Key 15-The Devil: The Path of Ayin.
For Western culture, The Devil, is a often a fear filled vision of a fallen god who competes for your Soul. For those who decide that fear doesn't have a place in Divinity, the Devil is often referred to as "the Trickster", which of course, is what matter really is. The Material world of form, tricks us all into believing that we are bodies--looking to be spiritual. When in truth, we are Spirit looking to incorporate the physical and spiritual into a new sense of Self. I like to say,"We are Spiral Entities seeking en-flesh-en-meant."
From the: Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom (Paul Foster Case)---The Twenty-sixth Path is called the Renovating Intelligence, because the Holy God renews by it all the changing things which are renewed by the creation of the world.
We need to understand the Trick of the material World---only 1% of us is matter, we are 99% invisible subtle energy, yet almost 100% of our sensation comes from the physical being! This often tricks us into thinking we are our "feelings" rather than the one who creates them! The Path of Ayin, (Key 15-The Devil), connects Tiphareth (Beauty), the center of the Sun consciousness, with Hod, the sphere of Mercury and of the Intellect. This Path is formative and is the bridge between the Personality and the Individuality.
The Devil,key 15, represents a special mystery which must be penetrated before one can directly know and experience the Higher Principles of the Self. We must face this often adversarial Master of manifest form and conquer it through the process of Mirth...by not taking our feelings and thoughts too seriously. On this Path of Ayin, we come to understand that that we are dealing with a Path on the Tree of Life which is a transition between the normal waking conscious intellect and the true spiritual consciousness. And successful transition is difficult to express, as the spiritual consciousness is not constructed of words! This is when doing becomes the vocabulary and belief is delegated to the realm of 1%,i.e. matter.
The Devil, Temperance and Death, are the three Paths leading directly into Tiphareth (Sun of God-Beauty) and these Paths are each a special trial. To travel a Path, means to acquire certain psychic abilities, which is often called "control over certain energies"; each Path confers a unique power. However, the Path of the Mystic (devotional path) is up the middle, from Malkuth, Yesod to Tiphareth, dealing only with Temperance and is called The Middle Pillar. Temperance means to understand and balance, within the Self, the "energies" of all twenty- two Paths, without developing the abilities to manipulate these same "energies". The Magus, develops the unique ability to manipulate these "subtle energies" but if intelligent, quickly learns that misuse of such power requires that a devastating price be paid! There is no question that the Mystic-devotional Path is a much safer one than the magical Path.
The Devil symbolizes raw power, and as such is very deceptive, tricky, and is the force that brings about the transmutation of The Tower. This key 15- is the sign of Capricorn in which Mars is exalted; a weighty, even blind, sign of Earth that symbolizes the highest and the lowest. It is also considered a sign of initiation which is release from physical matter and where we know ourselves as masters of time and space. Saturn is the Planet of Binah (The Great Mother) and Capricorn suggests ruler -ship by Saturn, as Capricorn governs the limitations of form. Binah is Magnetic, and rules the enclosure of time-space.
The Devil represents the average person's misconception of reality; the belief that our material condition is "real"; when "reality" is illusion and The Real is the "other side of the mirror",i.e. the Unseen Spirit. Our belief in the illusion of matter caused by the "energies" symbolized in The Devil (bogey man), is actually laughable. and it is here more than implied that laughter and good humor about our lives is a tool which will help us "see' beyond the illusion. Mirth is the first great corrective. The Sacred symbol of Mankind (Pentagram) turn upside down , means that most people's vision of the world and its relationship with Spirit (Spiral Entity)is itself upside down. We may realize this when we realize that we came from Nothing as I to Am and then to something that is called "Me"...not to return to Nothing but to Expand Something into greater awareness of I AM ; The infinite Transformation of Energy! Also, the Eye represents both our acceptance of what we see in the sensory world as real, and the greater vision which comes from the use of the inner eye. We must come to understand that to accept what our physical eyes tell us as real, is to subject our intellect to a state of bondage that knows only 1% of what is Real. The Devil represents the Energy-conscious that is meditating in the flow of Astral currents, as the whole of Yeszirah (Astral Plane) which controls the ebb and flow of matter. Obviously there is much to understand about this card---I can only give you a sense of understanding in this short blog. For more information about Qaballah classes, personal Tarot Card readings or for an on line appointment, call Eli @ 253-241-01029 or email; email@example.com. Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!