Arcanum 9 – Teth ט

The ninth letter of the Hebrew alphabet is ט (Teth or Tet) who’s numeric significance is 9 and its kabalistic significance is also 9. 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 № 9

Arcanum № 9: Is the Hermit, prudent and wise, it is Solitude. In the Ninth Sphere there is great suffering. In the Ninth Sphere there exists Supreme Pain, as Dante said in the “Divine Comedy”. One must learn to understand, one must learn to suffer, to be resigned. Those who do not, fail.

KABALISTIC SEPHIROTH: “YESOD”

HEBRAIC LETTER: “TETH.”

TRANSCENDENTAL AXIOM: “CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN AND CONTEMPLATE THE PROMISED LAND, BUT I DID NOT SAY THAT YOU CAN ENTER IN IT.”

-From Ch.95 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

Description of the Card of the 9th Arcanum: “THE HERMIT”

In this Arcanum we find in the Waters of Life a rising MOON. In the middle section, an ELDERLY HERMIT in the act of going forward, holding in his left hand the lamp which lights the path, it is the LAMP OF HERMES, Wisdom.

The STAFF OF THE PATRIARCHS, that is in his right hand, and supports him, which represents the spinal column with its Seven Churches. The wise and prudent Hermit is wrapped in the Protective Mantle of Apollonius which symbolizes Prudence. Behind him one sees the PALM OF VICTORY.

In the upper part is a Sun which illuminates with three rays, indicating the THREE PRIMARY FORCES, descending to unite with the Moon. The Moon rises and the Sun descends, which indicates that we need to transform the Moon into Sun by means of Transmutation; to convert the lunar bodies into Solar bodies by means of the Arcanum A.Z.F.

Arcanum № 9 clearly indicates the 9 Spheres of the atomic infernos of Nature and the 9 Spheres of the 9 Heavens. This Arcanum also indicates the 9 Planets represented in the 9 Spheres of the Planet Earth.

The Initiate has to descend to the 9 Submerged Spheres in order to later attain the 9 Heavens which correspond to each planet.

-From Ch.9 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

ESOTERIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 9

Arcanum № 9 is THE HERMIT, Solitude. This Arcanum in its more elevated form is the Ninth Sphere, “Sex”. In the ancient Temples the descent to the Ninth Sphere was the Greatest Test of the supreme dignity of the Hierophant.

Hermes, Buddha, Jesus Christ, Zoroaster, Dante, and many other great Initiates had to pass through the Greatest Test; to descend into the Ninth Sphere to work with the Fire and the Water, origin of Worlds, Beasts, Men and Gods. All authentic White Initiation begins there.

In the Ninth Sphere or Ninth Stratum of the Earth, in the center of the Earth, in the very heart of the Earth, the resplendent sign of the Infinite is found. This sign has the form of an eight. The sign of the Infinite is the Holy Eight. The Heart, Brain and Sex of the Genie of the Earth are represented in this sign. The secret name of this Genie is CHANGAM.

THE ZOHAR clearly tells us that Adam Protoplastos, The Differentiating Principle of Souls, lives in the depths of the Abyss. We have to pit ourselves against that principle in a fight to the death. The battle is terrible; Brain against Sex, Sex against Brain and that which is most terrible and most painful; that of Heart against Heart. Obviously all the forces in the human being revolve around the base of the HOLY EIGHT.

He who wants to enter the City of Nine Doors mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita must resolve to descend to the Fiery Forge of Vulcan. In the human organism the Ninth Sphere is Sex, he who wants to Self-Realize must descend into the Ninth Sphere to work with the Water and the Fire in order to reach the Second Birth. The FIERY FORGE OF VULCAN (Sex) is found in the NINTH SPHERE

It is there that Mars descends to re-temper his flaming sword and conquer the heart of Venus (the Venustic Initiation). Hercules descends to clean the stables of Augeas (the lower animal depths). Perseus must do the same by cutting off the head of Medusa (the Psychological “I”, or Terrestrial-Adam) with his Flaming Sword, and it is that head covered with serpents, that the esoteric student has to deliver to Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom.

The fetus remains NINE months in the maternal womb; and “NINE AGES” are necessary in the womb of Rhea, Tonantzin, Cibeles, in other words, Mother Nature, in order for a Planetary Humanity to be born. So too, it is obvious that we have to descend to the “Ninth Sphere” in order to gestate and achieve that Second Birth.

Jesus said to Nicodemus:

“It is necessary that you be born again in order to be able to enter the Kingdom of Heaven…” (John 3: 1-15).

