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The Shadow Series; Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Key 13-Death & The Shadow Tarot- Key 24-Niantiel

THE TAROT OF ELIKey 13-Death is about the 1st law of thermodynamics (physics) "There is only one energy that cannot be created nor destroyed but only transformed."

What we should understand before we get all "shivery" upon viewing this Thoth Tarot card, is that life/death are two aspects of the same state of being. Alive is life-death, to become alive is death/life  both are the destiny of energy- form in time-space. Therefore there are no divisions in energy as all flow is between two points in time and is often symbolized by the lemniscate (Greek for Ribbon) or Mobius loop.

The Thoth Death Card, represents the Universal Principle of Letting Go and Moving On. As Crowley stated:
" The Universe is Change; every Change is the effect of an Act of Love: all Acts of Love contain Pure Joy. Die Daily.
Death is the apex of one curve of the snake Life: behold all opposites as necessary compliments, and rejoice."

Death is the Scorpio astrological symbol in the deck. There are three symbols of Scorpio in the key which represent three stages of transformation and/ or death and rebirth stages:
  1. The scorpion represents that part of ourselves that is willing to protect, and move away from conditions which cause pain and hurt.Letting go.
  2. The snake sheds old skin in order to rebuild anew. This reminds us that in order to transform old identities, we must be willing to let go of the old and move on.
  3. The Eagle or Phoenix, is about vital force. of immortality and regeneration. The bird in or nature is vital free spirit who is irrepressible and ever changing.
  4. The skeleton represents the inherent body structure that allows movement and change within our self expression as well as, it is the "bones" of who we are and represents our ancestral lineage and our commitment to grow and evolve through birth/death cycles.
  5. The Crown represents expanded consciousness; where one has conquered the survival mind of the animal....We know we don't survive this manifestation. We move on to expand and liberate Life!
Death-key 13, is known as the Path of Nun on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Nun, means, Fish
(illustrated on the card) and is also the Hebrew simple letter for Movement(Thus the running skeleton).

The Path of Nun runs from Netzach (Victory) to Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life, and is one of the three aforementioned paths that leads from the Personality to the Higher Self. The initiate may experience the Higher Self on any one of these Three Paths, Art (The Path of Samekh), The Devil (The Path of Ayin), and Death, the Path of Nun; but the lessons of all three must be mastered.

The figures of the Art card, the Devil card and the Death card are all different aspects of the same thing; The Higher Self.On the Path of Nun, one is literally launching the personal consciousness into the Dark Unconscious of Universal Origins. Such a jump into the unknown, takes courage and determination, for the consciousness appears to be extinguished  in the Universal Collective Unconscious.

I liken the consciousness to an Artificial Intelligence, and the Unconscious as the Real Intelligence. Therefore this artifice aids me in trusting the dissolution of my consciousness, as a transition towards re birthing it purified of illusion and deception. In fact, the word meaning of the Path of Nun, Fish, reveals the whole arcane doctrine of the Qabalah, as it is the symbol for the "first matter" that moves within the Infinite Ocean of  Unconscious-------i.e. thought is a material.

The perspicacious student will note that the Tree of Life has a Path for Death, that of Nun, but seems not to have a Path for Birth: However, The Devil, Path of Ayin, enchains our personality in matter as it leaves the Higher Self on its journey down the Tree of Life. Thus the Devil is a card of Birth. Plus there is the fact that both Death and Birth are essentially the same transition. As one is born in visible light and/or "outer World", their "I" sight dies to the invisible or "inner world", just as the personality transitions from the outer world back into the inner world at physical death.  The One Energy Transforms itself by the process of  destruction of energy phases. From one phase to another. The Personality constructed consciousness, is indeed extinguished in the Unconscious causing a period of "forgetful sleep" before the Personality exits the Higher Self again and produces another operative artifice known as consciousness;
used to operate another material form. The exception to this recycling process, is when the consciousness accompanies the Personality back to the Higher Self, without needing physical death to do so. This is done when the consciousness has become discriminatory, and knows the tricks of Matter, i.e. the illusions of senses, that  the Personality experiences on the physical plane. These illusions or delusions come from the perspective of separateness and survival thinking of the physical form. Therefore, the fear of Death, must be conquered by the consciousness "that won't experience the death sleep" That is, the consciousness that knowing transfers from body to body, by Personal Higher Self manipulation will not forget "past lives". The Great Work, is Life itself as a Wholeness-----not a divisionism of  separates  all trying to prove themselves to a Creator that  by the very process of creation, had already Approve them into being! Those who are seeking approval, a survival mechanism of the social animal, are what I call "fish in the Ocean,looking for water." and/ or "Wanna-Be's" who forgot that they already Are.
The Beauty of Tiphareth, the Higher Self, is that once you return to this aspect of Personality, you return to your body knowing that you, as a Personality, are completely accepted and not fearing rejection in the least ( a mask of fear of death)! In other words, you "Know Thyself". The Tarot Card- Death-key 13, is called in the many texts of the Mysteries, "The Child of the Great Transformers"
and also the "Lord of the Gates of  Death". Implying that  Nun is not the Great Transformers themselves, he is their Child. Thus to experience the path of Nun is not Death itself, rather Nun is the keeper of the Gateway into Transformation. Roughly, this states that the "first matter", thought, is the Gate keeper of Transformation, which is not too difficult to "wrap your head around". Hopefully you understand that how you "perceive yourself" transforms your reality.

