The following text was utilized as the basis for discussion in a lecture of the free online course about The Twenty-Two Arcana.
Verses 33 to 40 from Psalm 119 begin with Hei:
33. Teach me, Oh יהוה Iod-Havah, the path of your statutes and I will keep it to the end.
34. Bestow me with your understanding, thus I will keep your law and observe it with my whole heart.
35. Cause me to walk on the path of your commands for in it I delight!
36. Bow my heart to your testimonies and not to unjust gain.
37. Turn away my eyes from seeing vanity; give me life on your path.
38. Substantiate your Word in your servant, who is devoted to you in awe.
39. Turn away my accusation which I fear; for your judgments are righteous.
40. Behold, I have longed for your precepts; grant me life in your righteousness.
From Alchemy and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
Beloved brethren of my soul, today we are going to study the Fifth Arcanum of the Tarot. This Arcanum is the Flaming Pentagram, the Blazing Star, the sign of Divine Omnipotence. This is the ineffable symbol of the Verb made flesh, the terrifying star of the Magi.
When the Pentagram elevates its two inferior rays towards the sky it represents Satan.
When the Pentagram becomes light, it elevates only one of its rays towards the sky; this represents the Internal Christ of every human being who comes into this world.
The human being with his legs and arms spread out to the right and left is the Star of Five Points. Brain and Sex live in an eternal struggle. Brain must control sex. When sex overcomes the brain, then the star of five points (the human being) falls into the abyss with the feet pointing upwards and the head pointing downwards; this is the inverted star, the male goat of Mendes. A human figure with the head aiming downwards and the feet aiming upwards naturally represents a demon.
The entire science of Gnosis is found summarized within the Flaming Star. Many bodhisattvas (human souls of Masters) have fallen inverted, like the five pointed star, with the superior ray aiming downwards and the two inferior rays aiming upwards.
When any of these bodhisattvas rise again, when this soul returns to the Path, when this soul recapitulates initiations, then the brethren become astonished and say: “This fellow is only a beginner in these studies and now he boasts of being an Initiate.” Truly, many times students judge a priori because they ignore the Great Mysteries. Therefore, we must know how to differentiate between a soul that is just starting these studies and a fallen bodhisattva. In Saint John’s Revelation 8: 10, the Pentagram (the five pointed star) falls from heaven (burning as if it were a lamp) and the human waters became bitter, they became wormwood. In Isaiah 14:12, the prophet said: “How art thou fallen from heaven, O shiny star (Lucifer), son of the morning? How art thou cut down to the ground?”
Nevertheless, the luciferic star (the fallen soul) will shine one day as the morning star in the right hand of the Verb.
Many times a man or a woman in search of the Divine Torch of Truth arrives at any Gnostic Lumisial; apparently the newly arrived is now a beginner, however, the brethren ignore what the soul of that person is; he or she can be a bodhisattva (the human soul of a Master) that wants to return to his own Father who is in Secret. Thus, the brethren become overwhelmed when something superior occurs to the apparent beginner, then they say: “We, who are older in these studies, are not passing through what this beginner is now passing through,” thus, they ask themselves: “How is it possible that this person who has only just begun is boasting about being an initiate?”
Judge not, that ye be not judged.For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. - Matthew 7:1-2
We need to be humble in order to acquire wisdom, and after acquiring it we need to be even more humble. The bodhisattvas fall because of sex, and they also rise up because of sex. Sex is the Philosophical Stone. The decapitation of Medusa (the Satan that we carry within) would be impossible without the precious treasury of the Philosophical Stone. Remember that Medusa is the maiden of evil (the psychological "I"), whose head is covered with hissing vipers. In occult science, it is stated that the union of the Sophic mercury with the Sophic Sulfur results in the Holy Philosophical Stone. The Ens Seminis is the Mercury; Sulfur is the sacred Fire of love.
We live now in the specific age of Samael; we live in the Fifth Era. Life has initiated its return towards the Great Light and in these moments we have to define ourselves by becoming Eagles or Reptiles, Angels or demons.
We are before the philosophical dilemma of ‘To Be or not To Be.’ The Arcanum Five of the Tarot is represented by the Hierophant. The Fifth Sphere is definitive because here the human being holds in his hands the reins of his own destiny and becomes an Angel or a Demon.
The Great Hierophant of the Tarot also appears seated between the two Columns of the Temple making the Sign (the Pentagram) of Esotericism.
The number five is grandiose, sublime. Remember that the human being is also a star of five points; this human star must cleanse itself constantly with the five perfumes. If we can make a metallic Pentagram and consecrate it, we can also consecrate ourselves with the same rites and perfumes that we use to consecrate our metallic Pentagram. This is because the human being is a Star of Five Points.
Those who feel that they are polluted with larvae, or in misery, must smudge themselves with the five perfumes in order to become clean. This must be performed in conjunction with treading on the path of perfect Chastity. In the Lumisials, this custom of cleansing the brothers and sisters that are full of larvae should be established. Thus, they will receive the benefit in their Souls and in their bodies.
