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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-key 21- The Universe & The SpellCaster's Tarot- key 21- World

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Universe-Key 21 & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 21- World:

Is the 2nd to the last of the Major Arcana and is the Feminine Compliment to the 0-The Fool, who is also Atu-22: Atu being the name given the Major Arcana by Aleister Crowley.  The Universe is attributed to the Hebrew letter Tau or Tav [meaning: equal armed cross/the "T" cross] and since this card is compliment to the Fool, letter Aleph [meaning: Ox] the two together spell the word Ath, which means Essence. The Fool is the beginning and the Universe is the completed end, that will go back to 0. The consensus is that since everything came from nothing, the end of everything is the return to nothing.

The letter Tau refers to the planet Saturn, the outermost and slowest of the 7 sacred planets (the Qabalah was written long before the other planets were discovered); because of its heavy slow qualities the earth was "thrust upon the symbol" . As Crowley explained, "The original three elements, Fire, Air and Water, sufficed for primitive thought; Earth and Spirit represent a latter accretion".
Neither is to be found in the original twenty-two Paths of the Sepher Yetzirah. However, the Hebrew Bible, Genesis explains The Path of Tau (T) and/or Earth, with a creation story.

Tau [Tav]Tau Cross, Equal Armed Cross or "T" cross.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. Now the earth was a vast nothingness with darkness upon the surface of the deep, and the Divine Presence hovered upon the surface of the waters,. And God said," Let their be light." and there was light.
                  Genesis 1:1-3
 As creation stories goes, this is one of the best known in the Western civilizations. It also points out that Light was a creation of Divine Presence and that is why Light is seen as he first form of the Divine. What should also be understood is that form began in Darkness[ Dark energy-Dark matter] The Ain (No-Thing), as Physicists are telling us today. The "Vast Nothingness on the Surface of the Deep"----The Deep Thick Darkness of Binah (Dark Energy) and where the conception of Movement (Divine hovering Presence or Logos) began the process of  form made of light. All this is known to Qabalists but is what often not known, is that Tau is the Alpha (Beginning) and the Omega ( the End) of all form and that this card is totally about the Feminine power of "Will to Form".  

Hence,there is no Androgyny depicted as activity here, instead there is an erotic sex-act presented, for She created the masculine form.  She is an action of Dark Energy and the Motion within Dark matter which is a vast nothingness, i.e. formless; However, all form comes from this vastness ( The Abyss). The Divine Masculine Presence, besides being visible light, is also a serpentine movement of invisible electromagnetic waves, and is Self-Awareness on a Microcosmic scale that we call consciousness. Now this is difficult to understand---so often it is called Light. Self-Awareness on the Divine Scale (...." From Her did she build Herself", this statement was often attributed to the Greek Goddess Hera) is The Universe, the One Self-Aware Energy that all selves come from which we call the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or the Unconscious.  This card is not easy "to get your head around", but then to expand perspective, we must force our resistant self-conscious personality to take a deep and thoughtful look into the Dark Depths of the unconscious, the Original "All Seeing I", from which the 1st movement of Thought latter becomes form.For the Original Idea of the Fool, is "I Will Be", and the fruition of that dream, is I AM ME, the Universe Card and Malkuth are one and the same, for they are the completed dream of I AM.

This Lovely Tarot Card- key 21- The Universe or the Traditional-World, is what I have called the "Womb- with- a -View" , it is called She because it is the action of the Feminine Magnetic aspect of the one Electromagnetic energy.  The Divine Creative is both Feminine and Masculine, but is neither sex, so the masculine of the Divine is called light/electric and the Feminine of the Divine Creative is called the Dark/Magnetic . Hence, she is a Dark skinned female on the SpellCaster's Tarot.

In this context Masculine Force is Movement and Feminine Force is Form. The most difficult task for our personal perspective is to understand that the Dark Unconscious Energy, even exists and that from darkness we have all come and to darkness we all return ( alpha and omega)! But as if that understanding wasn't enough----we can come from and go back to that darkness----consciously, for The Light is a transformation of Darkness!

Truth is, movement is best seen as light even though Chokma ( 1st formless Manifestation of Masculine Force) is called the "Dark Fire" because it is not Light as we know it but rather the motion within Dark Energy! Light is a creation, that has an end! Stars go Nova, and end, what we know as "The Universe" will go back to "nothingness"...albeit 20 billion years from now. But for all those who enjoy "Being"  there is a future, for as the Hindu's believe, there is also renewal and regeneration, where the Universe of Form starts all over again; changed by all the experience/knowledge gained from the Past.  This Great Will-To-Form that is Mother Binah (Goddess with many names) is always building "Her Children of Form" from her loving interaction with her "other"/ the Masculine. Hence, She is resurrection and regeneration as show by the "serpent force" which is the Serpentine Energy of the Kundalini (Primal Life
Force) which is coiled at the Root Chakra of all humans and coiled in the Earth and flowing as Spiral upon Spiral, collapsing upon themselves to form "dimensions of Being".
Originally, the Greeks knew this serpent force, as Lord Python, who later became Zeus.

The Qabalistic Tarot Path of Tau, The Universe or World Tarot Card :
* Path color is Indigo
* Musical Note: A
*Planet; Saturn
* Meaning: The Tau Cross---Equal armed Cross
* Double letter: Power-Servitude
* Esoteric title: The Great One of the Night of Time.

Obviously, because our Souls manifest a body made of time-space, it is a competent builder of "self-image" on the Plane of Malkuth (Material Plane) and as I said, this self is mostly space (99%) and only 1% time. I dare to say, that we are mostly "Dark Matter" and "Dark Energy" with a "clothing of time". The Dark Mother gave birth to Our Self-Awareness before the Soul was born of the Spiral energy that is Light! To go into this dark Self is the journey of this Path of is where the individual personality gets it's first glimpse of the Personality that has been Forged out of the Higher Self that is shown as Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. The Original Observer (Psyche and/or Real Person) becomes the observed individual "I" personality of the physical presence and we begin viewing our lives in a different way. The light of "me" is limited, while the Darkness of I Am reabsorbs the lessons of Light and continues on to build expanded "me" and/or Self-concepts. Hence, the Power to create Self, also builds Servitude to the Divine Collective.  The Alpha and Omega is also a spiral and returns upon itself!

We are Spiral Entity---Spirits and we turn on and off the light of person, shut down and re-boot, so that we may expand and liberate our Personal expression! Past limits are expanded into Present Limits -----because of the very nature of observation----you must have an up and down--an in and out-- and a space all around in order to Observe your Great Work! The Universe Card shows that Space all Around as an Oval shape that surrounds the Dancing Goddess (The Dark Motion in the Light Motion) [Those who know of my teachings hear me often speak of the "Dancing Goddess and God"].  I could show pages of examples of this Alpha and Omega symbolism but space is limited here---So know this, If we realize that in the end, we all come from the same source and focus on the light of creation--knowing that we all create form from this Light, we can find peace and eternal bliss within ourselves knowing that our existence ends only to redefine existence again. Energy cannot be created nor destroyed only Transformed and this Transformation is the Alpha and the Omega and the Alpha and the Omega and get the point!
As I previously stated: In the old original Qabalistic Text- The Sephir Yestzirah,The World of Assiah, the Material World, does not appear except as a "pendant to the Tree of Life." The moderns have updated the Qabalah accordingly which has only complimented the original.

Earth and Saturn, share certain qualities, such as, heaviness, dullness, coldness, dryness, immobility and the like. Yet, we also find Saturn in Binah,the third Sephiroth, in respect to the Dark Energy and Material of the Womb of all things, on the Queens scale of Observed Nature. Again pointing out that as soon as an end to a process is reached, it always returns to the beginning.

This knowledge of beginning ends to begin again, is often illustrated in the form of a serpent eating its own tail, (Ouroboros) which is a stylized circle of serpentine force. This is a universe of serpents, strings of energy spiraling inside of sub-atomic particles (quantum string theory), may seem to be small and insignificant but the whole of the Universe exists because of them. Yet, the whole of the Universe shall return to strings, assimilating data learned, for the next excursion into Self-Awareness. What may be interesting to note, is that electricity is also visible as "serpentine" light. It seems that linking Father and Idea (Male electric force) and Mother and Understanding (female Magnetic Force), which gives form to idea as formed waves of energy that "go back on themselves", shows some cohesive link from ancient to modern insight into the Universal make-up!
You may know that Tetragrammaton, The All,(it is recommended that the student read-The Book of Thoth, by Master Theron) is a formula of ,"The Union of the Father and Mother produces Twins, the son going forward to the daughter, the daughter returning the energy to the father; by this cycle of change the stability and eternity of the universe is assured."( From, The Book of Thoth) Please note, these are cycles of force and form and not a statement of human family life.

As stated, Tau is a  Hebrew Double-letter (Soul letter), a combination of opposites and is called power-servitude. As the motion of  Conscious (Solar Logos) energy crystallized into form, and whose movement is downward on the Tree of Life,  it becomes obvious that the first path upward is the Last Key of the Major Arcana:
 The meaning of the word Power, is the ability to do work and the ability to weave esoteric/Psychic work into physical material is why we-Spirit-have a physical body who is in servitude to our Psyche! We now must work from a material perspective (the "Below") to the Realms of Pure Spirit (the "Above") doing the Serious Work of the Divine [THE GREAT WORK], as long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical body.

Think of the magic we are, for we are from Solar Conscious of the Photon Sun in the center of the Milky Way Galaxy, i.e., Solar Logos. As Photons born of Suns ("Sons/Suns of God"), who have gathered together to form a Psyche, as an Spiral intelligence (Spirit), have learned to not fear the death of stars, but instead, take the dead star material (physical matter) and make it Live again; Alive, but in a more empathetic, sensual, intimate and personal way and therefore extending the life of Stars as Real Persons (Souls)who created individual personalities out of microwave frequencies! Real Persons (Greater Ego) are often refereed to as Souls, personalities are a form of artificial conscious, a simulation of the Psyche, we call self-consciousness (small ego), just as bodies are a artificial sun made of bio-protons!

The Path of the Key 21, joins Earth (Malkuth) with the Foundation (Yesod) and is the first path out of the material condition for the personality, leading towards an understanding of the Persona forged by the Higher Self of Tiphareth (our Soul),for EACH incarnation. The Universe Card is the mandala for the "Administrative Intelligence", as Dr. Paul Foster Case described it in his text "The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom". The Path of Tau is the "Thirty Second Path"and
Dr. Case says," it directs and associates in all their operations the seven planets."
One knows that there are more than seven planets, in our solar system; However, the "seven planets" is a reference to the Seven Sacred Planets of the ancients, that form the Sacred Hexagram around Tiphareth who is our central "Sun" and/or Soul.

In our discussions of the Universe or World-Tarot  Card, we are discussing the Material of Malkuth.  I have often heard people refer to themselves as " Spirit,mind and body" and when they meditate or dream, they consider that the images that come to them are somehow separate from the body-physical as if the Divine marriage of Spirit and Matter has somehow became a Divine Divorce. Somehow the body is not of Mind; a type of doppelganger that exploded out of the mud of lost dreams. Before, we take a long tour on the fears of being alive, just remember; THE DIVINE CREATIVE BUILDS WHAT IT WANTS TO BE! Therefore, Spirit, Mind and body are inseparable.

The Gnostic, Tao  and Qabalistic Mysteries have for generations state that ALL IS MIND. The Above- Macrocosm (Universal Collective Unconscious) and the Below-Microcosm (Self-conscious), are a hermetic marriage that forms Cosmic Self Awareness---MIND! Therefore, the distinction between mind and body is perspective, not of actuality. Once again the perspective of the small ego's "Divide and Conquer", created by the enforced identity culture of ruled indoctrination does us mental and physical harm. For by fearing the sensuality of the body we become as slaves who fear the lash of our master's (fear of pain/discomfort) disaproval. Hence, we act as a idiot driver of a car, who fears the sensors that give information of the cars health as gauges. This stress driven- driver, would ignore the "engine warning light", because he fears it would mean discomfort, such as bills, or time in repair (hospital time) and if he "ignores it", it must go away. Finally, when broken down on the highway, the ignorant person will inevitably blame the car.  The same thing happens with the "nervous breakdowns" of those who insist the stress they are sensing, is because of "everything else", rather than their own errant perspectives. The body is a psycho-sensing device, i.e., psychosomatic  vehicle. Anyone who impeccably "drives" a vehicle, especially a "Power Tool" of such vast ability as the human body, needs Sensors and the fearless knowledge of how to read them!

When we close our eyes and see pictures, we are seeing the foundation of Matter, the most refined form of matter-Thoughts- which are the energy forms closest to the physical condition. The Physical is a Crystallization of these subtle forms brought about by the Power and mutual Servitude of  I AM ME----Force (I) and Form (AM) whom both are Power to generate offspring-Me, and who all serve each other as a Divine Psyche and power tool. We are the Figure Eight (infinity-symbol) of Force and Form. A twisting of Serpentine Force and Form flow, i.e The Image Maker. Hence, perspectives, base on how we identify ourselves, creates the dimension of "Me".

As I have stated before, we are 99.6% invisible, which means that most of our identity and the Physical World is Unseen (human Aura)! How many of us would go to a bank to change a "Twenty", and accept only .4% back as change?  Why then would you, as a Soul, accept only .4% of the Electromagnetic Spectrum of Energy, as  all that is Real and/or Reality? Also, 95% of all  thought, is unconscious, and therefore, automatic. Hence,  our conscious body is being operated by only 5% of our observation! I sure hope you don't drive a car that way!

As you can see by looking at the illustration of the Four Worlds, Assiah is Malkuth, alone, and it is described as our sphere of sensation. Yet Malkuth is symbolized by the Seven Pointed Star which is representative of the Seven Palaces of Assiah (planets) By experiencing the Path of Tau--The Universe, we are taken to the Gateway of these Seven Palaces.

On the Path of Tau, the Universal Plan (The Great Work) becomes apparent without necessarily being understood. You can enter the "Holy of Holies" (Worlds) and encounter them in such away that you are "in them but not of them", a product of the Divine perspective--which is where most "new ager's"  are not at. They must progress further up the Tree of Life to become above " them", as only through hind sight can we really see! The physical self-conscious can only realize "reflections in light", and not see the Transmitter of that reflected image!  Now, this doesn't mean you "ascend" out of Form, but that you Ascend "within" Form, for we are building the As above, So below, not to leave it, but to expand its light spectrum/electromagnetic flow to focus our Psychic Power of "Will to Be", of which we have inherited from the Divine Creative who began as Kether who is Eheieh-"I Will BE"- into this crystallized-light dimension of Bio-protons.

What is important here is that all the  Force and Form of The One Energy is present and self- balanced on this Path. The Above has condensed as the Below! This self-balance is also stated in the  Oriental Tao, as "What is here is there, and what is there is here. If it is not here, it is not there and if it is not there, it is not here." In Qabalah, it is stated as, "All the power that ever was or will be is here now." So get it....and say, "I AM all the power that ever was or will be and I AM here now as Me!"

The Asian philosophy of All is "here" is easily shown as The Hindu "All Mother Goddess" Kali, multi-armed because of her many aspects. The SpellCaster's Tarot, shows Kali in the Traditional black color, usually shown standing on the dead body of Shiva, her masculine lover, who she will soon reincarnate again as Light. Just as the Unconscious, reincarnates the consciousness.  The Vesica Pisces, or the Universal Womb, is shown as an oval of olive vines and the four elements are shown both in their physical and alchemical symbols. Her element is water, the Unconscious-conscious, and therefore, she is shown with a watery serpentine wrap. Moon and Sun, as she also holds a "candle that burns at both ends", the perfect symbol of creation and destruction, which is transformation. The Traditional Tarot, such as Rider-Waite-Smith tarot, is the obvious template that the SpellCaster's tarot is build off of. 

As "what is there, is here", we are both "here and there", which implies that we are all "wholly spirit", hence, this Path of  Tau, is a Path of Gnostic Initiation, where the personality is encountering itself and becoming aware of the fact that what we encounter on this Path is of our own making. This is where the physical personality, realizes it is not really "in charge of the Macrocosmic Universe" (Qabalistic-Macroprosopos) of the Original I AM  but rather of all that is inside our heads which is a Microcosmic universe (Microprosopos) of "Me".

However, we also encounter symbols and ideas which are of a greater consciousness than our own, and begin to see how our being relates to a Universal picture. It is easy to know when one is "on this path and becomes of it", we become dreamy, as the ego loves the fantasy of --- but not the work.  In other words, "just lay back and the dreams will deliver you"--kind of thinking that doesn't understand or denies the  Psychosomatic Power that drives our Creative Power tools. This type of denial really is apparent when someone suggests that to think  is not enough for you must "do the Deed" as well, and you feel rebellious anger. The self-conscious sees an enemy to its blissful denial and will often use "name calling" to disabuse them while expounding on the belief system of fantasy. Utopia is such a belief for it is based on fear of pain.

Therefore, our own Survival thinking or self-conscious (animal mind), must be observed by the Real Person, who is inward on this Path in order to expand self-conscious into the Higher Self/Real Person; which is a Psyche from the Collective Oneness and not of the divisionism and "comfort dreams" of the survival animal mind which worships "belief systems" (superstitions)  but abhors "deed-systems", i.e. the diligent personal gathering of experience and/or Knowledge.  The initiate knows that to travel the Path upward to Tiphareth (Christ light) is a "deed system". This is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who bring their Personalities into a balance with The Real Person "within"; a balancing of self-understanding and action, where we no longer look for blame or worship, as we experience the phantoms-of- emotional pain that we are creating and experiencing; or by entertaining ourselves with an extended comfortable denial fantasy where all is "Sunny", which many deluded people believe is this Path. Sorry folks, but "rain falls on the just and unjust alike". So get over it, and above it! In the Hermetic Qabalah, when one, looks within they "rise above" the "outside" world. For "within" is to ascend and to look outward is to descend from the Real Person to the personality.

Spirit is not a kind of Opiate that keeps us from seeing the self-surgery that must be done! The True Seeker, must keep in mind that the Universe is a Path of entry into the Astral (Yesod) and that the Astral "seeks to deceive", this is the fantasy place, were the many see or channel "ascended masters" from and the fallacy of worship has only changed colors. We came to make "As above, so below"; The Great Work, which simply states we came to "descend" Mastery. The Entire Tree of Life is your Real Person, often called "your spirit or Soul", and the common belief is to "seek Holy Spirit". How so? The Kether, the 1st Sephiroth, is Spirits first "I Will Be", and the last Sephiroth, Malkuth is "I AM Being" ....the two combined, combine the whole Divine Collective that is the "Tree of Life". Therefore, if you have a being "Here", you have one "There", therefore, YOU ALREADY ARE WHOLE SPIRIT! This doesn't take a lot of thought, because the Divine Creative obviously has devoted a lot of time (14 billion years) to creating a Physical Universe! Will to Form-the Divine Feminine and Will to Force, the Divine Masculine, have combined to build Us as "It's" Image, because The Divine Wishes "To Be!"...It was always "ascended" and has created self image in "higher and lower" frequency! As do we! I know this seems hard to get, for we came "down" the Tree of Life, and must reclaim our knowledge "left behind" because of psyche "down sizing". However, we, the Spiritual Adventures of "Here and There" Self, finally have the form we need, for the Hu (god in Mandarin)-Man (from Hindu Manas-Mind), has a brain that can store and sensually experience this information!  Right now, according to medical experts, we are using only 7 to 10% of it at any moment and if we used it all at any time, it still is only 1% of our Intelligence! Remember, Malkuth is known as the 1% world. The Whole of your Intelligence is the Tree of Life.

In the Thoth Deck- Universe and on the traditional, World Tarot Card, we see the Four Alchemical Elements as different images of the physical elements, heads, or the tarot symbols, of cups, swords, wands, pentacles, surrounding the Oval-Womb (Will to Form) of the Great Mother which is both the entry point of Life and the exit of  Death. Her  fullest expression as Binah (Understanding) is represented as the female form "within" and is all principles that we perceive as  matter and is shown in gematria (Qabalistic numerology) as 2+1=3, the number of the Sephira-Binah.

Creation in Time requires a beginning and an end to an event, otherwise form is not conceived. So the event of  "Sun consciousness"-Tiphareth- Force down-pouring and uprising, must have a beginning a middle and an end. Therefore, Life processes run in waves, or spirals which come back upon themselves and this process is the nature of the Akashic Fluid of Yesod. This spiral force is directed by the passive and active energy flow, each of which is dual poled (male and female) and is shown on the Thoth card as "Lord Python", the vibration that is the "first husband" which represents the Primary sexual forces of Nature that will be experienced on the Path of Tau.

The blue background of this card represents the Great Sea of The Divine Collective Un-Consciousness (Binah-Understanding & Chokmah-Sophia-Wisdom), as well as, the blue Kali, in its most dense and difficult expression.There are many currents here, and some lead to the Light and others to the darkness of self-delusion. We must really carry the perspective of, "Everyone I see is another way of being Me" on this path so that we don't form this Akashic Fluid into phantom "enemies" and "masters" that sink our "life" boat personality into an enslaved rower of "someone else's dream".  This is the path of Self- Perspective-formed- images of Me, as done by the I AM of our Psyche.

Therefore, the proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards)in our Unconscious,  is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember and therefore, receive the realms of Pure Spirit "above". Qabalah means-receiving. Hence, the experiences on Earth, are of our own thought, and assist us in our goals of a more refined understanding of Universal patterns. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of cell- structure and bacterial earth manifestations, our physical body with its crystalline lenses of light,(the "I sight" of our senses), helps us see/reflect deeply into the microcosm, so that we better understand the macrocosm.
As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning though a physical vehicle, we can discern thought. This is where our serious esoteric work begins and ends.

The idea of the Kingdom of Mind as being all around you, but we don't see it, is not new. For, Jesus the Christ of Western mysteries, even stated this in the Gnostic Gospels of Didymos,  Judas Thomas,  paragraph 113, when he was quoted as saying, "... the Kingdom of the father is spread out upon the Earth , and  men do not see it."  What Hermetic Qabalist's know, is that the Father, Shin (Fire), lives within the Womb-with-a view and is her dancing partner, shown as Heru-Ra-Ha of Key 19-The Sun. "The Sun, Strength & Sight, Light : these are for the servants of the Star & the Snake." This is the final form of the image of the magical formula of God, combining and transforming so many symbols that description is difficult and migratory. Hence, long-continual meditation is recommended.

The Dancing Goddess of The Universe, or the Traditional- World Tarot card, represents the Celebration  of the Great Work accomplished; it is the "movement with in the Motion" of all energy. It is the "Aliveness" in all Living forms.  It is the passionate dance rhythm of your intercourse with the Divine; your heart beat.

In the four corners, of oval or square, as mentioned before, are the Kerubim images, showing the established Universe. The Thoth Universe card shows about her an ellipse composed of seventy-two circles for the quinaries of the Zodiac, know as the Shemhamphorasch.  The skeletal plan (grid) of the building of the house of Matter, is shown at the lower center of the card. It shows the older 92 elemental table of known chemicals elements, arranged  according to their rank in the hierarchy.

The central wheel of Light initiates the form of the Tree of Life as the ten principle bodies of the solar system: Visible only to the pure of heart. You'll find these principle bodies explained in the Book of Thoth, by Master Theron, on page 119. All the symbols on the Thoth card are shown dancing in complex swirls, whorls, loops, much like the atoms dance in the Stars. The back ground color of this card is the indigo of Saturn as the midnight sky, of which the Dancing Maiden is derived. From the Dark Womb of Energy, She is the issue of Living Light.

When The Universe or The World card is thrown during a reading:
  • The querent is experiencing the matter itself.
  • A synthesis of world and kingdom.
  • The universe card usually denotes the actual  subject of the question. This interpretation depends entirely on the accompanying cards, as they are the"stars in her heavens".
  • This is a card of wholeness, where the querents whole world is balanced and the querent is building, in the next 21 weeks, new internal and external worlds----perspectives of wholeness.
  • The querent may be experiencing a Universal principle of wholeness and is at one in consciousness,with all phenomena.
  • There is exhibited within the querent an understanding of their "reason to be".
  • The Universe Card usually denotes the actual subject  of the question, therefore depending entirely on the surrounding cards.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 5 of Disks-Worry & The Wild Wood Tarot-Five of Stones-Endurance

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- 5 of Disks-Worry & The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Stones- Endurance:

In the Hermetic Qabalah's Tarot, the 5 of Disks or Pentacles is also called the "Lord of Material Troubles". This is because of the influence of Geburah (severity), the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, influencing Assiah-The Material World. Now, this is not the ruin of all things that is implied by the Ten of Swords, rather this is a  severe disturbance to the natural structure brought into Taurus by the energies of Mercury. Normally, it would take a great amount of Mercurial energy to disturb the Sign of earthly Taurus, especially when concerning earthly maters, but with the addition of Gerburah's influence, the material world is disturbed. Here, we have Severe Intelligence supplied to Labor. The angels of the Decan are Mibahiah and Pooyal.

