The zodiacal house of Scorpio is ruled by Samael and by Pluto (Hades), the lord of practical magic. Scorpio is the sign that rules the sexual organs; it discloses Daath, the marvelous Tree of Knowledge, since Daath is directly related with the ninth sphere of the Tree of Life, Yesod (foundation).
So, you can see on the hieroglyphic of the Tree of Life that the ninth sphere is at the very bottom, above Malkuth, the physical world. Yesod is called ‘the doorway,’ whether to the inferior dimensions (inferno) or to the superior dimensions (heaven).
In Scorpio, precisely, we find the reason why it is stated in Kabbalah that Samael is the archangel related to the Tree of Knowledge, and why Hades (Pluto) is also related with it. We repeat: Scorpio is ruled by Pluto and Samael. Samael is the fifth archangel, the fifth spirit among the seven, which are related with the Law of the Heptaparaparshinokh, the law that organizes.
When we observe the solar system, we find that the nine Sephiroth that we find in the Tree of Life are related with nine planets that rotate around the sun. Neptune, the ninth, is related with Kether, the first Sephirah. Nonetheless, it is also related with Yesod, because Yesod, counting from the top to the bottom, is the ninth. So, it is important and good to imagine the solar system.
As you know, beyond Neptune we find Pluto, which in this precise moment, the astronomers of the planet Earth are stating is not a planet. Nevertheless in Gnosticism, we know very well that Pluto is a planet, and it rules all of the infradimensions or inferior forces related with every single planet of this solar system.
When you study the Tree of Life, you find that at the very bottom is Klipoth, and Klipoth is related with the nine spheres; it is the shadow of the Tree of Life. In religion, Klipoth is called Hell, Inferno, Hades.
Master Jesus mentions Hades precisely in the Gospel of Luke as well as in many other scriptures which are not in the Bible.
And in Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. – Luke 16:23
This is because the whole purpose of the work that we have to perform, which is the self-realization of the Being, is to defeat death and Hades.
And the sea gave up the dead that were in it; and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. – Revelation 20:13
Pluto (Hades), relates to the profound mystery, the profound knowledge or wisdom, related with the sign of Scorpio.
In Greek mythology, we find myths related with Pluto (Hades) and with Persephone, and with Demeter, the mother of Persephone. Persephone is also called Proserpine, the Queen of Hell. Demeter is sometimes related with Rhea, or with Isis – different names. It is – as we explained in the previous lecture of Virgo – the Divine Mother, or the feminine aspect of the creative forces of the universe.
The Divine Mother is represented in many religions with different virgins or female adepts that achieved self-realization. Yes, the different virgins that we find in different religions are just female initiates that achieved realization of the self, and this is why they have the honor to represent that which has no form, which is the Divine Mother.
The second aspect of the Divine Mother, as we explained in the lecture related with Virgo, the Virgin, is Mother Nature, which relates precisely to the myths related with Pluto and Demeter, the goddess of the Earth, or the goddess of harvesting, which was celebrated in ancient times in the mysteries of Eleusis, the Eleusinian mysteries.
In ancient times, the Eleusinian mysteries of Greece had beautiful celebrations and rites, which relates to people who celebrated the initiation into the Minor Mysteries and the initiation into the Greater Mysteries.
Eleusis is a beautiful Gnostic knowledge that hides a lot of secrets that in this day and age we are unveiling and delivering. The mysteries of Demeter and Persephone were hidden from the public; it was prohibited to talk about them. But since 1919, the White Lodge gave permission to explain all of the mysteries for the sake of this suffering humanity, which is always thirsty for knowledge, hungry for the wisdom. So, the Eleusinian mysteries hide the mystery of the soul.
We know that Proserpine, or Persephone, is the Queen of Hell, an aspect of the Divine Mother. But she also represents the soul that emerges from Olympia or Olympus, which is nothing but the superior dimensions. In Greek mythology, Olympus is up where we see all of the higher Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, where all of the Gods abide – who represent attributes, forces, that we need to develop.
Thus, in Greek mythology we also find that there is a God in charge of Hell, and he is divine, not “evil” like in Christianity or other religions. Hades, Pluto, is precisely a God who is in charge of Hell; yes he is a God from Olympus, a divine God. When we study Hades, we discover a great mystery; indeed, Pluto is related with what in esotericism we call the Infernal Gods.
Did you ever hear about the Infernal Gods? Here, it is important to emphasis the words “Infernal Gods,” because we are not talking about demons. We know that in Klipoth, we find all those demons, the Black Lodge; but in Klipoth we also find the Infernal Gods, which in Buddhism are called “Bodhisattvas of compassion,” Nirmanakayas who renounce Olympus, who renounce Nirvana; those who renounce the happiness of heaven and decide to enter into Klipoth in order to help the lost souls. These are called the Infernal Gods. Jesus of Nazareth, Krishna, etc., are Infernal Gods. The Infernal Gods are very severe and mysterious, unusual – they behave in different ways from other Gods. They do not behave like the Gods of Nirvana, the Gods of Olympus, because they always have to overcome certain tasks.
For instance, if you look at the great heroes from different religions, beginning with, Jesus, you find that it is stated that before his resurrection, he descended into Hell, and he liberated many souls – the souls of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and many other prophets. Christ resurrected them and took them out of Hades. This is how it is written. Yet, when you inquire in Greek mythology, you find that there were many heroes who went into Hell and did that task; for instance Perseus, who cut the head off of the Medusa and went back as a hero. Hercules did many tasks in Hell; he took Cerberus from Hell. Indeed, this is the mystery of initiation, which was hidden in different stories. The initiates, the ancient Gnostics, left those myths in order for us to use them as guidance for our own particular work.
As I said in the beginning, Persephone is also a symbol of the soul, which is innocent. Why? Because, as you know, the embryo of soul, the Buddhata descends from Heaven, from Olympus; the Buddhata is part of Jupiter. Who is Jupiter? Jupiter is the Innermost, Zeus. Each one of us has his own particular, individual Zeus, or Jupiter.
In fact, as a soul, we were sent to the earth in order to become a son of Zeus completely, by achieving the realization of the self, if we work in this great work of the self-realization of the Being, which is written in different religions in different ways.
So that soul – which is us, because this is what we are; call it consciousness, soul, essence, whatever – detached from the Spirit we descended from the stars. The Spirit in Kabbalah is called Jehovah, the Tao, or Jupiter in Greek mythology – and entered, as we explained in other lectures, through the doors of Yesod into the planet Earth.
