Today we are going to give a lecture about the nature of the eighth arcanum of the Tarot, the eighth law, the eighth teaching in this sequence of Tarot cards that we have been studying, the major arcana. We are going to elaborate on the nature of two different paths that we discussed in relation to Arcanum 6: Indecision, the path between the virgin on the right and the whore on the left, representative of what we call the solar and the lunar paths.
The solar path on the right is the path followed by initiates who follow Christ, the Christic energy, the solar Logos. The path on the left is precisely the lunar path, the path of black magic, of sorcery, of demonic arts, that are fulfilled by strengthening the ego, the cages of our suffering, by feeding anger, lust, pride, vanity, etc. We are going to talk about how to use what we call the solar and lunar energies in a positive way, in a dynamic way, in accordance with the teachings of Kabbalah, especially the Zohar, as well as the Holy Qur’an, the Book of Genesis and the ancient scriptures.
We have been talking a lot about the nature of alchemy: transforming base material into spiritual material―the lead of the soul, of the ego, we could say, our mechanicity―into the gold of spiritual understanding, into insight. This is represented in transforming the moon into a sun, the lunar path of the left, of which all of us have followed at one point. We are now seeking to follow the path of the right, the solar path, the Christic path, the path of the angels, the great masters who incarnate the solar light, divinity. Precisely in that work, we have to comprehend our errors, our defects, our egotism, in a very patient way.
Arcanum 8 teaches us patience, how to suffer, as we talked about in Arcanum 1, the four stipulations of the Magician:
So, Arcanum 8 teaches us patience. To be just human beings, we must be patient in the work of transforming our lunar mechanical forces, inside, into solar forces, from leaving the path on the left to the path on the right. We will also talk about the Tree of Life in depth when we discuss the nature of these two paths as they have been taught in religion, but also how they practically apply to us physiologically, alchemically speaking.
The Two Witnesses
The Book of Revelations speaks about two energetic channels that rise from the spine, from the base of the coccyx, to our brain. The right serpent / serpentine power, known as Pingala amongst the Hindus, is solar, is masculine, projective. That energy rises from either the testicles or the ovaries to the brain. The path of the left or the lunar energies, of which we will be talking extensively today, is known as Ida amongst the yogis, the Hindus. That energy rises from the other testicle or ovary up to the brain. It is the lunar, feminine, receptive energies―we could say negative, just as we have a positive polarity in electricity, positive / negative, which are harmonized by the neutral force, which is in the coccyx, or better said, in the spine, the middle path.
We talked about in Arcanum 7 the Hebrew letter known as ז Zayin, which is the sword of the Kundalini that rises from Chakra Muladhara up our spine to our head, when we practice the perfect matrimony, when we practice white sexual magic: alchemy. That is the path of the middle, the path of the revolutionaries of a spiritual type. We want to raise that Kundalini force by working with solar and lunar energies, positive-negative, masculine-feminine. The Hebrew letters ו Vav and ז Zayin, of which we discussed in Arcana 6 and 7, respectively, represent also these two energetic channels in our spine.
ו Vav is masculine. ז Zayin is feminine. Adam-Eve: male-female, or in Kabbalah we say עד Od and עבד Obd. עד Od signifies, in Hebrew, a “witness” and עבד Obd indicates a “servant or companion,” the latter constituting the lunar, feminine energy or חוה Eve who accompanies her husband, the masculine, projective energy or אדם Adam. These are known as the two witnesses in the Book of Revelations, which―when these serpents are active up our spine, intertwining in the form of the holy eight, and when those energies have risen to our mind, to saturate our intellect with Christic force―we could say that the two witnesses are standing. They are upright. We will talk about the Book of Revelations in great detail as well, because it is a profound book of kabbalah and alchemy.
The Tree of Life
But let us talk about the two witnesses in relation to the Tree of Life. We have here an image of the famous Tree of Life on the left, a map of our consciousness, a map of who we are, which we notice is made up of three pillars. The pillar in the middle constituted by כֶּתֶר Kether, דעת Da’ath, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, יְסוֹד Yesod, and מלכות Malkuth. We have the pillar of the left constituted by בִּינָה Binah, גְּבוּרָה Geburah, הוד Hod, and then we have the pillar on the right constituted of חָכְמָה Chokmah, חֶסֶד Chesed, נצח Netzach. This Tree of Life is most intimately related to our spinal column. Your spinal column is the Tree of Life because without the spine we could not exist. We would not be able to live as fully functioning humanoids. So, the two witnesses of which the Book of Revelation speaks are precisely two channels of energy within our Tree of Life which are mapped out here.
We can say that the lunar path or the lunar energies relate to the left pillar of the Tree of Life. We have the solar energies relating to the right pillar of the Tree of Life, and the middle of the staff in which the energies of the Kundalini rise are precisely in the middle pillar. We have to remember that these two witnesses are dead, because what does it mean to witness? It means to perceive God directly when we meditate, when we are eating and sleeping, walking; everything we do is in remembrance of divinity. If we do not have direct knowledge of these two witnesses, these two energetic channels are dead. They are inactive, and so, the way to revive them is precisely through the alchemical science: the means of transforming the sexual energy into light.
The Caduceus of Mercury represents precisely the Tree of Life on the left in relation to our spinal column. We have Hermes or Mercury with this famous symbol of medicine invoking the dead from limbo in order to raise them up and initiate them into the celestial militia. That is one of his famous roles, many roles in the Greek myths. But what does that practically mean for us?
We are dead spiritually. We do not see God. We do not communicate with God directly in a very concrete manner. Therefore, we have to work with Hermes, Mercury, who is a representation of our creative energies themselves.
The Mercurial or Hermetic science is how we hermetically seal ourselves. We do not emit or lose any sexual energy. We conserve it. We sublimate it into light up the two channels of the spine so that the wings of the spirit, as we see here represented on the top of this Caduceus, can flourish within our spinal column. This is the wings of the angels, the masters, and so, Hermes is the one that awakens us from our stupor, our sleep, our spiritual death.
We are, as we presently exist with our daily life, in מלכות Malkuth, the physical world. We generally do not have any knowledge of the rest of the סְפִירוֹת sephiroth (“emanations”) above, the spheres above. The spheres above of course represent heavens, states of being, states of consciousness of which we typically remain ignorant, but by working and resuscitating the two witnesses, you ascend this Tree of Life back towards the source, the light, which in Kabbalah we denominate by the three aspects of the Absolute.
We have אין Ain in Hebrew meaning “nothingness,” אין סוף Ain Soph meaning “limitless,” and אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur meaning the “limitless light.” This solar light known as the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur is precisely the Christic force, the light of the divine, which descends from that abstract Seity in order to manifest down the different סְפִירוֹת sephiroth, to our physical body, this physical plane. This light, which can resuscitate the two witnesses in our spinal column, are precisely the energies that emanate originally from the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur: the divine, and that light, when it manifests into the universe, becomes the Tree of Life. This energy descends down the סְפִירוֹת sephiroth until finally reaching our physical body, מלכות Malkuth. This solar light only has one purpose. The divine only has one purpose, which is to emanate itself into the universe, to enter materiality into the different levels of energy, matter, and consciousness, so that by unfolding itself and reaching this physical body, it can return inward and upward back to the source.
If we take the Tree of Life, you vertically transpose it on a human being, then the top trinity represents our head, constituted of כֶּתֶר Kether, חָכְמָה Chokmah, בִּינָה Binah. The heart is represented by חֶסֶד Chesed, גְּבוּרָה Geburah, and תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth in our torso. The lower trinity נצח Netzach, הוד Hod, and יְסוֹד Yesod relate to our thighs and our sexual organs, and מלכות Malkuth, you could say, relates to our feet. How we walk in this physical plane determines how we live spiritually.
This energy of the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur, the light of Christ, descended, and now we have it in our body, our machine, which is מלכות Malkuth, “kingdom” in Hebrew.
This kingdom has all these different forces, principles, archetypes, and blueprints that can help us create the real human being inside. The way that you do it is precisely through your two witnesses, but of course, as I said, these witnesses are dead in us. We need to learn to resuscitate them, and the way that we do it is precisely through a perfect matrimony, and by working with the sexual energy. אין סוף אור
The Two Principal Paths
Now what is important to understand in relation to this Tree of Life is that different paths emerge; different ways unfold. I mentioned to you that the right pillar represents Pingala, the solar sexual current that rises from sex to the brain. The left pillar relates to the feminine sexual energies, the lunar serpent, which typically in most people does not ascend to the brain; instead it is fallen. The lunar energies represented by Eve in the Bible is precisely the energies of our sexual forces that we have wasted, that we have abused through the act of fornication, the original sin. When that energy was expelled, we kicked ourselves out of עֵדֶן Eden. Eve ate the forbidden fruit, which of course is a representation of how one uses the sexual energy. Eve is not a person in the past in the Middle East. It represents חוה Havah our sexual organs. Adam represents the brain, but you could also refer to Adam-Eve as the two channels, the two witnesses in the spine.
Through abuse of this energy, we took the energies of the pillar on the left and we sent them down past מלכות Malkuth into the infernal dimensions. The very famous tail of Satan, the tail of the demons, is the lunar serpent, the lunar energies. Ida, instead of rising up the spine, is fallen. It descends down the coccyx towards the infernos or the atomic infernos of the human being.
This is precisely our problem. We have a lot of defects, egos, elements that condition our consciousness, because we use the energy in the wrong way, and therefore that serpent is fallen, descended. We need to take the energies of the left pillar and raise them, to return them, because the fallen serpent we call Kundabuffer, the tail of demons, but the risen serpent we call Kundalini. The Kundalini is the force of the Divine Mother, whom we call ז Zayin, the Hebrew letter relating to Arcanum 7: Triumph.
Adam-Eve, עד Od and עבד Obd, male-female, masculine-feminine, are the two energies that must be intertwining and risen within us. This is the path we have to undertake if we want to resurrect the two witnesses, which we find represented in the Book of Revelation in the following quote:
And I will give power unto my two witnesses. And they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1260) clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing before the God of the earth. ―Revelation 11:3
In Hebrew this is מלכות Malkuth, your body; and who is this God of the earth? In Hebrew is אדוני Adonai. So, when the Hebrews say ברוך השם אדני Baruch Hashem Adonai, really אדוני Adonai refers to the sacred name of God in מלכות Malkuth. אדני Adonia, goddess, is the serpent power of Kundalini that rises in the center of the spine up the middle path, but of course you can only raise that fallen energy if you work with the left, the feminine energies as well as the masculine.
And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days (1260), clothed in sackcloth (repentance).
This is not literal. This is very symbolic language. If any man will hurt these two witnesses through the act of fornication, then the sexual “fire” of the Holy Ghost “preceedeth out of their mouth,” which is a symbol of דעת Da’ath in Hebrew Kabbalah, the hidden sephira of the Tree of Life, which is precisely the perfect matrimony we have been discussing in this course. They will devour their enemies, meaning the ego, because the enemy of the two witnesses, the enemy of the energetic circuitry functioning fully in us, is a result of our past mistakes. Therefore, these egos are really the obstacle that any initiate faces on the solar path and following that way. The ego will be destroyed, consumed, annihilated when we work with these two witnesses.
And if any man will hurt them, he must in this manner be killed. These have power to shut heaven (meaning to deny your experiences of the higher dimensions of the Tree of Life), that it rain not in the days of their prophesy (to not provide rain of transmutation). ―Revelations 11:5-6
In the Qur’an, a symbol of the alchemical science is precisely in how rain emerges. The Qur’an speaks about this symbolic way of how الله Allah gives rain to the earth to rejuvenate it. The earth is your physical body, and when man and wife unite through the heat of love and the sexual act, the vapors, the seminal energies, rise up the spine, up the two witnesses, in order to reach the brain and then eventually to descend down as rain to the heart, to give life to your heart.
The two witnesses have this power to shut heaven, to give or deny experiences to the soul. Let:
…it rain not in the days of their prophesy and have power over waters to turn them to blood (which is a symbol of animal passion) and to smite the earth (your physical body) with all plagues, (diseases) as often as they will. ―Revelations 11:6
So, the reason why many people get sick with venereal disease, with certain incurable illnesses like cancer, is because of the original sin: fornication. The body becomes degenerate, sick, and if you misuse the energies of the left, the lunar serpent produces many problems.
The Lunar Path and Hell’s Purpose
The lunar energies descend from the left pillar, down through מלכות Malkuth, and then down into what we call the infernal dimensions, which are known as Klipoth in Hebrew, meaning the hell realms. In Islam, this is represented by an inverted tree, the tree of hell known as زقوم Zaqqum, which in Arabia is represented in this way because that tree in the middle east, its leaves are the most bitter to consume, very disgusting to eat. So, hell is a representation of the bitterness of those who misuse the creative energy. Those who eat from those leaves suffer bitterness, and of course the mouth refers to דעת Da’ath, how you use the sexual energy, because your speech relates to your sexual organs. How you use and project that force determines how you use your words.
The hell realms, it is important to understand, exist because the light of the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur descends to the sphere of מלכות Malkuth, the physical body. There are many souls who exist who do not want to willingly return that light back to the source, back to the Absolute, through the solar path. The path of the solar initiates is one in which one takes that solar light and returns it to God, but there are those souls who do not want to do this willingly, and therefore hell exists. There are souls that work willing on the disintegration of their egos, their defects, so that those shells are shattered and the light can return to the divine; but there are those who want to feed their ego, who do not want to eliminate it willingly. Therefore, hell exists; the infra-dimensions exist.
So that light, descending to מלכות Malkuth and then down to the hell realms, is in order that those souls filled with ego can be disintegrated down there within the interior of the earth. This is known as the lunar way, the lunar path, one followed by a lot of suffering and a lot of pain. So, we do not teach that path. There are many schools that do: how to fortify your anger, your lust, your pride, so that you have power in your ego and acquire abilities like astral projection, telepathy, Jinn science, but that is all in the negative way, in hell. So that lunar serpent if it descends, can give you power in the infernal dimensions, but if you learn to raise that energy and return it to the Being, then you can prophesy in heaven and hell. You can see exactly all the breadth and depth of the Tree of Life and the tree of death.
Well, this is precisely the problem with many people. They do not want to eliminate their ego, so if they do not do it willingly, then nature does it for them. Hell is nature’s recycling plant. It is not a place of eternal damnation where if you disobey some anthropomorphic God, his ten commandments, you go down there to suffer forever. That is not the meaning.
The reason why the scriptures teach that hell is eternal is because the infernal dimensions are the negative aspect of what we call eternity. In the Tree of Life, we have הוד Hod and נצח Netzach, the fifth dimension. We call that eternity, but that is in the positive aspect. There is also a negative aspect of the fifth dimension, which is in eternity, but down there. Eternity is not a straight line. It is a circle. It has a beginning and an end. Therefore, the concept that you keep on suffering in hell really negates the reality of God’s compassion, because if hell were like that, then how would God be, or how would divinity be kind? Instead, He would be a tyrant, and of course we cannot accept that.
So, hell has a beginning and an end, until that soul is fully purified of that ego. Then the soul will be released from the shells, from the ego, in order to return a new journey back to מלכות Malkuth, and to reinitiate another opportunity evolving through mineral, plant, animal and then humanoid kingdoms, as we discussed in The Transmigration of Souls on our website. But that is a very mechanical way to go, to be taken and swallowed by nature, where you just go with the flow with no resistance.
But there are many who want to study this type of knowledge, who want to follow the solar path, because they know intuitively, instinctively, that if they do not work on themselves, then nature will do it in a very painful way, in a very prolonged manner, which is very arduous. It is better instead to willingly eliminate the ego and to develop light.
So, these are the solar and lunar paths the path of the right the path of the left. In the path of the right, we return the light back to the source, so that that light in the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur gains more knowledge, cognizance. In the solar path, you gain wisdom by having worked on yourself, but to follow the lunar path is to disintegrate in those realms and to not gain much knowledge. Instead, it is very mechanical, very painful.
Believers and Unbelievers in the Qur’an
The Qur’an teaches us beautifully the difference between these two paths. It is interesting to note that in the Qur’an, in the original Arabic, the word for believer is مؤمن mumin. The plural is المؤمنين al-muminin, which reminds us of the Hebrew word מים mayim, water. In Genesis, God created the heavens and the earth, dividing the waters from the waters, so anyone who works with the waters of יְסוֹד Yesod is one who works with transformation on the solar path. A believer is someone who works with their sexual waters, their creative energies, מים mayim, in order to create the spiritual heavens and the spiritual earthm what we have called in our previous lectures the solar bodies.
But what is an unbeliever? In Arabic it isالكافر al-kafir, from the plural الكافرون al-kafirun. So, it is interesting that this word appears many times in the Qur’an and many Muslims believe that it refers to people who do not follow the tradition of Abraham, but that is a very superficial understanding. The word كهف kahf in Arabic means “head,” or better said, “cave,” which refers to our head. The letterر r in كافر kafir also reminds us of the Hebrew רֹאשׁ rosh, meaning “head,” and also the Arabic رئيس rayiys meaning “head” likewise.
So, what is this cave? It refers to our mind, because when we look in our mind, we see a lot of thoughts, ideas, concepts, memories, which have no stability. They are fluctuating. There is a lot of darkness in there. Our mind is a labyrinth, which we must explore in order to find the minotaur of Crete, so as to slay the beast, our ego, but the unbelievers are those who live in the cave of the intellect.
People have a lot of theories about religion, about Tarot, about mysticism, and yet they have no development. They are in the darkness, because they do not work with the creative energies. They do not work with מים mayim. They do not transmute the energies from the base of the spine to the heart. To work with the waters is to be a believer. It does not mean to think something is true or believe in Islam. It means to practice the work with the waters themselves.
We find that the unbelievers are also those who dwell within the caves of the earth in the infradimensions. Those demons that devolve, degenerate within the interior of the earth, within the negative aspect of the fifth dimension, live within the caves. They are unbelievers. They do not want to return the light willingly. Therefore they want to go down.
So that is the difference between the right-hand path and the left-hand path, which the Qur’an teaches us beautifully in many Surahs, but I would like to read for you an excerpt fromٱلْمُدَّثِّر, al-Muddaththir: The Cloaked One, Sura 74:26-56:
الله Allah says to the unbelievers:
I will drive them into سقر Saqar. ―Qur’an 74:26
That word in Arabic means to burn to burn with lust, with fornication, and the Hebrew שקר sheqer means “deception, disappointment, deceit.”
And what can make you know what is سقر Saqar?
Of course, this is symbolic. It does not literally mean that people are burning down there, but burning with ego, with hate, with fear, with resentment, and this is a symbolic language to describe the suffering of those dimensions.
Over it (the infernal worlds) are nineteen angels. ―Qur’an 74:30
So the number nineteen we are going to talk about in Arcanum 19: Inspiration, because one thing we have to remember is that hell is not governed by the demons, but is controlled and actually looked after by the angels, because they know, and really an angel governs both heaven and hell. Demons only have power in hell, but an angel is above that. Therefore, the intelligences of the divine govern both the Tree of Life and the tree of death. Of course, these are nineteen angels referring to Inspiration, because when you see the suffering of those souls in that state, if you are following the solar path, you really are inspired not to go down that way.
And We have not made the keepers of the Fire except angels. And We have not made their number except as a trial for those who disbelieve (meaning those who fornicate who are filled with theories, the intellectual kabbalists) that those who were given the Scripture will be convinced and those who have believed will increase in faith (meaning direct knowledge you have to experience) and those who were given the Scripture and the believers will not doubt and that those in whose hearts is hypocrisy and the disbelievers will say, "What does Allah intend by this as an example?" Thus does Allah leave astray whom He wills and guides whom He wills. And none knows the soldiers of your Lord except Him. And mention of the Fire is not but a reminder to humanity.
Those who follow the right pillar of the Tree of Life ascend back to the solar light, which refers to the light that emerges from space, which is the meaning of الله Allah. You know in Islam they do not allow anyone depicting in a statue the figure of the divine, because you cannot characterize light. It is expansive. It is also the space, the Absolute, which you cannot anthropomorphize. The companions on the right will have access to the whole Tree of Life:
…who will be in gardens questioning each other
So, what does it mean to will? It means to follow your heart, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, the human soul, who in Arabic refers to the Arabic word as قلب qalb: ق Qaf, ﻝ Lam ﺏ ba, meaning “heart,” which we will be coming back to in a minute. What is interesting is that the word for “witness” in Arabic is الشاهد al-shahid, which is where you get the word الشهادة shahada, which is the famous declaration of faith in Islam:
lā ʾilāha ʾillā Llāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu Llāh
So, what does it mean to testify to that? It means to have your two witnesses raised, so that you experience all the light of the Tree of Life directly. “Muhammad is his Prophet,” but of course Muhamad existed, but what he represents in the Qur’an is something else in Kabbalah.
You take the Arabic numbers related to each letter, as with Kabbalah and Hebrew. This is known as the Abjad system: each Arabic letter or Hebrew letter has a numerical equivalent, which, when you add the letters of the name together, you get new meanings. So, with Muhammad you have م Mim, ح Ha, م Mim, م Mim, د Dal which is 40 + 8 + 40 + 40 + 4 = 132. The word قلب qalb from ق Qaf, ل Lam, ب Ba is 100 + 30 + 2, the same numerical meaning there. But then if you also take the number 1, add it to 32, you get 33, which is your 33 vertebrae of your spine.
Of course, Samael Aun Weor explains in The Perfect Matrimony that if you want to raise the Kundalini, it is based upon the merits of your heart. So, if you want to achieve the initiations of the 33 vertebrae of the spine, in your marriage, you need to work with your heart. So that is how you work with your two witnesses. Control sex through the power of your heart, your willpower, and in that manner, you will resurrect your two witnesses.
The Zohar: Kabbalah of the Two Alchemical Pillars
I would like to relate to you, in conjunction with this (before we look at the actual card of Arcanum 8), some writings from the Zohar. It is a large introduction, but once you see the card after this explanation, it will be much more cohesive for you, more meaningful.
The Zohar is a kabbalistic book. We have been coming back to it again and again, which here talks about the relationship between right pillar and the left pillar and the path of alchemy.
God said, “Let there be an expanse in the mist of the waters…” (Genesis 1:6). ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 127)
The first day of Genesis refers to מלכות Malkuth: how we raise light, or better said, from the darkness of the abyss, the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters and said:
יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור
Meaning: you awaken the light for the first time in the first initiation of fire in your spine, in מלכות Malkuth.
The second day of Genesis relates to יְסוֹד Yesod. יְסוֹד Yesod is your vital body, which is composed of four ethers. Max Heindel speaks abundantly about the four ethers, which are the ether of life, the chemical ether, the reflective ether, and the luminous ether.
The ether of life is for procreation: what gives birth to physical children.
Chemical ether relates to your metabolism, catabolism, your digestion, your chemical processes in your body.
The reflective ether relates to your willpower and imagination: how you perceive, which also ties into the luminous ether, which also relates to luminosity and perception.
