The Renaissance Period was a time in which the esoteric activity of the many earlier communities and eras of the Lineage of the Ageless Wisdom, such as the Ancient Egyptians, Persians, Pythagoreans and Alexandrians, bloomed again throughout the urban centres of Europe.
The term ‘Renaissance’ originates from the Latin verb nasci (to be born), which, with the ‘re’ placed at the beginning of the word, forms the literal meaning ‘to be born again’. The Renaissance period was, in this sense, a rebirth or re-flowering of the wisdom and philosophies expounded and taught throughout the great eras of human history, and by its greatest teachers.
From an energetic perspective, the Renaissance period grounded an energy which ushered in the end of the Cathar period, turning the focus from family life and community living to a very practical and resolute commitment to temporal life and to participating fully in society, so that vast volumes of alchemy could pass through the hands of those aligned to their Soul, and ripple out to touch the masses of humanity through its reach.
Whilst much was made of ‘alchemy’ during the period, it has always simply referred to the transmutation of corrupted energy back to its Divine, true source, and thereby to the transmutation of Man back from his corrupted state into his full Divine stature. Whilst alchemy was by no means new to the world, it became the detailed focus of initiates and of the Plan on Earth at this time. The Renaissance period was, in this sense, the ultimate preparation for the New Era – for the series of successive and significant energetic releases and groundings that this era brings, and the massive potential for alchemical reformation to the world that these have brought about.
Beginning with an interest in Ancient Greek and Hermetic philosophy amongst medieval scholars in Italy, particularly centred around Florence, during the Renaissance the philosophies and literature of old, including those of Plato and Pythagoras, surfaced again in Europe via the Islamic tradition where the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom had been kept alive and safeguarded, passed down by successive generations during the Dark Ages.
The energy of the Renaissance movement was firmly grounded in Europe by the life of Leonardo Da Vinci – a life of service of a highly initiated Master of Wisdom – who, in the latter half of the 15th century, delivered consciousness-shifting advancements in science, mathematics, architecture and engineering, among many other disciplines, not to mention his use of painting and drawing to clear consciousness, to call to account and debase evil, and to deliver immense alchemical volume. Leonardo was a Master of energy who, using art as his vehicle, was able to have an immense alchemical impact on the new European world as it was emerging from the Dark Ages, and his loose association with the Church – providing many paintings and altarpieces for churches and cathedrals throughout the land – was instrumental to this.
Part of the brilliance of Da Vinci’s life and expression is found in the way he operated under the radar, so to speak, outwardly compliant with the dictates of the day, religious and otherwise, but all along energetically subverting the evil all around him, and converting everything to gold with the power of his alchemical touch.
Among Da Vinci’s sponsors, the Medici family – noblemen of Florence – also sponsored a philosopher by the name of Marsilio Ficino. Ficino was a physician and a Catholic priest who was deeply inspired by the works of Plato, and who committed his life to the study, translation and teaching of Plato’s works, and to a school he founded in Florence – the new ‘Plato’s Academy’. Ficino saw beyond the oppressive dictates of the church to the true heart of Christianity, its true origin in the life of the Master Yeshua, finding much overlap between the teachings of Plato and the origins of Christianity. He was instrumental to the re-emergence of the Ageless Wisdom amongst scholarly circles throughout Europe.
From the beginnings of a spark reignited in Renaissance Florence and other Italian city states, a renewed interest in the true philosophy, wisdom, arts, sciences, astronomy and Divine mathematics quickly spread across Europe. It was of course the time in which Galileo and Copernicus espoused their heliocentric theories, and by doing so stood up to the corruption and lies of the Catholic Church: also the Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno did much during this time to rediscover for the world the magnificence of the ancient teacher Hermes – a heaven-sent teacher from our very earliest history, whose teachings were faithfully recorded and studied right up until the Library of Alexandria was ultimately destroyed in the 4th century A.D. – and to revive an interest in the Hermetic tradition, as well as in the Neo-Platonic philosophers of ancient Alexandria. In 1583, Bruno travelled to Elizabethan London, bringing all of his learning and knowledge of the esoteric with him, where a community of esoteric philosophers, mathematicians and scientists had already begun to develop.
John Dee, personal adviser and astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I, spent his life wholly committed to the study and dispersal of the teachings of the Ageless Wisdom, its great teachers and their writings; he amassed one of the largest libraries in England, which he made open to the public in his house in Mortlake. He tutored many of the leading thinkers, courtiers and noblemen of his day on topics ranging from Mathematics and Navigation to Occult Philosophy and Hermeticism, and his house became the hub of much esoteric discussion amongst scholars from across Europe. Dee also travelled extensively in Europe, eager to soak up the Renaissance in philosophical and scientific thought occurring on the continent, and to bring it back to England. Dee, like many English and European initiates of the time, developed a strong alignment with St Germain, a Master who had successive incarnations during, and an enormous energetic influence on, this period.
Another who aligned closely to St Germain was William Shakespeare, who was using language and stagecraft in the public playhouses of London to alchemically transform its populace, to break down different consciousnesses, to free people’s way of thinking from the shackles of the Dark Ages, but also to expose the corruption of Creation that held sway over people’s being for aeons, lifetime after lifetime. The plays that flowed through his pen expand awareness and reflect back to all the truth of who they are, the corruption and disorder of societal life, and the discrepancy between the two.
Towards the end of the Renaissance period, and to aid the transition into the beginnings of the modern era, an initiate by the name of Francis Bacon was born into a prominent English family towards the end of the 16th century. He went on to enter public life, progressed from lawyer to MP, and from MP to government and on to become Lord Chancellor, from where he was able to direct the course of English history through his influence on politics and law, and through his close connection with King James I. Bacon was a direct vehicle for Maitreya and the Hierarchy to ground the next phase of the Plan on earth, and he also earthed some of the most amazing wisdom in his writings and essays on contemporary life, on science, and on the Ageless Wisdom from eras past.
The above represents but a sprinkling of the many aligned initiates who were prolific during the Renaissance period – some known about in history, some less so. There was also an enormous groundswell amongst the general population, as people gradually began to awaken and step forward and out of their millennia-old slumber. The potency of the alchemy of the time pervaded all layers of society, and those at the bottom of the social ladder – the so-called peasants – were equally reminded once again of their divine origins.
From here, the seed to dissolve a very Hierarchical and unequal class system was planted. The light of the Renaissance, through alchemy, was on offer to everyone, to be expressed in movement – and its reach pervaded through the labourers, farmers, craftsmen, builders, architects and artisans of the day.
It was also a time of great naval exploration and discovery, with English navigators exploring the far reaches of the globe. It was the time when the first English colonies were established in America. In this, the light of the Renaissance grounded in Europe was able to be exported to different areas of the world, and to reach different peoples.
This and much more defines a time of great activity, transformation, and reignition of ancient fires which lay within all people. In this, the Renaissance continues to this day, as more and more people step up and into the awareness of the true truths of life.