The philosophal gold, in religion, is the Absolute and Supreme Reason: in philosophy, it is the Truth; in visible nature, the Sun; in the subterranean and mineral world, the most perfect and pure gold. Philosophy, or rather its object, the divine order of the Universe, is the intellectual guide which the religious sentiment needs; while exploring the real relations of the finite, it obtains a constantly improving and self-correcting measure of the perfect law of the Gospel of Love and Liberty, and a means of carrying into effect the spiritualism of revealed religion. Origen says: "There are names which have a natural potency. His eager hope overcame even the terrors of the grave; for the Divine power was as infinite as human expectation, and the Egyptian, duly ensepulchred in the Lybian Catacombs, was supposed to be already on his way to the Fortunate Abodes under the guidance of Hermes, there to obtain a perfect association and reunion with his God. In the Mathematics of the Heavens, written in gorgeous diagrams of fire, he sees law, order, beauty, harmony without end: in the ethics of the little nations that inhabit the ant-hills he sees the same; in all Nature, animate and inanimate, he sees the evidences of a Design, a Will, an Intelligence, and a God,--of a God beneficent and loving as well as wise, and merciful and indulgent as well as powerful. As the symbolism of the Hall and the language of the ritual mutually explain each other, it should be noted here, that in this Degree the columns of the hall, 12 in number, are white variegated with black and red. The Gnostic ogdoade had eight stars, which represented the eight Cabiri of Samothrace, the eight Egyptian and Phœnician principles, the eight gods of Xenocrates, the eight angles of the cubic stone. There is no Heaven this side of that: you see all the way through: there is not a speck of Heaven; and do you think there is any beyond it; and if so, when would you reach it? The mystery of the world remains, but is sufficiently cleared up to inspire confidence. The reversal of the letters of words was, indeed, anciently common everywhere. Knight of the Sun Regalia Early XIXth Century 28° Scottish Rite Degree Issued on Fine Art Paper. . "If there be such an Intelligence, what and where is it? . Every Mason must keep his lawful secrets, and aid him in his business, defend his character when unjustly assailed, and protect, counsel, and assist his widow and his orphans. It was a blessing to man, not a curse, to be sentenced to earn his bread by the sweat of his brow; for nothing great or excellent is attainable without exertion; safe and easy virtues are prized neither by gods nor men; and the parsimoniousness of nature is justified by its powerful effect in rousing the dormant faculties, and forcing on mankind the invention of useful arts by means of meditation and thought.". The dogma of Hermes is found almost entire in the writings attributed to Dionysius the Areopagite. Zoroastrianism, like Buddhism, was an innovation in regard to an older religion; and between the Parsee and Brahmin may be found traces of disruption as well as of coincidence. In God resides a sovereign justice, that renders to every one what is due him, not according to deceitful appearances, but according to the truth of things. Perfect Truth, Perfect Happiness, without equal, immortal; absolute unity, whom neither speech can describe, nor mind comprehend: all-pervading, all-transcending, delighted with his own boundless intelligence, nor limited by space or time; without feet, running swiftly; without hands, grasping all worlds; without eyes, all-surveying; without ears, all-hearing; without an intelligent guide, understanding all; without cause, the first of all causes; all-ruling, all-powerful, the Creator, Preserver, Transformer of all things: such is the Great One; this the Vedas declare. We must admit two contrary causes, two opposing powers, which lead, one to the right and the other to the left, and thus control our life, as they do the sublunary world, which is therefore subject to so many changes and irregularities of every kind. The daughters of Israel, weeping for Thammuz, mentioned by Ezekiel, sat looking to the North, and waiting for his return from that region. From the name SURYA, given by the Hindu_s to the Sun, the Sect who paid him particular adoration were called Souras. I am a knight. him. Of these illusions, the first and most essential is individuality. To all Masons, the North has immemorially been the place of darkness; and of the great lights of the Lodge, none is in the North. The tetrad expresses the first mathematical power. But the Evil was at first occult, and could not be generated and brought