The following text was utilized as the basis for discussion in a lecture of the free online course about The Twenty-Two Arcana.
Verses 97 to 104 from Psalm 119 begin with Mem:
מה־אהבתי תורתך כל־היום היא שיחתי׃
מאיבי תחכמני מצותך כי לעולם היא־לי׃
מכל־מלמדי השכלתי כי עדותיך שיחה לי׃
מזקנים אתבוןן כי פקודיך נצרתי׃
מכל־ארח רע כלאתי רגלי למען אשמר דברך׃
ממשפטיך לא־סרתי כי־אתה הורתני׃
מה־נמלצו לחכי אמרתך מדבש לפי׃
מפקודיך אתבוןן על־כן שנאתי כל־ארח שקר׃
97. Oh how I love your law; it is my Meditation all day.
98. You make me wiser than my enemies by your commands; for they are forever mine.
99. I have more wisdom than all my teachers; for your testimonies are a Meditation to me.
100 I understand more than the aged; for I keep your precepts.
101 I have kept my feet for every evil way, to keep your word.
102 I turned not from your judgments, for you have taught me.
103 How sweet are your words to my palate! More than honey to my mouth!
104 By your precepts I know; so then I hate every false way.
From Alchemy and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
Let us now study the Thirteenth Arcanum of the Tarot. This is the Arcanum of Death.
Indeed, death is the return into the womb. Life and death are two phenomena of the same thing. Death is the difference of whole numbers; only the values of the Consciousness are what remain after this mathematical operation is completed. These values (when seeing them clairvoyantly) look like a legion of phantoms that continue. The return of these values occurs in the mechanism of Nature. Indeed, the soul does not reincarnate, because the human being does not have his soul incarnated yet. Only the values are what return and incarnate.
The Solar Bodies of the True Human Being
The Embryo of a Soul
Present humans only have an embryo of a soul; this embryo can be developed and strengthened by means of Sexual Magic. Often this embryo believes that it is whole and forgets its origin; when this occurs, we totally fail.
Humans must attain immortality, because they do not have it. Only those who have incarnated their soul are immortal.
It is stated that humans have one mind, yet we state that each human has many minds. Each phantom from the pluralized “I” has its own mind and even self-independence. Present humans are dormant machines driven by the Legion of ‘I’s. We need to engender the Christ-Mind.
Whosoever engenders the Astral-Christ can become immortal within that body. The Astral-Christ is born only by Sexual Magic. People who engendered the Astral-Christ in past reincarnations retain the memory of their past lives, and with their Astral-Christ they know how to depart and return into their physical body at will. These people are immortal.
Common and ordinary people do not have a True Identity, because only those phantoms of the pluralized “I” are expressed through them. Thus, after death each human is a legion.
Whosoever incarnates their Soul acquires True Identity and thus already IS. Present humans are not Self-realized beings.
Present humans confuse the force of desire with willpower. We need to engender Christ-Will.
The Laboratorium Oratorium
The Adept and his/her spouse must work together in the Laboratorium Oratorium. The king and the queen perform their alchemical combinations in the nuptial chamber. Outside of this royal chamber, the ravens of putrefaction devour the Sun and the Moon (blackening and putrefaction of the internal chrysalides or bodies of sin); within a tomb of glass the bodies of sin become putrid; this tomb of glass is the glass of alchemist. The souls rise up to fly (symbol of the butterfly that comes out from within the chrysalis, a symbol of the Christified vehicles that come out from within their chrysalides). A Hermaphrodite body (Sun and Moon) comes to life with the heavenly influence of the dew (the Ens Seminis). The Hermaphrodite body encompasses the internal Christic vehicles that were engendered by means of Sexual Magic. All of these Christic vehicles penetrate and co-penetrate without confusion. When a person has these vehicles, he/she can incarnate his/her soul. Without having these Christic bodies, no human being is a true human being.
The Retort of Alchemy
The Prima Matter of the Great Work is within the Alchemical Retort. This venerable matter is very volatile and it is not still; its special characteristic is its instability and variability. This venerable matter boils and dissolves by lighting the sexual fire under the Retort of Alchemy.
