Reflections on the Odes of Solomon from our summer solstice ceremony

A painting of King Solomon who the odes are attributed to, but who is very unlikely to be their real author.

A painting of King Solomon who the odes are attributed to, but it is unclear who their real author is.

Mark and I celebrated the summer solstice yesterday. As we both sat in a circle of trees in the light of the morning sun and did our ceremony, I read a selection of verses from a little known esoteric text called The Odes of Solomon. This text has defied interpretation, and yet that morning every word was filled with a meaning that resonated very deeply with Mark. Although the author is unknown, it became clear to us that it was written by someone who had experienced the final stages in the path of the spiritual Son, and whose words were profoundly shared and understood by Mark who has also passed through most of these same stages nearly 2,000 years later.

The Odes of Solomon are dated by most scholars to somewhere in the range of 70-125 AD. However, you’ll find references to it in another early esoteric Christian text called Pistis Sophia, which recounts the teachings Jesus gives to the disciples after his resurrection and ascension on the latter stages of the path of the spiritual Son, which Jesus illustrated in the events of his own life as did Mithras, Osiris, Hu, Krishna, Tammuz, Hun Hunahpu, Quetzalcoatl etc. The disciples refer to some of the odes in interpreting Jesus teachings on these final stages, because The Odes of Solomon likewise describe them. Interestingly, the disciples refer to the odes as though they were written by King Solomon (believed to have reigned from 970-931 BC) in the form of a prophecy, and some scholars suggest that these odes may actually be a much older text that was modified by an early Christian. Its exact origin continues to remain a mystery.

Here are some of the most beautiful songs of peace and joy that the world possesses. Yet their origin, the date of their writing, and the exact meaning of many of the verses remain one of the great literary mysteries.

They have come down to us in a single and very ancient document in Syriac language. Evidently that document is a translation from the original Greek. Critical debate has raged around these Odes; one of the most plausible explanations is that they are songs of newly baptized Christians of the First Century.

They are strangely lacking in historical allusions. Their radiance is no reflection of other days. They do not borrow from either the Old Testament or the Gospels. The inspiration of these verses is first-hand. They remind you of Aristides’ remark, “A new people with whom something Divine is mingled.”
~ Rutherford H. Platt, Jr., The Forgotten Books of Eden

Although these odes seem like simple devotional hymns, they are written in first person and contain first-hand descriptions of what someone experiences in the process of enlightenment. The key in understanding their deeper meaning is the first-hand experience of the same process, as this is what unlocks the descriptions of spiritual transformation encoded throughout history, and it is only because Mark has experienced the stages in this transformation himself that he is able to bring the meaning of so many sacred texts such as these odes back to life—extracting and synthesizing the most powerful information needed: the complete inner energetic transformation from darkness into light, the merging of one’s consciousness with the three forces of creation known as the trinity of Son, Mother and Father, and the return to spiritual source.

With such precision these odes describe the events Mark has endured over the last few years—the spiritual stages of betrayal: where someone suffers scathing attacks and injustice with the aim of the complete destruction of the person; the rejection and disappearance from the world; the internal descent into “Sheol” the underworld, where the darkest limits and regions of the psyche are tested; and then the resurrection for the one who can pass through these tremendous difficulties with love and right action as Mark has. In these stages the inner force of the Son and Mother merge. Following this is the ascension to the Father, which Mark has begun to work towards, and which the summer solstice symbolizes.

It is only because Mark has gone through the very same spiritual stages described that it is possible to understand the hidden meaning contained within this beautifully poetic, but elusive and deeply symbolic text. It seems likely that it was written by one who has merged with both the Son, the Mother and the Father—the three cosmic forces and higher parts of one’s Being—and who had ascended internally, which is something incredibly rare, and yet is the latent potential within every person’s consciousness.

At the moment Mark is working on writing a new book—one that describes the path of the Son and the process of transformation like never before, and found nowhere else in the world today. The sacred sites and texts of the world offer fragments of this knowledge, often encoded in symbolism impossible for one who has not gone through this transformation to do anything more than scratch the surface of. We hope to see it released in 2015, and that it restores and gives anew the means by which people throughout the world can embark upon the greatest journey of all—the inward journey back to the Light.

