The Masonic Legend of Hiram Abiff: Gnostic Explanation


Gnostic Explanation of the Symbolism in the Masonic Legend

“The three traitors of Hiram Abiff are called Sebal, Ortelut and the third is Stokin. The three traitors should be decapitated. The heads should be tossed into the fire and the ashes thrust to the four points of the earth, to the four winds.

These three traitors are the Black Dragon with three heads. The three rebels. The first is the rebel of nature, the second is the rebel of science and the third is the rebel of the Truth. These Three rebels in the Bible are: Korah, Dathan and Abiram.

The first is the one who struck Hiram with the ruler, so the righteous are killed in the name of Law and Order. The second one struck Hiram with the lever or crowbar, this is like the prejudices and beliefs of each epoch leading to the death of the great initiates. The third finished off Hiram with the hammer [or mallet], so this is like the violence of any epoch which assassinates the righteous and prohibits the diffusion of the Secret Doctrine.

These three traitors control the three bodies called: Astral, Mental and Causal (Willpower). The great clairvoyants have studied these three vehicles, but disgracefully they have not studied what is within them. The Astral is controlled by Sebal, the father of desire. The Mental is controlled by Ortelut, the horrible demon of the Mind and the Body of Willpower (Causal Body) is controlled by Stokin, the terrible demon of ill-will.

These three traitors constitute that which is called the Prince of the World. The sacrificed victim is always the internal Christ of all men who come to the world. Hiram is our Internal Christ. Hiram is the Sun King.

The King is dead, long live the King!

Christ was assassinated by three traitors: Caiaphas, the high priest, Judas Iscariot and Pilate. It is necessary for us to resurrect the Christ inside ourselves. This is only possible by decapitating the three traitors.

The twenty-seven Masters who left to search for the first traitor divided themselves into three groups of nine. These three groups went to the East, to the South and to the West. This reminds us of the three doors of the temple: Man, Woman, Sex. Only by descending into the ninth sphere (sex), can we find the Prince of this World, in order to decapitate him.

The Masters find the first traitor hidden inside the cavern of desire. Then the Master decapitates the first traitor. So the Master presents him to King Solomon leading in one hand the dagger and in the other hand the head of the first traitor. This is how the Master exclaims: “With me comes vengeance! [Nekum! ]”

The second traitor was found by the second group of nine Masters, that traitor got inside the cavern of the mind, at whose door is always the dog of the desire. The Masters took the prisoner to Solomon, this happened on the eighteenth day after their departure, in the late afternoon and in the moments in which the work on the Temple had ended, Solomon had the body opened, his head cut off and the heart pulled out.

These eighteen days remind us of arcanum eighteen of the Tarot. Really the secret and hidden enemies of the mind watch us to divert us from the path of Initiation. Only nine Masters found the second traitor. Only down in the ninth sphere do we get to decapitate the second traitor.

The third group of nine Masters found the third traitor and had to defend themselves with much courage, because the third traitor heroically defends himself with the axe of ill will. The most serious of all this is that the third traitor attempts to throw himself into the abyss, ill will and disobedience always make us fall into the abyss.

The three heads were placed on three poles garnished with iron at the door of the temple, then they were cast into the fire. We have to descend into the ninth sphere (sex), to behead the three traitors of Hiram Abiff. All the great initiates from the past had to descend to the ninth sphere. The secret key is the Great Arcanum. This Arcanum is sexual. There must be the sexual connection.

In the union of the phallus and the uterus is the key, the important thing is for the couple to withdraw before the termination of the sexual act, before the spasm, before the physiological orgasm, to avoid the ejaculation of the semen, not to spill the semen inside the womb, nor outside of it.

The restrained desire transmutes the seminal liquor into subtle seminal vapors that, in their turn, are converted into solar and lunar energies, positive and negative energies. These electro-magnetic energies ascend through two fine ganglionic cords that are coiled in the spinal medulla. These energies rise up to the chalice, that chalice is the brain. In this way the brain is semenized. In this way the semen is cerebrized.

