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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot, Key 21, The Universe & The Babylonian Tarot, Key 21, The Universe/ Anki

The Tarot of EliThe Thoth, Key 21, The Universe:

 Is the motion of our Conscious energy crystallized into form.  Being that it is downward on the Tree of Life, it is obvious that the first path upward is the Last Key of the Major Arcana: THE UNIVERSE key 21.

This Qabalistic Tarot Card is the Path of Tau on the Tree of Life, meaning equal armed cross and/or the Tau cross (T-cross). Tau is a  Hebrew Double-letter, a combination of opposites and is called power-servitude.
The meaning of the word Power, is the ability to do work...and the ability to do discernible esoteric work is why we-Spirit-have a physical body! We now must work from a material perspective (the "Below") to the Realms of Pure Spirit (the "Above") doing the Serious Work of the Divine [THE GREAT WORK], as long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical body.

The Path of the Key 21, joins Earth (Malkuth) with the Foundation (Yesod) and is the first path out of the material condition for the personality, leading towards an understanding of the Personality (Soul) forged by the Higher Self of Tiphareth---for EACH incarnation. The Universe Card is the mandala for the "Administrative Intelligence", as Paul Foster Case described it in his text "The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom". The Path of Tau is the "Thirty Second Path". and Paul Foster Case says," it directs and associates in all their operations the seven planets."

In our mundane discussions of the Universe, we are discussing the Material.  I have often heard people refer to themselves as "mind and body" and when they meditate or dream, they consider that the images that come to them are somehow separate from the body-physical as if the Divine marriage of Spirit and Matter is really a Divine Divorce. Some how the body is not of Mind, although it is image and must be imagined!

The Gnostic/Qabalistic Mysteries have for generations stated that ALL IS MIND. The Above- Macrocosm and the Below-Microcosm, are products of Cosmic Self Awareness---MIND! The distinction between mind and body is a mundane sensual perspective, not of actuality. Once again the perspective of "Divide and Conquer" cultures does us mental harm.

When we close our eyes and see pictures, we are seeing the foundation of Matter, the most refined form of matter-Thoughts- which are the energy forms closest to the physical condition. The Physical is a Crystallization of these subtle forms brought about by the Power and mutual Servitude of  I AM ME----Force (I) and Form (AM) whom both are Power (Me), and who all Serve each other as a Psyche and power tool of creation. We are the Figure Eight (infinity-symbol) of Force and Form. A twisting of Serpentine Force and Form flow. Perspectives, base on how we identify ourselves, creates the dimension of "Me".
As I have stated before, we are 99.6% invisible, which means that most of our identity and the Physical World is an Unseen part of the electromagnetic spectrum, i.e. esoteric and psychic!

As you can see by looking at the illustration of the Four Worlds, Assiah is Malkuth, alone, and it is described as our sphere of sensation. Yet Malkuth is symbolized by the Seven Pointed Star which is representative of the Seven Palaces of Assiah (planets) By experiencing the Path of Tau--The Universe, we are taken to the Gateway of these Seven Palaces. And most people thought the 7 major Chakras (Sanskrit for: Spinning Wheel) we just for energy entry into the physical body!

On the Path of Tau, the Universal Plan (The Great Work) becomes apparent without necessarily being understood. You can enter the "Holy of Holies" and encounter them in such away that you are "in them but not of them"; being "of them" is a product of the Divisionism perspective--which is where most "new age'rs" are at. They must progress further up the Tree of Life to become " not of them", for we are building the As above, So below, not to leave it, but to expand its light spectrum/electromagnetic flow to focus our Psychic Power into this crystallized-light dimension (Bio-protons). The Divine Creative wishes to expand its Self-Awareness, beyond existence which is "I AM" and into "Feeling Itself", which is "Me"! It would be silly to merely return to existence, when one can become the Sensual Life!

What is important here is that all the  Force and Form of The One Energy is present and self- balanced on this Path. The Above has Condensed as the Below! This is also stated in the  Oriental Tao, as "What is here is there, and what is there is here. If it is not here, it is not there and if it is not there, it is not here.". The Qabalistic doctrine states the same thought process in: "If it exists, its supposed to" and " All the power that ever-was or ever-will be is here now".

Therefore, this is the Path of Gnostic Initiation, where the personality is encountering itself and becoming aware of the fact that what we encounter on this Path is of our own making. This is where the physical personality, realizes it is not really "in charge of the Macrocosmic Universe" (Qabalistic-Macroprosopos) of I AM  but rather of all that is inside our heads which is a Microcosmic universe (Microprosopos) of "Me".

However, we also encounter symbols and ideas which are of a greater consciousness than our own, and begin to see how our sensual being relates to a Universal picture. It is easy to know when one is "on this path and becomes of it", we become dreamy, and the ego loves the fantasy of denial-- but not the work.  In other words, "just lay back and the dreams will deliver you"--kind of thinking that doesn't understand or denies the "Power and Power tools" and if someone suggests that this is not enough, for you must "do the Deed" as well, the animal-ego sees an enemy to its blissful denial and will use "name calling" to disabuse them while expounding on the belief system of fantasy. Utopia/heaven is such a belief.

