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Thoth Deck Tarot: ADJUSTMENT Key-8: The Path of Lamed

The readers of the Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn decks will know this card as JUSTICE; However, Crowley has shown an appropriate , if not deeper understanding of this card's Principle known as The Faithful intelligence.; Faithful, because its ever faithful to that which is symbolized by the FOOL and/or Holy Spirit.   By doing what ever is necessary to bring an organism into a state of equilibrium. The Path of Lamed (meaning Ox Goad) is not always a pleasant one. As the term OX GOAD,implies, we are often forced by our Higher SElf to go in a emotional and physical direction that we do not wish to go. Though no punishment is implicit, the figure in this card holds the sword of Geburah that cuts away "the dead wood" or what is no longer needed, pruning our consciousness on its way to a better mental health.
This Sword of Geburah (Severity) has a double edge, one for enforcing peace and one for war. The errant dual thinking of "good or bad" or "right or wrong", are not the Principle here. Rather, all Forms are of the Soul (Psyche), and this is a physiological assessment of equilibrium necessary, as the Soul weighs itself  on the left hand scales, and then making the necessary adjustments on the right. By placing the Sephiroth in the human body, the observer can see that the Sephira Geburah (Severity) is on the right hand and the Sephira Chesed (Mercy) is on the left. This placement not only reinforces the idea of cutting away the negative aspects of the soul and body as a return to purity but also note the attributes of Libra, the sign of the zodiac attributed to this card and the Kidneys, which cleanse waste from the body. (The illustrated Tree of Life is from the book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT, by Robert Wang)
The ADJUSTMENT card is related to Karma, if one understands Karma to mean action, rather than the misunderstood term of punishment for not correcting error in past lives. The ADJUSTMENT  card, represents a continuous action of adjustment, just as a modern person would do at the steering wheel while driving a motor vehicle. The Path of Lamed is also a teaching process. because the continuous process of maintenance is a learned process, just as one learns to adjust direction by observation and the hands-on movement of the steering wheel of a motor vehicle. Granted, this may be a painful and slow process (as many a parent of a teenager learning to drive a car will profess) but eventually one learns to analyze and re balance ones self as necessary for different situations. To those who study the Mysteries, and become more in -tuned to the Inner Self, the more subtle and difficult these adjustments become; Just as the more refined the consciousness gets, the less obvious are the unbalancing minutiae of slightly "off colored" thoughts.  The Ancient Egyptians symbolized this subtlety as weighing the human soul against a feather. This concept of "right, truth, law and rectitude" was expressed in a single word, Maat which was symbolized as a feather by which the heart (considered the organ of the Soul) was weighed, upon death. As a Goddess, Maat represented moral law and truth, a straight edge to measure psyche by and is a personification of the concept of Maat. Thus the Crowley card has Maat as the central figure on the ADJUSTMENT card, crowned with her attribute, the ostrich feather. To keep our psyche on the "straight and narrow" path of purity, requires a sharp sword indeed, as I for one, need constant pruning! That is why I skry this card often!  More on the ADJUSTMENT   card tomorrow.
Thank you for your interest and comments, May you live long and prosper.

6 Comments to Thoth Deck Tarot: ADJUSTMENT Key-8: The Path of Lamed:

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rolex datejust price on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 4:34 AM
Awsome article and right to the point. I am not sure if this is truly the best place to ask but do you guys have any ideea where to hire some professional writers? Thx :)
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Eli on Tuesday, January 06, 2015 11:41 AM
Thank you for your awesome comment. I'd try the internet for writers. May you live long and prosper.


D on Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:06 PM
To feel, and grab onto, the living, slippery soul.
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Eli on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 10:53 AM
All is Psyche, what eludes us, is the fact that we are but an idea in the Psyche. As a self-aware-psyche-phenomena our definitions are indeed quick-silver and hard to hold onto in an ever-changing land of propaganda and revisionism. "Above all things, Know thyself" is a continual evolutionary process. Nothing is more slippery than change. Love your insight, and thank you for your input. May you live long and prosper.


Nev on Wednesday, September 09, 2015 6:06 AM
Hi Eli! I did a reading on my current development as a person about a week ago and pulled out the Ace of Swords; Princess of Swords and the Hierophant. Today I drew out a single card which was this one, Adjustment. I am struggling to make a connection with this card in terms of the prior reading...except for the fact that two of the previous cards were Sword cards and here, Adjustment, holds a sword as well. Maybe I am also "pruning" as you say...but it never feels like it ends, especially on the mental level for me. May I ask what you experience or learn, as an example, when you skry with this card? Maybe I need to do the same? The reason I say this is because I feel like I never make headway with the "issues"/difficulties I face in my life and I seem to encounter the same thing repetitively. Do you think that by skrying a card that one can inevitably change ones own self-defeating thought patterns and therefore affect positive change in ones life?
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Eli on Wednesday, September 09, 2015 11:11 AM
Hi Nev! Adjustment, is always a good one to skry, when one wishes to "down size", the ever growing bureaucracy of "nay sayer" thoughts that grow by daily reinforcement from society, relatives, and media. The Sword of Geburah (Severity) is in the hands of Maat here, and she knows how to swing it...cutting very close! When I skry this card, I actually see myself asking Maat,(The Divine Feminine) to cleave from me all that is unworthy of my creation. All of a sudden, I get a scrolling of thoughts and processes thereof, that are not worthy of me. I see myself place them in front of her, and offer them to her for that is her work, to cleave from us, what is not worthy of our Psyche. She then and there transforms them into useful things, by sword work that is hers and detailed. I love it! One just needs to "make up their Mind" (in fact that is all we do) and know that our greatest treasures, are what we hide deepest in our hearts, (our fears of not being worthy for one). I was surprised to find that my "positive thoughts" meant nothing to the Adjusting Psyche, only my greatest treasures, deeply buried negative thinking, was acceptable as an "altar offering", which was transformed by the "burning sword", into pure, clean energy, that was returned to me and accelerated my creative processes. We must completely reveal ourselves ( as in "stripped naked") to our Soul, who will then reveal our beauty to us. What is repeating in your life, demands acknowledgement, for it must be seen to be corrected, and often by skrying the Adjustment card, one "sees" what was not seen before. Thank you for your interest and comments...keep up the good work. May you live long and prosper

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