The Astronomical and Biological Spherical Energy Centers of Kundalini
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Iron - Ferrum 26
The iron of Ares that flows throughout of the solar system is the literal lifeblood of the heavens that emanates from the celestial celiac plexus known as Mars. This abundant element known as iron is found in enormous amounts all over Terra and is a component in human blood that serves a vital role in transporting oxygen throughout the entire body. It is even speculated that the reddish appearance of Mars is due to a high amount of ferrous oxide (rust) on its surface. Of course, the highest amount of the trace element of iron found in the human body is contained in the liver, which is responsible for carbohydrate and lipid metabolism as well as being one of the primary detoxification centers of the body. The liver is also the main site of red blood cell production for the first three months in the life of the fetus.
A major paradigm shift occurred within the civilizations of Terra during the end of the Bronze Age and the beginning of the Iron Age when humanity switched to the production of iron goods instead of focusing primarily on the use of bronze. Humanity was at a loss for a few centuries because iron is not as strong a metal as the alloy of bronze. However, as carbon was added to iron, various alloys of steel were gradually discovered in both the civilizations of the East and the West. Steel is stronger than bronze, and weapons produced with steel hold a sharp edge for longer periods of time. However, one of the major drawbacks to steel and iron is the brittleness inherent to both. Bronze is more pliable and will not snap under pressure as easily as iron and steel do.
One of the other major drawbacks to the use of iron and steel in the production of goods is the fact that these substances easily oxidize and are susceptible to quick and substantial degradations of usefulness as pragmatically effective products. However, bronze, brass, and copper only form a thin coat of patina on their surfaces and still maintain their durability. All of this having been said, bronze requires the rare metals of copper and stannum in order to be produced while steel only requires highly abundant iron and a small amount of very highly abundant carbon in order to be created. Therefore, it is very easy to see why steel eventually took the place of bronze as the primary alloy used in the production of a large number of goods as humanity shifted out of the Bronze Age and into the Iron Age. Thus, the worship that was centered around Venusian copper and Jovian tin gradually shifted to the solar worship of Apollo that was centered around iron and gold.
There is a direct relation between gold and iron that occurs in a mineral known as iron pyrite. This mineral is also referred to as fool's gold due to its appearance; however, there is a certain type of iron pyrite that is known as auriferous because it contains actual gold. In addition, the symbolism of Aries (the ram from which the Golden Fleece was created) in which the flying ram was sacrificed to the god named Ares, who was the Greek equivalent of Mars, provides even more mythological and etymological corollaries that support this relationship of solar gold with iron.
The worship of Apollo in the Iron Age is known to go back to at least 800 B.C. and is primarily associated with a philosophical quality known as “the golden mean,” which stresses moderation over excess. In fact, the term Apollonian stresses logic and order as opposed to the word Dionysian, which implies mirth and chaos. In the ancient tales, Apollo is the slayer of the earth serpent, and therefore a symbolic figure of liberation from the lower earthly desires of the animalistic passions. The basic components of Apollonian worship were carried over from the polytheistic paganism of the Roman Empire as the Roman power base gradually shifted towards monotheism.
During the Iron Age, the shift from bronze to iron as the primary metal of construction used by the human species yielded a different type of basic mindset that correlated with the energy of the times. This basic mindset is the concept and action of flowing. The etymology of the biliteral root consisting of the letters Mem/M and Resh/R has been presented in the section of this tome that deals with mercury, which is a complimentary spherical energy center that (along with Sol) has a very direct and diurnal relationship with iron. The biggest relationship between these energy centers is the fact that gold and mercury are centered in the brain, and the iron navel chakra encompasses the enteric nervous system. This structure is very similar to the human brain and controls digestion (or a portion of the bodily flow). It is considered to be a type of second brain within the human body as well as being the actual biological source of human intuition; therefore, when viewed in this sense, it becomes very logical to see the relationship of flow between the spherical energy centers of iron, mercury, and gold.
Iron is related to the diurnal concept of flow by being the center of water; however, the primary essence of iron is order. It is this order that helps to maintain the foundational strength of the entire spectrum. This type of order is possible due to the liquid nature of this spherical energy center coupled with the strength inherent within iron and steel. Therefore, this energy center is not meant to rationalize; it is meant to follow the orders of the higher spherical energy centers so that their calculations and applications may have more force behind them.
Mars is tilted on its axis in manner that is very similar to Terra's terrestrial tilt. Mars also has seasons that are very similar to Terra's, except for the fact that they are about two times the durations of Terra's seasonal changes since the orbit of Mars is about as twice as long. Thus, it can be reasonably stated that Mars is very similar to Terra and may even have ice in its polar regions like Terra does. Mars also has enormous dust storms; it also has some of the largest known mountains and valleys in the entire solar system located on its surface. However, it differs in one important respect from Terra: It has a very thin atmosphere. In fact, the atmosphere on Mars is so small that its atmospheric pressure is only equal to about one percent of the pressure of Terra's atmosphere. The Martian atmosphere is so thin that the solar wind directly interacts with the ionosphere and removes ions from the outermost layer of the atmosphere, keeping it far thinner than it would otherwise be.
