DESCRIPTION OF THE CARD
In the waters of life the Pentacle of Solomon, a variant on the six-pointed star. The three upper points represent the Three Traitors of Hiram Abiff (the Internal Christ), Judas, Pilate and Caiaphas (desire, mind and ill- will).
In the middle are 2 columns each with 9 rungs - this is the Ninth Sphere (sex). We should remember that there are 9 Heavens (the white colunm) and 9 infernal regions (the black column). We have to descend a rung in order to ascend one.
Between the 2 columns there is a man hanging by one foot with his hands tied together. With his feet he forms a cross, and with his arms, the in verted triangle.
This figure represents the fact that sex dominates reason; it is necessary to invert the symbol.
Arcanum number 12 represents the 12 signs of the Zodiac, the 12 Apos tles, the 12 Tribes of Israel, 12 hours of cooking of the Alchemists, the 12 faculties, Hydrogen SI-12.
Arcanum number 12 of the Tarot is the Apostolate: the figure of a man hanging forms a triangle with the apex facing downwards and his feet form a cross above the triangle. All of the Work has as its objective the acquisition of Soul, that is, to achieve the ligament of the Cross with the Triangle. This is the GreatWork.
The twelfth card of the Tarot is Sexual Alchemy; the Cross of man must unite with the Triangle of the Spirit by means of Sexual Fire.
In the Chinese tradition, 10 trunks (Shikan) and 12 branches are spoken of; that is to say, the 10 sephiroth and the 12 faculties of the human being. It is necessary to know that the 7 chakras and the 5 senses are the twelve faculties.
Unquestionably the spinal colunm has 7 magnetic centres; these are the 7 chakras or the 7 Churches of the Apocalypse of Saint John:
Base of the spinal column 4 petals.
Level of the prostate 6 petals.
Level of the solar plexus 10 petals
In the heart 12 petals
Creative Larynx 16 petals
Between the Eyebrows 2 petals
These are the 7 chakras and with these plus the 5 senses, one becomes an investigator of the superior worlds - these are the 12 faculties of each human creature.
The universe came from the Chinese "Huel-Tum"; Chaos. The 10 trunks and the 12 branches also came from Chaos, which in Alchemy is the "Ens Seminis" in which is contained the "Ens Virtutis", the Materia Prima of the Great Work. This is the "Entity of Being" of Paracelsus. This Entity becomes the Philosophical Stone or Lapis Philosophorum so sought by the medieval alchemists.
The whole Misterium Magnum is found enclosed in that Summa Materia (these are the Latin terms for the Arcanum A.Z.F.). The Alchemist must extract from within this Menstruum Universalis (chaos) all the Potable Gold or Sacred Fire; that which must rise through the spinal medulla opening the 7 Churches.
Once we have extracted the Potable Gold we are able to unite the Cross with the Triangle; that is to say, the Cross-Man must join with our Immortal Triad, we must incarnate the "Spirit". It is only in this way that we become a Human Being; before achieving this we are only intellectual animals.
The Great Work or "Magnum Opus" is represented by Arcanum number 12 of the Tarot (Magnum Opus is used in a strictly esoteric way). The arms of the figure form the Triangle, his feet the Cross. His head is the ligament of the Triangle with the Cross by means of Potable Gold.
According to the Chinese, the God Fu-Ji (the Adam-Christ) was born at midnight on day "4" of the tenth Moon, and at precisely 12 years. The Virgin Hoa-Se, passing along the bank of the river (the seminal fluid) formed the Christ within her womb on placing her foot upon the foot print of the Great Man.
All of these dates are very interesting. Day 4 is the 4 Elements. In the 10 is the secret of the Lingam-Yoni. It represents the 10 Sephiroth, and the circle with the line dividing it in half, the mystery of sex.
The 12 is the 12 faculties needed to incarnate the Christ in the Heart.
There is a profound study of Arcanum number 12 in the twelfth key of Basil Valentine.
Just as the Lion transforms the Serpent into its own flesh when it de vours it, so too, the power of Devi Kundalini, the Sacred Fire transmuted, eliminates its defects, its errors. What is important is the Magna Obra. The key you already know; the Maithuna. The Alchemists must work for 12 hours to obtain the ferment of the gold. Here is the number 12, whoever possesses Fermented Gold can have the joy to really "be".
The Essence, or fraction of incarnated Soul is trapped in the pluralised "I" or Ego which is within the animal mental body and the lunar body of desire. It manifests by means of the physical body. We differ from the animals only because of the intellect; because animals also have mind, but not intellect.
The authentic man needs to eliminate the "ego" and fabricate the Solar Bodies with the transmutation of H-SI-12 (12 laws). The fabrication of the Solar Bodies has an intimate relationship with music and its 7 notes. Hydrogen SI-12 is produced in the human organism, being initiated from the process of digestion.
when the food is in the mouth.
when it reaches the throat.
when it reaches the level of the lungs.
when it reaches the stomach, spleen and liver.
when it reaches the solar plexus.
when it reaches the colon and pancreas.
when Hydrogen SI-12 is produced.
