[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."
#8 - The Sephira-Hod
is not only the ruler of the number 8 Tarot cards but is also the concrete mind and is the sphere of Mercury. Thus to Hod
are attributed all that is intellectual and systematized, such as the
magical arts, literature, science and commerce. As a Qabalist, it is
the Sphere of Conscious energy, that I speak and write from.
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-card.
Same balance of Force and Form
that is seen in the Supernal Triangle, is
seen between the two Sephiroth, Netzach and Hod.
But there is a difference is 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 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 Tarot and is rationally referred to Hod. To reiterate, Thoth
, with his Ibis head, is an Egyptian
name, and who is also 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; for instance by saying "I love you" or "I
hate You", with focused passion, effects our inner world. To say
these same phrases with monotones of logic, makes them ineffectual, and
The Inner Word is a World of unseen Vibration that only the
intense energy of Netzach can reach. 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). To quote Robert Wang, " 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."
The Qaballah, 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.
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, of both Hermes and Aphrodite, 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.
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.
the initiate knows that by projecting oneself into any Sephiroth, by
meditative means, immerses one in the Qualities of that Energy
Consciousness. But we also unknowingly use the forces of Hod, by approaching things
intellectually 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 and Qabalistic Tarot, 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.
eights are of Hod, 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.
Deck 8 of Cups, is Indolence
and/or The Lord of Abandoned Suc
cess. Attributed to this card is Saturn in Pisces. The Angels of the Decan: Vabaliah
Hod is in Briah, the Mental World. To reiterate, Hod is the concrete
mind; However, with Saturn in Pisces the 8 of Cups, being a Water sign
doesn't balance Saturn's energy well; it's like trying to balance a lead ball in water.
Saturn in a water sign, a certain amount of introspection, manifests
as disinterest with material conditions. The effect, is discontent or a
decline in interest in anything. Thus, one's tendency is to abandon
success. The interpretation of the Eight of Cups, is based on the fact
that Pisces, is calm and stagnant water, that is completely deadened by
the heavy influences of Saturn.
We know Water, is the Element of
consciousness and emotion, so what is going on within one is a deadening of
interest, a complete lack of wonder.
The lotuses of enlightenment
droop,for lack of sun or rain. The Sea of mind has become little
stagnant pools, in poisoned soil. All the cups are old and broken,
symbolizing "an old and worn out" way of thinking. The Sun of Spirit, is a
pallid yellowish light barely shinning through the leaden clouds of
indigo. Mind and emotions are on autopilot; thought process is not conducive
to expanding and liberating the Life of the person. The blood in the
body seems to be moving like molasses. This person needs stimulation!
Not my favorite card, but this dullness of mind, is often necessary to warn us that it is time to evaluate our feelings.
The Elemental Tarot-8 of Water/Well,
concentrates on the lethargy of self-control. Here a saffron colored figure sits in meditation, with one hand extended into a well which is represented as a triadic circle of birth, life, and death. This would suggest a very subtle way of displaying the "open Womb" of the Divine Feminine, joined with the Yod (Hand of God) masculine.
The checkered panels also represent the duality of the Divine Couple as life/death, day/night, love/hate and so on.
The waning Moon-Crescent, in the dark sky, represents a slowing down, decrease or even withdrawal from past over- active emotion. The door symbol on the hillside, offers an entry to new emotion. The double cube purportedly represents discipline and control. While the hills represent distant and higher aspirations.
The authors of this card have combined the Moon and Saturn, as symbolic explanations of self-control and consideration. Although this is not done in Astrology, it can represent the combining of the serious, stable and controlled Saturn, with the cyclic feelings of the Moon. Saturn/Moon would be called "the Ernest (Saturn) Woman (Moon).
The god name Naaki, is of the Finnish spirit of the water.
The lower left, displays the Egyptian symbols the authors have assigned to this card.
crescent moon on the bottom of the card, is The Elemental Tarot symbol for water.
the 8 of Cups or The Elemental Tarot-8 of Water/Well is thrown during a reading, the querent maybe
- Exhaustion, being overly tired, drain and dull emotionally.
- There is an unconscious change taking place, on a deep inner level of
- There is a warning here to Pay attention to your self...stop
and examine your perspectives.
- This is the end of something and the beginning of something new!The emotional state of stagnation and stillness.This could go on for 8 weeks or 8 months, depending on the querent's actions.
- Having the emotional strength to withdraw and find inner truth.
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