This means to create the Solar Bodies, no-one can enter the Kingdom dressed in Lunar Rags. The Solar Bodies have to be created, and this is only Obtained by “Transmuting the Creative Energy”. In Egyptian Theogony those Solar Bodies are represented by the Egyptian Sahu. No-one has the right to sit at the table of the Angels if he is not dressed in the Solar Bodies. We have to create the To Soma Heliakon, the Body of Gold of the Solar Man. It is written:

“Narrow is the way which leads to the light”.

He who wants to follow the path must: “DENY HIMSELF, TAKE UP HIS CROSS AND FOLLOW ME.” [Matt 10:38, Mark 8:34, Luke 9:23] (The Three Factors of the Revolution of Consciousness which are to Die, to be Born, and Sacrifice).

He who wants to SELF-REALIZE must be prepared to renounce everything: wealth, honors, peace, prestige; he must give his own blood. One must have a CENTER OF GRAVITY, a PERMANENT CENTER OF CONSCIOUSNESS.

We are no more than machines controlled by our “I’s” (the Ego is plural), we are in a disadvantageous position which means we need Super-Efforts and to kill the “I”; that Ego is Mephistopheles; he is the root of all our suffering and pain; he lives according to his own conditioning, we must reduce him to cosmic dust in order to have an Awakened Consciousness, in order “to be able to see the Path”. TO KNOW MEANS TO SEE, HEAR AND TOUCH THE GREAT REALITIES.

There is a need to understand what the BOTTOM OF THE ABYSS means; when it is said “descend to the Bottom of the Abyss”, this is Real. Due to the Law of Concomitances or of Relations, the descent to the Ninth Sphere puts us in accord with the Planetary Organism on which we live, he who is working in the Ninth Sphere has to descend to the BOTTOM OF HIS REAL ASPECT, if he who is working disincarnates he will see that he is really living in that Region (the Ninth Sphere is in the center of the Earth), of course he who has Awakened Consciousness will be the one who is aware of this.

It is necessary to advise the Neophyte that in the Ninth Sphere exists the “SUPREME PAIN”, that Dante spoke about in the Divine Comedy:

“the condemned whose tears have coagulated in their eyes, and others about whom the Waters have risen to their creative organs”.

You must know how to understand, you must know how to learn to Suffer, and to Be Resigned. Those who do not fail, are unexpected, like a paradox, wanting to find Happiness in the Ninth Sphere. It would be absurd, because the fact is that Intimate Self-Realization is costly, IT HAS A PRICE, PERHAPS IT COSTS LIFE ITSELF.

Was not Hiram Abiff assassinated and then sought by “27 Masters” which added kabalistically is: 2 + 7 = 9. There is great pain in the Ninth Sphere until one finally reaches the SECOND BIRTH. When Jesus said to Nicodemus that he had to be “BORN AGAIN”, he did not understand. Jesus of course knew the Great Mystery.

Will there come a time when one leaves the Ninth Sphere? Yes, when the Second Birth is achieved. After having created the “To Soma Heliakon” in the “Forge of Cyclops” (Sex), I had then to spend a period of time in profound reflection.

In the Residence of Love, in the Temple of the “Twice-Born”, I met other Brothers and Sisters who had also been working intensely in the “FIERY FORGE OF VULCAN” (Sex), they were all gloriously shining amongst the indescribable divine enchantments of Good Friday.

We came together to talk of the struggles and hardships; we had been victorious. But all this how ever is only the beginning of the beginning, the foundation of the foundation; beyond this there is something more, and it is necessary that you be informed.

If one who is Twice-born, or someone who has reached Adepthood, tries to reach the Angelic State, he will have to descend once again into the Deep Well of the Universe; to the Ninth Sphere, and, upon terminating the work, to ascend via the Ladder, or Scale of Lucifer in order to reach the Angelic State. If one should wish to be an Archangel, a Principality, a Throne, or a Cherubim one must do the same, “descend in order to then ascend”.

It is necessary to understand and differentiate between a “Fall” and a “Descent”, he who has once been decapitated, can not be re-decapitated. On the verge of entering the Absolute, one must descend to the Ninth Sphere.

If one reaches the SECOND BIRTH, Sex is prohibited; Sex is no longer used just because one may want to, but if one receives the order of the White Brotherhood; the Sacred Order, or that of the Father who is in secret, and one is ordered to descend into the Well of the Abyss, one must obey, this is not pleasure, but pain, sacrifice.

One must descend and one must ascend by the Luciferic ladder, we need to become Masters of both the Superior and Inferior Forces. The Father who is in secret commands that which must be done, only upon receiving the order does one descend. Only he who FALLS loses his Initiatic degrees, not he who has DESCENDED.

