WE UNDERSTAND that "the human being" [1.101] is the rational; "the lion," the irascible; "the young cow," the passionately desiring; "the eagle," the conscience over the others, 2 which Paul calls "spirit of the human being." 3 The one seated is the Father; the wind [1.4], the Holy Spirit; the cloud, the Son.4 "Out of the north" means from the introductory, leading to the greater things; "brightness," on account of being illuminated;5 "fire," because of the instruction; the "flashing with fire," since from the gaps come the chastisements. The purified part of the soul is called "electrum," which must mean that "the likeness of the human being" [1.5] is presupposed. But every rational nature is "winged" [1.6-7] with spiritual wings.6 But they are bound closely together with each other by what is common and through likemindedness. The "human hand underneath" [1.8] is so-called____________________
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Publication information: Book title: St. Gregory Thaumaturgus:Life and Works. Contributors: Michael Slusser - Translator, Saint Gregory Thaumaturgus - Author. Publisher: Catholic University of America Press. Place of publication: Washington, DC. Publication year: 1998. Page number: 187.
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