The 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:
- 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.
- 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-ligh
t 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
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
The simple Hebrew
letter of Qoph, translates into the English word, sleep.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
are Spirit, who is supposed to program the brain with its own
self-identity soft-ware, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment
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
, 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".
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
- 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
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
- 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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