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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 10-The Market & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 10-Fortune

Posted on April 26, 2018 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- key 10-The Market, knows that fortune is found in the market. At the Market, the cross roads meet. Cycles, movement, flux and change rule the day in the market. As depicted on the card, both gods and mortals barter for what they need. As we all know, everything depends on someone or something else.The ancestor spirits, the Loa, depend on the servitors to manifest; the servitors need the animals and plants in order to grow physically and mentally; the animals need the servitors to feed and card for them. Here their is a very fragile chain of dependancy and if any link breaks, all fall.  If the greed causes one to take more than their fair share, all will suffer. This is well proven on our earth, where greed has poisoned the world we need to live on. The Market is a perfect example of the greater earth ecology.

This colorful card, takes on the image of the New Orleans French Market; the oldest operating market in this country. Purple dressed vendors are a daily sight in this market. They are members of a religious order that have come to sell their wares.

In the Qabalistic Tarot of the Thoth Tarot, ATU 10- Fortune, is known as the  Path of Caph (meaning Fist and is the Hebrew letter on bottom left of card) and runs from Chesed (mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Tree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillar of Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Sephiroth above Tiphareth are in the Higher Self).

The Path of Caph, has a mediating function and the planet Jupiter is assigned to this Path. Jupiter, is also said to govern the flow of blood, thus reinforcing the mediating function of Caph.

The letter Caph, is a "double letter', meaning that it is a union of opposites, riches and poverty, which are the natural fluctuations of Jupiter's forces on this path. Since this Path is one of the "Gateways to the Soul", the riches and poverty here are of the Psyche itself.

The meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of an activity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension.

This is a cycle, albeit a closed one, the spinning wheel of Fortune is considered a flow of Karma and or flow of life, which is a state in which you get what you put out. The wheel is an important symbol, besides that of a prayer wheel, it is also the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

This is not a roulette wheel of chance and accidents, for in Qabalah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destiny which the words "freedom of choice" imply. Many seem fated, simply because they are programed by the culture they live in, and will suffer the "fate" of that culture. However, when the Unconsicous and the consciousness flow together in a figure 8 of equality, one is now the master of they destiny. Hence, the wheel of  Life's Fortune supplies us with what we earn, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.

The interchange of opposites is what makes the wheel Spin, in this case, we have, the Feminine, Geburah: Severity, and the masculine Chesed: Mercy, interchanging their forces and form. This interchange of opposites, is shown by the 10 Spokes on the Thoth Tarot card, symbolizing the 10 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is a continuity of Force and Form, in equilibrium.

In his work, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom, Dr. Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation which would best be seen as a gyroscope, two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions., for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or moving opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.

What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Tarot Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of the Wheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as the Pharaoh, usually shown vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a women on a male lion's body. Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same form. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power,

The Qabalistic concept of the Sphinx is that it is the Synthesis of all Elemental Forces, much like the Pentagram symbol of Man, where the Spirit is the Fifth element above and added to the four elements of the animal kingdom. In fact, among the documents of the Enochian Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, the Sphinx has four forms, that of a Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion. These four faces are also described by Ezekiel in the Bible interpretation of his vision. The Wheel of Fortune, is the glyph of perpetual motion where the flying Eagle balances the Man; the roaring Lion counterpoises the laborious Bull.

As stated, the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardian to the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death. Thus the Sphinx is a gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage.

The Sphinx also symbolizes the directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps the Personality from absorbing more force than its system can handle.

  By correctly answering the question of the Sphinx, which is an extension of the Greek Axiom, Man know thyself, implies that one is ready to pass through the gate of inner consciousness. As in the Oedipus legend, once correctly answered, the Sphinx throws itself back into the Sea which to a Qabalist means that the Gate keeper is no longer needed and is reabsorbed into the vast Ocean of the Univesal Collective Unconscious that created it. If the initiate can't answer the Sphinx's question, they are "slain" which is the protection part of the Sphinx, as it sends back those personalities that are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space.

The dog faced monkey, on the left side of the wheel, is in reference to the Plutonian, Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the not only the companion of Thoth but also the symbol of time and eternity. Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks as Hermes and Egyptians as Thoth, is the inventor of writing and the scribe for the Gods whose duty was to record the results of the weighing of the Souls on the Path of Lamed (See the Adjustment Card).

Thoth is also said to divided time into months, seasons and years. Thus his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity. In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the vibratory patterns that turn the wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the wheel of Fortune means that when the Higher Self, that brings the Elements under control, bestows upon the Personality that "knows itself" faithful companions that are the "words" (definitions), vibratory patterns that free the Personality from the General Wheel of Fortune and/or Karma that governs the "sleeping souls" who "above all things don't know themselves.".

The Thoth Tarot-Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the Sphinx, Hermanubis and Typhon; Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis and is written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand, Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who is illustrated as a snake, Typhon was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of Myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris known as Set. The combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is the Pushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward. Knowing this may cause one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life.

When the FORTUNE or THE MARKET CARD is thrown during a reading:

• It indicates that in the next 10 weeks or 10 months there shall be new opportunities for creating fortune in the querent's life.

• Life is moving and being busy here, so breakthroughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.

• Generally, this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.

• The cycle of the law of attraction, where like attracts like.

  • A rapid change of fortune.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 9-Couche' & The Thoth Tarot-ATU 9-The Hermit

Posted on April 25, 2018 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

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The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.

-Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude


The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 9-Couche', depicts the ritual seclusion undergone by the prospective neophyte's and/or intitates. This ritual seclusion must happen before the mysteries are revealed. The initiates now go through a ritual gestation and rebirth. Representing the womb before rebirth, the initiates partake of the dark solitude of this period of gestation which is an environment of introspection and of new found revelations. A sponser cares for each initiate, as they lie in a fetal position, with a chicken at their feet. Organic matter anoints the forhead of each initiate.

Latter, the chicken's are sacrificed and cooked for the initiate's meal.  Now before you get all "uppity" over animal sacrifice, one must remember that we sacrifice millions of animals for our meals everyday. Those of us who lived on a farm or ranch, did this ritual for dinner, often. City folk just hire a unknown butcher to sacrifice their meal animal. The missunderstanding of this Voodoo ritual, is just one of hypocracy and/or self-absorbed thinking. Anyone with half a bean for a brain knows that life eats itself to stay alive. We know that slaughter, is the killing of animals for food, and sacrifice is offering a deity, anything, as homage. To offer what we value the most, is proper homage, for to offer what is of little value, is insult. We all place a high value on food.Hence, they first feed the inner divinity of the individual, than latter, then  a meal is cooked for the outer person.In voodoo it is known that if we choose to continue a valuable life, we must be worthy of all the lives taken by us so  that we maybe able to continue living upon this earth.Life depends on the alive/life.Therefore, this ritual also brings the concept of life feeds life, to the initiate.

Therefore, the attributes of this card is about the inner sanctuary, and the maintence of a safe place for ritual growth.



The Thoth- ATU 9-The Hermit Tarot card represents the Universal Principle of completion, contemplation, and introspection. Therefore, the Hermit symbolizes the shower of the wise way, who lights the way of wisdom in the experiences of life and is an invaluable inner resource for assisting us and others in our daily lives.

The 3 headed dog, represents the Greek Cerberus, guardian of the underworld, which signifies the part of our nature that knows things are complete, one head looking behind on the Thoth card, before we move our attention forward into the present and future. Cerberus, represents the dark inner and unknown parts of ourselves that we should explore and incorporate before wholeness of self can be experienced as "Now".

The burgundy cloak is the Egyptian symbol of Mother's blood that represents the inherent honesty and integrity (virtue) within all of us. It pays to remember that we inherit the great Wisdom, Integrity, and Virtue of the Divine and through introspection and contemplation we can "Remember our Divinity".

Astrologically, the Hermit represents the astrological house of Virgo (the wheat in the back ground), which is the sign that represents attention to details, organization, and beauty.

The egg wrapped in the serpent, is called the Orphic egg and symbolizes the ability to give birth to new spiritual and physical forms.

A short explanation: if this card is drawn, it usually means that knowledge is needed in the querent’s life and having the need to listen closely to the master within. Contemplation, introspection by means of meditation is a method of achieving such a goal of inner wisdom.

THE HERMIT-key 9, is known as the Path of Yod on the Tree of Life, and connects Tiphareth ( 6th Sephiroth called: Beauty) and Chesed (4th Sephiroth called: Mercy). In other words, the Path of Yod connects the Christ-Buddha intelligence of our Soul to the Architect of Manifestation that is Chesed. This is the self-sustaining point of primal beginnings in the Universe. It is the coming of the Light of manifestation through the Microcosm; the manifested Universe in direct contact with the Source of All.

The Path of Yod, is from the Demiurge out of darkness and is known as the Intelligence of Will. The Hebrew letter Yod, means Hand and according to the text Sepher Yetzirah, Yod is a simple letter that is attributed to sexual love. (Needless to say, sexual love and hands do go rather well together...as if I could resist that!)

The letter Yod is therefore, phallic in shape and is considered the Male-Fire which rushes out toward the Female-Water. These meanings seem curious at first, since the sign of Virgo (the Virgin) is attributed to this Path, giving us the understanding that the Hermit is to be ever-virgin, pure and totally innocent. Hence, this is the virginal sexual act of communion with the "Inner Lover" and/or the "Secret Lover" of the Western mysteries, i.e., the Soul.

The very word itself, Hermit, comes from a Greek word meaning desert, the place where extreme ascetic monks lived in walled up rooms with one window. Which seems to add to the very mystery and solitariness of the Hermit figure standing alone, holding its own source of light. Reminds me of the statement;  Christ as the "Light of the World" .

This image of the desert is a compelling one, as it is conceptually a vast expanse of earth, seemingly as vast as the Ocean. Binah, the Great Mother is often called the Great Ocean Mother Mari, and is seen in the image of the dark, deep, endless waters of the Universal Unconsciousness. Thus, we can envision the desert as a conceptualization of crystallized precipitation out of the Vast Ocean of Binah....which is called "The electromagnetic spectrum". It should be noted, that the Higher the card is on the Tree of Life, the more important it is that we let the card suggest such images as they will. So once again I heartily suggest skrying the cards in a dark mirror relfection, as an aid for deeper understanding.

The same intelligent energy suggested by the FOOL card, also expressed the HERMIT, as the wise old age of the Child (Daath- which means Knowledge) and the virgin beginning of a new sequence...From Macrocosm to Microcosm. Here the Microcosm is seen as the purity and innocence of the Fool that is transformed by its "passing through" the Ocean of Binah. In other words, the purity of idea, transformed into form by the Understanding of Binah, the Mother of Consciousness. When we look at the HERMIT card, we see an Old Man, and nothing of the Child, yet they are one and the same, a concept maybe best understood by meditating on the image of the Serpent that eats its own tail.

THE HERMIT also represents communication between the Higher Self of Tiphareth, and the Spiritual Self of Kether, i.e. The Rauch and the Yechidah as they are known to Qabalists. The Hermit is called the first of the three great initiatory cards, LUST, and THE CHARIOT being the other two. However, the experiences of all three of these initiatory Paths may be gained on the Path of the Priestess (middle pillar), the one that goes straight up from Tiphareth to Kether, crossing the Abyss and its devastating isolation while the instate experiences Divine reconciliation through isolation.

Of the Hermit, the descriptions are many, but it must be remembered that this Key-9 Card is primarily about union, representing the first point of awareness of the Supreme Spiritual Self, the I Am, which is a union that is often explained in the most erotic of imagery as it is a copulation of Identity and Intelligence; an action from which the Microcosm is born.

On the Tree of Life, Tiphareth is the Objective Solar Logos, the center of objective energy produced by the Sephiroth- Chesed (Demiurge) as a direct link of the lower to the higher, Since Paths are subjective, the Path of Yod, the subjective link of understanding, is the Hermit. Simply because if we are to understand the Transitional Energy, from Demiurge to Logos, we must Travel the Path of the Hermit, rising above Tiphareth toward Chesed, in order to subjectively view the Logos center! In both Hebrew and Greek Metaphysics, Logos means 'Word", depicting vibrational Power. The Greek scholar, Heraclitus, described the Logos as a "spermatic; a Divine Fire which stimulated and maintained order".

I hope I clearly established the fact that The Path of Yod (Hand) which is THE HERMIT card, is the Path of Spiritual Fire into the Microcosm (Microprosopus). The Yod is the All Father, Chokma and the PATH OF YOD, is the manifestation before the Abyss which is related to the Logos (Word) that is objectified as Tiphareth on the Tree of Life. The "Word" is Eheieh in Hebrew, which means I Will Be. Therefore, the Soul is the objectification of that Will. To some the Logos or Word, is confusing: However, the Word is that vibratory will/ force which continually stimulates manifestation and is often shown as a serpent or Python. Such stimulation also energizes the principles of form (Binah) which it has produced. Thus Kether, the Crown, the origin of Fiery Spirit, is seen as the One that from itself produced Two which refers to the Electric (Male) and Magnetic (Female) forces of the One Energy where 0=8, two from one.  There is a lot to wrap your brain around here, but that is mostly true of all the symbolism of the Major Arcana.

Often, the Hermit is related to the Christ figure, but he is better related to the Hebrew pathfinder Moses who led his people across the Egyptian desert. In fact, an early Gnostic sect, The Simonion Gnostics, that had taken its name from Simon Magus, first described in the Acts of the Apostles, that the Logos was objectified as Moses. These second century Gnostics taught that the Book of Exodus was an allegory of the soul being led by the Logos (Moses) through the desert of human life into the spiritual promised land. Many of us of the Western culture, know the story of Moses as a Thaumaturge (Arch-magician), whose staff is a wand of enormous power that can strike water from rock and turn into a serpent upon his bidding. The "Magi's wand", turning into a serpent force, is an allegory that refers to the use of Kundalini (Yod) force by the Adept Magician. This serpentine force is a Sacred Fire that is the essence of the Logos transmitted by the phallic wand. To a Tantric, this wand would be called the Divya Linga., Divine Lingam.

