On the cipher manuscript, where tarot is encountered in the outer order and the descriptions of the tarot cards […]
This series of posts, on the tarot tradition of the Hermetic Order of Golden Dawn look at different aspects of the tradition. This post looks at Westcott’s 1886 tarot sketches, and their system of attribution. […]
Wands – Work, sex and life purpose prompts:
Ace of Wands – When were you last really horny and what triggered it. Don’t be shy this is an ideal exercise for shedding any inhibitions.
2 of Wands – Describe the most irritating colleague you have ever had the displeasure of working with.
3 of Wands – Write about the last time someone flirted shamelessly with you (or your ideal flirting scenario).
4 of Wands – What sort of bed would you prefer to make love in? Have you ever made love in a really noisy/creaky bed? What happened?
5 of Wands – Talk about the last time you were forced to resist a temptation due to outside influences or the environment.
6 of Wands – Describe a time when you got promoted or recognised for an achievement at work/school.
7 of Wands – When was the last time you felt that you had to defend yourself?
8 of Wands – Write about the last time your received surprising/shocking news regarding someone’s sexual conduct.
9 of Wands – Write about someone at work who broke your trust and how you dealt with it.
10 of Wands – How are you at delegating work. Give an example of a time when you delegated work? How happy were people to help?
Page of Wands – When was the last time you did something really impulsive in terms of sex? What happened?
Knight of Wands – What’s your seduction style?
Queen of Wands – If you had your own business, what would you sell and who would you employ?
King of Wands – You are the boss of one of the largest corporations in the world – describe your office.
Cups – Relationships, emotions and psychic development prompts:
Ace of Cups – Describe your first kiss.
2 of Cups – Who was the first person to ask you out?
3 of Cups – Who was your first love rival.
4 of Cups – Write about the last time you cried.
5 of Cups – Describe the last time you experienced a deep sense of loss (does not have to be a person).
6 of Cups – What are your thoughts on soul mate love?
7 of Cups – When was the last time you were really confused?
8 of Cups – Talk about a time when you dumped someone or ended a friendship.
9 of Cups – The last time you laughed so hard your stomach hurt. Who has this effect on you?
10 of Cups – How psychotic is your family?
Page of Cups – Describe your happiest dream – a dream that made you so happy that you tried to repeat it the following night.
Knight of Cups – How romantic are you? Talk about how you express romance in your life.
Queen of Cups – Are you psychic? Talk about how you discovered it and/or how you would like to develop psychically.
King of Cups – Who is the most caring person you know? Write about the connection you have.
Swords – Problem solving, intellectual pursuits and communication prompts:
Ace of Swords – Describe your best and shiniest idea at the moment.
2 of Swords – Discuss your (in)ability to fence-sit and postpone important decisions as if you were defending your tactic.
3 of Swords – Write about a time when you tried to reach out and communicate and got totally stonewalled.
4 of Swords – Explore how meditation has helped/could help you gain greater mental clarity.
5 of Swords – Talk about a time when cutting your losses was the only way to resolve a dilemma.
6 of Swords – Have you ever gone away to distance yourself from a problem/situation? Where did you go? Where could you go to gain clarity?
7 of Swords – That time you got away with it.
8 of Swords – A problem you never managed to solve and still puzzle over from time to time.
9 of Swords – A problem that kept you up at night and/or gave you nightmares.
10 of Swords – Have you been stabbed in the back? How did you deal with this problem? What did you learn from it?
Page of Swords – When was the last time you felt like asking lots of questions about a topic that piqued your curiousity?
Knight of Swords – What truth are you willing to die for or at least fight for?
Queen of Swords – How do you use your communication to nurture those you love?
King of Swords – Describe your problem-solving strengths.
Pentacles – Body consciousness and wellbeing prompts:
Ace of Pentacles – What gift are you giving your body this year?
2 of Pentacles – If your feet could talk, what would they tell you?
3 of Pentacles – Your right knee has a message from your father and your left knee has a message from your mother… What are they saying?
4 of Pentacles – Describe your favourite method for grounding and centering.
5 of Pentacles – What does your body need right now?
6 of Pentacles – Name six resources that you could start using regularly to feel better.
7 of Pentacles – Write about a health habit that you implemented in the past and how that worked out for you. What did you learn from this experience?
8 of Pentacles – Do you have any OCD tendencies when it comes to your body and health?
9 of Pentacles – Describe your ideal body and how it would feel.
10 of Pentacles – Talk about how your family has influenced your health habits and what you have done to break away from the dysfunctional aspects of them.
Page of Pentacles – What new aspect of wellbeing are you curious about exploring?
Knight of Pentacles – Write about the good stuff you already do on a daily basis and give yourself a pat on the back!
Queen of Pentacles – How do you nurture wellbeing in others?
King of Pentacles – In what area are you wellbeing expert and how can you share more of your expertise?
Are you keeping a journal? Here are some ideas you will appreciate if you enjoy both writing and the Tarot … or even if you are completely new to the Tarot but open to using a new tool for triggering new thoughts and ideas.
Tarot and journaling are the two tools that can help you achieve self-awareness better than any other. Using the Major Arcana Tarot cards (or archetypal keys) as journaling prompts, combines these two tools in a powerful way and helps you access the realm of the subconscious.
TAROT TIP 1: These prompts can also be used together with your daily draw and will inspire a deeper connection with your card of the day, drawing on your own life experience.
TAROT TIP 2: After you have completed the entry, come up with a new prompt/WORD based on the same card … simply by looking at the image. Write it down for next time you pull this card.
TAROT TIP 3: Place your deck inside your pillow case and sleep with it for a minimum of one week to connect and bind your energies to it.
HOW-TO PERFORM TAROT CONTEMPLATION EXERCISE AND CIRCLE SPREAD DIVINATION
1 – Perform your LBRP and Relaxation Ritual. If you’ve already performed your daily banishings ritual, there is no need to repeat your LBRP; just perform the Relaxation Ritual.
2 – Recite the Prayer to HRU. (You should be memorizing it for testing purposes anyway.)
3 – Shuffle only the 22 Major Arcana cards only. If you are 1=10 and higher, go ahead and add-in the Minor Arcana.
4 – Divide the cards into four piles, right to left, while intoning YOD-HEH-VAV-HEH (one syllable, one pile each syllable). Recombine the piles, picking up each pile, again, right to left.
5 – You are now ready to use your cards.
6 – If practicing a Circle Spread divination, pull out a blank worksheet and write down your IF-THEN Karmic query. To wit, WHAT ARE THE KARMIC CONSEQUENCES IF I (perform an action or think specific thoughts), OR NOT? (You need to produce 3 dated, completed worksheets to qualify for advancement into 1=10.)
7 – If performing a tarot contemplation exercise, then randomly pick a card you haven’t drawn before, or work through the Major Arcana in order, i.e., Fool, Magician, High Priestess, Emperor, Hierophant, etc.
8 – Journal your results either in your magical journal, or in a separate tarot journal. You can use poetry or prose as your journal entry … Your journal won’t even object to the occasional haiku, hiccup or squiggle… Be free with yourself (like The Fool!) and enjoy! 🙂
9 – Be sure to keep your tarot deck wrapped in a WHITE CLOTH.
Here are some ideas for prompts to contemplate:
The Fool – Describe the last something you did something so spontaneous or ‘off the cuff’ that someone might label it erratic
The Magician – Which skill have you always been good at? Describe how you discovered your talent.
The High Priestess – Write about a vivid and meaningful dream you have had or would like to have.
The Empress – Write about the most positive traits you have after your mother.
The Emperor – Write about the most positive traits you have after your father.
The Hierophant – Write about the teacher you remember most vividly… what made him/her stand out?
The Lovers – Write about how you imagined married life to be when you were 16.
The Chariot – Write about your definition of success.
Strength – When was the last time you had your mettle tested. What did you learn about your strengths?
The Hermit – Contemplate what lessons the past 12 months have brought you. Try writing about the lessons in detail without judging your performance.
The Wheel of Fortune – Write about a time when you took a really big risk. What happened?
Justice – Have you ever had a run-in with the law? Talk about it (even if it was just a parking ticket).
The Hanged Man – Have you ever had an experience that radically changed how you perceived a person or situation? Write it down.
Death – How do you feel about death? Is there an afterlife? What will it be like?
Temperance – Talk about the portion of your healing journey that made the biggest difference to how you view your own health and wellbeing.
The Devil – Write about the last time you gave into temptation.
The Tower – Write about the most traumatic experience you had in the past five years.
The Star – What is your best, brightest vision of where you will be and what your life will be like five years from now.
The Moon – Write about what being anxious feels like in as much detail as possible.
The Sun – Write about your perfect day, when everything you do is done with the utmost ease, confidence and clarity of mind.
Judgment – What is your calling? Where are you on the path of your life’s purpose?
The World – Write about the last time you had a sense of achievement thanks to completing a complex and time-demanding task.
(UP NEXT: 1=10 and Higher – Minor Arcana.)
What I am doing is utilizing an interpretative Four World painting scheme.
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Hebrew Letter Gimel
Verses 17 to 24 from Psalm 119 begin with:
גמל על־עבדך אחיה ואשמרה דברך׃
גל־עיני ואביטה נפלאות מתורתך׃
גר אנכי בארץ אל־תסתר ממני מצותיך׃
גרסה נפשי לתאבה אל־משפטיך בכל־עת׃
גערת זדים ארורים השגים ממצותיך׃
גל מעלי חרפה ובוז כי עדתיך נצרתי׃
גם ישבו שרים בי נדברו עבדך ישיח בחקיך׃
גם־עדתיך שעשעי אנשי עצתי׃
17. Endow me, your servant, that I may live and keep your Word.
18. Open my eyes, that I may behold wonderful things from your Law.
19. I am an alien on this earth; hide not your commandments from me.
20. My soul (Nephesh) is crushed for the longing of your judgments in every season.
21. You have rebuked the proud, who are cursed; they go astray from your commandments
22. Remove reproach and shame; rid them from me, for I have kept your testimonies.
23. Princes sat in council speaking against me, but your servant meditates on your laws.
24. Your testimonies are also my delight and my counselors.
Remember that the Sepher Yetzirah marvelously describes all the splendors of the world and the extraordinary play of the Sephiroth within God and the Human Being through the thirty two paths of Wisdom. The entire science of the Sephiroth is hidden within the sexual mysteries.
The soul has three aspects:
- Nephesh, the Animal Soul.
- Ruach, the Thinking Soul.
- Neshamah, the Spiritual Soul.
The Sephiroth are the substratum of these three aspects of the souls. The Sephiroth are atomic. The Zohar insists on these three “principle elements” which compose the world. These elements are: Fire (Shin), Water (Mem), Air (Aleph). These elements are the perfect synthesis of the four manifested elements.
The powerful Mantra I.A.O. encompasses the magical power of the triangle of these principle elements:
- I – Ignis – Fire
- A – Aqua – Water
- O – Origo – Principle Spirit
I …. A … O … is the Supreme Mantra of the Arcanum A.Z.F.
Whosoever wants to raise the soul of the world through the medullar canal must work with the Sulfur (Fire), with the Mercury (Water) and with the Salt (Philosophical Earth). It is only in this way that one can be born in Spirit and Truth.
The Twelve Secret Keys of Basil Valentine (Basilius Valentinus), the Benedictine of Erfurt, are found within the Arcanum A.Z.F.
The entire secret of the Great Work is enclosed within the ‘Azoth’ series of Basil Valentine. AZOTH is the sexual creative principle of Nature. The Magnum Work has been performed when the Rose of the Spirit blooms upon the Cross of our Body.
The three Principle-Elements are the Three Mother Letters of the Hebraic alphabet. When one is practicing the Arcanum A.Z.F., one is working with these three ‘principle-elements’ within the Great Laboratory of Nature. One works with Mercury, Sulfur and Salt when one practices the Arcanum A.Z.F.; this is how the lead of the personality is transmuted into the Gold of the Spirit; this is how we create the Golden Child of Alchemy within us.
These three ‘principle-elements’ become manifested within the four elements of Nature. There exists the heat of Fire and Air, the humidity of Air and Water, and the dryness of Fire and Earth.
These are the three ‘principle-elements,’ the I.A.O., the Sulfur, Mercury and Salt contained within the four elements of Nature. The Elemental Paradises of Nature are found within these ‘principle-elements.’ The Kabbalist-Alchemist must learn how to use Sulfur, Mercury and Salt.
The larvae of the astral body (incubi, succubi, basilisks, dragons, phantoms, etc.) are destroyed by putting sulfur powder inside of our shoes. Sulfur originates invisible vapors that rise in order to disintegrate these types of larvae. Malignant forms of thoughts and larvae enclosed within any room are disintegrated when one burns sulfur upon a flaming piece of charcoal. Mercury serves in order to prepare Lustral Water; the Great Astrologer Nostradamus spent many nights before a copper container filled with water. This is how, by looking within these waters, this great Seer saw the future events that he left written in his famous prophesies.
If we add Mercury to water and place a mirror at the bottom of the copper container, a marvelous ‘Clairteleidoscope’ is formed. We advise the use of any copper container with the exception of the so called cauldron (a symbol of Black Magic).
Copper is intimately related with the Pituitary gland and has the power of awakening clairvoyance.
Salt is also used often in White Magic. Salt must be combined with alcohol. If alcohol and salt are placed within a container and if this mixture is then ignited, a marvelous smoke offering is obtained. This type of smoke offering is only done when invoking the Gods of Medicine, when a sick person needs to be healed. Thus, they will assist your call.
The sulfur (fire) totally burns without leaving any residue. Sulfur is the Shin of the Zohar. The Water (the Ens Seminis) is the Mem of the Zohar. By means of successive transmutations, Fire and Water are reduced to the Kabbalistic Aleph (which the Alchemist calls Alkaest). This is how the I.A.O. is performed, and this is how the twelve faculties of the soul are opened. The Soul is Christified, “the Kundalini blooms upon our fertile lips made Verb.” The ternary is the Word, plenitude, fecundity, nature, the generation of the Three Worlds.
The third Arcanum of Kabbalah is that woman dressed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and crowned with twelve stars. The symbol of the Queen of Heaven is the Empress of the Tarot. She is a mysterious, crowned woman, seated with the Scepter of Command in her hand. The globe of the world is on top of the Scepter. She is Urania-Venus of the Greeks, the Christified Soul.
The man is Arcanum number one and the Woman is Arcanum number two of the Tarot. The Christified soul is the outcome of the sexual union of both (the secret is the Arcanum A.Z.F.). The Woman is the Mother of the Verb. Christ is always the child of Immaculate Conceptions. It is impossible to be born without a mother.
When the Initiate is ready to incarnate the Verb, a woman appears in the superior worlds as if with child, having labor pains in delivery.
When Yeshua therefore (on the cross) saw his mother and the disciple standing by, whom he loved, he said unto his mother: Woman, behold thy son! Then he said to (John) the disciple, Behold thy mother! And from that hour that disciple took her unto his own home. – John 19:26, 27
The word John can be rearranged as follows: I.E.O.U.A.N., the Verb (the Dragon of Wisdom). Indeed, the Woman is the Mother of the Verb and the Woman officiates upon the altar of the Blessed Goddess Mother of the World. Now Brethren, know that the Venerable Priestess of your Divine Mother Kundalini is your spouse.