Here are the odes we read for our summer solstice ceremony. You can read them in their entirety here.

From the Odes of Solomon translated by James H. Charlesworth

Ode 27

I extended my hands and hallowed my Lord,
For the expansion of my hands is His sign.
And my extension is the upright cross.
Hallelujah.

Ode 28

As the wings of doves over their nestlings, and the mouths of their nestlings towards their mouths, so also are the wings of the Spirit over my heart.
My heart continually refreshes itself and leaps for joy, like the babe who leaps for joy in his mother’s womb.
I trusted, consequently I was at rest; because trustful is He in whom I trusted.
He has greatly blessed me, and my head is with Him.
And the dagger shall not divide me from Him, nor the sword;
Because I am ready before destruction comes, and have been set on His immortal side.
And immortal life embraced me, and kissed me.
And from that life is the Spirit which is within me. And it cannot die because it is life.
Those who saw me were amazed, because I was persecuted.
And they thought that I had been swallowed up, because I seemed to them as one of the lost.
But my injustice became my salvation.
And I became their abomination, because there was no jealousy in me.
Because I continually did good to every man I was hated.
And they surrounded me like mad dogs, those who in stupidity attack their masters.
Because their thought is depraved, and their mind is perverted.
But I was carrying water in my right hand, and their bitterness I endured by my sweetness.
And I did not perish, because I was not their brother, nor was my birth like theirs.
And they sought my death but did not find it possible, because I was older than their memory; and in vain did they cast lots against me.
And those who were after me sought in vain to destroy the memorial of Him who was before them.
Because the thought of the Most High cannot be prepossessed; and His heart is superior to all wisdom.
Hallelujah.

Ode 29

The Lord is my hope, I shall not be ashamed of Him.
For according to His praise He made me, and according to His grace even so He gave to me.
And according to His mercies He exalted me, and according to His great honor He lifted me up.
And he caused me to ascend from the depths of Sheol, and from the mouth of death He drew me.
And I humbled my enemies, and He justified me by His grace.
For I believed in the Lord’s Messiah, and considered that He is the Lord.
And He revealed to me His sign, and He led me by His light.
And He gave me the scepter of His power, that I might subdue the devices of the people, and humble the power of the mighty.
To make war by His Word, and to take victory by His power.
And the Lord overthrew my enemy by His Word, and he became like the dust which a breeze carries off.
And I gave praise to the Most High, because He has magnified His servant and the son of His maidservant.
Hallelujah.

Ode 31

Chasms vanished before the Lord, and darkness dissipated before His appearance.
Error erred and perished on account of Him; and contempt received no path, for it was submerged by the truth of the Lord.
He opened His mouth and spoke grace and joy; and recited a new chant to His name.
Then He lifted his voice towards the Most High, and offered to Him those that had become sons through Him.
And His face was justified, because thus His Holy Father had given to Him.
Come forth, you who have been afflicted, and receive joy.
And possess yourselves through grace, and take unto you immortal life.
And they condemned me when I stood up, me who had not been condemned.
Then they divided my spoil, though nothing was owed them.
But I endured and held my peace and was silent, that I might not be disturbed by them.
But I stood undisturbed like a solid rock, which is continuously pounded by columns of waves and endures.
And I bore their bitterness because of humility; that I might redeem my nation and instruct it.
And that I might not nullify the promises to the patriarchs, to whom I was promised for the salvation of their offspring.
Hallelujah.

Ode 32

To the blessed ones the joy is from their heart, and light from Him who dwells in them;
And the Word of truth who is self-originate,
Because He has been strengthened by the Holy Power of the Most High; and He is unshaken for ever and ever.
Hallelujah.

Ode 35

The gentle showers of the Lord overshadowed me with serenity, and they caused a cloud of peace to rise over my head;
That it might guard me at all times. And it became salvation to me.
Everyone was disturbed and afraid, and there came from them smoke and judgment.
But I was tranquil in the Lord’s legion; more than shade was He to me, and more than foundation.
And I was carried like a child by its mother; and He gave me milk, the dew of the Lord.
And I was enriched by His favor, and rested in His perfection.
And I spread out my hands in the ascent of myself, and I directed myself towards the Most High, and I was redeemed towards Him.
Hallelujah.

