RIZAL’S TRIUMPH OF SCIENCE OVER DEATH, a masonic inspiration of “Science, Virtue and Labor”

While having my lazy afternoon doing nothing, I happened to cross the extension of Festival Mall where interesting and newly constructed shops and restaurants are located. It is a long walk from the west side; nevertheless the lagoon in the middle reflects the water energy that engulfed my contemplation.

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Encompassing the driveway of the new Landmark Supermarket, a structure  in the middle section caught my attention. It is a sculpture of a nude female figure with two hands bearing the torch, and what surprise me, she is standing atop of a skull. I thought, this must be a work of art of a mystic or an enlightened human being who’s familiar with the eastern philosophy.

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It took me three days surfing the internet, searching google who might be the architect or the sculptor the developer employed whose into ancient mystery studies and would like to share his knowledge to the profane.

To my amazement, the statue is one of the two replicas of the clay sculpture of Rizals Triumph of Science over Death also known as Scientia. The original clay structure was made by Jose Rizal as a gift to his friend Dr Ferdinand Bluemtritt in Germany sometime in 189O and now displayed at the Rizal Shrine Museum in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

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(Old art deco Biological production Section of the Department of Health, Photo from newsinfo. inquirer}

This replica stands at the entrance of the old art deco Biological Production Service of the Department of Health building was constructed sometime in 192O and designed by a government architect according to one blogger.  The building used to be snake anti-venom and anti-rabies vaccines laboratory until the mid 9Os. It is now part of the Festival Mall extension. Another replica, made of concrete, stands in front of Fernando Calderon Hall of the University of the Philippines of Medicine along Pedro Gil St., in Ermita, Manila.

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{Fernando Calderon Hall of the University of the Philippines of Medicine along Pedro Gil St., in Ermita, Manila.}

Masonic Symbolism

The statue is composed of a naked, young woman with overflowing hair, standing atop a skull while bearing a torch. The naked woman symbolizes the innocence, while the torch of knowledge, the Prometheus fire,  she bears symbolizes the enlightenment, awakening, liberation,  science brings over the whole world. The woman is shown trampling at a skull, a symbol of ‘memento mori’ to signify the victory achieved by conquering the bane of death through education from universities, scientific centers, colleges, learned men, moral science and wisdom inside the temple of masonry.

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The original clay sculpture now displayed at the Rizal Shrine Museum in Fort Santiago, Intramuros.

From the Masonic Speech “ Science, Virtue, Labor” delivered by Dr. Jose Rizal in 189O at Solidaridad Lodge No. 53, Madrid, Spain

Venerable Master and dear Brethren:

When we, the profane, knock at the portals of the Temple to be initiated into the mysteries of Masonry, with palpitating heart and our whole being trembling with emotion before the presence of the Unknown, three reassuring words are dinned into our ears: Science, Virtue, and Labor.

These magical words whose flattering promise at one time made Pythagoras and Herodotus sail over tempestuous seas in imperfect ships to search for their solutions in the penumbra of priestly Thebes, this powerful Trinity which, if it descended upon the earth would convert it into a paradise and worthy abode of the gods, these three words, Science, Virtue, and Labor or the deification of intelligence, the deification of the sentiment, and the deification of activity, should be the theme of the present conference which should study it within the bosom and concept of modern Masonry.

“Science?” You may ask what science is found in the Masonic Temple. Science might have taken refuge in it during barbarous epochs in order to erect the sublime architectural monuments of the past centuries, just as the fine arts did in the quiet and peaceful cloisters of the monasteries, but today science is free, open to all, and certainly it is not to be sought in the weekly meetings of the lodges but in the universities, scientific centers, and the studies of learned men.

Agreed, dear brethren! Science is free as the light which is its inspiration! Masonry has been its wet nurse, has guarded it like a sacred flame while the storm raged, and when calmness returned, it surrendered it to the world to illumine it with its rays! What would have become of science if the Egyptian priests and ancient magicians had not surrounded it with mystery? Like a seed, its endosperm hardly broken, exposed to the fury of the elements, it would have perished in the hands of ignorance and neglect. By subjecting the neophytes of science to hard tests – because the mysteries of Isis, Eleusis, of the great Mother, etc. were Masonic matters – Masonry was assured that by the means the earth in which the seed would be planted would make it grow, that the one who would receive the light would defend it against all sudden impetuous attacks.

Later, a Religion, pretending to be the sole possessor of the Truth, desired to control and tyrannizes science, which spoke of other truths, and proclaimed other doctrines. That religion was powerful and science suffered a long captivity. Who liberated it? Masonry – proclaiming the freedom of human reason and working for its recognition.

Yes! Science is already free but its spirit lives in the temple as amidst the ruins of Rome breathes the spirit of her heroic men even after the promulgation of her wise laws! And in this concept we invoke here the name of Science, and Masonry will again fight for her when she is in danger, as it struggles so that the Philippines would open to her its closed horizons.

With respect to the word Labour, do not smile when you think of what we do in our weekly meetings of three hours at most. True it is that in the secular world machines deafen with their moving arms of steel and their powerful flywheels and eccentrics stir the air about them; true it is that the immense factories, like active beehives, employ the child, the young man and woman, the wife, and the aged in the production of thousands of articles necessary to life; true it is that labour makes all the molecules and pores of the world vibrate with life, from the bowels of the earth where the miner digs coal, a thousand times more useful than the prized diamond, to the high peak of snow-clad mountains which the locomotives scales breathing fire and dragging along with human thought; true, very true that our activity is nothing beside that of the diver who descends to the abyss of the seas, of the explorer who penetrates mysterious continents, of the engineer who, not contented with the free lanes of the oceans, goes out to cut continents, open canals, plow through the air in search of new routes! All this is true, but let us not forget that if these wonders can now be seen, it is due to Masonic liberty and the good distribution of workers instituted since antiquity by the Egyptian masons.

When we see an active and robust youngster besides a decrepit and feeble mother, we recall how she has carried him in her bosom, taken care of him as a tender infant and given him the milk of her breasts.

In ancient times the Masonic workshop was a true workshop where they discussed the building plans of such temples as that of Bulak, the cathedrals of Strasburg and of Cologne, etc., still admired in the world today. Human liberty took refuge within the Masonic workshops of Saint Wehma and from there fought against the feudal lords of feudal Germany. In the Masonic workshops also laboured day and night the spirit of man to destroy the sinister Bastille, overthrow a throne, equalize men, and complete the great work of the Nazarene! What? The workman who cuts the stone from the quarry with which to build the walls of a palace, home of pride and pleasure or the walls of a prison, the cavern of despair and lamentations — will this mason of ancient times perchance work more than the modern mason whose intelligence is sharpened and fortified in order to destroy every degrading inequality and to build for redeemed man his resplendent abode, perhaps kneaded with the blood of tyrants?

