Hades - Esoteric Symbolism
One of the Greek Gods often put aside for being the Lord of a very dark and dreary domain - the Underworld, is surrounded by some very interesting symbolism,
which when examined in teh light of the Gnostic teachings reveals to us some very helpful insights.
Greek Mythology tells us that the three brothers Zeus, Poseidon and Hades after defeating the titans divided the realm of Earth amongst them. Hades became the Lord of the Underworld,
Poseidon the Lord of the Seas and Zeus the Lord of the Sky.
So that is how Hades, myth says, became the lord of the underworld. Hades is often depicted wielding a two pointed staff in his left hand and in his right a tame and leashed three headed dog Cerberus.
These symbols are actually very revealing and give to us the keys to the dominion of the abyss. The following sections explain why.
Three Headed Dog Cerberus
Master Samael tells us in his book the "Three Mountains" that the dog is a symbol of the sexual force. He says that the last labour performed in the "Third Mountain" is the work of taking the three
headed dog Cerberus out of the underworld completely tamed and under the command of the hierophant.
The sexual force is an ally, just as a pet dog is in this physical world. The sexual force can help us greatly in our liberation and it accompanies the initiate on his or her path.
Like a dog it can be trained and stays obedient to that training. A dog is special in that it is loyal and obedient and can be trained. A cat can not be trained like a dog can and is not so loyal, neither
are many of the other animals.
We give the sexual force the wrong training when we add ‘needs’ and emotions to it. We have to work those mental and emotional additions (which we can call lust) because the sexual centre becomes obedient to the mind and the emotion.
We retrain he sexual centre by transmuting and by removing those additions of a mental and emotion type.
We think the sexual centre has needs but it is something in our psychology that has these needs (which are false needs), not the sexual centre.
The three heads could be to do with how creation of any kind always operates by the law of three and the sexual force’s primary function is to create. The three heads could also represent the three powers of the sexual force which are to generate, degenerate and regenerate.
This also reminds me of the three classes of sexuality which are infra, normal and supra, as well as the three uses which are physical, magnetic and spiritual.
Two Pointed Staff
The two pointed staff of Hades could represent duality and that one has to be in command of duality, that is not stuck in one side or the other.
To have overcome duality, one knows the good in the bad, and the bad in the good, and the work in the abyss shows us this. When one is free of the ego one attains this knowledge and when one is free of the ego
one is free from one’s abyss and when one is free from one’s abyss one becomes a Lord of his or her own abyss, just as is Hades.
The symbol of Hades being the Lord of the underworld bearing a leashed and tame three headed dog Cerberus and the two pointed staff indicate to us that the maximum work of the abyss is the total command over the sexual force and duality. In others works the result of the having worked
over our own abyss completely gives us the reign over the sexual force and the duality.
To be a lord of the underworld or of one’s own underworld one must have tamed completely the sexual force and have risen above duality.
So then we may be able to extrapolate and say that the three brothers: Zeus, Poseidon and Hades represent us or the major parts of our whole structure which are: Zeus the Being,
the sky - the esoteric side of ourselves, Hades our psychology and Poseidon our sexual waters.
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Blood - Esoteric Significance
There is something very special about it. It is not like
saliva or some other fluids within the body. It though like saliva serves a
particular function but it is very special.
It is certainly an agent of life within us. Without it our
body remains lifeless. When we “bleed out” we lose life.
Esoterically speaking it is what absorbs prana and moves
prana around our body. Even within blood is prana, the great substance of life
and that is why when we ‘bleed out’ we lose life or prana and the ability to
bring and move prana around our body.
Blood actually is fluid life; it absorbs oxygen - the breath
of life through our lungs. When it absorbs oxygen it is renewed. It goes from
being blue red in colour to pure red.
Blood nourishes the organs and all the parts of the body. It
having absorbed oxygen is transformed and is able to give nourishment to the rest of the
body. It fulfils the function of absorbing materials from the outer world and
passing them onto the inner world. It is like an intermediatry between the external and the internal.
It is like another very special organ itself, that
interfaces with the outer world and the inner world, an intermediary. Mind you
that is why it is related so intimately with the astral body, because the astral
body is a great intermediary between the soul and matter - the physical body.
We need blood it nourishes us and the body also deposits into
it, certain waste products, so it nourishes and cleans at the same time, which
are complimentary processes.
It attacks diseases or infections using the white blood
cells, which are like little soldiers that are organised by teh innate intelligence of eh body into an army to fight the infection.
