the Mosaic synonyms for substance, whether in reference to the invisible
“heavens” or the visible universe, are the “deep” and the “waters.” In man
it is called the “woman” and also “water,” and implies the soul, this being
the substance and “mother” of the real as distinguished from the apparent
man. Hence the Church also, as representing the soul collective of man, is
called the “woman.” And throughout the Bible, whenever Deity is exhibited as
operating on behalf of any cosmic entity, be it the universe, a system, a
planet, or an individual person, and whether for its physical generation or
spiritual regeneration, the process is always described as, in some mode,
the moving of the spirit, or energy, of God, upon the face of the waters, or
substance, of God; the resultant, which completes their trinity and
accomplishes their manifestation, being according to the plane of activity
concerned. Of the various planes of activity, the last and lowest, the
physical, occurs through the coagulation, exteriorly, of the substance
assigned for that plane – namely, the astral ether – in such wise that it
becomes in the outermost matter. And this is occultly indicated in the
saying, “by the gathering together, or coagulation, of the waters, the dry
land – earth or matter – appears”; though the same words are forthwith used
in a different and more obvious sense. And inasmuch as energy and substance
are, whatever the plane, modes of Deity in operation, and Deity in operation
is called Holy Spirit, all things consist of Holy Spirit.
According to the Bible cosmogony, the constitution of things is
fourfold, whether for the macrocosm or the microcosm; and the four are, for
the former, energy, substance, astral ether, and matter; and for the latter
their organic correspondences, spirit, soul, mind, and
This fourfold existence constitutes what is called the “vehicle” in which
Deity descends into manifestation, and is implied in the fourfold river of
Eden, the four men in the ark of Noah, the fourfold car of Ezekiel, the four
living creatures of Ezekiel and the Apocalypse, and the number and character
of the gospels, the four elements also being sometimes implied. And, in
accordance with this manifold nature of existence, the mystical Scriptures
have a manifold meaning and application which, when referring to the
spiritual and intellectual only, is dual; when referring to the four
divisions just enumerated, is quadruple; and when referring to the spheres
of the seven actuating principles or “gods” by which the kosmos is
elaborated, is septuple. Thus, when read with this key, the first chapter of
Genesis, so far from dealing exclusively, or even primarily, with the
physical world, proves to have a quadruple significance, in that it
describes four orders of generation – that of the creative Elohim,
sephiroth, gods, or principles subsisting in original being; that of the
kingdom of heaven , or spiritual world; that of the visible universe; and
that of the Church of Christ; all of which are necessarily described in
terms derived from the physical plane.
While fourfold as to composition, every kosmic entity – whether
an individual or a universe – owes its elaboration to a sevenfold
co-operation – that, namely, of the seven divine potencies just mentioned,
who subsist in the original unity as the seven rays of the prism in light;
and, like light, they find manifestation on their emergence from the prism
constituted by the Trinity, on the passage of Deity into activity or
procession of the Holy Ghost, of which they are the immediate
differentiations. These are they who are represented in Genesis as
saying, “Let us make man in our image,” after they have accomplished the
earlier stages of his construction. And as each of them has a part to
perform in the elaboration of man, and only when built up of them all is he
made in the divine image, the work of each constitutes – whatever the actual
period – a “day” or stage in his creation, and the whole a “week.”
It is from these that the number seven originally derives its
sanctity, and it is to these that reference is made in the Bible whenever
that number is used, as it frequently is used in describing the process of
man’s spiritual elaboration under the name of Israel. They are at once the
seven creative spirits of God, the seven judges of Israel, the seven angels
of the churches, the seven golden candlesticks, the seven “planets” or
stations of the solar system – those in excess of that number belonging to
the second octave, like the notes in music – and the seven great gods of the
mythologies. And concerning them the sacred mysteries of antiquity, the
basis of the Bible, in a ritual now “miraculously” (1), but
none the less orderly, recovered (2) – the method being the
rare, but not unknown, one of intuitional or “psychic” recollection –
discourse sublimely as follows: –
“In the bosom of the Eternal were all the Gods comprehended, as
the seven spirits of the prism, contained in the Invisible Light ...
“Except by Three in One, the Spirits of the Invisible Light
could not have been made manifest.
“But now is the prism perfect, and the generation of the Gods
discovered in their order ...
“By the word of Elohim were the seven Elohim manifest:
“Even the seven Spirits of God, in the order of their
“The Spirit of Wisdom, the Spirit of Understanding, the Spirit
of Counsel, the Spirit of Power, the
of Knowledge, the Spirit of Righteousness, and the Spirit of Divine
“All these are co-equal and co-eternal.
“Each has the nature of the whole in itself: and each is a
“And the brightness of their manifestation shineth forth from
the midst of each, as wheel within wheel, encircling the White Throne of the
Invisible Trinity in Unity.
“These are the Divine Fires which burn before the presence of
God: which proceed from the Spirit, and are one with the Spirit.
“He is divided, yet not diminished: He is All, and He is One.
“For the Spirit of God is as a flame of fire which the Word of
God divideth into many: yet the original flame is not decreased, nor the
power thereof nor the brightness thereof lessened.
“Thou mayst light many lamps from the flame of one: yet thou
dost in nothing diminish that first flame.
“Now the Spirit of God is expressed by the Word of God, which is
“For without the Word the Will could have had no utterance.
“Thus the Divine Will divided the Spirit of God, and the Seven
Fires went forth from the bosom of God, and became seven spiritual entities.
“They went forth into the Divine Substance, which is the
substance of all that is.”
(29:1) Defining miracles as the natural
effects of exceptional causes, the causes being exceptional only because the
persons are rare who have developed the powers to which miracles are due. –
(29:2) The story of the recovery of this
and other rituals is told in The Life of Anna Kingsford.
Edward Maitland there says: “In these wondrous chapters we found a synthesis
and an analysis combined of the sacred mysteries of all the great religions
of antiquity, and the true
of Christianity as originally and divinely intended, together with the
secret and method of its corruption and perversion into that which now bears
its name.” (Vol. I, p. 293). – S.H.H.