When arriving at this step of the work, the venerable matter has converted itself into a very gorgeous child glowing with beauty. This is the Soma Puchicon, the Body of Gold; we can consciously visit all the departments of the Kingdom with this precious vehicle. Then, by giving new properties to this Alchemical alloy, the Astral-Christ appears within the astral phantom; this is a very precious child who grants us immortality. After this second body has been created, the problem of integrally comprehending all of the acquired powers and knowledge arises. This problem is only resolved when the Christic intelligence is given to this Alchemical alloy. Thus, the precious vehicle of the Christ-Mind happily rises from within the Retort of the Laboratory; this vehicle emerges from within the mental phantom.
After this work has been completed, something is still missing. Christ-Will is what is missing. Thus by intensely reheating the Retort of the Laboratory, a Divine Child comes to life; this is the Christ-Will, the Divine Body of the Soul. Those who have succeeded in creating all of these Christic Vehicles within the Alchemical Retort can incarnate their soul totally and integrally. Only those who achieve the incarnation of their soul deserve the precious title of Human. Only these true humans can elevate themselves up to the kingdom of the Human-Being, the Superhuman, the Super-Man. Only these true Human Beings can receive the Elixir of Long Life.
No human-sketch-creature can incarnate the soul; not a single soulless creature can receive the Elixir of Long Life. It is necessary to create the Christic Vehicles in order to incarnate the Soul. Only those who incarnate their Soul have the right to receive the marvelous Elixir that elevates us to the kingdom of the Super-Human-Being.
Serpents’ Scales – Butterflies’ Chrysalides
After each one of the Great Initiations of Major Mysteries, the Ethereal, Astral, Mental and Causal phantoms are similar to scales that have been discarded by serpents, or as chrysalides that have been discarded by butterflies (after they have flown away). Precisely after the Great Initiations is a work for Humans, Angels and Gods: to disintegrate the shells and to dissolve the pluralized “I”. Ahamsara, the Karmic remnants of the Gods, are precisely those phantom-like ‘I’s.
Elixir of Long Life
Every true human being that incarnates the Soul can ask for the Elixir of Long Life; this is a gas of immaculate whiteness; such a gas is deposited in the vital depths of the human organism.
Yogi-Christ from India, the Immortal Babaji and his Immortal Sister-Wife Mataji
On the third day after the death of his physical body, the Initiate (in his Astral body, accompanied by the Divine Hierarchies) goes to his Holy Sepulcher. The Initiate then invokes his physical body (with the help of the divine hierarchies); thus his physical body gets up and penetrates Hyperspace. This is how the initiate achieves the escape from the grave.
In the supersensible worlds of Hyperspace, holy women treat the body of the Initiate with perfumes and aromatic ointments. Then, by obeying superior orders, the physical body penetrates within the Astral body (through the top of his sidereal head). This is how the Master once again possesses his physical body. This is the Gift of Cupid. After the Resurrection, the Master does not die again; He is eternal. The Yogi-Christ from India, the Immortal Babaji, and his Immortal Sister Mataji live with the same physical body they had more than a million years ago. These Immortal Beings are the watchers of the Guardian Wall that protects humanity.
The Great Service
Immortal Beings can appear and disappear instantaneously. They can make themselves visible in the physical world. Cagliostro, St. Germain, Quetzalcoatl and many other immortal Masters have performed Great Works in the world.
First, we must become complete Humans; thereafter (after resurrection) we elevate ourselves into the Kingdom of the Super-Human. Present humans are nothing more than human phantoms.
Written by a Gnostic Instructor
Mem is that river that went out of the Upper Eden (שמים Schamayim in Daath) to water the garden (Yesod, the lower Eden); and from Yesod it was parted, and became into four heads or four Ethereal flows.