Ode 36

I rested on the Spirit of the Lord, and She lifted me up to heaven;
And caused me to stand on my feet in the Lord’s high place, before His perfection and His glory, where I continued glorifying Him by the composition of His Odes.
The Spirit brought me forth before the Lord’s face, and because I was the Son of Man, I was named the Light, the Son of God;
Because I was the most glorified among the glorious ones, and the greatest among the great ones.
For according to the greatness of the Most High, so She made me; and according to His newness He renewed me.
And He anointed me with His perfection; and I became one of those who are near Him.
And my mouth was opened like a cloud of dew, and my heart gushed forth like a gusher of righteousness.
And my approach was in peace, and I was established in the Spirit of Providence.
Hallelujah.

Ode 42

I extended my hands and approached my Lord, for the expansion of my hands is His sign.
And my extension is the upright cross, that was lifted up on the way of the Righteous One.
And I became useless to those who knew me not, because I shall hide myself from those who possessed me not.
And I will be with those who love me.
All my persecutors have died, and they sought me, they who declared against me, because I am living.
Then I arose and am with them, and will speak by their mouths.
For they have rejected those who persecute them; and I threw over them the yoke of my love.
Like the arm of the bridegroom over the bride, so is my yoke over those who know me.
And as the bridal chamber is spread out by the bridal pair’s home, so is my love by those who believe in me.
I was not rejected although I was considered to be so, and I did not perish although they thought it of me.
Sheol saw me and was shattered, and Death ejected me and many with me.
I have been vinegar and bitterness to it, and I went down with it as far as its depth.
Then the feet and the head it released, because it was not able to endure my face.
And I made a congregation of living among his dead; and I spoke with them by living lips; in order that my word may not be unprofitable.
And those who had died ran towards me; and they cried out and said, Son of God, have pity on us.
And deal with us according to Your kindness, and bring us out from the bonds of darkness.
And open for us the door by which we may come out to You; for we perceive that our death does not touch You.
May we also be saved with You, because You are our Savior.
Then I heard their voice, and placed their faith in my heart.
And I placed my name upon their head, because they are free and they are mine.
Hallelujah.

By | 2018-02-26T11:08:38+00:00 December 23rd, 2014|spiritual ceremonies|40 Comments

About the Author:

Angela Pritchard is a researcher and practitioner of the ancient religion of the sun. Writing alongside her husband Mark Pritchard (Belsebuub), she helped co-author the book The Path of the Spiritual Sun. Mark provides the spiritual knowledge found in her videos and articles, which she combines with research into the latest discoveries in science, cosmology, sacred sites, and ancient texts. Her own website is https://sakrosawel.com/

40 Comments

  1. Karim April 15, 2015 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    I was re-reading these today and found these odes/prayers very powerful.

    So thanks again for sharing them, as well as other inspirational articles and content. I don’t want to take this for granted as I find them to be very useful.

  2. Anne Linn January 10, 2015 at 5:47 am - Reply

    The Odes are so beautiful. They touched something inside of me, even though I don’t understand them.

  3. Matthew January 10, 2015 at 1:54 am - Reply

    Thanks Angela for sharing the Odes of Solomon and Mark’s very unique understanding of them.

    The style it is written is very beautiful. It reminds me a bit of some of the Old Testament Psalms which on the surface also seem to be simple devotional hymns, but the Disciples also refer to some of them (which they refer to as being written by Solomon’s father David) to explain what Jesus is teaching in the Pistis Sophia, in a similar way to how they refer to the Odes of Solomon.

    I think it highlights what you said, that only a person who has gone through that would be able to understand the hidden and profound meanings these texts contain.

    Thank you for bringing this text to light, it really is very beautiful and it was one I wasn’t really familiar with.

  4. James N January 8, 2015 at 10:20 am - Reply

    Thank you so much Angela. The Odes really touched my heart . An incredible discovery. Gave me great insight and inspiration, despite knowing very little. So profound what Mark has/is going through.

    Please send on warm regards to Mark and strength to finish his book. Deeply grateful for the teachings and all that you both do.

    Thank you for bringing light into this world.