Brothers and sisters, pray and meditate a great deal to your Divine Mother Kundalini as follows:
Oh Isis! Mother of the Cosmos, root of Love, trunk, bud, leaf, flower and seed of all that exists; we conjure Thee, naturalizing force. We call upon the Queen of Space and of the Night, and kissing her loving eyes, drinking the dew from her lips, breathing the sweet aroma of her body, we exclaim: Oh Thou, Nut! Eternal Seity of heaven, who art the primordial Soul, who art what was and what shall be, whose veil no mortal has lifted, when Thou art beneath the irradiating stars of the nocturnal and profound sky of the desert, with purity of heart and in the flame of the serpent, we call upon Thee!
Pray and meditate intensely. The Divine Mother teaches her children. This prayer must be performed while combining meditation with the state of slumber. Then as in visions of dreams, illumination emerges; thus the Divine Mother approaches the devotee in order to instruct him in the great mysteries.
The Hebrew Letter Gimel
… which in Kabbalah symbolizes the Innermost
Gimel is the third letter, symbol of stability and balance. It is the equilibrium between the three primary elements of Creation: air, water, and fire.
The Letter Gimel emanates from ‘Beth,’ the House of God; it symbolizes the Inner Man ‘Chesed’ bestowing through Neshamah his will, his teachings upon the Human soul, ‘Daleth.” Chesed, through Neshamah, grants charity or punishment to the human soul.
Both Dharma and Karma have the same essential objective, which is to teach the consciousness (soul) how to develop comprehension (understanding) in order to receive the light of the Ain Soph Aur to its fullest extent.
Only in the Sexual Act and in the here and now do we receive the opportunity to choose between good and evil. Thus, according to our choice, with our will, we as souls define the Dharma or Karma.
Good and evil, evolution and devolution are finite phenomena, so is Karma and Dharma. The Ain Soph is beyond Dharma and Karma, beyond good and evil, evolution and devolution.
The human soul is free to choose between good and evil, evolution and devolution, Dharma and Karma by the use of the sexual force.
From moment to moment, the soul needs to feel regret and remorse from animal lust; it needs to change its animal conduct in order to return to Gimel (human conduct). This is the secret to the exertion of true repentance and charity in this world in order to acquire life in the spiritual world. Those who die in their animal egos acquire serenity, peace within and towards the physical and spiritual worlds.
The Yod as an erected phallus on a Vau (spinal column) makes the letter Gimel which expresses the will of Chesed who (through the cerebral-spinal-nervous system, his throne) bestows good through Nephesh upon the terrestrial man by means of the sexual act of transmutation. Gimel expresses the power of will and freedom of choice between chastity and fornication. The Vav (man) penetrates his Iod (phallus) into the Earth (Malkuth, the Woman) thanks to ‘Shin’ the Fire in Mem (water, the Ens Seminis), the ‘Mikvah Minit, (Baptism)’ in other words. The Yod or phallus, the will ‘Fire’ of Kether, is firmly in contact with the earth through the sexual act. The sexual fires of the animal soul ‘Nephesh’ directly affect physical, emotional and mental reality through the sexual act. By the dominion of the animal soul, the human soul attains the ultimate revelation of the Essential light of lights, ‘Kether,’ its utmost reward, which is justly bestowed upon it through the sublimation of the sexual force from Yesod.
The movement of the sexual energy in the process of sexual transmutation expresses the expansion and contraction of the Solar Light; this is how Divine Wisdom constantly progresses within the Initiate who transmutes his primordial matter, sexual force.
Through the sexual act the soul is nursed, it is born again from Shaddai El Chai, the creative source of Yod-Havah, Yesod. The soul needs to transmute her sexual animal impulses into light and fire. This is the process of making treasures in heaven in which the Monad through its souls learns independence in heaven, in other words, self-realization.
The process of sexual transmutation expresses the Kabbalistic Tzimtzum, which is the continuous bestowal of divine attributes of the Elohim ‘Cosmocreators’ unto the Initiates.
The obligation of any Initiate is to imitate God; this is only possible by annihilating the ego. This is how the souls give to other souls from the Being and not from the Ego.
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect. – Matthew 5:48
The Law of Three is the law which creates.
The first Arcanum, related to the projective masculine force, unity, projects, but it is balanced and equilibrated by the second factor, or the second Arcanum, which is duality. So then we have these two forces in a dual relationship, but for creation to actually occur, for the world of Daath to actually blossom and manifest existence, manifest creation, there has to be a third factor.
This Law of Three is that profound and deep equilibrium between forces. We have this symbolized in many of the structures of the Tree of Life. We have three columns upon which hang three triangles, and each triangle is made of three spheres. The Law of Three is the very structure of our Tree of Life, both within us and outside of us.
The Law of Three becomes something very foundational for our understanding of the Kabbalah, as it does provide the very foundation of the Tree itself. More than that, the Law of Three provides a vital foundation for the work that we have to perform in order to self-realize all the Sephiroth. The self-realization of the Sephiroth means perfect comprehension of all the laws that manage the Sephiroth. So when we look at this Law of Three, we are actually looking at something that we have to embody. We have to learn how to work with the three forces of creation.
In the symbolism of many religions, we have at the root of creation certain forces or factors. Water is a very common, universal symbol related to creation. We also find air, or Spirit; we also find fire. These three root elements are also symbolized in the Zohar and in the Sepher Yetzirah, which is an ancient book of Kabbalah. And these three forces, which underlie all of manifested creation, are called the Three Mother Letters. They are Aleph, Mem, and Shin.
Aleph, of course, as we talked about in the first lectures, is related to the first Arcanum. This character of Aleph symbolizes air. Mem is coming up in a future lecture. It is closely related to water. And Shin, with its three points as the embodiment of those three factors, represents fire. So air, water, and fire are these three root factors, or principles, which when combined in a certain balance, produce creation.
Synthesized, the explosion of those three forces brought together is light. It is the light which illuminates. We know very well that if we bring together fuel, air, and ignition, a spark is produced; fire erupts. And those three factors are the forces that are present in all of creation at different levels.
These three are one. These three are two. But these three factors have to be managed under will. Creation is a process of the expression of will. This is the key factor. In the creation of our own internal, personal Tree of Life, the structure of our very psyche, there was a will which caused us to come into being. And now that we are here and in manifestation, we have to learn to exercise will in order to create. But the distinction comes when we understand that there are different forms of will, different kinds of will. So what is the will in us which is producing creation in us? This is, in fact, the root question of this entire wisdom-the definition of our alliance of will, what kind of will we are aligned with inside.
The Light that creates is really the Divine Mother itself. That Light is also the Christ itself, in synthesis, but particularized. When we look in the details, the Light of creation is specifically related to the Third Logos, because the form and force of creation, the actual action, is an act of the Law of Three, which of course is related with Binah on the Tree of Life, the third sphere. And that sphere of Binah, that factor of creation, the Law of Three, is represented in this Arcanum, the Empress.
Binah, of course, is the Third Logos, or the third aspect of the Word. Binah is in Sanskrit, or in Hinduism, called Shiva. And Shiva in Sanskrit has many attributes, but he is often called the Creator and the Destroyer. This is a very important quality of Shiva to understand. In fact, when we look into the Bible we see that the Holy Spirit, which is also Binah, also has the powers of creation and destruction. The creative and destructive power of God resides in Binah as its pure expression.
In this third Arcanum, in the graphic, we see a woman seated on a cubic stone, and over her head are twelve stars. In Kabbalah, everything is reduced to numbers and all the numbers contain significance, so twelve is related to the Apostle, to the Law of Sacrifice, which we will talk about in the lecture Arcanum Twelve. But the number twelve can be reduced kabbalistically by adding the one and the two, which becomes three. So there is a deep relationship between the Divine Mother as depicted in the Third Arcanum and the number twelve, which is sacrifice, which is, of course, related to the Christ. These twelve stars also relate to the Zodiac, which is in the macrocosm, the universe itself, and within us, in the microcosm. The Law of Twelve is another law which modifies that solar light in order to engender influences on our psyche.
This woman depicted in the third Arcanum is called the Empress. She is the ultimate authority over an empire. And what is that empire? This image symbolizes our own, individual, particular Divine Mother. The Divine Mother as a force has many attributes, has many aspects. In Gnosis we talk about five primary manifestations, or faces, of the Divine Mother, which, of course, we will talk about in Arcanum Five. But in this particular Arcanum Three, we are seeing our own individual Divine Mother.
The empire is that which we have to become the ruler of. We ourselves have to become the Emperor, which is Arcanum Four. But we do that, we achieve that goal of becoming fully self-realized by having perfect dominion over our own empire, our own kingdom.
Kingdom in Hebrew is Malkuth. Malkuth is the lowest sphere, the tenth sphere, on the Tree of Life, which represents us. To become an emperor, to sit at the side of the empress, means that we have to have perfect dominion over our own psychological country. We arrive at that dominion by learning what is in our country, how does everything work, and by putting everything into order, by keeping order.
Within us, we have many aspects, many factors. We have our physical body, and we have many other vehicles through which we act. In this kingdom of Malkuth, if we start where we are today, we look at ourselves; we see that we have the capacity to think, which is related to our intellect; we have our emotions; and we have the impulse to action. These are our three brains.
We say three brains because each of these aspects of our own psychology is a machine. Each one has its own functions; each one has its own duties; each one has its own capacities. Each one is a brain that is a center, or a machine, within which certain processes are performed. These three brains are a reflection of this Law of Three. These three brains are vehicles, or machines, through which action is performed.
In Gnosis we overstand that action is not limited to the movement of physical matter. This is one aspect of action, of course. When we walk, when we talk, when we speak, when we move something from one place to another, we are performing action physically. And this kind of action is related to this third brain, the motor-instinctive-sexual brain, which involves the use and function of the physical body.
But that brain has other functions. We have action which occurs in us due to our motor abilities, to move around; action that we perform in relation to our instinct, instinctive forces which drive us, which much of the time we have no conscious awareness of; and then we have a third part of that brain, which is sexual, and there are impulses that drive us from that sexual center and whose activities we often have no knowledge of, because that force, that influence, is deep within our psyche.
In our emotions, we also perform action. The feelings that we have, we act upon. We nurse them. We have feelings about past events or desires for the future. When we nourish those feelings, when we think about them, when we indulge in them, when we are feeling them and stirring them and stimulating them, that is an action, which produces consequences. And further, in the intellect, when we think, the thoughts we think are a performance of action.
In each level, there is a function of action and consequence, one of those dual laws of nature. There can be no action that occurs without a consequence. This is a law. We know this law is reflected very well in Newtonian physics, that in three-dimensional physics related to material, physical matter, we see that if we perform an action, there is a response. If we perform an action, there is a reaction, or a consequence.
What we do not realize is that the same essential duality of action and response is occurring on other levels. That occurs emotionally, and it occurs in the mind. When we feel, when we stimulate feeling, we are producing actions related to the emotional plane, related to the emotional body, the Astral body; likewise with the mind, with thought. Thoughts are real in the sense that they are a form of matter, but not physical matter.
Innerstanding this makes us realize we have a great responsibility. One of the fundamental problems that humanity suffers from is this great illusion of the mind that we are independent. We believe in a subtle level within our own mind that we are separate; that I, myself, and me, that I am separate from everyone else, and I have my own little world within which I do whatever I want. This is an illusion. It is not the Truth.
When we analyze and understand the nature of our three brains in combination with this Arcanum, number three, we have to begin to grasp that our thoughts are creative, our emotions are creative, our impulses to act are creative. Through each of these three brains flows energy. Those energies are directed by will, but what will are they directed by, and what are those energies creating? This is something that we have to grasp and understand-very practical, very immediate.
Three Types of Soul
When we refer back to the Kabbalistic mysteries, we understand that in the ancient Kabbalistic scriptures, there are three types of soul that are attributed to us. These three aspects of our own psyche, when we look at them and understand them, we can gain a little more insight into how our own psyche functions.
When God wants to extend Himself, rather, needs to, in order to manifest into the world, He does this through a vehicle, and that is, of course, us. But the process of doing that is symbolized in the scriptures. And the symbol is that God breathes into the man and gives him life. That breath is the Hebrew word Neshamah.
Neshamah, in one of the Kabbalistic examples that are traditionally given, is the breath that we take into the mouth as we begin to blow. So when we fill the mouth with air, this is Neshamah; this is the breath that is prepared. When the breath is sent and delivered, this is Ruach, which is the second aspect of our soul. And when that breath arrives, it is called Nephesh.
These three components symbolize different functions, different aspects, of our psychology. When we look at ourselves, we have to understand there are many levels, many aspects, of our own soul that we don’t know. The process of self-realization is to know those parts directly, not just with the intellect. And to arrive at that knowledge is a process of action in our three brains. So the descriptions that we study, these symbols, these ancient traditions, are given not just to play with in the mind. They are given to us so that we can better understand ourselves.
Neshamah, or this breath, is also called the Spiritual Soul. Ruach is called the Thinking Emotional Soul. And Nephesh is called the Animal Soul. All of the animals have Nephesh. We have Nephesh. This is the level of consciousness within which we have animal desire, animal instinct, animal intelligence. And this Nephesh develops as the soul, the essence, processes through all the lower kingdoms of nature. From its very entry into manifestation in the mineral kingdom, and as that essence evolves and ascends up through the mineral kingdom into the plant and animal kingdoms, it is all along elaborating the Nephesh. When that soul, the essence, graduates from the animal kingdom, it enters into the human kingdom and receives the intellect, receives the capacity to reason. This is related to Ruach.
Ruach and Nephesh, in us, are inserted into the lunar bodies, the lunar mental and lunar astral. They are within those bodies. The initiate who is studying himself in order to realize himself is given tests and ordeals. The tests and ordeals are given to Nephesh and Ruach, which are trapped inside of the egos.
The central factor for us to grasp is that we receive Ruach in order to control Nephesh, but humanity does not do this. Humanity uses their Thinking Emotional Soul, Ruach, to feed Nephesh, to feed the Animal Soul, and this is our problem. This is where the work of Gnosis, the work of any real spiritual tradition, begins. The aspirant to the Path who seeks to escape suffering, who seeks to transcend Karma, the law of cause and effect, does so by learning how to control Nephesh. This is the basis of any real work.
Nephesh, the animal soul, is the instinct of the animal within our mind, within our psyche. When we observe an animal in nature that goes into heat, this is Nephesh which is vibrating with the instinctive, lunar forces being applied to it by nature. The Nephesh belongs to that; it is the force and power of the animal instinct. It is lust. It is desire, passion. It is a level of intelligence, but very inferior, because it belongs to the instinctive, mechanical functions of nature.
When the soul enters the human kingdom, the soul is given the rule, “You shall no longer be as you were when you were an animal. You are now an intellectual animal, and in order to stop being an intellectual animal, you have to stop being an animal.” Only by conquering the animal instinct do we become human. As long as the Nephesh rules our psychological country, we remain as animals, driven by instinct and desire.
Three Causes of Suffering
When we examine this famous painting, which was made many, many centuries ago in India and given to a king, a painting that is called the ‘Wheel of Samsara,’ the ‘Wheel of Life,’ in the very center of this wheel we find the axle. And the axle of this wheel has three animals which are biting each others’ tails, forming a chain of causality.
The Wheel of Life is related to the Arcanum Ten, which we will talk about in another lecture, but the Wheel of Life, or the Wheel of Samsara, depicts the cyclic recurrence of nature, the cycle of suffering, the cycle of Karma. The axle upon which the wheel of suffering turns is symbolized by three animals, which are related to Nephesh.
