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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot, key 15- THE DEVIL & The Jungian Tarot-THE DEVIL-The Dark Son

The Tarot of EliOn the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Devil-Key 15: The Path of Ayin, connects the Sephiroth of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth, with the Sephiroth- Hod, which is the sphere of Mercury and intellect.




The Path of Ayin (meaning Eye), is the Twenty-sixth Path, represented by the Tarot Devil Card, and is formative.

In the terms of Self structure, it is the bridge between The Personality and individuality. As I have stated before, the Solar Logos, is the Original Personality of the Divine Child of God, i.e. the Son/Sun (6th Sephira-Tiphareth).

Note: this is not a sexual description of a species, which is a definite propaganda misdirection, rather it is an Energetic one, For the Christianized "Son of God" is about the Solar Logos; a Sun that sends "solar flares" (Divine Yod Energy) outward as individual expressions of It's own Self (individual selves-Souls); from Self into selves that circumnavigate, through the many myriad of  experiences of self-awareness back to Self, i.e. from Tiphareth to Malkuth and back up the Tree to Tiphareth again.

The Hebrew letter Ayin means -Eye and is a simple letter that also means -Mirth. This double meaning  may invite confusion; However, rest assured, that this Path of Ayin is one of the most difficult for western people to understand, for interpretation flies in the face of Christian cultural definitions that have been misapplied to the Devil. The "All Seeing eye" is really the I  (the symbol for Original Identity is an eye) of the First Identity which later became I AM, which is the duality we now call sexual Identity. Hence the Devil card can be described as "I Laugh" which is noteworthy for the part of the Mind that plays tricks.

In Barbra G. Walker's Book [ THE WOMAN'S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF MYTHS AND SECRETS] which has been honored by the London Times Educational supplement as 1986 "Book of the Year", the provenance of the word devil is noted as Persian. She states." The Words "devil" and "divinity" grew from the same root: Indo-European devi (Goddess) or deva (God), which became daeva (devil) in Persian. Old English divell (devil) can be traced to the Roman derivative divus, divi, meaning gods. Thus it seems that, from the beginning, gods and devils were often confused with one another.  She goes on to explain such enlightening scholarship that I highly recommenced this book to anyone who seeks an honest education.

There is another fact here that may hide from reason, and that is the combination of the words Devi (Goddess)and Lingam (Male phallus), is Divya Linga ( Sanskrit word for Divine- lingam)  and has also been interpreted by propagandists of Christian past, as the word Devil:which actually bespeaks of the "Son of God" as the Solar Phallus.  That is why the devil is always synonymous with fire and the Hermetic Thoth Card shows testes (ovals full of white humanoid shapes) and a large Universal Phallus penetrating the Universal Energy Womb. Much to study here as most of our "knowledge" is propaganda based misconstructions!

To the Hermetic Qabalist, the Devil is not viewed as an evil entity (lived spelled backward), having its own god-like existence, as it represents a special mystery (Arcana) that must be experienced and understood before we can hope to directly know the Higher Self. The Devil represents the Instinctual Mind of the individual, that is from the Collective Earth Mind of Gaea; a mind we as Souls, have elevated with the union of Divine Creative Mind. Therefore, the trick is not to listen to survival, fear based thought, but to the Higher Creative Thought, if one wishes to connect " the Above of their Spiritual Psyche with the Below" brain intelligence.

The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Survival Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering  a transition between the intellect of mortal consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual immortal conscious. From an objective mind that tempts us to do opposite of what we have decided to do with Spiritual will; instead of changing our life and "going for it", we have a tempter saying,"... there is a risk here of death or great pain.. a lose of some-kind. You should stay back and forget this "evolving" process, for it is unsafe, you could lose everything . Besides it is traditional to stay where you are in life" etc.." When this happens, smile and take a step forward; that step leads directly to the Soul and your true purpose.

Three Paths lead directly into Tiphareth: THE DEVIL (key 15), ART (key 14 called Temperance in Golden Dawn and Babylonian Decks), and DEATH (key 13). Now each of these paths represents a special trial for the initiate; However, each student is not required to travel all three Paths.
  1. One way to experience Path Travel is  the Devotional Path of the Middle Pillar, where one need only experience the Path of Samekh (meaning- Prop) or the Art Card-key 14 (Temperance in other decks), leading from Yesod (Foundation ) to Tiphareth (Beauty). This is more of a gentle path of the Mystics  and demands less mental and emotional will from the Student.
  2. The Magi's way of following each and every Path, means the acquisition of control over Forces which each Path symbolizes: every Path confers a unique power ( "magical abilities"). Therefore, a Magus is an active Force of Creative will, rather than a Passive one. Therefore the difference here, is that the Traveler of the Middle Path does learn to balance and understand within the Self, the forces of  the twenty-two Paths, but understanding these conceptual states of conscious energy does not necessarily develop the ability to manipulate them, which is an art necessary in the development of  a "discerning Personality"; the Spiritual purpose for the human body!.