No, dear brethren: The modern mason works and should still work. Let the masons of free countries attend to the expansion of commerce and of charitable enterprises, well and good! But they should not rest so long as the world nurtures a tyrant; so long as the night gathers in its echoes the moans of the oppressed, so long as there are slaves, so long as there are oppressors! And this work is perhaps the greatest that Masonry has imposed on itself and the only one worthy of its universal name.

 

Now let is proceed to the study of Virtue, which I have purposely left last, considering it the most important theme of Masonry.

“Virtue, Virtue! You are nothing but a name!”, said Cato nineteen centuries ago, and perhaps many among you repeat now the same phrase upon hearing the strange word! Schiller exclaimed: “When shall I cease to hear about you, oh Virtue? The day when you are praised less you will abide among man.”

What virtue do we practice within this hall? Perhaps in the bottom of our hearts your consciences smile sadly as if disillusioned at the sound of this word, seeing that even within these temples we cannot restrain our passions. Perhaps, you are right, but before going further, let us see what we understand by virtue, because it embodies an idea which is on the lips of everyone and on which not all peoples are agreed.

To the Chinese virtue is respect for elders, ancestor worship, and numerous rituals and ceremonies. To the Indian it is physical immobility and inaction, considering a saint one who can remain in a fixed posture for months and months. To the Hebrews it consists of fear of Jehovah, compliance with the material precepts of Deuteronomy, and awaiting the advent of the Messiah in order to possess the whole world. To the Greeks virtue consists of stoicism, in knowing how to endure all ills with perfect equanimity and for this reason the Spartan consecrated to it all his dearest sentiments and his natural impulses, believing it to be fierce and heartless. To the Buddhists it is kindness and love for one’s fellowmen. On the other hand, to Rome virtue is integrity, manliness, and for that reason calls virtue what we would call “virility.” To her a virtuous man is manly, who knows how to sacrifice himself in times of great peril; how to die for the laws, the name, and the glory of Rome. Christianity came and upset many beliefs, and at the beginning of what did Christian virtues consist? Hereditary Christianity, the essence of the sum total of all religions, reflected in her virtues all the merits of the others and sanctified humility, stoicism, purity, adding to these, like a true Oriental, charity – a virtue that later Mohammedanism elevated to a sublime height.

Later on the doctrines were adulterated, faith weakened, the religious spirit fermented into sects. Those who preached equality and poverty desired to become masters and wealthy. Then virtue was confused with intolerance and fanaticism, and harmless at best, assumed unnatural forms. Force celibacy became a virtue, though God had commanded man to grow and multiply. It became a virtue to abhor the beautiful, to hate love, although all nature is beautiful, and the entire creation from the moon to the flower preaches love. Fasting and abstinence became a virtue although man needed to unfold and multiply his strength to use it in the service of his fellowmen. It became a virtue to torture and humiliate one’s self, when pain is the protest of nature and the snake thrives in the mud and God in Heaven; in short, ignorance itself became a virtue, though wisdom is a divine attribute, intelligence is a gift, and man can redeem himself only through his profound studies.

Barbaric centuries, dear brethren, were those when the emanations from the cloistered confused human intelligence. But it could descend even lower, and greater and deeper still was the fall of reason. These were then called virtues: To hate men who do not profess the same faith, to destroy and burn them; to recite words after words, nonsense after nonsense and perhaps blasphemies after blasphemies before the image of sanctified and deified men. They called virtue the belief in the impossible and the rejection of the conclusions of science and of experience; virtue, faith in the absurd, to give to the Pope for the support of his pomp and the money denied to the young man for his education; virtue, the madness, the senseless, the ridiculous and even vices provided they are cloaked with religion.

Human reason having descended to this abyss and frightened by its fall, looks back to the past and sighs for the virtue of heroic ages.

What are you, oh Virtue? Are you a vain name, the will power that resists all natural sentiments? Are you perchance a word invented by some malevolent egoist in order to arouse the generous sentiments of candid men dazzled by the luster of your glory and afterwards exploit them for his benefit? Have the powerful invented you to accustom the oppressed to be humble, or do the unhappy invoke you to shame their oppressors? Are you a protest or are you a cheat? Are you the patriotism which groups nations into large families or are you the individualism which cause conflict among men?

If we are to accept the principle held by the common people that it is virtue to favor others even to one’s own detriment then in Spain it would be virtuous to be idle, not to be an orator, and to be a patient and long-suffering creditor; in China, as in the rest of the world, it is to allow one’s self to be deceived by all; in France to give but never to accept pourboires, etc.

In the face of so many contradictions in human appreciation, conscience needs a norm.

By Virtue we understand the constant fulfillment of duty, just as by vice the constant infraction of virtue. In this sense the word Virtue enters fully the Masonic workshop and it can be considered the object and the sole life of Masonry. We must clarify the meaning of the word “duty” in this definition. What is man’s duty in this modern age?

The principle of “Do good” is very vague. The saying “Do not do unto others what you do not want others to do unto you” is defective because how many things there are that we should do to others that we do not want others to do to us! Alms for example, is one. The command “Love your fellowmen as you love yourself” is beautiful but impracticable. It is divine but it is not human. There is no man who could feel affection for just anybody at sight.

 

The duty of modern man to my way of thinking is to work for the redemption of humanity, because once man is dignified there would be less unfortunate and more happy men that is possible in this life. Humanity cannot be redeemed so long as there are oppressed peoples, so long as there are some men who live on the tears of many, so long as there are emasculated minds and blinded eyes that enable others to live like sultans who alone man enjoy beauty. Humanity cannot be redeemed while reason is not free, while faith would want to impose itself on facts, while whims are laws, and while there are nations who subjugate others. For humanity to be able to attain the lofty destiny toward which God guides it, it is necessary that within its fold there should be no dissension nor tyranny, that plagues do not decimate it and no groans and curses be heard in its march. It is necessary that its triumphant career march to the tune of the hymns of glory and liberty with a bright face and serene forehead.

Thus Masonry preaches and practices the sacred principles of liberty, equality, and fraternity among all men and they compose the Masonic virtues, the only virtues whose practice would banish among men wars and abuses and bring about that state of which all great reformers dream. In this concept, for the present, virtue has no other temple but the Masonic temple from which emerge some gleams of light that illumine the minds of many lay thinkers. In this concept virtue is no longer a barren, bare, unnatural, fierce or devout quality. Virtue becomes beautiful than the liberty, equality, and fraternity of all men.

Myriad worlds roll in peace and freedom through the vast expanse of space without end and in their divine course they intone a hymn of love to their creator; the eagles cross the space in majestic flight and they watch and respect one another; the fiercest animals in their caves or in the loneliness of the desert each go to his hunt without destroying one another, without being tyrannical; the trees raise to the sun their majestic crowns and whisper and confide to the zephyr the song of thanksgiving for the light that vivify them and dress them with color; the flowers lean out their fresh heads, filling the air with perfume and smiles; life, joy, love, liberty are all born everywhere even from death and dirt itself.

