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Tarot Card Comparisons; The Thoth key 21-The Universe & The Connolly Tarot, Key 21-The World

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

 Is the motion of our Conscious energy crystallized into form, and is downward on the Tree of Life, therefore it is obvious that the first path upward is the Last Key of the Major Arcana:

THE UNIVERSE key 21}
This Qabalistic Thoth Tarot Card is the Path of Tau. This Hebrew letter means equal armed cross and/or the Tau cross (T-cross). Tau is a  Hebrew Double-letter (Soul 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 weave esoteric work into physical material is why we-Spirit-have a physical body! We now must work from a material perspective (the "Below") linking the Realms of Pure Spirit (the "Above") and doing the Serious Work of the Divine [THE GREAT WORK]. As long as our Divine Consciousness is functioning through a physical body we are the "Divine" being present.

Think of the magic we are, for we are from Solar Conscious (Solar Logos), born of Suns, who as an Spiral intelligence (Spirit), have learned to not fear the death of stars, but instead, take the dead star material (physical matter-Protons) and make it Live again (bio-Protons); Alive, but in a more empathetic, sensual, and personal way and therefore extending the life of Stars as persons and at the same time extending the Self-Awareness of the Divine Collective!  As the Spirit who observes, let's not forget that Persons/personalities are a form of artificial conscious, we call consciousness, just as bodies are a artificial sun!

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 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 Qabalist, Paul Foster Case says," it directs and associates in all their operations the seven planets."

In our discussions of the Universe, we are discussing the Material, that some think is a  soul-prison.  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...even though it is Mind's invention of Self-Awareness.
The Gnostic Mysteries have for generations stated that ALL IS MIND. The Above- Macrocosm and the Below-Microcosm, are Cosmic Self Awareness of The Divine Collective Unconscious---MIND! Therefore the distinction between mind and body is perspective, not of actuality.

Once again the perspective of "Divide and Conquer" cultures does us both mental and physical harm. For by fearing the sensuality of the body (fear of pain/discomfort), we act as a idiot driver of a car, who fears the sensors that give information of the cars health as gauges. This stress driven- driver, would ignore the "engine warning light", because he fears it would mean discomfort, such as bills, or time in repair (hospital time) and if he "ignores it", it must go away.

Finally, when broken down on the highway, the ignorant person whose mind is imprisoned by denial, will inevitably blame the car.  The same thing happens with the "nervous breakdowns" of those who insist the stress they are sensing, is because of "everything else", rather than their own errant perspectives.

The body is a psycho-sensing device, as well as a physical one. Anyone who impeccably "drives" a vehicle, especially a "Power Tool" of such vast ability as the human body, needs Computerized (brain run) Sensors and the fearless knowledge of how to read them!

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 the Power of Being ( I AM-Me), and who all Serve each other as a Psyche and power tool.

We are the Figure Eight (infinity-symbol) of Force and Form. A twisting of Serpentine Multidimensional Force and Form flow. Perspectives, base on how we identify ourselves (All seeing Eye/I), creates the dimension of "Me".
As have stated before, we are 99.6% invisible, which means that most of our identity and the Physical World is Unseen!
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.


On the Path of Tau, the Universal Plan (The Great Work) becomes apparent without necessarily being understood, such as by the devotional. You can enter the "Holy of Holies" and encounter them in such away that you are "in them but not of them",  a product of the Magi perspective that commands manifestation through Understanding, just as the Divine Feminine does-rather than the devotional perspective. For one must be "above" in order to completely observe.The devotional must progress further up the Tree of Life to become " not of them", for we are to build the As above, So below, not to leave it and float around in the "holy of hollies" (The Divine Universal Collective Unconsciousness), but to expand and weave its light spectrum/electromagnetic data flow with our "All seeing I " in order to focus Inherited Psychic Power into this crystallized-light dimension (Bio-protons).

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 self-balance 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." In Qabalah, it is stated as, "All the power that ever was or 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 and Self-Image making is our Purpose! 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 (such as Tarot) which are of a greater consciousness than our own, and begin to see how our being relates to a Universal picture.

It is easy to know when one is "on" this path of Tau and becomes "of it" for 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 " Psycho dynamic Power that drives our Power tools"; and if someone suggests that this is not enough for you must "do the Deed" as well, the 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 is such a belief for it is based on fear of pain. To believe that your "naming" of anyone is a truth, is to deny your own worth to the Divine Creative; for Truth is made manifest! Therefore, if it exists, it has been approved of by the Divine! "If it exists, it is supposed to", is yet another axiom of Qabalah.

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 diligent gathering of Knowledge.  The initiate knows that to travel the Path upward to Tiphareth (Christ/Buddha Intelligence ) 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 denial fantasy where all is "Sunny", which many deluded people believe is this Path. Rather, intelligent discernment requires severity!

