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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot , The Lovers-key 6 & The Babylonian Tarot,key6, The Lovers/Ishtar and Tammuz

The Tarot of EliThe Oracle of the Gods is the Child-Voice of Love in Thine own Soul; hear thou it.
Heed not the Siren-Voice of Sense, or the Phantom-Voice of Reason: rest in Simplicity, and listen to the Silence.

The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot Key 6- The Lovers- this card's astrological sign is Gemini and is about the joining together of the female yin and the male yang. The magnetic and electric forces joining together to create a greater Self- Psyche- Microwave Transmitting Self which I call the Divine Collective Unconscious. 

The Lover's card, in the Thoth or Babylonian Tarot represents the universal principle of the art and craft of relationship. This is about the Duality of the Divine couple---Goddess/God and everything about this card is dual. This is the journey of the twins, a universal motif found in all cultures. Hansel and Gretel, Raggedy Andy and Raggedy Ann, Ishtar and Tammuz, Jesus and Mary, Shakti and Shiva, Krishna and Radha, etc; all the famous couples throughout history reflect this archetype of the Lovers.
The Mesopotamia religions, represented by the Babylonian Tarot,  view the sexual communion between male and female as essential to the productivity of the land. Just as we view the union of electric and magnetic, essential to the productivity of force and form in this electromagnetic spectrum of light (The Rainbow)!
Sex was pleasing to the gods, as Ishtar was the goddess of Love and erotica. 
The Babylonians considered the Universal creation to be the result of a series of  divine marriages between pairs of deities . This Hermetic Marriage idea fostered the tradition of hieros gamos, or Sacred Marriage.

Ishtar and Tammuz was a Sacred Marriage that the fertility of humans, animals and crops depended upon. Thus the annual celebration of hieros gamos which included a ritual marriage between the human king and a priestess; as living representatives of the Shepard king (Tammuz) and the Goddess of Love (Inanna/Ishtar).
I recommend that one read the Babylonian text of Ishtar's descent into the Underworld, for it is an entertaining example of a very volatile relationship between Tammuz and Ishtar , much like human passionate relationships.

Like Gilgamesh, Tammuz is a mortal Demi-god, son of Ea and cow goddess (Hathor of the Egyptians) Ninsun and became the "Royal Shepard of Uruk. Not only is Tammuz associated with herdsmen and their flocks but also vegetation, particularly the date palm.
On this colorful Babylonian themed card, Tammuz is depicted as courting the welcoming Ishtar. He is bearing a golden chalice, which is an Alchemical symbol of the "Golden Cistern" in which the Philosopher's stone is made by the Hermetic Marriage of specific ingredients. 
The peahen and rainbow are Mesopotamian symbols of wholeness and harmony that are achieved by this Sacred Marriage.The symbol for the sign of Gemini is displayed at the bottom right of the Babylonian card.

Therefore this Tarot card is about love and relationships and reminds us that we are to be joyful and innocent in love (the two children) while exhibiting curiosity and playfulness; the adult couple facing each other remind us of loyalty and commitment.

The  The Thoth Hermit in the background, with hands raised in blessing, reminds us of the need to be alone and granting the gift of spaciousness  for the purpose of individual contemplation, introspection and inner self meditation. All parts of balanced and flowing Love.

The Iron gates in the back ground of the Thoth Card, symbolize the Lovers need not to be limited, bared or restrained in their relationship. When this card is drawn it often symbolizes a loving relationship, soon to be or even a marriage, and/or the inner balance of the female and male forces in an individual. 

In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the Thoth or Babylonian card, and is therefore even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.

THE Qabalistic Tarot of the LOVERS, the Path of Zain, meaning Sword,  runs between 3-Binah (understanding) and 6-Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form emerged (Binah/High Priestess) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth-"The Golden Cistern").

The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love.  Therefore the True meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic, conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed  stable dualities, for the Divine Creative is a DUAL CONSTRUCT OF FORCE AND FORM. This is nothing new to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were never seen separated. Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, such as the Hebrew (meaning Mercenary), Islam and later Roman did the Patriarch exist alone, for "divide and conquer" was the Patriarch's true philosophy.

The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation, i.e. the union of the Electric masculine and the Magnetic feminine.

As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT, "Thus this path may be considered the aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is  uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini)."

On the Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, The Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness.

Paul Foster Case, considered  that these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we also know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain. As Case has stated,"When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force."   Case, a Qabalist, considered THE LOVERS card to represent  one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do.

To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts pf the seeker, shown here as Krishna and Radha.

The Path of Zain is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and will attributed to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of opposites is not passive, sword-like it cuts away all that "separates".

In fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic,  and inspirational qualities.

This is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death", a La petite Mort, reminiscent of an individual, microcosmic "big bang".

 Pardon my French, but there is a  type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own Higher Self, a willful and  total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine Collective. 