The first animal is a rooster. When we analyze the qualities and characteristics of a rooster, we see an animal that is proud, vain, and driven by instinct. The rooster is the one who dominates the chickens. And why does he do that? For sexual reasons. The rooster symbolizes craving, desire, passion. The rooster represents an aspect of our own Nephesh, which is the animal instinct, the craving, the desire to reproduce, to experience the sensations of sexuality as an animal. So this is something vital for us to grasp: that at the very basis, the very center, of suffering, the whole wheel of life and death upon which all creatures are trapped and suffer due to karma, the very root of that, can be found in lust, in this rooster that we have within, proud and vain.
The second animal is a snake. The snake symbolizes aversion, hate, fear. So now we have craving and aversion, the great pendulum of our own egotistical mind. And the point from which these two swing back and forth between craving and aversion is symbolized by a third animal, which is a pig.
The pig symbolizes ignorance. Ignorance, in this context, is the ignorance of our true nature, the ignorance of God, the ignorance of the Absolute, emptiness. When we do not have the direct, experiential knowledge of Sunyata, the Absolute Abstract Space which underlies all manifested things, then we persist with this illusion that we are real, that we are “I”, “Myself,” and that “I” am separate and have my own little universe, and “I” can do whatever I want. This is ignorance, this is avidya, ignorance. The pig ignores, and wallows in the mud of life as an animal.
These three factors-craving, aversion, and ignorance-perform the Law of Three. Because of these three forces within our own psyche, we create destruction, we create suffering. This is how the Law of Three processes in us, according to the laws set up by God. But, because we remain enslaved to our animal desire, to our own Nephesh, when we use our own capacity to reason, to think, to analyze, we use that in service of our animal instinct to feed our lustful desires, our proud and prideful desires, our vanity, our fear. We remain enslaved to the Wheel of Life, we remain in suffering, we remain in Samsara.
The work begins when we learn how to use Ruach to listen to Neshamah. Neshamah is the Spiritual Soul. Our own essence, our own consciousness, is an aspect of Neshamah. The essence that we have, the free consciousness that we have within, is very small; it is just a spark. It is symbolized in that famous children’s story of Pinocchio as the cricket. The cricket is very small and it is hard to hear him. And we, of course, are Pinocchio. We want to be a real man, right? We want to become a real person. But we do not listen to our guide, we do not listen to our own Neshamah, our own consciousness. Thus, we remain as Ruach enslaved by Nephesh, animals.
Neshamah is the channel through which our own Innermost can deliver His wisdom, can deliver His knowledge, His guidance, to Ruach. It is only when we learn to listen to the voice of our own Inner Being that we can receive the guidance necessary to control Nephesh and to become real human beings.
This work to control Nephesh is also based in laws and in a practical science. Nephesh contains forces that have to be directed by will. When we look at the Tree of Life, we see that the center of the Tree is Tiphereth. Tiphereth is the human soul; it is will. It is what we must become. Tiphereth is will under the Being, will guided by Neshamah, the Divine Consciousness, who is the soul of the Innermost.
Tiphereth, in this case, represents to us the pathway to Kether, the pathway to full knowledge of our own Being. Tiphereth, being in the center of the Tree of Life, is that direct path, is the equilibrium of the Tree. But the fuel, the force with which Tiphereth rises, is the Foundation upon which Tiphereth rests, which is directly below in Yesod.
Yesod, of course, is related to our vital body, to the etheric, or energetic, aspect of our physical body. Yesod is the foundation, and of course, it is related to the sexual forces, the Ninth Sphere.
Nephesh is the animating principle of the body, the animating principle that gives force and vitality to our physical and etheric bodies. It is that force, those factors, that Tiphereth has to control under the guidance of Neshamah. This is symbolized in alchemy by three elements: I, A, and O.
‘I’ is related to fire: Igneous. ‘A’ is related to water: Agua. And ‘O’ is related to the spirit, to the air: Origo. Fire, water, and air-three elements. These three symbolic elements are the foundation of the four elements of nature. So you start to see some correspondences from the one, to the two, to the three, to the four. There is a progression that occurs.
But these three letters, IAO, encompass and embody a vibration. They are a sacred mantra: I-A-O. And in this combination of sounds is the science of alchemy. So the alchemist, when working in the laboratory-the laboratory of the Ninth Sphere-which of course is related to the sexual matter, chants this sacred mantra, these three sounds, in order to dominate, by will, the forces of the Nephesh. These three vowels form a vehicle through which divine will can be exercised. And these three vowels are, of course, related to those three elements: fire, water, and air, or spirit.
By means of these three factors, these three forces, the alchemist learns to dominate himself or herself. The entrance into the human kingdom is a work of will. Entrance into the Kingdom of God is not acquired by being nice. It is not acquired by adopting different moral codes or certain superficial kinds of behavior. The entrance into the Kingdom of God requires that we are born into that Kingdom. Birth is creation.
To be born again is to have a physical body and yet be born once more, but inside-internally, spiritually. Birth is one aspect of the process of being on the path to self-realization. And of course, birth in itself requires the Law of Three. For us to be born physically, we needed a man and a woman and sex. Our mother, our father, and the sexual act, when brought together, produced a spark. And that spark, of course, was our birth, our conception. That is the first factor of the three factors for the revolution of the consciousness: birth, but birth inside, as a soul.
The forces of Nephesh, those sexual forces that vitalize our very existence, are placed within our physical body by God. The physical body itself is a gift. Within it circulate forces and factors which have tremendous power. When we learn to listen to our Neshamah to receive the guidance of our Inner Being, and we are led to this sacred science of Gnosis, we are given the key to transform the forces of the Nephesh and to make ourselves into something better, to be born again as a soul, to be born of the spirit.
But we also have to learn how to die. The second factor in the three factors for the revolution of the consciousness is death. We have to die as an ego. Everything that is imperfect in us has to die. This is symbolized in all the great religions by the symbolic death of the various initiates: the beheading of John, the martyrdom of the various saints.
Death also is a process of three factors. In the same way that the combination of the man and the woman and the Holy Spirit, or the sexual forces, produces birth, that Holy Spirit, which is the creator in the process of birth, is the destroyer in the process of death: Shiva. Death, then, requires the same combination of elements: three factors, three forces, three principles in equilibrium.
The key to understanding these first two factors is that when you combine the three elements to create something, you are working within an enclosed space. When the man and the woman join sexually, they are producing a vibration, gathering energy, because this dual nature, projective and receptive, push against each other, which elevates the overall vibration and accumulation of forces. And those two are equilibrated in the sexual act itself.
However, the equilibrium has to be managed under the guidance of Neshamah. If Nephesh interferes, it wants to act as an animal to satisfy its desire. Therefore, that conjunction of forces in the Ninth Sphere, in sex, becomes animal. It becomes the axle of the Wheel of Life, the axle of the Wheel of Samsara. The ignorance of our true nature in combination with the craving for sexual sensation becomes destructive.
Yet, if Neshamah, the guidance of our Being, is present, we learn how to contain the forces of that union to direct it by conscious will by the use of mantra: I-A-O. And those sexual forces are not released. Those forces are built, gathered, accumulated, and redirected, harnessed, stored. This is the door to return to Eden: by controlling Nephesh and learning to gather the forces of sex and use them under divine will.
Those forces still are creative and destructive, but on an ascending arch, an evolving arch. When we perform the sexual act as animals, those forces are creative and destructive as well, but on a descending arch.
The animals who perform the sexual act create new physical bodies. The intellectual animals, meaning us, dominated by Nephesh, perform the sexual act under the desires of Nephesh, and that act is creative and destructive. It creates more lust. It creates physical bodies. It creates more attachment. Desire, when fed, produces more desire. Desire is like a flame: the more fuel you give it, the bigger it gets.
The fire of sex is creative and destructive. Nephesh, which circulates in our blood, as passion, creates the ego, creates karma, creates suffering. Those forces, those fires, circulating in the blood, in the sexual act, under the control of Nephesh, destroy the essence, because with each new packet of desire that we create, we trap consciousness. That is why humanity is now so dark, lacking light, so blind, so ignorant. Humanity is overwhelmed with karma. Humanity is overwhelmed by Nephesh.
In the Ninth Sphere, under the guidance of Neshamah, the divine will, the guidance of the Being, the forces of sex create and destroy. But when those forces are controlled, guided, by the Divine Mother, by the Arcanum Three, our own particular, individual, interior Mother, then those forces create consciousness, illumination, light, the soul. And those forces destroy attachment, desire, fear, loneliness, emptiness, doubt.
The third factor in the revolution of the consciousness is sacrifice. Sacrifice also embodies the three forces in our three brains. In order for us to walk the path of self-realization in equilibrium, in psychological balance, we have to balance the three forces in every level. We have to balance the three forces of our three brains by enforcing conscious will over our thoughts, over our feelings, and over our impulses to act. We have to work with three forces in the management of our sexual energies, whether we are single or in a couple. And we have to manage consciously the three factors: birth, death, and sacrifice. In synthesis, the work with the Third Arcanum is a work of service to the Divine Mother.
The achievement of psychological balance is a work that is accomplished by the guidance of our own particular, individual, Divine Mother. Every step of the Path is achieved because of Her mercy, because of Her love. She is the Path itself, in us. She is the perfect embodiment of love, and everything that we could ever hope for, She has; everything that we could ever need, She is. We fall into ignorance and craving and aversion because we forget our own Divine Mother. We forget Her.
At the base of matter, at the base of nature, we study these aspects of the Divine Mother. When we look inside of an atom, we see that atom is mostly empty space. And that empty space correlates to the emptiness, to Sunyata, which is the essential impermanence of all matter.
When we become identified with ourselves, with “me,” with “myself,” my thoughts, and my desires, and my needs, and my fears, we are forgetting that the self is impermanent. The self is interdependent, and we have forgotten our Being.
Creation and destruction, birth and death, are happening right now. The ancient sages said the instant we are born, we begin to walk towards death. Each moment of life is a step towards death. The very process of thought is a process of birth and death, that duality.
The self that we so firmly grasp in our ignorance is not fundamentally real. The desires that push us through our instinct, through our emotions, through our thoughts, are illusions.
To comprehend the science of numbers requires that we see how the numbers relate to one another. We understand the Law of Three by understanding how it relates to the number two, to the number one. And we understand our own selves in the same way. We have to analyze the process of thought and learn to discriminate between the processes of the intellectual brain and the processes of the emotional brain, because they are different. We confuse them. We have to learn to compare and understand the differences between the impulses that drive our motor-instinctive-sexual brain and the impulses that drive our emotions. And we have to grasp and understand that all of those psychological processes that are ongoing in us are impermanent. They rise and fall.
When we become agitated, anxious, angry, nervous, afraid, happy, the base of those instinctive feelings, the base of those sensations that stimulate our three brains, is the Nephesh, animal sensations which are arising and stimulating us energetically. We have to separate from those experiences and analyze them with the Thinking Emotional Soul, Ruach, to recognize that sensation is impermanent. To be a slave of sensation is to be a slave of sin. Sensation has to be dominated, and controlled, and understood. We approach knowledge of our own God as we separate from identification with sensation.
Sensations that process in us, when we analyze them in their depth, we see that there is nothing there. It is a vibration. The sensation, or pleasure, of the sexual act is a vibration which arises and then passes away. The sensations that we receive from eating a particular food arise for a brief moment and then pass away.
Our ignorance is demonstrated in our attachment to the sensation. We see that sensation, we want it, and we want it to continue. This is ignorance. Nothing continues. Nothing lasts. Everything is impermanent. But because we have this belief in ourselves as an existing entity, and we have this belief in sensation as something that can persist, we suffer. We think, “If I can just make more money, I will be happy. If I can just learn a little bit more about this or that, I will be happy. If I can just move to a new place, I will be happy.” There is a failure to recognize that these desires are founded in the belief that they will be permanent.
The whole conception of our own self is false. All the desires that push Nephesh, that our Ruach is enslaved by, are false. The sensations of sex which drive us to perform the sexual act as an animal, those sensations are impermanent. They cannot be sustained, but we want to repeat them, and repeat them, and repeat them, and sustain them. And so people become addicted. And because the sensations do not persist and cannot persist, they become habituated, addicted, to keep trying to repeat the sensations.
And the problem is the sensation becomes less interesting the more it is repeated, because that is the nature of the Nephesh-desire. So as the sensation is repeated and becomes less interesting, the person who is enslaved by those desires has to make them more extreme. The person has to add new elements in order to continue to stimulate the Nephesh. This is why people enter into sexual degeneration, entering into activities and behaviors which become gradually more extreme and more harmful.
The same is true of everything else in life: food, careers, education. Some people believe that they will only be happy once they get married, and have a family, and have a house, and have a boat and a car. Then they get all that stuff; they are still not happy, so they start looking for something else. They start to commit adultery. They start to try drugs. They may become addicted to making money. They may become addicted to evangelizing. All of these things, in their root, are sensations which stimulate Nephesh, the Animal Soul.
Comprehension occurs when we analyze very wisely, in meditation, the nature of phenomena-when we comprehend that sensations are impermanent, that matter is impermanent. This is where real self-observation begins. We have to comprehend and understand that self-observation has in its essence the recognition of impermanence.
If you really comprehend impermanence, then you will really understand the need for self-observation. But when you fall into the illusion that “I” am “me,” and “I” am just this way, then you will not self-observe in the right way, because the “I” is impermanent, and everything that arises in us is rising and passing. We are not in a continual state. There are always things changing and moving in us. This is why we need to be mindful of what we are doing. We need to be watchful of our mind. And we need to guard our heart.
All things, outside and inside, are impermanent, are subject to change. True self-realization, in the depth, is the discovery of that which is real, that which is beyond impermanence. But we cannot find that in the intellect. We cannot find that in the emotion, in any sentiment, in any theory. We have to find that in practical facts in our own psyche. Therefore, we learn how to meditate, to analyze phenomena, in order to see what is real and what is not, what is impermanent, what is illusion.
To observe oneself is a process of these three factors as well. When we observe ourselves with the consciousness, we are opening a channel, a connection, in ourselves, to perceive without illusion. But that perception is a force of will. It cannot happen if we are passive. It cannot happen if we have a mechanical routine.
Many people think self-observation is a mechanical routine, a repetition of particular steps that they keep repeating. It is not. Self-observation is an active, highly dynamic, highly flexible, spontaneous, intuitive process that constantly changes. This is because we ourselves are constantly changing, and if we form a routine, a mechanical process of observing ourselves, then we become mechanical, and the consciousness is not mechanical.
In self-observation we have birth, we have death, and we have sacrifice, but to really open up comprehension we have to also have self-remembering. To remember the Self is to remember our own Inner God from moment to moment; to remember our Divine Mother from instant to instant; to always be aware that in the heart of all of our atoms, all of our molecules, all of our cells, all of our organs, is an animating fire, our Divine Mother, our Inner Being. The remembrance of God opens us to receive the guidance of God, which comes through Neshamah.
If we do not remember ourselves, if we do not remember our God, then who is influencing us? If we do not remember our Inner Being, what will is pushing us?
We have to learn to self-observe-this is clear in Gnosis– to learn to observe the self, to observe the mind, to observe our actions. But who is guiding the observation of ourselves if we don’t remember our true selves: our own inner Being?
