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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE & The Barabra Walker Tarot- Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE/ LA RUEDA de la FORTUNA

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 10 :THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 10: THE WHEEL OF
 FORTUNE:

The Tarot Card, Key 10: the Wheel of Fortune, is called the Path of Caph (meaning: Fist)  and runs from Chesed (Mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Tree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillar of Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Serphiroth above Tiphareth are in the Higher Self).

THE 21st PATH OF CAPH: Key 10-The Wheel of Fortune.
* Primary path color: Violet
*Musical note: A#
* Astrological Planet: Jupiter
*Meaning of Caph: Fist
* Hebrew letter-Double Letter: Riches-Poverty
*Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Forces of Life

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

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

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

Therefore the Wheel represents a closed cycle. Hence, the Wheel of Fortune is considered a flow of Karma, which is an effect state "of you get what you put out". The Wheel is an important symbol of the Mysteries, often shown as a prayer wheel, or medicine wheel,  it is also the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.

Therefore what is represented here is not a roulette wheel of chance and accidents, for in Qaballah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destinies which the words "freedom of choice" imply. The Wheel of Fortune supplies us with what we earn, which can be pleasant or unpleasant and the words freedom of choice imply that; for Free Doom, the Anglo Saxon root of the English Freedom, states" I choose my own death". Understanding comes when one realizes the "personality" is not the Real Person, for that is the Soul/Psyche. The personality is merely a Soul's "artificial intelligence" designed to operate limited experiments in discerning self-awareness, called "alive forms".

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

In his Qabalistic work, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Dr.Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation which would best be seen as a gyroscope, two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions, for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or moving opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic  motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.
What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Deck Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of the Wheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as  the Pharaoh, usually vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a women on a  male lion's body. Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of  mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same Person and therefore the Soul/Psyche of the individual. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power.

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

 The Wheel of Fortune, key -10 of the Thoth Deck Tarot, represents the fortunes of the Soul. It is a Karmic card that some misinterpret as "punishment for past sins", but that is in error. The reason for Karma is simple, Wisdom comes from creating, see the error in that creation, and then correcting it.  All manifested- creation has error in it, even personalities, because forms are  built out of a type of containment, called Time, which impersonally decides the creations end. It is the Second Law of Thermodynamics: "...all things proceed from order to disorder.", and creations are things (Personalities are made of thoughts and thought is a material), even thoughts are things and are made of Consciousness imposing itself on energy, that is why thoughts, although "first matter",  can be expanded and liberated, but never successfully repressed. To repress a thought, is akin to trying to repress  water....sooner or later it will break its bonds and the rage/pressure built out of bondage will wash away all in its path. So a Conciliatory extension of that thought must be made, such as, " boy this makes me mad, but in truth, I am mad because I am not getting my own way".  Besides,Nothing can make me do anything, I am already made. My reactive thoughts to a situation empower or weaken action, not the situation itself.  

There are many messages of "Know thyself in this card'", first and foremost is that this is a card that represents the Soul's journey as a builder of Self-Expression forged from Self-Awareness, i.e. a personality. The Path of Caph runs from Chesed (Mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life (can be spelled, Kabbala, Cabbalist, etc) and it is the Path between the Personality and the Higher Self and/or The Real Person.

 To reiterate: In Dr. Paul Case's text, Thirty two paths of Wisdom The Tarot- key 10, The Path of Caph, is called the Intelligence of Conciliation because it has a meditative function and that meditative function belongs to the Soul (the meditating Buddha, within). The Word Caph is of a double meaning--Riches and Poverty, and as a Gate Way of the Soul, this means riches and poverty of the Soul. A Soul is Rich in Personality creation and growth, when it expands and liberates personality from survival thinking but impoverished when survival thinking runs the body. Besides, to create riches, is to also create poverty.

When that Gate Way of Caph is open and Self knowledge of the Soul is freely communicated into the Personality, the Personality becomes expanded and liberated from the Karmic Wheel of survival thinking, as it now communicates directly with the Real Person. It is a scientific fact that when artificial intelligence is in direct contact with its Creator, is fares very well in problem solution. When it is not, it often blunders into more problems than it has data for and comes to an untimely demise. 

Even though the Brain will have and has had one life and no other, the successful artificial intelligence created by the Soul to operated an Alive being in the name of Life, is kept and passed on to the next body! In other words, the Real Person, finds out that the artificial intelligence it created, works! Hence, it passes it onward to operate yet another "living being"  as a type of "wet ware" imitating the Greater Self-Reflection. 
The Wheel of Fortune then also is the Alpha and Omega of personalities. 

This can be considered as the nature function of Jupiteron this path, as he, is often considered to be the Great Teacher and The Lord of the Force of Life and so the wheel of fortune is considered to be the symbol of Life itself. It is the Duality, of Female and Male forces that spin this wheel, and that is why the Greek Sphinx is shown sitting atop the wheel, as it is a androgynous figure, representing the Soul. The wheel represents the duality of all functioning Life; (Alpha-Omega, light and shadow, riches and poverty, electric-magnetic, Female and Male, etc.) The Soul then is the Intelligence of Conciliation as it mediates between the opposite to continue the flow of Intelligent energy in the Universal Tree of Life.

The Sphinx is also considered the traditional Gate Way between the life and death of a Personality. When the Personality can successfully conciliate between opposites, it is a keeper and is then passed through the Gate of Life and Death, keeping full memory of its past and moving forward into the present. That is why some Archetypal personalities are named on this planet, for they keep showing up throughout history as teachers, healers, and/ or Gnostic Souls, whose personalities and Soul immortality are linked in a conciliatory flow of Life Force, that continually expands Self-Awareness. Rotation of the Wheel, is then considered a  sequence, something which begins and ends and begins again. This is rhythm, a kind of periodicity that is cause and effect  and can be considered the domain of the Causal Intelligence (Causal body of the Human Aura), the intelligence of Cause. The personality lives within the Life that is the Auric Real Person.

The Higher Self  or "Real Person", does judge the personality's work and if the Personality is flexible and able to preform under extremes, in Life's Great Work ; expanding and liberating the alive from self perceived limitations of operation. In other words, to be mentally expansive, in a world where operations of form are often restricted by Rules and violent enforcement of those rules, that personality becomes too valuable to "put to sleep" and it is sent in again, and again, often many times, to help in the evolution of personal presentations of Life. This also means, such a personality begins operating more than just five senses, but also is endowed with the Soul Senses, which we often call Psychic abilities.

The Sphinx also represents a regulatory intelligence as it regulates the amount of information, from the Higher Self, that the personality can absorb without overpowering it with"too much information". It is nice to know that the Soul is a Sphinx and that it adores it's personalities enough to pay attention to them, but this attention is of no use to the Personality unless it pays attention to the Soul. The Souls see's the personality as its own desire "to be", however, there is no communication between Soul and Personality, if the personality is "seeking a soul/master" or looking to be more "spiritual", etc. For then the perspectives of the Real Person, and the artificial intelligence are not "in sympathy", therefore, communication is not possible. Above All things Know Thyself....has great meaning here!
 
Therefore The Sphinx (shown on top of the Wheel of Fortune) is the stable element in the midst of change (as the wheel spins) and often represents the Soul. In well touted Greek tale of Oedipus on the road to Thebes, the Sphinx bared the road and ask a traveler the question: "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the evening?"
Failure to answer the question correctly brought on destruction. Oedipus knew that the correct answer was Man, who crawls in childhood, walks on two legs in adulthood, and uses a cane in old age or "twilight years". The Sphinx responded to Oedipus's correct answer by throwing itself into the sea, which is an action replete with meaning for a Qabalahist who knows of the Great Sea of Binah, as the Universal Collective Unconscious. In this tale, The Soul, allowed the Personality, Oedipus, to continue since it "Above all things, knew itself".

Recently the Sphinx represents the synthesis of the Elemental Forces (Golden Dawn: Papers on the Enochian Mysteries). This recalls the Pentagram,(symbol of Ascended Man), which is  the Spirit above the four Elements.

The Papers on the Enochian Mysteries even state that there are four forms of the Sphinx: Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion, making the Sphinx the cardinal symbol of manifestation. It is the Gate that one passes through both in birth and death and the Intelligence that controls the passage. Being the directive power of the Higher Self in Tiphareth; it is protective, and a Keeper of  the Gates  which keeps the Personality from absorbing more than its system of reality can handle.

The answer to the Sphinx's question is really an extension of the Greek axiom: Man, know thyself!  By throwing itself into the sea, the Sphinx has shown it is no longer needed when the gate is opened; the Gate Keeper was absorbed back into the individual Higher Consciousness, i.e. The Great Sea of the Divine Collective Unconsciousness. The Personality is protected by the Higher Self by the destruction of those self- identities that are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space which can also be considered as the real death process. Those who know the nature of the Sphinx/Psyche may pass consciously from one state to the next, while others fall into a deep sleep, a "destruction" of awareness from which the soul gradually makes into another personality; into a new condition of Self examination. I
As you can see, this card is vaster than just the Sphinx in mundane concepts, and Greater research is required.


Now unless surrounded by Trump Tarot cards, The Wheel Of Fortune, doesn't speak of "personality incarnations" but rather of Good or ill fortune on the Querent's personal wheel of life and the reading will convey the Personal Soul's advice to the Querent, often by showing opposites in their life that must be joined to succeed.
It is also important to know that personalities are not your Soul, they aren't really you at all, just Artificial Intelligence, that is used to operate the wet-ware that turns Life (existence) into Alive (manifestation).  You can actually "step back" into your Soul-Observer and see the error (s)
in personal perspectives that keep your personality from preforming in the wet-ware  that is your physical body. Thus  each of us are able to take full responsibility for our actions or inaction, whatever they may be, and expand and liberate our very own personal software from dysfunction. We are not alone in our dysfunction, we are loved and observed by our Very Soul, personalities are It's children, and often as children they need guidance from a more experienced source.


In general,  the card means that when the Higher Self or Soul brings the Four Elements (alchemy) under control, the vibratory patterns (serpentine forces) Imagined by the Soul, become our self-conscious and we are no longer bound to the Karmic wheel. The Three figures on the Wheel of Fortune represent the "Three Alchemical Principles", which are called in the Hindu system Gunas;

  • Sativa (philosophic Mercury-Superconscious)
  • Rajas ( Sulfur- activity, passion, and desire- Causal-mental-emotional)
  • Tamas ( Salt-- ignorance and inertia, physical body.)

It is generally accepted that the Wheel of Fortune  represents the revolution of natural phases. In the Golden Dawn papers,  Mercury is  attributed to Kether, Salt is attributed to Chokmah and Sulfur  is attributed to Binah., i.e. "The Three Principles of Nature".

As stated:
the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is  both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardian to the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death. Thus the Sphinx is a gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage.
The Sphinx symbolizes the directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and/or The Soul of the individual and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps the Personality from absorbing more perspectives than its system can handle.

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

The dog faced monkey , on the left side of the wheel, is in reference to the Plutonian, Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the not only the companion of Thoth but also the symbol of time and eternity. Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, is the inventor of writing and scribe for the Gods who records the results of the weighing of the Souls on the Path of Lamed (See past blog on the Adjustment Card). Thoth is also said to divided time into  months, seasons and years. Thus his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity. In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the microwave patterns that turn the Wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the Wheel of Fortune means that when the Real Person, that brings the Elements under control,  bestows upon the Personality that  which "knows itself", faithful companions that are the "words" (vibratory patterns), freeing the Personality from the General Wheel of Fortune and/or Karma that governs the "sleeping personalities" who "above all things" don't know themselves.

The Thoth Deck Wheel of Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the Sphinx, Hermanubis and Typhon; Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis and is written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning  Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand, Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who is illustrated as a snake. Typhon was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of Myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris known as Set, the combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is the Pushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward. This may cause one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 10: THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE,
depicts a more tradition Wheel of Life and Death.
Here the Latin triple goddess of fate, is shown as a derivative of the Etruscan Great Mother, Vortumna ("she who turns the year").
The symbols of the Egyptian goddess of Fate, Hathor abound on this card. The horned crown with the Full Moon center, the Ankh, an Egyptian symbol of the infinite Real Wedding of the Divine Phallus and Divine Yoni.

In Tarot lore, there is a descriptive palindrome: Rota Taro Orat (Tora) Ator: "The Wheel of the Tarot expresses (the law of) Hathor".
World wide, the symbol of the Goddess Fortuna, was the wheel of time, derived from the the heavenly star-wheel of the Milky Way, which marked earth's seasons and cycles. Ancient mythologies, basically stated that the heavenly wheel was made of milk from the breasts of the universal-birth giver who had many names. To the Greeks she was Hera, whose breasts spurted the Milky Way across the night sky (the word galaxy came from the Greek, "gala", meaning "Mother's Milk).  All of us coffee drinkers know of the Italian word for milk, "latte", which came from Lat, or Latona, the Mother Goddess of ancient Latium. She was Al-Lat, The Moon, to the Arabs who latter masculinized her name to Allah. There is a very old shrine in Egypt, called Latopolis which was dedicated to her as an "archaic queen". Egyptians called her shrine Menhet, "The house of the Moon".

Therefore, Barbara Walker placed the Milky Way in the night sky behind the Hathor figure. Hathor being another milk giving Moon Goddess, often shown as a white horned moon cow, which was revered everywhere and still represents divinity in India. Hathor had her grimmer mood as Mother Time, The Sphinx,  who in cycles, is eating up all that she brings forth.
Therefore, Tarot often depicted the Sphinx at the peak of the Wheel of Time, with hawk headed Horus, the rising half of the year, climbing the Wheel and his Ass headed counterpart Set, the perpetual rival in the declining half of the year, sliding down the Wheel. Barbara Walker's card honors this tradition.

She also places the eagle, bull, lion and a humanoid form as traditional symbols of the Four seasons marked off by the solstices and equinoxes with their festivals of bull, lion, eagle and serpent, the serpent being changed into a man or angel.

Many other names of the Goddess of the heavenly star wheel, who ruled time and fate are: Lat, Fortuna, Vortumna, Hera, Isis, Mena,Tyche, Artemis, Bona Dea, Kali, Psyche, just to name a few whose primary symbol was the Moon or even a life giving world sustaining breast.


When the WHEEL OF FORTUNE is thrown during a reading, it indicates:
  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months there shall be new opportunities for creating fortune in the querent's  life.
  • Life is moving and being busy here, so breakthroughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.
  • Generally this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.
  • Change.
  • Remember, when at the bottom of the Wheel, you have only one way to go and that is Up!
  • Turning point, where one stops devoting their life to the manipulation of the outside world and begins inner contemplation, striving for new insights.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 9: THE HERMIT & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 9: THE HERMIT/ EL ERMITANO

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-, key 9, The Hermit: is attributed to the  Hebrew letter Yod, meaning, hand and it is this excellent hand of creativity that is the center of this illustration.
The Hebrew letter Yod(bottom left of card) is the foundation of all other Hebrew letters, which are combinations of Yod in various ways.



Being the first letter of Tetragrammaton, "The Secret Name of God" (YHVH), Yod represents the The Father who is Wisdom (Chokma); he is the Highest form of Mercury, represented in Tarot as The Magus and the Co-Creator of all worlds. Co-Creator, because the Logos is  a masculine "Will to Force" and must join with "Will to Form", Binah /understanding. 
Therefore the physical symbol for him is the Spermatozoon where One Alone fertilizes the egg. Thus in the Thoth Deck Hermit card we have the symbol of the Spermatozoon, and the Orphic egg (the Universe or "Egg of Akasha") encompassed by a many colored serpent that represents the iridescence of Mercury and the Caduceus-staff of Mercury, as shown on the Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 9- The Hermit.

On The Thoth Tarot card, the Hermit is arranged in the form of Yod carrying a blazing lantern, whose central sigil is in the likeness of the Great King of Fire (Yod is the secret fire) and is the Sun itself. He wears the colored cloak of  Mother Binah/Understanding, in whom he gestates.

On the Barbara Walker Tarot Hermit card, he is shown dressed in the gray colors of Chokmah (the 2nd Sephiroth-Wisdom), while holding forth the blazing lantern.

By realizing this symbolic card, we know that the Hermit is both creative and is the  fluid essence of Light, i.e. the Life Force of the Universe. On the Thoth card, his fertility is shown by the back ground of wheat sheaves. On Barbara Walker's card, he holds the Red Phallic Wand of the Fiery Father, wrapped in the twin serpents of Will to Force (masculine aspect of energy) and Will to Form (feminine aspect of energy).

The Hermit card is attributed to the sign of Virgo, which is the most receptive form of feminine earth and reinforces the concept of fertility. Yet again, is this theme of receptive- fertility repeated as zodiacal Mercury rules Virgo, and exalted therein.

As Psychopompos (Psychopomp), Mercury as The Hermit, is here shown as the guide of the Soul through the lower regions. His serpent wand that is growing out of the Abyss reinforces this image of guiding light.  Following him, on the Thoth Card, is Cerberus the Three Headed Hound of Hell (I-AM-ME) who is tamed by his presence.

There is a reason the Trump, Keys, are called the Major Arcana, (major secrets) as yet another Thoth Deck Card, Key 9, The Hermit, show us a pictorial representation of the entire mystery of Life in its most secret workings. We are looking at the "First Fertile ejaculation of  Spiral-Solar energy as visible Light" in the dark energy universe.

The mysterious formula of the Hermit is known in the Hermetic Qabalah as: Yod=Phallus=Spermatozoon=Hand=Logos=Virgin. To help in understanding of the extremes of both the manifestation and The Method, we must realize that the Dark matter of Space is impregnated by the Solar microwave ejaculation of "visible light" but it is a type of self- gratification, as the Hermit exist "Within" the Dark Mother and not outside of Her, just as the consciousness exists inside the dark unconscious. 
To some this is more confusing than to others, so by contemplating the image of the Sun in dark space, we may gain some insight. Obviously much study outside of indoctrination is require to understand the Major Arcana.

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The beauty of the Tarot Trump, is that they require a deep inner contemplation to begin understanding the flow of Force and Form in the 99.6% invisible Self (only.4% visible light). For instance, Yod  means Hand  which is humankind's most creative tool, when linked to imagination, the most creative Mind. The open hand  represents the primal beginnings of manifestation since before anything can be built by human beings the hand must be open to grasp the tools necessary to begin.

In the both the Barbara Walker Tarot and the Thoth illustration, we can see the Hermit has grasped the Light. Thus the Hermit represents the Hand of God. This is emphasized in the Barbara Walker Tarot Hermit, for the lantern is in his right hand (right-hand path of the Father). This lantern is in the left hand of the Thoth-Hermit, emphasizing the Electric-Father union with the Magnetic Mother, creating the light radii of the sun-lantern. Hence, before anything is created by the Divine Creative or humankind, one must have the idea and then the conception/understanding of a thing, that peculates out of the vast sea of consciousness know in Qabalah as Binah (In Her Scarlett Womb-man phase) who is represented by the Red Robes of the Hermit. The hand of God is a title also know to be that of Moses, dressed in the Red-White-black robe colors of the Great Mother, who led his people out of the desert into the promised land, a metaphor for idea being led out of the dark Unconscious Sea, into the light of conscious- reason.

In the Hermetic Qabalah the esoteric meaning of the Hermit card seems to suggest that we need to first withdraw from the extremes of society and practice asceticism as an advance towards perfection. In fact, the very word Hermit is derived from the Greek word for Desert. Here the word desert (έρημο) suggests a crystallization of idea out of Binah's (Mother God) vast Ocean, a kind of island in a wine-dark sea, by one lone traveler. But these explanations are as dry as the desert and need more intimacy to internalize them, therefore The Child,microcosm, must receive them from the ParentMacrocosm.

So no matter how the Hermit is described, it is a communion of Spirit, Mind and Body, a preeminent union of Fiery Father Force from Kether (the Crown) with magnetic Mother Binah, then communicated to the Child through the messenger Mercury as the Hermit.  When The Waters of the Universal Collective Unconscious are disturbed by "Will to Force" into waves of the electromagnetic spectrum and the birthing of Form as Beauty, the "weaving of sine waves" into a Harmonic called- Tiphareth- the Christ-Buddha  Sun/Son -center of consciousness, from the first point of awareness by the  the Supreme Spiritual Self, can only be explained in the most erotic imagery; usually an erotic dance of Creator and Creatrex. 

Yod itself, represents the mechanism of Phallic force that ejaculates its fiery vibration of "Will to Force", into the Vast Wine Dark- Red Sea of Binah that represents the Primal Womb of conception of all Form.That fiery vibration is often called the Word of God (Greek term: Logos), which in biblical tales, was spoken to Moses via a burning bush. Here the word of God is not issued directly, but comes through Moses as an intermediary, which is the function of the Logos as Mercury, so Moses may be considered the tool of God or to more explicit, the Hermit is the  Phallus of the Logos which carries it's communication of Logoic vibration called the "I" (vibration/identity) into the vast Dark Red inner Womb/Ocean of Binah, forming the "I AM" who then passes on to the Child (ME) born of understanding, via Mercury,  the Identity of I AM as existence.
The spermatozoa is shown on the Thoth Hermit card, next to the light of the Lantern that is held by the Hermit, suggesting this very interpretation.

Also in the light of the Hermits Phallus-Solar-Lantern, is the three headed dog guardian of the Gates of Hell,  a Greek symbol known as Cerberus, who in this card is tamed by the Hermit and can be compared to the Passions of I AM ME, tamed by the Hermit that if are untamed can become a chaos of Hell run by the animal survival mind of the body. The one Head of Cerberus looking back, is representative of keeping past memory while the two heads forward, suggest a Union that is progressive. 

The mysteries of Life are truly shown in the Hermit as we have Yod=Phallus=Spermatozoon=Hand=Virgin (Astrological sign Virgo). The Virgin conceptual meaning of ever-pure and totally innocent. The Hermit card is also considered the Bridge between the gab of Macrocosm  (Macroprosopus) and Microcosm (Microprosopus) which simply means between the Invisible and Visible cosmos. This Bridge between the seen and unseen can also be called the Human Body, who is itself, in a vast desert of its own reality while floating in the Great Sea of Conscious energy known as the Universal Collective Unconscious.  This is because we imagine who we are, and then imagine who "other" is by transferring that identity to all that we view. In Reality, no one is really there but your own self-conceptions! We never are made to think or feel  by "another", our body is a conscious Hermit in our Unconscious and feels only what we think we feel. Hence, one cannot feel another person's  thought! One may react to their thought, but that is one thinking about the meaning of their Words and reacting to one's own thought; therefore, not  a truth, not a real, just a self-centered perception of ourselves! If we fear (fear failure, fear inferiority, fear ability etc) more than love ourselves, we are living in Hell! Know this self-love must be virginal, pure and innocent without narcissism which is a superiority complex; another domain of Hell.

