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THE KABALA UNVEILED

By F r a te r A q u ariu s, S crib e

IN T R O D U C T IO N

I f you lo v e m y stery and th e w eird th in g s which th e human mind has


been a b le to e v o lv e in an a tte m p t to so lv e th e m y s te r ie s of l i f e , you
w ill f i n d t h i s co u rse of s p e c ia l stu d y very i n t e r e s t i n g and v ery h e lp ­
fu l.
We a re happy th a t we a re a b le to p re s e n t to you a r e a l UNVEILING of
t h i s m y ste rio u s s u b je c t. I t i s u n d o u b ted ly th e most w e ird ly a rra n g e d ,
most m y s te rio u s ly a l l u r i n g and m y s tify in g s u b je c t t h a t th e human mind
ev er in v e n te d in an a tte m p t to i n t e r p r e t d iv in e im p re s sio n s.
The s tu d e n ts of m y sticism in o r i e n t a l c o u n t r ie s a re j u s t a s g r e a t l y
m y s tif ie d by t h i s s u b je c t a s a re th e people in th e W estern World; b u t
th e s tu d e n ts in th e O rie n t and th e Near E a st have one ad v an tag e t h a t
th e s tu d e n ts in th e W estern World do n o t have; th e o r i e n t a l s tu d e n ts
have had th e t r u t h of th e K abala e x p la in e d to them, w hereas th e p eo p le
in the W estern World have had o n ly a f a l s e o r w ro n g ly -in te r p re te d form
of the K abala g iv e n to them.
The Kabala d e a ls w ith law s and p r i n c i p l e s th a t a r e th e most m y ste rio u s
and most s u b tle in th e u n iv e rs e . Some p e rso n s have sp e n t t h e i r e n t i r e
l i v e s tr y in g to f in d th e g o ld en th r e a d in th e K abala, an d tr y i n g to
l i f t the v e i l t h a t seems to h id e i t from a c l e a r u n d e rs ta n d in g . I t
would ta k e th e l i f e t i m e of th e av e ra g e p erso n t o c o m p le te ly and
th o ro u g h ly a n a ly z e th e K abala i f he had to depend upon se a rc h in g
thro u g h a l l o f th e modern bo o k s t h a t have b een p u b lis h e d on th e sub­
j e c t . No two o f th e s e books a g re e , an d no s tu d e n ts o f th e K&b&la seem
to a g re e in t h e i r a tte m p ts to i n t e r p r e t i t and p r e s e n t i t t o o th e r s .
The K abala a s a c o u rse o f stu d y h a s n e v e r b een in c o r p o r a te d among th e
r e g u la r g rad ed c o u r s e s o f stu d y o f th e R o s ic ru c ia n O rder i n modern
tim es sim ply becau se i t l e a d s to so many m y s te rio u s f i e l d s t h a t th e
av erag e stu d e n t would n o t have an o p p o r tu n ity o f m a s te rin g i t an d ap­
p ly in g i t . Some of th e more e s s e n t i a l and p r a c t i c a l id e a s c o n ta in e d
in th e K abala a re c o n ta in e d in our o th e r R o s ic ru c ia n l e c t u r e s . But
th e m y ste rio u s th in g s t h a t seem to f a s c in a te th e human mind and h o ld
i t in a s p e ll o f th e m ost w eird form of m y sticism axe now to be ex­
p la in e d to you in t h i s s p e c ia l c o u rse of le s s o n s .
I t i s s a id by many of th e em inent m y stio s of Europe an d o th e r c o u n tr ie s
th a t no s tu d e n t o f m y sticism can speak f l u e n t l y and le a r n e d ly of th e
m y ste rio u s th in g s o f l i f e u n le s s he knows som ething a b o u t th e K abala.
I t i s c o n s id e re d by a g r e a t many p e rso n s to be th e m ost i n t e l l e c t u a l
sued h ig h ly i n t e l l i g e n t p r e s e n ta tio n of many s e c r e t d o c tr in e s . Com­
p a re d w ith o th e r more sim p le s u b je c ts of stu d y th e K abala i s l i k e com­
p a rin g th e game o f c h e s s w ith th e game o f c h e c k e rs.
P erh ap s too much m y stery and m y sticism h a s su rro u n d ed th e K abala, and
p e rh a p s many em inent men in f o r e ig n la n d s have p u rp o se ly made th e
K abala seem to be v ery d i f f i o u l t to u n d e rs ta n d and v e ry e l u s iv e in i t s
The K abala U n v eiled I n tr o d u c tio n

re v e la tio n s . T h i s i m p r e s s i o n m ay h a v e b e e n c r e a t e d i n o r d e r t o d i s ­
c o u ra g e t h e i n s i n c e r e s t u d e n t a n d t h e u n w o rth y o n e fro m e v e r c o n s i d e r ­
in g t h e K a b a la .

You a lo n e w i l l be a b le to ju d g e a f t e r re a d in g t h i s c o u rse of stu d y


w hether th e K abala i s w orthy o f your f u r t h e r i n v e s t i g a t i o n o r n o t.
In a g r e a t many m y s tic s i t awakens an d q u ic k e n s a s le e p in g , dorm ant
i n t e r e s t in som ething t h a t th e y have s tu d ie d f a r i n th e p a s t, p e rh a p s
in a n o th e r in c a r n a tio n . In o th e r m y s tic s t h i s stu d y aw akens a r e -
membranoe o f p a s t e v e n ts an d p a s t c o n t a c t s . In s t i l l o th e r s tu d e n ts
t h i s stu d y aw akens n o th in g o ld b u t le a v e s them w ith a s tr a n g e under­
s ta n d in g o f some o f th e g r e a t m y s te r ie s .
t
T h is c o u rse o f stu d y now b e f o r e you was p re p a re d by one who h a s d e lv e d
d e e p ly i n t o th e s u b je c t, and who h a s n o t o n ly d is c o v e re d a g r e a t d e a l
a b o u t th e m y s te r ie s of th e K abala, b u t i s so th o ro u g h ly f a m ila r w ith
our R o s ic ru c ia n work t h a t he can expLain i t to you a s one R o s ie ru e ia n
to a n o th e r . And b ec au se of your advancem ent i n our R o s ic ru c ia n work
and your s p e c ia l q u a l i f i c a t i o n s i t h as been recommended t h a t you be
p e r m itte d to have t h i s s p e c ia l stu d y .
We ask t h a t you keep t h i s c o u rse o f stu d y c o n f i d e n t i a l to y o u r s e lf ,
and n o t 3how i t to any o th e r R o s ic ru c ia n member even i f you b e l ie v e ,
o r he b e l ie v e s , t h a t he i s re a d y to have i t . L ike a l l o f th e R o sic ru ­
c ia n monographs t h a t a r e s e n t to you, th e s e a r e a l s o c o n f i d e n t i a l and
s t r i c t l y p r i v a t e , an d you a re n o t b u ry in g them o r in an y way p u rc h a s­
in g them t o own them in such a manner t h a t w ill g iv e you th e freedom
to p a s s them on to o th e r s .
You w ill f i n d th e re a d in g and stu d y in g o f t h i s s p e c ia l s u b je c t in ­
te n s e ly i n t e r e s t i n g , and d u rin g th e c o u rse o f th e stu d y such n e c e s s a ry
c h a r t s , d iag ram s, o r i l l u s t r a t i o n s w ill be fu rn is h e d to you a s w ill
h e lp to make e v e ry im p o rta n t p o in t p e r f e c t l y c l e a r an d u n d e rs ta n d a b le .
Because t h i s c o u rse i s g ra n te d to you th ro u g h th e p e rm is sio n o f th e
c e r t i f i c a t e whioh you re c e iv e d from Egypt th e em phasis in th e c o u rse
of stu d y w ill be p la c e d upon th e E g y p tia n m y s tic a l u n d e rs ta n d in g o f
th e Kabala*
With th e s e few words o f in tr o d u c tio n , and w ith o u r f o n d e s t hope t h a t
you w i l l f i n d t h i s s p e c ia l c o u rse , an d o th e r s which we may be p e rm it­
te d to send to you from tim e to tim e u n d er th e p r i v i l e g e o f your
c e r t i f i c a t e from E gypt, i n t e r e s t i n g and h e l p f u l, we g r e e t you w ith th e
a n c ie n t R o s ic r u c ia n g r e e t in g s "on a l l p o in ts of th e t r i a n g l e . "
F ra te rn a lly ,
GRAND ARCHIVIST OF AMORC
P .S . P le a se n o te th a t you a re p e r m itte d t o t e l l o th e r members t h a t
you a r e a s p e c ia l s tu d e n t o f th e K abala, and t h a t you have been p e r ­
m itte d to have s p e c ia l c o u rs e s of stu d y by m r r a n t o f a c e r t i f i c a t e
is s u e d t o you by th e R o s ic ru c ia n a r c h i v i s t i n E gypt, an d t h a t a l l mem­
b e r s who re a c h th e F o u rth Grade o r h ig h e r in th e f u t u r e , an d Who a r e
lo y a l and w e ll q u a l i f i e d , may o b ta in th e same s p e o ia l p r i v i l e g e .
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By P r a te r Ac*uar iu s , S crib e
THE KABALA
I t h a s been f r e q u e n tly s t a t e d t h a t no one can o b ta in a tr u e knowledge
of th e K abala, (w hich i s a Hebrew word o f te n s p e l t C ab ala, Q u ab b a lla,
o r Kab'oala, th e tr u e meaning o f which i s TRADITION,) u n le s s i t i s re ­
c e iv e d o r a l l y from a com petent i n s t r u c t o r , A s in c e r e stu d y o f th e
mass of o c c u lt p o s t u l a t i o n s and t r e a t i s e s t h a t have been p u b lis h e d
th ro u g h th e p a s t few y e a rs , would a lm o st le a d a s tu d e n t to b e lie v e th e
s ta te m e n ts made by t h e i r a u th o r s t h a t th e y have NO OTHER AUTHORITIES
th a n t h a t which has been r e v e a le d t o them in a MYSTICAL MANNER, The
in f e r e n c e b e in g alw ay s b a se d on th e s ta te m e n t t h a t th e y have c o n ta c te d
a source of in fo rm a tio n t h a t i s c lo s e d to th e a v e ra g e human b e in g ;
th a t th e y a r e th e chosen e l e c t , and t h e i r w r i tin g s and p o s tu l a ti o n s
a re n o t to be d is p u te d , b u t must be a c c e p te d a s th e o n ly r e v e a le d
tw ith s . T h is i s n o t a new p o s tu l a ti o n , f o r everyw here in r e s e a r c h of
th e custom s of th e a n c ie n ts , th e p r ie s th o o d c o n t r o l l e d a l l s o u rc e s of
o c c u lt and D ivine and m y stic knowledge, y e t o n ly a c a s u a l survey w ill
show t h a t th e A n cien t P rie s th o o d had a p re ro g a tiv e , p o s s ib ly assum ed,
t h a t th e s e l a t t e r day c u l t s , c a n n o t show any p reced en ce f o r , e x c e p t
c r a s s m a te r ia lis m .
I t i s even v e ry d i f f i c u l t to se c u re a t r u e h i s t o r y of th e r i s e of t h i s
K abala, a t r a d i t i o n a l th e o -so p h y , and u n le s s one h as a w orking know­
led g e o f th e Hebrew lan g u ag e an d an a b s o lu te u n b ia s e d and a u t h e n ti c
h i s t o r y o f th e Jew s o f th e m ed iev al tim e s , he w i l l be l o s t In a
m y stic maze from w hich th e re i s no o u t l e t . I t s h a l l b e , t h e r e f o r e ,
my purpose t o ta k e you th ro u g h a v ery i n t e r e s t i n g and I hope e n lig h te n ­
in g jo u rn e y i n a s e r i e s o f a r t i c l e s on th e v a lu e o f th e K abala to
s tu d e n ts o f m e ta p h y sic s. T h is jo u rn e y w i l l of n e c e s s i t y show th e
p o s t u l a t i o n s ofnany ex p o n e n ts o f t h i s o e c u lt s c ie n c e , i t s u s e s and
a b u s e s ; how i t h a s com bined e s o t e r i c knowledge w ith e x o t e r ic know ledge;
how i t h as en d eav o red t o make of th e K abala th e key o f th e T a ro t c a r d s ,
78 in. number, a s tr o lo g y , s t a r w orship, num erology, and many th i n g s
t h a t w i l l be v e ry i n t e r e s t i n g to u s a s R o s io ru o ia n s tu d e n ts t o show
th e a b s o lu te d if f e r e n c e in our te a c h in g s w hich a r e b a se d on a b s o lu te
t r u t h s a n d th o s e o f th e K abala which a re c la im e d t o be D iv in e r e v e la ­
t i o n s t o th e s e le c te d few.
One o f th e m ost ab u sed id e a s t h a t th e s e s e l f - s t y l e d m y stery sc h o o ls
have a d a p te d i s t h a t th e K abala i s o f two k in d s , th e (HAL an d the
WRITTEN. One E n g lis h w r i t e r on th e s u b je c t s a id ; "The term ’U nw rit­
te n Q ab alah 1 i s a p p lie d t o c e r t a i n knowledge which i s n e v e r e n t r u s t e d
t o w r i tin g , b u t com m unicated o r a l l y . I may say no more on t h i s p o in t,
n o t even w hether I MYSELF HAVE o r HAVE NOT r e c e iv e d i t . "
O ther s c h o o ls , an d I m ight say many o f them sm all p u b lis h in g c o n c e rn s
in E urope an d A m e ric a ,.w ith t h e i r e n t i r e " sc h o o l" lo c a te d u n d e r th e
palm s o f t h e i r hands s t a t e to t h e i r s tu d e n ts t h a t THEY KNOW FULLY b o th
m ethods o f ORAL an d PUBLISHED KABALA, h u t t h a t i t i s s e t f o r t h in
sy m b o lic a l la n g u a g e , w ith p u r p o s e f u l b l i n d s an d su b terfu g es t o co n fu se
th e u n i n i t i a t e d ; so o f th e few who u n d o u b te d ly e x i s t a t th e p r e s e n t
day who have r e c e iv e d th e te a c h in g s , i t s tr u e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n must r e ­
main a se c re t*
With such a p r e s e n ta tio n of th e "m ystery" in form s o f t h i s c h a r a c te r , .
i t h as of c o u rse been an ea sy m a tte r f o r each " te a c h e r " to g iv e to
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th e world h i s own t h e o r ie s , each one more w ild and i l l o g i c a l th a n th e


o th e r, u n t i l i t becomes a s e r io u s m a tte r f o r th e r e a l s tu d e n t to make
up' h is mind w hether th e re i s a r e a l s o lu tio n to th e "m y stery 1' o r n o t.
Now l e t u s g ia r t out w ith one c l e a r and l o g i c a l s ta te m e n t, .and t h a t
i s , in the COSMIC LAWS t h a t have to do w ith th e UNIVERSE th e r e n e v e r
were, never are and n e v e r w ill he any c o n fu s io n s and m y s te r ie s ; t h a t
th e Supreme I n t e l l i g e n c e of th e C re a to r s e t o u t v e ry p l a i n l y t h a t
purpose of man in th e scheme of e v o lu tio n , and p u t no b l i n d f o l d s o r
tr a p s in the p ath of th o se who d e s ir e to KNOW. True, no knowledge
whether i t be e x o t e r ic or e s o t e r i c can he o b ta in e d w ith ­
out a proper t r a i n i n g , and j u s t a s th e v a r io u s e x o te r ic s c h o o ls te a c h
m edicine, law, an d th e o th e r a r t s and s c ie n c e s , so th e r e ARE ARCANE
SCHOOLS th a t te a c h ESOTERIC law s and e c ie n c e s to i t s s tu d e n ts .
To the f r i v i l o u s minded, th e a tta in m e n t of Cosmic C o n scio u sn ess w ill
always be a m ystery. The g r e a t M a ste rs te a c h t h a t a te c h n iq u e i s
n ecessary, i f th e s tu d e n t i s n o t to wander in to a maze of te rm s and
a b s tr a c t th e o r ie s , which e v e n tu a lly d e t r a c t from th e h a lo and lu r e
of r e a l knowledge. They r i g h t l y s t a t e t h a t a tech n iq u e i s n o t th e
r e s u lt of a p ro c e s s of re a s o n in g , n o r a p e rs o n a l b e l i e f , f a i t h or
theory. But r a th e r t h a t i t i s an ac cu m u latio n of knowledge of ways
and means a p p r o p r ia te to o b ta in " th e end w ith th e l e a s t lo s s of e f f o r t ,
both p h y sic a l and m en tal. T his th e n makes th e s tu d e n ts of th e p ro p er­
ly equipped A rcane School ACTORS and n o t THEORISTS. Thus th e d i s ­
co v e ries and p r a c t i c a l works o f th e R o s ie ru c ia n s of th e p a s t s ta n d
a s a c h a lle n g e an d an example f o r a l l tim e . I t i s f o r t h i s v ery pur­
pose th a t e v e ry l e c t u r e t h a t s tu d e n ts r e c e iv e , c o n ta in s a t h r e e - f o l d
le sso n , so t h a t by th e p ro p er te c h n iq u e ea c h s tu d e n t r e c e iv e s a
thorough t r a i n i n g t h a t can be u se d I n h i s d a i l y l i f e , and g r a d u a lly
a s the y e a rs r o l l by, he s e c u re s th e te c h n iq u e t h a t u n fo ld s to him,
the r e a l b le s s in g and p r i v i l e g e o f l i v i n g an d o f r e n d e r in g s e rv ic e
to a l l he c o n ta c ts .
M a rg o lis,a le a r n e d a u t h o r i t y , s e t s f o r t h th e TORAH (a Hebrew word
meaning th e LAW) which I s r a e l r e c e iv e d w ith jo y f u l r e a d i n e s s a t th e
fo o t of Mount S in a i, was i n th e o p in io n o f th e r a b b is , o r i g i n a l l y inr-
tended f o r a l l mankind a s a g u id e to t h e i r s a lv a ti o n . God spoke n o t
in s e c r e t ( I s a ia h 4 5 .1 9 ) b u t i n th e open and f r e e d e s e r t, t h a t a l l
men m ight have a c c e s s to th e r e v e a le d word. Now j u s t a t what tim e
th e Jews in P a le s tin e c e a se d t o u se HEBREW a s a spoken lan g u ag e i s
a mooted q u e s tio n . The o ld e r view h as i t t h a t th e Jews l o s t t h e i r
HEBREW speech in th e B ab y lo n ian c a p t i v i t y whence th e y b ro u g h t back
w ith them th e ARAMAIC. Hebrew and Aramaic a r e s i s t e r la n g u ag es, be­
lo n g in g to a group known a s SEMETIC and c o m p risin g in a d d i tio n A ra b ic,
E th lo p ic and A asy ro -B ab y lo n ia. There i s a c lo s e resem b lan ce among
a l l of them in s tr u c t u r e and v o c a b u la ry , and Hebrew i s r e l a t e d to
Aramaic a s Low German o r Dutch i s r e l a t e d to High German. In th e
days of H ezekiah, Aramaic was u n d e rs to o d by th e c our -Her g; t o th e com­
mon s o l d i e r i t meant an u n i n t e l l i g i b l e g ib b e r is h . E zra ( in th e 5 th
C entury RC.) i s r e p o r te d t o have re a d th e LAW (The Torah) to th e a s ­
sem bled peo p le " d i s t i n c t l y " (Nehemiah 8 .8 ) ; a c c o rd in g to th e r a b b is ,
he r e a d w ith " i n t e r p r e t a t i o n , " t h a t i s , w ith an accom panying re n d i­
t i o n i n t o th e A ram aic. That o f c o u rse may sim ply im ply th e c a r r y in g
o f a custom in vogue a t a l a t t e r p e r io d back to E zra, t o whom many
o th e r i n s t i t u t i o n s a r e a s c r ib e d . I t h as b een u rg e d t h a t th e Aramaic
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spoken in P a le s tin e v a s a d i a l e c t d i f f e r i n g from th e B ab y lo n ian


v a r ie ty and co u ld n o t have b een im p o rte d from th e E a s t. I t h a s t h e r e ­
f o r e been arg u e d t h a t th e change of speech must have occurred in P a le ­
s t i n e i t s e l f , a c e n tu ry or so a f t e r E zra. But we know now t h a t a
Je w ish M il ita r y c o lo n y which s e t t l e d i n Egypt lo n g b e fo re Cambyses
(529-522 BC) spoke and w rote Aramaic i n th e daye o f Nehemiah. T h is
m i l i t a r y s e ttle m e n t f a s form ed b ecau se Egypt h ad h o r s e s , an d P a le s tin e
had more p eo p le th a n i t c o u ld su p p o rt, an d so th e Ju d e a n k in g s from
Solomon downward tr a d e d t h e i r s u b je c ts f o r h o r s e f le s h . Je w ish s o l d i e r i
se rv e d in th e army o f Paammetich I I (594-589 BC) a g a in s t th e E th io ­
p ia n s . A la r g e body of Jews m ig ra te d to Egypt a f t e r th e m urder of
G ed aliah , o v e r r u lin g th e o p p o s itio n of Je re m ia h who was made to accom­
pany th e e x i l e s . Long b e fo re th e c o n q u e st o f Egypt by Cambyses, Jew s
had been s e t t l e d a s m i l i t a r y c o l o n i s t s on th e so u th e rn f r o n t i e r of
the realm . Of f o r c e f u l d e p o r ta tio n s in th e P e r s ia n p e r io d and l a t e r
by th e f i r s t P to le m ie s we re a d in a n c ie n t w r i tin g s ; a s l a t e a s Roman
tim es Jews in h a b itin g a S y ria n v i l l a g e c a l l e d th e m se lv e s a s P e r s ia n
in a l le g i a n c e . The Jew was in Egypt b e fo re th e G reek, b u t under th e
second Ptolem y a lre a d y th e la r g e and i n f l u e n t i a l Jew ish community o f
A le x a n d ria began to exohange t h e i r Aramaic speeoh f o r th e lan g u ag e
of th e go v ern in g ra c e which was th e Greek. I t was in th e r e ig n of
th e second Ptolem y, surnamed P h ila d e lp h u s (285-347 BC) t h a t th e t r a n s ­
l a t i o n of th e LAW (The P en ta te u c h ) in to Greek i s p la c e d by th e c i r ­
c u m s ta n tia l n a r r a t i v e known a s th e E p is tle of A r i s te a s which p u r p o r ts
to be a contem porary re c o rd by one of th e k i n g 's c o u r t i e r s .
We m ust u n d e rs ta n d t h a t th e change i n P a le s tin e from Hebrew to
Aramaic was g r a d u a l, Hebrew succumbing i n th e N o rth E a r l i e r th a n i n
th e S outh. For a tim e b o th la n g u a g e s were spoken an d u n d e rsto o d ,
u n t i l a t le n g th HEBREW *v a n ish e d from th e mouth of th e p e o p le , an d in
th e main became a SACRED TONGUE u n d e rs to o d o n ly by th e le a r n e d , b u t
UNKNOWN to th e u n l e t t e r e d who c o n v e rse d i n A ram aic.
But th e Word o f God was t o be u n d e rs to o d by th e p e o p le . J u s t how
e a r l y th e oustom a r o s e f o r th e Be r a p tu r e s , th e Torah and th e P ro p h e ts
in p a r t i c u l a r , t o be r e a d on th e S abbath i n th e synagogue i s n o t
known. But when th e s e le s s o n s had become a f ix e d i n s t i t u t i o n , i t f o l ­
lowed of n e c e s s i t y t h a t a t r a n s l a t i o n i n t o th e p e o p l e 's speech sh o u ld
go hand in hand w ith th e re a d in g o f th e o r i g i n a l . The r a b b is c a l l e d
t h i s t r a n s l a t i o n TARGUM, b u t th e name i s s p e c i f i c a l l y a p p lie d to th e
Aramaic v e r s io n . A t f i r s t th e Targuai was o r a l . B e sid e th e r e a d e r
sto o d th e Targeman (hence th e word 'd ra g o m a n ') th e o f f i c i a l i n t e r ­
p r e t e r . A v e r s e , o r i n th e c a s e of th e P ro p h e ts a c o n n e c te d s e c tio n ,
n o t ex c ee d in g t h r e e v e r s e s , was r e a d i n Hebrew and im m ed iately t r a n s ­
l a t e d in to A ram aic. Both th e o r i g i n a l from th e SCROLL, an d th e t r a n s ­
l a t i o n from MEMORY, were t o be d eclaim ed in th e same p i t c h , an d th e
i n t e r p r e t e r was e n jo in e d n o t t o le a n a g a in s t th e d esk , b u t i n a de­
f e r e n t i a l p o s tu re t o s ta n d some way o f f . The t r a n s l a t i o n f r e q u e n tly
assum ed th e c h a r a c te r o f f r e e e x p o s itio n w ith a view o f 'i n c u l c a t i n g
th e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n which th e sc h o o ls p la c e on th e law o r custom an d
i n g e n e ra l to b r in g down th e S c r i p t u r a l word t o th e com prehension
o f th e common p e o p le . The p r o p h e tic le s s o n s n a t u r a l l y l e n t them­
s e lv e s to a m p lif ic a tio n ; th e i n t e r p r e t e r tu r n e d p re a c h e r, an d p r e f a c ­
in g h is rem arks w ith a d i r e c t a d d r e s s t o th e c o n g re g a tio n i n some such
words "0 my p eo p le, so n s o f I s r a e l " o r "The p ro p h e t s a i t h " . T his
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freedom had i t s d a n g e rs, e s p e c i a l l y a t a tim e of th e r i s e of h e r e s ie s


out of which new r e l i g i o n s were b o rn .
When we' s to p to c o n s id e r t h a t few of th e p eo p le c o u ld re a d and w rite ,
and t h a t even r u l e r s and Kings u sed t h e i r s e a l s to s ig n t h e i r e d i c t s
and d e c re e s , which had been p re p a re d by th e S c r ib e s , i t becomes a t
once a p p a re n t t h a t th e se p re a c h e rs or t r a n s l a t o r s or Targemen, what­
soever we term them, wove i n t o t h e i r i n t e r p r e t a t i o n of th e RAW f o lk ­
lo r e and le g e n d s t h a t had been handed down from g e n e ra tio n to g en e ra­
t i o n , and t h i s in a lan g u ag e t h a t was e n t i r e l y d i f f e r e n t from t h a t i t
o r ig in a te d in , i t a c c o u n ts f o r many of th e s tra n g e c o n s tr u c tio n s and
e r r o r s t h a t have c r e p t i n t o th e o r i g i n a l s to r y . How e a s i l y t h i s
co u ld o ccu r, we n eed o f c o u rse n o t go back much f u r t h e r th a n to con­
s u l t p e rso n s around 50 y e a rs of ag e, who d i s t i n c t l y remember t h a t in
t h e i r youth i t was n o t com pulsory fox c h ild r e n to go to sch o o l even
in A m erica, and i t was r a th e r th e common th a n th e r a r e occurence to
meet p eo p le who c o u ld n e i t h e r r e a d i e r w rite , and who were com p elled
to r e l y on t h e i r news from th e s t o r y - t e l l e r s , a s d id th o se p eo p le
in M edieval Europe on th e B ards and b a l l a d s in g e r s . I t was n o t a
d is g ra c e to be u n ed u cated , and th e w orkers and t i l l e r s of th e s o i l
had no tim e t o stu d y ev en i f th e y had th e i n c l i n a t i o n . Added to the
f a c t t h a t in B ib le tim e s th e p r in tin g p r e s s had n o t been in v e n te d ,a n d
e v e ry th in g t h a t was w r itte n was done by hand on s c r o l l s by th e S c rib e s
who were a tta c h e d to th e P rie s th o o d , we f in d t h a t th e re was a system
of w r itin g which can be lik e n e d to sh o rth a n d of to d a y . N a tu r a lly
w ith so much hand work to be done, th e y even condensed t h i s form of
w ritin g , and th e r e was no d iv is io n betw een words, l e t t e r s , se n te n c e s , or
p a ra g ra p h s , a l l w ere run to g e th e r a s though i t were one word, an d add­
ed to t h i s th e r e were no vow els o n ly c o n so n a n ts, we can e a s i l y see
how th e s e c h a r a c t e r s o r symbols which compose th e Hebrew lan g u ag e
co u ld e a s i l y be m is in te r p r e te d -
J u s t im agine i f you w i l l , a l l th e l e t t e r s or w ords in t h i s m agazine
b ein g ru n to g e th e r w ith o u t any sp a c in g l i n e a f t e r l i n e , and th e n a ls o
in a language t h a t was n o t spoken g e n e r a lly , and i n t e r p r e t i t to some
one. Why, even th e a tte m p t to r e a d i t would be a d i f f i c u l t y . To me
i t i s a m arvel how th e y c o u ld even t r a n s l a t e th e lan g u ag e a s w ell a s
they have done i t . Yet th e s e r e a d e r s were s k i l l e d and t r a i n e d in th e
M ystery S chools of th e Temple to re c o g n iz e ea ch of th e 23 c h a r a c te r s
or l e t t e r s a s som ething t h a t sto o d f o r a d e f i n i t e e x o te r ic m eaning,
and th e i n i t i a t e s knew b e s id e s th e e s o t e r i c m eaning.
Tb f u r t h e r i l l u s t r a t e th e above I am g iv in g below a ta b l e o f th e
Hebrew a lp h a b e t, th e meaning of th e c h a r a c te r s o r l e t t e r s and the
source from which th e y em anated. T his i s very im p o rta n t t o a s tu d e n t
who d e s i r e s to fathom th e " m y s te rie s " and " f a l l a c i e s " of modern in ­
t e r p r e t a t i o n of th e K abala, f o r w ith o u t th e symbolism of th e Hebrew
l e t t e r s a s w ill be shown l a t e r on in th e t r a n s l a t i o n o f the SEPHER
YETZIRAH th e Book of F o u n d atio n and i t 3 32 p a th s of VTisdom, we ? /ill
o n ly be f lo u n d e r in g d eep er and d eep er.
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Now i t h as b een c la im e d t h a t 1800 y e a r s ago R abbi A kiba b en Jo se p h


red u ced t o w r itin g th e s e c r e t t r a d i t i o n o f th e Jew s in th e Book of
F orm ation, which had b een handed down t o him by h i s f o r e f a t h e r s , an d
i t i s s t a t e d t h a t f o r th e re a s o n t h a t he h e s i t a t e d t o p u t i n w r itin g
th e g r e a t s e c r e t o f th e K abala he em bodied i t i n a " r id d le " which many
W estern w o rld p h ilo s o p h e rs have t r i e d t o so lv e .
I t w i l l now be i n t e r e s t i n g f o r u s t o lo o k in to Je w ish h i s t o r y some
more, to a s c e r t a i n w hat th e Jew s r e a l l y th o u g h t o f t h i s sch o o l of
m ysticism , and I s h a l l use a s my r e f e r e n c e s a stu p e n d o u s and m y s tic a l
m an u scrip t t h a t i s an a u t h o r i t y f o r a l l m y s tic s . We s h a l l l a t e r come
back a g a in t o th e Book o f F orm atio n and make f u r t h e r comments on i t .
I t i s re c o rd e d t h a t Moses o f Coucy en d eav o red t o be a peacem aker be­
tween th e p h ilo so p h y o f Abraham Maimuni, who was deemed a h e r e t i c , and
form ed a s e c t known a s th e M aim u n ists. He w rote i n 1235 A.D. a l i t t l e
book th e s u b je c t of which was "War f o r God," and was w id ely d is c u s s e d
p ro and con, a n d a lth o u g h th e r a b b i o f Coucy was o f a n o th e r sch o o l he
en d eav o red t o h e a l th e b re e c h t h a t h ad form ed by th e v a r io u s p h ilo ­
so p h ie s o f th e r a b b is o f F ran ce and S p ain . E v il c o n se q u e n c e s, however,
d ev elo p ed . Maimuni aim ed a t u n if y in g Ju d aism , and i n s t e a d prod u ced
d iv is io n . He had sought to g iv e i t tr a n s p a r e n t c l e a r n e s s and
s im p lic ity , and o n ly c a u se d m is u n d e rsta n d in g and c o m p lic a tio n . H is
system o f p h ilo so p h y had d iv id e d Ju d aism , s e p a r a te d th e sim p le be­
l i e v e r s from th in k in g men, and a ro u s e d a commotion, w hich i n i t s
v io le n c e f a r o v e rste p p e d th e b o r d e r s o f m o d e ra tio n . Through th e ru p ­
tu r e th a t a ro s e from th e c o n f l i c t f o r an d a g a i n s t Maimuni, th e r e i n ­
s in u a te d i t s e l f i n t o th e g e n e ra l l i f e o f th e Jew s a f a l s e d o c tr in e ,
which, a lth o u g h new, s ty le d i t s e l f a p r im itiv e i n s p i r a t i o n ; a lth o u g h -
u n -Jew ish , c a l l e d i t s e l f a GENUINE REACHING o f ISRAEL; and a lth o u g h
s p rin g in g from e r r o r , e n t i t l e d i t s e l f th e ONLY TRUTH. The r i s e of t h i s
s e c r e t l o r e , which was c a l l e d th e K abala ( t r a d i t i o n ) , c o in c id e s w ith
th e M aim u n istic c o n tro v e rs y , th ro u g h which i t was la u n c h e d in to e x i s ­
te n c e . DISCORD was th e MOTHER of t h i s MONSTROSITY, which h a s e v e r been
th e cau se o f schism . The K abala, i n i t s e a r l i e s t W estern w orld d ev elo p ­
ment i s a c h i l d o f th e f i r s t q u a r t e r o f th e 1 3 th c e n tu r y A . d. The
e a r l y a d h e re n ts o f t h i s o c c u lt l o r e , when a sk e d to c o n f e s s h o n e s tly
from whom th e y had f i r s t r e c e iv e d i t , answ ered in p l a i n te rm s," fro m
Rabbi Is a a c th e B lin d , o r p e rh a p s from h i s f a t h e r , Abraham ben David,
o f F o s q u ie re s , th e a n ta g o n is t o f M aimunu." They f r a n k ly c o n fe s s e d t h a t
th e K a b a lis tic d o c tr in e d o es n o t a p p e a r e i t h e r in th e P e n ta te u c h o r in
th e P ro p h e ts , in th e H agio g rap h a, o r in th e Talmud, b u t r e s t s on
s c a r c e ly p e r c e p tib le i n d i c a t i o n s o f g r e a t a n t i q u i t y . Of th e K a b a lis tio
u t t e r a n c e s o f th e fo u n d e r o f th e K abala, Is a a c th e B lin d ( f lo u r is h e d
a b o u t 1190-1310 A .D .) th e r e a re o n ly fra g m e n ts e x t a n t, from which
l i t t l e c a n b e i n f e r r e d . The d a rk n e s s o f h i s p h y s ic a l v i s i o n was s a id
by h i s d i s c i p l e s t o have b een illu m in a te d by an In n e r L ig h t. He
re v iv e d a s an a r t i c l e o f faith th e a n c ie n t d o c t r in e ox M etem psychosis,
which had been condemned an d r i d i c u l e d b y J e w ish t h i n k e r s . H is d i s ­
c i p l e s s a id t h a t he had th e power o f d is c e r n in g w h eth er men p o sse sse d
a new and f r e s h s o u l, coming d i r e c t l y from th e w orld o f h eav en ly
s p i r i t s , o r o f a n o ld s o u l w hich was m ig r a tin g from body to body, t r y ­
in g t o r e c o v e r i t s p u r i t y . Two o f h i s d i s c i p l e s , A z r ie l and E zra, were
th e f i r s t t o red u ce th e K abala t o a c o h e re n t system . They were so
lik e -m in d e d t h a t th e y have o f te n b e e n confounded, an d c e r t a i n w r i tin g s
and d o c t r in e s have a t tim e s b een a s c r ib e d t o th e one, and a g a in to the
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o th e r . These tw in s in th o u g h t, p e rh a p s b r o th e r s in b lo o d , a r e con­
s e q u e n tly reck o n ed i n th e h i s t o r y o f th e K abala a s o n ly one p e rso n ;
th e y complement one a n o th e r.
But l i t t l e i s known of th e l i f e of t h i s p a i r , and i t i s r e p o r te d one
of them ( i t i s u n c e r ta in w hether E zra o r A z r ie l) ■ d ie d a t th e
age of se v en ty , a few y e a rs a f t e r th e commencement of th e M aim unist
schism . Of A z r ie l, r a t h e r more i s known. He r e l a t e s how, from h is
e a r l i e s t youth, he tr a v e le d from p la c e to p la c e , in se a rc h of a s e c r e t
a r t , which c o u ld g iv e him more s a t i s f a c t o r y c o n c lu s io n s a b o u t God and
c r e a tio n . _ C e r ta in men, who were in p o s s e s s io n of h i s l o r e , had ta u g h t
i t to him,’ and he was f ir m ly co n v in ced of i t s t r u t h . He had, t h e r e f o r e ,
h im se lf .sp re a d t h i s K a b a lie tic d o c tr in e among th e c o n g re g a tio n s he
v i s i t e d d u rin g h i s w an d erin g s; b u t was la u g h e d t o sc o rn by th e p h ilo ­
s o p h ic a l s c h o la r s in S pain. Thus one of th e e a r l i e s t m y s tic s c o n fe s se d
t h a t th e K abala had met v /ith o p p o s itio n a t th e v ery o u ts e t of i t s
c a r e e r , and t h a t THE ANTIQUITY OF ITS SUBJECT-MATTER was e m p h a tic a lly
d e n ie d . A z r ie l and E zra, however, were n o t p e r tu r b e d by t h i s o p p o si­
t i o n , b u t la b o re d to make good t h e i r p o s it io n an d sp re a d t h e i r d o c tr in e s
They develo p ed t h e i r p e c u lia r th e o ry in t h e i r e x p la n a tio n s of p a ssa g e s
in the Agada, th e p r a y e r s , and th e Song of Solomon, which i s a v e ry
mine f o r e v e ry k in d of m y sticism . A z r ie l en d eav o red to co n v in ce a ls o
p h ilo s o p h ic a l s c h o la r s of th e t r u t h o f th e K abala, and c lo th e d i t s
d o c trin e in th e lan g u ag e of lo g ic . But a s soon a s t h i s s e c r e t d o c trin e
s te p s out of th e o b s c u r ity in to l i g h t , i t shows i t s n ak ed n ess an d de­
fo rm ity . I t i s c e r t a i n t h a t th e K abala was in te n d e d a s a c o u n te r p r is e
to th e grow ing sh a llo w n e ss of th e M aim unists* p h ilo so p h y . The s e c r e t
d o c tr in e , f i r s t c o m p le te ly d ev e lo p ed by E zra and A z r ie l, e s t a b l i s h e d
a p e c u lia r p h ilo so p h y of r e l i g i o n , o r more c o r r e c t l y , th eo so p h y , which
ad v an cin g from one in c o n c e iv a b le s ta te m e n t to a n o th e r, f i n a l l y so a re d
in to th e miBty re g io n where a l l th in k in g c e a s e s , and even im a g in a tio n
droops i t s wings- I t s t a r t e d from a b a s i s , which a t t h a t tim e was
c o n s id e re d u n im p each ab le, b u t made b o ld d e d u c tio n s from i t , which c la s h ­
ed w ith i t s u n d e rly in g p r i n c i p l e . U n ity was tra n sfo rm e d i n t o a p l u r a l ­
i t y , s p i r i t u a l i t y i n t o a c o a rs e m aterialism , and r e f i n e d b e l i e f in to an
e x tra v a g a n t s u p e r s t i t i o n . The o r i g i n a l K abala e s t a b l i s h e d th e fo llo w s
in g p r in c ip le s * The D e ity i s e le v a te d above e v e ry th in g , even above
e x is te n c e and th o u g h t. C o n seq u en tly we have no r i g h t to a y o f Him, He
sp eak s, He a c t s , o r s t i l l l e s s , He th in k s , w i l l s , or d e s ig n s . A ll
th e s e q u a l i t i e s which a r e human im ply some l i m i t a t i o n , and God i s un­
l i m i t e d b ecause He i s p e r f e c t . Only one a t t r i b u t e can be a s s ig n e d to
Him—He i s u n c o n d itio n a l o r i n f i n i t e . The K abala a c c o r d in g ly c o n f e r s
on God th e t i t l e o f E te r n a l (H ebrew ,E n-Sof) . The u n iv e r s a l e x is te n c e ,
th e E n-S of, c o n s e q u e n tly i s i d e n t i c a l w ith th e n o n - e x is te n t (A yin).
Hence in o r d e r t o make H is e x is te n c e known, D e ity was o b lig e d to make
H im self v i s i b l e an d r e c o g n iz a b le ; He had t o become a c t i v e a n d c r e a t i v e ,
so t h a t H is e x is te n c e m ig h t be p e rc e iv e d .
But th e low er w orld i n i t s d e p r a v ity and d e c re p itu d e c o u ld n o t have
been produced o r c r e a te d by E n -S o l, f o r th e I n f i n i t e an d P a f e c t can n o t
b r in g d i r e c t l y i n t o e x is te n c e th e f i n i t e and im p e rf e c t. The D eity i s
th e r e f o r e n o t t o b e re g a r d e d a s th e im m ediate C re a to r o f th e w o rld ;
th e p ro c e s s o f c r e a t i o n mpst be c o n c e iv e d in a q u i t e d i f f e r e n t manner.
The E n-S of, by means o f H1g i n f i n i t e w e a lth o f l i g h t , r a d i a t e d from
h im s e lf a s p i r i t u a l su b s ta n c e , a f o r c e , o r w h atso ev er i t m ight be
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c a lle d , which, flo w in g d i r e c t l y from H im self, p a r ta k e s of H is p e rfe c ­


tio n and i n f i n i t y . On th e o th e r hand, t h i s r a d ia tio n or em an atio n
can n o t he l i k e th e E n-S of, i t s c r e a to r , in a l l p o in ts , f o r i t i s n o t
a b s o lu te ly o r i g i n a l , b u t d e r iv a tiv e . T his power sp rin g in g from th e
E n-S of, i s t h e r e f o r e , n o t i d e n t i c a l w ith Him, b u t only s im ila r to
Him, i . e . , i t h as b e s id e s an i n f i n i t e , a ls o a f i n i t e s id e . The K abala
c a l l s t h i s f i r s t s p i r i t u a l c h i l d of th e E n-S of, th e f i r s t SEFIRA, a
name p o s s ib ly a d a p te d a s s u g g e stiv e a t once of number and of sp h e re .
T h is f i r s t s p i r i t u a l power r a d i a t e s from i t s e l f a second f o r c e , and
t h i s l a t t e r a t h i r d , and so on, so t h a t a l t o g e t h e r te n s p i r i t u a l sub­
s ta n c e s or f o r c e s , o r in te rm e d ia te e n t i t i e s , or o rg an s (a s th e y a r e in
tu r n c a lle d ) were s u c c e s s iv e ly re v e a le d , and became a c t i v e . These te n
powers the K abala c a l l s th e TEN SEFIROTH.
The te n s u b s ta n c e s a r e p a r t s of one a n o th e r and of th e E n-S of, and
only r e p r e s e n t d i f f e r e n t s id e s (o r p h ases) of th e 3ame b e in g , a s f i r e
p roduces b o th flam e and sp a rk s, which, a lth o u g h a p p e a rin g d i f f e r e n t
to th e eye, n e v e r th e le s s in d ic a t e th e same th in g . The te n S e f ir o th ,
wrh ic h a re d is tin g u is h e d from one a n o th e r l i k e d i f f e r e n t c o l o r s of the
same l i g h t , b e in g em an atio n s of th e D eity , a re dependent on one a n o th e r,
and c o n s e q u e n tly a r e c o n d itio n e d . Only in th e degree in which th e En-
Sof endows them w ith f o rc e , can th e y c o n tin u e to a c t . T h e ir a c t i o n i s
shown in th e c r e a t i o n of th e m a te r ia l and s p i r i t u a l w orld i n t h e i r own
image, in t h e i r e t e r n a l su p p o rt of th e w o rld w ith which th e y a re in
u n io n , and in t h e i r e v e r com m unicating to i t th e g r a c io u s g i f t o f
d iv in e l i f e .
The K abala d iv id e s th e te n S e f ir o th i n t o th r e e g ro u p s of th r e e e a c h ,
and th e s e n in e S e f ir o t h would have b een s u f f i c i e n t to e x h a u st a l l th e
powers n eeded by th e system , b u t th e K abala c o u ld n o t f o re g o th e number
te n , I t was to o im p o rta n t. The te n commandments, th e te n D e c la r a tio n s ,
by w hich means th e Agada e x p la in s th e c r e a t i o n o f th e U n iv e rse , th e
Ten S p h eres, what a w orld o f meaning i s h id d e n t h e r e i n ' The K abala
was b e n t on k e e p in g th e te n th power, b u t c o u ld n o t c o n s e q u e n tly i n t r o ­
duce i t i n t o i t s scheme. However, i t m ight eschew s t r i c t l o g i c ; hence
i t flo u n d e re d a b o u t a m id st a v a r i e t y o f c o n c e p tio n s . C lo se th in k in g
i s no co n c e rn of th e K ab ala; i t i s s a t i s f i e d w ith f a n t a s t i c p i c t u r e s
and sym bols, however u n s u b s t a n t i a l . With t h i s number te n th e K abala
s p o r te d i n a most c a p r ic io u s m anner. By means of th e S e f ir o t h , God
can make h im s e lf v i s i b l e , and even in v e s t h im s e lf w ith a body. When
i t i s s a id in th e Holy W rit; "God sp o k e ,d esc en d ed to th e e a r t h , or
a s c e n d e d ," i t i s n o t to b e u n d e rsto o d a s s t r i c t l y l i t e r a l o r a s th e
A g a d is ts ta k e i t , a s r e f e r r i n g to th e D eity H im se lf, or to th e sublim e
E n-Sof, b u t to th e S e f ir o t h . The in c e n se which mounted from th e a l t a r ,
and became sw eet sav o r, was n o t in h a le d o r ab so rb e d by th e D eity Him­
s e l f , b u t by th e in te r m e d ia te b e in g s . In t h i s manner th e K abala th o u g h t
t h a t i t had overcome th e d i f f i c u l t i e s which th e n o tio n o f th e a b s o lu te
s p i r i t u a l i t y of God and th e B i b l i c a l method o f r e p r e s e n t a t i o n o f God
o ffe r* The D eity i s in c o r p o r e a l and i n f i n i t e , h a s no c o r p o r e a l func­
tio n s , and i s n o t a f f e c t e d by a n y th in g c o r p o r e a l. But th e S e f ir o th ,
which in a d d itio n to t h e i r i n f i n i t e s id e , have a ls o a f i n i t e , and a s
i t were, a c o r p o r e a l s id e , can a l s o perform c o r p o r e a l f u n c tio n s , and
e n te r in to r e l a t i o n w ith c o r p o r e a l b e in g s .
The K a b a lis tic th e o ry o f c r e a tio n i s e q u a lly f a n t a s t i c . God, o r th e
E n-Sof, d id n o t c r e a te th e v i s i b l e w orld im m ed iately , b u t e n t i r e l y by
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th e means o f th e S e f ir o t h . A ll th in g s in th e lo v e r w orld, b o th c l a s s e s
and in d iv id u a ls , have t h e i r o r i g i n a l fo rm s (ty p e s ) in th e h ig h e r w o rld s
so t h a t th e r e i s n o th in g w ith o u t a p u rp o se, b u t e v e ry th in g h a s a h ig h e r
s ig n if ic a n c e . The u n iv e rs e re se m b le s a g ia n t t r e e w ith a w ea lth of
b ra n c h e s and le a v e s , whose r o o t s a re th e S e f ir o th ; or i t i s a c l o s e ly
wrought c h a in , th e l a s t lin k o f which hangs from th e h ig h e r w orld; or
a g r e a t se a, which i s c o n s ta n tly f i l l e d from an e t e r n a l l y flo w in g
s o u rc e .
The K abala i s a g ro te s q u e d i s t o r t i o n o f Jew ish and p h ilo s o p h ic a l postur-
l a t i o n s . In o rd e r to make i t a p p e a r a n c ie n t and a u t h e n ti c , th e com­
p i l e r s had to re c o u rs e to f r a u d . They c i r c u l a t e d a K a b a lis tic manu­
s c r i p t which p u r p o rte d to have been co m p rised by an h o n o rab le Talm udi-
c a l d o c to r, Nechunya ben ha-K ana and o th e r s . I n v a in th e h ig h ly r e ­
s p e c te d M eir ben Simon and Rabbi M eshullam of B e z ie rs c a l l e d a t t e n t i o n
to t h i s f o rg e ry , which t o r e th e t i t l e o f B a h ir (Luminous) and condemn­
ed i t to be b u r n t, a s i t c o n ta in e d b la sp h e m ie s a g a in s t th e g r e a tn e s s o f
God. However, th e book B a h ir m a in ta in e d i t s ground, and was in l a t e r
tim es u sed a s a n ev id en ce o f th e g r e a t age of th e K abala.
A poor c o p y is t, B erachya ben N a tro n a i N atkdan, c a l l e d in th e d i a l e c t
n f th e c o u n try C r is p ia ( f lo u r is h e d 1330-1270) tu r n e d h i s a t t e n t i o n to
f a b le s , which had been p o p u la r am ongst th e a n c ie n t Hebrews, an d th e
K a b a lie ts u se d h i s f a b l e s and in c o rp o r a te d them i n t h e i r d o c t r in e s .
There i s no r e c o r d in Jew ish h i s t o r y or t r a d i t i o n t h a t R abbi A kiba
ben Jo se p h , th e c la im e d a u th o r of th e Book of F o rm atio n , b e in g a
K a b a lis t, was th e f i r s t co m p ile r o f th e M ishna, one of th e s e c tio n s
of th e Talmud, a lth o u g h he d id w rite many e x c e r p ts on th e p a s sa g e s
c o n c e rn in g th e th e o ry of c r e a t i o n an d th e c lo u d - c h a r lo t of E z e k ie l,
b u t alw ays i n s i s t e d t h a t th e y sh o u ld n o t be expounded b e f o r e th e
p e o p le . In f a c t , I can f in d nowhere in a u t h e n ti c , Je w ish h i s t o r y a
r e c o rd of The Sepber Y e tz ir a h . The Jew ish h i s t o r i e s a r e f u l l of th e
w r itin g s and l i f e of A kiba b en Jo se p h . In 130 A.D. he was p r e s id e n t
of th e S ynhedrion, and in 135 A . d . he d ie d a m a rty r t o th e cau se of
Jud aism . I t th e r e f o r e a p p e a rs s tra n g e i n th e many th in g s c r e d i t e d to
him t h a t t h i s book does n o t a p p e a r a s h i s a u th o r s h ip . Then a n o th e r
stra n g e th in g i s c a l l e d to th e a t t e n t i o n o f th e s tu d e n t, an d t h a t i s
t h a t th e f i r s t t r a n s l a t i o n o f t h i s Book of F o u n d atio n was t r a n s l a t e d
i n t o L a tin i n 1553 by W illiam P o s te l , an d had I t s f i r s t I n tr o d u c tio n
t o C h r i s t i a n s c h o la r s h ip a t t h a t tim e . S u re ly , i f su ch a book had
e x i s t e d s i n c e th e tim e o f A kiba, I t would have been t r a n s l a t e d
c e n t u r i e s b e f o r e , and b een a so u rce o f stu d y f o r th e le a r n e d p h ilo ­
so p h e rs o f a l l r e l i g i o n s .
We now come t o two d e f i n i t e c o n c lu s io n s t h a t w i l l a llo w u s t o f o llo w
th e d o c tr in e o f th e W estern w o rld K & b aliste : F i r s t t h a t i t was n o t
w r i t t e n by th e R abbi A kiba, and had no W estern e x is te n c e p r i o r t o th e
tim e o f th e 1 3th c e n tu r y A.D. Second* T hat i t c o p ie d a form o f
theosophy which i t s c o m p ile rs tra n s fo rm e d t o s u i t t h e i r own purposes*
And fu rth e rm o re t h a t th e y a tte m p te d to " v e i l " o r make a " r id d le * o f
t h i s book, which h a s & r e a l f o u n d a tio n in m y stic know ledge, an d so
p r e v e r te d th e te a c h in g s t h a t have e x i s t e d sin c e a l l tim e s among th e
M y stic s, t h a t th e 8 e o re t D o c trin e s o f A n cien t R e lig io n , have become
in t h e i r hands a f a r c e . L u c k ily , th e s e W estern w orld o r i g i n a t o r s of
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t h i s system of Theosophy d id n o t se cu re t h e i r te a c h in g s from th e


m ystic A rcane S chools, which have p re s e rv e d u n ta r n is h e d th e ffisdom
of th e A ges* Thus th e K abala a s now ta u g h t in p a r t s o f th e w orld i s
re s p o n s ib le fo r t h a t c o n g lo m e ra tio n o f s u b je c ts a s s e t f o r t h in th e
f o o l i s h p o p u la r books o f Europe an d Am erica an d t r e a t o f c e re m o n ia l
m agic, in c lu d in g th e making o f magic c i r c l e s , vends, sw ords and
p e n ta c le s , and th e u s e o f i n s c r i p t i o n s f o r p e rfo rm in g m ir a c le s .
How, to add f a c t s to r e a l o c c u lt know ledge, i t i s n e c e s s a ry to g iv e
you a b r i e f h i s t o r y o f th e ZOKAR, o r th e Bock o f S p le n d o r. I t i s
claim ed by th e K a b a lis ts to have b een w r i t t e n in 150 A . d. T h is, how­
e v e r, i s an e r r o r , a s I s h a l l show you from a u t h e n ti c h i s t o r y .
The o u te r form o f th e K abala, which h i t h e r t o had assum ed a m odest
deportm ent and h a rm le ss c h a r a c te r , began to fom ent d is c o r d in Ben
A d r e t's tim e. What i t la c k e d in i n t r i n s i c t r u t h and power o f co n v ic­
tio n , i t en d eav o red to su p p ly by p resu m p tu o u sn ess. I t had a lr e a d y
spread from G erona, i t s o r g in a l s e a t , an d front n o r th e r n S p ain by way
o f Segovia, to S o u th ern S pain. In th e c i t y o f T oledo, th e K abala won
fo llo w e rs , among o th e r s one. man, who by h i s n o b le b i r t h , h i s p r in c e ly
s t a t e , h i s h ig h p o s it io n , h i s w ea lth and le a r n in g , gave i t g r e a t
w eight. T h is man, whose in f lu e n c e ev e n t o t h i s day i s n o t y e t f u l l y
re c o g n iz e d , was Todros be Jo se p h H a le v i, o f th e n o b le Toldean fa m ily
of A b u ia fia (b o rn 1334 d ie d 1 3 0 4 ). He se c u re d many a d h e r e n ts , b u t
th e c h i e f s o f t h i s movement were I s a a c I b n - L a t i f , Abraham A b u ia f ia ,
Jo sep h J i k a t i l l a , and HOSES de LEON, a l l S p a n ia rd s.
A b u ia fia in c u la t e d i n t o th e d o c tr in e of K a b a lis ts , HOTARICON, t o t r a n ­
spose th e component p a r t s o f a word i n a l l p o s s ib le p e rm u ta tio n s , so a s
t o form words from them. TSIRUF, th e emplcyment o f l e t t e r s a s num bers.
GDSATRIA, th e means o f s e c u rin g com m unication w ith th e s p i r i t w orld.
In t h i s way he m o d ifie d th e o r i g i n a l X a b a lis tic th e o ry of th e S e f ir o t h .
Be became so in te n s e i n h i s s t u d i e s t h a t he t r i e d t o c o n v e rt th e pope
t o h i s t h e o r i e s . But we have t o d e a l p a r t i c u l a r l y w ith th e m ost p e r ­
n ic io u s in f lu e n c e t h a t p o s t e r i t y h as i n h e r i t e d in w ild t h e o r i e s w ith one
o f them, HOSES de LBON. Mo was b o rn a b o u t 1350 an d d ie d 1305. H is o n l:
i n t e n t i o n f o r jo in i n g t o th e K a b a lis ts was t o d e c e iv e th e p e o p le , make
money o u t o f h is t h e o r i e s , u n co n cern ed whom ho le a d a s t r a y . A s c i o l i s t ,
who had m a ste re d n e i t h e r th e Talmud n o r any o th e r s u b je c t th o ro u g h ly ,
H ose8 de Leon p o s s e s s e d th e s k i l l t o u se d e f t l y th e l i t t l e t h a t he knew,
t o w r ite e a s i l y an d f l u e n t l y , t o d is c o v e r th e c o n n e c tio n betw een t h e
m ost rem ote th in g s and th e v e r s e s o f th e S c r ip tu r e . Of c a r e l e s s p r o ­
d i g a l i t y , H ose8 de Leon expended e v e ry th in g t h a t he had w ith o u t r e f l e c t ­
in g what would rem ain f o r th e morrow; he made u s e o f th e K abala t o se­
c u re f o r h im s e lf a r i c h so u rce o f re v e n u e . A t f i r s t he p u b lis h e d h i s
I n t e l l e c t u a l p r o d u c tio n s u n d e r h i s own name. H is w r i tin g s were n o t
s u f f i c i e n t l y n o tic e d , an d b ro u g h t him l i t t l e fame an d money. He th e n
h i t upon a much more e f f e c t i v e means o f o p en in g h e a r t s an d p u r s e s . He
commenced th e c o m p o sitio n o f books u n d er f e ig n e d b u t h o nored names.
I f he put th e d o c t r in e s o f th e K abala i n t o th e mouth o f a n o ld e r ,
h ig h ly v e n e ra te d a u t h o r i t y , some im posing name from th e d a z z lin g p a s t
— ta k in g c a r e , o f c o u r s e , to make th e c o lo r in g and th e m ethod of p re­
s e n ta tio n a r c h a ic — would n o t such a c o m p o sitio n be e a s i l y swallowed?
He was v ery c le v e r and knew t h a t he would have t o have a l i v i n g ear-
ponent of h i s " m ira c le s " s ig h te d in h i s book, an d f e l l upon th e p e rso n
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of Simon b a r Y ochai, who i s s a id to have sp e n t t h i r t e e n y e a rs in a


cave, s o l i t a r y , and b u r ie d in p ro fo u n d r e f l e c t i o n , and who claim ed to
have r e c e iv e d many i n s p i r a t i o n s . Moses de Leon ex p resB ly f o r b id Simon
to use th e Hebrew la n g u ag e, and p r e v a ile d upon him to use C haldee, w ith
which few, o u ts id e of s c h o la r s , were f a m i l i a r , and th u s came in to th e
w orld th e book ZOHAR (m eaning b r i l l i a n c y ) which f o r many y e a rs vas
h e ld by Jew s a s a heav en ly r e v e l a t i o n , and was and p a r t l y i s so re g a rd ­
ed by C h r is t ia n s a s an o ld t r a d i t i o n .
The u n d e rly in g p r i n c i p l e o f th e Zohar I s t h a t th e h i s t o r i c a l and r e l i ­
g io u s s t a t u t e s o f th e B ib le were n ev e r in te n d e d t o be u n d e rsto o d in a
p la in , sim ple se n se , b u t t h a t th e y c o n ta in som ething h ig h e r , m y s te rio u s ,
and s u p e r n a tu r a l. Abrahma and S arah , f o r exam ple, d en o te m a tte r of
form ; Pharaoh d e n o te s v ic io u s d e s i r e s , th e la n d o f Goshen th e h e a r t ,
Moses th e D ivine S p i r i t , and th e Urim and Thummin, which th e High
P r i e s t wore on h i s b r e a s t in th e Temple, were th e a s tr o l a b e of th e
A stronom ers, w ith which th e y c a lc u l a te d tim e, lo n g itu d e an d l a t i t u d e .
T his book was e a g e r ly a c c e p te d by th e K a b a lis ts f o r i t s u p p lie d much
t h a t t h e i r o r i g i n a l d o c tr in e had o m itte d and much needed. Under th e
g u idance of th e S p a n ia rd s, who were a d e p ts in A rab ian l o r e , th e
K a b a lis ts now combined w ith t h e i r d o c tr in e s t h a t of a s tr o lo g y and th e
T a ro t. They r e s p e c te d n o th in g t h a t was s a c re d in th e ey e s o f th e
O rie n ta l m y stic s, and t h e i r p e r n ic io u s a c t s have come down t o u s o f
th e 20th c e n tu r y a s " re v e a le d and D ivine know ledge."
They borrow ed from a l l A n cien t m ythology an d c l e v e r ly in terw o v e i n t o
t h e i r d o c trin e many th in g s t h a t would to th e c a s u a l s tu d e n t g iv e i t an
ap p earan ce of m y stic know ledge. They fo llo w e d th e s e w r itin g s w ith a
school in to which were a c c e p te d many d i s c i p l e s who sp re a d th e d o c trin e
a l l over th e known w orld, and th u s from th e m inds of a few men h a s
e v o lv ed t h i s s o - c a lle d o c c u lt s c ie n c e , which h a s In i t much t h a t i s
w orthy, and much t h a t can n o t be a c c e p te d by any s in c e r e s tu d e n t of oc­
c u l t knowledge.
I have been a t p a in s to show you th e h is t o r y of th e b e g in n in g of t h i s
form o f th e o -so p h y , and s h a l l fo llo w t h i s w ith an o u tlin e of th e
v a rio u s M ystery S ch o o ls, w hich w i l l ta k e u s th ro u g h th e Freem asonry
of th e Pyram ids, th e S e c re t O rder of O rpheus, th e sch o o l of P y th a g o ra s;
th e g r e a t M ystagogue o f th e N orth, Odin; th e E ssen ee, e t c . ; th e a n c ie n t
symbolism o f Lemuria and A t l a n t i s , a n d f i n a l l y a f u l l d e s c r ip tio n of
each T aro t c a rd , so t h a t you w ill be e n a b le d to see f o r y o u s e lv e s t h a t
th e Cosmic C o n scio u sn e ss h as n o t l e f t a t any tim e i n th e h i s t o r y of
mankind a n y th in g u n v e ile d f o r th e tr u e m y stic s tu d e n ts and I n i t i a t e s .

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To th e One P riv ile g e d ?


