The sixteenth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ע (Ayin or Ain) who’s numeric significance is 70 and its kabalistic significance is 16. 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 № 16
Arcanum № 16: The departure from Eden coincides with Arcanum 16. Eden or Paradise must be understood as Sex itself. We left by the doors of Sex, and only through them will we return. Arcanum 16 is very dangerous.
It is necessary to Awaken Consciousness so as to not wander blindly, the blind can fall to the Abyss. The initiate who spills the vessel of Hermes inevitably falls.
The struggle between Brain, Heart and Sex is terrible. If Sex Dominates the Brain, the star of five points, the Pentagram is inverted and man, with his head pointing downwards and his two feet pointing upwards, is hurled to the depths of the Abyss. He falls, fulminated with Arcanum 16.
He who allows himself to fall, falls with Arcanum 16 which is the Fulminated Tower, these people are those who have failed with the Great Work of the Father.
HEBRAIC LETTER: “AYIN”
HOUR: Seventh HOUR OF APOLLONIUS. “the fire comforts the inanimate beings, and if some priest, a man who is sufficiently purified, steals it and projects it, if it is mixed with holy oil and consecrated, it will attain the healing of all illness simply by applying it to the affected part (the initiate here sees his material wealth threatened and his dealings fail.)”
TRANSCENDENTAL AXIOM: “LIGHT AT DAWN, LIGHT AT MIDDAY, LIGHT AT NIGHTFALL, THAT WHICH IS IMPORTANT IS THAT THERE IS LIGHT”.
-From Ch.102 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
Description of the Card of the 16th Arcanum: “FRAGILITY”
In the Waters of Life the Staff of Power, the Staff of Command and the Flail (whip), which represents FRAGILITY. To either side of these symbols, the two Serpents, the positive, and the negative.
From the upper part descends the Ray of Cosmic Justice, destroying the tower which the kabalists call the Tower of Babel.
Two persons are plunged into the depths of the Abyss; one to the left, and the other to the right. They fall with the arms, legs and head pointing downwards, making the sign of the INVERTED FLAMING STAR; this symbolizes the fall of the Bodhisattvas: a fall due to Sex, due to spilling the Vessel of Hermes.
One must distinguish a “Fall” from a “Descent”. The Initiate descends to the Ninth Sphere during the work in the forge in order to destroy his Defects in the Inferior Regions and to then ascend to the Heavens; a Heaven is won following the work in each Inferno. The Initiate falls when he spills the semen.
-From Ch.16 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
ESOTERIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 16
Arcanum № 16 is that of the Fulminated Tower, the Tower of Babel. Many are the Initiates who allow themselves to fall. There are many Fulminated Towers. Every Initiate who spills the Vessel of Hermes inevitably falls. The legend of the Fallen Angels has been repeated and will be repeated eternally. Many Fallen Gods now live in the world. They are now disguised in the bodies of men.
It is necessary to Awaken Consciousness so as not to fall into the abyss of perdition, actually there exist many Leaders of esoteric groups with the Consciousness profoundly asleep, “The blind leading the blind; all will fall to the abyss.” That is the Law. The human being lives completely asleep. It is necessary to awaken the Consciousness so as to not walk blindly. The blind can fall into the Abyss. Arcanum 16 is very dangerous.
Those students who do esoteric exercises without working in Arcanum A.Z.F. are similar to the man who built his house upon the sand, their structure will topple into the abyss, we must build upon the Living Stone. That STONE IS SEX. He who develops chakras while having Internal Lunar Bodies will fall to the Abyss, his Temple will be a Fulminated Tower. He who engenders his Christic Bodies with the Arcanum A.Z.F. and works to develop his Chakras becomes a living Christ.
-From Ch.16 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
INITIATIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 16
This Arcanum is the Fulminated Tower, in Kabalah it is known as the Tower of Babel of which the Bible speaks, the Initiate can be seen falling from the tower, forming the INVERTED PENTAGRAM. The Sacred symbol of the Infinite represents the Brain, Heart, and Sex. If Sex dominates the Brain, then this brings about the fall, the Fulminated Tower, the inverted Star of Five Points, the Pentagram reversed, the man with his head pointing downwards and his feet upwards; he is precipitated to the depths of the Abyss.
