TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: Key 20 Judgement/forgiveness of The Elemental Tarot and Key 20-The Aeon of the Thoth Tarot.
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TAROT CARD COMPARISONS: Key 20 Judgement/forgiveness of The Elemental Tarot and Key 20-The Aeon of the Thoth Tarot.

The Aeon, key 20, of the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot is called the Path of Shin, meaning Tooth  The maternal meaning of the letter Shin is Fire, both the meaning of the Path and the maternal meaning are a powerful combination.


















 Qabalist-Paul Foster Case describes the Path of Shin, as " The Perpetual Intelligence", because it is a continuous  monitoring Intelligence of the progress of the Personality  toward Universal Consciousness.

Now I have often called the Mind Universal Conscious, not consciousness, simply because a consciousness is a microcosmic reality; However, if we release our consciousness to the Universal Conscious Energy, we have developed a Consciousness that bridges the Macrocosm and Microcosm that is Personally Self-Aware! We have then successfully become the Horus, the 22nd century human evolution!  That is the reasoning behind Crowley's replacing the old Judgment card with the newer Aeon card while The Elemental Tarot keeps with the more traditionally mundane Judgment Card.

The Path of Shin joins the Earth Intelligence-Malkuth with that of Hod-the Splendor Intelligence, which is the Sephiroth base of the Pillar of Severity, connecting Earth with the Will-To-Be  ( Will to form) of the Great Binah. On this path, the Student experiences a perpetual burning away of  that which is unworthy by the Arch-Angel controlled "Redeeming Fire";
 a process that is physical as the higher  vibratory Passion of the Will To Be begins hotly flowing through our bodies. This is a point of delicate balance, and a Teacher of the Mysteries must expect the Students to react in peculiar ways, such as a feeling of heated passion for the Teacher; a passion that is simply a misplaced transference, because the cultural ego, seeks self gratification when stimulated. Such passion really is the beginning of experiencing unconditional love, which is muddled with conditional thinking. Therefore a Passion dynamic is the Fire of Spirit and with proper guidance the Student will go into the Fire, instead of trying to control it with self-absorbed conditions.

Here is the lesson of the 8th Sephiroth- Hod, love/passion is not a peacocks splendor, rather it is the Foundation of all Creation, but to know this is a perpetual process of "burning off the unworthy"; a burning that ensures progress can continue. Thus the "Splendor of the Material World" is burned away in a kind of physical resurrection, a rebirth of body and personality sending us perpetually towards the Great Mother.
Thus, this resurrection is bases on the developments of the opposite card to this progressive Path of Shin; a path that is THE MOON -Key 18, relating to the disciplined quest for a greater reality, that actually changes the physiological. In other words, the balanced of both Shin (electric) and Qolph (the Moon-magnetic) stimulate the rebirth of our bodies, that is a physiological rebuild, necessary to handle the higher vibratory states of the Higher Consciousness and the One Emotion that is Love without conditions. This rebirth is a process that Paul Foster Case described,  as building a "Master's Body". A body, where the Kundalini is flowing, uncoiled and hot, with out emotionally adverse effects.

The Path of Shin, is the bright fiery probationary path of the Intellect where the components of the Personality first encountered in The Universe Path of Tau, are critically analyzed and evaluated , i.e. Judged .The opposite path is that of THE MOON, a dark watery probationary path of emotions. The balance of Aeon and Moon, builds the Master body...the Manifested Body of Horus - The Solar Child of Isis and Osiris.( The two previous Aeons).

These introductory Paths to the True Nature of Self in incarnation, are usually extremely difficult to travel, because these Elemental Paths  of which The Aeon, The Fool, The Hanged Man are known, are very difficult to understand. This mental difficulty is because all of the Elements are present on each Path, in either repressed or expressed form.For example, the pattern of Maternal letters (form producing intelligence) as stated in the Qabalistic book, Sepher Yetzirah, that Air (Gases) produces Water which produces Fire which we know to be true by studying physics.  THE FOOL-0, is pure Air. THE HANGED MAN-KEY  12,  is Air acted upon by Water, and THE AEON  Key- 20, is Air and Water  acted upon by Fire within the human body. It pays to note, that the human body is the Crucible of Spiritual Alchemy.

