The following text was utilized as the basis for discussion in a lecture of the free online course about The Twenty-Two Arcana.
Hebrew Letter Daleth
Verses 25 to 32 from Psalm 119 begin with Daleth:
דבקה לעפר נפשי חיני כדברך׃
דרכי ספרתי ותענני למדני חקיך׃
דרך־פקודיך הבינני ואשיחה בנפלאותיך׃
דלפה נפשי מתוגה קימני כדברך׃
דרך־שקר הסר ממני ותורתך חנני׃
דרך־אמונה בחרתי משפטיך שויתי׃
דבקתי בעדותיך יהוה אל־תבישני׃
דרך־מצותיך ארוץ כי תרחיב לבי׃
25. My soul (Nephesh) is reduced to dust; give me life according to your Word.
26. I have confessed my ways and you responded to me; teach me your statutes.
27. Make me understand the path of your precepts and I will meditate on your wonders.
28. My soul (Nephesh) drops with grief, strengthen me according to your Word.
29. Remove me from the path of lying and favor me with your Law.
30. I have chosen the path of Truth; I have held the level of your judgments.
31. I have clung to your testimonies; Oh יהוה Iod-Havah do not put me to shame.
32. I will walk on the path of your commands; thus you will enlarge my heart.
From Alchemy and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
AUM. The Arcanum Four of the Tarot is the holy and mysterious Tetragrammaton, the sacred name of the Eternal One that has four letters: יהוה - Iod, Hei, Vav, Hei.
י ‘Iod’ is the man, ה ‘Hei’ is the woman, ו ‘Vav’ is the phallus, ה ‘Hei’ is the uterus. Yet, we can also state: י ‘Iod’ is the man, ה ‘Hei’ is the woman, ו ‘Vav’ is the fire, ה ‘Hei’ is the water. The profound study of the four letters of the Eternal One takes us inevitably to the Ninth Sphere (sex). We must lift our serpent through the medullar canal and carry it up to her heart’s sanctuary.
The cross of the initiation is received in the Heart Temple. The magnetic center of the Father is found between the eyebrows. The Sanctuary of the Mother is found within the Heart Temple. The four points of the cross symbolize the Fire, the Air, the Water and the Earth (also Spirit, Matter, Movement and Repose).
Remember beloved disciple that the four elements of Alchemy are: Salt, Mercury, Sulfur and Azoth: The Salt is the matter; the Mercury is the Ens Seminis, the Azoth is the mysterious ray of Kundalini.
The Mercury of Secret Philosophy must be fecundated by Sulfur (Fire) so that the Salt can become regenerated. Only like this can we write the book of Azoth, write it upon a reed if what you want is Initiation. The clue of our liberation is found in the Lingam-Yoni.
The cross has four points. The cross of initiation is phallic. The insertion of the vertical phallus into the formal cteis forms a cross. This is the cross of the Initiation that we must place upon our shoulders.
The four sacred animals of Alchemy are: The Lion that hides the enigma of Fire; the Man the represent the Mercury of Secret Philosophy; the Eagle that corresponds to the Air; the Bull that symbolizes the Earth. Egypt’s sphinx (as well as Ezekiel’s sphinx) has the sacred symbolism of the four creatures of Alchemy.
The water contained in the lakes, rivers and oceans when heated by the fire of the sun are transformed into clouds that ascend up to the sky, and after a period of digestion are converted into lightning and thunder. This same process is repeated in the sexual laboratory of the Alchemist. Our motto is Thelema (Willpower).
The entrance into the old, archaic temples was commonly a hidden hole in some mysterious spot in the dense jungle. We departed from Eden through the door of sex, and only through that door can we return to Eden. Eden is sex. It is the narrow, straight and difficult door that leads us into the light.
In the solitude of these mysterious sanctuaries, the neophytes were submitted to the four Initiatic ordeals. The ordeals of fire, air, water and earth always defined the diverse purifications of the neophytes.
