The Qabalistic Thoth Key 8 :
Adjustment/Justice; The Universal Principle of balance: Justice/ Realignment.
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.
- The circles represent formulate
thoughts or ideas.
- This card also represents the integrating, balancing
and synthesizing mind which is often expressed in writing, research,
engineering and design.
- The Ace of Swords is also on this card, pointing
downwards indicating the application of creative ideas in tangible
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)
(5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of Lamed. Lamed
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
(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".
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
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
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 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
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
- 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.
- Abuse of Power.
- Excessive severity.
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