The sincere student of Gnosis, of esotericism, studies and understands the nature and the functionalism of the mind, primarily with the purpose of controlling its impulses, its habits, its conditioning. We seek to understand the mind so that it can become a useful instrument of our Spirit, our Innermost God, our divinity. And a real esotericist, an occultist, someone who “cultivates the hidden,” precisely goes against him or herself, the mind itself, the intellect.
The intellect must serve the Spirit. It must not be of its own will. It must not act of its own will, and anyone who begins to meditate looks inside to see how the intellect is filled with thoughts, habits, desires, concepts, etc.
These qualities are as the Book of Genesis teach, תהו ובהו Tohu Vay Bohu, “formless and void… for there is darkness upon the face of the deep” (Genesis 1:2), which is precisely our psyche. Our psychology is that darkness, filled with ignorance, delusion, suffering.
So we seek to generate light, יהי אור ויהי־אור Yehi Aur Va-Yehi Aur: “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3), as we explained in Arcanum 3: The Empress of the Tarot.
So we have to go against ourselves, to study ourselves, and to wage a very difficult battle against our defects, but more importantly, our instincts, desires, habits, etc., which in these studies we denominate ego, self, “I,” etc.
Arcanum 7 teaches us precisely this path of warfare, which the Muslims refer to as jihad, or better said, the Arabic مجاهده Mujahidah, which means “striving,” to strive against, to make effort against oneself. For as the companions asked the Prophet Muhammad, after the Battle of Badr I believe, they asked him “Oh Muhammad, what is greater than the lesser holy war, that against others?” He said, “War against your desires, your impulses.”
So the intellect in itself is a useful vehicle that can store information necessary for our development and our potential. But the intellect is merely a machine. It does not know how to do anything except through the impulses or guidance of our ego, or our divinity.
Arcanum 7 teaches us how to strive, how to fight against our own inner iniquity, in order to develop the qualities of the Spirit. Precisely we do that by conquering the mind, and in this image we see a warrior, wielding a sword in his right hand, and a staff in his left.
As we have expressly stated in this course, the staff is the spinal medulla, the spinal column, through which the power of the sword, the Kundalini power, rises from the Chakra Muladhara to the brain. Or in Hebrew we use the letter ז Zayin.
We talked previously about the letter ו Vav, the spine, but we need to work with ז Zayin as well. ו Vav is man, ז Zayin is woman, male-female―also referring to the two energetic channels that rise from the Chakra Muladhara to our brain. We have the solar current known as Adam אדם in the Bible, we have the lunar current known as חוה Chavah (Eve) in the bible.
So they represent for us qualities or forces that we need to raise up our spine, from sex, the sexual organs, to the brain. We do that in a matrimony specifically, as we teach, but individually we can learn to harness those powers and potencies, through specific meditations.
So this warrior is our own Inner Being, our own Spirit, who through the power of the Kundalini in his right hand, he dominates his enemies, who are precisely all of the defects we carry inside: anger, pride, resentment, fear, lust, anger, gluttony, egotism, degeneration, etc. So he is our Spirit who wants to conquer the mind, to control it, to use it for the purposes of the light, our own inner divinity.
He drives in his chariot of war two sphinxes, one white, one black, referring to occult masonry, יכין Jachin, בעז Boaz. The pillar of the right, יכין Jachin, mercy, man. The pillar of the left, black, בעז Boaz, severity, woman. So he drives his chariot, which is precisely our body, our vehicles that we also use in dreams as well, in the dream state, precisely through his will and by working with those two forces, masculine-feminine.
So the body is a chariot, which we have to learn how to channel forces inside, so that our divinity can manifest in us, can work through us specifically. The sphinx also reminds us of Arcanum 4. We talked about the four elements. The sphinx is a creature with four elemental qualities: the face of a man, representing water, the paws of a lion representing fire, the wings of an eagle representing air, and the tail or the hooves of a bull representing earth.
That Spirit must conquer all of the elements that we carry inside. Our physical body is the earth. Our mind with its aerial qualities is thought, which fluctuates like clouds, according to Padmasambhava in his Buddhist scripture, The Tibetan Book of the Dead [Introduction to Awareness]. We also find that the heart is a fiery quality, igneous quality. We can burn with passion, with emotional sentiment, with anger or with love. So the fire of the heart is precisely what power we have to control as well. And the waters of our energies, our sexuality, our seminal matter literally, is the waters of life, which we can use to create Genesis inside, to create light through the process of alchemy.
This warrior, our inner Spirit, which we explained is חסד Chesed in the Kabbalah, he drives his chariot with four pillars in the background, which remind us of the four pillars of Gnosis, which we gave a course previously a few months past [Fundamentals of Gnosticism]: the pillars of science, mysticism, art, philosophy. These are the pillars or traditions through which this knowledge has been taught, and our own inner Spirit teaches us through these four pillars.
These four pillars can also refer to the four lower bodies of our inner psychology, but also the Tree of Life. To skip ahead to the next image we find this famous kabbalistic glyph with its ten spheres or Sephiroth. We are speaking about our own inner Spirit, חסד Chesed, who is the seventh sephirah from the bottom of the Tree of Life, referring to the warrior of Arcanum 7: Triumph, the chariot of war.
So we find that the Spirit must work through גבורה Geburah, his divine consciousness, represented in Hebrew as ז Zayin, the woman, the feminine soul. He exercises his willpower, תפארת Tiphereth, as we have explained previously, through ו Vav, the spine, which is the sixth sephirah on the Tree of Life, but also the sixth Hebrew letter.
The four lower bodies are precisely נצח Netzach, which means “Victory,” and it is interesting that this Arcanum relates to victory, to control the mind―specifically since נצח Netzach is the seventh sephirah from the top to the bottom of the Tree of Life, whereas חסד Chesed is the seventh sephirah from מלכות Malkuth to the center of the Tree of Life.
But the Spirit must learn to control נצח Netzach, the mind, thought, in order to obtain victory, to conquer him or herself. Likewise we have הוד Hod, the emotional qualities of our heart, the astral body, known as הוד Hod in Kabbalah, “Glory.” נצח Netzach of course is the mental vehicle, the mental body. We use these astral and mental mechanical vehicles in dreams, when we travel many places in the dream state, usually without any cognizance of our experiences, but this is what we act in the world of dreams.
We have יסוד Yesod, our vitality, our vital energies, our sexual energy itself, which descends in order to manifest within מלכות Malkuth, our physical body. יסוד Yesod means “Foundation.” This is the cubic stone of the Kabbalists, the cubic stone of יסוד Yesod, the foundation of our temple.
And then מלכות Malkuth is of course is the physical body, the earth.
So our inner Spirit, this warrior who drives his chariot, precisely accomplishes his mission, his goal, by learning to control these vehicles, mind, heart, energy, physicality.
We see that above his head there is a sun, reminding us of the God Osiris-Ra, which is a symbol of Christ, the Christic energy. And this Christic energy is precisely at the heart of every atom, every molecule, every particle of existence, but also importantly in our sexual energy, our sexual matter, which is the water of Genesis.
When husband and wife work with their energies themselves, when they learn to love one another with purity, with divinity, with remembrance of God, that energy gives birth to the soul, gives birth to the full manifestation of our potential. This is the meaning of:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
So the earth of course is our physical body, but also refers to higher vehicles we create in the perfect matrimony, where Genesis is precisely hidden within this act of striving. We talked very abundantly about, אלהים ברא בראשית Bereshit Bara Elohim, that meaning in Genesis in our former lectures.
But here the warrior Spirit is the one who must conquer the lower qualities of himself, and what is the purpose of that? The Being, our divinity, as we have explained in previous lectures, emerged from that unknowable source known as the Absolute. So we can study the Tree of Life as a map of our consciousness to help explain all the levels of existence, but also our consciousness in materiality.
So we have explained some of these lower vehicles previously, but from the Absolute, known as אין Ain, אין סוף Ain Soph, אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur―meaning the “Nothingness, the “Limitless,” and the “Limitless Light”―emerges our own inner כתר Kether, the Magician of the Tarot, the first card. From him unfolds חכמה Chokmah, which is “Wisdom.” כתר Kether means “Crown,” and then בינה Binah is representative of “Intelligence,” wisdom, “Understanding,” cognizance.
This is the famous trinity of Christianity: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. But it is not a reference to physical people, in an anthropomorphic sense. It refers specifically to forces in nature, energies, which we carry in our three brains.
We have the powers of the Father in the intellectual brain, meaning our center that operates thought. When we use the term brain in esotericism, we mean functionalities of psychic and physical forces, a machine. So the physical brain is the vehicle of the intellectual brain, which is the way we process thought, ideas, concepts.
We also have an emotional brain, because we have intelligences related to the heart, sentiments. It has been explored in science that the heart has certain qualities that can detect or intuit certain things that are very hard to explain by materialistic science, such as the capacity of intuition, specifically, to know something without thinking about it. So this is a very profound intelligence that we consciously develop in our studies.
And then we have the motor-instinctive-sexual brain, which is our center of movement, impulse and desire, within our sexual organs, the top of our spine, but also at the base of our spine as well.
The spine is the way that we act with willpower, and manifest the will of our inner divinity. So our motor-instinctive-sexual brain, the way we live, is precisely because of our spine, which is our Tree of Life, that which gives us life in our body. We could not exist if it were not for our spine.
The motor-instinctive-sexual brain relates to the powers of בינה Binah, which is known as the Holy Spirit, which we will be talking about very extensively today. The image above, the sun of Ra, the Solar Logos, the Christ, whose wings of the Spirit unfold in us as we work in a matrimony.
We see an image of four points, and an image that looks like a maze. This is a symbol of נצח Netzach, the mind, and anyone who begins to meditate understands that the mind is a maze. It is a labyrinth, which in the Greek myths were symbolized by, I believe, Theseus, who sought to kill the Minotaur within the labyrinths of Crete.
So that labyrinth is precisely the winding pathways of our intellect, thoughts, ideas, concepts, which in meditation, we introspect. We see that we have really a chaos, a disorder, which needs to be organized. That element of air must be dominated by our inner divinity. We have to go inside of the mind itself to slay the beast, which is our own defects, desires, the Minotaur symbolizing our ego.
This warrior wears precisely, according to Samael Aun Weor, armor, and the armor is the science that defends us against our own inner defects, but also the teachings that help to instruct us how to change, how to become super-divine individuals.
That armor is represented by Achilles, who is the great warrior who battled at Troy, a symbol of how we as a warrior must go against all of our desires and defects, to strive against our own inner iniquity, our hatred, our anger, our fear, our resentment. All of those qualities need to die.
We have to do it precisely by facing ourselves in meditation, and by working as husband and wife, working with Jachin-Boaz, the white sphinx and the black sphinx, the synthesis of those energies. We learn to dominate those elements to become magicians.
Question: Those―you just talked about those―on the left and the right, those… what do you call them? Horses?...
Question: Sphinxes... That’s what you’re talking about: Ida and Pingala… working with the spinal column?
Instructor: Yes, and so the words Ida-Pingala, are Sanskrit terms for these two energetic serpents that rise up the spine, to form the caduceus of Mercury, and those energies rise from our Chakra Muladhara to our brain, as we have explained in previous lectures.
But so this magician, this warrior, is precisely our Spirit, but also us, who needs to fight very hard against our animality, as we have explained previously. We have the Hebrew letter ז Zayin on the top right, which we will be talking about at the end of this lecture. Likewise some astrological symbols relating to Neptune and to Pisces, which we will be elaborating at the end.
Egyptian Mysticism and Self-Realization
So we explained that the Spirit wants to gain knowledge of himself. He descends from the top of the Tree of Life, down into more complicated levels of matter, energy and perception, until reaching finally this body מלכות Malkuth, represented in the myth of Pistis Sophia, who descends from the Thirteenth Aeon, the unknowable divinity, and enters into levels of matter. But the purpose is that the soul must return inward and upward, back to the source, back to the origin, with knowledge.
We have in the middle of this image, this glyph, Horus, Osiris and Isis. So to talk about the Seventh Arcanum of the Tarot, the law of seven itself, we talk about the meaning or the myth of Horus, Osiris and Isis. Horus is precisely our own inner Spirit, חסד Chesed, whom we have been talking about extensively. He is Horus, אור Aur, the “Light”, for when the book of Genesis states: יהי אור ויהי אור Yehi Aur Va-Yehi Aur: “Let there be light, and there was light” (Genesis 1:3).
אור Aur is precisely our own inner Spirit, חסד Chesed, “Mercy” in Kabbalah, to translate directly from Hebrew. Horus is the son of Osiris and Isis, and again Osiris-Isis is a reference to the polarity of בינה Binah, which is masculine and feminine. This is the Holy Spirit.
That Holy Spirit is male-female, or if we look at the original Hebrew language, יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim, represents masculine-feminine, and as we talk about the creation of חוה Eve at the end of this lecture, we will see that יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim is masculine-feminine, male-female, represented by אלהים אב Abba Elohim and אלהים אם Aima Elohim, meaning male-female, Father-Mother.
So it is the mistake of certain Kabbalists who associate חכמה Chokmah, Christ, as the father, and בינה Binah, as חוה Eve the mother. We find both polarities of אלהים Elohim, יהוה Jehovah, in בינה Binah. אל El means God in Hebrew, אלה Eloah means Goddess, אלהים Elohim means Gods and Goddesses, and as we have talked previously, when a husband and wife unites sexually, they are a divine אלהים Elohim, who can generate light, inside.
אל El, אלה Eloah, אלהים Elohim―they are unified within that act. So Osiris-Isis is precisely above, representing the Holy Spirit, the Divine Father and the Divine Mother, whom we can experience in meditation, and through the practices of transmutation that we teach. And from that union of Father-Mother in בינה Binah, through the teachings of דעת Da’ath, sexual alchemy, we give birth to our Spirit, Horus, and our own inner Spirit Horus is the one who has to fight in us, to strive, to go against the grain of our habits.
We talk about this trinity, we say, in relation to the Seventh Arcanum. Horus has to go against, in the Egyptian mythology, against Seth, who are the red demons who oppose his mission. So going back to the image of the, or picturing the image of the Tarot of the Seventh Arcanum, this Spirit has to fight against Seth, a representation of ego, egotism, our own individual defects, so that by destroying those defects we liberate consciousness, we free consciousness, and generate more light, so that all of those parts of the soul that have been dispersed in animality and defects can be unified, so that light is pure, individual, integral. That is the meaning of religion, religare, “reunion” with divinity.
Osiris and Isis and Horus precisely want us to work, so the inspiration to want to study spirituality, precisely comes from the light, that wants us to study some type of knowledge that is going to help him to reunite all of the parts of the soul, or as Moses was accomplishing in the Middle East, to unite all of the people of Israel, Isis-Ra-El, all of the parts of Isis (the Divine Mother), Ra (the Divine Father), and El (which is Horus).
So Moses represents our willpower, as we have taught previously, the spinal column, the sixth letter of Kabbalah. And so Moses was teaching a very profound Egyptian knowledge, about how Horus must fight against Seth, all the egos we carry within.
Question: I kind of got mixed up here. Okay, חסד Chesed, the “light,” is that, did you say Horus, or is it…
Question: “The light”?
Instructor: Yes, Horus is our inner Spirit, who is a spark of light that emanates from Isis-Osiris, Father-Mother.
The Law of Seven
The number seven is interesting because it is the number of battles. Also, it is the number of organization, in principle. So we have the seven notes of the lyre of Orpheus, the seven chakras of the spinal medulla. We have seven colors of the solar prism, seven planets, seven Archangels, seven dimensions, seven bodies that we have to elaborate and create, represented by that Tree of Life on the left. We also have seven serpents of fire, Kundalini, rising up those seven bodies.
We also have the seven sacred utterances of Jesus on the cross, relating to the lower seven sephiroth of the Tree of Life:
מלכות Malkuth: “Father forgive them, they know not what they do.”
יסוד Yesod: “I thirst.”
הוד Hod: “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani?” “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”
נצח Netzach: relating to, truly this day, the thief, speaking to the thief: “You will be with me in Paradise.”
And then speaking to John and Mary in תפארת Tiphereth, “Mother behold thy son! Son, behold thy mother!”
גבורה Geburah: relating to “It is finished.”
And of course, חסד Chesed: “Into thy hands I commend my Spirit,” because the Spirit is חסד Chesed.
So the path of Jesus was represented by Kabbalah, and if we do not study Kabbalah we cannot interpret his teaching. But that is something we will talk about in future courses, the seven utterances of Christ. But I just want to emphasize for you that the number seven is permeated within all religion, in every tradition.
It is the law that organizes, which Gurdjieff taught is known as the law of the Heptaparaparshinokh, a very interesting language from the internal planes that is used to denominate that law of organization.
Why does seven relate to the law of the Spirit, this battle against oneself? Precisely because the Spirit wants to organize the psyche, because if we look inside, as I mentioned to you, we are תהו ובהו Tohu Vay Bohu, formless and void. We do not have light. We are ignorant. We lack insight. We suffer a lot and we want to know how to change our problems, to solve them.
We do that precisely by working with the law of seven, the law of the musical scale. So notice that we have seven notes, and on the right we have these notes listed in detail, in association with different types of human beings. So we can also organize all human beings in accordance with seven categories, relating to the seven notes, Do-Re-Mi-Fa-Sol-La-Si.
We talked about the three brains: the intellectual brain, the emotional brain and the brain of movement. Those brains, we tend to use one or another more than the others. We have a dispensation or crutch, based on our habits, that make us use one brain more than another. It is easy to see that some people are more intellectual, some are more emotional, some are more instinctual.
So these lower three types of people, we could say, inferior types of people who are not spiritual, they either think too much, they feel too much or they waste their energy. They are disorganized. They are chaotic. So we have to look in ourselves and see, “Which person am I? Am I intellectual, more so, or am I more emotional, or do I abuse my energies, my brain of movement?”―such as people who play sports, emotional people who are actors and actresses, and academics who are intellectual.
But these types of people do not really have light inside. To be brilliant intellectually does not mean to have divine intelligence. Neither to have strong sentiment, does it indicate that one is intuitional or divine. Because someone can control the body, physically, dominate the senses, such as with Fakirism, yet this does not signify spiritual willpower.
Those austerities that monks or yogis in the East, such as, there was a yogi that raised his hand for ten years and never let it down, as a testament of his willpower, to show that he could dominate his body. To have that type of willpower does not indicate that one is spiritual, because we need to learn to use the three brains in balance, and when we learn to control our psyche, we work with the fourth type of human being, which is related to the note Fa.
So the previous notes, Do-Re-Mi, and then there is a shock here in this image, transitioning from the intellectual type of person to the fourth type, which is a human being who is balanced, who has harmonized all three brains, who is in control of his thoughts, or her thoughts, feeling and action.
We also have exercises such as the runes in which we face the East and we pronounce certain prayers in a yogic posture. “Marvelous forces of love, revive my sacred fires, so that my consciousness will awaken!” We pronounce mantras, “Fa, Fe, Fi, Fo, Fu,” to activate the chakras, working with the seven notes, the seven mantras, to activate our spinal column and those energies.
So we find that with the Rune Fah, is what it is called, you make yourself in the position of the letter F, the Nordic letter F, which is the basis of many alphabets in the world. We do those type of exercises in order to spark [snaps fingers] our consciousness. We work with creative energy so that our mind and our psyche become balanced. We awaken our perception. We begin to understand the source of our mental problems, our emotional anguish, and even heal many diseases of the body.
Above that we have an individual who has created a solar astral body, someone who has a vehicle that they created in a matrimony. So most of us go in the astral plane at night. We fall asleep and dream at night that we are traveling in that dimension. We may have certain memories of experiences, but not really much cognizance. We tend to travel in those dimensions with lunar vehicles, as I have previously mentioned, vehicles that we receive from nature, which is why they are mechanical. They belong to nature. They are a type of matter or energy that is egotistical, not divine. So they look like phantoms: very black or dark, vaporous, not substantial. But if you meet a master who worked in a matrimony, who has created the solar astral body, they have light. A vehicle is like a light bulb that can transmit the light of divinity, as we have mentioned previously.
So the solar astral body is a luxury that few people have, because one has to create that body in a marriage with certain procedures.
The solar mental body is likewise a mind, a Christic mind that knows how to follow the concepts or the understanding of divinity, that does not rationalize, but is better said, intuitive. It can understand concepts instantaneously without having to deliberate or form a thesis and antithesis, good-bad, yes-no―mechanical type of thinking. And so the mental body is much more dynamic.
Above that we have a solar causal body, a body of willpower, in the world of Nirvana. So we have to be born in those higher dimensions, to be “born again of water and spirit,” as Jesus taught (John 3:5). So the solar astral body is הוד Hod, the solar mental body is נצח Netzach, the solar causal body is תפארת Tiphereth, our willpower, a body, that a soul, that has reached mastery, can incarnate and manifest, a very divine body, very holy and sacred, made from a marriage, as we have said.
So I do not want to go further into detail about this, but the law of seven organizes our psyche, our chakras, our bodies, who we are as an individual. We also see that there are seven lower sephiroth on the Tree of Life, and there is a trinity above. So the law of seven that organizes emerges from the law of three, the law of creation as we have mentioned.
Evolution, Devolution, and Spiritual Revolution
So as I said to you, the law of seven relates to struggle and battles against the ego, but also against sorcerers and demons who try to attempt to stop us in our work. When we talk about the musical scale and how to enter those higher worlds, those higher levels of being, it requires a certain effort, because nature does not automatically guarantee this process through the cycle of evolution.
Many people believe that through evolution we will develop spiritually, mechanically, without any type of willpower. We just go with the flow, but people confuse evolution with the force of devolution, which means to degenerate, to be destroyed.
If we have evolution, birth, life, sustenance, growth, you also have destruction, decay, degeneration, devolution. Most human beings are now in a state of devolution, entering to destruction, which is something we want to fight against very hard. Devolution relates to ego, anger, pride, resentment, vanity, all of those elements.
So we have to go into a type of revolution, to make a war against ourselves, in order to ascend that musical scale. It requires effort through meditation and practice, learning these exercises that we teach in this tradition, so that we learn to maintain the notes of the musical scale, because you may find that it is difficult to practice. We may try to meditate, day by day, and lose the interest or the impulse, the inspiration to do so. So there is a type of willpower needed, represented by the Hebrew letter ו Vav, the spine, the Sixth Arcanum.
So we must learn how to fortify our Spirit. It may surprise some people to think that we have to empower God. It may sound like a blasphemy. If the Being is the Being, why does he need us? Because we are מלכות Malkuth, the physical body, the soul in the physical body, and we are part of the divine. We have to cooperate as the head tells the foot to walk, to obey, to act.
And so the Spirit needs us. We have to do our part so that we can help develop the Being inside. So the Being is the Being, and is perfect, but we are part of him, and we have to learn to reunite with him, or her. This is the meaning of religion, as I said.
So the number seven is ordeals, difficulties, challenges, struggles, but it always ends in victory, in success. To receive the number seven in a dream is very good. It indicates you are facing certain challenges, but will overcome them. Paul of Tarsus, I believe stated in, 1 Corinthians, Chapter 10 verse 13, about the nature of temptation and trial, and that you will face certain ordeals but with victory in the end.
But you can trust God. He will not let you be tempted more than you can bear, but when you are tempted God will also give you a way to escape that temptation, then you will be able to endure it. ―1 Corinthians 10:13
So you can refer to Arcanum 6, as we spoke previously.
Thou art giving me labor, O Lord, and fortitude with it. ―Transcendental Axiom of Arcanum 6
Conquering the Elements
So the elements I said must be conquered in us. We study five elements, very famously we know, from alchemical tradition, which speaks about fire, air, water and earth, but also Akash. So these elements are known as:
These are Sanskrit terms. The Hindus, the yogis of the East, study this science very deeply, and use these Sanskrit terms to refer to the energies or modalities of forces within nature, which materialize into our physical elements. But more importantly for us, these elements are inside. We are composed of water, of fire, of air, of earth, and also most especially, the synthesis from which all of that emerges: Akash, the Ether.
We have different elemental creatures that dwell within the elements themselves, which are studied in certain European traditions and folk tales. We have the Salamanders of the fire, we have the Undines, Nereids, Mermaids of the waters, very well cited within, or the Sirens mentioned in The Odyssey, the book of Homer.
You also have the Sylphs and Sylphids of the air, and the Gnomes and Pygmies of the earth.
These are elemental creatures or souls that are innocent, that have not reached the humanoid state yet through a process of transmigration. You can speak to the elementals in your meditations and have a face to face conversation in the astral plane, with plants or animals or elemental creatures themselves. They are innocent beings. They have not left עדן Eden yet, we can say.
But of course in the Akash, which is the fiery Ether, permeates all of space, a substance that is divine, and which we also carry in the Chakra Muladhara, which we also call Kundalini, or the Alchemists call הזאת Hazoth. So we must learn to work with these elements. We do so by keeping the Sabbath holy. The Jews practice the Sabbath, observances on Saturday to worship divinity through certain rituals and prayers. But if we go deeper, we find that שבת Shabbat related to בת-ש Shin-Beth. ב Beth we talked about in Arcanum 2 and relates to “house,” the house that you inhabit. We also talked about the solar bodies that the soul must learn to create, so that God can inhabit us, to manifest in us. ש Shin as we said is “fire,” so שבת Shabbat is “house of fire.” So the fire that we carry in our house, our physical body, is our sexual energy, the fire which enlivens us to fulfill that act with one’s partner. That fire is the creative energy of the Holy Spirit, the power of Christ, the power of life, or חיה “Chaiah,” as the Jews say, “L’chaim,” “to life,” referring to that energy that can result in procreation or the development of the soul, the Spirit.
The Salamanders are precisely also within our creative fires, and we learn to work with these elementals in sexual magic, alchemy. We have the fire within the sexual energy, the Salamanders, who help to burn and incinerate our defects, which are like cages or shells which trap our consciousness, which condition us.
The Undines, Mermaids or Nymphs, the Nereids are within our seminal waters. They help to calm the waters of lust, to produce the equanimity of the soul. And of course the elements interact with one another. The breath, our mantras that we pronounce in a matrimony, in the sexual act itself, help to harness those fires and transform them, to raise them up the spine. We pronounce sacred sounds between husband and wife in a marriage, so as to create energy and awaken the chakras themselves, those centers of energy and consciousness that we carry within.
