eights are of Hod (Splendor), here the eights generally show solitary success in
the matter for the time being. but not leading to much result-- apart
from the thing itself.
[From the Qabalistic Tarot by Robert Wang: page 104]
beams of Geburah and Tiphareth meet in Hod and thence arises in Hod a
brilliant pure and flashing orange tawny. And the Sphere of its
Operation is that of Kochab, the stellar light, bestowing
elegance, swiftness, scientific knowledge and art, and constancy of
speech, and it ruleth the sphere of the action of the planet Mercury.
And Elohim Tzabaoth is also a God of Hosts and Armies, of Mercy
and Agreement, of Praise and Honor, ruling the Universe in Wisdom and
Harmony. And its Archangel is Michael, the Prince of Splendor and of
Wisdom, and the Name of its order of Angels is Beni Elohim, or Sons of
the God, who are also called the Order of Archangels." [Illustration from the Qabalistic Tarot, by Robert Wang]
The Qabalistic Tarot
places the Thoth 8 of Wands under the rule of
#8 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life as Hod (Splendor) which is the concrete mind and is the sphere of Mercury. Thus to Hod (Splendor)
are attributed all that is intellectual and systematized, such as the
magical arts, literature, science and commerce. As a Qabalist, Hod is
the Sphere of Conscious energy, that I speak and write from. The color
orange is also the Color of Mental ambition, passion mixed with
intellect. When considering Hod, we must also consider Netzach, for at
the base of the Pillar of Form, beneath Binah, Hod (splendor) resides.
And at the base of the Pillar of Force, beneath Chokma, resides Netzack
(Victory). Both linked together by the Path of the Tower.
Same balance of Force and Form that is seen in the Supernal Triangle, is
seen between these Two Sephiroth. But there is a difference in this
lower pattern of Force and Form, as it is expressible in conceptualized
forms and understood by our reasoning minds. There are no objects to
examine in the Supernal for it is totally subjective. Chokma is the "idea of outpouring Force":
and Binah is "the idea of Form that restricts force", terms most
subjective and displaying no object.
With the union of Hod and
Netzach, we are now dealing with concepts that can immediately be
understood in terms of individual Personality construction and
architecture; in other words, objectively. In the human personality the
Fire of Netzach is animal intuition and the Water of Hod is the concrete
personal and rational mind.
The Book of Thoth
, is another name
for the Qabalistic Tarot and is referred to Hod. To reiterate, Thoth is an Egyptian
name, that is Hermes in Greek and Mercury in Roman language. Each of
these are presented in each cultural mythology as messengers, a patron
of teaching and learning; teacher of the Mysteries. All language is the
messenger of knowledge, a carrier of messages and relates to Hod. Words
of Power, are a Magus tool, and the well practice instrument of any
practitioner of the Mysteries. The "movement with in the Motion" of
words, is subjective, but that doesn't affect its power to transform the
Names and Versicle relate to Hod, but without
the fiery passion of Netzach, they are dull and empty. The effect of
"feelings" in a word are obvious, either by saying "I love you" or "I
hate You", with focused passion, this effects our inner world. To say
these same phrases with monotones of logic, makes them ineffectual, and
The Inner Word is a World of Vibration, as is all the electromagnetic spectrum of our Universe. The inner vibrations (invisible light) is so subjective that only the
intense energy of Netzach can reach into its depths. So power speakers, know to bring
the dynamic energy of Netzach to the environment through "living'
words. Many fail at ritual, because they chant by wrote and not by the
dynamics of Vital Force (Sexual energy). As Robert Wang states, "Those
who approach the esoteric studies with great vitality and enthusiasm but
lack the discipline of Hod are wasting their time. And those who fail
to bring the intuition of Netzach to bear on the many words written
about the inner sciences will quickly decide that the "Hermetic
Mysteries" are pedantic and lifeless."
, names many
attributes of the One, each of which requires a different learning
experience (Paths) to "pronounce" the God name. Thus, the names of the
system are of Hod, but the beginning of the system to properly use the
words is in Netzach whose God encompasses the whole Tree of Life.
There is a reason why the Hermaphrodite, is the magical image of Hod.That
reason comes from the fact that form requires force in restriction,
force is symbolize as Phallic, and form is symbolized as Ovum, or Womb.
Thus, in Hod are the dynamic qualities of the force of Netzach, which
are limited in order that they can be dealt with through our normal
process of thought. We know these limits as the Form of both language
and visual image. Both are comprehensible symbols agreed upon by
societies for the transmission of messages. Sure, language and images
are both artificial and have no intrinsic qualities of their own, they
are merely carriers of idea; neutral in themselves but the "feelings" of
Netzach, our inner-passion, makes them seem alive.
Also the number 8, is the symbol for the infinite, which is O, the One Energy, twisted multidimensional upon itself forming the twin sexes of He-Force and She-Form (Mobius loop). Thus, the Divine Hermaphrodite is also symbolized by the number 8.
