Thoth, Key19-The Sun: The Path of Resh.
*Musical Note: D- Natural
* Double letter (Hebrew) Fertility-Barrenness
* Qabalistic esoteric title: The Lord of the Fire of the World.
From the Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Cases called The Thirtieth Path, The Collecting Intelligence. He stated it is so-called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgment of the
Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science,
according to the rules of their resolutions.
(The Path of Resh is the path from the circle #8-Hod at a down angle to circle #9-Yesod)
The Path of Resh connects
Splendor (Hod) with Foundation (Yesod) and is the first of the Paths of
the Personality Triad to be encountered in upward motion on the Tree.
As the active Path of the intellectual formative side,
it is the activating force of the Personality which is an "image of
the High Self" since it is composed of both Male-electric-dynamic
("masculine-intuitive-dynamic, Yod) and female-formative-magnetic (intellectual-formative, Heh) and a harmony of energy frequencies from the union of the two opposites which is known as the equilibrating, Vau.
Sun, Key 19,
in the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot deck is considered the "Collecting
meaning that it exercises control over many different
components which is seen as the:
- 12 signs of the Zodiac, in this case symbolized by the 12 rays of light emanating from the Sun.
- The Masculine and Feminine polarities are represented as the flying angelic forms.
Zodiacal signs are considered to be the 12 guide posts of Personality
and receptacles of Planetary influences, one of which governs the birth
and life course of each incarnation.
- The Sun is not only
central to today's incarnation but also acts as a link between the
Personalities which have been experienced in other incarnations.
collecting of the Sun also encompasses all the component parts of the
Personality, discovered on these lower Paths, that are here infused with
the dual action of the Sun (light and warmth).
initiates, light and warmth are considered to be intellectual qualities.
The Path of The Sun is intellectual and is the highest level of the
human intellect ( The Star is the highest level of emotions).
- The Sun is also The Son
who carries on the work of the Father. The Sun is the introduction to
the inner sun which is the light of the Personality, just as the
physical sun is the light of the material world.
- What must be
noted here, is that definite physical-chemical changes happen to those
who successfully work on the Paths. In his study course, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Case states that:...marked
inner differences from the average person are due to psychological
contrasts to the mental states of ordinary human beings, but they are
also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new
creature. He is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo. There
are different constituents in his (her) blood stream. Through the
nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function
differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies
of the greater number of his (her)contemporaries.
In order to update the language I placed the word her
in parentheses but it is also important to note that these "marked
inner differences" also cause the "magic abilities" of the psychic
and/or the "healing semen of the anointed" (Son-Light) in Tantric practice.
When we travel The Path of Resh
upwards, we return to this point of new innocence. It is quite
literally "a growing younger" process of birth backwards until we reach a
stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we
It's also important to note
that the Personality we came as Spirit/Soul to build, is an expansion and
liberation of the Animal consciousness to a state of "Angelic conscious".
We came to elevate matter and its survival mind to that of the Universal
Thought of The Divine Collective Unconscious. Therefore the Sun card is the symbol of the genus homo-sapient-sapiens.
You may notice
the "Dancing Twins"
as show on this card before they
were called the "Sons of Seth" or the "Daughters of Seth" we may have
known them as --the Twin aspects of the Goddess / God and/or The Divine Creative. The Fiery Spirit
or Spiral Energy of Masculine and the Magnetic- Formative Sophia
(Goddess of Wisdom) feminine side. Their arms cross to represent the
Union of these Divine States of Intellect and Energy (in Tibetan Tantric Image
they would be in Yab Yum or "Sexual Union") that must be established to "Collect"
all the necessary Forces in order to establish a Intellectual and living
The Sun/Resh Path
is intellectual, and THE SUN represents the highest
form of human intellect which is both a balance of Masculine and
Feminine conscious energy. So in a physical representation, when both
the Left and Right side of the brain are in equilibrium with the Solar
Forces (Kundalini) within the body, we are at our most advanced state of
Personality. This is a profound union of the Personality with the Inner
Sun where there is a deep physical inner feeling of Warmth and Light
not unlike the external feeling of warmth and light a sun bather may
experience and as the Sun. Also, like the physical sun, you cannot look
directly into the "inner sun" with out suffering damage/ or physical change. Reminding us of
the opposites of the Sun, that it is both the harbinger of fertility
and barrenness, both of which are the Double Letter meaning of the word Resh.
As a symbol of Resh
the human head is represented, which is our Collective Intelligence.
