Welcome to part 2 of the Thoth Deck Art card, we left off yesterday with the crude symbol of fire and water mingled together, as shown at the bottom of this card, which represents the Spiritual idea of an incomplete element of one kind, reaching satisfaction by the assimilation of an equal and opposite. This mixing of contradictory elements in a cauldron.as illustrated on this card and is known as a state of the Great Work. The Great Work
is "As above, so Below" which is another way of saying," The Knowledge of the Above must be consciously enacted in the Below".
Resulting from the operation, is a stream of golden light arising, and becoming the two rainbows that form the cape of the Divine figure. This cape symbolizes the spiritualization of the Great Work. Let's face it, Life and the Living are the Divine' Art! Dead things, though often worshiped by the ignorant, are not the Art of The Divine Living One....only the Alive are. To know this is to know that what is truly Sacred are the living beings, not manmade constructs! To Worship a book, a building, a amulet, or a place and kill the living in its name, is indeed live spelled backwards! ..."love thy neighbor as thyself" is indeed knowing what is sacred. But maybe I am being too harsh on the common manmade person, maybe they dislike themselves so much that they can only "dislike their neighbor as themselves.'! For instance, by feeling ugly inside they can see only ugly on the outside!
But let's continue;
The Art card represents the whole hidden quality of the Orphic Egg shown on the Lovers key 6, it is the same formula but in a more advanced stage. Here, the Original Duality (electric -male and magnetic- female- force) has been completely compensated; but after birth comes growth; after growth, puberty; after puberty, purification. This card then is a foreshadowing of the Great Work. Around the Rainbow Solar Cape of the Divine Androgyny is an alchemical Latin glory; VISITA INTERIORA TERRAE RECTIFICANDO INVENIES OCCULTUM LAPIDEM. [ "Visit the interior parts of earth; by rectification thou shalt find the hidden stone."] The initials of this glory are, V.I.T.R.I.O.L, which is known in alchemy as the "Universal Solvent". You'll have to look this up, too much info for this blog;However, vitriol is also called the "Universal Medicine" which is sometimes a stone (Philosopher's stone) , a powder or a tincture, according to ancient writings. It is because the Alchemists were dealing with substances on the "borderland" of matter that makes them difficult to understand. This can be found also in Physics, where Quantum physics is involved with describing the "Quanta" which is the "borderland" of matter, in modern science. The Alchemist knew/knows, that the difference between living things and dead things, is their behavior. The Vitriol, mentioned in alchemy, is a combination of Mercury, Sulfur and Salt but in a higher-living nature rather than the vulgar nature of chemistry. In fact, the word Rectificando implies the right leading of the new substance in the path of the True Will. As a Magi, I have experienced the "right leading of a new substance" known as "a material body" by the True Will of Spirit as it has began flowing through the body as a "personal operator"...it does change the material of your body into something much more Solar....just ask any successful Tantric! (Something to find out for yourself!). Tantra, is the Gnosis of combining the True Female and the True Male forces to make the "above and below, one and the same"! Alchemy, Qabalah, Tantra, are all Gnosis.
Now, if the Art card ( called Temperance in other decks) is thrown during a reading, it means the combination of forces causing realization. It is about material action, for wellness or illness, depending on the dignity of the accompanying cards. It is a blending of all circumstances in order to create a balance. such as the blending of issues, of a spiritual,emotional, mental and physical nature and thus effecting a flow of directed energy in its most powerful state. The Art card implies the Principle of Synergy, Synthesis and Integration.,i.e. the "middle way". The Art Card also suggests the grounding of energy through spiritual education.. Assimilating, integrating, tempering, adjusting, and redistribution. This card represents a Spiritual Force joining the Divine Androgyny, with the "fleshy" rendition of Itself. When thrown, a great spiritual alchemy is in process for the querent.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!