Orders are received upon conclusion of the Work and one now no longer makes use of sex capriciously . It is the Father who is Lord of this act, and it is the Father from whom the order must come. Sex does not belong to oneself, but rather to the Father.

The Law of Leviathan is that of the Mason who has already passed through all the Works or Esoteric Degrees and as he has already been decapitated he can not be re-capitated, he can neither be harmed from above nor from below; he lives in keeping with the Law, the Great Law. This is the superior knowledge of Esoteric Masonry.

In the beginning one does one’s Capricious Will. Later, one must do the WILL OF THE FATHER. When one no longer has “Ego”, evil disappears, and one knows only how to do the Will of the Father, he is our true Being, he is the Ancient of Days, he is beyond Atman; when he commands his orders must be carried out.

One is liberated from the Ninth Sphere when one becomes a Paramarthasattya (an inhabitant of the Absolute), then one will be submerged in Abstract Joy. Before going there however, there will be a humiliation; one needs to descend again, otherwise one violates the Law of Leviathan, the Seal of Solomon.

We also find the mysteries of the NINTH SPHERE in Revelations of the Holy Bible:

“And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.” (Rev. 7:4).

By adding the numbers kabalistically we will obtain the number NINE, 1 + 4 + 4 = 9. Nine is the Ninth Sphere, Sex. Only they who have attained Absolute Chastity will be saved.

“And I looked, and lo, a Lamb stood on the Mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having their Father’s name written on their foreheads.” (Rev. 14: 1-5).

Mount Zion is the Superior Worlds, the numerals are a symbolic quantity which kabalistically break down as follows: 1 + 4 + 4 = 9. Nine is the Ninth Sphere, Sex. Only with the GREAT ARCANUM can we be saved and receive the Name of the Father on the brow.

Zion is the people, the Spiritual People of God. This group of people is formed by all those who practice Sexual Magic (the People of Chastity). Referring to the New Jerusalem, it is said:

“And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel.” (Rev. 21:17)

144 = 1 + 4 + 4 = 9, Sex. The 9 is the measure of Man, that is, of the Angel. We remain nine months in the maternal womb. Only in the Ninth Sphere can the Son of Man be born. There has never been an angel who was not born in the Ninth Sphere.

He who wishes to cut off the head of Medusa (the “I”) must descend to the Ninth Sphere.

He who wishes to incarnate the Christ must descend to the Ninth Sphere.

He who wishes to dissolve the “I” must descend to the Ninth Sphere.

The Ninth Sphere is the Sanctum Regnum of the Divine Omnipotence of the Third Logos.

In the Ninth Sphere we find the Fiery Forge of Vulcan. Every novice who works in the Great Work must support himself upon his staff, give light with his own lamp, and wrap himself in his sacred mantle. Every novice must be prudent.

If you wish to incarnate the Christ, be like the lemon. Flee from Lust and Alcohol. Kill the intimate roots of Desire. Esoteric students abound who mistakenly affirm that there are numerous paths which lead to God. However, the Divine Great Master Jesus said:

“Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto light, and few there be that find it” (Matthew 7:14).

If the esoteric student patiently scrutinizes all that the FOUR GOSPELS comprise, he will be able to prove for himself that Jesus never said that there were many paths.

The adorable Savior of the World only spoke of one NARROW DOOR, and of only one Narrow and Difficult Path. And this Door is Sex! And this path is Sex! There is no other path to God. Never in all of Eternity has there been any Prophet who has known of any door other than Sex.

Some esoteric students who are mistaken, confused, and misguided object to these teachings and affirm that Pythagoras, Zoroaster, Jesus and other Initiates were celibate, and supposedly never had wives. In all the Temples of the Mysteries there were Sacred Vestals. Materialists, disrespectful people, those with evil intentions have arbitrarily sought to label them “sacred prostitutes”. These Vestals were, however, really Initiate Virgins. Esoteric Virgins, although their bodies may no longer have been physiologically virgins.

The Initiates of the Temple, Pythagoras, Zoroaster, Jesus Christ, in fact all those ancient Initiates, WITHOUT EXCEPTION, really practiced the Arcanum A.Z.F. with the Vestals of the Temple. Only within the Fiery Forge of Vulcan could those Great Initiates re-temper their arms and conquer the heart of Venus.

-From Ch.9 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

INITIATIC SIGNIFICANCE of Arcanum 9

This Arcanum is that of the Hermit, he appears as an old man who carries a lantern in his right hand , this lantern must be raised up in order to have light on the path, it must be elevated, raised high in order to illuminate.

