In the Qabalah (a language developed to explain occult phenomena) there was a type of Genesis understanding. It was called the "three states of No-Thing"; The Ain, The Ain Soph, The Ain Soph Aur. The Qabalah was developed out of a form of Arabic now called Hebrew, because of its gematria or numerology; each letter was equal to a number. However, there is no number here in the Ain. For the Ain is a dark place of No-Thing
, far from empty, but totally subjective.
The Babylonian Tarot, is unique amongst tarot, for it presents the Genesis card, before the 0-Fool card, as an visual explanation of the Ain. Futile at best, since No-Thing is unable to present an image for duplication; however, it is a brave attempt at reaching a conscious idea about "The beginning", before time, of our Universal "One Energy", understood as a "Primordial Mist".
The Genesis card represents the "Before" any image, or thing was ever created as a visible universe.
According to Babylonian legend, the Apsu, Primeval Sweet- Freshwater Sea, symbolized by an abstract male deity existed before anything else. Therefore, he was the earliest recorded construct of the modern quantum physics concept of Dark Energy and Dark Matter. Both invisible and unseen, but noticed by their effects on the visible world.
The Enuma Elish ("When on high") is the Babylonian Creation text, that went on to explain Genesis in this manner:
When the height in heaven was not named,
And the earth beneath did not yet bear a name,
And the primeval Apsu, who begat them,
And chaos, Tiamat, mother of them both,
Their waters were mingled together,
And no field was formed, no marsh was seen;
When of the gods, none have been called into being,
And none bore a name, and no destinies were ordained,
Then were the gods created in the midst of heaven.
[King, Leonard W., The Seven Tablets of Creation, 3.]
The Qabalah tried to explain this "before anything" time, as the Ain.
To begin a seemingly futile explanation of "before 0":
In Qabalistic Metaphysical
explanation of the Universe, there are 10 numbers in the decimal system, having
intelligent reasons that are both mathematical and philosophical. In the
pictorial system that is the Qabalah and Tarot, one must begin with the
concept of zero which is not the absence of anything, but rather it is any
quantity that one chooses. It is the No-Thing
, but not nothing in the terms of
“absence of anything.” The most meager understanding of the No-Thing requires a different perspective than nothing.
- “Ain”, the first state of No-Thing; the
Essence of No-Thing or essence of Space
but not space itself.
Second state of No-Thing is what those scholars called“Ain-Soph”, meaning, Without
To us moderns that would be the concept of Space.
third state of No-Thing, having as yet a mere absence of any definition, still
causes some mental gymnastics of the most sublime, so these Qabalistic scholars
decide on the Third stage of the No-Thing and called it “Ain Soph Aur”,
meaning, Limitless Light.
Three states of Ain, to us moderns would be the complete description of the
space-time continuum but without even the image of light, as limitlessness
means no position, so there is
nothing to see. I would venture to say that we have described “the before Dark
Energy and “Dark Matter”, and The existence of dark energy and dark matter,
both invisible to the “I” (often called all-seeing-eye). It is not a wonder that the ancient minds who
created the Qabalah knew this. After all infinite
means limitless space, thus dark matter and immortality basically means limitless time, or dark energy. Plus,
“I” can’t see itself, for Self hasn’t yet begun as “AM”, and/or has not yet reflected upon itself.
To carry on,
abstraction as No-Thing, there are no real positive ideas as there is no
position. So to come up with a “point in time” (called an entity in physics) the
ancient Qabalists created the concept of Position and the definition of Kether,
, and the first Sephiroth
(number) on the Tree of Life that is labeled the Crown. [
In engineering science a point is described as “the
place where two lines cross”. The annihilation of these two lines is at the
nexus, where two become one; a point.] Such a point happens to an idea in the abstract
Nothingness of the space-time continuum. A point is a given position in the idea
of Boundless Limitless Light.
now becomes a place
with neither parts nor magnitude, only position. It is the number 1, the first
“I”, without it being anything at all, for there is nothing to compare it to.
We’ll need something else; another Point.
Therefore the number 2,
the “AM” is created and thus creating The
Line which is existence but of what? You see, a line without a measurement
of length, holds no meaning. We have
created “two things” but the limit of knowledge can only say they are a
distance from each other, without an idea of near or far. So for the purpose of
description, a third thing must be invented, a "Me".
So invented is the Surface
, a Triangle. This third
point on the Tree of Life Universal diagram is called
Understanding, i.e. The Great Mother Binah or the birther of form (a "Me").
