A) Mystical rivers like Jordan. They refer to the blood stream. Jordan shares its numerical value (264) with dam car, the blood of the lamb, which is the blood of Christ.
B) Allegories of intoxication and/or wine. These refer to the modification of the blood. The most obvious example is Jesus’ first miracle – transforming water (ordinary blood) into wine (spiritually enhanced blood).
What is needed to produce alcohol? Leaven. Now read Matthew 13.33: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour, until all of it was leavened.”
The Hebrew for wine means ‘blood of the grape’.
Now, read Matthew 20.1: “For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire workers for his vineyard. The first thing Noah did after the deluge was getting drunk in his vineyard.
Fermentation is the tenth stage of the Great Work, related to Capricorn and the Renewing Intelligence.
Though the Fountain of Youth can reverse aging and prolong our bodies life, it is not the culmination of the Great Work. That is the spiritual body and though the physical body is its seed, the physical body cannot be evolved to it. Jacob Boehme: “The old Adamical flesh of death cometh not to the heavenly flesh: No, it belongeth to the earth, to death; but the eternal flesh is hidden in the old earthly man, and it is in the old man, as the fire in iron, or as the gold in the dark stone. This is the noble stone, (Lapis Philosophorium), the Philosopher’s Stone, which the Magi find, which tinctureth nature, and generateth a new son in the old. He who findeth that, esteemeth more highly of it than of his outward world…
He who hath it, and knoweth it, if he seeketh, he may find all things whatsoever are in heaven and in earth. It is the Stone which is rejected of the builders, and is the chief corner stone; upon whatsoever it falleth, it grindeth to powder, and kindleth a fire therein. All universities seek it, but find it not by their seeking; sometimes it is found by one that seeketh it rightly. But others (that seek it in self, and for their own gain), despise it and cast it away, and so it remaineth hidden still…
In this Stone there lieth hidden, whatsoever God and the eternity, also heaven, the stars, and elements contain, and are able to do: There never was from eternity anything better or more precious than this, and it is offered by God, and bestowed upon man; every one may have it that doth desire it; it is in a simple form, and hath the power of the whole Deity in it.”
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Why a crash course in a subject that could fill libraries? It’s true, one could talk about spirituality forever, but one could also sum it up in one word: Love.
We can also describe it by refusing to do so – Lao-tze did that.
These days, many religious minds hear the spiritual call. Maybe it’s our fast changing society. Maybe it’s the dawn of the Aquarian Age. Maybe because religion is too old school. Hence the need for a crash course. The spiritual landscape is fragmented, obscure, sometimes weird. Modern people need something concise. Hence, the need for a modern course.
Most spiritual scriptures are ancient. At that time, people thought differently, felt differently, and they used language differently. It’s high time for some modernization. Hence, a modern crash course.
Geburah is the most dynamic and forceful of all the Sephiroth, but it is also the most highly disciplined. Indeed, the military discipline, presided over by the god of war, is a synonym for the sternest kind of control that can be imposed upon human beings. The discipline of Geburah must exactly equate with its energy; in other words, the brakes of a car must bear a relationship to its horsepower if it is to be safe on the road. It is this tremendous Geburah discipline which is one of the testing points of the Mysteries. We speak of an iron discipline, and iron is the metal of Mars.
The initiate of Geburah is a very dynamic and forceful person, but he is also a very controlled person. His characteristic virtues are an even temper and patience under provocation. It is well known on the sports field, which is the play aspect of the god of war, that a loss of temper gives the game away. Every boxer knows that if he gets angry and starts fighting instead of boxing, the odds are against him. The initiate of Mars is essentially the Happy Warrior, the initiate who has passed through the grade of Tiphareth and gained equilibrium.
He fights without malice; he spares the weak and wounded; he does not set out to destroy the law but to see to it that it is properly fulfilled. He is the corrector of the balance, and as such he is always the defender of the weak and oppressed. He is never a god that is found on the side of the large armies, although he says, “With the froward I will show myself froward.” He takes that two-headed giant of the Qliphoth, Thaumiel, the Dual Contending Forces, knocks his heads together and says, “A plague on both your houses! Keep God’s peace or it will be the worse for you.”
When a soul is at that stage of development when the only way it can learn is by experience, Geburah sees that it shall not be disappointed when it goes about looking for trouble. Geburah is the Great Initiator of the swollen-headed.
– Dion Fortune, The Mystical Qabalah, page 186
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You need something sacred in your life, something that can’t be defiled, something you can return to in difficult times, something that gives you solace and inspiration.
It could be a place, but better if it is inside you. It could be an idea or belief, but better if you choose a part of yourself. Choose your heart or soul, that which wasn’t born and won’t die, which isn’t affected by experiences. Choose your beautiful part, that which is always happy, that which loves everything.
Treasure your inner sanctuary!
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