If the Number Nine is multiplied with any digit it always gives nine. Example:

2 x 9 =18 1 + 8 = 9
4 x 9 = 36 3 + 6 = 9
5 x 9 = 45 4 + 5 = 9

This is very interesting, there exist 9 Infernal Circles within the interior of the Earth, from the epidermis of the Earth to the interior we can say that there are NINE INFERNAL PARALLEL UNIVERSES, which go to the very heart of the Earth; the Ninth Circle being in the center of the Earth. These Nine Circles are the 9 Demonic or Diabolic Regions. There also exist 9 Superior Circles in occultism which are termed the 9 Heavens. We can represent these 9 Heavens with the 9 Planets.

When, for example, we refer to the Moon, we should not think of the physical satellite [of the] Moon. The Diabolic Sub-Lunar Region must not be sought in the Moon, but rather in the interior of the Earth.

Now let’s think about the Lunar Heaven, this does not exactly mean that it is of the Moon, but rather of the Superior Regions, that is, molecular regions which are Lunar and are governed by the Moon; it is a Lunar Molecular World which is to be found here, in our world.

This FIRST LUNAR HEAVEN has its science, the souls who merit ascending to this region are to be found here, because not all of the disincarnated succeed in attaining this Heaven, the majority of the disincarnated return from the threshold in order to enter the region of the dead, and later penetrate a new womb; others enter into the submerged involution of the Nine Infernal Spheres.

One enters the first Lunar Heaven to rest, the Moon is related with Sexual Chastity. Here one may recall various errors that have been committed related with Sex.

There exists a serious problem; The Moon tends towards materialism, all terrestrial mechanicity is controlled by the Moon. All life on Earth, the whole terrestrial mechanism is controlled by the Moon, all [of] that mechanical life in which we live is of a Lunar type.

The Moon, like the pendular weight of a huge clock, makes the terrestrial mechanism move, the growth of plants, animals, ovulation in women, the ebb and flow of the seas, the high and low tides etc., depend upon the Moon. Life is so mechanical due to this very fact, if one really does want to triumph, then one must take advantage of the Waxing Moon in one’s activities; and also the Full Moon, if the Waning Moon is used, we fail. The New Moon is very difficult, it has No force.

If one wants to succeed in some activity or in business dealings one INEVITABLY HAS TO TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE WAXING MOON AND THE FULL MOON. NEVER BEGIN A TRANSACTION WITH THE WANING OR NEW MOON.

In order to control Lunar materialism one must appeal to the perfumes of the rose and violet plants. They must be used in order to control materialism because the Moon exercises a materialistic influence upon the human Mind. It is to our misfortune that the Subjective Elements which we have within are controlled by the Moon.

The Soul of every living Being emanates from an atom, the Ain Soph, everyone has their own Ain Soph, this is a star which shines in infinite space, beyond the Nine Heavens; the Souls must return to their Star, to their Ain Soph, the return to their Star is something divine.

The day that one Self-Realizes, one is given the satisfaction of returning to one’s Star, this was spoken about by Plato in his “Timaeus”. EACH THREE-BRAINED BIPED NEEDS TO MAKE, TO CREATE, THE BUTTERFLY IN ORDER TO RETURN TO THAT STAR. The Nine Heavens are in intimate concordance, they combine with the 9 Infernal Circles, in total we have:

NINE HEAVENS + NINE INFERNAL CIRCLES = 18. 1 + 8 = 9, THE NUMBER OF THE MASTER, OF INITIATION.

We need to Self-Realize in the 18 Circles. An individual who has not Self-Realized in the 18 Circles is not a Master.

In synthesis, to be the Perfect Nine is to develop in the Eighteen Circles in order to be a Master.

ATMAN is the Divine Spirit (an emanation of the Logos) who has two Souls, Buddhi and Manas. To Comprehend this is vital, in the Middle Ages when the medieval knight went out to do battle for his lady, it was none other than the Human Soul fighting to win its Spiritual Soul.

I came to understand this when my Real Being took me to the Causal World which is of an intensely electric blue color.

The King, Atman, the Lord, was seated at a table with a beautiful lady, his Spiritual Soul, his Beatrice, his Valkyrie; and with the Human Soul they sat in a Triangle.

Atman began to speak, and said:

“I HAVE TWO SOULS, THE SPIRITUAL SOUL AND THE HUMAN SOUL, AND WHILE THE HUMAN SOUL WORKS, THE SPIRITUAL SOUL PLAYS, AND LIVES HAPPILY.