Therefore, our own Survival thinking (animal mind), must be observed on this Path in order to continue on into the Higher Self which is a Psyche-Oneness and not of the divisionism and "comfort dreams" of the survival animal mind which loves "belief systems" (superstitions)  but abhors "deed-systems", i.e. the gathering of Knowledge.  The initiate knows that to travel the Path upward to Tiphareth (Christ light) is a "deed system". This is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who bring their Personalities into a balance of self-understanding and action, where we no longer look for blame as we experience the phantoms-of- emotional pain that we are experiencing, or by entertaining ourselves with an extended comfortable fantasy where all is "Sunny", which many people believe is this Path.  Sorry, Spirit is not a kind of Opiate that keeps us from seeing the self-surgery that must be done! The True Seeker, must keep in mind that the Universe is a Path of entry into the Astral (Yesod) and that the Astral "seeks to deceive".

In the Thoth Deck Universe Card, we see the Four Alchemical Elements as different images of heads surrounding the Oval-Womb (Will to Form) of the Great Mother and is both the entry point of Life and the exit of  Death.

Her fullest expression as Binah is represented as the female form within and is all the principles that we perceive as matter which is also shown in gematria (Qabalistic numerology) as 2+1+3, the number of the Sephira-Binah. Time requires a beginning and an end to an event, otherwise form is not conceived. So the event of Tiphareth Force down-pouring and uprising must have a beginning a middle and an end. Therefore, Life processes run in waves, or spirals which come back upon themselves and this process is the nature of the Akashic Fluid of Yesod. This spiral force is directed by the passive and active energy flow, each of which is dual poled (male and female) and is shown on this card as the serpent Kundalini which represent the Primary sexual forces of Nature that will be experienced on the Path of Tau. The blue background of this card represents the Great Sea of The Divine Collective Un-Consciousness (Binah-Sophia) in its most dense and difficult expression.

There are many currents here, and some lead to the Light and others to the darkness of self-delusion. We must really carry the perspective of, "Everyone I see is another way of being Me" on this path so that we don't form this Akashic Fluid into phantom "enemies" when on  this path of Self- Perspective-formed- images. Remember, You think it, You become it!
The Qabalistic Path of Tau is also the central point of the Aleph (Fool), Mem (Hanged Man) and Shin (Aeon/Judgment) Paths which makes the equal armed Tau cross.

Before I go on with further explanation of the Universe- Key-21, it would be appropriate here to tell you how to mentally "Walk" the Path of Tau. This mental walk, is called Skrying. Skrying, is simple really, all one has to do is focus on a card and imagine themselves entering it. This is somewhat like lucid dreaming, where you enter the dream and control the events. Here, one is projecting themselves into an inner vision by the use of a "day dream", projecting oneself into the Vision of the Card.
Some may breathe deep and easy, relaxed in body, and close their eyes and mentally project themselves into the Key Vision, others, as do I, leave eyes open, and like traveling into a tunnel, imagine themselves entering the Visions, as the card grows ever bigger until entry. At first, maybe boredom takes over, but that is just a dimensional fence that is defeated by diligence, so soon the diligent student discovers that what they experience in this lucid skrying, is not of their own making. They often are astonished at the vitality, energy and spontaneous images that these "mandalas" invoke.

In the Forces of Tau, is the Knowledge, the data, of all the accumulated ideas that when into the making of our world. There is much to experience and remember here so discrimination is recommended, as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to  to perceive our "I AM". The Path of Tau begins the process of Knowing ourselves as we have been known into existence; an existence so dutifully produced by our Divine Parent's Lucid Dream. In fact, if the student of Tarot/Qabalah, doesn't skry these cards, they may as well be a deck of playing cards or be a charlatan that preys on superstitious minds for monetary gain.

From the standpoint of Gnosis (knowledge), the Universe Key 21, maybe the most important card in the deck, as it is the beginning of our journey back to Spiritual Awareness: the inner journey so important to "enlightenment". On this Path of Tau, we experience our own personality consciousness, which is of our own making, a reality that can be both frightening and gratifying. Yes, we make our own reality and the Universe card helps us to travel beyond the self-absorbed reality of our personalities, into the Higher Self reality that created our consciousness in the Beginning. Also, we learn how Freedom of Choice  defines our "End" by the composite pattern of our personalities.

Between the Hebrew letters of Aleph and Tau, is the entire Universe, the Alpha and the Omega and we must journey upwards from our Spirit's "ending" manifestation, into the Beginning..."for they who know their end, know their beginning" (Gnostic Gospel of Thomas)! Thus, the Path of Tau-The Universe, is a Path that can only be successfully traveled by those who begin the process of bringing their Personalities into a self-understanding balance. Of personalities, we have many, each represented by the Sephiroth on the Tree of Life and for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and latter as a wholeness. Each Personality, less condensed than the last. This may also astound the student, but it is on the path of Tau, that one discovers the extent to which the process of inner exploration is assisted by the guidance of the "Angels", particularity archangels  which are the Primary Personality of their Psychic dimension and part of our "Whole Self". The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple; The Inheritors.