Now I know, that some students of the Occult (hidden mysteries) enter into the studies seeking a type of "Raw Power", hoping to control others and circumstances to avoid pain and "doing unto others before they can do unto them" (Survival mind). Such misinformed students soon learn that if such Power is acquired and then misused, there is a devastating price to pay. So there is no question that for the timid,and doubtful, the Middle Path is much safer than facing and conquering the temptations of the Magical Path.The "devil within", often tempts us to ignore the effects of what we create: in a cause and effect world, not knowing the effects of your "cause", can be most detrimental to all! This devil within is often mistakenly called the "ego".


THE DEVIL represents Raw Power (Mars), it is the Force that brings about the transmutation of THE TOWER (key 16) and is in the sign of Capricorn (also shown as the Goat on the card), which is where Mars is exalted.  Capricorn, is a weighty, even blind sign of Earth and symbolizes the highest and lowest states of individual  personality. Yet it is considered a sign of initiation, or release from matter formed limitations. These material limitations are suggested by the astrological ruler-ship of Capricorn by Saturn, the Planet of Binah, The Great Mother that governs the limitations of form, as does Saturn/Time.These limitations are of both the enclosure of matter or of time, the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities and our own self definitions. Thus, THE DEVIL also represents the average person's misconception of "reality"; a perceptive belief  that the material-sensual condition is "Real". The Qabalist knows the physical-material world as the "1%" world, and realizes that the other invisible  "99%"  (often called "the other side of the Mirror") is the Real.
The misconception of reality is symbolized in two ways on the Thoth DEVIL card;
  1. The smirking mouth and,
  2.  the Goat represents the humorous figure of the childhood nemesis the "Bogey Man"  (Christianized devil image).
This Card then emphasizes the knowledge that our belief in the illusion of matter, i.e.mortality, (Matter is only .4% visible as our bodies are 99.6% space!) is actually laughable to us "Suns of the Divine Creative" and/or immortal Psyche/Soul, while implying that laughter and a humorous approach to our lives is a tool which will help our consciousness to transcend the illusion of "seeing it to believe it" and becoming "Knowing it by Being it".

Mirth is the first great corrective and helps us not to take our perceptions of the material world seriously, which only means "fearfully".  It pays to noted that the Survival Mind of the animal, is our Devilish tempter that tricks us into believing we are as Moons who are at the mercy of Forces rather than the Magus (The Sun) who manipulates them.

On the Qabalistic Tree of Life, The Devil-Key 15: The Path of Ayin, connects the Sephiroth of the Solar Logos-Tiphareth-Beauty, with the Sephiroth- Hod-Splendor, which is the sphere of Mercury and intellect. Therefore, Mercury the Messenger and purveyor of words, is an act of splendor (cosmetics) not and action of truth.

The Devil is the intelligence that is Master of Manifest form (the Survival Mind), which we meet on the Path of Ayin, and must face and conquer. The Path of Ayin, takes the traveler into an understanding that we are entering  a transition between the intellect of mortal consciousness (individual conscious) and true spiritual immortal conscious.

Besides the obvious clue of the word Devil being Lived spelled backward, this card represents the Reverse of Truth that a Reflection in a Mirror gives us in a world of Reflected light. Here we may even understand that Words, are in themselves, merely Reflections of individual observation. This may seem a stretch, but if we realize that the Power of Words, is merely individual interpretation as they in themselves are not a Power but a Color of Power; color being a reflection of light.
To illustrate this phenomena of  seeming word power, you can yell at the floor the words, "Grass, let there be Grass", until you turn green, but grass will not be created on your floor. There is no power to create an image by words, unless you are indoctrinated into understanding their meaning as truth by a culture. Hence, words are indoctrinated definition which leaves them subject to interpretation----especially if the means of indoctrination is enforced by punishment! Punishing us to understand a definition, means we define it first as Pain, which ends up making it a "bad thing".

The Devil Card  also represents the illusion of Worded Thought as Truth. It is a trick of "smoke and mirrors" [time/space], for only Manifestation defines Truth, and words are not manifestations, but only interpreted definitions of manifestations, decorated by personal perspectives.
 
Again,the Path of Ayin connects Tiphareth [Sun/Son Consciousness] with Hod [ a sphere of Mercury/communication]  with the Active Splendor of Intellect (seeing it individually). It may help you here if you understand that Splendor is the domain of color so Hod represents the COLOR OF INTELLECT; as does the devil card.

Many of us personally have experienced the "Peacock" like display of Words by those of academia who think amassing words is intellect; However words more often than not, are a propagandists paradigm of "baffling them with BS". This  "baffling" is also the process of our brain who is programmed into believing that thought is from words, rather than words be the  communication of thought, even though intuition is the flow of knowledge from the Inner Self to the brain. The brain is our "personal" data, and or "ego" which tricks us into thinking that we know something; without the objective knowledge to create manifestation of the subjective thought. This reversal of knowledge is called belief! For belief is a trick, as the believer doesn't have to prove his theory, therefore not knowing it! Truth is made manifest, not theorized!