Blood is formed last in the embryo, indicating to us that
blood is of very evolution or derivation within us. The things that form first
are closer to the earth and are matter and the things that form last are the
things that are closer to the spirt in us.
"Blood alone moves the wheels of history."
"Who has fully realized that history is not contained in
thick books but lives in our very blood?"
“Even the most ignorant human being knows that blood is an
infinitely precious liquid and that someone who loses their blood loses their
life too. As long as it circulates within the body, blood is protected, as if
sealed in a container. But as soon as it escapes from the body, for whatever
reason, it evaporates like all liquids; that is, its etheric particles disperse
into space. And these particles are alive: they retain something of the
elements which make blood the bearer of life, and because of this they serve as
food for invisible entities.
Yes, it has been known since time immemorial that blood has
the property of releasing effluvia on which invisible entities feed. When
people are injured, they lose blood. But since nothing is lost in the universe,
while they do in effect lose their blood, there will always be entities to
nourish themselves on the effluvia given off by the few drops of blood. So if
you do lose blood, don’t let it dry, or don’t get rid of it, without having
dedicated it mentally to the spirits of light in the invisible world, for they
will know how to use it for their work. Nothing is lost in the universe; there
will always be entities to nourish themselves on the life given off by a few
drops of blood."
Omraam Mikhael Aivanhov
This is a scary topic: pacts involving blood. Pacts are
scary let alone mixing them with blood.
There is a history and a definite topic in esotericism to do
with blood pacts. It is present in various traditions as an “oath of blood” as
blood brothers” amongst the North American Indians.
Pacts to do with blood are said to be irreversible. When the
blood of two people are mixed, as in the case of blood brothers, it is a sign
that that agreement has been made and that agreement is irreversible. Meaning
one will stay brothers with the other for whole of life and beyond even.
When a pact is made, it means that we are swearing on our
very own life, on our inner core which is true by nature, that whatever it is that
we are promising will manifest and hold true.
In vowels, pacts, or pledges there is the principle of truth
and the principle of life and Being. What is true has to have a Being, and the
representative of the, our truth is our very own Being and the closest
manifestation of our Being is in our blood called the humbledzoin of the Being,
which I will post about later on. OS we have something o g our very own Being
in our blood. Amazing hey!
In short it seems, blood is used to make vows that are to be
fulfilled. And it seems that blood is the most tangible element of our Being
that we can bring forth into the pledge. This is to represent the core of your
Being and also because blood is magic as it links people magically as in the
blood pact made in the last supper.
The blood ritual that took place during the last supper,
where the blood of Christ was drunk by his disciples, served to link the
disciples of Christ to his astral body.
Blood and the Last Supper
The following excerpts from Maser Samael explain so very
clearly how blood is a very magical substance and how it has been used
magically in the past for very special purposes.
Excerpts from V.M Samael Aun Weor, “Perfect Matrimony”
In the following excerpt Master Samael brings to our
attention the magic power of blood.
Magic of Blood
"There are certain tenebrous rites which survive from the
most remote periods of history.
The witches of Thessaly celebrated certain rituals in
their cemeteries or tombs to invoke the shadows of the dead. On the anniversary
of the death of their loved ones they would meet before the tombs in the
cemetery and amidst the most terrifying shrieks, pierced their breasts so that
blood would flow. This served as a vehicle for the shadows of the dead to materialize
in the physical world. Homer, the great Initiate, recounts in the Odyssey
something concerning a ritual celebrated by a witch on the island of Calypso,
where the cruel Goddess Circe reigned. The priest cut the throat of a beast
within a pit, filling it with blood. The priest invoked the Soothsayer of
Thebes. Homer tells that the soothsayer answered the call and was able to
totally materialize thanks to the blood. The Soothsayer of Thebes spoke
personally with Ulysses and predicted for him many things.
The wise author of Zoroaster said, “Write in blood and
you will learn that blood is Spirit.” Goethe exclaimed through Mephistopheles,
saying, “This is a very peculiar fluid.””
In the following excerpt Master Samael also describes how the
last supper is really a blood ritual that uses the magical power in blood to
link the astral vehicles of those who participate in this ceremony. It also
gives the power to materialise the astral body of the master who has lost
his/her physical body.