The solar vital body, the famous bodhichitta of the Buddhists, is created when you learn to divide waters from waters, the two superior ethers from the lower inferior ethers, reflective and luminous from the ether of life and the chemical ether. This is the dividing of the waters from the waters in the second initiation relating to יְסוֹד Yesod.
Of course, the second day of Genesis relates to how you work with the left pillar, especially the lunar forces.
Here is mystery in detail, separating upper waters from lower through the mystery of the left. Here conflict was created through the left side (we could say the channel of Ida, the left pillar). From until here was the mystery of the right (in the first day of Genesis), and here is the mystery of the left, so conflict raged between this and the right. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 127-28
It is interesting that in the second day of Genesis, after the day was created, the Lord did not say, “This was good,” and the other days, He says, “This is a good creation,” precisely because the work against lust is very difficult. The second day of Genesis, the creation of the vital body, relates to the conflicts between the solar energies and the lunar energies, against Christ and the ego.
Right is consummate of all, so all is written by the right, for upon it depends all consummation (meaning that the right pillar, the solar path, fulfills, feeds the soul, completes it, whereas the path on the left will lead you to pain destruction). When the left is aroused, conflict aroused, and through that conflict blaze the fire of wrath. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128)
So even the language in the translation here, “aroused,” signifies to be aroused sexually, because in the sexual act, when husband and wife are united, the powers of hell are aroused. This incitation appears, the ego says, “Fornicate!” The desire emerges to expel the energies themselves. This is the great conflict any initiate faces in their matrimony. This is the fire of wrath. Out of that conflict of the left emerged hell. Hell aroused on the left, and “clung,” meaning: lust does not want to let go. It wants to feed itself no matter what, so you have to go against yourself in a very strong way, in a holy war. This is the meaning of مُجَاهِدَة mujahidah, Jihad the holy war of the Muslims against the ego.
The wisdom of Moses he contemplated this, gazing into the act of Creation. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128)
Of course, we talked about בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit: the act of creation, which is relating to the seven סְפִירוֹת sephiroth, the seven days of Genesis, the creation of the solar bodies, which is operated and manifested or observed by Moses. Of course, literally you read, well, Moses was not even in Genesis at that point. He wrote Genesis, but he was not a figure in that text, but it is something kabbalistic, profound, because Moses represents for you your willpower, قلب qalb, your heartm or Muhammad, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth. תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth is your willpower, your human soul, meaning beauty, who is the very center of the pillar of equilibrium.
We have the pillar of the left and the pillar of the right and the pillar of balance in the center. Everything depends upon how תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth controls both left and right. So, through your willpower is how you in the sexual act are going to dominate יְסוֹד Yesod, and also the temptations of the path of the left. Moses was contemplating this, “gazing into the act of creation” because when husband and wife are working alchemically, they should be in control by Moses, your willpower.
In the act of Creation, a conflict arose between left and right, and in that conflict aroused by the left, Hell emerged, clinging there. The central pillar, who is the third day (of Genesis: “Let the dry land appear,” we could say) entered between them, mediating that conflict, reconciling the two sides. Hell descended, left merged in right, and peace prevailed over all. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128)
Hell descends. It is necessary for the solar light to descend on the Tree of Life, but it is more necessary then to make the energies of the left return back to the light, to raise that serpent. In this way, peace prevails, according to the Zohar.
So, this is described:
Similarly in the conflict between Korah and Aaron which was left against right. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128)
So, it might have been in one of the books of Moses. Korah was a Levite tribesman who went against Moses and Aaron. Aaron, of course, was his disciple or brother. תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth is represented by Moses. Aaron is represented by נצח Netzach, who refers to the Christ-mind, the solar mind that knows how to obey willpower, because he is always speaking to the people on the behalf of Moses. We use our mind in order to teach the doctrine, the solar mind amongst the great initiates. The path of the left, or better said, Korah, could also relate to the left pillar הוד Hod, or we could say, the lunar astral body, lunar emotions, which in us is very strong, mechanical.
Moses contemplating the act of Creation said, “It is fitting that I mediate the conflict between the left and right” (meaning Aaron and Korah). He endeavored to reconcile them, but the left was unwilling and Korah stiffened his resistance… ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128)
When you are fighting against your ego, it resists. You are trying to comprehend, meditate, visualize that defect that is bothering you and pray for annihilation in deep profound meditation, and especially in the sexual act, when the resistance is most strong ,when the temptation is most strong.
He said, “Hell must certainly join in the heat of the conflict of the left. Since he does not want to join above, merging in the right. He will certainly descend below by the intensity of his rage.” Korah did not want this conflict to be harmonized by Moses because it was not for the sake of heaven… ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 128-29)
…meaning, Korah does not believe in anything relating to heaven. The ego does not believe in our good will, so we have those elements that condition us. As much as we have faith at our level, we have many infidels inside, unbelievers we must kill in the name of the Lord. Our egos we must comprehend and annihilate. Again, this is the meaning of Jihad.
Korah did not want this conflict to be harmonized by Moses because it was not for the sake of heaven; he cared nothing about supernal glory and denied Creation… ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 129)
He denied sexual magic. When husband and wife are connected together, they want to conserve that energy, but then lust enters: the serpent of temptation. The serpent of the left enters in order to insinuate in the mind of both husband and wife to spill, to waste the energy. That is Korah. That is temptation. That is the left pillar of the Tree of Life, the lunar forces.
As soon as Moses saw that he had denied the act of Creation and been thrust aside, “Moses became very angry” (Numbers 16:15). “Moses became angry” because he had denied him an opportunity to harmonize the conflict. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 129)
It is inevitable that we have conflict. When we are beginning sexual magic, we have a lot of defects, a lot of desires. It is natural that you have a lot of problems, a lot of difficulty controlling that, but you have to remember that the conflict is necessary for you to gain knowledge of yourself, so that conflict can be mediated.
Moses became angry…
Very―because they had denied the act of Creation. Korah denied everything, above and below, as is written: “who strove against Moses and Aaron as part of Korah’s band when they strove against יהוה Iod-Havah” (ibid. 26:9) below and above. So, he joined what befitted him. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 129)
Left and right, the two pillars, which are also emphasized by the conflict between two other Jews, Jewish sages before the era of Christ.
A conflict arrayed as above, ascending, not descending, established rightly is the conflict of Shammai and Hillel. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 129)
We know the sacred name of God or a certain postulation in replacement of the sacred name of God: Hashem, meaning, “The Name.” ברוך השם אדני Baruch Hashem Adonai: ‘Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Shammai relates to the pillar of the right, because השם Hashem, the Name, refers to חָכְמָה Chokmah, whose sacred name of God is יהוה Iod-Havah, Christ, Jehovah. הילל Hillel, where we get the name הילל בן שחר Hillel Ben Shachar, means ”Glorified, praised son of the dawn.”
How art thou fallen from heaven, O star of the morning, son of the dawn (הילל בן שחר Hillel Ben Shachar)?” ―Isaiah 14:12
People translate that as Lucifer (Arcanum 15: Passion), and Lucifer is the energy of sex that tempts us. If we conquer his temptations, we gain knowledge, light, luci feros, to “carry light,” the “bearer of light,” but if we are not in control of our left pillar, our lunar energies, then Lucifer takes us down into the infernos.
The blessed Holy One mediated between them, harmonizing them [Shammai and Hillel]. This was a conflict for the sake of heaven, so Heaven mediated the conflict. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 129-30)
So, what does it mean that is a conflict for the sake of heaven? Meaning you are trying to redeem your soul through sexual magic.
…and upon this conflict the world was established. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 130)
What world are we talking about? Our spiritual world: the creation of the solar bodies.
This resembled the act of Creation, whereas Korah totally denied the act of Creation, disputing heaven, seeking to deny the worlds of תּוֹרָה Torah. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 130)
Now we talked previously in our lectures that the work with תּוֹרָה Torah is the work with water. תּוֹרָה Torah means law, Torat / Tarot: the instructions.
He certainly adhered to Hell, so there he clung (meaning Korah). This secret appears in The Book of Adam. When darkness aroused, it aroused intensely, thereby creating Hell, clinging to it in that conflict. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 130)
Darkness in Hebrew is לילית Lilith, which is a name of a demon. So, when you are aroused sexually, you face the darkness of your own mind, because there is a lot of temptation there. Our own לילית Lilith is strong in most people, especially when beginning these studies.
As the seething fury subsided (meaning the fiery energies of sex are being tamed and controlled), conflict of a different type arose: a conflict of love (גדולה אל Gedulael in Hebrew). There were two conflicts: one, beginning; one, ending. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 130)
What is this conflict of love? Husband and wife have both agreed to work in a sacred matrimony, in white sexual magic: tantrism. There were two conflicts: one beginning, one ending. This is the way of the righteous: beginning harshly, ending gently. The path of the right begins harshly, because this teaching is very harsh to the ego, to our defects, our desires, but it ends very gently because it resides and helps us to repose within the Absolute. Of course, the way of the infidels, the black magicians, begins very gently and ends very harshly. It is the opposite.
Question: Is that why they talk about the brothers of the left-hand path? It is the negative way to go? I see it all the time throughout occult literature. That’s the negative path.
Instructor: That is the path of the left pillar.
Question: The brothers of the right are essentially the brothers of the light, as they mentioned? It is interesting: left-handed groups or paths…
Instructor: Yeah, that is why left hand in certain traditions was associated with evil. We will talk more about that at the end of this lecture.
Korah was the beginning of the conflict: seething in wrath, he was compelled to cling to hell. Shammai was the end of the conflict [Shammai or Ha-Shamayim: The Name of God, working with Jehovah in sexual magic, was the end of the conflict], when wrath subsides and one must arouse the conflict of love and be reconciled by heaven.” ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 130-31)
So that is the conflict of love to be chaste and working in a matrimony. So:
This is the mystery of: “Let there be an expanse in the midst of the waters, that it may separate”―the first conflict, outburst of seething fury (because you are dividing the waters from the waters. You are dealing with the fury of the sexual energy, which is highly aroused, but you have to control it) He [the Lord] sought to mediate, before the fury cooled, Hell aroused (because you have to extract light from fire. Before the fire can subside, you need to extract the wisdom from that energy. Temptation is fire triumph over temptation is light). Then “God fashioned the expanse and separated” (Genesis 1:7)―arousing a conflict of passionate love, endurance of the world. In accord with this mystery was the conflict of Shammai and Hillel, for Oral Torah approached Written Torah in love, together consummating existence. ―Zohar (Pritzker Vol. 1, p. 131)
Oral תּוֹרָה Torah refers to the Verb, the speech, the top trinity, the Logos: כֶּתֶר Kether, חָכְמָה Chokmah, בִּינָה Binah, which in Christianity is Father, Son, Holy Spirit. Written תּוֹרָה Torah we say is related to our heart, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth, where we inscribe the letters of God. As we initiated this course, we said from the book of Psalms, “Yay, my Lord, I delight to do thy will. Thy תֹורֹתָ Torat / Tarot (your laws), are within my heart.
The sacred eight, the number eight, relates to the three brains, which in Gnostic psychology refer to our intellect, our emotions, and our sexual organs. When we transpose the number eight over a human being, we form a continuum, which are the two witnesses rising up the spine, which connect all three aspects of our psychology: mind, emotion, and sex.
We were talking about the need to control the sexual energy, but practically speaking, how a couple does that is by controlling the heart and the mind. When husband and wife are united, they have to learn to control their impulses relating to sex, but also their emotions, their mind. They have to be inspired by the flame of love and to let purity of mind and heart govern sex, because if one lets the sexual energy control the mind, one spills the energy; one deviates, which is why Samael Aun Weor states in many of his books:
Terrible is the struggle brain against sex against brain, but the worst is heart against heart. ―Samael Aun Weor
When you really love this teaching and you are practicing, you discover in yourself many elements that do not believe in this doctrine. It is very painful to have many egos that really do not believe in what we are trying to accomplish, which fight against the heart.
This also refers to a marriage too. It is very difficult to control the sexual energy in the beginning. The beginning of the path is harsh, but it ends sweetly. As Jesus said, “My yoke is easy” (Matthew 11:30), but it is also very painful when husband and wife have to face many conflicts and ordeals and challenges in which their heart is against heart.
So that is the path of the crucifix. To be crucified is a symbol of how we annihilate our ego through comprehension, how we die on the cross of alchemy, because the vertical beam is the phallus. The horizontal beam is the uterus. So, we die to our defects in the sexual act.
The number eight summarizes all that we have been teaching here about the two pillars, in which is the continuum of tantra. That symbol of the infinite transposed over the human being refers to the continuum of energies that flow and fluctuate within our organism, our body, our mind, our heart, in white tantrism, because the word tantra means “continuum, flow.” If you expel the energy, you break the circuitry. There is no more force. Therefore, white tantrism teaches that man and wife unite, but do not spill the energy. Circulate it by controlling the three brains.
The Scales of Libra within the Kidneys
It is also interesting, in relation to this topic, that the number eight or the sign of the infinite relates to some aspects of our physiology, which is important to analyze, especially when we understand that Gnosis is a path of balance, harmony, harmonization.
Many people are obsessed with physical health, which is good. Many people study that the kidneys are essential to our life physically, but also spiritually too. The sign of the infinite is also the sign of Libra: the scale, because how you balance your energies mentally, emotionally, physically, depends on how you control yourself, your psyche. Your kidneys control many aspects of your physiology, but also many aspects of our sexual energy. The kidneys are essential for producing hormones. They absorb minerals, filter blood of toxins, regulate the fluids and waters of the body. So, this is very true on a physical level.
Likewise, they control the sexual waters. So, the scales of Libra relates to your kidneys. Your kidneys have two chakras that can really designate and show any clairvoyant how chaste one is, because if one is very pure sexually, morally, spiritually, those two chakras in the kidneys are white. They are filled with light: the light of the solar energy, the Christic force. If one is a fornicator, then those two kidneys, those chakras, are blood red, passionate, which is why in the Book of Revelation, we have the following quote.
…all the churches (or chakras we could say) shall know that I am he which searcheth the kidneys and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works. ―Revelation 2:2
Divinity searches the kidneys and the hearts. He looks at your chakras to see how pure you are, but also your heart ,as we have been talking about Moses, Muhammad, תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth.
So, our health, cyclically and spiritually speaking, depends on how we use this energy, because your mind and heart are balanced and equilibrated by the power of the Holy Spirit, which is sex. That is why every religion has always stipulated at the very beginning of their doctrine: ‘Do not fornicate. Do not expel your energy,” because you know, we can become hermetically sealed, to follow the science of Hermes. Conserve that energy. Transmute it from its base material into energy through the exercises of a matrimony, but also runes, sacred rites of rejuvenation, pranayama, mantras. We have many techniques in our tradition that teach how to sublimate that force.
The doctrine of the believers and the unbelievers is very beautifully taught within the Book of Revelation, via the believers who follow and practice tantrism, white Tantrism, and the followers who follow black tantrism. White Tantra is conservation of the seminal matter and transformation into energy, to never lose one drop of that force. Black magicians, black tantrism, always culminates in the expulsion of the sexual energy in order to fortify the ego, which is why Revelations 2:14, verse 15 state the following:
But I have a few things against thee, because thou hast there them that hold the doctrine of Balaam, (and the word בעל Bael is a demon, very big demon) who taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, to eat things sacrificed unto idols, and to commit fornication. ―Revelation 2:14
So, what is this stumbling block? Any stone refers to יְסוֹד Yesod, the stone of the Kaaba in the Middle East, which is the sexual energy itself. Many Muslims pray and venerate that stone. It is a symbol of our own sexual stone, the stone of Peter upon which we build our church.
How you use that energy determines how you enter the solar path, the path of Jesus, Muhammad, etc. So, to cast a stumbling block is to teach people to fornicate: to be like animals, and they did this before the children of Israel, which is not referring to people in the Middle East, because Israel is an acrostic.
Is-Ra-El: The Divine Mother Isis in Egyptian mythology, our Divine Mother Kundalini, our inner Goddess.
רא Ra [ר reish א aleph, as in ראש rosh: Head] refers to the solar light: Osiris Ra. We are not referring to the negative aspect known as רַע Ra [רַ reish ע ayin, the latter a letter of sin], which is impurity, which we will be talking about too. But Osiris Ra is precisely the light of אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur: the limitless light.
El refers to חֶסֶד Chesed in Kabbalah, our spirit.
So, he taught Balac to cast a stumbling block before the children of Israel, meaning: teaching the soul how to fornicate, and those solar initiates are those real Jews, meaning: those who follow יהו IAO, which is a Latinized version of יהוה Jehovah―Ignus, Aqua, Origo―fire, water, spirit, which again relates to our three brains. How you use the three brains determines how you worship the divine.
Balaam teaches things sacrificed unto idols and to commit fornication, teaching those initiates who want to follow the solar path how to be demons in a very strong way. What does it mean to eat things sacrificed unto idols? An idol―people think is just a statue that people worship. It is not the meaning in esoterism. Any habit that is petrified in our psyche that we constantly worship and venerate is an idol. Hate, pride, lust, fear, our idols, our egos are our idols, defects that we worship and venerate and put on a platform. If you look at our media, it is very easy to see how that is the case. Humanity worships fornication and idolatry, American Idol. Look at what people venerate, and worship―it is really demonic. To worship pride and sarcasm and hatred is very evil, the path of the left. So, we are trying to teach you how to live the path of the right.
To eat things sacrificed unto idols also refers to how people consume information, who fill their كهف kahf, their cave with information and knowledge, but which is devoid of any spirituality. There are even many esoteric groups that feed the intellect with a lot of information but do not teach you how to be chaste, because if they do not teach you chastity, they can only teach you some associations, which could be useful, maybe not, but maybe not practica;. If you want to learn how to change and perform Genesis, learn to bring light to your كهف kahf, you do so precisely by working with your sexual energy.
So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate. ―Revelations 2:15.
What is the doctrine of the Nicolaitans? It is the doctrine of the orgasm. You gain power through the orgasm and certain capacities through fornication. That is the path of the demons. This is why Revelations also states 2:9:
I know thy works and tribulation and poverty… ―Revelation 2:9
You are very sincere you want to change. I know you are working to understand this doctrine and to apply it, and that you are full of tribulation, because the beginning of the path is filled with ordeals. It begins harshly, but it will end sweetly at the end.
But thou art rich (says this scripture, meaning rich with ego). ―Revelation 2:9
To be a rich man does not mean to have a lot of money, but to be filled with pride over one’s ideas or beliefs or religion or political party―to be rich like the Hebrew letter ג Gimel, as we discussed previously in Arcanum 3: The Empress.
And I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan. ―Revelation 2:9
So, what is a Jew? It is someone who worships the light, who develops the light inside: יהו IAO―the fire, the water, and the spirit of God within the Hebrew name of יהוה Jehovah. So, there are many people who study teachings of esoterism and think they are Jews, but because they fornicate, they are not, because they are expelling the solar light. They cannot develop anything inside. It is a very harsh reality to face, but how we use our energies can create spiritual life or create spiritual death, which we will be talking about at the end of this lecture in relation to the Book of Genesis
The Arcanum of Justice
We have discussed many things to introduce this card. This woman is an initiate, a real Jew, a solar master who carries a sword in her left hand and a scale of justice in her right. The sword in her left hand indicates that you can only raise the power of the Kundalini in a matrimony. Every priest needs his priestess. Every priestess needs her priest, as we explained in Arcanum 1: The Magician. So, to receive the Kundalini sword ז Zayin, the seventh letter of Kabbalah, is only possible in a matrimony. The sword ז Zayin is in her left hand, referring to the left hand of the Tree of Life, the left pillar, indicating that if you want to become a master, you have to control that left side very well.
She has a scale in her right hand, indicating what we talked about the three brains: mind, heart, and sex. They have to be in balance, equilibrium, because how you use your energy, your mind, your heart, determines your life. So how you consciously use the sexual force is how you gain balance spiritually.
Now notice that the woman does not touch the scale. This is very interesting. It is levitating in front of her hand, because it is indicating that in order to obtain balance, you must, as a husband, join your wife, to touch and love one’s wife, but without lust, without fornication, but love―the opposite. Touch your partner, but without lust. Enter the sexual act, but do not culminate in the orgasm. Enter your partner, but do not behave as an animal; to touch, but not to touch. You can smell the aroma from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, but you cannot eat of its fruit. It is a symbol.
In Hebrew, the Tree of Knowledge is represented by עץ הדעת טוב ורע Otz ha-Da’ath Tob Vau Ra. דעת Da’ath is the sexual teachings of alchemical knowledge. טוב Tob means “purity.” Ra means “impurity,” which people translate as “good” and “evil.” It is better if we do not use those terms, because people have a lot of concepts about good and bad, which are very subjective, but if you look at the Tree of Life or think about the Tree of Life, the pillar on the right is טוב Tob, purity. The pillar on the left is רע Ra, impurity, and through דעת Da’ath is how you reconcile both.
We see that the waters in this card, at the base of the major arcanum, we see a serpent biting its tail, referring to eternity, as we discussed, which is not linear, but circular. That is the serpent of the Divine Mother.
She is standing on three steps, indicating the Arcanum A.Z.F. (aqua, zufre fuego: translating as water, fire, and consciousness, or water plus fire equals consciousness). Working with the waters of sex is how you extract the fire and produce light, understanding. These three steps also refer to the Apprentice, the Journeyman, and the Master of occult Masonry, and also, can refer to the creation of the three principle solar bodies of esoterism: solar astral body, solar mental body, solar causal body.
We have on the bottom left the symbol of Saturn, which is an image of alchemical putrefaction: how the impure substance of the ego must be annihilated so that the soul can be reborn, so that there can be spiritual birth.
You also have a solar eclipse on the left, or an image that looks like a solar eclipse, referring to how the ego, the moon, is eclipsing our sun, our light. Therefore, to generate light, you have to destroy the moon, or as Prophet Muhammad did in the myth in Islam, he split the moon in half. People literally believe it. It may be true or not, but I am more interested in the Kabbalistic symbolism of that. So, splitting the moon refers to annihilating the ego.
We have the symbol of Ra above the solar Logos, Osiris Ra: the אין סוף אור Ain Soph Aur, which also reminds us of the two horns of the bull Apis, which is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
We have also the symbol of Capricorn, the goat, on the bottom right, indicating that, really, the ego has to be annihilated. The goat, the devil inside of us, needs to be annihilated.
Four Types of Women with Esotericism
There is always a progression of states in which certain initiates develop, and for women, Master Samael Aun Weor explains there are four types.
You have Eve-Venus: the instinctual woman, a woman who enjoys fornication.
You have Venus-Eve, who is a noble woman of the house, a woman who takes care of her family, her children; she is dedicated to her marriage.
But then you also have Venus-Urania, referring to the mysteries of sex, those who know how to transmute.
Then Urania-Venus are those women who have self-realized.
In this card we see a Urania-Venus because the scale in her right hand is balanced. She has obtained perfect equilibrium in her mind, her heart, and her sexual organs, and of course, the process of this is a very delicate and prolonged path. One has to be patient.