THIS IS MY DOCTRINE. THUS WE THREE ARE ONE.”

We REUNITE Atman, Buddhi and Manas IN THE CAUSAL WORLD, IN THAT REGION OF CAUSES, WITHOUT THAT EXPERIENCE IT WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE TO EXPLAIN THIS CLEARLY.

Atman unfolds into Buddhi, and Buddhi into Manas, just as if we were to see ourselves in a mirror, and then the Trinity is created. The Essence is an unfoldment of the Superior Manas, that Essence being in turn trapped in the “Ego”.

The awakening of that Essence is the awakening of Consciousness; it is to become conscious of the Mysteries of Life and Death, many individuals want to awaken consciousness, but in a given moment, they abandon the work, and because of this, the Maithuna was never communicated to anyone before awakening Consciousness.

THE “CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 1968-69” CONTAINS THE RUNES FOR AWAKENING CONSCIOUSNESS.

TO INCARNATE THE BEING, THE DIVINE TRINITY, IS REALLY DIFFICULT, it is necessary to create the Solar Bodies.

If the Being were incarnated without having created the Solar Bodies, one would not be able to withstand the electric shock, one would die.

To create the Solar Bodies is vital, one must work in the Ninth Sphere; one has to descend to the Forge of the Cyclops in order to work with the Water and the Fire. The Creative Energy is the Holy Spirit. Vulcan is the Third Logos, the Sexual Force, Shiva.

THE SACRED FIRE IS “SHE”, THE IGNEOUS SERPENT WHO RISES THROUGH THE SPINAL COLUMN, SHE IS THE MOTHER KUNDALINI, SHE IS MARRIED WITH HER HUSBAND IN THE PINEAL GLAND.

THE THIRD LOGOS, THE HOLY SPIRIT, THE ETERNAL HUSBAND IS HE WHO FECUNDATES THE DIVINE MOTHER KUNDALINI, THE ROOT OF THE MONAD MOTHER OF SPACE.

The Cosmic Seedbed, the Matripadma, is the Deva Mater, she is the Chaotic Matter, the Sustancia Mater, the Materia Prima of the “Great Work”, which is Mother Space. The Holy Spirit is the Third Logos who Fecundates her, who is latent in Matripadma. Without him, she remains still, and with him, she comes to light, reverberates, swells.

THE FATHER IS THE FIRST LOGOS, THE SECOND IS THE SON AND THE THIRD IS THE HOLY SPIRIT.

THESE THREE ASPECTS ARE BEHIND ATMAN, BUDDHI AND MANAS.

FROM THE AIN SOPH EMENATES THE FATHER, FROM HIM THE SON AND FROM HIM, THE HOLY SPIRIT. These three Logoi are the TAO, Brahama, the Universal Spirit of Life, and beyond this is the Absolute. These three Logoi emanate from that Universal Ocean of Life, a wave which arises may be ISHVARA, a Purusha who teaches, and having taught, merges with the Spirit of the Ocean.

In itself, the Absolute has its three aspects; Ain, Ain Soph, and Ain Soph Aur, to speak about Ain is difficult because it is the UNMANIFESTED ABSOLUTE.

Form does not exist in the Absolute, nor figure, nor number, nor weight, when the Universe dissolves, only the memory remains in the consciousness of the Gods; and with those memories the Universe of Pleroma is formed and if one wanted to take something from there it would not exist, because there are only memories.

-From Ch.31 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

SYNTHESIS of Arcanum 9:

A SELF-REALIZED BEING IS UNDERSTOOD AS SOMEONE WHO HAS CREATED THE SOLAR BODIES AND WHO HAS FINISHED WITH THE EGO. ONE ONLY DESCENDS TO THE ABYSS BY ORDER OF THE ANCIENT OF DAYS, AND IT WILL BE ORDERED ONLY SO AS TO ASCEND.

Initiation is your life itself. THE INTIMUS IS THE ONE WHO RECEIVES INITIATIONS. Thus it is that Initiation has nothing to do with any of those fantastic stories which are so prevalent in certain books.

Here, nothing is given to us as a gift, everything has a cost. He, to whom nothing is owed, nothing will be paid. Initiations are payments which the Logos makes to man when the disciple has sacrificed himself for humanity.

Those who are only preoccupied with spiritual progress, and who do not work for others, obtain absolutely nothing. He who wants to progress must Sacrifice for others. INITIATION IS LIFE ITSELF, LIVED INTENSELY, WITH RECTITUDE AND LOVE.

