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 Kof
Verses 145 to 152 from Psalm 119 begin with Kuf:
145 I cried with my whole heart; Oh Iod-Havah, answer me; I will keep your statues.
146 I cried to you; save me and I will keep your testimonies.
147 I go before the dawn of day and cry; I hope in you word.
148 My eyes go before the night watches, to meditate on your Word.
149 Hear my voice by your mercy, Oh Iod-Havah; give me life by your judgment.
150 The pursuers of mischief draw near; they are far from your Law.
151 You are near, Oh Iod-Havah, and all your commands are true.
152 Of old I have known from your testimonies, for your have founded them forever.
From Alchemy and Kabbalah in the Tarot by Samael Aun Weor
Let us now study the Hieroglyphic of the Nineteenth Arcanum of the Tarot: a radiant sun and two children holding hands.
In the Egyptian Tarot, the hieroglyphic is of a man and a woman, holding with their hands the symbolic Egyptian Tao Cross.This type of Cross is phallic.The Nineteenth Arcanum is the Arcanum of the Alliance.
In the third lecture of our course, we broadly spoke about the Salt, the Sulfur and the Mercury.Indeed, these are the passive instruments of the Great Work.The Positive Principle is the Interior Magnes of Paracelsus.We need to transmute and thereafter sublimate the sexual energy to the Heart.It is impossible to advance in the Great Work without the force of love. The Psychological “I” does not know how to love; because the Psychological “I” is desire.
It is easy to mistake desire with that which is called Love.Desire is a substance that decomposes into thoughts, volitions, sentiments, romances, poetries, tenderness, sweetness, anger, hatred, violence, etc. The poison of desire always cheats people.Those who are in love always swear that they are loving, when in reality they are desiring.Present humans do not know that which is called love; nevertheless, we have within the most recondite parts of Our Being a principle that loves.Unfortunately, we do not have this principle incarnated.This principle is the Soul (the Inner Magnes of Paracelsus).
If people would have that soul-principle incarnated, then they could love; only from heart to heart, from Soul to Soul is it possible to love.Unfortunately, people only have Satan incarnated and the latter does not know what love is; Satan only knows about desire, that is all.
Daily we see multitudes of lovers that swear eternal love to each other; yet, after they satisfy their desire (that desire that they believed to be love) disillusionment, along with disenchantment and total disappointment arrives.Desire is a great swindler.
Whosoever wants to work in the Great Work has to annihilate desire.It is necessary to know how to love. Love has its peculiar happiness and its infinite beauty.People do not know that which is called love. Love is similar to the sentiments shown by a new born baby.Love forgives everything, gives everything, it does not demand anything, it does not ask for anything, it only wants the best for the one that loves and that is all. The true sentiment of love is perfect and Satan knows nothing of perfection, because Satan is desire.
If you want to love, be prudent; do not confuse love with desire. Do not allow yourself to be cheated by desire, the great swindler.
You have an embryo of a soul within and this can love. Indeed, this is an embryonic love because it is an Embryo of Soul; yet if you annihilate desire you will feel that spark of love.When you learn how to feel that spark, then that spark will become a flame and you will experience that which is called love.Therefore, strengthen your embryo of soul with the blessed flame of love, and then you will achieve the miracle of your incarnation.It is necessary for you to be integral and that is only possible by loving.
In the Nineteenth Arcanum, a Great Alliance is established between two souls.Man and Woman must kill desire in order to achieve the Great Alliance.If you want to incarnate your soul, you must then celebrate the Great Alliance of the Nineteenth Arcanum.
Reflect a little; until now you are just a living specter, a sleeping specter.You wretched specter sleep during the slumber of your physical body and after your death, asleep you escape from the graveyard or cemetery… Miserable specter! Wretched soulless creature! Reflect and meditate.You must celebrate the Great Alliance of the Nineteenth Arcanum so that you can incarnate your soul and thus truly BE, because you, wretched creature, are not being yet.You are dreams; you die without knowing why and are born without knowing why.Only the blessed flame of love can make you truly exist because you do not have a true existence yet.
