Les Brigandes – The Jacobin Lodge

Les Brigandes Jacobin Lodge French Maids

Watch these lovely French maids take you on a tour of the Jacobin Lodge.

Liberty, Equality, Fraternity are the masonic slogans spoken of in the protocols of Zion. The girls also mention the man king of the Illuminati.

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The Age of Taurus

The Bull of Heaven that gets killed is a clear reference to the end of the Age of Taurus, that’s when the Epic of Gilgamesh was written. The demigod/hero Gilgamesh is depicted as wrestling the “celestial bull,” said to represent the sign of the age of Taurus.

Gilgamesh searched for eternal life and failed to fulfill his chances at immortality. In Gilgamesh the serpent steals the plant that will restore his youth. The plant is eaten by a snake while Gilgamesh sleeps.

Golden Calf

When Moses threw out the golden calf, he knew it was the end of the Taurus Age. They worshiped the sun as the golden part, and the calf was the bull, or Taurus the bull. So the golden calf represented Taurus the bull.

Moses

Moses came down from the mountain with horns at the beginning of the astrological age of the Ram stating, “I am the ram of God!

Jesus Fish

Jesus Christ is the Alpha and Omega, the first and last (Rev 22:13), Aries and Pisces. He is the sacrificial Lamb of God (end of Age of Aries) and the Fisher of Men (dawn of the age of Pisces). His symbol is ICHTHYS or fish, and he calls to him “fishers of men” as his disciples. His communion food is designated as fish, when he asks for as much after his resurrection (Jn 21). His early Christian followers were called the “little fishes” and represented by two fishes – a symbol for Pisces.

Lucifer Satan

Pike took fifty years to develop and gradually introduce his Luciferian Rite to a select few within the 33rd Degree Supreme Council at Charleston. He also converted the Masonic hierarchy in London, Berlin, and Rome. During the latter half of his work, however, French atheists began to attack spiritism and symbolism within French Lodges. By 1877 French Freemasonry overtly declared what it had covertly taught since 1840- that there is no god but humanity. English Freemasonry, which demands a belief in deity, immediately broke fellowship with the French Grand Orient. Pike, as sovereign Pontiff of Universal Freemasonry, wanted to heal the rift by presenting his Luciferian Doctrine at the July 14, 1889, Supreme Council convention in Paris, France. Unable to travel due to poor health, he instead explicated the doctrine in a letter to be read on the convention floor. Afterward the letter was published by A. C. De La Rive in LaFemme et t’Enfant dans la Franc-Maconnerie Universelle. The Freemason, a Masonic periodical in England, noted the reading of the letter in its January 19, 1935, issue. Count de Poncins quotes portions of the letter in Freemasonry and the Vatican. The most comprehensive quote, however, comes to us from Edith Miller in Occult Theocrasy. Following is Albert Pike’s 1889 concept of how Lucifer should be presented to high degree Masons, while keeping the lower degree initiates and the general public ignorant:

That which we must say to the crowd is – We worship a God, but it is the God that one adores without superstition.

To you, Sovereign Grand Inspectors General [of the 33rd degree], we say this, that you may repeat it to the Brethren of the 32nd, 31st, and 30th degrees – The Masonic religion should be, by all of us initiates of the high degrees, maintained in the purity of the Luciferian doctrine.

If Lucifer were not God, would Adonay, the God of the Christians, whose deeds prove his cruelty, perfidy, and hatred of man, barbarism and repulsion for science, would Adonay and his priests, calumniate him?

Yes, Lucifer is God, and unfortunately Adonay is also God. For the eternal law is that there is no light without shade, no beauty without ugliness, no white without black, for the absolute can only exist as two Gods: darkness being necessary to light to serve as its foil as the pedestal is necessary to the statue, and the brake to the locomotive.

In analogical and universal dynamics one can only lean on that which will resist. Thus the universe is balanced by two forces which maintain its equilibrium, the force of attraction and that of repulsion. These two forces exist in physics, philosophy and religion. And the scientific reality of the divine dualism is demonstrated by the phenomena of polarity and by the universal law of sympathies and antipathies. That is why the intelligent disciples of Zoroaster, as well as, after them, the Gnostics, the Manicheans and the Templars have admitted, as the only logical metaphysical conception, the system of the divine principles fighting eternally, and one cannot believe the one inferior in power to the other.

Thus, the doctrine of Satanism is a heresy; and the true and pure philosophic religion is the belief in Lucifer, the equal of Adonay; but Lucifer, God of Light and God of Good, is struggling for humanity against Adonay, the God of Darkness and Evil.

An age of Lucifer will be an age of enlightenment. Fear me not.

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Maradona Speaks Out About Banks and Freemasonry

Maradona

This is a letter in Italian by Maradona:

“Ciao Tiki Taka, un’espressione che va benissimo per il titolo di un programma, ma non come sistema di gioco.
E’ meglio giocare il calcio alla Maradona, con la fantasia e col cuore in campo e per la gente.
Capisco che sono cambiate tante cose da quando ero un protagonista in campo.
Il calcio è cambiato tantissimo.
Non c’è più Maradona ma nemmeno Gullit, Platini, Van Basten, Mattheus.
Ora si corre solo e basta, non c’è più una bandiera, senza sentimenti.
Solo denaro.
Cento milioni di euro spesi dal Real Madrid per Gareth Bale?
Ferlaino mi comprò per soli 14 miliardi di lire, ma lui non era povero era soltanto furbo.
Però non invidio nulla e nessuno del calcio attuale.
Ai miei tempi il pallone era vero, io giocavo di fantasia, trascinandomi dietro 10 giocatori per vincere il mondiale o lo scudetto.
A questo proposito la Roma sta giocando bene ed è prima, ma fine a maggio tutto può succedere:
ci sono tante squadre che possono lottare per lo scudetto.
Oramai nel campionato italiano, oggi contano molto il potere i soldi, ma il Napoli con altri investimenti potrebbe sorprendere le avversarie.
Però non deve sbagliare certe partite.
Venerdì a Roma sono rimasto molto deluso e stupito, ho visto un Napoli in campo con la paura, i ragazzi non hanno giocato.
E’ anche vero che sono stati sfortunati e spero che si prende presto Higuain.
E’ un grande bomber, però come argentino preferisco Tevez, perchè nello stare vicino alla gente assomiglia a me.
Mi piace anche Balotelli, è giovane e bravo, crescerà.
E non voglio fargli la predica, non faccio il maestro di nessuno, ne posso dire a nessuno di seguire oppure no i miei esempi.
Gli consiglio solo di pensare sempre con il cuore.
Di essere se stesso come lo sono io anche in questa mia battaglia di legalità.
Mi sono messo sempre contro i potenti e hanno sempre tentato di farmela pagare, ma resto dalla parte della gente e chi mi fa del male non avrà vita facile.
Nei miei confronti è scattata una gogna mediatica, cavilli assurdi relativi ad una mancata difesa su di una violazione inesistente.
Cose degne di un paese dominato dalle massonerie e dalle banche, che vive di burocrazia e falsi scoop.
In questo Paese non c’è certezza della pena eppure si stanno accanendo fiscalmente su di me, senza una prova, contro un cittadino straniero che poco capiva di tributi e non ha interessi economici in Italia,
Tanto da rimetterci solo orologi e orecchini.
Se mi fossi chiamato Esposito o Bianchi non avrei avuto questo trattamento persecutorio.
Ma io sono Maradona, dentro e fuori dal campo, da anni Equitalia si fa pubblicità col mio nome, quanto tutti hanno capito
che non ho mai rubato ne sono mai stato un evasore.
Ma non è l’unico paradosso.
Dopo oltre 20 anni ho finalmente assistito ad una partita del Napoli, solo perchè invitato dalla Roma: possibile che non sia stata mai l’occasione per portarmi al San Paolo?
E’ paradossale che per veder giocare il mio Napoli, sia costretto ad andare all’Olimpico.
La vita di Maradona è lunga, dopo tutto l’amore e le gioie che ho dato, il premio di poter tornare a far parte del Napoli sarebbe la giusta riconoscenza.
Io mi occuperò sempre di calcio e sport, se Dio vuole, anche in Italia.
Maradona è ancora lontano dall’essere bollato come un pensionato…
Un abbraccio a tutti”.