  5. DavidP January 5, 2015 at 9:38 am - Reply

    What an amazing find this text is, thanks for sharing it and about Mark’s experience of it in your Solstice ceremony. Wishing you both a great year ahead and looking forward to seeing the new book by Mark released this year, all the very best with it, may it help resurrect the teachings in this world that so needs them.

  6. Jenny January 5, 2015 at 2:55 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your solstice experience with us. I have never read this text. It’s really amazing reading these odes and reflecting on what Mark has gone through and the insights you have shared.

    Thanks again for sharing all of this. Wishing you both and everyone here a very strong and inspiring new year. I hope the new year develops strongly and brings new growth and opportunities for more people to find this site and all the important works it contains.

    Really looking forward to Mark’s new book!

  7. tina January 3, 2015 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    These odes are so profound – a beautiful way to describe such an amazing experience – the ultimate joy of becoming one with the source. This seems such a different experience of being alive – something to aspire to. . Thank you for posting this and for the information about Mark’s book.

  8. Fotis January 1, 2015 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    Thank you Angela!

  9. Seraphim December 29, 2014 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Thank you Angela for sharing the celebration of the summer solstice.

    I astonished to read this post. I didn’t know that the Divine Trinity is the Father, the Son and aslo the Mother instead of the Holy Spirit. I didn’t know that the Holy Spirit and the Divine Mother is the same!

    These odes were very inspiring and profound and they reminded me some odes from the second book of “The Flight of the Feathered Serpent”. The “same” writer, or the persons that were in the same internal situation, wrote these Odes.

    High poetry, hymn to the Divine, hymn to the personal Divine!

  10. Maria December 29, 2014 at 9:12 am - Reply

    Thank you deeply Angela for sharing part of your and Mark’s Winter Solstice celebration with all. These odes are beautiful and inspiring. Certainly I wouldn’t be able to see what’s hidden beyond the words without your explanation, related them with Mark’s hard work in the path. It’s very inspiring to reflect on this.

    I feel deeply grateful to the Gods that these teachings have appeared in my life. They have been from the beginning for me the beacon that touched clearly and directly my heart, guiding me and putting aside completely my mind.

    Sincerely I wish to Mark to complete his mission and for both all the strength you need for the New Year.

    It’s very happy to hear about the new book and looking forward to read it in the New Year.

    Thank you both deeply from my heart for all this help in my life and for all the love and help you are giving to all humanity.

  11. Cliff December 28, 2014 at 1:57 pm - Reply

    What a wonderful solstice, thank you for sharing the experience; the power of it reaches out through your words and are a real inspiration. Although Iacking in experience, somehow the odes have touched deep within me. I can’t even imagine how they must have moved Mark nor what he has endured to gain such knowledge.

    It is wonderful to hear how close Mark is to the final goal. I wish both of you much love and strength in its attainment.

    Thank you for all you are doing and much strength in completion of the new book, I very much look forward to its publication and guidance.

    • Sabah January 3, 2015 at 2:27 am - Reply

      It’s really inspiring to hear of your solstice ceremony Angela and especially Mark’s experience – a living example and proof of the power and depth of the spiritual work. A very potent reminder to me as well of the incredible knowledge that Mark has which we are so lucky to have access to, even though we may only be able to grasp very little of it.

      The betrayal, vicious attacks, threats to his safety, and more that Mark had to endure were horrific, and most could not withstand such sustained and calculated hatred that escalated to the point it did. That the experience was described in these odes and shared by Mark thousands of years later is really profound, as are the deeper spiritual aspects of such an experience.

      Very exciting to hear about the new book being worked on and thankful for the incredible work being done to give us this information. May we all be able to come together to support this so that the work can flourish in bigger and better ways in 2015, both in ourselves and in the world!

  12. Geraldine December 28, 2014 at 4:26 am - Reply

    Hi Angela, Hi Mark

    Thank you so much for sharing part of your celebration with us – these texts are indeed incredibly spiritually beautiful.

