The Thoth Key 8 : Adjustment/Justice
; The Universal Principle of balance: Justice/ Realignment. This card is Key 11-Justice in most other traditional tarot decks.
represents the Anima as mediator,
adjuster,and the arbitrator. What you put
out, you get back! Every thought, every action is returned to you, this
law is active for you as long as you exist. There can be no greater
justice nor greater balance achieved in this world of action and
reaction. Therefore this card points out that thinking ill we become ill and by
thinking well we become well; that it is smart to do unto others what
you would have done unto you, ...because it will be! Many of us know this as "live by the sword, die by the sword".
The Thoth card uses the symbol of Libra; the scales and within the scales are the Greek letters, Alpha, representing beginnings, and Omega,
representing endings or completions. This is also known as Karma in
Eastern teachings, were We must finish what we begin or we will be
doomed to repeat it!
The diamond image around the Being symbolizes the piercing of illusion and delusion and represents truth and negotiation.
The Egyptian figure represents Maat, the Goddess of Law, Truth, and Justice. The circles represent formulate
thoughts or ideas. This card also represents the integrating, balancing
and synthesizing mind which is often expressed in writing, research,
engineering and design. The Ace of Swords is also on this card, pointing
the application of creative ideas in tangible
THE PATH OF LAMED: Adjustment-key 8 (Justice-Key 11 in other Traditional Tarot Decks ):
- Primary Path Color: Emerald Green
- Related Sound: F#
- Astrological sign: Libra (Cardinal Air)
- Word Meaning: Ox Goad
- Hebrew Letter-Simple Letter: Work
Esoteric Title: The Daughter of the Lords of Truth; The Ruler of Balance.
Paul Foster Case wrote in the: Thirty-Two Paths of Wisdom:
The Twenty-second Path is the Faithful Intelligence, and is so called
because by it spiritual virtues are increased, and all dwellers on
earth are nearly under its shadow.
Between Tiphareth (6-Beauty)
(5-Severity) lies the Emerald Green Path of Lamed: The Adjustment Tarot Card.
The Hebrew Letter- Lamed-The
Ox Goad-(shown at bottom left of Thoth Card) is the spear like prod which keeps the ox moving down the path
which points to the letter's special relationship with Aleph (0x) on
the Path of The Fool. Although complex, their relationship can be
(Justice on some cards) maintains the balance of the Tree of Life, so that the outpouring energy of The Fool
(often called the Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit) will operate within the confines of a
natural pattern. Adjustment
is the administrator of the laws of Binah
(Mother of Form), as written by The Heirophant
. Key-8 is the "Ruler of Balance". Hence, Crowley calling this Card Adjustment.
the Intelligence Faithful to that symbolized by The Fool; the alignment
of forces of the Twenty Second Path (The total number of all the
Qabalistic Psycho dynamic Paths) is an amalgam of all the Paths and is
described as being within the essential life force symbolized by The
Lamed can be a Severe Path, as it is
continual activity "in the above and the below" and will do whatever is
necessary to bring the physical, mental and Soul/Psyche into
equilibrium. Sometimes a "cutting away" process represented by the
Sword, which is not always pleasant. The Sword of Geburah, cuts and/or prunes away
all that which is unnecessary.
Often, in our daily life, the adjustment is less dramatic
and much like driving a car. Hence, Adjustment
is constantly correcting
direction through slight corrects of the steering wheel, while traveling
down the road of life (the "steering wheel" for driving an ox is an ox
This car analogy continues, when one understands that the Sephira (Intelligent Energy Forms) are aspects of the soul-collective itself (the Driver of
the body-vehicle) and not external agencies. Thus, this "driving"
process is to be considered psychologically as a condition of
In this Card-key 8-Adjustment,
on some cards the soul/Anima weighs itself on the scales in the left hand and
then makes necessary adjustments wielding the sword in the right hand
( In the Thoth Deck, She balances the Scales on Her head, symbolizing a
psychological balancing). By placing the Sephiroth on the body, it can
be seen that Geburah (Severity) is on the right and Chesed (Mercy) is on
Because of this adjusting action
, the Adjustment card is said to represent Karma,
often misunderstood Sanskrit word. Instead of meaning that a soul is
reaping what is sown from past lives; Karma means to Crowley, Paul Foster
Case and myself, an action of continual adjustment
. It is related to education;
Lamed also means to teach,
and as many of us lament, the maintenance of balance of a psycho-dynamic nature is definitely a learning process. Slowly
and often painfully, we learn how to analyze and re-balance ourselves as
necessary for different situations.