The number eight refers to the eight years of Job and his ordeals, his struggles, his difficulties, which we will come back to. In the path of working with the two witnesses, we awaken the third force, the Kundalini. In Taoism, Yin and Yang, the feminine and solar forces, are equilibrated and balanced by Tao. The Tao, the force, the truth, is the power of IAO―Ignus, Aqua, Origo―fire, water, spirits― יהוה Jehovah. So IAO is the name of the Lord and refers to the cross of Taoism. The letter T pronounced as D, interestingly enough, refers to דעת Da’ath, alchemy. The cross is a symbol of sexual union of man and woman.
The Seven Chakras of the Kundalini
The Kundalini has to rise and awaken within the Chakra Muladhara in order to awaken the other chakras. These are the energetic centers of our spine, which contain certain powers and abilities that awaken and flourish within us whenever we work with that creative force. We raise it up the spine to fully awaken those centers.
We have the Chakra Muladhara relating to the earth, which is the height of our sexual organs.
We have Svadhisthana relating to the sexual waters, relating to the prostrate and the uterus, and the Chakra Svadhisthana, if one develops that chakra, one learns to astral project very easily: to go out of the body in the dream state, to awaken in that dimension with full clarity [see Dream Yoga and Astral Travel]. The chakra of the earth teaches us how to control our body and to conserve our vitality for many millennia even.
Chakra Manipura relates to fire; the solar plexus or abdomen is associated with telepathy. We receive thought in our solar plexus. We emit thought through our mind. Our head is like a radio antenna that transmits frequencies, and we receive knowledge and information from the solar plexus.
We have the Chakra Anahata relating to air, the heart, intuition: to know something without even deliberating intellectually. You intuitively know what will happen in a certain situation or about the wellbeing of someone else―to know without having to think about it. That is intuition.
Vishuddha relates to the throat, is associated with the element Akash or the ether, and is associated with the ability of clairaudience: to hear sounds of a mystical type that are not physical.
I would like to relate one experience I had when I was in the astral plane. I was followed by a group of black magicians, who followed me to my house in that dimension, in order to tempt me. These lunar initiates were trying to pull me into their way. I remember I woke up in my physical body and I was lying in bed. I resolved not to move my body, because if you do, then you can lose certain memories that you obtained in the dream state, so it is good not to move; just reflect, remember.
You can do a mantra such as Raom Gaom to remember your memories from the dream state. I remember lying in bed, not moving, not really thinking at all. Suddenly I heard a knock on my door in the astral plane through my throat. So those black magicians were knocking on my door in the astral plane when I was physically awake. That is clairaudience: you hear the sounds of other dimensions, which was amplified in me because I was not moving. I just woke up from that state. Hearing voices when you fall asleep leads to clairaudience, psychic sounds.
The Chakra Ajna relates to the third eye, the adi-tattva. The tattva refers to elements, principles, and forces in nature, as we have been discussing our course so far. The Chakra Ajna relates to clairvoyance, which is really better translated as imagination: to perceive images of a psychic type, non-physical imagery. If I tell you imagine a bulldog, you can picture it in your head immediately. That is clairvoyance, but in a very undeveloped state. You can expand it further. That is what people have called clairvoyance, which is very technical term used to confuse people. It just refers to imagination.
The last chakra is Sahasrara relating to the samadhi tattva, relating to your pineal gland and crown, which is the chakra of omniscience. If you are meditating in the astral plane, you learn to project yourself through your crown chakra. You can have very high experiences if your Being wants it, if your divinity wants it, where you can really even enter the Absolute from that chakra because it is the chakra of omniscience, of comprehension, of knowing everything. It is a very high element or chakra to develop inside.
These seven chakras are also the seven heavens of Islam, known as جنّة Jannah, plural Jannat, which we awaken by working with the serpent Kundalini, which is within our stone, יְסוֹד Yesod.
There is a pre-Islamic myth about the Kaaba, in which Arabians from the age of ignorance believed that in the Kaaba was a serpent sleeping beneath the stone, guarding a treasure. That is a beautiful symbol how in our own יְסוֹד Yesod, we have the serpentine power that is guarding a treasure. If you control the serpent, you acquire the treasure of the soul, the beauty of the soul. We will not go into too much depth about this serpent aspect of all religions. You have the Naga kings of Buddhism, the serpent of brass that healed the Israelites in the wilderness, the tempting serpent in עֵדֶן Eden. You also have the serpent mentioned basically in the pre-Islamic myth. So that serpent is the power of the Kundalini force that awakens within the perfect matrimony and which, by controlling and awakening the solar and lunar energies, we transmute the semen into vapors, into forces, which open up the channel of the central spinal medulla, so that the force can rise within it victoriously.
Question: What you said about the vapors, does that have to occur without orgasm?
Question: So, it is possible for that to rise without orgasm? The vapors?
Instructor: You need it. It will only work in that way because if you are expelling the waters then you cannot have any light.
Question: It goes down, right?
Instructor: It goes down. The energy descends, but alchemically speaking, you can only raise that energy if you have water, the fires and the water. If you expel the waters, you have no fire.
The Eighth Key of Basil Valentine
This is known as the Eighth Key of Basil Valentine, a great alchemist, relating to the eighth arcanum of the Tarot, which summarizes many of the things that we have discussed.
We see death as a corpse, putrefaction as crows, sowing as a humble sower, spiritual growth as a wheat stalk, and resurrection of a deceased person, heralded by the last trumpet on the day of justice, the Day of Judgment by an angel on the right. This is known as Viridarium Chymicum, teachings of symbols and images that explain the eighth arcanum, the work with the two witnesses.
You see death here is represents the two witnesses because those two witnesses in us are dead. They are not risen. They are not awakened, and precisely by working in a mystical death, the death of our ego, is how we give birth to the soul.
The wheat that grows from the seed is precisely our creative energies. The seed or semen is the energy of the solar light that can give birth to the Tree of Life in us, because the seed sown by the sower is a reference to how the solar light gives its force to all beings, the sexual energies of all beings. In order for the wheat to flourish in us, we have to conserve that seed and transform it.
It also refers to the Eucharist because the symbol of wheat is the symbol of Christic energy, which is why the bread and the wine of transubstantiation, which we the Gnostics practice, is a symbol of how we receive the solar light. The wheat receives the sun, the energy of the solar effluvia, and we receive the blood and body of the Lord precisely by working with the Eucharist. This wheat stalk represents this the flourishing of the soul, the strengthening of the soul through the solar light.
You have crows on the left, symbol of death, meaning that if the seed of the ego does not die, the soul cannot be born. I remember many years ago, near the time I first started this teaching, I was in the astral plane and I invoked Samael Aun Weor in that world. I said, “In the Name of Christ, by the Power of Christ, for the Majesty of Christ, Samael Aun Weor!” Invoked him. I looked in the distance. I was walking at a time I was going to college. I was near a walkway leaning towards a bridge, and I saw in the distance a bunch of crows appeared. I kept invoking telepathically. I did not know the meaning intuitively at the time. I kept invoking the master to show himself. Then I saw words in English emerge above those crows “Buddhist Annihilation.”
So that term is something Samael Aun Weor uses in his books, how the ego must go through a decapitation. In a Buddhist sense, the self has to die, because in an objective reality, there is no self. So, he was showing me that “I want you to die in your ego. You must go through the Buddhist annihilation, which, of course, is a word that terrifies many people. He says in his lectures that (paraphrased) “I am teaching you about the Buddhist annihilation, and I see that many of you are uncomfortable, because this ego does not want to die.” It does not want to lose what it enjoys. It wants to continue existing, which is why many people take the lunar path because they think that they can continue existing as the ego, but the ego has to die at one point or another.
Then at that moment, when I saw the words “Buddhist Annihilation,” I looked to my left and I saw the master walking. You have seen his pictures as he appeared, as his bodhisattva in Latin America. He was wearing a white suit. He was gigantic, bigger than the ceiling, like ten feet or so. He was smiling and just walking, and he was inviting me, showing me, “You want to be white inside, pure of defect? You want to be a giant spiritually? Kill your ego. Die to your defects.” I remember being very humbled by that, and I think about that experience a lot.
If you want to give birth to the wheat stalk, the seed has to die, and alchemically speaking, our energies are impure. They are black, blackened with ego, with desire, and we must learn to purify that stone.
The Nature of Sin
The Kaaba must be whitened. So, when the ego is fully annihilated, you as a soul are white, purified, elevated. So, it is important to remember that the two paths of alchemy are represented by two archers aiming towards a target. The archer on the right hits his bullseye. The archer on the left shoots to the left misses. The word in archery for shooting to the left is known as “sin,” which is where we get the term “sin” in religion: to shoot to the left, to take the lunar path, which is the path of fornication. The path of the solar initiates always hits the bullseye, since they know how to direct that energy appropriately, but of course, the fornicators do not know that. We have to learn to work with mystical death, symbolized by the cross on the graveyard and the body that is decomposing. If we want to be reborn, resurrected, as we will talk about in Arcanum 20: Resurrection, near the end of this course, you have to die to your defects.
We always include some information from the Psalms because certain verses contain the Hebrew alphabet, or certain Kabbalistic meanings related to the Hebrew Kabbalah.
From Psalm 119:57-64 the verses all begin with ח Chet, and the Hebrew letter ח Chet symbolically refers to all that we have been teaching here: how we use the two polarities of ו Vav ז Zayin, which together, you combine them and they spell ח Chet.
57. יהוה Iod-Havah is my portion; I have said to keep your words.
Again, testimony reminds us of the two witnesses, to witness God precisely by working with the stones of Kabbalah. The Latin word for testicles come from testes, which is where you get the word “testimony,” to see. How you use your ovaries or your testicles is how you are going to receive light.
60. I hurried and did not delay to keep your commands.
The Hebrew Letter ח Chet
Let us talk about the Hebrew letter ח Chet. The word for life is חי Chai, which is where the Hebrews get the term לחיים L’Chaim, “to life,” raising a glass of wine to toast the Lord. חיה Chaiah refers to the Holy Spirit, the energies of sex, which can give life spiritually and physically. As we explained in our previous lectures, spiritual birth is obtained by learning to work with the waters. Jesus said, “You must be born again of water and spirit” (John 3). The waters of sex are how you give birth to your soul. חיה Chaiah is the fountain of universal life, and ח Chet refers to the receptive or projective forces of speech, because the guttural sound “ח Chet” resounds in the throat, reminding us of דעת Da’ath: alchemical science.
We spoke about ו Vav and ז Zayin, and if you look at the image on the right, we have Adam and Eve surrounded by the Hebrew letter ח Chet. We have ז Zayin on the left, ו Vav on the right, and in the middle, we have the symbol of death, because in order to give life you have to die in your defects.
It is interesting that if you take ו Vav and ז Zayin together, the letter ו Vav can be read as a vowel sound, an “O” sound, which is where you get words like Oz the Wizard of Oz. You could also say the wizard of עֵץ הַחַיִּים Otz Chaim, Wizard of the Tree of Life. עֵץ הַחַיִּים Otz Chaim is Tree of Lives or Tree of Life, as is commonly translated, and refers to our spine. So, the wizard of the Tree of Life is precisely our inner magician, our spirit.
Iod Hei Vav Hei can also be read as יהוה Iod-Havah, because as we explained previously, י Iod is the brain, ה Hei is the throat, ו Vav is in the heart, ה Hei is in sex, יהוה Jehovah. You also could say יהוה Iod-Chavah, because Iod is the masculine force, Adam, the brain. Through the power of speech, we control our sexual energy: חוה Havah, Adam-Eve, male-female. How we use our speech really determines our life, because there are infamous words, wrong ways of speech, harmful ways of speaking, because how we speak uses the sexual energy. We know in adolescents that their voice mature, precisely between the ages of 14 and onward because the sexual energy is becoming active in them. The power of the throat is the power of ח Chet: the power of life.
The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil is precisely the sexual organs, the sexual energy, which we said before is עץ הדעת טוב ורע Otz ha-Da’ath Tob Vau Ra: Tree of Knowledge. טוב Tob is purity. רע Ra is impurity. The Tree of Life on the right as we said is the path of purity. The path of the left is impurity; Yin and Yang, עד Od and עבד Obd, Ida-Pingala. In alchemy we state that when a couple unites and even throughout the day, especially while meditating in the morning, the fires of the spirit in the higher dimensions descend into the brain, down our spinal column. Meditating at 4 am or earlier, between 3 and 4, is a very good practice, very healthy―rejuvenates the mind and the body, and there are certain energies and tattvas active at that time to aid you in your development.
Question: Did you say there were negative forces also at that time?
Instructor: Yes, thank you for bringing that up, because at the hour of 3 o’clock or 4 o’clock in the morning is usually when many disciples experience nocturnal pollutions, wet dreams where the black magicians tempt them in the astral plane, certain women for men and men for women, and they lose their energy. So 4 o’clock is a good time to get up, especially to train yourself if you have had that problem, but also 4 am is good because you are learning to extract fire―take fire from the devil, so to speak. The hour of temptation is the hour between 3 and 4, the hour of Lucifer-Venus that Samael Aun Weor speaks about in his book Esoteric Medicine and Practical Magic. Energies are very conducive for meditation at that time, and if you get up early in the morning, your mind is already stable, has not been agitated yet. So, the powers of חיה Chaiah are active at that time, but also the powers of the לילית Lilith, the demons. So, it is good not to be tempted at that time, but to train oneself in meditation.
This is why the Qur’an always speaks in certain Surahs about the recitation at dawn, how the recitation at dawn is ever witnessed, both by the angels and the demons. So, in those morning hours we see Akashic fire from above descending within our spine, our ו Vav, the sixth letter of Kabbalah, in order to mix with what we call the Triveni, which is the coccyx. It is three-pointed. It is a triangle, we could say, within our coccyx, in which the forces of שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai: the Almighty Living God that we discussed about in Arcanum 4, is manifest. שׁדי Shaddai is the power of sex, which we use in order to awaken ז Zayin, the Hebrew letter of Kundalini, vertebrae to vertebrae, in order to unite with the head. When that power has been fully manifest in the initiate, in which the ego is completely dead, one becomes what is called a חיות הקדש Chaioth Ha Kadosh. חיות Chaioth means “beast,” but קדש Kadosh means “holy”―holy creatures.
To become a holy creature means to, as we see in this image, control the four elements that we discussed about in Arcanum 4. You have the bull, which is an ox, relating to the earth. You have an eagle relating to the air, relating to the mind. You have a lion relating to fire, relating to the heart, and you have the face of an angel or man relating to the waters, to sex. How we use those four elements, our three brains, or you could say, the three brains within our earth, is how we become holy creatures. חיות הקדש Chaioth Ha Kadosh, as we say in the Invocation of Solomon, “Cry, speak, roar, bellow!” Cry as an eagle, roar as a lion, speak as a man, and hum as a bull or an ox.
Question: You say 4 o’clock, is that when the cherubim are most active?
Instructor: Angels are active at that time, but also the forces of darkness. There is always a big battle that goes on in those planes, in those dimensions, at that time. Recently I have witnessed certain things because I am trying to become a חיות הקדש Chaioth Ha Kadosh, a “holy creature,” an animal that has been purified.
I recently tried invoking the Master Samael at that hour. That is not a good time to invoke. I remember looking in the sky invoking the master, and then all of sudden, by calling to Christ, I saw the angels fighting a group of demons in the atmosphere―a big battle―and that is the hour of Lucifer-Venus. We want to become holy creatures, so to speak, חיות הקדש Chaioth Ha Kadosh. Right now, we are נֶפֶשׁ חיות Nephesh Chaioth.
In Arcanum 3, we talked about three types of soul. נֶפֶשׁ Nephesh is animal soul. We are נֶפֶשׁ חיות Nephesh Chaioth, meaning beasts, animals, because any animal fornicates, loses the sexual energy, procreates in that manner. Here we are trying to become human beings. An angel does not fornicate. A real human being does not waste the energies, does not expel them. So that is the difference between a נֶפֶשׁ חיות Nephesh Chaioth and a נפש חיה Nephesh Chaiah, a “living soul.” If you want to learn more about the three types of soul, listen to that lecture again: Arcanum 3: The Empress. We talked about the three types of soul: נפש Nephesh, רוח Ruach, and נשמת Neshamah. So, we want to become living souls, creatures made into the image of God, נפש חיה Nephesh Chaiah, but first we have to renounce that which is animal in us, חיות Chaioth.
The Serpent of Genesis
To explain these principles more deeply, we can refer to the first verse of the third chapter of Genesis.
Now the נחש Nachash was more subtle than any חיות Chaioth of the שָׂדֶה Shadeh, which Jehovah Elohim had made (Now the serpent was more subtle than any beasts of the field which the Lord God had made). ―Genesis 3:1
We included the Hebrew because if you want to know the Bible, you have to know the Hebrew letters, what it means. The word for serpent, as we have been discussing as the sexual energy, is נחש nachash. We explained previously the letter נ Nun is the sperm or ovum, whether in man or woman. The letter ח Chet is the two energies of the solar and lunar forces rising up the spine to the brain: Ida-Pingala, Adam-Eve, ו Vav / ז Zayin, and then ש Shin, of course, is fire.
נחש Nachash is the fire of the serpent, the fiery energies that rise within, and between Ida and Pingala, that is the serpent, the energies of sex, which have been sometimes referred to as Lucifer. Luci feros means, “bearer of light,” because when you control that serpent, you gain light, but if you let yourself be tempted, controlled by the serpent, then you enter into sin. You shoot to the left. Even the word “sin” in Hebrew, you spell with ח Chet, literally ח Chet, ט Teth, and א Aleph, a silent “A.” ח Chet means “sin.” So how you use the power of life is how you sin, if you use the energy for the wrong purpose.
What is this beast that is more subtle than any in the field that Jehovah Elohim had made? The word חיות Chaioth is a “beast, animal,” because that energy in us is animalistic. We have to refine it, to make it become pure and human. The word שָׂדֶה shadeh is “field,” which is where we get names like שׁדי Shaddai. The sacred name of God in יְסוֹד Yesod and Kabbalah is שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, the Almighty Living God. ה Hei is life. שָׂדֶה shadeh means “field,” so the power that resides in sex is the field.
Of course, when we think of a field we think of wheat, where the solar light receives the energy. You receive the solar light of divinity in your sexual organs, but we have to return it back to God. יהוה אלהים Jehovah Elohim is the sacred name of God in בִּינָה Binah. They translated it as Lord God, but really it means יהוה Iod-Havah: Gods and Goddesses. אל El means God. אלה Eloah means Goddess. אלהים Elohim means: ”Gods and Goddesses.” So that is a reference to the Holy Spirit.
That serpent is precisely the energies of life, which as Jesus taught, that which is born of flesh is flesh through the orgasm, but that which is born of spirit through the same sexual act, but the energy is retained controlled, is spirit. Eve was tempted by the serpent. חוה Havah means “sex,” “mother of the living,” the sexual organs. Adam is the brain, and the original sin was that חוה Havah or our sexual organs ate the forbidden fruit. We took that energy and we expelled it. Therefore, we were cast out of עֵדֶן Eden, bliss, voluptuousness. Adam then took the forbidden fruit from Eve. People literally interpret this to mean that a woman in the garden ate an apple and then gave it to her husband, and therefore we should blame women. This is what people believe, but the meaning is that Adam, your brain, ate the sensations of the sexual organs, enjoyed the orgasm, that act, and therefore, we were cast out of bliss.
Initiation in the Seven Days of Genesis
We talked about the seven days of Genesis and how by working with the serpent, we raise that serpent within seven bodies, seven vehicles, which if we go back to the Tree of Life, we see are represented by the seven lower סְפִירוֹת sephiroth.
מלכות Malkuth is our physical body. We have to awaken the Kundalini up that body, in that spinal column, but we also have a vital body, in which we must raise the serpentine force in the sphere known as יְסוֹד Yesod, the vital vehicle.
We have הוד Hod, the emotional body. We must raise the Kundalini up the spine and then to the heart in the world of the astral vehicle, in order to give birth to a Christic astral vehicle.
We also must raise the serpent Kundalini up the spinal medulla of the mental body or the lunar mental body: manasa-rupa, “body of mind,” known as נצח Netzach, victory.
You also have to raise―after נצח Netzach, after you create a solar mental body, when you raise and develop that serpent fully―a solar causal body. With תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth you create a solar causal body. You raise the ז Zayin, the serpent force up the spine to the brain, to the heart, in the world of תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth.
Likewise, you must do so for גְּבוּרָה Geburah and חֶסֶד Chesed, the Buddhic and Atmic bodies.
These are the seven days of Genesis in which we work with the Genesiatic waters of life, to create the soul.
Kabbalah of the Second Birth
Let us talk about what does it mean to be born again. We talked briefly that we must be born again of water and spirit, to create those solar vehicles, represented when we reach the fifth initiation of fire תִּפְאֶרֶת Tiphereth―when you create solar astral, solar mental, and solar causal bodies, as we have explained previously. In the fifth day of Genesis we find the following:
Let the earth bring forth נֶ֣פֶשׁ חַיָּ֑ה Nephesh Chaiah: souls of the living being according to their kind (מִין minah: sex), and fowl that may fly above the earth in the open firmament of heaven.
People translate it as “multiply” and they use that to justify fornication. “Be fruitful and רָבָה rabah: be fruitful and רְבוּ Rabu―be a master of yourself.” Be a master of your sexual energy. “And the evening and the morning were the fifth day,” or better said, “Be fruitful and רְבוּ rabu, master and fill the waters and the seas and let the foul multiply on the earth,” because when you are conserving your energy, those principles multiply. You develop the soul. This does not mean to multiply like animals, to create a physical child, because Jesus taught the second birth relates to creating the soul. We should do through a perfect matrimony.
I will conclude with a comment about the שְׁמַע Shema which is the declaration of faith in Judaism. They close their eyes and they say:
שְׁמַע יִשְׂרָאֵל יְהוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ יְהוָה אֶחָֽד
This really should be: “Sh’ma Yisrael יהוה Iod-Havah Eloheinu יהוה Iod-Havah Eḥad.”
They use אדוני Adonai to translate the unpronounceable name of God, Jehovah, but of course, they are humbling themselves by approaching the Lord. Really, the real Jews are those who work with the solar light, who follow the path of the right. The שְׁמַע Sh’ma: means “Hear oh Israel, the Lord thy God, the Lord is one.” The word for unity is Eḥad: א Aleph, ח Chet, ד Daleth. So, we talked about Arcanum 1: The Magician, א Aleph. We work with the prana, the wind, which we control through the two circuits of energy known as Ida and Pingala, Adam-Eve, synthesized in ח Chet. Wen we do so we walk the path of דעת Da’ath, knowledge Gnosis, which is the letter ד Daleth in אֶחָֽד Echad. That is how you obtain unity. You unify the soul.
Concluding Practice: The Rune Not
I will teach you a practice you can use in relation to Arcanum 8. If you are struggling with certain ordeals, certain conflicts. If you want to negotiate with the law of karma, the law of justice, for a better situation, you can invoke the Master Anubis and ask him to provide you certain credits, to help you to receive certain help and benefits in exchange for certain services that you are going to perform.