Therefore the Hermit cards suggests that to manifest in your purity of bright,warm, intelligence, a Christos, or Buddha-Self, you must have intercourse with the Vast Dark Sea of Binah, the Mother of all Form and the Fiery Passion of the Father and know you are The Beautiful Child of Goddess-God (The Divine Creative).  When your "I"'s (identity of three- I AM Me-the three heads of Cerberus), you'll recognize your Beauty in others, as your eyes ("I"s) are now enlightened by the Inner Love that created you.
 Hence, from the deep solitude of inner contemplation, we learn that there are no "others" just "anothers" as all that we see is "another way to be me". When we are isolated in our own visions and demanding that everyone else worship them as we do, is to create Hell. 

It's best to understand that "only to thine own self " can we be true. So is best to treat others as you wish to be treated and enjoy the different perspectives of Self as fascinating experiments in Self-Awareness.  As the Hermit card suggests, you can only achieve this bliss, by traveling the solitary inner desert of the ascetic and learning the comfort and peace of your own Inner core of Self. When I AM comfortable with Me, I find that I Am equally comfortable with You! So once again, we must know ourselves, for in truth, we can only see ourselves projected as a reflection in the Mirror of Binah's Vast wine dark Sea of unconsciousness. Therefore, we are transmitting our reality upon another, as if we created them. The Hermit can only "See itself" in the vast desert of mind and it helps to carry the Light of Love---to see where you are going---Heaven or Hell, they are both a journey in self-conscious perceptions/projections.

The Path of Yod on the Tree of Life, the shape of which the Thoth figure is posed  on the Hermit card,enervates to  keep the world in order, a stimulus that could be described as a fertilization. Thus, the world on both the Thoth and Barbara Walker Card, is shown as barren but with potential, as the Hermit begins his "vibratory Walk' upon it. 
 Again, Yod is linked with the First Sephiroth Kether [The Crown] the Highest Point of the Logos, i.e. the Primary energy from which manifestation derives and/or The One Energy that can not be created nor destroyed, only transformed.

The lantern represents the Sixth Sephiroth-Tiphareth (Beauty), and makes a metaphysical statement about the Harmonic nature of Light. Most of us know that everything is made of Stars and of the Light of Stars. Light, being composed of sub-atomic particles, is the principle of manifestation, or energy on which all Creation is built. Hence, The Hermit's lantern represents "His own Sun" or the Core Sun that all Selves come from. The Fertilizing Light, that makes the barren fruitful. The Hermit represents a glyph on the nature of primal manifestation beneath the Abyss. He is an representation of the relationship between Light and the Sacred Fire symbolized by Yod.

To those who are on a mundane journey where a better credit score is the ultimate quest, this card has mundane meanings in  a reading, but as a meditation device, skyring this card will aid in understanding the God Trinity of THE HERMIT -YOD, THE EMPEROR-HEH, AND THE HIEROPHANT-VAU. There is a clue to a deeper understanding in the placement of the letters, Yod, Heh, Vau, on the Tree of Life, as the letters work together as a trinity from Chesed (Mercy) to Tiphareth (Beauty) to Chokmah (Wisdom) and back to Chesed. Many rewards come to those who research and study.
As stated:
THE Thoth Tarot-HERMIT-key 9; connects Tiphareth (6th Sephiroth called: Beauty) and Chesed ( 4th Sephiroth called:  Mercy). In other words, the Path of Yod connects the Christ-Buddha intelligence to the Architect of Manifestation,  Chesed/Mercy. The Hermit therefore represents the self sustaining point of primal beginnings in the Universe. It is the coming of the Light of manifestation through the Microcosm; the manifested Universe in direct contact with the Source of All.

Therefore the Hermit- Path of Yod, is from the Demiurge out of darkness and is known as the Intelligence of Will. The Hebrew letter Yod, means Hand and according to the text Sepher Yetzirah, Yod is a simple letter that is attributed to sexual love. (Needless to say, sexual love and hands do go rather well together, especially when one realizes that The Divine Creative is a result of a marriage between "Will to Force" and "Will to Form").
Even the letter Yod is phallic in shape and is considered the Male-Fire which rushes out toward the Female-Water.

These meanings may seem curious at first, since the sign of Virgo (the Virgin) is attributed to this Path, giving us the understanding that the Hermit is to be ever-virgin, pure and totally innocent. Reminds me of the Christ as the "Light of the World".

The same intelligent energy suggested by the FOOL card, also expressed the HERMIT, as  the wise old age of the Child (Daäth- which means Knowledge and is the Womb of the High Priestess) and The Virgin Mother (High Priestess) beginning of a new sequence; from Macrocosm to Microcosm. Here the Psyche is seen as the purity and innocence of the Fool that is transformed by its "passing through" the Ocean of Binah. In other words, the purity of idea, transformed into form by the Understanding of Binah, the Mother of Consciousness.

When we look at the HERMIT card, we see an Old Man, and nothing of the Child,yet they are one and the same. This concept maybe best understood by meditating on the image of the Serpent that eats it's own tail and or the "lazy 8",(lemniscate) which is a representation of the Mobius loop. Hereis represented the concept of One who becomes Two, as a circle twisting upon itself. Where the lines in the twist cross, is a "point in time", a Self-Image, and a virgin birth, since there really is only one making itself two, by "reflecting upon itself".

THE HERMIT  also represents communication between the Higher Self of Tiphareth, and the Spiritual Self of Kether, i.e. the Rauch and the Yechidah as they are know to Qabalists.

The Hermit therefore, is called the first of the three great initiatory cards, LUST, and THE CHARIOT being the other two. However, the experiences of  all three of these initiatory Paths may be gained on the Path of the High Priestess (middle pillar), the one that goes straight up from Tiphareth to Kether, crossing the Abyss and its devastating isolation while the instate experiences  Divine reconciliation through isolation .

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

On the Tree of Life, Tiphareth is the Objective Solar Logos, the center of objective energy produced by the Sephiroth- Chesed (Demiurge) as a direct link of the lower to the higher/subjective. Since Paths are subjective, the Path of Yod, the subjective link of understanding, is on the Hermit. Simply because if we are to understand the Transitional Energy, from Demiurge to Logos, we must Travel the Path of the Hermit, rising above Tiphareth toward Chesed, in order to subjectively view the Logos center!

In both Hebrew and Greek Metaphysics, Logos means 'Word", depicting vibration Power. The Greek scholar, Heraclitus , described the Logos as a "spermatic; a Divine Fire which stimulated and maintained order.The

The finest thing in the world is knowing how to belong to oneself.
-Michel de Montaigne, Of Solitude

The Hermit also card represents the Universal Principle of completion, contemplation, and introspection. The Hermit symbolizes the "wise-way- shower" who lights the way of wisdom in the experiences of life and is an invaluable inner resource for assisting us and others in our daily lives.
The tree headed dog, who is the Greek Cerberus, guardian of the underworld, signifies the part of our nature that things are complete (one head looking behind) before we move our attention forward. Cerberus, represents the dark inner and unknown parts of ourselves that we should explore and incorporate before wholeness of self can be experienced.

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

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

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

.Correspondences: 9-The Hermit & 1-The Magus.
The association of these cards with Astrology is in the sign Virgo and Planet Mercury. Correspondences aid in understanding the Tarot.

In astrology Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo and in Tarot Mercury corresponds to both the Lovers and the Hermit.

The astrological form of the Hermit is I learn and the astrological motion of the Magus (magician in some tarot decks) is I seek myself through what I serve.

The corresponding Rune-stones are: Hermit-Jera, the harvest rune-stone, beneficial outcomes, and the span of one year.  Also, the Magus-Algiz, the rune of protection, the spiritual warrior, the one whose battle is with himself.

The associated primary colors Yellow-Green, Secondary colors lime-green. This correspondence of the Hermit and the Magus is also associated with the Third Chakra (solar plexus or Navel chakra) which governs will power, wishes, metabolism, humor, wisdom, ego, reactions, ideas, intellectual analysis, and fear of rejection. The Third Chakra is the receptor for the spiral energy of the intellect.

The stones/minerals associated with this correspondence are: Peridot, moldavite, jade, jadeite, aventurine, green kunzite, green containing tourmalines of uvite, feridavite, verdelite, watermelon-yellow green fluorites and chalcedony.

Musical notes for the Hermit-F and for the Magus-E.
Letters of the Qaballah are: Hermit-Simple letter- Sexual Love (English translation) The Hermits Path is : Yod , The Intelligence of Will. The symbol of meaning is : Hand.

Qaballistic letter for the Magus; Double letter- Life-Death and the Path is: Beth, the Intelligence of Transparency. Symbolic meaning-House.

The plant essences: The Hermit- Sage, wintergreen, and caraway. The Magician- Dill, lemongrass, sorax or Benzoin.

The psychic energy involved in the correspondence of the Hermit and the Magus, is associated with meditation and the ability to surrender the conscious mind to the super-conscious (self to Greater Self) which unlocks exploration and knowledge of the whole self for the expansion and liberation of the personality from self-imposed limits of knowledge and understanding. In other words, the key to "Holy Spirit".

To be an excellent reader of Tarot-a Tarot Seer- we must remember that the conscious mind learns only by association. From letters, to word, to idea, all of which is an association in the subconscious mind. A correspondence that has taken effort and years to the point of automatically producing associations with out any conscious effort. 

The conscious mind functions solely through associations/correspondences in everything it learns, and thinks. Sharing common associations produces success in communication which is why we have a "school system". This is ability to see correspondence also aids the Tarot Seer in communicating messages from the Invisible (Divine) to the querent (asker of questions) so that clarity in communication is served. Messages from the Divine are in energetic form and must be given image to be understood by the process of association. To someone who is not a Qaballist, this all may seem "deep" which communicates too much effort to some, but to the diligent seer---deep is where we reside.
The Barbara Walker Tarot- Key 9: THE HERMIT:
concentrates on the Hermit as Psychopomp and/or "soul guide".
Greek Orphics  taught that  a wise man must contemplate and confront the concept of his own death and meet the spirits that would takes his soul on its epic journey.
From the Greeks "little Hermes", came the word, Hermit. Hermes was considered the one who conduct men's souls to their proper resting place.
By being properly taught, and meditating on the right Mysteries, one would become like god himself, and would be welcomed by Persephone (a form of Binah) "to the seats of the Hallowed".
The reasoning behind showing the Hermit as always beginning a journey, usually in the opposite direction to The Fool, while carrying a staff or Hermetic Caduceus, is because he was often lead by the Hermetic Serpent, i.e. life force or force of fertility.  
The number 9, is the crucial number of the Muses, who gave inspiration. Therefore, the Hermit is poised to enter into the second, Lunar sphere, carrying his own conscious light, into the dark inner world of the Unconscious and mystical.
Renown psychologist Carl Jung, note that there may be sound psychological reasons for such isolated introspection. It "results as a rule in the animation of the psychic atmosphere, as a subsitute for loss of contact with other people. It causes an activation of the Unconscious."

The phallic imagery of the Staff, has its inheritance in the Greek Mystics or "hermits" of Hermes, who practiced ritual masturbation, which Hermes invented, as another means of self contemplation of the god within the self. This was practiced in India as well, as many autoerotic practices were attributed to Krishna, the god of self-love. One will find that among Orientals and Pagans, autoerotic practices were thought to purify the body.
Often the sage's autoeroticism was thought to simulate ones union with the spirit-wife or Shakti; a sexual union with his own soul or with his Goddess (The Secret Inner Lover).  Commonly it was believed that the sage's celibate life, was that after he had tasted the love of the Goddess, he was forever unable to enjoy the favors of ordinary women.  Again, there is no way to ignore the sexual connotations of the Hermit card.

When the Hermit Card is thrown during a reading:

  • That knowledge is needed in the querent's life and having the need to listen closely to the "master within.
  • Contemplation, introspection by means of meditation is a method of achieving such a goal of inner wisdom.
  • It is about the principle of  introspection, completion and space.
  • This is representative of the deeper marriage of the Divine within ourselves, and is often a message that more knowledge is needed.
  • This is definitely a "above all things, know thyself' message.
  • The Hermit represents the inward search to find personal truth, where despair, isolation, as well as, accomplishments and gains, must be accepted.
  • Also, Personal Integrity, The I AM Me, which is always be true to you.
  • The querent is or will be soon experiencing wisdom long sought and obtained from Above (enlightenment from the Inner Self). In other words, Divine inspiration.
  • Also there is a suggestion of knowledge needed by the querent  who must listen closely to the Inner Self in order to obtain it.
  • We have here the Principle of  introspection, of completion and Space/Time.
  • The querent themselves, may be experiencing the up-welling of the inner mediator, sage, philosopher, and/or wise man, within, and thus manifesting them in their life.
  • There is also a suggestion of detaching from others, so that one may gather data and  information in order to figure things out.
  • The querent may be experiencing the need to analyze, or understand their role in life, or in relationships be they, in a group setting such as job, or family or even in a spiritual group, etc.
  • This is a card of attainment rather than a journey or quest as The Hermit shows us that we must have the strength to lose our man made outer self (our-self- of man-made definitions) before we can find the Divine Self within.
  • This card is hard to ill define...since even "being Lost" and alone in our feelings, is the beginning of "seeing the light". For being lost and alone in yourself, means you know that you "don't know who you are", which is the beginning of "letting go and letting God' reclaim your identity as " another way to be Me".

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 8: ADJUSTMENT & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 8: JUSTICE/LA JUSTICIA

The Tarot of EliTAROT CARD COMPARISONS:The Thoth Tarot- Key 8 : Adjustment/Justice & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 8: Justice.


In both Tarot decks, Adjustment/Justice represents,The Universal Principle of balance, Justice and Realignment. This card maybe Key 11-Justice in other traditional tarot decks.
The Thoth Tarot Adjustment-Key 8, represents the mediator, adjuster, and the arbitrator.  What you put out, you get back! Every thought, every action is returned to you, this law is active for you as long as you exist. There can be no greater justice nor greater balance achieved in this world of action and reaction. Hence this card points out that by thinking ill we become ill and by thinking well we become well , a principle known as Psychosomatic illness or Psychosomatic wellness/healing. Therefore, it is smart to do unto others what you would have done unto you, because it will be done to you! This is not about man-made law and its supposed justice, for that is unequal and administered differently to the "haves and the have-nots". Therefore, justice is often bought and sold in man-made justice systems. Rather, the Adjustment card represents a Universal Principle of Mind, Energy and Matter.

The Thoth card uses the symbol of Libra; the scales and within the scales are the Greek letters, Alpha, representing beginnings, and Omega, representing endings or completions. This is also known as Karma in Eastern teachings, were we must finish what we begin or we will be doomed to repeat it!

The diamond image around the being symbolizes the piercing of illusion and delusion and represents truth and negotiation.

The Egyptian figure represents Maat,  the Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice. The circles represent formulate thoughts or ideas. Therefore the Key 8 card also represents the integrating, balancing and synthesizing mind which is often expressed in writing, research, engineering and design. The Ace of Swords is also on this card, pointing downwards indicating  the application of creative ideas in tangible ways. 
 
The reason that the Thoth Tarot- Key 8: is called Adjustment, rather then the old medieval tarot decks: Justice (usually key 11) is because Crowley found that to be in error, since Nature is not in any theological or ethical ways, just.  Crowley change the Key number as well, for Key 8 is usually the Strength Card in medieval tarot decks. However, Crowley deemed that both Strength and Justice where involved in his Adjustment card. What is often true with the Major Arcana, this card is full of symbolic meaning that is often too subtle to readily grasp in one or even dozens of readings.

The Thoth-Adjustment, represents Libra ruled by Venus, in which Saturn is exalted, symbolizing the equilibrium of all things.
According to Crowley, this  Lovely Lady a standing on her toes, is the feminine compliment to the Fool. The Letters Aleph (The Fool) and Lamed (Adjustment) constitute the secret key of the Book of Law, that is the basis for a  Hermetic Qabalistic system so deep and sublime in meaning, that I recommend investing some time and money in obtaining Crowley's- The Book of Law.  Because she is the partner of the Fool she is shown as dancing on her toes, with a hint of Harlequin.Traditional the Harlequin was dress in a wardrobe of black and white diamonds or squares, symbolizing both light and dark, life and death.
On the Thoth card, Lady Justice is crowned in the Ostrich plumes of Maat, the ancient Egyptian Goddess of Justice. On her forehead is the Uraeus serpent which is Lord of Life and Death (Alpha and Omega). Her face is masked but not enough to hide her expression of secret satisfaction in her dominion over all the de-stabilizing elements in the Universe. The Scales hang from her crown with a delicate balance, showing this condition of dominion by weighing the First Sphere Alpha equally and exactly against the last, Omega.   The First and Last spheres show up in the hand guard on the hilt of the Magic Sword of the Magus, that she is holding between her thighs, again reinforcing her condition.

You may have noticed that Her Crown is formed as if it is a testes and linga shape head piece. This is the Judex and the Testes of Final Judgment, symbolic of the secret course of judgment whereby all current experience is absorbed, transmuted, and ultimately passed on, by virtue of the operation of the  sword, to further manifestation.

The Throne of pyramids and spheres ( 4 in number signifying  Law and Limitation), on which she is poised, represents the same equity that she herself manifests. Outside the Throne are balanced light and dark spheres, both equal and opposite, radiating a curtain of frequencies that is the interplay of all those Forces that she sums up and adjudicates.

As mentioned before the Woman Goddess is Harlequin; she is the Woman Satisfied, she is fulfillment of the Fool. She is also the ultimate illusion, which is manifestation. She is the many willed and many colored dance of Life itself. in which there will always be a balance kept by equal and opposite reaction. The Thoth Deck Card may illustrate Maat, who also means Karma, the Hindu Goddess who is often shown as a white bearded God. This is because of the Saturn link, who is known in the West as the God Cronus, the God of Time. Time and Karma are inseparable.
In the Whirling dance of space-time, we often forget that the Mirror of darkness which reflects this illusion of Life, making all things real, is the Universal collective Unconscious which is a macrocosmic collective of experiences.  All things are beauty and harmony; all things are Truth, because they cancel out. That is why the head dress of Maat bears the Ostrich feathers of the Twofold Truth and the personality is weighed by the Soul, a microcosmic copy of the macrocosmic mind with it's first and last act as counter balances! The Soul is the Psyche, that produces the Psychosomatic individual, we call ourselves and it produces "personalities" out of its past experiences as a "self".

Because the Spirit/Soul union balances the First act and the Last act, she/he ( Spirit is Anima & Souls are Animus) is to be understood as assessing the virtue of every act and demanding exact and precise satisfaction. The Psyche is the very image of "Love is the law, love under will". Every form of energy must be applied with impeccable integrity, to the full satisfaction of its destiny. That is why I counsel my emotional reactive "Me", self-conscious, with,"Get over yourself and get on with You, impeccability is what we do!",  whenever it forgets the Souls demand for impeccability in loving thought and action. We must be equal as an I (identity) AM (existence) ME (Self Awareness)...the Trinity of Self.
 
The Tarot readers of the, Barbara Walker Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn Tarot decks will know this card as JUSTICE; However, as stated, A. Crowley has shown an appropriate, if not deeper understanding of this card's Principle of Adjustment known as The Faithful intelligence; Faithful, because its ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit and always seeking and procuring a balance between all the forms of Spirit Being.  By doing what ever is necessary to bring an organism/collective into a state of equilibrium.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Adjustment Card is  The Path of Lamed (meaning Ox Goad) and is not always a pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD, implies, we are often forced by our Higher Self to go in a emotional and physical direction that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in this card holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no longer needed, pruning our self- consciousness on its way to a better mental health.

THE 22nd PATH that is LAMED: Adjustment-key 8 (Justice-Key 11 in other Tarot Decks ):
  • Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
  • Related Sound: F#
  • Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
  • Word Meaning: Ox Goad
  • Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work
Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; The Ruler of Balance.

Dr.Paul Foster Case wrote in the: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called because by it  spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow.

Between  Tiphareth (6-Beauty) and Geburah (5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of  Lamed. Lamed-The Ox Goad- is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path which points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on the Path of The Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be stated: Adjustment (Justice on some cards) maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool (often called the Holy Ghost)  will operate within the confines of a natural pattern. Adjustment is the administrator of the laws of Binah (Mother of Form), written by The Heirophant.  Key-8 is the "Ruler of Balance".

Adjustment-is the Intelligence Faithful to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment of forces of the Twenty Second Path is an amalgam of  all the Paths (a balanced collective) and is described as being within the essential life force symbolized by The Fool.

Lamed can be a Severe Path, as it is continual activity "in the above and the below" and will do whatever is necessary to bring the physical, mental and Soul/Psyche into equilibrium, often shown as a diamond. Sometimes this is a "cutting away" process represented by the Sword of Severity, which is not always pleasant.  The Sword of Geburah, cuts away all that which is unnecessary, that which is not the "you" designed by the Psyche, before your Soma was born.  However, the adjustment can be less dramatic and much like driving a car, where Psychic Adjustment is constantly correcting direction through slight corrections of the steering wheel, while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox goad). This car analogy continues, when one understands that the Sephira (God Forms) are aspects of the soul itself (the Driver of the body-vehicle/soma) and not external agencies. Thus, this "driving" process is  to be considered psychologically as a condition of self-assessment.

In this Card-key 8-Adjustment/Justice are Traditionally shown holding a balancing scale. Even on some cards, as does the Barbara Walker Tarot,  the soul weighs itself on the scales in the left hand and then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword in the right hand (In the Thoth Deck, She balances the Scales on Her head, symbolizing a psychological /psychosomatic balancing). By placing the Sephiroth on the body, that is facing the Tree, it can be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the left (left hand path of the mother-goddess)and Chesed (Mercy) is on the right (right hand path of the father-god).

