Tarot Arcanum 21: Transmutation
The Twenty-first Arcanum can be represented with the inverted pentagonal star which represents black magic. The Twenty-first Arcanum is calamity, insensateness, the Fool of the Tarot. Whosoever works in realization of the Self is liable to do foolishness. One has to work with the three factors of the revolution of the consciousness.
1. To be born
2. To die
3. To sacrifice for others.
Transmutation indicates that one has to transmute. The brain must control sex. When the brain loses control over sex, when sex attains dominion over the brain, then the star of five points, the human being, descends head-first into the abyss. This is the inverted pentagram, symbol of black magic.
The danger in this arcanum is indicated precisely by the crocodile.
Hebrew Letter: Shin ש
Timetable: Twelfth Hour of Apollonius: “The towers of fire disturb (this is the triumphant entrance of the master into the limitless bliss of Nirvana, or better, the master’s renunciation of the bliss of Nirvana for the love of humanity, where then he is converted into a Bodhisattva of compassion).”
Transcendental Axiom: “My soul does not enter into His secret, neither my ship into His port.”
Forecasting Element: It predicts exclusion from something that is enjoyed, frustration when trying to achieve what is wanted. Ruin in relation to that which we boast of. It is danger of isolation, perfidious gifts, deceitful promises, disillusions; the end of some things and the beginning of others.
Samael Aun Weor
His name is Hebrew סמאל און ואור, and is pronounced “sam-ayel on vay-or.” You may not have heard of him, but Samael Aun Weor changed the world. In 1950, in his first two books, he was the first person to reveal the esoteric secret about sex that was hidden in all the world’s great religions, and for that, accused of “healing the ill,” he was put in prison. Nevertheless, he did not stop. Between 1950 and 1977 he wrote sixty books, and inspired millions of people across the entire span of Latin America. A true example of compassion and selflessness, he dedicated his life to helping others.