Kabbalah | Arcanum 1: Aleph and The Magician

Aleph

Hebrew Letter Aleph

Verses 1 to 8 from Psalm 119 begin with the letter Aleph:

אשרי תמימי־דרך ההלכים בתורת יהוה׃

אשרי נצרי עדתיו בכל־לב ידרשוהו׃

אף לא־פעלו עולה בדרכיו הלכו׃

אתה צויתה פקדיך לשמר מאד׃

אחלי יכנו דרכי לשמר חקיך׃

אז לא־אבוש בהביטי אל־כל־מצותיך׃

אודך בישר לבב בלמדי משפטי צדקך׃

את־חקיך אשמר אל־תעזבני עד־מאד׃

1. Blessed in the straight path are the undefiled, who walk according to the law of Iod-Havah.
2. Blessed are they who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.
3. Such who walk in his path do no iniquity.
4. You have commanded to carefully keep your precepts.
5. Oh, that my ways were directed to keep your statutes!
6. Then shame shall not be on me, when I look at all your commandments.
7. I will thank you with integrity of heart, when learning the judgments of your righteousness.
8. I will keep your statutes; do not forsake me utterly.

Psalm 119:1-8

Arcanum 1

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This Arcanum is represented by the Magician. The Holy Eight, symbol of the infinite, appears above the head of the Magician; the Holy Eight encloses, defines, and joins the magnetic currents of the mind that deals with dream consciousness with the mind that deals with vigil consciousness. This sign joins or separates all of the elements which are controlled by the atomic energy, if it is traced with the middle finger, index finger and the thumb over the surface of the cardiac plexus.

PRACTICE: According with the former description the following exercise is suggested: Withdraw all type of thoughts from your mind, now imagine the Holy Eight as it is represented in the following graphic:

Holy Eight

Allow the figure itself to submerge within your consciousness and thereafter, while falling asleep, empty your mind, without thinking in anything. Thus, after a while, you will awaken your consciousness in the Astral Plane.

If we consider the formation of this symbol, we see that it illustrates the continuity of only one arm that encloses a double circuit in the beginning of the stroke, while enclosing only one circuit in the continuation of the stroke. Thereafter, the stroke divides the sign at the point where it centrally crosses it and it then continues into the other circuit in order to project itself towards the exterior. One circuit closes and the other opens.

This is the required key in order to open all the doors and to cut all the currents formed by the atomic energy, beginning with the one that we have imagined and placed within the depth of our consciousness and ending with the one that originated the rest, which circulates in the same manner in the center of the “Ninth Sphere.”

Now then, to overcome by means of these requirements the risks per se of every astral experience and thus to obtain a fast and also perfect astral projection is more than enough reason, among other things, in order for the Sacred Order of Tibet to affirm in its motto: “Nothing can resist our power.”

Thus, moments before lying down in order to perform this practice, the disciple must invoke with all of his heart and with all of his soul, the Great Regent of the Sacred Order of Tibet. The name of this great Guruji is Bhagavan Aklaiva. This Order, that we have the honor of representing here in Mexico, is the most powerful Order of all the Oriental traditions. This Order is formed by 201 members. The major rank is formed by seventy-two Brahmans.

Papus in his “Treatise of Occult Science” stated that the true initiates from the east are the ones who belong to the Secret Sanctuaries of Brahmanism, since they are the only ones who can give us the royal clue of the Arcanum AZF, thanks to their knowledge of the Primeval Atlantean language “WATAN,” the fundamental roots of Sanskrit, Hebrew and Chinese.

The Sacred Order of Tibet is the genuine owner of the real treasury of Aryavarta. This treasury is the Arcanum A.Z.F.

Bhagavan Aklaiva will help you to consciously travel in your astral body. Invoke him when you are meditating on the sacred sign of the infinite. On any given night, you will be invoked from the Temple of the Himalayas; there you will be submitted to “Seven Ordeals.” There you will be taught the Secret Science.

Now then, after this digression, let us continue with our initial point. The Holy Eight symbolizes the Caduceus of Mercury and represents the two ganglionic chords that esoterically are entwined around the spinal medulla, these are: Ida and Pingala; the two witnesses, the olive branches, the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

The solar atoms rise through the cord of the right and the lunar atoms rise through the cord of the left.

These solar and lunar atoms rise from our seminal system the fire of Phlegethon and the water of Acheron cross in the Ninth Sphere, sex, and form the sign of the Infinite.

F plus A equal C – Fire plus water equal Consciousness.

Whosoever meditates on the sign of the infinite will utilize the Fire and the Water in order to awaken the Consciousness. Now we understand why the two witnesses of revelation have the power of prophecy.

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And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. As we said: “These are the two olive trees, and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth.

Revelation 11:3, 4

Now then, the quantity 1260 (a thousand two hundred and threescore days) is Kabbalistically added as follows:

1 plus 2 plus 6 plus 0 = 9; this is the symbol of the Ninth Sphere.

The Ninth Sphere is sex. The two witnesses have their root in the sex. These two witnesses Ida and Pingala are two fine ganglionic chords through which the solar and lunar atoms of our seminal system ascend to the “chalice.” The chalice is the brain.

Fill your chalice, brethren of mine, with the sacred wine of light.

Now you comprehend why the sign of the infinite appears above the head of the magician, and why the sword, the cup and pantacles are before him, and why is he grasping the magic wand that symbolizes the spinal medulla.

When the solar and lunar atoms make contact in the coccygeal bone, the Kundalini, the igneous serpent of our magical powers awakens, then we are devour by the serpent and we convert ourselves into excellent divine magicians.


The Letter Aleph

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Which in Kabbalah symbolizes Air

Aleph, number One. “God is triune.” Aleph symbolizes the absolute unity of the three primary forces of God which contain the secret image upon which man must be created.

Aleph is formed by two Iods (letter symbol of Kether). One stands on the upper right and the other hangs on the lower left, joined by a diagonal Vav. The two Iods represent the creative power of God in the higher Eden in Daath and the lower Eden in Yesod. The letter Vav between both Iods is man made into the image of the Spirit of God that moves within both Iods (the creative power of God). So, the Spirit of God that moves in the upper waters of Daath and the Spirit of God that moves upon the lower waters of Yesod is the source from which the heavenly man, which is the firmament in between them emerges.

The upper Eden is first mentioned in the first day of Genesis: “And the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.” These waters are the Akasha Tattva that belongs to upper Eden.

Within the true magician, the Innermost, the fire of the Holy Spirit (the spirit of God, the Ruach Elohim that hovers upon the face of the waters) within the higher and lower Edens are interchangeable by means of the priesthood of Yesod, Hod and Netzach. This interchange is made when we separate the waters from the waters through initiation, the innermost performs this in the second day of Creation; he separates the two superior ethers from the Akasic waters and creates the second living creature, the consciousness of the man that develops in the firmament or Sephiroth between Daath and Yesod.

The higher Eden contains the superior Akashic waters of the Holy Spirit, which grants the soul the experiences of Samadhi (to be one with God) while in the lower Eden the inferior Akasic waters of the Holy Spirit are mingled with the fires of desire, here the soul experiences independence or being far from God.

In Gnosticism, the waters are the symbol of the creative sexual energies. The waters of transmutation have the fire of the Holy Spirit that give us the feeling of being one with God, while the waters of fornication give us the feeling of separation and frustration because we experience the separation from the happiness of God.

The awakened consciousness is the outcome of both Akashic waters. The greater the concentration on God, the greater the activity of the Akasic waters of Daath, which give us the experience of oneness with His Absolute Being. From the perspective of the lower waters, the greater the transmutation of the Akashic waters of Yesod is, the greater the realization of the reality of God is.

Spiritual elevation can be reached only through in-depth meditation and sexual transmutation.

Aleph also symbolizes the solar waters of outer space (Hydrogen), and the lower the oceans and humanity located in the middle.

The True Man (Vav) is the multiple-perfect-unity, which expresses the Infinite Will of God between earth and heaven.

Aleph: the Ain Soph Aur, the Ray of Okidanokh, the Great Breath of the Absolute talks to itself about itself in order to become Aleph, the Wind, the Elohim, the Holy Trinity within the Unity of Life, because “There is none, other than Iod Hei Vav Hei.”

The Ain Soph Aur is the Ray of Okidanokh, the Great Breath of the Absolute. It is the Cosmic Christ that manifests in the World of Atziluth as the Whirling Aleph of Light; it is Kether the Whirlwind of Light that shines in the world of Atziluth.

The Ain Soph Aur, the Great Breath of the Absolute, is the life that whirls about through Aleph in the center of any atom and every Sun.

The Life of the Ain Soph throbs in Atziluth within the trinity of Shin, the Fire. It is the vital energy that flows within the profundities of Mem, the Water, and the Light that whirls about within Aleph, the Wind.

The Ain Soph Aur manifests as life within Fire, Air and Water. Matter cannot exist without the Breath of the Absolute that whirls about within Aleph.

Aleph is the Father, Mem is the Mother and Shin is their Son and the Ain Soph Aur throbs within the three of them. They are Iod, Hei Vav Hei.

The Light of the Ain Soph enters into the world of Atziluth and Whirls about within Aleph, this Light enters into the body within the Air that we breathe through the nose and this Air (oxygen) through the lungs blows the Fire into Mem, the Blood, thereafter, the blood becomes Nun (zoosperm or ovum) within Eve, the sexual organs (Yesod).

The Tzalem, of the Elohim, throbs within Nun (zoosperm or ovum) which hovers upon the sexual waters, the Semen of Yesod.

Therefore, when seminal energy is transmuted and totally sublimated to the heart, the three nervous systems become saturated with the effluvia of the Light of the Ain Soph. This Light is Christ which illuminates the brain (Adam); it is the Wine of Light at the wedding of Canaan, a miracle of the Christic energy when Adam and Eve become one flesh. This is the secret relationship of the fires of the heart, the breath and the semen.

We attain dominion over the sexual energy by means of the breath, which must be controlled by our will which is under the powers of the fires of the heart.

Therefore, people who spill the sexual energy (through their bestial orgasm) breathe out the breath of God, thus, they can never receive the blessings of Iod-Havah within their Souls. Their efforts to attain Self-realization, salvation, will undoubtedly fail.

People who control their breath can attain sexual control and consequently can also attain control over their mind, soul and spirit. These kinds of people are true human beings who attain immortality.

Those who absorb the Light of the Ain Soph, the Cosmic Christ through the Whirling Aleph of Light, become immortal Divine Christs that can preserve their physical bodies for all of eternity. This is what supreme chastity can grant us when we attain control over the fires of the waters of life by means of the wind, the breath.

