Arcanum 11 – Kaph כ

The eleventh letter of the Hebrew alphabet is כ (Kaph or Kaf) who’s numeric significance is 20 and its kabalistic significance is 11. There are many ways of representing this letter/sign, some of which were used in the ancient world, here are some examples:

The following information is from 3 books: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah, Esoteric Course of Kabalah, and Manual of Practical Magic, all by Samael Aun Weor. Some of the information is repeated, but is presented here so that there is a single place to find all relevant material.

ARCANUM № 11

Arcanum № 11: Is the work with the Fire, with the Force Of Love. Persuasion in itself is a force of a Subtle Spiritual order. Occult Wisdom says: “Arouse the Flame of the Spirit with the Force of Love.” Persuasion has more power than Violence.

HEBRAIC LETTER: “KAPH.”

HOUR: “THE 2nd HOUR OF APOLLONIUS”

TRANSCENDENTAL AXIOM: “JOYOUS IN HOPE, SUFFERING IN TRIBULATION, BE CONSTANT IN PRAYER.”

-From Ch.97 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

Description of the Card of the 11th Arcanum: “PERSUASION”

In the Waters of Life, the CUBIC STONE; within the stone is the wading bird, [and] upon it the dove of the Holy Spirit.

In the middle section a woman closes the jaws of a furious Lion, indicating that she is superior to violence.

On her head is the crown, and from her forehead rises the Serpent, indicating Mastery.

THE LION is the Fire Element; it also represents Gold, in ancient times the chariots of the kings were drawn by lions, and in esoteric symbolism the chariot of war drawn by lions symbolizes the SOLAR BODIES.

-From Ch.11 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

ESOTERIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 11

In the KABALAH, this Arcanum 11 is known as Persuasion. The hieroglyph of this Arcanum is a beautiful woman who tranquilly, and with olympian serenity, closes the jaws of a furious Lion with her very own hands.

The thrones of the Divine Kings were adorned with lions of SOLID GOLD. Gold signifies the Sacred Fire of Kundalini. This reminds us that HORUS = GOLD [Spanish ORO]. We need to transmute the LEAD OF THE PERSONALITY INTO THE GOLD OF THE SPIRIT, this work is only possible in the Laboratory of the Alchemist.

When the fledgling Alchemist is crowned, he is transformed into a God of Fire, then he opens the terrible jaws of the furious Lion with his own hands. The Potable Gold of Alchemy is the SACRED FIRE OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. The Linking of the Cross-Man in the Spirit-Triangle (Arcanum № 12) would be impossible without Potable Gold.

The number ELEVEN breaks down KABALISTIACALLY as follows: 1 + 1 = 2

1 = MASCULINE; 2 = FEMININE.

1 MAN + 1 WOMAN = 2 MAN-WOMAN, THE “FIRE”.

The number 11 consists of two units which Henry Khunrath translates in these two words: COAGULA SOLVE. We need to accumulate Sacred Fire, and then learn to project it. The key is in the connection of the Membrum virile with the Genitalia Murielis, the quietude of the Membrum Virile and the Genitalia Murielis, with an occasional gentle movement. To transmute the animal instincts into Willpower. To transmute sexual passion into Love. To transmute lustful thoughts into Comprehension; and thus to vocalize the secret mantrams.

Man is a unit, Woman is another; this is the number 11 of the Tarot. Only with woman, working in the Great Work, can we incarnate the Child of Gold, Horus, the Verb, the Great Word. In this manner then, the number 11 is the most multipliable number.

-From Ch.11 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

INITIATIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 11

In the Kabalah this Arcanum is known as the Arcanum of PERSUASION. Persuasion, in itself, is a force of subtle Spiritual order; Occult Wisdom says: “INTENSIFY THE FLAME OF THE SPIRIT WITH THE FORCE OF LOVE.” Love, in itself, is a powerful, omnipotent force, the force of Love maintains the worlds about their centers of cosmic gravity.

These centers of cosmic gravity are the “Suns”. It is due to this that Hermes Trismegistus says: “I GIVE YOU LOVE IN WHICH IS CONTAINED THE WHOLE SUMMUM OF WISDOM”.

A soft word pacifies Anger. Persuasion has more power than violence. If a violent person wishes to attack, one directs a friendly word to him and this soothes his violence. It is for this reason that in Arcanum 11 there is a woman opening the jaws of a Lion; THAT IS THE LIVING FORCE OF PERSUASION.

