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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 4 of Cups-Luxury & The Night Sun Tarot- 4 of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot 4 of Cups-Luxury & The Night Sun Tarot-4 of Cups, refers to the 4th Sephira Chesed in the suit of Water. 

Here the Pure Water of the Supernal Triangle (the upper 3) has passed through the Abyss to Chesed (Mercy) and although ordered, balanced, or stabilized, it has lost the purity of its conception. You might say, that instead of pure energy in motion, it is now an emotional idea held in conceptional confinement. Understanding the importance of idea, may be helped by knowing that the word, idea, comes from the Greek-Eide-which means "the goddess within".
Being that the Moon is in the goddesses own house, the zodiacal sign of Cancer, one would think it was well placed. However,  Cancer is so placed that this implies a certain weakness, an abandonment to desire, causing one to overly fantasize. Which reminds me of the statement made by the boxing champ Mike Tyson:" Everybody has a plan until they get hit".

On the Thoth Tarot card, the calm Sea of the 3 of cups is still present in the 4, but slightly ruffled, implying a disturbance is building, making the 4 Cups standing on it less stable. The Spirit of the Lotus, the Dryad, has gathered strength, growing multiple stems, supporting one Lotus Blossom, spewing forth water. The Four stems, are the number of manifestation of the Dryad, it is also secretly preparing catastrophe by emphasizing individuality.
The Night Sun Tarot- 4 of Cups-, handsomely illustrates this instability by showing the "Sacred Octagon" crowned Dryad, supporting 4 cups in a precarious position, while standing on one leg on her toes. Here, by supporting each individual cup on its own platform, she is also secretly preparing a catastrophe.The balancing act is one that must be applauded, but being precarious, it can't be kept for long.

By understanding that the number 4 is an "awkward" number; alone among the natural numbers, as it is impossible to construct a "Magic Square" of four cells. Four being a "dead stop" number, a different idea of Order is necessary to carry on the series as the only motion now is towards decline. Thus, for now everything is seemingly luxurious in stability, but the Changing of the Moon, its waxing and waning, is such that this won't last, i.e., the "hit" is on its way.

In the Hermetic Qabalah and Tarot, the 4s represent solidification and manifestation and are attributed to Chesed (mercy)-The Architect . The 4s are "below the Abyss" and express the Rule of Law (Laws of Physics etc.) which is represented by the Major Arcana Key 4- The Emperor.
It is done, and now it belongs to the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics, which is enforced by the Emperor/Chesed. This law states:  "All things proceed from order to disorder", this is often called the "law of entropy", showing the imbalance of the 4's, for as all energy forms must transform, entropy is the next step after solidification.
Hence, the 4 is a very solid number as it has dominating influence on all the cards, for it is the " Manifested Form of the thing", a type of oppression that will come undone.
Therefore, the 4 of Cups-Luxury, acts "watery", and thus less concise as there is a natural weakness in water (to take on the impurities of its environment) that threatens its purity; it is not quite strong enough to control itself properly and is therefore controlled by  environmental circumstances. This makes Luxury a little unstable as the process of internal satisfaction has made it impure. The Luxury implied here is thus known to be fleeting as it slowly transforms into the 5.

Since the element-water represents emotion (Energy in Motion) and since energy is kept pure by constantly moving, the damning effort of the number 4, will fail. Change is the formula for motion.  (Change=Stability). 4 is the number of restriction, as in "Four walls" etc, and as a cage, it shows a certain amount of stability, until the energy gets tired of confinement.  We all know the weakness of putrefaction in stable  water; it must keep moving to stay pure or become a stagnant swamp. We also know that whatever keeps out the "bogey man", becomes a prison and locks one in. So it behooves one to be very flexible in their enjoyment of luxury and accept changes with gratitude.
  Therefore, the 4 of cups, being the Moon in Cancer, as shown on both cards,  is the influence of Chessed (Mercy) in the unconscious mental realm. There is a certain self-satisfaction with this card as an emotional luxury that is often felt as pleasure flowing from an unconscious source.
The outpouring of emotional luxury from above, is not overflowing in the lower cups, symbolizing that this pleasure will soon end but for now, the feeling of you having everything you need in your life is luxuriant and you are not now open for suggestions. One is more or less, "resting on their laurels", as a cycle ends. Chokma (Wisdom), the second Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is really the energy of Chesed, Mercy, but as Chesed is below the Abyss, this makes Mercy unbalanced.
However, there is Promise here; a promise of  mercy, healing, empathy, trans-personal love, forgiveness and taking away of soul burdens.
We may feel a soon fleeing-easy compassion and are forgiving of those who trespass against us. There is a luxuriant feeling that we all belong to each other: a larger sense of emotional-family than is normal. This is a hard one to hold in this realm of fear. For it is the pussilanimous invertebrates and witless sycophants, that make money their life; who value money as life, and see not the luxury of Life itself even though it is all around them and in them, in its luxuriant displays of creation.

When the 4 of Cups card is thrown during a reading, it represents:
  • Slight discomfort and anxieties over receiving pleasure.
  • Blended pleasure and success approaching their end.
  • Yet this is a stationary period of happiness that may not continue as it is too passive of a symbol to represent perfectly complete happiness. Nor does it suggest love and marriage as powerfully as the Three of Cups-Love.
  • Some drawbacks to pleasure are implied, such as contention with acquisition and sometimes injustice.
  • It is a gentle passive card like warm water, Feels good for the moment, but that moment soon cools.
  • This card cautions us not to "sit long on our laurels" ; take a brief respite from your impassioned labors but be ready to gear up the power soon  to keep luxury in the future.

  • Is blended pleasure and success, receiving pleasure but with some slight discomfort and anxieties. This is because this pleasure radiates from our unconscious mental realm and our consciousness is still feeling its normal uncertainty, as it is still bound in survival thinking.
  • A moment of emotional stagnation, discontent with ones environment, and weariness will manifest before the true Pleasure of the Six of Cups, where both the unconscious and conscious flow in pleasurable communion becomes apparent. 
  • There is a certain inner warmth experienced here, so enjoy the moment and relax in the luxury of the emotional pleasure.

  • The querent will be or is experiencing pleasure, but with some slight discomfort and anxieties. 
  • They are experiencing a blending of pleasure and success but approaching their end. 
  • The querent is experiencing a stationary period in happiness which may or may not continue as long as desired. 
  • It is too passive a symbol to represent complete happiness and some drawbacks to pleasure are implied. 
  • There is both acquisition and contention in this card. It is not wrong to enjoy the luxury of your labors, but labor will soon have to begin again or you will lose it. 
  • This card warns us not to get lost in desire-enjoy the moment and release it without losing yourself.

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Tarot Card Comparison: The Thoth Tarot- 3 of Cups-Abundance & The Night Sun Tarot- 3 of Cups

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth-3 OF CUPS: Abundance and The Night Sun Tarot- 3 of Cups:
The 3 of Cups Tarot card represents emotional abundance, joy, celebration, and sharing the wonder of life. This is a sharing experience and can  represent the flowing of love and positive feeling toward three significant people in your life. Also Sharing pleasure together,  having fun with others. 

The pomegranate cups that are presented on the Thoth card represent the fruit of Persephone to whom, along with Demeter, the goddess's Mother, the card is attributed. The abundance of Spring and the flowing emotional love of the Great Nurturing Mother, as the 3rd Sephiroth, Binah-Understanding, rules this card.

The only real significant symbols of the goddess presented in the Night Sun Tarot card is the 5 pedal white rose of the goddess in the bottom cup and the sacred octagon, representing the Divine Female and Divine Male in unbroken union.

In the Thoth Deck, The Three of Cups represents Binah (All Mother) in the suit of Water and is the the card of Demeter or Persephone. Binah is symbolized by the calm dark Sea, from which arises a  multi-bloomed single Lotus (many states of the One Goddess) that fills the Cups to overflowing. Being the Spiritual basis of fertility, this card is the fulfillment of the Will of Love in abounding joy.
 Since the Pomegranate Cups of the Three of Cups, represents the fruit Persephone ate in the realms of Pluto (Hades), thereby allowing him to hold her in the lower world even after the most powerful influence was brought to bear, so there she staid, coming to the surface of the earth once a year, bringing Spring. There is a subtle message here, that the good things in life should be enjoyed, but with a level of distrust in its permanency.
This sounds familiar to all of us who have experienced the Joyful pleasure of Love, for it rises and recedes, from the Inner Self who is in the inner dark of Pluto/Hades where we also store our "inner demons".  Imagination, is our Divine Creative Mind, who is the Great Sea in which collective emotions school as fish, and the currents of moon-tides (moods) carry the paradox of equal and opposite, ever uniting and transforming, creating something we've never conscious thought of.

Emotional  fractal of Abundance, may sound frightening to someone whose emotion basis for operation is fear. But to those of us who Know the Will and the Word, E-motion, is Energy- in- movement, and such abundance, applied with Loving Will, is the most fertile way to create.

Because this Cup card is a Nurturing 3, it can represent the conclusion of a happy matter; even a healing of wounds. There is a sense that it is important to enjoy the moment of rejoicing for there is hard work ahead. The 3 of Cups represents a "grace period", and in fact, the Waite deck shows three dancers [the Graces] to explain this theme.While the Night Sun Tarot shows 3 cherubs flying about, with 2 cherubs pouring water, the card's element, into the lower third cup. Here is presented an abundance of water. 

Therefore the 3 of Cups, is an all around pleasant, positive card that quickly flows into another state (the Fours) and is to be enjoyed and celebrated now rather than in the future. This is always true with "overflowing" emotion that fills the three vessels of your Psyche (Spirit, unconscious, consciousness). Just "go with the flow" as is often said, is not about following the crowd, but rather about releasing that inner creative emotion ( which flows as water) called Creative Passion and let it start "painting" new images for you. 

The Three of Cups reminds us that as Spirit, we are E-Motion, the first  flowing Passion of Kether, than of Chokmah (Father God) and Binah (Mother God) in communion. It all began with "I Will Be", Eheieh- Kether, and became "Will to Force"-Chokma and "Will to Form"-Binah and this threesome of Create Passion gave birth to "I AM ME", i.e. manifested Self.