Other references to Moses and the Sacred Fire, is the told as God interacting with Moses through a burning bush. Making Moses an intermediary or tool of the Supreme Father. Thus, Moses is the "Hand of God", which emphasizes the meaning of Yod as hand. In Fact, the hand of the Hermit is open, as opposed to the closed fist- meaning of the Wheel of Fortune (see ATU 10), and means ultimate Power while also depicting innocence, as an open hand can give or take without the impediments of thoughts or moral restrictions.

The Thoth Hermit card, shows the lone figure cloaked in the Red  blood of Mother-Binah, showing that he is rooted in the Great Mother and emphasizing the motion and activity that is essential to the Yod which is the Intercourse of Chokma and Binah. He flows to She who then conceptualizes energy into form and/or from the Wisdom of Chokma is objectified by Understanding (Binah). The concept of the Cosmos encircled by the Fiery Spirit (Yod), is shown by the Orphic egg, wrapped in a serpentine image of the spiral energy. Cerberus, the Greek three headed dog who guards the gates of Hell, is tamed by the Hermit and is a willing companion. Hence, past-present and future are companions.  There is an interesting connection here to the Goddess Hell-Aine, and Her Three Yonis (Vagina) - Maid-Mother and Crone), but I'll leave further explanation up to the investigative student of Tantric magic, as I don't wish to offend the flesh-o-phobes of our dogmatic culture.

The image of the spermatozoon. Represents the Yod energies in the world even though the staff which transmits sexual force (Kundalini) is totally hidden. Which is not the case of the Japanese ink scroll depiction of Bodhidharma (470-543 CE.), the first patriarch of Chinese and Japanese Buddhism who himself was as a Moses and has tented his robe with his erection. The Spiritual Fire and wand, of a Magus is depicted in this illustration ...before the flesh-o-phobia of Division-ism became the popular separation of spirit, mind and body. but by putting the wand as a decorative hand instrument, it is symbolizing the Yod-Hand-Phallus connection.

I wonder, has it ever occurred to common man, that if you divide the spirit (Will), Mind (intelligence) from the sacred- body, that it only leads to enslavement?

As Crowley states in his BOOK OF THOTH, "In this Trump is shown the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. Yod=Phallus= Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin".

Finding out why the Divine Couple of the Universe worked for over 13.8 billion years to build below, in the Malkuth World of Physical Mater, a Divine Soul called Hu (Chinese for God ) Man (Hindu word-Manas: meaning mind) i.e. YOU, and then a Homo-Sapiens body that can be the avatar of this Soul, will help establish Spirit body Union and the axiom "Above all things know thyself!". A lot of Divine work went into the making of you, on all planes of Life----and a lot of man-made history has been devoted to the Pavlovian process of demeaning yourself so that you could be ruled by those who can't rule themselves. Something to ponder, as your self-value flounders around in debt-slavery, trying to make "ends meet".

To "round up" The Thoth Tarot Card, THE HERMIT, is the Path of Yod on the Tree of Life, the shape of which the figure is posed on the card. As I’ve prolifically stated the Yod force enervates to keep the world in order, a stimulus that could be described as a fertilization. Thus, the world is shown as barren but with potential, as barely visible wheat sheaves, as the Hermit begins his "vibratory Walk' upon it.

Yod is linked with Kether [The Crown] the Highest Point of the Logos, i.e. the Primary energy from which manifestation derives and/or The One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, and is always shown as a phallus since it is the Cosmic Phallic Force.

The lantern in the hand of the Thoth Hermit represents Tiphareth (Beauty), and makes a metaphysical statement about the nature of Light. Most of us know that everything is made of Stars and of the Light of Stars. Light, being composed of sub-atomic particles (Photons) is the principle of manifestation, or energy-material on which all Creation is built. The Hermits lantern represents “His own Sun" or the Core Sun that all Stars come from. The Fertilizing Light, that makes the barren Space-womb fruitful.The combination of electrons (Feminine-negative) and protons( Male-Positive electrons), forms all molecular structures.

The Hermit represents, as a glyph, the nature of primal manifestation beneath the Abyss. He is a representation of the relationship between Light and the Sacred Dark-Fire symbolized by Yod.

To those who are on a mundane journey where a better credit score is the ultimate quest, this card has mundane meanings in a reading, but as a meditation device, skrying this card will aid in understanding the God Trinity of THE HERMIT -YOD, THE EMPEROR-HEH, AND THE HIEROPHANT-VAU., There is a clue to a deeper understanding in the placement of the letters, Yod, Heh, Vau, on the Tree of Life. The letters work together as a trinity from Chesed (Mercy) to Tiphareth (Beauty) to Chokmah (Wisdom) and back to Chesed. Many rewards come to those who research and study.

When the Hermit Card or Couche' card is thrown during a reading:

• It is about the principle of introspection, completion and space.

• This is representative of the deeper marriage of the Divine within ourselves, and is often a message that more knowledge is needed.

• This is definitely a "above all things, know thyself' message. The Hermit represents the inward search to find personal truth, where despair, isolation, as well as, accomplishments and gains, must be accepted.

• Also, Personal Integrity, the I AM Me, which is always be true to you.

• it implies that knowledge is needed, meditation and prayer are to be used to hear the inner self.

• A deep desire to follow that which is meaningful and/or heartfelt to you.

• Time to gather enough data and information in order to sort things out.

• Introspection which may require you to withdraw from others or the usual environment in order to gain the perspectives needed.

• A stage in life where Wisdom is sought.

  • A sense of the sacredness of all life.

This is a great card for skrying, as it is of the Inner Wisdom that we so much need to KNOW OURSELVES!

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key8-Possession & The Thoth Tarot-ATU-11-Lust

Posted on April 24, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

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In this Military Industrial Empire of Multi-National Corporations, which obsfucate and indoctrinate by dividing and conquering, we have forgotten our Lust for being. By dividing our spirit from our mind and bodies we have become mentally lost in the cacophony of commercialism. Personality, culturally made and ruler approved, is now the "lesser" self, rather than the One Great Self.  Now spirit becomes an achievement, that one must purchase from a religion, or a dogma, rather than the Will of the One Energy, animating us as Sensual-Spiritual-Self. Because of this divisionism we have become automatons of our environment who are reaction instead of the powerful positive active expression of I AM ME who changes environment by the Power of Presence and the Lust of Being.

Possession is a great fear of the animal self, generated by the "Lizard brain", who's personal hold on the Homo-sapiens body is tenuous; Tenous becase this hold is fear based. However, those who are used to ensalvement, find freedom even more terrifying than chains and rather be possessed by fear and mastered by whips, than the uncertainty of freedom.

The Homo-erectis (erect homonoid) was genetically modified, hundreds of thousand years ago by the Anunnaki (Those who from the Sky came) and/or as in Genesis, "the angels who married the women of men". Hence, our Souls, are of the Gallactic People, while our body is of Earth people. Therefore, the body of the Homo Sapiens,("Wise Man") is already "possessed" by what we call our Soul/Psyche; a greater intelligence "from the Stars",i.e., the "Sun/Son of God". We may have began as slaves, but latter, after the wars that overcame the "gods", we became sole inheritors of earth. We as bodies have a ternary brain that in mundane terms, is the Lizard brain, the mamal brain and the Human brain sections. Hu is Mandarine for God, and Man is from the Hindu, Manas, meaning Mind. Hence, our Human is not the Homo spaiens, it is our Psyche!

To be possessed by your Higher Self is the ascension of the homo-sapiens. The animal personality  is based on survival thinking and therefore, completely bogged down in superstition and fear of the unknown. It is ripe for the superstitious dogma of "those who rule definition" by punishment.Hence, enslaving your persona. If the Truth be known, we are both Master and Masterpiece, in a perfect union that has become part of the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or the One Mind. We have no master, for we threw them off of earth during the "god wars". The arrogance of the Anunnaki didn't see that by splicing their DNA with that of Homo-erectis, they created a Titan.

Earth is a proven survivor. She has nearly been wiped clean of life at least 3 times. Yet, she is bristling with life. She builds very tough people on every brance of her Tree of Life. Add an advanced Gallactic Intelligence to one of those tough-predatory people and you get "hell to pay"! We have already proved that one!

Research will show you, that our origins are in question, as many scientist are going over to the "we are not from here" side of thinking.I'll not debate this pro and con in this blog, for the even the archaeological evidence is overwhelming and the fact that we are being watched today, by "UFO's" is also very obvious.This colony of a Universal Collective of Galactic peoples, "those who from the sky came", and is an important one to the One who is the Collective of  Higher-Selves, that make up the Greater Self and or the Supreme Spiritual Being, as the Qabalsits call that Mind.

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 8-Possession, knows that dance and whirling motion sets the stage for possession as do the whirling dervishes of the Sufi.  It is one of the "Mysteries" of Dionysis, where divine drunkeness and ecstasy moves the dance inward to the brink of individual being and the border line of Great Collective Being. The personality made for the Homo Sapiens by its culture, is by passed and we are now possessed by our Hu-Man. The God-Mind is of a "Higher" frequency than that of the animal. This Hu-Man is called the Soul, Psyche and/or Higher Self. The Soul knows you into existence and obviously "wishes to be you", but freedom of choice is never violated by the Higher Self, for it sees all as It-Self. This Higher Self is made of the experiences of the archetypes. Hence, in Voodoo dance, the Loa and/or Archetype spirits, are met through our connection with the Higher Self when the personality is all bound up in ecstasy. When we release the man-made personality, by ritual dance, meditation, etc., we bypass, the "lesser self" and become a Greater Self. Like a stream that flows into an Ocean, becoming a greater volume of water, we become Greater Volume of Psyche.

We all are subject to possession, for even now our individual mind is being possessed by the state. Freedom and liberty are just words, that no State or Government on Earth will allow in true form. They all say they are here for your protection and to some extent that is true, until you protest against their obvious violations. Those who rule definition have only one wish, be blind to their workings and be compliant. 

Therefore, Indoctrination and dogma have become our persona. I have yet to see the hierarchy of our Slave religions, Christianity, Jewish, and Ishlamic, "do unto another as they would have do unto themselves", although they preach that daily., blinding us with propagandized babble. Its time for our Sun-Star- Mind to claim dominion over our bodies! I am a Spirit-Mind-Body, trinity; A complete Creation! Therefore, I seek no master. Instead, I Am master of my masterpiece. Time-Space is my material for sculpting a sensual masterpiece, so that I can measure my Self! As the Infinite Mind is the I Am which is unmeasurable, one who is to know, must have a way to gain information,i.e., measurement. That way has been created, it is called I AM Me! I am a Psyche from the stars, that has possessed a Galactic GMO that is a homo sapiens. Therefore, the Tree of Life of the Greater Self combined with the Tree of Life of earth, is my purpose and destiny. When this is done, when all of us become the Horus Personality (Son of Isis and Osiris), rather than the man-made one, we will then have an even greater destiny to fulfill. You see, I am already possessed by the Sun of the Galactic Mind. I know the ecstasy of the fiery internal dance of Kundalini, the Ida-Pingala, the soul within, whose firey rise is serpentine as in waves of light,  the electric-masculine and magnetic-femine energy within whirling, dancing in ecstasy and drunken with the Lust to Be! After all, the Kether, the first motion in energy, is Eheieh in Hebrew, which means "I Will Be". I have fulfilled that will, by I AM Being! I am the entire Qabalistic Tree of Life.


The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 8-Possession,is about releasing the "lesser self" by the ecstasy of the sacred dance, so that the Greater Self and/or the sacred can be drawn within and flow through the body allowing the actions to flow from the inexhastable grace of the sacred. Personality is by passed and the Greater Self looks out upon the word. Now one is Action rather than re-action.

Granted, our worldy personality is a useful tool, but it is just that, a useful tool. As in all tools, a master craftsman uses the tool, and is not use by it. Like my dear departed father always said, "never blame the tool, blame the craftsman".  Never be used by your personality, for you are the Higher Mind, a Soul and not a mask of time. That mask, is necessary for the invisible to "see it self" and/or self-reflect. It is not a master of the Self being reflected. However, if we allow the personality, to emotionally control our Mind, Our True Self,  we are already being possessed by a "lesser self".


The Thoth-ATU-11-Lust- card represents the powerful purpose of androgynous being, with the Grail held high, filled with the "Scarlett womb" energy that is the primal force of Life. The Priestess (ATU  2) is seen riding the Lust for life that is all around us, through us and is us.

The anima, and animus of Earth, are the many faces of life that all are under the leadership of the Active Goddess and/or Creatrix. This is the universal principle of Passion, awareness and aliveness! This is self-esteem, and the courage necessary to acknowledge the inner convictions so necessary to manifest as the Passionate Creative-Self. In all of us is this irresistible strength of Earth and the Sacred Power of Spirit; this Divine Frenzy to be!

However, in most of us, we are divided against ourselves and devote the creative power of lust to "good and bad" indoctrinated creativity. Resulting in division of forces and unable to call upon the inner power that cleaves us from our self created chains of fear based self-imposed slavery; self imposed, because we fear pain and the lash of disapproval.

We are Divinity dancing as the active expression of the Divine Creative whose self-expression is "Being"!

When the Lust or Strength Tarot card falls in a reading, it means that you are in union with or you should be listening to the passionate roar of I Am that resides in your very essence of soul in order to find the bliss within that radiates you as it’s very creative and unashamed self. We live now! We are not to be "wanna-be's" who are the faux life of the past, hoping for a pretend future, therefore, not living the truth of today's passionate expression of I Am Me! Our definition belongs to no one, not our environment, not our parents, not our rulers and not our theologians –our definition belongs only to our passionate creative self, the I AM, as the Divine grant of “freedom of choice”. Divinity gave you the right to define yourself as an image of the Supreme Being ( Adam Khadmond on the Qabalah tree of life). Peer pressure is not your definition!

