Sulfur, Salt, and Mercury, which is master of the three? Well, why choose? 3-in-1, and 1-in-3 is Crowned in Heavenly Alchemy!
Holding the Supernal Triangle is “non-dual” mind, and Aleister Crowley in the Book Of Thoth wrote that it is Unity. Underneath the Supernal Triangle is The Abyss, the Abyss is the blood, and beneath the Abyss is duality and contradiction.
If you find yourself asking “what?” I’m referring to “transcendental” consciousness. In Buddhism there is what is called the rūpajhānas (which are four meditations on form; these are the four elements that cause Dukkha) and then there is the formless meditations which are called the arūpajhānas and these latter ones lead to “reincarnation” as a God. The formless meditations require the use of the intuition and imagination. For example using the Five Dhyani Buddhas, the elements are attributed to each direction similarly to the Archangels of Ceremonial Magic and each have their qualities, and then the formless meditations added to them are of the seasons, and these meditations cultivate the Wisdoms which enable “enlightenment”, or non-dual consciousness.
In my above image, I placed a Crown in Kether (for obvious reasons), and then have attributed the Sulfur, Salt and Mercury to their appropriate paths as per Thelemic Qabalah. Sulfur is representative of the Soul, Salt is Being (or the Body), and Mercury is the Spirit. Binah holds the alchemical symbol for Saturn, and I’ve placed ‘The Vision’ there, as well as ‘Thought In Statu Nascendi’. In Chokmah I placed ‘The Voice’.
I had placed “Thought In Statu Nascendi” in Binah as the concept was extremely beneficial to my understanding (no pun intended). I was first introduced to it in the work of Wilhelm Stekel (founder of the Wednesday Psychological Society alongside Freud). It comes from a concept called ‘The Polyphony of Thought’ which I had previously touched upon on this site though to have all relevant information here, thought has two forms: there’s thinking in words which is self explanatory, and then there’s Thought In Statu Nascendi which is also called “feeling thought” as it is thought before it is formulated into words, and appears as impressions/images (hence being relevant for “The Vision”). In Statu Nascendi means the state of being born, or just emerging, and in Chemistry it refers to the form of a chemical element (or sometimes compound) in the instance of their liberation or formation (which ties in perfectly for the formulation of the Philosopher’s Stone, which the Book of Thoth encodes the formula of within the Thoth Tarot Deck).
In Isis Unveiled HP Blavatsky wrote, “Na2CO3 means soda! and that C2H6O is but another way of writing alcohol! How very amusing that the alchemists should express their Azoth, or creative principle of nature (astral light), by the symbol TARO.” At the front of the Book of Thoth, Crowley’s Wheel and Woa (Chapter 78 of the Book of Lies) was placed and it informs the reader of the book that, “The Great Wheel of Samsara; The Wheel of the Law [Dhamma/Dharma]; The Wheel of the Taro; The Wheel of the Heavens; The Wheel of Life; All these Wheels be one; yet of all these the Wheel of the TARO alone avails thee consciously.”
In Thelemic Qabalah the pathways for Sulfur, Salt and Mercury are represented by The Fool Card, The Empress Card, and The Magus. I believe I’ll do a whole series on Qabalah, so for now I’m merely placing the image below as to allow familiarity to blossom with the structure of the tree.
I mentioned in my last article that I had been trying to previously explain that Binah = Hypnosis. As this seemed to confuse some people, I figured I’d go into detail with this matter and why I have given it this attribute. Binah of course holds the association with Saturn as I emphasized in the image at the top of the article given that Saturn represents Death (as in ego-death), it also holds the attribute of the intuition, and of Emptiness and Cosmic Space. (The “Life-giving” mother is the Empress or Salt path connecting Binah and Chokmah). Most importantly attributed for the Thelemic imagery of Binah is that it represents Babalon (the womb wherein all men are begotten and wherein they shall rest), and it also represents The Scarlet Woman (which I believe is a metaphor for the blood and the magnetic principle). The Beast is attributed to Chokmah, which is why when the Supernal Triangle descends into its second triangle beneath the abyss (degrading into Geburah, Tipharet and Chesed), the path running parallel beneath The Empress and connecting Geburah (Strength) to Chesed (Mercy) is the Lust Card which shows Babalon conjoined with The Beast.
As this article is already decent length, I’ll give you a break here and continue in Part 2 where I’ll focus entirely on the Sephirot of Binah and why I attribute Hypnosis to this sphere. Though one last piece of information is relevant so it is provided below.
In his Little Essays Towards Truth Crowley wrote that the love referred to in Thelema (which is why the Greek word Agape was used to distinguish the Higher Love) is more a state that one works out of rather than the concept of an emotion of love, it is what one functions out of. He wrote:
The truly magical operations of Love are therefore the Trances, more especially those of Understanding; as will readily have been appreciated by those who have made a careful Qabalistic study of the nature of Binah. For she is omniform as Love and as Death, the Great Sea whence all Life springs, and whose black womb reabsorbs all. She thus resumes in herself the duplex process of the Formula of Love under Will; for is not Pan the All-Begetter in the heart of the Groves at high noon, and is not Her “hair the trees of Eternity” the filaments of All-Devouring Godhead “under the Night of Pan?” Yet let it not be forgotten that though She be love, her function is but passive; she is the vehicle of the Word, of Chokmah, Wisdom, the All-Father, who is the Will of the All-One. And thus they err with grievous error and dire who prate of Love as the Formula of Magick; Love is unbalanced, void, vague, undirected, sterile, nay, more, a very Shell, the prey of abject orts demonic: Love must be “under will.”
Check back shortly for Part 2.