The Old English word, Worry, is a term used to describe the throttling of a sheep by a sheep dog to make it stop moving, this is known  as "worrying the sheep" and is indeed a proper perspective for this card. For, when one's head is full of worry, their creativity and forward motion in life, is stopped.

The Thoth 5 Disks are arranged in the skeletal framework of a upside down pentagram, representing trouble and instability in the form of matter. In each disk is a symbol of one of the five Hindu Tattvas (geometric forms that symbolize  Fire, Air, Water, Earth and Spirit) whose task is to hold together, on a very low plane, an organism that would normally be totally disrupted.In the Hindu system these are the underlying currents of matter.

The angry background of coloration, symbolizes  long continued inaction held together by intense strain. As stated: not unlike, the closed jaws of a dog holding still, by the throat, a sheep who is too terrified to move. Thus, the five of Disks, represents the "jaws of fear throttling  our intelligence", so that we are unable to correct a material loss of monetary sources.
Hence, in the Five of Disks-Worry, the underlying currents of matter are totally unstable in their reversal, again shown by the upside down pentagram.
The 5's are all familiar with the 5th Sephiroth- Geburah, a state of energy that is severe in its function. Geburah is a corrective state of intelligence, whose severity is an action towards self assessment, rather than anything karmic.Geburah, demands one's attention, by sever action, which can seem tragic. Such as, taking a "breaking bar" to a jammed door; there will be some damage.

Too not be overstated, "To Worry" something, is translated as the Anglo-Saxon shepherds use the word, which is a type of strangulation a sheep dog does to a sheep. This strangulating is a biting and holding on to the Sheep's throat, which stops it in its tracks. Hence our fear has us by the throat and we are unable to mentally and physically move.  Thus we understand that the five of disks is so named because it stops all material events, such as profession or monetary gain, dead in its tracks.

To reiterate: Mercurial energy is opposed in Taurian earth, simply because earth has a natural tendency to be stationary  while Mercury is swift motion. Granted it takes a strong Mercury to influence  and unbalance Taurus but Geburah is just that strength.  In fact, instead of Severity, She is sometimes called Strength and causes instability in the five states of matter/energy. This instability is vibration, much like an earthquake, yet the 5 states of energy ( Five Tattvas) have enough attraction necessary to hold together on the lower planes forestalling complete disruption. So this is more like the dog holding the sheep at a standstill; a kind of intelligence applied to labor. The Five of Disks thus, also implies intense strain with long moments of inaction.
The 5 of Disks or Pentacles card reminds us that by focusing on what we have lost or don't have, we cannot create more. We need to focus on what we do have, and on the thing we can do; maybe just a baby step is all we have, but that is motion and is enough to get us going again.  Just taking a deep breath, hold it for a count of 4 and exhaling is enough to begin taking positive control over the brain.  Even the Taoist axiom, of " a journey of a thousand miles begins with one step," is the solution to this worrying problem that confronts our intellect.

Since Disks or Pentacles or Stones, are cards that represent the physical, and/or objective world, this card represents physical worry, concerns, and rumination over monetary means.

The Wild Wood Tarot- Five of Stones-Endurance:
Shows a child, sheltered by five stones while tending a fire. The dark sky is split by lightning, all is dark and frightening.
Here courage is implied, for one needs to tap into inner strength can courage to protect oneself  and survive the challenges of being alive. Nature can be worrisome, for she is severe as Geburah and loving as the Empress. These cycles require endurance and acceptance on the part of the living.  Sometimes this may mean withdrawing from trauma, to focus on emotional resilience, as the child is obviously alone and without parents.

Hence, both the Wild Wood Tarot and Thoth Tarot support the fact that Worry represents a state of consciousness that dwells in the past and/or looks forward into a feared future and in so doing isn't living in the "now". By not living in the now, we are not present today, which doesn't allow new perspectives or thoughts to change our mental emotional direction.  Hence, worry is a general effect of a long strain with out action; a general state of inaction. Health, finances, work, relationships and/or creativity are the concerns here.

 Since, astrologically this card represents Mercury in Taurus, the 5 of Stones or Disks, also symbolizes communication worries on the physical level. Worrying about rather your communication efforts are coming across correctly or if you even have the ability to communicate at all.

When thrown in divination, the 5 of Disks or Five of Stones card indicates:
  • That in the next 5 weeks or 5 months, opportunities are presented to you for the release of worry about health, finances, relationships, productivity  and to improve on your communication skills.
  • The past, let's say when you were five years old, is what produces worry.
  • We tend to want to avoid discomfort, and try to compare present day events, to past ones.
  • To be locked into past pain----does not help us live in the present and this card reminds us to forget the what-ifs of yesterday, or tomorrow and to be the I Am of now.
  • Perspective makes our present state of being, and if our perspectives dwell in the past---we aren't living today. We are inanimate, which is dead to action.
  • We can change directions, be they physical, emotional or mental only by acting--moving!
  • Begin with what you have even if your only action to hold out your hand for assistance, now and what-ifs are unimportant to motion as they only excuse inaction.
  • It's time to break worry patterns by actively pursuing changes in communication patterns, financial , health, and in relationships with the Taurus people in your life.
  • Worry is a type of mental lethargy whose chains are easily broken by activity. Live the now, you are not "a past person" you are a I AM Now person, an active and unique expression of alive motion.
  • Worry often isolates one, so we need each other to see ourselves---its okay to reach out when we feel like we are in mental quick sand. You'd be surprised how many will grab that offered hand an pull you onto your feet again.
  • A period of rumination, anxiety or concern...maybe all.
  • Feeling left out of social events because of lack of money.
  • The querent is going through challenges of insecurity, deprivation, and even exclusion. 
  • Here the mind is focused on survival issues and thus stopping creativity dead in its tracks as a feeling of helplessness and inertia take over.
  • There is a foretelling of material trouble for the next 5 weeks or 5 months. 
  • For the last or next, 5 weeks or 5 months, experiencing worry over loss of profession, or money.
  • Troubling thoughts about material things accompanying trouble with material things.
  •  Since this is a Disks which is a symbol of Earth, there is also signs of land cultivation, toil, labor, building knowledge and acuteness of earthly things.
  •   Poverty is often experienced because of severe carefulness. Yet, monetary gain can come after severe toil and labor.
If ill dignified by accompanying cards:
  • Harshness, sternness, brought on by unimaginative determined and obstinate thinking.
  • All is not lost however, for this is an unstable card, and a more mirthful perspective change can quickly overturn the negatives, moving one into the realm of the  Six of Disks-Success.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- key 20-The Aeon & The SpellCaster's Tarot- key 20-Judgement

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 20- THE AEON & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 20-Judgment.

Those who have seen the old Traditional Card--The Angel or Last Judgment--know that the Thoth Deck Card seems to stray from tradition; However, Crowley states otherwise and says, " was necessary to depart completely from the tradition of the cards, in order to carry on that tradition."[Book of Thoth]

On the old card art, an Angel was depicted as blowing a trumpet. The Golden Dawn, B.O.T.A. and Rider-Waite-Smith Tarot decks also showed  the symbol of the Eon of Osiris (circle with inner cross), as a flag on the end of the Trumpet.  While below the Angel, three graves were opening up.  Of the three dead arising, one of them had his arms extended  in right angles at elbows and shoulders, forming the Hebrew letter Shin-meaning fire.  Thus, the card represented the destruction of the World by fire...the "world" being the Aeon of Osiris. The SpellCaster's tarot also breaks from tradition as it shows the 2 persons. One rising out of a cauldron while another sits in it in an attitude of distress.  Above, is the Hand of Creation, with a baton, orchestrating the rising of a fiery soul. In the background, a cresent moon, implying the goddess and stary sky of the night sky goddess Nuit. The Cauldron is on a large fire, and seems filed with fire, implying destruction and cleansing by fire.   While the Thoth Tarot depicts a large golden letter of Shin, meaning fire, with three human forms in it.

The Aeon of Osiris ended in 1904 when the Solar-Fiery god Horus took over the position of Hierophant in the East, from the Airy god Osiris. Therefore, Crowley rightly thought that the new card should be a representation of the "Steele of Revealing".

 The artist of the Thoth CardsLady Freda Harris, produced a card of magnificent detail, showing the  Star filled body of Goddess Nuit, the Egyptian night sky or Star Goddess, who is the category of unlimited possibility; her mate Hadit, whom Crowley called ," the ubiquitous point-of-view, the only philosophically tenable conception of Reality", is represented as a  winged globe of fire, symbolizing the eternal energy with the Power of Going. The resulting marriage of these two produces the child Horus (Heru-ra-ha), shown in the images of a double god;  his extroverted (standing) image represents Ra--hoor-khuit and his passive or introverted sitting image represents Honor-pa-kraat.(you'll have to look these up in Egyptian myth for further explanation). Horus, being a solar entity, is also shown coming forth in golden light. The whole of the explanation of the Aeon card is in Crowley's Book of Law.

At the bottom -right of the Aeon card, we see the Hebrew letter Shin , suggesting the form of a flower. As stated: On the Thoth Tarot- the three Yods (leaf or petal like ends) of the letter Shin are occupied by three human figures (the three arising from graves on the Old Card) arising to partake of the  Essence of the new Aeon. Behind the letter Shin, is a symbolic representation of the zodiacal sign, Libra; Crowley called  this "... the forth-shadowing of the Aeon which is to follow the present one, presumably in about 2000 years." 

In the Book of Law, Crowley depicts Ra-hoor-khuit; as stating,"I am the Lord of the Double Wand of Power; the Wand of Force of Coph Nia; but my left hand is empty, for I have crushed a Universe;& naught remains."  Not much more about the future Aeon is shown on this card, as Crowley felt the present Aeon is too young to show more. Crowley points out that Horus has another name which is Heru and that is synonymous with Hru  which is "The Great Angel set over the Tarot." 

The  hand of the Traditional Tarot Angel, as shown on the SpellCaster's, displays a downward pointing baton pointing towards the rising soul, as if orchestrating the soul out of flame, as it arises from the morose body. Since, our Souls are from the Photon Star Core of the Galaxy, this makes perfect sense. We are Solar beings, who animate an earthly form and in the alchemical process of death,"arise from it" and back into our Star.
The Aeon (Eon) of Horus has come in with a fiery roar, with two world wars, and "police actions" of  great upheavals in political, moral, physical and spiritual events. All of which have marked the catastrophic transition from the Aeon of Osiris to the Aeon of Horus. Now we can manifest the fiery might of Solar fusion on the planet itself in the form of Hydrogen bombs, so this is a fiery era indeed. It is seems very instructive to study the Political massing of power, and the art of combustion with accompanying improvements in travel, and communication (all done by the harnessing of the male/female force called, electromagnetism) with great mental leaps in thermodynamic science and philosophy; However, also with a general need for the consolidation of religious thought.

If we compare the five hundred years preceding the following crisis of the Patriarch of approximately 2000 years ago, with those of similar periods in 1904 of the old era, 500 years of Dark Ages are likely to be upon us as Theocracies, as shown in the past, murder each other to further their control over the minds of people. Fortunately, we have brighter minds bearing enlightened torches of thought to light our way our of the past darkness of superstition and the present Dark Age of  Corporate enslavement or  State Controlled identity. In the age of Horus, the Solar-Soul (The Real Person) is arising and reclaiming its bodies! There is a Horus, a hawk headed Sun-god in all of us, that can soar above the clouded minds of the many. Even, the many can feel its inner heat, thinking it an anomaly.

To further understanding, you might want to consider the fact that Horus is an androgynous figure, i.e. the combination of Nuit and Hadit. The new Aeon of Horus, is where the Matriarch and the Patriarch, unite in communion, to raise the Solar (Soul) Children who are the "Sons/Suns of the Divine Creative". To know thyself, is to know you are such a sun, i.e., a Solar Photon Psyche.

To reiterate: Crowley knew that the system of Tarot evolves to meet the spiritual needs of the races and of that the individual Personality or Self-Consciousness. Therefore, he suggest that over time the Spiritual make-up; the Gnosis of mankind,  will have so advanced that what was previously known as JUDGMENT, will be inadequate to describe the experience of The Aeon/ the Path of Shin . This meets with his assertion that  we are now passing through a five hundred year period of extreme darkness and trial, preparatory to a New Aeon of Light. Fortunately for all of us, there are many good "Light Bearers" both manifesting as teachers, Gnostic Soul-Personalities  and Middle Path Hierophants on Earth and in the Pleroma (higher Astral known as the "Great White Brotherhood"--because of the White light state of Conscious energy they manifest) that we are assisted in our progress out of this Cultural Dark end of our Era and if aware, can be guided along the road to the New Aeon of Horus. Horus represents the Divine Child of God (Tiphareth) who brings the above Solar intellect to the human body/brain who is becoming the receptacle of the Holy Spirit on Earth. Hence, reinstating our purpose as Spiritual vessels called Souls, to elevate the Survival Mind of Earth to a Higher level of Conscious Energy which is done through the "creating, seeing error, and correcting that error" experience provided by the human body. It is therefore, not a far stretch of the imagination to see the human being-Spiritual Conscious combination as the New Horus.
                                                                                                 In the art of the Thoth Aeon card, the Sky Goddess Nuith is a Dark Goddess of Omega; End, signifying the End of the Aeon of Osiris (the Past Aeon) and as we know, energy cannot be destroyed, only transformed, which tells us that ends mean new beginnings.
  • New beginnings are represented by Hadit the Solar Orb of light.
  • The Birth of those beginnings into manifested reality, is Horus both passive and active and/or "in motion and repose." as stated in Gnostic texts. Therefore, the Aeon card represents the harmonious and spiritual conscious state of the human being of the twenty second century. Since we are in this 500 year period of darkness, it is a long slow fall of the Tower, so we must "look inward" to weather the storm. However, we do not have to wait for the 22nd century, as we can become aware of the Divine Child of Universal Energy Conscious by "knowing Ourselves". We then are no longer bound to the Karmic Wheel of the Human Race and progress forward at our own elevated pace.
The Hebrew letter Shin means Tooth which is descriptive of the Mastication paradigm that is involved with Transformation.

As stated and to aid in further study: The Tarot-Key 20,is known as the Path of Shin (tooth) on the Tree of Life. Many Qabalist know the Middle Pillar, the straight alignment of Malkuth, Yesod, Tiphareth and Kether, is the pillar of balance, yet the Path of Shin, is Left hand Path, or the left side Pillar of Severity and is usually subject to imbalance. The answer to this is that every symbol, represented on these Path cards/Manor Arcana,  represents a duality, containing its own opposite. Each Path must contain the essential components of its opposite Path, as energy moves from positive to negative, male to female, electric to magnetic. Hence, upon viewing Hod (Splendor) you will see that it is connected or conjoined with Netzach. Hod is related to The Aeon, and Netzach is related to The Moon, showing that intelligence applied without feeling is as pathological as feeling applied without intellect.  And since the Cards represent a kind of intellect/conscious energy, everything we experience, every idea, every activity, co-exists in us with its opposite.

There are so many concepts to grasp in the Major Arcana, that the student may feel overwhelmed, so I often repeat. Luckily, the images on the Cards are pictorial representation of the  visual experiences of the Paths opening up a great deal of learning by meditating on them. These Qabalistic Images have been carefully assembled over the centuries by the experienced mind work of highly advanced women and men, who have at first traveled these inner Archetypal Roads of the Psyche and then meticulously laid down, in image, the details to assist latter generations. It is the short coming of most students who begin these  Astral paths, that at once encountering theses Tarot constructs, believing that they have a reality of their own. The Qabalistic Teacher must explain that only when the student is able to go beyond the lower Astral, can one touch upon realities that activate the symbols, i.e. "open the Gates" to greater Consciousness. For instance, while traveling the Path of Shin, one may at first experience what is illustrated on the Aeon Card.  Diligent skrying, will soon project our consciousness beyond the visual construct into a understanding that the Path is the enervating, activating effect of the Cosmic Motive Principle on the individual consciousness.

That is to say, that on the Path of Shin, the Fiery Spirit  permeates the Personality of the individual, in the descent of Energy into Matter. Thus, the last illusions of personality as being separated form the Soul are burned away.
The Tree of Life and the human body is as the Universe. If we have learned any physics at all, we know that from the simplest concept, came all the complexity that is the Cosmos.  In the Big Bang theory, a singularity, which came from nothing ( a Boson of Dark energy and Dark Matter), exploded outward, and became many. Then, Photon Stars form into Galactic centers. This is also a concept easily seen in the development of the human body, as a single celled zygote, divides into hundreds of thousands of cells ultimately ending up as a complex human body.

In the Tarot, The Fool, is the ultimate simplicity and The Universe-key 21, is representative of the ultimate complexity and yet all the Cards are implicit, unexpressed in The Fool. Therefore, in all the cards in-between, Fool and Universe, we find the balance between what is expressed or unexpressed, objective and subjective etc.
I am ending this Aeon/Judgment card explanation , with the understanding that 3 tarot cards, The Aeon, The Universe and The Moon, are aspects of our individual waking consciousness that comprises our self-conscious personality, also represent stages of Self -Awareness of the Soul.
  1. The Aeon Card, representing the Path of Shin, is where the aspirant to the Mysteries experiences the Personality being lifted from the tomb of matter and evaluated on the extent to which it has balanced the four alchemical elements of Malkuth; Intellect (Fire), emotions (Water), Spirit (Air) and physical-sensual being (Earth). This is also explains the fact that each individual aspirant encounters different experiences on the Paths.
It should be noted, that the patterns of the cards will be totally meaningless, unless the student understands what is symbolized by the four alchemical "Elements" and/or Elemental Forces. Every Qabalistic symbol represents to a specific part of the Whole Self.
Further understanding of The Aeon/Judgment or Path of Shin, is in its meaning, "Tooth", which suggests hardness, sharpness and/or biting. It is often interpreted as the teeth which chew prior to the ingestion of energy into the system--in this case the Kundalini-fire is released and masticates the divided personality and then deals a final blow to the perception of a separate and individual Personality; leaving behind the original Personality which is the Golden Child of the Divine Creative.
The maternal meaning of the letter Shin is Fire, both the meaning of the Path and the maternal meaning of Tooth, are a powerful combination.

Dr.Paul Foster Case describes the Path of Shin, as, " The Perpetual Intelligence", because it is a continuous  monitoring Intelligence of the progress of the Personality  toward Universal Consciousness. Now I have often called the Mind Universal Collective Unconscious (meaning Not like personal consciousness), which is the Mind of the Macrocosm; not like consciousness, simply because a consciousness is a microcosmic reality; However, if we release our consciousness to the Universal  Unconscious Energy, we have developed a Consciousness that bridges the Macrocosm and Microcosm, yet is still Personally Self-Aware! We have then successfully become the Horus, the 22nd century human evolution! 

Therefore, the Path of Shin joins the Earth Intelligence-Malkuth with that of Hod-the Splendor Intelligence (artistic), which is the Sephiroth base of the Pillar of Severity, connecting Earth with the Will-To-Be  ( Will to form) of the Great Binah. On this path, the Student experiences a perpetual burning away of  that which is unworthy by the Archangel controlled "Redeeming Fire"; a process that is physical as the higher vibratory Passion of the Divine Self Will To Force and Will to Form, begins hotly flowing through our bodies. This is a point of delicate balance, and a Teacher of the Mysteries must expect the Students to react in peculiar ways, such as a feeling of heated passion for the Teacher. This is simply a misplaced transference, because the cultural ego, seeks self gratification when stimulated. For the student, this is the beginning of experiencing unconditional love, which is often muddled with conditional thinking. This Passion dynamic is the Fire of Spirit and with proper guidance the Student will go into the Fire, instead of trying to control it with conditions. That is the lesson of Hod, love/passion is not a peacocks splendor, rather it is the Foundation of all Creation, but to know this is a perpetual process of "burning off the unworthy", so that progress can continue. Thus the "Splendor of the Material World" is burned away in a kind of physical resurrection, a rebirth of body and personality sending us perpetually towards the Great Mother of Intelligence.

Therefore, this resurrection is bases on the developments of the opposite card to this progressive Path of Shin. A path that is THE MOON -Key 18, relating to the disciplined quest for a greater reality, that actually changes the physiological. Hence, the Cresent Moon shown on the SpellCaster's Tarot Key 20.  In other words, the balanced  Energies of both Shin and Qolph (the Moon) stimulate the rebirth of our bodies; that is a physiological rebuild, necessary to handle the higher vibratory states of the Higher Consciousness and the One Emotion that is Love without conditions. This is a process that Paul Foster Case described,  as building a "Master's Body". A body, where the Elder power of Kundalini is flowing, uncoiled and hot, with out emotionally adverse effects.

Therefore, The Path of Shin, is the bright fiery probationary path of the Intellect where the components of the Personality first encountered in The Universe-Key 21- The Path of Tau, are critically analyzed and evaluated , i.e. Judged.The opposite path is that of THE MOON, a dark watery probationary path of emotions. The balance of Aeon and Moon, builds the Master body, the Manifested Body of Horus - The Solar Child of Isis and Osiris ( The two previous Aeons).

These three Qabalistic introductory Paths to the True Nature of Self in incarnation, are usually extremely difficult to travel, because these Elemental Paths  of which The Aeon, The Fool, The Hanged Man are known, are very difficult to understand. This mental difficulty is because all of the Elements are present on each Path, in either repressed or expressed form. For example, the pattern of Maternal letters (form-producing intelligence) as stated in the Qabalistic book, Sepher Yetzirah, that Air (Gases) produces Water which produces Fire which we know to be true by studying physics.  THE FOOL-0, is pure Air. THE HANGED MAN-KEY  12,  is Air acted upon by Water, and THE AEON  Key- 20, is Air and Water  acted upon by Fire within the human body. It pays to note, that the human body is the  Golden Crucible of Spiritual/metaphysical Alchemy.

On the Path of Shin (The Qabalistic Tarot-The Aeon or the SpellCaster's Tarot-Judgment), the Consciousness (Water) is activated by the Dynamic Principle (Fire) in the presence of equilibrating Spirit (Air) with in the physical vehicle (Earth), all of which produces a balance of intelligence forces in the individual necessary for total understanding of the Personality structure  and its relationship  to the Greater Self of the Galactic Core.
When the Aeon card is thrown during a reading:
  • The querent is usually experiencing a period of final decisions, Judgment, and determination of a issue without appeal on its plane where the querent is accepting the results of their decisions.
  • The querent is experiencing a natural progression of growth and maturation, where personal perceptions are dissolving to be replaced by a deeper understanding; a resurrection into a new stage of consciousness.
  • Spiritual truth is burning away, the falsehood of a man-made identity.
  • The birth of a "new Self" arising out of the destruction of the old self.
  • Change of position, renewal, and outcome.
  • .Awakening of Strong desires.
  • The Aeon means a final decision, Judgment and Sentence.
  • A matter determined without appeal on this material plane.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot Key 19-The Sun & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 19-Sun

The Tarot of EliThoth Tarot, Key19-The Sun &The SpellCaster's Tarot=key 19- Sun: The Path of Resh.
* Color:Orange
*Musical Note: D- Natural
*Planet: Sun
*Meaning: Head
* Double letter (Hebrew) Fertility-Barrenness
* Qabalistic esoteric title: The Lord of the Fire of the World. The Sun, key 19- is the Thirtieth Path on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

From theThirty Two Paths of Wisdom-Dr. Paul Foster Case:
The Thirtieth Path is the Collecting Intelligence and is so-called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgment of the Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science, according to the rules of their resolutions.
(The Path of Resh is the path from the Sephiroth #8-Hod at a down angle to Sephiroth #9-Yesod)
The Path of Resh -The Sun-connects Splendor (Hod) with Foundation (Yesod) and is the first of the Paths of the Personality Triad to be encountered in upward motion on the Tree.

As the activePath of the  intellectual formative side, it is the activating force of the Personality which is  an "image of the High Self" and/or reflected in the Psyche/Soul. The Real Person of the Soul, is composed of both Male-electric-dynamic ("masculine-intuitive-dynamic, Yod) and female-formative-magnetic  (intellectual-formative, Heh) and a harmony of energy frequencies from the union of the two opposites which is known as the equilibrating action of Vau.

