To those interested in the Real art of occult Tarot, the Major Arcana or Trump cards, are Paths on the Qabalistic
Tree of Life. These paths represent real inner personality expansion into states of higher conscious energy than needed to just exist on earth. As an electromagnetic
spectrum being, we are constructed of 8 different states of Energy Bodies or Light Bodies (Auric bodies) who combine to form the human life form. Each of these are intelligent and have a lot of information stored in their "light bites". The Tarot and the Paths, give us the information and direction needed to tune our personal brains to these special data bases that are called "Intelligence" by the Master Paul Foster Case.
In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, Key 6, the Disposing Intelligence.
The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the
card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.
LOVERS, the Path of Zain, (Hebrew letter shown on both Spiral and Thoth Tarot cards-means Sword) runs between Binah (understanding) and
Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form
emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth).
Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound
card, as it is not about the profane love of two humans, but rather the Twins or
duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love. The True
meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The
Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and
magnetic; Force and Form), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and
opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the
Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy,
across the Abyss into manifestation, formed stable dualities. Just as Quantum physics has found that "strings" of energy enter our dimension of the Multidimensional Universe and become both a negative and positive particle, i.e. divine twins.
Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by
the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.
As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered
the aspect of the Garden of Eden,from which mankind was expelled, but
to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been
called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is
uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling
Gemini)." This Garden of Eden philosophy is the central scene on the
Spiral Tarot Card of the Lovers. Kay Steventon has depicted the Alchemical King and Queen embracing in the lush Garden of Eden, surrounded by the blue roses of the Empress and the sacred pomegranates of the High Priestess. The Spiral Tarot is concentrating on the loving relationship of a man and woman and the discrimination needed to produce a Alchemical Union.
On both the Spiral Tarot and Thoth Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, The Sun
is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above
the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid.
Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is
subconsciousness. Paul Foster Case, considered that these are both
aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body (Today we
know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain). As
Case has stated,"When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are
rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is
kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this
practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the
cosmic life force."
Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one
of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self. Just as most Tantric, and
Gnostic practitioner's do.To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the
union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal
(Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah---The Great Mother.
Thus, both the Crowley Thoth Deck Card and Spiral Tarot Key 6, depicts the theme of union as and
Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts pf the seeker.
is an active path, for the self control and will attributed to
Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of opposites is not
passive, in fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as
the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force (Electric), united with the Feminine
Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine Magnetic":) both in equal measure
and full of fiery dynamic, and inspirational qualities. This is a
red-hot inner marriage, complete with Honey-Moon and resulting "little death".
There is a type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss
means the death of one's own concept of self, both lower and Higher Self. It's a willful and total
self-destruction and immersion into the Divine.
Here is an interesting
quote on the Alchemical Hermetic Marriage from the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas ( From the book:The Nag Hammadi Library) where it
is written that Jesus answered his disciples with:: (22) " When you
make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the
outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make
the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male
nor the female female; and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a
hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness
in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom." Here is a hint for understanding this text on alchemical marriage: "I's"in place of an "I". Two identities becoming one.
The Qabalist called Jesus
obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but
then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalistic sect. The name Jesus Christ is from the Greek, Zeus Christos and refers to the Sun of god! [See "Semen" in the book, The Encyclopedia of Erotic Wisdom by Rufus C. Camphausen]
LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are amongst the most
difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Prop) and
requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination
to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain
(Sword of Armor) requires a complete integration of the total self,
manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the
"Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged. Thus, we can say that Art
is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of
the Higher Self.
In Crowley's Thoth Tarot card, we have the Royal Marriage of
opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit
and Mercury. Eve and Lilith are shown above the couple, with cupid
aiming an arrow, symbolizing will. The Black King wears a crown of gold,
bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black
child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. The White
Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white
child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds flowers in one
hand and the bottom of the Grail (Graal) in the other. The Product of
this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence of Life itself.
symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and
Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS.;
However, the process of The Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated
over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of
Mercury-Magus, since the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one
"Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to
a balance of opposites after which the second "Brother" is killed and
absorbed into the first. Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires
that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac,
reaching perfection in each of the types of incarnation.
THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called,:The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which
is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalism. I've found this
alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of
the most profound piece of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written.
The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this
path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled and/
or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some meditation
on the Alchemical text.
When THE LOVERS is thrown during a
reading, it is stating:
- A principle of Art and Craft of Relationship.
What is also suggested is the magical image of the power of surrender
in which one form is given up in order to attain another.
- Being involve
in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.
- This card can also
mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it
marriage or profane love.
- There is the Tantric Philosophy here also,
only through physical union with a female can either a man or god,
achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/ sexual
union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is
required before they gain full possession of their powers.
- This is also
a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine
Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited
from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.
- The art of discrimination in loving relationships.
- If the Two of Cups-Love, shows up with this Lovers Trump, in the same reading, we are having a union of Soul mates. Rare and powerful requiring great communication skills.
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!