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While the greatest, minds of the Jewish and Christian worlds have realized that the Bible is a book of allegories, few seem to have taken the trouble to investigate its symbols and parables. When Moses instituted his Mysteries, he is said to have given to a chosen few initiates certain oral teachings which could never be written but were to be preserved from one generation to the next by word-of-mouth transmission. Those instructions were in the form of philosophical keys, by means of which the allegories were made to reveal their hidden significance. These mystic keys to their sacred writings were called by the Jews the Qabbalah (Cabala, Kaballah).

-Manly P. Hall - The Secret Teachings of all Ages

Image:  Tree of Life from Syriac New Testament, Vienna 1555

The Thelemic Creed in the Gnostic Mass:

I believe in one secret and ineffable LORD; and in one Star in the company of Stars of whose fire we are created, and to which we shall return; and in one Father of Life, Mystery of Mystery, in His name AIWASS, the sole viceregent of the Sun upon Earth; and in one Air the nourisher of all that breaths.

And I believe in one Earth, the Mother of us all, and in one Womb wherein all men are begotten, and wherein they shall rest, Mystery of Mystery, in Her name BABALON.

And I believe in the Serpent and the Lion, Mystery of Mystery, in His name BAPHOMET.

And I believe in one Gnostic and Catholic Church of Light, Life, Love and Liberty, the Word of whose Law is ΘΕΛΗΜΑ.

And I believe in the communion of Saints.

And, forasmuch as meat and drink are transmuted in us daily into spiritual substance, I believe in the Miracle of the Mass.

And I confess one Baptism of Wisdom whereby we accomplish the Miracle of Incarnation.

And I confess my life one, individual, and eternal that was, and is, and is to come.

ΑΥΜΓΝ, ΑΥΜΓΝ, ΑΥΜΓΝ.

painting by:   WILLIAM BLAKE

Digital Art: Θhpion Esoteric Tattoo

“Both Herodotus and Pliny noted the general resemblance in shape between the phœnix and the eagle, a point which the reader should carefully consider, for it is reasonably certain that the modern Masonic eagle was originally a phœnix.”

- Manly P. Hall: The Lost Keys of Freemasonry

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Stephan Michelspacher - Agla Monographs, “Cabala: Spiegel der Kunst und Natur” (The Mirror of Art and Nature), 1615.

AGLA (אגלא) is a notariqon for Atah Gibor Le-olam Adonai,“You, O Lord, are Mighty Forever.” Arbitrary interpretation of AGLA is: “A the one first, A the one last, G, the trinity in unity, L, the completion of the Great Work.” According to “The Triangular Book of the Count of St Germain”, God by the name of AGLA was responsible for the preservation of Lot and his family from the fire of Sodom and Gomorrah.

Adam McLean describes these illustrations as “two circular diagrams with the German GOTT (the name of God) around the outside, and also the Alpha and Omega and the monograph which may be the name of God, Agla. This represents the Beginning - Alpha - within the End - Omega, the first and last letters of the Greek Alphabet”.

Mi mente y mi corazón también necesitan "un día de limpieza y orden”.

En estos días cercanos al fin de año, me detuve, cerré los ojos y vi que estaba con demasiadas cosas desordenadas y sobrantes en mi corazón. Decidí que para esta fecha tengo un plan que consiste en ordenar mi entorno privado, cerrar ciclos, como aquellas historias que están demás u olvidar rencores que no me dejan avanzar. Intentaré cosas nuevas. Reforzaré ideales y también desecharé o modificaré aquellos que son demasiado rígidos, que no tienen mucha razón de ser; sin embargo, ahí están. Miraré mis aparatos tecnológicos y con alivio aceptaré de que están ahí para facilitarme la vida, pero no para hacerla. No por ellas perderé momentos especiales e inolvidables. Seré sincera, antes de con el resto, conmigo misma. Me amaré aún más, tanto a mis talentos y bondades como a mis defectos y equivocaciones. Agradeceré porque si la vida no fuese como lo es, no estaría en donde estoy ni sería quien soy.


