The proper study of the
Qabalistic Paths (Major Arcana cards) of the Tarot is the ascending
of Understanding up the Tree of Life, as we are "below" and need to
remember the data of realms of Pure Spirit "above", as mental "downsizing" caused a lot to be left behind. The experiences on Earth,
assist us in our goals of not only discriminatory thought, but also a more refined understanding of Universal
patterns. Such as a microscope helps the biologist in a more refined
understanding of cell- structure and bacteria, earth manifestation, with
its crystalline lenses of light,(the "I sight" of our senses), helps us
see deeply into the microcosm, so that we better understand the
As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning
though a physical vehicle. this is where our serious esoteric work
begins and ends.
Path of Tau-Key 21-The Universe,
joins the crystallized world of earth,
Malkuth-Meaning- Kingdom, with the Sephira Yesod -meaning Foundation It
is the first journey out of the material condition, that leads us to a
greater understanding of the Personality that was designed by the Higher
Self (Tiphareth) for each incarnation, before our man-made personality
blinded us to our divinity.
Paul Foster Case, who wrote the text, The Thirty Two Paths to Wisdom (the
number Thirty Two is the sum of the Paths and the Sephiroth) calls the
Path of Tau (The Universe card) the " Administrative Intelligence "because it" directs and associates in all seven planets. The "seven
planets" he is referring to are the Microprosopus-Hexagram pattern of
the seven planets on the Tree of Life.
The understanding of the
Path of Tau
(meaning cross), The Thoth Universe card, is rooted on the
fact that all is Mind. I know that as we are all body oriented, we think
that the Mind's realm of ideas, dreams, or thoughts, are somehow
divorced from the physical. We therefore have a dual concept of ourselves as a
body and mind. The Qabalah ( and most Asian metaphysics) teaches that all is Mind! Yes the body is
"crystallized mind", but Mind just the same! Taking this a step further,
All is Spirit and the body is "Crystallized Spirit" and/or All is light, both seen and unseen, and the body is crystallized light.
In the Mysteries,
the distinction of Mind and Body is one of perception (brought on by
senses), not an actuality. The pictures we see when we close our eyes,
are a more refined form of matter, the images and energy forms which
are closest to the physical condition. The concept of Yesod (Foundation)
is based on the understanding that most of the Universe is unseen, in
fact, our bodies are composed of the electromagnetic spectrum and seem
solid, yet they are 99.6 % invisible. That means, that most of us are
judging the Kingdom of God (the Earth) with less than .4% of our minds,
via sensuality! In reality, we are a "cloud of electrons" whose rapid spinning motion, makes us seem solid!
Since Malkuth is the only "sensual kingdom", we must travel the
Path of Tau to experience the "Seven Palaces of Assiah"(Seven planets).
as represented by the seven pointed star on this card.
I explained that the Universe-key 21, is
called the Path of Tau. The symbol of Tau is the equal armed cross
which symbolizes the important fact that, the Thoth Universe, as opposed to
other Path- cards, represents all Forces present in their full
expression. Tau is also the central point of the Aleph, Mem and Shin
Paths which makes the equal armed cross. All these Paths will be
methodically explain in future blogs, as they have been in past blogs.
I go on with further explanation of the Universe- Key-21, it would be
appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau.
This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really,
all one has to do is focus on a card and imagine themselves entering
it. This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and
control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner
vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the Vision
of the Card. Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and close
their eyes and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision,
others, as do I, leave eyes open, and like traveling into a tunnel,
imagine themselves entering the Visions, as the card grows ever bigger
until entry. At first, maybe boredom takes over, but soon the diligent
student discovers that what they experience in this lucid skrying, is
not of their own making and that often what seems like boredom, is really going into an alpha state of brain waves. They often are astonished at the vitality,
energy and spontaneous images that these "mandalas" invoke.
the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated
ideas that when into the making of our world. There is much to
experience and remember here so discrimination is recommended, as we
journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in
order to to perceive our "I AM", The Path of Tau begins the process of
Knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so
dutifully produced by our Divine Parents Lucid Dream. In fact, if the
student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't skry these cards, they may as well be a
deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious
minds for monetary gain.
standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe Key 21, maybe the most
important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back
to Spiritual Awareness: the inner journey so important to
"enlightenment". On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality
consciousness, which is of our own making, a reality that can be both
frightening and gratifying. Yes, we make our own reality and the
Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed reality of our
personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our
consciousness in the Beginning, and how Freedom of Choice defines our
"End" by the composite pattern of our personalities.
Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph and Tau, is the entire Universe,
the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's
"ending" manifestation, into the Beginning....for they who know their
end, know their beginning! Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path
that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process
of bringing their Personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of
personality, we have many, each represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree
of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at
first, independently, and latter as a wholeness. This may also astound
the student, but it is on the path of Tau, that one discovers the extent
to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance
of the "Angels", particularity Arch Angels. The Family of Spirit is vast
and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple;
The Inheritors. It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian
indoctrination of your personality, that to the whole of the Universe,
you are most precious! The purpose of this blog is to help you see, as
you are seen by your Creator and wonder of wonders, you are not
condemned but Loved without condition!
of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of
Discrimination, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm
of Malkuth. This gateway to the Astral , is the Path of Tau, and the
Astral is the place of "Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, before they
crystallize into manifestation. It is as if Light were liquid, as if the
mirror of your mind is not yet solidified, to reflect you in
crystalline light. There is deception in the Astral, fantasies, that may
never make it into manifestation, and some you never want to, so be
discriminating, but only through divination can we enter the
"Administrative Intelligence" balance; a discrimination that is shown by
the Dancing Womb-man draped with the Caph-shaped scarf while being
surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy.
If you have been
keeping up with my blog, you now know that the
Universe Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind.
After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of
Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe, is the most
profound concept of "As above, so below". To a sensual body, this means
"up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and
"lower vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater
and greater "crystallization" (Willful focus). Of course, energy frequency, ideas and
Mind are inseparable, just as electricity and data in your computer are
inseparable. Thus another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is
in the Flow". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we gather
knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency.
Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation,
it is also a gathering of information.
In the past I have discussed the "Will-To-BE"
( Will to form) of the Great Mother Binah (3 Sephiroth on the Tree of
Life) who is the Life Conscious and which is Saturn in the exalted
Supernal Realm (top triangle of the Tree of Life). She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key
21-The Universe. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the
Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life Conscious and has been
called Isis, the Aima Elohim, as well as, Saturn who gives life and destroys it and Great Mother Binah.
oval ring of Stars that surrounds the central female figure on the Thoth card, represents
the Womb of the human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb into which
the soul passes after body death. We arise from our death surrounded in a
ring of stars, on our way to the Great Mother.
Life, with its
beginning, middle, and end, processes in waves or spirals (Spirit is a
Spiral flow of Will-to-be Energy) which come back upon themselves. This
circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent. This is
also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod
where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled
in its active state.
The Thoth Universe Card is also surrounded in the
Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea
of all consciousness which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the
most dense and difficult expression. Again, discrimination must be used
when traveling the Akasha of Yesod, many who entered this Path,
entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented
by phantoms of there own making. The discerning traveler will supply
every test of reason, and feeling. After a time of discernment, one will
begin experiencing a process of learning, which is not of their own
making. Verifying the images, by elaborate research definitely aids in
What may be confusing to some
, is that The Elemental Tarot
is called the Aeon/Synthesis, which is key 20 in the Thoth Deck. However, this is a proper comparison to the key 21 Thoth Universe card as the Serpent who eats its own tail, Ouroboros, is also present on the card, depicting the Universe of Matter and its never ending cycles of life, death and renewal. The Winged circle encompassing the Square, represents the integration of "Heaven and Earth". The human face represents humankind and self-aware consciousness. The symbols of The Elemental Tarot representations of the four alchemical elements are in the four corners of the card. Fire, earth, air and water, in that order. Ouroboros, is also the representation of the fifth element of Spirit.
The Authors have attributed Ascendant/mid-heaven to this card, claiming that it means, "the individual synthesis".
By now you know that The Elemental Tarot Major Arcana cards all have a quote from The Thunder, Perfect Mind, a Gnostic text that is part of the Gnostic Papyri-Texts dug up in Nag Hammadi Egypt in 1945: " I Am the first and the last. I Am the utterance of my name", nicely sums up the truth of your consciousness; I AM... That is all there is, the trinity of self that you call "I AM Me" is what we call the Universe. Me is creation, I Am is conscious-existence and declarations of will (Spirit) that creates the universal Me. Pay close attention to your commandments, for they are all began with "I AM..." and they all end with "Me". No one else on this earth can be judged by you; for you are the only recipient of your commands that all begin with "I AM" and end in manifestation as "Me". This is the true meaning of "freedom of choice", therefore, you choose your presence, not anyone else no matter what authority they claim! The fact that your body lives, proves the I AM (God's name, the name of command) already created you by declaration as its "Me-ness". Rock with that! Know that you are your only author!
When The Universe Card or The Elemental Tarot Aeon/Synthesis card is thrown during a reading, it suggests:
- The matter itself.
- World and Kingdom.
- Life assessment and philosophy.
- The querent must stand outside their life, and observe their consciousness, deciding whether this is what they really want to be.
- Sycronistic-Understanding is reached, where one knows that Self is all they really see. I AM ME, is their total "I" sight.
- More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.
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