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Tarot Card Comparisons, The Shadow Series: Thoth Key 19- The Sun & The Shadow Tarot-Path 30- Rafiflu

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Thoth Tarot Deck:
 Key 19- THE SUN:
The Principle of Collaboration, Teamwork, and Partnership.

Give forth thy light to all without doubt; the clouds and shadows are no matter for thee. Make Speech and Silence, Energy and Stillness, twin forms of they play.
-Crowley
The Sun represents the Life Force that awaits expression within us all. The twins dancing on the green mountain of creation, symbolize the inner dance of male (electric) and female (magnetic) energy that is dancing in us all. The dancing gods of Shakti (Goddess) and Shiva (God) that are the rhythm of Life's heart beat. All the signs of the zodiac that encompass the Sun, show that we bring exuberance and consistency to the dance of two (one on one relationships) as well as to group or organizational settings.

The orange band around the Sun represents the implementing of a shared vision which is the purpose of Teamwork and Partnership. Therefore, Creation is a form of play and exploration and it is the Divine Child within us that is always seeking to express itself in unlimited ways. We are infinite beings, children of Goddess/God-Divine Creative and can never grow old. We are the manifested Joy of Creation who has come to dance amongst creation as a joyful expression of I AM ME! We are both magnetic and dynamic and we are a "self experiment" that cannot be made by anyone else . It is time to remember that if we are good enough for the Divine Creative to create as a Self Image, then we are good enough for any damn person!

The Qabalistic Tarot Key 19 the Sun represents The Hebrew letter Resh, meaning-Head. Thus the Head is seen as the Sun of the Body. It is the Head-Sun that rises above the Earth and the lower thoughts of the survival thinking.
The Sun, is cited as the Thirtieth Path and/or the Collective Intelligence, and is the Day-side card of The Thirtieth Night-Side Path-The Shadow Tarot-Rafliflu.  In Paul Foster Case's Tarot instruction called, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom,The Collective Intelligence of the Sun ( Son) exercises control over the 12 signs of the zodiac ( 12 guideposts of Personality), shown on this Thoth card by the 12 rays radiating outward from the central orb. The Sun-Path of Resh, is also a link between the personalities that have been experienced in different incarnations.
The Path of Resh, is the first of the Personality triad of  paths, rising on the Tree of Life, from Yesod (foundation) to Hod (splendor). The encountering student, will experience the intellectual-formative side of this conscious energy as an activating force of the Personality. 

Just as the Higher Self and the Spiritual Self are composites of  the masculine-intuitive dynamic,Yod and a feminine-Intellectual-formative, Heh, that together combine opposing forces, producing a set of equalized forces called Vau, so does The Path of Resh. All of this is explained in greater detail in my class reference book by Robert Wang: THE QABALISTIC TAROT (a text book of Mystical philosophies). For now, suffice it to say that The Sun-collective,  assembles all the component parts of the Personality on these lower paths, by infusing them with "light and Warmth" which are considered intellectual qualities. Thus the Path of the Sun (Resh) is considered the highest level of human intellect, as The Star-Key 17, is considered the highest path of human emotions.

What may be curious to the discerning student of Tarot, is that when you combine The Sun 's high intellect with the high emotion of The Star card, the balanced effected is represented by The Tower-key 16, which at first glance seems the opposite of balance, if not out right chaos. However, what we are witnessing here, is the destruction of the unworthy elements of the "man-made personality", so that the Sun (son) Solar Personality/Logos is free to arise to its Source.

The Hexagram is the symbol of the composite Thirtieth Path which is  compressed of the Four Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and the Planets, all under the Ruler ship of the Sun. Thus, the Hexagram is the symbol of the perfect integration of Personality and Higher Self  (Tiphareth -meaning Beauty). The Sun is also called the "Splendor of the Material World", as it connects Yesod-Foundation to Hod-Splendor, and is basically representative of the intellect acting upon the dual human condition of consciousness and the physical body. Thus, the Sun is a point of connection with the Greater Life that is comprised by balancing the human intellect with the Higher Intellect that is the "Sun (Son) of God".

