“There are two great systems in the body of man: the tree of life, which is the arterial with its roots in the heart; and, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, i.e. the nervous system, which has its roots in the brain. These two “trees” are physical manifestations of a complicated network of branching energy currents in the aura or superphysical bodies.”
“This Apron is a traditional Masonic symbol. It is the symbol of the builder who is the craftsman of the Mysteries, and one which, when worn, covers the sexual organs attributed to Yesod. And, as we move to consider Yesod, we shall see the extent to which the manipulation of sexual energies is the basis of all practical work.”
– Robert Wang: The Qabalistic Tarot: A Textbook of Mystical Philosophy
“One ought to leave no form of energy to rust. Every particle of one’s personality is a necessary factor in the equation, and every impulse must be turned to account in the Great Work.”
– Aleister Crowley: Magick Without Tears
The REAL Secret of the Stone in Freemasonry:
Hermes actually comes from the Greek word ἑρμῆς herma, which refers to a rectangular or square stone with a very interesting structure.
A herma is a small pillar with a human head on top, and directly in the center is an erect masculine sexual organ.
The herma represents the power of Mercury that is trapped in the stone, it is the power of the messenger of the gods, the sexual fire, or kundalini.
It is the “Philosopher’s Stone” in Alchemy and the “Stone of Yesod” in Kabbalah. It is the “Stone of Jacob” in the Book of Genesis, and the “Sword in the Stone” in the Story of Camelot.
That is why the Freemasons utilized the stone as the most fundamental symbol of Masonry.
For what is a real Mason but someone who knows how to work with “The Stone”?
Here we see images from the tradition of Masonry…
George Washington was one of the founders of the United States, and he was a Freemason who really KNEW these mysteries.
We see in this image two pillars. They look like hermai or the stone of Jacob. The stone on the left is imperfect, crude, rough. It has not been worked, it is raw. The stone on the right is a perfect cube. It has been crafted, it is finished.
These two stones are the most basic and important symbols of Masonry. At one time centuries ago, Freemasonry was protecting this knowledge for humanity. Nowadays, amongst the Masons this tradition has been LOST, but the symbols are still visible.
“There’s an important ‘secret’ hidden within the esoteric wisdom of Kabbalah, Alchemy and Hermetica. It’s a secret that has been hidden from the general masses for a long time, coded in obscure terms within the texts that have been misunderstood for centuries. It is a universal secret that spans through the ancient arcana which is the one key component that must be adhered to in order to climb the ‘ladder’ toward the Heavens; to reveal those worlds that have been concealed from us for so long. Once we understand that secret we can unveil the Akash, the Upper Worlds and our Atman who will take us by the hand and lead us to a more expanded conscious reality, a more expanded connection with All.”
“The Tree of Life is the spinal medulla. This Tree of Wisdom is also the ten Sephiroth, the twenty-two creative Major Arcana, letters, sounds and numbers, with which the Logos (God) created the Universe.“
– Samael Aun Weor: The Initiatic Path in the Arcana of Tarot and Kabbalah
“Throughout all serious esoteric writings, the term Light repeatedly appears, and it may seem that this is a metaphor about the Spiritual condition. But reference to Light is not metaphorical; it is descriptive.Those with even minimal experience of the inner worlds will attest to the fact that much of the inspired literature of the East and West, interpreted by theologians as merely symbol, is a strikingly accurate description of spiritual experience.
The search for direct experience of this Light is the “Great Work” of the Personality in incarnation, and devotion to the Great Work is the virtue assigned to Tiphareth. The principle involved is that when the individual man improves himself in some way, that improvement works to the benefit of the entire human race. Moreover, as it was put by the Egyptian astronomer Ptolemy, in his Centiloquy: “A sagacious mind improves the operation of the heavens as a skillful farmer, by cultivation, improves nature.” Ultimately, the Great Work is the work of return to the Godhead from which the Universe emanated.”
What is Gnosis?
Gnosis (-g·no·sis): From Greek γνῶσις. Knowledge.
- The higher meaning of Gnosis is knowledge from experience, especially experience of divinity or that which is beyond the five senses. The word Gnosis does not refer to knowledge that we are told or believe in. Gnosis is conscious, experiential knowledge, not merely intellectual or conceptual knowledge, belief, or theory. This term is synonymous with the Hebrew דעת “da’ath,” the Arabic ma’rifah, the Tibetan rigpa (knowing), and the Sanskrit “jna.”
- Gnosis can also refer to the tradition that embodies the core wisdom or knowledge of humanity, although in the physical world it has not been known by that name, but instead has adopted varying appearances according to culture, time, and place.
The Greek word Gnosis (γνῶσις) implies a type of knowledge that is derived from experience, and encompasses the whole of a person. That is, it is genuine knowledge of the truth. Reality, truth, does not fit neatly into a concept, dogma, or theory, thus genuine Gnosis must also be something that one must experience. Personal experience is not transmissible in conceptual terms; a concept is merely an idea, and experience is far more than an idea. In other words, real Gnosis is an experience that defies conceptualization, belief, or any attempt to convey it. To understand it, one must experience it. This is why real spirituality is based on one’s own effort to experience the truth, and the method to reach that experience is primarily practical.
Nonetheless, in order to understand what we experience, we must study the experiences of others. For this, we prefer to rely on those who have proven the qualities we wish to embody ourselves: profound love for all beings, brilliant intelligence, and radiant joy. As such, we rely on the greatest human beings and their legacies, in every field of understanding: philosophy, science, art, and religion.
“When society reaches a stage where property confers rank, where wealth becomes the only source of virtue, passion the sole bond between man and wife, falsehood the source of success in life, sex the only means of enjoyment, and when outer trappings are confused with inner religion…then we are in the Kali Yuga—the Dark Age.”
“In the remote past the gods walked with men and while the instructors from the invisible planes of Nature were still laboring with the infant humanity of this planet, they chose from among the sons of men the wisest and the truest. Overshadowed by the divine prerogative, these illumined ones, founded what we now know as the Ancient Mysteries.”
– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“ …The criers of the Mysteries speak again, bidding all men welcome to the House of Light. The great institution of materiality has failed. The false civilization built by man has turned, and like the monster of Frankenstein, is destroying its creator. Religion wanders aimlessly in the maze of theological speculation. Science batters itself impotently against the barriers of the unknown. Only transcendental philosophy knows the path. Only the illumined reason can carry the understanding part of man upward to the light. Only philosophy can teach man to be born well, to live well, to die well, and in perfect measure be born again. Into this band of the elect—those who have chosen the life of knowledge, of virtue, and of utility—the philosophers of the ages invite you…”
– Manly P. Hall: The Secret Teachings of All Ages
“In a mechanical man, a man who does not remember himself, a man of routine … who goes with his acquired habits, there is no inner struggle. A struggle only begins when he goes against his routine, his mechanicalness…”
– Maurice Nicoll: The New Man