Only man remains the enemy of man, tyrannizes his fellowmen, oppresses everyone, transmits his anger and his diseases to the animals that fall under his power and rejoice in the humiliation of his brothers. A cry announces his birth, misery and battles darken the tortuous path of his life with tears, blood, and gall; vices, diseases, and passion which cause his death are usually accompanied by terror and suffering, and like the tyrants, howling and crying tears of fire, envying the fate of the peasants, man, the lord of creation, envies the fate of the insects, the fate of the butterfly which, flying from flower to flower, feeds on nectar, is born at dawn and dies with the day without luckily seeing the sad shadows of the night!

 

Skull Symbolism in Freemasonry

Masons regarded  skull the symbol of mortality often referred to as Memento Mori “remember that you have to die” as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is one of the main objects in rituals and ceremonies of initiation to receive the degrees particularly in the Scottish and York Rites.

Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife..From Wikipedia

It is natural to fear death, but we as Masons are taught to view that inescapable moment not as something to dread but rather as the motivating factor in accomplishing our own work and duty as men and as Masons.

 Rizal as a Brother Mason

To uphold Rizal’s contribution to masonry, perhaps Muntinlupa Lodge No.  414 will put a marker to this masonic work of art so that people may know the brotherhood principle of enlightening humanity “from darkness to Light”.

 

About the Author

Bro Gabriel Comia, Jr is a Master Mason, member of Pagkakaisa Lodge No. 282, F&AM, Grand Lodge of the Philippines, York Rite Mason, SRICF Pearl of the Orient College, a student of Ancient Mystical Order of Rosy Cross {AMORC}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Skull, the symbol of mortality

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Order of the Temple

Grand Commander:   “Pilgrim, the fifth libation is taken in a very solemn way. It is emblematical of the bitter cup of death, of which we must all, sooner or later, taste; and even the Saviour of the world was not exempted, notwithstanding his repeated prayers and supplications. It is taken of pure wine and from this cup. (Exhibiting a human skull), he pours the wine into it and says, – To show you that we here practice no imposition, I give you this pledge. (drinks from the skull.) He then pours more wine into the skull, and presents it to the candidate, telling him that the fifth libation is called the sealed obligation, as it is to seal all his former engagements in Masonry. …”This is a reminder of the temporary nature of human life, and the inevitability of death. Thoughts of death remind us of the transient nature of earthly pleasures, which are fleeting; this contemplation opens the door to the soul within, which is the eternal life within each of us.

Memento Mori

From Wikipedia  Memento mori (Latin: “remember that you have to die”)  is the medieval Latin Christian theory and practice of reflection on mortality, especially as a means of considering the vanity of earthly life and the transient nature of all earthly goods and pursuits. It is related to the ars moriendi(“The Art of Dying”) and related literature. Memento mori has been an important part of ascetic disciplines as a means of perfecting the character by cultivating detachment and other virtues, and by turning the attention towards the immortality of the soul and the afterlife.

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In Hinduism as well as in Buddhism contemplation upon death is an important spiritual practice to overcome desires and attachment and cultivate detachment and dispassion. Contemplation upon death helps you overcome your fear of death, and your longing for life. It also changes your attitude and approach to worldly life and relationships.

 

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Skull and Crossbones

The skull consists of  22 bones  – 8 cranial bones and 14 facial bones.  The bones of the skull provide protection for the brain and the organs of vision, taste, hearing, equilibrium, and smell.

In numerology, the number 22 is often called the Master Builder. The underlying occult scientific significance of the number 22 in science would represent the bones of the skull, The 22 letters of the Hebrew alphabet created to compose the Word of God is our 22 boned skull, and the place where we receive the light to become illuminated, or enlightened beings.

White Galactic Mirror

White Galactic Mirror

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Tone 8: Galactic – Harmonic Resonance

White Mirror is your Conscious Self – who you are and who you are becoming.

White Mirror represents the Hall of Mirrors, where you can face your own reflection and see the truth about yourself. As a mirror, White Mirror merely reflects what is, whether truth, beauty or illusion. Here you can face unfinished business, the dissonance of difficulties, or charged issues that would keep you from the full expression of your Divinity. Become aware of any illusions or distortions within yourself; your clarity of perception will transform them. Take a moment to see yourself as you actually are, shadow and all, freed from the maze of mental illusion.

Sometimes you may find yourself reacting rather than freely responding to a situation or person. If you have charged reactions such as frustration, anger, fear, judgement or jealousy, look at how you might be projecting these issues onto someone else. The world is the mirror for you to truly see. Any strong reaction to a person or event signals an issue to work on in yourself. Be willing to examine and utilize what you see in your mirrors, in order to transform dysfunctional belief systems, negative thoughtforms, and fixed patterns.

In the Hall of Mirrors there is no good or bad, no right or wrong – there is only the reflection of what is. As you learn to see yourself, you begin to see your emotional reactions as signs indicating where to focus your awareness for growth.

On this quest, come prepared to face White Mirror’s sword of truth and purification. The wisdom of this sword penetrates, exposes, and ultimately heals your illusions. Discrimination is tempered with love cleanly cuts away everything that does not serve your evolution. To the Maya, White Mirror is the flint that hones your sword.

The greatest gift of the sword is the power of forgiveness. A profound freedom emerges from forgiveness, the releasing of the illusion of cause and effect. Use the great gifts offered in this blad of truth and light to forgive and release anything you may judge or see as imperfect.

You are already an Enlightened Being!

The colour for White Mirror is reflective silver. Silver symbolizes the lunar intelligence of intuition and receptiveness, the mirrored illusions of duality and multiplicity. In the larger pattern, all thigns are reflections of the greater reality. Silver offers a glimpse of the Great Mystery, the reflection of things as they really are. To access the qualities and teachings of White Mirror, utilize silver.

White Mirror’s are able to clearly reflect others back to themselves once their own mirror is clear.

White Wind is your Higher Self & Guide.

White Wind is the galactic wind, the catalyzing current, the Spirit that moves through all things. It is the divine breath that gives life to all creation, the unseen essence of solar energy. White Wind is the breath of inspiration, the fertilizing force of the wind. Its essence is the movement of Spirit as it penetrates into form to enliven, purify and inspire.

Receive the gift of White Wind by simply taking a conscious breath. Amidst the seemign complexity, beathe consciously. Allow your life to be more like the wind, free-flowing and open to Spirit.

White Wind represents spontaneity and simplicity. As you experience the truth of the present moment, White Wind leaves you free to move on to the next moment without the baggage of desire, regret or expectation. White Wind is the simple knowledge that invisible forces are always moving in your life, guiding and inspiring.