-From Ch.31 of The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of the Tarot and Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

The Ninth Arcanum: ARCANUM 9

In this lesson, we will study the Ninth Key of Basil Valentine (from the illustration of Viridarium Chymicum). The Ninth Key represents old Saturn falling and the Moon Goddess victoriously rising.

The first is the lead and the second is the silver (The Terrestrial Adam, the psychological “I”). It must fall and die so that the Adam Christ can be born within us. We need to transmute the lead into gold. The lead of our personality must be transmuted into the gold of the Spirit.

The Sophic moon mercury (the Ens Seminis) must rise and return inwardly and upwardly. To disincarnate signifies to perpetuate error. The Psychological “I”, the Terrestrial Adam is born millions of times, returning in order to satisfy desires.

Terrestrial births are the perpetuation of ignorance. To be born in spirit and in truth signifies death for the Terrestrial Adam. The Adam Christ is born from the seed.

The grain, the seed, needs THELEMA (willpower) in order for the SUPER MAN to heroically germinate; the birth of the Super Man is not the outcome of evolution.

There is no need to evolve in order to attain perfection as many students of occultism assume. Evolution is simply the movement of universal life according to the concepts of time, space and movement. All possibilities are contained within the evolving nature. Some become very good and others very bad.

However, the Super Man is not the result of any sort of evolution, but the outcome of a tremendous revolution of the Consciousness. Adam Christ is so much different from the Terrestrial Adam, as the lightning is from the black cloud; lightning is born from the cloud, yet it is not the cloud. Lightning is the Super Man while the cloud is the man.

To be born is a sexual problem, the path is sexual transmutation.

A rectangle appears in the Ninth Key, this represents the four elements of Alchemy. By carefully studying this rectangle, we discover a double circle that wisely symbolizes the mercurial matter with its two properties (Generation and Regeneration).

The double circle contains three serpents that emerge from three hearts. Indeed, we need to work with the Mercury, the Sulfur and the Salt in order to raise the serpent of metal upon the rod.

The Adam Christ is born in us only by working with the MATERIA PRIMA, Mercury – Sulfur – Salt; the Phoenix Bird that is born from its own ashes stands upon the double circle of Mercurial Matter.

We need to become imitators of this mythological bird; however, this is only possible when we work with the grain. The eagle of volatility is the Terrestrial Adam that is dominated by the crow of putrefaction.

The moon goddess carries upon her head a white swan. We must whiten the crow with sexual transmutation until transforming it into the immaculate swan of Ascension. The entire symbolism of the Great Work is enveloped within the Ninth Key. No one can work with the Sephirothic tree without being an Alchemist and a Kabalist.

The wise individuals of the Ninth Arcanum must search for the treasury within the ninth sphere. One must study the Alchemical theory and work with the grain. “Practice without theory cannot exist.”

The Ninth Sphere

An occultist sentence affirms that “One Can Only Depart Through The Same Door That One Has Entered.” We departed from Eden. Eden is sex in itself. Therefore only through the doors of sex can we enter into Eden.

The fetus (after having accomplished its entire process of gestation) arrives at the moment when it must depart through the same door that its seed-germ entered. This is the Law. The physical body of man is the outcome of nine months of gestation within the maternal womb.

By means of philosophical analogies we also deduce that the human species remained within the maternal womb of the Divine Cosmic Mother ISIS – REA – CIBELES – MARY – ADONIA – INSOBERTHA – KALI, etc. gestating for nine ages.

In the “Authentic Initiation,” this return to the point of departure is nothing more than the descent into the Ninth Sphere, which is a test of action for the supreme dignity of the Great Hierophant of Mysteries.

The Flaming Forge of Vulcan is found in the Ninth Sphere (sex). There, Mars descends in order to retemper his flaming sword and conquer the heart of Venus (the Venusian Initiation). Hercules descends in order to clean the stables of Augias (our lower animal depths). Perseus descends in order to cut off the head of Medusa (the psychological “I,” or the terrestrial Adam) with his flaming sword.

All of the Great Masters of humanity such as Hermes, Buddha, Jesus, Dante, Zoroaster, etc., had to pass through this utmost test. The following phrase is written upon the frightful threshold of the Ninth Sphere (which does not grant access to profaners):

“Lasciate Ogni Speranza Voi Ch’entrate” [Abandon hope, all ye who enter here].

The ZOHAR emphatically warns us that within the depths of the Abyss lives the Adam Protoplastus, the differentiating principle of the souls. With this principle we have to dispute in the fight to the death, in order to achieve victory.