Gnostic students who learn to self-observe need to learn to combine self-observation with self-remembering, and this is an ongoing act of will from moment to moment. Self-remembering and self-observation have in their heart the recognition of impermanence of oneself, the recognition that all of this that I think that I am is constantly changing, and I as I am cannot change for the better without God, without the influence of my own, inner, Divine Mother.
We enter into arrogance when we try to change without the help of God. We enter into pride when we try to change on our own. We have to appeal to our own, inner, Divine Mother, the root of every life form, the root of every force and power which sanctifies the soul.
The Third Arcanum is a very profound, very deep, penetrating law which applies to every aspect of real esoteric knowledge. But it is easy to become lost and confused in the intellect when we over-analyze and over-theorize about these laws. The Third Arcanum, for us, can be very practical when we rely upon it in this way: knowing it is our Divine Mother, who is that third factor, that third force.
The teacher Gurdjieff said, “Humanity is third-force blind.” It is true. We love duality, good versus evil, positive versus negative. But we always forget the third factor. This also applies in our endeavors. When we endeavor to enter into some new activity, this is the first force, projective, the Arcanum One. But as soon as we desire that, as soon as we intend to act, the second force appears, which is the resistance. These are the first two notes of the scale, Do and Re.
Most of the time (we will use, for an example, studying this kind of teaching) we become inspired and interested, that is the note Do, the first force. So we become very enthusiastic. We begin to study, to read, to go to class, to do all the things that our religion invites us to do. But then we immediately are confronted by the resistance, which the first force conjures. It is natural; it is a law of nature; it is unavoidable. If you begin an activity, an opposing force will appear-that is the way nature works. So for most people, not being aware of the third force, they stop. “It is too hard. I cannot do it. It is too much.” Many students approach Gnosis and have this experience. They begin to study and try to practice, but the resistance appears. The resistance is their own ego. The resistance is the egos of other people. We have to utilize the third force, the third factor, the Arcanum Three.
To overcome the resistance is an act of will, willpower. But who provides the will? That is the key question. We have to be sincere in ourselves on a psychological level. Is that will coming from our ego, and does not want to quit and look like a quitter? Is that will coming from our fear, which is afraid of what will happen if we quit, so we stay? Or is that will coming from our consciousness, who knows that this knowledge is real, and we have to change, we have to do this work. Spiritually, energetically, the will to overcome resistance is either provided by the ego or by the Being.
The character in Hebrew related to the third Arcanum is Gimel. Gimel is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet. And in this character we see quite clearly the Vau, the Vav, which we talked about previously, which is related to the human soul and to the spinal column. But this Vav has a Iod, the masculine principle, projecting from its base. And of course, the Iod is related to the phallus.
The Being provides us the will, the source of will, necessary in order for us to overcome the second factor, the resistance. And that force of will is the sexual energy itself. The Iod is the channel. The sexual energy is the means by which the Human Soul, the Vav, conquers and enters into equilibrium.
In some traditions they describe Gimel– there is a little story that talks about Gimel, that it represents a rich man chasing a poor man. This is symbolic and grossly misinterpreted in most cases. The rich man in this example is the Innermost, our Inner Being, God, who is chasing the poor man, who is us. These two men are described by Paul as the Terrestrial Man, who is us-the poor man-and the Heavenly Man, who is the Innermost.
The rich man chases the poor man, our Being is chasing us, otherwise we would not be here, studying Gnosis. But the Being, the Innermost, needs to deposit within us His riches, His wealth. He does that through Neshamah in terms of spiritual guidance and understanding. But he also does it through Nephesh, through sex.
When the Human Soul, through force of will, as Tiphereth, as the Vav, as will, dominates the Nephesh, he extracts from the Nephesh all of the riches that the Holy Spirit has deposited there, and uses those forces in order to receive the riches of Neshamah, the wisdom of the Being.
Questions and Answers
Q: When you talk about remembering your Divine Mother, or even your Divine Father, to me it seems a little bit unnatural. I mean, I might think in terms of remembering God, but then thinking in terms of a mother, or even a father, I can’t relate to that.
A: The question is about: Remembering the Divine Mother or Father can feel unnatural, and it is hard to relate to.
There is an aspect of our own idiosyncrasy which comes into play in self-remembering. Self-remembering, in itself, is an act of awareness. It does not necessarily mean that we have an image in the mind of a celestial mother, like a form, or a celestial father, as a form. What self-remembering means is to be aware beyond our own little space of the self, of “I.” It is to open up our conscious attention, to be aware that there are other forces at work, divine forces at work. In truth, we know the Divine Mother has no form, neither does the Being. But both take form in order to communicate with us.
In different traditions in the east and west, there are practices of meditation which rely on the visualization of form. Typically, these practices are bridges to lead us towards meditation without form. In fact, the experience of Sunyata, or the emptiness, is an experience absent of form.
So the self-remembrance of the Being, to remember one’s Being, or God, is simply an act of conscious awareness that extends outside of our own, ignorant sphere, and to be aware that who we are and what we are is one small piece of something divine. It is like we open a door in ourselves to receive something more.
Some students do imagine the presence of a person, and there is nothing wrong with that. It can be very effective to actually imagine that with you, wherever you go, is your own Divine Goddess, your own Divine Mother, who is a splendor of divinity. And with the activation of that imagination, we stimulate superior aspects of our own physiology related to the vital body and related to our consciousness. And this can open us up to the perception of that which is real.
Some students are not comfortable with the imagination of the Divine Mother as a form, and that is fine. The key is to activate the consciousness to be receptive, to perceive something beyond what we perceive in our normal mode of being.
Q: When you say the foundation is true action first…
A: The foundation in what sense?
Q: You know, the sexual will, even. Your actions have to be upright actions that would say… say someone is just beginning, you need to go through the spiritual aspect of it?…
A: The question is: Is the foundation first in action?
Yes, of course. Gnosis is a matter of action. The entirety of Gnosis is a matter of action, not thought, and not belief. But an action of what?
You can enter into Gnosis, your own direct experience, without performing any visible external action. You see what I am saying? The action to enter Gnosis is an action of consciousness. It has nothing, really, to do with physical behavior. Our physical behaviors could look terrible to other people, and often they do. The core of real Gnosis is learning how to act with the consciousness, and the consciousness then guiding all of our other actions: in the mind, in the heart, and physically. The point there is you cannot use your physical action or another person’s physical action as a measure for their understanding of Gnosis, because physical things are illusory; appearances are illusory.
The real measure of comprehension in Gnosis is in actions of the consciousness, which, incidentally, can only be perceived by the consciousness. This is a very subtle thing for us to remember. We, as asleep intellectual animals, judge others by their appearances, by how they behave. We judge them without really knowing what is inside of that action. We may be judging someone who is doing conscious action, who is doing what they should do. The only way for us to know that is to be conscious of it, to be awake. This is part of the reason why it is so important for us to not judge-because we don’t know. However, someone who is awake will know whether an action is a proper action or a wrong action.
Q: You said the five senses have nothing to…
A: The five senses are illusory. The senses, in fact, are vitalized by Nephesh. Nephesh is the animal mind. The very interaction with sensual data and sensual information is facilitated by Nephesh. So when you are looking at and examining sensual information, related to the senses, the Nephesh is the transmitter and receiver of that data.
In Gnosis, we also call this, ‘Sensual Mind.’ That level of mind is the lowest, and crudest, aspect of the mind, and it can only know what it sees with the five senses. It does not know anything about the spirit, about God, about consciousness. To really know something you have to look at the root of it, which is beyond the physical world.
Q: You say everything is impermanent? Isn’t there some part of us, though, even if it is just the ultimate observer, which is more or less permanent?
A: The question is: Is there any part of us that is permanent?
In the teachings of Samael Aun Weor, he says that there are three things which are permanent: space, Karma, and Nirvana. By that understanding, we see that the manifestation of matter occurs in cycles, ages, in great processes. And the same is true of our own microcosm. We arise into manifestation and we fall out of manifestation. We have cycles of birth and death. We also have the same type of cycle on the level of the spirit, where the spirit enters into manifestation and then is retracted.
Immortality, in that sense, is no longer absolute. When all of nature is withdrawn with the great in-breath of God, it all enters into a passive state of existence, or nonexistence. And yet, Nirvana is sustained. So there is a portion of consciousness which is withdrawn into that space while the universe is in repose.
What is interesting is this: the work to self-realize is the work to realize all of the Sephiroth within oneself. When the spirit is extracted from nature and condensed back into the Cosmic Night, all of the creations of the soul, all the bodies, are reduced to an atomic essence, very subtle. So there is a kind of existence there, but it has nothing to do with what we think of as we are now.
Q: When you talk about self-observing, who is the observer?
A: That is exactly the question. The question is: When you talk about self-observation, who is the observer? Precisely. You have nailed it. “Who is the observer” is the question we have to answer. That is the necessity for the practice. Who is the observer?
We have to learn, and teach ourselves, to observe, because we do not. We are trapped in subjective points of view, the subject in this sense being “I,” who wants something.
Q: So the observer should be Neshamah.
A: Exactly. The observer, truly, is Neshamah, is the Divine Consciousness. But we have to learn to open that capacity in us. It is dormant. The essence that we have, that spark of consciousness, is an extension of Neshamah, the Divine Soul that we have, but it is asleep. We have to awaken it. We have to awaken ourselves to learn to self-observe, to learn to pay attention. That is something energetic and palpable. It is not theoretical. It is something you can taste, something you can feel. It produces a change when that spark is active, and it is present and working. You can only find it in yourself, and the root of it is in the consciousness, being conscious, being aware. How do you pay attention? Learning to discriminate in yourself.
When a desire is pushing, there is consciousness there, but trapped in desire. When you are angry, your consciousness is there, but trapped in anger. The real self-observation occurs when there is no desire modifying it, and that is the difficulty.
That is why we have to learn how to meditate. Meditation is the science that teaches us how to know the difference between the taste of free consciousness and the taste of conditioned consciousness. Meditation is what teaches that. It is the path to comprehend self-observation and self-remembering–meditation.
The reason is: when we are walking around and we are in our normal life, we are being buffeted by impressions, a constant stream of sensory data which is coming from the outside. Then, we also have a constant stream of data being produced by the mind itself. So we have states and events; we have a vast chaos of information that is buffeting the consciousness all the time. In that chaos it is extremely difficult to maintain self-observation and self-remembering unless you have been trained. And no one outside can train you. You have to train yourself.
The way you train in self-observation and self-remembering is by removing some of that information that is always coming in, by meditation. You isolate the consciousness. You sit, you relax, you close your eyes, you relax your physical body, you relax your emotions, you relax your mind. In each level of that process of relaxation, you are extracting consciousness from another world of data. So you are no longer overwhelmed by physical sensory information; then you are no longer overwhelmed by emotional storms, or emotional desires; then you are no longer overwhelmed by intellectual processes, so that in the end, just the consciousness is there, present. Then you can learn what it tastes like, what it feels like, how it works.
From that, then you take it outside. That bit of understanding that you gather in meditation, you begin to apply during the day, and there is a cycle that begins with effort, with will, with gathered energies transmuted through the sexual processes of alchemy. Transmutation accelerates the whole process; the consciousness is fed and developed rapidly when we transmute the sexual energy. And little by little, self-observation, self-remembering, and transmutation become natural. But that is something that has to be learned.
Q: Remember how you said that sometimes we think, “Well if I had more money then I would be happy”? What if we think something like, “If I just could learn how to meditate I would be happy; if I just could learn how to self observe, it would cure all my problems”?
A: Well, learn to meditate anyway.
Eventually you start to grasp the ego is rooted in desire, and desire can manifest in different forms. There are many who enter into spiritual study guided by desire, and influenced by desire, and they never grasp that. So they remain in suffering.
In some sense, what I would recommend to you is to learn to not think about it. When the desire arises, “If I could only learn to meditate,” let it go. You will learn as you practice. The desire can become an obstacle.
I will give you an example. When you desire something, when you have a craving, there is an energy, a vibration, that is manifesting in that instant. So the desire for the experience of meditation is a desire of the Nephesh, is a craving of ignorance, a craving related to the ego, that wants something, to experience something; it is a craving for sensation. You see that? You want to experience the sensations of meditation, or you want to experience the sensations of having knowledge about something in particular.
So long as you persist in that desire, it will create a problem for you. The reason is, meditation, real meditation, arises when no desire is present. The entrance into Samadhi occurs when the consciousness is fully extracted from the ego. So if you are meditating with the desire to meditate, you will not achieve it. If you are meditating with the craving for Samadhi, you will never achieve it.
We have to perceive in ourselves the nature of desire, to separate from that, to have no desire. Now this does not mean that we ignore the longing to know God. That is important. That longing is from Neshamah. That is the longing of the soul. But that is not a desire, in terms of sensation. And to distinguish between the taste of those two requires experience. But if you persist, you will see it.
Q: You said we have to transform Nephesh into a human being.
A: Yeah, the point is made that we have to transform Nephesh into a human being, and that is the point, that is the work.
Q: I was just thinking, aren’t desire and willpower very similar?
A: The question is: Are desire and willpower similar things, are they the same?
They are in us, because our will is trapped in desire.
The consciousness is a vessel, a vehicle. It is an energy. The root of consciousness itself, we find within the Monad, related to Tiphereth and the Divine Soul, Buddhi and Manas. This is will and consciousness, and that is what is in us as the essence. But when our consciousness becomes trapped in the ego, the will is trapped in the desire for sensation. So the work becomes extracting the consciousness out of the ego in order to have pure will, which is guided by the spirit. That is what it means to become a hu-man: mind, Manas, will, under the guidance of the spirit, rather than being dominated by Nephesh.
Q: You talked about everything being reduced to atomic structure. I don’t quite understand that, how you relate, what we think of at least, our physical atoms to spiritual essence.
A: The question is about how we reduce spiritual things to atomic, or scientific, matter.
Who created the atom? God. All the laws that function in nature and in the universe are spiritual. The structure of the atom itself is a structure of the spirit.
Part of the difficulty that scientists are having in these times is that they are not able to bridge the gap between the two realms of science that have emerged in the last couple hundred years.
A couple hundred years ago, everyone become very satisfied with the elaboration of Newtonian physics. So we had the understanding of how matter behaves in the physical world, and all the scientists were very relaxed and very content with the way science was describing things. And so they were very opposed to religion and spirituality. And then Einstein came along, and Einstein pointed out his two famous theories. And what came out of that revolution in the world of materialistic science was the realization that we perceive matter in a certain way, and matter behaves in a certain way, but when you investigate into the depth of matter, it is totally different. This is the difference between Newtonian physics and quantum mechanics.
Now, because the scientists in the mainstream are no longer able to understand what they perceive, they are appealing to religion. They are going and studying Buddhism, and studying the doctrines of the Madhyamaka schools, or the doctrines of the middle way, the Mahayana. They are trying to understand emptiness, because in quantum mechanics, they are seeing the scientific basis of emptiness. In quantum mechanics, they are seeing what the Buddha taught 2500 years ago. And those scientists are confused. So it is curious that you see now in this field of endeavor that scientists are having to recognize the plain and obvious fact that you cannot divorce the study of nature and the study of the soul.
Sure, you can study physical matter and forget about the world of the spirit, but if you really want to understand what is at the base of physical matter, you have to understand the laws that God has put into place. There is no other way. That is why when we talk about atomic science, it has relevance. It has relevance because we believe that this body that we have will persist. We believe that this self, this I, that we have will persist. But when we look at atomic science we see this body is not at all what we think it is.
