The Hebrew letter Vau means nail, and it represents the ‘son’ of the tetragrammaton which refers to Dionysus, Jesus Christ and other sacrificed gods. The nail of crucifixion connects spirit to matter and symbolizes the painful nature of awareness. Suffering is the source of all spiritual gold, just as dedicated sacrifice is the liberator of the energy of creation. Vau represents the connection between the spiritual and material existence which has been lost. The mission of the Hierophant is the reconnection of that link; he is a Pontifex or bridge builder. Vau symbolizes our spine, which kundalini energy ascends when our spiritual centres are open. The Hierophants’ staff is like a spine with a snake coiled around it, and the stone at the top is his pineal gland, which is also the third eye. This precious stone is the Philosophers Stone, the end result of the alchemical quest for enlightenment.
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