It was 14 years ago, on the Summer Solstice of 2008 that Joshua Free (formerly known as Merlyn Stone in the 1990’s) emerged from a seven-year journey in the underground, out of sight from the general public, and launched what became a fundamentally new genre of the modern New Age with the inception of the Mardukite Research Org and the original Mardukite Truth Seeker Press (now the Joshua Free Imprint or JFI Publishing) premiere presentation of The Great Magickal Arcanum.
But what is more likely to have been far more memorable to many of those following along for over a decade is the launch of the Mardukite Chamberlains, coinciding with the Global Beltane Gate Ritual of 2009 and its annual revisiting for each year since — and we have been active and avidly working all this time on one purpose or project or another.
While there are many newcomers that were perhaps not around for the original event, the Mardukite Office has consistently encouraged a synchronous observance of this annual ‘threshold’ every year… and each year our movement has grown; enlarged itself with increased membership — and also the publication of titles and editions that consistently help drive the economics behind new developments.
Most recently, on Beltane 2020, our energetic intentions were directed to drive forward the acquisition and development of a more permanent home for the Mardukite Offices and within two months, the Mardukite Borsippa HQ was established in the Colorado San Luis Valley, now the global home and headquarters for the Founding Church of Mardukite Zuism, Mardukite Academy and Systemology Society.
A Mardukite Beltane video featuring David Zibert, Mardukite Zuism Archbishop Patesi of Canada
Last year, in 2021, our efforts shifted to establishing a stronger presence for Mardukite Systemology and the work that would ‘bridge’ Grade-IV to Grade-V. Within only a few months, starting in the Summer of 2021, a new series of workshops and the “Freedom From” lectures were given at the Mardukite Academy and now compose the newly released volume Way of the Wizard by Joshua Free — specifically planned for global distribution premiering on Beltane 2022.
Many antiquated scholarly references to the “Books of Fferyllt” or the “Pheryllt” themselves may be found by a diligent scholar (many of which are paraphrased in this special anniversary collector’s edition of “The Pheryllt Researches”). Whatever bits trickle down from classical literature and antiquarian druidism to satisfy a modern thirst for the ‘pheryllt paradigm’ have been collected together in one place – a sacred book once thirded in former presentations of a ‘Pheryllt Trilogy’ and are now made whole – forming a complete source book of undefiled mystical lore as a companion to the original Draconomicon volume (also available in this series separately in hardcover).
Whatever name, guise, or title we might attribute to this work as the proverbial ‘Body of the Dragon’ – and we have chosen PHERYLLT – this same lore (originally accessible to very few with small networks) serves as basis for the majority of Celtic and neo-Druidic revival of the past few centuries, not to mention other forms of ‘neo-paganism’; whether or not it has received its due credit as such.
“The Pheryllt Researches” were once only available — in their complete form — to members of the Mardukite Academy of Systemology, within the appendix section of the Grade-I Route-D Master Edition anthology textbook: “Merlyn’s Complete Book of Druidism: A Master Course in Druidry for Modern Druids” and is now published as a stand-alone hardcover title for the first time, commemorating its 25th Anniversary since originally compiled by Joshua Free (when once writing as ‘Merlyn Stone’) as an apprentice of New Forest Centre for Magickal Studies in the 1990’s.
This Mardukite blog-post reviews Ascending Order TV (hosted by Joshua Free, from our YouTube channel) and excerpts from “Mardukite Master Course: A Brief Introduction” as the article it appears in “Arcanum Annual 2021 Review.“
The Complete Mardukite Master Course spans three Grades of knowledge. All literary works currently in print from the JOSHUA FREE IMPRINT (JFI Publishing Offices)—originally written between 1995 and 2019—all pertain to a singular stream of complete instruction spanning these three Grades or knowledge tiers. The Mardukite Master Course is designed to provide a clear understanding and unification of all material presented across the three Grades.
“Well, I’m very pleased to announce completion of the Master Edition volumes that comprise this Mardukite Master Course. The purpose of this really—not only for the Mardukite Academy and the Systemology Society, which the course serves—is to provide master instruction for Masters, and by that, I of course mean Instructors too. It’s important for me to give this course initially too, because as a writer I have a tendency to sit up in the Ivory Tower and just kind of look out…” –Joshua Free
The Mardukite Master Course follows a chronological “Pathway” charted and recorded personally by JOSHUA FREEbfrom 1995 to 2019—
–from the first “Merlyn Stone” discourses on magick and Druidism (Grade-I), –through all work of the Mardukite Chamberlains (Mardukite Research Org) and its pursuit of Mesopotamian Traditions (Grade-II), –and finally, the most recent completion of Grade-III as “Mardukite Systemology.”
These Grades realize and complete an organizational premise written in 1999 by JOSHUA FREE detailing future plans for a Sacred and Mystic Order of the Crystal Dawn. Now, after two decades, the Mardukite Academy carries forth that futurist vision originated by our Founder.
“What we are doing now with this Course is being certain of the duplication of material and its knowledge or true understanding. This Course is not a dictation; I'm not going to sit up here and read you the material. But, we are recording this for the Academy posterity; and also to publish transcripts for those unable to experience the Master Course in person today at the Academy.” --Joshua Free
“We begin with what’s readily accessible; then further reach into the past—to the extent literary records will allow. In Grade-III, we work with a composite of it all, because the Grades are not ‘exclusive’ to one another. However, our understanding and realization is more refined at each level as we reclaim more of what was lost. Because we found that since the heights of ancient Mesopotamia, with varying cultures and time passing—well, the relay of communication was not being perfectly duplicated, and thus degraded, moving us downward from a perfected state.” –Joshua Free
“I was careful not to make the same mistakes as others when I laid out the Master Grades. There are those that work with what we apply as Grade-I that have a tendency to treat that level as the whole end-all or be-all of the Path. Many individuals do reach the vista of Grade-I, which is represented, figuratively only, as the ‘lunar level’: the ‘Sphere’ or ‘Veil’ of Moon—and yes, we mean the First Step on the Ladder of Lights —the Stairway to True Ascension. So, to answer the most burning question I’ve received since launching the Grades: Do they relate to the Gates?—And the answer is yes.” –Joshua Free
“For those familiar with the cross-references of the BAB-ILI Gate-System), when we are treating the Master Grades I, II and III, we are respectively dealing with the first three Gates—those represented by the Moon, Mercury and Venus.” –Joshua Free
Mardukite Systemology (Grade-III) is pinnacle to what a Seeker works at in the Master Course. It is the approach taken by an “Instructor” or “Master” to the whole body of material. Thus, Grade-I and Grade-II are treated with a Grade-III “Master” level of understanding for the Master Course. Each paradigm is treated as a “Route through” rather than a totality or final destination-point. This is what separates “initiates” from “Masters.” The average contemporary “New Ager” or “esoteric practitioner” rarely reaches beyond a Grade-I level of understanding or realization as an actualization point. Discoveries regarding application of “Seven Levels” or “Seven Gates” or “Seven Steps” (up to Infinity) to our work became clear with a “Master-Level” understanding of the systematic structure of veils and thresholds being cast off as an individual moves further upward or higher on the Pathway.
Joshua Free is a mystic philosopher and author of over 60 books since 1995. He is founder of Mardukite Ministries (Mardukite Zuism), the Mardukite Research Organization (Mardukite Chamberlains) and its underground New Thought division known as The Systemology Society.
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