Now you may have noticed that when you are passionately focused on what you are doing, that you experience a flow of timelessness, and often find that many hours went by so quickly that it felt like minutes to you. That is the flow of Abundance and it is momentary; However, moments can be created every movement of inner expression flowing outwardly; your creative skills towards meaningful work. Meaningful work is relative to the individual, and is notice by that individual as the abundant flow of timeless bliss.

Abundance is experienced by being true to yourself, and not seeking approval from some imagined authority. You, by your own inner definitions, are the author of your-self---the only real authority over you. Thus is the "burden" freedom of choice. Your Divine Parents, The Divine Creative, thinks you are good enough to be the expressed and manifested Passion of Divinity. Hence, in this flow of Divine Frenzy; of passion is the knowledge of you. The thoughtless focus, where time seems to stand still, is the place of our creative inheritance; our bliss. Those who love being themselves in whatever they do, experience the positive flow of abundance daily. Meaningful emotion, feels good and is pleasing, as Energy-in-Motion is exactly Spirit's nature. Great rewards for doing meaningful work, that is relative to the individual, leads to even greater rewards of abundance!  Love is a boundless energy flow, not a thing that happens to us, but rather a flow that is the core of Us! We may have met the enemy and it is us but we have also met the Lover and it is also Us! I am the love of you----is not just a nice thought. It is your spirit expressing you!

The Three of Cups zodiacal reference is  the influence of Mercury in Cancer.  Mercury, is the Will or Word of the All Father, and here it is descending on the most receptive of Signs---Cancer.
 Therefore, astrologically, this card is the planet Mercury in the zodiacal sign of Cancer:
  • Mercury, on top of card, is the symbol of communication.
  • Cancer, is the ability to communicate the emotional feelings one has especially the nurturing, loving, and light feelings one has as represented by the golden lotus blossoms spraying the "pollen of golden light", or the Night Sun's Water into the pomegranate cups.
  • Pomegranate cups, represent the rich emotions one has received from others.
  • The golden lotus represents the "solar plexus" chakra of an enlightened being, so this is emotion from deep within; the master within each of us.

     To reinstate: In the Thoth Tarot, the 3 of Cups: Abundance;
    represents Persephone and/or Demeter. This is the Qabalistic 3rd Sephira- Binah, Great Mother Ocean, united in her suit of Water.  This is shown by the Pomegranate Cups Overflowing from the Lotus (Wombs) blooms that sprout from the single Lotus of Binah on her Great calm Sea. Here resides the Trinity of Will to Love, Maid, Mother and Crone. The Will and the Wordof the 2 of Cups, is now the abounding joy of Love that only the sensual experience of Union can produce. In a hidden sense, this is the Spiritual  basis of fertility.

    The lesson represented by the 3 of Cups, seems to be that the good things in life, while being enjoyed, should also be easily released. There is a catch to fulfilling Joy, and it is the shadow- opposite of fulfilling joy; empty sorrow. This our Souls must remember when enjoying the Sensual Domain, for when operating a human body, with it comes action/reaction, beginning and end, dark and light, hot and cold, alpha and omega etc.. Sometimes we forget and then launch ourselves into a depressive mental state because we are unable to "hold on to " joy and have only memories of yesterday's joy, while facing today's challenge. Just remember, that Joy makes you laugh, dance, expressing emotion in great gouts of abundance and seems to fog all reason, which is good, but it is also mercifully temporary, as creation needs focus to continue evolving. Besides, the joy we feel is because we forgot to fear the moment, as does our daily self-conscious. This fearless approach to life, is that of the Universal Collective Unconscious, and therefore, a moment of union with our Spirit. However,  Life depends on us going back into the lower world of  action/labor, so that we can arise, fertile with the next Spring of fruitful- identities. However, we can do labor without stress for it can be done joyfully as well; just remember why you are doing it. When we En-Joy being ourselves, no matter the environment, a core of joyful flame tends to warm the winters chill.

    Subtly, the 3 of cups card of the Night Sun Tarot also reminds us that the good things in life are not to be trusted as stationary, rather they are temporary items., such as flying about cherubs, whose cups hold a limited amount of water/emotion.  Here we have the implied cycles that make joy temporary: The Spring of Maid, the Summer of Mother, and the Winter of Crone.

    Therefore this card represents emotional or intuitive clarification; clarity about what your feelings and intuition are saying to your self-consciousness.

    When the 3 of Cups is thrown during a divination,

    • The deep emotional , abundant feelings that we have for  three important people in our lives;
    • Or it can represent that the next 3 weeks or 3 months should be a good time to communicate your deep feelings and utilize you nurturing communication abilities to motivate, empower, and comfort others.
    • Remembering the Cancer people in your life (June 21 to July 21) with loving abundance and/or to communicate your deep feelings.
    • This card is about love, abundance, healing and the expansion and liberation of self that those feelings generate.
    • Being ternary, this card states that all three states of self identity are involved in communicating these abundant feelings; sub-conscious, consciousness, and self-conscious (ego to some).
    • A 3 week, or 3 month period of  plenty, hospitality, drinking, eating, pleasure, dancing and merriment.
    • New clothes are also a possibility, as in a new wardrobe.
    • One may have a surfacing of Love, Joy, gladness, kindness, and bounty. 
    • Also passive success seen as good luck and fortune.
    • This card seems to be the Bacchanalian life of the cornucopia..... have a ball, but don't try and to hold on to it, just let the twinkle of Joy in your "I" guide you into a new day of sensual experiences... Let the Spring be spring, the Summer be summer etc. 
    • Plenty, hospitality,eating, drinking,pleasure, dancing, new clothes and merriment.
    • Abundance, plenty, success, sensuality, passive success,good luck and fortune. 
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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- 2 of Cups-Love and the Night Sun Tarot- 2 of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-2 of Cups-Love, compared to The Night Sun Tarot- 2 of Cups:
    In the Hermetic Qabalah, the 2, of any Tarot card suit, represents the Word and the Will. Therefore, the Thoth 2 of Cups is the first manifestation in the Suit of Water which is called Love, as the Word or Logos is the 1st Sephiroth, and the "I  Will Be" of the Logos has become "Will to Force" (Chokmah) and "Will to Form" (Binah). this may seem confusing since we seem to have 3 individuals here rather than 2. However, with Love there is a mutual annihilation of the individuals by the process of Union. The "first Movement" of energy, is called Kether or Logos, and it is not an individual of anything and is called the "Word" rather than a "being". Kether is "I Will Be", therefore, it isn't anything yet. However, Chokmah, the 2nd Sephiroth is  "Will to Force" , the Masculine aspect of energy and a form of thought called Wisdom, and the 3rd Sephiroth of this Supernal trinity, is called Binah, "Will to Form", a form of Understanding, the Feminine aspect of energy. When the Divine Feminine and the Divine Masculine Unite, there is no male or female present, only the Divine Hermaphrodite exists, who creates all-The Divine Creative. 

    Therefore, In the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, the Two's represent the "first manifestation". On the Qabalistic Tree of Life , Kether is shown to be the 1st Sephiroth of 10 Sephira, and many have thought that this is the first manifestation of conscious energy. Yet Kether is the "limitless light", a movement of Dark Energy, and has no visible end or beginning, which allows no viewing. Therefore Kether is known as the "Dark Sun" or Logos, it is the first "sound" or vibration, without ears to hear...anywhere! Hence, as it can't be seen, nor heard and is the first movement in Dark Energy it is the least understood concept of the Tree of Life sigil.

    Therefore the First manifestation falls to the Twos, which represent Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding) as the First Lovers. We find this true in our own mind, as Wisdom loves Understanding and vise versa. Therefore, both the Night Sun Tarot, and the Thoth Tarot, depict 2 identical beings, either dolphins or humanoids, for there really isn't a manifestation of sexes yet, even though a Union is shown on the Tree of Kether- Chokmah and Binah, as one Triangle; this is a Union of Willed Forces and Willed Identities (forms) that has become what we call the One Mind and/or the Divine Creative. The "Sacred Octagon", which depicts the perfect balance of expressive-Male and receptive-Female forces, is shown above the heads of the contrasting feminine goddesses. This may even seem more confusing, however, both Chokmah and Binah are at first, receptive and then expressive. Chokmah represents the feminine Greek goddess Sophia which means "Wisdom". While Binah, the Divine Feminine, called "understanding" also represents Time, which is Cronos, the commonly known figure of "Grandfather Time". They are called "Lovers" because they can't be separated. If you can find away to separate Wisdom and Understanding, I would like to examin your head, for it is only from Understanding that Wisdom comes!

    The Four Alchemical Elements of Fire, Water, Air and Earth, may have begun in the concept of "I Will Be"-(Eheieh), which is Kether, but only upon reaching the Deuces are they in appearance as "beginings" of "Will to Force" and "Will to Form".
    Therefore the 2s represent the Elements uncontaminated by influence, hence they appear in their original harmonious condition. The 2s may be considered the A-sexual "fetuses" of the Seed-Aces, but this concept doesn't seem to make understanding these "Higher States" of Conscious energy any easier. All the 2s suggest that when the Negative sees itself as a Positive, and then unites through the "Law of Attraction" with that Positive, we get a "Self Image" and/or a simulation from Understanding- which means by mutal agreement. This may help you with the Mythological concepts of the Ancient's Goddess who in Virgin birth, has a son (male is considered Positive Electron and female is considered Negative Electron) and then mates with that son to produce the Universe. If you get this all tangled up with your indoctrinated-emotional concepts of sexuality-----you'll never understand the The Energy Conscious concepts of the 2s. However, I love to tease the brain, so here is another concept of the 2s, "From Herself, she created Him, and then mated with Him so she could become".

