Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot-Key-8- Adjustment & The Babylonian Tarot-key 11- Justice/Nanshe
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Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot-Key-8- Adjustment & The Babylonian Tarot-key 11- Justice/Nanshe

The Tarot of EliThe Qabalistic Thoth Key 8 : Adjustment/Justice; The Universal Principle of balance: Justice/ Realignment.

The mediator, adjuster,and the arbitrator.  What you put out, you get back! Every thought, every action is returned to you, this law is active for you as long as you exist. There can be no greater justice nor greater balance achieved in this world of action and reaction. This card points out that by thinking ill, we become ill and by thinking well, we become well; that it is smart to do unto others what you would have done unto you, because "as you do" will become your destiny!

The Thoth card uses the symbol of Libra; the scales and within the scales are the Greek letters, Alpha, representing beginnings, and Omega, representing endings or completions. This is also known as Karma in Eastern teachings, were We must finish what we begin or we will be doomed to repeat it!

The diamond image around the being symbolizes the piercing of illusion and delusion and represents truth and negotiation.

The Egyptian figure represents Maat
, the Egyptian Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice.

  1. The circles represent formulate thoughts or ideas.
  2. This card also represents the integrating, balancing and synthesizing mind which is often expressed in writing, research, engineering and design.
  3. The Ace of Swords is also on this card, pointing downwards indicating  the application of creative ideas in tangible ways.

THE PATH OF LAMED: Adjustment-key 8 (Justice-Key 11 in The Babylonian Tarot Deck ):

  • Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
  • Related Sound: F#
  • Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
  • Word Meaning: Ox Goad
  • Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work

Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; The Ruler of Balance.

Paul Foster Case wrote in the: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom: The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called because by it  spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on earth are nearly under its shadow.

Between  Tiphareth (6-Beauty) and Geburah (5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of  Lamed. Lamed-The Ox Goad- is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path which points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on the Path of The Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be stated: Adjustment (Justice on some cards) maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool (often called the Holy Ghost or Spirit)  will operate within the confines of a natural pattern. Adjustment is the administrator of the laws of Binah (Mother of Form), written by The Heirophant.  Key-8 is therefore the "Ruler of Balance".

Adjustment-is the Intelligence Faithful to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment of forces of the Twenty Second Path (The total number of all the Qabalistic Psycho-dynamic Paths) is an amalgam of  all the Paths and is described as being within the essential life force symbolized by The Fool.

Lamed can be a Severe Path, as it is continual activity "in the above and the below" and will do whatever is necessary to bring the physical, mental and Soul/Psyche into equilibrium. Sometimes this is a "cutting away" process represented by the Sword, which is not always pleasant; the Sword of Geburah, cuts away all that which is unnecessary.  Often, the adjustment is less dramatic and much like driving a car, Adjustment is constantly correcting direction through slight corrections of the steering wheel, while traveling down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox goad). This car analogy continues, when one understands that the Sephira (God Forms) are aspects of the soul itself (the Driver of the body-vehicle) and not external agencies. Thus, this "driving" process is  to be considered psychologically as a condition of self-assessment.

In this Card-key 8-Adjustment, on some cards the soul weighs itself on the scales in the left hand and then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword in the right hand ( In the Thoth Deck, She balances the Scales on Her head, symbolizing a psychological balancing). By placing the Sephiroth on the body, it can be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the right and Chesed (Mercy) is on the left.

The Adjustment/Justice card is said to represent Karma, an often misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma means to me and Paul Foster Case, an action of continual adjustment. It is related to education; Lamed means to teach (using the ox goad teaches an Ox ), and as many of us lament, the maintenance  of balance of a dynamic nature, is definitely a learning process. Slowly and painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as necessary for different situations.

In the Qaballah, it is understood that the principles of the  Path of Adjustment maintain Tiphareth (Beauty) On the Thoth Deck Card is the figure of Maat, The  Egyptian Daughter of Ra; The Queen of Heaven. The Egyptian texts suggest that that it is through Maat the the Sun subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat," and to "live by Maat"---in other words, She maintains Tiphareth (The Sun of Goddess/God). This is the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Sex force to some). Aleister Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, " the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL." (THE DIVINE LIFE-FORCE). She stands in the Vsesica Piscis (the diamond shape representing "Womb"). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of four which means "Law and limitation". This Law is interesting in that The Planet Venus, is the only planet whose symbol encompasses every single Sephira on the Tree of Life. This implies that Love is the ultimate power of  the Universe and is the Law.