Por último, feliz con esto, voy a seguir mirando al mundo con orgullo porque sé que así como soy: soy especial y única y que el nuevo año me espera con los brazos abiertos y muchas oportunidades.


DDC

The World LAShTAL includes:
LA—Naught.
AL—Two.
L is “Justice,” the Kteis fulfilled by the Phallus, “Naught and Two” because the plus and the minus have united in “love under will.”
A is “The Fool,” Naught in Thought (Parzival), Word (Harpocrates), and Action (Bacchus). He is the boundless air, and the wandering Ghost, but with “possibilities.” He is the Naught that the Two have made by “love under will.”
LA thus represents the Ecstasy of Nuit and Hadit conjoined, lost in love, and making themselves Naught thereby. Their child is begotten and conceived, but is in the phase of Naught also, as yet. LA is thus the Universe in that phase, with its potentialities of manifestation.
AL, on the contrary, though it is essentially identical with LA, shows “The Fool” manifested through the Equilibrium of Contraries. The wieght is still nothing, but it is expressed as it were two equal weights in opposite scales. The indicator still points to zero.
ShT is equally 31 with LA and AL, but it expresses the secret nature which operates the Magick or the transmutations.
ShT is the formula of this particular Æon; another æon might have another way of saying 31.
Sh is Fire as T is Force; conjoined they express Ra-Hoor-Khuit.
“The Angel"3 represents the Stèle 666, showing the Gods of the Æon, while "Strength” is a picture of Babalon and the Beast, the earthly emissaries of those Gods.
ShT is the dynamic equivalent of LA and AL. Sh shows the Word of the Law, being triple, as 93 is thrice 31. T shows the formula of Magic declared in that Word; the Lion, the Serpent, the Sun, Courage and Sexual Love are all indicated by the card.
In LA note that Saturn or Satan is exalted in the House of Venus or Astarté and it is an airy sign. Thus L is Father-Mother, Two and Naught, and the Spirit (Holy Ghost) of their Love is also Naught. Love is AHBH, 13, which is AChD. Unity, 1, aleph. who is “The Fool” who is Naught, but none the less an individual One, who (as such) is not another, yet unconscious of himself until his Oneness expresses itself as a duality.
Any impression or idea is unknowable in itself. It can mean nothing until brought into relation with other things. The first step is to distinguish one thought from another; this is the condition of recognizing it. To define it, we must perceive its orientation to all our other ideas. The extent of our knowledge of any one thing varies therefore with the number of ideas with which we can compare it. Every new fact not only adds itself to our universe, but increases the value of what we already possess.
In AL this “The” or “God” arranges for “Countenance to behold countenance,"4 by establishing itself as an equilibrium, A the One-Naught conceived as L the Two-Naught. This L is the Son-Daughter Horus-Harpocrates just as the other L was the Father-Mother Set-Isis. Here then is Tetragrammaton once more, but expressed in identical equations in which every term is perfect in itself as a mode of Naught.
ShT supplies the last element; making the Word of either five or six letters, according as we regard ShT as one letter or two. Thus the Word affirms the Great Work accomplished: 5○=6□.
ShT is moreover a necessary resolution of the apparent opposition of LA and AL; for one could hardly pass to the other without the catalytic action of a third identical expression whose function should be to transmute them. Such a term must be in itself a mode of Naught, and its nature cannot encroach on the perfections of Not-Being, LA, or of Being, AL. It must be purely Nothing-Motion as they are purely Nothing-Matter, so as to create a Matter-in-Motion which is a function of "Something.”
Thus ShT is Motion in its double phase, an inertia compose of two opposite current, and each current is also thus polarized. Sh is Heaven and Earth, T Male and Female; ShT is Spirit and Matter; one is the word of Liberty and Love flashing its Light to restore Life to Earth, the other is the act by which Life claims that Love is Light and Liberty. And these are Two-in-One, the divine letter of Silence-in-Speech whose symbol is the Sun in the Arms of the Moon.5
But Sh and T are alike formulæ of force in action as opposed to entities; they are not states of existence, but modes of motion. They are verbs, not nouns.
Sh is the Holy Spirit as a “tongue of fire” manifest in triplicity, and is the child of Set-Isis as theirlogos or Word uttered by their “Angel.” The card is XX, and 20 is the value of yod (the secret seed of all things, the Virgin, “The Hermit,” Mercury, the Angel or Herald) expressed in full as IVD. Sh is the spiritual congress of Heaven and Earth.
But T is the Holy Spirit in action as a “roaring Lion” or as “the old Serpent” instead of an “Angel of Light.” The twins of Set-Isis, harlot and beast, are busy with that sodomitic and incestuous lust which is the traditional formula for producing demi-gods, as in the cases of Mary and the Dove, Leda and the Swan, etc. The card is XI, the number of Magick AVD: aleph “The Fool” impregnating the woman according to the Word of yod, the Angel of the Lord! His sister has seduced her brother Beast, shaming the Sun with her sin; she has mastered the Lion, and enchanted the Serpent.

