"Wisdom is the science of the spirit, just as knowledge is the science of matter. Knowledge is separate and objective, whilst wisdom is synthetic and subjective. Knowledge divides; wisdom unites. Knowledge differentiates whilst wisdom blends. What, then, is meant by the understanding?
The understanding may be defined as the faculty of the Thinker in Time to appropriate knowledge as the foundation for wisdom, that which enables him to adapt the things of form to the life of the spirit, and to take the flashes of inspiration that come to him from the Hall of Wisdom and link them to the facts of the Hall of Learning. Perhaps the whole idea might be expressed in this way: Wisdom concerns the one Self, knowledge deals with the not-self, whilst the understanding is the point of view of the Ego, or Thinker, or his relation between them.
In the Hall of Ignorance the form controls, and the material side of things has the predominance. Man is there polarized in the personality or lower self. In the Hall of Learning the higher self, or Ego, strives to dominate that form until gradually a point of equilibrium is reached where the man is controlled entirely by neither. Later the Ego controls more and more, until in the Hall of Wisdom it dominates in the three lower worlds, and in increasing degree the inherent divinity assumes the mastery."
~Initiation, Human & Solar
"When you get to the 48th gate you see that you‟re crossing the spleen in the same stream. One of the oldest ways that I describe this process is that the 18th gate is a faucet, a tap at your sink, and that basically it‟s a leaky faucet—one drop at a time. Remember it‟s splenic. It‟s one drop at a time. And that one drop at a time of correction, of recognition of what needs to be corrected, does not bring solutions. The 18 is not here to bring solutions. They‟re here to say what's wrong. They‟re here to point out what's wrong. They're here to direct where correction can take place. But the 48th gate is a gate of the well, it‟s a gate of depth and it collects every drop.
Now look at this gate. There is only one blue line and it's the 6th line. Depth is innate. You don‟t become deep. One of the great jokes—everybody thinks that because they read a thousand books they‟ve made themselves deep. But if you don't have the depth in the first place, those thousand books are flushed as they go through. Depth is something else. Depth is a well that fills and it fills so that everyone can drink from it. It is a collective well, not a tribal well, not an individual personal well, this is the collective well, and it is open to all. It's also the gate of black magic. It‟s the gate of turning straw into gold, all those things…
When I look back at my life prior to my disappearance and ended up coming here to Ibiza, I had gone through three wives, maybe seven careers in a very, very short period of time, had taken in an enormous amounts of information both in the classical sense and in the professional sense and in the private sense. And for all of the potential that I had, whether it was my intelligence, my talent, my creativity, my performance ability, and on and on, I was a lost being, and a lost being that assumed that nothing had been gained by all that experience. I had no access to my depth. I had no idea that there was a synthesis going on. I had no idea that I was incommunicado.
One of the things about the well is that the 48th gate is deeply connected to Uranus. And that you'll notice that not a single line here has Uranus mentioned. But this is very much Uranian. It‟s Uranian in the sense of the way in which the lifespan works. It's almost like the cover is on the well until your midlife. It‟s very Uranian in that sense.
The other thing is that unlike the 18 that it is very specific in the identification of correction, that the 48, because it is a natural synthetic field actually produces a totally different solution. You cannot go directly from the 18 to the 48. You are, after all, going through the spleen. It‟s not like they‟re harmonics. There is something that is going on in this process…
When I was about 10 years old I had bought a new little notebook for drawing. I like to draw. I love to draw; as a kid particularly. And I decided that I was going to write a book. And I was going to write a book about everything. I was going to create a planet. And I was going to describe how everything worked on the planet. And then I realized that I couldn‟t. I realized that I actually had the depth, but I didn't know how to use it. I didn't know how to describe it, because I'd never experienced the depth that was already there. The whole thing about the 48 is that you are adequate, but until you go through life, you don't realize how adequate you really are. And the longer you are in the life process, the more adequacy you recognize.
Many years later I would write a book about a planet and describe how everything works. It‟s absolutely amazing. I still think back to that moment. It's something that comes to me every once in awhile. It was like the Gods saying to me, you do have the depth for this. Wait, you‟ll see. We‟re not going to let you in now, you‟re not equipped. You have to go through the patterns. The one thing we know about logic, the one thing I respect about logic is that logic is willing to say that this is theory until proven. You are adequate until proven inadequate. This is really the logic. You‟re innocent until proven guilty…
48th gate is putting the fear of inadequacy into every one. Oh, boy can I make you feel inadequate. You know it; in a moment, in a breath. And what I demand of you is that you learn new skills. That's all. This is a classic 48/16 piece of business if there ever was one.
Again, you have to see that one of the things that I did to my partners I didn‟t know that. Why do you think there is so much divorce in my generation, we all have Neptune in the 48, we all made our partners feel inadequate, all of us. So you end up with this huge wave of divorce. And not only divorce, but an enormous rise in alcoholism, drug use, families breaking up because mom is a junkie, and on and on and on and on and on. All of that is Neptune in the 48."
~Ra Uru Hu