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Fortitude

 

Occurrences:  3

First Reference:  5th Endowment 3:27

 

Weaving and turning, shaping and gathering, even until there arose from out of the golden streams, seven women clothed in silver light; being themselves naked and unadorned by anything save virtue only; being themselves most beautiful and rare; and the names of the seven were: Wisdom, Benevolence, Faith, Justice, Fortitude, Beauty and Harmony.

 

 

See:  Areta, Azurgai

 

Summary:  Fortitude is one of the seven living reflections of Areta, the Supreme Mother of Heaven. The seven emanations of Areta are referred to as the Azurgai — existing as sovereign and living personifications brought forth to reflect the purest essence of the Supreme Mother. The Azurgai are represented by seven women of virtue: Wisdom, Benevolence, Faith, Justice, Fortitude, Beauty and Harmony (5:3:19-27). Each of the Azurgai served as surrogate mothers of the Ahgendai (5:3:52-63; 5:7:21-26). The seven virtues personified by the Azurgai are also designated as the pillars of holiness and exaltation (W:26:34-37), from which the seven dispensations of God are derived (4:6:13-56).

 

The Azurgai, Fortitude, addressed The One and Areta, requesting temporary possession of the oracle of the Ahgendai so that she and her sisters could observe its power and beauty (5:3:43-51).

 

 

Notes/References:

 

So spoke The One, and the Azurgai did take among themselves a deep and silent counsel; and when they were concluded, there came to stand before The One and Areta together, the woman called Fortitude; and she spoke, saying:

“Show us, Love, this oracle which you have made, for we would examine for ourselves the mystery of its making.” And The One reaching into his soul brought it forth to place within her hands.

And taking the oracle, Fortitude withdrew, to place before her shining sisters, the oracle of the Ahgendai; and peering into the depth of mystery, the Azurgai greatly marveled; for the oracle was beautiful and finely made, filling the Azurgai with a deep and aching need to take the oracle unto themselves.

5th Endowment 3:49-51

 

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