"Enlightenment has its origin in the hidden sources of power which terrify the minds of the ignorant''
[From the Path of Peh-Qabalistic Tarot
-by Robert Wang]
look at this card, The Tower-key 16, is to look at war. When the eye of
Shiva, the Destroyer opens, the universe disappears, as does the dream
of the awakened dreamer.
Occult (hidden) knowledge states that all is
but God Dreaming----when It awakes, the dream is over. In Hindu belief,
this dreaming and awake cycle has happened three times before and now is
the 4 manifestation of the I AM-Dream.
It is not too difficult to
understand that an unlimited conscious energy, when realizing itself, is
creating limited concepts of itself, i.e. dreaming. As in the human
brain, dreaming is often solving problems, which can be then enacted in
the awake state of consciousness and/or creation. This assimilation of
and reordering of data is an annihilation of the dream, and is called
awakening. That is one meaning of this card....there are layers of
understanding as yet to be examined.
The Tower is attributed to the letter Peh, meaning mouth (shown on the bottom of both the Thoth card as the flame belching Mouth of Dis- the
Roman God of the dead or a Sea Serpent on The Elemental Tarot card).
Those who practice Magick, have often heard
that a God Name spoken with Martian power, can be felt in the body and
has a define effect on the human physical vehicle as well as an effect
on the vehicles of psyche. The Tower suggests that words of Power,
spoken with Passion (Mars force), assist us in bringing about the
destruction of our personal Towers of Babel; false concepts and
institutions which we believe to be reality. The vibration of OM Mani
Padmae Hum, is an example of a Yoga word of power or the western magick Abrahadabra (said in three syllables) . For that is what
words are, vibrations that can be formed into reality by intent.
Reality is constructed as a
dream of our self- consciousness, using the dedicated energy of our
Life Frequencies or vibrations; many of us know these vibrations as Emotions.
Thoughts are vessels, and emotion, is the dedicated energy of
"Will-To-Be", that gives the thought a vibrational frequency we call
"reality". You may have noticed, that everybody's reality is a
"personal" belief system. These Realities, are the Dreams, the Real
(Spirit), is on the other side of that Dream, i.e. the other side of the
Mirror of Self Reflection".
When much of our life force is dedicated to
supporting our fantasies, we become less "Real" and The Soul, steps in
with the Severity necessary to topple our Towering fantasies. This
doesn't kill us, as that is not the purpose (although it can be a "near
death" experience). The purpose of this severe measure is for the
purpose of remembering our Real Identity, which is the Divine Child of
God, by stripping away "what is not you" ; you are more than a towering man made personal edifice of denial, mental
enslavement, and pursuit of happiness. To seek (pursue), is to deny you
have it. To pursue happiness is to deny you are happy being you. If you
are not happily being you----its because you aren't being you----you are
pursuing you instead! This works for the vision of consumerism, but not
for your mental, emotional, and physical health!
I Am, is how you command your reality into being. I AM Me, is how you exist as the idea! Me is and always will be a construct from the I Am . In Qabalah "I" is He the idea and "Am" is She--the womb of understanding and the "Me" is the child born of understood idea.
of our "Me's" become towering error of dysfunctional identity and since
your functionality is in the "expansion and liberation of the Alive" (
As above, so Below), your self-awareness must support the living; if
not, a "hidden (occult) source of power" will step in and topple your
tower of delusional Me-ness. This is not for reasons of your permanent annihilation, but
for the purpose of reconstructing definition by purifying the
dysfunctional dedicated energy, that is no longer moving in progressive
states of evolution.
, probably from Christianity, we
got the idea that spiritual development (bringing the Above mind to the
Below mind) is all sweetness and light; this is false! Enlightenment
is a process of creation, destruction and recreation. Life after life, a phoenix rising
from its own ashes kind of sets a romantic picture to some; however, ashes
require a burning...sometimes a fierce fire of destruction! That is why
on the Tree of Life (refer to past blogs) you will see Severity (Geburah
#5) and Mercy (Chesed-#4) connected by the Path of Teth
(Strength)...because Tempering of a soft-unrefined- mind requires, hot
fires of Passion, and Hard Hammering of Knowledge (experience), and
enough mercy not to destroy the entire creation, in order to forge the Proper
strength in a Divine Creative-God- Personality; tempering to forge ahead
through the new territory of Self Awareness requires heated passion and
the cooling waters of mercy!
