In other lectures we explained that when Jacob (the Bodhisattva of the Archangel Israel) is returning with his four wives in order to meet Esau his brother, Jacob is afraid of Esau because Jacob stole from Esau the blessings of his father Isaac and he doesn’t know what Esau is going to do. Esau represents the animal forces that come from Geburah, from the Ox, into the liver. All the forces of Geburah from the liver are stored in the blood of the body and control the body.
And when Rebecca’s days to be delivered were fulfilled, behold, there were twins in her womb. And the first came out red, all over like an hairy garment; and they called his name Esau.
And after that came his brother out, and his hand took hold on Esau's heel; and his name was called Jacob: And the boys grew: and Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field; and Jacob was a plain man, dwelling in tents. And Isaac loved Esau, because he did eat of his venison: but Rebecca loved Jacob. And Jacob sod pottage: and Esau came from the field, and he was faint: And Esau said to Jacob, Feed me, I pray thee, with that same red pottage; for I am faint: therefore was his name called Edom. And Jacob said, Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright. - Genesis 25: 24-26
So when Jacob - who represents the forces of the heart - wants to meet Esau, he is afraid.
And Jacob said, O God of my father Abraham, and God of my father Isaac… Deliver me, I pray thee, from the hand of my brother, from the hand of Esau: for I fear him, lest he will come and smite me. - Genesis 32: 9-11
Where do you think Jacob and Esau meet? They meet in Yesod, in the sexual force, because Jacob represents the heart (Tiphereth) which through the nose (smell) brings the spirit (the wind, Ruach) of the lungs which is God ‘El’, in order to purify Esau the blood from the liver; thereafter from the heart the blood goes again into the body as purified blood and into the sexual organs. Thus, Jacob is united with the Spirit of the lungs which is the breath of God. The breath of God (Aleph) enters through the nose when we breathe. Remember that the sense of smell is Tiphereth. So the sense of smell Tiphereth (the soul) breathes and takes the breath of God into the lungs and purifies the blood in the heart; the heart is also Tiphereth, which is Jacob. Thus, Jacob as purified blood descends from the heart into the sexual organs. But Esau the forces of the liver, which is impure blood, also go into the sexual organs; and the most powerful forces between Jacob and Esau are the animal forces of Esau.
Esau is the father of all this humanity because Esau represents the animal forces of the liver.
Esau was a cunning hunter, a man of the field...
Esau acts through the forces of Samael in the body of any animal. The forces of Samael, when coming down into the animal kingdom, gives forces of creation to the horses, bulls, lions, to all those animals that we find in the kingdom and unto us also, the intellectual animals. We receive the strength of Samael. That strength in the body is named Esau, from which the heart (Jacob) took the blessings of Isaac (who is Geburah in the Tree of Life) through the blood.
So Jacob is going to meet Esau, and Jacob is afraid and says, “I stole Esau’s blessings; maybe he will kill me.” So then Jacob sends gifts to Esau his brother.
And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled an angel with him until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him, he touched the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaketh. And he said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed. And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh. - Genesis 32: 24 31
So, when he is left alone, an angel appears and fights with him. This is what is written in the book of Genesis.
Who is this angel that fights with him? This angel is Samael. Samael is the angel that gives strength to Esau in the body. Yet Jacob wants to serve God (Kether, the great wind) in the sexual act. He is left alone in the field - as is written in the Bible - this field is Yesod (sex), the sexual organ. In Yesod (Scorpio) he meets and finds the forces of Samael (which in the body are Esau) and he fights with him.
Jacob fighting with Esau is the same thing as fighting with Samael. In that fight, the liver-blood-forces of Samael through Esau want to reach the orgasm, the spasm of the animals, but the blood from the heart, Jacob as an initiate wants to steal the fire from the devil, which is Esau. Thus, during that fight the angel Samael through Esau feels himself defeated and thus he touches the hollow of his thigh; and the hollow of Jacob's thigh was out of joint, as he wrestled with him; Jacob’s leg or “Jacob's thigh” points to his sexual organs. Thereafter, Jacob's thigh was out of joint, and he halted upon his thigh, in other words it is out of joint. After that Jacob is limping.
What did the angel Samael take from Jacob so that he limped? He took the power of Esau from him, because he was fighting with him. That power is the power of creation. In other words he took from him the creative animal power, thus Jacob was left only with the spiritual power of sex; that spiritual power is given when Samael blesses him.
And Jacob said, I will not let thee go, except thou bless me. And he said unto him, What is thy name? And he said, Jacob. And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.
Samael through Esau (the blood from the liver) fought against Jacob (the blood from the heart). That fight is in the very sexual act of the man and woman.
Esau is the animal power in the blood. This is what we call Behemoth, which is the problem that all the students and all people have when they enter into the Gnostic path; it is precisely the orgasm, that bestiality that we have within that expresses through the physical body, through the animal mind. Sometimes students before going to bed pray, and nonetheless they have nocturnal pollutions because the body (Esau) is very strong and does not care about God’s birthright. Esau despises it, he wants to fulfill desire. Esau is a hunter that wants pleasure, the animal way. Jacob defeats him through the heart.
And Jacob asked [him], and said, Tell [me], I pray thee, thy name.
In the Bible the name of the angel is not given, but The Zohar says that angel is Samael. Samael answers,
Wherefore [is] it [that] thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.
To receive the blessing of Samael, which is the power of Geburah in the very sexual act, is the most wonderful thing that you can ever receive, because then the energy instead of going out from the body as in any animal, goes up through the spinal medulla. Samael in Yesod-Scorpio is Shaddai-El-Chai (the almighty power of the living God). Thus, when in Solomon’s invocation we say, “Shaddai Adonai Iod-Hei-Vav-Hei, Eheieh Asher Eheieh,” the energy goes from Yesod up to Kether through the spine. Then we have defeated Esau, the forces of the animal, and obtained the blessing of Samael. This is what we have to understand and comprehend in relation with this Biblical myth of Jacob and Esau.
This is why Jacob called the name of the place of the fight Peniel. Peniel relates to the pine tree, which grows straight and is related with Saturn, the forces of the Holy Spirit. In winter, the pine is always green. The pine is related with the mind, so when you have that Peniel, the forces of the pine in your hand, this means that you have control over Esau, your animal mind, and you tamed it. Peniel is also related with the pineal gland, which is in the middle of the brain; the forces of the Holy Spirit are in the pineal gland, in the Peniel. Thus, in the very moment when he was fighting, Jacob was taking the forces of sex, the sexual forces of Yesod, through the spinal medulla to the pineal gland (the crown chakra). This is called sexual transmutation or sexual transformation.
This is how you comprehend - physically speaking - what the advent of Samael is in anyone of us. Samael is a great archangel, a great Logos who rules the head in Aries and the sexual organs in Scorpio. This is why this archangel is very well known in Kabbalah, because any initiate who wants to enter into the path towards Chesed, towards Kether, the mercy of mercies, towards God, has to fight with Samael. If you do not defeat Samael in the sexual act, you cannot enter initiation. To enter initiation you have to receive his blessings. Now you understand why when we talk about Samael we talk about the forces of creation from God.
Excerpted from the lecture "The Advent of Samael"