This is a transcription of an audio lecture from The Eternal Tarot of Alchemy and Kabbalah, originally given live at the Gnostic Academy of Chicago.
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 (57:25.)
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 מיכהס (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).’
“He replied, ‘So you are needed where you are; do not move! If you leave, what would happen to the fallen, who depend on you?’ She immediately left His presence.” —Zohar
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.
14. And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up:
15. That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.
16. For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
17. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world (Malkuth, we could say); but that the world through him might be saved.
18. He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name (י Iod ה Hei ש Shinו Vav ה Hei, יהשוה Yeshua the upright pentagram) of the only begotten Son of God (which we say the sacred name of God in Hebrew represented י Iod ה Hei ו Vav ה Hei, יהוה Jehovah. Or if we add the letter ש Shin in the middle, we spell יהשוה Yeshua, “Savior,” which is the word for Jesus, which represents a fire, an energy which can redeem our psyche)."
19. And this is the condemnation, that light (which we say in Hebrew is אֹֽור Aur: “Let there be light and there was light”— יְהִי אֹור וַֽיְהִי־אֹֽור yehi aur va-yehi aur in the Book of Genesis—this is the law of creation, the law of three, Arcanum 3: The Empress) is come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.
20. For every one that doeth evil hateth the light (that energy that power within the psyche), neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved.
21. But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God. –John 3
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 Shinו 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 𓂀, 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.
And what will show you what is 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.
Woe to the deniers on that day,
who deny the Day of Retribution;
and none denies it except every sinful transgressor. ―Qur’an 83:7-12
But also, its states in the same sura, verses 18 through 23:
The record of the pious is indeed in Illīyūn.
And what will show you what is 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" (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,
witnessed by those brought near to God.
Indeed the pious shall be amid bliss,
observing, as they recline on couches. ―Qur’an 83:18-23
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 occultist 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 isה Hei. From Psalm 119, verses 33 to 40, we find each verse starts with the letterה 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 atה 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. “
34. Bestow me with your understanding, thus I will keep your law and observe it with my whole heart (Tiphereth).
So through the heart is how we balance the law, the scale.
35. Cause me to walk on the path of your commands for in it I delight!
Because through this path we obtain equilibrium, harmony, peace and real equanimity.
36. Bow my heart to your testimonies and not to unjust gain.
37. Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; give me life on your path.
38. Substantiate your Word in your servant, who is devoted to you in awe.
What is this Word? It is the pentagram, because the pentagram is the five lettered word―the expression of divinity―the word made flesh as taught through the life of Jesus.
39. Turn away my accusation which I fear (meaning the punishment I know is coming to me as a result of my poor actions.), for your judgments are righteous.
We know that this law is not mechanical. It is given to us because we deserve it, and as a type of medicine for the soul, because if we don't learn from our past actions, we won't change.
40. Behold, I have longed for your precepts; grant me life in your righteousness. ―Psalm 119
The Gnostic Symbolism of ה Hei
The Hebrew letterה 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.
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.
3. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying,
4. As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.
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 Bara Elohim At Hashamayim Vay’at Ha’aretz
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.
6. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.
Meaning: those upright pentagrams that emerge from your work, you many human beings, made in the image of God.
7. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
That seed is our sexual seed which can give life physically or spiritually, depending on how we use it.
8. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.
9. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.
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.
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.
12. And he that is eight days old shall be circumcised among you, every man child in your generations, he that is born in the house, or bought with money of any stranger, which is not of thy seed.
This is how we generate, to create life. בְּרֵאשִׁית Bereshit means “genesis, generation,” and all the generations of the tribes of Israel are mapped on the Tree of Life, respectively of which we will be speaking about in other lectures.
13. He that is born in thy house, and he that is bought with thy money, must needs be circumcised…
Meaning: remove the animality from your psyche. Remove lust and transform the sexual act into a sacrament of love, of purity.
13. …and my covenant shall be in your flesh for an everlasting covenant.
14. And the uncircumcised man child whose flesh of his foreskin is not circumcised (that soul that is not removed the impurity of the psyche), that soul shall be cut off from his people (the people of the higher Tree of Life, the spiritual congregation); he hath broken my covenant (which is again Berit-Esh, Bereshit: “In the beginning or in wisdom, Elohim creates heavens and earth,” which is a symbol of the our psyche, the heavens, which are created through alchemy.)
15. And God said unto Abraham, As for שָׂרַי Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name שָׂרַי Sarai, but שָׂרָה Sarah shall her name be.
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.
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 17:16
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 gnosticteachings.org as well as chicagognosis.org. I can give you some resources too.
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