The Thoth,Key 20:The Aeon/Judgment.
The principle of good judgment that is utilized in both personal and professional situations.
Egyptian Goddess Nut (Nuit), the dark Sky Goddess curves over the diaphanous figure of
Osiris, Egyptian God of Wisdom ( Chokma on the Qabalistic 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 (between the hands and feet of Nut) 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/I AM) which is related to transcendent conception (ME). I (Osiris)
Am (Isis) Me (Horus)...is the generating principle of manifestation. We
are the Divine Me communicating to the Whole of Spirit/The Divine Collective (Holy Ghost) as I
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!
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; Tooth of Fire!
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 Divine-Mind Universal Collective Un-Conscious (meaning Not like personal
consciousness), which is the Mind of the collective Macrocosm, not like
consciousness, simply because a consciousness is a microcosmic reality of personal perspective;
However, if we release our consciousness to the Divine Collective Universal Un-Conscious of the One
Energy, we have developed a Consciousness that bridges the Macrocosm and
Microcosm, yet is still Personally Self-Aware! We have then
successfully melded the "Above and Below" becoming 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-Form of the Great Binah-Understanding.
On this path of tooth and fire,
the Student experiences a perpetual burning away of that which is
unworthy by the Archangel controlled "Redeeming Fire"; a process
that is physical as the higher vibratory Passion of the Divine Self Will
To Force and Will to Form, begins hotly flowing through our bodies.
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. This is simply a misplaced transference,
because the cultural ego, seeks self gratification when stimulated. Also the teacher is objective rather than subjective spiritual fire and thereby falsely seen as the source.
Therefore, this fiery passion, really is the beginning of experiencing unconditional love, which
is often muddled with conditional thinking.
This Passion dynamic
Fire of Spirit and with proper guidance the Student will go into the
Fire, instead of trying to control it with conditions laid down by the past.
That is the hard-learned
lesson of Hod, love/passion is not a peacocks illusion of splendor, rather it is the
Foundation of all Creation, but to know this becomes 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.
this personality resurrection from mundane to Divine, is based 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
In other words
, the balanced Energies of both Shin (Fire-Sun)
and Qolph (the Water-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 collective 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,
key21- Path of Tau,
are critically analyzed and
evaluated, i.e. Judged.The opposite path is that of THE MOON, a dark
watery probationary path of emotions and conscious illusion. 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
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 know to be
true by certain processes of fire and pressure when 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 within the human body. It pays to note, that
the human body is the Golden Crucible
of Spiritual/metaphysical Alchemy; often called the Golden Child
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 Judgement Cards of the Ryder-Waite, Golden Dawn Tarot or Connolly 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.
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, 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".
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 resurrected Standing Osiris/Horus, in a flowery
form and Three Yods, each having a internal human shape that is
arising to partake of the Light of the coming Aeon. Naturally the study
of Crowley's The Book of Law
is recommended to further the understanding of this card of the new Aeon.
The Connolly Tarot, key 20, Judgement
sticks to the traditional naming of the card, with a new twist. Here it represents three states of Divine-Mind:
- The Child represents the Higher Self, all pure and innocent of human perspectives.
- The Feminine Anima, dressed in blues and whites of spirituality and purity.
- And finally, the masculine consciousness, the Animus, in the process of reality. Before his rationality is the book of life which he is contemplating as personal self-judgement and self- analysis; he is dressed in armor for it has been his greatest battle.
Therefore the key words to this card are: SELF ANALYSIS.
enough knowledge has been presented of the
Aeon/Judgement-key 20, to know that when this card is thrown during a reading:
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.
- One has the ability to forge ahead and see what the future brings.
- One is breaking away from conventional thinking and emotional reaction, thereby being able to view things realistically.
If ill defined (surrounded by negative cards):
- One is longing to free themselves of certain situations but unable to see a way out.
- In a self made rut.
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