Olympus Mons is the largest known mountain on the surface of Mars, and the large canyon known as Valles Marineris is almost ten times longer and about three times deeper than Terra's Grand Canyon. It has long been speculated by numerous scientists that Mars may have had water on its surface sometime in its past and may even currently have water somewhere below its surface. There are also the entrances for at least seven caves that have been discovered on the Martian surface that may very well lead to some type of water deposit or maybe even some form of life within the planet.
The possibility for actual biological life existing on Mars appears to have many factors that would not allow this to be. Geologically, the planet appears to be non-functioning, in the sense that there is no volcanic or other related activity that has been detected on the planet. Also, there is little heat transfer across the Martian surface, and due to the thin atmosphere, water does not seem to be able to remain in a liquid form for any sustainable length of time. However, one of the biggest inhibitors to the theory of life on Mars is the fact that there seems to be no significant protection of the atmosphere from the solar wind. In fact, a trail of ions can be seen in the orbital wake of Mars as the solar wind interacts with the Martian ionosphere and causes the ion particles to be stripped away.
Despite the fact that biological life has probably never existed on Mars does not mean that Mars does not play a vital role in the very real energy currents exchanged between all of the living planets in our solar system. In fact, as a planet and an intelligent entity sovereign unto itself, Mars is very much alive and a very important energy center due to both its proximity and similarity to Terra. If its orbital period were slightly longer, it would possess an orbital resonance of two to one with the Earth, and the fact that its orbital eccentricity is nine percent (greater than any other planet in the solar system) seems to hint that it might have had such a resonance at one time in its past.
This spherical energy center of Ferrum is centered around the celiac plexus, which is located along the spinal cord on the level of the first lumbar vertebrae. This nerve plexus is also known as the solar plexus. It is found in the abdomen just behind the stomach and the liver. This nerve center controls adrenal secretion and intestinal contraction along with many other visceral functions. When the condition referred to colloquially as “having the wind knocked out of you” occurs, it is the celiac plexus that has been temporarily affected for a brief period of time. The spherical energy center of iron also includes the Phrenic, Hepatic, Lienal, Superior Gastric, Suprarenal, Renal, Spermatic, Superior mesenteric, Abdominal aortic, and Inferior Mesenteric Plexuses as well.
The navel chakra is also called the Manipura chakra and its Sanskrit spelling is...
This biological energy sphere is represented by the Sanskrit letter...
and contains ten petals represented by the ten Sanskrit letters...
There is a direct etymological link between the words Manipura and Mars that should be apparent. There is also a relationship between the Sanskrit letter (the equivalent of the English letter R) that represents this chakra and the words Aries, Ares, aurum, and iron.
The organs located near this energy sphere include the liver, the spleen, the stomach, the kidneys, the adrenals, the pancreas, and the gall bladder. Thus, this biological area is the location where the nutrients and minerals from food and drink are harvested so they can be readily processed and used by the human body. Originally, Mars was a Roman deity who was considered to be the god of agriculture as well as the patron deity of livestock. Most scholars speculate that Mars was based on the agricultural god of the Etruscans known as Maris. He was only later associated with the Greek deity of Ares (and thus associated with the concepts of warfare) as the Roman Empire expanded. This latter association was probably due to the fact that Mars was a very popular god in Roman culture and the supposed forefather of all Romans. Therefore, as more military support was desired by the leaders of the Roman Empire, it could have been seen as politically pragmatic to have Mars associated with warfare in order to further justify Roman military operations on a religious and philosophical level.
Thus, the original role of Mars as the deity of cattle and vegetation is quite appropriate when the functioning of the spherical energy center of iron is taken into overall consideration. Since the organs located around the celiac plexus deal primarily with the actual biological harvest of nutrients and minerals from the plants and livestock that enter the human body via the digestive system, the association of Mars with farming and agriculture seems not only to be pleasantly rational and but also quite logical. In addition, the association with Ares, the war god, would also be prudent when it is commonly known that the adrenal glands (an etymological similarity between the words Ares and adrenals should be carefully noted) secrete large amounts of their hormones that put an individual into a heightened state of alertness that is very desirable when a soldier is preparing to enter battle.
Summary of Esotericon Data
When all of the information presented in The Esotericon that deals with the navel chakra of iron is combined, many new types of analysis can be pursued. The active diurnal currents of this chakra are represented by the 5th Tarot trump (Pope) and the name of the 5th letter (Heh/E) of the ancient alphabet, and the passive nocturnal frequencies of this chakra are represented by the 19th Tarot trump (Sun) and the name of the ancient letter Qoph/Q. The centered currents of the root chakra are expressed by the 12th Tarot trump (Hanged Man) and the name of the ancient letter Lamed/L. The names of the ancient letters that are expressive of the energies of the navel chakra of iron and Mars possess the meanings of "vision" and "inspiration."