White Wind also embodies the concept of presence. Presence is an expression of beingness, a creator of intimacy. It has to do with being wise in your simplicity. From simple beingness, your true identity emerges. Presence is being open, aware, and in the now. Presence is ‘being there’ for whatever is.

Think back to a time when someone looked deeply into your eyes, acknowledging your beingness with their full presence. Remember how wonderful and intimate that felt. When you wnat to be intimate with someone, become equally open, aware, and present. When you bring your awareness into the present moment, everything else falls away. When you are fully present, your mind is not preparing responses to what it is hearing while you’re listening and feeling. Drop your evaluating and reactive nature. Trust that your heart will have the appropriate response when the time comes. Allow your mind to be quietly responsive, like a pool of water, natural in its unconditional acceptance of the moment.

Presence is simple. It is like being caught in the moment by the beauty of nature. Presence is your natural state of being. When you are present, your heart feels open, charged, full. When you are present, whether alone or with another, you are loose and relaxed. Time may seem to slow down. You can expand your awareness with ease, allowing yourself to truly see and be seen. You let your feelings speak through your eyes, and the ‘feeling channel’ in you breathes freely, without expectation or judgement.


Blue Night is your Subconscious Self and Hidden Helper.

Blue night is the dark mystery within, the journey into self, that place to which you can always retreat to garner the gifts of your process subjectively. You are being asked to enter into and explore your process subjectively. Blue Night is the immense field of potential found in the depths of human emotion and feeling. The touch of Blue Night is like the moment you crawl into bed and feel yourself surrounded by warmth, darkness and peace.

Blue Night’s abyss holds the potent evolutionary playing field of all possibility. Here, as in the aboriginal dreamtime, there are no distinctions between then and now, real or imagined, dream or dreamer. In this expanded field, all things are not only possible but are constantly in the process of creation. In the framework of dreamtime, limiting constructs of “ordinary reality” such as time, space, and linear causality are freed into an expanded system, with unlimited access to ALL realities.

Dreamtime holds powerful opportunities. It is a field where potential, past, and future are held in the same matrix as the present moment. If such a construct is foreign to you, stretch your mind and entertain the possibility that you could help to dream a different reality into being. Enter into the mystery where reality is actually created.

In becoming a conscious dreamer, you can assist in literally creating a new reality for yourself, as well as constributing to the larger dream that is emerging. By focusing on this creation, your thoughts and intentions are projected at superluminal speeds across the crystal grid network that encompasses universes. This energetic field seeds, supports, and empowers the creation of an unfolding reality.

At a certain point, when a critical threshold of energy has been focused on a clear intent such as world peace, the underlying constructs of reality shift and a new reality begins filtering into human experience. Make no mistake: great change is seeded by conscious dreamers who understand and know that they are co-creating the larger dream.

Among other things, the dreamfield will bring to the surface your psychological polarities and core issues. These are the belief constructs you learn from society and experience, such as likes and dislikes, values and attitudes. You naturally attract the situation that promises integration, but through conditioning and habitual behaviour, you may choose to compensate, staying in a fixed pattern to protect your position. This choice will create only momentary relief, because the issues will keep being drawn back to be integrated. Thus, you may often find whatever is blocked or hidden manifesting into your consciousness through a dream, a body symptom, or a relationship. Often you may resist the new and the unknown. You may avoid going over your “growth edge”, because it may be asking for a shift in your underlying belief structures. Yet profound growth is possible through working with this charged material. Through following it into the darkness, you bring into the dreamfield the light that will carry you to wholeness and fulfillment.

In working with the growth edge in your dreamfield, often it is important to catalyze enough energy to free the stuckness and fixed patterns. By following or amplifying the feeling, your increased awareness will lead to the root of the issue thas has been separated from consciousness. Hidden within the unused channels of your perception are clues to the mystery that will integrate and release the restrictive pattern.

A meditation for Blue Night is, “I am the darkness that is the light and the stillness that is the dancing.” This meditation perfectly describes the paradoxical energy of Blue Night, the place of darkness from which all light emanates, the no-form abyss that contains all possibility. In finding this still point of Blue Night, you can access any expression of the light. The energy of Blue Night simply asks you to be still, to allow that expression to take shape from the darkness. From the darkness of Blue Night emerges the Essence Self. Sit in stillness, embracing the journey of insight and integration.

The colour of Blue Night is black, which represents the womb of the larger self, the receptive condition necessary to receive the light fully. Black is also an access route to the wisdom of the unconscious, the mystery of the abyss where you can tap into the collective dreamfield for insight and creative ideas. Blue Night also includes the shades of gray, symbolic of the merging of light with the darkness. If you wish to work with the energy of Blue Night, visualize black.

Yellow Star represents your Challenge and Gift. With maturity and awareness this challenge will turn into a Focus. This is what you desire to learn in this lifetime.

One shadow of Yellow Star is believing in an exclusive path or that there is only one true or right system to bring you to enlightenment. However, your personal path is unique. Listen and learn from all teachers, but know that it is up to you to integrate their wisdom into your own truth. The wise way show-er encourages you to be open to all teachings, to follow your own heart’s path.

Another shadow of Yellow Star is that your life’s lessons place you in the midst of disharmonious situations. This may be experienced as living and working with people with whom you feel confict or friction. Another aspect of this shadow is the judgement that sometimes follows from holding harmony as an ideal. All the ways you walk your path can be steps in the practice of harmony. Enact harmony through your relationships, emotions, environment, and expanded viewpoints.

The transformation offered in the shadow of Yellow Star is found by becoming aware of the existing harmony or disharmony in your life. Be willing to appreciate or prune where necessary. Call on wisdom and love to facilitate this pruning process. Open more fully to harmony in all aspects of your life. This harmony of self and one’s life becomes the foundation of freedom.

You may also judge yourself because you can’t seem to remember all that you are. Perhaps you are trying to figure out your purpose, awaken to your destiny, or understand why you came here. Simplify. Look at your present gifts and talents. Free your thoughts and your self-critical nature. You are, in this moment, the sum total of all that you are, have been, and the potential of your complete becoming. Simply be yourself, for only this will open you to the magic of your untapped potential.

Unlike the preceding 7 tones, which were seperate and distinct, Yellow Star begins a more complex harmonic series as it completes the preceding octave. On a spiritual level, Yellow Star begins the development of higher being. The fundamental tones that occur in this series are of a more expanded frequency than those of the preceding seven tones. In this new octave, there is alignment in the harmonies of Earth and the harmonies of the stars that are now being sounded on Earth. Yellow Star is the first in a series of star harmonies that evoke accelerated growth of the starseed potential within you.

