A Hermetic Temple: an integration of the Seventh Book of Hermes Trismegistos (12 Penalties, 10 Potencies and the Secret Song of Regeneration) with the Tree of Life, pillars of Solomon and Zodiac signs with their Elements
“The human organism is a Living Zodiac and in each of its twelve constellations, the consciousness sleeps profoundly. It is urgent to awaken consciousness in each of the twelve parts of the human organism… It is really lamentable that this living zodiac of man the microcosm, sleeps so profoundly. On the basis of tremendous super efforts, it becomes indispensable to achieve the awakening of Consciousness in each of our twelve zodiacal signs. We need to awaken Consciousness in order to cause each of the twelve parts of our own microcosmic zodiac to shine and sparkle. Our entire zodiac should become light and splendor.”
~ Samael Aun Weor; Esoteric Treatise of Hermetic Astrology
Inspiration for this work stems from interest in astrology and hermetic doctrines of the winter solstice as well as traditional witchcraft and the lore and frenzy it created in early American colonialism.
In alchemical and hermetic traditions, Suns are employed to symbolize a variety of concepts, much like the Sun in astrology. Suns can correspond to gold, citrinitas, generative masculine principles, imagery of ‘the king’ or Apollo, the fiery spirit or sulfur, the divine spark in man, nobility, or incorruptibility.
There is a persistent belief in alchemical and hermetic tradition in the existence of two Suns: a hidden one of pure “Philosophical Gold,” consisting of the essential Fire conjoined with Aether, and the apparent one of profane “Material Gold.” The “dark, consuming fire” of the material Sun leads to its being called the “Dark” or “Black Sun.”
Sol Niger (Black Sun) can also refer to the result of the first stage of the Magnum Opus in alchemy, the Nigredo (blackening). The complete Magnum Opus (Great Work) ends with the production of Gold.