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symbolism of the game of Chess The history of this game is lost in the mist of time. Already present in the tombs of the Egyptian Pharaohs, nown in the Nordic cultures, there are a lot of artistic representations about its presence in different civilizations. It is said that rajah Balhait as ed the wise Brahman Sissa to conceive a game in which the power of the mind should be prevailed and not that of fortune. More, he wanted it to develop the intellect and to have educational valences. Sissa invented a game in which different pieces had to be moved on a square-chec ered board formed of 64 squares and it is obvious that this was a forerunner of chess. The word *‘CHESS’* derives from the Persian /‘SHAH’/ meaning King, the original word is supposed to be /‘ASHA’/, the Cosmic Order. The legend says that King Vishtaspa of Persia became extremely bored by life because he had accomplished everything he had wanted: he was full of triumph in wars, sic of hunting, tired of the intrigues and the pleasures at his court. The King suffered of boredom and finally he offered an unlimited reward to the one who had made him recover his interest for life. CHESS - the symbolism of the game of Chess Zarathustra prophet, religion coordinator in archaic Iran No one managed to, until *Zarathustra* appeared with the original game board, different from the chess board nowadays. He taught the ing the rules and how to play it and, through it, he proved to the ing all the rules of the universe and of life. He interpreted them li e no other, li e no chess player nowadays could and the ing was very satisfied and his interest for life reborn. After that he told *Zarathustra* to as him everything he wanted and promised that his wish will be accomplished. Zarathustra wanted to teach the ing a lesson through which he would stop being a megalomaniac so as to thin that he can really offer someone anything he wishes for. Zarathustra said to the ing that he wants a simple and modest thing: A grain of wheat on the first square of the board, 2 grains on the second, 4 on the third and so on doubling the previous quantity until the 64 squares will be filled with wheat grains. The ing laughed and promised to Zarathustra that he will send him the wheat in a couple of days, thin ing that he was stupid to as for some wheat grains when he could have as ed for gold and a real treasure. CHESS - the symbolism of the game of Chess

















Li e this he becomes more than a simple game. truths about the initiatory road and tal s about the ingredients necessary to efficiently fight against the Ego. In the Orient there are several types of *Chess*. values-ego. but the principle is the same. And if we pass through a period during which an aspect in us moves. 6+4=10 that is the arcane nr. He was surprised when.vopus. Example: if we wor on a flaw. The board game symbolizes the eternal fight against Spirit and matter. Chess It also ma es the synthesis of the interior wor outline inside us and it has the capacity to develop faculties useful to this There is the vertical way crossing with the horizontal one. The King was shoc ed to hear this one and realized that he cannot eep his promise. 8 arcane <http://www. Even if they had would have amassed the entire wheat in the entire empire it would have been the hundred part of the hundred part of the quantity promised to Zarathustra. That is why it is interesting to discover – through the eys of gnosis – that this game transposes cosmic archetypes. The old Cathedrals. it is very possible that he feels threatened and to retire for a period. He sent for Zarathustra and he told his how ashamed he is. who models his destiny. An interesting form of chess can be found in India.vopus. considered sacred in the Hindu culture. our wor must orientate towards this Ego. 10 <http://www.html> ‘The Wheel of Destiny’. we will ta e into account our adversary’s steps. Being-Nonbeing. Watching the board game from a Cabalistic point of view we discover that there are 8 squares in one direction and 8 in the other that give the Cabalistic number 8x8=64. is used here as vehicle carrying the Man. CHESS . This way the whole life transforms itself in a land of decisions and fights. We must decide ourselves every moment if we choose the Being or if we deny it. In order to defeat the Samsara the nr. temples. good-evil. The elephant. The blac and white squares that alternate on the board and on which we move the pieces show us that step by step we find ourselves in the position to ta e decisions.html> comes in                               .the symbolism of the game of Chess The Game Board resembles to the esoteric life – each step made will determine the adversary to move according to our move and contrary.He told his men to calculate the quantity of wheat and to send it to Zarathustra.-8. were transmitting this symbol through the model of the floor. after a couple of wee s they came and told him that they should send a quantity of wheat that wouldn’t exist in the whole Zarathustra told him that he doesn’t want the wheat and that he only wanted to teach the ing a lesson and then he retired bac to his forest.

the initiatory tests. */THE FIGHT BETWEEN WHITE AND BLACK/* The fight we must ta e is given in the interior and in the exterior – white and blac combat. or diagonally when they conquer.our way – the sword and the balance. Regina The Queen. they ma e the first step (exception – the night). has full freedom of movement in any       *The Blac King (Beast) – counterpart of the White King (Being). They can ma e only one step forward. He is anyway capable to ta e only a single step in any direction. CHESS . _*2. Its counterpart is the force and the intelligence of the Beast. Many times they are sacrificed in order to defeat or protect a more valuable piece. they have to earn them. Li e this it is definitively freed from the danger of the iron teeth Wheel that grinds the souls. all these must be regained step by step.the symbolism of the game of Chess. THE PAWNS_* CHESS . They don’t have powers. _*3. PIONII The 8 pawns are the fighters in the first line. Protected (as any valuable thing) in the second row are the valuable pieces. which distributed the powers in its derivations. There are no battles without defeats and sacrifices.the symbolism of the game of Chess. (The Inner and Particular Divine Mother of each one) is the most powerful on the board game. THE KING*_ CHESS . THE QUEEN*_ CHESS . Through this is shown that in order to reach the being. they conquer the first – they ma e us remember the 8 virtues necessary to the awa ening of the sacred fire. PIECES *_1. The pawns represent the neophytes of the road – men and women that launch themselves to conquer the soul. profoundly hidden inside us – represented by the blac ing. Then 8 light serpents follow dissolving the evil and the created vehicles and later to definitively eliminate the root of the flaw the 8 years of Jove are lived.the symbolism of the game of Chess The Master reveals us the initiatory steps and tells us that in the first stage there are 8 great tests – 7 fire serpents and the Initiation in Tipheret.the symbolism of the game of Chess. Regele The King represents our being for which the battle is given.*                   .

