The following text was utilized as the basis for discussion in a lecture of the free online course about The Twenty-Two Arcana.
Verses 137 to 144 from Psalm 119 begin with Tzaddi:
137: “Oh Jah-Havah יהוה you are righteous, and your judgments right.
138: You have enjoined your testimonies as exceedingly righteous and faithful.
139: My zeal has eaten me up for my enemies have forgotten your Word.
140: Your Word is pure and your servant loves it.
141: I am small and despised; I do not forget your precepts.
142: Your righteousness is an eternal righteousness; and your law is truth.
143: Distress and anguish have found me; your commands are my delight.
144: The righteousness of your testimonies are everlasting; make me know and I will live.
Now, let us study the Eighteenth Arcanum of. This is the Arcanum of the Twilight. It is necessary for our Gnostic disciples to profoundly reflect on the esoteric context of this Arcanum. We have been strongly criticized for not continuing with the already known Hebraic monotony. Indeed, we do not want to follow the same Hebraic monotony. We, Gnostics, are only interested in that which is called C-O-M-P-R-E-H-E-N-S-I-O-N.
We want our students to comprehend each Arcanum and thereafter develop it within themselves.
First, we want our disciples to discover each Arcanum within themselves, then subsequently within all of Nature. The Eighteenth Arcanum is Light and Darkness, White Magic and Black Magic. On the eighteenth card a dog and a wolf appear, howling at the moon. Two pyramids are found, one black and the other white, as well as the symbol of the scorpion at the bottom.
The number nine is found twice in the Eighteenth Arcanum, 9 plus 9 equals 18. Thus, the Ninth Sphere is repeated twice in this Arcanum. We already know that the number one is positive and that the number two is negative. Therefore, if we repeat the ninth sphere twice, we then have Sex in its two aspects: the first being the positive aspect and the second the negative aspect.
Now our disciples will comprehend why the Eighteenth Arcanum is Light and Darkness, White Magic and Black Magic. The secret enemies ofare found in the Eighteenth Arcanum. Beloved disciples, you must know that the rises very slowly through the Medullar Canal. The ascension of the , vertebra by vertebra, is performed very slowly according to the merits of the heart. Each vertebra represents certain virtues. The ascension to a certain vertebra is never acquired without having achieved the conditions of sanctity that are required for such a vertebra, which we long for. Therefore, those who believe that once the is awakened, it instantaneously rises to the head in order to leave us totally illuminated, are indeed learned ignoramuses.
In the Eighteenth Arcanum we have to endure bloody battles against the tenebrous ones.
Now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force. - Matthew 11: 12
Within the internal worlds, the tenebrous ones of the Eighteenth Arcanum violently assault the student. The devotee must endure terrible battles against these tenebrous ones.
The conquest of each vertebra in the Dorsal Spine signifies fights to the death against the Shadow’s Adepts. Fortunately, those who work with thereceive the Flaming Sword and they defend themselves with it. Sometimes the student, too weary, yet still holding the sword in his hands, achieves the entrance into the temple. Terrible are the efforts that the tenebrous ones exert in order to withdraw the student from the Path of the Razor’s Edge. This Path is full of dangers from within and from without. Many are those who begin, yet few are those who finish. The great majority deviate towards the Black Path; very subtle dangers that the student ignores exist within the Eighteenth Arcanum. The tenebrous gather in their temples in order to count the number of vertebrae conquered by the student. They represent each vertebra with a cup; thus upon the altar they place the same number of cups as the number of vertebrae conquered by the student. Thus, it is on this basis that they judge the neophyte and consider him a thief. The tenebrous ones’ thoughts could be formulated as follows: “You have stolen from us these cups. You are stealing powers from us. You are a thief.”
The tenebrous never believe themselves to be evil, on the contrary they believe themselves to be wells of sanctity. Therefore, when they attack the student they do it with good intentions because they believe the student to be a thief of powers and that is all.
Indeed, the abyss is filled with sincere but mistaken people; these are people with very good intentions. The number nine is positive and negative at the same time. Now we will explain the mystery of the Eighteenth Arcanum. In this disturbing Arcanum we find all the potions and witchcraft of Thessaly. Here is the cuisine of Conidia; we can read (in the times of Horaccio) how this horrible witch of Rome made all of her potions. The books of the Grimoires are full of tenebrous recipes which are obviously related to the eighteenth Arcanum, such as erotic magical ceremonies, rites in order to be loved, dangerous potions, etc... All of this is the eighteenth Arcanum. We must warn the Gnostic students that the most dangerous potion that the tenebrous ones use in order to take the student off of the path of the razor's edge is the intellect.