The name of the first is Pison (the Ether of Light): that is it which compasses the whole land of Havilah (the forces of Neshamah which generate through the Atom Nous the blood heat in the human body, associated with Geburah), where there is gold (solar light); and the gold of that land is good (for it is our individual source for spiritual enlightenment): there is bdellium and the onyx stone (ethereal fluids related with willpower and imagination). And the name of the second river is Gihon (reflecting Ether): the same is it that compasses the whole land of Ethiopia (the ethereal region which reflects the memories or images of Nature and the cosmos. These reflecting fluidic forces penetrate into our Consciousness through all the sensorial and extra-sensorial perceptions. The sensorial perceptions are the physical functions of sight, hearing, feeling, tasting, and smelling. The reflecting ether also builds and nourishes the extra-sensorial perceptions which enable the Consciousness to perceive the reality of the internal worlds. These divine extra-sensorial perceptions belong to Chesed the Spirit). And the name of the third river is Hiddekel (Chemical Ether): that is it (the fluidic ethereal forces) which goes toward the east of Assyria (these intelligent ethereal fluidic forces assimilate the different nutritive elements for the life of our physical and internal bodies and also expel the elements which are unhealthy for use, or those which are harmful and should be expelled from our system) And the fourth river is Euphrates (the Ether of Life related with the forces of propagation and the maintenance of the species; its positive pole is the force which works in the gestation of our internal bodies and the negative pole is the force that creates ego, through the ejaculation of the Ens Seminis). - Genesis 2: 10 14
So, within us מ Mem is the ethereal water (Akash, the vital ethereal fluid, the Vital Body). The waters of מ Mem (the ethereal fluid) are the avenue of ingress for the vital forces, Prana from the Sun and the field of the intelligences of Nature (which impel the vital activities of the body as assimilation, growth, and propagation). Mem is the waters of Yesod controlled by the moon.
In our physical body, the spleen is the gland, the water mill wheel that moves the ethereal fluidic forces, which vitalize the physical body. The solar energy of the Ain Soph Aur is transmuted into red cells of the blood in the spleen. This transmutation of solar forces spreads all over the nervous system.
The light of the Sun is transmitted directly, or reflected by the Moon. The Ain Soph Aur through the Iod (in the head) grants spiritual illumination (through Samadhi); but the light reflected by way of the Moon (Yesod) grants the miracle of the second birth; this is how the solar light, the cosmic Christ, the Ain Soph Aur is absorbed by the human Spirit (which has its throne in the spinal medulla). The brain and the spinal cord also absorb this stellar force during Sexual Magic. The waters of Schamayim, Mem enter our system through the spleen and become vital fluid, semen, in our prostate and uterus.
The solar, stellar force of Christ in שמים Schamayim is three-colored: the blue beam is the life of Kether (which through Iod, causes germination); the yellow beam is the life of Chokmah (which through sexual transmutation the growth of the Consciousness occurs); and the red beam is the life of Binah (which grants intelligence within the energy stored by the yellow force). These three principles are active in Mem, the waters of wisdom.
Jesus Christ said “Ask and it shall be given to you. Knock and it shall be opened unto you.” (Matthew 7: 7). If our spiritual life is based on a daily prayer in the womb of the Perfect Matrimony, the search for illumination will be found, and the doors of heaven will open for us.
And I turned to see the voice (the words from the mouth of the man of Chokmah - wisdom) that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven (Vavs or seven) golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven (Vavs or seven) candlesticks one (Fire) like unto the Son of man (Bereishit that emerges from the Iod), clothed with (a Kaph Sophit) a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle (the effluvia of Nous). His (Kaph on his) head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes (Ayin) were as a flame of fire; and his feet (in Malkuth) like unto fine brass (or Nachash), as if they burned in a furnace (of Alchemy); and his voice (as the deep waters of מ Mem or) as the sound of many waters (13 flowing streams from the fountain of wisdom) - Revelation 1: 12- 15
The human being has 31 pairs of spinal nerves, which relate to Kether’s 31 curls (of hair). The nerves at the end of our spinal cord are related to the spiritual ray of the Sun, (Kundalini, the light of Shechinah) that develops in proportion as we draw our creative force upward and inward from the waters of מ Mem (it is always freely given as a reward of the merits of our heart).
When the solar energy has been extracted or transmuted from the waters of מ Mem it traverses the whole spinal medulla and the nervous system of the body, glowing with the most beautiful color of a delicate rosy hue. So the human Spirit is the operator of this alchemical transformation in his body, mind and soul, and through the three supernal atoms (Kether, Chokmah and Binah) in the “Kaph” of the brain, it illuminates the whole body.
