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 Vav
Verses 41 to 48 from Psalm 119 begin with Vav:
41 Let your mercies come to me, oh Iod-Havah through your salvation according to your Word.
42 And I will answer the Word to my rebuker, for I trust in your Word.
43 And do not deliver the Word of truth from my mouth still; for on your judgments greatly I have hoped.
44 And I shall keep your law continually forever and ever.
45 And I will walk in the wideness, for your commands I seek.
46 And I will speak of your testimonies before the Malachim, and will not be ashamed.
47 And will delight myself in your commands, which I have loved.
48 And I will lift up my hands to your commandments, and I will meditate on your statutes.
From Alchemy and Kabbalah by Samael Aun Weor
Beloved brethren of my soul:
We are now going to study the sixth Arcanum of the Tarot.
Beloved, remember that indeed without any doubt, the two interlaced triangles of the seal of Solomon, which join or separate love, are the two shuttles with which the ineffable mystery of eternal life in the loom of God is woven or unwoven. The upper triangle symbolizes Kether (the Father who is in secret), Chokmah (the Son) and Binah (the Holy Spirit of each human being). The lower triangle represents the three traitors of Hiram Abiff; those three traitors are inside of us. The first traitor is the Demon of Desire; that traitor lives within the Astral Body. The second traitor is the Demon of the Mind; that traitor lives within the Mental Body. The third traitor is the Demon of Evil Will; that traitor lives within the Body of Willpower (Causal Body).
The Bible cites these three traitors in the Apocalypse of Saint John in Revelation: 16: 13, 14:
And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet; for they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty (El-Shaddai).
The three traitors constitute the reincarnating ego, the psychological ‘I,’ the Satan that must be dissolved in order to incarnate the Inner Christ, which is constituted by Kether, Chokmah and Binah. The superior triangle is the Resplendent Dragon of Wisdom whereas the inferior triangle is the Black Dragon.
The sign of the infinite or the Tau Cross is found in the center of the two triangles; both are phallic (sexual) signs. The soul is found between the two triangles and has to decide between the White Dragon and the Black Dragon. Such a dilemma is absolutely sexual.
The clue is found in the serpent. In the Abraxas, the rooster’s legs are made by the double tail of a serpent. The tempting serpent of Eden exists as well as Moses’ serpent of Brass Nachash interlaced around the Tau, in other words, entwined around the Sexual Lingam (the phallus); the Yoni is the Uterus. Normally the serpent is enclosed within the Chakra Muladhara (Church of Ephesus). The serpent slumbers in that coccygeal center entwined three and a half times. The serpent must inevitably leave from its church. If the serpent rises through the medullar canal we convert ourselves into angels and if the serpent descends we convert ourselves into demons. Now you can comprehend why there are always two serpents around the Caduceus of Mercury. The sexual force is the Hyle of the Gnostics.
When the students spill the Cup of Hermes during their practices with the Arcanum A.Z.F. they commit the crime of the Nicholaitans, which used a system in order to make the serpent descend. This is how the human being is converted into a demon.
The complete and positive development of the serpent is only achieved by working with the Philosophical Stone within the Sexual Laboratory of the Practical Alchemist.
The superior triangle is the center of the Alchemist’s Microcosmos and the Alchemist’s Macrocosmos. The sign of the Mercury of the Secret philosophy (the Ens Seminis) cannot be missed in the center of the triangle. Man and woman must work with the Sun and with the Moon, with the Gold and with the Silver (sexual symbols) in order to perform the Great Work. Nevertheless, this work is very difficult because the Male Goat of Mendez (the Black Dragon) always tries to make the Alchemist sexually fall. It is urgent to work with the four elements of Alchemy in order to perform the Great Work.
The Alchemical Macrocosmos is illuminated by the Light; this is the superior triangle of the Seal of Solomon. The Alchemical Microcosmos is in the shadows, in the region where the souls fight against the Black Dragon.
It is precisely in the Microcosmos, represented by the inferior triangle, where the entire work of Alchemical Laboratory must be performed by us.