You cross your hands, right over left over your heart [in the manner of the Egyptians], because the right symbolizes the solar energies over the lunar. You are following the solar path, so you do right over left. If you are a black magician, you do the other way. So right over left over the heart, and then you pray to Anubis, asking for help.
When you are invoking him, extend your arms out to the sides. You are doing what is called the Rune Not. The runic yoga is a way of positioning your body with certain prayers and mantras to invoke energy. Tip your hands at an angle like this, at a 45-degree angle, I believe. Do the mantras: Na, Ne, Ni, No, Nu like this:
As you say each mantra, adjust your arms in this position, at an angle of this nature (of alternative 45-degree angles). Do that seven times or as long as you need to. Ask internally, telepathically, for help, but always remember that whatever credit you receive, you have to pay for from the Lords of the Law, as we discussed in Arcanum 5: The Hierarch, so make sure that you promise to do what you are going to do.
Questions and Answers
Question: There is a solar eclipse coming. Anything about that?...
Instructor: Yeah, well, those type of phenomena relate to the balance and harmonization of forces of nature. There is a lot of correlation and relationship between the lunar cycles and human psychology. So that type of phenomena of a solar eclipse tends to bring out certain elements in people that are not that good, like full moons. People are very familiar with the term “lunatic,” which means to follow the path of the left, to be a demon. When the sun is eclipsed, certain energies are active in the cosmos as nature is balancing itself. I recommend that during any type of astrological event, whether it is a full moon, a waxing moon, especially any type of eclipse, you know, be more mindful and work on yourself ,because you will see things that come up in your psyche as a result of certain cosmic influences.
That is how you gain justice in yourself, by balancing those forces in you: sun and moon, male / female, and not to be carried away by anything. That is how you become a צַדִּיק Tzaddik, which means a just human being, a “righteous one.” The Bible speaks about that צדיקים Tzaddikim, which begins with the letter צ Tzaddi, which we will talk about in Arcanum 18: Twilight. To be just is to be a צַדִּיק Tzaddik, a righteous one. You do that by balancing all your three brains, no matter what influences are coming inside, and to learn to take advantage of those type of phenomena for your spiritual benefit, because there are many cosmological factors that come into play in relation to certain eras and ages in history. I mean, you think about the 60s and the beginning of the Era of Aquarius―very powerful influences―which for those who are chaste receive a lot of help, but those who are fornicators suffer a lot more. So, it is good not to be a slave of nature, but to learn how to control it and use it for one’s benefit.
Question: You did mention all the defects that people have, egos. As far as the egos of lust and fornication, the problem, the similarity, it must be that the ego is put down. The anticipation of pleasure, that is the battle, that is a tough struggle―to withhold yourself from going all the way through, let’s say, to an orgasm, because it is the anticipation of pleasure that is being bad. That must be an ego then?
Instructor: Well, pleasure in the sexual act is normal. It is the bliss of the soul, we could say. One thing is to have the attachment of lust in the sexual act, but when husband and wife are united, they feel bliss when they are controlling their ego. The pleasure that the soul enjoys, when husband and wife are united, we say, translates from Hebrew as “עֵדֶן Eden.”
Question: It is a different type of pleasure then? Rather than when it goes down for gratification for orgasm?
Instructor: Yeah, that is desire. We say it is the ego, lust. Pleasure between husband and wife is natural when they are united and remembering their Being in that act. Really, they are filled with that fire and they are controlling it. They are inspired, but the problem is when certain couples build up too much fire because they are lustful, and then they build up so much energy that they lose it. They lose control. That is what it means to be bitten by the serpent.
Question: That is the wrong desire then?
Instructor: Yeah. In technical language, we say that desire is ego, but longing is another thing. Love is something different.
Question: It is a battle?
Instructor: Yeah, it is a battle that one learns to face with practice, with training, so that we make the scales tip in our favor, or better said, to be equilibrated, a long process relating to the eight years of Job, the patience of Saint Job. Eight years he suffered with sickness, with his family and friends accusing him, saying, “God has cursed you! Why do not you curse God back?” But he says to that light, “Naked I was born and naked do I return.” So that is the ordeals that certain initiates face, really, towards the height of the path itself, the very end. Certain things go wrong, not in their favor, very painful, but we have to remember God always. So, Arcanum 8 relates to justice, the ordeals of Job, and how we must endure them patiently. So, if you are in the astral plane and you receive the Arcanum 8 to a specific question, it means that, well, besides being balanced, you have to suffer a lot face certain ordeals.
Question: You said that the sign of Capricorn is on the lower part, meaning the goat has to die? Being a Capricorn, that kind of….
Instructor: Well, here is the thing. Any person from any zodiacal sign is a demon, is lustful, whether you are a “goat” or not.
Question: Say that again please?
Instructor: So, anyone from any zodiacal sign is lustful. So do not let your zodiac define you, but rather use the positive aspect of your zodiac to guide you.
Comment: To be honest, I never actually realized until you said it that it is the goat.
Instructor: It is the goat. Yeah, Capricorn in the negative aspect of that zodiacal sign relates to the demon we carry within. Every zodiacal sign has a positive and negative influence. So, if you are from the sign of Libra, those who are positive are very balanced, but the inverted, negative type of Libra person is very lustful, very disbalanced, but you could say that with any zodiacal sign really. There is a positive and negative aspect to it, which you can study when we eventually give a course on the topic. We have a book called Practical Astrology that teaches that how to use your zodiac for your benefit.
You could say that the scale of Libra relates to the sign of balance: how you equilibrate yourself, how you balance yourself. But of course, every sign has its own detriments, its own benefits and detriments, which you have to see how it applies to you.
Comment: Well, just get into that astrology when you get into it… it gets complicated. There is a lot more to it. Say you are a Libra and I am a Virgo. There is a lot more. They say the cardinal points of the moon sign, sign that was rising when you were born, and that is three. It gets more involved than that. They have what they call aspects planets… Yeah, it is quite a bit to it, not just the sun sign, like you are a Capricorn or I am Virgo…
Instructor: In the book Practical Astrology that Samael Aun Weor has available, the best astrology is astrotheurgy, “star magic,” meaning you are communicating with the Gods and deities of those zodiacal signs. That is a very strong demarcation between some systems of astrology, which can be beneficial, but one thing that Samael gives is how you learn to meditate and converse face to face with those intelligences directly to negotiate your debts and also to receive help from those influences. So, it is very deep. Yeah, astrotheurgy or real astrology is when you as a soul are talking to those deities face to face, and then you get the help that you need, whether it is from the God of the zodiac, or the different zodiacal signs or constellations.
Question: Would not that be like the follow up? Like they with birth charts? Then it gets kind of complicated: “Oh, I have to work on these areas!” Then at that point that would kick in, right? The theurgy?
Instructor: Well, it is better to know one’s qualities in meditation. Certain signs and charts are a bit antiquated in many respects, but you can use them to refer to them if you want. There are certain things you can look at and say, yeah, it relates to me or not, but in terms of astrotheurgy, learning to communicate with the deities of the stars, all it requires is being a good meditator. In that way you learn about certain influences, you know, that are very pertinent to you in a very direct way. So, hearing from a God about your zodiac is much better than reading a chart.
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]. I can give you some resources too.
The Emperor, the fourth arcanum of the tarot, indicates to us our innermost divinity, our inner Being, our innermost God, and as we have been discussing throughout this course, the Kabbalah, we have been speaking about the Tree of Life, which is a representation of our psyche, a map of consciousness.
In this image, we see that the fourth sephirah, or sphere, from the top of the Tree of Life is our Spirit, חסד Chesed, the Innermost. The previous three arcana, laws, cards of the tarot that we discussed, indicated with the exactitude the law of three above. The trinity, Father, Son, Holy Spirit, which in Kabbalah is known as כתר Kether, חכמה Chokmah, בינה Binah. These three forces in nature create, give life, and from this top trinity emerges the Spirit, Chesed, the topic of our discussion today.
Chesed amongst the kabbalists has been associated in different ways, but astrologically speaking, it relates to Jupiter, and also relates to Mars. Our inner Being is the one who must conquer our inner psyche, who must control the elements: earth, air, fire, water, that exist within our interior. The inner Emperor, our inner Spirit, Chesed, “Mercy” in Kabbalah, is our innermost divinity who is Martian in nature. He needs to fight within our soul to liberate our soul, to liberate our consciousness.
He does it primarily through controlling the four elements and as we have been discussing, the number four, as well as the other arcana, are intuitive principles. These are laws in nature which are eternal, represented by Torah, the law, or tarot in Hebrew and in the Egyptian traditions.
We also discussed how in order to receive help from our inner divinity, we must learn to become practical magicians in relation to the first card. We are initiating a new way of life, a practice, a discipline, by introspecting into our psyche and learning to understand the elements they are in. Likewise, with the arcanum two, we are working with the feminine principle, the Divine Mother, the priestess.
For every priest has his priestess, in terms of magical ceremony, in relation with the three forms of magic, which are elemental magic, ceremonial magic, and sexual magic, in relation to the lower three sephiroth, or lower trinity of the Tree of Life
Mind, נצח Netzach; הוד Hod, emotions; יְסוֹד Yesod, vitality, in their respective order. A magician is a being that knows how to work with those three types of sciences in depth. He does so through his priestess, the Divine Mother, the divine feminine. With the unification of those two forces, we have the third force which is the Empress of the tarot. She is the Christified soul, a soul that is fully illuminated, divine, perfected.
That number three relates to creation, and from those three forces of man and woman, husband and wife, we generate our spiritual force. We generate the development of the Emperor within us.
The Emperor is our inner Spirit, our Being, our divine spark that emanates from the top trinity of the Tree of Life. We, in our internal constitution, are represented by the Hebrew letter ד Daleth, on the top right corner of the image of the card.
We spoke previously about how ג Gimel, the third Hebrew letter, represents a rich person, a rich man, a noble etc. ד Daleth is the opposite, signifying a poor person, which is where we get words such as darvish, dervish, symbolic of a poor person, a fakir.
We are ד Daleth. We are the poor person seeking the riches of divinity through meditation and through the three forms of magic we discussed: elemental magic, which is precisely the work with plants, working with the soul and creatures of nature through certain rituals and practices in which we command those souls to work for us. Likewise, ceremonial magic teaches us the Eucharist. To receive the forces of transubstantiation of the Christic force in the world of Hod. The previous form of magic, elemental magic, relates to Netzach, the mind. Hod to ceremonial magic and Yesod, the vital force relates to creative sexual magic between husband and wife.
So, we are the poor person. We are destitute―if we are honest and examine our psyche, what we carry within our mind, our heart, our body.
“What is our level of being?” we ask ourselves frequently. Who are we in a given instant? Do we know divinity directly? If we are sincere, we analyze that we do not have divinity developed inside. We are poor, and this is why Jesus said:
Blessed are the poor in spirit for they shall enter the kingdom of heaven. ―Matthew 5:3
It is necessary to be humble to receive knowledge.
Be humble in order to obtain enlightenment, and upon obtaining enlightenment, be humble still. ―The Voice of the Silence
To access the Spirit itself, we work with from certain forms of magic. We work with meditation, as we discussed in the first arcanum of the tarot, the Magician. But here with the Emperor, we are talking about a Spirit that is in full command of His lower elements, the lower parts of Himself.
For the Tree of Life teaches us that we are in Malkuth, this physical body, the bottom of the Tree of Life.
The Spirit is the seventh sephirah from the bottom to the top.
From Him enfolds Geburah, which is consciousness, the divine part of our soul that is feminine, that never mixes with impurity.
We are a part of Tiphereth, a fraction of will that has emanated and descended down these different levels of modalities of energy, consciousness and experience.
We have mind of which we are familiar with, our thoughts, concepts, etc.
We have Hod, our feelings, our sentiments, our emotions.
We Yesod, our vitality, and we have Malkuth, our physical body.
We are in this physical plane in Malkuth which means kingdom. We can also say it means “empire.” The Emperor above, the Spirit, Chesed, must learn to control through His consciousness exerting itself upon will, and that will power must obey divinity. It must learn to control thought, feeling, instinct, sensation, impulse, and our physical body.
He must conquer this lower kingdom in order to become an Emperor. Being in full mastery of Himself. And by Spirit, to be absolutely clear, we mean God, divinity, who never mixes with any type of fault, who is perfect in Himself, but He wishes to acquire more knowledge of Himself by commanding these lower sephiroth, spheres.
We as a soul in Malkuth, in order to ascend, we must first learn to descend, to comprehend our errors, to change them, to eliminate them, our defects, etc. For as the Book of Isaiah 40:4 states:
Every valley shall be exalted and every mountain and hill be made low and the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain. ―Isaiah 40:4
Our Spirit precisely has all the qualities of richness, of beatitude, of peace, of wisdom, of knowledge, and experience Whom we seek to fully develop in us through practical works.
In this card, we see that the Emperor sits upon a cubic stone. Our Spirit sits upon this perfected stone known as Yesod in the Kabbalah, the foundation of our spiritual temple.
Within that stone we find a cat. A cat is a lunar creature. We know that cats like to prowl about at night. They are most active in the nocturnal hours. And therefore, this cat represents the creative energies of Yesod, because Yesod in Kabbalah is related to the moon. This power represented by a cat is the creative sexual energy, which the Emperor, the real Being within us, sits upon.
That stone is cubic, perfected, chiseled; meaning that energy has been fully refined in the work of sexual alchemy between husband and wife.
He sits with a hat that resembles an alchemical furnace from the medieval tradition with a still represented above, with that curvature of His hat, His bonnet. The base represents the Chakra Muladhara amongst the Hindus, which is where the sacred fire of Devi Kundalini rests in sleep and waits to be awakened between husband and wife.
We have the curvature of the hat representing the furnace in which the fire of the creative energy rises and it is a symbol of our body as a chimney, as a temple that contains within it the sacred fire, which can be elevated from sex, up to the brain into a distillery, which in alchemical traditions, is the laboratory of the alchemist. A distillery represents the brain in which that refined element, that purified metal, that purified substance, illuminates the mind. The brain is the distillery in which it receives the creative sexual potential.
The four corners of his bonnet represent the four elements, and in order for an Emperor to be seated upon His throne within our psyche, which is our spinal column, the Emperor must be in command of our air, our fire, our water, and our earth, which we are going to be explaining in depth today.
Of course, to do that, we must become poor in spirit, humble. To be humble means to acknowledge our defects: how we use the elements of God in an impure fashion. How we use the air of our mind, for projects and plans, which are really empty of any spiritual end. Thoughts, concepts, ideas, which really have no actuality or foundation in reality. Negative thoughts. Wishing ill of others.
Likewise, our fires of our heart. Emotions of anger, resentment, etc., inflame us and burn away our potential for genuine development.
In the waters of our vitality, our creative energies, are usually wasted, expelled through futile efforts or futile engagements. We waste energy in many ways.
Then physically, we must take care of this body, this earth.
All those four elements relate to Malkuth, which is our kingdom. Our physical body is Malkuth, but we need to become kings of our earth. We need to be in control of these elements.
The four corners of the bonnet also refer to not only the four elements, but the four gospels. Each of the gospels relate to the four elements of alchemy. They also relate to the four Vedas in the Hindu tradition.
He carries a staff of power in his right hand, a symbol of the spine, and as we have explained extensively in this course, the spine is the seat of will power, the seat of our Spirit. Our inner Spirit can work through our spinal column if we know how to channel forces correctly from sex to the brain, and then likewise submitting it to the heart.
That spinal column is the staff of life, the Tree of Life. We could not live and exist if it were not for our spinal column. Spiritually speaking, it is the same. We cannot exist spiritually. We cannot know divinity unless we awaken the creative fires and raise them up the spine. This is the power known as Kundalini or as alchemists state, אזות Azoth, which we will also explain in depth today.
We also see the staff represented in the waters of the card, the bottom third, a symbol of the staff of the shepherds. The shepherd is a representation of anyone who is following the path to Christ. Who is working to teach the sheep, lead the sheep through the doorway, ד Daleth, that leads to genuine knowledge, genuine experience. We will talk about that at the end of this lecture today.
We find some other interesting symbols in this glyph. We find the sign of Aquarius in the bottom right, which symbolically or etymologically hides Aqua / Aries. Aqua meaning “water.” Aries, signifying the God of War, Samael, who is the regent of Mars, the power of the fire of creative energy within sex.
So Aquarius hides the symbol of aqua / Aries, water and fire. We know that the water represents our seminal matter, our semen: whether it be in a man or a woman. Aries is the creative fire that rests in that sexual power, that sexual element. But Aqua-Aries can also refer to aqua / aeris, meaning “air.”
We find the sign of Aquarius, the sign of the water bearer, particularly pertinent to the study of this card. It is through the water and the fire of creation in which we give birth to our Spirit within us. We give birth to our development, psychologically speaking.
Genesis: The Path of Initiation
The Book of Genesis, Bereshit, is a teaching of initiation. If we wish to enter the higher dimensions, we need to learn to be initiated, but it doesn't mean to follow any physical group, but to perform specific psychological works. We do so by working with the water and the fire, the waters of sex, transforming that energy through specific practices, especially through a matrimony; conserving that water and raising that fire within or within oneself, inward and upward to the brain. Then likewise submitting it to the heart.
This is the hidden teaching within Genesis.
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
Bereshit Bara Elohim At Hashamayim Vay’at Ha’aretz
בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit is typically translated, "In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth." What are this heavens that the Lord is creating? It is not physical. It is not literally a history. It is a symbol of initiation.
“In wisdom,” sometimes the Zohar translates of the Book of Genesis, "in wisdom Elohim creates."
בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit can also refer to ברית אש Berit Esh. Berit means “covenant, pact.” אש Esh means “fire.” בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit is an interesting word. It can be really dissected in many ways. But in the way that I am giving it to you today, בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit can be acrostically, ברית אש Berit Esh: “pact of fire.”
“The pact of fire created Elohim,” created the Gods, created the initiates, the spiritual illuminated masters. אש Esh means “fire” and a pact is a covenant.
The sacred ark, arcanum, law of the covenant of God to humanity, is sexual alchemy. A husband and wife, by learning to conserve the waters of sex and transform it, can become Gods, Elohim. So:
בְּרֵאשִׁית בָּרָא אֱלֹהִים
Bereshit Bara Elohim, or:
ברית אש אֱלֹהִים
Berit Esh Elohim
“The pact of fire created the gods, the initiates.”
אֵ Aleph ת Tav is אֵת At and signifies all the principles of God: the first and the twenty second letter of the Hebrew alphabet. The first and last letters, Alpha Omega. As Christ said, “I am” in the Book of Revelations, “(Α) Alpha and (Ω) Omega.”
All the principles of God are manifested in that person who is working with the pact of fire―all the Hebrew letters themselves.
שָּׁמַיִם Shamayim means “heavens,” literally translated. But if you say שָּׁמַיִם Sha-mayim, and break down the Hebrew letters, you find מַיִם mayim, which means “water,” and ש Shin, which means “fire.” It literally translates as “fiery waters.”
“By the pact of fire, Elohim was created” through all the principles of God, אֵת At: Aleph Tav, “and the fiery waters,” the heavenly matter, the spiritual work.
What are these fiery waters? They relate to the science of דעת Da’ath in Kabbalah, the teachings of the Tree of Life, the hidden sephirah that is implied in the throat, because through the speech, we create.
Husband and wife, through mantras and sexual alchemy, by pronouncing sacred vowels, create something spiritually within them. They work with the fiery waters. Those waters that are inoculated with flame is precisely when a man and wife are connected.
Question: Wouldn't the fiery water relate to the semen itself?
Instructor: It is the semen that has been inoculated in the sexual act.
Yesod is our vital waters, which contain the fire, ש Shin, but when husband and wife are working in tantrism and pronouncing mantras, they are raising that fiery water up the spine through the power of דעת Da’ath. This is the heavenly waters, sometimes known as Akash, in eastern traditions.
But we find that the spirit of God is the one who was hovering over the face of the waters, the רוח אלוהים Ruach Elohim mentioned in Genesis. He is the one in our spinal column who controls that energy and learns to circulate it within us.
אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם וְאֵת הָאָֽרֶץ
(He created) the heavens and the earth.
What is this earth? It is our body Malkuth, which contains all the archetypes of divinity which we need to work with and command. To obey the divine orders of our inner Spirit through the work of chastity within alchemy, so that we can enter as a humble person. As a darvish, dervish, a poor initiate, recognizing our misery and wanting to acquire more―that knowledge of more. That treasure is known in the Hadith Qudsi amongst the Muslims:
I was a hidden treasure and I wished to be known, so I created creation, mankind, then made Myself known to them, and they recognized Me. ―Hadith Qudsi
This is the meaning of Allah speaking to humanity, who is a symbol of our Spirit, our Emperor. We can call him יהוה Jehovah, or better said אל El.
It is better if we say his name is אל El in Kabbalah, which means God. He is that wisdom and treasure we seek, who we contain within our body and whom we need to work with and transform, as represented by the serpent that is raised above the middle of his eyebrow, on His bonnet.
That is the raising serpent Kundalini, the power of אזות Azoth, that is fully manifested up the spine, because the spine is precisely the staff of power in which a master commands. When that spinal column is illuminated with אזות Azoth, with the creative fire, one is a master. One who has raised that serpent Kundalini.
On the left-hand side, we see the symbol of Uranus, and it is a Chaldean word. Ur means light, or fire. Anas means water. Uranus is a planet associated with Chokmah, Christ, but Ur-anas is precisely the fire and water of Christ that we carry within in our sexual matter.
As the waters of Genesis that we work with, the Spirit works with, notice that Aqua-Aries, the water and breath, the wind, is the power of divinity that we work with in alchemy. When a husband and wife are connected, they learn to control the breath, to pronounce mantras, to love each other in a divine and pure sense, without any lust, but to be connected sexually and to enjoy the delights of love in complete harmony and unity with each other.
So they work with breath, Aeris, the God Aeolus the amongst the Greeks, god of the wind―the prana, the א Aleph, as we talked about in our first lecture in this course, in order to dominate the waters. רוח אלוהים Ruach Elohim is the Spirit of God and Ruach, as we explained in our previous lecture, relates to breath as well. The breath of God, who hovers over the face of the waters, is precisely our Spirit who commands and raises the energies up our spine within us.
The Kabbalistic Significance of Four
Some other interesting correlations is that the number four relates to four ages within any race or humanity, such as the golden age, the silver age, the copper, and iron age, the latter in which we are in presently. We also study the four pillars of gnosis: science, mysticism, art, philosophy, of which we give a course and you can access on our website [Fundamentals of Gnosticism].
Now in order to become an initiate, we work with the four elements. The waters, the fire, the air within our earth, our body. Meaning, our air which is our mind. The fire within our heart. The waters within our sexual organs, and our physicality our earth.
