The Path of Mem; Key 12- The Hanged Man.
Paul Foster Case wrote in his missive,Thirty-Two Paths Of Wisdom: The Twenty-third Path is called the Stable of Intelligence, and it is so called because it has the virtue of consistency among all numerations.
* Path Color: Deep Blue
*Musical Note: G#
*Maternal Letter: Water
*Esoteric Title: The Spirit of the Mighty Waters.
The Path of Mem (The Hanged Man) connects Hod ( 8-Splender) and Geburah (5-Severity) on the pillar of severity (your left). This card also connects Personality to the Higher Self, but in a much different way than those previous three that connect to Tiphareth (Beauty). Often because of its curious imagery, this card has only been understood and publicly revealed in the past few decades. Key 12 has a complex meaning and is related to Kether (1-Crown) as a motion. This is the Path of Water ( the letter Mem is one of the three Maternals), and in some respects represents the Path of baptism into Maternal Water; each experienced Maternal Path is a
baptism, Shin is the baptism of Fire (Judgment), Mem is the baptism of Water (The Hanged Man) and Aleph is the baptism of Air (The Fool). The Water baptism is the central, and pivotal experience of the entire Tree of Life.Water means Consciousness, (1st Principle of Alchemy) even though not wet, this subtle substance is symbolized by Water because it has some of water's qualities, particularly as wave movement. The Intelligence operates in every sphere (Sephiroth and Paths, i.e. "numerations") and in the same way on all. The Astral Fluid (vitriol of the magician) is the Water that underlies every thing and moves in waves (cycles) showing its similarity to physical water. When one is on the Twenty-Third Path, one is "drowned" in these waters and perceives himself/herself as an intrinsic and inseparable part of the One Consciousness. To be Key 12- The Hanged Man, we must become lost in our self; the unconscious no sooner touches us than we are it-we become unconscious of ourselves. The Hindu mystics called this the state of Samadhi, a condition where the physical processes are literally suspended ( Hung up side down) in trance, which the consciousness affects a union with the Divine. In practicing Tarot, it is important to know that the Path of The Hanged Man is only the first entry into a sequence of states of union with the Divine Inheritance. The idea is that we must move constantly upward on the Tree of Life. Only after experiencing the next higher Sephira are the qualities of the lower Sephira completely understood and can be directed by willful intent. The Path of Mem leads directly to Geburah... the active/fiery part of the Pillar of Water below Binah ( the dynamic motion of the Higher Self). The Hanged Man is resting his feet on Binah (represented as the Ankh cross-which is also symbolized by the Golden Dawn Cross above the Triangle in their deck). Easily summarized, the reverse figure on the card represents the suspension of personal consciousness (called ego by some) while a greater reality imposes a complete reversal of perspective (the "other side of the mirror"...mirror being another symbolism of water). This "human spirit suspended by a single thread", seems to be a sacrificed, but this is a willing suspension, a sacrificial baptism that is also a crucifixion---thus it is the card of the Dying God. This is essentially and intellectual experience and when viewing the legs of the hanged man you see the number 4--- the Four above the Three, i.e.the imaginative qualities of key-3 Empress subordinate to the rational qualities of Key 4 The Emperor, the ultimate sacrifice of desire to rational principle. Behind The Hanged Man are the Emerald Tablets (summing up of all of nature). "The creator and destroyer who operates all change" is represented by the coiled serpent/rope that the left foot hangs from. The lower serpent represents the effect of the Divine Work. Crowley called this, " Through his Work a Child is begotten, as shown by the Serpent stirring in the Darkness of the Abyss below him." It may behoove us to remember that serpents are the way to represent the motion of spiraling forces that enliven all things. Through out our histories, the Dying God is represented in mythology. Osiris, Prometheus, Odin, Christ, and even the Greek Goddess Artemis was known as the "Hanged One"---none of these are the final death. As always, these blogs are just short explanations of long probabilities...so research is necessary. For more information about your own personal Tarot Card Readings from Eli, call 253-241-0129 and/or email@example.com. Thank you for your interest and comments and may you live long and prosper!