The Thoth Tarot-Key-21-The Universe: The Path of Tau.
To many people, the Tarot is about prophecy and seeing into the future but to Qabalists, the Tarot have more meaning, for these "mandala" like cards are also about developing psychic abilities (Divya Sidhis, in Sanskrit which means: Magic abilities). The more a reader uses the cards to find answers to given questions, the more that reader taps into the unseen currents of subtle energy/conscious, i.e. The Universal Collective Unconscious. Over time, as I will attest, the cards are almost never a redundancy, since the answers are always deeply felt. But again, we think by association and the Tarot Cards help us correspond to the Divine.
The Path of Tau, is the ascending path from 10-Malkuth-Kingdom (bottom circle-Sephiroth) to the circle above it which is 9- Yesod-Foundation. Which is the path of the 21-Universe Trump. We ascend the Tree of Life as we work from our material perspective (below) to our Divine Inheritance/Spiritual perspective-(above). We have manifested and/or descended onto Earth to achieve a more refined/intimate discerning perspective of the Universe through a personal learning- relationship with it. Our work with Earth is where all serious esoteric work begins and ends (Alpha and Omega) as long as Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical being.
The Path of Tau, is the first path out of the material condition of the survival mind (animal consciousness) and leads towards understanding of the Personality constructed by the Greater Self (Higher Self) of Tiphareth (Beauty) for each incarnation. The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, a text by Dr. Paul Foster Case,calls this path the "Administrative Intelligence", and states that it "directs and associates in all the operations of the seven planets".
Symbolically this path connects the earth to the Microcosm (Microprosopus in The Sepher Yetzirah-
Qablistic text) represented by the Hexagram
which is the connected Seven Planets on the Tree of Life. The Path of Tau,
is both power and servitude as ascribed to the Palace of Holiness
that sustains all things. That Palace, being the associated seven planets and the Path of Tau,
that connects them to earth.
From the Qaballistic stand point the 21-Universe Card may be the most important card in the deck for it is the point where we begin the process of inner exploration. It is on this Path that we encounter our own personal self-conscious, a personality that is all inside our heads divorced from physical reality. The Path of Tau, is therefore an initiation of the Personality into its own structure, which is the Microcosmic Universe-The objective (The All of the Universe, both subjective and objective is the Macrocosm). During this initiation we will also encounter symbols and ideas of a greater consciousness than our own and begin to see ways in which our being relates to a total universal picture.
This is a Path, is an initiation which can only be successfully traveled by those who have begun to bring their Personalities into self-understanding balance; otherwise an out of balance personality will find itself tormented by phantoms of its own making and the Gates of understanding are closed to them. Those who have truly come to grips with personal Life Experience will find inner help and encouragement along the way. Sometimes, in every step of the way.
We must also understand that The Universe is a Path of Entry into the Astral, which seeks to deceive. Many people believe they are on one Path or another, when they are just entertaining themselves with a personal extended fantasy. We must apply every test of reason and feeling to the symbols we perceive on the Astral; we know it is not of our own making if we are actually learning from these symbols, by applying verification or corroboration through research.
Discrimination and/or discernment is the most important lesson/virtue of Malkuth. This Path of Tau, is the only one of the 32 paths of Wisdom, that connects sensation to the rest of the tree. "As above, so below" is because we are the " sensual images of God" feeling for all states of Greater Self conscious! Sensation is the Energy Microscope, that is needed for impeccable creation in the Microcosm which is necessary to expand and liberate the living from their own Phantoms of self identity, i.e. fears of not being. So to begin with psychic development, we must give our senses to the Universe. I would recommend that one meditate on 21-The Universe card and expand self-awareness!
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