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The “Great Wind” is the Ancient of Days, the root of our Being, the occult of the occult, the mercy of mercies, the goodness of goodness.

The hair of the Ancient of Days has thirteen ringlets. If we add thirteen among itself we will have 1 + 3 = 4

1 is the masculine principle, fire.

2 is the feminine principle, water.

3 is the Son of creation.

4 is the unity of life.

This is the holy Tetragrammaton. This is the name of the Eternal One, Iod Hei Vav Hei.

The hurricane, the four winds, the breath, the Word is represented in the beard of the Ancient of Days. This beard has thirteen locks.

The four winds are Iod Hei Vav Hei.

The 13th Arcanum is the Ancient of Days. Only by defeating death can we incarnate the Ancient of Days. The funeral ordeals of the 13th Arcanum are more frightful and terrible than the abyss.

In order to achieve the realization of the Ancient of Days within ourselves, we must totally accomplish the 13th Arcanum within ourselves.

We need a supreme death and a supreme resurrection in order to have the right of incarnating the Ancient of Days. Only the one who incarnates him has the right of internally wearing the hair and the beard of a Venerable Elder.

Only in the presence of the Angels of Death, after becoming victorious in the funeral ordeals, can we incarnate the Ancient of Days. Whosoever incarnates Him becomes another Elder in Eternity.

The mantra PANDER permits us to reach unto the Ancient of Days. This is possible within profound meditation. In the world of Atziluth there is a marvellous temple where the majestic presence of the Ancient of Days is shown unto us.

The Ancient of Days dwells in the world of Kether. The chief of that world is the angel Metatron. This angel was the prophet Enoch. With the help of this angel we can enter into the world of Kether. The disciple who wants to penetrate into Kether will beg to the angel Metatron during his states of profound meditation and he will be helped.

The Aztec goddess of death has a crown with nine human skulls. The crown (Kether) is the symbol of the Ancient of Days.

The skull (letter Reish) is the microcosmic correspondence of the Ancient of Days in the human being. Indeed, we need a supreme resurrection in order to attain the self-realization of the Ancient of Days within ourselves.

In the world of Kether we comprehend that the great Law controls all that is created. From the world of the Elder of the Days, we see the human multitudes as leaves hurled by the wind.

The Great Wind is the terrible law of the Ancient of Days. “Vox Populi Vox Dei”. A social revolt contemplated from the world of the Ancient of Days is a law in action. Each person, the entire multitudes look like leaves detached from the trees, hurled by the terrific wind of the Ancient of Days.

People do not know about these things. People are only preoccupied by acquiring money and more money. This is the poor, suffering humanity, who are only miserable leaves hurled by the great wind, miserable leaves hurled by the great Law.

Our authentic Being, in his essential root, is the Ancient of Days. He is the Father in us. He is our true Being. Our disciples must now concentrate and meditate very deeply on the Ancient of Days. The ecstasy, Samadhi, must be induced during meditation.

May peace reign in all hearts; let us not forget that peace is light. Let us not forget that peace is an Essence emanated from the Absolute. It is light emanated from the Absolute. This light is the light of the Ancient of Days. Christ said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you.”

John: 14: 27
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I am in the Father and the Father is in me!

John 14: 11-31:

Believe me that I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) am in the Father (in the Cerebrospinal Nervous System) and the (wind, oxygen, that is the will of the) Father (that enters in the bloodstream is) in me; or else believe me for the sake of the works (within the bloodstream) themselves.

“Verily, verily, I say to you, (the Three Nervous Systems of) he who believes in me (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) will also do the works that I do (through the bloodstream); and greater works than these will he do, because (by means of White Tantra) I go (as Solar Fire) to the Father (throughout the Sushumna Canal).

Whatever you ask (with your heart) in my (fiery) name, I will do it (through the Sushumna Canal), that the Father (the Innermost) may be glorified (in Hod) in the Son (the Astral Body); if you ask anything (during Sacred Transmutation) in my (fiery) name, I will do it. “If you love me (the Ain Soph Aur), you will keep my (22) commandments (with Tiphereth your Human Soul). And I (in the stone of Jacob, Yesod) will pray the Father (through the ladder to heaven, the spinal medulla, the Cerebrospinal Nervous System) and he will give you another Counselor (in the spinal medulla), to be with you for ever, even the (Holy) Spirit of truth (Nachash, the Kundalini) , whom the world cannot receive, because (of fornication) it neither sees him nor knows him; you know him, for he (through White Tantra) dwells with you (in the stone of Jacob, Yesod), and will be in you (when it rises the Sushumna Canal).

“I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) will not leave you desolate; I will come to you (by means of White Tantra) .

Yet a little while, and the world (of the senses) will see me no more, but you will see me (with the eyes “Ayin” of the Spirit); because I live (within Ruach, the Essence of God, Kether), you will live also (by means of death). In that day (when Nachash, the Kundalini awakens and reaches between the eyebrows) you will know that I (the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart) am in my Father (the Wind, the Ruach, the Innermost hovering in the waters of Yesod), and you in me, and I in you (through the fire of Chastity) . Whosoever has (comprehended) my (22) commandments and keeps them, he it is who loves me (through the effluvia of the fires of the Nous Atom in the heart); and he who loves me will be loved by my Father (the Wind, the Ruach, the Innermost hovering in the waters of Yesod), and I will love him and manifest myself to him (through the Venustic Initiation).” Judas Thaddeus (the power of the sacrum, where the fire of the Holy Ghost abides, precisely in the Church of Ephesus) said to him, “Lord, how is it that you will manifest yourself to us (as Fire in the Triveni, in the sacrum, in the Chakra Muladhara or Church of Ephesus, close to the coccyx), and not to the world (of the senses)?”

Yeshua answered him, “If a man loves me (by means of the mysteries of Daath, White Tantra) , he will keep my word (or FIAT, the Ruach that is my Tzalem that hovers upon the Raw Mercury of the Great Work), and my Father (the Glorian) will (pour his) love (in) him, and we will come (from the Sacrum all the way up to the brain) to him and make our home with him (in the heart). Whosoever does not love me (the fornicator) does not keep my words (Logoi); and the word (Logos) which you hear is not mine but the Father’s who sent me (the First Logos).

“These things I have spoken to you, while I am still with you (as fire of Love in the left ventricle of your heart). But the Counselor, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name (in the shape of the Serpent of Bronze, Nachash), he will teach you all things (through fire), and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.

Peace (the substance of Kether, the Father of all Lights) I leave with you; my peace I give to you; not as the world (of the senses) gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid (since I dwell as fire in left ventricle of their hearts). You heard me say to you (through the initiation) I go away, and I will come to you (totally transformed). If you loved me, you would have rejoiced, because I (as fire) go to the Father (through the Sushumna Canal); for the Father (the Wind, Kether, the Ancient of Days) is greater than I (the Nous Atom).

And now I have told you before it take place, so that when it does take place, you may believe (in the metamorphosis of the fire). I will no longer talk much with you, for the ruler of this world (the intellect of Fornicators) is coming. He has no power over me (the Nous or Superior Mind); but I do (by means of the Grand Sympathetic Nervous System) as the Father (the Innermost) has commanded me, so that the world may know that I (the Nous Atom through the bloodstream) love (perform the will of) the Father. Rise (your Nachash, the Sacrum Spirit, as Moses did in the wilderness), let us go hence (within the Sushumna Canal to the Father of all Lights).

John 14: 11-31

Lecture

The term ‘Arcana’ is plural. The singular aspect of this term is ‘Arcanum.’ ‘Arcanum’ refers to a type of knowledge, which is for the initiated, or a kind of knowledge that is mysterious for the average person. It is a science or understanding that one has to be introduced to. When we study the twenty-two Arcana, we are studying twenty-two laws, or twenty-two mysteries, that we have to be initiated into experientially in order to understand them.

The twenty-two Arcana of the Kabbalah are twenty-two laws. We know in the Judeo-Christian tradition that we he have ten primary laws, or Ten Commandments, that are discussed very commonly. But there are twelve more. These twenty-two laws, or twenty-two Arcana, contain the entire process of religion, or in other words religare, which is Latin for “union.”

The twenty-two Arcana are steps, or clues, which illuminate religion itself, or this process of union. In the Judeo-Christian tradition, and of course in the Gnostic tradition, these twenty-two laws have been symbolized in various ways. We have already mentioned the Ten Commandments, which are the first and most obvious representation of these twenty-two steps. But there is another less commonly recognized aspect, or symbol, of these twenty-two Arcana: the Book of the Tarot.

The Tarot cards, or the images of the Tarot, form a book of twenty-two images. These twenty-two images symbolize and represent twenty-two Arcana, steps, laws, mysteries, which the initiate needs to understand and know in order to understand and know the Path to self-realization of the Being.

These twenty-two Arcana are also symbolized and represented in the twenty-two characters of the Hebrew alphabet. Each character of this alphabet symbolizes and represents different laws and aspects of the Path to the self-realization of the Being.

So for us who aspire to comprehend and understand that Path, to enter that Path, to make it manifest in us, it is vital that we understand the nature of these twenty-two laws. Within them is the Path itself. More than that, the foundation upon which we work in Gnosis is direct experience. The term ‘Gnosis’ itself indicates that. Gnosis is not a mere belief or a theory; it is a science of direct experiences, or a scientific method which leads to one’s own direct experience of the Truth. The Truth itself is the twenty-two Arcana, so to experience directly the nature of Truth, we study these twenty-two Arcana in order to help us organize our own experiences, to understand them.

When we study the Judeo-Christian tradition, and we look into the book of Genesis, we see that there is a great symbol at the very beginning of the book, in the first few chapters. We find two trees in the Garden of Eden. The first tree is the Tree of Life. This is a symbol of the Kabbalah, or the science of numbers, which we will begin to analyze today.

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The Kabbalah is a map of our own consciousness. It is also a map of the universe. The universe and our consciousness are reflections of one another, and the Kabbalah encodes that, it symbolizes that. So the Tree of Life in the Bible is a symbol of this science of numbers. And of course, as anyone who studies the Bible knows, numbers play a huge role throughout the Bible. There are always seven of this and three of that—we see in all religions that numbers have a huge importance; this evidence of the universal presence of Kabbalah, even if it is not called by that name. The twenty-two Arcana introduce us to the science of understanding the symbols of those numbers in order to help illuminate our own path.

