In the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, a raven is seen. He looks fixedly towards the corner of the Temple, towards that place where one finds the small Corner Stone, the Master Stone, the Stone of Truth. This stone has a form, yes, terrible, with horns, which horrify: The Devil (terror of many pseudo-esotericists and pseudo-occultists). The medieval Alchemists said: “Burn your books and whiten the brass.”
Why does the black raven look to the Devil? Because we must die within ourselves, because it is necessary to disintegrate the “inhuman elements” or ego that we carry within our psyche. It is urgent to reduce them to ashes, to cosmic dust. This is how we will be able to “whiten the brass.” This brass or copper is represented in the Morning Star. You already know with complete clarity that one day, not long ago, this Morning Star was “Lucifer,” the “Maker of Light.”
If we succeed then, to cause all that within ourselves which is inhuman to die, we will whiten the brass, whiten the Devil. This Devil is the reflection of the Logos within ourselves, here and now. In the past, he was the most Luminous Archangel, resplendent in infinite space. He, is (we say) the most important part of our Being; it is our own Being, which in the past was luminous, resplendent, marvelous (the most supreme Archangel). Unfortunately, when we fell to the Animal Reproduction, he was cast into the inferno. Now he is black like carbon; due to us he is in a miserable state.
Yes, he weeps because we changed him so like this: we made him black, like carbon, and now we must whiten him. This is only possible by disintegrating the “inhuman elements” which we carry inside, disintegrating our psychological errors, to put an end to the “myself,” dying here and now. But if we continue with our errors, if we continue on the path of fornication, of hatred, of lust, of envy, of hypocrisy, of pride, etc., etc., he will continue in disgrace.
- Samael Aun Weor, “The Fifth Gospel”
(Additional note on this post: There was indeed a cornerstone discovered within the foundations of the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris in 1710 with the engraving of Cernunnos or the “horned god” of Celtic teachings.)