Only with the Arcanum A.Z.F. can you engender your Christic Vehicles.Your Inner Buddha will be dressed with those vehicles first, thereafter your Inner Christ. This is how you will become integral; you need to become integral.Remember good disciple that now you are nothing but a sleeping specter and that your present internal vehicles are only mental formations that you must disintegrate, reduce to cosmic dust.Be patient in the Great Work.If you want to incarnate your Inner Christ, then you must be sour like the Lemon: be displeased, kill not only desire, but even the very shadow of desire. Be perfect in thought, word and deed; be pure… pure… pure..!
The Philosophical Stone
Sex is represented by the Philosophical Stone; this is the Heliogabalus Stone.The elixir of Long Life cannot be acquired without this stone.The two columns of the temple, Jachin and Boaz, are the Man and the Woman who are in alliance in order to work with the Philosophical Stone.Whosoever finds the Philosophical Stone is transformed into a God.
The Great Tempter
The Psychological “I” is the Great Tempter.The “I” hates Sexual Magic because the “I” wants the complete satisfaction of desire.The “I” is the one who thinks and searches whereas the Being does not need to think or search.When we are working in the Great Work, the “I” does not feel secure; thus, it searches for that which is called security.The students of the luminous path always fall into the abyss of perdition when searching for security.Therefore, do not allow yourself to be seduced by the Great Tempter.When the mind goes around searching for something, when the mind is searching for security, when the mind is looking for end results, it is because we are not prepared for the Great Work.Satan always goes around hunting for something; thus do not allow your mind to be poisoned by Satan.Do not waste your mental energy torpidly.
You waste your mental energy with the battle of reasoning; remember that your “I” is the one who reasons, whereas your soul does not need to reason.It is painful to see the specters of death reasoning about problems that do not exist. Sleeping specters are worthy of pity.Indeed, the “I” is the One who Reasons.
When the mind does not search anymore, when the mind does not search for refuge, when the mind does not go around coveting more books or knowledge, when the mind ignores the memories of desire, then only that which is called love will remain within us.How great it is to love! Only the Great Souls can and know how to love.
The Hebrew Letter Qoph or Kuf
Written by a Gnostic Instructor
Jah-Havah is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call in truth. - Psalm 145:18
This letter is related with the sign of Jonah and the Kikaion (Pumpkin-Gourd) and symbolizes the Omnipresence of God - salvation of the fallen embryos of souls
The Letter Kuf could be made of the combination of two letters: “Kaph” and “Vav” or “Reish” and “Zayin.” Each combination represents a different inclination of the soul.
The first duality of letters (Kaph and Vav) is played by the soul within the mechanicity of the mind, the Klipothic Kuf. In this first combination, the letter “Kaph” is related to mechanical morality, traditional righteousness, and religious fanatical dogmas (all of those rules that condition religious people to futile beliefs based on their wrongly interpreted commandments and teachings of the prophets, yet which they absurdly believe to be positive forces that eventually through beliefs and good intentions will lift their souls to higher levels). Nevertheless, their “Vav” unfortunately thrusts their solar energies violently and downwardly into Klipoth through fornication. Their mind above (their Kaph) is responsible for sending the fiery solar forces that circulate in their spinal column (their Vav) completely into Klipoth by means of the abominable spasm or filthy bestial orgasm of the fornicators.
Other souls are just tempted by the mechanicity of the mind, which is always involved in accidental negative thoughts that irresponsibly emerge through their already devolving behavior. Through subjective reasoning, mental temptations are triumphantly taking these souls into Klipoth.
The Elohim of Nature have worked very hard in order to create self-cognizant beings. The Elohim have had to perform difficult experiments in the laboratory of Nature.Diverse forms of animals have come out of those test tubes of this great laboratory; some of those forms were created with the purpose of elaborating material for the creation of true human beings, while other forms are the refuse of semi-human beings and yet others are true human failures.