The second tree is the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Bad, or Good and Evil. This tree is the source of the forbidden fruit. In the Bible, it is clearly stated that we should not eat of the forbidden fruit. In order to understand what that means, we need to know what the Tree of Knowledge is; it is symbolic of something within us. The term ‘knowledge,’ of course, is the word ‘Gnosis. ’ Gnosis itself is the root of the term knowledge. But in Hebrew, it is the term Daath.

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The Tree of Life, which is the first tree that I described, is the Kabbalah, is symbolized in its most common representation as ten spheres. These ten spheres are organized as a structure of three columns on which hang three triangles. So already we see numbers. The Kabbalah, these ten spheres, or Sephiroth, represent levels of consciousness, aspects of our own inner psychology.

The Tree of Knowledge, or Daath, is one more sphere, which is hidden within the Tree of Life. These two trees are said to share the same roots; they are closely interrelated.

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When we study Gnosis, or study any religion, it is important for us to understand we have to study both of these trees together. The Tree of Life is the study of our own consciousness, the study of our own psyche, the study of our own Inner Being. And the Tree of Knowledge is the science of Alchemy; it is the secret wisdom, or secret knowledge, which illuminates the Tree of Life.

The sphere of Daath, or the Tree of Knowledge, has always been hidden, has always been esoteric; it is something that one must be “initiated” into (or introduced into). Daath is the Great Arcanum, it is the Truth of truths, the Secret of secrets. It is what has always been veiled in the Temple. It is the Ark of Noah, and the Ark of the Covenant—the great ARC-anum. The Twenty-two Arcana are mere elaborations of the one Great Arcanum.

In the course of these twenty-two lectures, we will be examining these two trees continually, comparing them, understanding them, side by side. This is Kabbalah and Alchemy. These are the two columns of the great hierarchies of God: Wisdom and Love. Daath, this secret knowledge, or esoteric knowledge, related to alchemy, is wisdom; and the Tree of Life, the Kabbalah, is love: the two columns which form the foundation of the Temple, or the support of the Temple.

That temple, of course, is our own soul, the Temple of our own Living God. To construct and perfect our own inner temple is the purpose of religion, or religare (Latin for reunion). And the construction of our own inner temple is supported by and made strong by the study of these two trees together.

The Tree of Life in ourselves must become fully illuminated—that is Self-realization. But the illumination, the light, is provided by the Tree of Knowledge. So these two trees, these two columns, are in themselves the science to self-realize the Being.

The twenty-two Arcana, as I stated, are esoteric, or hidden laws. They are symbols. So in the beginning we always begin with the number one. Today’s lecture is about Arcanum one, which is the Magician.

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When you observe the first card of the Tarot, you see the Magician. But who is the Magician? We have to understand that. This card is symbolic and imparts to us a vital understanding upon which the basis of the entire set of Arcana rests.

The number one is the number which begins; unity. It is initiative, the beginning. But the number one emerges from nothing. Really, the number one comes from the zero.

When we study the Kabbalah, and look at our map, we see that the Tree of Life unfolds from the Absolute, or from the womb of the Divine Mother. That Womb is the Zero. It is Primordial Potentiality.

Zero is a profound and ancient symbol. It is potentiality, creation, the ocean from which life emerges. The womb of the Divine Mother gives birth to One, which is why we accord it to The Fool tarot card. So if we see a one and a zero, we see the beginning, the start. We also see the number ten – one and a zero. We also see ‘IO,’ which is the core component of the name of the Divine Mother.

The one in this case is the projective force, the masculine principle, which initiates, which begins. And the one on the Tree of Life, in this context, is representing Kether, or the first Sephira. That one, in its emerging from the womb, is truthfully the first Trinity, or Three in One, which is Kether, Chokmah, and Binah. The Three in One is the Cosmic Christ, the radiant force which illuminates all of life. He is one, but He is three, and He emerges from the zero, from nothing.

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This manifestation we call Yod-Hevah, or in other words, the Tetragrammaton – four letters in Hebrew, which represent the Father-Mother with the characters Yod He Vau He. These four letters contain a vast amount of symbolism, but the emphasis that I want to place at this moment is a relationship that exists between the zero, the one, and the Yod, the first character of this Tetragrammaton.

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Yod, as a letter of the Hebrew alphabet, is actually the tenth letter. So you see we have the number ten here—the one and the zero, the womb and the Father, the Mother and the Father. The Yod is the tenth character. The Yod in itself represents the man, masculine, the phallus, the creative force. It is indicating the number one in a very strong way. And if you Kabbalistically take the number of Iod, which is ten, and you reduce it with Kabbalistic numerology, it is a one, because one plus zero is one.

The Yod is the impulse, the masculine force which initiates, which drives, which pushes.

When this Three in One, the Trinity, the Cosmic Christ, unfolds itself in order to create, it divides itself. It does so in it’s third aspect: the sephirah Binah.

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Within the sphere of Binah, we find the Holy Spirit, or this creative impulse, this fire, which wants to give rise to manifestation. Binah divides itself into male-female, into Abba-Aima, Shiva-Shakti, the masculine-feminine manifestation of the One. This is Yod-He-Vau-He, this is Yod-Hevah, Adam-Eve, the primordial couple, Shiva-Shakti of the Hindus, Osiris-Isis of the Egyptians, Abba-Aima of Judaism, the Yab-yum of Tantrism. Shiva-Shakti (Osiris-Isis), in their union, form Daath, the Tree of Knowledge.

Shiva, or Osiris, is the masculine manifestation of this first Trinity who is One. Shiva is the Three in One Himself, but polarized masculine.

Shakti, his wife, is the feminine polarization of the Three in One.

These two polarizations, male and female, unify themselves; they join once again in order to create, and this is Daath, this is the Tree of Knowledge.

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The creation that Daath unfolds (or in other words, that Shiva and Shakti unfold) is their son. Their son is called Horus in the Egyptian pantheon. Osiris and Isis join and produce a son, who is Horus in Egyptian symbolism. This son is Chesed on the Tree of Life, the fourth Sephira.

Chesed is the Magician. Arcanum One is Chesed. Chesed is called Atman in the Eastern traditions. He is our own, individual, personal Father. He has his own Father, who is Kether. So you can see that this Arcanum One, which is singular, which is one, which initiates, has depths, has levels, because our own intimate, inner Father has his Father. Our own Being has his Being.

The Being of our Being is, of course, the Cosmic Christ. The Being of our Being is Kether, but Kether is Three in One. Our Intimate, our Innermost, Chesed, is manifested in order to perform a certain duty, in order to become a perfect magician. Now it is necessary for us to understand what is a magician, what is magic.

The term ‘magician’ has been grossly degenerated in our modern time. It actually comes from a very ancient root. When I pointed out this term ‘Atman,’ this has a relationship with the term ‘magician,’ with its roots. You’ve probably heard of a Mahatma: this is a compound word. It is Maha-atman. Atman, of course, is our own Inner Father, our own Inner Spirit. ‘Maha’ means ‘great’ in Sanskrit: Maha-atman—great spirit, great soul.

In Sanskrit, an H can also be a G: so maha can also be read as maga, mage, magi. A magi is a priest. We know the three magi from the stories of the Bible, the New Testament, which were three kings, or three priests, who came from the east to worship the Christ. But the term magi, or mage, actually comes from ancient Sanskrit and an Assyrian, Babylonian, and Persian term, from ‘mag’ or ‘maha,’ and the magi were worshipers of the sun, priests. The sun, of course we know, is a symbol of the Christ. So the real magician is a priest. And working with magic, real magic, is actually a sacred priesthood, a sacred office. Most importantly, the real magician is not the terrestrial person. The one who really works with magic is our own Inner Father, our inner maha-atman.

When we look at the symbol of the card, the image of the magician, we are looking at a symbol of our own Inner Being, our own Inner Father. We see the magician with a serpent on his forehead. The serpent is a symbol of mastery, a symbol of illumination. He carries in his hand a staff, or a rod, which symbolizes power, and that rod, that vertical column is the spinal column. He has one hand up and one hand down. The one hand up is raising the rod, pointing to heaven. The hand down is pointing to the waters beneath his feet, which is an instruction to his son, to his child, which we’ll come to. But the form of his figure, one up, one down, and his body between, forms the character Aleph, which is the first character of the Hebrew alphabet.

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Aleph, of course, is number one. It is that first character which initiates, which begins. He is, in himself, that character Aleph. The Being is the Aleph, the Alpha, the first. As far as we are concerned, He is our number one. We are in suffering because we have forgotten Him. We are in pain because we neglect our duty to Him. When our Being becomes once again our number one, first, and we perform our duty in accordance with his directive, we achieve religion, religare.

Before the magician is a table. The table has four sides, it forms a cubic shape. The four here represents a number of things. It represents the four elements that the magician has to command. Anyone who has studied anything of what we call magic knows that the magician works with the elements of nature: fire, water, air, and earth. And the great magician is the one who commands those elements in order to perform his will. Moses, for example, was a great magician. Jesus was a great magician. These were initiates who developed the capacity to command the elements of nature, to calm storms, to raise tempests, to rattle the earth, to have power of the forces of life and death. The terrestrial person is not the one who can do those things, it is the Inner Being, God. But God, that Father, works through the initiate, works through His son, His child.

The four sides of the table also represent the vehicles through which the Being works. So returning to the Tree of Life, we see the sphere of Chesed, who is one part of a trinity with three spheres, Chesed being the first, or highest part. Next to that is Buddhi, Geburah, which is our Divine Soul, Divine Consciousness, which is a feminine aspect of the Being. And next to her is Tiphereth, or Manas, which is a masculine aspect of the Being. So our Innermost, our Atman, our Chesed, has two souls, one masculine and one feminine. But these three are one. The Magician perfected is these three aspects perfectly unified. The number one is unity. That is the goal of the Magician—unity. But that unity is in the soul.

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Below this trinity of the Monad, we have the four vehicles that the Monad will work through. The first, in descending order, is Netzach, or the mind, the mental body. The next is Hod, emotion, or the emotional body. The third is Yesod, the energetic body, the vital body, the etheric body. And last is Malkuth, the physical body. These are the four bodies of sin—the four bodies with which we either create problems or create the soul. These four bodies are the laboratory of the Magician. The Magician works with these four aspects of Himself in order to command the elements and reach perfection.

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For the Magician to accomplish this goal, for our Inner Being to fulfill His own duty, He needs these four vehicles to be perfected, to be perfect vehicles for His purposes. In other words, the terrestrial person has to work. We, of course, inhabit our physical body. The physical body that we have is made possible, and is alive, because of the Being, because of our own Inner God. We have this physical body because He gave it to us to serve Him.