And the Gnomes and Pygmies are precisely those elementals who are within the physical matter of our body, who help to extract that golden sustenance, those golden qualities of virtues, which are within the waters themselves, like jewels and gems. To have a dream about pulling out jewels and gems from the waters is very significant. It refers to virtue, truth, and developing the soul.
So we work with those elements. Husband and wife must learn to control their breathing in the sexual connection itself, so as not to overstimulate too much fire, because they will end up getting burned, losing those energies, resulting in the orgasm, which in these studies we avoid. Instead we learn to conserve that power, so that the waters, the fire, the air and the earth become rejuvenated, because if you conserve that power and raise it up the spine, it will be like a fountain that flows to eternal life, according to Jesus (John 4).
He was with a woman at the well, a Samaritan woman, I do not remember what specific verse or chapter it is, but, the woman was speaking to Jesus and confessing that she had slept with many men, and Jesus had said to her “Truly I can give you a water that will give you eternal life,” and she said “What is this water?” and he says, seemingly to interrupt her: “Go, call thy husband.” But that is the answer, “Call thy husband.” If you work in a marriage, you can work with those waters of divine love and create the soul.
So we work with those elements in synthesis, in harmony. All of this is found precisely within our body. The mysteries of alchemy are within us. The mysteries of Kabbalah are inside of us, not outside. The mistake of many people in the past of Europe, of trying to find how to transform lead into gold, physically, is ludicrous, because the real meaning is that we transform the lead of our personality into the gold of our spirituality.
Question: This is what Christ meant when said “the kingdom of God is within you”?
Instructor: Yes, and the Gnostic Gospels speak abundantly about this too.
We have a very famous axiom in the kabbalistic tradition, as explained by Samael Aun Weor, the founder of the modern Gnostic tradition. He says that, in relation to this image, an alchemical drawing, we have a famous acrostic, which relates to the process and science of alchemy as we are explaining, which are seven letters, Arcanum 7:
Vitriol is one of the clues of the Gnostic Alchemist. The word signifies: Visitam Interiore Terras Rectificatur Invenias Ocultum Lapidum. Visit the interior of the earth, which through rectifying you will find the occult stone. ―Samael Aun Weor, The Revolution of Beelzebub
So we see that this image comes from Viridarium Chymicum. It is an anthology of alchemical art by Daniel Stolz von Stolzenberg. It is from the 1600s. So the images of alchemy were symbolic teachings about how to work practically, which were given in a manner that was undetected by the fanatics, the orthodoxy, so that they, the initiates, would not be persecuted or killed.
This image details for us a star of seven points, referring to the seven planets of alchemy, which we will be talking about. We also find here the three brains, represented by the manifestation of “Corpus, Anima, Spiritus,” meaning, body-soul-spirit.
The sign of Saturn in this bottom arrow points towards Corpus, referring to the שבת Shabbat, the Sabbath, Saturday, Saturn-day, the Seventh day, because by working with Saturn, the Holy Spirit, which that planet relates to the Holy Ghost itself, is how we rectify the earth. We transform our earth. We give sustenance to the stone, which is the cubic stone of the Masons, but also the sacred Kaaba of the Middle East, the sacred stone of Kabbalah itself.
By working with that acrostic, “Visit the interior of the earth, which through rectifying you will find the occult stone,” signifies how we, in meditation, go inside, and discover how to use our energies wisely, the stone of יסוד Yesod, which is the sexual energy. So going inside you learn to navigate the darkness of your own chaos, your cavernous mind, your defects, and see that there is an energy that can help liberate you, if you learn to use it appropriately.
I had this experience in the astral plane many years ago where, when I was first studying this knowledge, I was directed by a master near my home in the astral plane, to “descend into the earth,” he told me. So I dove into the earth, and my Being transported me to the center, where I entered a cavern with many sepulchers, and of course, they were teaching me that you have to descend into your own chaos, your mind, to face all of the ugliness that you have inside, all of your defects, represented by all of the skeletons and bones and ghouls and remains that were there.
In that experience they were telling me the mysteries of Vitriol. By visiting the interior of the earth and by facing yourself in meditation, your defects, you begin to see that, really, the work of the stone is essential, is our foundation―daily practice in mantra or transmutation of that sexual energy.
We also, in this tradition, talk about the flaming sword. So Vitriol, the work of the body, the שבת Shabbat, the Saturday, the Seventh day, relates to the mysteries of ז Zayin, the Hebrew letter of the sword. And so ז Zayin is a sword of the Kundalini that rises and aids the warrior against himself. Remember that Achilles went to war against the Trojans, again a symbol of the ego, the war that we face inside, and that sword, and the armor he wears of course protects him, but the sword he uses is that Kundalini power, to face all of his aggregates, his psychological defects.
Remember that when Adam אדם and חוה Eve were expelled from עדן Eden, the angels used a sword of fire to push them out, expel them. So it is a symbol of how, any master has that sword developed in their spinal column, perfectly and fully.
I would like to relate to you an explanation by a certain alchemist by the name Estolsio, who talked about the meaning of this image specifically, and about the secrecy of the alchemical tradition that we are now unveiling:
That which was enclosed within many forms, now you see it included in one thing: the beginning is our Elder (represented by the face of Saturn in the center of this image, the center of the seven pointed star) and he has the key… ―Estolsio
Remember that we talked about the meaning of the key of alchemy in Arcanum 6, how that key represents, that key that we use to unlock the door, ד Daleth, that leads to דעת Daath, sexual knowledge. That is the mysteries of Saturn, the Elder.
…sulfur with salt and mercury give wealth… ―Estolsio
Sulfur is the sexual fire. Salt is the semen itself. Mercury is the energy that we transmute by certain breathing exercises so as to enliven the brain. So mercury gives you wealth.
If you do not see anything here, there is no reason for you to keep searching, for you will be blind even in the midst of the light. ―Estolsio
So many people look to this image and of course did not know the meaning of it, had many interpretations, but now we are giving you the explanation of what they were teaching here.
Alchemically, there are many symbols and images relating to the mysteries of a matrimony. Samael Aun Weor explains in his book Alchemy and Kabbalah, how the Sun is a symbol of the phallus; the Moon is a symbol of the uterus.
So male-female together, working with the wind, the breath, as we have said previously―the רוח Ruach, the spirit of God that hover over the face of the waters, רוח אלהים Ruach Elohim, that hovers over the face of the deep, that was filled with darkness, in בראשית Bereshit, Genesis―we work with the wind. And the earth is formed from the void and chaos, which of course represents not only the mind, but also those higher vehicles we talked about, the solar bodies.
All of these elements, the sun, the moon, fire, water, wind, air and all of the elements emerge from what we call Akash. Those are different gradations of energy and matter that manifest physically. So we have to work with the chalice of the mind. We do so by working with our energies.
We talked about the caduceus of Mercury, a very famous symbol of medicine, how the spinal column is surrounded by two serpents, and those two serpents are precisely Adam-Eve, ו Vav-ז Zayin, male-female. We raise those energies up the spine so that we can awaken the wings of the Spirit, specifically.
The Seven Archangels, Planets, Metals, Vices, and Virtues
Let us talk more about the seven planets themselves. There are many correlations that are very interesting and practical, more importantly, to use these for our development. So we have the seven planets, referring to the law of seven, organization.
The alchemists did not strictly believe that there were only seven planets. They knew about all of the other planets of our solar system, but they talk about seven to teach the law of order, of organization, of all the elements that we have to work with.
We have the Moon, governed by Gabriel, the metal is Silver.
We have Mercury, governed by Raphael, which is Quicksilver or Mercury as a metal.
Venus, Oriel, Copper.
The Sun, Michael, Gold.
Samael, Mars, Iron.
Jupiter, Zachariel, Tin.
And Saturn, Orifiel, Lead.
The planets relate to metals or materials that we can use to fashion pentagrams. So we have certain talismans we create with the seven metals to help charge them with certain energies, to protect us. The seven metals relate to the seven archangels. These metals are like the nervous system of any planet, and those archangels are the intelligences of those planets themselves, and govern those worlds intimately.
Practically for us, we also work with the transformation of certain vices and errors into virtues. So we have seven deadly sins, very common in Christianity. We must transform the seven vices into virtues. We must comprehend our defects in order to destroy them, and liberate consciousness, so that we develop those divine qualities within.
Lunar avarice is turned into altruism: happiness for others.
Mercurial laziness is transformed into diligence, effort, work ethic, willpower.
Venusian lust is transformed into chastity, sexual purity, and as we have explained many times, chastity does not mean sexual abstention. It means purity in sex.
We have solar pride, which is transformed into humility, humbleness, and faith in divinity.
Martian anger is transformed into divine love, conscious love, sweetness, empathy, compassion.
Jupiterian envy is transformed into philanthropy, work for others, sacrifice for others.
Saturnian gluttony is transformed into temperance, moderation in diet.
We have to look inside and examine: what do we carry within? What are our defects?―so that we can learn to develop the virtues that relate to their opposite.
These seven planets also relate to kabbalistic symbols, which we will not go into too much detail, but if you want to explore this a little but further, you can access this material on our website. We will say that these symbols have profound meaning. I will mention a few.
With mercury, we have the caduceus as we have been explaining, the spinal column with the two serpents and the wings of the Spirit, which flourish when we raise the Mercury of our seminal energy to our brain.
The cynocephalus is a creature with the head of a dog, which of course is a symbol of the sexual instinct. The dog in internal language or symbology refers to the sexual energy, which is why we have myths such as Cerberus, who would allow people to enter into the hell realms, but if they wanted to escape, he would fight against them. That is the nature of lust, sexual desire. It will coax you into wanting to enjoy the delights, the pleasures of sex, but if you try to transform lust, it fights against you. It is an animal.
So these symbols are very profound. Venus relates to the sexual lingam, the Hindu symbol of an alchemical marriage (Note the phallic, vertical beam, the Lingam, united with the horizontal, feminine chalice or Yoni).
Related to the Sun, the serpent with a lion’s head. We talked abundantly about the serpent, and the lion is a symbol of the solar divinities, the Lion of Judah, specifically.
The Hebrew Letter ז Zayin
Let us talk about ז Zayin. So ז Zayin is precisely the feminine sexual energy, which is the spiritual soul, known as נשמת Neshamah. We talked about three types of souls previously: נפש Nephesh, רוח Ruach, נשמת Neshamah. נפש Nephesh is animal soul. רוח Ruach is the blaming or introspective soul. נשמת Neshamah is the spiritual divine soul.
So we are נפש Nephesh. We are animalistic with our habits, our defects, our desires. We work with רוח Ruach, which is the spiritual forces in us, in order to control נפש Nephesh. רוח Ruach is known as thinking-emotional soul, the consciousness, our conscience, that tells us “This is right―this is wrong.” “I should do this―I should not do this.”
But of course, we are helped by נשמת Neshamah, which is precisely known as the Kundalini power, and in the spirit of this course we have been talking about excerpts from the Hebrew teachings, specifically the Psalms, which in this, verses 49 through 56 all begin with the letter ז Zayin. Previous verses also began with א Aleph, some with ב Beth, some with ג Gimel, ד Daleth, ה Hei, ו Vav, and now we are in ז Zayin.
From the Psalms of David:
49. Remember the Word to your servant on which you make me hope;
All this relates to Arcanum 7, war against the ego, and against the black lodge, which is that organization of demons who seek to divert students from Christ, the solar path.
So “it is my comfort in my affliction: For your Word has given me life.” The “Word” comes from דָּבָר Dabar, speech, the Logos―“In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God” (John 1:1). This is a symbolic representation of Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
ז Zayin begins all these verses, and it is interesting that “Hot zeal has seized me, because of the wicked forsaking your law,” meaning: not fanaticism for one’s religion, but concern and despair when seeing how degenerate humanity is, and the desire to change it, the longing to change it―the works of “the wicked,” the black magicians who seek to persuade one from entering the path, from pursuing the path.
The Creation of Eve
So the Hebrew letter ז Zayin is precisely the Kundalini power itself, which we have to raise from the sexual organs to the brain, so as to be crowned. And as we will see in our excerpt from the Zohar, Arcanum 7 relates intimately to crowning, as we see in this image, or both images.
On the left we have William Blake’s Creation of Eve, ז Zayin, the feminine sexual power, the Kundalini force, arising from the androgynous Adam אדם, or אדם יהוה Adam Iod-Havah, who is a representation of many things. There are are many levels to read and interpret Genesis. It is not literally a history, but also a psychological, alchemical, kabbalistic teaching.
In the past there was a race known as the Lemurians. They were an ancient humanity that existed many ages before ours, physically. That race was androgynous, and the Bible depicts and explains how the sexes split over the process of many millennia, in order to aid those souls to developing their mind, their brain, and also the sexual organs, and those respective sexes, so as to help generate more power. When they would reunite as male-female, they would have certain qualities that they could develop further, that they could not while being androgynous.
That is one level of meaning, but Genesis also talks about how we, whether as a man, we need a wife, and if a woman, a husband, because as above so below. As we talked about the Holy Spirit being male-female, to unite with that we need male-female, both forces.
So I will read for you a few excerpts from Genesis, and we will talk about some of the kabbalistic meaning of this, how ז Zayin, Kundalini force, emerges within husband and wife, a matrimony:
And יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim said, it is not good that Adam אדם should be without help. ―Genesis 2:18
In order so that he could obtain knowledge of himself. Adam אדם can also represent the brain as I have mentioned previously. חוה Chavah can also represent the sexual organs, Adam-Eve, Brain-Sex. So חוה Eve is the sexual organs whether a man or woman, that is one level to interpret it, because Adam אדם has to control חוה Eve. So those millennia of patriarchal discourse that derides woman as being the inferior in the household is wrong because they interpret literally that Ada אדם has to control חוה Eve, but the meaning is that Adam אדם the mind has to control sex, instinct.
So יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim said that Adam אדם, the brain, should not be without help.
I will make חוה Havah, Eve, for him [the female sex], a help mate for him. ―Genesis 2:18
So that he can enliven his brain in order to provide it with the sexual energy.
And יהוה אלהים Iod-Havah-Elohim caused a deep sleep to fall upon [the androgynous] Adam אדם. ―Genesis 2:21
Or Adam-Iod-Havah, the former human being that was male-female.
And he slept, and he took חוה Havah [Eve] from one of those ribs, and closed up the flesh thereof. ―Genesis 2:21
And the rib which יהוה Iod-Havah had taken from Adam אדם and made into woman, and the Hebrew word for woman is אשה Ishah. And so he brought woman unto Adam אדם.
And Adam אדם said, This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh, and shall be called woman, because out of man she was taken from. ―Genesis 2:23
It sounds very derogatory to say, when he is referring to his wife, “this is now bone of my bones.” “This”―that is the literal translation, but there is a deeper meaning to this. The Hebrew word is זאת Zoth, ז Zayin-א Aleph-ת Tav. “זאת This shall be called אשה Ishah.” Better said, if we look at the Hebrew, אדם Adam said, “זאת Zoth is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. זאת Zoth shall be called אשה Ishah, because הזאת Hazoth was taken out of איש Ish.” This is the literal meaning of the Hebrew.
איש Ish is fire, that is a masculine energy. אשה Ishah is feminine fire, because if you look at the Hebrew letters, א Aleph again is the wind, the breath. If you look at איש Ish for man, א Aleph-י Iod-ש Shin, א Aleph is the wind, the breath, the prana, the spirit we talked about in Arcanum 1. י Iod is a dot, representing the ovum or sperm, of a man or woman, in this case it is the sperm itself. ש Shin as I said is fire.
With woman it is א Aleph-ש Shin-ה Hei, again the breath, the fire, and ה Hei which is the Yoni, the feminine sexual organs. So man-woman, two fires were developed in that ancient epoch of Lemuria, a masculine fire and a feminine fire. But likewise in our psyche we have a masculine energy and a feminine energy, within the two serpents, ו Vav- ז Zayin, the two channels called Ida-Pingala, the solar and lunar currents of energy.
But Adam אדם said, “this is now bone of my bones,” “זאת Zoth is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh. She shall be called הזאת Hazoth, because she was taken from out of man.” Again, what is that power that is taken out of the fire of sexual magic? It is the Kundalini. הזאת Hazoth alchemically speaking is a term we use, or the alchemists have used to describe that Kundalini power.
As Samael Aun Weor states:
The four elements of alchemy are Salt, Mercury, Sulfur and הזאת Azoth. The Salt is the physical matter of the sperm, the Mercury is the Ens Seminis (the energy that we extract from it) and הזאת Azoth is the mysterious ray of Kundalini. ―Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot
So the sword is precisely that power that we awaken in a marriage, and that through אשה Ishah, so we have איש Ish and אשה Ishah, man-woman, together they become אישים Ishim.
One of our prayers in the Gnostic tradition is: “אישים Ishim assist me in the name of שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai!” Meaning, “the fires of man and woman, help defend me through the power of שׁדי Shaddai,” and we talked in Arcanum 4 that שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai is the sacred name of god in יסוד Yesod, the sexual energy itself, the power of almighty God itself.
The Purity of the Sabbath: Sexual Alchemy
So I have other things to talk about. I want to refer you to the Zohar specifically, but the thing to remember is that we have to keep the Sabbath holy, the body holy, the fires of our body, our ב Beth, by practicing the mysteries of Saturn, which when we work with a marriage, ז Zayin, we become initiated into the higher dimensions. As we see that נשמת Neshamah in this image on the right, of a woman knighting the hero, the warrior, the soul. We have here גבורה Geburah and תפארת Tiphereth, גבורה Geburah the divine soul, the feminine soul in the Kabbalah, on the middle trinity of the Tree of Life.
Likewise we have תפארת Tiphereth, the human soul, who really is our willpower, of which we are a fraction at this point, that must develop in order to enter into the path of initiation. So she is the one who knights the hero, who crowns him, who glorifies him for the struggles he faces against lust and temptation. This is represented in the book of Genesis by the temptation of Adam אדם and חוה Eve.
So I will not go into too much detail. We will give some courses explicitly about that scripture, but in synthesis we find that חוה Chavah was tempted by the serpent. People think there was a literal man and woman in a garden (in Mesopotamia) that ate an apple from a tree and everything went bad. That type of reading is very superficial and very funny, but the meaning is much more deep. It is profound.
חוה Chavah is the sexual organs, the “mother of the living.” Adam אדם is your brain. The serpent that is “the most subtle in the field” (Genesis 3:1) is precisely the sexual energy, because the word for “field” is שדה Shadeh, which is where you get the word שׁדי Shaddai, Almighty Living God, שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, the Amighty Lving God.
The power of life that God creates through any initiate is sex, and the serpent is that power that, between husband and wife, tempts husband and wife, whether to control the serpent, raise it up the spine, or to be bitten by the serpent by eating the forbidden fruit, which is the orgasm, to waste that energy, to expel it, because when you expel the powers of עדן Eden, which in Hebrew means “bliss,” “voluptuousness,” you cast yourself out.
So Adam אדם and חוה Eve did not get kicked out of עדן Eden. They kicked themselves out, and we do this everyday when ever someone engages in lust. So that is a very simple way to look at it, but Adam אדם and חוה Eve are precisely brain-sex.
Comment: Christ, there again said something like “be as wise as serpents.” Somebody in the lodge that I belong to… Jewish-American man… he said “I have a problem.” He said, “Because Christ spoke in parables to the masses, and to his disciples he spoke in the esoteric way.” More and more people today I think are starting to realize, “Wait, there is something even behind this, what Christ said,” and they want to go into that…
Instructor: Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Be wise as the Kundalini power, to raise it up the spine, but be innocent as a dove. Be chaste. Be humble. Do not engage in the sexual act as an animal, because you must sanctify the שבת Sabbath, the body, ש Shin-ב Beth, the “house of fire.” To be innocent as a dove is precisely to not cause harm, and we harm ourselves when we ejaculate the energy. We get burned. That is where we get the word “furnace, fornication.” “Thou shalt not commit fornication,” the Sixth Arcanum of the Tarot.
But let us talk about the Zohar.
Question: I am sorry. So the original sin… does that exist?
Instructor: The original sin that originates all of our defects is lust, because when you eat that, when you consummate the sexual act with expelling the energy, you get kicked out of עדן Eden, because that energy is what gives a husband and wife bliss, beauty, harmony, and so we have to control the serpent.
Comment: When it is withheld.
Instructor: When it is withheld and transformed, because to be abstinent does not help. You have to learn to circulate the energy, which we do through certain exercises. But husband and wife have that dilemma―whenever they connect sexually, if they know this teaching―is to spill or not to spill, to be chaste, harmless as a dove, and wise as a serpent―or not, because you see that in the myth humanity was expelled, and Adam אדם and חוה Eve represent all of humanity who were expelled from that primordial bliss. So the original sin of course is lust, desire. And so by conquering lust, desire, we are crowned, initiated into a higher way of life, represented by נשמת Neshamah knighting the hero.
ז Zayin and Initiation in the Zohar
And to talk about the meaning of ז Zayin more in depth, I would like to read for you in synthesis some teachings from the Zohar, which help to explain these principles very well:
Rabbi Shim’on opened: “I have put my words in your mouth (Isaiah 51:16). How vital it is for a human being to engage in תורה Torah day and night! For the blessed Holy One listens to the voice of those who occupy themselves with תורה Torah, and every word innovated in תורה Torah by one engaged in תורה Torah fashions one heaven.” ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 25)
They explain elsewhere that to work with תורה Torah is to work with water, Genesis, which we find in this section of בראשית Bereshit, an explanation of the opening verse of the book of Genesis, that talks about how to work with the creative waters of sex.
So what does it mean “to engage in תורה Torah day and night”? People literally read and think it means to read from the Old Testament, but to engage in תורה Torah is to practice it its principles. So, such as through certain exercises we practice: runes, meditation, mantras, pranayama, sacred exercises of rejuvenation etc.
We occupy ourselves in the day, and at night when we are married, we work as husband and wife in the darkness, because from the darkness emerges light. It is how you create the solar bodies, the solar vehicles, in a marriage.
So those who innovate תורה Torah, “every word innovated by one engaged in תורה Torah,” the law, the great Arcanum, sexual magic, “fashions one heaven.” You create the heavens in yourself, precisely through working with that sacred Arcanum.
We have learned: The moment a new word of תורה Torah originates from the mouth of a human being, that word ascends and presents herself before the blessed Holy One, who lifts that word, kisses her, and adorns her with seventy crowns–engraved and inscribed. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 25)
So someone who innovates a new word of תורה Torah, meaning: to mantralize, to pray, to speak, to connect with divinity in meditation. That prayer, that mantra is acknowledged by divinity and is empowered. As I said to you previously, we have to empower our Being. We have to work with certain exercises so that we help our divinity manifest in us, inside.
This word ascends and presents herself before the blessed Holy One, and again, the word is sexual, that the lord kisses that word. When husband and wife are united and they are pronouncing sacred mantras in the sexual act, their mantras are empowered, because the sexual energy relates to דעת Da’ath, and דעת Da’ath, as we explained, is sexual magic, alchemy, knowledge. It relates to the throat. The throat is the womb, or the uterus of the verb. “In the beginning was the Word, the Word was with God, and the Word was God” (John 1:1).
בראשית Bereshit means, when husband and wife unite, they create the heavens within themselves. So we have to lift that word up in alchemy so that He can “adorn her with seventy crowns, engraved and inscribed.” So seventy crowns relates to initiation, seven initiations of fire mentioned in The Perfect Matrimony.
That sword that the woman is knighting this man with is precisely ז Zayin, the seventh letter. We have to face seven initiations of fire, which are engraved and inscribed, and as I mentioned to you in Arcanum 2, we have to inscribe in the stone of יסוד Yesod our energies, this work. We have to perfect them, chisel them, so that perfect stone is the foundation of our temple.
But an innovated word of wisdom ascends and settles on the head of Tsaddiq, the Righteous One―Vitality of the Worlds. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 25)
So by working with chastity is how we ascend and become Tsaddiqim, the Righteous Ones, Holy Ones, Holy Beings. And that is the “Vitality of the Worlds.” We are referring to יסוד Yesod, the creative energies.
From there, it flies and soars through 70,000 worlds, ascending to the Ancient of Days. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 25)
70,000 refers to the seven lower sephiroth of the Tree of Life, ascending up to the top Trinity, to the sphere known as כתר Kether, which is the Ancient of Days, our Father who is in heaven.
So our mantras help to ascend and reach influence from that sephirah itself.
All the words of the Ancient of Days are words of wisdom, conveying supernal, concealed mysteries. When that secret word of wisdom, innovated here, ascends, it joins those words of the Ancient of Days. Along with them, it ascends and descends, entering eighteen hidden worlds, which no eye has seen, O God, but You (Isaiah 64:3) ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 25-26)
So what are these eighteen hidden worlds? We have nine heavens above מלכות Malkuth, and we also have nine hells below מלכות Malkuth, so these are the eighteen worlds. Nine heavens, nine hells.
Emerging from there, they roam until they arrive, full and complete, presenting themselves before the Ancient of Days. At that moment, the Ancient of Days inhales the aroma of that word and it pleases Him more than anything. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 26)
What is that aroma that divinity is most pleased with? It is chastity, sexual purity. When husband and wife know how to connect but not to waste the energies themselves, the divine inhales that aroma, and of course perfume in the ancient temples was very symbolic of working with chastity itself.
Lifting that word, He adorns her with 370,000 crowns. The word flies, ascending and descending, and is transformed into a heaven (because when husband and wife are mantralizing in alchemy, they give birth to the heavens inside themselves, the virtues of the soul).
What are these earths of the living? It is precisely the solar vehicles we talk about: solar astral body, solar mental body, solar causal body―vehicles that we can give birth to so that God can inhabit our house, our psyche. So that is what it means to be a living being. Adam אדם was made into a נפש חיה Nephesh Chaiah, “a living soul,” because the spirit of אלהים Elohim, יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim, entered into him.
People think it refers to just some physical man being created from the dust, but it is a symbol of how we create the soul, perfected, inside. That is what it means to be an earth of the living.
Then they descend, crowning themselves upon one earth (one initiation we could say, of fire, depending on the sephiroth) which is renewed and transformed into a new earth through that renewed word of תורה Torah. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 26)
So the earth is a new earth. Your body ceases to become sick, full of diseases, old or with problems, because we regenerate through the power of חיה Chaiah, the Holy Spirit, in order to be healed. And when a husband and wife learn to practice alchemy, they conserve their vitality for decades. They become young, healthy.