Here is the English Translation:

“Hello Tiki Taka, an expression which is fine for the title of a program, but not as a gaming system.
It ‘better to play football on Maradona, with the imagination and heart on the field and for the people.
I understand that many things have changed since I was a protagonist in the field.
Football has changed a lot.
There is no more nor Gullit Maradona, Platini, Van Basten, Mattheus.
Now it just runs and nothing else, there is no longer a flag, without feelings.
Only money.
One hundred million euro spent by Real Madrid for Gareth Bale?
Ferlaino I bought it for only 14 billion lire, but he was not poor it was just smart.
But I do not envy anyone or anything of football today.
In my time the ball was true, I was playing fantasy, dragging behind 10 players to win the World Cup or the Scudetto.
In this regard the Roma is playing well and it’s before, but anything can happen late in May:
there are so many teams that can fight for the title.
Now in the Italian league, today rely heavily on the power of money, but Napoli with other investments might surprise the enemy.
But should not miss some games.
In Rome on Friday I was very disappointed and surprised, I saw a Naples in the field with the fear, the boys have not played.
It ‘also true that you were unlucky and I hope that you take early Higuain.
It ‘a great striker, but as I prefer Argentine Tevez, because in being close to people like me.
I also like Balotelli is young and talented, will grow.
And I will not let him preach, I’m not the master of none, I can tell anyone to follow or not my examples.
The only advice to always think with your heart.
To be himself as I am also in this battle of my legality.
I always put against the powerful and have always tried to make me pay, but the rest of the people and who hurts me will not have an easy life.
To me it is a shame the media taken, quibbles absurd relating to a failure to defend a breach of non-existent.
Things worthy of a country dominated by Freemasonry and the banks, who lives bureaucracy and false scoops.
In this country there is no certainty of punishment are yet to argue against tax on me, without a trial, against a foreign national who understood little of taxes and has no financial interest in Italy,
So much to lose only watches and earrings.
If I had called Esposito Bianchi or I would not have had this persecutory treatment.
But I’m Maradona, on and off the field for years Equitalia advertises itself with my name, because everyone understood
I’ve never stolen’ve never been a fugitive.
But it is not the only paradox.
After over 20 years I finally saw a lot of Naples, just because invited by Rome may not have been ever get the chance to take me to St. Paul?
And ‘paradoxical to see that play my Naples, and forced to go to the Olimpico.
Maradona’s life is long, after all the love and joy that I gave the prize to come back to be part of Naples would be the right gratitude.
I’ll take care always football and sport, if God wills, even in Italy.
Maradona is still far from being branded as a retired …
A hug to everyone. ”

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Was Paris Jackson Targeted by the Illuminati?

Paris Jackson Illuminati

Paris Jackson, the daughter of Michael Jackson, made the mainstream media headlines recently after she apparently attempted to commit suicide, but was this actually a genuine attempt to take her own life, or was there something more sinister at play? Is the teenager now possibly being targeted for some reason by the very same people who effectively silenced her father?

Interestingly, prior to her apparent suicide attempt, Paris had made a number of curious tweets to her 1.3 million+ Twitter followers, talking about secret societies and how she had figured out who “they” really are. The 15 year old also then shared a collection of disturbing drawings of occult imagery on her Instagram account, with an accompanying tweet telling her followers not to worry and that the drawings didn’t mean “they” had got her but that she was just trying to open the world’s eyes and help people “realize what’s going on”.

Following these announcements, we then have an apparent suicide attempt from Paris, whereupon being rushed to the very same hospital that her father died at, she was reported as telling her family she didn’t want to die. Is this something someone who has just tried to commit suicide would say, or something someone who fears for their life would say?

Of course, growing up in the environment in which she has and having to have dealt with the untimely death of her father, Paris is likely to be a somewhat confused young girl and so the possibility of attempted suicide as a simple cry for attention can’t be dismissed.

Similarly however, we cannot ignore who her father was and what happened to him after he spent a lifetime trying to awaken people through his music. As Paris grows, it is only natural she seeks answers for what happened to her father but in finding those answers and subsequently trying to warn people about the hidden hand of control, is she too placing herself in a perilous position in regards to the the illuminati? Only time will tell…

Paris Jackson Illuminati Tweet

Paris Jackson Illuminati Tweet

Paris Jackson Illuminati Instagram

Paris Jackson Illuminati Instagram

Paris Jackson Illuminati Instagram

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K-Rino – Grand Deception

[Intro: K-Rino]
As we move forward
Anytime you come closer to something
Your vision should get clearer
Am I right?

