"Occult Anatomy" of the Fluids Vs. The "Elemental Regions" of the Body
>> I was reading IIH last night, specifically Step 8 - Soul. There, on the practice of electromagnetic fluid (page 236 Merkur edition), Bardon says the following: "Pay close attention to the following analogy: The head and the chest correspond to the electric fluid, whereas the abdomen, thighs, and feet correspond to the magnetic fluid."
Now, looking at the explanation on the symbolism of the cover art, I see that while the female fits the analogy given in step 8, the correspondences of the fluids on the male is reversed. Further, in the explanation, Bardon says: "The electric and magnetic fluids are shown in a red and blue color, the electric fluid in red and the magnetic fluid in blue. The head region of the woman is electric; therefore it is red. The area of the genitals is magnetic and therefore blue. In the man this is reversed; the head region is magnetic and therefore blue and the genitals are electric and therefore red."
The analogy given in the explanation of the picture seems to make most sense to me; it certainly "feels" correct. However, does this not mean that the analogy given in step 8 is a blind? Perhaps Bardon even gives the student a hint of this by emphasizing to "Pay close attention to the following analogy"? <<
Where Bardon wrote: "Pay close attention to the following analogy: The head and the chest correspond to the electric fluid, whereas the abdomen, thighs, and feet correspond to the magnetic fluid.", he was referring to the Elemental regions of the astral body:
Head region = Fire;
Chest region = Air;
Abdominal region = Water; and,
Leg region = Earth.
Fire and Air express the Electric Fluid, and Water and Earth express the Magnetic Fluid.
This is an entirely different subject than the occult anatomy described by the first Tarot image.
>> Forgive me for being daft, but does this mean that the "anatomy" of the astral body differs from that of the physical? <<
The astral body serves as a bridge between the sexed physical body and the essentially sexless mental body. Bardon's first Tarot card image hints at the "outer" or "front" of the physical occult anatomy of the physical body as listed on pages 38 through 40 of the Merkur edition. However, these terms cannot be understood in their normal, spatial sense since they refer to the *astral* Fluids and are used symbolically. For example "front" in this context, means "most commonly expressed".
When the work concerns the physical body, the Vital Energy, Elements and Fluids are drawn into each organ and/or region, but when it concerns the astral body (and mental body), the Elements and Fluids are drawn only into the four Elemental regions. [See Steps Three and Four.]
>> Seriously, how would then astral work manifest on the physical, if the placement of the elements are reversed? If indeed the electric fluid rules the physical nether-region on a male, as opposed to a female, then wouldn't the results of the step 8 electromagnetic work differ radically in result depending on gender? <<
If you refer to page 39 of the Merkur edition, you will see:
"The Male Genitals: *The front part is electric.* The back part is neutral and the right and left sides are neutral. *The inside is magnetic*."
And on page 40, you will see:
"The Female Genitals: *The front part is magnetic.* The back part is neutral and the right and left sides are neutral. *The inside is electric*."
Your assumption that the "nether-region" of either is "ruled" by one Fluid alone is in error. The genitalia of both sexes manifest a combination of the Fluids, each with its own predominance of one over the other *at a physical level*. This physical manifestation occurs within the Earth region of the *astral body* which, even though it is a composite Element, expresses the Magnetic Fluid predominantly *at an astral level*.
>> Again, sorry for being so confused on this matter. I am merely abiding by the rule "as above; so below" in the context of the analogies of the astral and physical body. <<
I think a more accurate translation of the Latin is "Above is like Below; and Below, like Above." This is the law of alikeness or similarity, not of exact sameness.
My best to you,
:) Rawn Clark
12 Dec 2002