The Path of Nun: Key 13 Death.
The Astrological sign assigned to Key 13-Death is Scorpio. Movement is the primary activity of the Mars force that rules Scorpio. The Emperor-Key 4 , is the Mars force during day light while Death is the Mars force in the dark of night. Nun, is one of the three paths to the Higher Self (the others are,(The Devil, and Temperance) this is again the "Darkness of unknowing",i.e. "The Dark Night of the Soul". Saint John of the Cross described this journey of Personality in Spirit (applies to all three paths to the Higher Self).." although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; and although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience all things, both above and below...." Remember that spirit comes from the Greek root word --Spiro, as does spiral, and in this card we see the "serpentine" force wrapping around the Fish (Alchemical symbol of "First Matter") weaving its way upward to become the Eagle which soars above all heads. The Scorpion, the serpent and the Eagle are all symbols of Scorpio---its spiral-motion in the Astral Matter (fish) as it soars upward to make the transition between Personality and Higher Self. This "First Matter" defies word description and could be best understood as the quanta of quantum physics, although there are even greater mysteries than that in its make up. All that is involved relates to sexual polarities (Sexual energies to some). Scorpio rules the sexual organs as Mars rules Scorpio. It is the reproductive forces which is consciously directed in practical exercises such as that of the Middle Pillar. The Thoth Deck Key 13-Death, is the card that best indicates this activity.
Paul Foster Case wrote in the Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The Twenty-fourth Path is the Imaginative Intelligence, and it is so called because it gives a likeness to all the similitudes which are created in like manner similar to its harmonious elegancies.
The mystery of The Path of Nun is also described in the Gnostic Text-The Nag Hammadi Library--(Gospel of Thomas), where Jesus was quoted as saying to his disciples when asked the question,"Shall we then, as children, enter the kingdom?" Jesus said to them," 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." Since Gnosticism embraces the Qaballah and the Tree of Life....the above quote must be understood before one can successfully travel the Path of Nun. On the Tree of life illustration, the Path of Nun is the blue-green path from Netzach (7-Victory) upwards to Tiphareth (6-Beauty) Paul Foster Case (Western Master of Qaballah) wrote: "Key 13 tells the Secret of Secrets...he who knows the secret has in his hands a power which might be used to overturn the world. Yet no person learns it until he is truly prepared, and more than anything else, this means such ethical preparation that no temptation to misuse this power could ever be sufficient to turn the knower from the Path of strictly conservative and beneficial application of the force he is able to control." It pays to remember that Transformation is how The One energy moves throughout the Universe of Being and that Death, is a seed to grow yet again. For more information about classes, or a personal reading (on-line through out the world on Skype) or face to face, call Eli@ 253-241-0129 or Emailemail@example.com . Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper.