From the 23rd of November to the 21st of December
- Rules: The Hips and Thighs
- Metal: Tin
- Perfume: Aloeswood (Lignum aloes)
- Stone: Blue Sapphire
- Plant: American Agave, Maguey
- Flower: Hydrangea
- Planet: Jupiter
- Color: Blue
- Element: Fire
- Keyword: Benevolence
- Day: Thursday
- Ruler: Zachariel
In our present course, we have arrived at the constellation of Sagittarius.
The natives of Sagittarius are extremely passionate and fornicators.
Eliphas Levi stated,
Woe unto the Samson of the Kabbalah if he permits himself to be put asleep by Delilah! The Hercules of science who exchanges his royal scepter for the distaff of Omphale will soon experience the vengeance of Dejanira and nothing will be left for him but the pyre of Mount Oeta in order to escape the devouring folds of the coat of Nessus.
The seven planets of the solar system are the seven Sephiroth and the triune spiritual sun is the Sephirothic Crown. These ten Sephiroth live and throb within our own consciousness; we must learn how to manipulate and change them in the marvelous laboratory of our interior universe. These ten Sephiroth are:
- Kether. The balancing force. “The Magician” of the first arcanum of the Tarot, whose primitive hieroglyph is represented by a human being.
- Chokmah. Wisdom. The Priestess of the Tarot. Occult wisdom. The second card of the Tarot. The moon whose primitive hieroglyph is the mouth of a human.
- Binah. Intelligence. The planet Venus, the third card of the Tarot. The Empress. The primitive symbol is a hand in the act of taking.
These three Sephiroth are the Sephirothic Crown. Then the seven inferior Sephiroth are in the following order:
- Chesed. Jupiter. The Divine Being. The Spirit, Atman. Its primitive hieroglyph: a breast. The fourth card of the Tarot. Mercy. The card of the Emperor.
- Geburah. Severity. The fifth card of man. The Hierarch of the Tarot, the Hierophant. Mars, the Buddhic Body of the human being, the warrior of Aries.
- Tiphereth. Venus of Taurus, beauty, love of the Holy Spirit, the Causal Body of the human being. The sixth card of the Tarot. The lovers.
- Netzach. Victory. Mercury of Gemini. The chariot of the Tarot. The Mental Body of the human being. The seventh card and the eternity of everything.
- Hod. Glory. The eighth card of the Tarot, the justice of the Arcana. The Astral Body of the human being.
- Yesod. Foundation. The Sun of Leo. The ninth card of the Tarot. The hermit. The Absolute, the Vital Body of the human being.
- Malkuth. The entire universe. Mary or Virgo. Nature, the physical body of the human being.
These ten Sephiroth live within our Being and are our solar system. The Tarot is intimately related with esoteric astrology and with initiation.
Arcanum X (10). It is the First Hour of Apollonius, the transcendental study of Occultism.
Arcanum XI (11). It is the Second Hour of Apollonius. Strength. The pits of fire. The astral virtues form a circle through dragons and fire. (Study of occult forces.)
Arcanum XIII (13). The Fourth Hour of Apollonius. Death. The neophyte will wander at night among the sepulchers and will experience the horror of visions, will give himself up to magic and goethia. (This means that the disciple will see himself attacked by millions of black magicians in the Astral Plane; those dark magicians will attempt to draw the disciple away from the luminous path.)
Arcanum XIV (14). The Fifth Hour of Apollonius. The two urns, “Divine magnetism and human magnetism.” The superior waters of heaven. During this time the disciple will learn to be pure and chaste, because he comprehends the value of his seminal liquid.
Arcanum XV (15). The Sixth Hour of Apollonius. The electric hurricane. The Baphomet. “Here it is necessary to be still, motionless, because of fear.” (This means the terrible test of the Guardian of the Threshold before which one needs much courage in order to overcome).
Arcanum XVI (16). The Seventh Hour of Apollonius. The fulminated tower. Fire comforts the courageous beings, and if a priest (a sufficiently purified man) steals and then projects it, then mixes it with holy oil and consecrates it, he will achieve the healing of illnesses by merely applying it to the infected part. (The initiate here sees his material fortune threatened and his business fail.)
