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THE WORLD-Key 21: Spiral Tarot and Thoth Tarot Card Comparisons:

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  Spiral Tarot key 21-THE WORLD  and the Thoth Key 21- THE UNIVERSES  are the  Path of Tau (often spelled Tav) , meaning- cross or equal armed cross, a Hebrew letter that is shown on both The Spiral and Thoth tarot cards.  Key 21-The Universe, or The World card, joins the crystallized world of earth, the Sephiroth Malkuth, meaning Kingdom, with the Sephiroth 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 (self-aware mind) 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  Spirit and bodies are composed of the whole of the electromagnetic spectrum. The physical body seems solid, yet  that light electromagnetic spectrum is 99.6 % invisible. thus our bodies are only .4% of visible light. and 99.6% "space"!  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 six pointed star on this card (the Sun is in the center) and add that sensual experience to the Whole of our Mind.
To reiterate,  I explained that the Universe-key 21, is called the Path of Tau.The symbol of Tau is the equal armed cross which symbolizes the important fact that, the Universe, as opposed to other Path- cards, represents all Forces present in their full expression. Tau is also the central point of the Aleph, Mem and Shin Paths which makes the equal armed cross. All these Paths will be methodically explain in future blogs, as they have been in past blogs.

Before I go on with further explanation of the Universe or the World Key-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a card and imagine themselves entering it or it expanding to encompass them.  This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the Vision of the Card. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and close their eyes and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision, others, as do I, leave eyes open, and like traveling into a tunnel, imagine themselves entering the Visions, as the card grows ever bigger until entry. At first, maybe boredom takes over, but soon the diligent student discovers that what they experience in this lucid skrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these Tarot "mandalas" invoke.

In the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that when into the making of our world and the Universe around us. There is much to experience and remember here on earth,  so discrimination is recommended.  For as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to  to perceive our "I AM". The Path of Tau begins the process of Knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so dutifully produced by our Divine Parents  13.8 billion year old Lucid Dream. In fact, if the student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't skry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious minds for monetary gain.

From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe  or the World, Key 21, maybe the most important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back to Spiritual Awareness; the inner journey so important to "enlightenment".

On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own making, a reality that can be both frightening and gratifying. Yes, we make our own reality and the Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed reality of our personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our consciousness in the Beginning, and shows us how Freedom of Choice  defines our "End" by the composite pattern of our personalities.

Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph and Tau, is the entire Universe, the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning....for "they who know their end, know their beginning" (Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas)! Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process of bringing their body and Soul personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of personality, we have many, each represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and latter as a wholeness.

This may also astound the student, but it is on the path of Tau, that one discovers the extent to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance of the "Angels", particularity Arch Angels. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple; The Inheritors. It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality, that to the whole of the Universe, you are most precious! The purpose of these blog-posts is to help you see, as you are seen by your Creator and wonder of wonders, you are not condemned but Loved without condition!

One of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of Discrimination, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth. The Path of Tau is a gateway to the Astral and the Astral is the place of  "Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, before they crystallize into manifestation. It is as if Light were liquid, as if the mirror of your mind is not yet solidified, a kind of liquid "mercury" to reflect you in crystalline light. But beware for here there be dragons! There is deception in the Astral, fantasies, that may never make it into manifestation, and some you never want to; so be discriminating. Many "thought forms" will deceive and many unsuspecting channel mediums, are thinking they are channeling some advanced soul, when in truth, they are just channeling a astral parasite. However, only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance so we must develop a discrimination that is represented by the Dancing Womb-man draped with the Caph-shaped scarf (Caph or kaph, means Fist and is the Wheel of Fortune card) while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy. The Same four animal symbols, surround the Dancing figure on the Spiral Tarot- The World card as well.

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you now know that the Universe  or World Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind. The art of both A. Crowley and Kay Steventon, show they have this understanding.  After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe/World, is the most profound concept of "As above, so below". To a sensual body, this means "up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and "lower vibration", to the Qabalist this is the double Triangle of the Hexagram. No matter the symbols, this lowering of a high vibration to achieve a slower vibration is a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization.Of course,  energy frequency, ideas and Mind are insuperable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is in the Flow". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we gather knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency. Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information. That us why on both the Thoth and The Spiral Tarot cards, flowing energy is displayed as a serpent or serpents around the Goddess figure.

The dance of the Androgynous figure on the Word card of the Spiral Tarot symbolizes the "Lord of the Universe", Shiva and His consort Shakti, in Whole-ly (holy) Communion, the sexual dance of Goddess-God that disturbs the fabric of Space into spiral waves of  Moving, thus Living Light.

The Spiral Tarot card shows the Yoni area of this card as a Oval symbol of World fertility. The Same Oval symbol used to surround the Dancing figure on the Thoth Card. It is about time we all realize that our human bodies are the embodiment of Goddess-God and that our sexual dance causes Life to form, in both light and matter. Be not ashamed of your wonderful flesh, it is how God and Goddess sigh in united creative ecstasy!

I have discussed the "Will-To-
BE" ( Will to form) of the Great Mother Binah (3 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) who is the Life Conscious and which is Saturn in the exalted Supernal Realm. She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key 21-The Universe and on the Word card of the Spiral Tarot. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life Conscious and has been called Isis, the Aima Elohim, as well as, Saturn who gives life and destroys it and Great Mother Binah.

The oval ring of Stars that surrounds the Thoth central  female figure represents the Womb of the  human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb into which the soul passes after body death. We arise from our death surrounded in a ring of stars, on our way to the Great Mother.

Life , with its beginning, middle, and end, processes in waves or spirals (Spirit is a Spiral flow of  Will-to-be Energy) which come back upon themselves. This circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent.  This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled in its active state.
 Both the Universe Card and Spiral Tarot card are also surrounded in the Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all consciousness which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the most dense and difficult expression.

Again, discrimination must be used when traveling the Akasha of Yesod, many who entered this Path, entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented by phantoms of there own making. The discerning traveler will supply every test of reason, and feeling. After a time of discernment, and find that the "baby Jesus" they were seeing, is just another phantom of "wish fulfillment".  However, with such discernment, one will begin experiencing a process of learning, which is not of their own making. Verifying the images, by elaborate research definitely aids in this process.
When The Universe Card is thrown during a reading, it means synthesis, the matter itself, world and Kingdom.

More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.When the Universe of the Spiral Tarot World card is thrown during a divination. It implies:
  • The matter itself.
  • Synthesis
  • A satisfactory end to a cycle, maybe even better than originally thought.
  • Ultimate success and happiness.
  • Happy conclusions, leading the way to new ventures.
  • Attainment of goals and overcoming difficulties.
  • Having everything available to you and being at the center stage of your life.
Thank you for your interest, support, and comments, May you live long and prosper!

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