Commonly, these sanctuaries of mysteries were found located at the foot of some Volcano. There the disciples would fall to the ground and lose consciousness; in those moments the Hierophant would take the students out of their physical bodies (thus, they would already be in the astral plane) and into the profundities of the sanctuary. Then he would teach them the grandiose mysteries of life and death. The volcanic emanations of the earth produced that apparent state of death. Some disciples fall in that apparent state of death within the Gnostic Lumisials. The ceremony of carrying the cross (as was practiced in the Gnostic Lumisials), serves in order to humbly confirm some internal esoteric Initiation.
Each one of the seven bodies of the human being must be crucified and stigmatized. All students of Kabbalah must be familiar with all of the elementals of Fire, Air, Water and Earth. The present ‘human being’ is still not a king or queen of Nature, but all are called to be kings or queens and priests and priestesses according to the Order of Melchizedeck.
It is necessary for the student to become familiar with all the elemental creatures of the four elements. Salamanders live in Fire; Undines and Nereids live in Water; Sylphs live in the Air and Gnomes live in the Earth.
The gospel of Mark is symbolized by a Lion (fire); the gospel of Matthew is represented by a Youth (water); the gospel of John is represented by the Eagle (air) and the gospel of Luke is represented by the Bull (earth). The four gospels symbolize the four elements of nature and the realization of the Great Work (the Magnus Opus).
Every Hierophant of Nature is converted into a King of the Elementals. If you want to be admitted into the Elemental Paradises of Nature, then respect all life, do not kill any animal species, do not drink wine that contains alcohol; love vegetables, do not ever destroy a plant or a flower. You only need two things in life: Wisdom and Love. This is how you will attain happiness, peace and abundance. “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48)
Every initiate must work with the elementals in the central mountain range. That mountain range is the spinal medulla. The Prima Matter of the Great Work of the Father is the Ens Seminis. You know this.
The sacred receptacle is in your creative organs, the furnace is the Muladhara Chakra, the Chimney is the medullar canal and the distiller is the brain. When we work in the laboratory of the Third Logos we must transmute the lead of our personality into the gold of the Spirit. The Magnus Work cannot be performed without the cooperation of the elementals.
The Gnomes and Pygmies are the great Alchemists that transmute the lead into gold; they reduce the metals to its semen (seed) in order to transmute them into the pure gold of the spirit; their labor would be impossible if the Undines did not obey or if the Salamanders of fire would not make the voluptuous Undines fertile, because without the fire, the tempting Undines can only take us to a shipwreck. Ulysses (the cunning warrior destroyer of citadels) was himself bound to the mast of the ship so that he would not fall seduced by the sexual beauty of the Undines. Ancient Gnostics stated: “All of you will become Gods if you leave Egypt and pass-through the Red Sea (the ocean of temptations).
The vapors of the prima matter of the Great Work would not ascend through the chimney without the help of the disquieting Sylphs. The Gnomes need to distil the gold in the brain and this is only possible with the help of the aerial Sylphs. The Gnomes transmute the lead into gold. The Magnus Opus would be impossible without the elementals. We need to become familiar with the elementals of Nature.
Agni God of Fire
Prolong the sound of each letter. IiiiiiiiiiiiiiNnnnnnnnn RrrrrrrrrrrrIiiiiiiiiiiiiiii
Thereafter, concentrate on the fire that you have lit (on the candle, on the oil lamp or on the charcoal) and profoundly meditate on the fire. Invoke me, Samael, your friend, who wrote this lecture, I will assist you in this practice. Then vocalize the “S” as an affable and fine whistle, like the buzzing of a rattlesnake.