    The 2 of Cups represents Venus in Cancer, the signs for both on both cards. Cancer is known as the most receptive of Signs, as it it the House of the Moon, and in that sign Jupiter is exalted. There is a superficial friendship among these three planets ( in astrology, the Moon is seen as a planet).
    In the Thoth Deck Two of Cups, the paired Dolphins (the important "First Matter" symbol of the "Royal Art" of alchemy) are intertwined, with the flowing of Love/Nurture/Mother's Milk, coming from the Great Lotus of the Goddess, into the twin Lotus below and overflowing into the Cups resting on a calm Venus-Green Sea. This is a purity of Love, called "unconditional", that the survival mind in the reptile brain is unable to conceive of or often understand, making such an absolute annihilation of the individual in the Overflowing Power of Unity, a mundane wonder.  Therefore, love is communication on all states of conscious energy and as shown by the pink lotus blossoms, it is "as above so below", stating that this love flows from the Divine itself. This love is equal and special, as shown by the two overflowing cups. Love like this is without self-banishment or self-diminishing, rather it expands both parties and they feel equal to each other while being special to each other.  A state many of us wish for  but we often only experience love of a unequal nature or a equal love with out feeling special such as a professional relationship.
     The Dolphins are Alchemical symbols of solution and can be studied by looking into alchemical reference material. The Alchemical Dolphin Symbol is a little to lengthy of a diversion from Tarot, and out of context with the Qabalistic Gnosis, so I won't go into detail. However, John Dee, royal Alchemist in Queen Elizabeth's Court could be an interesting reference point. Also the Royal Dolphin, pertains to the Sun God Apollo who among other Sun god's became the Christian Son of God.

    The green sea represents the image of creative love. The yellow reflection symbolizes  inspirational love while the blue sky states that love is clear and focused. The astrological aspect of this card is Venus in Cancer.
  • The Ancients knew Venus to be the planet of love, beauty and creative power: In Hermetic Qabalah, Venus is a complete symbol of the Qabalistic Tree. 
  • Astrologically Cancer represents, nurturing, comforting, supporting, and healing.

    In the 2's of Tarot,The Will and the Word, united become Form.  The Word being Logos, the source of all Vibration and The Will being the first existence of Spirit; the "I AM", the Fertilizer of all idea into the Understanding of Form/Me. This, I AM ME is the Psyche of the Supernal Triangle, the trinity at the top of the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

    This language may sound deliberately obtuse, but this is an invisible Force, that human words cannot give form, so we must unite words in such away that they allude to the mystery, rather than literate identification. If you ever have experienced a self-annihilating love where the ego becomes lost in the Overflowing Sensation of Being One from the Union of'll understand that you just can't "wrap" your brain around it. The common statement being." I am at a loss for words..." In the endocrines of Love, there seems to be some kind of heated fluid that is drowning all reason. Then, my friend, you have experience what the Two of Cups alludes to! However, being a purity, from a cyclic united dimension of conscious and unconscious (Sun and Moon) energy, after time, as the tides of the Sea, it will pick up detritus from our culturally "shipwrecked" brain, and slowly progress to a Four of Cups, as the suit develops. Therefore the Second Law of  Thermodynamics comes into play, and "...All things proceed from order to disorder" and entropy slowly degrades the Mystery, with words of fear-based reason and the pink clouds of "the dream" fade away. Just like unconscious "astral trips" slowly fade from our brain, so will love with conditions.

    The 2 of Cups, is also called the Lord of Love under Will, which is its true meaning where Will is Spirit and not some egoistic possession of the brain's minor will.
     The 2 of Cups shows the harmony of the Universal Female and the Universal Male, radiating an intensity of joy and  ecstasy that washes away any and all concern; where "Will to Be" , a combination of "I Will Be", "Will to Force and "Will to Form", becomes "I AM ME"! It is this Universal Love, that connects us all together as One, while the massive flow of this connectivity to All, flows through the Union of 2. Such esoteric power, may explain why it seems so overpowering to individual reason.

    As I have mentioned before, the 2 is the Qabalistic number that represents "the Word and the Will" and is the first manifestation.
    In the suit of water, this is Venus in Cancer. Astrologers know Cancer to be the most receptive of signs and is the House of the Moon. Jupiter is most exalted in Cancer. Thus we have arguably the three most friendly Planets, Moon, Venus and Jupiter, linked together in mutual positives.

    For those of us who aren't astrologers, in the element of water that represents consciousness, Love is the force that recovers unity from individuality by the process of mutual annihilation.  In other words, Love changes both individuals and combines them in a new form, and therefore considered a metaphysical solvent, such as water is a physical one. In the Night Sun Tarot, One Heart is shown being supported by an invisible force between 2 cups, emphazing that the 2 beings are of one heart. As always with Night Sun Tarot water cards, the back ground is blue, and the behind the water, are magic gemetry symbols.

    The number 2 refers to Will, so The 2 of Cups is also known as the Lord of Love under Will, and shows the harmonic technology of  Female and Male in the largest sense of the words.

    When the 2 of Cups Tarot card is thrown, it means that:

    • In the next two weeks or two months, one will experience the capacity to achieve emotional balance and emotional fulfillment.
    • One will be able to give and receive love in equal proportion.
    • It would be a good time to extend love to the Cancer people in your life. (June 21-July 21). Love to or from family members is also important at this time.
    • This love is not only about two people, it also can be about 2 gifts, 2 talents, 2 resources that you have and that two loves in your life, whatever they may be, are equally balanced and fulfilling in the next two weeks or months. 
    • Harmony, Love, marriage, pleasure, Warm Friendship, mirth, and subtlety.
    • It is about human love on a large scale.
    • It also is a 2 week or 2-month card, representing the accumulation of the above emotions in that time period.
    • Soul mates have found each other or will within 2 months.

    If ill dignified, it can represent:

    • Folly, waste, dissipation and silly action and is far more superficial than when well dignified. In the Thoth Deck Tarot, ill dignity and well dignity, are decided by the surrounding cards and there is no significance supplied to up-side-down cards. This being because this is seen by many Qabalists as an act  of disordered deck handling and not an "act of God".

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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Ace of Cups & The Night Sun- Ace of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-ACE OF CUPS and the Night Sun Tarot-ACE OF CUPS of the 1st Sephiroth- Kether:

    If you have any knowledge of the latest in Astrophysics, you may understand that Kether is the "Dark energy that becomes-Dark Matter" and "pushes the Universe along, which is how we know it, since  both are really not understood by us. Kether, the CrowningSource of All, is not known to us objectively, but it's presence is subjectively understood as a movement within all that moves; an invisible thermodynamic energy, a beginning of vibration/freguency.

    Again, the 4 Aces, are attributed to Kether and they represent the most pure forms of energy in essence rather than form. Each is a specific type, and density of Energy Essence that we call the "seed" of Pythagorean  and/or Alchemical Elements.

    Is Kether in Briah, the Creative World, depicting the influence of Kether on the Mental Level. The Ace of Cups is the Root Powers of Water, an element used to symbolize the Unconsciousness and emotions when in combination with Fire, which is known as Water's Consort. 

    The Thoth Tarot Version of this Card shows the wave action characteristic of physical water implying the activity that encloses and directs pure consciousness, as the Womb of consciousness is the Universal Collective Unconscious and/or The Divine Creative. As the Universe of Energy is woven out of waves of consciousness, ideas that are understood. Thus, the Web in the background. The Feminine that Weaves this Web of frequencies and/or Microwaves of Self radiated from the Core or Root of Self, the Galactic Center of the Milky Way., was known to many nations of Native Americans as Spider Wombman.
    According to Crowley, the White Light descending is depiction of the Holy Ghost and/or Holy Spirit.
    The Holy Spirit represents the All of  Spiral-Energy and or Microwave frequencies of the Universal Self; each spiral a circle, each circle a dimension of Self-Understanding.

    The Cup, is the Psyche Wombof Form and/or the "Holy Graäl" ("Holy Grail"),  and on the Thoth Tarot, emerges from the Lotus (Crown) implying the idea or root power of Womb;the seed of the concept of conception. Therefore, the Ace of Wands is the root power of Phallus.   The Ace of Cups is a symbol for the-Yoni Moon, as the Ace of Wands is symbolic of the Phallus- Sun.
     Seen on the Thoth Tarot- Ace of Cups, the dark Sea of Binah supports the Two in One Lotuses that fill the cup with Life Fluid/"Mother's Milk", be it symbolized, by water, milk, wine or  alchemical Gluten. Two in One, is the realization of the Womb and Phallus as an root power of multiplicity.
    The Night Sun- Ace of Cups, shows the Chalice like Graäl filled with a fertile growth of both Lotus, goddess symbol of the Oriental cultures and the 5 petal Rose-goddess symbol of Western cultures. The radiants of Life Giving Force, are shown as straight radiants on a background of Blue with sacred geometry symbols. The Upside down triangle symbol for the element of water is shown above the Cup.

    The Qabalistic- ACE OF CUPS, represents the emotional world of "feeling" and/or intuition that resides in the Unconscious; the time of Summer and the Space of East. This is the symbol of receptivity, psychism, instincts, fears, memories, desires, dreams, fantasy, and all the other aspects of the subconscious. This is the essence of imagination, what I call "the womb-with-a -view", for in her ideas are gestated in "Understanding", which conceives all things.

    The colors of Cups, are those of water, lakes, ponds, oceans, rivers, rain and the blood. If you remember your biology, blood is blue until it is oxidized (You may have notice your blue veins). This is the Holy Grail sitting within the emotional nature (would be a fitting symbol for the Emotional Body of our Aura) which is represented by the blue cup. It is the conscious state of emotional integrity, as represented by the double rainbow on the Thoth Card. The inside and outside are without dichotomy. As above so below can also be seen here.

    The Ace of cups also symbolizes the ability to nurture one's-self with the same capacity as one gives out to others. Also seen on the Thoth Graäl, are the Three rings of " Kings Soloman's key" and a stylistic rendition of the Chakras and serpent and,or spiral forces of life in the human body.

    The blue Grail, is Wisdom and the Cup symbol is Compassion, Reason and Discipline, the three ingrediants of Love, making it apparent that Love and Wisdom are in union as a flow of nurturing, healing, supporting emotional force (as seen by the radiance entering the cup). Love and Wisdom in equal balance.

    The serpent handles of the cup symbolize the regenerative nature of this balance, as the serpent sheds it's skin to transform into a more expanded being; our Soul also sheds personalities, in order to transform.

    The lotus base represents the trusting heart who never over-extends itself emotionally but unfolds itself naturally without resistance or holding itself back. In fact, this Love-Wisdom union is the woven fabric of Life itself, as symbolized by the web of Spider Woman (Native American Mother of the Universe) that is seen behind the cup.
    Scholars have little doubt that the  Christianized version of the Auturian "Holy Graäl" legend, had no authentic tradition of the lost wine- cup of Christ.