Written by Gnostic Instructor
The human soul or Consciousness has to create (within the Matrass of Alchemy, which is the letter ‘Hei’) three vehicles of expression (bodies or garments); these are the Astral body, the Mental body and the Body of Willpower.
The Causal body or body of will is the expression of God's inner will through the Consciousness. This process of giving oneself to God’s conscious will is the way in which the essence or soul trapped in the unconsciousness, subconsciousness and infraconsciousness is released from its Eikasia and Pistis states into the Dianoia and Nous states of Consciousness.
The three lines which compose the form of the letter “Hei” correspond to these three bodies that we need to create: the upper horizontal line symbolizes the body of the will of God; the right vertical line is the Human Mind directed by the will of God; the unattached line is related to emotional actions based on the connection or disconnections of our human heart to our divine thoughts and divine will.
The horizontal line expresses a state of self-control under Divine Will, the unbroken, horizontal flow of divine will or abstract thought in the Consciousness of everything. In relation to any initiate, one must realize that each initiate possesses their own divine will, however all initiates take this will from און AUN the universal source-force of “Hei” (Yesod). This self-realization of Divine Power in the causal plane of one's Consciousness explains the different wills of this universal force within every divine creature.
The origin of Divine thought in the Human Being is the right vertical line of the letter “Hei” which is directly connected to the line of Divine Will or abstract thought that thereafter descends to express one's divine thoughts and inner feelings to others. The Malachim, and likewise every initiate rules through the power of the Word, as it is stated, "By the Word of the Malachim (Angels) God show His sovereignty.”
The separation of emotional activities, the unattached left vertical line (from the will of God, the horizontal line above) of the letter “Hei,” factually shows us the deep nature of our emotions. The emotional center experiences the will of God in the existential gap between his thoughts and will. When one is identified with a negative emotion, one is unable to capture the will of one’s Inner Being. If one wants the hand of God directing his heart one needs to intuit his will (hunches) within that gap. This is to experience his will through a superior emotion, the experience of the abstract will from the unknowable Divine “Hei” the source of all Creation.
The superior emotional feeling, intuition is that gift, represented by that line or unattached segment of the letter “Hei.” When this superior emotion is fully integrated in the initiate it becomes his own source of power for thought, feeling and action in the sacrifice for others. Moreover, when the emotional center is completely dominated, it becomes the vital vehicle and power of any initiate’s actions which are developed under the guidance of Kether, the truth, the father of all Divine Lights.
Then Joseph said unto the people, Behold, I have bought you this day and your land for Pharaoh: lo, take seed for yourselves, and you shall sow the land. And it shall come to pass in the increase that you shall give the fifth part unto Pharaoh (the Hierarch), and four parts shall be your own, for seed of the field, and for your food, and for them of your households, and for food for your little ones. - Genesis 47:23-24
The letter “Hei" is concealed in the verse: "lo, take seed for yourselves" which expresses how the concealed of the concealed, Christ is hidden within the seed of wheat, which symbolizes the human seed that must be alchemically transformed within “Hei,” the uterus, into the flesh and blood of the Inner Christ. This “Hei” is symbolized in the silver cup or Holy Grail that was found in Benjamin's sack, which Joseph’s steward placed in Benjamin's sack of grains when his brothers were unable to recognize him (the Splendours of the Astral Light of Hod hidden within the seed of Yesod).
The Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Logos with its powerful life makes the seed of wheat germinate in order for the stalks to grow millimeter by millimeter. The Ain Soph Aur, the Solar Logos becomes enclosed within the dark hardness of this grain which is like a precious coffer. The enchanted germ of the sacred stalk has its intimate exponent in the human seed.
The solar rays which penetrate into the human body are developed and unfolded in concealment within the woman’s womb. This is an emblem of life that manifests itself with its entire splendor within the Substance.
The Great Prakriti is my womb; in which I place the seed; thence, oh Bharata, is the birth of all beings! Whatever forms are produced, Oh Kountreya, in any womb whatsoever, the Prakriti (Divine Mother Kundalini) is their womb and I am the seed-giving father (Christ). - Bhagavad-Gita 14: 4
The Gnostic Initiates transmute this Cosmic Substance of the Sun-Christ, which is enclosed within their sexual seed when in the sexual act. The Priest and the Priestess unbind this Substance from its physical sexual elements in order for “El-Shaddai" to victoriously penetrate along the spinal medullas of their human organisms.
This is how “El-Shaddai” reveals his fiery essence to the Priest and Priestess in the sexual act by giving and receiving their creative forces from one to the other. The sexual act is the utmost expression of giving and receiving from God, a way in which the innermost expresses his divine gift to his lower self; this is how the Inner man Chesed gives his inheritance to the terrestrial man in the form of charity. The highest form of charity is when the Holy Spirit, (which is concealed within the sexual force of the Priest or Priestess) releases himself in order to completely bestow his essence within the Priest or Priestess in order to exalt them with blessings, as it is written:
Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now here-with, says the Iod-Havah of Hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. - Malachi: 3: 10
Behold, “El Shaddai” is the secret gift of the letter “Hei.” Through it our Innermost relates and expresses himself within us; he blesses our soul with his own essence, which is contained within the Sephirah Yesod, the cubic stone (Sex).
