In Qabalistic Tarot The Moon,
which is the 18th Key of the Major Arcana or Trump, is called the Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear.
Connecting Netzach (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom) , the Path of Qoph
is described as the "Victory of the Material World"
"deceptive effect of the apparent power of the Material World".
path of Qoph-THE MOON, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that
may be considered on two levels.
- On one level, it is the course of
incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will
inhabit. It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed),
a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the
collective unconscious of Netzach.
- On another level, where the student
is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of
conquest of the phantoms of their "man-made" personality which are
creations of the created.
The path is a probationary path, where
the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of
their own mind, as well as those of the race. The Path of the Moon is where the bright one must embrace the shadow. Therefore, this path can be
disturbing to those of weak will and moral fiber, and can pose real dangers to
one's emotional stability. On the other hand, those strong enough to
tread this Path and slay or lay with the monsters "within" our sleep-consciousness
and understand their mechanisms, gain the capacity to manipulate those
qualities in ourselves and those of others, become Magi.
Mastery of Illusion is a
product of this path.
The meaning of Qoph is the back of the head,
behind the head itself is the Sun-Resh.
The Moon symbolizes the
anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun. The Moon, the Path of
Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the Thoth card has a central path of the
card that goes from the dark side of the Moon towards the light side that
reflects direct Sun-light. This rising act of direct Sun-light is show
as the Egyptian Scarab symbol of the God Kephera (kheprera), pushing
the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the
rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming
the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional
fears brought on by animal survival thinking.[The illustration of the Tree of Life is from The educational text--THE QABALISTIC TAROT- by Robert Wang.]
In Thoth Deck Tarot,
THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is a source of
pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the God
Head-The Father, to God the Son. The Same waters of consciousness are
seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted with the dark
subconscious fears of mortality; fears of death that the subconsciousness of physical manifestation bestows on
consciousness. However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the
Path of Qoph, towards the "Son Consciousness", notably changes the body
physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Son
(Tiphareth) descends into it.
When traveling up the inner Path of Qoph, the
Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less control
by the dark fears of the body are felt.
Paul Foster Case called
The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body
consciousness" (subconscious). Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain
upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the
central orb of the Thoth card. Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more
poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon- Goddess"
raining down and filling the Nile. Waxing poetic or not, what the Qabalistic scholars all agree on is that
something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which
is represented as raining Yods.
The path of Qoph is that of
primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which
emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning.
The traveler of this
Path will face aspects of themselves, those our culture forces them to
repress, but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory spirit/
human form. As bright Able
, we must face our dark Cain and walk hand in hand with it (see THE LOVERS CARD KEY-6) This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle"
resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. Therefore Qoph can be a very
cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these
internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the
Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our
The Bright beautiful Sun marries the Dark Kinky Mysterious Lady, and together, I Am Me, a lover's bed of kinky delight and wonderful surprises!
How foolish, the bright intelligence that does not dance with its shadow; for then it can only run, forever trying to lose the dark mimic, fleeing in fear based motion, to never yet live.
The simple Hebrew letter of Qoph, translates into the English word, sleep. Thus
we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun
reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of
the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our
consciousness, as during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from
the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and
information closely related to the bodies survival based experiences.
Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of
pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful
completion of the Path of The Moon.
, finds that
birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the
Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our
The Thoth Card depicts two figures of Anubis, the jackal -headed gate
keepers, symbolize this cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god
Anubis was the Egyptian god of light and darkness, death and
resurrection. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern on this
card also reinforces this meaning.
The Moon, symbolizes the
process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order
to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics); from organized flesh to
To understand the Path of Qoph--The Moon, is to understand the
partnership of our personality-consciousness to the physical vehicle,
which the Soul Personality builds for each manifestation. Since most
people perceive themselves as having existence only through their
bodies, this is often a most difficult undertaking.
The Moon was
often seen as a Goddess of Life (White Goddess of Light) and a Goddess
of Death ( Dark Goddess); at once praised and then feared. It is the
physical vehicles fear of dying that hounds our consciousness in many
subtle ways, producing phantoms who manifest as phobias, obsessions,
and mental - emotional disorders. Our consciousness comes from the
immortal Soul, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending. In death we
recycle, our consciousness, which is a "reflection" of the Soul
Conscious-Personality; in this phase of transformation our reflected consciousnesses forget that they are a recycled part of
the Soul, just as the physical body forgets that it is from the collective of Whole Organic Organism, that we know as "Organic matter" and must return.
have often said to my own brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall
return..." which is a slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain
pause from its attempts at wrestling control of the bodies actions by the fear based survival thinking. We are not a physical
brain. We are Spirit, who is supposed to program the brain with its own
soft-ware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of being a
"living thing" whose potential is in the Imagination (Womb with a view). Thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental
ramblings of a frightened imagination. They now must support life, and expand and
liberate the "living" from fear of death- based thoughts bringing the alive into a new bright mind of creation, i.e. Love!
Immortals (Spirit) are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body.