forth, except by the sinning of the First Adam. . This eternal Law, this Divine Force, that maintains the harmony of the world, makes use of the Celestial Signs to organize and guide the animated creatures that breathe upon the earth; and gives to each of them the character and habits most appropriate. Our position is that of intellectual beings surrounded by limitations; and the latter being constant, have to intelligence the practical value of laws, in whose investigation and application consists that seemingly endless career of intellectual and moral progress which the sentiment of religion inspires and ennobles. The vestiges of the Light of the Garment still remained there. This will keep him driving ever forward on his quest. This idea was not the dogma of a single sect, but the general opinion of all the Sages. ", Then recapitulating the different things created by Brahma, he adds: "He," meaning Brahma [the Λογος, the WORD], "whose powers are incomprehensible, having thus created this Universe, was again absorbed in the Supreme Spirit, changing the time of energy for the time of repose. Ans∴ The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Vau is Tephareth, considered as the Unity in which are. . There he meets a woman who is on a mission to help the confederacy. Both were sons of Zeus, both persecuted by Here. Ganymede and Adonis, like Osiris, were hurried off in all their strength and beauty; the premature death of Linus, the burthen of the ancient lament of Greece, was like that of the Persian Siamek, the Bithynian Hylas, and the Egyptian Maneros, Son of Menes or the Eternal. Reason is Necessity, Law, the Rule of all Liberty, and the direction of every Initiative. There are impossible things. . Science was obliged to conceal itself, to avoid the impassioned aggressions of a blind love. These ideas he received from the Orientals, for he dwelt twelve years at Babylon, studying with the Magi. By its power they would succeed in discovering the primary metal of the Sun, which holds within itself the Principle of the germ, and wherewith we can put in alliance and six other metals, each of which contains the principles and primitive seed of the grand philosophical work. The plenitude of Yo_d, that is, the name of this letter, spelled, is ‏ו ?Y?W?D‎, Y-O-D. Vau [which represents 6] and Daleth [4] are 10; like Yo_d, their principle. So, too, the doctrine is explained in the Phædo. And thereupon seven precious vessels become, to which are given the following names: GEDULAH, Magnificence or Benignity [or KHASED, Mercy]; GEBURAH, Austerity, Rigor or Severity; TEPHARETH, Beauty; NETSAKH, Victory; HO_D, Glory; YESOD, Foundation or Basis; and MALAKOTH, Rule, Reign, Royalty, Dominion or Power. Ans∴ 7, because it leads us to the decade, the perfect number. In the Egean Islands he was Butes, Dardanus, Himeros or Imbros; in Crete he appears as Iasius or even Zeus, whose orgiastic worship, remaining unveiled by the usual forms of mystery, betrayed to profane curiosity the symbols which, if irreverently contemplated, were sure to be misunderstood. He was without Idea or Figure, and it is forbidden to form any Idea or Figure of Him, neither by the letter He (‏ו ?H‎), nor by the letter Yo_d (‏ו ?Y‎), though these are contained in the Holy Name; nor by any other letter or point in the world. I did not find my own sun, not in Anor Londo, nor; in Twilight Blighttown. . Earth and Heaven, fire and water, the Sun and Moon, the rivers, trees, and mountains, even the artificial divisions of the day and year were addressed in prayer as tenanted by Divine beings, each separately ruling within his several sphere. "When we attempt," says Philo, "to investigate the essence of the Absolute Being, we fall into an abyss of perplexity; and the only benefit to be derived from such researches is the conviction of their absurdity.". God is just as He is all-powerful: 3d. He divides it into "Heaven" and "Generation." And what is their connection with the Knights Templar? to express the Deity. . and though capable of responding to the highest requirements of the moral sentiment through a general comprehension of her mysteries, more liable by a partial or hasty view to become darkened into a Siva, a Saturn, or a Mexitli, a patron of fierce orgies or blood-stained altars. In the doctrines of Aristotle, the world moves on uninterruptedly, always changing, yet ever the same, like Time, the Eternal Now, knowing neither repose nor death. The sepulchre of Zeus was shown in Crete. The spirituality of the soul is the condition and necessary foundation of immortality: the law of merit and demerit the direct demonstration of it. —Solaire of Astora, reflecting on the sun while staring at it in the