The Sun in the Qabalistic Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot decks, is the "Collecting Intelligence", meaning that it exercises control over many different components which is seen as the:
  1. 12 signs of the Zodiac, in the Thoth Tarot key, symbolized by the 12 rays of light emanating from the Sun. In the Night Sun Tarot key, the signs of the zodiac are centralized in a golden disc in the center of a Sun rays motif.
  2. In the art of the Thoth Tarot the Masculine and Feminine polarities are represented as the flying angelic forms or children forms. In the art of the SpellCaster's Tarot,the sexes are differentiated as Mother and Child. The Sun is the Masculine force and the Divine Feminine is weaving the golden threads of Life.
are represented
  1. The Zodiacal signs are considered to be the 12 guide posts of Personality and receptacles of Planetary influences, one of which governs the birth and life course of each incarnation.
  2. The Sun is not only central to today's incarnation but also acts as a link between the Personalities which have been experienced in other incarnations by the Soul and/or Real Person and is known as the realm of the Akashic records.
  3. The collecting of the Sun also encompasses all the component parts of the self-conscious personality, discovered on these lower Paths, that are here infused with the dual action of the Sun as light and warmth. Here is should be known that the Central Photon-Sun of our Galaxy is the Androgynous Parent of our Solar Psyche and/or Soul. We are from the quanta side of the Universe, often called, the "other side of the mirror".
  4. To initiates, light and warmth are considered to be intellectual qualities. The Path of The Sun is intellectual and is the highest level of the human intellect ( The Star-key 17- is the highest level of emotions).
  5. The Sun is also The Son who carries on the work of the Father. Hence, our Souls carry on the work of the Central Sun of our galaxy. The Sun is the introduction to the inner sun (soul) which is the photonic intellect and/or the light of the self conscious personality, just as the physical sun is the light of the material world.
  6. What must be noted here, is that definite physical-chemical, psychological and psychosomatic changes happen to those who successfully work on the Paths. 

In his study course, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Dr. Paul Foster Case states that:" ...marked inner differences from the average person are due to psychological contrasts to the mental states of ordinary human beings, but they are also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new creature. He is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo.  There are different constituents in his (her) blood stream. Through the nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies of the greater number of his (her)contemporaries.

In order to update the language I placed the word her in parentheses but it is also important to note that these "marked inner differences" also cause the "magic abilities" of the psychic and/or the "healing semen of the anointed" (sun rays) in Tantric practice. Since this solar person is now not like the genus Homo which is Latin for-man and since we are from the DNA splicing of Annunaki (Sumerian for "those who from the sky came"), often called in the bible as "angels that fell to earth"  or "sons of god" and whom "married the woman of man", thereby naming the offspring Nephilim, we need a new genus name. How about Homo Nephilim Sapiens-Sapiens or as the Greeks stated of the offspring of the Gods and the women of men;Titans?

When we travel the Sun Tarot- The Path of Resh upwards, we return to this child like point of new innocence. It is quite literally "a growing younger" process of birth backwards until we reach a stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we emerge. In other words, the original Persona from the Soul, rather than the man-made personality of the social self-conscious. However, we also have  because of inheritance, a soul comprised of Earth and Elder Races experience; a soul "mated" to another Archetypal Race. Thereby, giving us the "dancing Twins" as one Soul.  All of us are "soul mated" to the "sons of god".  Seems like something to ponder, as two of us argue in our brains, one trying to gain dominance over the other, as we go about our self-conscious daily routines. The art of harmony, a dance in rhythm, is to equalize the two souls in an hermetic marriage, which requires loving one another. Therefore, one must listen to the "other" and then reach a mutual agreement.

You may notice the "Dancing Twins" as show on the Thoth and the sitting twins on the SpellCaster's card, they were called by the ancient Egyptians, the "Sons of Seth" or the "Daughters of Seth"  as ones who came from the sky, the Annunaki, before we may have known them as --the Twin aspects of the Soul. The art of the SpellCaster's Tarot depicts Set as the dark child. In the original Hebrew Genesis, there was a third son born of Adam and Eve, Seth (Egyptian Set). Who appeared after Able was slain by Cain. Set believed he was god's replacement for Able. You can look all this up on Wikipedia, so I'll not go into anymore long explanations of the "Twins".

It's also important to note
that the Personality we came as Spirit or Souls to build, is one that expands and liberates the Animal consciousness towards a state of "Angelic" -Sapiens conscious. We came to elevate matter and its survival mind to that of Universal Thought, which is to expand and liberate Life from the confines of stasis. 

There is a Hebrew story that goes along with the letter -RESH- Key 19-The Sun. It begins in the story of Rebecca.
Resh-Rivka (Rebecca): And when the time came for [Rebecca] to give birth, behold! There were twins in her womb. The first one emerged red, entirely like a hairy mantle, so they named him Esau. After that his brother emerged with his hand grasping on to the heel of Esau; so he called his name Jacob...The lads grew up and Esau became one who knows hunting, a man of the field but Jacob was a wholesome man, abiding in tents. Isaac loved Esau for he ate of his venison, but Rebecca loved Jacob.                Genesis 25:24-28

The Great Matriarch Rebecca and her twin sons, is a story of contrasting elements in all of us----we are Spirit (Issac) and we are of Genetically Modified Animal forms (Esau). There is a clash among these two, these twins, Mothered by "The Great Mother Binah. In the Form of Mother Earth---Esau (animal Personality) and the other aspect of the All Mother- Mother of Intellectual form, the Solar Womb of the Soul Personality. Esau is in essence, the "Survival Mind" of the animal and Issac is the "inner-Sun"--enlightenment of Spirit. This may look like a form of competition  as each one is competing for His First Born rights--but it is a 'communion'---where each one is joined at birth to "expand and liberate" both body and Soul. If you read on in the book of Genesis, you will see that Isaac (the father of the twins) love Esau and was to give him the first born blessing while Rebecca loved Jacob and set up an elaborate scheme to get the first born blessing for Jacob. The battle between the animal-unconscious and our solar-conscious, is well known in us all---where the animal instinctively sees threats (enemies) the Solar mind sees "another as myself" and acts with compassion. We all feel that struggle in our "heads" and " hearts" believing that somehow they are separates and in conflict, when in reality they are different perspectives produced by different worlds. The Body is Loved into Being, and the Spirit is Love of  Being-----Love is the joining factor here!  Knowing that the Qabalah is about " motion and form" of Supreme Being and Supreme Entity and how the Union of seemingly opposites makes the "flow" from the  first motion- known in Qabalah as Kether- into the forms of Life born of the Creatrix on Malkuth/Earth.

Hence, the Hebrew Story of the Letter Resh shows us a deeper understanding of ourselves. Soul is the Beloved of Spirit; Physical Body is the beloved of the Soul. Therefore, the greatest mistake of many fundamentalists is to believe that the body is somehow bad and of less value than the Soul. This of course, is not true, as the Divine Creative creates only what it wants.

 Previously stated: The Sun Card -Resh- is the "Collective Intelligence",
meaning that It has control over a number of components. In this case, the 12 (12-Rays) signs of the Zodiac. These signs are the 12 guideposts  of Personality and the  of  vibratory intellect of Planetary Influences, one of which governs the birth and life motion of each incarnation of the Spirit (anima)/Soul (animus)-Persona and Body Personality! Many find it hard to think that the Soul is but a Mask "over the face of Spirit": however, the Soul is a "ray" and/or Microwave of intellect from the galactic core Photon Sun, who is the One Fiery Spirit of our galaxy. In Qabalah, The Sun is the central link (Tiphareth) to the incarnation at hand and to all the Personalities that have been experienced in past incarnations of this microwave intelligence.

The Collective Intelligence of the Sun
also unites and/or weaves, all the component parts of the Personality, that are discovered on the lower paths of the Tree of Life, and infuses them with the dual action of the Sun, i.e. light and warmth, which are considered intellectual qualities! Hence, the path of the Sun is the highest level of human intellect (light and warmth=enlightenment).

Resh means head  which is consistent with this thought of high human intellect. This  high intellect is a combination of animal intellect and Soul (solar) intellect---not as some would have you believe--a divorcing of the two! The Sun  basically is the Intellect acting on the dualities of the human condition, consciousness (electricity) and its magnetic human vehicle (power tool). This is the point of connection of the human intellect with the higher intellect of solar conscious [The Greater Life]. The Sun is also the Son who carries on the work of the Father (Chokmah) which is motion and the Body is Form of the Mother (Binah).

As adepts of the Qabalah, we know we are the Union of Hermes-Aphrodite (hermaphrodites) who give birth to Solar-Body unions .... of course you'll have to do more studying to see this easily. These two Children of the Divine Androgyny, motion (solar=conscious) and form  (matter-consciousness) are both loved and their Greatest Value is in their Union of Equilibrium (Beauty). These children are represented as the dancing twins who move hand in hand throughout creation (motion and form). Be as the Children---is enlightenment. Let your Spirit supply the motion of your Form---Love must Power the Body-power tool! Therefore the Tarot- Key 19- THE SUN, is the The Principle of Collaboration, Teamwork, and Partnership.

As Master Theron said:
"Give forth thy light to all without doubt; the clouds and shadows are no matter for thee. Make Speech and Silence, Energy and Stillness, twin forms of thy play.

The occult understanding of Resh
requires the knowledge of Love and the Love of Being---to be twins of expanding and liberating life! Knowledge is not "thought", it is KNOWN. Hence, this Love must come from the "Heart", the central "sun" of the body; a love known but not thought of, while the intellect of the body--the Head--must move as loving thought in action, rather than as animal reaction! In other words Knowledge of Union, rather than the survival thoughts of division! The Sun, as a galactic core Star and a astrological sign, radiates all Life Motion and as the symbol for "Son of god"  knows that
"All that I see is another way to be me";
for is not everything from stars?

This wonder of oneness is the Knowledge of the heart, ask any child who hasn't been indoctrinated in "good-bad" (enemy creation), they are in union with all around them and eyes of Wonder look at all things; Eyes that aren't veiled by fear which is indeed "thoughts that be-devil us"!  Trusting the Spirit that made you. Knowing that you have no enemies for even death exists for the sustainability of organic matter and a support for life. A sustainability, that as a Spirit/Soul Personality of Life, you can always have another intimate way to be a discerning self conscious. 

Survival-Thought is the beast
that deceives us---knowledge is our Divine Inheritance and is known as "intuition" which is the thoughtlessness of knowing. Creator has joined with creation in order to be a
sensual God
---i.e. intimate with creation. A tough idea to get, but once gotten-never forgotten!  

The Thoth Tarot- The Sun represents the Life Force that awaits expression within us all. The twins dancing on the green mountain of creation, symbolize the inner dance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) energy that is dancing in us all. The dancing gods of Shakti (Goddess) and Shiva (God) that are the rhythm of Life's heart beat. All the signs of the zodiac that encompass the Sun, show that we bring exuberance and consistency to the dance of two (one on one relationships) as well as to group or organizational settings.

The orange band around the Thoth-Sun represents the implementing of a shared vision which is the purpose of Teamwork and Partnership. Creation is a form of play and exploration and it is the Divine Golden-Child within us that is always seeking to express itself in unlimited ways. We are infinite beings, children of the Androgynous Divine Creative and can never grow old. We are the manifested Joy of Creation who has come to dance among creation as a joyful expression of I AM ME! We are both magnetic and dynamic and we are a "self experiment" of the Divine Creative that cannot be made by anyone else. It is time to remember that if we are good enough for The Divine Creative to create, we are good enough for anyone, including ourselves.
According to Aleister Crowley, The Sun card represents The Lord of Light, Heru-ra-ha (Shown on the key 20-The Aeon), in his manifestation to the human race as the Sun, spiritual, moral and physical. The Lord of light is also the Lord of the New Aeon of Horus; Horus being the proposed self-conscious state of the New  22nd century Human. The Energy -Conscious State of Horus is the State of Enlightenment that is often sought by the adept and neophyte alike. It is the awakening of the "sleeping" chromosomes of Alien races, that is done by the Soul/Psyche (The Real Person) who claims its body back from the definitions of Rulers.

Therefore, the new Aeon has for its purpose, the complete emancipation of the human race from the indoctrination of intransigent prejudicial thought forced upon them by enforcement of rule and doctrine-made-morality since about 25,000 BCE. We know from history, that when those who had made the transition from indoctrinated morality to enlightenment, they have been ill received by Society and persecuted for displaying the Life, Liberty and Love of the "Solar Self", i.e., the Soul's love for the  all-bodies.
Hence, The New Aeon, represents a social change from Social enslavement to the Life, Liberty and Love of the emancipated Spirit.

 So in review: The Dancing Twins of the Thoth Tarot and the sitting twins of the SpellCaster's Tarot card, represent the male-animus and female-anima, eternally young, innocent  and shameless.  The Fertile Earth is represent as a green mound aspiring to the heavens, or just a fecund land bordering the ocean.  The fact that the new Aeon  doesn't mean absence without control (love your neighbor as yourself--is the control) is shown on the Thoth card, by the wall surrounding the top of the Fertile Earth. Yet the Twins dance outside this wall, as they are dancing in the light, in which complete freedom is both the cause and effect of the new solar logos energy upon the earth. The ignorant restrictions of both sin and death in the old indoctrination, have been abolished by a enlightened knowledge of  "create-see error and correct it", i.e. Wisdom, free from the pathological aspect of blame and free from the restrictions of animal survival thinking. It's the Galactic Consciousness manifesting in the human head, who is Horus, Christos or the Buddha.

At the feet of the Thoth Twins are the symbols of both the Rose and the Cross.  The Cross is now expanded into the Sun (The 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth), from which it was derived and has expanded beyond the four arms of mundane law (mundane law is associated with the #4) into the 12 rays of both the zodiac and the 12 Hua-Most Ancient-Holy Ones - also known as the Eld or Elders ( Hua is numerically the #12) who sponsored the Human Race and came from "the Heavens" (Annunaki in Sumerian). 

 Because of this communion
of Solar Creative Fire and Terrestrial intelligent matter, the Spiritual Fire has changed into something "rich and strange", producing "living gods" as the "inner Sun", which is the light of the personality rises just as the physical Sun does in the material world. This is most profound, as the Inner Solar Being,(the Inner Master/Christos/Buddha) is now consciously in operation of the physical body as both Master and Masterpiece in energy conscious union.

The Hexagram is the symbol of the composite Thirtieth Path which is  compressed of the Four Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and the Planets, all under the Ruler ship of the Sun. Thus, the Hexagram is the symbol of the perfect integration of Personality and Higher Self  (Tiphareth -meaning Beauty). The Sun is also called the "Splendor of the Material World", as it connects Yesod-Foundation to Hod-Splendor, and is basically representative of the intellect acting upon the dual human condition of, consciousness and the physical body. Thus, the Sun is a point of connection with the Greater Life that is comprised by balancing the human intellect with the Higher Intellect that is the "Sun (Son) of God".

What cannot be overstated, for the initiate, experiencing the Path of  Resh, is very profound as it is the introduction to the "inner sun", which is the light of the original personality, as the outer sun is the light of the physical world. What one tends to forget, while experiencing the warmth and light of this inner sun, one's self-conscious cannot look directly into this Solar intelligence, anymore than they can at the physical sun, without suffering a type of damage. As shown by The Tower Card;  equilibrium will be reached by "burning away" what is unworthy of the Higher Personality.

The Tree of Life does describe, by its pattern, a degree of separation, as Sephiroth, but The Paths (Major Arcane Tarot Keys) show us they are all connected and that the perception of separation is to expedite understanding of a dimension of conscious energy.
Perception, is noted for its wide variations from one organism to another, so it is up to each individual student to literally create their own Qabalah which means "receiving". Hence, The Path of Resh is crucial in developing the individual Qabalah and/or the individual "receiving".

Upon journeying this Path of  The Collective Intelligence, one will receive the imprint and acceptance of "Spirit guides", or those beings  who direct the inner learning experience of the student.  On The Path of Resh (head) the candidacy for Tiphareth (Beauty), The Conscious of the Son (Sun), and /or Higher Self, is begun.
Therefore, The Path leading into Hod-Splendor, is where inner discoveries are made as the Inner Teachers ("other Personas" of the Collective Soul Intelligence) exert their influence on the material world, clarifying the relationship between mind and body.

The Path of Resh, will help the student understand the control and limitations of intellect. The Path of the Sun, is also the path of  "awakening", that helps the student understand the use of the tremendous "Sexual Force" of Yesod (Foundation) that is known as the "secret" or Arcane force manipulated by the initiate of the Mysteries. This force has many names, such as "Serpent Force", Kundalini, or "Life Force", and even "Spirit", all of which fall short in proper perception, as most definitions do. This "solar life force" is shown as a coiled serpent, at the tip of the human spine; a kind of "booster" of coiled force that will arise and ignite the Star conscious of an Individual. This force must be experienced to be understood, and proper preparation for its "rising" must be made by experiencing of The Perceptual Intelligence on the Path of Shin (The Aeon).

Yesod, the 8th Sephiroth-Foundation, is attributed to the Moon which represents the Intelligence that governs the ebbing and flowing of the Astral Light (Akashic Fluid) and is the sexuality/sexual polarity beneath our material existence. Hod is considered to be Mercury, the first similarity of the specific or Real Personality. The Real Person is hermaphroditic, as male and female qualities have yet to be separated out as specifics. The Path of the Sun, when considered  developmentally, is the point of childhood; of the emerging Personality as it builds toward an earthly incarnation. By traveling upward, towards Hod, we are once again experiencing this initial innocence, a kind of re experiencing youth and/or a rebirth. The initiate reaches a stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we emerged, i.e. our Sun-collective intelligence.

Enough cannot be said about the Twins, on the both Thoth Tarot and SpellCaster's card, symbolize the purest-innocent repression of the electric-male (Earth) and the magnetic female (Water) principles in physical manifestation. These Twins are also a reference to the astrological sign of Gemini, the sign that links Taurus (Earth) and Cancer (Water).  The ancient Greeks and Romans also referred the sign Gemini, to Apollo and the Sun.

The Fiery Spirit or Spiral Energy of Masculine and the Magnetic =Formative Sophia (Goddess of Wisdom) feminine side. On the Thoth Card, their arms cross to represent the Union of these Divine States of Intellect and Energy (in Tantric Image they would be in "Sexual Union") that must be established to "Collect" all the necessary Forces in order to establish a Intellectual and living Being.

The Path of Resh, is intellectual, and THE SUN represents the highest form of human intellect (The Real Person) which is both a balance of Masculine and Feminine conscious energy. So in a physical representation, when both the Left and Right side of the brain are in equilibrium with the Solar Forces (Kundalini) within the body, we are at our most advanced state of Personality. This is a profound union of the Personality with the Inner Sun where there is a deep physical inner feeling of Warmth and Light not unlike the external feeling of warmth and light a sun bather may experience. Also, like the physical sun, you cannot look directly into the "inner sun" with out suffering "transformation", for it will burn away the dross. Reminding us of the opposites of the Sun, that it is both the harbinger of fertility and barrenness which is the Double Letter meaning of the Hebrew letter- Resh.

As a symbol of Resh, the human head is represented, which is our Physical Collective Intelligence. The Path of Resh is an initiation of the Personality to the Great Source of Inner Light which takes place in the material body that affects the dual components of the Lower Self (Chemical and Intellectual). The Adept knows that the component parts of the Personality (Lower Paths on the Tree of Life) function through the body as an  experience-collecting vehicle for the Spirit persona we call the Soul. The human body is an important Crucible for the Alchemical union of Higher and Lower Self communion. Therefore, the Physical body is a Sacred Place; our temple, our forge of sacrament, where ideas are forged into artistic-intimate-sensual-presence and where Male and Female are not divided into a purely errant "Battle of the Sexes" as proposed by the "Divide and Conquer" indoctrination of divisionism, but rather as Divine Twins!

Remember "God creates what God wants!" This is a Hermaphroditic path, where we return to the innocence of a child  and as we travel upwards this Path of Resh, our Personality grows younger, innocent and sees with Wonder rather than the critically perverted eyes of the good and bad Pavlovian domesticated and divided-personality of  the Adult. We begin seeing What the Divine Creative Sees!

Tiphareth is the Central Sun (Son) of the physical microcosm and connects us to the Dark Sun (limitless light-Father) of the Macrocosm and the Path of Resh begins us on the Journey to Central Sun-of God, within. There is much to study about this card, Cain an Able ( bareness and fertility), the Dragon-faced-Men, Sons of Seth, Daughters of Seth and the Christ who Didymos Judas Thomas in the Gnostic Gospels quoted as saying"....I am the honeymoon suite." and much more!

When the Tarot= key19- The Sun card is thrown during a reading:
  • It generally means Gain, Glory and riches all of the Fertility side.
  • However, if surrounded by very ill cards, it can mean the bareness/desert side which would be Arrogance, Vanity, and Display.
  • The querent shall experience gain, riches, glory and sometimes  be called arrogant which is often a misunderstanding of their glowing self-confidence.
  • The querent might make great displays of  vanity  but this is only seen  when accompanied by very negative cards.
  • The querent is or shall be experiencing, glory, gain, riches, by means of partnership, cooperation, and team work.
  • Beginning a new cycle of life, growth, reward, truth and progress.
  • The Divine Marriage of the physical, mental and Spiritual Wholeness.
  • There is a radiance of self trust and rekindled enthusiasm that revitalizes something that has previously existed in their life.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards,
  • arrogance and vanity maybe displayed---but this requires the influence of very evil cards. All in all, when the Sun rises, all is well.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key18- The Moon & The SpellCaster's Tarot- Key 18- Moon

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 18-The Moon & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 18- Moon:

The Moon is the Qabalistic Tree of Life Path of Qoph.
  • Primary path color: Crimson (ultra-violet)
  • Musical note: B natural
  • Astrological sign: Pisces (Mutable water)
  • Symbol of meaning: Back of head, ear.
  • Simple letter: Sleep
Qabalistic esoteric title: The Ruler of Flux and Re-flux. The Child of the Sons of the Mighty.
From theThirty Two Paths of Wisdom (Dr.Paul Foster Case):

The Twenty-ninth Path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so-called because it forms every body which is formed beneath the whole set of worlds and the increment of them.

The Path of Qoph or Qof, of the Hermetic Qabalah connects the 7th Sephiroth-Netzach/ Victory with The Kingdom -the 10th Sephiroth-Malkuth and is described as the "Victory of the Material World" but also as the"deceptive effect of the apparent power of Material Forces".This is spiritual rebirth and/or resurrection. As we incarnate, it is the first stage of the Soul's organization of the physical body that it will inhabit (often done in the womb). It is a form of "sleep", a pre-consciousness (that precedes the waking consciousness) differentiating into physical matter from the collective elemental unconscious of Netzach.

The Moon Tarot card is represented in "every form Sinister" because of the limited sight of the Survival mind of the Dark unconscious, a well-spring of deception, illusion, and in the extreme, lunacy.  On the Thoth card, we see a sinister landscape above the Water of the Unconscious; watered by a stream (or path) of serum(semen) tinged with blood, which flows between the gaps of two barren mountains. Nine drops of impure blood or menstrual blood shaped like Yods (meaning-hand) represent self-sustaining primal points of matter formation and/or sexual energy or sexual love, fall on the Moon below.

Also, in terms of the spiritually developing individual self conscious, it is the conquest of the phantoms reflected from the material world of the Self-Conscious Survival Mind into the Unconscious Mind of Imagination. The Qabalistic lodge of the Golden Dawn, described these phantoms as, "The Child of the Sons of the Mighty" which simply means the "creations of the Created". This is a watery path of probation, where the student must face and conquer the phantoms of their own deep unconscious as well as those of the race in which they are born. It can be a terrible and frightening Path, not only of stunning illusions but of real dangers to the emotional stability of those who have not built up enough inner strength (inner virtue--often called "Character") to handle this experience. However, when we slay the "monsters within" the deep recesses of our sleep-consciousness (sub-conscious), and understand their mechanisms, we gain the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves as well as in others. This ability is often called "Witch craft", however, it is also the ability of a good therapist, doctor or healer.

The Path of Qoph or Qof, is an inner primitive path of raw animal nature; of instincts (survival mind), uncontrolled passions, and emotions of nature that are both "red in tooth and claw" and which are not subject to intellectual, moral or ethical  considerations. This Path shows us predatory survival aspects of ourselves which society forces us to repress but which are an integral and undeniable part of our human being. To be whole, we must approach this Path with our Whole Being, applying reason, rather than fear, to that which we encounter. Just remember, what is encountered on this path are "creations of the created", as we apply feeling to that which is encountered on this Path of Discernment.

In the Thoth Tarot, Key 18-THE MOON, there are two images of the Guardians of the Gate who are the Ra Kings of ancient Egypt. These are the Sun gods  who protect our life force and energy as we change and reclaim our authentic selves.

The Jackals (represent the Egyptian deity Anubis) remind us that we must let go of the old in order to go through the gates into new experiences. The Moon card also shows Anubis in both forms, of the Dark nether realms of Death and the light realms of resurrection and is a very complex deity of lunar opposites. However, one way or the other, birth, death and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These are biological processes and they occur in the dark Unconscious and light of consciousness, championed by our sensual perceptions that are tainted with the concepts of good and bad.

The Egyptian scarab, represents Khepri, the Egyptian God of Transformation, i.e. "He who becomes". This dung beetle and/or scarab, rolls the ball of the sun, pushing it into the Other World in the evening and over the horizon into the morning.  For the ancient Egyptian, the scarab-beetle-god represented the rising sun and symbolized the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence. Not unlike our own knowledge of eternal existence in the first law of thermodynamics ( There is only one energy that can't be created nor destroyed; only transformed).

