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The Cosmic Pantacle


The cosmic pantacle is like a small mandala, by this it germinates the idea that the Cosmic Philosophy finds its roots also in Eastern thought. This seal, which is quite bare, certainly more than the emblem of the H. B. of L., is composed of two right-angled triangles forming a star with six points. In the center of the intersection of the two triangles is a square, showing a lotus flower resting on water.

According to Cosmic Philosophy, the sign of the star with six branches represents in the Chaldean tradition the first force manifested by That Which Is Without Form, which it is perhaps necessary to translate as Love, the first demonstration of what the depositaires refuse has to call God. In fact, the cosmic pantacle differs from the Magen David (Star of David, symbol of Judaism) which latter was often adopted by the occultists of the "Belle Epoche" (late 19th and early 20th century), appearing in particular in the emblem of the Theosophical Society. In the H. B. of L and the Command Martiniste (Papusien), the triangles are not equilateral. This intriguing particularity on the part of the Cosmic pantacle has produced amusing comments criticizing the shape of the triangles, although Theon was aware they were "irregular ".

In the modified version Mirra Alfassa created for Sri Aurobindo, which appears in the publications of the ashram of Pondichery, the form is more or less stretched into a simple intellectual construction, in which two equalateral triangles intersect. But in reality the use of two right-angled triangles is geometrically more interesting and forms a better insertion for the central square, the quaternary being the fundamental figure of Cosmic Philosophy.

The cosmic pantacle clearly undoubtedly expresses the quaternity, in that the half-cross-sections which form the two right-angled triangles are separate, yet they join in the center, forming the full cross-section. Consequently, the two triangles symbolize lack of unity, which translates as the cosmic absence of balance. As the opposite to this, the middle framework of the diagram (the central square) emphasizes the progressive idea of realization of the substance which operates, by the means of Man, as the junction of the forces of evolution and involution. Involution and Evolution are themselves represented by each of the two right-angled triangles. The lotus flower in the center of the cross-section accentuates the dynamic character of the pantacle.

Cosmos is thus symbolised doubly: through the cross-section exchange (square) and through the divided cross-section of the two right-angled triangles which reflects also the disunion between the man and the woman. It was also Theon's intention to take into account monistic materialism and science, in contrast to the contemporary and consequent schools of occultists which, for the most part, opposed materialistic scientism with "spiritualism".

This cosmosophy, which offers a precise analysis, understanding and elaboration of the composition of Cosmos, is not the result of intellectual construction but a conception of all the more dual meaning, that it was received at the same time in passivity as well as in activity, and is the joint product of the Theons' endevours, and finds its finished expression in the Tradition, which is not a tinsel intending to hide the truth under a veil of mysteries, but, on the contrary, in the spirit of the authorized agent, represents a place of light on a height which everyone can have access to according to his or her capacities.

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