We explained that Yesod is related with the sexual organs, this is why we stated that Yesod is the door to enter into the Earth; yes, we entered into this physical world through the doors of sex. Our father, our mother, in Yesod, performed the sexual act. One sperm came from the sexual glands of our father and entered into the womb of our mother. That sperm endured nine months in order to develop as a baby. This is why it is stated in the Eleusinian mysteries that through birth is how the soul dies. What we call birth here is a death for the soul, because the soul in Heaven is free, it enjoys all of the attributes of God, but when it enters into this tomb, into this sarcophagus, this coffin called the physical body, we become dead. This is why Jesus said:
Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead. – Matthew 8:22
In the myth of Pluto and Persephone all of the symbols of this are beautifully written.
The Descent into Hell
Hades abducting Persephone
Persephone (who is a symbol of the soul) enters into Mother Nature through the door of Yesod. In this case, Mother Nature becomes our mother, since through the process of the Law of Evolution she creates for us what we call “the protoplasmic bodies.” These protoplasmic bodies are very simple when they start developing in the mineral kingdom, but we know that the divine Mother Nature – who gives these protoplasmic bodies freely to every soul that enters into the world – takes care of all of the souls. This is why Persephone is shown as the spoiled child of Demeter, the Divine Mother. Demeter takes the souls from the mineral kingdom, to the plant kingdom, to the animal kingdom, and finally to the level of the intellectual animal kingdom. So, the soul enjoys all of these evolving processes through the Divine Mother, Mother Nature. In other words, this is why we state that the elementals of nature enjoy Eden, and the divine Mother Nature takes care of them.
But unfortunately, when we enter into the intellectual level, then the intellect starts becoming identified with nature. This is symbolized in Persephone when she goes to cut flowers, or in Narcissus and other myths. Narcissus precisely hides that symbol; this is why we call people narcissists when they are identified with themselves, or with the beauty of nature.
This is how, we, unfortunately have become identified with the beauties of nature and have forgotten our own divine origin, our superior origin; thus, when we (as consciousness) start identifying so much with our animal nature, then all of a sudden the Earth opens and Pluto appears and rapes, abducts Persephone and takes her to Hell to become his queen; this is devolution or the way in which we become identified with the laws of devolution, which Pluto is in charge of.
Pluto, Hades, is that intelligence in the physical body. If you observe the physical body, it has a lot of knowledge, intelligence, but we are not aware of it. The digestive system, the respiratory system, the circulatory system – when we investigate the physical body, all of its functions, we then become amazed when we see how wonderful this physical organism is. Scientists, in this day and age, become amazed when they study the physical body, yet, they ignore too many things about the physical body.
The physical body is capable of doing many things that people of these present times ignore, and this is because they did not acquire cognizance of all of the functions of their physical body, which is the duty of the soul here in this physical world. Besides, this is not easy, because within the physical body we have the subconscious, unconscious, and infraconscious aspects of Hades, which now everybody has active.
It is stated in the myth that in one part of the year, Persephone is liberated and goes with her mother to Olympus, but she spends to other part of the year in Hell with Hades. This is a lower symbol of the physical death – when we die physically, then the soul finishes its time of being in this jail, this physical body, and becomes free, and enjoys certain time there in Heaven, in Olympus, in order to return again later to a new body in order to be again in the kingdom of Hades.
So, we have to understand and comprehend this: in the level in which we are, which is the intellectual humanoid, we belong to the kingdom of Hades. Once in a while, after physical death, people enjoy certain vacations in Olympus, in Heaven, in Paradise, in Nirvana – for a while, but then they have to return again, because the duty of every soul is to conquer Hades, to be aware of those forces. This is why, in Gnosticism, we always emphasize that the door of Hell is Yesod, and the door of Eden is also Yesod. When we talk about initiation, we talk about Yesod, because in order to enter into initiation, you have to study the Ninth Sephirah. No one can receive any type of initiation if this person is ignoring the mysteries of Yesod, which are related to Scorpio.
This is why in the Eleusinian mysteries, those that knew about the mysteries of Yesod were entering into the world of Hades – and this is why Eleusis symbolized all of this through the nine initiations of Minor Mysteries, in which little by little the initiate enters into
the inner layers of the Earth until reaching the ninth sphere.
Dante AlighieriDante Alighieri, the poet and great master that wrote the Divine Comedy, explains the same thing. He enters into the door of Hell and goes down to the ninth sphere. While he is going down, he describes the different types of powers of Hades which different souls are slaves of, but that the initiate has to conquer. Every single personage in the Divine Comedy symbolizes, in Hades, something negative that we have to conquer. Thus, Virgil, the master of Dante, describes all of this to him.
This masterpiece is beautiful, yes, the Divine Comedy is a beautiful description of how we have to first develop the nine initiations of Minor Mysteries. But for that, the initiate has to be in chastity, whether he is married or single. If he is single, he has to take care of his sexual energy, because if the individual is fornicating, he is then a slave of the forces of Hell.
The entrance into Hades as a failed soul is made through three sinful aspects which are alive within any fallen soul: lust, greed, and pride.
Lust has its roots in fornication. We, Gnostics know that fornication is what all animals perform. Any animal (whether rational or irrational) that reaches the spasm (or the sexual orgasm) steals the sexual energy – this is what fornication is. So everybody in this world is a fornicator, and this is why we live in Hades, Hell, since fornication and adultery is common in Hades, not in Heaven. This is why the great messengers that became Infernal Gods came to Hades in order to teach to the fornicators of the earth the rules from above, in order for them to change their behavior. In order to accomplish that, they have to enter into initiation, by taking care of their sexual energy, and by studying their sinful psychology.
The protoplasmic bodies that served the soul in evolution, close to the Edenic Divine Mother Nature, are now turning into devolution; this is how Demeter loses her daughter. This is what this mythology states. Demeter is desperate, looking for her daughter, because Pluto abducted her – she is now down there. This is precisely the way in which we as souls turned to be – we forgot about our Divine Mothers. We had so many lives in different physical bodies that we forgot our divine origin, we forgot that our Divine Mother is waiting within, inside of us. Now, she turned into Proserpine, Persephone, who is in Hell, who is the Queen of Hell, one of the five aspects of the Divine Mother.
We need to go out from hell with our Divine Mother, but with the permission of Hades. We have to defeat our subconsciousness, infraconsciousness; we have to conquer the body, because Hades is the intelligence of the physical body, which is instinctual; we need to transform our instinct into intuition. This is why it is written that Demeter was looking for Persephone with two lights, two flames, two torches – one is called intuition, and the other is called objective reasoning.
The Eleusinian mysteries tell us how Demeter – after looking everywhere for Persephone – finally found her. After she found Persephone, Demeter established the Eleusinian mysteries in Eleusis; this is because all of this myth is precisely related with initiation. So we have to conquer Hades.