The K abala a t l e a s t a tte m p ts to e s t a b l i s h a t r a d i t i o n a l o r ig in , and
th e stu d e n t can make some r e s e a r c h i n t o i t s te a c h in g s , b u t when we
come to th e T aro t C ards, which have b een t i e d up w ith th e K abala by
numerous modern o c c u lt w r i te r s , i t becomes alm o st im p o ssib le t o come
to any d e f i n i t e c o n c lu s io n .
In none of th e A n cien t M y s te rie s , a few o f which I have a lre a d y de­
s c rib e d , i s th e re any m ention or a l l u s i o n made 'to th e T a ro t. Madame
B la v a tsk y in her S e c re t D o ctrin e Volume Three on h er c h a p te r “H erm etic
and K a b a lis tic D o c trin e s" g iv e s E lip h a s L ev i, a s b ein g a u t h o r i t y f o r
the "Taro'' (R o ta ). The Taro, or th e sa cred Book o f Enoch, o r R ota, i s
p re fa c e d , she s t a t e s , a s fo llo w s?
“The a n t i q u i t y of t h i s Book i s l o s t in th e n ig h t o f tim e. I t i s of
INDIAN ORIGIN, and goes back to an epoch lo n g b e fo re M o s e s . . . . I t i s
w r itte n upon d e ta c h e d le a v e s , which a t f i r s t were of f in e g o ld and
p re c io u s m e t a l s . . . . I t i s SYMBOLICAL, and i t s c o m b in a tio n s a d a p t them­
s e lv e s to a l l the wonders o f th e S p i r i t . A lte r e d by i t s p assag e a c r o s s
th e a g e s, i t i s n e v e r th e le s s p re s e rv e d — th a n k s to th e ig n o ra n c e of th e
c u rio u s — in i t s ty p e s and i t s most im p o rta n t p r im itiv e f i g u r e s . " She
f u r t h e r c o n tin u e s? "T h is i s th e Rota of Enoch, now c a l l e d th e Taro of
Enoch, to which De M ir v ill e a l lu d e s , a s we u n d e rsta n d , a s th e means f o r
" e v il magic" th e m e ta l lic p l a t e s or le a v e s , esc a p e d from d e s tr u c tio n
d u rin g th e Deluge, and which a re a t t r i b u t e d by him to C a in ."
She f u r t h e r s t a t e s t h a t th e r e a l T arot can o nly be fo u n d i n i t s com­
p le te symbology in th e B ab y lo n ian c y lin d e r s , t h a t any one can in s p e c t
and study in th e B r i t i s h Museum. That anyone ca n see th e s e C haldean,
a n te d ilu v ia n rhombs, or r e v o lv in g c y lin d e r s , c o v e re d w ith s a c re d s ig n s ;
b u t t h a t the s e c r e t s o f th e s e d iv in in g 11w h eels", o r a s De M ir v ille
c a l l s th e “r o t a t i n g g lo b e s of H ec ate ", have to be l e f t u n to ld f o r some
tim e to come.
U ndoubtedly, th e s tu d e n ts of o c c u ltis m a re so b e fu d d le d th e m se lv e s o n :
what th e T aro t r e a l l y s i g n i f i e s , t h a t each book we re a d i s e i t h e r a
symbolism of i t s e l f or a p u re in v e n tio n of th e p a r t i c u l a r w r i te r .
I t seems in c o n c e iv a b le t h a t so im p o rta n t a symbology sh o u ld have, p r io r
to th e ID-’Vi C en tu ry , e sc a p e d th e n o tic e o f th e many w r i t e r s on th e
o c c u lt, s e c r e t d o c t r in e s and m ystery sc h o o ls, and p h ilo s o p h ie s . I f i t
h a s t h a t im p o rtan ce t h a t th e s e many modern o c c u lt w r i t e r s a t t r i b u t e to
them ( th e c a r d s ) , i t becomes a wonder to th e s tu d e n t who i s s e a rc h in g
f o r th e T ru th , why th e r e i s no key to them in a n c ie n t w r i tin g s .
I can f in d no j u s t i f i c a t i o n f o r t h e i r r e l a t i o n t o th e m y s te r ie s or to
symbolism. Even th e e n c y c lo p e d ia s a r e s i l e n t on t h i s s u b je c t. H is to ry
i s s i l e n t on them, and only in t h i s 2 0 th C en tu ry i s any im portance
p la c e d on t h e i r symbology. The F rench o c c u l t i s t s a lo n e , have b ro u g h t
th e n i n t o any d is c u s s io n , and th e y u se d them m ain ly f o r d i v in a tio n puz^-
p o se s a s can be e a s i l y seen by r e f e r r i n g to t h e i r w r itin g s .
Count de G eb e lin , who p u b lis h e d betw een 1773 and 1782 n in e g r e a t q u a rto
volumes of “Le Monde P r i m i t i f i s p o s s ib ly th e f i r s t w r i t e r who men-
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tio n s th a t the T a ro t i s th e s o le rem a in in g v e s tig e o f th e superb


l i b r a r i e s and l i t e r a t u r e which once f l o u r i s h e d on th e v a lle y o f th e
K ile. P o s s ib ly th e b e s t work on th e T a ro t i s t h a t p u b lis h e d by Papus,
and he had a s h i s a u t h o r i t i e s a lo n g l i s t o f a u t h o r i t i e s t h a t th e T aro t
i s th e B ib le o f B ib le s , th e Book of Thoth and of p r im itiv e r e v e l a t i o n .
Papus u sed a s h is a u t h o r i t i e s , J . A. V a il la n t , E lip h a s L ev i, W illiam
P o s te l, Jerom e Cardan and L. 0, de S a in t M a rtin . Papus g o es on f u r t h e r
than th e s e w r i t e r s on th e T a ro t, and s t a t e s h i s knowledge comes from
the G y p sies. In r e s p e c t to E lip h a s L ev i, i t i s a m a tte r of common
f a m i l i a r i t y t h a t h i s o p in io n on any q u e s tio n of f a o t was som etim es more
th an w o rth le s s , and o c c a s io n a lly a l i t t l e b i t l e e s th an i n t e l l e c t u a l l y
h o n e st. As a n o th e r w r i te r p u ts i t : "He a f f ir m s t h a t th e T a ro t i s p o s­
s ib ly a n t e r i o r to th e Book of Enoch— n o t any a p o c ry p h a l work which
p a sse s under t h a t name, b u t som ething 'e c s t a t i c and u n d e m o n s tra b le ',
something which i s of m y stia rumour w ild — so w ild in d e e d t h a t th e name
proves in th e end to be a synonym f o r th e T aro t i t s e l f , s u g g e s tin g th u s
an in s c r u ta b le v e rb a l im passe. He a f f ir m s f u r t h e r t h a t i t i s th e
SYMBOLICAL summary of p r im itiv e t r a d i t i o n ; t h a t i t i s th e k e y sto n e of
o ccu lt s c ie n c e ; t h a t i t i s th e book o f Hermes. Views o f t h i s k in d —
and th u s a r b i t r a r i l y e x p re s se d — seem o b v io u sly o f th e o rd e r of r e v e la ­
tio n , and a re to be ta k e n or l e f t a c c o rd in g to th e d i s p o s i t i o n of the
r e c ip ie n t." T his w r ite r f u r t h e r sa y s a s to P apus: "Dr Papus dreams
s te r to r o u s ly when he say s t h a t Raymond L u lly — who was term ed i n h i s
day th e illu m in a te d d o c to r of M ajorca— b a se d h ie A rs Magna on th e T a ro t
keys, and I su g g e st t h a t he h a s o m itte d t o re a d th e sh e a f of t r e a t i s e s
which a re in c lu d e d under t h a t t i t l e . "
A nother p o in t s t r i k e s th e s e a rc h e r o f th e t i e i n g up of th e tw en ty -tw o
Major Aroanum of th e T a ro t w ith th e Hebrew l e t t e r s . 1 c a n n o t see any
semblance in th e Hebrew L e t t e r s w ith th e tw en ty -tw o c a rd s o f th e T a ro t.
I p re v io u s ly m entioned th e f a c t t h a t Hebrew i s a book la n g u a g e , and
t h a t th e s c r ib e s who were s k i l l e d in r e a d in g i t , were d ep en d en t on th e
c h a r a c t e r s to r e p r e s e n t a c e r t a i n th in g , and a ta b le I gave o f th e
e x o te r ic th in g s th e y r e p r e s e n te d f a i l s to g iv e u s any c lu e a t a l l to
t h e i r co m b in atio n . Levi i s of c o u rs e r e s p o n s ib le f o r t h i s added con­
f u s io n to th e T arot and Papus and o th e r w r i t e r s have fo llo w e d him ab­
s o lu t e ly in t h e i r e x p la n a tio n s .
I p e r s o n a lly b e l ie v e t h a t th e T a ro t in such form i s a m ed iev al method
o f c a rd p la y in g and o f d iv in a tio n and t h a t th e I t a l i a n b a r b e r , E t t e i l a ,
i s th e in v e n to r o f th e whole system . T rue, many symbols o f sa c re d
th in g s have b een borrow ed n o t o nly f o r th e T a ro t b u t f o r many o th e r
e x o te r ic th in g s . Papus em p h asizes th e im p o rtan ce o f th e s a c r e d word
YOD-HE-VAU-HE in th e Key he g iv e s to th e T a ro t. T h is, o f c o u rs e , i s
h i s method o f w r itin g th e Hebrew l e t t e r s YCBH, th e 1 0 th l e t t e r in th e
a lp h a b e t, h av in g t h e number 10, and e q u iv a le n t t o "Y" i n th e E n g lis h
a lp h a b e t. HE, th e 6 th number e q u iv a le n t to "H", andVAV, th e 5 th
l e t t e r e q u iv a le n t t o 5, an d th e n th e r e p e t i t i o n o f Ht a g a in . You w ill
a t once n o tic e a d if f e r e n c e i n th e s p e l l i n g o f th e Hebrew l e t t e r s , and
t o th e s tu d e n t s*:of H ebre1.* a d if f e r e n c e i n l e t t e r s i s v e ry im p o rta n t,
b e a rin g in mind t h a t ea ch Hebrew l e t t e r s ta n d s f o r p o s s ib ly n o t o n ly a
l e t t e r and a number b u t f o r som ething t h a t may change th e e n t i r e mean­
in g of th e w r i tin g . Papus i s o f c o u rse r e f e r r i n g t o JEHOVAH, th e i n ­
e f f a b le name o f God. In Hebrew i t c o n s i s t s of f o u r l e t t e r s YOBH, HE,
VAV, HE, and i s hence c a l l e d th e nomen tetrag am m ato n or q u a d r i l i t e r a l
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name. As I m entioned b e fo re i t i s d e riv e d from th e s u b s ta n tiv e v erb


HAVAH, (TO EE); and a s i t com bines in i t s e l f th e p r e s e n t, p a s t and
fu tu re form s of th e v e rb , i t i s to be c o n s id e r e d a s d e s ig n a tin g God a s
immutable, e t e r n a l , th e o n ly Being who can f o r e v e r say, " I AM THAT I
AM." T his name m s f i r s t announced t o Moses by God, when he ap p e ared
to him in a b u rn in g bush; on which o c c a sio n He s a id , "T h is i s my name
fo re v e r, and t h i s i s my m em orial u n to a l l g e n e r a tio n s ." (E x .3 .1 5 )
I t was c o n s id e re d u n la w fu l to pronounce t h i s name of God, e x c e p t on
one sa c re d o c c a sio n (th e day o f a to n e m e n t), when i t was o n ly u t t e r e d
by th e High P r i e s t in th e h o ly o f h o lie s , am id th e sound of tru m p e ts
and cym bals, which p re v e n te d th e peo p le from h e a rin g i t . T h is custom
undoubtedly a ro se from a w ish t o p re v e n t i t s becom ing known t o th e su r­
rounding n a tio n s , and b e in g by them b lasp h em o u sly a p p lie d to t h e i r
id o ls . Some of th e Jew s a f te r w a r d s a tte m p te d , by an in g e n io u s c o rru p ­
tio n o f the t e x t o f Exodus above q u o te d , to d e fe n d th e custom of th e
a u th o r ity g iv e n in th e S c r ip tu r e s . By th e change of a s in g le l e t t e r ,
they made th e word L'OLAM, which s i g n i f i e s FOREVER, re a d L'ALAM, t h a t
i s " to be c o n c e a le d ," and hence th e p assag e was t r a n s l a t e d , “T h is i s
My name to be c o n c e a le d ," in s t e a d o f " T h is i s MY name f o r e v e r ." And
th u s Jo se p h u s, in w r itin g upon t h i s s u b je c t, u s in g th e fo llo w in g ex ­
p re s s io n s , 11Whereupon God d e c la r e d u n to Moses H is h o ly name which had
never been d is c o v e re d t o men b e f o r e ; c o n c e rn in g which i t i s n o t la w fu l
fo r me to. say any m ore. " ’ (The se n te n c e u n d e rs c o re d shows where so
many of our modern w ould-be M a ste rs s e c u re t h e i r e x p re s s io n s so o f te n
q u o te d .) In obedience to t h i s law , whenever th e name Jehovah o c c u rs
to a Jew in re a d in g , he a b s t a i n s from p ro n o u n cin g i t , and s u b s t i t u t e s
in i t s p la c e th e word ADONAI or Lord. In consequence o f t h i s p eo p le
th u s a b s ta in in g from i t s u tte r a n c e , th e tr u e p ro n u n c ia tio n o f th e name
was a t le n g th l o s t . Nor i s th e q u e s tio n y e t d e f i n i t e l y s e t t l e d , some
O r i e n t a l i s t s c o n te n d in g , on o r th o g r a p h ic a l g ro u n d s, t h a t JEHOVAH i s
the tr u e p r o n u n c ia tio n , w hile o th e r s , on th e a u t h o r i t y of c e r t a i n
a n c ie n t w r i te r s , a s s e r t i t was pronounced JAO. The ta s k i s d i f f i c u l t
to make one, u n a c q u a in te d w ith th e s t r u c t u r e of th e Hebrew la n g u ag e,
comprehend how th e p r o n u n c ia tio n o f a word, whose l e t t e r s a re p re s e rv e d
can be w holly l o s t . I t may be a tte m p te d , how ever, in th e fo llo w in g
manner. The Hebrew a lp h a b e t c o n s i s t s e n t i r e l y of c o n s o n a n ts. The vowe
sounds were o r i g i n a l l y s u p p lie d by th e r e a d e r w hile re a d in g , he b e in g
p re v io u s ly made a c q u a in te d w ith th e c o r r e c t p ro n u n c ia tio n of each word,
and i f he d id n o t p o s s e s s th is knowledge o f th e l e t t e r s b e fo re him co u ld
n ot su p p ly i t , and he was, of c o u rs e , u n a b le t o pronounce th e word.
Every Hebrew knew, however, from p r a c t i c e , th e v o c a l sounds w ith which
the c o n so n a n ts were pronounced in th e d i f f e r e n t words, in th e same man­
n er a s e v e ry E n g lis h r e a d e r knows th e d i f f e r e n t sounds of "A" in h a t,
h a te , a l l , was, and t h a t KNT i s pronounoed K n ig h t. Thus th e words,
"God save th e R e p u b lic ," w r itte n in th e Hebrew method, would ap p ear
th u s, "Gd sv th r p b lc ." Now t h i s incom m unicable word, th e name of God,
c o n s is ts a s we have o b serv ed , o f fo u r l e t t e r s YODH, HE, VAV, HE e q u i­
v a le n t in E n g lish t o YHVH. I t i s now e v id e n t t h a t th e s e fo u r l e t t e r s
cannot, in our own la n g u a g e , be pronounced u n le s s two vow els a r e sup­
p lie d . N e ith e r can th e y in Hebrew. In o th e r words th e vow els were
known to th e Jew, b ec au se he h e a rd th e words c o n tin u o u s ly pronounced,
j u s t a s we know t h a t Mr. s ta n d s f o r M is te r . But th e name o f God, o f
which th e se fo u r l e t t e r s a r e symbols, was n e v e r pronounced, b u t a n o th e r
word ADONAI, s u b s t i t u t e d f o r i t ; and hence a s th e l e t t e r s th e m se lv e s
have no vocal power, th e Jew, n o t knowing th e im p lie d vow els, was un­
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a b le t o sup p ly them, and th u s th e word in i t s p r o n u n c ia tio n , was, in


tim e e n t i r e l y LOST.
T h is d is p u te a s t o th e p ronunciation o f th e word i s n o t to be te rm in a te d
by a r e f e r e n c e to a n c ie n t a u t h o r i t i e s , among whom th e re i s to o g r e a t a
d isc re p a n c y in r e l a t i o n to th e name t o be e a s i l y r e c o n c ile d . Ire n a e u e
c a l l s i t JAGTH; Isa d o re sa y s i t i s JODJOD; D iodurys S ic u lu s , JAG;
Clemnss of A le x a n d ria , JAU, and T heodorect sa y s t h a t th e Hebrews p ro ­
nounced i t JA, and th e S a m a rita n s, JAVAH.
T r a d itio n t e l l s u s t h a t M eth u sela, Lamech and Noah pronounced i t EUHA;
Shern A rphaxad, S elah , Heber and P e le g , JEVA; Reu, Serug, Nahor, T erah,
Abraham, Is a a c and Judah c a l l e d i t JOVA: by Aminadab and Nasshon were
JEVAH; by J e s s e and David JEHOVAH, And th e y im ply t h a t none o f th e s e
were th e r i g h t p r o n u n c ia tio n , w hich was o nly in th e p o s s e s s io n of
Enoch, Jaco b and Moses- In a l l th e s e names th e J i s to be pronounced
a s Y, th e A a s in f a t h e r , and th e E a s in m ate; th u s JEHOVA must be
pronounced a s i f w r i tte n YA-HO-VAH.
M ichael A ngelo L anci sa y s th e word sh o u ld be r e a d from l e f t t o r i g h t
and pronounced "HC-HI," t h a t i s to say "HS-SKE"; HO b e in g in Hebrew
th e m ascu lin e pronoun, and HI th e fe m in in e . HO-HI (Hi i s pronounced
HE) th e r e f o r e d e n o te s th e male an d fem ale p r i n c i p l e , th e v i s g e n i t r i s ,
th e p h a llu s and lingam , th e p o in t w ith in th e c i r c l e , th e n o tio n o f
which in some form or o th e r o f t h i s d o u b le g e n d e r, p re v a d e s a l l th e
a n c ie n t system s a s th e r e p r e s e n t a t i v e o f th e c r e a tiv e power.
P lu ta r c h , i n h i s I s i s and O s ir is , sa y s, “God who i s male and fem ale
i n t e l l i g e n c e , b e in g b o th l i f e and l i g h t , b ro u g h t f o r t h a n o th e r i n t e l ­
lig e n c e , th e C re a to r o f th e w o rld ." A ll th e pagan gods and g o d d e sse s,
however v a r io u s t h e i r a p p e la tio n , were b u t d i f f e r e n t e x p r e s s io n s f o r
th e m ale and fem ale p r i n c i p l e . " I n f a c t , " say s R u ssel in h i s “ S acred
and P ro fan e Hi s t o r y , “ “ th e y may a l l be in c lu d e d i n th e one g r e a t Her­
m a p h ro d ite, who com bines i n h i s n a tu r e a l l th e e le m e n ts o f p ro d u c tio n ,
and who c o n tin u e s to su p p o rt th e v a s t c r e a t i o n which o r i g i n a l l y pro­
ceeded from h i s w i l l . "
The Jew s b e lie v e d t h a t t h i s s a c re d name, which th e y h e ld in th e h ig h e s t
v e n e ra tio n , was p o s s e s s e d of unbounded pow ers. "He who p ro n o u n ces i t
shakes a l l heaven and e a r t h , and i n s p i r e s th e a n g e ls w ith a sto n ish m e n t
and t e r r o r . 11
A leph i s in Hebrew n u m e ric a lly e q u iv a le n t to one, and Yodh to te n ,w h ic h
i s e q u a l to e le v e n , a r e s u l t a l s o o b ta in e d by ta k in g th e second and
t h i r d l e t t e r s of th e Holy Name HE, VAV which a r e 5 and 6 , am ounting
to 11. But th e 6 an d 6 i n v a r ia b ly produce th e same number in t h e i r
m u l t i p l i c a t i o n , f o r 5 tim e s 5 a r e 25, and 6 ti»aes 6 a r e 36, and t h i s
I n v a r ia b le p ro d u c t o f HE VAV was s a id t o d en o te th e u n c h a n g e a b ility
o f th e F i r s t C ause. A gain AHYH, ( I am) commences w ith A leph o r one
and th e b e g in n in g o f num bers a n d JHVH w ith YODH o r 10 th e end o f num­
b e r s , which s i g n i f i e d t h a t God was th e b e g in n in g and th e en d of th in g s .
I t i s s a id t h a t th e p ro n u n c ia tio n o f th e name was p re s e rv e d an d t r a n s ­
m itte d by th e ESSENES, who alw ay s com m unicated i t to each o th e r in a
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w h isp er, and in such a form , t h a t w h ile i t s component p a r t s were known,


i t s co n n e cte d whole s t i l l rem ained a m y stery .
I t i s s a id , to o , to have been u se d a s a p a s s w o r d in th e E g y p tia n
M y s te rie s , by which th e c a n d id a te was a d m itte d to th e cham bers o f
i n i t i a t i o n . The modern Jews say i t was en g rav ed on th e ro d of Moses,
and e n a b le d him to perform h i s m ir a c le s , an d th e y a t t r i b u t e a l l th e
w onderful works of C h r is t to th e p o ten cy o f t h i s incom m unioable name.
The Jews had fo u r symbols by which th e y e x p re s s e d t h i s in e f f a b le name
o f God; th e f i r s t and most common were Two YODHS w ith a SHEVA, and
th e p o in t KAAIETZ u n d e rn e a th ; th e second was th r e e p o in ts which r a d i a t ­
ed l i k e a diadem t o r e p r e s e n t in a l l p r o b a b i l i t y th e s o v e re ig n ty of
God; th e t h i r d th e JOD w ith in an e q u i la t e r a l" t r i a n g l e , which the
K a b a lis ts e x p la in e d a s a ra y of l i g h t whose l u s t r e was to o tra n s c e n d e n t
to be c o n tem p late d by human e y e s; and th e f o u r th was th e l e t t e r SEADAI,
“ The A lm ig h ty ,11 and was th e symbol u s u a lly p la o e d in t h e i r p h y la c te r ie s -
I. conclude t h i s o r i g i n a t i o n of th e name by a few c i t a t i o n s o f how v ar­
io u s n a tio n s e x p re s se d th e name o f th e D eity .
1. JAK, T his name o f God i s found in th e 6 8 th Psalm, V 4, I t i s th e
S y ria n name of God, and i s s t i l l r e t a i n e d in some of th e S y ria a form s
o f doxology.
2. BEL or BAAL. T his word s i g n i f i e s , LORD, MASTER or POSSESSOR; and
and hence i t was a p p lie d by many n a tio n s of th e E a s t to d en o te th e Lord
o f a l l th in g s , and th e M aster o f th e World. B aal was w o rshipped by th e
C haldeans, th e M o ab ites, th e P h e n ic ia n s , th e A s s y ria n s . I t i s supposed
th a t th e f i r s t B aal was th e C haldean NIMROD. The word i s r e p e a te d ly
met w ith in th e S c r ip tu r e s , b o th in a l l u s i o n t o th e id o la tr o u s w orship
o f t h i s god, and i n c o n n e c tio n w ith o th e r words, t o d en o te th e names
of place 3.
3. ON. T his was th e word by which Jehovah was w orshipped by th e
E g y p tia n s. I t i s t h i s GOD whom P la to sp eak s in h i s Timaeus, when he
sa y s " t e l l me o f th e GOD ON; w hich IS and n ev e r knew b e g in n in g ." The
E g y p tia n s gave to t h i s God th e same a t t r i b u t e s t h a t th e Hebrews d id to
JEHOVAH, and though we a r e u n a b le t o cay what th e s i g n i f i c a t i o n o f ON
was in th e a n c ie n t EGYPTIAN, we know t h i s word in G reek, CMEGA NU, h a s
th e same s i g n i f i c a t i o n of b e in g or e x is te n c e a s JHVH h a s in Hebrew.
4. AUM, The H indus u se d t h i s word to e x p r e s s th e D e ity .
With t h i s v ery le n g th y e x p la n a tio n of IHVH, i t becomes a p p a re n t to th e
s tu d e n t t h a t Dr. Papus and o th e r s who f u r n is h "kEYS" to th e T arot
f a i l e d to use a u t h o r i t i e s in t h e i r r e s e a r c h e s , an d f e l l back on th e
K a b a l i s t 's su rm ise s in th e fa k e d book th e SSPHER HA JOHAR, o r Book of
S plen d o r, f o r t h e i r u n r a v e llin g of t h e i r t h e o r i e s .
As f a r a s I ca n see th e o n ly r e a s o n th e F ren ch o c o u l t i s t s have t i e d up
th e T a ro t w ith th e K abala i s th e f a c t t h a t th e Book o f F orm ation, th e
SEPHER YETZIRAH, t h e i r B ib le o f B ib le s , g iv e s i n i t s f i r s t v e rse th e
t h ir ty - tw o m y s te rio u s p a th s o f wisdom, and i n th e 2nd v e rse tw en ty -tw o
basal le tte r s . I q u o te : "1. In th i r t y - t w o m y s te rio u s p a th s of wisdom
d id th e Lord w r ite . He c r e a te d H is U n iv e rse by th r e e form s o f e x p re s -
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You w ill n o te from th e above t h a t th e y do n o t a g re e a s ' to names an d a s


t o th e l a s t two c a r d s a s to num bers. I t shows t h a t even i f th e T a ro t
i s an " in v e n tio n " t o d o v e t a il in w ith th e o so p h ic th e o r ie s , t h a t no two
men a r e a g re e d on even a b a s ic u n d e rs ta n d in g .
The o n ly th in g upon which I can a g re e in t h i s stu d y o f symbology, i s
t h a t th e b a s i s o f e s o t e r i c p h ilo so p h y o f th e a n c ie n t s i s , was, and
alw ays s h a ll b e, immutable law s which g o v ern th e u n iv e rs e .
T h is concludes the thiTd d is c o u rs e .
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3y P r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To the One P r iv ile g e d :
We s h a ll now p ro c e e d to a n a ly ze each c a rd i l l u s t r a t e d on th e accom­
panying c h a r t . Symbology i s alw ays an i n t e r e s t i n g and e n lig h te n in g
study, p ro v id e d , of c o u rse , we r e a l i z e t h a t th e symbols r e p r e s e n t
th e se law s and t h a t t h e i r p ro p e r i n t e r p r e t a t i o n i s in ac co rd an ce w ith
lo g ic a l re a s o n in g and u n d e rs ta n d in g .
Card No. 1, The MAGUS, o r the JUGGLER
This c a rd i s compared by Papus to th e f i r s t l e t t e r of th e Hebrew
A lphabet ALEPH. He says " t h a t ALEPH h ie r o g ly p h ic a lly e x p re s s e s MAN
h im s e lf as a c o l l e c t i v e UNITY, the m a ster p r i n c i p l e , r u l e r o f th e
e a r t h . T hat from t h i s h ie r o g ly p h ic meaning a re d e riv e d id e a s o f th e
U nity and of th e p r i n c i p l e w hich d e te rm in e s i t , id e a s which g iv e to
th e ALEPH i t s v alu e as th e s ig n o f Power and S t a b i l i t y . Man, o r
Microcosm, th e U nity and th e P r i n c i p l e in a l l th e w o rld s, i s th e mean­
ing o f th e p r im itiv e h ie r o g ly p h ic , w hich, as we s e e , e x a o tly re n d e rs
the g e n e ra l id e a s t h a t I e s t a b l i s h in my book."
He now p ro c e e d s to d e s c r ib e t h i s c a rd in th e fo llo w in g w ords: " I f you
ta k e the f i r s t c a rd of th e T a ro t and examine i t a t t e n t i v e l y , you w i l l
see th e form o f th e J u g g le r d e p ic te d upon i t c o rre sp o n d s in a l l p o in ts
w ith th a t o f th e l e t t e r ALEPH. I f we now ap p ly to th e stu d y of t h i s
c a rd the p r i n c i p l e s o f e l u c id a tio n o f symbolism, a c c o rd in g to th e
" T r a ite E le m e n ta ire de S cie n ce O c c u lte ," we a t once f i n d new e x p lan a­
tio n s f o r i t .
THE HEAD of th e FIGURE i s o c c u p ie d by th e DIVINE SIGN OF UNIVERSAL
LIFE.
The bottom o f th e f ig u r e r e p r e s e n ts EARTH ornam ented w ith its p ro d u c­
t i o n s , th e symbol o f NATURE.
L a s tly th e CENTRE i s o c c u p ie d by MAN h im s e lf , p la c e d b e h in d a ta b le
co vered w ith d iv e r s o b j e c t s .
The r i g h t and l e f t o f th e f ig u r e a re o cc u p ied by th e hands o f th e
J u g g le r , one o f them b e n t to w ard s th e E a r th , th e o th e r r a i s e d .
The p o s it jjjn o f th e h an d s r e p r e s e n t th e two p r i n c i p l e s , a c tiv e and
p a s s iv e , o f th e G re a t JEll, and i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e two columns
J a k in and Bohas o f th e Temple of Solomon.
The J u g g le r h o ld s th e wand o f th e Mage in one han d , w hich he r a i s e s ,
and th e f o u r g r e a t sym bols o f th e T a ro t a r e p la c e d b e f o r e him . The
Cup, The Sword, The Wand, and th e P e n ta c le s o r T alism an s.
These Papus com pares w ith th e l e t t e r s of th e T etragam m aton: —
S o ep tre o r Yod, symbol o f th e a c tiv e P r i n c i p l e , p re-em in em t
and of God.
Cup o r He, symbol o f p a s s iv e P r i n c i p l e p re -e m in e n t, o r of th e
U n iv e rs e .
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Sword, (C t o s s o r Vau) eymbol o f th e E q u i l i b r a t i n g P r i n c i p l e


p re -e m in e n t o r o f Man.
PENTACLES, or the 2nd HE, th e c y c lic symool o f E t e r n i t y , which
u n ite s the th re e f i r s t p r i n c i p l e s in one Whole.
Papus then c o n tin u e s and s t a t e s from a human p o in t o f view th e s e
Symbols c o rre sp o n d w ith th e f o u r g r e a t human c l a s s e s :
The men o f YOD, o r th e I n v e n to r s , th e P ro d u c e rs , th e N o b ility
of I n t e l l e c t .
The men of HE, o r th e d e p o s i t a r i e s o f th e g r e a t t r u t h s d is c o v e r ­
ed by men of YOD; th e S a v a n ts, th e Ju d g e s. P r o f e s s io n a l
N o b ility .
The men o f Vau, o r th e g u a rd ia n s and d e fe n d e rs o f th e fo rm e r;
The W a rrio rs . N o b ility o f th e Sword.
The men o f th e 2nd HE, th e m u ltitu d e , from which th e o th e r
c l a s s e s a re r e c r u i t e d . The p e o p le .
He f u r t h e r c o n tin u e s t h a t th e f o u r g r e a t sym bols a r e p la c e d on th e
ta b le a t random, and Man r u l e s them and m ust a rra n g e them; and t h a t
in th e 2 l s t c a rd , we s h a l l f i n d th e s e sym bols a rra n g e d in a c r o s s .
L et u s a t l e a s t g iv e D r. Papus c r e d i t f o r in v e n tin g som ething the.t
g iv e s th e T a ro t a s p i r i t u a l m eaning and n o t a l t o g e t h e r a f o r tu n e
t e l l i n g d e v ic e . I f he h ad l e f t o u t th e Hebrew l e t t e r s , and d e v o te d
h im s e lf e x c lu s iv e ly to sym bolism , he m ight have acco m p lish ed som ething
f o r s tu d e n ts .
Mr. W aite some y e a rs ago p re p a re d h i s own i n t e r p r e t a t i o n o f T a ro t
c a rd s i l l u s t r a t e d by a c e le b r a t e d a r t i s t . I q u o te h i s d e s c r i p t i o n o f
th e f i r s t c a rd w hich he c a l l s n o t th e " J u g g le r ," b u t th e "M a g ic ia n ."
Whereas th e c a rd a s i l l u s t r a t e d by Papus i s n o t a t a l l sy m b o lical*
Mr. W a ite 's i s j u s t f u l l o f sym bols. I q u o te Mr. W a ite 's d e s c r i p t i o n
of t h i s c a rd :
"A y o u th fu l f ig u r e in th e ro b e o f a m a g ic ia n , h a v in g th e co u n ten an ce
o f d iv in e A p o llo , w ith sm ile o f c o n fid e n c e and s h in in g e y e s . On h i s
h ead i s th e m y ste rio u s s ig n o f th e Holy S p i r i t , th e s ig n o f l i f e ,
l i k e an e n d le s s c o rd . About h i s w a is t i s a s e r p e n t c i n c t u r e , th e
s e rp e n t a p p e a rin g to d ev o u r h ia t a i l . T h is i s f a m i l i a r to m ost a s a
c o n v e n tio n a l symbol o f e t e r n i t y , b u t h e re i t i n d i c a t e s more e s p e c i a l ­
l y , th e e t e r n i t y o f a tta in m e n t in th e s p i r i t . In th e M a g ic ia n 's r i g h t
hand i s a wand r a i s e d to w ard s h ea v en , w h ile th e l e f t hand i s p o in ti n g
t o - t h e e a r t h . T h is d u a l s ig n i s known in th e h ig h g ra d e s o f th e
I n s t i t u t e d M y s te rie s ; i t shows th e d e s c e n t o f g r a c e , v i r t u e and l i g h t ,
drawn from th in g s .a b o v e and d e r iv e d to th in g s below . The s u g g e s tio n
th ro u g h o u t i s th e r e f o r e th e p o s s e s s io n and com m unication o f th e
Powers and G i f t s o f th e S p i r i t . On th e t a b l e in f r o n t o f th e M agician
a re th e sym bols o f th e T a ro t s u i t s , s ig n i f y in g th e ele m e n ts o f n a t u r a l
l i f e , which l i e l i k e c o u n te r s b e f o r e th e a d e p t, and he a d a p ts them a s
he w i l l s . B eneath a re r o s e s and l i l l i e s , th e f l o s campi and l i l i u m
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co n v alliu m , changed in to g ard en f lo w e r s , to show th e c u l tu r e o f a s p i r a ­


t i o n . T his c a rd s i g n i f i e s th e d iv in e m otive in man, r e f l e c t i n g God,
th e w ill in th e l i b e r a t i o n of i t s u n io n w ith t h a t w hich i s abo v e. I t
i s a ls o th e u n ity of in d iv id u a l b e in g on a l l p la n e s , and in a v ery
h ig h sen se i t i s th o u g h t, in th e f i x a t i o n t h e r e o f . W ith f u r t h e r r e ­
fe re n c e to what I have c a l l e d th e s ig h o f l i f e At may be remembered
t h a t C h r is t ia n G n o stic ism speaks o f r e b i r t h i n C h r is t a s a change
‘u n to th e O gdoad.' The m y stic number i s term ed Je ru s a le m above, th e
Land flo w in g w ith M ilk and Honey, th e Holy S p i r i t , and th e Land o f th e
L o rd . A ccording to K a rtin is m , 8 i s th e number o f C h r i s t ."
How l e t u s tu rn to S ain t-G erm ain , th e R o s ic ru c ia n . X l i k e h i s w ords
b e s t o f a l l due to th e f a c t t h a t th e y a re i n E g y p tia n S ty le , I q u o te
him on t h i s f i r s t c a rd .
E g y p tia n . "A rcane 1 (A e q u a ls 1) THE MAGUS.
"The Magus (M ag ician ) i s s ta n d in g i n th e a t t i t u d e o f th e w ill-p o w e r
ab o u t to a c t ; he i s d re s s e d in w h ite , th e emblem o f p u r i t y , w ith a
C irc le of g o ld around h i s brow, emblem o f e t e r n a l l i g h t ; he h o ld s in
h i s r i g h t hand a s c e p tr e tip p e d w ith a c i r c l e , th e emblem o f c r e a t i v e
i n t e l l i g e n c e . He r a i s e s t h i s s c e p tr e tow ards heaven to i n d i c a t e h i s
a s p i r a t i o n s to wisdom, s c ie n c e and m oral f o r c e . H is l e f t han d p o i n t s
tow ards th e e a r t h to show t h a t he i s re a d y to dom inate o v er m a tte r .
In f r o n t o f him on a c u b e -th e image of a b s o lu te s o l i d i t y - a r e fo u n d a
CUP f u l l of human p a s s io n s , A SWORD, th e weapon o f th e b ra v e s who
f i g h t e r r o r , f i n a l l y a GOLDEN PENTACLE (p ie c e o f money), th e emblem
of th e rew ard g r a n te d to v o lu n ta ry la b o r . H is b e l t i s a snake b i t i n g
i t s t a i l , th e symbol of e t e r n i t y - The I b i s upon th e cube t y p i f i e s
v ig ila n c e .
We now have a n a ly z e d th r e e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s o f c a rd No. 1 . A ll th r e e
o f them c e r t a i n l y have much in them o f symbolism and o f th e A n cien t
S e c re t D o c trin e .
L et us see i f we can n o t b r in g some o r d e r o u t o f t h i s c o n fu s io n , and
j u s t i f y a s f a r a s p o s s i b le th e p o s t u l a t i o n s p r e s e n te d .
The o n ly p l a u s i b l e re a s o n f o r Dr. P sp u s u s in g ALEPH, th e f i r s t l e t t e r
o f th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t, in c o n n e c tio n w ith t h i s c a r d i s t h a t ALEPH i s
e q u iv a le n t to number one in th e Hebrew system o f n u m ero lo g y .T h is word
i s pronounced AK-LEFF, w ith "A” a s in f a t h e r an d , th e "E" a s in l e f t .
The P y th ag o rean a lp h a b e t i s U3ed in c o n n e c tio n w ith i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s
of num bers. The v a lu e an d s i g n i f i c a t i o n of numbers e s p e c i a l l y No 1 .
in which we a re now i n t e r e s t e d in th e P y th ag o rean scheme i s ; No. 1
e q u a ls "IMPULSE, PASSION, AMBITION." The R o s ic ru c ia n s in t h s i r
v ib r a to r y v a lu e s and s ig n i f ic a n c e of names use an a ttu n em en t to Cosmic
F orces on th e Cosmic K eyboard. They s t a t e t h a t r e g a r d le s s o f th e
language spoken, th e re are b u t 12 d i s t i n c t vow els used in th e p ro ­
n u n c ia tio n o f nam es, and t h e r e f o r e , t h a t a l l names a re composed o f
sounds which may be a n a ly z e d in to th e 13 sounds o f one o c ta v e . In
o th e r w ords, th e tw elv e vov'el sounds com posing a l l names c o n s t i t u t e
one o ctav e of th e 12 n o te s o f th e Cosmic K eyboard. I q u o te th e R osi­
c ru c ia n a n a ly s is o f th e number ONE. "T h is i s a, p a s s iv e , th o u g h pow er­
f u l number, sin c e i t r e p r e s e n ts th e c r e a tiv e f o r c e ly in g dorm ant
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a w a itin g th e sp a rk of en erg y which w i l l make i t a c t i v e . I t i s th e


f i r s t p o in t of a t r i a n g l e , and in human n a tu re i t e x p re s s e s and r e ­
p r e s e n ts th e SOUL a w a itin g illu m in a tio n o r a mind n o t y e t in s p i r e d ,
re p r e s e n te d by th e symbol of M ercury. I t a ls o r e p r e s e n ts th e b r a in
w ith many and s tro n g t a l e n t s and i n c l i n a t i o n s th e most p o w erfu l o f
which have n o t y e t been d ev elo p ed . In em otions i t r e p r e s e n ts p a s s io n s
ly in g dorm ant to such an e x te n t t h a t i t may seem as though deep lo v e ,
deep d e v o tio n , l o y a l t y , p a t r i o t i s m and o th e r ennobling em otions may be
a b s e n t; b u t th e s e can be fan n ed in to fu ry o r even extrem e f i r e by the
r i g h t sp a rk .
T h e re fo re , No. 1 c a rd in symbology w ould, a c c o rd in g to th e s e
a u t h o r i t i e s , in d ic a t e th e dorm ant f a c u l t i e s o f man t h a t are to be
aro u se d and u sed f o r th e b e n e f i t o f hum anity.
Let us f u r t h e r tra n sfo rm o u r p i c tu r e o f th e f i r s t c a rd a s i l l u s t r a t e d
by p ap u s. The f ig u r e of th e man i s a f in e c o n c e p tio n o f a youth in
a l l h i s g lo r y , in n o c e n t and in s p i r e d . H is robe i s w h ite , th e symbol
of p u r i t y . A s e rp e n t b i t i n g i t s t a i l i s h i s b e l t o r g i r d l e — i t i s
th e symbol o f e t e r n i t y . Over h i s head i s th e symbol o f l i f e . In h i s
r i g h t hand i s a wand w hich he r a i s e s tow ards heaven a s a s ig n t h a t
th ro u g h wisdom and s c ie n c e comes a s p i r a t i o n to h ig h e r t h i n g s . H is
l e f t hand p o i n t s to w ard s th e e a r t h , which sy m b o lizes t h a t th e r i g h t
hand shov/s th e d i r e c t i o n from which th e l i f e f o r c e comes and t h a t by
th e s e a f f i n i t i v e f o r c e s of th e S u n 's ra y s s t r i k i n g th e e a r t h , to w hich
he i s p o in ti n g , th e fo rc e i s tr a n s m itte d to th e Cosmic eg g s, r e p r e s e n t­
ed oy th e flo w e rs in th e i l l u s t r a t i o n , and b r in g s th e s e eggs to l i f e .
B efore th e man on a t a b l e , (w hich sh o u ld r e a l l y be in th e form o f a
cube) a re p la c e d a cup w ith th e p u rg in g f i r e o f e x p e rie n c e , a sword
and a p e n ta c le o r p ie c e o f g o ld w ith a f iv e p o in te d s t a r en g rav e d
th e re o n . T h ese, to g e th e r w ith th e wand in h i s r i g h t hand, a r e th e
working, t o o l s th e D eity h as g iv en man to a s s i s t him in c a rv in g o u t
"HIs d e s tin y . The CUBE o r ta b l e s i g n i f i e s th e p h y s ic a l w o rld in which
he h as h i s work to do. The sw ord, th e s tr u g g le and t^frills w hich a w a it
him in subduing h i s p a s s io n s , and w hich a s th e B ib le t e l l s u s i s to be
b e a te n in to p lo w sh a re s when Peace P ro fo u n d comes to a l l men. The Cup
s i g n i f i e s t h a t u n le s s we keep th e " in s id e of o u r own cups" (o u r b o d ie s
and minds) c le a n from p a s s io n s , we can n o t overcome th e o b s ta c le s t h a t
we must surm ount in th e f i r e s of human e x p e rie n c e . The p e n ta c le
s i g n i f i e s th e symbol o f rew ard t h a t w i l l come to u s i f we r a i s e o u r
a s p i r a t i o n s to s e rv ic e to m ankind. The f i v e p o in te d s t a r on th e p ie c e
o f m o n ey .is sym bolic o f th e co n q u e rin g of th e .four elem e n ts o f A ir,
W ater, F ir e and E a rth , and th e tr a n s m is s io n to a f i f t h p o in t o f a
u n iso n t h a t i s a l l in harm ony.
The le s s o n th e r e f o r e in t h i s f i r s t c a rd i s t h a t by a p p ly in g ill u m in a t­
ed i n t e l l i g e n c e to th e b a t t l e and f i r e s o f l i f e , man p r e p a r e s h im s e lf
f o r a h ig h e r en v iro n m en t, and t h a t th e fo u r sym bols th e Wand, th e
Sword, th e Cup and th e p e n ta c le s r e p r e s e n t th e f o u r g r e a t f o r c e s o f
th e Cosmic, which w i l l a s s i s t him to a t t a i n th e h ig h e s t p in n a c le s by
subduing h i s p a s s io n s , by r a i s i n g h i s a m b itio n s and y ie ld in g o n ly to
p u re im p u lse s. The whole s to r y o f th e M ajor Arcanum i s th e r e f o r e
c o n ta in e d in t h i s c a rd and a s we fo llo w th e c a rd s one by o n e , we w i l l
i l l u s t r a t e how man h as u se d th e w orking t o o l s p la c e d in h i s h a n d s.
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Thus s tr ip p e d of a l l v a g a r ie s and m is - in te r p T e ta tio n s , i t i s a tie a u t i-


f u l s to ry of an I n i t i a t i o n , sy m b o lizin g the p r o g r e s s of man from th e
beginning, and th e c a rd s can be woven in to a h i s t o r y of w hat sh o u ld
have been, and what e v e n tu a lly w i l l happen, in s t e a d o f th e t e r r i b l e
mess man h as made o f th e D ivine T o o ls p la c e d in h i s p o s s e s s io n . T h is
i s a K abala o r b e l i e f t h a t a l l men can a c c e p t, no m a tte r o f w hat ra c e ,
of what r e l i g i o n , o r w hat environm ent th e y are b o rn . There n e e d be no
hidden m y s te r ie s , f o r th e r e a re no m y s te rie s in l i f e . I t p ro v e s th a t
man came upon e a r t h p e r f e c t l y d ev elo p ed and t h a t a s th e s a c re d , s e c r e t
w ritin g s t e l l u s , he was a SPECIAL CREATION. In a n c ie n t symbology
t h i s th o u g h t was r e p r e s e n te d by A LEAPING DEER, i t i s KEH — th e f i r s t
man, and was s e le c te d on ac co u n t of i t s le a p in g power ---- "He le a p e d
upon th e e a r t h in h i s f i r s t and o r i g i n a l form , w ith o u t g o in g th ro u g h
n a t u r e 's developm ent o f l i f e , y e t he embodied in h i s form a l l elem en ts
of th e v a r io u s kingdoms— m in e ra l, p l a n t and a n im a l." The s e r p e n t u sed
as a g i r d l e i n d i c a t e s th e name NARAYAN — NARA meaning th e DIVINE
ONE—YANA— th e c r e a to r o f a l l th in g s .
Thus we le a r n t h a t th e a n c ie n ts u n d e rsto o d th e m y s te rie s o f l i f e AND
THE PROBLELiS t h a t man would alw ays fa c e h e re on e a r t h . In a l l my r e ­
se a rc h e s among th e most a n c ie n t a r c h iv e s a v a ila b le to me and. to th e
M aster R o s ic ru c ia n s , I have found t h a t th e m y s tic s knew w e ll th e
problem s man would have to so lv e — even in t'ne c e n tu r ie s o f lo n g ago,
and today human e x p e rie n c e i s s e rv in g th e same p u rp o se — b u rn in g o u t
of our n a tu r e s th e d ro s s and th e im pure, so t h a t we may become more
p e r f e c t. In t h i s sen se th e f i r s t T a ro t Card i s known s e c r e t l y among
the R o s ic ru c ia n s of th e O rie n t, a s " th e A lc h e m ist," tra n s m u tin g th e
impure in to th e p u re , and r a i s i n g th e e a r th ly th in g s to w ard th e Cosmic.
Keep t h a t i n t e r p r e t a t i o n in mind, and i t w ill h e lp you to d is c o v e r th e
r a a l m ystery of o th e r T a ro t Cards a s n e v e r r e v e a le d b e f o r e .

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e f o u r th d is c o u rs e )
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3y F r a t e r A quarius, S crib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE SECOND TAROT CARD, "Gate of th e S a n c tu a ry ."
PAPUS names t h i s c a rd th e HIGH PRIESTESS* He adds to th e symbolism
of t h i s c a rd th e 2nd Hebrew l e t t e r "BETH". The c o r r e c t p ro n u n c ia tio n
of t h i s l e t t e r i s "BASE" (p ro n o u n ced e x a c tly a s th e word b a s e ) . The
e x o te r ic m eaning of t h i s i s a "HOUSE", and many o f th e names o f towns
and c i t i e s in a n c ie n t w r itin g s se c u re tJ ie ir names from t h i s l e t t e r ,
a s BETH-EL, th e House o f E l. PAPUS sa y s , howSver, t h a t h ie r o g ly p h ! c a l-
ly BETH e x p re s s e s th e mouth o f man a s th e o rg an o f speech; t h a t speech
i s th e p ro d u c tio n o f m an 's in n e r s e l f . T h e re fo re , BETH e x p r e s s e s t h a t
in n e r s e l f , c e n t r a l as a d w e llin g , to w hich man can r e t i r e w ith o u t
f e a r of d is tu r b a n c e . From t h i s , pap u s c o n tin u e s , id e a s a r i s e o f a
S an ctu ary , an in v io l a te abode f o r man and f o r God- "B eth" sa y s D r.
Papus " c o rre sp o n d s w ith No. 2, and a s tro n o m ic a lly w ith th e Moon. T his
number h as g iv e n b i r t h to a l l th e PASSIVE s i g n i f i c a t i o n s E m anated'from
the B in ary ; hence th e id e a s o f r e f l e c t i o n , o f Woman, a p p lie d to th e
Moon r e l a t i v e l y to th e Sun and to Woman r e l a t i v e l y to Man.
"God, u n d e rsto o d as th e F a t h e r , r e f l e c t s H im se lf, and g iv e s b i r t h to
God th e Man, o r God th e Son, who i s n e g a tiv e ly r e l a t e d to h i s C r e a to r .
As we have seen , man i s th e D ivine r e c e iv e r ; th e r e f o r e t h i s second
card o f the T a ro t e x p re s s e s a l l th e id e a s of th e f i r s t c o n c eiv e d
n e g a tiv e ly .
"The f i r s t c a rd r e p r e s e n ts a man s ta n d in g ; t h i s second c a rd , on th e
c o n tra ry , b e a rs th e f ig u r e of a s e a te d woman. The f i r s t id e a o f p a s ­
s i v i t y by th e woman and h e r p o s i t i o n . The MAN, endowed w ith a l l th e
a t t r i b u t e s o f Power, was p la c e d in th e m id st o f N a tu re . The WOMAN
adorned w ith a l l th e a t t r i b u t e s o f A u th o rity and P e r s u a s io n , i s p la c e d
u n d er th e p o rc h o f th e Temple o f I s i s , betw een two colum ns. Id e a o f
a s a c re d d w e llin g , o f a d iv in e r e c i p i e n t . The two colum ns, l i k e th e
arms o f th e J u g g le r , e x p re s s th e P o s itiv e and th e N e g a tiv e . The woman
i s crowned w ith a T ia r a , surm ounted by a lu n a r c r e s c e n t;s h e i s enve­
lo p e d in a tr a n s p a r e n t v e i l f a l l i n g o v er h e r f a c e . On h e r b r e a s t she
b e a rs th e s o l a r c t o b s , upon h e r k n ees l i e s an open book, w hich she
h a l f c o v e rs w ith h e r m a n tle . T his i s th e p i c t u r e o f I s i s , o f N atu re,
whose v e i l must n o t be r a i s e d b e fo re th e p r o fa n e . The book in d ic a t e s
th a t th e d o c tr in e s o f I s i s a re h id d e n ; b u t she d iv u lg e s to th e magi
th e s e c r e ts o f th e tr u e K abala and o f o c c u lt s c ie n c e . L et u s adm ire
t h i s p ro fo u n d symbol.
"The f i r s t c a rd e x p re s s e d OSIRIS in th e th r e e w o rld s, t h i s second
conveys the s ig n if ic a n c e o f IS IS , th e companion o f OSIRIS:—
"In GOD i s th e r e f l e x o f OSIRIS, th e r e f l e x o f GOD THE F a th e r ,
I s i s o r God th e SON.
"IN MAN i t i s th e r e f l e x o f Adam o f th e a b s o lu te man, Eve th e Woman,
life .
"IN THE UNIVERSE i t i s th e r e f l e x o f n a t u r a n a tu r a n s ; i t i s t h a t w hich
fo llo w s from D ivine N a tu re ."
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So does Dr. Papus d e s c r ib e t h i s second c a rd .


Mr. W aite d e s c rib e d th e second c a rd w ith some v a r i a t i o n s , a s fo llo w s :
THE HIGH PRIESTESS
"She h as th e lu n a r crescent a t h e r f e e t , a h o rn ed diadem on h e r head
w ith a globe in th e m iddle p la c e , and a la rg e s o l a r c ro s s on h e r
b r e a s t . The s c r o l l in h e r hands i s in s c r i b e d w ith th e word TORA,
s ig n if y in g th e GREATER LAW th e SECHET LAW and th e second sen se of th e
Word. I t i s p a r t l y c o v e re d w ith h e r m a n tle , to show th a t some th in g s
a r e im p lie d and some th in g s spoken. She i s s e a te d betw een th e w h ite
and b la c k p i l l a r s , J A B ( J a c k in & Boaz) o f th e m y stic Temple, and
th e v e i l o f th e Temple i s b eh in d h e r ; i t i s em b ro id ered w ith palm s
and p o m eg ran ates. The v e stm e n ts a r e flo w in g and guazy, and th e m antle
s u g g e s ts l i g h t , — a shim m ering r a d ia n c e . She h a s been c a l l e d O cc u lt
S cience on th e th r e s h o ld o f th e S a n c tu a ry o f ' I s i s , b u t she i s r e a l l y
th e S e c r e t C hurch, of, th e house w hich i s o f God and man. She r e p r e ­
s e n ts a ls o th e 2nd m a rria g e o f th e P r in c e who i s no* lo n g e r o f ‘t h i s
w orld; she i s th e s p i r i t u a l B rid e and M other, th e d a u g h te r o f th e
s t a r s and th e H ig h er Garden o f Eden. She i s , in f i n e , th e Queen o f
th e borrow ed l i g h t , b u t t h i s i s th e l i g h t o f a l l . She i s th e Moon
n o u rish e d by th e m ilk o f th e S u p ern al M other. I n a manner she i s
a ls o th e S u p ern al M other h e r s e l f — t h a t i s to sa y , she i s th e b r ig h t
r e f l e c t i o n : I t i s in t h i s sen se o f r e f l e c t i o n t h a t h e r t r u e s t and
h ig h e s t name in sym bolism i s SHEKINAH— th e c o h a b itin g g lo r y . A ccord­
in g to K abalism , th e r e i s a SHEKINAH b o th above and below . In th e
s u p e r io r w orld i t i s c a l l e d BINAH, th e S u p ern al U n d e rsta n d in g which
r e f l e c t s in th e em an atio n s t h a t a r e b e n e a th . In th e lo w er w o rld i t
i s UALKUTK— th e w o rld b e in g , f o r t h i s p u rp o se , u n d e rs to o d a s a b le s s e d
Kingdom— t h a t w hich w ith i t i s made b le s s e d b e in g th e In d w e llin g G lo ry .
M y s tic a lly sp e a k in g , th e SHEKINAH i s th e S p i r i t u a l B rid e o f th e j u s t
man, and when he r e a d s th e Law she g iv e s th e D iv in e m eaning. There
a r e some r e s p e c ts i n w hich t h i s c a r d i s th e h ig h e s t and h o l i e s t o f th e
G re a te r ARCANA." T h is d e s c r i p t i o n by U r. W aite i s n o t i n a c co rd an c e
w ith th e sym bolism o f th e c a rd .
S ain t-G erm ain g iv e s th e fo llo w in g e x p la n a tio n :
ARCANE NO. 2 . THE GATE OF THE SANCTUARY. "H ere we have th e s e c r e t
s c ie n c e s r e p r e s e n te d by a s t a t e l y woman s e a te d betw een two columns
o f th e Temple, th e s e colum ns r e p r e s e n tin g Good an d E v i l ; th e f ig u r e
i s crowned w ith a crescent and h e r f a c e i s v e i l e d a s a s ig n t h a t T ru th
i s n o t v i s i b l e to th e p r o fa n e ; she h a s on h e r b r e a s t th e S o la r C ross,
em blem atic o f u n iv e r s a l g e n e r a tio n , and in h e r la p , a p a p y ru s h a l f
co v ered by h e r c lo a k , i n d i c a t i n g t h a t th e m y s te r ie s o f th e s a c re d
s c ie n c e s a r e u n v e ile d o n ly to th e INITIATED. The t i a r a on h e r head
i s th e emblem o f th e power o f i n t e l l i g e n c e l i g h t e d up by wisdom r e ­
p r e s e n te d by th e c r e d e n t; th e f i g u r e i s s e a te d b ec au se s c ie n c e u n ite d
to wisdom an d w i l l pow er i s imm ovable. T h is A rcane I I , t e l l s u s
t h a t i f man p o s s e s s e s a s tr o n g w i l l he can n o t f a i l t o see th e tr u e
l i g h t and to obey i t p r o p e r ly . I t i s e s s e n t i a l , how ever, t h a t he
sh o u ld keep s i l e n t a s to h i s o p in io n s and p r o j e c t s , a s i t h a s been
s a id t h a t 't h e w o rld b e lo n g s to th e s i l e n t o n e s . 1"
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Now a c c o rd in g to th e P y th ag o rea n scheme, Number TWO r e p r e s e n ts DEATH,


FATALITY, DESTRUCTION.
The m ystic F .o sic ru c ia n s in d e f in in g th e number TWO, say i t i s th e
c r e a tiv e , a c tiv e number f o r i t r e p r e s e n ts th e g r e a t f o r c e , th e
e n e rg iz in g pow er, which added to ONE s t i r s in to l i f e th o se th in g s
which are dorm ant in number ONE. I t t y p i f i e s th e p e rso n who h as a l l
th e q u a l i t i e s o f ONE a l i v e and a c t i v e . Such a p e rso n h a s th e mind and
b r a in to p la n and scheme, stu d y and d e v is e , dream and c r e a te , as i n ­
d ic a te d by number one, b u t a ls o th e a b i l i t y , th e energy and th e
DETERMINATION to m a te r ia liz e th e se th in g s and make a su c c e ss o f them.
Number TWO h as a w onderful c a p a c ity for lo v in g ; d e v o tio n , l o y a l t y ,
te n d e rn e s s , g r a tit u d e and u n s e lf is h n e s s a re o th e r q u a l i t i e s which
mark such a p e rs o n . The p a s s io n s a re w e ll - c o n tr o l le d so t h a t th ey
fu n c tio n on the p ro p e r p la n e .
From a l l th e s e q u o ta tio n s i t a p p e a rs t h a t N o.3. r e p r e s e n ts in our
i n t e r p r e t a t i o n , th e second s te p in I n i t i a t i o n . No. 1 c a rd showed th e
way o f I n i t i a t i o n and what to o ls man would be eq u ip p ed w ith in h i s
jo u rn e y ; he was a s s u re d he was A SPECIAL CREATION of th e DIVINITY
and as such was m a ster o v er a l l th e elem en ts he su rv ey ed . Card N o.2
sy m b o lic a lly t e l l s him t h a t to become a CREATOR, i t i s n e c e s s a ry to
u n ite th e w orking to o ls he i s p o s s e s s e d of w ith th e p o l a r i t y o f lo v e
and d e v o tio n to hum anity, sym bolized by th e s ig n o f V irg o , and th u s
av o id Death and d e s t r u c t i o n . He h as i t in h i s power to become a
p h ilo s o p h e r and se c u re a l l know ledge, b u t o f w hat a v a i l to him i f he
u se s not th e knowledge he a t t a i n s . Thus th e sym bols in t h i s c a rd
in d ic a te t h a t w h ile he who d ig s and a p p lie s h im s e lf , w i l l become i n t e l
l e c t u a l l y e a u ip p e d , y e t th e v e i le d a l l u s i o n s .p o s i t i v e l y rem ind him
th a t i f he f a i l s to use h i s knowledge f o r th e b e tte r m e n t o f mankind,
u n s e l f i s h l y , he can n o t se cu re th e 2nd P ath w hich le a d s to e n lig h te n ­
m ent. C onfuciu s h as w e ll r e p r e s e n te d th e symbol o f t h i s c a rd in th e
words, "Hy mouth i s c lo s e d ; I can n o t sp e ak . Do n o t c o n s u lt me. I
can n o t so lv e your d o u b ts and I have n o th in g to a s k . My te a c h in g i s
en ig m atic and t r u e . A house may be burned by sm o ld erin g f i r e , when
a f i e r c e flam e would have shown i t s e l f and have been e a s i l y e x tin g u is h
ed ." Thus i n th e words o f t h i s a n c ie n t Chinese m y s tic , we so lv e th e
r id d le o f th e Sphinx a s a p p lie d to c a rd No. 3 . In h i s words we have
th e most u s e f u l d e f i n i t i o n o f what to do w ith know ledge, and he who
s tu d i e s and APPLIES h i s s t u d i e s w i l l n o t be f a r from p e r f e c t i o n . The
Buddha g iv e s to number 3 th e name o f RIGHT RESOLUTION. T h is i s th e
w ill n o t o n ly to a t t a i n knowledge b u t to u se i t . In th e B u d d h ist
r e l i g i o n th e r e a re two commandments: No. 1. T hou, s h a l t n o t d e s tro y
LIFE. No. 2 Thou s h a l t n o t ta k e what i s n o t g iv e n .
ThiB 3nd commandment a p p l ie s to t h i s 2nd T a ro t c a r d , and in fo rm s th e
t h i e f o f tim e t h a t d e s t r u c t i o n a w a its him . The Buddha saw th e w orld
a s a p ro c e s s of in c e s s a n t change and becom ing. N othing e v e r IS .
ALL IS BECOMING;) however lo n g or s h o r t th e p r o c e s s of change, i t i s
. n ev e r a r r e s t e d ; n o th in g human o r d iv in e i s p erm an en t. T h is i s a b a s is
To h i s d i s c i p l e s he spoke a s f o llo w s : "T h is w o rld b e l ie v e s i n DUALITY
— e i t h e r a th in g i s o r i s n o t. But he who p r e c e iv e s th e TRUTH and
WISDOM know8 th e r e i s no *i t i s n o t 1, th e r e i s no ’ i t : ' i s . ' These a re
e x tre m e s. The t r u t h i s in th e m id d le ." T h is te a c h in g th e n o f n e c e s ­
s i t y shows t h a t w h atev er a r i s e s i s e n e v ita b ly th e e f f e c t o f a p re v io u s
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c a u se , and t h e r e f o r e LAW i s the u n iv e rse and th e u n iv e rs e i s th e LAW.


Does t h i s a p p ly to th e body of MAN? ABSOLUTELY. To th e MIND?
A b s o lu te ly . To what we c a l l the SOUL? A b so lu te ly . A ll th e s e a re
f o r c e s , se q u e n c e s, p ro c e s s e s , as i s e v e ry th in g in th e u n iv e r s e . No­
th in g i s u n r e l a t e d . What, fo r in s ta n c e , i s th o u g h t? A v i b r a t i o n ,
s w if tly i n t e r m i t t e n t , a ra p id f lic k e r i n g d u rin g th e p ro c e s s of ev ery
th o u g h t. I t i s alw ays becoming, never become. I t i s n ev er s ta tio n a r y
— e x c e p t in th e s t a t e o f m e d ita tio n , e c s t a t i c o r o th e rw is e . T his
e q u a lly a p p l i e s to human id e n tity . I d e n tity i s o n ly r a p id c o n t in u ity ,
j u s t as in moving p i c t u r e s you g e t an im p ressio n o f i d e n t i t y o f a c tio n
from s w if t c o n t i n u i t y . Thus from the in f a n t in th e c r a d le to th e o ld
man i s a s e r i e s o f s t a t e s no more; and so i t i s w ith th e mind a ls o ,
even as a s t i c k a l i g h t and w h irled around p ro d u o es th e i l l u s i o n o f a
c i r c l e o f fla m e . A ll t h i s is LAW. From t h i s LAW NOTHING IS EXEMPT,
from th e m ig h t ie s t o f astro n o m ical system s to th e m ic ro sc o p ic l i f e o f
which s c ie n c e h a s o n ly l a t e l y become aware.
Thus A rcane No. 2 te a c h e s us the LAW, from whioh none i s exem pt, MAN
KNOW THYSELF, and f u r t h e r in t h i s 2nd step in th e i n i t i a t i o n , t h a t we
are DUAL, and in th e sen se, t h i s c a rd r e p r e s e n ts KNOWLEDGE SEEKERS
and KNOWLEDGE USERS. To him who is smugly s a t i s f i e d as he f in d s l i f e ,
th e book o f th e Law i s p a r t l y v e ile d , b u t to th e M y stic , th e s e e k e r,
th e re u n f o ld s a v is i o n ex em p lified by t h i s c a rd , t h a t TRUTH i s PURE
and UNDEFILED, and none b u t the PURE IN HEART and MIND can see i t in
a l l i t s BEAUTY and GLORY. He, the M ystic i s e v e r s e e k in g , to m a ste r
a l l th e p o w ers o f n a tu re by th e God-power in h im s e lf , and t h i s i s w hat
i s m eant i n th e sa c re d w ritin g s , when i t sa y s "To c a s t o u t demons".
Such a m y s tic becomes h ig h ly m agnetic and c u re s th e s ic k by h i s mere
to u c h , and he SECURES th e se powers o n ly by h i s UNSELFISHNESS. T h is i s
th e s e c r e t o f tra n s m u ta tio n , not of changing b ase m e ta ls i n t o g o ld ,
b u t to change e v e ry atom in h ie body to h ig h e r v i b r a t i o n s and c o n tr o l
h i s o rg an ism so a s to g e t the most o u t of l i f e , w hich in i t s e l f i s
o nly a form o f INITIATION. He knows th a t th e l e t t e r B on th e p i l l a r
means no BETH, a Hebrew word, but s ta n d s FOR STRENGTH and t h a t w ith
th e p i l l a r J he s h a l l e s ta b li s h h is r i g h t to f u r t h e r advancem ent.
T h is i s th e t r u e DUALISM of which much h a s been w r i t t e n b u t l i t t l e
s a id . The C r e a to r has d e c la re d to man sim ply and D iv in e ly "IN
STRENGTH WILL I ESTABLISH", c e r t a i n l y n o t th e s tr e n g th o f th e C re a to r,
b u t th e WILL to do u n s e lf is h ly f o r ALL, p ro v id e d th e s tu d e n t on th e
p a th h a s th e STRENGTH TO KEEP on th e r i g h t PATH, th e PATH OF LOVE.
The G ate o f th e S an ctu ary is b etw een -th ese two sy m b o lica l colum ns. Here
i s s e a te d , l i k e a g u a rd ia n , th e em o tio n al c r e a t u r e , th e h ig h ly sen ­
s i t i v e h a l f o f m an's b ein g , sym bolized by woman, p a r t l y v e i l e d . She
r e p r e s e n ts th e v ir g in , pure p a r t of m an's tr u e s e l f , sym b o lized by
th e a s t r o l o g i c a l ' sig n o f Virgo o ver h e r h ead . T h is p a r t o f th e s e l f
i s th e g u a rd ia n o f m an's tr u e e x is te n c e on e a r t h .

