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Selait - Ha (Demetrius Semelas)
7 Speeches on Magic
(Seven Speeches by Selat-Ha – the Martinist name of Demetrius Semelas –
given at the Temple of the Essenes No. III, in Cairo, in 1912, on ‘Communion with the
Invisible’)
27
th
Speech
(10
th
January, 1912)
Summary: Second part of the series. Communion with the Invisible. Subdivisions:
the art of Magic - The four planes – The spirits (genii) and the manner of forming their
names – The Sefiroth – Preparation – Ritual of Martinez de Pasquali.
Today we shall deal with communion with the Invisible and we shall try to learn
about the entities that dwell in the Astral plane.
The Astral plane is inhabited by beings superior to Man, some of which have
tremendous strength. Great Initiates were able to commune with them. The science
of the correspondence between human beings and Astral entities will be the subject
of a whole chapter of the overall work on the part of the ’operator’ in the Astral plane.
There are three means of communion with the Invisible:
1) Direct Communion,
2) Indirect Communion, and
3) Communion through ritualistic operations.
We shall now explain each of these subdivisions.
1) Direct Communion with the Invisible is that which is applied by a person whom
Nature has endowed with a predisposition to this end. His name is rendered
particularly sensitive, and communion between his Ego and the entities that he
comes in contact with is, in a way, continuous.
2) Indirect Communion is achieved when a person has managed – through
specific practice – to develop and sensitize certain sensory and mental occult organs
that he has in a latent state – as all persons have.
3) Lastly, besides the above two methods, communion can be made through the
practical knowledge of Initiatic Tradition, by the exercise of an accepted ritual formula
traditionally transmitted, or by a personal one, like that of Martinez de Pasquali,
which differs from that of others.
In this second part of the series of speeches, we shall study the third means of
communing with the Invisible, that of the ritualistic way.
In order to perform any operation, some preliminary instruction is necessary. In
the present case, this consists of knowing the Astral entities with which we are about
to commune. The Magician should also be informed of their power, their virtues, their
faculties or defects, etc., in order to know how to set their strength and power at his
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service, how to benefit from their qualities and how to protect himself from their
defects.
The entities that dwell in the Astral are commonly known by the term ‘genii’. This
term refers to invisible beings of superior spiritual evolution that dwell in the Astral
and affect the earth and its inhabitants. They bestow upon humans a kind of spiritual
vitality, as also their advice regarding their elevation and their acquisition of mastery
over the Astral. Magic makes wide use of these entities throughout its art of
effectuation - that of communion. Although recipes and formulas on magic and
sorcery abound - and they are very widespread at that – the real art of Magic is very
concealed. For example, if the Initiate undertakes to apply everything that has been
published, instead of being elevated by communion with the Invisible, he will end up
with no result whatever, or rather, he will fall back to the level that he started from
and pay very dearly for his rashness.
The name ‘Angels’ is given to a class of spiritual entities that does not belong to
the Astral plane but to a superior one.
In the hierarchy of the Universal All (Pan), there are four specific planes.
1) The Material plane, which to us, its earthly inhabitants, is the natural plane,
2) The Astral plane,
3) The Mental or Spiritual plane, and
4) The Divine plane.
The genii inhabit the second. Certain classes of Angels reign in the third, and the
Divine plane is inhabited by the Archangels, the ministers of God, according to the
Hebrew Kabbalah. Our study will include all these three planes, starting with the
Astral.
The Kabbalah teaches the existence of genii. It gives us their names, their power,
their role, their faculties, etc. They are 72 in number and they administer and share
among themselves the government of the globe. Their names are formed as follows:
We take the three verses of “Exodus”, chapter 14, verses 19,20,21. Each verse
consists of 72 letters. We write each one on a line, the 1
st
and the 3
rd
in the Hebrew
manner (from right to left), but the 2
nd
from left to right. We thus have
72,71,70,69,68,67…6,5,4,3,2,1 in the 1
st
line, then 1,2,3,4,5,6…67,68,69,70,71,72 in
the 2
nd
line, and 72,71,70,69,68,67….6,5,4,3,2,1 in the 3
rd
line. The name of the first
genie is formed by the Hebrew letters of the first column, the name of the second
genie by the letters of the second column, etc. Therefore each name has three
letters. To these we then add the suffix Giah or El. Giah means the one emanating
from God, and the El means the child of God, the one born of God. This is how the
hierarchy of the 72 genii is formed. The symbolic expression was given by Jacob’s
ladder. We shall return to this particular point later on.
Now let us study the universal hierarchy from one being to another, from the
highest to the lowest.
The system of absolute monarchy reigns in the Universe. It provides the classical
type of hierarchy from which harmony and perfection spring, and in which disorder
and reversal are totally unknown.
According to the Kabbalists, the highest being is called Ain-Soph, the “not this”. It
is the uttermost limit for Initiates, and it is where all the quests of the Masters are
fruitless. Under this sublime and unknown Being, and emanating from it, is the
Sefirothic figure, or the Divine plane, divided into 10 numerations or Divine Powers.
In the hierarchy of this Divine plane, the first Sefirah is called Kether, which is
translated as the Crown. Kabbalists likened it to a crown because Kether crowns the
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Divine plane. After Kether, and dominated by it, come Hokhmah (Wisdom) and Binah
(Intellect). Then come Hesed (Clemency) and Geburah (Justice), balanced by
Tifereth (Beauty). Finally, the third trinity consists of Netsah (Eternity) and Hod
(Victory), balanced by Yesod (the Foundation). The tenth Sefirah is Malkhuth (the
Kingdom).
This Sefirothic structure can be reflected in the inferior hierarchy, but everything is
dominated by Ain-Soph.
Each Sefirah is ruled by its superior, and it dominates and rules the Archangelic
Powers that are subordinate to it. The Archangelic Powers rule the Angelic Powers,
which are ruled by a leader who is the Divine Egregor, and they in turn dominate the
beings inferior to them, which are called ‘Princes’.
The power of the Princes lies in ruling over the Astral plane and the genii. These
last affect the beings on Earth.
You now have a general outline of the hierarchy on all four planes. When a true
Initiate carries out certain magical ceremonials, he should always follow this
ascending line. For example, if the Initiate wanted to invoke God, he would first make
his appeal to the genie whose influence he is particularly subject to. By the mediation
of the genie, his appeal would be presented to the Prince who, in turn, would address
it to the Angel. The angel would then present it to the leader of the Divine Egregor,
and the latter to the Archangel, who is superior to all the previous mediators, and
who would finally present it to God. The chain is quite long, but it is of great value to
the Initiate who is thus aware of the universal hierarchy.
As you can see after this brief description, communion with the entities of other
planes by means of ritual operations is no simple matter. We shall later study the
various rites, but before we do so, I would strongly recommend that you have a good
and profound knowledge of the object of your ritual operation, of the spiritual entities
that you will contact, their faculties, their virtues, their influence, their power, their
area of influence, their passage, their mastery, the time, etc. In this way you will not
be wasting your time and will not suffer any loss of strength and get harmful results.
Moreover, the operator should know his ritual and his invocations by heart. However,
this is not given to all to carry out; it is given only to the one who has the will, the
daring, and the ability to keep silent, while all the time he seeks to learn and to reach
his goal in safety.
Now, vast horizons have been opened up to your studies, to your study of the
three planes, and of the entities that reign in them. The Magician keeps notes and
has his own personal book. Like a real warrior, a man at arms, who knows the
strategy to follow, he consults the maps of these three planes, sees the points on
which he can base his maneuvers, and thus knows beforehand what he will have to
face.
Still, this study is not enough. The operator must prepare himself for the work at
hand by following certain specifications of the Masters. In this manner he can safely
commune spiritually with the beings that are his immediate superiors – the genii of
the Astral plane.
As you all know, at the moment of birth, every person receives the influence of
three genii – the first presiding over the hour, the second over the day, and the third
over the subdivision of five days. The operator should consult these genii as his three
teachers. He should relate with them by inspiration to receive their advice. He should
then equip himself with courage and daring, choose his ritual, do the necessary
calculations, pick the suitable moment, organize his manner of action, and finally
begin.
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Our Order possesses and follows the ritual of Martinez de Pasquali. On March
21
st
, in the spring equinox, we shall begin with this same ritual for an invocation. I
shall be taking with me those brethren who are thus prepared. In the meantime,
study these speeches, meditate, wrapped in your cloak and covered by your mask,
and get ready to come in contact with the benevolent genii that guide you, and so
prepare for the great ceremonial. You will then come to know and in a way you will
direct and carry out the ritual of our Venerable Master.
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28
th
Initiatic Speech
(17
th
January 1912)
Summary: Symbols in Magic – Ideograms and characters – The value of symbols
– The circle, the cross, the triangle, the square, the pentagram, the hexagram – Use
of symbols – Talismans.
Dear Brethren,
Up to now we made a study, though a brief one, of communion with the Invisible
through exit to the Astral. And we also applied ourselves to the study of communion
by means of ceremonial operations. The science or art that teaches this is called
Magic. Before we broach this vast science, it would be wise – as a kind of
prolegomena – to acquire the adequate instruction that will enable us to seek the
means by which to attain the desired goal. To this end, we must study the symbols in
Magic that are derived from the Hebrew Kabbalah.
Magic is the practical and complete Kabbalistic Initiation. The Kabbalah was
defined and transmitted to us by the sages of antiquity. It comprises everything: the
mysteries of knowledge of the Divine, theosophy, the study of the human and the
universal Psyche and the abilities and possibilities of their approach to one another. It
has two ways of effectuation. The first is Magic, with which we shall deal, and the
other is Theurgy. The latter is a path that is incomparably higher and more difficult,
through which the Initiate comes in contact with the Invisible mentally and by
inspiration. This path, which is pre-eminently mysterious and apocryphal, is by far
superior to all others. It is attained by the rarest of the elect. It goes without saying
that no experiment can tangibly (materially) prove its reality. But when we are
acquainted with the Kabbalistic Initiation, when we have operated ceremonial magic,
we reflect in a reasoned manner and may then perhaps form some idea concerning
it.
Recently I spoke to you about the ten Sefiroth or the ten faculties and virtues of
Universal Divinity. Quite a number of volumes would be needed if I were to comment
on all of them, and many an author has explained the mysteries enclosed within
these ten lamps, according to each one’s concept and spiritual development. One
infers their possible analogy to the Ten Commandments; another seeks their analogy
to the ten Divine virtues, and so on and so forth. I do not have any personal opinions
on the matter, and this is the reason why we shall base our studies on the
generalities of what the Masters of Wisdom thought, and follow their directions.
To begin with, let us throw a glance at the symbols that we shall come across. Let
us seek the cause of their form, their power, their value and their reason of being.
Then, let us try to give an explanation to all the above.
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What is a symbol? The term is derived from the corresponding Greek word
meaning ‘an allegorical idea’ or ‘an ideational allegory’. If we wish to go into a deeper
analysis of the word, we see that it is a combination of 1uv and µó//o, which mean
‘to take part in’ something. This analysis may not have enlightened you greatly so I
shall adapt it to our present subject.
Man seeks to specify the inaccessible mysteries in his spirit, but is unable to find a
simple phrase that can express the idea to its full extent. He therefore used a figure
in order to make these ideas more concrete. The ancient sages made use of
conventional figures, such as the circle, the triangle, etc. These symbols made the
adaptation of higher mysteries possible to human perception. However, the sages
possessed the key to their understanding, a key that had to be acquired and
developed through meditation of the symbols. But the possibility of acquiring the
knowledge of these great mysteries was commensurate with the degree of the
Initiate’s conception and spiritual development, and was provided by this study of
symbolism. This is the reason why symbolism plays a great and very profound part in
Kabbalistic and occult teaching.
What is the value of symbols? Symbols have the value given to them by the
ancient sages of all times. They have real power. This is because any sign or figure
that has been accepted by a very great number of human beings of a higher
spirituality, who form a vast chain throughout the centuries, from the distant past up
to our times, such a figure, I repeat, which expresses an idea is the symbol, the sign
of power. It is unique and unalterable, and must of necessity provide an unlimited
power to all those who have come to know it. The symbol is the focal point of power
and occult life, and sets the person who has understood it in contact with all the
Initiates who knew it. It allows the specification of spiritual entities and, by the
ceremonial path, it provides the works of the later Initiates with the assistance and
the lights of the ancient Masters.
Another proof of the existence of this initiatic chain through the symbol is the
reality of the power of a talisman or amulet that has been consecrated on the basis of
a traditionally accepted ritual. This talisman is girdled with symbols on the part of a
true Initiate. The persons to whom these objects are presented feel the influence of
the Masters. The signs that are engraved on them activate the collective power of the
initiatic chain which, joined to that of the Initiate or to that of the Initiate who is
preparing the talismans, gives them real value.
You also know that before a Magician begins his invocations and ceremonials, he
draws a circle. Have you ever wondered why, when thus encircled, he is almighty?
Why is it that powers able to raze mountains to the ground, able to cause
cataclysms, why such terrible powers are activated by a person encompassed by a
simple circle? Why can these powers not overcome such a trifling thing as a circle?
Positivist logic has a hard time accepting this as possible. Still, when the circle is
drawn by a Mystic who knows what he is doing and the reason for which he is doing
it, one who has his purpose well in sight and is aware of the power that he distributes
all around him, he then produces a power of unlimited extent, a materialized power
derived from the chain with his connection with the Invisible, which all Initiates have.
The symbol is a contract between the human and the universal Psyche. It is a
contract abouit their relation, their union and their contact. Because the symbol is a
figure, the type of the expression of a power, wherever it is drawn, it will express this
power, and the symbol will act.
Here is a common example: We understand that a document, a prescription, etc.
has been written by a particular person through his signature. A signature has the
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value given to it where it is of some effect. For example, if I am an eminent banker,
my signature will have real value, and a mere note bearing my signature can set in
motion great sums of money that I, as a banker, am able to transfer about, wherever
my name is known or my bank recognized. My signature will bear my own power,
and it is society that fixes the value of my signature. Through the continuous
exchange established between me and my signature, this value is recognized.
The same holds good for the symbol. Its value depends on the reinstatement of
relations between the human and the universal Psyche. Since an Initiate accepts the
value of symbols, he should never draw them in vain, for it is enough that a symbol
be drawn together with the idea that it depicts, to give it a true value. By this, we do
not mean that whenever we draw a circle, it is enough to make all the powers related
to it hasten towards us. All written works of Geometry are full of symbolic figures, but
they are completely dead. What is necessary is for the drawing of these figures to be
accompanied by the corresponding thought. The Initiate should draw and use them
only when necessary, for if they are drawn without any particular purpose they may
cause immense harm during his operations, and cut short his occult evolution.
There are two classes of symbols. The class of ideographs and that of characters.
In the first, the symbols present the general outline of the virtues, faculties, powers,
etc. of the beings that are superior to Man. In the second they define in particular the
entity that we invoke. The Circle, the Triangle, the Square, the Pentagram, etc. are
part of the first category. The planetry characters, the seals, the signatures of the
genii or angels depicting the names, the virtues and the faculties of an invisible
being, belong to the second category.
In manuals of Magic, you can see examples of such symbols. For the time being
we shall not study the second category because a great volume would be needed to
deal with the subject.
We shall content ourselves with a rough summary of the basic ideographs. Let us
begin with the circle. From my speeches on Alchemy, you all surely remember the
explanations that I gave you concerning the symbolic forms used in that art. By
analogy, the meaning of the symbol in Magic must resemble that in Alchemy, but it is
transferred to another field.
1) The circle is the symbol of the limitless and the integral; it is the ideograph of
the universal Cosmos and of Divinity. Since God is an unknown, infinite Being,
without beginning or end, a pre-eminently inaccessible and immeasurable Being,
beyond all human conception, He cannot be explained in any other way. It is only the
circle that can symbolize this limitless Being. The greatest mathematicians have
been unable to measure the circle with exactitude, and the squaring of the circle still
remains the most occult point to understand, the most difficult problem to solve. They
have merely managed an approximate measurement of the circle, considering it as a
polygon with a great number of angles.
The Masters of the Kabbalah transmitted to us their ideas about God. We have
knowledge of them through their teachings and are able to have an intuitive feeling of
His Mystery. But we humans have never been able to get to know what He really is.
This is why the circle is the symbol best adapted to the concept of the Divine, the
Infinite, the Monad.
2) I also spoke to you about the cross. It is the symbol of two principles eternally
opposed to one another, sacrificing themselves in the struggle for the maintenance of
creation and harmony. This symbol has the value of the Binary.
3) The triangle is the symbol that the Initiate first comes across on his way
towards Divine knowledge. The sages of antiquity said that it was composed of the
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three main virtues of Divinity, depicted by each of the sides of the triangle. The base
corresponded to Power and to Yod, the ascending line to Will and to He, and the
descending or connecting line corresponded to Action or Vau. We shall later return to
these explanations. The triangle is the symbol of the Ternary.
4) The square expresses the quaternary. It could be a symbol of the Binary, one
more distinct and exact than that of the cross. The square presents the result of the
action of active Power over passive Power. From the idea of the measure of these
two forces (for the lines of the square are defined) we come to the conclusion of the
origin of the four elements – a conclusion that was determined by the sages.
5) Next to the circle, the pentagram is the most powerful and the most mysterious
symbol. There are many theories concerning this figure. I shall only say a few words
on it. The pentagram can represent Man, composed of the four elements and of the
Spirit. It is the absolute symbol and figure of Man.
6) The hexagram depicts the initiated Man; it is the Man of the pentagram who
possesses power over the Invisible. It is the ideogram of the Man who has acquired a
new spiritual ability that he can make use of. Speaking of this particular symbol, I
would recommend that you never wear or bear it on you, or form talismans on which
the hexagram is either written or drawn, for you do not have the right to do so. It
would be as if you wished to present yourselves as Masters, whereas you are not. All
those who are on the path of Initiation should simply wear the pentagram. When they
have attained Initiation in full and are Masters over the physical, astral and mental
planes, when they have knowledge of the true value of the hexagram, they will then
be allowed to use it as they think best and as they choose to.
In which case can these symbols be used? They can be used in two cases.
1
st
When an operator desires to carry out a magical ceremonial, according to a
particular formula so as to commune with the invisible beings, he uses these symbols
in order to attain the results that other Initiates did, by making use of them. He thus
continues the Tradition.
2
nd
Once the Initiate has attained a definite and satisfactory result by his
ceremonial operations, he then uses the symbols whose power he has elevated, so
as to come to his assistance, and then he acts morally, psychically, and mentally on
persons by means of talismans. When one who is not initiated makes a talisman and
wears it, he has no result whatever, for such a talisman is worthless.
A mere drawing or writing of a symbol is not enough to make a talisman of it. This
is an erroneous action. If one who is not fully initiated draws the signature of a
superior power, he is performing an act similar to that of a forger, who fabricates a
banknote with the signature of an insignificant person. This act brings on misfortunes.
You should therefore not make any use of the symbols as long as you do not have
mastery or are still students of the Astral plane. When you come to know the means
of the vivification and the value of these symbols, you will be surprised at the
comprehensive power that you can give to them. Here, no forged fabrication is
allowed. You will really acquire power and mastery by the practical assistance of your
Initiation. Bear this well in mind: those who made talismans, presuming that the mere
drawing of certain symbols was enough to bring about success or the obedience of
superior beings, were deluded. And we should consider ourselves happy if we get no
result whatever, for there have also been cases of persons who lost their mind, who
committed suicide, who brought upon themselves a host of misfortunes just because
they possessed a forged talisman. Be sure that Initiation will lead you to the desired
goal when the Masters grant you their secrets and power, so that you can make use
of the superior powers in the symbols that you draw.
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29
th
Initiatic Speech
(24
th
January, 1912)
Summary: The three effectuations of the Magician: the art of Willing, the art of
Daring, and the art of keeping Silent.
In our last speech we studied the value of symbols. We understood whether the
circle, the triangle, the pentagram, etc. really had a material or astral result when they
were drawn in ceremonials of Magic or on talismans. Today, I intend to speak to you
about the conditions required for this effectuation. I shall also tell you how these
symbols are reinforced and which are the material faculties that are applied on the
work so as to permit their development. Lastly, I shall tell you how you can attract the
materialized genii at will. To attain this goal, we must first practise the effectuation of
the three powers and faculties that are necessary for the evolution that we desire.
The first of these effectuations is the art of Willing. This is done by setting the
human Will at work in a positive, active and rather personal manner. It is due to a
person’s great patience – one that no other person would possess unless he were in
such a state – that his Will’s main desire is to vivify and elevate himself to a higher
level. In order to get this result, to attain this height, Man must activate certain organs
and must develop his Will in particular. He must desire the aim that he intends to
follow with intensity and steadfastness and without any fluctuations.
Most people lack will-power. Some open a book on Magic; they want to see, they
want to act, they want to put what they read into effect, but this zeal is short-lived, for
their Will escapes, leaving behind it only a vague trace which is mostly non-existent.
These persons think that they want, but they cannot act. If you really desire
something, this desire must follow you and have a hold over you like a second
nature. It is necessary for you to set in motion all the activities that Man possesses.
Just as Magicians do, Man too must manage to place himself under the protection of
great spiritual entities. But in order to attain this goal, he must learn to subject
himself, to submit to, and to obey a power superior to himself. He must will; he must
not merely desire. This is why he must gradually develop his will-power and must try
to dominate a power far greater than his own. He must become the master of his
neighbours through his actions, and impose his will on others through the logical
sequence in his reasoning, or through the steadiness of his gestures and his look. He
must prove to others that he is always right. By all the above I do not mean that this
mastery should be imposed on others with the purpose of abusing this power. This
superiority should be latent. Through will-power, you will be able to impose your
ideas on others, but only after you have managed to master your own selves. It is
only then that the evolution of the virtues or the art of Willing can attain that point
where the Initiate will learn the manner of governing the superior being.
By then, the Initiate will be able to tackle the second faculty required. He must now
develop and effectuate the art of Daring. Quite a number of uninitiated persons
hasten to apply themselves to the study of works of Magic and Occultism so as to get
to know the art of expressing their own abilities. Their purpose is never that of
studying the virtues that they must develop. But this is not the point at issue in our
case. Once we have managed to influence others, we must give birth to the means
by which we can master beings that are on a higher than the physical plane. In
general, Man is born in this physical world so as to elevate himself above the
material plane. This last incessantly holds him back and hinders him from making
these attempts at elevation. Proof of this is the fact that the first thing expressed in
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Man whenever he wishes to make the attempt or to dare carry out some superior
action, is the fear that overwhelms him. He has the presentiment that something
weird; some moral danger lies ahead, one that he cannot comprehend. In order to
overcome this fear, we should bear in mind that death is nothing but a
transformation, a change from the material to the spiritual state, a simple alteration
from the physical state to the astral one.
The first indication of the presence of invisible entities tests a person’s daring, for
he will hear noises and see fleeting shadows. He must work constantly and be
ceaselessly ready to face every trial in order to keep steady to this decision and
remain untroubled. Through such difficulties, he will manage to become familiar with
what causes fear, and he will gradually dare invoke genii. The Initiate should have a
profound knowledge of the entities that reign in the Astral plane. He should also know
their disposition so as to know their expressions.
When a person has got to know the genii, to dominate them and be their master,
he is still not fully initiated. There is a third virtue, a third effectuation that he has to
achieve – the art of keeping Silent. When you have acquired full initiation into the
sphere of Magic; when you know that you are permitted to express all the formulas,
and you have effectuated them; when your operations have been crowned with
success and you have acquired perfect awareness of the Astral and have even risen
to a way of life that is interwoven with its presence, then you will feel the great need
to keep silent.
Do not believe that a Magician will ever confide in you about his successes or
failures in the spiritual world. He will never give you an account of his relations and
his difficulties, or of the works that he has undertaken together with the Invisible. The
reason for this is very simple. Because the Invisible is by nature invisible, it involves
an occult and secret life and knowledge, which are consequently hidden and must
remain unknown to the profane. It is not in your interests to describe the powers that
you have acquired, i.e. if you acquired them suddenly or after long work, if you
followed such or other exercises. We usually do this in order to gain the admiration or
approval of the ignorant. The art of keeping silent is not limited to this alone; it also
develops our abilities of mastery over the Astral plane.
By keeping silent, a person becomes interesting; he is encompassed by a kind of
mystery that people respect. On the other hand, if you show off your spirit, if you give
information through accounts of everything that you have experienced, everything
that you did and saw, as well as everything that you intend to do, you will lose a great
part of your powers, which you have laboured so hard to acquire. You will also lose
the respect of others, and envy will soon intervene. You will need all your will-power
to fight those around you, whose base disposition and tendencies you yourselves
have given rise to, and you will end up knowing very little. By revealing yourself in
this manner, by not remaining wrapped up in your mantle, you risk falling down, and
any profane person, however ignorant of your armour, can even become your
master.
As a consequence, by possessing this third virtue – one which is perhaps the
most important power – Man can manage to maintain himself in the degree that he
has attained by his work and perseverance. He must impose silence on himself. This
of course does not mean that when brethren are gathered together round a table
they should keep absolute silence. They can and ought to give mutual advice.
Brethren Initiates should help one another. The Initiate should keep silent before the
ignorant and the profane. He should always be encompassed by mystery and should
be an enigma to all around him. This will give him the strength to fight against those
near him who reveal themselves to him.
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Summary: Knowing – The Sefiroth.
In our previous speech we mentioned the three virtues by means of which those
who desire to follow the study of Magic can attain success. We said that these three
virtues were 1) the art of Willing, 2) the art of Daring, and 3) the art of keeping Silent.
These virtues are necessary to every occultist, but there is one more that must be
added to them. We shall name it the art of Knowing. This fourth virtue is firmly linked
to the previous ones. It is obvious that to Will something is quite an important matter,
to give and receive help and to Dare is a very powerful thing, and to keep Silent is
prudent and wise, but without this fourth virtue, that of Knowing, the three previous
ones are absolutely useless.
One who has no knowledge is not in a position to know what he wants, and he
would never be able to get to the stage of Willing, Daring and keeping Silent, for he
would lack the necessary knowledge to guide him. For the Initiate, this last faculty is
the Light in Magic.
As we all know, the purpose of Magic is the ability to succeed in our invocations to
superior entities and, by their assistance, act on the physical world in a manner
superior to our own powers. Consequently, through study we must learn which these
invisible powers are, their abilities, their hierarchy, their dependence, and what is the
manner of action of all those who desire to apply themselves to the science of the
Kabbalah.
We know that in the superior spiritual planes there is one which is superior to all
others, one which no person has ever known – neither I nor anyone else. It is the one
in which Ain-Soph reigns. It is not permitted to the occultist to analyse or even to
meditate on the splendour of this plane, for he would be severely punished for his
rashness. It is said that those who wanted to commune with this plane died of either
a violent or a slow death, and that any who escaped this fate, lost their mind. It is
enough to liken this unknown plane of Ain-Soph to the blinding light of the sun. The
only thing that we are permitted to say is that Divine Power probably emanates from
this plane. From It, in It is the seat of the God of the Kabbalah. According to other
religions, It is the seat of divine Power. Still, let us try to examine what this God is,
and how we can comprehend Him. We cannot do this by a study of His actions or by
knowledge of His virtues. According to the Kabbalah, the expressions of God are ten.
These are called Sefiroth. All Kabbalists have had various personal opinions
regarding these ten Sefiroth. This is why we shall limit ourselves to saying simply that
God presents Himself to the Spirit through these ten Sefiroth. We consider them as
Divine Entities, not because they were derived from some other Divine Entity, but
because they exist in order to carry out God’s Commands.
Let us now descend from this unknown plane to the one about which we can
somewhat speak.
According to the Kabbalah, the first three Sefiroth that we meet are in the first
heaven. Always according to the Kabbalah, in this highest of all heavens is the first
Sefirah by the name of Kether. In Hebrew, the name means ‘the Crown’ and can thus
give us the idea of sovereignty, of the overall, the superior Power. The second
Sefirah is called Hokhmah, which means Wisdom. By this second Sefirah, we depict
Wisdom through which God is manifest in our conscience. The third is Binah, that is,
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Intellect or Intelligence, through which God’s Wisdom is manifest. We have thus
completed in brief the first plane or the first heaven, which can be named the divine
plane. Its three virtues indicate to us the full perfection of God. But as I previously
told you, this Divine perfection is completed by ten virtues. The first three refer to
Power, Wisdom and Intelligence, and thus give a personification of God. Through
these three virtues we can depict God in our conscience, since we know that the
Lord of the Universe must necessarily be infinitely Wise, infinitely Powerful and
infinitely Intelligent. This is the reason why during your Initiation I set the three lights
in a different array, though they still composed one single light. This Trinity is
developed in the Sefirothic System of the Jewish Religion. We find this Trinity again
in the Christian Religion, as well as in others.
Let us now go on with our study. In the figure that I present to you, you see six
spheres under the first three Sefiroth. They represent the other six Sefiroth named
Tetatron Gedullah or Hesed, which means Majesty (Grandeur). This is a virtue that
emanates from and depends directly on the superior classes. The fifth is Geburah,
which means Strength. The sixth, Tifereth, means Beauty. The seventh, Netsah,
means Victory. The eighth, Hod, means Honour, and the ninth, Yesod, means
Support or Foundation. The tenth and last is Malkhuth, which means Kingdom.
Therefore, after the three great Sefiroth that we described, there follow another
six, which are all found in one and the same plane. These are Gedullah, Geburah,
Tifereth, Netsah, Hod, and Yesod. All six Sefiroth emanate from the majesty of the
three great Sefiroth. Note that Gedullah emanates from Kether, therefore Gedullah is
not the divinity itself, but simply the emanation of a first faculty. Hesed or Gedullah
indicates that majesty is a virtue radiating from the Crown of Kether. This majesty is
under the mastery of an entity of very high degree. Keep in mind that this entity plays
a most significant part in practical science. Geburah, the fifth Sefirah, is strength
expressed by the Crown, Kether. The sixth is Tifereth, which emanates from both
Kether and Hokhmah. Tifereth is the divine beauty of Wisdom and of the radiation
pre-eminently of the Divine plane. The seventh Sefirah, Netsah, indicates victory,
projected by Divinity. It emanates from Wisdom and Intelligence. In other words, it is
a perceptible virtue and is the union of all three in synthesis. We then have Hod, the
eighth Sefirah, which emanates from Binah and proves to us that we must render to
Divine Intelligence the honour that is its due. Yesod, the ninth Sefirah, emanates
from Binah as well as from the Intellect, and it proves the foundation of Power. It is
the basis of all the other Sefiroth. The last Sefirah is called Malkhuth. It is depicted as
an upright radiating star that completes the whole sefirothic cycle. It is not simply a
Divine virtue; at the same time it is the action of all the other Sefiroth (acting) on one
another. Malkhuth means kingdom, and it is the manifestation of God in the Universe.
Sovereignty in the Universe does not mean that God is found in Matter. It means that
through its action, this sovereignty causes the other nine previous Sefiroth on the
tenth. Thus Malkhuth expresses the Kingdom of God in its entirety. The activity of the
first three Sefiroth is expressed on Malkhuth. We depict this by channels; i.e. Divine
Wisdom must pass through the Astral and Mental plane in order to be manifest in
Malkhuth. This union is a mystery to which we shall refer again later on. The
connections that I have made between the Sefiroth in the following diagram are not
always similar to those made by other occultists, especially not those of Kircher. His
drawing was extremely complicated, and I thought of simplifying it. The diagram that I
present to you is not a mere copy of that found in other books, but my personal
synthesis of this subject. Moreover, you should note that although two drawings of
figures may be different, they still lead to the same end.
Malkhuth reigns on the plane that is the third heaven, which corresponds to the
Astral region. The second heaven is in the area of the six secondary Sefiroth. It is the
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plane where the Divine ends and reigns over the Mental plane. Beyond it is the
Sefirothic plane that we explained in the beginning. It is called the unknown plane
and, as was said, no one is allowed to penetrate into it by any operation, and we are
not even permitted to think about it.
Under all the Sefiroth and beneath Malkhuth, there is another plane, that of the
genii (12oi¿0i.).
If we wish to get in contact with the Sefiroth, whatever their degree, we must start
by having relations with that which is the closest to the plane of the genii. Malkhuth is
the first Sefirah, and we must start from it, for it is through its mediation that we can
approach the higher Sefirah. For example, if we wish to invoke Hokhmah, we must
start from Malkhuth and it is only after we have passed through it that we can reach
up to Hokhmah. This is the fastest way. If again we wish to invoke Binah, we must
always seek the nearest way to it; therefore the first point that we shall come across
is again Malkhuth. We must then invoke Yesod and, after passing through it, we can
finally invoke Binah with success. In the same manner, if we wish to reach Kether,
we must pass through Malkhuth and Geburah in succession.
Each of the Sefiroth is served by a class of entities of the same identity. For
example, the class that preserves the Sefirah Kether consists of entities that are
conscious of the radiation of the Divine plane and its intellect. According to Kircher,
Binah is served by the class of the crowns, but this is a point on which Kircher was
mistaken. According to the Kabbalists, Binah is served by the class of Iehovah
Elohim. I have no intention of proving here that Kircher’s Kabbalah is erroneous.
Following his reasoning, he gave the name of crowns to this particular class. Now,
Binah corresponds to the planet Saturn where the Divine Spirit is supposed to reside
(has its seat) or reign. It must not be thought that in fact the Sefiroth are represented
by the stars. It is just an allegory and it is mentioned simply to help provide a more
accurate meaning of the faculty or the place where they reside. We were saying that
Binah represents the planet Saturn, Gedullah is said to act on the planet Jupiter,
Geburah on Mars, Netsah on Venus, Tifereth on the Sun, Hod on Mercury, and
Yesod on the Moon.
I draw your attention to the correspondence of the entities of Hod with Mercury,
who is the messenger-god, that is to say, the mediating angel between the Divine
plane and human beings. Therefore Mercury resides on the sphere of beings or
entities that are angels-mediators. According to both the Jewish Kabbalah and the
Christians, these angels have often become manifest, i.e. the Annunciation to Mary,
etc. Moreover, every Sefirah has its ruler, which is this Intellect. For example,
Malkhuth - which is between the elemental (12oi¿0io/0ç) plane and the Divine – has
its own spirits with which we can reinstate relations. These beings are the egregors.
The word egregor means ‘the being that is vigilant’. They are the beings that work;
they are the ones that are vigilant; they are the ones by whose help we can come in
contact with higher planes.
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31
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(February, 1912)
Summary: Explanation of the Sefiroth continued.
Last week we started the exposition of the interpretation of a diagram concerning
the ten Sefiroth. Because some of the Brethren were absent and did not follow the
initial meanings of what we name ‘the three heavens’, today I shall not go on
immediately with the explanation of the Sefiroth.
In our last speech we studied the different planes. We saw that according to the
Kabbalists, Divine expression was presented by the ten Sefiroth called, Kether,
Hokhmah, Binah, Hesed, Geburah, Tifereth, Netsah, Hod, Yesod, and Malkhuth (see
diagram). These ten Sefiroth are the ten virtues or splendours through which God
became manifest and created the Universe. By means of these numerations, the
Kabbalists make us comprehend the Being that we name God in a concealed
manner.
The tenth Sefirah, Malkhuth, the Kingdom, is the final actualization of Divine Will.
Each of these ten Sefiroth is ministered (served) by a class of angels,
correspondingly superior, according to the position of the Sefirah that they represent.
At first sight, it is very difficult to explain how the Sefiroth allegorically portray God,
but you will gradually get used to them and will perceive their harmony.
What do we mean by ‘an angel ministering to a Sefirah’? We refer to those beings
dwelling in the Divine plane, which were created by God in order to set the beings on
earth in contact with superior entities.
Angels are not subject to evolution on Earth but in the Mental plane. Genii evolve
in the Astral plane. Only the human spirits evolve in the physical plane, on Earth,
passing successively from the mineral, vegetal, animal, and human kingdoms.
Let us now examine the sefirothic analogies in the various planes.
The first Sefirah is Kether, the Crown. It is served by the class of angels that are
called Seraphim. The divine name given to it is JEHYAH (the Being or Not) and the
value of Kether lies in the virtue of this name. The Seraphim provide the means of
union of this Sefirah with the next.
The second Sefirah is Hokhmah, Wisdom. It is the main divine flow. It is the one
that radiates directly on Malkhuth through the angels Ophanim (wheels) and
Cherubim. They thus complete the physical creation by conveying the Divine spark.
According to the Tradition of the Kabbalah, it was through Hokhmah that God
conceived Creation and clarified Chaos. The corresponding Divine name is
HEHOVAH, the Tetragrammaton.
The third Sefirah is Binah, Intelligence (Intellect). Together with Hokhmah and
Kether, they form the sefirothic trinity. Binah is served by the class of Aralim, and the
Divine name is IEHOVAH-ELOHIM. Creation, which was pre-designed by the two
former Sefiroth, is now completed by Binah, which conceives the astral forms.
The fourth Sefirah is Hesed, Majesty (Grandeur). The Divine name is EL, and it is
served by the heart of Hasmalim or Geburalim. Through this Sefirah, God presents
the image of bodies and forms in Matter.
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The fifth is Geburah, Power, which is served by the Geburalim. Its Divine name is
ELOHIM GIBOR. Through this Sefirah, God produced the elements.
The sixth is Tifereth, Beauty, and it is served by the Malakhim. Its Divine name is
VEDAHAH. Through it, God produced the mineral kingdom.
The seventh is Netsah, Victory, which is served by the sons of Elohim. Its Divine
name is IEHOVAH SABAOTH. Through this Sefirah, God produced the vegetal
kingdom.
The eighth Sefirah is Hod, Honour. It is served by the daughters of the Elohim. Its
Divine name is ELOHIM SABAOTH. Through it, God produced the animal kingdom.
The ninth is Yesod, the Foundation. It is served by the Elhagialim. Its Divine name
is SHADAI-ELHAI. Through it, God created Man.
Finally, the tenth Sefirah is Malkhuth. Through it, God gave intellect to Man. It is
served by the spirits. Its Divine name is ADONAI MELEK.
The egregors of each Sefirah, which carry out God’s commands, are: Bahur for
Hokhmah, Gandol for Binah, Bagul for Hesed, Khantur for Geburah, Vezio for
Tifereth, Zakai for Netsah, Khazid for Hod, Tekhur for Yesod, and Ghiah for
Malkhuth.
In order to create His Work, God therefore set in motion ten virtues or faculties
that emanated from Him.
From the diagram included here, you see that all the Sefiroth are attuned to one
another, from Kether down to Malkhuth. Since Man dwells in a plane that is inferior to
Malkhuth, he must pass through it in order to reach superior regions. He starts from
the first degree of the Invisible with the assistance of spirits or egregors, with which
he will gradually ascend throughout the whole sefirothic hierarchy.
Moses effectuated this communion with the Invisible and acquired mastery over
the Astral plane. However, what matters most is that, before we proceed to any
activity or communion with superior regions, we must begin by becoming the masters
of the spirits that are immediately nearest to us.
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February, 1912)
Summary: The ten Sefiroth continued.
In the two previous speeches we limited our study to the classification of the
Sefiroth and the relations between them. Today we shall go over the meanings that
you acquired, so that you may have a clear and definite idea about the class and the
functions of these ten Sefiroth.
You ought to know that the ancient Kabbalists classified the Sefiroth in a different
manner from ours, but the way in which these Sefiroth are expressed remains the
same.
In the overall layout that we have accepted, which in principle is the same as that
of the ancients, we have the Sefirah Kether in the Divine and Unknown plane, that
which is inaccessible to earthly beings, and that which the occultist is not permitted to
approach or come in contact with.
The ten Sefiroth are in planes superior to ours, and the books of the Kabbalah
teach us how we can come into contact with them. But we should not attempt any
such thing as yet, since our knowledge of Magic is still minimal. The risk would be too
great. We can ward off every danger by a distinct and complete knowledge of the
whole Spiritual Hierarchy, as well as of the spheres that surround the sefirothic
localizations with their corresponding entities.
The first Sefiroth, Kether, Hokhmah and Binah, bathe in the Mental plane. I have
explained to you what the Sefiroth are, and what the Intellects that reign over them. I
have also explained the relations of spiritual activity that each has upon the other, as
well as the Divine names adapted to them. We shall now study and try to portray the
entities and powers that surround these Sefiroth, for it is through them that we can
attain the degree of influence and consequently come in contact with them.
The activity of Kether and Hokhmah is too high and particular for us to deal with
for the time being. Let us start from the Sefirah whose activity begins from the
furthest point of our perception, or rather, from the Sefirah that begins to be
expressed noticeably to us. This first Sefirah is Binah. According to the Kabbalists,
the Intellects that supervise its sphere are portrayed by the planet Saturn. The
Archangel governing this sphere is Zaphkiel. The Angel of the day is Kasiel, and the
Angel of the first hour of the day is Zamael.
We must note that in Magic there are three categories of entities. The Archangel
of the planet in question, or the one at the head of the Angels, is the superior Spirit
that affects this planet. The Angel of the day is the one presiding over the particular
day that bears the influence of the planet. And the Angel of the hour is a spirit that
dominates or influences for the duration of an hour. Because there are seven
planets, there are also seven Angels of the hour, and they follow one another:
Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, the Sun, Venus, Mercury, the Moon, etc – a series that
continues in succession.
The first hour of the day is always found under the influence of the dominating
planet of the day. For example, if we take Saturn, which is the dominating planet of
Saturday, the first hour of this day will be under the influence of Saturn or Zaphiel,
the second under the influence of Jupiter or Zadkhiel, etc. according to the series
found in the adjoining diagram. By following this series, we come to the 25
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the first hour of Sunday, which is under the influence of the Sun or Michael. This
method is followed for all the other days as well.
To return to practical Magic, if we wish to succeed in our invocations, it is
advisable that we know the entities with which we shall come in contact. This is why
we must know the entities presiding over the hours that we have chosen. It is better
still for us to choose the particular hour whose influence we seek to have. Therefore,
in an invocation we must first appeal to the Angel of the day, then to that of the hour,
and lastly to the acting Archangel.
If we desire to have contact with the sefirothic influence of Binah, we start by
invoking Kasiel, then Zamael, and end with Zaphkiel.
Although an invocation is seemingly quite an easy thing to do, I would not advise
you to try it before mastering this science.
I am also obliged to point out to you that there is a very small difference between
moral Magic and black magic. This can be caused by something that at first sight
appears trifling. A wrong pronunciation or a tone that is off tune is enough to make
you act as a black magician. And I am also obliged to make you understand that
when one day you desire to raise your Will above the physical plane, you will always
have to draw the names of the entities whose assistance you seek in capital letters.
This is done so as to avoid all possible doubt. Everything must be clearly written and
correctly placed; and everything must be correctly pronounced. In this way, the
entities that you seek to assist you, will be exactly the ones that you desire and not
others – which are more or less malicious ones. These inferior entities are envious of
your Initiation and they try as hard as they possibly can to delude you. The slightest
omission on your part is enough to make you fail in your work.
You should therefore make a profound study of the Kabbalah and when the day
comes that you desire to practise High Magic, your conscience will be safe, for if you
do make some mistake, you will be able to make use of a weapon in your defence
and not lose your head. In this way you will also be able to go on with your work.
The following table will be of great help to you so as to complete the whole table of
Archangels and Angels. In accordance with the sefirothic order that you all know, you
will find in it the concordances that are necessary for your study.
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33
rd
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March, 1912)
Summary: Numbers – The Magical Squares.
Tonight I shall speak to you on a difficult subject. It concerns an Arcane of Magic
that has so far remained unknown. This is not because we do not know what it
means or what this symbol implies, but because we do not understand its layout.
Indeed, certain symbols do exist that were introduced in Magic, but they have
remained more or less imperfectly known as regards their nature. This is due to the
fact that those who introduced them left no trace of explanation as to the origin of
formation of these symbols. A large number of disciples sought to find the initial
causes of this symbol but they all lost their road in byways. They all provided more or
less serious ideas on this arcane, but these were all imperfect, for the subject and its
interpretation were never dealt with in full. Today, I intend to give you an explanation
on the practice of this particular arcane of Magic. However, this does not mean that it
will be a satisfactory one as regards a full explanation of it. This arcane is a
numbered square, called the magical square.
The magical square is a numerical table divided into various
smaller squares bearing certain numbers which, when added
together in whatever direction, always give the same sum. As
an example we shall take the simplest magical square called
‘The Square of Saturn’. It is the following:
If the numbers are added horizontally, vertically or
diagonally, they always add up to the same number, which is
15. Initiates hold that this square should be used in various talismans as well as in
ceremonials of Magic. Many are those who have given explanations concerning its
influence, but so far no one has explained its value.
Before I go into the explanation itself, I must inform you that arcanes are formed
on the basis of numbers. It stands to reason therefore that, before we start any
explanations of the group of numbers that compose the square in question, it is
necessary for us to study the elements of this arcane. We shall therefore study the
value of every number according to the manner of the Kabbalah.
In Arabic, number one is written as. In Latin, it is written as I. This
immediately gives us food for thought. We note that the figure 1 comes from a
vertical line and is written vertically, more or less from top to bottom. We can
perceive that this number is in a way a distortion (alteration) of the capital A of the
Ancient Greek language, and that it is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. In its Latin
version, the line is wholly vertical, and proves to us the unity of comprehension of
every expression. Since we have thus understood the origin of the number 1, we
wonder whether perhaps this has some occult meaning. It certainly does, and it is
what we call ‘The Science of Numbers’. And it is to Claude de St. Martin that we owe
the greatest explanations concerning this science. Papus – who made a profound
study of everything - also threw light on this difficult science, but as I said before, the
reason why has not as yet been established. Let us return to the number 1. We saw
that it is the symbol of the Monad, which is the harmony of everything, the beginning
and the end of all, for the Monad is the beginning of differentiation, which itself must
of necessity return to the Monad. It will thus form a circle, starting from the 1 and
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ending in the 1. Consequently, the Monad has a Kabbalistic value, one from which
everything begins, from which the All emanates, and one to which the All tends and
ends. We can thus observe that the number 1 has a significant part in the Sacred
Books of the various religions. When God speaks allegorically in St. John’s
Revelations, He says, “I am the A and the C”. This is to say, that A is the beginning of
everything and the C is yet to be. Ìt means that 'Ì am the All from which the All
emanates and to which the All tends.’ Here then is the origin of 1. Its activity forms
the other numbers 2, 3, 4…for all numbers are derived directly from the Monad. We
can compare the derivation of the numbers 2, 3, 4, 5,… to the
following figure. They are derived from the Monad which is
subdivided into various branches, and it depicts non-
harmonious differentiation, These various
branches tend to become as follows:
They converge again towards the Monad from
which they emanated. It therefore means that the Monad again emanates from the
differentiation, and that therefore everything tends towards the Monad. The Monad is
the harmony of the differentiations. It is their beginning and their end. The All starts
from the Monad and ends in It, thus forming a circle. As an example, we can take the
function of Post Offices. Their purpose is to emit the thoughts of persons to one
another. The postmen leave their single office, disperse in all directions, only to
return to the source from which they ‘emanated’, and start all over again. Thus the
number 1 is an allegory of the Monad. In occultism, when a person wishes to draw a
complete idea, an act that he wishes to carry out in life, he need only write the
number 1. When you draw this number on a talisman, you depict the complete action
of the idea that you have conceived.
Number two is written as follows: 2, II, .In occultism, number two plays
a great part, and this is why it is used in various operations of magic. The 2 is the
half of it depicts the Binary. The A and the C are the active and the passive
respectively. When depicted as follows they represent the male and
female genitals. By the Latin II, we understand the two Masonic pillars, activity and
passiveness. In the Arabic 2, we also see the half of the inverted
Number three is written as 3, in Latin as III, and in Arabic as It is found in
one half of 8 . According to some occultists, it is the symbol of eternity, of the
infinite. However, I say that it is impossible for Man to derive it from 8, for we must
start from 1, 2, 3 and pass through 3 in order to get to eight. In
we see the harmonization of one and two, which leads to three, that
is to say, we see the Monad compressing the Binary and thus a complete result of
this harmony is produced. This result is the third Principle. Symbolically, this third
result has a great number of meanings. When it is used on a talisman, it has a totally
different meaning. It then indicates the trinity, the completion of Divinity.
Number 4, is the universal number. Its symbolism is found in the Universe. In
number 4, we can find the beginning of the word Jehovah. The 4 consists of two A,
that is, of two active principles. We also find the same meaning in the Latin IV, whose
synthesis is the same as that of the Arabic where we find four rods.
Up to the number four, we can say that we have the Kabbalist basis of numbers.
The remaining 5, 6, 7, etc., can be considered as derived from the first four. From 5
to 9 we simply find numbers lacking any initiatic meaning. This is why we meet only
the first four numbers in operations of Initiation and ceremonials of Magic. You will
not find the other numbers used anywhere, with the exception of 7, which holds a
particular place in the authorities of God. Besides, 7 is composed of 3 and 4.
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According to certain authors, 5 has symbolic values and synthesis. But the 7 has real
value, for it is the trinity over the quaternary; it is the Glory of Divinity. The 3, which
supplements the 4 in order to form the 7, is a crown of the quaternary. Through this
harmony of numbers, words take on great initiatic significance. It is exactly through
this harmonization that the operator tries to come in contact with the Invisible in a
secret way. However, this harmonization still needs a lot of elucidation. Therefore the
mystery of the synthesis of numbers, their full interpretation has yet to see the light of
publicity.
We can derive the seals and characters
of planets from magical squares. For
example, from the square of Saturn, we can
derive a seal as follows.
An analysis of the seals leads us to the
formation of the squares. Kircher has
provided a great number of details about
these symbolic illustrations, but their real
interpretation still escapes us. There are many kinds of such points of various forms,
according to the application for which they are intended. But it is needless to seek to
discover their derivation, for it is never going to be revealed.
The explanations that I have given you will enable you to start on the path of
interpreting these arcanes which, when drawn, bestow immense power to the one
able to interpret them.
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(The manuscript includes a 34
th
Speech on the elements of Astrology, of no
particular interest.)
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(Picture of Kunrath’s ‘Perfect Hermaphrodite’)