Yellow Star offers you the ability to hold a greatly expanded focus, a unity of awareness that encompasses aspects of the larger constellation of self. An example of this would be a simultaneous awareness of the desires of the existential self and the truth of the Essence Self. This star harmony encompasses the greatly enlarged perspective of your starseeded self, the part within you that holds the potential of your greatest destiny.


Red Dragon is your Compliment – something that comes naturally to you.

Red Dragon represents the root source of life, the nurturance and support of primary being, and within it are found the primal waters of unity. This is where your deepest roots receive true nourishment. Red Dragon is the energy of form contained within the formlessness of the primordial sea.

Primal trust means making choices with no guarantees, knowing that divine nurturance will provide what is needed for your journey. It means making choices moment by moment, implicitly trusting your innate steering mechanism of heart-knowing. Primal trust implies surrendering to the will of the divine self, letting go of what your ego deems to be control of the outcomes in your life. It means deeply trusting the processes that are at work within your present spiral of evolution.

The energy of Red Dragon asks you to embrace the depth of your receptivity. Perhaps you have been taught that it is better to give than to receive. Giving is a powerful way to learn how to receive, but it is not the whole picture. There is a circuit of completion in giving and receiving that happens within you and in your external world at the same time. If you trust unconditionally in the giving, you are not attached to how the gift is received. When you freely give, you fill your cup with sweet waters, which you can then offern innocently and purely to another. Know, on one level, that your gift is poured out universally regardless of how it appears to be received. However, when the gift comes from the ego, it is limited by expectations and conditions. Love just is. It is neither given nor taken; rather it is simply discovered and allowed.

The universe is an inseparable whole. Red Dragon represents the energy matrix lines that look like a web in the universe, through which all points are connected in time and space. This energetic web of communication is known as the ‘crystal grid network.’ It is a cauldron of creation, a potent field in which all things are not only possible but constantly being created. Within this grid, the linear causality of time and space has been freed into an open system in which all time and all space exist and interact simultaneously. This grid connects the larger holograms of reality with our own. Its energy lines connect all places, times and events – even those that are seemingly unrelated. All phenomena and all actions are part of this larger whole; it is the very foundation for telepathy and synchronicity. Red Dragon embodies unity, in which all things are one with the Source.

 Your Tone is Tone 8 – Galactic

Empowerment, galactic grid, path of the one heart.

Eight is the ray of harmonic resonance, the foundation of self combined with the current of the trinity. It is love made visible. Create the flow of harmony in your life. Enter the spiral frequencies of the greater galactic grid. You are being offered empowerment through your innate resonance with this grid. Be aware of where you are drawn, for there you will find unique opportunities. Discover the harmony of being in this natural resonance with others. Be receptive. You are the diviner of harmony, the meeting ground of physical reality and the infinite.

Bring a deeper harmony to the practical circumstances in which you find yourself. Free the ego from its self-centeredness. Embrace the potent energies that are raising the harmonic frequencies of the planet. Breathe easily; you are the song being sun by the new golden octave. Sound the resonant tone of the one heart!

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These excerpts were taken from the amazing book, “The Mayan Oracle – Return Path to the Stars” by Ariel Spilsbury & Michael Bryner

 

Masonic Cipher

A geometric simple substitution cipher, which exchanges letters for symbols which are fragments of a grid. The example key shows one way the letters can be assigned to the grid. ( From Wikipedia)

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Example:

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Look at the stars,
Look how they shine for you,
And everything you do,
Yeah, they were all yellow.

I came along,
I wrote a song for you,
And all the things you do,
And it was called “Yellow”.

So then I took my turn,
Oh what a thing to have done,
And it was all yellow.

Your skin,
Oh yeah your skin and bones,
Turn into something beautiful,
Do you know,
You know I love you so,
You know I love you so.

Ang Mga Aral ni Haring Saturno

“Alam kong wala kang kasalanan. Huwag mo pagtakpan ang brod mo. Nakisama ka lamang. Nagpauto ka lang.” ang sigaw ni Senador sa  senate inquiry na napanood ko sa telebisyon.  Tungkol ito sa panunuhol sa dalawang Assistant Commisioners ng Immigration.

May halong awa at paninikip ng dibdib ang aking nararamdaman habang pinapanood ang ginagawang pagtatanong sa opisyal sapagkat matagal ko rin naman siyang kakilala at kasama sa paglalakbay patungong silangan para marating at makita ang liwanag. Isa siyang mabuting tao, mapagmahal sa pamilya, sa mga kaibigan, at maipagmamalaki ng samahan dahil sa angking talino at pinag-aralan. Mahigit na limang taon na rin ang nakaraan ng matanaw niya ang liwanag.

Dangan nga lamang at hindi ko siya nakikita nitong mga nagdaang mga buwan , marahil  abala sa trabaho sa bagong posisyon sa gobyerno , pero sa aking palagay  kung may pagkakataon ay bigla na lamang susulpot at makikipag kumustahan sa mga kapatid.

Pagkaraan ng ilang buwan ay nagulat na lamang kami dahil nasasangkot sa anila ay pangingikil o corruption.  “Bakit ganon ang nangyari? Bakit hindi nagtuloy-tuloy ang kanyang swerte? Bakit biglang nagbago ang nakalaang magandang hinaharap na buhay?  Anong kapalaran ang nakatadhana sa promising young man na bago pa lamang nagkakaroon ng magandang kinabukasan.  Napaka misteryoso ang mundo  na ito.  Hindi malaman ang tamang daan na tatahakin.

Planet Saturn Aspect

Bigla kong naisip na baka may epekto ang mga bituin at planeta sa taon ng kanyang kapanganakan  kaya mayroong pinagdadaanan ang buhay niya sa kasalukuyan – lalo na ang epekto ng paglalakbay ng planetang Saturn na apektado ang oras, araw, buwan at taon ng isang tao . Matindi ang galaw ni Haring Saturno o Kronos – mabigat ang mga disiplina na pinapagawa sa buhay para matutuhan ang mga aral nito lalo na kapag ito na nakatumbok o nakatapat sa posisyon ng  Araw.

Ayon sa Astrolohiya, hindi madali ang aspeto ng Saturn sa buhay ng tao. Siya ang nagtuturo ng seryosong pagtratrabaho, disiplina at responsibilidad.  Saturn ang nagkokontrol ng oras, ng mga limitasyon kung paano natin magagawa ng tama ang mga gawain. Tinuturuan nya ang tamang daan ng isang tao ayon sa kabutihan at ikakabuti ng kanyang kaluluwa. Parang isang ama, dinidisplina niya ang kanyang mga anak ng tamang kaisipan sa matuwid at tamang kautusan. Walang nakakaligtas sa mga turo ni Haring Saturno. Lahat tayo ay dadaan sa disiplina kapag dumating ang panahon na nakatapat ito sa araw ng kapanganakan na tumatagal ng 2 hanggang 3 taon.  Nagkaka iba nga lamang ang mga aral na ituturo sa mga nilalang sa mga panahon na ito.  Umiikot ang planetang ito sa loob ng 29-30 taon sa araw. Mararanasan ito ng bawat nilalang ng dalawa o tatlong beses kung mahaba ang buhay.