T his co n clu d es th e F i f t h D isc o u rse


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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To The One p r i v i l e g e d :
The T h ird C ard o f th e T a ro t
Papus c a l l e d t h i s t h i r d c a rd o f th e M ajor Arcanum, THE EMPRESS* Here
we see a woman w ith f u l l f a c e , she i s r e p r e s e n te d e i t h e r w ith w ing 3 ,
o r in th e c e n t e r o f a r a d i a t i n g su n . The id e a e x e m p lify in g th e
v iv if y in g p r i n c i p l e o f a l l b e in g s . She h o ld s i n h e r r i g h t hand an
e a g le . The e a g le in t h i s in s ta n c e i s th e symbol o f th e s o u l and o f
l i f e (Holy S p i r i t ) * In th e o th e r han d she h o ld s a s c e p tr e shap ed in
th e form o f th e a s t r o l o g i c a l s ig n o f VENUS. T h is s c e p tr e i s to i n d i ­
c a te th e p a s s iv e in f lu e n c e w hich n a t u r e , VENUS-URANIA, o r th e woman,
e x e r c is e s i n th e g e n e ra tio n o f b e in g s . She w ears a crown w ith tw elve
p o i n t s , o r tw elve s t a r s . The s ig n o f th e d i f f u s i o n o f th e v iv if y in g
p r i n c i p l e th ro u g h a l l th e w o rld s, and o f th e Sun th ro u g h th e Z odiac.
The Hebrew L e tt e r GIUEL, Papus claim ed a s a h ie r o g ly p h ic s ig n i f y in g
th e t h r o a t , th e hand of man h a l f c lo s e d in th e a c t o f p r e h e n s io n .
Hence, he s a y s , i t s i g n i f i e s a l l t h a t in c lo s e s , a l l t h a t I s h ollow , a
c a n a l, an i n c lo s u r e . The th r o a t i s th e sp o t w here th e words co n ceiv ed
in th e b r a in a re form ed, o r em bodied; th e r e f o r e GIMEL i s th e symbol o f
th e m a te r ia l envelopm ent of s p i r i t u a l fo rm s, of o rg a n ic g e n e r a tio n in
a l l i t s p h a s e s , o f a l l th e id e a s s p r in g in g from th e c o r p o r e a l o rg an s
o r t h e i r a c t i o n s . G en e ra tio n i s th e m y stery by w hich th e s p i r i t u n t i e s
i t s e l f to m a tte r , by w hich th e D iv in e becomes Human.
T h u s,c o n tin u e d P apue, th e t h i r d c a rd o f th e T a ro t shows th e r e s u l t o f
th e r e c i p r o c a l a c tio n o f th e f i r s t two term s n e u t r a l i z i n g each o th e r
in one p r i n c i p l e . I t i s th e N eu ter E lem ent o f W ronski, th e b a s i s o f
ev ery system o f r e a l i t y .
The a b s o lu te c r e a t i v e f o r c e , o r O s i r i s , and th e a b s o lu te p r e s e r v a tiv e
f o r c e , o r I s i s , n e u t r a l i z e th e m se lv e s in t h e e q u i l i b e r a t e d f o r c e , which
c o n ta in s in i t s e l f th e two d i s t i n c t p r o p e r t i e s o f th e f i r s t two fo rm s.
In GOD t h i s w ould be th e e q u ilib r iu m o f th e F a th e r and o f th e Son, o r—
God th e Holy Ghost
HORUS
The u n iv e r s a l v i v i f y i n g f o r c e .
In MAN t h i s w ould be th e e q u ilib r iu m o f th e Adam-Eve—
ADAH-EVE
o r HUMANITY.
I n th e UNIVERSE t h i s w ould be th e e q u ilib r iu m o f NATURA
NATURANS and Of NATURA KATURATA—
THE WORLD.
C onceived l i k e a b e in g .
Mr. W aite in h i s book d e s c r ib e d th e T h ird Card a s f o llo w s : TOE EM­
PRESS— A s t a t e l y f i g u r e , s e a te d , h a v in g r i c h v e s tm e n ts and r o y a l
a s p e c t, a s a d a u g h te r o f heaven and e a r t h . Her diadem i s o f tw elve
s t a r b g a th e r e d in a c l u s t e r . The symbol o f venus i s on th e s h ie ld
w hich r e s t s n e a r h e r - A f i e l d o f c o rn i s r ip e n in g in f r o n t o f h e r and
beyond th e r e i s a f a l l o f w a te r . The s c e p tr e w hich she b e a r s i s s u r -
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mounted lay th e g lo b e o f t h i s w o rld . She i s th e i n f e r i o r Garden o f


Eden, th e E a r th ly P a r a d is e , a l l t h a t i s sym bolized by th e v i s i b l e house
o f man. She i s n o t R eg in a c o e l i , b u t she i s s t i l l refu g iu m p eccato ru m ,
th e f r u i t f u l m other o f th o u sa n d s. There a r e a l s o c e r t a i n a s p e c ts in
w hich she h a s b een c o r r e c t l y d e s c r ib e d a s d e s ir e an d th e w in g s th e r e o f ,
a s th e woman c lo th e d w ith th e sun, a s G lo r ia liUndi and th e v e i l o f th e
Sanctum Sanctorum ; b u t she i s n o t, I may add, th e so u l t h a t h a s a t t a i n ­
ed w ings, u n le s s a l l th e sym bolism i s co u n ted up a n o th e r and u n u su a l
way. She i s above a l l th in g s u n iv e r s a l f e c u n d ity and th e o u te r sense
o f th e WORD. T h is i s o b v io u s, b ecau se th e re i s no d i r e c t message w hich
h a s been g iv e n to man l i k e t h a t w hich i s b o rn e by woman; b u t she does
n o t h e r s e l f c a rr y i t s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n .
In a n o th e r o rd e r o f id e a s , th e c a rd o f th e EMPRESS s i g n i f i e d th e door
o r g a te oy w hich e n tra n c e i s g a in e d i n t o t h i s l i f e , a s in to th e Garden
o f Venus; and th e n th e way w hich le a d s th e re fro m in to t h a t which i s
beyond, i s th e s e c r e t known to th e High P r i e s t e s s ; i t i s communicated
by h e r to th e e l e c t . Most o ld a t t r i b u t i o n s o f t h i s card a re c o m p le te ly
wrong on th e symbolism — a s , f o r exam ple, i t s i d e n t i f i c a t i o n w ith th e
Word, D ivine N a tu re , The T ria d , and so f o r t h .
S ain t-G erm ain gave u s an e x p la n a tio n o f th e t h i r d c a rd , a s f o llo w s :
ARCANE I I I (G e q u a ls 3) IRIS-URANIA
T his i s th e a n c ie n t id e a o f n a t u r e , i t i s r e p r e s e n te d by a woman
s e a te d upon a cube co v e re d w ith e y e s , th e emblem o f th e v is i o n s o f th e
famous s e e r , Hermes. Her f e e t r e s t upon a c r e s c e n t o f th e Moon, th e
emblem o f m a tte r s u b je c te d to m ind. She i s crowned w ith tw elv e s t a r s
r e p r e s e n tin g th e tw elv e months and th e Sun s e rv e s h e r a s a nim bus,
th u s sy m b o lizin g th e c r e a tiv e power o f i n t e l l i g e n c e . In one hand she
h o ld s a s c e p te r tip p e d w ith a g lo b e , th e emblem o f h e r d e s p o tic a c tio n
over th e w o rld ; on h e r o th e r hand i s posed an e a g le , i t s h ead tu rn e d
tow ards hex; t h i s s i g n i f i e s th e f l i g h t o f th e human so u l r e tu r n in g to
i t s i n i t i a l p r i n c i p l e , God. T h is A rcane I I I , means: T hat to w ish f o r
th in g s p o s s ib le i s e q u iv a le n t to c r e a t i n g them. To w ish f o r th in g s
im p o ssib le i s to p re p a re o n e’ s own r u in .
The P y th ag o rean scheme o f num bers r e p r e s e n ts th r e e as EXPANSION, IN­
CREASE, INTELLECTUAL CAPACITY, RICHES and SUCCESS, o r PERFECTION.
R o s ic ru c ia n a u t h o r i t i e s r e p r e s e n t th e number th r e e as th e t h i r d p o in t
o f th e t r i a n g l e , th e p o in t wnere m a n if e s ta tio n s o c c u r. T h is i s ab­
s o l u t e l y c o r r e c t and R o s ic r u c ia n s tu d e n ts have many o p p o r tu n iti e s to
p ro v e t h i s p o s t u l a t i o n .
We have h e re a r r iv e d a t th e T h ird p o i n t in o u r i n i t a t i o n . Thus Number
One c a rd showed th e way to I n i t i a t i o n and th e t o o l s w ith w hich man
would be e q u ip p ed f o r h i s jo u rn e y th ro u g h e v o l u tio n . Card Number Two
s y m b o lic a lly t e l l s u s he w ould become a C r e a to r , Card Number T h ree,
THE EMPRESS, i s sy m b o lic a l o f ex p an d in g th e id e a o f c r e a t i v e a b i l i t i e s
and so cause them to m a n ife s t, o u tw a r d ly ,in p e r f e c t i o n .
GIMEL, th e Hebrew l e t t e r , r e p r e s e n ts th e n u m e ric a l v a lu e o f th r o e .
It is pronounced j u s t a s i t i s w r i t t e n , th e Mi" b e in g sounded as
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in th e E n g lis h o r A m erican word, "h im ." Whenever t h i s l e t t e r ap p e ared


alo n e i t s i g n i f i e d a Camel, th e b e a s t o f burden o f th e O r ie n t.
In R e v e la tio n s 12, 1 o f th e C h r is t ia n S c r ip tu r e s i s an e x a c t d e s c r ip ­
tio n o f t h i s c a rd in th e w ords, "And th e r e a p p e a re d a g r e a t wonder .in
h eaven; a woman c lo th e d w ith th e su n , and th e moon u n d er h e r f e e t , and
upon h e r h ea d a crown o f tw elv e s t a r s . And she b e in g w ith c h i ld o r ie d ,
t r a v a i l i n g In b i r t h , and p a in e d to be d e l iv e r e d ."
T h is c a r d i s a b e a u t i f u l symbol o f th e Cosmic law t h a t f o r ev e ry so u l
o f p o s i t i v e o r male p o l a r i t y w hich comes in to e x is te n c e , th e r e
s im u lta n e o u s ly s p r in g s i n t o e x is te n c e a n o th e r s o u l o f n e g a tiv e , o r
fem ale p o l a r i t y . T h is i s in d e e d a v e ry im p o rta n t c a rd f o r R o s ic ru c ia n
s tu d e n ts , i t e x p la in s th e m a n if e s ta tio n s o f th e p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e
p r i n c i p l e s o f th e e a r l y l e c t u r e s . T h is Arcanum Ho. I l l does r e v e a l
th e p r i n c i p l e o f v i t a l i z a t i o n . ~ T h i s p r i n c i p l e s p r in g s in to e x is te n c e
a s th e r e s u l t o f t h a t p o l a r i t y r e p r e s e n te d by Card Humber Two. That
i s , i t i s th e v ib r a to r y e f f e c t o f th e i n t e r a c t i o n o f p o la r o p p o s ite s .
One o f th e f i r s t th in g s we le a r n i n th e stu d y o f p h y s io s I s t h a t ev ery
a c tio n i s accom panied by an o p p o s ite and e q u a l r e a c t i o n . T h e re fo re ,
f o r ev e ry p o s i t i v e f o rc e in th e u n iv e r s e th e r e m ust be an e x a c tly
s i m i l i a r f o r c e o f n e g a tiv e a t t r i b u t e s , i t i s im p o s s ib le , fo x in s ta n c e ,
to make a magnet p o s s e s s in g o n ly a p o s i t i v e p o le . For by th e fundamen­
t a l law o f th e Cosmic, when a p o s i t i v e f o rc e o f any k in d i s b ro u g h t
in to e x is te n c e i t must be accom panied by an e q u a l, b u t n e g a tiv e f o r c e .
T his i s th e p r i n c i p l e upon w hich r e s t s th e g r e a t law o f p h y s ic s c a lle d
th e c o n s e r v a tio n o f e n e rg y . F o r i f one member o f t h i s d u a l i t y were
to be a b s e n t, and i f th e en erg y s p e n t in one d i r e c t i o n were n o t alw ays
acco u n ted f o r by an e q u iv a le n t r e a c t i o n , i t would be p o s s i b le to n o t
m erely tra n s fo rm e n e rg y , b u t to c r e a t e new ^ e n e rg ie s , o r to a c t u a l l y
lo s e energy a lre a d y in e x i s te n c e . T hat su ch CREATION and such LOSS
n e v e r ta k e p la c e c o n s t i t u t e s th e w e ll known law o f th e c o n s e r v a tio n
o f e n e rg y .
T ru ly t h i s c a rd te a c h e s U3 d u a l i t y i n a l l th in g s , and t h a t th e t r i ­
angle i s th e e t e r n a l s o lv e n t o f a l l m y s te r ie s .
To e v e r y th in g e x i s t i n g th e r e a re two s id e s , th e s p i r i t u a l and th e
m a te r ia l , th e e s s e n t i a l and th e fo rm a l. We a re l i v i n g in a w o rld o f
d u a l i t y th ro u g h w hich so m eth in g s u b tl e and u n d e fin a b le i s c o n t in u a l ly
p a s s in g and flo w in g , a s an e s se n c e o r p r i n c i p l e b e h in d a l l th in g s t h a t
have t h i s d u a l m a n if e s ta tio n .
T h is may be i l l u s t r a t e d by th e c o n t r a s t o f Day and H ig h t, s u b -d iv id e d
a g a in by S u n ris e and S u n s e t, Noon and M id n ig h t, when th e c o n d itio n s
o f th e e a r t h a r e c o m p le te ly changed and r e v e r s e d . The o nly e x te r n a l
f a c t o r h e re i s th e r o t a t i o n o f th e e a r t h upon h e r own a x is b e fo re th e
fa c e o f th e Sun. But w hat i s i t t h a t c a u se s th e r o t a t i o n , and th e
ch an g in g in f lu e n c e o f S u n ris e and S u n set?
S p rin g , Summer, Autumn and W in ter, a re fo u r d i s t i n c t se a so n s o f one
y e a r , p ro d u ced by th e an n u al r e v o lu ti o n o f the' e a r t h aro u n d th e Sun.
In fa n c y , y o u th , m a tu r ity and o ld age a re c o rre sp o n d e n c e s r e s u l t i n g
from b i r t h , grow th, decay and " d e a th ." But why BIRTH and "DEATH?"
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A m illio n e x o t e r ic f a o t s w i l l n o t s u f f i c e to answ er th e s e q u e s tio n s ,


f o r th e y are concerned w ith our e s o t e r i c in q u ir y in to th e s u b tl e , i n ­
d e f in a b le SOMETHING w hich i s th e e sse n o e and cause o f a l l m a n ife s ta ­
t i o n . There i s alw ays a HIGHER and a LOWER, a FINER and a COARSER,
a s p e c t o f th e SAME SUBSTANCE, an ABSTRACT and a CONCRETE, a PAST CAUSE
and a FUTURE EFFECT o f e v e r y th in g i n n a tu r e ; and th e r e a re two c o r­
resp o n d in g p o i n t s o f view by w hich i t may be s tu d ie d and known.
As many o f th e c a rd s o f th e T a ro t show th e sym bols o f th e p l a n e t s and
th e z o d ia c , i t becomes n e c e s s a ry f o r u s to se c u re t h e i r e s o t e r i c mean­
in g , and on t h i s we must to u c h what i s known a s ESOTERIC a s tr o lo g y
which i s th e o p p o s ite o f EXOTERIC ASTROLOGY. ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY d e a ls
w ith th e a b s t r a c t c a u se , th e p h ilo s o p h y and th e in n e r and more s u b tle
p o in t o f view ; w h ils t EXOTERIC ASTROLOGY i s c o n te n t w ith th e e f f e c t ,
th e p r a c t i c e , and th e c o n c re te o r o u te r e x p r e s s io n , p r e f e r r i n g th e more
w o rld ly and m a te r ia l a s p e c t s .
A llan Leo, a m y stic a s t r o l o g e r , e x p re s s e d th e id e a e x c e l l e n t l y .
f e may d e f in e ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY a s t h a t s id e o f th e s u b je c t w hich
view s a l l s t e l l a r phenomena from th e s ta n d p o in t o f u n i t y ; w h ils t
E x o te r ic A stro lo g y b e g in s i t s stu d y from th e s id e o f d i v e r s i t y and
s e p a r a te n e s s . The ESOTERIC ASTROLOGER lo o k s upon th e whole e x p re s s io n
o f l i f e as p ro c e e d in g from ONE CENTRAL and PRIMAL SOURCE, and t h e r e ­
fo re se e k s to u n d e rs ta n d th e s u b je c t from th e p o in t o f view o f th e
ONE flo w in g f o r t h in to th e MANY.
In th e S o la r system th e SUN i s th e c e n te r o f a l l and th e s t a r t i n g p o in t
o f h i 8 p h ilo s o p h y , f o r to him a l l th in g s come f o r t h from th e SUN; end
i t i s th e s o l a r l i f e i n w hich a l l th in g s l i v e an d move and have t h e i r
b e in g . Coming f o r t h from t h i s c e n te r a r e th e l i f e c u r r e n ts w hich p a s s
th ro u g h th e m a te r ia l o rg an ism s o f e v e ry l i v i n g th in g on e a r t h . T his
l i f e d escen d s and a s c e n d s , th ro u g h ea c h o f th e seven p l a n e t s , and i s
tra n sfo rm e d i n th e p r o c e s s f o r th e USE o f e v o lv in g e n t i t i e s , and
a d a p te d to th e s ta g e th e y have re a c h e d in th e s c a le o f e v o lu tio n ; th e
seven p la n e ts b e in g d i r e c t l y o r i n d i r e c t l y connecxed w ith th e seven
p r i n c i p a l s u b s ta n c e s in th e human b o d y . Thus th e ESOTERIC ASTROLOGER
c la im s t h a t man, a s we know him , i s composed o f th e g r e a t s o - c a lle d
ele m e n ts o f FIRE, AIR, WATER, EARTH and ETHER. At th e h e a d o f ea ch
o f th e s e i s a l i v i n g c o n s c io u s e n t i t y o f w hich th e v i t a l f o r c e and
c o n s c io u s n e s s flo w in g th ro u g h th e e le m e n t i s an em an atio n .
In d e e p e r p h ilo s o p h y and in th e m a jo r ity o f r e l i g i o n s , th e r e h a s a l ­
ways been p o s t u l a t e d th e ONE a b s o lu te and supreme FIRST CAUSE, a r i s i n g
from t h a t unknowable su c h n ess which i s th e r o o t l e s s r o o t from which
a l l th in g s have a r i s e n . T his ONE and SUPREME ca u se o f a l l i s GOD, th e
unnam eable BEING and su b sta n c e from w hich a l l th e m ighty i n t e l l i g e n c e s
o f th e u n iv e rs e have come f o r t h . L iv in g and moving i n th e V a st ocean
o f b e in g and s u b s ta n c e , o f w hich The A b so lu te i s b o th c e n te r and c i r ­
cum ference, a re m il lio n s o f u n iv e r s e s and s o l a r sy ste m s. These a r e
u n i t s h a v in g a Sun, o r LOGOS, in th e c e n te r ; th e SUN b e in g th e
PHYSICAL and outw ard GLORY o f th e SPIRITUAL INTELLIGENCE, o r supreme
c o n s c io u s n e s s , whose whole BEING i s th e S o la r sy stem w ith i t s p la n e ts
and m ighty c e n te r s o f c o n s c io u s n e s s seen and u n seen by p h y s ic a l s i g h t .
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To a id our th o u g h t l e t us th in k o f th e Sun o r S o la r Logos as th e


v i s i b l e e x p re s s io n o f th e God of o u r U n iv e rse , and the PLANETARY BODIES
a s th e v e h i c le s o r m ansions o f HI8 m in is te r in g A n g els, each w orld o r
globe l i v i n g and moving in H is l i f e and v a s t sp h ere o f in f lu e n c e .
Our g lo b e , th e E a rth , i s a ls o a u n i t , h av in g i t s p la c e in th e g r e a t
u n iv e rs e o f l i f e , and a l s o h a v in g i t s r u lin g S p i r i t , known to some
as th e S p i r i t o f th e E a r th , and to o th e r s as th e Lord o f th e w o rld .
Around th e e a r t h i s a g r e a t se a o f E th e r, a s u b tle su b sta n c e in w hich
are f l o a t i n g m y riad s o f f i n e r p a r t i c l e s of m a tte r , fo rm in g a v a s t
sphere o f which th e e a r t h i s th e c e n t e r . T h is su b sta n c e i s th e e a r t h 's
AURA, and in i t i s r e f l e c t e d e v e ry th in g co n c e rn in g th e e a r th and i t s
e v o lu tio n . T his AURA and th e SIGNS OF THE ZODIAC are v e ry c lo s e ly
r e l a t e d , and o u t or* i t come th e v a r io u s modes o f m otion known to th e
Hindu a s tr o l o g e r as th e TATTVAS.
From t h i s p o in t o f view o f one who s tu d ie s th e s t a r lo r e o f A stro lo g y
on i t s in n e r or e s o t e r i c s id e , th e ZODIAC as a l i m i t i n g circ le o f th e
E a r t h 's a u ra i s th e f i e l d and sto re h o u s e o f a l l t h a t was, i s , and i s
to b e. I t i s th e b a t t l e f i e l d of A rju n a, (The name o f th e W a rrio r
in I n d i a 's g r e a t e p ic poem 'The Song C e l e s t i a l ' w hich w i l l b e u se d
l a t e r on in a d e s c r ip tio n of one o f th e c a rd s o f th e T a r o t) , th e p la y ­
ground o f th e Logos, and th e s ta g e upon which th e g r e a t drama o f l i f e
i s e n a c te d ; and th o se who would p e n e tr a te i t s m y s te rie s must l i f t th e
v e i l of I s i s .
The PLANETS a re th e p r i n c i p a l ACTORS o r PLAYERS whose movements upon
a v a s t s ta g e d eterm in e th e theme o f th e o r c h e s tr a , th e ch an g in g c o l outs
o f ’ th e ro b e s , and th e o rd e re d march of th o se c a s t to p la y t h e i r a l l o t ­
te d p a r t s .
There i s b u t one AUTHOR o f th e p la y and HIS m ighty w i l l and th o u g h t
b r e a th e l i f e in to th e p e rs o n s of th e drama who a re grouped and moved
by HIS im p e ria l im a g in a tio n ; w h ile th e p u rp o se o f th e whole and th e
end of th e p la y a re known b e fo re h a n d to none save th o se who have r e ­
g a in e d t h a t Cosmic C o n scio u sn ess whioh th e r e s t have l o s t .
To produce th e d iv in e comedy o f u n iv e r s a l l i f e , God sends f o r t h from
H im self c e r t a i n s p i r i t u a l em bodiments o f pow er, lo v e and wisdom. The
PLANETARY SPIRITS o r INTELLIGENCES who c a rr y o u t HIS WILL a r e mani­
f e s t a t i o n s o f HIS CONSCIOUSNESS, and t h e i r g lo r io u s l i f e and a c t i v i t y
tra n s c e n d even th e expanded c o n s c io u s n e s s o f super-m an.
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By F r a t e r A q u a riu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
The l i m i t a t i o n s or c e n tr e s in th e cosm ic l i f e p ro d u ce c e r t a i n VIBRATORY
ENERGIES known a s PLANETARY INFLUENCES, each.VIBRATION v i t a l i s i n g and
an im atin g one d e f i n i t e d ep artm en t and kingdom of n a tu r e over w hich th e
p la n e ta r y S p i r i t p r e s id e s ; b u t each a ls o h a s a s u b - in f lu e n c e in th e
o th e r d e p a rtm e n ts and kingdom s.
Each s ig n of th e ZODIAC r e p r e s e n ts to th e E s o te r ic ASTROLOGER f i r s t ,
a p a r t i c u l a r s t a t e of m a tte r; second, a c h a r a c t e r i s t i c mode o f m otion;
and t h i r d , a c o - o r d in a te d type of c o n sc io u sn e ss of S e lf . These th r e e ,
th e m a tte r, th e m otion and th e c o n s c io u s n e s s , c o rre sp o n d and a g re e .
They are c o r r e l a t e d w ith th e fun d am en tal c l a s s i f i c a t i o n of SELF, NOT-
SELF, and th e RELATION betw een them . The c r e a tiv e l i f e p ro c e e d s from
th e SELF and ru n s th ro u g h th e o th e r two, and upon t h i s f a c t a l l law s
of a s tr o lo g y a re b a se d ; th e PLANETARY SPIRITS o r INTELLIGENCES, th ro u g h
t h e i r numerous a n g e ls o r a g e n ts show ing th e v a rio u s s t a t e s o f con­
s c io u s n e s s , and th e s ig n s in t h e i r many co m b in atio n s e x h ib it.' th e
form s o f m a tte r in m otion i n w hich th e c o n s c io u sn e ss in w o rk in g .
I t th e r e f o r e fo llo w s from t h i s p h ilo so p h y t h a t a change in c o n s c io u s ­
n e s s p ro d u ces a change in form , and v ic e v e rs a -
Over the whole ZODIAC, o r th e AKASHA, I n d ra i s L ord. He i s King of a l l
the Devas o r S h in in g Ones. These b e in g s shape th e c o m b in atio n s o f th e
e le m e n ts, and g u id e th e VIBRATIONS t h a t p la y th ro u g h th e v a r io u s co n d i­
tio n s of m a tte r c o rre sp o n d in g to th e d iv is io n s of th e ZODIAC in to
m inute p o r tio n s such as d e g re e s and f r a c t i o n s of a d e g re e .
The above p o s t u l a t i o n th e r e f o r e assum es t h a t :
1. There i s b u t ONE LIFE w ith in th e UNIVERSE— The Supreme L ife
of God, stre a m in g th ro u g h th e SUN.
2. T his l i f e i s e x p re s s e d in v a r io u s id e a l s t a t e s of c o n s c io u s ­
n e s s , th ro u g h th e PLANETARY s p h e re s of in f lu e n c e .
3. The f o r c e and m a tte r o f th e u n iv e rs e a r e e x p re s s e d in in ­
num erable m o d if ic a tio n s th ro u g h th e v a r io u s g ro u p s and s ig n s
o f th e ZODIAC, w hich r e p r e s e n ts th e AKASHA o r E th e r , o r in n e r
p la n e s of m a tte r , and a re r e f l e c t e d downward in to our m a te r ia l
u n iv e rs e .
Thus as f a r a s th e Btudy o f th e K abala and T aro t C ards a re co n cern ed
ESOTERIC ASTROLOGY i s c h i e f l y co n c ern ed w ith th e s c ie n c e o f human n a tu r e ,
and se ek s to e x p la in , th ro u g h i t s UNIQUE SYMBOLISM, th e r e a l i t i e s o r
fundam ental p r i n c i p l e s g o v e rn in g hum anity u n d er th e r u le o f th e HEAVEN­
LY BODIES.
The ORDINARY SYMBOLS u se d to d e s c r ib e th e s i g n s .o f th e ZODIAC, th e
PLANETS, and t h e i r RELATIONSHIPS, have se rv e d to p r e s e rv e t h i s in n e r
meaning s a f e ly th ro u g h th e d ark ages o f m a te r ia lis m o u t o f w hich th e
human ra c e i s j u s t em erging. So f a r a s th e p l a n e t s a r e co n cern ed th e se
SYMBOLS a re b u i l t up of a CIRCLE, a SEMI-0 1 ROLE, and th e CROSS, e i t h e r
alo n e o r in v a r io u s modes of co m b in a tio n .
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Thus th e CIRCLE ta k en alo n e s i g n i f i e s th e in c o m p re h en sib le u n ity t h a t


u n d e r lie s a l l m a n if e s ta tio n s . I f 'a p p l i e d to th e w hole U n iv e rse , i t
.stands f o r th e A b so lu te , God u n m a n ife ste d , th e so u rce o f a l l , EQUALLY
PRESENT IN ALL THINGS, in MATTER as w e ll as in SPIRIT, in s o - c a lle d
EVIL as w e ll a s in GOOD. I f i t sta n d s f o r our S o la r System , I t re ­
p r e s e n ts th e One L ife w hich u n d e r lie s and in c lu d e s a l l form s o f mani­
f e s t a t i o n s w ith in th e system , w hich e x i s t e d b e fo re th e f i r s t atom o f
th e s o la r system was form ed, and w hich w i l l c o n tin u e to e x i s t a f t e r
a l l th in g s have d is a p p e a re d . Because i t i s a b s o lu te u n ity , w ith o u t
d i s t i n c t i o n of p a r t s , n e i t h e r SELF o r NOT-SELF, i t tran scen d s o u r com­
p re h e n s io n , and can n o t be c la s s e d in term s o f any form o f c o n sc io u sn e ss
f a m il ia r to u s . I t h as no l i m i t s e i t h e r in SPACE OR TIME, and e n t e r s
• in to no r e l a t i o n e ; and b ecau se o f t h i s th e ONE LIFE can n o t be s a i d to
have any sym bol. The human mind alw ays demands, how ever, symbols in
w hich to sum up and e x p re s s i t s c o n c e p tio n s by one co n v e n ien t s y n th e s is
and, in th e symbolism of g e o m e tric a l form , th e CIRCLE i s l e s s open to
o b je c tio n than any o th e r . However, aB a f a c t o r in a s t r o l o g i c a l symbo­
lo g y , th e c i r c l e i s ta k en to r e p r e s e n t SPIRIT in g e n e r a l, a b s t r a c t and
u n in d iv id u a liz e d , w hich g a in s s e lf - c o n s c io u s n e s s th ro u g h l i m i t a t i o n
and co m b in atio n .
When a p o in t i s p la c e d in th e c e n te r o f th e c i r c l e , som ething i s coming
in to e x is te n c e o u t of th e in c o m p re h en sib le N o -th in g ; LIGHT i s b e g in n in g
to sh in e f o r th in to d a rk n e ss; SOUND i s a r i s i n g from th e s i l e n c e ; Number
ONE th e r e l a t i v e u n ity of a l l m a n ife s te d th in g s i s making an ap p earance
As a p p lie d to th e t o t a l u n iv e r s e , t h i s s ta n d s f o r GOD m a n if e s t. As
a p p lie d to our s o la r system , i t s i g n i f i e s th e S o la r Logos, th e one
supreme GOD of th e system .
T h is th e n le a d s to a p o s tu l a ti o n th a t th e s o la r system , ta k e n a s a
whole ( p le a s e u n d e rsta n d t h a t th e s o l a r system r e p r e s e n ts o u r Sun and
i t s p l a n e t s , n o t th e U n iv erse) i s th e body o f t h i s Logos, th e PLANETS
as d e f i n i t e c e n te r s o r o rg an s w ith in th e body, and th e EARTH i s th e
he ad .
T his d o t in the c i r c l e i s th e f a m il ia r form of th e SUN u se d in a s t r o -
mony and a s tr o lo g y .
When th e c i r c l e i s d iv id e d in two, i t i s th e symbol of th e MOON. Thus
s i g n i f y i n g a s t a t e of d u a l i t y , a symbol, in f a c t , o f th e S p i r i t above
and th e Body below.
When we p la c e a o ro s s in th e c i r c l e , i t i s th e symbol o f th e EARTH. A
symbol t h a t i s f a m i l i a r to a l l s tu d e n ts o f a rc a n e m a tte r s .
Thus from th e se th r e e g ly p h s of c i r c l e , s e m i- c ir c le , and c ro s s th e
sym bols o f a l l p la n e ts may be d e riv e d as f o llo w s :
O A CIRCLE r e p r e s e n ts th e ZODIAC.
(T\ A Dot in a CIRCLE th e SUN. T his s i g n i f i e s , U n ity . L if e o r
w c o n s c io u s. The in d iv id u a l S e lf . S p i r i t .
A h a l f c i r c l e THE MOON. M eaning d u a l i t y , r e l a t i o n s h i p . The
fo rm a tiv e p r i n c i p l e . The p e r s o n a l s e l f . SOUL.
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d iv id u a liz e d s e l f c o n s c io u s n e s s , i s in harmony w ith th e number th r e e ,


the p o in t of m a n if e s ta tio n . W hile Papua c a l l s i t VENUS-URANIA, To
my method o f i n t e r p r e t a t i o n you w i l l n o te in th e e x p la n a tio n o f VENUS
th a t i t r e p r e s e n ts th e s p i r i t u a l s e l f r i s i n g above m a tte r , Adding
t h i s to th e e x p la n a tio n g iv e n f o r URANUS,*i t . i n d i c a t e s th e tr u e mean­
ing o f t h i s c a rd : The s p i r i t u a l s e l f u n i t e s w ith th e in d iv id u a liz e d
s e lf c o n s c io u s n e s s , i n c a r r y in g o u t th e m andates o f th e C re a to r i n r e ­
p le n is h in g th e e a r t h , and u s in g o u r g i f t s an d b le s s in g s f o r th e b e n e f i t
of a l l mankind*

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e S eventh d is c o u rs e )
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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S crib e
To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
THE FOURTH TAROT CARD
Fapus c a lle d t h i s f o u r th c a rd THE EMPEROR. He s a id , "The h ie r o g ly p h ic
meaning o f th e f o u r t h Hebrew l e t t e r DALETH i s th e womb. I t s u g g e s ts
th e id e a o f an o b je c t g iv in g p l e n t i f u l n o u rish m e n t, th e so u rce of
f u tu r e g ro w th . The c h i l d i s th e l i v i n g l i n k , w hich in i t s n e u t r a l i t y
r e u n ite s th e o p p o s itio n o f th e se x e s; th e DALETH th e r e f o r e d e n o te s
abundance s p r in g in g from d i v i s i o n . 11
Like th e ONE, i t i s a s ig n o f a c tiv e c r e a tio n ; b u t t h i s c r e a t i o n i s
th e r e s u l t o f p re v io u s a c tio n s e a s i l y d e te rm in a b le , w h ils t th e o r i g i n
o f th e U nity i s I n a c c e s s ib le to human c o n c e p tio n s . The DALETH e x p re s ­
se s a c r e a tio n made by a c r e a te d b e in g a c c o rd in g to d iv in e la w s. The
D aleth sh o u ld be th e image o f th e a c t i v e v iv if y in g p r i n c i p l e o f th e
U niverse JUPITER, th e r e f l e x o f th e p rim a l c a u s e .
T his symbol o f th e EMPEROR, sh o u ld e x p re s s in a c tiv e form a l l t h a t th e
p re c e d in g c a rd e x p re s se d in th e p a s s iv e .
A man s e a te d in p r o f i l e . The man i n d i c a t e s th e a c t i v e ; h i e p o s i t i o n ,
how ever, shows t h a t t h i s a c t i v i t y i s en g en d ered by a s u p e r io r te rm .
The f i r s t arcanum , The JUGGLER, th e a c tiv e a b s o lu te , was r e p r e s e n te d
s ta n d in g , lo o k in g to th e f r o n t ; t h i s f o u r th arcanum , a c tiv e r e l a t i v e ,
i s s e a te d in p r o f i l e .
The man h o ld s in h i s r i g h t bond th e s c e p t r e ,t h e symbol o f g e n e r a tio n
o r of VENUS* The s c e p tr e h e ld in th e r i g h t han d , to in d ic a t e th e
a c tiv e in f lu e n c e , w hich th e v i v i f y i n g p r i n c i p l e e x e r c is e s in n a tu r e ,
by o p p o s itio n to th e fo rm a tiv e p r i n c i p l e (Arcanum t h r e e ) .
The man i s b e a rd e d and w ears a h elm et w ith tw elve p o i n t s , ( s i x on each
s i d e ) . He i s s e a te d upon a cu b ic s to n e , which b e a r s th e f ig u r e of an
e a g le . The h elm et i n d i c a t e s th e r u le o f th e D iv in e W ill in th e Uni­
v e r s e , and i t s u n iv e r s a l a c tio n in th e c r e a tio n of L ife ( e a g l e ) . The
p o s i t i o n of th e c u b ic sto n e in d ic a t e a r e a l i z a t i o n in a l l th e w o rld s.
T ls tJ R e a liz a tio n o f th e D ivine Word by th e c r e a t i o n .
(2nd) R e a liz a tio n o f th e id e a s o f th e c r e a tu r e s h a re d by th e
q u ad ru p le work o f th e s p i r i t —
A ffirm a tio n -N e g a tio n ,
D is c u s s io n ,
S o lu tio n .
(3 rd ) R e a liz a tio n o f th e a c tio n s c o n c e iv e d by th e W ill.
The man*s le g s a re c r o s s e d , h i s body form s a t r i a n g l e th e r e f o r e above
th e c r o s s . T h is means d o m in a tio n o f S p i r i t o v er M a tte r .
C o n sid ered more a t t e n t i v e l y th e f ig u r e re p ro d u c e s th e symbol of
J u p i t e r 3 p l u s , who i s r e p r e s e n te d by t h i s c a rd .
The f o u r th c a rd o f th e T a ro t c o rre s p o n d s to th e second tim e th e l e t t e r
HE of th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t i s u se d , an d th e r e f o r e b e a r s two v e ry d i s ­
t i n c t a s p e c ts .
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I t f i r s t e x p re s s e s a te rm o f t r a n s i t i o n u n i t i n g th e f i r s t s e r i e s
( a c t iv e and p a s s iv e f o r c e s , th e l i n k betw een th e two fo ro e s ) to th e
fo llo w in g s e r i e s ; th e p a ssa g e from one w o rld to a n o th e r .
But i t a l s o r e p r e s e n ts t h i s term t r a n s i t i o n , i t s e l f becom ing th e f i r s t
term o f th e fo llo w in g s e r i e s . As th e fo llo w in g s e r i e s , ta k e n a s a
w hole, i s n e g a tiv e r e l a t i v e l y to th e f i r s t , th e f o u r th symbol r e p r e ­
s e n ts th e a c t i v e in f lu e n c e o f th e f i r s t s e r i e s , 1 , 2 , 3 , ; in th e second
s e r i e s 4 , 5 ,6 .
The 4 th e r e f o r e r e p r e s e n ts th e r e f l e c t i o n s o f th e f i r s t c a rd in a l l
i t s d e t a i l s . I t a c t s to w ard th e f i r s t s e r i e s e x a c tl y a s th e second
c a rd a c te d to th e f i r s t c a rd .
T h is i n t e r p r e t s i t s m eaning:
IN THE DIVINE: R e fle x o f God th e F a th e r — THE WILL.
IN THE HUMAN: R e fle x o f Adam — THE POWER.
IN THE NATURAL:Reflex o f N a tu ra n a tu ra n s — THE UNIVERSAL CREATIVE
FLUID. The Soul o f th e U n iv e rs e ."
WAITE d e s c r ib e d t h i s f o u r th c a r d a s fo llo w s :
"THE EMPEROR.— He h a s a form o f th e Crux A n sata f o r h i s a c e p tr e and a
g lo b e in h i s l e f t h an d . He i s a crow ned monarch — commanding, s t a t e l y ,
s e a te d on a th r o n e , th e arms o f w hich a r e f r o n te d by ra m 's h e a d s . He
i s e x e c u tiv e and r e a l i s a t i o n , th e pow er o f t h i s w o rld , h e re c lo th e d
w ith th e h ig h e s t o f i t s n a t u r a l a t t r i b u t e s . He i s o c c a s io n a lly r e p r e s ­
e n te d as s e a te d on a c u b ic s to n e , w hich, how ever, c o n fu se s some o f th e
is s u e s . He i s th e v i r i l e pow er, to which the Empress re sp o n d s, and in
t h i s sense i t i s he who se ek s to remove th e V e il of I s i s ; y e t she r e ­
m ains Virgo i n t a c t a .
" I t sh o u ld be u n d e rsto o d t h a t t h i s c a rd and t h a t o f the Em press do n o t
p r e c i s e l y r e p r e s e n t th e c o n d itio n o f m a rrie d l i f e , though t h i s s t a t e
i s im p lie d . On th e s u r f a c e , as I have in d ic a te d , th ey s ta n d f o r
mundane r o y a lty , u p l i f t e d on th e s e a t s of th e m ighty; b u t a b o v e ’t h i s
th e re i s th e s u g g e s tio n o f a n o th e r p r e s e n c e . They s ig n if y a l s o — and
th e male f ig u r e e s p e c i a l l y — th e h ig h e r k in g s h ip o ccu p y in g th e i n t e l ­
l e c t u a l th r o n e . H ereof i s th e lo r d s h ip o f th o u g h t r a t h e r th a n th e
th o u g h t o f th e anim al w o rld . Both p e r s o n a l i t i e s , a f t e r t h e i r own
m anner, a re " f u l l o f s tr a n g e e x p e r ie n c e ," b u t t h e i r s i s n o t c o n s c io u s­
l y th e wisdom w hich draw s from a h ig h e r w o rld . The Em peror h a s been
d e s c r ib e d a s (a ) w i l l i n i t s em bodied form , b u t t h i s i s o n ly one of
i t s a p p l i c a t i o n s , and (b ) a s an e x p r e s s io n o f v i r t u a l i t i e s c o n ta in e d
i n th e A b so lu te B eing — b u t t h i s i s f a n ta s y ."
S a in t G erm ain, th e R o s ic r u c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s f o u r t h c a r d a s f o llo w s :
ARCANE IV. (D e q u a ls 4) THE CUBIC STONE- "H ere i s a man b e a r in g on
h i s h ead a crow ned h e lm e t, th e emblem o f c o n q u e st, a s th e cube upon
w hich he i s s i t t i n g i s th e symbol o f la b o r t h a t h a s re a o h e d i t s comple­
t i o n . He h o ld s th e s c e p tr e o f th e Magi a s a s ig n o f th e m oral power
a c q u ire d th ro u g h s a c r e d s t u d i e s . H is l e f t hand p o in ti n g downward, in ­
d ic a te s th e m a ste ry o v er m a tte r , w h ile th e dove on h i s b r e a s t symbol­
iz e s in n o c e n c e , and h i s c r o s s e d le g s s ig n i f y th e ex p a n sio n o f th e power
o f th e human mind w ith in th e th r e e d im en sio n s o f th e I n f i n i t e ; H eig h t,
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Width and D epth. The c a t upon th e cube sy m b o lizes th e th o u g h t of th e


Magi who i s ab le to see th ro u g h th e n ig h t o f a n c ie n t tim e s . T his
Arcane IV, means th a t n o th in g r e s i s t s a firm w ill-p o w e r which h a s f o r
. i t s le v e r th e Knowledge o f T ru th and J u s t i c e . To f i g h t f o r b o th i s
more th a n a r i g h t , i t i 3 a d u ty . Whoever triu m p h s in t h i s s tr u g g le
has sim ply acco m p lish ed h is m is s io n , Whoever f a l l s , in s p i t e o f h i s
h o n e st e f f o r t s , i s e n t i t l e d to im m o rta lity ."
The P y th ag o rean scheme o f num bers gave th e fo llo w in g a t t r i b u t e s to th e
number f o u r : S o l i d i t y , s tr e n g t h and pow er.
Wc have now a r r i v e d a t th e 4 th s ta g e o f o u r I n i t i a t i o n . The l i t e r a l
meaning p f DALETH (pro n o u n ced a s th o u g h i t were w r i t t e n D o ll- e th ) i s
a DOOR. Thus t h i s c a rd c o u ld be lik e n e d to th e e n tra n c e to a n o th e r
sequence, assum ing t h a t th e seq u en ces ru n 1 ,2 , and 3. Papus u se d t h i s
sequence a l l th ro u g h h i s symbolism o f th e T a ro t c a r d s . One, th e a c tiv e
f o r c e ; tw o, th e n e g a tiv e f o r c e ; t h r e e , th e m a n if e s ta tio n ; and th e n th e
4 th number, th e tr a n s f o r m e r . H is r e a d in g o f th e symbolism o f th e
f ig u r e i s , h o w ev e r,u n iq u e and n o t s t r i c t l y c o r r e c t . Take, f o r in s ta n c e ,
th e helm et w ith w hich th e f ig u r e i s crowned; I have re a d t h i s a s an
emblem o f f o r c e w hich in a l l a n c ie n t symbolism i s r e p r e s e n te d by MARS,
n o t by JUPITER. The 12 p o i n t s o f th e crown w ould in d ic a t e t h a t t h i s
r u l e r has a c c e s s to a l l th e f o r c e s o f n a tu re a s i n d i c a t e d by th e s ig n s
of th e Z odiac, and th e s c e p tr e he h o ld s i s th e s c e p tr e o f I s i s , m other
n a tu r e , I n d ic a tin g th a t he i s in p o s s e s s io n o f a l l c r e a tiv e e n e r g ie s .
H is l e f t hand p o in ti n g downwards i n d i c a t e s t h a t he w i l l u se th e s e
e n e rg ie s in a s p i r i t u a l manner to s u b ju g a tio n o f th e p h y s ic a l e le m e n ts.
This is th e E g y p tia n — R o s ic ru c ia n i n t e r p r e t a t i o n ,
Now S a in t Germain l e f t o u t o f h i s symbolism s e v e r a l im p o rta n t h ie r o ­
g ly p h ic s . For in s ta n c e th e s e rp e n t on the brow o f th e man, w hich i n d i ­
c a te s e n lig h te n m e n t; the hawk on h i s b r e a s t; th e hawk b e in g s a c r e d in
E g yptian lo r e to th e Sun, i s an in d ic a t io n of h i s am b itio n to a t t a i n
s p i r i t u a l suprem acy. The apron above h ie le g s ; which i s a symbol of
powers c o n f e r r e d .
I t would lik e w is e ap p ear as though P apus in d ic a t e d t h a t Arcanum IV i s
the r e s u l t o f a s t a t e o f m a rriag e a f t e r manhood h as been r e a d ie d . Both
C h r is tia n Monks and Hindu a s c e t i c s were u n d e r th e Im p re ssio n t h a t to be
h o ly one rauBt be m is e r a b le . B oth modern p sy ch o lo g y and R o sic ru c ia n ism
prove in d is p u ta b ly t h a t h a p p in e s s le a d s to e f f i c i e n c y , and t h a t m isery
ten d s tow ards d i s i n t e g r a t i o n w ith o u t n e c e s s a r i l y ad d in g a n y th in g to
th e s p i r i t u a l i t y . Of a l l av en u es to s p i r i t u a l d ev elo p m en t, th e affec­
tio n s a r e th e m ost p o t e n t . Through em o tio n s we r a i s e o r lov/er o u r
v ib r a to r y r a t e s , an d t h i s te n d s to e l e v a t e o u r s e lv e s to a h ig h e r c o n d i­
tio n o r lo w e r and d eg rad e o u r s e lv e s . The c r e a t i v e e n e r g ie s , i n u n io n ,
c u s to m a rily a ro u se in te n s e e m o tio n a l s t a t e s . I f th e s e e m o tio n a l s t a t e s
are such a s to i n s p i r e te n d e r n e s s , k in d n e s s an d th e d e s ir e to be h e lp ­
f u l to o t h e r s , th e y te n d v ig o r o u s ly t o b u i l d up th e s p i r i t u a l i t y ; f o r
th e y c u l t i v a t e a h ig h e r b a s i c v i b r a t o r y r a t e . But i f th e y en g en d er
b r u ta l th o u g h ts and en co u rag e g r o s s n e s s , th ro u g h c u l t i v a t i n g a lo w er
b a s ic v ib r a to r y r a t e , th e y d e s tro y th e s p i r i t u a l i t y . F u rth e rm o re ,
th e re i s no pow er w hich can l i f t th e s o u l to such e x a lte d s t a t e s o f
e c sta c y a s can lo v e , and th u s o n ly th ro u g h lo v e can we o f each c o n ta c t
the h ig h e r s p i r i t u a l s t a t e s .
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I t i s th e r e f o r e v e ry im p o rta n t f o r th e one on th e tru e , p a th o f i n i t i a ­


t i o n to remember th e O r ie n ta l m y s tic s have e i g h t ro ad s t h a t le a d to
heave#n and t h a t th e s e e i g h t ro a d s c o n s is te d o f a c tio n s and th o u g h ts in
l i f e , th e s e e i g h t ro a d s a r e :
1. R ig h t b e lie f.
2. R ig h t sp e e c h .
3. R ig h t liv in g .
4. R ig h t th o u g h t.
5. R ight a c tio n .
6. R ig h t e x e r t io n s .
7. R ig h t m e d ita tio n .
8. R ig h t a d o r a tio n o f God.
In t h i s IV Arcanum we axe co n c ern ed w ith t h a t o f RIGHT THOUGHT, and
th e Buddha gave t h i s pow er o f c r e a t i n g th in g s by th in k in g , much tim e
in h i s serm ons to h i s d is c ip le s * The 4 th commandment in th e B u d d h ist
b e l i e f i s THOU SHALT NOT LIE OR DECEIVE. T h is means n o t ‘ a lo n e to l i e
and d e c e iv e your fe llo w man, b u t t h a t you must f i r s t b e g in w ith y o u r­
s e l f . A man who l i e s and d e c e iv e s h im s e lf becomes a u s e l e s s i n s t r u ­
ment and c lo g s th e w h eels o f e v o lu tio n . He h a s w ith in h im s e lf a l l
powers o f th e u n iv e r s e , b u t th e s e pow ers l i e dorm ant and c a n n o t be
used u n t i l a ro u se d by RIGHT THOUGHTS. The Buddha h a s w e ll e x p re s s e d
t h i s a n c ie n t, o r i e n t a l , m y stic id e a a s f o llo w s : "The m ind, th e
th o u g h t, and a l l th e s e n s e s a r e s u b je c t to th e law s o f l i f e a n d d e a th ;
and when I t i s u n d e rs to o d how a l l th e s e a r e confounded th e r e i s no
room l e f t f o r th e in d iv id u a l *•I* n o r any ground f o r i t ; f o r i t i s t h i s
b e l i e f in ' I 1 w hich g iv e s r i s e t o many so rro w s, b in d in g u s a s w ith
c o rd s to th e w o rld o f i l l u s i o n . But when a w ise man knows th e r e i s
no such *1' th e bonds a r e lo o se n e d . And o f th o se who b e lie v e i n t h i s
f a l s e '’I ' some say i t en d u re s beyond d e a th , some say i t p e r i s h e s . Both
a r e in e r r o r , i t does n o t e x i s t . But when a man h as le a r n e d th a t
th e r e i s no g re e d y aV , t h a t i t i s an i l l u s i o n , th e n he p a s s e s on in
o th e r l i v e s , knowing he i s th e same b u t n o t th e same, a s th e sh o o t
s p r in g s from th e se e d , one and y e t d i f f e r e n t . L ea rn , t h e r e f o r e , t h a t
‘' I 1' does n o t e x i s t and th e i l l u s i o n o f i t c o n c e a ls what i s t r u l y th e
P erm an en t."
Thus to se c u re s o l i d i t y , to g e th e r w ith s tr e n g t h and w ith th e p r o p e r
u se o f th e s e a t t r i b u t e s r e c e iv e pow er to r u l e , we must f i r s t co n c eiv e
a c c o rd in g to th e m y s tic s a th o u g h t t h a t a l l i s u n i v e r s a l , t h a t eg o tism
and s e l f i s h n e s s m ust be e r a d i c a t e d from o u r th o u g h ts , and th e n comes
i n t o work th e f o u r th commandment f o r b id d in g an id e a o f d e c e p tio n ,
e i t h e r o f y o u r s e lf o r o f o t h e r s .
There a re many s i m i l a r sym bolism s to be ta k e n from t h i s f o u r t h c a rd o f
th e M ajor Arcanum, b u t th e main one i s t h a t o f POWER r i g h t l y u s e d .

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e e ig h th d is c o u r s e .)
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To th e One p r i v i l e g e d :
THE FIFTH CARD OF THE TAROT
Papus c a lle d t h i s c a rd "THE POPE." The 5 th Hebrew l e t t e r HE, he sa y s,
i s in i t s h ie r o g ly p h ic m eaning, A s p ir a tio n , B re a th . I t i s by a s p i r a ­
tio n th a t l i f e i s in c e s s a n tly m a in ta in e d and c r e a te d . Hence s p rin g s
th e a t t r i b u t i o n of a l l t h a t an im ates to th e l e t t e r HE.
B u t , l i f e s p e c i a l i z e s b e in g , by r e n d e rin g i t d i f f e r e n t from any o th e r ;
hence th e a t t r i b u t i o n o f b e in g i t s e l f to t h i s l e t t e r .
However, th e a c tio n of l i f e does n o t s to p h e r e . I t i s a ls o th e m e d iat­
in g p r i n c i p l e , w hich a t ta c h e s th e m a te r ia l body to th e d iv in e s p i r i t ,
in th e same way t h a t man u n i t e s GOD and N a tu re ; l i f e i s to tbie man
(a le p h ) what man i s to th e u n iv e r s e , p re -e m in e n tly th e m ed iate p r i n c i ­
p l e , Here we f i n d th e o r i g i n o f th e id e a s of bond, o f th e re u n io n of
opposing p r i n c i p l e s , o f r e l i g i o n , a t t r i b u t e d to HE. T h is l e t t e r i s
Bimple; a s tro n o m ic a lly i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e s ig n of th e Ram, w hich
i t e x p la in s .
THE POPE, th e name o f t h i s c a rd , e x p re s s e s th e fo llo w in g i d e a s : —
( 1 s t ) Id e a o f L if e , a n im a tio n .
(2nd) Id e a of B eing.
(3 rd ) Id e a o f R eunion.
The i n i t i a t e o f th e m ystery o f I s i s i s s e a te d betw een th e two columns
o f th e s a n c tu a ry . He le a n s upon a t r i p l e c r o s s , and makes the sig n of
E s o te ric is m w ith h i s o th e r hand.
The T rip le C ross r e p r e s e n ts th e t r i p l e Lingam o f In d ia n theogony; t h a t
i s to say the p e n e tr a tio n o f th e c r e a tiv e power th ro u g h o u t th e D iv in e ,
the I n t e l l e c t u a l and th e P h y s ic a l W orlds, which c a u se s a l l th e mani­
f e s t a t i o n s of u n iv e r s a l l i f e to ap p ear ( f i r s t i d e a ) .
The two columns sy m b o lize; on th e r i g h t LAW, on th e l e f t : LIBERTY to
obey and to d iso b e y , th e e sse n c e o f B eing (sec o n d i d e a ) .
The I n i t i a t e w ears a t i a r a . Two crowned men k n e e l a t h i s f e e t , one
c lo th e d in re d , th e o th e r in b la c k . Here we f in d th e a c tiv e form o f
t h a t symbolism w hich is e x p re s s e d in p a s s iv e form by th e second c a rd .
The same id e a o f E s o te ric is m , o f s e c r e t I n s t r u c t i o n , re a p p e a rs ; b u t
th e t u i t i o n i s now p r a c t i c a l and o r a l ; i t no lo n g e r r e q u ir e s a book
(3 rd i d e a ) .
As we se e , t h i s c a rd i s a complement o f th e second; th e same r u le ap­
p l i e s to a l l c a r d s , when th e t o t a l o f t h e i r number makes 7. Thus:
3 4
The Empress i s com p leted by The Emperor
4 p lu s 3 e q u a ls 7
7 e q u a ls 28 e q u a ls 10 e q u a ls 1
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The High p r i e s t e s s i s com p leted by The Pope
2 p lu s 5 e q u a ls 7
1 6
The J u g g le r i s com pleted, by The L overs
1 p lu s 6 e q u a ls 7
The f i f t h c a rd o f the T a ro t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e l e t t e r HE o f th e
S acred Word (Y od-H e-Vau-H e). I t i s th e d i r e c t r e f l e c t i o n o f th e 4 th
arcanum, and th e i n d i r e c t r e f l e c t i o n o f th e 2nd arcanum . I t th e r e ­
fo re s i g n i f i e s : —
In th e D iv in e: R e fle x o f th e W ill—
INTELLIGENCE
( C h a r a c t e r i s t i c of God th e Son)
In the HUMAN: R e fle x o f Power—
AUTHORITY
( C h a r a c t e r i s t i c o f the Woman)
R e lig io n . F a ith ,
In NATURE: R e flex o f th e S oul of th e W orld, o r of
th e U n iv e rs a l C re a tiv e F lu id —
The U n iv e rs a l L if e .
( C h a r a c t e r i s t i c o f N a tu ra n a t u r a ta )
The above i s th e d e s c r ip tio n g iv e n by papus i n i t s e n t i r e t y of t h i s
5th Card o f th e T a r o t.
Mr. W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s f i f t h c a rd a 3 f o llo w s :
MTHE HIEROPHANT.—He w ears th e t r i p l e crown and i s s e a te d betw een two
p i l l a r s , b u t th e y a re n o t th o se o f th e Temple w hich i s g u ard ed by th e
High P r i e s t e s s , in h i s l e f t hand he h o ld s a s c e p tr e te r m in a tin g in th e
t r i p l e c r o s s , and w ith h i s r i g h t hand he g iv e s th e w ell-know n e c c l e s i ­
a s t i c a l s ig n w hich i s c a l l e d t h a t o f E s o te r ic is m , d i s t in g u is h i n g be­
tween th e m a n ife s t and c o n c e a le d p a r t o f d o c t r in e . I t i s n o tic e a b le in
t h i s c o n n e c tio n t h a t th e H igh P r i e s t e s s maices no s ig n . At h i s f e e t a re
the c ro s s e d k e y s, and two p r i e s t l y m i n i s t e r s in a l b s k n e e l b e f o r e him.
He h a s u s u a lly been c a l l e d The Pope, w hich i s a p a r t i c u l a r a p p l i c a t i o n
of th e more g e n e ra l o f f i c e t h a t he sy m b o liz e s. He i s th e r u l i n g power
of e x te r n a l r e l i g i o n , a s th e High P r i e s t e s s i s th e p r e v a i l i n g g e n iu s
of th e e s o t e r i c , w ithdraw n pow er. The p ro p e r m eanings o f t h i s c a rd
have s u f f e r e d w o efu l ad m ix tu re from n e a r ly a l l h a n d s. Grand O rie n t
says t r u l y t h a t th e H ie ro p h a n t i s th e power o f th e k e y s, e x o t e r ic ,
orthodox d o c t r in e , and th e o u te r sid e o f th e l i f e w hich le a d s to th e
d o c tr in e ; b u t he i s c e r t a i n l y n o t th e p r in c e o f th e o c c u lt d o c t r in e , as
a n o th e r com m entator h a s s u g g e s te d . He i s r a t h e r th e summa t o t i u s
th e o lo g ia n , when i t h as p a s s e d i n t o th e u tm o st r i g i d i t y o f e x p re s s io n ;
b u t he sy m b o lizes a l l th in g s t h a t a r e r ig h te o u s and s a c re d on th e mani­
f e s t s id e . As su ch , he i s th e ch an n el o f g ra c e b e lo n g in g to th e w orld
of i n s t i t u t i o n a s d i s t i n c t from t h a t p a r t o f N a tu re , and he i s th e
le a d e r o f s a lv a ti o n f o r th e human ra c e a t l a r g e . He i s th e O rd er and
the head o f th e re c o g n iz e d h ie r a r c h y , w hich i s th e r e f l e c t i o n o f a n o th e r
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and g r e a t e r h ie r a r c h io o r d e r ; b u t i t may so happen t h a t th e p o n t i f f


f o r g e ts th e s ig n if ic a n c e o f t h i s h i s sym bolic s t a t e and a c ts a s i f he
combined w ith in h i s p ro p e r m easures a l l t h a t t h i s s ig n s i g n i f i e s , o r
h i s symbol se ek s to show f o r t h . He is n o t, as i t h a s been th o u g h t,
p h ilo so p h y — e x c e p t on th e th e o lo g ic a l s id e ; he i s n o t i n s p i r a t i o n ; and
he i s n o t r e l i g i o n , alth o u g h he i s a mode o f i t s e x p r e s s io n ."
S ain t-G erm ain d e s c rib e d th e f i f t h c a rd in R o s ic ru c ia n term s as fo llo w s :
"Arcane V. (E e q u a ls 5) THE MASTER OF THE ARCANES. The h igh p r i e s t
of I s i s i s h e re r e p r e s e n te d s e a te d betw een the columns o f th e S a n c tu a ry ,
one hand on a lo n g c ro s s w ith th re e c r o s s b a r s , sy m b o lizin g th e p e n e tr a ­
tio n ' o f th e c r e a tiv e g e n iu s th ro u g h th e th r e e w o rld s. (D iv in e , I n t e l ­
l e c t u a l and P h y s i c a l ) , The two columns mean r e s p e c tiv e ly , The Law end
the Freedom o f o u r w ill-p o w e r which may obey o r d iso b e y . The o th e r
hand makes the sig n o f m e d ita tio n and s il e n c e . At th e f e e t o f th e
p r i e s t , two men a re k n e e lin g ; a w h ite man p e r s o n if y in g Good and a b la c k
man p e r s o n if y in g E v il, b o th su b m itte d to th e M aster o r the A rcan es.
T his Arcane V ., means th a t b e fo re you t e l l a man w h eth er he i s happy
o r unhappy, you must f in d o u t what use he h a s made of h i s w ill-p o w e r,
f o r ev ery man i s c r e a te d to th e image of h i s own w o rk s."
In the P y th ag o rea n scheme o f num bers, 5 s i g n i f i e s m a rria g e , p le a s u r e
jo y . I t s h ig h e r a t t r i b u t e 500 s i g n i f i e s h o lin e s s , s a n c ity and s e le c ­
tio n .
From our R o s ic ru c ia n a n a ly s is of t h i s c a rd , we may say i t can be re a d
e i t h e r as R e lig io n o r.L a w .. The m an .h im self r e p r e s e n ts th e g e n iu s o f
good i n s p i r a t i o n , of mind and of c o n s c ie n c e . Papus in h i s a n a l y s i s in
a s s ig n in g t h i s c a rd to th e RAM o r ARIES i s e n t i r e l y w rong; In a l l
a n c ie n t docum ents and m ythology JUPITER i s th e symbol f o r law , r e l i g i o n
and has dom inion o v er good i n s p i r a t i o n , o v er th e ch u rch and s t a t e , and
ov er th e a u t h o r i t y o f e s t a b l i s h e d i n s t i t u t i o n s . The c o rre sp o n d e n c e ,
th e re fo re ,b e tw e e n Arcanum V and th e p la n e t J u p i t e r i s so o b v io u s a3 to
need no f u r t h e r comment. The most s i g n i f i c a n t th in g ab o u t th e H ie ro ­
phant in Arcanum V i s th e s ig n of th e pen tag ram , o r f i v e - p o i n t e d s t a r , '
which he makes w ith h i s r i g h t hand. T h is i s th e symbol o f man, th e —
symbol of the i n t e l l e c t u a l power which .dom inates th e f o u r e le m e n ta l
kingdoms, and th e symbol o f th e m agical fo rc e o f th e human w i l l . I t
g ain s i t s fo rc e by th e g e s tu r e w hich b e a rs token t h a t th e u s e r i s
ob ed ien t to th e laws o f th e D e ity , and th u s p a r t i c i p a t e s in th e d iv in e
power over a l l th in g s . Then th e t r i p l e ta u (cro ss) h a s o f te n b een u sed
to s ig n if y the g i f t s of th e th r e e w ise men of th e E a s t who w ent t o th e
b i r t h p la c e of th e C h r is t, t h a t th e y m ight w orship Him. These th r e e
g i f t s of g o ld , fra n k in c e n s e and myrrh s ta n d a s r e p r e s e n t a t i v e s o f th e
th re e w o rld s, s p i r i t u a l , a s t r a l and p h y s ic a l. These th r e e w ise men
having been le d by th e s t a r o f r e l i g i o u s d e v o tio n , in to a know ledge o f
the th re e w o rld s and th e law s g o v ern in g them, d e p a rte d i n t o t h e i r own
country by a n o th e r way. T hat i s h av in g g a in e d i ll u m in a tio n , t h e i r
ro u te to s e lf - c o n s c io u s - im m o r ta lity — th e r e tu r n to th e realm o f s p i r i t —
Was d i r e c t and c e r t a i n , and n o t by th e d ev io u s p a th o f th e y e t un­
e n lig h te n e d n e o p h y te.
This f iv e p o in te d s t a r which th e y fo llo w e d (th e p en tag ram ) h a s by many
been r e f e r r e d to a s b e in g a symbol s ig n if y in g D jv in e Law an d R e lig io n .
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T h e re fo re , when we h e a r of i t b e in g in v e r te d , th e p o in t o f th e s t a r
r e p r e s e n tin g th e h ead o f man down, and th e two p o i n t s r e p r e s e n tin g
th e f e e t up, i t s i g n i f i e s th e o p p o s ite o f D ivine Law, th e o p p o s ite
a ls o o f man go v ern ed by i n t e l l i g e n c e . I n s te a d , i t th e n d e n o te s ch ao s,
th e d e v i l, e v i l i n s p i r a t i o n and th e p r i n c i p l e o f d e s t r u c t i o n . Thus
th e Lamb o f God i s tra n s fo rm e d in to th e Goat o f H endes; and to ejqpress
t h i s in " b la c k magic" th e symbol i s made by c lo s in g th e hand so t h a t
two f i n g e r s a re up— th e h o rn s o f th e g o a t, o r th e f e e t o f man— in s t e a d
o f t h r e e , ( i f you w ill r e f e r to th e R o s ic ru c ia n M anual, you w i l l see
t h i s s ig n u se d a s "The a n c ie n t s ig n o f ex co m m unication.")
E lip h a s L e v i, th e M ystic w ith s tr a n g e i n s i g h t , e x p re s s e d h i s c o n c e p tio n
o f th e r e l i g i o n sy m b o lized by Arcanum V in v e r s e , s e t t i n g a t th e h ea d
o f each l i n e th e Number o f th e M ajor Arcanum whose s ig n i f ic a n c e i s r e ­
v e a le d by h i s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n , each Arcanum th u s r e p r e s e n tin g one te n e t
o f t h i s a n c ie n t Wisdom R e lig io n :
1. A ll th in g s announce a c o n s c io u s a c tiv e c a u s e ,
2. V iv if ic O neness, b a se d on n u m b e r's law s;
3. Who a l l c o n ta in in g i s by n au g h t c o n fin e d ,
4. And a l l p re c e d in g , h a th no bound a s s ig n e d .
5. T his o n ly L ord sh o u ld man ad o re a lo n e ,
6. Who d o th t r u e d o c tr in e to p u re h e a r t s make known;
7. But a c t s o f f a i t h r e q u ir e a s in g l e c h i e f ,
8. Hence we p ro c la im one a l t a r , law , b e l i e f .
9. The c h a n g e le s s God w i l l n ev e r change, t h e i r b a s e ,
10. He r u l e s o u r d ay s and r u l e s th ro u g h e v e ry p h a s e ,
11. H is m e rc y 's w e a lth , w hich v ic e to naught w i l l b r in g ,
12. H is p e o p le p ro m ise a f u tu r e K ing.
13. The to m b 's a p a th w hich to new w o rld s a s c e n d s ,
And l i f e th ro u g h a l l s u b s i s t s , d e a th o n ly e n d s .
P u re , s a c r e d , s t e a d f a s t t r u t h we h e re r e p e a t
The v e n e ra te d num bers th u s co m p lete.
14. The a n g e l b l e s t d oth calm and m oderate.
15. The e v i l i s th e f r i e n d of p r id e and h a t e .
16. God d o th th o l i g h t n i n g and f i r e subdue;
17. He r u l e s dewy e v e ' and th e e v e n in g 's dew.
18. The w a tc h fu l moon he s e t s to g u a rd o u r h e i g h ts ,
19. H is s u n 18 th e so u rc e o f l i f e ' s renewed d e l i g h t s ,
20. H i8 b r e a t h r e v i v i f i e s th e d u s t o f g ra v e s
22. Where crow ds d escen d who a r e o f l u s t th e s la v e s ;
0. Or, th e mercy s e a t he c o v e rs w ith h i s crown,
21. And on th e ch o ru s p o u r s h i s g lo r y down."
With much o f h i s s tra n g e id e a s L evi y e t h a s c o n tr ib u te d many gems to
o c c u lt know ledge. T h is poem o f h ie i s j u s t f u l l o f th e s to r y o f m an's
i n i t i a t i o n cerem ony, and i s w e ll w o rth an a n a l y t i c a l stu d y by e v e ry
S tu d en t.
The Hebrew L e t t e r "HE" s i g n i f i e s e x o t e r i c a l l y a window, o r a p la c e to
receive th ro u g h , o r an o u t l e t , in t h i s c o n n e c tio n we can use i t f o r
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an. i n t e r e s t i n g q u e s tio n : "How d id man f i r s t le a r n r e lig i o n ? and what
was th e form o f t h i s r e l i g i o n ? A ncient h i s t o r y s u p p lie s t h i s in fo rm a­
tio n .
The minds of p r im it iv e man, g e n e r a lly , were in such an u n c u ltu r e d s t a t e
t h a t they co u ld n o t he b ro u g h t to u n d e rs ta n d th e m eaning o f such w ords,
f o r in s ta n c e , a s " i n f i n i t e , " " e v e r l a s t i n g ," and " a lm ig h ty ," w ith o u t
some s p e c ia l te a c h in g . To e n a b le man t o g ra sp such m eanings he was
f i r s t ta u g h t th e r e was a D e ity , an d a heaven h e r e a f t e r : t h a t he had
an e v e r l a s t i n g s o u l w hich d id n o t d ie ; t h a t th e D e ity h ad many a t t r i ­
b u te s and was a ll- p o w e r f u l and e v e r - l a s t i n g - Then sym bols such a s
p r im it iv e man c o u ld u n d e rs ta n d were s e l e c t e d to r e p r e s e n t th e De-ity
and each o f H is a t t r i b u t e s , and h ea v en . Thus was l a i d th e fo u n d a tio n
o f many p a n th e o n s, w ith t h e i r v a rio u s sym bolic m eanings, t h a t have
c r e p t in to a l l r e l i g i o n s down to , and in c lu d in g , th e modern C h r is tia n
re lig io n .
The most p r im itiv e form s o f symbols were l i n e s and sim ple g e o m e tric a l
f i g u r e s . At f i r s t th e s e symbols were few in number, b u t ..as- uiine went
o n .th e number in c r e a s e d , a ls o t h e i r i n t r i c a c y , u n t i l we reao b th e period
of th e E g y p tia n s , when th e y became so numerous and complex t h a t n o t
h a l f the E g y p tia n p r ie s th o o d u n d e rsto o d them a l l .
Hermes T ris m e g is tu s in h i s w r itin g s s a id : "Oh Egypt l Egypt ! o f a l l
th y r e l i g i o n , f a b le s only w i l l rem ain w hich th y d i s c i p l e s w i l l u n d e r­
s ta n d as l i t t l e a s th e y do th y r e l i g i o n . Words c u t i n t o sto n e w i l l
rem ain t e l l i n g o f th y p io u s d ee d s. The S y th ia n s , o r th e d w e lle r s by
th e In d u s, o r some o th e r b a r b a r ia n s w i l l in h a b it th y f a i r la n d ."
Moses f a th e r e d th e d o c tr in e of m onotheism , as an o u tg ro w th o f th e
O s ir ia n r e l i g i o n , y e t he c o n tin u e d th e u se o f th e many o r i g i n a l symbols
in h i s te a c h in g s .
C h r i s t 's te a c h in g s were alw ays i n p a r a b le s . He d i s t i n c t l y d e c la r e d
t h a t He p re a c h e d in p a r a b le s b ecau se i t was th e o n ly way th e p eo p le
co u ld be b ro u g h t to u n d e rs ta n d . P a r a b le s wens p h r a s e o lo g ic a l sym bols.
When p r im itiv e man u se d a symbol i t d id n o t mean to him th e o b je c t in
s i g h t , BUT WHAT IT REPRESENTED IN HIS MIND.
T his p r im itiv e and a n c ie n t custom rem ain s d e a r to u s ; we s t i l l use
sym bols, as f o r in s ta n c e th e use of them a l l th ro u g h o u r R o s ic ru c ia n
le s s o n s .
I t must be f u l l y a p p r e c ia te d by th e s tu d e n t t h a t th e complex cosmogonic
f ig u r e s c o u ld o n ly have come in to e x is te n c e a f t e r m an's mind h ad been
s u f f i c i e n t l y e d u c a te d to u n d e rs ta n d them , p ro b a b ly th o u san d s upon
th ousan d s o f y e a rs e la p s e d betw een th e tim e when p r im itiv e man was
f i r s t ta u g h t t h a t the CIRCLE r e p r e s e n te d i n f i n i t y and th e tim e when
the i n t r i c a t e and coraplex cosmogonic d iag ram s were i n t e l l i g i b l e to h ia
more e n lig h te n e d mind.
Fundam entally th e r e i s no d if f e r e n c e betw een th e a n c ie n t and p r e s e n t -
day c o n c e p tio n o f th e D6-ity.
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The A n cien ts gave Him many a t t r i b u t e s , m en tio n in g them s in g ly ; we
also g iv e Him many a t t r i b u t e s b u t group them by s a y in g , "E v e ry th in g
comes from God." So v i r t u a l l y , i t i s o n ly a d if f e r e n c e in p h ra s e o lo g y .
The CIRCLE was one of th e f i r s t th r e e symbols u se d by man in h i s re ­
lig i o u s te a c h in g s . I t was lo o k e d upon as th e most s a c re d sym bol. I t
was a p i c t u r e o f th e SUN c a l l e d RA, and was th e m o n o th e is tic o r c o l­
l e c t i v e symbol of a l l th e a t t r i b u t e s o f th e D e ity . The su n , a s Ha,
was lo o k e d upon as THE SYMBOL ONLY and in no way a s th e D e ity H im se lf.
The D eity was w o rsh ip p ed , and th e symbol was u sed o n ly to r e p r e s e n t
Him, The D eity was t r e a t e d w ith such re v e re n c e t h a t H is name was
nev er spoken. The Mayas, H indus, UighurB and a l l th e o th e r anc& ents
spoke o f the D e ity a s THE NAMELESS. The c i r c l e h as no b e g in n in g o r
end, What more p e r f e c t symbol co u ld have been d e v is e d o r s e le c te d to
teach an u n c u ltu re d mind th e meaning o f th e i n f i n i t y and e v e r l a s ti n g ?
E v id e n tly th e re a so n f o r s e l e c t i n g th e Sun as th e emblem of th e D e ity
was because i t was the most p o w e rfu l o b je c t t h a t came to s ig h t and th e
re a so n in g power o f p r im it iv e man. I t w e ll r e p r e s e n te d th e A ll-P o w er­
f u l . The SUN i s found d e p ic te d on th e s to n e s o f P o ly n e sia n r u i n s , on
the w a lls o f The Temple o f S acred M y ste rie s in E g y p t, B a b y lo n ia , P e ru ,
and a l l a n c ie n t la n d s and c o u n t r i e s — i t was a u n iv e r s a l sym bol.
The EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE i3 a n o th e r o f th e f i r s t th r e e sym bols d e s ig n ­
a te d by th e s a c re d te a c h in g s o f th e m y stic E g y p tia n s . I t was s e le c te d
as a v i s i b l e f ig u r e th ro u g h w hich man co u ld see and u n d e rs ta n d th e con­
c e p tio n of a TRIUNE GOD. These th r e e a t t r i b u t e s form ed th e FIRST
TRINITY and were th e o r i g i n a l c o n c e p tio n of a TRINITY. A c o n c e p tio n
which h as come down to u s th ro u g h a l l th e eons o f tim e, i t can n e v e r
d ie , alth o u g h from age to age i t s v e stm e n ts a re changed, and i t h a s
been known u n d e r d iffe re n t names and g u is e s among d i f f e r e n t p e o p le s .
R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts make u se o f th e T ria n g le f o r s o lv in g a l l p roblem s
th a t a re s o lv a b le .
THE FOUR-SIDED SQUARE i s th e t h i r d of th e th r e e symbols t h a t w ere u se d
in m y stic r e l i g i o u s te a c h in g s . I t sy m b o lized th e e a r t h . The f o u r
c o rn e rs r e p r e s e n te d th e fo u r c a r d in a l p o i n t s , n o r th ,s o u th , e a s t and
w e st. At each c o rn e r a k e e p e r was a s s ig n e d - The e a r t h h a v in g "fouT
c o rn e rs" i s a c o n c e p tio n b ro u g h t down to u s from e a r l y man, f o r a re we
n o t g u i l t y o f o c c a s io n a lly r e f e r r i n g to th e " f o u r c o rn e rs o f th e
e a rth ? "
T his com pletes th e l i s t o f th e e a r l i e s t S acred Sym bols. F o llo w in g
th e se a re compounds w ith one o r more o f th e fo re g o in g th r e e as th e
fo u n d a tio n . As we move down th ro u g h tim e th e S acred Symbols become
more complex and c o m p lic a te d , en d in g in th e w ell-knoivn Cosmic Diagram s
which sym bolize th e w hole o f t h e i r r e l i g i o u s c o n c e p tio n s a s th e y s to o d
a t th e tim e .
The p i l l a r s ( t w o o f them) a re alw ays a symbol t h a t i s p la c e d a t th e
e n tra n c e o f p la c e s o f w o rsh ip . No m a tte r how many p i l l a r s may be used
th e re a re alw ays two t h a t a re th e most p ro m in e n t. The E g y p tia n s c a lle d
them "T at P i l l a r s . " One p i l l a r was c a l l e d TAT w hich means " in s tr e n g th 1
the o th e r p i l l a r i s c a lle d TATTU, w hich means to " e s t a b l i s h : " When
combined th e s e two w ords mean " In s tr e n g t h t h i s p la c e i s e s t a b l i s h e d
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f o r e v e r ." The T at in E g y p tia n i s c o n s id e re d a f ig u r e o f s t a b i l i t y .