72 in the 2nd line. Each verse consists of 72 letters. The system of absolute monarchy reigns in the Universe. the one born of God. It gives us their names. In the hierarchy of this Divine plane. from the highest to the lowest. its earthly inhabitants. The genii inhabit the second. Their names are formed as follows: We take the three verses of “Exodus”.6…67.70.1 in the 1st line. This term refers to invisible beings of superior spiritual evolution that dwell in the Astral and affect the earth and its inhabitants. They bestow upon humans a kind of spiritual vitality. and 72. This is how the hierarchy of the 72 genii is formed.1 in the 3rd line. The Kabbalah teaches the existence of genii. or the Divine plane.67….and they are very widespread at that – the real art of Magic is very concealed. etc.67…6.3.com 2 . chapter 14. instead of being elevated by communion with the Invisible. Under this sublime and unknown Being.service. which is translated as the Crown. verses 19. their power. etc. 1) The Material plane.69. Giah means the one emanating from God. We thus have 72.5. 3) The Mental or Spiritual plane. For example. he will end up with no result whatever. and the Divine plane is inhabited by the Archangels.4. Therefore each name has three letters. In the hierarchy of the Universal All (Pan). the ministers of God.6. The name ‘Angels’ is given to a class of spiritual entities that does not belong to the Astral plane but to a superior one.70. 2) The Astral plane. their faculties.70.21. To these we then add the suffix Giah or El.71. Now let us study the universal hierarchy from one being to another. if the Initiate undertakes to apply everything that has been published.5.that of communion. how to benefit from their qualities and how to protect himself from their defects. the first Sefirah is called Kether. the name of the second genie by the letters of the second column. According to the Kabbalists. Kabbalists likened it to a crown because Kether crowns the Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. The entities that dwell in the Astral are commonly known by the term ‘genii’.69.4. They are 72 in number and they administer and share among themselves the government of the globe. is the Sefirothic figure. then 1.2.68.3.4. he will fall back to the level that he started from and pay very dearly for his rashness. but the 2nd from left to right. Our study will include all these three planes.2. there are four specific planes. and in which disorder and reversal are totally unknown. according to the Hebrew Kabbalah. their role. starting with the Astral. We shall return to this particular point later on.2.ifrance. The name of the first genie is formed by the Hebrew letters of the first column.69. or rather. Certain classes of Angels reign in the third. The symbolic expression was given by Jacob’s ladder. the highest being is called Ain-Soph.5. and emanating from it. and the El means the child of God. and it is where all the quests of the Masters are fruitless.68. and 4) The Divine plane. which to us. We write each one on a line.20. It provides the classical type of hierarchy from which harmony and perfection spring.71. the “not this”. as also their advice regarding their elevation and their acquisition of mastery over the Astral.3.71.68. Although recipes and formulas on magic and sorcery abound . is the natural plane. the 1st and the 3rd in the Hebrew manner (from right to left). divided into 10 numerations or Divine Powers. Magic makes wide use of these entities throughout its art of effectuation . It is the uttermost limit for Initiates.