Transit Saturn Opposition natal Sun in Taurus

Tama ang hinala ko. Matapos kong malaman ang date of birth, nakonpirma ko na ipinganak sya sa buwan ng Taurus, first week of May. Ang aral na gustong ipaabot ni Saturn ay ngayon nararamdaman at natutupad. Sa panahon ng opposition, ayon sa mga Astrologers, makakaramdam ng depression ang isang nilalang sapagkat ito ang pinakamababang emosyon ng isang tao, pakiramdam na walang direksyon, ang paghihirap sa mga material na bagay, pakiramdam na napakabigat ang mabuhay, pakikipag-away, hiwalayan ng mag-asawa, pagiging laging may sakit  na kung minsan ay tuluyan ng humihiwalay para maging espirito. Sa mga pagkakataon  na ito,  ay maitatanong mo sa iyong sarili kung bakit nangyayari ito, lahat ng gawin ay mali at may mga balakid. Malalaman mo rin sa mga panahon na ito

Ang dapat gawin ay maging matatag lamang at umasa na may darating na magandang yugto ang buhay. Huwag kontrahin ang aral na ipinahihiwatig bagkus ay maging positibo ang pagsalarawan sa kinabukasan. Maging totoo at sundan lamang ng tapat ang nasa puso, sapagkat walang makakatulong kung di ang sarili lamang.  Tumawag sa Diyos at taimtim na hanapin ang tamang kasagutan sa problemang hinaharap.  At kapag nagawa ito ay siguradong hindi magkakamali o mapapahamak at darating ang nakalaang magandang bukas.

Sa aking analysis, malalagpasan niya ang crisis sa buhay na nangyayari  sa kasalukuyan.

My Personal Experience

Naranasan ko rin ang aral ni Haring Saturno. Taong 2001 noong ang planetang Saturn  ay nagkaroon ng epekto sa aking buhay. Ibang klaseng aral nga lamang, apektado ang 7th house of my birth chart o tungkol sa relationship ng marriage. Mabigat ang naging aral na marami ang nawala sa aking buhay – na katulad sa  Book of Job  ng Bibliya ay patuloy na pinagdadaanan.

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(Isa sa mga bahay namin bago dumating ang mga pagsubok  ng tadhana)

Marami akong mga librong binasa at pinag-aralan para magkaroon ng kasagutan ang aking mga katanungan. Ginugol ko ang sarili sa pagbabasa ng mga libro ng positive mind books, astrology books, pumasok sa masonerya para maintindihan ang mga libro at sekreto nito, nagbasa din ng mga articles and write-ups ng mga like-mind writers, atbp..

Book of Job

Ang Aklat ni Job ay kasaysayan ng isang mabuting tao na dumanas ng katakut-takot na hirap. Namatay lahat ang kanyang anak, naubos ang kanyang kayamanan at nagkaroon pa siya ng nakakadiring sakit sa balat. Ipinaliwanag ng mga kaibigan ni Job ang kanyang paghihirap ayon sa kanilang kinagisnang paniniwala na ang laging ginagantimpalaan ng Diyos ay ang mabuti at pinaparusahan ang masama.

Dahil dito, lumilitaw na si Job ay nagkasala. Ngunit para kay Job, hindi siya dapat patawan ng gayong kabigat na parusa sapagkat buo ang paniniwala niya na siya ay matuwid. Hindi niya maunawaan kung bakit pahihintulutan ng Diyos na mangyari sa isang tulad niya ang gayong mga paghihirap. Kaya’t buong tapang niyang hinamon ang Diyos. Hindi nanghina ang pananampalataya ni Job. Gayunman, hangad niyang siya’y ituring na walang sala sa harap ng Diyos at mabawi ang kanyang karangalan bilang isang taong matuwid.

Hindi sinagot ng Diyos ang mga tanong ni Job, subalit tinugon niya ang pananampalataya nito sa pamamagitan ng isang matulaing paglalarawan ng kanyang kapangyarihan at karunungan.

Hinamon ng Diyos si Job ng kapamahalaan at kapangyarihan kung ihahambing sa Kanyang sarili. Tinanong ng Diyos ang mga sumusunod na serye ng mga katanungan upang ipakita ang kahinaan ni Job. Isa ito sa mga sagot,

Job 38:31-32

Canst thou bind the sweet influences of Pleiades, or loose the bands of Orion? Canst thou bring forth Mazzaroth in his season? Or canst thou guide Arcturus with his sons?

Sa ganoon, buong kababaang-loob na kinilala ni Job na ang Diyos ay marunong at dakila. Kaya’t pinagsisihan naman niya ang mabibigat na salitang nasabi niya.

Nakasaad sa bandang huli ay kung paano ibinalik si Job sa dati niyang kalagayan. Higit pa ang naging kayamanan niya kaysa dati. Pinagsabihan ng Diyos ang mga kaibigan ni Job sa kakulangan ng kanilang pagkaunawa sa pagdurusa ni Job. Tanging si Job lamang ang nakadama at nakaunawa na higit ang Diyos kaysa anumang uri ng paglalarawan sa kanya ng kinaugaliang relihiyon

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Sa aking pag-iisa at sa aking pag-aaral ng mga impluwensya ng mga bituin at planeta, nakita ko kung bakit ako nabuhay sa mundo na ito,  ano ang ambisyon ko, saan ako pupunta, ano ang dapat gawin  para  matupad ang tamang daan sa hinahanap kong liwanag para maging ka isa ng Dios.

Luneta Park, a Knights Templar Cross or Rosy Cross

Nakikita  mo ba ang nakikita ko sa Luneta Park gamit ang google map.
Isang Knights Templar Cross or Rosy Cross! The largest cosmic cross in the whole world.

See google map.

https://www.google.com.ph/maps/@14.5837007,120.9804643,1586m/data=!3m1!1e3?hl=en

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Knights Templars Cross or Rosy Cross Layout of Luneta Park. aligned to Star Sirius Rising every  July  4th , the Independence Day  (old) projecting General Luna St. (Every year the Sun aligns  with the fixed star Sirius  at 14 degrees Cancer).

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Wikimapia Map:

http://wikimapia.org/#lang=en&lat=14.584269&lon=120.981445&z=17&m=b&search=luneta%20park

Maraming simbolismo ng masonerya ang ginawa at iniwan ng mga naunang mga kapatid
na Amerikanong Mason sa Pilipinas ang hindi ipinaliwanag at sinabi kung nasaan o kung ano ang mga ito. Madalas ay simbolo na nasa mga parks at streets lamang.