It is written that the initiates who are married and who practice sexual magic pass the nine Minor Mysteries very fast. Remember that the one who receives the initiations is the Innermost, the Spirit, and never the physical personality. The physical personality is what we have to conquer here; the personality has to be conquered, the physical body has to be conquered, and all of those infra-forces within, which are beneath the physical body, have to be conquered. This is why Hades is very sly, with the intelligence of nature. If somebody declares that he is “a master,” boasting about his mastery, he is saying that Hades has him or her in his hand, because the personality that boasts about being a master belongs to Hades.
This is why it is very difficult to achieve mastery, because the ego – that is, the different psychological elements that we have within – are always related with different aspects of Hades.
Pride, for instance, as we said, is one of the doors in order to enter into Hades. Pride is one of the elements that are very heavy in every one of us. Pride is precisely that element that always looks for the way to go up, to show off, to boast about himself, to display that he is wise or better than anybody. These are the forces of Hades working through that person, through that initiate. This is why it is written that it is very difficult for somebody to reach realization, because that implies to leave the kingdom of Hades; in other words, that soul, that Persephone has to go out from Hell, in order to be free – in order to resurrect.
Of course, this descent into Hell, described here by the rape of Persephone by Pluto, is also represented in Christianity by the descent of Jesus Christ into Hell after his crucifixion, after his trial. You see, the trial of Jesus is nothing but the initiation in order to enter into Hell, in order to defeat Hades, because after that he is crucified. The cross is a symbol of the sexual act – the vertical beam represents the lingam and the horizontal is the feminine yoni. So, the cross, symbolizes man and woman performing the sexual act; this is how the initiate initiatically develops, and this is the symbol of Scorpio.
You might say, “well, everybody performs the sexual act, so is everybody an initiate?” No, of course not; understand that here we are talking about Maithuna, Tantra, sexual magic, in which you perform the cross but you do not reach the orgasm, the spasm – that is called sexual transmutation. This is also called the Arcanum A.Z.F., the Great Arcanum, the Ark of Noah, the Ark of the Covenant, the Ark of Science. This is how you enter with all of your animals into the Ark of Noah in order to do the work within the waters of life; as it is alchemically known the waters of Genesis are related with Yesod.
Usually, when people read mythology – whether it is Greek mythology, Hebrew mythology, or any type of mythology – they always take the letter at face value, and that is wrong. Behind the story is hidden the meaning, the guidance. In this day and age there are a lot of people who interpret the Bible and many other scriptures – like, in this case, Greek mythology – at the dead letter, because they do not know the meaning of it.
The Eleusinian mysteries are related to the celebrations of the path. The great priests, in order to teach these mysteries of Eleusis, or the Eleusinian mysteries, related this with the seasons of the year. Winter is when Hades takes the life of the Earth, and Spring is when Persephone again goes back with her mother, and Demeter gives life to the whole planet again. This is one of the symbols of the rape of Persephone that we study here, but in Gnosis we study it from the internal point of view, because every myth, every story, has to be applied to yourself in order for you to understand what you have to do, in order for you to develop.
Likewise, it comes into my mind the myth about Orpheus and Eurydice, and how Orpheus also descends into Hell in order to liberate Eurydice. It is written that Orpheus was the son of Apollo and Calliope, the Muse of Music, who are a symbol of the divine forces of Olympus. Orpheus is the wisdom that we have to develop by playing the lyre, which is related with the spinal column. Here is precisely where we have to understand that first we enter into the Minor Mysteries, and then into the Major Mysteries. When we reach the center of the Earth, we find precisely the ninth sphere, Yesod, and all of that power that in Christianity is called ‘Lucifer’ – the Angel of the Abyss, says the Book of Revelation – which is death and destruction for the common soul, but which the initiate utilizes in order to climb to the Major Mysteries. These Major Mysteries are also related with nine initiations, which we have to study carefully in order to comprehend the mysteries of Scorpio.
To Be Born Again
When in the Gospels Master Jesus talks to Nicodemus, he says:
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. – John 3:3
At that time Nicodemus was a Rabbi, which means a master of Kabbalah. He knew about the Tree of Life, he knew about the wisdom of the Prophets. He was studying the Torah like any other Hebrew of his time. But he did not know about the mystery of being born again or what in Judaism is called the Mikvah – because, like in Christianity and many other religions, they always celebrate the baptism as a symbol of being born again but they ignore the meaning of it.
There are many “Christians” in this day and age that state that they are twice-born or newborn, meaning, that they achieved the second birth just by believing in Jesus or by receiving the baptism in their religion.
We Gnostics know very well through the mysteries of Scorpio that the baptism, or to be born again, is related to the sexual force – to what is called sexual magic.
Sequentially, Nicodemus, in the Gospel, answered:
How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter the second time into his mother’s womb, and be born? – John 3:4
Then Master Jesus wonders, and is amazed, that Nicodemus did not know about this. Likewise this is precisely how we, the Gnostics, wonder. There are many people in this day and age that call themselves Christians from many different denominations; they preach on TV and radio and have many thousands, even millions of followers, and they know the bible and study the bible, but they do not know anything about these mysteries. They think that to be born again is just to believe in what is written, or to believe in the personality of Jesus. Listen: to be born again is not a matter of believing in the personality of Jesus, but to study the doctrine and to practice the doctrine that Jesus taught to his seventy disciples in secrecy, because he was talking in parables to the public and to his disciples in secrecy, because this is a mystery. This is why he answered Nicodemus with a mystery. He said:
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again. – John 3: 5-7
This is a very Kabbalistic and Alchemical answer – to be born by the water and the Spirit. If you do not know about Alchemy, and you do not know about the mysteries of Yesod, the mysteries of Scorpio, you will think that he is telling him: “you have to be baptized as I was baptized in the Jordan,” without knowing the meaning of this mystery, the meaning of this symbol.
To begin, let us go back into the very beginning of Judaism, and let us study the book Berashith, which is the Hebrew word that is translated into English as Genesis.
The book of Genesis very clearly states about “the water and the Spirit” as follows:
“In the beginning the Spirit of God was hovering upon the face of the waters.”
But, what waters is the book of Genesis talking about? Are these the waters of the sea, the waters of the river Jordan, the waters of a lake, a river – what waters?
In Alchemy and Gnosticism, we know that the book of Genesis, which is a book of Alchemy, is a Gnostic book written by Gnostics of ancient times. Moses describes there and clearly states that in the beginning, the Spirit of God – the Ruach Elohim – was hovering upon the face of the waters. Therefore, the Spirit of God creates through the creative waters, the waters of sexuality, which are called semen, and which are developed in the sexual organs of the female as well as in the sexual organs of the male. The male has male semen, and the female has female semen (sexual waters). The Spirit of God – called in Alchemy “Spirituous Earth” – is within the zoosperm that floats in the male waters, and within the ovum that floats in the female waters.
