Tarot - Arcanum No. 2
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The Arcanum No.2 is „the Priestess”, the Occult Science. The ineffable words of the Goddess Neith have been sculpted on the resplendent walls of the Temple of Wisdom with letters of gold: "I am she that has been, is, and will be, and no mortal has lifted my veil."
In occultism it is said that No. 2 is the Dual manifestation of the Unity. When the Unity unfolds, it gives birth to the Receptive and Productive Femininity in all of Nature. It is obvious that the No. 2 is within the human organism and the No. 1 is related to it. Willpower is related to the No. 1, and Imagination to the No. 2. The Universal Principle of Life unfolds into the Eternal Feminine Universal Principle, which is the Great Pralaya of the Universe, of the Cosmos, the fertile bosom where everything is born and where everything returns.
The Hebrew letter Beth expresses the dualism of the two columns of the Temple. The White, right column, Jachin, represents the Man, the Masculine Principle, and the Black, left column, Boaz, represents the Woman, the Feminine Principle.
In the human being, the Cosmic Mother assumes the form of the Serpent. There are two serpents: the Tempting Serpent of Eden, which is the Goddess Kali, the abominable Kundabuffer Organ; and there is the Bronze Serpent that cured the Israelites in the desert, the Kundalini Serpent. These are the two Feminine Principles of the Universe, the Virgin and the Prostitute, the Divine Mother or White Moon and the Black Moon referring to Astaroth, (Kali, the tenebrous aspect).
The No. 2 is vital; in the Temples of the Mysteries, Two Altars were never absent. One cannot pass into the Temple without passing through the Two Columns where Two Guardians are always present. What would the Great Life be like if the No. 2 did not exist? The Matripadma receives the Fohat, the Masculine ray, the Holy Spirit, spouse of the Divine Mother, who becomes fecundated and the Universe appears.
What would be of life without the other principle? Before the dawn of the Mahamanvantara, the Cosmic Day, nothing existed; the Gods were living within That which has no name, no form, no sound, no silence, nor ears in order to perceive it.
Arcanum No. 2 is the Thesis which presents the Antithesis. By means of this Arcanum, the Matrix where all the images take form is made, is modeled. It is the Fountain which accumulates the Waters from the Water-source.
It is the Dual manifestation of the Unity. By unfolding itself, the Unity gives origin to the Receptive and Productive Femininity in all of the Nature.
Excerpts from the book “Tarot and Kabbalah” by Samael Aun Weor.
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