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Foundation of Ancient Mexico City

By AD 1325, according to legend, the wandering Mexica tribe (Aztecs) wished to build a permanent city.  They have been told by the gods to build their city in the spot where an eagle, perched on a cactus, would be seen eating a snake. The symbols were found in a region of lakes and islands.  It was in this area where the Aztecs founded their great city of Tenochtitlán, right where we have today's Mexico City.

S.A.W. chose the symbol above, which came from this great Mexican legend, as the Logo for his newly founded institution:  "Asociación Gnóstica de Estudios de Antropología y Ciencias, Asociación Civil (A.G.E.A.C.A.C.)" (The Gnostic Association of Anthropology and Scientific Studies) where an "Asociación Civil" is an equivalent here in the U.S. to a not-for-profit organization.

There is an additional feature to this symbol: there is a scarab right on the eagle's chest.  The Scarab is a symbol for eternity.  We may also notice that an upright equilateral triangle is formed when extrapolating the sides of the eagle's wings upwards, meeting at a point right above the serpent; the base of this imaginary triangle is found by connecting the tips of the wings through an imaginary horizontal line.  The upright triangle has been used as a symbol of the three primary forces of the universe, whose names are varied in many cultures and throughout many different times and social circumstances:  1st Logos (represented with the blue color), 2nd Logos (represented in yellow) and 3rd Logos (represented in red); the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit; Sephiroths Kether, Chockmah, and Binah (see the Tree of Life diagram in the Kabbalah section); Brahama, Vishnu, and Shiva; the "positive", the "negative" and the "neutral"; and others.  Interestingly, the diverse combinations of these primary colors make up the rest of the colors of the color spectrum of the universe as it is visible to the human eye.  All these three principles are nothing but three aspects of the same Beginning, the same Creator.  This upright equilateral triangle represents also the ascension of materialism towards spirituality (represented many times by high-altitude birds such as eagles and hawks), the human disposition of transcending gross human imperfection (which causes attachment, desire and suffering) in order to experience permanent conscious complete enlightenment.  The eagle devouring the serpent in this figure here represents, thus, within the process of complete enlightenment, the overcoming of human attachment and desire that usually lead to suffering.


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