To reiterate: The Key 8 Tarot card is said to represent Karma-an often misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma means to me and Paul Foster Case, and Tibetan Tantra with its Wheel of Karma, an action of continual adjustment. It is related to education; Lamed also means to teach (goad), and as many of us lament, the maintenance of the dynamic nature of balance, it still is definitely a learning process. Because Severity is a corrective, slowly and painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different situations.

In the Qaballah, it is understood that the principles of the  Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth (Beauty) On the Thoth Deck Card is the figure of Maat, The  Egyptian Daughter of Ra; The Queen of Heaven. The Egyptian texts suggest that that it is through Maat that the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat," and to "live by Maat"---in other words, She maintains Tiphareth (The Sun of Goddess/God) the 6th Sephiroth, Beauty. This is the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Spiral Energy) into Beautiful Manifestation.

Aleister Crowley called Maat aHarlequin, " the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL." (THE DIVINE LIFE-FORCE). She stands in the Vsesica Piscis (the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of four which means "Law and limitation". This Law is interesting in that The Planet Venus, is the only planet whose symbol encompasses every single Sephira on the Tree of Life. This implies that Love is the ultimate power of  the Universe and is the Law.

Again, as Maat, she wears ostrich feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of Life and Death often shown as a ribbon) on her forehead, Justice also holds the Sword (male phallic symbol in this context) which suggests a sexual union, and the "completion" of the female (Crowley). In 777, Crowley described this "completion" as "The Woman Justified by equilibrium, and Self sacrifice is the Gate."  Her Scale, weighs the Alpha and Omega (The All) and again as Crowley pointed out," She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-colored, man-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all are possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real, the soul is surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things harmony and beauty; all things are truth; because they cancel out."   This Path takes some study, but after time it may become  obvious that the Spirit/Life, reflects upon itself in the "Surface area of the Soul", which then reflects upon this Image of I AM, and designs a Me out of its own experience.
As many of us know, this Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace and one for war. The errant dual thinking of "good or bad" or "right or wrong", are not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul (Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium necessary, as the Soul weighs itself on the left hand scales, and then making the necessary adjustments on the right.
This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this card and the Kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body.

The ADJUSTMENT card is related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action, rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting error in past lives.

To not be overstated: The ADJUSTMENT card, represents a continuous action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering wheel while driving a motor vehicle. The Path of Lamed is also a teaching process. because the continuous process of maintenance is a learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns to analyze and re balance ones self as necessary for different situations. However, many of us try to "multitask" while driving, thus lessening the time of observation, and in driving a card, as in the personality, this lack of focus, i.e. scattered observation,  can be disastrous!

To those who study the Mysteries, and become more in-tuned to the Inner Self, the more subtle and slight these adjustments become, and unless observation is set to "see them", one won't, causing one to over react; Just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored" thoughts, so instead of a slight adjustment of thinking, we let these "off sync" thoughts accumulate into glaring inadequacies, then we, the Soul, become fanatical and abusive to our "self" using lashes of shame and humiliation to correct what could be easily corrected without emotional baggage. Or in some cases we go beyond emotional self flagellation into real physical flagellation.

The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat which was symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the Soul) was weighed, upon death. As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law and truth, a straight edge to measure psyche by and is a personification of the concept of Maat. Thus the Crowley card has Maat as the central figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich feather. To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity, requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning! That is why I skry this card often!

As stated:
 Adjustment, is at work continuously in the Universe, The Greater Universe, and the below, our individual soul/personality.  However it is numbered, 8 or 11, this powerful, natural equilibrating function occurs in our bodies, as they balance nutrition continuously to maintain proper operation as power tools for Spirit/Life. And Adjustment is also an equilibrating function that occurs in our personalities, making sure there are no constant extremes of behavior that keep us from operating effectively in our environments. In the Personality Adjustment is done by natural force and reason.
To go forward, the Soul is measured when it "stands"in the Divine Light of the Solar Logos, that is, Tiphareth, the sixth Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, often called the "Christ Light". Only in this Light (bright and warm intelligence of the Christ/ Buddha) does the dual- edged Sword of Geburah, do its work; pruning away the perspectives which are not worthy of Her Divine Child. 

This image of Maat as presented on the Thoth card, as previous stated, is a suggestion of the Maat legend as the "Daughter of Ra", relating her to the Sun God (Tiphareth-Solar Logos). Her Qabalistic name is "Daughter of the Lords of Truth" while the Egyptians also called her the "Queen of Heaven", she is known among many cultures as the "Goddess of Fate" (presented on The Barbara Walker Tarot); all of these names pointing to the fact that this Severe Faithful Intelligence is the regulator of the Path of the Sun/Son (Soul), which is the Path of Pure Consciousness. Hence, the Egyptian texts suggested,through Maat the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat" and/or to"live by Maat" as Consciousness lives by the Unconscious, as the Animus-Soul rests upon the Anima-Spirit.  In Qabalistic terms, this means that the principles of  the Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth-Beauty---The Bright and Warm conscious of the Solar Logos.

Since Ra was and is known to the Egyptians, as the source of all Light, the Qabalists know Ra as the Fool or the Path of Aleph, who is the Source of All Light . This makes it possible to say, that Aleph rests upon Lamed and that Lamed is the regulator of the Path of  the Divine Life Force. That is also why I teach that "The Solar Husband is invoked by the Great Womb'". This may startle some men who objectify women as an object of sexual desire for dominance and control, for it is well known to both Tantrics and practicing Qabalists that the Life Force, and/or "Sex Energy" is invoked by the Great Female, to regulate and establish her Forms.  The Form of Him came from the Womb of Her, i.e. "Ra is said to live by Maat." The Lord of Lightning servers the Great Magnetic-Ocean Mother.  To put this simply, The Great One (Kether) became Two, by the process of adjusting/balancing Knowledge (Chokma) and  Understanding (Binah), thereby, realizing He/She as "One who is Two" and thereby established the equilibrium that produces and maintains all things. 

The downward pointing Phallus and testes headdress on the female figure of this card attests to this understanding. Those who Skry this card will not be unhappy that they did so, even if Geburah wields her sword in quick bright strokes, the discomfort  of emotional burdens, the burdens of perspectives, just fall away and the skryer feels all "Warm and bright".

There are a large compliment of Planets involved in this card.
  1. First is Venus, which rules Libra.
  2. Mars is related because of the purging forces of Geburah.
  3. The Sun, as stated above, is involved not only  because the Path of Lamed runs from the Sun to Mars, but also because  Adjustment (Justice) must take place in the clear bright light of Truth.
  4. Saturn is exalted in Libra and finally:
  5.  Jupiter which is the planet of Chesed (Mercy). By acknowledging that Libra is ruled by Venus, is also to acknowledge that behind Adjustment stands the Empress, the primary path of Venus, which is the perfect equilibrium between the forces of Chokma (Wisdom) and Binah (Understanding). It is interesting to note that the planet Venus refers to all of the Sephiroth and encompasses  every single Sephira on the Tree of Life. The implications being that Love is the Ultimate Power of the Universe: Love is the Law of Attraction.

To reiterate: The imagery on the Thoth card is all about  "law and power of limitation", as symbolized by the throne of spheres and pyramids in groups of four (four being the number of form), behind the Female figure. She is best described in Crowley's book: 777, as "The woman justified. By equilibrium and Self-Sacrifice is the Gate." He goes on to state; "She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation:  she is the dance, many-colored, many-willed, of Life Itself.  Constantly whirling, all possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time; all things are real, the soul is the surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things are harmony and beauty; all things are truth because they cancel out."

Crowley understood, that the Soul (Unconscious), is the Mirror that our self-image is reflected in, and because of our identity after manifestation, belongs to "those who enforce identity" by "pleasure/pain training", our self reflection is much less than what the Soul first created and we are all "ill". Therefore, it is by the Soul's Adjustment of perspectives, that our healing comes from. This may be why the medical journals state, "83% of all healing, is by  placebo" for again we are a Psychosomatic power.


In Many Tarot Decks, the common way to present this State of Womb Conscious (imagination/unconscious)  that is in and around all of us, is as the Judgment Card but I personally think that Crowley hit the nail on the head with the Title of : Adjustment.  Because in our world of patriarchal rule, Justice has become merely revenge and a show of state power to destroy the life of dissenter's, as a painful example to keep the masses under control.

The Supreme Spirit Identity, in this case,The Unconscious State of Goddess/Imagination, doesn't deal in revenge----She deals in freedom of choice. She Trusts you to know that if you focus will upon a thought,  she'll supply life-force to it (often called emotion) because she thinks that you know what you are doing. After all, the consciousness is the "Golden Sun/Son".  Never forget that the repercussions of cause and effect, manifest as your body, in sickness or in health and the law of attraction produces "like attracts like".

If you followed the Gnostic Qabalah axiom of "Above all things, know thyself!" you wouldn't have any difficulty with "freedom of Choice": However, due to belief in the Divisions of the Patriarchal thought process as "truth and untruth", the union of your will and self-identity has been corrupted by the axiom of the Patriarch, "Divide and Conquer". So now most people have forgotten their Divinity-Power and Wholeness, becoming powerless and scattered, lost in the forest of  Ruler-identity-propaganda and believing that the unconscious (feminine) and consciousness (masculine) are separated and in constant battle.This perspective causes a war between imagination and reason, thereby producing only  a "devil inside" and a fleeing victim outside! The Pure Truth, is already made, its not your job to come up with it. Your job, as a Soul Psyche, is to "establish the Above as the Below", to connect The Conscious of The Divine Creative (Androgynous union of Unconscious an Conscious) and the Created (individuals), as One Collective of Creative Consciousness.

 To repeat: The Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed, between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the  Faithful Intelligence of the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children...who may wander off and forget themselves, but with the proper "goading" (Lamed means--ox goad) they will find themselves again. Adjustment is the Rule of Balance (operates from Binah- The Great Mother) and maintains the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent child" (The Fool card which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will operate within the confines of a natural pattern: The Pattern of , I AM ME. Not what others identify Me as----but as I identify Me as. You see that is Free-doom of choice; I must live my identity and die preforming my identity! If I choose to react to the identity enforced on me by "others" (those who rule definition) then I am doomed to the dysfunction of that thinking. If I Know Myself....which is a process of "I think--therefore, I am", then we are  functioning in the Natural State of our Divine inheritance!
With the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment we know that balance will be made so that energy will always flow to the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of Spirit-Mind-Body - union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous thought patterns...the "discerning body" of mind---the human body, is doomed to unbalance (disease) mentally, emotionally and physically. The Will is Spirit, and it must be Love of Mind and Body to keep the balance that is Loving from the Mother.   Self- Love is the balanced flow of Creation, throughout the Tree of Life because it is the pattern of The Supreme Spirit Identity recreating it's Self-Reflections in order to expand and liberate Self-Awareness as "The Alive".

Because of this Faithful Love of Her Children, those who contact the Anima (Divine Feminine) may decide to bring ourselves in to balance, but if we do not, it will be done for us! Much like driving a vehicle that has an automated correction system on board, if the driver won't adjust the steering wheel to stay on the road, the Natural Automated system will!

Being constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle of  Spirit-Soul-mind and body, all must be  united in a balance of communion, an Understanding of Impeccable Being that is continual up and down the Tree of Life. As above so below, is not a far off metaphysical concept; for it is the conception of YOU as if the Qabalistic Tree of Life is a birth canal! So being Faithful Intelligence, The Divine Mother of You will always make the adjustments necessary to get you on the right track, whether you like it or not! This understanding of this Law of Freedom of Choice, means we will always "Treat others as we wish to be treated" for we know to think ill is to be ill....and by thinking ill of those who think ill of us, there is no correction, retaliatory thought just transmits the disease into a plague of illness.

Again, there are no enemies, only another way to be us. Let each other Be...is a very good motion! You cannot escape your thoughts for they are "your journey of Life Forms", i.e. Life taking Form, so let's make them the best they can be. We'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing no matter how many rocks are out there! As the Tao states, " If it isn't here---It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is here is there and what is there is here." Remember, our thought project ourselves on the Mirror of Life, and to create Monsters outside of us (There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and the Great Mother of Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove them, so that her children can expand and liberate themselves from self-condemnation. Knowing thyself---helps us avoid the discomfort of this surgical-severity.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 8: JUSTICE:

Prefers to present the Roman Goddess Justitia as her Key 8.

This is the birth-death goddess understanding that has been eradicated from the Western imagery, by the misogyny of Christian myth. The Book: the Secrets of the Tarot [origin,History and Symbolism] by Barbara Walker breaks down the many cultural names of the Goddess of Fate, so I would recommend getting it. I got mine off of Amazon.com.



All myth aside, the only world we know is Self, and our-self is Imagined. Imagination is the "Womb with a View", the Image Maker. We give it our willful perspectives and it gives us the illusion of being alive in it.
From the beginning, we are all Spirit. The Life of all that lives. As Spiritual microwaves/ selves or "Spirits", we build our own "Spirit Worlds"/Souls, out of perspectives of self identity. So She/Spirit, creates her lover, He/Souls, out of Her understanding of Self, as do we, who are but an individual copy of the She/He of Creation. Therefore we know the curse and blessing of our inherited freedom of choice. Think well be well, think ill be ill. In this world of constant interfere form media, rulers and peers, we must be diligent in our self adjustment.  The perspective of Self, is the world of Selves, and the collective must have all its parts in equilibrium.

The Spouse of Imagination (meaning: Image making) is Chronos/Time, and therefore the Alpha and Omega belong to Imagination and its marriage with Time, which produces progeny and/or lives. Since we are given an "imagination" of our own, we are the Fate of our self; as I imagine I Am, so shall I live as Me.
Basically, this is the philosophy behind the Fate Goddess myths.

Spirit imagines itself as souls, and souls imagine themselves as beings and beings imagine themselves as alone in a world of their own thoughts. If there is found a synchronicity of love between Spirit, Soul and Body, then Life as it knows itself, becomes Alive (which is timed life) as a self known as Beauty. If not, if there is dislike among any,  each tries to find the substitute other, which is futile, since each lives in a different perspective of self-world and communication is impossible when the lines (Paths on the Tree of Life) are down, for then there is no "other" present to communicate with. But to resist the Ruler's is to meet your doom, or at least prison time, so resistance does seem futile.
Thank the grace of the Divine Creative, for those who will stand for our Soul, and communicate with each of us what their Soul knows them to be. We are then granted memory of what we have forgotten for those courageous souls are the only ones who teach us "how to fish", rather than the hollow promise of the Rulers to give us one; the rulers of definition who disconnected us in the first place!

Those who wish to rule others, know they must rule the identity of "others", in order to keep people out of sync with their souls who would, when in sync, then rule the form and accept no other authority. The Great Visions of the Ambitious, (Religions, etc.) can only be built on by the exhausted bodies of others, who must "believe" in the vision and therefore, live an die in it. The Qabalist, already knows the Vision of "other", is the Existing Universe. For it is the marriage of the I & AM, that establishes existence. Understanding the difference between I & Am, establishes Self Awareness, and/or I AM ME. Hence, The Divine Creative Imagines itself as Me. To not accept this image of the I Am, whom we call the Goddess of Fate, as Me, is then to deny my existence. Which works well for those who wish to "give me my existence". I think they call this... "in the pursuit of happiness".
To be balanced, is not to be in the pursuit of happiness, self identity, Spirit or god. For to be "in pursuit", is to be without, and I Am Me here, so I Am Me there, for what is here is there. "As above so below".  We already are the All, for I AM the Living Tree of Life!

I AM Whole Spirit!


When the Adjustment/Justice card is thrown in a reading:
  • The Querent is being reminded of their "Soul-Mind and body" balance/imbalance and the rest of the reading should tell them what is to be changed before "disaster" comes a calling to straighten things out!
  •  The querent is experiencing or will experience, the making of a final decision.
  • Judgment and sentencing by a determination of an issue without appeal on this plane.
  •  The querent is experiencing "What you put out, you get back".
  • The Law of action- reaction, where the natural forces of nature reach a balance within the individual, setting things right.
  • The balancing of opposites.
  • Karma. 
  • It is eternal justice and balance.
  • Strength and Force are being applied to create a balance, but this is arrested as in the act of Judgment.
  • Depending on the combination of other cards, this could also mean the more mundane reality of  legal proceedings, a court of law,  a trial at law etc.
  • The Adjustment card promotes the "Butterfly effect", as all equilibrium must and will be obtained.  Any disturbance will be balanced by an equal and opposite reaction.
  • What you put out, you will get back.
  • Think well, think love, and all will be well in thought and deed. Love is the Law of Attraction.

When the Adjustment/Justice card is drawn:
  •  It often means we are experiencing karmic adjustments in life from past thoughts and actions which have led to the present circumstances of our life. We are not bodies! We are Psyche, a form of collective conscious energy that uses bodies to work out thought equations to see if they expand and liberate self awareness or if they stall and subvert awareness.
  • This is the Law of Action and Reaction, that all mind is subject to.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 7: THE CHARIOT & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 7: THE CHARIOT/EL CARRO

The Thoth Tarot- The Chariot-key 7:
Is representative of the Psyche- Path of the Hermetic Qabalah, on the Tree of Life, between Binah, (understanding) the third Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and Geburah (severity) the 5th Sephiroth on the Tree of Life. It is the vehicle that encompasses the Soul on its journey into manifestation. Elemental manifestationis suggested by the four Sphinx with different animal faces, each  element having four sub-elements (cubed).

The Chariot itself is Kether as the "Blood of the Great Mother", in Severe red form as Geburah,  the Throne of the Soul, that protects the Soul through its journey through dimensions of universal manifestation. The Chariot itself is thus unmoving and stable while the Red Wheels of Geburah power it through the Universal manifestation. Presented here, the Soul is a golden-solar-warrior, who is protected from the Abyss by the Limitless Light of Kether, a form of energy that the Soul rests on.

The Chariot is ruled by the sign of Cancer, a Water sign (the crab on his helmet) that is exalted by the Moon and it is therefore, Magnetic-Water of the High Priestess (blood or wine) that is the Fence or Enclosure  ( the meaning of the Hebrew word Cheth) that protects the Soul in its journey from the Higher to the Lower planes of manifestation. The Soul is the "Self of our selves", it is our emanation of the Supreme Spirit Identity from Kether. The Soul being the "Solar Warrior" as shown by the Golden Starred Armor, is lead by the Moon. This is because the Moon represents the "magnetic reflection" of light, while the Sun represents unlimited light that is reflected upon itself to make form. The Soul is therefore, always looking into the "mirror of reflected light" to see itself.

The wheels of Geburah (an Strong or Severe energy intelligence of Binah the Great Mother) drive the Chariot into Form. Knowing that Binah is the Mother of Form, and is the Feminine Magnetic (womb) f of the Universe, we can see that the Chariot is the combination ( the Marriage of Kether-Chokmah- Binah that is the Supernal Triangle of the Above); of Electric "Will to Force" and the Spiritual Magnetic "Will to Form" that is Soul. So with this in mind we may conclude that the Flowing Forceful nature of The Fiery Creative Father and the Receptive-Magnetic nature of the Watery-Mother of all Form, protects our Soul from dispersion back into the Limitless light (Dark Energy- Father) which is Darkness, a non-identity of Limitlessness.

She/Binah, is the Vessel, Womb, Grail (that is in the hands of the Golden Knight on The Chariot ) both blood red and water blue, that moves our now stable soul-self through the Universe, allowing us a conquest on all planes of energy! That would make us the inheriting Child of The Divine Creative!

The Thoth card symbolizes the vision of Ezekiel, wherein the prophet described  the appearance of "four living creatures and that each had four faces, A man, a lion, an ox, and that of an eagle..." which are the symbols for the elemental forces of the manifested universe.

What many of us should now understand is that the Very Severity of Binah, the Great Mother, Defends us from dissolution into "Nothingness" as we are her most important "Masters of Form" as seen by our Psychosomatic power; we are both Master and Masterpiece and as far as She is concerned we are her "Most Beautiful Children"  and have been given her Property---The Worlds of Manifestation, as Trusted Keepers!

We are Souls, a collective of personalities developed over timed manifestation, who create and operate Self-Image in the Name of Abracadabra (As seen woven into the canopy above the Golden Knight-Soul)-The Vibratory word of the Aeon, The Great Work. The Holy Grail, is the cup which we "look" into directly (Imagination) giving form to our thoughts......which become the Creative-Sensual-Self-Awareness of I AM ME.

Now I know all this can be confusing, there are so many ways used to describe these cards because they are very old images of invisible forces that are fascinating but almost incomprehensible in their subjectivity, to our reasoning brain. That is why we must practice raising the Serpent Force within to awaken the normally unused 3/4's of our brain. The Kundalini is the "original Word of God" / The Logos, and must flow over and through our brain as the Waters of the High Priestess, before we manifest the comprehension of the Greater Self.  Don't fret the brain heated interference, which is a "firewall" implanted by those who wish to rule you, Understanding will come to the diligent.  For no matter the seeming obfuscation of meanings attributed to them, the Tarot Keys represent truly universal archetypes, Forces and Forms that remain immutable despite the limitations of the worded attempts to describe them and ourselves. You, each and everyone, are comprised of all of the 78 images in the Tarot Deck. The Tarot is the YOU-fractal of The Divine Self, not the man-made you who is but a reaction to your ruler- defined environment. There is a Powerful You that is the Solar- Action that changes environment. You are of Solar Psyche, a "spiral entity", that evolved before planets and their life forms. Hence, your Psyche rules the "Soma"!  You came To Expand and Liberate the survival mind from its fear based animal existence into the Higher Existence of the Immortal Soul's love based identity.

In the Brain sits the image of the Chariot-resting, while Powered by the Great Mothers Work and sitting quietly on the thrown of Kether, totally protected by the Magnetic Field of the Grail, awaiting the time when the Brain can hear ABRACADABRA (Abrahadabra)--the cypher of the Great Work. With the "Ears to Hear", that are developed by Knowing thyself, we can then manifest the Soul as the personality who operates a Power tool--in Mothers Great Garden, rather than a animal looking for its soul; something it will never find, since the finite are definitions of the infinite and are unable to define the infinite in their time-bound thoughts. The Chariot card represents the Solar Warrior Soul who defines being---but is not defined by being.