Undead Burg. We shall ever fall short of the most general and most simple nature, the ultimate or most comprehensive law. But this grand idea of an all-governing independent mind involved difficulties which proved insuperable; because it gave to matter, in the form of chaos, an independent and eternal self-existence, and so introduced a dualism of mind and matter. Personification of the Sun in Taurus, as his ox-hoofs showed, the delivered earth from the harsh dominion of Winter, conducted the mighty chorus of the Stars, and the celestial revolution of the year, changed with the seasons, and underwent their periodical decay. The number nine was consecrated to the Spheres and the Muses. . Matter and evil obtruded themselves too constantly and convincingly to he confuted or cancelled by subtleties of Logic. All the accessories of his great temple at Babylon, described by Herodotus, are repeated with singular fidelity, but on a smaller scale, in the Hebrew tabernacle and temple. 4) says: "The Egyptians are far from ascribing all things to physical causes; life and intellect they distinguish from physical being, both in man and in the Universe. Below it, nature, and the elements, imitable and acted on, corruptible and mortal. , Salt, But when two natures, analogical in defects, are subordinated one to the other, there is effected a kind of substitution of the stronger instead of the weaker, and a genuine imprisonment of one mind by the other. Ages had to pass before the nature of the theorem could be rightly appreciated, and before men, acknowledging the First Cause to be an object of faith rather than science, were contented to confine their researches to those nearer relations of existence and succession, which are really within the reach of their faculties. At the same time when I will this or that, I am equally conscious that I can will the contrary. . . Peter McKimm. Σιγή, Silence: Βυθος Profundity: Νοος, Intelligence: and Αληθεια, Truth. We have faith in the Infinite; faith in God's Infinite Love; and it is that faith that must save us. [paragraph continues] It was not yet intelligible, nor was even the road opened through which it might be approached. "The Sages of Greece," says Pausanias, "never wrote otherwise than in an enigmatical manner, never naturally and directly." The speculative Deity suggested by the drama of nature, was worshipped with imitative and sympathetic rites. And this potentiality is thus explained: When a woman conceives, a Soul is immediately sent into the embryo which is to become the infant, in which Soul are then, potentially, all the members and veins of the body, which afterward, from that potency of the Soul, become in the human body of the child to be born. The Ancients, with the view of connecting the act with its object, when they established the practice of sacrificing to the Chang-ti, fixed the day of the Winter Solstice, because the Sun, after having passed through the twelve places assigned apparently by the Chang-ti as its annual residence, began its career anew, to distribute blessings throughout the Earth. Henceforth that Northern region of gloom, called the "place of the death and revival of Adonis," that Caucasus whose summit was so lofty, that, like the Indian Meru, it seemed to be both the goal and commencement of the Sun's career, became to Greek imaginations the final bourne of all things, the abode of Winter and desolation, the pinnacle of the arch connecting the upper and lower world, and consequently the appropriate place for the banishment .of Prometheus. As the world grows in its development, it necessarily outgrows its ancient ideas of God, which were only temporary and pro-visional. Everything is a thought of the Infinite God. What then did the Lord of the Will, that most perfectly free Agent, do? When a man, absolutely disengaging himself from his senses, absorbs himself in self-contemplation, he comes to discern the Divinity, and becomes part of Him.". ", "He through Whom the sky is bright and the earth for us; He through Whom the Heaven was established, nay, the highest Heaven; He who measured out the light in the air; Who is the God, etc? Act was first, and the Universe has existed forever; one persistent cause directing its continuity. To arrive at the composition of that Alkahest, we begin by laboring at the science of the union of the four Elements which are to be educed from the three Kingdoms of Nature, Mineral, Vegetable, and Animal; the rule, measure, weight, and equipoise whereof have each their key. The Persians said that Ormuzd, born of the pure Light, and Ahriman, born of darkness, were ever at war. "Finally, we come to the fifth and last operation, indicated to us by the Flaming