The universal principle of Choice and Authenticity.
This has been called the Karma Card
(work that needs to be done).
The simple Hebrew letter of Qoph, assigned to the Thoth Moon Card, translates into the English word, sleep.Thus we have a conscious relationship with the Moon: The bright Sun reflecting side, our waking consciousness and the dark sunless side of the "sleeping" subconsciousness. Hence, as the Moon has cycles, so does our Psyche. During the cyclic phase of conscious withdrawal from the physical (Sleep) many of us still act upon the fantasies and information closely related to the bodies survival based experiences. Their dreaming is filled with phantoms produced by the bodies fear of pain and/or death which once consciously transcended, is the successful completion of the Path of The Moon.
The initiate, finds that birth, death, and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These biological processes occur in the light and dark of our sensual perceptions. Therefore, one must learn to be lucid in their nightmares, so that they can "conquer the monsters" of their fear based dreams.
The two figures of Anubis, the jackal-headed gate keepers, symbolize this cyclic process (Spiral energy) as the god Anubis was the Egyptian god of light and darkness, death and resurrection. The "As above, so below" is shown as a pattern on this card also reinforces this meaning.
The Moon, also symbolizes the process that consciousness goes through, when energy proceeds from order to disorder (2nd law of Thermodynamics) , from organized flesh assembly to the disassemble of death.
To understand the Qabalistic Path of Qoph-The Moon, is to understand the partnership of our Psyche-conscious with the physical vehicle, and/or personality consciousness, which the Soul, a Yod-Personality (Solar Personality) builds for each manifestation by fragmenting past built personalities and combining the fragmented data into a new personality-fractal. Since most people/personalities perceive themselves as having existence only through their present bodies, often there is this "illusion" of past lives; ghosts of feelings that have naught to do with this life, making reconciling even more difficult. Understanding that you have at least Two Personalities; the Soul which is the Real Personal expression of the Solar Logos, and the artificial intelligence/personality developed by interaction with environment and indoctrination. Reconciling the two, is often a most difficult undertaking, as we are both subtle and objective intelligence.
The Moon was often seen by the ancients, as a Goddess of Life (White Goddess of Light) and a Goddess of Death ( Dark Goddess) at once praised and then feared. It is the physical vehicle's fear of dying that hounds our consciousness in many subtle ways, producing phantoms that manifest as phobias, obsessions, and mental -emotional disorders. Our original conscious comes from the immortal Soul-Psyche, and is unused to such thoughts of fear filled ending: it is often a shock to be an immortal psyche who must operate a mortal being. However, Souls recycle, the consciousness experiences, which are a "reflection" of the Soul Conscious-Personality on matter, this therefore designs for the observer of the reflection, a consciousness that sees everything "backwards".
However, this process of Alpha/Omega is necessary for the creation of bodies; bodies that often forget they are also recycled as they are a recycled part of the Whole Organic Organism, that we know as "Organic matter". Like I have often said to my own brain," You came from cranberries and to cranberries you shall return..." which is a © Designua | Dreamstime.com - Ouroboros Vector Illustration Photo
slightly dark humor, that I use to give the brain pause from its attempts at survival thinking rather than listening to the "Inner Psyche" that I AM. What many of us don't know, is that we are the Unconscious who builds consciousness within itself: much as an Ocean builds a fish!
The Qabalist learns quickly that We are not a physical brain nor its produce. We are Spiral energy that begins in the Core of the Divine Universal Collective Unconscious, and as a fractal of this collective, are supposed to program the brain with its own self-identity soft-ware: I AM ME, for the purpose of experiencing the discernment of being a "living thing" operated by "fecund and fertile" thought. With mortality, thoughts can no longer be indiscriminate mental ramblings of an imagination dreaming. They now must support life, and expand and liberate the "living" consciousness from self imposed limits, i.e. fear of death-based thoughts.
We are the Sun's (Son) of Living Divine Creative Conscious Energy, who must reflect upon a mirror world of Matter, our own self-realizations. This reflection of solar thoughts has been for generations, symbolized by the Moon image. For as we all know, this is the realm of "Reflected light" which is less than one percent of the total electromagnetic spectrum that is the medium of our "personality-consciousness". As Solar Psyche, we bend, twist, spiral, light by a psycho-dynamic process of I AM ME. In other words, the perspectives/beliefs of an declaration: I AM... can be anything! This ability to self-reflect, is called "freedom of choice".
