In the Text, THIRTY TWO PATHS OF WISDOM, Paul Foster Case called THE LOVERS, the Disposing Intelligence. The complexity of this card can barely be presented by the image on the card, and is even difficult to understand as a disposing intelligence.
THE Thoth- LOVERS, represent the Path of Zain, meaning Sword, that runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all form emerged (Binah-Understanding) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth-Beauty).
The Term Lovers, seems simple enough, yet it is a complex and profound card, as it is not about the love of two humans, but rather the Twins or duality of the individual united in pursuit of Divine Love.
Therefore the True meaning of Key 6, is embedded in the Astrological sign Gemini, The Twins. The Dual intelligent Forces of Male and Female, (electric and magnetic, conscious and unconscious, Psyche and Animal mind), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and opposite Intelligence that must be united as a major step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. These are the union of the Entity that is Electric and the Entity that is Magnetic that exist as Animus and Anima; God/Goddess, Shiva/Shakti etc., in the One Mind that is the Divine Creative. The surging of the Divine One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, was formed by the communication and/or intercourse of stable dualities; for the Divine Creative is a DUAL CONSTRUCT OF FORCE AND FORM.
This is nothing new to those who studied Matriarchal religions, God and Goddess were never seen separated. Only in the War/slave religions of Nomadic Tribes, did the Patriarch exist alone after he defeated the Female. Such as the Greek myth of Perseus and the Medusa or Gorgon. A myth easily looked up and studied by an enterprising researcher.
The Great Work, is a "return" to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation, in the individual personality. However, the "return" is necessary for the Psyche to download, it's individual artificial intelligence-software into the Divine Collective Unconscious.This is either done involuntarily by death or voluntarily by conscious union with the Divine Collective, which insures a constant contact enabling the Personality (Artificial Intelligence) to continue on with "problem solving" and/or developing discerning intelligence, without the "sleep" of death, that occurs to most "group soul" indoctrinated persona's by physical death.
As Robert Wang wrote about the Path of Zain (meaning; sword or armor) in his book: THE QABALISTIC TAROT," Thus this path may be considered the aspect of the Garden of Eden, from which mankind was expelled, but to which it may earn re-entry by conscious dealing with what has been called the inner Sun and Moon. The whole key to the Great Work is uniting of the Sun and the Moon under Mercury (the planet ruling Gemini)."
One may understand this statement better, if they remember that Mercury is about Communication and/or intercourse.
On the Thoth Tarot Card, THE LOVERS, The Sun is the man, the Moon is the Woman, and the Divine Fire that is above the Abyss (The Vital Force or Serpent Force), is represented as Cupid. Case has stated that, the Sun is self-consciousness and that the Moon is subconsciousness.
Paul Foster Case, considered that these are both aspects of the One Life Breath, each working half of the body. Today we mundanely know them as the Male half and the Female half of the human brain or in parapsychology as the Anima and the Animus. As Case has stated,"When the Solar and Lunar currents of the Life-Power are rightly perceived, rightly discriminated, and when their operation is kept in proper order, the personality of the man engaged in this practice becomes a free, unobstructed channel for the outpouring of the cosmic life force." Case considered THE LOVERS card to represent one of the dualities united by the Spiritual Self, the Divine Anima (female) and the Divine Animus (Male), both aware, conscious and united in the individual as they are in the Divine Creative. Just as most Tantric, and Gnostic practitioner's do.
To the Qabalist, The Lovers, represents the union of manifested opposites under the Divine Love of the Supernal (Upper triangle of the Tree of Life) through Binah/Ishtar-The Great Mother. Thus, the Crowley Thoth Deck Card depicts the theme of union as and Alchemical "Hermetic Marriage" of the component parts of the seeker.
The Path of Zain is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and willful communication attributed to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of opposites, is not passive.
In fact, it is the fiery force or the Serpent Force known as the Kundalini which is masculine fiery force, united with the Feminine Watery force (flowing in waves as "serpentine:) both in equal measure and full of fiery dynamic, and inspirational qualities.
This is a red-hot marriage, complete with Honey Moon and resulting "little death" reminiscent of an individual "big bang", call the "ecstasy". Therefore, the Qabalistic "Path of the Flaming Sword", up the Tree of Life, is the Path of the Flaming Zain".
There is a type of death here, as the process of crossing the Abyss means the death of one's own Higher Self, a willful and total self-destruction and immersion into the Divine Self which is the Creative Hermaphrodite.