The right-handed diurnal yang currents of the iron navel chakra are expressed by the symbolism found in the Pope trump, which is the 5th trump of the Marseilles Tarot. The name of the 5th letter of the ancient alphabet means "look" or "behold." These meanings coalesce beautifully with the overall theme of "vision" that is represented by the combination of this Tarot trump with the other two trumps that express the essential qualities of the iron chakra of Mars. The smaller figure on the left side of the image could be viewed as having a type of inspired vision when the position of his hands is examined, and the smaller figure on the right side of the image appears to be praying.
These right-handed currents of the 5th united pair (Pope - Heh/E) are the next step up on the Stairway (entrance) to Heaven after the currents represented by the 6th united pair of the Lovers and the name of the letter Vav/V. The raw animal passions of the 7th pair (Chariot - Zain/Z), are taken to the next step with the holy matrimony of the 6th pair and are then elevated to the visions of divine inspiration of the 5th pair (Pope - Heh/E). The central figure of this image is the benevolent spiritual leader that is making a religious gesture that would be acceptable to the state religion of the time period when the deck was created. His hands also bear the image of the intersection (the cross) that was first expressed in the image of the Judgment trump (the 20th trump) on the flag of the trumpet of the angel.
The 5th united pair is directly related to the 19th united pair (Sun - Qoph/Q). This relationship can be seen by the commonality of the two short-haired figures that appear in both trumps. The gender of these figures in uncertain; however, one of the figures in the image of the Sun trump appears to be female due to the exposed breasts of this individual. These individuals also have short hair. The only other individual that has short hair (other than the two figures on the Pope trump) is the nude child of the Judgment trump. Therefore, the short-haired individuals in the 5th (Pope) and 19th (Sun) trumps that express the right-handed and left-handed extremes of the iron navel chakra can all be viewed as the next logical step that is the continuation of the couple and the child in the 6th (Lovers) and the 20th (Judgment) trumps, respectively.
The same inverse relationship that is found in the 6th and 20th trumps is also found in the 5th and 19th trumps. The characters of the 5th and 6th trumps are clothed and the characters of the 19th and 20th trumps have little or no clothing. This inverse relationship further justifies the relationship that exists between the symbols of the active diurnal trumps and the passive nocturnal trumps.
Therefore, the left-handed passive frequencies of the 21st united pair (World - Sin/S) that express replication and mirroring images are taken to the next level with the newborn child in the imagery of the 20th united pair (Judgment - Resh/R) and the state of neediness that accompanies the new child. Thus, the symbolism of the Judgment trump is taken to the next level when it is realized that this new person will have its own divine visions that will express the desire to have a sacred mission.
Therefore, these divine visions of a holy mission are found in the 19th united pair (Sun - Qoph/Q) and its symblic meaning of "void." This void in an individual can only be filled with the sacred food that is provided by divine inspiration. Thus, the next step on the Stairway to Heaven from the concept of the "neediness of a new life" is the development of this need into a desire for a life mission. The drops of the heavenly flow that are depicted in the image of the Sun trump can be seen as being very similar to the drops that are depicted in the Judgment trump.
The Divine Revelation of the Hanged Man
The centered currents of the iron chakra of Mars are expressed by the 12th united pair (Hanged Man - Lamed/L). This symbolic pair can also be seen as expressing the concept of "divine revelation." The name of the ancient letter Lamed/L means "to lead" or "to guide." Thus, the upside-down figure in the image of the Hanged Man trump, whose hands are not bound (in the Noblet version) but instead are being held in such a way that the individual in the image is expressing surprise (the individual's face is also expressing surprise). Obviously, the individual has hung upside-down for a certain period of time (9 days in the legend of Wotan) and is experiencing a moment of inspiration from the heavens.
Therefore, this image is the next level of expression that began with the concepts of abstinence and the control of the sexual passion expressed in the 14th united pair (Temperance - Nun/N) that were taken to the next level with the concept of "watering the garden of new beginnings" that is found in the 13th united pair (Death - Mem/M). Thus, the concept of "divine inspiration to lead the soul" that is expressed by the 12th united pair (Hanged Man - Lamed/L) would be the next level of the centered currents as one ascends the Stairway to Heaven. The trees used to hang the individual in the Hanged Man trump would be grown from the garden of the Mortality (or the 13th) trump. Thus, the divine inspiration would be taken to the next level of the Stairway to Heaven with the idea of "the arch" that is expressed in the 11th united pair (Strength - Kaph/K) that represents the centered currents of the heart chakra.
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