    The vessel was entirely pagan and feminine as another transformation of the Celts' Cauldron of Regeneration.  This Gaäl was the symbolic female-body symbol of life giving blood. As in Hindu symbology, the cup was often shown in conjunction with a male symbol, just as the Grail appeared in conjuction with the holy lance.

    The legendary quest for the Grail, is a vast pagan epic, as depicted by its Cistercian ornamentations. In the later Christian story, every anecdote, and detail in this inspired work is merely a travesty of the Celtic Quest for the submerged woman/ Lady of the Lake and/or Dr. Carl Jung's "inner perfect woman" the Anima.

    According to the Christian stories, the Grail had some very suspicious origns. It was carved out of a jewel that fell from Satan's crown (Kether) as he descended into the underworld. In many texts, the jewel was identified as the Phoenix stone, Lapis Exilis, Lapis Judaicus, or Theolithus (God stone). Its magic renewed one's youth or supplied one with inexhaustible amounts of food. [Spence, 246]
    The connection to the Philosopher's stone or the magic Gluten is easily seen here.

    Nevertheless, the Divine Feminine is the great Womb of all form, including microwavesand therefore resides in all of us as does "mother's blood", for no child has any blood from the father. This Divine Anima, is worth knowing, for she will release us from the fantasy of man-made identity. She knows her children, and they are not man made.

    When the Ace of Cups card is thrown in divination, it indicates:

    • That  in the period of one year you will experience  emotional integrity, equal balance in self-nurturing and the nurturing of others.
    • The Ace of Cups also implies the implementation of trust that can be experienced in relationships with water sign people in your life; Pisces, (February 21- March 21), Scorpios, (October 21 to November 21) and Cancer (June 21-July 21).
    • The Ace of Cups is a quality of the Magus (key 1 of the Trump) who is the archetype of communication.
    • The Ace of Cups is the aspect of being able to communicate feelings from a place of emotional integrity and trust rather than from a place of control.
    • This card represents the Ecstasy that comes with the Love of life in its entirety. As the Tao has stated,"..where there is ecstasy, there is creation. Where there is no ecstasy there is no creation." Maybe Ecstasy built us so it could be us!
    • A new attitude brings rewards.
    • in a period of One Year,the querent will develop a new relationship, or new awareness about existing relationship.
    • Is experiencing a new bust of empathy, emotion, sentiment or enthusiasm  This is a time for staying open and vulnerable in order to reap rewards.
    • The opening of spiritual, psychic, intuitive channels
    • Heart opening to the gift of Love.

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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Princess of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot- Page of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Princess of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot- Page of Cups:
    Represents mastery of emotional objectivity achieved by working through manipulation, jealousy, possessiveness and seduction.

    When viewing the Thoth Princess of cups, which is traditionally a Page of Cups in the middle ages tarot, we see:

    1. The turtle in the sea shell, symbolizing the capacity to offer emotional loyalty and longevity to others by being objective and non-possessive. 
    2. The Swan coming out of her head, represents emotional security and the ability to communicate her feelings, desires and concerns in realistic and meaningful ways ( the dolphin emphasizes this ability).
    3. The crystals on her gown, show a crystal clear ability to look at things as they are instead of what see wants to see.
    4. The free floating lotus blossom shows her trusting heart. She is devoid of a possessive and controlling heart.

    This is Elaine the Virgin Moon-goddess of Arthurian legend, who was the keeper pf the Graäl (Grail) in the Graäl temple, where she wove the tapestries of life, death, an fate. Elaine was reported to be  the "Dispenser of Joy" but also a source of hidden knowledge, bestower of mystical insight and the gift of wisdom. Although the Night Sun Tarot artist, Fabio Listrani, called his card the Page of Cups, he didn't use the traditional androgynous figure, but actually depicted Elaine, the Moon Goddess, possessively holding her Grail-chalice. Haloed with the "sacred octagon", that depicts the perfect balance of Male expressive and female receptive forces, she stands with the Wings of the Swan, implying the ability to communicate her feelings, as well as, being an Angelic or magic being.

    The Tarot-Princess/Page of Cups/Chalices: represents the earthly part of Water; especially the faculty of Water that promotes crystallization. She represents the power of water to give substance to idea, to support life, to form the basis for chemical combinations. This is also the power of Woman and is part of the Magic-Womb-rite that Mothers preform. Both the Night Sun Tarot and the Thoth Tarot cards, present water in color, and depiction. The back ground of the Night Sun Tarot, shows magic geometry, the alchemical symbol for water, the Leonardo Divinci six petal flower in a circle, which is his interpretation of a human soul symbol.  Left upper corner of the card shows the alchemical symbol for earth and the right upper corner depicts the alchemical symbol for water, representing the Princess of Cups as the earthly part of water.

    In the Thoth Tarot, Elaine is represented as a dancing figure, robed in a flowing garment at whose end crystals are forming. She is crested with a Swan with open wings.  In oriental philosophy the Swan represents
    AUM---which is the symbol of the entire process of creation which in western philosophy is best describe by the word Magic

    If you can think inwardly you will then understand that the Magus doesn't use magic----it
    "marries"Him! Magic becomes his consort.

    The sea-shell Cup the young Elaine holds has a Tortise climbing out of it

    Here, once again, Lady Frieda Harris represents Hindu Philosophy in her art. The Tortoise is symbolic of a steadily moving platform supporting the Elephant "who holds  the world on its back" . In other words, represents the foundation of Life-Force for the Earth which may seem slow in evolutionary terms, but is persistent and undaunted.
    The Dolphin, that is disporting in a foamy- sea, symbolizes the power of creation know as the Royal Fish, which is also known as the first matter.

    The archetypal personality that the Princess of Cups represents (consult birth chart):

    • Is personally, infinitely gracious, voluptuous, gentle, kind, and tender. 
    • Her life is Romance, a perpetual dream of Rapture.
    • Superficially, she seems selfish, and indolent, but this is not so. She just goes about her work silently and effortlessly with no need to consult others but always willing to assist.
    • As a helpmate, she is unsurpassed for she is very dependent on others but at the same time very helpful to them.
    • This concept of dependency may seem counter-intuitive to Powerful expression; However, it is in Union that Her power flows and in this sense, the art of dependency becomes crystal clear.

    To find an ill definition of this card is rather difficult, because her strong points can be considered weak points in the perspective of division-ism, but her strong points  are in the perspective of Union and alone she is often envious. To some, being a romantic can seem a negative character others, empowered artistic expression. All in all She is enjoyable, as a beautiful blue-green-yellow butter fly, flitting from flower to flower. I for one, would never try to contain her nor pin her down for display. I'd rather be Pan to Her Romance and play the flute music supporting Her dance on the night of the full moon.

    The Thoth Princess of Cups or The Night Sun Tarot- Page of Cups and The Ace of Cups:
    The Ace of Cups represents the root of the powers of Water. This is Water, in its most arcane form, Life-Fluid , (Dew of the Mother/Moon light) symbolically represented as Water, Blood or Wine.
    The Ace of Cups is the compliment to the Ace of Wands, as is the Sun to the Moon and the Lingam to the Yoni and represents the essential form of the Holy Grail/Graäl ("The Womb with a view").
    The Great Mother, Binah, is often symbolized as the Dark Sea and in the Thoth Tarot Ace of Cups, She is both the Sea and the Lotus: the Lotus ( two in one) being the Fertile expression of the Great Mother.
    Descending from above, on the Thoth Tarot, a ray of milky light representing the "Holy Ghost" or the "Life giving Milk of Mother" and beneath the Grail/cup we have the Moon. The Waves of Life-Fluid, are shown as a web of fluid energy from which the tapestry of Creation is woven from. To many Native Nations, this would symbolize the Work of the Great Spider Woman,

    THE PRINCESS OF CUPS, represents the Earthly part of Water (Life-Fluid), in particular, the faculty of crystallization, therefore, the crystalization of the Life fluid or Ace of Cups. Hence, The Princess/Page of Cups, represents the Grail's power of manifestation, She is the power of water that gives substance to idea, to support life and to form the basis for  chemical combination, that is often called- solution.

    As stated: The Princess of Cups in the Thoth Tarot represents a dancing figure robbed in a flowing, crystal edged garment, all of which indicates her flowing and crystallizing abilities. Thus we can determine that she is an active rather than passive force from the Great Mother.  This determination if continued in the imagery of the Swan taking wing.; The Swan is the symbol of AUM (of oriental philosophy) that is the vibratory harmonic of  Universal Creation. 

    The Princess of Wands, Cups, Swords and Disks, all give a Character to the Root Power they are associated to. The Princesses are called the Thrones of The Great Mother, as they represent on Earth, Mother's rule. Root powers are without will and thus not focused. The Princesses are the Intelligently Focused Energy of a Root Power and are thus aware and more personalized intelligence with conscious characteristics. These Great Daughters of the Great Mother, have their own peccadilloes, and it behooves the practitioner of magic to know them. For instance, the Princess of Cups has an infinitely gracious character that is voluptuous, sweet, gentle, kind, Romantic, and the perpetual  dream  of rapture, are her very nature. Unlike the Volcanic nature of the Princess of Wands. To the shallow thinker, the Princess of Cups may seem indolent and selfish, but that fact that she goes about her work silently and effortlessly dispels such interpretations. Like a mountain stream, she loves to dance and sing, being effervescent in her personality.

    These Princesses are Elemental Intelligence, and can be communicated with, however, their nature is in direct union with a Force beyond the practitioners control.  Tried and true rituals of magic  are recommended so that these forces can be contained before they become an overwhelming flow. 

    In the Case of the Princess/Page of Cups as a core personality, the self-conscious  could be overwhelmed by the extreme dreamy rapture of  her archtypal nature and become unable to operate successfully in the day-to-day world.
    Many of us don't realize that the Archetypes of the basic 16 types of personalities, as represented in the Court Cards and seen in our world, are Elemental Forces. This is because of the thinking of "Divide and Conquer" which enslaves our minds,  we have forgotten that our human bodies, are Elemental Beings! The Whole "We" are a Spiral Entity (Spirit) and not of the Elements, but transformers of them. Hence, we are not seeking to become more Spiritual, for that would be like a fish in the Ocean  looking for water! Rather, we are seeking to become more "crystalized" and/or "condensed", rather than just rays of electromagnetic microwaves from the One Energy, we wish to become intimate with creation, while also learning discernment. 