their area of influence. As you all know. every person receives the influence of three genii – the first presiding over the hour. I would strongly recommend that you have a good and profound knowledge of the object of your ritual operation. The power of the Princes lies in ruling over the Astral plane and the genii. their power. As you can see after this brief description. The tenth Sefirah is Malkhuth (the Kingdom). while all the time he seeks to learn and to reach his goal in safety. of the spiritual entities that you will contact. and of the entities that reign in them. but before we do so. do the necessary calculations. The chain is quite long. For example. We shall later study the various rites. and the latter to the Archangel. The Magician keeps notes and has his own personal book. sees the points on which he can base his maneuvers. and the third over the subdivision of five days. and the ability to keep silent. it is given only to the one who has the will. the operator should know his ritual and his invocations by heart. who knows the strategy to follow. choose his ritual. He should then equip himself with courage and daring. their mastery. their faculties. Still. would address it to the Angel. organize his manner of action. which are called ‘Princes’. In this manner he can safely commune spiritually with the beings that are his immediate superiors – the genii of the Astral plane. pick the suitable moment. but it is of great value to the Initiate who is thus aware of the universal hierarchy. Now. This Sefirothic structure can be reflected in the inferior hierarchy. he would first make his appeal to the genie whose influence he is particularly subject to. their influence. and who would finally present it to God. who is superior to all the previous mediators. balanced by Yesod (the Foundation). The Archangelic Powers rule the Angelic Powers. He should relate with them by inspiration to receive their advice. Like a real warrior. to your study of the three planes. The angel would then present it to the leader of the Divine Egregor. You now have a general outline of the hierarchy on all four planes. and dominated by it. and it dominates and rules the Archangelic Powers that are subordinate to it. this is not given to all to carry out. Each Sefirah is ruled by its superior. and thus knows beforehand what he will have to face. Then come Hesed (Clemency) and Geburah (Justice). Finally. The operator should consult these genii as his three teachers. and they in turn dominate the beings inferior to them. this study is not enough. the second over the day. Moreover.ifrance. communion with the entities of other planes by means of ritual operations is no simple matter. and finally begin. By the mediation of the genie. When a true Initiate carries out certain magical ceremonials. balanced by Tifereth (Beauty). etc. the third trinity consists of Netsah (Eternity) and Hod (Victory). These last affect the beings on Earth. at the moment of birth. The operator must prepare himself for the work at hand by following certain specifications of the Masters. a man at arms. but everything is dominated by A'n-Soph. Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. their passage. he should always follow this ascending line. come Hokhmah (Wisdom) and Binah (Intellect). which are ruled by a leader who is the Divine Egregor.com 3 . if the Initiate wanted to invoke God. he consults the maps of these three planes. vast horizons have been opened up to your studies. the time. his appeal would be presented to the Prince who. in turn. the daring. In this way you will not be wasting your time and will not suffer any loss of strength and get harmful results. their virtues. However. After Kether.Divine plane.

