Splendor Solis - Conclusion
I believe it fair to say, as so many erudite philosophers have implied through the centuries, that we are existing in a world that we do not know and do not understand. And it is this lack of understanding of our world that oppresses us today and is leading us into who knows where and what.
That Splendor Solis is a genuine arcane presentation of the hidden science for the psycho-physiological transmutation of consciousness incarnate, there is no doubt from the seasoned aspirants and students in this genre.
Not everyone would agree of course. There are acid critiques of this opus and others like it. They are sourced mainly from biased opinions against this entire type of literature covering Qabalah, Hermetics, Alchemy, Astrology, Rosicrucianism and esoterica generally. For them it is all shoveled into the bin marked “Woo-woo”, “Foo-foo” and “All Things BS”. Such criticisms are proffered mostly by individuals who know nothing of the above topics, nothing of 4th dimensional awareness, and nothing of the 5th Spiritual Kingdom. They are the hard-core materialists, physical scientists, sterile intellectuals, Bible-thumping TV evangelists and, at the top of this peripatetic pyramid, the psychologists with books and letters behind their names. Unless it is actually ‘observed’ it is simply not accepted as true.
Some intellectual critics will throw names around to sound informed, as “Solomon Trismosin was the teacher of Paracelsus; and Paracelsus, in turn, was a great influence on Jacob Behmen”, etc. Yet these same critics refuse to follow the basic, sound advice of Paracelsus himself, who understood Hermetic Science and was a great adept in the Hermetic Art, when he states in the second chapter of his Tincture of the Philosophers:
“Now, if you do not understand the use of the Qabalists and the old astronomers, you are not born by God for the
Spagyric Art, or chosen by Nature for the work of Vulcan, or created to open your mouth concerning alchemical arts.”
Yet ‘open their mouths’ they do. “The use of Qabalists” is working with the tools of letters and numbers in Hebrew, Latin and Greek by Gematria and its related sub-tools; and the use of “the old astronomers” is astrology. Those genuine authors of the genre actually used these tools while describing and explaining The Hermetic Art. If you who criticize do not work these tools yourself, or at least recognize their importance with understanding this Art, then you will not know what you are talking about. Jungian psychology merely scratches the superficial surface! The explicit imagery within the manuscripts are not subjective to each reader. And this Art far exceeds intellectual servitude.
So, frustrating as this may be, the loudest critiques come from commentators who are basically uninformed and unskilled in this genre. There are more persons believing in ancient alien astronauts who seeded the population of our planet than those who believe in Ageless Wisdom and the Super-conscious. To be kind, however, it only means that they haven’t been able to uncover it yet. Because to do so demands concerted efforts with the tools mentioned above together with the practice in specific sound vibrations and specific color vibrations. They would have to reconsider and understand the meanings and associations behind the Greek, Roman and other Western as well as many Eastern Mythologies. Also needed is a deeper understanding behind a certain symbolism.
Furthermore, behind and beyond all that above, is the need of an inner presence at the center of us with the firm conviction of an Omniscient, Omnipotent and Omnipresent Consciousness responsible for what we have come to learn as the limitless physical universe. For to observe even the slightest movement within this, our limitless physical space, there must be some reasonable force to cause that slightest movement, let alone the movement of galaxies innumerable. And for any force to exercise the power to effect any slightest movement, there must be an intelligence with a will and purpose for doing so.
Lastly, one might express some humility and reverence for the ineffable glory within and around this life of ours.
“Felix qui potuit rerum cognoscere causas.”
“Happy is he who learns the causes of things.” – Virgil