    Spirit is "Spiritual", and/or Spiral energy, such as a microwave of the electromagnetic spectrum. Spirit, being infinite and eternal, therefore, the idea of "more or less",  becomes a ridiculous concept. As "children of the Divine Creative" (Microwaves of intelligence from the Qalactic Core) we have succeeded in becoming a united Life Force; united with that which it activates, i.e. The Alive Form.  We are more than attempting the Whole Union of Master (Spirit) and Masterpiece (Form )which is often called "As above, so Below", we are the Above connecting to the Below! Enlightenment is a misconception, we are I AM (Force of existence)who builds a Me (Manifested Awareness) and the knowledge of the Universe is already achieved, obviously "truth is made manifest"!

    Therefore, in the Trinity of objective self, I AM ME, the  Me needs to seek nothing, it must operate only by the Will of the I AM, that seeks awareness through the process of condensing the First Material-thought into "lower and lower" frequencies until it becomes self-conscious thought that can be made manifest;  as this is how creation can be examined sensually! Isn't that what "Sensors" are for... up close examination? Hence, The Body is a "Sense of Presence", as the fish is a Sense of Ocean. Oh, by the way, the human bodys gives us as spirit, much more than 5 senses...according to the Tantra Yogis, it supplies 33 senses, that can only be realized when the Real Person (Soul) operates the brain, rather than the automatic loops of indoctrinated data.

    As a fellow I AM, I  know that I did not come to seek spirituality (I Am That), I have come to seek a sense of discernment so that I can examined my creativity (imagination) for errors that may impeded the Great Work by collapsing the universe (Hindus say it has collapsed 4 times); this discernment enhances the "As above so Below"! I am a Qabalist, because that knowing of myself, aids me in the purpose that I AM, the purpose of us all; TO BE ME! I, who is Psyche/Spirit/ Divine Creative,  defined knowledge through being! As a Qabalist, I have also Married the Four Daughters, who rule the elements from the 4 quadrants of the North, thereby, reinstating my "Princely" status.  

    When the Princess of Cups is thrown during a reading, the querent is often experiencing:

    • Emotional detachment that is free of jealousy.
    • Being rapturous and gentle, kind and tender.
    • A personality full of romance, dreams and loving vision but also a dispenser of hidden insight and wisdom (see Elaine the Moon Goddess).
    • May seem to be an exhibitionist, but that is merely her innocence and joy of being showing itself.

    If ill defined, the Princess of Cups, suggests flightiness, shallowness, and inability to accept reality.
    When this card is thrown for a woman or shows up in her tarot birth chart  as significator of her core personality: it states that she is objective, and intuitive, gentle and kind.

    •  Emotionally loving and realistic rather than attached and clinging.
    • Can be impulsive and often takes initiative.
    • When thrown for a man, the Princess/Page of Cups represents:
    •  Their inner feminine nature (anima) that is committed to offering emotional longevity while being loyal in realistic non-possessive ways.  Therefore this personality card may represent both genders.
    • The princess/page also maybe a person in one's life who is one's own age or younger and who may be teaching one lessons about emotionally letting go.
    • This is a water sign card that is associated with Pisces, Cancer, and Scorpio and may represent the people born within these time frames who is known to the Querent.

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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Prince of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot- Knight of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot Prince of Cups and The Night Sun Tarot- Knight of Cups- A comparison:

    The passionate heart and mastery of emotional desire.

    The symbols of emotional desire and transformation on the Thoth Tarot Prince, are the Eagles, (one pulling the chariot and the other on the helmet) and the snake emerging from the cup. There are no Princes in traditional tarot, as the Prince of the King and Queen was traditional a knight. So the Night Sun Tarot depicts a knight, while the Thoth Tarot of Crowley, depicts Kings a Battle Knights, and therefore, has Princes as son's of the King and Queen. The Prince or Knight of Cups is assigned the turbulent water sign of Scorpio, a sign known for its passion, desire and transformation, and is represented in the symbols of scorpion, snake and eagles.

    He, this Son of the Divine Creative, is the lover within each individual that expresses and experiences "hard desire" which simply means deep emotional passion---the kind that created all things and is an inheritance from the "Divine Couple"/ The Divine Creative. On the Night Sun Tarot, the golden octagon above his head, symbolizes this equilibrium of the divine feminine and the divine masculine within.Hard Desire, often called Lust, ignites the heart and propels us forward, which all seems wonderful except that it often gives us "target fixation", and we are not viewing what is going on around us. Mastery of desire, rather than being mastered by desire, is the key here. Therefore, On Thoth Prince of Cups, the upside down lotus held in his hand, represents the ability to let go of desire when it is necessary to do so. The turbulent passion of lust and/or heightened emotion is shown on the Thoth Tarot as gusts of whirling mist filled air, depicted on the card's back ground. The Night Sun Tarot chose to depict the Knight as quaffing deeply from the Grail (Graäl) cup of the goddess, while smiling in satisfaction. The Hebrew letter Cheth, is also depicted top center of this Night Sun Tarot Card, the letter assigned to the Qabalistic- Chariot- key -7, meaning enclosure, another term for the womb.

    When thrown for a male, The Prince of cups represents the Animus/Galahad within; the hero known as Lancelot of the Lake, who quested for the holy Grail (Graäl). The Prince represents, gallantry, gentleness, self-sacrifice, sensitivity, courtesy to women. He is in touch with the "feminine" /Anima aspects of his own being. For those who don't know,
    Lancelot was an Arturian hero based on ancient Celtic conceptions of the phallic lightning god---Lanceor, The Golden Lance, mated to Colombe- the Dove, a northeren version of Aphrodite Columba  [Malory 1, 377]. In this legend we have the even older Hindu, Vajra-meaning phallus, jewel or lightning as the Celtic, Lanceor who decended into the Goddesse's abyssal womb to fertilize the world. Even as a  christianized version of a Knight of the Round Table, Lancelot showed signs of his pagan origin.  He was still a lover of the Mother, and a reincarnation of his own elder self. He lay with Hel-Aine or her many versions-Elaine, or Elen, or Helen, or Eileen, the same multi-named goddess worshipped at the Celtic lunar shrine of Cnoc Aine [Graves, W.G., 409]. This Hel-Aine, was a weaver of fate, who bestowed on Lancelot a gift of invincibility; a vaginal fetish seen as a red silk sleeve (enclosure). 

    She was also the Queen Elaine, Mother of Lancelot, who christened him Galahad, the same name given his younger reincarnation or "son". Later, the elder hero recieved the name Lancelot from the Lady of the Lake in her magic Land of Women [Malory1, 91]. Just like Osiris-Horus, Apollo-Heracles, Zeus- Zagreus, God-Jesus, and many more versions of this ancient, ubiquitos father-son deity, Lancelot became a Lord of Death and a keeper of the paradise-castle, which appeard in the romances of Joyous Gard, the "Happy World".
    Therefore, the legend suggests that the Tarot King of Cups, Bron the Blessed and/or The Fisher King, being reincarnated as the Prince of Cups. I find this interesting, as the Fish is the symbol for the goddess's vesica pisces; which is also often shown as a cup or Grail and both cards are assigned the zodiacl water signs, the King is assigned Cancer and the Prince is assigned Scorpio.

    This masculine persona card, The Prince or Knight of Cups, when thrown for a woman,  represents a visual portraiture of dynamic emotional desire which is expressed and mastered by the animus (male) figure within. She has the desire to follow the song of the heart and move in directions that are both life expanding and passionately liberating. Giving art to the world through love, imagination, grace, style, and deepest feelings.

    There can be a negative emotional side, of being moody and jealous, if controlled by desire and passion rather than mastering it. However, this is solve once the mind turns to artistic visions and/or fearlessly recognizes deep feelings.

    The Tarot-Prince of Cups, or the traditional Knight,  represents the airy part of Water and/ or the intelligence of Emotion. He is on one hand, elasticity, volatility, hydro static equilibrium; on the other he is the catalytic faculty and the energy of steam.
    He rules the zodiac from the 21st degree of Libra to the 20th degree of Scorpio.

    This partly armored Warrior is depicted almost naked, on the Thoth card, and wrapped in an artistic rendition of Hindu/Arab clothing on the Night Sun Tarot, all to show his volatility, as does his steam like wings on the Thoth Tarot Card or the Knight's Charger on the Night Sun Tarot. The Thoth Prince has an eagle both on his helm and pulling the Chariot, these are symbols of Scorpio in its higher element of expression, while the most significant figure representing Scorpio is absent in this card. This is because the Scorpion symbolizes a very occult alchemical process of putrefaction that is an extremely secret process and not a part of this Prince's operation.

    The lotus flower, which the Thoth Prince bears in his right hand, or that is shown floating on the drinking pool of the Night Sun Tarot card, is sacred to the goddess.  The cup/Grail, in the Thoth Prince's left hand depicts a cup issuing a serpent. This can be lightly said as,"The Womb that births the Serpent Force"; However, the understanding of this statement is not difficult as the serpent for is "Lord of Life and Death", just as is Lancelot. Beneath the Eagle Chariot of the Thoth Prince is a stagnant lake upon which a steady rain falls. Hence on both cards, there is alot of water symbolism showing the great depth of Spirit and emotion in the Mysterious Sign of Scorpio...a truly occult and secretive sign. Many a Magus is of this sign.

    The Thoth Tarot Prince of Cups, is as all Princes, dependent  on the Union of the King and Queen.  Unless set in motion by the Royal couple, his power is illusionary. This is also depicted as the octagon halo on the Night Sun Tarot, for that sign represents the perfect union/equilibrium of the Divine masculine and the Divine feminine.
    The Prince of Cups is known in hermetic magic, as the Prince of the Chariot of the Waters, Prince and Emperor of the Nymphs and  Undines, as he represents the last Decan of Libra and the first two Decans of Scorpio.
    He is Specific Air of Primal Water.