Concerning this is written: As the new heavens and the new earth that I am making endure before Me… (Isaiah 66:22). The verse does not read I have made, but rather I am making, for He makes them continually out of those innovations and mysteries of תורה Torah. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 26-27)
“I have made,” you could say, relates to אהיה Eheieh, “I Am that I Am, אהיה אשר אהיה Eheieh Asher Eheieh”―“I will become who I will become.” “I will be within the soul who learns how to be.” So אהיה אשר אהיה Eheieh Asher Eheieh, “I Am that I Am” is the acrostic there. “I have made or I will make,” that divinity will make the soul within us if we cooperate, if we work with our ז Zayin and our ו Vav, our spine and the sexual power of Kundalini.
Of this is written: I have put My words in your mouth and covered you with the shadow of My hand, to plant heavens and establish earth (Isaiah 51:16). The verse does not read the heavens, but rather heavens (plural). ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 27)
There is an alchemical teaching here that is very profound, because when we work with husband and wife, and work with sacred sounds, we are initiated. We are crowned when we learn to create the soul and eliminate defects.
Conclusion: Battles of the Seventh Arcanum
And to conclude this lecture I will mention to you an experience that I had that helps to clarify some of the principles of Arcanum 7 with the Zohar. I mentioned to you that Arcanum 7 is struggle, ordeals, battles that you have to face against your own desires, but also against the influences of witches and sorcerers.
I remember many years ago I had an experience where I overcame a certain ordeal in the astral plane, and my Spirit showed me an instructional video. He was teaching me about Arcanum 7, and about certain people who enter these type of studies. He said that, “Out of 70% of those who masturbate, 5% of them have gender problems.” Of course it is not a literal statistic. It is something symbolic.
Arcanum 7 means people who are learning to strive against their defects. Those who enter these studies but still struggle with the vice of masturbation, out of karma, Arcanum 5, many of them will develop gender problems, meaning: that is how you become homosexual. That is how you lose your sexual attraction for the opposite sex, is by copulating with one’s own sexual organs, copulating with the same sex.
Masturbation we strictly speak against. Really, the word is from the Latin “manstuprare,” coming from “manus,” hand, and “stuprare,” meaning “defilement.” And as the Book of Leviticus teaches us, if you have an emission of semen, you must bathe yourself in water and be unclean until even (Leviticus 15:16)―evening, Lailah. You have to face the demon לילית Lilith, your own lust in those infernal dimensions, and until you are clean of that element you will continue to have that desire for masturbation, or lust.
“Stuprare” also means, not only defilement, but “dishonor; to be dishonored by ones own hand.” Likewise “stupere” which means “to be stupid.” So we said that the power of the Holy Spirit, intelligence, בינה Binah, gives one divine cognizance. It illuminates the brain. But if we expel the semen then we are impoverishing our brain. The brain languishes for want of that energy.
There are many people, many demons with very sharp intellects. They develop the intellect in that way, but it is really, in the spiritual sense, very stupid, because that is intelligence within hell, not in heaven.
We have to learn to overcome those habits [See "How to Overcome Masturbation"], and so my Being was teaching me in order to teach other people that, out of 70% of those who are masturbators, 5% become homosexual, become gay. And by this we do not speak with hatred towards gays, but we are pointing out that, if you want to create spiritually, you need husband and wife, both polarities. You need them both (See “Is Gnosis Anti-LGBTQ?”)
In this experience, later I was warned. I intuitively knew that I was going to be attacked. So I was walking up to my bedroom, and it was very dark. It was around four in the morning in the astral plane, and I sensed that there were some sorcerers outside my window who wanted to get in, who were about to attack me.
In that moment I grabbed my solar plexus, and I reached out my hand, and started reciting the Conjurations of the Four:
Caput mortum, imperet tibi dominus per vivum et devotum serpentem!
These prayers that we pronounce in Latin to reject negative forces. So this is a big battle that happened in the astral plane, but I was helped. I was conjuring these seven or twelve men that were coming into my home. I do not know how many there were in detail, but there were many. So my Being was giving me power to reject those demons, because I was overcoming certain ordeals. That is why divinity helped me to fight back. And there were bombs and explosions going on as a result of the conjurations that my Being was using through me to reject these entities.
So it was a very violent experience, and afterward I remember, I returned to my bedroom and my Being was there, who kept crowing me with laurels. So going back to the Zohar, “you will be crowned with 370,000 crowns,” so overcoming those ordeals against the black magicians, you get adulated. The Being praises you, but I do not take credit, because only the Being is powerful.
So 370,000 crowns, again and again and again and again. So I was being knighted. It is something that you would experience when you learn to first be chaste, and then as you are working in yourself, the demons will come after you, because if you are fornicating then, they say, “Well, you are just one of us, so it does not matter.”
So again, referring back to the Zohar, they quoted Isaiah 51:16:
“I have put My words in your mouth.” The word of יהוה Jehovah says, “I put My words in your mouth.” So God was speaking through me, and I was, really, fighting these entities, rejecting them. So again, Arcanum 7 relates to the 370,000 crowns. Three relates to the Trinity, the power of the Holy Ghost, the three pointed trident of Neptune, which is the power of the waters. And seven of course relates to the ordeals and battles we have to face against the black lodge.
So to conclude this lecture we will give you a few practices that you can use, so that you can develop your potential. We have the seven vowels that we use in our runic exercises, which are the vowels, I E O U A M S. So with the mantras you prolong the vowels so that you awaken the chakras of the seven centers in the spinal column.
The vowel I relates to the chakra of the crown, and the third eye, to give you the names out loud, Chakra Sahasrara in the crown, Chakra Ajna in the third eye.
The vowel E relates to the throat, the Chakra Vishuddha.
The vowel O relating to intuition, the heart, relates to the Chakra Anahata.
We have the Chakra Manipura in the solar plexus, the vowel U.
And the vowel M relating to the prostate or the uterus in a woman, the Chakra Svadhisthana.
And the vowel S, the sexual fire, relates to the base of the spine, the Chakra Muladhara.
So you can pronounce those seven vowels:
Those are the seven vowels you can pronounce before you meditate, so that you will awaken the powers of the seven chakras themselves, because those mantras help to awaken those centers.
You can also pray the Pater Noster very deeply, and with a lot of cognizance. So this is a prayer that many people recite, and it is a beautiful prayer, but it is more important to do it consciously in meditation. Samael Aun Weor states that we should pronounce these seven petitions of the Our Father, for an hour long, so it should be very deep and prolonged, very concentrated.
1 – Our Father, Who art in heaven
You can also say: “For thine is the kingdom, the power and the glory forever and ever.”
Or you can even do the Latin, even more powerful, “PATER NOSTER, qui es in caelis, sanctificetur nomen tuum.”
Latin as a mantric language is very powerful. You can invoke very divine forces that way. So you can pray that for an hour long if you want.
Questions and Answers
Question: Just something I might add when you talked before about retaining the semen. Max Heindel again said, “Keep the seed within.” I’ll never forget that. The other thing is, as far as technique to help raise Kundalini, can you pronounce a mantram together with pranayama?
Instructor: Some pranayamas are structured that way, like Christic Egyptian Pranayama in The Yellow Book, that Samael Aun Weor wrote. You pronounce certain mantras mentally when you are inhaling the air through the nostrils. TON, inhaling through the left nostril. You close the right with your thumb, inhale through the left nostril, inhale, mentally pronouncing the mantra TON.
Instructor: Mentally. Hold both nostrils closed, send the prana down, the energy to your coccyx. Do the mantra SAH. Exhale through the right nostril, and pronounce the mantra HAM.
And you can read more about the specifics of that. You inhale again through the right nostril. TON, close your nostrils and pronounce the mantra RAH as you send the energy down to the coccyx, and then exhale through the left nostril, HAM.
Question: I thought it was just alternating, going back and forth. You are mentioning now about holding both nostrils?
Instructor: Yes, because when you do the pranayama, you inhale the energy. You hold it. The retention is very important, because when you inhale you are sending the energy into your body. You close the nostrils and then you mentally pronounce that mantra, SAH or RAH, depending on which current you are working with.
Question: While you are holding it?
Instructor: While you are holding it. So TON, inhale. Hold: SAH. Send the energy down to the coccyx while mentally pronouncing the mantra SAH. Exhale through the right nostril, HAM, as you mentally pronounce that. And then inhale, TON, RAH, HAM.
Question: This is in The Yellow Book?
So pranayama is very excellent for transmuting energy, which we will be giving a lecture about that too.
Do you have any other questions?
Question: Why do you think, symbolic numbers and symbols and allegories used throughout all these ancient texts, instead of just coming out and just saying it? Are we here to just figure this out like a game? Is this what this all is, is to figure this out?
Instructor: Well, divinity speaks in the language of parables. Like I gave you that experience, he said “Out of 70% of those who masturbate, 5% have gender problems.” So he was not giving a literal statistic, but symbolic. So the symbolism there, God speaks in symbols because you can get a lot more accomplished that way, rather than talking plain English.
In past ages those scriptures that were given in that language for those initiates who already knew the science, who could interpret it correctly, and those who did not know, who were degenerate, would just be lost in the wayside.
Like that image of the Viridarium Chymicum. I cannot remember the name of that, but it was the alchemical image I showed you previously of the seven pointed star, in where the man said, Estolsio said “If you do not know what any of this means, it does not even matter,” is what he was saying at that time. But the thing is we are in a different age now. We are in the age of Aquarius, the age of the dissemination of knowledge. So now this teaching has to be made explicit, for people to benefit, because the white lodge is opening the doors and saying, you know, “There really is not much time for humanity, but we want to help.”
Comment: Yeah, the word apocalypse actually means the unveiling of truth, in Greek.
Instructor: And we face our own inner apocalypse through going through Arcanum 7. So like that experience I gave you, you have to fight against yourself, because in that experience in the dream I had to overcome certain ordeals in the astral plane, and that is why divinity, my Being, my Spirit came to me and said, “Here is an experience to teach you more.” And then you have to fight against the demons who are against you, to try to stop you from changing.
Question: So, like these religions that do not teach what you are teaching, do they just not know or?…
Instructor: In most cases they do not know.
Question: Are people purposely putting that out there, where it is like, it is kind of disinformation?
Instructor: Well, there is a lot of ignorance, but there are people who are trying to cause a lot of confusion intentionally.
Question: And then as far as symbols, if you noticed like, I learned this in the past, the symbol for the money symbol, are they mocking, you know, because the money symbol is the snake and the pillars, are they mocking it? The same with the number 7 they put in casinos. Are they mocking this? The dark occultists, they know this knowledge. Are they saying, and they use the word ISIS for different factions in the Middle East and all that?
Instructor: There is a lot of correlation that is going on. Samael Aun Weor says that the number of the black lodge is 777, which if you add those numbers together you get 21, Arcanum 21, which is the Fool of the Tarot. We call it transmutation, but also it is the fool who is walking over an alligator in the card, who is being threatened to be swallowed. So that is his own lust and his own defects threatening to devour him in the abyss.
And the Hebrew letter associated with the fool is ש Shin, fire. So a Fool of the Tarot is one who gets burned by lust, symbolized by the bohemian, or La Bohème by Puccini. So in that opera, Puccini was teaching how, there were these poor artists who were in the cold freezing in winter time in Paris, or wherever they were, and they said “Oh, let’s get a few moments of warmth...” Rodolfo was working on a poem that he composed for many hours, and they said, “Let’s burn it for a few moments so we can stay warm.” So this is the idiot who takes his livelihood and is burning it away, and that is a symbol of how we kill ourselves with lust. Through ש Shin, you get burned. You become a fool, a bohemian.
So in the end, if you watch that opera, it does not have a good ending. People love it. It is a beautiful opera but, they do not see the tremendous warning that it has for individuals. And we will watch that opera here too, and talk about it. It is very beautiful.
Comment: Most people are not aware of the occult implications of these operas.
Instructor: So we will be giving, we will be watching those here and talking about them. Puccini was a Freemason (See The Secret Teachings of Opera).
Question: You speak of desire. There are some good desires right? Altruistic, and you wish good for people? But…
Instructor: We could say it is a semantic thing really. We say, technically, desire is ego, because desire says, “I want. I crave. I want this. I want to have this,” but many poets like Rumi use the word, when they translate from Arabic, they use desire, or love, مَحَبَّة maḥabba in Arabic, which is where you get the word hubb, or you can get words for water. There are many correlations between love and water specifically.
But desire is egotism, in strict technical language, but there are many people who say, “I desire, I long to know divinity.” So longing―we change the words, we say longing, yearning―is a conscious quality. But strictly speaking, desire is when you say that “I really want something. I need this. I want this.” Ego is desire.
Comment: But you are talking about, you mentioned there is right and wrong desire…
Instructor: Yeah, well the real, you could say, better desire is longing. You long in your soul to change. That is a yearning or aspiration in the heart. It is a very divine quality. We need that. That is how you work with your ז Zayin, face the temptations, and yearn to change, to keep your Sabbath holy.
Question: So all of those teachings... “I am that I am”… and then you pronounce what you want to be so that you can get exactly that, that is not true? That is not accurate?
Instructor: They can get what they want, for sure, but usually doing what the ego wants. Better said: “What I want… what I desire”―we call egotism. “What I want” is, or “what my ego wants,” is negative, is “I go against my soul.” For Gnostics, we “go against our own defects, our desires.” To say that “I want this, I want that, and then I am going to do this practice to get what I want,” we say is negative.
We should instead work for other people. Let us help others with what they want. Let us help “us” instead of “I, me, myself,” because we have a lot of ego in these times.
So those teachings that say “I am,” are negative―like Joel Olsteen or a few other people who say: “become a better you.” I am sorry Joel, I have to politely disagree. “I Am” only can be said by divinity. אהיה Eheieh, the Being, says, “I Am that I Am.” We are not the Being. We are just the soul who has to work. So “I am not, because my Being is,” and “I am filled with ego, therefore I am not.” “But when I die to all my desires, it is not what I want, but the Being will be manifest in me.”
So I would not say, get lost in the language, but, those teachings that say, “get what you want” is really marketing to our desires, our defects. So “become a better you,” is mistaken, since you cannot get better, meaning: your egotism cannot get any better. You have to eliminate that. So if you as a soul want to be purified, be content with becoming nothing, so that your Being can manifest in you fully. That is the teaching of the Sufis.
Sufis teach you that you must fulfill fana, annihilation of the ego, so that you can have baqa, subsistence in God. You cannot be in God if you are filled with ego, if you have desires that say: “I want this, I want that.”
Comment: It is interesting you say that because I think Steiner said when you are doing that, emptying yourself of that ego, you are creating a space for divine force to come into you.
Instructor: Great, because Samael Aun Weor says, “God searches the nothingness in order to fill it.” So your mind has to be empty so that the plenitude of divinity can manifest, and then there will not be “you” anymore. There will only be “Him,” and that is really the beauty and the bliss that we seek.
Question: So you use that in the context of, for example, in meditation saying “I am blessed. I am full. I am content.” Is that also wrong?
Instructor: Well, we have certain prayers that we use that are similar to that, except we say “We are strong. We are rich. We are full of luck and harmony.” Because Samael our teacher says, “I” has little force, but “we” has a lot. So you gain more power that way. “We” is a universal consciousness: “We are strong, we are rich, we are full of luck and harmony,” so that principle is the same thing. You are seeking to empower your consciousness, but, one is “I, myself,” but another is “we,” and to consider others is really the highest form of consciousness we can have. So that is an exercise you can look at in a book called Introduction to Gnosis…
Question: Should we try not to, in conversation, try not to say “I”…
Instructor: No, you do not want to be unnatural. You do not want to be unnatural. Just say, “Yeah, I feel this, I feel that,” but when you need to interact with people, and you are working with your meditations and you are working on your ego, you learn to see other people’s minds very clearly. And you learn to see how you interact with people. More importantly, you see how you interact with other people, and you find that there is a struggle there, because you will find that certain thoughts want to emerge to say something at the time, which you can sense are wrong. Therefore you are working with Arcanum 7. You are struggling against negativity.
So you have to observe in yourself, what elements are pushing you to act in certain ways, and when you see them, when you sense that intuitively, “this is right, this is wrong,” then you know how to navigate the labyrinth of other people’s minds so that you can earn your daily bread. Do what you need to do, because we need to learn how to work in this physical plane and with conscience, with the wisdom of a serpent and the innocence of a dove.
Comment: A lot of the new age books they say, only focus on happy thoughts, but you know, I think it is only, it is really, do not focus on thoughts at all, because a happy thought is going to come and then go, and then a negative thought is going to come in, and a happy thought. Just erase all thought!
Instructor: Well, here is the thing, the Sufis have very interesting ways of analyzing this. They talk about different types of thought. There is some, I do not remember the Arabic that they use, but, khatir is the word for thought. There is thoughts that belong to the ego, and there are types of insights or intuitions that come from God―some that come from your consciousness, some that come from an Angel, some negative influences that come from demons, and you will sense that as you awaken your consciousness.
But most of the thoughts we have are ourselves, 97% of what we go through is just our own mind churning garbage in the intellect, but that is why we say in meditation, stop thinking. Do not force your mind to not think, but just observe your mind, and as it is doing its thing, it is going to exhaust itself, like a person talking to a wall. The mind is like that. It just talks and talks and talks and talks. It does not stop. The thing is, do not repress it. Do not push it, but you strive against it by comprehending it.
That is the meaning of Jihad, holy war. It does not mean to repress your mind or be violent, but in a state of equanimity and dispassion, you learn to see the root causes of your defects, and look in them, and see them, where it is coming from, and then as you comprehend more and more the mind settles of its own.
Comment: Yeah, through my own experience I could say this, if you just take that drive out to nature, you will see your thoughts plummet. It is amazing. I went to a friend’s cottage in Wisconsin and it was like, “Wow, where did all my thoughts go?”
Instructor: And when you are out in nature too, learn to do the runic exercises as we teach. So the yogic postures, sacred rites of rejuvenation, mantras in open nature, that is how you assimilate the power of the Undines, the Nereids, the Gnomes, the elementals. And that is how you can learn to empower and strengthen yourself, so when you come back to the city, back to the abyss, you could say, you can face all the chaos again. That is how you wage war with ז Zayin, working with your spine. Single people can work, awaken sparks of that Kundalini power, sparks of ז Zayin you could say. Only a husband and wife can fully develop that.
Comment: You mentioned also intuition, like you are in these scenarios, like everyday, someone is saying something negative, and you know, you can rise above it. In other words―and I am going to explain it―you do not have to go into a dialectic. These things happen. If something is going on, an argument, a negative situation, you know, for way too long, you might go into a dialectic or something…
Instructor: Well yeah, arguing.
Question: Intuition helps, you know right away what to do, what to avoid, when to keep quiet, so we can avoid a negative situation, if you develop that intuition, right?
Instructor: Yeah, and that is how you are successful in battle, by not fighting. So a real warrior of a spiritual type is one who has a mind that is fully in equanimity, because when your mind is calm and you are working with your intuition, then you can disarm certain situations very well.
We see in this card of the Tarot a representation of how the disciple must face specific temptations when entering into the path of initiation, specifically. Those temptations manifest themselves in what we know as the three brains of Gnostic psychology: our intellect, our emotions, and our motor-instinctive-sexual centers, which we are going to elaborate upon in this lecture.
Indecision is a card, the sixth arcanum or law of the Tarot, specifically relating to the sixth sephirah of the Tree of Life, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth: the human soul, who has we see represented here is within the waters of the card, in the bottom third of the major arcanum. He is facing towards a woman on his left, with his left hand over his right, indicating that he is fallen. He has entered into temptation, into sin, degeneration.
Every disciple who initiates these studies must face precisely this problem. When entering to the path of spirituality, one faces the temptations of the psyche and of the flesh. And one realizes with crude observation of the facts, that one is filled with desire, with animality, with negative psychological qualities, which are destructive and which cause harm.
The student who begins these studies and attempts chastity, realizes that he has many elements, that she has many desires, which are contrary to the will or the endeavor of the student entering into initiation.
So in the first arcanum of the Tarot, we talked about the Magician, one who initiates, who begins a path, but while initiating that effort, after working with the Priestess of the Tarot (the second arcanum), entering into the third (the Empress), followed by the fourth (the Emperor, the inner-Being), the fifth (the Hierarch), and sixth, now, the human soul, Tiphereth―this sequence indicates to us a progression of forces that descend down the Tree of Life. The first ten major arcana of the Tarot can relate to the ten sephiroth themselves.
We discussed the top trinities, especially, in depth, how a student of occultism must learn to work with the three primary forces: כֶּ֫תֶר Kether, חָכְמָה Chokmah, בִּינָה Binah: Father, Son, Holy Spirit―Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva. We also work with our inner חֶסֶד Chesed, meaning “Mercy” in Hebrew, the Spirit, the Emperor of the Tarot. By working with our Spirit, we also work with גְּבוּרָה Geburah, the fifth arcanum of the Tarot relating to the law of Karma: cause and effect.
As we are beginning to understand these principles in ourselves and as we are understanding our own psyche, we face a great ordeal known as “Indecision,” the sixth arcanum of the Tarot, related to תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, which is the very center of this Tree of Life, the center of the pillar of equilibrium.
Tiphereth, the human soul, is in a dilemma of “to be or not to be.” To be pure or to be degenerate. To follow the light of Christ or to be a demon. And so that ordeal that the student faces is precisely within oneself. As one is generating light, insight, cognizance of the truth, one faces the ordeals and temptations in the mind, precisely through the original sin known as lust, fornication: which in these studies we specifically explain is the loss of the energies of sex, whether voluntarily or involuntarily.
Fornication comes from the word fornix, “to burn,” as in the oven, a furnace. Fornix also relates to the archways over streets in ancient Rome where prostitutes would wait to perform their services. The word fornication stems from that. It is the prostitution of the soul, because whenever a person loses their energies, willingly or not, one is committing fornication. One is lost and swallowed by the waters of these cards, as this neophyte is.
He is facing towards his left, because the left-hand path signifies, in certain traditions, the lunar way, mechanical path: the path of devolution. The path of destruction.
So animal ego, desire, is the path of left, in which the soul saturates itself with desire. The problem with desire that it is never satiated. One can never nullify the wills or wishes of desire, because desire is insatiable. It wants. It craves for more sensations, more experiences, more objects, more fulfillment, and when that is acquired, one desires more. The desire is strengthened. So it is the absurd thought of many schools the think that by fulfilling and feeding your desire, is how you will nullify it, destroy it. But this is ignorant. This is wrong, because the laws of Manu, one of the ancient scriptures of Hinduism, state that “Desire is never satiated by feeding it.”
Desire never rests by enjoyment of lusts, as fire surely increases the more butter is offered to it. ―Laws of Manu 2.94
It is never fulfilled. It always wants more, and so lust is primarily the main defect a disciple faces in this arcanum.
The left hand path, the path of the ego, the path of desire, is mentioned in the Qur’an. But also we see that in this card, there is a right-hand path, which we will be talking about in depth today too. So the left hand over the right is a signification that the soul is fallen, is facing towards desire, and that his or her mind is so filled with desire that he does not turn or look towards his right, which is the Virgin, a Christified master, a chaste woman―as we talked about previously Urania-Venus, the Christified soul, the purified soul. She represents in this card, the path of the Divine Mother Kundalini, the path of purity, of cleanliness, of rectitude and love.
The woman on the right is half naked, demonstrating her lewdness, her perversity. She also represents Medusa of the Greek myths, which whenever she would look directly into the eyes of any hero, would turn him to stone. That is a symbol of our own desires. If we identify with our anger, our lust, our pride, etc., we become frozen, habituated, locked in those habits. We become petrified. We no longer have any mobility, consciously speaking. We are stuck in that element. We are frozen by that habit. Many people live their entire lives addicted to sensation and desire, to lust. And so the student of occultism, of esoterism, who seeks to understand him or herself, faces this problem. He or she realizes that he is filled with these elements that pull him away from practice, from aspiration, from longing, from fulfilling the precepts of any religion, which is why Paul of Tarsus stated in the Epistles, "that which I would not do, I do, and that which I will to do, I do not" (Romans 7:19).
And so “there is a war in my members,” he says. And the members, of course, relate to the sexual organs. That is the primary battle that any disciple faces: is how to be chaste. First, physically, to abstain from fornication, from the orgasm. And then afterwards, in a much more subtle level, in dreams, in the heart, and in the mind.
We see that in this card the Divine Mother on the right, the solar path, the path of the solar initiates who follow the will of Christ, is beckoning unto the soul who is fallen, to enter Her way, Her path. Because, this teaching as we emphasize, many missionaries state, is not for angels, but this is a teaching for demons: beings like us who are filled with desire, who want to change. The Divine Mother always beckons and opens Her arms to the disciple, the student: “Come unto to me! Enter into my mysteries!”―She teaches us, in the world of dreams and in meditation.
As the master Jalāl ad-Dīn Muhammad Rūmī taught us, "Even if you have broken your vows a hundred times, join us. We are not a caravan of despair."
So she is on the right-hand path, teaching the initiate to rise above the waters of the card, to transcend the waters of fornication. The Qur’an as I was alluding to briefly, is a beautiful teaching that teaches us the teachings of the right and the left hand paths. So the myth of how right-handed persons are more virtuous than left-handed persons comes from this teaching from the Qur’an.
This is from Surah 56: Al Waqi’ah “The Event,” “The Inevitable,” which explains some of the promises made through Prophet Muhammad to his initiates about the path of the solar initiates, and also the path of the left.
8. So those on the Right Hand, who will be those on the Right Hand?
The word generations reminds us of Genesis, which the Bible states, "These are the generations which created the heavens and the Earth." In Hebrew it says “בהבראם behibaram,” which is an acrostic for “By Abraham.” So Abraham, we mentioned previously, is the Spirit, Gedulah. And some initiates on this path will be much more developed of the first generations, meaning the top of the Tree of Life: Kether, Chokmah, Binah. Others will be from the lower generations, מלכות Malkuth, who are learning to ascend for the first time of the Tree of Life itself.
15. (They will be) on thrones woven with gold and precious stones,
Meaning they don't fornicate. They were enlivened by the wine of transmutation in a marriage, but they are not drunk by it. They don't get carried away. They don't go to excess, meaning: they don't eat the forbidden fruit, which is the orgasm. They don't reach that point. But they enjoy that purity of sex so that one does not have any ache of the head, meaning: creation of the ego. Because through desire, through fornication, is how the ego is born, and therefore no pain is known by these initiates.