The “Spirituous Earth” is the Spirit of God, or the divine energy, better said – because when we study the sperm and the ovum, we discover the atomic force hovering within them there. The life of those gametes is precisely the Spirit of God, the force of creation, which not only we have, but which is also a life-force in the animals, in the plants, in the minerals – it is everywhere. Magnetism, electricity – these are precisely that Spirit of God or Ruach Elohim, which we find in all of the kingdoms of nature. But the only individual that can take advantage of that Spirit, that fluid, that energy, is the intellectual animal – because you need to develop reasoning, you need to develop intuition, in order take advantage of that “Spirituous Earth.” So, this is how you practically enter into the Major Mysteries and start being born again.
You are being born again – because we are already physically born, but we are dead to the superior worlds – so therefore we have to be born again in order to enter into the superior worlds. This type of birth is the action of the transmutation of the sexual Spirit of God, which palpitates, which throbs, in our sexual glands. This is precisely what we speak and what we do know, and testify that the waters, the semen itself, that element that we have in the sexual glands, is the water, and in it the force, the Spirit of God, is hovering about.
So we need to be born again by the water and the Spirit. Master Jesus of Nazareth did not say to Nicodemus that in order to be born again he has to believe in him. Jesus said
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. – John 3:5
But unfortunately, all of the people who in this world are following Christianity or Judaism ignore that any type of water in the scriptures is a symbol of the creative energy, the sexual energy.
We came here into this physical world thanks to the creative waters, which are the door into the physical world – if it were not for that water of sexuality, we would not be here. Likewise, the process in order to enter into the superior worlds is a birth. Why? Because we came from the superior worlds, but now in order to return there we must return dressed with “the wedding garment of the soul,” because the protoplasmic bodies that Mother Nature gave us are bodies that are subject to the laws of nature: the laws of evolution and devolution.
Devolution and the Second Death
So, first we are in the hands of Mother Nature enjoying life in evolution as elementals of the mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, animal kingdom – but when we enter into the level of the intellectual animal kingdom, all of a sudden the Earth opens and Pluto, the king of Hell, pulls us down, because those protoplasmic bodies have to die. This is what is called the ‘second death’ in the Book of Revelation. The protoplasmic bodies have to be disintegrated, because this is the law of nature.
Devolution is not as people think – a condemnation – no, it is just a law. I.e. physically, we are born, we started as a sperm. Then, the fetus was developed in the womb of our mother. Then that fetus came out of the womb of our mother and started growing up – childhood, youth, adult, and thereafter it starts devolving and eventually dies.
The physical body that we have is not eternal, you know that, because it is submitted to the laws of this world of Malkuth, and the world of Malkuth has two laws, called the wheel of Samsara: evolution and devolution. So our physical body will devolve, it will decay and will eventually die; we all know that.
But not only do the physical bodies die: the protoplasmic bodies – those bodies related with emotions, with thoughts – also die. When we talk about material bodies, mechanical bodies submitted to the laws of evolution and devolution, we think only of the physical body, because the present science – which studies the dogma of evolution, yes present science makes of evolution a dogma – they do not know that it is just the twin sister of the other law, which is devolution. If you want to be a true anthropologist, you have to study both laws, but just to make a dogma of evolution is absurd.
The protoplasmic bodies are related with emotions and thoughts. When you are physically tired and start yawning, you go to bed, physically. And then happens what is commonly called ‘astral projection’ – you go out of your physical body in order for the body to rest. The vital body, which is the superior part of the physical body, needs to recharge the physical body during the night, in order for us to be okay again in our sarcophagus, our tomb, our physical body, and to go to the lecture, go to the job, or do whatever we do physically.
So, during that time when we are out of the body, we are with the protoplasmic bodies within the dimension of dreams; this is why we keep thinking and feeling there. The protoplasmic bodies are matter as well, but molecular and atomic matter – not like this physical matter which is called ‘cellular.’
In order for you to understand better, let me explain: atoms make molecules; molecules form cells; cells form organs; and a compound of organs is called an organism – this is why our physical body is called the physical organism. So, physical organs are made of cells. Yet, the protoplasmic bodies are also bodies with organs; they are freely given by nature in the same way that we freely receive the physical body. So, in the same way we receive the protoplasmic bodies – freely – but these are submitted to other laws. They have atoms, which make molecules, and those molecules make organs, and those organs make organisms, you see? So those organisms are molecular organisms, not cellular. That is why they are submitted to other laws. So, when we sleep, we go out of the body and we are there, in the dimension of dreams, with those bodies. This is why we think that we are in the physical world.
Those protoplasmic bodies also have to die. They are submitted to other laws. They were growing from the mineral kingdom, plant kingdom, animal kingdom, and now that we are in this level of intellectual animal kingdom, they start decaying, devolving, as the physical body devolves, but because they are submitted to other laws, to other dimensions, their descent, their decay, their devolution is longer. It is called ‘eternal.’ It is not as people think, that eternity is a time without end – no. Eternity has a beginning and an ending, as here in this physical world we have a beginning and an ending. So eternity is that way, it is not “never-ending time.”
So, when we die – the second death talked of in the Book of Revelation happens – this is a descent into the world of Hades in order to devolve, in order for those bodies to decay and to finally disintegrate. This is a natural process.
Yet we are unfortunately submitted to these two laws, and that is precisely what the superior beings want us to learn. The physical body that we receive here, and those protoplasmic bodies that we have within, which we manifest in the other dimensions with, are mechanical, and are called lunar. We have no heavenly future with them. So, we need to be born again, meaning: we have to build organisms that will be submitted not to the mechanicity of the laws of nature, but to the laws of Heaven, to the laws of the superior Sephiroth. This is precisely what Master Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus: your physical body is mechanical and will die, your internal bodies are mechanical and will die, so you need to be born again in order to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven, because you cannot enter into the Kingdom of Heaven with those protoplasmic bodies or with those physical bodies, because that matter belongs to the mechanicity of nature.
There is another nature, here, which is superior – it is called ‘solar nature,’ whose bodies called ‘immortal bodies’ are submitted to other laws. This is precisely what was hidden in the mysteries of Eleusis, with the myth of Pluto, Persephone, and Demeter, and in the myths of other great heroes, in which in order to build those bodies they need to destroy the elements which belong to Hades.
You find, for instance, when you talk about anger, pride, gluttony, greed, envy, etc. – all of those defects that we have in abundance within, and that all people have – we call them psychological aggregates, protoplasmic elements that are created mechanically. Because if you observe how the body was built, it was made mechanically. That is why it is said that we are children of fornication. In Ecclesiastes, which is one of the books of the Bible, is stated that present sons of men or human beings (they are called sons of men or human beings for respect, but it refers to intellectual animals) are no different from the beast.