    Ode 28, and Ode 42 was just incredible to read, the description on how love and light conquered the darkness, and if it was not for having witnessed all the attacks, lies and injustice placed on Mark and how through light he was able to overcome it all without giving into darkness, hate or resentments, I don’t think I would really understand it. I’m so sorry that he had to endure all this, and mostly totally on his own for so long yet at the same time, this later stage also came to life through what Mark had to endure. I remember Mark mentioning in a past article, how in a dream, he had found himself hugging the attackers and feeling love toward them – how incredible and amazing it must be to be able to do that! It’s hard to really fully comprehend and grasp: the rewards described, how the re-birth, immortality and love gained yet the pain and sufferings one must endure to reach this stage. It makes sense though to understand something to its depths, the ramifications and consequences of darkness, we have to endure it, and go through it ourselves. It is very inspiring and gives a sense of reality of all these ancient texts to see Mark’s work and life show and enacts what must we all go through if we choose to and fight for it.

    Another line of these texts which really captured my attention was this one:

    “The Lord is my hope, I shall not be ashamed of Him.” Ode 29

    In this day and age, where expressing spirituality has become more difficult because of the oppression of darkness in society, it felt like a call of action to protect what each individual has the right to: ascend spiritually. It also made me reflect on how I can curb myself to peer pressure and act in certain ways so as to not be different from others. One way can become fanatical while its opposite can give in to lower standards. It is hard to be in that balance, but this is what this line made me reflect upon, and something I’d like to reach for as well.

    In all this, another point that feels that comes forward quite strongly in these odes, is the senseless judgement that hatred/negativity brings about, and the loss of spiritual feelings, knowledge, and understanding resulting from it.

    There is so much more to these texts – it really feels like a lifetime of understanding can be gained.

    I’m sorry to say that I had not really read them very deeply before, just here and there. And I could not understand them really well either – yet by placing them in the context of Mark’s life, with the meaning of the solstice which Mark also uncovered, it started to make some sense! I’m very thankful indeed that you shared this with us.

    Like Lucia said ” In these dark times, Belsebuub’s knowledge is like a lighthouse that guides those sincerely searching. Reading his works always fills me with so much inner light and clear direction, the words somehow become alive as I read them, almost as if something from deep within me was talking.”

    Sending you best wishes for the New Year coming up, and as with everyone, I look forward to the new book 🙂

  13. Gabrielle December 28, 2014 at 4:22 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this, Angela. I also had not read this before, and it was really nice to read it.

    I wish you and Mark lots of strength and all the best this coming year.

    That’s great to hear about the book! It will be amazing to have that resource of genuine spiritual guidance available and to be able to get a glimpse into what his experience has been so far, after devoting so much of his life to the spiritual path. I look forward to it.

  14. Olga December 28, 2014 at 3:09 am - Reply

    This is an amazing account. The odes are sublime. To imagine the reality of such devotion and determination for the spirit is unthinkable. I personally find many of it very hard to relate to or understand, although this devotional/no compromising attitude for the work is quite intriguing.

    Something that stood out very much from reading these odes was that coincidentally I have been reading The Exegesis on the Soul recently and found a similar devotional aspect that has stayed with me for some time. Praying in this manner is certainly very liberating.

    Ode 27:

    ”I extended my hands and hallowed my Lord,
    For the expansion of my hands is His sign.
    And my extension is the upright cross.
    Hallelujah.”

    Exegesis on the Soul:

    ”Therefore it is fitting to pray to God night and day, spreading out our hands towards him as do people sailing in the middle of the sea: they pray to God with all their heart without hypocrisy.”

    Thank you for sharing your Solstice with us.

    It is truly incredible how close Mark is to completing the last stage of the work. Something beyond any form of happiness I can express. Wishing you both much light and resilience in attaining the star.

  15. Lucia December 26, 2014 at 7:20 pm - Reply

    Thank you Angela very much for letting us know all these details and sharing your ceremony with us. I am also so very much grateful that I can learn from somebody who experiences these incredible things first-hand in this time and age. In these dark times, Belsebuub’s knowledge is like a lighthouse that guides those sincerely searching. Reading his works always fills me with so much inner light and clear direction, the words somehow become alive as I read them, almost as if something from deep within me was talking.

    Wishing you both a lot of strength to move forward in the new year and very much looking forward to the books!

  16. Layla December 26, 2014 at 10:48 am - Reply

    Its really inspiring to hear of yours and Mark’s solstice celebration and even more so hearing how these very profound texts came alive like that.

