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"Four gates to one palace" (and the other "fours" of Liber AL)  


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15/11/2020 2:05 am  

That verse (AL I:51) in full:

There are four gates to one palace; the floor of that
palace is of silver and gold; lapis lazuli & jasper are there;
and all rare scents; jasmine & rose, and the emblems of
death. Let him enter in turn or at once the four gates; let him
stand on the floor of the palace. Will he not sink? Amn. Ho!
warrior, if thy servant sink? But there are means and means.
Be goodly therefore: dress ye all in fine apparel; eat rich
foods and drink sweet wines and wines that foam! Also, take
your fill and will of love as ye will, when, where and with
whom ye will! But always unto me.


What do the four gates or the palace mean to you?

To me they bring to mind the Yantras and Mandalas of Hinduism/Buddhism:


They can also be represented in 3D like this "Kalachakra Mandala", literally a "palace with four gates".


Other passages in Liber AL also relate to the number four:

II:78 "They shall worship thy name, foursquare, mystic, wonderful, the number of the man; and the name of thy house 418"

III:49 "I am in a secret fourfold word, the blasphemy against all gods of men"

The four "ordeals" of III:64-67:

64. Let him come through the first ordeal, & it will be to him as silver.
65. Through the second, gold.
66. Through the third, stones of precious water.
67. Through the fourth, ultimate sparks of the intimate fire.


Someone also pointed out the four "purities" of Liber AL (instances of the word "pure" followed by a noun):

I:44 "pure will"

I:61 "pure heart"

II:9 "pure joy"

II:21 "pure ecstasy"


It was a nice find, well done whoever that was.


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15/11/2020 11:18 am  

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The first section of this verse is connected with the second only by the word 'therefore'. It appears to describe an initiation, or perhaps The initiation, in general terms. I would suggest that the palace is the 'Holy House' or Universe of the Initiate of the New Law. The four gates are perhaps Light, Life, Love, Liberty — see "De Lege Libellum". Lapis Lazuli is a symbol of Nuit, Jasper of Hadit. The rare scents are possibly various ecstasies or Samadhis. Jasmine and Rose are Hieroglyphs of the two main Sacraments, while the emblems of death may refer to certain secrets of a well known exoteric school of initiation whose members, with the rarest exceptions, do not know what it is all about.
The question then arises as to whether the initiate is able to stand firmly in this Place of Exaltation. It seems to me as if this refers to the ascetic life, commonly considered as an essential condition of participation in these mysteries. The answer is that "there are means and means", implying that no one rule is essential. This is in harmony with our general interpretation of the Law; it has as many rules as there are individuals.
..............then there's about nine paragraphs on sexual morality blah blah etc etc


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16/11/2020 12:37 am  

Not suggesting you are saying this but mandalas are not unique to Tibetan Buddhism, here are some specifically Roman examples.




Force and Fire is not metaphorical. In Prophetes Veritas Venit.

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19/11/2020 10:39 am  
Posted by: @duck

What do the four gates or the palace mean to you?

The verse number 51, is the Tri-key gematria value of Spirit, the fifth element. The four gates signify the other four classical elements. Silver, gold, lapis lazuli (blue), jasper (red), are colors that equate with the four elements. The various symbols described in the verse are meant to stimulate the five senses: Sight/Fire, fine apparel, Taste/Water, rich foods and sweet wines, Smell/Air, rare scents, Touch/Earth, fill and will of love. The only stimulus missing is that related to Hearing/Spirit, which is achieved by uttering the word AUM, a word that expresses the ultimate state of consciousness.

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19/11/2020 7:52 pm  
Posted by: @duck

What do the four gates or the palace mean to you?

When I first read that verse, it made me think of the four entrances to the courtyard of the fabled King Solomon's Temple. That Temple is a major focus of Christianity, Judaism, Islam and Freemasonry.

The next part reinforced my mental image:

Posted by: @duck

the floor of that palace is of silver and gold; lapis lazuli & jasper are there; and all rare scents; jasmine & rose...

That reminded me of the description of Hiram Abiff, who was

...skilled in work with gold and silver, bronze and iron, stone and wood, purple, blue, and crimson yarn, and fine linen.

Although there is also a small similarity with Genesis.

Posted by: @duck

lapis lazuli & jasper are there

sounds a little like

bdellium and onyx stone are there.

However, I think you have a much better analysis of the Liber 220 verse. Thanks for posting it here.