I'll leave you with a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas from the Nag Hammadi Library, where it is written that Jesus, a Gnostic Nazarene, answered his disciples with: (22) " When you make the Two One, and when you make the inside like the outside and the outside like the inside, and the above like the below, and when you make the male and the female one and the same, so that the male not be male nor the female female;and when you fashion eyes in place of an eye, and a hand in place of a hand, and a foot in place of a foot, and a likeness in place of a likeness; then you will enter the kingdom."
Jesus obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE LOVERS card, but then he was a Nazarene Gnostic Master which is a Qabalistic Magi. What few know is that the Word Christos is Greek and refers to the Sun!
THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Thoth Deck Tarot are amongst the most difficult to understand. The Path of the Art Card is Samekh (Prop) and requires a complete integration of the Personality in its subordination to the Ego (whole-self) in Tiphareth and the Path of THE LOVERS is Zain (Sword or Armor) requires a complete integration of the total self, manifest in the Microcosm, returning the soul to the aspect of the "Garden" or Macrocosm, from which it emerged. Thus, we can say that Art is the equilibrium of the Lower Self and THE LOVERS, is the balance of the Higher Self.
In Crowley's card, we have the Royal Marriage of opposites, presided over by the hooded figure that is both the Hermit and Mercury. Eve and Lilith, as stylized statues, are shown above the marriage couple, with cupid aiming an arrow, represents the Original Will.
The Black King wears a crown of gold, bears a lance, and is attended by the Red Lion, while the Kings black child holds the lance in one hand and a club in the other.
The White Queen, crown in silver, is attended by the White Eagle and her white child, that is interchanged with the black child, holds flowers in one hand and the bottom of the Grail (Graäl) in the other. The Product of this union, is the Orphic Egg, that is the very essence of Life itself.
The symbolism of the two children, has been noted by Crowley as Cain and Able, which may seem out of place in a card called THE LOVERS; However, the process of The Hermetic Marriage is both reciprocal and repeated over and over again as it is defined by the infinity sign of Mercury-Magus, as the Sun and the Moon unite under Mercury. First one "Brother" dies, being absorbed into the other than there is a return to a balance of opposites after which the second "Brother" is killed and absorbed into the first.
Theoretically, return to the Godhead requires that we incarnate repeatedly, in the twelve signs of the Zodiac, reaching perfection in each of the types of incarnation.
THE LOVERS card also relates to the Hermetic Marriage, or "Chemical Wedding", as written in the 17th century in a text called,:The Chemical Wedding of Christian Rosenceutz which is one of the key documents of Hermetic-Qabalism. I've found this alchemical text very readable, much like a fairy tale, and yet one of the most profound piece of esoteric or Gnostic symbolism ever written. The fact that the word Sword or Armor (Zain) is the word meaning of this path and that blood is spilled on this path, are all reconciled and/or reinforced in this text. This understanding requires some meditation on the Alchemical text.
concentrates on the Anima and
Animus as Unconscious and Conscious joined in harmony.
Shown is a striking sun, above the Archangel Raphael:
From Wikipedia the free encyclopedia:
Raphael (Standard Hebrew רָפָאֵל, Rāfāʾēl, "It is God who heals", "God Heals", "God, Please Heal")
is an archangel of Judaism, Christianity and Islam, who in the Christian tradition performs all manners of healing. In Islam, Raphael is the fourth major angel; in Muslim tradition, he is known as Israfil. Raphael is mentioned in the Book of Tobit, which is accepted as canonical by Catholics, Orthodox, and some Anglo-Catholics, and as useful for public teaching by Lutherans and Anglicans. Raphael is generally associated with the angel mentioned in the Gospel of John as stirring the water at the healing pool of Bethesda. Raphael is also an angel in Mormonism, as he is briefly mentioned in the Doctrine and Covenants.
This red sun, (Red Eagle in Alchemy) is the source of all Spiritual energy, i.e. Spiral Energy and/or Serpent Force.
The tree of life, is shown with ripe fruit, and all levels of consciousness are represented. The man represents the individual conscious and the female represents the individual subconscious. He is gazing at she, and she is gazing at the Cherub/Kerub that represents the Higher Mind (Divine Collective). The state of all of these levels of conscious merging, is shown as the union of sky, mountains, and water, connecting everything to the Source and maintaining the harmony. The Key words to this Tarot Card, are CHOICE WITH HARMONY.
When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating:
If ill defined:
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