The body is able to live, digest, function, perceive, and act because of these other vehicles which reside within it. The etheric, or vital, body is the basis of our digestion, all chemical processes, all of the energetic processes. Everything that occurs inside of us that gives us life is based upon the vital body, Yesod. That is one reason why Yesod, or the Ninth Sphere, is called ‘The Foundation.’ It is the foundation of life.

We also have the astral body, which is related to our emotions, and this is the body we use when we dream. When we have a dream, when we fall asleep physically, we begin dreaming, we are actually traveling in our astral body. The physical body rests, the vital body gathers energy in order to restore the physical body, and the rest of us escapes and begins to wander within our own mind. But that wandering is occurring with a vehicle, a vessel. That is the astral body.

We also have the mental body, related to our intellect, or mind, the process of cognition, thought, reasoning. These four parts are the four wheels of the chariot, the four horses of the chariot, the four aspects of the soul that the Magician needs to command.

But what is commanding our intellect now? What is it that is driving our emotional well-being now? Who is in control of our emotions? Who is in control of our thoughts? Who is in control of our actions? Why is it that when we do something wrong, we always say, “Oh, that wasn’t me”? When we lie, when we steal, when we cheat, and we get caught, we say, “Oh, I don’t know why I did that. That just wasn’t me. I’m not like that. I’m not that kind of person.” Then who did it? Who is it that is bringing up all the thoughts and feelings that we are having now? The last time we got really angry, who was in charge of that anger? Who was driving and bringing that anger? Was it your Being? Of course not. This is where the work begins. Anger is related to the element fire: if we cannot dominate our own anger, then we cannot dominate the element fire. We need to be Kings and Queens of nature, controlling all the elements in ourselves.

We, as an essence, as a consciousness, as the son of that Father, as the child of that Father, have to gain control over ourselves. Our consciousness is a portion of the Being. It is a spark, it is an embryo, that He can work through, but we have to control it. We are a spark of this Monad, called the “essence.” The spark is that little bit of conscious will that we have. Sometimes we call it conscience. It is that part of us that knows what is right and what is wrong—just knows it, does not reason, does not rationalize, does not need anyone to tell it, “Yes, this is right; no, this is wrong.” We just know. That is part of the Being. The Being speaks through that voice of the conscience.

Our job, in order to comprehend and enter into the science of the twenty-two Arcana, is to make that conscience strong. It is made strong by listening to it; by doing what is right; by stopping wrong actions, wrong thoughts, wrong feelings. This is an effort of will.

In the Kabbalah, in the Tree of Life, we look at the trinity of the Monad, we see this sphere Tiphereth, which I mentioned is Manas, the human soul. Really, Tiphereth is the center of will for us. Tiphereth is the knight, the warrior, who fights on behalf of the Magician-King.

The Master Yeshua said, “Ye must be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.” We are not perfect. Many people nowadays believe that this was a symbolic thing that He said, that we become perfect by believing in Him. But it is not said that way. It is said very clearly, “Ye must be perfect.” This is a very direct statement, and part of a talk in which He is discussing, anyone who has adultery cannot enter heaven; anyone who criticizes, who kills with their words, cannot enter heaven; murderers, fornicators, adulterers, cannot. The reason is heaven is, in levels, the realm of perfection, of perfected beings. How can we, who are imperfect, enter there? We cannot. We enter there by becoming like them, perfected in ourselves, which is a work of will.


The Innermost, the Magician, needs to dominate nature, to control nature, to be a king, to be a priest, who dominates the elements. But in order for Him to do that, he has to arrange the elements on the table in front of Him. The sword is a symbol of will. The sword is the weapon that the initiate must use in order to conquer himself. The vase, the jar, the chalice, has two aspects. It symbolizes the mind, which must be cleansed. It also symbolizes the feminine sexual organ, the yoni. In like manner, the sword represents the masculine sexual organ. And third on the table is a moon. The moon has to be converted into a sun. What this means is that our lunar psychology, lunar being mechanical and belonging to nature, belonging to the realm of the animal, has to be converted into solar, being part of the kingdom of the sun, Christic. The moon in us, the lunar forces, have to be conquered and transformed into solar forces. These are the works that are performed on the table. All of this is empowered, and made possible, by the Holy Spirit, who is symbolized in the card by a bird under the table.

Now all of this work is occurring on top of the waters, the lowest aspect of the card. And inside the waters, we see a perfect stone, a perfect cube. This is pointing to masonry, and the work of the mason is to perfect the stone. The stone resides in the water; it is the Sophic Hydrolith, the Water Stone of Wisdom.

What is a stone and a liquid? What is both stone and liquid? Mercury. Mercury is the symbol of alchemy which indicates the sexual energy. The stone that we have to perfect is our own sexual matter, it is the foundation stone of the temple. Those columns of the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge are founded upon this stone, the foundation stone, which the whole temple is built upon. The foundation stone is here in the waters, the lowest part of this card. This corresponds to the Ninth Sphere, Yesod, which is of courses related to our vital, etheric body.

If we place the Tree of Life as a diagram over our physical body, Yesod points to and indicates the sexual organs. Yesod, the Ninth Sphere, is the root of the Tree of Knowledge. It is where we work with the science of alchemy, learning how to transmute our sexual matter, to transform our animal, instinctive sexual forces, lunar forces into solar, perfected, divine, and heavenly sexual forces.

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Sex is natural to the human being—part of the creation of God—but sex performed under divine will, under the auspices of the Magician, who needs to manage those forces in order to realize Himself. The Magician, then, standing in the form of the Aleph, this Hebrew character, is that force which initiates. He has the prayer to become that perfect Aleph.

When we analyze this character of Aleph, and we disarrange its parts in order to understand it, we see it is actually made of three primary aspects. And of course, when we see that it has three aspects, we are reminded immediately of the Trinity, three in one, the Trinity which is the basis of the Being. These three aspects are in fact two Iod’s and a Vau, Hebrew characters.

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The Iod is the masculine, projective, creative principle.

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The Vau is the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet. When we count the spheres, we see that the sixth sphere is Tiphereth, the human soul.

The Magician has to work with the two Iod’s and the Vau in order to form the perfect Aleph. When we understand that, then we can see how He does it. The first Iod, we understood, to be in Daath, that hidden sphere between Binah and Chesed. That first Iod is the upper Eden. It is Daath, but related to the Being. It is the potential for the Being to create and manifest. This is that first Yod, the upper Eden. The second Iod is in the lower Eden, in Yesod, in our own sexual waters. So we see that the Yod, this masculine, projective force, is the fire, or the potentiality, which exists within the waters.

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In the Book of Genesis we read that the Spirit of God moved on the face of the waters. These waters represent the upper Eden, in Daath. These are the waters of Genesis from which creation emerges as an act of magic. This magical creation in Daath is a creation that our own Being performs in order to begin His manifestation. The Inner Christ, manifest as Shiva-Shakti, works in these waters of Genesis. This is that first Yod, the Yod of Yod-He-Vau-He. The creation that emerges from that is Vau. Vau, we know is related to the human soul. That Vau is the spinal column, the human soul. And the last, or the second, Iod, is in Yesod, in the waters of sexuality.

So the Magician, the Innermost, has to work with the will of his human soul to bring together the two Yod’s, the lower Eden and upper Eden, in order to reach perfection. The combination of those elements produces the Aleph, which is the perfect Magician, and this is all an act of will. This can only be done when we as the terrestrial person cooperate. We have to work with the waters of Genesis; we have to work with the two trees; we have to transmute the waters of the lower Eden; we have to comprehend the waters of the upper Eden.

The Magician performs his ritual, his priestly duty, by managing the forces arranged on the table, these four elements. He performs his magic, or his works, upon this altar. And these works are Hermetic Magic, which are works related to the mind in Netzach; He performs his works of Natural Magic, or ritualistic magic in the sphere of Hod, related to the astral plane, or the emotional body; and to unify them and empower them, He works with the process of Sexual Magic in Yesod. You can say in other terms the Hermetic Priesthood, the Natural Priesthood, and the Sexual Priesthood. These are sacred duties—sacred duties that the terrestrial person performs on behalf of the Intimate, the Innermost, empowered by the Innermost, for the benefit of the Innermost.

What this means for us, we have to begin to enforce will, to develop our own willpower, to have the capacity to command our own inner nature. And this begins right now. This is not some theoretical or extremely complicated numerical idea. In order for your own Being, your own inner Magician, to arrange the items on the table and to achieve religion, He has to have a vehicle through which He can work.

If our own will is trapped in our pride, is trapped in our anger, is trapped in our lust, the connection to our Innermost is lost. It is not present. When we remain a slave of our envy, we are not serving the Being. The Gospels state very clearly you cannot serve two masters. We have to analyze ourselves. With each action that we perform, we need to analyze. On whose behalf am I doing this? On whose behalf am I acting? When we feel the impulse to speak to another person, do we consider why we must speak? On whose behalf? Is it because we are angry and we want to express our anger? Is it because our feelings are hurt and we want revenge? We have to question and analyze our every activity in every moment. This is a work of will, conscious will, exercised over our three brains: our intellect, our emotion, and our motor-instinctive and sexual aspect.

This work of will is a work of attention. In synthesis you can say the work of the twenty-two Arcana is a work to perfect attention, to perfect consciousness, to perfect conscience. The work of the Magician is to perfect Himself. But He can’t do that if we remain enslaved, enslaved by our own pride, our own self-justifications, our attachments, our desires.

The Innermost, to become that perfect Aleph, to become that Maha-Atman, that perfect Magician, needs us. Some say that this sounds strange, that God needs us, but it is true. We are a part of Him. We do not exist here just by chance, or just for entertainment. We exist to fulfill a specific role, a defined duty, towards our own Innermost, our own Inner Father. And He in turn has His duty. For Him to perform His work, we have to do ours, and ours is to become His will. That is why in the Lord’s Prayer, we see Jesus gives us this great example, great prayer of tremendous power, “Thy will be done.” “Thy”—my Inner Father. May the will of my Inner Being be done on earth (in me in my physical body) as it is in heaven.

That is a process of conquering all of the wills that we have inside which are opposed to the will of the Innermost. My lust does not want what my being wants. My pride wants to be noticed, wants to be admired, or envied. My Being does not want that.