[K-Rino]
You are a tool and the hidden hand is using you
Please don’t be delusional, the rulers of this world practice confusing you
The people and the priest and the imams
Have been jammed by government scams, mind systematically programmed
Blatant black hatred and racism
The way they laced the whole world and nation with traces of Satanism
Misplaces a pagan prison, the Founding Fathers enslaving
And tensions were no different then Bush’s and Reagan’s vision
1776 they took action
This Illuminati took form and was spawned from a Colombian faction
Just flip your one dollar bill over
And if you want me to expose the true code of deception, I will show ya
We live in a designed wicked system
The number 13 is consistent in Masonic symbolism
It represents transformation, 12 completes the cycle
So 13 is rebirth and regeneration
The meanings of this symbol are strategically hid
On the left side you see a 13 layer pyramid
Over that, sits the The All-Seeing Eye where the light shines
A sign of the Devil watching over you at all times
With the words “Annuit coeptis”
13 letters meaning, “He has favored our undertakings”, will you accept this?
Or will you learn the science and ignore ’em
Under the pyramid you see “Novus ordo seclorum”
Translated: “New Order of the World” or “the New World Order”
Authors and Satanic fathers of mass slaughter
The Eagle that you see on the right
Sits below 13 stars with a shield that has 13 stripes
And an olive branch in its claws with 13 leaves
Which is suppose to be in its talon to represent peace
But peace was always on a decrease
His other claw holds 13 arrows of war set to be released
And the letters at the bottom of the pyramid are fixed
With the Roman Numerals that equal 1776
The United States of America exists
In a deep devilish abyss with truth and paganism mixed
Every President that ever lived was foul
They gather at Bohemian Grove where they bow down before the Owl
See the Owl is wise and sees through the darkest of night
And there’s a small one on the dollar near the one on the top right
It ain’t hard to understand this government was never for us
The eagle was based off the Egyptian god Horus
The 13 colonies grew into wicked sovereignty
And made no apology for the obvious idolatry
Subconsciously we follow the ways of the Beast
And pay homage to pagan gods when we say the days of the week
Like Sunday, they worship the Sun; Monday, is Moon’s Day
Týr the god of war was worshipped on Tuesday
Odin the Chief god is who Wednesday is named for
Thursday is Thor’s Day, god of thunder, the mighty Thor
Friday was named after Frigga notice the pattern
Saturday is the Roman god of agriculture Saturn
Frigga was the goddess of love, the wife of Odin
The polytheistic theology needed decoding
The rituals like trips across the sand this man takes
The skull and bones fraternity, the secret handshakes
But understand he receives only 33 degrees
He secretly believes in Lucifer and other deities
Many powerful and rich people are controlled by these
They even hold the soul of several of your favorite emcees
Politicians telling lies, tongues whittled with thorns
And use hand gestures shaped in the form of Devil horns
You don’t feel the city home cos you don’t know what it entails
Satan tampers with stem cells and sprays chemtrails
The so-called holidays are hypocrisy
Established to use religious doctrines to commit annual robbery
Christmas split in half is Christ Mass
The so-called birth of Jesus where every home has glowing lights cast
Christ the anointed One, Mass the birth celebration
But Jesus’ birth was kept secret due to the situation
The King initiated a death plot
Cuz a Messiah was prophesied to rule so Jesus’ murder was authorized
No one knows the actual date, that’s why sometimes you see ‘Xmas’
X means unknown but ignorance affects us
A fraud that was purposely flawed
December 25th’s is the birthday of the wicked ruler Nimrod
This whole disguise is part of Satan’s universal wise
A Holy Prophet’s life being pimped and commercialized
Traditions like lights on trees
Rooted in the Nicaea Council in 325 AD by Constantine
These matters would decreed
The concept of a virgin birth was actually conceived and then agreed
With graven images in the temple
The fish on your car is called Oannes, a Babylonian symbol
It’s visibly contradictory, telling your children lies
You need to make them study Santa Clause’s sick history
But yet we go wherever Satan leads us
The falsehoods we practice in his name ain’t got nothing to do with Jesus

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Salvation Army Red Shield

Salvation Army Red Shield

It’s interesting to note that 33rd degree Luciferian adept William Booth, founder of The Salvation Army, adopted a red shield as a logo for his Christian ministry, now freely operating and endorsed on a worldwide scale. Red Shield is pronounced “Rothschild” in German!

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Illuminati Symbolism in Madonna’s MDNA Concert

The central theme of the show is darkness to light. It is divided into four sections: Transgression, Prophecy, Masculine/Feminine and Redemption.

MDNA Incense

The concert starts with a bell, a Gregorian chant and a giant incense burner swinging back and forth. This is prophecy:

‘Another angel with a golden censer came and stood at the altar; he was given a great quantity of incense to offer with the prayers of the saints on the golden altar that is before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose before God from the hand of the angel.’ (Revelation 8:3-4)

Mdna Demon

A demon is a supernatural, often malevolent being prevalent in religion, occultism, literature, and folklore.

Demons

It was during the late Middle Ages that the full stereotype of demonic witchcraft developed in Europe.

MDNA Demons

In Jewish medieval lore Lilith was the first wife of Adam. Both she and Adam were made from the dust of the Earth so Lilith thought she was equal to Adam. The Queen of Demons, Lilith is a Feminist icon.

MDNA All Seeing Eye

The Eye of Providence (or the all-seeing eye of God) is a symbol showing an eye often surrounded by rays of light or a glory and usually enclosed by a triangle.

Lucifer–an eternal being–is now named Satan, the devil, the king of death, and the god of this world. Scripture warns us about Lucifer’s current obsession: to twist God’s word, to lead souls to spiritual death, and to assail his wrath against earth’s inhabitants–those whom Christ died for.

Declaratio of Human Rights

The All-Seeing Eye is also emblematic of the pineal gland or third eye. The Third Eye can be seen above the French Declaration of Human Rights in a 1789 painting.

MDNA Mary

Mary is often pictured with a crown or halo of stars. The New Testament’s Book of Revelation (12:1, 2 & 5) describes the Woman of the Apocalypse: And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars. And she being with child cried, travailing in birth …. And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron:and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne

MDNA Satan

The next scene is descent into hell. Satan appears as a shadow. Satan has cast a dark shadow over America. The end-times are upon us and that is why insanity seems to reign on every front.

MDNA Tree

Romans 5:14 mentions Adam’s transgression, referring to Adam’s transgression of eating the tree of knowledge of good and evil in the garden. Eve seduced by Satan under the form of a serpent, of their own free will, transgressed the prohibition of God (Gen. 1:16, 17) to eat of the tree of knowledge.

MDNA Angel

Genesis 3:24 After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

MDNA Heart

The Sacred Heart is often depicted in Christian art as a flaming heart shining with divine light, pierced by the lance-wound, encircled by the crown of thorns.

Sacred Heart

The Sacred Heart is one of the most famous religious devotions to Jesus’ physical heart as the representation of his divine love for humanity.

MDNA Eye

The all-seeing eye is the elite’s favorite symbol. It represents the eye of Lucifer, seeing all and is usually atop a pyramid, the symbol for a top-down command and control system of compartmentalization.

