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Tarot - Arcanum No. 15

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The Arcanum No. 15 of the Tarot represents the male goat of Mendes, Lucifer, Typhon Baphomet, the Devil. The Mystery of Baphomet is Sexual Alchemy and it is based on the comprehension and transmutation of the Creative Energies.The Baphomet of the Templars must be read backwards, Tem-o-h-p-ab, which is the symbol of the Latin words: TEMPLI OMNIUM HOMINUM PACIS ABBAS.

The meaning of these words is: “the Father of the Temple of Universal Peace for Men”. "The Alchemist must steal the Fire from the Devil." When we work with the Arcanum A.Z.F., we steal the Fire from the Devil and in this way we become Gods, thus the Star of Five Points shines. The horns end in six Points. The Sixth Arcanum is the Sex, indicating that in Sex is either liberation by means of chastity, or slavery of man by means of passion. The Arcanum No. 15 appears after the Thirteenth, which is the Death of the “I”, the Ego, the Myself, and after the Fourteenth, which is Temperance or Moderation, the Chastity that occurs after the death of the Ego. Arcanum No. 15 is then the Divine Androgyny that once again shines, it is the Whitewashed Brass.

If kabbalistically we decompose the numbers of the No. 15, we have 1 + 5 = 6, we already know that the number six is the Sex; this signifies that within Sex is a major force that can liberate the human being, but also a major force that can enslave the human being. One can reach the Final Liberation only by absolutely liberating oneself from Sex. Many schools assert that we must liberate ourselves from Sex; what is wrong with this is that they ignore that before this we need to create the Solar Bodies. It is like saying: "I want to saddle the horse before having it".

Firstly, the Solar Bodies must be created and afterwards Sex must be renounced. This is the right way of things, and the things of the right way. In the work, first is that which is Animal and afterwards that which is Spiritual. The Arcanum No. 15 represents "Passion", because this passion is based on the “modus operandi” of the Luciferic Fire, it constitutes the functionalism of such fire.

In synthesis, there are two great Fires: the Sacred Fire of Kundalini which ascends through the Spinal Column, and the Kundabuffer which descends, plunging downwards towards the Infernos. Kundalini is the Serpent of bronze which cured the Israelites, the Serpent which Moses rose upon the Staff.

The Kundabuffer Fire is the Tempting Serpent of Eden, which descends downwards to the Atomic Infernos of the human being. In Egyptian wisdom, the Tempting Serpent receives the name of "Apep"; in the Rituals of Ancient Egypt, Apep was represented in wax and with its head aiming downwards; thus they exorcised it and conjured it.The Initiate must fight frightfully against this Tempting Serpent of Sexual Passion, against this horrible Apep; the fight is to the death. The Negative Fire of Apep is the negative aspect of the Prakriti, that is Kali, who assumes the aspect of a horrible viper which is writhing in the mud (see the life of Krishna). If we want to defeat this viper in the Cosmos, we must defeat it within ourselves.

The living foundation of Animal Passion is within this Luciferic Fire of the Serpent Apep, the crystallization of this negative Luciferic Fohat (Fire) is personified in those Red Demons, in that Pluralized "I". The Red Demons of Seth exist in the Sexual Luciferic Fire. If we want to dissolve the "I" we have to begin by terminating Lust. If the water is taken away from the fish of the sea they will die. If the Luciferic Fire is taken away from our “I's”, these “I's” will die. We must put an end to the nourishment from which they live.

The Atomic Infernos of the human being are a reality. Wars are won in the battlefield, we must overcome the Red Demons.

The Arcanum No. 15 signifies the work with the Demon, which is performed by means of the Phallus-Osiris and the Uterus-Isis, which are in possession of Satan or Seth. The Phallus of the Gods is of Pure Gold. It is necessary to eradicate all of that which has a taste of Animal Passion.

Eden is Sex itself, and the Internal Beast, the Psychological "I" which blocks our way to Eden, is at the doorway of Sex so as to invite us to the Ejaculation the Seminal Fluid, or to divert us from that doorway by making us know schools, theories, sects etc.

  • Hebrew Letter: „Samech”
  • Transcendental Axiom: „They made me keeper of the vineyards, but my own vineyard I have not kept.”
  • Timetable: Sixth Hour of Apollonius: „Here it is necessary to remain quiet, still, due to fear” This signifies the terrible test of the Guardian of the Threshold, before whom one needs great valor in order to defeat him.
  • Forecasting Element: "It promises controversies, passions, fatalities. Prosperity by way of legality and fatality. Harmful affections for the one who feels them and for the one who is the affected by them. Vehement anxiety and violent situations".


  • Millions of Black Lodges exist in the world of Assiah.
  • The most dangerous Black Magicians in the Universe exist within the Mental World.
  • Every Occultist who recommends the seminal ejaculation is a Black Magician.
  • Every fornicator is a Black Magician. Every association of fornicators makes up a Black Lodge.
  • Our disciples must learn to Conjure the tenebrous in order to make them flee with fright. The Conjurations of the Four and Seven must be utilized.
  • The tenebrous must be conjured with the Sword.

Excerpts from the book “Tarot and Kabbalah” by Samael Aun Weor

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