and follow their directions. Quite a number of volumes would be needed if I were to comment on all of them.com 4 . Magic is the practical and complete Kabbalistic Initiation. It comprises everything: the mysteries of knowledge of the Divine. study these speeches. st --------------------- 28th Initiatic Speech (17th January 1912) Summary: Symbols in Magic – Ideograms and characters – The value of symbols – The circle. we must study the symbols in Magic that are derived from the Hebrew Kabbalah. One infers their possible analogy to the Ten Commandments. In the meantime. Before we broach this vast science. Recently I spoke to you about the ten Sefiroth or the ten faculties and virtues of Universal Divinity. is by far superior to all others. Dear Brethren. we shall begin with this same ritual for an invocation. and this is the reason why we shall base our studies on the generalities of what the Masters of Wisdom thought. the square. and get ready to come in contact with the benevolent genii that guide you. the study of the human and the universal Psyche and the abilities and possibilities of their approach to one another. and many an author has explained the mysteries enclosed within these ten lamps. It has two ways of effectuation. On March 21 . It goes without saying that no experiment can tangibly (materially) prove its reality. in the spring equinox. To this end. with which we shall deal. and so prepare for the great ceremonial. let us throw a glance at the symbols that we shall come across. Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. meditate.Our Order possesses and follows the ritual of Martinez de Pasquali. though a brief one. which is pre-eminently mysterious and apocryphal. when we have operated ceremonial magic. through which the Initiate comes in contact with the Invisible mentally and by inspiration. The latter is a path that is incomparably higher and more difficult. and the other is Theurgy. But when we are acquainted with the Kabbalistic Initiation. The Kabbalah was defined and transmitted to us by the sages of antiquity. Let us seek the cause of their form. and so on and so forth. their value and their reason of being. And we also applied ourselves to the study of communion by means of ceremonial operations. You will then come to know and in a way you will direct and carry out the ritual of our Venerable Master. To begin with. of communion with the Invisible through exit to the Astral. we reflect in a reasoned manner and may then perhaps form some idea concerning it. theosophy. the triangle. another seeks their analogy to the ten Divine virtues. it would be wise – as a kind of prolegomena – to acquire the adequate instruction that will enable us to seek the means by which to attain the desired goal. Then. I do not have any personal opinions on the matter. let us try to give an explanation to all the above. The first is Magic. It is attained by the rarest of the elect. wrapped in your cloak and covered by your mask. the cross.ifrance. their power. This path. The science or art that teaches this is called Magic. I shall be taking with me those brethren who are thus prepared. the hexagram – Use of symbols – Talismans. Up to now we made a study. according to each one’s concept and spiritual development. the pentagram.

