The Sun, Key 19- 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
The Path of Resh, is the first of the Personality
triad of paths, rising on the Tree of Life, from Yesod (foundation) to
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 path 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 text 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 outright 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.
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 Sun. 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)
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 sun, 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.
I have said before, working on the Paths brings about definite
physio-chemical 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 physio-chemical change that also happens to adepts in the Tantric Arts,
where balanced Divine Male and Divine Female energy opens up the Divya Sidhis or magic abilities. What flows thought the nervous system is a frequency of energy called by Paul Foster Case, The Adorable Fire and it is indeed ecstatic.
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.
The Lower Paths on the Tree of Life, Tau, Shin and Resh, ( The
Universe, The Aeon, The Sun-),are the symbols of the component parts of
the Personality which functions through the body-vehicle, as Spirit's
experience-collecting apparatus. The Higher Self must function through
the Personality if it is to influence the physical plane, as Pure Spirit
must function through the Higher Self to establish "Whole Shelf". The
fact that we perceive separation between these aspects of One, is to
necessitate understanding of each of the components that are in a state
of infinite connectivity. The Tree of Life does describe, by its
pattern, a degree of separation, as Sephiroth, but the Paths show us
they are all connected and that the perception of separation is to
expedite understanding of a previously unseen dimension of conscious energy.
is noted for its wide varieties from one organism to another, so it is
up to each individual student to literally create their own Qabalah. The
Path of Resh is crucial in developing the individual Qabalah. Upon
journeying this Path of The Collective Intelligence, one will receive
the imprint and acceptance of "Spirit guides:, or those beings who
direct the inner learning experience of the student. On the Path of
Resh (head) the candidacy for Tiphareth
(Beauty), The Conscious of the Son (Sun), and /or Higher Self, is begun.
Path leading into Hod, is where inner discoveries are made as the Inner
Teachers exert their influence on the material world, clarifying the
relationship between mind and body.
The Path of Resh, will help
the student understand the control and limitations of intellect. The
Path of the Sun, is also the path of "awakening", that helps the
student understand the use of the tremendous "Sexual Force" of Yesod
(Foundation) that is known as the "secret" or Arcane force manipulated
by the initiate of the Mysteries. This force has many names, such as
"Serpent Force", Kundalini, or "Life Force", all of which fall short in
proper perception, as most definitions do. This force must be
experienced to be understood, and proper preparation for its "rising"
must be made by experiencing of the Perceptual Intelligence on the Path
of Shin (The Aeon).
Yesod, is attributed to the Moon which governs
the ebbing and flowing of the Astral Light (Akashic Fluid) and is the
sexuality beneath our material existence. Hod is Mercury, the first
similarity of the specific Personality. The Personality is
hermaphroditic, as male and female qualities have yet to be separated
out as specifics, The Path of the Sun, when considered developmentally,
is the point of childhood of the emerging Personality as it builds
toward an earthly incarnation. By traveling upward, towards Hod, we are
once again experiencing this initial innocence[ a kind of re
experiencing youth and/or a rebirth. The initiate reaches a stage where
there is some recollection of the Source from which we emerged.
The return to the Childhood of the Sun is indicated on the Ryder-Waite Key 19 Card. He shows a child riding a white horse; the white horse being a symbol for Apollo, the Sun God and implies that on this path of Resh, we return to our Apollo Sun God youth.
dancing Twins, on the Thoth Deck Sun card, symbolize the
purest-innocent repression of the electric-male (Earth) and the magnetic
female (Water) principles in physical manifestation. These Twins are
also a reference to the astrological sign of Gemini, the sign that links
Taurus (Earth) and Cancer (Water). The ancient Greeks and Romans also
referred the sign Gemini, to Apollo and the Sun. The Ryder-Waite card shows 22 rays of the Sun radiating outward. While the Thoth Deck Card shows the 12 planetary rays of the Zodiac and the astrological signs. The Zodiac relates to Chokmah the 2nd Sephiroth, from which the energy of the Path of Resh, the Sun, eventually is derived. The pattern of this energy is shown as wavy and straight lines, on both the Thoth and Ryder-Waite cards, suggesting the alternating male and female currents (electric and magnetic respectively). The Ryder-Waite card
, once again, depicts a more traditional illustration. Following the ritual of the Golden Dawn for the 29th path which states," The Sun embraces the whole of creation in its rays,"Waite has illustrated four Sun flowers and 22 rays in his card, meaning the Four Worlds and the 22 paths of the Qabalistic Tree of Life. (Four World illustration from the QABALISTIC TAROT- by Robert Wang)
In the Thoth Deck
Sun card, the green mound beneath the Twins, symbolizes fertility, as
its shape shows aspiration to the Higher Self. The Children dance, free
from enclosure, symbolizing freedom from the "prejudices of the people
that date morally from the about 25,00 B.C." [Crowley] Here, the Sun,
is the Rose-Cross expanded from four arms to 12 rays and embracing the
whole of creation in its rays.
This expanded "Inner Sun" is felt
by the initiate, as a very warm rising, fertile power, that does change
the physiology of the physical form into the ":Master's Body".
When the Ryder-Waite or Thoth Deck card, THE SUN,
thrown during a reading,
the querent shall experience:
- Gain, riches,
glory and sometimes be called arrogant which is often a
misunderstanding of their glowing self-confidence.
- The querent might
make great displays of vanity but this is only seen when accompanied
by very negative cards.
- Collaboration, teamwork, partnership and cooperation in creative endeavors and all aspects of the querent's life.
- Growth, reward and progress, as the querent is beginning a new cycle of Life.
- The Divine Marriage, the Truest Love. This is a combination of physical, mental and spiritual love that is the "adorable Fire".
- Revitalizing something that has previously existed in their life. Rebirth.
- The Querent is experiencing a raising of Consciousness, as joy, happiness and a understanding of the beauty of life.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!