Practice with the Sylphs
Air: Seated on a comfortable chair or laying down (face up) with the body relaxed, you will profoundly meditate on the following plagiary:
Spiritus Dei Ferebatur super aquas, et inspiravit in faciem hominis spiraculum vitae. Sit Michael Dux Meus, et Sabtabiel servus meus, in luce et per lucem. Fiat verbum halitus meus, et imperabo Spiritibus aeris hujus, et refrenabo equos solis voluntate cordis mei, et cogitatione mentis mei et nutu oculi dextri. Exorciso igitur te, creatura aeris, per Pentagrammatón et in nómine Tetragrammaton, in quibus sunt voluntas firma et fides recta. Amen. Sela Fíat.
Blow towards the four cardinal points of the Earth. Pronounce the letter H many times as if imitating a very deep sigh. Then slumber while meditating on the Genii Michael and Sabtabiel. This way you will become in contact with the Sylphs.
Practice with the Undines
Water: Before a cup of water, get into the state of slumber while meditating on the following exorcism:
Fiat Firmamentum In Medio Aquarum Et Separet Aquas Ab Aquis, Quae Superius Sicut Quae Inferius, Et Quae Inferius Sicut Quae Superius Ad Perpetranda Miracula Rei Unius. Sol Ejus Pater Est, Luna Mater Et Ventus Hanc Gestavit In Utero Suo, Ascendit A Terra Ad Coelum Et Rursus A Chelo In Terram Descendit Exorciso Te Creatura Aquae, Ut Sis Mihi Peculum Die Vivi In Operibus Ejus, Et Fons Vitae, Et Abllutio Pecatorum. Amen.
Thereafter, while still in a state of slumber, vocalize the letter M as follows: Mmmmmmmm, with your lips hermetically sealed. This sound is like the bellow of the bull, yet it is a prolonged sustained sound that does not decrease like the bull does. The letter “M” is the mantra of the waters. This is how you will be in contact with the creatures of the waters. Thereafter, invoke the genie of the waters; the genie’s name is NICKSA.
Practice with the Gnomes
Profoundly meditate on the Heart-Temple of the center of the Earth. Meditate on the Genie of the Earth whose name is Cham-Gam. Beseech him to place you in contact with the Gnomes that inhabit the entrails of the Earth; call the Genie of the Gnomes, the Genie’s name is GOB. Get into a state of slumber while concentrating on that Genie; then vocalize the Mantra I.A.O.
Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Aaaaaaaaaaaaaa Ooooooooooo
When profound meditation is intelligently combined with the state of slumber, it allows you to enter into the Elemental Paradises of Nature.
Every Alchemist needs to work with the Elementals of Nature.
The hieroglyphic of the Fourth Arcanum of the Tarot is the Emperor; the Sovereign appears forming a marvelous triangle with his body. When the legs of the Emperor are crossed, they form a cross; this is the image of the Athanor of Alchemists; the joint of the cross with a triangle is only possible by means of the potable gold (sacred fire) of Alchemy.
The Innermost puts the Cross of Initiation with the Arcanum Four of the Tarot over his shoulder.
We will end this lecture by stating that the elementals of fire are commanded with the Trident of Iron or with the wand of iron; the elemental of the Air are commanded with an Eagle feather or any other bird; the elementals of Water are commanded with a cup filled with water and the elementals of the Earth with a sword or with a new knife.
The main kingdom of the Gnomes resides in the North; the one of the Salamanders in the South, the one of the Sylphs in the East and the one of the Undines in the West. These four elemental hierarchies form a Cross. Behold here the holy and mysterious Tetragrammaton יהוה.
The Letter Daleth
Written by Gnostic Instructor
Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the Door of the House of Shaddai El Chai
Daleth ד is the fourth letter, it is related with the four elements of the physical world: fire, air, water, and earth; the four states of the matter: solid, liquid, gaseous, combustion; the four atoms in Alchemy: hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, oxygen. The four worlds of Kabbalah: Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah, and Assiah. The four letters of the name of God: Iod, He, Vav, He.