In other words, empathy comes from
experiencing and recognizing error as pain or severity; empathy is something
experiencing life as a "limited sensual form" can only give you.
Remember, As a dreaming Spirit----any fantasy will do; However earth Life is
ordered by cause and effect. Creation is the effect of ideas generated
by the God-mind, i.e. Imagination. Spirit is Pure Will and has no
empathy, just like a Sociopath Scientist who experiences no empathy for
his/her test subjects. Spiritual/willful creativity must be linked to
Sensual being, in order to know what thoughts enhance the Living and
what thoughts don't. Love is created by this Union Of Invisible and
sensual identity! Love is only understood by sensually experiencing
what is "not love"!
Therefore this world is not about
the Visions of the Ambitious being the Greater Good (Greater God) but
rather The expansion and liberation of idea as The Living Presence. (I
AM ME...is the Universal Mind's Vision.).
Sacrificing the alive for
your fanatical visions, Mr. or Ms Theologian/Politician, is dysfunctional. In the Living World of the Divine, visions are to
support the living individuals...human sacrifice to ideas, is no
longer nor ever has been, functional. Ideas, visions, are now to "enlighten" personal-life
by raising it up out of the ashes of dysfunctional thought/definition.
In our world, we often find that Rebellious War is how we do this. Thus, you will
see, that the Path of Peh, is connecting Hod (Splendor) and Netzach
(Victory). For example, it was the allowing the vision of Splendor that
masked the bigotry of Aryan purity, a peacocks vision of self
importance, that had to be destroyed by the individuals who together
threw down the Towering Nazi horror in the second world war. Death and
Destruction was deemed a necessary severity for the victorious
abolishment of that false vision of bigotry. For only after a battle,
strife, and severity, are we to be Victors. That is another one of the
messages of the Tower card; personal courage is required to become
enlightened. For when the Towers of Falsehood, topple after all your hard
work to make them stand, you must first identity the error, correct
it and then you must gather the rubble and rebuild. This is Experience,
and this is how Knowledge is built into Wisdom. Knowledge is built out of the rubble
of failure; Wisdom is built out of reconstructing the knowledge into functional manifestation. The Mercy of God allows you to survive personality
destruction, so that you can see error and correct it...personally. We
are Spirits----personalities are the Towers we build!
Physical personalities are an Artificial Intelligence, that stand in for mundane operation of the Spiritual body called human form. If they are dysfunctional, it is the Spirit's job to reconstruct them. This mechanism of Spirit is represented in the Tower Card, key16 of the Major Arcana.
In this blog of The Tower, I mentioned that this card is about the destruction of the old order.
the Thoth Deck Tower card, the all seeing eye (I) observes and directs
the destruction of the Tower, representing the old order, while Dis, the
Roman god of the dead, belches flames against the tower base. The path
of the Tower, is often considered to be an affirmation of the Primal
Will (Magus card) that it alone is the True Crown that brings into balance the pure
positive or male Chokma and the pure negative or female Binah. Neither
of which are man-made definitions.
On one side of the Thoth card is the
representing one of the two forms of desire,"The will to die". On
the other side of the card, is the Sacred Serpent,
which represents the
other form of desire, "The Will to Live". These are ancient symbols of
Life and death, as the serpent sheds its skin, as a kind of resurrection
and the dove flies towards the heavens as a "Holy Spirit". The Dove is
also considered to be a Feminine symbol and the Serpent a Masculine
one, as She is balanced peace of magnetism and he is the
serpentine-lightning-electric force that is the "motion in all
There are obvious sexual connotations to this card, in
the past, these were broadly suggested so that "polite society" would
not be offended. However, "God is Sex", the Tower itself is a phallic
symbol, the Mouth, is the opening of the male reproductive male organ
from which the Yod (seed of life), ejaculates. In Crowley's 1923 diary,
he states that,"...the Blasted Tower which is really a Phallus shooting
forth lightnings of seed".