I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written  that Jesus, a Gnostic Nazarene, answered his disciples with:: (22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom." Jesus, the Nazarene, obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalistic Magi who is made by the Union of the Dual Divine Creative "within".

What few know is that the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the  Sun (Zeus Christos)!

THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are amongst the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card, key 14, is Samekh (Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the True Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword of Armor) requires  a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged. Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self.

In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury.
  1. Eve and Lilith are shown above the couple, with cupid aiming an arrow, symbolizing will.
  1. The Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other. 
  2.  The White Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail (Graäl) in the other.
  3. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence of Life itself.

The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS;  However, the process of The Hermetic Marriage is both reciprocal, volatile (as Tammuz and Ishtar) and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of  Mercury-Magus, as the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury.  First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a  balance of opposites  after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first.

Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the  types of incarnation.
THE LOVERS card, besides relating to Sacred Marriages, also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called,:The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalism. I've found this alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of the most profound piece of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written. The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled  and/ or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some meditation on the Alchemical text.
When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating:
  • A principle of  Art and Craft of Relationship.
  • What is also suggested is the  magical image of the power of surrender in which one form is given up in order to attain another.
  • Being involve in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
  • Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
  • The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess within.
  • This card can also mean a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
  • There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/sexual union, is required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required before they gain full possession of their powers. This is also a process for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus" through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the Divine Hermetic Marriage.
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4 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot , The Lovers-key 6 & The Babylonian Tarot,key6, The Lovers/Ishtar and Tammuz:

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I AM on Friday, April 17, 2015 2:33 AM

Mercury represents communication, logical spirit, and Cartesian, right? So if I'm understanding this correctly, the key to the Great Work involves unifying our magnetic and electric energy by communication (of both) through our mind, body, and spirit?

So in order to reach our higher self, we must use the lower self. Then once we have, we should destroy it to reach the divine collective? This idea right?

About incarnating over and over, I've been explained that it is possible to "get off the wheel" if you wanted to but it is hard. There's a list of processes one would have to go through. Sound familiar? Can't remember what book talks about it.

Overall, nice orgasmic read. May you live longer and prosper.

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Eli on Friday, April 17, 2015 8:32 AM
To unite the animal mind with the Soul Psyche, is an annihilation, such as what happens when we take one red and one blue color, and unite them. The individual separation is destroyed, yet, a new color emerges from the union, Purple. Thus, we are not erasing anything to nothing, but becoming a "new" harmony. Mercury, is the "messenger" of the Will of the One, uniting all "separates" with his message. Mind-Body and Spirit, are really "different colors" of the Same Divine Collective....all sacred and all very important parts to the whole. Only those who fear vulnerability & sensuality, wish to get off the wheel and flee their limited perspective about the flesh. Some believe they are caged by the flesh, promoting a false sense of "limitedness", therefore needing to "expand beyond the body". That is going backwards, not evolving forwards, and also comes from looking "outward" for answers, when all along, they are all "inwards". There is No-Thing that became something, not because it wishes to be No-Thing, being you a "Truth Made Manifest" is obviously the Divine's Great Desire! Spirit has evolved a "discrimination" device, not because it wishes to "not discriminate", but because infinite thought into infinite creation, requires infinite discrimination. Flesh, is a step up in Spiritual Manifestation, not a step down. We are to "Ascend the Man" (Adam Khadmon) not the Spirit/Psyche, which already exists "Above" and now "Below" through a "point in time"/human form. It is an error to believe we came to "leave", we came "To BE", because "Being" is an addition to our Power, not a "punishment", we are the bridge The Divine Psyche has made so that it can crossover the Abyss. To Truly Own the Body as the Temple of The Divine on the Earth, is to succeed in ascension. The Great Work is producing "As above, so below", not "leaving the below". To Make a Master's body requires a body.Fear of death/pain/vulnerability requires us to leave it! Thereby rejecting the Great Job of being the Great Worker! Thank you for your comments, interest and stimulating questions! May you live long and prosper!

Katariina on Thursday, March 03, 2016 5:41 AM
Lovely reply! So refreshing to read your explanation. We really should forget the many ways of escape, and see that inside is outside, be present in matter with understanding and reverence and evolve in this beautiful love affair of Spirit and Matter.
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Eli on Thursday, March 03, 2016 11:44 AM
Glad you like it. I often try to say too much with too little words. It's good to "let 'er rip" once in awhile! In the Hermetic Qabalah, going inward, is going up the Tree, while going outward is going down. As Spirit,an evolution of Psyche, I must express myself out through the senses of the body, into this world of material creation, rather than let the world communicate to me through the senses. I extend the senses of the body, rather than be mentally limited to them. I am so glad to see that you too know the love affair that is Spirit and Matter. May you live long and prosper.

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