Monday, November 26, 2012

The Conquered Lion

Greetings!

Here we are at the Strength card, in the past it was called Force, but in actuality the Arcanum is the "conquered lion". It is the card that is focused upon sublimation of "lion" like forces, or Winds.

In Gnostic terminology this Wind is the Psyche, of Psychic nature. The psychic condition is that of the divided Monad ( 1 + 10 = 11) This is the lion nature. The psychic condition is instinctive , animalistic nature. The number 10 usually represents that of Kingdom. This means that the 1 is in total relation to the many. The strength of the soul, mind, heart , and body
ultimately relies upon this premise.

It was Paracelsus that championed the idea that Healing comes not from identification of the Symptom as a whole , but that the symptomatic nature of disease was due to a separation from a state of Health which was considered Complete,Unified, Monadic state.

In the Gnostic Myth of the Demiurge this is called " saklas " meaning the psychic nature is created as the mind divides itself "self consciousness" from the Monad. This isn't bad because in order for "self" to exist as a separate unit it must distinguish itself from the whole. When the whole is separated (10) it permeates the entire cosmos and gives each cell of the one body a "name".

As we move forward the division between us and the whole becomes more unified, until its realized there is in fact, no division.

As we move toward the realization that the "lion" is animal and therefore a stepped down emanation of the Divine Monad, we will be like Yeshua said " Eaten by the lion".

In Gnosis

Tim.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Feel the Roar!

Greetings!

Here we are at the Strength card, in the past it was called Force, but in actuality the Arcanum is the "conquered lion". It is the card that is focused upon sublimation of "lion" like forces, or Winds.

In Gnostic terminology this Wind is the  Psyche, of Psychic nature. The psychic condition is that of the divided Monad ( 1 + 10 = 11) This is the lion nature. The psychic condition is instinctive , animalistic nature. The number 10 usually represents that of Kingdom. This means that the 1 is in total relation to the many. The strength of the soul, mind, heart , and body ultimately relies upon this premise.

It was Paracelsus that championed the idea that Healing comes not from identification of the Symptom as a whole , but that the symptomatic nature of disease was due to a separation from a state of
Health which was considered Complete,Unified, Monadic state.

In the Gnostic Myth of the Demiurge this is called " saklas " meaning the psychic nature is created as the mind divides itself "self conciousness" from the Monad. This isn't bad because in order for "self" to exist as a separate unit it must distinguish itself from the whole. When the whole is separated (10) it permeates the entire cosmos and gives each cell of the one body a "name".

As we move forward the division between us and the whole becomes more unified, until its realized there is in fact, no division.

As we move toward the realization that the "lion" is animal and therefore a stepped down emanation of the Divine Monad, we will be like Yeshua said " Eaten by the lion".

In Gnosis

Tim.

Monday, November 19, 2012

How Strong is Gold?


From an Initiatic Lecture on Alchemy:

"Al - the; Komia - Secret thing. Also another:- the Egyptian and Chaldean :Al or EI - God; Cham- - sun. In other words alchemy is the God influence or solar influence expressed in Nature."

Nature to the alchemists was a substance that was apart from the divine. This was why they referred to the "natura naturans" the naturing of nature. It was because they believed matter or sarx to be made of cold inanimate material. This was a viewpoint of the middle age alchemists because of Orthodoxy and Theological beliefs in a Creator God.

God to the alchemists was embedded in the words AL or EL according to our initiatic lecture. This is significant when we see that angels end their names in the EL as in RAPHA EL or MICHA EL .

 The names of Arch Angels are in fact attributes that are "god attributes" these are the different powerhouses that emanate from the almighty all. So when we are practicing alchemy we are "dissolving" or forms of thinking that are not influenced by the solar or "dry" way of the Great Work.

So why is this particular meditation located on the Strength card. We have here selected the "Strength" or Force card of Robert Place. In Mr Place's Alchemical Tarot the image of Strength is given its beautiful Alchemical meaning from the "Golden Tripod" in the 1600's. This was the process of "fermentation" or FERMENTIO.