Turnul The roo represents the fact of watching. (St. lex. THE BISHOP*_ The bishop represents the erotic force. _*4.the symbolism of the game of Chess. lav. It must be piercing. law.direction. THE KNIGHT – ‘L’ (ley. the night and the bishop indicate us very important aspects on the road. are the mechanical laws and rules that condition us more as we move away from the Father. Andrew crucified in X shape). the egotistical powers – all those forces that feed on sexual energies badly canalized. It ma es a ‘L’-shaped move – is the Divine Law that is the only piece in the game that can leap over other pieces. Nebunul _*6. It can cross the board diagonally and its moves form the symbolic X. We are familiar to our allies’ antithesis from the Wor s of Master S.the symbolism of the game of Chess.W.A. It moves linearly – bac -forth or left-right: We see here two types of observation: the one oriented towards the exterior and the auto observation (oriented towards the interior). CHESS . The Cross or the X calls us to crucify the egotistical wishes – as the Apostles of the Gospel wrote. without which we can’t destroy the evil in us. the Kundartiguador organ. lege)*_ The Knight represents the Divine Law which we have to ta e into account in all our actions. /*THE BLACK PIECES*/ The white and the blac pieces are face to face. – the Great Beat. _/*THE CASTLING MOVE*/_ The only move in which the King can move more is called Castling – big or small. The two opposite forces dispute their fight outside and inside us.the symbolism of the game of Chess. of observing our inner world. On the board the pieces are disposed symmetrically – they indicate us the order in the interior wor . in the use of the Being. THE ROOK*_ CHESS . is the most valuable – li e it is shown in esotericism: the Fire of the Divine Mother. We could interpret this as a symbol in which the Being and the auto observation demonstrate their co-operation. (We recognize the aspect of the piercing Divine Law of which we cannot hide).                             . CHESS . and here he ma es a change with the Roo . According to their order the roo . The roo also appears as a symbol of the vertebral column (the wise men’s stic ). Its counterpart. Calul _*5. (example: the way ancient fortresses were built – strategic points in order to be able to observe everything).

This doesn’t mean victory but this aspect is worth analyzing: Esoterically. the fight is equal – it ma es us realize the fact that everything depends on us. We lose the soul. What are we transmitted through that? That it is possible that nor the Being. according to transfinite mathematics ∞+∞=5 (the boo ‘Tarot and Kabala’. Totally it is possible to retrieve 8 queens (8 fires of light). This is how things are in our interior wor – once a strong nucleus created and controlled in the centre of the physical anatomy and of the ether (the sexual centre) will ma e the interior wor more efficient. neither the Beast wins and that happens when we when we attac the enemy’s pea . CHECK MATE CHESS . for example when we wor on an Ego but the law doesn’t yet allow its elimination. The new evolution of the essence will be very far from the Father and in the same time with the reintegration in the human ingdom.the symbolism of the game of Chess *Chec * . This way this will be hard to defeat. the Being gives up the Soul because it is irrecoverable. and the Beast loses because it will disintegrate in Hell. Meanwhile we wor on new strategies. TIE We can win. Among the many fighting modalities. THE PAWN AND THE QUEEN The aspect that appears regarding the pawns is interesting: easily and hardly they can reach to the last row but if they get there they retrieve the Queen – they transform in a piece with the greatest power. we still continue with the discovery and the understanding on the Ego. we can lose or there is a third possibility: dawn called TIE.                           . /*32 PIECES IN THE GAME.the symbolism of the game of Chess But the forces are equally divided./*CHESS PIECES – PARTICIPANTS IN THE GAME*/ CHESS . we will be able to eep it in ‘CHESS’ by controlling it. Arcanum Nr. So the great fight returns on the board. on the way we move. only a new game will decide the victory of one of them.the symbolism of the game of Chess 16 pieces – allusion to 32 pieces = 5 auto realisation. 2x16*/ CHESS . This happens in the interior worlds – the fight and the efforts are rewarded by the gift of the Divine Mother – the Sacred Fire. the Beast will again become step by step human. A wrong move can jeopardize the whole wor . when we descend in Hell. one of the strategies proves to be very efficient: forming a nucleus of pieces that defend one another and which to occupy the centre of the board.

every game is different.addthis.. in Cosmos.php> Comments (0)add comment Write comment busy Close Window <#>                   .the symbolism of the game of Chess It is important to understand that we have an ingenious instrument.that is why let’s understand that each one of us is nothing but a pawn on the board of Many.html>). eys that we can use for our own salvation.* [End of the Chess Game] Chess AddThis Social Boo mar Button <http://www. objective.5 <http://www. and they combat ceaselessly. left by the old wise instructors of humanity..vopus. CHESS . in the world. We must recognize that the interior fight between good and malign intelligent forces is found also outside us. eternal. nowledge about the structures above us and underneath us. The purpose is one: TO WIN – this is all. on what side we wor *To be or not to be. This shows us that the road is particular for each one even if we all have the same flaws. .. the board and the pieces the same. we are governed by the same laws etc. who transmit through it (Chess) cosmic truths. and it is urgent to define ourselves to which force we serve. offers infinite mar . Even if the rules are the same. through training became real athletes of the Chess – named it a sport because it ma es the ‘muscles’ of our mind wor .