The Qabalistic Thoth-Hanged Man represents a state of consciousness that recognizes a need for a pattern break. Recognition occurs when we realize that we need to change our mental posture, a kind of reverse thinking, in order to get out of a mental rut that is "Baffling" us.
The Thoth card shows a man hanging in the medieval practice of "baffling" which is a practice used to punish debtors. Therefore this card may be seen as a kind of crucifixion of the self-conscious ego to get rid of egoistic patterns that are no longer constructive.
The repetitive patterns of rutted thought are represented by the background of squares within squares. We are reminded that our "hang-ups" are preventing our growth but can also teach us where we need to free ourselves from undue self imposed limitations.
The reversed cross holding the foot of the man is known as the Egyptian Ankh which is a symbol of universal life force (Union of Female and Male force) and is an inheritance constantly accessible to us for creative-making (a magi term for manifesting). We bind our selves by thinking and doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. This is a form of insanity that rejects our divine inheritance and bleeds us dry of our energy.
When in this state of blindness, we feel bound, or nailed in place and can see no way out. The solution is in surrendering to our inner-self, knowing that we weren't created to be anything other that a Divine being and that in us all is a Great Nature that creates, sees error and corrects it. Faith in oneself is known because we are good enough for God to create as It's Image--we ought to be good enough for ourselves!
The Path of Mem; Key 12- The Hanged Man.
Paul Foster Case wrote in his missive,Thirty-Two Paths Of Wisdom: The Twenty-third Path is called the Stable of Intelligence, and it is so called because it has the virtue of consistency among all numerations.
* Path Color: Deep Blue
*Musical Note: G#
*Maternal Letter: Water
The Path of Mem (The Hanged Man) connects Hod ( 8-Splendor) and Geburah (5-Severity) on the pillar of severity (your left). The Hanged Man card also connects Personality to the Higher Self, but in a much different way than those previous three that connect to Tiphareth (Beauty).
Often because of its curious imagery, this card has only been understood and publicly revealed in the past few decades. Key 12 has a complex meaning and is related to Kether (1-Crown) as a motion. This is the Path of Water ( the letter Mem is one of the three Maternals), and in some respects represents the Path of baptism into Maternal Water; each experienced Maternal Path is a baptism;
The Water baptism is the central, and pivotal experience of the entire Tree of Life.Water means Consciousness, (1st Principle of Alchemy) even though not wet, this subtle substance is symbolized by Water because it has some of water's qualities, particularly as wave movement. The Intelligence of the Divine Collective Unconscious operates in every sphere (Sephiroth and Paths, i.e. "numerations") and in the same way on all.
The Astral Fluid (Vitriol or Amenta of the magician) is the Water that underlies every thing and moves in waves (cycles) showing its similarity to physical water. When one is on the Twenty-Third Path, one is "drowned" in these waters and perceives himself/herself as an intrinsic and inseparable part of the One Consciousness. In this baptism, is individual Consciousness created.
To be Key 12- The Hanged Man, we must become lost in our self; the unconscious no sooner touches us than we are it; we become unconscious of ourselves. The Hindu mystics called this the state of Samadhi, a condition where the physical processes are literally suspended ( Hung up side down) in trance while the consciousness affects a union with the Divine.
In practicing Qabalistic Tarot, it is important to know that the Path of The Hanged Man is only the first entry into a sequence of states of union with the Divine Inheritance. The idea is that we must move constantly upward on the Tree of Life. Only after experiencing the next higher Sephira are the qualities of the lower Sephira completely understood and can be directed by willful intent.
The Path of Mem leads directly to Geburah... the active/fiery part of the Pillar of Water below Binah ( the dynamic motion of the Higher Self ). The Hanged Man is resting his feet on Binah (represented as the Ankh cross-which is also symbolized by the Golden Dawn Cross above the Triangle in their deck. Also in gematria, 12= 1+2=3, the number of Binah). Easily summarized, the reverse figure on the card represents the suspension of personal consciousness (called ego by some) while a greater reality imposes a complete reversal of perspective (the "other side of the mirror"...mirror being another symbolism of water). Although this "human spirit suspended by a single thread" seems to be a sacrificed, it is a willing suspension; a sacrificial baptism that is also a crucifixion---thus it is the card of the Dying God. This is essentially and intellectual experience and when viewing the legs of the hanged man you see the number 4--- the Four above the Three, i.e. the imaginative qualities of key-3 Empress subordinate to the rational qualities of Key 4 The Emperor. Here resides the ultimate sacrifice of desire to rational principle.
