Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 18-The Moon & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 18-The Moon/Sin
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 18-The Moon & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 18-The Moon/Sin

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth Tarot,Key 18-THE MOON
The universal principle of Choice and Authenticity.

This has been called the Karma Card ( work that needs to be done).

Ultimately, we have a daily choice between supporting our authentic self or our dutiful man-made self.  There is the Real which is the Spiritual immortal, Being and then there is reality, the "self-reflection" or mortal being and/or indoctrinated identity that we call our ego or personality.

In the Thoth card  representation, we see the gates that are guarded by the Ra kings, of Egyptian sun god myth, who stabilize and protect our energy as we transform from reality-selves to our memory of Real Self. The Ra kings are depicted on the Thoth card as Anubis, the Egyptian jackal headed god of Transformation who reminds us that we must leave the old to experience anything new. The Babylonian Tarot, The Moon/Sin, depicts two mountains, with a pass in between, guarded by Lions. Lions are attributed to the Sun and Ra. To the Babylonians, Sin was a Male god, attributed to the Moon and not a "illicit act"  done in defiance of god.

 The Moon reminds us of the illusions of the survival mind. If you as an individual, know (not believes) that everyone you see is another way of being you; you are in the Real-Psyche of divine self-awareness. If you see everyone as enemy or friend, you suffer from reality blindness brought on by the survival mind of the animal.   As an immortal Psyche of the Divine Collective Unconscious, you came to  own consciousness, but because of a delusional fear of mortality, the animal mind now owns you.  The Babylonian Tarot, Key 18 stresses this perception of animal fear of mortality, by illustrating  a scene from the Epic of Gilgamesh. In this scene, Gilgamesh, stricken with grief of his friend Enkidu, wanders through the world searching for immortality. In the dark of night, Gilgamesh comes upon a path prowled by lions. Now he, the fearless mighty warrior, experiences fear for the first time and prays to Sin , the Moon god to keep him safe.

Sensuality is concentrated "sight", built by perceptions of self, something we Immortal Psyche's are not used to. Therefore we consciously often fall under the delusional spell of the Senses, and the animal minds fear of death, assist us in developing mental fears of sensuality: fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of vulnerability, fear of rejection... All of which come from the foundational thought of "fear of being eaten", which is also called fear of death, the foundation of the Animal Mind. The Divine Collective's foundation is I AM and all creation radiates from that existence. You won't often find the animal mind agreeing with the I AM. It is more a "wanna-be" and insists on "I Am not", which means "lack of existence", which denies the presence of your existence as I AM! In other words, the animal mind often deludes itself into not seeing what it has mentally created, and instead blames that "thought" or creation on "someone else"; this "someone else" is often called "the enemy".

The Moon is a card representing this sensual illusion and reminds us that the illusion of the senses; yes illusion, as senses are all psychosomatic, meaning that not everyone has the same mental response to the same sensual experience from same environments. In other words sense or "feelings" are not scientific proof. As a Soul (meaning Psyche), it aids us to remember that, the body is only 1% of us, and its purpose is to define microcosmic thought. This ability to "sense" is to gather focus to a "moment in time"; to aid our creative psyche in creating a personality of discernment.

 In the Qabalah, reality is defined as trans-formative, the Real is the One who Transforms but is not the transformation itself. You may also see the Scarab beetle on the bottom of the Thoth card. This is the symbol of the Egyptian god Khepri, the god of transformations, as was the Babylonian Moon God, Sin.

In the Thoth illustration, the Scarab is rolling the Sun across the horizon, into the other-world in the evening and this world at the dawn. This rolling motion represents the renewal of life and the Real eternal existence which is invisible and thus called dark. The Mesopotamians envision the Sun illuminated day, as born out of the Darkness of the Moonlit night, that is ruled by the god Sin.

