Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 20- The Aeon & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 20, Judgment: Etana & The Eagle.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 20- The Aeon & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 20, Judgment: Etana & The Eagle.

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth, Key 20: The Aeon/Judgment.
The principle of good judgment that is utilized in both personal and professional situations.
The Egyptian Goddess Nut (Nuit), the dark Sky Goddess curves over the figure of Osiris, Egyptian God of Wisdom ( Chokma on the Tree of Life) who married Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Intuition (Binah on the Tree of Life). The union of Isis & Osiris gave birth to Horus, the God of Perception, which is seen as three floating fetuses.

Nut makes the sign of Leo; the zodiac Leo represents creative and professional power. The Thoth card reminds us that properly used creativity makes positive impact in both family and professional career.  Osiris, with his finger in his mouth, reflects that wisdom comes from experience ; to create, see error and correct it, is the path of wisdom.  Therefore, Wisdom is not randomly spoken.
The red-winged eye of Horus at the bottom of this card represents inspired vision that gives us the whole-view of any situation.  We should understand that by creating error and correcting that error, we become wise. Those who "do", make mistakes, those who "don't do", are the mistake.

Here we have Astral transformation that soon becomes physical manifestation. Everything is a symbol of the One Self, for everything proceeds from a generating idea (self-awareness and/or I AM) which is related to transcendent conception. I (Osiris) Am (Isis) and the child- Me (Horus)...is the generating principle of manifestation. We are the Divine  Me communicating to the Whole of Spirit (Holy Ghost) as I Am Me! We need never leave that which we truly love, which is creation, for all we become truly aware of, we become! Becoming never ends, it is the love process of being, i.e.The Divine Self!

The Aeon, key 20, is called the Path of Shin, meaning Tooth.  The maternal meaning of the letter Shin is Fire, both the meaning of the Path and the maternal meaning are a powerful combination.
Paul Foster Case describes the Path of Shin, as , "The Perpetual Intelligence", because it is a continuous  monitoring Intelligence of the progress of the Personality  toward Universal Consciousness.
Now I have often called the Mind Universal Collective Un-Conscious (meaning Not like personal consciousness), which is the Mind of the Macrocosm, not like consciousness, simply because a consciousness is a microcosmic reality; However, if we release our consciousness to the Universal  Un-Conscious Energy, we have developed a Consciousness that bridges the Macrocosm and Microcosm, yet is still Personally Self-Aware! We have then successfully become the Horus, the 22nd century human evolution!  That is the reasoning behind Crowley's replacing the old Judgment card with the newer Aeon card.

The Path of Shin joins the Earth Intelligence-Malkuth with that of Hod-the Splendor Intelligence, which is the Sephiroth base of the Pillar of Severity, connecting Earth with the Will-To-Be ( Will to form) of the Great Binah. On this path, the Student experiences a perpetual burning away of  that which is unworthy by the Archangel controlled "Redeeming Fire"; a process that becomes physical as the higher vibratory Passion of the Divine Self Will To Force and Will to Form, begins hotly flowing through our bodies. This flow of bright, warm Psyche, is a form of "Lust without need of result" and therefore this is a point of delicate balance, and a Teacher of the Mysteries must expect the Students to react in peculiar ways; such as a feeling of heated passion for the Teacher. The passionate reaction is simply a misplaced transference, because the cultural ego, seeks self gratification when stimulated. In Truth this is really the beginning of experiencing unconditional love, which is often muddled with conditional thinking, during early stages. The Passion-dynamic, of Will to Force and Will to Form, is the Fire and Water of Spirit and with proper guidance the Student will go into the Fire (Spirit Psyche) with Conscious acceptance (Water represents consciousness) instead of trying to control it with conditions. That is the lesson of Hod, love/passion is not a peacocks splendor of egoistic display, rather it is the Foundation of all Creation, but to know this is a perpetual process of "burning off the unworthy", so that progress can continue. Thus the "Splendor of the Material World" is burned away in a kind of physical resurrection, a rebirth of body and personality sending us perpetually towards the Great Mother (The Ocean of the Divine Collective Unconscious).

Therefore, this resurrection is bases on the developments of the opposite card to this progressive Path of Shin. A path that is THE MOON -Key 18, relating to the disciplined quest for a greater reality, that actually changes the physiological. In other words, the balanced  Energies of both Shin and Qolph (the Moon) stimulate the rebirth of our bodies; that is a physiological rebuild, necessary to handle the higher vibratory states of the Higher Consciousness and the One Emotion that is Love without conditions. This is a process that Paul Foster Case described,  as building a "Master's Body". A body, where the Kundalini is flowing, uncoiled and hot, with out emotionally adverse effects.

The Path of Shin, is the bright fiery probationary path of the Intellect where the components of the Personality first encountered in The Universe Path of Tau, are critically analyzed and evaluated, i.e. Judged and therefore called the Judgment card by many Tarot decks. However, the opposite path is that of THE MOON, a dark watery probationary path of emotions, is a expression of passionate being. The balance of Aeon and Moon, builds the Master body, the Manifested Body of Horus - The Solar Child of Isis and Osiris ( The two previous Aeons).