MDNA Nicki

Nicki Minaj in a witch’s hat underneath Lucifer’s all seeing eye.

Nicki has revealed in several interviews that the abusive nature of her upbringing forced her to create alter egos to escape her troubles. She has stated that her first identity was named “cookie” and it “stayed with her for a while”. Her next identity was “Barbie”. Barbie and dolls are programming tools for Monarch victims who are often programmed with doll personalities.

Wicked Witch

The movie The Wizard of Oz is used by Monarch handlers to program their slaves. Symbols and meanings in the movie become triggers in the slave’s mind.

MDNA Pierced Heart

The abuse Nicki Minaj suffers and continues to suffer pierces the heart of Jesus.

“They shall look on him, whom they have pierced.” “John’s Gospel is at pains to tell us how meaningful the event of the piercing of Jesus’ heart truly is: the Church originates from the opened side of Christ on the Cross [from which blood and water flowed].

MDNA 7

The number 7 is equally sacred amongst Islamic, Christian and Jewish religions. In the Apocalypse seven angels are described as having the seven last plagues. As in the trumpets and seals, the number of completion, seven, is used.

MDNA Immortality

The backdrop shows scenes from a graveyard. The word IMMORTALITY is flashed on the screen. The acacia, in the mythic system of Freemasonry, is preeminently the symbol of the immortality of the soul.

MDNA Faith

Masonic Rituals lay considerable stress on “Faith, Hope and Charity”, which are said to be the three Principal Moral Virtues.

MDNA Hope

Resurrection (not death) has always been the hope of God’s people.

This hope was based upon the promise of God:

“I will ransom them from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death: O death, I will be thy plagues; O grave, I will be thy destruction: repentance shall be hid from mine eyes” (Hosea 13:14).

This hope is clearly expressed by Job:

“For I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth: And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet in my flesh shall I see God: Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; though my reins be consumed within me” (Job 19:25-27).

Paul confirms that without the resurrection, there would be no hope:

“And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable” (I Corinthians 15:17-19).

In fact Paul, devotes his longest chapter to this vital subject of resurrection (I Corinthians 15).

MDNA Bones

The symbol of the Skull and Crossbones, often called the Memento Mori, is a grim reminder of our own mortality. The skull and two bones meant resurrection to the Knights Templar. The skull and cross-bones, alluded to Gol’gotha – “the place of the skull”

CONCLUSION

God help us to remain faithful to Him in these perilous times!

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The Origins, Meanings, Rituals, and Values of The Magic Flute

(c) by Stephen W. Seifert

Executive Director

Opera Colorado

Introduction

The Magic Flute is a fairy tale and a philosophy. It is an adventure-rescue story and a political commentary. It is an entertainment and an invitation to enlightenment. It is, simply stated, and endlessly fascinating work of art.

The Magic Flute involves the audience at a conceptual and intellectual level, through the teachings of Sarastro and the trials of Tamino, but also at an emotional level through the love pangs and near suicides of Papageno and Papagena.

The Magic Flute is ecumenical and classless. All those who aspire to the brotherhood are welcome. Deep intellectual and conceptual truths are available to the most common of us if we are prepared to apply our patience, courage, and faith.

The Magic Flute is a work inclusive of all the major musical styles of opera in Mozart’s day. Effortlessly Mozart combines the coloratura of opera seria in the Queen of the Night, the simple elegance of opera buffa in Pamina and Tamino, simple German song in Papageno, the spiritual and oracular declamations of Sarastro, and even throws in an old German chorale for good measure.

The Magic Flute has been described by Jeremy Noble as an opera with its head high in the clouds and its feet planted firmly on the earth. A “pop” entertainment which becomes sublime. It was an opera designed to entertain the decidedly unroyal audiences in its first run theater, but it also had a profound moral purpose to improve, to inspire, and to enlighten.

As a member of an audience today, you may treat the opera as a charming and tasty entertainment, just as Papageno accepts his simple pleasures – a good meal, lots to drink, and a loving wife. Neither he nor you will be any the worse for that approach. Or, as you choose, you may find in The Magic Flute the message that things are not as simple as they may seem, that an internal struggle is at work within us, and that rituals, faith, love, the struggle for truth, wisdom, enlightenment, the support of equally committed friends, and overcoming the fear of death, will enable us to prevail in that internal struggle. Visiting Mozart’s enlightened world through his work of the Age of Enlightenment, we in the audience today are invited to be free actors able to create our own destinies just as the characters in the opera are able to influence their own lives.

The Magic Flute may itself be thought of as a musical ritual in which the magical effects of music, storytelling, and stage craft link the creative imaginations of all those present in the audience with the world of the sacred or divine. Just as Beethoven’s 9th Symphony is a musical journey, or ritual, that invites listeners to join the joyful brotherhood of mankind, The Magic Flute is a musical ritual whose passage by the audience may change them.

Multiple Interpretations

Almost no other opera, at least no other opera outside the multi-layered works of Richard Wagner, is open to quite so many interpretations as is The Magic Flute. The Italian author Italo Calvino used the term “open work” to describe those works of art that are susceptible to multiple valid meanings, multiple meaningful experiences. In that sense, The Magic Flute is wide open.

The author Andrew Porter said of Flute: “The libretto and the score contain between them more ‘information’ than any single production of the opera can hope to compass. That is why we can see it again and again, making ever-new discoveries. Each performance of the piece offers but a partial realization of myriad possibilities.” Or, as Stanley Sadie has said: “The Magic Flute is an entertaining, pantomime-like tale about a prince, attended by a comic birdcatcher, who is ultimately united in an ideal marriage with a damsel formerly in distress. It is also a serious allegory about the nature of Man and his search for harmony within himself.”

Among the many ways in which The Magic Flute can be experienced and has been interpreted are these:

The music itself

The score contains a wonderful mixture of popular tunes – lied – and opera seria arias, of memorable whistleable or sing-along type songs and the most imposing coloratura challenges. The evening in the opera house delivers a masterful mixture of burlesque and solemnity, of bel canto and opera buffa.

Enlightenment Philosophy

The Magic Flute is sometimes argued to be an allegory for social justice and freedom of belief. The ideas and ideals of the Enlightenment philosophers and hopes of the French Revolution take theatrical form.

Political diatribe of the day

Some argue that the characters in The Magic Flute are storybook representations of important public figures of Mozart’s day. For instance, under this theory, the Queen of the Night is Maria Theresa, who represented conservatism, repression, and ambition for absolute power. Sarastro is Ignaz von Born, the leader of the most prominent Masonic Lodge in Vienna. Monostatos is the Catholic church, or perhaps more specifically the black-robed priests of the Jesuit Order. Tamino is a role model for Leopold II, who had recently ascended the throne as Emperor of Austria, or as a role model for Francis II, Leopold’s son, who was even more reactionary than Leopold and was thought by the progressives to need even more “education.” Under this view of the opera, if our leaders, like Tamino, are filled with virtue and righteousness, then earth will be like heaven.