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", this is the fantasy place, were the many see or channel "ascended masters" from. We came to make "As above, so below"; The Great Work, which simply states we came to "descend" Mastery. This doesn't take a lot of thought, because the Divine Creative obviously has devoted a lot of time (14 billion years) to creating a Physical Universe! Will to Form-the Divine Feminine and Will to Force, the Divine Masculine, have combined to build Us as "It's" Image, because The Divine Wishes "To Be!"...It was always "ascended"! As were we, for we came down the Tree of Life, and must reclaim our knowledge "left behind" because of psyche "down sizing". However, we, the Spiritual Adventures, finally have the form we need, for the Hu (god- in Mandarin)-Man (from Hindu Manas-Mind), has a brain that can store this information. Right now we are using only 7 to 10% of it! Look around and Imagine what just using 50% of its abilities would do for us, the world and the Divine!

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 which is both the entry point of Life and the exit of  Death. Her  fullest expression as Binah (Understanding) is represented as the female form within and is all principles that we perceive as  matter and is 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-Understanding & Chokma-Sophia-Wisdom) 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" that sink our "life-boat" personality.  This is the path Tau is of Self- Perspective-formed- images of Me.
 

The symbol of Tau is the equal armed cross which symbolizes the important fact that, the Universe, as opposed to other Path- cards, represents all Forces present in their full expression.  Tau is also the central point of the Aleph (Fool), Mem ( Hanged man) and Shin ( The Aeon) Paths which makes the equal armed cross. All these Paths will be methodically explain in future blogs, as they have been in past blogs.

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. Like entering a mirror image.  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 perspective fence, but 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 4 dimensional world. There is much to experience and remember here to turn it into the 5th dimensional world of Spirit, so discrimination is recommended. For as we journey back into our Divine inheritance, we must educate our "I's" in order to  to perceive our "I AM Me".

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" and/or gathering our forgotten knowledge.

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 Real (Consciousness into Conscious) 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" (from the Gnostic Text of the Nag Hammadi Library)! 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 each fragmented to form our "personality". Therefore for the sake of Knowing Thyself, they must be viewed at first, independently, and latter as a wholeness. Each Personality, is less condensed than the last as dimensions of electromagnetic energy gain more space and less time.

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" (different Angles of light intelligence), particularity archangels which are the Primary Personality of their Psychic dimension. The Family of Spirit is vast and many, and of that family, we are the Children of the Divine Couple; The Inheritors-the Composites.

It may surprise you, especially since the Pavlovian indoctrination of your personality, that to the whole of the Universe, you are most precious! 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!

One of the most important lessons of the Universe card, is that of Discrimination or discernment, 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, to reflect you 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. However, 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 (Moon) scarf while being surrounded by the animal symbols of the Four Elements of Alchemy.
 
The Universe Card represents a multidimensional understanding of the Cosmic Mind.  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-less condensed- vibration" and "lower-more condensed- vibration", a normal occurrence as energy condenses to greater and greater crystallization.

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. Diligently skrying is more than just a moment of silent contemplation, it is also a gathering of information. 

I have often discussed the "Will-To-Form" of the Great Mother Binah/Understanding (3 Sephiroth on the Tree of Life) who is the Life Conscious and which is also represented as 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 Ocean Mother Mari.

The oval ring of Stars that surrounds the central  female figure 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 a star on our way to the Great Mother.

Life, 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 Universe Card is also surrounded in the Great Dark Sea, a reference to the Great Mother Binah, who is the Sea of all Conscious 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.

The Connolly Tarot-Key 21-The World,
resembles the statue of Liberty in New York Harbor. Still, as shown on the Thoth Tarot, it shows the great mother and her Caph shaped scarf. 

The idea here is that the foot has completed the journey. Therefore the Soul is liberated and free to go anyway it wishes. The wreath of flowers represents the wreath given to Golden Dawn initiates when the master the use of the four esoteric tools of life.

The idea here is that the soul has learned much through the experience of many lifetimes, rich with discernment and knowledge. The Personality/The Spiritual Traveler, has grown to mastery of the world and is aware of cosmic obligations
This card doesn't go into the deep Arcane Meanings of the Gnosis and therefore is just represents mundane readings.

The key words for this Connolly card are: VICTORIOUS COMPLETION.

When The Universe or World Card is thrown during a reading:
  • It means synthesis, the matter itself, world and Kingdom. 
  • More than any other card, The Universe depends on the accompanying cards, as it usually denotes the subject of the question.
  • The Universe Card usually denotes the actual subject  of the question, therefore depending entirely on the surrounding cards.
  • It is The Matter Itself, Synthesis, World, and Kingdom.
  • Now you can go in any direction.
  • Job well done.
  • One is triumphant in any undertaking.
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