Liber Reguli

Stephan Michelspacher - Anfang Exaltation (Antique Alchemical Illustration showing Signs of the Zodiac, Letters of the Alphabet and a Classification of the States of Matter arranged around a depiction of the Beast of Babylon), “Cabala,Spiegel der Kunst und Natur, in Alchymia”, 1616.

Frontispiece of Athanasius Kircher’s Arithmologia sive De abditis numerorum mysterijs, 1665, featuring an eye in the triangle inside a cabalistic sun - as God - as the source of knowledge surrounded by nine angels. A cosmological sphere sits below it representing the heavens while two Persian Magi stare in awe. The magi on the right contemplates the 47th Proposition of Euclid - the future emblem of a Masonic Worshipful Master.

Robert Sullivan- The Royal Arch of Enoch

A Lesson From Binah בִּינָה

 Emotions are a difficult thing to understand if you do not know what they are to begin with. We are taught from a young age at what they are, but it is up to us to decipher what they are when we do feel them. What is one for one is never the same for another. Remorse for one might be weakness for another, what might be uplifting to one might be repulsive to anothers feelings. What if you do not know how to feel? What if you have suppressed them so deeply that to even remotely feel them means a shuddering of sudden unbearable pain or the loss of all control of what your mind is doing. What if to feel means that your whole being shuts down to the point of implosion upon itself? Is this wrong? Is this normal or is this something that should be chain and locked away out of fear and misunderstanding?

 I this day and age we see the mindless automatons of society fill the voids of space as we go about our days. Some oblivious to the world around them, void of all emotions, thoughts and recognition of ones self. Desensitized to all that is around and the shell they call a body reflects this image grossly. Chasms can be see within their eyes, and worlds empty of all life breed in their minds. Is this a fault of their own making? No, society has breed them to become this and they walk the path they are shown, not the one they are destined to. As emotions turn, twist and entwine we become a mess in the spiral of them and sometimes we are exactly like them when we become so numb to the world around us that we are as void of meaning as a pebble within the limitless reaches of the ocean.

 How can one understand what they do not know? How do you learn what you have very little of to work with, and what you do work with pains you to touch. To touch a emotion within is the testing of the wires within you. Do you play Russian roulette with a raw emotional nerve or do you simply observe at the time of feeling? Can you withstand the pain of feeling long enough to observe or do you simply let it go and follow the flow of this now free running power? To test is to learn, to learn is to gleam the knowledge and understanding from what once was occult within your own sacred temple. No longer profane, it is now a part of you so deeply you seek it out to taste it’s wisdom and grow. But as with each new emotion, each new touch, taste and lesson the new lessons of keeping them separate and individualistic soon beckons you and now you must begin again. The spiral of emotions turns yet again upon you and within you.

Knorr von Rosenroth  - Tikunai Dikna from “Cabala Denudata” (The Partzufim, 3 Reishin and 13 attributes), 1684.