In the Hermetic Qaballah
it is understood that the principles of the Path of Adjustment
maintain Tiphareth (Beauty) On the Thoth Deck Card is the figure of Maat, The Egyptian Daughter of Ra; The Queen of Heaven.
The Egyptian texts suggest that that it is through Maat the the Sun
subsists, for Ra is said to "rest upon Maat," and to "live by Maat"---in
other words, She maintains Tiphareth (The Sun/Son of Goddess/God). This is
the Path that regulates Divine Life Force (Sex force to some).
Crowley called Maat a Harlequin, " the partner and fulfillment of THE FOOL."
(THE DIVINE LIFE-FORCE). She stands in the Vsesica Piscis
(the diamond shape). Behind her is the throne of spheres and pyramids, in groups of four which means "Law and limitation". This
Law is interesting in that The Planet Venus, is the only planet whose
symbol encompasses every single Sephira on the Tree of Life
. Hence the
implication that Love is the ultimate power of the Universe and is the Law.
As The Divine Feminine as the Egyptian-Maat, wears ostrich
feathers, with the serpent Uraeus, (Lord of
Life and Death)
on her forehead, She also holds the Sword (male phallic
symbol in this context)
which suggests a sexual union, and the
"completion" of the female (Crowley). In 777, Crowley described this
"completion" as "The Woman Justified by equilibrium, and Self sacrifice
is the Gate."
Her Scale, weighs the Alpha and Omega (The beginning and end of All) and as
Crowley pointed out," She is the ultimate illusion which is
manifestation; she is the dance, many-colored, man-wiled, of Life
itself. Constantly whirling, all are possibilities are enjoyed, under
the phantom show of Space and Time: all things are real, the soul is
surface, precisely because they are instantly compensated by this
Adjustment. All things harmony and beauty; all things are truth; because
they cancel out." Even for the most perspicacious, this Adjustment Path takes some study. Therefore, let us examine the Path of Lamed in a more mundane way.
As stated, in traditional tarot decks, the common way to present this State of Energy Conscious is as the key 11- Judgment Card but I personally think that Crowley hit the nail on the head with the Title of : Adjustment. Because
in our world of patriarchal rule, justice is merely revenge and a show
of state power to destroy the life of dissenter's.
Spirit Identity, in this case,The Conscious State of Goddess Energy,
doesn't deal in revenge; She deals in freedom of choice. She Trusts
you to know that if you think a thought, and supply life-force to it
(often called emotion) that you know what you are doing. The You, is a collective of Soul, Mind and Body; the body being the "living experience of thought". Hence, the
repercussions of cause and effect, manifest as your body, and the law of
attraction produces "like attracts like".
The reason you don't know what you are doing, is simply stated as you have been kept from knowing yourself; something the Divine Creative would never do to you! If you followed the
Gnostic Qabalah axiom of "Above all things, know thyself!"(The Tree of Life) you wouldn't
have any difficulty with "freedom of Choice": However, due to man-made belief in
the Divisions and/or separations defined by the Patriarchal thought process; the union of your will
and self-identity has been corrupted by the axiom of the Patriarch,
"Divide and Conquer". So now most people have forgotten their
Divinity-Power and Wholeness, becoming powerless and scattered, lost in
the forest of Ruler-identity-propaganda; slaves to misunderstanding. Our Soul is a "collective of experience", those who think they are separate identities as "Spirit, Soul, Mind and Body", cannot flow uninterrupted data as can a united collective! Hence, they cannot "hear" the Anima (Latin for Spirit) within.
Again, The Adjustment card is the Path of Lamed,
between Geburah (Severity) and Tiphareth (Beauty) on the Tree of Life. Adjustment represents the Faithful Intelligence
the Great Mother, who has faith in you as Her Divine Children as she is the "Understanding" that formed you; you,who may
wander off and forget themselves as you "down size" your collective intelligence into more and more condensed forms. However, with the proper "goading" (Lamed
the Children will find themselves again.
Adjustment is the
Ruler of Balance (operates from Binah-Understanding: The Great Mother) and maintains
the outpouring of energy so that the "innocent child" (The Fool card
which has been called the "Holy Ghost") will operate within the confines
of a natural pattern: The Pattern of , I AM ME. Not what others
identify Me as, but as I identify Me as. You see that is
Free-doom of choice! If I choose to react to the identity enforced on
me by "others" (the enemy) then I am doomed to the dysfunction of that
thinking. If I Know Myself, which is a process of "I think therefore,
I am". then we are functioning in the Natural State of our Divine
Armed with the knowledge of the natural flow of Adjustment
we know that balance will be kept so that energy will always flow to
the living Spirit (Spiral Energy-Entity) through the balance of
Spirit-Mind-Body union. If that union is interrupted by incongruous
thought patterns of the lowest denominator the body is doomed to
unbalance (disease) mentally, emotionally and physically. The Will is
Spirit, and it must be "I Am the Love of Mind and Body", to keep the balance that is
Loving from the Mother. Self- Love is the balanced flow of Creation,
throughout the Tree of Life because it is the pattern of The Supreme
Spirit Identity recreating it's Self-Images in order to expand and
liberate Self-Awareness as "The Alive".
