The ancient Mystery Schools often referred to as Mystery Babylon, the Ancient Mysteries or simply the Mysteries.
“Among the most important of the Ancient Mysteries were the following: The Osiric in Egypt, the Adonisian in Syria, the Mithraic in Persia,the Cabiric in Thrace, the Druidical among the Celts, the Scandinavian among the Gothic, the Dionysian and Eleusinian in Greece.” – The origin of Freemasonry and Knights templar by Bennett, John Richardson, (1907) pg. 3
The Queen of England is referred by The Mysteries as “The Queen of Babylon”
Mystery schools speak using Symbology. This symbolic language helps hide their real secrets, and intent, The Great Work.
“The arcana of the Ancient Mysteries were never revealed to the profane except throught the media of symbols. Symbolism fulfilled the dual office of concealing the sacred truths from the uninitiated, and revealing to those qualified to understand the symbols.” – Manly P Hall 33° “The Secret Teaching of all Ages” [p. CLXIX]
“Each of the pagan gods had besides the public and open, a secret worship paid to him to which none were admitted except those who were selected by preperatory ceremonies called ‘initiation’. This secret worship was termed: ‘The Mysteries’.” Albert G Mackey: 33°, “Encyclopedia of Freemasony” [p. 689]
“And this is supported by Strabo, who says “that it was common, both to the Greeks and the barbarians, to perform their religious ceremonies with the observance of a festival, and that they were sometimes celebrated publicly and sometimes in mysterious privacy.”” – The origin of Freemasonry and Knights templar by Bennett, John Richardson, (1907) pg. 4
“From Egypt the Mysteries went to Phonecia and were celebrated at Tyre. Osiris changed his name and became Adonai or Dionusus, still the representative of the Sun. In Greece and Sicily, Osiris took the name of Bacchus.” Albert Pike 33°: “Morals and Dogma” [p. 363]
They also teach that Christianity is a perversion of the Mysteries.
“The rise of the Christian Church broke up the intellectual pattern of the classical pagan world. By persecution of this pattern’s ideologies it drove the secret societies into greater secrecy; the pagan intellectuals then reclothed their original ideas in a garment of Christian phraseology, but bestowed the keys of the symbolism only upon those duly initiated and bound to secrecy by their vows.”– The Secret Destiny of America by Manly P. Hall”
“The blood of Christ, ever-flowing in the Grail, signified his true doctrine, and the cup which contained it was his Esoteric School, the chalice of his adepts. ” – Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall Pg. 84
“The ‘Fire Philosophy‘ is the basis of all Religious Mysteries and all the secret philosophies of the Universe. It is also the underlying principal on which All Secret Occult Brotherhoods are founded. It was taught in the Ancient Mysteries, and, although the knowledge of it has long been lost to the world, it has always been preserved in the Occult Fraternities. The aim of all true initiation, no matter what the name of the Fraternity may be is to know the nature of the Secret Fire that regenerates the world and which renders him who comes into its possession immortal… “- A Rose Cross College R. Swinburne Clymer
“We further believe that he will come to understand why we have referred to the stream of the secret doctrine as Humanism. The term is not used in its popular sense, but to describe the grand program of the Mystery Schools for the emancipation of man from bondage to ignorance, superstiton, and fear. Civilization is unfolding according to Medetermined plan, and not by accident and fortuitous circumstance…
…We have distinguished three important divisions in the European descent of the Mysteries: first, the Orders of the Quest; second, the Orders of the Great Work, and third, the Orders of Universal Reformation.
The first group was dedicated to the restoration of the secret sciences through search and discovery.
The second group was devoted to the proof and personal accomplishment of that which was known to be true.
And the third group was resolved to apply the proven principles of the esoteric tradition to the enlargement, restoration, and reformation of collective society. “- Orders of the Quest, The Holy Grail (Adept Series) by Manly P. Hall pg 7-8
“The first of the Mysteries of which we have
any account, Warburton says, “were those of Isis And Osiris in Egypt.”” – The origin of Freemasonry and Knights templar by Bennett, John Richardson, (1907) pg.4
Some have even considered Egyptian Mystery Schools as Mother of the Mysteries becasue of that.
“The Ancient Mysteries had a beginning, the first of which are those of Isis and Osiris in Egypt. The most important of these mysteries were the Osiric in Egypt.” Albert G Mackey 33°, “Encyclopedia of Freemasonry” [p.497]
Isis, the Mother of Mysteries, she is the church.
Osiris body representing the Secret Doctrine is divided into fourteen parts.
“There is no question therefore that the work to be done in familiarising the general public with the nature of the Mysteries is of paramount importance at this time. These Mysteries will be restored to outer expression through the medium of the Church and the Masonic Fraternity, if those groups leave off being organisations with material purpose, and become organisms with living objectives .” Alice Baily, “The Externalisation” of the Hierarchy [p.514]
The ancient Mystery Schools, are today known by many different names.
Freemasonry is a modern day equivalent of this ancient Mystery Schools.
“Ancient secret doctrine which is concealed in Masonic allegory and sybolism … It was but to preserve these truths for future generations that Masonry was perpetuated.”
George Steinmetz, “Freemasonry: It’s Hidden Meaning” [p.123]
“Masonry’s ceremonies, symbols and the celebrated legend of Hiram in the Master Mason’s degree were directly borrowed from the “Ancient Mysteries”, or the secret worship of Baal, Osiris or Tamuz.” Edmond Ronayne – “The Master’s Carpet” [p.7]
Saint Paul/Saul of Tarsus has been considered a Minister of The Mysteries.