I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
For that which befalls the sons of men befalls beasts; even one thing befalls them: as the one dies, so dies the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man (better said intellectual animal) hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again. Who knows the spirit of man that goes upward, and the spirit of the beast that goes downward to the earth? – Ecclesiastes 3: 18-21
So there is no difference between rational animals and irrational animals, because we all have bodies that belong to nature. So, the only way to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven is by being born again. For that, we need to receive the doctrine, the mysteries. This is why it is written in the Eleusinian mysteries of Scorpio that in order to enter into the Major Mysteries, first you have to pass through the nine Minor Mysteries, and to know about this, to know about what we are talking about here.
First of all, your consciousness has to realize that it belongs to Hades. It is not as people think, that we are going to fall into Hell, or that we are going to go to Hell, no, no – we are already in Hell. That is precisely the truth. To realize that, and to comprehend that – that we live in Hell – is the beginning in order to leave Hell. The people think that they will fall – no, listen: we are already fallen.
Let us explain this very clearly in order for you to understand: the great law gave us 108 physical bodies as intellectual humanoids in order to give us the opportunity to be born again. In other words, as the myth of Pluto explains, Persephone goes up out from Hell, or out from Limbo 108 times, each time when we receive a new physical body – this is the simple meaning of this mythological symbol.
Thus here, within this physical body, we have all the elements that we need – because the physical body is like a great laboratory – in order to be born again.
Many people in the Middle Ages were looking for the laboratory of great alchemists. Of course, physically they had some laboratories in order to perform their experiments, but people ignore that the great laboratory of the great alchemists is called the physical body. So, you do not need to look outwardly, because you have already everything inwardly.
Every alchemist needs an Athanor in order to work in his laboratory – in other words, he needs the female aspect, or if she is female she needs the masculine aspect of that physical body, because your physical body being male has only the masculine forces, and you need the feminine as well. The feminine is called the Holy Grail, the Retort of alchemy, or as it is called in mythology, the flaming forge of Vulcan. When the man and woman are in the sexual act, they are in the flaming forge of Vulcan, and then, there, Vulcan – which is the Holy Spirit – can build great weapons for you if you know how to utilize the laboratory of sexual alchemy.
Unfortunately, in the Middle Ages people ignored all of this, thus they were looking outside for that laboratory, and likewise for the Philosophical Stone, which is precisely the mystery of sex. Yes, they were looking for it everywhere ignoring that they were carrying it with them all the time. And this is why many alchemists were always talking about it in a funny way – i.e. “after you look everywhere for it, you will finally discover that you always carried it.” And this is precisely because the sexual energy is the most powerful energy in the universe, so you do not need to look anyplace for it, since it is already there within you!
What you need – if you are a male – is a woman; you need to marry her, because that is the mystery of the perfect matrimony, and to follow the rules of alchemy, which are the Ten Commandments. Not to believe in them, but to perform them inside of you – every commandment is something that you have to follow inside. Those are the rules. Many people believe in the Ten Commandments, as you know, they are writing “blah, blah, blah” about the Ten Commandments – but they do not know how to follow them because this is something that you perform in Yesod.
The Ten Commandments were written on two stones – one stone is the stone of the woman and the other stone is the stone of the man. This is what Moses taught. The two stones where the Ten Commandments were written are simply the two stones of Yesod. When you enter into the mysteries of Masonry, the first thing that you see when you enter into any Mason temple is a rustic stone, a rough stone, between the two columns:
And he reared up the pillars before the temple, one on the right hand, and the other on the left; and called the name of that on the right hand Jachin, and the name of that on the left Boaz. – 2 Chronicles 3: 17
Jachin and Boaz, the man and the woman, they are Jachin and Boaz. You have to salute those two columns, but in the middle of those two columns is a rough stone. That rough stone symbolizes the way in which we are right now – sexually speaking, it is rough; we are animals. To chisel that stone and make it perfectly cubic in form with a hammer and chisel: these are ‘willpower and imagination.’ So we have to work with willpower and imagination [in meditation] until we give to that stone that is rough a perfect cubic form.
The hammer is the symbol of willpower, which is the only thing that we need, because we already have the sexual energies, which are the chisel that will build the astral solar body, mental solar body, and causal body, which are called the Mercabah, or To Soma Heliakon, or the Egyptian Sahu – in order to enter in the world of the Gods. All of that matter or energy that you need in order to create, to chisel is in the sex, thus you only need willpower.
As Nietzsche stated in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, “Are you visiting women? Don’t forget your whip!” In other words, are you going to perform the sexual act with your wife? Don’t forget your whip, because that whip is willpower. You see, there are symbols in the Gospels where Jesus is being whipped in the back – that is precisely the effort that the alchemist does when he is in the sexual act in order to transmute the sexual energy and not to spill it, to not reach the orgasm, to dominate the beast, the donkey. Because what the initiate wants is to enter into the heavenly Jerusalem with the wedding garment, and riding the donkey that is precisely the mystery.
So, willpower is the only thing that we need. You came here because of your will. Whatever you do, you need will. What you need is just to change the will in order to command the forces of Hades. Fornication and lust is strong in every one of us, and Hades knows that lust is his power in order to pull the souls into his kingdom. But we need to go out of Hades – we want to go into Olympus. And Hades says, “Okay, do it, but defeat me first. You want to leave my kingdom? I will put every single element servant of mine for you to fight and defeat. If you defeat them, you are free.” This is how all of the great heroes enter there and fight. The entrance is inside of you, it is your subconsciousness, unconsciousness – through them is how you enter in order to fight, and the key is willpower. This is why we say that our motto is Thelema – willpower.
In the sexual act you need willpower in order to transmute the sexual energy, in order not to reach the orgasm or the spasm, and that implies a lot of will. That is why the weak, those that have no strong will, cannot succeed on this path. To be born again is a matter of willpower, it is a matter of manipulating, of handling the sexual energy in order to create superior bodies. This is the mystery of being born again; this is the mystery of transmuting the water into wine as Jesus performed it in the weddings of Cana. The six vessels are the symbol of the lover in Kabbalah [Arcanum Six] who needs to decide how to use his willpower in order to transmute all of his waters into the wine of the Spirit.
Remember that the wine is the symbol of the Eucharist, so when you receive the body of Christ, then that body of Christ has to run, to flow inside your belly, as the scripture has said, “out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water” and for that you have to transmute those living waters into wine – that is a miracle that only the wife and the husband can perform in the weddings of Cana. That is the first miracle that Jesus performed because that is the first thing that we have to perform. This is how we enter into the Major Mysteries, and this is how we little by little start living internally the mysteries of the cross, which are written in the Gospels.