All animals from this kingdom of Malkuth characterize some eliminated aspect of true human beings.All animals (including the intellectual animal) are true caricatures of the human being. - Samael Aun Weor, Aztec Christic Magic
A grotesque example amongst these tests is the “Ape,” whose name in Hebrew is “Kuf.” Monkeys are the physical bodies of already devolving “human” souls. These devolving souls were defeated by temptation and now only act under the impulse of their mechanical minds without any inner reflection at all.These monkey tendencies are very common in most of the present humanoids of this planet. Gnostics must work against these mechanical reactions of the mind because these are characteristics of devolution.
It is good to know that the struggle of the Elohim to create human beings is not over yet.Still, true human beings have to discharge themselves of many elements which will be present in the zoological gardens of the future. - Samael Aun Weor, Aztec Christic Magic
The second duality of the letters (Reish and Zayin) is played out by the souls who by controlling the mechanicity of their animal mind create a solar mind, a mind surrounded by solar light, a Divine Kuf. In this second combination, the letter “Reish” is related to Cognizant Morality, righteousness beyond the mind, an ethical law related to Tiphereth, (who follows the commandments and teachings of Kether, the Inner Reish). Kether, the Inner Reish lifts up the mind towards the light of the superlative consciousness “Kuf,” the superior level of the Being by means of “Zayin” (sexual transmutation). When reaching the higher level of the being, the Glorian of the Initiate has the right to be called ‘Kadosh, Kadosh, Kadosh Adonai Zabaoth’ (Holy, Holy, Holy Lord of Hosts).Then the soul of the Initiate is a “Korban,” a holy offering always present within the living Temple of God.
The first combination is the descension or fall of the soul into Klipoth; whereas the second combination is the ascension of the soul from the depths in which we have already fallen. No matter how deep we fell or for how many lives we are in the depth, if we work in the self-realization of the Being there is always hope, because the Christic energy always performs a revolution through “Zayin;” it thus directs and turns the consciousness, the embryo of soul, the spark of Neshamah (Divine Soul) towards the heights (the Reish).
The Holy Eight (the sign of the Infinite) manifests the Omnipresence of God, in other words, everything that is divine above (the “Kaph”) within the Brain, manifests simultaneously below in the Sex and is joined by the fires of the heart.The letter Vav (through the descending immanence of God) unites the brain, heart and sex; yet, Omniscience “Reish” is separate from this descending immanence and is only joined to his Omnipresence when the soul (which through redemption) ascends through “Zayin,” his image.The omniscience of God is contained within his image and only develops in the soul that sanctifies, that perfects herself and becomes one with God; because there is no soul that can achieve the omniscience of God without holiness, without God, since there is none more holy and omniscient as God.
The true sanctified soul is the righteous (Tzadik in Hebrew); it is the soul that absorbs the Tzalem of Jah-Havah into his Being by means of the second combination of the “Kuf.” The Tzalem of Jah-Havah has to reach the “Reish” through “Zayin” (Alchemy - Meditation). The fallen sparks of the consciousness trapped within those mental formations (Ego) of Klipoth, are particles of our being trapped within the protoplasmic bodies that are redeemed by means of the second combination of the “Kuf.”
The nineteenth letter Kuf hides the secret of how Eve, Havah or Chavah [[חוה in Yesod-Malkuth (as the lunar serpent OB or IDA) engendered Kain (subjective reasoning) with the help of (OD or PINGALA) Adam (within our Brain – the Kaph).
Genesis 3: 20: And (after the division of sexes) Adam (the Brain– the Kaph) called his wife (sexual organs – Yesod’s) name Havah or Chavah; because she was the mother of all life (Chai).
Genesis 4: 1: And Adam (the Iod, the three primary forces of the Kaph, the Brain) knew (about good and evil through Yesod) Eve (Havah or Chavah) his wife (sexual organs); and she conceived, and bare Kain (Kuf, Iod Nun-Sophit), and said, I have gotten a (terrestrial) man (a mind with subjective reasoning in Malkuth) from Iod (the brain) and Havah or Chavah (the sexual force)
2: And she (Havah or Chavah) again (through sexual transmutation) bare his brother Abel (the vapors of chastity to fortify the embryo of soul, the spark of God not yet bottled up within the vanities of the mind of Malkuth). And Abel (the vapors of Havah or Chavah, sex, the power of the soul) was a keeper of sheep (sparks of God not yet bottled up within the Vanities of Life), but Kain (the subjective protoplasmic mind) was a tiller of the ground (the controller of the protoplasmic bodies of Malkuth by means of the first combination of the Kuf = Kaph and Vav).