The number four, psychologically, building off this alchemical and kabbalistic analysis, relates to the four ways. Or the Fourth Way, better said, by the teachings of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky. Ouspensky spoke abundantly about four paths of spirituality. There is the fakir, there is the monk, there is the yogi, and then there is the path of the gnostic, the balanced human being.
Our Emperor learns to conquer our inner kingdom precisely through the fourth path mentioned by Ouspensky and by Gurdjieff.
The Four Spiritual Paths
In the first path, the fakir only develops willpower in relation to dominating instinct. Fakirs are people who learn to endure heat and cold living out in the in the open, sleeping on beds of nails, performing very severe austerities, in order to develop will to command the physical body.
They develop willpower, but they don't develop conscious willpower. They have a certain dominance over the instincts of the physicality, but it doesn't mean that they are awakening their consciousness in a spiritual sense, in a most objective sense. That is a type of severity or extreme practice that we don't recommend, and which, being educated, according to Ouspensky, we obviously see the pitfalls of that type of thinking that way.
A monk solely develops their emotional center, their heart through prayer. They don't necessarily develop will or consciousness, but they develop a sense of sentiment and connection with divinity based on their heart.
A yogi studies the mind through scripture and through meditation and develops powers relating with the intellect.
Each of these former three paths relate to the three mother letters of Kabbalah. Aleph relates with the air, the mind, the breath, because our thoughts our aerial in nature. They are like clouds. They constantly shift, fluctuate, appear, and disappear. If you awaken your consciousness in the astral plane and invoke a master to ask them, "What is my level of being? What is the nature of my mind like?" They will show you the sky, because in the astral plane, that dimension is symbolic. They will teach you things relating to your psyche that manifest within the landscape.
The mind relates to the air, א Aleph. ש Shin, the fire, relates to the heart, our emotions. As I said before, we can be inflamed with love or hatred. It is a fiery element. The monks develop the fires of the heart, but exclusively only that center. They don't necessarily develop their intellect in balance. Normally they don’t work with מ Mem, water, מים mayim and מ mem relates again to our third center, related to sexuality, the creative energies, the semen.
A fakir develops willpower to control הָאָֽרֶץ ha’aretz, the earth, our physicality. The monk develops the heart, emotional sentiment, (ש Shin, fire). The yogi develops the mind (א Aleph, air).
But these three paths are not balanced. They are extreme. They only develop one center over the other. We have the intellectual brain, the emotional brain, and the motor-instinctive sexual brain. The intellectual brain is the center of our thought, or manifests our thought. Our emotional brain manifests our emotions and feelings, and our motor-instinctive-sexual brain is a conglomeration of intelligences, physical and psychological, that process our movement, our instincts, our impulses, and our sexuality.
The path of the Gnostic is much more comprehensive, symbolized by this cross of the Rosicrucians. Within the cross, the Fourth Way, we work in sexual alchemy (the sexual waters, מ Mem). The cross is a symbol of a matrimony. The vertical beam is a symbol of the phallus. The horizontal beam is a symbol of the uterus. Within the crossing of man and woman, we work with all the twenty-two archetypes of God.
Notice here that we have the twenty-two letters of the Hebrew alphabet and that these twenty-two letters each represent a principle of nature. A law of nature. An arcanum. So, these are the twenty-two arcana of the tarot, the Torah, the law, upon which the Book of Genesis and the whole Old Testament is composed.
When men and women are performing ברית אש Berit Esh, the pack of fire, they are working with those twenty-two archetypes mentioned in the cross of the Rosicrucians.
אֵת הַשָּׁמַיִם At Shamayim: The twenty-two letters, the twenty-two principles of God, the twenty-two arcana of the tarot―we are creating and working with the fiery waters of sex, of דעת Da’ath, of γνῶσις Gnosis.
The Kundalini and the Kundabuffer
Ouspensky and Gurdjieff knew these teachings, but they didn't give it openly and they made certain mistakes in relation to confusing the Kundalini with Kundabuffer. Kundabuffer is the tale of Satan, for when the energy of sex is expelled, the body assimilates, the mind assimilates, negative forces, atoms, energies, relating to the inferior aspect of the Tree of Life called Klipoth, which are the hell realms, and then that energy, instead of ascending up the spine, it descends. It forms the tail of the demons in the astral body.
But the Kundalini is worked with through husband and wife exclusively.
We enter initiation precisely through working with the cross. Through the cross we work with the three mother letters of Kabbalah. The other letters have a lesser role we could say, but important to the organization of the different worlds of Kabbalah, the Tree of Life, etc. The Fourth Way teaching of Gurdjieff and Ouspensky is about balancing the elements, becoming equilibrated psychologically speaking. This is how we enter initiation.
As Samael Aun Weor states:
Initiation is your own life, lived intensely, with rectitude and with love. ―Samael Aun Weor
Wisdom and love, two pillars of the Tree of Life: Jakin and Boaz, that hold up our temple.
Initiation doesn't necessarily refer to becoming part of a group, but learning to behave and comprehend how to live like an angel. A holy creature. A Chaioth Ha-Kadosh in Hebrew.
We find that the three elements relate to our psyche, as we have been explaining, and in order to become a balanced human being, we have to comprehend our thinking, our feeling, and our ways of acting. Our three brains: mind, heart, body. How they exist physically, but more importantly, how do we exist psychologically in this body? This is the path of self-observation, of analysis, of understanding ourselves.
The Law of Seven and the Balanced Human Being
This is important. We will be talking about this in the Arcanum Seven. The number seven is the law of organization, but I like to refer to Gurdjieff's and Ouspensky’s teaching about the seven types of human beings, especially in relation to the fourth type of human being, which is the topic of our lecture.
He refers to human beings being divided and organized in seven types in relation to the musical scale. From the lowest DO, to the highest TI. DO RE MI FA SO LA TI.
That scale represents classifications of human beings and we'll talk about the fourth one in particular.
The note DO relates to instinctive human beings. People who are only constantly on the move, don't rationalize, don't think. People in war are instinctive. They don't reason. They move, and if we are familiar with Alice in Wonderland, composed by someone who knew this path very well, the instinctive type of person is the White Rabbit. “I am late! I am late for a very important date!” He is always running around and has no control or understanding of him or herself. He is constantly on the move.
You have the emotional type of person related to the note RE, which relates to the Queen of Hearts who is always angry, "Off with his head!"
Then you have the third note, MI: the intellectual type of person who is related to the Mad Hatter. He has no coherence in his thoughts. His intellectual center is mad, insane, and the whole planet is full of them, even though they may seem like very reasonable people. But anybody who does not have the Spirit inside is a madman, a lunatic. Someone who follows the moon, mechanicity, habits, etc.
These three lower types of people, the instinctive, the emotional, and intellectual relate to the lower three paths we discussed: fakir, monk, and yogi, but, there is a superior type related to the note FA, which is the psychologically equilibrated human being. A person who is fully in control of his empire. That does not get identified with thought, the air. That does not get identified with emotions, the heart. That does not get identified with sex, with lust, desire, the waters.
In our exercises of yoga, we practice what we call runes, which are positions where we place our body in certain postures in association with the Nordic alphabet. It is a very famous practice we do, or well known within the Gnostic Tradition.
The Rune Fah in which we praise the sun, the Solar Logos, the Christ energy within nature and beg that force to enter the chakras of our palms through the different nadis of our centers, entering our body and Illuminating us with light.
We do mantras associated with that posture that looks like the letter F. The mantras FA, FE, FI, FO, FU. Those mantras help to activate the chakras and provide it with Christic energy. FA, as a musical note, is very important. It is the awakening of the consciousness, as we say in the Runic prayer, "Marvelous forces of love, revive my sacred fires [my sexual energy], so that my consciousness will awaken!" A balanced human being works with the Christic energy, who uses his willpower to obey the Spirit, so that he becomes an Emperor in command of himself.
Question: Fah raises what?
Instructor: The Rune Fa transmutes the energies of sex, because all the runes are practices we use to transmute energy, alchemy. Again, that science of transmuting base material into refine materials: how we transform our semen, the brute matter of the sexual matter into fire and light.
Ur-anas, or the sign of Aqua-Aries, Aquarius, is again the sign of the water carrier, which is a symbol of the dissemination of knowledge in an open fashion, but it also refers to how we carry our own waters. How we transmute them, transform them.
A balanced human being is someone who knows this Fourth Way, who is chaste, who does not fornicate and does not waste the energies and does not expel them and has a full balance of the waters, the fire, and the air of the psyche.
There are other types of human beings which are associated with the scale of seven notes. SOL, which is someone related to having created a solar astral body. LA associated with someone who created a solar mental body. TI associated with someone who created a solar causal body. If you are familiar with Kabbalah, you find that the Tree of Life explains this very well.
We talked about giving birth to the soul. Jesus said, "You must be born again of water and spirit." מ Mem and ש Shin. To be born is precisely through the womb of the Divine Mother, which in Hebrew is the letter associated with ה Hei. ה Hei can also be pronounced as a mantra, as in the mantra HUM, which is the symbol of the breath, the Spirit, Chesed.
Jesus said you must be born again of water and spirit. מ Mem and ש Shin. To be born again is precisely through the breath, because when a child is born, the first moment of their life, they inhale the air and they cry. These are the three elements manifesting in the physical body, of the birth of a child, but this is something symbolic too.
To be born of water and spirit is to be born in a matrimony, spiritually, because that which is born of flesh through the normal sexual act, that is flesh, and that which is born of Spirit in the same sexual act, but through certain procedures, is Spirit.
The Tree of Life, Initiation, and the Internal Bodies
We talk extensively in these studies that we need to create the soul or solar bodies.
Right now we have our physical body of which we are aware.
We may have some sense of energy, of having certain level of vitality which relates to Yesod.
We may become aware of our emotions or mood at certain points in time more than others, the heart, which is Hod, the astral emotional body.
We may become partially aware or be constantly subjected to our thinking, thoughts, ideas, which churn and fluctuate within our psyche. That is mind.
These lower four ספירת sephiroth [emanations or] spheres are called the lower four bodies of sin.
Again, it is important to note that this map expresses consciousness in different levels of manifestation. We obviously have the more material bodies or vehicles at the bottom, and the most refined energies at the top, represented by the trinity.
So, in the dream world, when we physically go to sleep, we leave our body and enter the astral world, Hod, the emotional plane. We may also exist in the mental plane, Netzach, the mind, in order to experience what we call dreams.
Those are bodies or vehicles that belong to nature typically. Most people don't have what are called solar bodies. We tend to exist in those dimensions during sleep in vehicles that belong to nature. They are lunar, mechanical.
If you awaken consciousness, you can see that the lunar bodies have a spectral ghost-like appearance, very dark, but solar bodies are luminous, light. A master has those bodies, meaning, by working with a spouse in Malkuth, the kingdom, they learn to conquer their empire.
They raise the Kundalini power up the physical spine to the brain. Next, after reaching the height of that scale, the seven notes, the seven chakras of the spine, illuminating all those centers, one takes that energy and raises it to a higher octave, relating to the vital body Yesod. But raising the Kundalini up the spine of that material body, that is in the fourth dimension, which penetrates our physical body, we then achieve that initiation.
Again, these are initiations relating to alchemy, marriage.
The first initiation of fire of the Kundalini we achieve in Malkuth.
When we raise the fire of sex up the spine of the vital body, we attain the second initiation of fire.
With the third initiation of fire, we are working with Hod, the astral body which in us is lunar, but when we raise the fire of Kundalini up the spine, up that body, we create a solar body in that vehicle.
Consider it like how a bird hatches from an egg. We don't see it from the outside, but psychologically, internally, it is gestating, giving birth to those vehicles in which one can travel consciously with awareness and full cognizance of oneself.
When we raise the fire of the Kundalini up the spine of the mental body, the world of the mind, we attain the fourth initiation of fire. We give birth to the solar mind. A mind that the only knows how to follow the will of Christ, that is not an animal mind, a mind full of defects, vices, errors, etc.
Lastly, by raising the Kundalini of the causal world, the causal body relating to Tiphereth, willpower, we create what is called the solar causal body, and these bodies are like a light bulb. If you want to transmit light, which is the Christic energy, fully and completely, you need to create these vehicles so that your mind, your heart, and your will can express Christ.
Someone who has created these bodies, who has reached the fifth initiation of fire in Tiphereth, can be called a twice born: someone who is born again.
So people in the Christianity who say, "I believe in Jesus and therefore I'm saved," who say, "I am born again" are ignorant, because you cannot be born except through sex, as Jesus taught. This is someone who has conquered their empire at the beginning levels, we could say. When we reach the fifth initiation of fire, we learn to obey our divine consciousness and our Spirit. One becomes a master, a מלך Melech, a king. Or, if one is a woman, a מלכה Melcah, a queen. But of course, the Spirit is the one who does all this work inside of us when we obey the orders of our divinity.
We want to work with the fire in the water of creative energy to give birth to the soul. The solar bodies internally, when we see them, are filled with light, beauty. When you invoke a master of the higher dimensions, when you are in the dream state, you see that they can appear to you with their solar vehicles, and they emanate power and beauty that is really indescribable, impossible to define.
When we work in initiation, we want to become like that. We want to conquer the empire of light, for as the gospels teach us or the New Testament, teaches us (paraphrased), “Heaven is taken by force, and only the violent take it by force.” [Matthew 11:12]
Heaven is taken by force by working with initiation. When we look at the three letters of Kabbalah: א Aleph, ש Shin, מ Mem, you can also say that א Aleph relates with ה Hei, an H sound, the breath. So you combine those three letters together ה Hei, ש Shin, מ Mem, and you spell השם Hashem which means the name. בורך השם אדון Baruch Hashem Adonai: “Blessed be the Name of the Lord,” say the kabbalists.
You spell Hashem backwards, you spell משה Moshe, Moses. Moses is a symbol of a master who was taken from the waters, because Moshe literally means “Born of fire and water,” because ה Hei refers to the womb. If you look at the sacred name of יהוה Jehovah, י Iod ה Hei ו Vau ה Hei, the letter ה H looks like a womb from which a child is gestated.
We know from the stories of the Old Testament that Moses was taken from the waters, from a basket or an ark you could say. A little ship. A minor arcanum or, better if we say, major arcanum, or the great arcanum, the great law, which is the teachings of alchemy according to Samael Aun Weor.
Moses is represented as the body of willpower and all the other bodies we created through alchemy, through marriage. Hidden within the name יהוה Iod-Havah, Jehovah, we also find the three elements of nature, as well as the earth. Better if we say the four elements. יהוה Iod-Havah in Hebrew is the holy name of God, which inappropriately, many Jews pronounce as אדון Adonai. Not the same meaning.
The sacred name of God and Chokmah in the Kabbalah is יהוה Iod-Havah. אדון Adonai is a sacred name of God in Malkuth. Each of the sephiroth of the Tree of Life have sacred names associated with God in the world of Atziluth, the world of archetypes, principles. So when we say יהוה Jehovah we referring to Christ amongst the kabbalists. Chokmah means wisdom and Christ is the energy of Chokmah. The wisdom of Chokmah, the insight of the Lord. You can also take this word יהוה Iod-Havah and break it down further. י Iod is masculine. הוה Havah is feminine. You could say Adam-Eve, man-woman. יהוה Iod-Havah is an acrostic which entails the teachings of alchemy, of a marriage.
Question: Just getting back to השם Hashem. Wouldn’t that be Ashem?
Instructor: You can say השם Hashem because the השם Hashem is the breath, the Spirit, which we pronounce in alchemy, but within ה Hei is the womb, is how the child is born, and then they take the first breath in order to live in that moment.
But Jehovah also relates to the four elements. We find that if we take this name and pronounce it in Latin, we hear the vowels IAO, another sacred name. It is important to step back and point out that יהוה Jehovah is a Tetragrammaton, a sacred four letter name of God. In many religions or certain religions, there are four letter names of divinity. Amongst the Jews it is יהוה Iod-Havah, Jehovah. Amongst the Muslims it is الله Allah, four letters.
Tetra means four. Gram means letter. Any four-lettered name of divinity in an any religion refers to Christ, Chokmah, but even if you pronounce that name Tetragrammaton in the astral plane, you can invoke divinity in that way. Any master of any particular interest you want to investigate.
A very sacred word. When you say Tetragrammaton, the angels look down at you and you can see them directly in the astral plane, and you can invoke whomever you want to speak with. But יהוה Jehovah, Iod-Havah is man-woman. י Iod, man. ה Hei: woman. The ו Vav represents the spine. It also can represent the phallus. ה Hei represents woman or water, we could say, and represents the uterus.
Within IAO, we find: igneous, aqua, origo―fire, water, and spirit. When we work in alchemy, the supreme mantra is IAO, according to Samael Aun Weor, the founder of the modern Gnostic Tradition. Within these three letters IAO are contained within the last ה Hei, because if you take the י Iod, ה Hei, ו Vau, and translate into Latin, you have IAO.
The ו Vav, the letter V, can be translated as Vau and sometimes it is used as a Vau sound in Hebrew. So it can be an “O.” י Iod, ה Hei, ו Vau is IAO. Those three elements are contained within the earth, ה Hei, the body.
The Elements of Alchemy
Alchemy teaches this tradition also very extensively too within Europe. In order to become an Emperor, we work with these elements. We work with the mantras IAO in sexual connection, with our wife, partner. Alchemy speaks abundantly about these principles.
The fire of sexuality, they [the medieval alchemists] refer to it as Sulfur. The water of sexuality the refer to as Mercury. And the Spirit, Origo, is the breath, the wind.
As Samael Aun Weor states in Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot, he synthesizes for us the elements of alchemy, which are Salt, Mercury, Sulfur and Azoth.
The salt is the matter, meaning the brute entity of our semen, the physical waters, literally.
The mercury is the Ens Seminis. I believe is the term used by Paracelsus to refer to the entity of semen, the energies contained within those waters.
Then Azoth is the mysterious ray of the Kundalini.
Azoth is the Kundalini in the alchemical tradition. When you spell זֹאתה Hazoth you spell it with ה Hei, ז Zayn, א Aleph, ת Tav. ה Hei relates to the breath, the wind, the womb of the Divine Mother. ז Zayin, the seventh letter of Kabbalah, we will talk about in the seventh arcanum, represents a sword, looks like a sword, with a Z sound. ז Zayin, looks like ו Vav, but has an extended top and represents a sword, the kundalini that rises up the spine in order to aid the initiates in their battle against their defects. א Aleph again is the wind and ת Tav is the final letter, representing as the seal or covenant upon which one is initiated: the twenty-second letter of the Hebrew alphabet, the twenty-second arcanum.
We work with the four elements with our practices of meditation, but especially in a matrimony. The fire, water, and air represent aspects of our psyche, but also our body that we need to work with, and when we learn to work with these alchemical principles in ourselves, we are working with the secret teachings of the four gospels.
The Four Gospels and the Mystery of the Sphynx
The four elements relate to the four gospels themselves. The four gospels, or the better said, the four elements, relate to the animals of alchemy. The Chaioth Ha-Kadosh: the holy creatures mentioned in the Book of Ezekiel, which are before the Lord of God, symbolize the elements that we are mastering in ourselves. The fire represents the lion. The lion, the fire, and is the gospel of Mark. The water, the mercury, represented by a man is the Book of Matthew.
Question: Excuse me, water is man? It’s amazing how, you know, in all the other teachings, relate man to the air in traditional decks.
Instructor: We say it relates to man because a real human being, a Hum-Man, a mind made into the image of Hum, the Spirit, is born from the waters like Moses or any master.
The eagle represents the air, the Book of John. Lastly, we have the Book of Luke representing the earth and the bull.
These four animals are synthesized in what we call the Sphinx, which is a mythical creature associated with Egypt, which Oedipus the King answered his riddle in order to save Thebes in the famous play.
That riddle that the sphinx asks any initiate or any poor person trying to enter initiation is, “How do you become a human being? How do you answer my riddle, my form?” Which is: the wings of an eagle, the hooves of a bull or an ox, the paws of a lion, and the face of a man.
So how one become a real human being is by working with those elements in alchemy.
Oedipus became king because he answered the riddle, so he became a master at that point. But of course, there is more work to be achieved by any Emperor or any master who is perfecting him or herself.
The Elementals of Fire, Air, Water, and Earth
The salamanders, in correspondence with the elements, relate to the fire. There are elemental creatures in nature that exist and permeate all the elements, and any alchemist, any master, learns to work with those elementals in themselves and also outside.
As I said to you previously, a real magician is somebody who works with elemental magic, ceremonial magic, and sexual magic. Relating to Netzach, the mind; Hod, the emotions; and Yesod, vitality.
The salamanders are the creatures that live in the fire, whether in the candle or in our sexual energy. They are innocent creatures of nature. They don't have any defect. They simply obey the commandments of the divine forces or intelligences that govern all the cosmos. The salamanders are the creatures of fire we have in the fire of sex which we enliven through husband and wife.
The undines or the nereids relate to the water. They govern our sexual waters themselves.
Then we have the gnomes that govern the earth, who live within the stones, but also within our physical body. Our physical body cannot exist without the help of those intelligences known as the gnomes that help to transfer certain substances in the body.
Then we have the air, the sylphs or sylphids relate to the wind, the breath. In our breathing, our lungs, we work with them all the time but there is a way to work consciously with these elements, with a certain discipline.
We need the four elements or elementals to work for us in order to become an Emperor.
The nereids: we need them to be docile and tame the waters in our body; they have to be controlled, especially when one is sexually connected, because if one also builds up too much fire, one will lose the energy, lose the waters and the earth will become depleted, our physicality.
The salamanders help us for heat. When a husband and wife unite and they are inflamed with divine love, the sexual fire is what gives them life or attraction, magnetism. Those are the salamanders at work.
And when we say that the gnomes themselves, when we are working in a matrimony, are the ones that transform the lead of our personality into the gold of the spirit. The gnomes are the ones who learn to take the gold that is within the semen itself and transfer it up the spine, up the mountain range of the spinal column.
In esotericism, a mountain represents the spine which we have to climb in the path of initiation.
The winds must be controlled the sylphs. If we are breathing too quickly when we are connected sexually, the energy is not going to go inward and upward, but instead inward and out. People who are inflamed or too excited sexually with their breath, breathe too quickly. Their exhalations are more pronounced, meaning that the energy is going from in to out, not out to in. That is why they lose their energy very quickly. So, the breath has to be controlled. The sylphs have to work upon the waters of our sex through mantra, through prayer, and through full awareness about what one is doing.
If we listen to the undines, meaning our lust that is enmeshed with in the waters themselves, we will be tempted and we will shipwreck ourselves like Odysseus was nearly shipwrecked in The Odyssey. He was riding a ship back to Ithaca after the battle of Troy and that is a beautiful alchemical teaching of how through the ship, the arcanum, the ark, he was traveling island to island, which is chakra to chakra up the spine, across the Mediterranean, symbol of our waters of sex, in order to return to Ithaca, return that energy back to the crown, which is the kingdom that he originates from.
But of course, Odysseus made certain mistakes, such as letting himself be tempted by the sirens. He commanded his shipmates to tie him to a staff, or better said to a mast and when they passed the certain area of the sea in which the sirens were well known, he heard their calls and was ranting and raving to be allowed to go overboard, and to take the ship over to them. That is how lust works.