    By now, you may know the Yod Heh Vau Heh formula, which is  also shown in the Prince of Cups. Here we see the water Lotus and the cup that is  issuing serpent. The Serpent represents Chokmah, the Yod Force and in this card, it has the fiery unsettling qualities of turbulent Scorpio. The cup, is Heh, and encloses the Yod-serpent,....a Victorian way to show phallus and womb ; King and Queen in Union.  The Prince, as Vau, carries out the activities of Yod and Heh combined, here then is Water in a misty steam of e-motion. The Eagle drawing the Chariot, is the Kerubic symbol for Water and the highest aspect of Scorpio.  And as we know if we've swam in a river, the Eagle also suggests that the calm appearance of water, may hold violent and turbulent energy-currents beneath the surface. Thus, in the Prince or Knight of Cups, Water suggests the Universal Collective Unconscious which bears dynamic energy. Hence, what activity we can expect from the Prince of cups personality, is on one hand, elastic, volatile and hydro-static equilibrium; on the other hand, the catalytic faculty and energy of steam which is shown in the art of the Thoth Tarot card as wings of tenuous vapor, sprouting from his back;  also suggesting a spiritual sense of vaporization. The Night Sun Tarot, shows the Knight/Prince, kneeling on a rock, as the pool is deep, showing his depth of emoiton.

    As I've said before:The Princes represent the coming and going of an event or person.
    In the case of the Prince or Knight of Cups, the morality or moral characteristic of such a person would encase subtlety, secret violence and craft. Being also an artist in all his ways, he would be intensely secret and deeply romantic.
    The calm and imperturbable surface of this Archetypal personality implies:
    • He displays mask his most intense passion.
    •  He accepts only external influences that aid him in his secret designs. 
    • His conscience is not that of an ordinary person, for it is of  a more impersonal nature, making him suspect and distrusted by acquaintances.
    • He is perfectly ruthless and inspires fear in those that distrust him.
    • His abilities are immense, going beyond ordinary senses in to realms of the subtle.
    • He is, however, fluid and being volatile as well, does not care to work in harness.

    The fact that this card is Libra going over into Scorpio, suggests great volatility, as this influence implies tremendous power, energy and weight.
    Such a person must be well mated, with good will and sincerity, for loyalty is all important to keep their good nature. When this is so, they are extremely romantic, sensual and generous to a fault and are great lovers.
    As far as events go, this is a personal process of the quiet inner aspect of the male principle where self-reflection, inner meditative peace and awareness are being experienced by the querent (The person the reading is for). Here the event of Mind is turned towards deep feelings and artistic visions with the necessary passion to do them but with the secrecy that may prevent it. Here a person is completely involved in emotional sensation, psychic awareness and spiritual awareness. All of which they have in abundance.

    The moral characteristics of this archetype personality are:
    • Subtlety, secret violence, and craft.
    • A person who is intensely secret and artistic in all their ways.
    • The calm and imperturbable surface of this person, hides a deep and powerful passion.
    • A personality that seems susceptible to external influences, but only to use them to further their secret designs.
    • This person's conscience is not the same as the ordinary person, so they are often distrusted by others, as many feel they can't nor will understand a person of such deep and secret passions.
    • Scorpios are often feared because of their perfectly ruthless nature, that cares for power, wisdom and their own aims rather than the concerns of others.
    • This person knows that all people define themselves, and feels no responsibility for others, so even though their abilities are immense, The Prince of Cups personalities can't be relied on to work in harness.
    • The consequence of this card is of great power as Libra going over into Scorpio is of tremendous activity, critical energy and weight. Here is a personality that prizes good will, sincerity and right mating as essential to success in life; their danger is overweening ambition. Will-to-Be, the Deep Passion of the Greater Self, is powerful in such a personality.....tread on their designs and the Scorpion stings mercilessly!

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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Queen of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot- Queen of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot & The Night Sun Tarot-QUEEN OF CUPS:

     To an Astrologer, this Queen rules from 21 degrees Gemini to 20 degrees Cancer.
    To a Hermetic- Qabalist, She is Water of Water, i.e. Specific Water in the World of Primal Water.

    On the Thoth Queen of Cups, there is a Crayfish in her cup and she has her right hand with lotus on an Ibis. 
    • The Crayfish relates to the Moon and one of the characteristics of this card is that its flow changes to the influences around it. The crayfish shell in her hand, also shows that she chooses integrity over illusion.
    • The Ibis is in the Egyptian tradition, a bird associated with Thoth-Hermes who has an aspect of being The Moon God.
    • The lotus in her right hand is a flower sacred to Isis. These waters on which the lotus float are a means of transmission of Forces (emotions). As a court card the Thoth Queen of Cups can mean: a mature, motherly woman, with deep sexual powers and fertility that may manifest as actual motherhood  or through a creative line of work. Her ability to give birth to new forms, new talents, new identities and new life is symbolized by the stork on the Thoth card and as a pregnant Queen on the Night Sun Tarot Card.

    The Queen of Cups, on both Cards; 
    represents a "womb-with-a -view", Imagination, who is the expression of emotional authenticity and congruity about motherhood issues and issues surrounding maternal or female authority figures in one's life. She does not use feelings to attack nor does she feel the need to apologize for her feelings. The Night Sun Tarot shows the Queen placing her hand on her pregnant womb.  This subtle gesture is used as a reminder that she chooses integrity over illusion. The double water reflection, on the Thoth Tarot Card,  symbolizes "as above so below" which is the axiom of western metaphysics and simply points out that she  expresses inner and outside feelings as well.  Her outer self is always the accurate reflection of her inner self. The Night Sun Tarot-Shows water below and water above, as seen through the Window, as if she lives under the Sea. The inverted triangle is the alchemical  sign for water.
    At the top-center of Night Sun Tarot- is the letter Cheth or Chet, the Hebrew letter meaning- fence or enclosure for she is the Womb of the Soul. 8 is also the key-8 of the Major Arcane, that is the Chariot card. The Chariot cards is the "Golden Solar Warrior of the Soul" who is enclosed in the Chariot of Mother Binah, The All Mother of the Hermetic Qabalah. This Queen, is one who reflects the image of the one who looks at her, just as does the Soul, who reflects the personality that looks into it.
    The Queen of Cups is the Animus (Latin for-Spirit) Womb of-time-space, that encloses all form. The Great Mother Intelligence-Understanding- and/or Sanctifying Intelligence.  The Queen of Cups sits on the Thrones of the Waters; and rules the Undines and Nymphs. Her symbols are:

    • The Yoni
    • the Triangle
    • the Cup

    1. She is the Supernal Mother-Binah.
    The organizer and counterbalance of Chokmah. She is the requiter. 

    The dark Sterile Mother-The Crone

    1.  As the Queen of Cups-She is the bright fertile Mother. 
    2. She is the Great Sea- The Mari.
    3. She is the Blood: The Great Whore of Babylon.

    The Principle symbol of Binah, is the Yoni, a Sanskrit word for female vagina. I know her as, "The womb with a view", indicating that she is the "all understanding" Will to Form, from which all Life emerges. This Great Womb, is known to every culture, with many names. She is the completion of the Upper Supernal Triangle, which began as a Point, in Kether, and a Line in Chokma and a Triangle in Binah.

    Now before you get all Victorian, overcome by social flesh-o-phobia, and/or shudder at the sexuality of the Divine, think upon this: The Primary Female, Binah, stands at the head of the Pillar of Severity, while the Primary Male Sephira is Chokma and he stands at the head of the Pillar of Mercy. In our Patriarchal  society, one would think it the other way around, for the male is said to be of a sever nature and is  supposed to be the disciplinarian and the female is the merciful one. However,  the Qabalistic definition of sexuality is about qualities rather than static forms of sex. The Soul is ultimately hermaphrodite. The Male quality is called because it is unrestricted, energy ejaculated outward; Electric. The Female qualities of Energy are restrictive, thus form is made out of energy-in-motion enclosed in a pattern, a type of oppression we call Magnetic. Thus a Severe limiting quality is applied when building a form. 
    However, some confusion may yet again form, as beneath Binah on the Pillar of Severity we find the Male God Mercury in Hod. And at the base of The Pillar of Mercy, we find the Goddess Venus in the Sephira Netzach. So the "left hand path" is not entirely feminine, nor is the "right hand path' entirely masculine.Yet there is only severity on the left hand path, this is because Time/Saturn shows no mercy.  The anthropomorphism of the qualities of Intelligent Energy, binds us to Sexual figures as energy is at once expressed and then confines.  By understanding the 1st Law of Thermodynamics, you may see the problem of sexing the qualities of energy.  
    The Law states:"There is only one Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and Transmitted)." These Transmissions and Transformations, are caused by Qualities of expression-He and repression-She. I find it best to say that She is Magnetic and He is Electric. Thus, the value statements of the mundane are not involved in any misunderstanding. So the restrictive nature of Will to Form (Binah) is a discipline imposed on the ejaculation/expression of Chokma who is Will to Force . At the same time She is the Great Unconscious Sea from which all life emerges. Binah is described in the Qabalistic Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, as "The Dark Robe of Concealment", "the Great Dark Sea". Many of us know that "our dark-side" resides in the Unconscious; yet as The Queen of Cups, Binah is the Bright Fertile Mother aspect of Creation(Understanding) that gives life by restriction---the First Law of Form.   However as Crone- Law giver- she is the Dark Sterile Mother of Death as well. This duality is found in Yesod--The Moon, who reflects the "illusion" of Sunlight into Malkuth-the material plane. Mythology has given us the Bright Moon-Diana and the Dark Moon-Hecate, one is the adverse of the other.  To reiterate:
    Astrologically, the Queen of Cups is in the last Decan of Gemini and the First two Decans of Cancer.
    The Queen of cups is Specific Water (Imagination) in the Realm of Primal Water (Unconscious). Here the "Will to Form" of Binah is "reflecting on consciousness".

    Crowley's card shows this reflective nature in an abstract way. Here The Queen is enthroned on still Water, her image is of purity and beauty and is robed in veils of pure light.  The Truth of her is not seen by the observer, who can only see themselves in reflection.
    In her ethereal  hand is a shell like cup with a crayfish climbing out of it, a symbol relating to the Moon and its reflective qualities. Truth being, one of the characteristics of this card is that like water (consciousness), the flow changes according to the influences around it.

