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This beautiful zodiacal sign, Capricorn, house of Saturn, sign of Earth, relates to death. In the physical body it governs the knees. The goat, which is a symbol of Capricorn, reminds us of the god Pan in the Greek and Roman mythology. The god Pan must not be confused or mixed with Priapus, which is another symbol. When you observe the symbol of Pan, you see the legs of a goat, which is precisely the symbol of Capricorn; whereas the upper part of Pan is of a human being, the only difference is that it has horns. This is a very deep symbol that we should inquire and investigate in relation with Gnosticism.
Pan is a symbol of Saturn, which is a planet related to the symbol of Earth. Saturn is associated with the gnomes and pygmies of the Earth, thus, when in mythology we study the god Pan, we see that it is related with these mythological creatures, satyrs, etc., always playing a flute – a symbol of the harmony of the spheres.
When you delve deep into Greek mythology, you find that Saturn is the father of Jupiter and many other gods. Saturn is symbolized with a scythe or sickle, and is also called Kronos, the god of time and death, because astrologically Saturn is related with the ray of death or destruction. So here we discover a very important Kabbalistic symbol, because when you go into the Tree of Life, which is formed by the ten Sephiroth, you see that Binah, which is the third Sephirah of the first triangle at the top of the Tree of Life, is governed by Saturn. In Gnosticism, we state that Binah is governed by Saturn and also by Jupiter, because indeed, Saturn also holds the scepter of the kings, and is also a king.
Christianity has its foundations in Judaism, and Judaism is based on the Tree of Life, Kabbalah - thus Christians call Binah “the Holy Spirit.” This first triangle of the Tree of Life (whose Sephiroth in Kabbalah are called Kether, Chokmah, Binah) are respectively translated into English as Crown, Wisdom, and Understanding (sometimes Binah is translated as ‘Intelligence’). In Christianity these are called Father, Son, and Holy Spirit: the Holy Trinity or Three-Unity.
When we delve into other religions like Hinduism, then we find that this first triangle relates to the Trimurti of the Hindus and Brahmins, which is Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Shiva is the Holy Spirit; Shiva is Binah. Among the Hindus, they know that Shiva is the first-begotten and is the god of creation and destruction. Hinduism is a very ancient religion – oldest among our many religions.
Judaism equates with certain mythological symbols that Moses took from Egypt, since Egypt is one of the great civilizations that flourished after India. When we investigate our root race, the Aryan race, we know that the first subrace of this Aryan race flourished in Tibet, then the second in India and China, and the third in Egypt, Persia, Babylon, Chaldea, etc. When we investigate the fourth - formed by the Greek and Roman civilizations - then we discover the emerging of Judaism and Christianity in between these two Aryan subraces – the third and fourth subraces - that come from the ancient religions of India and Tibet.
In Kabbalah there are different divine names attributed to each Sephirah of the ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. The name given to Binah in Atziluth is Jehovah Elohim, or as we say in Kabbalah, Iod-Havah – this is how the Jehovah, which you read in the Bible is pronounced in a strictly Kabbalistic way, Iod-Havah. This name Jehovah or Jahovah is written with four letters: Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei. Those are the four letters which are called the Holy Tetragrammaton, which is a Greek word from ‘tetra,’ four, and ‘maton’ which means ‘lettered’ or ‘a union of four letters.’ When you have pronounced Tetragrammaton, you are pronouncing the holy name of God: Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei, the tetra, the four; one, two, three, four. However, if you notice, when you pronounce those letters, Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei, you are pronouncing the second letter again in the fourth.
So, Theodorus Siculus stated that IAO is the highest of all the gods. Indeed, IAO is Saturn, which is also associated with Jupiter – a force, an energy, in Heaven. So the seasons of the year, according to this theologian Theodorus Siculus, states that Zeus governs Spring, Helios (the sun) governs Summer, and IAO Autumn or Fall, while Hades, the god of Hell, which is also Pluto, governs Winter. So we find here that IAO, according to Greek mythology, is related to the season of Autumn, which is precisely the great symbol of the god of death, because that is precisely when nature starts declining in order to enter into Winter. IAO is precisely that god that was, in different languages, especially Spanish, mixed with the word ‘Diablo,’ which in English is ‘Devil.’ So, the Divine Daemon of Socrates, the Diablo or the Devil as we say it in mythological terms, is directly related with the god Pan, which is in relation with Lucifer, the forces of nature.
The Doctrine of Moses is the Doctrine of Lucifer. - Samael Aun Weor, The Pistis Sophia Unveiled
When you study the Tree of Life, you discover that Binah, the Holy Spirit (Shiva in India) is related with the sphere of Yesod. This is because each one of these forces – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – governs the three triangles:
Within the third triangle we find Yesod, which is called ‘the Stone.’ Saturn is associated with the Stone. This is why in mythology you find that every time Saturn’s wife was delivering a son, he swallowed him, he ate that son in order for him not to lose power, so to always be on the throne. But then his wife gave him a stone to swallow; he thought that he was swallowing his son, but Saturn’s wife put Jupiter (or Zeus) aside in order for Saturn not to swallow that son. This is a very deep knowledge, which has a deep meaning related to the initiation; that is, as a lightning, Jupiter emerges thanks to the help of nature and becomes the king of heaven – this is how we have to understand this and to comprehend it, because in all the Greek and Roman mythologies you find a lot of wisdom hidden within.
So, Saturn in heaven, as you see, is the Holy Spirit; but when he descends into the stone of Yesod, which is a symbol of the sexual energy, of the sexual organs, he becomes the god Pan, or the forces of nature, the forces of creation. The god Pan, which is associated with the energies of creation, takes over the world of Samsara – which is the world of Malkuth, this physical world, in which we are submitted to the circle of time. Remember that Saturn is also called Kronos, which is related to time, and it is because, indeed, when that force descends into the three-dimensional world, it becomes the lord of time. Time works through the sexual energy; in other words, we enter into the circle of time through sex, because Yesod is always associated with the Ninth Sphere, which is the sexual organs - as you can see it in the tree of life: when we place the ten Sephiroth over the human being, Yesod is related with the sexual organs.