    For most people these ancient texts are perhaps dead, or maybe estranged beliefs or cryptic poems (as Jordan was talking about), but the life force they have for someone who is experiencing these sacred words so close to their heart and to the depth of their being to me seems so astounding and so very rare.

    What struck me also was this intense and very difficult sacrifice and selflessness that appears to have been endured by the writer of those texts and that it fortifies the reality of the spiritual work and its stages as much now as it was then. And those profound words came to mean something to me not from my experience, but from knowing only some of the hardships, difficulties and sacrifices Mark has also been through, that’s what makes these words true for me, and though I cannot imagine the happiness of Mark’s experience nor the depth, I am so happy for him.

    It really is amazing to read this and thanks so much for sharing it.

  17. Zorana December 26, 2014 at 2:57 am - Reply

    Thank you for sharing your Solstice experience. I really liked reading through the odes and especially reflecting on this line, “My heart continually refreshes itself and leaps for joy, like the babe who leaps for joy in his mother’s womb.” It’s inspiring and quite amazing that all of these words resonated so much with Mark. I can barely imagine the kind of understanding and experience that requires.

    Best wishes to you all in the works of the new book, very much looking forward to it!

  18. Ella December 25, 2014 at 8:40 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this little glimpse into something profoundly beautiful Angela.

    Those Odes are truely etherial and captivating, I will endeavour to study them further.

    It is incredible, as others have said, to have Mark’s work as such a huge inspiration and guide. It has been the most transformative and important thing for me, but still I hope this upcoming year to appreciate it much more fully, and let its real scope and significance penetrate my life.

    Having the guidance to commemorate the solstices and equinoxes more spiritually has been huge for me. With a couple of friends, my husband and I watched the sun emerge from the sea and conducted a simple ceremony like the one given by Mark.

    I really look forward to that book, and wish everyone involved all the very best with making it happen.

    Many wishes and much thanks.

  19. Jordan December 25, 2014 at 3:49 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this. I remember studying this one in university and I felt what was taught about it didn’t really get at what it must’ve actually meant. Though with intellectual understanding of the stages of the path of the spiritual Son you can put together the pieces sometimes and sort of see what texts like these are saying, you could never really know for sure or have it resonate in that special way without the experience of having gone through it, which is why it’s so important to have books like the one forthcoming available in the world today to show the way – looking forward to it!

  20. Karim December 24, 2014 at 12:50 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing this with us Angela.

    It is to me such an extraordinary and amazing thing what Mark is going through. And I feel very grateful and humbled to witness (in as far as I’m able) such a thing happening in this time. And I sincerely wish him all the best in fulfilling completely his inner work.

    Those texts are very moving and beautiful indeed. It must have been great reading them at your solstice celebration, and in a special place in nature, with the sun rising, and the time of year appropriate to it.

    I very much look forward to that book, and also hope it will reach all the right people.

    • Angela Pritchard December 24, 2014 at 2:01 pm - Reply

      Thank you everyone for your well wishes and support. Mark is already working out the contents and structure of the new book, and we are really looking forward to putting the work back out there as much as possible in 2015.

  21. Roy December 24, 2014 at 10:25 am - Reply

    It sounds you both had a very insightful summer solstice celebration. Mark wrote about the the time around the solstices and equinoxes being very conducive to connect with the spiritual forces present. It is inspiring to see this is very much the case in your celebration and all of a sudden the text speaks.

    To be honest the text is very obscure to me but still leaves me with a very nice feel when reading it. I especially like the devotion and trust placed in the divine by the auther.

    All the best with completing the book Mark and Angela, I too look forward to see it being released in 2015.

  22. richard December 24, 2014 at 12:52 am - Reply

    Thanks you very much for these very deep and spiritual Odes, I really hope to some day understand these on a deeper level although I can feel that there is something really profound with in them

    I really look forward to reading the new book that Mark will release next year, wishing everyone a spiritual 2015

  23. Michelle December 23, 2014 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing how you celebrated the solstice, Angela. A friend, my husband and I celebrated the Winter Solstice at a beautiful spot in Madison WI, USA called Picnic Point. There is a cement circle with a fire pit in the middle. There is water on 3 sides. The three of us came together to celebrate it there last year as well. Both years we had a small ceremony based on the one you have shared in the Path of the Spiritual Sun. It is about a mile walk to the ceremony spot and that walk nicely prepares us for the awaiting of the rising sun. Incidentally, it was too foggy to see the sun rise, but the lighting of the fire represented the birth of the Christ nicely. It has been really amazing to use these ceremonies to connect with the time of year, and reflect on our spiritual progress over the last quarter. Life goes by so quickly and taking the time to see how we are doing is extremely valuable.