Bluntly we warn our disciples that out of the billions of people who live in the world, only a small handful of(which we could count on our fingers) will be worth the angelic state!
The rest, the great majority, is a lost harvest that will sink into the abyss forever. To become an Angel is very difficult, neither time nor the mechanical evolution of Nature can ever convert the present human being into an Angel, because this is a sexual subject-matter.
In order for theto be born within us, it is first necessary for the Buddha to be born in us. When a person has engendered all of his internal vehicles, he then incarnates his Buddha and becomes a Buddha. We warn our students that the is not .
Many Buddhas exist in Asia that still do not have theincarnated. Remember beloved disciples that the Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom is beyond any Buddha. The Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom is the Inner of every human being that comes into the world. When the Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom enters into the , then he is transformed into the and the is transformed into him. That which is called the Adam- , the Son of Man is the outcome of this Divine and Human mixture.
It is necessary for our Gnostic Disciples to comprehend that the Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom (the Inner) of every human being that comes into the world, has no individuality. The latter is the outcome of the “I,” and the is not any type of “I.” Thus, it is absurd to talk about the “I” , when indeed the Internal does not have any type of “I”.
The Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom transcends beyond any type of “I” and beyond any individuality. The adorable one is absolutely infinite and impersonal.
Indeed, present humans still do not possess their internal vehicles. Present astral, mental and causal vehicles that are used by humans are nothing more than mental formations that we need to disintegrate. Those mental formations constitute the human specter within which the “I” lives.
We need to engender the Solar Internal Vehicles in order to incarnate the Buddha and thereafter, the. This is an absolutely sexual subject-matter.
Living Buddhas are renowned incarnations. These are the unique cases in which the Universal Spirit of Life Incarnates and Reincarnates; within the rest of the ordinary people, only their values reincorporate, in other words, their “I”, their, Satan. Indeed, Satan (the ) only reincorporates in order to satisfy its desires, and that is all. The only Reincarnations worthy of admiration are the Living Reincarnations. The Ninth Sphere in its positive aspect brings Living Buddhas into the world; yet, in its negative aspect it only brings memories (egos), specters of personalities that were physically alive and died; this is the fatal wheel. Now, you will comprehend the whole drama of the Eighteenth Arcanum. Positive nine plus negative nine is equal to eighteen.
The embryo oflives within the specter and reincorporates together with the specter and with the “I”. It is necessary to comprehend that the “I” and the embryo of the exist within any specter.
We have spoken about this in former lectures, yet it seems that many students have not yet understood this. Thus we clarify that the Embryo of the, which every human has within, is not the , because the is not incarnated within present human beings yet. Only those who reach the Venustic incarnate the and no one can reach said without previously having incarnated his Buddha of Perfections.
Faith is not futile beliefs; faith is related to the Superlativeof !
Faith is the Light of the ו (spinal medulla) of the son of נ by means of י !placed within the
For therein is the righteousness (Tzalem, the Image) of God revealed from faith to faith (from Adam to Eve): as it is written, the righteous shall live by faith.
The righteous shall live by faith because the image (Tzalem) of the(the Righteous) is everlastingly in (sex - foundation of life - Chaiah).
The image of theor the image within the Ruach of the contains the absolute of the in potentiality.
Image is Tzalem צלם
The letter צ Tzaddi represents the basic elements of the image of the :
The letter ל represents the activity of fires of sex and heart in the brain by means of sexual transmutation. Ezekiel 1: 4, 5:
And I looked, and, behold, a whirlwind came out of the north (the brain), a great cloud, and a fire unfolding itself (in the pineal gland), and a brightness was about it, and out of the midst thereof as the color of amber (the three primary forces of the universe), out of the midst of the fire. Also out of the midst thereof came the likeness of four living creatures (Chaioth ah Kadosh). And this was their appearance; they had the likeness (image) of a man.
These amber colored fires are Chaioth ha Kadosh, the powers of the Holy Spirit in relation with the four elements of nature that grant the development of Faith or the activity of Shaddai El Chai in the pineal gland,in the astral body (our Inner Jesus , the Fire of the that rises from , Ieshua the son of ). This is Chaiah (the living ) that eventually creates the man (the Microcosmos, the Kosmos Human) into his own image. Through the pineal gland the Spirit of the Living Righteous leaves the physical body and enters into the Kingdom of Heaven and receives his/her own revelation. Revelation 1: 10: “I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day.” Chaiah, the living develops authentic faith, not futile beliefs! Authentic faith is developed by means of living experiences within the internal worlds, the kingdom of heaven, the Nine Sephiroth of the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim).