Arcanum XVII (17). The Eighth Hour of Apollonius. The star of hope. “The astral virtues of the elements, of the seeds of every genre.”
Arcanum XVIII (18). The Ninth Hour of Apollonius. The star of the magi. “Here nothing is finished yet. The Initiate increases his perception until he surpasses the limits of the solar system, beyond the zodiac. He arrives at the threshold of the Infinite. He reaches the limits of the intelligible world. The Divine Light is revealed unto him and with all of this, new fears and dangers also appear.” (It is the study of the Minor Mysteries, the nine arcades through which the student must ascend).
Arcanum XIX (19). The Tenth Hour of Apollonius. The shining light. “The doors of heaven open and man comes out of his lethargy.” This is the number ten of the great Second Initiation of Major Mysteries that permits the initiate to travel in the Ethereal Body. This is the wisdom of John the Baptist.
Arcanum XX (20). The Eleventh Hour of Apollonius. “The awakening of the dead.” “The Angels, the Cherubim and the Seraphim fly with murmurs of wings. There is rejoicing in heaven, the earth awakens and the sun surges from Adam.” This process belongs to the great Initiations of Major Mysteries where only the terror of the law reigns.
Arcanum XXI (21). The crown of the magicians. The Twelfth Hour of Apollonius. The courts of fire become still. This is the victorious entry into the limitless bliss of Nirvana, where the Master is clothed with the shining robe of Dharmakaya or renounces the bliss of Nirvana for the love of humanity and becomes a Bodhisattva of Compassion; he is a Savior of poor, aching humanity; he is one more wedge of the protective wall raised up with the blood of martyrs. Samyak Sambuddho, Master of perfection, renounced nirvana for the love of humanity.
Arcanum XXII (22). Victory. “A thirteenth hour exists; this is the Hour of Liberation.”
The perfect Buddhas, dressed with the glory of Dharmakaya, can no longer help man or humanity, because Nirvana is the forgetting of the world and men forever. The Bodhisattvas Kuan-Shiyin, Tashisni, Buddha and Christ radiate their light over suffering humanity.
After great sacrifices, the Bodhisattvas enter into a supernirvanic world of happiness. The protective wall is formed by the Bodhisattvas of Compassion. We, the Gnostics, follow the steps of our predecessors.
Aum Vajrapani Hum
In this lesson of Jupiter in Sagittarius, we have talked to thee of the Nirvanic path because thunderous Jupiter is the sacred symbol of our Inner Being. This reminds us of the capitoline Jupiter of the Romans. Jupiter, in Sagittarius, influences the large femoral arteries, totally magnetizing the blood.
Squat like the Peruvian guacas. Place your hands on your legs, with your index fingers pointing upwards towards heaven to attract the rays of Jupiter (exactly as Huiracocha teaches us) in order to intensely magnetize the thighs.
The mantram is ISIS, which is vocalized like this: Iiiiiiisssssssiiiiiiisssssss (“i” is pronounced as “ee” in “tree”), pronouncing a sibilant sound, with the S like that of the wind. With this clue you will totally awaken clairvoyance, and will obtain the power to read the Akashic records of Nature.
We now must meditate intensely on the Inner Being, begging him to bring to us the Angel Zachariel in order to help us.
On this path, we will have to live all the twelve hours of which the great sage Apollonius spoke. “Papus,” the black magician, tried to disfigure the twelve hours of Apollonius with teachings of black magic, liquidating all the millions of Kabbalistic volumes that float around the world.
We arrived at the conclusion that all Kabbalah is reduced to the twenty-two Major Arcana of the Tarot and the four aces, which represent the four elements of Nature.
On such a simple thing, scholars have written millions of volumes and theories that would make anyone “crazy,” anyone that intellectualized that entire arsenal.
And worst of all, the black magicians took what they found Kabbalistically and disfigured the teaching in order to lead the world astray. The works of Papus are legitimate black magic.
The Tarot is a book as ancient as the ages, and is intimately related with the wisdom of the planetary gods. This book is made up of the Tarot deck: 78 cards, 22 cards of which are called the Major Arcana, and 56 of which are known as the Minor Arcana.
The four aces (of the common deck) represent the elements of Nature.
The ace of spades symbolizes fire.