    There is also an Ibis in abstraction shown on this card, Here, we see the influence of  Thoth-Hermes . The Ibis is a traditional Egyptian symbol of this Moon God. Thus again the Male and Female influences are never separate.
    Chokmah the 2nd Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, is often represented as Python, the First Husband, thus as a snake or Serpent Force, i.e. a Spiraling Force. In Mythology, the Ibis  eats the eggs of the Snake, which relates to Binah's "consuming the seeds of ideas" (understanding)  from Chokmah who is represented as Wisdom. However, in Egyptian theology, the Ibis also consumes the corpses of the dead. This may seem contradictory, but the corpses of the dead are "Conscious seeds", personalities, which are recycled so that data is consumed and recycled in the Universal Unconscious. Thus we have reference to the Great Sea of Binah (Universal Unconscious)  from which life flows out, and also flows back into. Here the understanding of the Moon and the cycle of tides add to the knowledge the image conveys. 

    The Lotus which is shown in the art on both the Night Sun and Thoth Tarot,  is the Eastern Rose, and is the Sacred flower related to Great Mother Isis an Egyptian form of Binah. The Western sacred goddess flower is the 5 petal Rose that is also shown on the Night Sun Tarot.  Rather than through the touch of her hand, as the Queen of Wands is shown controlling the Leopard, the Queen of Cups uses the intermediary of the Lotus (Womb)  to cause the Ibis to do its work. The Tranquil waters, on which the Lotus float, are the means of force transmission.  The Octagon seen as a halo on the Night Sun Queen of cups is a sacred symbol for the perfect harmony that is the He and She aspects that create The Divine Creative. The octagon is known as the symbol of  ultimate balance between material and invisible forces,the fixed male and mutable female; total balance between material and spiritual, heart and mind: the fully aware, Real Person of the Soul...the Christos or Buddha self-conscious human.
    The key characteristics associated with The Queen of cups, are dreaminess, illusion and tranquility. As is Water the perfect agent and patient solvent, the Queen of Cups, is able to receive and transmit everything without affecting herself in so doing.
    If the Queen of Cups is caused to be ill dignified by the accompanying cards in a reading, then everything is refracted and distorted, as she is directly affected by surrounding influences.
    The chief pleasure of this type of Archetypal personality:
    • Is to lead and attract  others.
    • Such a person seems not to have a great character of their own as they are reflecting those around them. Of course, to do so requires a skill in receptivity.
    If ill dignified
      Ill dignity is dependent on the influences which affect her.
    • Often, fantasy becomes more popular in her mind than reality----making it difficult for her to deal with "real world" problems. 
  • She is also mainly unseen, as she reflects the feeling, emotion and image of the one examining her. 
  • This card is usually well defined, especially if other Cup  or Wand cards are around her. She mixes well with Sun-light, and preens to male attention.
    • Such a woman, if not ill dignified, would easily be receptive to a mans wants and reflect his passions, seemingly the perfect reflection of her husband.
    • Her inner fantasies and dreams totally unaffected by him.
    • She is the "Moon Pool" of the Oracle or Seer as she is receptive to their seeking and reflective of forms past, present and future.
    • Since She is extreme in "surface reflective", most of us fail to see the depth of Her but there is more than one side of a Mirror and Her dark, depths , called the Dark Isis, should be avoided by the frivolous for only well trained initiates of Gnosis, can find their way back from such a journey!
    • The Dark Night of the Soul is on the "other side of the Mirror" that reflects form and the nature of the observer....on the dark side, there is no reflection only endless reception and we lose our self-image and become the Darkness observing itself!
    • If the Querent is male, he is viewing his Anima.
    Personality wise

    • The querent is showing issues surrounding motherhood.
    • Suggesting emotional empowerment, as the querent is able to express feelings honestly, blamelessly and without judgment.
    • Implies too much imagination about issues and not enough action taken to solve them.
    • Emotional and Intuitive capabilities that show  highly evolved interpersonal interactions and psychic abilities.
    • Implies the querent is extremely empathetic and thus must watch out for moodiness and fluctuating feelings.
    • Suggests that one inspires from within and could be a time of Deep inner musings, thoughts focused within where the mind is engulfed in Imagination. 
    • That a mature woman of deep sexual and fertility powers, where everything in her life is related to nourishment, sexual exchange, passionate giving and receiving maybe involved in the life of the querent or is the querent.
    • Motherhood, or new ideas formulating for a creative line of work.
    • An ethereal person of the highest ideals imagined....sometimes an unattainable high in this the physical  world of constant change.
    • Wisdom and virtue, Can denote a perfect spouse and a good mother.

    • One is either experiencing emotional or intuitive maturity.
    •  Or too much imagination is focused on our life  while no action is being taken by that person to acquire or solve the imagined  errors.
    • The Queen of cups is the emotional reflector.
    • Often our emotional reaction to others, is a self-reflection.
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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Knight of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot- King of Cups

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Knight of Cups & The Night Sun Tarot-King of Cups:
    In the Thoth Tarot, Kings are called Knights, who are armored Kings sitting astride their powerful "Spirit Force" steeds. The Knight of Cups is the fiery part of water, this may sound strange to the neophyte; However, the fiery part of water is the Power of Solution. Hence, The Knight of Cups is not unlike the fiery attack of rain or springs.

    He rules the Zodiac from 21st degree of Aquarius to the 20th degree of Pisces.

    The Armor, bright wings, and the leaping white charger, all represent the most active aspects of water. The crab represents the aggressive nature of water and it's regenerative state, as crabs individually regenerate by shedding their hard outer shell.
    The Knight of Cups totem is the Peacock, as the very nature of active water is it's brilliance. The Peacock is also the totem of the Peacock God Myths of which a greater amount of study is needed if you wish to understand the "Swirling Depths" of this card. The Night Sun Tarot places the upside down triangle symbol for water above the haloed King.

    The fluorescence characteristics of the archetypical  personality signified by this card are surprisingly passive, as dictated by the Zodiacal attribution. With the qualities of Venus, he is a graceful dilettante (a weak Jupiter). Passively amiable and quick to respond to attraction but the stimulation fades away as he is not very enduring. Emotionally triggered by outside influence, this personality has no real material depth of character. However, The Knight of Cups has an undeniable innocence and purity, that is hardly clouded by his ill dignified sensuality, idleness, and untruthful nature. In fact he is so superficial that it is hard to reach any depth in him. On the Night Sun Tarot depiction, the fluorescence character of this King is in the blues of water, all around him, the blue glass Graäl, and the shallowness of his nature is shown in the ankle depth pool at his feet. The five petal rose on the right of the throne and the lotus in the shallow pool, are both sacred flowers of the "All Mother" goddess. The golden octagon above the Night Sun King's head, is representative of the ultimate balance of the male-"Will to Force" and the Female- "Will to Form". Freddy Silva in his book[ Legacy of the Gods] called:

    The octagon is a significant geometric shape and symbol throughout human history... 


    (The octagon) "represents the ultimate balance between material and invisible forces, the fixed male and mutable female; total balance between material and spiritual, heart and mind: the fully aware, 'christed' human.  It is both the inhalation and the exhalation of the breath of creation... the octagon symbolizes the ultimate aim of esoteric traditions.  Notable, enlightened figures throughout history such as Mohammed, Merlin, the archangel Michael and Jesus have been characterized by either the octagon or its numerical value 8, and the infinity symbol; in gematria the name Jesus carries the value of 888."


                                                                                                              -Freddy Silva, Legacy of the Gods

    There is great difficulty in rightly mating water with Fire, as the swift violent nature of fire (as shown by the Knight or King of Wands)  ill suits a character that is naturally as placid as water. It is a rare persona indeed that has mastered the balance, such as a Christ or Buddha, so most often we find the personality mismanaging his or her affairs and unless good fortune attend them, their career and  life is littered with a trail of  failure and disaster. In the small ego, there can be a mental "civil war", and this can lead to depressions, and/or schizophrenia. The abuse of stimulants, alcohol, and narcotics is not uncommon with such a personality. Fire represents Will and Passion, while water denotes Unconscious emotion, often they do not agree, so to escape the internal argument, the self-conscious will often "self medicate".

    As always the case, the surrounding cards will help the Reader decide the positive or ill dignified nature of this card and often within the Reading is recommended the nature of correcting the unwanted behavior of his ill dignity. All in all, a very fun bubbly, bright person to be around---as long as you show attraction, to stimulate his attention.
     As stated: The Thoth-KNIGHT OF CUPS (King of cups in other decks)

    The Knight  or King of Cups rules the zodiac from 21 degrees Aquarius to 20 degrees Pisces making him the Specific Fire in the World of Primal water. Water is the substance used to represent the unconscious mental world and the Knight of Cups  is a personification of the specific motivational force that activates the currents of the unconscious... something we call e-motion.

    The Crab rising from the Graäl- Cup carried by the Thoth Knight symbolizes the sign of Cancer (Cardinal Water) which ruled by the Moon directs the flow of the tides.

    There is a dual meaning presented by the crab as it is also a ancient symbol for the Goddess Isis, Stella Maris, the Star of the Sea. The peacock, shown bottom left, is often attributed to Chokma, the symbol of Wisdom on the Qabalistic Tree of Life.

    The  Tarot-Knights/Kings and 2's: As before stated, the Upper Supernal Triangle can be compared to the Garden of Eden From here, the male and female polarities of energy balance against each other, evolving into ever increasing density of equilibrium as they develop  towards the lowest Sephira, Malkuth, on the Tree of Life.

    In Qabalistic Tarot, the number Two symbolizes the union and balance of opposites that underlies all material existence. 

    Because this equilibrium of opposites begins in Chokmah, which is represented by the Thoth Tarot Knights or Tarot Kings. This second Sephiroth is also called the Sephiroth of  "Perfect Harmony".  While Kether is that which is the "Root" of impetus: Chokmah/Knights is the impetus for all manifestation. The Harmonic Union of opposites supplies that action as the coupling of Chokmah-Wisdom and Binah-Understanding. Binah is Saturn, and Chokmah is the sphere of the Zodiac.

    Ultimately Kether, the first Sephiroth, is "sexless" for the idea of a dual nature is not formed yet, it is however the " whirling force" that begins motion. Therefore, Chokmah is the idea of Maleness (Electric) and Binah is the idea of Femaleness (Magnetic), and the mating of the Three (Supernal Triangle) "whirls the Electromagnetic Spectrum" into form. Therefore, the Thoth Knights represent the Archetypal Yod (Divine Masculine) Male Force, while the Binah-Queens, represent the Archetypal Divine Female, the Divine Heh; However, they are never separated and begin all creation as Yod Heh.....