20. And fruit; that they may choose (better said, fruit from the Tree of Life, a symbol of how those masters can access any dimension at will, and therefore they pluck the fruit from the Tree of Life and enjoy those experiences with consciousness).
So if you're not familiar with Islam, the houris are the woman promised to any mujahid, a warrior who strives in the path of Islam in order to enter the heavenly realms. So the houris or the Nirvanis, the chaste women, like we see in this card, those initiates, those female masters who are pure in sex, who have no lust, they welcome the male and also female initiates into the higher dimensions. But they are really inhabitants of those realms, you can say, who are pure and chaste.
25. No evil talk will they hear therein, nor any sinful speech.
In the internal planes, water is a symbol of the sexual energy, which flows and within the circuitry of the human body, which flows with purity, with peace. And so these trees, are again, symbolic of the Tree of Knowledge, the Tree of Life, of consciousness, of the purity and virtues of the soul.
32. And fruit in plenty,
So in Arabia, the trees of زقوم Zaqqum are very bitter. The leaves are very hard to taste, because they are so bitter themselves. It is a symbol of קְלִיפּוֹת Klipoth, the tree of desire, the inferior dimensions beneath the Tree of Life, the internal dimensions.
52. "You verily will eat of the trees of Zaqqum (bitterness, pain, suffering).
So the path of life and death are before any student of occultism who is seeking to be chaste. “To be or not to be,” said Hamlet. “That is the question” (Act 3.1.).
Likewise it is stated in the book of Deuteronomy where Moses pointed out the path of life and the path of death:
I call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you. That I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing. Therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live. ―Deuteronomy 30:19
So people interpret this seed to represent the physical people or generations of the Israelites, but that is not the meaning. The word seed refers to the sexual energy: the creative seed that can give birth to the Tree of Knowledge and Tree of Life inside of us.
We are going to unpack a lot of the symbolism of this card. We find that we have many symbols associated with this, including astrological symbols. We have the symbol of Venus in the left and the bull of Taurus, which reminds us of the mysteries of Mithras, who slayed the bull through the power of his sword, his willpower. So the bull is a symbol of our physical earth, the body, but also lust, animal desire. So we as the great heroes must learn to conquer our own desires if we want to enter the path of the right, the solar initiates. We do that precisely through Venus, the mysteries of the Divine Mother Kundalini, the goddess of love.
We also see the symbol of the Hebrew letter ו Vav, the symbol of the spinal column of which we are going to explain a lot in depth today. But in synthesis, we find the letter ו Vav hidden in the sacred name of God, in the world of Tiphereth.
The mantra we did in the meditation before this lecture was אלוה ודעת יהוה Eloah Va Daath Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei. “Goddess of Knowledge, Iod-Havah” ו Vav is in the middle. אלוה ודעת Eloah Va Daath. דעת Daath means “knowledge,” alchemy. Allah-Khemia. ו Vav or Vau is what connects the goddess אלוה Eloah, the Divine Mother, with the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. So we manifest those forces within our spine. This is how the initiate ceases to be caught within the waters of the card, but learns to stand upright as a perfect human being.
Principles of Arcanum 6
So some of the synthetic principles of this card, philosophically speaking, relates to the path of love, husband and wife. Precisely in the matrimony is where one faces the worst and most difficult types of desire, because in the sexual act, those fires are active. One is inflamed with the energies of the Holy Spirit, but if one does not control that power, one gets burned by it. One loses those forces which are so essential for Genesis, בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים Bereshit Bara Elohim.
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
We see that the top of this card, we have a hierophant or hierarch, again, reminding us of arcanum five, as we explained in depth previously, who is pointing an arrow at the whore of this card, the Medusa―symbolizing how the divine law aims itself against the ego, punishes the ego because desire can never fulfill the law. The statement of the Thelemites, I believe the teachings of Aleister Crowley, state, "Do what thou wilt. That shall be the whole of the law." This is mistaken, because we have to answer before divinity for all our deeds.
We see that the hierarch of this card was an angel aiming the bow and arrow at the Medusa. It also shows to us that the law punishes the ego. And until we have no ego, we will be punished. Likewise, it indicates to us that we have to slay the gorgon, the beast, the dragon, the whore within our psyche, in order to be enjoying the peace of the divine kingdom, as mentioned in the Qur’an. So these are the two paths: chastity or fornication, the virgin or the whore, Urania-Venus or Medusa.
Samael Aun Weor states that in this card we find some interesting principles. One of them is “enchainment,” to be enchained. So long as we have lust, we are in chained to desire. We are slaves to desire and we will be weak. But if we enslave ourselves to our Divine Mother Kundalini, we can become powerful, chaste and pure, divine.
It reminds me of a teaching given by Puccini in his opera Turandot, where Turandot, the Divine Goddess Kundalini, is putting the Prince Calaf into ordeals and asks him three riddles, that if he fails in answering either one of them, he will die. The third and final riddle, he answers. She had asked him, “If she gives you free rein to your desires, she will make you a slave. But if you make yourself a slave to Her, She will make you a king.” And of course he answers the riddle: Turandot is this woman “For whom I will make myself a slave, so that She will make me a king, a master, a bodhisattva.”
But if we give free rein to our desires, our defects, she was enslave us in Klipoth, because that serpentine power of the Divine Mother, when it rises up the spine, is Kundalini, but if it descends, it becomes Kundabuffer: the tail of the demons, the tail of Satan. So whenever a person reaches the orgasm, they feed that negative serpent. The energy descends down from the spine towards the Klipoth, the tree of Zaqqum.
This card also teaches us the path of equilibrium, because precisely by facing desire is how we get balanced. Many people, they dislike the fact that they have to face all these temptations and defects inside themselves. When they observe themselves and realize that they have a lot of ego, a lot of passion, it can be very disconcerting. Many students run from the teachings because they are afraid to face their own selves, their own defects, because the task seems so daunting, so heavy, so difficult. But Jesus said, "My yoke is easy” (Matthew 11:30) if you really love your Being.
The path of equilibrium is precisely by facing those desires. By facing temptation and learning to overcome them is how we generate light. Temptation is fire. Triumph over temptation is light, is cognizance. We need to face great difficulties and ordeals so that our egos and defects will manifest, will surge within our three brains, so that we can see them. Because if we don't see our own faults, we can't change. We can't enter the higher mysteries if we don't comprehend our lust, the monster of desire, of fornication, if we don't face those elements. We need to face them.
So, seeing them, one shouldn't be afraid, because we created those elements, those egos, those desires. So we shouldn't be filled with fear, but instead, we should have comprehension, because we need to reach equilibrium.
Equilibrium is established within Tiphereth, and as I mentioned to you, Tiphereth in the Tree of Life is the very center of the pillar of equilibrium, the very center of this map, because precisely through our heart is how we reach balance, the qualities of the heart: equanimity, understanding.
We must learn to face great ordeals with a sense of patience and temperance, which is not distraught by facing those challenges. This is the path of equilibrium, which we can achieve by working with our Divine Mother. She is Athena, the Goddess Kundalini who can aid the warrior. So remember that Odysseus, the great hero, could not have achieved anything without Athena. Without Her, he would have been lost, but precisely because Athena is the one who guards and guides that disciple, one can't necessarily be diverted.
Samael Aun Weor also mentions in this card that this is a card of amorous union between man and woman, and the struggle between love and desire. He also emphasizes that love is something terribly divine. It has nothing to do with desire. This may be very difficult to understand at our level, especially for those of us in relationships or having been in relationships. We see that a lot of our constitution is desire.
We mistake desire and love very easily, attraction and genuine conscious compassion for our spouse. This is evident by the fact that at one moment, we may love our spouse and the next moment we may hate them. Certain egos emerge. This is a constant churning of defects, which in a relationship become very difficult, because in a marriage is precisely the most difficult ordeals that a person faces. The battle between love and desire is intense. One has to really extirpate desire from the psyche. In the beginning of practicing sexual magic, one should not expect to practice perfectly, because we have a lot of ego, desire. We have to begin at our level. But we can really understand divine love in certain moments of our life, if we meditate on them and really examine how in a given moment we have been willing to give our own life for our partner, for one's spouse. Truly, someone who has felt that, even a love for a child and willingness to sacrifice one's life, is an example of that type of divine love, but especially between husband and wife, it is much more amplified, because they are sharing the creative sexual energy.
Samael Aun Weor states that this battle is precisely very terrible. Brain against sex, sex against brain. But more difficult and more arduous is heart against heart, and this is very enigmatic. He doesn't explain in the rest of his verses when he quotes this, but I have meditated on this and have come to my own conclusions that brain against sex, obviously, is difficult. When someone is learning to transmute for the first time, he or she faces that ordeal of trying to sublimate that energy and understand it, to know how to use it with equanimity, to find that equilibrium, that balance. Sex against brain is when those temptations surge from the mind to push one to fornicate, to indulge in lust. Of course, that type of struggle is very painful, especially for neophytes in the beginning who are like this disciple in the card, who haven't yet turned to their right to see the Divine Virgin Mary, מִרְיָם Miriam, or the mantra Ram-Io, the Divine Mother.
But the worst is heart against heart, precisely since in a matrimony, heart is against heart. If the couple does not work on their self-love, their self-desire, their defects, they could be divorced very easily. That is the most painful ordeal one faces. But if the couple is working to transmute that energy consciously, they can transform desire into love and gain a lot of knowledge, especially if they are facing the temptations of the sexual act.
The Seal of Solomon or Star of David
So Arcanum 6, as Samael Aun Weor states, is the supreme affirmation of Christ and the supreme rejection of the animal beast, which we find is represented in the symbol of Solomon, the Seal of Solomon. In this next graphic we see the Star of David, a very powerful and sacred symbol, which is not understood today. This Seal of Solomon represents Arcanum 6, precisely because it has six points, which are masculine, and six obtuse angles between each point, indicating the number six. But also six plus six is twelve, which reminds us of Arcanum 12―which we will talk about in the future―the Apostle, sexual magic, alchemy.
The Seal of Solomon is better known as the Star of Bethlehem, which is indicated in the Book of Revelations, chapter 22 verse 16:
I am the bright and morning star. ―Revelation 22:16
This is the star of nativity that blesses any initiate who enters into the Venustic Initiation, the path of Venus. So we talked about in our lectures on the perfect matrimony, how a disciple must learn to, through a marriage, raise the sacred Kundalini fire up the body of מלכות Malkuth, the body of יסוד Yesod, the body of הוד Hod, the body of נצח Netzach, and the body of תִּפאֶרֶת Tiphereth. So by reaching that Fifth Initiation of Fire, one becomes a master of Major Mysteries.
Each of these lower bodies constitutes one initiation. So we have five when we reach Tiphereth, the Fifth Initiation of Fire. If that student, or better said, that master, has sacrificed himself for humanity, he may be granted the incarnation of Christ and therefore, receive what is known as the Venustic Initiation: the initiation of Venus, in which Chokmah, Christ, as we see on the top right of the Tree of Life, descends down into Tiphereth, into the heart, in order to guide that initiate, so that they may learn to really fulfill Arcanum 6, which is overcoming indecision.
But don't think that indecision is something that we face once and that we are done with, but masters face this ordeal. This is something we will see when we do a meditation, at the end of the today, on Tchaikovsky's sixth symphony, which is about Arcanum 6, the arcanum of the lovers.
This is the star of בית לחם Bethlehem: בית Beth, meaning “house,” לחם lehem, meaning “bread”―the bread of Christ, the sustenance of the divine Lord who enters onto the heart of the penitent masters, whom have reached the Venustic Initiation.
The Seal of Solomon also represents what we call the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur in the Kabbalah. So above the Tree of Life, above Kether, we have three secret sephiroth, spheres, which are above the Tree of Life, above Kether. אין Ain means “Nothingness.” אין סוף Ain Soph means “Limitless.” And אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur means “Limitless Light.” So Christ is the Ain Soph Aur, the limitless light, who can descend down to the initiate who has been prepared through working with alchemy, the path of the lovers.
The Ain Soph Aur is what we call the central sun, where all of the light of the cosmos emanates, physically, but also spiritually. All the masters in the higher dimensions are ascending towards that light, and if we have the blessing to invoke masters in the internal planes, if you wake up in the astral plane and call upon any master “In the Name of Christ, by the Power of Christ, for the Majesty of Christ,” if you look in the atmosphere, you can see the clouds part and you can see the Ain Soph Aur, the limitless light, which is tremendous, limitless. And all the Angels ascending towards that throne of divinity, which is the Absolute.
You can invoke any master to come down from that light. In that case, in that experience, I invoked Samael Aun Weor. He came down and he taught me a few things which I never have forgotten, very valuable for my development. But that limitless light is the Ain Soph Aur, Christ, which is yet undifferentiated. It hasn't manifested into the physical plane, but that light as it descends down the Tree of Life, enters and becomes the different sephiroth when that light materializes, when it becomes manifest in those different realms, which we will talk about at the end of this lecture: the four worlds of Kabbalah, which explain this very well.
But the Star of Bethlehem, the Seal of Solomon, is a profound magical symbol which indicates to us the path of initiation. It also represents for us how the Zodiac is generated, because the six points and the six obtuse angles refer to the twelve zodiacal signs. The two triangles represent for us the union of man and woman, which we can skip ahead in the next graphic, is represented by the phallus, the two testicles on the right, as well as the ovaries and the vagina on the left. You combine those two triangles and you have the Star of David
דָּוִד David is an acrostic, as we have explained previously, but I would like to refresh your memory about this. דעת Daath is in the throat, related with the first letter ד Daleth of David. The letter ו Vav is in the heart, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth. So I know in this Tree of Life, we don't have the sphere of דעת Daath mentioned, but Daath is in the throat, beneath the top trinity. We have ו Vav in the heart, which is the spinal column, the seat of willpower, the staff of the magicians. We have Yesod, the the final ד dalet relates with the last letter of יסוד Yesod. So that is an acrostic meaning of David: דעת Daath―תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth―יסוד Yesod. So if you want to become a king, work with sexual magic, with your spinal column, and control Yesod, your sexual energy. And that is how you become, you fulfill, better said, the Seal of Solomon.
We know that from Solomon or better said, from David, emerges Solomon. So we have three kings mentioned in the Bible. You have Saul (Sheol), David and then Solomon. These are represented by the three magi who visited the Star of Bethlehem, the nativity of Christ. The black king Saul, is in a master who has ego, who is still working for his perfection. You have David, which is a master with no ego. He is a white king, pure. But the gold king emerges, Solomon, the solar man through the process of resurrection, which is much more advanced.
In the words of a master by the name of Hilarion IX, whom Samael Aun Weor quotes (this master was known as Paul of Tarsus. The sacred name of Paul of Tarsus is Hilarion IX) he stated that these two interlaced triangles are two shuttles with which the ineffable mystery of eternal life is woven or unwoven.
It is easy to see that in certain images too, not necessarily in this one, how the two triangles weave into each other and constitute a continuum. A continuum is known as Tantra in the East in Sanskrit: a flow of energies, the conservation of that sexual energy, which flows within the initiate as a fountain of life which is eternal.
Alchemical Significance of the Weaver
Each card of the Tarot has its transcendental axiom: a summarization of its principles, what it means. Samael Aun Weor states that the 24th mystery contains the sixth mystery. The path of the Weaver, of creating the solar bodies, is a path associated with the Lovers, between husband and wife in a matrimony, alchemy. If you wish to create the solar vehicles in a perfect matrimony, between husband and wife, you must learn to conserve those forces, and your Divine Mother will weave the garments of the soul within you―much like a chick emerges from the shell of an egg, hidden in the dark, until those initiations are fulfilled; they become manifest.
This reminds us of the story of Penelope in The Odyssey, how when the she was waiting for the return of Odysseus back to Ithaca, she was weaving and unweaving a garment. And there were many men, suitors, lustful men, who sought to cohabit with her and to marry her, stating that Odysseus was dead, being 20 years after the battle of Troy, in which he has not returned home yet.
It is a symbol of initiation, how Penelope, our own soul, our Divine Mother, we could say, is weaving those garments and yet she unweaves them anytime the initiate falls, loses the energy. And of course, the soul faces this temptation too. So we have the Divine Mother weaving those garments and yet we have the soul too who is struggling, in which the suitors are tempting. The mind is tempting one to leave the path, just as the sirens were tempting Odysseus to go overboard and to shipwreck on the sea.
The Three Traitors
In the Seal of Solomon, the top trinity, the upright trinity, represents Kether-Chokmah-Binah, as we said: Father, Son, Holy Spirit. The lower trinity represents the three traitors of Hiram Abiff, the three traitors of Christianity, and these three traitors are something inside. They are not outside. They are within our psyche, within our mind, our heart, and our body.
In the Christian Gospel, we have Judas, the demon of desire, who is our ego of lust within our motor-instinctive-sexual brain, that desire or ego that trades the Lord Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Again, 30 relates to the three brains. Silver relates to the Moon, mechanicity―things that really are of no consequence, really meaning the orgasm, desire―to sell the Lord for money. This signifies the sensations of a few moments, which leave one depleted and spiritually empty.
We have Pilate, the demon of the mind, who always washes his hands clean, saying, “I am just. I did nothing wrong. I am pure. I am not guilty of this man's death.” And we have all these defects of the mind that always justify themselves and never take responsibility.
But the worst is, of course, Caiaphas, the demon of evil will. He relates to our heart. So again, going back to that statement of Samael Aun Weor, “Brain against sex and sex against brain.” It is difficult. But what is most painful is heart against heart, especially when you love your Being, and you have those experiences and know that your Being as guiding you―and yet, you have these elements which are destructive, which are blasphemous, which want to go against the light.
You have to fight very hard to become purified of that, because Caiaphas, dresses himself as a master in a robe of holiness, of justification, but does not accept the Lord inside. It doesn't mean outside. It means in our psyche. So Caiaphas is that blasphemous evil will that always seeks to do its own will and does not want to follow the divine forces. We have those elements inside.
The Passion of the Christ is something inside of us. While Jesus of Nazareth lived this doctrine in his body of flesh and bones, we have to live this within psychologically. These are ordeals we face. So you see in these images we have Pilate, saying Ecce Homo: “Behold the man” after his 5,000 flagellations, his whips, which again, remind us of Arcanum 5: to be whipped by Karma, to be punished. So Christ enters the soul in order to redeem it. And of course, the soul has to be lashed and beaten and to enter into suffering. Not physically, but psychologically. We face ordeals in which we suffer a lot, but Christ through Jesus represents for us how the Venustic power of the Lord, the power of love, enters Tiphereth, the heart, in order to achieve its salvation.
We have Judas, the image of the Garden of Gethsemane on the top right, and we have Caiaphas in the bottom. This trinity is also represented in Egypt as Apopai, Hai, and Nebt. But if you are familiar with the tradition of Freemasonry, we find Sebal, Orteluk, and Stokin: those who assassinated the architect of Solomon's temple. So that architect is our own Being, our innermost God, whom we have killed through desire. Now that Lord has to resurrect inside and we have to learn to resurrect the Lord within us.
The thing is that Dante in The Divine Comedy depicts the three traitors within the hell, being devoured by the mouth of Lucifer in the infernal dimensions. This is a direct correlation, all these examples with the Book of Revelations, chapter 16 verse 13:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon and out of the mouth of the beast and out of the mouth of the false prophet. ―Revelations 16:13
These are elements we have inside. As Friedrich Nietzsche, who I am going to read an excerpt for you today stated in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra: "That you will become a heretic to yourself and a liar and a soothsayer and a fool and a villain." Because you are going to look inside, you see you have all those elements that need to die, that need to change, that need to be eliminated. But he says, "How could you wish to become new unless you first become ashes?" (On the Way of the Creator). Meaning: you must die of all that in order to resurrect like the phoenix bird, pure, in its original pristine state, but also with gained experiences.
The top triangle represents Kether, Chokmah, Binah, the triangle point up. The triangle pointing down represents the Innermost, the mind, and the personality.
The Innermost is the power that governs, the mind is the power that deliberates, and the personality is the power that executes, that does. When the Innermost, the governing principle, our Spirit, cannot control the mind and the personality, that mind and personality, they fracture, they separate and they enter then into the infernal dimensions to devolve.
But if we feel that longing inside psychologically to change, it means that our inner divinity, our Innermost God, is fighting, to push us to control the mind and the personality. The mind that thinks and learns to deliberate, to plan action, and the personality is the one who executes. So these are qualities within us that we have within, which have to be synthesized and controlled by, again, the Trinity pointing above.
So when we think about the Seal of Solomon, we have to remember and visualize it in relation to two other symbols, which is the Tau cross, as well as the sign of the infinite, in the very center of this glyph. The cross of Tau or ת Tav in Hebrew is the Seal of the Covenant of God.
We talked previously in Arcanum 4 how א Aleph and ת Tav are the first and last letters of the Hebrew alphabet. The Tao or Tau cross, the Egyptian cross, symbolizes, we can say, the Seal of the Covenant of Elohim with humanity. The sign of the infinite is also represented here and parallels the sign of the Ankh or the Tau cross. These two crosses, or better said, symbols, represent masculine creative energy, the masculine principle, the phallus. And we talked about the eyes of ? Ra in Arcanum 5, talking about the eyes of divinity that always see, the sign of the infinite. We also have Tau cross, which relates to our heart, sex, the shoulders, but also our mind. So we have sign of the cross we do in Gnosticism. We say “Father, Son, Holy Spirit”―the head, the heart, and sex. After pointing towards sex, we raise it to our shoulders, because we are sublimating the energy to our heart.
Question: Isn't that the Venus symbol on the left?
Instructor: It relates to Venus. It is the Tau cross.
Question: The Venus symbol is very similar…
Instructor: Yes, it is because Venus and the sign of the infinite can also be masculine and feminine.
So we need two principles, two polarities, which again are represented by the symbol of Abraxas, who has two serpents for his body or his feet. These two serpents remind us of the power of Kundalini: the serpent of brass that healed the Israelites in the desert of the wilderness, בַּמִּדְבָּר be’midbar. But then we have also the tempting serpent of Eden, the Kundabuffer organ, the tail of satan.
So again, Moses, I like to remind you, was teaching the parts of his soul, the Israelite, the path of blessing and how to avoid the path of cursing, of degeneration, the path of death. He said: “I call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you” (Deuteronomy 30:19) because anyone who enters this path for the first time, the law is against you. It says, “You have sinned. But you wish to return to the light? We welcome you, but first you have to pay your karma, pay your debts.” And Moses states that, "I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19).
Moses is a symbol of our willpower. He came, the physical Master Moses, to represent this principle within us. He must liberate all the parts of our soul, of ישראל IS-RA-EL. Isis, Ra, El. Isis, the Divine Mother; RA, the Solar God of the Egyptians; and אל El in Hebrew meaning God.
אלוה Eloah is the Goddess Mother Kundalini, whose power resides in the ו Vav, phallus of the man, and ה Hei, uterus of the woman. Together they form the potency of אל El, the Spirit, Chesed.
So our willpower must learn to control our lust. It must transform the waters to create Genesis, to create life. As we see in this image of husband and wife with their sexual organs. And it is precisely through working with the sign of the infinite within a matrimony, is how one reaches the infinite. Because all the power of divinity is within the power of sex.
We can also impose in the center of this Seal of Solomon, the symbol of Mercury. It would be appropriate because the symbol of Mercury, as we explained, represents the creative sexual energy, which we must learn to sublimate and control. These are the waters of life. But of course, the process of learning to control those waters is difficult because of what we call the dragon, the beast, the behemoth.
So that dragon in many mythologies and many legends has been taught in children's stories as a form of entertainment, but it is something symbolic. That beast, the dragon, is a monster that controls the air, the water, the fire, and the earth. If you are familiar with our lecture on the Emperor, we talked about the four elements―and also in the Magician card. We must learn to control those four elements in order to become a dragon of wisdom.
So our inner Spirit, our Magician, can become a white dragon. But our ego is a black dragon, because our desires also know how to control the fire, air, water, and earth.
To remind you, the air represents the mind; fire represents the heart; water represents sex; and earth represents our physicality. These are the elements of alchemy that we want to learn to control and to give shape to within our own spiritual micro-cosmos. By controlling those elements, especially within alchemy specifically, it is how we give birth to the light. Because when a husband and wife are united, their three brains are joined. They are not two separate individuals anymore. They are one. אֵל El in Hebrew means “God.” אלוה Eloah means “Goddess.” אלוהים Elohim means “Gods and Goddesses,” man-woman. And as you remember from the opening verse of Genesis:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים
הַשָּׁמַיִם Shamayim is the heavens of course, relating to Da’ath, sexual knowledge, the fiery waters of sex, which we learn to control to give Genesis, to give birth to the soul. And the earth of course, is הָאָֽרֶץ Ha’aretz, as we talked about previously.
And one thing I would like to relate to you is a quote from Samael Aun Weor. He states the synthesis of this card:
The alchemist must kill desire, even the very shadow of the tree of desire. ―Samael Aun Weor, Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot
So I am going to insert the Arabic words of زقوم Zaqqum. He didn't use the Arabic here, but he is talking about the tree of desire, which is our lust, which the mystics of Islam speak abundantly about in their commentary, but also we find in the Qur’an especially.
We talked about fornication and its definitions. I would like to emphasize to you the importance of this, from a teaching that Paul of Tarsus gave in 1 Corinthians, chapter 6 verse 18:
Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sins against his own body. ―1 Corinthians 6:18
Or as Leviticus teaches:
A man or a woman who has an emission of semen must” learn to “bathe themselves in water and will be unclean until the evening. ―Leviticus 15:16
Meaning: the night in which you face all of your defects that you created, through desire, in the internal dimensions. That is the night. Daytime, Kabbalistically speaking, represents experiences in the heavenly dimensions. But as we taught in the Magician card, if you want to ascend you have to descend first: face your own evilness and conquer them.
Fornication not only occurs physically. Many students and people, lay people believe, that fornication only has to do with having sex with someone outside of one's marriage. But that is an etymological game that people play to avoid the real meaning. Fornication, as we said, is the orgasm. Why would Moses give the sixth arcanum, the sixth law, "Thou shalt not fornicate," relating to the heart, Tiphereth, and then the ninth law, the ninth commandment: "Thou shalt not commit adultery”? If it is as people think, then why would Moses give those commandments twice, the same thing?