The marvelous Microcosmos and Macrocosmos Alchemical illustration above (from Chimica Basilica Philosophica) represents the man and the woman working with the Sun (the symbol of the phallus) and with the Moon (the symbol of the Uterus). In this medieval painting, two men together or two women together do not appear because such a crime against Natura only creates a filthy Vampire. The tenebrous ones justify their crimes against Natura, thus, the Law punishes them by separating them from their superior triangle forever. This is how they roll into the abyss.
The mysteries of Lingam Yoni are terribly divine and cannot be altered. The Lingam can only be united with the Yoni; this is the Law of the Holy Alchemy. The Alchemical Weddings signify, as a fact, a Perfect Matrimony. The Alchemist must not only kill desire, but moreover, he has to kill the very shadow of the horrible tree of desire.
Sacred Dances between men and women were performed in the mysteries of Eleusis along with love and the music of the centers in order to enchant the Serpent. Then, the dancers of the temple were clean from the filthy venom of desire. All kind of sins are forgiven, except the sins against the Holy Spirit. “Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is without the body; but he that commits fornication sin against his own body.” 1 Corinthians 6: 18. However, fornication does not pertain only to the physical body; it is also related to thoughts, emotions, words and animal sensations.
In the mysteries of Eleusis, the couples danced in order to mutually magnetize themselves; then while dancing, the couple (man and woman) together attained ecstasy. The bio-electromagnetic interchange between man and woman cannot be replaced by anything; this is a gigantic, grandiose and terribly divine power. God shines upon the perfect couple.
If you want in depth self-realization remember this Alchemical Aphorism: “Nature must be imitated in everything. Nature enjoys Nature; Nature dominates Nature.”
The task of the Alchemist is to search for the occult and ancient knowledge and to perform the Great Work in his sexual laboratory. The Great Work is difficult, it signifies many years of experiments, terrible sacrifices and tremendous difficulties. There exists a transmutator agent (the Philosophical Stone), a heavenly influence (cosmic religiosity), diverse astral influences (esoteric astrology), influence of letters, numbers, correspondences, sympathies (Kabbalah).
The sacred principles of Alchemy are:
- A Pair of Opposites (Man/Woman; Active/Passive)
- Trinity (Active, Passive, Neutral)
- The Elements (Fire, Air, Water and Earth)
The entire work of the Great Work (the Magnus Opus) is reunited in the Seal of Solomon. The six points of the star are masculine; the six outer obtuse angles that exist between point and point are feminine. In synthesis, this star has twelve rays: six masculine and six feminine. The Star of Solomon is the perfect symbol of the Central Sun, all of the zodiacal measurements are found summarized within the Seal of Solomon. The entire sexual Genesis of the zodiac is hidden in the Seal of Solomon. The inner relation that exists between the zodiac and the invincible Central Sun is found in the Seal of Solomon. The twelve rays of the brilliant star crystallize by means of Alchemy in the twelve zodiacal constellations.
When the student enters into the temple of the Sphinx he studies the Great Book of Nature, where all of the Cosmic Laws are written.
Indeed, very few are the ones who can open the Book and study it. The “ordeal of the Sanctuary” is very terrible. Very few are the human beings who have succeeded in passing such an ordeal. A Precious Jewel (with the seal of Solomon) a Ring filled with Ineffable Light is granted to the one who victoriously passes the Ordeal of the Sanctuary. The neophyte who touches the ring with the left hand loses it inevitably.
Another explanation of the Seal of Solomon is the following: above the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, below the power that governs (the Innermost), the power that deliberates (the mind), and the power that executes (the personality).
When the power that deliberates and the power that executes rebel or are subordinate against the governor (the Innermost) then the outcome is failure.
The three traitors use to take possession of the powers that deliberate and the powers that execute. The Bodhisattvas sometimes use to receive (Kabbel) messages from the superior worlds; nevertheless, ignoramuses mistake the Bodhisattvas with the Mediums of Spiritism (“chanellers”).
The Medium and the Mediator (Bodhisattva) exist. The Medium is negative whereas the Mediator is Positive. The Medium is a vehicle of the Tempting Serpent of Eden. The Bodhisattva, the Mediator is a vehicle of the Serpent of Brass Nachash that healed the Israelites in the wilderness.
