(Samael Aun Weor, the founder of the modern Gnostic tradition)
Today is a very special day within gnostic esoterism, because October 27th commemorates the advent or incarnation of divinity within the author, lecturer, healer, Gnostic leader, and spiritual guru Samael Aun Weor.
The term advent stems from the Latin adventus, indicating "arrival," a translation of the Greek παρουσία Parousia: the divine "presence." Incarnation signifies how deity, divine abstraction, or spiritual potential becomes actualized in the flesh. The ecclesiastical roots of the Latin verb incarno points towards the prefix in- and caro, "flesh," whereby the spirit becomes internalized and manifested in the terrestrial personality of a qualified and properly prepared individual.
On October 27th, 1954, the founder of the Gnostic Movement incarnated, through rigorous spiritual discipline and initiatic works, his innermost divinity, the Greek λόγος logos or angelic intelligence of the planet Mars. Samael was known throughout the Hebraic scriptures, particularly The Zohar, as the controversial angel responsible for temptation, judgment, and redemption. Both a source of confirmation and contestation, the Angel Samael provides the strength and ordeals necessary for inner self-transformation. However, deep spiritual change and progress is predicated upon struggle, which is why the great saints and prophets always had to prove their character through facing the rigorous tests imposed by this being (see Jacob wrestling the Angel Samael in Genesis 32:22-32). This explains why Samael Aun Weor's books are so controversial and penetrative: they strike at the heart of one's deepest morals and sentiments, compelling readers to grapple with their relationship to self, humanity, and divinity in an uncompromising manner.
In Greek, the Angel Samael was known as Ἄρης Ares, the God of War, but not a war against other countries, peoples, or religions, but with psychological and spiritual corruption. Likewise, numerous mythologies have documented, throughout religious antiquity, the universal influence of this great angel, whose potency is correlative with the prevalence and intensity of humanity's ignorance. The greater the spread of religious, institutional, and societal degeneration, the greater this angel has strived to alleviate suffering and rectify error. As the warrior of God, this angel fights, out of compassion, against egotistical tendencies and human weakness, so that the soul becomes strong through adversity. Through spiritual battle, Samael provides strength and opportunity for the consciousness to triumph.
This is why on October 27th, we invoke this master to provide us with the spiritual fortitude necessary to comprehend, meditate, and eliminate our psychological defects. This day is best observed through reflection on our own egotism, pride, selfishness, and conflicting desires. In deep meditation, it becomes possible to purify the psyche. On October 27th, we can dedicate ourselves more diligently to meditation, prayer, and self-reflection, so that through calling upon the strength of God channeled through the Angel Samael, we can in turn be more inspired to practice, change, and affect genuine transformations in our daily life.
This process is facilitated through the energy of Christ, whose cosmic intelligence and force permeates all of nature and the universe. Christ as a divine principle expresses in forms as diverse as the world's religions and their founders. Jesus of Nazareth was one of many masters who internalized and perfected such an intelligence within himself. Samael Aun Weor is also one amongst many such members of the universal fraternity and internal college of initiates who operates in the superior worlds.
We can also celebrate and commemorate the Advent of Samael through the sacred Eucharist. As an essential practice within the Gnostic Church, the Eucharist can provide inner strength, inspiration, and profound wisdom, for by assimilating the energy of Christ, divinity can embolden and invigorate our spirituality. By ingesting the body and blood of this cosmic force, we can develop deeper insights into our errors and the ways the overcome them. The Eucharist can be practiced within the solitude and sanctity of our own homes, since each individual is called to become a priest or priestess within the rites and higher calling of the perfect matrimony. Couples and single practitioners can invoke the Martian manifestation of the Christic energy, Samael, since this powerful aspect of divinity teaches us how to defend what is right and remedy what is harmful.
On this day, the Martian Christ entered within his bodhisattva or human soul, Samael Aun Weor. Through this act, a great being was able to complete a tremendous humanitarian mission. Samael Aun Weor, the terrestrial expression of his internal divinity, wrote extensively about the spiritual path as expressed throughout the great religious traditions of antiquity. His great contributions and service to humanity include his extensive writings on the universal source of all religions, accompanied by the explanation of numerous revolutionary practices for the alleviation of suffering and the complete development of our human potential. Such techniques were previously expressed in symbolic and allegorical form within the scriptures of both East and West, and this prolific author dedicated his life to explain the esoterism and application of these practices for the betterment of humanity. What distinguishes this esotericist is the accessibility and didacticism of his writings, since they were presented with a clarity, depth, and practicality that is uncommon within the contexts and history of esoteric literature.
For more information about this unique and wonderful man, you may study the following resources:
The Gnostic Academy of Chicago
Gnostic articles on practical spirituality: the science, mysticism, art, and philosophy of conscious living.