This analysis may not have enlightened you greatly so I shall adapt it to our present subject. Here is a common example: We understand that a document. a prescription. Another proof of the existence of this initiatic chain through the symbol is the reality of the power of a talisman or amulet that has been consecrated on the basis of a traditionally accepted ritual.ifrance. their union and their contact. the triangle.com 5 . This talisman is girdled with symbols on the part of a true Initiate. such a figure. It allows the specification of spiritual entities and. But the possibility of acquiring the knowledge of these great mysteries was commensurate with the degree of the Initiate’s conception and spiritual development. from the distant past up to our times. He therefore used a figure in order to make these ideas more concrete. A signature has the Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. They have real power. which all Initiates have. a materialized power derived from the chain with his connection with the Invisible. when thus encircled. This is the reason why symbolism plays a great and very profound part in Kabbalistic and occult teaching. who form a vast chain throughout the centuries. etc. and the symbol will act. he is almighty? Why is it that powers able to raze mountains to the ground. Man seeks to specify the inaccessible mysteries in his spirit. he draws a circle. wherever it is drawn. and was provided by this study of symbolism. able to cause cataclysms. one who has his purpose well in sight and is aware of the power that he distributes all around him. What is the value of symbols? Symbols have the value given to them by the ancient sages of all times. joined to that of the Initiate or to that of the Initiate who is preparing the talismans. a key that had to be acquired and developed through meditation of the symbols. These symbols made the adaptation of higher mysteries possible to human perception. The symbol is the focal point of power and occult life. Have you ever wondered why. the type of the expression of a power. This is because any sign or figure that has been accepted by a very great number of human beings of a higher spirituality. it provides the works of the later Initiates with the assistance and the lights of the ancient Masters. I repeat. Because the symbol is a figure. You also know that before a Magician begins his invocations and ceremonials. If we wish to go into a deeper analysis of the word. the sign of power. such as the circle.What is a symbol? The term is derived from the corresponding Greek word meaning ‘an allegorical idea’ or ‘an ideational allegory’. Still. we see that it is a combination of 1#DQG&ZKLFKPHDQ ‘to take part in’ something. why such terrible powers are activated by a person encompassed by a simple circle? Why can these powers not overcome such a trifling thing as a circle? Positivist logic has a hard time accepting this as possible. but is unable to find a simple phrase that can express the idea to its full extent. has been written by a particular person through his signature. etc. it will express this power. the sages possessed the key to their understanding. which expresses an idea is the symbol. However. The symbol is a contract between the human and the universal Psyche. gives them real value. The persons to whom these objects are presented feel the influence of the Masters. The signs that are engraved on them activate the collective power of the initiatic chain which. he then produces a power of unlimited extent. It is unique and unalterable. and sets the person who has understood it in contact with all the Initiates who knew it. The ancient sages made use of conventional figures. when the circle is drawn by a Mystic who knows what he is doing and the reason for which he is doing it. by the ceremonial path. It is a contract abouit their relation. and must of necessity provide an unlimited power to all those who have come to know it.