We should recall that sacred pronouncement: “THE INFINITE IS EQUAL TO THE PENTALPHA”.
A careful analysis of Arcanum 16 invites us to reflect. WHO ARE THOSE WHO FALL? It is those who SPILL THE VESSEL OF HERMES. It was for that reason that Krumm Heller said: “THE CUP MUST BE RAISED HIGH”, he was referring to the “Sacred Wine”.
In ancient times, in I Lemurial attained the Elixir of Long Life. This has its basis in the primordial substance which is able to renew life. It is the “NECTAR OF THE GODS”, that which Paracelsus called the Ens Seminis where one finds the Ens Virtutis. In the continent of “Mu” or Lemuria which was located in the immense Pacific ocean, the White Brotherhood conceded me the marvelous Elixir, the “Gift of Cupid” with which one can preserve the physical body for millions of years. I was able to conserve my Physical Body over thousands of years in Atlantis, I was an Immortal. With the beginning of the First Aryan Sub-Race the same thing happened to me as happened to Count Zanoni who, because of falling in love with a chorus girl from Naples, had his Immortal Body taken from him. It was in this manner that I continued to reincarnate in different bodies, up until now when I have ascended once again.
One must reach a transformation through Nu, the Divine Mother, with whose help we can eliminate that whole mass of tenebrous entities, the Satan… “Nu” is able, in a definitive manner, to radically transform us. It is necessary that a complete change be effected; that our head, as well as our face be of “Ra” and our body, hands and legs be of “TUM”.
RA IS THE FATHER.
TUM IS THE BODY OF THE FATHER.
TUM is a terribly Divine Mantram, it must never to be pronounced in vain nor in jest because OUR FATHER WHO IS IN SECRET immediately descends from wherever He may be. We must become laborers in the Great Work of the Father. RA is the Christ, he is life, he is the Second Logos. TUM is the Father, the First Logos, upon pronouncing his name there is Fire and he descends. These are Mantrams of Immense Magical Priestly Power.
We can only attain the incarnation of the Father when we have developed the Seven Degrees of the Power of Fire. It is clear that if the Initiate violates his Vows of Chastity, he falls. If we kabalistically add the numbers of Arcanum 16 it gives: 1 + 6 = 7 the Seven Degrees of the Power of Fire, the “Seven Steps of the Mind”. If the Initiate falls, he is fulminated by Arcanum 16 and he tumbles down those steps.
In Occult Science it is said that he is left without INRI (Ignis, Natura, Renovatur, Integram) he has failed. This is then, the Fulminated Tower. Woe unto those who remain without INRI, they are those who fall from the Tower. The victorious, those who achieve the Second Birth, enter the Order of Meichizedek, the order of KEB, the Genie of the Earth.
In order for the Lunar Bodies to remain in Amenti one must die, die and die. It is only with death that the new comes. The authentic Defunct Initiates are they who have killed the “I”, have taken possession of the Two Earths; and may enter at will into Amenti, or at will, here. It is for this reason that it is said that one has become King and Priest of the Earth according to the Order of Melchizedek. It is clear that IF THEY ALLOW THEMSELVES TO FALL, THEY LOSE THE SEPTRE OF COMMAND and is precipitated downwards from the tower.
Upon the Esoteric Path everyone has to struggle. The Twice-Born are no exception. There are Initiates whose passage is blocked, due to the fact that the battle is very hard, the higher one is the harder and further one falls.
One must be careful of the type of nourishment that the mind receives: Such as that of the press, television and films. Transmute the Oral and Mental Ens Semenis with sepulchral offerings. That is to say, do not feed the mind with trash because the carrion of the Mind is useless: bad literature, bad films, bad television, bad words.