On the inner Path of Shin, the Consciousness (Water) is activated by the Dynamic Principle (Fire) in the presence of equilibrating Spirit (Air) with in the physical vehicle (Earth), all of which produces a balance of intelligence forces in the individual, necessary for total understanding of the Personality structure  and its relationship  to the Greater Self.
As explained,,the Aeon-key 20, is known as the Path of Shin (tooth) on the Tree of Life. Many Qabalists know the Middle Pillar, the straight alignment of Malkuth, Yesod, Tiphareth and Kether, is the pillar of balance, yet the Path of Shin, is Left hand Path, or the left side Pillar of Severity and is usually subject to imbalance. The answer to this seeming contradiction, is that every symbol, represented on these Trump Path cards, is a duality, containing its own opposite. Each Path must contain the essential components of its opposite Path, as energy moves from positive to negative, male to female, electric to magnetic. Upon viewing Hod (Splendor) you will see that it is connected or conjoined with Netzach. Hod is related to The Aeon, and Netzach is related to The Moon, showing that intelligence applied without feeling is as pathological as feeling applied without intellect.  And since the Cards represent a kind of intellect/conscious energy, everything we experience, every idea, every activity, co-exists in us with its opposite.

There are so many concepts to grasp in the Major Arcana, that the student may feel overwhelmed. Luckily, the images on the Cards are pictorial representation of the  visual experiences of the Paths opening up a great deal of learning by meditating on them. These Thoth- Qabalistic Images have been carefully assembled over the centuries by the experienced mind work of highly advanced women and men, who have at first traveled these inner Archetypal Roads and then meticulously laid down, in image, the details to assist latter generations. It is the short coming of most students who begin these  Astral paths, that at once encountering theses Tarot constructs, believing that they have a reality of their own. The Qabalistic Teacher must explain that only when the student is able to go beyond the lower Astral, is it where one touches upon realities that activate the symbols, i.e. "open the Gates" to greater Consciousness. For instance, while traveling the Path of Shin, one may at first experience what is illustrated on the Aeon Card.  Diligent skrying, will soon project our consciousness beyond the visual construct into a understanding that the Path is the enervating, activating effect of the Cosmic Motive Principle on the individual consciousness. That is to say, that on the Path of Shin, the Fiery Spirit (kundalini) permeates the Personality of the individual, in the descent of Energy into Matter. Thus, the last illusions of a personality separate from the Soul is burned away.

The Tree of Life is as the Universe, if we have learned any physics at all, we know that from the simplest concept, came all the complexity that is the Cosmos.  In the Big Bang theory, a singularity, which came from nothing (Dark energy and Dark Matter), exploded outward, and became many. This is also a concept easily seen in the development of the human body, as a single celled zygote, divides into hundreds of thousands of cells ultimately ending up as a human body. In the Thoth Tarot, The Fool,0, is the ultimate simplicity and The Universe key 21 is representative of the ultimate complexity and yet all the Cards are implicit, unexpressed in The Fool. Therefore, in all the cards in-between we find the balance between what is expressed or unexpressed.
The Qabalistic student is aided with the understanding that The Aeon, The Universe and The Moon are aspects of our individual waking consciousness that comprises a sensual personality while also representing stages of Self -Awareness.

The Aeon Card, representing the Path of Shin, is where the aspirant to the Mysteries experiences the Personality being lifted from the tomb of matter and evaluated on the extent to which it has balanced the four alchemical elements of Malkuth; Intellect (Fire), emotions (Water), Spirit (Air) and physical-sensual being (Earth). This is also explains the fact that each individual aspirant encounters different experiences on the Paths.
It should be noted, that the patterns of the cards will be totally meaningless, unless the student understands what is symbolized by the four alchemical "Elements" and/or Elemental Forces. Every Qabalistic symbol represents to a specific part of the Whole Self.
Further understanding of The Aeon or Path of Shin, is in its meaning, "Tooth", which suggests hardness, sharpness and/or biting. It is often interpreted as the teeth which chew prior to the ingestion of energy into the system--in this case the Kundalini is released and kills the divided personality, by dealing a final blow to the perception of a separate and individual Personality, leaving the original Personality which is Child of God.