Question: But I recall, correct me if I am wrong, where he was tempted was off the shore of Naples, but that he had time to make it right. They had tied him to a mast… that part of Greek mythology, geographically I remember.
Instructor: Geography is used psychologically. It is a representation of certain alchemical teachings. The Red Sea mentioned in the Old Testament is the waters of sex, which the Egyptians are drowned in, meaning our defects, our egos.
But when Odysseus hears the sirens, he wants to go overboard, or better said, he wants to take the ship and go over to them. Meaning, he wants to shipwreck and that is the teaching of how lust, the "I,” tempts the mind and the heart in order to abandon the ark. The arcanum, the law, the teachings of chastity, of sexual purity.
In the epic poem The Odyssey, Odysseus’ shipmates had beeswax in their ears so they couldn't hear the sirens themselves. But Odysseus was tied to his mast, meaning his spinal column. The only thing that kept him from going overboard was his willpower, his spine, and the help of divinity in the ship, the shipmates to get him out of there, to get past the temptation.
So, the undines relate to the waters, and we need to work with those elements didactically.
Let us talk a little bit more about the ד Daleth. Psalm 119 speaks or begins with the letter ד Daleth through its verses 25 to 32, and synthesizes many of the things that we have been talking about and the path that is required for any initiate in order to enter into the higher mysteries, to become an Emperor.
My soul (Nephesh) is reduced to dust. Give me life according to your Word.
ד Daleth is very significant. It literally means door and relates to דעת Da’ath, which we have been explaining in depth today, the science of alchemy, sexual knowledge, conscious knowledge or experience of divinity.
It relates to darvish, dervish, a poor person and as we seek to enter initiation, we must become poor in spirit, humble. To recognize that only divinity matters.
The letter ד Daleth is also hidden within the word שדי Shaddai or שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, which means “Almighty Living God.” It is a sacred name of God associated with Yesod in Kabbalah, because the word שדה Shadeh means “field” and the field is precisely where gestates the vegetation, life, which we also find the most subtle of all creatures: the serpent mentioned in the bible.
“The serpent that was the most subtlest of all is within the field,” שדה Shadeh, signifying the power of שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, the Almighty Living God, which is the creative potential, again, sexuality.
On the doorposts of Jewish homes, and also institutions, they have the word written אל שדי El Shaddai, and they often times will kiss the lips and touch the symbol as they enter and exit out of the rooms. The door represents the door to enter Eden, into initiation, which is the narrow door of sex. A difficult path to control one's lust and to fully extirpate it. That door is the power of שדי Shaddai, the field, the serpent.
Question: Is this why it said be as wise as serpents?
Instructor: Yes, be wise as serpents with that energy, in control, and as harmless as doves, meaning the Holy Spirit, which is to be chaste, to be pure.
ד Daleth also relates to סוד Sod or סודי Sodi, which you can translate backwards if you had י Iod at the end of סודי Sodi, you spell יסוד Yesod. סודי Sodi means “secret.”
This is the secret teaching that was hidden for millennia, which is now made public in the era of Aquarius.
The Symbol of David in the Old Testament
Lastly, we have דוד David, דוד David who is the king of the Old Testament, and his name literally means “boiler” in Hebrew. David killed Goliath with a stone, which is a size of one's hand. A sling and a stone and his faith in God.
Goliath is represented as his lust, his desires, his defects, and through the stone of Yesod, the secret teachings of alchemy, he conquered his inner beast, and became king of Israel.
דוד David is a symbol of ד Daleth, ו Vav, ד Daleth. ד Daleth can signify דעת Da’ath acrostically. ו Vav, the sixth letter, relates to the sixth sephirah of the Tree of Life, which is תפארת Tiphereth and then יסוד Yesod ending in ד Daleth is hidden in also in the last letter of דוד David's name, and it literally means “boiler.”
To boil alchemically the impurities of the psyche within the sexual matrass. The word crucible, crux, cross in alchemical terms, is where we get the word cross. Crucible is a metallurgical element or machine in which you melt impure substances in order to get pure substances. So that the fire of the sexual act, one can remove the impurities of the psyche, of the soul. Likewise, it is on the mattress, the bed, where the couple forges the soul, working in the alchemical matrass to destroy impurities and awaken Kundalini.
דעת Da’ath in this image of the Tree of Life relates to the first letter of David. ו Vav, תפארת Tiphereth, willpower, is the work of the spinal column. Through the work of the spine and with knowledge gained from alchemy, we learn to control יסוד Yesod, the final ד Daleth. That is how David conquered Goliath, his inner beast.
To conclude will leave off with a beautiful teaching from the Book of John (1-18) with some Gnostic exegesis explaining the alchemical and kabbalistic significance of this passage, which relates to what we have been discussing.
Jesus speaks to His disciples:
1. Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that entereth not by the door (of שדי אל חי Shaddai El Chai, the power of God Yesod into the sheepfold of Malkuth) but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
In every lecture we give certain practices in order to help you digest and apply the principles we teach. To become an Emperor, we learn to work with conjurations and prayers, as well as the four exorcisms of the elements. There are exorcisms or prayers we perform which will be doing today at the end of this lecture in order to invoke divinity and control the elements. The exorcisms are related to fire, air, water, and earth which we will be explaining after the lecture.
Questions and Answers
Question: It's amazing when you mention Alice in Wonderland and I thought about The Wizard of Oz and the spine may mean the...
Instructor: Wizard of Oz, עץ החיים Otz Chaim, Wizard of the Tree of Life. And of course that the movie does a very good job of this; it shows the three coils at the beginning of the road that leads to the Emerald City, which is Ithaca for Odysseus, the crown chakra, the kingdom of the Wizard of Oz, the Magician, or the priests of Oz.
Question: The Scarecrow as you think, and the Tin Man, as you feel....
Instructor: The Magician is the only one who is going to give Dorothy, the soul, or better said, the Tin Man, a new heart, a solar astral body. The Scarecrow, a solar mental body, a new mind. The Lion, representing will power, a new causal body. The Magician is the one who is going to create the solar bodies by walking up the path, the golden path of the spine that leads to the City of Emeralds: the Church of the Saints.
Question: That being said, all of this allegory, you were mentioning the mythology and there was mention that Shakespeare was an occultist. Is there anyone in our present time that is an occultist that is giving out information, whether it be Lord of the Rings?...
Instructor: Lord of the Rings. Even Tolkien stated as a preface to one of his books, specifically, and “People think that there is some type of hidden meaning to my stories.” He said, “I just wrote to entertain people.” But he was a very good philologist, a philosopher of language. So, there are certain things that he imitated that were very accurate.
Question: Kind of like Star Wars, did they do the same thing?
Instructor: Actually, Lucas' films were based off the teachings from The Hero with a Thousand Faces by Joseph Campbell. Those were works of imitations, those are works of imi-ta-tus, the one who imitates, but to find works of initiates, one has to become an initiate and to understand it from experience.
Question: Why do you think like Carlos Castaneda... why do you think they use allegory? Obviously, this information if of the utmost importance, why isn't it just thrown at us and say, “Hey look... we have to figure things out...”
Instructor: Many writers of the Piscean era were marked by conservatism. So the Age of Pisces, which ended at the beginning of the Era of Aquarius, in the 60’s, was an era where this type of knowledge was meant to be hidden, not given openly.
The sign of the water carrier of Aquarius, of how to become an Emperor, by following the work of Aqua-Aries, was only given just recently in the writings of, specifically, Samael Aun Weor.
There are other writers who knew this teaching very well and talk about it in an implicit manner, because they weren't authorized by the White Lodge to give it openly. So it is good to read those writers like Ouspensky, Gurdjieff, Alice in Wonderland, many Piscean teachings, with the Aquarian doctrine, which we are teaching now openly so that you can see that there is really a whole teaching here. There is nothing separate that this knowledge was given many times, but in a veiled form, because they weren't authorized to teach openly.
Question: How come they weren't authorized?
Instructor: They weren't authorized by the White Lodge because this knowledge is powerful. You either create an angel or a demon, based on what you do with your work. So, it's a matter of will.
Comment: We are creating a lot of demons...
Instructor: No, have faith. Have faith in Jehovah, as David did, because David, through the power of Yesod, and his will, killed Goliath. Killed the giant, and many of the myths of great heroes killing the beast was very prominent, and so they are teaching that it is very possible, and you will do it if you learn to become humble, to enter that doorway. To be humble like a dervish or a fakir, a poor person, to enter that narrow door. It is difficult, but if you want it, you will do it. If your Being wants you to do it, you will do it no matter what the cost will be.
Question: Relating to postures, you mentioned the Runes and yoga postures, and feet on the wall [the Viparita Karani Mudra], will that help with bringing the Pranic force down the spinal column into the brain and reciting a mantra at the same time?
Instructor: Yes, when you work with the Viparita Karani Mudra, which, for those not familiar with this exercise, you place your legs against a wall and lay your back on the floor. You can simply concentrate and visualize certain energies in fluctuation, such as the practice of the Holy Eight, which we teach in the book called Sacred Rites of Rejuvenation, or you can pronounce mantras or transmute in order to continue the circulation of energies. You can work with exercises like Ham-Sah as well when you are lying on your back.
So I invite you to reflect. At the end of this lecture we will do the exorcisms of the elements. But learn to become poor in spirit by analyzing the elements of the psyche. Our thoughts, our feelings, our body, our impulses, because that is the entrance way to enter through a matrimony, especially, but we begin this path by learning to control the elements, as we taught in the Magician card.
Question: I know we’ve talked about this last week, but the Catholic Church, obviously the priests practice abstinence and this and that, why is it that they are having those defects of, you know… because they know that they are not supposed to spill the semen…
Instructor: Because if you conserve the water, but don't transform it, there is no Genesis there.
Question: But aren't they transforming through prayer and meditation?
Instructor: They are not, obviously, if you look at the results. By their by their fruits you will know them. Certain people, they like to pray and like I said, with the path of the monk, they can develop certain qualities of heart, but it doesn't mean that they are transmuting. It doesn't mean that they are eliminating their defects.
Question: So, they could be drinking and doing stuff...
Instructor: I really don't know what they are doing, but I know that in my encounters with certain priests, they are very degenerate. Not all of them, of course. But people who abstain from sex and don't circulate that energy inward and upward, become homosexual, or they degenerate. They lose their soul, you could say.
Abstention is not enough. You have to learn how to create with that force because if the waters accumulate, obviously the energy, the fire has to go somewhere. If it is not being directed up the spine and just being contained, that fire becomes pestilent. It ferments and develops what we call in esotericism poisoniooskirian vibrations [the forces of extreme fanaticism and sexual perversion], which I believe is the term that Gurdjieff used. It is an objective language. But the thing is abstinence is not enough. You have to circulate the forces because fire has to act. If you don't control the fire, you'll be burned by it.
Question: But that could also be through physical activities, or music or acting? That is the creative energy.
Instructor: There are many ways to channel that energy. Transmutation is the most important, but we can learn to transmute by listening to good music, like the classical compositions, the Operas of Wagner, works of Puccini, Tchaikovsky; initiates who knew this teaching and were teaching how to elevate the soul from Malkuth to the Spirit. So their music conveys that path and can teach your consciousness something valuable [See the course: The Secret Teachings of Opera]. It also elevates the heart and you can learn to transmute energy while listening in ecstasy to Beethoven, especially.
Question: The downside of that, you talk about the accumulation, how energy builds up. You talk about the clergy and books talk about certain monasteries in Europe where there were outbreaks of sensuality [homosexual behavior]. I am wondering if this could have been one of the causes of it, this energy that is building up…
Instructor: If that fire is expelled then it is expelled, but if it is conserved and not transformed, it will develop a lot of problems. But there is no harm in transmuting, and actually, transmutation is the natural way for the body to exist. It is abnormal for us to have the energy expelled in a manner that it is common for animals. Animals procreate in that manner, but angels don't. So if you want to follow the path of an angel, you have to learn to engage with sex as an angel would.
Comment: The problem is even my friend, or I try to mention this to other people, then they automatically call you, “Oh! You’re racist or discriminative against gays!” This is all new to me, since I used to say, “Oh, this is how they were born.” No one ever has this knowledge that such behavior is degenerative. It’s not evil, just animal-based…
Instructor: We don't judge anybody here, because if we point the finger at someone, we have our thumb pointing to God saying, “Look at me,” and I have three fingers pointing at me for my own faults. Homosexuality is condemned in all religions. It is not something that you can practice if you want to unite with your inner Spirit, your inner Christ. Because man and woman, Jah-Havah works in a matrimony. So members of the same sex can't create a life. Same thing physically and spiritually. It is a matter of: as above so below.
Comment: Just to add to that, I think with Dion , and Gareth Knight, who was a prominent occultist, he wrote that the polarities are the same. It’s like a charge; it repels. It not’s natural, really. You need a positive and a feminine.
Comment: No, I agree. But now with the liberal movement, it’s like “Do as thou wilt,” so long as you don’t harm anyone.
Instructor: They have their beliefs and it's their way of thinking. What can you do?
Question: I am really learning stuff that I never knew, which I always thought, like the seven deadly sins and running amok in all of it. Just pure self-indulgence. The point is really what's ruining. It's not politics. It's not this and not that it's really that what happened in the sixties and what's happening now; pride is what's ruining the world and now you explain to people and suddenly they are like, “Oh, now you're in the religion now” all of a sudden.
Instructor: People only have their concepts, preconceived notions of what spirituality is, and they may have certain traumas associated with a certain upbringing that make them repulse to esotericism, specifically, but we always respect the will of others, such as Prophet Muhammad taught in the Qur’an. He said that there is no coercion in religion. If you want to offer someone this knowledge, you can. If they don't accept, that it's their business.
Don't worry about it. Mohammed was very concerned about the black magicians. He was trying to teach in Arabia at that time and the Lord, his inner Being said to him, "You are not a watcher over them. You give the knowledge and if they work with it, great, if not, it's their business." That is what the Qur’an teaches, and the Quran is very beautiful. It says, “Don't worry about people who are not believers,” المؤمنين Al-Muminin in Arabic. مؤمن Mumin, מים mayim, people who work with the waters, and the symbol of Islam, to submit to God, to enter that narrow doorway that leads to heaven is to submit through Islam, which is where you get the word peace Salam.
So you find peace, through submission to God, by working with the moon, the crescent moon of Yesod and the star of Venus, love, which is a matrimony. A symbol of the alchemical teaching.
You can give the knowledge and if they benefit, great. If they don't, it is their business. You know don't have to concern yourself with people who don't want to change. If they don't want to, it's on them.
So, in an ancient time, when this knowledge was given only secretly, there was certain excuses made that, well, they didn't know any better. But now we are in the Era of Aquarius, you can look on our websites and you find the knowledge is given openly. People have access to this teaching now in a way that is unprecedented. So there is no excuse anymore, but you do what you can and don't fret over them.
Question: I have one about transmutation. Recently I sealed myself back up, but I find that I’m having a hard time transmuting. It’s almost like I’m using energy to become other faults, internal faults. Is that a bad thing?
Instructor: Well the energy, when you transmute it, that fire gives you light, and the best and the most reliable way to know that you are transmuting is if you are gaining not physical quality, but psychological. You have more insight into your anger, your fear, your pride, lust, desire, etc., and you are seeing your mind as it is, because when you work with that fire and that water, you create light and life. You start to become more sensitive. You understand how certain habits are negative, not just physical, but psychological, and you can gain a better sense of equanimity and compassion too.
Question: What I have been learning is that every little thing counts. Like what you pay attention to. Every little thing, what you watch on TV, what you listen to, what you read, what you pay attention to on the internet. There is not only one thing, it's every tiny moment...
Instructor: You feed your soul with the impressions you give it. Whether in books, movies, television, and practice especially. So feed your mind and your heart with good impression, such as good music that is from masters, specifically. Especially the European classical tradition has a lot, but you can find a lot of indigenous music, too, from Tibet which is very common and popular now, which you can listen to as well. Aztecs, Mayan, etc.
But the best way to feed your soul is in meditation [see the courses on Gnostic Meditation and Sufi Principles of Meditation]. Learn what you are feeding your consciousness with and reflect on your own psyche every day.
In this course, we’ve been discussing the nature of numerology, numbers, and its mystical application within Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and all religions. Numbers in themselves are intuitive principles; they express and elaborate the path of the soul in its unification with divinity. This path is taught, in a didactic manner, within the Egyptian Tarot, the Torat, the Torah, which literally means “law” or “laws.” Numbers describe laws in nature, the steps the soul needs to follow to achieve religare, religion, reunion. The knowledge of the path, based on experience, is gnosis, what we have verified through facts, what we know for ourselves.
There are two forms of nature: material and spiritual. Numbers govern the laws of both natures, both worlds. The number three is particularly important in relation to this, because the number three is the law of creation, the law origination, of genesis.
We spoke previously about the first card of the tarot: The Magician. This is the masculine principle that initiates life, the force that begins any endeavor, whether material, economic, psychological, or spiritual. However, the masculine, positive, of affirming force cannot develop, unfold, or impact anything without his counterpart, his feminine unfoldment, the Second Arcanum: The Priestess of the Tarot. She is the divine feminine within our consciousness. She is the negative or, better said, receptive force of nature that receives the masculine impulse, but to achieve what?
Man and woman in unison are represented by the holy name of divinity in Judaism: יהוה Jehovah, properly pronounced Jah-Chavah. Jah is the Divine Father, the masculine entity. Chavah is the negative or receptive force, the Divine Mother. Jah is represented by Adam. Chavah is represented by Eve, the “mother of the living” in Genesis.
As we've explained previously, the Hebrew letter ו Vav represents the phallus. The Hebrew letter ה Hei represents the uterus. Together, through the power of love, אל El, the spirit, Chesed in Kabbalah, they unite as the reconciling force of the divine mother, אלוה Eloah, the Empress.
When man and woman sexually unite, they give birth to a child. Just as husband and wife can give birth to a physical child, they likewise can give birth to the golden child of alchemy, the spiritual force known as Christ, Khristos, in Greek; who is an enlivening, spiritual fire that radically transforms our psychology when we have been properly prepared through scientific procedures.
Nature does not ignore the laws upon which it is founded. If we want to create life, we need a man and a woman. All of nature is governed by sexuality. This no one can deny. Life cannot exist for human beings, for animals, for plants, without the unity of masculine and feminine. Even chemicals, molecules, unite and join through sexual bonds, to create new substances, elements, or qualities, new compounds.
The same principle applies to spirituality, for as Jesus taught:
Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus was a literal man. Likewise, many people who read the teachings of Jesus. The prophet was speaking about the need to transform the sexual act into a sacrament, to not approach sex in the manner of everyday persons. He is speaking about the third arcanum of the Tarot: The Empress, how a man and woman can give birth to spiritual consciousness. For when the Magician works with his priestess, when the Divine Father, the masculine force, and the Divine Mother, or feminine force, work within us, they can give birth to the purified soul, represented by Sol, S-O-L, the Sun, the Solar Christic force, free of defect, blemish, or impurity.
Spiritual birth or creation is the third force, the force of reconciliation. These three forces are well cited by Gurdjieff: the positive masculine force is Affirmation, the negative / receptive feminine force is Negation. When they join, they unify through the synthesis, the union, the force of Reconciliation. Sexuality is the force of Reconciliation, how husband and wife come to enjoy the conciliating forces of divine love.
The Third Arcanum of the Tarot is light, signified in Genesis 1:3, יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור Yehi Ha-Aur, Va-Yehi-Aur: “Let there be light, and there was light.” The number three is precisely the life or light of comprehension, of spirituality, that is gestated, between husband and wife in the perfect matrimony and, more importantly, in meditation.
The woman represents the divine, feminine soul or consciousness. She is clothed in white garments, which represents the solar bodies. The Gospels speak about the Wedding Garment of the Soul, the solar vehicles (see Matthew 22), of which we spoke about in our lecture entitled The Solar Bodies, available on our website.
A vehicle is a means by which something is transferred. Therefore, for the light or energy of Christ, to manifest within our soul, we need to create the solar bodies. Just as light cannot function without a bulb, we cannot manifest the supreme energies of divinity without purifying ourselves and giving birth to the soul or solar bodies.
We must have a mind, heart, vitality, and body that resonates with higher laws. Our mind, heart, vitality, and body, the lower four vehicles at the bottom of the Tree of Life, are afflicted with suffering, with conditions, with mechanical ways of behaving, represented by the moon. Netzach (mind), Hod (emotions), Yesod (vitality), and Malkuth (physicality) are governed by lunar desires. The moon governs mechanical forces or laws in nature. Therefore, our egos, desires, and defects are represented by the moon as well, because they are conditions, mechanical habits or behaviors. We must transform our psyche into a sun. This means that our willpower overcomes its conditioning so it can vibrate and transmit superior forces. This is accomplished in the perfect matrimony.
The Empress is in white garments because she is pure in thought, word, and deed. She is the Christified Soul, a consciousness that only knows how to do the will of divinity.
The Empress is represented by the Greeks as Urania-Venus. She is of the stars, of divinity. In Chaldean, Ur-Anas, signifies “fire” or “light” and “water.” That light is generated when we learn to work with our sexual waters, our seminal energy, and practice meditation. Light is created through harnessing the fire of sexuality.
She sits on the cubic stone, referring to the stone of the Masons, the sacred Ka’ba of Islam, the power of Yesod: the Foundation Stone of our temple. This stone is shown resting above a crescent moon, demonstrating that the soul has conquered instinct, sex, and desire: the vital forces of nature. The symbol of Islam also shows the crescent moon with the star of Venus, indicating how the lunar energies are transformed through the star of love. Therefore, a true believer in esoteric Islam is one who works with Yesod and governs it in him or herself.
The twelve stars residing above the head of the Empress signify the twelve faculties of the spiritual human being: the five senses plus clairvoyance, clairaudience, telepathy, polyvoyance, omniscience, and other refined senses of the soul. The twelve stars also represent the Zodiac and the twelve tribes of Israel.
The Empress is greeted by a bird, sacred symbol of the Third Logos, the Third Force known as Binah in Kabbalah. This is the white dove of the Holy Spirit. She also bears a staff in her right hand, indicating that through the work of the spinal column, of raising the power of the Holy Spirit or Kundalini up the medulla to the brain, one achieves genuine religion.
Explanation of the Third Arcanum
The number three is sacred, the law of creation is divine, and is found in many scriptures and cosmogonies. But the law of three is best explained through studying the Kabbalah: The Tree of Life. This is a map depicting different levels of consciousness, in all levels of matter, manifestation, expression, and abstraction / potentiality.
The Tree of Life is governed by the law of three. We find three triangles. The top is the Logoic Triangle, constituted of Kether, Chokmah, and Binah in Hebrew: Crown, Wisdom, and Understanding or Intelligence. These are the First, Second, and Third Logos: the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in Christianity.