On the level of conventional truth, the physical body has its functions and processes. But when we only see that side, we remain in illusion. To awaken is to learn to see and comprehend the absolute truth, the truth that underlies the conventional truth, and part of that is mirrored in atomic science-the atom itself is not just physical matter. It is a combination of three elements: matter, energy, and consciousness– the Law of Three in the base of any atom.
The scientists of this day and age are reluctantly having to recognize that truth, because they are observing phenomena that they do not comprehend. I will give you an example. They are performing tests-this is a common test among quantum mechanic physicists-they are performing tests now with particles that make decisions, particles that choose, that demonstrate consciousness. And the scientists do not get it. They do not understand. What they are also noticing and finding in their experiments is that the observation of things at the subatomic level cannot occur without the influence of the observer. So they are seeing the Law of Interdependence at the subatomic level, that they as a scientific observer are not separate from the phenomena that they observe.
This has been a huge wave of upset in the scientific communities, because the idea has always been, “We, as scientists, are distinct and separate from nature.” And we have this idea in society nowadays, that somehow we as human people, whatever we are, are different from nature, we are above nature, we are separate from nature. We like to think that. That is wrong. We are slaves of nature, and intimately involved with the processes of nature, and we have to step out of that through a work of conscious will.
The scientists who are performing these experiments are really agitated, and it has created all kinds of ethical and scientific debate in their communities. Gnostics have to do the same thing. People in religion, people in spiritual studies, need to recognize that spirit is at the base of nature. We ourselves exist because of laws that God has put into place, and to ignore those laws is to ignore the truth of ourselves. That is why in Gnosis we study things from a scientific point of view. We could call it scientific mysticism, and that would be pretty accurate.
Hebrew Letter Beth
Verses 9 to 16 from Psalm 119 begin with Beth:
במה יזכה־נער את־ארחו לשמר כדברך׃
בכל־לבי דרשתיך אל־תשגני ממצותיך׃
בלבי צפנתי אמרתך למען לא אחטא־לך׃
ברוך אתה יהוה למדני חקיך׃
בשפתי ספרתי כל משפטי־פיך׃
בדרך עדותיך ששתי כעל כל־הון׃
בפקדיך אשיחה ואביטה ארחתיך׃
בחקתיך אשתעשע לא אשכח דברך׃
09. By what means shall a young man purify his path to keep it according to your Word?
10. I have sought you with all of my heart; do not let me wander from your commands.
11. I have hidden your Word within my heart that I might not sin against you.
12. Blessed are You Oh Iod-Havah teach me your statutes.
13. I have declared all the judgments of your mouth with my lips.
14. I have rejoiced in the path of your testimonies as over all riches.
15. I will meditate on your precepts thus I will respect your ways.
16. Upon your statutes I will delight myself, I will not forget your Word.Psalm 119:9-16
Now let us study the magical equilibrium of the second Arcanum of the Tarot.
The physical body is organized by the elements. The Innermost emanated from the Inner Star that has always smiled upon us; He is positively polarized. The Physical Body is the negative shadow of the Innermost.
Spirit and Matter live in eternal combat. When the Spirit defeats the matter, the Spirit then becomes a Master. Maya (illusion) could not exist without the duality. Force and matter are two modalities of the same thing – energy. Matter is determined energy and a determiner of new undulations. Evolution is a process of complication of the energy whose outcome is the Macrocosmos and the Microcosmos. The universe is Maya (illusion). The universe exists because of Karma and it is a mass of floating shadows.
When the Spirit (the Innermost) liberates himself from Maya, it returns to the Ain Soph of Kabbalah. In the last synthesis each Being is just a super divine atom from the Abstract Absolute Space. That atom is the Ain Soph.
The ineffable gods from the Ain Soph are beyond any comprehension for us. The human mind is for the gods of the Ain Soph what the activities of the mineral kingdom are for us. Within the Ain Soph only the unity of life reigns; that is supreme happiness. The universe is duality, Maya/Pain. We need to liberate ourselves from the Binary and to return into the unity of life. It is urgent to pass beyond the painful manifestations of Maya. A science exists; with it we can tear the veil of Maya and return into the Ain Soph; that science is Alchemy.
Dr. Arnold Krumm-Heller stated: “A chemist just happened to forget about an emerald ring that was close to a little test tube containing radium. After few weeks he saw that the emerald had absolutely changed into another unknown stone for him. Thereafter he purposely left other stones like rubies, zephyrs, etc., in contact with the radium: his surprise was great when he discovered that after a little time such stones had absolutely changed their color; the blue ones had turned into red and the red ones into green.” Doctor Krumm Heller continues saying, “Gentlemen, do you know what the former statement that I just mentioned means (since I do not consider that it is scientifically established)? It means that Shakespeare was right when he said that ‘many things exist between heaven and earth that our scholastic consciousness does not even suspect,’ and the science of alchemy is reborn when corroborating the transmutations of metals.” Man and woman must equilibrate their forces; they must become alchemists, so that they can return to the Ain Soph. Circe offers the tempting cup and Ulysses rejects her with his sword. The sacred sign of the infinite represents the brain, heart, and sex of the Planetary Genie. This struggle is terrible, brain against sex, and sex against brain, and what is even more terrible and more painful, heart against heart. You know this.
The Masters used to place three cups of Glory, three cups of Alchemy upon the Altars of the Temples of the White Lodge. Each one of these three Sacred Cups of the Temple contains a precious balm: the Red Balm is the Fire, the Blue Balm is the Water and the White Balm is the Universal Spirit of Life.
Ida and Pingala are the canals through which the atoms of Fire and Water ascend; the Spirit grasps the cane with seven knots (that cane is the spinal medulla). When man and woman learn how to avoid the sexual spasm and the ejaculation of the “Ens Seminis,” then the Igneous Serpent of our Magical Powers awakens. If you want to return to the father who is in secret, you must first return to the bosom of your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to raise the Serpent of Life through your medullar canal. This is Alchemy.
Alchemy: You have forgotten your Divine Mother Kundalini. You need to worship the Divine and Blessed Mother Goddess of the World. You have been ungrateful to your Cosmic Mother; She is the Virgin of all religious cults; She is Isis, Mary, Cybele, Adonia, Insobertha, etc. The Stone of Grace is surrounded by nine delectable mountains; that Stone is Sex. If you want to return to the bosom of your Divine Mother, you need to work with the Philosophical Stone – Sex.
The Mayans stated that in the first heaven God, the Verb, had held his stone, had held his serpent, and had held his substance. Only with the Arcanum A.Z.F. can the Verb become flesh in order to grasp his stone, his serpent and his substance anew. Then we will return into the Ain Soph; we will return into the Unity of Life. You are the children of the Widow, your Divine Mother is now a Widow, but when She rises through the medullar canal, she is betrothed with the Eternal Beloved. Your Divine Mother is the second Arcanum, the Popess of the Tarot. She is crowned with a Tiara. The head of the Divine Mother is surrounded by a veil. You must be courageous and lift the Veil of Isis. Our Gnostic motto is Willpower.
The Mother carries her son (the Verb) within her arms; and she is seated between the two columns that symbolize man and woman. Worship the Virgin of the Sea brethren of mine.The Divine Mother appears in the second Arcanum making the priestly esoteric sign with her hand. Study within the Sacred Book of your Divine Mother. “Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7: 7) Your Divine Mother can grant the longed for occult powers. Pray to your Divine Mother; practice your esoteric exercises; you can ask your Adored Mother for Clairvoyance, Telepathy, Clairaudience, the faculties for Astral Projection, etc. You can be sure that your Divine Mother will listen to your beseeching. You must profoundly meditate everyday upon your Divine Mother, praying, pleading. “You need to be devoured by the Serpent.” One (1) is the man, two (2) is the woman; the man is one column the woman is the other column of the temple. The two columns must not be too close or too distant; there must be enough space so that the light can pass between them.
It is necessary to transmute the Lead of the Personality into the Pure Gold of the spirit, this is Alchemy. The moon must be transformed into the sun. The Moon is the Soul; the Sun is the Inner Christ. We need to be christified. No human being can return to the Father without having been devoured by the Serpent. No one can be devoured by the Serpent without having worked in the Flaming Forge of Vulcan (Sex). The Key of Christification is the Arcanum A.Z.F. The mantra for the Arcanum A.Z.F. is I.A.O. – I (Ignis), Fire, A (Aqua) Water, O (Origo), Principle, Spirit.
Remember this formula from our last discussion: Fire + Water = Consciousness.
Mars descends into the Flaming Forge of Vulcan in order to retemper his sword and to conquer the heart of Venus, Hercules descends in order to clean the stables of Augias with the sacred Fire and Perseus descends in order to cut off Medusa’s head. Remember beloved disciples that our Divine Mother is Nut and her word is (56) fifty-six. This number is Kabbalistically added as follows: 5 + 6 = 11, then 1 + 1 = 2. One is the Father; two is She, Nut, the Divine Mother Kundalini.
1. Lay down on your bed, facing up and with your relaxed body.
2. Achieve the state of slumber by meditating upon the Sacred Serpent that dwells in the Coccygeal Chakra.
3. Thereafter, pray with all of your heart, meditating on the following Sacred Ritualistic Prayer:
Be thou, oh Hadit, my secret, the Gnostic mystery of my Being, the central point of my connection, my heart itself, and bloom on my fertile lips, made Verb!
Up above, in the infinite Heavens, in the profound Height of the unknowable, the incessant glow of Light is the naked beauty of Nut. She reclines, she bends in delectable ecstasy, to receive the kiss of secret fervor of Hadit. The winged sphere and the blue of the Sky are mine.
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA
These mantras have the power of transmuting our sexual energy into Light and fire within the Alchemical Laboratory of the human body. This prayer with its mantras can be utilized in Sexual Magic. This prayer with its mantras is an omnipotent clue in order to meditate upon our Divine Mother.
The Master Dr. Krumm-Heller stated the following in his Rosicrucian Novel: “When the man joins the woman in the secret act, he becomes a God since he converts himself into a Creator in this moment. Seers state that in those precise moments of love, the two beings are seen enveloped by a brilliant burst of light; they are enveloped by the most subtle and potent forces that are in nature. If man and woman would know how to withdraw without the spasm and retain such a vibration, then they can operate with it as a Magician in order to purify themselves and obtain everything. However if they do not know how to retain such light, it will withdraw from them in order to set out into the universal currents, yet leaving behind the open doors so that evil can introduce itself to them. Then love is converted into hatred, their illusion is followed by deception.”
With the mantric prayer that we have taught in this lesson, we retain that brilliant cosmic light that envelops the human couple in that supreme moment of love with the condition of avoiding, by all means, the ejaculation of the Ens Seminis. The mantras of this invocation have the power of transmuting the creative energies into Light and Fire.
The bachelor and bachelorettes can also transmute and sublimate their sexual energies and carry them to the heart with this prayer and these mantras. You must know that in the Temple of the Heart, the creative energies are mixed with the forces of Christ and thereafter they elevate to the superior worlds. The Inner Christ lives in the Heart Temple. The Cross of Initiation is received in the Heart Temple. This mantric prayer is also a formula of priestly power that the Magician utilizes in his practices of internal meditation in order to arrive at the feet of his Divine Mother. If the meditation is perfect, your Adorable Mother will hear your call and she will come to you; then you can converse with her about ineffable, Paradisiacal things. She is Devi Kundalini; She is the Popess of the Tarot. The Divine Mother always listens to her devotees. In the sacred land of the Vedas, Ramakrishna was one of her most greatest devotees.
Do you want to reach the heights of Nirvikalpa-Samadhi? Do you need to develop Anubhava (perception of your Inner God in meditation) ? Do you want the Jinn Science? Remember that you have an Adorable Mother.
“Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.”Matthew 7:7
The Letter Beth
Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the house of God
Beth, number two. Beth means house. The meaning of creation is to build a house for God, because a man without a house is not a man, thus we have to build consciousness or the soul (astral, mental and causal solar bodies = three letters Vav), which is the house. This allows us to incarnate the human soul so that we can marry the divine soul within which the divine fires of our innermost God shine!
“And let them make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.”Exodus 25: 8
“For mine house shall be called a house of prayer for all people.”Isaiah 56: 7
According to Kabbalah, the souls of the righteous are 36 – 3 plus 6 = 9 (the ninth sphere, Yesod) which means that in Yesod, Sex is where the Holy Spirit receives the Ruach of the Elohim in order to create the human being into the image of Aleph! The souls of the righteous are all those chaste souls who transmute their sexual creative energies into light and fire, are those who transmute the very essence of Christ (which is the cosmic energy of the Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Absolute, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the constellation of Leo).
My house (the physical body) shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves.Matthew 21: 13
We heard him (the Solar Christ) say, I will destroy this temple that is made with hands, and within three days I will build another made without hands.Mark 14: 58
“Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up.” Then the Jews said, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and will you raise it up in three days?” But He was speaking of (Beth) the temple of His body.John 2:19-21
Aleph (the three Akashic Breaths) said:
Let them (man and woman) make me a sanctuary; that I may dwell among them.” Thus, in Briah, Binah induced by the Divine motivation of Aleph (the Ruach Elohim) created Man by means of Daath into their own image, so that they can have their dwelling place in matter (the Mother). Aima Elohim, Maha Kundalini fulfilled his command and rose through the spinal column of both man and woman and created the Astral Body, Mental Body and Causal Body, thus the human soul entered within their “Beth” physical bodies. “And Elohim blessed them, and said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moves upon the earth.Genesis 1: 28
When Christ-Chokmah descends with Tiphereth (the Human Soul) into the physical body, this is when the Son of Man descends to judge the sins of the world (the physical, vital, astral and mental bodies of the terrestrial man); this is the descension of Christ-Chokmah into Klipoth or Hell in order to purify the passional waters of the terrestrial man and to make of him a perfect “Beth” temple for Kether, the Father of all the Lights.
And here the Son of Man cries:
Save me, Oh Elohim; for the (passional) waters are come in unto my (animal) soul (Nephesh). I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters (of desire), where the floods overflow me.
I am weary of my crying: my throat (in Daath) is dried: mine eyes fail while I wait for my God.
They (my egos of lust) that hate me without a cause, are more than the hairs of my head: they that would destroy me, being mine enemies wrongfully, are mighty: then I restored that which I took not away.
Oh Elohim, you know my foolishness; and my sins are not hidden from you.
Let not them that wait on you, Oh YHVH Tsabaoth, be ashamed for my sake: let not those that seek you be confounded for my sake, Oh God of Israel.
Because for your sake I have borne reproach; shame has covered my face. I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children.
For the passion of your house has eaten me up; and the reproaches of them that reproached you are fallen upon me.Psalm 69: 1-9
The Merkabah, the Egyptian Sahu, To Soma Heliakon, the Solar Bodies are built and purified when the terrestrial man becomes absolutely dead in his egos; here is where the will of God (Kether) reaches its fulfillment.
Only resurrected masters can bring Kether and the Ain Soph to dwell in their house (Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body) and enjoy Paranishpana, Absolute Happiness. Only resurrected Masters become vehicles of Kether, Chokmah and Binah. Only resurrected Masters can bestow the blessings of the Ain Soph (Aelohim) to humanity. They become the Head of any House (meaning the Head of any Authentic Religion whose doctrine vibrates with the great reality of life free in its movement) and thereby bestow true happiness to all souls.