(After the note SI comes DO, which corresponds to another musical scale and a higher octave.) SI can be elevated to a higher musical octave by restraining the sexual impulse and ejaculation. This is how H-SI-12 passes to a second octave, giving rise to the Solar Astral Body. Through a third shock the hydrogen will pass to a third octave which will give rise to the Solar Mental Body. A fourth octave gives birth to the Body of Conscious Will. All this work is with the Maithuna. Once in possession of these 4 vehicles, our Divine Being will enter through the pineal gland and we will then attain the Second Birth and become True Men. Whilst we have the lunar animal bodies we are intellectual animals and are only a chrysalis which could be transformed into a Celestial Butterfly this is attained with super-efforts.
The nutriment of the physical body is in H-48 (48 laws). If we conserve this hydrogen it can be transformed into H-24 (24 laws) which serves as nourishment for the Solar Astral Body. This hydrogen (24) is wasted with excessive work, futile efforts, desires, emotions, rages.
H-12 is the nourishment of the Solar Mental Body; it is wasted with in tellectual efforts. If we save it, H-6 will be obtained to nourish the Body of Conscious Will.
Whoever has the superior existential bodies of the Being has the right to incarnate his Divine Triad: Atman - Buddhi - Manas.
Then it is said: "Anew Son of Man has been born; a Master, a Mahatma". All which is written in the Apocalypse is for the final days. We must inform humanity that the final days have already arrived.
The whole of poor humanity is divided into twelve tribes. All of human ity develops and unfolds within the Zodiacal Matrix. The Zodiac is a womb within which humanity is gestated. The twelve tribes can only receive the sign of God on their foreheads by practising the Arcanum A.Z.F. "And I heard the number of them which were sealed... (Apocalypse 7.4). "And of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand..."
Of each one of the twelve zodiacal tribes there are only twelve thousand sealed. We have here Arcanum number 12 of the Tarot. We have here the ligament of the Cross with the Triangle. We have here Sexual Magic. We have here the realised work, the living man who touches the Earth with no more than his thought.
From each of the twelve tribes of Israel only twelve thousand sealed will be saved from the great cataclysm (this quantity is symbolic). Only they who have achieved the ligament of the Cross-Man with the Triangle- Spirit will be saved.
We find the following dealing with the new Jerusalem: "And had a great wall and high and had twelve gates, (the twelve zodiacal doors in the uni verse and in man) and at the gates twelve angels, (zodiacal angels) and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel", (the twelve types of humanity in accordance with the influ ence of the twelve zodiacal signs), (Apocalypse 21.12).
"As above, so below". Man has twelve faculties governed by twelve atomic angels.
Twelve zodiacal signs exist in starry space and in man. It is necessary to transmute the sexual energy and make it pass through the twelve zodiacal doors of the human organism. The Prophet continued speaking of the twelve zodiacal doors in this way:
"On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates." (Apocalypse 21.13).
"And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb." (Apocalypse 21.14).
The twelve zodiacal signs and the twelve energetic spheres which mutually penetrate and inter penetrate without confusion. Solar humanity is realised totally within the twelve planes.
Arcanum number 12 is the foundation of the Celestial Jerusalem. The twelfth Arcanum is the symbol of Sexual Alchemy. This is the sacrifice, and the realised Work.
One must work with gold and silver; one must work with the Moon and the Sun to raise the Celestial Jerusalem within each person. The gold and the silver, the Sun and the Moon, are the sexual forces of man and woman.
In Arcanum 12 is enclosed all the science and philosophy of the Great Work. In the Christonic semen is hidden the living and philosophical secret Fire. The mysticism of all the old Initiates is that of Sexual Alchemy.
The philosophy of Sexual Alchemy has its beginning in the School of the Essenes, in the School of Alexandria, in the teachings of Pythagoras, in the Mysteries of Egypt, Troy, Rome, Carthage, Eleusis, in the wisdom of the Aztec, the Maya etc.
The science and systems of Sexual Alchemy must be studied in the books of Paracelsus, Nicholas Flammel, Raymond Lully. We also find the pro cedures hidden behind the veil of the symbols contained in many of the inscrutable forms of the old hieroglyphs of many ancient temples, in the Greek and Egyptian myths etc.
You who seek Initiation! You who read so much! You who live fluttering from school to school, always seeking, always desiring, always yearning, always longing. Tell me sincerely... Have you already awakened Kundalini? Have you already opened the 7 Churches of your spinal medulla? Have you incarnated the Lamb?
Answer me dear reader. Be sincere with yourself. Place your hand upon your heart and answer me with sincerity... Have you realised yourself? Are you certain that with your theories you will become a God? What have you achieved? What have you attained with all your theories?
He who wants to Self-Realise needs a Revolution of Consciousness; to Die, to be Born and to Sacrifice. A Revolution of Consciousness when we decapitate the "I". A Revolution of Consciousness when we make the Solar Bodies. A Revolution of Consciousness when we incarnate the Being. Up until then we do not have real existence.
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The pathology of the poet says that the undevout astronomer is mad the pathology of the very plain man says that the genius is mad and between these extremes, which stand for ten thousand analogous excesses, the sovereign reason takes the part of a moderator and does what it can. I do not think that there is a pathology of the occult dedications, but about their extravagances no one can question, and it is not less difficult than thankless to act as a moderator regarding them.