The Hermetic Thoth Tarot of the Qabalah-Key-6 THE LOVERS.
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 LOVERS, is the Path of Zain, on the Qabalistic Tree of Life. Zain is a Hebrew letter meaning Sword, and runs between Binah (understanding) and Tiphareth (Beauty) and connects the Pure Conscious, from which all forms emerged (Binah) with the central point of Manifestation (Tiphareth).
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, Animus and
Anima), are what THE LOVERS proposes to unite. These are equal and
opposite frequencies of Intelligence that must be united as a major
step towards the Godhead on the Tree of Life. The surging of the Divine
One Energy, across the Abyss into manifestation, formed 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, "sword worshipers", did the Patriarch exist
The Great Work, is a return to the primeval state (As above so below) by the communion or "marriage" of these dualities of manifestation.
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 one 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
On the 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. The Spirit is the Vital Life Force and the word comes from the Greek:Spiro, which means "breath".
Paul Foster Case,
considered that these are both aspects of the "One Life Breath" (Spirit), 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 Jungian 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 Hermetic 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.
Path of Zain is an active path of Psyche, for the self control and will
attributed to Mercury, which directs the movement and integration of
opposites, is not passive.
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 psycho-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" or the Christian "Rapture".
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.
This Divine Marriage was known to the Gnostics. Here is a quote form the Gnostic Text, The Gospel of Didymos Judas Thomas where it is written that Jesus (Christos), 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."
mythical or not, obviously knew of the Principles attributed to THE
LOVERS card, but then he was purported to be a Nazarene Gnostic Master
which is a Qabalistic Magi. What few know is that the Word Christos is
Greek and refers to the Sun (Sun of Zeus) which is also symbolized by the number 6!
THE LOVERS and THE ART card of the Qabalistic Thoth Deck Tarot are among the most difficult to understand.
The Path of the Art Card is the Hebrew letter- 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
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.
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. The White 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 and nurtures the Universe.
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 therefore 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. In fact, when one is initiated in a Qabalistic Lodge ritual for this Path, there own personal blood is spilled in the ritual. This understanding requires some
meditation on the Alchemical text.
- There is the Tantric Philosophy here also, only through
physical union with a female can either a man or god, achieve true
reality and the power to deal with it; A Spiritual/sexual union, is
required for shamans, priests, and holy men with the female is required
before they gain full possession of their powers. This is also a process
for Priestesses, who must be able to invoke the "Divine Phallus"
through the Male before they can gain their Powers inherited from the
Divine Hermetic Marriage.
The Jungian Tarot- The Lover-The Son as collector of experience,
represents the "Original Man", an Androgynous Atman, Christ or Adam Khadmon and/or the Magician on a lower plane.
Therefore, this is the Son/Sun of The Divine Creative, commonly called the "Soul", who is the collector of experience (personalities), and is the Sixth Sephira-Tipareth-Beauty, on the Hermetic Qabalistic Tree of Life.
Hence, the meaning of Son, is not a sexual description, but an energetic one, for the masculine/electric aspect of energy is an active, outgoing principle while female is an enclosing/magnetic principle of the One Energy who also acts on the male principle to form a third.
Therefore the Jungian Tarot Card, focuses on the Son as, "author of the Sun and the Moon...the source of all dualities and their reconciliation".
The hands raised over the feminine and Masculine, refer to the Divine Creative, who is both in reconciliation. This card shows the symbols of the dualities as sun and moon, man and woman, equal armed cross, and the Serpent who eats its own tail, plus the fish image of the "First Matter". Hence, covering the Hermetic philosophy of Tarot as explained in the Thoth Card, using different imagery.
When THE LOVERS is thrown during a reading, it is stating:
- A principle of Art and Craft of Relationship.
is also suggested is the magical image of the power of surrender in
which one form is given up in order to attain another.
- Being involve in a process of cooperation.---combining energies for a common goal.
- Yin Yang attraction of polarities, or universal forces for one another.
- The power of sexual surrender to the Goddess or God within.
- This card can also means a love affair with some sort of trial or choice involved... be it marriage or profane love.
- Time to make a choice of "one or the other", seen as two paths. The outcome of this choice is seen as vitally important.
- The union of the Unconscious and Conscious concerning an issue.
- The "Dark side" and the "Light side" of an individual in harmony.
If ill defined:
- Wanting the best of both worlds, causing instability in all those concerned.
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