The SpellCaster's Tarot, also depicts 2 guardians of the Gate Way to Life and Death, shown as a one dog and one Wolf, both howling at the full Moon. Behind the Full Moon are the Ray's of the Sun; Therefore, we have a Sun and Moon, depiction just as we have on the Thoth card, albeit without a scarab. Out of the dark pool, crawls a crawdad, with a golden ankh, imprinted on it's back. The Crawdad or Crayfish, is an ancient symbol used to imply reincarnation, as it sheds it's outer shell, to gain size.  Here again, The Moon Tarot reminds us that  Death begets life.
One is reminded that this is a watery path of probation, by the rain drops falling from the Moon. The images of Moon phases are shown atop the twin towers that form the Gate to Life and Death, of illusion and reality. This SpellCaster's Tarot card is a more modern version of the Rider-Waite-Smith decks.

The Moon is not only the astrological representative of the water-sign Pisces but is also the universal feminine principle of magnetism. The magnetic influence of flux and re-flux help us to see the inherent power of our receptive nature; to open, expand, yield, and totally express our full power and nature, like the Moon. The Moon reflects back to us the mystery of who we are and of our changing phases of our happy light side and our fearful dark side. The Reclamation of our Authentic Self or Real Person requires that we open, receive and go-inward. Moon like, it is essential to reveal ourselves without holding back or censoring ourselves in anyway ( Of this I am profoundly accused of!).

The traditional two fish of Pisces are symbolized here as the Anubi gate guardians, and represent the Pisces commitment to evolutionary transformation. To me as a practicing Magus, this is the gateway to the "other side of the Mirror".....The non- Son/Sun-reflected-subjective side of my Dark Psyche where my dark- warrior champion exists, basking in the fact he has destroyed his enemies...For are we not all, Shakti the Lover of Life and Shiva the Destroyer? Nevertheless, because the Soul of me fears him not, he of magnificent darkness and I of the Bright Sun, have had long and meaningful talks and have become friends who listen to the Great She, together, as one who is both Husband of the light and darkness. Hence the Dark Warrior has donned Golden Armor, and becomes Shepard of Her forms and worlds.  

The Moon-  of the Tarot,  is the 18th Key of the Major Arcana or Trump and as stated:
is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear. Connecting Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom), the Path of Qoph is described as the "Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive  effect of the apparent power of the Material World".  This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that may be considered on two levels.
  1. On one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will inhabit.  It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach.
  2. On another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of  conquest of the phantoms of their self-conscious or "man-made" personality which are creations of the created. Therefore the path of Qoph, is a probationary path, where the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own mind, as well as those of the race.

This probationary path of emotional phantoms, can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment and can pose real dangers to one's emotional stability.  On the other hand, those  of discerning minds are strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness and understand their mechanisms, therefore gaining the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves and those of others. Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.

 Since the meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph or Qof, is the back of the head, behind the head itself, it also represents the Sun- or Resh in Hebrew. The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun.  The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the central path of the Thoth Moon card goes from the  dark side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sun-light. The Sun behind the Moon, image on the SpellCaster's card, shows this back of the head connection to Resh.

Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional fears.
The Moon card is veiled by illusion and those illusions must be understood in order for the Prodigal Soul, who lives in the Moon's shadow, to claim its Rich Universal Inheritance from the Proton Sun of the Galactic Core.

The simple Hebrew letter of Qoph or Qof, translates into the English word, sleep. Thus we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our Psyche. For during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information closely related to the bodies survival based experiences. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of The Moon. Therefore this is often a card of impure horror and hidden darkness that our self-conscious  must pass through before our conscious-light can be reborn.

In Thoth  Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, THE HIGH PRIESTESS-Key 2, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the God Head-The Father and/or the Central Galactic Core Photon Sun, to God the Son/Sun, the Bright Intellect. The Same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted, on the Thoth card, with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that self-conscious physical manifestation bestows on consciousness in a world where "life eats itself to stay alive". However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun (Tiphareth) descends into it.  Hence, when traveling up the inner Path of Qoph, the Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less controlled by the dark survival fears of the body. This traveling conscious- energy process is shown on the Thoth Moon Card as cyclic wave motion, as a pattern of both above and below, linked by the Beetle of the Sun. In the simplest of terms, this is a Path of natural energy from which our bodies develop in the Womb and is continual process throughout our lives as cells live, die and resurrect-replace in daily life. The work of the Path of Qoph ends with the dissolution of energy back to its source, which is Netzach (victory).

 As before stated: Paul Foster Case called The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body consciousness". Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the central orb of the Thoth Tarot Moon- card (Down from Tiphareth) and from the SpellCaster's Full Moon. Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and filling the Nile. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on is that something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is represented as raining Yods on the Thoth Tarot or water droplets raining down from the SpellCaster's Moon.

Since The path of Qoph is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning, "Moon Dogs" or a dog and a Wolf, are often presented to represent this controlling fact of Instinctual mind, one wild and one domesticated by culture. Making our instinctual mind confused and unclear.  The traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our Master predator human form.  This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in  the Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness and great love to our "animal self".

Therefore, the Moon Tarot Card-Key 18 represents:
The universal principle of Choice and Authenticity.

This has been called one of the Karma Cards ( work that needs to be done).

Ultimately, we have a daily choice between supporting our authentic or Real Self or our dutiful man-made self.  There is the Real which is the Spiritual Being or Soul and then there is reality, the "self-reflection and/or indoctrinated identity that we call our ego or personality or self-conscious. In other words, the Psyche and its simulation as the personality.  The personality is a simulation of the union of the Sun and the Moon. The "Mind of the Moon", is choked full of "negative emotional self identities" as well as, fears of being preyed on by "others"; the Mind of the Sun, is of quanta origin and is immortal and fearless.  Hence, these fears of being "preyed on" are also well represented as
dogs of the Moon.

The Tarot Moon, therefore reminds us of the illusions of the survival mind. If you as an individual knows  that everyone you see is another way of being you; you are basking in the Real Sun/Son light of divine self-awareness. If you see everyone as enemy or friend, you suffer from reality blindness brought on by the survival mind of the animal that you should own but now owns you because of
reactions to the blindfold imposed darkness of "good and bad" thought that now rule your sensuality. Such as, fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of vulnerability, fear of rejection;  All of which come from the animal thought of "fear of being eaten", which is also called fear of death.

The Moon is a card representing illusion and reminds us that the illusion imposed on our consciousness by the senses. For senses are all psychosomatic, meaning that not everyone has imagined the same sensual experience from the same environments; in other words they are not scientific proof. According to Qabalistic doctrine,
the body is only 1% of us, and its purpose is to intimately define thought . In other words to aid our creative psyche in discernment so that Self-Awareness becomes a ever expansive and liberating motion in life rather than a Faustian fantasy of death. 
                                Dreams are another attribute of the Moon. Dancing with ones nightmares, disarms any fear associated with them. Hence, becoming a Lucid dreamer, who transforms their dreams, is part of this Path of Qoph.
In the Qabalah, Reality is defined as trans-formative, the Real is the One who Transforms but is not the transformation itself. You may also see the Scarab beetle on the bottom of the Thoth card. This is the symbol of the Egyptian god Khepri, the god of transformations. The Crayfish, is also a symbolic god of transformations and by placing the Ankh on its back, the SpellCaster's Tarot succeeds in linking the crayfish with the scarab.

Successful understanding of this inner- path, represented as the Moon Tarot Card, is to understand the relationship of our personality-consciousness to the physical power-tool built for each incarnation-our body.    The Moon Card is a reminder that most people/souls, become so attached to fear, that during the cyclic phase of withdrawal of consciousness from the physical Power-Tool, continue to act on information and phantasmagorical  fantasies related to survival subconscious, or "group animal Soul" of body existence. If not released, the sleeping soul-consciousness becomes a phantom of its own fantasies that are so close to the fabric of material manifestation that they are often seen as phantasms or as ghosts.

In the Thoth illustration, the Scarab is rolling the Sun across the horizon, into the "other-world" of the evening and this world at the dawn. This motion represents the renewal of life and the Real eternal existence which is invisible and thus called dark.

To review:
The Moon in astrology is considered a Planet, most Universal, as She is partaking of both the highest and lowest, as well as filling the space between. In other words, the Moon waxes and wanes. In her highest point (Elaine the Moon Goddess) the Moon acts as a link between the  human and the Divine. In her lowest avatar (the goddess Tabu) where she is waning, she joins the earthly spheres of Netzack (victory) with Malkuth (kingdom) culminating in the matter of all superior forms.
Many of us know that a Waning moon is attributed to witchcraft, sorcery and abominable deeds which is a superstitious way of defining the poisoned darkness of Winter, that is the condition before the rebirth of light in the spring. However, there is also a poisoned darkness in our deep subconscious. Here thoughts of fear, loathing and hate putrefy without the light of conscious observation.

Looking back at the Thoth Moon Tarot Card, we see two dark towers, representing the "unknown" that so disturbs the unconscious.  As stated:Guarding these towers are the images of the jackal god of Kem, Anubis who is the watcher in the twilight. Thus both the threshold of Life and the threshold of Death, are depicted here. Hence, to some, this Path of Qoph, is all a journey of great fear, that demands monumental courage from the adept-traveler; a "dark night of the soul" where all is doubtful, all is mysterious and intoxicating. Not the intoxication of Ecstatic Dionysus, but that of dreadful madness caused by pernicious drugs.The Venom of the Moon has placed a drunkenness on the mind; a lunacy that seems endless.

However, the  adepts of the Hermetic Qabalah, do not fear this night, no matter what horrors may afflict the soul,whatever abominations may excite heart loathing, whatever terrors may gibber in the mind, the answer is the same at every stage:"How splendid is the Adventure!"

To me, the Dark Goddess is the Real Lady, while the Light Goddess, is "The Real Lady, dressed in veils". True love does not balk at darkness.

We would all best remember, that the Moon reflects the Light of the Sun as the consciousness reflects the thoughts of the unconscious. The seemingly harmless self-absorbed thoughts of the consciousness, become reflected in the dark emotions of the unconscious and the body becomes "insane" with destructive perversions.....not a great scenario for enlightenment... unless you begin to understand that survival thinking must be replaced by the Knowledge of the Immortal Soul. 
 In this world of cause and effect, to know pain, is to know pleasure and darkness cannot be seen without the knowledge of light. Knowing this, the student doesn't fear their inner darkness of shadowy emotions, they just bring in the light, as the Hermit strides through the Night with his lantern glowing and as the Moon spins through darkness, ever growing closer to the Sun. The Moon card reminds us to face our inner demons with the Divine Daemon (God-man) of the Soul, since all shadows disappear in the light. It is through the gates of fearful but voluntary personality- death, that we find our "True Identity".

When the Qabalistic Tarot- Moon card is thrown:
  • The querent is reminded that they are functioning in the realm of the unconscious where they become aware that reality is a dream, that time/space and physical bodies are merely conceptions, and therefore deep cellular change is possible.
  • Often this is the Shamanic call to enter into the darkness of unconscious desires and fears so that you may transform them into functional motion rather than dysfunctional illusion.
  • Dissatisfaction, voluntary change ( involuntary change is usually death).
  • There are issues in the life of the querent that are of error, lying, falsity, deception; it is a time to watch motives.
  • The querent must drop denial, self-deception, delusions in order to claim their own authenticity.
  • Represented here is the waxing and waning of phases where one begins the process of self-examination that will eventually arise as authoritative states of being.
  • The Greeks called this Mental path, "the Path of Childbirth", a time of renewal.
  • Dissatisfaction and voluntary change is on the horizon.
  • The querent is experiencing choice and authenticity over old illusions and delusions.
  •  A call to enter into the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy made demons.
  • Within 18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control of the survival mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.
  •  They must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body who owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal consciousness.
The Moon is about the Illusion of life and death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified. 

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 17-The Star & The SpellCaster's Tarot- key 17- Star

The Thoth Tarot-Key 17- The Star & The SpellCaster'sTarot-Key17-The Star:

The Tarot Star, traditionally refers to the zodiacal sign Aquarius, the Water Bearer. The picture on the Thoth Key 17, represents the Egyptian Goddess Nuit, the Lady of the Stars. Nuit is rarely shown in colors other than Black or Dark indigo, because She represents "Before the veil of Light was created" other words, She is the Dark Womb, the Dark/ Alma-Mater/ Matter "from whose breasts flows the Milky way". The fact that the Ancient Gnostic knew there was a Dark Force that birthed and nurtured the Stars should peek the interest of any quantum physicist who has discovered that the "Quanta"(sub atomic particles) appear to have an intelligence.

The Star card figure is shown as a  anthropomorphic figure, to verify through  art, the fact that She is depicted as a feminine force that connects the Macrocosm and the
Microcosmic creation. She is Nuit the Mother of "Horus in manifestation". The Sun within ourselves, is Horus, Christos, Buddha and/or our Phontonic Solar Psyche.

On the Thoth Tarot Card, She is shown as bearing two cups, one golden cup held high above her head from which she pours the "ethereal water" upon it (in ritual this is symbolized by a mixture of milk, oil and blood).  The other cup is Silver, from which She pours the *Amitra, the immortal liquor of her life, pouring it into the Great Sea of Binah ( 3rd Sephiroth called "Understanding") that is  illustrated as conjunct to a shore of fertile earth.
[ Amitra of the Indian philosophers,  the Nepenthe and Ambrosia of the Greeks, the Alchahest and Universal Medicine of the Alchemists, The Nectar.  The Mother of the Blood of the Grail .]
You may note that the Thoth cups represent the shape of breasts, while the SpellCaster's Tarot depicts her pouring water from two vessels that forms a pool, on which she stands. This is a more traditional rendition of the Star, hiding the deeper meanings of the Major Arcane, as most Occult lodges kept the knowledge in their own rituals.

However, the two breasts or cups is also a more exoteric tradition of tarot art, because the ancient astronomer priests or priestesses, believed that Stars were formed from the "milk of her breasts" and it is written: " The milk of the Stars from her paps; yeah, the milk of the stars from her paps".

The Milky way, is named so,  because of our edge on view, was seen as a river of sparkling life giving Goddess milk, by the ancients. To the Egyptians it was the out flowing milk of the Heavenly Cow, i.e., Hathor. Here we see a blending of the Goddess Hathor, "The Cow Goddess", into the later goddess name of Nuit.  The Goddess Nuit has also been called, "Nothingness with Twinkles....".
 To the ancient Greeks, the Moon Cow was Io or Europa or Hera. The Greek word gala, meaning "mothers milk",is the root word for galaxy. 

The 4 rivers of paradise copied in the bible as 4 streams of Eden, that emanated in 4 directions, where first known as the 4 Rivers of Paradise that flowed from the 4 teats of the Moon Cow. The Arcadian name for the milky way was Hiddagal, meaning "river of the Divine Lady", became the stream Hiddekel, (Genesis 2:14). The 4 rivers in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 2:10–14): Pishon (perhaps the Jaxartes or Syr Darya), Gihon (perhaps the Oxus or Amu Darya), Hiddekel (Tigris).

What is attempted in illustration on the Thoth Deck Star card, and in the art of the SpellCaster's Tarot, is to show the universe in its ultimate elements. The Celestial globe is behind the Thoth Tarot-Goddess figure showing a prominent 7 pointed star that represents Venus, declaring the principle characteristic of Her nature to be love, the 7 pointed star is also shown as an {7/2} acute heptagram. This Star is also shown in the night sky above the SpellCaster's Tarot goddess figure as a magic {7/3} obtuse heptagram.
In general, a heptagram is any self-intersecting heptagon (7-sided polygon).

There are two regular heptagrams, labeled as {7/2} and >{7/3}, with the second number representing the vertex interval step from a regular heptagon, {7/1}.[From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia]

The Thoth Star card shows the manifestation of Nuit on a lower plane is Binah the Great Mother - The Sea of Life, The fertile Earth, nurtured by the Ocean of Binah, shown as supporting Roses in the right hand corner of the picture but between the Sea and the Land is the Abyss, which is hidden by the clouds, that whirl as her hair.
 [The Lady of the Rose, the Rose-Mari, is another aspect of the Fertile Goddess and during the Matriarchal age, there were Priestesses of the Blood Rose who were in direct representation of the Great Fertile Mother and stood for the Wellness of the people. This goes all the way back to Lemuria and/or the Land of Mu, that has been illustrated on ancient Chinese maps as shown on a map from

The Left hand upper corner of the Thoth Star card, shows the 7/3 heptagram that Crowley called the " Star of Babalon" which represents yet another aspect of the "All Mother goddess", that of the Scarlet Woman (Blood Rose) the Lady shown in Key 11, Lust, as riding the Lion-Serpent. From her star issues the curved light of Spiritual/Spiral rays of Photons (Spiral and Spiritual are both from the Greek word: Spiro. which means -Breath). She is the Dark Mater, and Heaven itself is no more than a veil before the face of the immortal Goddess.

Interesting to note here, is that every form of energy depicted here, is spiral (Spiritual). This is known as a "Spiral Universe"...we live in a Spiral Galaxy which we think we discovered just recently. Yet Zoroaster is quoted as saying," God is  he, having the head of a hawk; having a spiral force."  Hawks spiral in the sky as they hunt and also symbolizes the ancient Egyptian Hawk Headed god Horus. Spiral is also the mathematical conception of the Universe by the renowned physicist Albert Einstein.  It seems the Metaphysics of Hermetic Tarot, Gnosis, Alchemy, Qabalah, Tantra etc., are the Quantum physics of today! This is apt, since our Psyche and/or Souls are radiated from the Photon Sun of the Galactic Core and/or "the gala of her breasts".

The viewer may note, that on the Thoth Star card depiction, only in the lower-silver cup, is the flowing water of life, shown as rectilinear forms, rather than the spiral flow from the upper golden cup. This is because of mankind's insistence on a linear view, that forms a blindness to the wonder and beauty of the Spiral (spiritual) Universe. We know that Euclidean geometry depends on the conception of  straight lines, but  Riemann, Bolyai, and Lobatchewsky, (Mathematicians) have mathematically proven that the Parallel Postulate is found to be incapable of proof. Thus, the straight line has no true correspondence to reality.  I would highly recommend that the True Student of Tarot, get the Book of Law by A. is more than significant in aiding understanding the Occult metaphysics which can be compared to the quantum physics of today. Even the "New" String theory, was foreseen as the "serpent force" of the ancient meta-physicians.

The Tarot-STAR is known on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, as  the inner Path of Tzaddi. The Hebrew letter Tzaddi means fishhook and the Path is the Path of Meditation. Meditation is the fishhook on this path that properly attaches us to The Divine Universal Collective Unconscious, using our imagination. I-magi-nation is than being the proper approach to this Divine Intelligent Energy for she is the All Mother Intelligence that makes and nurtures all living image.

As we can see on the Thoth Star Card, there are two streams of  Divine Energy:
  1. One from the Golden Cup -The Solar womb of Souls and;
  2. One from the Silver Cup -Moon womb of earth forms.
The Divine Energy flows through the Divine Mother to us by the integration of Chokma-Wisdom who is Will to Force- (intuition/feelings for he is Wisdom a feminine noun in Hebrew) and Binah- Understanding who is Will to Form (intellect/consciousness).  These 2 streams of energy are shown flowing from the vessels of the SpellCaster's Tarot, held by the Divine Feminine image. The blue lotuses in the pool, are the symbols for the Blue Sophia, Greek goddess of wisdom.

Many of us forget that the Imagination is a
"Womb-with-a view"---and is the Consciousness of the Divine Mother of all Forms. This forgetfulness, is because we have been taught by our Patriarchal society that imagination is a world-wind creator of fantasy and to be considered beneath our rational-worded-linear thought. We have somehow forgotten the meaning of Image-maker-conscious (imagination)."It's Just your imagination," is a common  "put down" theme and uses denial to ignore the fact that:
It's "just" The Divine Creative's Imagination that created all that you can see, hear, feel , smell and touch including YOU!  Other than a self-reflection, what else do you think a Self-Image is?

 Water is a symbol for the ebb and flow of consciousness , and Binah, is the Vast Sea of the Un-Conscious (meaning "not of consciousness"), which by meditation, we cast our consciousness into and thereby find a understanding of the process of life and death. To communicate with the Goddess of light, love and hope, one need only dream.

In the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, by Dr. Paul Foster Case, The Path of Tzaddi  is described as the Path of the Natural Intelligence. To the Student of the Hermetic Qabalah, this suggests that the primal forces of nature attributed to Netzach (Victory), the sphere of the Elohim who are synonymous with nature itself. You'll need to study the  Hebrew word Elohim to understand this in greater detail, but they are called the Gods of Netzach....which means ruling forces. That can be ruled by Man, who is  arguably the Elohim Malachim (sons/suns of god) Which is whom we are as the Soul or Real Person that radiates from the 6th Solar- Sephiroth-Tiphareth.  As physics has proven in the simulation hypothesis; by our observation alone, we change the observed behavior of electrons, for under the influence of light, electrons change their action from waves to particles! Since our Psyches are of the Photon-quanta side of the "mirror", our observation projects Photons, i.e., light and therefore changes the actions of the observed electrons. We are indeed, Suns of Goddess.

To aid further understanding, the Number 17 reduces to 8, which is the Lust Card-Key 8 in the Thoth Deck, which represents the conscious control of the Kundalini, that is both solar and sexual force. I call the Lust Card the image of " Riding the Dragon", a state of being in conscious union and thus control of the Divine Frenzy as your life expression. In other-words, the Impersonal Solar Power of I AM becoming a conscious manifestation of a earthly Me...a personal expression of Power. The figure 8 is the magical symbol for infinity, where 0 has become 8, 2 from a spiral of energy. The Universal 2, Binah and Chokmah, are both of the Fool, who is 0.

This trinity of I AM ME, is all part of the Greater Mysteries of Tiphareth, the Solar Logos which is the central Star of our Existence (our Solar Core/Psyche). Only by controlling the Sexual/Spiral energy in ourselves---the Kundalini [Lion-Serpent] can we travel the path to Tiphareth. However, this fact has been perverted by believing that Sexual energy, must be oppressed (made celebrate) to approach our Christos. This celibate practice is a perversion of the truth as the function of the Divine Creative and  the practice of ten's of thousands of years worth of  Shamans, Tantric and mystics, suggests otherwise.

We must combine, through communion of He and She the flowing serpentine force with willful union of intuition, feelings, and intellect in order to flow to our Solar Core and stand a True Power of influence in the realm of Alma Mater.

This Inner Union, is the mystery of Tantric, Gnostic and Qabalistic practices and what some may call "Sex-Magic"----or "Sex-Magi". Which is really the Divine's technological break through of Sex where 1 becomes 2 and joins to become 3! (Such as, color becomes red, then blue, then joins to become a color called purple-making 3 colors). 1 is always one, but 2 and 1 is Three. Three is a plane, from which Self can reflect! Therefore the Triangle, in its many forms, is deem "magical".

Our ignorance of the Sexual Communion is not only showing us how the great Mother is disabused by fear based Patriarchal rule, but that all sexual perversion diverts us from the path of Tzaddi, and we are unable to control the lust filled passions of the Divine Frenzy that is all around us and  within us, and therefore become mental, emotional and physical deviates of a  psychosomatic -chaos perpetrated by divisive thinking. Such chaotic passion, makes us powerless to use our scattered creative forces in an expanding and liberating manner. Just what the bullies of "Divide and Conquer" want, i.e., "those who rule definition", for confused people are easily cowed and therefore, lead.  

Great enlightenment comes to the student who studies this Path and as many before, we realize that by not understanding the Divine Frenzy within the figure 8----we become murders, rapist, etc., where violence becomes our sexual-passionate activity.
The Process of approaching the Solar Center, is a yoga (yoga means--communion), involving the enervation of centers of energy (Chakras--means "spinning wheels") which open up our Energy Centers through the process of meditation, both internal and sexual. Our body is a magical device of the Solar Logos and its Sun/Son, the Soul. And as a magician, we as a personal-consciousness, must learn to operate this device. The first knowledge should be that energy flows from positive to negative poles. Male is positive polarity in this world, and female is negative polarity, so once again the figure 8 shows up to show us the necessary flow between the electric male and magnetic female. This flow is shown on the Thoth tarot as the flow from the  Golden cup of the Sun (he) and the Silver cup of the Moon (she).

As Paul Foster Case stated, about the Path of Tzaddi, "Through it is consummated and perfected the Nature of  every existing thing beneath the Sun".
Hence, we can't consummate our perfected nature until we are the perfect marriage of anima and animus on Psychic worlds above and Psychic worlds below...of as above, so below.

When meditation is successful, we find that we don't meditate, but rather we are meditated into image! We may understand better if we think of Tiphareth, The Higher Self/Solar Logos, as a kind of fisherman, who by angling with the Fishhook of meditation, pulls our personality/self-conscious up into the Solar Self.  From that Higher Perspective our personality can see that the self-image of form is meditated into existence from Briah, the Creative World of the Soul. 