Great Masters use to dictate messages through the lips of their Bodhisattvas. People do not understand this and mistake the Mediators with the detrimental Mediums of Spiritism because people allow themselves to be carried away by false appearances.
The entire positive and negative forces of the Universal Magnetism are found represented in the Seal of Solomon.
In the works of high magic, it is necessary to trace a circle around us. Such a circle must be totally closed, interrupted by the Seal of Solomon.
With the seven metals, Gnostic brethren can manufacture medallions and rings with the Seal of Solomon. The Seal of Solomon must be utilized in all of the works of invocations, and in the practices with elementals (as we have already taught in Arcanum 4 of this series of lectures on Kabbalah).
The elementals of nature tremble before the Seal of the Living God. The Angel of the Sixth Seal of the Apocalypse has reincarnated at this time within a feminine body (this angel is a specialist in the sacred Jinn science).
Arcanum 6 is the Lover of the Tarot. It is the soul between vice and virtue. The Arcanum Six is enchainment, equilibrium, amorous union between man and woman, terrible struggles between love and desire, the mysteries of Lingam-Yoni, connection. The struggle between the two ternaries is found in the Sixth Arcanum of the Tarot. The sixth Arcanum is the supreme affirmation of the Internal Christ, and the supreme negation of Satan.
Watch and Pray.
The Hebrew Letter Vav
Written by Gnostic Instructor
Which in Kabbalah symbolizes the spinal medulla; ו ‘Vav’ the foundation of the property of hearing the word; ‘Vav’ means ‘and’ ‘connection’
The letter Vav unites ‘and’ interconnects all of the twenty-two Arcana within the human consciousness, since all of them have to be developed within the spinal medulla of any Self-realized Initiate. This is why the incarnated word within the Resurrected Man says in book of Revelation: “I am the Alpha and the Omega (Aleph and Tav, all of the twenty two letters) the Beginning and the End, the one who was, is and shall be the Lord Almighty (El Shaddai).
In the beginning was the Word בראשית and the Word (בראשית Bereishit) was with God, and the Word (Bereishit) was (hidden the mystery of) God.
The same (בראשית Bereishit) was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him (by means of the letter Vav); and without him was not any thing made that was made (within the Vav).
In him (the letter Vav) was (the tree of) life; and the (tree of) life (nursed by Shaddai El Chai) was the light (of the Ain Soph in the spinal medulla) of men. And the light (of the Ain Soph) shines in (the august) darkness (of the wise); and the darkness (of fornication) comprehended it not.
There was a man (in ‘Berashith’ who emerged in six days within the Vav, who was) sent from (the seventh power of) God (El-Shaddai), whose name was John (IEOUAMS). The same came (into existence) for a witness, to (hook or to) bear witness of the Light (of El-Shaddai), that all men through him might believe (hold dear, to hook, love, connect).
He (the letter Vav) was not that Light (of the Ain Soph), but was sent (and created) to (hook or to) bear witness of that Light (from El-Shaddai).
That (El-Shaddai) was the true (Cosmic) Light, which lighted (the Vav or Spinal Medulla of) every man that comes (through sexual transmutation) into the world; He (El-Shaddai) was in the world (as Shaddai El Chai), and the world (Mineral Kingdom, Plant Kingdom, Animal Kingdom) was made by him (this Creative Fohat), and the (fornicators of the) world (the intellectual humanoids) knew him not.
He (Chokmah, Vishnu, Avalokiteshvara, Kuan Yin, Ahura Mazda, the Cosmic Christ) came unto his own (as Shaddai El Chai), and his own received him not (rather, they spilled him out of themselves).
But as many as received him (within their Vav or spinal Medullas as Fire of Love) to them gave he (Chokmah) power to become the sons of God (Beni-Elohim) even to them that believe (hold dear, love, connect) on his name: Which were born, not of blood (passion), nor of the will (desire) of the flesh, nor of the (lustful) will of (any fornicator) man, but of (the immaculate conception or Sahaja Maithuna on) God.