Commentary on the French Revolution

A Jacobin pamphlet published in London in 1795 claims Flute as a commentary on the French Revolution – The Queen of the Night is, according to this approach, the ancien regime, Pamina is freedom, Sarastro is the wisdom of better legislation, the priests are the National Assembly, the Three Boys are intelligence, justice, and patriotism, which guide the people, who is represented by Tamino.

Anti-Jacobins, on the other hand, claimed it for their own – Sarastro to them represented anti-revolutionary sentiment and those initiated into his rituals are those dedicated the preserving the old order.

Masonic proselytizing

Clearly The Magic Flute is brimming over with symbolism and hidden meanings. The origins of these symbols and meanings are the secret rituals and ceremonies of Freemasonry. Mozart and Schikaneder were members of a Masonic Lodge in Vienna. Thus, the journey that Tamino takes in the opera is thought to be representative of the initiation that a new Mason would have undergone in Vienna in the 1790s.

Although the origins of Freemasonry predate the Age of Enlightenment, the fundamental concepts extolled in both could co-exist comfortably. Truth is to be found in science and reason. Nothing is quite as it seems, and certainly not as simple as it seems on first blush – one must dig deeper to be enlightened. So, in the story, Tamino has to learn through hard work, patience, and the application of reason about the Queen of the Night’s true nature, and about Sarastro’s.

Fairy tale magic story

The Magic Flute has been taken on one level as a charming fairy tale or magic story. Children (of all ages), in this view, are the best recipients of this charm. To the extent there is something more than adventure in the story, it is the kind of teaching of straightforward morals about truth and integrity that one might find in Grimm. From this point of view, it is completely understandable that someone such as Maurice Sendak should have designed sets and costumes for the show.

Personal psychological interpretation or allegory

We might also acknowledge that The Magic Flute is about a person becoming a “complete” person. The great film version of this opera by the Swedish director Ingmar Bergman treats the story in this way as an internal or psychological exploration about a journey and personal growth. Each of us is a complex character made up of multiple elements, including those which the various characters in the opera represent — the good and the bad; simple and noble; hedonistic and aspirational; and so on.

Jungian interpretation

Yet another psychological approach sometimes taken to understanding The Magic Flute is to apply the theories of Carl Jung. In this approach, we find Jung’s “archetypal figures” – Sarastro is the Wise Old Father figure; the Queen of the Night is the Destructive and Formidable Mother. Confrontations between animus and anima are identified, and so on.

A Living Depiction of the 22 Major Aracana Cards of the Tarot Deck

Tree of Life

One author claims to have found another key to understanding The Magic Flute. Mozart and Schikaneder both played cards. The deck they used was a version of the mediaeval tarot deck. (The deck of 52 cards we use today descends from the same source.)

The overture and 21 following musical numbers make a total of 22 different musical depictions. The mediaeval tarot deck contained 22 Major Arcana cards, reflecting the physical and spiritual forces at work on humans and culminating in the card called “The World,” which is a balance of all necessary elements, light and dark.

In this view, The Magic Flute puts on the stage living versions of each of these physical and spiritual forces, ending with the last musical number in which order and balance are restored to the realms of Sarastro and the Queen of the Night.

The number of scenes actually exceeds the number of musical sections. In addition, the last numbered musical section prodigiously includes Pamina’s attempted suicide, the passage of the final tests by Tamino and Pamina, Papageno’s attempted suicide, his discovery of Papagena, the final assault on the kingdom of the sun by the forces of the Queen of the Night, and the final chorus hailing beauty and wisdom.

In other words, it might be argued that for this Tarot theory to have any currency one must wink at a few items. But keep in mind that the composer and librettist created the numbering of the musical sections and that the last lengthy musical section does begin with the Three Boys announcing what will be the result of all the ensuing action, thus tying all of it to the culminating Tarot card “The World”:

Soon, heralding the morning, the sun will shine forth on its golden path. Soon superstition will vanish, soon the wise man will triumph. Oh, sweet repose, descend, return to the hearts of men; then earth will be a realm of heaven, and mortals will be like gods.

A love story

The tales told in this opera certainly also amount to a love story of sorts. It’s a bit of a conceptual courtship, but it ends with the union of a man and a woman. It’s a love story about transcending sensual love in order to attain spiritual love.

Part of the Mozartian Canon of operas

Others take a step back and look at The Magic Flute as but one work among many in Mozart’s most well-considered operas. From their point of view, the opera should not be analyzed by itself, but rather in relationship to all the other works, and to all the things that Mozart was trying to tell us through his art. The same kind of analysis is often done with Wagner’s 10 canonical operas, and similarly with Verdi’s principal operas.

According to this theory, Mozart was always wrestling with certain issues, and he used different operas to present different arguments or points of view with respect to those issues. For instance, the role of women. According to these authors, if one wants to understand how Mozart viewed the role of women, one would be ill-advised to stop with either the fickle and susceptible ladies of Cosç or the high-minded and faithful Pamina in Flute. One must consider both those shows to see that Mozart was working out his various feelings.

Star Wars

For an interpretation, or more accurately a comparison, that is right up to date, consider the similarities between Flute and George Lucas’ Star Wars series. Luke Skywalker is Tamino, Princess Leia is Pamina, Darth Vader is the Queen of the Night, Obi Wan Kenobi is Sarastro, C3PO is Papageno. The light saber is like the flute. It’s a story of self-discovery, a story of the internal struggle between good and evil.

History of the Composition of The Magic Flute

The Magic Flute was written in the last year of Mozart’s life. He had been in Vienna for 10 years, but it was a tough town, and Mozart was considered something of a novelty the effect of which had worn off over those years. Younger and newer lights were taking up some of the attention Mozart still deserved. He was teaching and doing commission work to pay the bills, and even that wasn’t generating enough income. He often had to beg friends to make loans to him.

Emanuel Schikaneder proposed the Flute idea to him. Schikaneder was five years older than Mozart, and he outlived him by more than 20 years. He had been connected with a traveling theater company for several years appearing in Southern Germany and Austria in comedies, tragedies and singspiele. He was a serious and a comic actor and also wrote plays, with at least 99 works believed to be his, some of which were simply for the spoken theater and some of which were librettos for musical works. As an actor he was particularly famous as Hamlet and King Lear.