Dahil binalak ng mga Amerikano na gawing estado ng bansang Amerika ang Pilipinas, dinisenyo nila na ang mga importanteng sentro ng lungsod ayon sa tamang coordinates or symbols “as above so below” principle katulad sa Washington DC sa Amerika.

Isa sa mga arkitekto at town planners na nagdesign ng mga lungsod ng Maynila, Quezon City at Baguio City ay si Daniel Burnham, isang arkitektong Amerikano na nagplano ng Bagumbayan Field ( Luneta Park) nooong 1912.  Siya rin ang gumawa ng master plan ng mga city of Chicago, Downtown Washington DC, Masonic Temple Building sa Chicago, at marami pang mga lugal sa Pilipinas at Amerika.

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Masonic Coffin Layout and Clock Tower Obelisk of Manila City Hall aligned the left side of the cross while on the right is the Paco Cemetery , both of which symbolize  death and resurrection mystery ritual.

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Agrifina Circle during 1970 with the skating rink and a globe with water feature , a good representation of the ‘all seeing eye’. The two symmetrical buildings on the left and right are the arms of the cross.

 

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Today, Agrifina Circle now named Teodoro Valencia Circle with Lapu-Lapu statue at the center

https://www.google.com.ph/maps/@14.5846298,120.9812286,3a,75y,90h,90t/data=!3m7!1e1!3m5!1sIKkn6UtYJ2p196EGDjlvQw!2e0!6s%2F%2Fgeo3.ggpht.com%2Fcbk%3Fpanoid%3DIKkn6UtYJ2p196EGDjlvQw%26output%3Dthumbnail%26cb_client%3Dmaps_sv.tactile.gps%26thumb%3D2%26w%3D203%26h%3D100%26yaw%3D328.92694%26pitch%3D0!7i13312!8i6656?hl=en

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Why Lapu-Lapu, the warrior ??..This is wrong symbol of GAOTU  at the center of the cross..this will attract  war and disharmony. The best representation is the mound be planted with red roses, the symbol of the immortality of the soul, the renewal of life, the goodness of God that will grace the high level of enlightenment to the country and the Filipino people.

From the 18th Degree Knight of Rose Croix of the moral and dogma by Albert Pike;

“The Degree of Rose Cross teaches three things;—the unity, immutability and goodness of God; the immortality of the Soul; and the ultimate defeat and extinction of evil and wrong and sorrow, by a Redeemer or Messiah, yet to come, if he has not already appeared.

The ROSE, was anciently sacred to Aurora and the Sun. It is a symbol of Dawn, of the resurrection of Light and the renewal of life, and therefore of the dawn of the first day, and more particularly of the resurrection: and the Cross and Rose together are therefore hieroglyphical to be read, the Dawn of Eternal Life which all Nations have hoped for by the advent of a Redeemer.”

From Rosicrucian;

Master Rosicrucian  Max Heindel had written, “the blood-red rose shows the passion filled blood of the human race, and the goal to bring the pure and holy state to which man will attain when he has cleansed and purified his blood from desire, when he has become chaste, pure and Christ-like.

Thus we see that in time the present passionate mode of generation will be again superceded by a pure and more efficient method than the present, and that also is symbolized in the Rose Cross where the rose is placed in the center between the four arms. The long limb represents the body, the two horizontals, the two arms and the short upper limb, the head. The the rose is in place of the larynx.

The rose, like any other flower, is the generative organ of the plant. Its green stem carries the colorless, passionless plant-blood. The blood-red rose shows the passion filled blood of the human race, but in the rose the vital fluid is not sensuous, it is chaste and pure. Thus it is an excellent symbol of the generative organ in the pure and holy state to which man will attain when he has cleansed and purified his blood from desire, when he has become chaste, pure and Christ-like.

Therefore the Rosicrucians look ardently forward to the day when the roses shall bloom upon the cross of humanity, therefore the Elder Brothers greet the aspiring soul with the words of the Rosicrucian Greeting: “May the Roses bloom upon your Cross,” and therefore the greeting is given in the meetings of the Fellowship Centers by the leader to the assembled students, probationers and disciples who respond to the greeting by saying “And on yours, also.”  (The Rosicrucian Cosmo-conception; Or, Mystic Christianity) .

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Why Luneta Park is a  harmonious place for religious and important events.

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Standing from Quirino Grand Stand, you are facing a mystical cross with the Light coming from the All Seeing Eye  shining from the south east portion  aligning General Luna Street where several religious structures like the United Methodist Church, Latter Days Saints, Praise of God Church, Paco Cemetery ( Church),  the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of the Philippines, Little India,  Paco Church are located.

Marami nang gumamit ng Quirino Grandstand facing the cross na nagbigay ng matagumpay na hangarin.. Pope Francis, Pres-elect Digong Duterte the latest  during the campaign rally, and many others..

 

The Cross

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“Cross-shaped object is ancient symbol to represent the four physical elements. Here each arm is colored to represent one element: yellow, blue, black and red to represent air, water, earth and fire. These colors are also repeated on the bottom portion of the cross. The white on the upper portion of bottom arm represents spirit, the fifth element.

The cross can also represent dualism, two forces going in conflicting directions yet uniting at a central point. The union of rose and cross is also a generative symbol, the union of male of female.

Finally, the cross’s proportions are made up of six squares: one for each arm, an extra one for the lower arm, and the center. A cross of six squares can be folded into a cube.

The Rose

The rose has three tiers of petals. The first tier, of three petals, represents the three basic alchemical elements: salt, mercury and sulfur. The tier of seven petals represents the seven Classical planets (The Sun and Moon are considered planets here, with the term “planets” indicating the seven bodies that appear to circle the earth independently of the star field, which moves as a single unit). The tier of twelve represent the astrological zodiac. Each of the twenty-two petals bears one of the twenty-two letters in the Hebrew alphabet and also represents the twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life.

The rose itself has a myriad assortment of additional meanings associated with it:

It is at once a symbol of purity and a symbol of passion, heavenly perfection and earthly passion; virginity and fertility; death and life. The rose is the flower of the goddess Venus but also the blood of Adonis and of Christ. It is a symbol of transmutation – that of taking food from the earth and transmuting it into the beautiful fragrant rose. The rose garden is a symbol of Paradise. It is the place of the mystic marriage. In ancient Rome, roses were grown in the funerary gardens to symbolize resurrection. The thorns have represented suffering and sacrifice as well as the sins of the Fall from Paradise. (“A Brief Study of The Rose Cross Symbol,” no longer online)

Inside the large rose is a smaller cross bearing a another rose. This second rose is depicted with five petals. Five is the number of the physical senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell, and it is also the number of man’s extremities: two arms, two legs, and the head. Thus, the rose represents humanity and physical existence.”

