The 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
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.
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.
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").
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
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
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
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".
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
In Crowley's card, we have the
Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is
both the Hermit and Mercury.
- Eve and Lilith are shown above the couple,
with cupid aiming an arrow, symbolizing will.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence
of Life itself.
The symbolism of the two children
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.
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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