So in moment to moment analysis of ourselves, we conquer and comprehend each discursive will that we have inside. Every ego that we have, every psychological aggregate, has its own will, and all of these different wills are not the will of the Innermost. To know the will of the Innermost, we have to separate ourselves from the ego.

When we look back at this card of the First Arcanum, we see in the superior portion a pair of eyes, always watching, always looking. These are the eyes of the Father. Every action we perform, every thought we think, every feeling that we entertain, is not just ours to observe. Our Being is inside of us. Your own Inner Father is the root of your existence. He knows every atom that you inhabit. So obviously He knows your thoughts and feelings as well.

How is it that we can allow negative thoughts and negative emotions to flourish in our mind? How is it that we can allow them to continue to express themselves, with their resentment, their criticism, their desires, their accounts against other people. “So and so did this to me. So and so did that to me. I didn’t deserve that.” We allow all of that to persist in our interior, and from time to time we take a little break from our inner song to pray. Somehow we think that the moment we stop to pray, then God is there. God is only there when we pray to Him, is what we think. So we are going all day long imagining scenes of lust, imagining scenes of getting vengeance against our enemies, real or otherwise, and then we take a little break and say, “Oh, God, I remember you.” And we think somehow that that is the only thing He sees, somehow that moment of prayer.

Well I’m sorry to point out to you, as painful as it might sound, that He is there all the time, so those twenty-three hours and fifty-nine minutes that you were lost in fantasies about the past and future, dreaming about making money, or dreaming about becoming famous, your Being is there too. These eyes are always watching inside of you.

Will needs to be there all the time in us, the will to change; the will to fight against our own, stubborn, animal nature. Never forget the presence of your Being inside. If you maintain the continuity of the awareness and remembrance of your own Inner God, you are establishing Self-Remembering, the remembrance of the Inner Self, the remembrance of the Being. This is to treat every moment as a moment spent inside of a temple, to feel within yourself that in each instant, you are in the presence of the most unimaginable divinity. And when you are confronted with the impulses of your own lust, your own fear, your own hate, recall and remember the presence of your own Inner God, and exercise the will of your consciousness to remember Him, and to observe yourself through His eyes, as He sees you.

That effort is the foundation of the entrance into the direct understanding of the twenty-two Arcana. These eyes are always watching, always present, always observing, and you see in their shape, the symbol of infinity, the symbol of the infinite. That infinite, of course, is the Being of the Being. When we look at the way nature unfolds on the Tree of Life, we see that this first triangle of Kether, Chokmah, and Binah is related to the infinite, that is the Being of the Being, the infinite manifestation which comes out of the unmanifest.

When the Being is working, when our own Innermost is working, to unify Himself as Aleph, to work in the waters of the upper Eden, which are the Akashic energies, the Akashic Tattwa, and working the lower Eden, in the waters of Genesis, of transmutation of sexual matter, the Innermost is doing that as a work of will as His son or daughter, the human soul, is entering into initiation. The process of initiation, as a soul, is a process of working with these waters, working with the psyche, and working with laws.

In this process, the initiate is trying to work with these two waters directly. In relation to the upper, the initiate has to meditate in order to comprehend the Akashic Tattwa, the higher aspects of energy related to the Being. Meditation is how we become closer to God. By concentrating on God, by remembering God, by focusing on our Inner Being, we are working with forces to bring us closer to Him. If we forget Him, we will not become closer to Him. But the more we remain in Self-remembering, the more we meditate to comprehend the nature of the Being, the more we are working directly with the waters of the upper Eden to penetrate and comprehend Him, to understand Him who is inside.

At the same time, we have to work with the waters of transmutation through the magic of Yesod. And in this way by transmuting our sexual forces, we are gathering the energies and forces of the Holy Spirit, which brings us closer to God. When we reject that, when we fornicate, when we abuse our sexual forces, we become further and further from God, more and more emptiness in our hearts, more and more loneliness, more of a spiritual vacuum, this void, painful void that we feel in the heart when God does not fill us.

To become closer to God, then, we work in these two ways: transmutation and meditation. This creates a dynamic exchange, the center of which is the human soul, as a work of will. That human soul is the Vau, that character Vau which symbolizes the spinal column upon which those fires of Yesod must rise. That constant flow and exchange of energy produces a current fueled by meditation and transmutation, and that current is what draws together the two Iod’s to the Vau to create the perfect magician.

The waters of the upper and lower Edens merge in the perfected Vau, or the human soul. And that Aleph, or the Innermost, as the transformer of that energy, moves. The Aleph spins.

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That spin is produced by will—will over desire, will over nature, will over the four elements. That is the work to arrange the elements on the table; that is the work to create the perfect Aleph.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: The books say that ego and Being cannot coexist, yet you stress that the Being is always present. How is that possible?

A: Because you still have an essence, you still have a consciousness. Your Being is in you, because you still have a connection with Him. But He’s only in you to a certain point, a very small percentage relative to the amount of consciousness that you have free of ego.

If you became completely absorbed in your ego, one hundred percent, your Being becomes divorced from you and you fall from the Tree of Life like a leaf falling off of a tree. And then the Being is not there. You just become dead matter—a leaf tossed by the winds of Karma to be recycled by nature.

So long as you maintain some percentage of free consciousness inside, you maintain the connection to your Being. The more consciousness you free, through performing the Work, the stronger your connection to your Being becomes. And of course, the Work in the end is to eliminate all the ego, so the Being can completely inhabit you and incarnate in you. But it is a process of steps to reach that.

Does that make sense?

Think about that.

Q: Say you wake up more percentage of the consciousness, but you still have that much more ego. You said the Being is always present in your lust, in your anger—He’s always present.

A: Okay. It is true that the Being is present even when your ego is there, and the reason is because your consciousness is trapped inside of that ego. Your consciousness belongs to the Being.

Your Being is the animating fire in every cell of your body. Your Being is the animating fire of everything that you are. He is also in your ego, but as Lucifer. So He knows you inside and out.

Q: Can you explain why the Sephiroth work in three’s?

A: The Law of Three is one of the fundamental laws that nature is based upon. The Trinity is a form of balance. You have a first force which initiates, which begins. You can also call them notes. This would be the note ‘Do,’ the note that begins something.

But any time you have a projective force, you immediately imply a receptive force, you have projective and receptive. So then you have two forces that are opposing one another. In order to create balance, you have a third, which creates harmony. So that is just a fundamental structure which you find everywhere in nature. And that is one of the things that indicates and shows the intelligence that resides in all matter, in all phenomena.

So when we study Kabbalah, we are just putting in a symbolic form something that you can directly perceive in almost any aspect of nature that you look at. Make sense?

Q: Something is missing.

A: Yeah. It is a symbol of how things work in nature.

Q: In terms of the three dimensions…

A: No, it is not so much related to that. That is a different point of view. The Trinity in this sense is the law of creation, how things are created. So when we look at groups of threes, we are looking at how certain forces working in harmony create.

When you talk about dimensions, this is another thing. So there are dimensions within dimensions, but within those, the Law of Three is functioning.

Q: Is it dangerous to practice transmutation without meditation?

A: The question is very interesting. One can practice transmutation and not meditate and certain results will occur. To transmute means to harness a force and change it. ‘Trans–’ is the basic prefix there, which indicates ‘from one thing to another.’ And ‘mutate’ means ‘change’—to transmute.

But, firstly we have to grasp who performs the transmutation. Who is it that is the Magician that changes lead into gold? Who is that alchemist? It is the Being, the Innermost.

The one who performs magic is the Inner Being. The one who transmutes the energy is the Inner Being. The one who performs the ritual, or empowers the mantra, is the Inner Being. We as a terrestrial person are just a vessel, a vehicle.

We can perform the exercise of a ritual and it will have no effect. We can perform the exercise of transmutation and it will have no effect if the Being is not there, if the will of the Being is not within it.

To know the will of the Being requires that you speak His language. The language of the Being is symbolic, and it is very sophisticated. That language is the Kabbalah; that language is numbers; that language is in the images of the Tarot and many other symbolic forms that the Being will speak through.

If we perform an exercise of transmutation, that is good, because this is what the Being needs. But the fruit of that exercise is given out by the Being himself. The Magician, the one who has that power, will not give the fruit to someone who does not deserve it.

The Divine Mother never rewards treason. And, there is a story given of a person who was a famous Gnostic instructor who spoke beautifully about the teaching, who was practicing alchemy and transmuting his sexual forces, but was not rewarded by his Divine Mother. Why? Because he did not meditate, he did not comprehend himself. The Divine Mother could not reward him the fruits of transmutation because he did not understand how to use it. He was remaining trapped in egotistical desires.

Said another way, Gnosis is not mechanical. Self-realization is not mechanical. The process of awakening the Kundalini is not a simple theorem that says “If you take A and add it to B, you will get C.” It does not work that way.

Gnosis, or the realization of the Self, is an act of will of the Innermost, of God. For us to receive illumination, understanding, power, transmutation, comprehension, any of the fruits of these practices, all of that is given by the Innermost. So yes, you can transmute, but if you do not meditate, if you do not comprehend yourself, your Being will give you nothing, because your Being needs you to become perfect, and perfection is achieved through comprehension of error, comprehension of oneself, comprehension of phenomenon.

If you do not understand why you have your anger, and how your anger makes you behave, then you will remain angry. If you do not understand why pride is a sin, you will remain in sin, and your Being, God, will never give power to a sinner. The Magician will not give power to a fornicator or an adulterer. The Christ cannot free someone who remains identified with their own selves.

QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

Q: What you were just referring to, when you say meditation, in this sense is there any particular technique or…

A: Okay, meditation in this sense, what I am referring to, is conscious comprehension without the interference of the ego. ‘Conscious,’ meaning with the consciousness. Self-observation is the basis of it, yes, but real meditation is the activity of the consciousness free of ego.

‘Consciousness’ has to be understood in this case to know what that means. That means that to be in real meditation there is no “I,” there is no “Me,” there is no ego, there is no pride, there is no anger. You have to learn the science of meditation, how to separate from the ego, how to observe the ego as a free consciousness. In other words, you have to learn how to enter into the state of Dhyana, or Pratyahara, which is a silent mind.

And from that process of Dhyana, Dharana, and Samadhi, we then learn how to activate the consciousness and be free from the animal mind. In that state, we are Will. We are manifesting and experiencing the two aspects of the Being as soul, Divine Soul and Human Soul, Divine Consciousness and Human Consciousness. That is what meditates. And to access that you have to separate yourself from intellect, from emotion, from sensation, from all these lower parts. And this is a discipline.