Jacob struggling Samael-the Strength of Scorpio
So this is why you find in Scorpio this other great magician of practical magic, who is Samael. Samael, the king of fire, is the archangel who rules Aries and Scorpio. In Scorpio, you find some symbols, i.e. the knight fighting the dragon. The knight is always holding the spear in order to kill the dragon. Well, that is the great work that the warrior has to perform in Scorpio, because the esoteric practice of Scorpio is sexual magic, is transmutation, is Pranayama. The lance of that knight, the spear, is the symbol of the masculine force, which is Thelema, in which we utilize the sexual energy that we transmute in order to kill the dragon.
Do not commit the mistake of thinking that only we, the males, have the spear. Of course, physically speaking, the spear symbolizes the phallus, but the woman also has the spear – which is precisely that masculine transmuted force. When you transmute the energy, you receive the lance, the spear. In order to comprehend this, let us remember Joan of Arc, that great female knight who developed all her powers; Athena, also, the great warrior Goddess, has a spear. The feminine and masculine forces are either in the man or in the woman when sexually united. The great Valkyries, also show this– if you ever saw the Ring of the Nibelungen, the great opera of Wagner, you see how the Valkyries, the great Amazons are described – they are the feminine aspect which uses the spear, which is precisely the masculine force of Samael.
When you develop and start working with sexual magic, you enter into the kingdom of Samael. Samael is precisely the one who kills the dragon, the one who defeats the dragon inside of you. Samael is the light and (Ve-Aur, Weor) the sexual force (Aun) in Scorpio.
We have to understand that the seven spirits before the throne of God that the book of Revelation talks about are above, there, in the superior dimensions. They are archangels, or Logoi – divine forces. But all of those spirit forces are in each one of us in potentiality. We have in us all of the seven forces of the seven spirits before the throne of God.
For instance, Samael is the fifth, because he is related with the fifth center, the sexual center, and this is why he is in Scorpio. He is the one that delivers the weapons in the sexual act to those who know how to fight. It is also stated that Samael is the God of the blind, because in the beginning when we start, we are blind, but little by little we receive the lost sight, because the sexual energy is what gives us the internal sight that we need in order to see all of these things, all of these mysteries.
The dragon is Lucifer – which is another name that we have to explain now, because it has many attributes, many symbols. Here we are talking about Lucifer which is the sexual strength, the sexual power that anybody has. Lucifer means ‘light bearer,’ the carrier of the light. But, in Klipoth, in the kingdom of Hades, in black magic, there is a demon whose name is Lucifer.
This is similar to what we explained another time – that the Tetragrammaton, the sacred name of God, is Iod Hei Vav Hei, and with those four letters you also write the name of a demon whose name is Jahveh, which many demons in this physical world have intentionally mistaken or confused with Jehovah. In order to write Jehovah in Hebrew with Kabbalistic letters you write it with Iod Hei Vav Hei, and in order to write Jahveh you write it with Iod Hei Vav Hei; but Jahveh is one thing – Jahveh is a demon – and Jehovah is different, he is a superior entity of the superior Sephiroth. In many Bibles you find the word Jahveh instead of Jehovah, and that is very bad, that is precisely a very sneaky thing that the black magicians did in order to confuse humanity. They pronounce it ‘Yahweh’ or ‘Yahveh’ – many ways. But that is not the name of God. The Iod Hei Vav Hei is pronounced Jehovah or Iod-Havah; Kabbalistically speaking, Iod-Havah – that is the right pronunciation. Yahweh or Yahveh or many other appellations is just a demon from Klipoth.
As well as in the case of Javhe, Lucifer is an individual aspect of each one of us which represents the sexual potency. The fallen Lucifer is Satan in us, the Devil, which symbolize all of the defects that we have. So there are as many fallen Lucifers or Satans in the world as human beings – everybody has one within. And this is precisely what we have to understand.
Sometimes the Master Samael Aun Weor talks against the “Luciferic” spirits, which are black magicians who utilize the sexual force in a negative way. In the same way that we speak here about being born again and transmuting the sexual energy in order to create the internal bodies, in the same way, in Yesod, which is the entrance to Hades, there are also black magicians who teach humanity the way to enter and become demons, this in order to enter faster into hell. So, they also do it through the sex. But they teach Black Tantra – because the wisdom of Yesod, the wisdom of Scorpio, is sexual tantra. White Tantra is what we already explained: the way in which husband and wife transmute their sexual energy and accomplish the Ten Commandments, follow the ten rules in order to be born again. Yet, Black Tantra is different – it is where you enjoy sex and degenerate and develop the Kundabuffer organ, which is the tail of Satan. And then you become an inhabitant of the world of Hades, a slave of Hades, a slave of Pluto.
So, you see: either you defeat Hades or Pluto, or you become a slave of Pluto (Hades). The black magicians do not create the internal bodies – they just fall into Hell by practicing sexual magic in a negative way and develop powers in Klipoth. And since this Malkuth, the physical world, is a falling Sephirah, they exercise a lot of power in Malkuth, because the physical body that we have is a fallen Sephirah, it is an outcome of fornication. We did not come from immaculate conceptions; all of us came into Malkuth through fornication. So, therefore, the secret enemy which practices sexual magic negatively has power in Malkuth and is called the Black Lodge. They are the ones that are spreading pornography; they are the ones that are spreading a lot of degeneration in the sexual act – in order to bring all of the souls down, because they know that the only way to go out is by being chaste, by practicing chastity.
This is why it is not rare that many people are angry against us, because we are teaching chastity – sexual transmutation, which is against the rules of Hell. Fornication, adultery, and sexual degeneration are something normal in Hell, but to teach this, that we are teaching here, in Hell, is something abnormal, because it belongs to the superior dimensions. So, if you want to leave Hell, you have to be chaste – that is the only way in order to experience that which is written in many religions, the way to see the great masters, angels, etc. Did you ever hear about angels? If you belong to any religion you did; people always read about devas, angels, great beings – but they never experience them. But if I ask you, have you ever experience a nightmare?, all of you will raise your hands and say yes. Listen: nightmares are related to Klipoth; we experience nightmares because we have the elements that belong to Klipoth, Hades. So, in order to experience, or to have contact with an angel, with superior beings, we have to change, we have to transform ourselves, because nothing – nothing – is given to us for free. We have to fight for it, and the only element that we need in order to fight, in order to conquer that, is willpower.
So willpower is what we need in order to enter through the doors of Eden, through the doors of initiation. We have to reach the first, the second, the third, the fourth, and the fifth initiations of Major Mysteries. When you finish the five initiations of the Major Mysteries, you have the right to be called Human Being, since with the fifth initiation you create the Causal Body; with the fourth, you create the Mental Solar Body, a body that gives you reasoning – but superior reasoning, not the reasoning that we use here; and with the creation of the Astral Body you have a body of superior emotions. So, when you have those bodies inside of you – solar, immortal, not mechanical like everybody has – then you have the right to be called a Human Being. Then, in the internal planes, they say: “behold the man.” You see? Behold the man – Ecce Homo.