It is obvious that all of us came into this physical world through the sexual energy. So, that sexual energy is what in the Gospels, in Christianity, is called the Holy Spirit, which is the giver of life. It is written that the Holy Spirit dwells in the body, and that our body is a temple of the Holy Ghost, because this Holy Ghost, this Holy Spirit, the god of creation, is precisely the same Pan, in which the sexual organs are represented as the legs of a goat, because the goat is always a representation of sexual potency. Among the animals, the goat or the lamb, the ram is always an animal that has a lot of sexual potency, and is an animal that was worshipped or taken care of in different rituals, sacrifices, especially in the Bible.
This month shall be unto you the beginning of months: it shall be the first month of the year to you. Speak ye unto all the congregation of Israel, saying, In the tenth day of this month they shall take to them every man a lamb, according to the house of their fathers, a lamb for an house: And if the household be too little for the lamb, let him and his neighbor next unto his house take it according to the number of the souls; every man according to his eating shall make your count for the lamb. Your lamb shall be without blemish, a male of the first year: ye shall take it out from the sheep, or from the goats: And ye shall keep it up until the fourteenth day of the same month: and the whole assembly of the congregation of Israel shall kill it in the evening… In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at even, ye shall eat unleavened bread, until the one and twentieth day of the month at even. Seven days shall there be no leaven found in your houses: for whosoever eateth that which is leavened, even that soul shall be cut off from the congregation of Israel, whether he be a stranger, or born in the land. - Exodus 12: 2-6, 18, 19
It is written that in the tenth of the month of September - which is the beginning of the year according to the Jewish calendar - the priest or any home of that congregation had to take a male goat or a male ram to keep and feed it there for four days, to stay there from the 10th to the 14th. Then, on the 14th, they had to kill it in order to celebrate what they call the Passover, which are seven days of celebration; if you count the 14th to the 21st, it is seven days.
So, Rosh Hashanah, which is the Jewish New Year, take place in September about 202 days before Passover, thus, connecting the New Year to the first new moon of spring, as ancient Babylonians who also connected the New Year to spring, after the Vernal Equinox.
Thus, Passover is nothing but the passing from one season into another season (esoterically, the passing from the seven serpents of fire into the seven serpents of light, which can be raised only by the Lamb-Christ) and a preparation for the journey into winter, in which Saturn will come with his scythe in order to perform his duty, which is death; in winter everything dies, in order for Hades to take over.
This is the cycle of time; every year is the same repetition – spring, summer, fall, winter; spring, summer, fall, winter. This is precisely what happens also in the human kingdom, in the human level: there is spring, there is summer – spring when you are young, summer when you are an adult, and then the fall comes, and you start decaying and getting old, and finally winter, and you die. So that is the process, as we explained in other lectures, of evolution and devolution, growing and decaying – something natural in nature. We can see that in the plants and animals and human beings; in the planets repeating that process; and also in the process of the races – any civilizations grows, becomes mature, and then starts decaying and dies. That happened with great civilizations in the past; nobody can avoid the cycle of Saturn, cycle of Kronos, time – he controls nature.
According to Judaism, they have to kill a male goat without any blemish – pure – to kill it in certain ways in order to celebrate the Passover. When you read, of course, this Passover history in the Bible, you read how Moses is performing great miracles, wonders, in front of the Pharaoh. And, indeed, he performs only ten, related with the same Tree of Life. The tenth, which is related with the lower Sephirah here, Malkuth, is when all of the firstborn of Egypt are killed. It says that the Angel of Death comes, descends, the Lord comes in order to kill the first-born of the Egyptians and to give freedom to those who believe, better said, those who understand the knowledge of the greatest God in heaven – IAO, which in the Bible is translated as Jehovah.
When you study the seven bodies of the true human being, you discover that every real, true human being has seven bodies:
So that is the septuple constitution of the true human being. These seven bodies are represented in the lower Sephiroth of the Tree of Life, and related to the seven initiations of light or seven days of celebration of Passover.
The seventh, which is Chesed, is also attributed to Saturn, who is called the Ancient of Days, because indeed the Spirit (Chesed) is the Son of the Cosmic Christ. If we investigate from where the Spirit emerged, then we discover that it comes from the higher Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, whose creation is performed through Binah, which is called the Holy Spirit. In other words, the individual Spirit of each one of us is the son of the Holy Spirit.
This is how you find that our own particular interior Spirit is represented by Saturn who is called the Ancient of Days. This is why in mythology it is explained that Saturn (Binah) is the one that gives birth to Jupiter (Chesed), but it has to be through initiation, in which you take advantage of the forces of nature in order to go up into the Tree of Life and enter, as the Gospel says, into the Kingdom of Heaven. But for that, there has to be a massacre, there has to be a killing, which is also represented in the Exodus of Israel with Moses. This Exodus, we will state, is the first Halloween that was celebrated according to the Bible, according to what is written of those event at that time.
Halloween is a word that comes from All Hallows Eve, “the evening of all holies.” To reach that point, see what we are explaining here, that the Passover is celebrated over seven days; Saturn is the seventh planet; and in the Bible you always find that the number seven is always very significant: seven days of Genesis, and different celebrations in which they always go until the seventh day, for instance the seventh day is Shabbat, which is called Shabbatai, which is Saturday. Saturday is the day of Saturn. So, obviously, Judaism is based on Saturn and Binah in the mysteries of Saturday, which are attributed to Saturn, Kronos, time.
The goat and the lamb are the animals attributed to Saturn, and this is why in Judaism you find a lot of celebrations related with the goat and lamb – an animal that represents the sexual force of nature, as we were explaining; this is why the god Pan has that symbol. If you delve into the Christianity of this day and age, they symbolize the Devil with the legs of a goat, and the upper part of a human being with horns, like the god Pan. Indeed, the Catholic Church was the one that started mixing the Devil with this shape in order to push away the gods of mythology or paganism, as they call it. But, indeed, Pan is a symbol of Saturn, and is the same symbol of the Lord Jehovah as a force of creation in the physical world. This is why, when you read Exodus and all of the books of the Bible, the god Jehovah demands the goat or the lamb as a sacrifice, because they are the animals related with his force, with his energy.
