Excerpt from Franz Bardon: Questions & Answers and The Great Arcanum
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FOREWORD The Great Arcanum
The nine charts of virtues and passions included in this new edition of Franz Bardon: Questions & Answers — The Great Arcanum, in accordance with the four elements, the Yod-He Vau-He, explain cause, effect, and consequence in the good (positive) sense and in the bad (negative) sense, as well as qualities and quantities in their active-positive and passive-negative forms. All ailments, physical and astral, originate from our carnal desires, which are the cause of all our failures, because they are passions. Translated, “passions” means “sufferings,” therefore, the cause of all failures and sufferings occur when we follow our passions. Pride is the most destructive passion, love the most constructive virtue. Not only does this apply individually, but also to families, groups of people, nations, and to an even greater extent to our planet. Whatever applies to the microcosm, our body, soul, and spirit also applies to the macrocosm, our planet. Through passions, mankind is also responsible for our weather and related catastrophes by making changes in nature, e.g., deforestation causes severe storms, rain, etc., and activities such as drilling shafts into the ground for oil and gas eventually cause fires that cannot be contained and which level entire areas, populated and unpopulated. The weather is also subject to the four elements as is everything else. If you have attempted the exercises in the Franz Bardon books, and tried to succeed again and again and you stopped and started the practice, you will find the causes for your lack of success in these charts. An imbalance [ailment] of the soul is caused by passions; this imbalance can cause a person to become a murderer, a thief, a liar, etc. If we made the effort, then those people who are afflicted with these ailments of the soul could be healed. But instead of being helped, they are punished. That is why thousands of years ago judges were appointed to help these people, and not to incarcerate or dispense death sentences to those whose souls are ill. Any person or nation that possesses pride is always at war and is therefore afflicted with the most severe soul-ailments possible. The following is an excerpt from Initiation into Hermetics by Franz Bardon, which points out what is required by our body, and which also applies to the macrocosm. Our entire life depends upon the continuous supply of burnable substances, that is, from nourishment and through breathing. A supply of various kinds of nourishment, which contain the fundamental substances of the elements is advisable, so that every element receives the necessary substances for its preservation. If we were dependent throughout our entire lives upon one kind of nourishment, our bodies would definitely become ill; that is, a disharmony would be caused in the body. Through the decomposition of nourishment and air, the elements are supplied with the substances that maintain them, and their activity is also sustained in this manner. That is the natural way of life for a human being. Should one or another element lack the necessary energy-substance or fuel, there would be an immediate reaction. This lack manifests itself in the functions, which are affected by it. For example, when the Fire element in the body reaches a higher level of effectiveness due to a lack of nourishment among other elements, we feel thirsty; when the Air element becomes more effective, we feel hungry; when the Water element becomes more effective, we feel cold; and when the Earth element becomes more effective, we feel tired. A satiation of the elements in the body calls forth intensified effects in the particular area. Should there be a preponderance: of the Fire element: the body feels a yearning for movement and activity ensues; of the Air element: the body curbs the intake of any food; of the Water element: the process of elimination increases; an the Earth element: manifests itself in the aspects of one’s sex life, but it does not necessarily express itself through the sex drive in the carnal sense. It can manifest externally, for example in the elderly mostly though an urge for increased physical activity or creative work.
Therefore, if you want to be in control of your body and soul, you must be in control of your passions and eliminate the worst one, otherwise, you will not have the energy to do the exercises in Bardon’s works, and you will fail repeatedly. The very least you must do is to have your passions in the proper order, as for instance, the Fire element 21 negative attributes, Air element 20, Water element 19, Earth element 18. In other words, you must purify and cleanse yourself of your passions. The negative character traits reflected in these charts are the cause of all of mankind’s ailments and woes, individually and collectively. Replacing them with positive character traits will eliminate all ailments, which are considered curable or incurable, as well as all other problems and predicaments. This can be accomplished quite easily if and when an individual, or a nation, spends his time productively on getting well, rather than embracing and maintaining his or her ailments by administering poison; everyone who is ill would get well, because there is only one way a person can kill himself or be killed, and that is through passions. However, nowadays the entire focus of individuals and nations is directed toward remaining sick by embracing ailments instead of health. The reason for this is that health is not profitable but illness and death are. That is why truth has the smallest audience, but plenty of enemies. In conclusion, Franz Bardon provided these newly-found charts to his students in Prague. For every student to use them effectively requires no further instruction or explanation, as everything has been thoroughly explained by Franz Bardon in Initiation into Hermetics.