The Flaming Forge of Vulcan
The Holy Eight
We have already stated in our book The Major Mysteries that humans left Eden through the door of sex and that only through the same door can the return to Eden be achieved. Eden is sex itself!
Max Heindel states that the sign of the infinite, the Holy Eight is found within the heart of the Earth. The great illuminated Master Hilarion IX also affirms this.
Let us explain.
The sign of the infinite is a key to powers. Symbolically, the brain, heart and sex of the planetary genie are placed in it.
Now, if we graphically embody the Holy Eight, then the two circles that form it would represent the sex and the brain respectively, and the center of the eight (where the two circles joint) would symbolize the heart.
The struggle that develops in the destiny of a human is terrible: this is brain against sex and sex against brain..! And what is even more frightening and painful is heart against heart! This is understood by those who have loved a lot...
The Holy Eight and the Caduceus of Mercury
From another point of view, the Holy Eight forms the Caduceus of Mercury, represented by the two already mentioned ganglionic cords that in the Orient are called Ida and Pingala (which are entwined around the spinal medulla).
It has already been stated that the fire rises through one cord and the water through the other cord. These are the fire of Phlegethon and the water of Acheron that cross in the Ninth Sphere forming the sign of the infinite.
The Holy Eight and the Frontal Chakra
The great Master, Knight of the Holy Grail, Prince of Jerusalem and Guardian of the Temple, Hilarion IX, stated that by repetitively tracing the sign of the infinite fixed on the frontal chakra and meditating on the Sacred Order of Tibet, the esotericist student will consciously “project” himself or will be projected in his Astral Body into the Astral Plane. Thus, eventually, the student will consciously present himself at the temple of the Sacred Order of Tibet, and after being submitted to numerous ordeals, the magnificent “Arcanum A.Z.F.” is delivered from “mouth to ear” to him.
(F + A = C)
F + A = C, means: fire plus aqua (water) is equal to consciousness. Indeed, the fire and the water of the Ninth Sphere (Sex), as instruments of sanctification, have the power to awaken the student’s consciousness within the Internal Worlds.
This is how we comprehend the reason why the two witnesses of Revelation give the power of prophecy. (Revelation 11:3)
The Forge of Vulcan
The flaming forge of Vulcan is found in the Ninth Sphere. This forge is sex! Mars descends into the Ninth Sphere in order to re-temper his sword and to conquer the heart of Venus (the Venustic Initiation); Hercules descends also in order to clean the Augean stables (the stables of the Soul) with the sacred fire; and Perseus in order to cut the head of Medusa (Satan, the psychological “I”) with the flaming sword.
The esotericist student has to deliver the head of Medusa (lodged with serpents) to Minerva, the Goddess of Wisdom.
The Venustic Initiation can only be conquered in the flaming forge of Vulcan!
Absolute purification can only be achieved in the flaming forge of Vulcan!
The psychological “I”, the “myself,” which is the Satan mentioned in the sacred Bible, can only be decapitated in the flaming forge of Vulcan.
Whosoever wants to enter into the sacred city of nine doors (that is mentioned in the Bhagavad-Gita) must be resolved to descend to the flaming forge of Vulcan.
Narrow is the Door
A great amount of esotericist students mistakenly affirm that there are numerous paths to attain the union with God. However, the divine, great Master Jesus stated: “Strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leads unto life, and few there be that find it.” (Matthew 7:14)
If esotericist students patiently search everything that is written in the four Gospels, they will then be able to verify that Jesus never stated that there are many paths... The adorable Savior of the World only spoke about one strait gate and one narrow and difficult path..! That gate is sex! And that path is sex..! Another path to attain the union with God does not exist. Throughout eternity, there has never been a prophet that has known another door other than sex..!
Sexual Magic, Not Celibacy
The transmutation of lead into gold is achieved in the flaming forge of Vulcan. The Child of Gold of Alchemy is born in this forge! This marvelous Child is the Son of Man, the Sun-King, the Sun-Man.
Some esotericist students who are mistaken, confused, and who err, reject these teachings and affirm that Pythagoras, Zoroaster, Jesus and other Initiates were celibate and that they never had a spouse, ignoring that sacred vestals existed within all the temples of mysteries. Yet, deplorably the materialists, the disrespectful, the ill-intentioned ignoramuses have arbitrarily labeled them sacred prostitutes. Notwithstanding, these vestals were true initiate virgins. Esoterically, they were virgins, even when their bodies were no longer in the physiological state of virginity.
High Initiates and the Arcanum A.Z.F.
Indeed, the Pythagorean, Zoroastrian, Jesus Christian Initiates and all those ancient Initiates of the temple, without exception, practiced the “Arcanum A.Z.F.” with the vestals of the temple... All of them had to descend into the flaming forge of Vulcan in order to cut off the head of Medusa with the flaming sword of Perseus! All of them descended into that flaming forge in order to clean the stables of their Soul and thus obtain the incarnation of the Word in the sacred manger of the consciousness.
Only in that flaming forge could those great initiates re-temper their weapons and conquer the heart of Venus!
The Great Work of the Sun
Those who suppose that there are multiple paths in order to attain the union with God, are totally ignoring that water and oil are necessary in the great work of the Sun: half water... half oil..!
The golden oil which is emptied out through the two golden pipes from the two olive branches of the two olive trees upon the right and upon the left side of the candlestick of the temple is transmuted creative energy. (Zechariah 4:11, 12)
These olive trees, like two children of oil, are born in the sacred lake, in the lake of Genezareth. The sacred lake of Genezareth symbolizes the seminal vesicles where the pure water (fluid) of life is contained...
Whosoever drinks from this pure water of life shall never thirst! Nevertheless, strait is the gate and narrow is the way that leads to Light!
This is why I tell you: strive, brethren of my soul, to enter into the strait and difficult gate, because, truly I say unto you: many will seek to enter in, and shall not be able..!
Woe to the dwellers of the Earth!
Woe to those who do not descend into the flaming forge of Vulcan!
Woe to those who despise the Ninth Sphere!
Woe to those who are scared to enter in at the Ninth Gate!
Woe to those who reject the pure water of life and the sacred oil of the temple!
It would have been better for them to have never been born or for a millstone to be hung about their neck, and drowned in the depths of the sea.
Those will be the lost ones: the failures of the present Fifth Root Race!
The vestals of the temple had a marvelous priestess-hood preparation. Upon them rests the principle which states that the Word is always the child of immaculate conceptions.
The Word is always the child of divine virgins!
The Maximum Ordeal
The descent into the Ninth Sphere was, in ancient mysteries, the highest trial in order to acquire the supreme dignity of the Hierophant.
Buddha, Hermes, Rama, Zoroaster, Krishna, Jesus, and Moses had to descend into the Ninth Sphere in order to work with fire and water, origin of worlds, beasts, humans and Gods. Every authentic White Initiation begins here, in the Ninth Sphere, sex.
The human being, in his fetal state, remains for nine months within the maternal womb. Humanity was also within the maternal womb of Nature (namely: Rea, Cybele, Isis, etc.) for nine ages. Now we comprehend why we call sex the region of the Ninth Sphere. Therefore, the flaming forge of Vulcan is (in its deep significance) the Ninth Sphere.