We now have the whole
plane of geometry and can now say that point “A is closer to B than it is to C”
of course this suggests the concept of the Holy Trinity that many theologians
expound upon in their specific creation myths. This is also the construct of
the First Triangle of Ternary Conscious Energy, called the Supernal Triangle
or the Supernatural by the more prosaic.
also the “Mirrored Surface” upon
which the One "I", reflects ideas of self. One could say that the
No-Thing invented a mirror, a surface, so it could “see itself”. This concept
reinforces the idea that the Universe is a manifestation of evolutionary Self
–Images project onto reflected light allowing the Divine Creative to reflect
upon itself, just as we reflect on our own consciousness. Thus, there is still only
one energy, but one intelligent energy who transforms into many self-reflections.
Now in case I have lost you
in abstractions, just remember the first law of Thermodynamics which states: “There is only one energy that cannot be
created nor destroyed, only transformed or transmitted…” and that State of
One Energy is the Supernal Triangle, the upper Three on the Tree of Life. Yet
we only have the Theory of Plane Geometry as there is yet no substance. We have
distance, and angular measurement but no depth. There is no apparent existing
thing as yet created. The imaginary plane is all that we see. We must imagine the Abyss beyond the plane, as it is
suspended in No-Thing. We have yet to imagine the Actual or even an approach to the Actual or the Real. We
must have material so a fourth point is essential to the reality of Matter.
So far we have, the
point, the line and the plane. The Fourth point that is not lying within the
plane, gives us the idea of Solid and
Geometry has taught us that
if one wishes to know the position of any point, that position is defined by
the use of three coordinated axis. For
example it is so many feet from the North wall, so many feet from the West wall
and so many feet from the floor. We can now postulate an existing something out
of nothingness which we have called
Dark Matter. However, there is a certain
lack of flexibility here for the only possible property of any given point, is
its position in relationship to certain other points. Therefore, there is no
change here, transformations cannot happen. Thus, in the analysis of the Known
Reality, we must postulate a fifth positive idea which we will call Motion.
Motion also implies the
mundane idea of Time for only through motion and its time, travel from one point to another, can any event happen.
Now we have the change and sequence necessary to make something sensible and/or
the object of sense. It is notable that in Qabalah, the number 5 is the number
of the Hebrew letter Heh, meaning sight
or window. Tradition has applied this number to the Great Mother who is the
Womb in which the Yod (The Great
Father), the pictorial representation of the Point, moves and begins active
[By viewing the Hebrew alphabet illustrations, you may find this easier to visualize].
Because of the fifth positive
idea, we are now able to solidify the idea of the Point that can be described
as self-conscious, as it has a Past, Present and Future. Being able to define
itself in terms of previous ideas, develops the number 6, the center of the
Qabalistic Tree known as Tiphareth that is both self-conscious, and capable of
experience. From there on, Number 7-Netzach becomes the Essence of Being itself
called Victory and 8-Hod, the
Intellect, called Splendor and 9-Yesod,
the Ecstasy of Being called the Foundation.
Which leads us to the last positive idea of Kingdom
the number 10 and the manifestation of all physical-sensual being which
completely established the Sense of Self or the Spiritual “I AM ME”. The whole Tree of Life is now presented as one
Divine Creative multidimensional conscious energy who transforms itself into
sensual being for the joy of it! Now I
know I made this explanation short and simple, but if you think hard upon it,
you’ll get the idea.
Pressing on, the 78 cards of
tarot were adopted by western Qabalists and developed over many years as a
further attempt to explain the Sephirotic Tree of Life and the Paths of
conscious energy that developed and performs as this Universe, both in
Macrocosmic and Microcosmic multidimensional scale.
Both the 78 Tarot cards and
this simple diagram
that is composed of Ten Spheres called Sephiroth
(Hebrew for-number) number from 1 to ten represent the 40 minor or
mundane-objective small cards of the Tarot. Then there are twenty-two
connecting lines called Paths
represent the Spirit-subjective Major or Trump cards of Tarot.
adding the Sephiroth and Paths together, we get the collective: Thirty Two
Paths of Wisdom (See the text thirty two paths of Wisdom by Paul Foster Case, you'll find it on the internet ).
In the Thoth
Deck the remaining 16 Tarot Court cards, 4 Kings, 4 Queens, 4 Princes and 4
Princesses represent the 16 types of personality as described by modern
The Babylonian Tarot attempts
to explain the "Before time", as the Genesis card, adding an unnumbered key representing the birth of the Universe and of the gods.
In the Storm filled heavens, appears a likeness of an ancient deity,(The Qabalistic-Kether). The Absu, sea of sweet fresh water, is whipped into an absolute frenzy, imitating the "First Vibration" or Logos. Seen in the sea is a fetus appears in the middle of the turbulent sea, representing the first "god" being born (The first Sephiroth on the Tree of Life, Kether-"the point").
When the Babylonian Tarot-Genesis, is thrown during a divination it means:
- The absolute beginning or starting point.
- A new beginning.
- Commencement of a totally new outlook/perspective or new phase of life.
- Having to start over again.
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