The Initiatic Tradition of the West

The word Tradition comes from the Latin Tradere = to transmit, to deliver; in occultism it refers to the ancestral knowledge that is given or transmitted from one generation to another through time, uninterruptedly and without changes in its essential content. This means that those who are in charge of preserving the tradition, in our case the occult and esoteric, are aware that they should neither take away nor add anything to it; the only thing they can and should do is to adapt the form of transmission to the times and circumstances in which they live.

Initiatic is a word that comes from the Latin Initiatio = to begin, to start; in occultism it refers to the act of instructing, teaching or receiving, of discovering for the first time something that is to be made conscious. Thus, the term Initiatic Tradition means ancestral knowledge that is consciously transmitted and preserved through time.

The lost civilization

The Line of Saint James, through the Ancestral Tradition, preserves the knowledge of the existence of a Lost Civilization that, for thousands of years, meant a stagnation in the conscious evolution of human beings, creating a colossal imbalance in the universal scheme of evolutionary development.

This unfortunate event is attributed to a serious mistake by the initiates of that time, who, lacking awareness of their reason for existence, were negligent in their mission to preserve and transmit the historical memory of humanity to that civilization.

As I said in the previous article, at the beginning of each astrological age a series of cataclysms caused by natural phenomena occur on our planet, followed by great changes in the structure of our planet, which result not only in the disappearance of almost all man-made constructions, but also in the extinction of a large part of living beings.

In the survivors of the catastrophe, a psychic protection mechanism that we humans possess is activated, which consists of the loss of any memory or recollection stored in the neocortex brain, leaving only the limbic or mammalian brain (seat of emotions) and the reptilian brain (the most basic and ancient).

Thus, deprived of all their accumulated memories, the survivors also lose the language and writing they have learned, so they need someone to teach them how to relearn and get by in life as if they were newborn children.

In this case, the civilization abandoned to its fate by those unconscious initiates had to learn to cope in a hostile natural environment, guided only by their basic survival instincts, as if they were animals and not humans.

The people of the forest

This lost civilization, settled in the forests of Borneo and Sumatra, never recovered the ability to write, although it is said to have recovered basic speech; over time and through adaptation, their bodies became accustomed to the new habitat - trees, which provided them with greater security from predators - and they developed a physical constitution similar to that of apes.

The Malays call this civilization "the orangutans or forest people" (in Malay, orang means person and hutan means forest). There are only two places in the world where orangutans can be found: on the island of Sumatra in Indonesia and on the island of Borneo, which is part Malay and part Indonesian.

The first mention of the word "orangutan" is found in the work "Historiae naturalis et medicae Indiae orientalis" published in 1631 by the Dutch physician Jacobus Bontius, among the curious data that we can find there, we can see the image that the author makes of a female orangutan and also the following story; "according to the indigenous Malay inhabitants, the orangutan could speak, but did not do so for fear of being forced to work".

Ourang Outang by Jacobus Bontius

Ourang Outang by Jacobus Bontius
Historiae naturalis et medicae Indiae orientalis (1658) Cap. XXII

It is curious that the female orangutan normally gives birth to a single offspring, after a gestation period of about 36 and a half weeks, and that her menstrual cycle lasts 28 to 30 days, and that she is able to reproduce at about 15 years of age.

When scientists first discovered orangutans they thought they had found the missing link between apes and humans, but with time and scientific advances they realized that there was no relationship between orangutans and apes, although there are still those who believe that humans are descended from apes.

According to occult tradition, to restore the evolutionary work, the unconscious initiates responsible for the loss of this civilization had to reincarnate as orangutans or jungle men for thousands of years until they recovered the memory of their ancestors and reestablished the current civilizations.

Next, I would like to show you a fragment of a very valuable book written by one of the greatest contemporary masters that The Line of Santiago of The Western Initiatic Chain has had, Master Ismael Noguera Díaz, initiator of my initiator; to Master Noguera, the posterity of conscious initiates will surely recognize the valuable work and effort he has made to preserve the occult knowledge not only of our Line, but of other Lines, both from the East and the West.

Arbor Magorum


In order to understand the nebulous origin of Western Tradition and Initiation, its myths, doctrines, practices, ceremonies and development through historical Time and Space, we must, so to speak, place ourselves outside of this Time and Space.

It is necessary to look at the Earth from the outside, and contemplate without participating, how the Ultraviolet and purple Ray of the Great School of the Magi of Ur (ur-ion?) takes shape after the Great Catastrophe, in pyramidal light over the mountains of Anatolia and the plains of Sumer.

It is there that our story begins with the classic words "once upon a time"................. and so it was.

Once upon a time there was a nameless people, perhaps they were the remnants of a race, a collection of beings filled with fear: children and young people unable to (give) credit to their eyes, empty of all hope for a future, and adults and old people; beaten, burned, wounded, traumatized, living on the memories of having lived in a superior civilization that had succumbed to the Furies unleashed by Man, the onslaught of unchecked waters, and the trepidating fracturing of the Continents; trembling, weeping, remembering the Polar Night that invaded their "habitat" as a consequence of the displacement of the Poles, and then the bitter awakening with the Stars nowhere, with a sun that had seemed to stop and two Moons disappeared in the Artic-Night.

They wandered disoriented, aimlessly, a long time in the Darkness, but there they were, the surviving Old Initiates, without technical means to help them, without words to express themselves but with all the baggage of the Ancient Knowledge lodged in their memories.

And then someone said: "Let there be Light"....... and our History began again in the Caucasus, Anatolia and Sumer.

Arbor Magorum

Ismael Noguera Diaz

Pages 43 and 44

It is at the moment of the destructive cycle that the Conscious Initiates come into action, for a Conscious Initiate who knows exactly what is going to happen, how it is going to happen and where it is going to happen, prepares himself physically, psychically, mentally and spiritually to face these cataclysms and does not suffer the loss of his accumulated memory.

It is important for you to know that we, the conscious initiates, have not come to change the world or its inhabitants, for that would be to interfere in the collective Karma of humanity; we are only here to preserve the historical memory of the present civilization, so that our successors will have the necessary and indispensable basic elements to help rebuild the coming civilization.

Our next and last public writing is a message entitled: A New Beginning.

Prof. Publio S. Colmenares B.