Thoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, Key19-The Sun: The Path of Resh.
*Musical Note: D- Natural
* Double letter (Hebrew) Fertility-Barrenness
Qabalistic esoteric title: The Lord of the Fire of the World.
From the text by Paul Foster Case- Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom: The Thirtieth Path is the Collecting Intelligence and
is so-called because Astrologers deduce from it the judgment of the
Stars, and of the celestial signs, and the perfections of their science,
according to the rules of their resolutions.
(The Path of Resh is the path from the circle #8-Hod at a down angle to circle #9-Yesod)
The Path of Resh connects
Splendor (Hod) with Foundation (Yesod) and is the first of the Paths of
the Personality Triad to be encountered in upward motion on the Tree.
As the activePath of the intellectual formative side,
it is the activating force of the Personality which is an "image of
the High Self" since it is composed of both Male-electric-dynamic
("masculine-intuitive-dynamic, Yod) and female-formative-magnetic (intellectual-formative, Heh) and a harmony of energy frequencies from the union of the two opposites which is known as the equilibrating, Vau: meaning nail or hook.
Sun in the Qabalistic Thoth Tarot deck is the "Collecting
Intelligence", meaning that it exercises control over many different
components which is seen as the:
- 12 signs of the Zodiac, in this case symbolized by the 12 rays of light emanating from the Sun.
- The Masculine and Feminine polarities are represented as the flying angelic forms: Animus and Anima.
Zodiacal signs are considered to be the 12 guide posts of Personality
and receptacles of Planetary influences, one of which governs the birth
and life course of each incarnation.
- The Sun is not only
central to today's incarnation but also acts as a link between the
Personalities which have been experienced in other incarnations.
collecting of the Sun also encompasses all the component parts of the
Personality, discovered on these lower Paths, that are here infused with
the dual action of the Sun (light and warmth).
initiates, light and warmth are considered to be intellectual qualities.
The Path of The Sun is intellectual and is the highest level of the
human intellect ( The Star is the highest level of emotions).
- The Sun is also The Son
who carries on the work of the Father. The Sun is the introduction to
the inner sun which is the light of the Personality, just as the
physical sun is the light of the material world.
- What must be
noted here, is that definite physical-chemical changes happen to those
who successfully work on the Paths. In his study course, The Thirty Two Paths of Wisdom, Paul Foster Case states that:...marked
inner differences from the average person are due to psychological
contrasts to the mental states of ordinary human beings, but they are
also the outer signs of organic changes inside the skin of the new
creature. He is chemically and structurally unlike genus homo. There
are different constituents in his (her) blood stream. Through the
nervous system and in the brain, and glands related to them, function
differently in the body of an adept from the way they do in the bodies
of the greater number of his (her)contemporaries.
[In order to update the language I placed the word her
in parentheses but it is also important to note that these "marked
inner differences" also cause the "magic abilities" or "Divine Powers" of the psychic; Called: the Divya Siddhis in Tantric practice.]
When we travel The Path of Resh
upwards, we return to this point of new innocence. It is quite
literally "a growing younger" process of birth backwards until we reach a
stage where there is some recollection of the Source from which we
It's also important to note
that the Personality we came as Spirit to build, is and expansion and
liberation of the Animal consciousness to a state of Angelic conscious.
We came to elevate matter and its survival mind to that of Universal
Thought. This Sun card is the symbol of the genus homo-sapient-sapiens.
is the first active path on the formulation-
intellectual side and is the activating force of the Personality. The
Supreme Spirit Self, the Higher Self and the Personality are all
composed of an intertwining of the Feminine side and a Masculine side
(the twin serpents on the Caduceus) and forces resulting from the
interaction of opposites. Therefore, The Sun-Resh is also known as the "Collective
Intelligence" meaning that it exercise control over the Zodiac as shown
by the 12 rays on the Thoth Deck Tarot Card-The Sun-Key 19. Astrologers
know these zodiacal signs as the twelve guideposts of Personality and
as receptacles (feminine) of Planetary Influence. The Sun is not only a
link to the present incarnation but also a link to the past personality
incarnations. Being collective, the Sun is also infuses all the
components parts of the Personality on the lower paths with the actions
of the Sun, light, brilliance and warmth which are considered intellectual
You may notice the "Dancing Twins"
on this card before they were called the "Sons of Seth" or the
"Daughters of Seth" we may have known them as --the Twin aspects of the
Goddess or God. The Fiery Spirit or Spiral Energy of Masculine and the
Magnetic =Formative -Binah (goddess of Understanding) feminine side. On the Thoth card, Their arms
cross to represent the Union of these Divine States of Intellect and
Energy (in Tantric Image they would be in "Sexual Union") that must be
established to "Collect" all the necessary Forces in order to establish a
Intellectual and living Being.
