whole people and a secret, initiation cult part. In fact, Moses let some of the otherwise secret part be included in the popular part. Thus, he was a religious reformer who launched the belief in only one god, the invisible creator, he "who is" and therefore had not to be depicted in physical form or mentioned by name.

The symbolic layers

The layers of symbolical interpretation are bringing exciting thing to light. For example the account on Moses giving his rebellious people "gold dust" to drink, makes first sense when you understand the case of "little bits of spiritual wisdom"." But the whole journey out of Egypt - the "exodus" - is a symbolic presentation of man's road of development here on Earth. We must all through a "desert journey" before we arrive to the "promised land" overflowing of milk and honey. Why should a people of goatherds, as the Israelites were at the time, think of milk as something special to be wanted?
          And what about Noah's 40 weeks (9 months!) in the ark, in the dark and (foetus)water (amniotic fluid), if it were not part of a mystery cultic rebirth ritual? How to maintain all animals alive for so long? Ark / ship / coffin were language synonyms and commonly used in connection with cultic inaugurations. When being an infant, Moses himself was pulled up from an "ark" floating on the Nile waters - by this custom the royal sons should arrive. The same goes for the ancient Danish King Skjold! The mystery cultic traditions were widespread. We hear about them even in connection with Jesus and several events of his time.
          There are so many things in our culture we better understand when we have got insight into the spiritual symbolism behind the accounts. Odysseus' journey is, for example, the story of all human journey through the physical incarnations forward to the reunification, "the holy wedding", restoration of the "pole balance". The tale of the Tinder Box is the story of the three steps of initiation, where the coffins which the hero opens are containing more and more wisdom. But he can only get access to it when he understands deal with the dogs the big eyes, the threshold guardians!
          When the fairy tales always ending up by getting "the princess and half the kingdom" or "the prince on the white horse" this mean, of course, that a person has achieved contact with his opposite pole, and thus gained cosmic consciousness.

Knowledge of the starry sky

At the time of origin of our culture source much higher knowledge was connected in an astro-mythological consistency of interpretation. In the book of Ove von Spaeth much of this is revealed and demonstrated, and I will present a few examples. The star Sirius was particularly important. It knows we also as "the Dog Star", and it was linked to a widespread cult, including the "cynics" in Greece, the dog is called 'kyon' in Greek. It is in fact completely different to what we now mean by the word cynic!
          Adam, a being in "deep sleep", (spiritual) unconscious, which in the old Babylonian language uses the same expression as the word for a "wild boar". The same word was also used for the constellation we call the Big Dipper / Ursa Major. At a time in the night it looks as if a chunk is cut of the constellation, i.e. the part which has fallen below the horizon. But the next day it will appear again in its entirety. In Nordic mythology we are aware of this as the god's pig named Saerimner, where the chunk which is cut, always grow out again. The pig was seen as the same as "spiritually unconscious" may have been the reason for that, in most places of the Near East, still consider the pig unclean and unacceptable as food.
          The ass was regarded as a sacred animal, because it was part of the constellation Sirius. Since Jesus had to fit into the mystery cultic rituals, at least in the stories behind, he should of course arrive by riding on a donkey! The animalistic symbols are not really understood without knowing such astro-mythological teachings of that time.

What became of the legacy of Moses?

Much of what the spiritual searchers today look for in the Eastern philosophy they could just as well have used the sources of Christianity, had these not been misrepresented and misunderstood by the way there were handed down.
          It is basically tragic that the area of the globe where all the three world redeemers incarnated - Moses, Jesus, and Mohammed - also seems to be the place where people understand least of their messages. All three wished to promote "not to do against others anything you do not want them to do against you", but how about the situation of the Middle East today?
          In the Christian Church all the ceremonial acts were performed in the Latin language which ordinary people did not understand. In 1199 the pope prohibited all common people's reading in the Bible, and 30 years later it came under the death penalty(!) for them just to own a Bible. It was only for the priests, thus ensuring their power.
          For centuries, the Bible was actually at the top of the Vatican's list of banned books! Von Spaeth points out that almost none of the Church dogmas and rituals came from Jesus, but was invented later, or transferred from other religions.

Corpus Hermeticum

Part of the legacy of Moses was ensured for posterity in a non-ecclesiastical way. When much of our culture's humanistic element is said to come from "the ancient Greeks" it is because they drank of the same sources as Moses, namely the ancient Egyptian wisdom. Plato, Pythagoras, Solon and others visited all of Egypt's spiritual schools where they became acquainted with the works of secret teachings, the later translation of which in Greek and Latin was known as the "Corpus Hermeticum".
          In this work there was a general or wholeness of cosmology, this feature none of the great religions had managed to absorb, which gave the Greeks inspiration to think scientifically. In this way ideas were expressed that the world is linked as one big organism, disseminated by a single substance, spirit, and all penetrated by, and IS, God - and each part affects the other and are themselves influenced by them. The whole cosmos is "the god's son" consisting of both a visible and invisible part. Nothing is destroyed, it is changing only. Life is eternal cycle.
          The work informs about the intrinsic nature of space and time, and about the soul and body and reincarnation. Here's knowledge of astrology, alchemy, magic and prophecy. Also, you read indications about how the planets orbiting the sun being the point of balance.