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

The Chariot represents the Universal Principles of change/movement combination of stillness-activity: of movement and repose.

Every individual of a Soul, is touched by  multi-dimensional change in their areas of Earth, Air, Water and Fire, as symbolized by the four pillars, the four wheels, and the four animals. These four elemental aspects of ourselves combine to create who we are, mentally, physically, emotionally and spiritually. The spinning disc in the hands of the charioteer, also symbolizes the wheel of fortune (The blue water womb of birth/nurture Mother and the red-fire womb of Sex/ Death/reincarnation Mother) stating that we have free-choice and can choose fortunate, positive, and abundant changes for ourselves: through the process of Self-I-dentity!. 

The ten crystals on the golden armor represent the ten powerful positive choices of the Ten Sephiroth on the Qabalists' Tree of Life. The Golden Helm on the Thoth Card Charioteer, is The Crown, on most traditional decks, including the Barbara Walker Tarot and it represents that which is "the crowning achievement" of As above so below, is the radiant Self that is wisdom, understanding, mercy, severity, beauty, splendor, victory, foundation and kingdom. These ten states of conscious energy are multidimensional movements and repose that are known as "Our Greater Self".

THE Thoth Tarot- CHARIOT Key 7, is the 18th Path of Cheth on the Tree of Life, the word Cheth means enclosure, or fence. 

In the THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. Paul Foster Case stated:  The Eighteenth Path is called the House of Influence (by greatness of whose abundance the influx of good things upon created beings is increased) and from the midst of the investigation the arcana and hidden senses are drawn forth, which dwell in its shade and which cling to it, form the cause of all causes.

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

In his BOOK OF TOKENS, Paul Foster Cases stated this about the Chariot: 
  I am the hedge of protection
                                       Enclosing the field of existence
                                        In this field thou dwellest,.
                                  And I am thy defense,
                                         Against the darkness which is without.
                                        
                                        Yet is this hedge of safety
                                          Alas a wall of limitation,
                                           And the darkness against which it defendeth thee
                                              Is the radiant Darkness of the Limitless Light.,
                                               Too brilliant for thine eyes.

The Darkness that Mr. Case refers to is that of the Limitless Light of Kether, the very pinnacle of the Supreme Spiritual Self. Pictured in the Chariot, the experience of the Spiritual Self, is known in Alchemy as  the "Exhalation", where the Alchemist's very body becomes the Philosopher's Stone.

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


Geburah, is often symbolized with a Pentagram, or five pointed star, that has the Four Elements crowned by the Spirit (Space in the 5th Tattva). Thus, making 5 the number of Geburah on the Tree of Life.  Geburah is a Red Force, and is symbolized on the Thoth card as Red Wheels, meaning that the force of Geburah (Severity) is the  motive force of the Chariot.
 
Geburah is complimented by Chesed (Mercy) on the Tree of Life, and this compliment is seen in the constant usage of the number 4, Chesed's number. We have Four Sphinx, and four columns  (Four Universal Elements) holding up the starry canopy or heavens  of Binah (The Great Mother- Empress Card key 3). Theses four elemental columns are called the " four columns of the Tree of Life in a Solid Sphere"; a cube in circular space, adding a little more of the arcane to this card.  I suggest the curious student gets the book, THE QABALISTIC TAROT  by Robert Wang, as it is a fine text for understanding the Arcana of the Qabalistic Tarot.

Above the Golden Armored figure on the Thoth Card, is a crab, representing both the constellation and the astrological sign of Cancer. Woven into the canopy is the  word "ABRACADABRA", which Robert Wang thinks is an apparent pun on "ABRAHADABRA", a word that Crowley called,"one of the most important key numbers of the Liber Al...the word of the Aeon....the cypher of the Great Work", which when using Qabalistic Gemtria (numerology), (Book 777 of Crowley) adds up to 418 which equals 4+1+8=13; the Key 13 Death card, i.e. Spiritual Transformation.

Crowley understood that something martial is going on in the Psyche of the Seeker themselves. Much like the Bhagavad Gita, or the Babylonian Epic of Creation,  where the pursuit of enlivenment is symbolized by warring factions.

On this highest Path of Severity, the Soul Warrior of Geburah has reached a pinnacle, as shown by the Tens stars on his golden chest that represent Assiah or Matter. Seated in meditation, with the Holy Grail in his hands: the Cup (Womb) that we look directly into, for the Holy Grail, is the Image Maker of The All. We may know that as the Imagination which resides in the Great Ocean of Unconsciousness.


The  movement of the Chariot conceals a mystery (arcana) of great significance. The Chariot is reminiscent of the Greek Chariot of the Sun, Helios, as the four horses of the Sun pulled the Chariot of the Sun across the sky. This is significant as a representation, since the Chariot moves between the Light, centered in Tiphareth (Beauty) and the Supreme  Darkness of the Limitless Light at the hidden side of Kether (Crown). Yet, there is even a more complex meaning suggested here, as the Sun is guided by the Moon! And in Egyptian mythology, Greek Mythology and the Qabalistic Tree of Life, the sun is subordinate to the moon, for as stated, the Sun looks into the mirror of the Moon to See Itself! Hence, we look into the Imagination, to see ourselves! To take this further, The I AM looks into Me, to see itself! Therefore, Me is simply a fractal of identities formed by sensually experiencing perspectives!  By now there are those who call this thinking "deep", and we've yet to plunge into the Depths of the Great Ocean Of the Unconscious!

Since the Chariot is of the  sign of Cancer, that is ruled by the Moon (and in which Jupiter is exalted), the Charioteer follows this philosophy of subordination to the Great Mother nicely. The cardinal Path of the Moon, leads from Tiphareth (Beauty-Solar Logos) to  Kether (Crown) is the Path of the High Priestess.  Water  ( Pure Consciousness) takes precedence here and is represented by the Moon.

This is a Higher Path card, and requires much sckrying, meditation, and arcane study, so this author recommends that you devote more time to this card than a brief blog. At least, get the books I have recommended in this blog and read them liberally! What is also noted here, is that the Male-Female relationship, is represented backwards here in our reflected world. The Male -"Will to Force" of the Universe is Subservient to the Female-"Will to Form" in order for electric Force to become electro-magnetic Form; Idea is subservient to Understanding, for Life to progress. 

Again, in the Thoth Deck Key 7-The Chariot, the Cancer Crab stands on the Knights Helm, referring to the zodiacal sign of Cancer, into which the Sun moves  at the summer solstice. Cancer is the cardinal sign of Water, shown as blue above and below the charioteer. Hence, Cancer not only represents the first onrush of the Tarot element water (Movement of Self in the Unconscious), but it also represents the Path Cheth (meaning fence or enclosure) that leads from the Great Mother Binah (understanding) to Geburah (Severity), on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Therefore the Chariot represents the Veil of Water ( which is also "Life's blood)  in which the energy of the Supernal (The Trinity) descends on the energy of mankind as Prana and  inspires the "spirit within".  This card supports the old axiom," ...The Know is in the Flow" and helps us realize the value of Prana Yama (Yoga breath) breathing and the flow of the Life-Fire within and/or Kundalini.

The canopy of the Charioteer, is of the sky blue, both the color of water and of the color of the Great Gnostic Sophia and/or Binah, in her Wisdom state of energy conscious. Shown as a blue rose or blue chalice.

The four pillars of the canopy, represent the Pillars of the Universe (The Four Elements of Alchemy) while the Scarlet wheels represent the original energy of Geburah (the "cleansing menstrual blood" of the Goddess) that causes the revolving motion in the Universe.
The four Sphinxes that are drawing the Chariot, have the heads of the Four Kerubs, The Bull, The Lion, The Eagle and The Man. They actually represent the 16 sub-elements rather than just four, since in each Sphinx these elements are counter-changed.

The amber-gold armor of the Charioteer represents the sign of Cancer,  The reins are not in his hands because  he is enthroned in the Chariot rather than conducting it as the whole system is in perfect balanced and his only function is to bear the Holy Grail. This Grail looks like a  Blue and Red Chakra in his hands, as both colors represent the One Womb of the Blue Binah and the Red Geburah.

The design of the Ten Stars of Assiah sits upon his chest as an inheritance of the celestial dew of the Mother.
Cancer maybe known as the House of the Moon but Jupiter is also exalted in Cancer. This concept is illustrated as the color of  Amethyst that rings the Grail. The Shape of the Grail represents the Full Moon  and the Great Sea of Binah. Spiritual life is inferred by the radiant blood -red in the center of the Grail: light in the darkness of the Womb.

Again, studying the individual symbols will lead to a greater understanding of the whole. The Charioteer looks the masculine part he is, but this card is of the Goddess as Binah and Geburah which are both receptive (female) and expressive (male). One will find that in the Gnostic Qabalah, both sexes are inseparable, where there is She, there is He and visa versa. The Chariot also represents the mystical Merkabah , the Chariot that carries the Throne of God  in the visions of Ezekiel. The Throne is stable and unmoving, while the Chariot  descends on the revolving wheels of Geburah.
 
Arcana means secret and/or mystery and the Major Arcana (Key Cards) are deeply embedded in mysterious secrets buried in the imagery of time long past while being totally relevant today. As Plato said:
" To know thyself, is to know God" which also describes the mystery of the Qabalah.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 7; THE CHARIOT:

Illustrates the Chariot in more of a traditional and/or mundane manner.  Here, a young hero is portrayed as "king of the world".  Here is the egoistic youth, newly arrived at 21 years of age, according to the Yoni Yantra layout in red, raised to the 7th degree, and who is successful in both love and battle.

The four pillars, and the canopy of stars, the chariot was obviously a symbol for the world. Since this Key 7 card follows the card of Marriage, the Lovers key 6, it seems the traditional tarot made a place for young adult arrogance . He is shown in a conviction, albeit brief, that he has achieve some type of paradise. This is also traditional, as even in the Hindu concept of Shiva's  achievement of marriage to Kali, where he achieved the title of "Lord of the World"(Jagannatha), the world of Shiva was represented as a Giant Chariot- (Juggernaut-an obvious bastardization of the god's name) rolling along the track of time

Obviously,  the title "Lord of the World" stood for transitory earthly  glory. This was even understood in ancient Rome, for when a Roman hero road triumphantly through Rome as a prototypical-Mars in his war chariot, with crowds roaring approval, a masked figure representing death, stood beside him and whispered in his ear, "Man remember that you are mortal." Which could be the message delivered by Mercury (the sign of Mercury is on the front of B.W.'s chariot) to the Charioteer.

In the12th century book, Liber Imaginum Deorum stated that the War God Mars in his Chariot stood for, leadership, glory, war and death.
[The full range of genealogies of the classical Gods are described in the fifteen books, drawing on the standard earlier works, especially the Liber imaginum deorum, a 12th-century treatise by the otherwise unknown Albricus (possibly Alexander Neckam), and the older so-called Vatican Mythographies. These themselves drew on the late antique Christian Fulgentius, and writers of the actual period of classical paganism, especially Ovid and Statius. Some Greek material was probably supplied by his Greek teacher Leontius Pilatus]

TheSabine fertility god, much older than Rome's Mars adaption, was born of a famous Capitoline trinity of Juventas-Juno-Minerva, was killed each year and resurrected, as were all vegetation gods. This god in turn can be traced back to the red Hindu god Rudra, " He who belongs to Three Mother Goddesses" (Sanskrit: Tryambaka), who became merged with both Shiva and Krishna, and expounded the secrets of fate to Prince Arjuna, in the disguise of a divine charioteer.














As early as thethird millennium BC, in a land between India and Europe known as Akkad, it was known that the secrets of fate involved a consciousness of death, and was called the "the road of the chariot" or "the road of no-return". Throughout the history of mythology, the red chariot ridding heroes, passed from glory to a martyr's death, frequently personified the Sun, as did the Greek myths of Hippolytus, Phaethon, and Helios.

From  the Phaedrus, came the platonic idea that the chariot represented the human soul. It was postulated that heavenly charioteers rode the celestial airs until they lost their winged vehicles and fell to earth to be born as human beings.
Oriental philosophers, often called the soul the charioteer of the human body and to sensual desires as the horses that pulled the body-chariot.

Carl Jung, the famous dream interpreting physiologist, pointed out that in the symbolism of dreams and fantasy, horses usually represented uncontrolled or uncontrollable emotional drives. 

Therefore the horses of the Tarot Charioteer, must merit more study.
Be theyrepresented in Tarot as black and white (night and day) horses, doglike lunar death dogs, or Sphinxes with female breasts, or sometimes a strange two headed creature with four forelimbs and no hind legs, facing opposite directs like pushme-pullyou, which seems to be a copy of the Egyptian Hieroglyph for xerefu and akeru, " the lions of yesterday and today". They all seem to relate the message that, even when he thinks he is in control of his fate, man is not. Therefore, the Charioteer, on any traditional tarot deck, is never shown holding the reigns.

Oriental wisdom, throughout written history, using the Chariot wheel as the Karmic Wheel, has proclaimed the folly of pride in earthly glories, which are being dealt by the karmic hand of fate, are soon to be replaced. For a proud person, has yet to realize the wisdom of the "True Self" which could realize the inexorable turning of the Karmic wheel, as unstoppable as a Juggernaut chariot.


When the Chariot Tarot card is thrown during a reading the querent is or will be  soon experiencing:
  • Health, success, triumph, and victory. All of which shall be a combination of stillness and activity.
  • There is a principle of self mastery through change and movement towards a goal.
  • In other words, winning one's own way.
  • Self confidence that propels one to victory. 
  • In the next 7 weeks or 7 months, the querent will be making changes in their job, or home or travel.
  • To devote themselves to the combination of activity and quietude so that they may have the drive to attain goals.
  • It is a time of clearing out the past, moving beyond and beginning with new energy while taking responsibility for one's present condition.
  • There is a need for victory here, by combining the images or content of the unconscious with the consciousness for the purpose of achievement.
  • The Chariot also signifies that the querent has begun controlling a situation by the force of their personality....a focus of Will.
  • The goal will need fighting for, but you have been granted the energy to win it!
  • That a new force is dissolving old forms.
  • This is a time for clearing out, moving beyond the past, beginning with new energy and taking full responsibility for the past.
  • This is a time of supreme magical power and self mastery.
If the accompanying cards are ill defined, then none of the fore mentioned qualities will be stable and all will be short lived. Great pride in small things.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 6: THE LOVERS & The Barbara Walker Tarot- Key 6: THE LOVERS/ LOS ENAMORADOS

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-key 6 : THE LOVERS: Compared to; The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 6: THE LOVERS.

To the Gnostic-Qaballist, The Lovers is a card that can hardly be understood by imagery let alone words, so the combination of both is recommended.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Lovers is The Path of Zain (meaning sword or armor and is the  dual edged cutting sword of Perspective), connecting The Mother of Form ( Binah) with the central point of manifestation, (Tiphareth-the 6th Sephiroth). 









In the past, the Lovers was just illustrated as one individual and called the Lover. This obviously didn't suggest enough for more recent Tarot Readers and it has been redesigned to show the Two who are One.


Since Gemini/The Twinsis the Astrological meaning of this card, it makes sense that this duality should be depicted: However, The Lovers card represents the dualities of a single individual and is not appropriate as a symbol of human sexual love. In fact it represents the "two brothers"  who are the Kaberoi [The Twin Serpents of the Caduceus] and where known as the twin sons of the Primal Serpent Ptah.
Over time the Primal Serpent Forceof the Universe has gained many names/titles from Skanda-Murugan, Ptah-Sokar-Osiris to Thoth-Hermes, Neptune-Vulcan, Greenman, Dionysus, Enki and so many more, but the understanding was still the same; it was the Primal Serpentine Force of microwave Fire that began this Universe in a "Big Bang" scenario, by combining the "Divine Twins" in a serpentine dance. Since we are attempting to describe a pure energy that both ejaculates (a serpentine flow) and gives birth...so the male and female forms are used to show these aspects of "The One Primal Serpent Force". This serpentine energy is both a She in Hindu as Kundalini, in Greek as Sophia (Wisdom), Hel, and the Scarlett woman, in the West combined with the above mentioned male descriptions.

Throughout the Thoth card you will see serpent images, even the Spear of Dionysus or the Thrysus is known as the weapon with which he used to induce "the madness of Gnosis" which represented the human spine and the "third eye" (pineal gland) linked to one flowing kundalini power.  Thoth-Hermes was also the "Father of Alchemy" and many alchemical symbols exist in this cards imagery.

Therefore, The Lovers, represents the dual aspect of the One energy as Divine energy surged across the Abyss into manifestation, forming stable dualities. The Great Work, "As above so below",is the marriage of these dualities of manifestation. A ritual of returning to the Primal state, or Serpent force.

The path of Zain, of the Hermetic Qabalah, is called the Disposing Intelligence, which has often been considered an aspect of the Garden of Eden mythology, where human kind was made to leave it and must learn how to return to it.  The Hebrew word -ha-regesh- from which the English translation means-is arrived, is the Disposing Intelligence, consisting of, the Sun (Tiphareth)+ the Moon (Binah)+ Fire (Chokmah) =Disposing Intelligence.

In this Thoth card we have the Sun and the Moon uniting under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini). On the Tarot card, the man is  representing the sun and the woman is representing the moon and the Divine Fire above the Abyss is the Kerub (cupid) which comes from the word Kaberoi. The Great Being, blessing this union is the Magus/Mercury as The Hermit-key-9. So when the Electric Force of the man and the Magnetic force of the woman are intertwine,in a communion, a process that is rightly perceived, rightly discriminated,  and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man/woman engaged in this practice becomes a unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the Cosmic Life Force (Seen in the Card a the Orphic egg wrapped with a serpent).

All this may be mind boggling to the uninformed who know not their own Divinity.  So all I can say is, Google the mythological names listed in this essay-blog and see if you can understand the stories about the Great Story, that is our Universal Divine Collective Self and our Selves. I Would recommend a magnificent book called, WORLD GNOSIS-The Coming Gnostic Civilization by Mark Amaru Pinkham who has done a inordinate amount of research that would take the interested student 20 years to assemble.

 The Thoth Tarot-Key 6-The Lovers, is also called "the Brothers" which is a significant arcana representation of "Cain and Able"; Significant, in that it implies the simultaneous creation of an "equal and opposite reaction". When an action is created, its opposite is simultaneously created as well. When She was Created so was He. When Able was created so was Cain. This card supports that Universal application.


In this dual happenstance of creation, there is no measurable time lag, as the formulation of any idea creates its contradictory at almost the same moment. To create She creates He. To create correction is to create error. That is why wisdom is often described by me as the progressive action, "to create, see error, and correct that error." Hence, Wisdom is known as 50% ERROR and 50% correction. This is the old concept behind the Christian Sin, which over time, has become unrecognizable as the process of Wisdom; However, if one reads the Prodigal Son biblical parable, they will understand that the "Prodigal" who went forth and created error, and then was celebrated for correcting it.
 To know that the contradictory of any proposition is implicit in itself,  also is to know how Universal equilibrium is kept. Again, analysis followed by synthesis. To make this card even more confusing, remember that once error is corrected, we've made another creation.....with simultaneous error.

The Lovers Card, is a glyph of duality.The Moorish King has a golden crown, while the white European Queen has a silver crown, this duality is also shown by the Red Lion and the White Eagle; Lions and Eagles being alchemical symbols of  the Male and Female Principles in Nature, appearing in equal and various stages of manifestation throughout creation; Sun and Moon, Fire and Water (Electric and Magnetic), Air and Earth. They also are the acid and alkali of chemistry, which are also metals and non-metals.

Going even wider in this "equal and opposite" concept, they are Hydrogen and Oxygen which in this concept of atoms, the Hooded figure represents, the seed of all life as the Protean element of carbon. Astrophysicist know Red Suns as the producers of the carbon atom, so the symbols of this card are quite extensive.

The King bears his sacred Lance, while the Queen bears the Holy Grail---the Phallus and Womb symbols of this card are a constant reminder of  Creations formula of equal and opposites being combined in order to establish life. This theory is support by the Twin Children carry their weapons, whose positions are counter changed; the white child carries the cup and roses (feminine), while the dark child carries the lance and a club (masculine). At the bottom of the card is the primitive Pantomorphic form of the Hermetic Marriage; the winged Orphic egg. The colors of the egg, gray, symbolize the cooperation of the Supernal ( upper triangle of Kether, Chokma, Binah)  in the Creation of Life.The Purple serpent is Mercury in the scale of the Queen and represent God's influence in Nature; the crimson tinged wings of the Orphic egg represent the King which is on the scale of Binah the Great Mother. Therefore, the Thoth Deck key 6 -The Lovers is then the complete symbolic rendition of the equilibrium of The Great Work. However, we must never forget that what form life takes is  after all, possibility, for the form life takes is dependent upon the influences attendant during gestation.  This is a fact that Awake Souls (those who do not experience the sleep of death) make use of while a fetus is forming in a womb. Just a little mystery for you to ponder!

By putting the symbol of Cupid above the Hooded figure, seems to confuse the issues of this card; However, deep study of the Cupid legend will help one to see that cupid is the libido symbol used to express Zero as Two. Please feel free to enjoy your investigations while remembering that only deep meditations on this card will reveal some of the many secrets it represents.

In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.
THE LOVERS, is the Path of Zain, meaning Sword, on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life and runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth).

The Dual intelligent Forces of Male-expressive and Female-receptive, (electric and magnetic, conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind, Animus and Anima), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite frequencies of  Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities, for the Divine Creative is a DUAL CONSTRUCT OF FORCE AND FORM. This is nothing new to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were never seen separated and often they were depicted as one being with two faces. Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, "sword worshipers", who destroyed the cities and agriculture that was invented by women, did the Patriarch exist alone and supreme.

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

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

On the Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, The Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness.

Paul Foster Case, considered  that these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we mundanely know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain or in parapsychology as the Animus (Masculine-Soul) and the Anima (Feminine-Spirit). As Dr. Paul Foster Case has  stated:
"When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force."   Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self, the Divine Anima (female) and the Divine Animus (Male), both aware, conscious and united in the individual as they are in the Divine Creative. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do.

