The Blue Lotus in Rome

Although it is possible many of the Roman priesthoods may have used entheogenic(1) sacraments, we know of only one which we may assume in all probability was Blue Lotus ... that of the Cult of Isis.

The symbology of the classic statues of Roman Isis is  quite clear: She calls the faithful to service with her Sistrum rattle, where she will serve sacrament from an Oinochoe (a wine pitcher, not a water pitcher). Isis is crowned here with the traditional Greek Palmette version of the Blue Lotus, but other statues from the time directly present a Blue Lotus flower on her forehead.

1) An entheogen ("generating the divine within") is a chemical substance used in a religious, shamanic, or spiritual context.

2) The Eleusinian Mysteries date from the Greek Mycenaean period, and were entheogenic “medicine ceremonies” practiced for over 2,000 years by the cult of Demeter. (See The Blue Louts in Greece)



The cult of Isis, headquartered in Alexandria, was based upon the mystery traditions of ancient Egypt and Greece. Like the Eleusinian Mysteries(2) practiced for over a thousand years previous, the rapid expansion of the Isians was probably due to ”medicine” ceremonies. Such a ceremony is depicted on the frescos at the Temple of Isis at Pompeii.


We disagree with contemporary scholars who claim these ceremonies were “Nile water”, but believe them to be the  serving of a ‘wine like’ psychotropic sacrament, due to the use of Oinochoe (vs. Hyrdrion) vessels. Although it cannot be proven Blue Lotus was in that sacrament, the fact that it was an Alexandian mystery cult, represented by a Goddess with a Blue Lotus on her head, makes for a very strong argument!



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