The Spirit and the Flesh
It is written in Galatians 5:16-23:
“So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
“The works of the flesh are obvious: fornication, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry (worship of Egos) and witchcraft (black magic); hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions, and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.
“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law.”
In order to comprehend this post, one must previously study and mediate the Sixth Arcanum: Indecision.
The battle of the Spirit and Flesh is terrible and a constant. The struggle is the determination of the pentagram, showing either a superior star or an inferior star. The spirit and the flesh are contradictory to each other. The spirit, representing the soul given birth internally, wants to serve the Innermost. The flesh, representing animal desire, wants to follow the Guardian of the Threshold.
The Guardian of the Threshold is our Satan, the devil, the deceiver, the adversary, the Ego, or our particular sinning “I”, consisting of legions of pluralized devils. The Guardian of the Threshold is also the tyrant (the Pharaoh during the time of Moses) that enslaves the spirit to do its bidding. It is indeed very strong, residing in the mind that is fallen. Satan can only be defeated by whitening the mind and the sexual force back to its proper place. It is equivalent to raising the serpent upon the staff. This is called transmutation. I have given you a simple prayer from my post called, “Mind Control”, and it is found here (https://juanmiriethauriel.writeas.com/mind-control).
To whiten the sexual force is to transmute the lead of the Ego into the spiritual gold of the consciousness. The flesh itself is the donkey that we must tame and conquer. The spirit represents the Christ born within. Behold: The Lord Jesus Christ rides the donkey to Jerusalem. Jerusalem, or Yerushalayim (ירושלים), means the foundation of peace, or the city of peace. Whosoever dominates the flesh with the spirit unlocks the mysteries of the Seventh Arcanum: Victory. The Seventh Arcanum is victory, representing the seventh Hebrew letter: Zayin (ז). Whosoever unlocks the Seventh Arcanum is able to ride his donkey to Jerusalem.
The spirit is willing to perform labors of diligence, goodness, charity, love, kindness, immaculate sexuality, faithfulness, patience (also known as self-control). Only the spirit is willing to commit the Seven Heavenly Virtues. The flesh does not want to follow the Spirit due to its strong, violent, animalistic, and arrogant behavior against the Innermost. The flesh wants to commit the seven abominable vices, contrary to the spirit. As I, Juan Mirieth Auriel, have told you many times, all desires are never satisfied.
Be warned, my friend: When the spirit follows the flesh, the flesh defeats the spirit and the inferior star will result. The inferior star is the pentagram with the ray pointing downwards. The queen mother of fleshly works is fornication. It is fornication which is the original sin of humanity or eating the forbidden fruit. It is eating the forbidden fruit the root cause of all impurities. It is written in the sixth commandment: “Thou shalt not fornicate.”
It is written for you, my friends, to beware of what the behaviors of the soul and the flesh can do. You are not exactly free to do as you please. You are not given the freedom to gratify the desires of the flesh. He who gratifies the desires of the flesh becomes an inverted star and is sincerely an inhabitant of the abyss. It is urgent that the works of the flesh must be transmuted into the fruits of the spirit. He who dominates the flesh with the spirit is the superior star, and he will be able to ride the donkey to Jerusalem, the Kingdom of his Innermost. When the flesh follows the spirit, or the spirit dominates the flesh, the superior star is the result.