Considering this more deeply, we find the double-headed Lion which represents the Two Earths, the Visible, and the Invisible. The Lion itself is a very important, very interesting animal; in Atlantis they served as draught animals, they pulled carriages, they were tame, but after the submersion of Atlantis they became savage. The Lion is a living symbol of “Fire”.

Observe the Sphinx which has the CLAWS OF THE LION, representing the Fire. In the Aztec Calendar or Sun Stone there are Lions’ claws. These claws have a very grandiose meaning.

If we add № 11 Kabalistically: 1 + 1 = 2; we get Arcanum № 2 which is the Priestess, Occult Science, the Divine Mother, in herself she is “Living Fire”, and for this reason, in the Orient she is called Devi Kundalini in the individual, and Maha Kundalini in the Macrocosmic. It is vital to learn to work with the Fire and for this reason the “Two” breaks down kabalistically into 1 Man + 1 Woman who must work with the Fire, in the Magisterium of Fire.

The chariot pulled by lions is a very esoteric allegory and comes from very ancient times. The Chariot represents the Human Being, the Lion, the Fire, it is none other than a living symbol of the Solar Man, the Sun-Man. When the Chariot is spoken of, it is an allusion to the internal bodies of man; the Vital, Astral, Mental; the Real Being must Mount that Chariot, The Zohar depicts the “ANCIENT OF DAYS” traveling across the infinite in his chariot. Without doubt, the Real Being must always travel in his chariot in order to work in the worlds.

The Lions of Fire are the synthesis of this kabalistic number because 11 breaks down into 1 + 1 = 2; and the 2 into two unities; Man-Woman; the two columns of the Temple: Jakin and Boaz; between those two columns is the Arcanum; analyzing this Arcanum we come in the end to the MAGISTERIUM OF FIRE. The Sacred Fire cannot be awakened with Pranayama nor with respiratory exercises combined with Meditation, all these achieve is that tiny fractions or sparks stimulate the awakening of the Chakras, such sparks ascend to one or another of the centers, but this does not mean that the Serpent has been raised. AGNI, the God of Fire assists the Fire to awaken, but this implies working in the Ninth Sphere. Single persons can help themselves with the practices of Pranayama in order to raise sparks, but that does not mean that they will raise the Serpent.

We have a “FURNACE” which is the “Coccyx” or MULHADARA CHAKRA, there, according to the indications of the Alchemists, the “Recipient” must be placed; within this Recipient is the MERCURY OF SECRET PHILOSOPHY or “Ens Seminis”, within which is found the “Ens Virtutis” and the Recipient must be closed in order to impede the Materia Prima (the Semen) from being completely lost. The Laboratory has a “Chimney” through which the Vapors must ascend, this is the SPINAL COLUMN; and a “Distillery” which is in the BRAIN, for distilling the Pure Gold. This is the laboratory of the Medieval Alchemists, who transformed Lead into Gold.

Many persons scorn the Elementals, and this we must not do. The SALAMANDERS tend the FIRE, the ONDINES are in the MATERIA PRIMA enclosed within its recipient; the Ondines assist us if we dominate them, if not, they do as they wish because they are very capricious. The SYLPHS make the VAPORS rise which are given off from the Materia Prima. The GNOMES take charge of the MATERIA PRIMA in the Brain to distill it so that it can be CONVERTED INTO GOLD.

I have known true DEVAS OF FIRE, I have been in contact with them, they live in the Causal World or world of Conscious Willpower; they told me that: “beyond clairvoyance is intuition which is superior because it pertains to Pure Spirit”. With Clairvoyance, one can investigate the superior or inferior regions of the Molecular World; on the other hand, Intuition functions DIRECTLY IN THE WORLD OF PURE SPIRIT, Because of this, Intuition is superior. Intuition has its root in the pineal gland, the Sahasrara Chakra or Thousand-Petalled Lotus. That faculty is related with Shiva, or the Blazing Fire, and for that reason gives us access to the World of Pure Spirit.

In the Human Being 49 Fires can exist; the 7 Chakras or Churches on 7 levels gives as a result, 49 Fires. 7 x 7 = 49 There are different types of Fire; the Fire of lightning, that which is concentrated in plants, and the Fire which blazes in the interior of the mountains and which the volcanoes vomit forth upon the earth, the Fire which is used for cooking, the Fire of each World. In synthesis however, we may speak of two: Solar Fire and Lunar Fire.

THE SOLAR FIRE IS CHRISTIC [and] sublime, it is Devi Kundalini. The Lunar Fire is Luciferic, negative, fatal. The Solar Fire crystallizes into Worlds, Suns, Universes. The Lunar Fire crystallizes in all of those entities which form the Animal Ego. Man has to develop the 49 Fires in his Chakras.