But they are different, because we commit adultery in the sexual organs, but we also commit fornication in the heart. When we look at a woman or man of the opposite sex, we feel and feed desire. That is the difficulty that any student faces, especially when they are learning to transmute their energies, which beautifully, in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra, Friedrich Nietzsche explains.
He gives a chapter here called “On Chastity.” This is the translation by Walter Kaufmann, which I think is my favorite translation of this, but the problem was that the word chastity has many different meanings than how we teach here. So I am going to translate this to state “abstinence,” because many people hear of chastity, they think it means to not have sex. But in Gnosis, to be chaste means to be pure, even if one is in sex or out of it.
The definition here is abstinence, and many people have this problem, in many spiritual groups, wanting to be abstinent, thinking that it is going to take them to God, of which Nietzsche, who was an initiate, who knew the path of Christ very well, the path of the Superhuman, teaches. So he teaches many things here relating to the sixth arcanum, which I find very relevant to show you.
I love the forest. It is bad to live in cities: there too many are in heat. Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer than into the dreams of a woman in heat? ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So who is that murderer? Your Divine Mother, the Virgin.
So we can look back at the image of the card of the tarot. We have the Divine Mother to the initiate's right. And then we have “the dreams of the woman in heat” on the left (of the fallen initiate), the path of the left.
Our Divine Mother is a murderer. She murders the ego so that our soul can have life. So the ego must die if we want to have a spiritual life.
And behold these men: their eyes say it―they know of nothing better on earth than to lie with a woman. Mud is at the bottom of their souls; and woe if their mud also has spirit! ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So he talked about spirit in this book, meaning, people who develop the Spirit inside, who are initiates. And these men and women who engage in the sexual act with desire are filled with mud. They are filthy. If they have Spirit inside, meaning: they had some level of development in the past, but they fell, is even worse, is very bad.
Would that you were as perfect as animals at least. But animals have innocence. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So in the animal kingdom they fornicate, but they don't have the intellect. They don't have the mechanism that will tell them that fornication is wrong. So in their level, they are evolving. They are still learning to become, progressing in the development of the soul, the transmigration of souls, to become a humanoid being, an intellectual animal. Because when that animal soul gains an intellect for the first time, it becomes an intellectual animal, which is all of us.
We are animals with intellect. We think. We rationalize, which is why Jehovah Elohim in the Bible gave to Adam, the human being, the sixth commandment. You see all the trees of this garden, but the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you don't touch it. Don't eat the fruit of it, because if you do, you will die, meaning Arcanum 6, "Thou shalt not commit fornication."
Animals are innocent at least. They don't know good and evil, but we do. We have the intellect which can rationalize. So Nietzsche says:
Do I counsel you to slay your senses? I counsel the innocence of the senses. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So do I counsel you to slay your senses? Many people think that they have to repress desire, like it is something filthy. Many yogis and practitioners and monks who read the gospels that state, “one must be chaste,” they think that it means to be abstinent. They repress their desires and don't address the issue. So Nietzsche says “I don't counsel you to follow that path,” and said “I'd counsel you to be innocent in your senses.” Meaning, if you are married, be chaste, be pure. Practice sexual magic with your wife, with your husband, but be innocent in your senses. Don't be lustful.
Do I counsel you to chastity (sexual abstinence)? Chastity (sexual abstinence) is a virtue in some, but almost a vice in many. They abstain, but the bitch, sensuality, leers enviously out of everything they do. Even to the heights of their virtue and to the cold regions of the spirit this beast follows them with her lack of peace. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
Meaning any initiate who is climbing the mountain of initiation has their dog, their lust, following them, because that ego belongs to them. You may be having experiences in the higher dimensions, but still you are dealing with lust, with egos of fornication.
Comment: You brought up a point about people, say in the clergy and all of that. They try to repress it and it just builds up! Unless there’s an outlet like meditation and Kundalini and try to bring it up safely. Just when it builds up, and it causes problems. I believe you mentioned that, about the clergy…
Instructor: Which is what Nietzsche talks about in these next few verses.
So this beast follows them with her lack of peace.
And how nicely the bitch, sensuality, knows how to beg for a piece of spirit when denied a piece of meat. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So you deny the body the carnal satisfaction of lust, the flesh, but then the desires of the mind says, “Well, I want to look at the opposite sex to admire their beauty.” And of course, lust has many forms of logic that it gives, that pushes in the mind. This is why “I must learn to look at women with purity,” but there are desires there. If we really examine the sexual center, we can see that there is a morbid excitement there. Obviously it is that desire which is begging for a piece of spirit, the impressions that enter the mind.
Thou shalt not commit adultery, but truly if you look at a woman (or man) out of lust, you have committed adultery in your heart. ―Matthew 5:27-28
So going to your point about the priest and clergy, they flagellate themselves. They want to overcome their lust. They are repressing desire, but not comprehending it. They get devoured by that element. They descend. They become swine themselves, like Klingsor in Wagner's opera Parsifal, which will be watching at one point and giving a lecture on.
Those for whom chastity (sexual abstinence) is difficult should be counseled against it, lest it become their road to hell―the mud and heat of their souls. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So people read this and then they say, “Well, does it mean that one gets married and continue fornicating?” It doesn't mean that. He is talking about something implicit here: transmutation, alchemy. That is the higher path, because to be married and fornicate is as bad as to be single and fornicating.
So those for whom abstinence is difficult should be counseled against it. Meaning: like Paul of Tarsus states in the gospels: Those who are single should live like they are married, and those who are married should live like they are single (1 Corinthians 7:29). Get married. Get a partner and work in alchemy. Because of that fire, you have a lot of energy. You need to sublimate it with a lot of exercises like runes, pranayama, mantras, transmutation. Get that energy flowing and circulating so that it does not easily pull you downward (with passion: see 1 Corinthians 7:9). You have to control the waters.
So Nietzsche says:
Do I speak of dirty things? That is not the worst that could happen. It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow that the lover of knowledge (דעת Da'ath, كيمياء Alchemy, γνῶσις Gnosis, the initiates of Arcanum 6: the Lovers) is reluctant to step into its waters. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So many people get scandalized, especially from Samael Aun Weor when he says his teachings of alchemy. He explained that “Many people are railing against me because they think I am degenerate, that I am too vulgar when talking about sex magic” (paraphrased). That is because all those people have in their mind is that lust. That is how they picture sex. Therefore, Nietzsche says:
"Do I speak of dirty things? Do you think I'm being dirty?" It is not when truth is dirty, but when it is shallow and superficial that the lover of knowledge doesn't want to enter that path. So people who who enter Gnosticism are those who don't want to be shallow anymore, but to step into the waters of profundity, of Genesis, בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit, of alchemy.
Verily some are chaste through and through (or abstinent through and through): they are gentler of heart, fonder of laughter, and laugh more than you. They laugh at abstinence too and ask: What is abstinence? Is abstinence not folly (compared to sexual magic?) Yet this folly came to us, not we to it. ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So many people, they enter Gnosis and they are single. They have to begin where they are at. If they are married, then work with your partner. Work with your karma. So this abstinent people say, “This folly came to me, to us. We didn't willingly choose it, thinking it was a path to higher dimensions, or really, the highest attainments of initiation, but instead it came to us because we are not married yet.” Therefore:
We offered that guest hostel and heart: now it dwells with us―may it stay as long as it will! ―Friedrich Nietzsche, Thus Spoke Zarathustra: “On Chastity”
So let it stay as long as it will, meaning: until one is given a partner, according to the will of divinity, which I would like to quote for from the Qur’an. Surah 24 again relates to Arcanum 24, the Weaver. This is known as the Surah of the Light, الْنُّور An-Nur:
And those who cannot find a match must keep chaste until Allah grants them sufficiency out of His Bounty. ―An-Nur 33
This is the 33rd verse. 3 + 3 is six. 33 relates to the 33 spinal medulla, the 33 degrees of Masonry. If you raise the fire up the 33rd degree, it means that you become a master of that level. But, the thing is that in order to reach that point, you have to control the sexual energy, because the sexual fire is dominated by the fires of the heart, as Samael Aun Weor states.
Comment: In Masonry, they go through rituals, such as that of the 33rd degree, exoterically. But as far as the inner meanings, I have not heard from anyone in the Masonic order. They are not even aware! They don’t look into it.
Instructor: The thing is, if you want to develop the light like Surah Al-Nur, you have to learn to work with your spinal column. Again: verse 33, the 33 vertebrae. If you don't have a match yet, a partner, then be single until God gives you one. Surah 24 again is the Weaver, because we weave the light, the solar bodies, through a marriage.
666: The Number of the Beast
Some other interesting relationships of the numbers, the number 6, are related to each of the three brains. The three brains, if you transpose the number six on each of them, it forms: 6, 6, 6–the mark of the beast, the mark of the animal ego. Because the ego that is caught within that desire is facing to the left, it is dominant in all our three brains. This is a symbol or that meaning from the Book of Revelations: the iniquitous ones received the mark of the beast, relates to that. The number 6, 6, 6 is when all three brains are identified with lust.
We have to learn to face temptation and to control the ego, especially within sexual magic, and to steal the fire from the devil, which is our own lust. Meaning: that we have that energy, that fire, inborn to the sexual act, but learn to transmute it into the light, cognizance.
Question: You are saying that 6, 6, 6, refers to lust?
Instructor: Yes, or the beast is number six in each of the three brains. Add 6 plus 6 plus 6 and you get 18. Arcanum 18, which is Twilight, which we will talk about in the future.
So the brains are the intellectual brain, which is our mind when we process thought. We have the emotional brain related to our heart, which is the emotional center. And then we have the motor-instinctive-sexual brain, movement, relating to the top of our spine, instinct relating to the bottom of our spine, and then the sexual organs relating with sex.
This is how our psyche is constituted, in which we process our thought, feeling, impulse. And so the three brains are the machinery of our body and of our psyche in which we manifest the forces of the top trinity of the Tree of Life.
Let's look at some mysteries pertaining to the Hebrew letter ו Vav, because we have talked a lot about the spine. The Hebrew letter ו Vav is profound. So in introducing each of these Hebrew letters, we provide an excerpt from the Book of Psalms.
So in this verse, I believe chapter 119, verses 41 through 48, each verse begins with the letter ו Vav.
41 Let your mercies come to me, oh Iod-Havah through your salvation according to your Word.
The Hebrew Letter ו Vav
Literally the letter ו Vav represents “and.” It means to conjoin, to join together.
Comment: Water too, you mentioned that!
Instructor: From the base of the ו Vav we find the sexual waters, because the waters of life, מ Mem, rise up the ו Vav, the spinal medulla. The letter ו Vav also relates to the ability to hear the verb, the word, “to hear.” It comes to my mind an experience I had many years ago when thinking about this Hebrew letter, especially in this verse: “In hearing the testimonies of the Lord, hearing the word and then acting upon it.”
I was a brought in the astral plane to Egypt where, I won't explain everything that I witnessed there, but I was invited into the temples of the White Lodge there in the Pyramids of Giza. I saw, they instructed me, through a group of young children, who were practicing sign language and were learning from someone, from a teacher. I didn't understand the experience at that time, but I meditated and I realized that they were showing me that: if you want to really work with this teaching, you must learn to pronounce the Verb, the sacred Word. Because at this level, we symbolically speak sign language. We don't really pronounce the Word. We may communicate with our language, but it doesn't mean we have Christ incarnated.
We need to learn to become children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. We learn to hear the word precisely through the ו Vav, the spine, because it is through the spinal column in which we receive the Word of God. The Word rises up, the Son of Man rises when we practice sexual magic.
Ibn ‘Arabi, he is a great Sufi Master. He is known as al-Sheikh al-Akbar, the greatest of Sufi teachers, who states in his Meccan Revelations, Al-Futuhat Al-Makkiyah, that the letter وَ Waw unites one with Allah. وَ Waw is better said ו Vav―the Arabic وَ Waw as well as Hebrew ו Vav are synonymous; you can't separate the two. Arabic and Hebrew are integral. Ibn ‘Arabi says that ו Vav or letter وَ Waw connects one from the earth to the angels. So your ו Vav is how you connect with the Elohim.
Comment: It could be mentioning, in Masonry, again, the ladder of lights. If you ask any of the “brethren,” they just tell you, “Yeah, it’s the ladder of lights.” They don’t seem to know about the spinal column, the chakras, and spiritual perception…
Instructor: And so remember that Moses wielded a staff, a ו Vav that transformed into a serpent, and this serpent devoured the inverted serpents of the black magicians of Egypt before Pharaoh.
Question: Can I just say, you might not have known this in doing it―but in American Sign Language, you were saying: “This is true”―the way you did it.
Instructor: To speak. So sign language is interesting, but as a symbol it is very profound too. So it is precisely through, as we mentioned, the ו Vav, the spinal medulla, or better said through the heart, that we control the fires of sex, because if you see in this Tree of Life, in this second to last graphic, Tiphereth is above Yesod, and through Daath, ו Vav, and Yesod is how is formed King David.
Samael Aun Weor states that if the alchemist spills the cup of Hermes, the cup of science, the sexual matter, that energy descends down the spinal vertebrae, one or two vertebra, according to the magnitude of the fault. It depends on how intense that loss of energy is. But precisely through the values of the heart too, Tiphereth, we can raise that power, that energy
And so Moses represents that willpower, Tiphereth, that dominates the lower bodies and follows the will of the divine above.
The Four Worlds of Kabbalah
The one thing I want to emphasize too is the four worlds of Kabbalah, especially in relation to the Hebrew letter ו Vav. So we have the Tree of Life represented by four sections. One way we can look at the four worlds of Kabbalah is mapped in this manner. אֲצִילוּת Atziluth is the world of archetypes, principles, a world of potentiality in which energies of Christ are not yet manifest within the initiate. So the top Trinity represents the world of Atziluth: Kether, Chokmah, Binah―Crown, Wisdom, Understanding or Intelligence―Father, Son, Holy Spirit.
In the world of בריאה Briah, of creation, the world of בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit, we give birth to the soul. We begin to create. Briah is a world of alchemy. In Briah, בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit, beginning with the letter ב Beth, can be translated as “In wisdom Elohim created.” בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים Bereshit bara Elohim. ב Beth means “wisdom” as well as “house.” Briah is the world of creation, in which we find Tiphereth is in the center of equilibrium. And Tiphereth is the six sephirah, relating to the sixth letter of the Hebrew alphabet, ו Vav. ו Vav, the spinal column, is where we can give birth to the soul. As we find even in the name תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, if you look at the Hebrew letters, you have ת Tav, פ Peh, א Aleph, ר Reish, ת Tav. It is missing the letter ו Vav in the middle, and if you add that letter, you spell אור Aur, תפ-אור-ת Tiph-aur-et. אור Aur means light, which is the light of God, which ascends up your spine, your ו Vav to your brain. א Aleph is the the wind or breath, the Prana of Arcanum 1: The Magician, which when husband and wife are united, they are controlling their breath, pronouncing sacred mantras in the sexual act, and raising the fire up the spine, the ו Vav, to their head, which is רֹאשׁ Rosh, אור Aur. That is how you make light.
In Arabic, the word for light is النور Al-Nur, so similar. You have the ו Vav as well as רֹ Reish, the first letter in النور Nur is the letter נ nun. The נ nun is the sperm or ovum in which the fire originates, which relates again to this four worlds of Kabbalah, because in the world of Atziluth, we can represent this physically, this dynamic, like the sperm and ovum of a man and woman. They are the blueprints or archetypes that can give birth to a full human being, physically.
And then through the sexual act, Briah, the sperm and ovum unite in order to give formation, יְצִירָה Yetzirah, to the child. The child is gestated in the world of formation, Yetzirah, physically speaking, but psychologically it is the same principle there, because when you are giving birth to the soul, giving formation to the soul, you are creating a solar vital body, solar astral body, solar mental body, relating with Yesod, Hod, Netzach. You are doing it through your ו Vav, your willpower, in the sexual act itself.
Then, in relation to our analogy, when a child is fully manifest in the physical plane, when they give their first breath, they are in the world of עֲשִׂיָה Assiah: the world of matter and action. So spiritually speaking, this is something profound, because in the world of Atziluth, we have all the principles and archetypes of God within the 22 Hebrew letters themselves. Mentioned in the first verse of Genesis, relating to the Hebrew letters א Aleph, ת Tav; or in Greek (Α) Alpha and (Ω) Omega. As Jesus said, "I am Alpha and Omega," the Beginning and the Ending (Revelations 22:13).
When we create through alchemy, we work with the spinal column in the world of Briah, Tiphereth, specifically, so that the solar bodies are gestated in the world of formation, and we learn to walk on our two feet in this world of matter and action, Malkuth, Assiah. We also show that we have seven spinal medullas to work with, seven ו Vavs represented by the menorah, which we light on Hanukkah.
Comment: On the tree, I’ve seen it in occult literature on the middle pillar, יהוה Iod Hei Vau Hei, and the Tiphereth is related to air to where they have it, and Yesod is water, and the earth would be Assiah. Here now we have Tiphereth, according to them, relating to air, in the world of Briah, which is water.
Instructor: We could say that there is a lot of other correlations we can draw, but one of my favorites is that the letter א Aleph relates to Father, Son, Holy Spirit: Kether, Chokmah, Binah, because it has three י Iods,, three points that manifest the three forces. In the world of Briah, which is the sexual act itself, is fire, ש Shin, which also has three Iods, because we see Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth each constitute a wick on the Hebrew letter ש Shin, which we will talk about in Arcanum 21: Transmutation.
(Menorah: Hebrew מנורה, from מין sex, and אור light)
And then Yetzirah relates with water, because through the waters of life is how the solar bodies are formed. Assiah is the Earth, as we know. But one thing I would like to point out is the Menorah, besides that it relates again to arcanum 21, the Hebrew letter ש Shin. There are seven ו Vavs, seven spinal medullas we must raise the fire up and within. We must raise the sacred fire of sex from Malkuth through Yesod, the spinal medulla, respectively. The spinal medullas of Hod, Netzach, Tiphereth, Geburah, Chesed. Seven major initiations, we can say―seven flames which are lit in our Menorah, which is represented in the Book of Revelations, chapter 1 verses 10 through 16.
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me (meaning through the letter ו Vav, the spinal medulla) a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last (Aleph and Tav): and, what you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Assiah (many people have translated as Asia, but in Kabbalah, it is Assiah, the world of matter and action)… And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle (meaning the control of one's sexual organs through chastity). His head and his hairs were white like wool (with wisdom), as white as snow (meaning chastity, purity); and his eyes were as a flame of fire (the sign of the infinite inflamed through the sexual power of the Holy Ghost); and his feet like unto fine brass, (reminding us of the serpent of brass of Moses, נחש Nachash), as if they burned in a furnace (of a matrimony, of alchemy); and his voice as the sound of many waters (the Akasha, relating with Daath, the heavenly waters above, the higher dimensions within the atmosphere of any planet). And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength. ―Revelation 1:10-16
The seven golden candlesticks relates to the menorah. מִין Min means sex. אוֹר Aur means light. מנורה Menorah is the light of sex, which you light sometimes seven, or you also can say nine, because nine relates to Yesod, alchemy. But seven relates to the spinal column of the seven bodies, the fire which we have to raise up the spine or the spinal column of the seven bodies. They can represent the chakras too, but also represent the seven bodies. We have to raise the fire up.
So there are seven chakras in each of the seven bodies. But when you light the Menorah, it is because you are raising the energy. That is how you celebrate Hanukkah, which is a re-dedication of the Temple of Jerusalem, which was during the Maccabean Revolt after the desecration of the temple by the Syrians. And for all of us, psychologically speaking, our house has been desecrated.
So I talked to you in the Hebrew letter ב Beth, how our heart, our mind, our body is polluted with desire, with defects. And in that lecture, I gave an experience about in the astral plane. I was going to bring what appeared as my physical mother into the house, but there was all this rioting and chaos and children fighting, and adolescents drinking and getting drunk, and doing drugs, in this big mosh pit in this house. I said, “I am not bringing my mother in this house!” I woke up from my meditation and I realized that ב Beth was my own mind, and I wanted to bring my Divine Mother into that and I realized, I can't, because I have so many egos inside that I have to kill.
ב Beth relates to our house, our psychological house. The temple is the same thing. So all of us, all of our temples, our bodies, have been polluted, desecrated. So we have to re-light the Menorah, symbolically or psychologically, especially. You also see that this Menorah has six branches and the seventh is the center, representing the Being, the Innermost―seven initiations, we can say.
I quoted for you Paul of Tarsus when he said:
Flee fornication; every sin that a man doeth is without the body, but he that committeth fornication, sinneth against his own body. ―1 Corinthians 6:18
He elaborates here:
What, know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, and you have of God, and you are not your own? For you were bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. ―1 Corinthians 6:19-20
So keep the body, the house, ב Beth, holy, which you can relate to the שַׁבָּת Shabbat, the Sabbath. ב Beth is the house of our body, our psyche. ש Shin is fire. שַׁבָּת Shabbat is really the fire that you carry in your body. You got to keep it holy, keep it chaste. Don't be a fornicator. Don't waste the energy anymore, but save it, because that is how you purify and light your Menorah, so that you have lights like the Christmas tree.
This also relates to בראשׁית Bereshit, the Menorah itself, because you are creating through the spinal column. The word בראשׁית Bereshit is ב Beth, ר Reish, א Aleph, שׁ Shin, י Iod, ת Tav. Six letters―Arcanum 6. You create through love. But then the following letters after Bereshit are six in total. So again, you have the number 12, alchemy [the Apostolate].
And then I highlighted a few, the letter ו Vav in this verse, because you have this interesting phrase:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
So Elohim created the heavens and the earth, הָאָֽרֶץ ha'aretz. ו Vav, וְאֵת ve'at: א Aleph, ת Tav are the 22 Hebrew letters of Kabbalah synthesized. Alpha-Omega, as the Book of Revelation teaches. So the principles of God, א Aleph, ת Tav, are manifested in your spine, in your body, in your earth, הָאָֽרֶץ ha'aretz, when you are working with that power in your spine, specifically.
בראשׁית Bereshit: Sexual Alchemy in the Zohar
I would like to read a quote for you relating to the sexual teachings, especially from the book of Zohar, my favorite scriptures. This is from the first volume, from Pritzker, especially, the English translation, which talks about the mysteries of בראשׁית Bereshit, a commentary of alchemy that explains Arcanum 6 very well.
Rabbi Yudai said, "What is בראשׁית (Be-reshit)? With wisdom. This is the Wisdom on which the world stands―through which one enters hidden, higher mysteries. Here were engraved six vast supernal dimensions, from which everything emerges, from which issued six springs and streams, flowing into the immense ocean." ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 17)
So what are those six dimensions? It is related to the Menorah, the six branches and coming from the center center column, which is the ocean of divine light. So this is Bereshit, the key, the wisdom on which the world stands, through Yesod, through alchemy. So this is Bereshit. You can separate בראשׁית Bereshit to be ב Beth, ר Reish, א Aleph (Bara) and שׁ Shin, י Iod, ת Tav (Sheet). You can split the words in half from the very center between א Aleph and שׁ Shin. That literally means “created six.”
The number six is what creates the Lovers:
This is ברא שׁית (bara shit), created six, created from here. Who created them? The unmentioned, the hidden unknown.
...which I will state in parentheses, is שדה shadeh in Hebrew, meaning the “field.” We talked abundantly about how the field, שדה shadeh is where the most subtle creature that exists thrives, which is the serpent. So שדה shadeh relates to שדי Shaddai, the almighty power of God, which is sexuality.
As they reached the site of a certain field, Rabbi Ḥiyya said to Rabbi Yose, “What you have said―ברא שׁית (bara-shit)―is certainly true, for there are six supernal days in the Torah, not more; the others are concealed." ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 17)
So the six days of Genesis are manifest. The seventh is the day the Lord rests, which we will talk about, those initiations of when you reach those heights, that type of development is hidden from oneself, concealed until one reaches that point.
But in the Secrets of Creation we have discovered this.
So an engraving, the innards of a recess, was literally the uterus of a woman, which the thrust, the phallus enters. So that is how you engrave on stone, Yesod, the temple. You create stones for your God to build His pillars, His temple. So this is the key, a single key which locks everything within a single palace. And if you have the experience in the astral plane, entering into a palace or seeing a palace or a temple, it is a about entering into initiation, where they are inviting you to enter their temples, the White Lodge. So:
Although everything is hidden away within that palace, the essence of everything lies in that key, which closes and opens. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
So what is that key that closes the doors to all mysteries and also opens the doors to all mysteries? It is sexuality―chastity or fornication. If you are chaste, you open the doors of Eden. If you use that key in the wrong way, then you close the doors for yourself.
Within that palace lie hidden treasures, one greater than the other. Within that palace stand gates built cryptically, fifty of them. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
So fifty relates to Arcanum 5, the pentagram, the human being, the perfect man or woman made into the image of God.
Carved into four sides, there were forty-nine. One gate has no side. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
So 49 relates, according to Samael Aun Weor, to the 49 levels of the subconsciousness, the unconsciousness, the infraconsciousness. There are seven levels related to each of the seven bodies, making a total of forty nine levels of the mind, in which if we meditate deeply and silence each aspect of the mind in those 49 levels, we can enter into samadhi, ecstasy, and experience, really, the Absolute and the higher dimensions themselves.
No one knows whether it is above or below; it is shut. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
So one gate has no side. No one knows whether it is above or below. It is shut to fornicators, since the divine mysteries are realized by alchemists in Yesod. “As above, so below.”
In those gates is one lock and one precise place for inserting the key, marked only by the impress of the key, known only to the key. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
So that key is sexual magic, alchemy. In the internal planes, I remember, again, relating to that experience in Egypt, when I left that temple, I was in the sands in the land of Egypt, and suddenly I saw a key leave the temple. It was dancing around. It was going on at a distance, and I knew intuitively I had to grab it. All of a sudden this jester came out and pulled the key up. He was dressed all in black, and he had a rose pinned on his chest. His face was hidden. He was laughing and mocking me, and I was like, “What the hell is this? I want the key!” He kept dangling it in front of me.