I t a ls o r e p r e s e n te d f o u r c o rn e rs and i s equal to a s q u a re . Two TATS
form th e e n tra n c e to TATTU. TATTU i s th e gatew ay to th e re g io n where
the m o rta l so u l i s b le n d e d w ith an im m ortal s p i r i t and " e s ta b l is h e d
in th e m y s te rie s o f Amenti f o r e v e r . ” T h is i s f u r t h e r i l l u s t r a t e d by
the S c r ip tu r e s in th e d e s c r i p t i o n of King Solom on's Temple, i n th e
p orch o r e n tra n c e to King Solom on's Temple, two s p e c ia l p i l l a r s were
e r e c te d ( I K ings 7 ,3 1 ,2 3 ) : "And he s e t up th e p i l l a r s i n th e p o rch
of th e tem p le: and he s e t up th e r i g h t p i l l a r , and c a lle d th e name
th e re o f JACHIN: and he s e t up th e l e f t p i l l a r and c a lle d th e name
th e re o f BOAZ." In Hebrew th e word " ja c h in * means "To e s t a b l i s h " and
the word "Boaz" means " In s tr e n g t h ."
And so we can go on f o r many, many p ag es d e s c r ib in g th e symbolism o f
th e a n c ie n ts a s i t a p p lie d to m y s tic a l r e l i g i o u s p r e c e p ts . From th e
sim ple c i r c l e , t r i a n g l e , and sq u are to th e i n t r i c a t e d e s ig n s even t h i s
day p la c e d in th e a r c h i t e c t u r e o f c h u rc h e s, te m p le s, synagogues and
mosques of v a r io u s r e l i g i o n s , y e s, and even on th e Totem P o s ts o f th e
I n d ia n s .
These symbols can be re a d i n t e l l i g i b l y by th e i n t e r e s t e d s tu d e n t, and
i t b e a rs out my , p o s t u l a t i o n in th e very, b e g in n in g o f t h i s s e r i e s o f
le s s o n s , t h a t th e r e are no m y s te rie s c o n c e a le d from th e s e e k e r. The
In n e r S e lf , the S o u l, knows a l l th in g s . I f by p r a c t i c e and stu d y and
p ro p e r u s e , we allo w M0ur Soul alw ays to Walk b e fo re u s ," e n lig h te n m e n t
comes and th e SOUL i n i t i a t e s u s in to th e w onders o f l i f e and th e
p r i v i l e g e o f o u r a b i l i t y to advance in th e scheme of e v o lu tio n .
I t i s a p le a s u r e in d e e d , to ta k e from th e a n c ie n t T re a su re C hest o f
our fto B icrucian wisdom such f a c t s as e n a b le th e s e e k e rs in th e W estern
w orld to s e n se , in w a rd ly , and w ith the S o u l's Eye, th e g r e a t t r u t h s
which have been c a r e f u l ly c o n c e a le d in sym bolism , i f my R o s ic ru c ia n
k in d re d in th e W estern w o rld w i l l read c a r e f u l l y betw een th e l i n e s on
th e se c a r e f u l ly p r e p a r e d p a g e s , th e y w i l l f in d , e s p e c i a l l y in a second
re a d in g of each leB so n , many f a c t s t h a t a re v e i le d to th e o u t e r - s e l f ,
b u t b r i l l i a n t l y s h in in g f o r t h to th e I n i t i a t e , l i k e th e b r i g h t Sun (Ra)
th a t sends i t s beams o f illu m in a tio n i n t o th e shadowy r e c e s s e s o f o u r
a n c ie n t te m p le s f o r th e ad e p t to b a th e in w ith su b lim e e c s ta c y .

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e N in th D isc o u rse )
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To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
The SIX CARD OF THE TAROT
THE LOVERS
papus gave th e fo llo w in g d e s c r ip tio n o f t h i s c a rd : "The h ie ro g ly p h ic
symbol of th e 6 th l e t t e r o f th e Hebrew A lphabet VAU i s th e ey e , a l l
t h a t r e l a t e s to l i g h t and b r i l l i a n c y . The eye e s t a b l i s h e s th e lin k
betw een th e e x t e r n a l w o rld and o u r s e lv e s ; by i t l i g h t and form a re r e ­
v e a le d to u s . The dom inant id e a e x p re s se d by t h i s l e t t e r w i l l th e r e ­
fo re be t h a t o f a c o n n e c tio n , a l i n k betw een an tag o n ism s. I t may be
u s e f u l to qu o te Fa'ore D’O l i v e t 's o b s e rv a tio n s upon t h i s l e t t e r in
e x te n s o :— 'T h is s ig n i s th e image o f th e d e e p e st and most in c o n c e iv a b le
m y stery , th e image o f th e k n o t w hich r e u n ite s u s , o r th e p o in t whioh
s e p a r a te s th e n o th in g from b e in g , x t i s th e u n iv e r s a l c o n v e r tib le s ig n ,
which form s th e p assag e from one n a tu re to th e o th e r ; com m unicating
on one s id e w ith th e s ig n o f l i g h t and of s p i r i t u a l sense w hich i s b u t
a h ig h e r form o f i t s e l f ; on th e o th e r hand lin k in g i t s e l f w ith AYIN th e
sig n o f d a rk n e s s and o f m a te r ia l s e n s e s , w hich a g a in i s b u t a low er
form o f i t s e l f , f The’ VAU i s th e second sim ple l e t t e r ; a s tro n o m ic a lly
i t r e p r e s e n ts th e sig n o f the BULL (TAURUS)."
The LOVERS are a symbol t h a t r e p r e s e n ts , u n io n , an tag o n ism , w ith a l l
t h e i r co n seq u en ces. A b e a r d le s s y o u th (o u r J u g g le r o f th e l i s t
arcanum) b u t w ith o u t a h a t , i s s ta n d in g m o tio n le s s in th e a n g le o f
where two ro ad s m eet. H is arms form a d ia g o n a l c r o s s u p o n h is b r e a s t .
The r e p e t i t i o n of th e f i r s t arcanum u n d er a n o th e r form . Here th e man
i s n o t one o f th e i n i t i a t e s . He d o es n o t know how to d i r e c t m agnetic
c u r r e n ts o f th e A s tr a l L ig h t; he i s th e r e f o r e p lu n g ed in to th e a n ta ­
gonism o f d i f f e r e n t id e a s which he h as no power to m a s te r.
Two women, one on h i s r i g h t , th e o th e r on h i s l e f t , each w ith one hand
on h i s s h o u ld e r, p o in t to th e two ro a d s. The woman on th e r i g h t h as a
c i r c l e o f g o ld on h e r h e a d , th e one on th e l e f t i s d is h e v e lle d and
crowned w ith v in e le a v e s .
The two arms o f th e J u g g le r , e x p r e s s in g the p o s i t i v e and th e n e g a tiv e
columns o f I s i s , e x p r e s s in g n e c e s s i t y and l i b e r t y , a i e h e re p e r s o n if ie d
by the two women, who r e p r e s e n t V ice sued V ir tu e .
The f u tu r e o f th e young man depends upon th e ro a d which he ch o o se s—
w hether, in o th e r w ords, he becomes one o f th e I n i t i a t e s , th e Mage of
the f i r s t arcanum , ( th e S p i r i t u a l YOU) o r th e r a s h th u n d e r s tr ic k e n
personage o f th e 1 8th Arcanum (th e AYIN).
The s p i r i t o f J u s t i c e f l o a t s above t h i s group in a r a d ia n t h a lo ; he
bends h i s bow and aims th e arrow of Punishm ent a t th e p e r s o n if ic a tio n of
V ice.
This i s a p ro fo u n d sym bol, i n d i c a t i n g t h a t i f man ch o o ses th e p a th o f
V irtu e he w i l l n o t be l e f t u n a id e d , b u t t h a t P ro v id en ce w i l l a l l y i t ­
s e lf to h i s w i l l and a s s i s t him to overcome v ic e .
In s h o rt t h i s h ie ro g ly p h e x p re s s e s th e s tr u g g le betw een p a s s io n s and
c o n s c ie n c e , th e antagonism o f id e a s .
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P ro v id en ce th a n a w i l l i n g and c o n sc io u s te m p tr e s s . I t ie th ro u g h h e r
im puted la p s e t h a t man s h a l l a r i s e u ltim a te ly , and o n ly by h e r can he
com plete h im s e lf . The c a rd i s th e r e f o r e in i t s way a n o th e r in tim a tio n
c o n c ern in g th e g r e a t m y stery o f womanhood. The o ld m eanings f a l l to
p ie c e s o f n e c e s s ity w ith th e o ld p i c t u r e s , b u t even a s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s
o f th e l a t t e r , some o f them were o f th e o r d e r o f commonplace and o th e r s
were f a l s e in sym bolism ."
S a in t Germain d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "ARCANE V I, THE TWO WAYS.
Here th e D is c ip le , o r N eophyte, i s seen h e s i t a t i n g betw een two ways,
each o f w hich i s p o in te d o u t to him by a woman sy m b o lizin g th e one to
the r i g h t , V ice, and th e one to th e l e f t V ir tu e . Above i s seen a G enius
h o ld in g a bow whose arrow i s p o in te d tow ards V ice a s a w arn in g of th e
punishm ent t h a t a w a its th e man who h a s p r e f e r r e d th e e a sy ro a d to v ic e
to th e h a r d ro a d to v i r t u e .
T his A rcane VI means t h a t one who m ust w atch o v e r o n e 's s e l f and above
a l l show no in d e c is io n in th e c r u c i a l movements o f e x i s te n c e . Nor must
one be d is c o u ra g e d b ec au se o b s ta c le s seem to b a r th e ro a d to h a p p in e s s .
A s tro n g will-poweT will suffice to overcome them a l l . "
The P y th ag o rea n scheme o f numbers a p p lie d to SIX, s i g n i f i e s P e r fe c ­
tio n o f Work.
E x o te r ic a ll y th e 6 th l e t t e r o f th e Hebrew A lp h ab et i s VAV ( n o t VAU)
and i t means a hoo k . How p ap u s came to l i n k i t up w ith an e y e , he does
n o t p a r t i c u l a r l y e x p la in in h i e bo o k . I t i s shaped v ery s im ila r to a
hook, a s can be seen i n any e d i t i o n o f th e D ic tio n a ry which g iv e s th e
Hebrew A lp h a b e t, (u n d er th e v a r io u s a l p h a b e t s .)
T h is th e n g iv e s an e n t i r e l y d i f f e r e n t meaning to th e symbolism o f t h i s
c a rd . A hook i s u se d to c a tc h th in g s w ith , an d o u ts id e o f s i x r e ­
p r e s e n tin g th e m a th em atic al number o f t h i s c a rd , i t shows t h a t th o se
o c c u l t i s t s and k a b a l i s t s who u se th e Hebrew A lphabet f o r any o th e r p u r­
p ose a re d e lu d in g t h e i r f o llo w e r s and th e m se lv e s.
Yet we can s e c u re much symbolism from t h i s c a rd . I t i s th e f ig u r e of
a man s ta n d in g m o tio n le s s a t th e an g le form ed by th e c o n ju n c tio n of
two ro a d s, ftc lo o k s a re f ix e d on- th e ground; h i s arms a re c r o s s e d on
h is c h e s t. Two women, one a t h i s r i g h t and th e o th e r a t h i s l e f t ,
each p la c e a hand on h i s s h o u ld e r, showing him one o f th e two ro a d s.
The woman a t th e l e f t i s m o d estly d r e s s e d , and h a s th e s a c re d s e r p e n t,
in d ic a t in g e n lig h te n m e n t a t h e r brow . She th u s p e r s o n i f i e s i n th e
u su a l symbolism V ir tu e . The ^one a t th e l e f t w ea rs l e s s c l o th in g , and
i s crowned w ith th e le a v e s o f th e g ra p e v in e , She i s presum ed to r e ­
p r e s e n t th e te m p tr e s s , VICE.
Above and back o f t h i s g roup th e g e n ie o f j u s t i c e , h o v e rin g in a f l a s h ­
ing a u r i c l e o f tw elve r a y s , draws h i s bow and d i r e c t s tow ard v ic e th e
arrow o f p u n ish m en t. The g en ie i s crowned w ith a flam e to show he i s
a s p i r i t ; and i s r e p r e s e n te d i n an a u r i c l e o f tw elve ra y s to in d ic a te
th a t j u s t i c e w i l l b e m eted o u t in due tim e to a l l a s th e sun p a s s e s
through th e z o d ia c a l s ig n s . The zo d ia c i n t h i s in s ta n c e sy m b o lizin g a
l i f e cy cle o f one in c a r n a tio n .
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This symbol sh o u ld th e n be r e a d a s a s tr u g g le betw een c o n s c ie n c e and


the p a s s io n s , betw een th e d iv in e so u l and th e anim al s o u l; and a
c re sc e n t moon in th e b ack g ro u n d i n d i c a t e s th a t th e r e s u l t o f th e
s tru g g le commences a new epoch in th e l i f e .
Papus s t a t e d t h i s c a rd b e lo n g s to T a u ru s ,th e B u ll. He d id n o t go q u ite
f a r enough and sh o u ld have added t h a t i t p a r t i c u l a r l y r e p r e s e n ts th e
animal s id e o f Venus, w hich g o v ern s the a f f e c t i o n s and s o c i a l r e l a t i o n s
o f mankind. T aurus i s a k in d ly s ig n , one t h a t g iv e s to mankind th e
s te a d in e s s so n eeded in s tu d in g o f p h ilo s o p h ie s . I f we a llo w o u r s e lv e s
to f l u t t e r from h i t h e r to yon, f o llo w in g e v e ry im pulse o f a new o u lt
and a new p h ilo s o p h y , we soon lo s e th e power to tran sm u te o u r anim al
im pulses in to th o se h ig h e r v i b r a t i o n s t h a t le a d to a d e p ts h ip .
The o c c u lt a s p i r a n t , when he s e t s h i s f e e t d e f i n i t e l y upon th e p a th
le a d in g to a d e p ts h ip , te n d s to h a s te n t h i s p r o c e s s o f tr a n s m u ta tio n .
But because he h a s ta k e n a s te p in advance o f th o s e by whom he i s s u r ­
rounded, and m arches a t a r a t e more speedy th a n h i s e n v iro n m e n t,a t
once unaccustom ed d i f f i c u l t i e s s p r in g up to th w a rt him . I t i s so com­
mon a s to be t r i t e , t h a t when a n eophyte d e c id e s to do some c e r t a i n
th in g , t h a t h i s d e c is io n i s q u ic k ly c h a lle n g e d . T h is s te p may be a
d e c is io n to change some unw orthy h a b i t , y e t a s soon a s th e d e c is io n i s
made, u n u su a l te m p ta tio n s to c o n tin u e - th e h a b i t a r i s e . I t may be mere­
ly s e t t i n g a s id e one h a l f ho u r f o r m e d ita tio n . Y et, a s soon a s t h i s
i s s t a r t e d , v i s i t o r s drop in a t th e m e d ita tio n tim e , o r o th e r i n t e r ­
r u p tio n s o c c u r w hich te n d to d isc o u ra g e i t s o b se rv a n c e . Or i t may
be m erely a d e c is io n to do a c e r t a i n amount o f s p i r i t u a l stu d y a day,
o r to d ev o te a c e r t a i n tim e each day to s tu d y . Thus th e v e ry D e c isio n
to s t a r t som eth in g o f a more s p i r i t u a l n a tu re seems to b r in g ' t o - b e a r
f o r c e s in d i r e c t ' an tag o n ism to th e s te p . I f th e neo p h y te who ta k e s
w hat he c o n s id e r s a c o n s tr u c tiv e and upward s te p h as th e COURAGE to
p e r s e v e r e , th e s e o p p o s itio n f o r c e s soon a b a te . Hie a s s o c i a t e s , h i s
e n v iro n m e n ts, and even i n t e r i o r i n t e l l i g e n c e s become accustom ed to
h i s new mode o f l i f e an d pay no more a t t e n t i o n to i t . B u t, when he
makes any change to w ard s a s p i r i t u a l l i f e t h a t i s r a d i c a l , more o f te n
th a n n o t h i s d e te r m in a tio n i s th o ro u g h ly t e s t e d b e fo re he makes th e
new o r d e r o f th in g s a perm anent p a r t o f h i s l i f e .
Hermese T rie m e g is tu s n o te d som ething o f th e same th in g , and incLuded
them i n th e Laws o f D eath .
"And th e r e i s a f i e r c e w a rfa re f o r th e v i c t o r y , betw een th e u p p e r and
lo w er, a s th e y b o th d e s i r e to o b ta in th e body a s t h e i r p r i z e ; f o r th e
s t a t e o f man i s e n v ie d by th e lo w er and g l o r i f i e d a s a n o b le s t a t e o f
th e h ig h e r . Now, i f man i n c l i n e s to w ard th e lo w er n a tu r e which i s
m o rta l, he th e re b y a i d s th e lo w e r im p e rfe c t pow ers to oppose th e h ig h e r
which i s Im m ortal, and m ust s u f f e r th e p a in s o f s la v e r y f o r h i s d i s ­
obedience to th e Workman, h i s M aker. But i f he i n c l i n e s to th e h ig h e r ,
then he i s t r u l y w ise and b l e s t . "
In o u r s tu d ie s we a re rem inded a g a in and a g a in t h a t th e r e i s n e i t h e r
good nor e v i l , ex c ep t a s we in our own CONSCIOUSNESSES r e a l i z e them.
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I f o u r environ m en t docs n o t p e rm it u s to know o f th e good th in g s in


l i f e , i t i s o n ly an i n d i c a t i o n t h a t we have n o t a s y e t a r r i v e d a t th e
Door which opens o n ly to th o se who a re p re p a re d to u se th e s e good
th in g s f o r th e b e n e f i t o f m ankind. If* how ever, o u r en vironm ent and
in o a r n a tio n s have p r e p a r e d u s to know w hat i s GOOD th e n o n ly by con­
t r a s t can we a p p r e c ia te EVIL. Thus t h i s c a rd sy m b o lises t h a t When we
a r r i v e a t th e c r o s s ro ad s o f KNOWLEDGE w hich i s GOOD and IGNORANCE
w hich i s EVIL, we have th e FREE WILL to ch o o se.
P y th a g o ra s w e ll knew t h a t PERFECTION i n work was to a t t a i n a d e p ts h ip ,
and t h i s i s th e c ru x o f a l l th e te a c h in g s o f th e R o s io ru c ia n s . Hence
he a s s ig n e d to number s i x t h i s q u a l i t y .

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The S eventh Card o f th e T a ro t.
The C h a rio t,
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "The 7 th Hebrew L e t t e r ZAIN.
H ie io g ly p h ic a lly th e ZAIN r e p r e s e n ts an arro w , and th e r e f o r e i t
s i g n i f i e s th e id e a o f a weapon, o f th e in s tru m e n t w hich man u s e s to
r u le and co n q u er, and to a t t a i n ‘h i s o b j e c t .
The ZAIN e x p r e s s e s v ic to r y in a l l th e w o rld s . As a sim p le l e t t e r , i t
c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e a stro n o m ic s ig n o f th e Twins i n th e Z o d iac.
The symbolism o f t h i s c a rd c o rre sp o n d s i n a l l p o i n t s w ith th e id e a s
w hich i t e x p r e s s e s .
A C onqueror, crowned w ith a c o r o n e t, upon w hich r i s e s th r e e s h in in g
P entagram s o f g o ld , advances in a c u b ic a l c h a r i o t , surm ounted by an
a z u re , s ta r - d e o k e d canopy s u p p o rte d by f o u r colum ns.
T h is symbol re p ro d u c e s th e 1 s t and 2nd Arcanum i n a n o th e r o r d e r o f
id e a s . The f o u r columns r e p r e s e n t th e f o u r a n im a ls o f th e 2 1 s t Arcanum
and the f o u r sym bols o f th e f i r s t Arcanum, sym bols o f th e q u a te r n a r y in
a l l i t s a c c e p ta tio n s .
The C onqueror, who o c c u p ie s th e c e n te r o f th e f o u r e le m e n ts, i s th e man
who h a s v an q u ish ed and d i r e c t e d th e e le m e n ta ry f o r c e s ; t h i s v i c t o r y i s
co n firm ed by th e c u b ic a l form o f th e c h a r i o t , and by th e P entagram s
w hich crown th e I n i t i a t e .
The Conqueror h a s th r e e r i g h t a n g le s upon h i s cu irass, and he b e a r s upon
h i s sh o u ld e rs th e Urim and Thummim o f th e so v e re ig n p r i e s t , r e p r e s e n te d
by th e two c r e s c e n t s o f th e moon on th e r i g h t and l e f t ; in h i s hand i s
a s c e p tr e surm ounted by a g lo b e , a s q u a re , and a t r i a n g l e . Upon th e
sq u a re , which form s th e f r o n t o f th e c h a r i o t , we see th e In d ia n lln g am ,
surm ounted by th e f l y i n g sp h e re o f E g y p t.
Two sp h in x e s— one w h ite th e o th e r b la c k — a re h a r n e s s e d to th e c h a r i o t .
T h is symbol r e p r e s e n ts th e s a c r e d s e p te n a ry in a l l i t s m a n if e s ta tio n s .
The w ord Y od-he-vau-he i s p o r tr a y e d upon th e f r o n t o f th e c h a r i o t by
th e w inged g lo b e , to in d i c a t e th e s e p te n a ry w hich g iv e s th e key to th e
whole T a r o t. The two sp h in x e s c o rre sp o n d to th e two p r i n c i p l e s , a c tiv e
and p a s s iv e . The C onqueror c o rre sp o n d s e s p e c i a l l y w ith th e Sword and
w ith th e VAU o f th e S acred Name.
The 7 th c a rd o f th e T a ro t shows th e in f lu e n c e o f th e c r e a tio n i n th e
p r e s e r v a tio n o f th e D iv in e i n th e Human. I t r e p r e s e n ts th e YOD, o r th e
Cod o f th e 2nd s e p te n a ry .
THE GOD o f th e 2nd SEPTENARY.— Man p e rfo rm in g th e f u n c tio n
o f God th e C r e a to r . The FATHER.
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THE LAW o f th e 2nd SEPTENARY. REALIZATION, ( r e f l e x o f th e Pow er.)


THE MAH OP THE 2nd SEPTENARY, Man p e rfo rm in g th e f u n c tio n of
Adam, THE ASTRAL LIGHT.
Mr. W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "THE CHARIOT. An e r e o t and
p r in c e ly f ig u r e c a r r y in g a drawn sword and c o rre sp o n d in g , b ro a d ly speak­
in g , to th e t r a d i t i o n a l d e s c r ip tio n to a King in h i s Triumph. On th e
s h o u ld e rs o f th e v i c t o r i o u s h ero a re supposed to be th e URIM and th e
THUMUIM, He h a s l e d c a p t i v i t y c a p tiv e ; he i s co n q u e st on a l l p la n e s —
in th e mind, in s c ie n c e , in p r o g r e s s , in c e r t a i n t r i a l s o f i n i t i a t i o n .
He h a s th u s r e p l i e d to th e sp h in x , and i t i s on t h i s acco u n t t h a t I
have a c c e p te d th e v a r i a t i o n o f E lip h a s L ev i; two sp h in x e s th u s draw h i s
c h a r i o t . He i s above a l l th in g s triu m p h in m ind. \
" I t i s to be u n d e rsto o d f o r t h i s re a s o n (a ) t h a t th e q u e s tio n o f th e
sp h in x i s co n cern ed w ith a m ystery o f n a tu r e and n o t o f th e w o rld o f
G race, to w hich th e c h a r i o t e e r co u ld o f f e r no answ er; (b ) t h a t th e plane!
o f h i s co n q u e st a re m a n ife s t o r e x t e r n a l and n o t w ith in h im s e lf ; (c )
t h a t th e l i b e r a t i o n which he e f f e c t s may le a v e h im s e lf in bondage o f th e
l o g i c a l u n d e rs ta n d in g ; (d) t h a t th e t e s t s o f i n i t i a t i o n th ro u g h w hich he
h a s p a s s e d in triu m p h a re to be u n d e rsto o d p h y s ic a ll y o r r a t i o n a l l y ;
and (e ) t h a t i f he came to th e p i l l a r s o f th e Temple betw een w hich th e
High P r i e s t e s s i s s e a te d , he could n o t open th e s c r o l l c a l l e d th e T o ra ,
n o r i f she q u e s tio n e d him c o u ld he an sw er. He i s n o t h e r e d i t a r y r o y a l­
ty and he i s n o t p r ie s th o o d .* 1
S a in t Germain d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a r d a s f o llo w s : “ARCANE V II (Z e q u a l 7)
THE CHARIOT OF OSIRIS. — H ere we have a w a r r io r r i d i n g a c u b ic c h a r i o t ,
upon w hich f o u r columns s u p p o rt a s t a r r y d a is ; th e s e colum ns s ig n i f y
th e f o u r e le m e n ts, w h ile th e c u b ic c h a r i o t s i g n i f i e s t h a t th e a m b itio n
o f th e w a r r io r h a s been r e a l i z e d th ro u g h h i s w i l l co n q u e rin g e v e ry ob­
s t a c l e . The w a r r i o r h im s e lf h a s a g o ld e n band aro u n d h i s brow a s a
s ig n o f th e e t e r n a l l i g h t he i s endowed w ith . In one hand he h o ld s a
sw ord, th e emblem o f v i c t o r y , and i n h i s o th e r han d , a s c e p te r tip p e d
w ith a sq u are (M a tte r) a c i r c l e ( E t e r n i t y ) and a t r i a n g l e (DIVINITY).
He w ears on h i s b r e a s t a C u ira s s , th e emblem o f s t r e n g t h ; i t i s adorned
w ith th r e e T -s q u a re s , w hich r e p r e s e n t Good Judgem ent, W ill-P o w er and
A c tio n . A w inged sp h ere on th e f r o n t o f th e c h a rio t* sp e a k s o f th e
e x u l t a t i o n o f th e i n t e l l e c t u a l pow er i n th e i n f i n i t e sp ace and tim e .
Two S phinxes a r e h itc h e d t o t h i s c h a r i o t and a r e now a t r e s t . The B lack
one r e p r e s e n ts E v i l , th e W hite one Good. They a r e b o th s la v e s o f th e
Uagus when he h as come o u t v i c t o r i o u s from th e v a r io u s t e s t s .
T h is Arcane V II means t h a t th e em pire o f th e w o rld b e lo n g s to th o s e who
p o s s e s s th e s o v e re ig n ty o f th e mind; t h a t i s to say L ig h t w hich r e v e a ls
a l l th e m y s te r ie s o f l i f e . "
The P y th ag o rea n and E g y p tia n scheme o f numbers a s s ig n s to se v en , PEST,
HAPPINESS and EQUILIBRIUM, w h ile in i t s h ig h e r a s p e c t Number 700, M ight,
Dominion, and A u th o r ity .
Papus u se d th e E g y p tia n manner o f s p e l l i n g th e '7 th Hebrew l e t t e r ZAIN;
th e Hebrew*s s p e l t i t ZAYIN. The e x o t e r i c m eaning o f t h i s l e t t e r in
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Hebrew I s a weapon. Papua s t a t e d t h a t i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e s ig n of


th e Twins (G em in i). T h is i s a b s o lu te ly i n c o r r e c t , a s h i s d e s c r ip tio n
i s t h a t o f a oonquerox end SAGITTARIUS i s n e a r e r c o r r e c t i f he d e s ir e s
to use an a s t r o l o g i c a l e q u iv a le n t.
Arcanum V II i s f ig u r e d by a war c h a r i o t o f sq u are form , surm ounted by
a s t a r r y canopy s u s ta in e d by f o u r colum ns. Upon t h i s c h a ri o t i s a con­
q u e ro r armed w ith a c u i r a s s and c a r r y in g b o th sword and s c e p te r . He
w ears a crown from w hich r i s e s th r e e p en tag ram s, o r g o ld e n s t a r s o f
fiv e p o in ts .
The sq u a re in symbolism s i g n i f i e s th e m a te r ia l w o rld . The f o u r columns
w hich su p p o rt th e canopy, r e p r e s e n t th e f o u r q u a d ra n ts o f h eav en w hich
m ight a ls o be i n t e r p r e t e d to r e p r e s e n t th e fo u r e le m e n ta l kingdoms t h a t
have su b m itte d to th e man.
Upon th e sq u are f r o n t o f th e c h a r i o t i s p i c t u r e d a sp h ere s u s ta in e d by
two o u ts p re a d w in g s; symbol o f im m ortal f l i g h t of th e so u l th ro u g h th e
i n f i n i t u d e o f e t e r n i t y . The s a c r e d s e rp e n t a t th e c o n q u e ro r’ s brow
s i g n i f i e s th e p o s s e s s io n o f t h a t i n t e l l e c t u a l l i g h t w hich g iv e s a
c l e a r v is i o n i n t o th e f u t u r e . The th r e e g o ld e n s t a r s a r i s i n g from th e
crown sym bolize th e dom inion o f man i n a l l th r e e w o rld s, p h y s ic a l,
a s t r a l and s p i r i t u a l .
A T Square and two T ry -S q u aree a re t r a c e d upon th e c u i r a s s . The T -
Square o r TAV, o r TAU, sy m b o lizes v i r i l e f o r c e , an d th e two tr y - s q u a r e s
in d ic a t e r e c t i t u d e o f judgm ent t h a t e n a b le s th e co n q u e ro r to d i r e c t
t h i s fo rc e e i t h e r to th e r i g h t o r l e f t , in to m en tal o r p h y s ic a l pow er
a s th e o c c a s io n demands.
The c u i r a s s s i g n i f i e s r e s i s t a n c e ; th e h ig h h e ld sw ord i s th e emblem of
p h y s ic a l v i c t o r y ; and th e s c e p te r s i g n i f i e s m en tal c o n q u e st. T h is
s c e p te r i s surm ounted by a s q u a re , c i r c l e , and a t r i a n g l e . The sq u a re
i n d i c a t e s th e realm o f m a tte r , th e c i r c l e th e re a lm o f s p i r i t , and th e
t r i a n g l e th e emblem o f th e mind; to g e th e r d e n o tin g th e p e r p e tu a l
dom inion o f i n t e l l i g e n c e o v e r a l l realm s and f o r c e s of n a tu r e .
Two sp h in x e s, one w h ite and one b la c k , are h a rn e s s e d to th e c a r , A
sp h in x , a s composed o f th e fo u r emblems of th e z o d ia c a l q u a d ra n ts , in ­
d i c a t e s th e p a ssag e of tim e . The w h ite sp h in x s i g n i f i e s f o r tu n a te
e x p e rie n c e s , and th e 13ack one p e r io d s of a d v e r s ity ; b o th of w hich serv e
th e s o u l v i c t o r i o u s o ver th e o r d e a ls met in th e p ilg rim a g e of e t e r n a l
p r o g e s e io n .
I f we were w r i tin g a p a p e r on ’’num erology," t h i s number seven would
f u r n is h u s p o s s i b ly th e m ost i n t e r e s t i n g example o f how t h i s number i s
u s e d i n S c r ip tu r e s , in m ythology, and i n o c c u lt books..
Out o f c u r i o s i t y we m ight q u o te th e f a c t t h a t among th e* G reek s th e SUN
i s p o r tr a y e d a s a CHARIOT drawn by 7 h o r s e s , and in th e myth, P h aethon,
th e m o rta l son of H e llo s th e Sun-god, e s s a y s t o d r iv e t h i s c h a r i o t of
th e Sun w ith d i s a s t r o u s r e s u l t s . I t seems to be more th a n a o o - in ­
cid en ce t h a t th e K a b a lie ts use a c h a r i o t f o r th e 7 th c a rd , and t h a t th e
symbology of t h i s le g e n d o f P h ath eo n a s u s e d by th e A n cien t G r e e k s ,f i t s
in w e ll as a m oral f o r th e symbology u sed by modern K abalism .
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U ndoubtedly, Pythagoras) knew th e co m b in atio n o f f o u r and th r e e sym boli­


c a l l y meant th e sq u a re and th e t r i a n g l e , hence he gave i t a q u a l i t y o f
r e s t , h a p o in e e s , e q u ilib r iu m , w hich c o u ld be tra n sm u te d in to M ight,
Dominion and A u th o r ity . A ll modern a u th o rs who d e a l w ith th e symbolism
o f numbers have u s e d P y th a g o ra s a s a m odel, Thus in th e P y th ag o rea n
scheme o f num bers when we ta k e th e number th r e e sy m b o lizin g RELIGION,
FAITH and DESTINY and add to i t th e number f o u r SOLIDITY, STRENGTH and
POWER, i t r e q u ir e s v e ry l i t t l e a n a l y t i c a l th o u g h t to know t h a t we se ­
cu re th e q u a l i t i e s r e p r e s e n te d by th e number sev en .
As P ythagoraB re c e iv e d h i s e s o t e r i c t r a i n i n g in o u r A ncient E g y p tia n
B ro th erh o o d , he was aware o f th e f a c t t h a t th e r e i s no seven p o in te d
s t a r , a s so many o c c u ltis ts t r y to make o f t h i s co m b in atio n o f th e t r i ­
a n g le and s q u a re . I t was r e p r e s e n te d by him and lik e w is e by th e
A ncient E g y p tia n s as an i n t e r l a c e d T ria n g le w ith a DOT in th e c e n te r .
T h is is commonly known as a King Solomon’ s S e a l. I t meant and s t i l l
means th e macrocosm and i t s la w s. The t r i n e p o in ti n g downwards ex­
p r e s s e s in v o lu tio n and th e t r i n e p o in ti n g upwards e v o lu tio n . The
se v e n th p o i n t , i s in th e c e n te r o f th e s e i n t e r l a c e d t r i a n g l e s . T h is
was n e c e s s a r y a c c o rd in g to o u r R o e ic ru c ia n d o c tr in e s , t h a t in th e
b le n d in g o f th e two t r i a n g l e s a se v e n th p o in t must be d ev e lo p ed where
t h e i r tr u e e q u ilib r iu m i s fo u n d . From t h i s comes th e H erm etio Axiom:
"As i t ia below , sc i t i s above, a s on e a r t h , so in th e sk y ." The tr u e
co n q u e ro r, a c c o rd in g to Buddha, was in th e m id d le, th e p la c e i n d ic a t e d
by th e d o t. In T ib e t today we w i l l m eet w ith th e e x p re s s io n ’’The Mid­
d le P a th i s th e P a th o f R ig h te o u s n e s s ."
The use o f th e URIU and TKUUMIH on th e s h o u ld e rs o f th e man in th e
v a r io u s c a r d s , a p p a re n tly a re to in d ic a t e t h a t he h a s p r i e s t l y pow er to
answ er a l l q u e s tio n s th ro u g h d i r e c t i n s p i r a t i o n from th e D iv in e . T h is
a g re e s w ith o u r R o s ic ru c ia n p o s t u l a t i o n s , t h a t i t i s o n ly from m e d ita­
t i o n w ith t h e In n e r S e lf t h a t t r u e knowledge i s r e c e iv e d , and he who
w ould be a c o n q u e ro r and r e c e iv e Peace P ro fo u n d , m ust c u l t i v a t e h i s
in n e r and t r u e f a c u l t i e s .
A stu d y o f a n c ie n t R o e ic ru c ia n docum ents shows w ith what re v e re n c e o u r
A ncient M asters re c o g n iz e d t h i s f a c t , and i t i s th e key p o in t o f a l l
o u r te a c h in g s . We must f i r s t conquer s e l f i s h n e s s and th e n when we have
become s u f f i c i e n t l y hum ble, th e in n e r l i g h t w i l l g u id e u s in th e m iddle
way tow ards h a p p in e s s , p e a c e , and know ledge.

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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE EIGHTH CARD OF THE TAROT,

Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : —
E ig h th Hebrew L e t t e r , (HETH) H ie r o g ly p h ic a lly th e HETH e x p re s s e s a
f i e l d . From i t s p rin g s th e Id e a o f a n y th in g t h a t r e q u i r e s la b o u r,
t r o u b l e , an e f f o r t .
C ontinued e f f o r t r e s u l t s i n th e e s ta b lis h m e n t o f an e q u ilib r iu m , b e­
tw een th e d e s tr u c tio n o f th e w o rts o f man acco m p lish ed by N a tu re ,
when l e t to h e r s e l f , and th e p r e s e r v a tio n of t h i s w ork. Hence th e
Id e a of b a la n c in g power, and c o n se q u e n tly J u s t i c e , a t t r i b u t e d to t h i s
le tte r.
A stro n o m ic a lly HETH co rre sp o n d s to th e sig n of Cancer in th e Z o d iac.
The id e a s e x p re sse d by J u s t i c e in th e c a rd a re E q u ilib riu m in a l l i t s
form s.
A woman w earing an ir o n c o r o n e t, i s s e a te d upon a th r o n e . She i s
p la c e d betw een th e two columns o f th e te m p le . The s o l a r c r o s s i s
tr a c e d upon h e r b r e a s t .
Here we f in d a c o n tin u a tio n o f th e symbolism o f th e 2nd and 5 th a rc a n a .
The s e a te d woman o c c u p ie s th e c e n tr e betw een th e two colum ns, o f f e r ­
in g a f i r s t id e a o f th e e q u ilib r iu m betw een Good and E v il.
She h o ld s a sw ord, p o in t upw ard, i n h e r r i g h t h an d , and a b a la n c e
( s c a le ) i n h e r l e f t .
O cc u lt S cien ce (2) a t f i r s t t h e o r e t i c a l , h a s become p r a c t i c a l (5) and
h as been ta u g h t v e r b a l ly . Now i t a p p e a rs i n a l l i t s p i t i l e s s n e s s of
co n seq u en ces, t e r r i b l e f o r th e f a l s e M agi-(The Sword) b u t j u s t i c e to ­
wards tr u e I n i t i a t e s (B a la n c e .) The s i g n i f i c a t i o n o f th e arcanum is
c e n tr a l betv/een th e 5 th l e t t e r HE and th e 1 1 th l e t t e r KAPH.
The c a rd i s th e complement o f th e 1 1 th , a s th e 5 th was o f th e 2nd. I n
th e 1 s t se p te n a ry a l l th e c a rd s w hich, by a d d itio n form ed th e number 7
com pleted each o th e r ; in th e 2nd s e p te n a ry a l l th e c a rd s w hich added
to g e th e r form 19, a c t i n th e same way.
7
The C h a rio t 12
i s com pleted by The Hanged Man
7 p lu s 12 e q u a ls 19
19 e q u a ls 10 , e q u a ls 1
8
J u s tic e 11
i s co m p leted by S tre n g th
8 p lu s 11 e q u a ls 19
The E ig h th Card o f th e T a ro t r e p r e s e n ts th e c o n c e p tio n i n p r e s e r v a tio n
o f th e second c a rd . I t s y n th e s iz e s i n i t s e l f th e m eaning o f th e
second and f i f t h c a rd of th e T a ro t, and r e p r e s e n ts th e r e f l e x o f th e
7 th . I t s i g n i f i e s :
1. IN THE DIVINE. God th e Son of th e 2nd S e p te n a ry . The woman
f u l f i l l i n g th e f u n c tio n s o f th e God th e Son.
THE MOTHER
R e fle x o f th e F a th e r . P r e s e r v e r o f God th e Son
i n h u m an ity .
2. P a s s iv e Law o f th e 2nd s e p te n a ry .
JUSTICE.
R e fle x o f R e a liz a tio n and A u th o r ity .
3 THE WOMAN OF THE 2nd SEPTENARY. N atu re f u l f i l l i n g th e f u n c tio n o f
E ve.
ELEMENTARY EXISTENCE.
R e fle x o f A s tr a l L ig h t. P r e s e r v a tio n o f N a tu ra
" N a tu ra ta i n th e W orld."
Mr, W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s fith c a rd a s f o llo w s : S tre n g th o r F o r t i t u d e .
A woman, o v er whose head b ro o d s th e same symbol o f l i f e which we have
seen i n th e c a rd of th e H ie ro p h a n t, i s c lo s in g th e Jaws o f a l i o n . The
o n ly p o in t in w hich t h i s d e s ig n d i f f e r s from th e c o n v e n tio n a l p r e s e n ta ­
t i o n s i s t h a t h e r b e n e f ic e n t f o r t i t u d e h a s a lre a d y subdued th e l i o n
which i s b ein g l e d by a c h a in o f f lo w e r s . F o r re a s o n s w hich s a t i s f y
m y self t h i s c a rd h a s been In te rc h a n g e d w ith t h a t of J u s t i c e , w hich i s
u s u a lly number e i g h t . As th e v a r i a t i o n c a r r i e s n o th in g w ith i t t h a t
w i l l s ig n if y to th e r e a d e r , t h e r e i s no ca u se f o r e x p la n a tio n . F o r t i ­
tu d e , i n one o f i t s m ost e x a lte d a s p e c t s , i s co n n e cte d w ith th e D iv in e
KyBtery o f U nion; th e v i r t u e , o f c o u rs e , o p e r a te s on a l l p la n e s , and
hence draw s on a l l i n i t s sym bolism . I t c o n n e c ts a l s o w ith in n o c e n tia
l n v l P l a t a , and w ith s tr e n g th w hich r e s i d e s I n c o n te m p la tio n .
These h ig h e r m eanings a r e , how ever, m a tte r s o f I n f e r e n c e , and I do n o t
su g g est t h a t th e y a r e t r a n s p a r e n t on th e s u r fa c e o f th e c a rd . They
a re In tim a te d In a c o n c e a le d manner by th e c h a in of f lo w e r s , w hich
s i g n i f i e s , among many o th e r t h i n g s , sw eA yoke and th e l i g h t b u rd en o f
th e D ivine Law, when i t h a s b een ta k e n i n t o th e h e a r t o f h e a r t s . The
card h as n o th in g to do w ith s e l f "-confidence i n th e o rd in a ry s e n s e ,
though t h i s h a s b een su g g e ste d —b u t i t c o n c e rn s th e c o n fid e n c e o f th o s e
whose s tr e n g th i s i n God, who have found Him t h e i r r e f u g e . There i s
one a s p e c t i n w hich th e l i o n s i g n i f i e s p a s s io n s , and she who i s c a lle d
S tren g th i s th e h ig h e r n a tu r e i n i t s l i b e r a t i o n . I t h a s w alked on th e
asp and b a s i l i s k and h a s tro d d e n down th e l i o n and th e d r a g o n .1'
S ain t Germain d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s . ’’ARCANE V I I I , (h equals 8)
"The BALANCE ANT THE SWORD." At th e to p o f th r e e s te p s which r e p r e s e n t
the th re e w o rld s, s i t s a woman, h e r brow e n c ir c le d w ith a crown of
ir o n , the emblem of i n f l u x l b i l i t y ; h e r eyes a r e bandaged, to i n d i c a t e
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t h a t she h o ld s no acco u n t o f th e s o c ia l p o s it io n s of th e ac cu sed o n es.
A sword in one hand and a b a la n c e in th e o th e r , she Judges and she
p u n is h e s . The l i o n by h e r s id e sym boliz.es F orce r u le d o v er by J u s t i c e ,
and th e Sphinx n e x t to i t , th e eye of God who lo o k s in to th e so u l o f
th e w icked. The w inged T u r tle above sym bolized R epentance w hich may
o b ta in fo rg iv e n e s s i n s p i t e o f th e g r e a tn e s s o f th e crim e . F i n a l l y ,
a D iv in e M essenger t e l l s u s t h a t th e J u s t i c e of God w i l l be th e f i n a l
Judge o f th e J u s t i c e of men.
T his A rcane V I I I , means t h a t e v e ry th in g i n l i f e i s a p r e t t y even
s tr u g g le betw een Good and Bad, and t h a t ev ery a c tio n b r in g s i n i t s
wake a r e - a c t i o n , th u s f o r c in g u s to be m ost c a u tio u s in our th o u g h ts
and u n d e r ta k in g s ."
Number 8 in th e P y th ag o rean scheme of numbers s i g n i f i e d PROTECTION,
JUSTICE.
The Hebrew l e t t e r HHETH i s th e 8 th i n t h a t a lp h a b e t and e x o t e r i c a l l y
i t s i g n i f i e s a fe n c e . (You w i l l n o te t h a t th e c o r r e c t way of s p e llin g
t h i s l e t t e r i s w ith two H 's a t th e b e g in n in g .)
T his Arcanum 8 i s fig u re d by a woman, b lin d f o ld e d and s e a te d on a
th ro n e . She w ears a crown of la n c e -h e a d s , h o ld s in h e r r i g h t hand a
r a is e d sword, and in h e r l e f t hand a b a la n c e and from h e r brow th e
sa c re d s e rp e n t t h r u s t s i t s h ead .1
T his i s th e a n c ie n t symbol of J u s t i c e , w hich w eighs and a c ts and op­
poses e v i l as a c o u n te rw e ig h t to th e sword of e x p i r a tio n . J u s t i c e ,
em anating from God, a s sym bolized by th e overshadow ing p r o t e c t i o n , i s
th e e q u i l i b r i a t i n g r e a c tio n w hich r e c o n s t i t u t e s o r d e r ; t h a t i s to say
i t e q u i l i b r i a t e s betw een r i g h t and d u ty .
J u s t i c e I s crowned w ith la n c e s to in d i c a t e i n f l e x i b i l i t y , adorned w ith
th e sa o re d s e rp e n t to s i g n i f y she a c t s w ith e n lig h te n m e n t, and h e r
th ro n e i s p la c e d on a p la tfo rm of th r e e s te p s to r e p r e s e n t h e r a c tio n
in a l l th r e e w o rld s . At h e r s id e I s a l i o n , symbol of f o r c e o v er w hich
she r u l e s ; and a sp h in x , symbol o f th e p assag e of tim e w hich e n a b le s
h er to m a n ife s t. Above i s a winged t u r t l e , symbol o f th e re p e n ta n c e
which may b r in g f o r g iv e n e s s . At th e back i s a d iv in e m essen g er, s ig n ­
if y in g t h a t th e J u s t i c e of God w i l l be th e f i n a l ju d g e of th e J u s t i c e
of men. The sword i s th e s ig n o f p r o te c tio n to th e good and a menace
to th e w icked.
The eyes o f J u s t i c e a re co v ered w ith a bandage to show t h a t she w eighs
and s t r i k e s w ith o u t ta k in g i n t o acco u n t th e c o n v e n tio n a l d if f e r e n c e s
th a t men e s t a b l i s h f o r th e m se lv e s.
The symbolism o f t h i s c a rd n eeds v e ry l i t t l e f u r t h e r e l u c id a tio n .
J u s tic e and P r o te c tio n have alw ays been v i r t u e s p r iz e d by man w h eth er
o u ltu re d o r sav ag e. In c i v i l i z e d c o u n tr ie s i t i s s a id t h a t ig n o ra n c e
of th e LAW i s no ex cu se. I n u n c i v i l i z e d c o u n tr ie s th e v i o l a t i o n o f a
Taboo i s not a c c e p te d as an excuse e i t h e r . A ll th ro u g h Dr. F r a z i e r 's
"Golden Bough" you w i l l re a d o f in s ta n c e a f t e r in s ta n c e o f a s tr a n g e r
who tr a n s g r e s s e s a g a in s t th e Taboos o r Laws o f a T rib e , and he i s
never fo rg iv e n b u t must s u f f e r th e co n seq u en ces.
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H ot/ s i g n i f i c a n t t h i s i s o f our R o s ic ru e ia n s t u d i e s . We a r e o f f e r e d
th e o p p o r tu n ity f o r u s in g o u r knowledge f o r th e b e n e f i t o f m ankind;
n o th in g i s sp a re d by o u r M a ste rs t o p ro v id e u s w ith th e w orking t o o l s
to eq u ip us p r o p e r ly ; y e t th e law o p e r a te s t h a t he o r she who d o es
n o t a v a i l th e m selv es o f th e o p p o r tu n ity o f u n s e l f i s h l y a s s i s t i n g a l l
h u m an ity , does n o t make th e same p r o g r e s s , a s th e I n i t i a t e s who g iv e
so w i l l i n g l y and h e a r t i l y . Thus th e r e i s a R o s ic ru e ia n Axiom, t h a t he
who h a s th e m ost power i s th e g r e a t e s t s e r v a n t o f a l l . In th e R o s i-
c ru c ia n Laws i t i s s a id : "Always read y to r e n d e r some S e rv ic e to th e
O rd e r, th ro u g h th e O rd er, o r BECAUSE OF th e O rd e r, i s a form o f devo­
tio n t h a t pays each member th e g r e a t e s t d iv id e n d s i n d ev elo p m en t."
I n th e R o s ic ru e ia n h i s t o r i e s you w i l l f i n d a f a i r l y com plete l i s t o f
R o s ic ru c ia n s who have w r i t t e n p a p e rs . A ll th e s e p a p e rs " s in g th e same
tu n e " ; t h a t o f g iv in g o f th e m se lv e s so t h a t th e y may b e t t e r o b ta in
JUSTICE and PROTECTION from th e Cosmic.
S u re ly i t cann o t be p o s s ib le t h a t s e l f i s h n e s s f o r th e O rder h a s prom pt­
ed so many s c h o la r s and m y s tic s to d w ell on t h i s one s u b j e c t , "SERVICE
to o t h e r s b u t r a t h e r t h a t th e y have fo u n d t h a t COSMIC JUSTICE h a s
r e v e a le d to them th e IMPORTANCE OF THIS ROSICRUCIAN LAW. No R o s ic ru -
ci&n s tu d e n t can e x p e c t to advance in m y sticism u n le s s h e r e a l i z e s th e
v a lu e o f t h i s law . P aying o f " d u e s," a tte n d a n c e a t m e etin g s and con­
v e n tio n s , d ilig e n c e i n s tu d y in g h i s l e s s o n s , a r e im p o rta n t i n a way,
b u t th e y a re n o t THE IMPORTANT THING. T ru e , u n le s s we a r e eq u ip p ed
s tr o n g ly and c o r r e c t l y by o u r a tte n d a n c e s and by o u r a f f n a t i o n , we
may m iss th e o p p o r tu n ity f o r h e l p f u l c o n t a c t s . Y e t, u n le s s we a r e
w i l l i n g to g iv e o f o u r s e lv e s , n o t f o r th e rew ard s t h a t may a c c r u e .
T his does n o t mean th e g iv in g of alm s and c h a r i t y and th e n w ip in g our
hands and sa y in g I have met ny t i t h e . Not a t a l l , t h a t i s n o t g iv in g ,
b ecau se in th e f i r s t p la c e i t i s n o t y o u rs to g iv e . But i f you g iv e
o f your knowledge to h e lp o th e r s t o l i v e a l i f e of h a p p in e s s and p e a c e ,
th e n you a re g iv in g som ething D iv in e . I f you g iv e to o th e r s k in d words
and k in d d e e d s, in s t e a d o f m a lic e and v en g e an c e, th e n you a r e on th e
ro a d to w ard s M a s te rs h ip . I f you a re re a d y to p r a is e th o s e who have
acco m p lish ed som ething f o r h u m an ity , in s t e a d o f h a v in g J e a lo u s pangs
t h a t you d id n o t do i t , th e n you a r e becom ing a m y s tic . T his i s th e
Cosmic s p i r i t t h a t p re a c h e rs p re a c h so much.
T his i s th e im p o rta n t le s s o n t h a t we o b ta in from th e symbolism o f t h i s
8 th Arcanum o f th e T a ro t.

NOTE TO STUDENT: The l i s t o f books w r i t t e n by M y stic s o f th e p a s t


( r e f e r r e d to above by F r a t e r A q u ariu s) w i l l be found i n th e AMORC book,
"Q u estio n s and A nsw ers, w ith Com plete H is to r y o f th e O rd e r."

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e E le v e n th D isc o u rse )
THE KABALA UNVEILED -A -
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By F r a s e r A q u a riu s, S crib e
m
4o th e One P r iv i le g e d :
THE NINTH CARD OF THE TAROT
The H erm it
I im p lo re th e c o n tin u e d s y m p a th e tic t i n t e r e s t o f my s tu d e n ts in t h i s
d i s s e c t i o n of th e am iab le p a r t s of th e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s of th e Arcanum.
I t i s th e g lo ry o f wisdom to comprehend th e concensus o f (p in io n on any
p ro fo u n d s u b je c t, e s p e c i a l l y one t h a t i s g r e a t l y mooted.
I t sh o u ld s u r p r i s e you n o t to know t h a t th e r e i s a s e c r e t,h id d e n mes­
sage c o n ta in e d ir. th e s e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s , f o r w hich t h i s d is c o u rs e on
th e p r o b a b i l i t i e s o f outw ard m eaning o f each Arcanum i s b u t a v e ile d
m otive f o r th e expose o f th e c o n c e a le d r e v e l a t i o n . In words which I
r e s t r a i n e d in w r i tin g th e f i r s t p ag e s o f t h i s s e r i e s , I now in tim a te
th e L ig h t t h a t may p e n e tr a te th e v e i l . He who i s tem pted o nly by
c u r i o s i t y w ould d iv e rg e h i s p u rp o se s in re a d in g th e f i r s t p ag e s and
lo o k no f u r t h e r ; b u t th e s e e k e r whose hope i s e v e r b o m o f d e la y s and
" s to n e s a t th e e n tra n c e o f th e tomb" w ill p e r s i s t , as you have p e r ­
s i s t e d , and f i n d th e u ltim a te rew ard .
T h e re fo re , I s h e l l p ro c e e d w ith in c r e a s in g f ra n k n e s s and c a r e f u l s i g n i -
fan ce.
Papus d esc rib e d , th e n in th c a rd a s f o llo w s : "The 9 th Hebrew L e tt e r
(T eth) h ie r o g ly p h i c a l ly r e p r e s e n ts a ro o f and s u g g e s ts th e id e a o f a
p la c e o f s a f e t y , a p r o t e c t i o n . A ll th e id e a s a r i s i n g from t h i s l e t t e r
a re d e r iv e d from th e a l l i a n c e o f s a f e ty and p r o t e c t i o n e n su re d by w is­
dom. A stro n o m ic a lly th e TETH c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e z o d ia c a l s ig n o f
th e LION.
The fo llo w in g id e a s a re c o n n e c te d w ith t h i s c a r d - -
1. P r o te o tio n .
P, Wisdom, C irc u m sp ec tio n .
An o ld man w alk in g , su p p o rte d by a s t i c k . Ke c a r r i e s b e fo re him
a l i g h t e d lamp, h a l f h id d en by th e g r e a t m an tle which e n v e lo p e s him .
T h is symbol i s midway betw een th e s i x t h and th e t w e l f t h .
P r o te c tio n i s in d ic a t e d by th e m a n tle which e n v e lo p e s th e o ld man.
Wisdom i s su g g e ste d by th e h a lf - h id d e n lam p.
The s t i c k in d ic a t e s t h a t th e Sage i s alw ays armed to f i g h t a g a in s t
In ju s tic e or E rro r.
By com paring t h i s c a rd w ith two o th e r s , th e 5 th and th e 1 3 th , we s h a l l
see th e b e a r d le s s young man o f th e f u tu r e (S th ) h as chosen th e r ig h t
p a th . E x p e r ie n c e ,•won in th e la b o u r o f l i f e , h a s re n d e re d him a
p ru d e n t o ld man, and p rudence u n ite d to wisdom w i l l le a d him to a
h ig h e r l e v e l , which he i s an x io u s to a t t a i n ( l 3 t h c a r d ) . The arrow
sh o t by th e g e n iu s in th e S th Arcanum h a s become h i s s u p p o rt, and th e
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e f f u lg e n t a u re o le which su rro u n d ed th e g e n iu s i s now im p riso n e d in th e


lamp which g u id e s th e I n i t i a t e . T his i s th e r e s u l t o f h i s p ro lo n g e d
e ffo rts .
The 9 th card, o f th e T aro t r e p r e s e n ts th e t h i r d , co n c eiv e d a s p r e s e r v e r
and r e c i p i e n t . I t a ls o b a la n c e s th e 7th and th e 8 th .
1. Humanity f u l f i l l i n g th e f u n c tio n of God th e Holy S p i r i t .
The human c r e a tiv e f o r c e .
HUMAN LOVE
Tae p r e s e r v in g power o f Humanity. The e q u ilib r iu m o f
th e F a th e r and th e M other.
3. E o u ilib x iu m o f R e a liz a tio n and J u s t i c e .
PRUDENCE
( S ile n c e )
3. N atu re ac c o m p lish in g th e f u n c tio n o f h u m an ity . E o u ilib riu m
o f th e A s tr a l L ig h t and E lem en tary e x is te n c e .
The NATURAL PRESERVING FORCE
The A s tr a l F lu id .
W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s : "THE HERMIT— The v a r i a t i o n
from th e c o n v e n tio n a l m odels in t h i s caTd i s o n ly t h a t ‘th e lamp i s n o t
enveloped p a r t l y in th e m an tle o f th e b e a r e r , who b le n d s th e id e a o f
th e A n cien t o f Days w ith th e L ig h t o f th e W orld. I t i s a s t a r which
sh in e s in th e l a n t e r n . T h is i s a c a rd o f a tta in m e n t, and to e x ten d
t h i s c o n c e p tio n th e f ig u r e i s seen h o ld in g up h i s b eaco n on and
em inence. T h e re fo re th e HERMIT i s n o t as Count de G eb e lin e x p la in e d ,
a w ise man in s e a rc h o f t r u t h and j u s t i c e ; n o r i s h e , a s a l a t e r
e x p la n a tio n p u rp o s e s , an e s p e c i a l example o f e x p e rie n c e . H is b eacon
in tim a te s t h a t ’’w here I am, t h e r e you may b e ." I t i s f u r t h e r a c a rd
which i s u n d e rs to o d q u ite i n c o r r e c t l y when i t i s co n n e cte d with, th e
id e a o f o c c u lt i s o l a t i o n , a s th e p r o te c tio n o f p e rs o n a l m agnetism
a g a in s t a d m ix tu re . T h is i s one o f th e f r i v i l o u s re n d e r in g s w hich we
owe to E lip h a s L e v i. I t h a s b e e n ad o p ted by th e F ren ch O rd er o f
M a rtin i sm and some o f u s have h e a rd a g r e a t d e a l o f th e S i l e n t and
Unknown P h ilo s o p h e r en v elo p ed by h i s m an tle from th e know ledge o f th e
p r o fa n e . In t r u e M a rtin ism , th e s i g n i f i c a t i o n o f th e term PHILOSOPEE
INCONNU was o f a n o th e r o r d e r . I t d id n o t r e f e r to th e in te n d e d con­
cealm ent o f th e I n s t i t u t e d M y s te r ie s , much l e s s t h e i r s u b s t i t u t e s ,
b u t— l i k e th e c a r d i t s e l f — to th e t r u t h -that th e D iv in e M y s te rie s s e c u re
t h e i r ov/n p r o t e c t i o n from th o se who a r e u n p re p a re d ."
SAINT CERTAIN d e s c r ib e d t h i s 9 th c a rd as f o llo w s : "ARCANE IX (TH
e c u a ls 9) THE VEILED LAMP. An o ld man, th e symbol cf wisdom, h o ld s a
lig h t e d lamp which he c o v e rs w ith h is m antle a s a s ig n o f d i s c r e t i o n .
He w alks on, le a n in g on a s t i c k , th e symbol o f s tr e n g th a c o u ire d
through e x p e rie n c e . T h is A rcane IX means t h a t WISDOM h a s to be ap­
p e a le d to in ev ery c irc u m sta n c e of l i f e . I t te a c h e s one a ls o to be
d is c r e e t and s i l e n t in a l l c r i t i c a l c irc u m s ta n c e s ."
In th e P yth ag o rean scheme o f numbers NINE s i g n i f i e s , g r i e f , a n x ie ty
m ain ly .
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The n in th l e t t e r o f th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t TETE s i g n i f i e s e x o t e r i c a l l y


a SHAKE, And in a l l symbolism th e SHAKE i s a s ig n o f WISDOK,
Thus Arcanum Ho. Nine i s f ig u r e d by an o ld w an d erer le a n in g on a s t a f f
and c a r r y in g b e f o r e him a l i g h t e d lamp which h e h a l f c o n c e a ls in h i s
m a n tle . ‘'T h is sage p e r s o r if ie s e x p e rie n c e g a in e d in th e jo u rn e y o f l i f e .
The c lo a k i s o f scraare form sy m b o lisin g th e p h y s ic a l w o rld in which
man a c q u ir e s knowledge o f good end e v i l . 'T h a t t h i s knowledge h a s been
g a in e d i s s i g n i f i e d by th e man p a r t i a l l y ra n o v in g th e c lo a k o f
m a te r ia l l i m i t a t i o n s , “and by th e map, emblem o f i n t e l l i g e n c e , sh ed d in g
i t s ra y s o v er th e p a s t , p r e s e n t and f u t u r e . -The lamp b e in g c o n c e a le d
by th e m antle sy m b o lizes d i s c r e t i o n , and a ls o e x p re s s e s th e t r u t h t h a t
i f we a r e e v e r t o know th e r e a l n a tu r e o f a n y th in g we must d e lv e d e e p ly
b e n e a th th e clo ak o f e x te r n a l a p p e a ra n c e s.
The s t a f f which i s in th e form o f th e s ix t h l e t t e r o f th e E g y p tian
and Hebrew a lp h a b e ts , in d ic a t e s t h a t man p r o g r e s s e s th ro u g h s tr u g g le ,
a l t e r n a t e l y overcom ing o b s ta c le s and b e in g v an q u ish ed b y them, and
t h a t when f i n a l l y he r e a l i z e s he o nly d e v e lo p s h i s a b i l i t i e s th ro u g h
r e c u r r e n t e f f o r t s to trium ph o v e r d i f f i c u l t i e s , t h i s knowledge becomes
h i s s t a f f o f p ru d en ce s u p p o rtin g him in a l l h i s e n d e a v o rs.
In th e s o u l 's p ilg rim a g e t h i s Arcanum IK i n d i c a t e s th e a tta in m e n t o f
Cosmic C o n sc io u sn e ss. Upon a r r i v i n g a t t h i s s t a t e o f h i s upward a s c e n t
th e n eo phyte i s a b le to d is c e r n th e p r o p e r r e l a t i o n s o f th e v a r io u s
e n t i t i e s in th e u n iv e r s e , b o th to h im s e lf , and to each o t h e r . T h is
i s n o t m erely an i n t e l l e c t u a l c o n c e p tio n , b u t i t i s b o rn e home to him
a ls o th ro u g h tu n in g in on th e u n iv e r s a l o rg an ism . He r e c o g n iz e s t h a t
th e so u l i s b e in g t r a i n e d to p erfo rm a work w hich th e ex p a n sio n o f th e
Cosmic o r g a n iz a tio n makes n e e d f u l.
As a r e s u l t of t h i s h ig h e r s t a t e o f c o n s c io u s n e s s he comes to re c o ­
g n iz e q u i t e c l e a r l y th e n a tu r e o f h i s own f u n c tio n in u n iv e r s a l work,
and th u s s e t s ab o u t h i s ta s k w ith th e know ledge t h a t he i s a v a lu a b le
f a c t o r in th e scheme o f t h in g s , w ith a c e r t a i n and d e f i n i t e m issio n to
p e rfo rm . And upon h i s f a i t h f u l n e s s in p e rfo rm in g what he comes to r e ­
cog n ize a s h i s p r e s e n t ta s k c o n t r ib u t in g to Cosmic w e lf a r e , depends
h i s f u t u r e o p p o r tu n iti e s f o r p r o g r e s s io n .
Q u ite im p o rta n t in a r r i v i n g a t t h i s h ig h e r s t a t e o f c o n s c io u s n e s s ,
w h erein h e p e r c e iv e s h i s Cosmic w ork, a re th e developm ent of h i s a f -
f e c t i o n a l r e l a t i o n s . That i s , th e power to tu n e in on e i t h e r h ig h e r
o r lo w er s t a t e s i s c h i e f l y r e g u la te d by th e em o tio n s. P a s s io n and
g ro s s e x p r e s s io n , t h e r e f o r e , m ust be su p p la n te d by more e x a lte d
e x p r e s s io n s o f LOVE. T hat w hich i s g ro s s and d e g ra d in g te n d s to tu n e
th e mind iofcon low er s t a t e s - But ACTS which engender s tro n g em otions
o f te n d e r n e s s and k in d ly f e e l i n g s t h a t a re so ex p a n siv e a s to embrace
a l l , and w hich u p l i f t th e e n e r g ie s in in te n s e d e s ir e f o r n o b le w ork,
a re th e m ost e f f e c t i v e a g e n ts known to tu n e th e in d iv id u a l in on th e
h ig h e r realm s and to d ev elo p Cosmic C o n sc io u sn e ss.
P y th a g o ra sw e ll knew what he was d o in g when he s i g n i f i e d number NINE
a s th e number i n d i c a t i n g g r i e f and a n x ie ty . As number n in e i s th e
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most im p o rta n t number, which p o s s e s s e s th e u n iq u e p r o p e r ty t h a t i t


may be m u ltip lie d by any number and th e d i g i t s so o b ta in e d when added
to g e th e r w ill alw ays r e s o lv e i n t o 9 , i t c o n se o u e n tly i n d i c a t e s i t s
h ig h v i b r a t o r y p o w ers. R o s ic ru o ia n s tu d e n ts a re c o n tin u a lly im p ressed
w ith th e w orking o f t h i s rule o f N ine, y e t when we r e s o lv e o u r p o s tu l a ­
t i o n s in to p r a c t i c a l u s e , we r e a l i z e th a t u n le s s we can lau g h and c ry
w ith th e w o rld , we have s t i l l many le s s o n s to l e a r n . T his c a rd th e n
s i g n i f i e s t h a t s ta g e in th e e v o lu tio n o f th e Ego when a s e v e re t e s t
i s b ein g a p p lie d f o r h ig h e r i n i t i a t i o n . I f we la c k th e human q u a l ity
o f lo v e o f fellow m an, we f a i l to p a s s to t e s t s . T h e re fo re , th e N in th
deg ree o f th e R o s ic ru c ia n O rd er i s t r u l y sym bolized by t h i s C ard, as
a r e a l l th e low er d e g re e s sy m b o lized by th e f i r s t e ig h t Arcanums, i f
exam ined by th e s tu d e n t who r e a d s betw een th e l i n e s . What comes a f t e r
th e NINTH? We s h a l l see— o r p e rh a p s f a i l to s e e .