Star. Strabo informs us that the Armenian name of Venus was Anaitis. He never taught the doctrine in that literal sense in which it was understood by the people. In the same order, the four letters represent the four worlds. Sun tarot card meanings in a general reading. They are to be mixed as the Art directs, and then placed in a vessel in the form of a SHIP, in which it is to remain, as the Ark of Noah was afloat, one hundred and fifty days, being brought to the first damp, warm degree of fire, that it may putrefy and produce the mineral fermentation. "The Triangle, again, the three Principles [Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury], which the intermingling of the elements produced. One man may call the sum total of these Qualities, Nature; another, Heaven; a third, Universe, a fourth, Matter; a fifth, Spirit; a sixth, God, Theos, Zeus, Alfadir, Allah, or what he pleases. $8.99; $8.99; Publisher Description. Apart from and beyond the world, He yet mysteriously intermingles with it. Beautiful around stretches off every way the Universe, the Great Bible of God. There is a principle which makes good the failure of identity, by multiplying resemblances; the destruction of the individual by an eternal renewal of the form in which matter is manifested. Herodotus, who tells us this, also informs us that her name, among the Scythians, was Artim pasa. Hence the frequent expression: "I am the First, and I am the Last; and besides Me there is no other God. Title: The Sparks of the great Influence of the shattered vases descending into the four spiritual elements, Fire, Air, Water, and Earth, and thence into the inanimate, vegetable, living, and speaking kingdoms, became Souls. Vishnu is to judge the world at the last day. The last seven numerations were points, like the first three, each subsisting independently, unsustained by companionship; which was the cause of their dying and being shattered. Qu∴ What do you mean by the quadrature of the circle? It is to precipitate one's self into the void. It always implies existence, actuality. "God creates; Nature produces; Art multiplies. The simpler, and probably the older, notion, treated the one only God as the Author of all things. Such as those which the Sages used among the Egyptians, the Magi in Persia, the Brahmins in India. The number 6 was, in the Ancient Mysteries, a striking emblem of nature; as presenting the six dimensions of all bodies; the six lines which make up their form, viz., the four lines of direction, toward the North, South, East, and West; with the two lines of height and depth, responding to the zenith and nadir. "A rough Ashlar is the shapeless stone which is to be prepared in order to commence the philosophical work; and to be developed, in order to change its form from triangular to cubic, after the separation from it of its Salt, Sulphur, and Mercury, by the aid of the Square, Level, Plumb, and Balance, and all the other Masonic implements which we use symbolically. For out of His Divine SILENCE and REST, after an infinitude of time, was unfolded the WORD, or the Divine POWER; and then in turn the Mighty, ever-acting, measureless INTELLECT; and from the WORD were evolved the myriads of suns and systems that make the Universe; and fire, and light, and the electric HARMONY, which is the harmony of spheres and numbers: and from the INTELLECT all Souls and intellects of men. To heap Superlatives on Superlatives, and call Him best, wisest, greatest, is but to exaggerate qualities which- are found in man. Over the hills he comes, this herald of the Minor Arcana’s suit of Wands! Rabbi Schimeon Ben Jochai says that the four animals of the Mysterious Chariot, whose wheels are Netsach and Had, are Gedulah, whose face is the Lion's; Geburah, with that of the Ox; Tephareth, with that of the Eagle; and Malakoth, with that of the Man. The moist valley of the Nile, owing its fertility to the annual inundation, appeared, in contrast with the surrounding desert, like life in the midst of death. Knight of the Remaining Sun, Henrinus Kanji: 残陽の騎士 ヘンリネス Kana: ざんようのきし ヘンリネス Phonetic: Zan'yō no Kishi Henrinesu Grade / Skill: Grade 2 / Intercept: Power: 9000 Critical: 1 Shield: 5000 Nation: United Sanctuary Clan: Gold Paladin: Race: Human: Format: Illust: オンダカツキ The reversed Knight of Cups is a weak character who is unable to contain or direct his feelings. "All things are begotten from one Fire. He, by radiating and coruscating, effected the points, so that their sparkling should smite the eyes like lightning. The lower half of the garment [by the third retraction], was left empty of the light of the garment. The Jews feared that the Heathen would get possession of the Name: and therefore, in