Mercury in Sagittarius, rules the Thoth card, EIGHT OF WANDS-SPLENDOR, representing the stabilizing
of the Fiery Energy, shown as thunderbolt arrows, radiating outward
from a central point.
However, Sagittarius is unstable in Mercury, so
the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as arrows are fleet from a bow.
Here we have the Intelligent Energy of Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.
number 8, also refers to the Sephira, Hod, which is the Splendor of
electricity, speech and light.
Thus we have the Thoth card
showing Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or
even constituting the vibrational energy of physical Matter.
Hod is one
of the Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is fluid electromagnetic
spectrum of vibratory energy. This may be unseen to us, as we only see
the Visible light spectrum which is less than .4% of the entire
electromagnetic spectrum that we call the multidimensional Universe;
However, being unseen to the normal eye doesn't mean it doesn't exist.
Therefore, Form is created in the Astral fluids before it is seen here
in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light t
hat we call Malkuth (kingdom) or Earth.
On the Thoth card, shown
above the central illustration of the "As above, So below" dual
pyramids, is a rainbow, depicting the restored Universe of shinning
light which deals with the maxima, and the seven colors of the visible spectrum, which exhibit interplay and correlation.
The Eight of Wands, in both The Spiral Tarot and Thoth
card represents the high velocity energy that is the master- key of
modern mathematical physics showing no flames, for they have become the
electromagnetic spectrum where the fiery- electrical energy has become a
intelligible form. The Spiral Tarot illustrates this electric energy as being blown from a cloud, as if it was lightning. The Wands are showing the obligatory leaves that denote fecund energy. The Eight of Wands card is all about swiftness and/or rapidity; it is about the invisible but viable electric force that makes all things "alive".
[From the Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang: page 104]
beams of Geburah and Tiphareth meet in Hod and thence arises in Hod a
brilliant pure and flashing orange tawny. And the Sphere of its
Operation is that of Kochab, the stellar light, bestowing
elegance, swiftness, scientific knowledge and art, and constancy of
speech, and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Mercury.
And Elohim Tzabaoth is also a God of Hosts and Armies, of Mercy
and Agreement, of Praise and Honor, ruling the Universe in Wisdom and
Harmony. And its Archangel is Michael, the Prince of Splendor and of
Wisdom, and the Name of its order of Angels is Beni Elohim, or Sons of
the God, who are also called the Order of Archangels."
#8 - Hod ,known as SPLENDOR, is the concrete mind and is the sphere of Mercury, thus to Hod
are attributed all that is intellectual and systematized, such as the
magical arts, literature, science and commerce. As a Qabalist, it is
the Sphere of Conscious energy, that I speak and write from. The color
orange is also the Color of Mental ambition, passion mixed with
intellect. When considering Hod, we must also consider Netzach, for at
the base of the Pillar of Form, beneath Binah, Hod (splendor) resides.
And at the base of the Pillar of Force, beneath Chokma, resides Netzach (Victory). Both linked together by the Path of the Tower.
Same balance of Force and Form that is seen in the Supernal Triangle, is
seen between these Two Sephiroth. But there is a difference is this
lower pattern of Force and Form as it is expressible in conceptualized
forms and understood by our reasoning minds. There are no objects to
examine in the Supernal. For Chokma is the "idea of outpouring Force"
and Binah is "the idea of Form that restricts force", terms most
subjective and displaying no object.
With the union of Hod and
Netzach, we are now dealing with concepts that can immediately be
understood in terms of individual Personality construction and
architecture; in other words; objectively.
In the human personality the
Fire of Netzach is animal intuition and the Water of Hod is the concrete
personal and rational mind.