Stone of Philosophers
Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock: And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock (the Philosophical Stone of Yesod – sex). And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand (of beliefs and theories): And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.Matthew 7: 24-27
We are going to talk about the second Arcanum of the Tarot, called the Priestess, related with the letter Beth of the Hebrew alphabet, and with the number two. This is the great Arcanum related with the Divine Mother Aima Elohim. The Divine Mother Kundalini, which is also called Prakriti, Mahaprakriti, is the womb from which everything emerges. Here we have to explain about the binary or the duality, which emerges from the unity. When we look at the picture of the second Arcanum, we clearly see that all of it is related with the duality, beginning with the Priestess, which symbolizes the Divine Mother Aima Elohim.
It is good to remember that in the last lecture the speaker explained very well that the magician and the priest is the same thing. The meaning of magician is priest, the meaning of priest is a magician; the one that exercises dominion of nature, internal and external nature. And obviously, when we study the Priestess we are studying the female aspect of that magician, which is the priestess, the woman. As above, so below; as below, so above. You see that there are two columns which represent man and woman, and we are going to explain for you to understand how this card is related to the universe and to the human being.
The letter Beth is the first letter that you find in the book of Genesis. Remember that Genesis comes from “generation, generate,” and “Bereshith,” which is the first word of the book of Genesis in Hebrew, begins with Beth. And the World of Creation, which is the world of Briah, starts with Beth. And Binah, which is the Holy Spirit or the third sephirah, begins with Beth. This really invites us to reflect, because really, Binah is in relation with creation, Briah, with Bereshith, because it is the beginning or the way in which the universe develops.
When we explain the nature of God, we always arrive at the conclusion that God has no form, but we have to study that which people call God, because remember that in Hebrew, the first word that you find in the Bible for God is Elohim.Many times, we have explained that Elohim or Eloim is a feminine word, Eloah, with a masculine plural ending (-im). So when we say, “Elohim” we are saying “Gods and Goddesses.” But El itself is masculine, so when the word Elohim is written in the book of Genesis, many translators interpret that as merely “God.” But the real translation should be “Gods and Goddesses,” because Elohim is a plural word, which encompasses feminine and masculine together.
The number one is masculine and the number two is feminine. The number two emerges from the unity, which in reality is within the unity. But the number two, the duality, is the way in which divinity multiplies or creates. It is impossible for the unity to create by itself; it does not, it unfolds into two. And That is why in many ways in Kabbalah, you find that there are different names related with different entities, different forces, that always show us the duality, or the two aspects, two polarities; masculine, feminine. And this is because in order for creation to exist we need always the two polarities. Those people that believe in God as masculine and reject the feminine aspect of it, are half-atheists, because God is male-female. So in order for us to be a complete theist we have to understand that we have to worship not only God as masculine, but the Goddess, the Divine Mother, its feminine aspect, in order to be complete. Otherwise, I repeat, we will be half-atheists, because God is male-female.
This is how you find that the fire, which is God, unfolds into another fire which is the Goddess. That is why Kether of the Tree of Life, which is the first sephirah, is symbolized with the letter Iod. The letter Iod is related with the phallus. Iod means phallus, or signifies phallus, thus in everything when you find the letter Iod, you find to be the creative potential of the masculine aspect of divinity.
The first sephirah, Kether, is related with the first card of the Tarot, the Magician. And the second sephirah Chokmah, which means “wisdom,” is related with the feminine aspect. But we have to comprehend that in this way, in order to understand that in every sephirah of this triangle that we call Father, Son and Holy Spirit; Kether, Chokmah, Binah; Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva (different names in different religions). They always take possession of the three triangles that we see in the Tree of Life in order to organize that which is the universe.
The second triangle is controlled by Chokmah, the second sephirah. Chokmah is wisdom, and in that sephirah we find for the first time on the Tree the name of God as Iod He Vav He, which is translated into English as Jah-Hova. But the real translation should be Iod-Havah. Iod indicates the phallus and Havah the womb, because Havah is the way in which you say in Hebrew “Eve.” Eva is how you say it in Spanish, but in Hebrew if you want to refer to that name, it is of course “Havah.” So when you say Iod-Havah in Kabbalah, you are indicating “masculine-feminine.” Therefore, the name Jah-Hova is also masculine and feminine.
The word “Jah,” you hear that many times; Christians repeat that word many times: “Hallelu-JAH,” which means “worship or praise Jah.” And who is Jah? Jah is Kether, the first, the Father, that is Jah, that is his particular mantra. So when you say “Hallelu-JAH,” you say, “Praise the first one, the number one, who is Jah,” right?
In the word Jah-Hova, Hova is the feminine aspect. Jah masculine, Hova feminine. So that word that always we repeat “Jah-Hova,” doesn’t point to a masculine entity, it is an androgynous entity. People that think that the masculine name of God is Jah-Hova are wrong, because the name Jah-Hova is not masculine, it is masculine-feminine, together. That is why in Kabbalah we say not Jah-Hova, we say Iod-Havah, and Iod is pointing to Adam, and Havah is pointing to Eve. From Adam comes Eve, as it is written in Genesis, that Eve was taken from the body of Adam. If Eve was taken from the body of Adam, it is because Eve was within Adam before. So Adam was male-female. That is why it is written, “God created man into his own image.”
Now this is something very important to understand, because God has no form, but God needs form in order to abide in matter. That form, that matter within which God needs to abide is called Human Being or Man. But here we have to explain that the word Man is androgynous. We are not taking the word Man as the dictionary, that is always pointing to the male. When we say the word Man, we are naming the female and the male together. This is something that we have to understand because this is how it is written, that the Man was made male-female.
Obviously, after that comes the division, when Eve was taken from Adam, and then we find that Adam is called Man, and the woman Wo-Man, which, between parentheses, “Wo” in Sanskrit means “no” – “no man” – or the negative or the passive aspect of the man, the feminine aspect, the Wo-Man.
So here God is fire, I repeat. And that is why in the Bible and many other books, when they refer to God they always refer to fire. But God is not the common and current fire, because the fire itself has two aspects: the visible and the invisible. The visible aspect of the fire is this that we call “matter,” as forms. In other words, matter is only the crystallization of fire, or as we say scientifically, matter is just the complication of the energy. Remember Einstein, he says: Matter transforms into energy and energy into matter. So in the last synthesis, matter is energy. As an example we say that the physical matter that we know is a compound of cells, the cells are a compound of molecules, the molecules are a compound of atoms. If we make an explosion of an atomic bomb we liberate energy, so in the last synthesis all of that matter is energy. So whether it is water, whether it is air, whether it is earth, it is the same fire. In the last synthesis, everything is fire, energy. The crystallization of the fire or the energy into many forms is the visible aspect of the fire. Obviously, with the physical sight or with the physical senses we only capture the physical aspect of the fire. But there are other dimensions where you find other crystallizations of that fire that we call “God.”
It is important to overstand that, as we said in other lectures, in order for the invisible fire to crystallize into matter, it needs the second aspect; that second aspect is what we call the Akasa. What is the Akasa? It is that feminine aspect of the fire, an unfoldment of the fire, but it has no form. The Akasa is diluted in the space. That Akasa or fire, we will say, is what the Hindus call the Prakriti, the Mulaprakriti, which is in the universe. From there, from that substance, emerge the worlds, planets, moons. That is precisely what in Kabbalah we call Daath, and that we were talking about in the previous lecture: the upper Eden. Paradise. It is called paradise because it is the place where God is abiding, as male-female. That is why the sephirah Daath, which is a Hebrew word for “knowledge,” Gnosis, is the place where God abides. Everything is possible within Daath, because there is where we find the activity of Chokmah, Yod-Havah, wisdom, in Briah. And you know, Briah is creation, the World of Creation, where Binah is acting, where the Divine Mother creates.
The great Rabbi from Galilee, Yeshua of Nazareth, was a Rabbi who knew Kabbalah, and he founded Christianity. Kabbalah is the root of Christianity. And obviously, he knew about creation, and about Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother, which was represented in his physical mother that we know of as Mary, or Miriam. The physical mother of Master Yeshua is a great Master, a great female Master, a Goddess related with the elements of nature. And 2000 years ago, when Christianity began, she took the responsibility of representing the Divine Mother in Christianity. Being a priestess of the temple of Israel, she received that honor. That is why we call her Mary, the mother of God. We innerstand very well that Mary, the mother of God, has no form. But Mary, the mother of Yeshua that came 2000 years ago, yes, she is a Master, as Master Yeshua is a Master who represents the Christ. But Christ is universal, the Divine Mother is universal and has no form, but is represented in Mary, the mother of Yeshua.
Jah-Hova, the great Master of the past Mahamanvantara or cosmic day, is a great Master too. He is an individual, but he represents in us our own particular individual Jah-Havah, which is inside. So then we have to understand that in Gnosticism, we do not deny these Masters, they exist, but they represent something inside of us. That is the way to understand how to develop, because Christianity is unfortunately stagnant and worshipping the personality of Jah-Hova, the personality of Yeshua, the personality of Mary. They are Masters, they deserve our respect, but we have to love our God above all things, and the neighbour as thyself. That is the commandment. The neighbour, Masters like Yeshua, Jah-Hova, like Mary, Krishna, many other Gods, Masters that exist: we respect them. But first we go inside, because each one of them represents something within; this is how we innerstand.
Mary is the representation, the symbol, of the Divine Mother, of that fire which is called Akasa. When it crystallizes (thanks to the activity of the masculine fire that we were studying in the first Arcanum, the Magician, which is Kether, Chokmah and Binah together), the Akasa enters into activity in Briah. Briah is the world of creation. That is why the Divine Mother, which is the duality, is depicted in the Arcanum between two columns, because she needs to work. She in herself is one column. But if we see two columns there, it is because her house is within Briah, within Daath. Daath is her house. Only in her house is creation.
There can be no creation without the mother. If a man has a sperm and wants to have a son, he needs the womb of the woman, and it is the woman that is going to take nine months in order to develop that seed, not the man. Of course, the sperm is necessary, which is the seed, but the woman is the one that takes all of her creation. That is why in Latin mother is called “mater.” When you said mother, mater, and mater you know in English is “matter,” which is mother, because she is the origin of the form. The woman, the feminine aspect, is the origin of the form, because that sperm takes form in the womb and becomes what we are. So the woman takes all of that within her womb in order to create what we call the human being, physically speaking. The same thing occurs above, in Daath, in the space. The Divine Mother Maha-Kundalini takes the fire of the creator and molds it in her womb, which is the space, and creates a planet. That is why in other lectures we talked about the Divine Mother having different aspects.
The first aspect of the Divine Mother is the unknowable. Even the Unknowable Divine needs the Unknowable Feminine aspect in order to exist. The Unknowable Divine is masculine and feminine. That is why the Ain Soph receives from this point of view the name of “Sephirah.” The word Sephirah is a feminine name that alludes to the Divine Mother, the Ain Soph from which all the Sephiroth emerge, which is the universe. So then you find that the Unknowable Divine in its feminine aspect is Sephirah, the Divine Mother, who creates the universe, the sephiroth.
The Divine Mother as a visible aspect is called Divine Mother Nature, because from the space Mother Nature creates different planets; She is in nature. The Divine Mother is everywhere. So the Divine Mother Nature as Eden is the fourth dimension. It is in the fourth dimension that we find the Divine Mother Nature, which is the feminine aspect of God in every single planet that creates life, different forms of life that crystallize in the physical three-dimensional world. That is why we said that paradise, Eden, is in the fourth dimension. And when we talked about that, we pointed to the sephirah Yesod, which is the sexual force. Shaddai El Chai, the almighty power of God, is in Yesod, but the Divine Mother needs to be there in order to create that. That is why in the beginning God said: “Let there be light!” And the Divine Mother said: “And there was light!” Because if she didn’t say, “And there was light,” there is no light, right? It is like the man says: “Let there be a son!” And the mother says: “And here is your son!” Same thing. The light is the son of both. That is why it is written that Mother and Father are Darkness, and Light is their son, and this light is Christ. You see the beauty of all of this.
We always emphasize that whether the Father or the Mother are fire, they have no form. That is why it is said that the devotee, when he is worshipping the Divine Mother, the Divine Mother can appear before him or before her by taking the shape of any religious feminine aspect of God. If she or he is a Christian, she will take the feminine aspect of Mary. But if he’s a Hindu, she will take Saravasti or any other, because in Hinduism we find many feminine aspects of the Goddess, God. If he or she is a worshipper of the ancient, in this case the Tarot, then she will appear as Isis. But after she appears as Isis and talks with her devotee, and the devotee receives the blessing of her Divine Mother, or his Divine Mother, she dissolves the form because she doesn’t need it. But she is the origin of forms. That is why it is written that when God, the masculine aspect Binah, talked to the devotee he says: “I am the one that formed you in the womb of your mother.” The Holy Spirit really creates within the womb of our mother. If it wasn’t for our mother, whether any religion that we follow, we wouldn’t be here. So don’t forget the Divine Mother, because her mystery is occultism.
Everything related with the number two is occultism, hidden. That is why the Divine Mother is covered with a veil, which is called the “veil of Isis.” You need to lift the veil, to have the courage. In order to lift the veil of Isis, you need Thelema; that means “willpower,” because She hides the secret of creation. Only by being a creator can you lift that veil. And here is the secret.
In the previous Arcanum, the speaker talked about God as air; Aleph is air, so God is air, the origin of air, that fire and air. But so is Shin, which is fire in Kabbalah, and so is Mem, mother, matter, within which the fire abides, because the Mem, the matter, Aima Elohim, is the house above, the house above in space of God. So God has a house, and that house is the Goddess, Aima Elohim. There he abides in order to create. Fire within fire. That is why when God wants to create his habitat, or wants to appear before anybody or in the universe, he makes the human being.
The human being is precisely the last, the utmost goal of God, because in him or in her – we said in him, but really the real human being is both, masculine and feminine – because if God wants to abide in the human being, he first enters as feminine and then as masculine, and this is how you discover the mystery of creation. So behold here, the whole secret in order to become the house of God; Beth means the house of God, Beth itself. Even in Arabic, Beth is house.
It is written, “A man without a house is not a man.” If you do not understand the meaning, you think you need to buy a house, and then you will be a man; no. You will be a man in many ways. A man without a woman is not a man, because Beth is the woman, that is the meaning of it. Also, a man without a house is not a man, meaning, a man without the creation of the vehicles in order for God to abide within, is not a man. So it has many meanings, you see? But of course, people that do not understand Kabbalah take just the literal meaning. A man without a house is not a man, so he has to fight all the time, making money in order to buy a house. He says, “Now I am a man, I have a house, I have a wife.” Everybody does that. But the real meaning is different.
And behold, the womb is the symbol of that Beth, that house within which creation is made. In other words, the womb of the woman is paradise. We came out of paradise into this physical world to suffer, but that womb is related with the fourth dimension as well, symbolically. But look, observe how the fetus is developed in the womb of the woman. It is floating in the water, receiving through it all the elements needed in order to be developed. We are talking about the physical body that has the shape of the human being. But the physical body really is a great creation, a great organism, that needs different forces, elements that the woman attracts to her womb. And this is how it is being created. Elements from the Megalocosmos, elements from the Macrocosmos, elements from nature, in order to create the Microcosmos, the human body.