The formation of the individual consciousness from the Divine collective unconscious begins from the point of Netzach, which is the highest level of "personality" while Tiphareth is the highest level to be reached by personal intellect. The object is to hold a "Holy Mass" where the Personality and the Psyche are joined in Communion, within the honeymoon suite that is The Human body.

The Tarot Star Card figure, represents the most pure manifestation of the Great Mother Binah at the level of Real Persona, preceding enclosure in matter. She is the Same  figure found in The Empress, in her royal regalia; The High Priestess and in The Universe cards, The Scarlet Woman in the Lust card; However, here She is unveiled, a naked virgin, further representing Her Venusian purity. 

The Star is associated with the love and inspiration sign of  Aquarius. In the ancient world, Saturn was said to govern Aquarius, referring us to Binah/Time and The Universe key 21. 
Because the Star card represents the universe resolved into its ultimate elements, it relates to many more Paths than any other card in the deck. Thus, I recommend getting the text book by Robert Wang---The Qabalistic Tarot ( A text book of Mystical Philosophy) and studying the many path- Charts on the Tree of Life , that he presents in the book.
To the Hermetic Qabalist, the Star card represents the "Lower Eden", from which the Personality originates and the Emperor, represents "Upper Eden" where the idea of Fiery Higher Self originates...The Solar Logos. Here to, we see a relationship of  The Star Path (Tzaddi) relating to another Path, that of the Emperor (Heh).

The Star card also relates to the  astrological Planet Venus, which to the ancients was seen as the "Morning and Evening Star", also referred to as Lucifer, the Most beautiful of all Archangels, referring to the Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty, which is the Solar Logos.  Lucifer is not seen as a underworld figure, but rather the Higher Self and or Real Person (Soul) who owns the human form. However, with proper enforcement of propaganda, you can be made to believe that "The Higher Self" is a "Savior" who is separate from you; a "you" who are but a slave to definition supplied by your cultural rulers whose rule is "black magic", as it depends on the shedding of innocent blood as a form of political policy. 

After the " War Lord religions" (Patriarch)  took over cultural programming, the meaning of Beauty (Synchronicity) became a Underworld Angel who was so narcissistic that he challenged God; as did the Titans, the children of women and the "gods who from the sky came", challenged the gods of Olympus. We all must study history and mythology to see how the Jews, Muslims and Christians took the names of gods and goddesses of other religions and demonized them, which only contributed to ignorance and lost self-awareness. The truth is that the Latin word Lucifer (Morning Star) is similar to the Greek Christos  (Sun, also Zeus Christos or Sun of God) ----both relating to the fiery Sun/Son of God....The Solar Logos and/or our Higher Self/Psyche/Real Person/Soul.
 To aid one in their skrying/meditation, it is found more power is gathered when one uses the corresponding things in nature. Therefore:

Thoth Tarot Correspondences: 0-The Fool & key-17-The Star.

It may be interesting to note that in ancient text, the "Holy Ghost" was considered to be feminine rather than the masculine concept of masculine, and she was/is known as Sophia, The Mother and Beloved of the Father. The Star card promotes the image of Sophia, while the Fool, promotes the image of the Father. To the ancients, the Fool (The Green Man) was both wise and "innocent as the children". He is Joker (Trickster) and Wisdom.

  • Astrological Sign: The Star-Aquarius
  • Astrological Planet: The Fool- Uranus
  • Key 17-The Star, has the astrological form: I know.
  • The Fool has the astrological motion: I seek myself through what I don't know.
  • Rune-stones: STAR- Lagaz, the water stone that flows and conducts.
  • There are two Rune-stones for the Fool: Mannaz, the name of mankind, the human race , and the self. The other is the blank rune, called "the unknowable", the name of destiny. That is also why the Fool is not a key---it is 0, the symbol for infinity, which is indeed unknowable and has no gateway to unlock. The Fool card can be placed at the beginning of the Tarot deck or at the end, or both, as can the Blank rune.
  • Primary colors: Violet (purple, lavender).
  • The associated Chakra is the Sixth chakra or the Brow Chakra, which is intuition, light, color, seeing (also color-seeing as in Auric Seer) thought, information, meditation, visualization,  imagination (The Womb With A View), spiritual perception, dreams,----the Chakra of purpose and patience.
  • Stones and Minerals: Amethyst, sugalite, charoite, siberite ( violet tourmaline), chalcedonies and fluorites of violet hues.
  • Musical Notes: Star-A# and for the Fool- E
  • Hebrew Qaballah letters: Star-Simple letter- Imagination.
  • Fool- Maternal letter- Air
  • The Path of the Star--Tzaddi, The Natural Intelligence ( Mother Nature)
  • The Path of the Fool-Aleph, The Scintillating Intelligence.
  • Plant essences: The Star--Eucalyptus, Fir, Lime, Blue Chamomile.
       The Fool- Fennel, Niaouli.
Often the Star card is associated with the "Mother Nature" of the Universe (The Universe is Natural----in fact there isn't any Super Natural---there is just parts of the Universal Collective that is it's Nature, that we don't understand yet) and the Fool is The Green Man-or Father Nature. It may help our understanding if we remember that Male is Electric Force and Female is Magnetic Force, so in essence we are dealing with Universal Magnetic Unconscious and Universal Electric Consciousness. When both are united in harmony----We have Sophia, "the whole of spirit". .

The Hebrew story about the letter Tsadeh (Tzaddi)--Meaning; fish-hook.
The Path of Tzaddi-Key 17-The Star.

So God created man in His Image, in the image of God He created him; male and female; He created them.
                      Genesis 1:27
In this short story of the first of two descriptions of human creation, God made male and female at the same time. This is true for time/space and electric-magnetic. All of us are subtle androgyny, rather than the obvious single sex, as we all are composed of the energy that flows between and through the polarities of electro-magnetic (electric is male and magnetic is female). Also the brain itself has "male and female" halves. Since there was only One (Kether on the Tree of Life) when two where created from the one ( Chokmah-Male electric/spiritual fire and Female Binah--Magnetic-spiritual water) both "became" at once, just as the figure eight is drawn from one line. The "Image" of God has been argued by the best, but it can also mean extra-terrestrial "DNA" bonded with the natural mammalian DNA, a GMO operation done by the "angels that fell to earth" and/or "those who from the sky came", known as gods to early mankind. [I know that was unnecessary to bring up but I just love a good debate!]

However, there is no debate about our imagination, it is as a creative Womb and obviously an active Creative Conscious nestled in our passive "Unconscious"---the  Universal- Collective-Unconscious being attributed to natural inheritance, i.e. created before us by Life's quanta experiences, but ours to be at one with.
  • All of us know that particles of energy, quanta became Stars , then planets (Star detritus) and all were the process of "Energy Conscious" (God) Self-Awareness . Since we have " Solar-Force Fields" around our bodies --called the  7 bodies of the human aura and their subtle energy entry points in the body called -Chakras, we can assume that we were Solar Conscious states of energy, before we became the operators of a physical state of energy/ matter body. We call this Solar Presence---Spirit and Soul. It is a State of Energy Conscious, Psyche, of the Eternal One Energy. That means we are much more than we think we are. And if you have read my past blogs, you know that thought itself, is a delusional- trickster as it is all probabilities and not reality. Before Thought we were, Kether and/or "I Will Be"! And with this giant roar of will, space swirled, and existence was born as "I AM" , which became "I AM Being" and/or "I AM ME"!  Hence,Becoming the self-conscious Image of the Divine Creative, (accessing our Solar Conscious state---enlightenment) is the purpose of the Qaballah (kabala) . In other words, claiming our inheritance from our Solar Being. 
  • We all are the combination of both Solar (fire-Kundalini) Evolution and Planetary Evolution (water)-----we are Divine Children of the Serpentine Fiery Father and the Serpentine Watery Mother (made in the Divine's Image). This is usually shown as a red and blue serpentine energy going up the spine.  The Divine Creative obviously thinks we are Great and I often wonder why some people spend all their lives seeking greatness when Greatness built each of us as Itself? It seems to me that "greatness seeking" is like a fish in the ocean looking for water? Sounds----like mental blindness to me. It is easy to declare our Greatness; just say "Greatness built me to express Itself" and then "above all things know thyself", which is a process of stimulating solar- memory (not in the brain) by studying the Qaballah or any other mechanism for "enlarging self- awareness". We are not "brains"....we build them as hardware for software....not as "I Am" but rather as "I translate myself into Material Experience" (Me) and I dare say, something is lost in that translation.
  • The I Am already exists as immortal-infinite Energy Conscious . That is another reason why we are created in the Image of Divinity-We are Solar-Self united with Planetary-Self. We are the Nature of Stars united with the Nature of Planets! We are Spirit first and bodies (power tools) second! "I" don't Live in my brain, "I Am Life"---my brain is "alive" and/or a "Me" but Life is beyond it's function, for being a "self-reflection" of Life is its forte. Life is the product of "I AM Goddess/God", a Union of "Will to Force" (god) and "Will to Form" (goddess) creating microwaves of Spiral Energy (Kundalini) often called the serpent force, which is Spiritual ( From the Greek Spiro as is spiral) "Life-Force" . The symbol of the Fish is the representation of "the first Matter" which we know as "thought"! The Hook is a fastener, the thought matter fastened to the Divine Creation and/or Imagination!
  • In Qaballah, Water is consciousness and Fire is the Solar Logos or Spirit. We are an amazing creation of  "I AM Me"!  The Path of Tzaddi, is about the Mysteries of Tiphareth---the mystery of Beauty and that Mystery lies in the Flow of Kundalini (Solar-sexual energy) in the Union of Polarities that exist in fire and water; of  Motion and Form. It is my constant understanding, that, "Beauty built me to be Itself" and I know that as I look around, the Kingdom of Beauty is all around me. When you understand this beauty-filled sight----you will "know thyself" and you will appreciate all things and therefore lack nothing. You will no longer be "a fish (Spirit) in the Ocean (Goddess) looking for water" ( life) . Rather you will be Life-Ocean who is Alive as " I AM Me"-fish!

When the Tarot- Star Card-Key 17, is thrown during a reading the querent shall be or will be experiencing:

  • Hope, faith and unexpected help for 17 weeks or 17 months.
  • Self esteem and confidence contributing to self-efficiency and talent. 
  • The querent, upon meditating, shall hear their own song (sound frequency), becoming harmony and then emoting  love, calm and peaceful agility.
  • An expanded and liberated personality change is in the works.
  •  Hope, faith and expected spiritual help combine.
  • There is a principle of self esteem and confidence here, maybe even recognition of self sufficiency and talent from others.
  • In the next 17wks or months, the querent will be experiencing an upsurge in courage to be themselves and in so doing, assisting others in their self- esteem. 
  • The querent may be hearing their own song through meditation and moving with love in a calm and peaceful rhythm.
  • Opening to the Goddess within.
  • Contacting the Dark Universal Collective Unconscious which is the Ocean of Natural Intelligence.
If ill defined by the accompanying cards:
  • There can be the experiencing of  dreaminess, and deceived hope. This feeling of fantasy is rare, so basically the querent is or will be, experiencing freedom from all masks, illusions and restrictions while being replenished by the pure waters of the Universal Unconscious.
    There can be a state of dreaminess, and deceived hope, if ill defined.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 16- The Tower & The SpellCaster's Tarot- key 16-Tower

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Key 16-The Tower and the SpellCaster'sTarot- Key 16-Tower:

The universal principle of renovation and restoration.

This card is often misunderstood and seen as a doom and gloom -Armageddon end of an Aeon symbol. It's  actually more about your own man-made personality, and the institutions that helped develop it. The "man-made" self conscious, if firmly entrenched in fear of rejection, indoctrination and other forms of cultural thought, is static and has crystallized thought to the point where you repeat the same thoughts and expect different results. There is insanity in such a process.

The  Tarot-Tower, as seen on both the Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot, is a hallmark image of the Tower of Babel brought down by the lightning of God the Destroyer (Shiva or Jehovah etc.). In less archaic language, the personality is de-constructed and reconstructed by enlighten thought directly from the "Sun/Son of God" and/or your Soul-Psyche, which is Photon-Sun intelligence. Hence, lightning. 

  1. On the Thoth Tarot, Key 16, The fire breathing dragon at the base, is the Spiritual and/or Life force that transforms life constantly in order to keep evolving the living. Symbolizing Mars.
  2. The four figures falling out of the Thoth tower, and the three figures, one falling, the other two crawling out of the SpellCaster's Tower, symbolize the crystallized thought of the "wanna-be", i.e. yesterdays'  thought formed people, who fear social rejection, and the prods of those who enforce identity on them, as all they seek is comfort in sameness and fear change. These are thoughts that hold us back from our impeccable performance in life's motion. Evolutionary Life is all about performance rather than conformance. Hence, Essential Self is progressive thought; not enslaved thought.
  3. The open eye at the top of the Thoth card represents the Eye of Horus, the Egyptian god of perception; the perceptive state of awakening and seeing the deeper/inner authentic self that is not human defined but is the Soul's Persona. The toppling "Bell that tolls" symbol ontop of  the SpellCaster's  Tarot, represents the destruction of manmade institutions .
  4. Awakening people are required to come into alignment with the Greater Self, which is symbolized by the Oriental fire breathing dragon. We are Dragons! Dragons are symbols for the union of Angel, animal and daemon---i.e. those of the Divine Creative, who are not bound by laws but expand and liberate laws from states of stasis by transubstantiation, i.e., becoming the Philosphers stone.
  5.  The haloed serpent, on the Thoth key, reminds us that by shedding old ways of thinking we become expanded and liberated, the very meaning of the Sanskrit word-Tantra. Expanded consciousness requires expanded definitions of self and the "rising of the Serpent forces" that are coiled at the base of our physical spine.
  6. The dove, again on the Thoth key, represents the inner peace that we have when we become the authentic god-made being which comes from shedding the outer definition of man-made being.
  7. The lightning flashing, on the SpellCaster'sTarot, is the traditional Tarot "forked Trident" of Shiva the Destroyer god.


From :The Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang;... it is the equilibrating Path of the Personality, related to Mars, and to the North, the quarter known traditionally in the Mysteries as "the place of greatest darkness" because it is said that the Sun never shone in the North of Solomon's Temple. Yet we are instructed that Light comes from Darkness, that "gold cometh from the North", and that "Enlightenment has its origin in the hidden sources of power which terrify the minds of the ignorant". 

Tarot-Key 16- The Tower:
  • The Primary color: Scarlet
  • Musical Note: C Natural
  • Astrological Planet: Mars
  • Symbol of Meaning: Mouth
  • Double Letter: Grace-Indignation
  • Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Hosts of the Mighty.
From the text-
Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom
( Dr. Paul Foster Case): "
The Twenty-seventh
Path is the Active or Exciting Intelligence and it is so called because through it every existent being receives its spirit and motion".

The Path of Peh (The Tower), connects the center of the reasoning process (Hod) with the center of the intuition-desire nature (Netzach).
In quantum physics, we now know that from the Dark energy of the quanta, comes light energy, through a invisible particle called a "Boson", this shows that light does indeed come from darkness.

The Path of Peh is a Hebrew Double letter which designates it as one of the "Gateways of the Soul" with two possible directions of passage. The Hebrew letter,  Peth, means mouth, which symbolizes the taking in of nourishment ( in this case taking in of higher energies to enervate the Personality) and the passing out of speech. A process utilized by the Prana Yamas (breathing exercises of Yoga, meaning: life-death) to expand and liberate the Personality through the influx of Prana (Spiritual Life Force) and the chanting of sounds such as "Ohm".

Those of us who have done esoteric work are aware of the abject importance of words and of the sounds that compose these words. The physical inner Vibration of a God Name, can have definitive effect on the physical body and even on the subtle energy patterns of the body- even if one is not consciously aware of it. Words of Power, that are words spoken with Martian Force, assist us in bringing down our personal Towers which are the false concepts and institutions which we believe to be reality. We are also aware that to tear something down is to make space for some new construction. Thus Mars is not only the god of War and Destruction, but also the traditional god that rules over the fertility of crops. Also, the Logos is called-The Word, and is assigned to Kether the first Sephiroth, as the first "Sound" in the Universe.

In the Thoth Tarot-Key 16, we can see the striking down of the Tower, and the Personality concepts of reality (crystalline forms falling from the Tower) and it looks like the destruction of evil. This is not the case as it show us the  spiritual learning process of building up and tearing down of concepts (to expand and liberate the personality from false concepts of self) formed only as useful stepping stones into the inner worlds of our beginnings as spirit and/or microwave vibrations of Eheieh, meaning, "I Will BE". 

In the art of  traditional Tarot, the Tower is often shown in complete isolation, since most individuals perceive themselves as totally separate units of consciousness. This belief in separation, is an error of the self-conscious Personality and/or "small ego". When that Tower falls, we experience the True Ego, which is not ours alone, but a Divine Collective (Everything I See is another Way to be Me).
Yet each Tower of Perspective we build is sacred as a construct of reality that leads us to the next construct.
  Knowing this, we understand the underlying principles of  each Path without being bound by their necessary artificial outward manifestation.

For instance, our physical bodies are outward manifestations of inner Spiritual awareness
and our spirit is not bound to that body (it is a Tower that falls also) and does move on! When viewing the Tree of Life, it is necessary to understand that the Sephiroth (circles) are the centers of objective energy while each path is our subjective use of that energy. That is to say, that all Sephirotic intelligence, flow subtly on all paths. There really is no division-ism anywhere in the Universe which is composed of One Energy, immortal, infinite and which is represented as the All Seeing Eye (I) in this card that is observing all as itself. Meanwhile another aspect of the Divine Creative, Dis, the Roman god of the dead, belches flames from the tower base. Flame, elivens, stimulates and excites molecultes in to a more frenzied vibration.Therefore, transformation begins.

On either side of the Thoth Tarot key,
 are the Serpent and the Dove depicting two forms of desire; the will to live and the will to die . Hence,
this path is often terrifying and has been referred to as one of the  Paths of the "Dark night of the Soul".
If the Dark night is true for you,  then you are  willing to transform by becoming desire-less  and transformation is brought upon you by the Greater Ego. This is really an act of salvation and not darked end at all. To be Transformed by Kali Ma (The Hindu Dark Intelligence of Dark Matter) is a Transformation of the Soul (The Original Personality) into Universal Real Awareness-----and that is scary only to the ego's/personality based survival mind, that demands domination. Whereas, the Real Mind is the "Air" that surrounds everything and of which everything is formed. 

I Am, is how you command your reality
into being, for it is your inherited power over identity. 
I AM Me, is how you exist as the "collective of self- ideas"!
Me is and always will be a construct from the I Am. In Qabalah "I" is He, the idea and "Am" is She, the formative womb of understanding and the "Me" is the child born of understood idea. Some of our "Me's" become towering error of dysfunctional identity , as we let the institutions of those who wish to rule design our thinking. Since your functionality is in the "expansion and liberation of the Alive" ( As above, so Below), your self-awareness must support the living; if not, a "hidden (occult) source of power" will step in and topple your tower of
Me. This is not for reasons of your permanent annihilation, but for the purpose of reconstructing definition by purifying the dysfunctional dedicated energy that is no longer moving in progressive states of evolution. We belong to the Universal Collective Unconscious, and the Collective will not become dysfunctional, it will correct itself.

[Phoneix by Martin Miur]

Somewhere, probably  from Christianity, we got the idea that spiritual development (bringing the Above mind to the Below mind) is all sweetness and light; this is false.  Enlightenment is a process of creation, destruction and recreation; a process often of strife. A phoenix rising from its own ashes may set a romantic picture to some, however, ashes require a burning...sometimes a fierce fire of consumation! That is why on the Tree of Life of the Hermetic Qabalah, you will see Severity (Geburah #5) and Mercy (Chesed-#4) connected by the Path of Teth (Strength)...because Tempering of a soft-unrefined- mind requires, hot fires of Passion, and the "Hard Hammering" of Wisdom (experience), and enough mercy not to destroy the creation. All of this, in order to forge the Proper strength in a Divine Creative-Self Personality; in a Soul who expresses itself as a personal creator. One could say that progress, requires tempering of the personal self conscious, in the forges of heated passion and the cooling waters of mercy! 
This tempering process, usually produces an empathy for others that comes from experiencing and recognizing error as sensual  pain; empathy is something gained from experiencing life as a "limited sensual form"; something that being "alive" can only give the Soul.

Remember, As a dreaming of Self- Spiritual quanta----any fantasy will do but physcal world of atomic Life, is ordered  by cause and effect. Creation is the effect of ideas generated by the Universal Collective Unconscious-mind, a union of  Imagination-Feminine and Reason-Masculine. Spirit is the Pure Will of "I Will BE" and has no empathy, just like a sociopathic scientist who experiences no empathy for his/her test subjects. Spiritual/willful ( "I Will Be") creativity must be linked to sensual being (I AM Me), in order to know what thoughts enhance the Living and what thoughts don't. Intimacy and Love is created by this Union Of Invisible I AM and sensual identity-Me!  Just like the union between a human and a pet, produces a bond of Love. This Law of Attraction, is only understood by sensually experiencing " the Thoughts of Self- and the sensuality, that we Love". Since Love, is a Powerful Will, on both sides of the mirror, what we willfully give our emotion to, is seen as "what we Love", and links the individual who wills it to the Universal "I" who loves "the other"-AM. As one can guess, what we think as Hate, is a powerful emotional focus, and is seen as "What we Love", and the Law of Attraction is invoked by the hater, making sure they are never without what they hate.

Therefore this  world is not about the Visions
of the Ambitious, as something being created for the Greater Good (Greater God) but rather the expansion and liberation of idea as The Living Presence of I AM (I AM the Universal Mind's Vision). Therefore, in a world of "living" thought, sacrificing the alive, for your visions, is dysfunctional. In the Living World, visions
are to support the living  individuals whom Spirit makes alive. Therefore the sacrifice of the "alive"  to ideas, is no longer functional nor is it true to your purpose, which is to create the Alive Adam Khadmon and/or Christ self on Earth. Ideas, visions, are now to "enlighten" personal-life by raising it up out of the ashes of dysfunctional thoughts; of self defeating definition. In our world, we often find that War is how we rise up out of the ashes. We can only hope that this becomes unnecessary by the process of knowing that everyone I see, is another way to be me. 

Therefore,The Path of Peh,
The Tower Tarot Card, is connecting Hod (Splendor) and Netzach (Victory), both of which are united in War.
For example, it was the allowing the vision of Splendor that masked the bigotry of  Aryan purity, a peacocks vision of self importance, that had to be destroyed by the individuals who together threw down the Towering Nazi horror in the second world war. Death and Destruction was deemed a necessary severity for the victorious destruction of that false vision of separatist bigotry. For only after a battle against false knowledge and through, strife, and severity, are we to be Victors who arise out of the ashes. Therefore, there is another message from the Tower card;
personal courage is required to become enlightened. This need for courage will be felt severely, when the towers of falsehood topple after all your years of  hard work to make them stand.

However, one must first identity the error (build it), correct it (tear it down) and then you must gather the rubble and rebuild. This is Experience, and this is how Knowledge builds Wisdom.  Knowledge is built out of the rubble of failure, Wisdom is built out of the courage to rebuild correctly, after failure. The Mercy of God allows you to survive personality destruction, so that the Real-you (the one not man-made) can see error and correct it. We are Spirits whose Real Persona is a Soul (a collective of  multi-dimensional experience)----personalities are the Towers we build!

As in most Tarot cards of the Major Arcana, The Tower Card-key 16, has many layers of meaning. We have:
  1. War.
  2.  The Changing of the Aeon.
  3. Personality annihilation, reconstruction of the person via Soul "I" sight and even the deeper occult meanings of: Universal deconstruction as the dream of the sleeping God is abolished by the Awakened God.
  4. One interesting aspect of different creation stories is that sometimes Vishnu or Shiva are given credit for creating the world. It is believed that they dreamed up the creation of the universe, with Brahma doing all the heavy lifting in the dream, as if he were just following the blueprints laid out by the other two gods. Following this belief, is the rumor that if Shiva or Vishnu awaken form the dream they have created, the Universe will vanish.  Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma, are really just a trinity of One. As is the  Qabalistic Supernal Triangle, which is a trinity of Kether-Chokmah and Binah.

The many symbols on the Thoth card represent all of these meanings. We have the All Seeing eye of the Awake Shiva, the Haloed Serpent Force, the Lion-Serpent Abraxas, the Dove of Peace that is the Holy Spirit (also the Venus influence) and the crystalline humanoid shapes of the falling figures, who because of their indoctrination have become indistinct geometrical expressions that are unrecognizable as individuals. The Lion-Serpent Abraxas (or Xnoubis) and the Dove of Peace, represent two forms of Desire" The Will to live and the Will to die.