It must not be forgotten that we have a terrible she-devil, “Kali”, which is the Abominable Kundartiguador Organ, the terrifying Serpent, “APOPI”. People are victims of Kali, the Tempting Serpent of which the Hindus speak. The Initiate who permits himself to fall loses the Crown and the Sword, The Pineal Gland, the Sahasrara Chakra is the Crown, the Sword is the Flaming Sword which one must place at the feet of Osiris. To he who is victorious the Four Secret, Occult, Pillars are given, one thus acquires power over the Four Regions of the Cosmos:
2. SUBMERGED MINERAL REGION.
3. MOLECULAR REGION.
4. ELECTRONIC REGION OR SPIRITUAL WORLD.
In studying Esotericism more profoundly, we find that the eyebrow center, the Third Eye, the center of Clairvoyance, is the Eye of Horus, who is the Intimus in himself, our Divine Being who is in the arms of our Divine Mother. The Falcon is the symbol of Horus, with the complete death of ourselves the Golden Falcon gives strength to Horus (which is pronounced “Aurus”); this is related to the Rising Sun. One must put oneself in contact with the Spiritual Sun. It is necessary for us to strengthen Horus, we have the right to ask that he strengthen our Three Brains:
IT IS NECESSARY FOR THE THREE BRAINS TO BE STRONG FOR THE BATTLE.
-From Ch.38 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
SYNTHESIS of Arcanum 16:
When the Astral Light coagulates in a flower, we find ourselves in love with that flower. If the Astral Light accumulates in a woman, we fall in love with that woman. He who lives bewitched by different women becomes nothing other than a weak little bird fulminated by the bewitching eyes of the temptress of the Astral Light. THE SORCERESSES OF THE ASTRAL LIGHT ARE DANGEROUS.
“Wretched is the Samson of the Kabalah who allows himself to be dominated by Delilah; the Hercules of the science who exchanges his sceptre of power for the spindle of Omphale will soon feel the vengeance of Dejanira and there will remain no other remedy than the pyre of Mount Oeta in order to escape from the devouring torments of the tunic of Nessus”.
-From Ch.38 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
The Sixteenth Arcanum: ARCANUM 16
Now let’s study the sixteenth Arcanum of the Tarot. This is the Arcanum of the FULMINATED TOWER. This is the Tower of Babel. Two personages are precipitated to the bottom of the Abyss, one of these personages when falling with his head downwards and his legs and arms outstretched represent the inverted PENTAGRAM.
Many are the Initiates that allow themselves to fall. Many are the fulminated towers. Any initiate that spills the CUP OF HERMES inevitably falls. The legend of the Fallen Angels has been repeated and will be repeated eternally. Presently many FALLEN GODS live in the world. They are now dressed with the bodies of human beings.
THE HUMAN SPECTER
Man is actually a soulless creature. When death arrives, only the Human Specter continues! From this Specter escapes the Embryo of the Soul. The POST MORTEM states mentioned by occultists correspond to the EMBRYO OF THE SOUL. This Embryo returns to its true Being that normally lives in the Causal World. An in depth analysis takes us to the conclusion that the HUMAN SPECTER is a den of filthy demons.
The conclusion is that the Human being becomes a Legion of demons that continue on. Indeed, the physical human person dies. The man is not immortal and powerful yet. Man believes himself to be so, but the breaking point of arrogance is that THE RAY OF DEATH FULMINATES HIM, and from the TOWER OF BABEL they roll into the abyss. This is the FATALITY.
THE ASTRAL CHRIST AND THE MENTAL CHRIST
Man has two centers that he does not yet use. THE SUPERIOR MIND AND THE SUPERIOR EMOTIONAL. These are the two divine centers, the true instruments of the eternal and imperishable MAN WITH SOUL. We can profoundly study the great mysteries of life and death with these two superior centers. We may be able to penetrate within the GREAT REALITY which is found far beyond ETERNITY AND TIME.
Those who believe that they are using these two centers without having ENGENDERED THE VEHICLE OF THE CHRIST MIND, and the vehicle of the ASTRAL CHRIST are completely mistaken. It is necessary to engender these two vehicles in order to dress ourselves with the Superior Mind and the Superior Emotion. Only with the Arcanum A.Z.F. is it possible to engender these two superior vehicles.
In the third initiation of Major Mysteries the ASTRAL CHRIST is born. In the Fourth Initiation of Major Mysteries the MENTAL CHRIST is born. The Astral and Mental bodies studied by occultists and which Theosophy refers to a lot are just miserable Specters of death that eventually will be fulminated by the terrible ray of Cosmic Justice. Thus, this is how the TOWER OF BABEL, and Satan will roll into the abyss.
Whosoever possesses the MENTAL AND ASTRAL BODIES becomes absolutely immortal. When we study these Christic vehicles and compare them with the Astral and Mental vehicles that are used by the defunct, then we find the following differences:
The Astral-Christ shines marvelously. The Astral of Death does not shine because it is just a fatal shadow.