The Elemental Tarot has chosen the old traditional placement of the Judgment Card in the key of 20. The large, pale (as arisen from the dead) masculine figure here, seemingly represents the transformed Osiris, after reincarnation. The astrological symbol of  Pluto, that is around his neck seems to support this theory, as Pluto is the planet of transformation. The Two Wings around his head, are those that support the "eye of Horus", Horus being the resurrected Osiris.
As I have mentioned, Crowley's Aeon card departs completely from the traditional Cards of the Ryder-Waite or Golden Dawn Tarot decks. The Elemental Tarot, which has replaced the Universe key-21 of the Thoth Tarot with its own Aeon Card key 21.
The Thoth Aeon card is illustrative of Crowley's personal philosophy derived from The Book of Law, which he stated was revealed to him, thus forming the core of his teachings. He called the Aeon Card the Stele of Revealing. In his explanation of the Aeon, he claimed it superseded all traditional concepts of the Key (Judgment Card) because it shows the harmonious, spiritual state of human existence that will reside on this earth in the mid-twenty second century; where the eye of Horus will be activated in the mudane human brain. This advanced human condition is illustrated on the Thoth Card, by the Dark Sky Goddess Nuith  arching over her consort Hadit, who is the Golden Orb of Light. Their Union produces Horus, as shown both seated and standing, his passive and active forms. Crowley states that another name for Horus is  Heru, which is synonymous with Hru, which he calls "The Great Angel set over the Tarot".  Crowley knew that due to our Genetically Modified Organism, a combination of "those who from the  sky came" (Annunaki of the Sumerians) and the earth mammalian DNA, we have inherited the organic mechanism in our brain, necessary to receive the Intelligence of Horus; the All Seeing "I" of the Universal Collective I AM. We are Nefillim or Human (God Mind), the offspring of an Angelic (winged beings always represent Ancient Space Men or those who came from the sky) inheritance;  or more modernly, of a Galactic inheritance. That is the Occult symbol of the winged "eye of Horus" and thus the Group Consciousness of a more advance people, whose language was multi- dimensional images rather than the mere definition of vocalization. Qabalistic Tarot is the Universal Collective Language of Images, and its knowing opens our inherited "I"s!

Constantly, Qabalistic doctrine is a system of Gnosis (Knowledge) that evolves with the races of human kind. We have passed into the predicted 500 year period of extreme darkness and trial preparatory to a new Aeon of Light. Thus, we have the letter Shin below the Standing Horus, in a flowery form and the the Three Yods, each have a internal human shape that is arising to partake of the Light of the coming Aeon. Naturally the study of The Book of Law is recommended to further the understanding of this card of the new Aeon.
The Elemental Tarot Key 20- Judgment/Forgiveness also clings to this Gnostic/ knowledge evolution with its borderline quotes from the Gnostic Text, THE THUNDER THE PERFECT MIND, which is a translation of the Greek Gnostic compilation of Papyri that was dug up from the sands of Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945. The quote states," I Am the one who cries out and I listen. I Am the knowledge of my name." What many of us have forgotten, is our name is I AM, we are Horus, a resurrection of the Galactic Race of Annunaki who were "the angles that fell to earth"!
There is much to investigate here, and I'll leave the reader with many questions that need asking and answering. All I can say now, is that this ancient knowledge is buried in mythology and theology and is a good place to start investigation.
 However, enough  knowledge has been presented in this blog, of the Aeon-key 20, to know that when this card is thrown during a reading:

  • It states that a final decision has been reached.
  • A matter has been determined without appeal on its plane.
  • The final decision has been made, and a new state of enlightenment is arising in the querent.
  • The querent is in the beginning stages of self-forgiveness, as they are learning that one must forgive oneself before they can truly forgive others.
  • To move on, one must free oneself from guilt. 
  • Above all things, know thyself!

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