One could say, that on the Path of the Moon, the Souls learns to run the physical vehicle by expanding the brain's perspectives beyond that of life and death, into the knowledge of personality-resurrection. For the Soul is the Will of Life and the Will of Death, and both must be a lucid function of willful discernment!
In the Thoth card we see the gates that are guarded by the Ra kings of Egyptian sun god myth, who stabilize and protect our energy as we transform from reality selves to our memory of Real Self. The Ra kings are depicted on this card as Anpu/Anubis, the Egyptian jackal headed god of Transformation who remind us that we must leave the old to experience anything new.
The Moon reminds us of the illusions of the survival mind. If you as an individual knows (not believes) that everyone you see is another way of being you; you are in the Real sight of divine self-awareness. If you see everyone as enemy or friend, you suffer from reality blindness brought on by the survival mind of the animal that you should own but now owns you because of your fears of sensuality: fear of pain, fear of discomfort, fear of vulnerability,... All of which come from the animal thought of "fear of being eaten", which is also called fear of death.
The Moon is a card representing illusion and reminds us that the illusion of the senses; yes illusion, as senses are all psychosomatic, meaning that not everyone has the same sensual experience from same environments; in other words they are not scientific proof. As a Soul (meaning Psyche), the body is only 1% of us, and its purpose is to define thought . In other words to aid our immortal creative psyche in discernment.
In the Qabalah, Reality is defined as trans-formative, the Real is the One who Transforms but is not the transformation itself. You may also see the Scarab beetle on the bottom of this card. This is the symbol of the Egyptian god Khepri, the god of transformations.
In this illustration, the Scarab is rolling the Sun across the horizon, into the other-world in the evening and this world at the dawn. This motion represents the renewal of life and the Real eternal existence which is invisible and thus called dark.There is a border line between the Dark energy, and that which we call visible light. Upon this border between the Universal Collective Unconscious and consciousness, is the "mirror of self reflection", a place where all is an illusion, a dream, produced for the sole (soul) purpose of self examination and or self-awareness. This side of the mirror is called the material or objective, while the other side of the Mirror is called the invisible or subjective. I often call this self-awareness process, "an ocean building a fish within itself, so that it can experience itself".
The Moon card also represents the water sign Pisces [mutable water]. The traditional two fish of Pisces are symbolized here as the Anubi gate guardians, and represent the Picean commitment to evolutionary transformation.
The Qabalistic Thoth, Key 18, The Moon Tarot Card,is the Path of Qoph that is between Netzach (victory) with Malkuth (Kingdom) and is the Path of Transition where the Soul begins the process of incorporating the body.
At first, the Path of Qoph is a process of the Soul's organization of the physical body it will "inhabit" (it actually circumvents the body in 7 Energy Bodies of the Aura and flows in through the Chakras). For myself. I remember designing the body and if the chromosomes didn't link up the way I wanted....I just ejected them, which my dear Mother witness as miscarriages; three of them, until I got the body pattern I wanted. Now I know this sounds extraordinary, but a Soul who doesn't suffer the "sleep" of Death, has full cognitive abilities-----even when the body it has operated dies.
Remember, that by our observation we change the observed phenomena, this allows the Soul to choose the parents, choose the body's DNA structure, and even the name of the body, processes that I translated to my physical Mother in dreams. Dreams are another attribute of the Moon. It is the Path of Qoph which is a Hebrew letter that means ; Back of head, Ear.
This Psychic Path proceeds from the Unconscious of Netzach to a kind of pre-conscious flow, a kind of "Sleep", into a conscious material state. We should remember here, that we are not bodies, nor are we from the evolutionary consciousness of Earth. There are some who believe we are actually invaders from another time-space, Daemons (Greek word for God-man) who are the Children of the "Angels who have fallen to Earth",i.e. Alien astronauts.
Hence, no matter how benign or malevolent we are, we still have to inherit the "Alien Psyche" by advancing our thought from self absorbed to the Divine Impersonal. Therefore, each of us has to overcome the survival will of the animal mind that is part of the human body and fear based, with the greater Will of Spirit. This fact alone, helps to prove, that you are not of the body, but that it is a GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) of your Archetypal- Self design!
For the one who wishes to reclaim their Universal Inheritance, the journey of awakening from the "Sleep" of incorporation is begun by traveling "upward" along the Path of Qoph, into the Dark recesses of the Unconscious, and its illusions of fear and destruction brought on by the survival mind's fear of Death. In other words we must slay the demons of our own animal death/fear of pain-illusions to remember the multidimensional Daemon consciousness that we are. This awakening process is a lucid conquest of phantoms reflected from the material world, i.e. "Creations of the Created" and so it is a Path out of darkness into the reflected light of the Sun. The Moon is representative of such a journey, as it has both a dark side and reflected side.