          Among the Arab Muslims this ancient wisdom did rise to an early scientific development, but was strangulated of a dogmatic power-strugling priesthood. The great library in Alexandria was burnt down by conquering Muslims in 644 AD, but some books had been translated into Greek and stored in the emperor's library in Constantinople. This was also later partly destroyed, but miraculously a copy of Corpus Hermeticum was saved to Florence, where it was translated into Latin, printed and published in 1471. Until this event, many parts of the Corpus Hermeticum had been almost forgotten in the West for nearly 1000 years.
          With the publication in Latin the work was again of inspiration for a cultural and scientific development. Galileo, Giordano Bruno, Columbus, Paracelsus, Tycho Brahe, Copernicus - they had all read Corpus Hermeticum. Subsequently also Newton, Bacon, H.C. Örsted and others. But in half of Europe the wide-spreading of the work had to be done through secret societies because the Catholic Church had banned it as heresy. Rosicrucian was one of the secret societies but there were others, especially groups that experimented with alchemy.
          In ancient Egypt archetects and building constructers were usually "initiated", at least in some of the cultic mysteries. They should build and construct based on "sacred numbers" in correspondence with the geometry of the starry sky. Hence arose -later - the "Freemason" societies and some of their "hidden knowledge".

Knights Templar

Later, a group of crusaders became the first Knights Templar who lived in 9 years (1118-1127) at Temple mound in Jerusalem. The Temple was long ago turned to be a ruin, but they seem to look for something in the network of underground tunnels which the Jews had dug under the Temple to save their "sacred thing" when the times were turbulent.
          When Jerusalem was captured in 587 BC and the Temple was destroyed at the same time, Moses' holy scriptures and the Ark of the Covenant were here believed to have disappeared. Was this what the Knights Templar were looking for - and perhaps even found some traces - maybe of the documents?
          There are indications, they had a knowledge of universal things which at the time were secrets. Some believes the Ark of the Covenant with Moses' magical secret "recipes" are still there and will be available the day, when there will be peace in the region.
          However - and regardless of Moses - the Egyptian ancient wisdom had a decisive influence on the development of the Western world.

Ove von Spaeth: "The Secret Religion", Assassinating of Moses, vol. 4,  C.A. Reitzel Publshers, 2004.

(Ruth Olsen's written permission 22.Jun.2004 for free text use by Ove von Spaeth) 


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forum&news,  -  9 October 2011  -  Literature article:
Ancient Egyptian mystery cults and early Hebrew spiritual traditions
By  ANU KUMAR, Ph.D. in English Literature, M.A. in Sanskrit Studies, lecturer, writer

Book: "The Secret Religion. - Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present", by Ove von Spaeth

The fourth book in Ove von Spaeth's Moses-series deals with relations between ancient Egyptian mystery cults and early Hebrew spiritual traditions, especially those developed in the years following the Exodus. According to the author's analysis of material sources, these Egyptian cults were concerned, among other things, with cosmology and in developing knowledge about stars.  

          Even more significant to Hebrew contexts, these cults were concerned with esoteric aspects of a unified divinity. Such knowledge comprised a deeper and hidden dimension of more externalized forms of spirituality and could be discerned only through initiatory ritual practices. The Bible is recognized as inscribing layers of such 'coded' mystery-knowledge dealing with cosmology and stars which bears significant relations to ancient Egyptian wisdom traditions.

          Finally, the book develops a more complex picture of Egyptian mystery cults and groups recognizing these as also having been politically active and as intervening in specific historical events of the ancient world with far-reaching cultural consequences for the later western world.


Ove von Spaeth: "The Secret Religion: Moses and the Egyptian Heritage in the Past and Present. - Assassinating Moses, Vol. 4. -   ISBN 87-7876-240-1  -  Danish title: 'Den Hemmelige Religion',
C.A. Reitzel Publishers, Copenhagen 2004, 368 pages, illstr., DKK 248,-

(Text is by written approval from Anu Kumar at 20.Dec.2011 for free use by OvS.)



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A special treasure of knowledge and wisdom of Greece, Rome, and the Renaissance had originated in Ancient Egypt - and was here known to connect also with the historical Moses' dramatic fate and mystery.
          Ove von Spaeth has written an intriguing, new-orientating work presenting this still influential background of our civilization. His interdisciplinary research on history, archaeology, and anthropology goes deeply into Egyptian tradition, history of religion, initiation cults, star-knowledge, and mythology - relating to biblical studies, the Rabbinical Writings, and the authors of Antiquity. Each volume offers unique insights not presented before.
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