Arcanum 16 Fragility
Description of the Plate
In the waters of life is the staff of power, the staff of command, and the flail (whip) which represents fragility. The two serpents, the positive and the negative, are on both sides of these symbols.
From the superior part descends the ray of cosmic justice destroying the tower that the Kabbalists call the Tower of Babel.
Two personages are precipitated to the bottom of the abyss, one to the right and the other to the left. They fall forming the sign of the inverted flaming star, with their arms, legs and heads hastening downwards, symbolizing the fall of the Bodhisattvas. The fall is the outcome of sex, the outcome of spilling the glass of Hermes.
One must distinguish between a fall and a descent. The initiate descends to the Ninth Sphere during the work in the Forge to destroy his defects in the inferior regions to then ascend to the heavens. One wins a heaven after having worked through a hell. The initiate falls when the semen is spilled.
Esoteric Significance of the Arcanum
The Sixteenth Arcanum is the arcanum of the Fulminated Tower. This is the Tower of Babel.
Many are the initiates that let themselves fall. Many are the fulminated towers. Every initiate that spills the glass of Hermes inevitably falls.
The legend of the fallen angels has been and will be eternally repeated. Actually, there are many fallen gods living in the world. These gods are now disguised with human bodies.
It is necessary to awaken the consciousness in order not to fall into the abyss of perdition. Actually, many chiefs of esoteric groups have their consciousness profoundly asleep (blind guides of blind men will all fall into the abyss). This is the law. All human beings live absolutely asleep. It is necessary to awaken consciousness in order to not walk blindly. The blind can fall into the abyss. The Sixteenth Arcanum is very dangerous.
All of those students that practice esoteric exercises without working in the Arcanum A.Z.F. are similar to the man who is foolish enough to build his house on sand. His house will fall with a great crash to the abyss. We must build upon the living rock. This rock is sex. Those who develop the chakras, having their lunar internal bodies, will fall into the abyss. Their temples will be the fulminated tower. Those who engender the Christic bodies with the Arcanum A.Z.F. and work in the development of the chakras will be converted into living Christs.