This sexual secret is the Arcanum A.Z.F., the entrance into Eden can be achieved with this Arcanum. Eden is sex itself. We went out of Eden through the door of sex, and only through that door can we enter Eden. No one can enter Paradise through false doors, we have to go in through where we went out. That is the Law.

When solar and lunar currents of our seminal liquor make contact with the coccyx near the triveni, then the igneous snake of our magical powers awakens. The ascending flow of the energy of the Third Logos along our spinal column, is the flaming sword with which we decapitate the Prince of this World. With the Arcanum A.Z.F., every human being can awaken the Kundalini and become a great Master of the White Lodge.”

-from Chapter 4 in THE MOUNTAIN OF JURATENA by Samael Aun Weor, available in
Ch. 5 of The Gnostic and Esoteric Mysteries of Freemasonry, Lucifer and the Great Work


The Nine Degrees of Mastery

“It is urgent, and unpostponable to capture, to apprehend, to grasp in an integral form, the deep significance of the nine Masters that went looking for HIRAM and his murderers.

Unquestionably none of the nine Masters went to the regions of the North, but intelligently organized themselves into three groups of three each, they distributed themselves to the East, the South and the West. Ostensibly it was this last group who achieved the discovery of the grave and the murderers.

This symbolic esoteric pilgrimage of the nine Masters refers specifically in consequence, to the individual pilgrimage that every Initiate must undertake in “The Second Mountain”, going through nine successive stages or degrees totally enumerated and defined in the nine spheres:


We can and even must issue the following announcement:

“Only through these intimate pilgrimages from sphere to sphere are we in a position to enliven and revive inside of ourselves the Secret Master, HIRAM, SHIVA, the Husband of our DIVINE MOTHER KUNDALINI, the ARCH-HIEROPHANT and ARCH-MAGICIAN, the particular, individual, Monad, our Real Being…”

It is one thing to be a Master and another, certainly much different, to achieve perfection in Mastery. Any Esotericist who makes the “TO SOMA HELIAKON” , the “Wedding Garment of the Soul”, in the “Forge of the Cyclops” converts themselves, by such a motive, into a Man and thus a Master; however, perfection in Mastery is something very distinct…”

-from Chapter 29 in THE THREE MOUNTAINS by Samael Aun Weor, available in
Ch. 5 of The Gnostic and Esoteric Mysteries of Freemasonry, Lucifer and the Great Work


An Adept Answers Some Questions

“Remember: Each exaltation is always preceded by a humiliation. “IF ONE WANTS TO ASCEND, ONE MUST FIRST DESCEND”, in order to be able to have the right to ascend.


Question: Could we say, then, that the womb of Heaven is below?

Answer: Yes, the Inferno is the womb of Heaven!


Question: Then, the sepulcher of Hiram Abiff is in the same Ninth Sphere?



Question: Is Hiram Abiff our Christ?

Answer: HIRAM ABIFF IS OUR REAL BEING, he is the Lord, he is the Secret Master. He is in the “sepulcher” and the “sepulcher” is ourselves, it is our own Deep Animal Depths; he is very dead and IT IS NECESSARY TO RESURRECT HIM…


Question: In the texts of Philosophical Masonry, it is said that one can find Hiram Abiff. They say that when one finds him, then he is going to resurrect Masonry. Why are those Masons still waiting for Hiram Abiff to return?

Answer: Well, “The King is dead; long live the King”. One has to search for him (the King, Hiram Abiff) within ourselves and one has to resurrect him within ourselves. In such a way that, while Hiram Abiff is not resurrected, we are dead. The important thing is to resurrect him. One has to search for the Golden Fleece which is below, in the World of the Infernos. If we do not look for it “below”, then we are lost…”

-Paraphrase from ‘TRANSCENDENTAL ESOTERIC INDICATIONS’ Lecture #251, available in
Ch. 5 of The Gnostic and Esoteric Mysteries of Freemasonry, Lucifer and the Great Work



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