The letter ם Sophit represents Yechidah, the image of the , the Absolute, the absolute of the , the Paramarthasatyas floating in the unknowable waters of the abstract space.
As the whirlwind (the Ruach) ceases, so to do the wicked in ; but Is an everlasting foundation in the righteous. - Proverbs 10:25
The whirlwind, the whirling צדיק Tzaddik, the Righteous).(that carries the image, Tzalem, of the three primary forces of the ) is the everlasting companion of Tzaddi (the
John answered them, saying, I (by means of scientific) baptize with water (in -Sex): but there (in ) stands one (Fire, the Tzalem) among you, whom you know not (this is the image, the Ruach of the , that floating above the Schamayim of . He it is (Fire), who coming after me is preferred before me (the ). - John 1:26
Revelation is received in degrees; the highest levels of revelation are received through Chaiah and Yechidah. Faith develops gradually; it develops through different states of, which are developed through the of by means of . So, the very essence of the : Nephesh, Neshamah, Ruach, Chaiah and Yechidah are placed with the in (sex, the Tree of Good and Evil). Faith is the fruit of the tree of good and evil; it is or Living Knowledge, living experiences within all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life.
The word “tree” ( עץ Otz or Aitz) in Hebrew is written with two letters: עץ and Tzaddi Sophit. Both letters are a modification of the letter with a superposed “ ” (upon a or ). This implies that the word “tree” contains the very “Essence” of “ ” (which is the ) in activity thanks to the action of the superposed “ ” upon a “ ” or “ .” This is why the “Chaiah” (Living ) that contains the Tzalem (Image) of the is placed in all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim). The Ray of Creation descends from the throughout all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life and ends in the Ninth Sphere, of . So is the foundation of below and all the Sephiroth above. This is why only by returning the light of the from , can the practically KNOW about the Tree of Life.
So, the very essence of theis placed finally in ( ); thus, in -Sex is the Tree of Knowledge (Otz ). Only through (Knowledge - ) can we “know” the very essence of the (God). This is why the Ouroboros – – the Serpent said to Eve (Havah) in (Eden):
Fordo know that in the day you eat (absorbs the light) thereof, then your eyes ( ) shall be opened, and you shall be as , knowing good and evil (you shall absorb the Tzalem of Jah-Havah the righteous, and your judgments will be right!). - Genesis 3:5
Temptation is fire; the triumph over temptation is light. Nevertheless, because of their lack of knowledge, the Lemurian humanity (Adam and Eve) were defeated by temptation (of their own particular individualand the Lucifers of the “Black Magicians,” Demons of the ancient Earth-Moon). They could not avoid the Spasm, the abominable of the fornicators, and fell into animal generation.
But still, our Innercan say the following about the Tree of Knowledge: Genesis 1: 11-13:
Andsaid, Let the (inner circle of of the ninth circle of the) earth ( ) bring forth (in the astral body) grass (sprouts of light from ), the herb yielding seed (the solar force of ), and the fruit tree (Otz = the Tzalem or image of ) yielding fruit (spiritual senses) after his kind (sexual force), whose seed (hidden Tzalem or image) is in itself, upon the earth (astral body - ): and it was so.
And the earth (astral body) brought forth grass (sprouts of light of Glory), and herb yielding seed (solar light offrom ) after his kind (sexual force), and the tree (Otz = the Tzalem or solar image of ) yielding fruit (astral senses), whose seed ( , the fire of ) was in itself, after his kind (sexual ) : and saw that it (sexual transmutation) was good.
And the evening (the forces of the Moon – Havah - Eve) and the morning (the forces of the Sun –Jah - Adam) were the third day (the creation of the Astral Body).
The Divine Image of theis in (foundation - sex). is water within which is the son of , the image of God that is represented amongst the four holy creatures (Chaioth ha Kadosh) as (the Sixth Sephirah), a beautiful human being that through perfection becomes a Tzaddik (a righteous one) made in the Tzalem (image) of God (or the , the human being that is created in the sixth day).
The human being of the sixth day is a Garden of Eden in himself because (by means of the middle path, the eightfold path) he self-realized all the Sephiroth through- within his ( ). His faith is developed based on twelve senses (the seven churches of seven of his spinal medulla and the five fully developed physical senses). So, the Tree of Life, all of the Sephiroth and the twelve senses of the superlative of are integrated in , the , through the Tzalem of .
