The Qabalistic Thoth Tarot ,Key 20:The Aeon/Judgment.
The principle of good judgment that is utilized in both personal and professional situations.
Egyptian Goddess Nut (Nuit), "the dark Sky Goddess", curves over the figure of
Osiris, the Egyptian God of Wisdom (Chokma on the Tree of Life) who married
Isis, Egyptian Goddess of Intuition (Binah on the Tree of Life). The
union of Isis & Osiris gave birth to Horus, the God of Perception, which is seen as three floating fetuses within golden yods (flames).
The Goddess Nut makes the sign of Leo; the zodiac Leo represents creative and professional power.
The Thoth card reminds us that properly used creativity makes positive
impact in both family and professional career. Osiris, with his finger
in his mouth, reflects that wisdom comes from experience ; to create,
see error and correct it, is the path of wisdom. Therefore, Wisdom is
not randomly spoken.
The red-winged eye of Horus (Hawk Headed) at the bottom of this card represents inspired vision that gives us the whole-view of any situation. We should understand that by creating error and correcting that error, we become wise. Those who do, make mistakes, those who don't do, are the mistake.
Here we have Astral transformation
that soon becomes physical manifestation. Everything is a symbol of the
One Self, for everything proceeds from a generating idea
(self-awareness) which is related to transcendent conception. I (Osiris)
Am (Isis) Me (Horus)...is the generating principle of manifestation. We
are the Divine Me communicating to the Whole of Spirit (Holy Ghost) as I
Am! We need never leave that which we truly love, which is creation,
for all we become truly aware of, we become! Becoming never ends, it is
the love process of being that carries its own end, only to begin again! Obviously this card has a great depth of
meaning. To aid in understanding the Hermetic Qabalah calls this Tarot Card:
The Path of Shin-20-The Aeon: Also called the path of-JUDGMENT-
The Twentieth Key
Primary Path color: Radiant Orange-Scarlet.
Musical Note: C Natural.
Maternal Letter: Fire.
Qabalistic/Esoteric Title: The Spirit of the Primal Fire.
The Path of the Aeon/Shin
is the 31st Path of Wisdom
known as The Perpetual Intelligence,
because it regulates the motions of the Sun and Moon, each in an order convenient for it. The Path of Shin
is also known as the Judgment tarot card in traditional decks, because
it joins (the orange path on the right lower side of the Tree of Life
glyph) the Earth (Malkuth) with Splendor (Hod), the base Sephira
(Circle) and completion of the Pillar of Severity ( The right side of
the Tree of Life --your left if looking at it--forms a Pillar to the top
Black circle that is Binah. In the Hermetic Qabalah this is known as
the Pillar of Severity: Final judgment without appeal.
The Earth/ the Sephira Malkuth, is now connected to the ultimate expression of Binah (Goddess/Mother) who is the Will to Form and is the activating Path of Intellect and/or Imagination, while the opposite, The Moon, is a formative Path of emotion and self-reflective consciousness.
Therefore this Judgment, is
a process undergone by the Personality as it strives to become
conscious of its own inner working. It is perpetual process of
monitoring of the Personality toward universal consciousness or what I
call "Claiming your Divine Inheritance".
The Angelic powers,
invoked by the desire of the path traveling initiate, slowly burn away
that which is deemed unworthy of Divine Inheritance by the "redeeming fire"
a process that is actually physical and can be associated with the
Kundalini Fire of the Root chakra as it rises up the spine towards the
Brain. This is the "Splendor of the Material World"
( as noted by the
Golden Dawn) that points out the relationship of the Path of Shin to the
physical body as a state of Resurrection or Rebirth. Therefore, The Aeon, is the Path
where the components of the Personality are first encountered in the Universe
being critically analyzed and judged (evaluated). It is a bright and
Fiery probationary path of the intellect while the Moon is the dark,
cold and watery probationary path of the emotions. Both are the
introduction to the true nature of Self (Greater Self) in incarnation
and can thus be extremely difficult. That is one reason why people are
cautioned about "Raising the Kundalini"(primal life force), for adding fire to dark emotions, can accelerate them from a passive state to an active one!
As seen in the Thoth 20-Aeon card
all elements are present on this path, either active or inactive--which
is to say expressed (seen-active) or unexpressed (unseen passive)
making these Elemental Paths difficult to understand. Shin contains all
four alchemical Elements;
The evolution of
the cosmos is from the subtle (simple) to the most complex; From nothing
to something. Our psyche evolution evolved from simple Quanta
(sub-atomic particle) to complex molecular structures. Thus, in all things,
the whole is implicit in the developing parts.
In the Thoth deck, The Aeon,
supersedes all earlier concepts of the Key, and show the harmonious and
spiritual state of human existence which will be on earth in the 22
century (according to Crowley). This is symbolized by the Goddess Nuith
(Nut), and her consort Hadit (seen as a golden orb of light). Their
union births Harachte (Meaning: "Horus from the Horizon")
thus promoting the name Horus
(Meaning: "god of the world, light and the Heavens"
) who shown as seated and standing depicting his active and passive forms.
Another name for Horus is Heru (meaning: "he who is above") which is synonymous with Hru,
"The Great Angel set over the Tarot". This card, according to Hermetic
Qabalistic doctrine, also symbolizes the passing of the 500 year period
of darkness and trial, preparatory to a new Aeon of Light"; explaining
why Crowley named it the Aeon.
The Jungian Tarot, Judgment (or Justice)-The Son who judges, is comparable to the traditional medieval art cards that depict the Christian idea of "Judgment day", where the angle Gabriel blows his horn to raise the dead, who are asleep in their graves.
However, judgment represents the Greater Self's evaluation of a specific event or performance for which the self-consciousness may be rewarded or punished as part of a learning process.
Either in the context of daily experience or of progressive spiritual development, the Mother rewards the child for good behavior and punishes (brings severity) to punish for bad. Psychologically, this means we punish ourselves. However, the justice perspective comes into play when we when we critically look at something we've done, and either feel comfortable in success or become disturbed by a mistake.
Judgment is a different perspective as it represents, evaluation after a long cycle, such as retirement from a job (or as the Christians believe after death), divorce, graduation from college, or some lengthy project. This can be a kind of "last judgment", although this is misleading terminology as we experience the cycles of beginning and ending over and over again. Therefore, in a reading, this card shows an inward "looking back", before beginning something new.
Metaphysically, this card purports a deeper meaning as it describes an interim report of the soul's progress towards "liberation" and "expansive self-awareness"; an assessment of the extent of which the unity of the opposing "male"/consciousness and "female" unconsciousness (seen on card as being raised up for judgment) principles have taken place. Punishment and reward, as most people believe it to be, is not present here, for there is only a decision to be made, on a variety of levels, whether ones personality is free or remains shackled by unresolved unconscious emotional materials.
This "salvation" or "damnation" , as the Christians have named it, is a temporary condition of consciousness resulting from self scrutiny.
When the Aeon or Judgment card is thrown during a divination, it implies:
- Becoming ones self.
profound insight into the eternal cycles of becoming and passing. This
card shows that the beginning of the new that already carries its end
- Final decision.
- Determination of a matter by the Soul, without appeal by the consciousness.
- The querent is in a period of self scrutiny, that will result in new directions.
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