Key 18-The Moon: The Path of Qoph.
Qabalistic esoteric title: The Ruler of Flux and Reflux. The Child of the Sons of the Mighty.
From the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom (Paul Foster Case): The Twenty-ninth Path is the Corporeal Intelligence, so-called because it forms every body which is formed beneath the whole set of worlds and the increment of them.
The Path of Qoph connects Victory (Nietzsch) with The Kingdom (Malkuth) and is described as the "Victory of the Material World" but also as the "deceptive effect of the apparent power of Material Forces". This is spiritual rebirth and/or resurrection. As we incarnate, it is the first stage of the Soul's organization of the physical body that it will inhabit (often done in the womb).It is a form of "sleep", a pre-consciousness (that precedes the waking consciousness) differentiating into physical matter from the collective unconscious of Netzach. Also ,in terms of the spiritually developing individual, it is the conquest of the phantoms reflected from the material world (Astral fantasies). The Qabalistic lodge of the Golden Dawn, described these phantoms as, "The Child of the Sons of the Mighty" which simply means the "creations of the Created". This is a watery path of probation, where the student must face and conquer the phantoms of their own deep unconscious as well as those of the race in which he is born. It can be a terrible and frightening Path, not only of stunning illusions but of real dangers to the emotional stability of those who have not built up enough inner strength (inner virtue--often called "Character") to handle this experience. However, when we slay the "monsters within" the deep recesses of our sleep-consciousness (sub-conscious), and understand their mechanisms, we gain the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves as well as in others.
The Path of Qoph, is a primitive path of raw animal nature; of instincts (survival mind), uncontrolled passions, and emotions which are not subject to intellectual, moral or ethical considerations. This Path shows us aspects of ourselves which society forces us to repress but which are an integral and undeniable part of our human being. To be whole, we must approach this Path with our Whole Being, applying reason to that which we encounter, as we apply feeling to that which is encountered on the Path of Judgment. In the Thoth Deck, Key 18-THE MOON, has two images of the Guardians of the Gate who are the Ra kings of ancient Egypt. These are the Sun gods who protect our life force and energy as we change and reclaim our authentic selves. The Jackals (represent the Egyptian deity Anubis) remind us that we must let go of the old in order to go through the gates into new experiences. The Egyptian scarab, represents Khepri, the Egyptian God of Transformation, i.e. "He who becomes". This dung beetle rolls the ball of the sun, pushing it into the Other World in the evening and over the horizon into the morning. For the ancient Egyptian, the scarab- beetle-god represented the rising sun and symbolized the renewal of life and the idea of eternal existence. Not unlike our own knowledge of eternal existence in the first law of thermodynamics. ( There is only one energy that can't be created nor destroyed; only transformed.) The Moon is not only the astrological representative of the water-sign Pisces but is also the universal feminine principle of magnetism. The magnetic influence of flux and reflux help us to see the inherent power of our receptive nature; to open, expand, yield, and totally express our full power and nature, like the Moon. The Moon reflects back to us the mystery of who we are and of our changing phases. The Reclamation of our Authentic Self, requires that we open, receive and go-inward. Moon like, it is essential to reveal ourselves without holding back or censoring ourselves in anyway.( Of this I am profoundly accused of!). To me as a practicing Magus...This is the gateway to the "other side of the Mirror".....The non- sun-reflected side. For more information about Tarot card readings, live on-line using camera and mic or making and appointment call Eli @ 253-241-0129 or email email@example.com Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!