"The Last Supper is a magical ceremony of immense power;
something very similar to the archaic ceremony of Blood Brotherhood. The
tradition of this Brotherhood says that if two or more people mix their blood
in a cup and then drink of it, due to the blood they will remain united
forever. The astral vehicles of these people will then be intimately associated
for all of eternity. The Hebrew people attribute to the blood characteristics
of a very special type. The Last Supper was a Ceremony of Blood. Each of the
apostles brought drops of their own blood in their cups, and emptied these into
the chalice of Jesus Christ. In that Chalice the Adorable had also placed his
Royal blood. Thus, in the Holy Grail, the blood of Jesus Christ was mixed with the
blood of his disciples. Tradition tells that Jesus also gave to his disciple’s
infinitesimal particles of his own flesh to eat.
“And he took bread, and gave thanks, and broke it, and
gave unto them, saying, This, is my body which is given for you: this do in
remembrance of me.
Likewise, also the cup after supper, saying, “this cup is
the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.”
In this way the pact was signed. Every pact is signed in
blood. The astral of the Christ Jesus remained associated, united with his
disciples and with the whole of mankind through the pact of blood. The Adorable
is the Saviour of the World. This ceremony of blood is as ancient as the
Infinite. All the great Avatars have verified it since ancient times. The Great
Lord of Atlantis also celebrated the Last Supper with his disciples.
This ceremony of blood was not improvised by the Divine
Master. This is a very ancient, archaic ceremony, the blood ceremony of the
Every Gnostic Unction, whatever the cult or belief, sect
or religion is associated, united intimately with the Last Supper of the
Adorable by the pact of blood. The Primitive Holy Gnostic Christian Church, to
which we have the privilege of belonging, conserves in secret the primitive
rituals used by the Apostles. These were the rituals of the Christians who met
in the catacombs of Rome during the epoch of the Caesar Nero. These are the
rituals of the Essenes, a humble caste of great Initiates among whom was
counted Jesus Christ. These are the primitive rituals of the ancient
These rituals have power. In them is contained all our
secret science of the Great Arcanum. When we ritualize, we vocalize certain
mantra which has the power to sublimate the sexual energy to the heart. In the
Heart-Temple lives the Internal Christ.
When the sexual energies are sublimated to the heart,
they then have the great joy of mixing with the forces of the Internal Christ,
so that one is able to enter the superior worlds. Our rituals are repeated on
all the seven great Cosmic Planes. The ritual ceremony establishes a secret
channel from the physical region, passing through all the seven great Planes to
the world of the Solar Logos. The Christic atoms of the Solar Logos descend via
this channel, and then accumulate in the bread and in the wine. This really is
how the bread and wine, through the work of Transubstantiation, become the
flesh and blood of Christ. On eating the bread and drinking the wine, the
Christic atoms are diffused throughout our whole organism and pass to the
internal bodies to awaken in us those powers of a solar nature.
The apostles drank the blood of Christ and ate the flesh
So then magically speaking blood can give life here in the
physical world to what is spirit, as in the last supper and the ritual
performed for Ulysses mentioned by Homer. Blood used magically can also link
the astral bodies of those who participate in the magic ritual.
Also in the last supper it was the real blood of Jesus and
the apostles that was mixed and also drank.
Blood of the Lamb Washes Away the Sins of the World
Enigmatic Phrase in the Bible
There is this very enigmatic phrase in the bible to do with
the “blood of the lamb”. It says that: “the blood of the lamb washes away the
sins of the Earth.”
This baffled me for so many years until I found Gnosis and
here below is what Master Samael says about it.
Excerpt From Master Samael (El Quinto Evangelio, page 1257)
“The flesh of the Christ is the mercury of the wise and
the blood, I repeat is the wine, the sulphur.
The blood of the sacrificial lamb that washes away the
sins of the world, is the fire, the sulphur that burns within the entrails of
When we strike a rock with a flint, fire results, that is
to say, sulphur…
The Christ is crucified in the world from the dawn of
life, He is the fire…
What interests us particularly is the flame of the flame,
the occult of the occult, the astral signature of the fire, the fire of the
fire; this mystical fire that the vestals of ancient Rome cultivated, this
mystical fire that was venerated by the Persians in the land of Zarathustra,
the fire that they rendered cult to here in our beloved Mexican land, is
precisely the Cosmic Christ, it is the sulphur of the wise, INRI..”