The human body is called the negative aspect of the Spirit, because the Spirit has no form, but the physical body has form; when we talk about the Spirit, our own individual particular Spirit, which is Chesed, we find that his negative aspect is Malkuth, the physical body. Malkuth, from this point of view, is feminine, whether you are man or woman. That is why in Malkuth we find the Queen. And the physical body is polarized negatively, that’s why we have to work, this is the work of the Spirit.
Chesed, the Innermost, has to command nature, has to command the Holy Spirit, but it is written that the physical body, the house of God, the temple of God, has become a den of thieves; this is what Jesus says. Obviously, the physical body was created by the powers of God, because only God can create. But we have transformed the temple of God, the physical body, into a den of thieves, and that is why Jesus, 2000 years ago, symbolically, when he entered into the temple, he took a whip and drove out all the merchants. Those merchants are the ego that we have within. The temple of God is called a house of prayer, but we have transformed the temple of God, the physical body, into a den of thieves, merchants. The writer of the Gospel is not referring to the temple there in Jerusalem or any church of any other place, or any synagogue, or any mosque that Jesus was talking about, he was talking about the temple of the body. That body was made in the womb for a purpose.
The fetus floats in Mem, in that liquid within the womb. But it also needs the air, and that’s why the navel, the umbilical cord has four arteries within, four channels. Two are for the air in order for the fetus to breathe, because the fetus cannot breathe through his nose, if he does he will be dead, because then the liquid will enter into his nostrils. So the air that will nourish his lungs enters through the umbilical cord. And then blood through the other two arteries. So the umbilical cord has four arteries, two for blood and two for air. Aleph is air and the blood is fire, Shin.
So behold here the three aspects of Alchemy: Shin, fire; Mem, water; and Air, Aleph. These three create Adam, physically speaking, the physical body, which is Malkuth, because the Three Primary Forces of these three letters always create. That’s why we said that from upper Eden came a river that was nourishing paradise, Eden. That is why we insist always that the physical body is paradise as well for us, coming from paradise.
Unfortunately, we have transformed paradise into a hell, because we don’t know how to take advantage of it.
The blood that enters into the organism at the end with all the transformations that we already talked about in other lectures, becomes sperm. So that fire that comes from above through the blood becomes sperm in the man and ovum in the woman. But the blood also becomes milk in the breast of the woman; that is why you see that the Priestess that represents the Divine Mother has the Tao Cross pointing to her breast, showing you that you have to be nourished with wisdom, the virtues. As the fetus needs the milk of the mother, we also need milk, that wisdom which is the Divine Mother too, in order to develop. But in order to develop, we need to work with the Divine Mother, we need to worship, and the science of the Divine Mother is called Alchemy.
The great mystery of the Great Arcanum is precisely sexual transmutation, because in the duality abides the Divine Mother. Man is the positive, woman the negative, or masculine and feminine. In order to create, we need the two polarities, sperm and the ovum: that is called Alchemy. We are not going to teach here how to create physically, because everybody knows about that. We teach how to create inside, within, or as Jesus of Nazareth said 2000 years ago, to be born again, by the fire and the water, or by the water and the Spirit. Water is Mem, the feminine aspect; the Spirit is the masculine aspect. It is an alchemical statement; it is not something that we merely believe in, because nobody comes into this physical world by believing.
Christians ignore the mystery of the immaculate conceptions. Tradition says that Mary was conceived by the grace and action of the Holy Spirit; that is Alchemy. It does not mean she did not have sex. It means that she had sex, but in mystery, an immaculate conception without impurity, because immaculate means “purity.” The sexual act in itself is necessary for creation to exist, but Mary gives us the mystery there, the example, that in order to become a twice born, a Christian, in order to beget Jesus, she needs to be fecundated in the immaculate way. We are the outcome of the fecundation of our father and mother, but that is not immaculate; unfortunately, we were born through fornication, which means through the animal generation.
Fornication is the sexual act with spasm, or orgasm. That is fornication. No matter if we believe in anything. If the couple reaches the spasm or the orgasm they are fornicators, so all of us are children of fornication. But to be born again as an immaculate conception means that we should take advantage of the duality, Binah, Beth, the house of God. In this case, the man has to penetrate in the house of God, which is the woman, and not damage or pollute the house of God.
Animals pollute the house of God, because they are irrational, they do not know. But the human being knows how to transmute the sexual force, and that’s why the Master emphasizes: “Do not forget, you man, that your woman is your priestess, who represents your Divine Mother.” Of course, our physical mother also represents the Divine Mother. Of course, our sister also represents the Divine Mother. Of course, our female friends also represent the Divine Mother. The Divine Mother has different aspects, so the feminine aspect of God is the woman, made into the image of the Goddess.
To be born again, to make the house of God, is to create the internal bodies, to enter into the world of Briah, the mystery of creation. That is why the letter Beth is made of three Vavs. One horizontal, which descends into another Vav, which is vertical, held by another Vav which is horizontal at the very bottom. Three. Why three? Because we need three Men inside of us. The three Men are the three Solar Bodies that we need to create, because a man without a house is not a man.
In our house are the vehicles within which God has to abide. The Solar Astral Body is the house of the Son. The Solar Mental Body is the house of the Holy Spirit. And the Solar Causal Body is the house of the Father. When somebody has a Causal Body he can do the will of God, because the Body of Willpower, or the Causal Body, is the body through which we learn how to do the will of the Father.
So behold, Causal Body: the Father. Mental body: the Holy Spirit, because in the Solar Mental Body we have all the powers of the Holy Spirit. And the Solar Astral Body is the Son in us. So those three Men or Vavs are the three internal bodies that we have to create in order to become a Man, a Human Being. Then we will become a righteous man.
In Kabbalah, it is said that there are 36 righteous men in the earth, but that is a symbol. Three plus six is nine (Chokmah from bottom to top: Beth, the house; Yesod from top to bottom: the Ninth Sphere, the sexual organs), meaning that in order to become a righteous man, a right human being, we have to create the bodies, the three bodies of the letter Beth, and to make a house of God. Then, we are ready to incarnate God.
When the house is ready, Jesus has to come, which is Christ, which is also fire, and incarnates in the Bodhisattva, and with the whip takes the ego, little by little, out of the house of God, in order for that Bodhisattva to become a resurrected man. Only a resurrected man could be really the house of God, because the many aspects of divinity have to incarnate; that’s the meaning of creation, God needs a house.
Why does God need a house? Because he needs a form in the universe, he needs to know his qualities, and for that he needs the house, to adorn that house, to make that house according to his own idiosyncrasy. That is why each of us, spiritually speaking, has a different idiosyncrasy. Then we develop that idiosyncrasy, which is spiritual, psychological etc., our own inheritance. And we become Masters. Masters of our own house. And then we become vehicles of divinity.
In Kabbalah such vehicles are called the Sadikim. The Sadikim are those who have Solar Astral, Mental and Causal Bodies; but the real Sadikim is the one who is a Resurrected Master, who is a vehicle of divinity, and who can express divinity and give the blessings of God through himself. Moses is a Sadikin. Jesus, Mohammed, Buddha, Zoroaster and many other Masters are vehicles of divinity. That is why they are the heads of houses, but in this case, big houses, that people call “religions.”
Christianity is a big house, and the head of that house is Yeshua, because he is a resurrected Master. Mohammed also made a big house called Islam, because he is a resurrected Master. Buddha also made a big house. Other initiates come and make small houses, because they are not resurrected. So they do not succeed like the great Masters, the resurrected Masters. They have a little hut. There are different kinds of houses, or we will say, organizations. A resurrected Master is the only one that can channel the Holy Trinity and bless anyone who enters into his house.
Each one of us has to make his own house, too. He, as an engineer or architect, is teaching you: “Okay, this is my temple, but you have to make your own. I will teach you here, come anytime.” And that is why Solomon calls Hiram Abiff to make his temple, because he knew how. And then after he had his own temple, he taught others to make their own temple. To begin to make your own temple, you have to create the solar astral, mental and causal bodies. And for that you need the mystery of the Great Arcanum, which is the secret of the Divine Mother.
The two columns represent the two polarities, because the Divine Mother as fire who creates, rises in the spinal column, and that is why any temple entrance always has two columns. When you arrive at any temple, whether the temple of Samael, or Raphael, or any temple in the galaxy, in the universe, you find always at the very entrance two columns: Jakin-Boaz, the man and the woman, the two polarities. For any temple to exist, it requires two columns, not one; two, for creation. This is Binah, Briah, creation, Beth. The man and the woman. And it is precisely in the sexual act, by taking advantage of Paradise, Eden, which is the sexual force, how the Divine Mother emerges from Eden, because the Divine Mother is in Eden. Eden is a word which means “voluptuousness,” sexual voluptuousness. So in order to create something divine you need to enter into Eden, and the entrance of Eden is the sexual act. Man and woman united in the sexual act are in Eden. That is why they are in Paradise.
The sexual act is the most beautiful gift to the human being. But unfortunately, people do not take advantage of Eden; they enter into Eden and they leave Eden all the time. To remain in Eden is to keep the sexual force, to not spill it like the animals. We need to transmute it in order for the Divine Mother, who is the creator that needs to be fecundated by the Holy Spirit, to rise in your spinal column, which is the two columns. That is why we said two columns, because the woman has her spinal column and the man has his spinal column.
Below the Priestess you see two columns, in the waters. Those two columns are in the waters because we need to bring them up. And obviously those columns have four levels. The four levels represent the four Bodies of Sin, which everybody has: the physical body, the vital body, Kama Rupa and inferior Manas; all of those are animal aspects. First, the physical body is the negative aspect, or lunar aspect. The vital body as well. Kama Rupa means “body of desires,” which is inside. It’s that emotional aspect. And the inferior Manas, the mind, which is animal mind, is also inferior. So you find those four levels there on each column, because man and woman both have four Bodies of Sin, or four animal lunar forces that we have to transform into Solar. We transform them into Solar when we know how to take advantage of the Solar Light in the sexual alchemy, and then we create the internal bodies. And this is how we need the forces of the womb. The woman needs a man in order to take advantage of her forces that are in her womb, and to be born again.
It is coming into my mind Madame Blavatsky, the great Yogi. She wrote “The Secret Doctrine,” and she developed a lot of powers, because she was a yogi, and was guided by the Masters. But at a certain age the Masters called her and said, “Madame Blavatsky, you are a great seer, you have developed a lot of spiritual powers, but you need to be born again, you need to develop you house, your internal bodies.” And then she was married with the Colonel Olcott in order to perform the duality. And thanks to the Colonel Olcott, Madame Blavatsky became a Master of Major Mysteries, and created her Solar bodies. So there are many groups in this day and age, many organizations that teach you how to develop this or that spiritual force, psychological force, which is good. But if they don’t teach you how to build your house, it is worthless. God needs to abide within you. God cannot abide within you if you do not have Solar Astral, Mental and Causal bodies. That is why you see that the two columns with the four levels of the Bodies of Sin are below. Only the columns above can hold the house of God. And that is the mystery of the Second Arcanum.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: What about Bethlehem?
A: Bethlehem begins with Beth. Beth means house, and lehem is bread. So when you say Bethlehem you say “the house of the bread.” But of course this “bread” is not referring to the physical bread that you make with wheat, which is a symbol, because even the wheat is a symbol of that grain which encloses the fire. That is why the Eucharist is related with this occult or hidden wisdom, because within the wheat is hidden the fire of God, which when the priest and the priestess know how to transform, they free the energy in order to feed their souls. That is the mystery of the Eucharist, in which the priest together with the priestess liberate that fire from the bread and the wine; that is the mystery of sexual alchemy. That means that a priest without a priestess is not a priest. For a priest to be really a priest, he needs a priestess. For a man to be a man, he needs a woman, for a God to be a God he needs a Goddess. This is the duality, you cannot escape from it. That is why in any ritual in the Beth or house of God, which will be any church, any Mosque or any place where you celebrate the Eucharist, the priest has to be together with the priestess in order to perform that, because God is not only half, you have to bring the whole entity of God within, and that is the “Bethlehem,” the wisdom. The lehem, bread, also represents wisdom. Remember that the Master Samael Aun Weor talks about the supersubstantial bread of heaven, the manna that comes from heaven in order to feed you. That wisdom is the bread, the energy of God that descends from above in order to feed you, and that’s precisely the meaning of Bethlehem.
Q: Is there a practice related to this lecture?
A: There are many beginners that ask us, “How do we transmute the sexual energy?”
Of course, any single bachelor or bachelorette that transmutes their sexual energy worships their Divine Mother, but the utmost way to worship the Divine Mother is in the sexual act, because that is where she is. In that moment, she is acting, active. And of course, the practitioners of sexual magic should memorize this prayer and transmute and utter this prayer during the sexual act. Then the Divine Mother will take all her energy out of the sexual organs and raise it in the spinal column, the column of Jakin and Boaz, and begin the creation of the house of God.
A man without a house is not a man, but that man when entering into the house has to obey his woman. A man that says, “Oh, I am the man of the house,” well, I always see that the woman is the boss. The man creates it, but the woman commands there. I’m sorry, but that’s the truth (laughter).
So let me now read for you the way you have to intone this invocation while in the sexual act or if you are single, transmuting, you have to do it as well. It works whether single or married. You have to say, concentrating of course in your Divine Mother Kundalini:
Be thou, oh Hadit, my secret, the Gnostic mystery of my Being, the central point of my connection, my heart itself, and bloom on my fertile lips, made Verb!
Up above, in the infinite Heavens, in the profound Height of the unknowable, the incessant glow of Light is the naked beauty of Nut. She reclines, she bends in delectable Ecstasy, to receive the kiss of secret fervor of Hadit. The winged sphere and the blue of the Sky are mine.
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA (OH-AH-OH. KAH-KOFF NAH. KON-SAH.)
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA
O.A.O. KAKOF NA. KHONSA
These mantras have the power of transmuting our Sexual Energy into Light and fire within the Alchemical Laboratory of the human body. This prayer with its mantras can be utilized in Sexual Magic. This prayer with its mantras is an omnipotent clue in order to meditate upon our Divine Mother.
Iif you do that, you will receive the blessings of Havah, Aima Elohim, the Divine Mother Adonia, because each one of us has their own particular individual Mother. Nobody can be here without a mother, to exist without a mother is impossible.
QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS
Q: You said that in the beginning when Eve was created she was taken from Adam, right? But you also said that that was really when they were androgynous, they were both male and female, so couldn’t it be said that Adam was taken from Eve?
A: The feminine aspect comes from the masculine aspect. That is why it’s written that Eve came from Adam. That’s the point, because in order to create we need the feminine aspect, but your question is “Why doesn’t it say that the man was coming from the woman?” The reality is that Adam is not a man from the masculine aspect, Adam is here androgynous, so the idea that the woman was taken from the male: no. The male didn’t exist until the woman was taken from the androgynous. Adam, in other words, is the name of the androgyne, male-female. So in the beginning when Aima Elohim and God created the Human Being, the Human Being was androgynous, and the name of that androgynous being was Adam. So from that androgynous being, Eve, Havah, was taken out. So then when Havah was taken out, then you find the two polarities, masculine-feminine. So it’s not like, people say “Oh, why was the woman taken from the man and why not vice versa?” No, because if you see physically, literally, all of us come from a woman. Whether a man or a woman comes from the womb of a female that is the mother, right? So that’s the reality. So we have to understand that, that Adam, that is written in Genesis, was not a masculine person, but an androgyne with two polarities, masculine and feminine at the same time. That’s the answer.
Q: What is that piece of paper that she’s holding?