When the Passover finishes, according to the book of Exodus, as it is written, on the tenth day, you take care of the lamb until the fourteenth of September, and then you kill it and celebrate the Passover for seven days, until the twenty-first. From the twenty-first of September to the very end of October you count exactly forty days – the Lent, which of course is celebrated in Christianity in different ways.
When you investigate in Kabbalah the forty days of Lent, you discover that forty is the number of the Hebrew letter מ Mem, which relates to the forces of matter, the forces of the Earth, the water. When you investigate the Tree of Life, you discover that Yesod is in relation with the waters of Genesis, and then you discover that Jonah descended to Nineveh to preach and say that they should stop doing evil things.
And Jonah began to enter into the city a day's journey, and he cried, and said, Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown. - Jonah 3:4
This number forty is always found very often in the Bible in relation with death, destruction, penances, and water.
You find, for instance, forty days of the universal flood – you see, very clearly there: flood, water, forty days, the letter Mem in relation with the Ark of Noah. The Ark of Noah indeed is a symbol of the Great Arcanum, the great secret in which you control the forces of nature. You have to enter into this ark with all the animals; in other words, with all the forces that manifest in nature.
Then you find, for instance, that the Israelites, after they left Egypt, were precisely forty years in the wilderness.
You find the letter Mem in the Thirteenth Arcanum of the Tarot, and it is called Immortality. Immortality is really something that we have to achieve, and in the Thirteenth Arcanum of the Tarot we also find the symbol of the scythe – death, and thirteen is also related - in this case - with death, but also relates to the letter Mem, because Mem is the thirteenth letter of the Hebrew Kabbalistic alphabet.
Remember, also, that the great Kabir, the great Rabbi of Galilee, Jesus of Nazareth, was forty days in the wilderness fasting and facing the Devil, or the temptations of Satan. But it is written there, if you read carefully in the Gospels, that when Jesus was baptized in the Jordan (which is always associated with water, the Holy Spirit, which we are talking about here) Binah, Saturn, Jehovah, IAO enters into his body in the form of a white dove. And after that it is written there that the Spirit takes him to the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.
And straightway coming up out of the water, he saw the heavens opened, and the Spirit like a dove descending upon him: And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased. And immediately the Spirit driveth him into the wilderness. And he was there in the wilderness forty days, tempted of Satan; and was with the wild beasts; and the angels ministered unto him. - Mark 1:10-13
Obviously, we find here the two aspects of Saturn: the creator is giving life, but then is tempting him in the wilderness through the negative aspect of that force, which works through nature. This negative aspect, we will say, is the mechanical aspect of the Holy Spirit that works in nature – because the Holy Spirit is the giver of life. You see, it gives life in the mineral kingdom, in the plant kingdom, in the animal kingdom, and in the human kingdom – but in the mechanical way. The force of the Holy Spirit is in the sexual organs, yet, as a sexual potency is called Lucifer (“carrier of light”), but is also called Satan “the adversary.”
Why is Satan called “the adversary?” Because Malkuth is the negative aspect of Chesed; yet from another point of view, we understand adversary in the sense that when you are in this world, Malkuth, the physical world, you act as an animal – but that animal aspect that is very normal in the irrational animal becomes very adversary in our nature, because we have to stop being an animal and control the animal that we have within in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. In other words, we have to conquer Pan, we have to conquer Satan, the mechanical forces of nature represented in that adversary called Satan, which is not outside but inside every one of us.
Satan as a force manifests especially in the sexual organs, but also manifests through the solar plexus as all of the animal appetites that we have within – and in the mind as well. So those defects that we call anger, lust, pride, vanity, laziness, etc. are animal attributes that any animal has, but that we should annihilate, that is, we must conquer the animal level in order to become a true human being. That is precisely the process that is symbolized in those forty days in the wilderness when Jesus is facing Satan and his temptations. Those forty days could be symbolized in different ways – for instance, when the Israelites were in the wilderness they were for forty years. The number forty does not mean that you have to do the whole work in forty years, it means that forty is the symbol that shows that you are in the process of doing what you have to do, which is the transformation of the human nature into a divine nature – the outcome of such a transformation is what the Master Jesus called the ‘Son of Man,’ the man who works with Saturn.
Another symbol of Saturn is the crow, the raven, the symbol of death. If you remember in the Ark of Noah, Noah first sends a crow in order to see if there is some land, and the crow does not return. When he sends a dove, which is a symbol of the purity of the sexual energy, or the Holy Spirit, the dove returns with a branch of olive in his beak, a symbol that there is dry land already there, that the waters are diminishing and life is returning again into the life of the initiate – very deep symbology.
As you see in the Book of Exodus, Moses performs great wonders in front of the Pharaoh. That Pharaoh is the symbol of the forces of Malkuth. Here in Malkuth, the Pharaoh symbolizes the intellect, the reasoning that has to be controlled and has to see all of the wonders that the consciousness will perform when we know the way within ourselves.
But the tenth wonder is precisely what we want to talk about here in this lecture, which is when the angel of God called ‘Destroyer’ comes into Egypt and kills all of the firstborn of Egypt. In Malkuth, what is called in Kabbalah מצרים Mitsrayim or ‘Matzarim,’ is a name that in Hebrew is given to Egypt. This Matzarim, Egypt, is the world of Malkuth, the physical world – it is not directly pointing to Egypt of the Middle East. You have to understand that many names that you find in the Bible and many other books, many cities, many countries, and lands had that name, but many prophets and great initiates took those names in order to symbolize different things of the initiation. So, when you read in the Bible ‘Matzarim,’ Egypt, it is not referring directly to the country of Egypt, it is directly related to the whole planet Earth – that is Egypt in Kabbalah. As well, when we talk about Babylon, it is also related with the whole planet, not directly related as people think just with Iraq.