It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality, that to the whole of the Universe, you are most precious and the Sacred Place! The purpose of this blog is to help you see, as you are seen by your Creator and wonder of wonders, you are not condemned but Loved without condition! You may not be the whole of God (Divine Creative), but God can be You!

One of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of Discrimination, a process that can only be learned in the earthly realm of Malkuth. This gateway to the Astral , is the Path of Tau, and the Astral is the place of  "Fluid thoughts", ideas, dreams, before they crystallize into manifestation. It is as if Light were liquid, as if the mirror of your mind is not yet solidified, a substance of silver-mercury to reflect your "self-identities" in crystalline light. There is deception in the Astral, Fantasies, that may never make it into manifestation,and some you never want to, so be discriminating, but only through divination can we enter the "Administrative Intelligence" balance; a discrimination that is shown by the Dancing Womb-man draped with the Caph-shaped scarf while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy.
If you have been keeping up with my blog, you now know that the Universe Card is a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind; The Divine Collective Unconscious.  After much study, one may grasp the principle that the entire Tree of Life, which is taught through the Path of Tau-The Universe, is the most profound concept of "As above, so below". To a sensual body, this means "up and down", to the Infinite, this just means "higher vibration" and "lower vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization of self awareness.

Of course, energy frequency, ideas and Mind are inseparable, just as electricity and data in your computer are inseparable. Thus another axiom is attributed to the Tree, "The Know is in the Flow". That is why, when we mentally journey a Path, we gather knowledge at the same time we encounter higher mental frequency/psychic abilities. Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information. 
I have discussed the "Will-To-Form" of the Great Mother Binah (3 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) who is the Life Conscious and which is also Saturn in the exalted Supernal Realm. She is completely expressed on the Path of Tau, key 21-The Universe. The female figure of the " Cosmic Dancer" of the Universe, is the fullest expression of this Life Conscious and has been called Isis, the Aima Elohim, as well as, Saturn who gives life and destroys it and Great Mother Binah who is the amalgamation of two entities, Binah (Understanding) and Chokmah (Wisdom).  This in not confusing if one remembers that Chokmah/Wisdom is a feminine noun in Hebrew, as is the Greek Sophia/Wisdom.

This union is also shown in the Babylonian Tarot card, The Universe/Anki, as Anki is an amalgamation An (Anu), the Sky god, and Ki (Aruru) The Great Mother Earth Goddess. According to the Eridu version of Creation, An and Ki were born inseparable from Nammu, the primordial goddess of the sea.
 This card of the Babylonian interpretation of the Universe, is also attributed to Saturn and the element earth. Showing the archetypical Father and Mother as one being of "two faces". Between them is the ancient Babylonian circular map of the World, where rivers, cities and mountains are shown as geometric shapes.  Surrounding Anki, is not a Python, as in the Thoth Deck, but rather Tiamat, that was halved by Marduk in the Battle between chaos and order, where the upper half created the heavens and the lower half created the world. All of which is surrounded by the starry heavens.

The oval ring of Stars that surrounds the central  female figure on the Thoth Card, represents the Womb of the  human female, as well as, the Cosmic Womb into which the soul passes after body death. We arise from our death surrounded in a ring of stars; as an individual star on our way to the Great Mother.

Life is a serpent, with its beginning, middle, and end spiral processes, in waves or spirals (Spirit is a Spiral flow of  Will-to-be Energy), which come back upon themselves. This circling back upon itself is often shown as a Great Serpent.  This is also the natural course of the Akashic Fluid (Astral Fluid) of Yesod where the Serpent Kundalini is coiled in its passive state, and uncoiled in its active state.

The Thoth Universe Card is also surrounded in the Great Dark  Starry Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all consciousness which on the path of Tau, is consciousness in the most dense and difficult expression. Again, discrimination must be used when traveling the Akasha of Yesod, many who entered this Path, entertain themselves with extended fantasy and find themselves tormented by phantoms of there own making. The discerning traveler will supply every test of reason, and feeling. After a time of discernment, one will begin experiencing a process of learning, which is not of their own making. Verifying the images, by elaborate research definitely aids in this process.
When The Universe Card, key 21 of both Thoth and Babylonian Tarot, is thrown during a reading, :

  • Synthesis, the matter itself, world and Kingdom.
  • Successful completion.
  • Culmination.
  • Total unity.
  • Closure.
  • The keys to the Kingdom.
  • Reward, acclaim, triumph.
  • Truth and honesty.
  • Coming full circle.
  • Cosmic consciousness.
  • Investigation into the Unconscious.
  • A new cycle of growth and expansive personality is about to begin. 
  • More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.

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