When facing the darkest fears of one's own mind, and of the race, one undergoes some frightening and often devastating emotional and mental trials that involve real dangers to the physical and mental health of the individual whose sense of self is not strong. Therefore, the Gnostic and Qabalistic studies begin by building a strong recognition of Self and your ability as an infinite Self-Spirit to face the illusions of terror that belong only to the body's survival mind and have no power over you when you are awake and aware as a cohabiting Soul. Again meditation on this card is recommended.
The Rebirth of light out of the hideous and abominable darkness is the primary representation of this card, and is symbolized by the Scarab Beetle (a reference to Kephera, the Egyptian Father of the Gods) rolling the Sun upward into a rising position. This also represents the highest creative force (sun) beginning its material self-expression as the lowest organic form. This is easily understood if you remember that we are Solar Beings (...Know ye not that we are stars!) (Spirits) who came to seek self-expression through organic human forms.
The Moon card also shows Anubis in both forms, of the Dark nether realms of Death and the light realms of life-Resurrection and is a very complex deity of lunar opposites. However, one way or the other, birth, death and resurrection are pivotal concepts on the Path of the Moon. These are biological processes and they occur in the dark and light of our sensual perceptions.
The energy process of "life/death" is shown on the Thoth Deck Moon Card as cyclic wave motion, as a pattern of both above and below, linked by the Beetle of the Sun. In the simplest of terms, this is a Path of natural energy from which our bodies develop in the Womb and is continual process throughout our lives as cells live, die and resurrect-replace in daily life. The work of the Path of Qoph ends with the dissolution of energy back to its source, which is Netzach (victory).
Successful understanding of this path, is to understand the relationship of our personality-consciousness to the physical experimental power-tool built for each incarnation and facilitates an awake Soul, who walks in the light. Rather than a Soul who sleeps in the dark and doesn't lucidly operate the Power-Dream it was given by giving it's operation to the faux authority of cultural dogma. The Moon Card is a reminder that most people/souls, during the cyclic phase of withdrawal of consciousness from the physical Power-Tool, continue to act on information and phantasmagorical fantasies related to survival subconscious, or "group Soul" of body existence. If not released, the sleeping soul-consciousness becomes a phantom of its own fantasies that are so close to the fabric of material manifestation that they are often seen as phantasms or as ghosts.
The Moon card is veiled by illusion and those illusions must be understood in order for the Prodigal Soul to claim its Rich Universal Inheritance. Ultimately, we have a daily choice between supporting our authentic self or our dutiful man-made self. There is the Real which is the Spiritual Being and then there is reality, the "self-reflection and/or indoctrinated identity that is often called our ego or personality.
The Tarot of Jungian Archetypes, features the Crone, one of the three aspects of "Maid, Mother and Crone" who is the Hag of the Moon's darkest qualities,i.e. the womb aspect of nightmares.
The moon card represents some of the most importantlessonsin the Hermetic Qabalah. Although it was earlier in its representation a card of witchcraft and magic spells, in modern psychology it means deceptions and/or phantoms of our own creation; deep rooted fears that seem to well up out of nowhere. This is also represented as a card of child birth.
In Jungian psychology the Deadly Mother, is comparaed to the emerging self-consciousness. She The Dark Unconscious imposes the Son the most dangerous of trials; trials that are tests that may destroy.
The Crone is seen as one who imposes a mantle of deep sorrow
and phantoms that can only be conquered by seeing them for what they really are: illusions.
Here, the Jungian Tarot presents the Crone as Hecate, whose crossed arms indicate she is the goddess of cross roads. Behind her, is a cloudy sky, are the sun and the moon; the light of the sun is clouded over, obscuring it's bright intelligence. Here, truth is clouded over by fears.
Below the Crone, emerge lower forms from a sea of menstual blood. The triumphant dark figure, has traversed the staircase, where he has braved the wolves of deception, and who is facing the dark mother within himself fearlessly. Because of his fearlessness, by returning to the Mother (described as death), he shall return to the womb of Cosnciousness which is often called rebirth.
When the Thoth or Jungian Moon card is thrown during a reading, it often means:
The Moon is about the Illusion of life and death, so there will be moments of lying, falsity, deception, if the card is ill dignified.
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