For the initiate, experiencing the Path of  Resh, is very profound as it is the introduction to the inner sun, which is the light of the personality, as the outer sun is the light of the physical world. What one tends to forget, while experiencing the warmth and light of this inner sun, one's personality cannot look directly into this Solar intelligence, anymore than they can at the physical sun, without suffering damage to the past way of being. As shown by The Tower Card;  equilibrium will be reached by "burning away" what is unworthy of the Higher Personality.
As I have said before, working on the Paths brings about definite physio-chemical changes in the human body and as one of the most noted teachers of the Hermetic Qabalah, Paul Foster Case has stated in his study course, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom,"...marked inner differences from the average person, are due to psychological contrasts in the mental state of the ordinary human beings, but they are also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new creature. He [She] is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo.  There are different constituents in his [her] blood stream.  Through his [her] nervous system pass currents of force not present in most human bodies because in his [her]organism channels are open which are closed in the physical vehicle of most persons.  Centers in the nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies of the greater number of his [her] contemporaries.( The brackets are my own addition, as it was written when the proper He was used to describe both sexes.) This is the same physio-chemical change that happens to adepts in the Tantric Arts, where balanced Divine Male and Divine Female  energy opens up the Divya Sidhis or magic abilities.

The Qabalist always bears in mind that the Personality, the component parts of which are represented on these lower Paths of the Tree of Life, functions through the body as an experience-collecting vehicle for the Soul/Spirit.  To divorce the body of Spirit from the Spirit or Spirituality is a most serious mistake of divisionism, for then we are mentally and thus physically divorcing ourselves from the very Powers that created the body!
The Physical Body is a Spiritual body manifested for the purpose of Discernment, by the Golden Psyche. For nothing can be more sacred than the ability to discriminate to a Creative Genus of Life. The Divine Collective Unconscious is a great psyche, but without sensation, the Divine is unable to discern what lessens or expands and liberates Life. The Human Body is the Golden Crucible of the Divine Collective-Alchemist where Higher thoughts are formed by their ability to preform in a sensual living world!
Also the physical body is the  "golden crucible" (made of Crystalline sun light)  of the alchemist, and the Sun is thus an important symbol in gnosticism, as well as the inner furnace heat (inner star) that is the alchemical process of turning the lead of unworthy thought into the gold of Higher Mind.

The Shadow Tarot-Path 30-Rafiflu,
being the night-side of Psyche, concentrates on the unconscious results of the inner Dark Sun, or the Dark Fire, of the Divine Collective.  Here is depicted the Hawk of Solar Consciousness ( Egyptian god-Horus)







casting the entity Rafiflu in deep shadow with hooded wings.

Rafiflu represents the power of the Dark Sun, to burn away what is of no use to the Divine Collective. In such power the conscious ego is surrendered, by shamanic passage, to the under or nether world of the Unconscious collective. It should be pointed out, that within the Universal Collective Unconscious, are developments, dimensions, and places of "before there was an idea of human being". To the consciousness of a human being, these places are unknown and thus feared. Therefore the consciousness having no control, imagined or otherwise, over the currents of these "Dark States of Mind", is often terrified.  As is often seen in our Day-side life, if we feel we have control of a situation, we feel secure and unafraid, but stress occurs, when we have no or little control of a situation, therefore, the dark seems negative. The dark psyche is not negative in terms of life, but in terms of polarity and therefore, like negative electrons attract the positive, draws in the "seeker" like an undercurrent of a powerful river.
Knowing this, Linda Falorio, has shown the darkness of this card as the "hidden Sun", the dark double, Hoor-paar-kraat. ( Ancient Egyptian for Horas as Har-pa-khered):
 
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  (Redirected from Har-pa-khered)
For other uses, see Horus (disambiguation).God of the sun, sky and kingship Horus was often the ancient Egyptians' national patron god. He was usually depicted as a falcon-headed man wearing the pschent, or a red and white crown, as a symbol of kingship over the entire kingdom of Egypt.NekhenBehdet EdfuThe wedjat eyeSerket (as Haroeris), Hathor (in one version)Osiris and Isis in some myths, andNut and Geb in others.OsirisIsisSet, and Nephthys (as Horus the Elder)ImsetyHapiDuamutef,Qebehsenuef (as Haroeris), Sekhemet (as Horus)Horus is one of the oldest and most significant deities in ancient Egyptian religion, who was worshiped from at least the late Predynastic period through to Greco-Roman times. Different forms of Horus are recorded in history and these are treated as distinct gods by Egypt specialists. These various forms may possibly be different perceptions of the same multilayer deity in which certain attributes or syncretic relationships are emphasized, not necessarily in opposition but complementary to one another, consistent with how the Ancient Egyptians viewed the multiple facets of reality. He was most often depicted as a falcon, most likely a lanner or peregrine, or as a man with a falcon head.The earliest recorded form of Horus is the patron deity of Nekhen in Upper Egypt, who is the first known national god, specifically related to the king who in time came to be regarded as a manifestation of Horus in life and Osiris in death. The most commonly encountered family relationship describes Horus as the son of Isis and Osiris but in another tradition Hathor is regarded as his mother and sometimes as his wife. Horus served many functions in the Egyptian pantheon, most notably being a god of the sun, war and protection.