The symbol of the Causal Body, the superior body above the Mental Body, is the crown of thorns. That is why when Jesus reached that level and appears in front of the multitudes, he is already a human being. Pilate, which symbolizes the subjective reasoning, the intellectual animal mind, says: Ecce Homo – behold the superior mind, the superior man, the superior Manas – because Pilate is the inferior manas. Jesus represents the true Man, who walks the path of the superior Man – the Superman. Thus for that, he takes his cross and goes again to Calvary, to the mount, to Golgotha – the way of Jesus is the way of the Superman.
Nietzsche committed a mistake when he wrote his Zarathustra. He thought that all the population of the earth was made up of human beings. He was wrong because all the population of the earth is made up of intellectual animals. To search for human beings, we would have to call Diogenes and say: “please, Diogenes, look for a human being for us.” Thus, Diogenes would travel all over and then say, “Well, I did not find one in this time either; because it is difficult to find a human being with solar bodies.”
Mysteries of Eleusis
Those human beings are the ones that are prepared to enter into the kingdom of the Superman. And for those are precisely the great mysteries of Eleusis, in which they have to descend again into the kingdom of Pluto, but at a higher octave. Supermen discover that all of Pluto is not only related with the Hell of the earth, but also with the Hells of all of the planets above. Thus, they have to enter into the Hell of Mercury, into the Hell of Venus, into the Hell of all of the other planets in order to gain access to the level of the Superman. That is what is called the resurrection in different levels – nine to be precise; this is called the Enneagram. There is a book there called ‘The Enneagram’ written by somebody else – that book has nothing to do with us, the Gnostics.
The true Enneagram is for a Man that is already in the fifth initiation and wants to enter into the level of Superman. They are the ones who have to enter into each Hell and conquer the Heaven of each planet – that is the true Enneagram, which is internal and profound. And this is the other aspect of the moon: when Pluto says, “okay, you left the Hell of the earth, but I still wait for you in the other planets.”
Pluto, as you know, is the only planet that has an orbit unlike the other planets – it is a very rare orbit that circles about all of the nine, because he is the ruler of all of the infradimensions, all of the Hells of all of the other planets. Hades has to be defeated here first, in the Earth; yet if you want to follow the Direct Path, the path of the Bodhisattva, then you have to defeat him again nine times. But many initiates say, “one time is enough,” and they prefer to enter into the Spiral Path. Only the brave and courageous ones say, “no, I will defeat Pluto also in the other Hells because I want to return into the bosom of the Absolute.” These are very rare.
Anyhow, whether you enter into Nirvana or into the path towards the Absolute, you have to defeat Pluto, Hades, and he is not outside but inside – he is the intelligence that is mechanical, automatic, in us. And we have to be cognizant of that – that is the path of the initiation. Here we are just talking in general ways about the wisdom of Scorpio. Samael is the Thelema that we need when we enter into the Major Mysteries.
Questions and Answers
Q: Is defeating Pluto in the nine different Hells the same as the nine Minor Mysteries?
A: The first step is to enter into the nine Minor Mysteries, in which you start awakening and knowing about your own nature; little by little you descend through the nine layers of the earth, until you reach the ninth one – that is the beginning. After that you have to practice sexual magic. You can descend into Hades through the nine Minor Mysteries being a single, a bachelor, but only with chastity. You have to stop fornicating; that is why in ancient times, those monks and nuns that were prepared, that had already passed the nine Minor Mysteries, were entering into the mysteries of sexual magic. Unfortunately, many monks and nuns of the Middle Ages forgot about this, and were just keeping their celibacy, they were not practicing sexual transmutation as bachelors – because for that you need to know the mysteries of Pranayama, you have to manipulate, you have to handle the sexual energy, it is not just sexual abstinence.
If you are married, you have to learn how to transmute the sexual energy in the sexual act, and that gives you more energy in order to pass the nine Minor Mysteries very fast, while if you are a bachelor you can also pass it, but very slow. We will say that the bachelor goes on a donkey and the married one goes on a jet.
Q: What does ‘A.Z.F.’ in ‘Arcanum A.Z.F.’ stand for, what does it mean?
A: Arcanum means Truth, Law. The Latin letters A.Z.F. stands for Water + Fire = Consciousness. A (aqua – water), Z (sulfur), F (fire). Also, A (azoth = chemical element that refers to fire). A & Z are the first and last letters of the alphabet thus referring to the Alpha & Omega (beginning & end).
Q: You said the initiate has to descend into the Hells of other planets. Does that mean that we have egos there, in the infernos of other worlds, and not just in our own?
A: The ego with the protoplasmic bodies is related with the mechanical forces of the moon, which are related with Yesod. The moon has two aspects – one visible and the other invisible. The visible is what you see every time we have a full moon; we see the moon there, but we do not see the other side. The same way, we have defects that we clearly see, i. e. you might say, “oh, I know I am very lustful, I am very angry, I am proud, I have greed in me, I have a lot of gluttony,” many, many defects which are easy to see. But in the dark side of the moon, the other side, are precisely those elements that you cannot see, and that you do not even imagine that you have. You might say, “I never take the money of anybody, I always like to be honest, I do not like to steal.” As some people that are here in this physical world, you can leave, for instance, a million dollars on the table, and they will look at it and walk away. They are always behaving uprightly. But in the dark side of their psychological moon they have bank robbery elements that use killing weapons and steal money from the bank, however they are unaware of them, they do not know that they have them. A woman, for instance, can be very chaste and very faithful to her husband, but in the dark side of her moon she might have egos of prostitution that she ignores.
To know this is very good for our judgment, because there are certain places where a lot of people are identified with witches and sorcerers and they misjudge anybody who enters into their school as a sorcerer or a witch. Well, listen: everybody is a witch, everybody is a sorcerer – it is enough for you to like this type of knowledge in order for you to have that type of ego. Because in ancient times you did not find the Gnostic doctrine – you were looking for something mysterious, and unfortunately you found the Black Lodge teaching you black magic. So the Master Samael Aun Weor told me directly, he said: it is very rare to find a Gnostic which does not have the ego of sorcery inside. So, therefore, to accuse somebody of being a witch or sorcerer is a very bad joke, in very bad taste, because everybody has a sorcerer, everybody has a witch ego. Those egos are within, you know? This is what we have to understand and comprehend. And while we point to others as being sorcerers or witches, we forget that we have that within. This is why we have to be compassionate and see the evilness in the righteous and the goodness in the evil one.
Q: You mentioned Nietzsche and Thus Spoke Zarathustra – was he a Gnostic?