The vital body is related to מ Mem and Yesod is the exact counterpart of the physical body (with the only exception being that it is of the opposite sex, or better said, opposite polarity). As the vital waters nourish the Consciousness through Yesod, we must comprehend that the blood is the highest visible expression of מ Mem in the heart, and also that the sexual fluid (positively polarized through sexual Alchemy) generates more healthy blood. Masculine generates and feminine receives. The מ Mem or sexual waters in a woman are passive - feminine whereas the fluids in her vital body are positive - masculine; this is why every month her masculine vital body generates a surplus of blood which is relieved by the periodic flow in her physical body. In the male the vital body is feminine; therefore, it does not generate excess blood. This is why it is not necessary for the male to have the outlets of menstruation, which relieve the excess blood in a woman.
מ Mem is related to death, the thirteenth hour. Resurrection cannot be achieved if there is no death. Liberation occurs in the thirteenth hour of Apollonius. Absolute repentance means the absolute death of the ego, the Thirteen Arcanum.
The twelve doors of mercy are the twelve zodiacal signs, the twelve worlds or twelve supra-sensible planes. Liberation occurs in the Thirteenth Door, through it one enters into the Absolute, the Ain.
The Paramarthasattyas, (cognizant particles that breathe the abstract essence of this water's fathomless abyss) exist within this abstract absolute cognizance, this profound ocean without light, this abstract absolute space, the Ain. Each Paramarthasattya is a flow, a spark, a drop that reveals wisdom within the abstract atmosphere of the fathomless abyss, the Ain.
This Absolute Cognizance withdraws its abstract insight wisdom into the universe by means of a primary point or Iod that emerges from within the מ Mem (שמים Schamayim); this wisdom is substantially expressed in the 31 attributes of mercy that become developed through the self-realization of the 13 AEons in the Zauir Anpin.
Kabbalistic quantities refer to esoteric ages within the Consciousness of the Initiate; these refer to esoteric time. Esoteric time is sacred; this is related to states or levels of Consciousness and has nothing to do with profane chronological time.
100 years old refers to Malkuth, 200 to Yesod and so on… when the initiate reaches Kether he is 1000 years old. When the initiate reaches the age of 1000 esoteric years he prepares himself for his resurrection and enters into the Kingdom of Adam Kadmon. As a resurrected Master he completely develops all of the 13 AEons and thus becomes an AEon that enters into the Absolute as a Paramarthasatya.
This is why it is written:
The secret of the water's fathomless abyss lies exactly in the ninth sphere, the center of the Earth, Yesod, where the Nonexistent Ain Soph Aur, Christus-Lucifer impels the Iod with the forces of darkness (the uncreated light) into the eternal becoming of Creation, because before the dawning of the Mahamanvantara (Great Cosmic Day)…
Nor nonbeing nor Nothingness existed;
Yon bright sky was not,
Nor heaven's broad roof outstretched above.
What covered all? What sheltered? What concealed?
Was it the (מ Mem) water's fathomless abyss?
There was no death-yet there was nothing immortal,
There was no confine between day and night;
The only One (the Absolute) breathed breathless by itself,
Other than It there nothing since has been.
Darkness there was, and all at first was veiled
In gloom profound-an ocean (a מ Mem) without light-
The seed that still lay covered in the husk
Burst forth, one nature, from the fervent heat.
Who knows the secret? Who proclaimed it here?
Whence, whence this manifold creation sprang?
The Gods (the Elohim) themselves came later into being-
Who knows from whence this great creation sprang?
That, whence all this great creation came,
Whether its will created or was mute,
The Most High Seer (the Iod, Kether) that is in highest heaven (Atziluth),
He knows it-or perchance even He knows not. - Rig Veda
Thirteen waterways or flows of divine power emanate from the Unknowable Divine to Kether; these are the Thirteen Attributes or AEons of the Mercy of Mercies, the light of lights that play various roles in the development of the Objective Reasoning of the Being through his superlative analysis in the Great Work.
Kether is the Ancient of Days, the Hidden of the Hidden, and the Good of the Good. Kether has thirty-one curls in his hair, and thirteen ringlets in His beard. Thirteen symbolizes the Verb, the Word. Marvelous things have been spoken about Him. One can meet Kether through Samadhi (ecstasy), in order to receive his commands. He is infinitely merciful; He is absolute wisdom.
