The Circumpunct And The Saints John

The Circumpunct is bound by the parallel lines of the Saints John, with John the Baptist on the left symbolizing Judgement, and John the Evangelist on the right symbolizing Lovingkindness. That’s a direct parallel with the Pillar of Severity and the Pillar of Mercy on the Tree Of Life.

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As the Circumpunct is identical with the symbol for Kether, that, in turn, would suggest that Kether stands in for the entire Middle Pillar, the Pillar of Consciousness/Being. And in turn it would echo the Truth that Kether is in Malkuth and Malkuth is in Kether.  The Circumpunct is also identical with the symbol for hydrogen, the fundamental elemental building block for all other elements: the most basic union of positive and negative. And via the alchemy of the Weak Nuclear Force and conversion between matter and energy, hydrogen may transcend itself via the addition of neutrality.  And by the binding strength of the Strong Nuclear Force, it can then (and only then) become the fuel for stars. Stars whose nature is, in turn, to fuse hydrogen up the periodic into iron and beyond, thereby causing their deaths. And in so doing, they scatter their essence into the void, and seed the universe with all of the naturally occurring higher elements. And iron, as the necessary element for hemoglobin, is the element which allows for breath/prana itself. And, of course, the Circumpunct is identical with the symbol of the sun.

I might also belabor the point and say that photons, moving at light speed, have their dimensions compressed to zero, and time stands still. And yet they still traverse all of the universe. So that, to a photon,  all of reality is standing still and unchanging, and all of existence is contracted into a single point. And under Feynman’s Sum Over Histories, photons actually take an infinite number of paths through spacetime, everywhere and everywhen. Likewise, photons and antiphotons are the same thing, which is to say, light is the ultimate union of opposites and is its own antiparticle.

Now, if the above symbolism holds true with regard to the Circumpunct and the relative positions of the Saints John, it seems to strongly resonate with the fact that Kether is the eternal presence of God, the circle whose center is everywhere and whose boundary is nowhere: a zero-dimensional point existing in nullspace, bound by the circle, a symbol for eternal infinity and limitless continuity,  which has neither beginning nor end. A sphere that travels without moving, that is everywhere and everywhen, simultaneously. A limitless form that informs, and is given form by, the finite realm of matter and motion.

That, in turn, suggests the unity of macrocosm and microcosm, and the ultimate resolution of all of reality within the Totality, the Divine, God itself. Likewise, it seems to parallel Jesus’ statement that “Verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do.” And that echoes the fact that Jesus is described as simultaneously being wholly man and wholly God, much like Schrodinger’s Cat is simultaneously wholly dead and wholly alive. As the Circumpunct would then stand for all of existence, from The Crown to The Kingdom, it also seems to imply that by unifying Kether and Malkuth, a man can cross Da’ath (or reside there?), and that the Circumpunct is identical with the personhood of humans, both infinite and finite simultaneously.

This also seems to suggest that a man’s passions, and especially those of a Magister Templi, must be bound by the fury of Judgement and the grace of Lovingkindness.  It appears to speak to abandoning the self and the ego by union with the Totality, and true knowledge and purification of the self and the ego by drinking from the Totality.

Likewise, that all seems to echo the goal of the Great Work: the apotheosis of humanity. It seems to speak to transcendence via the union of opposites: black and white, light and dark, yin and yang, nothingness and infinity, being and non-being, life and death, res in potential and res in extensia, It would appear, then, that it is related to ultimate ascent of man, via union with the Limitless Light, by killing death itself. “Vi Veri Veniversum Vivus Vici”, and “Visita Interiora Terrae Rectificando Invenies Occultum Lapidem”

In turn, that speaks to me personally, since I believe that the only two, true, legitimate uses of science are to continually increase and refine humanity’s understanding of existence, and to achieve physical immortality and the resurrection of the dead. Which, in turn, parallels Fedorov’s vision of the Common Task.

“By refusing to grant ourselves the right to set ourselves apart … we are kept from setting any goal for ourselves that is not the common task of all.”
[…]
“Thus what we are doing is to combine into one conception the totality of conditions that we are ready upon due reflection to recognize as reasonable in our conduct with regard to one another. … all persons … even … persons who are not contemporaries but who belong to many generations. Thus to see our place in society from the perspective of this position is … to regard the human situation not only from all social but also from all temporal points of view. The perspective of eternity is not a perspective from a certain place beyond the world, nor the point of view of a transcendent being; rather it is a certain form of thought and feeling that rational persons can adopt within the world. … Purity of heart, if one could attain it, would be to see clearly and to act with grace and self-command from this point of view.”

This also raises several questions for me, and potential solutions, since I live my life in service to the Great Work, by walking the Left Hand Path. (“Sacred cows make the best hamburgers.”)

With all that being said, I’m not sure if I’m chasing shadows and letting my imagination get the better of me. Of course, if all that exists is subsumed within the Great Dream, then there is no such thing as “mere imagination”…

Ah well

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