And (this is how) the Word (Bereshith) was made flesh (in Vav), and dwelt among us (within our Spinal Medulla as the Blazing-Brazen-Serpent), and we beheld (through “He”) his glory (Hod), the glory as of the only begotten (light) of the Father (of all Fatherhoods, the Ray of Okidanokh), full of grace and truth. - Gospel of John 1:1-14
Iod, He Vau, He. In the beginning of Creation, the Ain Soph Aur, the Ray of Okidanokh, withdraws its Christic Light from the Immanifested Ain Soph “Hei” and fills the abstract space; from this illuminated void the Ain Soph places its light within its “Iod’ Kether, thereafter its light is placed for its development within its manifested “He” Chokmah and finally the ray of Okidanokh, the solar light shines within its “Vav” Binah as a triune infinite single ray of light that undertakes multiform, universal shapes. And in order to create Adam’s finite existence this light necessarily withdraws from the void seven times. The ray of Okidanokh is hidden with the letter Vav. Therefore, the Omni-cosmic ray of Okidanokh (despite being singular in its essence) possesses two manifestations, one is within the abstract absolute space and the other is within the universe; both manifestations take part in the process of any type of creation. Vav’s binary incessantly interacting creative power, manifested within its Immanifested and Manifested creation through innumerable Mahamanvantaras and Mahapralayas, hides the enigma of its absolute reality.
The manifested triune ray of creation is the power that differentiates and separates the different degrees of Objective Reasoning amongst the Heavenly Hierarchy and the different aspects of objective and subjective perception of reality up and down, within all of the Sephiroth of the Tree of Life.
The Ain Soph is the inherent abstract force that exposes its “Aur” Light-Power through its triune manifested ray within any type and forms of matter. This is how the abstract Ain Soph together with Kether, Chokmah, and Binah form a single whole light whose kabbalistic name is Iod He Vav He.
In Briah, the letter Vav is the Son, the universe that emerges from Daath, which manifests the Triune-Creative-Power of Iod-He, Abba-Aima, Phallus-Uterus, Lingam-Yoni, Father-Mother and the Immanifested “Aur” the Light Power of the abstract absolute “He” the Ain Soph.
The Fire-Light of Christ developed within the Spinal Medulla of both Man and Woman is the letter Vav that unites Heaven ‘and’ Earth, Daath ‘and’ Yesod:
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for his love is better than wine. - Song of Songs 1:1
During the paroxysm of joy, we must directly discover the cosmic and creative synthesis of Shiva (Holy Spirit) and Shakti (His Divine Spouse Kundalini).
The ordinary intellectual animal is fatally defeated by abominable concupiscence and gets carried away by passionate affection (in other words, suffers during the enjoyment for the vile consummation of pleasure) while on the other hand, the Gnostic esotericist (in total ecstasy during the coitus) victoriously enters the region of the Monads in the splendid world of Tattwa-Anupadaka.
The preceding degree towards the world of Anupadaka, is the extraordinary principle of the power which is related to the domain of space, time and causality; this is called Akasa-Tatwa (Dwelling of Atman-Buddhi-Manas).
It is written in golden words in the great Book of all Splendors that sexual paroxysm is Proto-Tattvic.
An interplay of extraordinary vibrations begins during the Maithuna with the Tattva of Gold: prithvi, the magnificent ether of the perfumed earth, maintains perfect harmony with our physical bodies.
The harp continues in its delightful vibrations rippling the waters of universal life (Apas), the Ens Seminis.
The breath (Vayu) clearly alters and in the subtle atmosphere of the world the lyre of Orpheus resounds.
The sacred flame (Tejas) is ignited in the mysterious candlestick of the dorsal spine.
Now... Oh Gods! The Knight (Superior Manas) and his Lady (Buddhi) ardently embrace each other in the region of pure Akasha, trembling with sexual exaltation.
However, it is clear and unmistakable that Akasha is only a bridge of wonders and prodigies between the prithvi Tattvas (Earth) and Anupadaka (the World of Splendors).