Daleth, the youth, terrestrial man receives charity from his heavenly man, his Gimel. But Shaddai El Chai must stand at the open door of the entrance of his house (Physical Body).
Behold, I (Chokmah) stand at the door (ד Daleth), and knock: if any man (youth) hears my voice, and open the door (to Shaddai El Chai), I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me. - Revelation 3:20
Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.- Matthew 5:3
1: Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that entered not by the door (of Shaddai El Chai foundation of the soul, the abode of the youth) into the sheepfold (of Malkuth), but climbs up some other way, the same is a thief and a robber.
2: But he (Chokmah) that entered in by the door (of Shaddai El Chai foundation of the soul, the abode of the youth) is the shepherd of the sheep.
3: To him (Chokmah) the porter (the Youth of Shaddai El Chai) opens; and the sheep (the souls in Malkuth) hear his voice: and he (Chokmah) calls his own sheep (souls) by name, and lead them out (into the higher Sephiroth).
4: And when he (Chokmah) putts forth his own sheep (Bodhisattvas of compassion), he goes before them, and the sheep (Bodhisattvas of compassion) follow him: for they know his voice (because his Word through Shaddai El Chai is made flesh in them).
5: And a stranger (Baalim) will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the (fornicator) voice of strangers (from Klipoth).
6: This (Kabbalistic) parable spoke Jesus (the Inner Savior) unto them (the Kabbalists): but they understood not what things they were which he spoke unto them.
7: Then said Jesus (the Inner Savior) unto them again, verily, verily, I say unto you, I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the door (into the higher Sephiroth) of the sheep (consciousness or Nephesh imprisoned in Assiah and Klipoth).
8: All (false Prophets or Baalim) that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep (imprisoned in Assiah and Klipoth) did not hear them.
9: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the door: by me if any (poor, humble) man (through initiation) enters in, he (this youth or human soul) shall be saved, and shall go in and out (through the door of Shaddai El Chai), and find pasture.
10: The thief (fornicators Baalim from Klipoth) comes not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy (the youth, the soul): I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am come that they (the particles of pain of our Father who is in secret) might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
11: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the good shepherd: the good shepherd (through Tantric initiation) gives his life for the sheep.
12: But he (the soul) that is a hireling (who only works selfishly), and not the shepherd (a Bodhisattva), whose own the sheep are not, sees the wolf (Baalim) coming, and leaves the sheep, and flees: and the wolf catches them, and scatters the sheep (into hell).
13: The hireling (who only works selfishly) flees, because he is an hireling (who only works for his own good), and cares not for the sheep (souls from Assiah and Klipoth).
14: I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
15: As the Father (Kether) knows me (through Daath), even so know I the Father: and I (through the Tantric Initiation of Tiphereth) lay down my life for the sheep.
16: And other sheep (souls) I have, which are not of this fold (of initiates): them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice (my incarnated Word); and there shall be one fold (of Bodhisattvas), and one shepherd (Chokmah).
17: Therefore does my Father (Kether) love me, because I (Chokmah as the Son of Man through Shaddai El Chai) lay down my life, that I might take it again.18: No (selfish) man (or Pratyeka Buddha) takes it from me, but I (according with the Tantric Initiation of Tiphereth) lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and (if the Bodhisattva falls) I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father (Kether). - John 10
The terrestrial man has no light other than that which he receives from his Innermost through Shaddai El Chai.
ד Daleth characterizes the state or quality of being lowly, humble. This humility is acquired by subduing the mind of the terrestrial man and by delivering it to our heavenly man; the consciousness in the physical plane cannot perform anything on its own. Self-remembrance together with Self-observation cannot be performed with only our free 3% choice, but one must comprehend that in order to achieve success in our psychological work, one needs the assistance of our Innermost through Shaddai El Chai; and do not think that our spiritual accomplishments are only based on the power and the strength of our physical consciousness alone.