Eve (Havah or Chavah) = Chet (8) + Vav (6) + He (5) = 19, the Arcanum 19. Eve (Ida), the wife of Pingala (Adam). Eve (Havah or Chavah) is the mother of all life (חי Chai).
Adam = Aleph (1) + Daleth (4) + Mem (40) = 9, the Arcanum 9, Sephirah Yesod the abode of Shaddai El Chai, the almighty life of God.
Adam, the brain, Od or Pingala is nourished with the fires of Yesod, the sexual force of Shaddai El Chai; yet Eve, Ob or Ida is the mother of all life in Yesod; this female sexual force needs to be controlled by the Brain by means of willpower.When the female sexual forces (Havah or Chavah) control the Brain (Adam), we then commit the primordial sin, fornication, this is, to eat the sexual force of Shaddai El Chai in Yesod – to have Sex like the beasts.This is how the sexual organs (Yesod, Eve of “Havah or Chavah) ate from the tree of knowledge and gave unto her husband (the Brain-Adam) the outcome of it (Kain).Death comes into the world through Kain the son of Eve, Havah or Chavah, the sexual organs that experienced the orgasm; nevertheless, even within the bodies of the dead (this present humanity) the life (Chai) of Shechinah (Kundalini), the fire of divine life remains hidden within the Muladhara chakra, awaiting its awakening within the righteous one, the Tzadik that through chastity awakens this dormant potential of Divine life in Yesod (in order to resurrect the powers of the soul within the Monad).
The sparks of life (Chai) from “Shaddai El Chai” hover in Yesod which is “Havah or Chavah” (the sexual organs), these are released as vapor (Abel) when the animal lust dies in us; thus, the vapor of life “Abel” is always present within the living dead (children of“Havah or Chavah” Eve in Malkuth).
Kain (the son or the outcome of the orgasm of Eve – sexual organs) who represents the first combination of the letter “Kuf,” kills Abel (the vapor of life) with the bone jaw of a donkey (fornication and subjective reasoning).
Yet, through Zayin, the hovering vapor rises to the Brain (Reish) to perform the second combination of the letter Kuf.
Genesis 5: 24: And Enoch walked with (his Inner) Elohim, and he was not; for Elohim took him
This is why the letter Kuf represents the mystery of the descent or fall as well as the redemption within the omnipresence of God by means of his transcendental and immanent knowledge always present within each spark of life (Chai, the sparks of Ish-Ra-El or Shaddai El Chai in Yesod) that redeems all fallen souls and elevates them by means of the letter Tzaddi and makes them a דציק Tzadik.
The moon in Yesod is the feminine symbol of Eve (Havah or Chavah), the origin of the life (Chai) in the Sephirah Malkuth (the Physical Earth); whereas the sun in Tiphereth is the masculine symbol that engenders his light (Ain Soph Aur) through Iod - Adam - in Yesod, the moon.
Havah or Chavah, Eve is the sexual organs because the sexual organs are represented by Yesod and the letters of the word Yesod give us the sum of 80, which is 8, Chet, the letter related with the feminine and masculine forces of life (Chai); thus Chai or Chet (8) is 10 times in Yesod (80).The meaning of this is that the life, “Chai” of the Ten Sephiroth of Adam Kadmon (Otz Chaim) is placed in Yesod (Havah or Chavah, Eve the sexual organs).
Havah or Chavah, Eve the mother of all life (Chai) is the only one that can give birth to the Messiah, the life of Nun.This is only possible through Zayin, the chaste woman, the Virgin that delivers the Vapors of Nun to Reish. Shin (fire) is in potentiality within the letter Nun (sperm) of the terrestrial man (Daleth). This is done through the second combination of the letter Kuf.