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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
THE TENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE.
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : The h ie ro g ly p h ic meaning o f th e
lO tn Hebrev; l e t t e r YCD, i s th e f i n g e r o f man; th e f o r e f i n g e r ex ten d ed
a s a s ig n of command. T his l e t t e r h a s th e r e f o r e become th e p o t e n t i a l
m a n if e s ta tio n of s p i r i t u a l d u r a tio n , and l a s t l y , o f th e e t e r n i t y o f
time w ith a l l th e id e a s r e l a t i n g to i t . The YOD i s a sim p le l e t t e r ;
a s tro n o m ic a lly i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e z o d ia c a l s ig n o f VIRGO.
Two p r i n c i p a l id e a s a r e e x p re s se d by t h i s c a rd .
The id e a o f Command, of Supremacy
3. The id e a of d u r a tio n , o f th e e x te r n a l a c tio n o f tim e.
The Wheel of F o rtu n e suspended upon i t s a x i s . To th e r i g h t AHUBIS,
th e g e n iu s o f good a sc e n d in g ; to th e l e f t TYPHON, th e g e n iu s o f e v i l
d escen d in g ; th e SPHINX is b a la n c e d upon th e c e n te r o f th e w h eel, h o ld ­
ing a sword in i t s lio n claw s.
The f i r s t id e a r e p r e s e n te d by th e te r n a r y , A nubis, o r p o s i t i v e ,
Typhon, o r n e g a tiv e , th e b a la n c e d Sphinx, th e r u l e r .
The second id e a i s e x p re s s e d by th e w h eel, a l i n e w ith o u t
b e g in n in g o r end, th e symbol of e t e r n i t y .
The 10th Arcanum i s mid-way betw een th e 7 th and th e 1 3 th a r c a n a .
7-13 e q u a ls 20; 20 d iv id e d by 2 e q u a ls 10-
I t e x p re s s e s th e in c e s s a n t e q u ilib r iu m w hich m o d ifie s th e c r e a tiv e
r e a l i z a t i o n s of th e se p te n a ry by th e n e c e s s a ry d e s tr u c tio n th ro u g h
D eath (Arcanum 1 3 ) . The th r e e a rc a n a , 7 ,1 0 ,1 3 c o rre sp o n d e x a c tly
w ith th e Hindu t r i n i t y o r TRIMURTI,
Brahma e q u a ls C re a to r e q u a ls Arcanum 7
S iv a n D e s tro y e r 11 M 13
V ishnu * P re se rv e r " " 10
I t r e p r e s e n ts th e c o u rse o f th in g s a c c o rd in g to th e te n a r y la w , w hich
d i r e c t s a l l d iv in e m a n if e s ta tio n s .
The 1 0 th c a rd o f th e T aro t commences th e n e g a tiv e p o r tio n o f th e 2nd
s e p te n a ry , and e x p re s s e s th e n o tio n o f th e s e p te n a ry c o n s id e re d in i t s
re fle c tio n s .
I t w i l l th e r e f o r e r e p r e s e n t —
1. R e fle c t o f w ill (se e arcanum 4)
NECESSITY.
The Karma o f th e H indus.
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3. R e fle x of power and r e a l i z a t i o n .


iiAGIC POWER
F o rtu n e (To w ill)
3. R e fle x o f th e u n iv e r s a l s o u l.
FORCE POTENTIAL IN ITS MANIFESTATION.
W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "WHEEL OF FORTUNE. In t h i s
symbol I have a g a in followed th e c o n s tr u c tio n o f E lip h a s L ev i, who
f u r n is h e d s e v e r a l v a r i a n t s . I t i s le g i t i m a t e — as I have in tim a te d —
to use E g y p tian symbolism when t h i s s e rv e s o u r p u rp o se , p ro v id e d t h a t
no th e o ry of o r ig in i s im p lie d t h e r e i n . I h av e , t h e r e f o r e , p r e s e r v e d
Typhon in h i s s e rp e n t form . The symbolism i s n o t o f c o u rse e x c lu ­
s iv e ly E g y p tia n , a s th e f o u r l i v i n g C re a tu re s o f E z e k ie l occupy th e
a n g le s of th e c a rd , and th e w heel i t s e l f fo llo w s o th e r i n d ic a t io n s o f
L evi in- r e s p e c t to E z e k i e l 's v i s i o n , as i l l u s t r a t i v e of th e p a r t i c u l a r
T arot Key. W ith th e French o c c u l t i s t , and in th e d e sig n i t s e l f , th e
sym bolic p i c t u r e s ta n d s f o r p e r p e tu a l m otion of a f l u i d i c u n iv e rs e
and f o r th e f lu x o f human l i f e . The Sphinx i s th e e q u ilib r iu m t h e r e i n .
The t r a n s l i t e r a t i o n o f Taro and R ota i s in s c r ib e d on th e w h ee l, c o u n te r -
changed w ith th e l e t t e r s of th e D ivine Name— to show t h a t P ro v id en ce
i s im p lie d th ro u g h a l l . But t h i s i s th e D iv in e i n t e n t i o n w ith in , and
th e s im ila r i n t e n t i o n w ith o u t i s e x e m p lifie d by th e f o u r L iv in g C rea­
t u r e s . Sometiines th e Sphinx i s r e p r e s e n te d cou ch an t on a p e d e s ta l
above, w hich d e fra u d s th e symbolism by s t u l t i f y i n g th e e s s e n t i a l id e a
of s t a b i l i t y am id st movement. B ehind th e g e n e r a l n o tio n e x p re s s e d i n
th e symbol th e r e l i e s th e d e n ia l o f chance and o f th e f a t a l i t y which
i s im p lie d t h e r e i n . I t may be added t h a t , from t h e d ay s of L evi on­
w ard, th e o c c u lt e x p la n a tio n s o f t h i s c a rd a r e — even f o r o c c u ltis m i t ­
s e l f — o f a s in g u l a r ly fa tu o u s k in d . I t h a s been s a i d to mean p r i n ­
c i p l e s , f e c u n d ity , v i r u l e h o n o r, r u l i n g a u t h o r i t y , e t c . The f in d in g s
o f common f o r tu n e t e l l i n g a r e b e t t e r th a n t h i s on t h e i r own p la n e ."
S a in t M a rtin d e s c r ib e d th e 1 0 th c a rd a s f o llo w s : "ARCANE X. THE
SPHINX. We h ave h e r e th e most a n c ie n t draw ing o f th e Wheel o f D e stin y
tu r n in g upon i t s own a x i s . On one s id e we see th e God K nephta, th e
S p i r i t o f Good; on th e o th e r s id e Typhon, th e S p i r i t o f E v i l , who i s
a b o u t to be throw n o f f th e w heel w h ile th e S p i r i t o f Good i s r i s i n g .
Over th e w hole p r e s i d e s a f u l l f i g u r e o f a w inged S phinx r e p r e s e n tin g
th e f o u r f o r c e s o f human n a tu r e : To KNOW, t o DARE, to ACT, to be
SILENT. The Sphinx rem ain s i n p e r f e c t .'e q u ilib riu m a s i f th e c o n s ta n t­
ly moving w heel o f f o r tu n e h ad no in f lu e n c e o v e r h im . He th u s
sy m b o lize s th e m y s te rio u s pow er o f God d is p o s in g o f human d e s t i n i e s
a c c o rd in g to th e good o r b ad a c t i o n s o f ev e ry o n e . In h i s c la w s, th e
Sphinx h o ld s a j a v e l i n , th e emblem o f supreme j u s t i c e . At th e f o o t
of th e s u p p o rtin g beam o f th e a x i s , two sn a k es sym bolize th e even
f o r c e s t h a t b a la n c e each o th e r , w h ile b o th c o n s ta n tly s tru g g le f o r
suprem acy.
T h is A rcane X means t h a t i f we w ant o n ly w hat i s t r u e , what i s j u s t ,
what i s w ith in o u r re a c h : i f we keep s i l e n t a s to o u r d e s ig n s ; i f
f i n a l l y , we add p e rs e v e ra n c e to th e r e s t , we s h a l l f i n d o u r s e lv e s
one day in p o s s e s s io n o f th e Key o f Pow er."
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REASON, SUCCESS, ASPIRATION.
The HEBREW LETTER YODH s i g n i f i e s e x o t e r i c a l l y a hand.
The c a rd i s f ig u r e d by a wheel of e ig h t spokes suspended by i t s a x is
upon a d ual column. At th e r i g h t th e g e n iu s o f good, s t r i v e s to t h e
summit of th e c irc u m fe re n c e , w h ile a t th e l e f t th e e v i l s p i r i t i s
b ein g throw n o f f th e w h eel. On a c i r c u l a r p la tfo rm in e q u ilib r iu m
on th e w heel i s p o s te d a Sphinx, h o ld in g in i t s claw s a j a v e l i n . At
th e f o o t o f th e d u a l column two s e r p e n ts r a i s e t h e i r h e a d s .
T h is i s t y p i c a l of th e w heel of d e s tin y . The c i r c u l a r p la tfo r m upon
which th e sph in x s ta n d s , i s marked o f f in p o in ts to r e p r e s e n t th e
z o d ia c a l d e g re e s , and th e sp h in x as a com posite o f th e f o u r c o n s t e l ­
l a t i o n s making z o d ia c a l q u a d ra n ts , EAGLE, th e 8 th s ig n , LION th e .5 th
s ig n , MAN, th e 1 1 th s ig n and BULL th e 2nd s ig n , s i g n i f i e s th e p a ssa g e
of tim e , as r e p r e s e n te d by th e FIXED CROSS o r th e H oroscope.
The e i g h t spokes of th e w h eel, e ig h t b ein g th e Pythagorean, number of
JUSTICE, sym b o lizes t h a t tim e and o p p o r tu n ity , in th e c o u rse of d iv in e
p ro v id e n c e , a r e j u s t l y m eted out to a l l . The d u a l column s u p p o rtin g
th e v;heel i n d i c a t e s t h a t a l l n a tu r e i s p o l a r i z e d in to p o s i t i v e and
n e g a tiv e . The s e r p e n ts s ig n if y t h a t th e law o f a l l a c tio n i s t h a t o f
in te llig e n c e .
T his Arcanum X d e p ic ts th e Wheel o f E z e k ie l, E z e k .1 .15"Now, as I
b e h e ld th e l i v i n g c r e a t u r e s , b e h o ld , one wheel upon th e e a r t h by th e
l i v i n g c r e a t u r e s , w ith h i s f o u r f a c e s . These f a c e s were th e com­
p o s i t e sym bols em braced in th e sp h in x ; th e L io n , th e E a g le , th e Man
and th e B u ll." The genii on th e wheel o f Arcanum X a re m entioned th u s :
Ezek 1 .1 3 ."A s f o r th e lik e n e s s o f th e l i v i n g c r e a t u r e s , t h e i r a p p e a r­
ance was l i k e b u rn in g c o a ls o f f i r e , and l i k e th e ap p earan ce o f lam ps;
i t went up and down amid th e l i v i n g c r e a tu r e s ; and th e f i r e was b r i g h t
and o u t o f th e f i r e went l i g h t n i n g ."
T here i s a le s s o n in t h i s Wheel o f F o rtu n e f o r R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts .
I t i s th e le s s o n o f e v o lu tio n . The Buddha e x p la in e d t h i s way by a
p h ilo s o p h y h a v in g f o u r s ta te m e n ts ,w h ic h he c a l l e d th e F our NOBLE
TRUTHS:
F irs t: T here i s s u f f e r i n g .
Second: There i s a ca u se f o r s u f f e r i n g .
T h ird : T h is cau se can be e lim in a te d .
F o u rth : The Way to acco m p lish t h i s end e x i s t s .
Yet you m ight in q u ir e , why sh o u ld th e r e be s u f f e r in g ? Why must th e
SOUL in i t s p ilg rim a g e e x p e rie n c e so much s u f f e r i n g b e f o r e i t p a s s e s
th e many t e s t s of E v o lu tio n ? I t i s a known f a c t th a t N atu re t r i e s a
ty p e . I f i t does n o t s u i t h e r p u rp o se , she slo w ly k i l l s o f f th e
f a i l u r e and s u b t i t u t e s a n o th e r ty p e , which in tu r n may f a i l .
True th e r e i s e v o lu tio n — t r u e th e r e i s i n t e l l e c t u a l l i f e — tr u e th e r e
i s s p i r i t u a l l i f e . Yet th ro u g h a l l o f th e s e th e Ego must o f i t s own
f r e e w i l l choose th e way. The Cosmic I n t e l l i g e n c e i s in no h u rry to
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fo rc e u s to a com pletion, o f o u r e v o lu tio n from Ig n o ran ce to wisdom,
we a s a p a r t o f th e A ll-S o u l a re f r e e to s e l e c t o u r own Karma, and
th u s i s th e s p i r i t u a l law d i r e c t e d . The p r i e s t s and le a r n e d ones about
man ta u g h t him (and te a c h him) from a s u p e r n a tu r a l s ta n d p o in t o f r e l i ­
g io n , in w hich o ffe n d e d o r je a lo u s gods must be c o n c i l i a t e d by
s a c r i f i c e s and p en an ces and l i t u r g i c r i t e s . Man, s t r i k i n g a t th e r o o t
o f d e a d ly grow th , i s ta u g h t a phSosophy o f th e Buddha, w hich gave b i r t h
to a r e l i g i o n where th e gods were o f no a c c o u n t, th e p r i e s t n o th in g —
s a c r i f i c e s and p en an ces v a n is h in g in th e l a r g e r c o n c e p tio n o f th e u n i­
v e rs e a s d a rk n e ss d ie s in dawn, T here must be a l i b e r a t i o n o f th e
SOUL. Y es. But no man, no p r i e s t , no i n t e r c e s s o r , ca n acco m p lish
t h a t work f o r a n o th e r .
S te a d f a s t d e v o tio n to d u ty , h ig h a l tr u i s m , p e r f e c t a e l f - c o n t r o l ; th e s e
were th e s te p s by w hich man m ight clim b th e Mount of V is io n . Y et th e
Buddha was no m a t e r i a l i s t , no r a t i o n a l i s t . In th e v ery s ta te m e n t and
b u ild in g up o f h i s system w i l l b e found th e o r d e r ly developm ent w hich
le a d s re a s o n to c o n n e c tio n s f a r beyond r a tio n a lis m .
The b e g in n in g o f h i s p h ilo so p h y c o n s i s t s in th e m en tal a t t i t u d e by
which i t must be ap p ro ach ed ; and h e re we come a t once on th e g r e a t d i f ­
f e r e n t i a t i o n between, th e B u d d h ist and o th e r sy ste m s. PURS REASON FIRST.
N othing— no s ta te m e n t— must be ta k e n on t r u s t b ec au se i t h a s a u t h o r i t a ­
t i v e b a c k in g . No w ord o f h i s i s t o be a c c e p te d on t h a t a c c o u n t. He
la y s down c e r t a i n p r i n c i p l e s , w hich you can t e s t by e v e ry t e s t o f r e a ­
son; th e r e must be d o u b t, in d u c tio n , and co m p ariso n , b e f o r e one o f
them i s a c c e p te d . T here must be c lo s e i n v e s t i g a t i o n and e x p e rie n c e .
N othing i s to be mere THEORY, and th e judgm ent must be h e ld in su spense
u n t i l ca u se and e f f e c t a r e u n d e rs to o d .
T h is in d e ed i s t r u e s c i e n t i f i c s p i r i t . R eaching a c r o s s two m illen n iu m s
i t c o n n e c ts th e Buddha w ith such men a s Newton and E in s te in — a l l
p a t i e n t a p o s tle s and d i s c i p l e s o f th e g r e a t E vangel o f w hat we c a l l
modern s c ie n c e . T h is i s th e n o b le a g n o s tic is m t h a t must e v e n tu a lly
conauer know ledge, f o r i t i s in i t s e l f WISDOM.
Thus some p o i n t s o f th e p h ilo s o p h y o f th e Buddha a g re e w ith o u r R o s i-
c ru c ia n c o n c e p tio n t h a t th e w o rld i s a p r o c e s s o f in c e s s a n t change and
becom ing. N othing e v e r I S . A ll i s BECOMING. Thus i s e x p la in e d th e
Wheel o f F o rtu n e and why man must l e a r n th ro u g h m e d ita tio n and e x p e r­
ie n c e what TRUE KNOWLEDGE IS . T h is e x p la in s w hat s c ie n c e c a l l s th e
"Law o f th e s u r v iv a l o f th e f i t t e s t . " A rcane s c h o o ls l i k e AMORC h e lp
us to s e c u re t h i s TRUE KNOWLEDGE, b u t even so i t ta k e s TIME, and i s
lik e w is e th e tr u e e x p la n a tio n why you c a n n o t se c u re o o c u lt and m y s tic a l
knowledge w ith o u t le a r n in g th e FOUR NOBLE TRUTHS o f th e Buddha, o r
s im ila r t r u t h s .

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e t h i r t e e n t h d is c o u r s e .)
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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
THE ELEVENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
STRENGTH
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "The h ie r o g ly p h ic o f th e l l t h
Hebrew l e t t e r KAPH i s th e hand o f man, h a l f c lo s e d and in th e a c t of
p re h e n s io n , l i k e th e GIMEL. But th e KAPH i s th e re in fo rc e m e n t o f th e
GIMEL, so t h a t we m ig h t say t h a t i t d e s ig n a te s th e h an d o f man in th e
a c t o f g ra sp in g s tr o n g ly . I d e a s o f s tr e n g th a r e th e r e f o r e a p p lie d to
t h i s l e t t e r . The number 11, th e f i r s t a f t e r th e d ecad e, g iv e s a d i f ­
f e r e n t v a lu e to th e Kaph, w hich d e s ig n a te s a r e f l e c t e d t r a n s i t o r y l i f e ,
a k in d o f mould, w hich r e c e iv e s and r e s t o r e s ev e ry v a r i e t y o f form .
I t i s d e r iv e d from th e l e t t e r HETH ( 8 ) , w hich i s i t s e l f d e riv e d from
th e s ig n o f a b s o lu te l i f e HE ( 5 ) . Thus, a l l i e d on one s id e by th e
s ig n of e le m e n ta ry l i f e ( s e e 8 th arcanum) i t J o in s to th e s i g n i f i c a ­
t i o n o f th e l e t t e r HETH th a t, o f th e o rg a n ic s ig n (GIMEL), (3 rd arcanum)
o f w hich, to o , i t i s m erely a re in fo rc e m e n t. The KAPH i s a double
l e t t e r c o rre sp o n d in g a s tro n o m ic a lly w ith March and Tuesday.
Only two id e a s a re e x p re s s e d by t h i s Arcanum—
1. The id e a o f s tr e n g t h .
2. The id e a of v i t a l i t y .
A young g i r l calm ly c lo s e s a l i o n ’ s mouth w ith o u t any v i s i b l e e ffo rt,
( f i r s t idea.)
T his g i r l w ears th e v i t a l sig n ( a h o r iz o n ta l 8) upon h e r h e a d .
(sec o n d id e a .)
The l l t h arcanum i s midway betw een th e 8 th and 1 4 th arcanum . In i t
we f in d th e symbolism of th e 8 th arcanum t r a n s f e r r e d to th e p h y s ic a l
p la n e . I t i s , in f a c t , an image o f th e power g iv e n by th e s a c re d
sc ie n c e (2nd arcanum) when j u s t l y a p p lie d ( 8 ) .
The l l t h c a rd of th e T a ro t shows u s a l l th e n e g a tiv e o r r e f l e c t i v e
s i g n i f i c a t i o n s of th e f i f t h , t h a t i s to say—
1. R e fle x o f th e I n t e l l i g e n c e (5)
LIBERTY
2. R e fle x o f A u th o rity o r F a i t h .
Courage ( t o d a re )
3. R e fle x o f U n iv e rs a l L i f e . M a n ife s ta tio n o f th e s tr e n g th of
th e p re c e d in g arcanum .
"REFLECTED and TRANSITORY LIFE,"
W aite d e s c r ib e s t h i s l l t h c a rd a s fo llo w s : "JUSTICE: As t h i s c a rd
fo llo w s th e t r a d i t i o n a l sym bolism and c a r r i e s above a l l i t s o b v io u s
m eanings, th e r e i s l i t t l e to say re g a r d in g i t o u ts id e th e few c o n s id e r a ­
tio n s c o l l e c t e d in th e f i r s t p a r t o f t h i s book. (H ere W aite com pares
t h i s c a rd w ith th e o th e r c a rd s o f th e T aro t by com parison) I t w ill be
seen, how ever, t h a t th e f ig u r e i s s e a te d betw een two p i l l a r s , l i k e th e
High P r i e s t e s s , and on t h i s ac co u n t i t seems d e s ir a b le to in d ic a te t h a t
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t h e m o ra l p r i n c i p l e w h ic h d e a l s u n to e v e r y man a c c o r d i n g t o h i s w o r k e r
w h i l e , o f c o u r s e , i t i s i n s t r i c t a n a lo g y w i t h t h e h i g h e r t h i n g s — d i f ­
f e r s i n i t s e s s e n c e fro m t h e s p i r i t u a l J u s t i c e w h ic h i s I n v o lv e d i n th e
id e a o f an e le c tio n . The l a t t e r b e lo n g s t o a m y s te r io u s o r d e r o f P r o ­
v i d e n c e , i n v i r t u e o f w h ic h i t i s p o s s i b l e f o r c e r t a i n men to c o n c e iv e
o f t h e i d e a o f d e d ic a t i o n , t o t h e h i g h e s t t h i n g s . The o p e r a t i o n o f
t h i s i s l i k e t h e b r e a t h i n g o f t h e 8 p l r l t w h e re i t w i l l s , a n d we h a v e no
can o n o f c r i t i c i s m o r g ro u n d o f e x p l a n a t i o n c o n c e r n in g i t . I t is
a n a lo g o u s to t h e p o s s e s s i o n o f t h e f a i r y g i f t s a n d t h e h i g h g i f t s a n d
t h e g r a c i o u s g i f t s o f a p o e t : we h a v e them o r we h a v e them n o t , a n d
t h e i r p r e s e n c e i s a s much a m y s te ry a s t h e i r a b s e n c e . The law o f
J u s t i c e i s n o t , h o w e v e r, i n v o lv e d b y e i t h e r a l t e r n a t i v e . In c o n c lu s io n ,
t h e p i l l a r s o f J u s t i c e o p en i n t o one w o r ld a n d t h e p i l l a r s o f t h e H igh
P r i e s t e s s i n t o s m o th e r ."

S a i n t U eruiain d e s c r i b e s t h i s c a r d a s fo llo w s : "ARCANE X I. THE TAMED


LION. We se e h e r e a young m aid en o p e n in g a n d c l o s i n g w ith o u t e f f o r t
th e m outh o f a l i o n , a n emblem o f p o w e r o v e r o n e 's s e l f a c q u i r e d
th r o u g h t h e e d u c a t i o n o f t h e w i l l pow er a n d t h e e x p e r i e n c e o f l i f e .

The ARCANE XI m eans t h a t i f we a r e endow ed w i t h s u f f i c i e n t f a i t h we


may go a h e a d f e a r l e s s l y . O b s t a c l e s a r e m ore im a g in a r y t h a n r e a l . L et
u s f i n d w h e re o u r d u ty l i e s a n d a c c o m p lis h i t w i t h o u t h e s i t a t i o n . " In
t h e P y th a g o r e a n schem e o f n u m b ers ELEVEN s i g n i f i e s , DISCORD, OFFENCE,
DECEIT.

Arcanum XI i s f i g u r e d by a young g i r l w hoq?ene a n d c l o s e s t h e m outh o f


an a n g ry l i o n , w i t h o u t e f f o r t . The m a id e n w e a rs a crow n su rm o u n te d b y
a v a s e a n d a c ro w n ed e a g l e , a n d a t h e r brow t h e s a c r e d s e r p e n t .

The v a s e i s a sym bol o f a f f e c t i o n s , a n d t h e crowned e a g l e r e p r e s e n t s


fo rc e s p ir itu a liz e d . The s a c r e d s e r p e n t s i g n i f i e s t h a t s h e u s e s h e r
p ow er i n f u l l k n o w le d g e o f w h a t s h e i s d o in g a n d n o t w ith b l i n d p u r ­
p ose. The l i o n s y m b o liz e s f o r c e , a l s o t h e a n im a l d e s i r e s i n man w h ic h
a r e t o b e su b d u e d by t h e s p i r i t u a l n a t u r e .
T h is p r i n c i p l e i l l u s t r a t e d by C a rd N o. 11 i s f o r c e f u l l y i l l u s t r a t e d b y
t h e s t o r y o f Samson i n t h e B i b l e . H ie s t r e n g t h l a y i n h i s p u r i t y a n d
h is v i r i l i t y . Samson s le w t h e l i o n w i t h h i s h a n d s a n d l a t e r to o k t h e
h o n ey fro m i t s c a r c a s s ; h o n e y b e i n g s y m b o lic a l o f t h e n o u r is h m e n t t h e
s p i r i t u a l p o w e rs o f man r e c e i v e s fro m t h a t c r e a t i v e p u r i t y r e p r e s e n t e d
b y to e h i g h e s t w o rk o f t h e b e e . I n o t h e r w o rd s , Samson o v e rc am e h i s
a n im a l n a t u r e ; a n d t h e b e e s , o r c r e a t i v e a t t r i b u t e s , u t i l i z e d h i s
v i r i l e p o w e rs t o b u i l d u p s p i r i t u a l s t r e n g t h . So l o n g a s Samson w as
p u r e h i s s t r e n g t h w as b o u n d l e s s , b u t w hen h e f e l l i n t o s i n h i s s t r e n g t h
d e p a rte d .
W ell d i d P y t h a g o r a s know t h a t w hen we u s e o u r k n o w led g e f o r d i s c o r d ,
o r to o f f e n d , o r f o r d e c e i v i n g o t h e r s , t h a t t h e s p i r i t u a l s t r e n g t h d e ­
p a r t s , h e n c e h e a s s i g n e d t o num ber 11 t h e s e n e g a t i v e a t t r i b u t e s . T h e re
i s a w o n d e r f u l C osm ic l e s s o n i n t h i s t h a t o u r I m p e r a to r h a s so o f t e n
s t r e s s e d i n h i s d i s c u s s i o n s i n t h e Forum : T h a t j u s t a s lo n g a s we
s ta y p u r e a n d u s e o u r t e a c h i n g s f o r t h e b e n e f i t o f a l l , j u s t so l o n g
w i l l we r e c e i v e C osm ic b l e s s i n g s , b u t t h a t j u s t a s so o n a s we p a r t fro m
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t h e s t r a i g h t a n d n a rro w p a t h , j u s t so q u i c k l y a r e t h e s e b l e s s i n g s w i t h ­
draw n a n d we a r e f l o u n d e r i n g n o t o n ly i n a " s e a o f d o u b t ” b u t a r e i n
a c tu a l d i s t r e s s .

E ven i f we a r e n o t f u n d a m e n t a l i s t s a s t o t h e c h r o n o l o g i c a l s e q u e n c e s
shown b y t h e B i b le s t o r i e s , y e t i t s t i l l i s t h e f i n e s t book on o c c u l t i a n
t h a t h a s e v e r b e e n w r i t t e n . E v e ry l i n e i n i t i s f u l l o f sy m b o lism ,
sh o w in g t h e h i s t o r y o f m an k in d fro m t h e b e g in n i n g a n d i n R e v e l a t i o n s
sh o w in g t h e r e w a r d s . Of c o u r s e , we m u st n o t r e a d t h e s e p a s s a g e s i n
t h e S c r i p t u r e s l i t e r a l l y , f o r m o st o f th em a r e p a r a b l e s an d s i m i l e s ,
t h a t c o n t a i n a sym b o lo g y t h a t i s e a s i l y i n t e x p r e t e d i n g i v i n g t o p o s t e r ­
i t y t h e ESSENCE t h a t m akes f o r r i g h t d o in g a n d r i g h t l i v i n g . I t m ig h t
b e v e r y i n t e r e s t i n g f o r o u r s t u d e n t s t o s e c u r e i f p o s s i b l e a B ib le t h a t
h a s b een sh o rn o f a l l i t s i n t e r l o p t i o n s , a n d se e th e s i m p li c it y and
c l e a r n e s s i n w h ic h t h e p a s s a g e s - w i l l now b e r e a d . The c o n s t r u c t i o n o f
t h e B i b l e i s a n i n t e r e s t i n g s t o r y , a n d i t w o u ld p a y y o u w e l l t o s e c u r e
fro m y o u r l i b r a r y o n e o f t h e many i n t e r e s t i n g a n d s c h o l a r l y w o rk s on
how t h e B i b le was n o t a lo n e t r a n s l a t e d b u t how i t w as e r e c t e d fro m t h e
s t o r i e s m o s tly o f f o l k - l o r e . I t w i l l g i v e you a n e n t i r e l y d i f f e r e n t
a t t i t u d e to w a rd s o n e o f t h e g r e a t l e s s o n s o f AMORC, TOLERANCE.

T r u ly t h e l e s s o n s g i v e n i n t h e B i b le a r e fro m t h e DEITY, b u t man a s


u s u a l I n h i s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s h a s made a s a d m ess o f t h e S e c r e t D o c t r i n e
c o n t a i n e d i n h i s B ook, a n d t r a n s l a t e d i t fro m tim e t o tim e t o s u i t h i s
own p u r p o s e s * Y e t w i t h a l l h i s b l u n d e r i n g t h e m e ssa g e o f t h e Cosm ic
I n te llig e n c e s ta n d s o u t c le a r l y . T h o se who t r a n s l a t e d t h e w o rd s , " S e e k
a n d ye s h a l l f i n d ; Knock a n d i t s h a l l b e o p e n e d u n to y o u ," l i t t l e know
o f t h e REAL SIGNIFICANCE o f t h e s e i n s t r u c t i o n s . We, a s R o s i c r u c i a n
s t u d e n t s , a r e s e e k i n g day by d a y , y e a r by y e a r , a n d t h e " d o o r s " a r e
b e in g o p e n e d u n to u s , and t h e r e s u l t s a r e p a y in g d i v i d e n d s i n a m an n er
t h a t i t i s h a rd to e x p la in to th e u n i n i t i a t e d .

( T h i s c o n c lu d e s t h e F o u r t e e n t h D i s c o u r s e . )
THE XABALA UNVEILED -A-
SECRET DISCOURSE NUMBER FIFTEEN PACE ONE
By F r a t e r A quarius, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE TWELFTH CARD OF THE TAROT.
"THE HANGED MAN"
Fapus d e s c rib e d t h i s ca rd a s fo llo w s : "The 12th Hebrew l e t t e r LA1JED
h ie r o g ly p h ic a lly d e s ig n a te s th e arm, and th e r e f o r e i t i s co n n ected
w ith a n y th in g t h a t s t r e t c h e s , t h a t r a i s e s , t h a t u n fo ld s l i k e th e arm,
and has become th e s ig n of ex p an siv e movement. I t i s a p p lie d to a l l
id e a s o f ex p an sio n , e x te n s io n o f o c c u p a tio n and o f p o s s e s s io n . As a
l a s t s ig n , i t i s th e image of th e power d e riv e d from e le v a tio n .
D ivine e x p re s s io n in hum anity i s produced by th e p ro p h e ts and r e v e la ­
t i o n , and t h i s i n s p i r e s th e id e a o f th e r e v e a le d law . But th e r e v e la ­
t i o n of th e law in v o lv e s punishm ent f o r him who v i o l a t e s i t , o r e le v a ­
t i o n f o r him who u n d e rsta n d s i t ; and h e re we f in d th e id e a s o f p u n ish ­
ment, of v io le n t d e a th , v o lu n ta ry o r in v o lu n ta r y .
The LAMED is a s in g le l e t t e r , and a s tro n o m ic a lly c o rre sp o n d s to th e
Z o d iac al s ig n of LIBRA.
A man i s p ic tu r e d by t h i s c a rd , he hangs by one f o o t t o a g ib b e t, r e s t ­
ing upon two t r e e s , each b e a rin g s ix b ra n c h e s, w hich have b een c u t o f f .
The m an's hands a re t i e d b e h in d h i s b ack , and th e f o ld o f h i s arms
forms th e base o f a re v e rs e d t r i a n g l e , o f w hich h is head i s th e ap ex .
His eyes are open and h i s f a i r h a i r f l o a t s upon th e w ind. H is r i g h t
le g c ro s s e s , th e l e f t and so form s a c r o s s .
This young man i s a g a in th e J u g g le r whose tr a n s f o r m a tio n s we have a l ­
read y fo llo w ed in th e 1 s t , 6 th and 7 th a rc a n a .
Like th e Sun p la c e d in th e m id st o f th e s ig n s o f th e Zodiac ( 6 on each
s id e , th e lopped b ra n c h e s ), o u r young h e ro i s a g a in suspended betw een
two d e c is io n s , from w hich w i l l s p r in g , no lo n g e r h i s p h y s ic a l f u tu r e ,
as in th e 6 th arcanum , b u t h i s s p i r i t u a l f u t u r e .
The 1 2 th arcanum f i l l s th e c e n tr e betw een th e 6 th arcanum (Wisdom) and
th e 16th ( f a t a l i t y ) , These a rc a n a r e p r e s e n t two women o f the 6th
arcanum re g a rd e d in a s p i r i t u a l s e n s e .
The Hanged m ani;serves as an example to th e presum ptuous, and h i s p o s i­
tio n in d ic a t e s d i s c i p l i n e , th e a b s o lu te su b m issio n w hich th e human owes
to th e D iv in e.
C onsidered a lc h e m ic a lly , th e Hanged Man shows th e s ig n o f p e r s o n a l i t y .
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The 1 2th c a rd o f th e t a r o t r e p r e s e n ts E q u i l i b r i a t e d Power. It


n e u t r a l i z e s th e o p p o s itio n s o f th e 1 0 th and 1 1 t h card s*
1. E q u ilib riu m o f N e c e s s ity and L ib e r ty —
C h a rity , Grace
( P r e s e rv in g Power o f Love)
2. E q u ilib riu m o f Power and (pipage, Reflex o f Prudence—
ACQUIRED EXPERIENCE
(Knowledge)
3- E q u ilib riu m o f p o t e n t i a l M a n ife s ta tio n (1 0 ) and o f
r e f l e c t e d l i f e ( 1 1 ). R e flex of th e a s t r a l F lu id .
EQUILIBRIATED FORCE."
W aite d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : "THE HANGED KAN. The g allo w s
from which he i s suspended form s a TAU CROSS, w h ile th e f ig u r e — forms
a (from th e p o s i t i o n of th e le g s ) a f l y f o t c r o s s . T here i s a nimbus
ab o u t th e head o f th e seem ing m a rty r. I t sh o u ld be n o te d (1 ) t h a t th e
t r e e o f s a c r i f i c e i s l i v i n g wood, w ith le a v e s th e re o n ; ( 2 ) t h a t th e
fa c e e x p re s s e s en tra n cem en t, n o t s u f f e r i n g ; ( 3 ) t h a t th e f ig u r e , a s a
w hole su g g e sts l i f e in su sp e n sio n , b u t l i f e and n o t d e a th . I t i s a
c a rd o f p rofound s i g n i f i c a n c e , b u t a l l th e s ig n i f ic a n c e i s v e i le d ,
One o f h i s e d i t o r s s u g g e s ts t h a t E lip h a s L evi, d id not know th e mean­
in g , which i s u n q u e s tio n a b le — n o r d id th e e d i t o r h im s e lf . I t h a s b een
fafeely c a lle d a c a r d o f m artyrdom , a c a rd o f p ru d en ce, a c a rd o f th e
G reat Work, a c a rd o f d u ty ; b u t we may e x h a u st a l l p u b lis h e d i n t e r ­
p r e t a t i o n s and f in d o n ly v a n ity , I t w i l l say v ery sim ply on my p a r t
t h a t i t e x p re s s e s th e r e l a t i o n , in one of i t s a s p e c t s , betw een th e
D ivine and th e U n iv e rse . He who can u n d e rs ta n d t h a t th e s to r y o f h i s
h ig h e r n a tu re i s embedded in t h i 6 symbolism w i l l r e c e iv e in tim a tio n s
c o n c e rn in g a g r e a t aw akening t h a t i s p o s s ib le , and w i l l know t h a t a f t e r
th e s a c re d M ystery of D eath th e r e is a g lo r io u s M ystery of R e su rre c tio n "
S a in t M a rtin d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : "ARCANE XII THE SACRIFICE.
A man is h anging by one f o o t from th e g allo w s s t r e t c h e d a c ro s s th e
tru n k s o f two t r e e s and th e tw elv e b ran ch e s o f w hich have been c u t o f f .
His hands a re bound and from them drop p e n ta c le s o r g o ld p ie c e s . One
of h is le g e , f o ld e d down and form ing w ith th e o th e r a re v e rs e d t r i a n g l e ,
t e l l s us t h a t he d ie s th e d e a th o f th e w icked o n e s. H is bound hands
from w hich d ro p th e g o ld p ie c e s , mean t h a t id e a s s u rv iv e th o se who
s a c r i f i c e d th em selv es f o r them and t h a t th e y w i l l come f o r t h l a t e r .
The tw elv e b ran ch e s t h a t have been c u t down sym bolize th e s ig n s o f th e
Xodiac who r e t u r n r e g u la r ly y e a r by y e a r. This Arcane XII means th a t
one must s a c r i f i c e o n e 's s e l f f o r o th e rs w ith o u t a w a itin g a n y th in g b ut
i n g r a t i t u d e as a rew ard. F o rg iv e n e ss must rem ain o u r most p r e c io u s
g i f t , a s i t c a u se s us to resem b le more c lo s e ly our D ivine p ro to ty p e."
The 12 th HEBREW LETTER LAHEDH (n o t Lamed) s i g n i f i e s an OX GOAD and i t
i s e q u iv a le n t to th e number 3 0 . E x o te r ic a lly th e Hebrews u se d t h i s
symbol as a s ig n o f s e r v ic e , o r o f la b o u r . Hence Papus and o th e r s u s­
in g th e Hebrew s ig n i f ic a n e o f t h i s l e t t e r a re wrong in t h e i r c o n c lu s­
io n s .
The P y th ag o rean scheme of numbers g iv e s to TWELVE th e a t t r i b u t e s of a
FORTUNATE WRITING.
As th e c a rd has b een v ery w e ll d e s c r ib e d s y m b o lic a lly by th e q u o ta tio n s
above we need n o t re p e a t th e p o s it io n of th e M artyr on th e g ib b e t. The
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sym bolism o f th e p o s it io n o f th e man is shown in th e sym bolism o f th e


R o s ic ru c ia n s . The T ria n g le w ith th e APEX a t th e b o tto m , th e tr u e
meaning o f w hich i s only known to th e TRUE ARCANE SCHOOLS, and in a s ­
much as t h i s i s expounded so th o ro u g h ly in our le s s o n s , i t is n e e d le s s
to go in to any d is c u s s io n on i t a t t h i s tim e .
The s ig n i f ic a n c e o f t h i s c a rd i s th a t a l l who endeavor to l i v e a l i f e
o f t r u e R o sic ru c ia n ism , means th e m e r itin g of th a n k le s s n e s s in t h i s
w o rld . I f you d e v e lo p y o u r s e lf to w here th e h e a lin g g i f t i s ea sy to
ap p ly and you q u ic k ly and c o n v e n ie n tly go ab o u t g iv in g p e rs o n a l t r e a t ­
m ents o r a b se n t tre a tm e n ts t h a t a re alm o st l i k e m ir a c le s , you w i l l
f in d t h a t seldom do th e s ic k e x p re s s even th e words "th a n k you" when
th e y a re w e ll. And as our M a sters have ex p re sse d i t , "They may even
sa y , as I have h e a rd them say hundreds o f tim e s: 'P e rh a p s I was
n o t a? sic k as I th o u g h t 1 w a s ', o r 'P e rh a p s n a tu re would have cu red
me anyway1. When so l i t t l e th a n k s o r a p p r e c ia tio n i s e x p re sse d when
h e a lth h as been h e lp e d , one can e a s i l y im agine how much l e s s is th o u g h t
of h e lp in o th e r p e rs o n a l p ro b lem s . 11 T his theme o f s e l f - s a c r i f i c e i s
so th o ro u g h ly e x p re s se d in P o s tu la n ts ' D isc o u rse s, t h a t i t m ight pay
you a t t h i s tim e to r e r e a d and m e d ita te on i t . I t i s th e le s s o n of
t h i s 1 2 th c a rd , t h a t o f p e rs o n a l s a c r i f i c e and m artyrdom o f s e l f to th e
advancem ent o f m ankind.

W ith t h i s number 12 i t m ight be w e ll a ls o to read th e 12 ta s k s of


H e rc u le s, H e rc u le s in th e Greek F ic ti o n , was th e 3un-God, and who
s a c r i f i c e d h ie tim e and e f f o r t s to th e c le a n in g o f th e Cosmic e v i l ­
d o e rs . When re a d in t h i s l i g h t , i t w i l l g iv e you an id e a o f w hat an
I n i t i a t e must acco m p lish in h is in c a r n a tio n s to make t h i s U n iv erse a
f i t p la c e to l i v e in . Only when he s a c r i f i c e s h i s own co m fo rts and h i s
own l i f e , i f n e c e s s a ry , f o r th e b e n e f i t o f hum anity, w i l l he h im s e lf
p r o g r e s s . I t h a s been su g g e ste d t h a t th e 12 Sons o f Ja c o b and th e 12
D is c ip le s of th e C h r is t c a r r y o u t s y m b o lic a lly t h i s same s to r y o f
s a c r i f i c e . I n some works o f a n c ie n t o c c u ltis m th e 12 sons o f Jaco b a re
a s s ig n e d th e fo llo w in g a t t r i b u t e s and to each i s a s s ig n e d a s ig n o f th e
Z o d ia c :
REUBEN, m eaning "Behold a so n . 11 LIBRA.
SIMEON, " " L is te n in g S co rp io
LEVI S u ccess S a g itta riu s

Name Q u a lity S ig n o f Z o d iac.


Judah P ra is e d C a p ric o rn
Dan To judge A quarius
N a p h ta li S tru g g lin g P is c e s
Gad A Troop A ries
Ashar H appiness Taurus
is e a c h a r T h e * la b o re r Gemini
zebulun He l i v e s Cancer
Joseph He s h a l l adcl Loo
Benjam in S u ccess V irgo,
You w i l l d is c o v e r , a s you a n a ly s e much o f o c c u lt te a c h in g s , t h a t many
of th e above a t t r i b u t e s have b een u sed i n c o n n e c tio n w ith th e v a rio u s
sig n s o f th e Z odiac when a p p lie d to m ythology and sym bolism .
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For in s ta n c e , th e re a so n Jo sep h i s a s s ig n e d to LEO, Jaco b say s in
b le s s in g him in th e M-^Hh C h ap ter v e rse 22, G en esis, "Joseph is a f r u i t ­
f u l bough, even a fru itfu l* -b o u g h by a w e ll, whose b ran ch e s run over
th e w a ll ." Now th e SUN i s a f r u i t f u l bough. I t is th e l i f e g iv e r and
th e SUN in a s tr o lo g y r u le s LEO. C on seq u en tly , th e A n cie n ts a s s ig n e d
to th e name o f Jo se p h , " th a t he s h a l l ad d ".
I t i s o n ly by an a n a ly s is o f B ib le sym bolism th a t we le a r n to re a d
symbols c o r r e c t l y . T h is i s a n o th e r method o f s a c r i f i c e , f o r i t means
th e b u rn in g o f th e "can d le a t b o th ends" to se a rc h through th e
S c r i p t u r e s , th ro u g h h i s t o r y , th ro u g h m ythology, t h a t le s s o n s and m orals
may be se cu red t h a t w i l l h e lp a l l m ankind. You n ev er w i l l a c q u ire
knowledge by m erely th e re a d in g o f le a r n e d o r i n t e r e s t i n g b o o k s; you
must d ig f o r i t , and what you d ig f o r by yo u r own la b o u r, t h a t you
w i l l r e t a i n . T h is i s one o f th e s a c r i f i c e s you must make in th e w eekly
le s s o n s giv en you by your R o s ic ru c ia n lo d g e ; th a t o f d e lv in g in to th e
t r u e m eanings a s th e le s s o n s in d ic a te by e x p e rim e n ta tio n , by m e d ita tio n *
and f i n a l l y by p r a c t i c e o f th e s e p r i n c i p l e s in your d a i ly l i f e .

T his c o n c lu d e s th e F if t e e n t h d is c o u r s e .
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
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"DEATH"
Papus d e s c rib e d t h i s ca rd a s fo llo w s : 11The h ie r o g ly p h ic meaning o f th e
1 3 th Hebrev; l e t t e r HEM i s a woman, th e companion o f man; i t th e r e f o r e
g iv e s r i s e to id e a s of f e r t i l i t y and fo rm a tio n . I t i s p re -e m in e n tly
th e m a te r ia l and fe m a le , th e lo c a l and p l a s t i c s ig n , an image o f ex­
t e r n a l and p a s s iv e a c tio n . Employed a t th e end o f w ords, t h i s l e t t e r
becomes a c o l l e c t i v e s ig n , th e f i n a l MEM. I n t h i s c a s e i t d ev e lo p s th e
id e a o f b e in g i n u n lim ite d sp a c e . C re a tio n n e c e s s ita t e s eq u al d e s t r u c ­
t i o n i n a c o n tra ry s e n se , and th e r e f o r e MEM d e s ig n a te s a l l th e r e ­
g e n e r a tio n s t h a t have sprung up from p re v io u s d e s t r u c t i o n , a l l t r a n s ­
fo rm a tio n s , and co n seq u en tly d e a th , re g a rd e d as a p a ssag e from one
w orld to th e o th e r . The HEU i s one of th e Three M other L e t t e r s .
The id e a s e x p re s se d by t h i s c a rd "d e a th o r th e S k e le to n Mower" a re
th o s e o f a d e s tr u c tio n p re c e d in g o r fo llo w in g r e g e n e r a tio n . A s k e le to n
mows down h ead s i n a f i e l d , from which hands and f e e t s p rin g up on a l l
s id e s , a s th e s c y th e p u rsu e s i t s work.
The works of th e h ead (c o n c e p tio n ) become im m ortal as soon a s th e y a re
r e a l i z e d (head s and f e e t ) .
The 1 3 th arcanum i s e x p la in e d by th e 1 0 t h ( f o r tu n e ) and by th e 1 6 th
( d e s t r u c t i o n ) , betw een w hich i t s ta n d s .
10 p lu s 16 e q u a ls 26; 26 d iv id e d by 2 e q u a ls 13.
T h ir te e n i s th e r e f o r e th e c e n te r betw een YOD ( p r i n c i p l e s of C re a tio n )
and th e Ayin (16) P r in c ip le of d e s tr u c tio n .
The 1 3 th Arcanum i s com pleted by th e 1 6 th , i t s com plem entary, as th e
f i f t h was of th e second, and th e tw e lf th of th e s e v e n th . (See th e 8 th
and 5 th a r c a n a ) .
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1. God th e tr a n s f o r m e r —
THE UNIVERSAL TRANSFORMING PRINCIPLE.
D e s tru c tiv e and C r e a tiv e .
S. The n e g a tiv e o f r e a l i z a t i o n —
DEATH
3. The A s tr a l l i g h t ac co m p lish in g th e f u n c tio n o f th e C r e a to r —
THE UNIVERSAL PLASTIC FORCE
(B a la n c in g D eath and tra n s fo rm in g F o r c e .) "
W aite d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "DEATH. The v e i l o r mask of
l i f e I s p e r p e tu a te d in ch an g e, tr a n s f o r m a tio n and p a ssag e from lo w er
to h ig h e r , and t h i s i s more f i t l y r e p r e s e n te d in th e r e c t i f i e d T a ro t
by one of th e a p o c a ly p tic v i s i o n s th a n by th e cru d e n o tio n of th e re a p ­
in g s k e le to n . Behind i t l i e s th e whole w orld of a s c e n t i n th e s p i r i t .
The m y ste rio u s horsem an moves slo w ly , b e a rin g a b la c k b an n er em blazon­
ed w ith th e M ystic R ose, w hich s i g n i f i e s l i f e - Between th e two p i l l a r s
on th e v erg e o f th e h o riz o n th e r e sh in e s th e sun of im m o rta lity . * The
horsem an c a r r i e s no weapon t h a t i s v i s i b l e , b u t k in g ahd c h ild and
maiden f a l l b e fo re him , w h ile a p r e l a t e w ith c la sp e d hands a w a its h i s
end.
There should be no need to p o in t o u t t h a t th e s u g g e s tio n o f d e a th ?/hlch
I have made In c o n n e c tio n w ith th e p re v io u s c a rd i s , of c o u rs e , to be
u n d e rsto o d m y s tic a lly , b u t t h i s i s n o t th e c a se i n th e p r e s e n t i n ­
s ta n c e . The n a t u r a l t r a n s i t of man to th e n e x t s ta g e o f h i s b e in g
e i t h e r i s o r may be one form of h i s p r o g r e s s , b u t th e e x o tic and alm o st
unknown e n tra n c e , w h ile s t i l l i n t h i s l i f e , in to th e s t a t e of m y s tic a l
d e a th I s a change i n th e form of c o n s c io u sn e ss and th e p assag e i n t o a
s t a t e t o which o rd in a ry d e a th i s n e i t h e r th e p a th n o r g a te . The e x i s t ­
in g o c c u lt e x p la n a tio n s of th e 1 3 th c a rd a r e , on th e w hole, b e t t e r th a n
u s u a l— r e b i r t h , c r e a t i o n , d e s t i n a t i o n , re n e w a l, and th e r e s t . "
S a in t G erm ain ,th e R o s ic r u c ia n , d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s: "ARCANE
X I I I . The REAPING SKELETON. A s k e le to n armed w ith a sc y th e sy m b o lizes
'D eath* mowing down human b e in g s , whose hands and f e e t a r e c o n s ta n tly
b o rn a g a in , so to sp e ak , w h ile a rainbow r i s e s i n th e h o riz o n , an
emblem of th e im m o rta lity of th e s o u l. T h is A rcane X III means t h a t we
must r a i s e our m inds above e a r t h l y th in g s , o th e rw ise th e b i t t e r n e s s of
o u r d isa p p o in tm e n t w ill s h o rte n o u r d ay s. However, i f 'D e a th ' sh o u ld
come to us e a r l y , we need n o t sorrow f o r i t , s in c e a new l i f e and a
b e t t e r one i s prom ised u s , a c c o rd in g to our m e r its ."
I n th e P y th ag o rean scheme of numbers 13 i s r e p r e s e n te d by W ickedness,
and WRONG.
MEM, th e Hebrew l e t t e r , a p p lie d to t h i s c a rd s i g n i f i e s WATER. I t m ight
be i n t e r e s t i n g a t t h i s p o in t to m ention t h a t LI, th e E n g lish e q u iv a le n t
f o r MEM, i s a c o n v e n tio n a liz e d g ly p h f o r th e w aves, and th u s "m" in
t h i s form was u se d by th e Am erican I n d ia n s and o th e r s . N ea rly ev e ry
name g iv e n to th e m other o f th e g r e a t I n i t i a t e s b e g in s w ith th e l e t t e r
i'll". Thus we h ave MARY th e m other o f J e s u s ; HAIR th e m other o f Hermes,
MAYA MARIA, m other o f th e Siamese S a v io r, Sommona Cadom; UYRRHA, m other
o f th e Greek A donis; MAYA th e m other of A gni; MAYA th e m other o f Bud­
dha. Moses was g iv e n h i s name b ecau se he was ta k e n o u t of th e w a te r.
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T his 1 3 th c a rd i s sym bolized by a s k e le to n re a p in g human h e a d s, hands
and f e e t . On th e b la d e of th e sc y th e w ie ld e d by F a th e r Time i s a s e r ­
p e n t and a a c a ra b a e u s,a n d b ack of a l l I s seen a rain b o w . The a c c e p te d
symbolism of th e sc y th e a t work I s t h a t o f p e r p e tu a l d e s t r u c t i o n . The
s e rp e n t on th e sc y th e r e p r e s e n ts th e v i r i l e energy t h a t h a s c a r r i e d th e
s o u l , sym bolized by th e s c a r a b , i n i t s p ilg rim a g e s o f b i r t h s and d e a th s
th ro u g h th e v a r io u s r e i n c a r n a t i o n s .
The s k e le to n mowing human h e a d s , hands and f e e t s lg r tf ie s th e th o u g h ts ,
works and u n d e rs ta n d in g o f man e v e n tu a lly co m p letin g each Cosmic c y c le ,
b u t th e rainbow i s a p ro m ise o f a new l i f e by r e b i r t h whereby th e p e r ­
s o n a lity e i t h e r w i l l . p r o g r e s s i n th e scheme of e v o lu tio n o r w i l l choose
to rem ain s t a t i o n a r y o r r e tr o g r a d e .
The le s s o n t h a t we r e c e iv e from t h i s c a rd i s t h a t th e cosmos depends
upon Innum erable co n scio u s e n t i t i e s embraced i n i t f o r e x p re s s io n and
p r o g r e s s io n . And lik e w is e man depends upon th e in n u m erab le c e l l s of
h i s body f o r th e e x p re s s io n upon th e p h y s ic a l p la n e . Each o f th e s e
c e l l s i s a s In d ep en d e n t o f man a s man i s in d e p e n d e n t o f th e e a r t h on
w hich he l i v e s . T hat i s , each c e l l h a s i t s own i n d iv i d u a l c o n s c io u s ­
n e s s , n o r do th e sum t o t a l of th e c e l l s com prise man; f o r th e man h a s
a c o n s c io u sn e ss in d e p e n d e n t o f th e s e c e l l s . X et w h ile th e s e c e l l s a r e
a p o r tio n of m a n 's anatomy th e y sh o u ld each obey th e d i c t a t e s o f man,
J u s t as man sh o u ld obey th e commands of th e Supreme I n t e l l i g e n c e .
Even as man i s u n d erg o in g a p r o g re s s iv e c y c le on e a r t h , so each c e l l
In h i s body i s u n d erg o in g a p r o g re s s iv e c y c le In a s s o c ia tio n w ith him .
T h e re fo re , w h ile th e 'Death* of t h e organism l i b e r a t e s th e S o u l, t h i s
t r a n s i t i o n I s n o t w ith o u t com pensation to th e I n d iv id u a l c e l l s .
Number 13, symbolized by Water, the great solvent, i s to Rosicruclan
students, the sign of re-incarnation. For without this b e l i e f in re­
incarnation, or what might be termed another opportunity, a l l philo­
sophies are in error, and then there Is no explanation for the cause
of our Being.

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e S ix te e n th D isc o u rse )
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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE FOURTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
«TEMPERANCE*1
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "The 1 4 th Hebrew l e t t e r NUN i s
in a h ie r o g ly p h ic se n se th e o f f s p r i n g o f a fe m a le — a so n , a f r u i t o f
any k in d , a l l th in g s p ro d u ced . The l e t t e r , t h e r e f o r e , h a s become th e
image o f th e b e in g produced o r r e f l e c t e d , t h e s ig n o f in d iv id u a l and
c o rp o re a l e x i s te n c e . As a f i n a l i t i s th e s ig n o f au g m en ta tio n and
g iv e s to th e word w hich c o n ta in s i t a l l th e I n d iv id u a l e x te n s io n o f
which th e th in g e x p re s se d i s s u s c e p t i b l e . A s tro n o m ic a lly , th e NUN
c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e Z o d ia c a l s ig n o f th e SCORPION.
I n short,NUN e x p re s s e s p ro d u c tio n o f any c o m b in a tio n , th e r e s u l t o f
th e a c t i o n o f th e a sc e n d in g o r c r e a t i v e f o r c e s and o f th e d e sc e n d in g
o r d e s t r u c t i v e f o r c e s , f ig u r e d by th e S t a r o f Solomon.
The fo llo w in g id e a s a r e e x p re s se d by TEMPERANCE th e 1 4 th c a rd :
1 . C om bination o f d i f f e r e n t f l u i d s .
2 . I n d i v i d u a l i z a t i o n o f e x is te n c e .
The g e n iu s o f th e SUN p o u rs th e f l u i d o f l i f e from a g o ld e n v a s e I n to
a s i l v e r one ( th e f i r s t i d e a ) .
T h is e s se n c e p a s s e s from one v a s e to th e o th e r w ith o u t one d ro p b e in g
s p i l l e d , (seco n d i d e a ) .
The 1 4 th c a rd r e p r e s e n ts a young g i r l whom we h ave a lr e a d y se e n i n th e
1 1 th
arcanum , and whom we s h a l l see a g a in i n th e 1 7 th .
The v i t a l c u r r e n t p la c e d upon h e r h ead i n th e 1 1 th arcanum h e re p a s s e s
from one v a s e i n t o a n o th e r , b u t w i l l sp re a d f u r t h e r in th e 1 7 th arcanum .
The 1 4 th c a rd o f th e T a ro t shows' u s th e f l u i d , h i t h e r t o c a r e f u l l y p r e ­
s e rv e d , now f r e e l y c i r c u l a t e d i n N a tu re .
1. C om bination o f a c tiv e and p a s s iv e f l u i d s . E n try o f S p i r i t
in to H a t t e r , and r e a c t i o n o f M a tte r upon S p i r i t —
INVOLUTION
2- R e fle x , o f J u s t i c e i n th e m a te r ia l w o rld —
TEMPERANCE
3. F ix a tio n o f r e f l e x ; L i f e . I n c a r n a tio n o f L i f e —
INDIVIDUAL AND CORPOREAL L IFE ."
W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "TEMPERANCE. A w inged A ngel,
w ith th e s ig n o f th e Sun on h i s fo re h e a d and on h i s b r e a s t th e sq u a re
and t r i a n g l e o f th e s e p te n a ry . I speak o f him i n th e m ascu lin e s e n s e ,
b u t th e f i g u r e i s n e i t h e r m ale n o r fe m a le . I t i s h e ld to be p o u rin g
e s se n c e s of l i f e from one c h a l i c e to c h a l i c e . I t h a s one f o o t upon
th e e a r t h and one upon th e w a te r s , th u s i l l u s t r a t i n g th e n a tu r e o f th e
e s s e n c e s . A d i r e c t p a th g o es u p to c e r t a i n h e i g h ts on th e v e rg e o f th e
h o r iz o n , and above th e r e i s a g r e a t l i g h t , th ro u g h w hich a crown i s
se e n v a g u e ly . H ereo f i s some s e c r e t p a r t o f th e S e c re t o f E te r n a l L if e ,
as i t i s p o s s i b le t o man in h i s in c a r n a tio n . A ll th e c o n v e n tio n a l
emblems a r e ren o u n ced h e r e i n . So a l s o a r e th e c o n v e n tio n a l m eanings
w hich r e f e r to th e changes in s e a s o n s , p e r p e tu a l movement o f l i f e and
even th e co m b in atio n o f th e s e id e a s . I t i s , m oreover, u n tru e t o say
t h a t th e f ig u r e sy m b o lizes th e g e n iu s o f th e su n , tho u g h i t i s th o
an alo g y o f th e s o l a r l i g h t , r e a l i z e d i n th e t h i r d p a r t o f o u r human
tT ip lic ity . I t i s c a lle d Tem perance, f a n t a s t i c a l l y , b e c a u se , when th e
r u le o f i t o b ta in s in our c o n s c io u s n e s s , i t te m p ers, com bines, and
harm onizes th e p s y c h ic and ^ m a terial n a tu r e s . Under t h a t r u le we know
in our r a t i o n a l p a r t som ething of whence we came and w h ith e r we a re
g o in g .
S a in t M a rtin , The R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "ARCANUM
XIV THE TUO URNS. A f ig u r e r e p r e s e n tin g th e Sun i s t r a n s f e r r i n g from
a g o ld en v ase in to a s i l v e r v a se th e e le m e n ta l f o r c e s o f n a t u r e , a
symbol o f th e g r e a t magic a g e n t— th e E l e c t r i c and M agnetic F lu id s com­
b in e d — th e image o f p e r p e tu a l f e c u n d a tio n o f N atu re by means o f L ig h t
and H eat, which a re a ls o movement and l i f e . T his Arcane XIV meens we
must so husband our f o r c e s , m oral and p h y s ic a l, a s to w ear o u t a l l
o b s ta c le s , l i t t l e by l i t t l e a s a drop o f w a te r p i e r c e s a s to n e ."
E xoteT ical-ly NUN in Hebrew sy m b o lizes a FISH.
In th e P y th ag o rean scheme of numbers 14 means SACRIFICE, LOSS.
T his c a rd i s sy m b o lised by th e g e n ie o f th e Sun h o ld in g - a g o ld e n u rn
and a s i l v e r u rn and p o u rin g from one to th e o th e r th e " c o n d u c tin g
f l u i d of l i f e . The g en ie i s crowned w ith a flam e to i n d ic a t e t h a t i t
i s a s p r i t ; and i t s f e e t a re w inged to s ig n i f y ra p id movements. The
f l u i d t r a n s f e r r e d from one u rn to th e o th e r i s th e symbol o f transm utac­
t i o n ; and th e e ig h t ra y s of th e sun w hich show b e h in d th e g e n i e 's h e a d ,
s ig n i f y th e p o s i t i v e , o r m a sc u lin e , f o r c e s of n a tu r e and a r e e x a c tly
e q u i l i b r i a t e d by th e n e g a tiv e o r fem ale f o r c e s . The c lo a k o v e r th e
s h o u ld e r o f th e s p i r i t i n d i c a t e s th e p e r p e tu a l fe c u n d a tio n o f m a tte r ,
as sym bolized by th e c lo a k , by s p i r i t .
T his ensem ble p i c t u r e s th e co m b in atio n and in te rc h a n g e of m a scu lin e and
fem in in e, o r p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e f o r c e s th ro u g h o u t n a t u r e , w orking
c e a s e le s s ly in a l l kingdom s, a s th e i n s t i g a t o r s and c a u se of a l l move­
ments and l i f e .
The d u alism o f th e p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e f o r c e s , so s t r e s s e d in e a r ly
monographs, i s so s y m b o lic a lly c a r r i e d o u t in t h i s c a rd , t h a t i t i s a
Key to th e Cosmic K eyboard.
P y th ag o ras u n d e rsto o d t h i s symbology when he d e fin e d i t as e a c i f i c e o r
l o s s , and was in f a c t r e f e r r i n g to th e p o l a r i t y o f num bers, th e d iv e r s ­
i t y of v ib r a ti o n s and th e h arm o n is, som etim es a llu d e d to in music as
n o te s and o c ta v e s .
Thus th e r e is g iv e n to o u r s tu d e n ts in our monographs a Key w hich un­
locks through th e w o n d erfu l lav/ o f D ualism , th e a p p a re n t m y stery con­
c e a le d in th e c ip h e r of t h i s c a r d . Also th e a l l u s i o n to tra n s m u tio n
of i n f e r i o r th in g s in to g o ld i s s y m b o lic a lly e x p re s s e d in th e tr u e
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By F r a t e r A o u a riu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv i le g e d :
THE FIFTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
"THE DEVIL"
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "SAMEGH th e 1 5 th Hebrew l e t t e r
e x p re s s e s th e sdrae h ie r o g ly p h ic s ig n a s ZAIN (c a r d No. 7 ) , t h a t i s to
say, an arrow — a weapon of any k in d ; b u t to t h i s id e a i s h e re added
t h a t o f th e arrow making a c i r c u l a r movement, o r of any c i r c l e d e f in in g
and d e l in e a tin g c irc u m fe re n c e .
The id e a of an im p assab le c i r c l e h a s g iv e n b i r t h to t h a t of D e stin y ,
of F a t a l i t y , c irc u m s c rib in g th e l i m i t s o f th e c i r c l e in w hich th e human
w ill can a c t f r e e l y ; so th a t th e S erp en t form ing a c i r c l e o f h i s own
body, b i t i n g h i s own t a i l , h as alw ays been th e symbol of F a t a l i t y , of
t h i s D e stin y , e n c i r c l i n g th e w o rld in i t s em brace. I t i s th e image of
th e y e a r ( th e r in g ) and of th e f a t e d and s e t t l e d r e v e l a t i o n s o f tim e.
As a l e t t e r , SAIIECH i s th e lin k o f ZAIN, r e in f o r c e d and tu r n e d bach on
its e lf. As a 's im p le l e t t e r , i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e z o d ia c a l s ig n
S a g itta riu s .
In ev ery cosmogony th e DEVIL r e p r e s e n ts th e m y ste rio u s a s t r a l f o r c e ,
the o r ig in o f which i s r e v e a le d to u s by th e h ie ro g ly p h ic SA1I5CH.
But a l i t t l e a t t e n t i v e c o n s id e r a tio n of th e symbol w i l l show u s t h a t
i t c o n ta in s s e v e r a l d e t a i l s w hich we have a lre a d y seen in o th e r f i g u r e s
of th e T a r o t, though u n d er a d i f f e r e n t a s p e c t.
I f we p la c e th e J u g g le r by th e s id e o f th e D ev il we s h a l l see t h a t th e
arms o f th e two persona,ges a r e u s in g th e some g e s tu r e , in an in v e rs e
s e n s e . The J u g g le r p o i n t s h i s r i g h t hand to w ard s th e U n iv e rse , h i s
l e f t hand tow ard s God; on th e o th e r han d , th e D ev il r a i s e s h i s r i g h t
hand in to th e a i r , w h ils t h i s l e f t p o in ts to th e e a r th . I n s te a d of
th e m a g ic a l, i n i t i a t i n g wand of th e J u g g le r , th e Demon h o ld s th e l i g h t ­
ed to r c h , th e symbol o f b la c k magic D e s tr u c tio n .
By th e s id e o f th e D ev il and b a la n c e d by him, a re two p e rso n a g e s r e ­
p ro d u c in g th e same sym bolism t h a t we f in d in th e two women o f th e L overs
(C ard No. 6 ) and in th e s u p p o rts o f th e g ib b e t o f th e Hanged Man (C ard
No. 1 3 . ) .
The u n iv e r s a l v i v if y in g f o rc e r e p r e s e n te d by th e 3 rd arcanum h a s h e re
become th e u n iv e r s a l d e s tr o y in g f o r c e . The s c e p tr e of V onue-U rania
h as become th e Demon's to r c h ; th e A n g e l's w ings have changed in to th e
h id e o u s p in io n s of th e God o f E v i l .
The 3rd Arcanum sy m b o lizes th e Holy S p i r i t , o r th e P ro v id e n ce of F abre
d 1O liv e t. ~
The 1 5 th arcanum sy m b o lizes th e F a ls e S u i r i t , o r th e D estin y of Fabre
d I O liv e t.
15 P lu s 3 e q u a ls 1 8 d iv id e d by 2 w hich e q u a ls 9 .
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The 9 th arcanum , w hich f i l l s th e c e n te r betw een th e two f i g u r e s


sy m bolizes P rudence, o r th e Human t7 ill o f T a b r e d ’O liv e t.
The D ev il h as m a te r ia liz e d upon h i s h ead th e u n iv e r s a l f l u i d which
su rro u n d ed th e head o f th e J u g g le r ; t h i s i s in d ic a te d by th e two p o in t­
ed h o rn s which adorn him .
He s ta n d s upon a cube, w hich i t s e l f i s p la c e d upon a s p h e re , to i n d i ­
c a te th e d o m in atio n o f H a tte r ( th e cube) o v er th e S p i r i t ( th e 3 p h e r e ) .
The 1 5 th c a rd o f th e T a ro t d e r iv e s i t s s i g n i f i c a t i o n from i t s own
symbolism—
1. DESTINY (Chance)
2. FATALITY The r e s u l t o f th e f a l l o f Adam-Eye.
3. The a s t r a l f l u i d w hich i n d i v i d u a l i z e s .
NAHSASK, The Dragon on th e T h re sh o ld ."
N a ite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "THE DEVIL." The d e s ig n i s an
accom m odation, mean o r harmony, betw een s e v e r a l m o tiv es m en tio n ed in
th e f i r s t p a r t o f my d e s c r i p t i o n s . The H orned Goat o f U endes, w ith
w ings l i k e th o se o f a b a t , i s s ta n d in g on an a l t a r . At th e p i t o ^ t h e
stomach th e r e i s th e s ig n o f M ercury. The r i g h t hand i s u p r a is e d end '
ex ten d ed , b e in g th e r e v e r s e o f th e b e n e d ic tio n w hich i s g iv e n by th e
H iero p h an t o f th e f i f t h c a rd . In th e l e f t han d th e r e i s a g r e a t flam ­
in g to r c h , in v e r te d to w ard s th e e a r t h . A r e v e r s e d p en tag ram i s on th e
fo re h e a d . There i s a r i n g in f r o n t o f th e a l t a r , from w hich two c h a in s
a re c a r r i e d to th e n eck s o f two f i g u r e s , male and fem a le- These a re
an alogous w ith th e 5 th c a rd , a s i f Adam and Eve a f t e r t h e i r f a l l . H ere­
o f i s th e c h a in and f a t a l i t y o f th e m a te r ia l l i f e .
The f i g u r e s a re t a i l e d , to s i g n i f y th e anim al n a tu r e , b u t th e r e i s hu­
man i n t e l l i g e n c e i n th e f a c e s , and he who i s e x a lte d above them i s n o t
to be m a ste r f o r e v e r. Even now, he i s a ls o a bondsman, s u s ta in e d by
th e e v i l t h a t i s in him and b lin d to th e l i b e r t y o f s e r v i c e , w ith more
th a n h i s u s u a l d e T is io n f o r th e a T ts w hich he in te n d s to r e s p e c t and
i n t e r p r e t a s a m a tte r t h e r e i n . E lip h a s L evi a f f ir m s t h a t th e Baphome-
t i c f ig u r e i s o c c u lt s c ie n c e and m agic. A nother commentatoT say s th a t
in th e D ivine w o rld i t s i g n i f i e s p r e d e s t i n a t i o n , b u t th e r e i s no c o r­
respondence in t h a t w o rld w ith th in g s w hich below a r e o f th e b r u t e .
Phat- X-t does s i g n i f y i s th e D w eller on th e T h re sh o ld w ith o u t th e M ysti­
c a l" G a r d i^ w h e n 'th o se a r e d r iv e n f o r t h th e re fro m who have e a te n th e
fo rb id d e n f r u i t . "
S a in t M a rtin , th e R o s ic r u c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a r d a s f o llo w s : "ARCANE
XV — TYPHOON. T his i s th e S p i r i t o f E v il, o f F a t a l i t y and Chaos. I t
i s r e p r e s e n te d by a hippopotam us w ith th e h ead o f a c r o c o d ile , th e
f e e t o f a g o a t and th e c h a r a c t e r i s t i c s o f man and woman. A snake
emerges from h i s body, to show t h a t he b e g e ts n o th in g b u t e v i l ; h i s
w ings l i k e th o s e o f a b a t , show him to be th e S p i r i t o f D ark n ess. He
i s seen h e re r i s i n g from r u i n s , one h i s hands w aving th e to r c h o f
d e s tr u c tio n end th e o th e r h o ld in g th e s c e p tr e o f d iv ia io n and h a tr e d .
At h i s f e e t e.re two men w ith g o a t h ead s and c h a in s around t h e i r n e c k s,
sy m b o lizin g th o se b e in g s whom v ic e b r in g s down lo w er th a n th e b e a s t .
The h o rn on th e f i g u r e 's n o se i n d i c a t e s h i s r e b e l l i o n a g a in s t th e
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D iving S p i r i t , w hich h e seems to he i n s u l t i n g . T his A rcane XV means
th a t f a t a l i t y w i l l r u in yo u r f u t u r e p la n s , i f y o u r p a s s io n s a re n o t
k e p t in s tro n g c o n tr o l by y o u r w i l l po w er . 11
The e s o t e r i c m eaning o f SA-liEKH, th e p ro p e r way to s p e l l t h i s l o t h
l e t t e r i s A PROP.
In th e P y th ag o rea n scheme o f numbers 15 r e p r e s e n ts VIPlTUE, CULTURE,
INTEGRITY.
In t h i s c a rd th e s p i r i t o f E v il i s s ta n d in g triu m p h a n tly o v e r th e r u in s
o f a te m p le . In h i s r i g h t hand he h o ld s a s c e p tr e surm ounted by a
c i r c l e r e s t i n g betw een two d iv e rg e n t b a r s . These s p re a d in g b a r s
s ig n if y th e in v e rs e f o r c e s th a t hem in ami ham per t h e in f lu e n c e o f
s p i r i t , r e p r e s e n te d by th e c irc le . I t i s presum ed to be th e emblem o f
h a tr e d and d i v i s i o n .
In th e o th e r hand, t h i s c r e a tu r e h o ld s th e f la tt in g to r c h o f d e s tr u c tio n ,
whose b la s e h a s been a p p lie d to th e r u in s o f th e Temple, a s shown by
th e smoke a r i s i n g from i t . He i s crowned v /ith a flam e to i n d ic a t e he
i s n o t of t h i s w o rld , and he h as th e w ings o f a b a t , to i n d i c a t e t h a t
he i s a d en izen o f th e realm of d a rk n e s s . The h o m on h i s head s i g n i ­
f i e s stu b b o rn r e b e l l i o n .
He h as th e b r e a s t s o f a woman and th e o rg a n s o f a man, and i s th u s a
h e rm a p h ro d ite , emblem o f s e lf - c e n te r e d n e s s and a b e in g d e v o id o f lo v e .
The body i s h a p e d l i k e t h a t o f a h og to i n d i c a t e g r e e d . The f e e t a re
th o s e o f a g o a t, to i n d i c a t e th e s ig n o f C a p ric o rn , th e home s ig n o f
S atu rn o r o f S a ta n ; th e .sig n d e v o te d to m a te r ia l a m b itio n s . And. th e
b ein g s ch a in ed a t th e f o o t o f t h i s m a ste r o f chaos a ls o h av e g o a t s 1
h e a d s, i n d i c a t i n g t h a t t h e i r i n t e l l i g e n c e h a s been u se d e x c lu s iv e ly
to f u r t h e r m a te r ie l and s e l f i s h a m b itio n s .
T his m a lig n a n t e n t i t y h a s th e h e a d o f a c r o c o d ile , symbol o f c r u e l t y .
The snake em erging from h i s body, in s t e a d o f from h i s brow , i n d i c a t e s
th e u se o f th e c r e a t i v e e n e rg y , n o t f o r e n lig h te n m e n t, b u t t*r p h y s ic a l
g ra tific a tio n .
T his c a r d to R o e ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts sh o u ld n o t be view ed in th e l i g h t of
th e symbolism i t i s p i c t u r e d i n . As m entioned h e r e to f o r e th e r e i s no
E v il in th e U n iv erse u n le s s o u r C o n scio u sn ess compares Good w ith Bad.
I r a t h e r l i k e th e P y th ag o rea n scheme o f com paring th e number 15 as
VIRTUE, CULTURE AND INTEGRITY, w hich b e a r o u t th e Hebrew l e t t e r , th e
15th in th e l i s t , o f th e a lp h a b e t, ( b u t n o t r e p r e s e n tin g 15 in number)
as a PROP. I t can be u se d by R o s ic r u c ia n s as a f u r t h e r i l l u s t r a t i o n
of p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e f u n c tio n s o f a l l m a tte r , of a l l i n t e l l i g e n c e ,
of a l l a c t i o n s . SATAN, th e DEVIL, o r SATURN, i s a v ery a n c ie n t symbol
in th e H y s tic D o c trin e . In a s tr o lo g y SATURN h as been term ed th e
"SUBDUER", and i s th e most im p o rta n t p la n o t to th e e e t o e r i c a s t r o l o g e r ,
as t h i s p la n e t marks th e c r i t i c a l s ta g e betw een th e r e a l and th e un­
r e a l , th e t r u e and. th e f a l s e , th e s u b je c ti v e an d o b je c ti v e , l i g h t and
d ark, good i n t e n t and p r o c r a s t i n a t i o n . In no se n se i s i t an e v i l
p la n e t e s s e n t i a l l y , b u t i t s r e s t r a i n i n g and m a t e r i a l i s i n g in f lu e n c e
o f f e r s more o p p o r tu n ity f o r i t s i n t e r p r e t a t i o n i n t o d i r e c t and d e l i b e r ­
a te e v i l th a n any o th e r p l a n e t , ow ing to th e s o l i d i f y i n g and h in d e r in g
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in f lu e n c e th a t i t p ro d u c e s ; f o r w h ile i t g iv e s s t a b i l i t y and f irm n e s s ,


i t a ls o i n c l i n e s to w eakness and in c o n s ta n c y . In common w ith o th e r
p la n e ts i t h a s a d u a l a s p e c t, b u t a t th e same tim e i t s v i b r a t i o n s
th ro u g h m a tte r te n d to p ro d u ce g r e a t e r ex trem es o f good and e v i l th a n
any o th e r p l a n e t . Thus by u s in g th e good in f lu e n c e s we can se c u re
tru e h u m ility , re v e re n c e , p e rs e v e ra n c e , en d u ran c e, s a c r i f i c e , s u r re n d e r
and s e r e n i t y , and make i t a work o f a p u r if y i n g a n g e l— S a tu rn ; ..I n
t h i s r e s p e c t in ev e ry se n se o f th e word SATURN i s th e medium t h a t
c h a s te n s , and to a l l who s t r i v e a f t e r p u r i t y , v ir tu e ? a n d m odesty, th e
words, "B le sse d a re th e p u re in h e a r t f o r th e y s h a l l see God," w i l l
have a s p e c ia l m eaning; f o r by le a d in g th e c o n tin e n t l i f e w hich S a tu rn
demands, th e g a te s o f h eav en w i l l open and th e b le s s e d w i l l see a s God
s e e s . A ll th e myths c o n c e rn in g S a tu rn o r S ata n a r e d e e p ly i n t e r e s t i n g ,
but i t i s u n n e c e ssa ry to q u o te them , as m ythology i s j u s t f u l l o f th e
symbolism o f t h i s P la n e t* We m ust o nly remember t h a t th e h ig h e s t
m ental a t t r i b u t e o f S a tu rn i s PERFECTION, and th e n we se c u re th e deep
knowledge t h a t P y th a g o ra s h ad of" th e number f i f t e e n , and i t can th e n
a ls o be c o r r e l a t e d to th e 1 5 th l e t t e r in th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t and i t
does become a PROP to le a n upon.