In 1789 Schikaneder opened a theater called the Theater auf der Wieden, which specialized in works in the Viennese comic tradition. One of the actors in that theater was Carl Ludwig Giesecke, who, soon after Schikaneder’s death, claimed to have been the author of Flute. While he was not likely the sole author, he may well have had some influence on the libretto. (He, too, was a Freemason.)

We don’t know exactly when Mozart started composing, but it’s clear that he was working on the opera in June 1791. By July 2 Act 1 was finished. Soon he received two famous commissions, which he needed for the money. One was for an opera in honor of the coronation of Leopold II, Austrian emperor, as King of Bohemia, to be performed in early September in Prague. It was to be La Clemenza di Tito. He was also approached by Count Walsegg-Stupach to write a requiem for his recently deceased wife, secretly so that the Count could claim to have written it himself. Tradition has it that Mozart took this commission as a premonition of his own death and that the requiem he was writing was really for himself.

Thus, in the last months of his life Mozart wrote three major works, each of which was in a genre he had not worked in for a long time – opera seria (La Clemenza di Tito); singspiel (Flute); and sacred music (Requiem). Two were commissions. The Flute was his own project.

Mozart finished most of The Magic Flute before beginning work on Clemenza and the Requiem. He still had not finished the overture, the Priests’ march that opens Act 2, and possibly three other numbers in Act 2. With that much done, however, Mozart left Vienna in August for Prague where Clemenza was performed on September 6. In mid-September Mozart returned to Vienna and finished Flute on September 28, two days before its premiere on the 30th of September 1791. The opera was not an immediate hit, but over the course of a few weeks it gained in popularity.

Mozart directed the first and second performances. Flute had 20 performances in October and long remained in Schikaneder’s repertoire. Mozart saw several performances in October and reported to his wifein a letter that the opera was becoming more and more esteemed. He told her that he was particularly pleased with its growing “silent approval.” At one performance he played the glockenspiel while accompanying his friend Schikaneder and intentionally mis-timed the bells as a joke on his friend. He also took his mother-in- law to a performance and his son Karl to another. Salieri, the chief court composer, attended often, always applauding and cheering enthusiastically.

Within 10 weeks after the premiere of Flute, Mozart died on December 5, 1791. Flute remained one of the most popular operas in the German repertory through the end of the century. Goethe thought it a work of high art and even planned a sequel. Its popularity in France and England was not as great. Often it was performed in Italian translation as Il flauto magico. It had a famous revival in 1911 in England, in English, and has remained firmly in the repertoire of all Western nations since.

Freemasonry and The Magic Flute

In understanding Flute it’s important to understand something about Freemasonry. Mozart became a Mason in 1784 – Schikaneder and Giesecke were also Freemasons. The Masons of Vienna saw themselves as a philosophical group persecuted by the Hapsburgs and the Catholic Church. Indeed, the Pope had issued two edicts decrying Freemasonry.

Certain elements of The Magic Flute find Egyptian heritage. The gods Isis and Osiris are invoked. Egyptian images and architecture appear. This is a magic land to which Masonry traced some of its origins. Likewise, ancient Persia was viewed as a source of Freemasonry. The character Sarastro’s name is certainly derived from the ancient Persian prophet Zoroaster.

Entire books have been written about the Masonic symbolism contained in The Magic Flute. Here are but a handful of examples. The number three held significance in Masonry. Thus, we find three strongly emphasized chords in the overture, three Ladies in the service of the Queen of the Night, three Boys who lead Tamino and Papageno on their quest, in the original cast three slaves and three priests, three temples, three knocks on the doors of the temple, and three flats in the key signature of E flat, the home key of the opera. Other numbers are aslo significant in Masonry. For instance, the 77 strokes of the bastinado which Monostatos is to receive at the end of the First Act hearken to the idea that in Masonry the number 7 represents wisdom. The serpent which chases Tamino, the padlock used to punish Papageno for telling a lie, the portrait of Pamina, the flute and bells, the gender of some of the characters, the references to air, earth, fire, and water, the allusions to darkness and the sun, the colors of certain costumes – all these things can be tied to Masonic iconography.

But the opera was not written for a closed circle of the initiated. It was written for a suburban theater, a popular, not a highbrow theater. One of the amazing things about Flute is that it works on so many different levels, and may either be enjoyed simply for its music and charm, or may be debated and discussed at length as a meaningful treatise on human existence. Or both.

Sources and Possible Sources of the Libretto

Scholars have identified nearly as many sources and possible sources for the stories used in The Magic Flute as interpretations of those stories. Among those literary forefathers are these:

Sethos: Histoire ou vie tire des monuments, anecdotes de l’ancien Egypte

A novel by the Abbe Jean Terrason published in Paris in 1731 and translated into German in 1732 and again in 1778. Three ladies are found in Sethos; Tamino assumes characteristics of Sethos; Darkness yields to Light in Sethos. Terrason’s use of the sun as a symbol of enlightenment and underground caverns as symbols of the shadowy pathways of life were quickly accepted into 18th century Freemasonry, as was the concept of science as a liberal influence.

Dschinnistan

A collection of fairy tales assembled by Chritoph Martin Wieland, one of which was Lulu, oder Die Zauberflîte, by A.J. Liebeskind, which appeared in the third volume of the collection in the mid-1780’s. Three boys are found in Dschinnistan. The Queen of the Night assumes characteristics of Queen Daluca. The boy gets the girl – in Lulu a prince, Lulu, is sent by a good fairy to rescue her daughter, Sidi, from the clutches of an evil magician, Dilsengbuin, and is equipped with a magic flute for the purpose. He succeeds after various adventures, and these include a scene in which he enchants animals of the forest with his flute.

Other Plays and Operas

Osiris, a Masonic opera by Naumann

Oberon Kînig der Elfen, an opera by Wranitzky

Sonnenfest der Brahminen a play by Hensler

Il re cervo a play by Gozzi

Il purgatorio di San Patricio, a play by Calder¢n

Kînig Thamos, a play by Gebler

Kaspar der Fagottist, a play by Muller

The Orpheus Myth

Orpheus was viewed by NeoPlatonic philosophers as one of the old sources of Plato’s ideas. Along with Orpheus in this group were the Persian Zoroaster and the Egyptian Trismegistus (the Egyptian god Thoth, the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic.) In Flute, Tamino represents Orpheus, Sarastro is Zoroaster, and Pamina’s father, who dies before the opera begins, but who created the magic flute, is the Egyptian.

The Persephone Myth

The daughter of Demeter and Zeus was abducted by Hades but rescued by her mother and thereafter spent six months of the year on earth and six months in the underworld.