Then went Samson to Gaza, and saw there a harlot, and went in unto her. And it was told the Gazites, saying, Samson is come hither. And they compassed him in, and laid wait for him all night in the gate of the city, and were quiet all the night, saying, in the morning, when it is day, we shall kill him. And Samson lay till midnight, and arose at midnight, and took the doors of the gate of the city, and the two posts, and went away with them, bar and all, and put them upon his shoulders, and carried them up to the top of a hill that is before Hebron. - Judges 16:1-3
Any act of charity in this world must be done according to the will of God; it must be based on our Divine assistance, especially when we are struggling with the bestial inclinations of Nephesh, which could be expressed mainly as sexual passion, but also as anger, pride, laziness, gluttony, envy, greed, etc. These are animal qualities (Nephesh) that struggle within us and that refuse to accept the yoke of our Heavenly Father.
If it was not for the help of Chokmah through Neshamah, the Human Soul would not be able to overcome the bestial inclinations of Nephesh.
And he (the animal mind) released unto them him (the ego) that for sedition and murder was cast into prison (Karma), whom they had desired; but he (the bestial mind) delivered Jesus (the Son of Man) to their (bestial) will.
And as they led him away (carrying this heavy Karma), they laid hold upon one Simon, a Cyrenean, coming out of the country and on him (this terrestrial man) they laid the (sexual) cross, that he might bear it after Jesus (the Son of Man).
And there followed him a great company of people (initiates), and of women (from Malkuth), which also bewailed and lamented him.
But Jesus (the Son of Man) turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for me (the Son of Man), but weep for yourselves (your souls), and for your children (souls).
For, behold, the days are coming, in which they shall say, blessed are (the women who transmute the sexual force of Shaddai El Chai) the barren, and the wombs that never bare and the paps which never gave suck.
Then shall they (the fornicators) begin to say to the mountains (of their subjective knowledge), Fall on us; and to the hills (of Dogmas), Cover us.
For if they do these things in a green tree (the Bodhisattva), what shall be done in the dry (the fornicator)? - Luke 23:25-31
Compassion is the Law of Christ (Chokmah), he becomes flesh within the man himself for the sake of his soul, yet he demands sacrifice, charity from the heavenly man (Chesed) in order to pay his karmic debts according to his deeds. This is how Chesed exercises charity (good deeds) through the door of his house in order for Chokmah to erase from the world the sins of Tiphereth, and brings judgment upon himself; this is how he, Chokmah, immolates himself as the Son of Man! God’s utmost compassion is to become flesh and to suffer the karma together with the sinner in order for the latter to value his blessings.
The compassionate blessings of Chokmah cannot enter into the psyche of a rich person (an arrogant one) because: "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." (Matthew 5:3) Chokmah only enters through the door of the humble spirit and only the humble souls can attain the Self-realization of the Being.
The three lines of a t-square form a right angle with a protruding line above that makes the letter ד Daleth, which indicates how the consciousness of the Bodhisattva experiences Chokmah on the three levels: the vertical line indicates the human soul in the here and now, the horizontal line above is the Divine source of Wisdom (Chokmah) and the protruding line behind the right angle is the unconsciousness, or the soul trapped within the ego.
The continuous flow of Divine wisdom into the human soul, right thought, right feeling, right action, makes a right angle; this is the development of Chokmah through the annihilation of the ego (the protruding line behind the right angle) in order to experience the infinite omnipresence of the light of lights, Kether, thus leaving only two levels or a perfect square.
The Bodhisattva is the one who is willing to sacrifice his life for humanity and thus sacrifices his soul (Nephesh) as an holocaust to his Inner God. He is the Buddha who refuses to enter through the door of Nirvana, thus Chokmah (Vishnu, Avalokiteshvara, Kuan-Yin) elevate his soul and becomes one with the Cosmic Christ.
I will exalt thee, Oh יהוה (Chokmah); for you have lifted me up, and have not made my enemies (egos) to rejoice over me. - Psalm 30:1