So, what does it mean “to kill all of the firstborn of Malkuth, Matzarim” that is the tenth wonder that Moses performs before leaving Egypt to the Promised Land - which is precisely the world of Yesod, the fourth dimension? Well, it is written there that IAO, which is Saturn (Binah, the Lord of Sabbath, because IAO, Saturn, is the Lord of the Ray of Death), the Lord of darkness and death, said:
Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether…
All the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more… For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night, and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment: I am “Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei” (IAOH). And the blood shall be to you for a token upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt. – Exodus 11: 1, 5, 6, 12, 13
This is something that the initiate has to perform within himself, thus, it is written there that in order to avoid being killed by the force of the Destroyer (Apollyon), every Israelite has to put goat blood upon the lintel of their home, in order for the Destroyer or Angel of Death to see the sign and to go away and not kill anybody there.
The blood of the lamb is the symbol of sexual transmutation – Daath, the knowledge of the initiation in which you have already awakened the energy of Kundalini, and you have reached a certain level in which you have to leave Egypt.
First, you have to conquer the mind in order to leave Egypt, because the world of Malkuth is nothing but the world of the protoplasmic mind, the concrete matter, the animal intellect. You discover that when you achieve the first initiation of Major Mysteries, when the blood of the lamb is Christifying and purifying your physical body, here you achieve the age of 100 years.
When you achieve the second initiation of Major Mysteries, then you achieve the esoteric age of 200 years.
When you achieve the third initiation, when you conquer you emotional self, then you acquire the age of 300 years.
When you finally become a Buddha, illuminated in your mind, somebody who controls the mind completely, you have 400 esoteric years.
So, this is the esoteric age which we talk in initiation – when we say, “This person that I know has 300 years,” what we state with this is that this person has control over his emotional self completely and is purified, Christified, in the emotional level. But when we say that the person is already controlling the mind, it is at his 400 years; and when somebody reaches 400 years, esoterically speaking, this person has the right to enter into the levels of willpower.
The levels of willpower relate to the will of controlling the forces of nature; this is represented by Moses – because if you remember, Moses is the one who was in front of the intellect, which is the pharaoh, and performed the miracles. He says ‘Let my people go,’ which means, let my consciousness be free from your power; Moses is that willpower (human soul) working there.
Every initiation is related with the 33 vertebrae of our spinal column. In other words, in order to acquire 100, 200, 300 or whatever initiation, we need to raise the energy of the Holy Spirit through the 33 vertebrae of the spinal column. The forces of the Holy Spirit are the energy of Pan, the energies of creation. This energy in Hinduism is called ‘Kundalini.’ In the ancient Aztec culture of Mexico, it is called Quetzalcoatl, which is the ‘Feathered Serpent.’ So, this Feathered Serpent Quetzalcoatl is the same Kundalini, which is the same serpent that Moses lifted up in the wilderness. This is why when Jesus of Nazareth was talking with Nicodemus in the Bible, he said:
And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up. – John 3:14
This Son of Man is the Christic energy of sex that has to rise - when we know the secret of the Great Arcanum - through the 33 vertebrae of our spinal column. These 33 vertebrae of our spinal column are related with the 33 years of Jesus – you know that Jesus lived exactly 33 years. And it is also related with the 33 degrees of Masonry. Indeed, these 33 degrees were known in ancient times, in Egypt; then, everybody knew that when you raise your energy of Kundalini in your spinal column, it reaches the Mount of the Skull, which is called Golgotha, and when it touches the pineal gland, you acquire the initiation. Every initiation is acquired when you raise the energy of the Holy Spirit in different levels or octaves.
So, the Israelites, according to Exodus, left Egypt after 430 years. Yes, it is written in Exodus that they were in Egypt 430 years.
Now the sojourning of the children of Israel, who dwelt in Egypt, was four hundred and thirty years. And it came to pass at the end of the four hundred and thirty years, even the selfsame day it came to pass, that all the hosts of Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei went out from the land of Egypt. – Exodus 12: 40, 41
If you do not know Kabbalah, if you do not know about initiations, you might think that the 430 years are the time of the Earth. Listen: Saturn, the lord of time, Kronos, is the one that controls the esoteric or the internal time of the soul; so when somebody reaches 430 years, he is ready for the Exodus, meaning that the energy of the Holy Spirit is reaching the 30th vertebra. So, the Exodus is performed precisely when the fire is ready to enter into the 31st vertebra, and into the brain.
The Sacred Fire has entered chamber thirty-one of your spinal chamber. You have been submitted to all kind of ordeals and you have emerged triumphant.
Walk with the Child of your Christified Will in your arms towards the Gnostic Church. The crown of the Saints shines around your head. Enter the temple in order to celebrate the festivity, my brother.
This relates to the thirty-first card of the Tarot: Impediments.
These two children symbolize two paths that open before you, like the great “V” of Victory.
So, you are before two paths. One of these paths is the Logoic path, the path of the starry heavens, the spiral path of the Firmament. The other path is the path of the long and bitter duty that takes us to the very entrance of the ABSOLUTE.…
Now my brother, you are before a jealous guardian of the Cosmos; choose now one of these two paths: select, do not think about it, because here there is no time to think.
This great Hierarch offers you the wonders of the infinite, and jealous of his own Hierarchy he invites you to enter the Nirvanic path, and warns you of the dangers of the path of long and bitter duty, that directly leads to the ABSOLUTE. – Samael Aun Weor, Christ Will
Again, the Diabolos (sexual animal power) taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain (of Initiation), and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the Kosmos, and the glory of them; and saith unto him: All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him: Get thee hence, Satan (Adversary): for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the Diabolos (sexual animal power) leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him. - Matthew 4: 8-11
So, if you apprehend this – if you visualize it, you will remember when you read the Book of Exodus that the Exodus happened after the killing and wonders that Moses did in Egypt, which is associated with willpower, because after that event, as you know, the Israelites lived in the wilderness for 40 years. So, Exodus is a great symbol of that initiation in which the initiate has to experience his own particular, individual Halloween, when after 40 days he reaches the 31st of October, which is the end of the Lent or 40 days.
Lent starts from the 21st of September - which is the beginning of autumn - to the 31st of October, which is when the celebration of Halloween arrives. Halloween is a very ancient celebration that people attribute only to paganism, but indeed it is also associated with the Exodus in the Old Testament, in the Bible. Halloween is a symbol of Lent, within which you face your own psychological nature, where you enter into yourself; it is associated with what in Gnosticism is called the Direct Path, which is when you enter into the world of Saturn (your own Halloween).