The Path of Resh is an initiation of the Personality to the Great Source
of Inner Light which takes place in the material body that affects the
dual components of the Lower Self (Chemical and Intellectual). The Adept
knows that the component parts of the Personality (Lower Paths on the
Tree of Life) function through the body as an experience-collecting
vehicle for the Spirit. The human body is an important Crucible for the
Alchemical union of Higher and Lower Self communion.
Physical body is a Sacred Place; our temple, our forge, where ideas are
forged into artistic-intimate-sensual-presence and where Male and Female
are not divided into a purely errant "Battle of the Sexes" as proposed
by the "Divide and Conquer" indoctrination of divisionism!
Remember "God creates what God wants!"
This is a Hermaphroditic path, where we return to the innocence of a
child and as we travel upwards this Path of Resh (activating all of our energy centers), our Personality grows
younger, innocent and sees with Wonder rather than the critical eyes of
the good and bad Pavlovian domesticated and divided-personality of the
Adult. We begin seeing What God Sees!
Tiphareth is the Central Sun (Son)
of the physical microcosm and connects us to the Dark Sun (limitless
light-Father) of the Macrocosm and the Path of Resh begins us on the
Journey to Central Sun-of God, within. There is much to study about this
card, Cain an Able ( bareness and fertility), the Dragon-faced-Men,
Sons of Seth, Daughters of Seth and the Christ who Didymos Judas Thomas
in the Gnostic Gospels quoted as saying"....I am the honeymoon suite.
" and much more!
is the symbol of the composite Thirtieth Path which is
compressed of the Four Elements, the Signs of the Zodiac, and the
Planets, all under the Ruler ship of the Sun. Thus, the Hexagram is the
symbol of the perfect integration of Personality and Higher Self
(Tiphareth -meaning Beauty).
The Sun is also called the "Splendor of the
Material World", as it connects Yesod-Foundation to Hod-Splendor, and
is basically representative of the intellect acting upon the dual human
condition of, consciousness and the physical body. Thus, the Sun is a
point of connection with the Greater Life that is comprised by balancing
the human-Microcosmic intellect with the Higher Macrocosmic Intellect that is the "Sun (Son)
For the initiate, experiencing the Path of Resh, is very
profound as it is the introduction to the inner sun, which is the nurturing light
of the personality, as the outer sun is the nurturing light of the physical
world. As before stated, while experiencing the warmth and light
of this inner sun, one's personality cannot look directly into this
Solar intelligence, anymore than they can at the physical sun, without
suffering transformation. As shown by The Tower Card; equilibrium will be
reached by "burning away" what is unworthy of the Higher Personality.
I have said before, working on the Paths brings about definite physio-chemical changes in the human body and as one of the most noted
teachers of the Hermetic Qabalah, Paul Foster Case has stated in his
study course, The Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom. This is the
same physio-chemical change that happens to adepts in the Tantric Arts, yoga, or metaphysical alchemy,
where balanced Divine Male and Divine Female energy opens up the Divya Sidhis or magic abilities.
Qabalist always bears in mind that the Personality, the component parts
of which are represented on these lower Paths of the Tree of Life,
functions through the body as an discriminating-experience-collecting vehicle for the
Soul/Spirit. To divorce the body from the Spirit is a most serious
mistake of divisionism, for then we are mentally and thus physically
divorcing ourselves from the very Powers that created the body and the Soul's very need of mental discrimination! Immortals can't discriminate as they have not end or beginning to see! The Mortal body, has sense to define limits, that can be examined and then experienced, allowing the Psyche to discriminate between what is or what is not Life expanding and liberating! The body
is the crucible of the Soul Alchemist, and the Sun is not only an important
symbol, it is also the Spiritual furnace heat that is the alchemical process of
turning the lead of unworthy thought into the gold of Higher Mind.
The Lower Paths on the Tree
of Life, Tau, Shin and Resh, ( The
Universe, The Aeon, The Sun-), are the symbols of the component parts of
the Personality which function through the body-vehicle, as Spirit's
experience-collecting apparatus. The Higher Self must function through
the Personality if it is to influence the physical plane, as Pure Spirit
must function through the Higher Self and the physical body to establish "Whole Shelf". The
fact that we perceive separation between these aspects of One, is to
necessitate understanding of each of the components that are in a state
of infinite connectivity. The Tree of Life does describe, by its
pattern, a degree of separation, as Sephiroth, but the Paths show us
they are all connected and that the perception of separation is to
expedite understanding of a dimension of conscious energy.
is noted for its wide varieties from one organism to another, so it is
up to each individual student to literally create their own Qabalah. The
Path of Resh is crucial in developing the individual Qabalah. Upon
journeying this Path of The Collective Intelligence, one will receive
the imprint and acceptance of "Spirit guides, or those beings who
direct the inner learning experience of the student. On the Path of
Resh (head) the candidacy for Tiphareth
(Beauty), The Conscious of the Son (Sun), and /or Higher Self, is begun.