The Moon card of both Tarot decks, also represents the water sign Pisces. The traditional two fish of Pisces are symbolized here as the Anubi gate guardians, and represent the Picean commitment to evolutionary transformation.
The Moon, which is the 18th Key of the Major Arcana or Trump of Tarot, is called the Qabalistic Path of Qoph--meaning, back of head or ear.

Connecting Netzach-7th Sephira (Victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom) the 10th Sephira-Earth, the Path of Qoph is described as the "Victory of the Material World" and/or the "deceptive  effect of the apparent power of the Material World".
  This path, is also known as the "Threshold to life", a spiritual birth that may be considered on two levels:

  1. On one level, it is the course of incarnation where the soul organizes the physical body of which it will inhabit. It is a kind of sleep (physical consciousness not yet formed), a kind of pre-consciousness, that differentiates into mater from the collective unconscious of Netzach.
  2. On another level, where the student is advancing spiritual awareness up the Tree of Life, it is a path of  conquest of the phantoms of their "man-made" personality which are creations of the created. Therefore the path of Qoph, is a probationary path, where the student must face the emotional phantoms hid in the dark recesses of their own mind, as well as those of the
race. Such as demons.

This probationary path of emotional phantoms, can be disturbing to those of weak moral fiber who lack discernment and can pose real dangers to one's emotional stability.  On the other hand, those  of discerning minds are strong enough to tread this Path and slay the monsters ( or lions on the prowl)"within" our sleep-consciousness and understand their mechanisms, therefore gaining the capacity to manipulate those qualities in ourselves and those of others. Mastery of Illusion is a product of this path.

The meaning of the Hebrew word-Qoph, is the back of the head, behind the head itself is the Sun-or Resh in the Hebrew vernacular. The Moon symbolizes the anterior to the bright intellect of the Sun.  The Moon, the Path of Qoph, only reflects the light of the Sun. Thus the central path of the Thoth Moon card goes from the  dark side of the Moon, towards the light side that reflects direct Sun-light.This central path is also shown on the Babylonian Tarot Moon card, which depicts the solar light reflecting on the Moon of Sin. The Sumero-Babylonians, consider the Sun god- Shamash, as the son of the Moon god-Sin. Just as the Egyptians considered the Moon to "tow the Sun" into daylight.

This rising act of direct Sun-light is show as the Egyptian Scarab symbol  of the God Kephera (kheprera), pushing the Sun towards the Moon. Basically, the Moon -Key-18, symbolizes the rebirth of light out of hideous darkness; bright intellect overcoming the dark denizens of our sub-conscious, i.e. the illusions of emotional fears.

In Thoth Deck Tarot, THE HIGH PRIESTESS, is a source of pure, crystal clear waters (consciousness) emerging from the God Head-The Father, to God the Son/Sun, shown as the 6th Sephira-Tiphareth. The same waters of consciousness are seen here on The Moon card, but they are polluted with the dark subconscious fears of mortality, that physical manifestation bestows on consciousness.

However, as I have stated before, the traveling up the Path of Qoph, towards the "Son/Sun Consciousness" of Tiphareth, notably changes the body physiology, as the Bright Beautiful Light Intellect of the Sun (Tiphareth) descends into it. When traveling up the Path of Qoph, the Personality becomes increasing aware of the Higher Self and less controlled by the dark survival fears of the body.

Paul Foster Case called The Moon, the "Corporeal Intelligence" which means the "body consciousness". Also in Hebrew the word "corporeal" means "to rain upon", which is why we see the symbols of Yods raining down from the central orb of the Thoth card (Down from Tiphareth). Since this is a Watery Card, some of a more poetic bent, say that these Yod symbols are "tears of the Moon-Goddess" raining down and filling the Nile. However, what most Qabalistic Scholars agree on is that something descends from the Moon to the Earth on the Path of Qoph, which is represented as raining Yods.