It is stated that when the initiate leaves the Earth, when he leaves Egypt, he is already a Twice-born – as Master Jesus said to Nicodemus: “Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” This is a long process, but when you achieve that second birth – explained and taught by Jesus in the Bible – it does not mean that you are born just by believing in Him; it is by working with your own particular Innermost.
It is written that Master Jesus said: “I am the way, the life, and the truth.” When he said that, he was not talking about his persona, but about that energy that was working in him, because Christ is a universal force. It would be very ludicrous to think that when Jesus was saying “I am the way, I am the life, and I am the truth” he was referring to himself; that would be very selfish, beyond foolishness. When he was saying that, he was talking to the initiates, telling them: “Your particular, individual ‘I am,’ which is precisely that particular IAO within you, your own Innermost, is the way.” It is not that you have to follow this or that master, or to believe in this or that prophet, but to discover yourself – your particular, individual ‘I am,’ because your inner ‘I am’ is the way, your inner ‘I am’ is the truth, and your inner ‘I am,’ your Innermost, is the life – in your physical body, in your mind, in your emotions. You have to self-realize that; and that is precisely the way.
So when you reach the second birth, it is because you reached your ‘I am,’ and He says, nobody goes to the Father but through the ‘I am,’ through me, that Christ which was alive within the body of Jesus, and that is palpitating everywhere.
So when you reach the second birth you have to face your own animal nature; and this is precisely the symbol of Saturn. In the Lent you enter into the cycle of Saturn, which is a world of darkness, and which is also called “the spiritual night,” in which the initiate has to completely annihilate all of his animal aspects. The Twice-born already worked with Saturn, because they met the Destroyer, which is the same Lord of Life – as we stated in the beginning, Binah, which is Shiva, is creator and destroyer.
In the Bible, you find in the Book of Revelation that the fifth angel Samael sounds his trumpet, and then unto him is given the key of the Abyss. And thereafter is written that in the work or the fight that is happening in the Book of Revelation, the evil forces of the Abyss are being commanded by the Angel of the Abyss, and this Angel of the Abyss is called the Destroyer – who in Exodus is called “Mash'chith,” and is going and killing all of the firstborn.
John the Divine states in the chapter 9 of Book of Revelation that this Destroyer is Apollyon in Greek, and in Hebrew, Abaddon, which is the Angel of the Abyss, the Destroyer, the Adversary. In other words, it is that ailment that each one of us has within, with which we have to fight to death. If we correctly use the forces of the Destroyer, which are the forces of the Holy Spirit, then we use those forces in order to annihilate from our animal nature lust, anger, envy, hatred, laziness, gluttony, pride, and all of those defects that we have in abundance within us. That is precisely the work of Saturn, or we will say, the aspect of Saturn which is the Destroyer, Death, “Mash'chith,” Abaddon, Apollyon.
Of course, this is the esoteric aspect of the knowledge, because in the exoteric aspect we also find how the forces of the Holy Spirit, the forces of Saturn, work in the human nature. For instance, all of us know that the physical life that we have here is a force of life that came from the forces of the Holy Spirit. Many times we explained that unfortunately, we were created through fornication, because when we reach this level in which we are, which is the human level, it is stated that we receive the Commandments, and one of those commandments is ‘You shall not fornicate.’ Fornication is the animal action in which the male and female animals enter in the sexual act and experience the orgasm. So, fornication is something very natural in the animal kingdom; but if you want to enter into the human kingdom, it is written that “you shall not fornicate.” In other words, we have to control the sexual energy, and not lose it. For that, we have to receive the clues in order to do it. That is why, in the human level, it is written in the Gospels that fornication is a sin against the Holy Ghost, because the Holy Ghost or the Holy Spirit is the giver of life, and when somebody fornicates and loses the sexual forces he also loses life, and is sinning, as the Bible says, against his own body. If a person commits suicide, he is also sinning against the Holy Spirit, because the Holy Spirit is the giver of life, and if you take your life with your own hand, you are committing a crime against the Holy Spirit, and the sin against the Holy Spirit is the only crime, as the Bible explains, that is unforgivable.
Yes, the crime against the Holy Spirit is not forgiven, as Master Jesus explains it in the Bible:
Wherefore I say unto you, all manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the sin and blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men. - Matthew 12:31
We have to investigate what that manner of sin is in relation with our nature; of course, fornication is one; suicide is another one; killing is also another crime against the Holy Ghost, because the Lord of Death, Saturn, the Holy Spirit, Binah is the only one that can give and take life.
The Holy Spirit or the forces of creation place in our three brains certain elements (Bobbin-Kandelnosts) in order for us to live a quantity of life. Our three brains are:
Everything that we perform in this physical life is movement, emotion, and thought. But as we grow up and get old, little by little we are using up that energy of life that we have in the three brains. Very old people scarcely have energy in their motor center; that energy is no longer flowing in the organism and they can barely walk. They no longer have emotions like when we are teenagers and we have a lot of emotional energy that we utilize, unfortunately, in the wrong way - excepting the people who know how to utilize this emotional force in order to take advantage of that emotional body, like with classical music – but unfortunately in these times people destroy their emotional energy through different devolving music that we know in this day and age, modern music that destroys the emotional center. Or, they destroy the intellectual center with a lot of garbage that in this day and age is very “normal”; since we are very intellectual.
People die also in the emotional brain; people have traumas, are emotionally unstable, and no longer have emotional energy because they destroy the emotional energy in different ways. When you are overwhelmed with emotional forces, you are wasting your emotional energy and you can die emotionally.
You can also die intellectually; if you use the energy in the brain or intellectual center in the wrong way, if you abuse the intellectual center, you can become crazy. Most of the people in the hospitals that are mad are because they abused the intellectual center.
So, as you see, we die in thirds. Usually, when we are ready to die normally, it is because we no longer have energy in the intellectual brain (the intellectual center), in the emotional center, or in the motor center. So Saturn comes with his scythe and cuts the life that he gave us in the beginning. This is how we understand it, because the angels of death, which are under the rule of Saturn, are great physicians, and also great funeral helpers. These intelligences go in the moment and guide the Ray of Death; this Ray of Death is the compound of all of the energies of nature in one, and when it circulates in the physical body, it originates the natural death that we call “physical death.”