The symbol for Hod is not only Names and vesicles, but also the Apron, which also refers
to the Moon, as does Thoth himself in one aspect. Being a traditional
Masonic symbol, the Apron symbolizes the builder who is the craftsman
of the Mysteries, and when worn, covers the sexual organs attributed to
Yesod. Those who understand Yesod, see the extent to which the
manipulation of sexual energy is the foundation of all practical work.
in returning our consciousness to the God head, from its material
condition, Hod becomes the primary point of conceptual transfer. Here,
in Hod, the Masters contact their chosen disciples, clothing themselves
in forms comprehensible to the human mind; presenting to the student
the formal tools of the Hermetic path. The Sephiroth Netzach is the presentation point of the Orphic Path, and the Middle Pillar is the Devotional Path.
knows that by projecting oneself into any Sephiroth, by
meditative means, immerses the student in the Qualities of that Energy
Consciousness. But we use the forces of Hod, by approaching things
intellectual or by just studying the Mysteries. All The Sephiroth, on
the Tree of Life, are integral parts of Our Whole Self, in a constant
state of dynamic activity. The Principle of Practical Qaballah is that
we turn our conscious observation toward a particular aspect of
ourselves, and thereby gain access to the corresponding part of the
What is of note, the God Mercury is also
known a the god of deceit and trickery and words are also vessels of
these vices. This suggest the aspect of "adaptability" required for
esoteric work. which is conferred by the Hod Energy. Now the student
knows that the whole Astral realm seeks to deceive but this deception is
because of our perceptual vulnerability when viewing astral images. Our
human minds are particularly susceptible to perceptual folly, in the
alternatively bright and murky Sephiroth of Yesod. And it is in Hod
that we begin to understand the mechanisms of our perceptions.
Mercury in Sagittarius, rules this Thoth Tarot card,
representing the stabilizing
of the Fiery Energy, shown as thunderbolt arrows, radiating outward
from a central point. However, Sagittarius is unstable in Mercury, so
the balance of energy is rapid and fleeting, as arrows are from a bow.
Here we have the Intelligent Energy of Chokma (Wisdom) being swiftly brought down as the message of the Original Will.
number 8, also refers to the Sephira, Hod, which is the Splendor of
electricity, speech and light. Thus we have the illustrated Thoth card
showing Light-wands turned into electrical rays that are sustaining or
even constituting the vibrational energy of physical Matter. Hod is one
of the Sephira in the Astral Kingdom, which is a fluid electromagnetic
spectrum of vibratory energy. This may be unseen to us, as we only see
the Visible light spectrum which is less than .4% of the entire
electromagnetic spectrum that we call the Multidimensional Universe;
However, being unseen to the normal eye doesn't mean it doesn't exist, as the subjective is of a different vibrational spectrum than visible light.
Therefore, Form is created in the Astral fluids before it is seen here
in the lowest Kingdom of the Astral crystallized light that we call Malkuth (kingdom) or Earth.
above the central illustration of the "As above, So below" dual
pyramids, is a rainbow, depicting the restored Universe of shinning
light, which deals with the maxima, and the seven colors of the visible spectrum, which exhibit interplay and correlation.
card represents the high velocity energy that is the master- key of
modern mathematical physics showing no flames, for they have become the
electromagnetic spectrum where the fiery- electrical energy has become a
intelligible form. This card is all about swiftness and/or rapidity.
The Elemental Tarot, 8 of Fire/Volcano
is the comparable card to the 8 of Wands/Swiftness. The central figure of this card is in the orange color of Hod, the 8th Sephiroth on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. This seems to be a coy, yet seductive volcanic figure who holds a cube containing both The Elemental Tarot figures for fire and earth. In the right palm of the figure is the disk of the Sun, which indicates the radiant forces that are shown as lighting bolts on the Thoth Card. The Sun/Son of god in the palm also loosely points out the fact that this is a hermaphrodite figure. The three smaller figures in the foreground show acclaim, and adoration of this figure of Splendor.
Again, the authors of this card assign two planets as a astrological meaning to this card. However, there is no astrological meaning to two planets unless they are in opposition, conjunction or even in trines. However, artistic license is to be honored when one is creating their own Tarot design, so the Planets of the Sun/Neptune are assigned to this colorful card. According to the Authors, the Sun/Neptune mean active imagination , enthusiasm, which would not be true if they were in conjunction.
The Egyptian symbols for this card reside in the lower left corner while the symbols for the number 8 reside in the upper right. The red triangle for fire is on the bottom of the card.
the Thoth or The Elemental Tarot card is thrown during a reading, the querent shall experience:
- A hasty communication (letter or message) within a 8 day, or 8 week period
that is quickly passed or expended.
- This card also states that too
much force is applied and expended in a very rapid rush.
- Violence may
result but short in duration.
- The querent has a love of the open air, is
courageous, bold, and a lover of field sports----as long as they
don't last too long.
- We have signs of a generous, subtle, eloquent and
yet a somewhat untrustworthy personality;untrustworthy because they
don't stay in one place too long.
- Rapidity and Swiftness, Spontaneity
seem to govern motivation. Lots of energy to solve issues, if the
querent acts fast on the solution.
- Is enjoying a moment of esteem, fame and prominence through hard work. This may be an achievement of top professional status, but of short duration.
- The negatives of this card, depends on the surrounding cards, and is about being caught in your own fame and being at the mercy of your admirers.
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