    Once again our sensual ideas of sexuality do not apply on this Higher Scale of Communion.  Here Maleness is the vital outpouring of electrical energy that is organized, limited or formalized by the magnetic qualities of Female. Thus Yod is male and Heh is female, and the resulting offspring is Vau of the Divine Name, Yod-Heh-Vau-Heh, that is attributed to the six lower Sephiroth in which Tiphareth (Beauty) is central. Therefore, Fabio Listrani, places an octagon halo above his Night Sun court card figures.

    As you may note, there are many interchangeable symbols in the Qaballah that may make it seem more complicated than it is. The essential key is  that the Vital outpouring Energy (Knights), which in intercourse with an organizing force (Queens), produces something else. For example, red combined with blue, creates purple by the motion of the mixer (Kether). Therefore, opposites joined in balanced harmony, produce something greater than the parents.  This is not possible if exactly the same united with exactly the same, you would only get ... exactly the same!

    Therefore the Qabalistic Tree of Life originated in the opposition of Chokmah and Binah. However this is not static, any more than male- female union on earth is static, there is a constant back and forth motion of growth and movement as the "undercurrent" of the Whirling Force of Kether-e-motion, personified in the Knight of Swords. This "undercurrent" insures that when a change occurs in one Sephiroth, there is a natural balancing response in its opposite ( often shown as the figure eight). Therefore there is a continual exchange that could be compared to breathing, as the inhale/exhale action that powers Life.

    On the Tree of Life, the Uppermost Sephira is Kether, Eheieh ("I Will Be..."), which sets the pattern for all below it. Like an electrical switch that is off, Kether is all potential, while Chokmah is the electrical switch in the On position, the "Will to Force". Thus Chokmah/Knight is function while Kether is potential.   Kether is a "no-thing" while Chokmah is a form of the whirling force that is Kether, and called Force. Therefore, Crowley, made his Kings, into Battle Kings or Knights, as they are Switched on and forceful, rather than sitting on a their royal ass on a throne anchored to earth. However, the natural gentle nature of this effervescing personality archetype,  is what Fabio Listrani chose to depict in his artistic interpretation of this card. 

    Chokmah, the intelligence that rules the Kings/Knights and 2's of Tarot, is the State of Self, where we, begin as Force  and Binah is the State of Self, that organizes Force into Form,i.e. into being, from a Divine State of Meditation. The dreamed is unaware of the dreamer as we dream ourselves "inside out" (we are infinite inward and limited outward), an ultimate fact of our Earthly existence. Thus, you are the Master and the Masterpiece, the Transmitter and the Transmitted. Ideally our identity should flow back and forth from Transmitter and Transmitted by being the "corporate manager" in charge of both the transmitting intelligence and the receiving intelligence. Once again, you can see that your only savior, is an awakened subjective inner self saving the active-objective outer self from the delusion forced on it by "reflection".

    From One "I" all identity becomes, so in actuality, we do not exist as separates, any more than fish can exist separate from the Ocean. As Self-Awareness of "I AM", we declare existence by stating "I AM ME" (Force and Form) becoming a Psyche/Soul  combination of Fiery Father (Electric Force) and Watery Mother, (Magnetic Form). Each of us a "self-vision" of the Divine, given the freedom to preform on our own. Therefore we set about defining that invisible principle of existence as a manifestation of self-identity called "Me". Thus manifestation is a simple three word definition called, "I AM ME" of which we, who are the inheritors of the Divine Creative Mind (Imagination),  hold total freedom to define. Since I AM Not, is impossible, for what ever you define as not being you, simply states, that it is you as you use the Force of Psyche to imagine it as a form before you can deny it, making "what is not" into form and/or "what is". Never forget, that you must identify something to deny it exists. Much like an Ocean that builds a fish of itself and denies it self-exists after it becomes a self!  Therefore it behooves us imaginative creators to understand that " I am happy" creates happiness, while "I am not Sad" creates only sadness.  Time to rethink your psyche power over the dream of you!

    Since dimensions are descriptions of spatial terms, our life dream has specific dimensions, as that is our best frame of reference. The Tree of Life is how the Qabalah describes these dimensional frames of reference as being a downward flowing evolution of Chokmah thru various levels of Self Dream called Sephiroth.

    To make this simple, we are first  willfully-dreaming our own existence (Eheieh),  and that we are all collectively bubbles of Psyche (Souls) in the metaphorical effervescent Ocean of The Divine Collective Unconscious. You could say we are what is known as God-looking into a  sparkling mirror and realizing an image. 

    This process of Macrocosmic dreaming towards a more condensed and sensual dream self, Microcosmic image, is a state of Self-Awareness called the "fall", but it really is a "down sizing" the Ocean of  The Divine Collective Unconscious into individual fractal components (Souls), copies of the larger whole that cause us to "lessen" and/or give dimension to our self concepts to become more sensual and interactive, all of which is necessary for evolutionary discernment of identity. The many copies, as individuals, will interact as each "goes its own way", while the Whole Self is stable and has only "one way". Since this is a type of fragmentation of the Collective, we lose  Whole-sight of our own Divinity and must "reclaim" all the data we left behind on our "downward" journey into Sensual-Self-Dreaming. One could say that in manifestation, Malkuth, we are to become a Lucid dreamer, rather than a "sleeping one".

    The goal here is to get the inner dreamer and the dreamed image to cooperate with each other and thus the dreamed-Self than begins to get control over its life happenstances as "Will to Force" (consciousness) and "Will to Form" (Imagination/unconsciousness) work in sympathy with each other. This is a truly extraordinary experience  and is the making of a Magic Being where the Union of Dreamer and Dream has no veils between them. Hence, we can have anything at all, but often require very little as we no longer experience the " wanton need" or "hole" that is in the center of the disconnected. One Loves, without need; One creates without fear or need of result. One wants nothing at all because one becomes I AM Me rather than "I seek Me". Once one  discerns what does matter and what does not ("No-Thing Matters"), One goes about the Great Work of "As above, so below", a place where the "me's" are not separate, but a collective of effervescence in the Ocean of the Divine Mind.
    The Four Twos of Tarot symbolize the Power created by the union of the King and Queen that initiates force. Those forces are the Prince and Princess, that are not yet brought into action. The Twos thus imply the initiation and fecundation of a thing.

    When thrown and well defined, the Knight/King card often represents:
    •   A fair man of business, law, or divinity who is responsible and disposed to oblige the Querent. 
    • A person of good nature, often mature, and is compassionate, merciful but doesn't let his/her kindly feelings control them or carry them away on some jaunt of emotional excess.
    • Currents run deep in this person, who has considerable inner strength but works this strength through gentleness rather than overt acts of will.
    • The Knight of Cups represents a quality of irresistible force underlying a calm surface.
    In a more esoteric meaning;
    • the Querent is listening to their own conscience and trusting to their impulses while being guided by their instincts and intuition.
    • This is the Spirit of Water, that establishes emotions of love and relationships in a gentle and sensitive way. 
    • The Knight of Cups often represents the Querent who is a counselor, priest, or a psychologist.
    •  A creative and imaginative spiritual counselor.
     When ill defined,
    • There is a tendency to not be enduring when the person acts in swift passionate attacks, likened to springs and rains which are the power of solution.
    • There is a certain passive amiability that lacks material depth in his character---quick to respond to attraction that results in a type of shallowness.

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    Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 21- The Universe & The Night Sun Tarot- Key 21- The World

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Universe-Key 21 & The Night Sun Tarot-Key 21- The 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, for She created the masculine form.  She is and 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). Divine Masculine Presence, besides being light, is Self-Awareness on a Microcosmic scale that we call consciousness and 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 becomes form.

    This Lovely Tarot Card- key 21- The Universe 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..  God 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 . 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!
    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 knowledge gain from the Past.  This Great Will-To- Form that is Mother Binah (Goddess with many names) is always building "Her Children of Form" and 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".
    The Path of Tau, The Universe or The 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.  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 are all formed 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, 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 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.

    THE UNIVERSE and/or THE WORLD key 21, of Tarot.

    This Qabalistic Tarot Card is The Path of Tau, meaning equal armed cross and/or the Tau cross (T-cross). 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/Pyschic work into physical material is why we-Spirit-have a physical body! 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 (Solar Logos), born of Suns ("Sons of God"), who 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, 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, we call self-consciousness (small ego), just as bodies are a artificial sun!

    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."

    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 "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, 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 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 philosophyof All is "here" is easily shown as The Hindu "All Mother Goddess" Kali, multi-armed because of her many aspects. The Night Sun Tarot, shows Kali in the Traditional blue color, standing on the dead body of Shiva, her masculine lover, who she will soon reincarnate. Just as the Unconscious, reincarnates the consciousness.  The Vesica Pisces, or the Universal Womb, is shown as an oval of woven vines and the four elements are shown both their alchemical and tarot symbols.

    Therefore, 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 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 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 vibrationary "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.
    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 the realms of Pure Spirit "above". The experiences on Earth, 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.

    Dr. Paul Foster Case, who wrote the text, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls The Path of Tau (The Universe or The World card) the " Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all seven planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life.

    The Kingdom of Mind is all around you, but we don't see it. 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-The 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 is 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 this 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: TheThoh Tarot-Key 20-The Aeon & The Night Sun Tarot-Key 20- Judgement

    The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 20- THE AEON & The Night Sun 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, as seen on the Night Sun Tarot; The Golden Dawn and Rider Waite 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 Night Sun Tarot, shows the three persons rising out of the traditional graves, with the symbol for the Aeon of Osiris above, while the Thoth Tarot depicts a large golden letter of Shin, flora in its arrangement, 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 and at the top-left of  the Night Sun Tarot 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 left hand of the Traditional Tarot Angel, as shown on the Night Sun Tarot, is also empty and depicts a downward pointing finger, pointing towards the "crushed Universe". On the
    upper right of the Night Sun Card, is the upward point triangle that symbolizes the element of Fire.
    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 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) and/or 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 we do 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 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 the Divine Child of Universal Energy Conscious inheritance 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. 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 is 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. 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.
    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 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 Child of God. The continuation of this Tarot card and process of "Above all things, Know thyself" will be in The Aeon-key 20- Part 3.
    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. 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.

    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 Night Sun 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.
    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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