Genesis 4: 15, 17: … Therefore whosoever slays Kain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold… And Cain knew his wife; and she conceived, and bare Enoch.
Genesis 4:25,26: And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Kain slew.
And to Seth, to him also there was born a son; and he called his name Enosh: then began men to call upon the name of Iod-Havah.
This is how Abel resurrects from the dead and becomes שת Seth whose son Enosh (that by slaying Kain seven times) becomes Enoch, the outmost revelation of the Ain Soph Aur through the letters (Chet, Nun, Vav, Kaph-Sophit).
The letter Kuf has the value of 100, which was the age of Abraham when Shaddai El Chai from his seed (semen) engendered (by means of Sexual Alchemy) Isaac within his spinal medulla thanks to שרי SARAI.
SARAH: SA (Shin, the Solar Fires of the Moon in Yesod) and RA (the Reish, the fires of RA, the Ain Soph Aur, the Sun in Yesod through “Iod”, his Phallus.Isaac developed (by means of White Tantra) within Yesod, the uterus (Hei) of Sarah (the Divine Mother Kundalini) through Nine Months (the Initiation).
So this is why not Sarai but Sarah שרה conceived Isaac at the age of 90 = 9 which is Yesod, the Nine Sphere, Sex.
“The Pharisees (with their unconscious mechanical morality, traditional righteousness, and religious fanatical dogmas) also with the Sadducees (intellectuals who are bottled up into their sophisms of distraction) came (with their Klipothic Kuf), and tempting (his Divine Kuf) desired him that he would show them a sign (wisdom) from (the) heaven (or Divine Kuf that is beyond these two inferior Kufs).
He (with his Divine Kuf) answered and said unto them, when it is evening, you say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. Oh you hypocrites, you can discern the face of the sky (with your Subjective Klipothic Kuf); but can you not discern the signs of the Esoteric) times (of the Divine Kuf)?
This fornicator and adulterous generation (with their minds degenerated by their bestial coitus) seek after a sign; and there shall no (a concrete, material) sign be given unto it, but the sign of the prophet Jonah (and the Gourd or Divine Kuf, that is a Kabbalistic and Alchemistic teaching). And he left them, and departed.”
In Hebrew, the word Kikaion means Gourd and is written with two Kufs and the Name Ionah, which means Dove.The word dove is at the end of the word Kikaion, which symbolizes the letter Kuf.The sexual forces of Havah (Eve, the Mother of all life) manifest through the sexual organs.Within the sexual organs are the waters of life (semen) and within these waters swims the Nun (the fish). It is necessary to work within the belly of the fish because the image of God (the Ruach Elohim) hovers within the Nun upon the face of the waters. Through Zayin the image is liberated from the fish, the Nun and returns to its own source, the brain (the Reish).This is how the creative fire of the dove of the Holy Spirit hovers as a shadow above the head (pumpkin) of Jonah to deliver him from his grief.
יקיקונ Kikaion (Gourd)
“And the God Iod-Havah prepared a gourd, and made it to come up over Jonah, that it might be a shadow over his head, to deliver him from his grief. So Jonah was exceeding glad of the gourd. But God prepared a worm when the morning rose the next day, and it smote the gourd that it withered.
And it came to pass, when the sun did arise, that God prepared a vehement east wind; and the sun beat upon the head of Jonah, that he fainted, and wished in himself to die, and said, It is better for me to die than to live. And God said to Jonah, do you well to be angry for the gourd? And he said, I do well to be angry, even unto death.
Then said the God Iod-Havah, you have had pity on the gourd, for the which you hast not labored, neither made it grow; which came up in a night, and perished in a night: And should not I spare Nineveh, that great city, wherein are more than sixty thousand persons that cannot discern between their right hand and their left hand; and also much cattle?” - Jonah 4: 6-11
For three days Jonah was within the belly of a fish.On the third day, the fish vomited him onto the square of Nineveh.
Jonah then seated underneath a pumpkin gourd, and all the people of Nineveh repented.They tore their vestures, covered their bodies with sackcloth and proclaimed a fast.