The Mental Christ shines gloriously. The Mind of Death does not shine.
The Astral-Christ is clean from passions. The Astral of Death is a vehicle for animal passions.
The Mental Christ has an angelical divine figure. The Mind of Death has an animal figure.
The Astral Christ has the Kundalini and the Chakras awakened. Whereas the Astral of Death does not have the Kundalini awakened and if by chance it has the charkas awakened, by means of any kind of Esoteric Discipline, they shine like fatuous fires within the darkness of the abyss.
SUMMARY: The Christic man is immortal whereas the earthly man is not. THE CHRISTIC MAN SHINES LIKE THE SUN. Whereas the earthly man is just a shadow. THE CHRISTIC MAN IS AN ACHIEVED BEING!
WHAT IS FUNDAMENTAL
Those students of occultism that practice esoteric exercises without working with the ARCANUM A.Z.F. are similar to the man that builds his house upon the sands: his building will roll into the abyss; we must build upon the Living Rock. This Rock is Sex.
Whosoever develops their Charkas within the Specter of Death will roll into the abyss, their temple will be a Fulminated Tower. Whosoever Engenders their Christic bodies with the Arcanum A.Z.F., and works with the development of their Chakras, becomes a LIVING CHRIST.
THE AWAKENING OF THE CONSCIOUSNESS
It is necessary to awaken the Consciousness in order not to fall into the abyss of perdition, actually, there exist many esoteric leaders who have their Consciousness profoundly asleep. “BLIND LEADING THE BLIND WILL ROLL INTO THE ABYSS”. This is the law. Human beings live absolutely asleep. If, for instance; A group of football players all of a sudden awakened the consciousness during a game, you can be absolutely sure that the game would unexpectedly end because all the players, ashamed of themselves, would immediately flee from the football field.
The fundamental cause of the profound sleep, in which Humanity lives, is that which is called FASCINATION. The football players are profoundly fascinated by the game, and so they play dreaming. Apparently they are playing while awake, but in reality they are dreaming.
During the hours of rest, while the body sleeps in bed, the ego travels out of the physical body many times to very remote places, however, out of the physical body, the ego lives dreaming. Really the Ego takes its dreams into the Supersensible worlds.
In the internal worlds carpenters are in their carpentry shops dreaming about all of the things they do in the physical world. The blacksmiths are in their forges; the policemen are patrolling the streets; the tailors are in their tailoring shops; the drunkards are in the bars, etc. All of them dream. All of them carry their dreams into the SUPERSENSIBLE WORLDS. And after death they continue repeating the same thing. Their Ego continues with the same dreams.
Really, the Ego carries out their dreams during ordinary sleep and after the death.
TECHNIQUE FOR AWAKENING THE CONSCIOUSNESS
The Technique for awakening the Consciousness is based on SELF-REMEMBERING. Every human being is found to be fascinated by many things as we have already stated in the preceding paragraphs. When some kind of representation fascinates us, we forget about ourselves. Then we dream.
We have seen the people while in a public manifestation launching themselves into violence. Gentlemen (that in their sane judgment) are not capable of uttering a bad word, in these cases, have insulted and thrown stones, co-mingled with the multitude. Behold here the power of fascination, one forgets oneself, then one dreams and while dreaming one does many completely absurd things. After the dream is gone, come shame and problems arise.
It is necessary that the gnostic student does not become fascinated with anything. In the presence of any Interesting Representation, one must remember oneself and ask oneself the following questions: WHERE AM I? WHAT AM I DOING HERE? COULD I BE OUT OF MY PHYSICAL BODY? Then, carefully observe everything surrounding you. Observe well the sky with inquisitive eyes; any kind of detail from the Internal Worlds; be it a set of foreign colors, be it a strange animal, the beloved shadow of a deceased person, etc., [this] will confirm that you are out of your physical body, then you will awaken the Consciousness.
It becomes very useful, in those instants of REFLECTION AND SELF REMEMBERING of oneself, to make a little jump with the intention of floating in that environment. It is logical that if we float it is because we are out of our physical body.
If all the sleeping people ask themselves, while they sleep, such reflective questions, it is logical that they would awaken consciousness, and if the ego, after death, asks itself such questions in the presence of any representation, then it would awaken instantly. Unfortunately, the ego never thinks about those questions because during its life it has never had the custom of questioning itself.