There are many techniques that can lead you to that experience, whether from Zen, or from Buddhism, or from Hinduism, even Christianity, many techniques. But the essential experience remains the same: we have to become free of the ego in order to comprehend the ego itself. The ego cannot comprehend the ego. My pride cannot comprehend itself, only my consciousness can, because my consciousness is part of the Being.

Another question?

Q: On the card, there is a symbol above the eyes. Can you explain what this represents?

A: The symbol above the eyes is a magical glyph, which is a kind of encoding of a Kabbalistic principle. You see three lines, but they are unified, so it is a symbol of Kether. Kether is three in one.

Now, in the supporting materials for today’s lecture there is a practice which is given. The practice is to meditate and visualize the symbol of infinity. There are accompanying steps and prayers related to this, to ask for assistance, to meditate and pray on the symbol of the infinity.

The beauty of this practice is that it escapes the intellect. It is a kind of koan. If you analyze the practice intellectually, you do not necessarily see why this practice is given in the First Arcanum. What does the eight have to do with the one? How does this practice work? The intellect wants to understand things in a very factual and rigid way. But this practice, the Holy Eight, is quite potent. If you relax yourself totally (relaxed physically, relaxed emotionally, relaxed mentally), allow yourself to become a little drowsy, and you perform this practice, you are working with Hermetic Magic, related to the mind. You are working to exercise the will of your consciousness to maintain attentive awareness, to maintain concentration.

Q: Do I want to perform the actual meditation on the eight?…

A: It is up to you.

So this practice teaches you in practical terms things that the intellect cannot grasp, so I encourage you to work with this practice. Do not think about it. Do not analyze it with the intellect. Do not try and figure it out with the intellect. Just do the practice. Do the practice. Use your own natural inquisitiveness in the consciousness to investigate it, to explore it, practically speaking, not just as an idea, but actually do it.

And the more you make the effort, the more will you put into that effort, the more benefit you will receive. If you do it once kind of half-heartedly, you probably will not get anything. The work to activate and realize the twenty-two Arcana in oneself is a work of great will. The Arcanum One is that which initiates, and any beginning is very difficult. To start anything is hard. To start a project, to start a life, to start a new marriage, to start a new job, is hard. The same is true of this type of work. It is difficult. But you have to persist. You have to keep trying. It is a matter of willpower. Relax and make the effort. Your Being is with you. Your Innermost will help you. But to do that, you have to listen to Him.

Any final questions?

Q: What do you think the difference is between intuition, will, and consciousness?

Difference between intuition, will, and consciousness?

Is intuition part of the will, is will part of intuition, is consciousness part of… I mean, you get intuition, you say you have to know whether you are doing right or wrong. Obviously it is intuition that is going to tell you that. Now is that part of the will? Is that part of the consciousness?

A: That is a good question.

What are the differences between will, consciousness, and intuition? In their heart, they are the same. In their essence, they are the same. Consciousness is a continuum of energy. Really, it is the sign of the infinite. That is consciousness. But in us it is discontinuous, right? We are paying attention one minute and we are totally asleep the next.

So, will comes into play as an effort to contain, and focus, and direct that consciousness. Will is the effort to keep that consciousness flowing in the right way. But intuition is knowing how to direct it. You see? They are one thing. When you have an intuition, you know how to direct your consciousness by will.

For example, you are walking down the street—he is always walking down the street—and you see an old friend, and you know from past experiences with this person that this person is very negative and loves to gossip. You have consciousness in that moment because you are working to be aware of yourself. So you are working on focusing and directing your consciousness. So right there you have conscious attention, where you observe that person. You are enforcing your will in that moment. Your mind tells you “This person always wants to gossip with me. I should avoid them.” But your heart tells you, “I need to talk to them.” Which one do you do?

Most of the time you probably listen to your mind. “No, I shouldn’t talk to them. They’re just going to do this and that. It is going to be terrible. Why should I even bother?” But if you listen to your heart, you are listening to intuition. You might go and find that something happens in the exchange between the two of you that you needed. It could be painful, it could be pleasant, whichever.

But the distinction has to be in from moment to moment, if you are paying attention, if you are conscious, you are manifesting will. You have to listen to intuition to give you guidance how to direct that will, how to direct that consciousness through will. And it is always changing. And the mind will always try to interfere—always.

So the will is ‘control consciousness, control mind.’ Keep consciousness active, keep mind passive. It is not easy, but the more you make the effort, the more you maintain continuity of observation, and the more you maintain the continuity of the remembrance of your Being, the more familiar you become.

Another question?

Q: What about the symbols, the birds, the bird up top?…

A: The birds represent aspects of the Holy Spirit. So in this case we can say that the Holy Spirit is that bird which is part of that upper trinity, Binah, the Holy Spirit. So we have the Holy Spirit above and below. It is in both aspects. The bird is present there.

In the same way, we can relate this to the two Edens – upper and lower – because the forces of the Holy Spirit are the fires in the waters of the upper Eden, or those Akashic forces. And the fires of the Holy Spirit are in the waters of the lower Eden in our sexual forces. So here we see the presence of that divine force everywhere.

One more?

Q: What is the difference between the Holy Eight and the circle in terms of infinity?

A: The symbol of the infinity is showing an exchange, movement, back and forth. So you are seeing how in the upper aspects of the Tree of Life, you have unmanifest moving to manifest, and back, this flux back and forth: manifestation, unmanifestation; cosmic day, cosmic night. That is what the infinity is showing. But that symbol is penetrating all the way through the Tree of Life. The presence of that exchange, back and forth, of forces.

The symbol of the dot in the circle is, for me, more of a picture of one instant. It is capturing the one little photograph, one little frame, of that manifestation out of the womb, that in truth, when you look at how the tree functions, it is in constant motion. The manifestation into manifestation is movement. So that is how I understand the distinction between them.

Karma | The Law of Cause and Effect – 1

The Law of Karma — made easy. All of us have heard about ...

This lecture is a basic introduction to fundamental principles of Gnosis. Gnosis is from Greek and means “knowledge,” but this is not the knowledge of the intellect: it is the direct knowledge of the consciousness. When one studies true Gnosis, one studies experiential knowledge, as opposed to conceptual knowledge. The Gnosis of the tradition of Samael Aun Weor is directed entirely toward the realization of direct, experiential knowledge, without which there can be no real awakening. Therefore, to understand this course and the others available on this website, one must work to live and practice the principles expressed in the lectures, in order to verify through one’s own experience the knowledge (Gnosis) that is being communicated. Without this daily effort in one’s own life, this knowledge will remain as nothing more than ephemeral phantoms in the intellect, which can render no service for the betterment of your soul.

In order to be able to know, we first have to do.

Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of the Dialectic

The Law of Cause and Effect

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. – Galatians 6:7

The true and practical meaning of this word Karma is completely unacknowledged in our modern society, much to our detriment. Karma, in fact, may be the least understood aspect of spirituality in the west. What is most surprising about this is the undeniable importance of Karma in the Christian religion, a teaching most of us are familiar with. But, in fact, the principles that the Law of Karma requires us to live by are completely ignored, in spite of the clarity with which Jesus taught them.

Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

Matthew 5

Karma is the universal law in all of creation: the law of cause and effect.

There are three eternal things:

  1. Space
  2. Karma
  3. Nirvana

The universe arises and falls in cycles of birth and death. These are cosmic days and nights; great periods of manifestation and rest. Through out the birth and death of worlds and suns and cosmic systems, KARMA is the Law which equilibrates everything.

Naturally, the Law of Karma is well understood in the East, in Hinduism and Buddhism. In those teachings, the Sanskrit term ‘karma’ is defined as “the law of cause and effect,” or “the law of consequence.” Karma is derived from the root work Karman.

Karman: (Sanskrit) an act.

Obviously, for every action, there is a result. This is well understood in materialistic physics through Newton’s Laws of Motion:

For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.

Newton’s Third Law of Motion

In Gnosis we understand that the physical world is inferior to many other dimensions or levels of reality. Scientifically, we understand that light has many levels of vibration. With our physical senses we only perceive an extremely narrow band of vibration.

Through the knowledge of Kabbalah we come to understand that the range of light we perceive physically corresponds to the world of Malkuth: the physical world. But above the range of visible light is a huge expanse of light: thise range corresponds to the superior worlds of the Kabbalah, or in other words, the Heavens. Likewise, the range of inferior vibrations, which is also extremely wide, corresponds to the inferior worlds of the Kabbalah, called the Klipoth or the Hell Realms.

To some degree, we can all perceive the results of action in the narrow band of physical action.  We do not perceive the results of action in the expanse of the ultra- and infra- regions. All the vibrations of light interpentrate without confusion.

At this moment, we are surrounded by light corresponding to every range of vibration.

When you move your hand, you see the physical action and its results. But you do not see your hand moving in the ultraviolet. You do not see your hand moving in the infrared. It is possible to perceive these realms if we have the means. However, we do not refer to physical technologies, which are merely an extension of the physical senses: we refer to psychological technologies, which traditionally are called meditation, clairvoyance, and dream yoga.

All action has results throughout the range of worlds. The movement of your hand produces results that you cannot perceive with the physical senses.

Karma, cause and effect, is universal and all-penetrating.

The true meaning of the Law of Karma is devastating to the mind. The true activity of this law, the reality of this law, is something that the mind cannot contain. Because the law of karma is real, it is the very fabric of this entire existence around you and within you. In a way, you yourself ARE karma, and everything you think, feel and do is karma.

You may think you can grasp this. You may think, “Yes, I understand that karma is the law of cause and effect and that if I do something bad then something bad will happen to me.”

Yes, that is true. If you hurt someone, then you will be hurt. It is the function of the law to balance all action. The law of karma is the law of the scale.

This law is present in everything. For everything we do there is a reaction, a response. And perhaps some of us DO get this, and we try to behave well.

But the true depth of this law, the profound reach of this law, is something that none of us truly understand. Because if we did, we would not live the way we do.

What would happen if we really understood that everything we think creates karma?

Every thought!

Every single, solitary thought that enters your mind, that processes in your mind…

And what about our feelings, our intentions, our fantasies, and our actions? Thought alone can create karma. That means that our thinking is creating something. Our out-of-control mind, that runs and thinks and considers and imagines without control and without awareness is generating a constant stream of energy, an energy that will inevitably have some effect.

In us, by far the majority of our thinking is self-concerned. Most if not all thoughts are about us and what we want. Most if not all thoughts are coming from selfish desire, from concern about MYSELF, ME, WHAT I WANT. And we cannot control it. We cannot stop thinking. Those of us who try to meditate face this tremendous reality everytime we sit. Thoughts are happening on many levels of the mind, both subtle and gross, and they are manifesting without a conscious choice on our part.