-From Ch.33 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

SYNTHESIS of Arcanum 11:

ARCANUM 11 IS THE WORK WITH THE FIRE, WITH THE FORCES OF LOVE, IN ORDER TO CONVERT US INTO LIVING FLAMES.

The Ondines work in the “Ens Seminis”.
The Salamanders have the Lit Fire.
The Sylphs raise the vapors.
The Gnomes distil the “Ens Seminis” in the Brain.

The creatures of the Water are conjured with a Cup in the hand.
The creatures of the Air are ruled with the Feather of a bird.
The creatures of the Earth are conjured with the Crosier or Cane.
The creatures of the Fire are conjured with the Sword.

-From Ch.33 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

The Eleventh Arcanum: ARCANUM 11

The study of the Arcanum eleven of the Tarot corresponds to this lecture. The Hieroglyphic of this Arcanum is a beautiful woman crowned with the sacred sign of infinity and who very gently (with olympic serenity) closes with her own hands the jaws of a furious Lion.

Divine Kings’ thrones were adorned with Lions made out of massive amounts of Gold. The Gold signifies the Sacred fire of the Kundalini. This reminds us of Horus, Oro [Spanish for Gold]. We need to transmute the lead of the Personality into the gold of the Spirit and this work is only possible within the Alchemist’s Laboratory.

When the fledgling alchemist is crowned, he transforms himself into a God of Fire; it is then that he opens with his own hands the terrible jaws of the furious Lion. The potable Gold of Alchemy is the Sacred Fire of the Holy Spirit. The Linking of the Cross-man within the spirit-triangle would be impossible without potable gold.

THE NUMBER 11

This number is formed by two unities that Heinrich Khunrath translated in these two words: ‘Coagula’ and ‘Solve’. We need to accumulate the Sacred Fire, and then learn how to project it.

The key is in the connection of the Membrum Virile with the Genitalia Murielis, Quietude of the Membrum Virile and the Genitalia Murielis, and the use of a very gentle movement occasionally. Transmuting the animal instincts into willpower. Sexual passion into love. Lustful thoughts into comprehension, and vocalize the secret mantrams.

Eleven is decomposed Kabalistically as follows: 1 plus 1 equals 2 [1 + 1 = 2]. (1 is masculine; 2 is feminine).

THE PAIRS OF OPPOSITES OF HOLY ALCHEMY

Positive Negative
Active Passive
Osiris Isis
Baal – Bel Astarte – Ishtar
Shiva Parvati
Husband Wife
Father Mother
Sun Moon
Fire Water
Heat Cold
Volatile Fixed
Sulfur Mercury

CHINESE ALCHEMY

Heaven is masculine, Yang and its element is fire. The Earth is feminine, Yin and its element is water. In the TAOIST doctrine, we find White Tantrism. The Yin-Yang, the Dragon and the Tiger are the axis of Taoism. According to Taoist interpretation, the Yin-Yang is the outcome of T’AI CHI, the materia prima of the universe and creation emerges from the sexual union of this pair of opposites.

MAITHUNA (Sexual Magic) exists within the White Tantrism of India and Tibet. THE WHITE TANTRISM OF BUDDHISM, CHINESE TAOISM AND THE LEGITIMATE TIBETAN YOGAS all practice the Arcanum A.Z.F. Only the infrasexual pseudo-Yogis and pseudo-Yoginis which are so abundant in America and Asia hate the arcanum A.Z.F.

Chinese Alchemy is the foundation of the authentic schools of Yoga. The Yellow Lodges are schools of regeneration. Infrasexual people mortally hate the schools of Regeneration.

SCHOOLS OF REGENERATION

To regenerate oneself means to generate oneself anew, in other words, to recreate oneself. This matter about being born anew is an absolutely Sexual problem.

Neptune governs Schools of regeneration. This planet has a cycle of 165 years. Such a cycle controls the periods of public and secret activities of these schools. The esotericism of the schools of regeneration is the Arcanum A.Z.F.

The masters of these schools teach their disciples the science that allows them to dissolve their “myself”. It is necessary that the “No self” be born within us. “SOMETHING OLD MUST DIE WITHIN MAN AND SOMETHING NEW MUST BE BORN WITHIN”.

Regeneration signifies the creation of a new Cosmos within us. This type of creation is only possible by working with the Lion of Fire. The chakras of the sexual glands are controlled by Uranus, yet the schools of Regeneration are Neptunian.