The Eleusinian Mysteries were sacred rituals that were the most important of ancient Greek religious festivals. The people of the town of Eleusis observed the mysteries, which were later adopted by the city of Athens as an official festival. The ceremonies included a priest’s address to the mystoe, the initiation candidates, a cleansing in the sea, a sacrificial rite, and a procession from Athens to Eleusis, where the initiation occurred in secret ceremonies. The tale of the search of Demeter through the underworld for her daughter Persephone was probably reenacted at the initiation. It was related to the search for immortality and happiness in a future world, which was the presumed purpose of the ceremonies. The Eleusinian mysteries were probably celebrated until the 4th century AD, when Eleusis was destroyed.

The Aurora

Aurora

This book, written in 1612 by Jakob Bohme, deals with integrating Hermetic elements into the Christian tradition. Bohme had a large influence on the intelligentsia of the 18th century. Bohme believed that man is naturally a part of three different universes, each of them divine in origin. There are the outer physical world and two inner worlds, both eternal. One of those inner worlds is dark, which should remain dormant, and the other is light, the world in which we are unified with the kingdom of Christ. The dark world manifests itself when not dormant in a desire to set ourselves above and beyond our natural positions in the divine order.

Bohme described the evil forces working within us against the Christ-like forces as a fierce lion (“grimmige Lowe,” which is the same phrase used to describe the lion in the original version of Flute – the version calls for a lion to chase Tamino in the opening scene. Apparently the reason for changing the lion to a serpent was that 18 days before the premiere, Emperor Leopold decreed that a satire called “Biography of the Lion RRRR,” the title of which was a play on the emperor’s own name, be suppressed. Perhaps Mozart and Schikaneder felt that to start an opera by killing a lion on stage would be too close a call.). Bohme describes Christ as being like a strong tree, and Pamina explains in Flute that her fathercarved the magic flute from a thousand year old oak tree in a magic hour. Is it possible, therefore, that Mozart and Schikaneder knew some Bohme and their images were meant to be representations of Christian philosophy (albeit far removed from the organized Catholic church)?

Bohme also proposed that the sun was at the center of the universe and the outer limits of the universe were composed of the Wheel of the Zodiac, which, like a clock measuring time, controlled the temporal aspects of man’s existence. Could it be, thus, that the Queen of the Night is that Zodiac, that is not evil in itself, but simply represents the darker impulses that need to be controlled by spiritual guidance and enlightenment?

Bohme also dealt with the four elements – pride or sanguinity (air), covetousness or melancholy (earth), envy or phlegmatic behavior (water), anger or choleric behavior (fire).

Bohme also talked about the original state of man before The Fall. Adam contained within himself the true divine image (“Bildnis”) and was both male and female. The outer fiery male was characterized by beauty (as the Three Ladies describe when talking about Tamino), and the inner watery female was the characterization of wisdom. This helps explain the arias Dies Bildnis, Mann und Weib, and Bei MÑnnern, and finally the last words of the opera have beauty and wisdom crowned – “die Schînheit und Weisheit mit ewiger Kron’.”

Bohme postulated that when the outer male part disturbed the divine image he provoked the withdrawal of the inner female partner, which could only be satisfied by the creation of a separate physical female, i.e. Eve, and the relation between male and female became purely physical, instinctive, and animal. The spiritual path involves the rediscovery of the female intuitive wisdom within us, which is the path back to our true spiritual home. Tamino and Pamina are the embodiments of those two separated paths, which are reunited in the course of the opera.

The Tarot Deck

The opening sung musical piece is numbered “2” in the original score, thus conferring on the overture the number “1” – very unusual – but which makes the total of musical sections in the opera 22. Is there Masonic significance in that number? If not Masonic, perhaps another. The traditional tarot deck consists of 78 cards, broken into 56 Minor Arcana and 22 Major Arcana. The 22 Major Arcana are supposed to represent the physical and spiritual forces of life – illness, death, storms, strength, power, love, and religion. (The 56 other cards are divided into four suits – spades, hearts, clubs, and diamonds. Each suit contains ten numbered cards, ace through ten, and four court cards, King, Queen, Knight, and Page. Today’s ordinary deck of playing cards is a direct descendant of 15th century tarot packs, with the Page eliminated and the Joker or Fool from the Major Arcana thrown in.)

The first published study of tarot appeared in a 9 volume work by Court de Gebelin called Le Monde primitif, which tried to show a relationship among the different religious and cultural traditions of the world. One of the original subscribers to the 9 volume work was Thomas von Trattner, in whose house Mozart lived in the months before he became a Freemason in 1784. The 8th volume, issued in 1781, contained a study on tarot cards in which he attempts to prove that the tarot are actually the missing Book of Thoth, the last surviving authentic record of the ancient Egyptian mysteries. (The Egyptian god Thoth was the legendary author of works on alchemy, astrology, and magic.) The Egyptian connection with Flute is clear, and the opera was even known in Mozart’s time by the subtitle “The Egyptian Mysteries.”

Mozart and Schikaneder would have been familiar with tarot as a card game. The so-called “Marseilles” pack of tarot cards was in use at the time. McNair believes that:

Card X, The Wheel of Fortune, is represented by the overture.

Wheel of Fortune Tarot

Card XI, Force, contains a lion whose jaws are being held open by a lady, and thus is the first acted scene of the opera, in the original setting.

Strength Tarot

Papageno’s first aria might be represented by the unnumbered card The Fool, which is the origin of the Joker in our modern decks of cards.

The Fool Tarot

Der Hîlle Rache is Card II, the High Priestess.

The High Priestess Tarot

The Queen of the Night’s first aria is the Empress, Card III.

The Empresss Tarot

Card VI, the Lover, is Papageno’s Ein MÑdchen.

The Lovers Tarot

Card XXI, The World, shows a naked woman in the center surrounded by the four Evangelical creatures, which are signs of the four elements, i.e. the lion (for Leo, Sarastro), the angel or man (for Aquarius, Tamino), the eagle (a more advanced symbol for Scorpio, Papageno), and the bull (for Taurus, Monostatos) – this demonstrates the balance of all elements which is the culmination of all earlier cards.

The World Tarot

Did the Plot Change from its Original Plan?

It has been suggested that the opera was to be a telling of the Lulu fairy tale story, and that the plot was changed after Mozart and Schikaneder saw another singspiel, at the Leopoldstadt Theatre, called Die Zauberzither, oder Kaspar der Fagottist, which had a similar plot. Not wanting to be accused of plagiarizing, it is suggested that they changed the story mid-stream.

According to this theory, the character Sarastro would have been truly evil and Tamino would have set out on a conventional rescue to reclaim the kidnapped daughter of the Queen of the Night. Instead, when Mozart and Schikaneder discovered that they had been scooped, they decided not to rewrite what they had already done, but rather to insert a lengthy conversation between Tamino and the First Priest at the gate of Sarastro’s temple in which the First Priest informs Tamino that Sarastro is really not evil, but that he cannot yet reveal why Pamina has been abducted.