Behind The Hanged Man are the Emerald Tablets (summing up of all of nature). "The creator and destroyer who operates all change" is represented by the coiled serpent/rope that the left foot hangs from. The lower serpent represents the effect of the Divine Work. Crowley called this representation, "Through his Work a Child is begotten, as shown by the Serpent stirring in the Darkness of the Abyss below him."
It may behoove us to remember that serpents are the way to represent the motion of spiraling forces that enliven all things. Through out our histories, the Dying God is represented in mythology. Osiris, Prometheus, Odin, Christ, and even the Greek Goddess Artemis was known as the "Hanged One"---none of these are the final body-death. Rather the mythologies represent the immersion of the Great Mother Spirit into the Astral Fluid of Manifested Consciousness. As always, these blogs are just short explanations of long probabilities...so research is necessary.
"Power lies in ultimate surrender of the soul in mystic union with the void, merging with the mother in the watery depths of the collective unconscious."
[from the book: The Shadow Tarot, Dancing with Demons , by Linda Falorio]
Malkunofat, key 23 of The Shadow Tarot is the Shadow side of The Thoth Tarot key 12-The Hanged Man, which is called the 23rd Path of Mem, on the Tree of Life. Malkunofat represents the deep depths one sinks into when seeking the denizens of Ancient Lemuria, submerged in their deep ocean trench. These ancient Lemurians were the guardians of the newly formed "mankind", guarding the Gate through which the "outer forces" ever seek to enter human space and time. They were purportedly form the Watery Dark Star companion of the Star Sirius and were called the "Nommo".
"The Nommo are mythological ancestral spirits (sometimes referred to as deities) worshiped by the Dogon tribe of Mali. The word Nommos is derived from a Dogon word meaning "to make one drink." The Nommos are usually described as amphibious, hermaphroditic, fish-like creatures. Folk art depictions of the Nommos show creatures with humanoid upper torsos, legs/feet, and a fish-like lower torso and tail. The Nommos are also referred to as “Masters of the Water”, “the Monitors”, and "the Teachers”. Nommo can be a proper name of an individual, or can refer to the group of spirits as a whole....(Wikipedia) ".
It is therefore suggested that to go through the Gate of Malkunofat, is to communicate with these ancient ancestors of mankind.
Everything about this card's art, depicts the deep dark depths of the Universal Collective Unconscious, where all Spirit (s) is One.
Here the Author of the Shadow Tarot couldn't resist the Atlantis legend as well. She goes on to state that the Ancient Women of Atlantis, sat before the Ancient Stone heads of the Ancients ones, singing and weaving frequencies of energy to keep the Ancient Ones at bay.
These ancient Priestesses were "the Wyrd (old English, meaning "to Weave") Woman", who could weave the frequency threads of the Etheric or Astral matter, to prevent interference from the Ancient Ones, as mankind was just developing under the tutelage of the Atlantians, and was too new , thus easily moved between the dimensions. It was feared that too much contact with the El would dislodge mankind form this earth.
These Wyrd Women Knew the secrets of the sacred alignments, therefore they knew the where, when and how of opening the Gate that leads to the Sirius Star system, where star travelers make the dangerous leap from world to world; ensuring the Ancient Ones wouldn't make that leap while the human experiment was still not properly grounded to Earth. To this day, the ability to sing in the Astral Light Language, is the way to open or close Gateways to the other Worlds. To show how much power these Wyrd Sister's had, the Atlantean Gates have held for over 40,000 years, not damaged at all by the sinking of Atlantis.
Also depicted on this Shadow Tarot card, is the pentagonal altar stone: "The Shiva Lingam" or "navel stone" that was used to call the Old Ones from their dreaming sleep. On one side of this altar is the ancient sigil of The Old Ones, and on the other side is the symbol of the "Nommo". A third side is covered in the ancient symbols of protection form the Starfish like "Spawn of Tiamat", who are usually shown as Dragons.
Also as a "dragonish serpent" as shown on the ancient Sumerian clay Tablet, of the Annunaki and Tiamat Dragon.
Here the Shadow Tarot Card, the Starfish represents the blood (DNA) of the Ancient Ones that is the Seed- Life force of this Earth. The many armed starfish also represents the beginning of all life in the "Waters" of the Unconscious Collective. Remember, water is used as the symbol of the conscious, since it is waves of data loaded frequency.
The letter E marks the entrance into the Tunnel/Gate of Malkunofat, representing the great Serpent or great maw of the telluric Dragon and/or the Great Leviathan that swallowed Jonah. Which signifies the Great Feminine Principle, Mother's secret "bagha" (protection) place The Life giving Womb of The collective Unconscious.
Also the letter "E" was suspended in the entrance to the Temple of Apollo as depicted on Delphic coins.
When the Thoth Hanged Man or The Shadow Tarot-Malunofat card
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