There is yet another layer in meaning here, as the former is the Feminine and the latter is the masculine impulses. Some may see these two as in contradiction, but in all actuality,  "the will to live" and the "Will to die" are the inseparable "Wife and Husband" of all creation. Life and death are a single manifestation, Life/Death, of all Energy, just as Time/Space are one. It behooves us to remember, that no matter how great the creation, it is going to "proceed from order to disorder". Entropy happens to energy, when it is made to 'manifest" as form. Form is a ruled and  time-controlled environment that causes a Static motion within parameters. Whereas, eternal motion, requires this stasis of parameters to move as a collective into motive energy as a Universal dynamic of Harmony and Balance.

This need of balancing the harmonics can be interpreted on the SpellCaster'sTarot, as a Bell.  Energy transformation requires transformation of transformations, in order to constantly transform. Hence the term, " life eats itself to stay alive".

The Tower, key 16,may seem all doom and gloom
, but in reality, our Soul is merely bringing us out of slavery to the definitions of self depredation (the Child of Man) and back into the Original Identity of our Creation, The Child of the Divine Creative. This may cause some "internal turmoil", but it won't be long-lived if you don't resist the change of direction for too long.
One may ask during skrying of this card,"
What must I free myself from to release the energy that I AM."

When the Tower card is thrown during a tarot divination, it usually means:
  • That the querent will be experiencing an ego- personal process of eliminating all that is artificial, false-to-fact, and no longer useful to them; usually in a 16week or month process.
  • Healing, and restoration comes from this process. This is much like a doctors  axiom of ,"This is gonna hurt a bit, but it will feel better soon".
    • Ambition, war, courage and fighting.
    •  In certain card combinations the Tower can represent destruction, danger, ruin and fall.
    • However, it is mostly about the universal principle of reconstruction and renovation and is often seen  to mean that the Querent is a healer, restorer and renovator who aids in or is experiencing  the breaking down of the 'self absorbed individual self (often called Ego") and eliminating what is false-to fact (supported by denial), artificial and no longer of use to the progressive individual.
    •  A breakthrough in self thought that shatters the old structures of belief.
    • The deconstruction of  self-definition necessary for Enlightenment.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 15-The Devil & The SpellCaster's Tarot-key 15- The Devil

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Key 15-The Devil & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 15- Devil:
represent a concept that it is so subtle it is easily misunderstood. In fact the early Christian theologians, so misunderstood this concept that it is now considered  synonymous with the Evil Twin of a One or Monotheistic God... or some such nonsense.  As modern person who knows the first law of physics, we know there is only "one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed [and transmitted]". Therefore, evil is not a separate form of energy, it is a form of upside down thinking, which is often depicted as an upside down pentagram.

The Hebrew letter Ayin, shown bottom left on the Thoth card, is attributed to this card, meaning Eye, which is a metaphor for "I": the "All Seeing Eye", which is the All Seeing Identity shown on the Thoth- goat's forehead. Capricorn is the Zodiacal attribution and that is why we have illustrated the Goat of Capricorn, an earth sign, as a full body figure on the Thoth card and a Goat-Head on the SpellCaster's Tarot Devil card. 
On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, we see that Key 13-Death and Key 15- The Devil are symmetrically placed; they lead from the Hu (god) man (mind)
consciousness, Tiphareth the 6th Sephiroth, to the spheres where  Thought, on the left, and Bliss  on the right, are developed. Between them, Key 14-ART leads similarly to the sphere which formulates  existence.

Here is something arcane for you to ponder: When the physical brain's personality leaves behind the Splendor of Words, as a false form of self-awareness, the self conscious leaves Sephiroth #8-Hod, and it begins to climb the Path of Ayin (Devil) towards the Chris/Buddha Consciousness (Hu-man consciousness) Tiphareth-Sephiroth #6; However, the devilish part of this climb is the "personality survival ego" who will constantly try to  blind your "I" sight with the splendor of praise and rationale. Therefore, tempting the personality to stay "man made" rather than go to the Soul who made the Original Persona. This story of temptation is a common one in the Bible, commonly referred to, as the Temptations of Christ in the desert:

[From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia]The temptation of Christ is detailed in the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. According to these texts, after being baptized by John the Baptist, Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the Judaeo Desert. During this time, Satan appeared to Jesus and tried to tempt him. Jesus having refused each temptation, the devil then departed and Jesus returned to Galilee.

The moral is, the "I" (identity) of our I AM, must be open to the Real and not the rhinestone splendor of reality, which is obviously relative and based on survival thinking of the individual's reptile and mammal intelligence of the body, what I call the "survival mind". The Human consciousness is the God Mind for the Hu is Mandarin for God, and the word man comes from the Hindu Manas-meaning Mind; Hence a god-mind has been joined with the reptile and mammal brains. In order to understand the animal brain, we must first not believe everything we think!  Therefore, the smirking goat image on the Thoth Card, reminds us to take all our "serious thoughts" with a "grain of salt".

The symbol for the animal mind, is not only the Goat image, but also the little blue forget-me-not, flowers arrayed between the goats horns. These serve to remind us that, the animal personality (small ego or self-conscious) is founded on the concept of "fear of rejection" (forget me not), the first real emotion of a baby. From the crying, squalling young, who do everything they can to be the forefront of their parents attention, comes our small ego's beginning. From then on, most everything we think and do is about being "accepted", even long after we've left the parents behind. We just "transform" the parental image to "peers", country leaders, law enforcement, our "best friends" etc. Yet when all the transformations of worry, concern, and emotional outbursts are removed, we see only the culprit of our stress, fear of Rejection. To many, fear of death, is just another form of "fear of rejection", but from our imagined creator and now this fear produces imagined hell's and heaven's in our descriptions of the "after life".  What is a problem with this foundation-formative of the animal mind, is that it "closes the eyes" (I's) to any other perspective, never allowing the Real Person/ Soul/Psyche to communicate through the miasma of fear based thought.

The Hu-man Mind is vibrating to the frequency of  Buddha or Christ consciousness, and is not normally tuned into by the mundane person who is trained only to use the animal brains to describe a reality of a "good and evil" world, created by survival thinking. Everyone's very own Devil is trained thought, i.e. your man made logic and rationale thinking induced by "pleasure/pain training"! You may notice, that when you try to Meditate, or concentrate on a ritual that elevates your awareness, that your brain keeps trying to interfere with thoughts of "you must", "you Need to" and/or "You better do this first...". That's your Devil thought process, reinforced by fear of rejection, interfering with your Will to expand and liberate your mind. Now the brain knows it can't defeat the Will of Spirit, so it confuses it with the splendor of words, which are definitions supplied by "your betters"; "Your Betters", is another false concept as they do not exist. For as the Qabalist knows, "If it exists, it's supposed to."
Hence, we all are Children of the Divine Creative. Each of us has the same potential, whether we use that potential equally, is up to the individual, as each of us are not slaves to anyone and/or any "outside authority". Each of us has Divine Freedom of Choice to imagine ourselves as we will, making our authority an inner one of "I" sight.  Hence, "To Be or not To be" is indeed our plight. We are free to be  ignorant of our truth because of "Pleasure Pain" training that is ruler enforced identity or go beyond and liberate our I-dentity from indoctrinated limits, thereby becoming " a Tree of Knowledge". Rather than a weed fearing the gardener.

However, it isn't enough to know that you have a be-deviling program of "thought-ware" or brain-software running in your head all day, and thereby becoming a artificial will (intelligence) based on errant animal-self concepts of rejection; you also have to begin exercising the Spiritual "I Will-BE", which is based on the foundation of Loving-to Be. This is a process where One begins by loving the inner animal "under will".  "Above All Things Know Thyself", implies that we know that we are the Master of our masterpiece. I mean "really",  look at this cute pup; He's dirty, mischievous, and a adorable "little devil", just like the personality I have inherited. But then so is your "outer animal" and/or the "alive";  your inner self is the Life of the outer forms that are alive. Therefore, your animal body has a life only supplied by the Real Soul Persona, that you really are! Since most of us  can love a dog, then  why, as a parent of sensual "self image", which it is our purpose to be, can't we be the "best parent" of our dual- personality of "spirit and animal"; a marriage of Heaven and Earth; that we can be?  As Psyche, each of us must take charge, and not let another raise our animal- child! We are the Psyche's (Sun/Son of God), born of the Divine Creative, who  came to expand and liberate the animal survival mind of earth. We must, if we are to operate this "new" sensuality of Spirit and Body union, as a Real Persona of the Divine Creative, i.e. "child of god"!

To reiterate: On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Tarot-Devil-Key 15: is the Path of Ayin, connecting the Sephiroth of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, Beauty, with the Sephiroth- Hod, Splendor, which is the sphere of Mercury and intellect.

The Path of Ayin (meaning Eye, which is a symbol for The "I"), is the Twenty-sixth Path and is formative. In the terms of Self structure; it is the bridge between The Solar or Soul Personality and individuality. As I have stated before, in many blogs, the Solar Logos, is the Original Persona of the Divine Child of God, i.e. the Son/Sun.
Note: this is not a sexual description of a species, which is a definite propaganda misdirection, rather it is an Energetic one, For the Christianized "Son of God" is about the Solar Logos; a Photon Sun that sends "solar flares" (Divine Yod Energy) outward as individual expressions of It's own Self (individual selves or Personalities); from Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the many myriad of  experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth again.

 Not only does the Hebrew letter Ayin mean -Eye, it is also a simple letter that  means -Mirth. This double meaning  may invite confusion; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that have been misapplied to the Devil. The "All Seeing eye" is really the I  (the symbol for Original Identity is an "all seeing Self perspective") of the First Identity which later with "realization" became I AM, which is the duality we now call sexual Identity...for I is Kether/Eheieh (I will be) and Am is the AllMother who is composed of the 2 who are simultaneously- 1. These being the Sephiroth of the Supernal Triangle, the Masculine- Chokmah-"Will to Force" and the Feminine- Binah, "Will to Form", which are inseparable from "I Will be".  This is the Qabalistic Trinity of Creation that  I call the -Divine Creative.Mirth is the first great corrective toward realizing what is real and what is reality, and therefore, helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world seriously, which only means "fearfully".  It pays to remember that the Survival Mind of the animal, is our Devilish tempter that tricks us into believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of  Solar-Forces rather than the Magus (The Sun) who manipulates them.

In Barbra G. Walker's Book [ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Book of the Year", the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states." The Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root, Indo-European devi (Goddess) or deva (God), which became daeva (devil) in Persian. Old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi, meaning gods. Thus, it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils were often confused with one another.  She goes on to explain such enlightening scholarship that I highly recommenced this book to anyone who seeks an honest education.

There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination of the words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga ( Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam)  and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil: which actually bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus.  That is why the Hermetic Thoth Card shows testes (ovals full of white humanoid shapes) and a large Golden- Universal Phallus penetrating the Dark Energy of Universal Womb. The SpellCaster's Tarot also depicts this knowledge of "Divine Lingam" and Universal Yoni, inseparable and therefore, One; as an orphic egg in the raised left hand, and the twisting serpents of masculine-sex energy as its feet.

Once again we understand The Devil to represent the "score of the forms and appearance of relative existence", a description supplied  in various Mystery Tests. Another ancient description is that the Devil is "Lord of the Gates of Matter and Child of the Forces of Time," which indicates a phallic energy state, Lord being husbandry, as the gateway to form is Yoni or Womb. This "Lord of the gates of matter and child of the Forces of Time", is depictedalso  the chains of time connected to the male and female figures engaged in some form of debauchery, as the is often used to represents unrestrained sensuality.

To the Hermetic Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward), having its own god-like existence, rather it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to directly know the Higher Self.

The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Survival Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering  a transition between the intellect of mortal consciousness (individual conscious) and True Spiritual Immortal Conscious.

Three Mental  Paths lead directly into Tiphareth: THE DEVIL (key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance in Golden Dawn, Barbara Walker, Night Sun. SpellCaster's and Babylonian Decks), and DEATH (key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three Paths.

  1. One way to experience Path Travel within the Psyche, is  the Devotional Path of the Middle Pillar, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh (meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-key 14 (Temperance in other decks), leading from Yesod (Foundation ) to Tiphareth (Beauty). This is more of a gentle path of the Mystics  and demands less mental and emotional will from the Student.
  2. The Magi's way of following each and every Path, means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path symbolizes: every Path confers a unique power ( "magical abilities"). A Magus is an active Force of Creation, rather than a Passive one. Therefore the difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the forces of  the thirty-two Paths (combination of the 22 paths plus the 10 Sephirotic states of Intelligence), but understanding these conceptual states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of  a "discerning Personality"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body!

Now I know, that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enter into the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto others before they can do unto them", a process of thought from the Survival mind. Such misinformed students soon learn that if such Power is acquired and then misused, there is a devastating price to pay. So there is no question that for the timid, and doubtful, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path of the Flaming Sword.

THE DEVIL Tarot card is often used by fools to represent their egoistic power. However, the Devil represents a  Raw animal Power (Mars), it is the Survival-Force reflection of "I Will Be", that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key 16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat on the card), which is where Mars is exalted.  Capricorn, is a weighty, even blind sign of Earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of individual  personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation, or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations are suggested by the astrological ruler-ship of Capricorn by Saturn, the Planet of Binah, The Great Mother (Imagination) that governs the limitations of form, as does Saturn/Time. These limitations are of both the enclosure of matter or of time, the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities and our own self definitions. Thus, THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of "reality"; a perceptive belief that the material-sensual condition is "Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%" world, and realizes that the other invisible  "99%"  (often called "the other side of the Mirror") is the Real.
THE DEVIL representing Saturn in Capricorn, brings up an interesting point. The Ancients stated that "Saturn eats its own children", meaning that for Spirit ( I AM), the illusion of being "alive" (Me) is necessary to produce the sensuality of the  material form, and that the dissolution of these forms (Me) is essential to the Path of Return. In reality, Life eats itself to stay alive and to the Alchemist dissolution means analysis, which is the precise application of separating the component forces of ourselves and our universe into twenty-two paths on the Tree of Life. The next part of the process is reintegrating these forces through the understanding of their operation. Eliphas Levi called THE DEVIL--The Path of Ayin---the "Great Magical Agent" this process of manipulation as, to dissolve, to consolidate, to quicken, to moderate, i.e., dissolution, re-integration, activity, and grounding.  Thus we have the same qualities as described to Fire, Water, Air and Earth.

The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth DEVIL card;

  1. The smirking mouth.
  2.  The Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogey Man"  (Christianized devil image).

This Card then emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter, i.e. mortality, (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are 99.6% space!) is actually laughable to us "Suns of the Divine Creative" and/or immortal Psyche/Soul, while implying that laughter and a humorous approach to our lives is a tool which will help our consciousness to transcend the illusion of "seeing it to believe it" and becoming "Knowing it by Being it".

The difference between a comedy and a tragedy is that in a comedy the characters figure  out reality in time to do something about it.
--Bennett W. Goodspeed
The Universal Principle of mirth combined with stability. This tarot card image in the deck has gone through a transformation within itself. Greek Mythology described the half-goat, half-man, as Pan, the sensual god of Merriment which also latter became the god Bacchus of merriment and wine. That is why the SpellCaster's Tarot, which is a reinterpretation of the Rider-Waite Tarot, shows the Goat headed Androgynous Personage, and the two lower bloated demonic like persons, chained to the altar. In traditional tarot art, these two represented a man and woman chained to earth by their primal desires.  The Goat Headed Angel, angel being a traditional symbol, has the Cubed Spiral of the Universe above its horned head, with it's left hand extended in a blessing, which may confuse someone. However, it is the Souls Blessing, from the Christos/psyche that created us. What we forget is that in Qabalistic numerology, Gematria, 15 is 1+5=6, 6 being the number of the Sun/Son of god Sephiroth-Tiphareth known as Beauty. So behind the facade' of flesh that the body, of the earthly world provides; a mask, that disguises your Real Self, resides the Blessed Son of the Divine Creative, who has been masked and divided, in terms of a species sex and theological doctrine. Truth being, the He and She of Creation are not ever separated, there is Only One I AM.

In Egyptian mythology, the Son god- was Ra, a sun deity symbol of Life Force and Energy. During the middle ages, the inquisitional backlash to the panistic cults, caused the Devil image to be created. 

Interestingly, the Devil spelled backwards is Lived, and shows the obvious reason for this backlash-propaganda for "backward thinking" that  is  against "living-it-up" which was considered hedonism.  According to man-made theology, we must now consider the body a burden of sensuality, that Nature somehow imposed on us, and that the resulting sensuality is  improper and a shame unto god(?). If that be so, then the Devil, "the evil twin", created us rather than the All Perfect Father God, of Christian dogma. However, the Christian dogma got around this reasoning by saying that it is freedom of choice, a Divinely granted grace, that is our down fall. Which goes a long way in proving that being a "free thinker", and a risk taker, is very anti-Christian.

 All superstitious ensconce aside, the Devil/Pan archetype represents the need to face whatever "bedevils" us. It reminds us to handle life from a place of humor which gives us the sure footedness of a goat  ( Capricorn) and the humor of Pan (the smiling goat). To avoid the ensnarement of fearful chaos (the web image of spider like veils),  we must hold on to our sense of humor, mirth and stability which centers us when we face real or imagined problems. It's okay to laugh in a traffic jam!

In astrology, Capricorn, the goat, is able and willing to look at internal issues (third eye) and external bedevilment with both eyes wide open and focused straight ahead. The Egyptian Eye of Horus staff, as shown on the Thoth Tarot card,represents our vision and intuition that  protects us from peer pressure and other peoples reaction to our creative motion. Busy bodies, are just Myna birds, and can't hold a candle to self-knowledge---they have none that is why they try to do unto everyone else! It's okay to smile at Myna birds, they just mimic intelligence.

The male figures and female figures represent the creative power ability to combine male-electric and female-magnetic forces within our natures to create unlimited self possibilities. Mirth allows us to be able to break the bondage of self definition supplied by culture, society, media, theology and peers.  The Mirthful creator identifies Himself Herself and therefore, you, ("created in god's own image") are free to define yourself as you will. This is the Freedom of Choice is called I Am Me; me being the Divine Child of I AM. Creation is always about polarities, i.e., the Law of attraction and resonance.

The rings of Saturn are seen at the top of the Thoth card, as Saturn rules the sign of Capricorn.

One primary statement of the Path of Ayin (meaning-Eye) is that the ignorant, superstitious person, sees the world in an "upside down" vision. Thus the upside down or inverted pentagram is associated with the Devil. The Qabalist knows that "all things were from One by the meditation of One," [from the Emerald Tablet], stating the obvious, that there is nothing in the Universe that isn't of The One Divine Creative, including the bogey of the ignorant, the Devil.

The intelligent state of energy known as Devil has also been called the "Prince of the Powers of Air", (therefore the traditional tarot depiction of  wings) implying that this energy state is meditating in the flow of the Astral currents. In this context, Air is understood to be the whole of Yetzirah, the Astral Plane, which controls the ebb and flow of matter.

The ability to reverse the ebb and flow of Astral light, requires meditation, intellect and discipline, all of which are achieved by conquering the Path of Ayin. One must begin this process of discipline with the intellect of Hod, traversing into the intuition of Tiphareth, The Christ or Buddha state of intelligent energy. As I stated: Even the scriptures talk of Christ's  passage through the temptations of the Devil, i.e. his own illusions brought on by sensual matter .

As one can see, there is represented an understanding of the intercourse of Forces and Form, attributes to the understanding that "God is sex"; another reason for a smirk on the goat's face. In truth, The Creator, who is One that is Two, knew that It needed a mirror to see itself. The material world is that which reflects from the mirror of Divine Creative consciousness and that one that reflects this material world, is known to most of us as the Soul/Psyche. The I AM can only be aware of Itself, as a Me, a self-reflection.

What the understanding of The Tarot Devil card produces in us, is the knowledge that the illusion of Form, is the same as the illusion of mirror reflections, its all reflected backwards and not a true state of Being. Turn your mind around, and know that you are a Spirit who owns a body (which is a power tool for discernment), and not a body that is seeking Spirit.
The analogy that I like to use when describing the common perspective, is that of a "fish in the ocean, seeking water". Not only is this a accurate description for a body seeking spirit, it is also a mirthful one that describe the illusion of form, as the fish-form can be stated as "The Ocean experiencing itself".

Besides the obvious clue of the word Devil being Lived spelled backward, this card represents the Reverse of Truth that a Reflection in a Mirror gives us in a world of Reflected light. Here we may even understand that Words, are in themselves, merely Reflections of individual observation. This may seem a stretch, but if we realize that the "Power of Words", is merely individual interpretation as they in themselves are not a Power but a Color of Power; color being a reflection of light and words being a reflection of vibration. To illustrate this phenomena of  seeming word power, you can yell at the floor the words," Grass, let there be grass", until you turn green, but grass will not be created on your floor. There is no power to create an image by words, unless you are indoctrinated into understanding their meaning by a culture. This being so, words are indoctrinated definition which leaves them subject to interpretation----especially if the means of indoctrination is enforced by punishment! Punishing us to understand a definition, means we define it first as Pain, which ends up making it a "bad thing".

Hence, The Devil Card represents the illusion of Worded Thought as Truth. It is a Trick of "smoke and mirrors" [time/space], for only Manifestation defines Truth, and words are not manifestations, but only interpretations of definitions of manifestations.
The Path of Ayin therefore, connects Tiphareth [Sun/Son Consciousness] with Hod [ a sphere of Mercury]  with the Active Splendor of Intellect helping us  understand that Splendor is the domain of color. Therefore,  Hod represents the  COLOR OF INTELLECT.

Many of us personally have experienced the "Peacock" spread of Words by those who think amassing words is intellect, but it really is a propagandists paradigm of "baffling them with BS". That is also the process of our brain who is programmed into believing that thought is from words even though intuition is the flow of knowledge from the Inner Self connected to the Universal Collective Unconscious, that "thinks" as Image. Words trick us into thinking that we "know something", without being able to create it into manifestation. Words basically serve survival thinking, they describe to us What is food--what is not food, what is good and what is bad, according to personal likes or dislikes etc.. To describe the Real of something requires mathematics and lab work, the drawing of structures etc., trying to recreated what has been already created, in order to truly understand it beyond its worded definition.  Hence, with the Splendor of words, we can interpret a universe that is already created by Something Beyond Words. This is great, as long as we remember that words build a reality---not the Real and that as Spirit, we are "Something beyond words". The Real is already made, without ever asking us to assist. I AM never asked the Me, if it was okay to build it. THE ME (self-reflection) inherits what the I AM produces (Identity). Imagination is the Intellect/Womb of Spirit-----but in our worded thought, imagination is a "not real" since thought as words are the power of fantasy.

If we realize that reality is merely reflections in a mirror of our own self-interpretation/reflection, we won't be tricked by the Devil in our head! The Brain is a Mirror of our own imagined Self! If properly used, the Brain/mirror assists us in seeing the error of our self  awareness in retrospect. If not properly used, we think that we are the Brain, and cannot afford to ever be in error----for that means "bad" and that is Pain! Therefore, the brain can never be wrong, and believes everything it "thinks" which is the paradigm of righteousness and as history has proven, righteousness guarantees genocide.

 In Summery, The trickster software, is a cultural soft-ware program of  "good and bad" divisionism that has been enforced/indoctrinated into our "Wet Ware" (brain) by pleasure/pain stimulation. No matter how many "selves" of the One energy exist, Self is all that you see. Hence, separation is impossible as the One energy Sees Itself as you and is hidden in all the transformations of the ONE I [eye] (selves) who uses the phallus of "Will to Force" and the Womb of "Will to Form"-- I-Magi-nation--to define Self Awareness in the multitude of "selves" and/or mirrors! Therefore, the One "I" is on the forehead of the Goat image on the Thoth Devil card, showing us that the "divided" thought is the Master of Manifestation...the Worded Brain, that we must face and conquer to find our Real Self. This may sound funny, but in truth, we are not a Brain, we are A Spirit, that is Life and never have we been "the alive", which is a product of our Creative Self-Imagery and a mirrored  division of the One Life!

The axiom of "above all things, know thyself" again applies here and we must understand that the world of Physical manifestation is A Spiritual Activity and we are the Active Spirit here and that thought is merely a mechanism for self-reflection! Hence, The Devil card also represents the illusions of the physical eye, where we accept what the reflectors [human eyes] tell us, placing ourselves into the mental/emotional bondage of reversed perspective (AM I), rather than expanding and liberating the body from the rule of The instinctual-survival mind. We are the "Sons" of The Divine Creative [middle path Tiphareth- the Sun center whose light the body reflects] and the Devil is a reversal of our expanding awareness---it is lived spelled backwards! This means that through meditation and disciplined Intellect, we can reverse the flow of Astral light downward , and advance ourselves/personalities, upward to the Christ/Buddha conscious state of energy.  In the Hermetic Qabalah and Tarot, Down is Outward and Up is Inward!

Thus the Devil is both tempter and redeemer by understanding the "Lord of the Gates of Matter and the Child of the Forces of Time" our servant  who manifests our wishes as "sensual feelings', we become immune to being our feelings and examine them before enacting them. We are Spirit, the Master of Time/Space of whom the forces of Time serve! The Trick here is that we think that our Servant--Thought--is us, rather than Serves us in the matters of experimental self-awareness!

