TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: The Elemental Tarot key 10 -FATE/ CHANGE & The Thoth Tarot Key -10-THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE
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TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: The Elemental Tarot key 10 -FATE/ CHANGE & The Thoth Tarot Key -10-THE WHEEL OF FORTUNE

The THOTH WHEEL OF FORTUNE, is called the Path of Caph (meaning Fist)  and runs from Chesed (mercy) to Netzach (Victory) on the Tree of Life. This path is on the side of the Tree of Life called The Pillar of Mercy, and connects the Personality to the Higher Self (all Serphiroth above Tiphareth are in the collective of the Higher Self). The Path of Caph, has a mediating function and the planet Jupiter is assigned to this Path. Jupiter, is also said to govern the flow of blood, thus reinforcing the mediating function of Caph.
The letter Caph, is a "double letter', meaning that it is a union of opposites, riches and poverty, which are the natural fluctuations of Jupiter's forces on this path. Double letters in the Hebrew alphabet are planetary numbers, were as single letters are of the Earth and maternal or Mother letters are of the Spirit.

Since this Path is one of the "Gateways to the Soul", the riches and poverty here are of the Psyche itself.

The meaning of Caph (Kaph) is fist, and refers to a completion of an activity, such as, the closing of a circle or grasping comprehension.
{Tree of Life illustration from the Text book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT, by Robert Wang}
This is an active cycle, albeit a closed one, the Wheel of Fortune is considered a flow of Karma, which is a state of you get what you put out.

The Wheel is an important symbol, besides that of a prayer wheel, or a Native American medicine wheel, it is also the ternary cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
To the gamblers out there, is not a roulette wheel of chance and accidents, for in Qaballah, it is known that we are solely responsible for our own destinies which the words "freedom of choice" imply. The Wheel of Fortune supplies us with what we earn, which can be pleasant or unpleasant.

The interchange of opposites is what makes the wheel Spin, in the Thoth card, we have, the Feminine, Geburah :Severity, and the masculine Chesed: Mercy, interchanging their forces and form. This interchange of opposites, is shown by the Ten Spokes on the Thoth Deck card, symbolizing the Ten Sephiroth on the Tree of Life which is a continuity of Force and Form, in equilibrium.

In his work, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Case calls the Path of Caph, the Intelligence of Conciliation  which would best be seen as a gyroscope, two wheels interlocking within each other, spinning in opposite directions., for this card represents the mediation of activity between rotating and/or moving opposites. The sense being that there is a cyclic and rhythmic  motion of activity, as well as, cause and effect.

What is interesting here, is that on the Thoth Deck Card, the Sphinx is seen as the stabilizing  element in the midst of change and is positioned on top of the Wheel. The ancient Egyptians used the Sphinx image as  the Pharaoh, usually vanquishing his enemies, with lion like power. Later on the Greeks, modified the Sphinx by illustrating it as a women on a  male lion's body. Thus, the Sphinx came to represent the union of  mankind, with the raw power of the animal kingdom, and a balance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) in the same form. Again the union of opposites, is the birth place of all Power.

The Qabalistic concept of the Sphinx is that it is the Synthesis of all Elemental Forces, much like the Pentagram symbol of Man, where the Spirit is the Fifth element above and  added to the four elements of the animal kingdom. In fact, among the documents of the Enochian Mysteries of the Golden Dawn, the Sphinx has four forms, that of a Bull, Eagle, Man and Lion. These four faces are also describe by Ezekiel in the Bible interpretation of his vision.  The Wheel of Fortune, is the glyph of perpetual motion where the flying Eagle balances the Man; the roaring Lion counterpoises the laborious Bull.

As stated , the Sphinx represents the stabilizing element in the midst of change. It is  both the balancing phase of cyclic energy and the guardian to the gateway of the Mysteries, holding the secret of life and death. Thus the Sphinx is:
  1.   A gate guardian of the Path of Caph (fist) as it is both that through which one passes in birth or death, and that which controls the passage.
  2. The directing aspect of the Higher Self in Tiphareth (beauty) and being a Gate Keeper, it is protective and keeps the Personality from absorbing more force than its system can handle.
By correctly answering the question of the Sphinx, which is an extension of the Greek Axiom, Man, know thyself, implies that one is ready to pass through the gate of inner consciousness. As in the Oedipus legend, once correctly answered, the Sphinx throws itself back into the Sea which to a Qabalist means that the Gate keeper is no longer needed and is reabsorbed into the vast Ocean of  Individual Higher Consciousness that created it. If the initiate can't answer the Sphinx's question, they are "slain" , which is the protection part of the Sphinx, as it sends back those personalities that are unready to pass consciously beyond the restrictions of time/space.

