Τρίτη, 21 Οκτωβρίου 2014

The Egyptian Arch-Gnosis by Jan van Rijckenborgh & Johfra Bosschart paintings


"While living, he made himself into a grave."

From this grave of nature the Son arises, clothed with the Golden Wedding Garment of the new soul. He is the new Mercury, the thrice great Hermes. His head is adorned with the wondrous golden flower of the new thinking faculty; in his hands are the fiery serpents of the renewed spinal fluid in its positive and negative aspects.

The five points of contact of the new soul with the transfigured personality radiate like roses. He has found his Pymander. So he arises, one with the Gnosis, from glory to glory, leaving behind the dead bones of the many failed attempts in the desert of the dialectical past.


The illustration depicts the mother of the world, or Arch-Mother, who sits within the framework of a five-pointed star in the midst of the constellations. She is receiving the fire of the Father, the Sevenfold Spirit Fire.

Her head and heart, through their harmonious interaction, are irradiated by astral light so that a source of Living Water, the Eternal Stream, is generated in her womb.

Thus, out of the Mother and by the seed of the Father, the childship, the sonship, becomes a living reality. The Father's plan of creation is brought to reality by the power of the Mother.

In the beginning was the Word,
The Word was God,
And God was The Word.
The Light shines in the darkness.


Saturn is the ruler of matter and the cause of all processes of crystallization. As such he is the power of obstruction, deterioration and decline.

It is also Saturn's task to reveal everything the human being has created. That is why he is sometimes depicted as the man with the sickle and the hour-glass, as the hierophant of death. For he brings all the values of dialectical and satanic man, all the results of selfishness and the rampant lower life into the light of day, at a psychological moment. Saturn is Father Time, Chronos, who orders: 'Thus far and no further'.

But Saturn is also the one who initiates. Those who walk the path of life-renewal to live again in harmony with the great, universal law of life, will meet Saturn as the one who reveals everything that has become new: the imperishable values secured within the soul. Saturn, the envoy of death in transient nature then becomes the herald of the resurrected, immortal man.


The seven headed dragon with the ten horns is brooding on the earth. With its tail it wipes out a third part of the stars in the sky. Its bat-wings are set with eyes: it rules the earth.

The Woman of the Apocalypse is cloaked with the Sun, she is standing on the Moon and the serpent, and she has a garland of twelve stars around her head. She is the Brotherhood, fleeing to the desert with the child, the young Gnosis, the new link in the golden chain of Brotherhoods, to save it from the dragon. Then she offers the child up to the hands of the Father, to the crown, the all-seeing eye, which admits it behind the veils of the All.

The Arch-Father is standing to the right of the Woman. He is the divine creative impulse, who emits power; he keeps the zodiac, in the shape of a ring, in his hand. The serpent, with its tail in its mouth, coils itself twelve times around the ring. The Arch-Father points at the Arch-Mother: he pours his power into her. She receives it, and for that reason her hands resemble a receptacle. She is the one who offers resistance, she is Saturn, time, restriction; that is why she carries an hour-glass on her head. 
Their garments form a curtain, that is drawn back for the Sun, which is the central Christ-principle: 'No one comes to the Father but by me.' That is the reason why the child, too, is lifted up from the spheres of the Sun. In the All-Father we also find the symbol of yang and yin, the complete unity, the circle: the Sun sends its rays throughout the All.

The straight path for the gnostic pupil is the road through the middle arch, the human life-field, via the soul towards the Christ. Then there is also the contact with the All-Father: 'Whoever sees me, has seen the Father.' To merge fully with the All-Father signifies the end of all materiality.


http://www.lectoriumrosicrucianum.org/literatur/the-egyptian-arch-gnosis
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