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Anyone else drawn to Eleusinian Mysteries merely by the sound of it?
I think I lived there, I wonder what was the treasure veiled to be of worth to be called mysteries over there at Eleusis.
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I think of The mysteries as the soul’s evolution through reincarnation, rebirth, cycles of renewal.
The symbols used might be wheat - bread/ flour + water = life.
The seasonal cycles of annual renewal.
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I think I mix up Eleusinian and Elysium. There was, once-upon-a-time, a nudist colony in Topanga cyn called Elysian Fields, (a place that is apparently the good neighborhood in hell. LoL.) The word just was similar in my mind, yet I haven't discovered their related-ness, if there is any.
I believe the "mysteries" are revealed to the individual when they are ready. Much of the rituals involved amanita mushrooms and other psychotropics. A way of getting serious insight to ones soul and the way of the world, though it could also be achieved through contemplative meditation.
As Spirit mentioned the cycle of life, ...frequently depicted in the "grain cycle" as an excellent visual.
Also the ides is grounded in initiation rites, as one is born into their new roles as Priest or Priestess.