Since God is an unknown. the virtues and the faculties of an invisible being. There are two classes of symbols. the meaning of the symbol in Magic must resemble that in Alchemy. a pre-eminently inaccessible and immeasurable Being. and the squaring of the circle still remains the most occult point to understand.ifrance. What is necessary is for the drawing of these figures to be accompanied by the corresponding thought. It is only the circle that can symbolize this limitless Being. but they are completely dead. They have merely managed an approximate measurement of the circle. This symbol has the value of the Binary. you can see examples of such symbols. sacrificing themselves in the struggle for the maintenance of creation and harmony. for if they are drawn without any particular purpose they may cause immense harm during his operations. Let us begin with the circle. the Triangle. it is the ideograph of the universal Cosmos and of Divinity. This is why the circle is the symbol best adapted to the concept of the Divine. It is the symbol of two principles eternally opposed to one another. By this. My signature will bear my own power. the signatures of the genii or angels depicting the names. etc. the Square. Its value depends on the reinstatement of relations between the human and the universal Psyche. he should never draw them in vain. Since an Initiate accepts the value of symbols.com 6 . etc. it is enough to make all the powers related to it hasten towards us. The class of ideographs and that of characters. For the time being we shall not study the second category because a great volume would be needed to deal with the subject. this value is recognized. By analogy. my signature will have real value. the Pentagram. we do not mean that whenever we draw a circle. and cut short his occult evolution. faculties. as a banker. and it is society that fixes the value of my signature. of the beings that are superior to Man. beyond all human conception. infinite Being. you all surely remember the explanations that I gave you concerning the symbolic forms used in that art. In manuals of Magic. The sages of antiquity said that it was composed of the Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. belong to the second category. 3) The triangle is the symbol that the Initiate first comes across on his way towards Divine knowledge. In the second they define in particular the entity that we invoke.value given to it where it is of some effect. and a mere note bearing my signature can set in motion great sums of money that I. the seals. the Infinite. but it is transferred to another field. From my speeches on Alchemy. All written works of Geometry are full of symbolic figures. for it is enough that a symbol be drawn together with the idea that it depicts. without beginning or end. 2) I also spoke to you about the cross. if I am an eminent banker. powers. The same holds good for the symbol. are part of the first category. considering it as a polygon with a great number of angles. We have knowledge of them through their teachings and are able to have an intuitive feeling of His Mystery. He cannot be explained in any other way. The Masters of the Kabbalah transmitted to us their ideas about God. am able to transfer about. The Initiate should draw and use them only when necessary. The greatest mathematicians have been unable to measure the circle with exactitude. The Circle. wherever my name is known or my bank recognized. to give it a true value. The planetry characters. In the first. But we humans have never been able to get to know what He really is. Through the continuous exchange established between me and my signature. 1) The circle is the symbol of the limitless and the integral. We shall content ourselves with a rough summary of the basic ideographs. the Monad. the most difficult problem to solve. For example. the symbols present the general outline of the virtues.

When they have attained Initiation in full and are Masters over the physical. who committed suicide. he then uses the symbols whose power he has elevated. 4) The square expresses the quaternary. the ascending line to Will and to He. and mentally on persons by means of talismans. depicted by each of the sides of the triangle. All those who are on the path of Initiation should simply wear the pentagram.com 7 . presuming that the mere drawing of certain symbols was enough to bring about success or the obedience of superior beings. psychically. Be sure that Initiation will lead you to the desired goal when the Masters grant you their secrets and power. astral and mental planes. This is an erroneous action. he is performing an act similar to that of a forger. It could be a symbol of the Binary. he uses these symbols in order to attain the results that other Initiates did. In which case can these symbols be used? They can be used in two cases. A mere drawing or writing of a symbol is not enough to make a talisman of it. The square presents the result of the action of active Power over passive Power. by making use of them. were deluded.ifrance. or form talismans on which the hexagram is either written or drawn. I would recommend that you never wear or bear it on you. And we should consider ourselves happy if we get no result whatever. Speaking of this particular symbol. and then he acts morally. You will really acquire power and mastery by the practical assistance of your Initiation. and the descending or connecting line corresponded to Action or Vau. He thus continues the Tradition. We shall later return to these explanations. The triangle is the symbol of the Ternary. If one who is not fully initiated draws the signature of a superior power. 2nd Once the Initiate has attained a definite and satisfactory result by his ceremonial operations. You should therefore not make any use of the symbols as long as you do not have mastery or are still students of the Astral plane.three main virtues of Divinity. it is the Man of the pentagram who possesses power over the Invisible. When you come to know the means of the vivification and the value of these symbols. according to a particular formula so as to commune with the invisible beings. The base corresponded to Power and to Yod. 5) Next to the circle. who brought upon themselves a host of misfortunes just because they possessed a forged talisman. 6) The hexagram depicts the initiated Man. no forged fabrication is allowed. so that you can make use of the superior powers in the symbols that you draw. There are many theories concerning this figure. he has no result whatever. you will be surprised at the comprehensive power that you can give to them. who fabricates a banknote with the signature of an insignificant person. for there have also been cases of persons who lost their mind. It is the ideogram of the Man who has acquired a new spiritual ability that he can make use of. Here. The pentagram can represent Man. composed of the four elements and of the Spirit. for such a talisman is worthless. so as to come to his assistance. From the idea of the measure of these two forces (for the lines of the square are defined) we come to the conclusion of the origin of the four elements – a conclusion that was determined by the sages. I shall only say a few words on it. Bear this well in mind: those who made talismans. It would be as if you wished to present yourselves as Masters. Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. 1st When an operator desires to carry out a magical ceremonial. for you do not have the right to do so. when they have knowledge of the true value of the hexagram. whereas you are not. the pentagram is the most powerful and the most mysterious symbol. This act brings on misfortunes. When one who is not initiated makes a talisman and wears it. It is the absolute symbol and figure of Man. one more distinct and exact than that of the cross. they will then be allowed to use it as they think best and as they choose to.

but they cannot act. He must become the master of his neighbours through his actions. and the art of keeping Silent. But this is not the point at issue in our case. He must desire the aim that he intends to follow with intensity and steadfastness and without any fluctuations. But in order to attain this goal. This is done by setting the human Will at work in a positive. To attain this goal.29th Initiatic Speech (24th January. Most people lack will-power. Through will-power. By all the above I do not mean that this mastery should be imposed on others with the purpose of abusing this power. Man is born in this physical world so as to elevate himself above the material plane. Quite a number of uninitiated persons hasten to apply themselves to the study of works of Magic and Occultism so as to get to know the art of expressing their own abilities. or through the steadiness of his gestures and his look. the triangle. the pentagram. we must first practise the effectuation of the three powers and faculties that are necessary for the evolution that we desire. they want to act. It is necessary for you to set in motion all the activities that Man possesses. but this zeal is short-lived. If you really desire something. leaving behind it only a vague trace which is mostly non-existent. Lastly. Proof of this is the fact that the first thing expressed in Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. we must give birth to the means by which we can master beings that are on a higher than the physical plane. the art of Daring. This last incessantly holds him back and hinders him from making these attempts at elevation. In general. you will be able to impose your ideas on others. etc. to attain this height. Man must activate certain organs and must develop his Will in particular. We understood whether the circle. 1912) Summary: The three effectuations of the Magician: the art of Willing. It is due to a person’s great patience – one that no other person would possess unless he were in such a state – that his Will’s main desire is to vivify and elevate himself to a higher level. He must will. I intend to speak to you about the conditions required for this effectuation. He must now develop and effectuate the art of Daring. he must learn to subject himself. Just as Magicians do. really had a material or astral result when they were drawn in ceremonials of Magic or on talismans. they want to put what they read into effect.com 8 . By then. they want to see. It is only then that the evolution of the virtues or the art of Willing can attain that point where the Initiate will learn the manner of governing the superior being. for their Will escapes. this desire must follow you and have a hold over you like a second nature. the Initiate will be able to tackle the second faculty required. Their purpose is never that of studying the virtues that they must develop. In order to get this result. to submit to. I shall tell you how you can attract the materialized genii at will.ifrance. Once we have managed to influence others. The first of these effectuations is the art of Willing. he must not merely desire. He must prove to others that he is always right. and to obey a power superior to himself. active and rather personal manner. In our last speech we studied the value of symbols. Man too must manage to place himself under the protection of great spiritual entities. Some open a book on Magic. These persons think that they want. This is why he must gradually develop his will-power and must try to dominate a power far greater than his own. I shall also tell you how these symbols are reinforced and which are the material faculties that are applied on the work so as to permit their development. Today. and impose his will on others through the logical sequence in his reasoning. This superiority should be latent. but only after you have managed to master your own selves.

com . In order to overcome this fear. it involves an occult and secret life and knowledge. and you have effectuated them. 9 Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. You will also lose the respect of others. Through such difficulties.Man whenever he wishes to make the attempt or to dare carry out some superior action. a change from the material to the spiritual state. We usually do this in order to gain the admiration or approval of the ignorant. everything that you did and saw. They can and ought to give mutual advice. it also develops our abilities of mastery over the Astral plane. The Initiate should have a profound knowledge of the entities that reign in the Astral plane. by not remaining wrapped up in your mantle. when your operations have been crowned with success and you have acquired perfect awareness of the Astral and have even risen to a way of life that is interwoven with its presence. He should also know their disposition so as to know their expressions. he is still not fully initiated. i. By keeping silent. and any profane person. He should always be encompassed by mystery and should be an enigma to all around him. by possessing this third virtue – one which is perhaps the most important power – Man can manage to maintain himself in the degree that he has attained by his work and perseverance. You will need all your will-power to fight those around you.ifrance. for he will hear noises and see fleeting shadows. can even become your master. When a person has got to know the genii. if you acquired them suddenly or after long work. one that he cannot comprehend. and you will end up knowing very little. which you have laboured so hard to acquire. you will lose a great part of your powers. however ignorant of your armour. if you followed such or other exercises. On the other hand. whose base disposition and tendencies you yourselves have given rise to. is the fear that overwhelms him. Do not believe that a Magician will ever confide in you about his successes or failures in the spiritual world. He must impose silence on himself. The art of keeping silent is not limited to this alone. a simple alteration from the physical state to the astral one. some moral danger lies ahead. which are consequently hidden and must remain unknown to the profane. He must work constantly and be ceaselessly ready to face every trial in order to keep steady to this decision and remain untroubled. and he will gradually dare invoke genii. Because the Invisible is by nature invisible. a person becomes interesting. as well as everything that you intend to do. to dominate them and be their master. When you have acquired full initiation into the sphere of Magic. It is not in your interests to describe the powers that you have acquired. then you will feel the great need to keep silent. There is a third virtue. a third effectuation that he has to achieve – the art of keeping Silent. he will manage to become familiar with what causes fear. The reason for this is very simple. we should bear in mind that death is nothing but a transformation. The Initiate should keep silent before the ignorant and the profane. The first indication of the presence of invisible entities tests a person’s daring. This of course does not mean that when brethren are gathered together round a table they should keep absolute silence. if you show off your spirit. He will never give you an account of his relations and his difficulties. if you give information through accounts of everything that you have experienced. As a consequence. By revealing yourself in this manner. when you know that you are permitted to express all the formulas. he is encompassed by a kind of mystery that people respect. you risk falling down. or of the works that he has undertaken together with the Invisible. and envy will soon intervene. He has the presentiment that something weird. This will give him the strength to fight against those near him who reveal themselves to him.e. Brethren Initiates should help one another.

