In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM
, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS,Trump -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 that is discriminatory beyond the senses.
The Qabalistic Tarot of the Thoth Tarot calls THE
LOVERS, the Path of Zain, 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).
, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound
card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or
duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love.
meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The
Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and
magnetic), 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.
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
[Illustration of the Tree of Life is from Robert Wang's text
book" THE QABALISTIC TAROT}
On the 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, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and
Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.
The path of Zain
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, united with the Feminine
Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal measure
and full of fiery dynamic, and inspirational qualities. The Hermetic marriage is a
red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death". To be sure, there is a type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss
means the death of one's own Higher Self as it dissolves into the Greater Self; it's a willful and total
self-destruction and immersion into the Divine. I'll leave you with a
quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas 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."
Jesus, a Nazarene Gnostic,
obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but
then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a practicing Qabalistic Magi (the Word
Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun).
THE CHOICE/PASSION card of the Elemental Tarot, is concentrating on the discrimination part of the Lovers card. Here is depicted a man and woman, holding hands, with uncertainty cloudy their faces. Behind them is a green and black striped tree displaying 12 branches (Zodiac) and 12 fruits. The Twelve branches indicate twelve different choices, and the twelve fruits imply the potential results. All of which implies that whatever the individual wills becomes their life; the choices one makes, becomes them.
The green and black stripes on the tree imitate a ladder, to the above, higher love or the below or lower or gross love of the animal. Behind the tree is an androgynous red being, who is the symbol of the Kundalini-Serpent-Force and the tempter.
The 6 is the number of the Sun (shown in this card as a yellow circle with a dot in the center) is the 6th Sephira-Beauty; beauty is the Lovers. Until two become one in syncronistic action, there is no beauty. Therefore, Beauty is very subtle. That is why this Key is connected to discrimination which refines the sense (up the tree). If we are limited only to the gross-senses of the body, (down the tree) we eventually discover we are missing a lot. Thereby, we dissolve relationships by usually blaming the opposite sex for loss of passion etc. Where as, the only problem was failing to reach Beauty together.
As with all their Major Arcane cards, the authors of The Elemental Tarot ( Caroline Smith and John Astrop) have placed int he boarders of their art filled card, a quote from the Gnostic Text: THUNDER THE PERFECT MIND (see past 3 blogs) which states: "Whatever I will, happens to me." Thereby, explaining the subtle meaning of this card.
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 card, dares us to realize the Magick of our Beauty. Here 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 (Graäl) 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 Hermetic 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. This also implies that our Beauty, depends on the balance of Giving and Taking, thus always stimulating the opposite party into a loving action.
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.This is also implied on art of The Elemental Tarot-Choices/Passion key 6.
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.
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