In the beginning the letter י Iod, emerged from within the profound darkness of the water's fathomless abyss of מ Mem in the Absolute Abstract Space and as Aleph, the three Supernals, the primordial air, it hovered as the Ruach Elohim upon the face of שמים Schamayim. And the whirling Aleph-Elohim said: let the waters of Mem (שמים Schamayim) release the light from the darkness of the Ain Soph: and the light, the ray of Okidanokh, the Ain Soph Aur burst as the letter Vav from שמים Schamayim. And the whirling Aleph-Elohim saw the letter Vav dividing the uncreated light or darkness of the Ain Soph from the created light of Atziluth. And this is how the whirling Aleph-Elohim (by pronouncing the word בראשית Bereishit) created light or the Mahamanvantara from the uncreated darkness or Mahapralaya.
Sequentially, by pronouncing the word בראשית Bereishit, the whirling Aleph-Elohim made the first firmament in the midst of שמים Schamayim and in it placed the 13 AEons that divided the שמים Schamayim of the darkness from the Schamayim of the light. And through Alchemy the 13 AEons shone dividing the שמים Schamayim of above from the שמים Schamayim of below. 3 AEons shone in the Absolute Abstract Space and 10 in the firmament of Atziluth. And the Ain Soph Aur fell on the Crown of Kether and the rest of the 10 Sephiroth as curls of hair fell from his Kaph in the first firmament (Atziluth); subsequently another 10 developed down in a second firmament (Briah), and finally yet another other 10 developed in a third firmament (Yetzirah) making the 31 curls of light or successive emanations from the water's fathomless abyss of Mem.
So, Vav, Bereishit or the Omni-cosmic ray of Okidanokh within the abstract absolute space is the Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Absolute that becomes the Kaph, or first curl of hair on the Crown of Kether. In Atziluth this Crown appears soaring on thirteen Mems as thirteen ringlets or whirling rivulets of light, attributes of the uncreated light, AEons of the Ain Soph in outer space.
Each whirling rivulet is a contraction of the uncreated light, an attribute of the light of the Ain Soph that manifests as mercy or wisdom in the infinite space or universe of relativity.
So מ Mem condenses the wisdom of the Ain Soph in a Iod (in a single dot or drop of water-wisdom) where the abstract cognizant insight of the Ain Soph is revealed (as a drop of knowledge) that becomes the מ Mem in the universe.
But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof thou shall surely die. - Genesis 2:17
Kether bestows his love and mercy in the human soul through Iod, when performing the connection of the two Mems or two fountains of the light of the Ain Soph in the womb of the perfect matrimony. The Consciousness, the soul of the man, the open מ Mem that shows the י Iod on its surface and of the woman, the ם Mem Sophit that is absolutely closed receive through the Arcanum A.Z.F. the flowing stream of the light of Kether which is the source of wisdom. This is how, by drinking or absorbing from the abstract fountain of the Being, Yesod, (his power of reproduction) the Messiah is born or arrives into our souls in order to develop his Own Image (Self-Cognizance and Objective Reasoning). The man and the woman are the two fountains that through Alchemy develop the latent power of the Thirteen Divine Attributes of Mercy, the 13 AEons of light that express through Iod, Kether between Husband and Wife. This is the secret of the essence of Iod and Havah – the name of (wisdom) Chokmah in Atziluth expressing its Mercy through the two Mems, the feminine and masculine waters of sex.
So, the ם final Mem, or Mem Sophit is the source of the fountain of wisdom that expresses through the throat of the Kings (the מלכים Malachim = Mem, Lamed, Kaph, Iod, Mem) The words of a (solar) man's mouth (the mouth of a Malachim) are as deep waters, a flowing stream from the fountain of wisdom. - Proverbs 18:4
The water above and below must boil upon the flames of the Ain Soph Aur.
The words of a (solar) man's mouth are as deep waters, a flowing stream from the fountain of wisdom. - Proverbs 18:4
A Solar Man, a Christified Adept radiates solar energy in such great quantities that he becomes a sea that radiates through the pores of our skin in straight streams and serves as a vehicle to transmit solar wisdom.
