Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Key 19-THE SUN & The Jungian Tarot-THE SUN- The Child.
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Tarot Card Comparisons: The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot- Key 19-THE SUN & The Jungian Tarot-THE SUN- The Child.

The Tarot of EliThoth Tarot of the Hermetic Qabalah, Key19-The Sun: The Path of Resh.
* Color:Orange
*Musical Note: D- Natural
*Planet: Sun
*Meaning: Head
* 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.

The 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:
  1. 12 signs of the Zodiac, in this case symbolized by the 12 rays of light emanating from the Sun.
  2. The Masculine and Feminine polarities are represented as the flying angelic forms: Animus and Anima.
  3. The 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.
  4. 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.
  5. The 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).
  6. To 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).
  7. 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.
  8. 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 emerge.

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.

 The Sun-Resh 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 qualities.

You may notice the "Dancing Twins" as show 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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