And he brought him to Jesus. And when Jesus beheld him, he said, you are Simon the son of Jonah: you shall be called Cephas, which is by interpretation, a stone. - John 1: 42
IO-CEPHAS, Joseph, the stone of IO, symbolizes in the verse "take seed for you," the Sephirah Yesod, whose function is to express the word of God in the form of Iod, Phallus, giving seed, a Man as explained in Gnostic Kabbalah.
When one is incapable to understand that El-Shaddai is hidden within the human seed one then is unable to recognize God, one is unable of beholding God within; but when we comprehend that God’s revelation is concealed with the human seed, then, one is capable of receiving the gifts of the Holy Spirit, El-Shaddai, which is the light of Christ, his seed, which is God’s utmost revelation or the Messiah.
We express the will of our God to others through our zeal: feelings and thoughts.
And he that overcomes, and keeps my works unto the end, to him will I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father. And I will give him the morning star. - Revelation: 2: 26, 27
Through the breaking of the vessels comes the plurality of Creation. God breaks or splits itself asunder for the sake of his children. His broken existence, the Sephiroth becomes an integrated existence in the Self realized initiate.
And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed. They (the fornicators) shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise (with Karma) their heel (Malkuth). - Genesis 3:
And I, behold, I establish my covenant with you, and with your seed after you. - Genesis 9: 9
And יהוה Iod-Havah appeared unto Abram, and said, unto thy seed will I give this land: and there he built an altar unto Iod-Havah, who appeared unto him. And he removed from thence unto a mountain on the east of Bethel, and pitched his tent, having Bethel on the west and Hai on the east: and there he built an altar unto Iod-Havah and called upon the name of Iod-Havah. - Genesis 12: 7-8
And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, יהוה Iod-Havah appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am El-Shaddai; walk before me, and be thou perfect. This is my covenant, which you shall keep, between me and you and your seed after you; every man child among you shall be circumcised (chaste). And you shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskin; and it shall be a token of the covenant between me and you. - Genesis 17: 10, 11
And great multitudes were gathered together unto him, so that he went into a ship (the Ark), and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. And he spoke many things unto them in parables, saying:
Behold, a sower went forth to sow; and when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up: Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth: and when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away. And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them: But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold; whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear.
And the disciples came, and said unto him, why do you speak unto them in parables?
He answered and said unto them, because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.
For whosoever has, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever has not, from him shall be taken away even that he has.
Therefore I speak to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah, which said: “By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.”
But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. For verily I say unto you, That many prophets and righteous men have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which you hear, and have not heard them.
Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
When any one hears the word of the kingdom, and understands it not, then comes the wicked one, and catches away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that hears the word, and anon with joy receives it; yet he has not root in himself, but duress for a while: for when tribulation or persecution arises because of the word, by and by he is offended.
He also that received seed among the thorns is he that hears the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.
But he that received seed into the good ground is he that hears the word, and understands it; which also bears fruit, and brings forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
Another parable he put forth unto them, saying: The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares?
He said unto them, an enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Will you then that we go and gather them up?
But he said, nay; lest while you gather up the tares, you root up also the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, gather you together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof.
Another parable spoke he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.
All these things spoke Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable he spoke not unto them: that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world.
Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field.
He answered and said unto them, He that sows the good seed is the Son of man; the field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father; whosoever has ears to hear, let him hear. - Matthew 13: 1-43
Joseph before the Pharaoh, the Hierophant of Egypt
Behold, you are called a Jew (a Christified One), and rest in the law, and boast of God, and know his will, and approve the things that are more excellent, being instructed out of the law; and are confident that you yourself are a guide of the blind, a light of them which are in darkness, an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of babes, which has the form of knowledge and of the truth in the law. Therefore, you who teach another, do not teach yourself?
You that preach that a man should not steal, do steal (the seed of God)? You that says a man should not commit Adultery, do commit Adultery (with your Wife)? You that abhors idols, do commit sacrilege (with the lustful idols of your mind)? You that boast of the law (circumcision), through (Fornication) breaking the law, dishonor your God?
For the name of God (hidden with the sexual seed) is blasphemed among the (Fornicator) Gentiles through you, as it is written; for circumcision verily profited, if you keep the law (of Chastity): but if you be a breaker of the law (a Fornicator), your circumcision is made uncircumcision.
Therefore if the uncircumcised keeps the righteousness of the law (Chastity), shall not his uncircumcision be counted for circumcision?
And shall not the uncircumcised who is by nature, if he fulfills the law, judge you, who by the letter and circumcised do transgress the law (see Leviticus 15:16, 18)?
For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the (chaste) heart, in the (Holy) Spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God. - Romans: 2: 17-29
Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He said not, and to seeds, as of many; but as of one, and to your seed, which is Christ. - Galatians 3: 16