To those of magic, lust is not obsession with the opposite sex. It is obsession with Will to Be. It is the luster of Will- that ejaculated this universe of self into self- manifestation in the womb of “To Be”, that is the "Will to Form"; Spirits will. It is the indivisible creative strength of I Am Me that radiates through us, outward, as a sun of creative passion that restores life in the dead forms of matter. Therefore, even when our personality is in the most mundane indolence, we can dance!

Eli Serabeth, the class text: Enfleshenment

We see in this card the universal myth known as "beauty and the beast". This key represents the beauty (Tiphareth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life) that is represented in all of us as combinations of talent, gifts, and creative resources which can quell our bestial natures. When our Unconscious and conscious mind and bodies are in a balanced combination of movement and repose--we manifest divine beauty. The multi-headed lion represents the beasts within which Beauty has tamed to do her creative biding. She expands and liberates the living from their past bonds of survival thinking onward to greater achievements of courageous creation.

                                                                                                                                                                - Eli Serabeth-1989

Lust comes from the root word Lustre which is radiance. We cannot shine if we are not in our sacred strength. Fear of our "beasts within" steadily weakens us, as our animal personalities grip our true Psyche with demons of fear,  until we cannot radiate our purpose on this earth. Beauty created us to radiate ourselves into the movement of life! We all have much more purpose than we can see! Strength and Lustre are inseparable partners in creation. This can easily be seen as a soft and spongy mushroom pushes through hard asphalt, as if it was mere soggy tissue paper. In all of us is this quiet manifestation of strength of Will.

The Thoth Tarot- LUST card, key-11, replaces the STRENGTH, card which is Key-8 in many Traditional Tarot Decks.  Strength is key 11 in the Golden Dawn and Ryder-Waite, Spiral Tarot and Manara Tarot Decks. So it may be confusing when I place it in the Path of Teth, which is normally called STRENGTH-Key 8. As I stated, I agree with Aliester Crowley's expansion of the STRENGTH card, into the LUST card, because it is the Passionate Vital Force of Universal Construction, "the motion within the movement" of everything. Lust is the Passionate expression of the- I AM as Two, the I-phallus and the Am-womb, who then Join to become One Passion that creates all, i.e... The Active and Passive force of Kundalini, and/or of the Lion-Serpent. It can also be called "Serpent theory" instead of the Quantum Physics "String Theory", where every particle has a serpentine string of active-electric and passive-magnetic energy with in it. In other words, there is within all, vibratory strings of Vital Fiery strong Force. Thus, Lust, where active and passive forces come together in a joyful expression of Vigor, seems a more appropriate understanding of the underlying "motion" of Life.

The Kundalini, or Fiery Lion Serpent is the vital aspect of Life Force, which in manifestation, is duality of passivity and activity. Kundalini is known as the Sacred Fire, the Inner Soul, and  when in its active phase, purposely unleased by Will to Be.

The UNIVERSE key 21, is the completion of the LUST CARD, and you'll see the Woman figure riding the Lion Serpent on the Lust card, dancing with the Serpent Force in the Universe card. Both illustrations are veils, concealing of principles, though at different ends of manifestation. LUST is the beginning of the Microcosm and THE UNIVERSE is the completion of it. Both of these cards are of that which is Womb, at the Highest Level, the womb-man who has tamed the Lion-Serpent and the womb-man who dances in space surrounded by the Cherubim of the four elements are both expressions of that which is the EMPRESS- Key 3.

Again, this is a very powerful path and those of sensitive psyche, will be profoundly affected. One must appreciate the fact, that this Path of Teth, Lust Card, is a statement of methodology; whereby the Sacred Will controls the Vital Life Energy. We must also remember, that the word Power, means "the ability to do work" and our body, if loved as a master Craftsman loves and adores one's favorite-tools, gives us Will - to-Power in this dimension of crystallized energy; a power to weave our very own Vital Life Force into masterpieces of movement and repose within the very environment! So let us all ride the “Lion Serpent” or Inner Dragon, with the powerful presence of loving control and shameless presence! This is the Divine Frenzy that obliterated one and split into two so it could dance the dance of Life.

Self-annihilation is also the process of becoming two, Force and Form, 0 and 8, who then become One Dragonish expression of Frenzy and Form, that looks to be two. When the Red-Babalon (Crowley’s spelling for purposes of Gematria) unites with the Golden Fiery Force of the Solar Husband, the offspring are Beautiful Monsters whose very imagination controls manifestation. Genetically modified Organisms derived from Angelic and animal interbreeding, the Nephilim and/or Titans, that are created to challenge the rules of previous limits and expand them if not to eliminate them altogether.

This requires a focused willful spiritual intelligence, and not some mad Hatter type of personality, that can't even control its own thought.

Skry the Lust card only after you are capable of holding one thought or image focus during an entire meditation! Any Psyche that Touches the Lust-Dance OF The Great Father/Mother within, will be profoundly charged, changed, and expanded beyond comfortable perspectives; all of which can be dangerous to our delicate denial based egos.

In other words, one must be diligently trained in channeling higher and higher vibratory levels of Vital Life Force, before they "Ride the Lion-Serpent". That is why A. Crowley calls the Traditional Strength card Lust.

For even the "little lust" of the manifested (Microcosm) seems to be beyond the cultural ego's control (our lesser self), as every politicians "secret life" of greed and sexual conquest will show. It is hard to imagine, what the Macrocosmic Lust would do to such a weak psyche... but then again, we have examples in Adolf Hitler, etc., where lust becomes a violent form of masturbation.

Lust represents a very important initiatory formula dealing with Serpent Power. This Spiraling Power is the Force that opens, stimulates or spools up all the Chakras ( spining wheel-energy centers) in the Human body. The Principles embedded in the Lust Card, tell us how to use this power. This is a "Divine Frenzy" which when stated alchemically becomes; “the heat of the furnace makes the Stone" or if religious; “inflame thyself with Prayer". The Heat applied, is the Great Passion an the friction caused by the confines of a condensed magnetic field that is the human. This Heat or burning is experienced often in Tantric exercises, or the exercise of the Middle Pillar (Aliester Crowley's book, 777), all of which I recommend the interested party research.

Crowley's imagery may shock some, as he presents the Whore of Babylon, taming the Lion-Serpent but then he understood that the epitome of virginity (sign of Virgo), was the Sacred Virgins of the Temples, before Christianity, made them "evil women" or Saints, of which both perspectives were confusingly applied. The Christian word 'Whore" is a bastardization of the Greek word, Hetacrate, meaning female companion. Something more for the diligent student to investigate! I would recommend that the diligent student, get the Book- The Woman's Encyclopedia of Myths and Secrets, written by Barbara G. Walker.

When the Lust or Possession card is thrown during a reading:

• It means the querent is relying on spiritual powers to manage the situation at hand and is receiving the strength to overcome.

• Following one’s own inner light, doing what their "heart of heart".

• Inner -self, says it is right.

• There can be an experiencing of a "gut level" driving force, instinctual.

  • An compelling for protection or survival.

• Also, possessing the courage of one's convictions.

• The strength of Passion, in the Higher Nature, which are dragon like power, courage, energy, action and magnanimity.

• One is experiencing the Law of Self-Domination, self-rule and self-control.

• This card represents the querent’s' passion, awareness, and aliveness.

• A symbol that you have a strong faith in your abilities. You have no qualms about relying on the spiritual powers within in order to handle the situation at hand.

• In other words you radiate your inner beauty.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key7-Dance & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 7-The Chariot.

Posted on April 23, 2018 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

Motion or change and identity or rest are the first and second secrets of Nature: Motion and Rest. The whole code of her laws may be written on the thumbnail.

                                                                                                -Emerson

The Thoth-ATU 7-The Chariot represents the Universal Key of change/movement combination of stillness-activity: of movement and repose; And so to, does the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 7-Dance.

The Univesal Energy, moves in waves, and swirlings, as does the Voodoo Dancer, a Hounsi, who  whose body moves in waves that span the bridge between the visible world of the Living and the Astral world of pure potential. The Astral world, is the realm of no solid thing. Light is liquid, timeless and whirls and swirls and forms into the dreams of the Psyche. In this Astral World of many dimesions, are the Loa (Archetype- Spirits). The Servitors (those who serve the Loa) swirl and dance in waves of motion, giving the Loa a point of entry into this world. Here, in the dance, infinite possibilities form, and the waves of ecstasy give the Loa a Point-in-time, a place of creative power, as our bodies do our spirit. Just as the Whirling Dervishes of the Sufi, whirl and dance to a point, where the dancer disappears and only the dance remains, so to do the Voodoo dancers leave only the dance. Here a little death occurs, as the personality is left behind, like a snake shedding its skin. Here the riding Loa and the dancer become one.The Dance is the motion, the dancer is the vehicle and the Loa is the rider. As in the Thoth Tarot-ATU &-The Chariot, the Loa becomes the "secret lover".

The initiates that can manifest the Loa through the sacred movement of  dance, are called the hounsis. The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 6-Dance, depicts such a dance, where the Loa ride the back of one such hounsi. The Loa is depicted as a pure being of light, while the Hounsi is shown carrying the weight, and therefore, the possibilities of matter. According to Sallie Ann Glassman, "the attributes of this card, center on the transcendence of circumstance."  Here, in the sacred dance, a powerful being is born of the union of the Loa, Archetype and the hounsi. Spirit, light waves bend to embrace matter, and matter returns the favor in sensual waves of time.

The Thoth Tarot- ATU-7-The Chariot, also represents this sacred movement of  change and combination, of rhythms of movement and repose. Every individual is touched by change multi-dimensionally in their areas of Earth, Air, Water and Fire, as symbolized by the four pillars, the four wheels, and the four animals. These four elemental aspects of ourselves combine to create who we are, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually.

The spinning disc in the hands of the charioteer, symbolizes the wheel of fortune (esoterically the Grail) that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves.

The 10 crystals on the golden armor represent the 10 powerful positive choices of the 10 Sephiroth on the Qabalist' Tree of Life; The crown, which is "the crowning achievement", wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation and kingdom, in that order. These 10 states of the Universal Unconscious-moving energy are multidimensional movements and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self".


The Chariot, or Voodoo Dance cards, represent the Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence which is that enclosure which the Chariot provides for the Charioteer and the enclosure the  swirling hounsi, provides for the Loa.

In his text: THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM,  Dr.Paul Foster Case stated:

"The Eighteenth Path is called the House of Influence (by greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased) and from the midst of the investigation the arcana and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it, form the cause of all causes". Which also describes the Loa and the sacred Voodoo Dance.

Between Geburah (Severity) and Binah (Understanding) the Great Mother on the Tree of Life, runs the Path of Cheth. This is the highest and most profound Path on the Pillar of Severity and introduces the Personality to the Supreme Spiritual Self that wraps our Soul in the Golden Armor of Protection so that the Psyche can be carried through the unmanifested Universe, and/or Dark Matter and Dark Energy. The Chariot is the enclosure that holds the Soul in a state of peace, as moves through all planes.

In his BOOK OF TOKENS, Dr. Paul Foster Cases stated this about the Chariot:

I am the hedge of protection

Enclosing the field of existence in this field thou dwellest,

And I am thy defense,

Against the darkness which is without.

Yet is this hedge of safety

Alas a wall of limitation,

And the darkness against which it defends thee

Is the radiant Darkness of the Limitless Light, too brilliant for thine eyes.

The Age of the utterance is the Begining and/or the first movement of Kether, Eheieh ("I Will Be"),the Logos and/or "Word of God".  The Darkness that Dr.Case, refers to is that of the Limitless Light of Kether, the very pinnacle of the Supreme Spiritual Self. Pictured in the Chariot, the experience of the Spiritual Self is known in Alchemy as the "Exhalation", where the Alchemist becomes the Philosopher's Stone.

The Thoth Tarot Chariot, shows the influences of both the Hindu Tattvas and the biblical text of Ezekiel with its "living creatures" being represented as 4 Sphinxes pulling the Chariot. These 4 Kerubim (angelic beings) represent not only the 4 Tarot Elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, but also each has 4 sub-elements, as do the Tattvas, and are represented as the four faces of the creatures.

Geburah, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or 5 pointed star, that has the 4 Elements crowned by the Spirit. Thus, making 5 the number of Geburah on the Tree of Life. Geburah is a Red Force, and is symbolized on the Thoth card as Red Wheels, meaning that the force of Geburah (Severity) is the motive force of the Chariot.

Geburah is complimented by Chesed (Mercy) known as the architect,  on the Tree of Life, and this compliment is seen in the constant usage of the number 4, Chesed's number. In the Thoth Chariot card there are 4 Sphinx, and 4 columns (4 Universal Elements) holding up the starry canopy or heavens of Binah (The Great Mother- Empress Card key 3). These 4 elemental columns are called the “4 columns of the Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere", adding a little more of the arcane to this card. I suggest the curious student gets the book, THE QABALISTIC TAROT by Robert Wang, as it is a fine text for understanding the Arcane.

Above the Golden Armored figure on the Thoth Card is a crab, symbolizing the sign of Caner Woven into the canopy is the word "ABRACADABRA", which Robert Wang thinks is an apparent pun on "ABRAHADABRA", a word that Crowley called, “one of the most important key numbers of the Liber Al...The word of the Aeon....the cypher of the Great Work which when using Qabalistic Geomatria (numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley) adds up to 418. Using the math of numerology, we do the sum, 4+1+8= 13, the Key 13 of the Tarot Death, a Card of great spiritual change.

Crowley understood that, when on the Path of Cheth, something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, where the pursuit of enlivenment is symbolized by warring factions. On this highest Path of Severity, the Soul Warrior of Geburah has reached a pinnacle, as shown by the ten stars on his golden chest that represent Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Grail in his hands: the Cup (Womb) that we look directly into when using our Imagination to produce ideas, i.e. the womb with a view.The Grail is shown here as a whirling of blue-Water element and Red, blood of the Mother.