A: Yes, just as Hitler was a Gnostic. When you hear this you might ask, “what?!” Yes. Many initiates in the past committed many mistakes. It is like what were stating here: we are accusing others of being witches or being sorcerers; that is what Hitler was doing in the Second World War, accusing others of being Zionists. We know about the real Zionism, but not all of the Jews, not all the people of Israel are real Zionists. They may have organizations with that name, but Hitler thought that all of the Jews were real Zionists. He was fighting against Zionism, but he did not touch their heads, he just was against people who were just workers of Europe – women, children who did not know anything about Zionism. That is precisely why we fall into mistakes, you know? The Black Lodge exists, sorcery exists, but not openly – only the White Lodge, we the Gnostics, are open.
Q: Could you explain a little bit more – you talked about Hitler, but how did he get onto the wrong path?
A: Well, in the beginning he was with the White Lodge, and was working for the good of Germany. If you study the life of Hitler, you will see how in the beginning he was doing a lot of good for the Germans. But then, because he knew about this knowledge, somebody from Tibet – and this is very important, because we know that the Dalai Lama is a great master, but not all people from Tibet are white; there is a Black Lodge in Tibet, a clan that practices black magic – so that clan sent a messenger to Hitler. Hitler knew about the sacred order of Tibet, yet, that black magician, who was an imposter, passed as a White Adept and started teaching Hitler black magic, and advising him in the wrong way. So, this is how Hitler started deviating from the White Path. And in the end, he was working for the Black Lodge, not for the White. This is how he gained a lot of karma, because this black magician was misguiding him and telling him lies, thereafter, all of the Hitler’s actions that he took at that time in Europe were wrong.
Anyone can pass through that experience too – so if we start judging everybody for being black, well, everybody is black in this world. I only know few White Masters in Christianity – their names are: Jesus of Nazareth, Saint Francis of Assisi, a great master. Yet the rest of us, we are black, we are not here ‘playing white’ – we are black, too, but we are fighting against Pluto, and we invite you to fight against your own Pluto, your own negative forces. But we are not going to pretend that we are angels – angels are above, and we are here below. This is precisely the right thing to understand: we are here below, and here below we are all cut with the same scissors. We have to fight against our inner blackness: the ego, and regarding whatever we conquer inside we have to keep silence, not to talk about it, because that is secret, that is sacred, it belongs to God and not to us.
Q: What is Zionism?
A: Zionism is a group of black magicians that were working against Moses in the time of Moses, and they betrayed Moses. And they keep planning that in order to conquer, through their way, humanity, the world. There are many movements called ‘Zionists’ in this day and age, but the real ones are not public. The ones that you find called ‘Zionists’ are numerous here in America and Europe other places, but they are not related to what we are talking about here. The real Zionists are doing their work in secrecy, and they are not so stupid as to go into public, but they know how manipulate the public.
Q: The nine steps or minor steps, is there an outline of what that involves?
A: The nine steps are related to the nine spheres of Klipoth.
Q: But is it like, one is dealing with lust, and the next is dealing with pride, or…?
A: Well, there are many egos related with each sphere. Of course, in each sphere some psychological aspect of us results. But which one is it? Well, only you can answer that by descending into the Minor Mysteries, because each one of us is different. This is why it is very bad to generalize, to say, “oh, yeah, this sphere is related to this ego.” Yes, we can use some examples, as Dante explains some examples in each sphere, but really we have to discover that for ourselves, because we have to know ourselves – “Man, know thyself and thou shalt know the universe.”
So, in the nine Minor Mysteries, you descend and you know little by little all of your psychological aspects related with Pluto, related with Hades. But remember that there are forces there that can cheat you easily, because they are inside of you. Great initiates were deviated by those forces in the past. Hitler was deviated. Napoleon in the beginning was working very well too, yet Napoleon at the end was declaring himself emperor, betraying the White Lodge. So there are many great writers, philosophers, who really were working in the right way but the dark forces of Pluto were manipulating them in the end. This is the Path of the Razor’s Edge. That is why in order to enter into this path you have to know a lot of good and evil – the good within the evil and the evil within the good, in order to know how to walk, and not to get cheated and to commit stupidities like Hitler. He was walking at first in the good, but suddenly he gained a lot of karma for all that he did in the Second World War. Now in the future he has to answer about that, because that soul is still there, but is in jail. It is not pretty. There are many other perpetrators of that war. So we really are in the time of the end, and the White Lodge is doing super-efforts in order to pull the souls out of the kingdom of Hades – because a lot of people are identified with Hades; they love Hades, they love Hell, they sing to Hell, and you know that.
So, it is up to you – use your willpower. You might say here in Hades, “I want to be your friend,” but you are my enemy, I know that, because Hades is inside of you – not outside, but inside. Do not worry about the Hades of the neighbor, this is what the Master Jesus said:
And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye. – Matthew 7: 3-5
Do this precisely: if you work on your beam, you are good, but if you start to worry about the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, i.e. “oh, the brother such and such, sister such and such, look at what they are doing” then you are wrong. Leave them alone, let them do whatever they want; the work is inside of yourself, it is the self-realization of yourself, not of the other people. Our ego tends to do that, to judge, unfortunately. We need to know about the dangers, and this is why the Master Samael Aun Weor wrote about many dangers. There on the website you will find The Initiatic Preparations that we placed there in order for you to know what the Master wrote, in order to warn us about the dangers, to warn anyone that wants to follow the path.
Q: You said in 1919 the White Lodge decided that it was going to let these mysteries out?
A: Yes, in 1919, that was the date according to our time when the White Lodge opened the doors again of the superior worlds in order to start helping people to enter into the superior worlds.
Q: How is it known that it was opened in 1919?
A: Well, it is known by the masters that awoke, because in this physical world there is nothing you can see in order to prove it. You have to awaken in order to know what the date was that coincides with the moment in which the White Lodge opened the doors and said, “Okay, before this humanity reaches the end we need to help those souls who want to return into the Light.” And that date was 1919. Since that time, we started teaching this little by little and it is everywhere now, but believe me, not only the White Lodge is teaching, but also the Black Lodge. As much as we give, the darkness becomes thicker.
To end with this, let me tell you a story. When Master Samael Aun Weor wrote his first book called The Perfect Matrimony, all of the Black Lodge was angry against him because he was unveiling and teaching these mysteries to all of the world, openly. And then the black magicians told him: “We are going to work against that book, you will see.” So, in the physical world, he was waiting for another book that would reject his book. And he kept writing other books and never found a book talking against his writings. Finally, he discovered that the Black Lodge was not writing any book; what the Black Lodge was doing was promoting pornography – thus pornography is the work against it. Now pornography is very widespread, so through pornography is how the Black Lodge works. It is too easy to enter into Hell; the door is very broad to enter there, but the door to the superior dimensions is chastity, and nobody, no ego likes that.