There were a group of black magicians around him, all with bald heads, because to be bald in the internal planes is to be a fornicator. Not physically, but psychologically, to be bald means to be a fornicator. And so I meditated in that experience and I realized that that was my inner Lucifer, meaning: he was all black, meaning he is evil. I made him evil, but through him is how virtue, the rose, is born. Arcanum 15: Passion, represents the devil, whom we purify through sexual alchemy. 1 + 5 = 6, Arcanum 6: The lovers, wherein we face great indecision: to be chaste or lustful. Lucifer was dangling the keys, “You want to be in alchemy? You have to overcome these egos that you have!” So he was dangling it in front of me. So I read this verse from the Zohar and this is very deep.
Concerning this mystery it is written, בראשית ברא אלהים (Bereshit Bara Elohim), In the beginning God created. בראשית Bereshit is the key enclosing all, closing and opening. Six gates are contained in that key that closes and opens. (Because through the path of lovers, Arcanum 6, is how you either open the doors of mysteries to yourselves, or you close it. So:) When it closes those gates, enclosing them within itself, then indeed: בראשית (Be-reshit)―a revealed word combined with a concealed word. ברא Bara, created, is always concealed, closing, not opening. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18)
ברא Bara, “to create,” is an interesting acrostic too. What we create when we create the solar bodies, we don't see them physically, but in the internal planes you can see the creation of these vehicles in yourself. But that is a mystery that is hidden to the physical senses. So this mystery, you work with that key and it seems like the doors are closed, but you can see your progress in the internal planes.
Rabbi Yose said, "Certainly so! I heard the Holy Lamp (Shim’on son of Yoḥai) say it so, that ברא (bara) is a concealed word, closing, not opening. As long as the world was locked within the word ברא (bara), it was not, did not exist. Enveloping everything was תהו (tohu), chaos. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 18-19)
The scriptures state the world was formless and void, and darkness was upon the face of the deep. That darkness is your psyche, in which the Spirit, the ר֣וּחַ אֱלֹהִ֔ים Ruach Elohim, the inner Being, has to float above, to create spiritually. So, we are formless and void. When we sit to meditate, we see the mind is all over the place. There is no coherence there. That is תהו ובהו (tohu vay bohu), the chaos: void and formless.
...and as long as תהו (tohu) reigned, the world was not, did not exist (meaning our spiritual world). When did that key open gates? When was it fit to be fruitful, to generate offspring? When Abraham arrived, as is written, "These are the generations of heaven and earth" בהבראם (be-hibbare’am), when they were created (Genesis 2:4), and we have learned: באברהם (be-Avraham), through Abraham. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 19)
In Hebrew it says בהבראם (be-hibbare’am), which is, as it's written, an acrostic. And as we have learned: בהבראם (be-hibbare’am) is Abraham, “by Abraham.”
We talked about in the Hebrew letter ה Hei, how the Spirit becomes an initiate. When the Being become an initiate, you add the letter ה Hei to אַבְרָם Abram. It becomes אַבְרָהָם Abraham. And so, Abraham is the Spirit who learns to control the sexual waters of Genesis.
Whereas everything was concealed on the word ברא (bara), now the letters were transposed and rendered fruitful (meaning: those energies can manifest through the spiritual work that we are performing). A pillar emerged, generating offspring: אבר (ever) (א Aleph, ב Veth, ר Reish. So ב Beth and ב Veth is just a difference in pronunciation. It is the same letter. אבר means), organ (sexual organ)―Holy Foundation on which the world stands. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 19)
So a pillar emerged, the pillar of equilibrium in this Tree of Life, which is founded upon Yesod. That key relates to Bereshit, and Bereshit, when you create sexually in alchemy, is by the spirit: Abraham. By Abraham is how these generations of the Tree of Life are made, through your spiritual work, your innermost Spirit working upon those waters. That is how you give birth to Abraham אַבְרָהָם. ברא Bara, “created,” can also be read as א Aleph, ב Beth, ר Reish. So, ברא bara, the letters are switched around and use spell sexual organ, אבר (ever): the foundation of our temple. This is because we create the temple of divinity, the solar bodies, through sexual alchemy. רבא Rabba, where we get words like רַבִּי Rabbi, “my teacher,” signifies to be “Great,” רַב Rab, a “Master.” A real Master is one who has a solar astral, solar mental, and solar causal body, someone whom, in the words of Samael Aun Weor, has created (ברא bara) the soul through the Great Work.
The Days of Genesis
The six days of Genesis hide many mysteries for us. We will be giving courses in the future about this, but I just want to highlight a few points here. In the first day of Genesis, it relates to the First Initiation of Fire. “Let there be light and there was light” (Genesis 1:3). For darkness was upon the face of the deep, and the Ruach Elohim, Chesed, the Spirit, hovered upon the face of the waters (Genesis 1:2) in order to give birth to the sacred fires of Malkuth, raising the energy of אדני Adonai or Adonia. אדוני הארץ Adonai Ha-Aretz is the sacred name of God in Malkuth. You raise that power by working with your Abraham, your inner Spirit.
The second day of Genesis, we divide the waters from the waters (Genesis 1:6). You create the body of liberation, the solar vital body, precisely through dividing the superior Ethers of the the vital body itself. We will talk about the four Ethers in a later lecture.
The third day of Genesis says: Let the dry land appear, and let the vegetation sprout forth (Genesis 1:9-13). Relating to the dry land is Hod, the astral body, something tangible that you can experience when you create that vehicle for yourself.
The fourth day of Genesis: Let there be lights in the firmament: מאורת me’orot (Genesis 1:14-19) relating to Netzach, the mind.
Tiphereth, relating to the fifth day of Genesis: Let swarms of living creatures appear and the great sea beasts, the תַּנִּין tannin (Genesis 1:20-23), which are the whales, the great monsters of the deep, the serpents of the ocean, which can be literally translated. Some people translate it as “whale,” but it is תַּנִּין tannin in Hebrew. You add the word לֵוִי Levi before it, to be a priest of the tribe of Levi, you spell לֵוִיתַּנִּין, which is Leviathan. You become a Leviathan, a master of the Fifth Initiation of Fire.
And the sixth day of Genesis, you have: Let us make Adam in our image. This is the man of the sixth day: male-female He created them (Genesis 1:27). יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim created the human being at that level. So the six sephiroth from the top of the Tree of Life is Tiphereth. But if you count the six sephiroth from the bottom of the Tree of Life, you have Geburah. We have explained previously how Tiphereth is the human soul. Geburah is the divine soul.
The divine soul is pure. It never enters into defilement. It is holy. It is our inner bride. If we are men, our inner Geburah is a woman. If we are a female, then the inner Geburah is a man. But we state in certain legends that we have Arthur, the King, Chesed; we have Guinevere, Geburah; and we have Lancelot the knight, Tiphereth. The lovers is precisely these two sephiroth: how husband and wife, or we could say, Tiphereth and Geburah, need to unite.
In the sixth day of Genesis, a master who has reached that level has incarnated the divine soul and the human soul. But we must learn to go higher, precisely because in each of the six days of Genesis, the Lord said, “And it was good,” (כִּי־טֹוב ki-tob) except for the second day of Genesis related to Yesod, since there is always uncertainty in relation with the sexual work. But with Malkuth, he says: “There was a day and there was a night.” And the Lord said: “This was the day and this was the night.” There was a day and a night for Yesod, a day and a night for Hod, a day and a night for Netzach, Tiphereth, and Geburah―meaning: there still is ego there.
The word in Hebrew for night is לַיְלָה Laila, which is where you get the דְלִילָה Delilah, the temptress who tempts Samson and makes him give away his secret of chastity. They cut his hair, his purity. As I mentioned, black magicians are bald in the internal planes. They can symbolize that. To have long hair symbolically represents chastity in ancient cultures. So to lose one's hair is to become a fornicator. He gave away his secret, he became weak, and the Philistines blinded him, meaning: he lost his powers spiritually. So if you enter the heights, it means: don't give away your secret to Delilah, your lust: דְלִילָה De-lilith, the doorway, ד dalet, into Delilah, the night, the abyss, the infernal dimensions.
There is a day and a night for each of these generations, up to the sixth sephirah from the bottom. The seventh, there is no night. It says in that day, God rested. It is a perfect day, meaning: the ego is fully eliminated. There is no imperfection there. So to reach that height is a very arduous work, but we do it through Arcanum 6: working with the spinal column.
One final thing I'll mention in relation to the mysteries of ב Beth. Remember that David married בת-שבע Bathsheba. בת Bet means “house.” שבע Sheba means “seven.” We have seven houses, seven lights of the menorah in the bottom of the Tree of Life, leading from Malkuth to Chesed. שבע Sheba means “seven.” David marries Bathsheba, meaning: the house of the seven, of the seven houses. So in order to be able to become a king, we have to marry each of those sephiroth and make them purified, meaning: keep your שַׁבָּת Shabbat, your body, holy. Remember that temptation is fire, and triumph over temptation is light, as we find in the Hebrew letters for תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth. You have the letter ו Vav, your willpower, between א Aleph and ר Reish. You have אור Aur, “light.” And remember that the Lord said:
יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור
יְהִי אֹור Yehi Aur… we pronounce those mantras, and then through a ו Vav: “And there was light.” וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור Vav, yehi-aur. So the spinal column is where you carry your light inside.
Some final comments is that for some practical measures, you can make magical circles of protection using the Seal of Solomon as you see here. If you want to protect yourself from lustful egos and elements, demons, black magicians in the astral plane, you invoke your Being. You say “My God, my Innermost, please command my Elemental Advocate to seal my bedroom, my home, in a circle of fire, in order to protect me from sorcery.” You do the mantras Helion Melion Tetragrammaton:
You seal yourself three times. You can create a space, a very small space, in which you can trace the Seal of Solomon and that seal will guard you from any negative influence from the outside. So the Seal of Solomon is exceptionally powerful for that.
One thing I will mention is that, when you are working with the Seal of Solomon, you can seal your homes, but also you can create medallions and rings to wear in order to protect yourself, to defend yourself against witchcraft, which you can consecrate and bless through the name of the Father, the Son, the Holy Spirit, and Ain Soph: the Tetragrammaton.
Questions and Answers
Question: Before I started coming to this class, I was getting information about… it was similar regarding the Kundalini, Freemasonry, and basically it was saying about low-based consciousness. It never said anything about sexual alchemy. It basically talked about natural law, and low-based consciousness, that one should not kill. But it never really delved into this aspect of it, because it really just said, “Don’t harm others.” I totally agree with the information you’re giving me, but was this information given to me in deception or was there part truth to that? If you think about it, logically and most people do think about it logically. It's like, you know, as long as you're not killing others, as long as they're not stealing from others, and as long as you do not kill, do not steal, then it was very logical. As long as you're not harming others, you could partake in you know, fornication or whatever, but now I am starting to see the light as far as I agree with what you are saying. But was the information given to me just where they didn't know or was it deception?
Instructor: People who ignore the sexual aspect of Genesis, especially, one thing can stem from ignorance―not knowing it, simply. They weren't taught and they didn't practice it. Another thing can be people who intentionally lie, but that is only something you can judge, you know. I am going to give a lecture on types of spiritual schools at one point, to talk about how to discriminate between what types of schools there are: one that creates the soul, some that feed desire, some that are working with initiation, specifically. So there are different teachings. And so, some schools serve as a kindergarten, as a steppingstone to working more profoundly with one's Being. I wouldn’t say that certain things are bad… but only you can judge listening to those type of things.
Question: It just seemed like the focus was primarily on low-based consciousness and rising above that consciousness by, basically, treat others as you want to be treated. That is the ultimate. That is in every esoteric teaching...
Instructor: We need that. But the masters teach: “Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost and that you are not of your own?” So we have to give that. We have that fire, but we have to return it to God. So this teaching hasn't been made open until recently.
Question: So by not partaking, whether it be fornication and all that, that creates the other defects within yourself which will also create, you know, problems with other people.
Instructor: Right. There are different sins. The sins of the heart, against the Son, can be forgiven, but sins against sex, against the Holy Ghost, are not.
Question: Obviously lust is, you know, we know what that is. How do you know as far as materialism is concerned? What is that medium? What is the line drawn?
Instructor: Take care of your necessities, but don't be attached. You know, plow the Earth like a farmer. Do your job. Do you your duties, but don't get your hands dirty by it. That's the tricky part―a psychological teaching.
Question: You said the inner light is in the spinal column, or is it at the bottom where the Kundalini begins?
Instructor: The Kundalini is the light which you have to raise. So when you raise that fire, then you have light. That is how you generate light. You can get generate sparks through meditation practices as a single person, but when you are married, that fire is fully developed.
Question: Who, before Samael Aun Weor, did all these translations and figured out all these allegories? It wasn’t done through meditation!
Instructor: All those masters like Moses, Mohammed, Buddha, they knew the teaching, but they talked cryptically. So that puzzle wasn't solved by many people for a long time. But then divinity had to send a prophet down to teach it. So where I am getting this knowledge is from Samael Aun Weor. I personally know him, so I trust him, because I work with him in the astral plane. This is a symbolism that, you know, you can only interpret if you work with the fires in your ו Vav, because remember that the word ו Vav can also signify “to hear,” to hear the Word. So in order to read those scriptures and understand them, you have to work in the fire in you, so that when you astral project and have experiences, you can interpret what is going on here. Otherwise, you have people who make interpretations that are based on physical things or metaphysical concepts, but not intuition, when you experience it. So it's very different. A very different science.
Question: Is this being taught throughout the United States? Like cities...
Instructor: There are many Gnostic esoteric groups are teaching this.
Question: The same as Samael Aun Weor’s?
Instructor: Yes. There are many schools. There are many movements and groups out there.
Comment: In relation to what you said about how this was kept secret and all that. I read some of the esoteric literature that “so-and-so”―Eliphas Levi was one―they said Dion Fortune were under oath. They intimated in their writing, in their books, “Sure, there is more.” All through the centuries up until this century. It’s been kept secret…
Instructor: Manly P. Hall is an initiate. He was a great writer too. You can learn a lot from him.
Question: No, but he never delved into this...
Instructor: Because he wasn't a prophet.
Question: You know it’s funny. It is like I was told that if anyone watches Seinfeld, the guy who wrote Seinfeld, Larry David, was definitely an occultist that knew about this, because some of these episodes in Seinfeld were about this.
Instructor: There are tricklings of certain imitations of principles. Even like J.R.R. Tolkien borrowed many myths and he imitated very well certain teachings. But as he said of himself, “People think there is a hidden meaning to my books, The Lord of the Rings. I just wrote it. I just wanted to write about a young little guy who goes on a big journey, and entertain people.” Good stories, but not from masters like Moses.
So I invite you to stay a little bit after. We are going to listen to the first movement of Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, which precisely speaks about the law of Arcanum 6, the law of indecision, in which the disciple, the soul, must learn to fight the beast, the dragon, in order to conquer one's maiden. But of course, as you see from Tchaikovsky's piece, this has a very dismal ending. Tchaikovsky was going through a specific ordeal which he was failing at, conquering his lust in his mind. So you can hear in this piece a little bit of the beauty of the soul, the Lovers: Tiphereth and Geburah. But then you also will see how the soul needs to fight very hard to regain what he has lost:
So you can hear, in that music, the principles of Arcanum 6, whereby the human soul has to battle the monster, which is desire. After that loud boom comes the battle. Before that is the ecstasy of the soul, of Tiphereth united with Geburah, the divine soul, the harmony and love that the soul experiences. But then he has to descend down into Klipoth (hell) and face all the evilness that he carries in his psyche, in his mind, in his heart. Of course, that is the battle of the dragon.
But you see that Tchaikovsky was composing this for initiates who were failing certain ordeals, because Tchaikovsky himself was going through certain battles within his own lust in his mind that he couldn't comprehend at that time. He was very distraught, as you can hear in the music. When the dragon takes over, you hear the crescendo of music descending down into a low note, until his catastrophic fall. Every initiate has to face that problem: fighting with lust and needing to struggle with those elements. But there is always hope, of course. You hear the music, the ecstasy that Tchaikovsky composed, his love for his Geburah, the divine soul, his divine counterpart.
You can listen to the rest of that symphony and really analyze, you know, what he is teaching there, but it is very serious. That symphony obviously has a dark ending, because it's the first symphony in its time in which it ends at a low note. It doesn't have this climatic end at the end of the 4th movement. Beethoven, however, depicts in his sixth symphony how to overcome the ordeals, the storms of the mind, in order to see the rainbow of promise: קֶשֶׁת Qeshet in Kabbalah.This is the rainbow after long storms that Nietzsche's speaks about, the highest hope towards the superman.
Question: Didn’t someone relate how Sagittarius releases an arrow? The archer?
Instructor: I haven't heard about Sagittarius, but it is an arrow from Malkuth to Kether. But you reach that point by clearing the winds, the mind, Netzach, so that with your willpower, see the higher dimensions.
So in order to overcome the beast, work with your ו Vav.
We have arrived to the fifth arcanum, the fifth law of the sacred tarot.
The word hierarch in Greek comes from ἱερός heiros, which means “holy” or “sacred.” Ark, which reminds us again of arcanum, of law, of teaching, is where we get words such as arcana, archangel, arch-magi, specifically, those beings who are enlightened and know the tarot in depth.
So we have been explaining that the tarot in themselves are laws of nature, and therefore we have arrived at the fifth arcanum, the fifth teaching, of the Hierarch. A hieros-magician, a holy magician, a sacred being, a sacred ruler, is an angel, a master, who is in full command of all of the 22 archetypes represented by the major arcana of the tarot, and the 22 Hebrew letters of the kabbalistic alphabet, which we have been explaining in depth.
If we are familiar with the Gnostic Gospels, specifically the story of Sophia, we know that the fallen soul seeks to aspire and return back to the height of divinity. On her journey forward, she must answer to the archons, the hierarchs, the masters of the law, who govern the law of causality. So in this lecture, we are going to talk about a very famous eastern teaching known as karma, the law of cause and effect, in relation with this card, because a hierarch, a holy being, a holy ruler, or sacred archon, is a being who is fully equilibrated all the forces of nature within him or herself, and therefore is in command of those laws: the law of causality, cause and effect. They are someone who has fully balanced their karma, meaning their debts, as well as their good deeds, as we will be talking about in depth.
Sophia learns to answer to the archons when she is returning back up the Tree of Life, which is a diagram will be examining in depth today. She must learn to appease those rulers, answer to her own debts for having fallen into temptation, into lower states of materiality of nature, of condensation of forces, as well as entering the realm of desire, of defects, egos, selves.
The hierarch is precisely represented by this glyph, and the chief hierarch of our solar system is a being known as Anubis. He is the chief of the law of karma, cause and effect, and he judges all souls within this solar system, specifically, as taught within the Egyptian mythology, which is not a fantasy, but a reality.
Anubis represented here in this glyph wears the mask of a jackal, because within the higher dimensions, when we are face to face with Anubis, and we are in the courts of the law, in order to negotiate and answer for our deeds, Anubis wears a mask of a jackal or wolf in order to symbolize the impartiality of the law.
And what does this impartiality signify? Divinity does not look to us for our intentions, our good will, but rather on the effects of our actions―the results of our actions themselves. So wearing that mask is a symbol of how Anubis does not judge us based on what we intended to do, but rather, what are the results of our actions, or the consequences of our deeds, represented by the scale of the bottom third of this card and the waters of this fifth arcanum.
We see a scale along with a feather and a heart in balance and equilibrium, which is a symbol of how the heart, our emotional center, and the feather representing our mind, must be in balance. We must have equilibrium within our thoughts, our words, and our deeds, because that is how we create action. As the Bhagavad-Gita teaches us, we must learn to act without attachment to our actions, the fruits of our results. We must find balance in this regard. We must be balanced in mind, heart, and body if we want the results of our actions to be beneficial to others.
For this matter, we study Gnostic Psychology in depth, of which we have elaborated in our former lectures. But the heart and the feather must be in balance, because mind and heart that are in disequilibrium creates problems for ourselves, and more importantly it creates problems for others as well.
Within the right hand of Anubis, he carries a staff of power, which we have been explaining is the spinal medulla―the staff of the magicians―the shepherd's staff by which the master leads his disciples towards the heights of spirituality, a representation of how the spinal medulla is illuminated by what we call the fire of Kundalini.
A master is a being, a hierarch, who has raised the sacred fire of the Kundalini force from Muladhara Chakra, up the seven centers of the human body, the spinal medulla, up to the brain, and then to the heart. Any master is in full command of his spinal column, which is the Tree of Life as we have been explaining. We cannot live or have life if it weren't for our spine. Therefore, we will talk about the Tree of Life more in-depth today.
The law of karma is the law of causality, and Anubis in his temples has a book for each individual in order to judge their deeds. Every human being has a material representation, within those higher realms, of a book of their karma, a book of their actions, of which the judges look, and they evaluate our actions, our deeds. This is very well known within Egyptian mythology, that Anubis judges through the book of the dead within the underworld, the inferior dimensions. Likewise, the Qur’an teaches us that there are two books, one for the righteous, and one for the sinners, which we will be quoting from today.
The Three Pillars of Kabbalah: The Tree of Life
The law of karma is supreme mercy, but also it is supreme judgment, represented by the two columns of the Tree of Life of Kabbalah. On the right we have the Pillar of Mercy. On the left with the Pillar of Severity. In the middle, we have the Pillar of Balance or Equilibrium.
The Kabbalah is a tool we use to analyze our consciousness, who we are psychologically: the levels of our Being, the levels of expression, of matter, energy, and perception. Of course, we are in the bottom sphere, Malkuth, which is the physical body. Yet above, we have much more subtle forces and energies of which we must become knowledgeable of.
We are this Tree of Life. This is the map of our psyche as well as the Being, our divinity―from the heights of attainment to the lowest depths of matter and perception. So, represented back in this card of the Hierarch, those three pillars must be in balance, represented by the scale. From the scale, we have the pillar of the left, severity, and then on the right we have the Pillar of Mercy balanced by the qualities of the heart.
Those of us familiar with Kabbalah know that the sphere of תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, in this Tree of Life, is the very center of this map representing the heart, because if you transpose this image on a human being, the top trinity, כתר Kether, חכמה Chokmah, בינה Binah, the top, manifest in the head―the forces of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit―or, Osiris, Isis, and Horus in Egyptian mythology.
The middle trinity represents our heart: חסד Chesed, גבורה Geburah, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth―Chesed being our spirit, our inner being, our inner divinity, our inner Buddha. The divine consciousness is Geburah, the feminine soul that expresses that spiritual principle. Then Tiphereth, which is really what we are, is a fraction of that particle or part known as the heart, the qualities of the heart, the human consciousness.
This descends into נצח Netzach, which is the mind, intellect, thought. Heart, emotion, הוד Hod, is sometimes known as the astral vehicle. On the right we have the mental vehicle. Below that we have ethereality or vitality, יְסוֹד Yesod, which is our energy. Then lastly, we have our physical body, מלכות Malkuth, which is what we are present with today.
These sephiroth (“emanations”) or spheres, integrate, manifest simultaneously, here and now. These are not something abstract and far away from us. We can see that in our present state of being, we have thought and emotion. Sometimes we can sense we have a certain level of energy, vitality, etc. This map teaches us who we are and which helps to explain the tarot in depth.
Tiphereth is our heart, the human consciousness, the conscience that knows right from wrong, positive from negative, good from evil. This scale is teaching us that it is our heart that balances these forces: the balances are karma.
Balances are actions. It depends on how we use our energy. How do we use our mental force? How do we use our emotional force? How do we use our vitality?
Question: You mentioned that the feather is the mind and the heart is what again?
Instructor: It is Tiphereth. We are analyzing it on two levels. We are saying that the mind and the heart need to be balanced. But also, we say that the left pillar of Kabbalah, the right pillar of Kabbalah, are balanced through Tiphereth, the heart in the very center. There are levels of meaning here. These glyphs are very dense, dynamic, as we will see.
Martian Energy, Iron, and Spiritual Combat
How we use our energy determines our actions, determines our life, determines how we are judged by the law. We also see in this glyph the Hebrew letter ה Hei, of which we will talk about at the end of this lecture in combination with this card.
What is important to analyze about the number five is that it is a number of Mars, of war. Five is Mars, combat, strength. The fifth arcanum teaches us the law of karma, the law of how to change, psychologically speaking. It also provides us with explanations of who we are psychologically, and how do we change. All the prophets of humanity taught the fifth arcanum, taught us how to change psychologically.
The Qur’an teaches us something very beautiful about this aspect of the teaching from Surah 57 verse 25. This is known as Al-Hadid: “The Iron.”
Indeed We have sent Our Messengers with clear proofs and revealed with them the Scripture and the Balance (represented by the balance of this card and waters of this card, the bottom third) so that mankind may keep up justice. And We brought forth iron wherein is mighty power in matters of war, as well as many benefits for mankind, that Allah may test who it is that will help him in His religion, (which is again religare in Latin, to “reunite with divinity,” whether it be through yoga, the Sanskrit yug, “unification,” whatever religion we are teaching from), and His Messengers in the unseen. Verily, Allah is All-Strong, All-Mighty, All-Powerful. ―Al-Hadid 25
The metal of iron, astrologically speaking, relates to Mars, and the fifth planet of our solar system, the fifth arcanum, relates to an angel by the name of Samael, who is the founder of the modern Gnostic tradition through his human soul, Samael Aun Weor.
So iron is a metal of tremendous capacity through which the forces of the planet Mars channel that strength throughout the solar system, in order to acquire the balance of the worlds. All the planets have their specific capacities, abilities, and dispensations, in order to create a unity within the solar system. Mars is the force that channel strength of a spiritual type―not of violence and bloodshed―not of hatred. That is the inversion of that force. The positive aspect of Mars is love, compassion: the strength of a warrior who fights for his spirituality, for the liberation of his consciousness, and for others. Iron is a metal of tremendous power which, as we are going to explain at the end of this lecture, we can use for certain talismans to protect us from negative vibrations.
The Qur’an teaches us that iron is a powerful element useful for his religion, which is interesting because it is not literal. We have to relearn, to read the scriptures with an informed eye, because the iron which people use for combat is not literal. Many people think of Islam as a religion of war, of jihad, which is mistaken, because the word jihad comes from mujahidah, which means “striving,” to strive, to fight against that which is negative. When Prophet Muhammad was asked from his companions, which was greater than the lesser holy war, the war against others, he said, "War against yourself,” against your defects, against your anger.
