And what about the three wise men, the three kings, or three magi? They are also symbolic, and are shepherds who are already dressed with vestures of the Lord, with the Light, with the Solar Bodies.
Wise comes from the word wisdom. Wisdom in Hebrew is Chokmah. Chokmah is the second Sephirah, which is attributed to the most beautiful atoms of that energy that we call Christ. Chokmah, Christ, wisdom, makes one wise. To be wise is to have Christ within. So, the three Wise Men are three steps or three categories, three degrees, in which we incarnate the Lord.
In other places they are represented with a crown. Crown in Hebrew is Kether, the Father. The Crown of Life is Christ. They are crowned already, meaning that they are kings, as David, as Solomon, because Christ is within. They are anointed by fire. That is what we call Messiah. Messiah is the same as Christ, or an Avatar, somebody that is a vehicle of the Solar Light. Christ expresses itself everywhere.
These three Wise Men are three levels in which Christ expresses itself within those who are already walking on the path:
a black wise man a white wise man a yellow wise man
These are the three colors of Alchemy. The first one is black because when you first receive the Lord, your matter is still black with ego and desire. The fire is still enclosed within different parts of your Being, within your Consciousness, within your body, and you need to liberate it like a charcoal needs to liberate the fire. When that fire is completely liberated and the blackness disappears, then the whiteness appears, which is the purity, the virginity of the fire within the matter.
To become a white wise man is not easy; it is the most difficult part. There are many initiates who enter into the first part of the work and become black wise men, or black kings. The word Malachim is Hebrew and means kings or queens, and refers to Tiphereth in the world of Yetzirah, the world of the Angels. At that level of initiation you receive the level of Malachim, or king. Only in that level you can become a wise man, the incarnation of Chokmah, wisdom. But in the beginning, as the Master Samael explains in his books, you don’t notice the fire within the black, because that black has to annihilate all that blackness within, which is lust, ego, all of that negativity, animal desire that we have within. By annihilating it, the Consciousness—which is fire, Christ—is liberated. Then the initiate begins to shine more, little by little, and seeing more light until become white.
The white king or magi appears after defeating Lucifer at one particular stage. This is what happened with Jesus: he appears before the multitudes after defeating Lucifer, within, as a white magician.
The path has to be walked in a higher level in order to become the yellow wise man. The yellow wise man is above the white. Yellow is the color of gold. That gold has to appear in the initiate. Before the gold can appear, he has to purify himself very much. That gold appears when the individual is resurrected.
The metal gold is the symbol of the sun. Silver is the symbol for the moon, and the gold for the sun. If you are becoming a yellow wise man, it is because you are already a Solar Man. You are completely purified, you are a vehicle. As the metal gold is a vehicle of the Solar Light, you are also a vehicle of the Solar Light, you are a gold man, a Solar Man. This is because you built a diamond soul.
A diamond stone is also related to the Sun. To have a diamond in your finger or in your necklace is easy, but to make your soul a diamond, that is very difficult. To make your soul a diamond soul is to possess the Philosophical Stone, to be a resurrected Master with dominion over the four elements, because you are in the very center of the cross, of the X, and from the very center you command the water, the air, the fire and the earth, because you are the vehicle of that light, which is in the center of the sun, in the center of the earth, in the center of the Pleiades, in the center of the galaxy, in the center of the universe. That light transforms you in different levels as well.
There are many resurrected Masters who have dominion only in this solar system, others who have dominion over the galaxy, others who have dominion in the Infinite, because that light transforms the initiate in different steps. Among the resurrected Masters, not all of them have that expansion, only those who have the wisdom of many infinites can enter into the Absolute (with the level of Anklad) and become Paramarthasatyas. That is why when we refer to the Master Jesus of Nazareth, the Master Aberamentho, we always bow before him, because he is a Paramarthasatya. He has the wisdom of many infinites within himself. He came to this planet Earth in order to help. There are other resurrected Masters who have the wisdom of galaxies. This is how the Solar Light expands, and it depends on your work, it depends on your Consciousness. You see, there are always different Hierarchies, even among the Resurrected, among the yellow magicians.
So, this is the Nativity of Christ. It is a graduation, a system of awakening the Solar Powers that are latent within each one of us.
Now hopefully these were at least royal court magi, because your run-of-the-mill magi were a pretty sketchy bunch – they’re described throughout the Bible as frauds, snake oil salesmen, and swindlers. It’s assumed that these weren’t lowly street magi based on the luxury gifts they came packing, though one Old Testament verse suggests that they were just as likely to be traveling salesmen as they were wandering nobility – an interpretation shunned by church authorities, but that was understandably popular with Renaissance businessmen. Yeah, we know “and then a bunch of knife-salesmen showed up” doesn’t exactly set a holy scene. It gets worse: The magi’s choice of gifts would have raised some eyebrows, too, given how frequently the Bible mentions both frankincense and myrrh as aphrodisiacs. … It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that the magi began to be described as kings, largely to make the New Testament story better match the Old Testament messiah prophecies, and probably because “kings” sounded better than “magical spice perverts.”
Today is the Feast day of the Epiphany. In the Western church January 6 celebrates the day that “wise men from the East” met and adored the newborn Jesus (Mt. 2: 1-12). The first non-Jews (Gentiles) to see Christ, they are celebrated separately from the feast of the Nativity on December 25, commemorating the adoration of the child by the Holy Family and shepherds. Though the Bible does not specify the number, tradition holds that there were three men who visited the baby based on the offerings of gold, frankincense, and myrrh as gifts. The subject has been depicted by numerous Italian artists, including Benozzo Gozzoli, who decorated the private palace chapel of Cosimo and Piero de’Medici with frescoes showing the procession of the magi making its way to an image of the Adoration by Fra Filippo Lippi. In 1475, Sandro Botticelli depicted the scene with the roles of the Magi “played” by Cosimo (d. 1464), Piero (d. 1469), and Lorenzo de’Medici (d. 1492) and included a self-portrait at the far right of the kings’ entourage. This honoring of the Medici reflects the annual Florentine practice of reenacting the Magi’s procession in which the roles of the kings went to high-ranking citizens. Only Lorenzo, however, was still alive at the time of Botticelli’s painting.
Benozzo Gozzoli, Procession of the Youngest King (east wall), 1459-60, fresco, Chapel, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence
Fra Filippo Lippi, Madonna in the Forest, c. 1460, oil on panel, Staatliche Museen, Berlin (originally chapel, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Florence)
Fra Angelico, Adoration of the Magi, 1423-24, tempera and gold on panel, Abegg-Stiftung, Bern
Sandro Botticelli, Adoration of the Magi, c. 1475, tempera on panel, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (formerly Santa Maria Novella)
Gentile da Fabriano, Strozzi Altarpiece, 1423, tempera on panel, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence (formerly Santa Trinita)
Giovanni Pisano, Adoration of the Magi, 1301, marble, Sant’Andrea, Pistoia
Lorenzo Ghiberti, Adoration of the Magi, 1403-24, gilded bronze, Museo dell’Opera del Duomo, Florence (formerly Baptistry, Florence)
Domenico Ghirlandaio, Adoration of the Magi, 1487, tempera on wood, Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence
Jacopo Bassano, Adoration of the Kings, 1542, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh
Tintoretto, The Adoration of the Magi, 1582, oil on canvas, Scuola Grande di San Rocco, Venice