It's important to understand that the Father, the Son, and Holy Spirit are not people, but energies in nature. We find the holy trinity, this primordial root energy, behind every level of nature and experience. In the atom, we find the proton represents the Divine Masculine; the electron represents the Divine Feminine; and the neutron represents the Holy Spirit that binds these two forces together, to create an atom, a unity.
The second triangle, in middle of this glyph, is the Ethical Triangle, constituted of Chesed, Geburah, Tiphereth: Mercy, Justice, and Beauty. These constitute our Innermost God, known as Mercy; the divine consciousness, known as Justice, and the human consciousness known as Beauty, respectively.
Tiphereth is the beauty of our soul that we develop through the application of willpower. This is a human quality. When we talked about the Magician, we spoke about how our own willpower must obey divine will, Chesed: the spirit, as well as the Logoic Triangle above. Kether, the Father, the Magician, must manifest in our willpower, Tiphereth, in our heart. Remember that when you transpose the Tree of Life on the image of a human being, Tiphereth resides in the heart.
The spirit, Chesed, is divine, and is also represented by the First Arcanum of the Tarot: The Magician. There are levels of divinity. We say that our Innermost Being is Chesed. But even Chesed has His Innermost Being, known as Kether. These are levels upon levels of experience, for as the Qur’an teaches us in Surah Al-Nur, verse 35: “Light upon light!”
Tiphereth is our willpower that is enmeshed in psychological impurity, in selfishness, egotism. Our present consciousness is a fraction of Tiphereth, an embryo of our full human potential and will. Parts of our consciousness are trapped in defects, vices, errors, represented by qualities of mind (Netzach, known as Victory in Hebrew), qualities of heart (Hod, known as Glory), qualities of vitality, instinct, or energy, known in the East as chi, (or Yesod in Hebrew, translating as Foundation), which all manifest in our physical body (Malkuth).
The Law of Three and the Three Brains
You can see that the law of three permeates every level of existence, of nature. More practically for us, we can relate the law of three to our three brains.
A brain in esoterism does not exclusively refer to the cranial center, but to a psycho-somatic machine that processes material, psychic, and spiritual forces. The three brains are how we relate to life, and it is in this manner that the law of three becomes most practical for our studies.
The intellectual brain processes thought and is a vehicle of the mind (Netzach) on the Tree of Life. It is how thought can express. Thought is a form of psychological energy that manifests within our physical brain, yet it is not limited to the physical brain. This is evident by a profound study of dreams, of awakening consciousness within the dream state, whereby we realize we are not in our physical body, Malkuth, but the fifth dimension: the astral and mental planes.
The emotional brain is the machine that focuses and processes sentiment, feeling, like, dislike, love, hate, etc. The emotional brain is constituted by our physical heart and its nervous systems, which materially manifest the energies of Hod on the Tree of Life.
The motor-instinctive-sexual brain is a machine that process vitality, the energies of procreation and life. It is the brain of movement, impulse, and sexuality. It can be said to be the brain of action, for it is our motor capacities, our impulses, and our sexual drives that push us to act. This is well known in media and advertisements, which use our most base impulses to try to get us to purchase their products.
The motor-instinctive-sexual brain relates to Yesod in Kabbalah. The foundation of our spiritual life is based on how we not only govern our mind and heart, but also our body. Our body is the vehicle through which our egotism, our desires, act.
We tend not to be very conscious of our impulses, because these operate in a very quick fashion. The energies of movement, instinct, and sex are very fast and hard to perceive and control. The heart is also difficult control, especially in moments of anger, because emotional energy functions on a very fast level, yet not as quickly as sexual energy. The intellect is the easiest to control, because it is the slowest of the three brains, despite what modern psychologists or esotericists may think.
Sexual energy is the most powerful force we carry within us. It is the force that gives us magnetism, internal chemistry, metabolism, catabolism, and drive. It can be used for creating material life, or if we know how, spiritual life.
So why study the three brains? Why study the Tree of Life in relation to the Third Arcanum? It is by studying ourselves and the dynamics of our mind, heart, energy / body, that we create spiritual life. We must learn to dominate our mind, heart, and bodily energies through willpower. Tiphereth is willpower and is in the very center of the Tree of Life. This graphic cannot function without the exercise of will. However, what willpower are we actualizing here and now? Is it selfish, egotistical, or unconditioned, pure? Is our willpower following divinity above, or is our will catering to our selfish thoughts, selfish feelings, and cravings and lusts of the flesh?
We must learn to perceive with our willpower and divine consciousness how our defects of mind, heart, and body produce suffering. What are the thoughts and anxieties we experience? Where do they come from and why? What are our attachments and insecurities? What psychological qualities do we carry within that make us dejected? Frustrated? Vain? Proud? What are our defects that make us vibrate at a very low level of being? We need to know the psychological obstacles if we want to ascend to a higher level of being.
We create our psychological experience based on our perception of the moment, which are conditioned and crafted based on our use of the three brains: thought, feeling, and will. If we want happiness, to create a spiritual life inside of us, we must intimately comprehend and control our thoughts, feelings and impulses, our three brains, using willpower, Tiphereth. This is the quality that can make us true humans, spiritual beings.
Remember that the Magician of the Tarot needs to organize the contents of the table in the first card to be a priest, to conquer the four elements represented by the quadrature of the table. He accomplishes this by means of the wand, symbol of the phallus, of masculine or assertive spiritual will. The four elements are represented by the following Hebrew letters:
A practical magician has complete control over the aerial nature of his thoughts, to yoke the tempests of antithetical thinking to replace it with the calm, natural, flowing winds of a heavenly, serene mind. Likewise, he controls the fires of the heart, curtailing any explosions of anger, resentment, fear, etc., to replace it with the fire of cognizant love. And likewise, a practical magician controls his sexual waters, who never wastes them through acts of desire. All of this is obtained by managing the physical body, the earth. An explanation of these four elements will be forthcoming in our lecture for Arcanum 4: The Emperor.
But you can see how the law of three organizes the Kabbalah. The three mother letters of Kabbalah constitute an important trinity, not only within our three brains, but in the Tree of Life. Aleph can signify the Magician, Kether; Shin, or the sacred fire or Menorah of Christ with its three wicks, represents Chokmah, the Second Arcanum. And the third force, the force of reconciliation, is found within Binah: the Holy Spirit, the Third Arcanum as the power of Mem, the waters of sexuality.
When you transpose the Tree of Life on a human being, the Logoic Triangle governs the head (Aleph), the Ethical Triangle governs the torso and heart (Shin), and the Magical Triangle, constituted by Netzach, Hod, and Yesod, relates to Mem, how we use our waters. Aleph has three iods, signifying the three primary forces of nature. Shin also has three wicks or points, indicating the union of Chesed, the spirit, Geburah, the divine soul, and Tiphereth, the human soul.
In relation to the elements, the true gnostic seeks to comprehend his or her defects and overcome them, to become cognizant of their sources. We do so by analyzing our three brains and how they function. We must understand how our mind is in turmoil, storming between thesis and antithesis, positive and negative concepts. Constant thinking is an obstacle to genuine self-knowledge, of spirituality, of gnosis. Genuine experiential knowledge of the higher worlds, of divinity, is only accessible by the consciousness, when the mind is still and serene, when it is not blowing like a hurricane. The mind tends to be caught between two extremes of thinking: accepting or rejecting ideas. The mind, in its conflict, becomes peaceful as we learn to apply the third force: reconciliation or comprehension.
Who is the one that must achieve comprehension? The silencing or serenity of the mind? The consciousness, through the application of will. Comprehension arrives when we introspect, when we learn to observe our mind, heart, and body with the sense of self-observation, with self-analysis, through the perception of unconditioned consciousness.
Three forces apply to the psychological work: when we begin to affirm the work of self-observation, we encounter resistance. Resistance is the force of the ego, of our defects, that does not want to be discovered and removed. Therefore, meditation is essential, to sit quietly and examine the mind without external distractions. We learn to introspect and observe our defects, to comprehend them through the application of will, of concentration, through the power of perception, known in esoterism as imagination. The third force arrives when we comprehend the source of resistance by exercising our willpower and perception, our consciousness, for through perceiving the origins of conflict, we resolve conflict.
This same dynamic applies to the rest of the other three brains.
The motor-instinctive-sexual brain, or better synthesized as the sexual brain, is the machine of attraction and repulsion. Through sexual energy we are either attracted to a member of the opposite sex or we do not. We find desire or revulsion in this center.
Despite the wisdom of this center, many people sadly do not comprehend how to use the sexual brain in a spiritual manner. They believe they must either indulge in sensual pleasures, in lust, or to run away from sex, to treat it as something filthy and disgusting. Both these approaches to sex are rejected in the Gnostic Tradition.
We do not go to either extremes in relation to sex. We do not reject sex as something disgusting, nor do we glorify its lustful applications. We instead comprehend sexuality and govern it with wisdom, with temperance, with enlightened eyes. We do not dive into impure usages of sex, and neither do we repress sexual instinct. We instead comprehend it and use sexual energy in a synthetic way, with cognizance, with purity. You see the three laws here? Many people get stuck in either affirming or denying sex as something lustful, but not comprehending its actual function: how to create spiritual life, cognizance, and the development of the soul. Affirmation is the first force. Negation is the second force. Comprehension or conciliation is the third.
Gurdjieff aptly stated that “humanity is third force blind.” People are indeed blind to the true purpose of sexuality, the force of conciliation.
The gnostic scriptures speak abundantly about overcoming the flesh. This flesh is Malkuth, but also expressed as desires in Yesod, Hod, and Netzach. Desire is ego, defects, degeneration, impure ways of thinking, feeling, and acting. Remember that ego is Latin means “I.” The ego is multiple. Desires are multiple. Desire is a technical term or equivalent of “ego.” The ego says “I want. I crave. I desire.” This is selfish will, not pure will. Pure will is known as Tiphereth. Let us understand that willpower is very different from desire. Tiphereth or willpower way of acting and knowing in accordance with the commandments given by our Divine Father and Divine Mother in our consciousness.
Therefore, we do not overcome the flesh by flagellating ourselves or rejecting the body, but using it appropriately, with the beauty of our pure willpower. This is well documented in books like The Perfect Matrimony and The Mystery of the Golden Flower.
We must govern sex with willpower, and not let sex govern our will. This is how we become magicians. We work in the magic of love to create the Empress, the Christified or purified soul. Likewise, we control the other brains in this endeavor. The three brains can be used by our defects and desires, or by our soul, consciousness, known as Tiphereth. It is the heart that tells us which actions are wrong or right. It is the voice of conscience or intuition that states, “I should do this.” “I should not do this.” It is our willpower that knows how to govern the mind, heart, and body to create harmony within one’s psychological kingdom or empire.
The Law of the Pendulum and Force of Equilibrium
It’s easy to see how the first two forces relate to the three brains. We affirm some concept, religion, or idea with the first force: Affirmation. We arrive at a different idea, the antithesis, through Negation. Affirmation and Negation place each of the three brains in conflict.
We may like a person at one moment but hate them the next. We may also be attracted to someone sexually and yet also be repulsed by them. This is the dualism of the emotional and the sexual brains, respectively.
It’s enough to look at society to see how people constantly fluctuate between two extremes, two ends of a pendulum: positive, negative; affirmation, negation; thesis, antithesis; yes, no; good, bad. People don’t realize that these dualistic ways of thinking, feeling, and acting produce the hypnosis of the soul, the sleep of our consciousness. People are not aware of the psychological sources of their problems. Humanity simply likes to “go with the flow” of things. They do not like to comprehend the source of their sufferings, because to do so is to face a certain resistance in the mind, which tells them, “It doesn’t matter if I think or feel this way. I don’t need to change. The world needs to change instead.”
The reason why society is in conflict is because we are in conflict. We bear the same habits we blame in others within our three brains. It is hypocritical to condemn others for the same defects we possess, as Jesus teaches in the Gospels.
We like to affirm or reject things all the time in our psyche, habits, and dispositions. We believe in one religion with our heart one day, then reject it the next. People tend to change religions, political parties, or ideas like changing clothes. There is a constant fluctuation between extremes in the mind, heart, and body.
Therefore, where is the authenticity of our desires and yearnings in thought, feeling, and will? All of this is vain, to assume things will get better in time once other people change. External changes are superfluous. What’s important is the make psychological changes.
We have many conflicting desires that do not have any real sense of integrity, unity, or wholeness. They are separate, disparate, conflicting. So when we learn to look inside of ourselves, we face a difficult problem, which is seeing the mind, heart, and body exactly as they are, seeing the psychological contents of the three brains as they exist in the present moment.
The third force, the Third Arcanum, is necessary for our spirituality. The third force is developed as we introspect, as we self-observe our psychological conflicts, when we combine our willpower and perception to understand the sources of our conflicts. When we achieve comprehension of conflicts in the psyche, those conflicts will disappear. This is the third force: equilibrium, understanding, or psychological balance, represented in the Hebraic Kabbalah as the Third Sephirah at the top of the Tree of Life: Binah.
The Three Souls of Alchemy and Kabbalah
The number three relates not only to our three brains but to three types of soul in the Kabbalistic and Alchemical traditions. The three souls of Kabbalah are known as Nephesh, Ruach, and Neshamah.
All three of these terms signify “breath.” In our discussion of The Magician card, we spoke abundantly about the Hebrew letter א Aleph, that it signifies the breath, the wind, that initiates spiritual life. What is the relationship of the soul with breath? The Sufis state that the gnostic must guard his breaths against God Most High, to not use one’s breath or speech in vain. This is because the throat is the uterus of the Verb, the Word, the Logos, to Logoic Tringle. We create or destroy life based on our words.
Yogis and gnostics work with breathing exercises to transform energies in the body, whether through mantras, pranayama, runic exercises, sacred rites of rejuvenation, etc.
The word for breath or vanity, mentioned in the Book of Ecclesiastes, is הֲבֵל Habel, which is where we get the name Abel. “Vanity of vanities,” saith the preacher. “Vanity of vanities. All is vanity.” הֲבֵל הֲבָלִים Habel Habelim.
Remember that Abel, Habel, was killed by his brother Cain, symbolizing how our defects, our Sensual Mind, kills our soul through wrong thinking, wrong feeling, and wrong acting. Therefore, all of life is vain, because our spiritual potentiality has been nullified.
The Kabbalists also state that the inhaled breath is Neshamah, which is still pure and unsullied by the body. Ruach is the breath prepared for exhalation. Nephesh is the breath that finally reaches another person through dialogue. All three souls are different modifications of א Aleph, the spiritual energies of God, but in different levels of purity or conditioning.
Nephesh is the Animal Soul. It is constituted by our consciousness trapped in defects, egos. Nephesh is the origin of suffering. These are the lusts of the psyche and the flesh. Nephesh is animalistic and low, associated with different forms of violence. Notice how the animals within the animal kingdom follow the law of “kill or be killed. Eat or be eaten.” As the Bible states in relation to Nephesh, “Nephesh, Nephesh, Blood is paid for blood!” Or as Jehovah Elohim states to Cain, “The blood of your brother cries out to Me from the ground!”
We can easily see Nephesh in our media, where our television shows are saturated with sarcasm, with mental violence, making fun of or belittling others. This is a form of bloodshed in the mental plane (Netzach). We also find Nephesh in our Hollywood actors who abuse the emotional brain, tearing their hearts open with shows of extreme grief, cursing, and hatred. This is violence in the emotional world (Hod). And when people makes pornographic films, everyone is abusing their vital energies (Yesod) and defiling their bodies (Malkuth).
Remember the Fifth Commandment states: “Thou shalt not kill,” and yet everyone is killing the energies of divinity within their three brains and by violating the will of others. The Ten Commandments were given unto Nephesh in order that it can learn to stop being an animal.
All of us are Nephesh without exception. We constantly repeat egotistical and animalistic behaviors, including hatred, pride, greed, gluttony, etc. These elements constitute our animal inheritance, which have only become more complicated through the forces of evolution, devolution, and our intellect. The only difference between us and the animals in the animal kingdom is that we have intellect. We rationalize.
Nephesh-desire is one hundred percent lunar, mechanical. It is constituted by our habits. This is easy to see in Kabbalah, because Nephesh corresponds to Yesod, the vital forces, our instincts, as we see in this image on the tree of life. Our animality is defined by our mechanical, repetitive behaviors, our conditioning, associated with the moon, luna, which is where we get the word lunatic, someone who is depleted of reason and who follows degenerated, mechanical thinking. Nephesh is governed by the moon.
You can see by this definition and by reflecting upon yourself in meditation that everyone has many mechanical habits that are engrained, that are hard to change. We have a strong sense of ego, of self, of desire, that rationalizes and justifies its behavior. You see the problem here? The ego uses thought to justify its degeneration. Therefore, Samael Aun Weor stated that the greatest weapon the demons or black magicians use to pull the aspirants from the path is the intellect. Because everyone fortifies and worships the animal mind.
The intellect is not entirely bad. It is only bad when Nephesh, ego, desire, uses the intellect to propagandize its agenda. The intellect simply is a machine that can be used to process information, whether materialistic or spiritual. Therefore, in comparison with the animal kingdom, we have an advantage to use the intellect for divine purposes, to learn how to stop being an animal. When we acquire the intellect for the first time, divinity gave us certain commandments throughout the diverse religious traditions, to rationalize and demonstrate to us the path of becoming a true human being. And this is where the second type of soul, Ruach, comes into play.
Ruach is the Thinking Soul. This is our conscience, that part of us that gives us a sense of right and wrong, a certain level of gnosis: how certain actions and psychological behaviors are proper or improper given the circumstances. We’re are talking more about a soul that reflects upon itself, that conceptualizes its habits and seeks to remedy them.
Ruach relates to Chesed: Mercy in the Kabbalah, our Innermost God. Chesed is our Spirit on the Tree of Life, our Being, our divinity. This is our Inner Buddha.
When we face conflicts and difficulties in life, we must learn to use our Ruach. In the spiritual work, Nephesh, the Animal Soul, and Ruach, the Thinking Soul, are submitted to ordeals. This is to give Ruach the opportunity to see the lower, animal soul, and to comprehend its errors. For when we face tremendous and unexpected difficulties, we have the opportunity to see our most hidden defects, egos which we never thought existed in ourselves. But of course, we must be in self-observation to catch them. Whatever defects we catch through self-observation must be wholly comprehended in meditation. Through comprehension in meditation we learn to transform the animal in us into the human.
In a moment of anger, Nephesh pushes us to speak hurtful words, perhaps to a friend or co-worker. We must, in those instances, learn to reflect and rationalize with Ruach, to work with our conscience, to comprehend the source of that animalistic anger, so that we do not behave in mistaken ways. This is how we can transform our daily life.
According to Friedrich Nietzsche, animals are at least innocent. We are not. Because we have the intellect, we have greater responsibility for our actions. Human beings as they are now are worse than apes, because they have the intellect but continue to behave degenerately. We should not justify the animal within us, but seek to become a human being and afterward a superhuman being.
So what can make us into a human and even a superhuman being? Neshamah.
Neshamah relates to the powers of Geburah, Justice, or our divine consciousness, on the Tree of Life. Neshamah is pure, divine. It is a soul that is not mixed with degeneration, with egotism. It is a power of tremendous spiritual caliber, with the power to create a true human being, as represented in Genesis. When Jehovah Elohim (Binah) created the human being into His spiritual image, He used his Neshamah to enliven Nephesh, to purify it and make it holy. Jehovah Elohim breathed the breath of life, Neshamah Chaiah, into the nostrils of Adam, and Adam became a living soul, a Nephesh Chaiah.
A Nephesh Chaiah does not relate to common, ordinary persons like us, but to fully enlightened beings who have no defects. A Nephesh Chaiah is a Jesus, a Buddha, a Krishna, a Muhammad, etc.
We must use Ruach to control Nephesh. When Nephesh in us is conquered, and purified by Neshamah, the spiritual soul, Nephesh becomes a Nephesh Chaiah, it resurrects, it becomes a new being: one without anger, fear, resentment, jealousy, etc. This process is accomplished through the path of initiation and psychological purification in meditation.
The Three Kabbalistic Souls in the Qur’an
The Qur’an also refers to these three types of soul in the following manner:
In Surah Yusuf, verse 53, the Qur’an states:
But I [Yusuf] absolve not my own soul. Surely the soul commands to evil, save whom my Lord may show mercy. Truly my Lord is Forgiving, Merciful. ―Yusuf 53
The word for Mercy is Chesed in Kabbalah, a direct reference to the Ruach Elohim. Ruach, Rahman, Rahim, are sacred names of divinity in Islam.
Only Ruach, the thinking soul, with the help of Neshamah, can control Nephesh: the soul that commands to evil, our egotistical desires. When we face ordeals, our Nephesh is stimulated and comes to the surface, screen, and attention of our self-observation. If we are not in control of ourselves, then we will follow the animal in us: the soul that commands to evil.
The Surah entitled: The Resurrection, speaks of the blaming soul, another term for Ruach. Ruach is the one that blames us for our faults, Nephesh. This is not a term of masochism, that we enjoy blaming ourselves for our faults, or that we are pessimistic people. The question is: who is blaming who? It is the spark of divinity we carry within that is helping to call us to attention for our faults. The Bible states: “God loves those whom He chastises.” We must self-observe and see our animal desires for what they are. This is a form of blaming or criticizing our own selves, so that we can transform the consciousness. This is positive and necessary, for remorse is good, not egotistical, morbid, and self-flagellating shame. That is not the meaning of the term “blaming.”
When you look within yourself and comprehend how a certain action produced harm, you are blaming yourself with Ruach. You are becoming cognizant and remorseful for how your words of anger produced suffering. Suffering is always produced by animality. Remorse is a necessary emotional quality of the thinking / rationalizing soul. We must be responsible and take ownership for our faults if what we want is unification with divinity, with Neshamah.
In the Surah entitled The Dawn, verse 27, the Qur’an states:
O soul at peace! Return to thy Lord, content, contenting. ―The Dawn 27
It is very appropriate that the soul at peace, Neshamah, is associated with the Surah known as The Dawn, whereby we witness the rising of the sun, the Solar Logos, a symbol of the Christic energy.
Neshamah, the spiritual soul, is what grants us peace, which allows us to return to divinity content and contenting others. Is our soul like this yet? Observe and be honest. Do we naturally irradiate light, happiness, contentment for others? Patience and fortitude? Compassion? Or are we self-wiled, self-centered, concerned for our self-image, the gratification of our senses?
If we are honest with ourselves we can admit that our souls are not at peace, that we do not have Neshamah developed inside. What we tend to have are a lot of social, personal, psychological, and economic problems.
Therefore, we need ordeals and difficulties. Ordeals are given to us by Neshamah, from the divine soul, by Geburah in Kabbalah, who signifies Justice. To be just and upright spiritual beings, we need to pay our debts, to pay what we owe. For if we spilled blood in the past, then we must pay for it in this life. It could mean that we are humiliated by the people we once condemned or shamed in past existences, or even in this life. To shame someone is to spill blood, to make blood flush a person’s face. If we harmed others, we will be harmed in return through the power of Justice. But this not a mechanical dynamic. Ordeals bring Nephesh to our attention, so that we can comprehend our faults. Without this conflict, we cannot arrive at genuine self-knowledge.