The ace of hearts symbolizes water.
The ace of diamonds symbolizes air.
The ace of clubs symbolizes earth.
All 56 cards of the Minor Arcana are based on these four aces and on the ten numbers of our decimal system. For example, a four of clubs is the Arcanum 4, the Emperor, the symbol of the ace of clubs repeated four times. The same happens with the rest of the 56 cards of the Minor Arcana. Intuitively interpret these cards, combining the natural element with the Major Arcana and the problem is resolved. For example, a six of diamonds would be interpreted by combining the Sixth Arcanum with the element air, or “soul,” symbolized by the diamonds; this would say: “a love affair,” and so on, successively.
There are two kinds of Kabbalists: intellectual Kabbalists and intuitive Kabbalists. The intellectual Kabbalists are black magicians; the intuitive Kabbalists are white magicians.
Often, the Sidereal Gods answer us by showing us a Tarot card; then we intuitively comprehend the answer that has been given to us. The intuitive Kabbalists merely looking at a Tarot card comprehend what destiny reserves for them.
On one occasion, I consulted a genie about making a trip for which I was not economically prepared. The planetary genie showed me three cards. One of them was a king of diamonds, beautifully embroidered with gold. I understood with my heart and made my trip. Everything went very well.
When humanity was judged before me, I saw the Tarot extended in rows of seven cards, and when a certain card of the sixth row was shown, the Gods judged the great prostitute (humanity) and considered her unworthy. The sentence of the Gods was: “To the abyss, to the abyss, to the abyss, to the abyss!” (The number of humanity is 666).
The white magician prays to the Gods, and with closed eyes casts his cards on the table; beseeching his God, he picks up a card, observes it, and using his intuition makes a forecast. Each card of the Tarot is by itself a complete forecast.
The exercises related to Sagittarius awaken clairvoyance in order to see and comprehend all these things. The Kabbalists of intuition understand everything with the heart. The intellectual Kabbalists want to resolve everything with the animal mind. The intutitve Kabbalist is only guided by the voice of the silence, the Inner Being. These cards of the Tarot are the language of the superior worlds of Light. Tarot cards are the occult wisdom of the Sidereal Gods.
The Twelve Hours of Apollonius is the path of initiation. It is horrifying to see how men have accumulated so many theories about this book (The Twelve Hours of Apollonius), which is as simple and sublime as God.
The 78 plates of the Tarot are like 78 ineffable hieroglyphs shining in this pyramid of five angles called man: 1+2+3+4=10; the entire progress of the student is based on these numbers.
Each year has its Kabbalistic card which allows us to make intuitive forecasts.
Example: 1951 is broken up like this: 1+9+5+1=16 Arcanum Sixteen, the fulminated tower, meaning divine destruction. Before the 21st of March of 1952, a great nation received a great Karmic punishment (this is already defined).
If we add together all the numbers of our birth date, we would obtain our own Kabbalistic number. There are those who figure out the numerical value of the letters in their own names and surnames. Iglesias Janeiro is a specialist, in this but we are not interested in this branch because it has not yet been studied in depth esoterically in a scientific manner. The only thing I have proven is that within the name of people, according to the sense of the letters, Karma is enclosed. For example, women named Dolores suffer the unutterable in life. A certain Colombian politician had the surname “Turbay,” which we could break up like this: turba ais or ai, turba. This politician died without seeing his success and the turbas (crowds) did not follow him.
The authorized Kabbalist only acts under the voice of the Inner Being. When the intellect wants to combine the cards of the Tarot on its own, it falls into the most painful aberrations.
The Tarot is the esoteric wisdom of the stars.
The cards of the Tarot are taken from the most ineffable worlds of Edenic Light.
The meanings of the 22 Major Arcana are as follows:
1. Man or the Magician
2. Woman and Occultism
3. Humanity and Creation
4. Power and what is created
5. Authority and mental life
6. Love and amorous attraction
7. The chariot of war. Struggles
8. Justice. Suffering
9. Divine Love, Prudence
13. Death, Transformations
14. Temperance, Chastity
16. Catastrophe and Destruction
18. Occult enemies
19. The Truth
21. Total Demoralization
The teacher of your class,
Samael Aun Weor
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