In the classic work, "Earth's Earliest Ages" English theologian G.H. Pember (1837-1910) examines the role of demonic forces in the first destruction of earth under God's judgment and compares them to the advance of spiritualism, Hermetic magic, Luciferian Theosophy, Buddhism, reincarnation, and karma sweeping across Christendom.
Pember notes that open intercourse with demons (spiritualism/channeling), the ancient Mysteries, magical practices, astrology, mesmeric healings, Eastern mysticism and reincarnation have arisen on a vast scale in the very heart of Christendom. These ancient superstitions are no longer veiled in mystery but present themselves as the fruit of modern science,
"..the advances of Modern Science, and especially the spread of evolutionary philosophy, having fitted the world for deeper teaching, the Brotherhood decided that the time had come to communicate with it, and openly influence its religion and philosophy. They have, however, become so etherealized by their practices that they are unable to endure contact with coarse human nature: it was, therefore necessary to employ intermediaries." Helena Blavatsky was "chosen for this purpose..." (pp. 243-245)
After devoting herself to occult pursuits for some thirty years, Madame Helena Petrova Blavatsky (1831-1891) repaired to a Himalayan retreat where she spent seven years under the immediate direction of the Masters (Brotherhood) who initiated and instructed her for her mission. Upon her dismissal she traveled to America and organized the Theosophical Society. In one of her great works, "Isis Unveiled," she points to signs foretelling the approaching day, which is in fact our own day, when the West will have finally rejected supernatural Christian theism and faithful Judaism and embrace the proofs,
"....that only ancient religions were in harmony with nature, and ancient science embraced all that can be known...An era of disenchantment and rebuilding will soon begin---nay, has already begun....a new (age) is about to begin, and the future pages of history may contain full evidence and convey full proof, that if ancestry can be....believed, Descending spirits have conversed with man, And told him secrets of the world unknown." (Isis Unveiled, vol. I., p. 38)
Blavatsky's teachings were strongly syncretic, drawing from Eastern mysticism, Tibetan, Platonic and Neoplatonic systems, Hermetic Kabbalism , and contemporary 19th century occult magic and scientific sources. Blavatsky's legacy was an occult vision further developed by later esotericists such as Rudolph Steiner and Alice Bailey that simultaneously offered a detailed occult analysis of the evolving universe of matter and energy and the spiritual forces and hierarchies behind it as well as reaffirming the universal emanationist cosmology of ancient Gnosticism.
Blavatsky's teachings informed and shaped Hitler's occult neo-pagan regime and eventually unleashed an explosion of occult knowledge, magic and Eastern mysticism here in the West that began in the late sixties and still powers Hermetic, Wicca, neo-paganism, UFO and New Age movements sweeping over America and the West today.
Central to Hermetic orders such as the Order of the Golden Dawn and Theosophy is the theme of an occult Hierarchy of evolved Masters---god-men who have finished their cycles of reincarnation and material evolution but have chosen to remain here on the earth (Gaia) to serve people in their own conscious evolution as well as guide Gaia's spiritual evolution.
Blavatsky and other key Theosophists claimed to be in communication with, and to receive materialised letters from materialized Masters residing in Tibet. Blavatsky's master was said to be Kut Humi, (a supposed reincarnation of Pythagoras and Francis of Assisi).
With Alice Bailey these communications became telepathic transmissions (channeling/mediumism), and finally the Tibetan Masters were supplanted by other masters without a physical locality. These masters variously call themselves for example, the Brotherhood, Space Brothers, Ascended Masters, the ancient Ennead of Egypt (major gods and goddesses of Egypt), Nine Principles of God, the Deep Space Nine and Council of Nine.
Today there exists a vast and growing online network of UFO channelers and others calling themselves Light Workers claiming to be in telepathic communication with the Masters. Light Workers have even held open channeling sessions at the U.N.