The forced transmutation of energy from one
form to another is done by Fire's destructive nature. This initial
activation of transformation ultimately leads to fruition as energy is
released to be restructured into another form. As a practicing Tantric and
Qabalist, I know the Physical Male body is a type of capacitor of
Positive electric force (Shiva) and the Physical Female body is a crucible
(womb) of Negative Magnetic Energy (female Shakti), that captures the
electric discharge of the Solar Logos (Male-Shiva),eventually producing
active form. As in Tantra, Qabalah understands that the Tree of All
Life, is a balancing of opposites; a balancing of Force and Form.
the Tower card, the Mars force is presented as the sexual energy of the
Microcosm ( Microprosopus), and the image of the Tower is in some ways
the phallus. all of which points to the all important understanding
that, it is the Higher Sexual Energy ( that at first flows from Chokma
to Binah, in the Upper Trinity of Kether, Chokma, Binah that is called
the Supernal Triangle.) that destroys the perception Personality has about
the nature of sexual function. There is a kind of destruction of the
male sex organ itself in orgasm which relates to the destruction of the
Singularity in the "Big Bang" (no pun intended)!
There is also an
interpretation here, that the fall from the Tower, enables the
sacrifice of one's perception of the sexual function that is continually
required by human kind, in order to maintain the given Path by which
one may return to the Source of All. However, the Path is initiatory as
it prepares us for the Knowledge and Conversion of the Solar Logos of
Tiphareth (Christ/Buddha consciousness). What should be noted here, is that when you "ejaculate"
electric energy into the magnetic crucible, you get electromagnetic
energy; a place where the,"... male is no longer male and the female is no longer female; they become one and the
same..." ...a paraphrased quote from the Gnostic Gospel of Thomas:
Here's the whole quote, when asked by the disciples when they shall enter the Kingdom of God (The Supernal Triangle), : (22) "Jesus
said to them,' 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." This completely explains the Qabalistic Tree of
Life and will require in depth study, skying of the Tower card, coupled with Self
Knowledge to understand. However, I'll give you some clues, "eyes into
an eye" refers to changing perspective of the reality of sight, from the
separatism of eyes (individual identities), to the All seeing eye (I)......the turning of a
hand into a hand refers to the Hebrew word Yod--meaning Hand and also
called the Seed of Spirit. The male female transformation has already
been explained, in this blog. It should be noted that the Higher
Mysteries are sexual, but in perspectives far beyond the libido of
hormone besotted bodies.
Path of Peh
, The Tower, may be symbolically phallic, but this does not
make it a "male only Path" as this Path exists prior to the
differentiation of the sexes necessary for multiple and diverse
incarnation. This Tower path is an amalgamation of both male electric
and female magnetic force. However, on the path of Peh,one must focus on
the male electric force, sexual force, that resides in all of us, as on
other paths one must deal with female components. Only in working in
groups are the different polarities of the physical male and female
bodies considered as they both experience the Path differently, according
to their polarities.
The Elemental Tarot Tower, delves less into the mysteries and produces an attractive, if not prosaic, divination card. Illustrated is a crimson and black sky, implying the destructive side of Mars. The golden tower is crumpling under the Divine's destructive force, making a obvious picture of the cultural authority breakdown and dissolution, i.e. the ultimate destruction of the "Group Soul" of the Patriarch. There is a figure holding on to the tower, refusing to let go of the old and will soon be falling into the gaping mouth of the Sea Serpent below (symbol of Typhon, the crocadilian Egyptian god of Soul eater fame.). A blue figure, representing one who is willing to let go of the Old regime, is falling through the dark clouds of "emotional turmoil" and sees a bright and new day; as illustrated by the white sky and blooming plants.
The Astrological assignation to this card is Uranus in mid-heaven, implying "Sudden change of circumstance."
The border lining quote from the Gnostic Text: The Thunder The Perfect Mind, (Nag Hammadi Library) states the Arcane knowledge of key 16 very well.
" Hear me-learn from my word-you who know me, I AM the union and the dissolution." The Spirit is the Life and Death of the body, it pays to know the Spirit, and for the Spirit to Know the body. Therefore, the ancient axiom of the Qabalah: "Above all things, Know thyself!"
To the querent, the Tower Card means:
Ambition, fighting, war and courage.
- Unexpected events that require us
to let go.
- The necessary toppling of existing forms to make way for new
life and new ways.
- The down fall of the Old personality to make way for the New enlightened one.
If ill dignified by the cards accompanying it, the Tower can mean destruction, danger, fall and ruin.
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