To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.

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

This is a red-hot hermetic (sealed) marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death", where individuals are annihilated by becoming One, reminiscent of an individual "big bang", call the "ecstasy". Hence, there is a  type of death representedhere, as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own Higher Self, a willful and  total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine One-Self. 

I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written  that Jesus, a Gnostic Nazarene, answered his disciples with:
(22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom."

Jesus, mythical or not (Zeus Christos was a title given to many teachers of Gnosis), obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was purported to be a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalistic Magi. What few know is that the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the  Sun! Also, that when one "fashions eyes in place of an eye", we are talking of transforming many identities, "I's" into One Identity-The Original Cosmic "I".

THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are considered among the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth. The Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword or Armor) requires  a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm of the Universal Collective Unconscious, from which it emerged. Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self.

To reiterate: In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve and Lilith, as stylized statues, are shown above the marriage couple, with cupid aiming an arrow that represents the Original Will.

The Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. 

The White Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds  flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail (Graäl) in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as the biblical Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS;  However, the process of The Hermetic Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of  Mercury-Magus, as the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a  balance of opposites  after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first.

Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the  types of incarnation.

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


  • There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required before they gain full possession of their powers. This is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 6: The Lovers;

There is a picture of two lovers kissing, called Sparsa (contact) which is the 6th picture on the Tantra Wheel of Life. So even in Tibetan Tantra, the Lover's are connected to the # 6, of the Sun and the Sephiroth Tiphareth-Beauty. Here is the first encounter of Self and Other, where the I and Am recognize each other.

Thenext picture on the Tibetan Wheel of life is called Vedana (feeling), depicting a man with an arrow entering his eye.

On both the Thoth Tarot
andBarbara Walker Tarot, Key 6, The Lover's card, shows the Lovers with an Cherub and/or a divine amoretti aiming an arrow.
Again, as I  stated in the description of the Thoth Card, herein resides a Tantric message: only through physical union with a female can either a god or man achieve "true" contact with reality, and the power to deal with it.

The Tantric sages, have always stated that women "are life itself", called women Deva's (Goddesses).  The Great Goddess, under her title, Bhavani ("Existence"-I AM), represented the real world. Unless a man or god united himself with her at his life stage of Bhavanan (husbandship), he remained incomplete. As an enlighten man, he must spend his life searching for the Goddess who could only be apprehended through Vedana (feeling).
The Shakta ("one who worships Kali") Poet, Ramaprasad Sen said," By feeling She is known. How then can lack of feeling find her?"

Ramprasad Sen
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Sadhak Rāmprasād Sen (Bengali:রামপ্রসাদ সেন; c. 1718 or c. 1723 – c. 1775) was a Shakta poet and saint of eighteenth century
Bengal. His bhakti poems, known as Ramprasadi, are still popular in Bengal—they are usually addressed to the Hindu goddess Kali and written in Bengali. Stories of Ramprasad's life typically include legends and myths mixed with biographical details.
It is said that, Ramprasad was born into a Tantric family, and showed an inclination towards poetry from an early age. He became a disciple of Krishnananda Agamavagisha, a Tantric scholar and
yogi. Ramprasad became well known for his devotional songs, eventually becoming the court poet of Raja Krishnachandra of Nadia . His life has been the subject of many stories depicting his devotion to, and relationship with, Kali. Ramprasad's literary works include
Vidyasundar, Kali-kirtana, Krishna-kirtana and Shaktigiti.
Ramprasad is credited with creating a new compositional form that combined the Bengali folk style of Baul music with classical melodies and kirtan. The new style took root in Bengali culture with many poet-composers combining folk and raga-based melodies, mixing every common style of music from classical to semi-classical and folk.
His songs are sung today, with a popular collection—Ramprasad Sangit ("Songs of Ramprasad")—sold at Shakta temples and
pithas in Bengal.

The Sufi, including the Sufi Mostapha Jahaladin Rumi (and my favorite 12th century poet) has stated that every man needed a fravashi ("Spirit of the Way"), the equivalent of a Tantric sages Shakti or Tibetan Tantra's Kha-dro-ma. She was every man's Qis-Mah (Turkish-Kismet), a lady love sent by the Moon (Mah). Corrupted to "every man's fate". Here again is the Anima (Spirit-Feminine) and the Animus (Soul-Masculine), names coined by Dr. Carl Jung, represented throughout history of mankind.

The ancient idea of a "sacred marriage", whereby a man, king, or god developed his full power in sexual union. King Solomon (Sun-of-On), united himself to Ishtar-Astarte through her priestess, who was called the Shulamite in bible preserved wedding songs. The acquired powers he received from this marriage, Solomon received 666 talents of gold in a year (1 Kings 10;14).  This number is a magic number of Qabalah, for 666 is listed elsewhere in the Bible as the famous "number of the Beast" ( Revelation 13:18).
 
The 666 Beast was originally the beast with two backs, and/or the Primal Androgyne said to resemble a man and woman in sexual communion. 

Both the Hexagram and 666, which described it, were sacred to the triple Aphrodite (Astarte). Her number, 6, was described by the Pythagorean mystics as the perfect number and/or The Mother.

The Latin six is sex, the 6 is also the Egyptian, sexen, meaning to embrace or copulate.  A derivative of the Egyptian sexen, is Seshemu meaning "sexual intercourse", and had as its hieroglyph a lingam inserted into a yoni-gate.
Seshemu, was a word repeatedly used in Sufi love rituals, and became famous as a magic charm used to open the secret uterine cavern in Arabic fair-tales [open sesame, in English]. Hence, the number 6, sex, is the number of sin to the Christian flesh-o-phobes. After all, she created the hate form, i.e. flesh.
The ritual of a man becoming god-like after sexual union with his "lady love" fills the pages of mythology, including Percival and Blanchefleur, who taught him the secrets of Chivalry.
 With a little research, one can find that this is a well known mystery of magic.

In many older Tarot cards, the tradition of an older woman marrying the couple on the Lovers Tarot Card, is also shown on the Barbara Walker card. For in pre-Christian times, the tribal wise woman (latter called "witches" by Christians) preformed the marriage rites of the Real Wedding (Hermetic Marriage).

When it all comes out in the wash,  without the perfect communion between the Anima and Animus, within, no person is whole and thereby incomplete! There must be an inseparable intercourse between the Divine She and Divine He in each and every Temple of Flesh!


When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating:


  • A principle of  Art and Craft of Relationship.
  • What is also suggested is the  magical image of the power of surrender in which one form is given up in order to attain another.
  • Being involve in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
  • Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
  • The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.
  • This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
  • Time to make a choice of "one or the other", seen as two paths. The outcome of this choice is seen as vitally important.
  • Passive and some cases, mediumistic  inspiration.
  • Motive power, and action, arising from inspiration and impulse.
  • Becoming cooperative as two or more people or forces come together, combining  energy for a common goal.
  • Urge to unite and a choice of love.
  • Joining together....it is easy to see the Principle of  the Art and Craft of relationship here.


If ill defined by the accompanying cards:


  • Indecision, confusion and uncertainty become the principles of this card.
  •  The querent is failing to see the sum of the Union of Opposites and is trying to separate them as "good and bad" . This causes only inaction.
  • The agony of separation rather than the bliss of union.
  • Wanting the best of both worlds, causing instability in all those concerned.


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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 5 : THE HIEROPHANT & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 5 : THE POPE/EL PAPA

The Tarot of EliTHE THOTH-HIEROPHANT- Key 5, Compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 5- THE POPE:
In the Hermetic Qabalah, The Hierophant represents the Path of Vau (Nail or Hook), and also is the 16th path, on the Tree of Life. leading from Chesed (mercy) to Chokmah (wisdom) and is known as the  Eternal Intelligence, a phrase coined by the renowned Hermetical  Dr. Paul Foster Case.
The Path of Vau is the uppermost path, red of color, on the Pillar of Mercy (Right hand Path). In the Golden Dawn texts, this path is described as, "The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter".  Here, Chokma, the 2nd Sephiroth, is Jupiter, and his action is the spermatic potential of the Manifested Universe- Chesed, the 4th Sephiroth, who is the Yod of Microcosm (Microprosopus), that is the The Father in Manifestation, while Chokmah (the Yod of the Macrocosm/Macroprosopus) is the Supernal Father.
Therefore, the Path of the Hierophant is a powerfully masculine one (Electric Force), to which  the Bull-Taurus is applied as the image definitively applied to this card; Being "Fixed Earth", this is a stable foundation; a stabilizing extreme. This is the absolute foundation of the process of revelation where the inherited Knowing of the Creator, THE Great Father, is expressing It's experience through the Supreme Spiritual Self to the Personality or Ego (Whole Self) of Tiphareth (The Sun of Beauty). Thus, memory is involved and the solid foundation of "Above all things, Know thyself" is established as an Universal Inheritance for the Divine Child/Son of God, which is our Androgynous Soul/Psyche.
The meaning of the Hebrew word Vau, is nail or hook, implying a nailing together, or binding, and links the Macrocosm (The Great Universe) and  Microcosm (Manifestation), and/or The Greater Self to the Lesser Self of matter, forever linking us to the Divine Spirit.
Illustrated card from: Ask the Kabala-oracle cards by: Depak Chopra & Michael "Zappy" Zapolin with Alys R. Yablon
 
The letter Vau or Vav,  has the meaning of nail or hook and is the simple letter for hearing. The Hebrew story that Vau tells is:
When a man or woman who commits any of man's sins, by committing treachery toward God and that person shall become guilty-they shall confess the sin that they committed he shall make restitution for his guilt in its principle amount and add unto it a fifth and give it to the one to whom he is indebted.
                                     Numbers 5:6-7
This Jewish concept of atonement and confession  in which a person is dishonest regarding financial issues---as an affront to both the victim and God and where God requires the sinner to repent, confess and pay back the money he's stolen with interest before forgiveness is given.....seems rather odd in this placement on the Tree of Life ( Vau leads from Chessed to Chokmah and is the uppermost Path on the Pillar of Mercy). But consider this----earthly sins ( survival mind errors) block our perceptions so that we cannot expand and liberation our self conscious to that of our Soul.
The fact that the Golden Dawn documents describe this path as, "The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter," may shed some light on this word Vau. Esoterically, this is the action of Chokmah, as the spermatic potential of the manifest universe, upon the first manifestation.  Chokmah as Chessed (mercy) is the Father in manifestation.
Mercy, being the clue here. To walk the Path of Vau, can only be done with a "clean slate" and this requires self-honesty and trusting the mercy of your creator and that is best done by recognizing our short comings and confessing them to our Inner- Higher Self. This gets the blocks out of the way, opening up the "River of Mercy" so that it may flow, washing away slave based guilt and revive us as the  First Person of the Macrocosm  (Chessed)  who entered into the Microcosm (Chessed is the Yod of the Microcosm--Yod, being the Intelligence of Will).  What may come as a surprise to most of us, is that We ARE Spirit--That flows as "E-Motion" and who makes bodies alive! As Energy in motion "to be", we have sought "enfleshenment" but in order to do so we have had to "Walk down the Tree of Life" (becoming more condensed) to arrive in the realm of Malkuth (Kingdom), the place of physical manifestation. All for Sensual Reasons of Discernment! Now we must do the laborious task of "Expanding and Liberating" the "earthly consciousness" of the microcosm by remembering our Macro cosmic Conscious-Higher Self, WHILE STILL MAKING A MANIFESTATION OF FLESH "ALIVE"!
In other words, Spiritual Conscious Self Awareness being Sensually Aware of It-Self!  Tough job, when you remember that the "animal mind" is a survival mind---all based on good and bad ("what doesn't hurt and what does hurt") right and wrong ("what will get me punished and what won't get me punished"). 
In order to walk back up ( In Qabalah-up is inward and down is outward) through the various conscious states of our Energy Conscious Flow, we must divorce ourselves, piecemeal, from the Survival thinking processes that limit the perspectives (sight and its "selves" known as hearing, speaking, touching etc,) of the physical self conscious. To expand perspectives is to "open the mind" and we need to banish our guilt generated by the social "preying on each other" in order to avoid pain. Fear of discomfort is the "foundation" from which we direct our physical lives. To confront our "fear of pain" , to reach atonement (at-one-ment)  is to face our errors and  " to correct them in the Mercy of God". We must become one with the "Divine Architect", the Mind of Chesed.
[Agustus Caesar Pontifex Maximus]
The Qabalistic Path of Vau---The Hierophant Tarot card, is the Pontifex, the "bridge-maker" who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination---i.e. enlightenment. 
We combine the self-conscious of  "enfleshenment" with the Self Conscious of Enlightenment by nailing them together on this Path of Atonement/confession. Our Soul needs to shed the illusion of survival thinking, so that it can claim its Immortal Inheritance; all this while still keeping a mortal body! Here We not only unite the "As above and so Below", symbolized by the Pentagram, which is also the symbol for the "Ascended Man"----i.e. the fleshy conscious united with the"light" conscious as a complete SELF-Conscious! 
Yes, this is Not as easy as it sounds, and a lot of self examination is required. Hence, in order to remember ourselves as the "The Child of Divine Parents"  (The "Spermatic Word/Logos" of God Impregnated the Egg of Binah----and we are the "The Child of Goddess/God---The Horus--The living Suns/Sons ) 
we must "walk up" the Paths of the Tree of Life, one step at a time or should I say One step of 78 (total number of tarot cards) at a time.
A lot to think about here, so do your research, meditations and be diligent in "seeing your error,\and correcting that error" for only then can we become "Wisdom". We expand and liberate self-by releasing confining perspectives of self identity that fear imposes and we can do this to the point of being the "Greater Self"- MANIFESTED!
THE HIEROPHANT is related to teaching, which relates Higher ideas into Lower organisms that is often called, "As above so below". The Hierophant is a state of conscious energy that is the Only source for our understanding of the inner Spirit/Spiral energy conscious. Again, this "Magus of the Eternal" is stated by Paul Foster Case in his text," THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM:, as being the," ....Pontifex, the 'bridge maker'  who provides a connecting link between outer experience and interior illumination." Thus, the Hierophant gets the discriminating experience of the Body-operating-Personality, while teaching that very same Personality it's inherited Divinity. Thus,The Hierophant can be said to "Learn by Teaching". Therefore, the Eternal Intelligence  can be called "Life" and the Reasoning behind manifestation and implies that a teacher who learns from his students, is a great teacher, i.e. Life learns from the "alive".

Crowley's main concept was the "grounding" of the Fifth- Key-, using the corner symbols of the Four Kerubiim (Guiding collective intelligence of the Four Elements) as the tentative expressions of the primordial Elements of Kether (Crown) that are passed down to Chokmah as the Sphere of the Zodiac. Interestingly, we think of the Zodiac as 12 signs, but it is really four ternaries, where each element is broken down to three signs. To the Qabalist, this relates  to Yod (hand) Heh (Window) and Vau (Nail).
The Administrator to the emerging duality that is Chokmah (Phallus -Womb, male-female, electric-magnetic) is the Hierophant and is given form or structure by Binah (Great Mother)  which begins as manifestation below the Abyss (Dark Energy and Dark Matter) in Chesed (Mercy). Thus relating to Tiphareth (Beauty-Synchronicity), the central point of manifestation. This relationship is shown in two ways, first as the letter Vau, which is related to "The Son" (Androgynous Child of God) , and Tetragrammaton; the second is the number 6 itself is related to Sun/ Tiphareth. Crowley shows this by the Pentagram on the chest of the Hierophant as the four elements are combined under the fifth element-Spirit, thus forming the 5 pointed star. The Pentagram image, confirms the Great Work known as "As above, so Below", a process in which the symbolic Moon always  is a key part. For the Moon is both above and below the Sun on the Tree of Life, as it is both implied as  Yesod (Foundation) and is the Path of the High Priestess and is exalted in Taurus.
 
Let us not forget that Taurus is also ruled by Venus, referring us to the Empress, the Path of Daleth, between Chokmah and Binah. THE EMPRESS is Mother Nature, and/or the fertilized  Universal Consciousness that is the foundation of the HIEROPHANT'S teaching.
THE HIEROPHANT'S teaching is intuitive, as it is on the "feeling" side of the Tree of Life  ( Venus-Netzach side), applying intuition to concepts collected by reason and built up by memory.Therefore, a powerful skrying can be achieved by corresponding the Empress with the Hierophant.

3-The Empress & 5-The Hierophant:
  • The astrological sign, Taurus , is the position of The Hierophant and the astrological planet for the The Empress, is Venus. The Hierophant is the Form,"I have". While the Motion of the Empress is, "I seek myself through what I have". Here Motion and Form associate well, and the correspondence is easily understood.
  • The Rune Stone correspondence with the Hierophant is Febu, the stone of ambition, fulfillment, possessions, and cattle.The Rune Stone for the Empress is Berkana, the rune of growth, fertility, and new life.
  • The associated colors are the Primary Red-Orange: and lesser colors of brown, peach. This is in correspondence to the Root Chakra, the Chakra of vital energy or Life Force which governs the instincts, survival, health, sexuality, sensuality ....all related to body health. The crystalline stones associated with this correspondence are, Dravite, uvite, buergerite, tsilaisite, petrified wood, lodestone, meteorite, staurolite, tigereye, barite, red-orange and brown chalcedony.
  • Musical notes also correspond to the cards and The Hierophant is C# while The Empress is F#.
  • The Qabalistic Hebrew letters for the Hierophant are the simple letter---Hearing. The Tree of Life Path is Vah,(The Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence). The symbolic meaning is the Nail or Hook.
  • The Double letter for The Empress is ---Wisdom-Folly and the Path is Daleth, the Illuminating Intelligence. The symbolic meaning is Door.
  • The plant essences for The Hierophant are: Thyme,Cardamom, Bois de Rose and for The Empress the plants are: Ylang-ylang, Vanilla, and Rose.
  • The Psychic Energy derived from this association is that of Artists and Artisans---which is the ability to manifest in physical medium what is from the inner- sight. This is any art form from fashion to painting, drawing, cooking, carpentry and is always a harmonious expression of inner- self and outer creation.
  • The Hierophant and The Empress correspond to all of our emotions, physical energy, survival instincts, memory, and maintain the bodies vital functions. These cards correspond in many more subtle ways. But for those who practice magic-meditation requiring a harmonic union with the Association these cards represent and to empower the bodies vitality. Therefore, I have given you more than enough to incorporate into a successful ritual. Sight, smell, sound and herbs plus the Mandala of the Cards themselves.
  • On the Qabalistic Tarot of Thoth and the Tree of Life,between the Macrocosm [Macroprosopus] and the Microcosm [Microprosopus] stands the Hierophant Key 5-which is the Eternal Intelligence.

    As stated, but never overstated: The Hebrew word Vau, that is attributed to the Hierophant, means nail or hook, which is appropriate as the Eternal Intelligence fixes the process of absolute revelation; it is the foundation, the base of experience between the Supreme Spiritual Self and the Ego of Tiphareth, of which memory is considered as one aspect. Hence the nine nails shown above the Hierophant.All that we ARE is forever woven into the Divine Spirit (The Spirit/Psyche of The Universal Divine Collective Unconscious) by the binding Eternal Intelligence that is the Hierophant. The Hierophant links the "As above, so below"; the Sun and the Moon.The Golden Dawn describes the Hierophant as "The Zodiac acting through Taurus upon Jupiter", thus making this card a powerfully masculine Path upon which the Chariot, which carries the soul across the abyss, travels this celestial rode that is the Path of Vau. As all of you who follow my blog know, I have mentioned and examined the Thoth Deck Tarot in many ways. Not because of confusion, but because of the Multidimensional nature of the  Energy Intelligence their images represent.The Hierophant links the Great Universe with manifestation which alone requires books of explanation. The 78 Tarot Cards, are this book or rather the "flash cards" of Self.
    What surprises many students is the knowledge that the Hierophant is not just a teacher but the ONLY TEACHER! He is the "Magus of the Eternal" (The "Inner Teacher"). The Thoth Deck Hierophant does great justice to this concept as it is so full of symbol as the Divine Architect, students will write essays for centuries.