The dog faced monkey , on the left side of the Thoth Wheel of Fortune, is in reference to the Plutonian, Cynocephalus. Cynocephalus is the not only said to be the companion of Thoth but also the symbol of time and eternity. Thoth, being called the Lord of Holy Words, by the Ancient Greeks and Egyptians, is the inventor of writing and scribe for the Gods who records the results of the weighing of the Souls on the Path of Lamed (See the past blog on the Adjustment Card). Thoth is also said to divided time into  months , seasons and years. Thus his companion is Cynocephalus, the symbol for time and eternity.

In a nut shell, the Words of Thoth are the vibratory patterns that turn the Wheel of Fortune. Being quite esoteric here, the Wheel of Fortune means that when the Higher Self brings the Elements under control, it bestows upon the Personality that "knows itself" , faithful companions that are the "words"  and/or vibratory patterns that free the Personality from the General or Mundane Wheel of Fortune. The Mundane Wheel of Fortune is the group social Karma that governs the "sleeping souls" who "above all things don't know themselves".

The Thoth Deck Wheel of Fortune card, depicts the interaction between the Sphinx,  Hermanubis and Typhon;  Hermanubis is a dual god, combining Horus and Anubis and is written as Heru-em-Anpu, meaning  Horus as Anubis. Sword in hand, Heru-em-Anpu is often depicted in mythology as the slayer of Typhon, who is illustrated as a snake. Typhon was of Greek origin and was involved in the wars of supremacy of the Gods. But as time develops the complexity of Myths, Typhon became the dark aspect of Osiris known as Set. Therefore the combination of these symbols plays out the counter-changing influence of Light and Dark energy. In Quantum physics, Dark Energy is the Pushing Force, the "vibrations" that spins the universe and pushes it outward. This may cause the perspicacious one to wonder if "death" is the pushing force for Life.
THE ELEMENTAL TAROT KEY-10, Fate/ Change, illustrates a  blue figure suspended in an evening sky, forming a Pentagram by touching the wheel at five points. The red and white yin yang symbol implies the union of opposites (male/female) that is in charge of inevitable change, the constant in this Universe. 
The dark spots circling the figure are depictions of stars.
Above the Wheel of fate, fate is shown as a faceless figure spinning the wheel with outstretched arms. This is again an example of the Sphinx as stated in the Thoth card.
The human figures below the card are reaching up, trying in vain, to stop the spin of the Wheel of Fate. Here the inevitability of general karma is shown, for one must "above all things, know thyself" before one can take charge of their own fate and/or karma.
The quote from the Gnostic Text lines the borders of this card and came from, THUNDER THE PERFECT MIND,  that was dug up in a wax sealed clay jar/time capsule in the town of Nag Hammadi Egypt in the year 1945. Here Fate and Karma  are impeccably described as the Wheel of Fate's cycles: " I Am control and the uncontrollable. Do not be ignorant of me-Be on your guard."  Again, above all things, know thyself! Remember, no matter what you think about "another" there are not "others". For as the first law of thermodynamics states:"... there is only one energy, that can't be created nor destroyed, only transformed (and transmitted)." Making everyone you see, another way to be thee! Because of this Law, every thought becomes you---not the fantasy of "another". Think it be it! That is your destiny!  Therefore, your fortune is in the motion of "think well,(about all things) and be well". This is the law of attraction that effects thought, where like attracts like.

When the THOTH WHEEL OF FORTUNE or THE ELEMENTAL TAROT FATE/ CHANGE, CARD  is thrown during a reading, it indicates:
  • That in the next 10 weeks or 10 months there shall be new opportunities for creating fortune in the querent's  life.
  • Life is moving and being busy here, so breakthroughs in prosperity and abundance are approaching fast.
  • Generally this is a good luck card depicting rewards and recognition for things completed.
  • That no matter how much responsibility the querent takes for their actions, they must let go, and stop trying to control a situation that is not under their control.
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