[Prophet Muhammad] said: "There is a means of polishing everything and removing rust; and that which polishes the heart is the invocation of Allah [Dhikr: remembrance]; and there is no act that removes God’s punishment as much as does this invocation." The Companions of the Prophet said: "Is the fight against the infidels equal to this?" He replied: “No, not even if one fights until one’s sword is broken." And he said further on another occasion: "Should I not teach you an action that is better for you than fighting against infidels?" His Companions said: "Yes, teach it to us." The Prophet said: "This action is the invocation of Allah [Dhikr: remembrance of divinity].” ―Frithjof Schuon, “The Quintessential Esoterism of Islam,” Sufism: Love and Wisdom
That truly is the great holy war that we wage―the striving against our ego. Iron is the force of Mars that aids us, the potential of strength within our own spiritual nature that is a warrior, that knows how to fight for what is correct and upright.
Five reminds us of this, arcanum five, and the angel Samael is the reagent or intelligence that governs the planet Mars, whose power is manifested within any individual who knows how to work with the Martian force. But of course, this is not a force of violence and bloodshed, but one of compassion and strength, to defend that which is pure and upright before the law.
Anubis is intimately related with Mars, the planet of judgment, of severity, but also of compassion. This is not a blind law. Cause and effect are not a law of vengeance―if you do something wrong, you get punished. That is a very superficial way to look at karma, because karma is negotiable.
We have procedures by which we can negotiate our karma, where we can speak to Anubis or even speak to the angel Samael to help aid us [study and practice the Rune Not in The Magic of the Runes]. In the Zohar, the mystical book of Judaism, the Kabbalah, teaches us a very interesting fact about Samael in depth.
ס Samekh and the Zoharic Creation of the World
In the beginning of the Zohar, there were 22 Hebrew letters that presented themselves before Jehovah, or we can say Allah, whatever name we want to give to that source, that intelligence known as Christ. The 22 letters, each took their turn in order to present themselves and ask the Lord, "Can you use me in order to initiate creation? To create this universe?" It is interesting because the 22 Hebrew letters relate to the 22 arcana of the tarot in depth.
The letter ס samekh, the “S” sound which initiates the name of סמאל Samael, presented itself to the Lord. As stated explicitly in the Zohar:
The letter ס (samekh) entered. She said to Him, "Master of the world, may it please You to create the world by me, for by me סמיכה (semikha), support, exists for those who fall, as is written: (סומך יהוה Somekh Iod-Havah), יהוה Iod-Havah supports, all who fall (Psalms 145:14)."
Samekh said, “I wish to initiate creation for you my Lord Jehovah.” But the Lord said, "You are needed elsewhere instead of creation,” because סָמֶךְ samekh literally means “support,” to help those who are fallen―those who are lost in temptation―those who are suffering in the abyss. “I cannot let you create creation above. You have to work down below” to help those who are trapped within their own anger, their fear, their pain. “Therefore, I cannot let you initiate creation,” the letter ס samekh (ס samekh is shaped like a serpent, as we'll talk about in arcanum 15, the 15th letter of the Kabbalah).
But that Angel Samael is intimately related with that power, that force of Mars which is represented as a serpent. If you read the Zohar you will see that the serpent is a dual force. It could be good, or it can be evil, depending on how we use that force. We can either raise the Kundalini, up the spine to become a hierarch, someone who is in command of a laws of nature. Or, if we let that energy out of ourselves, if we waste it through anger and lust and desire, that energy descends down the spine and forms the tail of Satan. The tail of the demons within the astral vehicle is what we call the Kundabuffer.
Arcanum 5 teaches us how to balance forces within ourselves, through the power of will, and iron as a metal represents willpower. How do we dominate our own will? Meaning: our lower desires or lower states of consciousness, so that we can elevate them and raise them to a higher state of being.
Inner Balance in Kabbalah
In order to arrive at the state of balance and comprehension, we work with our willpower in combination with works of consciousness. Consciousness in itself, along with willpower, aids the practitioner of meditation in order to obtain wisdom, cognizance, understanding.
If we look back at the card, of the scale, of the Hierarch, when we look back at the scale of the hierarch, we find that the feather and the heart also can signify consciousness and willpower. In order for us to arrive at wisdom, what we call pranja, we need to work with consciousness and willpower, represented on the Tree of Life.
We have Tiphereth, our willpower, the heart, and Geburah, consciousness, which is our divine soul that which never enters into impurity. Those two in combination work to achieve the third sephirah of the middle trinity, which is Chesed, our spirit, known in the East as prajna, wisdom, understanding. The prefix “Pra” means beyond. “Jna” is where we get words like jnana yoga, “knowledge yoga,” gnosis as well in Greek. Those forces help to equilibrate and help the initiates to balance their debts and pay what they owe to the law of the divine.
Cosmic Rounds and Root Races
The significance of the number five also relates to the fifth cycle of manifestation. There are different cosmic eras and rounds in which certain universes enter into more dense levels of materiality.
We are also in the fifth root race of this planet known as the Aryans. Now this term Aryan has been grossly abused by certain cultures. The word Aries relates to Mars or Samael, which indicates that this powerful being is responsible for the spiritual development of the souls of this planet, because everyone on this planet, in this world today, is of the Aryan Race, not necessarily the Nordics, or the Germans.
There are different root races that exist on each planet in different eras. Every planet gives birth to seven races, which we will be talking about in the arcanum seven, the law of seven.
But also in this lecture we can say that the first race was the Protoplasmic Root Race.
The second race was the Hyperborean Race.
The third race was known as the Lemurians.
The fourth was Atlantis or the Atlanteans.
Now we are in the era of Aries, the Aryan Race governed by the Angel Samael.
If you are interested in that type of anthropology, you can read Gnostic Anthropology by Samael Aun Weor specifically.
We are also related to the fifth sun from the Aztec calendar or the fifth sun of Tonatiuh, the solar deity. The Aztecs are depicting that our Aryan Race is the children of the fifth sun, which you can read more in depth too.
The Significance of the Number Five
Five also relates to our five senses, the five lobes of our liver, which is governed by Geburah, the sphere of severity in the Tree of Life, which helps with the breakdown of impure elements in the body. Mars has that force, that nature, that power that breaks down negative elements.
Five also relates to the five aspects of our Divine Mother Kundalini, which we will be giving other lectures about that.
The fifth arcanum is initiation. It is demonstration of the teaching, which is the Martian teaching, the teaching of strength, of compassion, and the spiritual war that any meditator needs to engage with in order to transform who they are psychologically.
In order to talk about this, we will talk about the Tree of Life in depth. The Tree of Life is a map, as I said, of different levels of matter, energy, and perception. From the top, we have the most rarefied element known in different religions as the trinity.
As we talked about in arcanum three, this law of three creates life. It creates the Tree of Life. It creates the different manifestations of existence.
We have the hidden sephiroth Da'ath, which relates to knowledge, because it is through specific knowledge and works by which we use the three forces in us, in order to create spiritually.
The spirit manifests from the top trinity and unfolds into His divine consciousness, and then into His sense of will, the human soul, Tiphereth.
It is easy to see from our experience what these lower four sephiroth entail: Netzach (Victory), the mind, is intellect; Hod (Glory), the emotions; Yesod (Foundation), our vitality; and Malkuth (Kingdom) as our body. These are different levels of condensation of matter, perception, and energy. These exist within us simultaneously. They are not separate.
In us they tend to be very mixed, disorganized, and chaotic. If we sit to meditate, we often see that the mind is running off on its train of thoughts, its concepts, its beliefs, its ideas, its political affiliations, etc. Likewise, the emotions can be afflicted by moods of attraction, repulsion, craving, aversion. Likewise, with the vital force, with our instincts, with our impulses, etc.
These tend to be in a very chaotic state without any type of order, organization. However, the teachings of the fifth arcanum allow us to understand how to create that order, how to balance our psyche. We understand from this teaching that all of life first emanated from the top of the Tree of Life down to Malkuth. Those energies now must return backward, inward and up to the Absolute, which is beyond the top of the Tree of Life, beyond the trinity, the unknowable divinity known in Kabbalah as אין Ain, אין סוף Ain Soph, אור אין סוף Ain Soph Aur: the Nothingness, the Limitless, and the Limitless Light, respectively.
The Upright Pentagram and Spiritual Return
Sophia is precisely that soul trapped in Malkuth within the Gnostic Gospels, who wants to return up the Tree of Life back to the source, back to Pleroma, back to her home, we could say, her origin. We understand that in this journey, inward and upward, we seek to become what is known as the upright pentagram, which is a five-pointed star as we see in this image.
This image has been given a lot of misinterpretations. There is a lot of ignorance about the meaning of this symbol. It is a symbol of divinity, of Christ, the Greek name Χριστος Christos, the “anointing” fire, the energy of divinity within that we carry within our body, Whom we need to elevate up our spine to our brain and then to our heart.
Many paintings given by master initiates often depicted Jesus holding his hand in the sign of the pentagram with the two inferior vertices (the ring and pinky fingers) facing down, and the middle finger, index finger, and thumb facing upward.
So what does the pentagram represent for us? This five-pointed star? It represents a human being made into the image of Christ, divinity. We are not here talking just about Jesus, but with any initiate who was incarnated Chokmah (Wisdom), the Lord, the top of the Tree of Life, and hopefully manifests that trinity at the top: Father, Son, Holy Spirit; or Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva; or Wotan, Baldur, Thor amongst the Nordics; or Kether, Chokmah, Binah in Kabbalah; the First Logos, the Second Logos, the Third Logos.
These are energies that we need to work with, and so the pentagram represents a human being who is fully expressing that power, and like the Vitruvian man of Leonardo Da Vinci, it represents a human being whose spiritual reasoning is in domination of his sexuality, of his desires, of his passions. Such a being has fully sublimated that instinctual drive or libido, and transformed it into pure force of a spiritual type. He or she knows how to use that energy with consciousness and wisdom.
Right now, we are not this pentagram. We are actually inverted. That is a very well-known symbol in this humanity of evil, degeneration, of impurity. When the human being is governed by their desires, it means that their head is facing down towards the abyss. Therefore, this superior vertex is inverted, and the two feet are facing upward, which forms the very famous Male Goat of Mendes with the two horns, the ears, and the chin, which is a symbol of sorcery and black magic, of evil will.
This pentagram facing upward represents an initiate who is following the Christic power, who is in command of his sexuality, who is in command of his energies. The fifth arcanum teaches us how to become a pentagram, how to follow the law, how to be standing upright so that our spirituality is governing our desires―so that we learn how to consciously use the sex drive itself in order to harness it and control it.
We are not the upright pentagram, as I stated. We are inverted, fallen, like Sophia in the (Gnostic) myth. We are the fallen human being, because anyone who has lust, anger, fear, resentment, hatred, and defects, is a demon.
This mythology shows people with horns and a red tail and that sort of mythology is laughed at today. Well, those are symbols of internal truths. Psychologically speaking, we have many elements which are demonic, because anyone who is propelled by lust, by hatred and fear, who uses their emotions to harm others, is a demon. This teaching of the fifth arcanum is not for angels, because angels already are standing upright. They know how to work with the law of karma. They are in balance. But a demon is disbalanced. They have used their impure mind to cause harm. It could be someone who intentionally means to cause harm, or people like everyday individuals who don't really understand the causes of their own suffering and why they make others suffer.
There is a lot of confusion in the world today. There are people who know how to work with the inverted pentagram, obviously. We call them sorcerers. Those who learn to work with the upright pentagram are positive magicians, white magicians who follow the Christic power.
Alchemy, the Solar Bodies, and the True Human Being
Who is responsible for helping to raise the souls in Malkuth? To raise them up the Tree of Life, to teach them how to become a true human being, a spiritual human being? Because sadly, as I said, we are not human beings. We are demons.
A real human being is an individual who has a solar astral body, a solar mental body, a solar causal body―who has learned to work with the alchemical science in order to create superior vehicles that can manifest the energies of divinity.
We talked about the solar bodies previously. The astral body is a vehicle that an initiate can travel within the higher dimensions known as Hod, the dream state. The mental body is a superior mind that knows how to obey the will of Christ, which is created through alchemy, through a matrimony. The solar body of will is a vehicle that knows how to obey the will of Christ, the will of divinity. That is a true human being, someone who has those bodies and knows that they have them―having worked in a matrimony for that purpose.
That person, when they have entered into initiation, as we discussed in Arcanum 1: the Magician, has raised the Kundalini up the spine of the physical body, likewise the vital body, followed by the emotional body, the mental body, and then the body of will. Those are initiations.
Each vehicle within those dimensions operates according to those laws. With Malkuth, we raise the creative energies of the Kundalini through matrimony, through a marriage. Likewise, with Yesod, Hod, Netzach, Tiphereth. Once one has raised that fire up those bodies, one can be said to be a human being, a Hum-man. Hum means “Spirit.” Manas means “mind”―so a mind that is united with the Spirit. That is someone who is a pentagram, who is upright, who is standing. Until we reach that point, we are not an upright pentagram. We are fallen.
But the upright pentagram we use in our works of magic in order to command the forces of nature, because there is a very divine symbol, a very powerful sign. One thing I would like to mention about this upright pentagram is a teaching that Jesus gave in the Book of John. I believe chapter 3 in which he synthesizes and explains what the pentagram means.
We explained that the pentagram represents a human being who is rising up from Malkuth to Tiphereth and even beyond. In past ages, when the energy of the Tree of Life was still manifesting, descending downward into its respective stages of materiality and manifestation, that force of involution, in which spiritual forces were manifesting materially, was represented by the pentagram facing down in those ages, because the spirit was descending down into Malkuth. But since we have reached Malkuth, which is really the synthesis of all the rest of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life, that pentagram now needs to go back up, to return, back to the source of the Absolute.
This is the meaning of Sophia leaving the 13th aeon, or the higher heavens in order to enter materiality, and now must return. So the inverted pentagram now really represents black magic or sorcery, because if you descend from Malkuth down into more dense levels of matter and energy, we enter what are called the infra-dimensions, the inferior dimensions, which we can access through nightmares: states of perception which are very demonic and relate to the most infernal aspects of our psyche.
יהשוה Yeshua: the Savior and Son of Man
Very famously Jesus said, or the Intimate Christ through Jesus stated:
13. And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down from heaven, even the Son of man which is in heaven.
So what is this Son of Man? It is a symbol of the power of Chokmah, Christ entering the heart, Tiphereth, because the man is the manas, the abstract mind, willpower: Tiphereth of the Tree of Life that can learn to redeem the lower sephiroth of the Tree of Life: the mind, the heart, the vitality, and our physicality.
That pentagram is the five letter name of God, יהשוה Yeshua: י Iod ה Hei ש Shin ו Vav ה Hei. This is a fire, an energy, which we need to learn to work with so as to attain what is known as salvation or redemption represented in this pentagram.
The Symbolism of the Gnostic Pentagram
We see the eyes of Jupiter represented at the top of the main apex, at the top of the head. Likewise, the eyes of Ra ?, symbol of Osiris Ra, the solar power of the Egyptians manifested in Jesus, who was Horus, the son of Osiris and Isis, or Joseph and Mary.
The Egyptian mysteries are synthesized within the Christian mysteries and cannot be separated. The eyes of the Father represent the eternal omniscience of divinity, that sees all our actions. In relation with the arcanum five, all our actions are observed. Our mental states, our deeds, are recorded by divinity.
The sign of Jupiter relates to the supreme power of IO-Patar, which is the power of IO, the Divine Mother within Greek mythology, and Patar, which is the stone, the power of what we call Yesod in the Kabbalah.
You see that the eyes of Ra are always open. I remember in the astral plane, I once was going downstairs into my basement in my house and I saw in the astral, in the astral world, a furnace, or a fireplace, better said, and two giant eyes of Ra above it, and I knew it was my divinity looking at me, and showing me that “I know everything you do.”
And above a fireplace―because the fire represents, precisely, this bottom of the pentagram. We have above the letter A, which is Alpha (Α), and then the last letter of the Greek alphabet, Omega (Ω). Above we have the brain, the first letter, Alpha of the Greek alphabet, and then we have Omega, which is sex.
Sex is the fire of life. It has the power of creative life, spiritually, and physically. That energy can create a physical child. Likewise, it can create our spiritual, golden child of alchemy within us, if we know the procedures. When I was looking at that fireplace, I was seeing precisely a synthesized version of the pentagram. Just the eyes of Ra, the eyes of divinity, and the fire of Omega: the power of the energies of God, the Holy Ghost, which we carry within our sexual glands, which is the energy of Kundalini that can rise up the spine of the Caduceus of Mercury, as we see represented in this pentagram in the very center.
The wings of pleroma, the wings of our spirituality, open and are based on how we use that force. How do we use creative energy? Do we conserve it and transform it through practice, or do we expel it? That is the main problem of alchemical science. When we conserve that power and transform it, we can raise it up the spine, up the two serpents we see represented here.
I mentioned to you that the serpent can be a positive symbol, or it can also be negative. But here we have in our spine, in our body, three serpents. We have what is called the Sushumna canal amongst the Hindus, which is the spinal column, which is where the serpent Kundalini rises. We also have the serpent Ida, which is lunar, which channels the negative, or better said, the receptive feminine forces of the body, up from sex to the brain. Then we have Pingala, which is the solar serpent.
These two serpents can also be represented as Adam-Eve, male-female, sun and moon, which we also see represented in this glyph.
We have the moon striding the Hebrew word פהד pehad, which means “awe, reverence.” We have explained in our previous lectures that the moon is a symbol of our egotism and that we need to learn to purge ourselves of our defects, so that we can learn to shine with the sun, which is represented here in the left with the word כפר kafar. פהד Pehad means “awe, fear.” כפר Kafar means “expiation, to pay, to cleanse, to purify.”
We do need to pay our deeds, our lunar psychology, because these are not separate from each other. They are integral. They relate. We learn to fear, פהד pehad, in relation to the moon as well because פהד pehad is how we fear and reverence God. It doesn't mean egotistical fear. It means a reverence, a tremendous intention, an awareness of how one uses the energies of Yesod, the moon, which in Kabbalah relates to Yesod, the sexual force.
One learns to be careful with that energy, to know how to use it, to give it to divinity, to conserve it and transform it, so that it could become a sun. By transforming it into a sun, in that process, we are working with כפר kafar, expiation. We are cleansing ourselves of our defects so that we can transform the moon of our psychology into the sun.
Kundalini and the Chakras
We learn to awaken that Kundalini force through the fifth arcanum: learning how to use that energy in accordance with superior laws, superior teachings.
When the energies rise up the spine, they form the wings of the angel, a master, an enlightened being. We learn to awaken what are called the seven chakras of the spine or the seven Churches of the Book of Revelation, which are centers of energy.
Chakra literally means “wheel,” in which certain forces magnetize and manifest within our body and our internal vehicles too.
We have the Chakra Muladhara at the base of the coccyx.
We have the Chakra Svadhisthana, either in the prostate or the uterus.
We have the Chakra Manipura relating with the solar plexus.
We have the Chakra Anahata related with the heart.
We have the Chakra Vishuddha, relating to the throat.
Then we have Chakra Ajna related to the third eye… followed by the Chakra Sahasrara at the crown, which all have their respective capacities and powers.
The Book of Revelation refers to them as Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamos, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea, respectively.
Closer Examination of the Pentagram
The chalice in this image, as we see in the top right, over the left hand of the pentagram is a symbol of the feminine sexual organs, or the mind likewise.
A spear or a staff is a symbol of the phallus or the spinal medulla likewise. But a chalice represents the mind that receives the blood of Christ, the energy of the Lord, and a mind that learns to become Christified or purified is working with that power of the staff and the power of the cup, or the lance of Longinus and the Holy Grail, represented at Christ's Passion.
They are symbols of man and woman: how through a marriage, they can learn to use their matrimony, the sexual act, and to use it for divinity, to transform it into a sacrament, a sacrament of Rome, amore, love.
I like to read for you an excerpt from the Zohar, which talks about the chalice specifically and how it relates to the pentagram. In the very opening of that scripture, they explained that the rose is a symbol of Israel. This is a symbol of the different parts of the soul―not the Middle East, but Isis-Ra-El. The power of Isis, Ra, and our Hebrew God אֵל El, our spirit, is Israel.
The soul that manifests that is part of the assembly of Israel. They mentioned that in the inner part of a rose they have thirteen petals, which relates to Arcanum 13: Immortality, which we will elaborate in a future lecture.
The outer part of the rose has five petals, related to the pentagram. Tiphereth, the heart, the human soul, is governed by the astrological sphere of Venus but also the Sun, which is very interesting because the Zohar states that the outer part of the rose has five petals, and that:
These five are called Salvation; they are five gates. Concerning this mystery, it is written: "I raised the cup of salvation” (Psalms 116:13). This is the cup of blessing, which should rest on five fingers―and no more―like the rose, sitting a five sturdy leaves, paradigm of the five fingers (or we can say the pentagram). This rose is the cup of blessing. ―Zohar
So when one learns to work in a matrimony, they can transform their body, their mind, their heart, into an upright pentagram―to purify the psyche. The cup of blessing is precisely that human being that knows how to follow the rights of Venus, the rose: a symbol of the blossoming of the soul between husband and wife, especially.
The cup also represents the mind too, in which the energies of the light, the power of the Holy Ghost, which is in our sexual glands, rises up to the brain in order to illuminate it, to create what is called the halo of the saints.
The sword at the bottom is the masculine phallus. Likewise, the staff is a symbol of the spinal column.
The key of Solomon on the left, the six-pointed star, is a symbol of tremendous magical potency, which we use in order to seal our home with and protect it from negative forces. The bottom triangle represents the two testicles and the vertical phallus, the upright apex. The triangle facing downwards represent the two ovaries and the uterus. The union of the two within holy matrimony, awaken the powers of David, the powers of our spirituality.
Lastly, written along the circumference of the pentagram, we have the symbol of the Word, the name Τετραγράμματο Tetragrammaton, which is Greek. Τέτρα Tetra means four. Gram or Γραμμα Gramma means letter. Ton symbolizes esoterically, force and power, manifested within the true human being.
We have on the hands the symbol of Mars, which, to synthesize this image, we find that the hands, the symbol of our actions, how we behave in life, are governed by Mars―governed by the law―because what we do is how we will receive. How we act determines what will occur to us.
At the feet of this image, we find the symbol of Saturn, a symbol of death, because a human being who is walking on his two feet, spiritually speaking, learns how to navigate both the worlds of angels and demons―learns to die in himself, in his defects, in his impurities. The feet in Kabbalah can represent Malkuth, the physical body. It also means that one is dying to all the negative qualities of the psyche which exist in the infra-dimensions, below the feet, in the interior of the Earth.
We were explaining that the human being must have their head in control of their sex. The brain, if we take the name Jehovah and transpose it over the human body, we find that י Iod represents the mind, the divine masculine, Adam, the head. Sex is הוה Havah (pronounced חוה Chavah, the Hebrew name for Eve, the divine feminine). יהוה Iod-Havah, Jehovah. חוה Chavah literally translates as Eve. The name of Eve in the Bible is חוה Chavah, which gives us names like חַיָה Chaiah, which means “life.”
We have life based on our creative energy and how we use it determines our spiritual life. יהוה Iod-Havah, is a being, is a Tetragrammaton. י Iod ה Hei ו Vav ה Hei: a sacred four lettered name of God, and the pentagram, represents that human being, that man or woman, who has fully incarnated that power. י Iod is also the head and הוה Havah or חוה Chavah means “sex.”
If you invert that you spell have Chavah-Iod, which is the name of a demon, a sorcerer of the abyss, who's head is basically downward, and his sex is governing his brain. An individual who is dominated by lust has their sexuality controlling them, not vice versa, which is why we stayed in a certain prayer call the Conjuration of the Seven, "In the name of מיכאל Michael, may Jehovah command thee and draw thee hence, Chavajoth!" Because, Jehovah, as an angel outside, is a force that can reject that demon. But symbolically speaking, anyone who is not using the creative energy for their Being is a demon, is inverted. Their sex dominates their brain.
The Tree of Life and Fallen Human Beings
Who is the one that is fallen? We have talked a lot about this, but let's talk about in relation to the Kabbalah.
Who is the one that enters into temptation? We see that Tiphereth is our human will, which is who we are, basically, in our depth. We are a fraction of soul from Tiphereth that manifests within Netzach, the mind, Hod, the emotions, Yesod, our vital energies, and Malkuth, our physical body, that we said is the human being.
Above we have Geburah, the consciousness or divine soul. This is, we could say Guinevere in the Arthurian legends. The spirit Chesed is Arthur, the king who rules the spiritual kingdom. Then Tiphereth is Lancelot, the warrior that must fight for the redemption of his lady.
The upper spheres of this Tree of Life teach us the qualities of divinity. We have the trinity above which is Father, Son, Holy Ghost, as well as the Monad: Atman-Buddhi (Spirit and divine soul) which never enters into sin, impurity. But the human soul, Tiphereth, can enter into the lower spheres of the Tree of Life.
A being that is composed of Tiphereth, the human soul, and those lower four qualities is known as what is called a bodhisattva, in Eastern mythology, Eastern teachings. A bodhisattva is a being, a human soul, who is part of the Spirit and the consciousness above: the Spirit and the consciousness or Atman-Buddhi.
Tiphereth is known as Manas as we explained. Atman-Buddhi is the master, the Being, the truth, who is never imperfect. He is perfection himself. He is the divine, represented within His spirit and the divine soul, Geburah.
The bodhisattva (Tiphereth) is merely a vehicle, a person that can manifest the will of divinity, or his own personal will. In most of us, our individual will is enmeshed with many qualities relating to the lower sephiroth of the Tree of Life: different thoughts, desires, impulses, etc.
A bodhisattva is a being who has once incarnated the top trinity of the Tree of Life. Bodhi literally means “light.” Light in Hebrew relates to Chokmah, which is Christ, wisdom, truth. Bodhi also means “wisdom,” likewise, and Chokmah in the Kabbalah represents the wisdom of Christ: that primordial root energy at the root of any cosmos, which is universal.
A bodhisattva is a being who once incarnated that light, but not all bodhisattvas are standing upright, because the human soul, instead of obeying the divine will, can enter into temptation. Even masters and angels can fall. This is the myth of the fallen angels in Islam, Christianity, Judaism. There are certain masters who developed that higher aspect of the Tree of Life, but then entered into degeneration. So those beings fall because they didn't control the sexual energy. They let that energy tempt their mind.