As you can see from the Wikipedia explanation, Horus has come from a long linage of name changes, that may leave the student of the "Solar Logos" confused and frustrated. Be that as it may, and all myth aside, there is an "outer" solar you, basking in the reflected light of a Sun and an "inner" solar you born of dark energy and dark matter; before time dared even march across a starry sky.  That Dark one, is worth knowing, and in fact must be known if we are to "Above All Things Know Thyself". That dark world of Self Existence, is the "Spirit" behind the scenes of our projection into reflected light.  It is the Bacchus, who designed our Sensual ecstatic dance  and called it Life. 
 Therefore upon entering the Tunnel of Rafiflu, the personal consciousness is shed as clothing, in an orgy of dark instincts, drunk on existence [I AM is existence, I AM Me, is Life] when the cork of "me" is pulled from the amphora of the subconscious.  The subconscious is then filled with the Gnostic Light, The True Will, and/or One's Angel, which makes us humans equal to gods.

However, getting past the right-brain, tempter, or "entangler", as represented as a cuttlefish on The Shadow Tarot card, is a difficult task and requires unrelenting focus on the "inner Buddha" before the entangler's grip on your brain is "wrent asunder". We will find that in the Tunnel of Rafiflu are the personalities hung; once worn as masks of the Self through incarnations; the place where the soul collects software for future reference in order to aid the composing of yet another mask of self, i.e.consciousness.  Masks are therefore, not bad, but rather wonderful entertainment in the Bacchanalian enterprise of I AM ME! Self is No-thing, so being Some-thing, is a joyous, ribald, and ecstatic masquerade to The Divine Creative!  Here is Rebirth and illumination to the Gnostic, transformation to the physicist, and to the mundane, life, death and rebirth.

The Powers, relieved by entering Rafiflu are:
  1. Transcendence of the ego.
  2. Evolution beyond the animal mind, into trans-personal, subtle, causal realms. 
  3. The ability to review past lives, reincarnations etc. as you are no longer a personal psyche, but the "Whole Psyche" viewing it's creations.
  4. Here, we are innocent, without cultured morality, and therefore able to "get on with being our-self".
When the Thoth Sun or The Shadow Tarot-Rafiflu card is thrown during a reading, the querent is experiencing:
  • A time of rekindled enthusiasm. What has previously existed, is now being revitalized by our inner Sun.
  • Has learned from the past and is now ready to make refinements and adjustments so that one can expand and liberate one's self from past self- imposed limitations.
  • New and more effective self expression. Wholeness, achievement and revelation come together reaffirming One as Life.
  • Optimism. 
If the Sun card is thrown with a Lover's card:
  • the querent will soon meet or has met their soul mate and are soon to dance as one (in love or hate).
Thank you for your interest, comments, and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!
Thank you for your interest and comments. May you live long and prosper!
 

4 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons, The Shadow Series: Thoth Key 19- The Sun & The Shadow Tarot-Path 30- Rafiflu:

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jackie on Monday, January 26, 2015 4:07 PM
Profound, wisdom
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Eli on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 11:27 AM
Thank you for you gracious comments. May you live long and prosper under the Sun!


Dbr on Tuesday, January 27, 2015 9:00 PM
How does one know if they are on the path of resh and what are the changes that Occur in the body ?
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Eli on Thursday, January 29, 2015 9:16 AM
Good question! One experiences a deep inner heated glow, and views life with the Light of Optimism and knowing. There is absolute faith in "being yourself" as spirit is looking right out of the "third eye", so that all you view seen as truth and not denial. There is fire in your eyes, heart and belly. Your brain shuts-up and awaits the spirits direction. It is an amazing grace that makes you live gracefully. Thank you for your comments. May you live long and prosper.

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