The proper study of the Paths (Major Arcana cards) is the ascending of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to remember the realms of Pure Spirit "above". The experiences on Earth, assist us in our goals of a more refined understanding of Universal patterns. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined understanding of cell- structure and bacteria, earth manifestation, with its crystalline lenses of light,(the "I sight" of our senses), helps us see deeply into the microcosm, so that we better understand the macrocosm.
As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning though a physical vehicle. this is where our serious esoteric work begins and ends.
The Path of Tau-Key 21-The Universe, joins the crystallized world of earth, Malkuth=Meaning Kingdom, with the Sephira Yesod -meaning Foundation It is the first journey out of the material condition, that leads us to a greater understanding of the Personality that was designed by the Higher Self (Tiphareth) for each incarnation, before our man-made personality blinded us to our divinity. Paul Foster Case, who wrote the book, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (
the number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the Path of Tau (The Universe card) the " Administrative Intelligence" because it "directs and associates in all seven planets." The "seven planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of the seven planets on the Tree of Life.
The understanding of the Path of Tau (meaning cross) , from Malkuth to Yesod, is rooted on the fact that all is Mind. I know that as we are all body oriented, we think that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow divorced from the physical, We have a dual concept of ourselves as a body and mind, The Qabalah teaches that all is Mind, yes the body is "crystallized mind": but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further, All is Spirit and the body is "Crystallized Spirit". In the Mysteries, the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by senses) , not an actuality. The pictures we see when we close our eyes, are a more refined form of matter, the images and energy forms which are closest to the physical condition. The concept of Yesod (Foundation) is based on the understanding that most of the Universe is unseen, in fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem solid, yet they are 99.6 % invisible. That means, that most of us are judging the Kingdom of God (the Earth) with less than .4% of our minds, via sensuality! Malkuth is the only sensual kingdom, we must travel the Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven planets). as represented by the seven pointed star on this card. More will be explained in part two of the Universe -Key 21. Come back tomorrow !
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For all you folks in the South End of Seattle/Tacoma, Puyallup, Sumner, Boney Lake, etc., I will have new classes on Thoth Deck Tarot and Qabalah, Wednesday nights from 6:30 to 8:30 pm beginning September 24th, 2013. at my address, 16907 92nd St. E., Sumner WA. Sign up now---seating is limited to Five people! The cost is $25.00 per person, per class. All information is available on my website---just click the Events/Classes tag!