    It is very nice to hear about how Mark connected with that text. It seems so elusive to me but I am drawn to it at the same time. Thanks for sharing.

  24. David December 23, 2014 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing those passages and your solstice experience Angela! When I read texts like that it feels like it touches something really deep inside of me and inspires me – I can’t imagine what it must be like to be able to relate to the texts as Mark can because of going through the same experiences as the people who were writing thousands of years ago!

    Really looking forward to the book about the process of the path of the Son and transformation!

  25. Shane December 23, 2014 at 10:43 pm - Reply

    Thank you. I have never read that before. The amount of hatred within and without for such untouchable is extreme and often conceals all hope. The invisible is outside of natures control. Ah to flame the pearl of peace and endure …
    thank you.

  26. Vadim December 23, 2014 at 5:38 pm - Reply

    Thank you for sharing, always interesting to read about these types of experiences.

    Yes, even from intellectual perspective, it definitely makes sense that the Odes of Solomon are much more than “an inspiring poetic” text, as the disciples of Jesus himself, know this text very well and refer to it again and again, while relating to very profound esoteric questions, as described in the Pistis Sophia – one of the most profound and esoteric Christian texts.

    Mark and Angela, all the best to you in your great spiritual journey in the year 2015!

  27. john p December 23, 2014 at 5:37 pm - Reply

    Thanks Mark and Angela for sharing, this article has a lot to reflect on. I hope that many of us can reach this understanding and find our way back to the light.

    I look forward to Mark’s book.

  28. Daniel Mombach December 23, 2014 at 4:59 pm - Reply

    Thank you Angela and Mark.

    Amazing words from the Odes – to me, they seem to speak of times long gone and yet so present; they speak of returning Home and of fading memories that come clear when reading those words…

    Wishing the Heavens give you all the strength to carry on your mission.

    Dan

  29. Christos December 23, 2014 at 4:29 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing this Angela.

    It’s a beautiful text although unless you had mentioned what it is about I would have hardly identified any references to the Path. The fact that Mark is so close is very inspiring. I wish him all the strength to reach the final line.

    ”I rested on the Spirit of the Lord, and She lifted me up to heaven”
    I wonder who this Spirit is and why is it female.

    I am looking forward to the new book!

    • Angela Pritchard December 24, 2014 at 1:42 am - Reply

      More evidence that the Holy Spirit of the trinity was originally female, and is the Mother Goddess – and that this was later covered up and distorted by the early Church. If you read ode 19, you’ll see that the Holy Spirit is referred to as “She”.

      • Christos December 28, 2014 at 11:20 pm - Reply

        I thought that the Spirit was an angel or a messenger but it makes sense to me now that it refers to the Holy Spirit.

        You are right Angela. The unknown author’s description on Ode 19 clearly says that the Holy Spirit and the Divine Mother are one and the same.

        It’s a pity that clear references like this were not taken into consideration in the official Christian dogma.

      • Lucia December 29, 2014 at 10:41 am - Reply

        Hi Angela, I had a question about this for a while, but wondered if to ask, as it may sound too theoretical since of course I have no direct experience of these esoteric matters. I was wondering about the Holy Spirit for a while as the “third Logos” which was how Samael Aun Weor referred to it. He mentioned a few times in his books that Father is the First Logos, the son/Christ the second Logos and Holy Spirit the third Logos. So, from this description and from others as well (where he refers to people working in the “laboratory of the third Logos”) it felt to me like these 3 may be the same force, just on different levels (hence the first, the second and the third). So I thought the third Logos was this force on the level closest to us that we can work with. Second Logos would come later, after refining and working on the Initiatic Path, incarnating the Son, and then the First Logos, the highest one would be the same, but perfected energy/force on the highest level. I was not so much focusing on male/female aspect of it, but more on the fact that they may be the 3 levels of the same thing. Any comments would be appreciated, sorry again if I sound a bit off. 🙂

        • Angela Pritchard December 30, 2014 at 2:47 am - Reply

          Hi Lucia, It’s a very interesting topic to address because I think there is a lot of confusion around the trinity, and it has had such an impact upon shaping the view of divinity over the last 1,600+ years.