So, through עץ הדעת טוב ורע Otz (the Tree of Knowledge) the place their Tzalem (image) in -Sex and nourish all of the Sephiroth of the עץ החיים Tree of Life (Otz Chaim).
Inare Schamayim, the waters of within which swims, and within is the image or Tzalem, light-fire of the . If we lose the waters ( ) we lose the , and if we lose the (the sperm through the ) we lose the image or Tzalem, light-fire of the .
The living(Chaiah), the of the human being of the sixth day ( - willpower), absorbs, nourishes, eats up the light of the that expresses through all the Sephiroth or Otz Chaim (Tree of Life) through his 12 senses. These twelve senses are directly related to his cerebrum-spinal-nervous system, spinal medulla and are nourished by his that rises from . So, the image (Tzalem) of Chaiah (the living ) in (sex) that contains the light of the penetrates and co-penetrates the Tree of Life (Otz Chaim) through ; thus, this is how and are integrated in one sole Image of God.
Imagination is a faculty related to the letter Tzaddi. Imagination is the same as Superlative Intuition, a Divine perception, Faith, which is the way in which the light of all Sephiroth from the Seven Cosmoses are assimilated or interpenetrated and reflected within theof the . The human being of the sixth day breathes, assimilates or eats up the light, the life (Chaiah) of the (of each Sephirah) through his entire ( ). , the Father of all Lights, (Jah, the ) places through the entire Infinite, the World of (that reflects the light of the ) within (Havah); this is how the universe is reflected through the Tzalem (image) of the within the , the (Chaiah) in the spinal medulla (tree of life) of the . This is why it is written:
How fair and how pleasant are you (in), Oh love, for delights! This, your stature is like to a palm tree, and your breasts to clusters of grapes. I said, I will go up to the palm tree, I will take hold of the boughs thereof: now also your breasts shall be as clusters of the vine, and the smell of your nose like apples; and the roof of your mouth like the best wine for my beloved, that goes down sweetly, causing the lips of those that are asleep to speak. I am my beloved's, and his desire is toward me. - Song of Solomon 7:6-10
Havah, Aimain , is the first love of the , because by means of the milk and honey of the holy transmutation (holy ) the nourishes the . This is why it is also written:
And Jah-Havahtook the man (of the sixth day, the , the righteous one), and put him in the Garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And Jah-Havah commanded the man (of the sixth day, the , the righteous one), saying, of every tree of the garden (solar force of , Chaiah of any Sephirah) you may freely eat: But of (the Tzalem of the Chaiah of) the tree of the knowledge of good and evil (Sephirah ), you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof (sexual spasm or ) you shall surely die. - Genesis 2: 15-17
By consumption of the light of the, Chaiah the Divine , of the nourishes himself; this is how he knows, this is how his Divine perception, Chaiah (living ) develops more and more and finally enters into the as Yechidah.
John Chapter 15
I am (thewithin the in ) the true (Tzalem or Solar Spirit of the) vine (in ), and my Father (the , through ) is the husbandman. Every branch in me that bears not fruit (Solar Faith) he takes away: and every branch that bears fruit (of righteousness), he purges it, that it may bring forth more fruit (Divine Faith).
Now you are clean through the (incarnation of the) word which I have spoken unto you (because it is incarnated within me). Abide in me (), and I in you ( ). As the branch (the ) cannot bear fruit (Solar Faith) of itself, except it abide in (the Tzalem or the Solar Spirit of) the vine (in ); no more can you (as ), except you abide in me (the ).
I am (the Cosmic, the within the in ) the (Tzalem or Solar Spirit of the) vine (in ), you are the branches (the ): He that (transmutes the water into wine) abides in me, and I in him (because I am the light of the world, the Solar Light) the same brings forth much fruit (of knowledge, Solar Faith): for without me (the Tzalem of the in and ) you can do nothing.
If a man (fornicates, that is if he spills the, he) abides not in me, (by himself) he is cast forth as a branch ( ) and is withered; and (righteous) men gather them (those ), and cast them into the fire (of - Hell), and they are burned (with passion, until the second death).
If you (through scientific) abide in me (my Divine Essence, my Tzalem in the of ), and my word abide (incarnate) in you (in ), you shall ask what you will, and it shall be done unto you. Herein is my Father ( , ) glorified (in the ), that you bear much fruit (Solar Faith); so shall you be my disciples (in ).