If Mozart and Schikaneder were worried, however, about being accused of plagiarizing a story called Der Zauberzither, why then did they not change the title of their opera? Is the story a mish-mash done over in the middle and patched together? Or should we agree with Otto Jahn who said: “It would be superfluous to criticize this libretto. The small interest of the plot, the contradictions and improbabilities in the characters and in the situations, are clear to all; the dialogue is trivial, and the versified portions are wretched doggerel, incapable of improvement by mere alteration.”

Alternatively, is there a better design to this work of art than Mozart and Schikaneder are given credit for by the likes of Jahn? Should we assume that Mozart, usually tagged with epithets of perfection and divinity, would create or participate in something so shoddy as this assumed patchwork job?

Look at the behavior of the Three Ladies in the beginning. Although they are supposed to be thought of as servants of the “good” Queen of the Night under the theory that the story underwent a large change, their motives seem suspect, and their fawning over Tamino, purely a response to his physical beauty, seems to have the quality of a morality play, like much of the rest of the story.

On the other hand, if one subscribes to the notion that no change had to be inserted mid-way through composition, one nevertheless must admit that the Queen of the Night, though an antagonist to Sarastro, is not fully “evil.” After all, her agents save Tamino’s life, show him Pamina’s portrait, and inspire in him a love for her. They also give him the magic flute, without which he will not survive the trials later in the opera.

Perhaps we should not think of the Queen of the Night and Sarastro so much as two extremes in a world which must be either exclusively good or exclusively evil, but rather we should see them more through the eyes of Eastern philosophies in which two halves must exist in order to have a balanced whole. The Day cannot exist without the Night. In other words, the Queen, the Three Ladies, and Monostatos are not simply allegories of evil which we should strive to expunge, but rather are allegories for parts of our characters which need to be accepted, acknowledged, and managed through the hard work of reason and love.

Final Thoughts on the Value and Values of The Magic Flute

There are, after all is said and done, only a few good, enduring stories. They have been told in Greek and Roman myths, in the Bible, in the Upanishads, and around campfires…. The Magic Flute is part of the ancient tradition of retelling meaningful stories.

The poet W. H. Auden sees The Magic Flute as an altogether hopeful story, because the characters have the freedom to choose their paths and to enjoy or suffer whatever fate comes from their choices – how happy they will be depends on the choices they make. They are free agents who can control. What they need is help in making the proper choices – a moral framework, a set of rituals and rules, the support of a brotherhood.

Papageno and Tamino are both Mozart himself – two different aspects of his character, of all of our characters. The child and the spiritual adult. The synthesis of Tamino and Pamina, and that of Papageno and Papagena, represents the creation of the perfect society which Mozart hoped the philosophy of Masonry and the French Revolution, and his own works, would inspire. This opera is one of those aspirational expressions of humanity which are so uplifting and energizing, and yet so frustrating and tragic at the same time.

These same principles have been identified and preached about for centuries. Nevertheless, we still struggle, apparently not having learned their salutary lessons. We can enunciate the principles, but we also seem to know that the struggle is all too often waged in vain. We’ve seen too many earlier experiments fail. We cannot permanently reside in, but rather can only taste, the joys of the utopia which The Magic Flute creates evanescently on stage.

Ultimately the works of great artists such as Mozart and Shakespeare are imbued with a sense of happy resignation to the joys of life such as we can find them, in spite of the cynical but realistic observation that our more noble strivings too often fail. As that happy student of world mythologies, Joseph Campbell, describes it, the “joyful participation in the sorrows of the world.”

The eternal question is always behind the works of these greatest artists – to participate, knowing all the while the inevitable end, the tragic flaws which will thwart the noble struggle, or, by action, to end the experience knowing not the outcome? The brooding Hamlet asks the question directly. And he is not alone. Those happy characters of Mozart’s Magic Flute, Papageno and Pamina, also contemplate, and nearly complete, their own suicides.

In The Magic Flute, at least, Mozart answers this lingering question in favor of the experiment. He understands the ambiguities of life and accepts them in favor of the experience, either the simple, hedonistic side of the experiences of Papageno – good food, good wine, a pretty wife – or the spiritual side of the experiences of Tamino – the appreciation and knowledge of wisdom and beauty in spite of all the other realities.

In fact, Mozart seem to revel in the ambiguities, not just to resign to them. They, perhaps, for Mozart are reason enough for the experience – the bitter needs the sweet, and vice versa, just as, in Eastern philosophies, the “good” needs the “evil,” and vice versa. Mozart is, in the end, life affirming. And his music conveys, as only music can, the subliminal and emotional message that the listener is not alone, that Mozart has been there too, that he is there with you now.

Sources:

W.H. Auden and Chester Kallman, The Magic Flute, English Version after the Libretto by Schikaneder and Giesecke, Random House (1955)

Brigid Brophy, Mozart The Dramatist, Da Capo Press, Inc. (1988)

Jacques Chailley, The Magic Flute Unveiled, Inner Traditions International, Inc. (1992)

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Joachim Kaiser, trans. by Charles Kessler, Who’s Who in Mozart’s Operas, Schirmer Books (1984)

Nicholas McNair, “‘Enter, Pursued by a Lion’: Hermetic Influences in The Magic Flute,” Liner Notes, Archiv, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor (1996)

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Grove Encyclopedia of Music

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In the Shadow of Hermes

The documentary In the Shadow of Hermes by Jüri Lina shows how freemasons, international bankers, and communists joined forces in an unholy alliance and through the Bolshevik Revolution of November 1917 established in Russia the most brutal and dehumanizing slave society the world has ever seen.

Russian writer Alexander Solzhenitsyn in 1974 admonished his countrymen:
“Live without lies!” This applies equally to the West. The Truth in our time is in no way self-evident. Most official facts about communism are not true. Solzhenitsyn emphasized: “In our country the lie has become not just a moral category, but a pillar of the state.”

The facts have been suppressed both in the East and the West.

The film “In the Shadow of Hermes” is an important documentation of those financial masonic forces that cold-bloodedly worked behind the scenes through communism to profit from the suffering of others.

The director, Jüri Lina, stresses that it is his duty to tell the truth about communism and its grey eminences, and not just superficially treat its psychopathic symptoms, while the truth today is not highly valued.

History is made every day, but by whom? The answer is given in this film, the aim of which is to unmask the truth, despite the falsifications of history, so meekly reported by the media.

To know the real history of communism is the best insurance against ideological impostors. Based on the book “Under the Sign of the Scorpion” by the Estonian dissident Jüri Lina who narrates this documentary in Swedish.

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