THE LEAVES OF HERMES’ SACRED TREE.
Redrawn from an original manuscript dated 1577.
In his Key to Alchemy, Samuel Norton divides into fourteen parts the processes or states through which the alchemical substances pass from the time they are first placed in the test tube until ready as medicine for plants, minerals, or men:
1. Solution, the act of passing from a gaseous or solid condition, into one of liquidity.
2. Filtration, the mechanical separation of a liquid from the undissolved particles suspended in it.
3. Evaporation, the changing or converting from a liquid or solid state into a vaporous state with the aid of heat.
4. Distillation, an operation by which a volatile liquid may be separated from substances which it holds in solution.
5. Separation, the operation of disuniting or decomposing substances.
6. Rectification, the process of refining or purifying any substance by repeated distillation.
7. Calcination, the conversion into a powder or calx by the action of heat; expulsion of the volatile substance from a matter.
8. Commixtion, the blending of different ingredients into new compounds or mass.
9. Purification (through putrefaction), disintegration by spontaneous decomposition; decay by artificial means.
10. Inhibition, the process of holding back or restraining.
11. Fermentation, the conversion of organic substances into new compounds in the presence of a ferment.
12. Fixation, the act or process of ceasing to be a fluid and becoming firm; state of being fixed.
13. Multiplication, the act or process of multiplying or increasing in number, the state of being multiplied.
14. Projection, the process of turningthe base Metals into gold.
This picture shows a Lhu or Naga rising in the waters, and in her hand she has a jewel. This is not just any jewel, this is chintamani; in Tibetan it is called Norbu. This jewel is the wish fulfilling gem. It is a gem that can fulfill any wish, any desire, any longing. But she is protecting it. She is holding it there, rising out of the waters in the exact same way as the lady of the lake who held Excalibur for King Arthur. It is exactly the same symbol. Excalibur represents the sword of discriminative wisdom that the Buddha Manjushri holds. That sword can cut through appearances in order to better serve others. The Norbu represents the same thing: a great power that should only be used to serve others. Of course, when we hear about a wish-fulfilling jewel, we immediately think of fulfilling our desires. This is why we are not granted access to this jewel. To access it, Bodhichitta must be actualized in our mind-heart.
You may notice something specific about this jewel: it is inflamed. That fire is Chandali or Kundalini. That is the fire that is extracted from the water. That fire is the very energy of the Divine Mother. That fire represents Her ability to create, which manifests itself through this sacred stone.
Over many centuries, the tradition of the wish fulfilling jewel spread into the West. Westerners call it the Philosopher’s Stone. This symbol came from the Norbu, it was not invented in the West. The Philosopher’s Stone can manifest gemstones or turn lead into gold. The lead is our mind, the gold is Christic, it belongs to Christ, Chenresig. All the Buddhas and Angels are clothed in gold and jewels, which represent their spiritual virtues. The Lhu depicted here is clothed in gold and jewels. It is not physical gold, it is spiritual gold. It is the gold of the Buddhas. It is the gold of a Master. It is the gold that shines from a Christified Master. This is why in traditional devotional art, gold is the primary element. If you look at thangkas or religious icons, gold leaf is very common. In any religious artifact or element gold is used because of the metal relates to Michael and the ray of the Sun. It is the gold of Christ, and it represents a very specific spiritual quality. -Gnostic Teachings
… this sounds like it came from one of the Modern Gnostic instructors (probably of Glorian Publishing) who teach in the tradition of Samael Aun Weor. It’s a beautiful passage.
Let the future tell the truth, and evaluate each one according to his work and accomplishments. The present is theirs; the future, for which I have really worked, is mine.
— Nikola Tesla
(Source: cosmicpolymath.com, via mylittleillumination)
"Cabalists must ever consider that the physical, sensorial world is an inverted symbolical projection of reality. The earth and waters, the vegetation, the fish and fowl, the animals and man, all these must be decoded so as to reveal what they actually stand for as structured living energy in multi-term analogical series."
Carlo Suarès, The Cipher of Genesis; Using the Qabalistic Code to Interpret the First Book of the Bible
"The Law of Three Creates
The Law of Seven Organizes
The Law of Three emerges from the One Law, the Law of the Creator Logos. The Law of the Common Cosmic Eternal Father.
The Third Law is the Holy Conciliation, or Neutral Force.
It is necessary to learn how to drive that force when we want to neutralize dangerous influences.
The First and Second Laws (Positive & Negative) are marvelous… They unite in order to create…
However it is the Third Law that conciliates them, in order for creation to occur.
The Holy Triamatzikamno (Law of Three) never remains bottled within the worlds.
It can create… and it always creates.
Samael Aun Weor
One of the roles of Anubis was as the “Guardian of the Scales.” The critical scene depicting the weighing of the heart, in the Book of the Dead, shows Anubis performing a measurement that determined whether the person was worthy of entering the realm of the dead (the underworld, known as Duat). By weighing the heart of a deceased person against Ma’at (or “truth”), who was often represented as an ostrich feather, Anubis dictated the fate of souls. Souls heavier than a feather would be devoured by Ammit, but souls lighter than a feather would ascend to a heavenly existence.
(Source: memento-mori-inaeternum, via mylittleillumination)