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Thoth Deck Tarot: Key 19-THE SUN-Part 1-The Path of Resh

 The Hebrew letter Resh, means-Head. Thus the Head is seen as the Sun of the Body. It is the Head-Sun that rises above the Earth and the lower thoughts of the survival thinking.
The Sun, is cited as the Thirtieth Path and/or the Collective Intelligence, in Paul Foster Case's Tarot instruction called [ The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom],. The Collective Intelligence of the Sun ( Son) exercises control over the 12 signs of the zodiac ( 12 guideposts of Personality), as shown on this card by the 12 rays radiating outward from the central orb, as well as, a link between the personalities that have been experienced in different incarnations.
The Path of Resh, is the first of the Personality triad of  paths, rising on the Tree of Life, from Yesod (foundation) to Hod (splendor). The encountering student, will experience the intellectual-formative side of this conscious energy as an activating force of the Personality.  Just as the Higher Self and the Spiritual Self are composites of  the masculine-intuitive dynamic, Yod and a feminine-Intellectual-formative , Heh, that together combine opposing forces , producing a set of equalized forces called Vau., so does The Path of Resh. All of this is explained in greater detail in my class reference book by Robert Wang: THE QABALISTIC TAROT (a text book of Mystical philosophies) .For now, suffice it to say that The Sun-collective,  assembles all the component parts of the Personality, on these lower paths, by infusing them with "light and Warmth" which are considered intellectual qualities. Thus the Path of the Sun (Resh) is considered the highest level of human intellect, as The Star-Key 17, is considered the highest path of human emotions. What may be curious to the discerning student of Tarot, is that when you combine The Sun 's high intellect with the high emotion of The Star card, the balanced effected is represented by The Tower-key 16, which at first glance seems the opposite of balance. if not out right chaos. However, what we are witnessing here, is the destruction of the unworthy elements of the "man-made personality", so that the Sun (son) Solar Personality is free to arise to its Source.
The Hexagram is the symbol of the composite Thirtieth Path which is  compressed of the Four Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and the Planets, all under the Ruler ship of the Sum. Thus, the Hexagram is the symbol of the perfect integration of Personality and Higher Self  (Tiphareth -meaning Beauty). The Sun is also called the "Splendor of the Material World", as it connects Yesod-Foundation to Hod-Splendor, and is basically representative of the intellect acting upon the dual human condition of , consciousness and the physical body. Thus, the Sun is a point of connection with the Greater Life that is comprised by balancing the human intellect with the Higher Intellect that is the "Sun (Son) of God"
For the initiate, experiencing the Path of  Resh, is very profound as it is the introduction to the inner sun, which is the light of the personality, as the outer sun is the light of the physical world. What one tends to forget, while experiencing the warmth and light of this inner sum, one's personality cannot look directly into this Solar intelligence, anymore than they can at the physical sun, without suffering damage. As shown by The Tower Card;  equilibrium will be reached by "burning away" what is unworthy of the Higher Personality.
As I have said before, working on the Paths brings about definite physiochemical changes in the human body and as one of the most noted teachers of the Hermetic Qabalah, Paul Foster Case has stated in his study course, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom,"...marked inner differences from the average person, are due to psychological contrasts in the mental state of the ordinary human beings, but they are also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new creature. He [She] is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo.  There are different constituents in his [her] blood stream.  Through his [her] nervous system pass currents of force not present in most human bodies because in his [her]organism channels are open which are closed in the physical vehicle of most persons.  Centers in the nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies of the greater number of his [her] contemporaries." ( The brackets are my own addition, as it was written when the proper He was used to describe both sexes.) This is the same physiochemical change that happens to adepts in the Tantric Arts, where balanced Divine Male and Divine Female  energy opens up the Divya Sidhis or magic abilities.
The Qabalist always bears in mind that the Personality, the component parts of which are represented on these lower Paths of the Tree of Life, functions through the body as an experience-collecting vehicle for the Soul/Spirit.  To divorce the body from the Spirit is a most serious mistake of divisionism, for then we are mentally and thus physically divorcing ourselves from the very Powers that created the body! The body is the crucible of the Alchemist, and the Sun is the important symbol, as well as, the  furnace heat that is the alchemical process of turning the lead of unworthy thought into the gold of Higher Mind. More on this, in tomorrow's Part 2.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
 

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