These three Qabalistic introductory Paths to the True Nature of Self in incarnation, are usually extremely difficult to travel, because these Elemental Paths  of which The Aeon, The Fool, The Hanged Man are known, are very difficult to understand. This mental difficulty is because all of the Elements are present on each Path, in either repressed or expressed form. For example, the pattern of Maternal letters (form producing intelligence) as stated in the Qabalistic book, Sepher Yetzirah, that Air (Gases) produces Water which produces Fire which we also surmise by studying physics.  THE FOOL-0, is pure Air. THE HANGED MAN-KEY  12, is Air acted upon by Water, and THE AEON, Key- 20, is Air and Water acted upon by Fire/Passion within the human body. It pays to note, that the human body is the  Golden Crucible of Spiritual/metaphysical Alchemy.

On the Path of Shin (The Qabalistic Tarot-The Aeon), the Consciousness (Water) is activated by the Dynamic Principle (Fire) in the presence of equilibrating Spirit (Air) with in the physical vehicle (Earth), all of which produces a balance of intelligence forces in the individual necessary for total understanding of the Personality structure  and its relationship  to the Greater Self.

As I have mentioned, Crowley's Aeon card departs completely from the traditional Cards of the Ryder-Waite, Babylonian Tarot or Golden Dawn Tarot decks. The Aeon card is illustrative of Crowley's personal philosophy derived from The Book of Law, which he stated was revealed to him, thus forming the core of his teachings. He called the Aeon Card the Stele of Revealing.

In his explanation of the Aeon, Crowley claimed it superseded all traditional concepts of the Key (Judgment Card) because it shows the harmonious, spiritual state of human existence that will reside on this earth in the mid-twenty second century. This advanced human condition is illustrated by the Dark Sky Goddess Nuit arching over her consort, Hadit, who is the Golden Orb of Light. Their Union produces Horus, as shown both seated and standing on the Thoth Card, representing his passive and active forms. Crowley states that another name for Horus is  Heru, which is synonymous with Hru, which he calls "The Great Angel set over the Tarot". (Angels are "another Angle of Intelligent light.)

Constantly, Qabalistic doctrine is a system of Gnosis (Knowledge) that evolves with the races of human kind, We have passed into the predicted 500 year period of extreme darkness and trial, preparatory to a new Aeon of Light. Thus, we have the letter Shin below the Standing Horus, in a flowery form and the the Three Yods, each have a internal human shape that is arising to partake of the Light of the coming Aeon. Naturally the study of The Book of Law is recommended to further the understanding of this card of the new Aeon.
The Babylonian Tarot, Key 20, Judgment/ Etana & The Eagle, keeps to the traditional Judgment concept. Represented in Sumero/Babylonian imagery, is part of the Epic of Etana.  This epic story begins with a King in search of the city of Kish. Appointed by the god Ellil, to kingship, Etana seeks a son and heir, as he lacks one.

Meanwhile a poplar tree growing in the shade of Adad's (All father god) throne becomes home to an Eagle, above and a snake, below. While competing  for prey, the eagle and snake decide to form a truce and become friends by swearing an oath. All goes well, until one lean day, the eagle decides to eat the snakes young, while the snake was out hunting.  When the snake finds its young and the eagle missing, it was a bit beside himself. This oath breaking, upset the snake and it cries out to the sun god Shamash for justice. The sun god told the snake to hide in a bull carcass, and when the eagle comes down to scavenge, do what it must.

Eagle comes, snake bites, wounding the eagle by pulling out wing feathers, and then the snake tosses the eagle into a pit, to die.
Now the broken eagle cries out to Shamash for help.  The disgusted Sun god scolds the eagle for being an Oath breaker, and declines to heal the eagle himself; however, his compassion wouldn't let the eagle die, so he told the eagle someone else would come by and attend him.
Conveniently, Etana  daily prays to Shamash to give him the "plant of birth" which will enable him to have a son and heir.
The Sun god finally tells Etana to journey a mountain pass that will lead to a pit, in which an eagle convalesces and the eagle will show him the "plant of birth".
It takes time, but eventually Etana nurses the eagle back to health, and also gets the eagles promise to take him to the "plant of birth".
On that adventurous day, Etana climes onto the eagles back, and off they go. Etana begins freaking out, and forces the eagle to land. In the city of Kish, Etana has a series of dreams that encourage him to try again. So he climes on the back of the Eagle and tries again. Here, is where the clay tablet is missing parts, so we don't get a description of his journey nor if he achieves his goal.

However, the Sumerian clay tablet of the King's list, shows that after Etana, King of Kish, Balih, his son succeeded him. So he was successful.
Shamash's judgment decided two things; the eagle served out his punishment, thereby learning his lesson and that Etana's care of the bird, made him a good candidate for kingship.

The Babylonian Tarot Card, Key 20 is attributed to both Fire and Spirit. Depicted, is Etana and the eagle rising up out of the pit. Shamash, the god of judgment is shown in his solar disc that resides in a heavenly shrine.

When the Aeon/Judgment card is thrown during a reading:
  • It states that a final decision has been reached.
  • A matter has been determined without appeal on its plane.
  • The final decision has been made, and a new state of enlightenment is arising in the querent.
  • Positive news or announcement.
  • Change in consciousness.
  • Spiritual awareness.
  • Consecration. 
  • Baptism of Fire (Infusion of Divine Lust).
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