their copies of the Scriptures, they wrote it in the Samaritan character, instead of the Hebrew or Chaldaic, that the adversary might not make an improper use of it: for they believed it capable of working miracles; and held that the wonders in Egypt were performed by Moses, in virtue of this name being engraved on his rod: and that any person who knew the true pronunciation would be able to do as much as he did. . The eyes opened; from them came a luminous ray, and from it was produced the sun. But, he says, NATURE,--meaning by that the whole sum-total of existence,--that is powerful. Under the form of air or fire, the principle of life was associated with the most obvious material machinery of nature. ‏ו ?H?Y?H‎ [HIH] is the imperfect tense of the verb To BE, of which ‏ו ?Y?H?Y?H‎ [IHIH] is the present; ‏ו ?A?H?Y‎ [AHI--‏ו ?A‎ being the personal pronoun "I" affixed] the first person, by apocope; and, ‏ו ?Y?H?Y‎ [IHI] the third. The Holy order of the Knights of the Sun is a Zunist fictional order. In the first three Persian Amshaspands, Lords of LIGHT, FIRE, and SPLENDOR, we recognize the AOR, ZOHAR, and ZAYO, Light, Splendor, and Brightness, of the Kabalah. He reads our thoughts before they are known to ourselves. . sing. White he thought was of the nature of the Good Principle, and Black of that of the Evil; that Light and Darkness, Heat and Cold, the Dry and the Wet, mingled in equal proportions; that Summer was the triumph of heat, and Winter of cold; that their equal combination produced Spring and Autumn, the former producing verdure and favorable to health, and the latter, deteriorating everything, giving birth to maladies. Fearlessly launching into the problem of universal being, the first philosophy attempted to supply a compendious and decisive solution of every doubt. Surrounded. Let Him withdraw from the space occupied by anything, and it ceases to be. The other Descendants of the Common Father of the race intermarried with the daughters of Cain's Descendants: and all nations preserved the remembrance of that division of the human family into the righteous and impious, in their distorted legends of the wars between the Gods, and the Giants and Titans. The sense of freedom arises when the individual independence develops itself according to its own laws, without external collisions or hindrance; that of constraint, where it is thwarted or confined by other Natures, or where, by combination of external forces, the individual force is compelled into a new direction. Narrated by the eponymous Sun Knight, Grisia Sun, the story follows the exploits of the 38th generation of the Twelve Holy Knights. The Kabalistic doctrine was long the religion of the Sage and the Savant; because, like Freemasonry, it incessantly tends toward spiritual perfection, and the fusion of the creeds and Nationalities of Mankind. . . "After preparing the first substance, you are to extract the, second, Sulphur, out of the purest gold, to which must then be added the purified or celestial Salt. There was a surprising similarity between the Temples, Priests, doctrines, and worship of the Persian Magi and the British Druids. In the Degree of The True Mason [Le Vrai Maçon], styled in the title-page of its Ritual the 23d Degree of Masonry, or the 12th of the 5th class, the Tracing-board displays a luminous Triangle, with a great Yo_d in the centre. No religion is supported by stronger testimony; nor has any one ever even attempted to explain what may well be termed their miracles. For he is something greater and prior to, and the fountain of all things, and the foundation of things conceived by the intellect, which are the first species. Malakoth, says the Apparatus, is called Haikal, Temple or Palace, because it is the Palace of the Degree Tephareth, which is concealed and contained in it, and Haikal denotes the place in which all things are contained. "HE had this thought: Behold the worlds; I will create guardians for the worlds. [paragraph continues] Rays are], of the Medium, the First Man ADAM KADMON, He descended therein, that, by means of this Idea, He might be called by the name TETRAGRAMMATON; that created things might have cognition of Him, in His own likeness. IT IS, where nothing exists; but nothing could possibly exist without IT. By its intimate resemblances to the judgment of the true and the beautiful, it shows us the secret affinities of morality, metaphysics, and esthetics. The Egyptians consecrated the Phallus in the Mysteries of Osiris and Isis, as we learn from Plutarch and Diodorus Siculus; and the latter assures us that these emblems were not consecrated by the Egyptians alone, but by every people. The. 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