The movement of the Chariot conceals a mystery (arcana) of great significance. The Chariot is reminiscent of the Greek Chariot of the Sun, Helios, as the 4 horses of the Sun pulled the Chariot of the Sun across the sky. This is significant as a representation, since the Chariot moves between the Light, centered in Tiphareth (Beauty) and the Supreme Darkness of the Limitless Light (Dark Energy) at the hidden side of Kether (Crown). Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as the Sun is guided by the Moon! One would view that as an errant though but in both Greek and Egyptian Mythology and the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the sun is subordinate to the moon. Since the Chariot is of the sign of Cancer, that is ruled by the Moon (and in which Jupiter is exalted), the Charioteer follows this philosophy of subordination to the Great Mother. The cardinal Path of the Moon, leads from Tiphareth (Beauty-Solar Logos) to Kether (Crown) is the Path of the Priestess. Water (Pure Consciousness) takes precedence here and is represented by the Moon and the Blue and Red Grail in the Chariteer's lap.

Therefore, The Chariot, is a Higher Path card, and requires much skrying, meditation, and arcane study, so this author recommends that you devote more time to this card than a brief lesson. At least, get the books I have recommended in this treatise and read them liberally! What is also noted here, is that the Male-Female relationship, is represented backwards here in our reflected world. The Male Force of the Universe is Subservient to the Female Force in order for Force to become Form.  Exhalation of breath, the male, is subservient to the inhalation, the female. Therefore,  Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress. There is much to consider here, if one wishes to "Know thyself!"

  • When the Dance/Chariot card is thrown during a reading, it generally means that a new force is dissolving old forms.
  • This is a time for clearing out, moving beyond the past, beginning with new energy and taking full responsibility for the past.
  • This is a time of supreme magical power and self-mastery. But as always, this explanation is too short for a more profound understanding of this Powerful symbol for Self movement and much more study is required.

• When this card is thrown during a reading, the querent is  also reminded: to devote themselves to the combination of activity and quietude so that they may have the drive to attain goals.

• It is a time of clearing out the past, moving beyond and beginning with new energy, revitalizing the "dance of life", while taking responsibility for one's present condition.

• There is a need for victory here, by combining the images or content of the unconscious with the consciousness for the purpose of achievement.

• The Chariot also signifies that the querent has begun controlling a situation by the force of their personality....a focus of Will.

• The goal will need fighting for, but you have been granted the energy to win it!

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 6-Marassa & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 6- The Lovers

Posted on April 21, 2018 at 10:00 AM Comments comments (0)

  The Tarot of Eli

Rest in Simplicity, and listen to the Silence.

-Crowley

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 6-Marassa, displays the Divine Twins or Lovers of the Voodoo Pantheon. Hence, they occupy on the Qabalistic Tree of Life the Path of Zain ( Path of the Sword or Armor) that is attributed to the Thoth ATU 6-The Lovers. The Marassa are the Twins of Gemini, the play of these twins is duality. Here, these very ancient "beings" are other than the Loa which are the ancestral spirits of Voodoo for they are the existental  courage to divide and be, on the very boundries of nothingness. The Voodoo symbol for the Twins/Lovers is the ve've' which is corresponding symbol for the Qabalsitic axiom of  "As above, so below". In Western Occult the twins are therefore, symbolized as a Upper and Lower Pyramid or Diamond shape.

There are many stories in African culture, that relate to the Twins and/or Marassal too many for me to get into them.However, Sallie Ann Glassman, the author of the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot, recommends the Yorba legend that she quotes from the  Tales of the Yorba, Gods and Heroes by Harold Courlander. These tales of the Marassa, inveribly point out the importance of accepting differences.  Obviously Creation itself has, for without difference, diversity which is known in biology and physics as the mechanism for "transformation", could not happen. Therefore, each of us would not happen. Therefore, It is the wise person who instead of openly opposing a force perceived as threatening, will instead seek a means that is mutually beneficial. From this comes great power to transform distrubing situations. On the Marassa Voodoo Tarot Card, the twins are showing such courage as their individual aspects take on a double figure as male and female touch to form Marassa.

In the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 6-Marassa, there beneath them, is a 3-chambered bowl, that is of a type use in the services to the Marassa.

2 of the chambers are used for offerings to the Marassa and the 3rd is the acknowledgment of Marassa fertility. From the 2 is born all. According to Sallie Ann Glassman, " The creation and reconciliation of distinctions, is their primary attribute".{ From her book-The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot]



The Thoth ATU-6-THE LOVERS is attributed the astrological sign of Gemini and is about the joining together of the female yin and the male yang. The magnetic-Yin and electric-Yang forces joining together to create a greater diversity of Self. This card represents the universal principle of the art and craft of relationship; the union of opposites that creates everything. The Lovers is about the Duality of the Divine Creative---Goddess/God and everything about this card is dual. Thus the journey of the twins, a universal motif found in all cultures. Hansel and Gretel, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann and Yorba legends; all the famous couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.

The Lovers card is about love and relationships and reminds us that we are to be joyful and innocent in love (the two children) while exhibiting curiosity and playfulness.  The adult couple facing each other remind us of loyalty and commitment. The Hermit, whose hands are above the couple, reminds us of the need to be alone and granting the gift of spaciousness for the purpose of individual contemplation, introspection and inner self meditation. All parts of balanced and flowing Love. The Iron gates in the back ground of the Thoth card symbolize the Lover's need not to be limited, bared or restrained in their relationship. When this card is drawn it often symbolizes a loving relationship, soon to be or even a marriage and/or the inner balance of the female and male forces in an individual.

In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.

THE LOVERS, the Path of Zain ( meaning Sword), runs between the 3rd Sephiroth Binah (understanding) and the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation  as Tiphareth- The Beautiful Sun/Son.

The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins  of Anima and Animus, and/or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love. The True meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the "Godhead" on the Tree of Life. Therefore,  the surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities. The Lovers card is also representative of the loving relationship a Magi must make of the Cain and Able inside each of us, i.e. the animal and spirit or subconscious and consciousness.

The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.

As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT, "Thus this path may be considered the aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini)."

On the Thoth Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, the Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid, form the original Latin, cupido, meaning "lust, greedy desire" becoming the English word cupidity. This was the Latin name for the Greek, Eros, the erotic spirit behind all sexual union and therefore, behind the impulse of life itself.

Dr.Paul Foster Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is sub consciousness. Dr.Paul Foster Case, considered these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain. As Case has stated, “When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force." Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do. To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah---The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.

The Path of Zain is an active path, for the self-control and will attributed to Mercury which directs the movement and integration of opposites, is not passive; in fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:), both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic and inspirational qualities.

The inner hermetic marriage is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death". For sure there is a type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own concepts of self and the return to the Divinty of One. This devastating passage is a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine.

I'll leave you with a quote from the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written that Jesus answered his disciples with:: (22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female, female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom." Jesus obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalist...the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun! Hence, Zeus Christos, Sun/Son of Zeus.

Again, In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence, but it disposes of the illusion of separation.Where once was a red color and a separate blue color,  when joined, there is now a purple. Hence, the Purple robes of the Christ.

Hence, the annihilation of separation is the Path of Zain, that runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth). The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love such as the rhythmic dance of the Hindu deities, Shakti and Shiva. As stated, The True meaning of Key or ATU 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Dancing Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (Animus-soul and Anima-Spirit), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead and/or Supreme Spiritual Self on the Tree of Life. The surging Rhythm of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities as intertwined frequency.

The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.

THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Tarot are amongst the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Meaning Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword of Armor) requires a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged.

Thus, we can say that the Thoth- Art represents the equilibrium of the Lower Self and the balancing agent of the Higher Self, which are joined in consumation of the marriage seen in the Lovers card.

Therefore, in Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve and Lilith are shown above the couple, with cupid aiming an arrow, symbolizing willful lust.

On the Thoth Card the Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. The White Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS.; However, the process of The Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of Mercury-Magus, since the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a balance of opposites after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first. Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the types of incarnation. The Christos incarnation is the perfection reached in Tiphareth which means Beauty in English and is the result of cyclic synchronicity.

THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called: The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalist. I've found this alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of the most profound pieces of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written. The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled and/ or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some meditation on the Alchemical text.

When THE LOVERS or MARASSA, are thrown during a reading, they are stating a principle of:

• Art and Craft of Relationship.

• What is also suggested is the magical image of the power of surrender in which one form is given up in order to attain another.

• Being involve in a process of cooperation. ---combining energies for a common goal.

• Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.

• The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.

• This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.

• There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/ sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required before they gain full possession of their powers.

• In other words, the union of rational male right brain with imaginative female left brain must be a thing of beauty.

• This is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.

  • The possibility of turning a perceived threat to your benefit by emphasizing a common ground or interest.
  • Childish qualities of childhood fear, anger or myrth.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 5-Master of The Head & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 5- The Hierophant

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The Tarot of Eli

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 5- Master of The Head, may sound ominous, but it is about the Greater Self rather than some external master.  The Master of the Head is the Inner-Master of whole Self. Here is a Loa (Archetype) of the individual that is capable of integrating all the qualities of the Mind, which happen to be diagramed on the Qabalistic Tree of Life Sephiroth. Hence, Key 5 and Atu 5  are the Universal Key of learning and teaching. There really is no greater initiation than to be One with the Master in The Head and/or Whole Self.  Here is the Qabalistic axiom, of "Above all things, Know thyself" and to know the Master of The Head is to know yourself in a complete, inner-outer abiding sense. What many of us fail to realize, is that the Master of The Head, by "teaching" the personality, also learns more about Self, of which their are infinite potentials.

This key or principle was well explained in the publication of the-Course in Miracles-"as you teach so will you learn.’ If that is true, and it is true indeed, do not forget that what you teach is teaching you."

Illustrated on this Voodoo Tarot Card, is a man druming, using vibration to bring on full contact with the Master in The Head. This process is also well known in theTibetan Meditations of the Guyoto Monks, as well as, shamanic druming. Here, is shown a face forming on his drum head, and the vibrations as forming into a mist from the drum head, that form above his head as a spirit shape that kisses his forehead. The Forehead Chakra is known as the "third eye", a place of Whole Sight.  True Self, is the highest purpose of our existance.

The Hierophant is also the High Priest in many decks.

The Thoth Hierophant-ATU 5- card also requires us to have faith in ourselves; “Above all things know thyself" is often forgotten in the stress of family situations and in the mundane world of survival. The family situations are represented in this card by the images of Isis and Osiris and Horus.

In pre-Christen times:

Isis was the image of Intuition.

Osiris, the image of wisdom which can be seen as the scepter of wisdom and the staff of moon, also known as representing instinct.

Horus represented Perception and Vision, as a child born of Intuition and Wisdom and in the now, represents us. We are the children of Intuition and Wisdom who are to be the purveyors of perception and vision. We must have faith in following our childlike abilities of innocence and curiosity (the child in the star); we are to walk the mystical path with the practical feet of the Magus. We are the All Potential of Daath, the Birth place of our Souls.

The Hierophant is that inner part of ourselves that knows how to express our divinity into the outer world.

When thrown during a reading, this card indicates the desire for self-teaching and learning. The need to make things tangible and practical. The HIEROPHANT is the administrator of the Yin Yang (Osiris-Isis) duality which emerges with Chokmah, is formed by Binah, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss in Chesed.

Crowley's Thoth Tarot card is considered one of the most important in Tarot, containing many traditional elements intermingled with Crowley's own discoveries and philosophies. For instance, the image of a child in the Pentagram that is within a larger Hexagram, is explained as." This symbolizes the law of the new Aeon of the Child of Horus, which has supplanted that Aeon of the 'Dying God' which governed the world for two thousand years". Crowley believed that the rhythm of the HEIROPHANT is such that he moves at 2,000 year intervals. Remembering that this is a Spiral Universe, made of multiple frequencies and dimensions (harmonies) of One Energy, and that there are rhythmic movements in the multiple States of Conscious Energy, of which the HEIROPHANT is a major collective state, making this cyclic movement seem plausible. It is also nice to know that within our own infinity (inner self) resides our Librarian of Universal Tomes who will not hesitate to instruct the diligent student, albeit an instruction of flowing knowledge without lecture. But until we are no longer satisfied with the ludicrous fantasy of our own cultural "Group Soul", we will never be able to achieve the mental velocity to escape our imprisonment of  instinctual-time- created perspectives and consciously enter the infinite depths of Our Spiritual Collective Psyche and/or Soul.

Each of us is a Tree of Life, and each of us makes his/her own Qabalah. When there is a shift in the 2,000-year Group Soul of the Homo Sapient, from Patriarch/Osiris to that of, Horus, those who can't behold the more advanced perspective, will have to live in a lesser intelligent fantasy of their own making on the Astral planes or most likely, on less vibratory advance planetary development. After all their are Hundreds of Trillions of planets "out there".  When one dies to physical manifestation, sensuality then, will be condemned to memory rather than new experience and as we know from our own experiences, after a bout of time, sensual memory fades to a point where only the most extreme of sensual experiences are remembered. Luckily the HEIROPHANT that is a Higher State of Conscious Energy within our Tree of Life (our Spiral Pattern of Force and Form) gives us back our dimensionally shedding of memories. These discarded memory bites are stored in the intelligence called the Akasha---"the invisible library of frequency"---known in English as –Knowledge and/or information, residing invisibly with the in the Yetirah and/or Astral library of Akasha. The Hierophant holds the "keys" to this library's door. Obviously, to get to this point of inner-journey, we have to begin experiencing the shedding of our "Man-Made Persona" and/or the "Dark Night of the Soul", achieving an emptiness of perspective so that we can be refilled or as I like to say, where we can claim our inheritance as the Divine Child of the One Mind. The Hierophant awaits us all, and will fill to capacity, the thirsty student who has disowned the cuturally made identity!