  • You will notice that in the Crowley/Harris
    representation of this Thoth card, there is a pentagram on the Hierophant's chest that encloses a Child.
  • The Pentagram is the symbol of the "ascended man", it represents the union  of Air, Earth, Fire, Water and the Spirit.
  • The Child within represents the Child Horus; the enlightened human persona of the future the Psyche of the Divine Hermaphrodite.
  • The figure of the Hierophant is that of a Titan.
  •  And below him is the feminine figure of "The Scarlet Woman"--the Red/Dark Moon. Helps to remember that Black is really the Darkest of Reds.
  • Around him are the corners of this card are the Elemental Kerubim who symbolize the primordial elements of Kether which pass down  to Chokmah as the Spheres of the Zodiac that is now grounded in manifestation.
  • The three ringed Key in his hand represents the Aeon of Isis, Osiris and Horus.
There is so much meaning  here that great study is required. Leave it to say, that the Hierophant is the administrator of the duality which emerges with Chokmah as it is structured by Binah, and which begins as manifestation below the Abyss as Chessed and is thus related to Tiphareth (The Child Horus- The new Aeon) who is the central point of manifestation. The Hierophant is  The Great Teacher who also learns by teaching, therefore teaching  is part of the study here. Remember, your "alive" body, teaches the Life that is Spirit/Soul by the process of discernment, that only mortality can give the Immortal Being!
The window behind his head, that Crowley called an Oriel, is the passageway for manifest spirit between Macrocosm and Microcosm. If you wish to  be enlightened by the Teaching Intelligence of the Great Universal Self----meditate on this card!  The Thoth Tarot-Key 5: The Hierophant, refers to the Hebrew letter Vau which when translated to English means Nail. Hence, nine nails appear at the top of this card, fixing the oriel behind the main figure.
The zodiacal reference to the Hierophant is Taurus, whose very nature is that of elephants, thus the corresponding figures of the pachyderm are shown behind the main figure, who is also seated on a Bull, a western representation of Taurus.
Around him at the four corners of the card are the  four Kerubs or beasts, that are the guardians to every shrine. But no matter how many symbols one sees on this card, the uniting of the Macrocosm with the Microcosm is the main reference  and principle business of this card's occult mystery.
Accordingly, the oriel is diaphanous; looking closely, you can see before the Manifestor of the Mystery (Arcanum means, mystery) a Hexagram which represents the Macrocosm.
  • In its center,looking as if part of the Hierophant's robe, is a pentagram, representing a dancing male child.
  • The Dancing Child represents the New Aeon of the child Horus that has supplanted the Aeon of the "Dying God"  which has governed the world for two thousand years.
  • Before The Hierophant is a female figure, girdled with a sword, who not only represents the Scarlet Womb-man
 (Babalon) of the Hierarchy of the new Aeon but also that of the sign of Venus/Isis, the ruler of the sign of Taurus.
The Scarlet Woman (The Blood Grail) was a major arcanum of Crowley's magical pursuits, and a great deal of study is needed just to begin understanding this Macrocosmic phenomena. The book by Peter Gray, THE RED GODDESS, will assist the serious student in their research.
  • The Scarlet Woman symbolism is further carried out by the image of a 5 petaled rose behind the phallic headdress of the Hierophant.
  • The images of the Serpent and Dove refer to Crowley's [Book of Law--chap.1, verse 57]: "there are love and love. There is the dove and there is the serpent." Again, more study is advised.
The Dark Indigo starry sky of Nuit ( the womb of all phenomena) forms the background of this colorful card. Since this card represents the sign of Taurus, the\Bull Kerub represents Earth in its strongest and most balanced form.Illustrated on the Thoth Tarot, the Hierophant's wand is composed of three circles which maybe considered as the three Aeons of Isis, Osiris, and Horus, interlocking their magical formula.
The fact that the Hierophant is the path of Vau, meaning nail (whose shape it resembles), relates to memory; memory binds together, as does the nail.
The Hierophant is considered to be the Triumphal or Eternal Intelligence  and is the solid base of experience between the Supreme Spiritual Self and the Soul-Ego of Tiphareth. Memory is one aspect of this ; however the Primary function of The Hierophant is to link the Macrocosm and the Microcosm and the binding nature of this consciousness is described in many ways; one is linking the Sun and the Moon, another is that The Hierophant links together the Collective Unconscious and the Conscious to the Son. Therefore The Hierophant ties together the Above and the Below.
Let us not forget the fact that it is related to teaching, not only the action of teaching but also the reaction of learning by teaching! The Hierophant is the only source for our understanding of the inner spirit, as he is the intelligent energy which binds inner spirit to the outer aspects of physical manifestation.
 
Esoterically, he is the "Magus of the Eternal". If you are acquainted with the Gnostic Christian teachings of Simon the Mage, you'll have a greater understanding of the Hierophant in each of us. Crowley uses the word "oriel" , meaning window, as the dark back ground of this card, as yet another symbol of the Hierophant's linking the Macrocosm and Microcosm, i.e. The Creator with Creation.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 5: THE POPE,
was an enigmatic figure, that was not intended to suggest Christian orthodoxy.
With many reservations, did the scholars associate the Tarot Pope with that of the Christian Church.
Often it was said that associating the Tarot Pope, to organized religion, was to objectively recommend that one go deeper into Self for truth.

One classical example of great significance, as depicted on Barbara's card, is the showing of the "pillars of the church", that are behind the Pope, supporting nothing at all.
There was a 13th Century Gnostic belief that the Pope Tarot was numerically associated with the Devil (seen peering out behind the right pillar), because he was linked with Jehovah of the Roman Church, who was a considered a demon who only made the world to trap souls in it.
Early French cards, depicted the Hierophant/Pope as Jupiter, to match the Papess, Juno [Kaplan, 155]. 
In other tarotpacks, the Pope became the god Bacchus, who was shown wrapped in grape vines, straddling a wine barrel, and drinking from a bottle. Bacchus, although a Greek god, was widely worshiped in medieval  Europe, all the way up to the 19th century.

The Tarot Pope, was also called the Grand Master, or Gypsy Prince, thereby associating him with magic and the Logos. In fact, Pope Leo III, author of the Enchiridion and Pope Honorus III, purported author of the Constitution of Honorius, were noted practitioners of the "black arts".
Inthe grimoire, the Constitution of Honorius, were listed many magical charms and the 72 secret names of god, whereby giving the practitioner of the art, the power to create miracles. Reinforcing the belief that the real power of a Pope rested in knowing these 72 names. Keeping the ancient belief in "name magic" alive and well in medieval Europe.  For it was well known that from the earliest times, ancient Egyptian and Hindu priests, pretended to control their god's by using spoken mantra's of secret names.  Even Mohammedans thought that Allah could be forced to grant or answer any prayer if his 99 secret names were pronounced. In the same vain, Christians believed, that if a Priest preformed a special mass of the Holy Spirit, using secret names of god, god could be compelled. Therefore establishing the notions of the verbal powers of ecclesiastics which became part of the Church's own doctrine of the keys. The keys to heaven are shown on the front of the Pope's dais, on the Barbara Walker Tarot Card and in the hand of the Thoth Hierophant.

Long before the Christian pontiff expounded the doctrine of the keys, it was common among most pagan religions, where a high priest often impersonated the celestial key-holder at the gates of heaven.

The supreme pontiff, Pater Patri, of  the Roman followers of Mithras,
was believed to hold the keys of heaven and hell. The name Pater Patri, was gradually corrupted to papa and then onto Pope. Peter is also a corruption of the Mithraistic name. If one wishes to go into deeper investigation of the Roman legend of Peter, they will find the curious tradition of Peter, Pater or Petra, acting as keeper of the keys of the underworld, long before Christianity darkened the library doors of history.

The depth of etymological use of the word Petra (rock of ages) goes way back into history, for even the Egyptian's had a "spirit of the obelisk", called Petra, considered the same rock pillar worshiped by the Edomites at the holy city of Petra.  The Petra or "peter", seems to have been the phallus of Jupiter, the "holy begetter'' that was derived from the Aryan god, Dyaus Pitar.  One could write a book about this, and Barbara Walker has, in her , The Secrets of the Tarot.

The sacred bridge between heaven and earth, was called by the Romans, the Sacred Palladium and or the sceptre of Priam, as shown on the Barbara Walker Pope card. The sacred tiara of the Pope is also linked to the phallic hats of the ancient priests called the apex.

She also uses the two monks kneeling before the Pontiff, as seen on many medieval cards.  They represent the opposite aspects of ourselves, conscious/unconscious, Anima and Animus, Sun and Moon, both united as one, when listening to the "Inner Teacher".

When the Hierophant card is thrown:
  • The querent is experiencing divine wisdom.
  • Manifestation and explanation.
  • Teaching mainly in occult wisdom and/or seeking guidance in that area.
  • There is also a choice implied here, of self alignment to a particular philosophy, religion or a set of beliefs to which a great deal of loyalty is felt.
  • There is a marriage occurring between the Anima (Spirit) and Animus (Soul).
Now if ill defined, this card implies:
  • Patriarchy and the resulting oppressive law of orthodoxy.
  • Some one acting as judge and jury, telling the querent how to morally be.
  • In general, conforming to the cultural indoctrination and surrendering responsibility to social codes of behavior.
Now, as with all Thoth Deck Cards, by scrolling back through my many blogs, you will see more information about the Hierophant, especially in part 1.  There is always layer upon layer of knowledge to these cards as they represent at the very least, ten dimensions of conscious energy evolution.
 
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 4: THE EMPEROR & The Barbara Walker Tarot- key 4 : THE EMPEROR/EL EMPERADOR


The Tarot of EliTHE Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, EMPEROR-key 4, is the Hermetic Qabalah's Path of Heh (He) that runs between Tiphareth (Beauty-the Solar Logos) to Chokmah (Wisdom-Lesser Creator who rules over manifestation) and is known as the Constituting Intelligence ( Dr.Paul Foster Case). Aleister Crowley has linked the Emperor up with the Star, which is the Hebrew letter Tzaddi (Tsadeh) -meaning; Fish hook. However, The Scholars of the Hermetic Qabalah disagree, and call the Emperor the path of Heh-meaning: Window or Sight.

This is because The Emperor is the "Fiery aspect of the Garden of Eden", to which the Higher Self relates. Where as the Star, is the "Eden of the Personality".
In both cases these are states where the general has just become specific; as a pristine point where the consciousness can look both forward and backward. Therefore, a Window or Sight is attributed to the Emperor. Here, exists a Self Observation of the One Mind.  In the Sepher Yetzirah, a Qabalistic Text, The Path of Heh, is attributed with the first sensory function: "I" sight. This suggests that "Sight" is the first sense, just as Aries is the first sign in the zodiac. Therefore, as the first sign, Aries the Emperor, emerges directly from Chokmah who is the sphere of the zodiac. The Emperor is based on Chokmah/Wisdom.

Because of our Divine Inheritance from the Demiurge (Lesser Creator)-Chokmah and the Great Mother (Binah-Female aspect of the Demiurge) we are all collectives of the "Colors" of consciousness. Colors being a "likeness", such as a shadow is a likeness of the form it is a "Shade" of.
Modern psychology has called these Shades of Consciousness, the Unconscious, the Sub-conscious and the Consciousness; all of which are states of the One Self-Conscious and or "I" sight.  However, hearing of a thing is not knowing the thing. Because of the evolution of subjective thought, from Mythology, to fundamental Religions, and now to the modern science of Psychology, and Parapsychology we are beginning to understand and therefore easily deal with the shades of consciousness within ourselves and are experiencing a New Age (The Age of Aquarius or the Hermetic Qaballah's- Aeon of Horus) of enlightenment.

The Higher we realize ourselves on the Self Tapestry that is made of woven frequencies of "I", and/or
The  Qabalistic Tree of Life, the more the student understands that the Trump or Cards of the Major Arcana, only point the way towards understanding concepts that the human-objective-pattern-seeking-rational mind cannot otherwise grasp.

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

Because of Modern Physics, we know that there is only One Energy that cannot be created nor destroyed, only transformed(and transmitted), and the student of the Tarot knows that all the 78 cards of the Tarot deck represent Transformations of the One as Self-"I"-dentity. From the One, emergence the opposites, which are activating the formative, that is the Male (Electric-"Will to Force") and Female (Magnetic-"Will to Form")  communion. Thus it is accurate to state that all Male figures are Chokmah (Jah) and Binah (YHVH Elohim) is that of all Female.

In Traditional Medieval Art Tarot, the robes that the Empress and Emperor wear, represent the different planes and/or dimensions of our mufti-verse, which are actually sine waves or vibratory rates that are either "Will to Force" (male) Kether, whose Hebrew name is Eheieh ("I Will Be") or the "Will to  Form" (Female) Binah.  Their intertwining of "Wills" (The Divine Union of Goddess/God) that makes all things possible.

The Qabalist knows that the "Big Bang" came from what is the Source, Kether, thus the ejaculation of Energy, making the Action of Kether -male ( Male is not a sex here, but an action) and therefore defining the Divine Feminine as "Formless" (virgin dark energy- magnetism) in the three formless states of Ain (No-Thing), Ain Soph (limitlessness) and Ain Soph Ur (limitless light).

The One became Two, Androgynous, whenbecame Am , which is known as Chokmah and Binah combined as the High Priestess,-key 2, which should be stated Chokmah/Binah, just as Yin/Yang or Time/Space are known to be inseparable and established at the same moment. Thus, with some authority we can say that the I is male and the Am is both male/female, as a realization of "other"; for one is Wisdom (Chokmah) and the other is Understanding (Binah), who understands the difference between "I" and "Am". This Understanding of "other", creates the High Priestess, the Union of I AM and we can't experience one without the other!

In the Tarot, THE FOOL represents the One Energy,  THE MAGUS and the HIGH PRIESTESS, are the Macrocosm into Microcosm;  first differentiation of Male and Female electromagnetic energy polarity. Pure Consciousness, known as the "root of Water" is represented by the HIGH PRIESTESS and Her consort,  THE MAGUS, is considered psychologically as the Will. Thus the term I Am, is understood as the intercourse of consciousness and will, i.e "existence" which is not yet "alive", but a child of "will to force" and "will to form". Like I've said before, I AM is your Real Psyche Birth name.


Heh, illustration Card From: Ask the Kabala Oracle Cards by: Deepak Chopra & Michael "Zappy" Zapolin with Alys R. Yablon

THE HEBREW LETTER--HEH.
symbolic meaning: Window/sight
 
There is much about the "I Am" to explain but words are not the true explanation of  "I Am" which is the English translation of Heh. In fact the story of Heh (Hebrew word: Hinenni which is a composite of Heh means "Here I Am") which is a story of Moses and the burning bush (Exodus:3:1-4). Here is told us of a great miracle of enlightenment, where Moses mentally and physically climbs to new heights and witness a miracle beyond his normal perceptions of sight.

At first he can't believe his eyes, but after God spoke from the burning bush, and called Mose's name twice---Moses responded with "Here I Am". Thus showing that he has heard and is ready to do as bid by God.

The Emperor card-Key 4, is the first Conscious sense of "I" sight----the first enactment of Identity on energy. it is the eye (I) sight of conscious energy. It is the Fire that is seen---Light from Darkness. It is the Window that looks out onto form. But this is not understood in worded definitions. Moses had to go through many actions before he could "See the Light";
(A). He had to go out into the wilderness;  seek solitariness of self contemplation leaving behind the definitions of society.
(B) He sees an angel; through  meditation processes that take us out into the unexplored areas of our consciousness(wilderness) we find our inner "Guardian Angel").
(C). He notices that a bush is burning but is not consumed; our perspectives of sight, change through greater awareness and we see the spiritual fire---or as I see, the Human Aura which is a "solar Fire" around the human body that doesn't consume.
(D). And after all this,  he hears the Voice of God but he must hear it twice to be sure its real.

This is obviously a story about the inner journey we all must take to be able to claim our inheritance as "Children of God:" and our purpose is then made clear. We now have a Window, in which to see through illusion and view the Real "I".

In order to get a glimpse of understanding about the Emperor Card, we have to Know the Empress. I know this sounds odd, but realize for a moment that Binah (The Great Mother) is a Yod unconscious energy that crosses over to the Heh conscious energy, thought the Path of the Empress; the Empress being the balance between Chokmah and Binah.  Hence, The Empress is the growth process that comes from the union and/or the interaction of male and female as the fertilized cell. She is fruition, The Emperor, although he is a potent masculine energy, is Heh on the Paths, meaning that its function is determined by Binah. Because we have taken the point of view that whatever gives birth is exercising a primary female quality at the moment of birth. In fact, Chokmah (Wisdom); the primary quality of maleness (electric force) is a female noun in Hebrew. 

To make a long story short, the male is inherent in the female and the female is inherent in the male (High Priestess), which is a real transformation function of a given energy consciousness.  We may understand this as the "contra sexual component" postulated by Carl Jung which states that in the individual unconscious, the male harbors the perfect female image (Anima) and the female harbors the perfect male image (Animus) in her individual unconscious as well The Animus (male; is Latin for Soul) and Anima (female; is Latin for Spirit).

In truth for one energy to not be created nor destroyed, it only transforms, is both a process of male-electric dynamic motion and female formation (magnetic form). It may boggle the Mind, but there really isn't a separation of male and female.....We are both conscious (male) and unconscious (female) because she produces the "form" that he must act on. Imagination, is both active idea  and form! I have already described the Emperor card in previous blogs, and  will later on cover the path of Heh; but for now know that Heh is window: a window of "insight" about Union rather than the "outsight" of divisionism. And without this window of insight. we can't see God-Logos! The Emperor is "I" sight---the first sense enacted on Form.  Let me state this, I AM is existence, and the first sense of existence was I-dentity and/or Me. The I AM is the Supernal Triangle, the beginning of the concept of "me", is the High Priestess.
I AM ME! So here we go from Heh, "Here I Am" to "I Am ME"!

The mating of the HIGH PRIESTESS, to the MAGUS, is described in Robert Wang's book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT as, ".....the activity of the directing Will of the One on the Great Ocean of undifferentiated consciousness [Binah] which It has Itself projected  ( The bracketed words are my own).

Here we begin to think of the reflexive qualities of the Divine Creative; The Divine Feminine/Masculine Androgen that creates, idea/thought, then the mind/understanding to hold that thought in a "net of magnetism" and then emoting it into light as form. Thus we have the concept of the Universe as a Mirror, where everything is the perception and activity of the Divine Spirit, reflecting on Itself, a process which the various and varying symbols of the Tarot are attempting to suggest.

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

As stated before,THE EMPRESS is on a Path of Daleth (meaning door) which is above the Path of THE EMPEROR, simply because without her manifestation of form, he would have nothing to rule. Therefore, on the Path of Heh, the Emperor is a transformation of the MAGUS (Will).

Basically, when we are classifying images according to color, subject, or other criterion, we are calling THE EMPEROR into play.  As does THE EMPEROR, we are acting upon form. Another way to see this exercise of rule, is that if the subconscious didn't send up form from its depths "self dreams", as a stream of images to be classified by the differentiating exercise of reason, Will would have nothing to control or transform. Thus THE EMPEROR, albeit a potent masculine force, functions as determined by THE EMPRESS. Now all of this takes some meditation and thoughtful examination.

The Thoth Emperor-Key 4 of the Major Arcana: is both Mars/Aries and the first "Sense" given to form . T All of which implies that Aries and the planet Mars is a combination of energy in its most material form with the idea of Authority.

The Thoth Deck Emperor is illustrated as an imperial figure bedecked with crown and imperial vestments.
  • His throne shows capitals that are representative of Himalayan Ram heads which also represent Aries the Ram. 
  • The conchant lamb and upright flag at his feet represent his domesticated attribution on the lower planes. As is noticed in both government (the flag) and Rams, if untamed they both are  wild and courageous, lonely in lonely places, whereas when tame they both are made to lie down in green pastures becoming docile and often cowardly.

The Emperor also represents the alchemical chemical, Sulfur, as shown by his posed head and arms forming a triangle; below crossed legs form the cross, making a complete sigil of the alchemical sulfur. In the Gnosis of Alchemy, Sulfur is the male creative fiery energy of the Universe and corresponds to the Qabalistic Fiery- swift creative energy, the initiative of all Being.

The Bee and Fleur-de-lys, both support the Imperial image as ancient signs of imperial power.  The quality of this power is prone to sudden, violent but impermanent activity, so this fiery power must not persist for too long or it burns and destroys.

The Rams head septure is a  obvious continuance of authority and Aries. The Orb with the Maltese cross  and the Aries septure imply that his authority and power are now established governance.

The shield at his feet, represents the two headed eagle crowned with a crimson disk which is symbolic of the Alchemist's red tincture or the nature of gold. The golden eagle, the Sun, is consort to the white eagle, the moon, silver, of the Empress.

In the final observation of this card, the white light descending upon his head is Chokma and symbolizes Chokmah's authority of creative wisdom, the Logos, and is exerted upon Tiphareth (Beauty), the organized man build of the Whole Soul Collective. This makes sense, if you understand that Beauty is a perfect organization of opposites... a Jungian synchronicity.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 4: THE EMPEROR, is in many ways a combination of the Golden Dawn, Ryder/ Waite, Thoth Tarot and Tibetan Tantra.

The Scepter in this Emperor's hand is based on "Shiva's lightning Phallus" (In the West, the name Lancelot meant "Lord of Lightning"), which gave rise to the Tarot, wand, rod or club.  The original Shiva Scepter, was three pronged for it was a triple phallus used to unite with the Triple Goddess.  Hence, Shiva, as a sexual god, became known as the "trident-bearer".
Jupiter, Neptune, Hades, Poseidon, Pluto and Lucifer (lightning god of the New Testament), became the Western "Trident-bearers". The Tarot Emperor was usually shown displaying his potency by holding a three pronged scepter or a Fleur-de-lis (flower of light) said to represent a royal marriage, lightning and the male fire element.

The Eagle on the Emperor's Solar Shield, symbolizes both his life and his death.  This was according to the tradition of the Roman Emperor's, Caesars,  whose totem and title both were inherited by the  Germanic Holy Roman Emperors known as Kaisers. To symbolize the Emperor's soul flying toward Heaven and therefore joining with his brothers "the gods", during the Emperor's cremation an eagle was released above his funeral pyre.  The Eagle was Jupiter's bird, associated with lightning and fire, and was supposedly "made flesh" in an Emperor.

The sign of Jupiter, in this Tarot Card is also shown in the crossed legs of the Emperor, illustrating a symbol used to show the Older Heavenly Father, wedded to the Earth Mother. The Hermetic number 4 was also similar to the sign of Jupiter, and thus the Emperor card is Key-4 in the Tarot. Before the Christian's adopted this sign of the Emperor, the sign of the Cross insisting it was in imitation of the Cross of Crucifixion, it was traced as a sign on the heads and breasts of Hermes's worshipers. For many centuries before Christianity this sign referred to the Hermetic Cross throughout Europe and in northern Europe was known as  "the cross of Wotan".

The Emperor's crossed legs also referrers to the Mithraic torch bears of the Sun. Here we have the Sun of the Morning with legs crossed in one direction and Son of the Evening with legs crossed in the other. One will find the form of the Cross made by legs, on the Hanged Man card as well. For here, is symbolized the Hanged Man encountering his death (Sun of the Evening).
 
Also the scepter and orb are symbols of great antiquity that depict male and female sexuality, the union of Lightning/Electric with the Orb of Magnetic female Womb.

To indicate the sacred union of male and female principles within themselves, the scepter and orb, were used by most Ancient Kings. This practice imitated the manner in which Oriental gods united with various aspects of the Great Goddess to form a cosmic androgyny, male on the right side and female on the left. Hence the Emperor always carried the scepter in his right hand, and the Orb in his left.
 
Even today, the universal gesture of prayer is to place two hands together, originally a sign of the Yab Yum ("Goddess God face to face"), a sexual sacrament of the Tibetan Tantrics, uniting male and female powers as is done physically. However, Christian Fathers maintain that one should not let the feminine hand (left) know what the Masculine hand (right) is doing[Mathew 6:3]. How is that for a brain teaser!

He is sitting on a cubed, granite block, showing his link with ruler of form, and Earth, both of whom are associated with the number 4.