So that is the normal process that all of us suffer when we live in this physical body. That is why Saturn, Kronos, the Holy Spirit gives us life through sex, and kills us also when we waste the energy that he gives us in the three brains. So, to kill somebody else is to interfere in the actions of the energy of Saturn, the Destroyer, because only that divine force can give and take – that is why in Kabbalah Saturn-Binah is called ‘Intelligence.’
Intelligence (Binah) is always in nature, within all of those cycles; you see for instance how Saturn gives life from the beginning, how spring emerges, then summer, fall, and when winter comes everything dies; Saturn comes with the scythe as a symbol of time, like an old man in order to promise a new spring after winter. So, in the phenomena of death, we find three aspects that relate to death and that we have to understand.
We explained already that we have seven bodies, so let us explain here what dies in every life in accordance to the Law of Return and Recurrence.
The physical body is the body that goes into the grave and disintegrates; but there is another vehicle that we have called ‘personality.’ The personality is an energetic and atomic vehicle; the personality is different in each one of us. Personality is that force or energy that moves the body and enters in communication with society. For instance, my personality is being used right now in order to communicate this to you, and you are using your personality in order to listen. If I give another lecture, let’s say in Spanish, and you do not know Spanish, then your personality can go to school in your physical body and learn Spanish, and after years and years when you understand and speak Spanish, then you develop a bilingual or trilingual personality. In other words, in the personality is the knowledge that we acquire in life.
That is why it is written that personality grows with three aspects:
The personality is an inheritance from our past, from our parents, and from things that we imitate; we act as our parents acted. For example, things that we saw our mother, father, friends, brothers or sisters in childhood to do and that we tend to repeat – that is why you find that there are different customs and habits from different countries and different races in the personalities of people. If you were born in a Christian family, you will have in your personality that type of religion; but if you were born in Islam, you are a Muslim; or if you were born in Buddhism, then you are a Buddhist.
So in the personality we have that inheritance that comes from our family, and also the education that we take in the school or that personally we take in the different circumstances of life; all of that is what forms the personality of each one of us. That is why we have different types of personalities; but there is not a tomorrow for the personality.
When the physical body goes to the grave, the personality also goes to the grave – but the personality has the peculiarity that it can leave the grave, go into the city and visit - without the physical body - the places where the personality lived; those personalities are what people call phantoms or ghosts. These are former personalities or spirits that are in any house, where they hear noises – these events do not related to the soul but to the personalities of dead people.
Sometimes those personalities materialize and become visible; these are personalities that belonged to people that were very identified with the physical world; so, when their physical body dies, those personalities abandon the grave and materialize and make themselves visible and tangible in the physical world. There are many stories about dead personalities, but of course, if you do not have clairvoyance, you do not know if you are seeing a materialized personality or the physical body of a person. But somebody who has developed clairvoyance knows very well that the personality has no aura at all, whereas people that are alive always show aura – the personality is completely dead, it has no energy, it disintegrates little by little; usually it takes seven years in order to disintegrate.
So, usually, when you go to different houses when people have died, those personalities always go around in the fourth dimension, and sometimes certain vibrations of nature help them to materialize for a second, for a minute, for hours, for days. When the person knew the personality of that individual that died, they realize that he (the personality) is alive – i.e. how many people claimed that they saw Elvis Presley walking in the streets? That could be his personality, because that personality takes the energy of people, and when they talk too much about certain personas, they get really strong. So, materialized personalities are normal phenomena.
When you develop the power of clairvoyance, you can see that dead personalities are usually there in the cemeteries. Dead personalities project with their mind, with their mental force, sometimes houses, sometimes rooms, so they do not see that they are in the grave or in the cemetery, they just visualize a beautiful home with curtains and everything that they had when they were alive. And that is why when you talk to the personality of a dead person, they do not realize that they are no longer within the physical body of that person who died, they still think that they are alive. Usually people dream with those personalities, because personalities visit their relatives, thus, sometimes their relatives says, “Oh, I dreamt with my father,” or with my mother, with my aunt, with my uncle, with my son, or whoever had died in their family – “and she told me this and that.” So, most of the time those dreams relate to the personality that disintegrates and dissolves into space little by little.
We always advise is to burn the bodies of the dead, because when you burn the body you also burn the vital body; this way you help the soul.
Beyond the vital body, physical body, and the personality, you find what we call soul, which is unfortunately bottled up within the animal ego. The soul is precisely what has to return again into a new body. The personality never returns into a new body, because every time that you take a new body you have to build a new personality related to that time.
These are precisely the mysteries of Saturn in which - when you enter into initiation and develop your psyche - you awaken your consciousness, and then you know the mysteries of life and death. Very often in many books it is explained that if you awaken your consciousness, then you know the mysteries of life and death, and the mysteries of life and death are related with Saturn, and Saturn is the Holy Spirit, it is the same IAO or Iod-Havah, Jehovah that is written in the Bible. It is the same as saying: if you are born again by the fire of the Holy Spirit, then you can know the mysteries of God, because the Holy Spirit is the one that creates and takes life. This is the power of Saturn.
So, when you awake your consciousness and discover by yourself - not by reading a book, but by experiencing life and death through your consciousness - then the fear towards death disappears. Then you see that death is really like taking off your old clothes, and thereafter you wear new clothes. Really, physical death is something normal that is experienced by animals, by plants, by minerals. So, the one that returns into a new body is the ego; regrettably, when the ego returns, it brings again the same vanity, the same pride, the same lust, the same anger and hatred that we had in past lives within a new body, but expressing itself or themselves through the new personality of the new body.