The lamb is the Christ or the intimate Christ and it is His
blood that washes away the sins of the Earth, and his blood is the sulphur or
the fire. To fulfil this phrase, we have to transmute, that is liberate this
fire from our mercury or sexual energy and use it to dissolve the ego, which
washes away the causes of our errors or sins.
Humbledzoin - Blood of the Being
There is another aspect to the esoteric side of blood and it
is “Humbledzoin of the Being”.
Why you may ask why the term: “Humbledzoin of the Being”.
This Because it is something spiritual. It is something that pertains to the
solar bodies and comes from the higher orders of creation such as the
mesocosmos (astral body) and the protocosmos for the humbledzoin in the causal
The solar bodies are the superior existential bodies of our
Being and blood is about life and the Being is of the Universal Spirit of Life.
The following excerpts explain very clearly what the
“Humbledzoinn of the Being” is.
Excerpt 1 - V.M Samael Aun Weor
fabricate the astral body it is necessary to feverishly transmute the exioehary
, that is to say, the sacred sperm into creative energy; obviously, this
energy, in itself is the famous Sexual Hydrogen Si-12.
crystallise this hydrogen into our cells and into the interior of our organism,
it comes to take the shape of the marvellous and extraordinary astral body.
It is worth
empathically affirming that this sidereal vehicle also has its blood and its
functions. The Humbledzoin of the Being , that is the same blood of the astral
body, the particles of the Hambledzoin, are contained in the blood of the
Humbledzoin of the Being is elaborated by the magnetic vibrations that come
from the planets of the Solar System, these magnetic vibrations are assimilated
in us by our breathing and through our pores, it suffers within us distinct
combinations until at the end it is converted into the famous Humbledzoin of
the Being, into the same blood of the astral body which is the blood that
circulates through the veins of the previously mentioned sidereal vehicle, but
as I said we have to first create the astral body.”
Master Samael is saying that the blood in the astral body is
the Humbledzoin of the Being and we also have particles of this blood in our
Furthermore, the blood of the astral body comes from the
magnetic vibrations of the planets of the Solar System. So it is a gift of eh
Solar System – the Humbledzoin of the Being.
Excerpt 2 – Gurdjieff
is nothing else than the ‘blood’ of the Kesdjan body of the being; just as the
cosmic substances called in totality blood serve for nourishing and renewing
the planetary body of the being, so also Hanbledzoin serves in the same way for
nourishing and perfecting the body Kesdjan.
necessary to tell you that in general the quality of the composition of the
blood in three-brained beings and also in the common presences of your
favourites depends on the number of the being-bodies already ‘completely
the presences of three-brained beings may be composed of substances arising
through the transformation of three separate independent what are called
substances of that part of the being-blood which is designed by Nature for
serving the planetary body of the being arise by means of the transformation of
substances of that planet on which the given beings are formed and exist.
substances which are designed for serving the Kesdjan body of the being, the
totality of which is called Hanbledzoin, are obtained from the transformation
of elements of other planets and of the sun itself of that system, where the
given three-brained being has the place of his arising and existence.
that part of the being-blood which almost everywhere is called the sacred
being-hanbledzoin, and only on certain planets is called the ‘sacred
Aiesakhaldan,’ and which part serves the highest part of the being called the
soul, is formed from the direct emanations of our Most Holy Sun Absolute.
required for the blood of the planetary body of the being enter into them
through their ‘firstbeing-food,’ or, as your favourites say, ‘through food.’
substances needed both for coating and for perfecting the
higher-being-body-Kesdjan enter into their common presences through their, as they
say, ‘breathing,’ and through certain what are called ‘pores’ of their skin.
sacred cosmic substances required for the coating of the highest being-body,
which sacred being-part of theirs, as I have already told you, they call soul,
can be assimilated and correspondingly transformed and coated in them, just as
in us, exclusively only from the process of what is called
Aiessirittoorassnian-contemplation’ actualized in the common presence by the
cognized intention on the part of all their spiritualized independent parts.
So our physical blood is given to us by the planet earth and
it contains substances which are useful to it, though within our physical blood
is the Humbledzoin which is the blood of the astral body.
Master Samael says that the blood of the astral body comes
from the solar system and the blood in the causal body comes from the Holy
sacred Sun Absolute.
Either way blood is special because it is a gift to us from
the Earth, the planets and the Holy Sacred Absolute Sun. Gurdjieff says here
that if we have the bodies, that is the astral, the mental and the causal then
within our physical blood there is the Humbledzoin of the Being belonging to
the astral, mental and causal bodies.
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