As a Divine Child of the Divine Creative, you are denied nothing that "ever was or will be", only you have the freedom to deny yourself! Thus, you should know that the Hierophant does not have authority over the Soul, our freedom of choice is still intact. As Children of the One, our True Name is "I AM" which constructs, by self- perspective, your objective self-called "ME". You are the one I (eye) of your constructs. The Hierophant is but a Librarian of the Collective Experience of Spirit. His authority is over the Library, not the persona that enters it.

Upon examining the Thoth card, the Hierophant sits on a Bull between two elephants, holding a wand of three interlocking rings, symbolizing the Aeons of Isis, Osiris and Horus (the Child in the Pentagram). Beneath is the veiled "Scarlet Woman" (Crowley), who is shown riding the Lion Serpent in the Lust card of Thoth Tarot, unveiled, depicting purity and the real authority as the Dark Isis, who rules both life and death.  The nine nails above, symbolize Vau or Vav, (YHVH) the linking of the above and the below (the nine Sephiroth below the 1 that is Kether, who is Fiery-Darkness/unlimited Light.) The Manifested Spirit, passes along the "Window" (triangular ray of Light form the Scarlet woman upward) from the Microcosm to the Macrocosm.


Now all is not "sweetness and light" in the HEIROPHANT, and most authorities on tarot agree that there are some unpleasant aspects to this Key. One is that all experience is not necessarily stored in the true manner it was achieved. Emotions often veil truth.  I would recommend that the serious student read the book by Richard Cavendish: THE TAROT, where the implications of this State of Energy Consciousness are very cleverly related to Gnosticism. He points out that the Demiurge, the Lesser Creator, which rules over manifestation, was also known by the Gnostics as the "Great Deceiver", and initiates of the Valentinian Gnostics were taught to ignore the authority of this one who is a type of staunch librarian and only has authority over its library. Truth is, there is only one authority over us, and that is our own "Will to be" and/or Freedom to Choose and we get to experience freely the consequences there of.  As we know, experiences, aren't always wonderful, nor need they be truthful as they often are veiled in emotions. One must examin them closely, for often we decieve ourselves in what we react emotionally to.  Besides, only the enslaved need saviors!

The Path of Vau (Nail or Hook), is the 16th path, on the Tree of Life. Leading from Chesed (mercy) to Chokmah (wisdom) and is known as the Eternal Intelligence. The Path of Vau is the uppermost path on the Pillar of Mercy (Right hand Path). In the Golden Dawn texts, this path is described as, “The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter". Here, Chokma is Jupiter, and his action is the spermatic potential of the Manifested Universe. Chesed, the Yod of Microcosm (Microprosopus), is the Father in Manifestation, while Chokmah (the Yod of the Macrocosm (Microprosopus) is the Supernal Father.

Therefore, the Path of the Hierophant is a powerfully masculine one (Electric Force), to which the Bull-Taurus is applied and image definitively applied to this card. Being "Fixed Earth", this is a stable foundation; a stabilizing extreme. This is the absolute foundation of the process of revelation where the inherited Knowing of the Creator, where THE Great Father, is expressing It's experience through the Supreme Spiritual Self to the Personality or Ego of Tiphareth (The Sun of Beauty and/or Tiphareth). Thus memory is involved and the solid foundation of "Above all things, know thyself" is established as a Universal Inheritance for the Divine Child. However, instinctual thought is also ruled by this Demiurge (small god) here, the rules for physical survival are staunchly adhered to. We, who are infinte Souls, cannot limit our thought to such, as we then lose contact to the Whole of Self. Again, the Hierphant's information can be tricky.

The meaning of the Hebrew word Vau, is nail or hook, implying a nailing together, or binding, and links the Macrocosm (The Great Universe) and Microcosm (Manifestation), and/or The Greater Self to the lesser Self of matter, forever linking us to the Divine Spirit. Therefore, the Hierophant is related to teaching, which relates Higher ideas into Lower organisms, a process that is often called, "As above so below". The Hierophant is a state of conscious energy that is the only source for our understanding of the inner Spirit/Spiral energy conscious. Hence,this "Magus of the Eternal" is stated by Paul Foster Case in his text," THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, as being the Pontifix, the 'bridge maker' who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination." Thus, the Hierophant gets the discriminating experience of the Body-Operating-Personality, while teaching that very same Personality its inherited Divinity. Thus, The Hierophant can be said to "Learn by Teaching" and the Eternal Intelligence can be called "Life" and/or the Reasoning behind manifestation, implying that a teacher who learns from his students, is a great teacher.

Crowley's main concept was the "grounding" of the Fifth- Key-, using the corner symbols of the Four Kerubim (Guiding intelligences of the Four Elements) as the tentative expressions of the primordial Elements of Kether (Crown) that are passed down to Chokmah as the Sphere of the Zodiac. Interestingly, we think of the Zodiac as 12 signs, but it is really four ternaries... Where each element is broken down to three signs. To the Qabalist, this relates to Yod (hand) Heh (Window) and Vau (Nail).

The Administrator to the emerging duality that is Chokmah (Phallus -Womb, male-female, electric-magnetic) is the Hierophant and it given form or structure by Binah (Great Mother) which begins as manifestation below the Abyss (Dark Energy and Dark Matter) in Chesed (Mercy). Thus, relating to Tiphareth (Beauty-Synchronicity), the central point of manifestation. This relationship is shown in two ways, first as the letter Vau, which is related to "The Son" (Child of God), and Tetragrammaton and the second is the number six itself is related to Tiphareth. Crowley shows this by the Pentagram on the chest of the Hierophant as the four elements are combined under the fifth Element-Spirit, thus forming the 5 pointed star. The Pentagram image, confirms the Great Work known as "As above, so below", a process in which the symbolic Moon always is a key part. For the Moon is both above and below the Sun on the Tree of Life, as it is both implied as Yesod (Foundation) and is the Path of the High Priestess and is exalted in Taurus.

Let us not forget that Taurus is also ruled by Venus, referring us to the Empress, the Path of Daleth, between Chokmah and Binah. THE EMPRESS is Mother Nature, and/or the fertilized Universal Consciousness that is the foundation of the HIEROPHANT'S teaching.

THE HIEROPHANT'S teaching is intuitive, as it is on the "feeling" side of the Tree of Life (Venus-Netzach side), applying intuition to concepts collected by reason and built up by memory. I would recommend you meditated on the Thoth Deck Key 5 card.

When the Hierophant or Master of The Head, card is thrown during a reading:

• The querent is experiencing the Principle of learning and teaching which is a desire for making things tangible.

• The querent may be seeking guidance from a counselor who has knowledge and authority or is wishing to.

• There is a choice here, of aligning oneself to a philosophy, religion and/or set of beliefs to which one feels a sense of loyalty.

• Being free to disentangle one's-self from any belief system, the querent still chooses to be involved.

• There is an espousing of moral, ethical, and spiritual values which may attribute to oppressing others, especially when espousing orthodoxy.

• There can be an inner sense of obedience to authority, imagined or otherwise, contributing to gullibility.

• Life is the teacher here, as the querent experiences growth through a meditative process of Buddha like philosophy that views every experience as a lesson-learning opportunity.

  • One is receiving assistance from forces percieved as a higher intelligence.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 4-Loco & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 4-The Emperor

Posted on April 19, 2018 at 9:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The New Orleans Tarot-Key 4-Loco is the equivalent  as he represents Will.Loco, is the racien, or root Loa (Ancestral Spirit Archetype) who walks with Ayizan. Ayizan is the Womb and Loco is the Phallus.  He is the quardian of the Voodoo place of Worship, the Hounfor and even some of the house hold objects. Hence, he is as Aries (Mars), and is sometimes martial.  In the spiritual sense, Ayizan (Empress) can be described as Love, and therefore, Loco, her masculine consort, can be described as Will. In the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 4, Loco is depicted as looking out of the forest canopy, down at the Pole. In the context of Voodoo or the hounfor, this pole is the central feature down which the Loa can enter this world.

Loco, is also considered the guardian of vegitation, as signified by the butterfly that flying around the hounfor pole. Hence, Loco has a profound knowledge of herbs, and healing, giving him attributes of healing, cures and protection. Since he is the guardian of the hounfor, he is also the guardian of the hounfor pole and the guadian of the forest and trees. He is considered more physical than Ayizan, and therefore, more dense. This makes sense, as 4 in Qabalistic gematria, is the number of physical manifestation. In Voodoo myth, Loco is said to have called the first dead from the Waters, making him privy to death and the mysteries of the "Other side of the Mirror". He is the very nature of Will and in ritual, he is the will who gathers power on the ground.

He is subject to all the attributes of the Aries Emperor tarot card; war, protection, victory, ambtion, strife, and conquest.


 

The Emperor, ATU 4, is the Path of Heh that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos) to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) and is known as the Constituting Intelligence ( Dr. Paul Foster Case).

Because of our Divine Inheritance from the Demiurge (Lesser Creator) and the Great Mother (Binah-Female aspect of the Supernal Triangle) we are all the "Shades" of the Universal Collective Unconsciousness. Modern psychology has called these mysterious Shades of Higher Consciousness, the Unconscious, the Sub-conscious and the Consciousness which just about every elementary school child has heard of. However, hearing of a thing is not knowing the thing. Because of the evolution of subjective thought, from Mythology, to fundamental Religions, and now to the modern science of Psychology, we are beginning to easily deal with the shades of higher consciousness within ourselves and are experiencing a New Age (The Age of Aquarius) of enlightenment. Many of us are finding out that the Persona on Earth, is really a sum of many parts, as the Soul is the Pysche that creates the Earthly Persona, an enclousure of Spirit, which out of its past experiences with Self-Awareness constructs a Self-Awareness. Hence, the Pysche is a vast reservoir of experiences that have accumulated as a collective of knowledge, making each of a copy of the I Am and/or a "shadow of the Divine Creative".

The Higher we realize ourselves in consciousness or on the Self Tapestry of the Tree of Life, the more the student understands that the Trump or Cards of the Major Arcana, only point the way towards understanding concepts that the mind cannot otherwise grasp.

By beginning to understand the next Five Trumps/Paths, [THE EMPEROR, THE EMPRESS, THE HIGH PRIESTESS,THE MAGUS, THE FOOL], the initiate will be developing the consciousness of the Horus----the 22nd century human.

Because of Modern Physics, we know that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed, and the student of the Tarot knows that all the 78 cards of the Tarot deck represent Transformations of the One, the Fool. From the One, emergence the opposites,and/or Divine Twins, which are activating the formative, Male (Electric) and Female (Magnetic) communion. Hence, 0 becomes the 8 and/or the infinite twins of creation. Thus it is accurate to state that all Male figures are Chokmah (Jah) and Binah (YHVH Elohim) is that of all female. The robes the Empress and Emperor wear on the Thoth Tarot Cards, represent the different planes and/or dimensions of our mufti-verse, which are actually vibratory rate that are either Force (male) Chokmah or Form (Female) Binah, and/or their intertwining of vibration (The Divine Union of Goddess/God-The Twins) that makes all things possible.

The Qabalist knows that the "Big Bang" came from what is the Source of Will that caused "excitement" in the Dark Energy, Kether (I Will Be), thus the ejaculation of vibration (The Word) into Energy, making the Kether male.( Male is not a sex here, but an action). The One became Two, Androgynous, when I became Am, which is known as Chokmah and Binah, which should be stated Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space are known to be inseparable and established at the same moment. Hence, Twins.  Thus, with some authority we can say that the “I “is male and the “Am” is female, for one is Wisdom (Chokmah) and the latter is Understanding (Binah)...and we can't experience one without the other!

In the Tarot, THE FOOL represents the One Energy, THE MAGUS and the PRIESTESS, are the Macrocosm into Microcosmic, first differentiation of Male and Female energy polarity. Pure Consciousness, known as the "root of Water" is represented by the  PRIESTESS and her consort, THE MAGUS, is considered psychologically as the Will. Thus the term I Am, is understood as the intercourse of consciousness and will. Like I've said before, I Am, is your Real name and your surname is "Me".

The mating of the PRIESTESS, to the MAGUS, is described in Robert Wang's book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT as, ".....the activity of the directing Will of the One on the Great Ocean of undifferentiated consciousness which It has Itself projected” [Big Bang] ( The bracketed words are my own). Here we think of the reflexive qualities of I Am; I  creates, idea/thought, then the Am mind/understanding to hold that thought. Thus we have the concept of the Universe as a Mirror, where everything is the perception and reflected activity of the Divine Spirit on its Dark Energy  Self, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest.

The reason Crowley has positioned THE EMPEROR, so that the body forms a triangle and a cross, is because he is representing the alchemical symbol of Sulfur. This representation is because of the Alchemical explanation of the Divine-Self Interaction in terms of Sulfur, Salt and Mercury. In Tarot, Mercury is THE MAGUS, THE EMPRESS is Salt, and THE EMPEROR is sulfur. This may seem as little more than obscure abstraction: However, when we consider that THE MAGUS, (Philosophic Mercury) acts upon THE PRIESTESS (Pure Consciousness) and by Union they are transformed into THE EMPEROR (Sulfur) and THE EMPRESS (Salt), we are actually considering the quite basic attributes of our own consciousness.

THE EMPRESS is on a Path of Daleth (meaning door) which is above the Path of THE EMPEROR, simply because without her manifestation of form, he would have nothing to rule. On the Path of Heh, the Emperor is a transformation of the MAGUS (Will). Basically, when we are classifying images according to color, subject, or other criterion, we are calling THE EMPEROR into play. As does THE EMPEROR, we are acting upon form via perspective/observation. Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the subconscious (mind of the Empress) didn't send up form from its depths, as a stream of images to be classified by the differentiating exercise of reason, Will would have nothing to control or transform. Thus THE EMPEROR, albeit a potent masculine force, functions as determined by THE EMPRESS.