This fight is terrible, brain against sex, and sex against brain, and what is even more terrible and more painful is heart against heart, you know it. The sign of the Infinite is resplendent within the heart of the Earth. The sign of the infinite is the Holy Eight. In this sign the Heart, Brain and Sex of the Genie of the Earth are represented. The secret name of this Genie is Cham-Gam. The sign of the infinite is in the center of the Ninth Sphere.

Earth has nine atomic stratums. The sign of the Infinite is found within the ninth stratum. THE NINE INITIATIONS OF MINOR MYSTERIES gradually correspond with each one of these nine stratums. Each Initiation of Minor Mysteries gives access to each one of these terrestrial stratums. Therefore, only the ones who have attained the nine initiations of Minor Mysteries can reach the heart of the earth. Each terrestrial stratum is guarded by terrifying guardians. Secret paths lead the disciple towards the heart of the earth.

The double Vital current of the Genie of the Earth is represented in the Sign of the Infinite. The double Vital current sustains and nourishes the entire planet earth; thus, all the living beings are organized upon this divine archetype. A divine atom exists in the center of the sign of the Infinite. The nine spheres of atomic vibration are concentrically focused within this atom of the Genie of the Earth.

THE HOLY EIGHT GLORIOUSLY SHINES IN THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

In the Center of this Holy Eight the central atom is found, which is where THE NINE SPHERES OF UNIVERSAL VIBRATION are focused. THIS IS THE LAW.

KABALISTIC TRADITIONS

Kabalistic traditions tell us that Adam had two wives, LILITH AND NAHEMAH. It is stated that Lilith is the mother of abortion, homosexuality and all crimes against Nature in general. Nahemah is the malignant and fatal beauty. Nahemah is the mother of adultery and passionate fornication.

Any marriage in violation of the law is easy to recognize because on the day of the wedding, the bride appears bald. Since hair is the symbol of Chastity for the woman, on wedding days of Nahemah it is prohibited to display hair, thus, she instinctively covers her hair with the veil (as if she is trying to conceal it).

Thus, the abyss is divided into two large infrasexual spheres. These are the spheres of Lilith and Nahemah. The inhabitants of the sphere of Lilith do not have any hope for salvation, whereas the inhabitants of the sphere of Nahemah still have hope for redemption.

SPHERE OF LILITH: Here we find those who abhor sex. For example: Anchorites, Monks, Mystics, Spiritualists people, People from different Pseudo-Occultist organizations, etc. All types of infrasexual people hate sex and consider themselves to be highly superior to those of normal sexuality.

Infrasexual people mortally hate the Arcanum A.Z.F. nevertheless, they give to themselves special credentials, and therefore, it is not difficult to find homosexuality within many convents and schools that are dedicated to spiritualistic or pseudo-esoteric studies. All of the crimes against nature are found in the Infrasexual Sphere of Lilith.

SPHERE OF NAHEMAH: She seduces with the enchantment of her malignant beauty. Adultery is the outcome of this fatal enchantment. In the Sphere of Nahemah we find the delectable cruelties from the kingdom of Infrasexuality. In the atomic regions of the Infrasexual sphere of Nahemah live the Don Juans Tenarios types of men and Doña Inés [the madam of the whore house] or rather the beautiful Hetaeras , some sweet and others cruel.

If people of normal sexuality do not live alert and vigilant, they can convert themselves into fatal proselytes of these infrasexual people, since they dress themselves like Saints, Apostles, Anchorites, etc., and believing themselves to be superior; they go and deceive the people of normal sexuality, and convert them into their henchmen.

Understand that those people of normal sexuality are those who have no sexual conflicts of any kind. Sexuality among people of normal sexuality is in perfect equilibrium with the spheres of thought, feeling and will.

THESE TYPES OF PEOPLE DO NOT ABUSE SEX, NOR DO THEY HAVE ANY KIND OF SEXUAL ABERRATIONS .

The sphere of Suprasexuality is the sphere of internal illumination. Sexual enjoyment precedes the mystical ecstasy. Sexual sensations are transmuted into sensations of Ineffable Ecstasy.

THE AGE OF MYSTICAL ECSTASY IS ALWAYS PRECEEDED BY THE AGE OF SEXUAL ENJOYMENT.

After having attained the VENUSIAN INITIATION, in other words after the birth of the Adam Christ within us, we must then extract the philosophical egg from the rottenness of the matter and deliver it to the Son of Man.

This means to transplant the totality of the sexual energies. We must deliver the totality of the sexual energies to Adam Christ, this is how he becomes absolutely robust.