When the Emperor card is thrown during a reading, it implies:
  • War, strife, conquest, victory and ambition; all the martial arts. 
  • But these traits aren't always so destructive as the Emperor also implies, personal power and leadership; power from insight, possessing a global sense of issues and serving those around you.
  • The character of the Emperor is Patriarchal, which could also implies that the querent is up against an angry patriarchal structure of some kind, which includes rigidity and maybe even nastiness.
  •  A confrontation with authority or even with some  part of ones self which is feeling rigid and afraid.  Interpretations of which depend on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
For the student of Higher Magic, the septure in the Emperor's right hand also represents:
  •  The Lightning- Phallus of Shiva, giving rise to the Tarot Wand. This was originally the Trident (ternary Phallic symbol of Father, Son and Holy Ghost) born by the Western gods, Neptune, Jupiter, Hades, Poseidon, Pluto and Lucifer. Also the Trident was associated with Osiris and later on, to the Guardian of the Holy Grail.

The study of these mythological gods, will give great metaphorical sexual insight to the diligent student about the necessary combinations of Male electric and Female Magnetic  Force, and/or Conscious and Unconscious, for the practice of Magick manifestations.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 3; THE EMPRESS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 4: THE EMPRESS

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot:The Empress--Key 3--"The Gate of Heaven" Compared to the Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 3: The Empress

The Empress in all Tarot decks, represents the Universal Womb, in which all manifestation is gestated. As I have said before in past blogs; She is the Path of Daleth (means-Door) that spans between Chokma (All Father) and Binah (All Mother) and is a Transitional state of Psychic Energy. Just as Chokma has the capacity to emanate the "Pure female" (called Virgin Goddess) the Empress/Path of Daleth, is the merging of the Intelligent Energy states of Chokma and Binah. She is the pregnant balance of incubation and passivity. It is this Door that effects the transition from One into many, thus being the Gate of Heaven.
I have always called the Empress (since about 1971 CE), "The Womb with a View" as she transforms idea into form. She is Earth Mother, as well, for almost every culture has some form or name of her. She is the Mother of Gods and often gives birth to an intermediary deity, such as Christ,Osiris, Mithras, Odin etc., who rules the earth.Therefore, in the Hermetic Qabalah, The Empress rules, subjectively, as The Queens of every suit and the objective, 3's of every suit. She is the Throne the Princesses "sit on".

At this high -Supernal Triangle-stage in the Tarot, words are always metaphorical and the pictures alone unconsciously  communicate a great deal of information about the forces and forms more than any word can conceive. Thus, it is recommended that these Trump and/or Major Arcana Cards be used as mandalas for meditation.

The Empress is often called the "Mother of Light" since the Dark Fiery Energy of Chokma pass through Her as a door that, transmits the form of light that we can see, so she is often seen drawn with a light face and a dark face (as seen on the Thoth-Key 14- Art Card). As did Janus the Roman God of communication ( the Latin janua means door) which is the passage of ideas, and controlled the affairs of men. Janus was originally a Solar Deity and the Empress is also known as Mother Sun...they are both the same metaphoric description of the Intelligent Energy that builds Worlds as Self Expression.

Yet, the primary god-form related to the Empress is Venus-Aphrodite, who in Greek Mythology arose from the Ocean, naked riding a scallop shell. It was said that when ever she stepped on land flowers grew; therefore, we also know the Empress in terms of  luxurious proliferation making each facet of Nature beautiful and so compelling that we can be in danger of losing sight of the whole by the dazzle of the parts. This is about what we do with the human body----as spirit, we supply the whole of emotion (energy in motion) and/or Life Force to our forms, but often the individual living parts become so hypnotic that we forget the Whole Self for the focus of the parts. We become servants to what dazzles us with beauty, and forget that we are The Beauty that Operates Form. All of our Souls radiate from the 6th Sephiroth-Tiphareth, meaning Beauty! We are Solar- Spirit and thus, the Life of the alive.

The Empress is the Goddess of Love and her symbol of Venus encompasses the entire Tree of Life, which expresses the fact that Love is the formative energy (Will to Form) of the Tree of Life---i.e. The Universe; However, Venus/Empress, maybe subjective in the Supernal Triangle, but She is also objective as a Sephira--Netzach which is a part of the  Astral Triangle of Personality. There is a very profound mystery here, as there are three planetary forces that find their objective expression in the Sephira low (meaning density) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life while their subjective expressions called paths, are found at the opposite extreme of the Supernal Triangle [Hod-Mercury, The Magician; Yesod-Moon, The High Priestess; and Netzach-Venus, The Empress]. To me the mystery of Life and the Alive finds solution here. Remember that Life loves its forms....as any mother knows, the child is more important than anything else to her! The Empress expressed thought into forms and through the administration of the Sun/Son-center of Tiphareth (6th Sephiroth/Beauty).

The Divine Creative creates the universe  by continuous thought of Self and/or infinite dream, and as "God's Image" and/or demiurge, human kind creates individual reality by constantly thinking and dreaming of it.  The study of the Empress card is indeed needed for the Self-Knowledge of the student Qaballist.

As Stated: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- The Empress-Key 3, is attributed to the Qabalistic Path of Daleth. The Hebrew letter Daleth is seen at the bottom left of the card, that means Door, and is ruled by the vibrations of the Planet Venus.

On the face of it, the Empress is a compliment to the Emperor-Key 4 but her attributes are more Macrocosmic and Universal as compared to his more Microcosmic and material.

To reiterate: The path of Daleth (on the Hermetic Qabalah Tree of Life) unites the Father and Mother, Chokma (2-Wisdom) and Binah (3-Understanding). Despite the number sequence, this is not saying one came before the other, rather Chokma -Wisdom and Binah- Understanding are inseparable and simultaneous. For when the Kether (Crown) became "I"---so became existence, "Am", which is the United combination of Feminine and Masculine; the I AM that is the Divine Creative.

Also showing this spontaneous union of the Divine Anima and Animus, there is the alchemical  symbol of Venus, which is the only planetary symbol that comprises all the Sephiroth of the Tree of  Life.  The Doctrine implied here, is that the fundamental formula for the Universal creation is Love (The Law of Attraction). 

The Magnetic Womb, and the mystery of Women is difficult to summarize in one word. Therefore the Greek quote."Many-throned, many-minded, many-wiled, daughter of Zeus", points us into the direction of the mystery that is "The Womb With A View" who rules as Empress of the psychic realm of Imagination.

The Empress, is both the Highest Spiritual and lowest of  material qualities (as above, so below) as she is the Mother of Form on all planes of existence while  she is also the Alchemical SALT which is one of the three forms of alchemical energy (Mercury and Sulfur are the other two). Salt is seen as the inactive part of Nature (Womb) that must be stimulated by Sulfur (Phallus) to maintain the whirling (spiral) equilibrium of the Universe. The Arms and torso of the Thoth Deck Empress illustration consequently suggests the shape of the Alchemical symbol of Salt.

The Thoth Tarot- Empress card shows a women in crown and vestments of  the Imperial, seated upon a throne. Her throne uprights suggest blue twisted flames symbolic of Her birth from Water, the Feminine Element that is Magnetic.  In her right hand is a Lotus of Isis; suggesting the Passive Power of the Feminine (the Power that Contains). The roots of the Lotus are in the Earth beneath the Water itself, but its petals are open to the Sun, suggesting the belly of the chalice, i.e. the Holy Grail. She is then the Living Form of the Holy Grail ( Graäl) sanctified by the blood of the Sun (the Sun ejaculates energy which she accepts; semen is of blood).  Perched on the Throne's uprights are a sparrow and a dove, her most sacred birds. On her robe are the Royal Bees and dominoes surrounded by continuous spiraling lines. Her girdle is the Zodiac. The symbol of the Womb's Love of Form is everywhere similar on this card.

The tapestry beneath the Throne is embroidered Fleur-de-lys and fishes (fishes being the symbol of the First Matter) and also the Secret Rose which is at the base of the Throne. This is the Rose-Mari, a sacred symbol/Grail of the ancient Goddess Mari-The Ocean Goddess, who was seen as the Womb of all Life on Earth. On this card there are no contradictions; what seems to contradict are held in equilibrium by the revolving moons shown on this card.

The heraldry of the Empress is two fold. On her right is a Pelican feeding its own young with blood from its heart. On her left, is the Royal shield illustrated with the White Eagle or Stone Eagle of the Alchemist and or the Gluten which is another symbol for the "First Material". Meditation and study, will clarify the deeper meanings of this Heraldry. The Pelican can be identified as The Great Mother and the offspring as her Daughter who becomes many. The understanding of this Hermetic symbolism is as deep as the Ocean, and that is the why and wherefore of initiations. Love is not a human emotion for it emotes form the Ocean of  Mari/Unconscious, from which all Life became. It is enough to remember that to seek love, is to deny being love; rather we are Love who Creates Itself as off-spring, i.e. "Self Reflection".  I think this is a deep enough plunge in the Divine Anima (Latin: Spirit)  and/or The Divine Feminine to end our Ocean journey here.

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

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

By now, the able initiate knows that the Divine Creative is the Mind that created the Universe by Self-Awareness. We do the same thing, as "images of god", we create reality by self- imagining it. Whatever we create in our personal minds, becomes our individual life. This is an often ridiculed concept or precept of both metaphysics and the mysteries; However, ridicule does not an understanding make, and as a Personality attains greater Self-Awareness,  the implications  of responsibility for what one thinks become most profound!

Again:The Thoth Deck Empress, is  illustrated in the alchemical image of Salt, that is the inactive  principle which is  activated by the alchemical Sulfur (Emperor),  maintaining
the whirling (Spiral) balance of the Universe. The design of the Alchemical symbol of Salt, is a circle with a line bisecting it horizontally, as is  shown in the positioning of her arms and if you put the Empress and the Emperor, side by side, her on the Left and Him on the right, there faces are looking at each other.

This is Yab Yum, illustrating the Tibetan word that means , Goddess God, face to face, as well as, the activating activity.  The twisted blue shapes represent flames and her birth from Water, which we know to represent consciousness. The Living Holy Grail, is the Lotus like chalice in her hand. At her waist is the  Zodiacal girdle or belt, above her head are the dove and sparrow , both are  birds of Venus.  At her feet is a white pelican that is feeding her own young with her own flesh which is a common symbol of the Great Mother, for even not so great mothers, build the young from their own flesh. The white eagle shield of Alchemical Gluten corresponds to that red eagle shield of Alchemical Sulfur, of the Emperor. 

To reiterate:The alchemical references for the Supernal Triangle are, THE MAGUS is Mercury, THE EMPRESS is
Salt, THE EMPEROR, is Sulfur. Thus Kether is Mercury, Binah is Salt and Chokmah is Sulfur, the Sephiroth united on the Tree of Life that turn our Dark Unconscious into the consciousness of the Golden Intelligence of the Son (Sun), i.e. the Divine Child. The only blocking veil to this end, is Desire consciousness.  We must lose the reality of the  "I Want's" known as "Wanna-Be's" and become the I AM's of our original inheritance.
As always, words make the reality of their meanings seem so simple, but in truth, the simplest words are the most subjective, such as IT, or I .  One must cross the emptiness of want, of sense, of sight, before one can visit the Great Mother, who creates the Am of us all.



It can never be overstated that these cards, both Major and Minor represent states of conscious energy that comprise our Psyche of whole-self, which is a collective represented by the 78 tarot cards.

In The Thoth- key 3, The Empress, is the symbol of the universal principle of love with wisdom. She is a symbol of our ability to extend love and receive love. In Jungian psychology, she is the anima, the feminine nature.

The moon is a western symbol for the feminine magnetic nature that is receptive to the male electric nature, usually symbolized as the sun. The blue lotus is the Eastern symbol for wisdom. She is the yin energy of the orient. Key 3 reminds us that love with wisdom is the capacity to nurture and support ourselves in equal proportion to how we nurture and support others. All the birds represent all the mental realms of consciousness ( The Tree of Life).
When this card turns up in a reading, we are reminded:
That the power to give love and receive love comes from deep within us and is our natural inheritance from the Divine.

The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 3: THE EMPRESS depicts a lounging royal, in front of a dark cave, wearing a tiara of diamonds. The lounging shows her passive female force of Magnetism.

The Dark cave or Tomb is the obvious yoni/womb symbol, accredited to the Phrygian Cybele, the Hindu Kurukulla/Kali, and the Arcadian Demeter.

The sprig of wheat in her left hand is also a symbol for Demeter and combined with the water fall, symbolizes a traditional Tarot association with the earth and sea fertility.

  Of note is the tiara of diamond, which is the symbol for the crown of stars and/or her name Stella Maris. The Traditional Empress corresponding tarot card is the Star Card #17. Several of her older names simply meant "Star", such as, Ishtar, Astarte, Esther, Astraea, Ostara, and the German Eostre, which gave her name to Easter.

Her white dove representing rebirth, flying above in the blue sky of Mind, near the flowing waters of consciousness.

Her apples of eternal life, resting beneath the "star Lilly" or Easter Lilly, which symbolized the Assyrian goddess lilu, meaning:Lotus, presumably an adaption of the padma-lotus, a traditional goddess genital sign of the East. Ishtar (pronounced Easter), Lilith, Isis or Hathor were also provided with this Lilly/Lotus, "the great world lotus flower out of which rose the Sun for the first time at creation."

The White Horse, on Blood red background, comparable to Pegasus born of the blood of Medusa (Female Wisdom) is an ancient symbol for the goddess Alborak, who was the magical white, winged horse with a woman's head, and with a peacocks tail, ridden to heaven by Mohammad on his famous night journey, by which he received his vision and spiritual authority. The peacocks tail was an ancient symbol representing the Great Goddess in Rome, and obviously in the East as well.

The yellow solar shield with black eagle, represents the Solar god's, whose symbol was often the eagle. Such god's as Prometheus, Zeus and Jupiter. The Romans adopted this Eagle symbol as a sign of the Roman emperor's power, which then became common throughout history as an Emperor's or Kings symbol of his power. Once again, "there is no husband, until she names him husband." Barbara Walker is obviously stating what is stated in the imagery of the Thoth Empress.

When the Empress card is thrown, the querent is experiencing:

  • The principle of  wise love.
  • The power of  owning your own  inherited  maternal and loving nature that resides within.
  • There is an opening to all sensuality and delighting in luxury of the senses, as does a child, before they are taught to fear them.
  • One finds comfort among the natural, having no need of control. 
  • A surge of Creative imagination, as imagination is everything in our reality, this promises achievement and success in our goals.
  • The querent may experience a high dedication to healing and nurturing.
  • All in all, THE EMPRESS, represents happy, stable, relationships, growth and fertility.


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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot- Key 2: THE HIGH PRIESTESS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 2: THE PAPESS

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot- Key 2: THE HIGH PRIESTESS:
 
Is the The Path of Gimel of the Hermetic Qabalah. She is not a literal return to the warm enclosure of the Cosmic Womb, as is THE EMPRESS. Rather, she represents the Supreme Mother, with out her smiling mask, revealing a True face of cold yet beautiful countenance; this is the Pure Mind of the Supernal Triangle. When visiting the Inner Purity of Mind, All veils are removed, all illusion is dispersed, and we must face the crystalline reality of our own absolute free will; a task not for the weak.

Her planet is the Moon (right bottom of card), her Path is named after the Hebrew letter Gimel (left bottom of card), meaning camel, which is most appropriate, as she is the one who "carries our Personality across the vast desert of the Abyss".
 There are three Qabalistic Paths that represent the same energy, although as different but similar aspects, they are The Paths of Gimel (THE HIGH PRIESTESS), the Path of Samekh (THE ART) and the Path of  Tau (THE UNIVERSE) which together makeup the devotional middle pillar. The Indigo Middle Path color in Atziluth( the highest of the Four Worlds) is Indigo, a deep-dark- water blue that suggests the Moon, as all three Paths relate to the Moon.



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

The common description of the High Priestess is that she is the most pure essence of consciousness, symbolized in Tarot as the very source of all Water (Supernal Consciousness); However, to the initiate, she is considered the "lower Chokmah" (Wisdom), wisdom is being expressed here as both masculine and feminine (The Goddess Sophia of the Greeks-means Wisdom) When applied to Chokmah the word Wisdom is masculine, for here it is "sent forth" and as the Seed of wisdom is ejaculated, it expands outward, applying the seed of expansion contains its own limitation. The Feminine is Formative. Therefore Wisdom is taken into the most Spiritual (Spiral) manifestation of the feminine and formulates it into herself as any geometrical point into which to contemplate any possibility, i.e. the All Seeing I of the Original consciousness.Again, the High Priestess is shown as an Androgynous flow of Creative Intelligence.

Now I know this concept is an impossibly difficult one to understand and the most descriptive of Qabalistic terms may seem nonsensical, but the High Priestess is the Womb of Consciousness, but she is both Male and Female, much like a Hermaphrodite (Hermes-Aphrodite) that can impregnate itself, upon self-reflection, with Creation. The Higher Chokmah is a Sun, and the Lower Chokmah is a Moon. Therefore,  when viewing THE HIGH PRIESTESS Tarot card, you will see a slight feminine figure with arms raised, behind curved vibrations of light (Feminine) and a strong lower masculine leg section with the a bow across the knees, with a background of straight lines of light (Masculine). Yet she is a virginal force, because no "Outside" Male force fertilizes her, for masculine and feminine are not yet separate concepts.  From Her, the source of Water/Consciousness, is the idea behind the idea of form.  

I think Dr. Paul Foster Case, the founder of the Builders Of The Adytum, said this best in saying that,"... no matter how many forms develop from it, the virgin substance is itself unchanged. Like Water, which holds matter in suspension or solution,  this substance remains over itself. Here is one key to the alchemical mystery of the First Matter.  Here, too, one may find a clue to the inner significance of the Virgin Myths of all Religions."[ Remaining "over itself" may also be a clue as to why Lilith wished to lay on top of the First Male Form called Adam, in Genesis and was banished from the Garden for a more complaint Eve. The so called "banishment of Lilith" was to insure that the Patriarch could be in charge of sexuality. A fun and enlightening study for the curious.]

In his book, THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Dr. Case calls the Path of Gimel, the Uniting Intelligence, because it is the "Essence of Glory" and/or "The Grace of God" and is the new collective idea of the Unconscious (Feminine) and Conscious (masculine).

For the initiate, traveling the deepest inner paths of Self, the fact is that one's personality must be shed of all the reality one was taught and the desires that one's conscious has constructed before the Divine Inner She is able to "carry One across the Abyss", into the Womb-Daath (Knowledge); the invisible Chakra of the Tree of Life that resides below Kether, on the Middle Path. It is that Knowledge from which our conscious essence began, so that it could become the operator of the "Image of God", that is a collective of Sephira called the Tree of Life and/or Adam Khadmon. 

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

The High Priestess is also often called the Prima Materia, or Root Matter ( beginning of First Matter) as she can be considered the result of Divine Self-Conscious thought.
Now the MAGUS, (Will-Kether), symbolizes a condition prior to "Unconscious thought"  This condition acts upon THE HIGH PRIESTESS in such a way, that the Path of Gimel  becomes the "mind" capable of carrying the thought forms (knowledge) of which the Universe will eventually be composed. Being that She is the source underlying all vibratory patterns that compose form, She is shown on the Thoth Deck Card  as a figure composed of vibratory waves of energy. Moreover, nothing can grow in the Garden of the Empress, just as in the Ocean, without this wave structure that underlays energy. It is for this very reason that the Moon is assigned to this path, for it is a pattern of waxing and waning, fluctuation, dualities and tides, just as the waves of energy in a vibratory pattern. Here, the Goddess is both Force and Form, and as a Moon she controls the tides of consciousness. The High Priestess, is the cause of Great Motion within the Great Ocean Mother of Dark Matter.

Now if you wish to skry this card, remember, She is Pure Virginal Conscious and without empathy, She is as Durga the "Ice Queen" of the Hindu.

Unless you have a mentor who has been through the initiation of THE HIGH PRIESTESS, you may find her Cold Beauty destructive to your sensibilities as she strips your personality of all that is not worthy of Pure Self Conscious. Oh, by the way, I know her as Elizabeth (Meaning:Chosen of God), as She is permanently aware of her initiates and often renames them, she calls me her Prometheus which I translated into the Qabalistic Eli Serabeth (Temple of the Fiery Daemon).  She is a scary Beauty who will assist you in self dissection, because that is her very nature and she doesn't ask permission. To those who think bravery is an ego trip, don't take this trip along Gimel ....ever! Ask a Mother what bravery is, when she gives herself totally to Life, then do your best to incorporate that idea into your heart, you may then survive the ordeal of the "Dark night of the Soul, which is complete destruction of the self as we know it.


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

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


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

As I have mentioned before, the journey up the Paths of the Tree of Life, is about Remembering our beginning, a critical part of "Above all things, Know thyself". THE HIGH PRIESTESS, conceals within Her Vibrations, all the knowledge/memories of the Race,  as well as, those of the Cosmos.

To reiterate: Behind Her resides Daath (Knowledge), invisible because of Vibratory Veils. These veils, are shown as Light in vibratory form, on the Thoth Deck Card. The Qabalist knows that it is Light that conceals the True Spirit---the one we've called "The Fiery Darkness", because Dark Energy is the True Light, as it is the substance of Supernal Potential.

To "look upon" the Light of the HIGH PRIESTESS, one must become Virginal in nature, using only the inner "I" as sight, for it is a Light "so bright" one of mundane persona can not look upon it and just "feeling" it, one will be shocked right back into their Malkuth realm of Race sponsored consciousness. If the desire conscious is conquered, the Light of the High Priestess is welcoming, and brilliantly beautiful...but without heat, thus it is a cool light resembling the dazzling brightness of Ice in full Sun or Moon Light. Passing through the "light veil", one enters the Abyss of Dark Matter/Dark Energy where the only sense is the original "I" sight of the One.

Obviously, when considering light, the Qabalist must re-think the essence of light. It is apparent to the researcher that all religions that stress "the Light", are based on Tiphareth-The Sun God. For instance, religions based on the teachings of Christ, Buddha, Apollo, Osiris, Ahurda-Mazda, Mithra, etc. However, the Gnostic Mysteries, unlike organized religions, states that Light conceals, rather than reveals, by its very brilliance.
As does the Moon, so does the HIGH PRIESTESS, go from brilliant light to absolute darkness. Thus the Mythology of the Moon and her deities, such as, Ishtar-Inanna, Dianna-Artemis, Hecate and Hel-Aine (Later as Helena), better known to those of Celtic origin as Elaine the Moon-Goddess.