Another important theme connecting all ancient and modern Hermetic Orders and Mystery religions is the Dog Star--- Sirius. From the time of the Sumerians, Babylonians and Egyptians to our own age esoteric teachings have invariably attributed to Sirius a special status and the star’s importance in occult symbolism attests to this fact.
Artifacts of ancient civilizations reveal that Sirius was of great importance to astrology, Hermeticism, the Mysteries, secret initiations, conceptions of transmigration and reincarnation and other forms of occultism.
Mystery schools teach that Sirius is the divine “sun behind the sun” and therefore is both the true source of our sun’s energy which keeps our physical world alive, but also the divine one substance that keeps the spiritual world alive. Whereas the sun illuminates the physical world, which is considered to be a grand illusion, Sirius is the “real light," the Great Cosmic Spirit--- the Ultimate One Substance (i.e., Egyptian Nu, Chaos, Void, Brahman, Star Maker, Quantum Void) or Essence of material phenomena, meaning that the universe exists only as a grand illusion or mental construction as it does for example, in the mind of Brahman: brahma satyam jagan mithya, or "Brahman is real, the world is unreal." (swamij.com/mahavakyas)
In the time of the Pharoahs, Sirius--the guardian of the path of souls (magic way, cosmic tree of life) was the foundation of the Egyptians’ entire religious system. It was worshipped as Sothis and associated with Isis, the mother goddess of Egyptian mythology. Isis is the female aspect of the androgynous trinity consisting of Sirius, Osiris and their son Horus.
A fascinating aspect of Sirius is the consistency of occult symbolism and meanings attached to it:
" Several great civilizations have indeed associated Sirius with a dog-like figure and viewed the star as either the source or the destination of a mysterious force. In Chinese and Japanese astronomy, Sirius is known as the “star of the celestial wolf”. Several aboriginal tribes of North America referred to the star in canine terms: the Seri and Tohono O’odham tribes of the southwest describe the Sirius as a “dog that follows mountain sheep”, while the Blackfoot call it “Dog-face”. The Cherokee paired Sirius with Antares as a dog-star guardian of the “Path of Souls”. The Wolf (Skidi) tribe of Nebraska knew it as the “Wolf Star”, while other branches of knew it as the “Coyote Star”. Further north, the Alaskan Inuit of the Bering Strait called it “Moon Dog." (The Mysterious Connection Between Sirius and Human History, vigilantcitizen.com, Dec. 12, 2012)
In "The Sirius Mystery" (1971) American author Robert Temple argues that the mythology of the Dogon's, an ancient African tribe, bears striking similarities to the ones of other ancient civilizations such as the Sumerians, Egyptians, and Babylonians. Temple writes that like the others it includes the archetypal myth of a “great teacher from above” and relates that mankind was born from the Nommo,
"...a race of amphibians who were inhabitants of a planet circling Sirius. They are said to have “descended from the sky in a vessel accompanied by fire and thunder” and imparted to humans profound knowledge. This lead Robert Temple to theorize that the Nommos were extraterrestrial inhabitants of Sirius who travelled to earth at some point in the distant past to teach ancient civilizations (such as the Egyptians and Dogons) about the Sirius star system as well as our own solar system. These civilizations would then record the Nommos’ teachings in their religions and make them a central focus of their Mysteries." (ibid)
Depending on the civilization,
"...this great teacher is known as eith Enoch, Thoth or Hermes Trismegistus and is said to have taught humanity theurgic sciences. In occult traditions, it is believed that Thoth-Hermes had taught the people of Atlantis, which, according to legend, became the world’s most advanced civilization before the entire continent was submerged by the Great Deluge (accounts of a flood can be found in the mythologies of countless civilizations). Survivors from Atlantis travelled by boat to several countries, including Egypt, where they imparted their advanced knowledge. Occultists believe that the inexplicable resemblances between distant civilizations (such as the Mayas and the Egyptians) can be explained by their common contact with Atlanteans." (ibid)
In Freemasonry, Sirius is a symbol of deity, of omnipresence and omniscience (the Divine Mind or One Substance that is present everywhere and knows all). Sirius is therefore the home of the Ascended Masters and sacred place all Masons (as well as all who traverse the Magic Way) must spiritually ascend as Sirius is the source of divine power and the ultimate destination of consciously evolved divine individuals.