Therefore, words basically serve survival thinking, they describe to us What is food--what is not food, what is good and what is bad etc. To describe the Real of something requires mathematics and lab work, the drawing of structures etc., sometimes, trying to recreated what has been already created, in order to truly understand it beyond its reflection. With the Splendor of words, we can interpret a universe that is already created by Something Beyond Words; using no effort or taking a risk. This is great, as long as we remember that words build a reality---not the Real and that as Spirit, we are "Something beyond words". The Real is already made, without ever asking us to assist. Hence,  I AM never asked the Me to build it. THE ME inherits what the I AM produces.I AM Me, is a truth, but Me trying to find I AM, is a fish in the ocean looking for water!

Imagination is the intellect of the Divine Creative Spirit-----but in our worded thought, imagination is a "not real" since thought formed as words is interpreted as the power of  reality.
If we realize that reality is merely reflections in a mirror of our own self-interpretation/perspective, we won't be tricked by the Devil in our head! The Brain is a Mirror of our own imagined Self! If properly used, the Brain/mirror assists us in seeing the error of our self in retrospect...rather than blame others for our own creation! If not properly used, we think that we are the Brain, and cannot afford to ever be in error----for that means "bad" and that is  perceived as Pain!

The Trickster is a cultural soft- ware program of  good and bad divisionism. One energy, is all that you see, separation is impossible as the One energy Sees Itself as you and all the transformations of the ONE I [eye] who uses I-Magi-nation--to define ITS Self Awareness! The One "I" is on the forehead of the Goat image on this Devil card, showing us that the Devil is the Master of Manifestation...the Worded Ego that we must face and conquer; sounds funny, but in truth, we are not a Brain nor an worded ego, we are A Spirit, and therefore Life/immortal and never have we been "the alive"/mortality! For no matter what illusion we wear as a mask, we are all the same One energy!

The Devil Card represents a mystery which we must penetrate before we can directly know the Higher Principle of the Self. This card is the symbolic veil for the greatest practical secret of occultism; the veil of reflected light, and the "masking" of knowledge with words.

The Devil is ruled by the sign of Capricorn [thus the Goat image] in which Mars is exhaled. This is the raw power behind the mirror of thought. Capricorn [thought] governs the limitations of forms, whether that means the enclosure of matter or of time which is the artificial system by which we meter and enclose all activities. The axiom of "above all things, know thyself" again applies here and we must understand that the world of Physical manifestation is A Spiritual Activity and we are the Active Spirit here and that thought is merely a mechanism for self-reflection!

The Devil card represents the illusions of the physical eye and to accept what the reflectors [human eyes] tell us, placing ourselves into the mental/emotional bondage of reversed  perspective, rather than expanding and liberating the body from the rule of The Devil. We are the Suns/sons of the Divine Creative[middle path Tiphareth- the Sun center whose light the body reflects] and the Devil is a reversal of our expanding awareness, hence,it is lived spelled backwards! This means that through meditation and disciplined Intellect, we can reverse the flow of Astral light, and advance ourselves/personalities to the Christ/Buddha conscious state of energy, a reversal of how we've manifested here. The Trick here is that we think that our Servant--Thought--is us, rather than Serves us in the matters of self-awareness!Therefore the Devil represents the enslavement of consciousness by the illusion of matter.
The Jungian Tarot, THE DEVIL, the dark son.
depicts the anti-Christ, the reversal of the Christ, the Lover-The First Man. That is why the Lover card and the Devil of the Jungian Tarot are of the same design, with a few exceptions.

The fact that the Devil card of Jungian Tarot depicts the Shadow side of the First Man, makes it one of the most important cards of the tarot deck.

The Lovers card of the Jungian Tarot, shows a mandala with a fish (symbol of Christ, the perfected man) pointing counterclockwise, representing returning to the god-hood. While the Devil card shows the fish symbol pointing clockwise, towards manifestation and/or the earth.

 The propagandists of Christianity saw little value in the dark aspects of things, defining dark as "evil", hence one of Christian culture may find it hard to understand that what is "evil" is absolutely essential to the process of individuation.  There can be no light without darkness, no male without female, no up without a down, no love without hate, no Christ without and anti-Christ, no matter without antimatter and no conscious without unconscious.  Therefore there can be no resolution of the dualities of consciousness without  encounter of the black waters of discord.
Therefore, the free male and female images of the Lover card, are shown in the devil card all bound up in the illusions of matter. There should be no fear here, as the alchemist and the successful gardener knows, out of the decay of compost, comes the golden fruit.  Without the decay of excrement, the planet dies. Without putrefaction, there is no purity.
 
When the Devil card is thrown during a divination:
  • If this card is thrown during a reading, the querent is being tricked by the illusion of an issue of perception.
  • The querent is encountering the Shadow side of their personality which harbors our most negative thoughts of inferiority and self dislike.
  • The guerent's rationale, is bound by irrationality.
  • One's personality is bound in denial, in order to escape a painful truth.
  • Materialism
  • Material force.
  • Material temptation, obsession- especially if accompanied by the Lover's card.

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