The Piscean Initiation, The Washing of the Feet
The root of this practice appears to be found in the hospitality customs of ancient civilizations, especially where sandals were the chief footwear. A host would provide water for guests to wash their feet, provide a servant to wash the feet of the guests or even serve the guests by washing their feet. This is mentioned in several places in the Old Testament of the Bible as well as other religious and historical documents.
In the thirteenth chapter of his gospel, the apostle John records a ceremony that the Christ, Jesus, performed and instituted on the very last night of his life. This is the same sacred night where he performed the mystical ritual of Transubstantiation, transforming the bread and wine into the Prima Materia, or “body and blood,” of Christ-consciousness. For those that immediately jump to a conclusion about the nature of this ancient ritual, we have to emphasize that much of the language in the old texts are encrypted, and the ritual itself was an initiation, or investiture, of the high priests chosen by Christ Jesus. All the preparations and rituals performed during this unique night were geared to prepare them for the start of their earthly ministries, as Christ Jesus was also preparing to close his own.
The Piscean Initiation
The washing of the feet was indeed an act of attunement and a Piscean Initiation, along with the final instructions from the Master to his disciples.
In the Gospel of John, 13:1-17, the apostle mentions Jesus performing this act. Specifically, in the verses 13:14-17 he instructs them:
"If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have given you an example, that you should do as I have done to you. Most assuredly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master; nor is he who is sent greater than he who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them."
The foot washing ceremony is, at its root, an act of love, detachment and purification. The esoteric meaning of this Piscean Initiation as a ritual, nevertheless, continues to be obscure to the majority of people. The feet are sensitive places that store the key energies gathered during our incarnational journeys. In other words, the feet are a warehouse of all the karmic debris, psychic residues and even ancestral emotional wounds and attachments.
This is a necessary ritual for those preparing to walk the Path of the Heart.
"When, therefore, He washed their feet, and took His garments, having reclined at meat again, He said to them, `Do ye know what I have done to you? Ye call me, "The Teacher" and "The Lord," and ye say well, for I am; if then I did wash your feet -- the Lord and the Teacher -- ye also ought to wash one another's feet. For I have given thee an example, that ye should do as I have done to ye. Verily, verily, I say unto ye, the servant is not greater than his lord; neither he that is sent greater than he that sent him. If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them
~John 13: 12-17
As we have so often been taught, washing another's feet is not just an act of humility: when we complete it as the Master Jesus instructed us, it also is a deep healing practice, powerful enough to prepare the disciple for a highly committed spiritual Journey.
It may also seem somewhat of a peculiar fact that the other three gospel writers focused on a final rite of transubstantiation of the bread and wine that Christ instituted that same evening, without making any mention to the preparations involved on the investiture of the Holy Orders of Christ’s priests. For a deeper understanding of why this may be, read:
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