The Thoth Deck Card Shows THE HIGH PRIESTESS as Hecate-Selene (The Triple Goddess as described by Hesiod) which means "The Far Shooting Moon", an aspect of Artemis. Artemis is also known as the "maiden of the silver bow", suggesting the lower aspect of THE HIGH PRIESTESS, (The ART card), which is Sagittarius, the archer. That is why she is illustrated with a bow across her knees.
Artemis is the triple Goddess, represented as the Maiden, then the Orgiastic Nymph, then the Old Crone.  As some say, Maid, Mother and Crone.  

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

Therefore,THE HIGH PRIESTESS represents what Carl Jung called the "virgin anima", related to "virgin milk" which he called the "life giving power of the unconscious." Hence, The High Priestess is represented as the Most Spiritual Form of Isis and in the case of the Thoth Deck, as the Form of Artemis (Greek Isis). Her clothing is only veils of light for it is known to high initiates that light is not the perfect Manifestation of Eternal Spirit but that which veils and hides that Spirit. Spirit is of the "Dark Energy", the Limitless light that cannot be seen and it is timeless (eternal=time without end) and infinite ( space without end). The Infinite and Eternal has no beginning nor end to see. That would also imply that the First Matter, is "Dark Matter", not light. 

As the clothing of light is dazzling in its brilliance, so it becomes a blinding form that cannot be seen past. So The High Priestess is shown in veils of  dazzling brilliance thus making her form seem of light and the body of light; her Force is unseen and she can be called the Soul of Light.  [Many young men have this problem in the world of form, and cannot see the beauty of the Feminine beyond the form.] Thus, the High Priestess is known as the Truth behind the veil of light.

Upon Her knees is the bow of Artemis (Diana)  for she is a huntress. The bow is also a musical instrument because she hunts by enchantment and vibration. The Idea that is the High Priestess, Mother of Veils, is regarded by the initiates of Qaballah as the third veil of the original Nothing (No-Thing).

The first Veil of Negative existence, is The Ain, literally meaning "No"  or "No-Thing". The Second Veil is called, Ain Soph, meaning "Limitlessness" and the third Veil of Negative existence is called Ain Soph Ur, meaning Limitless light. This third veil of "No-Thing" is often called the Menstrum of manifestation, and was known to the ancient Egyptians as the goddess Nuit (Dark Goddess) who is the possibility of Form; usually shown arching over the gods.

In the Thoth Tarot, The High Priestess as Androgen, is shown softer and more feminine above the bow and more masculine and muscular below the bow. This dichotomy represents the fact that the Virginal Goddess takes on a masculine action/correlative by formulating within itself  any geometrical point in which to contemplate possibility. This contemplation produces the "Point in Time" that Physicists call, "Entity".  The virginal goddess is seen as the potential goddess of fertility. She is the idea behind all form (entity) ; through her the Idea flows below the Abyss (Dark Energy) and becomes concrete.

At the bottom of the Thoth High Priestess card, are seeds, pods, whorls, crystals, ( all symbols of the beginning of life) and the Camel that crosses the Desert of the Abyss. The Camel being the Force that transports the Idea through the Formless desert of I to the Am. Thus this High Priestess is the link between the archetypal and formulative worlds.

To meditate on this card is to contemplate that which is wholly feminine and virginal. The High Priestess represents the means of manifestation ( or from below, attainment itself). The High Priestess represents possibility in its second stage known as probability, without consummation. It is the Maid part of the ternary Goddess, Maid, Mother and Crone; and yet She is also Hermaphrodite, because of being able to "formulate within Herself" and is the reason behind the Myth of Virgin Birth.
 
For the Initiate of the Gnosis or Hermetic Qaballah, this all must be understood before one is stripped of their own veils of light and taken into the "Dark Night of the Soul"....let me tell you, this is not just having a "nervous breakdown" which in itself is challenge enough; this journey upwards on the Camel, is annihilation of all self-conscious, where one revisits the Beginning of  Potential Self.


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

The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 2: THE PAPESS, illustrates a female Pope. This seems contrary to Christian doctrine; However, the Gnostics persevered some gospels [Nag Hammadi Library: Papyri dug up in Wax sealed jars, in the early 1940's  at Nag Hammadi Egypt] that were eliminated from the cannon of Orthodox Christian doctrine, very early in the era. Probably because these texts stated that the first Pope was not St. Peter, but St. Mary Magdalene, whose spiritual authority came strait from the Christ, imitating the oriental custom of cross sexual transmission-Male to female or Female to Male( Qabalistic Figure eight or the Oriental yin yang).

It was stated in these texts, that Jesus loved Mary above all others; he called her Apostle and the "Woman who knew All", to his apostolic men. He even went so far as to say that she would rule all other disciples in his Kingdom of Light. It was written in the texts, "there was no grace that He refused her, nor any mark of affection that He withheld from her." I would read the Nag Hammadi Library for further enlightenment.

In the Gnostic Gospels, Christ gave to Mari the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven (The Major Arcana) rather than Peter, who tried to force the secret from her. Truth be told, in the Gospel of Mary, Levi said he had to rebuke Peter for his violent attack on her. In the Pistis Sophia, Mary said:" Peter makes me hesitate; I am afraid of him because, he hates the female race". Here we can see that Peter is the coming of the Patriarchal age of mysogenic philosophy.

In Barbara Walker's excellent book: The Secrets of Tarot (original history and symbolism) much more of the history of the Papess is explained, including the female Pope Joan, who most church fathers up until the 16th century, believe occupied the Papistry after Pope Leo; According to Scotus's chronicle of the popes, in "A.D.854, Lotharii 14, Joanna, a woman, succeeded Leo and reign two years, 5 months and 4 days".

To go on: the Papess was known as the Wise woman and/or the Greek Sophia or Latin Sapientia. Sophia was the original name for the "Holy Spirit" in its original  female form as the Spouse or Shakti (power) of God.   The alchemical texts identified Sophia with the Moon. She was also quoted as bluntly stating to the male deity," Thou dost nothing alone if I am not present with my strength, as a cock is helpless without a hen."

In the Barbra Walker Tarot, the Papess, is shown wearing the "bee hive" crown of the Sumerian Kings,(Deborah-meaning: "Queen bee", was stated to be the first ruler/judge of the Israelite's) which itself is crowned by the crescent moon,depicting Wisdom, with a dark veil of light hanging between the Pillars of Alpha/beginning and Omega/end. On the yellow solar floor, is displayed "the keys to the kingdom". Pronouncing the Union of the Divine Feminine/Moon and the Divine Masculine/sun.

Therefore, the Hermetic Qabalah's High Priestess, is fully represented in the Papess, who is the very spirit of female wisdom  without whom the Fiery Father could not act.  Hence, the position of the Papess corresponds to the third Ain on the Qabalistic Tree of Life and the third figure on the Tantric Wheel of Life, Vijnana, the stage of development of consciousness through teaching. Here it was taught that no god could wield power without his female "Wisdom", an emanation of the Great Shakti and/or Kali.


When the HIGH PRIESTESS, or The PAPESS is thrown during a reading for the non-initiated:
  • The querent is  experiencing the principle of  self-trust, indicating an easily working state of harmony and inner independence; A self knowing. 
  • Accessing hidden Knowledge from the unconscious. 
  • Self-sufficiency, self-trust, and intuition.

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

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

 

When the High Priestess Card is thrown during an divination she represents;
  • Change, alteration, increase and decrease.
  • Fluctuation in identity; either for good or evil as defined by the dignity of the accompanying cards.
  • There is a Oracular gift here of knowing the Past, Present and Future and an awareness of the Greater Self that expands  into Intuitive-Awareness.
  • The gift of a Seer. This gift must be attained before one can see Auras. and Chakras, which are normally "invisible light". 
  • Intuitive sight---is "I" sight rather than the crude sight of eyes, that only see reflection and are blinded by reflection. This is a very Feminine Force of Magnetism/Will to Form that is projecting the very masculine Will to Force.

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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot-Key 1: THE MAGUS & The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 1: THE MAGICIAN

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot-Key 1: THE MAGUS, and The Barbara Walker Tarot- Key1: THE MAGICIAN;

The Thoth Magus, is often called THE MAGICIAN in other medieval art and/or traditional decks. Here it is Key-One, The Path of Beth. Beth is a Hebrew letter meaning House or Temple and is shown on the bottom left of The Thoth Magus card.

The Planet attributed to the Magus is Mercury, thus the winged heals on the Thoth Deck Magus.

Dr. Paul Foster Case, in his text, THE THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, calls the Path of Beth, the Twelfth Path that is the Intelligence of Transparency

The Path of Beth (The Magus) is between Kether (Crown) and Binah (Understanding) on the Qabalistic Tree of Life, making it the transition (Phallus) path of the One undefined Energy, and the Great Organizer, Binah. Thus, the relationship that establishes the  meaning of House, that is the "dwelling place' (Womb) where Spirit resides before "falling" into manifestation.
In this case, it is appropriate to call the Magus "that which builds the House", in other words, the Magus directs and encloses the  One Spirit (Spiral energy-Vital Life Force)) which is symbolized by THE FOOL tarot card.

The Supernal Triangle (Kether, Chokmah, and Binah), is represented by Tarot Cards whose activities are only separated by a degree or less. Thus, the Aspects of the Magus and the Fool are closely linked, as well as the Magus and Hermit, of which I shall show the correspondence latter in this blog page.



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

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

However, even though the Magus is associated with Mercury, the Messenger of the Gods, it is not all active. In fact, it is both active and passive, as it is both that which Transmits and that which is Transmitted ! The Magus represents both the Will of The One, which when transmitted becomes the Prima Materia (First Matter). Here an understanding of the fact that the Magus (Mercury) is the "message bearer" of the Gods, meaning he is not Himself the Creator, only the bearer of his Will. The ejaculator, if you will. (The whole Supernal Triangle is the action of the inseparable Divine Phallus and Womb.). The Wand in The Magician's hand (Golden Dawn Deck and Barbara Walker-Tarot) symbolizes this "phallic action", showing that the Magick is merely the Transmitted will of the Greater Being that is the Supernal Triangle or Trinity.
 
The Roman , Mercury, is the GreekHermes and the Egyptian- Thoth, all represent the same deity, the amalgamation of their qualities having become inseparable in modern esoteric literature.
Hermes, was always associated with words, this makes sense as a messenger must simply state the cause of the one who has sent him. Then there is the Egyptian- Thoth, who reportedly created the Hieroglyphs, developing the necessary means by which a message could be transmitted and recorded. The companion of Thoth/Hermes, was shown as a dog-headed Ape (Cynocephalus), representing words themselves. and their potential for deception and misunderstanding. Thus, we have Cynocephalus, included in the Thoth Deck card, laying at the feet of the Magus.

Not only do words affect the Will of the listener, as a type of cause and effect, but they also transmit ideas from person to person in the same way that the Magus  transmits the idea of Self-Creation of the One -Kether. The Transmitted idea, from The Magus , fertilizes the ONE Womb,(Understanding) Great Mother Binah.  Just as words fertilize Consciousness! Thus the power of Words, is about stimulating the birthing of unconscious ideas into conscious images of understanding, by the Power of Expression, but not necessarily the Truth of Creation, for that Must Be Made Manifest (THE HIGH PRIESTESS)!
The Thoth Deck Magus is design on the Graeco-Egyptian Gnostic tradition. When these philosophies modified each other, they advance the idea further than any other traditions.

Again, the Egyptian Mercury was called Tahuti or Thoth and in that tradition he was Ibis headed. To the Egyptians, the Ibis was the symbol of concentration (meditation) because the bird stands  motionless on one leg. In the Crowley form of Thoth, he is seen bearing the phoenix wand that symbolizes resurrection through the generative process.

Shown in the depiction of the Thoth Magus, his left hand holds a stylized Ankh which not only represents a sandal strap [the means to travel through worlds] which is a distinguishing mark of the god-head, but also the Ankh (crux ansata) represents the Rosy-Cross; symbolizing the Phallus-Yoni union that is the God-head and/or The Divine Creative.

However, this is a deeper mystery than most fear based thought is prepared to go, so only determined will need apply their brain to such studies that will lead them to the central mysteries of the Aeon of Osiris whose great secret so diligently guarded from the profane, was that intervention of the Male is necessary for the production of children. In other words: The "I " ( will to force) intervened with "Am" (Will to Form) to produce the offspring of Force and Form, called a "Me" (Will to be). The well studied student of the mind knows that words, the instruments of Thoth and communication, are illusions, fantasy, mere theories and even trickery  and the symbol of this card can be studied and seen as : Manifestation implies illusion.

To reiterate: THE MAGUS is the Path of Beth (house or temple), and it transmits  the idea of Self-Creation of the one from above-known as Kether (Crown). A spoken word is a sound that carries an idea, so the Magus is associated with the "First Vibration"
 The First Vibration encloses Spirit, beginning the process of creation, thus encompassing all that is.
In the Golden Dawn papers, this idea was conveyed by relating the Mercury symbol (planetary sign) to all the Sephiroth, with the exception of Kether. ( Illustration is from the Book: Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang)

You may note that in the above illustration,  the "...Horns spring from Daath", often called the invisible Sephiroth but really, it is conjunction of Chokmah (Great Father and Binah (Great Mother), a face to face union,  that creates what is  called "the Divine Child". This is understandable, since Wisdom (Chokmah) and Understanding (Binah) conjoin in the birthing of Knowledge (Daath), again reinstating that the intervention of the male is necessary for the production of children.
Consequentially the showing of Mercury on the Caduceus, properly places the Four Worlds,[ Atziluth, Briah, Yetsirah and Assiah ), that are transitions of the Wand of the Magus; Kether (Eheieh: meaning, "I Will Be") is the Winged Orb at the top.
Delving deeper into the Golden Dawn tests, the student will find that the Primum Mobile, Latin for "first motion",  is acting through Philosophic Mercury (Magus) on Saturn-Binah, who is Will to Form. As before stated, She is the Mother of Form and the Magus is the "Idea of Being" (conscious/Thought) and/or Will. Consciousness is the masculine component of the One Mind, while Unconsciousness is the Feminine component.Their Union is "Will to Be".

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

Dr.Paul Foster Case, in his Book of Tokens, stated that, "all created wills are but reflections" of the Will that is the Magus. This is an essential ideal of the Mysteries and acknowledges the fact that our Superior Nature (Divine I) acts through the Magus.
In the Crowley card, unlike the, Barbara Walker Tarot, Golden Dawn or B.O.T.A. card, THE MAGUS is not holding a Wand, the primary instrument of the MAGICIAN  cards; Rather, THE MAGUS is the Wand, He is the Phallus, without a human body, which Crowley understood. This Subjective Phallus, is not YET an object form but rather a Motion. All Objects are formed by Binah, who is Will To Form. 

Victorian sensibilities has softened the ancient depictions of Hermes (shown here) as the Herms, that were upright stone slabs with a bust and a very large stone phallus curiously attached to the front of the column. This acknowledgment of "First Motion" is also shown in Lingam worship of the Hindus and or the Phallus- God Priapus of the Romans. Without the Transmitted Will of the One (thought), Understanding of an idea, cannot become a Form of Understanding. This is a complex idea, and requires deep meditations on THE MAGUS  card, and also a release of Victorian  sensibilities, as we are describing the First SEX Action in the Universal Duality of the Divine Creative. That Action, produced our the Womb of our Soul: the Higher Self called Daath- Knowledge, who is the Divine Child of the union of Will and Understanding; the Self Concept of I AM ME. Here, the I is the Will and the Am is the form of that Will and the Me is the manifestation of the Union called Knowledge, which produced from understanding the difference of I from AM. This concept should make your forehead itch!


Correspondences: 9-The Hermit & 1-The Magus.
The association of these cards with Astrology is in the sign Virgo and Planet Mercury. In astrology Mercury rules both Gemini and Virgo and in Tarot Mercury corresponds to both the Lovers and the Hermit.

The astrological form of the Hermit isI learn and the astrological motion of the Magus (magician in some tarot decks) isI seek myself through what I serve. The corresponding Rune-stones are: Hermit-Jera, the harvest rune-stone, beneficial outcomes, and the span of one year.  Also, the Magus-Algiz, the rune of protection, the spiritual warrior, the one whose battle is with himself.

The associated primary colors Yellow-Green, Secondary colors lime-green. This correspondence of the Hermit and the Magus is also associated with the Third Chakra (solar plexus/Manipura) which governs will power, wishes, metabolism, humor, wisdom, ego, reactions, ideas, intellectual analysis, and fear of rejection. The Third Chakra is the spiral energy of the intellect.

The stones/minerals associated with this correspondence are: Peridot, moldavite, jade, jadeite, aventurine, green kunzite, green containing tourmalines of uvite, feridavite, verdelite, watermelon-yellow green fluorites and chalcedony.

Musical notes for the Hermit-F and for the Magus-E.
Letters of the Qaballah are: Hermit-Simple letter- Sexual Love (English translation) The Hermits Path is : Yod , The Intelligence of Will. The symbol of meaning is : Hand.

Qaballistic letter for the Magus; Double letter- Life-Death and the Path is: Beth or Bet, the Intelligence of Transparency. Symbolic meaning-House.

The plant essences: The Hermit- Sage, wintergreen, and caraway. The Magician- Dill, lemongrass, sorax or Benzoin.

The psychic energy involved in the correspondence of the Hermit and the Magus, is associated with meditation and the ability to surrender the conscious mind to the super-conscious (self to Greater Self) which unlocks exploration and knowledge of the whole self for the expansion and liberation of the personality from self-imposed limits of knowledge and understanding. In other words, the key to "Holy Spirit".

To be an excellent reader of Tarot-a Tarot Seer- we must remember that the conscious mind learns only by association. From letters, to word, to idea, all of which is an association in the subconscious mind. A correspondence that has taken effort and years to the point of automatically producing associations with out any conscious effort. The conscious mind functions solely through associations/correspondences in everything it learns, and thinks. Sharing common associations produces success in communication which is why we have a "school system". This is ability to see correspondence also aids the Tarot Seer in communicating messages from the Invisible (Divine) to the querent (asker of questions) so that clarity in communication is served. Messages from the Divine are in energetic form and must be given image to be understood by the process of association. To someone who is not a Qaballist, this all may seem "deep" which communicates too much effort to some, but to the diligent seer---deep is where we reside.
The Barbara Walker Tarot-Key 1;THE MAGICIAN:
Carries on the tradition of a medieval character, with the magician tools, wand, cup, pentacle, and sword, (The Four Elements and Tarot Suits) on an altar. All suggesting that the Magician is a manipulator of the elements.

In Renaissance Europe, the image of the Magician was associated with the god Hermes Trismegistus (Thrice Great), the inimitable manipulator of the elements.
The Magician as Hermes was first shown in the Mantegna Tarot, with flute, winged hat, his caduceus,and winged boots. Other Tarot decks the Magician posed was with arms forming the alchemical glyph for Mercury, his Roman name, and the metal he used to for elemental transformations.
Both Alchemists of Europe and Arabia claimed Hermes Trismegistus as the patron of their craft.
A collection of magic texts called the Corpus Hermeticum, after Cosimo Medici received a Greek version of it, became  the alchemical bible and was common fodder of Renaissance mystics, philosophers, alchemist, and occult fraternities.  Renaissance scholars were sure that Hermes was a real person and wrote the Corpus Hermeticum, himself. In fact, his portrait was done in mosaics at the Cathedral of Sienna, with the inscription: " Hermes Trismegistus, contemporary of Moses." The Renaissance artist/author Lazzarell's text, Calix Christi et Crater Hermetis (Chalice of Christ and Cup of Hermes)stated that all learning was invented by Hermes and then given by him to Moses in Egypt.  The list of proclamations about Hermes is a long one.
Even Sir Thomas Browne wrote that hermetical magic was the "mystical method of Moses bred up in the Hieroglyphical Schools of the Egyptians".

Hermes was also called the "Good Shepard' who guided the souls of the dead and therefore associated with Osiris, Mithra, Tammuz, the Hindu Yama, the Persian Yima and other versions of the Savior figure. Therefore, he was considered a Psychopomp by the Greeks and that's also why he corresponds to the Hermit Tarot card.
Since Hermes was originally the hermaphrodite, Hermaphroditus, he could travel the nether worlds that were run by Mother Demeter; Hermes was considered the most approachable and/or accessible of the Divine Trinity
formed by Demeter.

There is a lot more history to the Magician Tarot Card, involving Thoth/Hermes, that is well explored by Barbara Walker in her book: The Secrets of The Tarot.



  • When THE MAGUS is thrown during a reading, it implies:
  • communication and timing and that all things are possible, with applied Will and understanding.
  • There is an implication of the magic of Universal Vital Force traveling through the human body making one in-tune with the most creative and powerful aspects of your-Self; As above,so below.
  • Changing the structure of your living situation by focused action:  Will and focused consciousness.
  • An awareness of Power, and possession and communication  of the Powers (Focused will that fertilizes creativity in ones self and others) and Gifts of Spirit (Divine senses).
  • Occult wisdom, skill, and is adaptive.
  • There is craft and cunning as well. All depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards.
  • A Magi or Mystic knows that thought is what we manipulate by will, into forms and since thought is a tool we the Willful Spirit, are not thought! You cannot identify yourself by words, only your actions will sound out your name! Again, above all things know thyself! Upon so doing, you'll easily see that everyone you meet is another way of being you. Another Way, is the operative term here. So let them alone! Let them be "another way"....that's why The Greater Self built and builds so many of us. The Divine Creative loves "another way", because then the journey of Self-Awareness has infinite possibilities! Each of us is "The Will and the Way": the Spirit is Will and the Body is the Way of Spirit. We are also the wealth of idea and because our bodies are magically made out of time-space formed by Understanding; we are the "Will and the Way, the wealth and We own the Day". For only bodies give us the, Endless Will, a Day. Day's are built of time space. To study Thoth Tarot or the Hermetic Qabalah-----is to know the deepest secrets of Self!

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