And when the disciples of Jesus had heard this, they fell down, adored him and said: "Help us now, Lord, and have mercy upon us, in order that we may be preserved from the wicked chastisements which are prepared for the sinners. Woe unto them, woe unto the children of men! For they grope as the blind in the darkness and see not. Have mercy upon us, O Lord, in this great blindness in which we are. And have mercy upon the whole race of men; for they have lain in wait for their souls, as lions for their prey, making the prey ready as food for the [Klipothic] chastisements (and the Second Death) because of the forgetfulness and unknowing which is within them. Have mercy upon us, our Lord, our Savior, have mercy then upon us and save us in this great stupefaction."
Jesus said unto his disciples: "Be comforted and be not afraid, for you are blessed, because I will make you lords over all these and put them in subjection under your feet. Remember that I have already said unto you before I was crucified: 'I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven. 'Now, therefore, I say unto you: I will give them unto you."
When then Jesus said this, he chanted a song of praise (a Psalm) in the great name. The regions of the ways of the midst (the center column of the Tree of Life) hid themselves, and Jesus and his disciples remained in an air of exceedingly strong light.
Jesus said unto his disciples: "Draw near unto me." And they drew near unto him. He turned himself towards the four corners of the world, said the great name over their heads, blessed them and breathed (Aleph) into their eyes.
Jesus said unto them: "Look up and see what you may see."
And they raised their eyes and saw a great, exceedingly mighty light, which no human being in the world can describe.
Jesus said unto them anew: "Look away out of the light and see what you may see."
They said: "We see fire, water, wine and blood."
Jesus, -- that is Aberamentho, -- said unto his disciples: "Amen, I say unto you: I have brought nothing into the world when I came, save this fire (Shin), this water (מ Mem), this wine (the overflowing of Divine blessing out of transmutation of the waters of Yesod) and this (purified) blood (by Nous). I have brought (from Schamayim) the water (מ Mem) and the fire (Shin) out of the region of the Light of the lights (the world of Atziluth) of the Treasury of the Light (Ain Soph Aur); and I have brought the wine (the overflowing of Divine blessing out of transmutation of the waters of Yesod) and the blood out of the region of Barbelo (the Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Absolute, the Sun, the Atom Nous in the Heart). And after a little while my father sent me the Holy Spirit in the shape of a dove.
'And the fire (ש Shin), the water (מ Mem) and the wine (of Alchemy) are for the purification of all the sins of the world (the Microcosmos, the human being). The blood on the other hand was for a sign unto me because of the (venom blood in the) human body which (becomes purified blood through the effluvia of the Atom Nous in the Heart which) I received in the region of Barbelo (the Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Absolute, the Sun, which is) the great power of the Invisible God (the Ain Soph, Aelohim or Adhi-buddha). The breath (Aleph, the three Supernals in Atziluth) on the other hand advances towards all souls and will lead them unto the region of the Light.
"And for this cause have I said to the Samaritan woman: 'If you knew of the gift of God, and who it is who say unto you: Give me to drink, -- you would beg of me, and I will give you living water (שמים Schamayim), and there would be in you a spring (a מ Mem) which welled up for everlasting life.'
"And for this cause I took also (in Yesod, the Ninth Sphere) a cup (a Yoni, the Holy Grail) of wine (of Alchemy), blessed it and give it unto you and said: 'This is the blood (fire of the Ain Soph Aur) of the covenant (Perfect Matrimony) which (the Atom Nous) will be poured out for you (through scientific Chastity) for the forgiveness of your sins (Karma)."
'And for this cause they have also thrust (ש Shin, the fire through) the spear (the Iod) into my side (left ventricle of my heart), and (by means of sexual Alchemy) there came forth water (שמים Schamayim from the מ Mem in Yesod) and blood (Fire through the Atom Nous from the מ Mem above). "And these are the mysteries of the (Cross that hides the) Light which forgive sins; that is to say, these are the namings and the names of the Light (Iod, He, Vav, He)." - The Pistis Sophia
Gazing into eternity (with Daath).....
There (in Yesod) where the foundations of the earth were laid, you were.
And when the subterranean flame (of שמים Schamayim) shall burst its prison and devour the frame, you shall be still as you were before if you knew no change (mutation), when time shall be no more.
Oh endless thought, divine Eternity! - Rig Veda