The Path is called: TRANSMUTATION AND SEXUAL SUBLIMATION. Whosoever reaches these heights becomes a Master of Samadhi. The same energy that produces sexual sensations (when it is transmuted) then produces mystical ecstasy. Christ, Buddha, Hermes, Quetzalcoatl and many other Avatars were Suprasexual.

VULCAN: Sexual energy is divided into three distinct types. The First type is related with the reproduction of the species, the Second is related with the spheres of thought, feeling and will, the Third is related with the world of Pure Spirit.

All of the processes related with sexual transmutation are made possible because of the intervention of the Vital Body. This is the archeus that elaborates the blood and the Semen in the human organism. This is the Vulcan that transmutes the seminal liquor into Christic energy.

The Vital Body is the vehicle of the Soul-Consciousness in the human being. The Consciousness is the flame and the Vital Body is the Wick. Vulcan exists within the Micro-Cosmos and within the Macro-Cosmos, in man and in Nature. The great Vulcan of Nature is Eden, this is the Etheric Plane.

COSMIC RHYTHYMS: Any Alchemist Fledgling (after having been crowned) is getting away little by little from the sexual act. The connubial secret is more distant each time according to certain cosmic rhythms marked by the oriental Gong. This is how the sexual energies are sublimated and transmuted in a CONTINUOUS ECSTASY.

The fledgling of Alchemy who has worked in the Magisterium of Fire in former reincarnations performs this Laboratory work in a relatively short time. However, those who work for the first time in the Great Work need at least (20) twenty years of intense work, in order to then enter into the second part for another (20) twenty years in order to slowly withdraw from the Laboratory work. A total of forty (40) years in order to perform the entire work.

However, when the alchemist spills the cup of Hermes, the fire of the furnace of his Laboratory is off and the entire work is lost.

MANTRAMS FOR SEXUAL MAGIC: I.A.O. OU AOAI OUO OUOAE KORE Now continue with the powerful Mantrams: KAWLAKAW, SAWLASAW, ZEESAR. KAWLAKAW is the Inner God. SAWLASAW is the terrestrial man and ZEESAR is the astral body. These powerful Mantrams develop all of the internal powers.

We have already mentioned the Mantram INRI and its modifications [INRI, ENRE, ONRO, UNRU, ANRA see Arcanum 7]. The alchemist must never forget any of these Mantrams.

Arcanum nine of the Tarot is “The Hermit”, prudent and wise, he is covered with the protective cloak of Apollonius which symbolizes prudence, he takes the staff of the Patriarchs as his support and illuminates himself with the lamp of Hermes (Wisdom).

The alchemist must always do the will of the Father; he must be humble in order to attain Wisdom and then after having attained it he must be even more humble, more than anyone else, remember that it is better to remain silent and die.

While the sinful Adam is dying, the Adam Christ is being born.

-From Ch.9 of Esoteric Course of Kabalah by Samael Aun Weor

THE HERMIT (TETH)

Initiation

1. INITIATION is life itself.

2. All the Theosophist and Rosicrucian writers have not done anything but falsify the truth about INITIATION.

3. In all the Theosophist and Rosicrucian works we see countless tales that have nothing to do with the legitimate INITIATION.

4. All those fantastic comic strips of the Theosophists and Rosicrucians have only served to falsify the mind of the students.

5. The reality is that INITIATION is life itself.

6. The INTIMUS is the one who receives the INITIATIONS.

7. The INTIMUS attends festivals in the temples to receive the INITIATIONS.

8. When the disciple does not have his powers developed he is not even aware that he has received the INITIATION.

9. The powers of INITIATION are powers of the INTIMUS,

10. However, if the personality does not have these powers developed, the disciple does not become aware that he possesses Initiatic powers.

11. In this manner, INITIATION has nothing to do with any of those fantastic tales that are so plentiful in the books of Theosophism and Rosicrucianism.

12. Powers are payments that the LOGOS gives to man, when the disciple has sacrificed himself for Humanity.

13. He to whom nothing is owed, nothing is paid.

14. INITIATIONS are payments that the LOGOS makes to man, when the disciple has sacrificed himself for Humanity.

15. Those who only concern themselves with their own Spiritual progress and do not work for others get absolutely nothing.

16. He who wants to progress has to sacrifice himself for others.

17. Those who live telling others the quantity of INITIATIONS that they possess, are committing a grave mistake because the esoteric ages are something very individual and very sacred.

18. In this manner, INITIATION is life itself, intensely lived, with rectitude and with love.

-Paraphrase from Ch.9 of Manual of Practical Magic by Samael Aun Weor,
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