I want you now to understand, oh Arhat, the existing intimate relationship between the fish of the sea and the pumpkin gourd.
There is a powerful Angel who governs the fish of the sea and the elementals of the gourd plants.
The current of life that passes through the fish of the sea is the same current that passes through the vegetable family of the pumpkin gourd.
The igneous Angel who governs the gourd plants is the same ardent flame who governs all the fish of the immense sea….
Do not forget, my brother, do not forget, oh Arhat that the spinal vertebrae of the mental body have a corresponding sacred cavern, hidden within the womb of the earth.
As long as your igneous serpent is rising through the incandescent medulla of your mental body, you are penetrating into each one of the caverns that correspond to each vertebra; these caverns, illuminated by the fire of your candlestick, burn with splendor.
The caverns in which your blazing torch does not yet burn are filled with darkness and smoke.Only you, oh Arhat, can dispel this darkness with the sacred fire of your candlestick.
The burning fire of cosmic Nature sparkles in each one of the thirty-three caverns of the Arhat!
The sacred mysteries of the fire are cultivated in each one of the thirty-three caverns of the Arhat.
The light and the fire convert the material-mind into Christ-mind, while the Arhat illuminates his caverns with the torch of his candlestick.
After Jonah was vomited from the fish, he preached in Nineveh and he sat beneath a pumpkin gourd.He did this in order to work with the powers of the mind that blaze within the sparks of the cosmic mind’s glowing embers.
People do not understand the symbol of Jonah, despite the fact that Christ resurrected after three days.
People ask for signs from Christ, but he gave only the sign of Jonah.
Remove your vile vestments because they are filled with worms from all rotting matter.
The worm of the rotting matter dries and kills the pumpkin gourd. - Samael Aun Weor, Igneous Rose
Continuation of Matthew 16: “And when his disciples (through Zayin, transmutation) were come to the other side (or to Reish, which is where the White Dove of the Holy Spirit enters into their heads and shows them the spiritual side of the esoteric and Gnostic sacred things of the inner circle of Samech), they had forgotten to take bread (they forgot that the letter Kuf shall not feed by written knowledge alone, but by every Word of Wisdom, Chokmah, the Son of Nun, the Ain Soph Aur that comes from the mouth of God in Daath).
Then Jesus (Ieshua the son of Nun) said unto them, Take heed and beware of the leaven (unconscious interpretation) of the (hypocritical believers) Pharisees (who mix the Sacred Doctrine with the leaven of their sanctimoniousness) and of the (Intellectual) Sadducees (who mix the Sacred Doctrine with the leaven of their unconscious Subjective Reasoning without having experienced it through the initiation).
And (within their Kuf) they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have taken no bread (of wisdom through profound meditation).
Which when Jesus perceived, he said unto them, Oh you of little (cognizant Solar) Faith, why reason you (with your Kufs) among yourselves, because you have brought no bread (of wisdom through profound meditation)?
Do you not yet understand neither you remember the five loaves (of wisdom from the Five Initiations of fire) of the five thousand, and how many baskets (abundance of esoteric knowledge) you took up (with your Divine Kufs)?
Neither the seven loaves (of wisdom of the Seven Serpents of Light) of the four thousand and how many baskets (abundance of esoteric knowledge) you took up (with your Kufs)?
How is it that you do not understand that I spoke it not to you concerning bread (or written knowledge), that you should beware of the leaven (or subjective reasoning) of the (hypocritical believers) Pharisees (who mix the Sacred Doctrine with the leaven of their sanctimoniousness within their sleeping Kufs) and of the (intellectual) Sadducees (who mix the Sacred Doctrine with the leaven of their subjective reasoning within their sleeping Kufs without having experienced it through the Initiation)?
Then understood they how that he bade them not beware of the leaven of bread (or written knowledge), but of the doctrine (of the prophets that are adulterated or inflated with the beliefs or theories of the fornicating sleeping Kufs) of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees."
יונה - Yonah / Jonah means dove
דלעת - Dlaath means pumpkin
דעת - Daath means knowledge