This is a wellspring of suffering for us. Because we are ignorant of the effect of this way of living, we persist in deepening our suffering.

This is not a matter of opinion. This is not a matter of what one doctrine says or what another teacher says. This is a matter of life and death, of pain and suffering. The full understanding of this law is vital no matter what tradition you believe in, no matter what you want to do with your life, because whatever you do you are subject to the law of karma and if you remain ignorant of this law, you will create nothing but problems for yourself and others.

Many of us may think that this Law only applies to things like stealing or murder. But really, it applies to everything in life. Remember the words of the Master Yeshua, when he said:

You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgement.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgement; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, “You fool!” shall be liable to the hell of fire.

Matthew 5:21

Yeshua is giving us a tremendous clue in this wisdom, that we should understand the law with our conscience, and know that we can kill with a word, with a glance, with our will. We can kill without a knife or a gun. And he tells us that even these actions, that seem so normal, so acceptable, are cause for judgement and punishment. He is saying what he said over and over: that we will reap only what we sow in life. As we do, so shall we receive.

And if we continue day after day nursing resentments against our spouse, our co-workers, and continue feeding our anger toward our father and mother, and continue generating anger toward people on the street, in the grocery store, on the freeway, what do you think you are sowing in the field of your life? What seeds are you planting there? And what do you expect that those seeds will grow?

It’s obvious, isn’t it? If we plant the seeds of anger, then happiness will not grow there. It’s impossible. Yet we expect this. If we plant the seeds of greed, then contentment will not grow there. It cannot happen that way! If you want to grow green beans you cannot plant a thorn bush, and yet this is exactly what we do, everyday.

Once we deeply comprehend this fact, we can see that we are responsible for the state of our life, we are responsible for the well being of others, we are responsible for everything that we experience in life. But for us, who do not comprehend, we blame others, we blame everyone else, and we never recognize that the primary person who is at fault for our problems is OURSELVES.

Whatever affliction may visit you is for what your own hands have earned.

Qur’an 42.30

We all say, “If I had a better job” or a better husband or a better car or, “if I get this new computer or this new book or if I can make a little more money or move to a different city, then and only then will I finally be contented and happy and then I will start to do good for others. I’ll do some charity once I have everything I need.”

We all say, “my boss is making me miserable, my sister is making me angry, my wife is making me anxious, my friend is making me jealous,… and if they change, then things will be better for me. If my husband changes, then I can be a cheerful person. But as long as he keeps being the way he is, then I can’t do it.”

Whatever harm a foe may do to a foe, or a hater to a hater, an ill-directed mind can do one far greater harm.

The Buddha Shakyamuni, from the Dhammapada, 42

We are hurting ourselves. It is not my bosses fault that I am miserable at work. It is my reaction to it that creates my suffering. And really, it is karma: if someone is making me suffer, it is my responsibility to see how I have made others suffer in the same way.

Confucius said:

In vain have I looked for a single man capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself.

Confucius

We must begin to examine our lives, and our minds, in order to see why we are in the situation we are in. And what are we doing in response to it all?

Our habits of thinking, habits of feeling, and habits of action are all self-centered. None of us have selfless habits. And really, this is a tremendous clue to us, a way for us to determine when and where we are acting in an out of balance way: we must begin to recognize when we are acting out of self-will. That is, seeking to satisfy our selves, our sense of “me,” our attachments, our desires, our wishes, our rules, our requirements, our demands, our dreams, our passions. When we are concerned only with feeding ourselves, or our own interests, WHO ARE WE STEALING FROM TO DO IT? Who are we hurting in order to serve ourselves? What imbalances are we creating? Observe the state of the world, the imbalances from culture to culture, and observe this in our city, in our families… It is quite evident that the state of our world is a result of this habitual fascination with “me, myself and I”…

Suffering begins the moment we act from self-will. Remember the story of Adam and Eve: mankind was cast out of perfection when we acted from desire, and went against the Law. Thus, we began to pay for our actions. Previous to that, we were in balance with the Law, with Creation.

It is urgent for us all to recognize our responsibility for our life. Everything in our lives is ultimately our responsibility, whether we like it or not. And the sooner we recognize that, the sooner we can change things. It is only by recognizing that we create our own lives that we can begin to create a better one.

Dreaming does not work. Mind control, positive thinking, etc are nothing when compared to someone who knows how to act in accordance with the Law.

I have heard and realized that bondage and salvation are both within yourself. – Acarangasutra 5.36

The law of karma is in activity in your life every day. Every moment. And in every moment, in every action, in every thought, in every feeling, we are creating something.

If you push against an object, it will fall over. Likewise, if I scream in anger at you it will have an undeniable effect on you. Even if I feel anger toward you, you will sense it. And even if I think angry thoughts about you, it will affect you. But the most profound thing is that each of these stages, from intention, to feeling, to action, affects me far more powerfully than you. It is as if my anger was a handleless sword, and in trying to cut you, I am cutting off my own arm.

This is so because everything we feel, think and do is energy.

Consider this: it is known in western science now that everything we see is an illusion, because everything is made of energy. Mass is not really solid, nor is it lasting. All mass becomes energy and all energy becomes mass. This is something that was understood long before western scientists “discovered” it, of course, but even now it is something that none of us can really grasp.

At bottom is this fact: everything in the universe is energy. Energy is manifest as vibration, and is characterized by constant transformation and change. Nothing is still or stagnant: everything is moving, and changing.

We ourselves are undergoing constant transformation, though we are ignorant of it. Our bodies change dramatically every day, but we do not have the capacity to observe it.

Our bodies, our minds, our feelings, our thoughts, our dreams, our desires, our intentions, our wishes, everything is energy. A thought is energy. A feeling of love is an energy.

Wherever we are at this moment, there is a tremendous exchange of energy happening moment to moment. There are powerful atomic processes happening all the time, but we do not have the capacity to observe it.

As someone speaks to you they are sending energy to you. As you receive it there is a transformation that occurs in your psyche, in your mind, and hopefully, if you are present and aware and not day dreaming, there is a transformation in your consciousness.

Likewise, as you think and feel there are energies that are being processed: all of this exchange of energy is a process of creation and destruction.

In transformation, there is birth and there is death.

When you think, something is created.

When you feel, something is created.

So karma then, does not concern mere physical action. It concerns the entirety of life, from the first moment to the last. Every moment is a moment in which something is created. And in every moment, something is destroyed.

This is not just a theory or an idea. This is not a dogma or a belief. This is a LAW. IT IS. Ignorance does not excuse you from the law. Neither does opposition to the law. You may not believe the government is just in its laws, and you may oppose the laws, but if you break them, then you will pay for that. You can park in a fire lane, but you will pay for it. Likewise, you can break the Law of Karma, you can do whatever you wish, but you will pay for it. And payment is not pleasant.

So it is better to be fully educated with regard to the Law of Karma.

The Law of Karma is the Law of the Balance. The Law of Karma seeks to keep everything in the universe in balance. That is all. It is not a law of punishment or vengence. Nor is it merciless. In fact, as you will see later in the course, it is deeply compassionate.

And most importantly, the Law is not “out to get you.” Law without mercy is tyranny, and God is not cruel and unjust. Just as your actions have created effects, then you can act further, in a different way, to create different effects, and cancel your debts. You can work with the Law, to be in accordance with the Law, and be in harmony.

The Lion of the Law is combated with the scale.

If you wish to untie a knot, you must first understand how it was tied.

Buddhism: Surangama Sutra

Chinese Isis?

Isiopolis

Welcome to another edition of Weird Places We Find Isis.

This is an odd story and it connects two phenomena of the 17th century: Egyptomania and Chinoiserie. At the time, Europeans were obsessed both with ancient Egypt and China. What’s more, there was a theory going around that the Chinese civilization had Egyptian roots. I know.

Athanasius Kircher

The person who initially came up with that theory is also known as “the father of Egyptology.” His name was Athanasius Kircher, a German Jesuit scholar. He became fascinated with ancient Egypt (and China). He taught himself Coptic and argued, correctly, that Coptic was the last form of the ancient Egyptian language. He also pointed out the connection between Egyptian hieroglyphs and hieratic, a script form of the hieroglyphs that the priests could write more quickly than drawing the glyphs.

The Father of Egyptology

His giant tome on Egyptology—which earned him…

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445,000 YEARS Sumerian Expert Renders Scholars Utterly Speechless with Decipherment

What knowledge lies in our ancient past? A team of renowned scholars has come together to go beyond the surface-level myths, artifacts, and mysteries found in ancient texts and lost cities from around the world. Journey to decipher the code scattered throughout ancient civilizations.

Introducing … The Green River Alchemical Society

Retort Issue 4 And More

The fourth issue of the Green River Retort is up on the Newsletter page. This week, we take a look at crypto-currency and continue our look at the strange world of monatomic elements. This issue also features an essay and thought experiment on Brainwashing. This essay will be posted as a podcast in the next day or two as well, and I will likely podcast the crypto article, so that I can expand on the topic. Nest week, we will take a deep look into the weather phenomena occurring world-wide and their possible relation to some Agenda 21 issues. And look for more on natural law this next week, as I have not been really keeping on that subject with all that is going on in the world. Lastly, you may want to start stocking up on food, just be prepared.   […]

Source: http://greenriveralchemy.com/

Current Events | ‘Threat to Christian civilization’: Russian Patriarch warns Ankara against dividing people by turning Hagia Sophia into mosque — RT World News

If Turkey decides to convert Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia, now a museum and originally a Byzantine Christian church, into an active mosque, this could sow discord between Christians and Muslims, the Russian Orthodox Church has warned.  […]

Source: ‘Threat to Christian civilization’: Russian Patriarch warns Ankara against dividing people by turning Hagia Sophia into mosque — RT World News

The Hermit’s Lamp: The Continuing Tradition of the Modern Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

by Aaron Leitch (Frater O.C.)

Originally published in the Complete Golden Dawn System of Magic: The Hermit carries in his lamp the flame of the Divine Light. It is merely a small spark of the infin […]

Source: The Hermit’s Lamp: The Continuing Tradition of the Modern Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn

Why Does Isis Have Wings?

Isiopolis

Well, dang it. It appears our Oregon stay at home rules have been extended through September…which means no Isia Festival this year. It had been planned for this September. So we will just postpone a year and pick things up next time. Sigh. My many thanks to the over 20 people who so graciously and enthusiastically joined the Isia Crewe. We shall meet again next time!