Great Astrologers affirm that Neptune influences the Pineal Gland. The potency of the Pineal Gland depends on the sexual potency. Throughout the course of History, Great Schools of Regeneration have existed. It is enough for us to remember the Alchemical School of the Rosicrucians that became secret in the year 1620. Likewise, it comes into our memory the schools of Aryavarta Ashrama of Tibet. The Sect of the Manicheans of Persian origin. The famous Sufis with their Sacred dances, the Templars, etc., etc.

All of these were schools of Regeneration; the “Coitus Reservatus” is practiced in all of them. The schools of Regeneration constitute the Chain of Gold of the White Lodge.

PROJECTION OF THE FIRE

The Kundalini may be aimed or projected to any Chakra or to any distant place, within the cervical vertebrae, the Kundalini use to take the shape of a Quetzal (the bird of Minerva). In the supreme moment of the Sacred Copulation, we can send this Fiery Bird to each one of the Seven Chakras in order to totally awaken them.

The two Quetzals, from the Man and the Woman, are nourished with Water from the Well (the Ens Seminis). Man and woman can command the Quetzal and the Fiery Bird will obey.

The powerful Mantram “JAO RI” is the secret clue that grants us the power of commanding the Quetzal. This Miraculous Bird can transform our face or make us invisible if we are in very grave danger, it can also awaken within us any Chakra of the astral body or heal any distant ill person, etc.

IMAGINATION

There exist two types of imagination: mechanical Imagination (FANTASIES) and Conscious Imagination (CLAIRVOYANCE). Gnostic students must learn to use their Conscious Imagination.

PRACTICE:

1–Sitting in a comfortable Chair or lying in the supine position, the Disciple should quiet their mind and their emotions.

2–Now imagine the marvelous Quetzal floating above your head.

3–Mentally vocalize the Mantram of power PROWEOA. Attracting to their imagination the Divine Image of the Quetzal with this Mantram, this splendid bird with a beautiful crest and a long tail.

The Disciple must become familiar with this bird and learn how to handle it, with it you can awaken your internal powers. The Mantram PROWEOA utilized often by the schools of the great chain of gold allows us to bring into our conscious imagination any image from the Superior worlds. Then we can clairvoyantly see. The alchemist must utilize this Mantram during the trance of sexual magic in order to see the Quetzal.

-From Ch.11 of Esoteric Course of Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

THE FORCE OF PERSUASION (KAPH)

1. The most powerful chains are carried out in groups of three persons.

2. The number three is the GREAT ARCANUM.

3. When a man and a woman unite, something is created.

4. FATHER, MOTHER, SON.

5. FATHER, SON, HOLY SPIRIT.

6. ISIS, OSIRIS, HORUS.

7. The Mystery of the TRINITY shines in all the religious Theogonies.

8. In our rituals three candles are lit.

9. The number three is totally creative.

10. The magical effect of chains in groups of three is terrible.

11. In every magical ceremony the four elements of Nature have to be conjured. (See the CONJURATION OF THE FOUR).

12. The Kingdom of the Sylphs is in the East and its chief is PARALDA.

13. The Kingdom of the Undines is in the West, and its chief is VARUNA.

14. The Kingdom of the Gnomes is in the North and its chief is GOB and KITICHI

15. The Kingdom of the Salamanders is in the South and its chief is DJIN and AGNI.

16. The Sylphs are the Spirits of air.

17. The Undines are Spirits of water.

18. The Gnomes are the Elementals of earth.

19. The Salamanders are the Elemental Spirits of fire.

20. When the operator is conjuring the creatures of fire, he will direct himself to the South; when he is conjuring those of air, he will direct himself to the east; when he is conjuring the creatures of earth, he will direct himself to the North, when he is conjuring the creatures of water he will direct himself to the West.

21. The Star of five points, before which the columns of angels and demons tremble, should be painted on the ground with charcoal.

22. The superior vertex of the Star will remain pointing inside the precinct, and the two inferior angles of the star pointing outside the precinct.

23. A Star of six points can also be painted in the center of the circle, to make the Elementals obey.

24. The hebrew letter ALEPH [ א ] can replace the Star of five points and the Star of six points.

25. The creatures of air are commanded with the feather of a bird.

26. The creatures of water are conjured with the goblet in hand.

27. The creatures of earth are conjured with the staff or cane in hand.

28. The creatures of fire are conjured with the sword.

-Paraphrase from Ch.11 of Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor,
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