It is necessary to grasp this custom and to live it intensely. Only this way, can we conceive of the idea to ask ourselves such questions while sleeping and after death. The result of this practice is the awakening of the consciousness. Anyone who awakens their consciousness may become clairvoyant. Anyone who awakens the consciousness lives while the physical body sleeps, completely awake in the Superior worlds.
THE GREAT MASTERS DO NOT DREAM. The GREAT MASTERS are conscious citizens of the SUPRASENSIBLE WORLDS. The Great Masters work consciously and positively in the Superior world while the physical body sleeps. It is necessary to awaken the consciousness in order to not be blind. The blind can fall into the Abyss. The Arcanum 16 is very dangerous.
We have found that the entire memory is deposited within the Subconsciousness. Many Initiates work in the superior worlds during normal sleep in a conscious way. Unfortunately, in the physical world they ignore this because they do not have good memory. We must learn to manage the SUBCONSCIOUSNESS.
In the moments of awakening from sleep, we should address the subconsciousness as follows: “Subconsciousness, inform me of everything that I saw and heard while out of my physical body.” Afterwards practice a retrospective exercise in order to remember everything that you did while outside of your physical body.
Compel the SUBCONSCIOUSNESS to work. Give it mandatory orders to compel it to inform you of what happened, you should practice this exercise during the state of slumber in the moments of awakening.
-From Ch.16 of Esoteric Course of Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor
THE FULMINATED TOWER (AYIN)
1. When the Astral Light coagulates in a flower, we fall in love with the flower.
2. When the Astral Light coagulates in a picturesque scene we fall in love with the scene.
3. When the Astral Light accumulates in a woman, we fall in love with the woman.
4. The Astral Light is full of beauty and sentimentalism.
5. The spells of the Astral Light are dangerous.
6. “Unhappy is the Samson of the Kabalah who allows himself to be dominated by Delilah; the Hercules of the science who exchanges his sceptre of power for the spindle of Omphale will soon feel the vengeance of Dejanira and there will remain no other remedy than the pyre of Mount Oeta in order to escape from the devouring torments of the tunic of Nessus.”
7. He who lives bewitched by different women will be no more than a weak bird fulminated by the bewitching eyes of the tempting serpent of the Astral Light.
8. The Astral Light is filled with images that float.
9. These images are filled with beauty and sentimentalism.
10. In these images is the secret of all the tragedies of our life.
11. The Wise Solomon left us a marvelous Invocation to ask for help from the Superior Powers.
12. With this Invocation we receive help for our individual needs.
13. THE INVOCATION OF SOLOMON:
Powers of the Kingdom, be ye under my left foot and in my right hand !
Glory and Eternity, take me by the two shoulders, and direct me in the paths of Victory !
Mercy and Justice, be ye the equilibrium and splendor of my life!
Intelligence and Wisdom, Crown me!
Spirits of Malchuth, lead me betwixt the two pillars upon which rests the whole edifice of the Temple!
Angels of Netsach and Hod, establish me upon the cubic stone of Jesod !
Oh Gedulael! Oh Geburael! Oh Tiphereth!
Binael, be my love!
Ruach Hochmael, be thou my light ! Be that which thou art and thou shalt be!
Oh Ketheriel !
ISCHIM, assist me in the name of SHADDAI!
CHERUBIM, be my strength in the name of ADONAI!
BENI-ELOHIM, be my brethren in the name of the Son, and by the virtues of SABAOTH.
ELOHIM, do battle for me in the name of TETRAGRAMMATON.
MALACHIM, protect me in the name of IOD-HE-VAU-HE.
SERAPHIM, cleanse my love in the name of ELOAH.
HASMALIM, enlighten me with the splendors of ELOHIM and SHECHINAH.
OPHANIM, revolve and shine!
HAJOTH HA KADOSH, Cry, Speak, Roar, Bellow!
KADOSH, KADOSH, KADOSH.
SHADDAI, ADONAI, JOT-CHAVAH, EIEA-ZEREIE
HALLELU-JAH. HALLELU-JAH. HALLELU-JAH.
Amen. Amen. Amen.
-Paraphrase from Ch.16 of Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor,
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