This return is precisely what people call “reincarnation,” but that is wrong, because it is not reincarnation; it is return, which is a mechanical thing. Reincarnation is something that we perform by will. In order to reincarnate, we have to be awakened; you can choose the day, you can choose the parents, even the country in which you want to be born with a new physical body. But none of us have such a power, so we just return mechanically according to the Law of Karma, or cause and effect. This is something that we will explain in other lectures, because it is very extensive – but the Law of Karma brings those souls into new bodies in order to adjust them. That is why you see that there are people being born in rich homes, and others that are born in poor homes. Some are born in countries where the economic situation is better than in other countries. So, every soul is born in different places in accordance with the Law of Karma. It depends upon how we utilize the life of our body in order to be sure what type of body we are going to have in the next life, if we have another opportunity – because we have stated many times, and we repeat, that the human soul returns into the physical world 108 times. We receive 108 opportunities in order to perform the work that we have to perform; and of course, that is the work with the forces of Saturn, with the forces of time, that is written with different symbols in the Bible and mythology.
According to the path, which we were talking about in the beginning of this lecture, related to the initiation, there is another death that the Bible and many other books talk about. That is the Halloween or psychological death that is experienced by the initiates in the evening before all Hallows or all Saints, when you know how to utilize the forces of the Holy Spirit. In the Gospels, Master Jesus of Nazareth explains very well, in detail, with his own life, how to utilize the forces of the Holy Spirit in order to destroy the different vices, defects and errors that we have within in order to resurrect.
Jesus, when he had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the spirit (Chesed). And, behold, the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom; and the earth did quake, and the rocks rent; and the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, and came out of the graves after his resurrection, and went into the holy city, and appeared unto many. - Matthew 27: 50 - 53
So, the resurrection that you read about in the Bible of Jesus of Nazareth is something that each one of us has to perform in the initiation after dying on the cross. The cross is the symbol of the Holy Spirit; because, as you remember, we explained that the Holy Spirit is the sexual force, the energy of life that expresses in the sexual organs. So, when the man and the woman are in the sexual act, they are performing the cross – they are crossing the feminine forces with the masculine forces, so everything comes through the cross. The cross, symbol of the Holy Spirit, is the way in which the Lord, crucified on the cross, shows us that if we take advantage of the man, which is the vertical beam, and the woman, the horizontal beam, in the weddings of Cana when we transmute the water into wine, we can transform ourselves and also annihilate, in that process, the animal nature, in order to resurrect as a true human being.
The processes of resurrection and death that we have to perform are written in the book Revolutionary Psychology by Samael Aun Weor. It is a process of meditation, annihilation, and purification, but it does not happen in one day, and it is not going to happen as many people believe, that if you believe in Jesus then your sins are forgiven – that is ludicrous, because the sins that we have within have to disappear from our nature. There are many people that think that because they believe in Jesus, they are already saved; meanwhile, they have within them lust, anger, pride, hatred, vanity, and laziness very alive. The one that really performs the work of Christification annihilates completely lust, anger, pride and all of those animal defects that we have inside, thereafter he suffers a divine transformation and becomes a true human being. And this is done not just by believing in Jesus, but by utilizing the Christic energy of the Holy Spirit through the cross of the Perfect Matrimony between man and wife, wife and husband. That is precisely the secret of the cross, and that is why it is written that on top of the Mount of the Skulls, Golgotha, the Lord is crucified. Jesus takes the cross from the very bottom to the top of the mountain. That cross is precisely the cross that we have to carry on our shoulders, which is a symbol of the work of the two polarities, man and woman, which is called sexual alchemy – a long process of death and resurrection through many ways.
Moreover, the Ray of Saturn, of Kronos, the Lord of time, also shows us the Second Death – because when you go into the Book of Revelation, it also talks about the Second Death. This Second Death is precisely related with what many religions call Hell, Inferno, Averno, Avitchi, and different names, because the Hells of different religions are nothing but symbols. When you go into Europe and see the flag of the United States, you know that that is not the United States, but is a symbol of the United States; and if you said, “I would like, instead of seeing the flag, to visit the United States,” then this person takes an airplane and comes to the United States and says, “oh, this is the country – now I know. I knew the flag, but now I know the country.” The same thing applies to the different hells of different religions – they are just symbols, written, that we need to know how to interpret, how to comprehend.
The word ‘inferno’ comes from the Latin ‘infernus,’ which means ‘infra,’ inferior, meaning that below this physical world of Malkuth, we have the inferior world, which in Kabbalah is Klipoth. Klipoth are the inferior dimensions, inferior levels – Hell, Inferno, Averno; it has many names.
When people have nightmares, they experience the infradimensions, because their soul, instead of going up into the heavens, goes into the infradimensions – into Hell, the Infernos, and experiences nightmares. When they awake in the physical plane again, it is because the soul goes up into the physical body.
Anybody that awakens the consciousness can go consciously into the infradimensions and see the souls of the lost that are suffering the Second Death. The Second Death is an experience of the annihilation of those defects, vices and errors that we are explaining here that we have to deal with through initiation. But, if we do not want to do it now through spiritual and psychological work, because “we have no time,” or because we do not like it, or because we think that it is not really the way – those defects, those vices, those errors have to be annihilated sooner or later – if we do not do it by our own will, nature will do it in the infradimensions, and that is what the Book of Revelation calls “the Second Death.” This is not the death of the physical body, because the first death is the death of the physical body. The Second Death is the death of the emotional body and the mental body, which is where we have pride, anger, gluttony, laziness, lust, etc. Those elements have to be disintegrated, because if we do not disintegrate them there, it would cause a great chaos in the universe.
See, for instance, how our society, how our planet is suffering in this day and age – it is because in each one of us, that devil that we call anger, hatred, lust, etc. is very fat. And we are fighting against each other just for stupid things. People that interpret the sacred scriptures of many religions in the wrong way and go and kill others; wars and rumors of wars; sicknesses; because of our ignorance and because we just enjoy stuffing the ego, fattening it, instead of dying as the great religions explain: we have to die in order to be born again. What we do is to feed our ego. Everything related with vanity, everything related with pride, money, fame – people do not care about spiritual things, they just follow only materialistic stuff. And that is why humanity is entering, in great surges, into the infradimensions in order to be disintegrated, in order to be annihilated.
The soul suffers within the ego. We as souls are immortal; the soul never dies. The soul is immortal, but unfortunately, the soul, which is the same as the consciousness, is bottled up, trapped within those elements that we have which are animal. That is why we suffer – we suffer when we feel jealousy, we suffer when we feel hatred, we suffer when we feel anger, and if we do not control our anger we can kill others. And we suffer in many ways because of the elements that we have in our psyche, and that is why the path to self-realization is the annihilation of those elements in order to transform ourselves.