As Maat, she wears ostrich feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of Life and Death) on her forehead, She also holds the Sword (male phallic symbol in this context) which suggests a sexual union, and the "completion" of the female (Crowley). In 777, Crowley described this "completion" as "The Woman Justified by equilibrium, and Self sacrifice is the Gate." 

Her Scale , weighs the Alpha and Omega (The All)  and as Crowley pointed out," She is the ultimate illusion which is manifestation; she is the dance, many-colored, man-wiled, of Life itself. Constantly whirling, all are possibilities are enjoyed, under the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real, the soul is surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this Adjustment. All things harmony and beauty; all things are truth; because they cancel out."   This Path takes some study.

The Babylonian Tarot, key-11, Justice/Nanshe, is the obvious card comparison to the Thoth key 8. Nanshe, or Nash, was the daughter of Enki (Ea), making her the sister of the warrior god, Ningirsu and the goddess of writing, Nisaba. Nisaba, was often illustrated by Nanshe's side, as she recorded the judgments of Nisaba.
The city of Sirara, in the southeast of Sumer, was her central point of worship and here she was considered an important part of humanities ethical and moral conduct.
In fact the 42 ideals of Maät, her Egyptian counterpart, could very well be from Nanshe and written by Nisaba.

As an overseer of justice and moral character, Nanshe was assigned the care of orphans, widows, and the poor. To check the accuracy of weights and measures, was another of her duties. Therefore the Libra scales are also represented in the understanding of Nanshe. Her talents are many, as she is also associated with the science of oeniromancy, the science of dream interpretation. Thus here other titles of, "Interpreter of Dreams" and "Diviner of the Gods". Therefore, if the Sumerian's used Tarot Divination, would make her the overseer of Tarot as well.
The symbols for the goddess Nanshe, were the birds, fishes and water, as her name was written as a composite sign for "house" and "fish". 
She is illustrated on the Babylonian Tarot card, key 11, holding an orphan in one hand, and the rod and ring: symbols that denote straightness and completeness, which is also divine right and justice.

The primary god associated with justice, was the Sun God Shamash, whose symbol is the solar disc on the card.

When the Thoth Adjustment or The Babylonian Justice/Nanshe card is drawn:
  • It often means we are experiencing karmic adjustments in life from past thoughts and actions which have led to the present circumstances of our life.
  • This is the Law of Action and Reaction, that all mind is subject to.
  • Fairness, integrity, and equity.
  • Proper balance and equilibrating action.
  • Necessary adjustment.
  • Legal proceedings.
  • Judgment, arbitration, and negotiated agreement.

The obvious negatives of this card, if ill defined by surrounding cards, are:
  • Legal problems.
  • Imbalance.
  • Abuse of Power.
  • Excessive severity.

Thank you for your interest, comments and supportive donations. May you live long and prosper!

2 Comments to Tarot Card Comparisons: Thoth Tarot-Key-8- Adjustment & The Babylonian Tarot-key 11- Justice/Nanshe:

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I AM on Thursday, April 23, 2015 3:51 AM

In the beginning, I found reading this post painful. Yes painful. This is because I don't believe in Karma. Though as I read more, it became easier. Even discovered that not only does Karma contain various qualities, but I found that I believe in some of them. I am quite baffled by this. Though if asked, I'd still say I don't believe in it. I don't believe in the idea that for every good deed, one will be done back unto thee as well for every bad deed. This is based on life experience. Nevertheless, I am enlightened by your knowledge. Thanks.

The hilt design on the sword, on the Thoth card. Do the back-to-back crescent moon symbols mean anything?

I'm taking a stab at interpretation. On the Babylonian card, does the rod represent the phallus and the ring the female sex organ?

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Eli on Thursday, April 23, 2015 7:55 AM
Thank you for your interest and comments. Justice and Karma go hand in hand. Really, you are Spirit,the breath of the body, so you are Life, the body is what you make Alive. Thus, you are the Life and the alive. Master and masterpiece. The body is how you experience the questions you have, by building the answers through doing. Questions left unanswered must be answered, therefore karma, which seems unfair to the "new" body, who must experience the questions and preform the answers of the "old psyche". But that is because of time limits on forms, not because of "what is deemed fair". Bodies are Power Tools, tools that give our Psyche the ability to do work in this plane of "condensed light". We have living identity labs, and call them "Us". This whole universe, including each and every person, is all about "Greater Self" awareness. I AM may be the name of god, but I AM ME, is the true trinity. What we believe in is usually for "comfort purposes", as it makes our world something we think we control, what we do is most important, and not necessarily comfortable. It is often hard being the "axle" when the wheel is spinning in chaos, but the I Am, must be the stable point in the ever-changing "me". May you live long and prosper.

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