So many of these angels were told, “Do not take a partner because once you have entered into the higher dimensions, the higher realms, you don't need to have that opposite polarity to work with, to give you energy. Instead, you are united with God. You don't need to enter into a matrimony,” but some bodhisattvas, actually―many―entered into temptation. This is very common, and many people walking in the streets today, it is very easy to pass many of them who are everyday people now, but they once were angels in the past.
These fallen beings are represented in the book of Isaiah Chapter 14 verse 12.
How art this fallen from heaven, O shining star (Lucifer), son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground? ―Isaiah 14:12
The word given here for the shining star is Lucifer. Lucifer comes from Luci-ferrus. Luci means “light,” feros, “carrier,” or someone who carries light. This is a symbol of the energy of Christ that descends down to help the fallen souls. Lucifer is not an image of a demon, which has been popularized within our mythologies, but is a sunderable part of the Intimate Christ.
That energy has to descend down into the soul to lift it up. That Son of Man must descend from heaven and enter into to temptation and face those ordeals. Lucifer is that light, who is a part of our divinity, our Being, that gives us challenges and ordeals to face in order to overcome temptation.
But in us, Lucifer is blackened. He is a demon because we have used that light in the wrong way, and once a human being is fully upright once again, like this pentagram, the light of Lucifer shines and is united with Christ―is one with Christ. But in us that light isn't pure. It has been abused.
The Balance of Karma
So how do we return, back to the light? How do we transform that impure element, our defects into purity? The Arcanum 5: The Hierarch teaches us this.
We see here an image of the temple of Anubis, in which he is officiating and judging a certain soul, balancing his heart and his mind as we have been explaining. The law of karma teaches us cause and effect, action, from the Sanskrit karman. Every effect has a cause. Every cause has an effect. Anubis is the one who governs this law of compensation, of balance. We learn to overcome our errors, to learn to become upright human beings, by understanding this law of compensation, this law of balance.
Let no man cheat himself. Whatever a human being sows he will later reap. And his actions will follow him. ―Galatians 6:7
A very famous saying by the Thelemites, teachings of Aleister Crowley, state that, "Do what thou wilt; that shall be the whole of the law.” This is mistaken. What we do has effects and therefore we have to answer to divinity for all of our deeds. It is not enough to do what one wills, but rather, to do it according to the will of divinity. That is how we acquired balance, how we create harmony.
We state in this tradition, "Do what thou wilt, but know that you will have to answer for all of your deeds," because, precisely, our deeds are judged within the books of karma.
As the Qur’an teaches us:
The record of the vicious is indeed in Sijjīn.
The word Sijjīn in Arabic refers to the lowest depths of hell, what they call the seventh level of hell, the inferno, or the ninth sphere of Kabbalah. We can use the Jewish or the Muslim traditions interchangeably.
It is a written record.
But also, its states in the same surah, verses 18 through 23:
The record of the pious is indeed in Illīyūn.
The word in Arabic refers to a mountain, the heights, the top of the Tree of Life. In a surah of the Qur’an (Al-Tur), it says in the opening,:
By the mount (or by the mountain of initiation, we give this Qur’an, this teaching), and by the Book Inscribed. ―Qur'an 52:1-2
Think of Mount Olympus. It is a symbol of the Tree of Life because the superior dimensions are represented by the peak, which any initiate must climb in order to reach….
It is a written record,
Kaom: The Police of Karma
There is a part of our divinity―whom we carry within, amongst the many parts of divinity, parts of our Being―that help to guide us and orient us in this spiritual work. There is one known as the Kaom, relating to the sphere of Geburah, the law.
The Kaom in the internal planes, the world of dreams, are represented by the police. These policemen or policewomen, this part of our Being, is our divine consciousness: that conscience that tells us what is right and what is wrong. In our dreams we may be accosted by the police, perhaps sent to jail or just confronted. This represents that the divine law is watching us.
I have personally had many experiences with my Kaom in the astral plane, where I had to negotiate certain problems and issues with the police, because they represent the law. Not in the physical plane, but in the higher planes.
They appear as police officers and they are called the Kaom, which is a rune in the Nordic alphabet, and we will be talking about in other lectures. The Rune Kaum or Kaom is the rune of the divine law, which resembles both Dorn and Thorn, representations and exercises of Christic will. The Kaom is part of our Being goes to the divine hierarchies, to Anubis, and informs the divinities of our actions. If we commit something wrong, we can't run away from our action. Instead, the law will confront us.
This is the supreme mercilessness of the law, but we have to understand too that the law is mercy, because you can negotiate. You can talk with the police and say, “I am very sorry about what I did. Here is what I'm going to do to rectify and pay for my errors, from this life or from past lives.”
I once had the Kaom came to me in the astral plane, saying “This woman is very upset with you because you stole from her.” I know from this life I haven't committed that deed, but I know from past lives, obviously, I did. The officer asked me: “Are you going to pay part of it, some of it, right away, or with time?” I said, “I am going to pay all of it right away. Take everything.”
He didn't say a word. He was just smiling, and he walked away. He was very pleased, because we have to pay our debts radically, and we do so by doing good deeds.
Karma is negotiable. It isn't a blind law. You do something wrong―you get punished. Instead, you can communicate with divinity and ask for help. Say, “I want to negotiate this issue.” If you are having a certain problem or situation, a certain conflict, and you want to resolve it, not with pain, or better said without pain―instead we want to pay it with good deeds, because that balance that Anubis judges us with, tends to be tipped against our favor. We tend to have a lot of bad deeds on our plate, which weighs us down. This is something we can verify when we awaken our consciousness in the higher dimensions, through dream yoga.
So you can negotiate your karma. You don't have to pay mechanically. Obviously, people who don't seek to change themselves, to pay their debts or do good deeds for others, to pay what they owe, they have to suffer. Obviously, there is a Law of the Talion there: an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth. If we were robbed in this life, it most likely means that we stole in other lives. If we killed in past lives, we will be killed. If we committed adultery in past lives, it means in this life our partner will commit adultery against us.
That is the mechanical law of retribution, but it doesn't have to be mechanical, because those laws are governed by divinity. You can negotiate face-to-face with Anubis and ask for certain credits, saying "I am sorry for what I did, but I am not just only sorry for what I did, but I am going to show you the actions that I am going to do to pay my debts.” That is how you pay your debts.
Question: Can that state of consciousness be retained when you wake up?
Instructor: It is perfectly lucid. You know in that state exactly what you are doing.
Question: Can you retain it? Some occultists say it is hard to do. Sometimes you forget what you were told. You have little memory, but is this possible?
Instructor: We have practices and a certain diet you can even engage with to help you with memory. I'll mention that to you later. But these states of consciousness are very clear when you are face-to-face. You are practicing dream yoga. You meditate. You awaken your consciousness, and you are talking face-to-face with Anubis. I mean, I have worked with Anubis many times because I have had certain issues that I couldn't reconcile. So, I had to ask for certain credits, and you can ask for credit with the sole condition that you are going to pay what you said you are going to pay.
You promised, “I am going to do this, this, and this if you help me with this.” They will look at your case and the lawyers, the defense lawyers, will say “Okay, if it sounds kosher we will do it.” But if you don't follow your word, if you don't follow through with your actions, you will pay with pain. It is a very serious thing, because if you say you are going to do certain deeds to help pay your debt, to pay for that credit, and if you don't pay for it, it's like the credit card company. If you don't pay your debts, they will haunt you. They will come after you, and in this case, it will be more severe, because spiritually speaking, it is much more effectual.
Question: What if you wake up and don't remember your dream?
Instructor: To remember your dream, we have exercises, certain mantras such as Raom Gaom, which you can read about in the book Dream Yoga. Likewise, there is a simple diet you can use in the mornings, mostly consisting of citrus fruit and ground almonds with honey to help with the atoms in the memory, so that you remember exactly what you are experiencing.
But when I am talking about this case, when you are talking to Anubis, or talking to any hierarch of the law, you have to be very humble and sincere―to say that whatever you are going to pay, you will pay.
It is not a blind law. These are beings governed by love. These are divine beings. They are not vengeful. They don't want us to suffer, but they have to fulfill the law because the law is the law: cause and effect. The process by which you can balance your debts and become an upright human being, a pentagram, is one that you can negotiate.
Question: What about for all the people out there? There is a difference between genuine ignorance and willed ignorance. Ignorance is you have this information and are not using it. There are a lot of people out there that just don't have this occult information so they wouldn't know the same reasoning of someone living in an island that never saw the Bible.
Instructor: In past times that was an excuse, a very valid one, but now that we have our website (gnosticteachings.org) which, according to the Alexa, is the top 1% of visited websites in the world, there is no excuse anymore. People have the knowledge. But whether they follow through with it is another thing.
The Four Principles of Karma
The cosmic law of karma is represented by the teachings of Tsong Khapa, who said in his Lam Rim Chen Mo: The Great Treatise on the Stages of the Path to Enlightenment, the four principles of karma. This is from the first volume of his teaching.
1. Actions produce related consequences.
Every action produces consequences (or related consequences). If I become angry at another person and yell, that person could start shouting in retaliation. My rage therefore provoked this person and produced a related consequence: that of an escalating argument.
2. The consequences are greater than the actions.
Now this might seem a little bit counterintuitive, how we know from Newtonian physics that “every action has an equal and opposite reaction.” But actually, the reality is much different. “
The results are greater than the action." It is very evident if we have a certain situation at work where someone gossips about another person and people believe it, it starts spreading and spreading and spreading and causing a big commotion, like a stone dropping to a lake and the ripples extending all the way out to the edges of the pond and even the depth of the water. So, the effects are greater than the actions that caused them. It is always a rippling effect, a magnification.
I am sure we can think of other examples from our own experience that demonstrate this, but we have to remember that a negative action can cause great trauma for another person or other people. The words of one individual or politician from any time in history have been enough to destroy millions of human beings. So, think about that. One person can make such a massive effect on a negative scale but also on a positive scale. So, we can look at Dalai Lama. He is a great master of Tibetan Buddhism, but also of Gnosticism. He is an upright pentagram, a real human being.
He stated that "If you think that you can't make a difference, simply think about a fly that is bothering you when you are trying to sleep." No matter how small our actions may seem, the consequences are always greater. If we do one good deed before divinity, that amplifies. Divinity rewards us in accordance with that, no matter how small the deed is.
3. You cannot receive the consequence without committing its corresponding action.
Meaning you cannot receive the karma of another person. If someone commits one action, say, commits murder, one's wife does not go to jail for it. The husband does. There is some confusion amongst esoteric circles that people can share karma or punishment from other people. That is mistaken. But one thing is, you cannot receive the consequence without committing its corresponding action. And then:
4. Once an action is performed, the consequence cannot be erased.
So, what we do is always enmeshed. It is permanent. The effects of our actions cannot be taken back. This is obvious.
Question: Does that include thoughts?
Instructor: Our thoughts are actions too.
The Fifth Principle of Karma: Mercy and Superior Action
We have to understand that in accordance with the higher laws and higher teaching, a superior law always washes away an inferior law. So, if we may have committed a wrong action in the past, if we replace it with a superior action, a real act of compassion and consciousness, we can wash away our debts.
If we said something wrong to someone and then we later apologized and really mean it, that is an example, of a small case, of a superior law washing away an inferior low. But even in the highest sense, when we recognize our past actions from past lives and see the things that we did, and witness them in the Akashic light, the Akashic Records, we can learn how to pay our debts by doing good deeds. We have the evidence that shows us that this is what we were in the past and now we have to change.
We learn to change and help others based on our actions, based on our qualifications, as I said. But best said, the supreme way to pay our debts is to have upright thought, upright feeling, upright action. Psychologically speaking, we need to be an upright pentagram. We have to be in control of ourselves, in control of our impulses, so that we don't constantly gestate negative results―acting through ego, egotism, hate, violence, pride, etc.
As the Book of Matthew states:
Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge (Anubis), and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. ―Matthew 5:25-26
So we can pay with pain or we can pay with wisdom. There is a superior method.
The way that we learn to pay our karma is best by learning to work on our ego, our defects, as we teach in our practices of meditation: to comprehend our faults, and to pray to our Divine Mother Kundalini to eliminate them after we have comprehended them in depth. In that way, the soul is liberated.
Of course, we will be giving courses and explanations and we have many resources available to teach you how to do that, which we don't have the time in the length of this lecture. [Study the course on Gnostic Meditation: especially the exercise of Retrospection Meditation].
Psalm 119 and the Hebrew Letter ה Hei
But at the end of every lecture on the Eternal Tarot, we also talk about the Hebrew letters. The fifth Hebrew letter is ה Hei. From Psalm 119, verses 33 to 40, we find each verse starts with the letter ה Hei. The previous verses of this Psalm talked about the spiritual law in-depth, the Dharma, the Torah, the teaching. Some of these verses began with א Aleph, others with ב Beth, others with ג Gimel, ד Daleth. Now, we are at ה Hei, the fifth letter. Some of these versus really synthesize what we are teaching here.
33. Teach me, Oh יהוה Iod-Havah, the path of your statutes and I will keep it to the end (Meaning: when we have really verified for ourselves this path and have talked with divinity, and seen the crimes we committed in the past, and which we seek to pay for, and therefore “I will keep your statutes to the end").
The Gnostic Symbolism of ה Hei
The Hebrew letter ה Hei represents the womb, the feminine yoni. We have the sacred name יהוה Iod-Havah. As we explained in previous lectures, it represents י Iod, the man, ה Hei, the woman, וVav, the phallus, ה Hei, the uterus. Within the sacred name of יהוה Jehovah, we find the masculine and feminine principles manifest. So, the וVav is this is the phallus as we explained previously. The ה Hei is the womb from which our spirituality is gestated, not only materially, but spiritually speaking within the higher dimensions.
So the ה Hei is this cup of the Holy Grail. It is through the lance of Longinus, the phallus and the yoni, the Holy Grail, by which we obtain salvation, represented in the top left image of the woman holding the Holy Grail in her hand―which should be silver―but silver represents the moon, the feminine forces, the Divine Mother. She has a holy dove behind her representing the Holy Spirit.
The letter ה Hei, with its three lines, represents those three solar bodies I mentioned to you previously. We can say that the horizontal line is the causal body. The vertical right line is the mental body. Then the separated ו Vav or transverse line represents the solar astral body.
These are solar vehicles we create through the womb of alchemy. When man and woman unite and learn to conserve that power, they can create vehicles through that energy, which exists within themselves, which they can use to navigate the higher dimensions. Those are called the solar bodies. They are vehicles that can express the light of Christ, the energy of the Lord.
The letter ה Hei is the womb that receives the seed, the energy of the Divine Father in order to create life. This is obvious. So, the letter ה Hei is taught in the Bhagavad-Gita in synthesis, as the womb of the Divine Mother, because every initiate is born within the womb of the Divine Mother Kundalini. That is a symbol of how in a matrimony, יה Iod Hei, man and woman, work with ו Vav and ה Hei, with spiritual purity, in order to connect and use that power to create the solar vehicles.
The Bhagavad-Gita states in Chapter 14 verse 4:
The Great Prakriti is my womb (speaks Krishna or Christ); in which I place the seed; thence, oh Bharata (Arjuna, my human soul, Tiphereth), is the birth of all beings! Whatever forms are produced, Oh Kountreya, in any womb whatsoever, the Prakriti (Divine Mother Kundalini) is their womb and I am the seed-giving father (Christ). ―Bhagavad-Gita 14:4
So these lines bear a sexual connotation associated with the myth of Abraham and the path of initiation, which I want to emphasize. From chapter 17 of Genesis, of בראשית Bereshit, we find that אברהם Abraham, better known as אברם Abram at that point, was 99 years old. He confronted and went into the wilderness and met with divinity by the name of שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, which translates from Hebrew, the Almighty Living God. We emphasized in our last lectures that this is the power of Yesod in Kabbalah, the creative potential.
Shaddai El Chai, we emphasized in the lecture related to ד Daleth, Arcanum 4: The Emperor, is the doorway to enter into initiation. So, Abraham was 99 years old, and if you add the numbers Kabbalistically: 9 plus 9, you have 18, then add 1 plus 8 equals 9 again. 9 refers to in Kabbalah, the ninth sphere of Tree of Life, represented by Yesod, the foundation stone. This is the cubic stone of the Masons, the foundation of our spiritual temple, how we use that power in order to become an upright pentagram.
I'd like to read for you the mysteries of the letter ה Hei of initiation (in Chapter 17 of Genesis), of working in a marriage in order to give birth to the soul.
1. And when אברם Abram was ninety years old and nine, the Lord יהוה) Iod-Havah) appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the שדי אל (Shaddai El) Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. ―Genesis 17
Meaning the soul, or better said Abram represents our Spirit. Chesed is Abram who becomes, through the knowledge of Da’ath (alchemy): Abraham.
We talked about initiation in depth, in the past lecture on the Magician. A real initiate is the Being, divinity. The one who acquires powers and blessings and knowledge is divinity. We are instrumental in that process, but the Spirit is the one who acquires development, cognizance, powers, etc. Those things belong to God. We just have to do our part.
Jehovah said, or better said, שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai (the Almighty Living God within Yesod, the sexual power) states:
2. And I will make my covenant between Me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
We could say not physical nations, like the many Muslims and Jews believe, but it refers to the spiritual nations―the development of our soul. This covenant, we explained in our last lecture is ברית אש Berit-Esh, in the Book of Genesis. The beginning of that scripture states:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
Bereshit, in the beginning, can translate as ברית אש Berit-Esh. We stated, it means “Pact of Fire,” which is the pact of a matrimony, because through the sexual act is how one awakens the fire of love. But one must learn to be chaste in that sexual act, to be pure. It doesn't mean to refrain from sex, but it means to be pure in that sexual act.
This is when Shaddai El Chai speaks:
5. Neither shall thy name any more be called אברם Abram, but thy name shall be אברהם Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee (So if you add the letter ה Hei to אברם Abram and you spell אברהם Abraham. So, this teaches us what the letter ה Hei signifies: the gestation, the creation of the soul within the womb of our Divine Mother).
So what are these generations? The Tree of Life. So all the figures in the Bible can be mapped on this glyph. Abraham is the Spirit, Isaac is Geburah, and Jacob is Tiphereth―many interesting correlations that we can interpret from this Tree of Life. It is not literally referring to people in the history, but something symbolic.
Many Kings will be born from this work of אברם Abram, who has become אברהם Abraham, the Innermost Spirit who is working within the spinal column of any initiate who is practicing sexual magic.
10. This is my covenant, which ye shall keep, between me and you and thy seed after thee; Every man child among you shall be circumcised. ―Genesis 17
Obviously, there is something symbolic here. It is not necessarily literal, for as Paul of Tarsus States in his Epistles, the physical circumcision doesn't matter. The physical removal of the foreskin of the phallus is an aid for the male practitioners in order that they do not stimulate so much fire in the sexual act that they lose their energy. The alchemist learns to conserve that power, to not expel it. So, these practitioners would remove the foreskin of the phallus so that they would not be over-stimulated in the sexual act.
It also is a symbol, more importantly, of how one removes the animality, the animal flesh, this animal psyche, from that sexual act. That is the more important spiritual circumcision that Paul of Tarsus speaks.
11. And ye shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant betwixt me and you.
אברם Abram becomes אברהם Abraham through the letter ה Hei. שָׂרַי Sarai becomes שָׂרָה Sarah, through the letter ה Hei. Of course, they are old in this time and they complain to Shaddai El Chai, "How can I give birth, children, when I am sterile?” Meaning, symbolically, “How can I give birth to the soul when my mind is very weak from so much fornication: abuse of this sexual energy? How can I create something spiritually in me?”
But Shaddai El Chai says:
16. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. ―Genesis 17
The Bible also states, “בהבראם Behibaram: These are the generations of the heavens and the earth were created":
These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth―בהבראם behibaram―when they were created―in the day that Jehovah Elohim יהוה אלהים made the earth and the heavens… ―Genesis 2:4
The Zohar teaches us that בהבראם behibaram is an acrostic for “by אברהם Abraham,” that spiritual force, that Spirit who works within husband and wife to create the soul.
16. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. ―Genesis 17
Paul of Tarsus in the Book of Galatians states:
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ (the creative sexual energy.) ―Galatians 3:16
Conclusion: Preparing Gnostic Talismans
To conclude, I will give you some practical applications that you can use for your own work. We talked about the upright pentagram, and if you are interested in acquiring a pentagram as a necklace, a medallion, a talisman, you can get one. I know a few people who do make these, but these are medallions that have the seven metals of our solar system, which are important for charging and manifesting spiritual forces from above. We learn to consecrate and bless pentagrams through a certain ritual, which is explained in the book The Gnostic Bible: The Pistis Sophia Unveiled.
A pentagram can have the seven metals related to Moon, Mercury, Venus, the Sun, Mars, Jupiter, and Saturn: silver, mercury, copper, gold, iron, tin, lead. Those are the metals that relate to the seven planets.
You can learn to consecrate the pentagram by blessing it with the five perfumes, including sulfur, camphor, aloe, myrrh, and frankincense. Sulfur helps to remove impurities from the environment when you burn it together as a substance on a charcoal. It is important that we learn to cleanse ourselves of any negative elements by using any type of perfume of that nature. Sulfur is very toxic, so be careful with it. Use very little amounts [Editor’s Note: see the following article: How Should I Use Incense?]
You can use sage which I have available here. You can learn to perfume your body, to remove any negative element that may attach itself to your physical body or internal bodies.
Sage is excellent for that. But sulfur rejects tenebrous forces and camphor attracts success. Frankincense, aloe, and myrrh help to invoke the higher forces.
You can bless your pentagrams. I have one myself, but you can get a hold of one with the seven metals and bless it with the five perfumes [You can also learn more here: How Should I Use the Pentagram?]
My suggestion is that if you really wish to learn how to negotiate your karmic debts, learn to astral travel, so that when you are in the internal planes, you can speak face-to-face with Anubis and negotiate any debts that you have. Learn to pay them consciously, and that way they will teach you how to be upright―how to walk right as a true human being, a pentagram.
Questions and Answers
Question: Is this recording the same as the Akashic Records?
Instructor: It is similar. Everything is recorded within the Akashic Records for sure, but there are books that divinity have in their temples, which they examine, in order to observe the conduct of the soul, that they show you what were your good actions and what were incorrect.
Question: This is also universal, meaning not just this life but previous lives?
Instructor: Exactly, in past existences, you can look up in your records. Likewise, in the Akashic Records too. You can see visually in that Astral Light, that astral dimension what you did in the past. Divinity will show you that.
Comment: In Kabbalah, the best definition that I have heard is that Satan or the demon is a bad energy with a positive purpose.
Instructor: That energy... we need to face temptation so that we can acquire light. Temptation is fire. Triumph over temptation is light, understanding, wisdom. There is a certain necessity for that power to descend from the Tree of Life above to enter into manifestation, so that the soul can gain understanding of those different levels and laws, which are represented in the arcanum five: the law of karma.
Question: I got to ask you, just bringing up what you said. These people, they do not have the knowledge. But some light has to go on in their head, to tell them that, you know, the curiosity, whatever, and they go through life without even being aware that they should do it. People go from the cradle to the grave and nothing happened along these lines (without knowing any of this). Is that their karma that the light didn’t go on in their head? That they didn’t become aware of the necessity to do these spiritual things?
Instructor: It is also the will of the Being. The Being may not be driving that person to work, to want to attain mastery, to obtain knowledge. Not all Spirits want to do the spiritual work, but in these times, this information is now very open, very accessible. People who want the knowledge will find it. So it is up to their individual drive.
Question: Is coming to this meetup group good karma?
Instructor: What you do with it is what counts. That's the thing. Your actions determine your results.
Comment: Also, I read from Manly P. Hall that it's dangerous to talk about the occult unless really knowing it very well and Madame Blavatsky talks about that too.
Instructor: Performing karma yoga is not necessarily about teaching. It doesn't have to be. But you learn to serve humanity in your way depending on your dispensation, your qualifications. You do what you can based on what you know, and what you verified from experience. That is how you help others.
Question: So it could be as simple as planting seeds for people?
Instructor: Exactly. You never know when someone will change. We have no idea. We can't judge another person, only God can do that, but you offer the help. If they change, great. If not, it is their business.
Question: What is the best book to learn to astral travel?
Instructor: We have a book called Dream Yoga, which is a collection of chapters and explanations that Samael Aun Weor gave from different writings.
Comment: Just in general, a couple of things that Christ said...They are so allegorical, but they don't seem to mention what is behind for instance, “Become thee wise as a serpent.” Kundalini! We heard many people talk about it in lectures, but very few many know the meaning behind that. So much is allegory… “In my Father's house there are many mansions…”
Instructor: בהבראם Behibaram―these are the generations that created the heaven and the earth. Those are the houses and mansions that the Lord inhabits.
Question: Yeah, but how many preachers know what that means? They always quote these but that's it. It's like surface meaning. What is so important… what is really behind it... in these religious groups, you never hear about it explained the way you are doing it here.
Instructor: Which is why I emphasize, if you really want to know these things, meditate and learn to astral travel so that you are investigating these things―you will know it.
Comment: Apparently, they haven't.
Instructor: Which is why Christ said, “Beware of false prophets because many will come in My name and will mislead many.” The Qur’an says there is nothing worse than an idolatrous imam. Or the heart doctrine teaches, it is one of the greatest sins to teach what you don't know, because then you will pay. The law of karma will judge you.
They [the masters of the law] have told me: teach what you know. If that helps, great, because you can't teach what you don't know. Don't judge because they are at their level and they don't want to change. So, it's their business. What can we do? As the Qur’an says, “You [Muhammad] are merely a prophet”―and I am not saying I am a prophet, but anyone who is teaching is giving the doctrine―"Don't be concerned with them. You are not a watcher over them.” Let them be.
If they want to learn, give them what can help them. That is how we balance our karma. We give accordance with our disposition, our ability. Not on what we think we can do, but what we can do, because the law judges us on the effects of our causes, our actions. If we can't help someone a certain way, then train and practice and then eventually, depending on whatever you need to do, you can do it. That is how you are helped when you go to court―when you are presented before the law, and they have to judge you, and say “You need to pay for certain things.”
Question: Do you have a list of resources?
Instructor: I do. We have many books. You can also access a lot of that material online. We have them available here too. But we have many courses online within Glorian.org [formerly gnosticteachings.org] as well as chicagognosis.org. I can give you some resources too.
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