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e E ig h te e n th d is c o u r s e )
The matter contained herein it officially ittued through the Supreme Council of the
A . M. O . R. C . All matter* herein contained are strictly confidenial to the member
receiving and are imparted only as an incident to membership. The ownership of,
the legal title, and the right of possession to this secret discourse is and shall remain
in the Supreme Grand Lodge of A . M. O . R. C . and it should be returned to it upon
its request. The contents herein are loaned to be used for the sole and exclusive
information of the receiving Rosicrucian member and not otherwise. Any other use
or attempted use, does, ipso facto, terminate all rights of the member, and is a
violation of the statutes of this Order. Such violation will be legally dealt with.
THE XABALA UNVEILED -B-
SECRET DISCOURSE NUMBER NINETEEN PAGE ONE
By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE SIXTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
"THE LIGHTNING STRUCK TOWER"
Papus d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : The 1 6 th Hebrew l e t t e r AYIN
e x p re s s e s th e same h ie ro g ly p h ic a s th e VAU (C ard No. 6 ) b u t m a te r ia l­
iz e d . i t i s th e s ig n of M a te r ia l s e n s e . A gain d e g e n e r a te d , i t ex­
p r e s s e s a l l t h a t i s cro o k ed , f a l s e , p e rv e rs e and b a d . A stro n o m ic a lly
t h i s l e t t e r c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e z o d ia c a l s ig n C a p ric o rn -
T h is c a rd b e a r s a p i c t u r e o f a to w e r, w ith i t s b a ttle m e n ts s tr u c k by
l i g h t n i n g ; two men, one crow ned, th e o th e r uncrow ned, a r e f a l l i n g w ith
th e fra g m e n ts o f bro k en m asonry; th e a t t i t u d e o f th e fo rm e r r e c a l l s
th e shape o f th e l e t t e r AYIN. T h is c a rd c o n ta in s th e f i r s t a l l u s i o n
to a m a te r ia l b u ild in g in o u r p ac k , b u t we s h a l l f in d th e same symbol
re p ro d u c e d i n th e 1 6 th and 1 9 th a rc a n a - H ere i t s i g n i f i e s th e i n ­
v i s i b l e o r s p i r i t u a l w o rld , in c a r n a te d i n th e v i s i b l e o r m a te r ia l
w o rld .
The 1 6 th c a rd r e p r e s e n ts th e m a te r ia l f a l l o f Adam. He w i l l g r a d u a lly
become more g r o s s and e a r t h l y , u n t i l th e 1 8 th arcanum , i n w hich h e a t ­
t a i n s th e maximum o f h i s m a te r ia liz a tio n * The s ig n i f ic a n c e o f t h i s
f ig u r e i s a l l d e r iv e d from th e i d e a o f f a l l , o f th e m a t e r i a l i z a t i o n
o f th e s p i r i t u a l l e t t e r VAU.
1. M a t e r i a l i z a t i o n of God th e Holy S p i r i t , (se e 3 rd arcanum ).
E n tran ce o f th e Holy S p i r i t in to th e V is ib le W orld. The
Holy S p i r i t a c t i n g l i k e God o f M a tte r.
2- The m a t e r i a l i z a t i o n o f th e Adam-Eve, who have been s p i r i t u a l ­
iz e d u n t i l now.
E n tra n c e o f Adam-Eve i n t o th e v i s i b l e W o rld .—
THE FALL.
3- M a te r ia l iz a tio n o f t h e U n iv e r s e - P r in c ip le —
THE VISIBLE WORLD.'"
W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "THE TOWER." O c c u lt e x p la n a tio n s
r e g a r d in g t h i s c a rd a re m eagre and m o stly d is c o n c e r ti n g . I t i s i d l e
to i n d i c a t e t h a t i t d e p i c ts r u i n i n a l l i t s a s p e c ts , b e c a u se i t b e a r s
ev id e n c e on th e s u r f a c e . I t i s s a id f u r t h e r t h a t i t c o n ta in s th e f i r s t
I l l u s i o n to m a te r ia l b u ild in g , b u t I do n o t co n ceiv e t h a t th e Tower i s
more o r l e s s m a te r ia l th a n th e p i l l a r s w hich we have met w ith i n th r e e
p re v io u s c a s e s . I can se e n o th in g t o w a rra n t Papus i n su p p o sin g t h a t
i t i s l i t e r a l l y th e f a l l o f Adam, b u t t h e r e i s more in fa v o u r o f h i s
a l t e r n a t i v e — t h a t i t s i g n i f i e s th e m a t e r i a l i z a t i o n o f th e s p i r i t u a l
w o rld . The b ib lio g r a p h e r C h r is t ia n im a g in e s t h a t i t i s th e d o w n fa ll
o f th e mind, s e e k in g to p e n e t r a t e th e m y ste ry o f God. I ag ree r a t h e r
w ith th e Grand O rie n t t h a t i t i s th e r u i n o f th e House o f L if e , when
e v i l h a s p r e v a ile d t h e r e i n , and above a l l t h a t i t i s th e r e n d in g of a
House o f D o c tr in e . I u n d e rs ta n d t h a t th e r e f e r e n c e i s , how ever, to a
House o f F alse h o o d . I t i l l u s t r a t e s a ls o i n th e m ost com prehensive way
th e o ld t r u t h t h a t "e x c e p t th e L ord b u ild th e h o u se , th e y la b o r i n v a in
t h a t b u ild i t . "
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There i s a sen se in w hich th e c a ta s tr o p h e i s a r e f l e c t i o n from th e p r e ­


v io u s c a rd , h u t n o t on th e s id e o f th e symbolism which I have t r i e d
to in d i c a t e t h e r e i n . I t i s more c o r r e c t l y a q u e s tio n of an alo g y : one
• i s co n cern ed w ith th e f a l l in to th e m a te r ia l and. anim al s t a t e , w h ile
th e o th e r s i g n i f i e s d e s tr u c tio n on th e i n t e l l e c t u a l s id e . The Tower
has b een spoken o f as a c h a s tis e m e n t of p r id e and th e i n t e l l e c t o v e r­
whelmed in th e a tte m p t to p e n e tr a te th e ily s te ry of God; b u t in n e i t h e r
case do th e s e e x p la n a tio n s acco u n t f o r th e two p e rso n s who a re th e
l i v i n g s u f f e r e r s . The one i s th e l i t e r a l word made v o id and th e o th e r
i s th e f a l s e i n t e r p r e t a t i o n . In y e t a d ee p er se n se , i t may s ig n if y
a ls o th e end of a d is p e n s a tio n , b u t th e re i s no p o s s i b i l i t y h e re f o r
th e c o n s id e r a tio n o f t h i s in v o lv e d q u e s tio n ."
S a in t ila r t in d e s c rib e d t h i s caTd as fo llo w s : "ARCANE XIV THE THUNDER
STRUCK TONER. T7e see h e re a pyram id whose p in n a c le i s cru sh e d down by
a s tr o k e o f l i g h t n i n g , th ro w in g down two men, one of them w ith a crown
on h i s head. T h is sym bolizes th e r u in of human pricfe and th e f a l s e
sc ie n c e by th e sudden in f lu x o f th e A s tr a l f l u i d . T his Arcane XVI means
th a t you a re g o in g s t r a i g h t to your r u in , which w i l l be due to y o u r
e x a g g e ra te d p r i d e , your f o o lis h v e n tu re s and your v o lu n ta ry m is ta k e s .”
The e x o te r ic m eaning of th e l o t h l e t t e r in th e Hebrew A lphabet AYIN i s
an EYE.
In th e P y th ag o rea n scheme o f numbers SIXTEEN i s r e p r e s e n te d to ty o if v
LUXURY, SENSUALITYGOOD-FORTUNE
T his c a rd i s sy m b o lized by a pyram id d e c a p ita te d by a th u n d e r b o lt. A
crowned and an uncrow ned man a r e p r e c i p i t a t e d from a p la tf o r m b u i l t on
seven s te p s , f a l l i n g down w ith th e g r e a t o f th e d e b r is .
A pyram id as th e most s ta b le o f s o l i d s , i s th e symbol o f e a r t h l y s e ­
c u r i t y . As composed o f f o u r t r i n e s , w hich a re i t s s i d e s , i t a ls o
sy m b o lizes th e f o u r m a te r ia l e le m e n ts .
That th e pyram id h a s b een s tr u c k by li g h t n i n g to th e d i s a s t e r o f b o th
a crowned and an uncrow ned man, sy m b o lizes t h a t n a tu re i s no r e s p e c te r
o f p e r s o n s , and t h a t she s t r i k e s down b o th th e h ig h and th e low , k in g s
a s w e ll a s s u b j e c t s , who tr a n s g r e s s h e r law . I t i s a ls o a symbol o f
th o se r i v a l r i e s w hich a re so common among men, w hich d i v e r t e n e rg ie s
in to c h a n n e ls t h a t r e s u l t in r u in f o r a l l . I t a ls o r e p r e s e n ts th e f a ls e
s e c u r i t y w hich r e s u l t s from m a te r ia l su c c e s s and th e r e l i a n c e upon
p u r e ly m a te r ia l s c ie n c e , a s w e ll as th e s u re punishm ent t h a t i s a t t r i ­
b u te d to a d is o b e d ie n c e o f Cosmic Law.
P y th a g o ra s u se s o u r a n c ie n t te a c h in g s in showing t h a t we must use our
good f o r tu n e , n o t f o r lu x u ry and s e n s u a l i t y t u t f o r th e b e n e f i t of a l l
m ankind. I t n e v e r was meant f o r man to be p o v e r ty s t r i k e n , b u t he was
to have th e b e s t f r u i t s o f h i s la b o r as a m a te r ia l rew ard . However,
i f we make a god o f s u c c e s s and d e v o te o u r e f f o r t s o n ly to th e b u ild ­
in g o f m a te r ia l th i n g s , and f o r g e t th e s p i r i t u a l w an ts, t h e n ’a s t h i s
m ighty b u ild in g i s sy m b o lized a s b e in g d e s tro y e d an d w ith i t b o th 1
h ig h and m ighty, r i c h and p o o r, must be th e co n seq u en c e.
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To th e R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n t th e pyram id o r tow er in a t r i a n g u l a r form


h as much symbolism th a t w ould co v e r p ag es to d e s c r ib e . I t i s n o t a
c o in c id e n c e th a t th e pyram id i s on th e G re at S eal o f th e U n ite d S ta te s ,
n or t h a t th e ca p sto n e is l i f t e d above th e pyram id w ith an eye o r b la z ­
in g sun in th e c e n te r o f th e c a p s to n e . Thus th e c r e s t h a s n e v e r b een
com pleted and, t h e r e f o r e , th e pyram id i s n o t f i n i s h e d . As one o f o u r
h ig h R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts in th e fo rm e r p e r io d o f a c t i v i t y in A m erica,
Thomas J e f f e r s o n , h ad much to do w ith th e i n s t i t u t i o n o f t h i s s e a l ,
i t n a t u r a l l y le a d s u s to ta k e a much d i f f e r e n t c o n s tr u c tio n o f t h i s
symbol th a n t h a t ta k e n by th e u n i n i t i a t e d . The m otto on t h i s s e a l ,
"NOVUS ORDO SECLORUU," m eaning "A new S e r ie s o f A g e s" --d e n o tin g t h a t
a new o rd e r o f th in g s had commenced in th e W estern H em isphere, i s
lik e w is e b e a rin g f r u i t y e a r by y e a r, and we a s R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts
a re showing th e way.

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receiving and are imparted only as an incident to membership. The ownership of,
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information of the receiving Rosicrucien member and not otherwise. Any other use
or attempted use, does, ipso facto, terminate all rights of the member, and is a
violation of the statutes of this Order. Such violation will be legally dealt with.
THE KABALA UNVEILED -A -
SECRET DISCOURSE NUMBER TWENTY PAGE ONE
By P r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE SEVENTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
THE STARS
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "The l ? t h Hebrew L e t t e r PHE
e x p r e s s e s the same h ie r o g ly p h ic meaning as th e BETH (3nd c a rd ) b u t in
a more ex ten d ed sense* F o r* w h ile th e BETH s i g n i f i e s th e mouth o f man
a s an o rg an o f sp e e c h , th e PHE r e p r e s e n ts th e pro d u ce of th a t o rg an :
Speech. I t i s th e s ig n o f speech and a l l t h a t i s co n n ected w ith i t —
th e Word in a c tio n in N ature w ith a l l i t s co n seq u en ces. A stro n o m ic ally
t h i s l e t t e r resp o n d s to M ercury, th e God o f Speech, and a l l s c i e n t i f i c
com m ercial d i f f u s i o n , th e God o f U n iv e rsa l exchange betw een a l l b e in g s
and a l l w o rld s. PHE i s a double l e t t e r .
The id e a s e x p re sse d by t h i s symbol o f th e STAR a r e :
1. Of th e e x p a n sio n o f f l u i d s ;
2. Of t h e i r e x te r n a l re n e w a l.
A nude fem ale p o u rs th e W ater o f U n iv e rs a l L if e from two cu p s. The
g e n iu s o f th e Sun (1 4 th arcanum) h a s now d escen d ed to th e e a r t h u n d er
th e form o f t h i s young g i r l , th e image o f e t e r n a l Youth- The f l u i d s ,
which she fo rm e rly p o u red from one v ase to th e o th e r , she now throw s
upon th e ground ( f i r s t id e a ) .
The young g i r l i s crowned w ith 7 s t a r s ; in th e m id st o f them s h in e s
one w hich i s v e ry l a r g e and b r i l l i a n t . N ear h e r an i b i s ( o r som etim es
a b u t t e r f l y ) r e s t s upon a flo w e r ( o r a b u s h ).
H ere we f i n d th e symbol o f im m o rta lity . The s o u l ( i b i s o r b u t t e r f l y )
w i l l s u rv iv e th e body, w hich i s o n ly a p la c e o f t r i a l (Ephem eral
f lo w e r .) The co u rag e t o b e a r th e s e t r i a l s w i l l come from above ( th e
s ta rs ).
The f a l l o f th e D iv in e and o f th e Human in to th e M a te ria l h as s c a r c e ly
ta k en p la o e , when a m y ste rio u s v o ic e w h isp e rs courage to th e S in n e r
by showing him f u tu r e r e - in s ta te m e n t th ro u g h t r i a l .
T h is c a rd e x a c tly b a la n c e s th e e v i l e f f e c t s of th e p re c e d in g one, and
from i t we d e riv e th e fo llo w in g s i g n i f i c a t i o n —
1 . OPPOSITION OR DESTRUCTION. No d e s tr u c tio n i s f i n a l . E very­
th in g i s e t e r n a l and im m ortal in God—
IMMORTALITY.
2 . The f a l l i s n o t i r r e p a r a b l e - T h is i s w h isp e re d to u s by th e
i n t u i t i v e se n tim e n t t h a t we name
HOPE:
3. The V is ib le U n iv erse c o n ta in s th e so u rc e o f i t s D iv in iz a tio n
in i t s e l f . T h is i s —
THE FORCE WHICH DISPENSES THE ESSENCE OF LIFE,
w hich g iv e s i t th e means o f p e r p e t u a lly renew ing i t s c r e a tio n s
a f t e r t h e i r d e s t r u c t i o n ."
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W aite d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : "THE STAR. A g r e a t , r a d ia n t


S ta r o f e ig h t ra y s , su rro u n d ed by seven l e s s e r s t a r s — a ls o o f e ig h t
r a y s . The fem ale f i g u r e in th e fo re g ro u n d i s e n t i r e l y n ak ed . Her
l e f t knee i s on th e land, and h e r r i g h t f o o t upon the w a te r. She p o u r 3
th e W ater of L ife from two g r e a t ew ers, i r r i g a t i n g se a and la n d . Be­
h in d h e r i s r i s i n g ground and on th e Tight a shrub o r t r e e , whereon
a b i r d a l i g h t s . The f ig u r e e x p re s s e s youth and b e a u ty . The s t a r i s
L 'e t o i l e flam b o y a n te, w hich a p p e a rs in Masonic sym bolism , b u t h as been
c o n fu se d th e r e in . That w hich th e f ig u r e com m unicates to th e l i v i n g
scene i s th e su b sta n c e o f th e h eav en s and th e e le m e n ts. I t h a s been
t r u l y s a id th a t th e m o tto es o f t h i s c a r d a r e ''W aters of l i f e f r e e l y " ,
and " G if ts o f th e S p i r i t . "
The Summary o f s e v e r a l taw dry e x p la n a tio n s sa y s t h i s i s th e c a rd of
hope. On o th e r p la n e s i t h a s b ee n c e r t i f i e d as •im m o rta lity and in ­
t e r i o r l i g h t . F o r th e m a jo rity o f p re p a re d m inds, th e f ig u r e w i l l s p -
p e a r as th e type o f T ru th u n v e ile d , g lo r io u s in undying b e a u ty , p o u r­
in g on th e w a te rs o f th e so u l some p a r t and m easure o f h e r p r i c e l e s s
p o s s e s s io n . But she i s in r e a l i t y th e G reat M other in th e K a b a lis tic
S e p h ira B inah, w hich i s su p e rn a l to th e S e p u iro th t h a t a re below in
th e m easure t h a t th e y can r e c e iv e h e r i n f l u x ."
S a in t M a rtin , th e R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c r ib e d th e c a r d a s f o llo w s : "ARCANE
XVII. THE STAR OF THE MAGI. T h is r e p r e s e n ts a nude g i r l w ith one
f o o t on th e Sea and one f o o t on th e E a rth ; she r e p r e s e n ts T ru th and
h o ld s two cups from which flow K in d n ess and C h a rity , th e balm t h a t
a l l e v i a t e s human s u f f e r i n g . The Sea r e p r e s e n ts th e b i t t e r n e s s o f th e
days of sorrow . Over th e young g i r l s h in e s an e ig h t- p o i n te d s t a r , a
double symbol o f th e U n iv erse an d o f th e D iv in e T r i n i t y ; a t i t s c o n te r
i s found a w h ite p y ram id , a b la c k one u p -sid e-d o w n . T h is i s th e
emblem o f th e g r e a t o c c u lt law w hich i s w orded a s f o llo w s : "T h at w hich
i s above i s l i k e t h a t w hich i s b elo w ." Seven s m a lle r s t a r s r e p r e s e n t
th e seven P la n e ts o f A n cie n t A s tro lo g y . Next t o th e woman th e r e i s a
flo w e r w ith th r e e b lo sso m s and above th e u p p e r one a b u t t e r f l y ooens
i t s w in g s.
T his Arcane XVII means t h a t i f you f r e e y o u r s e lf from y o u r lo w er p a s ­
s io n s an d y o u r in b o rn e r r o r s , and s t e a d f a s t l y stu d y th e m y s te rie s of
th e t r u e s c ie n c e you w i l l be g iv e n th e key t o th e m y s te r ie s o f l i f e . "
The 1 7 th Hebrew l e t t e r o f th e a lp h a b e t i s PE, e x o t e r i c a l l y m eaning "a
m outh."
In th e P y th ag o rea n scheme o f numbers SEVENTEEN i s r e p r e s e n te d a s MIS­
FORTUNE, DISREGARD, OBLIVION.
T his c a r d i s sy m b o lized by a b la z in g s t a r o f e ig h t ra y s i n th e c e n te r
o f w hich i s a w h ite t r i n e w ith th e p o in t upward jo in e d a t i t s b ase to
a b la c k t r i n e w ith i t s p o in t downward. T h is s t a r i s su rro u n d e d by-
seven o th e r s t a r s . I t h o v e rs o v e r a nude i^oung g i r l who h a s one f o o t
on th e s e a and th e o th e r fo o t on la n d , and w h o p o u rs a f l u i d from two
cups, one o f g o ld , th e o th e r o f s i l v e r . N ear th e g i r l i s a flo w e r of
th re e b lo sso m s, and above th e u p p e r one a b u t t e r f l y opens i t s w in g s.
This young g i r l i s th e emblem o f TRUTH. She i s nude, s ig n i f y in g t h a t
TRUTH can be p r e c e iv e d o n ly when s t r i p p e d o f th e p re c o n c e iv e d id e a s
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and dogm atic o p in io n s w ith w hich i t h a s been c lo th e d by th e a r t i f i c i a l


itie s of c iv iliz a tio n .‘
She r e s t s p a r t l y on th e la n d and p a r t l y upon .the se a to d e n o te t h a t
TRUTH i s d u a l, tlie t r u t h o f r e a l i t y and th e t r u t h o f a p p e a ra n c e s, th e
t r u t h o f th e p r a c t i c a l and th e t r u t h o f th e id e a l'. The two cups r e ­
p r e s e n t o f co u rse th e n e g a tiv e and p o s i t i v e s id e s o f e v e ry th in g t h a t
m a n if e s ts .
The e i g h t p o in te d s t a r sy m b o lizes th e Law o f E q u ilib riu m , th e b a la n c e
betw een s p i r i t and m a tte r , male and fe m a le , th e in n e r an d th e o u te r .
I t i s th e book o f th e a p o c a ly p se s e a le d w ith sev en s e a l s , and th u s
r e p r e s e n ts th e in n e r r e a l i z a t i o n and th e o u te r r e a l i z a t i o n , th e b i r t h
o f th e so u l and th e b i r t h o f th e body, w hich in a s tr o lo g y i s p a id to
he u n d e r th e in f lu e n c e o f th e p l a n e t s , r e p r e s e n te d h e r e in by th e seven
su rro u n d in g s t a r s o r s e a l s .
Each o f th e s e s m a lle r s t a r s h a s fo u r p o i n t s , to s i g n i f y th e f o u r m ani­
f e s t a t i o n s o f m a tte r , FIRE, WATER, EARTH and AIR.
We m ight in d ic a t e t h a t th e two TRINES o f th e l a r g e r s t a r sym bolize 1he
H erm etic. Axiom, "As i t i s below , so i t i s ab o v e", and r e v e a ls t h a t
e v o lu tio n , im p lie s a p re c e d in g in v o lu tio n .
The b u t t e r f l y i s a symbol o f im m o rta lity .
The most pronounced symbolism o f t h i s c a rd i s t h a t i t p o r tr a y s d u alism
in a l l i t s form s.
The P y th ag o rea n scheme of num bers a s a p p lie d t o t h i s c a r d , MISFORTUNE,
DISREGARD and OBLIVION, shows t h a t o u r a n c ie n t M asters w e ll knew t h a t
th e v a r io u s in c a r n a tio n s o f man w ere f o r th e p u rp o se o f p u r i f i c a t i o n
of th e p e r s o n a l i t y , so t h a t i t would l e a r n t h a t i t c o u ld n o t d is r e g a r d
th e y e a rn in g s o f th e s o u l, w hich se n se d m is fo rtu n e and f e a r e d o b liv io n
f o r t h i s p e r s o n a l i t y i f i t d id n o t obey th e Cosmic Laws. T h e re fo re ,
w h ile th e p u re i n t u i t i o n s o f th e S o u l, when s u f f i c i e n t l y f r e e d from
V arious o th e r in f lu e n c e s , a r e r e l i a b l e g u id e s to TRUTH; f o r th o se who
have n o t a t t a i n e d a v ery h ig h d e g re e o f s p i r i t u a l i n i t i a t i o n , th e so u l
doe 8 n o t sp eak . T h is i s one of th e p u rp o se s o f o u r le s s o n s in R o sie ru
o ia n s t u d i e s , th e aw akening o f th e p s y c h ic f a c u l t i e s so t h a t we may
re c o g n iz e th e t r u t h of a p p e a ra n c e s alw ays a t i t s t r u e v a lu e . We do
n o t deny th e e x is te n c e o f m a tte r and i t s p r o p e r t i e s , b u t we do know
t h a t th e m a te r ia l body i s o nly a v e h ic le f o r th e e x p re s s io n 'o f th e
p sy c h ic f a c u l t i e s , w hich in th e end a re th e REAL HAN. To become i n t i ­
mate w ith t h i s REAL INNER SELF i s th e s o le p u rp o se o f A rcane te a c h in g s

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THE KABALA UNVEILED -A -
SECRST DISCOURSE NUMBER TWENTY-ONE P4GE ONE
By F r a t e r A q u a riu s, S c rib e
To The One P r iv i le g e d :
THE EIGHTEENTH CARD OF THE TAROT
THE L40QN
P a p u s d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s ; "The 1 8 th Hebrew l e t t e r TZADDI
r e p r e s e n ts th e h ie r o g ly p h ic id e a co n n e cte d w ith t h a t o f TSTH (9 th c a rd );
b u t c h i e f l y s i g n i f i e s a te rm , an aim , an en d . I t i s a f i n a l c o n c lu d ­
in g s ig n , r e l a t i n g to a l l th e id e a s o f term , o f s u c c e s s io n , d iv i s i o n
and aim . The TZADDI i s a sim p le l e t t e r ; it: c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e
z o d ia c a l sig n o f AQUARIUS.
We have tr a v e r s e d th e s te p s w hich th e s p i r i t d escen d s i n i t s g ra d u a l
and u t t e r f a l l to w ard s th e m a te r ia l w o rld . A ll i s now ended; th e
s p i r i t i s com p letely m a te r ia liz e d , and th e change i s in d ic a te d by th e
1 8 th c a rd . I t d e p ic ts a meadow f e e b ly l i g h t e d by th e moon.
The l i g h t , symbol o f th e s o u l, no lo n g e r re a c h e s us d i r e c t l y ; th e
m a te r ia l w o rld i s o n ly lig h te d , by r e f l e c t i o n .
The meadow i s bounded by a tow er on each s i d e . Drops o f b lo o d are
f a l l i n g from th e moon.
The m a te r ia l w o rld i s th e l a s t p o in t w hich th e s p i r i t can re a c h ; i t
can descend no lo w e r. T h is i s shown by th e b o u n d a rie s o f th e f i e l d .
The d ro p s o f b lo o d r e p r e s e n t th e d e s c e n t o f th e S p i r i t in to M a tte r.
A p a th s p r in k le d w ith d ro p s o f b lo o d lo s e s i t s e l f in th e h o r iz o n . In
th e c e n te r o f th e f i e l d a dog a n d a w olf a r e h o w lin g a t th e moon; a
c r a y f is h i s c lim b in g o u t o f th e w a te r betw een th e two a n im a ls .
The e n tr y o f s p i r i t in to m a tte r i s so g r e a t a f a l l t h a t e v e ry th in g
c o n s p ir e s to augment i t .
S e r v ile s p i r i t s ( th e dog) savage s o u ls ( th e w o lf) and c ra w lin g c r e a ­
t u r e s ( th e c r a y f is h ) a r e a l l p r e s e n t w atc h in g th e f a l l o f th e s o u l,
h o p in g to a id in i t s d e s t r u c t i o n .
1 . End o f d iv in e M a t e r i a l i z a t i o n . F in a l p o in t o f in v o lu tio n :
CHAOS.
,3 . End o f m a t e r i a l i z a t i o n o f man—
TEE MATERIAL BODY and i t s PASSIONS.
3. End of p h y s ic a l m a t e r i a l i z a t i o n .
MATTER."
W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : "THE MOON. The d i s t i n c t i o n
betw een t h i s c a rd and some o f th e c o n v e n tio n a l ty p e s i s t h a t th e Uoon
i s in c r e a s in g in what i s c a l l e d th e s id e o f m ercy, to th e r i g h t of th e
o b s e rv e r. I t h a s 16 c h ie f and 16 seco n d ary r a y s . The c a rd r e p r e s e n ts
l i f e o f th e im a g in a tio n a p a r t from th e l i f e o f th e s p i r i t . The p a th
betw een th e to w ers i s th e is s u e in to th e unknown. The dog and th e
w o lf a r e th e f e a r s o f th e n a t u r a l mind in th e p re se n c e o f t h a t p la c e
o f e x i t , w hich th e r e i s o n ly r e f l e c t e d l i g h t to g u id e .
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The l a s t r e f e r e n c e i s th e key to a n o th e r form o f sym bolism . The i n t e l ­
l e c t u a l l i g h t i s a r e f l e c t i o n anti beyoncl i t i s th e unknown m ystery
which i t cannot show f o r t h . I t illu m in a te s o u r anim al n a tu r e , ty p e s
of w hich a re r e p r e s e n te d below— th e dog, th e w o lf and t h a t w hich comer,
up o u t of th e d eep s, th e nam eless and h id e o u s ten d en cy w hich i s low er
th a n th e savage b e a s t . I t s t r i v e s to a t t a i n m a n if e s ta tio n , sym bolized
by c ra w lin g from th e ab y ss o f w a te r to th e la n d , b u t a s a r u le i t s in k s
back whence i t came. The f a c e o f th e mind d i r e c t s s calm gaze upon th e
u n r e s t below; th e dew o f th o u g h t f a l l s ; th e message i s : P eace, be
s t i l l ; and i t may be t h a t th e r e s h a ll come a calm upon th e anim al
n a tu r e , w h ile th e ab y ss b e n e a th s h a ll ce ase from g iv in g up a fo rm ."
S a in t M a rtin , th e R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : ARCANE
X V III. THE TWILIGHT. Two pyram id s s ta n d on th e edge of a ro ad ; in
f r o n t o f them two dogs howl a t th e moon; below a sc o rp io n i s seen . One
o f th e pyram ids i s w h ite and i s th e emblem o f True S cie n ce; th e o th e r
pyram id i s b la c k ar.d i s th e symbol of E r r o r . The two dogs r e p r e s e n t
Good and E v il, and th e sc o rp io n i s th e emblem o f P e r v e r s i t y , th e w o rst
f e a t u r e o f v ic e . T h is Arcane XVIII means t h a t e v a y th in g i s c o n s p irin g
a g a in s t you and you a lo n e a r e k e p t in ig n o ran c e of th e r e a l s i t u a t i o n .
Enemies o f th e w o rs t k in d a re p l o t t i n g a g a in s t you, o f te n h id in g t h e i r
tr e a c h e r y u n d er th e g arb o f f l a t t e r y . "
The 1 8 th l e t t e r o f th e HEBREW LETTER i s TSA-DHE and e x o t e r i c a l l y s ig n ­
i f i e s na f is h - h o o k .”
In th e P y th ag o rea n scheme of numbers EIGHTEEN i s r e p r e s e n te d a s symbol­
iz in g MISERLINESS, HARDNESS, TYRANNY.
T his c a rd i s sy m b o lized by two pyram ids a t th e edge o f a ro a d . The
moon above h a l f o b sc u re d by th e c lo u d s , sh ed s a p a le t w i l i g h t . One
of th e pyram ids i s b la c k , which i s presum ed to r e p r e s e n t th e ig n o ra n t
and u n s p i r i t u a l p a r t o f l i f e . The o th e r i s w h ite , sy m b o liz in g a l i f e
e n lig h te n e d by s c ie n c e and s p i r i t u a l wisdom. In f r o n t o f i t i s a
d o o r, o r e x i t , i n d i c a t i n g th a t th o s e th u s e n lig h te n e d a r e n o t e a r t h -
bound, b u t p a s s f r e e l y co th e p s y c h ic realm s when th e o c c a sio n demands.
In th e ro a d b e fo re th e pyram id s a re two dogs, one w h ite and one b la c k ;
w h ile betw een them in a c i r c l e o f w h ite c ra w ls a s c o rp io n . T his ag a in
s i g n i f i e s th e d u a l i t y o f e v e ry th in g , and i t i s o n ly by a com parison
t h a t we l e a r n w hat i s Cosmic law and what i s f o rb id d e n .
At f i r s t th o u g h t i t seems r a t h e r haari. to r e c o n c ile why P y th a g o ra s gave
t o num be r 18 th e a t t r i b u t e s o f if IS.ERLI NESS, HARDNESS and TYRANNY. Yet
upon i n v e s t i g a t i o n , we f in d t h a t t h i s o ld Ro3 ic r u c ia n M aster e v e r lied
upperm ost in h i s m ind, n o t th e n e g a tiv e d u a l i t i e s , b u t r a t h e r th e
im portance o f th e p o s i t i v e q u a l i t i e s .
He f r e e l y gave to h i s s tu d e n ts know ledge, n ev e r e x e r c is e d any ty ra n n y
o v er them because o f h i s s u p e r io r know ledge, and co n se q u e n tly th e re
c o u ld be no h a rd n e s s o r h a rs h n e s s in t h i s 1 makeup. In h i s p o s tu l a ti o n s
and e x p e rim e n ts, he handed down f r e e l y to p o s t e r i t y , and v e i l e d much
o f h i s te a c h in g s , so t h a t o n ly th e y who had th e stam in a to work in th e
r i g h t d i r e c t i o n , w ould r e c e iv e th e knowledge to h e lp on th e scheme oi
th e Cosmic Law to w ard s e v o lu tio n .
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The Buddha in h i s te a c h in g s to h i s d i s c i p l e s im p lie d t h a t even p h ilo ­


sophy h a d i t s l i m i t s , and t h a t w hich we a tte m p t to d e s c r ib e i s in d e ­
s c r ib a b le ; we must l e t w ords a lo n e . The s u b je c ti v e s e l f e lu d e s a l l
d e s c rip tio n .
The Buddha w is e ly ta u g h t th a t a man i s th e a r c h i t e c t of h is own f o r tu n e s
in ev e ry r e l a t i o n of l i f e . He l i v e s in th e house which h i s fo rm er ex­
p e r ie n c e s have b u i l t f o r him w ith h i s own h ands; and i n e q u a l i t i e s and
s u f f e r i n g s , o th e rw is e in e x p lic a b le , a r e s e t b e fo re us as a consequence.
W ealth may be a t e s t o r a m is fo rtu n e , p o v e rty a b le s s in g and so f o r t h .
Each can be t e s t e d o r c o n s id e re d o n ly in r e l a t i o n to th e inn erm o st
b ein g of man; and none can ju d g e of i t s w o rk in g s b u t h im s e lf , who h * s
th e problem of w orking w ith , and upon th e s t u f f h i s th o u g h ts and a c ­
tio n s have p ro v id e d f o r him . T h is i s th e law of EARIiA and he p la c e d
i t upon such a s c i e n t i f i c f o o tin g t h a t i t i s a c c e p ta b le even to d ay in
modern p sy c h o lo g y . I t i s m ech an ical in i t s w orking, b u t by no means
m echanical in i t s g e n e s is , f o r a l l i t s g e n e r a to r s axe c r e a t u r e s of
grow th, developm ent and p e r c e p tiv e c o n s c io u s n e s s , w hich can and w i l l
be d ev elo p ed to th e h i g h e s t . Each one i s f r e e , He i s c a p ta in o f h i s
fa te . S e lf - c o n tr o l and d i s c i p l i n e can be m a d e h i 3 s e r v a n ts . C a u sa tio n
i s a cosmic f o rc e and e f f e c t s th e w hole ten d en cy o f th e w o rld a s w e ll
as of th e in d iv i d u a l. The wave, sm all as i t i s , i s p a r t of th e o cean .
No man can be r ig h te o u s o r u n rig h te o u s w ith o u t a f f e c t i n g th e u n iv e r s e ,
because he i s p a r t of th e u n iv e r s e , and we know th a t in a c h a in o f con­
sequences n o t an atom can move w ith o u t a f f e c t i n g th e march o f th e
p l a n e t s . T h is, t h e r e f o r e , makes th e Law of Karma a p a r t o f o u r s e lv e s ,
and hence th e te a c h in g s of- th e ALIORC, th a t th e re i s o n ly ONE 30UL in
th e UNIVERSE becomes n a t u r a l l y and l o g i c a l l y c o r r e c t . T h is th e n makes
ev ery one s t r i v e to do what i s r i g h t , n o t b ecau se i t i s a s e l f i s h d e­
s i r e , b u t becau se th e Cosmic Law so o r d a in s . 'Tlth t h i s e x p la n a tio n
o f th e Buddha and t h a t of P y th a g o ra s, i t i s easy to o b se rv e th e in c o r ­
r e c t d e s c r i p t i o n s of th e symbolism d e s c rib e d to t h i s 1 8 th c a rd , and
th e u t t e r d is r e g a r d i t s v a r io u s exponents have o f th e t r u e m eaning of
t h i s arcanum .

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By F r a t e r A au a riu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
NINETEENTH LETTER OF THE TAROT.
"The Sun"
Papus d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s : "The 1 9 th Hebrew l e t t e r QUOPK
H ie ro g ly p h ic a l l y e x p re s s e s a sh a rp weapon, e v e ry th in g t h a t i s u s e f u l
to man, t h a t d efen d s him and makes an e f f o r t f o r him .
The QU.OPH i s th e r e f o r e a p a r t i c u l a r l y co m p ressiv e, a s t r i n g e n t and
c u t tin g s ig n ; i t i s th e imago o f a g g lo m e ra tiv e , r e s t r i c t i n g form , which
g iv e s r i s e to th e id e a o f m a te r ia l e x is te n c e .
T his l e t t e r r e p r e s e n ts KAPH 11 e n t i r e l y m a te r ia l iz e d , a p p ly in g i t s e l f
to p u re ly p h y s ic a l o b j e c t s . H ere i s a p r o g re s s io n o f th e s ig n —
HE (C ard 5) U n iv e rs a l L if e
CHETH (C ard 8) E lem entary e x i s te n c e . The e f f o r t of n a tu r e .
KAPH (C ard 11) A s s im ila te d l i f e , te n d in g to m a te r ia l fo rm s.
QUOPH (C ard 19) M a te r ia l e x is te n c e , becom ing th e medium of fo rm s.
Q'JOPK i s a sim ple l e t t e r ; i t c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e sig n GEMINI.
Two naked c h ild r e n s ta n d in a w a lle d e n c lo s u r e . The sun se n d s down
i t s ra y s upon them; drops o f g o ld escap e from him and f a l l upon th e
g ro u n d .
The s p i r i t resum es i t s ascen d en cy . I t i s no lo n g e r a r e f l e c t e d l i g h t ,
as in th e p re v io u s arcanum , w hich illu m in e s th e f i g u r e , b u t th e d i r e c t
c r e a tiv e l i g h t o f th e God of o u r U n iv erse w hich flo o d s i t w ith i t s
ra y s.
The vtalla in d ic a t e t h a t we a re B t i l l in th e v i s i b l e o r m a te r ia l w o rld .
The two c h ild r e n sym bolize th e c r e a tiv e f l u i d s , p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e ,
o f th e new c r e a tu r e .
1. Awakening o f th e S p i r i t . T r a n s itio n from th e m a te r ia l w o rld
to th e d iv in e w o rld . N ature ac c o m p lish in g th e f u n c tio n s of
God—
THE ELEMENTS.
3* The body o f man i s renew ed—
NUTRITION; DIGESTION.
3. The m a te r ia l w o rld commences i t s a s c e n s io n tow ards God—
THE MINERAL KINGDOM.“
U a ite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s : "THE SUN. The naked c h ild
mounted on a w h ite h o rs e and d is p la y in g a re d s ta n d a rd h a s been men­
tio n e d a lr e a d y as th e b e t t e r symbolism c o n n e cte d w ith t h i s c a r d . I t
i s th e d e s tin y o f th e S u p e rn a tu ra l E a s t, and th e g r e a t and h o ly l i g h t
which goes b e fo re th e e n d le s s p ro c e s s io n o f h u m an ity , coming o u t from
th e w a lle d g ard en o f th e s e n s i t i v e l i f e and p a s s in g on th e journey
home. The c a rd s i g n i f i e s , th e r e f o r e , th e t r a n s i t from th e m a n ife s t
l i g h t o f t h i s w o rld , r e p r e s e n te d by th e g lo r io u s sun o f e a r t h , to th e
l i g h t o f th e w o rld to come, w hich goes b e fo re a s p i r a t i o n and i s typified
by th e h e a r t o f a c h i l d .
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But th e l a s t a l l u s i o n i s ag a in th e key to a d i f f e r e n t form o r a s p e c t


o f th e symbolism. The sun i s t h a t o f c o n s c io u sn e ss in th e s p i r i t —
th e d i r e c t as th e a n t i t h e s i s o f th e r e f l e c t e d l i g h t . The c h a r a c te r ­
i s t i c ty p e of hum anity h as become a l i t t l e c h i l d t h e r e i n — a c h i l d in
th e se n se o f s im p lic ity and in n o cen ce in th e s e n se o f wisdom. In t h a t
s i m p lic ity he b e a rs th e s e a l o f N atu re and o f A rt; in t h a t in n o cen ce,
he s i g n i f i e s th e r e s to r e d w o rld . When th e se lf-k n o w in g s p i r i t lias
dawned in th e c o n s c io u sn e ss above th e n a t u r a l mind, t h a t mind in i t s
renew al le a d s f o r t h th e anim al n a tu r e in a s t a t e o f p e r f e c t c o n fo rm ity .1'
S a in t H a r tin , th e R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as fo llo w s :
"ARCANE XIX. THE DAZZLING LIGHT. Under a r a d ia n t sun, a young man
and a young g i r l h o ld each o th e r by th e hand w ith in a c i r c l e o f flow ers;
t h i s A rcane sym b o lizes lo v e , w hich b r in g s H ap p in ess; th e sig n w ith in
th e Sun above the co u p le i s th e symbol of u n iv e r s a l g e n e r a tio n . T h is
Arcane XIX means th a t you w i l l be happy and no one s h a l l ta k e your
h a p p in e s s from you, i f you o n ly keep i t w ith in th e l i m i t s of th e home
and th e sa n c tu a ry o f yo u r h e a r t . "
The 1 9 th l e t t e r o f th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t e x o t e r i c a l l y means " th e back
o f th e head" and i s s p e lle d KOPH.
In th e P y th ag o rean scheme o f numbers NINETEEN r e p r e s e n ts FOOLISHNESS
and INSANITY.
In t h i s c a rd , we have a young man and a young woman h o ld in g each o th e r
b y 'th e hand. About them i s a c i r c l e of 30 flo w e rs w hich s p rin g s from
th e e a r t h . Above i s a r a d ia n t Sun o f 31 r a y s , in th e c e n te r o f w hich
iB th e symbol o f u n io n . T his Sun i s th e symbol of p e r f e c t union and
of p e r f e c t harmony in. p h y s ic a l d e s i r e s , i n t e l l e c t u a l i n t e r e s t and
s p ir itu a l a s p ira tio n s .
The young man and woman a re sim ply d r e s s e d , in d ic a t in g a s im p lic ity
in d e s ir e s and a p u r i t y of th o u g h t. The flo w e rs s p r in g in g up about
them sym bolize th e jo y and h a p p in e ss of th e d o m estic c i r c l e w hich more
th a n com pensates them f o r m a te r ia l h a r d s h ip s . The 20 flo w e rs s ig n if y
th e p o te n c y o f d o m estic harmony to Awaken and R e s u rre c t th e s p i r i t u a l
f l o r a o f th e s o u l.
I n s p i r a t i o n means th e in d rav /in g o f th e s p i r i t . Tile so u rc e o f a l l l i f e
and en erg y and s p i r i t u a l pow er i s th e SUN, an d HE i s th e tr u e so u rce
o f i n s p i r a t i o n . Papus g iv e s th e z o d ia c a l in f lu e n c e o f t h i s c a r d to
G em ini. He i s w rong f o r i t b e lo n g s to LEO, th e t r u e home o f th e
SUN. LEO i e th e home o f th e SUN, th e h e a r t c e n te r o f man th ro u g h
w hich th e SUN e x e r t s i t s s tr o n g e s t i n s p i r a t i o n a l pow er. LEO, t h e r e ­
fo re c o rre sp o n d s to th e c a p a c ity to r e c e iv e i n s p i r a t i o n . Love, w hich
i s r u le d by th e sig n o f LEO, i s acknow ledged to be th e power w hich
opens th e i n s p i r a t i o n a l g a t e s . T h is i s sym b o lized by th e SUN o v e r­
shadowing th e lo v e r s in t h i s c a rd .
At th e c e n te r of o u r s o l a r system i s xhe SUIT, t h e 'g i v e r of l i f e and
l i g h t t o she w hole sy stem . I t s symbol in a s tr o lo g y ia a p o in t w ith in
th e c i r c l e , sy m b o lisin g th e one u n ity u n d e r ly in g a l l th in g s . T his
p o in t in. th e m iddle o f tile C i r c le , i s th e b e g in n in g o f a l l t h a t i s to
b e, th e u n m a n ife ste d , a b s o lu te , p r im o r d ia l, perm anent C e n tre , th e
unspoken TfORD from w hich a l l i s to em an ate.
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From th e E a s te rn P h ilo so p h y known as th e WISDOLi RELIGION, we have


been ta u g h t to look upon th e SUN as th e p h y s ic a l body, o r r a t h e r th e
outw ard g lo ry , o f th e CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE in th e S o la r System . The
SUN, how ever, i s o n ly th e r e f l e c t i o n of th e CENTRAL o r UNIVERSAL SUN,
a lth o u g h to ue on e a r t h i t r e p r e s e n ts th e h ig h e s t we can hope to know
o r u n d e rs ta n d w h ile i n h a b itin g human b o d ie s . Every sun in th e h eav en s
i s b u t th e r e f l e c t i o n o f a DIVINE GLORY o f w hich v;e can o b ta in no
ad e q u ate c o n c e p tio n , f o r no man can lo o k upon th e REAL SUIT and LIVE.
In t h i s s to r y w hich comes to ue of th e A ncient Wisdom r e l i g i o n , ’i t
i s p o s tu l a te d t h a t from th e CENTRAL SUN, w hich i t s e l f i s t r i p l e , a r i s e
Seven B eings o r Holy Ones, who send f o r t h T h e ir Rays o r f o rc e s in to
Seven S o la r sy stem s; and o u r SUN r e p r e s e n ts one o f th e s e Rays. In
th e New Teatam ent we re a d t h a t J e s u s s a id : " I and my f a t h e r are one"
(John X, 30), "and I ascen d u n to my F a th e r and your F a th e r" (John XX.
1 7 )— showing t h a t He and th o se who fo llo w e d Him b elo n g ed to th e same
'S t a r ' o r ‘F a th e r ’ in th e same p la n e ta r y realm ; and t h i s i s th e
a s t r o l o g i c a l e x p la n a tio n o f th e sta te m e n t in John XIV, 2: "In my
F a t h e r 's house a re many m an sio n s."
Our v i s i b l e Sun i s th e r e f o r e shown to be th e SHADOW o f th e CENTRAL SUIT
a c tin g as a c o n c re te symbol o f th e E te r n a l POINT from which i t em anate
and around which i t moves in a c y c le o f th o u san d s o f y e a r s .
We, as R o s ic ru c ia n S tu d e n ts , have to do w ith e a c h in c a r n a tio n a s we
f in d i t , and p o s tu l a ti o n s o f th e h e r e a f t e r a re o n ly to a c e r t a i n ex­
t e n t im p o ssib le to p u t in lan g u ag e t h a t i s e n t i r e l y u n d e rs ta n d a b le to
o ur c o n s c io u s n e s s . W hether th e Seven G reat S p i r i t s o r C o sm o crato res,
beyond our V is ib l e SUN, have a DIRECT r e f l e c t i o n in th e seven p la n e ts
f a m i l i a r to a s t r o l o g e r s , we are th e r e f o r e u n a b le to say d e f i n i t e l y .
But i t a p p e a rs to be e v id e n t t h a t a p p ly in g th e maxim, "As above so
b elo w ," th e Sun o f our System i s a S ta r h av in g stre a m s o f in flu e n c e
w hich seem t o l i n k i t w ith each p la n e t and g iv e to each a s p e c ia l
lo r d s h ip ov er c e r t a i n s ig n s o f th e Z odiac; f o r th e SUN h a s p rim a l
lo r d s h ip o v er ALL th e s ig n s , and th e n each p la n e t i s a s s ig n e d o r
a l l o t t e d i t s s e p a r a te r u l e r s h i p u n d er th e SUN. E x o te r ic a ll y , th e n ,
th e p h y s ic a l Sun i s th e c e n te r o f our m a n ife s te d S o la r System .
E s o t e r i c a l l y , i t i s th e fo c u s o f a Ray from th e CENTRAL SUN o r Supreme
I n t e l l i g e n c e p r e s id i n g o v er th e w hole o f o u r U n iv e rse ; and from th e
Sun we re c e iv e as much o f th e C e n tra l S u n 'a ray3 as a re m a n ife s te d
thro u g h t h i s fo c u s .

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By F r a t e r A q u a riu s, S crib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
THE TWENTIETH CARD OF THE TAROT
"The Judgm ent”
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a r d a s f o llo w s : "The 3 0 th Hebrew l e t t e r RESH
h ie ro g ly p h ic a l l y means th e head o f man, and i t i s th e r e f o r e a s s o c ia te d
w ith th e id e a of a l l t h a t p o s s e s s e s in i t s e l f an o r i g i n a l , d eterm in ed
movement. I t i s th e a b s o lu te s ig n of m otion, good o r b ad , and ex­
p r e s s e s th e renew al o f th in g s w ith re g a rd to t h e i r in n a te power of
m otion. The RESH i s a d o u b le l e t t e r , and resp o n d s a s tro n o m ic a lly to
SATURN.
An angel w ith f i e r y w in g s, su rro u n d ed by a r a d ia n t h a lo , sounds th e
trum pet o f th e l a s t judgm ent. The in stru m e n t i s d e c o ra te d w ith a c r o s s .
A tomb opens in th e e a r t h , and a man, woman and c h i ld is s u e th e re fro m ;
t h e i r hands a re jo in e d in s ig n o f a d o r a tio n .
How can th e reaw akening o f n a tu re u n d er th e in f lu e n c e o f th e Word be
b e t t e r e x p re sse d ? We must adm ire th e way in w hich th e symbol answ ers
to th e c o rre sp o n d in g Hebrew h ie r o g ly p h ic .
1. R etu rn to th e d iv in e W orld. The S p i r i t f i n a l l y r e g a in s
p o s s e s s io n o f i t s e l f —
ORIGINAL DETERMINED MOTION.
2. L if e renew s i t s e l f by i t s own m otion—
VEGETABLE LIFE
RESPIRATION
3. The m a te r ia l w o rld p r o g r e s s e s one d eg ree in i t s a s c e n s io n
tow ards God—
THE VEGETABLE WORLD.'1
W aite d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "THE LAST JUDGMENT. I have s a id
t h a t t h i s symbol i s e s s e n t i a l l y i n v a r ia b le in a l l T aro t s e t s , o r a t
l e a s t th e v a r i a t i o n s do n o t a l t e r i t s c h a r a c te r . The g r e a t a n g e l i s
h e re encom passed by c lo u d s , b u t he blow s h i s b an n e re d tru m p e t, and th e
c r o s s a s u s u a l i s d is p la y e d on th e b a n n e r. The dead a r e a r i s i n g from
t h e i r tombs— a woman on th e r i g h t , a man on th e l e f t hand, and betw een
them t h e i r c h ild , whose back i s tu r n e d . But in t h i s c a rd th e r e a re
more th a n th r e e who a re r e s to r e d , end i t h as b een th o u g h t w orth w h ile
to make t h i s v a r i a t i o n as i l l u s t r a t i n g in s u f f ic ie n c y o r c u r r e n t ex p la n a ­
t i o n s . I t sh o u ld be n o te d t h a t a l l th e f i g u r e s a re a s one in th e wonder
a d o ra tio n and e c s ta c y e x p re sse d ' by t h e i r a t t i t u d e s . I t i s th e c a rd
which r e g i s t e r s th e accom plishm ent of th e g r e a t work o f th e tra n s fo rm a ­
tio n in answ er to th e summons o f th e S u p e rn a l—w hich summons is h e a rd
and answ ered from w ith in .
H erein i s th e in tim a tio n o f a s ig n i f ic a n c e w hich cannot w e ll be c a r r i e d
f u r t h e r in th e p r e s e n t p la c e . What i s th a t w ith in u s w hich does sound
a trum pet and a l l t h a t i s low er in our n a tu re r i s e s to re sp o n se — alm ost
in a moment, alm o st in th e tw in k lin g o f an eye? L et th e c a rd c o n tin u e
to d e p ic t, f o r th o se who can see no f u r t h e r , th e L a st Judgment and th e
r e s u r r e c ti o n in th e n a t u r a l body; b u t l e t th o se who have inw ard eyes
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look anddis cover th e r e w ith . They w ill u n d e rs ta n d t h a t i t h a s 'b e e n


t r u l y c a l l e d in th e p a s t a c a rd of e t e r n a l l i f e , and f o r t h i s re a so n
i t may be compared w ith t h a t w hich p a s s e s u n d er th e name o f Tem perance."
S a in t M a rtin , th e R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s : "ARCANE
XX, THE RISING o f THE DEAD. A Genius, i s b low ing a tru m p et above a
S arcophagus o u t of w hich emerge a fa m ily of f a th e r , m other and c h ild .
T his n o t on ly sy m b o lizes th e L a st Judgment of th e Dead, b u t a ls o th e
aw akening of s o u ls t h a t have been p u t to s le e p by e r r o r o r in a c ti o n .
T his A rcane XX, means th a t you must not alloy/ y o u r s e lf to sin k in to th e
s lo t h o f f o r g e t f u l l n e s s , sin c e you have a m issio n to f u l f i l l and
P ro v id en ce i s reacty to re v e a l i t to you as soon as you show y o u r s e lf
w illi n g to a c c e p t th e m essage."
The 20th l e t t e r in th e Hebrew A lphabet i s c a lle d RESH and e x o t e r i c a l l y
means "a HEAD,"
In th e P y th ag o rea n scheme of number TWENTY i s r e p r e s e n te d to mean
WISDOM, RIGOUR, MELANCHOLY.
In t h i s c a rd i s sym bolized a sarco p h ag u s on whose s id e i s p i c t u r e d a
sc a ra b . Above t h i s tomb a g e n ie sounds a tru m p e t, whereupon i t opens
and a man, woman and c h i l d r i s e from i t , s t i l l d r e s s e d in t h e i r wind­
ing s h e e ts .
The sarcophagus i s th e tomb th ro u g h w hich man ascen d s to a h ig h e r l i f e .
The sc a ra b i s a symbol of th e im m o rta lity o f th e s o u l. The g e n ie
blow ing th e tru m p et i s th e c a l l to ascen d to th e Cosmic. A man, a woman
and a c h i ld a r i s e to g e th e r to in d ic a t e th a t im m o rta lity depends upon
th e t r i n i t y o f p o s i t i v e and n e g a tiv e soul-m onads u n ite d in to a cosmic
c o n s c io u s n e s s . The in n o cen ce o f th e ego i s r e p r e s e n te d by th e c h i l d .
The r e a l tomb i s th e p h y s ic a l body w hich c o n fin e s and e n v e lo p e s th e
soul w h ile i t d e v e lo p s i t s pow ers th ro u g h th e f u n c tio n o f s o c ia l l i f e ,
i t s r e l a t i o n s to o th e r l i f e - f o r m s .
The R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n t can n o t e n t i r e l y a c c e p t th e sym bolism o f t h i s
card ; i t i s , a s Mr. W aite h a s s t a t e d , e n t i r e l y to o in c o m p le te in i t s
c o n c e p tio n . I f we a r e to se c u re a le s s o n from th e c a rd we a r e a g a in
com pelled to tu r n to th e symbolism o f th e number 20 from th e P y th ag o rean
scheme o f num bers. T h is a n c ie n t R o s ic ru c ia n p h ilo s o p h e r and I n i t i a t e ,
sa id t h a t twenty r e p r e s e n ts WISDOM, RIGOUR and MELANCHOLY. What r e a l l y
should be co n n e cte d w ith 20 in th e TAROT CARD i s n o t THE JUDGMENT, b u t
the p i c t u r e of an o ld man, f u l l o f wisdom, h a l e and h e a r ty , y e t w ith an
a i r o f sa d n ess on h i s f a c e . We c o u ld th e n re a d t h i s c a rd in i t s tr u e
s ig n if ic a n c e . Wisdom comes w ith a g e , n o t m a te r ia l ag e, b u t th e age of
the SOUL in i t s g a th e r in g o f p e r s o n a l i t y in s t e a d o f w asted in c a r n a tio n s ,
paying th e Karma o f i t s , ( th e p e r s o n a l i t y , ) s l o t h f u l n e s s . I f in each
in c a r n a tio n we add to t h i s £ to re o f p e r s o n a l i t y , we become v ig o ro u s
and in harmony w ith a l l r e l a t i o n s we b e a r to o u r fellow m en; y e t we have
th at sa d n e ss, o r as P y th a g o ra s c a l l e d i t , m elan ch o ly , ‘f o r th o s e who in
ignorance o f th e Cosmic Law a re b u ild i n g up n o t " tr e a s u r e s in heaven"
but more Karma.
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We know t h a t th e body a f t e r t r a n s i t i o n goes hack to th e elem e n ts from


w hich i t came, th e r e f o r e th e r e can n o t he any r e s u r r e c ti o n as sym bolized
in th e s e c a rd s of th e s e l f same body. Our le s s o n s a re s u f f i c i e n t to
co v er t h i s phase o f th e a n a ly z a tio n of t h i s c a rd and we c e r t a i n l y need
n o t go in to any le n g th y e x p la n a tio n of our p o s t u l a t i o n s .
The e v e r re p e a te d symbolism o f d u alism , and i t s accompanying m a n ife s ta ­
t i o n i s b e a u t i f u l l y e x p r s e s s e d in th e man, woman and c h ild , th e p o s i t i v e
and n e g a tiv e o f th e a d u l t s , u n ite to b r in g in to m a n if e s ta tio n th e c h ild ,
th e p i c t u r e r e p r e s e n tin g th e E te r n a l T ria n g le ,

(T h is co n clu d es th e T w enty-T hird d is c o u rs e )


