The wolf shall dwell with the lamb, and the leopard shall lie down with the young goat;
and the calf and the lion and the fatling together
and a little child shall lead them.
(Isaiah xi, 6)
To what may the fabulous successes that science has achieved be attributed? It is doubt in the first place. It is thanks to doubting the experience of the senses that science has been able to establish that it is not the sun that moves across the sky but the earth that moves round it.
It is thanks to doubting all-powerful fate that remedies for formerly incurable diseases were sought and found.
It is thanks to doubting past traditions that empirical science discovered biological evolution, hormones, enzymes, the structure of the atom, and subconscious consciousness.
But can the fruitfulness of science be attributed to doubt alone? Is it not necessary to believe in the possibility of such discoveries before proceeding?
The Hermit’s way
is to walk round the
equator of living colours.
His way of peace is unity in diversity.
The hermit is walking. He manifests a third state beyond contemplation and action. He is in the tradition of the medieval pilgrim to Santiago de Compostela, and he is also for our time and for the future. The hermit of the ninth card is a man of heart, who has realised within himself the antinomy “knowledge – will” or “contemplation- action”.
The heart alone can go out of the organism and become a traveller, a visitor, an anonymous companion to those who are in prison, to those who are in exile and to those who bear heavy loads of responsibility. No distance is insurmountable to love.
The heart is the centre of the the seven centres of man’s psychic and vital constitution. The great work of spiritual alchemy is transmutation of of the substances of the lotuses (metal) into the substance of heart (gold).
See the following table:
The Sacrament of Extreme Unction
for the larynx centre
The Sacrament of Confession
for the heart centre
The heart of man’s psychic and vital constitution
The Sacrament of Communion
I am the door
The Sacrament of Confirmation
for the pelvic centre
I am the vine
Harmony and health
The Sacrament of Marriage
for the centre of the base of the spine
I am the way the truth and the light
The Sacrament of Baptism
There are different methods here. We can chose between the method of vibrating particular syllabic sounds – Om, Ham, Yam, Ram, Vam and Lam – or the method of spiritual communion with the seven rays of the “I AM” or the seven aspects of the perfect SELF, who is Jesus Christ.