Tarot Correspondences: Key 15-The Devil & Key 21- The Universe (The World card in other decks).
The word devil derives from the Greek diabolos; di meaning  "to divide", and/or two, Abolos meaning to "abolish'.
The word archetypes are: evil (live spelled backwards), lived (devil spelled backwards), deus (two), divide, diverse, die, deva (Goddess), dervish, deviate, devious, diabolic, and diablerie (black magic).
The Tarot Universe or World card, is associated with Saturn and Capricorn (December 21- January 20), in which falls the Winter Solstice; Christmas Day. Before December 21-24 is when the Sun is farthest from the Earth. Christmas Day is when the Sun begins to rise again from its deepest descent, i.e. The Sun (son) is born again. There are many Gods and Goddesses  born at Christmas, such as, Buddha, Tammuz, Mithra, Quetzalcoatl, Frey and Freya, Attis, Saturn, Adonis, Herne, Pryderi, Persephone, Baalim, Dionysus, Osiris, Horus, and Jesus. Christmas is also known as Candle Mass, the lighting of candles to honor the birth of the Sun's light---a custom still  honored in many Christian churches on Christmas Eve.

  • The Tarot- Devil--Capricorn (Goat)
  • The Tarot-Universe (The World)--Saturn.

  • The Devil's rune is, Nauthiz, the rune of constraint, necessity, and pain.
  • The Universe rune, is Wunjo, the rune of joy and light, the absence of sorrow and suffering.
  • The colors for both cards, -Violet (indigo); secondary colors- navy-blue, black.
  • - Both cards correspond to the fifth chakra ( Throat Chakra) which represents expression, communication, creativity, media, inspiration,mantras, sound, devotion, spiritual expression/understanding  and also religious inspiration. 
  •  Stones and Minerals:Sapphire, sodalite, lapis lazuli, tanzanite, blue-violet fluorites and chalcedonies. Hematite, smoky quartz, onyx, jet, coal, and all black stones.
  •   Musical notes: The Devil-A. The Universe/Word-A
  • Devil-Simple letter- Mirth. The Universe/World- Double letter- Power-Servitude.
  • Devil- Path Ayin, The Renovating Intelligence.
  • The Universe- Path Tau, The Administrative Intelligence.
  • Symbol-Devil- Eye.
  • The Universe-Tau Cross (equal armed "T" cross)
  • Devil-Clary sage, Patchouli. 
  • The Universe- Vetivert, oakmoss, myrtle.

Magic abilities developed by skrying ritual:
Clairaudience. This psychic attribute is known as "clear seeing" which is the ability to "hear" without regard to time/space or the use of physical ears.
The knowledgeable student of the Qaballah knows that the Devil, Key 15 is about the illusion of Division---where as "The One Energy" seems to become two---He and She. She is Magnetism and He is Electric. United, they make all life possible------separate they cannot "give birth" to life. In the Universe Card, The One energy is also shown as The Goddess and The Serpentine God (electric force) with the "All seeing Eye of Horus---The son (sun) which represents ( among other esoteric ideas), clairaudience.

If the Devil  Thoth or SpellCaster's Tarot card is thrown during a reading:

  •  The querent is being tricked by the illusion of an issue of perception.
  • The querent is experiencing states of materialism, and/or material force.
  • Temptation of the flesh, sometimes obsession, all associate with the "Trickster" god images of the past which is the principle of mirth.
  • The querent may experience humor over their material circumstances, or over what "bedevils" them.
  • The advice is to view your emotions humorously, which will free you from the illusion of their seriousness.
  • There is a warning here, that even the best of intentions, may do harm .
  • Accept the presence of paradox and realize your own truth.
  • It reminds us to stop struggling for truth amid  seeming contradictions.
  • We must accept the presence of paradox and realize our own truth.
  • Celebrate life, laugh. play, and dance upon the Earth---Why else create a sensual body ? 
  • To own the brain, rather than have it bedevil the Psyche.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 14-Art & The SpellCaster's Tarot-key 14-Temperance

The Tarot of EliTarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 14- Art & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key 14- Temperance.

This 14th key is the Path of Samekh, which leads from Yesod (Foundation) to Tiphareth ( Beauty); from the Moon to the Sun, from the Personality to the Higher Self.
  • Primary color of Path: Blue
  • Musical Note: G#
  • Astrological Sign: Sagittarius
  • Meaning of Samekh: PROP
  • Hebrew Simple letter: Anger
  • Esoteric title: The Daughter of the Reconcilers, the Bringer Forth of Life.

  • The Thoth Tarot- Art card, key 14, is a Avant- garde artistic expression of  Alchemy in its purest form. What is problematic for most modern people is that they believe alchemy is an outdated or ancient form of Chemistry. However, that is never to be so, for to an alchemist, chemistry is about dead things, while the Art of Alchemy is  creating'" living things". Because minerals and metals did not grow, they were consider excrement by the Fathers of Science. For the Alchemist, the problem then was to elevate metal to vegetable, thus making metals alive. What is suspected today in modern physics theory, is that Atoms are intelligenct. Hence, metals, which are also made of atoms, have a degree of intelligence.

    The robe of the Androgynous figure on the Thoth Tarot card, is green as vegetation, symbolizing this alchemical allegory.
    Studying the Art of Alchemy, albeit often "hidden" by mystical language, is recommended if you are to understand the subtle meaning of the combination of opposites, to get "living things" out of the dead.

     In Thoth Tarot, The Key 14 Art/Temperance card is the completion of the Lovers- Key-6, Gemini, the divine twins. Sagittarius is attributed to The Art card, and is the Zodiacal opposite of Gemini, and therefore in alchemical terms, "after a manner, at one with it". Sagittarius, is known as the Archer, so a primitive form of the goddess Diana "the Huntress"  and also a lunar goddess (Elaine), is illustrated on the Thoth card. The connection between the Huntress and the Moon is illustrated in the shape of the bow on the figure's shoulders. You may have noted that this figure is depicted as having two heads which symbolizes the completed Hermetic Marriage of the Twins illustrated on the Lovers- key 6, as the black and white figures are blended into one androgynous figure.

    The Red Lion illustrated on the Lovers card, has become an enlarged White Lion and the White Eagle had become an enlarged Red Eagle. This illustrates a very advanced knowledge of Alchemy, where the Red Lion has exchanged His red blood for her white gluten (the theme of opposites counter-changing, continues as the Eagle turns red). In alchemy, gluten is not of organic wheat, it is a very complicated scientific formula that often takes a laborious deciphering of "mystical words" to explain.
    However, some alchemists have named gluten- “white magnesia.” One philosopher translates this as “magnet of Jah,” or, the attractive principle of Divine Wisdom.  This magnet is the power of attraction which establishes the orbits of the planets and the astronomical order of the heavens. It is the flow of the Magnetic-Feminine Principle of "Will to Form". It is even called the Universal action of the "Law of Attraction". To further illustrate this equilibrium and counter-change of opposites, on Key 6, the white woman has a black head and the black King has a white head. She wears a golden crown with a silver band, and he the silver crown with a golden fillet. Silver represents the Moon and Gold represents the Sun.

    The white head on the right, is extended in action  by a white arm on the left which grasps a cup containing the white gluten. The black head on the left, is linked to the  black arm on the right, that holds a lance which becomes a torch pouring forth its fiery blood. Thus, the fire that normally burns up the water and the water normally puts out the fire are combined by equal mixing. This equal mixing can be compared 
    to a water injection system that enhances the performance of a combustion engine.  Yet again, illustrating the counter-change of opposites. This counter-changing of opposites can also be illustrated in our common lives by the marriage of opposites in husband and wife, and how after time, they both modify and begin acting, "after a manner", like  the other. This is also similar to the alchemical distillation process, which is done by the slow process of time, as nature does it, rather than under the agitation of extreme heat, as modern chemists do it.
     Hence, at the bottom of the Thoth Art card, water (Divine Feminine) and fire (Creative Father) are harmoniously mingled, illustrating a crude concept of the Spiritual idea, which is, "the satisfaction of the desire of an incomplete element of one kind to satisfy its formula by assimilation of its equal and opposite".

    The Art of this stage of the great work, is the mingling of opposites in a cauldron of the Sun (gold) which represents the "Human body", also known as the "Golden Child"; the Sun presides over distillation.

    Most of us know that the fertile earth is maintained by rain and sun. The process of rain is formed by a slow process of evaporation, which is carried on the air (which is itself a marriage of fire and water) and  engineered by the Sun. This also illustrates the formula for continued life, which is death or putrefaction which is represented on the cauldron as a Raven and Skull ( caput mortuum). In this card, the representation of the Alchemy of Life, the union of opposites, by the heat of the Fiery Passion of Spirit (I Will Be) is stated over and over again. 

    At first, many students find the symbolism of the Thoth Major Arcana  complicated; However, the principle of the Path of Samekh or Art, is to produce a consciously controlled vision that is limited by will. This inner path, leads from Yesod-Foundation, the 9th Sephiroth to #6-Tiphareth-Beauty.

    The purpose of Hermetic, Qabalistic, Alchemy, Astrology and Gnostic symbols is to furnish descriptions that most anyone can relate to. They are not remote or really complicated, if you focus on one at a time. In fact most of the symbolic language of the Mysteries, has been superseded by the language of Carl Jung and other psychologists. To Carl Jung, this ability to consciously control Visions, would be called "lucid dreaming", a process of active dreaming which is known to help the individual correct personality disorders.

    Robert Wang goes on to explain, in his text book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," It should be added that the Metals described in Alchemical literature are the same as the Seven Chakras of the Hindus, the Seven Planets and the Sephiroth of the Microprosopus [lower seven on the Tree of Life.]. These words have been used as codes over the centuries, meaning seven distinct levels of objective consciousness. Thus when one speaks of a Planet ruling a sign of the Zodiac, what is meant in the relationship of a Sign to a given center of energy both in the Greater Universe and in the Human body." (the brackets are my own explanation).

    The Art of awakening these Psycho-dynamic energy Paths in the Human Body, is the Qabalistic initiates goal. Hence, "To Know Thyself", is to know the "As above and so below" nature of our Whole Self.

    The Art/Temperance Card, is the sign of Sagittarius (shown on both cards), which is ruled by the planet Jupiter, meaning the Sephiroth- Chesed (Wisdom). Here, we should remember that Chesed is the architect of all manifestation, working with the "will to form" and/or "potential to form" of Binah (Understanding).

    The SpellCaster's Tarot-Temperance, shows the traditional  figure of Mercury, instead of the medieval angel of this tarot key. Complete with winged helm,and sandals, Mercury is poring, what seems to be wine from carafe to carafe. Maybe he is practicing temperance?
    Wearing his golden Caduceus arm band, standing in the rising sunshine on a "fruited plain", implying that love and life are fragile and require a skilled light touch. This card is very lovely, but the true meaning of temperance, which is moderation in all things, is really not apparent in its beautiful art.  With one foot in water and the other on land, this Mercury imitates the Angel on the Rider-Waite-Smith tarot deck.

    As explained before,Art-Key 14- The Path of Samekh, is an actual physical process, and a metaphysical process known for centuries by Gnostic, Mystics, Tantric yogis, Alchemists, and Qabalists, as it is a willed process of directing the communion or interchange of opposite energies, in a regulated and balance action. The beginning of this process is begun by the Higher Self; a process which is instituted  in the Sephiroth Chesed, the most refined, point of  Microprosopus, to which the Higher Self is central.

    Chesed the 4th Sephira-Mercy, is the enacting " will to force" (phallus) of the Great Mother Binah's, the third Sephira-Understanding, process of  "will to form"(womb). Here then, form is being forced into a finer, less gross state of being.

    Until the initiate accomplices this psycho-physical process of the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self (Shown as an androgynous figure on the card) cannot be "known", in the self-consciousness and/or personality.
    Therefore, key 14 is often described as the Art of "Spiritual Alchemy"  and the whole process as a preparation of the Personality, and its physical vehicle to deal with the Solar Forces (influx of Spiritual Fire) which would devastate a "normal" system.

    This is an ongoing process of tempering, measuring and testing, instigated by the Higher Self, to see how much the physical body can bear. Which is why the traditional title of key 14 was Temperance. For when properly tempered, in Water and Fire, the body-cauldron can handle the stress of such energy. Once could say the arrow of Sagittarius is then released (Kundalini rises) causing a vibration surge in the body.

    Once contacted on the Path of Samekh, the Higher Self will regulate the flow, so the individual isn't harmed. Often, a great jolt of energy, will tell the individual to "back off', and relax.  Because this is a Passion so overwhelming, it is often described as Divine Anger, which is apt if we realize that anger is for self-motivation; to get off of one's butt and do something. It could be said that Divine Anger is the motivation for Sagittarius to launch his arrow.

    Therefore, we are not only to be Moons, i.e., reflections of The Real Person (Soul), but also the Solar Personality, Suns, the Golden Person (Christos or Buddha consciousness), the combination of which makes the Divine Child that radiates Universal persona from inside our DNA. There is an alchemy of inner chemistry, started by the fiery Kundalini force, as it seems to awaken "sleeping chromosomes of Divine inheritance".
    Now don't misunderstand, the Art card demonstrates how the experience of rebirth is brought about, which is to say, through the exchange and equilibrium of opposites which can only be symbolically described, but it does not demonstrate the birth itself. Thus, the symbolism here is not to demonstrate a "deep Mystery", rather this symbolism demonstrates how limited and inadequate is our language to describe the process. That is why the Qabalistic Tarot Reader, is not one who thinks that by memorizing descriptions and numbers of the cards they are a Tarot Reader. Rather, it is by skrying, and subjectively "walking the Paths", turning subjective into objective sensation , i.e. the process of actual experience intertwined with intuition is where one begins to Understand the Tarot.

    The Art Card is not nearly so symbolic as some believe, it symbolizes the Alchemical Art where  Fire becomes Water and Water becomes Fire (...."When the male is no longer male and the female, female." : Gnostic Gospel of Thomas). This process is describing an actual event/process that happens in the initiates material body, i.e. an actual physical/chemical/psychological transformation. Thus Crowley presented on this card a Androgynous figure, combining the Water (unconsciousness with Lightning or Fiery Father-consciousness) creating in the Golden Cistern (the Human body) what is known as the Living Water and/or the Spiritual V.I.T.R.I.O.L.. The Thoth Art card represents the whole hidden quality of the Orphic Egg shown on the Lovers key 6, it is the same formula but in a  more advanced stage.  Here, the Original Duality (electric -male and magnetic- female- force) has been completely compensated; but after birth comes growth; after growth, puberty; after puberty, purification. This card then is a foreshadowing of the Great Work.

    Around the Rainbow Solar Cape of the Thoth- Divine Androgyny is an alchemical Latin glory; VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE RECTIFICANDO INVENIES OCCULTUM LAPIDEM-meaning-["Visit the interior parts of earth; by rectification thou shalt find the hidden stone."]  The initials of this glory are, V.I.T.R.I.O.L, which is known in alchemy as the "Universal Solvent".  Also, vitriol is also called the "Universal Medicine" which is sometimes a stone (Philosopher's stone), a powder or a tincture, according to ancient writings. It is because the Alchemists were dealing with substances on the "borderland" of matter that makes them difficult to understand. This difficulty can be found also in Physics, where Quantum physics is involved with describing the "Quanta" which is the "borderland" of matter, and or the "first material" that defies the laws of mechanical physics. The Alchemist knew/knows, that the difference between living things and dead things, is their behavior.

    Hence,The Vitriol, mentioned in alchemy, is a combination of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt but in a higher-living nature rather than the vulgar nature of chemistry. In fact, the word Rectificando implies the right leading of the new substance in the path of the True Will, vivified by merging with Fiery/bright and warm Soul.  By bringing the Original Protonic- Psyche into the body, the Golden Child's fiery nature not only tempers the consciousness, one also tempers the dreams of the Unconscious with consciousness, and the balance of chemicals in the Soma; Thus, forming "something more than the sum of its parts" and with the added pleasure of sensual discernment. A union of Master and Masterpiece!  What is arcane here is that this "Universal Solvent" is released by the union of consciousness and Kundalini fire in a human body, whose "interior parts of earth" are Chromosomes, using the True Will of the Soul to rightly apply or rectify this new body- substance towards states of "Higher Consciousness".

    This alchemical process is often describe by Qabalists as a personal application of the Yod (fire) and Heh (water) uniting in the body to produce Vau (Air) within the individual crucible of form which is Heh-final and Earth. This is described as a "Spiritual Orgasm" or "The Ecstasy" which is a process demanding inner manipulation of sexual forces (He-" Will to Force" and She, "Will to Form") and is shown as an golden energy (in the shape of a stylized arrow) firing  upward and across the shoulders of the Divine figure in the Art Card. Even the often flesh-o-phobic Christian iconography, has accepted this Spiritual Orgasm. For instance, the ecstasy of the 16th century mystic, Saint Theresa which was described as an angel thrusting a flaming arrow into her heart . Justifying the Traditional Tarot card depiction of an Angel on the Temperance card.

    The symbol of the piecing arrow that brings ecstatic enlightenment is  actually an archetypal, and mufti-cultural accepted description of a real process of physiological transformation, often called love! What happens is a rhythmic, pleasuring motion of inner spiraling energy, an ebb and flow that is confined (shown as the figure eight and/or lemniscate, associate with the Magus) in very specific perimeters (oval or womb shaped) but which is taken in either direction at will.

    The Adept, knows that by changing the vibration of inner energy, one raises or lowers the level of consciousness, moving from Chakra to Chakra or Path to Path. Simply stated: the Kundalini (serpent energy) acting upon consciousness produces astral images; the pictures that form our minds.

    The Path of Samekh: Key 14-ART (Temperance). The path that leads from the Moon to the Sun. The Hebrew story that goes along with the letter Samekh starts on:

    Har Sinai ( Mount Sinai)

    On the third day when it was morning, there was thunder and lightning and a heavy cloud on the mountain and the sound of the shofar [ram's horn] was very powerful and the entire people that were in the camp shuddered. Moses brought the people forth from the camp toward God, and they stood at the bottom of a mountain. All of Mount Sinai was smoking because God had descended upon it in the fire: its smoke ascended like the smoke of a furnace and the entire mountain shuddered exceedingly. The sound of the shofar grew continually much stronger. Moses would speak, and God would respond to him with a voice.
                    -Exodus 19:16-19

    • I know that many comfort seekers will not venture out into space on this short excerpt alone but I know of many more from the Bible including the Angels that "fell to earth" and married the "women of men" and Ezekiel's wheel and the older stories of the Annunaki (those who from the Sky came) of the Sumerian's and so much more evidence, including the fact that the human species, when compared to the evolution of species on this earth, was a sort of instant evolution, that just exploded upon this planet like no other. Also the fact that Human kind knew Quantum Physics (Subtle energy-Dark light) (As the writings of the  Qaballah, Hindu, Chinese and many  philosophies prove.) many thousands of years ago- and that we are just caching up to their knowledge even now. I propose the hypothesis that our bodies and minds, are part alien and part earth species, a peculiar tempering of opposites done in the "cauldron" of geneticists.  
    • [Exodus 19: 16-19] explains in detail a loud fiery rocket ship landing on the high ground of the Mountain Sinai (named after the ancient Moon God-Sin), and talking to its "Genetically Modified Organisms", i.e. human species. The earth is covered in proof that we have been visited over and over by our "Alien Fore Fathers & Mothers"-often known as the Elder Races, who came from the "Sky". This has been reported by eyewitness accounts from the Dogon of Africa to the  Aryan/Hindus of India, and the Sumerian's of Mesopotamia, spanning their written history for thousands of years. The only way to deny the obvious, is to say that everything written by the human scholars of the past, is simply "fairy tales" for children or limited to metaphors. This of course is obvious error, for scholars tend to be academic----which means they are very literal and they don't offer opinions without  belief in facts, usually facts gained by being there. Hence, fairy tales are not scholarly. So, besides the ignorance that arrogance excuses as "Truth", we should remember that all of our "Modern Science" comes from the Past! {Ancient Greeks and Arabs such as Archimedes, etc.} Therefore I dare say that, we are galactic children whose genetic inheritance comes from the Golden Cauldron of the Galactic Core. The purpose of the Divine Creative is obvious...It's "To Be"!  The disturbing fact that mankind has been Homo-Sapiens, only for a very short time of 200,000 years, compared to  earth who has had life on it for 3.8 billion years. There is also the fact that Astrophysicists have stated that the Universe is about 14 Billion Years Old, making our Milky Way galaxy a very old Lady, who most likely had life within her Star System, if earth is any example, at about the same time in her existence, say about 10.2 Billion years ago. Plenty of time for very advance beings to become "expression of the Divine Creative", long before earth had her first bacterial burp!

    •  Then there is this very old story of the "Great Flood", found in ancient writings from India, Sumer, Mesopotamia and finally in the Bible. All of which talk about a Man who built a big ship, stuck his family on board, along with "Two of every kind" of critter, in order to survive the flood and repopulate the earth after it dried out.  Anyone with an ounce of sense would know this to be impossible and therefore, a metaphor, "a painted picture", done by someone who saw something inexplicable but had to relate what they were seeing to their everyday life. Also, since we have found through centuries of experience that the wooden ship limit to be about 400' before the wood could no longer hold its own weigh and therefore collapse in a broken pile of rubble. Plus, there is the fact that there is no way to have two of every species and the food, fodder, etc. necessary to feed them nor the massive amount of fresh water for them to drink, which alone would be in the thousands of tons, for one day let alone "40 day's and 40 nights", as Noah was said to be adrift on the sea! Not even a continent on earth can supply fodder, water etc. for" two of every kind". 
    • Being modern people we should realize what science, developed by a genus-Homo-Sapiens- that has been on this earth for about 200,000 years, can do today... we can freeze the egg and sperm of every species on this planet and place them on a modern internally powered- refrigerated ship! And we have yet to physically travel beyond the moon!  So I will go out on a expanded and liberated mental postulation and say that "Noah was a "family of peoples" that traveled the Great Sea of Space and when in this solar system, sent out a scout ship (Dove) to find a suitable planet to land on.

     Now many say that Divine Creative can do anything--It's all a miracle etc. Then I ask, " Why have Noah build a Ship which could not possibly do the job? For even if "god" miraculously gave them eggs and sperm from every species, there was no internal power nor refrigeration in which to keep them suspended in. Thus, the eggs and spermatozoon would experience death in minutes and spoilage in a day. Plus, as it was depicted as having no power, not even sails, it was adrift which would be very unstable and dangerous as one cannot maneuver an adrift boat. So faith, be it religious, or belief in ones engineering, has nothing to do with the ancient story of Noah.  Besides, the Swedish ship builders who built the 17th Century battle ship the- Vasa, had faith it would float, rather than sinking immediately in its own harbor. Although, it shown the limits of size a wooden ship could be, it was nowhere as big as the ship of Noah would have to maybe the size of earth itself! 
    • Now that I have had fun starting a few  arguments about our "genetic splicing" or genetic- alchemy with those who the Sumerian's called the Annunaki- "those who from the Sky came", I will leave you adrift in a sea of questions.  So for more info, you'll have to do your research, and as I have said, the proof of our Alien Elders, is throughout our early history---but is usually denied by "explaining" it as "religion aphorism", or Shamanic drug dreams, fantasy story telling etc.  I think we are the "angels that fell to earth" or at the very least, their off-spring! There seems to be much knowledge to support this and knowing doesn't require "faith" requires diligent "work" which may be  uncomfortable to many, but rewarding to the few. The Story of Samekh, is very intriguing.
    • The Tarot-Key 14- Art/Temperance.
    Esoteric title: The Daughter of the Reconciles, The Bringer Forth of Life.
    As you can see, the Esoteric title....fits very well with "those who from the Sky came". This is not a "coincidence", as that word just excuses ignorance or denial. The Qabalist know that the path of Samekh, is about safety and protection.
    To enhance this image of safety and protection, let me explain another alien presence in the "modern day".
    There is a military base in the area of Great Falls Montana, that was/is stocked with ICBMs, during the late 60's and early 70's ( Look this incident up) they had a visitors In "saucer shaped" flying objects, neutralize the 12 missiles that were brought on line for a "test" firing.  The offending Saucers swooped down and passed over every missile silo and instantly every missile became inoperable, probably by using some kind of EMT device.----This is documented---everyone on and in the base, both military and civilian, witnessed this. In fact, almost every nuclear test on this planet was witness to a "UFO" incident. Craft were seen that were beyond the technology of every nation on this planet. It would seem that we are being watched and protected form our own idiocy.  We seem to be very important to someone "off Planet" and they are watching and protecting us!

