“An Ozarim, an Initiate, is said to have found at Hebron, on the dead body of Hermes, the well-known Smaragdine Tablet, which, it is said, contained the essence of Hermetic wisdom.
“Separate the earth from the fire, the subtile from the gross….Ascend from the earth to heaven and then descend again to earth” was traced on it.
The riddle of the cross is contained in these words, and its double mystery is solved – to the Occultist.
Verily may the Cross be traced back into the very depths of the unfathomable Archaic Ages!
Its mystery deepens rather than clears, as we find it on the statues of Easter Island, in old Egypt, in Central Asia, engraved on rocks as Tau and Swastika, in pre-Christian Scandinavia, everywhere!
The enigma can be unriddled only by searching for its key in the Mysteries of Initiation.
The initiated adept, who had successfully passed through all the trials, was attached, not nailed, but simply tied on a couch in the form of a Tau of a Swastika without the four additional prolongations, plunged in a deep sleep (the “Sleep of Siloam” it is called to this day among the Initiates in Asia Minor, in Syria, and even higher Egypt).
He was allowed to remain in this state for three days and three nights, during which time his Spiritual Ego was said to confabulate with the “gods”, descend into Hades, Amenti, or Patala (according to the country), and do works of charity to the invisible beings, whether souls of men or Elemental Spirits;
his body remaining all the time in a temple crypt or subterranean cave.
In Egypt it was placed in the Sarcophagus in the King’s Chamber of the Pyramid of Cheops, and carried during the night of the approaching third day to the entrance of a gallery, where at a certain hour the beams of the rising Sun struck full on the face of the entranced candidate, who awoke to be initiated by Osiris, and Thoth, the God of Wisdom.”
H. P. Blavatsky