The path of Qoph is that of primitive instincts, of nature red in "both tooth and claw" which emerges uncontrolled by moral or ethical reasoning. The traveler of this Path will face aspects of themselves that our culture forces them to repress but are indeed integral and undeniable parts of our predatory human form.  This is the Survival Mind, where the "law of the jungle" resides in the dark pools of violence and conquest. This can be a very cruel path to endure, until the student is able to fear not these internal demons which removes the veils of darkness, allowing in the Bright Intellect of the Son who applies beautiful reason to our consciousness.

The simple Hebrew letter of Qoph, translates into the English word, sleep.Thus we have a conscious relationship with the Moon, The bright Sun reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of the "sleeping" subconsciousness. As the Moon has cycles, so does our Psyche, as during the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information closely related to the bodies survival based experiences. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of The Moon.

The initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. 

The two figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed gate keepers, or Watchers, symbolize this cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of  light and darkness, death and resurrection. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern on this card also reinforces this meaning. As does the Painting of "The Watchers and the infinite gift", which is painted by the very talented and local artist Juli Luke. The six pointed star is the Sun (6 is the Sun's number) and the moon, (33) is shown rising out of the Dark Sea. The number 33= 3+3=6, illustrating a "reflection" of 6. I just love this painting which depicts so much more esoteric thought and would make a "hell of a" Moon Tarot Card!

The Moon, symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics), from organized flesh assembly to the disassemble of death.
To understand the Path of Qoph-The Moon, is to understand the partnership of our Psyche-Sun of God-personality-consciousness to the physical vehicle, which the Soul, a Yod- Personality (Solar Personality) builds for each manifestation. Since most people perceive themselves as having existence only through their bodies, this is often a most difficult undertaking. 

The Moon was often seen as a Goddess of Life (White Goddess of Light) and a Goddess of Death ( Dark Goddess) at once praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicle's  fear of dying that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms who manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental - emotional disorders. Our consciousness comes from the immortal Soul-Psyche, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending. We recycle, our consciousness, which is a "reflection" of the Soul Conscious-Personality. Bodies forget, that they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic Organism, that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall return..." which is a slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain pause from its attempts at survival thinking.  We are not a physical brain. We are Spirit, who is supposed to program the brain with its own self-identity soft-ware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of Life being a "living thing". With mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental ramblings of an imagination. They now must support life, and expand and liberate the "living" from fear of death-based thoughts.

The Babylonians, knew the Sun to provide  heat, fertility and food and considered the Moon more of a spirit guide to humanity because of the regularity of its changes. To the Babylonians, the moon was connected to both celestial and chthonic forces. Also, since nighttime was seen as the time for love making, Ishtar, the Venusian goddess of love, was seen as a child of the Lunar god, Sin.

We, the Immortals, are here to redesign the "survival mind" of the animal body. We are the Sun's of Living Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect upon a world of Matter, our own self-realizations,  which for generations was symbolized by the Moon. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which is less than one percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum; a spectrum that is the medium of our "personality-consciousness".

One could say, that on the Path of the Moon, the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of life and death, into the knowledge of personality-resurrection. For the Soul is the Will of Life and the Will of Death, and both must be a function of willful discernment!

When the Moon card is thrown during a reading:
  • The querent is experiencing dissatisfaction and voluntary change is on the horizon.
  • The querent is experiencing choice and authenticity over old illusions and delusions.
  • A call to enter into the darkness of the unconscious and to come to grips with one's fantasy made demons.
  • Within 18 weeks or 18 months the querent must take control of the survival mind and expand it beyond its fear based perspectives.  They must remember, that they are a Spirit who owns a body, not a body who owns a spirit; an Immortal Conscious that owns a mortal consciousness.
  • The querent is reminded that they are functioning in the realm of the unconscious where they become aware that reality is a dream, that time/space and physical bodies are merely conceptions, and therefore deep cellular change is possible.
  • Often this is the Shamanic call to enter into the darkness of unconscious desires and fears so that you may transform them into functional motion rather than dysfunctional illusion.

  • The Moon is also about the Illusion of death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified. 
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