From Societas  Rosicruciana

http://www.sricf-ca.org/paper3.htm

The Symbolism of the Rose-Cross

The basic rose cross symbol is that of a rose appended to the junction of the two lines of the cross – the center point. But the traditional Rosicrucian symbol is a cross of 6 squares whereon is a red rose of five petals. The cross is of 6 squares for a number of reasons. It relates the cross to the number six which is the number of the Tree of rife Sphere to which it corresponds, (See the Tree of Life diagram in the appendix) that is, the Sphere of Tiphareth (Beauty) also known as the Sphere of the Sun. The cross of six squares is also the unfolded cube of six faces. The perfect cube has been used to represent the Holy of Holies since Old Testament times. We know the tabernacle was 10 cubits in length, breadth, and height. The Sanctum Sanctorum of Solomon’s Temple likewise was cubically shaped using the measure of 20 cubits. In Revelation (21:17-18) the New Jerusalem is likened to a perfect cube of pure gold. Gold is related to the cube, cross, and Sun sphere for a number of reasons. Gold is the metal associated with the sun. But also Qabalistically, the cube unfolds to a cross of six; this means that the units around the cross (the perimeter) add up to 14. The Hebrew word zahab means gold and the letters of the word add up to 14 (Zain + Heh + Beth or 7 + 5 + 2 = 14). In addition, all these symbols that correspond to six correspond geometrically to the hexagram.

The rose is, as mentioned before, related to the number 5 and the pentagram. It is the flower of Venus, the Goddess of Love. Also as mentioned before, it is a sign of secrecy (Cupid, Venus’s son, is sometimes represented holding his finger to his lips as was the Egyptian Harpocrates.) Being the number five, it also is related to the hypotenuse of the 3-4-5 right triangle.

One of the earliest depictions of the rose and cross is in the manuscript titled the Secret Symbols of the Rosicrucians (Geheime Figures der Rosenkreuzer aus dem l6en und 17th Jahrhundert), published in 1785. (Again, see appendix) Around the upper part of the cross is written: “This is the Golden and Rosy Cross, made of pure gold, which every Brother wears on his Breast.” The Rose-Cross Lamen of the Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn may be derived from this figure as they have very many common elements as will be seen upon comparison. I have included the Golden Dawn Rose-Cross lamen in the appendix in both black and white and in color (the approximate correct colors). Also given is a front view and the back view. Let us examine the Rose-Cross lamen in some detail.

The lamen is a cross with each arm representing one of the four elements: Fire – red, Water – blue, Air – yellow, and Earth – citrine, olive, black and russet. Each arm is depicted with an upright pentagram crowned with Spirit representing that he who wears this is Master of the Four Worlds. This is confirmed by the glyph of the hexagram surrounded by the planetary symbols with the sign of the sun at the center.

The ending of each arm of the cross is triple with each segment assigned to one of the three alchemical principles: sulphur, salt, and mercury. The three segments upon the four arms allude also to the 12 signs of the zodiac. At the center of the cross is the rose of 22 petals. The rose is divided into 3 petals at the center, 7 petals in the second circle, and 12 in the outer circle. They are depicted in the appropriate Hebrew letters and colors as such: the three so-called Mother Letters in the primary colors (yellow, blue, and red), the 7 double letters in the secondary colors, and the 12 single letters in the chromatic color scale. Of course they also represent the 3 elements (the fourth being an admixture), the 7 planets of the ancients, and the 12 zodiac signs. In the midst of this rose is another rose-cross. Behind this Rose-Cross lamen are rays of white light with the signs of L.V.X. and I.N.R.I. written thereon.

In order to strengthen the connection of this symbol with our Society’s aims and teachings it might helpful to go over some of the correspondences and qabalistic allusions. First let us consider that in the Rose-Cross we are looking into the Mysteries of the Pentagram and the Hexagram. The Pentagram is a symbol that relates the 4 Ancients or Elements in a proper perspective to the Spirit. The elements are depicted by the symbol of the fixed signs of the Zodiac which relate to each one. That is the following:

    Fire          Water             Air            Earth
    Leo           Scorpio           Aquarius       Taurus
    Lion          Eagle             Man            Bull
    5th Sign      8th Sign          11th Sign      2nd Sign
    Yod (10)      Heh (5)           Vav (6)        Heh (5)
    Atziluth      Briah             Yetzirah       Assiah

(As an aside: Each side of the Vault is 8 x 5 or 8+5+8+5 = 26 which equals the Unpronounceable Name of God = Yod-Heh-Vav-Heh = 26) The hexagram represents all the cosmic forces because it not only depicts the planets but also the zodiac. But we must also consider that the planets depicted are also symbols of more esoteric doctrines. Some of the correspondences are as follows:

    Planet    Metal    Angel         Chakra         Location
    Mercury   mercury  Raphael       Sahssrara      Pineal gland
    Moon      silver   Gabriel       Ajna           Pituitary body
    Venus     copper   Anael         Vishuddha      Pharyngeal
    Sun       gold     Michael       Anahata        cardiac plexus
    Jupiter   tin      Tzadkiel      manipura       solar plexus
    Mars      iron     Kamael        Svadhisthansa  prostatic
    Saturn    lead     Tsaphkiel     muladhara      sacral plexus

At the end of the arms of the cross we have the alchemical symbols which mean much more than their mundane meanings. Their associations are as follows:

     Mercury            Sulphur            Salt
     Superconscious     Self-conscious     Subconscious
     Kether             Chokmah            Binah
     Sattvaguna         Rasguna            Tamasguna

It should be apparent that great care was taken in the design of this symbol. And it should be clear how this lamen synthesizes the entire First Order teachings as well as embodies that of the whole Rosicrucian Fraternity as well. It contains the Kabalah, numerology, the elements, the pentagram taught in the Zelator degree, the four worlds , the Hebrew Divine Name, the color symbolism found in the Theoricus grade, the alchemy taught in the Practicus grade, and alludes to the esoteric connections of the world religions, ancient philosophies and the deep mysteries of I.N.R.I.

 

 

 

Invocation of the Sacred Phoenix in the Book of the Dead, Chapter 83

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The Invocation of the Sacred Phoenix (Bennu/Benu Bird) in the Book of the Dead, Chapter 83 (LXXXIII):
I flew up and out of the Primeval Waters,
and I came into being like the God Khepra (the Divine Scarab),
I grew like the Plants,
I am concealed like the Turtle, 
I am the essence of the Gods,
I am Yesterday of the Four Quarters of the World
and the Seven Urea who came into being in the West,
Whom Horus has illuminated by his hand 
and witnesses against Seth,
where Thoth dwelled in the middle for judgement,
as judge on behalf of Sekhem and the spirits of Annu (Heliopolis),
he was like a stream between them,
I have come,
I rise up on my Throne,
I become the Shining One, 
I am Mighty,
I become holy among the Gods,
I am the God Khonsu (the Moon) who drives back all that is opposed to him.