After Traveling one of the Three Paths of the "Dark Night of the Soul", where one's consciousness is torn down, relieved of all that is not worthy of it, as decided by the Higher Self, and then sent back down the Tree into one's Malkuth-body  transformation. One may notice that the perspectives of the Personality change from reality to the Real perspectives of the Great Work; To be an aware-sensual-Soul, rather than a socially made personality, is only possible by returning to the Higher Self....Your brain can't do the job as it is an artificial sense of self! Your body is but an artifice of Spiritual Self-identity!

 There is also an alchemical symbol of this Path of Nun as
putrefaction, which is the decaying black mass in the crucible that eventually transforms into gold and is considered a trans-formative process of turning death into new life.Therefore the Thoth Deck card symbolizes this trans formative process as a scythe, a harvesting tool that is also a symbol for Time.

Time is under the control of Saturn-Binah, the giver and destroyer of Life Illustrated in this card is the sweeping scythe, harvesting souls, and the trans formative bubbles of new life in its wake, all of which, support this analogy of life giving and life destroying.

 Again, the skeleton is the frame work that holds the organs and can be seen as a seed of the body as the minerals that are attributed to bone are the "seeds" of organic forms.The reason for the Scorpio astrological sign attributed to Death-key13, is that Scorpio is a trans formative sign of three symbolic images, the Scorpion, the Serpent and the Eagle. Thus, we have the transformation of a  dangerous earth-crawling creature, to a serpent which symbolizes the Astral Light, weaving its way upward to become an Eagle (behind and above the figures head) that sours above all heads. All of which are represented in the Thoth Deck Tarot Card as movement.

Movement being seen as change/transformation, which is the skeletal pattern of the Universe. For it is only by constant change can entropy be overcome. The term "Dark night of the Soul" refers to the darkness of unknowing, where the psyche is striped of  the desire nature of the personality. This leaves a dreadful emptiness, almost a complete disinterest in everything. Personally, upon experiencing these Three Paths of the Dark Night, The Devil, Art and Death, there was left only a thought of despair repeating over and over again, abolishing any other desire or thought. It was, " I can't be YOU, You must be me."     The Higher Self responded to that by sending my " skeletal awareness" directly to the Great Mother Binah, who then broke down and reassembled the Personality into that of the Original Divine Child, and I awoke as the "Will to Be" and/or the Desire of the Great Mother of Form to continue the Great Work.
This "outer-conscious" death to the "inner-Self" is a very hard journey to explain and it requires one not to be concerned with living or dying. One becomes a mechanical motion, pushing ahead with great faith, as Life's processes have no value, one must still mechanically crawl towards the Higher Self. Moving forward in a total darkness, inch by inch, the Soul (Psyche) begins the process of "putrefaction", believing, but not always so sure, that there will be light that will eventually appear and lead the way. It was a Red dot of light that appeared to me out of indescribable darkness....The Great Red Binah. the purifying Force of resurrection, Bathed me, Loved me (indescribable ecstasy)  and sent me back down the Tree into Tiphareth and the Fiery Light of the Higher Self. 

Once a Divine Child always a Divine Child.... by wearing the masks of man-made definitions, we've forgotten that, and thus disinherited ourselves and our personality, from the Macrocosm.

The term "Dark Night of the Soul" was first coined by St. John of the Cross where he said."...although this happy night brings darkness to the spirit, it does so only to give it light in everything; and that, although it humbles it and makes it miserable, it does so only to exalt it and to raise it up; although it impoverishes it and empties it of all natural affection and attachment, it does so only that it may enable it to stretch forward, divinely, and thus to have fruition and experience all things, both above and below...." 

Upon conquering the Path of Nun, the Soul is reconstructed as the Personality of the Higher Self, and the emptied brain is filled with the Primary Imagination...The will to form and
the Understanding of the Great
"Womb with a view".