So, sooner or later, in this day and age, the entire humanity will enter into the infradimensions, which is precisely the furnace, where the atomic fires of nature disintegrate those elements in order to free the souls. It is necessary to comprehend that the infradimensions, Hell, Averno, or Inferno, is not eternal as many religions believe. It is a way in which we have to be recycled, in modern terms – in which the ego has to die in order to liberate the soul from suffering. Obviously, that process is not pleasant; it is very painful. It has a beginning and an ending. It depends on the malignity of our own selves – it depends on how many defects and vices that we have, that is how long we are going to endure there in order to be purified.
If we want to avoid the Second Death, then practice the doctrine that we teach here – a doctrine in which we apply a method through which we annihilate our anger, our pride, our vanity, our laziness by our own process, which is an initiatic process, not something that we have to believe in, because nobody is born by believing in something. If a woman wants to be pregnant, and she only believes that she is going to be pregnant, she will never be pregnant. She needs a man in order to give her the sperm that she needs in order to be pregnant, just as a man who wants a child needs a woman. To be born again is something equal – we need energy, forces, not just to believe, because a lot of people believe many things meanwhile this society and world are always in the same level of degeneration.
We need to study the doctrine, but we have to put it into practice. This is why in the next lecture we will talk about the mysteries of Aquarius that come after Capricorn, which are related to the factors that we need in order to complete the work of the self-realization of our Being through the forces of Saturn; because Saturn not only governs Capricorn, but also influences Aquarius, which is the next sign.
Q: What is the influence of Capricorn on the individual?
A: The influence of Capricorn on the individual is related with melancholy. For instance, one of the trees related with the sign of Capricorn is the weeping willow. Usually Capricorns are like that: very pessimistic by nature, because Saturn is the lord of death, destruction. Usually Capricorns are very centered in the Earth and very preoccupied with material things to the extreme, and they always worry about death. Usually they are hypochondriacs; they like to suffer, because that is the nature of Saturn. If you examine them – even good friends – they have the nature of always complaining, physically, mentally or emotionally, about something. Of course, if we take advantage of that vibration of Saturn, and instead of feeling lost of sad, what we can do is apply the forces of death in order to annihilate all of those elements, because Saturn gives us the experience of death and sicknesses.
Q: I read on the forum that animals have no ego. What makes an animal an animal if they have no animal ego?
A: Well, the ego is animal, 100%. What happens is that the animal acts instinctually and obeys the forces of nature in its actions. Saturn, which is the intelligence in the instinctual center, pushes the lion to kill the deer; but that is the intelligence of Saturn working in the mechanicity of nature. The lion has no intellect, has no reasoning, and does not know that he is killing – he is just doing something that he is naturally pushed to do. Like, for instance, the elephant that kills a tree, takes it out with its trunk in order to eat the forces of the plants – killing plants. When we talk about killing, we have to understand that it is related in all of the kingdoms – mineral, plant, animal, and human. Of course, in the human level – or we will call it the humanoid level, in which we are – those elements that act instinctually in the animal kingdom develop and increase, and create what we call ego, because we use reasoning in the wrong way. We justify with our minds our animal actions; and because in the level in which we are, the law of evolution no longer goes, only the law of devolution. In the level in which we are, the law of devolution starts descending, and then the ego starts to degenerate – that animal aspect, which is very natural in wild animals, develops monstrous aspects within us. In reality, the ego is, we will say, a degenerated animal soul, which finally enters into hell. It is symbolized by Saturn – when you see that Saturn gives birth to new children, and after that swallows them, he swallows them through death when those elements are already monstrous and causing problems in society and humanity. So it is the same.
Of course, an animal is innocent; when you see a cat or dog or horse, they do not have intellect, so they act instinctually according to those forces. But we have the intellect, and we reason, and we utilize those elements, unfortunately, in the wrong way. You see how we kill each other in this day and age – we do not see the lions having meetings in order to go and kill many animals in other places; they only act when they are hungry, they kill and eat, that is it; they are obeying the laws of nature. But we just go drop bombs on other countries just because they disagree with our religion, or we crash airplanes into buildings because they disagree with our religion. That is stupid; that is worse than the animal level. We utilize everything in the wrong way; that is ego. The most dangerous animal in the kingdom, unfortunately, is the intellectual animal. And the intellectual animal is the one that is destroying nature – it is polluting the mineral kingdom, the waters of the oceans, the air with smog, destroying nature with plants, performing experimenting with plants, and causing a lot of problems. We are destroying our own selves. There are many wars now, and still intellectual animals are planning more wars. And you know that through wars they make money, they acquire power – that is the sad thing about the intellectual animal, which is ego. All of those that do not want to annihilate that ego, well, nature will take care of them in Klipoth.
The destiny of this humanity is to go down into Hell, by natural processes – not because we say it; this is the natural process of devolution, whether we believe it or not, whether we like it or not, this is what it is. Physically, we are going to die. You can say, “I do not believe that I will die,” but you will die anyway – you will get old and will go to the grave. The same holds for the Second Death – it is not a matter of believing in Hell or whatever, it is just a natural process. If you awaken your consciousness, you will discover what we are talking about here, you can descend and experience it. You will see the people, the souls there, disintegrated in order to be free of their defects and vices – in a very painful way.
We invite you to study the Bible, especially Exodus, in which you will discover many mysteries. Do not read the Bible literally, because every story that is written in the Bible has a meaning, is a vesture of something that is behind, that explains the way in which you can transform yourself. This is how you have to read the Book of Genesis; the Book of Genesis is a book of alchemy. Those that take the Book of Genesis literally, like a historical book, commit a lot of mistakes, because the Book of Genesis was written by an initiate, and that initiate was called Moses, in order to show the way. As well, all of the books were not just written for the satisfaction of the minds of people. As well, the myths that you find in the Greek and Roman mythology are stories, legends that hide wisdom. Everything is related with us – with our physical body, with our psyche, with our mind, and with our Spirit; because the human being is the microcosm of the macrocosm.