This Son- Path is intellectual,
and THE SUN
represents the highest form of human intellect which is both a balance
of Masculine and Feminine conscious energy. So in a physical
representation, when both the Left and Right side of the brain are in
equilibrium with the Solar Forces (Kundalini) within the body, we are at
our most advanced state of Personality. This is a profound union of the
Personality with the Inner Sun where there is a deep physical inner
feeling of Warmth and Light not unlike the external feeling of warmth
and light a sun bather may experience and as the Sun. Also, like the
physical sun, you cannot look directly into the "inner sun" with out
suffering damage as it burns away the dross. Reminding us of the opposites of the Sun, that it is
both the harbinger of fertility and barrenness which is the Double
Letter meaning of the word Resh.
As a symbol of Resh,
the human head is represented, which is our physical Collective Intelligence.
The Path of Resh is an initiation of the Personality to the Great Source
of Inner Light which takes place in the material body that affects the
dual components of the Lower Self (Chemical and Intellectual). The Adept
knows that the component parts of the Personality (Lower Paths on the
Tree of Life) function through the body as an experience-collecting
vehicle for the Spirit/Higher Self. The human body is an important Crucible for the
Alchemical union of Higher and Lower Self communion. Therefore, the
Physical body is a Sacred Place; our temple, our forge, where ideas are
forged into artistic-intimate-sensual-presence and where Male and Female
are not divided into a purely errant "Battle of the Sexes" as proposed
by the "Divide and Conquer" indoctrination of divisionism but rather as the pure mechanism for creation!
Remember: "God creates what God wants!"
This is a Hermaphroditic path, where we return to the innocence of a
child and as we travel upwards this Path of Resh, our Personality grows
younger, innocent and sees with Wonder rather than the critical eyes of
the good and bad Pavlovian domesticated and divided-personality of the
Adult. We begin seeing What God Sees!
Tiphareth is the Central Sun (Son)
of the physical microcosm and connects us to the Dark Sun (limitless
light-Father) of the Macrocosm and the Path of Resh begins us on the
Journey to Central Sun-of God, within. There is much to study about this
card, Cain an Able ( bareness and fertility), the Dragon-faced-Men,
Sons of Seth, Daughters of Seth and the Christ who Didymos Judas Thomas
in the Gnostic Gospels quoted as saying"....I am the honeymoon suite." and much more!
The Jungian Tarot-THE SUN
card, is subtitled: the child.
Symbolizing the Prince that rules, in the name of his Father/King, over the material kingdom/condition.
Many of western culture would call him "the Christ", and eastern would name him "The Buddha".
However, the Child represents early stages of the true self consciousness: the conscious mind encountering and conquering the contents of the unconscious.
Although deeply rooted in the past, this magical figure of enlightenment exists in the present and is the intellectual future of mankind.
Obviously, a child, is not entirely separate from his/her parents. The Father/Mother continue to provide: The Mother provides character, as she shapes the intellect of the child/hero, pushing him towards independence. The Father provides shelter, protection and provides food during development.
Symbolically, this is the Self-conscious that emerges from the communion (perfect integration), of the Unconscious (Mother) and consciousness (Father).
When Key 19-THE SUN, card is thrown during a reading:
- It generally means Gain, Glory and riches all of the Fertility side.
- Take Time to play: "Make hay while the sun shines".
- Joy filled creation, as the Anima and Animus are both united in a project.
- Soul mates.
- However, if surrounded by very ill cards, it can mean the bareness/desert side which would be Arrogance, Vanity, and Display.
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