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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Thoth Tarot key 20-The Aeon & The Connolly Tarot key 20-Judgement

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 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 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!

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 is the 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.

Therefore, 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 the physiological.

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 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 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.

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, 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".

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 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:

  1. The Child represents the Higher Self, all pure and innocent of human perspectives.
  2. The Feminine Anima, dressed in blues and whites of spirituality and purity.
  3. 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.


However, enough  knowledge has been presented of the Aeon/Judgement-key 20, to know that when this 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.
  • 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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