Path leading into Hod, is where inner discoveries are made as the Inner
Teachers exert their influence on the material world, clarifying the
relationship between mind and body.
The Path of Resh, will help
the student understand the control and limitations of intellect. The
Path of the Sun, is also the path of "awakening", that helps the
student understand the use of the tremendous "Sexual Force" of Yesod
(Foundation) that is known as the "secret" or Arcane force manipulated
by the initiate of the Mysteries. This force has many names, such as
"Serpent Force", Kundalini, or "Life Force", all of which fall short in
proper perception, as most definitions do. This force must be
experienced to be understood, and proper preparation for its "rising"
must be made by experiencing of the Perceptual Intelligence on the Path
of Shin (The Aeon).
Yesod, Foundation, or Yesodic/Kundalini energy, is attributed to the Moon which governs
the ebbing and flowing of the Astral Light (Akashic Fluid) and is the
sexuality beneath our material existence.
Hod is Mercury, the first
similarity of the specific Personality. Therefore, the Personality is
hermaphroditic, as male and female qualities have yet to be separated
out as specifics. The Path of the Sun, when considered developmentally,
is the point of childhood of the emerging Personality as it builds
toward an earthly incarnation. By traveling upward, towards Hod, we are
once again experiencing this initial innocence, a kind of re
experiencing youth and/or a rebirth. The initiate reaches a stage where
there is some recollection of the Source from which we emerged.
on the Thoth Deck Sun card, symbolize the
purest-innocent repression of the electric-male (Earth) and the magnetic
female (Water) principles in physical manifestation. These Twins are
also a reference to the astrological sign of Gemini, the sign that links
Taurus (Earth) and Cancer (Water). The ancient Greeks and Romans also
referred the sign Gemini, to Apollo and the Sun.
In the Thoth Deck
Sun card, the green mound beneath the Twins, symbolizes fertility, as
its shape shows aspiration to the Higher Self. The Children dance, free
from enclosure, symbolizing freedom from the "prejudices of the people
that date morally from the about 25,00 B.C." [Crowley]
On Crowley's Thoth, Key 19
, the Sun,
is the Rose-Cross expanded from four arms to 12 rays and embracing the
whole of creation in its rays.
This expanded "Inner Sun" is felt
by the initiate, as a very warm rising, fertile power, that does change
the physiology of the physical form into the "Master's Body".
The Babylonian Tarot, Key 19, The Sun/Shamash depicts the Sumerian sun-god, Utu, who later became the Babylonian sun-god,Shamash. Presented here, Shamash is standing on his totem animal, the horse, while wielding his implement, a pruning saw ( cuts away unwanted identities in the personality), radiating rays of light from his shoulders, as the Solar Discs rises up between two peaks. Shamash is the older brother of Adad, the Weather god. Therefore representing the Brothers Cain and Able, (Crowley's suggestion on the Thoth card) on the Solar card.
Shamash represents all the characteristics of the Sun Card, in any deck, as he is the Sumero-Babylonian god of justice, governed virtue, laws, oracles, courage, victory, moral force, judgment and retribution. As in the Solar Logos (Christ/Buddha consciousness) , Shamash's brilliant Sun/Son light, gave warmth, illumination, and fertility. Because of this brilliant sun light, "all things were revealed" to him, making him the arbitrator of Justice, who rewarded the virtuous and punished the wicked.
To carry on this tradition of "Twins dancing in the Sun", Shamash and his companion, the goddess Aya, had two children (minor deities) that attended him : his daughter Misaru (justice) and his son "righteousness", Kittu. Therefore Shamash was a compassionate "law and order" god. He also bore the titles of "illuminator of the regions", "Lord of living creatures", "king of judgement" and " god of the day". He appears in a number of Sumerian and Babylonian stories, the Epic of Gilgamesh, and the story of Etana and the Eagle, to name a couple.
The Sun, Key 19 thrown during a reading:
- The querent shall experience gain, riches,
glory and sometimes be called arrogant which is often a
misunderstanding of their glowing self-confidence.
- The querent might
make great displays of vanity but this is only seen when accompanied
by very negative cards.
- It generally means Gain, Glory and riches all of the Fertility side.
- Birth and renewal of the personality.
- Achievement against the odds.
- Vindication of daring ideas.
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