As I have stated, THE EMPEROR, is the Path of Heh and its function is determined by Binah who is pure fruition. The Path of Heh, is a formative path of rational and classifying activities. The Thoth Card’s bright Red color is that of Mars/Aries in the World of Pure Spirit known as Atziluth. Albeit, that the male and female forces are seen as more interwoven in the lower levels as we go down the Tree of Life, the assumption that Chokmah and Binah are the only "Pure" states of Male and Female force is in error; As Chokmah(Wisdom), meaning the primary quality of maleness, is a female noun. Taking the point of view that whatever gives birth is exercising a primary female quality at the moment of birth, then all that is inherent in the male is inherent in the female and visa verse. We can mentally see this by understanding that the Creation of Chokmah, gave birth to maleness, and femaleness, i.e. The Twins.

The students of Carl Jung know that he stated the "male harbors the perfect female image in his unconscious, as the female harbors the perfect male image in her." unconscious", these being the "counter sexual component" necessary for the transformation of force and form. Jung also called the "counter-sexual components", the Anima (female) in males and the Animus (Male) male in females. The Anima, means Soul in Latin and the Animus is Latin for Spirit. Thus we can see that THE EMPRESS is Anima/Soul/ Psyche and THE EMPEROR is Animus/Spirit/Will, making the perfectly developed male type on the Paths THE EMPEROR and the perfectly developed female type, THE EMPRESS. These are the pure intelligent forces that we meet and actually converse with on the Paths. If we think of the One intelligence in the body as the  Homo Sapient brain, albeit a simplistic comparison, then one has become two in the brain, female left and male right in One Intelligent collective organism made of Twins. The Tree of Life on the Path of Heh is such a union.

Since the Sun of Tiphareth is in the sign of Aries, which is the sign of This Path, indicates that THE EMPEROR exercises some control over the solar forces of the Higher Self.

Thus, we have the term Constituting Intelligence meaning that THE EMPEROR assists in the building up of Light of Tiphareth from the utter-darkness of Limitless Light of the Supernal Triangle. (See: blogs on eli-lsmerchantile.com). This Path of Heh, could also be considered as the "start of Time" in infinity. In the Thoth Tarot card, this importance of Tiphareth to THE EMPEROR is illustrated by the Sun behind his head and the overall two colored scheme of Martian reds and Sun yellows. These two colors also suggest a furious/"divine frenzied" rush of often short-lived activity.

In the Sepher Yetzirah (Qabalistic text) the letter Heh is a simple word meaning, Sight or Window. This is well represented in THE EMPEROR, since he is the "Fiery Aspect of the Garden of Eden" of which the Higher Self relates as a Self-observation of the One; a Window (Heh) onto the One. It is the first path that is attributed to a function, suggesting that sight is the first of the senses, as Aries is the first sign of the Zodiac. This Path of Heh, THE EMPEROR, is what I call the First "I" sight,the first observation of the One, while the EMPRESS is the "Am" of understanding (an inner sight I call a "Womb with a view")...Together they are the "I AM", the Counter Sexuality of the One Mind/Energy. If you are perspicacious, you may have noticed that the Thoth- ATU 4-The Emperor is assigned the Hebrew letter Tzaddi or Tzadde, which is assigned to the Star by most Qabalists, including Robert Wand, Dr. Paul Foster Case and myself, which is a correct assignation. For the Star, is the Eden of the Personality,i.e., the Soul. Hence, the term "follow your inner Sun" is the star axiom.  Therefore, Tzaddi is correctly assigned to the Star Card, while the correct Hebrew letter for the Emperor is Heh or Hey as the first "sight".

All this contributes to the understanding that the Constituting Intelligence is the first phase of a natural cycle, such as Aries bringing forth Spring. This understanding is shown as the lamb at the Emperor's feet and the Ram headed wand. Paternal Power is shown by the bees and Fleur de Lys. The two headed Eagle in front of a crimson disc that is on the Emperor's shield, symbolizes the Alchemist's red tincture related to the Sun and Gold. There is a similar eagle on THE EMPRESS card that refers to the Moon and Silver.

When The Loco or Emperor card is thrown during a reading it emphasizes:

• The Principle of Personal Power and Leadership.

• Building a pure base of Knowledge while remaining open minded.

• Pointing towards success, authority, stability and ambition in gain or achievement.

• Self-realization of Life Force and Personal Power.

If ill-defined by attending cards, the querent is up against a dominant boss, or authority figure (s) who sets rigid rules, boundaries, definitions and analysis.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 3- Ayizan & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 3- The Empress

Posted on April 18, 2018 at 3:10 PM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

The New Orleans Tarot-Key 3-Ayizan, is considered the Thoth Empress, as she is the most ancient Loa and/or Ancestral Spirit. The Voodoo place of Worship, the hounfor, is kept pure by ritual, of which she is the patron of.  The frayed Palm frond is her symbol and the symbol for purity. What is meant by purity is not a holding back of experience, but rather, such qualities as clearness of mission, and focused devotion. The new initiate to any of the mysteries, will see the world through a frayed palm frond as well, for is is also a symbol for a veil or mask. As in all magic intiations, each new initiation is applies a new filter or veil, albeit more opaque, over the "I'" of the neophyte. In Voodoo philosophy, it is said that there are 3 births: (1) The birth into the visible world.(2)The birth provided by intiation. (3) The birth that comes when one joins the collective of the Ancestors. Ayizan stands with the canidate during the 2nd birth.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The paths of  Marie Laveau (Priestess), and Ayizan (Empress) intersect. Here their frequencies blend and open the door to the most subtle of realms, the Realm of the Archetypal, from which all creation springs.

On this New Orleans Tarot Card, we see Ayizan, as a woman strolling through a market place, with her face covered. This seems to be a market place where both the living and the dead come to display their wares.The Traditional Power Place for Women, is the Market Place, as the stock, fruits, vegitables, etc. symbolize the life giving breasts of mother. The Patriarch has profaned this symbol by making it a place of money, profit and personal aquisition, denying the sacredness of the market. I am sure Ayizan is angered over this and the poisoning of the Earth, her Real Market Place.

The attributes accorded to Ayizan are the purity and preservation of intiation,the bounty of success, pleasure, and happiness provided by the true sight of initiation.


In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, The Empress, ATU 3, is the Path of Daleth-meaning-Door, and her planet is Venus. THE EMPRESS, is also called the "Gate way to Heaven", as She is the transitional state of energy between the above and the below. The effect of this transition is from one into many, so the key to this card is multiplicity.

If one looks at THE PRIESTESS card, they'll observe a simple diaphanous robe while that of THE EMPRESS is appropriately covered with all the jewels of creation. As a Qabalist, I am painfully aware of the inadequacy of anthropomorphic symbolism when describing the Supernal Triangle, the "as Above", yet Tarot pictures unconsciously communicate a great deal of information, that words can only flail at. The images represented in THE EMPRESS card are an attempt to convey the concept of pure fruition. As an exercise towards this goal of understanding, the initiate must try to conceive of pure emotion, which is a feeling that has no subject or object, neither love nor hate, but which is the raw material of both; a kind of Lust without need of result. Armed with such an understanding, the initiate may begin to understand something of the Great Binah, The Great Mother, and THE EMPRESS, who is the Illuminating Intelligence or Birth Mother of forms through a transitional state of Understanding. She is Mother Nature.

All that is Life on Earth is the providence of THE EMPRESS, as she builds life forms around the Spirit or Spiral Frequencies of Life, establishing the Laws of the Universe that have to do with restriction and formation. She is the Supernal Female Force. She is also Venus-Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love. Love is the Law.

The Luminous Intelligence of Chokmah, becomes the Illuminating Intelligence of THE EMPRESS, inferring filling up and emitting Light, thus bestowing the title of Mother of Light on the Great Mother.

She is a Door, and one may pass through a door in any direction, from life to death.  To pass through her on the Return Path, is to pass into Supreme Darkness of the Uterine Abyss.

Therefore, the ancients often depicted this door way as the exposed Vagina of the Great Mother, and/or Vesica Pisces, which is one-way birth and the other way the “Little death” or Petite Mort of the French. Here before her, the worn and often battle weary dead are ready to “pass over” as she commands power, sincerity, and fertility. The dual dynamic of the Door, has often been shown as Janua Coeli (meaning “gateway to heaven”) which is derived from the “Yoni gate” (vagina) of the Goddess Juno (later as the Roman Two-Faced god Janus) as a personification, Juno had two faces, each face looking in opposite directions. One face looking in the direction of birth and the other in the direction of death. In fact, the Latin word janua means door and this goddess was reinstated by the Romans, as male and to have presided over communications and the affairs of men.Here then, as THE EMPRESS, Janua/Janus resided over the passage of ideas and affairs of a man. Originally, Janus was a Solar Entity, and THE EMPRESS is the Mother of the Sun, so the comparison is not only viable but pertinent as well. Thus, anything that can be said about Juno/Janua/Janus can be said about THE EMPRESS as well, even though she is often now anthropomorphized as Venus-Aphrodite the Womb of life and death.

The Luxurious Proliferation of Nature with each facet so compelling, being both beautiful and hypnotic, it is possible for the student to lose sight of the Overview of the Path of Daleth. This point was acknowledged by A. Crowley in his Book of Thoth, where he warned, and “the student who is dazzled by any given manifestation may be led astray. In no other card is it so necessary to disregard the parts and to concentrate upon the whole".

We know that the Venus-Aphrodite is the "Goddess of Love” but many forgot that She is also named the "Goddess of Desire". Desire, being born with the most abstract principle of Form, holds a very specific meaning for the Student of the Mysteries, as to feel is to desire, but to unite wholly with the Universal Creatrix, requires the "want of nothing". Thus, the coming to or the leaving of desire is another aspect of the Door Way that is THE EMPRESS— the Path of Daleth.

THE EMPRESS as shown in the Thoth Tarot card, looks to be all nurturing and light; However, the darkened crescent of the Moon suggests transformation or change and to Qabalists She is known as the Mother of Life and Death. Growth and destruction are concurrent Empress Activities, just as old cells die and new cells are born in a daily cycle in your physical body.

The transparent bubbles shown in front of the Thoth Tarot- Empress image, represent the veil that we must pass through to realize the Path of Daleth (Door), to pass beyond the veil is to cross into a completely new level of conscious energy, where her laws no longer apply. The veil is a dramatic separation of imagined reality and what is real.

By now, the able initiate knows that God is the Divine Creative Mind that created the Universe by "I Will Be", "Will to Force" and "Will to Form". We do the same thing, as "images of god", we create reality by desiring it, emoting it (Will to force) and building it (will to Form). Whatever we create in our personal minds, becomes us or our creation as Self-Awareness. This is an often ridiculed concept or precept of both metaphysics and the mysteries. However, ridicule does not an understanding make, and as a Personality attains greater Self-Awareness, the implications of responsibility for what one thinks and creates become most profound!

The Thoth Tarot- Empress, is illustrated in the alchemical image of Salt, that is the inactive principle which is activated by the alchemical Sulfur (Emperor), maintaining the whirling (Spiral) balance of the Universe.

The design of the Alchemical symbol of Salt, is, a circle with a line bisecting it horizontally, as is shown in the positioning of her arms and if you put the Empress and the Emperor, side by side, her on the Left and Him on the right, the order of English writing, their faces are looking at each other. The Venus Aphrodite depiction is carried on in the unashamed nudity of the Female Goddess in the Universe Card.

In the illustration of the Polynesian volcano Goddess Pele’ and her paramour with a back ground of sea, the martial male form is offering subservient to the Female Womb as she invents both his life and death. This is Yab Yum, illustrating the Tibetan word that means, Goddess God, face to face, as well as, the activating activity of the Empress Card.

The twisted blue shapes on the Thoth Empress card represent flames and her birth from Water, which we know to represent consciousness as unconscious and intuition. The Living Holy Grail, is the Lotus like chalice in her hand. At her waist is the Zodiacal girdle Or belt. Above her head are the dove and sparrow, both are birds of Venus. At her feet is a white pelican that is feeding her own young with her own flesh which is a common symbol of the Great Mother, for even not so great mothers, build the young from their own flesh and blood. The white eagle shield corresponds to that red eagle shield of the Emperor. To reiterate, the alchemical references for the Supernal Triangle are, THE MAGUS is Mercury, THE EMPRESS is Salt, THE EMPEROR, is Sulfur. Therefor Kether is represented as Mercury, Binah is Salt and Chokmah is Sulfur, the Sephiroth united on the Tree of Life that turn our leaden consciousness into the Golden Intelligence of the Son (Sun), i.e. the Divine Child. The only blocking veil to this end, is Desire consciousness. We must lose the reality of the” I Want's" known as "Wanna-Be's" and become the “I AM's” of our original inheritance.

As always, words make the reality of their meanings seem so simple, but in truth, the simplest words are the most subjective, such as IT, or I. One must cross the emptiness of want, of sense, of sight, before one can visit the Great Mother, who creates the “Am” of us all.

When the Thoth Empress or New Orleans Tarot-Ayin Card is thrown, the querent is experiencing:

• The principle of wise love.

• The power of owning your own inherited maternal and loving nature that resides within.

• There is an opening to all sensuality and delighting in luxury of the senses, as does a child, before they are taught to fear them.

• One finds comfort among the natural, having no need of control.

• A surge of Creative imagination, as imagination is everything in our reality, this promises achievement and success in our goals.

• The querent may experience a high dedication to healing and nurturing.

• All in all, THE EMPRESS, represents happy, stable, relationships, growth and fertility.

 

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 2-Marie Laveau & The Thoth Tarot- ATU 2-Priestess

Posted on April 17, 2018 at 9:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The Tarot of Eli

For self is a sea boundless and measureless.

                                 -K. Gibran, The Prophet



The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot- Key 2-Marie Laveau, along with Dr. John, is also moving into the Archetypal role of  the Loa (Ancestor Spirits). This High Priestess of Voodoo is the most renown of them all. None to date, have reached her stature. She existed in physical form in New Orleans from 1794 to 1881, and has a "small house" in The Saint Louis Cemetary No. 1, which is well cared for and daily decorated with flowers. She is well loved and should be, as the power of her work has changed both the internal and external expressions of Voodoo in the USA.