As the Father (, ) has loved me (in ), so have I loved you (through in and through Nous in ): continue you in my (cognizant) love (White ) .
If you keep my (twenty two) commandments (letters of my word), you shall abide in my (Solar) love; even as I (the Tzalem in) have kept my Father's (the ) commandments (through the light of Nous), and abide in ( ) his love.
These things have I spoken unto you (with the Verb of Gold), that my joy (in the solar light of Nous) might remain in you, and that your joy (the light of Nous) might be full (in your hearts).
This is my commandment, that you (in through the light of Nous) love one another, as I have loved you (in ). Greater (than the Nous) love has no man than this that a man lay down his life (Chaiah- through his Nous in ) for his friends (Philosophers).
You are my friends (lovers of wisdom -), if you do whatsoever I (as Nous) command you.
Henceforth (if you awake Solar Faith) I call you not servants; for the servant knows not what his lord (the Solar Light) does: but I have called you friends (Philosophers); for all things that (through the light in) I have heard of my Father (the through ) I have made known unto you (as ).
You have not chosen me (thethrough futile beliefs), but (through Nous) I have chosen you, and ordained you (in your hearts), that you should go and bring forth fruit (Solar Faith), and that (through scientific ) your fruit should remain (in you): that whatsoever you shall ask of the Father (the of all the lights) in my name (in ), he may give it you (through in ).
These things I command you, that (through the light of Nous in your hearts) you love one another.
If the world (of fornicators) hates you (in the light of Nous), you know (through the mysteries of) that (through ) it hated me (the light of in ) before it hated you (in your hearts).
If you were of the world (of), the world would love his own: but because you are not of the world (of ), but I have chosen you (through the mysteries of ) out of the world, therefore the world (the fornicators) hates you.
Remember the word that I said unto you, the servant (the Christified) is not greater than his lord (the Solar Spirit, the Cosmic ). If they (your egos and the egos of fornicators) have persecuted me (within every ), they will also persecute you (on the path of ); if they have kept my saying (through any ), they will keep yours also.
But all these things will they (the occult enemies) do unto you (until their complete annihilation) for my name's sake, because they know not him (the) that sent me (the Light, Aur).
If I had not come (through my Bodhisattvas) and spoken unto them (about the light in, and ), they had not had sin: but now they have no cloke for their sin (of , hate and fallacy).
He that hates me (the, fornicates and by doing that) hates my Father (the above and below, the Father of all Fatherhood) also.
If I (through my sacrifice inand in as well as in ) had not done among them the works which none other (Solar) man did, they had not had sin: but now have they both seen (the mysteries of ) and hated both me (the light of ) and my Father (the above and below).
But this (cosmic drama) comes to pass, that the word might be fulfilled (through) that is written in their law, they (the fornicators) hated me (the Solar Light inand in as well as in ) without a cause.
But when (inthrough scientific ) the Comforter (the Holy Spirit) is come (awakes in you), whom I will send unto you from the Father (the in ), even the Spirit of truth (the ) , which proceeds from the Father (the in ), he shall testify of me (the ):
And you (Adam and Eve, Od and Ob, Pingala and Ida through scientific chastity) also shall bear witness, because you have been with me (the Ain Soph Aur) from the beginning (of Initiation in Yesod).
It came to pass then, when Jesus (the son of, the righteous one) had finished saying these words to his disciples, that he continued again in the discourse, and said unto them; “Lo, I have then put on my Vesture (Yechidah), and all authority hath been given me through the First Mystery ( ). Yet a little while and I will tell you the mystery of the universe and the fullness of the universe; and I will hide nothing from you from this hour on, but in fullness will I perfect you in all fullness and in all perfection and in all mysteries, which are the perfection of all perfections and the fullness of all fulnesses and the of all gnoses,--those which are in my Vesture (Yechidah). I will tell you all mysteries from the exteriors of the exteriors to the interiors of the interiors. But hearken that I may tell you all things which have befallen me. It came to pass then, when the sun (the ) had risen in the east (Nous), that a great light-power came down, in which was my Vesture, which I had left behind in the four-and-twentieth mystery (the in - ), as I have said unto you. And I found a mystery in My Vesture, written in five words of those from the height: ZAMA ZAMA OZZA RACHAMA OZAI,
Whose solution is this: “THE ROBE, THE GLORIOUS ROBE OF MY STRENGTH.”
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