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THE most popular post on this blog is the one I’m reposting today: Why Does Isis Have Wings? Please read on for my answer, but I would love to hear about your experiences with Her wings in the comments. They are indeed magical and powerful.

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So why DOES Isis have wings? Or perhaps it would be more accurate to ask why images of Isis have wings. As a Goddess, Isis takes whatever form She likes, of course. So the question is, what do…

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The Awe-full-ness of the Goddess

Isiopolis

I recently came across a collection of epithets of Isis in which the author translated the core concept as “awful.” In the original sense of the word— “full of awe” —awful makes complete sense as a Divine epithet. In our common understanding of the word today, it’s…oh, let’s say…uncomfortable.

So you can get a full taste of the strangeness of it, here are some of Isis’ awful epithets: She is “The Lady of Awfulness,” “The Lady of Awfulness More than the Divine Powers,” “She Whose Awfulness is Great,” and “She Whose Awfulness is Greater than the Gods.” She is awful on earth, in the heavens, among the Deities, in Egypt. She is “Great of Trembling” and “Hundreds of Thousands Tremble at Her Sight.”

Oooh, scary.

And, She is. Scary. Sometimes.

So today, let’s talk about the awfulness of Isis.

The ancient Egyptian word translated…

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FENG SHUI during QUARANTINE

Susan Levitt

The first tip is to stay tidy while in an enclosed space!
The second tip is to not become discouraged by delays in life plans.

Do a small bit every day towards your goal, and reward comes at harvest time in this Rat year 2020. Autumn Equinox is September 22. Winter is the most fortunate season in a Rat year.

During quarantine, create good luck and maintain good health by doing feng shui in small digestible bites, like a mouse. Then you won’t become overwhelmed or caught up in a rat race. Rat year info.

Accept that things will take time. Save sweeping change or drastic measures for Water Tiger 2022. Then you can follow your feelings in springtime. But for now, Rat is a planner, and this spring of Rat year is ideal to focus on feng shui to clear the path for new opportunities.

CHINESE MEDICINE

Feng…

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Scripts | The Oklahoma Runestone

In the 1830’s, soon after the forced removal of aboriginal tribes into Indian Territory, Chocktaw hunters roaming vast, vacant, forested hills came upon the mammoth runestone in an idyllic vale of Poteau, Mt.  It had stood immemorially hidden in its remote ravine.  Gloria Farley first hiked to it in 1928 when no path yet led the two miles uphill from her home town, Heavener, Oklahoma.  […]

Source: https://ancientamerica.com/the-oklahoma-runestone/

Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the Mona Lisa! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying machines! He was a genius about, um… a lot of other… things… and, um, stuff…

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The Journey of the Rose

In my dream I saw that I was walking through a beautiful garden that was filled with roses, walking on a path that was lined by rose bushes and in front of me I could see a beautiful tree that was full of healthy, delicious looking fruit. I saw a rose vine spiraled around the tree and in the heart I saw Venus sitting on a throne holding her son/sun on her lap. As I looked up at the top of the tree I saw Venus joined as one with the son/sun whose face changed to Jupiter. […]

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Theosophy | THE VERBUM – I, by Raghavan Iyer

   When our Soul (mind) evokes a thought, the representative sign of that thought is self-engraved upon the astral fluid, which is the receptacle and, so to say, the mirror of all the manifestations of being.
The sign expresses the thing: the thing is the (hidden or occult) virtue of the sign.
To pronounce a word is to evoke a thought, and make it present: the magnetic potency of the human speech is the commencement of every manifestation in the Occult World. To utter a Name is not only to define a Being (an Entity), but to place it under and condemn it through the emission of the Word 
(Verbum), to the influence of one or more Occult potencies. Things are, for every one of us, that which it (the Word) makes them while naming them. The Word (Verbum) or the speech of every man is, quite unconsciously to himself, a BLESSING or a CURSE; this is why our present ignorance about the properties or attributes of the IDEA as well as about the attributes and properties of MATTER, is often fatal to us.
Yes, names (and words) are either 
BENEFICENT or MALEFICENT; they are, in a certain sense, either venomous or health-giving, according to the hidden influences attached by Supreme Wisdom to their elements, that is to say, to the LETTERS which compose them, and the NUMBERS correlative to these letters.

The Secret Doctrine, i 93-94

Those who have had the resplendent karma of receiving this sacred teaching should move rapidly from the state of irresponsibility into the realm of responsibility in the gestation of sound associated with thought. This is a practical teaching that can be used even if one has yet to acquire a detailed knowledge of the hidden properties of matter on subtle planes of existence. Anyone may make a true beginning by trying to conserve speech-energy, by becoming more deliberate and careful in the choice of thoughts and words. Calmly sitting down in the privacy of one’s own solitude to read aloud The Voice of the Silence, or excerpts from The Secret Doctrine, one can make a radical change in one’s magnetic field. Infusing this endeavour with a profound sense of the sacred, a vital depth is touched in one’s daily awareness of the invisible centres of consciousness and in one’s capacity to direct benevolently different groupings of life-atoms, to purify and render them worthy of the divine temple of the human form in which there burns the flame of self-consciousness kindled by the Sons of Fire. The priceless gift of noetic self-awareness can be brought to bear upon each of the different centres of consciousness. Even though in its spiritual essence Manas is entirely disconnected from the discordant sensorium, it effectively can, through the pristine radiation of its own potent light, magnetize, consecrate and intensify as well as make precise and benevolent the organs of perception. Those who value this immense privilege seriously enough to carry out a series of initial experiments with truth within themselves will gain a greater awareness through deliberation of the dignity and the divinity of being human. They will discover what it means to reverse the current of negative thought, centered upon the sense of futility of the personal self, and they will lighten the load of dead-weight elementals impressed with past pretences, desperation and despair.

The orbit of the sacred is revolutionary; it is subversive to the status quo of one’s previous somnambulic existence. Lest one cultivate the fatal craft of becoming schizoid, one must assiduously practise the arcane teaching of the Verbum by consciously choosing and assuming full responsibility for one’s thought-currents. Instead of excusing one’s passive tendencies, one must learn to direct one’s attention to what one deliberately intends, to sublime themes that elevate the mind, to daily exercises in spiritual alchemy. Individuals must think to the core the quintessential prerogative of being human. Rather than irresponsibly pretending that the whole of life is episodic, they must acknowledge that days make up weeks, weeks make up months, months make up years, years make up decades in a lifetime, and each incarnation is an integral part of a long series of lives. In a universe where sowing and reaping are inextricably interwoven, human beings have to do what agriculturists know and gardeners practise: preparing the soil, pulling out weeds, planting at the right time and patiently cooperating with the seasons and cycles of nature. If some are afraid to do this, it is because they mistakenly believe that they are infallible experts on the subject of themselves. This is a fundamental error. When a person gains glimpses of self-knowledge, a sure sign of growth is the increased willingness to breathe the refreshing air of agnosticism. One is ready to recognize that there is a profound mystery to every human being, that the last person one knows is oneself. Not until the bonds of personality are loosened can that self be truly known. The soul abides in the Silence, and when the restless mind ceases from thoughts and words, it may be merged into the inmost shrine of the heart, so that when one opens the eyes and utters a sound, one feels it is a sacred privilege to breathe as the votary of the Logos, of Brahma Vach.

If a person ventured to make daily experiments with truth, it would be helpful to formulate some working rules which make due allowance for the plastic potency of one’s own vestures. After all, different people have different propensities. Some are very vocal on worldly matters but they are utterly unable to speak about the spiritual. Others speak endlessly about the spiritual until words lose all meaning. Still others speak as if they already know what they have only remotely glimpsed. Others mix vibrations, speaking of the sacred and then lapsing into the profane. Sacred language cannot be properly enunciated if one inserts into it a sense of the separative ‘I’ because the kamamanasic ‘I’ has to vacate its false authority within the human being so that the immortal individuality may affirm spiritual truths through an invulnerable personality. The metaphysical basis of this process lies in the fact that the more indivisible the mental energy involved in universal, abstract, impersonal ideas, the more rarefied and homogeneous is the matter within which these ideas clothe themselves. As divine ideation draws the mind to a still centre, through deep meditation upon boundless duration, abstract space and pure being, one approaches a plane of consciousness where matter is radically different from what is normally understood. Matter becomes light-energy. It is cool Akashic fire which has a distinctive texture, a peculiar tensility and volatility, ethereal properties for which there are no adequate analogues on the physical plane.

A person sitting for long hours by a log fire may start to see behind and around the flames a noumenal light and may begin to have an inkling of the invisible fire behind the veil of the visible. It is possible for any person to arouse the subtler senses by reaching towards universal ideas, and through intense ideation one may become conscious of noumenal matter. This arcane teaching rests upon the presupposition that what is called knowing or interacting is an imperfect experience of consubstantiality. One only knows what is on the grosser planes through the grossness in oneself. Any suggestion that it is outside is misleading, for if it were not in oneself it could not be seen. A highly evolved being may be able to take the most mundane of subjects and see it from the standpoint of the subtlest abstraction, thus elevating the entire field. On the other hand, most human beings only too often do the opposite. They may even take a sublime conception and drag it down to the densest plane of sensory awareness.

Control of thought and speech is an essential ingredient of soul etiquette and spiritual discrimination. It represents good taste at the highest level, where one may enrich a spontaneous longing for Brahma Vach, the Agathon, the Ineffable Good. Out of repeated meditation one must gain such a strong, lively and self-perpetuating sense of the Ineffable Good at the core of the Divine Darkness behind the shimmering veils of the universe, that one is securely anchored in that state of spiritual awareness. And therefore, as Plato suggested in the Allegory of the Cave, when seemingly descending into the world of heterogeneity, one is able to use wisely one’s eyes and ears and above all, one’s tongue, so that one is acutely conscious of every available opportunity to give a forward impulse to human evolution. Where one encounters anything meretricious on the lower planes, it will roll off like water off a duck’s back. It simply will not inhere because of the intense activation and vigilant preservation of one’s noetic awareness. The importance of this mental discipline will soon become evident to those who are courageous enough to become steadfast in its practice, not for their protection, but for the sake of universal enlightenment. Not only can they begin to discharge their debt to the sacred Teaching by converting it into what they could use, but they could actively contribute to the generation of the magnetic field in which spiritual instruction could be integrated into new modes of secular monasticism.

Hermes, June 1980
Raghavan Iyer