The Book of Thoth, is another name
for the Tarot and is referred to Hod. To reiterate, Thoth is an Egyptian
name, who is Hermes in Greek and Mercury in Roman language. Each of
these are presented in each cultural mythology as messengers, a patron
of teaching and learning; teacher of the Mysteries. All language is the
messenger of knowledge, a carrier of messages and relates to Hod. Words
of Power, are a Magus tool, and the well practice instrument of any
practitioner of the Mysteries. The "movement with in the Motion" of
words, is subjective, but that doesn't affect its power to transform the
Names and Versicle relate to Hod, but without
the fiery passion of Netzach, they are dull and empty. The effect of
"feelings" in a word are obvious, either by saying "I love you" or "I
hate You", with focused passion, this effects our inner world. To say
these same phrases with monotones of logic, makes them ineffectual, and
The Inner Word is a World of Vibration that only the
intense energy of Netzach can reach. So power speakers, know to bring
the dynamic energy of Netzach to the environment through "living'
words. Many fail at ritual, because they chant by wrote and not by the
dynamics of Vital Force (Sexual energy). To paraphrase Robert Wang, those
who approach the esoteric studies with great vitality and enthusiasm but
lack the discipline of Hod are wasting their time. And those who fail
to bring the intuition of Netzach to bear on the many words written
about the inner sciences will quickly decide that the "Hermetic
Mysteries" are pedantic and lifeless."
The Qaballah, names many
attributes of the One, each of which requires a different learning
experience (Paths) to "pronounce" the God name. Thus, the names of the
system are of Hod, but the beginning of the system to properly use the
words is in Netzach whose God encompasses the whole Tree of Life.
There is a reason why the Hermaphrodite, is the magical image of Hod.That
reason comes from the fact that form requires force in restriction,
force is symbolize as Phallic, and form is symbolized as Ovum, or Womb.
Thus, in Hod are the dynamic qualities of the force of Netzach, which
are limited in order that they can be dealt with through our normal
process of thought. We know these limits as the Form of both language
and visual image. Both are comprehensible symbols agreed upon by
societies for the transmission of messages. Sure, language and images
are both artificial and have no intrinsic qualities of their own, they
are merely carriers of idea, neutral in themselves but the "feelings" of
Netzach, our inner-passion, makes them seem alive.
The symbol for Hod is not only Names and vesicles, but also the Apron, which also refers
to the Moon, as does Thoth himself in one aspect. Being a traditional
Masonic symbol, the Apron symbolizes the builder who is the craftsman
of the Mysteries, and when worn, covers the sexual organs attributed to
Yesod. Those who understand Yesod, see the extent to which the
manipulation of sexual energy is the foundation of all practical work.
in returning our consciousness to the God head, from its material
condition, Hod becomes the primary point of conceptual transfer. Here,
in Hod, the Masters contact their chosen disciples, clothing themselves
in forms comprehensible to the human mind; presenting to the student
the formal tools of the Hermetic path. The Sephiroth Netzach is the presentation point of the Orphic Path, and the Middle Pillar is the Devotional Path.
the initiate knows that by projecting oneself into any Sephiroth, by
meditative means, immerses the student in the Qualities of that Energy
Consciousness. But we use the forces of Hod, by approaching things
intellectual or by just studying the Mysteries. All The Sephiroth, on
the Tree of Life, are integral parts of Our Whole Self, in a constant
state of dynamic activity. The Principle of Practical Qaballah is that
we turn our conscious observation toward a particular aspect of
ourselves, and thereby gain access to the corresponding part of the
What is of note, the God Mercury is also
known as the god of deceit and trickery because words are also vessels of
these vices. This suggest the aspect of "adaptability" required for
esoteric work. which is conferred by the Hod Energy. Now the student
knows that the whole Astral realm seeks to deceive but this deception is
because of our perceptual vulnerability when viewing astral images. Our
human minds are particularly susceptible to perceptual folly, in the
alternatively bright and murky Sephiroth of Yesod. And it is in Hod
that we begin to understand the mechanisms of our perceptions.
eights of every suit are of Hod, here the eights generally show solitary success in
the matter for the time being. but not leading to much result-- apart
from the thing itself.
this card is thrown during a reading, the querent shall experience :
- A hasty communication (letter or message) within a 8 day, or 8 week period
that is quickly passed or expended.
much force is applied and expended in a very rapid rush. Violence may
result but short in duration.
- A love of the open air, is
courageous, bold, and a lover of field sports----as long as they
don't last too long.
- Signs of a generous, subtle, eloquent and
yet a somewhat untrustworthy personality;untrustworthy because they
don't stay in one place too long.
- Rapidity and Swiftness, Spontaneity
seem to govern motivation.
- Lots of energy to solve issues, if the
querent acts fast on the solution.
- Travel, mental or physical is possible at this time.
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