Sexual exaltation crosses the bridge of joy and enters the world of Atziluth, the region of Anupadaka, the dwelling of Shiva and Shakti; then He and She shine gloriously, enraptured with love.
Women, listen to me: Shakti must be lived regally during intercourse as Maya-Shakti (Woman-Eve-Goddess). Only in this way can you be successful in the consubstantiation of love in the psycho-physiological reality of your nature.
The Gnostic man must personify Shiva (The Holy Spirit) during the Sahaja Maithuna (Sexual Magic) and feel flooded with this marvelous strength from the Third Logos. - Samael Aun Weor, The Mystery of the Golden Blossom
And this is how from all Eternity the Elohim said: “Let there be light,” and (in the Vav, spinal medulla) there was light (of the Divine Mother Kundalini)." And (within Vav, spinal medulla) the Elohim saw the light, that it was good; and (in Vav) the Elohim divided the light (of chastity) from the darkness (of fornication). This is how the Ain Soph Aur, the Cosmic Christic Light by contracting itself flows into the darkness; it permeates its cosmic nature in order to create the primordial man, the Vav and becomes human.
This alchemical transformation of the Christic Light in the spinal medulla of the sinner is the secret of how a demon can be transformed into an angel by means of the light of the creative forces of love; it is the way in which we return to our Inner God with passion, the passion of the Lord. This is the way to pay our past karma, by bringing the light from all of eternity into the present in order to erase our sins from the past.
Carrying the light from all eternity into our spinal medulla is a Divine holocaust that only the couple (man and woman) can perform; this is the secret of Kabbalah, the way in which we receive (Kabbel) the inner teachings of God, the way in which we tread upon the Golden Path of the Bodhisattva in order to link within oneself all of the particles of the consciousness into one whole. This is the Arcanum A.Z.F. (in the aspect of Kabbalah related with the Revelation of the seven golden candlesticks or the incarnation of the Messiah).
And Iod-Havah Elohai (Binah) said unto Moses, make a fiery (Kundalini) serpent, and set it upon a pole (Spinal Medulla): and it shall come to pass, that every one that is bitten (with the poison of lust), when he look upon it, shall live. And Moses made a serpent of brass Nachash, and put it upon a pole, and it came to pass, that if (Kundabuffer) a (tempting) serpent (of Eden) had bitten any man, when he beheld (Kundalini) the serpent of bronze, he lived. - Numbers 21: 8, 9
And Moses answered and said, but, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, Iod-Havah Elohai has not appeared unto you. And Iod-Havah Elohai said unto him, what is that in your hand? And he said a rod. And he said, cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it. And Iod-Havah Elohai said unto Moses, put forth your hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand: That they may believe that Iod-Havah Elohai (Binah) of their fathers, the Elohai of Abraham, the Elohai of Isaac, and the Elohai of Jacob, has appeared unto you. - Exodus 4: 1-5
He that hath an ear let him hear what the Spirit say unto the churches...
And as Moses lifted up the Serpent (of Brass Nachash) in the wilderness, even so must the Son of man be lifted up: That whosoever believes (hold dear, hook, love, connect) in him should not perish, but have eternal life. - John 3: 14, 15
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and heard behind me (within my 'Vav', spinal medulla ) a great voice, as of a trumpet, saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last (Aleph and Tau): and, what you see, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches which are in Assiah…. And I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And being turned, I saw seven golden candlesticks; and in the midst of the seven candlesticks one like unto the Son of man, clothed with a garment down to the foot, and girt about the paps with a golden girdle. His head and his hairs were white like wool, as white as snow; and his eyes were as a flame of fire; and his feet like unto fine brass Nachash, as if they burned in a furnace; and his voice as the sound of many waters (Akasa). And he had in his right hand seven stars: and out of his mouth went a sharp two-edged sword: and his countenance was as the sun shining in his strength. - Revelation 1:10-16
I have heard of thee by the hearing of the ear: but now mine eye seeth thee. - Job 42:5
So then faith comes by hearing, and the hearing through (VAV) the word of God. - Romans 10:17
"Whosoever knows, the Word gives power to. No one has uttered it, no one will utter it, except the one who has the Word incarnated."