The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye by Jay Weidner

The Mysteries of the Great Cross of Hendaye by Jay Weidner

Author:Jay Weidner
Language: eng
Format: epub
Publisher: Inner Traditions/Bear & Company
Published: 2011-10-22T04:00:00+00:00

Figure 9.2. The Tree of Life and the ankh superimposed on the floor plan of Notre-Dame-de-Paris.

To make sure we grasp his point, he adds that the ankh is also the sign of Venus in astrology and of copper in alchemy. Traditionally, as shown in figure 9.3, the ankh sign in the shape of the glyph for Venus is the only form of the cross to contain the complete Tree of Life.

The first six sefirot, from Kether to Tiferet, form the loop; Hod and Netzach are the cross arms; and Yesod and Malkuth complete the lower arm. Fulcanelli emphasizes the completeness and ubiquity of this symbol and then begins to shuffle metaphors once more.

The cross metamorphoses into a stone: “It is thus that the ground plan of a Christian building reveals to us the qualities of the first matter, and its preparation by the sign of the cross, which points the way for the alchemist to obtain the First Stone—the corner stone of the philosophers’ Great Work.” Fulcanelli raises the stakes by telling us that “[i]t is on this stone that Jesus built his church” and by insisting that the medieval Freemasons did the same symbolically, giving the undressed, rough stone the image of the devil.


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