    Again both Plato and Qabalah state the necessity to "Know Thyself". Part of that knowledge is that we are the evolutionary Children of the Highest States of Energy-Conscious in this universe.  It's time to personalize the Highest States of Mind by Being them! This requires "LOVE OF BEING" to release a hidden substance in our bodies, so that our brains "tune in" a Universal Mind! So, know that you are a continual action of  the Universal Unconscious collective's "Love of Being". A knowing that requires you to realize that Love begins with your-self....for we cannot give what we don't have! Hence, you are not alone and you have been "loved into being, worshiped into manifestation, and adored into presence" by "those who from the Sky came", who seem to be  just doing, " The Great Work" by bringing the "above to the below", i.e. Eld life to new life. Therefore,  we are made in "their own image"! I think that once we begin treating each other as we wished to be treated; a very evolved state of mind, we will be welcomed into the Galactic Family and landings will become normal commerce. Think of how long we have allowed our most paranoid thinkers, to rule us...It's time to switch from the ignorant behavior of the Survival Mind (animal predator mind) to our Solar Minds, (Souls). We are Stars, projected from the Galactic Core and as an Auric Seer, it is easy for me to SEE That!

    This fact we are inheritors of the stars, is depicted in the revised Golden Dawn Tarot art  of the  B.O.T.A Tarot card and the, golden background and the |"messanger of the god's", Mercury, design on the SpellCaster's Tarot Temperance card. The deeper internal Metaphyiscal meanings of the Thoth Tarot, just aren't depicted in the SpellCaster's Tarot- key 14; although the art is stunning. However, The Winged being of Mercury, is a traditional depiction of Someone or Some genus that "from the sky came".

    The Art of awakening these Psycho-dynamic energy Paths in the Elder Race chromosomes genetically spliced into the Human Body, is the Qabalistic initiates goal. "To Know Thyself", is to know the "As above and so below" nature of our Whole Self. The Art/Temperance Card, is assigned the sign of Sagittarius, which is ruled by the planet Jupiter, meaning the Sephiroth- Chesed (Mercy).   Let me remind you that Chesed, the Sephirotic Being called "mercy", who is titled the "architect of all manifestation", is a Universal Galactic Creative, not an intelligence of earth and therefore, is an Eld of our creation.

    As explained before, Art-Key 14- The Path of Samekh, is an actual physical process, and a arcana for centuries of  Gnostic, Mystics, Tantric yogis, Alchemists, and Qabalists, and is a willed process of directing the communion or interchange of opposite energies. The beginning of this process is begun by one going into deep meditations, physiological yoga's, skrying, reading and study Qabalah, tarot divinations etc.

    When the Art or Temperance Tarot card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing or will soon experience:
    • A combination of forces effecting realization and action.
    • A blending of all circumstances in order to achieve balance.
    • Trials and tribulations that lead to the "middle path", arriving at a profound realization.
    • That one is blending all circumstances to create balance.
    • Balancing the opposite and different conditions of life. 
    • One is either seeking or has at one's disposal the knowledge to blend different  life aspects, thereby creating harmony.
    • One has a lot of knowledge to inherit from the Divine and must have active balance to receive it!
    • This is the Law of Creativity.
    • The Angel that we are must unite with the Animal that we have enlivened in order to be the Divine expression of now!

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    Tarot Card Comparisons:The Thoth Tarot- Key 13-Death & The SpellCaster's Tarot- Key 13- Death

    The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Tarot-Key 13-Death & The SpellCaster's Tarot-Key13-Death: 

    1st law of thermodynamics (physics) "There is only one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed- only transformed."

    What we should understand is that alive and dead are two aspects of the same state of Intelligence; Life. Being Alive is a life-death cycle of recycling energy for transformation, as form is time-space, there really are no divisions between alpha-omega, if you view one, you view the other. Therefore, this card represents the Universal Principle of Letting Go and Moving On.

    As Crowley stated: " The Universe is Change; every Change is the effect of an Act of Love: all Acts of Love contain Pure Joy. Die Daily.Death is the apex of one curve of the snake Life: behold all opposites as necessary compliments, and rejoice."

    The Tarot -Death is assigned the Scorpio symbol. There are three symbolic images of Scorpio in the Thoth key which represent three stages of transformation and/or death and rebirth stages:

    1. The scorpion represents that part of ourselves that is willing to protect, and move away from conditions which cause pain and hurt, i.e., letting go.
    2. The snake sheds old skin in order to rebuild anew and grow. This reminds us that in order to transform old identities, we must be willing to let go of the old and move on.
    3. The Eagle or Phoenix, is about vital force, of immortality and regeneration. The bird in or nature is vital free spirit who is irrepressible and ever changing.
    4. The skeleton represents the inherent body structure that allows movement and change within our self expression as well as, it is the bones of who we are and represents our ancestral lineage and our commitment to grow and evolve through birth/death cycles.
    5. The Crown represents expanded consciousness; where one has conquered the survival mind of the animal. To be honest, all of us know we don't survive this manifestation. We move on to expand and liberate Life!

    There are many esoteric aspects of the Death card, also known as The Path of Nun. The Hebrew word, Nun, means Fish, which is the symbol for the First Matter, i.e. Thought. There is also an alchemical symbol of this Path as putrefaction, which is the decaying black mass in the crucible that eventually transforms into gold and is considered a purifying trans-formative process of turning death into new life. Therefore, the symbol for death is usually colored black, or wears black clothing.

    The Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot cards symbolize this trans formative process as a scythe, a harvesting tool that is also a symbol for Time. Time is under the control of Saturn-Binah, the giver and destroyer of Life Illustrated in the Thoth card is the sweeping scythe, harvesting souls, and the transformative bubbles of new life in its wake. The SpellCaster's Tarot depicts the Death,
    all decked out in black, with the "bell that tolls", tied to the rope belt around it's waste.  The Moon above the Cauldron, hinting are dark deeds of witch craft, and the dead rising out of the ground; one of the dead seems to be uncovering a mask. The mask, is the persona (Greek word for Mask), that is cast aside as the body dies.

    The SpellCaster's card shows a very macabre scene, that shows the traditional fears of dying in implied detail. However, Death, be it the death of the body, or personality, is transitional, and must always be the motor of change.Death of the personality can be a daily event as one nightly dissembles the persona, examines the daily thoughts in detail, and removes what is not acceptable for personal operation of the body. For at night, we often find that we are not a personality, but rather a Soul, who wears a daily mask.  The symbol for the planet Saturn, is show dangling off of the Scythe, implying that time is the real death, that transforms.

    As stated:The astrological sign attributed to Death-key13 is Scorpio, a trans-formative sign of three symbolic images, the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle. Thus, we have the transformation of a  dangerous earth-crawling creature, to a serpent which symbolizes the Astral Light, weaving its way upward to become an Eagle which is shown behind and above the Thoth Skeleton's head. Both symbols of Death are moving.Movement being seen as change/transformation, which is the skeletal pattern of the Universe. For it is only by constant change can entropy be overcome.

    Here is a card that first invites terror, until understood by the initiate. First, it is important to understand that this is not a "physical death" card. The Path of Nun connects Tiphareth (Beauty) with Netzach (victory) and is about the flow of Personality from the Higher Self (Tiphareth is the Energy Intelligence of the Christos) into the Imaginative Intelligence which is the seed of all thought-form. What many of us forget, is that all form is comprised of the First material---Thought!

    The fish, besides being the meaning of the Hebrew letter-Nun, is also the traditional symbol that represents the first matter. Which is appropriate since all though-forms come from Binah, the 3rd Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. She is the Great Mother Ocean of The Collective Unconscious. The Fish  is also the ancient symbol for the Vesica Pisces. In this Crowley card, we see a serpent wrapped around the fish, this is because the Activating Principle of Vibration---The Father Fire/Electric force is shown as serpentine and because the serpent is another symbol for the Astrological sign of Scorpio. The Scorpion,  another of the 3 symbols for the sign of Scorpio, is shown at the bottom of the Thoth Card. The serpentine forces, activate thought-form into living form.

    The Thoth Card depicts a Skeleton, gaily galloping about, swinging it's Scythe of death; a scythe that represents the Transformational aspect of the first law of thermodynamics," One energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed" .  So rather than an "end", this card is about the Transformation of the Real Person as it proceeds downward from the Higher Self into the illusion of the World of Matter.  The Death-Key 13-The Path of Nun, is not easily understood by the survival bases self-conscious of the body, whose foundational of self-identity is based on a child's fear of rejection.  To the self-conscious, death is the ultimate rejection: However, to the Soul, death is but a reboot.

    The Esoteric title of this Death card is , the Lord of the Gate of Death. Pointing out that this card isn't the Transformation process itself, but directs the personality "downward" into incarnation. It is the Path of the Flaming Sword , meaning that this is the path of emanation of the Lower Creator-Energy of the Sun into matter which was shown in Genesis, as the Archangel Michael herding Adam and Eve out of the Garden of Eden, with his flaming sword, often errantly depicted as punishment for sin (Sin being the name of an ancient Moon God). Actually it is more like an early Christian fear based propaganda ploy used to discourage the worshipping of the original Moon God-Sin of Mount Sinai. Sin was said to be born of the Queen of Heaven- Inanna, and ruled the Land of Sinim (Isaiah 49:12), which meant "land of the lunar mountain" and was an older form of Zion. The Moon was always associated with life and death, as it was both light and dark, as well as being thought to "killing" the Sun at night and then resurrecting the Sun in the morning. This belief lead to the many dying sun god (son of god) religions.
    To further expand its meaning, the Qabalist know this Path of Nun as the path of which the Solar Energy Psyche of the Son (Sun) of God is transformed into the Netzach sphere, or pattern of intelligent energy that is the realm of the Conscious Rational Mind. This part of the Great Work involves psychological re-orientation where there is a perceptual change about the nature of reality and about what constitutes Self. Yet another aspect of our Transformational psychosomatic-nature that points out that how we see the outside world is merely Self- viewing itself. The Psyche using the soma, to examine identity. Therefore how we  mentally/emotionally identify ourselves, becomes our psychosomatic "outer image"! What we must remember here is that all eye sight is and aspect of "I" sight and we cannot see what we don't see as  ourselves! I AM is the power that creates our "reality".  How I identity myself ---is what I see as perspective! 

    Netzach, the 7th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, is the progenitor of Desire Nature, as the name Victory, if examined, will reveal. The path upward from Netzach to Tiphareth (Beauty) is when the Real Person's very will to live and/or function in the sensory condition of the body, is abrogated on the Path of Death. Here the temporary nature of the sensory illusion that the personality thinks it is, is correctly self-perceived.

    On the upward trek on the Path of Nun, the personality undergoes a "willful" death, surrendering everything that it perceives itself to be to the "Great Unknown"  of the Psyche/Soul who then shares this data with the Universal Collective Unconscious.  This is the Most difficult surrender --the total surrender of life to the Creator of Life, and then to "The Great Dark Womb of Binah" but it must be done to recieve cosmic awareness and/or Your Divine inheritance.

    The personality and/or "little ego", death, begins the process that is often called "Born again" and is a rebirth of the Personality in a expanded and liberated state that some would called "Saved" but really it is just a "rebooting". For in truth, when one lets go of the possessive sensual self....they step out of the Karmic wheel of Personality death, into the Real Persona- one of incarnations remembered, and Cosmic Inheritance accepted as a Higher Self expression. A Real Person, who was meant to operate the body, before it was told not to be itself by the society, parents, or academia and indoctrinated through the senses as" pleasure/pain training (Brain washing)." 

     However, do not make the error of thinking sensation is a bad or lesser thing, for to know its purpose in the Great Work, is to "Know Thyself" and sensuality is "magic" to the Soul, who has no such combination of senses, as does the human body (33 senses according to the Tantric Yogis) .  Yes we have inherited many mores sense than the 5 senses of taste, touch, hear and see. For instance, a sense of balance, a sense of up and a sense of down, a sense of intuition, as sense of heat and a sense of cold etc..  When we Know that Imagination is our "Mother of Conscious", and that we Imagine our frequency of energy into Self (Psyche into Soma), we know longer seek blame for our inner pain, emotional dysfunctions, i.e., our "Feelings". Instead we know that we think a "feeling" and then the body enacts it.  If we thing ill thoughts, we get ill feelings, and the body becomes the manifestation of that illness! One soon realizes that how we felt is no one's fault but the Personality Program within the body. Our reaction to other's actions, is our own feeling and is not a creation of another.

    This part of enjoying the senses fully, rather than dividing them into "good and bad" categories, is a form of  "enlightenment" that is most difficult to realize and a death of indoctrination. This is difficult to realize, not because we are stupid, but because of our survival mind built out of "fear of rejection" rules our sensual personality and believes in victory over enemies (those who reject us), as a character positive and wishes to be permanent master of our brains.

    Lucky for us, "Old Sam" (Samhiel) or the female version, Samothea, Death, intervenes, and frees us from the self- inflicted tyranny of survival thinking and we realize that the enemy we seek to conquer has always been our indoctrinated selves! Our personalities (some call ego) are not permanent, they are recyclable masks, and we can recycle them best by giving them directly to the Higher Self who created the "Beautiful Person" before they became "ugly in their own feelings". This is the Willful death, and the way to go about achieving it is "enlightenment" ...The Gnostic way of traveling.

    Johann Jakob Bachofen said," Maternal life moves between two poles. Its realm is not that of being but that of becoming and passing away, the eternal alternation of two colors, the white of life and the black of death. Only through equal mixture of the two is the survival of the material world assured. Without death no rejuvenation is possible... the positive power cannot for one moment exist without the negative power. Death, then, is not the opposite but the helper of Life". Like I said, "Death pushes Life along, as does Dark Energy push the seen Universe."

    For those who don't know who Johann Jakob Bachofen was or is (22 December 1815 – 25 November 1887) he was a Swissantiquarian, jurist, philologist, and anthropologist, professor for Roman law at the University of Basel from 1841 to 1845.

    Bachofen is most often connected with his theories surrounding prehistoric matriarchy, or Das Mutterrecht, the title of his seminal 1861 book Mother Right: an investigation of the religious and juridical character of matriarchy in the Ancient World. Bachofen assembled documentation demonstrating that motherhood is the source of human society, religion, morality, and decorum. He postulated an archaic "mother-right" within the context of a primeval Matriarchal religion or Urreligion.

    Bachofen became an important precursor of 20th century theories of matriarchy, such as the Old European culture postulated by Marija Gimbutas from the 1950s, and the field of feminist theology and "Matriarchal Studies" in 1970s feminism.
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    The Hermetic Qabalah is one of those journeys up the paths of Enlightenment, back to our Divine Family Inheritance of "I AM". If you will examine the Thoth Death card, you will notice that at the end of the Scythe swing, bubbles of new life are forming showing us that The Transformation is not an end, it is a beginning into a new and greater adventure! This Arcane Tarot card has many Alchemical, Spiritual and psychological meanings , and requires a great  deal of study before you can willingly die as a personality and be reconstructed by the "Sun of God" as It's Persona. We must know that as a personality, we cannot know the full extent of the "Christ within"----but the Christos knows us! To "Throw thyself into the Abyss" (often called the "Dark Night of the Soul") is to trust your creator absolutely. After all, I Am made Me manifest, which could only mean that Originally I was a Loving Expression of the Greater Self Awareness...but the constant manipulation of my definition by culture, religion, propaganda-media, and misinterpretation of sensations, has made the personality lose sight of itself, becoming lost in the Forest of babble were it blames the trees for its fear of being rejected.  The Trees in the Hermetic Qabalah's forest, are the many reflections of the Tree of Life, whose leaves are the Tarot Cards and upon understanding both, we Know Ourselves and never again shall we experience bafflement. 

    The term "Dark night of the Soul" (a phrase invented by St. John of the Cross) refers to the darkness of the passage from known to the unknown, where the psyche is striped of  the desire nature and of the personal identity. This leaves a dreadful emptiness in the consciousness, almost a complete disinterest in everything. Personally, upon experiencing these Three Paths of the Dark Night, The Devil, Art and Death, there was left only a thought of despair repeating over and over again, an abject surrender of self, abolishing any other desire or thought. It was, " I can't be YOU, You must be me."   The Higher Self responded to that by sending my " skeletal awareness" directly to the Great Mother Binah, who then broke down and reassembled the Personality into that of the Divine Child, and I awoke as the "Will to Be" and/or the Desire of the Great Mother of Form.
    This inner falling into the abyss, is a very hard journey to explain and it requires one not to be concerned with living or dying. One becomes a mechanical motion, pushing ahead with great faith, as Life's processes have no value one still mechanically crawls towards the Higher Self. Moving forward in a total darkness, where reason and nightmare dance together, my psyche moving inch by inch, the Soul (Psyche) begins the process of "putrefaction", believing, but not always so sure, that there will be light that will eventually appear and lead the way. It was a Red dot of light that appeared to me out of indescribable darkness....The Great Red Binah, "Mother's blood" the purifying Force of resurrection, bathed me and Loved me (indescribable ecstasy)  and sent me back down the Tree into Tiphareth and the Fiery Light of the Higher Self.  Once a Divine Child always a Divine Child....somehow we've forgotten that, and have thus disinherited ourselves by giving our personality up and becoming a cultural personality out of fear of punishment, i.e., fear of rejection.

     As stated:The term "Dark Night of the Soul" was first coined by St. John of the Cross where he said."...although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to give it light in everything; and that, although it humbles it and makes it miserable, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience all things, both above and below".  

    Upon conquering the Path of Nun, the Soul built personality is reconstructed as the Person of the Higher Self, and the emptied brain is filled with the Primary Imagination...The will to form and the Understanding of the Great "Womb with a view".

    Mars rules Scorpio. Scorpio rules the sex organs.  Thus this Death Card, of both the Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot, represent a Sexual energy, a reproductive energy which is consciously directed in a physical exercises such as  that of Tantra, or that of  Crowley's Middle Pillar. The initiate is now following the "Path of the Flaming Sword" , which is both destructive and constructive and not for the weak of character, or for those who fear life's rejection.  
    The Death Card, during a reading, suggests Time, Age and transformation. Rarely does it symbolize physical death and only if borne out by the accompanying cards. For the Querent, this is the Principle of letting go, and moving on. A rebirth out of Old conditions.  A type of transitional metamorphosis which destroys the something old to build the something new.. A Realization of Life Power as it is released from past confines and revitalized by change and regeneration.

    Nun: Fish. Key 13-Death Tarot Card; Thoth and SpellCaster's Tarot.

    The Story of NUN is best shown in the Story of Noah (Noach):
    There are generations of Noah---Noah was a righteous man, perfect in his generations. Noah walked with God.
                            Genesis 6:9

    One "being righteous in his generation", is a relative statement. After all the ten generations between Adam & Eve and Noah were a steady stream of immorality, greed, corruption---mankind was a nasty being at the time, totally dependent on the survival mind. So Noah, who secluded himself from the culture and keep his morality---looked pretty good. Like comparing copper to silver, silver looks better. But when comparing silver to gold, gold is definitely more valuable. Comparing Noah to a modern man of goodness, well...Noah would lose. For example, years latter when God said he would destroyed Sodom, Abraham bargained with god --always trying to save at least a few people. Noah didn't even consider it, he just followed orders. His silence showed that he didn't consider others very often, if at all.

    Hence, this story points out that what we call morality, righteousness, and goodness, even what is considered" good or bad" action, is all relative to the times and culture of the observer. What we think is right and wrong change with culture and evolution. So being the "Best you" that you can be today, will most often change to an even "better you" in time; just do the best-you that you can today. We were never built "perfect", not because God couldn't build us perfect but because Perfection is a state of stasis; Carbon in its "perfect state", is a diamond and is useless as organic matter. Stasis, meaning "non-motion", is not how Energy Moves! Our Perfection is rather a state of motion driven by change. Hence, we are always "creating-seeing error in that creation-and correcting it." And we all know, that unless you do it, that is get your butt moving into a motion of active creation,---you are unable to sense the error in thought and thus, never correct an errant creation. And all creation has error---because of the Law of Entropy! (....everything proceeds from order, into disorder. --Second Law of Thermodynamics). So by being what we know best today----we'll be able to know more in the future. This is the Story line  of Nun. It is about Spiritual Relativity, i.e., Everything is relative.

    Everyone has  relative-perspectives based on their life experiences. Often that is why one believes one thing and another believes the opposite to be true. I've personally have learned not to believe everything I think. Do it---Know it by the constructing and operating of it---not by just taking my own or everyone's word for it.

    Lazy minds, are from sleeping Souls who let others tell them what is right and what is wrong. These Souls experience a Dreamless sleep that is known as death.  My Soul is the Skeleton with the Scythe, who continually transforms my personality by "trimming off the wasteful thought" and recycling it into greater action (The fish is a symbol of the First Matter). This "Soul psycho-dynamic Surgery" of constantly evolving thought, is frightful to a self-conscious  personality that sees change as an enemy. In truth, Transformation is change, and it is the only constant in this Universe. Therefore, I trust the Soul as I know that "me" is not in-charge of this rodeo we call life----My Soul/Psyche is, so I respect my "I AM" mentor and do the best I can---at the moment.  I Find that the best surgical device for errant thought is the Qabalah, as it is a step by step procedure into our Great Work, where we come to Know Ourselves and the how and the why the Divine Masculine and Divine Feminine (both are States of Energy Conscious-God "Electric State" and Goddess "Magnetic State") spent 14.7 billion years coming to a "conclusion of probabilities" that is the fractal of identities created by I AM that is "me". Being a dancer whose rhythm is "Alpha and Omega" that intercourses into Form, I have recieved my original inheritence from my Divine parents.
    • Color: Green-blue
    • Musical note: G
    • Sign: Scorpio (fixed water)
    • Meaning: Fish
    • Simple letter: movement
    Esoteric title:
    The Child of the Great Transformers;The Lord of the Gate of Death.
    This is the Twenty-Fourth Path of the Tree of Life and is called the  Imaginative Intelligence, because it gives likeness to all similarities which are created in like manner----from thought into form. Our Psyche is an exact copy of this principle called Imaginative Intelligence, therefore behooving us to "do unto another as we would have done to ourselves." But this is and idea generated from knowledge that everyone you see is another way of being you; Generated from Knowledge, not belief. For belief, is subject to exceptions caused by peer pressure/i.e., fear of rejection and is a passive mind rather than an active one, as it isn't  "doing" in fact it is a "non-doing" who fears change. Therefore, one must act on knowledge that one has, it may not be the best, but the best one knows and that promises to get better by learning from the doing, i.e. experience.

    Once again Trust Your Inner Self-(Soul) it built you for Life's purpose . As I like to say, " You were loved into being, praised into Manifestation and Adored as a Self-Presence"....from your True Parents--the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine! So, it's okay to be you, and remember that "you" is a continual progressive cycle of renewal. To change is exactly why you were built! It helps to see yourself as a Fish in an Ocean of Energy Conscious; this Ocean built a fish of Itself, so that it could flow through that "person"  and Be Itself . Oceans can't see, taste, touch, smell or hear themselves, unless they are "within" themselves as a fish. Self Awareness, requires Energy Conscious to become a consciousness (Personal Conscious) in order to be intimately aware of its actions. The Divine Creative built it-selves (us) so it could "Above All Things Know Thy Self".

    Again, it is to be noted here, that the Sweeping Scythe on the Thoth Death Card, is producing bubbles that represent the dancing new life forms produced by the putrefaction of the old forms. Their dance, is the new motion of life that arises, as if gas bubbles freeing themselves from the putrefaction of the old forms, who reside in stasis at the bottom of the Amniotic fluid of the Sea.

    This oceaninc conceptualization is continued in the Fish symbol, that is a paramount illustration on this card. The attentive student will note that the serpent and the fish  are the two principle objects of worship in cults that taught the doctrines of resurrection or re-incarnation ( Oannaes and Dagon, fish gods of Western Asia). Even in Christianity, the Fish represents the Christ. Even such esteemed scholars as Browning, reminded us that the Greek word, IXThUS,"...means fish and very aptly symbolizes Christ." IXThUS, was supposed to be a notariqon; the initials of a sentence  meaning, "Jesus Christ Son of God, Savior".  Also,The Gospels, are full of miracles involving fish, and the fish is sacred to Mercury, because of their swiftness, silvered brilliance and cold bloodedness.  This again recalls the function of Mercury, the god, who is the guide of the dead, a messenger of divine will and as the continuing lasting elastic element of Nature. This is a card of great importance, that must be understood if we wish to translate the compendium of  Universal Self.

    When the Death-Key 13, Major Arcana Tarot card is thrown during a reading:
    • It is about a trans-formative moment in ones own Personality. Not a death in the family or their own. That is the paradigm of the 10 of Swords, Ruin.
    • Giving up your sense of self to a feeling of merging with another or The Greater Self who is both life-death.
    • We are pruning and composing.

    • The Death Card represents, time, age and transformation.
    • Rarely does it represent physical death, rather it is the death of the old personality by the enlightened process of Spiritual growth.
    • Physical death is only shown by this card if the accompanying cards support the concept. (Such as the 10 of Swords-Ruin,)
    • Mostly, it is the Principle of letting go and moving on, re-birthing out of old stasis conditions.
    • Realization of Life power, that comes from change. 

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