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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d ;
THE TWENTY-FIRST CARD OF THE TAROT
"The Fool"
Papus d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd a s fo llo w s : "SHIN, th e 21s t l e t t e r o f th e
Hebrew a lp h a b e t, e x p re s s e s th e same h ie r o g ly p h ic m eaning as th e ZAIN,
th e 7 th arcanum and SAMECH th e 1 5 th arcanum , t h i s i s an arro w , an
o b je c t d ir e c te d to an aim . But th e movement w hich was d i r e c t i n th e
ZAIN and which becomes c i r c u l a r i n th e SAMECH, h e re ta k e s th e form of
a v i b r a t i o n from one p o le to th e o th e r , w ith an u n s ta b le p o in t o f
e q u ilib r iu m i n th e c e n te r . The SHIN i s , t h e r e f o r e , th e s ig n o f r e ­
l a t i v e d u r a tio n and o f th e movement c o n n e cte d th e re w ith , which th e
SAMECH e x p re s s e s c y c lic movement, and th e r e f o r e a b s o lu te d u r a tio n .
SHIN i s one o f th e th r e e m other l e t t e r s .
A c a r e le s s .lo o k in g man, w e a rin g a f o o l 's ca p , w ith to r n c lo th e s and
a b u n d le on h i s s h o u ld e r, g o es q u i e t l y on h i s way, p a y in g no a t t e n ­
tio n to a dog w hich b i t e s h i s le g . He does n o t lo o k w here he i s g o in g
so w alk s to w ard s a p r e c i p ic e , w here a c r o c o d i le i s w a itin g to d ev o ur
him.
T his i s an image o f th e s t a t e to w hich u n r e s i s t e d p a s s io n w i l l re d u c e
a man- I t i s th e symbol o f th e FLESH and o f I t s g r a t i f i c a t i o n . From
a m oral p o in t o f view th e fo llo w in g v e r s e s from E llp h a s L evi w e ll ex­
p l a i n t h i s symbol:
"Sorrow le s s o n s i t s w ork, I n f u l f i l l i n g a ta s k ;
Woe to th e s lu g g a rd who s le e p s on h i s way;
L ike a dog a t h i s h e e ls p a in c l i n g s t o him f a s t ,
I f h e le a v e f o r to-m orrow th e work o f to d a y ."
1. More r a p id r e t u r n to th e D iv in e W orld. P e r s o n a li ty a s s e r t s I t s e l f —
THE MOTION OF RELATIVE DURATION.
2. The I n t e l l e c t ro u g h ly a p p e a rs u n d e r th e in f lu e n c e o f e v o lu tio n —
INNERVATION: INSTINCT
3. The m a tte r o f th e w o rld a t t a i n s th e maximum o f i t s m a te r ia l
p r o g re s s io n —
THE ANIMAL KINGDOM,"
W aite d e s c rib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s : "No. ZERO. THE FOOL. W ith
l i g h t s te p , a s i f th e e a r th and i t s tram m els h ad l i t t l e power to r e ­
s t r a i n him , a young man i n g o rg eo u s v e stm e n ts p a u se s a t th e b r in k o f
a p r e c i p ic e among th e g r e a t h e i g h ts of th e w o rld ; h e su rv e y s th e b lu e
d is ta n c e b e fo re him— i t s expanse of sky r a t h e r th a n th e p ro s p e c t b e­
low. H ie a c t o f e a g e r w alk in g i s s t i l l i n d i c a t e d , th o u g h he i s
s ta tio n a r y a t th e g iv e n moment; h i s dog i s s t i l l boun d in g . The edge
which opens on th e d e p th h a s no t e r r o r ; i t i s a s i f a n g e ls were w a it­
ing to u p h o ld him , i f i t came a b o u t t h a t he le a p e d from t h e h e i g h t.
His co u n ten an ce i s f u l l o f i n t e l l i g e n c e and e x p e c ta n t dream s. He h as
a ro se in one hand and i n th e o th e r a c o s t l y wand, from which depends
over h i s r i g h t s h o u ld e r a w a l l e t c u r io u s ly em b ro id ered . He i s a
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p r in c e o f th e o th e r world, on h ie t r a v e l s th ro u g h t h i s one— a l l am id st
th e m orning g lo r y , i n th e k een a i r . The sun w hich s h in e s b e h in d him ,
knows whence he came, w h ith e r he i s g o in g , and how he w i l l r e tu r n by
a n o th e r p a th a f t e r many d a y s . He i s th e s p i r i t in s e a rc h o f e x p e rie n c e .
Many symbols o f th e I n s t i t u t e d M y s te rie s a r e summ arized i n t h i s c a rd ,
w hich r e v e r s e s , u n d e r h ig h w a r r a n ts , a l l th e c o n fu sio n s t h a t h ave p r o ­
ceed ed i t .
In t h i s Manual o f C artom ancy, G rand O rie n t h a s a c u rio u s s u g g e s tio n
o f th e o f f i c e o f th e M y stic F o o l, a s a p a r t o f h i s p ro c e s s in h ig h e r
d i v in a tio n ; b u t i t m ight c a l l f o r more th a n o r d in a r y g i f t s t o p u t i t
in to o p e r a tio n . We s h a l l see how th e c a rd f a r e s a c c o rd in g to th e
common a r t s o f f o r tu n e t e l l i n g , and i t w i l l be an exam ple, to th o se
who can d is c e r n , o f th e f a c t , o th e rw is e so e v id e n t, t h a t th e Trumps
M ajor h ad no p la c e o r i g i n a l l y in th e a r t s o f p s y c h ic gam b lin g , when
c a rd s a re u se d as th e c o u n te rs and p r e t e x t s . Of th e c irc u m sta n c e s
u n d e r w hich t h i s a r t a ro s e we know, how ever, v e ry l i t t l e . The con­
v e n tio n a l e x p la n a tio n s say t h a t th e F ool s i g n i f i e s th e f l e s h , th e
s e n s i t i v e l i f e , a n d ty a p e c u l i a r s a t i r e i t s s u b s id ia r y name was a t
one tim e th e a lc h e m is t as d e p ic tin g f o l l y a t th e m ost in s e n s a te
s t a g e . 11
SAINT MARTIN, th e R o s ic r u c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd as f o llo w s :
"ARCANE XXI THE CROWN OF THE MAGI. We have b e fo re u s a w re a th made
o u t o f l o t u s f lo w e r s . At each o f th e f o u r a n g le s i s fo u n d a h e a d ,
r e s p e c t i v e l y , o f a l i o n , o f a man, o f an e a g le , an d o f a b u l l ; th e y
sym bolize th e f o u r w inds o f th e s p i r i t . The w re a th e i t s e l f i s th e
emblem o f th e magic c h a in t h a t u n i t e s a l l b e in g s , a l l th in g s and a l l
id e a s . Under th e w re ath i s a k n e e lin g young g i r l r e p r e s e n tin g R e li­
g io n and p la y in g upon a h a rp o f th r e e s t r i n g s , th e image o f th e t r i p l e
harmony w ith in man: SOUL, MIND, BODY. T h is A rcane XXI, means t h a t
you may re a c h th e g r e a t e s t h e ig h t to w hich man may a s p i r e ; i t p ro ­
m ises you t h a t y o u r most a m b itio u s d e s i r e s w i l l be r e a l i z e d an d th a t
y o u r f i n a l s u c c e s s w i l l o n ly be l i m i t e d by y o u r w is h e s ."
The 3 1 st l e t t e r o f th e Hebrew A lp h ab et SHIN e x o t e r i c a l l y r e p r e s e n ts
"a TOOTH."
31 in th e P y th ag o rea n scheme o f num bers r e p r e s e n ts MYSTERY, FECUNDITY
and PRODUCTION.
As th e r e i s a m ix-up in th e l e t t e r s and num bers of th e T a ro t c a rd s a t
t h i s p o i n t , Pqpus c a l l s i t c a rd 31, W aite c a l l s i t c a rd ZERO, and
S a in t M a rtin d e s c r ib e s th e 3 1 s t c a r d a s th e 33nd and t h e SSnd a s th e
2 1 s t, we w i l l th e r e f o r e c o n tin u e w ith th e SSnd c a rd o f th e T a ro t and
th e n g iv e o u r sym bolism a s we f i n d i t a t th e c o n c lu s io n o f th e s e two
c a r d s . We fo llo w w ith th e
TWENTY-SECOND CARD OF THE TAROT.
THE WORLD
Papus d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a r d a s f o llo w s : THE TAU, th e SSnd Hebrew l e t t e r ,
h a s th e same h ie r o g ly p h ic m eaning a s th e DALETH th e 4 tli c a rd , t h a t i s
a womb; b u t i t i s o h i e f l y th e s ig n o f r e c i p r o c i t y , th e image o f a l l
t h a t i s m utual and r e c i p r o c a l . I t i s th e s ig n o f s ig n s , f o r to th e
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abundance o f th e l e t t e r DALETH 4 th c a r d , an d by d i n t o f r e s is ta n c e and
p r o t e c t i o n o f th e l e t t e r TETE, 9 th c a r d , i t adds th e id e a o f PERFEC­
TION o f w hich i t i s th e symbol* I n th e p r im it iv e Hebrew a lp h a b e t
TETH was r e p r e s e n te d by a CROSS* T h is l e t t e r i s d o u b le and in a s t r o ­
nomy r e p r e s e n ts th e SUN*
A nude fem ale f i g u r e h o ld in g a wand in each h an d , i s p la c e d in th e
c e n te r o f an e l l i p s i s , h e r le g s c r o s s e d ( l i k e th o s e o f th e Hanged man
o f th e 1 2 th c a r d ) . At th e f o u r a n g le s o f th e c a r d we f i n d f o u r an im als
o f th e A pocalypse, and th e f o u r form s o f th e Sphinx: The Man, th e
L io n , th e B u ll and th e E a g le .
T his symbol r e p r e s e n ts th e Macrocosm and th e M icrocosm; t h a t i s to sa y ,
God and C re a tio n , o r th e Law of th e A b so lu te . The f o u r f i g u r e s p la c e d
a t th e f o u r c o m e r s r e p r e s e n t th e f o u r l e t t e r s o f th e S a c re d Name, o r
th e f o u r g r e a t sym bols o f th e T a r o t.
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W aite d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a rd a s f o llo w s : "No* E l THE WORLD. As t h i s
f i n a l message o f th e M ajor Trumps i s unchanged— and in d e e d unchange­
a b le — i n r e s p e c t t o i t s d e s ig n , i t h a s b een p a r t l y d e s c r ib e d in i t s
d e e p e r s e n s e . I t r e p r e s e n ts a ls o th e p e r f e c t i o n and end o f th e Cosmos,
th e s e c r e t w hich i s w ith in i t , th e r a p tu r e o f th e u n iv e r s e when i t
u n d e rs ta n d s i t s e l f in God. I t i s f u r t h e r th e s t a t e o f th e so u l in th e
c o n s c io u sn e ss o f D iv in e V is io n , r e f l e c t e d from th e se lf-k n o w in g 6 p i r i t .
But th e s e m eanings a re w ith o u t p r e ju d ic e to t h a t w hich I have s a id
c o n c e rn in g i t on th e m a te r ia l s i d e . I t h a s more th a n one m essage on
th e m&crocosmic s id e and i s , f o r exam ple, th e s t a t e o f th e r e s to r e d
w o rld when th e law o f m a n if e s ta tio n s h a l l h ave been c a r r i e d to th e
h ig h e s t d eg ree o f n a t u r a l p e r f e c t i o n . But i t i s p e rh a p s more e s p e c i a l ­
l y a s to r y o f th e p a s t , r e f e r r i n g to th e day when a l l was d e c la r e d to
be good, when th e m orning s t a r s san g to g e th e r an d a l l th e Sons o f God
sh o u te d f o r jo y . One o f th e w o rs t e x p la n a tio n s c o n c e rn in g i t i s t h a t
th e f i g u r e sy m b o lizes th e Magus when h e h a s re a c h e d th e h ig h e s t d eg ree
o f i n i t i a t i o n ; a n o th e r sa y s t h a t i t r e p r e s e n ts th e a b s o lu te , w hich i s
r i d i c u l o u s . The f i g u r e h a s b een s a i d to s ta n d f o r TRUTH, w hich i s ,
how ever, more p r o p e r ly a l l o c a t e d to th e 1 7 th c a r d . L a s t l y , i t h a s
been c a l l e d th e Crown o f th e M agi."
S a in t M a rtin , th e R o s ic ru c ia n , d e s c r ib e d t h i s c a r d a s f o llo w s : "ARCANE
XXII THE CROCODILE. T h is image w hich h a s o f te n b een c a l l e d th e
A th e is t o r th e FOOL, r e p r e s e n ts a b l i n d man w ith a b ag on e i t h e r s id e
o f h i s s h o u ld e r and a s t i c k i n h i s h an d , w a lk in g to w ard s a b ro k en
o b e lis k , s t r e t c h e d on th e g ro u n d an d b e h in d w h ich , w ith i t s huge mouth
open a c r o c o d ile a w a its him . I t i s t r u l y th e p i c t u r e o f th e A th e is t
who se e s n o t th e d iv in e l i g h t and c a r r i e s th e w eig h t o f h i s m is ta k e s
and h i s f a u l t s . K is s t i c k can n o t g u id e him , and h e w a lk s , u rg e d on
by f a t a l i t y to w ard s h i s r u i n , sy m b o lized by th e v o r a c io u s c r o c o d ile .
I n th e sky above th e sun i s p a r t i a l l y e c lip s e d by a d ark shadow, th e
symbol o f Doubt d e s tr o y in g F a i t h . T h is A rcane XXII means t h a t a
number o f ra is fo rtim e s a r e t h r e a te n in g you, and t h a t your o n ly hope i s
to come to you from Heaven to w ard s w hich y o u r p r a y e r s m ust r i s e con­
s ta n tly . "
The 22nd Hebrew l e t t e r TAV e x o t e r i c a l l y means a "CROSS MARK."
The P y th ag o rea n scheme o f num bers Twenty-Two i s d e s c r ib e d to mean
CHASTISEMENT, PENALTY, HURT.
A ccording to Papus and W aite th e 3 1 s t c a rd s i g n i f i e s th e FOOL, w h ile
S a in t M a rtin d e s c r ib e s t h i s c a rd a s th e 22nd. Arcanum XXI h a s a p p a re n t­
l y a d u a l i n t e r p r e t a t i o n , t h a t o f m a te r ia l and s p i r i t u a l m eanings.
T here i s l i t t l e to ad d to th e sym bolism a s p i c t u r e d b y t h i s c a rd to
t h a t w hich h a s b een g iv e n .
The sym bolism o f th e WORLD th e l a s t c a rd o f P apus and W aite and th e
3 1 st c a rd o f S a in t M a rtin lik e w is e a re f u l l y d e s c r ib e d in t h e i r symbo­
lism s# As I m en tio n ed a t th e b e g in n in g o f th e d e s c r ip tio n o f th e s e
c a rd s , I l i k e th e p i c t u r e d sym bols o f S a in t M a rtin b e t t e r th a n th o se
o f any o th e r s e t . Thus S a in t M a rtin s i g n i f i e d th e c a rd c a l l e d by Papus
and W aite "THE WORLD" a s th e CROWN o f th e MAGI. Here we have a young
g i r l k n e e lin g and p la y in g a h a rp of th r e e s t r i n g s . Above i s a w re ath
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of 13 flo w e rs , each flo w e r h a s tw elv e b lo sso m s. At each o f th e f o u r


a n g le s o f th e w re ath i s a h ead , th e two below b e in g a a crowned e a g le
and b u l l , th e two above b e in g th e h ead s of men, one th e low brow o f a
p r im it iv e man, th e o th e r th e brow of th e c i v i l i z e d man, w ith th e
s e r p e n t 's head a t th e brow to in d i c a t e m ental f e r t i l i t y .
The young g i r l sy m b o lizes th e p u r i t y o f l i f e . She i s m o d estly c lo th e d
to in d ic a t e s im p lic ity o f l i v i n g and m o d e ra tio n o f d e s i r e s . She k n e e ls
a s she p la y s th e h a rp to i n d i c a t e th e a b s o lu te d e v o tio n t o th e h ig h e r
la w s , and p r a y e r f u l a s p i r a t i o n s t o l i v e a s p i r i t u a l l i f e .
The h a rp h a s th r e e s t r i n g s , s ig n i f y in g harmony o f body, i n t e l l e c t and
em o tio n s.
The tw elv e flo w e rs o f th e w reath above a re th e tw elve z o d ia c a l s ig n s
in which a l l e x p e rie n c e i s g a in e d . The th r e e blossom s o f each flo w e r
in d i c a t e th a t th e so u l h a s g a rn e re d e x p e rie n c e on th e th r e e p la n e s ,
p h y s i c a l , a s t r a l and s p i r i t u a l ,
The head o f th e p r im itiv e man i s adorned w ith a L io n 's s k in to s ig n if y
th e c r e a t i v e f o r c e s o f th e s o l a r s ig n LEO, and th e courage w hich i s
n e c e s s a ry to a l l r e a l a tta in m e n t. The h ead o f th e B u ll r e p r e s e n ts th e
f r u c t i f y i n g ag en t of n a tu r e and p o in ts o u t th e n e c e s s ity o f la b o r in
a l l p r o g r e s s . The Crowned E ag le s i g n i f i e s t h a t se x , w hich i s governed
by th e s ig n of SCORPIO, h a s been tu r n e d in to th e c h a n n e ls w hich le a d
to s p i r i t u a l i t y . And th e h ead o f th e c i v i l i z e d man i n d i c a t e s t h a t
b o th i n t u i t i o n and i n t e l l i g e n c e a r e n e c e s s a ry g u id e s in u n fo ld in g th e
h ig h e s t s p i r i t u a l p o s s i b i l i t i e s .
These f o u r emblems ran g ed aro u n d th e Z odiac ty p if y th e p r o c e s s e s of
e v o lu tio n . They a r e th e f o u r form s o f th e E g y p tia n S phinx, and a ls o
sym bolize th e p a s s a g e o f th e Sun th ro u g h th e f o u r z o d ia c a l q u a d ra n ts .
As a p p lie d to a d e p ts h ip , th e y p o in t o u t t h a t th e neo p h y te must have
energy and courage to s u s t a in h i s e f f o r t s , must have knowledge to
d i r e c t h i s e n e r g ie s p r o p e r ly , must la b o r c e a s e l e s s l y f o r th e r e a l i z a ­
t i o n o f h i s a s p i r a t i o n s , and must g r a d u a lly tu n e h i s em o tio n s to a
h ig h e r , more s p i r i t u a l v ib r a to r y l e v e l . Those f o u r a t t r i b u t e s , WISDOM,
PERSEVERANCE, COURAGE and LOVE a r e u s u a lly re n d e re d in o c c u lt c i r c l e s
"TO KNOW, TO DO, TO DARE and TO BE SILENT."
We have fo llo w e d th e p a th o f th e Twenty-two c a rd s of th e M ajor Arcanum
of th e T a ro t a s a p p lie d to symbology and i t s c o n n e c tio n w ith th e
K abala. You can ju d g e f o r y o u r s e lf by th e many exam ples g iv e n o f th e
u t t e r c o n fu sio n t h a t e x i s t s in th e minds o f o c c u l t i s t s how to t i e up
th e s e tw enty-tw o l e t t e r s o f th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t w ith num erology, w ith
a s tr o lo g y , and th e f a l l a c y o f t h e i r i n t e r p r e t a t i o n s . I h ave en d eav o r­
ed a t th e end o f each c a r d t o g iv e a tr u e le s s o n t h a t m ight be a p p lie d
to th e c a r d m en tio n ed and how i t c o u ld be p r o p e r ly woven in to R o s ic ru -
o ia n te a c h in g s . I
I have t r i e d to e lim in a te much t h a t i s g u e ss work and have q u o te d from
th e a n c ie n t M a ste rs o f o u r O rd er to e n a b le you t o a s c e r t a i n t h a t th e r e
i s a t r u e KABALA, t h a t i t h a s alw ays e x i s t e d , b u t t h a t i t can o n ly be
a t t a i n e d by d ig g in g and th ro u g h p ro p e r g u id an ce o f th e R o s ic ru c ia n
te a c h in g s t h a t have been e s t a b l i s h e d f o r t h a t v e ry p u rp o se .
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You are d a ily r e c e iv in g knowledge o f th e tr u e K abala o f th e A ncient
M ystery S ch o o ls, and in your w eekly le s s o n s from g rad e to g ra d e , i f
you have the stam in a and courage to c o n tin u e , u n t i l you re a c h th e
h ig h e r g ra d e s , th e r e a l s to r y of th e K abala w i l l u n fo ld i t s e l f to you,
j u s t a s a b e a u t i f u l ro se u n fo ld s from a bud. Hay th e God of our
H e a rts gu id e you in y o u r s t u d i e s , and may you have th e cou rag e and
s p i r i t u a l g u id an ce t h a t i s so n e c e s s a ry to a l l R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts
i n t h e i r s e a rc h f o r Knowledge to u se f o r th e b e n e f i t o f a l l m ankind.
The fo llo w in g le s s o n s w i l l be a c o n tin u a tio n o f th e stu d y o f th e
K abala, b u t w i l l t r e a t w ith a n o th e r phase o f i t — th e s c ie n c e o f sym­
b o lo g y .

(The c o n c lu d e s th e T w enty-Fourth D isc o u rse )


There a r e , as you know, 56 o th e r c a rd s o f th e TAROT, th e y a r e c a l l e d
th e 56 MINOR ARCANE3 . These 56 c a rd s a re d iv id e d in to f o u r s u i t s o f
14 c a rd s each:
THE SCEPTERS
THE KINO, THE QUEEN, THE T7ARRI0R o r KNIGHT, THE PAGE OR SLAVE
and th e numbered c a rd s 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 . 1 0
THE CUPS
THE 370RDS
THE PSilTACLES
A ll I can a s c e r t a i n from th e s e 56 c a rd s i s t h a t th e y a re u sed f o r w hat
i s known as "S p read s" ot d i v i n a t i o n o r r a th e r f o r tu n e t e l l i n g .
S a in t M artin in h i s d e s c r i p t i o n o f each c a rd o f th e M ajor Arcanum gave
h i s m eaning o f each c a rd a s u sed f o r d i v i n a t i o n a s you w i l l a s c e r t a i n
by lo o k in g a t th e bottom o f each d e s c r i p t i o n .
F o r th o se who d e s ir e to know how he u s e d th e b a la n c e o f th e 55 ce.rds
f o r t h i s p u rp o se , you can s e c u re a book f o r 50 c e n ts a t y o u r book­
seller and g e t a d e s c r i p t i o n o f th e m ethod f o r each c a r d .
I gave you th e f u l l d e s c r i p t i o n o f each c a rd by Papus to a ro u se yo u r
i n t e r e s t , and i f you have c a r e f u l l y fo llo w e d h i s d e s c r i p t i o n you w i l l
see t h a t he h a s a tte m p te d t o e s t a b l i s h a p r i n c i p l e o f t h r e e p rim a ry
p r i n c i p l e s a s c o n s id e re d th ro u jp i t h e i r e v o lu tio n : The U n iv e rs e , Han,
and God. He assum es t h a t th e r e i s a p r o g r e s s io n w hich s t a r t s from
God, th e H oly G h o st, to end i n M a ste r, w h ile p a s s in g th ro u g h a number
o f v a ry in g m o d a liti e s . Then a n o th e r g r a d u a tio n le a d s from M a tte r to
God, th e p r im it iv e o r i g i n o f a l l t h i n g s .
We, a s R o 3 ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts , r e c e iv e t h i s s to r y o f I n v o lu tio n and
E v o lu tio n i n a more c o n c re te and s a t i s f a c t o r y m anner. The e x p e rie n c e s
o f R o s ie ru c ia n s f o r a g e s i s a t o u r han d , to g u id e and a s s i s t u s p r o ­
p e r ly i n t h i s p a th o f i n i t i a t i o n and a l l g u e ss work h a s b een c a r e f u l l y
e lim in a te d , and o u r p o s t u l a t i o n s have been so p r e s e n te d t h a t th e y a r e
easy to t e s t by e x p e rim e n ts .
Tile Cosmogony p r e s e n te d by Papus i s sim p ly a copy work g o tte n a t second
hand from raed d lars w ith t h i s Cosmic S c ie n c e , and we a s R o s ic ru c ia n
S tu d e n ts r e c e iv e a Cosmogony t h a t i s n o t o n ly s c i e n t i f i c a l l y c o r r e c t ,
b u t a s we go th ro u g h th e V e,rious D egrees we b e g in to r e a l i s e th e
D iv in e n e ss and c o ia p le te n e ss o f th e te a c h in g s o f th e AilOP.C u n d e r th e
g u idance o f M a sters who KNOW.
N a tu r a lly , i f we d e s i r e d , we c o u ld p r e s e n t le s s o n s on th e K ab ala t h a t
w ould ta k e y e a r s o f le s s o n s to co m p le te . T h is w ould e n t a i l f i r s t a
com plete knowledge o f HE3REU so a s to make co m p ariso n s w ith w hat h a s
b een p r e s e n te d to th e w o rld a s th e "TRUE KABALA" and th e n i t s p ro p e r
p r e s e n t a t i o n a s th e O rd er h a s i t from th e most a n c ie n t tim e s .
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I t Y/ould mean a com plete p r e s e n t a t i o n of th e stu d y o f E s o te r ic A stro ­


lo g y » so t h a t you would be e n a b le d to p ic k o u t th e fla w s o f th e p r e s e n t
system o f A stro lo g y , w rongly s o - c a lle d , and se c u re a knowledge of t h i s
A ncient 3 cien ce in w hich o u r A ncient B re th e rn w ere so th o ro u g h ly
sc h o o led in . Yet t h i s b ran ch b elo n g ed to o n ly one s e c tio n o f o u r
s tu d e n ts , and was n o t known to a l l s tu d e n ts .
I t would mean a com plete stu d y o f num erology, so th a t you c o u ld see
th e f a l l a c y of th e v a r io u s system s o f num erology a s i t i s now p r a c tic e d ,
A h i n t o f t h i s num erology h a s b een g iv en to you in each c a rd as to how
th e s tu d e n ts o f o u r R o s ic ru c ia n B ro th e r P y th a g o ra s w ere ta u g h t i t .
You do re c e iv e one b ra n c h o f th e K abala, t h a t o f v i b r a t i o n s , in a l l
its e n t i r e t y , th ro u g h th e v a r io u s D eg rees. T his in i t s e l f h as en a b led
you to u n d e rs ta n d th e wrong d e s c r ip tio n s g iv e n to most o f th e c a rd s of
th e lia jo r Arcanum.
T his s e r i e s of le s s o n s h a s b een p r e s e n te d to you to open t o your stu d y
th e sc ie n c e of symbology, th e re a d in g of p i c t u r e s , you m ight c a l l i t ,
so th a t you might become f a m i l i a r w ith th e most a n c ie n t manner of
w r i t i n g s . Thus when you re a d b o o k s, you w i l l b e e n a b le d to form in
your mind a p i c t u r e o f w hat i s b e in g p r e s e n te d and draw f o r y o u r s e lf
a p i c t u r e sy m b o lisin g what th e a u th o r i s tr y i n g to convey. I f the
le s s o n s have awakened yo u r C o n scio u sn ess to t h i s p h ase a lo n e , i t h a s
accom plished much. I f i t le a d s you to r e s e a r c h in to many p le a s a n t
b y -p a th s of stu d y , i t h a s acco m p lish ed more, and f i n a l l y i f i t h a s im­
p r e s s e d you w ith th e f a c t t h a t th e AHORC te a c h in g s a re c o m p lete, l o g i ­
c a l and p r a c t i c a l , th en i t i s in d e e d t y p i c a l o f a l l th e e f f o r t s o f
R o s ic ru c ia n s tu d e n ts b o th p a s t and p r e s e n t.

(T h is co n c lu d es th e T w e n ty -F ifth d is c o u rs e )
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By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
One o f th e d i f f i c u l t i e s t h a t c o n f r o n ts th e s tu d e n t o f th e K abala i s
a p ro p e r sequence of fo llo w in g t h i s in tric a te o c c u lt and th e o s o p h ic a l
s u b je c t.
However, i f we B ta rt o u r stu d y w ith a knowledge o f th e TEN SEPHIROTH
o r em anations o f th e c r e a tiv e D e ity , c a l l e d AIN SOPH, (A in Soph i s th e
B eing who i s th e cause and g o v ern o r o f a l l t h i n g s , — i . e . a B eing, in ­
f i n i t e , b o u n d le ss, a b s o lu te ly i d e n t i c a l w ith i t s e l f , u n ite d i n i t s e l f ,
w ith o u t a t t r i b u t e s , w i l l , i n t e n t i o n , d e s i r e , th o u g h t, word o r deed)
and t h a t th e se em anations o r SEPHIROTH a re em anated from th e ABSOLUTE,
th e AIN SOPH, th e n we can come to a c o n c lu s io n t h a t w h ile th e AIN SOPH
i s th e c r e a t o r , y e t a l l m a n if e s ta tio n s must en su e th ro u g h th e 8EPEI-
ROTHS.
T his i s a b s o lu te ly e s s e n t i a l to u n d e rsta n d th e K ab ala, b e c a u se th e
D eity i s i n v i s i b l e and e x a lte d , and th e r e f o r e th e 8 e p h iro th a re th e
medium betw een th e Ain Soph and th e r e a l w o rld . T his i s b a se d on th e
f a c t so g r e a t l y e n la rg e d by th e K abala t h a t th e r e a l w o rld i s lim ite d
and n o t p e r f e c t , th e r e f o r e i t can n o t d i r e c t l y p ro c e e d from th e Ain
Soph; s t i l l th e Ain Soph m ust e x e r c is e in f lu e n c e o v e r i t , o r p e r f e c ­
tio n w ould c e a s e . Hence th e S e p h iro th , w hich in t h e i r in tim a te con­
n e c tio n w ith th e Ain Soph, are p e r f e c t , and in t h e i r se v e ra n c e in p e r ­
f e c t , m ust be th e medium.
T his c o n c lu s io n th e r e f o r e b r in g s us to our f i r s t p r o p o s itio n t h a t th e
SEPHIROTH a re ELIANATI ONS, and n o t CREATIONS. T h is m ust n eed s be so ,
f a r as th e a b s o lu te AIN SOPH i s p e r f e c t , th e S e p h iro th p ro c e e d in g th e r e ­
from must a ls o be p e r f e c t , hence they a re n o t c r e a te d .
From t h i s p r o p o s itio n comes the second t h a t , th e f i r s t SEFHIRA was in
th e AIN SOPH as a power b e fo re i t became a r e a l i t y ; th e n th e second
SEPHIRA em anated as a p o te n c y of th e i n t e l l e c t u a l w o rld ; and a f t e r ­
w ards th e o th e r SEPHIROTH em anated f o r th e m oral and m a te r ia l w o rld s .
T h is, how ever, does n o t im ply a " p r iu e and p e s t e r i u s , B o r a g r a d u a tio n
in th e AIN SOPH, b u t j u s t as a l i g h t whose k in d le d l i g h t s , w hich s h in e
so o n er and l a t e r , and v a r io u s ly , so i t em braces a l l in a u n i t y . Thus
th e SEPHIROTH a re b o th a c tiv e and p a s s i v e „ As th e SEPHIROTH do n o t
s e t a s id e th e u n ity o f th e AIN SOPH, each one o f them m ust r e c e iv e from
i t s p r e d e c e s s o r and im p a rt to i t s s u c c e s s o r— i . e . , be r e c e p tiv e and im­
p a rtin g .
We lik e w is e m ust remember t h a t th e s e TEN SEPHIROTH s ta n d f o r c e r t a i n
th in g s in th e FOUR WORLDS.
I f we s e t up a ta b le o f th e s e t h i n g s , we b e g in to see t h a t th e com­
p l e x i t i e s o f re a d in g ab o u t the K abala b e g in to become more com prehens­
i b l e , and w h ile we may o r may n o t ag ree w ith th e t h e o r i e s s e t f o r t h ,
we are e n a b le d to tr a c e th e p h ilo s o p h ie s to o th e r s o u r c e s .
L et u s b e g in w ith th e names o f th e Ten S e p h iro th and e s t a b l i s h o u r
b a s is : The f i r s t name w i l l be th e Hebrew name and th e seco n d column
w i l l c o n ta in th e E n g lis h e q u iv a le n t:
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In th e WORLD OF ASIAH o r MATERIAL WORLD, a l l th in g s a r e made up o f th e
g r o s s e r e le m e n ts o f th e o th e r t h r e e .
The p l a n e t s , e t c . , t h a t a r e a c te d upon a r e g iv e n a s f o llo w s :
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The M acroprosopus o r V ast Countenance b elo n g s s o le ly to th e ARCHETYPAL


WORLD and th e r e f o r e o n ly to th e 1 s t SEPHIROTH.
The FATHER to th e 2nd S e p h iro th an d th e M other S u p ern al to th e 3rd
S e p h ir o th . These two sy m b o lica l D e if ic form s a re in th e CREATIVE WORLD
o n ly .
The M ioroprosopus, o r L e s s e r Countenance b e lo n g s to th e FORMATIVE WORLD
and h as to do w ith S e p h iro th s 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 .
The B rid e o f th e M icroprosopus b e lo n g s to th e 4 th o r MATERIAL WORLD
and c o rre sp o n d s w ith th e 1 0 th S e p h iro th ,

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NUMBER TWENTY-SEVEN
By F r a t e r A q u ariu s, S crib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
From th e t a b l e s s u b m itte d i n o u r l a s t l e c t u r e , i t becomes o f g r e a t
a s s i s t a n c e in s tu d y in g th e K ab ala, f o r when we know what w o rld th e
w r i t e r i s d e a lin g w ith , th e ATZILOTE, o r a r c h e ty p a l w o rld ; BRIAH, o r
w o rld o f c r e a tio n ; YETZIRAH, w o rld o f fo u n d a tio n ; o r ASIAH, w o rld of
m a te r ia lis m s , th e p o s t u l a t i o n s a r e more u n d e rs ta n d a b le .
From th e s e ta b l e s t h a t I have s u b m itte d , L evi form ed h is "C lef des
M y ste re s." T here h a s been added to th e ta b l e s su b m itte d one f o r th e
so u l as f o llo w s :
NESCHAliAH o r th e p u re s p i r i t
RUACH th e s o u l o r s p i r i t
NEPHESCH th e p l a s t i c m e d ia to r
Thus Nephesch i s im m ortal by renew al o f i t s e l f th ro u g h th e d e s tr u c tio n
o f form s;
Ruach i s p r o g r e s s iv e th ro u g h th e e v o lu tio n o f id e a s .
Neschamah i s p r o g r e s s iv e w ith o u t f o r g e tf u l n e s s an d w ith o u t d e s t r u c t i o n .
The body i s th e v e i l o f N ephesch, Nephesch i3 th e v e i l o f Ruach, Ruach
i s th e v e i l o f th e sh ro u d o f Neechamah,
From Ruaoh and N ephesch in f lu e n c e d by th e good a s p i r a t i o n s o f Neschamah,
p ro c e e d s M ich ael, th e good a n g e l o f th e s o u l. From N ephesch d o m in atin g
Ruach, and u n in flu e n c e d by th e good a s p i r a t i o n s o f Neschamah, p ro c e e d s
Samacl th e e v i l s p i r i t o f th e s o u ls .
T h is c a r r i e s o u t th e good and e v i l i n t e n t s o f mankind and en d eav o rs to
e x p la in why such p u re em an atio n s o f th e Ain Soph can d e t e r i o r a t e in to
n e g a tiv e q u a l i t i e s .
Q u ite f r e q u e n tly you w i l l h e a r th e lO .S e p h iro th c a l l e d s l i g h t l y d i f ­
f e r e n t names from th o se g iv e n in th e f i r s t t a b l e ; f o r in s t a n c e , Dr,
J e llin e M e in h ie “Be i t rage zu r G esch ich te d e r K abbalh, E r s te s H eft"
p u b lis h e d i n 1852 c a l l s them a s f o llo w s :
In Hebrew we re a d from r i g h t to l e f t j u s t th e r e v e r s e o f E n g lis h .
Hence Number 1 . s t a r t s a t th e r i g h t hand s i d e . Thus Number 1 above
r e p r e s e n ts th e Hebrew l e t t e r s VHV, and i f we su p p ly th e v o w els, we
se c u re th e name BSHU. I g iv e below th e e n t i r e l i s t o f th e s e 72 names,
w ith th e vow els s u p p lie d . I f to each o f th e s e t r i l i t e r a l names A l,
o r I h , S I o r Yah be ad d ed , th e names o f 72 a n g e ls a re o b ta in e d , who
r u le o v e r th e 72 q u in a r ie s o f th e d eg ree o f th e ZODIAC.
The names from th e above t a b u l a t i o n lik e w is e are a lin g e d to th e fo u r
heavens a ta b le o f w hich h a s been s u p p lie d . Thus from number one to
number 18 b elo n g to th e ATZILOTH o r ARCHETYPAL tfORLD.
The names num bering 19 to 36 to BRIAH o r w o rld o f C r e a tio n .
The names o f 37 to 54 to YETZIRAH o r w o rld o f fo u n d a tio n
The names o f 55 to 72 to ASIAH o r m a te r ia l w o rld .
I t i s assumed th a t th e s e names r u le th e v a rio u s q u a l i t i e s of each w orld,
and from thiB are made up m a n y o f th e p o s tu la tio n s of the K & balist.
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th e "S ig n s o f th e Z o d ia c ". T h is i s n o t a t a l l so , f o r th e p l a n e t s ,
s t a r s , and lu m in a rie s a re lik e w is e meant when you re a d a p a ssa g e in
th e S c r ip tu r e s r e f e r r i n g to th e " s ig n s " o r " S ig n a tu re s " i n th e
h eav en s.
As th e r e seems to he a demand f o r an a r t i c l e such as I have a tte m p te d
to p r e s e n t above, I s h a l l fo llo w th io p a p e r up w ith s e v e r a l o th e r s ,
w ith th e th o u g h t in mind th a t i t w i l l l e t th o se s tu d e n ts who have th e
d e s ir e to in v e s tig a te f o r th em selv es th e i n t r i c a c i e s of the Ka'oala,
(which i s a l i f e s tu d y ,) and w i l l re v e a l to th e e a r n e s t s e e k e r c lu e s
t h a t le a d to much m e ta p h y sio a l r e s e a r c h .

(T h is c o n c lu d e s th e T w enty-Seventh d is c o u r s e )
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By P r a t e r A q u a riu s, S c rib e
To th e One P r iv ile g e d ;
A KEY TO THE STUDY OF THE KABALA
I n th e f i r s t a r t i c l e of t h i s s e r i e s on th e Key to th e S tudy of th e
K abala, we gave a number of t a b l e s to a s s i s t th e s tu d e n t in h i s r e ­
se a rc h e s in to t h i s i n t r i c a t e p h ilo so p h y . In t h i s a r t i c l e v;e w ill t r y
and s im p lif y th e stu d y of th e L i t e r a l K ab ala. The K abala h a s been
d iv id e d in to fo u r p a r t s :
1. The p r a c t i c a l K ab ala which d e a ls w ith ta lls m a n lc and oereraonial
m agic.
2. The l i t e r a l K ab ala, which I s d iv id e d i n t o th r e e p a r t s :
a. G im e tria , whloh i s an a r i t h m e t i c a l method by which
each word was r e p la c e d by a n o th e r h a v in g th e same .num erical
v a lu e .
b. NOTARICON, in which s e le c tio n i s made of c e r t a i n l e t t e r s
a c c o rd in g to th e r u l e s of th e a r t , th e s e l e t t e r s b ein g
ta k e n from th e b e g in n in g , m id d le , o r end of th e words in
a s e n te n c e , so as to produce a s in g le word from th e com­
b in a tio n .
c. TEIJURAH, i n w hich l e t t e r s o f a word w ere r e p la c e d by
o th e r s a f t e r a d e f i n i t e method.
3. The u n w ritte n K abala.
4. The dogm atic K ab ala.
I n t h i s p ap e r we w i l l d e a l more w ith th e p o s tu l a ti o n s of th e L i t e r a l
K ab ala.
The th e o ry of G im e tria in v o lv e d i s t h a t words of s im ila r n u m e ric al
v a lu e s a r e c o n s id e re d to be e x p la n a to ry of each o th e r , and t h i s th e o ry
i s a ls o ex ten d ed to p h ra s e s .
The Hebrew l e t t e r SHIN, th e 2 1 s t l e t t e r of th e Hebrew A lp h a b e t, hao a
n u m e ric a l v a lu e o f 300. I t i s e q u iv a le n t to th e number o b ta in e d by
ad d in g up th e n u m e ric a l v a lu e s of th e l e t t e r s 'Ruach E lo h lm ,' t r a n s l a t ­
ed l i t e r a l l y a s 't h e s p i r i t o f th e E lo h im .'
Thus SHIN h a s been u se d by th e K a b a lis ts as a symbol of th e s p i r i t of
th e Elohim . The Hebrew manner of w r itin g 'Ruach E lohlm ' i s RVCK ALHILI.
By r e f e r r i n g to any d i c t i o n a r y you w i l l g e t th e p ro n u n c ia tio n and
n u m e ric a l v a lu e s o f th e Hebrew A lp h a b e t, b u t f o r th e b e n e f i t of th o se
who c a n n o t l o c a t e such a d i c t i o n a r y , I t a b u l a t e t h i s a lp h a b e t f o r re a d y
refe re n c e .
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by th e y endeavored to C h r is t ia n i z e th e e n t i r e Judaism to t h a t f a i t h .
Prom t h i s new th e o ry h ae a r i s e n many co m b in atio n s o f th e t r a n s p o s i t i o n
o f l e t t e r s f o r num bers and t h i s l e a d to th e p r a c t i c e o f NOTARICON,
whioh i s d e riv e d from th e L a tin word NOTARIUS, a s h o r t hand w r i t e r .
Of t h i s NOTARICON th e r e a re two p r i n c i p a l fo rm s. In th e f i r s t m ethod,
ev e ry word of a l e t t e r i s ta k e n f o r th e i n i t i a l o r a b b r e v ia tio n o f
a n o th e r word, so t h a t from th e l e t t e r s o f a word a se n te n c e may be
form ed.
Thus e v e ry l e t t e r o f th e word BRAShITh, B e r a s h ith , th e f i r s t word i n
G e n e sis, i s made th e i n i t i a l of a word and we o b ta in :
BRAShITh RAH ALKI1S ShIZBLV IShRAL ThVRH, w hich t r a n s l a t e d l i t e r a l l y
m eans, " In th e b e g in n in g th e Elohira saw t h a t I s r a e l w ould a c c e p t th e
Law."
From t h i s word BRAShITH, Solomon H e ir Ben M oses, a Je w ish f c a b a lia t,
who em braced th e C h r is t ia n f a i t h in 1665, and to o k th e name o f P ro s p e r
R u g ers, form ed a number o f NOTARICON a l l h a v in g a C h r i s t i a n te n d e n c y
and by w hich he c o n v e rte d o th e r Jew s to C h r i s t i a n i t y .
BN RVch AB ShLVShThH IChD ThMIU, m eaning "The Son, th e S p i r i t , th e
F a th e r , T h e ir T r i n i t y , p e r f e c t U n ity .
BN RVch AB ShLVShThK IChD ThOBVDV: "The Son, The S j* * it, th e F a th e r ,
ye s h a l l e q u a lly w o rsh ip t h e i r T r i n i t y . "
BKVRI RAShVNI AShR ShKV iShVO ThOBVDV: "Ye s h a l l w o rsh ip My f i r s t
b o m , My f i r s t , Whose Name i s J e s u s ."
BBVA RBN AShR ShMV IShVO ThOBVDV: "When th e M aster s h a l l come Whose
Nome i s J e s u s ye s h a l l w o rs h ip ."
BThVLH RAVIH ABCH ShTHLDIShVO ThAShRVH: " I w i l l choose a v i r g i n w orthy
to b r in g f o r t h J e s u s , and ye s h a l l c a l l h e r b le s s e d ."
BOVGTh RTZPHI ASThThR ShGVPI IShVO ThAKLV " I w ill h id e m y self in oake
(balled w ith ) c o a l s , f o r ye s h a l l e a t J e s u s , My Body."
The seoond form o f NOTARICON i s th e e x a c t r e v e r s e o f th e f i r s t . By
th e i n i t i a l s o r f i n a l s , o r b o th , o r th e m e d la ls , o f a s e n te n c e , a r e
ta k e n t o form a word o r w o rd s. Thus th e K ab ala i s c a l l e d ChKMh NSThHK,
" th e s e c r e t w isdom ", and i f we ta k e th e i n i t i a l s of th e two words CK
and N, we form by th e second k in d o f NOTARICON th e word ChN "G race".
S im ila r ly from i n i t i a l s and f i n a l s o f th e w ord E l IOLK LEV HShKIKB,
"Who s h a l l go up f o r u s to h eav en ?" (D eu t. XXX, 1 2 ) , a r e form ed KILH,
" C irc u m c isio n " , an d IHVH, t h e T etragam m aton, im p ly in g t h a t God h a th
o rd a in e d c irc u m c is io n a s th e way t o h ea v en .
TEKURAH i s p e rm u ta tio n . A cco rd in g to c e r t a i n r u l e s , one l e t t e r i s sub­
s t i t u t e d f o r a n o th e r l e t t e r p r e c e d in g o r fo llo w in g i t i n th e a lp h a b e t,
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Sometimes t h i s method i s u se d a s a c ip h e r , b y taking, th e p o r tio n s of


th e f i g u r e to show th e l e t t e r s th e y c o n ta in , p u tti n g one p o in t f o r th e
f i r s t l e t t e r , two f o r th e s e c o n d ,e tc . Thus th e r i g h t an g le c o n ta in in g
AIZ, w i l l answer f o r th e l e t t e r A i f vie have th r e e d o ts o r p o in ts
w ith in i t . Again a sq u are w i l l answer f o r H, N K f i n a l , a c c o rd in g to
w h eth er i t h as o n e, tw o, o r th r e e p o in ts r e s p e c tiv e ly p la c e d w ith in
it. But th e r e a re many more ways o f em ploying th e K abala of th e £
Chambers.
In th e n e x t a r t i c l e I w ill d e s c r ib e c e r t a i n h id d en m eanings in th e
shapes o f th e Hebrew l e t t e r s .

(T h is co n clu d es th e T w en ty -eig h th d is c o u rs e )
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By P r a t e r A q u a riu s, S c rib e
A KEY TO THE STUDY OF THE KABALA
To t h e One P r iv ile g e d ;
C o n tin u in g o u r stu d y o f th e L i t e r a l K ab ala, th e r e a r e c e r t a i n m eanings
h id d e n In th e SHAPE o f th e l e t t e r s o f th e Hebrew a lp h a b e t. As I have
e x p la in e d b e f o r e , some b f th e Hebrew l e t t e r s have a d i f f e r e n t shape
when th e y a re f i n a l s th a n when u se d a t th e b e g in n in g o r m iddle o f a
w ord. A ta b le o f th e s e f i n a l l e t t e r s h a s been g iv e n to you. Thus In
come c a se s a f i n a l l e t t e r i s p la c e d in th e m iddle o f a word; a g a in
o th e r l e t t e r s a r e w r i t t e n i n a s iz e l a r g e r o r s m a lle r th a n th e r e s t
o f th e m a n u s c rip t, o r i n a l e t t e r b e in g tu r n e d u p s id e down.
F o r exam ple, th e Shape o f th e Hebrew l e t t e r ALEPK, (A) i s s a id to
sym bolize a VAV (V) betw een a YOD ( I ) and a DALETH (D ); and th u s th e
l e t t e r i t s e l f r e p r e s e n ts IVD (YOD). S im ila r ly th e shape o f th e l e t t e r
HE (H) r e p r e s e n ts a DALETH (D) w ith a YOD ( I ) w r i tte n a t th e lo w er
l e f t hand c o rn e r and so f o r t h .
I n I s a i a h IV 6 and 7 , th e word LHRBH, (L em arbah), f o r m u ltip ly in g i s
w r i t t e n w ith th e c h a r a c te r f o r H f i n a l in th e m iddle of th e w ord, i n ­
s te a d o f w ith th e o rd in a ry i n i t i a l and M edial M. The consequence of
t h i s I s t h a t th e t o t a l n u m e ric a l v a lu e o f th e w ord, i n s t e a d o f b e in g
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w hich by u s in g th e method of G im e tria changes th e w ord t o ThTh Z1 (T a t
Z a l,) and becomes "The p ro fu s e G iv e r" , i n s t e a d o f th e l i t e r a l r e a d in g
o f th e s e two v e r s e s .
In Deuteronomy V I, 4 , i s th e p r a y e r o f th e Jew s known a s th e "Sheraa
Y is r a e l" , t h i s i s th e c o n f e s s io n o f f a i t h o f th e Jew s and i s u se d in
e v e ry s e r v ic e o f t h a t r e l i g i o n w h eth er o f th e O rthodox, C o n s e rv a tiv e
o r R a d ic a l Reform b ra n c h e s . I t i s th e l a s t p ra y e r o f f e r e d a t th e
tim e o f t r a n s i t i o n . The p r a y e r b e g in s "ShliO IShRAL IHVH ALHINV IHVH
AChD" "H ear, 0 I s r a e l , th e L ord Thy God i s One". I n t h i s v e rs e th e
te rm in a l l e t t e r 0 In Shlio, and th e D i n AChD a r e w r i t t e n much l a r g e r
th a n th e o th e r v e r s e s o f th e t e x t . The k a b a l i s t i c a l symbology con­
ta in e d in t h i s c irc u m s ta n c e i s e x p la in e d : The l e t t e r 0 b e in g o f th e
v alu e of 70 shows t h a t th e law may be e x p la in e d in se v e n ty w ays, and
th e D e q u a ls 4 , th e f o u r c a r d in a l p o in ts and l e t t e r s o f th e Holy Name.
The f i r s t word, ShMO, h a s th e n u m e ric al v a lu e o f 410, th e number of
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y e a rs o f d u r a tio n o f th e f i r s t te m p le . The u s u a l way o f s p e l l i n g t h i s


word SfaHO i s Shemai;' and th e u s u a l way o f s p e l l i n g th e Holy Name IHVH,
i s ADONAH, th u s u s in g th e word LORD in s t e a d of JEHOVAH.
With c o m p le x itie s o f t h i s n a t u r e , and a s e t of r u l e s s e t up by th e
s tu d e n ts of th e M iddle A ges, i t becomes v e ry a p p a re n t t h a t i t r e q u i r e s
a h ig h c l a s s s c h o la r s h ip in th e Hebrew lan g u ag e to c o r r e c t l y i n t e r p r e t
th e L i t e r a l K abala.
The exam ples t h a t have been g iv e n you, w i l l o f c o u rse h e lp you in your
r e a d in g s and s t u d i e s , b u t more im p o rta n t th a n t h i s , i t w i l l im p re ss
on y o u r c o n s c io u sn e ss th e re a s o n f o r th e many c o n t r a d ic ti o n s and un­
c e r t a i n t i e s ' o f t h i s p h ilo s o p h y .
I have ta k e n many o f my exam ples from th e work o f S .L . MacGregor
M a th e rs, due to th e f a c t t h a t he c o n s i s t e n t l y fo llo w s th e exam ples of
th e S chool o f th e K abala o f th e K id d le A ges, r a t h e r th a n t h a t o f th e
F rench School h eaded by L e v i, whose t r a n s l a t i o n s have i n many i n ­
s ta n c e s taken on a form o f th e " P r a c t i c a l K abala" u sed in ce re m o n ia l
m agic. U n fo r tu n a te ly , most W estern K a b a lis ts and s c h o o ls t h a t w h ile
th e y would be v e r y in d ig n a n t were you to a s s e r t th e y were K a b a lis ts ,
fo llo w Levi l i t e r a l l y . T h is i s more p r e v a le n t in A m erica th an in
E urope. These S chools c a l l th e m se lv e s E s o te r ic , R o s ic r u c ia n , New
Thought and so f o r t h , and have co p ied c o p io u s ly from th e K abala and
g iv e n i t to t h e i r p u p ils as m y s tic a lly r e v e a le d . The AMORC, th e o n ly
tr u e R o s ic ru c ia n O rd er, know ing t h i s , h a s sgain and a g a in warned i t s
s tu d e n ts of t h i s f a c t , and th e p u rp o se o f t h i s s e r i e s o f a r t i c l e s i s
to e n a b le you t o tr a c e f o r y o u r s e lf th e so u rc e o f in fo rm a tio n th e s e
s c h o o ls a r e p e d d lin g a s a c lo a k f o r b o o k - s e llin g and o th e r form s o f
im p o s tu re .
W ith t h i s e x p la n a tio n , l e t u s c o n tin u e o u r a n a ly z in g o f th e L i t e r a l
K ab ala.
I t i s to be f u r t h e r n o te d w ith re g a rd to th e f i r s t word* o f th e B ib le
BRAShITh, t h a t th e f i r s t th r e e l e t t e r s BRA, a r e th e i n i t i a l l e t t e r s
o f th e name of th e th r e e p e rs o n s o f th e T r i n i t y ;
BN (Ben) The Son
RVCH (Ruach) The S p i r i t
AB The F a th e r .
F u rth e rm o re , th e f i r s t l e t t e r o f th e B ib le i s B, w hich i s th e i n i t i a l
of BRKH, ( B le s s in g ) ; and n o t A. w hich i s ARR, ( c u r s in g ) .
A gain th e l e t t e r s BRAShITH, ta k in g t h e i r n u m e ric al p o w ers, e x p re s s th e
number o f y e a rs betw een C re a tio n and th e B ir th o f C h r i s t .
B ( in t h i s c a s e e q u a ls) 2000
R 200
A ( In t h i s c a s e e q u a ls) 1000
Sh 300
Th 400
I 10
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P ic u s de M lrandola g iv e s th e fo llo w in g w orking o u t o f BRAShITh; By


J o in in g th e t h i r d l e t t e r A to th e F i r s t B, we se c u re AB o r F a th e r .
I f to th e f i r s t l e t t e r B, d o u b le d , we add th e second l e t t e r R, i t
g iv e s BBR (Bebar) in o r th ro u g h th e Son.
I f a l l th e l e t t e r s be re a d e x c ep t th e f i r s t , i t makes RAShITh, " th e
b e g in n in g " .
I f w ith th e f o u r th l e t t e r Sh, th e f i r s t B and th e l a s t Th be co n n ected
i t makes ShBTh, S hebeth { " th e end or r e s t " . )
I f th e f i r s t t h r e e l e t t e r s be ta k e n , th e y make BRA, B era " C re a te d " .
I f o m ittin g th e f i r s t , th e t h r e e fo llo w in g be ta k e n , th e y make RASh,
R ash, w hich e q u a ls "a h e a d ".
I f o m ittin g th e f i r s t two th e n e x t two be ta k e n th e y g iv e ASh " f i r e " .
I f th e f o u r th and l a s t be Jo in e d ShTh, i t g iv e s " F o u n d a tio n " .
I f th e second l e t t e r be p u t b e f o r e th e f i r s t i t makes RB " g r e a t" .
If after th e th ird be p la c e d th e fifth and fo u rth , it g i v e s A lS h,
"m an".
I f to th e f i r s t two i s Jo in e d th e two l a s t , i t g iv e s BRITh, w hich
means "C o v en an t".
I f th e f i r s t be added to th e l a s t i t g iv e s ThB w hich means " g o o d ".
Now ta k in g th e whole of th e s e m y s tic a l anagram s in p r o p e r o r d e r , P ic u s
makes th e fo llo w in g se n te n c e o u t of t h i s word BRAShITh: Through th e
Son h a th th e F a th e r c r e a te d th e Head w hich i s th e b e g in n in g and th e
end, th e f i r e - l i f e and th e fo u n d a tio n of th e s u p e rn a l man ( th e Adam
Kadmon) by H is r ig h te o u s c o v e n a n t."
T h is sen ten ce in f a c t form s th e epitom e o f th e te a c h in g s o f th e "Book
o f C oncealed M y ste ry " .
We now come to th e "U n w ritten K a b a la " , and t h i s i s a p a r t o f th e doc­
t r i n e t h a t ' i t i s claim ed h a s n e v e r b een w r i t t e n and i s o n ly tr a n s m it­
te d o r a l l y , and c o n ta in s th e in n e r s e c r e ts of th e p h ilo s o p h y . I f th e
p r a c t i c e of th e L i t e r a l K abala w hich we have e x p la in e d in much d e t a i l
in th e l a s t two a r t i c l e s i s so c o m p lic a te d , you can Im agine how much
m y stery h as been made o f t h i s p a r t . No w r i t e r h a s e v e r p u t any o f i t
i n w r i tin g , and from my i n v e s t i g a t i o n s i t I s a p p a re n t t h a t th e r e i s
on ly one re a s o n f o r t h i s . The K abala i s th e c h i l d o f th e m iddle a g e s,
when mankind was s tr u g g lin g o u t o f th e E ra of D arkness which had come
over th e Known W orld, due to th e b ig o tis m of r u l e r s , who f e a r e d f o r
th e c o n tin u a n c e o f th e C h r i s t i a n r e l i g i o n . The C hurch, which presum ed
to r e p r e s e n t th e C a th o lic C hurch, b u t which i t d id n o t, c o n tr o lle d a l l
th e r u l e r s and th ro u g h them b u rn e d and d e s tro y e d a l l docum ents t h a t
h ad -b een amassed by th e le a r n e d th ro u g h th e a g e s . Mankind was n o t to
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be d e n ie d know ledge, an d more e s p e c i a l l y e s o t e r i c know ledge, and hence


we have i n h e r i t e d a v a s t number o f books w r i t t e n by o u r s tr u g g lin g
f o r e b e a r s , which c o n ta in e d t o th e b e s t o f t h e i r a b i l i t y t h e i r concep­
t i o n s o f th e D e ity and th e f o u n d a tio n o f th e U n iv e rse , and th e p u rp o se
o f man b e in g b o rn and e v o lu tin g . Some o f th e p o s t u l a t i o n s were so
f a r fe tc h e d and v is io n a r y t h a t i t co u ld n o t be r e a d i l y p u t in w r i tin g
and hence were form ed sc h o o ls which o n ly gave t h i s " in n e r work?" to
th e d i s c i p l e s o f th e s c h o o l. T h is s u p e r s t i t i o n h a s c o n tin u e d t o th e
p r e s e n t day a s to th e " u n w ritte n w o rk ", and h a s a b s o lu te ly no fo u n d a­
t i o n . You w ill b e g in to comprehend t h i s as we go i n t o Dogmatic Ka-
b a lis m . No knowledge h a s e v e r been d e n ie d by th e Cosmic to th e e a r n e s t
s tu d e n t, and mankind in ages to come w i l l have much to th a n k th e AMORC
and i t s k in d re d so h o o ls of A rcane S c ie n c e , f o r d u rin g th e Dark Ages
c o n tin u in g t h e i r I n v e s ti g a ti o n s alo n g a sane l i n e , and han d in g to
p o s t e r i t y n o t SECRETS b u t r e s u l t s o f ex p e rim en ts and Cosmic g u id a n c e .
Were i t n o t f o r sc h o o ls o f t h i s c h a r a c te r , mankind to d a y would be
s tr u g g lin g alo n g v is io n a r y and f a n t a s t i c p a th s , f lo u n d e r in g to a s c e r ­
t a i n th e T ru th .
The harm done by t h i s "U n w ritten K abala" I s t h a t i t h a s p e r m itte d
in d iv i d u a ls t o form s o - c a lle d e s o t e r i c O rd e rs and S c h o o ls, t h a t c a n n o t
b e a r th e i n v e s t i g a t i o n of T rue L ig h t. The a d h e re n ts of th e s e S c h o o ls
become so d is g u s te d , i f th e y a r e e a r n e s t s tu d e n ts , t h a t th e y c e a se
t h e i r se a rc h f o r L ig h t, and mankind i s r e tr o g r a d in g in s t e a d o f b e in g
In a c y c le of e v o lu tio n f o r h ig h e r t h i n g s . F or t h i s re a s o n ONLY, h a s
th e AMORC a l l o v er th e w o rld , throw n open i t s d o o rs to a l l men and
women, t h a t th e y may know t h a t th e Cosmic Laws a r e s t i l l a v a ila b le In
a sim p le , r e f in e d method o f stu d y f o r a l l who s e e k . And i t i s f o r
t h i s re a s o n ALONE t h a t th e c la n d e s tin e o r d e r s a r e s t r i v i n g so hand to
k eep t h e i r h ea d s above w a te r , and a t ta c k in g and en d e av o rin g to d e s tr o y
th e p u re P r i s t i n e O rd e rs.
Thus I have en d eav o red to e x p la in what th e "U n w ritten K abala" c o n s i s t s
o f . T here i s no such th in g , c o n se q u e n tly I t can n o t b e e x p la in e d
d o g m a tic a lly .
The Dogmatic K abala c o n ta in s th e d o c t r i n a l p o r t i o n . W hile th e r e a re
many, many t r e a t i s e s o f v a r io u s k in d s , th e y can be re d u c e d to th e
fo llo w in g :
1. The S ep h er Y e tz ira h (Bool; of fo u n d a tio n )
2. The Zohar (Book o f S p len d o r)
3. The S epher S e p h iro th (Book o f E m anations)
4. The Asch lJe tz a re p h and i t s sym bolism .
The Sep h e r Y e tz ir a h t r e a t s o f th e cosmogony a s sym bolized by te n
numbers and 22 a lp h a b e ts (H ebrew ), w hich i t c a l l s th e 32 p a th s .
The Zohar c o n s i s t s o f th e f o llo w in g books:
1. SIFHRA DTZENIOUTHA, o r "The Book o f C oncealed M ystery" which i s
th e r o o t and fo u n d a tio n o f th e Zohar?
2. The IDRA RABBA QADISHA "The G re a te r H oly A ssem bly".
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3. IDRA ZULA QADOSHA, o r "The L e s s e r H oly A ssem bly,"


These t h r e e books t r e a t o f th e g r a d u a l developm ent o f th e
c r e a tiv e D e ity , and w ith Him th e C r e a tio n .
4. The Beth E lohim , "House of th e E lo h im ". T h is t r e a t s o f a n g e ls ,
demons, e le m e n ta l s p i r i t s and s o u ls .
5. "The Book o f th e R e v o lu tio n s o f S o u ls" w hich i s an ex p an sio n
o f th e l a t t e r book, The B eth Elohim .
The Sepher S e p h iro th describes th e g ra d u a l e v o lu tio n o f th e D e ity from
n e g a tiv e in to p o s i t i v e e x is te n c e .
The Asch M etzarep h , o r " P u r if y in g F i r e " , i s h e rm e tic and a lc h e m ic a l,
and l i t t l e i s w r i t t e n on i t , and w hat i s w r i t t e n i s so h a rd to u n d e r­
s ta n d t h a t a c o n c lu s io n m ust o f n e c e s s ity be h ad t h a t i t i s founded
to o much on fa n c y and n o t a rra n g e d i n l o g i c a l se q u en ce .
In th e n e x t a r t i c l e we w i l l go i n t o some o f th e p r i n c i p a l d o c t r in e s
of th e K abala and w hat problem s th e y a tte m p t t o s o lv e .

(T h is co n clu d es th e T w enty-N inth d is c o u rs e )


A KEY TO THE STUDY OF THE KABALA
To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
The p r in c ip a l d o c t r in e s o f th e K abala a r e d e sig n e d to so lv e th e f o llo w ­
in g problem s.
1. The Supreme B ein g , H is n a tu r e and a t t r i b u t e s .
3. The Cosmogony.
3. The c r e a tio n o f a n g e ls and man.
4. The d e s tin y o f a n g e ls and man.
5. The n a tu r e o f th e s o u l.
6. The n a tu re o f a n g e ls , demons and e le ra e n ta ls -
7. The Im port o f th e re v e a le d law .
0. The tr a n s c e n d e n ta l symbolism o f n u m erals.
9. The p e c u lia r m y s te rie s c o n ta in e d in th e Hebrew l e t t e r s -
10. The e q u ilib r iu m o f c o n t r a r i e s .
The "Book o f C oncealed M y ste rie s" opens up w ith th e s ta te m e n t t h a t i t
i s th e book o f e q u ilib riu m o f b a la n c e . E q u ilib riu m i s of c o u rse t h a t
harmony w hich r e s u l t s from th e a n a lo g y of c o n t r a r i e s , i t i s th e dead
c e n tr e yrhere, th e o p p o s itio n o f o p p o sin g f o r c e s b e in g e q u a l I n s t r e n g t h ,
r e s t su c cee d s m otion. I t i s th e c e n t r a l p o i n t . I t i s th e " p o in t w ith ­
in th e c i r c l e " o f a n c ie n t sym bolism . I t i s th e l i v i n g s y n th e s is of
c o u n te rb a la n c e d pow er. Thus form may be d e s c r ib e d a s th e e q u ilib r iu m
o f l i g h t and sh ad e; ta k e away e i t h e r f a c t o r , and form i s v ie w le s s . The
term b a la n c e i s a p p lie d to th e two o p p o s ite n a tu r e s i n each t r i a d o f
th e S e p h iro th , t h e i r e q u ilib r iu m form ing th e t h i r d S e p h ira in each
te r n a r y . T h is d o c tr in e o f e q u ilib r iu m and bbhnce i s a fundam ental
k a b a l i s t i c a l id e a .
The AMQRC goes in to t h i s s u b je c t o f e q u ilib riu m from a more se cu re and
s e n s ib le v ie w -p o in t- I n f a c t w ith o u t g o in g i n t o th e v a g a r ie s and
f a n c ie s o f th e K abala i t g iv e s to i t s s tu d e n ts th e f u l l law s of th e s e
s u b je c ts in ouch a m anner, t h a t ev ery s tu d e n t can ap p ly th e law s i n h i s
o r h e r e x p e rim e n ts, and th u s I n s te a d o f a p h ilo so p h y o f w hat m ight b e ,
th e s tu d e n ts a re e n a b le d to p ro v e th e law s.
Thus t h i s "Book o f C oncealed M y stery ngoes on f u r t h e r to s t a t e t h a t t h i s
"E q u ilib riu m h an g eth in t h a t r e g io n w hich i s n e g a tiv e ly e x i s t e n t . "
What i s n e g a tiv e e x is te n c e ? What i s p o s i t i v e e x is te n c e ? The d i s t i n c ­
tio n betw een th e s e two i s a n o th e r fundam ental id e a , To d e f in e n e g a tiv e
e x is te n c e c l e a r l y i s im p o s s ib le , f o r when i t i s d i s t i n c t l y d e fin e d i t
c e a se s to be n e g a tiv e e x is te n c e ; i t i s th e n n e g a tiv e e x is te n c e p a s s in g
in to s t a t i c c o n d itio n . The K a b a lis ts overcome t h i s by s h u tt in g o u t
from m o rta l com prehension th e p rim a l AIN, th e n e g a tiv e ly e x i s t i n g One,
and th e Ain Soph, th e l i m i t l e s s e x p a n sio n , w h ile of even th e Ain Soph
A ur, th e i l l i m i t a b l e L ig h t, o n ly a dim c o n c e p tio n can be form ed.
Here a g a in th e AHORC in i t s e s o t e r i c g ra d e s i s en a b led to g iv e to i t s
s tu d e n ts a c l e a r c o n c e p tio n of th e P e t t y , which th e K a b a lis ts endeavor
to fathom by so many m ethods w hich to say th e l e a s t a re w ild and c ra z y ,
and le a d one to d i s p a i r i f you endeavor to fo llo w " A ria d n e 's Thread"
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o f th e K abala i n any o f th e 10 p r i n c i p a l d o c trin e © enum erated above.


T ru e, a stu d y o f th e s e d o c t r in e s i e u s e f u l f o r a p u rp o se of com pari­
son.
E llp h a s L evi in h i s " H is to ir e de l a H agle" s t a t e s t h a t th e K a b a lis ts
have a h o r r o r o f e v e ry th in g t h a t re se m b le s i d o l a t r y ; th e y , how ever,
a s c r ib e a human form to God, b u t i t i s a p u r e ly h ie r o g ly p h ! c a l f i g u r e .
They c o n s id e r God a s th e i n t e l l i g e n t , l i v i n g and lo v in g i n f i n i t e One.
He i s f o r them n e i t h e r th e c o l l e c t i o n o f o th e r b e in g s , n o r th e ab­
s t r a c t i o n o f e x i s te n c e , n o r a p h ilo s o p h ic a lly d e f in a b le b e in g . He 1 3
in a l l , d i s t i n c t from a l l , and g r e a t e r th a n a l l . I n t h i s d o c tr in e
th e y , of c o u rs e , a r e no d i f f e r e n t th a n n e a r ly ev e ry c o n c e p tio n o f th e
D e ity , and th e y f i n a l l y f a l l back on th e name o f th e D e ity , "I am t h a t
I am", which i s no answ er a t a l l t o th e m a te r ia l q u e s tio n o f man, a s
to whom th e D e ity i s o r r e p r e s e n ts .
The AliORC answ ers t h i s q u e s tio n much more s a t i s f a c t o r i l y i n i t s p o s tu ­
l a t i o n s , alw ays b e a r in g in mind a q u o ta tio n from P r o c lu s , one of i t s
e a r n e s t i n v e s t i g a t o r s . "T hat th e h eaven i s in th e e a r t h , b u t a f t e r an
e a r t h ly m anner; and t h a t th e e a r th i s in th e h ea v en , b u t a f t e r a
h ea v en ly m anner."
We now come to th e c o n s id e r a tio n o f th e f i r s t S e p h ira , th e Kumber One,
th e Monad o f P y th a g o ra s . In t h i s number th e o th e r n in e S e p h iro th a re
h id d e n . I t i s i n d i v i s i b l e ; a ls o in c a p a b le of m u l t i p l i c a t i o n ; d iv id e
1 by 1 and 1 re m a in s; m u ltip ly one by one and one re m a in s. Thus t h i s
number i s a f i t t i n g r e p r e s e n t a t i v e o f th e g r e a t u n ch an g eab le F a th e r
of a l l . The K a b a lis ts overcome th e d i f f i c u l t y of a number which can
n e i th e r be d iv id e d by i t s e l f n o r m u ltip lie d by I t s e l f by th e p o s tu l a ­
tio n , t h a t i f we d e s i r e t o add to i t i t must be done BY REFLECTION OF
ITSELF. T h is conform s to th e r u l e of v i b r a t i o n s , f o r th e number one
v i b r a t e s a l t e r n a t e l y from c h a n g e le s s n e s s to d e f i n i t i o n , and back to
c h a n g e le s s n e s s a g a in .
The name o f th e f i r s t S e p h ira i s K e th e r, th e Crown.
The D iv in e N a m e -a ttrib u te d t o i t i s th e Name o f th e F a th e r g iv e n in
Exod. I l l , 4 . AHIH, " I am". I t s i g n i f i e s E x is te n c e .
Among th e E p h ith e ts a p p lie d t o I t , a s c o n ta in in g i n i t s e l f th e id e a o f
n e g a tiv e e x is te n c e d ep en d in g b ack from i t , a r e :
TUIRA DTHIRIN, The C o n cealed o f th e C o n cealed .
OThlQA DOTlilQIN, th e A n c ie n t o f A n cie n t O nes.
OThlQA QDIShA, The Moot H oly A n c ie n t One.
OThlQA, The a n c ie n t One.
OThlQ, IVKIN, The A n cien t o f D ays.
The f i r s t S e p h ira i s a ls o c a l l e d :
NQDH RAShVHH, The P rim o rd ia l P o in t.
NQPH PShVTh, The Smooth P o in t.
RlShA HWRH, The W hite H ead.
KVK liOLH, The I n s o r u t a b le H e ig h t.
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B esid es a l l th e s e th e r e i s a n o th e r v ery im p o rta n t name ap-oiled to t h i s


S e p h lra a s r e p r e s e n tin g th e g r e a t F a th e r of a l l th in g s - i t I s ARIK '
ANPIU, th e V ast C ountenance o r M acroprosopus.
The e n t i r e Ten S e p h iro th r e p r e s e n t th e H eavenly Han, o r P rim o rd ia l Being
ADM OILAH, or Adam A u ila h .
Under t h i s S e p h lra a re c la s s e d th e a n g e lic o rd e r of ChIVTh HQDSh, or
h o ly l i v i n g c r e a tu r e s , th e cerubim o r s p h in x e s o f E z e k i a l 's v is io n and
th e A pocalypse of Jo h n .
The f i r s t S e p h lra c o n ta in e d th e o th e r n in e , and produced th e n in su c ­
c e s s io n .
The number 2 o r Duad. The name of th e Second S e p h lra i s Chokmak, W is­
dom, a m a scu lin e a c tiv e p o ten cy r e f l e c t e d from K e th e r. As In th e
t a b l e s g iv e n in th e f i r s t a r t i c l e o f t h i s s e r i e s , t h i s second S e p h lra
i s r e p r e s e n te d in th e D iv in e names a s I h , and IHVH, and among th e
a n g e lic h o s ts by AVPNIM, th e W heels. I t i s a ls o c a lle d AB th e F a th e r .
Hence t h i s p o s tu l a ti o n o f m a scu lin e p o te n cy .
The 3rd S e p h lra , or T r ia d , i s a fem in in e p a s s iv e p o te n c y , c a lle d BINAH,
th e U n d e rsta n d in g , and i s a c o -e q u a l w ith th e 2nd CHokmah. I t I s a ls o
c a lle d AHA, M o th er,an d AIMA th e g r e a t p ro d u c tiv e m o th er, who i s
e t e r n a l l y co Jo in ed w ith AB th e F a th e r , f o r th e m aintenance o f th e u n i ­
v e rs e in o r d e r .
The number 4 i s prod u ced by a u n io n of th e 2nd and 3 rd S e p h iro th , and
i s o a l le d , CHESED Mercy o r Love.
The number 5. From t h i s emanated th e fem in in e p a s s iv e p o ten cy G-EBURAH,
s tr e n g th o r f o r t i t u d e , o r DIN J u s t i c e .
The number 6 . From 4 and 5 is s u e d t h i s S e p h lra c a lle d T ip h e re th ,
B eauty o r Mildness. Thus by a u n io n of J u s t i c e and mercy we o b ta in
b e a u ty , and th e second T r i n i t y o f th e S e p h iro th i s com pleted-
The 7 th S e p h lra i s NETZACH o r firm n e s s and v i c t o r y .
The 8 th HOD o r s p le n d o r.
The 7 th and 8 th prod u ced th e 9 th YESOD, th e fo u n d a tio n o r B a s is , Thus
y ie ld in g th e 3rd T r i n i t y o f th e S e p h iro th .
S e p h iro th 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8 , 9 , form what i s known a s th e SOIR AMPIN-or L e ss e r
C ountenance, o r lilc r o p r o s o p u s .
From th e 9 th S e p h lra came th e 1 0 th and l a s t MALKUTH, th e Kingdom, and
a ls o th e Queen M atrona, th e i n f e r i o r m o th er, th e B ride of th e M icro-
pro sopus.
Now each o f th e s e S e p h iro th w i l l be i n a c e r t a i n d e g r e e an d ro g y n o us,
f o r i t w i l l be fe m in in e o r r e c e p tiv e w ith re g a rd t o th e S e p h ira vhich
im m ed iately p re c e d e s i t i n th e s e p h i r o t i c s c a l e , and m a scu lin e or
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tr a n s m is s iv e w ith r e g a r d to t h e S e p h ir a w hich im m ed iately fo llo w s i t .


