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  Monday, 27 May 2013
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How are we to understand the divine virtue of Hope, in the sense that Paul of Tarsus uses it? Given that Faith and Love esoterically do not signify what we would commonly accept them to, I'm willing to bet Hope doesn't mean hoping tomorrow will be better than today! When I meditate on Hope however, I find much of what I come up with is bound to time, in the same way that faith would be superficially bound to belief. How can we better understand this virtue?
9 years ago
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For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God [the birth of the Son of God within himself].

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption [the ego] into the glorious liberty of the children of God [resurrection, the body of liberation].

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

But if we hope for that we see not [that is to say, that which is promised, but which is not yet fully realized in our inner development], then do we with patience wait for it. [observe that patience is related with the Arcanum 8 = 1 + 7 = Arcanum 17 = Hope]

- Romans 8:18-25


The virtue of hope is very deep, and the meaning and application of the virtue in the particular life of an individual will depend on that person's level of Being and where they are in their inner work. On the egotistical level, it can mean hope in material, temporal things. But in the way that Paul is using it, it is more along the lines of what he is describing in the above verses: hope and confidence in the promises of God.

The 17th Arcanum is called the Arcanum of Hope. Any spiritual aspirant, any religious minded person always seeks to find their hope in God, finding in divinity the inspiration to overcome suffering.

In the 17th Arcanum of the Tarot we find the science which fuels hope. In Gnosis we understand that any virtue, any divine attribute, arises from works. Mere belief does not convey onto the mind, onto the heart, lasting consequence. Hope is not mere belief. Hope - like faith - is derived from experience. Belief is a mere vain concept, while faith is the direct experience of that which is real. In the same way, we know that Hope is also born from direct experience.
- Arcanum 17 (Transcription)
9 years ago
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#3712
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For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God [the birth of the Son of God within himself].

For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption [the ego] into the glorious liberty of the children of God [resurrection, the body of liberation].

For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body.

For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?

But if we hope for that we see not [that is to say, that which is promised, but which is not yet fully realized in our inner development], then do we with patience wait for it. [observe that patience is related with the Arcanum 8 = 1 + 7 = Arcanum 17 = Hope]

- Romans 8:18-25


The virtue of hope is very deep, and the meaning and application of the virtue in the particular life of an individual will depend on that person's level of Being and where they are in their inner work. On the egotistical level, it can mean hope in material, temporal things. But in the way that Paul is using it, it is more along the lines of what he is describing in the above verses: hope and confidence in the promises of God.

The 17th Arcanum is called the Arcanum of Hope. Any spiritual aspirant, any religious minded person always seeks to find their hope in God, finding in divinity the inspiration to overcome suffering.

In the 17th Arcanum of the Tarot we find the science which fuels hope. In Gnosis we understand that any virtue, any divine attribute, arises from works. Mere belief does not convey onto the mind, onto the heart, lasting consequence. Hope is not mere belief. Hope - like faith - is derived from experience. Belief is a mere vain concept, while faith is the direct experience of that which is real. In the same way, we know that Hope is also born from direct experience.
- Arcanum 17 (Transcription)
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