We said that these three virtues were 1) the art of Willing. The only thing that we are permitted to say is that Divine Power probably emanates from this plane. and that any who escaped this fate. by their assistance. It is enough to liken this unknown plane of A'n-Soph to the blinding light of the sun. but there is one more that must be added to them. It is the seat of divine Power. their abilities. The second Sefirah is called Hokhmah. the expressions of God are ten. As we all know. In our previous speech we mentioned the three virtues by means of which those who desire to follow the study of Magic can attain success. their dependence. the three previous ones are absolutely useless. It is obvious that to Will something is quite an important matter.com 10 . and how we can comprehend Him. 1912) Summary: Knowing – The Sefiroth. act on the physical world in a manner superior to our own powers. We shall name it the art of Knowing. that of Knowing. Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. According to other religions.ifrance. For the Initiate. This fourth virtue is firmly linked to the previous ones. the purpose of Magic is the ability to succeed in our invocations to superior entities and. and to keep Silent is prudent and wise. Still. for he would lack the necessary knowledge to guide him. let us try to examine what this God is.30th Initiatic Speech (31st January. lost their mind. that is. It is the one in which A'n-Soph reigns. to give and receive help and to Dare is a very powerful thing. From It. and 3) the art of keeping Silent. we depict Wisdom through which God is manifest in our conscience. One who has no knowledge is not in a position to know what he wants. The third is Binah. the superior Power. We consider them as Divine Entities. not because they were derived from some other Divine Entity. 2) the art of Daring. It is not permitted to the occultist to analyse or even to meditate on the splendour of this plane. but because they exist in order to carry out God’s Commands. through study we must learn which these invisible powers are. and what is the manner of action of all those who desire to apply themselves to the science of the Kabbalah. which means Wisdom. We know that in the superior spiritual planes there is one which is superior to all others. their hierarchy. These virtues are necessary to every occultist. Consequently. of the overall. one which no person has ever known – neither I nor anyone else. This is why we shall limit ourselves to saying simply that God presents Himself to the Spirit through these ten Sefiroth. According to the Kabbalah. These are called Sefiroth. In Hebrew. the name means ‘the Crown’ and can thus give us the idea of sovereignty. Always according to the Kabbalah. Let us now descend from this unknown plane to the one about which we can somewhat speak. this last faculty is the Light in Magic. By this second Sefirah. in this highest of all heavens is the first Sefirah by the name of Kether. for he would be severely punished for his rashness. the first three Sefiroth that we meet are in the first heaven. We cannot do this by a study of His actions or by knowledge of His virtues. in It is the seat of the God of the Kabbalah. and he would never be able to get to the stage of Willing. It is said that those who wanted to commune with this plane died of either a violent or a slow death. According to the Kabbalah. but without this fourth virtue. Daring and keeping Silent. All Kabbalists have had various personal opinions regarding these ten Sefiroth.

The last Sefirah is called Malkhuth. which can be named the divine plane. This is a virtue that emanates from and depends directly on the superior classes. which corresponds to the Astral region. The seventh. as well as in others. Geburah. Divine Wisdom must pass through the Astral and Mental plane in order to be manifest in Malkhuth. Sovereignty in the Universe does not mean that God is found in Matter. you should note that although two drawings of figures may be different.Intellect or Intelligence. infinitely Powerful and infinitely Intelligent. projected by Divinity. Therefore. though they still composed one single light. which emanates from Binah and proves to us that we must render to Divine Intelligence the honour that is its due. especially not those of Kircher. and thus give a personification of God. Kether. We depict this by channels. and it is the manifestation of God in the Universe. Tifereth is the divine beauty of Wisdom and of the radiation pre-eminently of the Divine plane. Let us now go on with our study. Hod. at the same time it is the action of all the other Sefiroth (acting) on one another. Malkhuth reigns on the plane that is the third heaven. We then have Hod. the ninth Sefirah. In the figure that I present to you. indicates victory. The fifth is Geburah. They represent the other six Sefiroth named Tetatron Gedullah or Hesed. These are Gedullah. Netsah. It is the Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. Yesod. The tenth and last is Malkhuth. this Divine perfection is completed by ten virtues. Keep in mind that this entity plays a most significant part in practical science. you see six spheres under the first three Sefiroth. which means Strength. It means that through its action. It is the basis of all the other Sefiroth. The eighth. We find this Trinity again in the Christian Religion. The sixth is Tifereth. which means Kingdom. it is a perceptible virtue and is the union of all three in synthesis. But as I previously told you. In other words. Note that Gedullah emanates from Kether. but simply the emanation of a first faculty.e. His drawing was extremely complicated. It is depicted as an upright radiating star that completes the whole sefirothic cycle. the fifth Sefirah. The activity of the first three Sefiroth is expressed on Malkhuth. This majesty is under the mastery of an entity of very high degree. Malkhuth means kingdom. means Honour. means Beauty. Thus Malkhuth expresses the Kingdom of God in its entirety. means Victory. Through these three virtues we can depict God in our conscience. i. and it proves the foundation of Power. This union is a mystery to which we shall refer again later on. which are all found in one and the same plane. and the ninth. and Yesod. there follow another six. but my personal synthesis of this subject. Wisdom and Intelligence. through which God’s Wisdom is manifest. The diagram that I present to you is not a mere copy of that found in other books. since we know that the Lord of the Universe must necessarily be infinitely Wise. It is not simply a Divine virtue.ifrance. which emanates from both Kether and Hokhmah. Tifereth. Netsah.com 11 . emanates from Binah as well as from the Intellect. means Support or Foundation. and I thought of simplifying it. This is the reason why during your Initiation I set the three lights in a different array. therefore Gedullah is not the divinity itself. Yesod. This Trinity is developed in the Sefirothic System of the Jewish Religion. The sixth. after the three great Sefiroth that we described. they still lead to the same end. this sovereignty causes the other nine previous Sefiroth on the tenth. is strength expressed by the Crown. the eighth Sefirah. which means Majesty (Grandeur). The connections that I have made between the Sefiroth in the following diagram are not always similar to those made by other occultists. Tifereth. Hod. The second heaven is in the area of the six secondary Sefiroth. Netsah. The seventh Sefirah. Its three virtues indicate to us the full perfection of God. All six Sefiroth emanate from the majesty of the three great Sefiroth. Hesed or Gedullah indicates that majesty is a virtue radiating from the Crown of Kether. The first three refer to Power. Geburah. It emanates from Wisdom and Intelligence. Moreover. We have thus completed in brief the first plane or the first heaven.

plane where the Divine ends and reigns over the Mental plane. there is another plane. and we are not even permitted to think about it. Beyond it is the Sefirothic plane that we explained in the beginning. as was said. no one is allowed to penetrate into it by any operation. Under all the Sefiroth and beneath Malkhuth. that of the genii (12 $0. It is called the unknown plane and.

According to Kircher. and Yesod on the Moon. we must start from Malkhuth and it is only after we have passed through it that we can reach up to Hokhmah. Binah corresponds to the planet Saturn where the Divine Spirit is supposed to reside (has its seat) or reign. I have no intention of proving here that Kircher’s Kabbalah is erroneous. and we must start from it. he gave the name of crowns to this particular class. For example. If again we wish to invoke Binah. It must not be thought that in fact the Sefiroth are represented by the stars. if we wish to reach Kether. According to both the Jewish Kabbalah and the Christians. Gedullah is said to act on the planet Jupiter. for it is through its mediation that we can approach the higher Sefirah. Moreover. Following his reasoning. who is the messenger-god. Netsah on Venus. the mediating angel between the Divine plane and human beings. if we wish to invoke Hokhmah. Tifereth on the Sun. etc. therefore the first point that we shall come across is again Malkhuth.. we can finally invoke Binah with success. which is this Intellect. In the same manner. the class that preserves the Sefirah Kether consists of entities that are conscious of the radiation of the Divine plane and its intellect. that is to say. Malkhuth . every Sefirah has its ruler. the Annunciation to Mary. we must pass through Malkhuth and Geburah in succession. after passing through it. these angels have often become manifest. we must always seek the nearest way to it. Malkhuth is the first Sefirah. we must start by having relations with that which is the closest to the plane of the genii. Now. whatever their degree. We were saying that Binah represents the planet Saturn. Binah is served by the class of Iehovah Elohim. I draw your attention to the correspondence of the entities of Hod with Mercury. It is just an allegory and it is mentioned simply to help provide a more accurate meaning of the faculty or the place where they reside. If we wish to get in contact with the Sefiroth. Hod on Mercury. but this is a point on which Kircher was mistaken. For example. i.e. Therefore Mercury resides on the sphere of beings or entities that are angels-mediators. According to the Kabbalists. For example. Geburah on Mars. This is the fastest way.which is between the elemental (12 $0+/0". We must then invoke Yesod and. Each of the Sefiroth is served by a class of entities of the same identity. Binah is served by the class of the crowns.

ifrance. These beings are the egregors. they are the ones by whose help we can come in contact with higher planes. The word egregor means ‘the being that is vigilant’. plane and the Divine – has its own spirits with which we can reinstate relations.com 12 . ------------------------- Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. they are the ones that are vigilant. They are the beings that work.

and Malkhuth (see diagram). They thus complete the physical creation by conveying the Divine spark. Because some of the Brethren were absent and did not follow the initial meanings of what we name ‘the three heavens’. Genii evolve in the Astral plane. Let us now examine the sefirothic analogies in the various planes. We saw that according to the Kabbalists.com 13 . Majesty (Grandeur). Binah is served by the class of Aralim. Angels are not subject to evolution on Earth but in the Mental plane. Together with Hokhmah and Kether. Each of these ten Sefiroth is ministered (served) by a class of angels. according to the position of the Sefirah that they represent. It is served by the class of angels that are called Seraphim. 1912) Summary: Explanation of the Sefiroth continued. on Earth. is now completed by Binah. The tenth Sefirah. God presents the image of bodies and forms in Matter. the Kabbalists make us comprehend the Being that we name God in a concealed manner. Wisdom. Hesed. and the Divine name is IEHOVAH-ELOHIM. the Tetragrammaton. animal. and human kingdoms. It is the one that radiates directly on Malkhuth through the angels Ophanim (wheels) and Cherubim. Netsah. which conceives the astral forms. correspondingly superior.ifrance. Malkhuth. The Seraphim provide the means of union of this Sefirah with the next. The divine name given to it is JEHYAH (the Being or Not) and the value of Kether lies in the virtue of this name. Last week we started the exposition of the interpretation of a diagram concerning the ten Sefiroth. Hokhmah. and it is served by the heart of Hasmalim or Geburalim. the Kingdom. Divine expression was presented by the ten Sefiroth called. Kether. it was through Hokhmah that God conceived Creation and clarified Chaos. is the final actualization of Divine Will. The first Sefirah is Kether. According to the Tradition of the Kabbalah. Binah. Intelligence (Intellect). it is very difficult to explain how the Sefiroth allegorically portray God. It is the main divine flow. The second Sefirah is Hokhmah. Creation. By means of these numerations. passing successively from the mineral. These ten Sefiroth are the ten virtues or splendours through which God became manifest and created the Universe. today I shall not go on immediately with the explanation of the Sefiroth. What do we mean by ‘an angel ministering to a Sefirah’? We refer to those beings dwelling in the Divine plane. but you will gradually get used to them and will perceive their harmony. The Divine name is EL. they form the sefirothic trinity. vegetal. The corresponding Divine name is HEHOVAH. the Crown. The fourth Sefirah is Hesed. which were created by God in order to set the beings on earth in contact with superior entities. In our last speech we studied the different planes.31st Initiatic Speech (February. which was pre-designed by the two former Sefiroth. Hod. Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. Yesod. Only the human spirits evolve in the physical plane. Tifereth. Through this Sefirah. The third Sefirah is Binah. Geburah. At first sight.