She once, and still does,  presided over the Voodoo rites and dances of St. John's eve that were preformed in Congo Square. During the yellow fever epidemics, that swept through New Orleans during the period between, 1832 and 1853 she tirelessly and selflessly cared for the victims. With no reward ask for, she devoted her time to the healing of the community. Her actions, and her influence over authorities has made Voodoo  a tolerated and therefore, accepted form of religion.

She died, June 16, 1881 and recieved an obituary from the Daily Picune, a major New Orleans news paper that read:

All in all, Marie Laveau was a wonderful woman. Doing good for the sake of doing good alone, she obtained no reward, ofttimes meeting with prejudice and loathing; she was nevertheless contented and did not lag in her work. She had the cause of the people at heart and was with them in everything. ...Marie's name will not be forgotten in New Orleans.

Marie's name is not forgotten, nor has been in any city where the spirits of Voodoo are honored. They certainly are honored in my home.

In Hebrew, the word mar, the root word for Mari, refers to the bitterness, the salt, of seawater. The hard staring eyes of Mari Lavea invoke the idea of the Sumeria Eye Goddess, Mari, who had many figurines found in Syria and around the Mediterranean. Like the Goddess Maat of Egypt, she represented the spirit of Law and Justice. She was the All Seeing Eye goddess, whose staring eyes, cause some discomfort among men.

  Latter, the Eye Goddess developed into the mysterious wise Eye Goddess, Mari-Ishtar or Mari-Anna, who later became the consort of Yahweh, in Jerusalem.  The geneology of Mari, goes way back in history, and began in Mesopotamia. This was all about Mother Sea, from which all life was believed to have begun on earth. Something which we moderns know to be true today. The ancient Egyptians called the maternal deep, Temu, the uterine abyss, from which the Universe was born; this would be the Priestess of the Qabalisitic tree of Life. Other names for Mother Sea were, Thetis, Pelagia, Thalassa, Amphitrite, Aphordite-Marina and her variations of Mari, Mara, Marga, and Mary of the blue robe and pearl necklace and Mari Magdelene. Mari Laveau, was certainly a fine example of this "All Seeing" goddess archetype. In French, lav, means "wash", and eau, means "liquid". The name forms an admirable glyph of the great  Universal Element of Water; The Univesal Collective Unconscious and its ability to return all who approach the Uterine Abyss, are returned to a state of pristine ritual purity, fit for the indwelling of the Sephiroth and Archetypes.

The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-key 2, Mari Laveau, depicts her strong face, peering out of a parted curtain of coweries shells that represent the parting of dimensions and/or entry to the "other side of the Mirror".  With a strong stare, she offers this entery only to those who can meet her eyes with their own unflinching stare.  Here, the Great Water's of the Divine Creatrix, as the beginning and end of all existence, are offered as a cleansing bath to the suffering soul of the man-made world. Purity of Spirit, will then be felt and known as the I AM of the bather as her bitter waters erase and remove all that is unworthy of you, her Golden Child.


The Thoth Tarot-ATU 2, THE PRIESTESS, is the image that represents an androgynous universal principle of intuition, independence, self-trust, self-knowledge and self-resourcefulness. This is the androgynous figure that represents balance known to Chinese scholars as the female magnetic force, curved, soft and receptive, that is Ying. From the navel down, this androgyny is all straight lines, strong, dynamic, electric Yang.

This card reminds us that we are all composed of the receptive female magnetic and the strong assertive electric forces of male and the Feminine Anima (Latin for Spirit) and the Masculine Animus (Latin for Soul). 

The Priestess, wears a sun and moon crown to remind us that we are all are committed to have and achieve an equal balance in strength, "Will to Force" and softness, "Will to Form" that are seen as "Father Chokmah" and "Mother Binah" on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

The faceted crystal background of the Thoth Tarot card reminds us of the multifaceted aspects of intuition that are present at each level of consciousness: mental intuition (the triangular crystal); emotional intuition (the round crystal); spiritual intuition (the diamond crystal), and physically noted information (the octagonal crystal). Intuition is the Great Calm Lake of spirit that is reflective, deep, contained and always present, waiting to be accessed and trusted---A Womb with a View and/or the Universal Collective Unconscious. However, we must first trust and love ourselves to be aware of this quiet power.

The  Priestess is a powerful symbol to use as a visual skrying affirmation to enhance self-trust, independence, and resourcefulness. This symbol reinforces the trusting of one's intuition.

The  Priestess is not a literal return to the warm enclosure of the Cosmic Womb, as is THE EMPRESS. Rather, she represents the Supreme Mother, without her smiling mask, revealing a True face of cold yet beautiful countenance. All veils are removed, all illusion is dispersed, and we must face the crystalline reality of our own absolute free will; a task not for the weak. Her planet is the Moon, her Path is Gimel, meaning camel, which is most appropriate, as she is the one who carries our Personality across the vast desert of the Abyss. She is comparable to Diana the huntress.

There are three Paths that represent the same energy, although as different but similar aspects, they are The Paths of Gimel (THE PRIESTESS), the Path of Samekh (THE ART) and the Path of Tau (THE UNIVERSE) which together makeup the devotional middle pillar. The Indigo Middle Path color in Atziluth (the highest of the Four Worlds) is Indigo, a deep-dark- water blue that suggests the Moon, as all three Paths relate to the Moon.

The pure state of Intelligence that is The Path of Gimel, will carry those cleansed of desire thinking, across the longest and most important Path on the Tree of Life; A path which radiates down from the Supernal Triangle, composed of unimaginable potential, to the Ethical Triangle, the "actual", also making this the path a position between the Father Creator in Kether, and the Animus-Son/Sun in Tiphareth, a Path of the Highest Initiation.

The common description of the Priestess is that she is the most pure essence of consciousness, symbolized in Tarot as the very source of all Water (Consciousness); However, to the initiate, she is considered The Lower Chokmah (Wisdom), wisdom is being expressed here as both masculine and feminine (The Goddess Sophia of the Greeks-means Wisdom). However,  when applied to the Hebrew feminine noun, Chokmah, the word Wisdom becomes masculine, for here it is "sent forth" and as the Seed of wisdom is ejaculated, it expands outward. In this action of ejaculation, the seed of expansion contains its own limitation. She is the Diana who shoots his captured force out into the universe and it is her “sight” (Understanding ) that limits the expansion of his “seed”.

The Feminine is Formative. Here Wisdom is taken into the most Spiritual manifestation of the feminine and formulates it into herself as any geometrical point into which to contemplate any possibility, i.e. the “All Seeing I Am” of the Original consciousness. Now I know this concept is an impossibly difficult one to understand and the most descriptive of Qabalistic terms may seem nonsensical, but the Priestess is the Womb of Consciousness, and yet she is both Male and Female.......much like a Hermaphrodite (Hermes-Aphrodite) that can impregnate itself.

The Higher Chokmah is a specific Sun, and the Lower Chokmah is a specific Moon. Thus when viewing TH PRIESTESS Thoth Tarot card, you will see a slight feminine figure with arms raised, behind vibrations of light and a strong lower masculine leg section with a bow across the knees. Yet she is a virginal force, because no "Outside" Male force fertilizes her. Thus the myth of Diana adds understanding to this card. From her, the source of Water, is the idea behind the idea of form. I think Dr. Paul Foster Case said this best in saying that,"... no matter how many forms develop from it, the virgin substance is itself unchanged. Like Water, which holds matter in suspension or solution, this substance remains over itself. Here is one key to the alchemical mystery of the First Matter. Here, too, one may find a clue to the inner significance of the Virgin Myths of all Religions." The Priestess is often called the Prima Materia, or Root Matter (First Matter) as she can be considered the result of Self-Conscious that is developed by the Union of  "I Will Be", "Will to Force" and "Will to Form". Kether, Chokman and Binah, in that order.

[Remaining "over itself" may also be a clue as to why Lilith, the "first wife" of Genesis, wished to lay on top of the First Male Form called Adam and was banished from the Garden of Eden, for a more complaint Eve. So the Patriarch could be in charge of sexuality and therefore, birth. A fun and enlightening study for the curious who are sickened by misogyny.]

In his book, THE THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Mr. Case calls the Path of Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence, because it is the "Essence of Glory" and/or "The Grace of God". No matter the terms, the fact is that your personality must be shed of all the reality and desires that our self-conscious has constructed before she is able to carry one across the Uterine Abyss, into Daath (Knowledge) that is the invisible Chakra of the Tree of Life which resides below Kether, on the Middle Path. It is that Knowledge that our conscious essence exudes from, so that it could become the operator of the Images of the DivineTwins.

[Daath is no longer invisible to one who has entered the Garden of inherited Knowledge that resides between the Mother named Understanding and the Father named Wisdom.]

Now the MAGUS, (Will-Kether), symbolizes a condition prior to Unconscious thought. This condition acts upon THE  PRIESTESS in such a way, that the Path of Gimel becomes the mind capable of carrying the thought forms (knowledge) of which the Universe will eventually be composed. Being that she is the source underlying all vibratory patterns that compose form, she is shown on the Thoth Tarot ATU 2- Card as a figure composed of vibratory waves of energy. Moreover, nothing can grow in the Garden of the Empress without this wave structure that underlays energy. It is for this very reason that the Moon is assigned to this path, for it is a pattern of waxing and waning, fluctuation, dualities and tides, just as the waves of energy in a vibratory pattern. Here, the Goddess is both male Force and feminine Form, and as a Moon she controls the tides of consciousness.

Now if you wish to skry this card, remember, she is Pure Virginal Conscious and without empathy; she is as Durga the Ice Queen of the Hindu and Norse. Unless you have a mentor who has been through the initiation of THE PRIESTESS, you may find her Cold Beauty destructive to your sensibilities. For she strips your personality of all that is not worthy of Pure Self Conscious. Oh, by the way, I know her as Elizabeth (Chosen of El), as She is permanently aware of her initiates and often renames them, she calls me Prometheus which I translated into the Qabalistic Eli Serabeth (Temple of the Fiery Daemon). Hence, she is a scary Beauty who will assist you in self-dissection.... often without permission when familiarity is gained. To those who think bravery is an ego trip, don't try this .... ever! Ask a Mother of many children, what bravery is, then do your best to incorporate that idea into your heart, you may then survive the ordeal of the "Dark night of the Soul".

The Wisdom of THE PRIESTESS, is in regulation, as her fluctuation rates establish the direction for the First Matter as it descends in to greater and greater density. Thus she is THE MOON that regulates the tides of the Waters of consciousness.

As before stated, the four paths rising into the Supernal Triangle (upper triangle), each represent a Alchemical element, each a composite of the "Garden of Eden". THE PRIESTESS, is the Uniting Spirit, the Fifth element, symbolized as the top point of the Pentagram. THE HIEROPHANT= Earth, LOVERS= Air, THE CHARIOT= Water, THE EMPEROR =Fire and THE HIGH PRIESTESS= Spirit.

Overall, THE PRIESTESS, is the vessel for all operations of the Supernal Triangle, she is the crucible where the Alchemical activity of Mercury, Sulfur, and Salt take place. She is also the source of the Four Rivers of Paradise, The Pison (River of Fire), The Gibon (River of Water), The Hiddikel (River of Air) and the Phrath (River of Earth). Which goes a long way in describing her fluctuating nature, as rivers are often waves of serpentine flow.

As I have mentioned before, the journey up the Paths of the Tree of Life, is about Remembering our beginning of Self, a critical part of "Above all things, Know thyself” …the Qabalistic axiom. THE PRIESTESS, conceals within Her Vibrations, all the knowledge/memories of the Race, as well as, those of the Cosmos. She is the circle in which all is created. As shown in this Alchemical symbol.

Behind her resides Daath (Knowledge), invisible because of Vibratory Veils of subjective potential. These veils, are shown as Light in vibratory form, on the Thoth Card. The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit---the one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the True Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential and has no measurement, making it infinite and therefore, unseen.

To look upon the Light of the  PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in the nature of consciousness, that is, full of wonder but without desire. For it is a Light so bright one of mundane persona or material consciousness, cannot look upon it, and will be shocked right back into their Malkuth realm of Race sponsored consciousness. If the desire conscious is conquered, the Light of the High Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful...but without heat. Thus it is a cool light resembling the dazzling brightness of Ice in full Sun or Moon Light. Passing through the "Light", one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One; also known as “the seed atom” (Theosophy) of your beginning as consciousness.

Obviously, when considering Light, the Qabalist must re-think the essence of Light. It is apparent to the researcher that all religions which stress "the Light" as a high state of consciousness, are based on Tiphareth-The Sun God. For instance, religions based on the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Apollo, Osiris, Ahurda-Mazda, Mithra, etc. However, the Gnostic Mysteries, unlike organized religions, states that Light conceals, rather than reveals, by its very brilliance. Thus, visible light is measurable (186,000 miles per second) and finite. Where as, the Dark Fiery Light of the Ain, is unseen/unmeasured.

As does the Moon, so does the HIGH PRIESTESS go from brilliant light to absolute darkness. Thus the Mythology of the Moon and her deities, such as, Dianna-Artemis, Hecate and He- el-Aine (Later as Helen, Elaine and Eleanor), better known to those of Celtic origin as Elaine the Moon-Goddess and to the Norse as Hel the Goddess of the Underworld. The Thoth Card Shows THE PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple Goddess as described by Hesiod) which means -The Far Shooting Moon, and is an aspect of Artemis. Artemis is also known as the "maiden of the silver bow", suggesting the lower aspect of THE HIGH PRIESTESS, (The ART card), which is Sagittarius, the archer. That is why she is illustrated on the Thoth card, with a bow across her knees. [Artemis is the triple Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic Nymph, then the Old Crone. As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone.]

To reiterate, THE PRIESTESS acts upon the First Matter of the MAGUS, causing it to function in the pattern of a figure eight lying on its side. This represents a total unified energy cycle of both opposed and duplicated vibration. This holding, enclosing, and duplicating function is that of the first female quality on the Tree of Life.