this Faithful Love of Her Children, those who contact the Anima (Divine
Feminine) may decide by contact alone to bring oneself in to balance, but if we do not,
it will be done for us! Much like driving a vehicle that has a futuristic
automated correction system on board, if the driver won't adjust the
steering wheel to stay on the road, the Natural Automated system will!
constructed of the Psycho-dynamic principle of Spirit-Soul-mind and
body, all must be united in a balance of communion/communication which is an
Understanding of Impeccable Being that is continual motion up and down the Tree
of Life. As above so below, is not a far off metaphysical concept...it is the conception of YOU! So being Faithful Intelligence
The Divine Mother of You as a consciousness, will always make the adjustments necessary to
get you on the right track, whether you like it or not! Therefore,
understanding of this Law of Freedom of Choice, means we will always
"Treat others as we wish to be treated" for we know to think ill is to
be ill, and by thinking ill of those who think ill of us, just
transmits the disease into a plague of illness. Again, there are no enemies, for everyone is another way to be us.
Hence, letting each other be is a very good motion! You cannot escape your
thoughts for they are of the first material that begins "your Life Forms". By showing a modicum of intelligence, let's make our thoughts the best they
can be, we'll then find our lives to be balanced and smooth flowing, no
matter how many rocks are out there!
As the Tao states," If it
isn't here, It isn't there. If it is there, it is here. For what is
here is there and what is there is here."
Remember, our thought project
ourselves on the Mirror of Life, and to create Monsters outside of us
(There) creates Monsters inside of us (Here) and the Great Mother of
Life...will supply the necessary surgery to remove them, so that her
children can expand and liberate themselves from self-condemnation. What sense is there in the "image of the Divine Creative" condemning itself?
Knowing thyself", helps us avoid the discomfort of this
surgical-severity necessary to keep Self Awareness progressing.
The Jungian Tarot-Justice-
The Mother who punishes and rewards, shows the Mother Archetype enclosed in her Sanctuary, with balance scales, where she weighs the "heaviness" of the Soul and two edged sword, that she uses to "cut away" that which is not worthy.
Most authors of Tarot believe that the Justice-Mother should be isolated in some way from the rest of the cards. This is because of her special relationship with the Fool card; The Archetype of the Creative Spirit, as expressed in the Thoth Tarot.
The Soul is the Son (or sun of the sun gods.), and since the Anima is Latin for Spirit and Animus is Latin for soul, Spirit's child is our soul, and therefore, in this context, Spirit is as Mother who gives birth to a son; Son because of it is an Active Expression of Consciousness imitating the Divine Masculine. Therefore this "son" is not about the sex of a species but rather the movement of consciousness.
This son is often called the Christos-Buddha consciousness, or Manifestation of the Solar Logos. The number of the son is 6 which is the number of the Sun, and therefore, the Sephira-Tiphareth on the Hermetic Qabalah's Tree of Life, i.e. the Soul.
The justice aspect of the Mother (Unconscious), administers rewards or punishment; Adjustments, to the Son/Conscious. She is not forgiving, as she administers exactly what the son has earned. "Think it, live it", is truly justice.
When explaining the Wheel of Fortune (key 10), the Mother represented the "Mother who creates our experiences" while the Justice card represents the "mother who evaluates our performance as these experiences". Therefore, it is not possible to separate one from the other, and justifies the thought of Karma for both of these cards.
When the Adjustment/Judgment card is thrown in a reading:
- The Querent is
being reminded of their "Soul-Mind and body" balance/imbalance and the
rest of the reading should tell them what is to be changed before
"disaster" comes a calling to straighten things out!
- One is experiencing karmic adjustments in life from past thoughts and
actions which have led to the present circumstances of our life.
- One is on a journey of Self Knowing as one must know in order to expand one's self -awareness and that of the Universal Self from which we all are
- This is the Law of Action and Reaction, that all mind is
- That there are issues with one's Mother. One may discover a deep sense of appreciation for her wisdom, or one may discover that they have repressed a great deal of hostility towards her, and must resolve these issues.
- A time of adjustment, where one needs to take "time off" and reexamine their self identity.
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