ALesson In Tiferet תִּפְאֶרֶת

(Learning To Unclench Your Light Through Balance

And Seeing Which Is Ego And Which Is Emotion In Your Responsibilities)

How often are we told to see the light within? How often are we told to let our light shine through in all we do? How often do we hold back our own light and let others shine before us? How many times have you had to hide your own light to feel or be safe within the moments in your life? How many times have you wondered why? Why do I have this light if all I can do is hide it out of fear? What is the sense of having something so powerful yet so condemned and damned that to speak of it could cost me everything within my life including it? When have you stopped to think and understand that this is not anything you have done but others have done unto you? How many times have to seen that, this is  the product of fear from others, not myself but you wear the chains that others have placed upon you without even knowing it? If you have you have learned that it is in fact others Fears and Egos that hold you down, not yourself.

What is this inner light? Why do we have this & why is it so condemning to others eyes and beliefs? More questionable thoughts then answerable ones arise as we look deeper into the mystery of ourselves. We seek to understand but lack the knowledge to comprehend. For without knowledge one can not begin the process of understanding and will never gain wisdom from their lessons if they do  not first gain the knowledge needed from them first. The light? Our true selves in energy. It is what we truly are and our gifts are mere inklings of the true unharnessed power we hold upon the spiritual plane. It is not what we can imagine that we can do, it is what we deem unfathomable that is just the beginning of what we can. Take that first step and now see why the light within each is feared by the ignorance of the world. It is now what we can do that others fear, it is the potential and unknown that we could do that they tremble over.

But what if what we already do is far beyond what most consider beyond the fathoms of understanding? What if we are beyond what they fear and do not comprehend? What if we are so bright within our light that they can not control us with their chains but only with words to demoralize us? If even in this, do we have the power or do we outshine the mud and soil cast upon us? Can we survive under the weight of the stones built upon us? With our Faith within us and our light held firm, none shall cast dirt upon you and no weight will seem heavier then a shirt of silk upon your back. For within us shine a power to move more then mountains , we can change worlds within a blink and shatter worlds within a breath. This is why we are feared.

With the axiom “With great power comes great responsibility” ― Voltaire we all stand accountable for everything we do. If we can move mountain with a thought and destroy worlds in a breath what control do we have over ourselves in a fit of rage? Of jealousy or Lust? How do we hold ourselves accountable in these moments of lapse and pause? How we we discern which from and discriminate the balance of each when we ourselves are as unbalanced as a top that is slowing from it’s spinning? How can we step back from our own flames and see tat we have set ourselves alight in the wanting of warmth and comfort? Through our responsibilities we gain the sight to overcome the blinding that we do to ourselves and what others have done to ourselves. We no longer need their yolk but only the guidance from a higher power to lead us through this time of awakening and opening of ourselves to responsibleness and understanding. At this point, man no longer can lead man. Spirit is the only power that will be able to guide man past the lessons that he/she/they will face from now on. Responsibility is no longer of self-mastery but of the world around you. You now have the world as your responsibility not just yourself. You are no longer a man of I, but one of All. You no longer walk in Ego but walk with All. And with All you will see that all before you has been a world unseen by the ones who yolked you, now the only thing that guides you is Spirit and there is never boundaries when all before you is freedom within and freedom without.

I. THE PRINCIPLE OF MENTALISM.

THE ALL is MIND; The Universe is Mental.” — The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that “All is Mind.” It explains that THE ALL (which is the Substantial Reality underlying all the outward manifestations and appearances which we know under the terms of “The Material Universe”; the “Phenomena of Life”; “Matter”; “Energy”; and, in short, all that is apparent to our material senses) is SPIRIT, which in itself is UNKNOWABLE and UNDEFINABLE, but which may be considered and thought of as AN UNIVERSAL, INFINITE, LIVING MIND. It also explains that all the phenomenal world or universe is simply a Mental Creation of THE ALL, subject to the Laws of Created Things, and that the universe, as a whole, and in its parts or units, has its existence in the Mind of THE ALL, in which Mind we “live and move and have our being.” This Principle, by establishing the Mental Nature of the Universe, easily explains all of the varied mental and psychic phenomena that occupy such a large portion of the public attention, and which, without such explanation, are non-understandable and defy scientific treatment. An understanding of this great hermetic Principle of Mentalism enables the individual to readily grasp the laws of the Mental Universe, and to apply the same to his well-being and advancement. The Hermetic Student is enabled to apply intelligently the great Mental Laws, instead of using them in a haphazard manner. With tire Master-Key in his possession, the student may unlock the many doors of the mental and psychic temple of knowledge, and enter the same freely and intelligently. This Principle explains the true nature of “Energy,” “Power,” and “Matter,” and why and how all these are subordinate to the Mastery of Mind. One of the old Hermetic Masters wrote, long ages ago: “He who grasps the truth of the Mental Nature of the Universe is well advanced on The Path to Mastery.” And these words are as true to-day as at the time they were first written. Without this Master-Key, Mastery is impossible, and the student knocks in vain at the many doors of The Temple.