THE  PRIESTESS represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima", related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the unconscious."

[To the inquiring mind, I really recommend one gets the book: THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS, by Barbara G. Walker and looks up the Moon Goddess Myths. THE  PRIESTESS relates a concept so subjective, that much repetition of information, in differentiating perspectives are required.]

When the Tarot Cards- Mari Laveau and the Priestess, is thrown during a reading:

• For the non-initiated, the querent is experiencing the principle of self-trust, indicating an easily working state of harmony and inner independence;

• A self-knowing.

• Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious. Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition.

  • Connection is possible between seemingly diverse elements.

To the initiated male:

She represents the Spiritual Bride of the Just man (The Prince, no longer of this world) When he reads the Law, she gives the Divine Meaning. The Arcana is revealed, the Mystery is unfolded, and futures are seen.

To the Initiated Female:

She is the Papess, associated with,the All Seeing Mari-Ishtar,  St. Mary Magdalene, or the Great Shakti of the triple Hindu Goddess Kali, or the Greek Gnostic Sophia, the original Mother of the Holy Trinity. Considered one of the Highest and Holiest of the Major Arcana. Complete development of Feminine Powers (Womb rite) that go deeper in meaning than the words, intuition or insight, can convey. She is the Law of inherited Wisdom and the Abyssal Womb.

 

If ill defined:

One is blinded by their own feelings and unable to see the light.

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The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-1-Dr. John & The Thoth Tarot-ATU 1-The Magus

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The Tarot of Eli


The New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 1-Dr. John is the equivalent of the Thoth Magus card. However, Dr. John, is a Personage of New Orleans, who is known to travel the "starrry road" (Paths of the Tree of Life) to the positions on the Astrals of the Loa (Sephira of the Tree of Life). Not only is this person a practicioner, but also a sacred drummer of high renown in the city during the 1800s. He was seen as a fierce, free African whose face wore the tatoos of red and blue serpentine or snake like lines. His life was dedicated to the maintenance of the Strict African forms within Voodoo and those vibratory laws that govern the rhythms used to call the Loa (Spirits). Much like Shamanic druming of the Native Americans who used the rhythmic vibrations of the Drum to "Travel" the planes of the Ancestors. If you chose to visit the original Dr. John's grave in New Orleans, it is close to Congo Square in St. Louis Cemetary No. 1.

It is said that Dr. John's drumming can be heard, late at night, in New Orleans and in many parts of the New World that is alive with African rhythms. Now loud, now soft, his drumming is the power of Sound, just as the Tarot Magus, carries the Original Logos, or "Word Vibration" of Kether. Anyway you look at it, vibrational rhythm is the pulsing road that spirits travel on. Therefore, Dr. John's drum stick is the Wand of the Magus/Magician and/or the baton of Mercury; the rod of communication. By drumming, Dr. John, brings this world of communication into vibratory existence and creates the link with the invisibles on the "other side of the mirror". He is assisted in channeling the necessary power by the tattooed lines on his face.

The primary role of any Shamanic or Voodoo drummer, is to provide the rhytmic fuel to heat up a rite. Not just any drummer, for this is an office of service to those who participate in assembly for the rite. Hence, great sensitivity to spoken and subtle injunctions is required. 

According to Sallie Ann Glassman, the author of New Orleans Voodoo Tarot,  there have been many Dr. Johns.  After the first Dr. John's expiration, another Dr. John, closely resembling the original, was fast to make his way into Voodoo Circles, such as the rite's in the Congo Square, a sacred place in New Orleans and bursting with spiritual energy. Besides being respected as a powerful musician, with a great Voodoo feel, he is also respected for his willingness to play benefits for worthy civic causes.

Therefore, the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot-Key 1- Dr. John, illustrates a powerful drummer whose musical rhythms and stage presence has a strong Voodoo feel. The Qabalistic Axiom, "As above so Below", is represented by his hands. One  raised above and one drumming below.  According to the author, the scene is Congo Square in New Orleans where the good Dr. is playing for one of the dances preside over by Marie Laveau, a very famous Manbo and/or Priestess. The Twin colored serpentine lines on Dr. John's face, also represent the Ida-Pingala of the Kundalini forces that he channels when drumming. The ego must be set aside, and one must "let go and let god or goddess", run the bodies energy. This will be an inner burning, of great intensity, that roars up from the "Root Chakra" and out the "Crown Chakra' and stimulates the Aruic Expansion of the Drummer. Soon the entire assembly is within the Firery Vibration of this Drummer's auric field. Needless to say, a bone weary drummer, whose energy field has been stretched beyond their norm, is seen at the end of the rite. For much stress is produced by trying to hold a physical form under such an assault of Higher Vibrations. In Fact, some people in such rites, just pass out of the body, leaving a swooning form behind.

Now I am not a practicioner of Voodoo, but I have done much Kundalini work, and Ritual Rites with Archtypal Spirit and used the Shammanic drumming techniques, of which I have done much. I can tell you, one's Psyche can ride wth waves of rhythm into the invisible aspects of Higher Self. I have also worked with the Kha Dro Ma, "highest aspect of Female", in my Tantric Yoga work and have been "reborn" by their baptimal rites of the Abyssal Womb. I have worked with many Archtypes and therefore, my task here is to present a very elementary aspect of Voodoo, with respect and reverance, and compare it to Western Qabalah, of which it does well. Please, if you are interested in a deeper understanding of New Orleans Voodoo, and the Lwa/Loa, ancestor or archetype souls, get the  Voodoo Visions book, along with the New Orleans Voodoo Tarot cards/book by Sallie Ann Glassman. She is a Manbo and her books are a joy to read and the cards thicken the air with the Prescence of the Lwa. Just as the Thoth Tarot, fills the air with vibrations of the Sephiroth.


The Qabalistic Thoth-ATU-1- Magus or the traditional Magician, is the Path of Beth, meaning House, and is between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, making it the transition (Phallus) path between the One Undefined Energy, and the Great Organizer, Mother Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the meaning of house, Beth, as that of the dwelling place (Womb) where Spirit resides before "falling" into manifestation.

    In this case, it is appropriate to call the Magus that which builds the House. In other words, the Magus directs and encloses the One Spirit (Spiral Energy-Vital Vibration- Life Force)) which is symbolized by THE FOOL tarot card. The Supernal Triangle, Upper Trinity on the Tree of Life,  is represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus and the Fool are closely linked. For those who wish a glaring example of this degree of separation it is about as much as the Testes and Phallus are separated in a human male, albeit the unmanifested- One Great Being (Note* to a Qabalist a "Being" is an Immortal Intelligent Energy").

Scholars of the first five books of the Bible (the Pentateuch), point out that the letter Beth or Beit, is the First letter, as the book of Genesis begins with Bereshith --commonly translated as "in the beginning". Interestingly, Fabre d'Olivet translated Bereshith as meaning "At First, in principle", knowing that Beth symbolizes the "Beginning of the Beginning"; The Will of the One. Thus, it is the First Matter of the Alchemist, the Philosophic Mercury and or "First Principle". Because to create a beginning one must create an end, the Magus also represents the key polarities of creation, Life and Death. This process is indicated by the figure eight that is lying on its side (lemniscus) and/or Oroboros, the serpent that eats its own tale, as both represent the closed circle of One Energy, begun by the number One -Beth, acting on the Zero-Aleph, THE FOOL. The Lemniscus symbolizes the Act of Turning upon oneself as a Twisting or Spiraling ; 0=8.Thus creating Male and Female infinite circles of Force in the ONE Energy and the Sexual Dance of God/Goddess; the Divine Creative Twins. Because there is no Action in the Crown or Mind, until Will disturbs it, the Magus chant of," I am the will. I am the way. I am the wealth; I own the Day." is most apropos to this card.

[For an entertaining story of the first relationship between the letters Aleph and Beth, I would suggest one reads the Zohar, a Qabalistic text.]

However, even though the Magus is associated with Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, it is not always active. In fact, it is both active and passive, as it is both that which Transmits and that which is transmitted (A phallus)! The Magus represents both the One Life Energy which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter or Semen of Will which is commonly known as Vibration and/orThought). Here an understanding of the fact that the Magus (Mercury) is the "message bearer" of the Gods, meaning he is not Himself the Creator, only the bearer of his Will much as the semen is the bearer of the genes of the Father. Thus the Magus is the ejaculator of will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the Divine Phallus and Womb, the Divine Twins.). The Wand in The Magician's hand as seen in the Tradition Tarot Decks, symbolizes this phallic action, showing that the Magic (k) is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity.

The Roman, Mercury, is the Greek Hermes and the Egyptian- Ibis-headed- Thoth, all represent the same deity, the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature.

Hermes, was always associated with words, this makes sense as a messenger must simply state the cause of the one who has sent him. Then there is the Egyptian- Thoth, who reportedly created the Hieroglyphs, which developed the necessary means by which a message could be transmitted and recorded.

The companion of Thoth/Hermes, was shown as a dog-headed Ape (Cynocephalus), representing words themselves, and their potential for deception and misunderstanding. Thus, we have Cynocephalus, a trickster, laying at the feet of the Magus, included in the Thoth Tarot card.

Not only do words affect the Will, as cause and effect, but they also transmit ideas from person to person in the same way that the Magus transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from The Magus, Fertilizes the ONE Womb, (Understanding) that is the Great Mother Binah. Just as words fertilize Consciousness! Thus the power of Words, is about stimulating the birthing of unconscious ideas into conscious images of understanding, by the Power of Expression, but not necessarily the Truth of Creation, for that Must Be Made Manifest (THE HIGH PRIESTESS)! Even the vibration in the air caused by "Words" powered by Kundalini forces, can heal the ill.

Okay, this concept may be so subjective, that it may be difficult to understand, but try skrying the card. Your meditative observation will open your consciousness to the flow of the Universal  Collective Unconscious were greater occult knowledge is stored.

To reiterate, THE MAGUS is the Path of Beth (house or temple), and it transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One from above-known as Kether (Crown). A spoken word is a sound that carries an idea, so the Magus is associated with the First Vibration or Word of God and/or Logos. The First Vibration encloses Spirit, beginning the process of creation, thus encompassing all that is.

In the Golden Dawn papers, this idea was conveyed by relating the Mercury symbol (planetary sign) to all the Sephiroth, with the exception of Kether. You may note that the Horns spring from Daath, often called the invisible Sephiroth, but really, it is the conjunction of Chokmah (Great Father and Binah (Great Mother), a face to face union, the Union of the Divine Creative Twins that creates what is called: The Divine Child. This is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath). Here Mercury is placed in the Sephiroth to show further example.

Consequentially the showing of The Tree of Life on the Caduceus, properly places the Four Worlds, [Atziluth, Briah, Yetzirah and Assiah], that are transitions of the Wand of the Magus; Kether is the Winged Orb at the top. By deeper delving into the Golden Dawn tests, the student will find that the Primum Mobile, Latin for "first motion”, is acting through Philosophic Mercury (Magus) on Saturn-Binah, who is Will to Form or as I like to call her, "The Womb with a view". As before stated, she is the Mother of Form and the Magus is the Idea of Being and/or the first willed vibration of the I Will Be/Kether.

The activity of first motion acting on Saturn-Binah, is as words or Vibration and whoever can willfully direct the Vibration of the First Motion, (often referred to as to "Pronounce the word-YHVH") shall command the Universal Force. This Mastery of the Universal motion, is called the "Moves-Moves" among certain Native American nations, and/or the "motion within the movement" of the Mysteries. Quantum physicists would call it the "Dark energy that pushes the Universe", while Qabalists call it the Magus.

Dr.Paul Foster Case, in his Book of Tokens, stated that, "all created wills are but reflections…of the Will that is the Magus". This is an essential ideal of the Mysteries and acknowledges the fact that our Superior Nature (Divine I) acts through the Magus or Voodoo, through Dr. John who is also the Hermes in function.

In the Crowley card, unlike the Golden Dawn card, THE MAGUS is not holding a Wand, the primary instrument of the MAGICIAN cards; Rather, THE MAGUS is the Wand, He is the Phallus, which Crowley understood. This Subjective Phallus, is not an object. All Objects are formed by Binah, who is Will to Form and given birth to as the Priestess and/or Womb of Daath.

Victorian sensibilities have softened the ancient depictions of Hermes: However the ancient Greek crossroads were once decorated with the Herms, that were upright stone slabs with a bust and a very large stone phallus curiously attached to the front of the column. This acknowledgment of "First Motion" is also shown in Lingam worship of the Hindus and or the Phallus- God Priapus of the Romans. Without the Transmitted Will of the One, understanding of an idea, cannot become a Form of Understanding. This is a complex mixing of thought and will, which requires deep meditations on THE MAGUS card, and also a release of Victorian sensibilities, as we are describing the First SEX Action in the Universal Duality of the Divine Twins. That Action, produced Self-Knowledge, which on the Tree of Life is called the invisible Sephiroth- Daath, Knowledge, who is the Divine Womb produced by the union of Wisdom and Understanding; the Self Concept of I AM ME. Here, the -I is the Will and the Am is the form of that Will and the Me is the manifestation of the Union. Caution: This concept could make your forehead itch!

When THE MAGUS or Dr.John is thrown during a reading, it implies:

• Communication and timing and that all things are possible, with applied Will and understanding.

• There is an implication of the magic of Universal Vital Force traveling through the human body making one in-tune with the most creative and powerful aspects of your-Self; As above, so below.

• Changing the structure of your living situation by focused action:

• Will and focused consciousness.

• An awareness of Power, and possession and communication of the Powers (Focused will that fertilizes creativity in one’s self and others) and Gifts of Spirit known as "Magic Abilities".

  • Consumate skill in the matter at hand.
  • Ability to see root causes clearly.
  • Occult powers.
  • Uniting one's will to that of a more decisive and greater Will.

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