* Primary path color: Violet
*Musical note: A#
* Astrological Planet: Jupiter
*Meaning of Caph: Fist
* Hebrew letter-Double Letter: Riches-Poverty
*Esoteric Title: The Lord of the Forces of Life.
The Path of Caph, runs from Chesed (Mercy) to Netsach (Victory). Under Chokmah (Pillar of Mercy), Caph is the connecting Path between the Personality and the Higher Self.
Paul Foster Case wrote in the: THIRTY-TWO PATHS OF WISDOM:The Twenty-first Path is the Intelligence of Conciliation, and is so called because it receives the divine influence which flows into it from its benediction upon all and each existence.
The Intelligence of Conciliation, implies that this Path has a mediating function. Jupiter, which is assigned to this Path, is said to govern the circulation of blood. The Path of Caph, is one of the "Gateways of the Soul." that is attributed the opposites of riches and poverty, which can be considered the natural fluctuation of the Jupiter forces on this Path---these are riches and poverty of the Soul itself, and not of this earth (The earth riches and poverty are governed by the Disks).
The Sphinx (shown on top of the Wheel of Fortune) is the stable element in the midst of change (as the wheel spins) . In the tale of Oedipus on the road to Thebes., the Sphinx bared the road and ask a traveler the question: "What walks on four legs in the morning, two legs at noon, and three legs in the afternoon?"
Failure to answer the question correctly brought on destruction. Oedipus knew that the correct answer was Man, who crawls in childhood, walks on two legs in adulthood, and uses a cane in old age.The Sphinx responded to Oedipus's correct answer by throwing itself into the sea. which is an action replete with meaning for a Qabalahist.
Recently the Sphinx represents the synthesis of the Elemental Forces (Golden Dawn: Papers on the Enochian Mysteries). This recalls the Pentagram,(symbol of Ascended Man) , which is the Spirit above the four Elements. The Papers on the Enochian Mysteries even state that there are four forms of the Sphinx: Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion, making the Sphinx the cardinal symbol of manifestation. It is the Gate that one passes through both in birth and death and that Intelligence that controls the passage. Being the directive power of the Higher Self in Tiphareth; it is protective, and a Keeper of the Gates which keeps the Personality from absorbing more than its system of reality can handle. The answer to the Sphinx's question is really an extension of the Greek axiom: Man, know thyself! By throwing itself into the sea, the Sphinx has shown it is no longer needed when the gate is opened; the Gate Keeper was absorbed back into the individual Higher Consciousness,i.e. The Great Sea of Consciousness. The Personality is protected by the Higher Self by the destruction of those who are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space which can also be considered as the real death process. Those who know the nature of the Sphinx may pass consciously from one state to the next, while others fall into a deep sleep, a "destruction" of awareness from which the soul gradually awakens into a new condition. In other words to know the answer is to remember "past lives" and to not know is to gradually awaken into a new life deplete of past knowledge. As you can see, this card is vaster than just the Sphinx conceptions, and Greater research is required. In general, the card means that when the Higher Self brings the Four Elements (alchemy) under control , the vibratory patterns (serpentine forces), become our companion and we are no longer bound to the wheel The Three figures on the Wheel of Fortune represent the "Three Alchemical Principles" , which are called in the Hindu system Gunas;
It is generally accepted that the Wheel of Fortune represents the revolution of natural phases. In the Golden Dawn papers, Mercury is attributed to Kether, Salt is attributed to Chokmah and Sulfur is attributed to Binah., i.e. "The Three Principles of Nature". For more information about Eli and Products, visit our Website: eli-lamerchantile.com or email Eli -firstname.lastname@example.org or Call: 253-241-0129 . Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!