We are the Predator Sun's of Living Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect
upon a world of self-eating matter which for generations was symbolized by the
Moon. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which
is less than one percent of our total electromagnetic spectrum which is also
the medium of our " personality-consciousness". One could say, that on
the Path of the Moon, the Souls learns to impeccably run the physical vehicle by
expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of life and death, into
the knowledge of personality-resurrection. In such a reality, the soul dances in the "Lighted Dark". We often forget that The light of reason and love is the invader of the Dark Unconscious of Energy. Love is a self-reflection brought on by self-awareness. Love comes from Union of the two states of conscious, Dark and Light.
If the Spirit/Will rejects the Shadow/subconscious, the body lives in a hell of zealotry and fantasia, where pain becomes the Slave master and reasoned construction is traded for the illusions of belief. Love of pain, replaces love of being/pleasure. We become the nightmare of Hair shirts, self flagellation, body hate and mental disease. Pure mind, needs both pain and pleasure, so that it can define error and correct it and learn discrimination. Pleasure and pain, both rely on each other, to balance the being. In other words, reject your Cain and you become Un-Able!
Here is a "hell of a" thought; The great predatory light, needs the abyss so it can reflect. For it is not the Darkness that preys, light preys on the dark! I am the Shadow Will who wears the veils of light! We are the Dark Energy Mind (the Divine Collective Unconscious) dressing up in the wonderful Splendor of I AM ME! We are the "law breakers" of this universe, for by our very observation of a thing, we change it! Outlaw angels, who by the declaration of "I AM", can become anything! However, this law breaking ability, is sanctioned by the Divine Creative, who calls us Children, for only those who can "step outside the box", can stop the encroachment of entropy! Imagination preys on stasis!
THE ELEMENTAL TAROT KEY 18-THE MOON/ILLUSION:
illustrates a bright full moon disk behind the dark mask of illusion. The moon is only full when positioned exactly opposite from the sun.
Here the moon represents feminine feelings and the unconscious.
Reminiscent of stone age temples, three ancient ritualized runes covered slabs of stone emerge from a cool green lake. The "Lady of the Lake" (Elaine the Moon Goddess) holds up the dark mask of illusion, deception, concealment and transformation; representing the illusion of the reflected light world of physical matter. Dark shadows are also being reflected on the lake. The moon represents the Occult or hidden states of mind; the Arcane.
Naturally, the zodiacal attribute assigned to this card is the Moon in mid-heaven.
Quoted on the boarders of this mysterious card is a line from the Gnostic Text, THE THUNDER THE PERFECT MIND which states: " I Am the one whose image is great and I Am one who has no image." Which explains us well!
Remember, our name is that of the Divine Creative; I AM! Being the "image of God", means you are also the inheritor of the Invisible Darkness of the Collective Unconscious----"the womb with a view", that is unseen behind the great phallic display of light. You are mostly Shadow and only .04% light!
Once again, we are the nightmare, and the dream of love, i.e "Beautiful Monsters" who go where Angels fear to tread! We are Outstanding Daemons, children of the Dark Mind that have Married the Light of Creative Reason. The I AM----is our inheritance and our inherited name, the "ME" of this trinity, is our "bouncing baby" and only we can make it sleep in trust of the Spirit that makes it live. The I Am begins all creation! I Am a delirious Me or I AM Lovely Me, is up to the Will that makes the body live,i.e. Spirit. Your choice, no one can make you anything, that is the delusion of "others", for in truth, only you can make the body think; thinking anything you as I AM so emote! Be not fooled by the reason of the dark animal fears, for they are your servants, not your doom. "Free-Doom" (freedom), yells the charging Anglo-Saxon, as he ran to his death at the swords and spears of the Roman Hordes. The great Roman general Hadrian got the "toga" scared off of him by this naked, screaming Beautiful Monsters of Anglo-Saxon bent and decided to build a wall. Free-doom translates into "I Choose my own death", declaring they
weren't anyone's slaves who could be made subservient by fear of death.
If you do as Hadrian, and build a wall around your shadow self, you will also regret it, for you won't see it coming! Walk with your "black Panther", hand on head, side by side, the beautiful predator and the beautiful spirit, are now I AM ME! My Shadow, is my constant companion, and I know that the brighter one shines, the longer the shadow they cast. To be enlightened, is to have a long and dark shadow, that walks with you; oh mischievousness friend, I adore your cleverness, your earthly knowledge and your amazing ruthlessness as you stalk your prey, but I the Adorer, hold the quiver of arrows, and the bow of reason and use them to strike goals of loving quest!
When the Moon card is
thrown during a reading the querent is experiencing:
- Dissatisfaction and
voluntary change is on the horizon.
- The querent is experiencing choice
and authenticity over old illusions and delusions. A call to enter into
the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy
- Within 18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control
of the survival mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.
- They must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body
who owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal
- The Moon's dark-side is about the Illusion of death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified.
- Deception or being deceptive.
- The unconscious fears are blinding you to the reality of your own doing.
- The Dark Goddess, is walking beside you, take her hand.
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