Here the three forces are at work to create Neshamah within us. We begin to self-observe, to analyze our minds and hearts in depth; we affirm this teaching in practice. Then resistance of the ego emerges; our Nephesh-desire fights, it wants to continue being an animal. Therefore, Paul of Tarsus stated:
For we know that the law [of Neshamah] is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin [Nephesh].
Right now all of us are enslaved to desire. We must wage a holy war, to purify the psyche. We accomplish this through ordeals and by overcoming our lunar, mechanical habits. Neshamah is only fully developed in us once we have passed all the tests and ordeals, once Nephesh and Ruach are fully purified.
What’s also interested is that the Arabic word for Tranquility or peace is Sekinah or Shekinah, the Kabbalistic name for the Kundalini, the power of the Holy Spirit. For in the Surah known as the Victory, verse 4: “He it is Who sends own Tranquility into the hearts of the believers, that they may increase in faith along with their faith―to God belong the hosts of the heavens and the earth, and God is Knowing, Wise.” Just as the tongues of fire descended upon the Apostles in the Book of Acts, likewise the Tranquility, the Shekinah, Neshamah or spiritual soul, the Kundalini, comes down to us once we have passed the psychological tests and have been working diligently in a matrimony.
The Hebrew Letter Gimel
In relation to the three brains, the three Mother letters of Kabbalah, and the three souls, we can speak abundantly about the third Hebrew letter: Gimel, which is associated with the Empress of the Tarot.
Gamal is literally the Hebrew word for “camel.” It can also signify a rich man, which is a direct reference to St. Paul’s spiritual man. Remember that he speaks in his Epistles about the two men: one terrestrial, and one heavenly. The terrestrial man is poor, the human soul lacking virtue and development. He is made up Ruach. The spiritual man consists of the power of Neshamah, and constitutes the most divine within Kabbalistic psychology.
We are Nephesh, which has nothing to do with human qualities. We are not human beings; neither are we Paul’s terrestrial man, which fully manifests the developed Ruach, the Thinking Soul. Many people read the Old and New Testaments and want to believe that they are true human beings, just as Adam was created by the breath of life, Neshamah.
To become “a living soul” is to incarnate Neshamah, as I stated earlier. This is a very high level of attainment, achieved near the end of the path, at resurrection. We, right now, have animal mind, a mind that is poor, destitute, requiring assistance from divinity above, from Gedulah, Goodness, our Innermost Spirit, known also as Chesed: Mercy in Kabbalah.
The truth is that we have a fraction or portion of Ruach in us at this moment, which is the small still voice of our conscience. This must be developed further through comprehending and transforming Nephesh through initiation. Until Nephesh is controlled and transformed by Ruach and Neshamah, we are not human beings yet.
So why is the Empress, the three types of soul, associated with ג Gimel, the camel? ג Gimel is constructed of an elongated, erect Vav, symbol of the spinal column, but also the phallus. Remember that the distinctive feature of a camel is its spine, it's hump. The י Iod / Yod, the dot at the top can also represent a phallus, but also the sexual energy and potential of God that rises within the spine. Notice that there are three י iods, three types of soul hidden here, that we must work with alchemically. By working with the creative energy we aspire to reach our own inner Gedulah, Goodness, another term for Chesed, our Spirit, and to fully command the three types of soul within us.
The Zohar, when introducing the teachings of the Hebrew, Kabbalistic alphabet, discusses the symbiotic nature of ד Daleth and ג Gimel, the terrestrial and the heavenly men. The Zohar explains how when Iod-Chavah, Jehovah, wanted to create the heavens and the earth using the Hebrew letters, he called upon them from last to first. I won’t narrate the entire account at this point of our course, but regarding Gimel and Daleth, we find the following emphasis:
The Zohar states:
The letters ד Daleth and ג Gimel entered and made the same request [to initiate creation]. He replied to them as well, “It is enough for you to be with each other, since the poor will never cease from the world, and need to be treated kindly. ד Daleth is poor; ג Gimel, Gomel, renders, goodness to her. Do not separate from one another! It is enough for one of you to sustain the other.” ―Zohar
Who are the poor that will never cease from the world? Those souls who are filled with Nephesh, who are poor in spirit, who lack development, yet who want to receive the riches of the Innermost, Gedulah, Gimel, the Spirit. The Essence―which is us―is merely a fraction of the human soul known as Tiphereth. It is conditioned and animalistic, yet wants to become transformed by Gedulah, by Goodness, by the Being.
The Qur’an gives us a similar teaching in Surah 47 verse 38:
Behold! You are those who are called upon to spend in the way of God, yet among you some are miserly. And whosoever is miserly is only miserly towards himself. God is the Rich, and you are the poor. And if you turn away, He will cause a people other than you to take your place, and they will not be the likes of you. ―Qur'an 47:38
This is paralleled in the story of Pinocchio; a doll, a wooden boy, ד Daleth, who wants to become a true human being made into the image of God, of Gedulah, ג Gimel. ג Gimel in this story is the carpenter, Geppetto. See how everything is beautifully hidden within names and words? גאפטו Geppetto starts with the letter G, Gimel. He represents the Being who fashions ד Daleth, the poor human soul, from the wood of the tree of knowledge of good and evil. Gimel also reminds us of Gnosis, Knowledge, since these words begin with G or a silent G-n, read as a “Neeyah” sound, such as with Jnana Yoga.
But of course, there are challenges to be faced and overcome for Pinocchio to cease being a Daleth, a poor puppet, to become perfected being, a Hebrew letter Gimel, as described in that fable. What’s also interesting is that our present word “God” is composed of ג Gimel and ד Daleth. ד Daleth represents and literally relates to a poor man, a fakir, or faqir. We need to reunite Daleth with Gimel in order to spell Gedulah, or גד G-D, God.
All of this occurs through the help of the Blue Fairy, the Divine Mother Kundalini through initiation, hidden within Arcanum 2. So I hope the relationship of ד Daleth and ג Gimel is obvious now.
We are also like a camel wandering the wilderness of initiation, seeking to be guided by our inner God. Nietzsche speaks about this in his Thus Spoke Zarathustra, through a chapter entitled: On the Three Metamorphoses (of the Spirit). We must become like camels, entering our own particular wilderness or states of suffering, our daily life transformed through the work of initiation. This is for us to become a lion of Judah, a Bodhisattva, a master who has incarnated Christ. Much later does a Bodhisattva, the lion, reach perfection, resurrection, to become a child, but that is a topic for another lecture.
What keeps us alive in this search and longing for transmutation is the water in our hump, the transmuted waters of life ascending within our spine to nourish our brain, also signified by the top or head of the letter ג Gimel.
Speaking of initiation, the camel is also associated with the serpent and the angel Samael, the divinity responsible for raising the fire of Kundalini within his initiates or adepts in this present epoch. This is textually based from the following verses of the Zohar:
Camels are the primordial serpent that was like a camel. When the angel Samael [the creative sexual energies of the sign of Scorpio] tempted Adam to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of good and evil, he was riding on a camel-like serpent [a Gamal or a Gimel like a serpent within the spine, the Hebrew letter Vav]. We learned that whoever sees a camel in his dream was punished by death from above but was saved from it. It is all the same, which means that the camel and the serpent that delivered death to the world are the same thing. ―Zohar
The Zohar also explains how the Angel Samael is related to the power of the serpent in our spinal column, our ג Gimel or camel’s hump:
When Samael tempted Adam to eat of the fruit of the tree of good and evil, he descended from heaven riding on this camel-like serpent at that time, all the creatures saw his image and fled from him. ―Zohar
Let us unpack this passage. Astrologically, Samael governs Aries and Scorpio, relating to the head and to the sexual organs respectively. Samael is an angelic intelligence who works with the serpentine power Kundalini, rising from Scorpio, in sex, towards the brain, Aries. Adam is the head, and Eve, Chavah, is sex, as we’ve explained many times. The unification of the two is Iod Chavah, Jehovah, the Superman.
Therefore, we are tempted through sexuality, Eve, Chavah, and the brain, Adam, experiences the fruits of desire, the pleasures of fornication, through the animal spasm or orgasm. When this occurs, the serpentine power descends within the spine and Nephesh is fortified. Demons make that energy descend towards Klipoth from the Chakra Muladhara, forming the tail of Satan.
Because the power of Samael can elevate or destroy us, the Zohar often refers to this angel in a mixed way, as being demonic and heavenly. Right now, the Master Samael is risen, perfected. He was once fallen, but now he is resurrected. While Samael Aun Weor achieved perfection once more, the energy in us―known as Samael―is not. Therefore Samael, the serpent within our bodies, according to the Zohar, has tempted us and continues to tempt us. Let us not confuse the Master Samael with that serpentine power we carry in our sexual organs referred to as Samael, the sexual strength of divinity.
Always remember that we are Daleth, the poor man, an initiate seeking to receive the riches of the spirit, Gimel, the camel. But if we expel our seminal energies, we will be poor and without spirit.
As Proverbs 21:20 states:
There is treasure to be desired and oil (Shemen) in the dwelling of the wise; but a foolish man spendeth it up. ―Proverbs 21:20
The treasures of the spirit are in our semen, our י iod, sperm or ovum, hidden within the bottom of ג Gimel, the spine. But as I said, if we ejaculate the י iod from our bodies, from the bottom of the Hebrew letter ג Gimel, we become spiritually dead. Through fornication, our sexual energy, our י Iod, is expelled from the bottom of the Hebrew letter ג Gimel, leaving us spiritually destitute. Daleth, the terrestrial soul, then becomes separated from Gimel, the spiritual being or Innermost.
As the Zohar states:
We learned that whoever sees a camel in his dream was punished by [spiritual] death from above but was saved from it [when practicing transmutation]. It is all the same, which means that the camel and the serpent that delivered death to the world are the same thing. ―Zohar
Therefore, spiritual death occurs when we make the serpent descend towards the Klipoth, but saved when raising that power up the spine, our camel’s hump, through scientific chastity. The י iod above ג Gimel signifies chastity, and the י iod at the bottom expresses the possibility for fornication.
Regarding the psychology of this Hebrew letter, we have all heard Jesus teach, “It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter into heaven.” Who is the rich man, in this case? I just stated that we are poor, poor in spirit, lacking development. However, all of us are rich with ego, self-sufficiency, pride, anger, etc. Therefore, we cannot enter heaven in this manner, because the ego is not compatible with heaven.
It is not by believing in anything, in anyone, that we will enter heaven, but becoming humble, like the Hebrew letter ד Daleth. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:3). Remember that one must be poor in the spirit, not poor of spirit, lacking knowledge. As will be explained in the lecture on Arcanum 4: The Emperor, we must enter ד Daleth, the door, of initiation, through becoming humble. We must annihilate our ego and become poor in spirit, to recognize our misery, so that we can later ascend, as the Magician card indicates. We ascend only after descending into our own infernal worlds to work in sexual magic.
A camel, ג Gimel, the Innermost, is humble, and therefore can pass through the eye of a needle. Why a needle? A needle is used for sewing, and can symbolize the sewing and weaving of the solar bodies. We weave the solar bodies through sexual magic, through raising the creative energies up our spine, our camel’s hump. Not only is this significant, but the needle has an eye, which is the shape of a hidden י iod, a point, or dot; this signifies the power of Kether, divinity, the height of heights, the top of the Tree of Life. It is the power of divinity, the sperm or ovum in potentiality that becomes elongated and formed within our spinal medulla, becoming the letter ו Vav through alchemy. When an embryo forms, what we see is the spine, initially. This physically parallels how the energies of our iod, our energies, rises up and elongates, becoming a ו Vav, the spinal column. Our ו Vav, the spine, is hidden within the calligraphy of the Hebrew letter ג Gimel. It’s easy to see here that ג Gimel has a ו Vav, a spine, with three different י iods.
As we discussed the nature of Aleph in our first lecture, Aleph has three י iods, signifying the three primary forces. The Hebrew letter ג Gimel also represents, in its three י iods, the equilibrium of air, fire, and water, a direct reference to controlling the energies of the three brains. Remember that the mind is signified by א Aleph, the wind; the heart is signified by fire, ש Shin; and sexuality is represented by מ Mem, the waters of life.
The throne of the spirit is the spinal column, Gimel, whereby the power of Neshamah, the Kundalini or serpent power of Samael, works, but always against and upon Nephesh and Ruach. We must spiritualize ourselves through working with Neshamah in sexual magic, and to be resolved to endure the initiatic ordeals through using our Ruach over Nephesh, being guided by divinity.
Questions and Answers
Question: So would you say that Neshamah, I mean just because we're born into this, you know, we pretty much do everything wrong in these systems that we have and all that, that basically, we have Neshamah when we're born, because we are not born with sin, are we?
Instructor: Well Samael explains something interesting that a child is pure up until the ages of four to seven. So this is a blank slate. But the problem is that the egos of that child enter and manifest within that soul between four and seven years of age because that's when that child is developing what we call personality.
Question: But isn't that really just our society? If you have a child that is born in nature, and lives in accordance to nature, without all these kinds of institutions and constricts that make us Satanic, aren't they, can't they be Neshamah if they do not have all of these things thrown at them?
Instructor: One thing in Gnostic science and psychology, we talk about three influences upon a child. You have what's called the genotype, paratype, and phenotype. I may be mixing up the definitions of these, we do have genotype, which is karmic inheritance: our egos and defects that we created in past lives. So those are conditions and elements that we have to face eventually as becoming an adult.
But there are influences from environment, relating to paratype and phenotype, and being educated in a certain way to receive certain influences. So there is that component. And it's good if a child can have a very good upbringing, a good education, a respect for nature, especially within gnostic matrimonies, where couples know how to raise a child in accordance with these principles, so they're given extra help. But it doesn't really mean that that child will be perfect when they grow up because of karma, the ego. I've known certain missionaries in this tradition who have children and their children don't follow gnosis. So they may be brought up in a very good way, or hopefully a good way, with spiritual influences, but still a gorilla is a gorilla. You can take a gorilla to a dining hall in Paris and see what happens. We have that ego that's really strong, which develops, or better said, enters into us between the ages of four and seven.
Question: Getting back to numerology and astrotheology, So I've had my numbers done before. I'm a twenty (slash) two. Is it OK to have your numbers done? How do the gnostics feel about numerology, having your numbers done by someone?
Instructor: Personally, in terms of numbers, we always work with astral projection, so that we communicate directly with our Innermost, our Gedulah.
Audience: So you don't work with the whole name on the birth certificate, the time you are born...
Instructor: We do. There's a reference to that in the end of Tarot and Kabbalah called the Keynote of the day, or better said, the Keynote of one's name. There's certain numbers, certain meanings that you can associate with your name based on a certain formula at the end of that book. I do not remember that off the top of my head, but there's a way to add the numbers of your name in order to get an understanding of the certain tonality of your existence, your present existence. And it relates to one of the twenty two major arcana, which you can relate to yourself...
Audience: That's what she said. I didn't meant to cut you off. The woman that did this, I felt intuitively that she was authentic, that she seemed to be that way. She figured out my numbers based on my birth certificate, the time I was born, where I was born, and I came out to be a twenty (slash) two, which when I looked it up, a two (I'm definitely two); and then my other number, which was my karmic debt number was sixteen (slash) seven, and sixteen in the arcanum is very interesting: it's a building where it's falling...
Instructor: Fragility. It's a very difficult number, because it means failure. But here's the thing: if you want to escape failure, Arcanum 16 = 1 + 6 = 7: which is the Triumph, the war that you have the wage against your defects. So there's a way to escape that tonality of that influence, easily. But in terms of the arcana, we always seek to as a ד Daleth, a poor person, to enter the astral plane so we can refer directly to our Innermost, because we can receive, do readings like that in the physical plane, but I've always found it more resourceful to ask a master in the astral plane: "What do I need to do?" And they show you a number and a situation, and that way it's much more dynamic, it's more direct, it's coming from God. Therefore, you can be absolutely certain that what you're receiving is coming from divinity, and that is always really what we need.
Question: And that's just done through deep meditation?
Instructor: We meditate, we learn to astral travel.
Audience: Yeah, I haven't done that before, but I've never gotten back to that.
Instructor: Well we learn through practice and experience. But that's how your ד Daleth, we, the poor person, enter and unite with ג Gimel to form God, the perfect human being. So the heavenly man and the terrestrial man as St. Paul teaches are joined together, and we learn that science through dream yoga. We get advice in the astral plane, in the higher dimensions, about what we need to do.
Audience: Are there people here who do not have karmic debt, or do we all have karmic debt?
Instructor: This whole planet is... I do not know anyone who does not have certain debts, because you can say we are all cut from the same scissors.
Audience: It's a matter of degree, alright.
Instructor: Some people have life that's worse because they committed a lot of wrong action in the past, and that's why they're suffering a lot in this current time.
Audience: Yeah, I was going to say that as much as my karmic debt seems like it's a burden, I mean, I can't even imagine these people in third-world countries, what they're karmic debt is...
Instructor: Which if we study the Bhavachakra of Buddhism, it teaches that there are six classifications of human beings. You have the gods, the demigods, the humans, the hungry ghosts, the demons, and the animals. People in Buddhism think that refers to literal animals, demigods, in another plane of existence. There's a certain meaning to that, but there are many people in life who live like a demon, who live like an animal, who live like a hungry ghost, always trying to acquire more and get things. The myth of the hungry ghost is that they would try to drink and feed themselves but their mouth is only the size of a pin drop or pin needle. Interesting analogy there to [the eye of a needle where only a camel can pass]...
Question: It's more like gluttony?
Instructor: Not just gluttony, but also...
Audience: It's because they suffer...
Instructor: Trying to acquire satisfaction, and comfort, and security. So it can be material. And trying to have the security but not being able to get it. But then you have people who live like gods and demigods who have a lot of wealth, but they're always afraid that they are going to lose what they have. So that's why it's better to transcend that wheel of recurrence, repetition, cyclical behavior we call Samsara. Samsara literally means "cycling," return and recurrence, to come back to. You have to cut through that to cease behaving as a Nephesh, as an animal, because an animal, Nephesh, rotates in that wheel, the Bhavachakra. Good, bad. Yes, no. Success, failure, Victory, defeat.
Instructor: That's duality and we have go through the third path, which is equilibrium, which is the path of the Bodhisattva in Buddhism, to balance all those forces, to make Nephesh a Nephesh Chaiah, make it holy.
Any other final comments or questions?
Question: You said that the Empress relates to light?
Question: And to get that light you utilize the fire, there again, in the semen?
Instructor: Yes, because יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור Yehi Aur Va Yehi Aur. אֹֽור "Aur" means light, and you find אֹֽור Aur, light, hidden as a seed within the sexual organs. The Zohar teaches that in the opening of that scripture, how hidden in the fourth day of Genesis, "Let there be lights in the firmament of heaven," (Genesis 1:14) מְאֹרֹת Me'orot, you have the seed of that word, אֹֽור Aur, מְאֹרֹת Me'orot, אֹֽור Aur is light, which they say is a seed within a human being, which is of course the reference to the sexual matter. If you expel the אֹֽור Aur, the seed, you have left in those Hebrew letters, from מְאֹרֹת Me'orot, מות Mavet, which means "death" in Hebrew. We'll talk more about the Zohar later.
But you work with that seed through mantra. You say, "Let there be light!" You're praying, your mantralizing, vocalizing sacred sounds, and then "There was light!" "Let there be light!" God says. "And there was light." So when we talk about the Hebrew letter ו Vav, "and" is ו Vav, the spine. That's how you create light in your spinal column. יְהִי אֹור Yehi Aur, "Let there be light," וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור Va Yehi Aur, "And there was light."
Audience: It almost seems like the light is, for anyone, whether you're rich or poor, it's difficult as it is just because of a million... our thoughts going on in our head, but it almost seems that what I'm gathering by coming here every week is just we really have to control our carnal pleasures, our temptations, and if you just do that, then the universe, or God, or Tao, or whatever will kind of lead you towards the right path. It's really about controlling oneself, not worrying about all these other outside, you know, politics and this and that, and family matters. It's all about having control, about governing oneself. If you just that, then you will lead to a better path.
Instructor: And that's why the Zohar states that one must engage with Torah day and night. Of course many Jews read this and they think this refers to reading the scripture, but the Zohar says that working with Torah is working with water, Mem, your energies. So God says, "Work with Torah day and night." Torah means law, the Tarot, the law. So if you want to work with the law, to receive help from divinity, and perform בראשית Bereshit, generation in yourself, work with your sexual energy. As soon as you do that, the angels say, "Let's help him."
Question: You're talking about meditation?
Instructor: And meditation too. But when you're working in chastity, that is how you get helped. That is the beginning. Because if you do not still the waters of sex, you can't control Nephesh.
Audience: I'm noticing that and it's not only not spilling the seed, it's not thinking about that...
Instructor: And that's why Nietzsche also talks about when people begin to become chaste, their lust, like an animal dog, he says in his book, a bitch, a female dog, follows them wherever they go. Lust looks through the eyes. Jesus said, "You've heard it said of old: you shall not commit adultery. But even if you look at another women with lust, with Nephesh, you've committed adultery with her in your heart."
So first step. abstain from fornication, and then the real work begins by analyzing your dreams, lustful dreams, and looking at the other sex, because that's the difficult part. It is easy to control the energies. Transmute, that's the beginning. But then you have the extirpate the roots of that problem, and that's why we have to meditate. Go into subconsciousness, the unconsciousness, infraconsciousness to work with the animal soul at that level.
And we get help from Neshamah who descends down in order to help us, which is symbolized by the play Romeo and Juliet. There's a part where Juliet, Geburah, Neshamah, the Divine Soul is trying to help her husband Romeo, Tiphereth. Tiphereth, Romeo gets exiled for having murdered Tybalt if you remember the play. Juliet is about to take a potion that is going to knock her unconscious and she fears taking it because she's afraid that she's going to wake up in the graveyard amongst the dead and the bones and the filth. Now of course this is a symbol of how Neshamah descends into our Klipoth, our hell, in order to help Romeo. And the of course the lovers are united through death.
People get very sappy and sentimental about the play. It's very powerful, but that's one level of meaning that people don't know, that there's another meaning there. Through mystical death of the ego, Nephesh, is how Geburah, Tiphereth, unite. But of course, she has to descend into that graveyard, and that is something we get help with, but only if we are chaste, because chastity is the key to open the door to initiation.
Question: Wasn't there a similarity there... where somebody went through the looking glass into the ground? Or what was it?...
Instructor: Alice in Wonderland.
Through the Looking Glass is a wonderful initiatic story, but also we have to descend down the rabbit hole to see how deep it goes.
Question: OK. Who went down the rabbit hole?
Instructor: Alice. She is the consciousness, the one who has to explore our Nephesh, which manifests as the Mad Hatter, the intellectual brain, which doesn't have any reason, it is a lunatic; the Queen of Hearts, which is the abuse of the emotional energy; and the motor-instinctive-sexual center represented by the White Rabbit.
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