Beauty. He starts from the first degree of the Invisible with the assistance of spirits or egregors. God therefore set in motion ten virtues or faculties that emanated from Him. the tenth Sefirah is Malkhuth.com 14 . Through it. God produced the elements. God gave intellect to Man. The seventh is Netsah. The sixth is Tifereth. Power. Honour. God produced the animal kingdom. Its Divine name is IEHOVAH SABAOTH. he must pass through it in order to reach superior regions. In order to create His Work. From the diagram included here.ifrance. the Foundation. Through it. are: Bahur for Hokhmah. Khazid for Hod. Through it. with which he will gradually ascend throughout the whole sefirothic hierarchy. which carry out God’s commands. ------------------------- (Diagram of the 10 Sefiroth) Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. Its Divine name is ELOHIM GIBOR. Bagul for Hesed. before we proceed to any activity or communion with superior regions. Vezio for Tifereth. what matters most is that. Its Divine name is VEDAHAH. Since Man dwells in a plane that is inferior to Malkhuth. The eighth Sefirah is Hod. Khantur for Geburah. The ninth is Yesod. It is served by the spirits. God produced the vegetal kingdom. Gandol for Binah. It is served by the Elhagialim. Its Divine name is ELOHIM SABAOTH. Tekhur for Yesod. Moses effectuated this communion with the Invisible and acquired mastery over the Astral plane. which is served by the sons of Elohim. we must begin by becoming the masters of the spirits that are immediately nearest to us. and Ghiah for Malkhuth. you see that all the Sefiroth are attuned to one another. Finally. Victory. However. God produced the mineral kingdom. Through this Sefirah. The egregors of each Sefirah. God created Man. Its Divine name is SHADAI-ELHAI. which is served by the Geburalim. Zakai for Netsah. from Kether down to Malkhuth. and it is served by the Malakhim.The fifth is Geburah. Its Divine name is ADONAI MELEK. It is served by the daughters of the Elohim. Through it. Through this Sefirah.

The Archangel governing this sphere is Zaphkiel. In the two previous speeches we limited our study to the classification of the Sefiroth and the relations between them. so that you may have a clear and definite idea about the class and the functions of these ten Sefiroth. according to the series found in the adjoining diagram. The first hour of the day is always found under the influence of the dominating planet of the day. We shall now study and try to portray the entities and powers that surround these Sefiroth. that which is inaccessible to earthly beings. the Intellects that supervise its sphere are portrayed by the planet Saturn. This first Sefirah is Binah. and the Angel of the first hour of the day is Zamael. if we take Saturn. since our knowledge of Magic is still minimal. and that which the occultist is not permitted to approach or come in contact with. In the overall layout that we have accepted. bathe in the Mental plane. The activity of Kether and Hokhmah is too high and particular for us to deal with for the time being. which in principle is the same as that of the ancients. Hokhmah and Binah. The Angel of the day is Kasiel. the second under the influence of Jupiter or Zadkhiel. and what the Intellects that reign over them. from the Sefirah that begins to be expressed noticeably to us. the Moon. is the superior Spirit that affects this planet. Venus. which is the dominating planet of Saturday. Jupiter. and they follow one another: Saturn. as well as the Divine names adapted to them.32nd Initiatic Speech (28th February. and the books of the Kabbalah teach us how we can come into contact with them. We must note that in Magic there are three categories of entities. or rather. we have the Sefirah Kether in the Divine and Unknown plane.com 15 . By following this series. for it is through them that we can attain the degree of influence and consequently come in contact with them. The first Sefiroth. Because there are seven planets. The Angel of the day is the one presiding over the particular day that bears the influence of the planet. or the one at the head of the Angels. For example. the first hour of this day will be under the influence of Saturn or Zaphiel. According to the Kabbalists. And the Angel of the hour is a spirit that dominates or influences for the duration of an hour. as well as of the spheres that surround the sefirothic localizations with their corresponding entities.ifrance. But we should not attempt any such thing as yet. we come to the 25th hour or Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. Today we shall go over the meanings that you acquired. You ought to know that the ancient Kabbalists classified the Sefiroth in a different manner from ours. The Archangel of the planet in question. Mercury. I have explained to you what the Sefiroth are. there are also seven Angels of the hour. I have also explained the relations of spiritual activity that each has upon the other. but the way in which these Sefiroth are expressed remains the same. The risk would be too great. The ten Sefiroth are in planes superior to ours. Mars. Let us start from the Sefirah whose activity begins from the furthest point of our perception. etc. We can ward off every danger by a distinct and complete knowledge of the whole Spiritual Hierarchy. 1912) Summary: The ten Sefiroth continued. the Sun. etc – a series that continues in succession. Kether.

the first hour of Sunday. and everything must be correctly pronounced.ifrance. This is done so as to avoid all possible doubt. Therefore. for if you do make some mistake. These inferior entities are envious of your Initiation and they try as hard as they possibly can to delude you. To return to practical Magic. you will be able to make use of a weapon in your defence and not lose your head. And I am also obliged to make you understand that when one day you desire to raise your Will above the physical plane. in an invocation we must first appeal to the Angel of the day. In this way. you will always have to draw the names of the entities whose assistance you seek in capital letters. A wrong pronunciation or a tone that is off tune is enough to make you act as a black magician. I would not advise you to try it before mastering this science. It is better still for us to choose the particular hour whose influence we seek to have. and lastly to the acting Archangel. In accordance with the sefirothic order that you all know. Everything must be clearly written and correctly placed. if we wish to succeed in our invocations. The following table will be of great help to you so as to complete the whole table of Archangels and Angels. Angels. the entities that you seek to assist you. In this way you will also be able to go on with your work. we start by invoking Kasiel. then to that of the hour. it is advisable that we know the entities with which we shall come in contact. Although an invocation is seemingly quite an easy thing to do. your conscience will be safe. which is under the influence of the Sun or Michael. This can be caused by something that at first sight appears trifling. --------------------------(Table of Archangels. etc. This is why we must know the entities presiding over the hours that we have chosen. I am also obliged to point out to you that there is a very small difference between moral Magic and black magic. you will find in it the concordances that are necessary for your study.com 16 . You should therefore make a profound study of the Kabbalah and when the day comes that you desire to practise High Magic. The slightest omission on your part is enough to make you fail in your work. then Zamael. If we desire to have contact with the sefirothic influence of Binah.) Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. This method is followed for all the other days as well. will be exactly the ones that you desire and not others – which are more or less malicious ones. and end with Zaphkiel.

and that it is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. vertically or diagonally. which itself must of necessity return to the Monad. it is necessary for us to study the elements of this arcane. called the magical square. starting from the 1 and Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos.also threw light on this difficult science. I intend to give you an explanation on the practice of this particular arcane of Magic. It concerns an Arcane of Magic that has so far remained unknown. 1912) Summary: Numbers – The Magical Squares. The magical square is a numerical table divided into various smaller squares bearing certain numbers which.ifrance. Today. I must inform you that arcanes are formed on the basis of numbers. They all provided more or less serious ideas on this arcane. but because we do not understand its layout. In its Latin version. Since we have thus understood the origin of the number 1. We can perceive that this number is in a way a distortion (alteration) of the capital A of the Ancient Greek language. It will thus form a circle. we wonder whether perhaps this has some occult meaning. This arcane is a numbered square. This is due to the fact that those who introduced them left no trace of explanation as to the origin of formation of these symbols. but they have remained more or less imperfectly known as regards their nature. and it is what we call ‘The Science of Numbers’.33rd Initiatic Speech (7th March. Martin that we owe the greatest explanations concerning this science. As an example we shall take the simplest magical square called ‘The Square of Saturn’. number one is written as. It is the following: If the numbers are added horizontally. it is written as I. when added together in whatever direction. We note that the figure 1 comes from a vertical line and is written vertically. which is 15. but these were all imperfect. This immediately gives us food for thought. but so far no one has explained its value.com 17 . We saw that it is the symbol of the Monad. for the subject and its interpretation were never dealt with in full. this does not mean that it will be a satisfactory one as regards a full explanation of it. for the Monad is the beginning of differentiation. Tonight I shall speak to you on a difficult subject. In Latin. We shall therefore study the value of every number according to the manner of the Kabbalah. the beginning and the end of all. but as I said before. before we start any explanations of the group of numbers that compose the square in question. Before I go into the explanation itself. more or less from top to bottom. the line is wholly vertical. Many are those who have given explanations concerning its influence. which is the harmony of everything. the reason why has not as yet been established. It certainly does. Papus – who made a profound study of everything . In Arabic. and proves to us the unity of comprehension of every expression. Initiates hold that this square should be used in various talismans as well as in ceremonials of Magic. Let us return to the number 1. However. always give the same sum. And it is to Claude de St. they always add up to the same number. certain symbols do exist that were introduced in Magic. It stands to reason therefore that. Indeed. A large number of disciples sought to find the initial causes of this symbol but they all lost their road in byways. This is not because we do not know what it means or what this symbol implies.

’ Here then is the origin of 1. one from which everything begins. 3. in Latin as III. You will not find the other numbers used anywhere. The postmen leave their single office. In occultism. According to some occultists. The All starts from the Monad and ends in It. We also find the same meaning in the Latin IV. of two active principles. when a person wishes to draw a complete idea. We can thus observe that the number 1 has a significant part in the Sacred Books of the various religions. These various branches tend to become as follows: They converge again towards the Monad from which they emanated. This is why we meet only the first four numbers in operations of Initiation and ceremonials of Magic. It therefore means that the Monad again emanates from the differentiation. we can say that we have the Kabbalist basis of numbers. They are derived from the Monad which is subdivided into various branches. The 4 consists of two A. In number 4. which holds a particular place in the authorities of God. and it depicts nonharmonious differentiation. Number 4. From 5 to 9 we simply find numbers lacking any initiatic meaning. 4…for all numbers are derived directly from the Monad. When depicted as follows they represent the male and female genitals. Thus the number 1 is an allegory of the Monad. number two plays a great part. and that therefore everything tends towards the Monad. The remaining 5. thus forming a circle. Symbolically. it has a totally different meaning. It then indicates the trinity.ending in the 1. for we must start from 1. The Monad is the harmony of the differentiations. When God speaks allegorically in St. By the Latin II. that is. Besides.com 18 . Their purpose is to emit the thoughts of persons to one another. the completion of Divinity. we can find the beginning of the word Jehovah. 2. we also see the half of the inverted Number three is written as 3. you depict the complete action of the idea that you have conceived. The 2 is the half of LW GHSLFWV WKH %LQDU\ 7KH $ DQG WKH are the active and the passive respectively. from which the All emanates.W PHDQV WKDW µ. and this is why it is used in various operations of magic. we understand the two Masonic pillars. He says. 6. Its symbolism is found in the Universe. we see the Monad compressing the Binary and thus a complete result of this harmony is produced. of the infinite. disperse in all directions. he need only write the number 1. In we see the harmonization of one and two. 7 is composed of 3 and 4. and one to which the All tends and ends. etc. However. that is to say. and in Arabic as It is found in one half of 8 ..ifrance. Its activity forms the other numbers 2. We can compare the derivation of the numbers 2. Number two is written as follows: 2. This is to say. Consequently. “I am the A and the ”. When you draw this number on a talisman. 4.In occultism. is the universal number. 3 and pass through 3 in order to get to eight. As an example. and start all over again. It is their beginning and their end. II. only to return to the source from which they ‘emanated’. This result is the third Principle. can be considered as derived from the first four.… to the following figure. which leads to three. it is the symbol of eternity. whose synthesis is the same as that of the Arabic where we find four rods. 7. 3. . Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. activity and passiveness. When it is used on a talisman. with the exception of 7. an act that he wishes to carry out in life. we can take the function of Post Offices. Up to the number four. that A is the beginning of everything and the  LV \HW WR EH . the Monad has a Kabbalistic value. 5. In the Arabic 2. this third result has a great number of meanings. DP WKH $OO IURP ZKLFK WKH $OO emanates and to which the All tends. I say that it is impossible for Man to derive it from 8. John’s Revelations.

The 3. according to the application for which they are intended. An analysis of the seals leads us to the formation of the squares. their full interpretation has yet to see the light of publicity. for it is never going to be revealed. for it is the trinity over the quaternary.According to certain authors. Through this harmony of numbers. For example. bestow immense power to the one able to interpret them. of no particular interest. Therefore the mystery of the synthesis of numbers.) ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------(Picture of Kunrath’s ‘Perfect Hermaphrodite’) Greek Delegation of the Martinist Order of the Netherlands http://martinismos. ---------------------------------(The manuscript includes a 34th Speech on the elements of Astrology. it is the Glory of Divinity.ifrance. when drawn. But it is needless to seek to discover their derivation. words take on great initiatic significance. 5 has symbolic values and synthesis. Kircher has provided a great number of details about these symbolic illustrations. There are many kinds of such points of various forms. However. It is exactly through this harmonization that the operator tries to come in contact with the Invisible in a secret way. We can derive the seals and characters of planets from magical squares. from the square of Saturn. but their real interpretation still escapes us. is a crown of the quaternary. this harmonization still needs a lot of elucidation. The explanations that I have given you will enable you to start on the path of interpreting these arcanes which. we can derive a seal as follows. which supplements the 4 in order to form the 7.com 19 . But the 7 has real value.

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