Mars rules Scorpio. Scorpio rules the sex organs. Thus this Death Card, represents a Sexual energy, a reproductive energy which is consciously directed in a physical exercises such as  that of Tantra, or that of  Crowley's Middle Pillar, an activity best represented by Crowley's Death Card. The initiate is now following the "Path of the Flaming Sword", which is both destructive and constructive and not for the weak of character. or for those who fear death, as shown by trying to dominate others.
The Shadow Tarot key 24-Niantiel, is the comparable to the Thoth Death card key13 and the 24th path of Nun.  Here Baron Samedi (Voodoo baron of death), the guardian of the cross roads where the worlds meet, where the dead are buried, so that they may be risen from the dead with necromantic arts of witches and sorcerers, is shown as a type of joker or jester, rather than a skeleton.

But then again, he is a she, for Lilith also represents the Guardian of this Dark Shadow Psyche-Tunnel of Niantiel.
"As Eros draws life from Thanatos, in  merging with dark plutonian energies we find Transformation, regeneration, , energy, sexual power exhalation, joy, bliss."
The Shadow Tarot-Linda Falorio

"Also Asar was hidden in Amenti; and the Lords of Time swept him with the sickle of death."Aleister Crowley, Liber CCXXXI

"The 24th Tunnel is under the influence of Scorpio and sentinelled by Niantiel whose number is 160. The name of this Qlipha should be intoned in 'G' (lower register) in a manner suggestive of a bubbling cauldron of molten lava . . . "". . . depicted in the sigil of Niantiel [is] an image of Death with a five-rayed crown bearing a cross handled scythe beside the Cross of Set."Kenneth Grant, Nightside of Eden
All this wonderful dark-side image of the Tree of Life, the Qliphoth, has entities that instead of being called Sephira of the Day side Tree of Life, they are called the Qlipha.

Here the Qlipha, is the Conscious of Transformation, deep in the Collective Unconscious, at the cross roads of deconstruction and reconstruction. Nothing is wasted in this Universe of One Energy. All is just recycled, and reincarnated.
The images suggested by Linda Falorio are "scary and shivery" images suggested by our Dark Reptilian Brain, who above all things, fears death/ the unknown. She presents a nocturnal wolf like being, lapping at the blood of the "Saints", or those sacrificed to the monthly Dark Moon.
Again, we have the Dogon Nommos depicted as a fishtailed being from the Sirius system.
Also depicted is a golden angel, Lilith image with  goose feet and a cat' head. (depicted is a Sumerian clay tablet showing Lilith)  .
 Also shown, presiding over all others is the Sumerian  demon "Scorpion Man"-AKRABU, thus placing the astrological sign Scorpio with this card. 
From the Black temple works of Atlantean magics, to the Piscean  religions that offer eternal life through death, martyrdom, etc. Linda covers as many death cults as possible on a card.
With all this Death, and terrible creatures thereof, one may forget that this is a Spiritual Transformation card, and go all demonology-creepy, thinking that some great Death Stalker Demon type, will server you and avenge you against your enemies. With such thinking, you are your worst enemy. 

The Powers received that are attributed to the Niantiel Qlipha are:
  1. Conscious reincarnation.
  2. The abilities to merge with dark plutonian frequencies of energy for transformation and regeneration.
  3. Personal magnetism, inexhaustible energy and sexual power, joy and bliss.

The  throwing of a Thoth Death Card or a Shadow Tarot- Niantiel card during a reading suggests:
  • Time, Age and transformation.
  • Rarely does it symbolize physical death and only if borne out by the accompanying cards.
  • For the Querent, this is the Principle of letting go, and moving on.
  • A rebirth out of Old conditions. 
  • A type of transitional metamorphosis which destroys the something old to build the something new.. A Realization of Life Power as it is released from past confines and revitalized by change and regeneration.
  • That we are eliminating what is no longer in service.
  • Giving up your sense of self to a feeling of merging with another or The Greater Self who is both life-death.
  •  We are pruning and composing.
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2 Comments to The Shadow Series; Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Key 13-Death & The Shadow Tarot- Key 24-Niantiel:

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Debra on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 2:16 PM
If Nun is the child of the great transformers who are the grat transformers?
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Eli on Wednesday, January 21, 2015 10:47 AM
The Great Transformers, may be known to you as the "Dragondane" or the Three Fates who are part of this co-operative of Galactic Transformational work,"from the Source". The Nommo are part of this co-operative. Now we are to. This is because we have "freedom of choice" to Transform as we like. So you can say our Psyche is also a great transformer. We can even transform our bodies from health to illness, or from illness to health, as well as create a Master's body. Thank you for your comments and may you live long and prosper.

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