Fermentation was the basis of alchemy and is where transmutation occurs. Fermenting rots and dissolves a substance into another form , similar to the butterfly and its oozing forward from a cocoon to a beautiful Monarch. In this process the first thing is literally burned off and is Putrefied to a point where it is no longer available as its previous form, but is 'transformed'. This was what was believed in the 1600's to happen to "cold matter", but as we have previously mentioned this is a Theist way of viewing the Duality of Spirit and Matter, as the alchemists of the 1600's were discovering "to make gold you first must start with gold" This is a subtle change but is significant because the alchemical furnace is the Heart. It is in this 'heart' that the work of alchemy is done. This 'gold' existed before the process was begun or initiated, because its by this heart that the work of the heart can be done.

In the Fermentatio and Putrifactio the Great work of Blackening was done, In Nigredo the work of purification was resting upon the solving of the hearts enigma. In our hearts we are unified with all humanity, and it was through the heart that our old ways of thinking and living were being killed off, the great secret was therefore the work of connecting the natural and human "heart" to the divine Heart. In this Work,  GOLD from gold is accomplished.

In Gnosis

Tim.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Strong Initiation

Greetings!

Now we are studying the correspondences of the 11th Arcanum titled Strength. At one time it was called the Enchantress. This is way fun to look at the card in this manner because we are seeing mythology open up to us by the use of primordial images. However its not ok to mythologize an image just because that image has a seemingly accurate similarity with something else. Rather its extremely important to connect a card , its images and historical changes, of chronology and as a basis , that of its particular occult or esoteric expounders .

This must be the first order of business to get an accurate framework of the factual information contained in the image. We are also trying to ascertain the thought processes of those involved and a frame of reference for possible meaning. Only through thorough investigation into the facts of each key may we start to accurately dive toward deeper waters of interpretation or exegesis.

That being said I can reveal something written by CC Zain who is quoted on the Gnostic Tarot Cards Website under our sitemap and titled The Science of Will. the entire corpus of this older 19th century organization called Brotherhood of Light is available online , but as this important information has not really been made available, or if it has , it has been overlooked. The initiatic portion of this key says the following:

"- In the soul's initiation Arcanum XI represents the spiritual and psychic powers that are the outcome of the neophyte's occult training."

"as this change, denoted by Arcanum XI takes place, he becomes increasingly more potent to use his spiritual and astral powers; for the power of a force depends upon the plane from which it emanates, and the finer the organism the finer the force which it is capable of receiving and transmitting"

As we can see, this arcanum is more than a lady with a lion and some medieval dress. This key is giving the synopsis of "occult training". So what is it that we are going to manifest? These words to some are very spooky and denote what might be called "black magic" to most who try to practice these tasks. Glory of a lower self is NOT a path that unfolds the arcanum of this key. It is in fact a blockage to it. The animal self has to be subjected and mastered by the Sophian presence. Once the powers of Sophia are manifested ,"power of a force depends upon the plane from which it emanates",the practitioner becomes more aware of "finer" "forces" and is in direct proportion to a "finer" "organism".

So it is by the constant process of what the Medieval Alchemists calls "solve and coagulate" that the alchemical processes take place and the "gold" is received. This gold is NOT material metal, in essence it can't. Gold derives also from higher emanation"a force depends upon the plane from which it emanates". A plant like an organism is also 'forced' to, probably beyond its own will , face the light in an act of Photosynthesis and absorb the light of the sun. This is a "power" of growth, or etheric combination of fragrance and form, geometrically precise for not only opportunity for more potential seeds to grow, but those who would benefit from this growth for reasons like, food, shelter, clothing etc.

Moving up the chain of beings we are now, as humans ,incorporating much more than a piece of cow meat, or a seemingly unimportant vegetable. What we are eating or assimilating is ,in reality the psychic energies of numerous beings that have chosen to end their "lives" as an ultimate sacrifice for us. WE are their gods and we are their redeemers, they have given , much like prayers, the energies of themselves to our animation and propulsion. Its therefore important , of the utmost importance, to strengthen ourselves with this idea of reverence toward the efforts of these beings. When such an attitude is taken the initiatic statement

"- In the soul's initiation Arcanum XI represents the spiritual and psychic powers that are the outcome of the neophyte's occult training."

will definitely come to fruition.
in the gnosis

Tim.