There i s , how ever, no S e p h ira b e f o r e K e th e r, n o r i s th e r e a S e p h ira
t h a t su c c e e d s K a lk u th . T here i s a c o n n e c tin g l i n k betw een th e S ep h i-
r o th and t h i s i s RUACH, o r s p i r i t , w hich th e K a b a lie ts say i s th e h i d ­
den i n f l u e n c e .
From t h i s p o s tu l a ti o n th e r e i s assum ed to be a TRIPLE TRINITY, th e up­
p e r , th e low er and th e m id d le . How th e s e th r e e a re r e p r e s e n te d th u s :
The SUPERNAL, o r u p p e r, r e p r e s e n te d by th e CROWN o r K eth er
The m iddle " « « King o r F a th e r CHokmah
The lo w e r " " " Queen o r M other, BIHAK.
T h is T r i n i t y i s th e g r e a t e s t o f th e th re e .
There i s lik e w is e a p o s t u l a t i o n of th e X a b a lis ts t h a t i n th e w o rld th e
S e p h iro th a r e r e p r e s e n te d by:
R a s h lth H a-G alg alim , th e commencement o f w h ir lin g m o tio n s, th e
1priraum m o b ile . '
M a slo th , th e sp h e re o f th e Z o d iac.
S h a b b a th a i, r e s t , S a tu rn .
T zedeq, r ig h te o u s n e s s J u p i t e r ,
liadlra, vehement s tr e n g t h , Mars
Sheroesh, th e s o l a r l i g h t , The Sun
Nogah, G l i t t e r i n g S p le n d o u r, Venus
Kokab, th e S t e l l a r l i g h t . M ercury
L evanah, th e lu n a r fla m e , th e Moon
Cholom Y esodbth, th e b r e a k e r o f f o u n d a tio n s , th e e le m e n ts .
The S e p h iro th a r e f u r t h e r d iv id e d in to th r e e p i l l a r s :
The r i g h t hand p i l l a r o f M ercy, c o n s is tin g o f th e 2nd, 4 th and 7 th
em anations*
The l e f t hand p i l l a r of Judgm ent, c o n s i s t i n g o f th e 3 r d , 5 th & 8 th .
The m idd le p i l l a r o f M ild n e s s , c o n s i s t i n g o f th e 1 s t , 6 th , 9 th
• and 1 0th e m a n a tio n s-
Thus we s e c u re from t h e i r t o t a l i t y and u n i t y , th e te n S e p h iro th r e p r e ­
s e n tin g t h a t much q u o te d p o s t u l a t i o n , th e a r c h e ty p a l man, ADAM KADHON,
th e P ro to g o n o s.
Now i f you w i l l c a r e f u l l y i n v e s t i g a t e many o f th e 2 0 th C en tu ry book-
p u b lis h in g s c h o o ls , w hich t r a d e a s o c c u lt i n s t i t u t i o n s , you w i l l see
t h a t th e y g e t t h e i r p o s t u l a t i o n s n o t p s y c h ic a lly , o r c o s m ic a lly , b u t
r a t h e r from th e K ab a la. F or i n e v e ry work o f th e K abala i t i s d e c la r e d
t h a t th e f i r s t t r i a d o f th e S e p h ir o th , r e p r e s e n t s th e i n t e l l e c t u a l
w o rld . The second c o rre sp o n d s to th e m oral w o rld , and th e t h i r d r e p r e ­
s e n ts power and s t a b i l i t y and i s c a l l e d th e m a te r ia l w o rld .
I n th e K ab ala th e s e th r e e a s p e c ts a r e c a l l e d ANPIN, o r f a c e s . Thus th e
TREE OF LIFE, O tz C haiim , i s form ed; th e f i r s t T ria d b e in g p la c e above,
th e second and t h i r d b elo w , in such a manner t h a t th e t h r e e m ascu lin e
S e p h iro th a r e on th e r i g h t , th e t h r e e fem in in e on th e l e f t , w h ile th e
f o u r u n i t i n g S e p h iro th a r e p la c e d i n th e C e n te r. THIS IS THE KABALIS-
TICAL TREE OF LIFE, on w hich a l l th in g s d ep en d . You w i l l se e t h a t th e re
i s a c o n s id e r a b le a n a lo g y betw een t h i s and th e t r e e YGGDRASIL o f th e
S c a n d in a v ia n s .
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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
In o u r p re v io u s le s s o n s we have- to u ch ed on some o f th e h i s t o r y o f th e
K abala and I t s r i s e in m ed iev al tim e s . I t now i s o u r p u rp o se to en ­
la r g e on th e h i s t o r y o f t h i s th e o s o p h is ti c p h ilo so p h y so a s to e n a b le
u s to t r a c e i t s t r u e f o u n d a tio n .
We s t a t e d t h a t th e K ab ala compared th e U n iv erse i n resem b lan ce to a
g ia n t t r e e w ith a w e a lth o f b ra n c h e s and le a v e s , whose r o o t s a r e th e
S e f ir o t h , som etim es c a l l e d S ep h ir o th ; o r t h a t i t i s a c l o s e ly w rought
c h a in , th e l a s t l i n k o f w hich h an g s i n a h ig h e r w o rld ; o r , a g r e a t s e a ,
which i s c o n s ta n tly f i l l e d from an e t e r n a l l y flo w in g s o u r c e -
The human so u l i n p a r t i c u l a r i s a p r iv ile g e d c i t i z e n o f th e h ig h e r
w o rld , i s i n im m ediate c o n n e c tio n w ith th e e n t i r e 10 S e f i r o t h , and con­
s e q u e n tly i t can e x e r t some in f lu e n c e on them , and even on th e D e ity .
By v i r t u e o f i t s m oral and r e l i g i o u s co n d u ct th e so u l can in c r e a s e o r
d im in ish th e flo w o f g ra c e from th e D e ity , th ro u g h th e ch a n n el o f i n -
te r a e d ia r y b e in g s , i t s good a c t i o n s c a u s in g an u n in te r r u p te d flo w , and
i t s e v i l conduct o c c a s io n in g i t s d is c o n tin u a n c e .
The E a b a lis t s claim ed th e p e o p le o f I s r a e l w ere e s p e c i a l l y chosen to
prom ote th e f u ln e s s o f g r a c e , and th e r e f o r e th e p r e s e r v a tio n o f th e
w o rld . F or t h a t p u rp o se th e y r e c e iv e d th e R e v e la tio n o f th e Law, w ith
i t s 613 r e l i g i o u s o r d in a n c e s ,in o r d e r to a c t on th e S e f ir o t h th ro u g h
ev e ry r e l i g i o u s a c t , and, so to sp eak , compel th e d is p e n s in g of t h e i r
b o u n ty . The cerem o n ies c o n s e q u e n tly have a d e e p ly m y s tic a l m eaning and
im p e ris h a b le im p o rta n c e ; th e y c o n s t i t u t e th e magic means whereby th e
whole u n iv e rs e i s s u p p o rte d , and b le s s e d . "The r ig h te o u s man i s th e
fo u n d a tio n o f th e w o rld ." The Temple, and t h e s a c r i f l d a l s e r v ic e
e s p e c i a l l y , had a p a r t i c u l a r l y deep s ig n i f ic a n c e i n k e e p in g a l i v e th e
c o n n e c tio n o f th e low er w o rld and th e h ig h e r .
The E a r th ly Temple co rre sp o n d e d w ith th e H eavenly Temple (The S e f ir o th )
The p r i e s t l y b l e s s i n g , w hich was pronounced w ith th e t e n f in g e r s
r a i s e d , prom pted th e Ten S e f ir o t h to pour o u t t h e i r g r a c io u s g i f t s
upon th e low er w o rld .
A f te r th e d e s tr u c tio n o f th e Tem ple, p r a y e r to o k th e p la c e o f s a c r i ­
f i c e , and a c c o rd in g ly p r a y e r h a s a p e c u l i a r , m y s tic a l Im p o rtan ce . The
p r e s c r ib e d r i t u a l h a s an u n f a i l i n g e f f e c t , i f th e w o rs h ip p e r knows how
to a d d re s s h im s e lf , on any p a r t i c u l a r o c c a s io n , to th e p ro p e r S e f r i a ,
f o r p r a y e r m ust be a d d re s s e d o n ly to i t , and n o t d i r e c t l y to th e D e ity .
The m y stery o f p r a y e r assum es an im p o rta n t p la c e i n th e K ab ala. Every
word, even e v e ry s y l l a b l e I n th e p r a y e r s , e v e ry movement made d u rin g
w o rsh ip , ev ery c e re m o n ia l symbol i s I n t e r p r e t e d by th e K abala w ith r e ­
f e re n c e to th e h ig h e r w o rld .
The K a b a lis ts to o k s p e c ia l i n t e r e s t i n th e m y s tic a l e x p la n a tio n o f th e
r e l i g i o u s law s o f Ju d a ism . T h is was th e c e n te r of g r a v i t y o f t h e i r
system .
The v i t a l im p o rta n ce to Ju d aism o f th e d o c t r i n e o f r e t r i b u t i o n and i n ­
q u iry in to th e c o n d itio n o f th e s o u l a f t e r d e a th was g r e a t l y d w elt
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upon. S t a r t i n g from th e d o c tr in e t h a t a l l s o u ls had been c r e a te d in


th e b e g in n in g , th e K abala ta u g h t t h a t th e s e so u ls were d e s tin e d to
e n te r upon an e a r t h l y l i f e , to p a s s in to b o d ie s , and to rem ain c o n n e c t­
ed w ith them f o r a c e r t a i n p e r io d of tim e. The so u l d u rin g i t s e a r t h l y
l i f e was s u b je c te d t o th e t e s t w h e th e r, in s p i t e of i t s c o n n e c tio n w ith
th e body, i t can keep I t s e l f p u re from e a r t h l y g r o s s n e s s . I f i t can
do t h i s , i t ascen d s p u r i f i e d a f t e r d eath t o th e domain of th e s p i r i t s ,
and becomes a p a r t o f th e w o rld o f th e S e f i r o t h . I f , on th e o th e r
h an d , i t becomes t a i n t e d w ith e a r t h l i n e s s , i t i s com pelled to r e t u r n
t o b o d ily l i f e (BUT NOT MORE THAN THREE TIMES) t i l l , a f t e r r e p e a te d
t e s t s , i t can s o a r a l o f t i n a p u re s t a t e .
On th e d o c tr in e o f th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n o f th e s o u l, an im p o rta n t p o in t
o f th e K abala, was b a se d i t s d o c t r in e of rew ard and p u n ish m en t. The
s u f f e r i n g s to which th e p io u s , a p p a re n tly w ith o u t c a u s e , a r e s u b je c te d
on e a r t h , se rv e th e p u rp o se o f p u r if y in g t h e i r s o u ls . G od's J u s t i c e ,
t h e r e f o r e , ought n o t to be q u e s tio n e d , i f th e r ig h te o u s a r e u n f o r tu n a te ,
and th e g o d le s s a r e p ro s p e ro u s .
As m ost s o u ls d u rin g t h e i r e a r t h l y e x is te n c e become l o s t i n s e n s u a l i t y ,
f o r g e t t i n g t h e i r h e a v e n ly o r i g i n , and th e r e f o r e a r e o b lig e d to w ander
thro u g h new b o d ie s , i t .happens t h a t th e l a r g e r number of s o u ls a re such
as a r e born a g a in , w h ile new s o u ls r a r e l y come on e a r t h . 1 t

Through th e s in f u ln e s s o f man, whereby th e same s o u ls r e p e a te d ly e n t e r


b o d ie s , th e g r e a t red em p tio n i s p o stp o n e d , f o r the--nev; s o u ls can n o t
come in to e x is te n c e , th e w o rld b e in g a lm o st e n t i r e l y f i l l e d byt o ld
o n es. The g r e a t tim e of g r a c e , th e s p i r i t u a l co m p letio n o f th*e w o rld ,
cannot come u n t i l a l l c r e a te d s o u ls have been born on e a r t h . Even th e
so u l o f th e M essiah , which l i k e o th e r s a b id e s in th e s p i r i t u a l w o rld
of th e S e f ir o th in I t s pre-m undance e x is te n c e , cannot a p p e a r u n t i l
ev ery so u l h a s d w elt in a body, The so u l of th e M essiah w i l l be th e
l a s t s o u l, and th e M essiah w i l l th e r e f o r e o n ly come to th e end of d a y s.
Then a t le n g th th e g r e a t J u b ile e w i l l a r r i v e , when a l l s o u ls , p u r i f i e d
and r e f i n e d , w ill have r e tu r n e d from e a r th u nto h eav en . The fu rth er­
ance and h a s te n in g o f t h i s tim e of g ra c e d ep e n d s, t h e r e f o r e , on th e
wisdom and r e l i g i o u s co n d u ct o f th e r ig h te o u s . The a d e p ts i n th e
K abala th u s a c q u ire d e x tr a o r d in a r y im p o rta n ce; th e y w ere s u r e t i e s , n o t
o n ly f o r I s r a e l , b u t f o r th e whole o rd e r o f th e w o rld , f o r th ro u g h
t h e i r conduct th e y m ight h a s te n th e b i r t h of th e so u l o f th e M essiah,
th e l a s t in th e s to re h o u s e of s o u ls .
In t h i s very b r i e f d is c u s s io n o f th e d o c tr in e of th e TRUE KABALA we
have h i t what m ight be term ed th e h ig h p o in ts of t h i s p h ilo s o p h y . I t
shows c l e a r l y t h a t th e s o - c a lle d r e v e a le r s o f th e K ab ala had i n some
f a i n t manner c o n ta c te d th e A n cie n t M ystery S c h o o ls, ta k e n from th e
te a c h in g s much t h a t was v e ry A n cie n t and ad d ed to i t much t h a t th e c e
A rcane S ch o o ls n e v e r ta u g h t.
I t rem ained f o r some th r e e c e n t u r i e s a somewhat p u re p h ilo so p h y b ased
on th e d o c tr in e of th e re d e m p tio n of a l l s o u ls , so t h a t t h i s age of
e a r t h ly e x p e rie n c e s o f th e s o u l would be te r m in a te d .
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T ru e, in t h a t p e r io d th e r e w ere many f a n t a s t i c a l t h e o r i e s fo rm u la te d
by i t s s tu d e n ts and a d h e re n ts , m o stly th o se o f S panish s tu d e n ts , who
were g r e a t l y in f lu e n c e d by th e A rab ian m y s te r ie s and p h ilo s o p h ie s , w ith
which th e y h ad in tim a te c o n t a c t , as S pain was s t i l l u n d er th e dom inion
of t h i s School o f p h ilo so p h y .
In th e l a s t th r e e decades of th e 1 6 th C entury th e K abala g ain ed s o le
m a ste ry in P a l e s t i n e , and h e re i t was tu r n e d in to a d o c tr in e t h a t con­
ju r e d up a p p a r itio n s , and encouraged o r g ie s of m y stic ism . I t sp re a d
th e n c e over th e whole of T urkey, P o lan d , Germany and I t a l y , d a rk e n in g
and c o n fu sin g m en 's m inds, h a v in g an e v i l In flu e n c e upon t h e i r h e a r t s ,
a llo w in g no h e a lth y th o u g h t to a p p e a r, o r b ra n d in g such th o u g h t as
h e r e t i o a l and s i n f u l .
Once a g a in , a s in th e e a r ly d ay s of C h r i s t i a n i t y , G a li le e , e s p e c i a lly
th e d i s t r i c t of S a f e t, became th e scene of a h o s t of e v i l s p i r i t s , of
p eo p le p o sse sse d w ith d e v i l s , w hich c h a lle n g e d m y stic ex o rcism , and
re v e a le d profound m y s te r ie s ; and i t i s im p o s sib le to say w hether th e
p o sse sse d ap p eared in consequence o f th e e x o r c i s e r s , o r th e l a t t e r of
th e fo rm e r. I t was a p e r io d of K a b a lis ti c m ania, c o in c id e n t w ith
p r o f lig a c y and m oral d e g r a d a tio n , and i t s v ic tim s d e s p is e d n o t only
th e s c ie n c e s , b u t even th e Talmud i n ' i t s e x h o r ta tio n s to s o b r ie t y .
T his tendency was a g g ra v a te d by two men, who by f a n a tic is m and v i s i o n ­
ary e x tra v a g a n c e i n f e c te d a c o n t in u a l ly w id en in g c i r c l e . These were
ISAAC LURYA and h i s d isc ip le CHAYIli VITAL CALABRESE.
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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
I s a a c Luyra L e v i, (b o rn in Je ru s a le m in 1534, and d ie d 1572) was
descended from a German fa m ily . L e f t an orp h an a t an e a r l y age by
th e d e a th o f h i s f a t h e r , young I s a a c came to E gypt, to th e house o f
a r i c h u n c le , M ardochai F r a n c is , a ta x - f a r m e r , and began t o stu d y th e
Talmud. The d ry stu d y o f th e Talm ud, w hich f i l l e d th e mind w ith
volum inous le a r n in g , u n f r u i t f u l h a i r s p l i t t i n g , and mere fo rm u la s , y e t
f a i l e d to s a t i s f y th e w ants o f th e h e a r t , seems to have become rep u g n ­
a n t to L u y ra, and t o have d r iv e n him to f a n t a s t i c m y stic ism . He p r e ­
f e r r e d th e aw ful l o n e lin e s s o f th e N ile c o u n try to th e n o is e o f th e
sc h o o l; a b s t r a c t i o n i n w o rld s o f m y sticism and devout p ra y in g to work­
in g o u t I n t e l l e c t u a l p ro b lem s.
He was g r e a t l y a t t r a c t e d to th e Z ohar, w hich had been p r i n t e d f o r th e
f i r s t tim e , and w id ely sp re a d a b ro a d , had become a c c e s s ib le to e v e ry ­
body. The more f a m i l i a r h e became w ith th e K abala th ro u g h h i s a b s o rp ­
t i o n in th e sounding e m p tin e ss o f th e Z ohar, th e more d id he seek
s o l i t u d e , and th e l e s s I n te r c o u r s e he had w ith men.
He even n e g le c te d h i s young w if e , o n ly v i s i t e d h i s house from S abbath
to S ab b ath , and spoke l i t t l e , t h a t l i t t l e b e in g i n Hebrew.
L uyra i s s a id to have s p e n t s e v e r a l y e a r s i n s o l i t u d e I n t h i s m anner,
and th e r e s u l t was t h a t l i k e a l l whose re a s o n i s w eaker th a n t h e i r
im a g in a tio n , he became a co n firm ed v is i o n a r y . The m y stic book, th e
Z ohar, h i s c o n s ta n t companion i n t h i s s e c l u s i o n , a id e d i n e x c iti n g
h i s im a g in a tio n . A lthough f a m i l i a r w ith th e h i s t o r y o f th e Zohar and
o f i t s b e in g exposed in S p ain a s a book o f Moses de Leon, and t h a t i t
had ev o lv ed out of Moses de L e o n 's own c o n s c io u s n e s s , and had been
w r i t t e n by him w ith h i s own h an d , L uyra re a s o n e d t h a t i t was r e a l l y
th e work o f t h a t sage Simon b a r Y o ch ai, and t h a t i t was o f d iv in e
r e v e l a t i o n to t h a t p h ilo s o p h e r and he th e r e f o r e p e r s i s t e d i n s e e in g
i n i t h ig h a l l u s i o n s and p ro fo u n d wisdom. I n t h i s h e a te d Im a g in a tio n
he even saw E l i j a h , th e te a c h e r o f th e m y s te r ie s , f a c e t o f a c e .
But what d id th e p ro p h e t E l i j a h , o r th e Z o h ar, o r r a t h e r h i s own h e a t ­
ed Im a g in a tio n , r e v e a l to him? F i r s t , he to o k th e tr o u b le to p u t
system , u n i t y , and l o g i c a l o r d e r i n t o th e c o n fu sio n and i n t r i c a c i e s
o f th e Z ohar, a s i f co n n e cte d th o u g h t co u ld be e x p e c te d in th e i d l e
c h a t t e r o f a h a l f im b e c ile . The h e rm it o f C a iro so u g h t to deduce from
i t how God had c r e a te d and o rd e re d th e w o rld by means of m y stic
numbers ( S e f i r o t h ) , o r how th e Godhead r e v e a le d i t s e l f i n th e form s
o f s u b s ta n c e s , o r how i t c o n c e n tr a te d I t s e l f I n o rd e r to p r o j e c t th e
f i n i t e n a tu re of c r e a te d th in g s from i t s own i n f i n i t u d e .
Thus h e ev o lv ed an e x tr a o r d in a r y co m p lic a te d system of pow ers and op­
p o sin g pow ers, f o r c e s and c o u n te r f o r c e s , and d e g re e s ( p a r s o p h in ) , in
th e fo u r sp h e re s of S e p a r a tio n , C re a tio n , F o u n d atio n and T ransform a­
t i o n ; and h e c lo th e d th e s e empty a b s t r a c t i o n s w ith such wondrous names
t h a t he a f te rw a r d s co m p lain ed , w ith r e a s o n , t h a t no one c o u ld u n d e r­
s ta n d h i s m y stic sy ste m . Y et L uyra lo o k e d upon t h i s i n t r i c a t e and
complex th e o ry o f th e c r e a tio n a s o n ly a k in d of I n tr o d u c tio n to w hat
seemed to him a much more Im p o rta n t and p r a c t i c a l p a r t o f th e K ab ala,
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whereby th e d iv in e o r d e r o f th e w orld (01 am ha-T lkkun) c o u ld be b ro u g h t


a b o u t. T h is p r a c t i c a l K abala o f L uyra r e s t s upon a n o t l e s s m arvelous
d o c tr in e o f s o u ls , a ls o b a s e d upon th e v i s i o n s o f th e Z ohar,
Our s o u ls , he s a y s , r e f l e c t th e c lo s e c o n n e c tio n betw een th e f i n i t e
and i n f i n i t e , and th e r e f o r e have a m an ifo ld c h a r a c te r . The whole o f
th e so u l m a te r ia l to ap p ear in tem p o ral l i f e , was c r e a te d by Adam, b u t
each s o u l, a c c o rd in g to i t s h ig h e r o r low er d e g re e , was fa s h io n e d in
form , o r w ith th e f i r s t man, o u t o f th e h ig h o r low o rg a n s and fo rm s.
A cco rd in g ly th e r e a re s o u ls o f th e b r a in , th e e y e s, th e h an d s and th e
f e e t . Each o f th e s e m ust be re g a rd e d as an e f f lu e n c e , o r sp a rk
(N iz u z ), from Adam. By th e f i r s t s in o f th e f i r s t man— f o r th e
K abala f in d s o r i g i n a l s in n e c e s s a ry f o r i t s f a n c i f u l c r e a t i o n s — th e
h ig h e r and th e lo w e r, th e s u p e r io r and th e i n f e r i o r s o u ls , good and
e v i l , become confu sed and m in g led to g e th e r . Even th e p u r e s t b e in g s
th e re b y re c e iv e d an ad m ix tu re o f e v i l and th e d e v i l i s h elem en t o f th e
"husk" ( K e l l f a ) .
But th e morel, o rd e r o f th e w o rld , o r th e p u r i f i c a t i o n o f th e f i r s t man,
can n o t be b ro u g h t ab o u t t i l l th e co n seq u en ces o f o r i g i n a l s i n , th e
c o n fu sio n o f good and e v i l , a r e o b l i t e r a t e d and rem oved. From th e
most e v i l p a r t o f th e so u l m a te r ia l em anates th e h e a th e n w o rld ; th e
people of I s r a e l , on th e o th e r h an d , come from th e good p a r t . But th e
form er o re n o t q u ite w ith o u t an ad m ix tu re o f th e o r i g i n a l good, w h ile
th e l a t t e r a re n o t f r e e from an ad m ix tu re o f th e c o r r u p t and dem oniac.
T his im p e rfe c tio n g iv e s th e c o n tin u a l im pulse tow ards s i n , and h in d e r s
th e chosen fragm en t o f th e human r a c e from fo llo w in g th e law o f God,
th e T orah. The m e ssia n ic p e r io d w i l l p u t an end to th e d is tu r b a n c e o f
d iv in e o r d e r a r i s i n g from th e f i r s t s i n , o r a b o lis h th e d is o r d e r t h a t
h a s c r e p t i n , and w i l l in tr o d u c e , o r see In tro d u c e d , th e d i v i n i t y o f
th e w o rld . T h e re fo re , a co m plete s e p a r a tio n o f good from e v i l m ust
ta k e p la c e , and t h i s can o n ly happen th ro u g h I s r a e l , i f i t o r each o f
i t s members w i l l lo s e o r c a s t away th e ad m ix tu re o f e v i l . F or t h i s
p u rp o se , m en's s o u ls ( e s p e c i a l l y th o s e o f th e I s r a e l i t e s ) have to
wander th ro u g h th e BODIES OF MEN and ANIMALS, and even THROUGH RIVERS,
WOOD and STONES.
The d o c tr in e o f th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n o f s o u ls form s th e c e n t e r and b a s is
o f L u y ra 1s K abala, b u t he h a s p e c u l i a r developm ent in th e id e a . Ac­
c o rd in g to t h i s th e o ry even th e s o u ls of th e p io u s must s u f f e r t r a n s ­
m ig r a tio n , sin c e even th e y a re n o t f r e e from th e t a i n t o f e v i l ; th e r e
i s none r ig h te o u s on th e e a r t h , who does o nly good and s in s n o t. In
t h i s way L uyra so lv e d th e d i f f i c u l t y , which fo rm er K a b a lis t w r i t e r s
co u ld n o t overcom e.
But t h i s s e p a r a tio n o f th e good and th e e v i l elem e n ts in th e w o r ld 's
m a te r ia l s o u l, th e e x p ia tio n and o b l i t e r a t i o n of th e o r i g i n a l s i n , o r
th e r e s t o r a t i o n o f th e d iv in e o rd e r in Adam, would r e q u ir e a lo n g
s e r i e s o f a g e s , owing to th e im p u lse tow ard s i n c o n t in u a l ly p r e s e n t.
There a r e , how ever, means o f h a s te n in g t h i s p r o c e s s , and t h i s was
r e a l l y th e o r g ln a l d o c tr in e t h a t L uyra e n u n c ia te d .
B esid es th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n o f o u r s o u ls , s i n f u l and s u b je c t to dem onic
f o r c e s as th e y a r e , th e r e i s a n o th e r mode o f e x p ia tio n , th e e l e v a t io n
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and Im p reg n atio n o f th e s o u l ( I b b u r , s u p e r f o e t a t i o n . ) I f a p u r i f i e d


soul h a s n e g le c te d r e l i g i o u s d u t i e s h e re on e a r t h , o r h a s had no op­
p o r tu n ity of f u l f i l l i n g them , i t m ust r e t u r n to e a r t h l y l i f e , a t t a c h
i t s e l f t o th e so u l o f a l i v i n g human b e in g , and u n i t e and c o a le s c e w ith
i t i n o r d e r to r e t r i e v e t h i s n e g l e c t . Or a g a in , th e d e p a rte d s p i r i t s
of men f r e e d from s in ap p ear a g a in on e a r t h t o s u p p o rt th e weals, and
w av erin g s o u ls w hich can n o t a t t a i n to good by t h e i r ovm e f f o r t s ,
s tr e n g th e n them and le a d them to th e f i n a l g o a l. These p u re s p i r i t s
combine w ith th e weak s p i r i t s o r w eaker s o u ls s t i l l s tr u g g lin g , and
form a u n io n w ith them , p ro v id e d t h a t th e y have some a f f i n i t y w ith
one a n o th e r , i . e . , i f th e y o r i g i n a t e from th e SAME SPARK o r ORGAN o f
ADAM, s in c e as a r u le o nly s im ila r (Homogeneous) s o u ls a t t r a c t each
o th e r , w h ile on th e o th e r hand d i s s i m i l a r (H etero g en eo u s) s o u ls r e p e l
each o t h e r . A cco rd in g to t h i s th e o ry th e b an ish m en t and d is p e r s io n o f
I s r a e l have f o r t h e i r p u rp o se th e s a lv a ti o n o f th e w orld o r of m en 's
s o u ls . The p u r i f i e d s p i r i t s o f p io u s I s r a e l i t e s u n i t e w ith th e s o u ls
o f men o f o th e r n a t i o n a l i t i e s i n o r d e r to f r e e them from th e dem oniacal
im p u lses t h a t p o s s e s s them.
I s a a c L uyra im agined a com plete system o f th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n and com­
b in a tio n o f s o u ls . I t a ls o seemed to him im p o rta n t to know th e sex o f
a s o u l, f o r fem in in e s o u ls a r e found in m a scu lin e b o d ie s , and v ic e
v e r s a , a c c o rd in g to th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n and a t t r a c t i o n i n .each c a s e .
I t i s e s p e c i a lly im p o rta n t i n c o n t r a c tin g a m a rria g e to kno*7 w h eth er
th e s o u ls of man and w ife h arm o nize w ith each o th e r i n r e s p e c t o f
o r ig in and d e g re e .
By means of t h i s s e c r e t th e v is i o n a r y o f C a iro e x p e c te d t o so lv e th e
o th e r m y ste ry , nam ely, how good s p i r i t s may be c o n ju re d down from
h ea v en , and In a m easure be com p elled to e n t e r th e b o d ie s o f l i v i n g
men, and th u s made to d iv u lg e r e v e l a t i o n s o f th e *7orld beyond. H ereby
h e b e lie v e he h e ld th e KEY t o th e KINGDOM o f th e MESSIAH and th e r e ­
g e n e r a tio n of th e w o rld . L uyra b e lie v e d t h a t HE POSSESSED THE SOUL
OP THE MESSIAH o f th e b ran ch o f JOSEPH, and t h a t h e h ad a M e ssia n ic
m is s io n . He saw s p i r i t s ev ery w h ere, and h e a rd t h e i r w h is p e rs i n th e
ru s h in g w a te r s , th e movements o f th e t r e e s and g r a s s e s , i n th e song
o f th e t w i t t e r i n g b i r d s , even i n th e f l i c k e r i n g o f fla m e s . He saw
hov/ a t d e a th th e s o u ls v/ere s e t f r e e from th e body, how th e y h o v ered
i n th e a i r , o r ro s e o u t o f t h e i r g r a v e s . He h e ld in tim a te i n t e r ­
co u rse v /lth th e s a i n t s of th e B ib le , th e Talmud, and w ith th e r a b b i s ,
i n p a r t i c u l a r w ith Simon b a r Y o c h a i, th e re p u te d a u th o r o f th e Z o h ar.
I n s h o r t L uyra was a g h o s t- s e e r and r a i s e r o f th e d e a d , a ro u s in g h o p es
o f th e coming of th e M essiah by K a b a lls ti c J u g g le ry , b u t w ith a l l t h i s
f a n a tic is m he was so b e r and s o p h i s t l o a l . He in tr o d u c e d th e c a s u i s t r y
o f th e Talmud i n th e K ab ala.
In E gypt, Luyra found l i t t l e f a v o r w ith h i s la b y r i n t h of h ig h e r w o rld s
and h i 8 t h e o r ie s o f c r e a tio n and red em p tio n . To r e a l i z e h i s scheme o f
red em p tio n he m ig ra te d w ith h i s w ife and c h i l d to S a f e t, th e Je ru sa le m
o f m y stic ism , where th e m y stic d o c tr in e f l o u r i s h e d , and th e Z o h ar, th e
s p u rio u s work o f Moses de Leon, was e x a lte d to th e same le v e l a s th e
T o rah . Almost th e v/hole c o lle g e of r a b b i s and c h i e f le a d e r s of S a f e t
w ere K a b & llsts. T h is p la c e was a t th e tim e a f l o u r i s h i n g c i t y i n ­
h a b ite d o n ly by Jew s. Eie members o f th e community knew l i t t l e o f th e
o p p re s s io n o r th e c a r e s o f l i f e , and so th e K a b a lls ts c o u ld sp in m y sti-
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c a l t h e o r ie s to t h e i r h e a r t s ' c o n te n t. The K a b a lis ts of t h i s p la c e


h ad gone so f a r In t h e i r I m ita tio n of C a th o lic is m t h a t th e y had a d o p t­
ed a u r i c u l a r c o n fe s s io n and th e a d o ra tio n o f m a rty rs . And t h i s was
th e sta g e on w hich L u y ra, th e c r e a t o r of th e NEW KABALA, v/as to o r i ­
g in a te new a b e r r a t io n s .
H ere h e met a s t i l l g r e a t e r v is i o n a r y , an I t a l i a n , Chayim V ita l C a la ­
b r e s e (b o rn 1543, d ie d 1 6 2 0 ), whose f a t h e r , a c o p y is t o f th e s c r o l l s
o f th e Torah, had t r a v e l l e d to P a le s tin e from I t a l y . V i t a l had l e a r n ­
ed n o th in g th o ro u g h ly In h i s younger d ay s; he had g a in e d o n ly a
s m a tte rin g of th e Talmud and m y stic l o r e . He p o sse sse d a w ild , e x t r a ­
v ag an t im a g in a tio n , and a d e c id e d I n c l i n a t i o n f o r a d v e n tu re and s e n sa ­
t i o n . When he met L uyra he im m ed iately ad o p te d t h a t v i s i o n a r y 's New
K abala and i t i s s t a t e d t h a t L uyra s e n t f o r t h h i s d i s c i p l e to c o n ju re
up s p i r i t s and f o r t h i s p u rp o se d e liv e r e d to him c e r t a i n docum ents o f
fo rm u las made up o f th e tr a n s p o r te d l e t t e r s o f th e D e i t y 's name. Of
c o u rs e , e v i l s p i r i t s f l e d b e fo re V i t a l 's g a z e , w h ils t good s p i r i t s
a tta c h e d th em selv es to him , and communicated t h e i r s e c r e t s .
I t was V ita l who sp rea d s e n s a tio n a l r e p o r t s c o n c e rn in g th e e x t r a ­
o r d in a r y , alm ost d iv in e powers of h i s m a s te r, and of h i s power o v e r
d e p a rte d and l i v i n g s o u ls ; d o in g i t , so I t a p p e a rs , w ith an a r t f u l
c a lc u l a ti o n of e f f e c t and p u b l i c i t y . L uyra who had been once so
i s o l a t e d , now found h im s e lf su rro u n d ed by crow ds o f v i s i t o r s ; K a b a lis ts
o ld and y o u n g came to l i s t e n to h i s r e v e l a t i o n s . S e v e ra l more d i s ­
c i p l e s a tta c h e d th e m se lv e s to him , and he communicated to them h i s
confused th o u g h ts , a s s ig n e d to each th e o r i g i n a l Adamite so u l t h a t
d w elt in him , th e tr a n s m ig r a tio n s t h a t I t h ad undergone b e fo re i t s
p r e s e n t c o rp o re a l e x i s te n c e , and i t s f u n c tio n s on e a r t h . I t n e v e r oc­
c u rre d to th e s e p e o p le , a lr e a d y enmeshed in th e K a b a lis tlc n e t , to
doubt th e t r u t h o f th e s e com m unications. The d i s c i p l e s t h a t g a th e re d
around him Luyra formed i n t o two c l a s s e s : " th e i n i t i a t e d " and the
" N o v ic e s ."
M y s tic a l c o n v e rs a tio n s and n o te s , th e in te r v ie w in g and summoning o f
s p i r i t s , form ed th e o c c u p a tio n of L uyra and h i s f o llo w e r s . I n s h o r t ,
L uyra was on th e eve of fo u n d in g a new Je w ish s e c t . On th e Sabbath
he d re s s e d i n w h ite , and wore a f o u r f o ld garm ent to s ig n i f y th e fo u r
l e t t e r s o f th e name of God. The u n d e rly in g f a c t of a l l h i s r e v e l a t i o n s
and e x e r tio n s was t h a t he was th e MESSIAH of th e ra c e o f JOSEPH, th e
f o re ru n n e r o f th e M essiah o f D av id ’ s l i n e . T h is, how ever, he o n ly
f u r t i v e l y h in te d to h i s d i s c i p l e s . H is d e lu s io n was t h a t th e Mes­
s ia n ic p e r io d would commence a t th e b e g in n in g of th e 2nd h a l f of th e
second p e r io d of a th o u san d y e a rs sin c e th e d e s tr u c tio n of th e Temple,
l . e . , i n 1568. However, th e sudden d e a th o f L uyra a t th e age of 38,
saved h i s f a c e and o n ly f u r t h e r g l o r i f i e d him . D eath i s wont to
t r a n s f i g u r e n a tu r e s l i k e h i s , and v e n e ra tio n f o r them in c r e a s e s as
y e a r s r o l l on. W ith E a s te rn e x a g g e ra tio n , h i s d i s c i p l e s re g a rd e d him
as even more th a n a w orker of w onders; th e y c a l l e d him th e "Holy and
D iv in e" and sou g h t f o r t h e i r own g lo r y , to w in a d h e re n ts f o r him and
h i s v is io n a r y e x tra v a g a n c e s . They d e c la r e d t h a t I f L uyra co u ld o n ly
have liv e d 5 y e a rs lo n g e r , he would have Improved the w orld so e f ­
f e c t u a l l y , th a t th e M e ssia n ic p e r io d would m ost c e r t a i n l y have been
a s s u re d .
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The d i s c i p l e s sp re a d h i s d o c t r in e a l l o v e r th e known Je w ish w orld and


even to d a y we re a d o f com m entaries which u se L uyra a s t h e i r a u t h o r i t y .
I t s c o r r u p tin g in f lu e n c e worked much harm d u rin g th e c e n tu r ie s t h a t
fo llo w e d f o r h i s th e o ry of "harmony o f s o u ls " a s a c o n d itio n to mar­
r i a g e , le a d to much ab u se o f th e Hebrew "Get" o r d iv o rc e system , f o r
a man h ad o n ly t o p le a d t h a t h i s m a rriag e was n o t a u n io n fo re o rd a in e d
by th e harmony o f th e S e f i r o t h , t o se cu re a s e p a r a tio n from th e w if e .
Thus d iv o rc e became v e ry f r e q u e n t I n K a b a l i s t l c c i r c l e s .

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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
M ysticism means deep th in k in g and d e e p e r f e e l i n g ; i t i s a c o n sc io u s
ad m issio n t h a t human re a s o n r e v e a l s n o t enough o f God t o th e so u l to
appease h e r d e e p e s t, o f te n in d e f in a b le lo n g in g s . Reason c e a s e s w ith
d e f i n i t i o n . Who arid w here i s God? What a r e h i s a t t r i b u t e s ? What i s
i n f i n i t y , e t e r n i t y , la w , m a tte r , s p i r i t , b e in g ? Can re a s o n d e f in e .
them? I f she c a n n o t,s h e m ust, and a c t u a l l y d o e s , r e s o r t to a power
o f f i n e r s p i r i t u a l i n s i g h t and p e n e t r a t i o n , w hich i s known a s INTUI­
TION; o f power which te a c h e s th e h e a r t to f e e l l o g i c a l l y and th e mind
to th in k d reain ln g ly .
R e v e la tio n and P rophecy gave Ju d aism th e a d v a n tag e of a m y stic r e a lis m ,
o r , a s th e modems c a l l i t , a p h ilo s o p h ic a l tr a n s c e n d e n ta lis m . Y et
was th e r e a p e rio d i n h i s t o r y when, d i s s a t i s f i e d w ith th in g s v i s i b l e ,
s u b je c t to th e w o rst o f s o c ia l c o n d itio n s hum anity i s c a p a b le of en d u r­
in g , th e Jew ish m ind, I n e x h a u s tib le in v a ry in g a s p e c ts o f th e s p i r i t u a l ,
ev o lv ed a system o f m y stic dream s w hich, disow ned by san e Je w ish p h i l o ­
sophy, and d e c r ie d by many c r i t i c s a s m ethodized i n s a n i t y , i s y e t a
phenomenon n o t unw orthy o f a f a i r n o t i c e .
There i s most a s s u r e d ly method in th e m adness o f th e K a b a lis t. Nor
a re h i s v iew s of C re a to r and c r e a t i o n s e n t i r e l y o r i g i n a l . B e sid e s th e
BOOK OF CREATION, o r SEFAR YEZIRAH, a work assumed t o be o f h o a ry a n t i ­
q u ity , th e main so u rc e o f t h i s Theosophy i s th e ZOHAR, a C h a ld a ic term
d e n o tin g " s p le n d o r " , a h e a v e n ly l i g h t , a book of s tr a n g e r e v e l a t i o n s ,
o f which Rabbi Simeon ben Y ochal i s s a id to have been th e a u th o r o r
c o m p ile r. The s u b s ta n c e of t h i s m y stic te x t-b o o k was lo n g g e n e r a lly
a c c e p te d by th e K a b a lie ts a s an o r a l r e v e l a t i o n d e liv e r e d by God to
Adam w h ile i n Eden, and th e n c e i t p a s s e d , from age to a g e , down to th e
c o m p ila tio n i n i t s p r e s e n t form . L a te r c r i t i c s , how ever, u n d erto o k to
d is p ro v e i t s a n t i q u i t y , and to t r a c e i t to an a u th o r of a c o m p a ra tiv e ­
l y r e c e n t d a t e , and t h e i r e f f o r t s w ere crowned w ith s u c c e s s , th u s d i ­
v e s tin g th e ZOHAR of th e sa n c tim o n io u s h a lo i t n o t u n n a t u r a lly assum ed.
The ZOHAR h a s been c o n c lu s iv e ly p ro v ed to be a p r o d u c tio n o f th e 1 3 th
c e n tu r y , w ith Moses de Leon a s i t s o r i g i n a l a u th o r ; a th e o ry i n w hich
we a r e l i t t l e c o n c e rn e d , c o n s id e r in g t h a t th e o b j e c t of th e s e le s s o n s
on th e K ab ala i s n o t t o e s t a b l i s h th e d a te and a u th o r s h ip , b u t to con­
vey an id e a of t h a t s t r a n g e s t of th e p e c u lia r p ro d u c tio n s o f th e Je w ish
m ind.
Whoever th e a u th o r , he was a Jew, and c la im s o u r a t t e n t i o n , w h eth er we
a g re e o r d is a g r e e . We may f in d f a u l t w ith th e system a s one ir r e c o n ­
c i l a b l e w ith th e M o n o th e istic i d e a l , s a v o rin g to o much o f th e t r i n i ­
t a r i a n s a l v a t i o n to be c o n g e n ia l t o Jew ish I n t u i t i o n ; s u b o r d in a tin g
th e e t h i c a l elem en t to th e v a p o ro u s, im a g in a ry , p h ilo s o p h ic a lly un­
te n a b le ; a tte m p tin g to p a s s o f f a c ra z y m osaic made up o f a l i t t l e o f
e v e ry th in g , borrow ed ev ery w h ere, o f everybody a s an o r i g i n a l work.
Y e t, w ith a l l d e d u c tio n s and a llo w a n c e s made, th e ZOHAR rem a in s a
l i t e r a r y c u r i o s i t y o f uncommon I n t e r e s t .
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I t s a u th o r commands c o n s id e r a b le know ledge of a n c ie n t Je w ish and non-


Jew leh p h ilo so p h y ; he h a s m ethod, and a rem ark ab ly cu n n in g f a c i l i t y
o f a s s i m i l a t i o n , w h ile h i s Im a g in a tio n vrould, a s a p o e t, have se c u re d
f o r him h ig h d i s t i n c t i o n . These q u a l i t i e s he w ie ld s w ith consummate
I n g e n u ity , b le n d in g them in to a h a z y w hole s u f f i c i e n t l y c o h e re n t and
s y s te m a tic t o d e c e iv e th e n o v ic e , b u t d i s s o lv in g u n d e r th e m agic t e s t
o f h i s t o r i c a l a n a l y s i s . The a u th o r , how ever, e n fo rc e s r e s p e c t f o r h i s
s i n c e r i t y . There i s a dead e a r n e s t i n e v e ry l i n e . F a ith i s h i s w ork,
f ir m and s tr o n g . H is u n iv e r s e teem s w ith l i f e and b e in g , v i s i b l e and
i n v i s i b l e , a l l i s s u i n g from th e I n f i n i t e In c o m p re h e n sib le . H e re in
th e ZOHAR l a e s s e n t i a l l y Je w ish ; a s f o r th e r e s t , l e t u s s e e .
We a r e c o n fro n te d h e r e w ith a maze o f th o u g h t, fa n c y , c o n c e p tio n ,
t r u t h , f a b l e , and f i c t i o n unknown i n th e a n n a ls o f p h ilo s o p h y . The
n a tu r e o f th e D iv in e , Suprem est B e in g , and o f a l l b e in g , th e o r ig in
and s u b je c t o f a l l c r e a t i o n s , a r e t h e r e i n a c c o u n te d f o r w ith a con­
c lu s iv e n e s s and a b o ld n e s s w hich a ro u s e a s to n is h m e n t. N ever was a
m e ta p h y sic a l th o u g h t u t t e r e d w ith such p o s i t i v e p r e c i s i o n and d e f i n i t e ­
n e s s . As i n G e n e sis, th e a u th o r d is d a in s r e a s o n , h u t g iv e s f a c t s w ith
an a i r o f u n q u e s tio n a b le a u t h o r i t y , an d h i s v o t a r i e s a c c e p t them w ith
.u n q u a lif ie d f a i t h , a s i f n o t h e b u t th e y have h ad th e m y stio r e v e la ­
tio n '. God, th e O rig in , S u b stan c e and A uthor o f a l l th in g s seen o r un­
se e n , i s h e r e denom inated a s The Unbounded o r th e EN-SOPH, h a v in g
n e i t h e r b e g in n in g n o r en d in g , n o r d im e n sio n , n o r form n o r a t t r i b u t e s ,
each o f w hich i f a s c r ib e d to Him, w ould l i m i t H is I n f i n i t e . The u n i­
v e rs e — w hich n e c e s s a r i l y h a s bounds somewhere— i s a l l c o n ta in e d i n
Him, n o t He i n th e u n iv e r s e — w hich i s a T alm u d lcal id e a . B eing th u s
In co m p reh en sib le t o f i n i t e I n t e l l e c t , in o r d e r to be known. God m ani­
f e s t s H im self i n w hat i s v i s i b l e to th e eye and co m p reh en sib le to th e
m ind. But such m a n if e s ta tio n s w ere Im p o ssib le w ith o u t c e r t a i n a c tiv e
o r c r e a t i v e p r i n c i p l e s em anating from The Unbounded o r EN-SOPH. F or
t h i s p u rp o se a p e r f e c t s p i r i t u a l b e in g , a c e l e s t i a l Adam, of whom th e .
e a rth y one i s a g ro s s copy, had t o be c a l l e d i n t o e x i s te n c e . T hat
su p e rn a l pow er, w hich E z e k ie l saw i n v is i o n mounted on a c h a r i o t o f
f i r e , was th u s n o t God H im se lf, b u t a p e r f e c t p e r s o n if ic a tio n o f Him,
o r , to g iv e i t th e t r i n i t a r i a n name, "H is Son".
M ilto n im p a rts p o e t i c a l b e a u ty to t h i s K a b a l i s t l c fa n c y . T h at Shadow
o f God o r Adam b e in g th e c e n te r o f a l l c r e a t i v e en erg y o r p o t e n t i a l i t y ,
i s th e p rom pting f o c u s , a s i t w ere, from whom te n a c t i v e V ir tu e s o r
E m an atio n s’, c a lle d ' SEPHIROTH, r a d i a t e . These a r e : Crown, Wisdom, I n ­
t e l l i g e n c e , B eauty, Love, J u s t i c e , F o u n d a tio n , F irm n ess, S p le n d o r, and
Kingdom. The E m anations is s u e from th e s e v e r a l members and q u a r te r s
o f th e a r c h e ty p a l h e a v e n ly Adam, and we have o n ly to im agine a w ise ,
m ighty m onarch, crown oh h ead , wisdom w r i t t e n on h i s f a c e , i n t e l l i g e n c e
sp eak in g from h i s h e a r t , lo v e and j u s t i c e p r a c t i c e d by h i s h a n d s, a
v ig o ro u s progeny I s s u i n g from hte l i o n s , th e s p le n d o r and firm n e s s o f
r o y a l manhood v i s i b l e i n h i s l o r d l y b e a r in g , p o w erfu l lim b s , and f i n a l ­
l y , a kingdom a t h i s f e e t , and we have th e m o rta l p i c t u r e o f th e im­
m o r ta l, c r e a t i v e r o y a l t y . Such i s th e f i r s t p e r f e c t r e f l e x o f th e
Unbounded, and such H is t e n c r e a t i v e v i r t u e s . W ith th e s e th e b a s i s
f o r th e o r i g i n a t i o n and p r o g r e s s io n o f th e v i s i b l e and I n v i s i b l e u n i­
v e rse i s l a i d .
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h a l f as p h ilo s o p h ic a l and. i d e a l a s th e DIVINE SOPHIA of th e P h ilo n lc ,
and th e AEONS o f th e P la to n ic sy stem , o f w hich i t i s an i n f e r i o r r e ­
f l e c t i o n . What th e ZOHAR c la im s f o r th e SEPHIROTH, th e G n o s tic s many
c e n tu r ie s b e f o r e a s c r ib e d to th e AEONS, which a re i n tu r n an im prove­
ment on th e TITANS, who sp ran g from Chaos w ith th e ch arg e of b u ild in g
th e upper and n e th e r w o rld s.
The v is i o n o f th e h e a v e n ly Adam l a n o th in g e l s e th a n th e m y th ic a l
M inerva, who sp ra n g armed from th e h ead o f J u p i t e r . Nor does th e r e ­
sem blance end h e r e . The En-Soph lo o k s n o t u n lik e C hronos, w ith incom­
p r e h e n s ib le P a te i n th e backg ro u n d . F u r th e r com parison s u g g e s ts th e
p r o b a b i l i t y — a s w i l l a p p e a r l a t e r — o f t h i s m y stic Theosophy b e in g a
melange o f H e lle n ic and H e b ra ic id e a s a s w elded by P h ilo .
The M o n o th e is tic Jew o f e t h i c a l r e a l i t i e s i s n o t open to m y stic e x t r a ­
vagances u n le s s lu r e d by a g o ld e n p ro m ise o f some new s p i r i t u a l r e v e l a ­
t i o n . When th e P la to n i c p h ilo s o p h e r s made th e h appy e f f o r t of i d e a l i s ­
in g G reek p o ly th e ism , re d u c in g I t t o an an th ro p o m o rp h ic e x p r e s s io n o f
th e i n f i n i t e LOGOS, A le x a n d ria n Ju d aism r e a l i z e d an a f f i n i t y o f th o u g h t,
and th e r e s u l t was th e w edding and w e ld in g of H e lle n ic and H e b ra ic
id e a s , w hich became th e l i f e work o f P h ilo J u d a e u s .
K ab ala, we v e n tu re to m a in ta in , i s n o th in g more th a n an u n f o r tu n a te
d i l u t i o n o f P h i l o 's tr a n s c e n d e n ta l Ju d aism , P h i l o 's God i s n a t u r a l l y
a m o s t'a b s o lu te tra n s c e n d e n c y , H is u n iv e rs e o r i g i n a t i n g i n th e DIVINE
SOPHIA, o r Wisdom. One m ust be b lin d n o t to p e r c e iv e i n th e s e two
fu ndam ental p r i n c i p l e s o f P h i l o 's p h ilo so p h y th e metam orphosed id e a s
o f th e En-Soph and th e h e a v e n ly Adam w ith h i s s e v e r a l AEONS o r Emana­
t i o n s . And i s n o t th e e t h i c a l summary o f K a b a lis ti o s e l f - d e n i a l and
r e s i g n a t i o n b u t a m y s tic a l r e f l e c t i o n of P h i l o 's e t h i c a l i d e a l t h a t
c u lm in a te s in m e d ita tio n , r e n u n c ia tio n , and i n an u n c o n d itio n a l s u r ­
re n d e r o f s e l f to The Suprem est W ill?
C om patible w ith G reek m ythology o f m ale and fem ale d e i t i e s , i s 'a l s o th e
m y s tic a l r e a l i z a t i o n o f a s p i r i t u a l , m o ral, and m a te r ia l w o rld ,e n g e n ­
d e re d by a u n io n o f m ale and fem ale SEPHIROTH, a s I n t e l l i g e n c e and
B eau ty , Love and J u s t i c e , F irm ness and S p le n d o r, w ith th e a ll- e m b r a c ­
in g , m ost g lo r io u s S e p h lra , Kingdom, as th e clim ax and sum o f a l l th e
o th e r n in e E m anations, e x c e llin g them a l l by m ir r o r in g th e E n -S o p h 's
O m nipresence and O m nipotence. So much f o r th e o r i g i n a l i t i e s of th e
Z o h a r's fu n d am en tal id e a s .

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To th e One P r iv ile g e d :
We concede c h e e r f u l ly t h a t i f th e in g e n io u s K a b a lia t borrow ed th e bulk,
o f h i s m a te r ia l, he c e r t a i n l y d ig e s te d i t w e ll, and wove i t s k i l l f u l l y
in to a t i s s u e o f h i s own. He p ro ceed ed t o te a c h t h a t th e h i g h e s t ,
p u r e s t, and id e a l w o rld i s , o f c o u rs e , t h a t o f th e c r e a t i v e E taan ations,
c lo s e ly a l l i e d to The Unbounded, who w orks th ro u g h H is a rc h e ty p a l
im age; i t I s , i n P l a t o 's la n g u a g e , th e "w o rld o f id e a s " , i n P h i l o 's th e
D ivine S ophia o r Wisdom, a w o rld most p e r f e c t and im m utable. From t h i s
w orld o f id e a s em anates th e w o rld o f fo rm s, p u r e , s p i r i t u a l b e in g s ,
l e s s p e r f e c t th an th e s e p h lr o th , b u t, n e x t to th e s e , th e h ig h e s t i n
th e s c a le , e n t i r e l y e t h e r e a l , p e r s o n if ie d by th e a n g e l M a ta tro n , who
i s th e garm ent o f S h ad d ai, The o m n ip o ten t, and t h e v i s i b l e m a n ife s ta ­
tio n o f The Unbounded. M a tatro n i s th e p r in c e o r dom inion of th e
s p i r i t u a l w o rld , and i s a w ell-know n p e r s o n a l i t y to such a s we have
re a d th e fre q u e n t a l l u s i o n s to him i n th e H aggadlc t r a d i t i o n s . From
h i s s p i r i t u a l domain M atatro n c o n tr o ls th e sp h e re s and th e a n g e ls and
e v e ry th in g e l s e , a s a lo y a l prim e m in i s te r o u g h t to d o . O th er t r a d i ­
tio n s I d e n t i f y Enoch w ith t h a t p r in c e ly m agnate, who i s —we a r e s c a r c e ­
ly s u r p r is e d — th e c o n fid a n t of God, H is m in i s te r o f th e I n t e r i o r and
e x t e r i o r . H is t r u s t i s In d eed n o t s m a ll, f o r b e s id e s p la n n in g and sup­
e r in te n d in g th e fo rm a tio n o f th e m ost s u p e rn a l b e in g s and th i n g s , he
h as to condescend to a tte n d to a lo w er g ra d e of o c c u p a tio n , s in c e from
h i s p o te n t sp h e re s i s s u e s th e somewhat lo w e r "w orld o f f o rm a tio n " , a
w orld v e ry , v e ry h ig h above th e one we a r e tr e a d in g , b u t c o n s id e ra b ly
low er th a n th e tr a n s c e n d e n ta l S e p h lro th .
So f a r from h a v in g a n y th in g i n common w ith t h i s m assiv e g lo b e , th e
"World o f fo rm a tio n " i s w h o lly f r e e from g r o s s m a tte r , i t s d e n iz e n s
b ein g a n g e lic h o s t s , made of l i g h t , d iv id e d i n t o te n d i v i s i o n s , c o r ­
re sp o n d in g in ra n k to th e o r i g i n a l te n E m anations; b e in g i n v i s i b l e
e x c ep t when com m issioned to a p p e a r to man. Not one o f th e s e b u t h o ld s
a r e s p o n s ib le p o s t i n th e u n iv e r s e , b e in g th e name o f th e re g io n o r
elem ent he i s i n t r u s t e d w ith a s m i n i s t e r o r s e n t i n e l .
And t h i s lo w er a n g e lic w o rld gave r i s e to th e lo w e s t o f w o rld s, c a lle d
th e "w o rld o f a c t i o n " , o r o f m a tte r , i f b e in g a k in d o f c o n d e n sa tio n
o f a l l t h e g r o s s e r e le m e n ts o f th e o th e r th r e e w o rld s , b u t s t i l l r e ­
t a i n i n g th e im p re s s io n o f th e te n S e p h lro th . T his i s t h e w o rld o f
ta n g ib le s u b s ta n c e , lim ite d by tim e and sp a c e , p e r c e p t i b l e t o th e
s e n s e s , c h a n g e a b le , c o r r u p t i b l e , and th u s th e abode o f m a lig n a n t
s p i r i t s . G ross and im p e rfe c t a s th e s e e v i l a n g e ls a r e , th e y a re y e t
d iv id e d up in to te n ra n k s , one lo w er th a n th e o th e r , sev en o f w hich
a re th e in c a r n a tio n o f human v i c e s , and i n h a b i t th e "se v e n i n f e r n a l
h e l l s " . Samael i s th e p r in c e o f th e s e b la c k le g io n s and r e g io n s . The
seven h a l l s a r e su b d iv id e d i n t o unnumbered p la c e s o f t o r t u r e , w h erein
s i n f u l hum anity e x p ia te s i t s s i n s . Samael was th e te m p tin g snake who
caused Eve to d iso b e y G o d 's w i l l , th u s b r in g in g ab o u t t h e e x p u ls io n
o f man from Eden. Samael i s n o t w i f e l e s s , f o r he i s m a rrie d t o th e
h a r l o t , a " b e a s t" l i k e h i s i n f e r n a l m a je sty ; o r , r a t h e r , b o th m aking
up one m onstrou s b r u t e , and w orking in c o n s ta n t harmony i n d is s e m in a t­
in g e v i l . Samael i s a f a l l e n a n g e l, whose p r o s p e c ts co u ld be much
d a r k e r th a n th e y a c t u a l l y a r e . But we m ust n o t a n t i c i p a t e m a tte rs -
The c r e a tu r e o f whom we know m ost i s y e t to be h e a rd from and t h a t
i s MAN.
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found t h a t betw een th e a n g e ls and th e demons th e r e was a m issin g l i n k ,
a b ein g who, s ta n d in g betw een th e a n g e lic and dem oniac o p p o s itio n , a t ­
tack ed by th e l a t t e r and s h ie ld e d by th e fo rm e r p a r ty , would b r in g
l i f e and a c t i v i t y I n to th e v a r io u s camps o f th e o th e rw is e unemployed
good and e v i l s p i r i t s . Thus was man form ed a f t e r th e model o f th e
c e l e s t i a l Adam, a b e in g who I s th e m icrocosm ic ep ito m e, th e acme of
e v e ry th in g t h a t I s m y ste rio u s and w o n d erfu l In th e u n iv e r s e ; th e v e ry
shape and s k in o f h l s body r e v e a lin g to th e se e in g eye th e s t e l l e r
f ig u r e s o f th e h e a v e n s.
As th e h ea v en ly a rc h e ty p e sp ran g from th e I n s c r u ta b l e En-Soph, o r th e
U niversed Im p e n e tra b le ,s o was H is copy, th e e a r th y Adam, a g r a c io u s ,
lum inous work o f t h a t C e l e s t i a l A u th o r, who, to do H im self J u s t i c e ,
la v is h e d a l l th e te n E m anations I n g r a c in g H ls a r c h e ty p a l, l a s t m a ste r
work, MAN. T hat man was th e crow ning work o f c r e a tio n I s proved by
h l s b e in g th e l a s t work o f th e s i x t h d ay , made to be monarch o f e v e ry ­
th in g . He b e in g t h e r e , e v e ry th in g above and b elo w m s co m p lete; f o r
h l s form i s t h a t o f th e whole u n iv e r s e , and i s shaped a f t e r th e f o u r
l e t t e r s , w hich, in Hebrew, make up The H o lie s t Name.
W ithin and w ith o u t, i n sh ap e, fo rm , and f e a t u r e , to him who can r e a d
h id d en t h in g s , man I s th e w onder o f w o n d ers, th e m y stery o f m y s te r ie s ,
as m y ste rio u s a s th e s t a r r y em pyrean, sa y s th e ZOKAR. H is s o u l' I s a
d i r e c t o f f s p r in g o f th e tr a n s c e n d e n ta l t e n S e p h lr o th , an d i s a t h r e e ­
f o ld power c o n s is tin g o f SPIRIT, SOUL and SENSES, by w hich l a s t he
i s lin k e d to t h i s w o rld o f g r o s s m a tte r'. H ls s p i r i t em anates from ,
and i s In flu e n c e d by th e S e p h lra h CROWN, th u s l i n k i n g him to th e
h ig h e s t w orld o f I d e a s and i d e a l s , w h ile h i s e t h i c a l q u a l i t i e s eman­
a t e from , and a r e r u le d o v e r by th e S e p h ira BEAUTY, th e e t h i c a l b e in g
synonymous w ith th e b e a u t i f u l , w hich I s , to o u r m ind, th e b e s t id e a
o f th e w hole theo so p h y o f th e K ab a la. We se e h e r e i n a new g a rb th e
w o rld s o f Onnusd and o f A hrlm an, th e l i g h t and d a r k n e s s , good and e v i l ,
a t w ar, w ith man a s th e bone o f c o n te n tio n , and th e K a b a lls tl c th e o -
s o p h ls t needed to go no f u r t h e r th a n th e Talmud to g e t h l s m a t e r i a l s ;
f o r th e P h a r is e e , a M o n o th eist In f a i t h , w as In some m easure a Maglan
In s u p e r s titio n *
A ll human s a h ls p r e - e x i s t I n th e te n S e p h lr o th , and a r e d e s tin e d to
p a s s th ro u g h th e e a r t h l y o r d e a l by d e sc e n d in g i n t o human fra m es and
d w e llin g on p r o b a tio n below . P r i o r to th e s u b lu n a r e x i s te n c e each
so u l r e p r e s e n t s th e d u a l, m ale an d fe m a le , p r i n c i p l e . Both e n te r t h i s
w orld In two s e p a r a te form s u n t i l , u n ite d by m a rr ia g e s , th e y resum e
th e o r i g i n a l r e l a t i o n o f one co m p lete s o u l. The m ost H oly One con­
t r o l s th e s e u n io n s a c c o rd in g t o th e m e r its o r d e m e r its o f man, th e
v ir tu o u s b e in g g r a n te d h i s o r i g i n a l com panion, w hich I s d e n ie d to th e
w icked— th u s r e n d e r in g h l s l i f e m is e r a b le . Our c u r i o s i t y a s to th e
s o u l 's m is sio n below i s s u f f i c i e n t l y s a t i s f i e d , b u t n o t i n a manner to
make u s f o r g e t th e te a c h in g s o f Z o ro a s te r and o f Buddha. The so u l I s
se n t down w ith a p e r f e c t f r e e w i l l and an u n lim ite d f a c u l t y to d ev elo p
and e n r ic h th e germ s o f th o s e s u p e rn a l endowments she r e c e iv e d from
th e S e p h lr o th , l e s t she b e u n a b le t o r e - a s c e n d to th e P rim o rd ia l S ource.
THE KABALA UNVEILED -B-
SECRET DISCOURSE PART TWO FAGE THREE
NUMBER THIRTY-FOUR

Reason i s a t a l o s s to r e a l i z e how a power is s u in g from th e h ig h e s t


Em anations, i n s t e a d o f i d e a l i z i n g th e g r o s s , could ru n s e rio u s r i s k
of b e in g ab ased and e n g u lfe d by i t . Yet t h i s p o s tu l a te i s n o t con­
f in e d to K a b a lls ti c l i t e r a t u r e . Should, by low en d u lg en ce , th e so u l
degrade h e r h ig h n a tu r e , she i s g iv e n , by r e - b i r t h , th r e e chances to
redeem h e r e t h e r e a l q u a l i t y , a f t e r which f a i l i n g i n h e r e f f o r t s ,
E te r n a l Grace s tr e n g th e n s h e r by an a d d i tio n a l so u l more c a llo u s to
e a r t h ly te m p ta tio n , by w hich a s s i s t a n c e she u lti m a t e ly re -a s c e n d s to
h e r a e r i a l abode.
The s o u l 's tr a n s m ig r a tio n i s th u s an e s s e n t i a l d o c tr in e o f th e K abal-
i s t i c Theosophy. When a l l s o u ls s h a ll have triu m p h a n tly p assed th ro u g h
t h i s o r d e a l, th e n w i l l th e M essiah d escen d and th e e v e r l a s t i n g Sabbath
b eg in — an e r a s i n l e s s and b l i s s f u l , f o r S ata n h im s e lf w i l l be r e s t o r e d
to h i s a n g e lic dom inion and l u s t r e ; a l l s o u ls w i l l u n i t e w ith th e
U n iv e rs a l Soul and d w ell i n th e Holy o f H o lie s of th e seven P a r a d i s i c a l
h a lls .
The h i s t o r y o f p h ilo so p h y shows human th o u g h t engaged i n th e c a s tin g
and r e c a s tin g of sy stem s, w ith , h e re and t h e r e , a new id e a im p u ta b le
l e s s to m ental o r i g i n a l i t y th a n to th e n a t u r a l grow th o f e n lig h te n m e n t
in th e e m p iric a l s c ie n c e s . A s s im ila tio n , d i g e s t i o n , and re p ro d u c tio n
of th o u g h t in a more a c c e p ta b le form , a more s u i t a b l e need o f th e
h o u r, i s not p la g ia r is m . Given a p o e t i c a l g a r b , th e K a b a lls ti c Theo­
sophy would throw a l l o th e r e p ic t a l e s in to I n s i g n i f i c a n c e . I t i s a
w o n d e r-tie s u e , woven of e t h e r e a l woof and w arp; l i g h t and d ark th r e a d s
In te rc h a n g e t h e r e i n ; c h a o tic d ee p s, s o la r w o rld s , s t a r s and serap h im ,
and a n g e ls h ig h and low a re th e r e i n b le n d in g to th e U n iv e rs a l W ill;
and man i s t h e r e d e riv e d from th e P u re s t E ssen ce w ith f a i t h , f r e e w i l l ,
hope, and i n t e l l e c t to b r ig h te n up h i s way to Him, who i s th e A l l - i n -
A ll.
Sm ile n o t my f r i e n d s ; you know n o t more, b u t l e s s th a n th e m y stic
dream er who w rote th e ZOHAR, a v is i o n sw eet, o f l o f t y th o u g h ts and
s e n tim e n ts . He had a h e a v e n ly dream; w hat have you more? E ith e r you,
to o , have a dream o r a so u l t h i r s t i n g f o r s e n s u a l p le a s u r e ; a s p i r i t
heavy a s le a d . And w h ith e r te n d s your f a i t h ? What do you re a d i n th e
s t a r s , th e o cean s, and th e c o n tin e n ts ? What h a s hope i n s t o r e fo ry o u ?
T his w o rld , you w i l l know, i s n o t y o u rs, and i f you c h e r i s h no m y stic
dream o f an h e r e a f t e r , th e n you have good ca u se to envy th e K a b a lls ti c
m y s tic , who se e s end, p u rp o se , and wisdom i n e v e ry th in g ; f e e l s h im s e lf
a t home among th e s t a r s , know ing, o r b e l ie v in g to know, th e WHENCE,
WHITHER and WHEREFORE. Happy h e , happy a l l who have a dream !
T his co m p letes th e s p e c ia l s e r i e s of th e l e c t u r e s on th e E gyptian
K abala. You w i l l be n o t i f i e d in th e n e x t m a ilin g o f th e next s e rie s
of m a n u s c rip ts w hich you w i l l be e n t i t l e d to r e c e iv e and which w i l l
be s e n t to you in th e custom ary manner and i n acco rd an ce w ith th e
u s u a l p r o v is io n s .