Tarot - Arcanum No. 19

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Tarot, Arcanum No. 19, Egyptian Tarot, Inspiration

This Arcanum No. 19 is the Arcanum of the Alliance. It represents the "Creating Fire", the Philosophical Stone. In order to realize the labor of the Great work, we have to work with the Philosophical Stone. The ancients worshipped the Sun under the symbolic form of a Black Stone. This is the Heliogabalus Stone! This is the Stone that we must put in the foundation of the Temple! This Stone is the Sex, which is represented by the Philosophical Stone, the Heliogabalus Stone.

Without this Stone the Elixir of Longevity cannot be obtained. The two columns of the Temple, Jakin and Boaz, are the Man and the Woman, their Alliance in order to work with the Philosophical Stone. One who finds the Philosophical Stone becomes a God. Those that build upon the living Stone will incarnate the Verb. Those that build upon the sand, will fail and their buildings will crumble into the Abyss. The Sand is the Theories, the Dead Religions, etc., etc.

The Arcanum 19 is the Arcanum of the "Work of the Sun". The Man and the Woman are holding hands and the Sun is shining upon them, this indicates to us that this Arcanum is related to the Mystery of the Fire. The Sexual aspect of this Arcanum is to be found in the kabbalistic addition: 1 + 9 = 10; this is a profoundly sexual number, here we have the Circle and the Line, the mysteries of the Lingam-Yoni; only by means of Sexual Transmutation is it possible to attain Self-Realization; this is the sacred alliance between Man and Woman in order to perform the Magnus Opus.

This is the Arcanum of the Alliance or of Victory. We spoke in previous lessons about the Salt of Alchemy which is the Physical Body, the Mercury which is the Ens Seminis within which the Ens Virtutis is enclosed and the Sulphur which is the Fire, the Fohat, the Kundalini; the Mercury must be transformed into Sulphur, which is the Serpentine Fire that results from Transmutation, these three elements are the passive instruments of the Magnus Opus.

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 Opus; yet they become positive by working in the Magnus Opus, this is the Magical Principle or Interior Magnes.

It is obvious that the Arcanum No. 19 establishes a Great Alliance between man and woman, an Alliance in order to realize 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 wear the wedding garment; this one was bound and the Lord ordered to cast him “into the darkness, where only weeping and gnashing of teeth are heard” (Matthew 22: 1-14).

This famous garment is the Egyptian Sahu or the Greek “To Soma Heliakon” or the Body of Gold of the Solar Man; this is the Wedding Garment in order to attend the Banquet of the Pascal Lamb. So, it is necessary to understand that in order to have the Body of Gold of the Solar Man, the Great Alliance is needed, 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.

  1. Divine Spirit – Atman
  2. Human Soul – Manas
  3. Spiritual Soul – Buddhi

The two Souls must be fused: the Masculine Human Soul with the Feminine Spiritual Soul (or Masculine Spiritual Soul with the Feminine Human Soul). This is not achieved without having eliminated the "I", and having eliminated the Body of Desires. The two Souls must be one.

In the Kabbalah of prediction the Arcanum 19 promises total Victory, be it through one's own efforts or with the help of other people. The Arcanum 19 is the Arcanum of Victory, or the Arcanum of Success. This Victory is related with all the aspects of life, economy, social, political, moral, etc.

The kabalistical synthesis of the Arcanum 19 is 1 + 9 = 10, the number 10 is a profoundly sexual number, here we have the circle and the line, the Mysteries of the Lingam-Yoni. It is only possible to attain Self-Realization by means of the Transmutation of the Sexual Energy.

A Great Alliance is established between two Souls within the Arcanum 19. Man and Woman must kill Desire in order to achieve the Great Alliance, in order to perform the Great Work.

  • Hebrew Letter: „Coph”
  • Transcendental Axiom: „Take the shield of your Faith and advance with decisive step, be it with a favorable wind or against all winds.”
  • Timetable: Tenth Hour of Apollonius: "The doors of heaven open and man comes out of his lethargy" (this is the number ten of the Second Great Initiation of Major Mysteries that allows the initiate to travel in the Ethereal Body or in the State of Jinn. This is the wisdom of John the Baptist: The Decapitation)”.
  • Forecasting Element: "It promises the increase of power, success in efforts. Joy in the acts that are performed. Benefits from concepts of personal efforts and efforts of the others. Inheritances. Clarity in that which is desired, fire that consumes the desired".


  • The Philosophical Stone is the Semen.
  • One who 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.

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

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