In his "Morals and Dogma," the celebrated occult Freemason Albert Pike said:
“(The Blazing Star) originally represented SIRIUS, or the Dog-star, the forerunner of the inundation of the Nile; the God ANUBIS, companion of ISIS in her search for the body of OSIRIS, her brother and husband. Then it became the image of HORUS, the son of OSIRIS, himself symbolized also by the Sun, the author of the Seasons, and the God of Time; Son of ISIS, who was the universal nature, himself the primitive matter, inexhaustible source of Life, spark of uncreated fire, universal seed of all beings. It was HERMES, also, the Master of Learning, whose name in Greek is that of the God Mercury.” (ibid)
The two most important figures associated with Theosophy, Madame Blavatsky and Alice Bailey, considered Sirius to be a source mystical power---evolution, the seething energies of Lucifer that exert a spiritual influence over the entire Orobouros or cosmic tree of life and is therefore directly linked with every great religion of antiquity because the universal life force extends into the psyche of mankind.
Alice Bailey sees Sirius as the “Great White Lodge” and believes it to be the home of the “Spiritual Hierarchy.” For this reason she considers Sirius as the star of initiation:
"This is the great star of initiation because our Hierarchy (an expression of the second aspect of divinity) is under the supervision or spiritual magnetic control of the Hierarchy of Sirius. These are the major controlling influences whereby the cosmic Christ works upon the Christ principle in the solar system, in the planet, in man and in the lower forms of life expression. It is esoterically called the “brilliant star of sensitivity.” (ibid)
Baily teaches that the Luciferian energy emanating from Sirius is the energy of thought, a mind force that reaches the solar system from a distant cosmic center via Sirius, which acts as the transmitter,
"...or the focalising centre, whence emanate those influences which produce self-consciousness in man.” (ibid)
From the time of the ancients till our own, Sirius has been seen as the home of the Ascended Masters, the “great teachers” who are to return to earth one day. But what Alice Baily saw as she ascended the Magic Way, coming ever closer to the Ascended Masters was "clear cold fire." Interestingly, Dante described the lowest part of Hell as clear ice.
As she approached the Hierarchy (or lowest part of Hell), she said,
"...darkness is pure spirit" and each "contact with the Initiator leads the initiate closer to the centre of pure darkness---a darkness which is the very antithesis of darkness...It is a centre or point of such intense brilliance that everything fades out and at the place of tension, and at that darkest point (we) see a point of cold clear fire." (False Dawn: The United Religious Initiative, Globalism, and the Quest for a One-World Religion, Lee Penn, p. 283)
The Apostle Paul speaks not of a Magic Way, Ascended Masters and their home on Sirius but of fallen angels, the "spirits of wickedness under the heavens" (Eph. 6:12) and their chief, "the prince of the powers of the air." (Eph. 2:2)
According to Paul, fallen angels are dispersed in a multitude throughout the whole blue expanse of sky which is visible to us---the dwelling place for the host of fallen angels who have been cast down from heaven. It is fallen angels calling themselves spirit guides, the Council of Nine, Ascended Masters, the Christ, God and so on that are telepathically communicating with growing numbers of fascinated mediums and Light Workers in our age and they say that,
"When the gospel of gods kingdom on earth has been preached throughout the world, then the end shall come or the second coming of the Christ of the Aquarian age shall take place." "The Christ of the Aquarian age will arrive in the first public spaceship landing, to be seen by all your people on international satellite television…."(Ashtar p.163, from A UFO 2nd coming, LetUsReason.org)