"In the Second
Book of Chronicles, the weight of the gold that was
brought as tribute to King Solomon was 666 talents. This
was a fitting tribute for the king, because in the ancient
world, 666 was universally understood to be the number
of the masculine principle. It was the "Yang" or "solar"
number and represented reason, power, right and might:
"banners waving in the sun." In its extreme it represents
The offsetting "feminine" principle (based on the ancient practice of gematria, a system which was used by the School of Pythagoras, by Plato and by numerous other intellectuals in the ancient world) bore the number of 1080, the "lunar" or "yin" number, based on the radius of the moon. As 666 represented the fire power of the sun, 1080 represented the waters of the feminine. In Greek, both "Holy Spirit" and "Earth Spirit" have the value of 1080. The sum of the letters in the Greek word for dove was 801, an anagram of 1080, making the dove a perfect symbol for both the goddess and the Holy Spirit. Each principle--masculine/feminine, fire/water, positive/negative energy was dangerous by itself, but harnessed with its opposite, they operated in harmony, like the positive and negative charges in electricity. The focus of the Greek philosophers was on balance in all things. When the numerical values of the two opposing principles, 666 and 1080, were added together, the resulting sum was 1746, the number designating the "sacred marriage" represented by the two triangles intertwined.
The entire creation flowing from the Source is an incredible and fascinating interplay or "dance of the polarities," summed up in the ancient symbol of sacred marriage, the which represents the sacred marriage of the opposites, the heiros gamos of antiquity.
The entwined triangles of the represent the archetypes of masculine and feminine, the "blade" and the "chalice." They are also occasionally called the "fire" and "water" triangles respectively, and correspond to the Yang and Yin of Oriental philosophy. This sacred symbol is found in ancient shrines in India where it represents the God Shiva and his consort Shakti, but it is also found in the sacred writings of scholars and mystics of Judaism, where it is known as the seal of Solomon."
- Imaging God as Partners
by Margaret Starbird
"Dazzling intellectualism, as the manifested functionalism of the psychological "I," is without a doubt the Antichrist.
Those who suppose that the Antichrist is a strange personage born somewhere on the Earth or coming from this or that country are certainly completely mistaken.
We have emphatically stated that the Antichrist is definitely not a particular person, but all people.
Obviously, the Antichrist itself exists deep within each person and expresses itself in many ways.
Intellect which is placed in the service of the Spirit is useful; intellect which is divorced from the Spirit becomes useless."
- Gnostic Institute
The Great Rebellion
by Samael Aun Weor
The Beast of the Apocalypse, 666, (the "rough beast" of Yeats'
The Second Coming
) is the Promethean man, the
21st Century Schizoid Man
whose animal nature (lower Eros) is repressed and therefore out of control.
"666 was the 'Yang' or the 'solar' number and represented reason, power, right
and might: "banners waving in the sun." In its extreme it represents the
tyrant." Such a man requires the external control of dogma, morality, the Logos.
"It is such a person who is especially liable to explode in violence when his manifest goodness seems to bear scant reward, and then the devil enters the vacuum and wreaks enormous violence and havoc."
- The Dark Face of Reality
by Dr. Martin Israel
The Beast represents fallen man, within whom the opposites of conscious and
unconscious, Thinking and Feeling, Sensation and Intuition are divided. The
Antichrist is so named because, unlike Christ, he resists the union of these
inner opposites. It is only with the crucifixion, the consummation of the
sacred marriage, that Jesus (man) becomes Christ.
The False Prophet is the differentiated Thinking function, a false Intuition standing in for the true Intuition which is attained only through a unification of the four functions.
"If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you.
If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you."
The Gospel of Thomas
"Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and with a loud voice he called to
all the birds that fly in
midheaven, "Come, gather for the great supper of God, to eat the flesh of
kings, the flesh of captains, the flesh of mighty men, the flesh of horses and
their riders, and the flesh of all men, both free and slave, both small and
And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth with their armies gathered to make war against him who sits upon the horse and against his army.
And the beast was captured, and with it the false prophet who in its presence had worked the signs by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped its image. These two were thrown alive into the lake of fire that burns with sulphur."
- Revelation 19:17-20
"...the inhabitants of the earth
have been made drunk with the wine of her fornication."
"Your avarice has plunged the World into the Dark shadow of spiritual Desolation, trampling down good men so that you might exalt evil-doers. Of Shepherds like you did St. John the Evangelist write in his vision of the Apocalypse, revealing you to be that Great Harlot who sits upon the many Waters committing fornication with the Kings of the Earth; She, the seven-headed Beast, whose ten horns thunder forth Her vain Glory, deceiving her divine Spouse with Her false Virtue. Of gold and silver you have made your God, no differently than does the idolater, save that he worships but one Abomination and you one hundred. Ah Constantine! to so much wickedness did you give birth when you conferred temporal power and wealth upon the Holy Father."
- Dante, Inferno, xix, 104-117
"The prince of darkness identified as the Antichrist works to perfection when
he espouses causes of moral rectitude. He then affects a guise of virtuousness,
and the populace can project all their own unconscious darkness on to the
special targets of their execration."
- The Dark Face of Reality
by Dr. Martin Israel
"A genuine first-hand religious experience ...is bound to be a heterodoxy to
its witnesses, the prophet appearing as a mere lonely madman. If his doctrine
prove contagious enough to spread to any others, it becomes a definite and
labeled heresy. But if it then still prove contagious enough to triumph over
persecution, it becomes itself an orthodoxy; and when a religion has become an
orthodoxy, its day of inwardness is over: the spring is dry; the faithful live
at second hand exclusively and stone the prophets in their turn. The new
church, in spite of whatever human goodness it may foster, can be henceforth
be counted on as a staunch ally in every attempt to stifle the spontaneous
religious spirit, and to stop all later bubblings of the fountain from which in
purer days it drew its own supply of inspiration."
- William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience
"I saw the great Master in the Temple. He was sitting on a golden throne set
upon a purple platform, and he wore the robe of a high priest with a golden
tiara. He held a golden eight-pointed cross, and lying at his feet were two
crossed keys. Two initiates bowed before him and to them he spoke: --
"Seek the Path, do not seek attainment, Seek for the Path within yourself.
"Do not expect to hear the truth from others, nor to see it, or read it in books. Look for the truth in yourself, not without yourself.
"Aspire only after the impossible and inaccessible. Expect only that which shall not be.
"Do not hope for Me, -- do not look for Me, -- do not believe -- that I am outside yourself.
"Within your soul build a lofty tower by which you may ascend to Heaven. Do not believe in external miracles, expect miracles only within you. Beware of believing in a mystery of the earth, in a mystery guarded by men; for treasuries which must be guarded are empty. Do not search for a mystery that can be hidden by men. Seek the Mystery within yourself.
"Above all, avoid those towers built in order to preserve the mysteries and to
make an ascent to Heaven by stone stairways. And remember that as soon as men
build such a tower they begin to dispute about the summit.
"The Path is in yourself, and Truth is in yourself and Mystery is in yourself."
- Symbolism of the Tarot by Ouspensky
"Sensation is a
hindrance to clear, unbiased, naive perception; its intrusive sensory stimuli
direct attention to the physical surface, to the very things round and beyond
which intuition tries to peer."
- C.G. Jung, Psychological Types, 1921
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