Tarot and Kabbalah: Arcanum 19
The Nineteenth Arcanum is the arcanum of the alliance and of victory. We spoke in previous chapters about the Salt of Alchemy, symbol of the physical body; the Mercury, symbol of the Ens Seminis, within which the Ens Virtutis is enclosed; and the Sulphur, symbol of Fire, the Fohat, the Kundalini. The Mercury must be transmuted into Sulphur, which is the serpentine fire, the outcome of transmutation. These three elements are the passive instruments of the Great Work.
We have to search for the positive principle, the Interior Magnes of Paracelsus, the Magical Principle. The three elements Salt, Mercury, and Sulphur are negative elements when they are not working in the Magnus Work, yet they become positive by working in the Magnus Work. This is the Magical Principle or Interior Magnes.
It is obvious that in the Nineteenth Arcanum a great Alliance is established between man and woman, a great Alliance in order to perform the Great Work.
This great Alliance has many aspects. The gospel speaks of the necessity of having the wedding garment. Let us remember the wedding in which a man did not bring the wedding garment. This one was bound, and the Lord ordered to cast him into outer darkness “where only weeping and the gnashing of teeth are heard” [Matthew 22:1-14]. This famous garment is the Egyptian Sahu or the Greek “To Soma Heliakon,” in other words, the body of gold of the solar man. This is the wedding garment required in order to attend the banquet of the Pascal Lamb. It is necessary and essential to understand that in order to have the body of gold of the solar man, the great Alliance is necessary, that is, the work in the Ninth Sphere between man and woman.
Thus, as the great Alliance is necessary down here in order to attain illumination, another great Alliance up there is needed.
The two souls must be fused: the masculine Human Soul with the feminine Spiritual Soul. This is not achieved without having previously eliminated the “I,” and having eliminated the body of desires. The two souls must be one.
This is the great Alliance between the knight and the medieval lady. This is found in the books of chivalry, The Romancer, in the ballads of Count Roldan, in the minstrel songs of the Troubadours. The knight who fights for his lady is the Human Soul. The lady is the Spiritual Soul. The knight has to fight for his lady; otherwise he is left without her.
In order to attain total illumination, the knight and his lady must be completely integrated. The knight must fight for her at every moment until developing the lotus of one thousand petals. Buddhi gives the illumination in the great matrimony or alchemical wedding of Manas-Buddhi. Without Buddhi, the complete development of the one thousand petalled chakra Sahasrara cannot be achieved.
With this matrimony a spark is produced; thus, the illumination comes as a result of this great Alliance. That divine spark upon the pineal gland gives illuminated intuition along with polyvoyance. This is the total triumph.
Intuitive illumination is better than clairvoyance. What counts is the spiritual sun. The Sun of Midnight guides us and orients us. “We must expect everything from the west; do not expect anything from the east.” The Sun Sirius is the Central Sun, the gravitational point of the Milky Way.
The goal of our studies is to enter into the Absolute. In order to perform this, we must emancipate ourselves from all of the laws of the seven cosmos that control us.
With the Alliance, we liberate ourselves from:
The 96 laws of the abyss (Tritocosmos)
The 48 laws of the human being (Microcosmos)
The 24 laws of the Earth (Mesocosmos)
The 12 laws of the solar system (Deuterocosmos)
The 6 laws of the galaxy (Macrocosmos)
The 3 laws of the firmament (Ayocosmos)
The 1 law of the solar Absolute (Protocosmos)
Then, we enter into the Absolute.
The arrival into the Absolute is sowed with renunciation and death. One has to renounce omnipotence and even omniscience in order to enter into the Absolute.
- The Philosophical Stone is the semen.
- Whosoever practices Sexual Magic everyday is working with the Philosophical Stone.
- The only thing that is needed in order to work with the Philosophical Stone is a good spouse.