A: That is not a piece of paper, but a book that represents wisdom, that is Kabbalah. That means, in order to receive Kabbalah you have to enter into the mysteries of Daath, of Binah, Briah. So in this case we have to state, there are two types of kabbalists: intellectual kabbalists who memorize the sephiroth, and they talk about and write books; and intuitive kabbalists, which are the ones that enter into the womb of the Divine Mother in order to receive the true Kabbalah. The word Kabbalah comes from “kabel” which means “to receive.” In order to receive the wisdom – that’s why she’s there with the book – you have to enter into her house, and her house is Eden, the sexual voluptuousness. You have to transmute that energy in order for her to give to you, and then you receive, you take, Kabel, Kabbalah, the real wisdom, the real knowledge, Gnosis. Of course, in the beginning you need to know about it, that’s why we’re teaching this.
The first type of Kabbalah is first intellectual; you learn it, you study it, but then you have to practice it. That is why this course of Kabbalah is given together with practices. The first practice that we gave in the last lecture was the sign of the infinite in order to enter into the astral plane. Once there, in the astral plane, you pray to your Divine Mother: “Divine Mother of mine, take me to your home, to your house. Teach me.” There she is, and then you receive knowledge, because the real knowledge comes from her; she is the Kundalini that develops in the spinal column, she has the powers, she has everything. We need to be devoured by the serpent, the serpent is one of the symbols in Hinduism for the Divine Mother.
But remember that the negative aspect of the Divine Mother, because she is feminine, is the harlot that we have to defeat, that is called lust. The fire of lust which is in each one of us. In other words, we have to defeat the mechanicity of nature which works in the animal, because animals follow lust. In certain periods of time when they are in heat, they multiply. But they are irrational, they just obey their instincts. Now we are intellectual, but we have to overcome that nature and to create another one, to be born again, in other words. Because right now, we are still animals. Intellectual, but animals. And remember that animal comes from Latin, anima, which means “soul.” Intellectual souls. We have a body that belongs to nature, but we have to create something more. That is to transform the moon into a sun.
Q: Can transmutation occur without love? You’re talking about the sexual alchemy, but it is not a mechanical process, is it?
A: It is not mechanical. The Divine Mother is guided by the fires of the heart, and obviously we have to love. At least in the beginning we have three percent of love; that is why we’re always saying the couple should be united physically, meaning that they should like each other physically. Emotionally, they should also be emotionally united. Mentally, to have the same beliefs, the same mind. There are couples where the woman has one religion and the man another religion; they are not united in the mind. But when both follow the same, they are united. And another one is for instance in the will, in the world of Will. Both of them have to have the same will, the same goals. Together they have to work with the same objective. In this case, for instance, the objective is to be born again, because remember very well that willpower expresses in the sexual act as sexual potency. That why we said that our motto is Thelema, willpower. But that works exactly in the sexual act, because in the sexual act is where man and woman with Thelema, with willpower, transmute the sexual energy, and then they are being born again. And for that, this is how love develops, because the Divine Mother is love. In this case we will say, the Father as Father is wisdom, and the Mother as Mother is love. So of course, the Divine Mother enjoys the couples that love each other, and when true love exists in the four worlds; physical, emotional, mental, causal.
Q: You make it sound like it is almost a desperate situation. You know, a man cannot build his house without a woman, a man cannot be a man without his woman. I mean, the good majority of the students are single, right? And to me it sounds like you need that spouse in order to do any of the work. It’s always emphasized in every lecture.
A: We always emphasize that, because without a spouse we cannot create. But it does not mean that we are helpless without being in a couple, because there are a lot of students who are single, bachelors and bachelorettes, who are working very hard with their Divine Mother. The fact that we do not have a spouse does not mean that the Divine Mother is not there; you have a mother whether you are single or married, right? Physically speaking. As well, internally, the Divine Mother is always there and blesses her children whether they are single or married. But obviously the Divine Mother takes her children to a certain limit when they are single.
When they reach that limit, the Divine Mother will tell her children, “Okay, my son or my daughter, now, if you need to keep ahead, you need to marry down there, in order for me to keep helping you.” That is why that invocation that we pronounced is good, whether we are married or single, in order to transmute the sexual energy. But of course, the Self-Realization of the Being is only possibly with the duality, the couples, man and woman. As a single person, you just advance to a certain level. Into my mind comes in this very moment Yogananda. Yogananda is a great disciple of the White Lodge, he worked a lot with his Divine Mother. If you read his writings you will see how he worships his Divine Mother all the time. And he developed a lot and annihilated a lot of ego and awoke. And after death, that he died in a Maha-Samadhi, after death he was in Limbo, awakened. He thought that he was Self-realized because he was fully awakened and with powers. The Master Samael said, “No, you are not Self-realized, you need to be born again. You are awakened, that’s good, but you have to build your bodies.” As you see, it is possible to develop a lot being single. And he developed so much that he thought that Self-realization can be attained as a single. Now he has to be born again in order to create his internal bodies, which will be easier for him of course, because he’s awakened, he has annihilated a lot of ego. So for the single people, good to annihilate a lot of ego and to advance, but of course, it’s better to be married.
Q: What if that time never comes?
A: It will come, sooner or later, because there is always a couple for everybody. If you are single now it’s because you need to be like that, but when you need to be married your spouse will be there with a whip, and then you have accept it. You have to accept it, accept her, or accept him.
Q: It’s karma, I mean, I’m sure the majority is karma too, you know.
A: Everything is karmic, even the marriages. Karma is karma, the universe exists because of karma, you see? There is not a single thing that doesn’t exist because of karma.
Q: It seems like we should wait for a gnostic woman or man for us to have that spouse.
A: That’s the wrong idea, we need of course a partner, but that doesn’t mean that forcedly the partner has to be from gnosis. Obviously, when you meet a woman, you have to talk about gnosis, etc, and if she accepts the doctrine obviously you are done. Right? But she does not forcedly have to come here. If you find her here in Gnosticism, it will be good, right? But there are many women out there that will like this knowledge, and they have not heard about it yet. But they will, and maybe it will be through your lips.
Q: Conflict comes like, take when you say that, in that if they try to oppose you in it. That’s where the conflict comes. For example if you’re in a relationship with someone and they don’t want to help you in any way or they try to stop you from your own beliefs, that’s where two different religions really conflict.
A: Yeah, That is the problem.
Q: I mean, you can have two different religions and if they respect your beliefs, that’s where the bottom line comes in.
A: Listen, when I said different religions, I said in the sense that they think that they are different, but there is no difference between religions. Because in this sense we can say, gnostics, we understand all religions. For me it’s not a problem, a catholic; a Muslim, a Jew, a Buddhist, for me it’s the same, but for them it’s different.
Q: It’s a big difference in fornication.
A: Well, that’s the difference, that’s the difference. Fornication and chastity, that’s the difference. The internal religion transmutes, the external, they have problems because they fornicate. They have their own habitat, they defend their own territory like animals. But a real initiate understands everything, and comprehends that all religions are pearls on the great necklace of divinity. But outside, there are problems. Obviously, I accept all religions, I love all religions, but when I talk with religious people they think there is difference. They said “No, if you want to be saved you have to be Muslim.” I said, “Why? Christianity is the same thing.” – “No it’s not the same.” The same with the Jews, the same with Buddhists. A true gnostic understands that all religions are good, because all religions are coming from Aima Elohim, Adonia, the Divine Mother. I would like to know if any of you comes from the air, you know? Everybody came from a womb, and that’s why we have to worship Mary, Isis, Isoberta, Rhea, Sibeles, Tonantzin.
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.Psalm 119:1-8
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Iod is the masculine, projective, creative principle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
There are two types of Kabbalists, Intellectual Kabbalists and Intuitive Kabbalists. The Intellectual Kabbalists are Black Magicians, whilst the Intuitive Kabbalists are White Magicians.
Many times the sidereal Gods answer our questions by showing us a tarot card; we must intuitively comprehend the answer that is given onto us. Intuitive Kabbalists comprehend what destiny held in reserve to them by just seeing any card of the tarot.
“The Kabbalah is the science of numbers.
“The author of the Tarot was the Angel Metatron. He is Lord of the serpent wisdom. The Bible refers to him as the Prophet Enoch.
“The Angel Metatron, or Enoch, delivered the Tarot, in which the entirety of divine wisdom is enclosed. The Tarot remains written in stone.
“He also left us the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
“This great Master lives in the Superior Worlds, in the world of Atziluth, which is a world of indescribable happiness. According to the Kabbalah, this world is the region of Kether, a very high Sephirah.All Kabbalists base themselves on the Tarot and it is necessary for them to comprehend the Tarot and study it deeply.The Universe was made with the Law of numbers, measurements and weight.Mathematics forms the Universe, and the numbers become living entities.”
Gnostic Kabbalah is the doctrine of practical Christification. We do not theorize here. This is a one hundred percent practical work. Many students long for their Christification but they do not know where to start, because they do not know the clue, the secret.
Here we give away the clue, the secret, the key to every student.
Here is the clue, thirsty lovers of the truth, practice now, you are not alone. We love you profoundly, thus when you tread on the path of the razor’s edge, you will be internally assisted by the brethren of the temple. In this course we deliver the clue of resurrection. We have torn the veil of the sanctuary. Here you have all the secrets; here are all the clues of Christification. Here is written the doctrine that the Adorable taught in secret to his humble disciples
The Adorable One will remain with us until the end of times. This is his doctrine. Here you have it, study it and practice it.
Children of man, do you want to enter into the ineffable joy of nirvana?
Do you want to become as Gods? Do you want to convert yourselves into Christs?
Do you want to liberate yourselves from the wheel of birth and death?
Here we will give you the clue of sexual magic! What else do you want?
Let us start seeing the existing relationship of the 10 Sephiroth with the first 10 cards of the Tarot.
The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth. And the Thrice-Spiritual Sun is the Sephirothic Crown.
These Sephiroth live and palpitate within our Consciousness and we must learn to manipulate and combine them in the marvelous laboratory of our interior universe.
The Ten Sephiroth are:
Kether – Crown; The equilibrated power; the magician, the first Arcanum of the Tarot whose primeval hieroglyph is represented by a man.
Chokmah – Wisdom; the Popess of the Tarot; occult wisdom, the Priestess. The second card of the Tarot; the moon, primeval hieroglyph is represented by the mouth of man.
Binah – Intelligence; the planet Venus; third card of the Tarot, the Empress, primeval hieroglyph is represented by a hand in the attitude of grasping.
These three Sephiroth are the Sephirothic Crown.
The other seven inferior Sephiroth come in the following order:
Chesed – Mercy; Jupiter, the Divine Being, Atman, primeval hieroglyph is represented by a breast. The four card of the Tarot, the Emperor.
Geburah – Severity; the Buddhic body of the Man, the Pope or the Hierophant of the Tarot, Mars, the warrior of Aries.
Tiphereth – Beauty, Venus of Taurus, love of the Holy Spirit, the Causal Body of the Man, the sixth card of the Tarot, the Lover.
Netzach – Victory, Justice of the Arcanum, the seventh card of the Tarot, the chariot, Saturn.
Hod – Glory, Mercury of Gemini, the eighth card of the Tarot, the Eternity of all.
Yesod – Foundation, the Sun of Leo, the ninth card of the Tarot. The Hermit, the Absolute.
Malkuth – Kingdom, the entire universe, Mary or Virgo, Nature.
These ten Sephiroth live within our Being and are our inner solar system. The Tarot is intimately related with Esoteric Astrology and with Initiation.
Now we start the course of Kabbalah. Let us study the 22 Major Arcana of the Tarot.
The Forty Servants is a oracle deck by the chaos magician Tommie Kelly featuring sigils, servitors, egrigores. For use with The Grimoire or standalone. […]
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Daily Tarot and astrology from The Muse Tarot
Moon’s in Capricorn we are grounded and is sextiling newly retro Mercury in Pisces
expect info snafus and even old friends to show up
Moon is Squaring Aries Venus-woman are impatient,
Moon conjuncts Jupiter in Capricorn and Sextiles Neptune
This is a preview of the wonderful Jupiter Neptune sextile occurring on the 20th
Jupiter is expansive in whatever sign it’s in and in Capricorn that’s concrete long term plans, Neptune is the planet of dreams, hopes, and psychic energy. Put them together and you have beautiful rock solid dreams, faith and hope
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There are many ways of reading cards, each more elaborate than the other. Also in this world there’s competition for it. Who can invent the most intense spread? The Americans like to do that. Count in chunks of fives or nines? The French like to do that.
I prefer the simple way, which is looking at the cards and understanding the essence of what I see.
I look at 9 Clubs, 3 Spades, and 8 Clubs.
I go like this:
Something 9 pieces of wood have an encounter with 3 shovels. Something 8 pieces of wood are still on the ground. I conclude: The shovels are not very efficient.
I look at 5 Diamonds, 7 Diamonds, 8 Spades.
I go like this:
Something 5 diamonds meets a greater fortune. Now there’s 7 of them. 8 shovels are at work. Man, someone is busy getting all them diamonds under the ground.
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0. The Fool = no fear due to innocence, lack of awareness of life
1. The Magician = potential of all elements
2. The High Priestess = grounding mysteries, secrets of the Qabalah, duality
3. The Empress = discovering femininity
4. The Emperor = discovering masculinity
5. The Hierophant = acceptance of a teacher, external teachings, doctrines
6. The Lovers = attraction but separation, tension of opposites but unified from above
7. The Chariot = carried by opposites, detachment.
8. Strength = mildness of controlling force, emotional control of opposites (Lions jaws)
9. The Hermit = self-denial, introspection
10. Wheel of Fortune = Karma, fate, situation unfolds
11. Justice = balancing but coming down on one side, making decisions
12. The Hanged Man = sacrifice of a worldly situation, inner self teachings and realisations.
13. Death = change, unification of rich and poor, endings
14. Temperance = acceptance and balancing
15. The Devil = choice, bondage to matter
16. The Tower = revelation, initiation, breaking out by power from above
17. The Star = hope, openness, honesty, giving to all
18. The Moon = facing up to the subconscious
19. The Sun = simplicity, freedom, innocence
20. Judgement = all revealed , release, final judgement
21. The World = Enlightenment, achievement, completion
0. The Fool = no fear due to complete self-knowledge
Sun in Libra opposes Chiron the Wounded Healer for the next few days. early Cardinal signs are affected the strongest. Relationship imbalances will be seen as plain as day.
Source: light up your wound
Arthur Edward Waite was a scholarly American mystic who wrote extensively on occult and esoteric matters, and was the co-creator of the Rider-Waite Tarot deck. He was the first to attempt a systematic study of the history of Western occultism, viewed as a spiritual tradition rather than as aspects of proto-science or as the pathology of religion. […]
In issue thirteen of the JWMT appeared an article on sacred geometry derived from the proto-kabalistic text The Sefer Yetzirah. That article described a way to read the first five chapters to develop what is commonly referred to as the “Cube of Space” and discussed its relationship to the aura and the kabbalistic souls. The current article builds upon the previous and will discuss a kabbalistic tarot in relation to the Sefer Yetzirah, but also later kabbalistic text. As the Sefer Yetzirah deals with the letters of the Hebrew alefbet this article will focus on the corresponding major arcana of the tarot, which are associated with those letters. This will include not only their placement on the Cube, and on the Tree of Life, but will also imply interpretations of those cards based on their location on the Cube and the sefirot that surrounds it as well as…
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