          From the early Christian texts that were kept out of the Bible, it seems clear that there was an understanding of the three forces of creation as Father, Son and Mother (as the Holy Spirit). It becomes apparent then that the patriarchy which created the official dogma of the Church could not reconcile a feminine force in divinity with their own social prejudices, and so distorted the meaning of the creative trinity instead. Western scholars later apparently identified Hindu and Egyptian all-male trinities after the advent of Christianity, but these are suspect, as it is well known that these scholars were often Christian and were looking to conform other world religions to the concepts found in Christianity.

          When studying the process of creation and natural laws without social prejudice, it is unavoidable to find that absolute unity (which is all things in itself and neither male nor female, nor any other polarity), when divided creates duality (positive, negative; affirmation, negation; male, female). These polar opposites then need a third force in order to interact and bind, and produce the neutral force, found as love (and the Son). So many incredible mysteries are contained within this, and what is more incredible, is that it is observably evident all around us.

          Mark uncovered how the process of creation and these three forces (which includes the Mother) are intrinsic to the process of awakening through his own inner spiritual work and experience. Because of the stages in the spiritual work he has gone through, it became clear to him that the Mother is one of the three forces of creation along with Father and Son, and this shattered many preconceived ideas that have their basis in the dogmatic Christian trinity.

          There may be other aspects of divinity that are triune in nature which the trinity as a symbol has become mixed with, but when talking about the Father and Son as part of them, then the third is the Mother whatever the term used.

          • Olga December 30, 2014 at 3:20 am

            ”These polar opposites then need a third force in order to interact and bind, and produce the neutral force, found as love (and the Son). So many incredible mysteries are contained within this, and what is more incredible, is that it is observably evident all around us.”

            How interesting. I wonder. In life, could it be observable in the way two people oppose one another, fight and quarrel as if on opposite worlds or mentalities.. The only thing that will bring a true resolution is also love. The force that binds.

          • Lucia December 30, 2014 at 9:10 pm

            Thank you very much Angela for further clarification.
            The question of Trinity always intrigued me, as I felt some sort of mystery is hidden there. I have saved some images of it on my computer, eagerly trying to see some hints of maybe one of the figures being a female (I noticed artists sometimes tried to inconspicuously hide the female figures looking like males on the first sight). One that actually depicts a man, woman and child and calling it Trinity is the painting called “Two Trinities” by B. E. Murillo:
            http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/bartolome-esteban-murillo-the-heavenly-and-earthly-trinities

  30. Jenny December 23, 2014 at 3:57 pm - Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this, Angela & Mark. The words are so beautiful — like they are written in the soul somehow. I was especially touched by this line:

    “I trusted, consequently I was at rest; because trustful is He in whom I trusted.”

    Can’t wait to read Mark’s book — wishing you both lots of strength and inspiration in working on it.

  31. Vida December 23, 2014 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    Wow. Very powerful text, especially when you put it in the context of what you’ve shared in your reflections.

    I often find (due to my own inner struggles) that the spiritual journey feels unattainable, unreachable, or far away. So it’s inspiring to read this, and to reflect on what you’ve shared about Mark’s experiences, because it really makes it all seem possible, as difficult as it may be. And one aspect this text touches on of completely trusting in Divinity, and having it as a source of comfort, strength and purpose is really moving to me.

    Sounds like it must be have been a really special solstice for you both, and it’s really great news to hear about the new book. I really look forward to having the opportunity to read it.

    Thanks Mark and Angela

  32. Justin December 23, 2014 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    What an incredible thing, to read words that seem so enigmatic and mysterious and to see in them a reflection of something that you have gone through personally. It must have been amazing for Mark to share something so intimate with another person across thousands of years.

    I really appreciate hearing about your solstice experience and what Mark felt at reading these texts. It is very inspiring to feel the potential for this that each person has, as well as to reflect on how far he has come in his own journey.

    Also I am very much looking forward to the new book — can’t wait to read it.

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