V. THE PRINCIPLE OF RHYTHM.

Everything flows, out and in; everything has its tides; all things rise and fall; the pendulum-swing manifests in everything; the measure of the swing to the right is the measure of the swing to the left; rhythm compensates.” — The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the truth that in everything there is manifested a measured motion, to and fro; a flow and inflow; a swing backward and forward; a pendulum-like movement; a tide-like ebb and flow; a high-tide and low-tide; between the two poles which exist in accordance with the Principle of Polarity described a moment ago. There is always an action and a reaction; an advance and a retreat a rising and a sinking. This is in the affairs of the Universe, suns, worlds, men, animals, mind, energy, and matter. This law is manifest in the creation and destruction of worlds; in the rise and fall of nations; in the life of all things; and finally in the mental states of Man (and it is with this latter that the Hermetists find the understanding of the Principle most important). The Hermetists have grasped this Principle, finding its universal application, and have also discovered certain means to overcome its effects in themselves by the use of the appropriate formulas and methods. They apply the Mental Law of Neutralization. They cannot annul the Principle, or Cause it to cease its operation, but they have learned how to escape its effects upon themselves to a certain degree depending upon the Mastery of the Principle. They have learned how to USE it, instead of being USED BY it. In this and similar methods, consist the Art of the Hermetists. The Master of Hermetics polarizes himself at the point at which he desires to rest, and then neutralizes the Rhythmic swing of the pendulum which would tend to carry him to the other pole. All individuals who have attained any degree of Self-Mastery do this to a certain degree, more or less unconsciously, but the Master does this consciously, and by the use of his Will and attains a degree of Poise and Mental Firmness almost impossible of belief on the part of the masses who are swung backward and forward like a pendulum. This Principle and that of Polarity have been closely studied by the Hermetists, and the methods of counteracting, neutralizing and USING them form an important part of the Hermetic Mental Alchemy.

VI. THE PRINCIPLE OF CAUSE AND EFFECT.

Every Cause has its Effect; every Effect has its Cause; everything happens according to Law; Chance is but a name for Law not recognized; there are many planes of causation, but nothing escapes the Law.” —The Kybalion.

This Principle embodies the fact that there is a Cause for every Effect; an Effect from every Cause. It explains that: “Everything Happens according to Law”; that nothing ever “merely happens”; that there is no such thing as Chance; that while there are various planes of Cause and Effect, the higher dominating the lower planes, still nothing ever entirely escapes the Law. The Hermetists understand the art and methods of rising above the ordinary plane of Cause and Effect, to a certain degree, and by mentally rising to a higher plane they become Causers instead of Effects. The masses of people are carried along, obedient to environment; the wills and desires of others stronger than themselves; heredity; suggestion; and other outward causes moving them about like pawns on the Chessboard of Life. But the Masters, rising to the plane above, dominate their moods, characters, qualities, and powers, as well as the environment surrounding them, and become Movers instead of pawns. They help to PLAY THE GAME OF LIFE, instead of being played and moved about by other wills and environment. They USE the Principle instead of being its tools. The Masters obey the Causation of the higher planes, but they help to RULE on their own plane. In this statement there is condensed a wealth of Hermetic knowledge — let him read who can.