Within Freemasonry there are three relatable terms, which sometimes leads to confusion; they are, Golgotha, Place of the Skull, Golgotha, Base of the Skull and Golgotha, Place in the Skull. The main difference being the words “Place” and “Base,” as well as “Place in” and “Place of.” This will become clearer as the following text will illustrate.
There are four references to Golgotha, Place of the Skull in the Holy Bible, which is also used within the York Rite Order of the Knight Templars, they are, 1) Mark 15:22, “They brought Jesus to the place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull“),” 2) John 19:17, “Carrying his own cross, he went out to the place of the Skull (which in Aramaic is called Golgotha),” 3) Matthew 27:33, “They came to a place called Golgotha (which means “the place of the skull“),” and 4) Luke 23:33, “When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals–one on his right, the other on his left.”
It should be stressed that at this point most Mason’s stop their understanding of the term Golgotha; and it is understandable that they might think there is nothing more; but this is not the case. Let me explain further.
In esoteric teachings there is also the relatable term Golgotha, Base of the Skull, which also has several legends. In fact, we can see that Adam’s skull was buried at the base of the crucifix, and as we know, this is where Jesus was crucified; at Golgotha, “If you ever see a skull at the base of a crucifix, you can know that it symbolizes Adam’s skull that was allegedly found buried at the site of Jesus’ crucifixion.” This quote is supported by the account that Shem and Melchizedek had gone to Noah’s Ark to obtain the body of Adam, and were subsequently led by Angels to the hill shaped like a skull, “According to these accounts, Shem and Melchizedek traveled to the resting place of Noah’s Ark, retrieved the body of Adam from it, and were led by Angels to Golgotha – described as a skull-shaped hill at the centre of the Earth.” Therefore, as the above quotes illustrate, the base also relates to the Golgotha story. Indeed, Adam was buried under or at the base of Golgotha – Place of the Skull. This important point will become clearer.
Dr. George Carey wrote extensively about this topic as well in his book God-Man: The Word Made Flesh (1920). In short, he clearly illustrated Biblical and Biological comparisons, when he wrote that Golgotha means both “place of the skull in Hebrew” and “the base of the skull” in anatomy ((Dr. George Carey, God-Man: The Word Made Flesh, 1920, p. 51).
Furthermore, on page 121, Carey also stated that a seed or Jesus traveled up through the spinal cord oil to the base of the skull, Golgotha, where it/he may be crucified; that is unless virtuous behavior saves and regenerates it/him; he wrote, “Jesus, the monthly seed, christened in the waters of Jordan, the marrow or oil of the spinal cord, and crucified (refined or transmuted) by crossing the nerves of regeneration at the junction of the medulla and cerebellum at the base of the skull, Golgotha, where the christened or christed seed is crucified, or crossified, in the regenerative process” (p. 120).
Casey further stated that the “pneumogastric nerve” rose up through the “fourth ventricle of the head,” thereby connecting itself to the cerebellum at the “base of the skull Golgotha.” Moreover, “this wonderful nerve has six different physical functions, in addition to the deeply esoteric office of being the channel for the Holy Breath, or Holy Ghost, without which there would be no conception of the Holy Child, the WORD” (p. 46).
You see, the body secretes a “thick, oily and salty substance,” which is often referred to as an oil, which in Greek means Christ. This oil is in the spinal cord and is carried up where it crosses “the Ida and Pingala” or “two fluid nerves that end in a cross in medulla oblongata, where it contacts the cerebellum (Golgotha the place of the skull).” Consequently, the cerebellum is also referred to as “Golgotha the place of the skull” (p. 89).
In the book the Kabbalah Unveiled, it was further stated that the skull or cranium was “Golgoltha” (Begolgoltha), and Golgotha is where Jesus was crucified, “In the New Testament it is worthy to note that Jesus Christ (the Son) is said to be crucified at Golgotha (the skull)” (S. L. Mathers, Kabbalah Unveiled, 2003, p. 72). And on page 303, there is a short reference to an alchemical, or Manna dew, formula, “Into this skull (of Microprosopus) distilleth the dew from the White Head (of Macroprosopus), and covereth it.” Further down the page, it also made a short reference to the varying meanings to Golgeltha, Skull, “Nine thousand myriads of worlds receive influence from and are uphold by that GVLGLTHA, Golgeltha, Skull.” Although short, these additional references give even further meaning and relationship to Golgotha.
Many P. Hall also referenced a similar phrase, “Golgotha, the place in the skull,” when he mentioned the spirit world. He held that “the brain is the upper room… where Jesus met with his disciples.” In fact, there were “twelve convolutions” within the brain that sent messages through the nervous system into the “body below in order to open a pathway of understanding, or to “preach the Gospel in the middle earth.” Much of this activity was centered around the “third ventricle,” often called the “Mercy Seat, the Holy of Holies.” In essence, one’s spirit ascends from within the brain, “Golgotha, the place in the skull.” Hall further related the fact that it is a well known esoteric fact that the “spirit not only leaves, but also enters the body through the crown of the head,” which more than likely gave rise to “the story of Santa Glaus and his chimney” (Manly P. Hall, The Occult Anatomy of Man, 1929, p. 8).
To give even further credence to this argument, Hall also mentioned Golgotha in his book, Man, the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries, and that it represented a burial place, as well as a skull, “The Hebrew word Gulgoleth (Golgotha), which means both a skull and a burial place” (Manly P. Hall, Man, the Grand Symbol of the Mysteries, 1932, p. 190).
It goes without saying that the ancients had more than one meaning for Golgotha, as has been illustrated again and again in this writing. As such, all three terms, Golgotha, Place of the Skull, Golgotha, Base of the Skull, and Golgotha, Place in the Skull are relatable to the esoteric studies (physically and spiritually) within Freemasonry.
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